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The Children's Place Reports First Quarter 2013 Results

SECAUCUS, N.J., May 23, 2013 (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 financial results for the thirteen weeks ended May 4, 2013.

Jane Elfers, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "After a difficult start to the quarter, April sales improved significantly with the return of more seasonable weather. Our expenses throughout the quarter were well-controlled. We exceeded our earnings forecast for the first quarter and we are raising guidance for the year to reflect these improved results."

Elfers continued, "Customer response to our summer line has been positive, and we are well-positioned in key categories for back-to-school and holiday selling."

First Quarter 2013 Results

In the first quarter of 2013, net sales declined 3.5% to $423.2 million, compared to $438.5 million in the first quarter the prior year. Comparable retail sales declined 5.5%.

Gross profit declined 8.6% to $163.3 million, due to deleverage of fixed expenses on negative comparable retail sales and higher supply chain costs as the Company invested in its sourcing capabilities.

As a result of the Company's strong expense management, selling, general and administrative expenses declined 2.7% to $119.0 million during the first quarter of 2013. Adjusted SG&A declined 0.9% to $118.5 million.

Operating income was $28.5 million, compared to $37.1 million in the first quarter of 2012. Adjusted operating income was $28.4 million, compared to $42.7 million the previous year.

Net income and adjusted net income was $19.3 million, or $0.83 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2013. This compares to GAAP net income of $24.7 million, or $1.00 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2012, and adjusted net income of $28.3 million, or $1.14 per diluted share, the previous year.

Adjusted SG&A, adjusted operating income and adjusted net income are Non-GAAP measures. 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 to GAAP financial information is included in this press release in Table 3.

The Company opened 20 stores and closed four, ending the first quarter with 1,111 stores.

Share Repurchase Program

The Company repurchased 512 thousand shares for approximately $24.2 million during the first quarter of 2013. At the end of the quarter, $56.2 million of the $100 million share repurchase program authorized in November 2012 remained available for future share repurchases.

Outlook

The Company updated its guidance to reflect first quarter results and now projects that adjusted earnings per diluted share will be between $3.05 and $3.20 for fiscal 2013, assuming comparable retail sales are flat to slightly negative. This compares to its initial guidance of $2.90 to $3.10, assuming negative low-single digit comparable retail sales.

The Company provided initial guidance for the second quarter of fiscal 2013, and is forecasting an adjusted loss per share between $(0.50) and $(0.55), assuming flat comparable retail sales. This compares to an adjusted loss per share of $(0.62) in the second quarter of 2012.

This earnings guidance assumes that currency exchange rates will remain where they are today 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 first quarter fiscal 2013 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 May 4, 2013, the Company operated 1,111 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 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 February 2, 2013. 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, the risk that the cost of raw materials or energy prices will increase beyond current expectations or that the Company is unable to offset cost increases through value engineering or price increases, 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)
First Quarter Ended
May 4, April 28,
2013 2012
Net sales $ 423,164 $ 438,508
Cost of sales 259,896 259,863
Gross profit 163,268 178,645
Selling, general and administrative expenses 119,008 122,283
Asset impairment charges -- 1,250
Other costs (income) (1,023) 834
Depreciation and amortization 16,824 17,218
Operating income 28,459 37,060
Interest income (expense), net 60 (51)
Income before taxes 28,519 37,009
Provision for income taxes 9,247 12,275
Net income $ 19,272 $ 24,734
Earnings per common share
Basic $ 0.84 $ 1.01
Diluted $ 0.83 $ 1.00
Weighted average common shares outstanding
Basic 23,043 24,535
Diluted 23,289 24,691
Table 2
THE CHILDREN'S PLACE RETAIL STORES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
May 4, February 2, April 28,
2013 2013* 2012
Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 186,260 $ 194,128 $ 204,826
Short-term investments 15,000 15,000 --
Accounts receivable 22,223 18,490 18,656
Inventories 251,285 266,976 220,486
Other current assets 46,845 50,641 45,936
Total current assets 521,613 545,235 489,904
Property and equipment, net 334,443 330,101 329,058
Other assets, net 49,016 48,074 54,423
Total assets $ 905,072 $ 923,410 $ 873,385
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:
Accounts payable $ 69,644 $ 87,461 $ 34,784
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 107,170 104,045 91,990
Total current liabilities 176,814 191,506 126,774
Other liabilities 106,848 110,955 110,606
Total liabilities 283,662 302,461 237,380
Stockholders' equity 621,410 620,949 636,005
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 905,072 $ 923,410 $ 873,385
* Derived from the audited consolidated financial statements included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 2, 2013.
Table 3
THE CHILDREN'S PLACE RETAIL STORES, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION TO GAAP (1)
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
Net Sales Gross Profit Selling, General and Administrative Asset Impairment Charge and Other Costs (Income) Depreciation and Amortization Operating Income (Loss) Net Income EPS Diluted
As Reported First Quarter 2013 $ 423,164 $ 163,268 $ 119,008 $ (1,023) $ 16,824 $ 28,459 $ 19,272 $ 0.83
Non-GAAP adjustments:
DC Exit Costs 1,023 (1,023) (614) (0.03)
Early Store Closure (160) -- (419) 579 348 0.01
Asia Reorganization (340) -- (13) 353 295 0.01
Total Non-GAAP adjustments -- -- (500) 1,023 (432) (91) 29 0.00
As Adjusted First Quarter 2013 $ 423,164 $ 163,268 $ 118,508 $ -- $ 16,392 $ 28,368 $ 19,301 $ 0.83
As Reported First Quarter 2012 $ 438,508 $ 178,645 $ 122,283 $ 2,084 $ 17,218 $ 37,060 $ 24,734 $1.00
Non-GAAP adjustments:
DC Exit Costs -- (834) 834 500 0.02
Store impairment (1,250) 1,250 750 0.03
Restructuring severance costs (1,971) -- 1,971 1,183 0.05
Obsolete supply and fixture costs (719) -- 719 431 0.02
Accelerated depreciation for Canadian store remodels (893) 893 656 0.03
Total Adjustments -- -- (2,690) (2,084) (893) 5,667 3,520 0.14
As Adjusted First Quarter 2012 $ 438,508 $ 178,645 $ 119,593 $ -- $ 16,325 $ 42,727 $ 28,254 $ 1.14
(1) Table may not add due to rounding
Table 4
THE CHILDREN'S PLACE RETAIL STORES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
Thirteen Weeks Ended
May 4, April 28,
2013 2012
Net income $ 19,272 $ 24,734
Non-cash adjustments 20,138 21,415
Working Capital (1,547) 21,785
Net cash provided by operating activities 37,863 67,934
Net cash used in investing activities (22,112) (22,074)
Net cash used in financing activities (23,020) (19,211)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (599) 1,522
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (7,868) 28,171
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 194,128 176,655
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period 186,260 204,826

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