UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

  

FORM 8-K

 

 

 

CURRENT REPORT

 

PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE

SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): March 27, 2018

 

FRANCESCA’S HOLDINGS CORPORATION

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

 

    Delaware    
001-35239   (State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)   20-8874704
(Commission File Number)       (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
         

8760 Clay Road,

Houston, Texas

     

 

77080

 (Address of Principal Executive Offices)       (Zip Code)

 

(713) 864-1358

(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)

 

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

 

Emerging growth company ¨

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ¨

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

 

On March 27, 2018, Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing its consolidated financial results for the fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year ended February 3, 2018. A copy of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this report. This information shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and is not incorporated by reference into any filing of the Company, whether made before or after the date hereof, regardless of any general incorporation language in such filing.

 

Item 9.01.  Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

99.1Press Release issued by Francesca’s Holdings Corporation on March 27, 2018.

 

 

 

 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

  FRANCESCA’S HOLDINGS CORPORATION  
       
       
Date: March 27, 2018 By: /s/ Kelly M. Dilts  
    Kelly M. Dilts  
    Chief Financial Officer  

 

 

 

Exhibit 99.1

 

 

francesca’s® Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Results and Provides Fiscal Year 2018 Guidance

 

·Fourth quarter net sales decreased 5% to $138.5 million and comparable sales decreased 15%
·Fourth quarter diluted earnings per share were $0.10, including a $0.09 impact of the new tax legislation
·Fourth quarter adjusted diluted earnings per share were $0.20(1)

 

 

HOUSTON, TEXAS — March 27, 2018 — Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (Nasdaq: FRAN) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended February 3, 2018.

 

Steve Lawrence, President and CEO, stated, “While 2017 was a challenging year for francesca’s, it was also a year where we put in place a number of strategic investments that we believe will serve as building blocks for our future. We have also strengthened our focus on the merchandising principles that drove our past success. In 2018, we believe that we will return to ‘surprising and delighting’ our guests with our improved merchandising assortment and boutique experience.  We expect that as our initiatives begin to take hold and we start to fully leverage the investments we made last year, we will see sequential quarter to quarter comparable sales improvement through the year.”

 

FOURTH QUARTER RESULTS

 

Net sales decreased 5% to $138.5 million from $146.3 million in the comparable prior year quarter. This decrease was due to a 15% decrease in comparable sales compared to flat in the comparable prior year quarter. The decrease in comparable sales was primarily due to a decline in boutique conversion rate and traffic, as our merchandise did not resonate with our guests. This decrease was partially offset by the sales from 50 net new boutiques since the prior year quarter and $5 million in sales for the 53rd week of fiscal year 2017. The Company opened nine new boutiques and closed two boutiques during the quarter, bringing the total boutique count to 721 at the end of the quarter.

 

Gross profit, as a percent of net sales, decreased to 43.9% from 46.4% in the prior year quarter. This unfavorable variance was principally due to 280 basis points deleveraging of occupancy costs, partially offset by 30 basis points increase in merchandise margin.

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased 14% to $50.5 million from $44.3 million in the prior year quarter. This increase was primarily due to higher boutique and corporate payroll to support the larger boutique base and ecommerce operations, as well as increases in professional fees, software costs and marketing due to the continued investments in marketing, technology and infrastructure. These increases were partially offset by lower performance-based incentive expenses.

 

Income from operations was $10.4 million, or 7.5% of net sales, compared to $23.6 million, or 16.1% of net sales, in the prior year quarter.

 

The effective tax rate for the fourth quarter was 63.9% compared to 37.7% in the comparable prior year quarter. Income tax expense included a non-cash charge of $3.3 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, as a result of the remeasurement of the Company’s net deferred tax assets using the lower federal corporate income tax rate under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

 

Net income for the fourth quarter was $3.7 million, or $0.10 diluted earnings per share, and, excluding the remeasurement of net deferred tax assets, adjusted net income was $7.1 million, or $0.20(1) adjusted diluted earnings per share. This compares to prior year quarter net income of $14.6 million, or $0.39 diluted earnings per share.

 

 

 

(1)Diluted earnings per share components may not equal the sum due to rounding.

 

 

 

 

FULL YEAR RESULTS

 

Net sales decreased 3% to $471.7 million from $487.2 million in the prior year. This decrease was due an 11% decrease in comparable sales compared to a 2% increase in the prior year. This decrease was partially offset by the sales from 50 net new boutiques since the prior year-end and $5 million in sales for the 53rd week of fiscal year 2017.

 

During fiscal year 2017, the Company opened 60 new boutiques and closed 10 boutiques compared to 64 new boutiques opened and nine boutiques closed during fiscal year 2016.

 

Net income for fiscal year 2017 totaled $15.6 million, or $0.43 diluted earnings per share, compared to $42.0 million, or $1.09 diluted earnings per share, in the prior year.

 

Excluding the $3.3 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, charge related to the remeasurement of the Company’s net deferred tax assets, adjusted net income for fiscal year 2017 totaled $18.9 million, or adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.52. This compares to prior year adjusted net income of $40.8 million, or adjusted diluted earnings per share of $1.06, which excludes the $2.0 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, net benefit in connection with the resignation of the Company’s former Chairman, President and CEO.

 

BALANCE SHEET SUMMARY

 

Total cash and cash equivalents at the end of the quarter were $31.3 million compared to $53.2 million at the end of the comparable prior year quarter and no debt. During the fourth quarter, the Company repurchased 248,000 shares of its common stock at a cost of $1.5 million, bringing the Company’s total year-to-date repurchases to 1,861,000 shares at a cost of $20.0 million.

 

The Company ended the quarter with $26.8 million of inventory on hand compared to $24.0 million at the end of the comparable prior year period. Average ending inventory per boutique increased 4% versus the prior year period. Prior year inventory levels were at an historic low as the Company marked inventory out-of-stock in order to implement the in-season clearance strategy.

 

FIRST QUARTER AND FISCAL YEAR 2018 GUIDANCE

 

For the first quarter ending May 5, 2018, net sales are expected to be in the range of $100 million to $103 million, assuming a 13% to 15% decrease in comparable sales compared to the prior year decrease of 5%. The Company plans to open 20 to 25 new boutiques and close approximately 5 existing boutiques during the first quarter. Loss per share is expected to be in the range of ($0.10) to ($0.13).

 

For the fiscal year ending February 2, 2019, net sales are expected to be in the range of $485 million to $499 million; assuming a low-single digit decrease in comparable sales compared to the prior year decrease of 11%. The Company expects to open approximately 35 boutiques and close approximately 20 boutiques in fiscal year 2018, compared to 60 new boutiques opened and 10 boutiques closed in fiscal year 2017. Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $0.53 to $0.63 compared to prior year of $0.43. This also compares to prior year adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.52 which excludes the $3.3 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, charge related to the remeasurement of the Company’s deferred tax assets. The number of average diluted shares for the full year assumed in guidance is 35.5 million shares. The effective tax rate is estimated to be 26% for 2018.

 

Capital expenditures for fiscal year 2018 are expected to be approximately $30 million.

 

 

 

 

Conference Call Information

 

A conference call to discuss the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2017 results is scheduled for March 27, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. ET. A live webcast of the conference call will be available in the investor relations section of the Company’s website, www.francescas.com. A replay of the call will be available after the conclusion of the call and remain available until April 3, 2018. To access the telephone replay, listeners should dial 1-844-512-2921. The access code for the replay is 8258995. 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 or changes in consumer environment, including changing expectations of service and experience in boutiques and online, and evolve our business model; our ability to attract a sufficient number of customers to our boutiques or sell sufficient quantities of our merchandise through our ecommerce website; our ability to successfully open, refresh and operate new boutiques each year; our ability to efficiently source, distribute additional merchandise quantities necessary to support our growth; and new tax legislation developments or guidance that may influence our effective tax rate. 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 28, 2017 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on March 22, 2017, as well as “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended February 3, 2018 that we will file with the SEC, and 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.

 

SEC Regulation G – Non-GAAP Information

 

This press release includes non-GAAP adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share, each a non-GAAP financial measure. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures not only provides our management with comparable financial data for internal financial analysis but also provides meaningful supplemental information to investors. Specifically, these non-GAAP financial measures allow investors to better understand the performance of the business and facilitate a meaningful evaluation of our quarterly and fiscal year 2017 net income and diluted earnings per share on a comparable basis with our quarterly and fiscal year 2016 results. These non-GAAP measures should be considered a supplement to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.

 

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 approximately 721 boutiques in 47 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.

 

 

CONTACT:

ICR, Inc. Company
Jean Fontana Kelly Dilts 832-494-2236
646-277-1214 Kate Venturina 832-494-2233
  IR@francescas.com

 

 

 

 

Francesca’s Holdings Corporation

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts, Percentages and Basis Points)

 

 

  

Fourteen Weeks Ended

February 3, 2018

  

Thirteen Weeks Ended

January 28, 2017

   Variance 
   In USD  

As a %

of Net

Sales(1)

   In USD  

As a %

of Net

Sales(1)

   In USD   %  

Basis

Points

 
Net sales  $138,491    100.0%  $146,345    100.0%  $(7,854)   (5)%   - 
Cost of goods sold and occupancy costs   77,666    56.1%   78,412    53.6%   (746)   (1)%   250 
Gross profit   60,825    43.9%   67,933    46.4%   (7,108)   (10)%   (250)
Selling, general and administrative expenses   50,463    36.4%   44,349    30.3%   6,114    14%   610 
Income from operations   10,362    7.5%   23,584    16.1%   (13,222)   (56)%   (860)
Interest expense   (120)   (0.1)%   (111)   (0.1)%   (9)   (8)%   - 
Other income   68    0.0%   29    0.0%   39    134%   - 
Income before income tax expense   10,310    7.4%   23,502    16.1%   (13,192)   (56)%   (870)
Income tax expense   6,584    4.8%   8,867    6.1%   (2,283)   (26)%   (130)
Net income  $3,726    2.7%  $14,635    10.0%  $(10,909)   (75)%   (730)

 

(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   $ 0.10             $ 0.39            
                                   
Weighted average diluted share count     35,642               37,383            
                                   
Comparable sales change     (15)%       0%    

  

   Fiscal Year Ended             
   February 3, 2018   January 28, 2017   Variance 
   In USD  

As a %

of Net

Sales(1)

   In USD  

As a %

of Net

Sales(1)

   In USD   %  

Basis

Points

 
Net sales  $471,678    100.0%  $487,188    100.0%  $(15,510)   (3)%   - 
Cost of goods sold and occupancy costs   264,915    56.2%   258,561    53.1%   6,354    2%   310 
Gross profit   206,763    43.8%   228,627    46.9%   (21,864)   (10)%   (310)
Selling, general and administrative expenses   176,801    37.5%   160,702    33.0%   16,099    10%   450 
Income from operations   29,962    6.4%   67,925    13.9%   (37,963)   (56)%   (750)
Interest expense   (452)   (0.1)%   (464)   (0.1)%   12    3%   - 
Other income   346    0.1%   147    0.0%   199    135%   10 
Income before income tax expense   29,856    6.3%   67,608    13.9%   (37,752)   (56)%   (760)
Income tax expense   14,295    3.0%   25,607    5.3%   (11,312)   (44)%   (230)
Net income  $15,561    3.3%  $42,001    8.6%  $(26,440)   (63)%   (530)

 

(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   $ 0.43             $ 1.09            
                                   
Weighted average diluted share count     36,300               38,551            
                                   
Comparable sales change     (11)%       2%    

 

 

 

 

 

Francesca’s Holdings Corporation

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 

   February 3,   January 28, 
   2018   2017 
ASSETS        
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents  $31,331   $53,202 
Accounts receivable   16,642    5,605 
Inventories   26,816    23,958 
Deferred income taxes   -    8,487 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   9,714    8,823 
Total current assets   84,503    100,075 
Property and equipment, net   87,702    80,484 
Deferred income taxes   9,413    6,978 
Other assets, net   3,622    2,056 
TOTAL ASSETS  $185,240   $189,593 
           
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY          
Current liabilities:          
Accounts payable  $17,801   $9,205 
Accrued liabilities   14,654    25,761 
Total current liabilities   32,455    34,966 
Landlord incentives and deferred rent   38,337    38,092 
Total liabilities   70,792    73,058 
Commitments and contingencies          
Stockholders’ equity:          

Common stock-$.01 par value, 80.0 million shares authorized, 46.3 million

and 46.1 million shares issued as of February 3, 2018 and January 28, 2017, respectively.

   463    461 
Additional paid-in capital   111,439    109,008 
Retained earnings   159,045    143,557 

Treasury stock, at cost – 10.3 million and 8.5 million shares held at February 3 2018

and January 28, 2017, respectively.

   (156,499)   (136,491)
Total stockholders’ equity   114,448    116,535 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY  $185,240   $189,593 

 

 

 

 

Francesca’s Holdings Corporation

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands)

   Fiscal Year Ended 
   February 3,   January 28,   January 30, 
   2018   2017   2016 
Cash Flows Provided by Operating Activities:            
Net income  $15,561   $42,001   $38,152 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:               
Depreciation and amortization   21,202    19,337    16,816 
Stock-based compensation expense   2,430    1,016    2,932 
Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation   -    (34)   (236)
Impairment charges   258    141    790 
Loss on disposal of assets   733    407    487 
Amortization of debt issuance costs   250    245    245 
Deferred income taxes   6,099    (5,411)   (3,226)
Changes in assets and liabilities:               
Accounts receivable   (10,764)   3,975    2,935 
Inventories   (2,858)   7,583    (7,740)
Prepaid expenses and other assets   (3,177)   (3,160)   (524)
Accounts payable   6,013    (4,936)   4,137 
Accrued liabilities   (11,167)   9,467    4,424 
Landlord incentives and deferred rent   245    1,540    3,675 
Net cash provided by operating activities   24,825    72,171    62,867 
                
Cash Flows Used in Investing Activities:               
Purchase of property and equipment   (26,778)   (21,852)   (24,276)
Other   -    8    12 
Net cash used in investing activities   (26,778)   (21,844)   (24,264)
                
Cash Flows Used in Financing Activities:               
Repurchases of common stock   (19,860)   (53,853)   (22,185)
Proceeds from the exercise of stock options   96    512    499 
Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation   -    34    236 
Taxes paid related to net settlement of equity awards   (154)   (42)   - 
Net cash used in financing activities   (19,918)   (53,349)   (21,450)
                
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents   (21,871)   (3,022)   17,153 
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year   53,202    56,224    39,071 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of year  $31,331   $53,202   $56,224 
                
Supplemental Disclosures of Cash Flow Information:               
Cash paid for income taxes  $24,163   $19,324   $23,958 
Interest paid  $192   $192   $190 

 

 

 

 

Francesca’s Holdings Corporation

Supplemental Information

 

Quarterly Sales by Merchandise Category

 

  

Fourteen Weeks Ended

February 3, 2018

  

Thirteen Weeks Ended

January 28, 2017

   Variance 
   In USD  

As a %

of Sales

   In USD  

As a %

of Sales

   In Dollars   % 
   (in thousands, except percentages) 
Apparel(1)   54,977    39.7%   59,930    41.0%   (4,953)   (8)%
Jewelry   32,481    23.5%   34,069    23.3%   (1,588)   (5)%
Accessories(1)   24,928    18.0%   25,612    17.5%   (684)   (3)%
Gifts   24,412    17.6%   25,834    17.7%   (1,422)   (6)%
Merchandise sales   136,798    98.8%   145,445    99.4%   (8,647)   (6)%
Others(2)   1,693    1.2%   900    0.6%   793    88%
Net sales   138,491    100.0%   146,345    100.0%   (7,854)   (5)%
                               
(1)In fiscal year 2017, swimwear and leggings were reclassified out of accessories to apparel. To facilitate comparability, prior year amounts were reclassified.
(2)Includes gift card breakage income, shipping and change in return reserve.

 

Quarterly Comparable Sales

 

   FY 2017   FY 2016   FY 2015 
Q1   (5)%   2%   (2)%
Q2   (3)%   0%   (4)%
Q3   (18)%   7%   4%
Q4   (15)%   0%   11%
Fiscal year   (11)%   2%   3%

 

Boutique Count

 

   Fiscal Year Ended 
   February 3, 2018   January 28, 2017   January 30, 2016 
Number of boutiques open at the beginning of period period   671    616    539 
Boutiques opened   60    64    83 
Boutiques closed   (10)   (9)   (6)
Number of boutiques open at the end of period   721    671    616