September 7, 2016

francesca's® Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2016 Financial Results

  • Company raises full year sales and diluted earnings per share outlook
  • Net sales increased 9% to $115.3 million and comparable sales were flat compared to the same prior year period
  • Diluted earnings per share was $0.27 compared to $0.22 in the same period last year
  • Net sales and diluted earnings per share for the second quarter exceeded guidance

HOUSTON, Sept. 07, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Francesca's Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:FRAN) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended July 30, 2016.

Richard Kunes, Interim Chairman, President, and CEO stated, "We are very pleased to have exceeded our sales and earnings expectations for the second quarter.  Our compelling merchandise assortment and personalized guest experience resonated well with our customers despite the tough retail landscape and significant traffic decline we experienced early in the quarter.  As we enter the third quarter, we are pleased with initial results as we successfully executed our targeted back-to-school programs.  Looking ahead, we are encouraged by our trend-right merchandise assortment, ecommerce growth and favorable inventory position.  Our in-boutique team is providing an exceptional guest experience and we are focused on expense management.  With all of our strategic initiatives beginning to align, we believe we are on the path to deliver long-term, sustainable growth and profitability.  With higher than expected second quarter sales and profitability as well as a favorable outlook for third quarter, we are increasing our full year diluted earnings per share guidance to $0.96 to $1.03."

SECOND QUARTER RESULTS

Net sales increased 9% to $115.3 million from $106.0 million in the comparable prior year period.  This increase was due to the addition of 44 net new boutiques since the prior year period, and a 37% increase in ecommerce sales to $4.8 million driven by increased website traffic and conversion rate.  Our total comparable sales were flat compared to the same period last year as the increase in transactions offset the decrease in average transaction value.  We opened 19 new boutiques and closed four underperforming boutiques during the quarter bringing our total boutique count to 652 at the end of the quarter.      

Gross profit, as a percentage of net sales, decreased to 46.8% from 47.4% in the prior year quarter.  This decrease is attributable to 30 basis points of lower merchandise margin and 30 basis points deleveraging of occupancy costs.  The decrease in merchandise margin was primarily attributable to a sales mix change to lower margin categories. 

Selling, general and administrative expenses ("SG&A") increased 5% to $36.8 million from $35.1 million in the prior year quarter. The increase in SG&A is primarily due to increased corporate and boutique payroll, to support the larger boutique base and strategic initiatives, as well as an increase in marketing and depreciation expenses. The increase in marketing expense was due to implementation of new marketing initiatives, while the higher depreciation was due to continuing investments in technology and infrastructure.  These changes were partially offset by a $2.0 million net benefit associated with the previously announced resignation of our prior Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, which consisted of $2.6 million reversal of previously accrued stock-based compensation expense related to the forfeiture of unvested awards and $0.6 million of professional expenses related to the search process. 

Income from operations was $17.1 million, or 14.9% of net sales, compared to $15.2 million, or 14.3% of net sales, in the prior year quarter. 

BALANCE SHEET SUMMARY

Total cash and cash equivalents at the end of the quarter were $26.0 million compared to $48.8 million at the end of the comparable prior year quarter.  During the second quarter, we repurchased 2.3 million shares of our common stock at a cost of $27.0 million.

We ended the quarter with $32.7 million of inventory on hand compared to $33.6 million at the end of the comparable prior year period.  Average ending inventory per boutique decreased by 9% versus the comparable prior year period.

THIRD QUARTER AND FISCAL YEAR 2016 GUIDANCE

For the third quarter ending October 29, 2016, net sales are expected to be in the range of $114 million to $118 million; assuming a mid-single digit increase in comparable sales compared to the prior year increase of 4%. The Company plans to open 14 to 20 new boutiques and close one to three boutiques during the third quarter. Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $0.16 to $0.19.

For the full year ending January 28, 2017, we now expect net sales to be in the range of $473 million to $488 million; assuming a low-single digit decrease to a low single-digit increase in comparable sales compared to the prior year increase of 3%. The Company expects to open 55 to 65 boutiques and close six to ten underperforming boutiques in fiscal year 2016 compared to 83 new boutiques opened and six boutiques closed in fiscal year 2015.  Diluted earnings per share are now expected to be in the range of $0.96 to $1.03, which includes a $0.03 per share benefit associated with the previously announced resignation of our Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.  The number of average diluted shares for the full year assumed in guidance is 38.6 million shares. The effective tax rate is estimated to be 37.8%.

Capital expenditures for fiscal year 2016 are expected to be in the range of $28.0 million to $31.0 million.

Conference Call Information

A conference call to discuss the second quarter fiscal year 2016 results is scheduled for September 7, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. ET. A live webcast of the conference call will be available in the investor relations section of our website, www.francescas.com. A replay of the call will be available after the conclusion of the call and remain available until September 14, 2016. To access the telephone replay, listeners should dial 1-877-870-5176. The access code for the replay is 8230219. A replay of the web cast will also be available shortly after the conclusion of the call and will remain on the website for ninety days.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this release are "forward-looking statements" made pursuant to the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Such forward-looking statements reflect our current expectations or beliefs concerning future events and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those that we expected. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following: the risk that we cannot anticipate, identify and respond quickly to changing fashion trends and customer preferences; our ability to attract a sufficient number of customers to our boutiques or sell sufficient quantities of our merchandise through our ecommerce business; our ability to successfully open and operate new boutiques each year; and our ability to efficiently source; distribute additional merchandise quantities necessary to support our growth; and our ability to attract and integrate a new President and Chief Executive Officer. For additional information regarding these and other risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in our forward-looking statements, please refer to "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 30, 2016 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on March 25, 2016 and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended April 30, 2016 filed with the SEC on June 9, 2016, as well as any risk factors contained in subsequent quarterly and annual reports we file with the SEC. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement.

About Francesca's Holdings Corporation

francesca's® is a growing specialty retailer which operates a nationwide-chain of boutiques providing customers a unique, fun and personalized shopping experience.  The merchandise assortment is a diverse and balanced mix of apparel, jewelry, accessories and gifts.  Today francesca's® operates 656 boutiques in 48 states and the District of Columbia and also serves its customers through francescas.com. For additional information on francesca's®, please visit www.francescas.com

Francesca's Holdings Corporation
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts, Percentages and Basis Points)

 Thirteen Weeks Ended      
 July 30, 2016 August 1, 2015 Variance
 In USD As a %
of Net Sales(1)
 In USD As a %
of Net Sales(1)
 In USD %  Basis
Points
Net sales$  115,260   100.0% $  106,033   100.0% $  9,227   9%    -  
Cost of goods sold and occupancy costs   61,323   53.2%     55,725   52.6%    5,598   10%  60 
Gross profit   53,937   46.8%    50,308   47.4%    3,629   7%    (60)
Selling, general and administrative expenses   36,815   31.9%    35,133   33.1%    1,682   5%     (120)
Income from operations   17,122   14.9%    15,175   14.3%    1,947   13%    60 
Interest expense   (113) (0.1) %    (112 ) (0.1) %    (1) (1) %    -  
Other income (expense)   39   0.0%    (54) (0.1) %    93   172%    10 
Income before income tax expense   17,048   14.8%    15,009   14.2%    2,039   14%    60 
Income tax expense   6,457   5.6%    5,705   5.4%    752   13%    20 
Net income$  10,591   9.2% $  9,304   8.8% $  1,287   14%    40 
 
(1)  Percentage totals or differences in the above table may not equal the sum or difference of the components due to rounding.
              
Diluted earnings per share$  0.27    $  0.22         
Weighted average diluted share count   38,755       42,433         
               
Comparable sales change    0%        (4)%         
              
 Twenty-Six Weeks Ended      
 July 30, 2016 August 1, 2015 Variance
 In USD As a %
of Net Sales(1)
 In USD As a %
of Net Sales(1)
 In USD  % Basis
Points
Net sales$  221,373   100.0% $  201,044   100.0% $   20,329   10%    -  
Cost of goods sold and occupancy costs   118,306   53.4%    105,843   52.6%     12,463   12%     80 
Gross profit   103,067   46.6%    95,201   47.4%     7,866   8%    (80)
Selling, general and administrative expenses   74,481   33.6%    68,136   33.9%    6,345   9%    (30)
Income from operations   28,586   12.9%    27,065   13.5%    1,521   6%    (60)
Interest expense   (222) (0.1) %    (222) (0.1) %    -   -     -  
Other income (expense)   39   0.0%    (120) (0.1) %    159   132%    10 
Income before income tax expense   28,403   12.8%    26,723    13.3%    1,680   6%  (50)
Income tax expense   10,731   4.8%    10,178   5.1%    553   5%    (30)
Net income$  17,672   8.0% $  16,545   8.2% $  1,127   7%    (20)
 
(1)  Percentage totals or differences in the above table may not equal the sum or difference of the components due to rounding.
              
Diluted earnings per share$  0.45    $  0.39         
Weighted average diluted share count   39,580       42,425         
              
Comparable sales change    1%        (3)%         
            

Francesca's Holdings Corporation 
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

  July 30, 2016  January 30, 2016  August 1, 2015 
ASSETS            
Current assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents $26,021  $56,224  $48,840 
Accounts receivable  10,791   9,580    9,061 
Inventories  32,667   31,541   33,642 
Deferred income taxes  6,728   6,411   5,537 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   6,715   7,013   5,915 
Total current assets  82,922   110,769   102,995 
Property and equipment, net  80,225   77,894   80,176 
Deferred income taxes  4,640   3,847   5,426 
Other assets, net  1,296   1,067   1,677 
TOTAL ASSETS $169,083  $193,577  $190,274 
             
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY             
Current liabilities:            
Accounts payable $16,620  $14,305  $13,301 
Accrued liabilities  14,327   16,328   13,465 
Total current liabilities  30,947   30,633   26,766 
Landlord incentives and deferred rent  38,673   36,552   37,404 
Total liabilities  69,620   67,185   64,170 
             
Commitments and contingencies            
             
Stockholders' equity:            
Common stock - $0.01 par value, 80.0 million shares authorized; 45.9 million, 45.9 million and 45.5 million shares issued at July 30, 2016, January 30, 2016 and August 1, 2015, respectively.  459   459   455 
Additional paid-in capital  106,916   107,693   105,843 
Retained earnings  119,228   101,556   79,949 
Treasury stock, at cost - 8.0 million, 4.8 million and 3.2 million shares at July 30, 2016, January 30, 2016 and August 1, 2015, respectively.  (127,140)  (83,316)  (60,143)
Total stockholders' equity  99,463   126,392   126,104 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $169,083  $193,577  $190,274 
             

Francesca's Holdings Corporation
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)

  Twenty-Six Weeks Ended 
  July 30, 2016  August 1, 2015 
Cash Flows Provided by Operating Activities:        
Net income $17,672  $16,545 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:        
Depreciation and amortization  9,482   8,000 
Stock-based compensation expense  (857)  1,591 
Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation  (6)  (61)
Loss on sale of assets  155   282 
Deferred income taxes  (1,315)  (3,940)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:         
Accounts receivable  (1,205)  3,279 
Inventories  (1,126)  (9,841)
Prepaid expenses and other assets  (55)  86 
Accounts payable  2,599   2,466 
Accrued liabilities  (2,001)  1,561 
Landlord incentives and deferred rent  2,121   4,527 
Net cash provided by operating activities  25,464   24,495 
         
Cash Flows Used in Investing Activities:        
Purchases of property and equipment   (11,149)  (14,959)
Other  8   3  
Net cash used in investing activities  (11,141)  (14,956)
         
Cash Flows (Used in) Provided by Financing Activities:        
Proceeds from the exercise of stock options  280   169 
Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation  6   61 
Repurchases of common stock  (44,812)  - 
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities  (44,526)  230 
          
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents  (30,203)  9,769 
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year   56,224   39,071 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $26,021  $48,840 
         
Supplemental Disclosures of Cash Flow Information:         
Cash paid for income taxes $9,175  $8,335 
Interest paid $95  $94 
         

Francesca's Holdings Corporation 
Supplemental Information

Quarterly Sales by Merchandise Category

 Thirteen Weeks Ended Variance
 July 30,
2016
 August 1,
2015
 In Dollars %
 (in thousands, except percentages)
Apparel$61,081  $56,441 $ 4,640   8%
Jewelry 25,368  23,442   1,926   8%
Accessories 15,136  14,537   599   4%
Gifts 13,209  11,069   2,140   19%
Merchandise Sales 114,794  105,489   9,305   9%
Others(1) 466  544   (78)  (14)%
Net sales$115,260 $106,033 $ 9,227   9%
 
(1) Includes gift card breakage income, shipping and change in return reserve.
 

Quarterly Comparable Sales

 FY 2016 FY 2015 FY 2014
Q1  2%  (2)%  (7)%
Q2 0%  (4)%  (7)%
Q3   4%  (6)%
Q4   11%  1%
Fiscal year    3%  (5)%

Boutique Count

 Twenty-Six
Weeks Ended

July 30, 2016
 Fiscal Year
Ended

January 30, 2016
  Twenty-Six
Weeks Ended

August 1, 2015
Number of boutiques open at the beginning of period616 539 539
Boutiques added41 83 69
Boutiques closed(5)(6)-
Number of boutiques open at the end of period652 616 608

 

CONTACT:

ICR, Inc.Jean Fontana

646-277-1214



Company

Kelly Dilts 832-494-2236

Kate Venturina 832-494-2233

IR@francescas.com

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