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American Eagle Outfitters Reports First Quarter 2010 Results

<p class=' bwtextaligncenter'> <b>Provides Second Quarter Guidance</b> </p>

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

American Eagle Outfitters Reports First Quarter 2010 Results08:09 EDT Wednesday, May 26, 2010 PITTSBURGH (Business Wire) -- American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (NYSE:AEO) today announced that earnings for the first quarter ended May 1, 2010 were $0.05 per diluted share, compared to $0.11 per diluted share last year. Adjusted earnings for the period were $0.17 per diluted share, excluding closing charges and an operating loss related to the MARTIN+OSA business of $0.12 per diluted share. This compares to adjusted earnings for the first quarter ended May 2, 2009 of $0.11 per diluted share, which excluded a tax benefit, a realized loss related to the sale of investment securities and an operating loss related to MARTIN+OSA, as outlined in the table which follows. “The first quarter demonstrated progress toward our goals. We achieved higher sales and stronger profitability,” said Jim O'Donnell, chief executive officer. “We remain focused on our priority to deliver margin improvement and earnings growth, with the ultimate goal of reaching our mid-teen operating margin target.” GAAP First Quarter Results(Note that the following discussion of first quarter results includes closing charges and an operating loss related to the MARTIN+OSA business.) Total sales for the 2010 first quarter increased 8% to $659 million compared to $612 million last year. Gross profit of $248 million increased from $221 million. As a rate to sales, gross profit increased to 37.7% compared to 36.1% last year. Selling, general and administrative expense of $181 million compares to $159 million last year. Operating income for the quarter was $13 million, compared to $27 million last year. Net income for the first quarter was $11 million, compared to $22 million last year. Non-GAAP First Quarter Results(Note that the following discussion of first quarter results excludes the operating results related to the MARTIN+OSA business for both periods, the closing charges for the 2010 period and other adjusted items for the 2009 period.Please refer to non-GAAP financial tables accompanying this press release.) Total sales for the 2010 first quarter increased 8% to $648 million compared to $602 million last year. Comparable store sales increased 5%. Gross profit increased 15% to $258 million, or 39.7% as a rate to sales, compared to $224 million or 37.2% last year. The merchandise margin increased primarily due to lower merchandise markdowns. As a rate to sales, buying, occupancy and warehousing costs decreased, due to an improvement in rent as a rate to sales. Selling, general and administrative expense of $169 million compares to $152 million last year, an 11% increase. The increase is due to higher compensation costs, including the timing of executive equity grants and incentive accruals. Operating income of $54 million, compared to $39 million last year. The first quarter operating margin expanded to 8.2%, compared to 6.4% last year. The company generated adjusted net income during the first quarter of $36 million, compared to $24 million last year. MARTIN+OSA Update On March 9, 2010, the company announced plans to close its MARTIN+OSA concept, including all 28 stores and the online business. As of the end of the first quarter, the closure was proceeding within the range of financial estimates provided. Included in the first quarter net operating loss for MARTIN+OSA were pre-tax charges of $5 million for severance and other employee-related charges, $2 million of inventory charges and a non-cash asset impairment charge of $18 million. The net loss for the quarter was $25 million or $0.12 per diluted share. The second quarter closing charges and operating loss is estimated to be approximately $26 million, net of tax, or $0.13 per diluted share. Inventory Total merchandise inventory at the end of the first quarter was $326 million, an increase of $47 million. On a cost per square foot basis, ending inventory increased 15%, following a 4% decline in inventory per foot at the end of the first quarter of 2009. The inventory position supports a year-round and in-stock denim strategy, which we begin to anniversary in the third quarter. As we initiate the changes in our buying and allocation process, second half inventories are planned down. Capital Expenditures For the first quarter, capital expenditures were $19 million compared to $35 million last year. 2010 capital expenditures are now expected to be in the range of $90 to $110 million, a $10 million reduction from our previous expectation, primarily due to a shift of new store openings into 2011. Real Estate In the first quarter, the company opened five AE stores, two aerie stores, completed the remodeling of three AE stores and closed five AE stores. For the year, we now expect to open 14 new AE stores, complete 25 to 35 AE store remodels and close an additional 10 to 20 AE stores. In addition, we plan to open nine new aerie stores and seven 77kids stores. As previously announced, we plan to close the 28 MARTIN+OSA stores. As a result, total gross square footage in 2010 is expected to be down 1-2% versus 2009. Cash and Cash Equivalents, Short-term Investments and Long-term Investments The company ended the first quarter with total cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments and long-term investments of $732 million. This includes $197 million of investments in auction rate securities, net of impairment. Share Repurchase In the first quarter, the company repurchased 4 million shares at a cost of approximately $72 million. The company currently has authorization to repurchase an additional 26 million shares, which expires at the end of fiscal 2010. Second Quarter 2010 Guidance Our current second quarter adjusted earnings guidance is $0.12 to $0.16 per diluted share, reflecting margin pressure related to weaker business trends early in the quarter. On a GAAP basis, second quarter guidance is ($0.01) to $0.03 per diluted share and includes estimated closing charges and an operating loss related to MARTIN+OSA of approximately $0.13 per diluted share as outlined in the table which follows. This guidance also excludes potential investment security charges. Second quarter guidance compares to adjusted earnings of $0.18 per diluted share for the second quarter ended August 1, 2009, which excludes a tax benefit, a non-cash, non-operating foreign currency loss and an operating loss related to MARTIN+OSA as outlined in the table which follows. Conference Call Information At 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on May 26, 2010, the company's management team will host a conference call to review the financial results. To listen to the call, dial 1-877-407-0789 or internationally dial 1-201-689-8562 five to seven minutes prior to the scheduled start time. The conference call will also be simultaneously broadcast over the Internet at www.ae.com. Anyone unable to listen to the call can access a replay beginning March 10, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. To listen to the replay, dial 1-877-660-6853, or internationally dial 1-201-612-7415, and reference account 3055 and confirmation code 348834. An audio replay of the conference call will also be available at www.ae.com. Non-GAAP Measures This press release includes information on non-GAAP financial measures (“non-GAAP” or “adjusted”), including earnings per share information and the consolidated results of operations excluding MARTIN+OSA and other non-GAAP items. These financial measures are not based on any standardized methodology prescribed by U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) and are not necessarily comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. The company believes that these non-GAAP or adjusted financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding the company's operating results primarily because they exclude amounts that are not considered part of ongoing operating results when planning and forecasting and when assessing the performance of the organization. Additionally, the company believes that these non-GAAP or adjusted results are useful as an additional means for investors to evaluate the company's ongoing operating performance, when reviewed in conjunction with the company's GAAP financial statements. These amounts are not determined in accordance with GAAP and therefore, should not be used exclusively in evaluating the company's business and operations. American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., through its subsidiaries, (“AEO, Inc.”)offers high-quality, on-trend clothing, accessories and personal care products at affordable prices. The American Eagle Outfitters® brand targets 15 to 25 year old girls and guys, with 939 stores in the U.S. and Canada and online at www.ae.com. aerie® by american eagle offers Dormwear® and intimates collections for the AE® girl, with 137 standalone stores in the U.S. and Canada and online at www.aerie.com. The latest brand, 77kids™ by american eagle™, is available online only at www.77kids.com. 77kids offers “kid cool,” durable clothing and accessories for kids ages two to 10. AE.COM®, the online home of the brands of AEO, Inc. ships to more than 60 countries worldwide. "Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This release contains forward-looking statements, which represent our expectations or beliefs concerning future events, specifically regarding second quarter earnings. All forward-looking statements made by the company involve material risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on factors beyond the company's control. Such factors include, but are not limited to the risk that the Company's operating, financial and capital plans may not be achieved, the risk that the estimates of closing charges for MARTIN+OSA could change materially and the risks described in the Risk Factor Section of the company's Form 10-K and Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Accordingly, the company's future performance and financial results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in any such forward-looking statements. The company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements even if future changes make it clear that projected results expressed or implied will not be realized. AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS, INC.CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Dollars in thousands)             May 1,January 30,May 2,201020102009(unaudited)(unaudited)   ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents $ 535,239 $ 693,960 $ 418,807 Short-term investments 9,025 4,675 30,525 Merchandise inventory 326,417 326,454 279,233 Accounts receivable 39,637 34,746 62,176 Prepaid expenses and other 90,247 47,039 61,479 Deferred income taxes 45,439   60,156   47,140   Total current assets 1,046,004   1,167,030   899,360   Property and equipment, net 677,880 713,142 739,702 Goodwill 11,413 11,210 10,831 Long-term investments 187,490 197,773 232,953 Non-current deferred income taxes 30,135 27,305 9,434 Other assets, net 22,268   21,688   21,017   Total Assets $ 1,975,190   $ 2,138,148   $ 1,913,297     LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Accounts payable $ 143,477 $ 158,526 $ 91,671 Notes payable 17,500 30,000 75,000 Accrued compensation and payroll taxes 22,150 55,144 17,520 Accrued rent 66,907 68,866 65,065 Accrued income and other taxes 12,437 20,585 12,567 Unredeemed gift cards and gift certificates 26,866 39,389 27,284 Current portion of deferred lease credits 17,365 17,388 16,056 Other current liabilities and accrued expenses 17,350   19,057   19,226   Total current liabilities 324,052   408,955   324,389   Deferred lease credits 89,504 89,591 101,806 Non-current accrued income taxes 35,163 38,618 33,766 Other non-current liabilities 20,114   22,467   19,866   Total non-current liabilities 144,781   150,676   155,438   Commitments and contingencies - - - Preferred stock - - - Common stock 2,496 2,486 2,486 Contributed capital 534,765 554,399 519,675 Accumulated other comprehensive income 21,056 16,838 448 Retained earnings 1,749,513 1,764,049 1,691,823 Treasury stock (801,473 ) (759,255 ) (780,962 ) Total stockholders' equity 1,506,357   1,578,517   1,433,470   Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 1,975,190   $ 2,138,148   $ 1,913,297     Current Ratio 3.23 2.85 2.77   AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS, INC.CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Dollars and shares in thousands, except per share amounts) (unaudited)           13 Weeks EndedMay 1,% ofMay 2,% of   2010   Sales2009   Sales   Net sales $ 659,453 100.0 % $ 611,986 100.0 % Cost of sales, including certain buying, occupancy and warehousing expenses 411,019   62.3 % 391,061     63.9 % Gross profit 248,434 37.7 % 220,925 36.1 % Selling, general and administrative expenses 181,241 27.5 % 158,692 25.9 % Loss on impairment of assets 17,980 2.7 % - 0.0 % Depreciation and amortization   36,156   5.5 % 34,894     5.7 % Operating income 13,057 2.0 % 27,339 4.5 % Other income (expense)   125   0.0 % (2,308 )   -0.4 % Income before income taxes 13,182 2.0 % 25,031 4.1 % Provision for income taxes   2,260   0.3 % 3,064     0.5 % Net income $ 10,922   1.7 % $ 21,967     3.6 %   Net income per basic common share $ 0.05 $ 0.11   Net income per diluted common share $ 0.05 $ 0.11   Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic 207,718 205,408 Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted 210,285 207,286                           (unaudited) Total gross square footage at end of period: 6,430,223 6,406,703   Store count at end of period: 1,105 1,110                         American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.GAAP to Non-GAAP EPS reconciliation (unaudited)           13 Weeks Ended13 Weeks EndedMay 1, 2010May 2, 2009     Diluted EPS on a GAAP basis (as reported) $ 0.05 $ 0.11 Add back: Impact of loss on store impairment 0.05 - Add back: MARTIN+OSA operating loss and shut down costs   0.07     0.03   0.17 0.14   Deduct: Tax benefit - (0.04 ) Add back: Impact of realized loss related to sale of investment securities   -     0.01   Non-GAAP Diluted EPS $ 0.17   $ 0.11         13 Weeks Ending13 Weeks Ending13 Weeks EndedJuly 31, 2010July 31, 2010August 1, 2009Low RangeHigh Range   Diluted EPS on a GAAP basis (as reported) ($0.01 ) $ 0.03 $ 0.14 Add back: MARTIN+OSA operating loss and shut down costs   0.13     0.13     0.04   0.12 0.16 0.18   Deduct: Tax benefit - - (0.02 ) Add back: Non-cash; non-operating foreign currency loss   -     -     0.02   Non-GAAP Diluted EPS $ 0.12   $ 0.16   $ 0.18     AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS, INC.GAAP TO NON-GAAP RECONCILIATIONCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Dollars and shares in thousands, except per share amounts) (unaudited)           13 Weeks Ended May 1, 2010American EagleOutfitters, Inc.(GAAP Basis)   MARTIN+OSA (1)   American EagleOutfitters, Inc.(excluding MARTIN+OSA)% of% of       Sales           Sales   Net sales $ 659,453 100.0 % $ 10,991 $ 648,462 100.0 % Cost of sales, including certain buying, occupancy and warehousing expenses   411,019   62.3 %   20,253     390,766   60.3 % Gross profit (loss) 248,434 37.7 % (9,262 ) 257,696 39.7 % Selling, general and administrative expenses 181,241 27.5 % 12,596 168,645 26.0 % Loss on impairment of assets 17,980 2.7 % 17,980 - 0.0 % Depreciation and amortization   36,156   5.5 %   631     35,525   5.5 % Operating income (loss) 13,057 2.0 % (40,469 ) 53,526 8.2 % Other income, net   125   0.0 %   4     121   0.0 % Income (loss) before income taxes 13,182 2.0 % (40,465 ) 53,647 8.2 % Provision (benefit) for income taxes   2,260   0.3 %   (15,525 )   17,785   2.7 % Net income (loss) $ 10,922   1.7 % $ (24,940 ) $ 35,862   5.5 %   Net income (loss) per basic common share $ 0.05 $ (0.12 ) $ 0.17   Net income (loss) per diluted common share $ 0.05 $ (0.12 ) $ 0.17   Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic 207,718 207,718 207,718 Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted 210,285 210,285 210,285   (1) Represents MARTIN+OSA store and online business operating results, as well as home office and other costs directly attributable to MARTIN+OSA operations.   AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS, INC.GAAP TO NON-GAAP RECONCILIATIONCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Dollars and shares in thousands, except per share amounts) (unaudited)             13 Weeks Ended May 2, 2009American EagleOutfitters, Inc. (GAAP Basis)MARTIN+OSA(1)Non-GAAP Items(2)American EagleOutfitters, Inc.(excludingMARTIN+OSA andNon-GAAP Items)% of% of       Sales               Sales   Net sales $ 611,986 100.0% $ 10,307 $ - $ 601,679 100.0% Cost of sales, including certain buying, occupancy and warehousing expenses   391,061   63.9%   12,985   -   378,076   62.8% Gross profit (loss) 220,925 36.1% (2,678) - 223,603 37.2% Selling, general and administrative expenses 158,692 25.9% 6,904 - 151,788 25.3% Loss on impairment of assets - 0.0% - - - 0.0% Depreciation and amortization   34,894   5.7%   1,906   -   32,988   5.5% Operating income (loss) 27,339 4.5% (11,488) - 38,827 6.4% Other (expense) income, net   (2,308)   -0.4%   3   (2,749)   438   0.1% Income (loss) before income taxes 25,031 4.1% (11,485) (2,749) 39,265 6.5% Provision (benefit) for income taxes   3,064   0.5%   (4,376)   (8,272)   15,712   2.6% Net income (loss) $ 21,967   3.6% $ (7,109) $ 5,523 $ 23,553   3.9%   Net income (loss) per basic common share $ 0.11 $ (0.03) $ 0.03 $ 0.11   Net income (loss) per diluted common share $ 0.11 $ (0.03) $ 0.03 $ 0.11   Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic 205,408 205,408 205,408 205,408 Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted 207,286 207,286 207,286 207,286   (1) Represents MARTIN+OSA store and online business operating results, as well as home office and other costs directly attributable to MARTIN+OSA operations.   (2) Non-GAAP items represent a realized loss on sale of investment securities and a tax benefit for the period.   MARTIN+OSAHISTORICAL STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (1) (Dollars and shares in thousands, except per share amounts) (unaudited)             13 Weeks EndedAugust 1,% ofOctober 31,% ofJanuary 30,% of   2009   Sales   2009   Sales   2010Sales   Net sales $ 10,798 100.0 % $ 12,951 100.0 % $ 16,195 100.0 % Cost of sales, including certain buying, occupancy and warehousing expenses   15,863     146.9 %   16,998     131.2 %   19,786     122.2 % Gross profit (5,065 ) -46.9 % (4,047 ) -31.2 % (3,591 ) -22.2 % Selling, general and administrative expenses 6,317 58.4 % 8,321 64.3 %   9,436 58.3 % Loss on impairment of assets - 0.0 % - 0.0 % 17,992 111.1 % Depreciation and amortization   1,910     17.7 %   1,904     14.7 %   1,928     11.9 % Operating loss (13,292 ) -123.0 % (14,272 ) -110.2 % (32,947 ) -203.5 %   Net loss $ (8,185 )   -75.8 % $ (8,789 )   -67.9 % $ (20,293 )   -125.3 %   Net loss per basic common share $ (0.04 ) $ (0.04 ) $ (0.10 )   Net loss per diluted common share $ (0.04 ) $ (0.04 ) $ (0.10 )   Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic 206,010 206,517 206,826 Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted 209,015 209,393 210,690   (1) Represents MARTIN+OSA store and online business operating results, as well as home office and other costs directly attributable to MARTIN+OSA operations.   AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS, INC.CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Dollars in thousands) (unaudited)   For the 13 Weeks EndedMay 1,   May 2,20102009 Operating activities: Net income $ 10,922 $ 21,967 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash used for operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 37,756 35,410 Share-based compensation 12,246 5,550 Provision for deferred income taxes 11,594 (2,192 ) Tax benefit from share-based payments 13,942 592 Excess tax benefit from share-based payments (4,023 ) (87 ) Foreign currency transaction (gain) loss (113 ) 869 Loss on impairment of assets 17,980 - Realized loss on sale of investment securities 225 2,749 Changes in assets and liabilities: Merchandise inventory 1,382 16,560 Accounts receivable (4,804 ) (20,604 ) Prepaid expenses and other (43,000 ) (1,635 ) Other assets, net (341 ) 658 Accounts payable (14,028 ) (58,683 ) Unredeemed gift cards and gift certificates (12,705 ) (15,115 ) Deferred lease credits (428 ) 15,508 Accrued compensation and payroll taxes (33,094 ) (11,929 ) Accrued income and other taxes (11,730 ) 110 Accrued liabilities (6,659 ) (3,892 ) Total adjustments (35,800 ) (36,131 ) Net cash used for operating activities$(24,878)$(14,164) Investing activities: Capital expenditures (19,077 ) (34,875 ) Sale of investments 6,850 11,537 Other investing activities (394 ) (430 ) Net cash used for investing activities$(12,621)$(23,768) Financing activities: Payments on capital leases (563 ) (466 ) Partial repayment of notes payable (12,500 ) - Repurchase of common stock from employees (17,946 ) (178 ) Repurchase of common stock as part of publicly announced programs (71,809 ) - Net proceeds from stock options exercised 3,610 2,308 Excess tax benefit from share-based payments 4,023 87 Cash used to net settle equity awards (6,434 ) - Cash dividends paid (20,906 ) (20,639 ) Net cash used for financing activities$(122,525)$(18,888) Effect of exchange rates on cash 1,303   2,285   Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents$(158,721)$(54,535) Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period 693,960   473,342   Cash and cash equivalents - end of period $535,239   $418,807