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Roots Reports Fiscal 2019 Second Quarter Results and Provides Update to Fiscal 2019 Targets

2019-09-11 07:00 ET - News Release

Roots Reports Fiscal 2019 Second Quarter Results and Provides Update to Fiscal 2019 Targets

Canada NewsWire

TORONTO, Sept. 11, 2019 /CNW/ - Roots ("Roots," "Roots Canada" or the "Company") (TSX: ROOT), a premium outdoor lifestyle brand, today announced its financial results for its second quarter ended August 3, 2019 ("Q2 2019"). All financial results are reported in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated. Certain metrics, including those expressed on an adjusted or comparable basis, are non-IFRS measures. See "Non-IFRS Measures and Industry Metrics".

Second Quarter Fiscal 2019 Highlights

  • Total sales of $61.7 million, up 2.5% from $60.2 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2018 ("Q2 2018")
    • Direct-to-Consumer ("DTC") sales of $48.2 million, in line with $48.3 million in Q2 2018
  • Comparable Sales Decline of (2.9%), on top of Comparable Sales Growth of 1.1% in Q2 2018
  • Gross margin of 50.3%, compared to 55.1% in Q2 2018
    • Adjusted DTC Gross Margin of 56.7%, compared to 60.7% in Q2 2018
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses of $40.0 million, up 7.4% from $37.2 million in Q2 2018
  • Adjusted EBITDA of ($4.4) million, compared to $32,000 in Q2 2018
  • Basic loss per share of ($0.23), compared to ($0.10) per share in Q2 2018, and Adjusted Net Loss Per Share of ($0.15), compared to ($0.06) per share in Q2 2018
  • Ended the quarter with 116 corporate-retail stores in Canada and eight in the United States
  • Ended the quarter with 115 partner-operated stores in Taiwan, 34 in China and one in Hong Kong

"Both men's and women's, our two largest product categories, were up year-over-year driven by our increasing success with key seasonal products; we delivered another quarter of better than expected eCommerce growth; and we completed the move from our legacy distribution centre," said Jim Gabel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Roots. "However, our Q2 financial results fell below our expectations, primarily as a result of negative store traffic and a delay in flow of product to stores as we transitioned to our new DC. We are pleased with the improving trends we have seen moving into Q3. We entered the quarter with a more seasonally appropriate offering and consumers are responding well to our back-to-school assortment. We are also seeing an improvement in the flow of goods from our DC, but we still have more work to do in advance of our peak holiday selling periods."

Mr. Gabel Added: "We remain confident in our ability to deliver year-over-year sales growth in fiscal 2019. The power of the Roots brand remains strong. We are a highly sought-after collaborator, most recently releasing a limited-edition Raptors NBA Championship jacket and launching a second capsule collection with multi-platinum singer/songwriter, Shawn Mendes. However, with lower than expected DTC sales in the first half of the year and the impact of macro-economic and geopolitical headwinds on our Asia business, we expect our year-end sales results to be at the low end, or fall slightly below our previously disclosed target range. In addition, with the softness in our Asia business, lower first half DTC gross margin, and incremental costs to complete the transition to our new DC, we now expect our Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income to fall below our previously disclosed target range."

Summary of Second Quarter Fiscal 2019 Financial Results

Sales
Total Q2 2019 sales increased 2.5% to $61.7 million, from $60.2 million in Q2 2018, reflecting flat DTC sales (corporate retail store and eCommerce sales) and a 13.6% increase in sales in the Partners and Other segment (wholesale Roots-branded products, royalties on partner retail sales, licensing to select manufacturing partners and the sale of certain custom Roots-branded products).

Q2 2019 DTC sales were $48.2 million, in line with $48.3 million in Q2 2018. While the Company delivered growth in its two largest product categories, men's and women's, Roots recorded a Comparable Sales Decline of (2.9%) for Q2 2019. This was primarily due to a year-over-year decrease in store traffic and a delay in the flow of product to stores as the Company transitioned to its new distribution centre, partially offset by better than expected eCommerce growth and benefits from store relocations and renovations (the relocation and expansion of six stores, as well as the renovation of four stores since Q2 2018). Q2 2019 DTC sales also include the addition of two net new corporate-retail stores since Q2 2018.

Partners and Other sales for Q2 2019 were $13.5 million, up 13.6% from $11.9 million in Q2 2018, primarily as a result of the early delivery of certain orders to the Company's operating partner in Asia that were initially planned for Q3 2019.

Gross Profit
Total gross profit for Q2 2019 was $31.0 million, a 6.4% decrease from $33.1 million in Q2 2018.

Q2 2019 DTC gross profit was $27.1 million, down 7.6% from $29.3 million in Q2 2018. Q2 2019 Adjusted DTC Gross Margin was 56.7%, down 400 basis points from a Q2 2018 Adjusted DTC Gross Margin of 60.7%. The year-over-year Adjusted DTC Gross Margin decline primarily reflects deeper discounting in Q2 2019 to improve the Company's overall inventory position in connection with the move to its new integrated distribution centre.

Q2 2019 gross profit in the Partners and Other segment of $3.9 million was essentially flat with Q2 2018.

Selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A)
Selling, general and administrative expenses for Q2 2019 were $40.0 million, up 7.4% from $37.2 million in Q2 2018. The year-over-year increase was predominantly driven by incremental costs to support a larger retail store footprint, costs resulting from higher omni-channel sales, higher store wages related to increased in-store fulfillment of online orders, as well as one-time distribution centre transition costs, including continued use of a third-party online order distribution facility.

Adjusted EBITDA, Net Loss & Adjusted Net Loss
Adjusted EBITDA (excluding the impact of IFRS 16) for Q2 2019 was ($4.4) million, down from $32,000 in Q2 2018. Q2 2019 net loss was ($9.7) million, or ($0.23) basic loss per share, compared to ($4.1) million, or ($0.10) basic loss per share, in Q2 2018. In the quarter, the Company recorded an income tax recovery of $3.2 million, compared to a recovery of $1.2 million in Q2 2018, with an effective income tax recovery rate of 25.1%, up from 22.9% in Q2 2018. Q2 2019 Adjusted Net Loss (excluding the impact of IFRS 16) was ($6.2) million, or ($0.15) per share, compared to ($2.4) million, or ($0.06) per share, in Q2 2018.

Q2 2019 IFRS 16 Impact
In Q1 2019, Roots commenced reporting lease obligations according to IFRS 16, with leases reflected on the Company's balance sheet and rent expense being replaced with interest and depreciation on the Company's income statement. The Q2 2019 IFRS 16 impact to SG&A was a decrease of $0.9 million; the impact to interest expense was an increase of $2.3 million; and the increase to deferred tax recovery was $0.4 million, resulting in a $1.0 million increase in net loss. Both Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Loss for Q2 2019 exclude the impact of IFRS 16. Through the remainder of fiscal 2019, Roots will continue to provide adjusted results to accurately compare fiscal 2019 quarterly and annual performance to the same periods in fiscal 2018.

Outlook
Roots remains confident in its ability to deliver year-over-year sales growth for fiscal 2019. Trends have improved into the third quarter, eCommerce continues to demonstrate strong growth, and the positive consumer response to the Company's back-to-school assortment is believed to be a good indicator for how new product introductions will be received in the second half of the fiscal year. In addition, the Company plans to complete another renovation and relocation and add two new corporate-retail stores by year-end.

Sales
The Company realized lower than expected DTC sales in the first half of the year. In addition, with the recent macro-economic and geopolitical headwinds the Company's Asia business is facing, Roots now expects to see year-over-year pressure on Partners and Other sales. As a result, Roots now expects fiscal 2019 sales to be at the low end, or fall slightly below, the Company's previously-disclosed target range of $358 to $375 million.

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income
In addition to factors affecting DTC sales and gross margin for fiscal 2019, Roots expects increased SG&A expenses, largely due to costs resulting from higher omni-channel sales, higher store wages related to increased in-store fulfillment of online orders, ongoing incremental distribution centre transition costs including continued use of a third-party online order distribution facility, as well as a negative impact from new U.S. tariffs. As a result, Roots expects fiscal 2019 Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income results to fall below the Company's previously-disclosed target ranges of between $46 and $50 million and $20 and $24 million, respectively. The Company estimates that the softness in its Asia business and the ongoing incremental costs to complete the transition to its new distribution centre will have a negative impact on Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $5 to $6 million.

Conference Call and Webcast Information
Roots will hold a conference call to discuss the Company's fiscal 2019 second quarter results on September 11, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. ET. All interested parties can join the call by dialing 647-427-7450 or 1-888-231-8191 and using conference ID: 2048705. Please dial-in 15 minutes prior to the call to secure a line. The conference call will be archived for replay until September 18, 2019 at midnight and can be accessed by dialing 416-849-0833 or 1-855-859-2056 and entering replay passcode: 2048705.

A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available on the Events and Presentations section of the Company's investor website at https://investors.roots.com or by following the link here. Please connect at least 15 minutes prior to the conference call to ensure adequate time for any software download that may be required to join the webcast. An archived replay of the webcast will be available on the Company's website for one-year.

See Roots Interim Consolidated Financial Statements and the Company's Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations for the Second Quarter ended August 3, 2019 on the Company's investor website at https://investors.roots.com and on SEDAR at www.SEDAR.com.

About Roots
Established in 1973, Roots is a premium outdoor lifestyle brand. We unite the best of cabin and city through unmistakable style built with uncompromising comfort and quality. We offer a broad range of products that embody a comfortable cabin-meets-city style including: women's and men's apparel, leather goods, footwear, accessories, and kids, toddler and baby apparel. Starting from a little cabin in Algonquin Park, Canada, Roots has grown to become a global brand. As at August 3, 2019, we had 116 corporate-retail stores in Canada, eight corporate-retail stores in the United States, 115 partner-operated stores in Taiwan, 34 partner-operated stores in China, one partner-operated store in Hong Kong and a global eCommerce platform. Roots Corporation is a Canadian corporation doing business as "Roots" and "Roots Canada".

Non-IFRS Measures and Industry Metrics
This press release makes reference to certain non-IFRS measures including certain metrics specific to the industry in which we operate. These measures are not recognized measures under IFRS, do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and, therefore, may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Rather, these measures are provided as additional information to complement those IFRS measures by providing further understanding of our results of operations from management's perspective. Accordingly, these measures are not intended to represent, and should not be considered as alternatives to net income or other performance measures derived in accordance with IFRS as measures of operating performance or operating cash flows or as a measure of liquidity. In addition to our results determined in accordance with IFRS, we use non-IFRS measures including Adjusted DTC Gross Margin, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income (Loss), and Adjusted Net Income (Loss) per Share. This press release also refers to Comparable Sales Growth (Decline), a commonly used metric in our industry but that may be calculated differently compared to other companies. We believe these non-IFRS measures and industry metrics provide useful information to both management and investors in measuring our financial performance and condition and highlight trends in our core business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying solely on IFRS measures. Definitions and reconciliations of non-IFRS measures to the relevant reported measures can be found in our MD&A under "Cautionary Note Regarding Non-IFRS Measures and Industry Metrics", which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com or the Company's Investor Relations website at https://investors.roots.com.

Forward-Looking Information
Certain information in this press release contains forward-looking information. This information is based on management's reasonable assumptions and beliefs in light of the information currently available to us and are made as of the date of this press release. Actual results and the timing of events may differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking information as a result of various factors. Information regarding our expectations of future results, performance, achievements, prospects or opportunities or the markets in which we operate is forward-looking information. Statements containing forward-looking information are not facts but instead represent management's expectations, estimates and projections regarding future events or circumstances. Many factors could cause our actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements or future events or developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.

See "Forward-Looking Information" and "Risk Factors" in the Company's current Annual Information Form for a discussion of the uncertainties, risks and assumptions associated with these statements. Readers are urged to consider the uncertainties, risks and assumptions carefully in evaluating the forward-looking information and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such information. We have no intention and undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities law.

ROOTS CORPORATION
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
(In thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)





As at August 3,
2019

As at February 2,
2019




Assets






Current assets:




Cash

$

787

$

1,991


Accounts receivable, net

11,374

6,627


Inventories

53,991

49,533


Prepaid expenses

4,570

6,443


Income taxes recoverable

2,681


Derivative assets

202

366


Total current assets

73,605

64,960




Non-current assets:




Loan receivable

562

562


Lease receivable

1,635


Fixed assets

74,623

64,163


Right-of-use assets

138,331


Intangible assets

194,719

198,724


Goodwill

52,705

52,705


Total non-current assets

462,575

316,154




Total assets

$

536,180

$

381,114




Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity






Current liabilities:




Bank indebtedness

$

10,892

$

12,409


Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

22,871

22,291


Deferred revenue

4,659

5,498


Income taxes payable

6,445


Current portion of lease liabilities 

29,693


Current portion of long-term debt

4,984

4,984


Total current liabilities

73,099

51,627




Non-current liabilities:




Deferred tax liabilities

22,546

22,761


Deferred lease costs

10,063


Finance lease obligation

504


Long-term portion of lease liabilities

122,951


Long-term debt

122,693

80,031


Other non-current liabilities

1,424


Total non-current liabilities

268,190

114,783

Total liabilities

341,289

166,410




Shareholders' equity:




Share capital

196,903

196,853


Contributed surplus

4,920

3,975


Accumulated other comprehensive income

148

268


Retained earnings (deficit)

(7,080)

13,608

Total shareholders' equity

194,891

214,704




Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

536,180

$

381,114

 

On behalf of the Board of Directors:

"Erol Uzumeri"                                      Director
"Richard P. Mavrinac"                           Director & Audit Committee Chair

ROOTS CORPORATION
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statement of Net Income (Loss)
(In thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)

For the 13 and 26 week periods ended August 3, 2019 and August 4, 2018







August 3, 2019

August 4, 2018

August 3, 2019

August 4, 2018


(13 weeks)

(13 weeks)

(26 weeks)

(26 weeks)






Sales

$

61,683

$

60,197

$

116,035

$

111,226






Cost of goods sold

30,674

27,052

56,515

49,011






Gross profit

31,009

33,145

59,520

62,215






Selling, general and administrative expenses

40,002

37,245

78,166

72,549






Loss before interest expense and income





taxes recovery

(8,993)

(4,100)

(18,646)

(10,334)






Interest expense

3,887

1,191

7,446

2,343






Loss before income taxes

(12,880)

(5,291)

(26,092)

(12,677)






Income taxes recovery

(3,227)

(1,210)

(6,671)

(3,006)






Net loss

$

(9,653)

$

(4,081)

$

(19,421)

$

(9,671)






Basic and diluted loss per share

$

(0.23)

$

(0.10)

$

(0.46)

$

(0.23)










 

ROOTS CORPORATION
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income (Loss)
(In thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)

For the 13 and 26 week periods ended August 3, 2019 and August 4, 2018







August 3, 2019

August 4, 2018

August 3, 2019

August 4, 2018


(13 weeks)

(13 weeks)

(26 weeks)

(26 weeks)






Net loss

$

(9,653)

$

(4,081)

$

(19,421)

$

(9,671)






Other comprehensive income (loss),





net of taxes:





Items that may be subsequently





reclassified to profit or loss:





Effective portion of changes in fair





value of cash flow hedges

(852)

663

510

3,098

Cost of hedging excluded from





cash flow hedges

152

138

238

124






Tax impact of cash flow hedges

187

(213)

(199)

(858)






Total comprehensive loss

$

(10,166)

$

(3,493)

$

(18,872)

$

(7,307)

 

ROOTS CORPORATION
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Shareholders' Equity
(In thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)

For the 26 week periods ended August 3, 2019 and August 4, 2018







August 3, 2019 (26 weeks)

Share
capital

Contributed
surplus

Retained
earnings
(deficit)

Accumulated
other
comprehensive
income (loss)

Total







Balance, February 2, 2019

$

196,853

$

3,975

$

13,608

$

268

$

214,704







Adjustment on adoption of IFRS 16

(1,267)

(1,267)







Balance, February 3, 2019

$

196,853

$

3,975

$

12,341

$

268

$

213,437







Net loss

(19,421)

(19,421)







Net gain from change






in fair value of cash flow hedges,






net of income taxes

549

549







Transfer of realized gain on cash






flow hedges to inventories, net






of income taxes

(669)

(669)







Share-based compensation

995

995







Issuance of shares

50

(50)







Balance, August 3, 2019

$

196,903

$

4,920

$

(7,080)

$

148

$

194,891

 







August 4, 2018 (26 weeks)

Share
capital

Contributed
surplus

Retained
earnings
(deficit)

Accumulated
other
comprehensive
income (loss)

Total







Balance, February 4, 2018

$

195,994

$

1,675

$

2,208

$

(904)

$

198,973







Net loss

(9,671)

(9,671)







Net gain from change






in fair value of cash flow hedges,






net of income taxes

2,364

2,364







Transfer of realized gain on cash






flow hedges to inventories, net






of income taxes

(230)

(230)







Share-based compensation

1,315

1,315







Issuance of shares

697

(44)

653







Balance, August 4, 2018

$

196,691

$

2,946

$

(7,463)

$

1,230

$

193,404

 

ROOTS CORPORATION
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
(In thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)

For the 26 week periods ended August 3, 2019 and August 4, 2018





August 3, 2019

August 4, 2018


(26 weeks)

(26 weeks)

Cash provided by (used in):






Operating activities:




Net loss

$

(19,421)

$

(9,671)


Items not involving cash:





Depreciation and amortization

18,770

5,743



Share-based compensation expense

995

1,315



Deferred lease recovery

(570)



Amortization of lease intangibles

271



Interest expense

7,446

2,343



Income taxes recovery

(6,671)

(3,006)


Interest paid

(2,659)

(2,060)


Payment of interest on lease liabilities

(4,475)


Taxes paid

(2,166)

(1,311)


Change in working capital:





Accounts receivable

(4,747)

(3,041)



Inventories

(4,458)

(14,860)



Prepaid expenses

1,873

(240)



Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

580

1,561



Deferred revenue

(839)

(483)


(15,772)

(24,009)




Financing activities:




Issuance of long-term debt

45,000

30,000


Long-term debt financing costs

(163)


Repayment of long-term debt

(2,492)

(2,492)


Finance lease payments

(169)


Payment of principal on lease liabilities

(10,381)


Proceeds from issuance of shares

653


31,964

27,992




Investing activities:




Additions to fixed assets

(15,879)

(18,115)


Tenant allowance received

3,068


(15,879)

(15,047)




Increase (decrease) in cash

313

(11,064)




Cash and bank indebtedness, beginning of period

(10,418)

1,809




Cash and bank indebtedness, end of period

$

(10,105)

$

(9,255)

 

SOURCE Roots Corporation

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Contact:

Investor Relations: Kristen Davies, kdavies@roots.com, 416-781-3574 Ext. 4116; Public Relations: Elyse Goody, egoody@roots.com, 416-781-3574 Ext. 4332

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