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 2, 2019

 

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)

 

 

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of each exchange on which registered  
Common Stock, par value $.01 per share   FRAN   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
Purchase Rights of Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock, par value $0.01 per share   N/A   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

 

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

 

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

 

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 3,056,042 shares (excluding 923,287 shares of treasury stock) of its common stock outstanding as of November 30, 2019.  

 

 

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION 3
     
Item 1. Financial Statements  3
     
  Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets as of November 2, 2019, February 2, 2019 and November 3, 2018 3
     
  Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations for the Thirteen and Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended November 2, 2019 and November 3, 2018   4
     
  Unaudited Consolidated Statement of Changes in Stockholders’ Equity for the Thirteen and Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended November 2, 2019 and November 3, 2018 5
     
  Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended November 2, 2019 and November 3, 2018 6
     
  Notes to the Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements 7
     
Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations 15
     
Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk 25
     
Item 4. Controls and Procedures 25
     
PART II. OTHER INFORMATION 25
     
Item 1. Legal Proceedings 25
     
Item 1A. Risk Factors 25
     
Item 6. Exhibits 26

 

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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 2, 2019   February 2, 2019   November 3, 2018 
ASSETS               
Current assets:               
Cash and cash equivalents  $21,154   $20,103   $10,720 
Accounts receivable   5,292    16,309    17,134 
Inventories   47,983    30,478    40,404 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   12,024    10,357    10,854 
Total current assets   86,453    77,247    79,112 
Operating lease right-of-use assets, net   227,204    -    - 
Property and equipment, net   56,653    71,207    79,842 
Deferred income taxes   -    -    15,554 
Other assets, net   3,471    4,588    4,958 
                
TOTAL ASSETS  $373,781   $153,042   $179,466 
                
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY               
Current liabilities:               
Accounts payable  $22,488   $24,330   $37,436 
Accrued liabilities   13,929    11,333    12,264 
Operating lease liabilities   48,845    -    - 
Total current liabilities   85,262    35,663    49,700 
Operating lease liabilities   211,123    -    - 
Landlord incentives and deferred rent   -    33,989    34,997 
Long-term debt   18,904    10,000    - 
Other liabilities   552    -    - 
Total liabilities   315,841    79,652    84,697 
                
Commitments and contingencies               
                
Stockholders’ equity:               
Common stock - $0.01 par value, 80.0 million shares authorized; 4.0 million, 3.9 million and 3.9 million issued at November 2, 2019, February 2, 2019 and November 3, 2018, respectively*   40    39    40 
Additional paid-in capital*   112,967    113,121    113,225 
Retained earnings   104,954    120,251    141,525 
Treasury stock, at cost - 0.9 million shares at each of November 2, 2019, February 2, 2019 and November 3, 2018*   (160,021)   (160,021)   (160,021)
Total stockholders’ equity   57,940    73,390    94,769 
                
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY  $373,781   $153,042   $179,466 

 

* Reflects the 12-to-1 reverse stock split that became effective on July 1, 2019. Refer to Note 1 - Summary of Significant Accounting Policies for further information.

 

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 2, 2019   November 3, 2018   November 2, 2019   November 3, 2018 
Net sales  $95,503   $95,375   $288,600   $308,805 
Cost of goods sold and occupancy costs   57,985    61,730    180,252    192,690 
Gross profit   37,518    33,645    108,348    116,115 
Selling, general, and administrative expenses   40,401    42,286    119,330    128,298 
Asset impairment charges   1,356    14,419    1,545    14,567 
Loss from operations   (4,239)   (23,060)   (12,527)   (26,750)
Interest expense   394    51    719    280 
Other expense (income)   107    (151)   (265)   (403)
Loss before income tax expense (benefit)   (4,740)   (22,960)   (12,981)   (26,627)
Income tax expense (benefit)   395    (6,737)   491    (6,973)
Net loss  $(5,135)  $(16,223)  $(13,472)  $(19,654)
                     
Basic loss per common share*  $(1.76)  $(5.59)  $(4.64)  $(6.78)
Diluted loss per common share*  $(1.76)  $(5.59)  $(4.64)  $(6.78)
                     
Weighted average shares outstanding:                    
Basic shares*   2,910    2,900    2,906    2,900 
Diluted shares*   2,910    2,900    2,906    2,900 

 

* Reflects the 12-to-1 reverse stock split that became effective on July 1, 2019. Refer to Note 1 - Summary of Significant Accounting Policies for further information.

 

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 
Fiscal Year 2019  Shares
Outstanding
   Par
Value
   Paid-in
Capital*
   Retained
Earnings
   Stock, at
Cost
   Stockholders'
Equity
 
Balance, February 2, 2019   2,972   $39   $113,121   $120,251   $(160,021)  $73,390 
Cumulative effect adjustment on adoption of new accounting standard   -    -    -    (1,825)   -    (1,825)
Net loss   -    -    -    (10,149)   -    (10,149)
Stock-based compensation   -    -    (271)   -    -    (271)
Restricted stocks forfeited   (14)   -    -    -    -    - 
Balance, May 4, 2019   2,958    39    112,850    108,277    (160,021)   61,145 
Net income   -    -    -    1,812    -    1,812 
Stock-based compensation   -    -    24    -    -    24 
Fractional shares cancelled   (1)   -    (4)   -    -    (4)
Restricted stocks issued, net of forfeitures   99    1    (1)   -    -    - 
Balance, August 3, 2019   3,056    40    112,869    110,089    (160,021)   62,977 
Net loss   -    -    -    (5,135)   -    (5,135)
Stock-based compensation   -    -    98    -    -    98 
Balance, November 2, 2019   3,056    40    112,967    104,954    (160,021)   57,940 

 

   Common Stock*   Additional       Treasury   Total 
Fiscal Year 2018  Shares
Outstanding
   Par
Value
   Paid-in
Capital*
   Retained
Earnings
   Stock, at
cost
   Stockholders'
Equity
 
Balance, February 3, 2018   2,990   $39   $111,863   $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   71    1    (1)   -    -    - 
Shares withheld related to net settlement of equity awards   -    -    (26)   -    -    (26)
Repurchases of common stock   (55)   -    -    -    (3,522)   (3,522)
Balance, May 5, 2018   3,006    40    112,254    157,294    (160,021)   109,567 
Net income   -    -    -    454    -    454 
Stock-based compensation   -    -    315    -    -    315 
Restricted stocks issued, net of forfeitures   13    -    -    -    -    - 
Balance, August 4, 2018   3,019    40    112,569    157,748    (160,021)   110,336 
Net loss   -    -    -    (16,223)   -    (16,223)
Stock-based compensation   -    -    707    -    -    707 
Restricted stocks issued, net of forfeitures   (3)   -    -    -    -    - 
Shares withheld related to net settlement of equity awards   (1)   -    (51)   -    -    (51)
Balance, November 3, 2018   3,015    40    113,225    141,525    (160,021)   94,769 

 

* Reflects the 12-to-1 reverse stock split that became effective on July 1, 2019. Refer to Note 1 - Summary of Significant Accounting Policies for further information.

 

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 2, 2019   November 3, 2018 
Cash Flows (Used in) Provided by Operating Activities:          
Net loss  $(13,472)  $(19,654)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities:          
Depreciation and amortization   16,698    18,742 
Stock-based compensation expense   403    1,440 
Loss on sale of assets   99    633 
Asset impairment charges   1,545    14,567 
Deferred income taxes   -    (6,848)
Other   161    - 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:          
Accounts receivable   11,017    (492)
Inventories   (17,505)   (13,588)
Prepaid expenses and other assets   (1,566)   (2,983)
Accounts payable   257    16,966 
Accrued liabilities   2,596    359 
Operating lease right-of-use assets and lease liabilities, net   (4,449)   - 
Landlord incentives and deferred rent   -    (3,340)
Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities   (4,216)   5,802 
           
Cash Flows Used in Investing Activities:          
Purchases of property and equipment   (3,299)   (21,885)
Net cash used in investing activities   (3,299)   (21,885)
           
Cash Flows Provided by (Used in) Financing Activities:          
Proceeds from borrowings under the revolving credit facility   15,000    - 
Proceeds from borrowings under the term loan   10,000      
Repayments of borrowings under the revolving credit facility   (15,000)   - 
Payment of debt issuance costs   (1,434)   (471)
Taxes paid related to net settlement of equity awards   -    (77)
Repurchases of common stock   -    (3,980)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   8,566    (4,528)
           
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   1,051    (20,611)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year   20,103    31,331 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period  $21,154   $10,720 
           
Supplemental Disclosures of Cash Flow Information:          
Cash (received) paid for income taxes  $(8,747)  $244 
Interest paid  $475   $121 

 

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 merchandise assortment the Company offers is a diverse and balanced mix of apparel, jewelry, accessories and gifts at attractive values. The Company aims to offer a differentiated shopping experience and quality, on-trend merchandise at a compelling value, across a wide variety of geographic markets and shopping venues. At November 2, 2019, the Company operated 714 boutiques, which are located in 47 states throughout the United States and the District of Columbia, and also served its customers though www.francescas.com, its ecommerce website.

 

On July 1, 2019, the Company effected a 12-to-1 stock split (the “Reverse Stock Split”), reducing the number of shares of common stock outstanding on that date from 35.4 million to 3.1 million shares. Additionally, the number of shares of common stock subject to outstanding stock options, restricted stock awards and restricted stock units, the exercise price of outstanding stock options, and the number of shares reserved for future issuance pursuant to the Company’s equity compensation plans were adjusted proportionately in connection with the Reverse Stock Split. The number of authorized shares of common stock under the Company’s Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation and the par value per share of the Company’s common stock were unchanged. All historical share and per share amounts presented herein have been adjusted retrospectively to reflect these changes.

 

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 2, 2019 was derived from the Company’s audited consolidated financial statements and notes thereto as of and for the fiscal year ended February 2, 2019 included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on May 3, 2019.

 

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 2, 2019 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 years 2019 and 2018 each include 52 weeks of operations. The fiscal quarters ended November 2, 2019 and November 3, 2018 refer to the thirteen week periods ended as of those dates. The year-to-date periods ended November 2, 2019 and November 3, 2018 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.

 

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Francesca’s Holdings Corporation

Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

 

Leases

 

Adoption of Accounting Standards Codification 842

 

On February 3, 2019, the Company adopted the provisions of Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 842, “Leases”, using the additional, optional transition method which allows entities to initially apply the new standard by recognizing a cumulative-effect adjustment to the opening balance of retained earnings at the date of adoption. Prior period amounts and disclosures were not adjusted and continue to be reported under ASC 840, “Leases.”

 

In applying the new standard, the Company elected the package of practical expedients which allows the Company to carry forward its prior conclusions under ASC 840 about lease identification, lease classification, and initial direct costs. The Company also elected the practical expedient of combining lease and non-lease components as a single lease component as well as the short-term lease recognition exemption for all leases at transition.

 

As a result of the adoption, the Company recorded an operating lease liability of $278.9 million and operating lease right-of-use (“ROU”) asset of $242.9 million at February 3, 2019. Additionally, the Company recognized a $1.8 million cumulative-effect adjustment to the beginning balance of retained earnings related to the impairment of certain operating lease ROU assets subjected to impairment testing under existing accounting guidance for which indicators of impairment existed at the time of the adoption of ASC 842. The adoption of ASC 842 did not have a material impact to the unaudited consolidated statements of operations or cash flows.

 

Accounting Policy Under ASC 842

 

The Company leases boutiques, its distribution center and office space and certain boutique and corporate office equipment under operating leases. The Company determines if an arrangement contains a lease at inception and recognizes operating lease ROU assets and operating lease liabilities at the commencement date based on the present value of the fixed lease payments over the lease term and, for operating lease ROU assets, include initial direct costs and exclude lease incentives. Variable lease payments are expensed as incurred. Lease terms may include options to extend or terminate the lease when it is reasonably certain that the Company will elect that option. Subsequent to the recognition of its operating lease ROU assets and operating lease liabilities, the Company recognizes lease expense related to its operating lease payments on a straight-line basis over the lease term.

 

Operating lease liabilities are calculated using the effective interest method and recognized at the commencement date based on the present value of lease payments over the reasonably certain lease term. As the interest rate implicit in the Company’s leases is not readily determinable, the Company utilized a collateralized incremental borrowing rate determined through the development of a synthetic credit rating to calculate the present value of its lease payments.

 

The Company accounts for lease and non-lease components as a single component. Accordingly, the Company’s fixed lease payments mainly consists of base rent, common area maintenance and landlord advertising. Additionally, the Company also elected the short-term lease recognition exemption for all leases.

 

Impairment of Long-Lived Assets, Including Operating Lease ROU Assets

 

The Company evaluates long-lived assets held for use, including operating lease ROU assets, and held for sale whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of those assets may not be recoverable. Assets are grouped and evaluated for impairment at the lowest level for which there are identifiable cash flows, which is generally at a boutique level. In determining whether an impairment has occurred, the Company considers both qualitative and quantitative factors.

 

The quantitative analysis involves estimating the undiscounted future cash flows directly related to that asset and comparing it against its carrying value. If the carrying value of the asset is greater than the sum of the undiscounted future cash flows, an impairment loss is recognized for the difference between the carrying value of the asset and its fair value. The fair value of the asset group is generally determined using discounted future cash flows or a market participant’s ability to generate economic benefits using the asset in its highest and best use, whichever is appropriate. The determination of fair value takes into account the asset’s historical performance, 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 the fair value 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.

  

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.

 

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Francesca’s Holdings Corporation

Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

 

In June 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-13, “Financial Instruments-Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments.” ASU 2016-13 changes the methodology for measuring credit losses on financial instruments and timing of when such losses are recorded. Since the original issuance of ASU 2016-13, the FASB has issued several amendments and updates to this guidance. This new guidance is effective for public companies, except for smaller reporting companies, for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, and interim periods within those fiscal years. For smaller reporting companies, this new guidance will be effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2022, and interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption is permitted. The guidance is to be adopted using the modified retrospective approach. The Company is currently evaluating the effect that the new guidance will have on its consolidated financial statements and related disclosures.

 

2.Revenues

 

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

 

   Thirteen Weeks Ended   Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended 
   November 2,
2019
   November 3,
2018
   November 2,
2019
   November 3,
2018
 
   (in thousands) 
Apparel  $46,523   $48,397   $140,736   $154,738 
Jewelry   26,073    22,855    77,908    73,697 
Accessories   15,147    14,844    44,998    47,509 
Gifts   7,064    8,685    23,439    31,127 
Others (1)   696    594    1,519    1,734 
   $95,503   $95,375   $288,600   $308,805 

 

 

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

 

Contract liability

 

The Company recognizes a contract liability related to its gift cards. 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 was $0.6 million in each of thirteen weeks ended November 2, 2019 and November 3, 2018 and was 3.7 million in each of the thirty-nine weeks ended November 2, 2019 and November 3, 2018. As of November 2, 2019 and November 3, 2018, the liability for unredeemed gift cards totaled $3.7 million and $4.3 million, respectively.

 

3.Loss Per Share

  

Loss per common share amounts are calculated using the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding for the period. Diluted loss 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 awards, restricted stock units 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 per share.

 

   Thirteen Weeks Ended   Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended 
   November 2,
2019
   November 3,
2018
   November 2,
2019
   November 3,
2018
 
   (in thousands, except per share data) 
Numerator:                    
Net loss  $(5,135)  $(16,223)  $(13,472)  $(19,654)
                     
Denominator:                    
Weighted-average common shares outstanding – basic (1)   2,910    2,900    2,906    2,900 
Restricted stocks awards, restricted stock units and stock options (1)   -    -    -    - 
Weighted-average common shares outstanding – diluted (1)   2,910    2,900    2,906    2,900 
                     
Per common share:                    
Basic loss per common share(1)  $(1.76)  $(5.59)  $(4.64)  $(6.78)
Diluted loss per common share (1)  $(1.76)  $(5.59)  $(4.64)  $(6.78)

 

 

(1)Reflects the 12-to-1 reverse stock split that became effective on July 1, 2019. Refer to Note 1 – Summary of Significant Accounting Policies for further information.

 

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Francesca’s Holdings Corporation

Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

 

Due to the Company being in a net loss position in each period presented in the table above, potentially issuable shares under the Company’s stock-based compensation plans which amounted to 0.1 million shares in each of the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended November 2, 2019 and November 3, 2018 were excluded in the computation of diluted loss per shares due to their anti-dilutive effect. The Company also excluded contingently issuable performance-based awards totaling 0.1 million in each of the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended November 2, 2019 and November 3, 2018 from the computation of diluted earnings per share because the pre-established goals had not been satisfied as of the end of each period.

 

4.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. The carrying amount of the Company’s debt approximates its fair value due to the proximity of the debt issue date and the balance sheet date and the variable component of interest on debt.

 

5.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, including operating lease ROU 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 of the boutique long-lived assets and comparing such cash flows against the carrying value of the boutique’s assets, including operating lease ROU assets. If the carrying value of the boutique’s assets is greater than the sum of the undiscounted future cash flows, an impairment charge is recognized for the difference between the carrying value of the boutique’s assets and its fair value. The fair value of the asset group is generally determined using discounted future cash flows or a market participant’s ability to generate economic benefits using the asset in its highest and best use, whichever is appropriate. 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 $1.4 million and $14.4 million in the thirteen weeks ended November 2, 2019 and November 3, 2018, respectively. The impairment charges in the thirteen weeks ended November 2, 2019 were mostly related to the write-down of operating lease ROU assets for four underperforming boutiques, while the impairment charges in the thirteen weeks ended November 3, 2018 were mostly related to the write-down of property and equipment for 129 underperforming boutiques.

 

6.Income Taxes

 

The provision for income tax expense (benefit) is based on the Company’s current estimate of the annual effective tax rate. The effective income tax expense (benefit) rates for the thirteen weeks ended November 2, 2019 and November 3, 2018 were 8.3% and (29.3)%, respectively, and for the thirty-nine weeks ended November 2, 2019 and November 3, 2018 were 3.8% and (26.2)%, respectively. The change in the effective income tax expense (benefit) rate in each period presented was due to the Company’s estimate of its annualized taxable income for fiscal year 2019, after consideration of net operating loss carryover, while the prior year income tax benefit was due to the Company being in a net loss position. The Company continues to provide a full valuation allowance on its net deferred tax assets.

 

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Francesca’s Holdings Corporation

Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

 

The Company had $1.4 million and $10.1 million of income tax receivable as of November 2, 2019 and November 3, 2018, respectively. As previously disclosed, the Company received an income tax refund of $8.5 million from the IRS on April 22, 2019.

 

7.Long-Term Debt

 

Long-term debt consisted of the following:

 

   November 2,
2019
   February 2,
2019
   November 3,
2018
 
   (in thousands) 
Asset based revolving credit facility  $10,000   $10,000   $             - 
                
Term loan   10,000    -    - 
Unamortized debt issuance costs   (1,096)   -    - 
    8,904         - 
   $18,904   $10,000   $- 

 

Asset Based Revolving Credit Facility

 

On May 25, 2018, Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (the “Holdings”), as 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 (the “ABL Credit Agreement”) with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent and the lenders party thereto. The ABL Credit Agreement provided for Aggregate Revolving Commitments (as defined in the ABL Credit Agreement) of $50.0 million (including up to $10.0 million for letters of credit) and was scheduled to mature on May 25, 2023.

 

On August 13, 2019, concurrent with entering into the Term Loan Credit Agreement (described below), the Borrowers, entered into the first amendment to ABL Credit Agreement (the “First Amendment to ABL Credit Agreement”), which amends the Company’s existing ABL Credit Agreement (the ABL Credit Agreement, as amended by the First Amendment to ABL Credit Agreement, the “Amended ABL Credit Agreement”). The First Amendment to ABL Credit Agreement, among other things, (i) reduced the Aggregate Revolving Commitments (as defined in the Amended ABL Credit Agreement) from $50.0 million to $40.0 million; (ii) allowed the Loan Parties to enter into the Term Loan Credit Agreement with Tiger Finance, LLC.; (iii) changed the maturity date under the Amended ABL Credit Agreement from May 23, 2023 to the earlier of (a) May 23, 2023 and (b) the date that is 90 days prior to any scheduled maturity of the Term Loan; (iv) institutes a combined borrowing base together with the Company’s new Term Loan Credit Agreement (described below); (v) removed the requirement to maintain the minimum fixed charge coverage ratio previously contained in the ABL Credit Agreement; and (vi) limits the amount of capital expenditures that the Loan Parties may make through the fiscal year ending in 2021, provided that the Loan Parties may make unlimited amounts of capital expenditures if certain payment conditions are met. In connection with the First Amendment to ABL Credit Agreement, the Company wrote-off $0.2 million of unamortized debt issuance costs associated with the reduction in borrowing capacity during the thirty-nine weeks ended November 2, 2019, which is included in other expense in the accompanying unaudited statements of operations. Additionally, the Company incurred $0.2 million of debt issuance costs during the thirty-nine weeks ended November 2, 2019, which is being amortized over the remaining term of the Amended ABL Credit Agreement.

 

Availability under the Amended ABL 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 Amended ABL Credit Agreement); and (b) a specified percentage of the Borrower’s eligible inventory (as defined in the Amended ABL Credit Agreement), and reduced by (c) certain customary reserves and adjustments (as defined in the Amended ABL Credit Agreement). The combined borrowing base is the lesser of (i) the sum of the (a) the Revolving Loan Cap (as defined in the Amended ABL Agreement), which is the less of (x) $34.0 million and (y) the borrowing base under the Amended ABL Credit Agreement, plus, (b) any outstanding amount under the Term Loan Credit Agreement and (ii) the Term Loan Credit Agreement borrowing base (described below). As of November 2, 2019, the Company had $24.0 million of combined borrowing base availability under the Amended ABL Credit Agreement and the Term Loan Credit Agreement.  

      

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Francesca’s Holdings Corporation

Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

 

All obligations of each Loan Party under the Amended ABL Credit Agreement continue to be 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 Amended ABL 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. Additionally, the Amended ABL Credit Agreement contains customary events of default and requires the Loan Parties to comply with certain financial covenants, including a restriction on the amount of capital expenditures that the Loan Parties may make through 2021, subject to certain exceptions. In addition, the Company may declare or make dividend payments, subject to the satisfaction of the Payment Conditions (as defined in the Amended ABL Credit Agreement). The Amended ABL Credit Agreement also requires that the auditor’s report on the Company’s audited financial statements does not contain a “going concern” or like qualification or exception.

 

Borrowings under the Amended ABL Credit Agreement continue to 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 Amended ABL 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 (as defined in the Amended ABL Credit Agreement). The Amended ABL 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.

 

Term Loan Credit Agreement

 

On August 13, 2019, the Loan Parties, entered into the Term Loan Credit Agreement (“Term Loan Credit Agreement”) with Tiger Finance, LLC, as administrative agent and the lenders party thereto. The Term Loan Credit Agreement provides for an aggregate term loan of $10.0 million and matures on August 13, 2022.

 

The Term Loan Credit Agreement is subject to a combined borrowing base together with the Company’s existing asset based revolving credit facility under the Amended ABL Credit Agreement. This borrowing base is comprised of: (a) a specified percentage of the Borrower’s credit card accounts (as defined in the Term Loan Credit Agreement); and (b) a specified percentage of the Borrower’s eligible inventory (as defined in the Term Loan Credit Agreement), and reduced by (c) certain customary reserves and adjustments (as defined in the Term Loan Credit Agreement). As of November 2, 2019, the Company had $24.0 million of combined borrowing base availability under the Term Loan Credit Agreement and the Amended ABL Credit Agreement.

 

All obligations of each Loan Party under the Term Loan 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 Term Loan Credit Agreement, and the guarantees of those obligations, are secured on a junior lien basis 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.

  

The loan under the Term Loan Credit Agreement (the “Term Loan”) bears interest at a rate equal to LIBOR for the interest period relevant to the Term Loan, subject to a 0.00% floor, plus 8.00%, provided that the interest rate on the Term Loan will not be less than 10.00%. The Term Loan Credit Agreement also requires the Borrowers to pay an annual agency fee of $50,000.

 

In connection with the Term Loan Credit Agreement, the Company incurred $1.2 million of debt issuance costs during the thirty-nine weeks ended November 2, 2019, which is being amortized over the life of the Term Loan Credit Agreement.

 

8.Stockholder Rights Plan

 

On July 31, 2019, the Board of Directors of the Company adopted a limited duration stockholder rights plan (the “Rights Plan”) with an expiration date of August 1, 2022 and an ownership trigger threshold of 15%, subject to certain exceptions.  In connection with the Rights Plan, the Board of Directors authorized and declared a dividend to the Company’s stockholders of record at the close of business on August 15, 2019 of one preferred share purchase right (a “Right”) for each outstanding share of the Company’s common stock.  

 

Upon certain triggering events (none of which have occurred as of November 2, 2019), each Right will entitle the holder thereof to purchase from the Company one five-thousandth (subject to adjustment) of one share of Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock, $0.01 par value per share of the Company (the “Preferred Stock”) at an exercise price of $18.00 (the “Exercise Price”) per one five-thousandth of a share of Preferred Stock. In addition, if a person or group acquires beneficial ownership of 15% or more of the Company’s common stock without prior approval of the Company’s Board of Directors, or in the case of a person or group that beneficially owned more than 15% of the Company’s common stock prior to the issuance of the press release announcing the adoption of the Rights Agreement on August 2, 2019, such person or group acquires beneficial ownership of any additional shares of the Company’s common stock without prior approval of the Company’s Board of Directors, each holder of a Right (other than the acquiring person or group whose Rights will become void) will have the right to purchase, upon payment of the Exercise Price and in accordance with and subject to the adjustment under the terms of the Rights Plan, a number of shares of the Company’s common stock having a market value of twice the Exercise Price (as adjusted). The complete terms of the Rights are set forth in a Rights Agreement (the “Rights Agreement”), dated as of August 1, 2019, between the Company and Computershare Trust Company, N.A., as rights agent.  

 

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Francesca’s Holdings Corporation

Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

 

9.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 stock-based compensation expense of $0.6 million and $0.4 million in the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended November 2, 2019, respectively, and $0.7 million and $1.4 million in the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018, respectively.

  

Management Awards

 

For the thirty-nine weeks ended November 2, 2019, the Company granted 0.3 million of restricted stock units (“RSU”), and, for the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018, granted 0.1 million of restricted stock awards (“RSA”) to certain executives and key employees.  Of the total awards in each period, 50% of the total units or shares were in the form of performance-based (“PSU” or “PSA”) while the remaining 50% were in the form of time-based restricted units or shares. The number of PSUs or PSAs that may ultimately vest will equal 0% to 150% of the target units or 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 RSUs and 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 the PSUs and PSAs and adjusted stock-based compensation expense based on the results of such assessment.

 

10.Leases

 

The Company leases boutiques, its distribution center, office space, and certain boutique and corporate office equipment under operating leases expiring in various years through the fiscal year ending 2030. 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 the market rate at the time of renewal. The Company’s lease agreements do not contain any material residual value guarantees or material restrictive covenants. See above under “Leases” in Note 1 for additional information regarding the Company’s adoption of ASC 842, Leases on February 3, 2019 and the impact of such adoption.

 

The following table presents the components of the Company’s operating lease costs for the period presented.

 

   Thirteen Weeks
Ended
   Thirty-Nine
Weeks Ended
 
   November 2,
2019
   November 2,
2019
 
   (in thousands) 
Operating lease costs  $15,272   $45,743 
Variable lease costs   194    662 
   $15,466   $46,405 

 

As of November 2, 2019, the weighted average remaining operating lease term was 6.0 years and the weighted average discount rate for operating leases was 5.7%. Cash paid for operating leases included in the measurement of lease liabilities totaled $48.8 million, including interest, for the thirty-nine weeks ended November 2, 2019.

 

As of November 2, 2019, the maturities of operating lease liabilities were as follows:

 

Maturities of operating lease liabilities    
Remainder of 2019  $15,287 
2020   62,003 
2021   54,295 
2022   46,796 
2023   40,089 
Thereafter   89,201 
Total lease payments   307,671 
Less: Interest   47,703 
Present value of operating lease liabilities  $259,968 

 

Present value of operating lease liabilities is less amounts due from landlords for tenant improvement allowances.

 

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Francesca’s Holdings Corporation

Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

 

As of November 2, 2019, the minimum rental commitments for operating lease contracts that have not yet commenced was $5.9 million while its lease terms were within the range of 5 to 10 years.

   

11.Contingencies

 

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. After substitution of a named plaintiff, the lawsuit is now captioned, Danielle Prulello, et al. v. Francesca’s Holding Corp., et al. 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 the Company may not be able to successfully execute its turnaround plan, the risk that we may not be able to successfully attract and integrate a new permanent Chief Executive Officer; the risk that the Company may not be able to identify suitably qualified and experienced candidates to its Board of Directors; the risk that we cannot anticipate, identify and respond quickly to changing fashion trends and customer preferences or changes in consumer environment, including changing expectations of service and experience in boutiques and online, and evolve our business model; our ability to attract a sufficient number of customers to our boutiques or sell sufficient quantities of our merchandise through our ecommerce website; our ability to successfully open, close, refresh, and operate new boutiques each year; our ability to efficiently source and distribute additional merchandise quantities necessary to support our operations; and the impact of potential tariff increases or 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 2, 2019 and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on May 3, 2019 (“Fiscal Year 2018 10-K”) and any risk factors contained in subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or other filings we file with the SEC, including under “Item 1A. Risk Factors” of our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended August 3, 2019 filed with the SEC on September 10, 2019, 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 2018 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 we offer is a diverse and balanced mix of apparel, jewelry, accessories and gifts. We aim to offer a differentiated shopping experience and quality, on-trend merchandise at a compelling value, across a wide variety of geographic markets and shopping venues. As of November 2, 2019, francesca’s ® operated 714 boutiques in 47 states throughout the United 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.

  

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During the thirteen weeks ended November 2, 2019, our net sales were relatively flat at $95.5 million compared to the same prior year period, loss from operations decreased by $18.8 million from $23.1 million to $4.2 million, and net loss decreased by $11.1 million from $16.2 million, or $5.59 loss per diluted share, to $5.1 million, or $1.76 loss per diluted share, over the comparable prior year period.

 

During the thirty-nine weeks ended November 2, 2019, our net sales decreased 7% to $288.6 million from $308.8 million, loss from operations decreased by $14.2 million from $26.8 million to $12.5 million, and net loss decreased $6.2 million from $19.7 million, or $6.78 loss per diluted share, to $13.5 million, or $4.64 loss per diluted share, over the comparable prior year period.

 

In February 2019, we executed a workforce reduction at both our corporate office and field management as part of our cost reduction initiative associated with our turnaround plan that commenced in January 2019. Additionally, there were additional employee departures in October 2019. As a result, we expensed $0.5 million and $1.4 million of severance benefits related to certain employee departures, excluding reversal of stock-based compensation, during the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended November 2, 2019, respectively. These severance benefits are included in selling, general and administrative expenses in the unaudited consolidated statements of operations.

 

On July 1, 2019, we effected a 12-to-1 stock split (the “Reverse Stock Split”), reducing the number of shares of common stock outstanding on that date from 35.4 million to 3.1 million shares. Additionally, the number of shares of our common stock subject to outstanding stock options, restricted stock awards and restricted stock units, the exercise price of all our outstanding stock options, and the number of shares reserved for future issuance pursuant to our equity compensation plans were adjusted proportionately in connection with the Reverse Stock Split. The number of authorized shares of common stock under our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation and the par value per share of our common stock were unchanged. All historical share and per share amounts presented herein have been adjusted retrospectively to reflect these changes. The Reverse Stock Split was effected in order to increase the market price per share of our common stock to ensure we regained full compliance with The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC’s (“Nasdaq”) minimum bid price requirement and maintained its listing on Nasdaq. Nasdaq informed us on July 17, 2019 that we had regained full compliance with Nasdaq’s listing requirements.

 

On July 31, 2019, our Board of Directors adopted a limited duration stockholder rights plan (the “Rights Plan”) with an expiration date of August 1, 2022 and an ownership trigger threshold of 15%, subject to certain exceptions.  In connection with the Rights Plan, our Board of Directors authorized and declared a dividend to our stockholders of record at the close of business on August 15, 2019 of one preferred share purchase right (a “Right”) for each outstanding share of our common stock.  Upon certain triggering events (none of which have occurred as of November 2, 2019), each Right will entitle the holder to purchase from us one five-thousandth (subject to adjustment) of one share of Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock, $0.01 par value per share (the “Preferred Stock”) at an exercise price of $18.00 (the “Exercise Price”) per one five-thousandth of a share of Preferred Stock. In addition, if a person or group acquires beneficial ownership of 15% or more of our common stock without prior approval of our Board of Directors, or in the case of a person or group that beneficially owned more than 15% of our common stock prior to the issuance of the press release announcing the adoption of the Rights Agreement on August 2, 2019, such person or group acquires beneficial ownership of any additional shares of our common stock without prior approval of our Board of Directors, each holder of a Right (other than the acquiring person or group whose Rights will become void) will have the right to purchase, upon payment of the Exercise Price and in accordance with and subject to adjustment under the terms of the Rights Plan, a number of shares of our common stock having a market value of twice the Exercise Price (as adjusted). The complete terms of the Rights are set forth in a Rights Agreement (the “Rights Agreement”), dated as of August 1, 2019, between Francesca’s Holdings Corporation and Computershare Trust Company, N.A., as rights agent, which is included as Exhibit 4.1 to this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.  

 

On August 13, 2019, Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (the “Company”), 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 a Term Loan Credit Agreement (“Term Loan Credit Agreement”) with Tiger Finance, LLC, as administrative agent and the lenders party thereto. The Term Loan Credit Agreement provides for an aggregate term loan of $10.0 million and matures on August 13, 2022. Concurrent with entering into the Term Loan Credit Agreement, the Company and the other Loan Parties, entered into a First Amendment to ABL Credit Agreement (the “First Amendment to ABL Credit Agreement”) with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent, and the lenders party thereto, which amends the Company’s existing asset based revolving credit agreement, dated as of May 25, 2018, by and among the Company, the other Loan Parties, the lenders party thereto and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent (the “ABL Credit Agreement” and, as amended by the First Amendment to ABL Credit Agreement, the “Amended ABL Credit Agreement”). See “Asset Based Revolving Credit Facility” and “Term Loan Credit Agreement” under “Liquidity and Capital Resources” below for additional information.

 

On August 13, 2019, we announced the completion of our previously announced strategic alternatives review process as we intend to focus on the execution of our turnaround plan.

 

Our boutique count decreased to 714 boutiques as of November 2, 2019 from 738 boutiques as of November 3, 2018. As previously disclosed, our current priority is executing our turnaround plan which is aimed at improving comparable sales and profitability. As such, we plan to close at least three existing boutiques during the remainder of the fiscal year as we continue to optimize our existing boutique fleet. We plan to resume new boutique openings and remodels in the future, as appropriate, when the desired results are achieved under our turnaround plan.

  

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Results of Operations

 

The following represents operating data for the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended November 2, 2019 and November 3, 2018.

 

   Thirteen Weeks Ended   Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended 
   November 2,
2019
   November 3,
2018
   November 2,
2019
   November 3,
2018
 
Net sales change for period   0%   (10)%   (7)%   (7)%
Comparable sales results for the period (1)   1%   (14)%   (6)%   (15)%
Number of boutiques open at end of period   714    738    714    738 
Net sales per average square foot for period  (2)  $91   $89   $275   $291 
Average square feet per boutique (3)   1,460    1,450    1,460    1,450 
Total gross square feet at end of period   1,042,000    1,070,000    1,042,000    1,070,000 

 

 

(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.

 

Boutique Count

 

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

 

   Thirteen Weeks Ended   Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended 
   November 2,
2019
   November 3,
2018
   November 2,
2019
   November 3,
2018
 
Number of boutiques open at beginning of period   718    742    727    721 
Boutiques added   1    -    5    31 
Boutiques closed   (5)   (4)   (18)   (14)
Number of boutiques open at the end of period   714    738    714    738 

 

Thirteen Weeks Ended November 2, 2019 Compared to Thirteen Weeks Ended November 3, 2018

 

   Thirteen Weeks Ended             
   November 2, 2019   November 3, 2018   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   95,503    100.0%  $95,375    100.0%   128    0%   - 
Cost of goods sold and occupancy costs   57,985    60.7%   61,730    64.7%   (3,745)   (6)%   (400)
Gross profit   37,518    39.3%   33,645    35.3%   3,873    12%   400 
Selling, general and administrative expenses   40,401    42.3%   42,286    44.3%   (1,885)   (4)%   (200)
Asset impairment charges   1,356    1.4%   14,419    15.1%   (13,063)   (91)%   (1,370)
Loss from operations   (4,239)   (4.4)%   (23,060)   (24.2)%   (18,821)   (82)%   (1,970)
Interest expense   394    0.4%   51    0.1%   343    673%   40 
Other expense (income)    107   0.1%   (151)    (0.2)%   258    171%   30 
Loss before income tax expense (benefit)   (4,740)   (5.0)%   (22,960)   (24.1)%   (18,220)   (79)%   (1,910)
Income tax expense (benefit)   395    0.4%   (6,737)   (7.1)%   7,132    106%   750 
Net loss   (5,135)   (5.4)%  $(16,223)   (17.0)%   (11,088)   (68)%   (1,160)

 

 

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

 

 

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Net Sales

 

Net sales were relatively flat at $95.5 million in the thirteen weeks ended November 2, 2019 compared to thirteen weeks ended November 3, 2018. Comparable sales increased 1% primarily due to increases in boutique conversion rate and average units sold per transaction. This increase was offset by net sales associated with the net decrease in boutique count during the thirteen weeks ended November 2, 2019 compared to the same prior year period. There were 705 comparable boutiques and 9 non-comparable boutiques open at November 2, 2019 compared to 675 and 63, respectively, at November 3, 2018.

 

Cost of Goods Sold and Occupancy Costs

 

Cost of goods sold and occupancy costs decreased 6% to $58.0 million in the thirteen weeks ended November 2, 2019 from $61.7 million in the thirteen weeks ended November 3, 2018. Cost of merchandise and shipping expenses decreased by $1.1 million primarily due to lower inventory reserve and marked-out-of-stock charges. Occupancy costs decreased by $2.6 million primarily due to lower depreciation associated with boutiques impaired in fiscal year 2018 and lower demolition costs associated with prior year boutique remodels.

 

As a percentage of net sales, cost of goods sold and occupancy costs decreased to 60.7% in the thirteen weeks ended November 2, 2019 from 64.7% in the thirteen weeks ended November 3, 2018, a favorable variance of 400 basis points. This change was primarily due to higher merchandise margins as a result of lower inventory reserve and marked-out-of-stock charges and the decrease in depreciation and demolition expenses discussed above.

 

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased 4% to $40.4 million in the thirteen weeks ended November 2, 2019 from $42.3 million in the thirteen weeks ended November 3, 2018. This decrease was primarily due to a $1.6 million decrease in boutique payroll and supplies associated with our cost reduction initiatives under our turnaround plan and $1.3 million of lower corporate payroll and related expenses mostly due to the headcount reduction but were partially offset by $1.2 million increase in short term incentive bonus expenses as no amount was accrued in the prior year.

 

As a percentage of net sales, selling, general and administrative expense decreased to 42.3% in the thirteen weeks ended November 2, 2019 as compared to 44.3% in the thirteen weeks ended November 3, 2018 due to leveraging of expenses.

 

Asset Impairment Charges

 

We recorded non-cash asset impairment charges of $1.4 million and $14.4 million in the thirteen weeks ended November 2, 2019 and November 3, 2018, respectively. The impairment charges in the thirteen weeks ended November 2, 2019 were mostly related to the write-down of operating lease right-of-use (“ROU”) assets for four underperforming boutiques while the impairment charges in the thirteen weeks ended November 3, 2018 were mostly related to the write-down of property and equipment for 129 underperforming boutiques.

 

Income Tax Expense (Benefit)

 

Income tax expense was $0.4 million in the thirteen weeks ended November 2, 2019 compared to an income tax benefit of $6.7 million in the thirteen weeks ended November 3, 2018, while the effective income tax (benefit) expense rate was 8.3% compared to (29.3)% over the same period, respectively. The change in the effective income tax expense (benefit) rate was due to the Company’s estimate of its annualized taxable income for fiscal year 2019, after consideration of net operating loss carryover, while the prior year income tax benefit was due to the Company being in a net loss position. We continue to provide a full valuation allowance on our net deferred tax assets.

 

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Thirty-Nine Weeks November 2, 2019 Compared to Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended November 3, 2018

 

   Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended             
   November 2, 2019   November 3, 2018   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  $288,600    100.0%  $308,805    100.0%  $(20,205)   (7)%   - 
Cost of goods sold and occupancy costs   180,252    62.5%   192,690    62.4%   (12,438)   (6)%   10 
Gross profit   108,348    37.5%   116,115    37.6%   (7,767)   (7)%   (10)
Selling, general and administrative expenses   119,330    41.3%   128,298    41.5%   (8,968)   (7)%   (20)
Asset impairment charges   1,545    0.5%   14,567    4.7%   (13,022)   (89)%   (420)
Loss from operations   (12,527)   (4.3)%   (26,750)   (8.7)%   (14,223)   (53)%   (430)
Interest expense   719    0.2%   280    0.1%   439    157%   20 
Other income   (265)    (0.1)%   (403)    (0.1)%   (138)   (34)%   - 
Loss before income tax benefit expense   (12,981)   (4.5)%   (26,627)   (8.6)%   (13,646)   (51)%   (410)
Income tax expense (benefit)   491    0.2%   (6,973)   (2.3)%   7,464    107%   240 
Net loss  $(13,472)   (4.7)%  $(19,654)   (6.4)%  $(6,182)    (31)%   170 

 

 

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

 

Net Sales

 

Net sales decreased 7% to $288.6 million in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 2, 2019 from $308.8 million in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018. This decrease was primarily due to a 6% decrease in comparable sales driven by weak sales in the first half of fiscal year 2019 as a result of a decline in traffic and conversion rates in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019 and lower average unit retail prices due to deeper markdowns during the second quarter of fiscal year 2019. There were 705 comparable boutiques and 9 non-comparable boutiques open at November 2, 2019 compared to 663 and 79, respectively, at November 3, 2018.

 

Cost of Goods Sold and Occupancy Costs

 

Cost of goods sold and occupancy costs decreased 6% to $180.3 million in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 2, 2019 from $192.7 million in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018. Cost of merchandise and shipping expenses decreased by $8.4 million primarily due to decreased sales volume as well as lower inventory reserve and marked-out-of-stock charges. Occupancy costs decreased by $4.1 million due to lower depreciation associated with boutiques impaired in fiscal year 2018 and lower demolition costs associated with prior year boutique remodels.

 

As a percentage of net sales, cost of goods sold and occupancy costs increased to 62.5% in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 2, 2019 from 62.4% in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018 due to deleveraging of occupancy cost partially offset by higher merchandise margins.

 

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased 7% to $119.3 million in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 2, 2019 from $128.3 million in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018. This decrease was primarily due to a $7.1 million decrease in boutique payroll and related expenses and boutique supplies associated with our cost reduction initiatives under our turnaround plan. Additionally, stock-based compensation decreased $1.1 million primarily due to certain employee departures, marketing expenses decreased $1.0 million and travel expenses decreased $1.0 million. These decreases were partially offset by a $2.7 million increase in short term incentive bonus expenses as no amount was accrued in the prior year.

 

As a percentage of net sales, selling, general and administrative expense decreased to 41.3% in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 2, 2019 as compared to 41.5% in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018 due to leveraging of expenses.

 

Asset Impairment Charges

 

We recorded non-cash asset impairment charges of $1.5 million and $14.6 million in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 2, 2019 and November 3, 2018, respectively. The impairment charges in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 2, 2019 were mostly related to the write-down of operating lease ROU assets for seven underperforming boutiques while the impairment charges in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018 were mostly related to the write-down of property and equipment for 129 underperforming boutiques. 

 

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Income Tax Expense (Benefit)

 

Income tax expense was $0.5 million in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 2, 2019 compared to an income tax benefit of $7.0 million in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018 while the effective income tax expense (benefit) rate was 3.8% compared to (26.2)% over the same period, respectively. The change in the effective income tax expense (benefit) rate was due to the Company’s estimate of its annualized taxable income for fiscal year 2019, after consideration of net operating loss carryover, while the prior year income tax benefit was due to the Company being in a net loss position. We continue to provide a full valuation allowance on our net deferred tax assets.

 

Sales by Merchandise Department

 

   Thirteen Weeks Ended   Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended 
   November 2, 2019   November 3, 2018   November 2, 2019   November 3, 2018 
   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  $46,523    48.7%  $48,397    50.7%  $140,736    48.8%  $154,738    50.1%
Jewelry   26,073    27.3%   22,855    24.0%   77,908    27.0%   73,697    23.9%
Accessories   15,147    15.9%   14,844    15.6%   44,998    15.6%   47,509    15.4%
Gifts   7,064    7.4%   8,685    9.1%   23,439    8.1%   31,127    10.1%
Other (2)   696    0.7%   594    0.6%   1,519    0.5%   1,734    0.4%
   $95,503    100.0%  $95,375    100.0%  $288,600    100.0%  $308,805    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.

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

Our primary sources of liquidity are cash flows from operations and borrowings under our Amended ABL Credit Agreement (see “Asset Based Revolving Credit Facility” below for more information) and Term Loan Credit Agreement (see “Term Loan Credit Agreement” below for more information). Our primary cash needs are for funding normal working capital requirements, the operation of our existing boutiques and ecommerce website, the implementation of our turnaround plan, and payments of interest and principal, if any, under our Amended ABL Credit Agreement and Term Loan Credit Agreement. We may use cash or our asset based revolving credit facility to issue letters of credit to support merchandise receipts or for other corporate purposes. The most significant components of our working capital are cash and cash equivalents, merchandise inventories, accounts payable, operating lease liabilities 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 45 days to pay our inventory vendors and up to 60 days to pay other vendors.

 

At November 2, 2019, we had $21.2 million of cash and cash equivalents, $20.0 million of combined borrowings outstanding, and $24.0 million of combined borrowing base availability under our Amended ABL Credit Agreement and Term Loan Credit Agreement. We were in compliance with all of our debt covenants as of November 2, 2019.

 

We expect that our cash flow from operations and any available borrowings under our Amended ABL Credit Agreement 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 2, 2019   November 3, 2018 
   (in thousands) 
(Used in) provided by operating activities  $(4,216)  $5,802 
Used in investing activities   (3,299)   (21,885)
Provided by (used in) financing activities   8,566    (4,528)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents  $1,051   $(20,611)

 

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Operating Activities

 

Operating activities consist of net loss adjusted for non-cash items, including depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, asset impairment charges, deferred taxes, and the effect of working capital changes. Net cash used in operating activities was $4.2 million in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 2, 2019 compared to net cash provided by operating activities of $5.8 million in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018. The increase in net cash used in operating activities in the current period as compared to the same period of the prior year was primarily due to accelerated inventory receipts in order to align our inventory levels with our holiday season plans. This was partially offset by the decrease in net loss and the $8.5 million income tax refund received in April 2019.

 

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 2, 2019   November 3, 2018 
   (in thousands) 
Capital expenditures for:          
Remodels  $1,575   $8,924 
New boutiques   633    8,433 
Existing boutiques   824    1,993 
Technology   176    1,863 
Corporate and distribution   91    672 
   $3,299   $21,885 

  

Our total capital expenditures for the thirty-nine weeks ended November 2, 2019 and November 3, 2018 were $3.3 million and $21.9 million, respectively. Our spending in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 2, 2019 was associated with the payment of prior year accrued constructions costs mostly associated with boutique remodels. As previously disclosed, we have substantially decreased, and expect to continue to substantially decrease, our investments in new boutiques, remodels and relocations in fiscal year 2019 until the desired results of our turnaround plan are achieved. For the thirty-six weeks ended November 3, 2018, our capital expenditures were mostly related to existing boutique remodels and new boutique openings.

 

The following table summarizes new boutique openings and existing boutique remodels information for the periods presented.

 

   Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended 
   November 2, 2019   November 3, 2018 
New boutiques:          
Number of new boutiques opened   5    31 
Average cost per new boutique  $411,000   $315,000 
Average tenant allowance per new boutique  $-   $43,000 
           
Remodels:          
Number of boutiques remodeled   -    80 
Average cost per remodeled boutique  $-   $143,000 

 

The increase in average cost per new boutique in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 2, 2019 compared to the comparable prior year period was primarily due to costs associated with bringing one new boutique in compliance with certain requirements. Additionally, we did not receive any tenant allowances for new boutiques opened during the current year period as we continued our focus on lowering rental rates.

 

Management anticipates that additional capital expenditures for the remainder of fiscal year 2019 will be approximately $2.7 million. The majority of this amount will be spent on improvements to existing boutiques and investments in existing technology.

 

Financing Activities

 

Financing activities consist of borrowings and payments under our Asset Based Revolving Credit Facility and Term Loan Credit Agreement as well as repurchases of our common stock.

 

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Net cash provided by financing activities in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 2, 2019 was $8.6 million, which consisted of $15.0 million of proceeds from borrowings under our Amended ABL Credit Agreement and $10.0 million proceeds from borrowings under our Term Loan Credit Agreement. The $10.0 million proceeds from the Term Loan Credit Agreement were used to pay a portion of the outstanding borrowing under our Amended ABL Credit Agreement. Additionally, we paid down the $5.0 million we borrowed in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 within such quarter. We also incurred $1.2 million of debt issuance costs associated with our Amended ABL Credit Agreement and Term Loan Credit Agreement. Net cash used in financing activities in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018 was $4.5 million which primarily consisted of repurchases of common stock.

 

Asset Based Revolving Credit Facility

 

On May 25, 2018, the Borrowers, entered into the ABL Credit Agreement with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent and the lenders party thereto. The ABL Credit Agreement provided for Aggregate Revolving Commitments (as defined in the ABL Credit Agreement) of $50.0 million (including up to $10.0 million for letters of credit) and was scheduled to mature on May 25, 2023. 

 

On August 13, 2019, concurrent with entering into the Term Loan Credit Agreement (described below), the Borrowers, entered into the First Amendment to ABL Credit Agreement. The First Amendment to ABL Credit Agreement, among other things, (i) reduced the Aggregate Revolving Commitment (as defined in the Amended ABL Credit Agreement) from $50.0 million to $40.0 million; (ii) allowed the Loan Parties to enter into the Term Loan Credit Agreement with Tiger Finance, LLC; (iii) changed the maturity date under the Amended ABL Credit Agreement from May 23, 2023 to the earlier of (a) May 23, 2023 and (b) the date that is 90 days prior to any scheduled maturity of the Term Loan; (iv) institutes a combined borrowing base together with the Company’s new Term Loan Credit Agreement (described below); (v) removed the requirement to maintain the minimum fixed charge coverage ratio previously contained in the ABL Credit Agreement; and (vi) limits the amount of capital expenditures that the Loan Parties may make through the fiscal year ending in 2021, provided that the Loan Parties may make unlimited amounts of capital expenditures if certain payment conditions are met. In connection with the First Amendment to ABL Credit Agreement, we wrote-off $0.2 million of unamortized debt issuance costs associated with the reduction in borrowing capacity during the thirty-nine weeks ended November 2, 2019, which is included in other expense in the unaudited statements of operations. Additionally, we incurred $0.2 million of debt issuance costs during the thirty-nine weeks ended November 2, 2019, which is being amortized over the remaining term of the Amended ABL Credit Agreement.

 

Availability under the Amended ABL 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 Amended ABL Credit Agreement); and (b) a specified percentage of the Borrower’s eligible inventory (as defined in the Amended ABL Credit Agreement), and reduced by (c) certain customary reserves and adjustments (as defined in the Amended ABL Credit Agreement). The combined borrowing base is the lesser of (i) the sum of the (a) the Revolving Loan Cap (as defined in the Amended ABL Agreement), which is the lesser of (x) $34.0 million and (y) the borrowing base under the Amended ABL Credit Agreement, plus, (b) any outstanding amount under the Term Loan Credit Agreement and (ii) the Term Loan Credit Agreement borrowing base (described below).

 

All obligations of each Loan Party under the Amended ABL Credit Agreement continue to be 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 Amended ABL 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. Additionally, the Amended ABL Credit Agreement contains customary events of default and requires the Loan Parties to comply with certain financial covenants, including a restriction on the amount of capital expenditures that the Loan Parties may make through 2021, subject to certain exceptions. In addition, the Company may declare or make dividend payments, subject to the satisfaction of the Payment Conditions (as defined in the Amended ABL Credit Agreement). The Amended ABL Credit Agreement also requires that the auditor’s report on the Company’s audited financial statements does not contain a “going concern” or like qualification or exception.

 

Borrowings under the Amended ABL Credit Agreement continue to 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 Amended ABL 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 (as defined in the Amended ABL Credit Agreement). The Amended ABL 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 Amended ABL 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.

 

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The Amended ABL Credit Agreement also contains customary events of default, including: (i) failure to pay principal, interest, fees or other amounts under the Amended ABL 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 Amended ABL Credit Agreement and other loan documents.

 

On November 2, 2019, we had $10.0 million of borrowings outstanding under the Amended ABL Credit Agreement and $24.0 million of combined borrowing base availability under the Amended ABL Credit Agreement and Term Loan Credit Agreement.

 

Term Loan Credit Agreement

 

On August 13, 2019, the Loan Parties, entered into the Term Loan Credit Agreement with Tiger Finance, LLC, as administrative agent and the lenders party thereto. The Term Loan Credit Agreement provides for an aggregate term loan of $10.0 million and matures on August 13, 2022.

 

The Term Loan Credit Agreement is subject to a combined borrowing base together with the Company’s existing asset based revolving credit facility under the Amended ABL Credit Agreement. This borrowing base is comprised of: (a) a specified percentage of the Borrower’s credit card accounts (as defined in the Term Loan Credit Agreement); and (b) a specified percentage of the Borrower’s eligible inventory (as defined in the Term Loan Credit Agreement), and reduced by (c) certain customary reserves and adjustments (as defined in the Term Loan Credit Agreement). 

 

All obligations of each Loan Party under the Term Loan 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 Term Loan Credit Agreement, and the guarantees of those obligations, are secured on a junior lien basis 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.

  

The loan under the Term Loan Credit Agreement (the “Term Loan”) bears interest at a rate equal to LIBOR for the interest period relevant to the Term Loan, subject to a 0.00% floor, plus 8.00%, provided that the interest rate on the Term Loan will not be less than 10.00%. The Term Loan Credit Agreement also requires the Borrowers to pay an annual agency fee of $50,000.

 

The Term Loan 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 lines upon their assets; and (xi) amend certain charter documents and material agreements governing subordinated and junior indebtedness.

 

In addition, the Term Loan Credit Agreement limits the amount of capital expenditures that the Loan Parties may make through the fiscal year ending in 2021, provided that the Loan Parties may make unlimited amounts of capital expenditures if certain payment conditions are met.

 

On November 2, 2019, we had $10.0 million of outstanding borrowings under the Term Loan Credit Agreement and a combined borrowing base availability of $24.0 million under the Term Loan Credit Agreement and Amended ABL Credit Agreement.

 

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 the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 2, 2019.

 

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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 Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 2, 2019. Except as noted below, as of November 2, 2019, there were no significant changes to any of our critical accounting policies and estimates as disclosed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 2, 2019.

 

Leases

 

On February 3, 2019, we adopted the provisions of Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 842, “Leases”, using the additional, optional transition method which allows entities to initially apply the new standard by recognizing a cumulative-effect adjustment to the opening balance of retained earnings at the date of adoption. Prior period amounts and disclosures were not adjusted and continue to be reported under ASC 840, “Leases.” As a result of the adoption, we recorded an operating lease liability of $278.9 million and operating lease right-of-use (“ROU”) asset of $242.9 million at February 3, 2019. Additionally, we recognized $1.8 million cumulative-effect adjustment to the beginning balance of retained earnings related to the impairment of certain ROU assets subjected to impairment testing under existing accounting guidance for which indicators of impairment existed at the time of the adoption of ASC 842. The adoption of ASC 842 did not have a material impact to the unaudited consolidated statements of operations or cash flows. See Note 1 to our accompanying consolidated financial statements for additional information.

 

We lease our boutiques, distribution center and office space, and certain boutique and corporate office equipment under operating leases. In accordance with ASC 842, we determine if an arrangement is a lease at inception and recognize operating lease ROU assets and operating lease liabilities at commencement date based on the net present value of the fixed lease payments over the lease term and, for operating lease ROU assets, include initial direct costs and exclude lease incentives. Variable lease payments are expensed as incurred. Lease terms may include options to extend or terminate the lease when it is reasonably certain that we will elect that option. Subsequent to the recognition of its operating lease ROU assets and operating lease liabilities, we recognize lease expense related to its operating lease payments on a straight-line basis over the lease term.

 

Operating lease liabilities are calculated using the effective interest method and recognized at the commencement date based on the present value of lease payments over the reasonably certain lease term. As our leases generally do not provide an implicit rate, we use a collateralized incremental borrowing rate to determine the present value of lease payments. The collateralized incremental borrowing rate is based on a synthetic credit rating that is externally prepared at each measurement.

  

Impairment of Long-Lived Assets, Including Operating Lease ROU Assets

 

We evaluate long-lived assets held for use, including operating lease ROU assets, and held for sale whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of those assets may not be recoverable. Assets are grouped and evaluated for impairment at the lowest level for which there are identifiable cash flows, which is generally at a boutique level. In determining whether an impairment has occurred, we consider both qualitative and quantitative factors.

 

The quantitative analysis involves estimating the undiscounted future cash flows directly related to that asset and comparing it against its carrying value. If the carrying value of the asset is greater than the sum of the undiscounted future cash flows, an impairment loss is recognized for the difference between the carrying value of the asset and its fair value. The fair value of the asset group is generally determined using discounted future cash flows or a market participant’s ability to generate economic benefits using the asset in its highest and best use, whichever is appropriate. The determination of fair value takes into account the asset’s historical performance, 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 the fair value are considered as Level 3 inputs in the fair value hierarchy, which require a significant degree of judgment and are based on our own assumptions.

 

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

 

Except as described below, there were no significant changes to our contractual obligations and commercial commitments as disclosed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 2, 2019, other than those which occur in the normal course of business.

 

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Our combined outstanding borrowings of $20.0 million under our Amended ABL Agreement and Term Loan Credit Agreement is expected to mature in fiscal year 2022. The estimated aggregate interest due on these borrowings using the interest rate for each of these loans on November 2, 2019 was $0.4 million for the remainder of fiscal year 2019 and $3.7 million through the expected expiration date of each of the Amended ABL Credit Agreement and Term Loan Credit Agreement in fiscal year 2022.

 

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 under the Amended ABL Agreement and Term Loan Credit Agreement 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. In addition, there is currently uncertainty around whether LIBOR will continue to exist after 2021. If LIBOR ceases to exist, we will need to enter into an amendment to the Amended ABL Agreement and Term Loan and we cannot predict what alternative index would be negotiated with our lenders. If our lenders have increased costs due to changes in LIBOR, we may experience potential increases in interest rates on our variable rate debt, which could adversely impact our interest expense, results of operations and cash flows. At November 2, 2019, we had $20.0 million of combined borrowings outstanding under our Amended ABL Credit Agreement and Term Loan Credit Agreement.

 

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 Interim 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 Interim 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 Interim 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 2, 2019.

 

There were no changes in our internal control over financial reporting during the quarter ended November 2, 2019 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 11 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 2, 2019 and filed with the SEC on May 3, 2019 and Item 1A contained in Part II of our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended August 3, 2019 and filed with the SEC on September 10, 2019.

  

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ITEM 6. EXHIBITS

 

Exhibit No.   Description
     
3.1.1   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)
     
3.1.2   Certificate of Amendment of Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (incorporated to Exhibit 3.1 of the Current Report on Form 8-K filed by Francesca’s Holdings Corporation on July 1, 2019)
     
3.1.3   Certificate of Designation of Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (incorporated to Exhibit 3.1 of the Current Report on Form 8-K filed by Francesca’s Holdings Corporation on November 3, 2019)
     
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)
     
4.1   Rights Agreement, dated as of August 1, 2019, between Francesca’s Holdings Corporation and Computershare Trust Company, N.A., as Rights Agent, which includes the form of Right Certificate as Exhibit B and the Summary of Rights to Purchase Shares of Preferred Stock of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation as Exhibit C (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.1 of the Current Report on Form 8-K filed by Francesca’s Holdings Corporation on November 3, 2019)
     
4.2   Form of Right Certificate representing the right to purchase shares of Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.2 of the Current Report on Form 8-K filed by Francesca’s Holdings Corporation on November 3, 2019)
     
10.1   Term Loan Credit Agreement, dated as of August 13, 2019, by and among Francesca’s Holdings Corporation, its subsidiaries party thereto as loan parties, the lenders party thereto and Tiger Finance, LLC, as administrative agent (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 of the Current Report on Form 8-K filed by Francesca’s Holdings Corporation on August 14, 2019)
     
10.2   First Amendment to Credit Agreement, dated as of August 13, 2019, by and among Francesca’s Holdings Corporation, its subsidiaries party thereto as loan parties, the lenders party thereto and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.2 of the Current Report on Form 8-K filed by Francesca’s Holdings Corporation on August 14, 2019)
     
31.1   Certification of Interim Chief Executive Officer Pursuant to Exchange Act Rule 13a-14(a) (filed herewith)
     
31.2   Certification of Chief Financial Officer Pursuant to Exchange Act Rule 13a-14(a) (filed herewith)
     
32.1   Certification of Interim 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 (furnished herewith)
     
101*   Interactive data files pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T: (i) the Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets as of November 2, 2019, February 2, 2019 and November 3, 2018, (ii) the Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations for the Thirteen and Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended November 2, 2019 and November 3, 2018, (iii) Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Changes in Stockholders’ Equity for the Thirteen and Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended November 2, 2019 and November 3, 2018, (iv) Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Thirty-Nine Weeks ended November 2, 2019 and November 3, 2018 and (v) the Notes to the Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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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 11, 2019   /s/ Cindy Thomassee
    Cindy Thomassee
    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, Michael Prendergast, 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 11, 2019 /s/ Michael Prendergast
  Michael Prendergast
  Interim Chief Executive Officer
  (Principal Executive Officer)

 

 

 

Exhibit 31.2

 

CERTIFICATION PURSUANT TO SECTION 302

OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

 

I, Cindy Thomassee, 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 11, 2019 /s/ Cindy Thomassee
  Cindy Thomassee
  Chief Financial Officer
  (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, Michael Prendergast, the Interim Chief Executive Officer of Francesca’s Holdings Corporation, certify that (i) the quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended November 2, 2019 (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/ Michael Prendergast
  Michael Prendergast
  Interim Chief Executive Officer (Principal Executive Officer)
   
  December 11, 2019
  Date

 

I, Cindy Thomassee, 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 2, 2019 (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/ Cindy Thomassee
  Cindy Thomassee
  Chief Financial Officer (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)
   
  December 11, 2019
  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.