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Chico's FAS, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Results

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FORT MYERS, Fla., Aug. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

  • Reported second quarter EPS of $0.13 per diluted share
  • Maintained strong cash flow
  • Reaffirms full-year fiscal 2018 outlook

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Chico's FAS, Inc. (NYSE:CHS) (the "Company") today announced its financial results for the fiscal 2018 second quarter ended August 4, 2018.

For the thirteen weeks ended August 4, 2018 (the "second quarter"), the Company reported net income of $16.8 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, compared to net income of $22.7 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, for the thirteen weeks ended July 29, 2017 ("last year's second quarter").

For the twenty-six weeks ended August 4, 2018, the Company reported net income of $45.8 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, compared to net income of $56.3 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, for the twenty-six weeks ended July 29, 2017.

"Second quarter results were in-line with our expectations, reflecting momentum on our top-line initiatives," said Shelley Broader, CEO and President of the Company. "New merchandise assortments are resonating with customers, and innovative advancements to our robust omni-channel platform are driving increased customer awareness and reactivation. We remain confident in the opportunities across our brands for profitable growth and value creation."

Second Quarter Business Highlights:

  • The Company's growth initiatives drove improved comparable sales trends across all brands and fueled a double-digit increase in its digital sales in the second quarter.
                                                        
  • The Company made considerable progress toward becoming a fully integrated omni-channel retailer. All front-line stores have been converted to the new "Locate" tool, enhancing the ability to ship an in-store order directly to the customer. In addition, the Company made substantial progress in its roll out of the "Endless Aisle" tool, which leverages shared inventory for purchase on-line and ship from store.
                                                         
  • Soma, the Company's intimate apparel brand, successfully launched Enbliss, a new innovative bra that offers superior soft comfort and support. The collection is the latest addition to the Soma bra wardrobe and has exceeded expectations with healthy sales, increased customer traffic and reactivation.

Net Sales

For the second quarter, net sales were $544.7 million compared to $578.6 million in last year's second quarter. This decrease of 5.9% primarily reflects a comparable sales decline of 3.2%, the unfavorable impact of the calendar shift due to the 53rd week in fiscal 2017, as well as the impact of 42 net store closures since last year's second quarter. The comparable sales decline was primarily driven by a decline in transaction count partially offset by higher average dollar sales.

Comparable Sales



Thirteen Weeks Ended


Twenty-Six Weeks Ended



August 4, 2018 (1)


July 29, 2017


August 4, 2018 (1)


July 29, 2017

Chico's


(3.8)%


(9.0)%


(4.7)%


(9.4)%

White House Black Market


(3.5)%


(10.6)%


(5.1)%


(10.1)%

Soma


(0.9)%


(1.8)%


(3.2)%


(0.8)%

Total Company


(3.2)%


(8.4)%


(4.6)%


(8.4)%


(1) Comparable sales for the thirteen and twenty-six weeks ended have been adjusted to eliminate the impact of the calendar shift due to the
53rd week in fiscal 2017. Fiscal 2018 comparable sales represent sales for the thirteen and twenty-six weeks ended August 4, 2018 compared
to sales for the thirteen and twenty-six weeks ended August 5, 2017.

Gross Margin

For the second quarter, gross margin was $196.9 million, or 36.1% of net sales, compared to $209.1 million, or 36.1% of net sales, in last year's second quarter. Gross margin rate as a percent of net sales was primarily driven by a 100 basis point improvement in maintained margin, offset by costs related to continued expansion of our omni-channel fulfillment programs and deleverage of store occupancy costs.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

For the second quarter, selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses were $174.1 million, or 31.9% of net sales, compared to $173.6 million, or 30.0% of net sales, for last year's second quarter. This 190 basis point increase primarily reflects investments in marketing and technology as well as deleverage of store operating expenses.

Income Tax Expense

For the second quarter, the effective tax rate was 25.4% compared to 35.1% for last year's second quarter. The 9.7% reduction in the effective tax rate for the second quarter was primarily the result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which reduced the U.S. corporate income tax rate from 35% to 21%. This reduction was partially offset by a 240 basis point increase related to prior year favorable income tax settlements.

Cash and Marketable Securities

At the end of the second quarter, cash and marketable securities totaled $239.4 million compared to $186.2 million at the end of last year's second quarter. This $53.2 million increase primarily reflects cash generated from operating activities, partially offset by cash utilized for capital expenditures, shareholder dividends and share repurchases.

Inventories

At the end of the second quarter, inventories totaled $224.2 million compared to $235.2 million at the end of last year's second quarter. This $10.9 million decrease, or 4.6%, primarily reflects a continued focus on inventory management and the Company's ability to align inventory with sales.

Share Repurchase Program

During the second quarter, under its $300.0 million share repurchase program announced in November 2015, the Company repurchased 3.5 million shares for $30.8 million, at a weighted average of $8.70 per share. There is $105.4 million remaining for future share repurchases under the program.

Fiscal 2018 Full-Year and Third Quarter Outlook

The Company is reaffirming its full-year fiscal 2018 outlook as provided previously in the first quarter earnings press release on May 30, 2018.

For full-year fiscal 2018, the Company continues to anticipate a mid-single digit decline in net sales and a low-to-mid single digit decline in consolidated comparable sales. The Company expects gross margin rate expansion of approximately 50 basis points over fiscal 2017, which is within the Company's previously provided range of an expansion of 50 to 70 basis points. The Company anticipates SG&A expenses to be approximately flat compared to fiscal 2017.

The Company estimates a fiscal 2018 tax rate in the range of 26% to 28%. In addition, the Company anticipates fiscal 2018 capital expenditures to be $60 million to $70 million, primarily driven by store reinvestments and technology enhancements.

For the third quarter fiscal 2018, both net sales and comparable sales are expected to decline low-single digits compared to third quarter fiscal 2017.

The Company expects gross margin rate as a percent of net sales to increase approximately 50 basis points compared to third quarter fiscal 2017. The Company also anticipates SG&A expenses to increase in the range of $8 million to $10 million compared to third quarter fiscal 2017 due to continued investment in technology and marketing.

Fiscal 2017 Third Quarter Hurricane Impact

As a reminder, in the third quarter of fiscal 2017, the Company was impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria (collectively, the "Hurricanes"), resulting in reduced operating hours or the temporary closure of more than 300 stores as well as a decline in direct to consumer sales. The business interruption of the Hurricanes had a significant impact on the Company's operations. The impact to income from operations due to lower net sales, impairment charges and other incremental Hurricane related expenses was approximately $10 million. On an after-tax basis, the Hurricane related impact to net income was $5 million, or $0.04 per diluted share.

Conference Call Information

The Company is hosting a live conference call on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 beginning at 8:30 a.m. EDT to review the operating results for the second quarter. The conference call is being webcast live over the Internet, which you may access in the Investors section of the Chico's FAS, Inc. corporate website, www.chicosfas.com. A replay of the webcast will remain available online for one year at http://chicosfas.com/investors/events-and-presentations.

The phone number for the call is 1-877-883-0383. International callers should use 1-412-902-6506. The Elite Entry number, 7706918, is required to join the conference call. Interested participants should call 10-15 minutes prior to the 8:30 a.m. start to be placed in queue.

ABOUT CHICO'S FAS, INC.

The Company, through its brands – Chico's, White House Black Market and Soma, is a leading omni-channel specialty retailer of women's private branded, sophisticated, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates and complementary accessories.

As of August 4, 2018, the Company operated 1,440 stores in the US and Canada and sold merchandise through 77 franchise locations in Mexico. The Company's merchandise is also available at www.chicos.com, www.chicosofftherack.com, www.whbm.com and www.soma.com as well as through third party channels. For more detailed information on Chico's FAS, Inc., please go to our corporate website at www.chicosfas.com. The information on our corporate website is not, and shall not be deemed to be, a part of this press release or incorporated into our federal securities law filings.

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

This press release contains "forward-looking statements," within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which reflect our current views with respect to certain events that could have an effect on our future financial performance. These statements, including without limitation statements made in Ms. Broader's quotes and in the section entitled "Fiscal 2018 Full-Year and Third Quarter Outlook," relate to expectations concerning matters that are not historical fact and may include the words or phrases such as "will," "should," "expects," "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "intends," "estimates," "approximately," "our planning assumptions," "future outlook," and similar expressions. Except for historical information, matters discussed in such statements are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based largely on information currently available to our management and on our current expectations, assumptions, plans, estimates, judgments and projections about our business and our industry, and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results or those currently anticipated. Although we believe our expectations are based on reasonable estimates and assumptions, we cannot guarantee their accuracy or our future performance, and there are a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties, contingencies, and other factors (many of which are outside our control) that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, there is no assurance that our expectations will, in fact, occur or that our estimates or assumptions will be correct, and we caution investors and all others not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, changes in the general economic and business environment, including the expected impact of U.S. tax reform; changes in the general or specialty retail or apparel industries; the availability of quality store sites; the ability to successfully execute and achieve the expected results of our business strategies and particular strategic initiatives, sales initiatives and multi-channel strategies; customer traffic; our ability to leverage inventory management and targeted promotions; the successful integration of the new members of our senior management team; changes in the political environment that create consumer uncertainty; significant changes to product import and distribution costs (such as unexpected consolidation in the freight carrier industry, and the ability to remain competitive with customer shipping terms and costs pertaining to product deliveries and returns); new or increased taxes or tariffs (particularly with respect to China) that could impact, among other things, our sourcing from foreign suppliers; significant shifts in consumer behavior; and those other factors described in Item 1A, "Risk Factors" and in the "Forward-Looking Statements" disclosure in Item 7. "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" of our latest annual report on Form 10-K and in Part II, Item 1A, "Risk Factors" and the "Forward-Looking Statements" disclosure in Part I, Item 2. "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operation" of our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and in other reports we file with or furnish to the Securities and Exchange Commission. There can be no assurance that the actual future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements will occur. All forward-looking statements that are made or attributable to us are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary notice. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that projected results expressed or implied in such statements will not be realized.

(Financial Tables Follow)

Executive Contact:
Julie Lorigan
Vice President – Investor Relations,
Public Relations and Corporate Communications
Chico's FAS, Inc.
(239) 346-4199

 

Chico's FAS, Inc. • 11215 Metro Parkway • Fort Myers, Florida 33966 • (239) 277-6200

 

Chico's FAS, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

(Unaudited)

(in thousands, except per share amounts)



Thirteen Weeks Ended


Twenty-Six Weeks Ended


August 4, 2018


July 29, 2017


August 4, 2018


July 29, 2017


Amount


% of
Sales


Amount


% of
Sales


Amount


% of
Sales


Amount


% of
Sales

Net Sales:



















Chico's

$

286,808


52.7

%


$

302,217


52.2

%


$

587,744


53.1

%


$

612,344


52.7

%

White House Black Market

168,938


31.0



184,396


31.9



351,586


31.8



377,728


32.5


Soma

88,974


16.3



91,968


15.9



167,205


15.1



172,237


14.8


Total Net Sales

544,720


100.0



578,581


100.0



1,106,535


100.0



1,162,309


100.0


Cost of goods sold

347,853


63.9



369,480


63.9



682,800


61.7



715,795


61.6


Gross Margin

196,867


36.1



209,101


36.1



423,735


38.3



446,514


38.4


Selling, general and administrative
expenses

174,089


31.9



173,642


30.0



360,508


32.6



356,181


30.6


Income from Operations

22,778


4.2



35,459


6.1



63,227


5.7



90,333


7.8


Interest expense, net

(310)


(0.1)



(443)


0.0



(555)


0.0



(898)


(0.1)


Income before Income Taxes

22,468


4.1



35,016


6.1



62,672


5.7



89,435


7.7


Income tax provision

5,700


1.0



12,300


2.2



16,900


1.6



33,100


2.9


Net Income

$

16,768


3.1

%


$

22,716


3.9

%


$

45,772


4.1

%


$

56,335


4.8

%

Per Share Data:



















Net income per common share-basic

$

0.13




$

0.18




$

0.36




$

0.44



Net income per common and common
equivalent share–diluted

$

0.13




$

0.18




$

0.36




$

0.44



Weighted average common shares
outstanding–basic

124,730




125,643




125,003




125,847



Weighted average common and common
equivalent shares outstanding–diluted

124,774




125,677




125,054




125,890



Dividends declared per share

$

0.0850




$

0.0825




$

0.2550




$

0.2475



 

 

Chico's FAS, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)

(in thousands)



August 4, 2018


February 3, 2018


July 29, 2017

ASSETS






Current Assets:






Cash and cash equivalents

$

177,641


$

160,071


$

135,324

Marketable securities, at fair value

61,727


60,060


50,878

Inventories

224,233


233,726


235,167

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

57,301


60,668


49,381

Total Current Assets

520,902


514,525


470,750

Property and Equipment, net

393,525


421,038


443,833

Other Assets:






Goodwill

96,774


96,774


96,774

Other intangible assets, net

38,930


38,930


38,930

Other assets, net

13,327


16,338


16,745

Total Other Assets

149,031


152,042


152,449


$

1,063,458


$

1,087,605


$

1,067,032







LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY






Current Liabilities:






Accounts payable

$

139,604


$

118,253


$

125,945

Current debt


15,000


15,000

Other current and deferred liabilities

119,497


133,715


123,137

Total Current Liabilities

259,101


266,968


264,082

Noncurrent Liabilities:






Long-term debt

61,250


53,601


61,068

Other noncurrent and deferred liabilities

97,454


103,282


112,218

Deferred taxes

4,640


7,372


11,222

Total Noncurrent Liabilities

163,344


164,255


184,508

Commitments and Contingencies






Shareholders' Equity:






Preferred stock



Common stock

1,257


1,275


1,283

Additional paid-in capital

476,480


468,806


458,172

Treasury stock, at cost

(444,252)


(413,465)


(406,776)

Retained earnings

607,643


599,810


565,650

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income

(115)


(44)


113

Total Shareholders' Equity

641,013


656,382


618,442


$

1,063,458


$

1,087,605


$

1,067,032

 

 

Chico's FAS, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Cash Flow Statements

(Unaudited)

(in thousands)



Twenty-Six Weeks Ended


August 4, 2018


July 29, 2017

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:




Net income

$

45,772


$

56,335

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:




Depreciation and amortization

45,870


50,012

Loss on disposal and impairment of property and equipment

1,778


1,183

Deferred income taxes

(2,600)


1,653

Share-based compensation expense

10,238


10,232

Deferred rent and lease credits

(10,101)


(9,345)

Changes in assets and liabilities:




Inventories

8,669


(2,804)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

5,864


5,022

Accounts payable

10,440


(903)

Accrued and other liabilities

(16,329)


(44,076)

Net cash provided by operating activities

99,601


67,309

Cash Flows from Investing Activities:




Purchases of marketable securities

(17,315)


(14,264)

Proceeds from sale of marketable securities

15,718


13,794

Purchases of property and equipment

(19,844)


(18,040)

Net cash used in investing activities

(21,441)


(18,510)

Cash Flows from Financing Activities:




Proceeds from borrowings

61,250


Payments on borrowings

(68,750)


(8,750)

Proceeds from issuance of common stock

679


1,095

Dividends paid

(22,012)


(21,467)

Repurchase of common stock

(28,443)


(20,700)

Payments of tax withholdings related to share-based awards

(3,226)


(5,897)

Net cash used in financing activities

(60,502)


(55,719)





Effects of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(88)


109

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

17,570


(6,811)

Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning of period

160,071


142,135

Cash and Cash Equivalents, End of period

$

177,641


$

135,324

 

 

Supplemental Detail on Net Income Per Share Calculation

In accordance with accounting guidance, unvested share-based payment awards that include non-forfeitable rights to dividends, whether paid or unpaid, are considered participating securities. As a result, such awards are required to be included in the calculation of earnings per common share pursuant to the "two-class" method. For the Company, participating securities are comprised entirely of unvested restricted stock awards and performance-based restricted stock units ("PSUs") that have met their relevant performance criteria.

Net income per share is determined using the two-class method when it is more dilutive than the treasury stock method. Basic net income per share is computed by dividing net income available to common shareholders by the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding during the period, including participating securities. Diluted net income per share reflects the dilutive effect of potential common shares from non-participating securities such as stock options, PSUs and restricted stock units. For the thirteen and twenty-six weeks ended August 4, 2018 and July 29, 2017, potential common shares were excluded from the computation of diluted EPS to the extent they were antidilutive.

The following unaudited table sets forth the computation of basic and diluted net income per share shown on the face of the accompanying condensed consolidated statements of income (in thousands, except per share amounts):



Thirteen Weeks Ended


Twenty-Six Weeks Ended



August 4, 2018


July 29, 2017


August 4, 2018


July 29, 2017

Numerator









Net income


$

16,768


$

22,716


$

45,772


$

56,335

Net income and dividends declared allocated to
participating securities


(444)


(537)


(1,169)


(1,286)

Net income available to common shareholders


$

16,324


$

22,179


$

44,603


$

55,049










Denominator









Weighted average common shares outstanding –
basic


124,730


125,643


125,003


125,847

Dilutive effect of non-participating securities


44


34


51


43

Weighted average common and common equivalent
shares outstanding – diluted


124,774


125,677


125,054


125,890










Net Income per Share:









Basic


$

0.13


$

0.18


$

0.36


$

0.44

Diluted


$

0.13


$

0.18


$

0.36


$

0.44

 

 

Chico's FAS, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Store Count and Square Footage

Thirteen Weeks Ended August 4, 2018

(Unaudited)












May 5, 2018


New Stores


Closures


August 4, 2018



Store Count:










Chico's frontline boutiques

564



(3)


561



Chico's outlets

120




120



Chico's Canada

4




4



WHBM frontline boutiques

403



(5)


398



WHBM outlets

69



(2)


67



WHBM Canada

6




6



Soma frontline boutiques

266



(1)


265



Soma outlets

19




19



Total Chico's FAS, Inc.

1,451



(11)


1,440
























May 5, 2018


New Stores


Closures


Other Changes in SSF


August 4, 2018

Net Selling Square Footage (SSF):










Chico's frontline boutiques

1,542,609



(8,446)


(4,926)


1,529,237

Chico's outlets

302,088




237


302,325

Chico's Canada

9,695





9,695

WHBM frontline boutiques

937,931



(10,604)



927,327

WHBM outlets

143,963



(3,614)



140,349

WHBM Canada

14,891





14,891

Soma frontline boutiques

504,654



(2,174)



502,480

Soma outlets

35,541




233


35,774

Total Chico's FAS, Inc.

3,491,372



(24,838)


(4,456)


3,462,078



































As of August 4, 2018, the Company also sold merchandise through 77 international franchise locations.

 

 

Chico's FAS, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Store Count and Square Footage

Twenty-Six Weeks Ended August 4, 2018

(Unaudited)












February 3, 2018


New Stores


Closures


August 4, 2018



Store Count:










Chico's frontline boutiques

568



(7)


561



Chico's outlets

120




120



Chico's Canada

4




4



WHBM frontline boutiques

404



(6)


398



WHBM outlets

69



(2)


67



WHBM Canada

6




6



Soma frontline boutiques

270



(5)


265



Soma outlets

19




19



Total Chico's FAS, Inc.

1,460



(20)


1,440
























February 3, 2018


New Stores


Closures


Other Changes in SSF


August 4, 2018

Net Selling Square Footage (SSF):










Chico's frontline boutiques

1,555,671



(19,904)


(6,530)


1,529,237

Chico's outlets

302,088




237


302,325

Chico's Canada

9,695





9,695

WHBM frontline boutiques

939,606



(12,949)


670


927,327

WHBM outlets

143,963



(3,614)



140,349

WHBM Canada

14,891





14,891

Soma frontline boutiques

511,989



(9,509)



502,480

Soma outlets

35,541




233


35,774

Total Chico's FAS, Inc.

3,513,444



(45,976)


(5,390)


3,462,078



































As of August 4, 2018, the Company also sold merchandise through 77 international franchise locations.

 

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