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ANN INC. Reports Record Second Quarter 2013 EPS of $0.76, an Increase of 21% Over Second Quarter 2012
- Company Delivers Positive Comp Performance at both the Ann Taylor and LOFT Brands -
- Announces New $250 Million Share Repurchase Program -
- Raises Outlook for Fiscal 2013 -

NEW YORK, Aug. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ANN INC. (NYSE: ANN) today reported results for the fiscal second quarter of 2013, ended August 3, 2013.  The Company also provided its outlook for the third quarter and raised its outlook for the full year of fiscal 2013.

For the fiscal second quarter of 2013, the Company reported record earnings per diluted share of $0.76, an increase of 21 percent compared with earnings per diluted share of $0.63 in the second quarter of 2012.

Kay Krill, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "ANN INC. delivered record earnings per share for the second quarter of 2013, which included a double-digit increase in net income and stronger sales versus the year-ago period.  I am especially pleased to report that both Ann Taylor and LOFT achieved positive comparable sales and strong profitability in a highly challenging and competitive environment.  In fact, the Ann Taylor brand generated its fifth consecutive quarter of positive comps.  At the LOFT brand, performance was significantly stronger than first quarter with a positive comp on top of last year's mid-single-digit comp growth.

"Looking ahead, both brands are well-positioned to drive top-line growth and strong profitability in the second half of the year.  In addition, we are continuing to benefit from the positive impact of our strategic growth initiatives, which are providing us both near-term and long-term growth opportunities. Overall, we are on track to deliver record earnings per share for ANN INC. this year.

"Finally, during the second quarter, we repurchased 1.5 million of our shares at a total cost of $49 million, marking the completion of our $600 million share repurchase authorization. I am very pleased that our Board has approved a new $250 million share repurchase program, reinforcing our ongoing commitment to further enhance shareholder value," Ms. Krill concluded.

Fiscal 2013 Second Quarter Results

Total net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 were $638.2 million, compared with net sales of $594.9 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2012.  By brand, net sales across all channels of the Ann Taylor brand totaled $245.2 million in the second quarter of 2013, compared with net sales of $233.3 million in the second quarter of 2012.  At the LOFT brand, net sales across all channels totaled $393.0 million in the second quarter of 2013, compared with net sales of $361.6 million in the second quarter of 2012.

Total Company comparable sales for the quarter increased 2.8% versus the second quarter of 2012.  At Ann Taylor, total brand comparable sales increased 3.1%, reflecting an increase of 9.3% at Ann Taylor, partially offset by a decline of 7.2% in the Ann Taylor Factory channel.  At LOFT, total brand comparable sales were up 2.5%, reflecting an increase of 3.7% at LOFT, partially offset by a decline of 3.2% in the LOFT Outlet channel.   (Please refer to Table 3 for a breakdown of sales by brand and channel.)

Gross margin, as a percentage of net sales, was 54.7%, versus the record 55.9% gross margin rate achieved in the second quarter of 2012, reflecting an overall increase in merchandise margin rate, which was more than offset by the effect of higher client shipping costs associated with multi-channel sales. The merchandise margin rate improvement reflected the strong performance at Ann Taylor and the factory/outlet channel, partially offset by slightly lower performance at LOFT, compared with the second quarter of 2012. 

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the second quarter of 2013 were $289.3 million versus $279.5 million reported in the second quarter of 2012.  As a percentage of net sales, selling, general and administrative expenses improved 170 basis points to 45.3% compared to the second quarter of 2012, due to fixed cost leveraging resulting from higher net sales, partially offset by costs associated with our year-over-year store growth and other expenses supporting the expansion of the business.

The Company reported operating income of $60.0 million in the second quarter of 2013, a 13% increase compared with operating income of $52.9 million in the second quarter of 2012.  Net income was $35.6 million in the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 16% versus the $30.7 million reported in the second quarter of 2012.  Diluted earnings per share was $0.76, an increase of 21% compared to the $0.63 per diluted share reported in the second quarter of 2012. 

The Company ended the quarter with approximately $107 million in cash, following the repurchase of approximately 1.5 million shares of its stock at a cost of approximately $49 million during the fiscal second quarter of 2013. 

Total inventory per square foot at the end of the second quarter increased 8% versus year-ago, reflecting a 5% decrease at Ann Taylor, and increases of 18% at LOFT and 11% in the factory/outlet channel.   The increases at LOFT and the factory/outlet channel reflect the impact of timing shifts of merchandise receipts versus last year.

During the second quarter of fiscal 2013, the Company opened 21 stores, comprised of three Ann Taylor stores, three Ann Taylor Factory stores, 11 LOFT stores and four LOFT Outlet stores, and closed one Ann Taylor store and two LOFT stores.  The total store count at the end of the fiscal second quarter was 1,007, comprised of 275 Ann Taylor stores, 105 Ann Taylor Factory stores, 525 LOFT stores and 102 LOFT Outlet stores. 

First Half Fiscal 2013 Results

Net sales for the first six months of fiscal 2013 were $1,212.7 million, compared with net sales of $1,155.3 million in the first half of fiscal 2012.  By brand, net sales across all channels of the Ann Taylor brand were $464.4 million in the first half of 2013, compared with net sales of $445.7 million in the first half of 2012.  At the LOFT brand, net sales across all channels were $748.3 million in the first half of 2013, compared with net sales of $709.6 million in the first half of 2012.

Total Company comparable sales for the first half of 2013 increased 1.2%, on top of an increase of 4.3% in the comparable 2012 period.  At Ann Taylor, total brand comparable sales increased 2.6%, reflecting an increase of 7.8% at Ann Taylor, partially offset by a decrease of 6.6% in the Ann Taylor Factory channel.  At LOFT, total brand comparable sales increased by 0.4%, reflecting an increase of 1.5% at LOFT, and a decline of 5.3% in the LOFT Outlet channel.   (Please refer to Table 3 for a breakdown of sales by brand and channel.)

Gross margin, as a percentage of net sales, was 55.2% in the first half of 2013, compared with 56.2% in the first half of 2012, reflecting an overall increase in merchandise margin rate, which was more than offset by the effect of higher client shipping costs associated with multi-channel sales. 

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the first half of 2013 were $576.0 million, versus $551.5 million in the first half of 2012.  As a percentage of net sales, selling, general and administrative expenses improved 20 basis points versus the prior year period to 47.5%.  The improvement in the SG&A rate was primarily due to fixed cost leveraging resulting from higher net sales, partially offset by costs associated with our year-over-year store growth and other expenses supporting the expansion of the business.

The Company reported operating income of $93.9 million in the first half of 2013 compared with operating income of $98.3 million in the first half of 2012.  Net income was $56.6 million in the first half of 2013, versus $59.5 million reported in the first half of 2012.  Diluted earnings per share in the first half of 2013 was $1.20 per diluted share, compared with $1.21 per diluted share reported in the first half of 2012.

Outlook for Fiscal Third Quarter and Full Year 2013

For the fiscal third quarter of 2013, the Company expects total net sales to be $655 million, reflecting a total Company comparable sales increase in the mid-single digits.  Gross margin rate performance is expected to approach 57.0%.  Selling, general and administrative expenses are estimated to be $305 million.

In terms of the full year, the Company has increased its outlook and has updated the following:

  • The Company currently expects fiscal 2013 total net sales to be $2.515 billion, reflecting a total Company comparable sales increase in the mid-single digits.
  • Gross margin rate performance is expected to be 54.3%.
  • Total SG&A expenses in fiscal 2013 are expected to be $1.190 billion.
  • The Company's effective tax rate is expected to be 41%.
  • Capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $160 million.
  • Total weighted average square footage for fiscal 2013 is expected to increase approximately 4%, reflecting the opening of approximately 65 new stores, partially offset by the impact of store downsizes, primarily at Ann Taylor, and approximately 30 store closures.  The Company expects to have approximately 1,020 stores at fiscal year-end.

The Company expects to maintain its healthy balance sheet, including a disciplined approach to inventory management throughout the fiscal year.

About ANN INC.

ANN INC. is the parent Company of Ann Taylor and LOFT, two of the leading women's specialty retail fashion brands in North America.  As of August 3, 2013, the Company operated 1,007 Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor Factory, LOFT and LOFT Outlet stores in 47 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada.  Our Ann Taylor and LOFT brands are also available online in more than 100 countries worldwide at AnnTaylor.com and LOFT.com.  Visit ANNINC.com for more information (NYSE: ANN).

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  The forward-looking statements may use the words "expect," "anticipate," "plan," "intend," "project," "may," "believe" and similar expressions.  Forward-looking statements also include representations of the expectations or beliefs of the Company concerning future events that involve risks and uncertainties, including:

  • the Company's ability to anticipate and respond to changing client preferences and fashion trends and provide a balanced assortment of merchandise that satisfies client demands in a timely manner;
  • the effectiveness of the Company's brand awareness and marketing programs,  its ability to maintain the value of its brands and engage new and existing clients;
  • the Company's ability to manage inventory levels and changes in merchandise mix;
  • the Company's reliance on key management and its ability to hire, retain and train qualified associates;
  • the Company's ability to successfully execute brand goals, objectives and new concepts and strategies, including international expansion;
  • the Company's ability to successfully implement its business transformation initiatives and upgrade and maintain its information systems, including adequate system security controls, successful transitioning of certain information technology functions to third parties and the ability to operate in accordance with its business continuity plan in the event of a disruption;
  • the potential impact of natural disasters and public health concerns, including severe infectious diseases, acts of war or terrorism in the United States or worldwide, particularly on the Company's foreign sourcing offices and the manufacturing operations of the Company's vendors;
  • the performance and operation of the Company's websites and the risks associated with Internet sales;
  • the Company's reliance on third-party manufacturers and key vendors, including operational risks such as reduced production capacity, errors in complying with merchandise specifications, insufficient quality control and failure to meet production deadlines;
  • a significant change in the regulatory environment applicable to the Company's business and the Company's ability to comply with legal and regulatory requirements;
  • the Company's ability to secure and protect trademarks and other intellectual property rights;
  • the impact of fluctuations in sourcing costs, in particular, increases in the costs of raw materials, labor, fuel and transportation;
  • the Company's reliance on foreign sources of production and the associated risks of doing business in foreign markets, including fluctuations in the value of the U.S. dollar against foreign currencies, the imposition of duties or other possible trade law or import restrictions, including legislation relating to import quotas, and financial or political instability in any of the countries in which the Company's merchandise is manufactured;
  • the Company's ability to successfully manage store growth and optimize the productivity and profitability of its store portfolio;
  • the impact of a privacy breach and the resulting effect on the Company's business and reputation;
  • the failure by independent manufacturers to comply with the Company's social compliance program requirements;
  • the effect of general economic conditions on consumer spending and the Company's liquidity and capital resources;
  • the effect of competitive pressures from other retailers;
  • the Company's dependence on its Louisville distribution center and third-party distribution facilities and transportation companies, including any significant interruptions due to work stoppages, slowdowns or strikes;
  • the Company's dependence on shopping malls and other retail centers to attract customers and the impact of potential consolidation of commercial and retail landlords on the Company's ability to negotiate favorable rental terms;
  • the impact on the Company's stock price relating to the Company's level of sales and earnings growth;
  • the Company's ability to realize its deferred tax assets;
  • the effect of external economic factors on the Company's future funding obligations for its defined benefit pension plan; and
  • the impact of climate change and extreme or unseasonable weather conditions on the Company's business.

Further description of these risks and uncertainties and other important factors are set forth in the Company's latest Annual Report on Form 10-K, including but not limited to Item 1A – Risk Factors and Item 7 – Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations therein, and in the Company's other filings with the SEC.  Although these forward-looking statements reflect the Company's current expectations concerning future events, actual results may differ materially from current expectations or historical results.  The Company does not assume any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements at any time for any reason. 

 

 

ANN INC

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

For the Quarters and Six Months Ended August 3, 2013 and July 28, 2012

 (unaudited)

 

Table 1


Quarter Ended 


Six Months Ended


August 3,


July 28,


August 3,


July 28,


2013


2012


2013


2012


(in thousands, except per share amounts)









Net sales

$    638,198


$    594,872


$ 1,212,704


$ 1,155,283

Cost of sales

288,921


262,471


542,862


505,511

Gross margin

349,277


332,401


669,842


649,772

Selling, general and administrative expenses

289,298


279,456


575,951


551,474

Operating income

59,979


52,945


93,891


98,298

Interest and investment income/(expense), net

354


(384)


441


(164)

Other non-operating income, net

143


-


197


-

Income before income taxes

60,476


52,561


94,529


98,134

Income tax provision

24,827


21,826


37,968


38,667

Net income

$      35,649


$      30,735


$      56,561


$      59,467









Earnings per share:








Basic earnings per share

$           0.76


$           0.64


$           1.21


$           1.23









Weighted average shares outstanding

45,695


47,571


45,887


47,747









Diluted earnings per share

$           0.76


$           0.63


$           1.20


$           1.21









Weighted average shares outstanding, assuming dilution

46,125


48,118


46,332


48,398

 

 

ANN INC

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

August 3, 2013, February 2, 2013 and July 28, 2012

(unaudited)

Table 2


August 3,


February 2,


July 28,


2013


2013


2012

Assets

(in thousands, except share amounts)

Current assets






  Cash

$       107,021


$       167,011


$       132,663

  Accounts receivable

24,438


17,856


28,074

  Merchandise inventories

247,269


216,848


221,634

  Refundable income taxes

8,271


9,201


7,765

  Deferred income taxes

28,358


30,397


32,122

  Prepaid expenses and other current assets

67,008


64,716


65,816

     Total current assets

482,365


506,029


488,074

Property and equipment, net

423,850


409,703


374,803

Deferred income taxes

2,191


7,841


29,361

Other assets

21,457


18,632


13,350

     Total assets

$       929,863


$       942,205


$       905,588







Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity






Current liabilities






  Accounts payable

$       105,264


$       105,691


$          97,725

  Accrued salaries and bonus

25,575


23,969


31,080

  Current portion of long-term performance compensation

19,181


34,233


29,750

  Accrued tenancy

38,312


38,647


45,258

  Gift certificates and merchandise credits redeemable

37,873


47,268


41,518

  Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

83,748


86,946


81,293

     Total current liabilities

309,953


336,754


326,624

Deferred lease costs

165,027


162,620


158,450

Deferred income taxes

6,116


228


1,250

Long-term performance compensation, less current portion

12,452


26,368


20,634

Other liabilities

34,842


31,125


30,455







Commitments and contingencies












Stockholders' equity






  Common stock, $.0068 par value; 200,000,000 shares






   authorized; 82,563,516 shares issued

561


561


561

  Additional paid-in capital

747,986


768,215


769,516

  Retained earnings

733,403


676,842


633,724

  Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(4,729)


(4,497)


(5,123)

  Treasury stock, 36,730,220, 35,958,318  and 






   35,239,186 shares, respectively, at cost

(1,075,748)


(1,056,011)


(1,030,503)

     Total stockholders' equity

401,473


385,110


368,175

     Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$       929,863


$       942,205


$       905,588

 

 

ANN INC

Brand Sales and Store Data

For the Quarters and Six Months Ended August 3, 2013 and July 28, 2012

(unaudited)

 

Table 3


Quarter Ended


Sales and Comparable Sales

August 3, 2013


July 28, 2012



Sales


Comp % (1)


Sales


Comp % (1)


($ in thousands)


Ann Taylor brand










Ann Taylor (2)

$      165,807


9.3

%


$      151,689


7.8

%

Ann Taylor Factory

79,356


(7.2)

%


81,586


2.1

%

Total Ann Taylor brand

$      245,163


3.1

%


$      233,275


5.6

%











LOFT brand










LOFT (3)

$      320,373


3.7

%


$      300,489


5.0

%

LOFT Outlet

72,662


(3.2)

%


61,108


0.3

%

Total LOFT brand

$      393,035


2.5

%


$      361,597


4.2

%











Total Company

$      638,198


2.8

%


$      594,872


4.7

%

 




Six Months Ended


Sales and Comparable Sales

August 3, 2013


July 28, 2012



Sales


Comp % (1)


Sales


Comp % (1)


($ in thousands)


Ann Taylor brand










Ann Taylor (2)

$      316,590


7.8

%


$      293,900


(1.9)

%

Ann Taylor Factory

147,840


(6.6)

%


151,751


1.5

%

Total Ann Taylor brand

$      464,430


2.6

%


$      445,651


(0.8)

%











LOFT brand










LOFT (3)

$      618,870


1.5

%


$      599,363


8.4

%

LOFT Outlet

129,404


(5.3)

%


110,269


2.5

%

Total LOFT brand

$      748,274


0.4

%


$      709,632


7.5

%











Total Company

$   1,212,704


1.2

%


$   1,155,283


4.3

%

 


Quarter Ended

Stores and Square Footage

August 3, 2013



July 28, 2012


Stores


Square Feet



Stores


Square Feet


(square feet in thousands)

Ann Taylor brand









     Ann Taylor

275


1,373



277


1,419

     Ann Taylor Factory

105


715



100


691

Total Ann Taylor brand

380


2,088



377


2,110










LOFT brand









     LOFT

525


3,015



505


2,929

     LOFT Outlet

102


685



80


555

Total LOFT brand

627


3,700



585


3,484










Total Company

1,007


5,788



962


5,594










Number of:









    Stores open at beginning of period

989


5,699



947


5,524

    New stores

21


111



17


97

    Downsized/expanded stores, net (4)

-


(8)



-


(16)

    Closed stores

(3)


(14)



(2)


(11)

    Stores open at end of period

1,007


5,788



962


5,594













Six Months Ended


August 3, 2013



July 28, 2012


Stores


Square Feet



Stores


Square Feet


(square feet in thousands)

Number of:









    Stores open at beginning of period

984


5,685



953


5,584

    New stores

34


177



24


133

    Downsized/expanded stores, net (5)

-


(14)



-


(41)

    Closed stores

(11)


(60)



(15)


(82)

    Stores open at end of period

1,007


5,788



962


5,594

 

(1)

A store is included in comparable sales in its thirteenth month of operation. A store with a square footage change of greater than 15% is treated as a new store for the first year following its reopening.

 

(2)

Includes sales at Ann Taylor stores and anntaylor.com.

 

(3)

Includes sales at LOFT stores and LOFT.com.

 

(4)

During the quarter ended August 3, 2013, we downsized four Ann Taylor stores and expanded one LOFT store.  During the quarter ended July 28, 2012, we downsized six Ann Taylor stores, one Ann Taylor Factory store and expanded one Ann Taylor store.

 

(5)

During the six months ended August 3, 2013, we downsized six Ann Taylor stores, one Ann Taylor Factory store and two LOFT stores and expanded one LOFT store.  During the six months ended July 28, 2012, we downsized nine Ann Taylor stores, four Ann Taylor Factory stores, one LOFT store and one LOFT Outlet store and expanded one Ann Taylor store.

 

SOURCE ANN INC.

Investor Contact: Judith Lord, Vice President, Investor Relations, ANN INC., 212-541-3300 ext. 3598, or Press Contact: Catherine Fisher, Vice President, Corporate Communications, ANN INC., 212-541-3300 ext. 2199




















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