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Abercrombie & Fitch Reports Third Quarter Results
Board of Directors Declares Quarterly Dividend of $0.175

NEW ALBANY, Ohio, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) today reported unaudited third quarter results which reflected net income of $38.8 million and net income per diluted share of $0.44 for the thirteen weeks ended October 31, 2009, compared to net income of $63.9 million and net income per diluted share of $0.72 for the thirteen weeks ended November 1, 2008. Excluding $6.2 million of after-tax charges associated with the closure of the Ruehl business and an $18.6 million benefit associated with a true up of the year-to-date tax rate, the Company reported non-GAAP net income of $26.3 million and non-GAAP net income per diluted share of $0.30 for the thirteen weeks ended October 31, 2009. A reconciliation of the GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures is summarized in the table accompanying the condensed consolidated financial statements included with this press release.

Third Quarter Sales Highlights

    --  Total Company net sales decreased 15% to $765.4 million; comparable
        store sales decreased 22%

    --  Total Company direct-to-consumer net sales increased 11% to $63.9
        million

    --  Abercrombie & Fitch net sales of $324.3 million; Abercrombie & Fitch
        comparable store sales decreased 18%

    --  abercrombie kids net sales of $90.8 million; abercrombie kids comparable
        store sales decreased 22%

    --  Hollister Co. net sales of $333.4 million; Hollister Co. comparable
        store sales decreased 26%

    --  Ruehl net sales of $11.7 million; Ruehl comparable store sales decreased
        30%

Mike Jeffries, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Abercrombie & Fitch Co., said:

"During the quarter, we made advances in our international strategy with the opening of a flagship location in Italy as well as additional Hollister mall-based stores in the United Kingdom. The passion and enthusiasm from the international customer that greeted us at these openings encourage us in our long-term strategy of aggressively pursuing international growth for our brands."

Third Quarter 2009 Financial Results

Net sales for the thirteen weeks ended October 31, 2009 decreased 15% to $765.4 million from $896.3 million for the thirteen weeks ended November 1, 2008. Total Company direct-to-consumer net sales increased 11% to $63.9 million for the thirteen week period ended October 31, 2009, compared to the thirteen week period ended November 1, 2008. Total Company third quarter comparable store sales decreased 22%.

The gross profit rate for the quarter was 63.6%, 240 basis points lower than last year's third quarter gross profit rate. The decrease in gross profit rate was primarily driven by a lower average unit retail, partially off-set by a reduction in average unit cost and a benefit from other gross margin items.

Stores and distribution expense, as a percentage of sales, increased to 48.3% from 43.1% for the same period last year. The increase was attributable to higher store occupancy costs, including rent, depreciation and other occupancy costs, as well as $10.1 million of pre-tax charges associated with the closure of the Ruehl business, primarily due to lease buy-out costs.

Marketing, general and administrative expense for the third quarter was $88.1 million, compared to $105.0 million during the same period last year. Marketing, general and administrative expense reflects reductions related to employee compensation and benefits, travel, outside services and marketing, and the benefit of an insurance settlement.

Income before income taxes for the third quarter was $29.9 million, inclusive of $10.1 million pre-tax charges associated with the closure of the Ruehl business.

Income tax benefit for the third quarter was $8.9 million. The third quarter income tax provision reflects a benefit of $2.2 million, primarily from the settlement of state tax audits, along with an $18.6 million benefit associated with a true up of the year-to-date tax rate. The Company has computed its provision for income taxes for the three and nine months ended October 31, 2009 by applying the actual effective tax rate to the year-to-date pre-tax loss.

Net income for the third quarter was $38.8 million, inclusive of $6.2 million of after-tax charges associated with the closure of the Ruehl business and an $18.6 million benefit associated with the true up of the year-to-date tax rate.

As to liquidity, the Company ended the third quarter with $466.9 million in cash and cash equivalents, and borrowings under the credit agreement and outstanding letters of credit of $95.9 million.

Ruehl Update

As previously announced, on June 16, 2009 the Board of Directors approved the closure of the Company's 29 Ruehl branded stores and related direct-to-consumer operations. The Company continues to anticipate that the closure will be complete by the end of the current fiscal year.

As compared to the prior estimate of $65 million, the Company now expects that it will incur aggregate pre-tax charges with a net present value of approximately $60 million to exit the Ruehl business, of which the Company incurred $10.1 million in the third quarter and $23.6 million in the second quarter. The estimate of total charges is based on a number of significant assumptions and could change materially. The remaining charges are expected to be substantially recognized during the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2009 in accordance with applicable accounting standards.

In addition to the $33.7 million in aggregate net pre-tax exit costs incurred to date, the Company incurred non-cash asset impairment charges related to Ruehl of $50.7 million and $0.8 million in the first and second quarters of Fiscal 2009, respectively.

The unaudited results for the third quarter also include the operating results for Ruehl as summarized in the table accompanying the condensed consolidated financial statements included with this press release.

Other Developments

During the quarter, the Company opened a flagship location in Milan with Abercrombie & Fitch and abercrombie kids stores, as well as two Hollister mall-based stores in the United Kingdom, one domestic Hollister store and one domestic abercrombie kids store.

Internationally, the Company remains on track to open an Abercrombie & Fitch flagship store in Tokyo in December as well as an additional five Hollister mall-based stores in Europe during the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2009 bringing the total European Hollister store count to 12.

The Company continues to expect total capital expenditures for Fiscal 2009 to be approximately $185 million. These capital expenditures include approximately $45 million related to information technology, distribution center and other home office projects, a substantial portion of which relates to systems to support the Company's international roll-out.

In Fiscal 2010, the Company expects to open Abercrombie & Fitch flagship stores in Copenhagen, Denmark and Fukuoka, Japan. Additionally, the Company will open a Hollister Epic on Fifth Avenue in New York where it had previously been planning to open an abercrombie kids flagship.

The Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.175 per share on the Class A Common Stock of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. payable on December 15, 2009 to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 27, 2009.

At quarter end, the Company operated 347 Abercrombie & Fitch stores, 209 abercrombie kids stores, 509 Hollister Co. stores, 27 Ruehl stores and 16 Gilly Hicks stores in the United States. The Company also operated three Abercrombie & Fitch stores, three abercrombie kids stores and six Hollister Co. stores in Canada, one Abercrombie & Fitch store and seven Hollister Co. stores in the United Kingdom and one Abercrombie & Fitch store and one abercrombie kids store in Italy. The Company operates e-commerce websites at www.abercrombie.com, www.abercrombiekids.com, www.hollisterco.com, www.RUEHL.com and www.gillyhicks.com.

Today at 8:30 AM, Eastern Time, the Company will conduct a conference call. Management will discuss the Company's performance and its plans for the future and will accept questions from participants. To listen to the live conference call, dial (888) 637-7707 or internationally at (913) 312-0405. To listen via the Internet, go to www.abercrombie.com, select the Investors page and scroll through the Calendar of Events. Replays of the call will be available shortly after its completion. The audio replay can be accessed for two weeks following the reporting date by calling (888) 203-1112 or internationally at (719) 457-0820 followed by the conference ID number 7444736; or for 12 months by visiting the Company's website at www.abercrombie.com.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995

A&F cautions that any forward-looking statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) contained in this Press Release or made by management of A&F involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various important factors, many of which may be beyond the Company's control. Words such as "estimate," "project," "plan," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," and similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements. The following factors, in addition to those included in the disclosure under the heading "FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS AND RISK FACTORS" in "ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS" of A&F's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2009, in some cases have affected and in the future could affect the Company's financial performance and could cause actual results for the 2009 fiscal year and beyond to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any of the forward-looking statements included in this Press Release or otherwise made by management: current financial crisis and general economic conditions; effects of changes in the U.S. credit and lending market conditions; changes in consumer spending patterns and consumer preferences; the effects of political and economic events and conditions domestically and in foreign jurisdictions in which the Company operates, including, but not limited to, acts of terrorism or war; the impact of competition and pricing; changes in weather patterns; shipping rate increases and changes; availability and market prices of key raw materials; ability to source product from its global supplier base; political stability; currency and exchange risks and changes in existing or potential duties, tariffs or quotas; availability of suitable store locations at appropriate terms; ability to develop new merchandise; ability to hire, train and retain qualified associates; estimates of expenses which the Company may incur in connection with the closure of the Ruehl stores and related direct-to-consumer operations; and the outcome of pending litigation. Future economic and industry trends that could potentially impact revenue and profitability are difficult to predict. Therefore, there can be no assurance that the forward-looking statements included in this Press Release will prove to be accurate. In light of the significant uncertainties in the forward-looking statements included herein, the inclusion of such information should not be regarded as a representation by the Company, or any other person, that the objectives of the Company will be achieved. The forward-looking statements herein are based on information presently available to the management of the Company. Except as may be required by applicable law, the Company assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied therein will not be realized.


                               Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
                   Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
                                     (Unaudited)
                       Thirteen Weeks Ended October 31, 2009 and
                         Thirteen Weeks Ended November 1, 2008
                         (in thousands, except per share data)

                                         ACTUAL                ACTUAL
                                  --------------------- ---------------------
                                      2009   % of Sales     2008   % of Sales

    Net Sales                       $765,401   100.0%     $896,344   100.0%

    Cost of Goods Sold               278,471    36.4%      304,401    34.0%
                                     -------    ----       -------    ----

    Gross Profit                     486,930    63.6%      591,943    66.0%

    Total Stores and Distribution
     Expense                         370,064    48.3%      386,545    43.1%

    Total Marketing, General and
     Administrative Expense           88,123    11.5%      104,959    11.7%

    Other Operating (Income) Loss,
     Net                              (1,609)   -0.2%          299     0.0%
                                      ------    ----           ---     ---

    Operating Income                  30,352     4.0%      100,140    11.2%

    Interest Expense (Income), Net       461     0.1%         (560)   -0.1%
                                         ---     ---          ----    ----

    Income Before Income Taxes        29,891     3.9%      100,700    11.2%

    Tax (Benefit) Expense             (8,892)   -1.2%       36,800     4.1%

    Net Income                       $38,783     5.1%      $63,900     7.1%
                                     -------     ---       -------     ---

    Net Income Per Share:
       Basic                           $0.44                 $0.73
       Diluted                         $0.44                 $0.72


    Weighted-Average Shares
     Outstanding:
       Basic                          87,943                87,034
       Diluted                        88,730                88,806



                               Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
                   Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
                                     (Unaudited)
                     Thirty-nine Weeks Ended October 31, 2009 and
                       Thirty-nine Weeks Ended November 1, 2008
                         (in thousands, except per share data)

                                         ACTUAL                ACTUAL
                                  --------------------- ---------------------
                                      2009   % of Sales     2008   % of Sales

    Net Sales                     $2,025,996   100.0%   $2,542,321   100.0%

    Cost of Goods Sold               720,379    35.6%      823,243    32.4%
                                     -------    ----       -------    ----

    Gross Profit                   1,305,617    64.4%    1,719,078    67.6%

    Total Stores and Distribution
     Expense                       1,126,862    55.6%    1,089,052    42.8%

    Total Marketing, General and
     Administrative Expense          269,331    13.3%      318,681    12.5%

    Other Operating Income, Net       (6,277)   -0.3%       (3,396)   -0.1%
                                      ------    ----        ------    ----

    Operating (Loss) Income          (84,299)   -4.2%      314,741    12.4%

    Interest Income, Net              (2,691)   -0.1%       (9,963)   -0.4%
                                      ------    ----        ------    ----

    (Loss) Income Before Income
     Taxes                           (81,608)   -4.0%      324,704    12.8%

    Tax (Benefit) Expense            (34,404)   -1.7%      120,856     4.8%

    Net (Loss) Income                (47,204)   -2.3%     $203,848     8.0%
                                     -------    ----      --------     ---

    Net (Loss) Income Per Share:
       Basic                          ($0.54)                $2.35
       Diluted                        ($0.54)                $2.27


    Weighted-Average Shares
     Outstanding:
       Basic                          87,839                86,737
       Diluted                        87,839                89,636



                                Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
                         Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
                                    (in thousands)

                                              (Unaudited)
    ASSETS                                  October 31, 2009 January 31, 2009
    ------                                  ---------------- ----------------

    Current Assets
       Cash and Equivalents                       $466,887         $522,122
       Marketable Securities                        55,985                -
       Receivables                                  73,994           53,110
       Inventories                                 347,180          372,422
       Deferred Income Taxes                        82,034           43,408
       Other Current Assets                        108,624           93,763
                                                   -------           ------

    Total Current Assets                         1,134,704        1,084,825

    Property and Equipment, Net                  1,318,864        1,398,655

    Non-Current Marketable Securities              130,250          229,081

    Other Assets                                   180,526          135,620
                                                   -------          -------

    TOTAL ASSETS                                $2,764,344       $2,848,181
                                                ----------       ----------


    LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
    ------------------------------------

    Current Liabilities
       Accounts Payable and Outstanding Checks    $193,779         $149,753
       Accrued Expenses                            224,955          241,231
       Deferred Lease Credits                       43,947           42,358
       Income Taxes Payable                          9,332           16,455
                                                     -----           ------

    Total Current Liabilities                      472,013          449,797

    Long-Term Liabilities
       Deferred Income Taxes                        40,495           34,085
       Deferred Lease Credits                      196,616          211,978
       Borrowings under Credit Agreement            50,582          100,000
       Other Liabilities                           226,262          206,743
                                                   -------          -------

    Total Long-Term Liabilities                    513,955          552,806

    Total Shareholders' Equity                   1,778,376        1,845,578
                                                 ---------        ---------

    TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY  $2,764,344       $2,848,181
                                                ----------       ----------



                               Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
                              Ruehl Operating Results (1)
                                     (Unaudited)
                                    (in thousands)

                               Thirteen Weeks Ended  Thirty-nine Weeks Ended
                             ----------------------- -----------------------
                             October 31, November 1, October 31, November 1,
                                2009        2008        2009        2008

    NET SALES                  $11,717     $13,533     $33,361     $39,072

    Cost of Goods Sold           7,874       6,555      16,800      17,240
                                 -----       -----      ------      ------

    GROSS PROFIT                 3,843       6,978      16,561      21,832

    Stores and Distribution
     Expense (2)                20,702      12,982     114,895      37,706
    Marketing, General and
     Administrative Expense (3)    256       3,584       8,452      10,897
    Other Operating Income, Net      -          (8)        (11)        (49)
                                   ---         ---         ---         ---

    OPERATING LOSS             (17,114)     (9,580)   (106,774)    (26,721)


    (1)  The results include Ruehl store and direct-to-consumer operating
         results and home office and other costs directly attributable to
         Ruehl operations.

    (2)  Stores and Distribution Expense includes non-cash pre-tax asset
         impairment charges of approximately $48.5 million during the
         thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2009 and costs associated with
         the closure of the Ruehl business, primarily due to net lease
         terminations, of approximately $10.1 million and $33.1 million
         during the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2009,
         respectively.

    (3)  Marketing, General and Administrative Expense includes non-cash
         pre-tax asset impairment charges of approximately $3.0 million and
         severance charges of approximately $0.6 million during the
         thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2009.

Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures

This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures reflecting adjustments to the Company's net income and net income per diluted share for the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2009. Provided in the tables below are reconciliations between the relevant GAAP financial measures and the non-GAAP financial measures contained in this press release. As used herein, "GAAP" refers to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

The Company believes that the non-GAAP financial measures presented in the press release and below in the reconciliation tables are useful to investors as they provide the ability to measure the Company's operating performance and compare it against that of prior periods without reference to the statement of operations impact of costs and impairment charges associated with the closure of Ruehl branded stores and related direct-to-consumer operations and the benefit associated with the true-up of the year-to-date tax rate. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be used as alternatives to net income and net income per diluted share as indicators of the ongoing operating performance of the Company and are also not intended to supersede or replace the Company's GAAP financial measures.


                               Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
                Reconciliation of Net Income Per Diluted Share on a GAAP
               Basis to Net Income Per Diluted Share on a Non-GAAP Basis
                                     (Unaudited)
                       Thirteen Weeks Ended October 31, 2009
                                     (in thousands)

                                                     Non-GAAP
                                                     Adjustments
                                                     Attributed
                                                     to Benefit
                                        Non-GAAP     Associated with
                                        Adjustments  True Up in
                                GAAP    Attributed   Year-to-Date    Non-GAAP
                                Amounts to Ruehl (1) Tax Rate (2)    Amounts
                               -------- ------------ --------------- ---------

    Net Sales                  $765,401          -           -       $765,401

    Cost of Goods Sold          278,471          -           -        278,471
                                -------        ---         ---        -------

    Gross Profit                486,930          -           -        486,930

    Total Stores and
     Distribution Expense       370,064     10,094           -        359,970

    Total Marketing, General
     and Administrative
     Expense                     88,123          -           -         88,123

    Other Operating Income,
     Net                         (1,609)         -           -         (1,609)
                                 ------        ---         ---         ------

    Operating Income             30,352    (10,094)          -         40,446

    Interest Expense, Net           461          -           -            461
                                    ---        ---         ---            ---

    Income Before Income Taxes   29,891    (10,094)          -         39,985

    Tax (Benefit) Expense        (8,892)    (3,937)    (18,609)        13,654
                                 ------     ------     -------         ------

    Net Income                  $38,783    ($6,157)    $18,609        $26,331

    Net Income Per Share:
       Basic                      $0.44                                 $0.30
       Diluted                    $0.44                                 $0.30

    Weighted-Average Shares
     Outstanding:
       Basic                     87,943                                87,943
       Diluted                   88,730                                88,730


    (1)  During the thirteen weeks ended October 31, 2009, the Company
         recorded charges associated with the closure of Ruehl branded
         stores and related direct-to-consumer operations.  These charges
         were primarily related to net lease termination costs.

    (2)  During the thirteen weeks ended October 31, 2009, the Company
         recorded a benefit associated with the true up of the year-to-date
         tax rate.



                          Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
      Reconciliation of Net Loss Per Diluted Share on a GAAP Basis to
              Net Income Per Diluted Share on a Non-GAAP Basis
                                (Unaudited)
                  Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended October 31, 2009
                               (in thousands)

                                      Non-GAAP
                                      Adjustments
                                      Attributed
                                      to Charges   Non-GAAP
                                      Associated   Adjustments
                                      with         Attributed to
                                      the Closure  Non-Cash Asset
                           GAAP       of the Ruehl Impairment     Non-GAAP
                           Amounts    Business (1) Charges  (2)   Amounts
                           ---------- ------------ -------------- ----------


    Net Sales              $2,025,996          -           -      $2,025,996

    Cost of Goods Sold        720,379          -           -         720,379
                              -------        ---         ---         -------

    Gross Profit            1,305,617          -           -       1,305,617

    Total Stores and
     Distribution Expense   1,126,862     33,108      48,517       1,045,237

    Total Marketing,
     General and
     Administrative Expense   269,331        613       3,019         265,699

    Other Operating Income,
     Net                       (6,277)                                (6,277)
                               ------                                 ------

    Operating (Loss) Income   (84,299)   (33,721)    (51,536)            958

    Interest Income, Net       (2,691)                                (2,691)
                               ------                                 ------

    (Loss) Income Before
     Income Taxes             (81,608)   (33,721)    (51,536)          3,649

    Tax Benefit               (34,404)   (13,151)    (20,099)         (1,154)
                              -------    -------     -------           ------

    Net (Loss) Income        ($47,204)  $(20,570)   $(31,437)         $4,803

    Net (Loss) Income Per
     Share:
       Basic                   ($0.54)                                 $0.05
       Diluted                 ($0.54)                                 $0.05

    Weighted-Average Shares
     Outstanding:
       Basic                   87,839                                 87,839
       Diluted                 87,839                                 87,839


    (1) During the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2009, the Company
        recorded charges associated with the closure of Ruehl branded stores
        and related direct-to-consumer operations.  These charges were
        primarily related to net lease termination and severance costs.

    (2) During the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2009, the Company
        recorded non-cash asset impairment charges related to the closure of
        Ruehl branded stores and related direct-to-consumer operations.

SOURCE Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

Eric Cerny, Manager, Investor Relations, +1-614-283-6385