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Carter's, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2019 Results

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  • Fourth quarter fiscal 2019 results
    • Net sales $1.1 billion, growth of 1.3%
    • Diluted EPS $2.82; adjusted diluted EPS $2.81, decline of 1.1%
  • Full year fiscal 2019 results
    • Net sales $3.5 billion, growth of 1.6%
    • Diluted EPS $5.85; adjusted diluted EPS $6.46, growth of 2.7%
  • Returned $287 million to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends in fiscal 2019
  • Board of Directors authorizes new $500 million share repurchase program and 20% increase in quarterly dividend to $0.60 per share
  • Full year fiscal 2020 outlook: net sales growth of 2% to 3%; adjusted diluted EPS growth of 4% to 6%

Carter's, Inc. (NYSE:CRI), the largest branded marketer in North America of apparel exclusively for babies and young children, today reported its fourth quarter and fiscal 2019 results.

"We achieved our fourth quarter sales objective with growth driven by our retail and international businesses," said Michael D. Casey, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "During the November and December holiday period, we saw good demand for our brands with comparable retail sales up over 2%. Profitability in the quarter was lower than last year, and reflects continued investments in our business and higher inventory-related costs.

"For the year, Carter's is reporting a record level of sales, earnings and cash flow, and its 31st consecutive year of sales growth. In 2019, Carter's strengthened its leading share of the $27 billion U.S. young children's apparel market. Our growth was driven by the success of our exclusive brands designed for the largest retailers of young children's apparel in North America, and stronger omni-channel capabilities in our direct-to-consumer business.

"In 2020, we are forecasting good growth in sales and profitability enabled by the strength of our brands and extensive market distribution capabilities throughout the world."

Consolidated Results

Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2019 compared to Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2018

Consolidated net sales increased $14.1 million, or 1.3%, to $1.1 billion, principally driven by growth in the Company's U.S. Retail and International segments. Favorable changes in foreign currency exchange rates improved consolidated net sales in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 by $0.3 million.

Operating income in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 decreased $7.8 million, or 4.6%, to $162.8 million, compared to $170.6 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. Operating margin in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 decreased 90 basis points to 14.8%, compared to 15.7% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018.

Adjusted operating income (a non-GAAP measure) decreased $8.3 million, or 4.9%, to $162.2 million, compared to $170.5 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. Adjusted operating margin (a non-GAAP measure) decreased 100 basis points to 14.7%, compared to 15.7% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. This decline reflected higher inventory provisions, lower royalty income due to business model changes, and increased investments in technology, partially offset by higher sales and profitability in U.S. eCommerce and the elimination of operating losses in China due to changes in the Company's business model in this market.

Net income in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 decreased $5.4 million, or 4.1%, to $125.1 million, or $2.82 per diluted share, compared to $130.6 million, or $2.83 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018.

Adjusted net income (a non-GAAP measure) decreased $6.2 million, or 4.7%, to $124.7 million, compared to $130.9 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. Adjusted earnings per diluted share (a non-GAAP measure) decreased 1.1% to $2.81, compared to $2.84 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018.

Fiscal Year 2019 compared to Fiscal Year 2018

Consolidated net sales increased $57.0 million, or 1.6%, to $3.5 billion, driven by growth in the Company's U.S. Retail and U.S. Wholesale segments. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates adversely affected consolidated net sales in fiscal 2019 by $6.1 million. On a constant currency basis (a non-GAAP measure), consolidated net sales increased 1.8% in fiscal 2019.

Operating income in fiscal 2019 decreased $19.6 million, or 5.0%, to $371.9 million, compared to $391.4 million in fiscal 2018. Fiscal 2019 results included a $30.8 million non-cash charge related to the write-down of the Skip Hop tradename, expenses of $1.6 million related to organizational restructuring, and a total of $3.4 million in favorable changes in estimates and recoveries related to China business model changes, store restructuring, and customer bankruptcy matters. Fiscal 2018 results included $15.9 million in net charges, principally related to the Toys "R" Us bankruptcy and the Company's business model change in China. Operating margin in fiscal 2019 decreased 70 basis points to 10.6%, compared to 11.3% in fiscal 2018.

Adjusted operating income (a non-GAAP measure) decreased $6.3 million, or 1.6%, to $401.0 million, compared to $407.3 million in fiscal 2018. Adjusted operating margin decreased 40 basis points to 11.4%, compared to 11.8% in fiscal 2018, reflecting changes in customer and product mix within U.S. Wholesale, higher performance-based compensation, lower royalty income due to business model changes, and increased investments in technology, partially offset by higher sales and profitability in U.S. eCommerce and the elimination of operating losses in China due to the Company's business model change.

Net income in fiscal 2019 decreased $18.3 million or 6.5%, to $263.8 million, or $5.85 per diluted share, compared to $282.1 million, or $6.00 per diluted share, in fiscal 2018. Fiscal 2019 earnings included after-tax net charges totaling $27.9 million, comprised of $6.0 million related to early extinguishment of debt, the Skip Hop tradename impairment charge, organizational restructuring, and the favorable changes in estimates and recoveries noted above. Fiscal 2018 earnings include after-tax net expenses totaling $13.4 million, principally related to Toys "R" Us bankruptcy charges and business model change in China.

Adjusted net income (a non-GAAP measure) decreased $3.8 million, or 1.3%, to $291.7 million, compared to $295.4 million in fiscal 2018. Adjusted earnings per diluted share increased 2.7%, to $6.46, compared to $6.29 in fiscal 2018.

Cash flow from operations in fiscal 2019 was $387.2 million compared to $356.2 million in fiscal 2018. The increase primarily reflected changes in net working capital.

See the "Reconciliation of GAAP to Adjusted Results" section of this release for additional disclosures and reconciliations regarding non-GAAP measures.

U.S. Retail Segment

Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2019 compared to Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2018

U.S. Retail segment sales increased $13.5 million, or 2.2%, to $619.9 million. U.S. Retail comparable sales increased 1.6%, driven by growth in eCommerce sales.

In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019, the Company opened 20 stores and closed three stores in the United States.

Fiscal Year 2019 compared to Fiscal Year 2018

U.S. Retail segment sales increased $33.0 million, or 1.8%, to $1.9 billion. U.S. Retail comparable sales increased 0.4%, driven by growth in eCommerce sales.

In fiscal 2019, the Company opened 43 stores and closed 25 stores1 in the United States. As of the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019, the Company operated 862 retail stores in the United States.

1 Excludes five temporary Skip Hop stores that were closed in January 2019.

U.S. Wholesale Segment

Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2019 compared to Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2018

U.S. Wholesale segment sales decreased $2.5 million, or 0.7%, to $348.9 million, reflecting an $8.8 million decrease in off-price channel sales and increased demand for the Company's exclusive Carter's brands.

Fiscal Year 2019 compared to Fiscal Year 2018

U.S. Wholesale segment sales increased $25.0 million, or 2.1%, to $1.2 billion, reflecting increased demand for the Company's exclusive Carter's brands.

International Segment

Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2019 compared to Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2018

International segment sales increased $3.1 million, or 2.4%, to $131.7 million, reflecting growth in Canada and markets outside of North America, partially offset by the change in the Company's business model in China. Favorable changes in foreign currency exchange rates improved International segment net sales in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 by $0.3 million. On a constant currency basis (a non-GAAP measure), International segment net sales increased 2.2%.

Fiscal Year 2019 compared to Fiscal Year 2018

International segment sales decreased $0.9 million, or 0.2%, to $429.5 million, reflecting the change in the Company's business model in China and unfavorable movements in foreign currency exchange rates, partially offset by higher demand in Canada and growth in markets outside of North America. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates adversely affected International segment net sales in fiscal 2019 by $6.1 million. On a constant currency basis (a non-GAAP measure), International segment net sales increased 1.2%.

As of the end of fiscal 2019, the Company operated 201 retail stores in Canada and 46 retail stores in Mexico.

Return of Capital Initiatives

As part of the Company's ongoing commitment to return capital to shareholders, the Company's Board of Directors on February 13, 2020 authorized a new $500 million share repurchase program and approved a 20% increase ($0.10 per share) in its quarterly cash dividend, to $0.60 per share, for payment on March 20, 2020, to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 6, 2020.

From the beginning of fiscal 2007 through fiscal 2019, the Company has returned a total of $2.1 billion to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends, and retired approximately 42% of its outstanding shares.

The share repurchase authorization announced today permits the Company to repurchase shares of its common stock up to $500 million, in addition to approximately $172 million remaining under previous authorizations. Such purchases may be made in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions, with the level and timing of activity being at the discretion of the Company's management depending on market conditions, stock price, other investment priorities, and other factors. These share repurchase authorizations have no expiration date.

Future declarations of quarterly dividends and the establishment of related record and payment dates will be at the discretion of the Company's Board of Directors based on a number of factors, including the Company's future financial performance and other considerations.

Return of Capital Activity

In the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2019, the Company returned to shareholders a total of $71.5 million and $286.5 million, respectively, through share repurchases and cash dividends as described below.

Share Repurchases

During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019, the Company repurchased and retired 499,552 shares of its common stock for $49.4 million at an average price of $98.98 per share. During fiscal 2019, the Company repurchased and retired 2,107,472 shares for $196.9 million at an average price of $93.43 per share.

Fiscal 2020 year-to-date through February 21, 2020, the Company has repurchased and retired a total of 220,943 shares for $24.1 million at an average price of $108.94 per share.

All shares were repurchased in open market transactions pursuant to applicable regulations for such share repurchases.

Dividends

During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019, the Company paid a cash dividend of $0.50 per share totaling $22.1 million. In fiscal 2019, the Company paid quarterly cash dividends of $0.50 per share each quarter totaling $89.6 million.

2020 Business Outlook

For fiscal 2020 (a 53 week fiscal year), the Company projects net sales will increase approximately 2% to 3% and adjusted diluted earnings per share will increase approximately 4% to 6% compared to adjusted diluted earnings per share of $6.46 in fiscal 2019. This forecast for fiscal 2020 adjusted diluted earnings per share excludes anticipated expenses of approximately $10 million to $12 million related to organizational restructurings. Such restructurings include streamlining the Company's retail field organization, improving distribution center staffing models, and relocating and consolidating various functions into its Atlanta office.

For the first quarter of fiscal 2020, the Company projects net sales will be comparable to the first quarter of fiscal 2019 and adjusted diluted earnings per share will be approximately $0.60 compared to adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.87 in the first quarter of fiscal 2019. This forecast for first quarter fiscal 2020 adjusted diluted earnings per share contemplates: 1) increased investments in information technology, new stores, and marketing, and 2) lower royalty income reflecting the conclusion of a licensing agreement. This forecast for first quarter fiscal 2020 adjusted diluted earnings per share excludes anticipated expenses of approximately $10 million to $12 million related to organizational restructurings.

The Company is closely monitoring the outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, China. The virus has affected several industries within China, including textile production and manufacturing. The Company plans to source approximately 15% of its products from China in 2020. Additionally, the Company's suppliers throughout Asia source a significant amount of fabric from China. Travel restrictions delayed the return of factory workers following the recent conclusion of the Chinese New Year holiday. The Company's suppliers have not yet determined, with certainty, the impact of production delays. Accordingly, the financial impact of any delayed receipts from China is not known at this time. The Company's guidance for fiscal year 2020 and the first quarter of fiscal 2020 does not include any adjustments for potential effects of the coronavirus situation.

The Company believes these non-GAAP measurements provide investors with a meaningful view of the Company's core operating results, and are the same measurements used by the Company's executive management to assess the Company's performance.

Adoption of New Accounting Standards

Beginning in fiscal 2019, the Company adopted the Financial Accounting Standards Board's Accounting Standards Codification No. 842, Leases ("ASC 842"), which requires substantially all of its operating leases, including retail leases, to be recorded on the balance sheet as a right-of-use asset and lease liability. The adoption of ASC 842 had a material impact on the Company's consolidated balance sheets, but did not have a material impact on its consolidated statements of operations or statements of cash flows.

Conference Call

The Company will hold a conference call with investors to discuss fourth quarter and fiscal 2019 results and its business outlook on February 24, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. To participate in the call, please dial 323-994-2093. To listen to a live broadcast via the internet and view the accompanying presentation materials, please visit ir.carters.com and select links for "News & Events" followed by "Webcasts & Presentations". A replay of the call will be available shortly after the broadcast through March 25, 2020, at 888-203-1112 (U.S. / Canada) or 719-457-0820 (international), passcode 6011583. The replay will also be archived online on the "Webcasts & Presentations" page noted above.

About Carter's, Inc.

Carter's, Inc. is the largest branded marketer in North America of apparel exclusively for babies and young children. The Company owns the Carter's and OshKosh B'gosh brands, two of the most recognized brands in the marketplace. These brands are sold in leading department stores, national chains, and specialty retailers domestically and internationally. They are also sold through over 1,100 Company-operated stores in the United States, Canada, and Mexico and online at www.carters.com, www.oshkosh.com, www.cartersoshkosh.ca, and www.carters.com.mx. The Company's Child of Mine brand is available at Walmart, its Just One You brand is available at Target, and its Simple Joys brand is available on Amazon. The Company also owns Skip Hop, a global lifestyle brand for families with young children. Carter's is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Additional information may be found at www.carters.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws relating to our future performance, including statements with respect to our anticipated financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 and fiscal year 2020, and estimates and drivers of our sales and earnings growth. Such statements are based on current expectations only, and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize or not materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, estimated, or projected. Certain of the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and performance to differ materially are described in the Company's most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time under the headings "Risk Factors". Included among those risks are those related to: financial difficulties for one or more of our major customers; an overall decrease in consumer spending; our products not being accepted in the marketplace; increased competition in the market place; diminished value of our brands; the failure to protect our intellectual property; the failure to comply with applicable quality standards or regulations; unseasonable or extreme weather conditions; pending and threatened lawsuits; a breach of our information technology systems and the loss of personal data; increased margin pressures, including increased cost of materials and labor; our foreign sourcing arrangements; disruptions in our supply chain (including as a result of the recent novel coronavirus outbreak); the management and expansion of our business domestically and internationally; the acquisition and integration of other brands and businesses; and changes in our tax obligations, including additional customs duties or tariffs. The Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

 

CARTER'S, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(dollars in thousands, except for share data)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

For the fiscal quarter ended

 

For the fiscal year ended

 

 

December 28,

2019

 

December 29,

2018

 

December 28,

2019

 

December 29,

2018

Net sales

 

$

1,100,523

 

 

$

1,086,379

 

 

$

3,519,286

 

 

$

3,462,269

 

Cost of goods sold

 

633,047

 

 

618,781

 

 

2,010,736

 

 

1,964,786

 

Gross profit

 

467,476

 

 

467,598

 

 

1,508,550

 

 

1,497,483

 

Royalty income, net

 

7,266

 

 

10,357

 

 

34,637

 

 

38,930

 

Selling, general, and administrative expenses

 

311,975

 

 

307,358

 

 

1,140,515

 

 

1,144,980

 

Intangible asset impairment

 

 

 

 

 

30,800

 

 

 

Operating income

 

162,767

 

 

170,597

 

 

371,872

 

 

391,433

 

Interest expense

 

8,950

 

 

8,779

 

 

37,617

 

 

34,569

 

Interest income

 

(366

)

 

(53

)

 

(1,303

)

 

(527

)

Other (income) expense, net

 

(691

)

 

888

 

 

(217

)

 

1,416

 

Loss on extinguishment of debt

 

 

 

 

 

7,823

 

 

 

Income before income taxes

 

154,874

 

 

160,983

 

 

327,952

 

 

355,975

 

Provision for income taxes

 

29,727

 

 

30,422

 

 

64,150

 

 

73,907

 

Net income

 

$

125,147

 

 

$

130,561

 

 

$

263,802

 

 

$

282,068

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic net income per common share

 

$

2.84

 

 

$

2.85

 

 

$

5.89

 

 

$

6.06

 

Diluted net income per common share

 

$

2.82

 

 

$

2.83

 

 

$

5.85

 

 

$

6.00

 

Dividend declared and paid per common share

 

$

0.50

 

 

$

0.45

 

 

$

2.00

 

 

$

1.80

 

 
 

CARTER'S, INC.

CONDENSED BUSINESS SEGMENT RESULTS

(dollars in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

 

For the fiscal quarter ended

 

 

For the fiscal year ended

 

December 28,

2019

 

% of

total sales

 

December 29,

2018

 

% of

total sales

 

 

December 28,

2019

 

% of

total sales

 

December 29,

2018

 

% of

total sales

Net sales:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Retail

$

619,868

 

 

56.3

%

 

$

606,330

 

 

55.8

%

 

 

$

1,884,150

 

 

53.5

%

 

$

1,851,193

 

 

53.5

%

U.S. Wholesale

348,932

 

 

31.7

%

 

351,415

 

 

32.3

%

 

 

1,205,646

 

 

34.3

%

 

1,180,687

 

 

34.1

%

International

131,723

 

 

12.0

%

 

128,634

 

 

11.9

%

 

 

429,490

 

 

12.2

%

 

430,389

 

 

12.4

%

Total net sales

$

1,100,523

 

 

100.0

%

 

$

1,086,379

 

 

100.0

%

 

 

$

3,519,286

 

 

100.0

%

 

$

3,462,269

 

 

100.0

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating income:

 

 

Operating

margin

 

 

 

Operating

margin

 

 

 

 

Operating

margin

 

 

 

Operating

margin

U.S. Retail (a) (b) (h)

$

101,307

 

 

16.3

%

 

$

102,698

 

 

16.9

%

 

 

$

225,874

 

 

12.0

%

 

$

224,784

 

 

12.1

%

U.S. Wholesale (c) (h)

67,377

 

 

19.3

%

 

75,799

 

 

21.6

%

 

 

212,558

 

 

17.6

%

 

224,194

 

 

19.0

%

International (d) (e) (h)

21,299

 

 

16.2

%

 

18,746

 

 

14.6

%

 

 

36,650

 

 

8.5

%

 

39,253

 

 

9.1

%

Corporate expenses (f) (g)

(27,216

)

 

2.5

%

 

(26,646

)

 

2.5

%

 

 

(103,210

)

 

2.9

%

 

(96,798

)

 

2.8

%

Total operating income

$

162,767

 

 

14.8

%

 

$

170,597

 

 

15.7

%

 

 

$

371,872

 

 

10.6

%

 

$

391,433

 

 

11.3

%

(a)

Fiscal year ended December 28, 2019 includes a $0.7 million reversal of retail store restructuring costs previously recorded during the third quarter of fiscal 2017. 

(b)

Fiscal year ended December 29, 2018 includes insurance recovery of approximately $0.4 million associated with storm-related store closures.

(c)

Fiscal quarters ended December 28, 2019 and December 29, 2018 include recovery claim settlements of $0.6 million and $1.9 million, respectively, related to a customer bankruptcy in fiscal 2018.  Fiscal year ended December 29, 2018 includes $10.9 million of net charges related to the same customer bankruptcy.

(d)

Fiscal year ended December 28, 2019 includes a benefit of $2.1 million related to the favorable recovery in value of China-related inventories.

(e)

Fiscal quarter and fiscal year ended December 29, 2018 include costs of approximately $1.8 million and $5.3 million, respectively, associated with changes to the Company's business model in China.

(f)

Corporate expenses include expenses related to incentive compensation, stock-based compensation, executive management, severance and relocation, finance, office occupancy, information technology, legal, consulting, and audit fees.

(g)

Fiscal year ended December 28, 2019 includes $1.6 million in charges related to organizational restructuring.

(h)

Fiscal year ended December 28, 2019 include tradename impairment charges of $19.1 million, $10.5 million, and $1.2 million recorded to the U.S. Wholesale, International, and U.S. Retail segments, respectively.

 

CARTER'S, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(dollars in thousands, except for share data)

(unaudited)

 

 

December 28, 2019

 

December 29, 2018

ASSETS

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

214,311

 

 

$

170,077

 

Accounts receivable, net

251,005

 

 

258,259

 

Finished goods inventories, net

593,987

 

 

574,226

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

48,454

 

 

40,396

 

Total current assets

1,107,757

 

 

1,042,958

 

Property, plant, and equipment, net

320,168

 

 

350,437

 

Operating lease assets

687,024

 

 

 

Tradenames, net

334,642

 

 

365,692

 

Goodwill

229,026

 

 

227,101

 

Customer relationships, net

41,126

 

 

44,511

 

Other assets

33,374

 

 

28,159

 

Total assets

$

2,753,117

 

 

$

2,058,858

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

183,641

 

 

$

199,076

 

Current operating lease liabilities

160,228

 

 

 

Other current liabilities

131,631

 

 

128,345

 

Total current liabilities

475,500

 

 

327,421

 

Long-term debt, net

594,672

 

 

593,264

 

Deferred income taxes

74,370

 

 

87,347

 

Long-term operating lease liabilities

664,372

 

 

 

Other long-term liabilities

64,073

 

 

181,393

 

Total liabilities

$

1,872,987

 

 

$

1,189,425

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders' equity:

 

 

 

Preferred stock; par value $.01 per share; 100,000 shares authorized; none issued or outstanding at December 28, 2019 and December 29, 2018

$

 

 

$

 

Common stock, voting; par value $.01 per share; 150,000,000 shares authorized; 43,963,103 and 45,629,014 shares issued and outstanding at December 28, 2019 and December 29, 2018, respectively

440

 

 

456

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(35,634

)

 

(40,839

)

Retained earnings

915,324

 

 

909,816

 

Total stockholders' equity

880,130

 

 

869,433

 

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

2,753,117

 

 

$

2,058,858

 

 
 

CARTER'S, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW

(dollars in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

For the fiscal year ended

 

 

December 28, 2019

 

December 29, 2018

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

263,802

 

 

$

282,068

 

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

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

92,207

 

 

85,936

 

Amortization of intangible assets

 

3,747

 

 

3,717

 

Intangible asset impairment

 

30,800

 

 

 

Amortization of debt issuance costs

 

1,437

 

 

1,746

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

16,529

 

 

14,673

 

Unrealized foreign currency exchange (gain) loss, net

 

(564

)

 

271

 

Provisions for (recoveries of) doubtful accounts receivable from customers

 

(220

)

 

15,801

 

Loss on disposal of property, plant, and equipment, net of recoveries

 

452

 

 

995

 

Loss on extinguishment of debt

 

7,823

 

 

 

Deferred income taxes

 

(13,300

)

 

(1,018

)

Effect of changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions:

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

 

8,121

 

 

(34,448

)

Finished goods inventories

 

(16,683

)

 

(30,646

)

Prepaid expenses and other assets

 

(699,036

)

 

12,121

 

Accounts payable and other liabilities

 

692,100

 

 

4,982

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

$

387,215

 

 

$

356,198

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

 

 

Capital expenditures

 

$

(61,419

)

 

$

(63,783

)

Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired

 

 

 

96

 

Disposals and recoveries from property, plant, and equipment

 

749

 

 

380

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

$

(60,670

)

 

$

(63,307

)

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from senior notes due 2027

 

$

500,000

 

 

$

 

Payment of senior notes due 2021

 

(400,000

)

 

 

Premiums paid to extinguish debt

 

(5,252

)

 

 

Payments of debt issuance costs

 

(5,793

)

 

(968

)

Borrowings under secured revolving credit facility

 

265,000

 

 

290,000

 

Payments on secured revolving credit facility

 

(361,000

)

 

(315,000

)

Repurchases of common stock

 

(196,910

)

 

(193,028

)

Dividends paid

 

(89,591

)

 

(83,717

)

Withholdings of taxes from vesting of restricted stock

 

(4,328

)

 

(6,830

)

Proceeds from exercises of stock options

 

14,490

 

 

10,597

 

Net cash used in financing activities

 

$

(283,384

)

 

$

(298,946

)

 

 

 

 

 

Net effect of exchange rate changes on cash

 

1,073

 

 

(2,362

)

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

$

44,234

 

 

$

(8,417

)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of fiscal year

 

170,077

 

 

178,494

 

Cash and cash equivalents, end of fiscal year

 

$

214,311

 

 

$

170,077

  

 
 

CARTER'S, INC.

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO ADJUSTED RESULTS

(dollars in millions, except earnings per share)

(unaudited)

 

 

Fiscal quarter ended December 28, 2019

 

Gross Profit

 

% Net Sales

 

SG&A

 

% Net Sales

 

Operating Income

 

% Net Sales

 

Net Income

 

Diluted EPS

As reported (GAAP)

$

467.5

 

 

42.5

%

 

$

312.0

 

 

28.3

%

 

$

162.8

 

 

14.8

%

 

$

125.1

 

 

$

2.82

 

Customer bankruptcy recovery (b)

 

 

 

 

0.6

 

 

 

 

(0.6

)

 

 

 

(0.4

)

 

(0.01

)

As adjusted (a) (i)

$

467.5

 

 

42.5

%

 

$

312.5

 

 

28.4

%

 

$

162.2

 

 

14.7

%

 

$

124.7

 

 

$

2.81

 

 

Fiscal year ended December 28, 2019

 

Gross Profit

 

% Net Sales

 

SG&A

 

% Net Sales

 

Operating Income

 

% Net Sales

 

Net Income

 

Diluted EPS

As reported (GAAP)

$

1,508.6

 

 

42.9

%

 

$

1,140.5

 

 

32.4

%

 

$

371.9

 

 

10.6

%

 

$

263.8

 

 

$

5.85

 

Intangible asset impairment (c)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30.8

 

 

 

 

23.7

 

 

0.52

 

Debt extinguishment loss (d)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.0

 

 

0.13

 

Organizational restructuring costs (e)

 

 

 

 

(1.6

)

 

 

 

1.6

 

 

 

 

1.3

 

 

0.03

 

Customer bankruptcy recovery (b)

 

 

 

 

0.6

 

 

 

 

(0.6

)

 

 

 

(0.4

)

 

(0.01

)

Store restructuring (f)

 

 

 

 

0.7

 

 

 

 

(0.7

)

 

 

 

(0.6

)

 

(0.01

)

China business model change (g)

(2.1

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2.1

)

 

 

 

(2.1

)

 

(0.05

)

As adjusted (a) (i)

$

1,506.5

 

 

42.8

%

 

$

1,140.1

 

 

32.4

%

 

$

401.0

 

 

11.4

%

 

$

291.7

 

 

$

6.46

 

 

Fiscal quarter ended December 29, 2018

 

Gross Profit

 

% Net Sales

 

SG&A

 

% Net Sales

 

Operating Income

 

% Net Sales

 

Net Income

 

Diluted EPS

As reported (GAAP)

$

467.6

 

 

43.0

%

 

$

307.4

 

 

28.3

%

 

$

170.6

 

 

15.7

%

 

$

130.6

 

 

$

2.83

 

China business model change (g)

1.5

 

 

 

 

(0.3

)

 

 

 

1.8

 

 

 

 

1.8

 

 

0.04

 

Customer bankruptcy recovery (b)

 

 

 

 

1.9

 

 

 

 

(1.9

)

 

 

 

(1.4

)

 

(0.03

)

As adjusted (a) (i)

$

469.1

 

 

43.2

%

 

$

308.9

 

 

28.4

%

 

$

170.5

 

 

15.7

%

 

$

130.9

 

 

$

2.84

 

 

Fiscal year ended December 29, 2018

 

Gross Profit

 

% Net Sales

 

SG&A

 

% Net Sales

 

Operating Income

 

% Net Sales

 

Net Income

 

Diluted EPS

As reported (GAAP)

$

1,497.5

 

 

43.3

%

 

$

1,145.0

 

 

33.1

%

 

$

391.4

 

 

11.3

%

 

$

282.1

 

 

$

6.00

 

Customer bankruptcy charges, net (b)

 

 

 

 

(10.9

)

 

 

 

10.9

 

 

 

 

8.3

 

 

0.18

 

China business model change (g)

3.9

 

 

 

 

(1.4

)

 

 

 

5.3

 

 

 

 

5.3

 

 

0.11

 

Store restructuring (h)

 

 

 

 

0.4

 

 

 

 

(0.4

)

 

 

 

(0.3

)

 

(0.01

)

As adjusted (a) (i)

$

1,501.4

 

 

43.4

%

 

$

1,133.1

 

 

32.7

%

 

$

407.3

 

 

11.8

%

 

$

295.4

 

 

$

6.29

 

 

Fiscal quarter ended March 30, 2019

 

Gross Profit

 

% Net Sales

 

SG&A

 

% Net Sales

 

Operating Income

 

% Net Sales

 

Net Income

 

Diluted EPS

As reported (GAAP)

$

315.9

 

 

42.6

%

 

$

263.7

 

 

35.6

%

 

$

60.8

 

 

8.2

%

 

$

34.5

 

 

$

0.75

 

Debt extinguishment loss (d)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.0

 

 

0.13

 

Organizational restructuring costs (e)

 

 

 

 

(1.6

)

 

 

 

1.6

 

 

 

 

1.3

 

 

0.03

 

China business model change (g)

(2.1

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2.1

)

 

 

 

(2.1

)

 

(0.05

)

As adjusted (a) (i)

$

313.8

 

 

42.3

%

 

$

262.0

 

 

35.4

%

 

$

60.3

 

 

8.1

%

 

$

39.6

 

 

$

0.87

 

(a)

In addition to the results provided in this earnings release in accordance with GAAP, the Company has provided adjusted, non-GAAP financial measurements that present gross margin, SG&A, operating income, net income, and net income on a diluted share basis excluding the adjustments discussed above.  The Company believes these adjustments provide a meaningful comparison of the Company's results and afford investors a view of what management considers to be the Company's core performance.  The adjusted, non-GAAP financial measurements included in this earnings release should not be considered as an alternative to net income or as any other measurement of performance derived in accordance with GAAP.  The adjusted, non-GAAP financial measurements are presented for informational purposes only and are not necessarily indicative of the Company's future condition or results of operations.

(b)

Related to the Toys "R" Us bankruptcy.

(c)

Related to the write-down of the Skip Hop tradename asset.

(d)

Related to the redemption of the $400 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2021 in March 2019 that were previously issued by a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company.

(e)

Costs associated with severance as a result of an organizational restructuring.

(f)

Reversal of retail store restructuring costs previously recorded during the third quarter of fiscal 2017.

(g)

Net costs associated with transitioning to a full licensing model in China.

(h)

Insurance recovery associated with storm-related store closures.

(i)

The difference between the impacts on operating income and net income represents the income taxes related to the adjustment item (calculated using the applicable tax rate of the underlying jurisdiction).

 
Note: Results may not be additive due to rounding.
 

CARTER'S, INC.

RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME ALLOCABLE TO COMMON SHAREHOLDERS

(unaudited)

 

 

For the fiscal quarter ended

 

For the fiscal year ended

 

December 28,

2019

 

December 29,

2018

 

December 28,

2019

 

December 29,

2018

Weighted-average number of common and common equivalent shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic number of common shares outstanding

43,688,514

 

 

45,437,536

 

 

44,402,438

 

 

46,160,935

 

Dilutive effect of equity awards

318,434

 

 

348,316

 

 

305,514

 

 

487,485

 

Diluted number of common and common equivalent shares outstanding

44,006,948

 

 

45,785,852

 

 

44,707,952

 

 

46,648,420

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As reported on a GAAP Basis:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(dollars in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic net income per common share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

$

125,147

 

 

$

130,561

 

 

$

263,802

 

 

$

282,068

 

Income allocated to participating securities

(1,219

)

 

(1,004

)

 

(2,430

)

 

(2,148

)

Net income available to common shareholders

$

123,928

 

 

$

129,557

 

 

$

261,372

 

 

$

279,920

 

Basic net income per common share

$

2.84

 

 

$

2.85

 

 

$

5.89

 

 

$

6.06

 

Diluted net income per common share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

$

125,147

 

 

$

130,561

 

 

$

263,802

 

 

$

282,068

 

Income allocated to participating securities

(1,212

)

 

(998

)

 

(2,419

)

 

(2,132

)

Net income available to common shareholders

$

123,935

 

 

$

129,563

 

 

$

261,383

 

 

$

279,936

 

Diluted net income per common share

$

2.82

 

 

$

2.83

 

 

$

5.85

 

 

$

6.00

 

As adjusted (a):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(dollars in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic net income per common share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

$

124,725

 

 

$

130,921

 

 

$

291,663

 

 

$

295,445

 

Income allocated to participating securities

(1,215

)

 

(1,009

)

 

(2,696

)

 

(2,253

)

Net income available to common shareholders

$

123,510

 

 

$

129,912

 

 

$

288,967

 

 

$

293,192

 

Basic net income per common share

$

2.83

 

 

$

2.86

 

 

$

6.51

 

 

$

6.35

 

Diluted net income per common share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

$

124,725

 

 

$

130,921

 

 

$

291,663

 

 

$

295,445

 

Income allocated to participating securities

(1,208

)

 

(1,002

)

 

(2,683

)

 

(2,236

)

Net income available to common shareholders

$

123,517

 

 

$

129,919

 

 

$

288,980

 

 

$

293,209

 

Diluted net income per common share

$

2.81

 

 

$

2.84

 

 

$

6.46

 

 

$

6.29

 

(a)

In addition to the results provided in this earnings release in accordance with GAAP, the Company has provided adjusted, non-GAAP financial measurements that present per share data excluding the adjustments presented above.  The Company excluded approximately $0.4 million and $27.9 million in after-tax expenses from these results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 28, 2019, respectively.  The Company excluded approximately $0.4 million and $13.4 million in after-tax expenses from these results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 29, 2018, respectively.

 

RECONCILIATION OF U.S. GAAP AND NON-GAAP INFORMATION

(unaudited)

 

The following table provides a reconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA for the periods indicated to net income, which is the most directly comparable financial measure presented in accordance with GAAP:

 

 

Fiscal quarter ended

 

Fiscal year ended

(dollars in millions)

December 28,

2019

 

December 29,

2018

 

December 28,

2019

 

December 29,

2018

Net income

$

125.1

 

 

$

130.6

 

 

$

263.8

 

 

$

282.1

 

Interest expense

9.0

 

 

8.8

 

 

37.6

 

 

34.6

 

Interest income

(0.4

)

 

(0.1

)

 

(1.3

)

 

(0.5

)

Tax expense

29.7

 

 

30.4

 

 

64.2

 

 

73.9

 

Depreciation and amortization

25.1

 

 

23.4

 

 

96.0

 

 

89.7

 

EBITDA

$

188.6

 

 

$

193.1

 

 

$

460.2

 

 

$

479.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjustments to EBITDA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intangible asset impairment (a)

 

 

 

 

30.8

 

 

 

Debt extinguishment loss (b)

 

 

 

 

7.8

 

 

 

Organizational restructuring costs (c)

 

 

 

 

1.6

 

 

 

Customer bankruptcy charges, net (d)

(0.6

)

 

(1.9

)

 

(0.6

)

 

10.9

 

Store restructuring costs (e)

 

 

 

 

(0.7

)

 

(0.4

)

China business model change, net (f)

 

 

1.8

 

 

(2.1

)

 

5.3

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

188.0

 

 

$

193.1

 

 

$

497.1

 

 

$

495.5

 

(a)

Related to the write-down of the Skip Hop tradename asset.

(b)

Related to the redemption of the $400 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2021 in March 2019 that were previously issued by a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company.

(c)

Costs associated with severance as a result of an organizational restructuring.

(d)

Related to the Toys "R" Us bankruptcy.

(e)

Fiscal year ended December 28, 2019 includes a reversal of retail store restructuring costs previously recorded during the third quarter of fiscal 2017.  Fiscal year ended December 29, 2018 includes an insurance recovery associated with storm-related store closures.

(f)

Net costs associated with transitioning to a full licensing model in China.

 
Note: Results may not be additive due to rounding.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are supplemental financial measures that are not defined or prepared in accordance with GAAP. We define EBITDA as net income before interest, income taxes and depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is EBITDA adjusted for the items described in the footnotes (a) - (f) to the table above.

We present EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA because we consider them to be important supplemental measures of our performance and believe they are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry. These measures are used by the Company's executive management to assess the Company's performance.

The use of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA instead of net income or cash flows from operations has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider them in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not represent net income or cash flow from operations as those terms are defined by GAAP and do not necessarily indicate whether cash flows will be sufficient to fund cash needs. While EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and similar measures are frequently used as measures of operations and the ability to meet debt service requirements, these terms are not necessarily comparable to other similarly titled captions of other companies due to the potential inconsistencies in the method of calculation. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect the impact of earnings or charges resulting from matters that we consider not to be indicative of our ongoing operations. Because of these limitations, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as discretionary cash available to us for working capital, debt service and other purposes.

 

RECONCILIATION OF U.S. GAAP AND NON-GAAP INFORMATION

(dollars in millions)

(unaudited)

 

The tables below reflect the calculation of constant currency for total net sales of the International segment and consolidated net sales for the fiscal quarter and fiscal year ended December 28, 2019:

 

 

Fiscal quarter ended

 

Reported Net Sales December 28, 2019

 

Impact of Foreign Currency Translation

 

Constant-Currency Net Sales December 28, 2019

 

Reported Net Sales December 29, 2018

 

Reported Net Sales % Change

 

Constant-Currency Net Sales % Change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated net sales

$

1,100.5

 

 

$

0.3

 

 

$

1,100.2

 

 

$

1,086.4

 

 

1.3

%

 

1.3

%

International segment net sales

$

131.7

 

 

$

0.3

 

 

$

131.4

 

 

$

128.6

 

 

2.4

%

 

2.2

%

 

Fiscal year ended

 

Reported Net Sales December 28, 2019

 

Impact of Foreign Currency Translation

 

Constant-Currency Net Sales December 28, 2019

 

Reported Net Sales December 29, 2018

 

Reported Net Sales % Change

 

Constant-Currency Net Sales % Change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated net sales

$

3,519.3

 

 

$

(6.1

)

 

$

3,525.4

 

 

$

3,462.3

 

 

1.6

%

 

1.8

%

International segment net sales

$

429.5

 

 

$

(6.1

)

 

$

435.6

 

 

$

430.4

 

 

(0.2

)%

 

1.2

%

The Company evaluates its net sales on both an "as reported" and a "constant currency" basis. The constant currency presentation, which is a non-GAAP measure, excludes the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates that occurred between the comparative periods. Constant currency net sales results are calculated by translating current period net sales in local currency to the U.S. dollar amount by using the currency conversion rate for the prior comparative period. The Company consistently applies this approach to net sales for all countries where the functional currency is not the U.S. dollar. The Company believes that the presentation of net sales on a constant currency basis provides useful supplemental information regarding changes in our net sales that were not due to fluctuations in currency exchange rates and such information is consistent with how the Company assesses changes in its net sales between comparative periods.

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