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HSN, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2015 Results

HSNi Highlights for the Second Quarter 2015:

  • Net sales increased 4% with digital sales up 11%
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 10%
  • Adjusted EPS increased 7% to $0.81 per share

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 6, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HSN, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSNI) reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015 for HSN, Inc. ("HSNi" or "Company") and its two operating segments, HSN and Cornerstone.

Table 1
HSNi SUMMARY RESULTS AND KEY OPERATING METRICS (a)
(In millions, except per share and average price point amounts)
Q2 2015 Q2 2014 Change
Net Sales $885.6 $855.2 4%
Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP) (b) $90.0 $82.1 10%
Operating Income (GAAP) $70.7 $67.4 5%
Adjusted Net Income (Non-GAAP) (b) $43.5 $40.9 6%
Net Income (GAAP) $41.6 $40.9 2%
Adjusted EPS (Non-GAAP) (b) $0.81 $0.76 7%
Diluted EPS (GAAP) $0.78 $0.76 3%
Average price point $66.98 $65.15 3%
Units shipped 14.7 14.7 —%
Gross margin 38.0% 36.6% 140 bps
Return rate 16.2% 16.5% (30 bps)
Digital sales penetration 49.9% 46.6% 330 bps
(a) HSNi's two operating segments, HSN and Cornerstone, are presented separately in Tables 2 and 3 of this release.
(b) Q2 2015 results exclude $3.0 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, for certain costs associated with the planned closure of one of HSN's distribution centers as part of its supply chain optimization initiative.
See reconciliation of Non-GAAP to GAAP measures in Table 4.

Second Quarter 2015 Results vs Second Quarter 2014 Results

  • HSNi's net sales grew 4% over the prior year to $885.6 million. HSN's net sales increased 3% to $572.3 million, including 11% growth in digital sales. Cornerstone's net sales increased 5% to $313.3 million, including 10% growth in digital sales.
  • HSNi's Adjusted EBITDA increased 10% to $90.0 million. HSN's Adjusted EBITDA increased 9% to $68.2 million. Cornerstone's Adjusted EBITDA increased 12% to $21.8 million. HSNi's operating income, which includes $3.0 million for certain costs associated with the planned closure of one of HSN's distribution centers, increased 5% to $70.7 million.
  • Adjusted EPS, which excludes $0.03 per diluted share for certain costs associated with the planned closure of one of HSN's distribution centers, increased 7% to $0.81 compared to $0.76 in the prior year. Diluted EPS increased 3% to $0.78 compared to $0.76 in the prior year.
  • During the second quarter, HSNi repurchased approximately 159,000 shares of its common stock at a cost of $10.4 million, representing an average cost of $65.59. Additionally, in August 2015, HSNi's board of directors approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.35 per share payable September 16, 2015 to shareholders of record as of September 2, 2015.

"Our ongoing focus on content-driven commerce continues to position us well for long-term growth," stated Mindy Grossman, CEO of HSN, Inc. "HSNi's results in the quarter reflected strong top and bottom line performance, particularly on our digital and mobile platforms. We continue to advance our strategies to remain a leader in boundaryless retail."

Table 2
SEGMENT RESULTS
($ in millions)
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
2015 2014 Change 2015 2014 Change
Net Sales
HSN $572.3 $556.5 3% $1,172.8 $1,101.0 7%
Cornerstone 313.3 298.7 5% 554.7 531.6 4%
Total HSNi $885.6 $855.2 4% $1,727.5 $1,632.6 6%
Gross Profit
HSN $209.3 $196.5 7% $416.8 $387.1 8%
Cornerstone 127.3 116.6 9% 219.9 201.8 9%
Total HSNi $336.5 $313.1 7% $636.7 $588.9 8%
Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP measure)
HSN (a) $68.2 $62.7 9% $134.4 $121.8 10%
Cornerstone (b) 21.8 19.4 12% 28.8 20.1 44%
Total HSNi (a)(b) $90.0 $82.1 10% $163.2 $141.8 15%
Operating Income
HSN $53.5 $52.1 3% $108.5 $100.6 8%
Cornerstone 17.2 15.3 12% 19.3 8.6 124%
Total HSNi $70.7 $67.4 5% $127.7 $109.2 17%
(a) Results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 exclude $3.0 million of costs associated with the planned closure of one of HSN's distribution centers.
(b) Results for the six months ended June 30, 2014 exclude a $3.1 million settlement with the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
See reconciliation of Non-GAAP to GAAP measures in Table 4.

Table 3
SEGMENT KEY OPERATING METRICS
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
2015 2014 Change 2015 2014 Change
HSN:
Average price point $58.20 $57.62 1% $57.74 $57.00 1%
Units shipped (millions) 11.4 11.2 2% 23.4 22.4 5%
Gross margin 36.6% 35.3% 130 bps 35.5% 35.2% 30 bps
Return rate 18.0% 18.7% (70 bps) 17.8% 18.5% (70 bps)
Digital sales penetration 40.3% 37.2% 310 bps 40.5% 37.6% 290 bps
Cornerstone:
Average price point $96.16 $88.95 8% $87.69 $80.26 9%
Units shipped (millions) 3.4 3.5 (3)% 6.5 6.9 (5)%
Gross margin 40.6% 39.1% 150 bps 39.6% 38.0% 160 bps
Return rate 12.7% 12.2% 50 bps 13.0% 12.9% 10 bps
Digital sales penetration 67.4% 64.1% 330 bps 67.7% 65.7% 200 bps
Catalog circulation (millions) 85.9 83.5 3% 169.6 165.2 3%

HSN Segment Results for the Second Quarter 2015

HSN's net sales increased 3% to $572.3 million with strong sales growth in apparel & accessories and electronics, offset by decreases in jewelry and home. Digital sales grew 11% with penetration increasing 310 basis points to 40.3%. The return rate improved 70 basis points to 18.0% primarily due to changes in product mix. Units shipped increased 2% and average price point increased 1%.

Gross profit increased 7% to $209.3 million. Gross margin increased 130 basis points to 36.6% primarily due to favorable vendor settlements and lower inventory-related costs including inbound freight and duties.

HSN recorded $3.0 million for certain costs associated with the planned closure of one of its distribution centers as part of its supply chain optimization initiative. Excluding non-cash charges and the costs associated with the planned closure of the distribution center, operating expenses as a percentage of net sales increased 70 basis points to 24.7% primarily due to increases in bad debt expense and employee-related costs.

Adjusted EBITDA increased 9% to $68.2 million. Operating income increased 3% to $53.5 million.

Cornerstone Segment Results for the Second Quarter 2015

Cornerstone's net sales increased 5% to $313.3 million due to sales growth in the home brands. Digital sales penetration increased 330 basis points to 67.4% compared to the prior year.

Gross profit increased 9% to $127.3 million. Gross margin increased 150 basis points to 40.6% primarily due to improvement in overall product and shipping margins, particularly at Garnet Hill. Operating expense as a percentage of net sales (excluding non-cash charges) increased 110 basis points to 33.6% primarily due to increases in employee-related costs and selling and marketing expenses.

Adjusted EBITDA increased 12% to $21.8 million. Operating income increased 12% to $17.2 million.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of June 30, 2015, HSNi had cash and cash equivalents of $74.2 million compared to $160.0 million at December 31, 2014 and $122.3 million at June 30, 2014. The decrease in cash of $85.8 million compared to December 31, 2014 is primarily due to the funding of HSNi's capital return plan, offset by cash generated from operations. Net cash provided by operating activities in the six months ended June 30, 2015 was $72.3 million compared to $28.2 million in the prior year. The increase is primarily due to an increase in collections of accounts receivable and improved operating performance, offset by an increase in required income tax payments.

As of June 30, 2015, total debt was $675 million, resulting in a ratio of total debt to Adjusted EBITDA, as defined in HSNi's credit agreement, of approximately 1.9x as compared to a maximum allowable leverage ratio of 3.5x.

HSNi's board of directors approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.35 per share payable September 16, 2015 to shareholders of record as of September 2, 2015. During the second quarter of 2015, HSNi repurchased approximately 159,000 shares at an aggregate cost of $10.4 million, representing an average cost of $65.59 per share. As of June 30, 2015, there were 3.7 million shares remaining under the existing repurchase authorization.

OTHER INFORMATION

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This press release may contain forward-looking statements relating to the future performance and financial condition of HSNi, its operating segments and its consolidated subsidiaries. Forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and assumptions which may not prove to be accurate. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of performance or historical facts and there are a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other factors (many of which are outside our control) that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include but are not limited to: our ability to attract new and retain existing customers in a cost-effective manner; our exposure to intense competition and our ability to effectively compete for customers; changes in political, business and economic conditions, particularly those that affect consumer confidence, consumer spending or digital sales growth; changes in our relationships with pay television operators, vendors, manufacturers and other third parties; changes in shipping and handling costs, particularly if we are unable to offset them; any technological or regulatory developments that could negatively impact the way we do business, including regulations regarding state and local sales and use taxes; risks associated with possible systems failures and/or security breaches, including any breach that results in the theft, transfer or unauthorized access or disclosure of customer, employee or company information, or the failure to comply with various laws applicable to HSNi in the event of such a breach; any material change in HSNi's business prospects and/or strategy, including whether HSNi's initiatives and investments will be effective; our ability to offer new or innovative products and services through various platforms in a cost effective manner and consumer acceptance of these products and services; risks associated with litigation; risks associated with acquisitions including the ability to successfully integrate new businesses and achieve expected benefits and results; and the loss of any key member of our senior management team. More information about potential factors that could affect HSNi's business and financial results is included in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Other unknown or unpredictable factors that could also adversely affect HSNi's business, financial condition and results of operations may arise from time to time. In light of these risks and uncertainties, any forward-looking statements may not prove to be accurate. All written or oral forward-looking statements that are made or attributable to us are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary notice. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which only reflect the views of HSNi management as of the date of this press release. Such statements speak only to the date such statements are made and HSNi does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements. Historical results should not be considered as an indication of future performance.

Conference Call

Mindy Grossman, Chief Executive Officer, and Judy Schmeling, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, will hold a conference call on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 9:00 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time, to discuss these results. Those interested in participating in the conference call should dial 877-307-0246 or 224-357-2394 at least five minutes prior to the call. There will also be a simultaneous audio webcast available via HSNi's website at http://www.hsni.com.

A replay of the conference call can be accessed until Thursday, August 20, 2015 by dialing 855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406, plus the pass code 80665308 and will also be hosted on the company's website for a limited time.

About HSN, Inc.

HSN, Inc. (Nasdaq:HSNI) is a $3.6 billion interactive multichannel retailer with strong direct-to-consumer expertise among its two operating segments, HSN and Cornerstone. HSNi offers innovative, differentiated retail experiences on TV, online, via mobile devices, in catalogs, and in brick and mortar stores. HSN, a leading interactive multichannel retailer which offers a curated assortment of exclusive products combined with top brand names, now reaches 95 million homes (24 hours a day, seven days a week, live 364 days a year). HSN.com offers a differentiated digital experience by leveraging content, community and commerce. In addition to its existing media platforms, HSN is the industry leader in transactional innovation, including services such as HSN Shop by Remote®, the only service of its kind in the U.S., the HSN Shopping App for mobile handheld devices and HSN on Demand®. Cornerstone comprises leading home and apparel lifestyle brands including Ballard Designs®, Chasing Fireflies®, Frontgate®, Garnet Hill®, Grandin Road®, Improvements® and TravelSmith®. Cornerstone distributes approximately 325 million catalogs annually, operates seven separate digital sales sites and operates 11 retail and outlet stores.

GAAP FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
HSN, INC. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(unaudited; in thousands except per share amounts)
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Net sales $885,642 $855,204 $1,727,529 1,632,624
Cost of sales 549,105 542,069 1,090,787 1,043,715
Gross profit 336,537 313,135 636,742 588,909
Operating expenses:
Selling and marketing 191,936 182,747 367,293 349,986
General and administrative 62,813 52,218 119,403 108,129
Depreciation and amortization 11,085 10,803 22,334 21,559
Total operating expenses 265,834 245,768 509,030 479,674
Operating income 70,703 67,367 127,712 109,235
Interest expense, net (3,880) (1,810) (7,177) (3,509)
Income before income taxes 66,823 65,557 120,535 105,726
Income tax provision (25,191) (24,617) (45,214) (40,604)
Net income $41,632 $40,940 $75,321 $65,122
Net income per share
Basic $0.79 $0.77 $1.43 $1.23
Diluted $0.78 $0.76 $1.40 $1.21
Shares used in computing earnings per share
Basic 52,683 52,916 52,628 53,037
Diluted 53,675 53,745 53,718 53,954
Dividends declared per common share $0.35 $0.25 $10.70 $0.50

HSN, INC. CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(unaudited; in thousands)
June 30, December 31, June 30,
2015 2014 2014
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $74,177 $159,985 $122,332
Accounts receivable, net 195,468 317,785 199,897
Inventories 448,792 398,705 382,696
Deferred income taxes 29,775 32,668 26,849
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 61,241 44,728 63,350
Total current assets 809,453 953,871 795,124
Property and equipment, net 199,906 193,889 173,912
Intangible assets, net 261,863 261,962 262,159
Goodwill 9,858 9,858 9,858
Other non-current assets 18,264 12,614 18,367
TOTAL ASSETS $1,299,344 $1,432,194 $1,259,420
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable, trade $222,857 $255,287 $219,728
Current maturities of long-term debt 12,500 17,188 14,063
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 183,634 241,074 187,237
Total current liabilities 418,991 513,549 421,028
Long-term debt, net of current maturities 662,500 210,938 220,312
Deferred income taxes 81,998 88,787 80,733
Other long-term liabilities 21,405 16,579 15,368
Total liabilities 1,184,894 829,853 737,441
Total shareholders' equity 114,450 602,341 521,979
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY $1,299,344 $1,432,194 $1,259,420

HSN, INC. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(unaudited; in thousands)
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2015 2014
Cash flows from operating activities attributable to operations:
Net income $75,321 $65,122
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 22,334 21,559
Stock-based compensation expense 9,424 7,810
Amortization of debt issuance costs 1,276 552
Deferred income taxes (3,611) (4,115)
Bad debt expense 13,338 9,225
Excess tax benefits from stock-based awards (8,251) (4,981)
Other 673 135
Changes in current assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable 108,998 55,993
Inventories (50,087) (55,377)
Prepaid expenses and other assets (17,023) (14,035)
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities (80,092) (53,690)
Net cash provided by operating activities 72,300 28,198
Cash flows from investing activities:
Capital expenditures (26,242) (15,901)
Other 6 (491)
Net cash used in investing activities (26,236) (16,392)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Borrowings under term loan 500,000
Repayments of term loan (228,125) (6,250)
Borrowings under revolving credit facility 225,000
Repayments of revolving credit facility (50,000)
Payments of debt issuance costs (6,620)
Repurchase of common stock (18,335) (50,979)
Cash dividends paid (561,182) (26,429)
Proceeds from issuance of common stock 11,357 1,441
Tax withholdings related to stock-based awards (12,218) (8,653)
Excess tax benefits from stock-based awards 8,251 4,981
Net cash used in financing activities (131,872) (85,889)
Total cash used in continuing operations (85,808) (74,083)
Total cash used in discontinued operations (18)
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (85,808) (74,101)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 159,985 196,433
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $74,177 $122,332
Table 4
RECONCILIATIONS OF NON-GAAP TO GAAP MEASURES
HSN, INC. RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP TO GAAP DETAILED SEGMENT RESULTS
(unaudited; in thousands)
Three Months Ended Three Months Ended
June 30, 2015 June 30, 2014
HSN Cornerstone Total HSN Cornerstone Total
Adjusted EBITDA $68,194 $21,831 $90,025 $62,657 $19,435 $82,092
Stock-based compensation expense (3,617) (1,151) (4,768) (3,053) (731) (3,784)
Depreciation and amortization (7,590) (3,495) (11,085) (7,423) (3,380) (10,803)
Distribution center closure (a) (3,032) (3,032)
Loss on disposition of fixed assets (430) (7) (437) (104) (34) (138)
Operating income $53,525 $17,178 $70,703 $52,077 $15,290 $67,367
Interest expense, net (3,880) (1,810)
Income before income taxes 66,823 65,557
Income tax provision (25,191) (24,617)
Net income $41,632 $40,940
Six Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, 2015 June 30, 2014
HSN Cornerstone Total HSN Cornerstone Total
Adjusted EBITDA $134,384 $28,791 $163,175 $121,799 $20,051 $141,850
Stock-based compensation expense (7,226) (2,198) (9,424) (6,197) (1,613) (7,810)
Depreciation and amortization (15,008) (7,326) (22,334) (14,860) (6,699) (21,559)
Distribution center closure (a) (3,032) (3,032)
CPSC settlement (b) (3,100) (3,100)
Loss on disposition of fixed assets (665) (8) (673) (104) (42) (146)
Operating income $108,453 $19,259 $127,712 $100,638 $8,597 $109,235
Interest expense, net (7,177) (3,509)
Income before income taxes 120,535 105,726
Income tax provision (45,214) (40,604)
Net income $75,321 $65,122
(a) In the second quarter of 2015, HSN recorded $3.0 million for certain costs associated with the planned closure of one of its distribution centers.
(b) In the first quarter of 2014, Cornerstone had a $3.1 million settlement with the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
HSN, INC. RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED NET INCOME AND ADJUSTED EPS TO GAAP NET INCOME AND GAAP DILUTED EPS
(unaudited; in thousands except per share amounts)
Three Months Ended
June 30,
2015 2014
Net Income EPS Net Income EPS
Non-GAAP Adjusted $43,526 $0.81 $40,940 $0.76
Distribution center closure (a) (1,894) (0.03) -- --
CPSC settlement (b) -- -- -- --
GAAP $41,632 $0.78 $40,940 $0.76
GAAP diluted weighted average shares outstanding 53,675 53,745
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2015 2014
Net Income EPS Net Income EPS
Non-GAAP Adjusted $77,215 $1.44 $68,222 $1.26
Distribution center closure (a) (1,894) (0.03) -- --
CPSC settlement (b) -- -- (3,100) (0.05)
GAAP $75,321 $1.40 $65,122 $1.21
GAAP diluted weighted average shares outstanding 53,718 53,954
(a) In the second quarter of 2015, HSN recorded $3.0 million for certain costs associated with the planned closure of one of its distribution centers.
(b) In the first quarter of 2014, Cornerstone had a $3.1 million settlement with the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

HSN, INC.'S PRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL REPORTING

HSNi reports Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS, all of which are supplemental measures to GAAP. These measures are among the primary metrics by which we evaluate the performance of our businesses, on which our internal budgets are based and by which management is compensated. We believe that investors should have access to, and we are obligated to provide, the same set of tools that we use in analyzing our results. These non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for or superior to GAAP results. HSNi endeavors to compensate for the limitations of the non-GAAP measures presented by providing the comparable GAAP measures with equal or greater prominence and descriptions of the reconciling items, including quantifying such items, to derive the non-GAAP measures. We encourage investors to examine the reconciling adjustments between the GAAP and non-GAAP measures contained in this release and which we discuss below.

Definitions of Non-GAAP Measures

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as operating income excluding, if applicable: (1) non-cash charges including: (a) stock-based compensation expense, (b) amortization of intangibles, (c) depreciation and gains and losses on asset dispositions, and (d) goodwill, long-lived asset and intangible asset impairments; (2) pro forma adjustments for significant acquisitions; and (3) other significant items. Significant items, while periodically affecting our results, may vary significantly from period to period and have a disproportionate effect in a given period, thereby affecting the comparability of results. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure determined in accordance with GAAP, and should not be considered a substitute for operating income, net income or any other measure determined in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA is used as a measurement of operating efficiency and overall financial performance and HSNi believes it to be a helpful measure for those evaluating companies in the retail and media industries. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA has certain limitations in that it does not take into account the impact to HSNi's statement of operations of certain expenses, gains and losses that are excluded from the company's definition of Adjusted EBITDA.

Adjusted Net Income is defined as net income available to common shareholders excluding, net of tax effects, if applicable: (1) goodwill, long-lived asset and intangible asset impairments, (2) pro forma adjustments for significant acquisitions, (3) discontinued operations and (4) other significant items. Significant items, while periodically affecting our results, may vary significantly from period to period and have a disproportionate effect in a given period, thereby affecting the comparability of results. We believe Adjusted Net Income is useful to investors because it represents HSNi's consolidated results taking into account charges which are not allocated to the operating businesses such as interest expense and taxes, but excluding the effects of goodwill and asset impairments, significant acquisition-related adjustments, discontinued operations and certain other significant items.

Adjusted EPS is defined as Adjusted Net Income divided by diluted weighted average shares outstanding for Adjusted EPS purposes. We believe Adjusted EPS is useful to investors because it represents, on a per share basis, HSNi's consolidated results, taking into account charges which are not allocated to the operating businesses such as interest expense and taxes, but excluding the effects of goodwill and asset impairments, significant acquisition-related adjustments, discontinued operations and certain other significant items. Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS have certain limitations in that they do not take into account the impact of goodwill and asset impairments, significant acquisition-related adjustments, discontinued operations and certain other significant items. Therefore, we think it is important to evaluate these measures along with our consolidated statement of operations.

CONTACT: Felise Glantz Kissell (Analysts/Investors) 727-872-7529 felise.kissell@hsn.net Gigi Ganatra Duff (Media) 727-872-4808 gigi.ganatraduff@hsn.net

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