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American Eagle Outfitters Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Results

March 01, 2017

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (NYSE:AEO) today reported EPS of $0.30 for the fourth quarter and $1.16 for the year ended January 28, 2017. Excluding asset impairment, restructuring and related charges of $0.09 per diluted share, the company’s adjusted EPS were $0.39 and $1.25 for the fourth quarter and full year, respectively.

Last year, the company reported EPS of $0.42 for the fourth quarter and EPS from continuing operations of $1.09 for the year ended January 30, 2016, which included a gain on the sale of a distribution center and a lower tax rate related to income tax settlements, federal tax credits and tax strategies. Excluding these items, last year’s adjusted fourth quarter EPS was $0.35 and annual EPS from continuing operations was $1.01. The EPS figures refer to diluted earnings per share.

Jay Schottenstein, Chief Executive Officer commented, “I’m extremely proud that our strategic priorities centered on product innovation and customer focus have delivered results and greater consistency throughout 2016, despite a highly competitive and challenging retail landscape. The American Eagle brand continued its strong leadership in jeans and bottoms and has experienced accelerated growth in women's apparel. Aerie posted double-digit sales growth throughout 2016, fueled by superior merchandise, a strengthening customer base and growing brand awareness. We’ve made great progress, yet we have much more opportunity across the marketplace. I’m confident that the strength of our brands and focused priorities will enable us to deliver long-term returns to our shareholders.”

Fourth Quarter 2016 Results

The following discussion is based on Non-GAAP results, as presented in the accompanying GAAP to Non-GAAP reconciliation.

  • Total net revenue decreased 1% to $1.10 billion from $1.11 billion last year.
  • Consolidated comparable sales were up slightly, following a 4% increase last year.
  • Gross profit increased slightly to $389 million from $388 million. The gross margin rate increased 30 basis points to 35.4% of revenue compared to 35.1% last year. A favorable merchandise margin reflecting improved IMU was partially offset by higher delivery costs related to growth in the direct business.
  • Selling, general and administrative expense of $242 million was flat compared to last year, with higher advertising expense offset by lower incentive compensation. As a rate to revenue, SG&A deleveraged 20 basis points to 22.1%.
  • Operating income of $107 million compared to $106 million last year, improving 20 basis points to 9.8% as a rate to revenue.
  • Adjusted EPS of $0.39 increased 11% compared to adjusted EPS of $0.35 last year.

Fiscal Year 2016 Results

The following discussion is based on Non-GAAP results from continuing operations, as presented in the accompanying GAAP to Non-GAAP reconciliation.

  • Total net revenue increased 2% to $3.61 billion from $3.52 billion last year.
  • Consolidated comparable sales increased 3%, following a 7% increase last year.
  • Gross profit increased 5% to $1.37 billion and leveraged 90 basis points to 37.9% as a rate to revenue. The improvement in the gross margin reflected an increase in the merchandise margin based on improved IMU.
  • Selling, general and administrative expense of $858 million was up 2% compared to $844 million last year, due to higher advertising expense offset by lower incentive compensation. As a rate to revenue, SG&A leveraged 20 basis points to 23.8%.
  • Operating income increased 14% to $353 million. The operating margin increased 100 basis points to 9.8%.
  • Adjusted EPS from continuing operations of $1.25 increased 24% compared to adjusted EPS of $1.01 last year.

Asset Impairment and Restructuring Charges

In the fourth quarter, the company had asset impairment and restructuring charges totaling $21 million related to its owned and operated stores in the UK, China and Hong Kong. The company is exploring an initiative to convert those markets to licensed partnerships. Related to these initiatives, the company expects to incur additional restructuring charges in fiscal 2017. The timing and magnitude of charges is dependent on a number of factors, including negotiating third-party agreements, adherence to notification requirements and local laws.

Inventory

Total ending inventories at cost increased 17% to $358 million. The average unit cost was up 13% and units increased 4% compared to last year. In-transit inventory was significantly higher due to acceleration of receipts. On-hand inventories were up 6% to last year. The inventory composition reflected an investment in AE bottoms to support better in-stocks and an increase in aerie inventory to support strong demand and new store growth.

Capital Expenditures

In 2016, capital expenditures totaled $161 million. For fiscal 2017, the company expects capital expenditures to be in the range of $160 to $170 million, with roughly half related to store remodeling projects and new openings, and the balance to support the digital business, omni-channel tools and general corporate maintenance.

Cash

The company ended the year with total cash of $379 million. As a result of strong free cash flow, cash increased $119 million compared to the end of 2015. During 2016, we returned $91 million in cash dividends to our shareholders.

Store Information

In the quarter, the company opened 2 AE stores and closed 11 AE stores. There were 6 Aerie stand alone stores opened and 1 Aerie stand alone store closed. Additionally, the company opened 1 Tailgate store and 1 Todd Snyder store. Internationally, the company opened 15 licensed stores and closed 2 licensed stores during the quarter. The company ended the year with 943 AE stores, which included 88 Aerie side-by-side locations. Additionally, the company had 102 Aerie stand alone stores and 176 licensed stores at year end. For additional fourth quarter 2016 actual and fiscal 2017 projected store information, see the accompanying table.

First Quarter Outlook

Based on anticipated comparable store sales in the range of flat to a low single digit decline, management expects first quarter 2017 EPS to be approximately $0.15 to $0.17. This guidance excludes potential asset impairment and restructuring charges, and compares to EPS of $0.22 last year.

Conference Call and Supplemental Financial Information

Today, management will host a conference call and real time webcast at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To listen to the call, dial 1-877-407-0789 or internationally dial 1-201-689-8562 or go to http://investors.ae.com to access the webcast and audio replay. Also, a financial results presentation is posted on the company’s website.

Non-GAAP Measures

This press release includes information on non-GAAP financial measures (“non-GAAP” or “adjusted”), including earnings per share information and the consolidated results of operations excluding non-GAAP items. These financial measures are not based on any standardized methodology prescribed by U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) and are not necessarily comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. The company believes that this non-GAAP information is useful as an additional means for investors to evaluate the company’s operating performance, when reviewed in conjunction with the company’s GAAP financial statements. These amounts are not determined in accordance with GAAP and therefore, should not be used exclusively in evaluating the company’s business and operations.

About American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.

American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (NYSE: AEO) is a leading global specialty retailer offering high-quality, on-trend clothing, accessories and personal care products at affordable prices under its American Eagle Outfitters® and Aerie® brands. The company operates more than 1,000 stores in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, and ships to 81 countries worldwide through its websites. American Eagle Outfitters and Aerie merchandise also is available at more than 170 international locations operated by licensees. For more information, please visit www.ae.com.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This release contains forward-looking statements, which represent our expectations or beliefs concerning future events, including first quarter 2017 results. All forward-looking statements made by the company involve material risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on factors beyond the company's control. Such factors include, but are not limited to the risk that the company’s operating, financial and capital plans may not be achieved and the risks described in the Risk Factor Section of the company's Form 10-K and Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Accordingly, the company's future performance and financial results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in any such forward-looking statements. The company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements even if future changes make it clear that projected results expressed or implied will not be realized.

   
AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Dollars in thousands)
 
January 28, January 30,
2017 2016
(unaudited)
 
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $ 378,613 $ 260,067
Merchandise inventory 358,446 305,178
Accounts receivable 86,634 80,912
Prepaid expenses and other 77,536   77,218  
Total current assets 901,229   723,375  
Property and equipment, net 707,797 703,586
Intangible assets, net 49,373 51,832
Goodwill 14,887 17,186
Non-current deferred income taxes 49,250 64,927
Other assets 60,124   51,340  
Total Assets $ 1,782,660   $ 1,612,246  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Accounts payable $ 246,204 $ 182,789
Accrued compensation and payroll taxes 54,184 79,302
Accrued rent 78,619 77,482
Accrued income and other taxes 12,220 22,223
Unredeemed gift cards and gift certificates 52,966 48,274
Current portion of deferred lease credits 12,780 12,711
Other current liabilities and accrued expenses 36,810   40,901  
Total current liabilities 493,783   463,682  
Deferred lease credits 45,114 50,104
Non-current accrued income taxes 4,537 4,566
Other non-current liabilities 34,657   42,518  
Total non-current liabilities 84,308   97,188  
Commitments and contingencies - -
Preferred stock - -
Common stock 2,496 2,496
Contributed capital 603,890 590,820
Accumulated other comprehensive income (36,462 ) (29,868 )
Retained earnings 1,775,775 1,659,267
Treasury stock (1,141,130 ) (1,171,339 )
Total stockholders' equity 1,204,569   1,051,376  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 1,782,660   $ 1,612,246  
 
Current Ratio 1.83 1.56
     
AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Dollars and shares in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
 
GAAP Basis
13 Weeks Ended
January 28, % of January 30, % of
2017   Revenue   2016   Revenue
 
Total net revenue $ 1,097,246 100.0 % $ 1,105,828 100.0 %

Cost of sales, including certain buying, occupancy and warehousing expenses

708,744   64.6 % 717,877     64.9 %
Gross profit 388,502 35.4 % 387,951 35.1 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses 242,059 22.1 % 233,020 21.1 %
Impairment and restructuring charges 21,166 1.9 % - 0.0 %
Depreciation and amortization 39,403   3.6 % 39,295     3.5 %
Operating income 85,874 7.8 % 115,636 10.5 %
Other income (expense), net 1,382   0.1 % (2,262 )   -0.2 %
Income before income taxes 87,256 7.9 % 113,374 10.3 %
Provision for income taxes 32,634   2.9 % 31,668     2.9 %
Net income $ 54,622   5.0 % $ 81,706     7.4 %
 
Net income per basic share $ 0.30 $ 0.43
 
Net income per diluted share $ 0.30 $ 0.42
 

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic

182,055 191,697

Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted

185,054 194,259
 
GAAP Basis
52 Weeks Ended
January 28, % of January 30, % of
2017   Revenue     2016   Revenue
 
Total net revenue $ 3,609,865 100.0 % $ 3,521,848 100.0 %

Cost of sales, including certain buying, occupancy and warehousing expenses

2,242,938   62.1 % 2,219,114     63.0 %
Gross profit 1,366,927 37.9 % 1,302,734 37.0 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses 857,562 23.8 % 834,700 23.7 %
Impairment and restructuring charges 21,166 0.6 % - 0.0 %
Depreciation and amortization 156,723   4.3 % 148,156     4.2 %
Operating income 331,476 9.2 % 319,878 9.1 %
Other income, net 3,786   0.1 % 1,993     0.0 %
Income before income taxes 335,262 9.3 % 321,871 9.1 %
Provision for income taxes 122,813   3.4 % 108,580     3.1 %
Income from continuing operations 212,449 5.9 % 213,291 6.0 %
Gain from discontinued operations, net of tax -   0.0 % 4,847     0.2 %
Net income $ 212,449   5.9 % $ 218,138     6.2 %
 
Basic income per common share:
Income from continuing operations $ 1.17 $ 1.10
Gain from discontinued operations - 0.02  
Net income per basic share $ 1.17 $ 1.12
 
Diluted income per common share:
Income from continuing operations $ 1.16 $ 1.09
Gain from discontinued operations - 0.02  
Net income per diluted share $ 1.16 $ 1.11
 

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic

181,429 194,351

Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted

183,835 196,237
     
AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS, INC.
GAAP TO NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
 
13 Weeks Ended
January 28, 2017
 

Operating income

Diluted income
(loss) Net income per common share
GAAP Basis $ 85,874 $ 54,622 $ 0.30
% of Revenue 7.8 % 5.0 %
 

Add: Asset Impairment and Restructuring Charges (1):

21,166 13,991 0.07

Tax (2):

  -     3,088     0.02
 
Non-GAAP Basis $ 107,040 $ 71,701 $ 0.39
% of Revenue 9.8 % 6.5 %
 

(1) - $21.2 million pre-tax asset impairments and restructuring charges relating to our wholly-owned businesses in the United Kingdom and Asia.

(2) - GAAP tax rate included impact of valuation allowances on asset impairment and restructuring charges. Excluding the impact of those items resulted in a 33.9% tax rate for the quarter.
 
52 Weeks Ended
January 28, 2017
Operating income

 

Diluted income
(loss)

Net income

per common share
GAAP Basis $ 331,476 $ 212,449 $ 1.16
% of Revenue 9.2 % 5.9 %
 

Add: Asset Impairment and Restructuring Charges (1):

21,166 13,631 0.07

Tax (2):

  -     3,447     0.02
 
Non-GAAP Basis $ 352,642 $ 229,527 $ 1.25
% of Revenue 9.8 % 6.4 %
 

(1) - $21.2 million pre-tax asset impairments and restructuring charges relating to our wholly-owned businesses in the United Kingdom and Asia.

(2) - GAAP tax rate included impact of valuation allowances on asset impairment and restructuring charges. Excluding the impact of those items resulted in a 35.6% tax rate for the year.
     
AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS, INC.
GAAP TO NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
 
13 Weeks Ended
January 30, 2016
Selling, general

Operating

Diluted income
& administrative

income

per common
expenses (loss) Net income share
GAAP Basis $ 233,020 $ 115,636 $ 81,706 $ 0.42
% of Revenue 21.1 % 10.5 % 7.4 %
Gain on Sale of Warrendale DC (1): 9,422 (9,422 ) (6,793 ) (0.03 )
Tax (2):   -     -     (7,443 )   (0.04 )
 
Non-GAAP Basis $ 242,442 $ 106,214 $ 67,470 $ 0.35
% of Revenue 21.9 % 9.6 % 6.1 %
 
(1) - $9.4 million pre-tax gain on sale of previously closed Warrendale Distribution center.
(2) - GAAP tax rate included income tax settlements and a decrease to the valuation allowance on foreign deferred tax assets. Excluding the impact of those items resulted in a 35.1% tax rate.
 
 
 
52 Weeks Ended
January 30, 2016
Diluted income
per common
Selling, general

Operating

Income from share from
& administrative

income

continuing continuing
expenses (loss) operations operations
GAAP Basis $ 834,700 $ 319,878 $ 213,291 $ 1.09
% of Revenue 23.7 % 9.1 % 6.0 %
Gain on Sale of Warrendale DC (1): 9,422 (9,422 ) (6,247 ) (0.04 )
Tax (2):   -     -     (7,990 )   (0.04 )
 
Non-GAAP Basis $ 844,122 $ 310,455 $ 199,055 $ 1.01
% of Revenue 24.0 % 8.8 % 5.7 %
 
(1) - $9.4 million pre-tax gain on sale of previously closed Warrendale Distribution center.
(2) - GAAP tax rate included income tax settlements and a decrease to the valuation allowance on foreign deferred tax assets. Excluding the impact of those items resulted in a 36.3% tax rate.
   
AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS, INC.
COMPARABLE SALES RESULTS BY BRAND
(unaudited)
 
Fourth Quarter
Comparable Sales
2016 2015
American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (1) 0.4 % 4 %
 
AE Total Brand (1) -1 % 3 %
aerie Total Brand (1) 17 % 26 %
 
Fiscal Year
Comparable Sales
2016 2015
American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (1) 3 % 7 %
 
AE Total Brand (1) 1 % 7 %
aerie Total Brand (1) 23 % 20 %
 
 
(1) AEO Direct is included in consolidated and total brand comparable sales.
     
AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS, INC.
STORE INFORMATION
(unaudited)
 
Fourth Quarter Fiscal Fiscal 2017
2016 2016 Guidance
Consolidated stores at beginning of period 1,052 1,047 1,050
Consolidated stores opened during the period
AE Brand 2 12 15 - 20
aerie 6 13 15
Tailgate Clothing Co. 1 3 1
Todd Snyder 1 1 1
Consolidated stores closed during the period
AE Brand (11) (18) (15) - (20)
aerie (1) (8) (8) - (10)
Total consolidated stores at end of period 1,050 1,050 1,057 - 1,059
 
Stores remodeled and refurbished during the period 5 63 55 - 65
Total gross square footage at end of period 6,619,267 6,619,267 Not Provided
 
International license locations at end of period (1) 176 176 206
 
(1) International license locations are not included in the consolidated store data or the total gross square footage calculation.

Source: American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.

American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.

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