UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

 

FORM 10-Q

 

 

 

xQUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the Quarterly Period Ended November 3, 2018

 

OR

 

¨TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the Transition Period From              to             

 

Commission File Number: 001-35239

 

 

 

FRANCESCA’S HOLDINGS CORPORATION

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware 20-8874704
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
   
8760 Clay Road Houston, TX 77080
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

 

(713) 864-1358

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

None

(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)

 

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes x    No ¨

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).    Yes x    No  ¨

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer ¨ Smaller reporting company ¨
       
Non-accelerated filer ¨ Emerging growth company ¨
       
Accelerated filer x    

 

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.¨

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes ¨    No x

 

The registrant had 36,173,654 shares (excluding 11,079,448 shares of treasury stock) of its common stock outstanding as of November 15, 2018.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION 3
     
Item 1. Financial Statements 3
     
  Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets as of November 3, 2018, February 3, 2018 and October 28, 2017 3
     
  Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations for the Thirteen and Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended November 3, 2018 and October 28, 2017 4
     
  Unaudited Consolidated Statement of Changes in Stockholders’ Equity for the Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended November 3, 2018 and October 28, 2017 5
     
  Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended November 3, 2018 and October 28, 2017 6
     
  Notes to the Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements 7
     
Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations 14
     
Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk 22
     
Item 4. Controls and Procedures 22
     
PART II. OTHER INFORMATION 22
     
Item 1. Legal Proceedings 22
     
Item 1A. Risk Factors 22
     
Item 6. Exhibits 23

 

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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

ITEM 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

Francesca’s Holdings Corporation

Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except share amounts)

 

   November 3, 2018   February 3, 2018   October 28, 2017 
ASSETS               
Current assets:               
Cash and cash equivalents  $10,720   $31,331   $19,020 
Accounts receivable   17,134    16,642    18,150 
Inventories   40,404    26,816    38,824 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   10,854    9,714    10,179 
Total current assets   79,112    84,503    86,173 
Property and equipment, net   79,842    87,702    85,710 
Deferred income taxes   15,554    9,413    15,577 
Other assets, net   4,958    3,622    3,794 
                
TOTAL ASSETS  $179,466   $185,240   $191,254 
                
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY               
Current liabilities:               
Accounts payable  $37,436   $17,801   $28,239 
Accrued liabilities   12,264    14,654    12,848 
Total current liabilities   49,700    32,455    41,087 
Landlord incentives and deferred rent   34,997    38,337    38,327 
Total liabilities   84,697    70,792    79,414 
                
Commitments and contingencies               
                
Stockholders’ equity:               
Common stock - $0.01 par value, 80.0 million shares authorized; 47.3 million, 46.3 million and 46.4 million shares issued at November 3, 2018, February 3, 2018 and October 28, 2017, respectively.   473    463    464 
Additional paid-in capital   112,792    111,439    111,065 
Retained earnings   141,525    159,045    155,319 
Treasury stock, at cost – 11.1 million, 10.3 million and 10.2 million shares at November 3, 2018, February 3, 2018 and October 28, 2017, respectively.   (160,021)   (156,499)   (155,008)
Total stockholders’ equity   94,769    114,448    111,840 
                
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY  $179,466   $185,240   $191,254 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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Francesca’s Holdings Corporation

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except per share data)

 

   Thirteen Weeks Ended   Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended 
   November 3, 2018   October 28, 2017   November 3, 2018   October 28, 2017 
Net sales  $95,375   $105,791   $308,805   $333,187 
Cost of goods sold and occupancy costs   61,730    63,931    192,690    187,249 
Gross profit   33,645    41,860    116,115    145,938 
Selling, general and administrative expenses   42,286    41,405    128,298    126,238 
Asset impairment charges   14,419    -    14,567    100 
(Loss) income from operations   (23,060)   455    (26,750)   19,600 
Interest expense   (51)   (109)   (280)   (332)
Other income   151    88    403    278 
(Loss) income before income tax (benefit) expense   (22,960)   434    (26,627)   19,546 
Income tax (benefit) expense   (6,737)   195    (6,973)   7,711 
Net (loss) income  $(16,223)  $239   $(19,654)  $11,835 
                     
Basic (loss) earnings per common share  $(0.47)  $0.01   $(0.56)  $0.33 
Diluted (loss) earnings per common share  $(0.47)  $0.01   $(0.56)  $0.32 
                     
Weighted average shares outstanding:                    
Basic shares   34,796    35,884    34,803    36,387 
Diluted shares   34,796    35,959    34,803    36,525 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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Francesca’s Holdings Corporation

Unaudited Consolidated Statement of Changes in Stockholders’ Equity

(In thousands)

 

   Common Stock   Additional       Treasury   Total 
   Shares
Outstanding
   Par
Value
   Paid-in
Capital
   Retained
Earnings
   Stock, at
cost
   Stockholders'
Equity
 
Balance, February 3, 2018   35,875    463    111,439    159,045    (156,499)   114,448 
Cumulative effect adjustment on adoption of new accounting standards, net of tax   -    -    -    2,134    -    2,134 
Net loss   -    -    -    (3,885)   -    (3,885)
Stock-based compensation   -    -    418    -    -    418 
Restricted stocks issued, net of forfeitures   856    8    (8)   -    -    - 
Shares withheld related to net settlement of equity awards   (5)   -    (26)   -    -    (26)
Repurchases of common stock   (659)   -    -    -    (3,522)   (3,522)
Balance, May 5, 2018   36,067    471    111,823    157,294    (160,021)   109,567 
Net income   -    -    -    454    -    454 
Stock-based compensation   -    -    315    -    -    315 
Restricted stocks issued, net of forfeitures   156    2    (2)   -    -    - 
Balance, August 4, 2018   36,223    473    112,136    157,748    (160,021)   110,336 
Net loss   -    -    -    (16,223)   -    (16,223)
Stock-based compensation   -    -    707    -    -    707 
Restricted stocks issued, net of forfeitures   (41)   -    -    -    -    - 
Shares withheld related to net settlement of equity awards   (8)   -    (51)   -    -    (51)
Balance, November 3, 2018   36,174    473    112,792    141,525    (160,021)   94,769 

 

   Common Stock   Additional       Treasury   Total 
   Shares
Outstanding
   Par
Value
   Paid-in
Capital
   Retained
Earnings
   Stock, at
cost
   Stockholders'
Equity
 
Balance, January 28, 2017   37,541    461    109,008    143,557    (136,491)   116,535 
Cumulative effect adjustment on adoption of new accounting standards, net of tax   -    -    120    (73)   -    47 
Net income   -    -    -    4,333    -    4,333 
Stock-based compensation   -    -    1,254    -    -    1,254 
Restricted stocks issued, net of forfeitures   245    2    (2)   -    -    - 
Shares withheld related to net settlement of equity awards   (7)   -    (113)   -    -    (113)
Repurchases of common stock   (609)   -    -    -    (9,285)   (9,285)
Balance, April 29, 2017   37,170    463    110,267    147,817    (145,776)   112,771 
Net income   -    -    -    7,263    -    7,263 
Stock-based compensation   -    -    1,168    -    -    1,168 
Restricted stocks issued, net of forfeitures   81    1    (1)   -    -    - 
Shares withheld related to net settlement of equity awards   (3)   -    (29)   -    -    (29)
Repurchases of common stock   (513)   -    -    -    (5,731)   (5,731)
Balance, July 29, 2017   36,735    464    111,405    155,080    (151,507)   115,442 
Net income   -    -    -    239    -    239 
Stock-based compensation   -    -    (340)   -    -    (340)
Restricted stocks issued, net of forfeitures   (62)   -    -    -    -    - 
Shares withheld related to net settlement of equity awards   (2)   -    -    -    -    - 
Repurchases of common stock   (492)   -    -    -    (3,501)   (3,501)
Balance, October 28, 2017   36,179    464    111,065    155,319    (155,008)   111,840 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements. 

 

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Francesca’s Holdings Corporation

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands)

 

   Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended 
   November 3, 2018   October 28, 2017 
Cash Flows Provided by Operating Activities:          
Net (loss) income  $(19,654)  $11,835 
Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash provided by operating activities:          
Depreciation and amortization   18,742    15,749 
Stock-based compensation expense   1,440    2,082 
Loss on disposal of assets   633    565 
Deferred income taxes   (6,848)   (65)
Asset impairment charges   14,567    100 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:          
Accounts receivable   (492)   (12,272)
Inventories   (13,588)   (14,866)
Prepaid expenses and other assets   (2,983)   (3,529)
Accounts payable   16,966    16,987 
Accrued liabilities   359    (12,913)
Landlord incentives and deferred rent   (3,340)   235 
Net cash provided by operating activities   5,802    3,908 
           
Cash Flows Used in Investing Activities:          
Purchases of property and equipment   (21,885)   (19,121)
Net cash used in investing activities   (21,885)   (19,121)
           
Cash Flows Used in Financing Activities:          
Repurchases of common stock   (3,980)   (18,827)
Taxes paid related to net settlement of equity awards   (77)   (142)
Payment of debt issuance costs   (471)    
Net cash used in financing activities   (4,528)   (18,969)
           
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents   (20,611)   (34,182)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year   31,331    53,202 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period  $10,720   $19,020 
           
Supplemental Disclosures of Cash Flow Information:          
Cash paid for income taxes  $244   $23,806 
Interest paid  $121   $144 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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Francesca’s Holdings Corporation

Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

 

1.Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

 

Nature of Business

 

Francesca’s Holdings Corporation is a holding company incorporated in 2007 under the laws of the State of Delaware whose business operations are conducted through its subsidiaries.  Unless the context otherwise requires, the “Company,” refers to Francesca’s Holdings Corporation and its consolidated subsidiaries. The Company operates a nationwide-chain of boutiques providing its customers with a unique, fun and personalized shopping experience. The Company offers a diverse and balanced mix of apparel, jewelry, accessories and gifts at attractive values. At November 3, 2018, the Company operated 738 boutiques, which are located in 47 states throughout the United States and the District of Columbia, and its ecommerce website. 

 

Basis of Presentation

 

The accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (“GAAP”) for interim financial statements and are in the form prescribed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by GAAP for complete financial statements. In the opinion of management, these unaudited financial statements include all adjustments, consisting of normal recurring adjustments, considered necessary for a fair presentation of the Company’s financial position, results of operations, changes in equity, and cash flows at the dates and for the periods presented. The financial information as of February 3, 2018 was derived from the Company’s audited consolidated financial statements and notes thereto as of and for the fiscal year ended February 3, 2018 included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 28, 2018.

 

These unaudited interim consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Company’s audited consolidated financial statements and related notes as of and for the fiscal year ended February 3, 2018 included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

Due to seasonal variations in the Company’s business, interim results are not necessarily indicative of results that may be expected for any other interim period or for a full year.

 

Principles of Consolidation

 

The accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and all its subsidiaries. All intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

 

Fiscal Year

 

The Company maintains its accounts on a 52- or 53-week year ending on the Saturday closest to January 31st. Fiscal year 2018 includes 52 weeks of operations while fiscal year 2017 includes 53 weeks of operations. The fiscal quarters ended November 3, 2018 and October 28, 2017 refer to the thirteen week periods ended as of those dates. The year-to-date periods ended November 3, 2018 and October 28, 2017 refer to the thirty-nine week periods ended as of those dates.

 

Management Estimates and Assumptions

 

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues, net of estimated sales returns, and expenses during the reporting periods. Actual results could differ materially from those estimates.

 

Revenue Recognition

 

The Company adopted Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 606, “Revenue from Contracts with Customers” on February 4, 2018 using the modified retrospective approach. Prior period amounts were not adjusted and continue to be reported in accordance with ASC 605, “Revenue Recognition.” As a result of adoption of ASC 606, the Company recorded an adjustment of $2.0 million, net of $0.7 million tax effect, to the beginning balance of retained earnings related to the change in timing of recognizing gift card breakage income. In addition, the cost of estimated returns is now included in current assets rather than netted with the allowance for sales returns, and ecommerce sales are now recognized upon shipment rather than delivery to the customer, with the cumulative effect related to this change determined to be immaterial.

 

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Francesca’s Holdings Corporation

Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

 

The Company recognizes revenue when control of the merchandise is transferred to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration received in exchange for such merchandise. For boutique sales, control is transferred at the point at which the customer receives and pays for the merchandise at the register. For ecommerce sales, control is transferred when merchandise is tendered to a third party carrier for delivery to the customer. The consideration received is the stated price of the merchandise, net of any discount, sales tax collected and estimated sales returns, and, in the case of ecommerce sales, includes shipping revenue. Cash is typically received on the day of or, in the case of credit or debit card transactions, within several days of the related sales. Management estimates future returns on previously sold merchandise based on return history and current sales levels. Estimated returns are periodically compared to actual sales returns and adjusted, if appropriate. The provision for estimated returns is included in accrued liabilities while the associated cost of merchandise is included as part of prepaid and other current assets in the consolidated balance sheets.

 

Disaggregated revenue

 

The Company disaggregates net sales into the following major merchandise departments.

 

   Thirteen Weeks Ended   Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended 
   November 3, 2018   October 28, 2017   November 3, 2018   October 28, 2017 
   (in thousands) 
Apparel  $48,397   $54,663   $154,738   $180,071 
Jewelry   22,855    22,826    73,697    72,157 
Accessories   14,844    15,360    47,509    44,076 
Gifts   8,685    10,922    31,127    34,873 
Others (1)   594    2,020    1,734    2,010 
   $95,375   $105,791   $308,805   $333,187 

 

 
(1)Includes gift card breakage income, shipping revenue and change in return reserve.

 

Contract liability

 

Contract liability consists of gift card liability. The Company accounts for the sale of gift cards as a liability at the time a gift card is sold. The liability is relieved and revenue is recognized upon redemption of the gift card. The Company’s gift cards do not have an expiration date. Income from gift card breakage is estimated based on historical redemption patterns and recognized over the historical redemption period. Unredeemed gift cards at the end of the prior fiscal year recognized in revenues for the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018 totaled $0.6 million and $3.7 million, respectively, and for the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended October 28, 2017 totaled $2.1 million and $5.5 million, respectively. Revenue from gift cards during the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended October 28, 2017 included $1.5 million of additional gift card breakage income recognized due to the change in estimated period over which redemption of gift card is considered to be remote.

 

New Accounting Pronouncements

 

Recently Adopted Accounting Pronouncements

 

In August 2018, the SEC adopted the final rule under SEC Release 34-83875, “Disclosure Update and Simplification”, which amended certain SEC rules to eliminate, modify, or integrate certain SEC requirements in light of other SEC disclosure requirements, GAAP requirements and changes in information environment. The amendments are part of the SEC’s ongoing disclosure effectiveness initiative and eliminated redundant and duplicative requirements including, but not limited to, the ratio of earnings to fixed charges, outdated regulatory disclosures, certain accounting policies about derivative instruments and specific SEC disclosures that are also required under current GAAP. Additionally, the amendments expanded current disclosures requirements for certain companies, specifically the requirement to disclose the change in stockholders' equity for the current and comparative quarter and year-to-date interim periods. The amended rules became effective on November 5, 2018 and are to be applied to any SEC filings on or after that date. The Company adopted the provisions of this rule during the thirteen weeks ended November 3, 2018. The effectiveness of these rule modifications did not have a material impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

 

In March 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2016-04 “Liabilities - Extinguishments of Liabilities (Subtopic 405-20), Recognition of Breakage for Certain Prepaid Stored-Value Products.” The new guidance allows a company to derecognize amounts related to expected breakage to the extent that it is probable that a significant reversal of the recognized breakage amount will not subsequently occur. ASU 2016-04 is effective for annual periods, and interim periods within those annual periods, beginning after December 15, 2017, with early adoption permitted. This standard may be adopted on either a modified retrospective or a retrospective basis.

 

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Francesca’s Holdings Corporation

Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

 

In May 2014, the FASB issued ASU 2014-09, “Revenue from Contracts with Customers.” This pronouncement requires entities to recognize revenue in a way that depicts the transfer of promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration which the entity expects to be entitled to in exchange for those goods and services. This standard is effective for reporting periods beginning on or after December 15, 2017, including interim periods within that fiscal year, with early adoption permitted for interim and annual periods beginning on or after December 15, 2016. Since the original issuance of ASU 2014-09, the FASB has issued several amendments and updates to this guidance. This guidance may be adopted on a full retrospective basis to each prior reporting period presented or on a modified retrospective basis with the cumulative effect of initially applying the guidance recognized at the date of initial application. 

 

The Company adopted ASU 2016-04 and ASU 2014-09 on February 4, 2018 using the modified retrospective approach. Please refer to the Revenue Recognition policy section of this Note 1 to the Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements for further information.

 

Recent Accounting Pronouncements Not Yet Adopted

 

In August 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-15, “Intangibles-Goodwill and Other-Internal-Use-Software (Subtopic 350-40): Customer’s Accounting for Implementation Costs Incurred in a Cloud Computing Arrangement That is a Service Contract.” ASU 2018-15 aligns the requirements for capitalizing implementation costs incurred in a hosting arrangement that is a service contract with the requirements for capitalizing implementation costs incurred to develop or obtain internal-use software. This new guidance will be effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019 and interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption is permitted. The Company is currently evaluating the effect that the new guidance will have on its consolidated financial statements and related disclosures.

 

In February 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-02, “Leases (Topic 842).” The new guidance, among other things, requires lessees to recognize the following for all leases (with the exception of short-term leases) at the commencement date: (i) a lease liability, which is a lessee’s obligation to make lease payments arising from a lease, measured on a discounted basis and (ii) a right-of-use asset, which is an asset that represents the lessee’s right to use, or control the use of, a specified asset for the lease term. Under the new guidance, lessor accounting is largely unchanged. Certain targeted improvements were made to align, where necessary, lessor accounting with the lessee accounting model and ASC Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers. In July 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-11, “Leases (Topic 842): Targeted Improvements,” to provide an additional, optional transition method for adopting ASU 2016-02 which allow entities to apply the new lease standard at the adoption date and recognize a cumulative effect adjustment to the opening balance of retained earnings in the period of adoption while comparative periods presented will continue to be in presented in accordance with current ASC Topic 840, Leases. This new guidance will be effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, including interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption is permitted. The guidance is required to be adopted using either the modified retrospective approach or the additional, optional transition method set forth in ASU 2018-11. The Company is in the process of compiling all agreements that are considered a lease under this new guidance as well as implementing its leasing software solution, including identifying changes to its business processes, systems and controls to support its adoption in fiscal year 2019. While the Company is still evaluating the impact of this new guidance on its consolidated financial statements, it expects that the adoption of this guidance will not have a material impact on its results of operations; however, it will result in a significant increase in total assets and total liabilities on the Company’s balance sheet given that the Company has a significant number of leases.

 

2.(Loss) Earnings per Share

 

Basic (loss) earnings per common share amounts are calculated using the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding for the period. Diluted (loss) earnings per common share amounts are calculated using the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding for the period and include the dilutive impact of restricted stock and stock option grants using the treasury stock method. The following table summarizes the potential dilution that could occur if stock options to acquire common stock were exercised or if the restricted stock grants were fully vested and reconciles the weighted-average common shares outstanding used in the computation of basic and diluted (loss) earnings per share.

 

   Thirteen Weeks Ended   Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended 
   November 3,
2018
   October 28,
2017
   November 3,
2018
   October 28,
2017
 
   (in thousands, except per share data) 
Numerator:                    
Net (loss) income  $(16,223)  $239   $(19,654)  $11,835 
                     
Denominator:                    
Weighted-average common shares outstanding - basic   34,796    35,884    34,803    36,387 
Restricted stocks and stock options(1)   -    75    -    138 
Weighted-average common shares outstanding - diluted   34,796    35,959    34,803    36,525 
                     
Per common share:                    
Basic (loss) earnings per common share  $(0.47)  $0.01   $(0.56)  $0.33 
Diluted (loss) earnings per common share  $(0.47)  $0.01   $(0.56)  $0.32 

 

 
(1)Due to the Company being in a net loss position in the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018, shares of restricted stock and stock options were not included in the computation of diluted loss per share as their effect would have been anti-dilutive.

 

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Francesca’s Holdings Corporation

Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

 

Potentially issuable shares under the Company’s stock-based compensation plans amounting to 1.0 million shares in each of the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018 and 0.5 million and 0.4 million shares in the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended October 28, 2017, respectively, were excluded in the computation of diluted weighted-average common shares outstanding due to their anti-dilutive effect. The Company also excluded contingently issuable performance-based awards totaling 0.7 million shares in each of the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018 and 0.4 million shares in each of the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended October 28, 2017 from the computation of diluted earnings per share because the pre-established goals had not been satisfied as of the end of each period.

 

3.Fair Value Measurements

 

Fair value is defined as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. The carrying amount reflected in the consolidated balance sheets of financial assets and liabilities, which includes cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivable, accounts payable and accrued liabilities, approximated their fair values due to the short-term nature of these financial assets and liabilities.

 

4.Asset Impairment Charges

 

In connection with the Company’s quarterly impairment review process, the Company identified events and circumstances indicating that the carrying amounts of certain boutique long-lived assets may be impaired. In determining whether an impairment has occurred, the Company considered both qualitative and quantitative factors.

 

The quantitative analysis involves estimating the undiscounted future cash flows and comparing it against the carrying value of the boutique’s assets. If the carrying value of the boutique’s assets is greater than the undiscounted future cash flows, an impairment loss is recognized for the difference between the carrying value of the boutique’s assets and the discounted future cash flows. The discounted future cash flows are determined based on such boutique’s historical experience, current sales trends, market conditions and other relevant factors deemed material, and discounted using a rate commensurate with the risk. The inputs used in the determination of discounted future cash flows are considered as Level 3 inputs in the fair value hierarchy, which require a significant degree of judgment and are based on the Company’s own assumptions.

 

Based on the results of such assessment, the Company recorded non-cash asset impairment charges of $14.4 million, mostly related to 129 underperforming boutiques for which the remaining carrying value of their assets are no longer expected to be recoverable.

 

5.Income Taxes

 

The provision for income taxes is based on the Company’s current estimate of the annual effective tax rate. The effective income tax rates for the thirteen weeks ended November 3, 2018 and October 28, 2017 were 29.3% and 45.0%, respectively, and for the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018 and October 28, 2017 were 26.2% and 39.5%, respectively. The change in the effective tax rates for the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018 versus the prior year comparable periods was primarily due to the lower statutory federal corporate tax rate under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Tax Act”) enacted in December 2017.  

 

As of November 3, 2018 and October 28, 2017, income tax receivable totaled $10.1 million and $9.9 million, respectively.

 

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Francesca’s Holdings Corporation

Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

 

During the thirteen weeks ended November 3, 2018, the Company recorded adjustments to previously recognized amounts related to the Tax Act resulting in $0.3 million of income of tax benefit related to the remeasurement of net deferred tax assets. The Company expects to complete its analysis of the Tax Act during the thirteen weeks ended February 2, 2019. Any additional adjustments will be reflected in income tax expense or benefit for the thirteen weeks ending February 2, 2019.

 

6.Revolving Credit Facility

 

Prior Revolving Credit Facility

 

On August 30, 2013, Francesca’s Collections, Inc., as borrower, and its parent company, Francesca’s LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, entered into a Second Amended and Restated Credit Agreement (“Second Amended and Restated Credit Agreement”) with Royal Bank of Canada, as Administrative Agent and Collateral Agent, and the lenders party thereto. The credit facility provided capacity of $75.0 million (including up to $10.0 million for letters of credit) and was scheduled to mature on August 30, 2018.  On May 25, 2018, concurrent with entering into the Asset Based Revolving Credit Facility described below, the Second Amended and Restated Credit Agreement was terminated.

 

Asset Based Revolving Credit Agreement

 

On May 25, 2018, Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (the “Holdings”), as a guarantor, certain of its subsidiaries, as borrowers (the “Borrowers”), and certain of its subsidiaries as guarantors (together with Holdings and the Borrowers, the “Loan Parties”), entered into an asset based revolving Credit Agreement (“Credit Agreement”) with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent and the lenders party thereto. The Credit Agreement provides for revolving commitments of $50.0 million (including up to $10.0 million for letters of credit) and matures on May 25, 2023. Availability under the Credit Agreement is subject to a customary borrowing base comprised of: (a) a specified percentage of the Borrower’s credit card accounts (as defined in the Credit Agreement); and (b) a specified percentage of the Borrower’s eligible inventory (as defined in the Credit Agreement), and reduced by (c) certain customary reserves and adjustments (as defined in the Credit Agreement). The Credit Agreement also contains an increase option permitting the Borrowers, subject to certain requirements, to arrange with lenders for additional revolving commitments for up to an aggregate of $25.0 million. At November 3, 2018, there were no borrowings outstanding and $34.5 million of borrowing base availability under the Credit Agreement.

 

All obligations of each Loan Party under the Credit Agreement are unconditionally guaranteed by Holdings and each of Holdings’ existing and future direct and indirect wholly owned domestic subsidiaries, including the Borrowers. All obligations under the Credit Agreement, and the guarantees of those obligations (as well as banking services obligations and any interest rate hedging or other swap agreements), are secured by substantially all of the assets of Holdings and each of Holdings’ existing and future direct and indirect wholly owned domestic subsidiaries. In addition, the Credit Agreement requires the Loan Parties to maintain a minimum ratio of (i) EBITDAR (as defined in the Credit Agreement) minus unfinanced capital expenditures (as defined in the Credit Agreement), to (ii) fixed charges of 1.00 to 1.00 during periods when availability (as defined in the Credit Agreement) is less than $6.0 million (or has recently been less than $6.0 million as further specified in the Credit Agreement) (such ratio, the “Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio”). As of November 3, 2018, the borrowing availability under the Credit Agreement was more than $6.0 million resulting in the elimination of the Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio requirement.

 

Borrowings under the Credit Agreement bear interest at a rate equal to an applicable margin plus, at the option of the Borrowers, either (a) in the case of base rate borrowings, a rate equal to the highest of (1) the prime rate of JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., (2) the federal funds rate plus 1/2 of 1.00%, and (3) LIBOR for an interest period of one month plus 1.00% (subject to a 0.0% LIBOR floor), provided that that the interest rate for base rate borrowings (including the addition of the applicable margin) shall be no less than 1.50% per annum, or (b) in the case of LIBOR borrowings, a rate equal to the LIBOR for the interest period relevant to such borrowing subject to a 0.00% floor. The applicable margin for borrowings under the Credit Agreement ranges from -0.50% to 0.00% per annum with respect to base rate borrowings and from 1.25% to 1.75% per annum with respect to LIBOR borrowings, in each case based upon the achievement of specified levels of the Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio. The Credit Agreement also requires the Borrowers to pay a commitment fee for the unused portion of the revolving facility of 0.20% per annum.

 

In connection with the Credit Agreement, the Company incurred $0.5 million of debt issuance costs during the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018, which is being amortized over the term of the facility.

 

7.Stock-based Compensation

 

Stock-based compensation cost is measured at the grant date fair value and is recognized as an expense on a straight-line basis over the employee’s requisite service period. The Company recognized $0.7 million and $1.4 million of stock-based compensation expense in the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018, respectively. The Company recognized a net reversal of stock-based compensation totaling $0.3 million in the thirteen weeks ended October 28, 2017 and $2.1 million of stock-based compensation expense in the thirty-nine weeks ended October 28, 2017.

 

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Francesca’s Holdings Corporation

Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

 

Management Awards

 

During the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018 and October 28, 2017, the Company granted 0.9 million and 0.3 million shares of restricted stock, respectively, to certain executives and key employees.  For the fiscal 2018 award, 50% of the total shares awarded were in the form of performance-based restricted shares (“PSA”) while the remaining 50% were in the form of time-based restricted shares (“RSA”). For the fiscal 2017 award, 65% of the total shares awarded were in the form of PSAs while the remaining 35% were in the form of RSAs. The number of PSAs that may ultimately vest will equal 0% to 150% of the target shares awarded subject to the achievement of pre-established performance goals and the employee’s continued employment through the third anniversary of the grant date. The RSAs vest in one installment on the third anniversary of the award date. 

 

At the end of each reporting period, the Company assessed the probability of achieving the pre-established performance conditions related to outstanding PSAs. As a result of this assessment, the Company recognized a reversal of previously accrued expenses totaling $0.9 million in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018 which were recorded prior to the third quarter of fiscal year 2018. Reversal of previously accrued expenses in each of the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended October 28, 2017 totaled $1.2 million.

 

8.Share Repurchases

 

On March 15, 2016, the Company’s Board of Directors authorized a $100.0 million share repurchase program (“Repurchase Plan”) which commenced in April 2016. The Repurchase Plan has no expiration date. Under the Repurchase Plan, purchases can be made from time to time in the open market, in privately negotiated transactions, under Rule 10b5-1 plans or through other available means. The specific timing and amount of the repurchases is dependent on market conditions, securities law limitations and other factors.

 

The following table summarizes the Company’s repurchase activity for the periods presented. The cost of repurchased shares is presented as treasury stock in the unaudited consolidated balance sheets.

 

   Thirteen Weeks Ended   Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended 
   November 3,
2018
   October 28,
2017
   November 3,
2018
   October 28,
2017
 
   (in thousands, except per share data) 
Number of shares repurchased             -    491    659    1,614 
Total cost of shares repurchased  $-   $3,500   $3,522   $18,517 
Average price per share (includes brokers’ commission)  $-   $7.13   $5.34   $11.48 

 

At November 3, 2018, there was $40.2 million remaining balance available for future purchases under the Repurchase Plan.

 

9.Commitments and Contingencies

 

Operating Leases

 

The Company leases boutique space, office space and its distribution center under operating leases expiring in various years through the fiscal year ending 2029. Certain of the leases provide that the Company may cancel the lease, with penalties as defined in the lease, if the Company’s boutique sales at that location fall below an established level. Certain leases provide for additional rent payments to be made when sales exceed a base amount. Certain operating leases provide for renewal options for periods from three to five years at their fair rental value at the time of renewal.

 

Minimum future rental payments under non-cancellable operating leases as of November 3, 2018, are as follows:

 

Fiscal year  Amount 
   (in thousands) 
Remainder of 2018  $12,546 
2019   47,680 
2020   42,268 
2021   35,746 
2022   29,963 
Thereafter   82,093 
   $250,296 

 

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Francesca’s Holdings Corporation

Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

 

Legal Proceedings

 

On January 27, 2017, a purported collective action lawsuit entitled Meghan Magee, et al. v. Francesca’s Holdings Corp., et al. was filed in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Camden Vicinage against the Company for alleged violations of federal and state wage and hour laws. On November 6, 2018, the court conditionally certified the collective action. The Company believes that the allegations contained in the lawsuit are without merit and intends to vigorously defend itself against all claims asserted therein. A reasonable estimate of the amount of any possible loss or range of loss cannot be made at this time and, as such, the Company has not recorded an accrual for any possible loss.

 

The Company, from time to time, is subject to various claims and legal proceedings, including employment claims, wage and hour claims, intellectual property claims, contractual and commercial disputes and other matters that arise in the ordinary course of business.  While the outcome of any such claim cannot be predicted with certainty, the Company does not believe that the outcome of these matters will have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business, results of operations or financial condition. 

 

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ITEM 2. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

This report contains statements that constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. These statements concern our business, operations and financial performance and condition as well as our plans, objectives and expectations for our business operations and financial performance and condition, which are subject to risks and uncertainties. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this report are forward-looking statements. These statements may include words such as “aim”, “anticipate”, “assume”, “believe”, “can have”, “could”, “due”, “estimate”, “expect”, “goal”, “intend”, “likely”, “may”, “objective”, “plan”, “potential”, “positioned”, “predict”, “should”, “target”, “will”, “would” and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of the timing or nature of future operating or financial performance or other events or trends. For example, all statements we make relating to our estimated and projected earnings, sales, costs, expenditures, cash flows, growth rates, market share and financial results, our plans and objectives for future operations, growth or initiatives, strategies or the expected outcome or impact of pending or threatened litigation are forward-looking statements.

 

These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about our business and the industry in which we operate and our management’s beliefs and assumptions. These statements are not guarantees of future performance or development and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are in many cases beyond our control. All of our forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause our actual results to differ materially from our expectations. 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 business; our ability to successfully open, refresh, operate and close boutiques each year, as necessary, to ensure an appropriate brick and mortar footprint; our ability to efficiently source and distribute additional merchandise quantities necessary to support our growth; and impact of potential tariff increases and new tariffs. 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 “Item 1A. Risk Factors,” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 3, 2018 and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on March 28, 2018 (“Fiscal Year 2017 10-K”) and any risk factors contained in subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or other filings we file with the SEC, as well as our disclosures under “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and elsewhere in this report and in our Fiscal Year 2017 10-K.

 

We derive many of our forward-looking statements from our own operating budgets and forecasts, which are based upon many detailed assumptions. While we believe that our assumptions are reasonable, we caution that it is very difficult to predict the impact of known factors, and it is impossible for us to anticipate all factors that could affect our actual results. All written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us, or persons acting on our behalf, are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained in this report as well as other cautionary statements that are made from time to time in our other SEC filings and public communications. You should evaluate all forward-looking statements made in this report in the context of these risks and uncertainties.

 

Potential investors and other readers are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this report. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements publicly after the date of this report whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

 

Overview

 

Unless the context otherwise requires, the “Company,” “we,” “our,” “ours,” “us” and “francesca’s®” refer to Francesca’s Holdings Corporation and its consolidated subsidiaries.

 

francesca’s® is a 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. As of November 3, 2018, francesca’s ® operated 738 boutiques in 47 states and the District of Columbia and also served its customers through www.francescas.com, our ecommerce website. The information contained on our ecommerce website is not incorporated by reference into this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and you should not consider information contained on our ecommerce website to be part of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

  

During the thirteen weeks ended November 3, 2018, our net sales decreased 10% to $95.4 million from $105.8 million, income from operations decreased by $23.5 million from $0.5 million to an operating loss of $23.1 million, and net income decreased $16.5 million from $0.2 million to a net loss of $16.2 million, over the comparable prior year quarter. Diluted loss per share for the thirteen weeks ended November 3, 2018 was $0.47, based on 34.8 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.01, based on 36.0 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding, in the thirteen weeks ended October 28, 2017.

 

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During the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018, our net sales decreased 7% to $308.8 million from $333.2 million, income from operations decreased $46.4 million from income from operations of $19.6 million to an operating loss of $26.8 million, and net income decreased $31.5 million from net income of $11.8 million to a net loss of $19.7 million. Diluted loss per share for the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018 was $0.56, based on 34.8 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.32, based on 36.5 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding in the thirty-nine weeks ended October 28, 2017.

 

We operated 738 boutiques and 714 boutiques as of November 3, 2018 and October 28, 2017, respectively. We expect to open one new boutique, remodel one existing boutique and close 11 boutiques during the remainder of fiscal year 2018.

 

We recently deployed new technologies to enhance our omni-channel and customer engagement capabilities as part of our long-term strategic plan. In fiscal year 2017, we completed our legacy point-of-sale system replacement and the implementation of a new customer relationship management system. In October 2018, we completed the implementation of a new warehouse management system for ecommerce. These new systems will enhance our visibility into our products and supply chain which we expect will result in improved customer service, improved operational efficiency, enhanced management analytics and increased inventory synergies between our ecommerce and our boutique channels.

 

In connection with our quarterly impairment review process, we identified events and circumstances indicating that the carrying amounts of boutique long-lived assets may be impaired. In determining whether an impairment has occurred, we considered both qualitative and quantitative factors. The quantitative analysis involves estimating the undiscounted future cash flows and comparing it against the carrying value of the boutique’s assets. If the carrying value of the boutique’s assets is greater than the undiscounted future cash flows, an impairment loss is recognized for the difference between the carrying value of the boutique’s assets and the discounted future cash flows. The discounted future cash flows are determined based on such boutique’s historical experience, current sales trends, market conditions and other relevant factors deemed material, and discounted using a rate commensurate with the risk. The inputs used in the determination of discounted future cash flows are considered as Level 3 inputs in the fair value hierarchy, which require a significant degree of judgment and are based on management’s assumptions. Based on the results of such assessment, we recorded non-cash asset impairment charges of $14.4 million, mostly related to 129 underperforming boutiques for which the remaining net book value of their assets are no longer expected to be recoverable.

 

Results of Operations

 

The following represents operating data for the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018 and October 28, 2017.

 

   Thirteen Weeks Ended   Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended 
   November 3,
2018
   October 28,
2017
   November 3,
2018
   October 28,
2017
 
Net sales change for period   (10)%   (11)%   (7)%   (2)%
Comparable sales results for the period (1)   (14)%   (18)%   (15)%   (9)%
Number of boutiques open at end of period   738    714    738    714 
Net sales per average square foot for period (2)  $89   $107   $291   $345 
Average square feet per boutique (3)   1,450    1,417    1,450    1,417 
Total gross square feet at end of period   1,070,000    1,012,000    1,070,000    1,012,000 

 

 

 

(1)A boutique is included in comparable sales on the first day of the fifteenth full month following the boutique’s opening. If a boutique is closed for four or more days within a given fiscal week for any reason, we exclude sales from that boutique from comparable sales for that full fiscal week. If a boutique is permanently closed, we exclude sales from that boutique from comparable sales on the first day of the fiscal month that it did not register full month of sales. Comparable sales include our ecommerce sales and exclude gift card breakage income.
(2)Net sales per average square foot is calculated by dividing net sales for the period by the average square feet during the period. For purposes of providing net sales per square foot measure, we use average square feet during the period as opposed to total gross square feet at the end of the period. For individual quarterly periods, average square feet is calculated as (a) the sum of total gross square feet at the beginning and end of the period divided by (b) two. For periods consisting of more than one fiscal quarter, average square feet is calculated as (a) the sum of total gross square feet at the beginning of the period and total gross square feet at the end of each fiscal quarter within the period, divided by (b) the number of fiscal quarters within the period plus one (which, for a fiscal year, is five). There may be variations in the way in which some of our competitors and other retailers calculate sales per square foot or similarly titled measures. As a result, average square feet and net sales per average square foot for the period may not be comparable to similar data made available by other retailers.
(3)Average square feet per boutique is calculated by dividing total gross square feet at the end of the period by the number of boutiques open at the end of the period.

 

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Boutique Count

 

The following table summarizes the number of boutiques open at the beginning and end of the periods and the number of boutiques remodeled for the periods indicated.

 

   Thirteen Weeks Ended   Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended 
   November 3,
2018
   October 28,
2017
   November 3,
2018
   October 28,
2017
 
Number of boutiques open at beginning of period   742    692    721    671 
Boutiques added   -    23    31    51 
Boutiques closed   (4)   (1)   (14)   (8)
Number of boutiques open at the end of period   738    714    738    714 
Number of boutiques remodeled for the period   35    2    80    16 

 

Thirteen Weeks Ended November 3, 2018 Compared to Thirteen Weeks Ended October 28, 2017

 

   Thirteen Weeks Ended             
   November 3, 2018   October 28, 2017   Variance 
   In USD   As a %
of Net
Sales (1)
   In USD   As a % of Net
Sales (1)
   In USD   %   Basis
Points
 
   (In thousands, except percentages and basis points) 
Net sales  $95,375    100.0%  $105,791    100.0%  $(10,416)   (10)%   - 
Cost of goods sold and occupancy costs   61,730    64.7%   63,931    60.4%   (2,201)   (3)%   430 
Gross profit   33,645    35.3%   41,860    39.6%   (8,215)   (20)%   (430)
Selling, general and administrative expenses   42,286    44.3%   41,405    39.1%   881    2%   520 
Asset impairment charges   14,419    15.1%   -    0.0%   14,419    *(2)   *(2)
(Loss) income from operations   (23,060)   (24.2)%   455    0.4%   (23,515)   *(2)   *(2)
Interest expense   (51)   (0.1)%   (109)   (0.1)%   58    53%   - 
Other income   151    0.2%   88    0.1%   63    72%   10 
(Loss) income before income tax (benefit) expense   (22,960)   (24.1)%   434    0.4%   (23,394)   *(2)   *(2)
Income tax (benefit) expense   (6,737)   (7.1)%   195    0.2%   (6,932)   *(2)   *(2)
Net (loss) income  $(16,223)   (17.0)%  $239    0.2%  $(16,462)   *(2)   *(2)

 

 
(1)Percentage totals or differences in the above table may not equal the sum or difference of the components due to rounding.
(2)Not meaningful.

 

Net Sales

 

Net sales decreased 10% to $95.4 million in the thirteen weeks ended November 3, 2018 from $105.8 million in the thirteen weeks ended October 28, 2017 due to a 14% decrease in comparable sales. This follows an 18% decrease in comparable sales for the same prior year quarter. The decrease in comparable sales in the thirteen weeks ended November 3, 2018 was primarily driven by the decline in boutique traffic. This decrease was partially offset by 24 net new boutiques added since the prior year quarter. There were 675 comparable boutiques and 63 non-comparable boutiques open at November 3, 2018 compared to 640 and 74, respectively, at October 28, 2017.

 

Cost of Goods Sold and Occupancy Costs

 

Cost of goods sold and occupancy costs decreased 3% to $61.7 million in the thirteen weeks ended November 3, 2018 from $63.9 million in the thirteen weeks ended October 28, 2017. Cost of merchandise and freight expenses decreased by $5.3 million compared to the same period of the prior year due to the decrease in sales volume. Occupancy costs increased by $3.1 million due to the increase in the number of boutiques in operation, higher average rent and related expenses driven by increased penetration of boutiques in high traffic centers, higher depreciation due to increased costs of new boutiques and remodels, and costs associated with boutique remodels.

 

As a percentage of net sales, cost of goods sold and occupancy costs increased to 64.7% in the thirteen weeks ended November 3, 2018 from 60.4% in the thirteen weeks ended October 28, 2017, an unfavorable variance of 430 basis points. This change was driven by the deleveraging of occupancy costs as a result of lower sales as well as the increase in occupancy costs. These increases were partially offset by higher merchandise margins due to continuing improvements in our inventory management process resulting in lower inventory reserves. The prior year’s third quarter included a $2.6 million back-to-school merchandise reserve that did not occur in the current year.

 

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Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased 2% to $42.3 million in the thirteen weeks ended November 3, 2018 from $41.4 million in the thirteen weeks ended October 28, 2017 primarily due to a $2.0 million increase in performance-based incentive expenses as a result of the prior year expense reversal recorded in the third quarter. A similar reversal was recorded in the second quarter of fiscal year 2018. This increase was partially offset by a $1.2 million decrease in selling expenses primarily due to labor efficiencies at the boutique level.

 

As a percentage of net sales, selling, general and administrative expense increased to 44.3% in the thirteen weeks ended November 3, 2018 as compared to 39.1% in the thirteen weeks ended October 28, 2017 due to the deleveraging of expenses as a result of lower sales.

 

Asset Impairment Charges

 

We recognized asset impairment charges of $14.4 million in the thirteen weeks ended November 3, 2018 mostly related to 129 underperforming boutiques. See discussion under “Overview” above for additional information.

 

Income Tax (Benefit) Expense

 

The decrease in provision for income taxes of $6.9 million in the thirteen weeks ended November 3, 2018 compared to the thirteen weeks ended October 28, 2017 was primarily due to the decrease in pre-tax income as well as lower effective tax rate. The effective tax rate in the thirteen weeks ended November 3, 2018 decreased to 29.3% from 45.0% in the thirteen weeks ended October 28, 2017. The decrease in the effective tax rate versus the comparable prior year period was primarily due to the lower statutory federal corporate tax rate under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“Tax Act”) enacted in December 2017.

 

During the thirteen weeks ended November 3, 2018, we recorded adjustments to previously recognized amounts related to the Tax Act resulting in $0.3 million of income tax benefit related to the remeasurement of our net deferred tax assets. We expect to complete our analysis of the Tax Act during the thirteen weeks ending February 2, 2019. Any additional adjustments will be reflected in income tax expense or benefit in the thirteen weeks ending February 2, 2019.

 

Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended November 3, 2018 Compared to Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended October 28, 2017

 

   Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended             
   November 3, 2018   October 28, 2017   Variance 
   In USD   As a %
of Net
Sales (1)
   In USD   As a % of Net
Sales (1)
   In USD   %   Basis
Points
 
   (In thousands, except percentages and basis points) 
Net sales  $308,805    100.0%  $333,187    100.0%  $(24,382)   (7)%   - 
Cost of goods sold and occupancy costs   192,690    62.4%   187,249    56.2%   5,441    3%   620 
Gross profit   116,115    37.6%   145,938    43.8%   (29,823)   (20)%   (620)
Selling, general and administrative expenses   128,298    41.5%   126,238    37.9%   2,060    2%   370 
Asset impairment charges   14,567    4.7%   100    0.0%   14,467    *(2)   *(2)
(Loss) income from operations   (26,750)   (8.7)%   19,600    5.9%   (46,350)   *(2)   *(2)
Interest expense   (280)   (0.1)%   (332)   (0.1)%   52    16%   - 
Other income   403    0.1%   278    0.1%   125    45%   - 
(Loss) income before income tax benefit expense   (26,627)   (8.6)%   19,546    5.9%   (46,173)   *(2)   *(2)
Income tax (benefit) expense   (6,973)   (2.3)%   7,711    2.3%   (14,684)   *(2)   *(2)
Net (loss) income  $(19,654)   (6.4)%  $11,835    3.6%  $(31,489)   *(2)   *(2)

 

 
(1)Percentage totals or differences in the above table may not equal the sum or difference of the components due to rounding.
(2)Not meaningful.

 

Net Sales

 

Net sales decreased 7% to $308.8 million in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018 from $333.2 million in the thirty-nine weeks ended October 28, 2017 due to a 15% decrease in comparable sales. This follows a 9% decrease in comparable sales for the same prior year period. The decrease in comparable sales during the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018 was primarily due to a decline in boutique traffic and boutique conversion rate. These decreases were partially offset by 24 net new boutiques added since the comparable prior year period. There were 675 comparable boutiques and 63 non-comparable boutiques open at November 3, 2018 compared to 640 and 74, respectively, at October 28, 2017.

 

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Cost of Goods Sold and Occupancy Costs

 

Cost of goods sold and occupancy costs increased 3% to $192.7 million in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018 from $187.2 million in the thirty-nine weeks ended October 28, 2017. Cost of merchandise and freight expenses decreased by $4.4 million compared to the same period of the prior year due to the decrease in sales volume. Occupancy costs increased by $9.8 million due to the increase in the number of boutiques in operation, higher average rent and related expenses driven by increased penetration of boutiques in high traffic centers, higher depreciation due to the increased costs of new boutiques and remodels, and costs associated with boutique remodels.

 

As a percentage of net sales, cost of goods sold and occupancy costs increased to 62.4% in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018 from 56.2% in the thirty-nine weeks ended October 28, 2017, an unfavorable variance of 620 basis points. This change was driven by the deleveraging of occupancy costs as a result of lower sales as well as the increase in occupancy costs. Additionally, merchandise margins were lower compared to the same period last year due to higher markdowns.

 

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased 2% to $128.3 million in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018 from $126.2 million in the thirty-nine weeks ended October 28, 2017. This variance was due to increases of $2.0 million in payroll and related expenses, $0.5 million in marketing and $0.5 million in corporate depreciation, all of which were to support the larger boutique base and ecommerce operations as well as infrastructure and strategic investments. These increases were partially offset by $0.6 million decrease in long-term performance-based incentive expenses as a result of lower expected payouts and $0.3 million of lower selling expenses primarily due to labor efficiencies at the boutique level.

 

As a percentage of net sales, selling, general and administrative expense increased to 41.5% in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018 as compared to 37.7% in the thirty-nine weeks ended October 28, 2017 primarily due to the deleveraging of expenses as a result of lower sales.

 

Asset Impairment Charges

 

We recognized asset impairment charges of $14.6 million in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018 mostly related to 129 underperforming boutiques. See discussion under “Overview” above for additional information.

 

Income Tax (Benefit) Expense

 

The decrease in provision for income taxes of $14.7 million in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018 compared to the thirty-nine weeks ended October 28, 2017 was primarily due to the decrease in pre-tax income and lower effective tax rate. The effective tax rate in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018 decreased to 26.2% from 39.5% in the thirty-nine weeks ended October 28, 2017. The change in the effective tax rate versus the comparable prior year period was primarily due to the lower statutory federal corporate tax rate under the Tax Act.

 

During the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018, we recorded adjustments to previously recognized amounts related to the Tax Act resulting in $0.3 million of income tax benefit related to the remeasurement of our net deferred tax assets. We expect to complete our analysis of the Tax Act during the thirteen weeks ending February 2, 2019. Any additional adjustments will be reflected in income tax expense or benefit for the thirteen weeks ending February 2, 2019.

 

Sales by Merchandise Department

 

   Thirteen Weeks Ended   Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended 
   November 3, 2018   October 28, 2017   November 3, 2018   October 28, 2017 
   In Dollars   As a % of
Net Sales(1)
   In Dollars   As a % of
Net Sales(1)
   In Dollars   As a % of
Net Sales(1)
   In Dollars   As a % of
Net Sales(1)
 
   (in thousands, except percentages) 
Apparel  $48,397    50.7%  $54,663    51.7%  $154,738    50.1%  $180,071    54.0%
Jewelry   22,855    24.0%   22,826    21.6%   73,697    23.9%   72,157    21.7%
Accessories   14,844    15.6%   15,360    14.5%   47,509    15.4%   44,076    13.2%
Gifts   8,685    9.1%   10,922    10.3%   31,127    10.1%   34,873    10.5%
Other (2)   594    0.6%   2,020    1.9%   1,734    0.4%   2,010    0.6%
   $95,375    100.0%  $105,791    100.0%  $308,805    100.0%  $333,187    100.0%

 

 
(1)Percentage totals in the above table may not equal the sum of the components due to rounding.
(2)Includes gift card breakage income, shipping and change in return reserve.

 

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Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

Our primary sources of liquidity are cash flows from operations and borrowings under our Asset Based Revolving Credit Facility (see “Revolving Credit Facility” below for more information). Our primary cash needs are for capital expenditures in connection with opening new boutiques and remodeling existing boutiques, investing in improved technology and distribution facility enhancements, funding normal working capital requirements and payments of interest and principal, if any, under our Asset Based Revolving Credit Facility. We may use cash or our Asset Based Revolving Credit Facility to issue letters of credit to support merchandise imports or for other corporate purposes. The most significant components of our working capital are cash and cash equivalents, merchandise inventories, accounts payable and other current liabilities. Our working capital position benefits from the fact that we generally collect cash from sales to customers the day of or, in the case of credit or debit card transactions, within several days of the related sales and we typically have up to 30 days to pay our vendors.

 

As of November 3, 2018, we had $10.7 million of cash and cash equivalents as well as no borrowings outstanding and $34.5 million of borrowing base availability under our Asset Based Revolving Credit Facility. See “Revolving Credit Facility” below for more information.

 

We expect that our cash flow from operations along with borrowings under our Asset Based Revolving Credit Facility and tenant allowances for new boutiques will be sufficient to fund capital expenditures and our working capital requirements for at least the next twelve months.

 

Cash Flow

 

A summary of our operating, investing and financing activities are shown in the following table:

 

   Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended 
   November 3, 2018   October 28, 2017 
   (in thousands) 
Provided by operating activities  $5,802   $3,908 
Used in investing activities   (21,885)   (19,121)
Used in financing activities   (4,528)   (18,969)
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents  $(20,611)  $(34,182)

 

Operating Activities

 

Operating activities consist of net (loss) income adjusted for non-cash items, including depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, asset impairment charges, deferred taxes, the effect of working capital changes and tenant allowances received from landlords. Net cash provided by operating activities were $5.8 million and $3.9 million in each of the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018 and October 28, 2017, respectively. The increase in cash provided by operating activities in the current period as compared to the same period of the prior year was primarily due to lower income tax payments as well as timing of payments in accrued expenses. These changes were partially offset by lower net income and the decrease in landlord incentives due to the decrease in the number of new boutique openings in the current year compared to the same period of the prior year.

 

Investing Activities

 

Investing activities consist primarily of capital expenditures for new boutiques, improvements to existing boutiques, as well as investments in information technology and our distribution facility.

 

   Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended 
   November 3, 2018   October 28, 2017 
   (in thousands) 
Capital expenditures for:          
New boutiques  $8,433   $13,331 
Remodels   8,924    1,974 
Existing boutiques   1,993    2,426 
Technology   1,863    1,072 
Corporate and distribution   672    318 
   $21,885   $19,121 

 

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Our total capital expenditures for the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018 and October 28, 2017 were $21.9 million and $19.1 million, respectively. A majority of our spending were invested in boutique remodels at $8.9 million for fiscal year 2018 and in new boutique openings at $13.3 million for fiscal year 2017. Spending for new boutiques and remodels included amounts associated with boutiques that will be opened or remodeled subsequent to the end of each fiscal quarter.

 

   Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended 
   November 3, 2018   October 28, 2017 
New boutiques:          
Number of new boutiques opened   31    51 
Average cost per new boutique  $315,000   $291,000 
Average tenant allowance per new boutique  $43,000   $55,000 
           
Remodels:          
Number of boutiques remodeled   80    16 
Average cost per remodeled boutique  $143,000   $123,000 

 

The increase in the average cost of new boutiques during the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018 compared to the same prior year period was due to higher costs of furniture and fixtures as a result of implementing our new boutique design piloted in our existing boutiques last year. Average tenant allowance per boutique decreased primarily due to our continued focus in lowering rental rates. Tenant allowances are amortized as a reduction in rent expense over the term of the lease. The average collection period for these allowances is approximately six months after boutique opening. As a result, we fund the cost of new boutiques with cash flow from operations, tenant allowances from our landlords, or borrowings under our revolving credit facility. For the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018, the average cost of a remodel increased compared to the same period last year primarily as a result of more extensive updates to our boutiques.

 

Management anticipates that cash disbursement for capital expenditures for the remainder of fiscal year 2018 will be approximately $8.1 million. The majority of this amount will be spent on boutique construction costs as well as on investments in our corporate office and technology systems.

 

Financing Activities

 

Financing activities consist of borrowings and payments under our revolving credit facility, repurchases of our common stock, and proceeds from the exercise of stock options and the related tax consequence.

 

Net cash used in financing activities totaled $4.5 million and $19.0 million during the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018 and October 28, 2017, respectively. Cash used in financing activities in each period primarily consists of repurchases of common stock.

 

Revolving Credit Facility

 

Prior Revolving Credit Facility

 

On August 30, 2013, Francesca’s Collections, Inc., as borrower, and its parent company, Francesca's LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, entered into a Second Amended and Restated Credit Agreement with Royal Bank of Canada, as Administrative Agent and Collateral Agent, and the lenders party thereto. The credit facility provided capacity of $75.0 million (including up to $10.0 million for letters of credit) and was scheduled to mature on August 30, 2018. On May 25, 2018, concurrent with entering into the Asset Based Revolving Credit Facility described below, the Second Amended and Restated Credit Agreement was terminated.

 

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Asset Based Revolving Credit Facility

 

On May 25, 2018, Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (the “Holdings”), as a guarantor, certain of its subsidiaries, as borrowers (the “Borrowers”), and certain of its subsidiaries as guarantors (together with the Company and the Borrowers, the “Loan Parties”), entered into an asset based revolving Credit Agreement (“Credit Agreement”) with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent and the lenders party thereto. The Credit Agreement provides for revolving commitments of $50.0 million (including up to $10.0 million for letters of credit) and matures on May 25, 2023. Availability under the Credit Agreement is subject to a customary borrowing base comprised of: (a) a specified percentage of the Borrower’s credit card accounts (as defined in the Credit Agreement); and (b) a specified percentage of the Borrower’s eligible inventory (as defined in the Credit Agreement), and reduced by (c) certain customary reserves and adjustments (as defined in the Credit Agreement). The Credit Agreement also contains an increase option permitting the Borrowers, subject to certain requirements, to arrange with lenders for additional revolving commitments for up to an aggregate of $25.0 million. At November 3, 2018, there were no borrowings outstanding and $34.5 million of borrowing base availability under the Credit Agreement.

 

All obligations of each Loan Party under the Credit Agreement are unconditionally guaranteed by the Company and each of the Company’s existing and future direct and indirect wholly owned domestic subsidiaries, including the Borrowers. All obligations under the Credit Agreement, and the guarantees of those obligations (as well as banking services obligations and any interest rate hedging or other swap agreements), are secured by substantially all of the assets of the Company and each of the Company’s existing and future direct and indirect wholly owned domestic subsidiaries. In addition, the Credit Agreement requires the Loan Parties to maintain a minimum ratio of (i) EBITDAR (as defined in the Credit Agreement) minus unfinanced capital expenditures (as defined in the Credit Agreement), to (ii) fixed charges of 1.00 to 1.00 during periods when availability (as defined in the Credit Agreement) is less than $6.0 million (or has recently been less than $6.0 million as further specified in the Credit Agreement) (such ratio, the “Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio”). As of November 3, 2018, our borrowing availability was more than $6.0 million, resulting in the elimination of the Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio requirement.

 

Borrowings under the Credit Agreement bear interest at a rate equal to an applicable margin plus, at the option of the Borrowers, either (a) in the case of base rate borrowings, a rate equal to the highest of (1) the prime rate of JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., (2) the federal funds rate plus 1/2 of 1.00%, and (3) LIBOR for an interest period of one month plus 1.00% (subject to a 0.0% LIBOR floor), provided that that the interest rate for base rate borrowings (including the addition of the applicable margin) shall be no less than 1.50% per annum, or (b) in the case of LIBOR borrowings, a rate equal to the LIBOR for the interest period relevant to such borrowing subject to a 0.00% floor. The applicable margin for borrowings under the Credit Agreement ranges from -0.50% to 0.00% per annum with respect to base rate borrowings and from 1.25% to 1.75% per annum with respect to LIBOR borrowings, in each case based upon the achievement of specified levels of the Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio. The Credit Agreement also requires the Borrowers to pay a commitment fee for the unused portion of the revolving credit facility of 0.20% per annum.

 

The Credit Agreement contains customary affirmative and negative covenants, including limitations, subject to customary exceptions, on the ability of the Company and its subsidiaries to (i) incur additional debt; (ii) create liens; (iii) make certain investments, acquisitions, loans and advances; (iv) sell assets; (v) pay dividends or make distributions or make other restricted payments; (vi) prepay other indebtedness; (vii) engage in mergers or consolidations; (viii) change the business conducted by the Company and its subsidiaries; (ix) engage in certain transactions with affiliates; (x) enter into agreements that restrict dividends from subsidiaries or the ability of subsidiaries to grant liens upon their assets; and (xi) amend certain charter documents and material agreements governing subordinated and junior indebtedness.

 

The Credit Agreement also contains customary events of default, including: (i) failure to pay principal, interest, fees or other amounts under the Credit Agreement when due taking into account any applicable grace period; (ii) any representation or warranty proving to have been materially incorrect when made or deemed made; (iii) a cross default with respect to other material indebtedness; (iv) bankruptcy and insolvency events; (v) unsatisfied material final judgments; (vi) a “change of control”; (vii) certain defaults under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974; (viii) the invalidity or impairment of any loan document or any security interest; and (ix) breach of covenants in the Credit Agreement and other loan documents.

 

In connection with the Credit Agreement, the Company incurred $0.5 million of debt issuance costs during the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018, which is being amortized over the term of the facility.

 

Share Repurchase Program

 

For information regarding our share repurchase program, please refer to Note 8 to our unaudited consolidated financial statements included in Part I of this report, which is incorporated herein by reference.

 

Critical Accounting Policies

 

The preparation of financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues, and expenses, as well as the related disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements. A summary of the Company’s significant accounting policies is included in Note 1 to the Company’s annual consolidated financial statements included in our Fiscal Year 2017 10-K.

 

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Certain of the Company’s accounting policies and estimates are considered critical, as these policies and estimates are the most important to the depiction of the Company’s consolidated financial statements and require significant, difficult, or complex judgments, often about the effect of matters that are inherently uncertain. Such policies are summarized in the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” section of our Fiscal Year 2017 10-K. As of November 3, 2018, there were no significant changes to any of our critical accounting policies and estimates as disclosed in our Fiscal Year 2017 10-K.

  

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

For information regarding recent accounting pronouncements, please refer to Note 1 to our unaudited consolidated financial statements included in Part I of this Report, which is incorporated herein by reference.

 

Contractual Obligations

 

There were no significant changes to our contractual obligations and commercial commitments as disclosed in our Fiscal Year 2017 10-K, other than those which occur in the normal course of business.

 

Off Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

We are not party to any off balance sheet arrangements.

 

ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

 

Our principal exposure to market risk relates to changes in interest rates. Our revolving credit facility carries floating interest rates that are tied to LIBOR, the federal funds rate and the prime rate, and therefore, our statements of operations and our cash flows could be exposed to changes in interest rates to the extent that we do not have effective hedging arrangements in place. We historically have not used derivative financial instruments for speculative or trading purposes; however, this does not preclude our adoption of specific hedging strategies in the future. At November 3, 2018, no borrowings were outstanding under the Asset Based Revolving Credit Facility.

 

ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

 

We maintain disclosure controls and procedures (as such term is defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”)) that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in our reports under the Exchange Act is processed, recorded, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and regulations and that such information is accumulated and communicated to management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as appropriate, to allow for timely decisions regarding required disclosure. In designing and evaluating the disclosure controls and procedures, management recognizes that any controls and procedures, no matter how well designed and operated, can provide only reasonable assurance of achieving the desired control objectives, and management is required to apply its judgment in evaluating the cost-benefit relationship of possible controls and procedures.

 

At the end of the period covered by this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, we carried out an evaluation, under the supervision and with the participation of our Disclosure Committee and management, including the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer, of the effectiveness of the design and operation of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures pursuant to Rule 13a-15 of the Exchange Act. Based on that evaluation, the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures were effective at the reasonable assurance level as of November 3, 2018.

 

There were no changes in our internal control over financial reporting during the quarter ended November 3, 2018 that materially affected or are reasonably likely to materially affect our internal control over financial reporting.

 

PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

 

For information regarding legal proceedings involving us, please refer to Note 9 to our unaudited consolidated financial statements included in Part I of this Report, which is incorporated herein by reference.

 

ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS

 

There have been no material changes to our risk factors as previously disclosed in Item 1A contained in Part I of our Fiscal Year 2017 10-K.

 

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ITEM 6. EXHIBITS

 

Exhibit No.   Description
     
3.1   Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.3 of Amendment No. 5 to the Registration Statement on Form S-1 (File No. 333-173581) filed by Francesca’s Holdings Corporation on July 14, 2011)
     
3.2   Amended and Restated Bylaws of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 of the Current Report on Form 8-K filed by Francesca’s Holdings Corporation on September 20, 2016)
     
31.1*   Certification of Chief Executive Officer Pursuant to Exchange Act Rule 13a-14(a)
     
31.2*   Certification of Chief Financial Officer Pursuant to Exchange Act Rule 13a-14(a)
     
32.1**   Certification of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350 as Adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
     
101*   Interactive data files pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T: (i) the Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets as of November 3, 2018, February 3, 2018 and October 28, 2017, (ii) the Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations for the Thirteen and Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended November 3, 2018 and October 28, 2017, (iii) Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Changes in Stockholders’ Equity for the Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended November 3, 2018 and October 28, 2017, (iv) Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Thirty-Nine Weeks ended November 3, 2018 and October 28, 2017 and (v) the Notes to the Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

 

*Filed herewith
**Furnished herewith

 

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SIGNATURE

 

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

 

  Francesca’s Holdings Corporation
  (Registrant)
   
Date:  December 12, 2018 /s/ Kelly M. Dilts
  Kelly M. Dilts
  Chief Financial Officer (duly authorized officer and
Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)

 

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Exhibit 31.1

 

CERTIFICATION PURSUANT TO SECTION 302

OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

 

I, Steven P. Lawrence, certify that:

 

1.I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation;

 

2.Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

 

3.Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

 

4.The registrant’s other certifying officer(s) and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined by Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15-d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:

 

a)Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

 

b)Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

 

c)Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

 

d)Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

 

5.The registrant’s other certifying officer(s) and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

 

a)All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

 

b)Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

Date:  December 12, 2018 /s/ Steven P. Lawrence
  Steven P. Lawrence
  Chief Executive Officer
  (duly authorized officer and Principal Executive Officer)

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 31.2

 

CERTIFICATION PURSUANT TO SECTION 302

OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

 

I, Kelly M. Dilts, certify that:

 

1.I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation;

 

2.Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

 

3.Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

 

4.The registrant’s other certifying officer(s) and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined by Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15-d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:

 

a)Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

 

b)Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

 

c)Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

 

d)Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

 

5.The registrant’s other certifying officer(s) and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

 

a)All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

 

b)Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

Date:  December 12, 2018 /s/ Kelly M. Dilts
  Kelly M. Dilts
  Chief Financial Officer
  (duly authorized officer and Principal Financial and
Accounting Officer)

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 32.1

 

CERTIFICATIONS PURSUANT TO 18 U.S.C. SECTION 1350,

AS ADOPTED PURSUANT TO SECTION 906

OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

 

I, Steven P. Lawrence, the Chief Executive Officer of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation, certify that (i) the quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended November 3, 2018 (the “Report”) fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and (ii) the information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation as of the dates and for the periods set forth therein.

 

  /s/ Steven P. Lawrence
  Steven P. Lawrence
  Chief Executive Officer
  (duly authorized officer and Principal Executive Officer)
   
  December 12, 2018
  Date

 

I, Kelly M. Dilts, the Chief Financial Officer of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation, certify that (i) the quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended November 3, 2018 (the “Report”) fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and (ii) the information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation as of the dates and for the periods set forth therein.

 

  /s/ Kelly M. Dilts
  Kelly M. Dilts
  Chief Financial Officer (duly authorized officer and
Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)
   
  December 12, 2018
  Date

 

The foregoing certifications are being furnished solely to accompany the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 1350 and Rule 13a-14(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These certifications shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liability of that section, nor shall it be incorporated by reference into any filing of the Company under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, except to the extent that the Company specifically incorporates it by reference.