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American Eagle Outfitters Reports First Quarter 2011 Results

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

American Eagle Outfitters Reports First Quarter 2011 Results08:00 EDT Wednesday, May 25, 2011 PITTSBURGH (Business Wire) -- American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (NYSE:AEO) today announced earnings for the first quarter ended April 30, 2011 of $0.14 per diluted share, compared to income from continuing operations of $0.17 per diluted share last year. “While sales for the quarter came in lower than anticipated, we achieved EPS within our expected range. A higher merchandise margin and the positive impact of our expense control initiatives contributed to the bottom line. During the quarter, we continued to implement strategic initiatives across our brands that will position the business for improved performance in the second half of the year and fuel longer-term, profitable growth,” said Jim O'Donnell, chief executive officer. First Quarter Results – Continuing OperationsTotal sales for the quarter decreased 6% to $610 million, compared to $648 million last year. First quarter comparable store sales decreased 8%, compared to a 5% increase last year. For additional comparable store sales information for the period, see the accompanying sales results by brand table. Gross profit was $232 million, or 38.0% as a rate to sales, compared to $258 million, or 39.7% as a rate to sales, last year. The merchandise margin increased 70 basis points. As a rate to sales, buying, occupancy and warehousing costs increased 240 basis points. This was primarily due to rent, reflecting the impact of new store openings and negative comparable store sales. Selling, general and administrative expense decreased 6% to $158 million, compared to $169 million last year. As a rate to sales, SG&A was flat to last year at 26.0%. The decrease in SG&A resulted from expense savings efforts, which yielded reductions in compensation, supplies and services, partially offset by planned investments in advertising and costs associated with new store growth. Operating income for the quarter was $38 million, compared to $54 million last year. The operating margin decreased to 6.3% from 8.2% last year. Other income, net of $5 million includes a $0.01 per diluted share benefit related to auction rate security recoveries. Income from continuing operations for the quarter was $28 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, compared to $36 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, last year. As a rate to sales, income from continuing operations decreased to 4.6% from 5.5% last year. AEO DirectThe company's direct-to-consumer business includes ae.com, aerie.com and 77kids.com. In the first quarter, sales increased 3% due to higher transactions driven by improved conversion. First quarter sales compared to a 1% increase last year. InventoryTotal merchandise inventory at the end of the first quarter was $332 million, an increase of $5 million, or 2%, compared to last year. First quarter ending inventory at cost per foot was flat to last year. Looking ahead to the second quarter, inventory plans reflect investments in key items and the expansion of the accessory business. For the apparel business, second quarter average weekly inventory per foot is planned to increase in the high single-digits and units are planned to decrease in the low single-digits. Including accessories, total inventory is planned to increase in the low double-digits with units increasing in the low single-digits. Capital ExpendituresFor the first quarter, capital expenditures were $38 million, compared to $19 million last year. Of the first quarter capital expenditures, approximately $28 million related to new and remodeled stores. The balance of the capital expenditures related to distribution center, information technology and other home office projects. The company continues to expect capital expenditures in the range of $90 million to $100 million, with slightly more than half related to new and remodeled stores. Additionally, during the quarter the company acquired $33 million of trademark assets to support international operations. These trademark assets will be utilized in entering new markets in order to expand the overall international presence. Real EstateIn the first quarter, the company opened six 77kids, three AE and two aerie stores. In addition, the company remodeled 32 stores. Store closings in the first quarter consisted of one AE store. The company continues to expect fiscal 2011 total square footage to increase in the low single-digits. For additional first quarter 2011 actual and fiscal 2011 guidance information, please refer to the accompanying real estate table. Cash and InvestmentsThe company ended the first quarter with total cash and investments of $611 million. Future OutlookThe company currently expects second quarter EPS to be in a range of $0.10 to $0.13 per diluted share, compared to $0.13 per diluted share last year. Although it is early in the second quarter, sales have improved from the first quarter, reflecting better trends in key items. SG&A dollars are planned flat for the second quarter, with investments in new stores and advertising offset by continued expense savings. For the year, the company continues to expect EPS to be similar to 2010 earnings from continuing operations of $1.02 per diluted share. SG&A expense is planned to increase in the low single-digits, with planned investments in new stores and advertising, partially offset by continued expense savings. Depreciation is expected to increase in the low single-digits for the year, and the effective tax rate is currently projected at 38%. Conference Call InformationAt 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on May 25, 2011, 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 May 25, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time through June 15, 2011. To listen to the replay, dial 1-877-870-5176, or internationally dial 1-858-384-5517, and reference account 3055 and confirmation code 372058. An audio replay of the conference call will also be available at www.ae.com. 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 930 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 150 standalone stores in the U.S. and Canada and online at www.aerie.com. The latest brand, 77kids® by american eagle®, is available online at www.77kids.com, as well as at 18 stores across the nation. The 77kids brand offers “kid cool,” durable clothing and accessories for kids ages zero to 14. AE.COM®, the online home of the brands of AEO, Inc. ships to 76 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 and fiscal 2011 results. 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 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)     April 30,January 29,May 1,201120112010(unaudited)(unaudited)   ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents $ 474,668 $ 667,593 $ 535,239 Short-term investments 130,513 67,102 9,025 Merchandise inventory 331,588 301,208 326,417 Accounts receivable 31,464 36,721 39,637 Prepaid expenses and other 84,687 53,727 90,247 Deferred income taxes 49,023   48,059   45,439   Total current assets 1,101,943   1,174,410   1,046,004   Property and equipment, net 641,907 643,120 677,880 Intangible assets, net 40,454 7,485 5,327 Goodwill 11,710 11,472 11,413 Long-term investments 5,915 5,915 187,490 Non-current deferred income taxes 10,030 19,616 30,135 Other assets 20,379   17,980   16,941   Total Assets $ 1,832,338   $ 1,879,998   $ 1,975,190     LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Accounts payable $ 155,183 $ 167,723 $ 143,477 Note payable - - 17,500 Accrued compensation and payroll taxes 14,915 34,954 22,150 Accrued rent 70,873 70,390 66,907 Accrued income and other taxes 12,242 32,468 12,437 Unredeemed gift cards and gift certificates 29,187 41,001 26,866 Current portion of deferred lease credits 15,981 16,203 17,365 Other current liabilities and accrued expenses 24,566   25,098   17,350   Total current liabilities 322,947   387,837   324,052   Deferred lease credits 79,131 78,606 89,504 Non-current accrued income taxes 40,310 38,671 35,163 Other non-current liabilities 23,486   23,813   20,114   Total non-current liabilities 142,927   141,090   144,781   Commitments and contingencies - - - Preferred stock - - - Common stock 2,496 2,496 2,496 Contributed capital 543,393 546,597 534,765 Accumulated other comprehensive income 33,573 28,072 21,056 Retained earnings 1,716,173 1,711,929 1,749,513 Treasury stock (929,171 ) (938,023 ) (801,473 ) Total stockholders' equity 1,366,464   1,351,071   1,506,357   Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 1,832,338   $ 1,879,998   $ 1,975,190     Current Ratio 3.41 3.03 3.23                   AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS, INC.CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Dollars and shares in thousands, except per share amounts) (unaudited)   13 Weeks EndedApril 30,% ofMay 1,% of2011   Sales2010   Sales   Net sales $ 609,562 100.0 % $ 648,462 100.0 % Cost of sales, including certain buying, occupancy and warehousing expenses 377,801   62.0 % 390,766     60.3 % Gross profit 231,761 38.0 % 257,696 39.7 % Selling, general and administrative expenses 158,491 26.0 % 168,645 26.0 % Depreciation and amortization 34,880   5.7 % 35,525     5.5 % Operating income 38,390 6.3 % 53,526 8.2 % Other income, net 4,512   0.7 % 121     0.0 % Income before income taxes 42,902 7.0 % 53,647 8.2 % Provision for income taxes 14,577   2.4 % 17,785     2.7 % Income from continuing operations 28,325 4.6 % 35,862 5.5 % Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax -   0.0 % (24,940 )   -3.8 % Net income $ 28,325   4.6 % $ 10,922     1.7 %   Basic income per common share: Income from continuing operations $ 0.15 $ 0.17 Loss from discontinued operations -   (0.12 )   Net income per basic share $ 0.15   $ 0.05       Diluted income per common share: Income from continuing operations $ 0.14 $ 0.17 Loss from discontinued operations -   (0.12 )   Net income per diluted share $ 0.14   $ 0.05       Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic 194,683 207,718 Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted 196,633 210,285               AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS, INC.CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Dollars in thousands) (unaudited)   13 Weeks EndedApril 30,May 1,20112010 Operating activities: Net income $ 28,325 $ 10,922 Loss from discontinued operations -   24,940   Income from continuing operations 28,325 35,862 Adjustments to reconcile income from continuing operations to net cash used for operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 35,534 37,124 Share-based compensation 2,506 12,064 Provision for deferred income taxes 8,708 11,594 Tax benefit from share-based payments 256 13,942 Excess tax benefit from share-based payments (139 ) (4,023 ) Foreign currency transaction gain (219 ) (113 ) Realized loss on sale of investment securities - 225 Changes in assets and liabilities: Merchandise inventory (28,674 ) (2,922 ) Accounts receivable 5,445 (5,723 ) Prepaid expenses and other (30,327 ) (43,487 ) Other assets (2,400 ) (341 ) Accounts payable (7,301 ) (14,132 ) Unredeemed gift cards and gift certificates (11,960 ) (12,622 ) Deferred lease credits (174 ) (1,785 ) Accrued compensation and payroll taxes (20,110 ) (34,473 ) Accrued income and other taxes (18,749 ) (11,874 ) Accrued liabilities 90   (6,580 ) Total adjustments (67,514 ) (63,126 ) Net cash used for operating activities from continuing operations$(39,189)$(27,264) Investing activities: Capital expenditures for property and equipment (37,744 ) (19,071 ) Acquisition of intangible assets (33,151 ) (394 ) Purchase of available-for-sale securities (111,199 ) - Sale of available-for-sale securities 48,887   6,850   Net cash used for investing activities from continuing operations$(133,207)$(12,615) Financing activities: Payments on capital leases (756 ) (563 ) Repayment of note payable - (12,500 ) Repurchase of common stock as part of publicly announced programs - (71,809 ) Repurchase of common stock from employees (2,181 ) (17,946 ) Net proceeds from stock options exercised 2,539 3,610 Excess tax benefit from share-based payments 139 4,023 Cash used to net settle equity awards - (6,434 ) Cash dividends paid (21,430 ) (20,906 ) Net cash used for financing activities from continuing operations$(21,689)$(122,525) Effect of exchange rates on cash 1,160   1,303     Cash flows of discontinued operations Net cash provided by operating activities - 2,386 Net cash used for investing activities - (6 ) Net cash used for financing activities - - Effect of exchange rate on cash -   -   Net cash provided by discontinued operations$-   $2,380     Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents$(192,925)$(158,721) Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period 667,593   693,960   Cash and cash equivalents - end of period $474,668   $535,239                 AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS, INC.SALES RESULTS BY BRAND (Dollars in thousands) (unaudited)   First QuarterComparable Store Sales20112010 American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. -8 % 5 %   AE Brand -8 % 5 % aerie -7 % 23 % AEO Direct (1) 3 % 1 %   (1) AEO Direct is comprised of ae.com, aerie.com and 77kids.com.AEO Direct is not included in consolidated comparable store sales.                   AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS, INC.REAL ESTATE INFORMATION (unaudited)   First QuarterFiscal 2011Fiscal 2011Guidance Consolidated stores at beginning of period 1,086 1,086 Consolidated stores opened during the period AE Brand 3 14 aerie 2 10 77kids 6 12 Consolidated stores closed during the period AE Brand   (1)     (15) - (25) Total consolidated stores at end of period1,0961,097 - 1,107   Stores remodeled during the period 32 60 - 65 Total gross square footage at end of period 6,397,205 Not Provided   American Eagle Outfitters Inc.Judy Meehan, 412-432-3300