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 The Children’s Place Reports First Quarter 2019 Results
   Wednesday, May 15, 2019 7:00:00 AM ET

Reports Q1 GAAP Earnings per Diluted Share of $0.28 versus $1.78 in Q1 2018
Reports Q1 Adjusted Earnings per Diluted Share of $0.36 versus $1.87 in Q1 2018
Raises Full Year 2019 Adjusted Earnings per Diluted Share Guidance to $5.75 to $6.25
Provides Q2 2019 Adjusted Earnings per Diluted Share Guidance of $0.00 to $0.20

SECAUCUS, N.J., May 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Children’s Place, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCE), the largest pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in North America, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended May 4, 2019.

Jane Elfers, President and Chief Executive Officer announced, “Our Q1 results significantly exceeded our expectations despite our 70% store overlap with the approximately 800 Gymboree and Crazy 8 liquidations that occurred in Q1 and the headwind of a later Easter. Our sales began to accelerate in mid-March and continued to strengthen through the end of the quarter, resulting in positive comparable retail sales in excess of 20% for the month of April. Our product clearly resonated with our customers and our inventory is well positioned entering Q2.”

Ms. Elfers continued, “With respect to the Gymboree integration, we are on track for an early 2020 launch. Importantly, the recent launch of Tiny Collections, the curated toddler line we developed in response to Gymboree’s failed merchandising strategy, is performing above expectations, generating a significantly higher AUR as compared to our TCP-branded product.”

Ms. Elfers concluded, “Several years ago, we developed a multi-pronged strategy to position the company to successfully compete in a period of rapid digital change. Fast forward to today-- we are a global omni-channel retailer with a best-in-class management team. Our product offering is consistently well-received, our real estate portfolio is optimized, our digital investments have been accelerated to position us to continue to capture market share, and our diversified sourcing strategy provides us with a key competitive advantage. The successful execution of these strategic initiatives has uniquely positioned us to succeed during a period of digital disruption and unprecedented industry consolidation. We look forward to continuing to deliver for our shareholders in 2019 and beyond.”

Financial Results
The Company’s results are reported in this press release on a GAAP and as adjusted, non-GAAP basis. A reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP financial information is provided at the end of this press release.

First Quarter 2019 Results
Net sales decreased 5.5% to $412.4 million in the first three months of 2019 from $436.3 million in the first three months of 2018, primarily as a result of a comparable retail sales decrease of 4.6%.

Net income was $4.5 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, in the first three months of 2019, compared to net income of $31.5 million, or $1.78 per diluted share, in the first three months of 2018. Adjusted net income was $5.8 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of $33.2 million, or $1.87 per diluted share, in the first three months of last year.

Gross profit was $152.0 million in the first three months of 2019, compared to $160.2 million in the first three months of 2018. Adjusted gross profit was $151.4 million in the first three months of 2019, compared to $161.5 million last year, and deleveraged 30 basis points to 36.7% of net sales, primarily as a result of the deleverage of fixed expenses resulting from the decline in comparable retail sales, and increased penetration of our ecommerce business, which operates at a lower gross margin rate. Despite an adverse impact on merchandise margin rate due to the Gymboree liquidation, merchandise margins increased primarily as a result of higher realized prices and lower product costs.

Selling, general, and administrative expenses were $128.0 million in the first three months of 2019, compared to $118.5 million in the first three months of 2018. Adjusted SG&A was $127.2 million in the first three months of 2019, compared to $118.7 million last year, and deleveraged 360 basis points to 30.8% of net sales, primarily as a result of the deleverage of fixed expenses resulting from the decline in comparable retail sales and higher incentive compensation expense.

Operating income was $5.0 million in the first three months of 2019, compared to operating income of $23.1 million in the first three months of 2018. Adjusted operating income was $6.6 million in the first three months of 2019, compared to adjusted operating income of $25.4 million last year, and deleveraged 420 basis points to 1.6% of sales.

For the first three months of 2019, the Company’s adjusted results exclude net expenses of approximately $1.3 million, as compared to excluded net expenses of approximately $1.7 million in the first three months of 2018, comprising certain items which the Company believes are not reflective of the performance of its core business. For the first three months of 2019, these excluded items are primarily related to accelerated depreciation, asset impairment charges, restructuring costs, and consulting costs incurred in connection with the integration of the Gymboree brand, partially offset by income associated with the exit of a store lease. For the first three months of 2018, these excluded items are primarily related to restructuring costs, including an inventory write-off associated with the transition of our China business to a franchise partner, and asset impairment charges, partially offset by income associated with insurance proceeds related to a claim settlement.

Store Openings and Closures
Consistent with the Company’s store fleet optimization initiative, the Company opened one store and closed two stores during the first quarter of 2019. The Company ended the first quarter with 971 stores and square footage of 4.5 million, a decrease of 3.2% compared to the prior year. Since our fleet optimization initiative was announced in 2013, the Company has closed 213 stores.

The Company’s international franchise partners opened nine points of distribution in the first quarter, and the Company ended the quarter with 212 international points of distribution open and operated by its eight franchise partners in 20 countries.

Capital Return Program
During the first three months of 2019, the Company repurchased 344 thousand shares for approximately $33 million, inclusive of shares repurchased and surrendered to cover tax withholdings associated with the vesting of equity awards held by management. The Company also paid a quarterly dividend of approximately $9 million, or $0.56 per share, in the quarter.

Since 2009, the Company has repurchased approximately $1.2 billion of its common stock and, since 2014, paid approximately $109 million in dividends. At the end of the first quarter of 2019, approximately $206 million remained available for future share repurchases under the Company’s existing share repurchase program.

Outlook
The Company is providing guidance for the second quarter and updated guidance for fiscal year 2019.

For fiscal 2019, the Company updated outlook includes:

  • Net Sales in the range of $1.905 billion to $1.925 billion
  • Comparable retail sales growth approximately flat to 2018
  • Adjusted operating margin in the range of 6.4% to 6.9%
  • Adjusted net income per diluted share in the range of $5.75 to $6.25

For the second quarter of 2019, the Company expects:

  • Net Sales in the range of $415 million to $420 million
  • Comparable retail sales down in the range of -5.0% to -4.0%
  • Adjusted operating margin in the range of 0.4% to 1.3%
  • Adjusted net income per diluted share in the range of $0.00 to $0.20

Conference Call Information
The Children’s Place will host a conference call on Wednesday, May 15 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss its first quarter fiscal 2019 results and the Company’s outlook. The call will be broadcast live at http://investor.childrensplace.com . An audio archive will be available on the Company’s website approximately one hour after the conclusion of the call. A conference call transcript will also be posted on our website.

Financial Results
The Company’s results are reported in this press release on a GAAP and as adjusted, non-GAAP basis. Adjusted net income, adjusted net income per diluted share, adjusted gross profit, adjusted selling, general, and administrative expense, adjusted operating income, and adjusted operating margin are non-GAAP measures, and are not intended to replace GAAP financial information and may be different from non-GAAP measures reported by other companies. The Company believes the income and expense items excluded as non-GAAP adjustments are not reflective of the performance of its core business and that providing this supplemental disclosure to investors will facilitate comparisons of the past and present performance of its core business. The Company uses non-GAAP results as one of the metrics to measure operating performance, including, to measure performance for purposes of the Company’s annual bonus and long-term incentive compensation plans.

About The Children’s Place
The Children’s Place is the largest pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in North America. The Company designs, contracts to manufacture, sells at retail and wholesale, and licenses to sell fashionable, high-quality merchandise at value prices, primarily under the proprietary “The Children’s Place,” “Place” and “Baby Place” brand names. As of May 4, 2019, the Company operated 971 stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, an online store at www.childrensplace.com , and had 212 international points of distribution open and operated by its eight franchise partners in 20 countries.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains or may contain forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to statements relating to the Company’s strategic initiatives and adjusted net income per diluted share. Forward-looking statements typically are identified by use of terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “plan,” “project,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate” and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently. These forward-looking statements are based upon the Company's current expectations and assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and performance to differ materially. Some of these risks and uncertainties are described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the “Risk Factors” section of its annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 2, 2019. Included among the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and performance to differ materially are the risk that the Company will be unsuccessful in gauging fashion trends and changing consumer preferences, the risks resulting from the highly competitive nature of the Company’s business and its dependence on consumer spending patterns, which may be affected by changes in economic conditions, the risk that the Company’s strategic initiatives to increase sales and margin are delayed or do not result in anticipated improvements, the risk of delays, interruptions and disruptions in the Company’s global supply chain, including resulting from foreign sources of supply in less developed countries or more politically unstable countries, the risk that the cost of raw materials or energy prices will increase beyond current expectations or that the Company is unable to offset cost increases through value engineering or price increases, various types of litigation, including class action litigations brought under consumer protection, employment, and privacy and information security laws and regulations, the imposition of regulations affecting the importation of foreign-produced merchandise, including duties and tariffs, and the uncertainty of weather patterns. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they were made. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Contact: Anthony Attardo, CFA, Director, Investor Relations, (201) 453-6693

(Tables Follow)

     
THE CHILDREN’S PLACE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
     
  First Quarter Ended
  May 4, May 5,
   2019   2018 
Net sales $412,382  $436,314 
Cost of sales  260,406   276,122 
Gross profit  151,976   160,192 
Selling, general and administrative expenses  128,006   118,467 
Asset impairment charges  348   1,257 
Other costs  -   4 
Depreciation and amortization  18,584   17,406 
Operating income  5,038   23,058 
Interest expense  (1,711)  (297)
Income before taxes  3,327   22,761 
Benefit for income taxes  (1,163)  (8,776)
Net income $4,490  $31,537 
     
Earnings per common share    
Basic $0.28  $1.85 
Diluted $0.28  $1.78 
     
Weighted average common shares outstanding    
Basic  15,847   17,002 
Diluted  16,107   17,734 



THE CHILDREN’S PLACE, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION TO GAAP
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
     
  First Quarter Ended
  May 4, May 5,
   2019   2018 
     
Net income $4,490  $31,537 
     
Non-GAAP adjustments:    
Accelerated depreciation  968   - 
Asset impairment charges  348   1,257 
Restructuring costs  321   1,661 
Gymboree integration costs  194   - 
Insurance claim settlement  -   (606)
Fleet optimization  (235)  - 
Aggregate impact of Non-GAAP adjustments  1,596   2,312 
Income tax effect (1)  (423)  (538)
Prior year uncertain tax positions (2)  135   (112)
Net impact of Non-GAAP adjustments  1,308   1,662 
     
Adjusted net income $5,798  $33,199 
     
GAAP net income per common share $0.28  $1.78 
     
Adjusted net income per common share $0.36  $1.87 
     
(1) The tax effects of the non-GAAP items are calculated based on the statutory rate of the jurisdiction in which the discrete item resides.
     
(2) Prior year tax related to uncertain tax positions.
 
     
  First Quarter Ended
  May 4, May 5,
   2019   2018 
     
Operating income $5,038  $23,058 
     
Non-GAAP adjustments:    
Accelerated depreciation  968   - 
Asset impairment charges  348   1,257 
Restructuring costs  321   1,661 
Gymboree integration costs  194   - 
Insurance claim settlement  -   (606)
Fleet optimization  (235)  - 
Aggregate impact of Non-GAAP adjustments  1,596   2,312 
     
Adjusted operating income $6,634  $25,370 


THE CHILDREN’S PLACE, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION TO GAAP
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
     
  First Quarter Ended
  May 4, May 5,
   2019   2018 
     
Gross Profit $151,976  $160,192 
     
Non-GAAP adjustments:    
Fleet optimization  (550)  - 
Restructuring costs  -   1,289 
Aggregate impact of Non-GAAP adjustments  (550)  1,289 
     
Adjusted Gross Profit $151,426  $161,481 
     
     
  First Quarter Ended
  May 4, May 5,
   2019   2018 
     
Selling, general and administrative expenses $128,006  $118,467 
     
Non-GAAP adjustments:    
Restructuring costs  (321)  (372)
Fleet optimization  (315)  - 
Gymboree integration costs  (194)  - 
Insurance claim settlement  -   606 
Aggregate impact of Non-GAAP adjustments  (830)  234 
     
Adjusted Selling, general and administrative expenses $127,176  $118,701 


THE CHILDREN’S PLACE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
       
  May 4, February 2, May 5,
   2019  2019*  2018 
Assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $66,111  $69,136  $90,121 
Accounts receivable  39,562   35,123   31,960 
Inventories  341,174   303,466   334,680 
Other current assets  27,156   27,670   69,569 
Total current assets  474,003   435,395   526,330 
       
Property and equipment, net  249,836   260,357   260,762 
Right-of-use assets  458,702   -   - 
Tradenames, net  73,656   -   - 
Other assets, net  29,757   31,294   23,835 
Total assets $1,285,954  $727,046  $810,927 
       
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:      
Revolving loan $153,072  $48,861  $46,800 
Accounts payable  205,643   194,786   219,488 
Current lease liabilities  133,783   -   - 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  107,704   87,752   98,813 
Total current liabilities  600,202   331,399   365,101 
       
Long-term lease liabilities  367,307   -   - 
Other liabilities  38,071   81,210   102,689 
Total liabilities  1,005,580   412,609   467,790 
       
Stockholders' equity  280,374   314,437   343,137 
       
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $1,285,954  $727,046  $810,927 
       
*  Derived from the audited consolidated financial statements included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 2, 2019.


THE CHILDREN’S PLACE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
  13 Weeks Ended 13 Weeks Ended
  May 4, May 5,
   2019   2018 
     
Net income $4,490  $31,537 
Non-cash adjustments  29,320   27,016 
Working Capital  (12,625)  (71,298)
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities  21,185   (12,745)
     
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities  (86,492)  3,602 
     
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities  61,962   (145,317)
     
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash  320   62 
     
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents  (3,025)  (154,398)
     
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period  69,136   244,519 
     
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $66,111  $90,121 
     

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Source: The Children's Place, Inc.


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