Pacific Sunwear Announces First Quarter Operating Results; Issues Second Quarter Guidance

ANAHEIM, Calif., May 28, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. (Nasdaq:PSUN) (the "Company"), announced today that net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 ended May 2, 2015, were $166.5 million versus net sales of $171.1 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 ended May 3, 2014. Comparable store sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 decreased 2%. The Company ended the first quarter of fiscal 2015 with 605 stores versus 618 stores a year ago.

On a GAAP basis, the Company reported a net loss of $3.5 million, or $(0.05) on a diluted per share basis for the first quarter of fiscal 2015, compared to a net loss of $10.4 million, or $(0.15) per diluted share for the first quarter of fiscal 2014. The net loss for the Company's first quarter of fiscal 2015 included a non-cash gain of $9.1 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, compared to a non-cash gain of $1.2 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 related to the derivative liability that resulted from the issuance of the Convertible Series B Preferred Stock (the "Series B Preferred") in connection with the term loan financing the Company completed in December 2011.

On a non-GAAP basis, excluding the non-cash gain on the derivative liability and assuming a tax benefit of approximately $3.0 million, the Company would have incurred a net loss for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 of $8.6 million, or $(0.12) per diluted share, as compared to a net loss of $7.4 million, or $(0.11) per diluted share, for the same period a year ago.

"Continued increases in merchandise margins offset our first quarterly negative sales comp in more than three years," said Gary H. Schoenfeld, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Some key categories including shorts and non-apparel have underperformed, which is also reflected in our near-term outlook for the second quarter. Yet as we look ahead to the back half of this year, we believe the strength of several key brand initiatives, coupled with anticipated growth in long bottoms will get us back to positive comp store sales along with further increases in margins."

Financial Outlook for Second Fiscal Quarter of 2015

The Company's guidance range for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 contemplates a non-GAAP net (loss) income per diluted share of between $(0.05) and $0.01, compared to $(0.03) in the second quarter of fiscal 2014.

The forecasted second quarter non-GAAP net (loss) income per diluted share guidance range is based on the following assumptions:

  • Comparable store sales from -4% to flat;
  • Net sales from $201 million to $209 million;
  • Gross margin rate, including buying, distribution and occupancy, of 27% to 29%;
  • SG&A expenses in the range of $54 million to $56 million; and
  • Applicable non-GAAP adjustments are tax effected using a normalized annual income tax rate.

The Company's second fiscal quarter of 2015 guidance range excludes the quarterly impact of the change in the fair value of the derivative liability due to the inherently variable nature of this financial instrument.

Derivative Liability

In fiscal 2011, as a result of the issuance of the Series B Preferred in connection with the Company's $60 million senior secured term loan financing with an affiliate of Golden Gate Capital, the Company recorded a derivative liability equal to approximately $15 million, which represents the fair value of the Series B Preferred upon issuance. In accordance with applicable U.S. GAAP, the Company has marked this derivative liability to fair value through earnings and will continue to do so on a quarterly basis until the shares of Series B Preferred are either converted into shares of the Company's common stock or until the conversion rights expire (December 2021).

About Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc.

Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively, "PacSun" or the "Company") is a leading specialty retailer rooted in the action sports, fashion and music influences of the California lifestyle. The Company sells a combination of branded and proprietary casual apparel, accessories and footwear designed to appeal to teens and young adults. As of May 28, 2015, the Company operates 604 stores in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. PacSun's website address is

The Company will be hosting a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time to review the results of its first fiscal quarter. A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available, beginning approximately two hours following the call, for one week and can be accessed in the United States and Canada at (855) 859-2056 or internationally at (404) 537-3406; passcode: 47110638. For those unable to listen to the live Web broadcast or utilize the call-in replay, an archived version will be available on the Company's investor relations website through midnight, August 26, 2015.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release and the accompanying tables include non-GAAP financial measures. For a description of these non-GAAP financial measures and reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, please see the accompanying table titled "Reconciliation of Selected GAAP Measures to Non-GAAP Measures" and the section following such table titled "About Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Pacific Sunwear Safe Harbor

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" including, without limitation, the statements made by Mr. Schoenfeld in the fourth paragraph and the statements made by the Company under the heading "Financial Outlook for Second Fiscal Quarter of 2015." In each case, these statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company intends that these forward-looking statements be subject to the safe harbors created thereby. These statements are not historical facts and involve estimates, assumptions and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in such forward-looking statements. Uncertainties that could adversely affect the Company's business and results include, among others, the following factors: increased sourcing and product costs; adverse changes in U.S. and world economic conditions generally; adverse changes in consumer spending; changes in consumer demands and preferences; adverse changes in same-store sales; higher than anticipated markdowns and/or higher than estimated selling, general and administrative costs; currency fluctuations; competition from other retailers and uncertainties generally associated with apparel retailing; merchandising/fashion risk; lower than expected sales from private label merchandise; reliance on key personnel; economic impact of natural disasters, terrorist attacks or war/threat of war; shortages of supplies and/or contractors as a result of natural disasters or terrorist acts, which could cause unexpected delays in store relocations, renovations or expansions; reliance on foreign sources of production; and other risks outlined in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including but not limited to the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2015, and subsequent periodic reports filed with the SEC. Historical results achieved are not necessarily indicative of future prospects of the Company. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The Company assumes no obligation to update or revise any such forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that occur after such statements are made. Nonetheless, the Company reserves the right to make such updates from time to time by press release, periodic report or other method of public disclosure without the need for specific reference to this press release. No such update shall be deemed to indicate that other statements not addressed by such update remain correct or create an obligation to provide any other updates.

(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)
For the First Quarter Ended
May 2, 2015 May 3, 2014
Net sales $ 166,503 $ 171,143
Gross margin 44,645 44,663
SG&A expenses 52,141 52,026
Operating loss (7,496) (7,363)
Gain on derivative liability (9,081) (1,225)
Interest expense, net 4,144 3,877
Loss before income taxes (2,559) (10,015)
Income taxes 931 382
Net loss $ (3,490) $ (10,397)
Net loss per share:
Basic and diluted $ (0.05) $ (0.15)
Weighted-average shares outstanding:
Basic and diluted 69,431 68,750
(Unaudited, in thousands)
May 2, 2015 January 31, 2015 May 3, 2014
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 15,232 $ 22,588 $ 19,953
Inventories 95,449 81,658 95,862
Prepaid expenses 12,189 12,692 15,584
Other current assets 5,197 3,992 4,395
Total current assets 128,067 120,930 135,794
Property and equipment, net 86,621 88,751 94,420
Other assets 41,847 42,598 44,457
Total assets $ 256,535 $ 252,279 $ 274,671
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 58,292 $ 36,775 $ 56,168
Derivative liability 19,367 28,448 29,495
Other current liabilities 43,854 48,183 41,032
Total current liabilities 121,513 113,406 126,695
Deferred lease incentives 12,068 10,804 12,181
Deferred rent 14,513 14,694 15,232
Long-term debt 95,270 94,424 86,639
Other liabilities 25,866 28,368 25,862
Total liabilities 269,230 261,696 266,609
Total shareholders' (deficit) equity (12,695) (9,417) 8,062
Total liabilities and shareholders' (deficit) equity $ 256,535 $ 252,279 $ 274,671
(Unaudited, in thousands)
For the First Quarter Ended
May 2, 2015 May 3, 2014
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net loss $ (3,490) $ (10,397)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 5,232 5,696
Asset impairment 541 783
Loss on disposal of property and equipment 28 16
Gain on derivative liability (9,081) (1,225)
Amortization of debt discount 986 724
Non-cash stock-based compensation 758 495
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Inventories (13,791) (12,789)
Other current assets (702) (486)
Other assets 106 330
Accounts payable 21,517 10,134
Other current liabilities (5,260) 2,932
Deferred lease incentives 1,264 (708)
Deferred rent (181) (208)
Other long-term liabilities (2,243) (34)
Net cash used in operating activities (4,316) (4,737)
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchases of property, equipment and intangible assets (2,064) (2,862)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Principal payments under mortgage borrowings (133) (150)
Principal payments under capital lease obligations (296) (67)
Statutory withholding payments for stock-based compensation (547)
Net cash used in financing activities (976) (217)
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (7,356) (7,816)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 22,588 27,769
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 15,232 $ 19,953
May 2, 2015 May 3, 2014
Stores open at beginning of period 605 618
Stores opened during the period 1
Stores closed during the period (1)
Stores open at end of period 605 618
May 2, 2015 May 3, 2014
# of
Square Footage
# of
Square Footage
PacSun Core stores 485 1,907 501 1,963
PacSun Outlet stores 120 485 117 472
Total stores 605 2,392 618 2,435
(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)
For the First Quarter Ended
May 2, 2015 May 3, 2014
GAAP net loss $ (3,490) $ (10,397)
Derivative liability (9,081) (1,225)
Deferred tax valuation allowance 3,950 4,198
Non-GAAP net loss $ (8,621) $ (7,424)
GAAP net loss per share $ (0.05) $ (0.15)
Derivative liability (0.13) (0.02)
Deferred tax valuation allowance 0.06) 0.06
Non-GAAP net loss per share $ (0.12) $ (0.11)
Shares used in calculation 69,431 68,750


The accompanying press release dated May 28, 2015, contains non-GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures include non-GAAP net loss and non-GAAP net loss per share for the first quarters of fiscal 2015 and 2014, respectively, and non-GAAP net loss per share guidance for the second quarter of fiscal 2015. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures do not reflect a comprehensive system of accounting, differ from GAAP measures with the same names and may differ from non-GAAP financial measures with the same or similar names that are used by other companies. The Company computes non-GAAP financial measures using the same consistent method from quarter to quarter and year to year. The Company may consider whether other significant items that arise in the future should be excluded from the non-GAAP financial measures. The Company has excluded the following items from all of its non-GAAP financial measures:

-- Derivative liability
-- Deferred tax valuation allowance

The Company believes that these non-GAAP 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, individual operating segments or its senior management. In addition, the Company believes that non-GAAP financial information is used by analysts and others in the investment community to analyze the Company's historical results and in providing estimates of future performance and that failure to report these non-GAAP measures, could result in confusion among analysts and others and create a misplaced perception that the Company's results have underperformed or exceeded expectations.

CONTACT: Michael W. Kaplan Chief Financial Officer (714) 414-4003

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