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Aeropostale Reports Results for Third Quarter of Fiscal 2015

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NEW YORK, Dec. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Aéropostale, Inc. (NYSE: ARO), a mall-based specialty retailer of casual apparel for young women and men, today reported results for the third quarter of fiscal 2015, and provided guidance for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.

Third Quarter Performance
For the third quarter of fiscal 2015, net sales decreased 20% to $363.3 million, from $452.9 million in the year ago period. Comparable sales, including the e-commerce channel, for the third quarter decreased 10% compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2014.

The Company reported a net loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 of $26.4 million, or $0.33 per diluted share compared to a net loss of $52.3 million, or $0.66 per diluted share last year.  The net loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 included:

  • an after-tax charge of $2.7 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, resulting from store asset impairment charges, partially offset by;
  • an after-tax benefit of $0.4 million, or less than $0.01 per diluted share, related to the reversal of previously established exit cost obligation liabilities resulting from lease terminations; and
  • an after-tax benefit of $0.4 million, or less than $0.01 per diluted share, related to the reversal of previously established real estate consulting fee obligation liabilities.

The net loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2014 included:

  • an after-tax charge of $10.9 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, resulting from store asset impairment charges;
  • an after-tax charge of $3.2 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, resulting from lease buyout costs;
  • an after-tax charge of $2.7 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, related to restructuring charges and consulting fees; and
  • an after-tax charge of $0.3 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, related to severance costs, net of a reversal of stock-based compensation expense.

Excluding the aforementioned charges, the Company reported an adjusted net loss of $24.6 million, or $0.31 per diluted share in the third quarter of fiscal 2015 compared to an adjusted net loss of $35.2 million, or $0.45 per diluted share in the third quarter of fiscal 2014 (see Exhibit D).

The Company reported an operating loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 of $23.1 million versus $54.1 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2014 or, excluding the aforementioned charges, an adjusted operating loss of $21.3 million versus $34.6 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2014.

Julian R. Geiger, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Our results for the quarter led to an adjusted operating loss that was within our original guidance range and that demonstrated a $13 million improvement versus last year.  While we are disappointed with our sales performance, we learned a great deal from our first quarter under our new merchandising strategy and intend to build upon the areas of progress and improve our business further."

The Company ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $41.8 million and long-term debt of $142.8 million.

The Company closed one Aéropostale and one P.S. from Aéropostale store during the quarter. For the third quarter, the Company invested $5.4 million in planned capital expenditures.

Fourth Quarter Guidance
For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company expects operating losses in the range of $0.0 to $10.0 million, which translates to a net loss in the range of $0.04 to $0.17 per diluted share. The effective tax rate for the fourth quarter is projected to be 0%.  This earnings guidance does not include the impact of any store impairments, accelerated store closure costs, lease buyout costs, or real estate consulting fees.

Capital Spending
For fiscal 2016, the Company expects to invest approximately $14.0 million primarily related to store remodels and certain infrastructure investments.  This compares to capital expenditures of approximately $16.0 million planned for fiscal 2015.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures
The Company believes that the disclosure of adjusted net loss and adjusted loss per diluted share, which are non-GAAP financial measures, provides investors with useful information to help them better understand the Company's results (see Exhibit D).

Conference Call Information
The Company will be holding a conference call today at 4:30 P.M. ET to review its third quarter results. The broadcast will be available through the 'Investor Relations' link at www.aeropostale.com or by dialing 877-407-9039 approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled time with the passcode "Aeropostale."  A replay will be available approximately one hour after the recording through Wednesday, December 9, 2015 and can be accessed by dialing 877-870-5176, using the required passcode 13624775.  An archive will also be available at the Aéropostale website for 12 months.

About Aéropostale, Inc.
Aéropostale, Inc. is a specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories, principally targeting 14 to 17 year-old young women and men through its Aéropostale stores and website and 4 to 12 year-olds through its P.S. from Aéropostale stores and website.  The Company provides customers with a focused selection of high quality fashion and fashion basic merchandise at compelling values in an exciting and customer friendly store environment.  Aéropostale maintains control over its proprietary brands by designing, sourcing, marketing and selling all of its own merchandise, other than in licensed stores.  Aéropostale products can be purchased in Aéropostale stores and online at www.aeropostale.com.  P.S. from Aéropostale products can be purchased in P.S. from Aéropostale stores, in certain Aéropostale stores and online at www.ps4u.com and www.aeropostale.com. The Company currently operates 758 Aéropostale® stores in 50 states and Puerto Rico, 41 Aéropostale stores in Canada and 25 P.S. from Aéropostale® stores in 12 states. In addition, pursuant to various licensing agreements, the Company's licensees currently operate 309 Aéropostale® and P.S. from Aéropostale® locations in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.  Since November 2012, Aéropostale, Inc. has operated GoJane.com, an online women's fashion footwear and apparel retailer.  GoJane products can be purchased online at www.gojane.com.

SPECIAL NOTE: THIS PRESS RELEASE AND ORAL STATEMENTS MADE FROM TIME TO TIME BY REPRESENTATIVES OF THE COMPANY CONTAIN CERTAIN "FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS" MADE IN RELIANCE UPON THE SAFE HARBOR PROVISIONS OF SECTION 27A OF THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED, AND SECTION 21E OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934, AS AMENDED, CONCERNING EXPECTATIONS FOR SALES, STORE OPENINGS, GROSS MARGINS, EXPENSES, STRATEGIC DIRECTION AND EARNINGS.  ACTUAL RESULTS MIGHT DIFFER MATERIALLY FROM THOSE PROJECTED IN THE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS. AMONG THE FACTORS THAT COULD CAUSE ACTUAL RESULTS TO MATERIALLY DIFFER INCLUDE, CHANGES IN THE COMPETITIVE MARKETPLACE, INCLUDING THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW PRODUCTS OR PRICING CHANGES BY OUR COMPETITORS, CHANGES IN THE ECONOMY AND OTHER EVENTS LEADING TO A REDUCTION IN DISCRETIONARY CONSUMER SPENDING; SEASONALITY; RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH CHANGES IN SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND OTHER CONDITIONS AND THE POSSIBLE ADVERSE IMPACT OF CHANGES IN IMPORT RESTRICTIONS; RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH UNCERTAINTY RELATING TO THE COMPANY'S ABILITY TO IMPLEMENT ITS  STRATEGIES; RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE COMPANY'S ABILITY TO IMPLEMENT AND REALIZE THE ANTICIPATED BENEFITS OF THE COMPANY'S STRATEGIC INITIATIVES AND COST REDUCTION PROGRAM; RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH OUR ABILITY TO REGAIN COMPLIANCE WITH THE NYSE MINIMUM TRADING PRICE AND AVERAGE GLOBAL MARKET CAPITALIZATION LISTING STANDARDS, AS WELL AS THE OTHER RISK FACTORS SET FORTH IN THE COMPANY'S FORM 10-K AND QUARTERLY REPORTS ON FORM 10-Q, FILED WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION. THE COMPANY UNDERTAKES NO OBLIGATION TO UPDATE OR REVISE ANY FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS TO REFLECT SUBSEQUENT EVENTS OR CIRCUMSTANCES.

  

EXHIBIT A


















AÉROPOSTALE, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 (In thousands)






October 31,
2015



January 31,
2015



November 1,
2014



(Unaudited)






(Unaudited)

ASSETS









Current Assets:









  Cash and cash equivalents 

$

41,828


$

151,750


$

109,198

  Merchandise inventory 


205,731



130,474



211,136

  Other current assets 


43,699



67,063



57,156

     Total current assets 


291,258



349,287



377,490










Fixtures, equipment and improvements, net 


111,897



130,109



151,196

Goodwill and intangible assets


22,163



22,728



28,016

Other assets 


9,176



10,065



21,622










TOTAL ASSETS 

$

434,494


$

512,189


$

578,324










LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' (DEFICIT)
EQUITY









Current Liabilities:









  Accounts payable 

$

157,436


$

88,289


$

143,354

  Accrued expenses 


68,826



110,560



99,319

     Total current liabilities 


226,262



198,849



242,673










Long-term debt


142,822



138,540



136,042










Other non-current liabilities 


81,196



81,248



95,766










Stockholders' (deficit) equity 


(15,786)



93,552



103,843










TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS'
(DEFICIT) EQUITY 

$

434,494


$

512,189


$

578,324










    

EXHIBIT B




















AÉROPOSTALE, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND

SELECTED STORE DATA

 (In thousands, except per share and store data)

(Unaudited)













13 weeks ended



October 31, 2015



November 1, 2014





% of sales





% of sales

Net sales  

$

363,325


100.0%


$

452,889


100.0%











Cost of sales (including certain buying, occupancy and
warehousing expenses) (1)


288,755


79.5%



384,011


84.8%











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