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The Children's Place Reports Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results

SECAUCUS, N.J., Nov. 15, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:PLCE), the largest pure-play children's specialty apparel retailer in North America, today announced third quarter net sales increased 3% to $500.9 million for the thirteen weeks ended October 27, 2012, compared to $484.1 million in the third quarter of 2011. Comparable retail sales increased 1.1% in the quarter.

GAAP net income was $35.0 million, or $1.44 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2012. As adjusted, net income was $39.0 million, or $1.60 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2012, compared to $33.7 million, or $1.33 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2011.

Adjusted net income is a non-GAAP measure. The Company believes the excluded transactions are not indicative of the performance of its core business and that by providing this supplemental disclosure to investors it will facilitate comparisons of its past and present performance. A reconciliation of net income as reported is included in this press release in Table 3.

"Our third quarter earnings per share exceeded our expectations. We had strong sales results in our e-commerce and outlet channels, and continued positive momentum in our big kids business throughout the quarter," commented Jane Elfers, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Entering the fourth quarter, Hurricane Sandy had a devastating impact on our region, and our deepest sympathy goes out to all who were affected. Over 280 of our stores and our Northeast e-commerce business, which together account for approximately 31% of total company revenues, were impacted. We still expect to deliver positive comparable retail sales, but we are adjusting the margin and earnings outlook for the quarter and fiscal 2012 due to the heightened promotional environment post-Sandy."

Fiscal Year-to-Date

Net sales increased 3% to $1,300.3 million fiscal year-to-date 2012, compared to $1,258.4 million for the same period last year. Comparable retail sales increased 1.1% fiscal year-to-date 2012.

GAAP net income for fiscal year-to-date 2012 was $40.6 million, or $1.66 per diluted share. As adjusted, net income was $51.0 million, or $2.09 per diluted share, compared to $53.0 million, or $2.05 per diluted share, for the same period last year.

Store Openings and Closures

During the third quarter of 2012, The Children's Place opened 23 stores and closed one. Fiscal year-to-date 2012, the Company has opened 60 stores and closed seven.

Share Repurchase Program

During the third quarter, the Company repurchased 222 thousand shares for approximately $12.8 million. During the first nine months of fiscal 2012, the Company repurchased 935 thousand shares for approximately $47.7 million. At the end of the quarter, there was approximately $21.6 million remaining of the $50 million share repurchase program which was authorized by the Board of Directors in March 2012. Under the 2012 share repurchase program, the Company may repurchase shares in the open market at current market prices at the time of purchase or in privately negotiated transactions. The timing and actual number of shares repurchased under the program will depend on a variety of factors including price, corporate and regulatory requirements, and other market and business conditions. The Company may suspend or discontinue the program at any time, and may thereafter reinstitute purchases, all without prior announcement.

Outlook

The Company updated its earnings guidance for fiscal 2012 and now projects that non-GAAP adjusted earnings per diluted share will be between $3.10 and $3.15, compared to its previous guidance of $3.20 to $3.30, assuming positive low-single digit comparable retail sales.

The Company provided initial guidance for the fourth quarter of 2012, and is forecasting non-GAAP adjusted earnings per diluted share between $1.01 and $1.06, assuming positive low-single digit comparable retail sales.

The Company now expects gross margin to expand 170 to 190 basis points in the fourth quarter, and to deleverage 50 to 70 basis points for fiscal 2012. SG&A is expected to be flat as a percent of sales in the fourth quarter, and to deleverage 10 to 20 basis points for fiscal 2012.

This earnings guidance assumes that currency exchange rates will remain consistent with today's rates, and does not include the impact of further potential share repurchases.

Conference Call Information

The Children's Place will host a conference call to discuss its third quarter 2012 results today at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The call will be broadcast live at http://investor.childrensplace.com. An audio archive will be available on the Company's website approximately one hour after the conclusion of the call.

About The Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc.

The Children's Place is the largest pure-play children's specialty apparel retailer in North America. The Company designs, contracts to manufacture and sells fashionable, high-quality merchandise at value prices, primarily under the proprietary "The Children's Place" brand name. As of October 27, 2012, the Company operated 1,102 stores and an online store at www.childrensplace.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release (and the above referenced call) may contain certain forward-looking statements regarding future circumstances, including statements relating to the Company's positioning, and forecasts regarding store openings and earnings per diluted share from continuing operations. These forward-looking statements are based upon the Company's current expectations and assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and performance to differ materially. Some of these risks and uncertainties are described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the "Risk Factors" section of its annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 28, 2012. Included among the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and performance to differ materially are the risk that the Company will be unsuccessful in gauging fashion trends and changing consumer preferences, the risks resulting from the highly competitive nature of the Company's business and its dependence on consumer spending patterns, which may be affected by the continued weakness in the economy or by other factors such as increases in the cost of gasoline and food, and the uncertainty of weather patterns. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they were made. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. The inclusion of any statement in this release does not constitute an admission by the Company or any other person that the events or circumstances described in such statement are material.

Table 1
THE CHILDREN'S PLACE RETAIL STORES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
Third Quarter Ended Year-to-Date Ended
October 27, October 29, October 27, October 29,
2012 2011 2012 2011
Net sales $ 500,928 $ 484,085 $ 1,300,262 $ 1,258,399
Cost of sales 294,725 284,034 803,029 759,136
Gross profit 206,203 200,051 497,233 499,263
Selling, general and administrative expenses 131,832 126,741 374,292 355,348
Asset impairment charges 539 369 2,069 1,747
Other costs 570 -- 4,466 --
Depreciation and amortization 23,023 18,493 57,723 54,722
Operating income 50,239 54,448 58,683 87,446
Interest (expense), net (23) (70) (104) (655)
Income before taxes 50,216 54,378 58,579 86,791
Provision for income taxes 15,192 20,686 17,952 33,792
Net income $ 35,024 $ 33,692 $ 40,627 $ 52,999
Earnings per common share
Basic $ 1.45 $ 1.34 $ 1.67 $ 2.07
Diluted $ 1.44 $ 1.33 $ 1.66 $ 2.05
Weighted average common shares outstanding
Basic 24,086 25,121 24,290 25,657
Diluted 24,293 25,279 24,453 25,868
Table 2
THE CHILDREN'S PLACE RETAIL STORES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
October 27, January 28, October 29,
2012 2012* 2011
Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 203,101 $ 176,655 $ 152,621
Accounts receivable 25,948 17,382 25,867
Inventories 266,400 212,916 256,425
Other current assets 54,821 66,372 54,448
Total current assets 550,270 473,325 489,361
Property and equipment, net 335,953 323,863 326,623
Other assets, net 53,682 53,461 58,196
Total assets $ 939,905 $ 850,649 $ 874,180
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:
Accounts payable $ 99,342 $ 55,516 $ 54,960
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 113,175 76,039 94,161
Total current liabilities 212,517 131,555 149,121
Other liabilities 112,164 109,728 118,418
Total liabilities 324,681 241,283 267,539
Stockholders' equity 615,224 609,366 606,641
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 939,905 $ 850,649 $ 874,180
* Derived from the audited consolidated financial statements included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K
for the fiscal year ended January 28, 2012.
Table 3
THE CHILDREN'S PLACE RETAIL STORES, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION TO GAAP
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
Third Quarter Ended Year-to-Date Ended
October 27, October 29, October 27, October 29,
2012 2011 2012 2011
Net income $ 35,024 $ 33,692 $ 40,627 $ 52,999
Non-GAAP adjustments:
Expenses:
Store Impairment due to early termination -- -- 1,250 --
DC exit costs 6,256 -- 10,152 --
Restructuring severance costs -- -- 1,971 --
Obsolete supply and fixture costs -- -- 883 --
Legal Settlement -- -- 1,087 --
Accelerated depreciation for Canadian store remodels 272 -- 1,630 --
Aggregate impact of Non-GAAP adjustments 6,528 -- 16,973 --
Income tax effect (2,574) -- (6,568) --
Net impact of Non-GAAP adjustments 3,954 -- 10,405 --
Adjusted net income $ 38,978 $ 33,692 $ 51,032 $ 52,999
GAAP net income per common share $1.44 $1.33 $1.66 $2.05
Adjusted net income per common share $1.60 $1.33 $2.09 $2.05

CONTACT: Jane Singer, Vice President, Investor Relations (201) 453-6955Source:The Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc.