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rue21, inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2012 Financial Results

2013-03-21 16:01 ET - News Release

Net Sales growth of 22.4% for Q4 2012

Adjusted EPS $0.65, a 25% increase from Q4 2011

Board of Directors Authorizes an Additional $25 Million for Share Repurchase Program

WARRENDALE, Pa., March 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- rue21, inc. (Nasdaq:RUE) today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year ended February 2, 2013.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2012 Summary:

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, net sales increased 22.4% to $269.1 million from $219.9 million a year ago, including a comparable store sales increase for the quarter of 0.7% following a 2.2% decrease in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011. The Company opened 17 new stores and closed 2 stores in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. Gross margin increased 110 bps to 37.6% for the quarter, driven by improved merchandise margin of 70 basis points and leverage of expenses. Net income and diluted earnings per share (EPS) for the fourth quarter were impacted by non-recurring professional fees of $1.2 million. On a GAAP basis, net income increased 16.4% and EPS were $0.62 versus $0.52 in the fourth quarter of 2011. Adjusting out non-recurring professional fees in this year's fourth quarter, net income increased by 22.4% and adjusted EPS were $0.65 versus $0.52 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures is included in the schedules accompanying the consolidated financial statements included with this release.

Bob Fisch, rue21's President and CEO, stated: "Fiscal 2012 was another year of consistent top and bottom line growth for rue21, including record gross margin and double-digit growth in net income. We continue to focus on the qualities that make rue21 appealing to our customers and our financial returns attractive for our shareholders: offering current fashion at every day great value, executing on our strategic square footage growth, and methodically delivering productivity and profitability gains every quarter."

Fiscal Year 2012 Summary:

For fiscal 2012, net sales increased 18.6% to $901.9 million, and comparable-store sales increased 0.7%. Gross margin increased 60 bps to 38.3% from 37.7%, driven primarily by merchandise margin improvement.  The Company opened 125 new stores, closed 3 stores, and ended the year with 877 stores. On a GAAP basis, net income increased 12.7% and EPS were $1.76 versus $1.55 in fiscal year 2011. Net income and EPS for fiscal 2012 were impacted by non-recurring professional fees and non-recurring litigation expense associated with the settlement and related costs of wage and hour claims in California. Adjusted net income increased 19.4% for the year, to $46.5 million from $39.0 million. Adjusted EPS were $1.87 in fiscal 2012 as compared to $1.55 in fiscal 2011.  

For the year, cash and short term investments decreased 11.7% to $63.5 million. During fiscal 2012, the Company repurchased 925,668 shares of its stock for $25 million. The Company did not borrow during the year and had no long term debt as of February 2, 2013. Total Company inventory per square foot was up 2.3% from the prior year end.

Impact of 53rd Week:

Fiscal 2012 included an extra week in the fourth quarter of the year (the 53rd week). The 53rd week is not included in the calculation of comparable store sales, but is included in net sales and net income for fiscal 2012. The 53rd week was not material to fourth quarter or fiscal 2012 net income.

Stock Repurchase Program:

During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, the Company repurchased 97,568 shares for $2.8 million. For the full fiscal year, the Company repurchased 925,668 shares for $25 million. At the end of the fourth quarter, $25 million of the $50 million stock repurchase program remained available for future repurchases. The board of directors also authorized an additional $25 million for the stock repurchase program. Under the stock repurchase program, the Company may repurchase shares in the open market at current market prices at the time of purchase or in privately negotiated transactions. The timing and actual number of shares repurchased under the program will depend on a variety of factors including price, corporate and regulatory requirements, and other market and business conditions. The Company may suspend or discontinue the program at any time, and may thereafter reinstitute purchases, all without prior announcement.

Outlook:

For fiscal 2013 (52 week year), the Company currently expects diluted earnings per share to be in the range of $2.10 to $2.15 not including the impact of the Company's investments in the construction of its e-commerce platform. We anticipate e-commerce investments to have approximately a $0.10 impact on earnings per diluted share in 2013.  Revenue impact from e-commerce in fiscal 2013, if any, will be immaterial.  The Company expects comparable store sales growth in 2013 to be in the low single digits. The Company guidance incorporates 24.2 million average diluted shares expected for fiscal 2013.  Diluted earnings per share for the first quarter are expected to be in the range of $0.47 to $0.50, not including the impact of the Company's investment in its e-commerce platform. For the first quarter the e-commerce impact is anticipated to be $0.02. The Company currently expects comparable store sales growth in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 to be slightly negative to slightly positive.

Conference Call Information:

A conference call to discuss fourth quarter and fiscal 2012 financial results is scheduled for today, March 21, 2013 at 4:30 PM Eastern Time. To participate, dial toll-free (888) 298-3466 or 1-719-325-2324 (international). The conference call will also be webcast live at www.rue21.com under the Investor Relations section. A replay of this call will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website, www.rue21.com, within two hours of the conclusion of the call and will remain on the website for ninety days.

About rue21, inc.

rue21 is a leading specialty apparel retailer offering exclusive branded merchandise and the newest trends at a great value. rue21 currently operates 900 stores in 47 states. Learn more at www.rue21.com

Forward Looking Statements:

Certain statements herein, including statements relating to future store openings and growth strategies, are "forward-looking statements" made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Company's current expectations or beliefs concerning future events and actual results of operations may differ materially from historical results or current expectations. Any such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including the strength of the economy, consumer spending, our ability to effectively identify and respond to changing fashion trends, our ability to compete with other retailers, our strategy and expansion plans, implementation of systems upgrades, reliance on key personnel, trade restrictions, events that may affect our vendors or their ability to finance their operations, availability of suitable new store locations and other factors which are set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed March 27, 2012, and in all filings with the SEC made by the Company subsequent to the filing of the Form 10-K. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

Management has presented its operating results in accordance with GAAP and on an "adjusted" (or non-GAAP) basis for the fourteen week and fifty-three week periods ended February 2, 2013. The Company believes that the presentation of non-GAAP financial measures provides useful supplementary information to and facilitates additional analysis by investors. The Company uses these non-GAAP financial measures in connection with assessing its financial performance. These non-GAAP financial measures are in addition to, not a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in conformity with GAAP.

rue21, inc.
Consolidated Statements of Income
         
 Three Months EndedTwelve Months Ended
 February 2,January 28,February 2,January 28,
 2013201220132012
 (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  
  (in thousands, except per share data)
         
Net sales  $ 269,054  $ 219,896  $ 901,886  $ 760,302
Cost of goods sold (includes certain buying, occupancy and distribution center expenses)  167,854  139,531  556,368  473,662
Gross profit  101,200  80,365  345,518  286,640
         
Selling, general, and administrative expense  68,763  52,130  244,096  197,176
Depreciation and amortization expense  8,894  7,262  32,961  26,618
Income from operations  23,543  20,973  68,461  62,846
         
Interest expense (income), net  37  16  (27)  (9)
Income before income taxes  23,506  20,957  68,488  62,855
         
Provision for income taxes  8,462  8,036  24,587  23,905
Net income  $ 15,044  $ 12,921  $ 43,901  $ 38,950
         
Basic income per common share  $ 0.63  $ 0.53  $ 1.81  $ 1.60
Diluted income per common share  $ 0.62  $ 0.52  $ 1.76  $ 1.55
         
Weighted average basic common shares outstanding  23,783  24,467  24,287  24,417
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding  24,393  25,054  24,903  25,051
         
NOTE: The three and twelve months ended February 2, 2013 consisted of 14 weeks and 53 weeks, respectively, compared with 13 weeks and 52 weeks in the comparable prior-year periods.
     
rue21, inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
     
 February 2,January 28,
 20132012
 (Unaudited)  
 (in thousands, except per share data)
Assets    
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 43,519  $ 41,960
Short term investments  20,000  30,000
Accounts receivable  10,555  6,675
Merchandise inventory, net  157,269  131,136
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  13,905  11,767
Deferred tax assets  5,910  5,121
Total current assets  251,158  226,659
     
Property and equipment, net  144,852  117,798
     
Other assets  3,499  3,565
Total assets  $ 399,509  $ 348,022
     
Liabilities and stockholders' equity    
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable  $ 108,760  $ 103,914
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  24,202  16,570
Accrued payroll and related taxes  8,932  12,045
Deferred rent and tenant allowances, current portion  10,228  8,652
Accrued income and franchise taxes  126  1,068
Total current liabilities  152,248  142,249
     
Long-term liabilities:    
Deferred rent, tenant allowances and other long-term liabilities  59,325  46,965
Deferred tax liabilities  9,625  11,585
Total long-term liabilities  68,950  58,550
     
Commitments and Contingencies  –  –
     
Stockholders' equity:    
Preferred stock--- par value $0.001 per share, 10,000,000 shares authorized; none issued or outstanding  –  –
Common stock--- par value $0.001 per share; 200,000 shares authorized; 23,755 and 24,476 shares issued and outstanding, respectively   25  24
Additional paid in capital  50,281  37,696
Treasury stock, 939, and 0 respectively  (25,399)  –
Retained earnings  153,404  109,503
Total stockholder's equity  178,311  147,223
     
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 399,509  $ 348,022
       
rue21, inc.      
Reconciliation of GAAP Earnings to Adjusted Earnings      
(In thousands, except per share data)      
(Unaudited)      
       
 Three Months Ended February 2, 2013
       
       
 GAAPProfessional Fees (1)As Adjusted
       
Income from Operations   $ 23,543  $ 1,200  $ 24,743
Interest expense (income), net  37    37
       
Income before income taxes  23,506    24,706
Provision for income taxes  8,462  432  8,894
       
Net income  $ 15,044    $ 15,812
       
Basic income per common share  $ 0.63    $ 0.66
Diluted income per common share  $ 0.62    $ 0.65
       
Weighted average basic common shares outstanding  23,783    23,783
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding  24,393    24,393
       
 Twelve Months Ended February 2, 2013
       
   Expense  
 GAAPAdjustments (1) (2)As Adjusted
       
Income from Operations  $ 68,461  $ 4,100  $ 72,561
Interest expense (income), net  (27)    (27)
       
Income before income taxes  68,488    72,588
Provision for income taxes  24,587  1,491  26,078
       
Net income  $ 43,901    $ 46,510
       
Basic income per common share  $ 1.81    $ 1.92
Diluted income per common share  $ 1.76    $ 1.87
       
Weighted average basic common shares outstanding  24,287    24,287
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding  24,903    24,903
       
       
       
1. Estimated adjusted basic and diluted earnings per common share represents management's estimate of basic and diluted earnings per common share for the periods presented, before expenses associated with our non-recurring professional fees in Fourth Quarter 2013. Adjusted basic and diluted earnings per common share is presented because management believes it is a useful adjunct to basic and diluted earnings per common share under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States since it is a meaningful measure of the Company's ongoing operating performance excluding the non-recurring costs. Adjusted basic and diluted earnings per common share is not a measure of financial performance under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States and should not be considered as an alternative to basic and diluted earnings per common share.
       
2. Estimated adjusted basic and diluted earnings per common share represents management's estimate of basic and diluted earnings per common share for the periods presented, before expenses associated with our legal settlement for California wage and hour litigation in October 2012. Adjusted basic and diluted earnings per common share is presented because management believes it is a useful adjunct to basic and diluted earnings per common share under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States since it is a meaningful measure of the Company's ongoing operating performance excluding the non-recurring costs for our California wage and hour litigation costs. Adjusted basic and diluted earnings per common share is not a measure of financial performance under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States and should not be considered as an alternative to basic and diluted earnings per common share.
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