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Christopher & Banks Corporation Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2016 Financial Results

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MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Christopher & Banks Corporation (NYSE: CBK), a specialty women's apparel retailer, today reported results for the second quarter ended July 30, 2016.

Results for the Second Quarter Ended July 30, 2016

  • Net sales totaled $89.9 million, a decrease of 4.3%, compared to $94.0 million in net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2015.
  • Comparable sales decreased 5.8% compared to a 12.4% decrease in the same period last year.
  • Gross margin increased to 33.5% of net sales, an improvement of 60 basis points, compared to last year's second quarter.
  • Operating loss was $3.8 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2016. This compares to an operating loss of $1.7 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2015.
  • Net loss totaled $3.9 million, or a $0.11 loss per share, compared to a net loss for the prior year period of $0.7 million, or a $0.02 loss per share.

LuAnn Via, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Overall, results for the second quarter were below our expectations and we acknowledge that the significant changes we have made for the long term have led to some sales volatility in the short term. The sales shortfall for the second quarter was impacted primarily by four factors (i) softness in our outlet channel; (ii) the transition to our new e-commerce platform in mid- May, which caused a temporary slowdown in this channel; (iii) a shift in the timing of our May customer appreciation event; and (iv) product categories where our merchandise offering did not meet expectations. While we expect the retail environment will continue to be challenging, we are confident that the actions we are taking will drive consistency in sales growth and expanded profit margins for the future. Our strong first quarter results, as well as our August sales comps, which were positive, reinforce that the changes we have made to our store format and product offerings do resonate with our customer and were right for the business long term."

Balance Sheet Highlights and Capital Expenditures

Cash, cash-equivalents and investments totaled $28.1 million as of July 30, 2016. Inventory per square foot, excluding in-transit and eCommerce inventory, increased approximately 3.1%, to $17.53 per square foot, as of July 30, 2016, as compared to August 1, 2015. Capital expenditures for the second quarter of fiscal 2016 were $3.2 million compared to $9.7 million in last year's second quarter. Capital expenditures in the second quarter this year primarily reflected investments in new stores and technology associated with the Company's Customer First initiative. For the second quarter ended July 30, 2016, the Company had no outstanding borrowings under its revolving credit facility.

Outlook for the 2016 Third Quarter and Full Fiscal Year

For the third quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company currently expects:

  • total net sales of between $102 million and $106 million, as compared to net sales of $103.6 million in last year's third quarter;
  • gross margin to be 35% to 36% as compared to 35.8% in last year's third quarter;
  • SG&A to be between approximately $33.0 million and $33.6 million, compared to the $33.6 million of SG&A expense reported in the third quarter last year;
  • inventory per square foot at the end of the quarter to be essentially flat as compared to the end of last year's third quarter;
  • depreciation and amortization to be approximately $3.2 million as compared to $3.1 million in last year's third quarter;
  • to open one Missy, Petite, Women ("MPW") store and to close one MPW store; and
  • average square footage to be down 3.6%, as compared to last year's third quarter.

For the 2016 fiscal year, the Company currently expects:

  • capital expenditures to be approximately $12.5 million to $13.0 million;
  • nominal taxes, representing minimal taxes and fees; and
  • average square footage for the year to be down approximately 3% as compared to fiscal 2015.

Conference Call Information

The Company will discuss its second quarter results in a conference call scheduled for today, August 30, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The conference call will be simultaneously broadcast live over the Internet at http://www.christopherandbanks.com. An online archive of the broadcast will be available within approximately one hour of the completion of the call and will be accessible at http://www.christopherandbanks.com until September 30, 2016. In addition, an audio replay of the call will be available shortly after its conclusion and will be archived until September 6, 2016. This call may be accessed by dialing 1-877-870-5176 and using the passcode 2056688.

About Christopher & Banks

Christopher & Banks Corporation is a Minneapolis-based national specialty retailer featuring exclusively designed privately branded women's apparel and accessories. As of August 30, 2016, the Company operates 506 stores in 45 states consisting of 315 MPW stores, 83 Outlet stores, 55 Christopher & Banks stores, and 53 stores in its women's plus size clothing division CJ Banks. The Company also operates the www.ChristopherandBanks.com eCommerce website.

Keywords: Christopher & Banks, CJ Banks, Women's Clothing, Plus Size Clothing, Petites, Extended Sizes, Outfits.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements, made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements may use the words "expect", "anticipate", "plan", "intend", "project", "believe", "drive" "in order to" and similar expressions and include the statements that: (i) that the Company is confident that the actions it is taking will drive consistency in sales growth and expanded profit margins for the future; (ii) that the Company's strong first quarter results, as well as its August sales comps, which were positive, reinforce that the changes it has made to its store format and product offerings do resonate with its customer and were right for the business long term; (iii) for the third quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company currently expects: (a) total net sales of between $102 million and $106 million, as compared to net sales of $103.6 million in last year's third quarter; (b) gross margin to be 35% to 36% as compared to 35.8% in last year's third quarter; (c) SG&A to be between approximately $33.0 million and $33.6 million, compared to the $33.6 million of SG&A expense reported in the third quarter last year; (d) inventory per square foot at the end of the quarter to be essentially flat as compared to the end of last year's third quarter; (e) depreciation and amortization to be approximately $3.2 million as compared to $3.1 million in last year's third quarter; (f) to open one MPW store and close one MPW store; and (g) average square footage to be down 3.6%, as compared to last year's third quarter; and (iv) for the 2016 fiscal year, the Company now expects: (a) capital expenditures to be approximately $12.5 million to $13.0 million; (b) nominal taxes, representing minimal taxes and fees; and (c) average square footage for the year to be down approximately 3% as compared to the end of fiscal 2015.

These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to a number of uncertainties and risks, as well as assumptions that, if they do not fully materialize or prove incorrect, could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from estimates or projections contained in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (i) the inherent difficulty in forecasting consumer buying and retail traffic patterns which may be affected by factors beyond the Company's control, such as a weakness in overall consumer demand; adverse weather, economic or political conditions; and shifts in consumer tastes or spending habits that result in reduced sales or gross margins; (ii) lack of acceptance of the Company's fashions, including its seasonal fashions; (iii) the ability of the Company's infrastructure and systems to adequately support its operations; (iv) the effectiveness of the Company's brand awareness, marketing programs and efforts to enhance the in-store experience; (v) the possibility that, because of poor customer response to the Company's merchandise, management may determine it is necessary to sell merchandise at lower than expected margins or at a loss; (vi) the failure to successfully implement the Company's strategic and tactical plans and initiatives; (vii) general economic conditions could lead to a reduction in store traffic and in consumer spending on women's apparel; (viii) fluctuations in the levels of the Company's sales, expenses or earnings; and (ix) risks associated with the performance and operations of the Company's Internet operations.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements which are based on current expectations and speak only as of the date of this release. The Company does not assume any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement at any time for any reason.

Certain other factors that may cause actual results to differ from such forward-looking statements are included in the Company's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available on the Company's website under "For Investors" and you are urged to carefully consider all such factors.

 
CHRISTOPHER & BANKS CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)
       
Thirteen Weeks Ended Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
July 30, August 1, July 30, August 1,
2016 2015 2016 2015
Net sales $ 89,923 $ 93,997 $ 189,957 $ 185,618
Merchandise, buying and occupancy costs   59,774     63,061     122,096     122,473  
Gross profit 30,149 30,936 67,861 63,145
Other Operating Expenses:
Selling, general and administrative 30,626 29,630 66,103 61,619
Depreciation and amortization 2,974 2,901 5,996 5,617
Impairment of store assets   309     115     476     115  
Total other operating expenses   33,909     32,646     72,575     67,351  
Operating loss (3,760 ) (1,710 ) (4,714 ) (4,206 )
Interest expense, net (42 ) (33 ) (82 ) (40 )
Other income  

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    911    

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Loss before income taxes (3,802 ) (1,743 ) (3,885 ) (4,246 )
Income tax provision (benefit)   82     (1,033 )   167     (2,094 )
Net loss $ (3,884 ) $ (710 ) $ (4,052 ) $ (2,152 )
 
Basic loss per share:
Net loss $ (0.11 ) $ (0.02 ) $ (0.11 ) $ (0.06 )
Basic shares outstanding   36,981     36,871     36,953     36,860  
 
Diluted loss per share:
Net loss $ (0.11 ) $ (0.02 ) $ (0.11 ) $ (0.06 )
Diluted shares outstanding   36,981     36,871     36,953     36,860  
 
   
CHRISTOPHER & BANKS CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
July 30, August 1,
2016 2015
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 28,091 $ 23,581
Short-term investments

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10,917
Accounts receivable 3,965 5,919
Merchandise inventories 50,052 50,900
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 9,591 10,156
Deferred income taxes

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3,653
Income taxes receivable   601     682  
Total current assets 92,300 105,808
 
Property, equipment and improvements, net 58,660 57,122
 
Other non-current assets:
Deferred income taxes 383 36,173
Other assets   532     766  
Total other non-current assets   915     36,939  
Total assets $ 151,875   $ 199,869  
 
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 22,049 $ 23,639
Accrued salaries, wages and related expenses 4,870 3,273
Accrued liabilities and other current liabilities   22,936     20,276  
Total current liabilities 49,855 47,188
 
Non-current liabilities:
Deferred lease incentives 9,636 9,456
Deferred rent obligations 6,276 7,276
Other non-current liabilities   1,368     1,164  
Total non-current liabilities 17,280 17,896
 
Stockholders' equity:
Common stock 469 470
Additional paid-in capital 126,233 125,283
Retained earnings 70,749 121,743
Common stock held in treasury   (112,711 )   (112,711 )
Total stockholders' equity   84,740     134,785  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 151,875   $ 199,869  
 
   
CHRISTOPHER & BANKS CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
Twenty-Six Weeks Ended  
July 30, August 1,
2016 2015  
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net loss $ (4,052 ) $ (2,152 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 5,996 5,617
Impairment of store assets 476 115
Deferred income taxes, net 11 (1,888 )
Gain on investments, net (911 ) (1 )
Amortization of premium on investments 10 24
Amortization of financing costs 31 31
Deferred lease-related liabilities (381 ) 2,696
Stock-based compensation expense 406 1,071
Loss on disposal of assets 1

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Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable 102 (1,919 )
Merchandise inventories (7,571 ) (5,582 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets (463 ) (3,414 )
Income taxes receivable (88 ) 163
Accounts payable 5,547 5,135
Accrued liabilities 260 (2,980 )
Other liabilities   106     (148 )
Net cash used in operating activities (520 ) (3,232 )
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchases of property, equipment and improvements (6,788 ) (17,514 )
Proceeds from company-owned life insurance 911

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Maturities of available-for-sale investments   3,005     7,108  
Net cash used in investing activities (2,872 ) (10,406 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Shares redeemed for payroll taxes   (23 )   (26 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (23 )   (26 )
 
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (3,415 ) (13,664 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   31,506     37,245  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 28,091   $ 23,581  
 
Supplemental cash flow information:
Interest paid $ 95 $ 73
Income taxes paid (refunded) $ 102 $ (257 )
Accrued purchases of equipment and improvements $ 226 $ 975
 
     
CHRISTOPHER & BANKS CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULE
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
Items impacting the operating loss with comparisons to the prior year include:
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
July 30, August 1, July 30, August 1,
2016 2015 2016 2015
Advisory fees in connection with shareholder activism $ 15 $ 353 $ 1,549 $ 370
eCommerce transition fees 250

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684

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Sub-total $ 265 $ 353 $ 2,233 $ 370
 

Christopher & Banks Corporation
Peter G. Michielutti, 763-551-5000
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer
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Jean Fontana, 203-682-8200

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