West Marine Reports 2014 Results and Provides 2015 Full-Year Outlook

WATSONVILLE, Calif., Feb. 26, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- West Marine, Inc. (Nasdaq:WMAR) today reported unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 3, 2015. Fiscal 2014 was a 53-week year for the company and both the full year and fourth quarter benefitted from the additional week.

  • Net revenues for the 53-week period increased 1.9% compared to the 52-week period last year and net revenues for the fourth quarter increased 8.9% compared to the 13-week period in the prior year.
  • Pre-tax income was $4.0 million and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") was $22.6 million, compared to pre-tax income of $15.3 million and EBITDA of $30.7 million last year.
  • Net income and earnings per share were $1.9 million and $0.08, respectively, compared to net income of $7.8 million and $0.32 earnings per share last year. Excluding a $0.8 million tax valuation allowance, net income was $2.8 million, or $0.11 per share.
  • Excluding the impact of the 53rd week, comparable store sales increased by 0.1% for the year and by 2.8% for the fourth quarter.
  • The company remained debt-free at year-end and had $101.1 million available on its revolving credit line at the end of the fiscal year.

Matt Hyde, West Marine's CEO, commented: "We're pleased with our strong fourth quarter results. From increased comp store sales to a strong holiday response, our key growth strategies delivered solid top line growth. We are optimistic that these strategic initiatives, combined with a strengthening boating industry, will give us good momentum as we start this year's boating season."

Progress on our growth strategies year-to-date was as follows:

  • eCommerce: Sales from our eCommerce website were up by 1.4%, as compared to last year, and represented 7.7% of total sales, compared to 7.6% for the same period last year. Overall our eCommerce results this year were negatively affected by the replatform of our website earlier in the year. However, with the replatform behind us, our eCommerce sales returned to positive year-over-year growth in mid-July and continued to improve throughout the remainder of the fiscal year. We remain committed to our goal for eCommerce to represent 15% of total sales by 2019.
  • Store optimization: Sales through our optimized stores, markets where we have consolidated or revitalized stores to improve the shopping experience for our customers, increased to 42.4% of total sales compared to 35.0% last year. This year-over-year increase supports our goal to deliver 50% of our total sales through optimized stores by 2019.
  • Merchandise expansion: Sales in these product lines, which include footwear, apparel, clothing accessories, fishing products and paddle sports equipment, were up by 14.1%, with core product sales down 1.7%, compared to last year.

Fiscal Year and Fourth Quarter Financial Highlights

Net revenues for the fiscal year 2014 ended January 3, 2015 were $675.8 million, an increase of 1.9% compared to net revenues of $663.2 million for fiscal year 2013. Fiscal 2014 was a 53-week year and included an extra week in the fourth quarter. Comparable store sales for this year increased 0.1% and for the fourth quarter increased 2.8%, excluding the impact of the 53rd week in 2014.

Net income for fiscal year 2014 was $1.9 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, compared to fiscal year 2013 net income of $7.8 million, or $0.32 per diluted share. Excluding the impact of the $0.8 million tax valuation allowance related to our Canadian operations, net income was $2.8 million, or $0.11 per share.

Net revenues for the fourth quarter increased by $10.6 million, or 8.9%, to $129.4 million compared to $118.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2013. Net loss for the fourth quarter was $10.3 million compared to a net loss of $11.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2013. Our fourth quarter earnings included costs that exceeded our forecasts, such as: higher employee benefits expense, including healthcare claims; increased share-based compensation expense due to the unanticipated increase in our stock price late in the year; and higher-than-expected unit buying and distribution costs due to bringing in additional inventory to support early-season sales growth and to bolster our core boat product sales in our traditional stores.

Total inventory as of January 3, 2015 was $214.3 million, an $11.3 million, or 5.5%, increase compared to the balance at December 28, 2013, and a 5.0% increase on an inventory per square foot basis. Inventory turns for fiscal 2014 decreased to 2.15, as compared to 2.17 for 2013.

Return on Invested Capital ("ROIC") for the 53-week period ended January 3, 2015 was 4.0%, which compares to 5.0% ROIC for the 52-week period ended December 28, 2013. ROIC based on GAAP net income was 4.0% and 5.3% for fiscal 2014 and 2013, respectively. EBITDA for fiscal year 2014 was $22.6 million, compared to $30.7 million for the same period last year.

Fiscal 2015 Outlook

Our key financial projections for full-year 2015 are in the following ranges:

  • Comparable store sales growth of 1% to 4%, on a comparable 52-weeks year-over-year
  • EBITDA of $26 million to $31 million
  • Pre-tax income of $6 million to $11 million
  • Earnings per share of $0.14 to $0.27

Reflected in the above outlook is the continuation of our "15/50 plan," and includes continued investments in our strategic growth initiatives, including capital expenditures in 2015 of approximately $22 million to $25 million. Successful execution of this plan, supported by our merchandise expansion strategy, will deliver incremental sales and operating margin improvement. The first number in the 15/50 plan refers to our objective to grow our eCommerce business to 15% of total sales. The second number reflects our expectation that sales derived from consolidated and revitalized stores will grow to 50% of total sales. The 15/50 plan represents the diversification of West Marine, positions us to realize higher profitability, and to be less seasonal and weather dependent, and allows us to serve our customers' lives more completely as a waterlife outfitter.

Webcast and Conference Call

West Marine will hold a conference call and webcast on Thursday, February 26, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time ("EDT") to discuss its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2014 financial results. The live call will be webcast and available in real time on the Internet at westmarine.com under "Investor Relations." Participants may also dial (888) 756-1546 in the United States and Canada and (706) 634-1041 for international calls. Please be prepared to give the conference ID number 68307040.

An audio replay of the call will be available February 26, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. EDT through March 5, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The replay number is (855) 859-2056 in the United States and Canada and (404) 537-3406 for international calls. The access code is 68307040.

About West Marine

Founded in 1968 by a sailor, West Marine, Inc. is the largest omni-channel specialty retailer exclusively offering boating gear, apparel and footwear and other waterlife-related products to anyone who enjoys recreational time on or around the water. With over 270 stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico and Canada and an eCommerce website reaching domestic and international customers, West Marine is the leading waterlife outfitter for cruisers, sailors, anglers, paddle sports enthusiasts and industry service providers. West Marine has everything you need for your life on the water. For more information on West Marine, its products and store locations, visit westmarine.com or call 1-800-BOATING (1-800-262-8464). West Marine's stock is traded on NASDAQ under the symbol WMAR.

Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes "forward-looking" information (as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995), including statements that are predictive or express expectations that depend on future events or conditions that involve risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, expectations related our earnings and growth in profitability, expectations and projections with respect to our ability to execute on our strategic growth strategies, expectations related to our ability to grow revenues of core boating products, expectations related to our ability to manage our assets, reduce our operating expenses and drive ROIC, and our expectations for fiscal year 2015 results, as well as facts and assumptions underlying these expectations and projections. In addition, the results presented in this release are preliminary and unaudited, and may change as we finalize our financial statements. Actual results for the fourth quarter of 2014 and the current fiscal year may differ materially from the preliminary expectations expressed or implied in this release due to various risks, uncertainties or other factors, including the risk factors set forth in West Marine's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2013 and quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended September 27, 2014, as well as the discussion of critical accounting policies in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 28, 2013. Except as required by applicable law, West Marine assumes no responsibility to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

This release references certain financial information not calculated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"), specifically adjusted net income, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") and Return on Invested Capital ("ROIC"). We believe adjusted net income provides meaningful supplemental information for our investors regarding the performance of our business and facilitates comparisons with prior periods by removing the impact of the valuation allowance that resulted from our decision to phase-out Canadian operations. We believe that EBITDA provides a clearer picture of operating performance of our business, particularly given the significant investments we are making in the growth of the business, by eliminating the effects of depreciation and interest expense. Adjusted net income and EBITDA are not a measure of financial performance under GAAP and may not be defined and calculated by other companies in the same manner. We believe that ROIC as presented in the accompanying financial tables, is a meaningful measure of our efficient and effective use of capital. ROIC is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP and may not be defined and calculated by other companies in the same manner. These non-GAAP measures should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Management has reconciled these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure in the tables set forth below.

West Marine, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited and in thousands, except share data)
January 3, 2015 December 28, 2013
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash $ 45,675 $ 48,408
Trade receivables, net 6,843 6,441
Merchandise inventories 214,298 203,036
Deferred income taxes 5,585 5,012
Other current assets 25,791 19,360
Total current assets 298,192 282,257
Property and equipment, net 79,447 72,848
Long-term deferred income taxes 3,993 5,684
Other assets 3,869 3,454
TOTAL ASSETS $ 385,501 $ 364,243
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 33,244 $ 21,986
Accrued expenses and other 40,922 37,291
Total current liabilities 74,166 59,277
Deferred rent and other 20,327 16,382
Total liabilities 94,493 75,659
Stockholders' equity:
Preferred stock, $.001 par value: 1,000,000 shares authorized; no shares outstanding -- --
Common stock, $.001 par value: 50,000,000 shares authorized; 25,092,550 shares issued and 24,403,661 shares outstanding at January 3, 2015, and 24,625,481 shares issued and 24,296,497 shares outstanding at December 28, 2013. 25 25
Treasury stock (9,171) (4,405)
Additional paid-in capital 207,863 202,622
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (564) (565)
Retained earnings 92,855 90,907
Total stockholders' equity 291,008 288,584
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $ 385,501 $ 364,243
West Marine, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited and in thousands, except per share data)
14 Weeks Ended 13 Weeks Ended
January 3, 2015 December 28, 2013
Net revenues $ 129,420 100.0% $ 118,818 100.0%
Cost of goods sold 101,820 78.7% 97,428 82.0%
Gross profit 27,600 21.3% 21,390 18.0%
Selling, general and administrative expense 46,487 35.9% 40,612 34.2%
Loss from operations (18,887) (14.6)% (19,222) (16.2)%
Interest expense 106 0.1% 107 0.1%
Loss before income taxes (18,993) (14.7)% (19,329) (16.3)%
Benefits from income taxes (8,716) (6.8)% (8,129) (6.9)%
Net loss $ (10,277) (7.9)% $ (11,200) (9.4)%
Net loss per common and common equivalent share:
Basic $ (0.42) $ (0.46)
Diluted $ (0.42) $ (0.46)
Weighted average common and common equivalent shares outstanding:
Basic 24,362 24,259
Diluted 24,362 24,259
53 Weeks Ended 52 Weeks Ended
January 3, 2015 December 28, 2013
Net revenues $ 675,751 100.0% $ 663,174 100.0%
Cost of goods sold 482,564 71.4% 471,528 71.1%
Gross profit 193,187 28.6% 191,646 28.9%
Selling, general and administrative expense 188,755 27.9% 175,903 26.5%
Income from operations 4,432 0.7% 15,743 2.4%
Interest expense 428 0.1% 434 0.1%
Income before income taxes 4,004 0.6% 15,309 2.3%
Provision for income taxes 2,056 0.3% 7,472 1.1%
Net income $ 1,948 0.3% $ 7,837 1.2%
Net income per common and common equivalent share:
Basic $ 0.08 $ 0.32
Diluted $ 0.08 $ 0.32
Weighted average common and common equivalent shares outstanding:
Basic 24,244 24,259
Diluted 24,408 24,601
West Marine, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited and in thousands)
53 Weeks Ended 52 Weeks Ended
January 3, 2015 December 28, 2013
OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net income $ 1,948 $ 7,837
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 18,234 14,960
Share-based compensation 3,109 3,207
Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation (217) (1,240)
Deferred income taxes 3,287 3,466
Provision for doubtful accounts 37 81
Lower of cost or market inventory adjustments 1,587 1,499
Loss on asset disposals 330 172
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Trade receivables (439) 201
Merchandise inventories (12,849) (15,196)
Other current assets (6,431) (1,332)
Other assets (659) 18
Accounts payable 10,787 1,108
Accrued expenses and other 3,458 (2,624)
Deferred items and other non-current liabilities 1,776 1,395
Net cash provided by operating activities 23,958 13,552
INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment 57 4,372
Purchases of property and equipment (24,573) (28,553)
Net cash used in investing activities (24,516) (24,181)
FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Borrowings on line of credit 2,240 3,812
Repayments on line of credit (2,240) (3,812)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options 1,651 4,440
Proceeds from sale of common stock pursuant to Associates Stock Buying Plan 654 781
Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation 217 1,240
Treasury shares acquired (4,766) (4,020)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities (2,244) 2,441
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 69 54
NET DECREASE IN CASH (2,733) (8,134)
CASH AT BEGINNING OF PERIOD 48,408 56,542
CASH AT END OF PERIOD $ 45,675 $ 48,408
Other cash flow information:
Cash paid for interest $ 328 $ 293
Cash paid for income taxes, net of refunds of $1,394 and $37 2,064 5,048
Non-cash investing activities:
Changes in property and equipment additions in accounts payable 725 1,197
West Marine, Inc.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Information
Return on Invested Capital ("ROIC")
(Unaudited and in thousands)
53 Weeks Ended 52 Weeks Ended
January 3, 2015 December 28, 2013
GAAP net income $ 1,948 $ 7,837
Adjust for GAAP income tax (benefit) expense 2,056 7,472
GAAP income before taxes 4,004 15,309
Less: income tax expense at 2014 Rate 2,056 7,861
Adjusted net income $ 1,948 $ 7,448
Add back:
Interest expense 428 434
Rent expense (fixed) 48,004 47,932
Total 48,432 23,5631 48,366 23,5311
Net income after adjustments and after-tax add backs (numerator) $ 25,511 $ 30,978
Total Capital:
Long-term debt 2 $ -- $ --
Operating leases capitalized at 8x annual rent expense 384,032 383,455
Total stockholder's equity 2 289,772 285,195
Less: Cash and cash equivalents 2 (41,411) (48,635)
Total Capital (denominator: long-term debt + operating leases capitalized at 8x annual rent expense + total stockholders' equity - cash and cash equivalents) $ 632,393 $ 620,015
ROIC 4.0% 5.0%
ROIC using GAAP net income 4.0% 5.3%
1 Total after-tax add backs after applying 2014 tax rate.
2 Calculated as the average of the five most recent quarter-end results.
West Marine
Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Information
Net Income to Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("EBITDA")
(Unaudited and in millions)
53 Weeks Ended 52 Weeks Ended
January 3, 2015 December 28, 2013
GAAP Net Income $ 1.9 $ 7.8
Add Back:
Interest Expense 0.4 0.4
Depreciation and Amortization 18.2 15.0
Income Tax Expense 2.1 7.5
20.7 22.9
EBITDA $ 22.6 $ 30.7
Estimated
Fiscal Year 2015
Low High
GAAP Pre-tax Income $ 7.0 $ 13.0
Add Back:
Interest Expense 0.4 0.4
Depreciation and Amortization 19.6 19.6
20.0 20.0
EBITDA $ 27.0 $ 33.0
West Marine, Inc.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(Unaudited and in thousands, except per share data)
53 Weeks Ended
January 3, 2015
GAAP Net income $ 1,948
Valuation allowance 811
Non-GAAP Adjusted Net income $ 2,759
53 Weeks Ended
January 3, 2015
GAAP Diluted net income per share $ 0.08
Valuation allowance 0.03
Non-GAAP Adjusted Diluted net income per share $ 0.11

CONTACT: West Marine, Inc. Deborah Ajeska, Controller and Principal Financial Officer (831) 761-4229

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