FOURTH QUARTER SUMMARY • Fourth quarter net earnings were $201 million and earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) was $424 million, or 10.0 percent of net sales, compared with net earnings of $180 million and EBIT of $324 million, or 7.8 percent of net sales for the same period in fiscal 2015. ? Retail EBIT increased $84 million compared with the same quarter last year, reflecting non-operational items in 2016 and 2015. Excluding these items, Retail EBIT increased $12 million, or 3.3 percent. * Credit EBIT increased $16 million, primarily due to higher credit card revenues. • Total Company net sales of $4.2 billion for the fourth quarter increased 2.4 percent compared with net sales of $4.1 billion during the same period in fiscal 2015. Total Company comparable sales for the fourth quarter decreased 0.9 percent. ? In the Nordstrom brand, including U.S. and Canada full-line stores and Nordstrom.com, net sales when combined with Trunk Club, decreased 1.1 percent and comparable sales decreased 2.7 percent. click Read More below for additional detail
First Quarter highlights:
•Total revenues increased 3% to $540.5 million. Comparable company sales increased 1% following a decrease of 8% in the first quarter last year.
•J.Crew sales decreased 7% to $391.9 million. J.Crew comparable sales decreased 6% following a decrease of 11% in the first quarter last year.
•Madewell sales increased 39% to $115.8 million. Madewell comparable sales increased 31% following an increase of 11% in the first quarter last year.
•Gross margin increased to 38.3% from 36.3% in the first quarter last year.
•Selling, general and administrative expenses were $200.8 million, or 37.2% of revenues, compared to $210.5 million, or 40.0% of revenues in the first quarter last year. This year and last year include transformation, transaction and severance costs of $6.5 million and $18.8 million, respectively. Excluding these costs, selling, general and administrative expenses were $194.3 million, or 36.0% of revenues, and $191.7 million, or 36.5% of revenues, for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 and fiscal 2017, respectively.
•Operating loss was $0.9 million compared to $151.0 million in the first quarter last year. This year includes (i) non-cash impairment charges of $6.9 million, (ii) severance costs of $3.7 million, (iii) transformation costs of $2.4 million and (iv) transaction costs of $0.4 million. Last year includes (i) non-cash impairment charges of $131.2 million, (ii) severance costs of $10.7 million, (iii) transformation costs of $5.6 million and (iv) transaction costs of $2.5 million.
•Net loss was $33.9 million compared to $121.0 million in the first quarter last year. This year and last year include the impact of non-cash impairment charges, transformation costs, transaction costs and severance costs.
•Adjusted EBITDA increased 28%, or $8.0 million, to $36.9 million from $28.9 million in the first quarter last year. An explanation of the manner in which the Company uses adjusted EBITDA and a reconciliation to comparable GAAP measures are included in Exhibit (3).
“2018 represents a pivotal year for the Company and we are encouraged by our strong start, delivering a 28% increase in adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter. J.Crew brand sales continue to sequentially improve toward positive comp, and Madewell had a record quarter with a 31% comp increase,” said Jim Brett, Chief Executive Officer. “Most significantly, for the first time since 2014, the Company achieved comparable sales growth. As our strategy continues to unfold, we will deliver an expanded and enhanced product range along with the launch of a data-driven personalization engine and point-based loyalty program, culminating in the J.Crew brand relaunch in September, just in time for the most important fall and holiday seasons.”
Balance Sheet highlights:
•Cash and cash equivalents were $36.0 million compared to $104.6 million at the end of the first quarter last year. The cash balance at the end of the first quarter this year reflects the payment of transaction costs of $35.2 million and debt repayments pursuant to the refinancing of $27.0 million.
•Inventories increased 6% to $345.3 million from $325.0 million at the end of the first quarter last year.
•Total debt, net of discount and deferred financing costs, was $1,711 million compared to $1,503 million at the end of the first quarter last year. On July 13, 2017, the Company completed a debt exchange and refinancing. For more information, see the section entitled “Debt Exchange and Refinancing” below. Additionally, there were $42 million of outstanding borrowings under the ABL Facility, with excess availability of $219 million, at the end of the first quarter this year. As of the date of this release, there were outstanding borrowings of approximately $27 million under the ABL Facility, with excess availability of approximately $217 million.
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