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Chico's FAS, Inc. Reports Earnings Per Share Increase of 27% in Fourth Quarter and 32% in Fiscal 2012

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Chico's FAS, Inc. Reports Earnings Per Share Increase of 27% in Fourth Quarter and 32% in Fiscal 201207:15 EST Thursday, February 28, 2013--$0.20 fourth quarter earnings per share --16th consecutive quarter of double digit earnings per share growth --3.7% increase in fourth quarter comparable sales, on top of last year's 8.7%FORT MYERS, Fla., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Chico's FAS, Inc. (NYSE: CHS) today announced its financial results for the fiscal 2012 fourth quarter and fiscal year ended February 2, 2013. The Company also provided its outlook.(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110920/FL71045LOGO )For the fourteen-weeks ended February 2, 2013 (the fourth quarter), when excluding non-recurring acquisition and integration costs related to the Boston Proper acquisition, the Company reported net income of $32.7 million, an increase of 29.8% compared to net income of $25.2 million in last year's thirteen-week fourth quarter, and earnings per diluted share of $0.20, an increase of 33.3% compared to $0.15 per diluted share in last year's fourth quarter. Including non-recurring acquisition and integration costs, the Company reported net income of $31.5 million, an increase of 25.6% compared to net income of $25.1 million in last year's fourth quarter, and earnings per diluted share of $0.19, an increase of 26.7% compared to $0.15 per diluted share in last year's fourth quarter. These results represent the highest fourth quarter earnings per share since 2005.For the fifty-three weeks ended February 2, 2013 (fiscal 2012), when excluding non-recurring acquisition and integration costs, the Company reported net income of $182.2 million, an increase of 26.1% compared to net income of $144.4 million for the fifty-two week year ended January 28, 2012 (fiscal 2011), and record earnings per diluted share of $1.09, an increase of 29.8% compared to $0.84 per diluted share in fiscal 2011. Including non-recurring acquisition and integration costs, the Company reported net income of $180.2 million, an increase of 27.9% compared to net income of $140.9 million in fiscal 2011, and earnings per diluted share in fiscal 2012 of a record $1.08, an increase of 31.7% compared to $0.82 per diluted share in fiscal 2011. Net SalesFor the fourth quarter, net sales were $651.9 million, an increase of 14.5% compared to $569.2 million in last year's fourth quarter, primarily reflecting comparable sales growth of 3.7% and 101 net new stores for a square footage increase of 8.1%. The 3.7% increase in comparable sales for the fourth quarter followed an 8.7% increase in last year's fourth quarter, for a two-year stack of 12.4%, and reflected increases in both average dollar sale and transaction count. The comparable sales growth primarily reflected a positive customer response to the fashion assortments and the effectiveness of the Company's innovative marketing plans. The fifty-third week is excluded from comparable sales calculations.The Chico's/Soma Intimates brands' comparable sales increased 2.3%, which followed a 5.5% increase in last year's fourth quarter for a two-year stack of 7.8%, and the White House | Black Market ("WH|BM") brand's comparable sales increased 6.3%, which followed a 15.4% increase in last year's fourth quarter for a two-year stack of 21.7%. Gross MarginFor the fourth quarter, gross margin was $346.7 million compared to $297.9 million in last year's fourth quarter.  As a percentage of net sales, gross margin was 53.2%, a 90 basis point improvement from last year's fourth quarter, primarily reflecting a higher level of full-price selling and effective inventory management, partially offset by incentive compensation. Selling, General and Administrative Expenses    For the fourth quarter, selling, general and administrative expenses ("SG&A") were $296.1 million compared to $259.1 million in last year's fourth quarter.  As a percentage of net sales, SG&A was 45.4%, a 10 basis point improvement from last year's fourth quarter, primarily reflecting sales leverage on marketing and store expenses, partially offset by incentive compensation.Inventories At the end of the fourth quarter, total inventories were $206.8 million compared to $194.5 million at the end of the fourth quarter last year. Inventories increased by $12.4 million, or 6.4%, in line with planned sales growth.    Share Repurchase ProgramDuring the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, the Company repurchased 3.9 million shares for $70.1 million under its $200 million share repurchase program announced in November 2011. During fiscal 2012, the Company repurchased a total of 6.3 million shares for $107.5 million. Outlook The Company's goal has been to establish financial targets that are both sustainable and reflect strong growth metrics. The Company believes that by delivering on its long-term objectives to increase sales by a low double-digit percentage and diluted earnings per share by a mid-teen percentage over a meaningful period of time, the Company will provide its shareholders with substantial value.Consistent with these objectives, the Company announced today several strategic investments in 2013 to fuel future growth, including omni-channel capabilities, expansion into Canada, and opening its first Boston Proper stores. A conference call to review the fourth quarter and fiscal year results is scheduled for today at 8:30 a.m. EST.  A live webcast of the call can be accessed at the Events Calendar page of the Chico's FAS, Inc. corporate website at www.chicosfas.com. ABOUT CHICO'S FAS, INC.The Company, through its brands ? Chico's, White House | Black Market, Soma Intimates, and Boston Proper, is a women's specialty retailer of private branded, sophisticated, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates, complementary accessories, and other non-clothing items. The Chico's brand offers women a combination of great style, one-of-a-kind details and warm personal service. Chico's currently operates 611 boutiques and 99 outlets throughout the U.S., mails a catalog and offers round-the-clock shopping at www.chicos.com. White House | Black Market strives to make women feel beautiful with apparel and accessories in the honest simplicity of black and white and the individuality of styles built from it. White House | Black Market currently operates 401 boutiques and 45 outlets, mails a catalog highlighting its latest fashions and connects with customers at www.whbm.com. Soma Intimates offers beautiful and sensual lingerie, loungewear and beauty. Soma Intimates currently operates 198 boutiques and 16 outlets, mails a catalog coinciding with key shopping periods and sells direct-to-consumer at www.soma.com.  Boston Proper is a leading direct-to-consumer retailer of women's apparel and accessories. Boston Proper provides unique, distinctive fashion designed for today's independent, confident and active woman. The merchandise focus is about creating a daring, modern style with a sensual feel and is available exclusively through the Boston Proper catalog and website at www.bostonproper.com.SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995  Certain statements contained herein, including without limitation, statements addressing the beliefs, plans, objectives, estimates or expectations of the Company or future results or events constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended.  Such forward-looking statements involve known or unknown risks, including, but not limited to, general economic and business conditions, and conditions in the specialty retail industry.  There can be no assurance that the actual future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements will occur.  Users of forward-looking statements are encouraged to review the Company's latest annual report on Form 10-K, its filings on Form 10-Q, management's discussion and analysis in the Company's latest annual report to stockholders, the Company's filings on Form 8-K, and other federal securities law filings for a description of other important factors that may affect the Company's business, results of operations and financial condition.  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.For more detailed information on Chico's FAS, Inc., please go to our corporate website at www.chicosfas.com. (Financial Tables Follow) Chico's FAS, Inc.Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (in thousands, except per share amounts)Fifty-Three Weeks EndedFifty-Two Weeks EndedFourteen Weeks EndedThirteen Weeks EndedFebruary 2, 2013January 28, 2012February 2, 2013January 28, 2012(Unaudited)(Unaudited)(Unaudited)Amount% of SalesAmount% of SalesAmount% of SalesAmount% of SalesNet sales:Chico's/Soma Intimates$1,647,47663.8%$1,460,51866.5%$395,84460.7%$354,05262.2%White House | Black Market809,77531.4%696,35831.7%226,30234.7%186,68132.8%Boston Proper123,8064.8%39,4841.8%29,7064.6%28,4745.0%Total net sales2,581,057100.0%2,196,360100.0%651,852100.0%569,207100.0%Cost of goods sold1,129,25743.8%969,98944.2%305,12446.8%271,33547.7%Gross margin1,451,80056.2%1,226,37155.8%346,72853.2%297,87252.3%Selling, general and administrative expenses 1,161,10545.0%998,86145.5%296,11845.4%259,13845.5%Acquisition and integration costs3,1570.1%5,1330.2%1,8360.3%1480.0%Income from operations287,53811.1%222,37710.1%48,7747.5%38,5866.8%Interest income, net8810.0%1,5970.1%2480.0%2120.0%Income before income taxes288,41911.1%223,97410.2%49,0227.5%38,7986.8%Income tax provision108,2004.2%83,1003.8%17,5002.7%13,7002.4%Net income $180,2196.9%$140,8746.4%$31,5224.8%$25,0984.4%Per share data:Net income per common share-basic$1.09$0.82$0.19$0.15Net income per common and common equivalent share?diluted$1.08$0.82$0.19$0.15Weighted average common shares outstanding?basic162,989169,153161,051163,871Weighted average common and common equivalent shares outstanding?diluted164,119170,250162,203164,801Dividends declared and paid per share$0.21$0.20$0.0525$0.05  Chico's FAS, Inc.Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets(in thousands)February 2, 2013January 28, 2012(Unaudited)ASSETS Current Assets:Cash and cash equivalents$56,859$58,919Marketable securities, at fair value272,499188,934Inventories206,849194,469Prepaid expenses and other current assets61,78655,104Total Current Assets597,993497,426Property and Equipment, net608,120550,230Other Assets:Goodwill 238,693238,693Other intangible assets, net127,754132,112Other assets, net8,0686,691Total Other Assets 374,515377,496$1,580,628$1,425,152LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITYCurrent Liabilities:Accounts payable$129,387$100,395Other current liabilities173,024137,714Total Current Liabilities302,411238,109Noncurrent Liabilities:Deferred liabilities132,374125,690Deferred taxes52,64452,125Total Noncurrent Liabilities185,018177,815Stockholders' Equity:Preferred stock--Common stock1,6281,657Additional paid-in capital348,775302,612Retained earnings 742,580704,631Accumulated other comprehensive income      216328Total Stockholders' Equity1,093,1991,009,228$1,580,628$1,425,152                                                                                                 Chico's FAS, Inc.Condensed Consolidated Cash Flow Statements (in thousands)Fifty-threeWeeks EndedFifty-twoWeeks EndedFebruary 2, 2013January 28, 2012(Unaudited)Cash Flows From Operating Activities:Net income$180,219$140,874Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities ?Depreciation and amortization108,46799,430Deferred tax (benefit) expense(4,208)19,489Stock-based compensation expense26,45315,198Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation(7,952)(2,643)Deferred rent and lease credits (16,812)(19,073)Loss on disposal and impairment of property and equipment2,7652,949Changes in assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisition ?Inventories(12,379)(20,812)Prepaid expenses and other assets(3,956)(3,491)Accounts payable28,992(14,571)Accrued and other liabilities66,68337,831Net cash provided by operating activities 368,272255,181Cash Flows From Investing Activities:Purchases of marketable securities(298,460)(592,962)Proceeds from sale of marketable securities214,783937,987Acquisition of Boston Proper, Inc., net of cash acquired-(213,561)Purchases of property and equipment, net(164,690)(131,757)Net cash used in investing activities(248,367)(293)Cash Flows From Financing Activities:Proceeds from issuance of common stock16,5314,549Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation7,9532,643Dividends paid  (34,928)(34,152)Repurchase of common stock(111,521)(183,290)Cash paid for deferred financing costs-(414)Net cash used in financing activities (121,965)(210,664)Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents(2,060)44,224Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning of period58,91914,695Cash and Cash Equivalents, End of period$56,859$58,919Supplemental Detail on Earnings Per Share CalculationIn 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 basic earnings per share pursuant to the "two-class" method.  For the Company, participating securities are comprised of unvested restricted stock awards.  Earnings per share is determined using the two-class method, as it is more dilutive than the treasury stock method.  Basic earnings per share is computed by dividing net income available to common stockholders by the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding during the period.  Diluted earnings per share reflects the dilutive effect of potential common shares from securities such as stock options and performance-based restricted stock units.The following table sets forth the computation of basic and diluted earnings per share shown on the face of the accompanying consolidated statements of income (in thousands, except per share amounts):  Fifty-threeWeeks EndedFifty-twoWeeks EndedFourteenWeeks EndedThirteenWeeks EndedFebruary 2, 2013January 28, 2012February 2, 2013January 28, 2012Numerator  Net income $180,219$140,874$31,522$25,098 Net income and dividends declaredallocated to unvested restricted stock(3,309)(1,834)(580)(355) Net income available to commonstockholders $176,910$139,040$30,942$24,743Denominator  Weighted average common sharesoutstanding ? basic 162,988,767169,152,870161,051,252163,871,369 Dilutive effect of outstanding awards  1,130,313 1,097,574 1,151,804 929,542 Weighted average common and commonequivalent shares outstanding ? diluted 164,119,080 170,250,444 162,203,056 164,800,911 Net income per common shareBasic$1.09$0.82$0.19$0.15Diluted $1.08$0.82$0.19$0.15  SEC Regulation G - The Company reports its consolidated financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).  However, to supplement these consolidated financial results, management believes that certain non-GAAP operating results, which exclude certain non-recurring charges including acquisition and integration costs, may provide a more meaningful measure on which to compare the Company's results of operations between periods.  The Company believes these non-GAAP results provide useful information to both management and investors by excluding certain expenses that impact the comparability of the results.  A reconciliation of net income and earnings per diluted share on a GAAP basis to net income and earnings per diluted share on a non-GAAP basis is presented in the table below: Chico's FAS, Inc.Non-GAAP to GAAP Reconciliation of Net Income and Diluted EPS(in thousands, except per share amounts)Fifty-threeWeeks EndedFifty-twoWeeks EndedFourteenWeeks EndedThirteenWeeks EndedNet income: February 2, 2013January 28, 2012February 2, 2013January 28, 2012GAAP basis 180,219140,87431,52225,098Add: Impact of acquisition and integration costs, net of tax1,9733,5741,18196Non-GAAP adjusted basis$182,192$144,448$32,703$25,194Net income per diluted share:GAAP basis 1.080.820.19$0.15Add: Impact of acquisition and integration costs, net of tax  0.010.020.010.00Non-GAAP adjusted basis$1.09$0.84$0.20$0.15  Store Count and Square FootageAs of February 2, 2013(Unaudited)As of1/28/2012NewStoresClosuresAs of 2/2/2013Store count:Chico's frontline boutiques60114(9)606Chico's outlets8316-99WH|BM frontline boutiques36440(6)398WH|BM outlets2718-45Soma frontline boutiques16436(7)193Soma outlets171(2)16Total Chico's FAS, Inc.1,256125(24)1,357As of1/28/2012New StoresClosuresOther changes in SSFAs of 2/2/2013Net selling square footage (SSF):Chico's frontline boutiques1,631,67437,474(21,583)5,6871,653,252Chico's outlets213,47538,371--251,846WH|BM frontline boutiques768,442102,689(10,859)12,911873,183WH|BM outlets53,26338,356--91,619Soma frontline boutiques326,85870,446(12,112)(14,422)370,770Soma outlets32,6761,716(3,669)5030,773Total Chico's FAS, Inc.3,026,388289,052(48,223)4,2263,271,443 Executive Contact:                                                                                Todd Vogensen   Vice President-Investor Relations                                                          Chico's FAS, Inc.   (239) 346-4199   SOURCE Chico's FAS, Inc.