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J.Crew Group, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter And Fiscal 2017 Results

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NEW YORK, March 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- J.Crew Group, Inc. (the "Company") today announced financial results for the three months and fiscal year ended February 3, 2018. The results of the fourth quarter and fiscal 2017 contain an additional week, and reflect the 14 and 53 week periods ended February 3, 2018. Net sales generated in the 53rd week are not included in comparable sales.   

Fourth Quarter highlights:

  • Total revenues increased 2% to $710.6 million, which includes $28.6 million generated in the 14th week. Comparable company sales decreased 3% following a decrease of 5% in the fourth quarter last year.    
  • J.Crew sales decreased 4% to $547.1 million. J.Crew comparable sales decreased 7% following a decrease of 7% in the fourth quarter last year.
  • Madewell sales increased 32% to $135.8 million. Madewell comparable sales increased 17% following an increase of 6% in the fourth quarter last year.
  • Gross margin increased to 36.6% from 34.7% in the fourth quarter last year.
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses were $249.7 million, or 35.1% of revenues, compared to $225.2 million, or 32.4% of revenues in the fourth quarter last year. Excluding transformation, transaction and severance costs of $21.3 million, selling, general and administrative expenses were $228.4 million, or 32.1% of revenues this year. 
  • Operating income was $6.1 million compared to $15.0 million in the fourth quarter last year. The fourth quarter this year includes (i) transformation costs of $18.7 million, (ii) non-cash impairment charges of $4.3 million, (iii) transaction costs of $1.3 million and (iv) severance costs of $1.3 million. Operating income last year includes non-cash impairment charges of $1.0 million.
  • Net income was $36.6 million compared to $1.1 million in the fourth quarter last year. The fourth quarter this year includes a benefit for income taxes of $64.8 million. Additionally, the fourth quarter this year includes the impact of transformation costs, non-cash impairment charges, transaction costs and severance costs. Net income last year reflects the impact of non-cash impairment charges.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased $13.1 million, or 25%, to $64.6 million from $51.5 million in the fourth quarter last year. An explanation of the manner in which the Company uses adjusted EBITDA and a reconciliation to comparable GAAP measures are included in Exhibit (3).

Jim Brett, Chief Executive Officer, remarked, "With our transformation strategy underway, we delivered gross margin expansion and double digit adjusted EBITDA growth in the fourth quarter and the full year. While we are only at the very beginning of our evolution of the J.Crew brand, meaningful change is happening and we are already seeing results in our most important business – women's apparel – signaling that our strategy is working. With the right strategy and leadership in place, we are uniquely prepared to respond to the growing customer preference for a more personalized experience. We will scale Madewell more rapidly, building upon its proven and consistent record of growth, through strategic investments with highly profitable returns. We are a house of American brands, J.Crew our most iconic, all with significant opportunity to expand and enhance our product range while engaging our customers in more meaningful ways."

Fiscal 2017 highlights:

  • Total revenues decreased 2% to $2,370.1 million, which includes $28.6 million generated in the 53rd week. Comparable company sales decreased 6% following a decrease of 7% last year.    
  • J.Crew sales decreased 8% to $1,849.1 million. J.Crew comparable sales decreased 10% following a decrease of 8% last year.
  • Madewell sales increased 23% to $421.1 million. Madewell comparable sales increased 13% following an increase of 5% last year.      
  • Gross margin increased to 37.6% from 36.1% last year.
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses were $871.0 million, or 36.7% of revenues, compared to $818.5 million, or 33.7% of revenues last year. Excluding transformation, transaction and severance costs of $81.1 million, selling, general and administrative expenses were $789.9 million, or 33.3% of revenues this year.   
  • Operating loss was $120.0 million compared with operating income of $49.0 million last year. The operating loss includes (i) non-cash impairment charges of $141.2 million, (ii) transformation costs of $50.7 million, (iii) transaction costs of $18.5 million and (iv) severance costs of $11.9 million. Operating income last year includes non-cash impairment charges of $7.8 million.
  • Net loss was $125.0 million compared to $23.5 million last year. The net loss this year includes a benefit for income taxes of $105.5 million. Additionally, the net loss this year reflects the impact of non-cash impairment charges, transformation costs, transaction costs and severance costs. The net loss last year reflects the impact of non-cash impairment charges.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased $33.7 million, or 18%, to $222.2 million from $188.5 million last year. An explanation of the manner in which the Company uses adjusted EBITDA and a reconciliation to comparable GAAP measures are included in Exhibit (3).

Balance Sheet highlights:

  • Cash and cash equivalents were $107.1 million compared to $132.2 million at the end of the fourth quarter last year. The cash balance at the end of the fourth quarter this year reflects the payment of transaction costs of $36.6 million and debt repayments pursuant to the refinancing of $27.0 million.
  • Inventories were $292.5 million compared to $314.5 million at the end of the fourth quarter last year. Inventories decreased 7% and inventories per square foot increased 1% compared to the end of the fourth quarter last year.  
  • Total debt, net of discount and deferred financing costs, was $1,713 million compared to $1,510 million at the end of the fourth quarter last year. On July 13, 2017, the Company completed a debt exchange and refinancing. For more information, see the section entitled "Debt Exchange and Refinancing" below. There were no outstanding borrowings under the ABL Facility at February 3, 2018 or January 28, 2017. As of the date of this release, there were outstanding borrowings of $27 million under the ABL Facility, with excess availability of approximately $210 million.

Debt Exchange and Refinancing

On July 13, 2017, the Company completed the following interrelated liability management transactions:

  • Private Exchange Offer.  An exchange offer in which $565.7 million principal outstanding of 7.75%/8.50% Senior PIK Toggle Notes due 2019 (the "PIK Notes") issued by the Company's parent were exchanged for (i) $249.6 million of 13% Senior Secured Notes due 2021 and (ii) shares of preferred and common stock of the Company's parent. 
  • Term Loan Amendment.  An amendment of the Company's Term Loan Facility to, among other things, facilitate the following related transactions:
    • the repayment of $150.5 million principal amount then outstanding under the Term Loan Facility;
    • the transfer of the remaining undivided ownership interest in the U.S. intellectual property rights of the J.Crew brand to a subsidiary of the Company which, together with the undivided ownership interest transferred in December 2016 represent 100% of the U.S. intellectual property rights of the J.Crew brand, and the execution of related license agreements;
    • the issuance of $97.0 million principal amount of an additional series of 13% Senior Secured Notes due 2021, subject to the same terms and conditions as the exchange notes, for cash at a 3% discount, the proceeds of which were loaned to the Company and were applied, in part, to finance the repayment of the $150.5 million principal amount of term loans referenced above; and
    • the raising of additional borrowings under the Term Loan Facility of $30.0 million, for cash at a 2% discount, provided by the Company's sponsors, the net proceeds of which were also applied, in part, to finance the repayment of the $150.5 million principal amount of term loans referenced above.

For more information on the Private Exchange Offer and Term Loan Amendment, see the Company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 3, 2018.   

First Quarter Fiscal 2017 Impairment

During the first quarter of fiscal 2017, the Company recorded a non-cash impairment charge of $129.8 million related to the intangible asset for the J.Crew trade name. After recording the impairment charge in the first quarter, the carrying value of the J.Crew trade name was $250.2 million. If revenues or operating results decline below the Company's current expectations, additional impairment charges may be recorded in the future.

This impairment charge does not have an effect on the Company's operations, liquidity or financial covenants, and does not change management's long-term strategy, which includes its plans to drive disciplined growth across its brands.

Related Party

On November 4, 2013, an indirect parent holding company of the Company (the "PIK Notes Issuer") issued $500 million of PIK Notes. On July 13, 2017, the Company completed a private exchange offer pursuant to which $565.7 million principal amount of such PIK Notes were exchanged for $249.6 million of exchange notes and shares of preferred and common stock of the Parent. 

The PIK Notes were not guaranteed by any of the PIK Notes Issuer's subsidiaries, and therefore were not recorded in the Company's financial statements. The exchange notes, however, are guaranteed by the Company's subsidiaries, and therefore are recorded in the Company's financial statements. 

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This announcement includes certain non-GAAP financial measures. An explanation of the manner in which the Company uses adjusted EBITDA and an associated reconciliation to comparable GAAP measures is included in Exhibit (3).

Conference Call Information

A conference call to discuss fourth quarter results is scheduled for today, March 27, 2018, at 4:30 PM Eastern Time. Investors and analysts interested in listening to the call are invited to dial (877) 407-3982 approximately ten minutes prior to the start of the call. The conference call will also be simultaneously webcast at www.jcrew.com. A replay of this call will be available until April 3, 2018 and can be accessed by dialing (844) 512-2921 and entering conference ID number 13677749.

About J.Crew Group, Inc.

J.Crew Group, Inc. is an internationally recognized omni-channel retailer of women's, men's and children's apparel, shoes and accessories. As of March 27, 2018, the Company operates 231 J.Crew retail stores, 121 Madewell stores, jcrew.com, jcrewfactory.com, madewell.com, and 175 factory stores (including 42 J.Crew Mercantile stores). Certain product, press release and SEC filing information concerning the Company are available at the Company's website www.jcrew.com.

Forward-Looking Statements:

Certain statements herein, including projected store count and square footage in Exhibit (4) hereof, are "forward-looking statements" made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Company's current expectations or beliefs concerning future events, and actual results of operations may differ materially from historical results or current expectations. Any such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including the Company's substantial indebtedness, its substantial lease obligations, its ability to anticipate and timely respond to changes in trends and consumer preferences, the strength of the global economy, competitive market conditions, its ability to attract and retain key personnel, its ability to successfully develop, launch and grow its newer concepts and execute on strategic initiatives, product offerings, sales channels and businesses, its ability to implement its growth strategy, material disruption to its information systems, its ability to implement its real estate strategy, changes in demographic patterns, adverse or unseasonable weather or other interruptions in its foreign sourcing operations and other factors which are set forth in the section entitled "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and in all filings with the SEC made subsequent to the filing of the Form 10-K. Because of the factors described above and the inherent uncertainty of predicting future events, the Company cautions you against relying on forward-looking statements. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

 

Exhibit (1)














J.Crew Group, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(unaudited)














 (in thousands, except percentages)


Fourth
Quarter
Fiscal 2017(a)



Fourth
Quarter
Fiscal 2016



Fiscal 2017(b)



Fiscal 2016


Net sales:

















J.Crew


$

547,134



$

572,596



$

1,849,113



$

2,018,052


Madewell



135,826




102,867




421,077




341,570


Other



27,632




19,525




99,928




65,840


Total revenues



710,592




694,988




2,370,118




2,425,462


Cost of goods sold, including buying and occupancy costs



450,512




453,720




1,477,943




1,550,185


Gross profit



260,080




241,268




892,175




875,277


As a percent of revenues



36.6

%



34.7

%



37.6

%



36.1

%

Selling, general and administrative expenses



249,657




225,242




870,950




818,546


As a percent of revenues



35.1

%



32.4

%



36.7

%



33.7

%

Impairment losses



4,332




1,023




141,187




7,752


Operating income (loss)



6,091




15,003




(119,962)




48,979


As a percent of revenues



0.9

%



2.2

%



(5.1)

%



2.0

%

Interest expense, net



34,321




19,848




110,513




79,359


Loss on refinancing






435







435


Loss before income taxes



(28,230)




(5,280)




(230,475)




(30,815)


Benefit for income taxes



(64,847)




(6,334)




(105,516)




(7,301)


Net income (loss)


$

36,617



$

1,054



$

(124,959)



$

(23,514)


 

(a)

Consists of 14 weeks.

(b)

Consists of 53 weeks.


 

 

Exhibit (2)








J.Crew Group, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(unaudited)








 (in thousands)


February 3,

2018



January 28,

2017


Assets









Current assets:









Cash and cash equivalents


$

107,066



$

132,226


Inventories



292,489




314,492


Prepaid expenses and other current assets



83,228




59,494


Refundable income taxes



5,807




8,247


Total current assets



488,590




514,459


Property and equipment, net



289,441




362,187


Intangible assets, net



308,702




450,204


Goodwill



107,900




107,900


Other assets



6,374




6,207


Total assets


$

1,201,007



$

1,440,957











Liabilities and Stockholders' Deficit









Current liabilities:









Accounts payable


$

232,480



$

194,494


Other current liabilities



167,113




157,141


Interest payable



21,914




7,977


Due to Parent



38,210




33,462


Current portion of long-term debt



15,670




15,670


Total current liabilities



475,387




408,744


Long-term debt, net



1,697,812




1,494,490


Lease-related deferred credits, net



117,688




132,566


Deferred income taxes, net



29,486




148,200


Other liabilities



30,168




43,168


Stockholders' deficit



(1,149,534)




(786,211)


Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit


$

1,201,007



$

1,440,957


 

 

Exhibit (3)


J.Crew Group, Inc.

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA

Non-GAAP Financial Measure

(unaudited)


The following table reconciles net income (loss) reflected on the Company's condensed consolidated statements of operations to: (i) Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure), (ii) cash flows from operating activities (measured in accordance with GAAP) and (iii) cash and cash equivalents as reflected on the condensed consolidated balance sheet (measured in accordance with GAAP).

           

 (in millions)


Fourth Quarter

Fiscal 2017



Fourth Quarter

Fiscal 2016



Fiscal 2017



Fiscal 2016


Net income (loss)


$

36.6



$

1.1



$

(125.0)



$

(23.5)


Benefit for income taxes



(64.8)




(6.3)




(105.5)




(7.3)


Interest expense (including the loss on refinancing)



34.3




20.2




110.5




79.8


Depreciation and amortization (including intangible assets)



29.4




31.7




110.9




120.0


EBITDA



35.5




46.7




(9.1)




169.0


Impairment losses



4.3




1.0




141.2




7.8


Transformation costs



18.7







50.7





Transaction costs



1.3







18.5





Charges related to workforce reductions



1.3







11.9





Monitoring fees



2.6




2.5




9.7




10.0


Share-based compensation



1.8




0.2




2.3




1.0


Amortization of lease commitments



(0.9)




1.1




(3.0)




0.7


Adjusted EBITDA



64.6




51.5




222.2




188.5


Taxes paid



(0.3)




(0.2)




(1.6)




(1.2)


Interest paid



(20.6)




(19.3)




(89.1)




(72.6)


Changes in working capital



32.0




87.3




(68.6)




23.1


Cash flows from operating activities



75.7




119.3




62.9




137.8


Cash flows from investing activities



(11.0)




(20.8)




(37.1)




(80.1)


Cash flows from financing activities



(7.8)




(5.1)




(52.3)




(12.9)


Effect of changes in foreign exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents



1.0




0.4




1.4




(0.4)


Increase (decrease) in cash



57.9




93.8




(25.1)




44.4


Cash and cash equivalents, beginning



49.2




38.4




132.2




87.8


Cash and cash equivalents, ending


$

107.1



$

132.2



$

107.1



$

132.2


 

The Company presents Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, because it uses such measure to: (i) monitor the performance of its business, (ii) evaluate its liquidity, and (iii) determine levels of incentive compensation. The Company believes the presentation of this measure will enhance the ability of its investors to analyze trends in its business, evaluate its performance relative to other companies in the industry, and evaluate its ability to service debt.


Adjusted EBITDA is not a presentation made in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and therefore, differences may exist in the manner in which other companies calculate this measure. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered an alternative to (i) net income, as a measure of operating performance, or (ii) cash flows, as a measure of liquidity. Adjusted EBITDA has important limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation to, or as a substitute for, analysis of the Company's results as measured in accordance with GAAP.

 

 

Exhibit (4)





Actual and Projected Store Count and Square Footage(1)

 

(unaudited)







Fiscal 2017 (Actual)


Period


Total stores open at

beginning of the

period



Number of stores

opened during the

period(2)



Number of stores

closed during the

period(2)



Total stores open at end

of the period


First Quarter



573




3




(5)




571


Second Quarter



571




4




(2)




573


Third Quarter



573




3




(4)




572


Fourth Quarter



572







(40)




532


Fiscal 2017



573




10




(51)




532






































Fiscal 2017 (Actual)


Period


Total gross square feet

at beginning of the

period



Gross square feet

for stores opened or

expanded during the
period



Reduction of gross

square feet for stores

closed or downsized

during the period



Total gross square feet

at end of the period


First Quarter



3,162,420




8,934




(25,730)




3,145,624


Second Quarter



3,145,624




16,027




(7,528)




3,154,123


Third Quarter



3,154,123




11,960




(22,271)




3,143,812


Fourth Quarter



3,143,812







(217,742)




2,926,070


Fiscal 2017



3,162,420




36,921




(273,271)




2,926,070


 



Fiscal 2018 (Projected)




Total stores open at

beginning of the

year



Number of stores

opened during the

year(3)



Number of stores

closed during the

year(4)



Total stores open at end

of the year


Fiscal year



532




11




(20)




523






































Fiscal 2018 (Projected)




Total gross square feet

at beginning of the

year



Gross square feet

for stores opened or

expanded during the

year



Reduction of gross

square feet for stores

closed or downsized

during the year



Total gross square feet

at end of the year


Fiscal year



2,926,070




34,000




(109,000)




2,851,070


 

(1)

Store count and square footage summary excludes two concession stores located in the United Kingdom and France.



(2)

Actual number of stores open or closed during fiscal 2017 is as follows:

 



Retail



Factory



Mercantile



Madewell



International



Total


Open



1




1







8







10


Conversion to J.Crew Mercantile



(3)







3











Close



(39)




(9)










(3)




(51)


Net



(41)




(8)




3




8




(3)




(41)


 

(3)

The Company projects to open one retail and 10 Madewell stores during fiscal 2018.



(4)

The Company expects to close approximately 20 stores during fiscal 2018.

 

 

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