American Eagle Outfitters Reports 2015 Annual EPS Growth of 73% to $1.09

03/02/2016

Fourth Quarter EPS Rises to $0.42

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (NYSE:AEO) today reported EPS of $0.42 for the fourth quarter ended January 30, 2016, a 17% increase from EPS from continuing operations of $0.36 for the comparable quarter last year.

The company also announced EPS from continuing operations of $1.09 for the year ended January 30, 2016, compared to adjusted EPS from continuing operations of $0.63 for the year ended January 31, 2015, a 73% increase. The EPS figures refer to diluted earnings per share.

Jay Schottenstein, Chief Executive Officer commented, “Initiatives to strengthen our merchandise and improve operational execution fueled strong results in 2015. The American Eagle brand delivered solid growth and Aerie exceeded our expectations.”

“As broadly reported, the fourth quarter was a challenging period for the apparel industry due to a number of macro factors. Despite this, we achieved sales growth and a modest increase in operating income. We are encouraged that our spring season is off to a good start against positive results last year. Our focus in 2016 will center on continuous merchandise improvements, elevating our efforts on customer acquisition and optimizing the strength of our operations and brands. I’m confident in our ability to drive further growth and deliver shareholder returns,” he continued.

Fourth Quarter 2015 Results

  • Total net revenue increased 3% to $1.11 billion from $1.07 billion last year.
  • Consolidated comparable sales increased 4%, compared to flat comparable sales last year.
  • Gross profit increased 3% to $388 million and the gross margin rate remained flat to last year at 35.1% of revenue. A slight improvement in markdowns, favorable product costs and lower rent expense were offset by higher incentive costs. Delivery costs related to a strong direct business also increased.
  • Selling, general and administrative expense of $233 million increased 3% from $227 million last year. The increase in dollars was primarily the result of higher incentive costs and planned investments in digital marketing, which were offset by a one-time gain on the sale of the previously closed Warrendale, PA distribution center. As a rate to revenue, SG&A leveraged 10 basis points to 21.1%.
  • Operating income increased 3% to $116 million from $112 million last year, and the operating margin remained flat to last year at 10.5% as a rate to revenue.
  • The tax rate was 27.9% in the quarter as the result of income tax settlements, higher federal tax credits, and tax strategies.
  • EPS of $0.42 increased 17% from EPS from continuing operations of $0.36 last year.

Fiscal Year 2015 Results

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

  • Total net revenue increased 7% to $3.52 billion from $3.28 billion last year.
  • Consolidated comparable sales increased 7%, compared to a 5% decrease last year.
  • Gross profit increased 13% to $1.3 billion and leveraged 180 basis points to 37.0% as a rate to revenue. The improvement in the gross margin was primarily due to lower markdowns and rent leverage, partially offset by higher incentive costs.
  • Selling, general and administrative expense of $835 million increased 3%, and leveraged 90 basis points to 23.7% as a rate to revenue. Savings that resulted from expense reduction initiatives offset higher incentive costs related to strong sales and margin performance.
  • Operating income increased 55% to $320 million. The operating margin increased 280 basis points to 9.1%.
  • EPS from continuing operations of $1.09 increased 73% from adjusted EPS from continuing operations of $0.63 last year.

Inventory

Total merchandise inventories at the end of the fourth quarter increased 9% to $305 million compared to $279 million last year, consistent with our guidance. The increase is primarily due to earlier receipts, as the company lapped last year’s delays caused by the port slow down. Inventories are well positioned, with clearance units down in the high single digits. First quarter 2016 ending inventory at cost is expected to be down in the low single digits.

Capital Expenditures

In 2015, capital expenditures totaled $153 million. For fiscal 2016, the company expects capital expenditures to be in the range of $160 to $170 million.

Cash, Share Repurchases

The company ended the quarter with total cash of $260 million compared to $411 million last year. During the quarter, the company repurchased 14.6 million shares for $212 million. The remaining authorization under the current repurchase program is for 2.8 million shares, which expires on January 28, 2017.

Store Information

In the quarter, the company closed 21 AE and 1 Aerie stand alone stores. Internationally, the company opened 15 licensed stores during the quarter, including the first stores in Bahrain and Oman. Since the beginning of Fiscal 2014, the company has closed 76 AE and 26 Aerie stores. The company continues to expect to meet its goal of closing 150 stores by the end of Fiscal 2016. For additional fourth quarter 2015 actual and fiscal 2016 projected store information, see the accompanying table.

First Quarter Outlook

Based on an anticipated mid single digit increase in comparable sales, management expects first quarter 2016 EPS to be approximately $0.17 to $0.19. This guidance excludes potential asset impairment and restructuring charges, and compares to EPS of $0.15 last year.

Conference Call and Supplemental Financial Information

Today, management will host a conference call and real time webcast at 4:15 p.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. 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 141 international stores operated by licensees in 22 countries. 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 2016 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 30, January 31,
2016 2015
(unaudited)
 
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $ 260,067 $ 410,697
Merchandise inventory 305,178 278,972
Accounts receivable 80,912 67,894
Prepaid expenses and other 77,218   70,477  
Total current assets 723,375   828,040  
Property and equipment, net 703,586 698,227
Intangible assets, net 51,832 47,206
Goodwill 17,186 13,096
Non-current deferred income taxes 64,927 73,137
Other assets 51,340   37,202  
Total Assets $ 1,612,246   $ 1,696,908  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Accounts payable $ 182,789 $ 191,146
Accrued compensation and payroll taxes 79,302 44,884
Accrued rent 77,482 78,567
Accrued income and other taxes 22,223 33,110
Unredeemed gift cards and gift certificates 48,274 47,888
Current portion of deferred lease credits 12,711 12,969
Other current liabilities and accrued expenses 40,901   50,529  
Total current liabilities 463,682   459,093  
Deferred lease credits 50,104 54,516
Non-current accrued income taxes 4,566 10,456
Other non-current liabilities 42,518   33,097  
Total non-current liabilities 97,188   98,069  
Commitments and contingencies - -
Preferred stock - -
Common stock 2,496 2,496
Contributed capital 590,820 569,675
Accumulated other comprehensive income (29,868 ) (9,944 )
Retained earnings 1,659,267 1,543,085
Treasury stock (1,171,339 ) (965,566 )
Total stockholders' equity 1,051,376   1,139,746  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 1,612,246   $ 1,696,908  
 
Current Ratio 1.56 1.80
     
AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Dollars and shares in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
 
13 Weeks Ended
January 30, % of January 31, % of
2016   Revenue   2015   Revenue
 
Total net revenue $ 1,105,828 100.0 % $ 1,071,853 100.0 %
Cost of sales, including certain buying,
occupancy and warehousing expenses 717,877     64.9 % 696,043     64.9 %
Gross profit 387,951 35.1 % 375,810 35.1 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses 233,020 21.1 % 226,721 21.2 %
Depreciation and amortization 39,295     3.5 % 36,879     3.4 %
Operating income 115,636 10.5 % 112,210 10.5 %
Other (expense) income, net (2,262 )   -0.2 % 1,552     0.1 %
Income before income taxes 113,374 10.3 % 113,762 10.6 %
Provision for income taxes 31,668     2.9 % 43,688     4.1 %
Income from continuing operations 81,706 7.4 % 70,074 6.5 %
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax -     0.0 % (8,465 )   -0.7 %
Net income $ 81,706     7.4 % $ 61,609     5.8 %
 
Basic income per common share:
Income from continuing operations $ 0.43 $ 0.36
Loss from discontinued operations -   (0.04 )
Net income per basic share $ 0.43 $ 0.32
 
Diluted income per common share:
Income from continuing operations $ 0.42 $ 0.36
Loss from discontinued operations -   (0.04 )
Net income per diluted share $ 0.42 $ 0.32
 
Weighted average common shares
outstanding - basic 191,697 194,606
Weighted average common shares
outstanding - diluted 194,259 195,627
 
 
52 Weeks Ended
January 30, % of January 31, % of
2016   Revenue   2015   Revenue
 
Total net revenue $ 3,521,848 100.0 % $ 3,282,867 100.0 %
Cost of sales, including certain buying,
occupancy and warehousing expenses 2,219,114     63.0 % 2,128,193     64.8 %
Gross profit 1,302,734 37.0 % 1,154,674 35.2 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses 834,700 23.7 % 806,498 24.6 %
Loss on impairment of assets - 0.0 % 33,468 1.0 %
Restructuring charges - 0.0 % 17,752 0.6 %
Depreciation and amortization 148,156     4.2 % 141,191     4.3 %
Operating income 319,878 9.1 % 155,765 4.7 %
Other income, net 1,993     0.0 % 3,737     0.1 %
Income before income taxes 321,871 9.1 % 159,502 4.8 %
Provision for income taxes 108,580     3.1 % 70,715     2.2 %
Income from continuing operations 213,291 6.0 % 88,787 2.6 %
Gain (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax 4,847     0.1 % (8,465 )   -0.2 %
Net income $ 218,138     6.1 % $ 80,322     2.4 %
 
Basic income per common share:
Income from continuing operations $ 1.10 $ 0.46
Gain (loss) from discontinued operations 0.02   (0.04 )
Net income per basic share $ 1.12 $ 0.42
 
Diluted income per common share:
Income from continuing operations $ 1.09 $ 0.45
Gain (loss) from discontinued operations 0.02   (0.04 )
Net income per diluted share $ 1.11 $ 0.42
 
Weighted average common shares
outstanding - basic 194,351 194,437
Weighted average common shares
outstanding - diluted 196,237 195,135
       
AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS, INC.
GAAP to Non-GAAP reconciliation
(Dollars in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
52 Weeks Ended
January 31, 2015
Diluted
income per
Operating common
income share
GAAP Basis from Continuing Operations $ 155,765 $ 0.46
Add back: Asset Impairment and Corporate Overhead Reduction Charges(1): 51,220 0.17
Non-GAAP Basis from Continuing Operations $ 206,985 $ 0.63
 
% of Total Net Revenue 6.3%

(1) Non-GAAP adjustments consist of $33.5 million of corporate and store asset impairments and $17.7 million of severance and related employee costs and corporate charges.

       
AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS, INC.
COMPARABLE SALES RESULTS BY BRAND
(unaudited)
 
Fourth Quarter
Comparable Sales
2015 2014
American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (1) 4% 0%
 
AE Total Brand (1) 3% -1%
aerie Total Brand (1) 26% 13%
 
Fiscal Year
Comparable Sales
2015 2014
American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (1) 7% -5%
 
AE Total Brand (1) 7% -6%
aerie Total Brand (1) 20% 6%

(1) AEO Direct is included in consolidated and total brand comparable sales.

     
AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS, INC.
STORE INFORMATION
(unaudited)
   
Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year Fiscal 2016
2015 2015 Guidance
Consolidated stores at beginning of period 1,068 1,056 1,047
Consolidated stores opened during the period
AE Brand - 21 15-20
aerie - 1 10
Tailgate Clothing Co. 1 1 1-2
Consolidated stores closed during the period
AE Brand (21) (27) (30) - (35)
aerie   (1)   (5)   (15)
Total consolidated stores at end of period 1,047 1,047 1,028-1,029
 
Stores remodeled and refurbished during the period 4 28 55 - 65
Total gross square footage at end of period 6,601,112 6,601,112 Not Provided
 
International license locations at end of period (1) 141 141 174

(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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