September 10, 2019 - 7:30 AM EDT
francesca’s® Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2019 Financial Results

francesca’s® Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2019 Financial Results
  • Net sales decreased 6% to $106.0 million and comparable sales decreased 5%
  • Diluted earnings per share was $0.61 compared to $0.16 in the same period last year
  • Adjusted diluted earnings per share was $0.72 (see Non-GAAP Information below)

HOUSTON, Sept. 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (Nasdaq: FRAN) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended August 3, 2019. 

Michael Prendergast, Interim CEO, stated, “We are very pleased to see significant improvement in our comparable sales for the second quarter. After a long period of double digit comp sales declines we achieved considerable sequential improvement in our comp sales in each month within the quarter. Gross margin was impacted by aggressive markdowns on poor performing legacy products that we accelerated within the quarter. However, we saw strong and better than expected sell through on new merchandise. Our merchant teams have done an excellent job of shifting back to a “read and react” buying and planning strategy, resulting in more nimble buying and planning processes. We believe effective implementation of this data analytic and customer demand strategy is driving a meaningful improvement in both boutique traffic and conversion during the second quarter.  We realized material savings this quarter through a number of cost reduction initiatives that we have been executing since the beginning of fiscal 2019.  In addition, we continue to make headway in optimizing our real estate portfolio. We are extremely pleased with our progress, which we believe is validating our go-forward turnaround strategy and look forward to driving continued positive momentum in the business.” 

SECOND QUARTER RESULTS

Net sales decreased 6% to $106.0 million from $113.0 million in the comparable prior year quarter due to a 5% decrease in comparable sales. The decrease in comparable sales was the result of lower average unit retail prices associated with deeper markdowns on legacy product.  This decrease was partially offset by higher boutique conversion rates and higher average units per transaction. The Company opened one new boutique and closed five boutiques during the second quarter, bringing its total boutique count to 718 at the end of the quarter.     

Gross profit, as a percent of net sales, decreased to 38.2% from 39.0% in the prior year quarter.  This unfavorable variance was due to lower merchandise margins as a result of deeper markdowns on legacy product and deleveraging of occupancy costs as a result of lower sales.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses decreased 10% to $39.1 million from $43.3 million in the prior year quarter. Adjusted SG&A in the second quarter of fiscal 2019 was $38.7 million and excludes $0.5 million in other payroll costs associated with the Company’s turnaround plan, $0.3 million of professional fees incurred in connection with the Company’s previously announced reverse stock split and adoption of a shareholder rights plan, and $0.3 million of stock-based compensation reversal associated with the departure of the Company’s former Chief Financial Officer. There were no non-GAAP adjustments for SG&A in the second quarter of fiscal 2018.

The $4.6 million decrease in adjusted SG&A in the second quarter of fiscal year 2019 versus the comparable prior year period was primarily due to a $2.5 million decrease in boutique payroll and supplies associated with the Company’s cost reduction initiatives under the turnaround plan. Additionally, corporate payroll and related expenses decreased $0.9 million primarily due to the lower headcount as a result of the February 2019 workforce reduction, marketing expenses decreased $0.4 million, and asset write-off charges related to boutique remodels decreased $0.3 million.

Income from operations was $1.4 million compared to $0.8 million in the prior year quarter.  Excluding the adjustments noted above for adjusted SG&A, adjusted income from operations in the second quarter of fiscal year 2019 was $1.8 million. There were no non-GAAP adjustments for income from operations in the second quarter of fiscal 2018.

The Company’s income tax benefit was $0.3 million in the second quarter of this year compared to an income tax expense of $0.4 million in the comparable prior year quarter. The income tax benefit recognized in the second quarter was based on the Company’s revised estimate of its annualized taxable income for fiscal year 2019.   

Net income for the second quarter was $1.8 million, or $0.61 diluted earnings per share, compared to $0.5 million, or $0.16 diluted earnings per share, in the prior year quarter. Adjusted net income for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019 was $2.1 million, or $0.72 adjusted diluted earnings per share. There were no non-GAAP adjustments for net income or diluted earnings per share in the second quarter of fiscal 2018.

Please see the reconciliation of adjusted SG&A, adjusted income from operations, adjusted income before income tax expense, adjusted income tax (benefit) expense, adjusted net income, and adjusted diluted earnings per share, each a non-GAAP financial measure, to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure provided in the tables at the end of this press release.

BALANCE SHEET SUMMARY

Total cash and cash equivalents at the end of the second quarter ended August 3, 2019 were $22.0 million compared to $23.4 million at the end of the comparable prior year quarter.  On August 3, 2019, the Company had $10.0 million outstanding borrowings under its Asset Based Revolving Credit Facility (the “ABL”).

As previously disclosed, the Company entered into a Term Loan Credit Agreement (the “Term Loan”) with Tiger Finance, LLC for an aggregate term loan of $10.0 million which matures on August 13, 2022. The proceeds from this Term Loan were used to pay the $10.0 million outstanding under the Company’s existing ABL. As of August 31, 2019, the combined borrowing base availability under the Company’s ABL and Term Loan was $16.3 million.

The Company ended the quarter with $30.9 million of inventory on hand compared to $31.9 million at the end of the comparable prior year period. Average ending inventory per boutique was flat at $43,000 versus the comparable prior year period.

Conference Call Information

A conference call to discuss the second quarter fiscal year 2019 results is scheduled for September 10, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. ET. A live webcast of the conference call will be available in the investor relations section of the Company’s website, www.francescas.com. A replay of the call will be available after the conclusion of the call and remain available until September 17, 2019. To access the telephone replay, listeners should dial 1-844-512-2921. The access code for the replay is 13693991. A replay of the web cast will also be available shortly after the conclusion of the call and will remain on the website for ninety days.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this release are “forward-looking statements” made pursuant to the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s current expectations or beliefs concerning future events and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those that are expected. 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 the Company may not be able to successfully integrate its Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, and attract and integrate a new Chief Executive Officer; the risk that the Company may not be able to identify suitably qualified and experienced candidates to add to its Board of Directors; the risk that the Company 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 its business model; the Company’s ability to attract a sufficient number of customers to its boutiques or sell sufficient quantities of its merchandise through its ecommerce website; the Company’s ability to successfully open, close, refresh, and operate our boutiques each year; the Company’s ability to efficiently source and distribute merchandise quantities necessary to support its operations; risks related to the Company’s ability to comply with the continued listing standards of the Nasdaq Global Select Market; 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 the Company’s forward-looking statements, please refer to “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended February 3, 2019 filed with the SEC on May 3, 2019 and any risk factors contained in subsequent quarterly and annual reports it files with the SEC. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement.

Non-GAAP Information

This press release includes non-GAAP adjusted SG&A, adjusted income from operations, adjusted income before income tax expense, adjusted income tax (benefit) expense, adjusted net income, and adjusted diluted earnings per share, each of which are non-GAAP financial measures. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures not only provides the Company’s management with comparable financial data for internal financial analysis but also provides meaningful supplemental information to investors. Specifically, these non-GAAP financial measures allow investors to better understand the performance of the business and facilitate a meaningful evaluation of the Company’s second quarter fiscal year 2019 SG&A, income from operations, income before income tax expense, income tax (benefit) expense, net income and diluted earnings per share on a comparable basis with the Company’s second quarter fiscal year 2018 results. These non-GAAP measures should be considered a supplement to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.

About Francesca's Holdings Corporation

francesca's® is a specialty retailer which operates a nationwide-chain of boutiques providing customers a unique, fun and personalized shopping experience. The merchandise assortment is a diverse and balanced mix of apparel, jewelry, accessories and gifts. As of September 10, 2019, francesca's® operated approximately 719 boutiques in 47 states throughout the United States and the District of Columbia and also serves its customers through francescas.com. For additional information on francesca's®, please visit www.francescas.com.

CONTACT:          
ICR, Inc.
Jean Fontana
646-277-1214
 Company
Cindy Thomassee 832-494-2240
Kate Venturina 713-864-1358 ext. 1145
IR@francescas.com
   

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

 Thirteen Weeks Ended      
 August 3, 2019 August 4, 2018 Variance
 In USD As a % of Net Sales(1) In USD As a % of Net Sales(1) In USD % Basis Points
Net sales$  105,972  100.0% $  113,025  100.0% $ (7,053) (6)%   -  
Cost of goods sold and occupancy costs   65,469  61.8%    68,918  61.0%   (3,449) (5)% 80 
Gross profit   40,503  38.2%    44,107  39.0%   (3,604) (8)%  (80)
Selling, general and administrative expenses   39,124  36.9%    43,277  38.3%   (4,153) (10)%  (140)
Income from operations   1,379  1.3%    830  0.7%    549  66% 60 
Interest expense   152  0.1%    112  0.1%    40  36%  
Other income   259  0.2%    102  0.1%    157  154%   10 
Income before income tax expense   1,486  1.4%    820  0.7%    666  81% 70 
Income tax (benefit) expense   (326) (0.3)%    366  0.3%    (692) (189)% (60)
Net income$  1,812  1.7% $  454  0.4% $   1,358  299% 130 
(1)  Percentage totals or differences in the above table may not equal the sum or difference of the components due to rounding.
              
Diluted earnings per share*$   0.61    $  0.16         
Weighted average diluted share count*   2,960       2,918         
              
Comparable sales change (5)% (13)%      
              
 Twenty-Six Weeks Ended      
 August 3, 2019 August 4, 2018 Variance
 In USD As a % of Net Sales(1) In USD As a % of Net Sales(1) In USD % Basis Points
Net sales$  193,097  100.0% $  213,430  100.0% $ (20,333) (10)%   -  
Cost of goods sold and occupancy costs   122,267  63.3%    130,960  61.4%    (8,693) (7)%   200 
Gross profit   70,830  36.7%    82,470  38.6%   (11,640) (14)% (200)
Selling, general and administrative expenses   79,118  41.0%    86,160  40.4%    (7,042) (8)%   60 
Loss from operations  (8,288) (4.3)%    (3,690) (1.7)%    4,598  125%   260 
Interest expense 325  0.2%    229  0.1%    96  42% 10 
Other income   372  0.2%    252  0.1%    120  48% 10 
Loss before income tax expense (benefit)  (8,241) (4.3)%    (3,667) (1.7)%    4,574  125%   250 
Income tax expense (benefit)   96  0.0%    (236) (0.1)%    332  141% 20 
Net loss$   (8,337) (4.3)% $  (3,431) (1.6)% $  4,906  143%   270 
(1)  Percentage totals or differences in the above table may not equal the sum or difference of the components due to rounding.
              
Diluted earnings per share*$   (2.87)   $  (1.18)        
Weighted average diluted share count*   2,904     2,901         
              
Comparable sales change(9)% (15)%      
              

*Reflects the 12-to-1 reverse stock split that became effective on July 1, 2019.

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

 August 3, 2019  February 2, 2019  August 4, 2018 
ASSETS           
Current assets:           
Cash and cash equivalents$ 21,962  $20,103  $23,354 
Accounts receivable 7,987   16,309   19,764 
Inventories 30,942   30,478   31,902 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 10,759   10,357   10,549 
Total current assets 71,650   77,247   85,569 
Operating lease right-of-use assets, net 230,295   -   - 
Property and equipment, net 61,874   71,207   89,858 
Deferred income taxes -   -   7,233 
Other assets, net 4,197   4,588   4,912 
            
TOTAL ASSETS$368,016  $153,042  $187,572  
            
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY           
Current liabilities:           
Accounts payable$18,773  $24,330  $29,406 
Accrued liabilities 12,398   11,333   11,926 
Operating lease liabilities 49,937   -   - 
Total current liabilities 81,108   35,663   41,332 
Operating lease liabilities 213,870   -   - 
Landlord incentives and deferred rent -   33,989   35,904 
Long-term debt 10,000   10,000    - 
Other liabilities 61   -    - 
Total liabilities 305,039   79,652   77,236 
            
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 August 3, 2019, February 2, 2019 and August 4, 2018* 40   39   40 
Additional paid-in capital 112,869   113,121   112,569 
Retained earnings 110,089   120,251   157,748 
Treasury stock, at cost – 0.9 million shares at each of August 3, 2019, February 2, 2019 and August 4, 2018* (160,021)  (160,021)  (160,021)
Total stockholders’ equity 62,977   73,390   110,336 
            
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY$368,016  $153,042  $187,572 
            

*Reflects the 12-to-1 reverse stock split that became effective on July 1, 2019.

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

 Twenty-Six Weeks Ended 
 August 3, 2019  August 4, 2018 
Cash Flows Provided by Operating Activities:       
Net loss$(8,337) $(3,431)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:       
Depreciation and amortization 11,320   12,105 
Stock-based compensation expense (190)  733 
Loss on sale of assets 99   350 
Impairment charges 189   148 
Deferred income taxes -   1,473 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:       
Accounts receivable 8,322   (3,122)
Inventories (464)  (5,086)
Prepaid expenses and other assets (373)  (2,411)
Accounts payable (3,765)  12,590 
Accrued liabilities 1,064   20 
Operating lease right-of-use assets and lease liabilities, net (2,490)  - 
Landlord incentives and deferred rent -   (2,433)
Net cash provided by operating activities 5,375   10,936 
        
Cash Flows Used in Investing Activities:       
Purchases of property and equipment (3,372)  (14,436)
Net cash used in investing activities (3,372)  (14,436)
        
Cash Flows Used in Financing Activities:       
Proceeds from borrowings under the revolving credit facility 5,000   - 
Repayments of borrowings under the revolving credit facility (5,000)  - 
Payment of debt issuance costs (144)  (471)
Taxes paid related to net settlement of equity awards -   (26)
Repurchases of common stock -   (3,980)
Net cash used in financing activities (144)  (4,477)
        
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 1,859   (7,977)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year 20,103   31,331 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period$21,962  $23,354 
        
Supplemental Disclosures of Cash Flow Information:       
Cash (received) paid for income taxes$(8,601) $226 
Interest paid$330  $77 
        

Francesca’s Holdings Corporation
Supplemental Information

Quarterly Sales by Merchandise Category

 Thirteen Weeks Ended  
 August 3, 2019 August 4, 2018 Variance
 In USD As a % of Sales  In USD As a % of Sales In Dollars %
 (in thousands, except percentages)
Apparel52,389 49.4%  56,807 50.3%  (4,418) (8)%
Jewelry27,957 26.4%  26,984 23.9%    973  4%
Accessories16,211 15.3%  17,181 15.2%  (970) (6)%
Gifts8,532 8.1%  11,337 10.0%  (2,805) (25)%
Others(1)883 0.8%  716 0.6%    167  23%
Net sales105,972 100.0%  113,025 100.0%  (7,053) (6)%
                  

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

Quarterly Comparable Sales

 FY 2019 FY 2018 FY 2017
Q1(13)% (16)% (5)%
Q2(5)% (13)% (3)%
Q3  (14)% (18)%
Q4  (14)% (15)%
Fiscal year  (14)% (11)%
        

Boutique Count

 Twenty-Six
Weeks Ended
  Fiscal Year Ended Twenty-Six
Weeks Ended
 
 August 3, 2019 February 2, 2019 August 4, 2018 
Number of boutiques open at the beginning of period period727 721 721 
Boutiques opened4 32 31 
Boutiques closed(13)(26)(10)
Number of boutiques open at the end of period718 727 742 
       

Francesca’s Holdings Corporation
GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts and Percentages)
Thirteen Weeks Ended August 3, 2019

 As Reported
(GAAP)
 Other Payroll Costs (1)Professional Fees (2) Reversal of Stock-based Compensation (3) Adjusted
(Non-GAAP)
SG&A$  39,124  $  (451)$  (242) $  276  $  38,707 
Income from operations 1,379   451  242   (276)  1,796 
Income before income tax 1,486   451  242   (276)  1,903 
Income tax (benefit) expense (4) (326)  99  53   (61)  (235)
Net income 1,812   352  189   (215)  2,138 
Diluted earnings per share (5) 0.61   0.12  0.06   (0.07)  0.72 
                   

  1. Consists of other payroll costs associated with the Company’s turnaround plan.
  2. Consists of professional expenses incurred in connection with the Company’s previously disclosed reverse stock split and adoption of a stockholder rights plan.
  3. Consists of stock-based compensation reversal associated with the departure of the Company’s former Chief Financial Officer.
  4. The income tax impact of each adjustment was calculated using the effective income tax rate of 22% during the thirteen weeks ended August 3, 2019.
  5. The diluted earnings per share impact of each adjustment was calculated by dividing the net loss impact by the diluted share count of 2,960,000, which reflects the 12-to-1 reverse stock split that became effective on July 1, 2019. 

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