ATLANTA, April 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Carter's, Inc. (NYSE: CRI), the largest branded marketer in the United States of apparel exclusively for babies and young children, reported its first quarter fiscal 2008 results.
First Quarter of Fiscal 2008 compared to First Quarter of Fiscal 2007
Consolidated net sales increased 3.1% to $330.0 million. Net sales of the Company's Carter's brands increased 7.2% to $267.2 million. Net sales of the Company's OshKosh brand decreased 11.3% to $62.8 million.
Consolidated retail store sales increased 8.4% to $130.8 million. Carter's retail store sales increased 15.5% to $86.4 million, driven by a comparable store sales increase of 12.3%, or $9.2 million, and sales of $2.7 million from new Carter's stores opened since the first quarter of fiscal 2007. OshKosh retail store sales decreased 3.2% to $44.4 million, due to a comparable store sales decrease of 6.6%, or $3.0 million, partially offset by sales of $1.9 million from new OshKosh stores opened since the first quarter of fiscal 2007.
In the first quarter of fiscal 2008, the Company opened one Carter's retail store. As of March 29, 2008, the Company had 229 Carter's stores and 163 OshKosh stores. The Company plans to open a total of 25 Carter's stores and two OshKosh stores during fiscal 2008. The Company also plans to close five Carter's stores and three OshKosh stores during fiscal 2008.
The Company's wholesale sales decreased 1.0% to $136.3 million. Carter's wholesale sales increased $5.2 million, or 4.6%, to $117.8 million, due primarily to the timing of demand. OshKosh wholesale sales decreased $6.5 million, or 26.2%, to $18.4 million.
The Company's mass channel sales, which are comprised of sales of our Just One Year brand to Target and Child of Mine brand to Wal-Mart, increased 1.8% to $62.9 million. Sales of our Just One Year brand increased $4.8 million, or 21.1%, to $27.5 million, while sales of our Child of Mine brand decreased $3.7 million, or 9.4%, to $35.4 million.
Consolidated operating income in the first quarter of fiscal 2008 decreased $0.6 million, or 2.9%, to $20.6 million compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2007. Compared to our adjusted operating income in the first quarter of fiscal 2007, which excludes facility closure costs of $6.0 million, as reconciled below, our first quarter fiscal 2008 operating income decreased $6.6 million, or 24%. This decrease was due primarily to a decline in gross margin in our OshKosh retail stores resulting from Fall and Holiday product performance, higher provisions for excess inventory, particularly in our OshKosh retail and mass channel segments, and lower margins on certain mass channel products.
Income tax expense for the first quarter of fiscal 2008 includes a benefit of $1.6 million resulting from the reversal of income tax reserves following the completion of recent tax audits.
In the first quarter of fiscal 2008, net income was $11.6 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, compared to $9.6 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, in the first quarter of fiscal 2007. Excluding facility closure costs, as reconciled below, our adjusted net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2007 was $13.3 million, or $0.22 per diluted share. Net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2008, as compared to adjusted net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2007 decreased $1.8 million, or 13.5%, and diluted earnings per share decreased 13.6%.
"The retail environment continues to be very uncertain. Most of our wholesale customers have taken a more cautious outlook for 2008, which has impacted their demand for our products. While we believe spending in the young children's segment is less discretionary than other apparel segments, it has been impacted by the overall downturn in the economy and slowdown in consumer spending," noted Fred Rowan, Chairman and CEO.
"We continue to be very encouraged by the performance of our Carter's retail segment in this environment, with comparable store sales up over 12%. Our Carter's retail store performance helped to partially offset the continued weakness in our OshKosh segments and disappointing performance of our Child of Mine brand," continued Mr. Rowan.
"We've made significant investments in our OshKosh merchandising and retail teams to successfully execute the OshKosh turnaround strategy and have a better Child of Mine product offering launching in June 2008. It's unclear how long this market will remain uncertain. In the meantime, we will continue to focus on the things we can improve, including executing a far more comprehensive and impactful model to improve the competitiveness of our business."
The reconciliation of income as reported under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP") to income adjusted for closure costs is as follows:
(dollars in millions, except EPS) Three-month period ended March 31, 2007 Operating Net Diluted Income Income EPS Income, as reported (GAAP) $21.2 $9.6 $0.16 Distribution facility closure costs (a) 4.5 2.8 0.05 Accelerated depreciation (b) 1.5 0.9 0.01 Income, as adjusted (c) $27.2 $13.3 $0.22 (a) Costs associated with the closure of the OshKosh distribution facility. (b) Accelerated depreciation charges (included in selling, general, and administrative expenses) related to the closure of the OshKosh distribution facility. (c) In addition to the results provided in this earnings release in accordance with GAAP, the Company has provided adjusted, non-GAAP financial measurements that present operating income, net income, and net income on a diluted share basis excluding the adjustments discussed above. We believe these adjustments provide a more meaningful comparison of the Company's results. The adjusted, non- GAAP financial measurements included in this earnings release should not be considered as an alternative to net income or as any other measurement of performance derived in accordance with GAAP. The adjusted, non-GAAP financial information is presented for informational purposes only and is not necessarily indicative of the Company's future condition or results of operations.
Net cash provided by operating activities in the first quarter of fiscal 2008 was $28.9 million compared to $6.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2007, driven largely by changes in inventory levels.
In connection with the Company's $100 million share repurchase program, during the first quarter of fiscal 2008, the Company repurchased 674,358 shares of its common stock for approximately $10 million at an average price of $14.86 per share.
Quarterly Conference Call
The Company will broadcast its quarterly conference call on April 23, 2008 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. To participate in the call, please dial 1-913-981-5588. To listen to the live broadcast over the internet, please log on to http://www.carters.com, click on "Investor Relations," and click on the link "First Quarter Conference Call." A replay of the call will be available shortly after the broadcast through May 2, 2008, at 1-719-457-0820, passcode 5470912. This replay will be archived on the Company's website at the same location.
For more information on Carter's, Inc., please visit http://www.carters.com.
Statements contained herein that relate to the Company's future performance, including, without limitation, statements with respect to the Company's anticipated results for fiscal 2008 or any other future period, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based on current expectations only, and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, estimated, or projected. Factors that could cause actual results to materially differ include: a decrease in sales to, or the loss of one or more of, the Company's key customers; increased competition in the baby and young children's apparel market; the acceptance of our products in the marketplace; deflationary pressures on our prices; disruptions in foreign supply sources; negative publicity; our leverage, which increases our exposure to interest rate risk and could require us to dedicate a substantial portion of our cash flow to repay principal; changes in consumer preference and fashion trends; a decrease in the overall level of consumer spending; the impact of governmental regulations and environmental risks applicable to the Company's business; our ability to adequately forecast demand, which could create significant levels of excess inventory; our ability to identify new retail store locations, and negotiate appropriate lease terms for our retail stores; our ability to improve the performance of our retail and OshKosh wholesale segments; our ability to attract and retain key individuals within the organization; failure to realize the revenue growth, cost savings and other benefits that we expect from our acquisition of OshKosh B'Gosh, Inc., which could impact the carrying value of our intangible assets; and seasonal fluctuations in the children's apparel business. These risks are further described in our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the heading "Risk Factors" and "Forward-Looking Statements." The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
Contact: Eric Martin Vice President, Investor Relations (404) 745-2889 CARTER'S, INC. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (dollars in thousands, except for share data) (unaudited) Three-month periods ended March 29, March 31, 2008 2007 Net sales: Wholesale: Carter's $117,832 $112,653 OshKosh 18,449 24,993 Total Wholesale sales 136,281 137,646 Retail: Carter's 86,402 74,826 OshKosh 44,365 45,848 Total Retail sales 130,767 120,674 Mass Channel 62,924 61,808 Total net sales 329,972 320,128 Cost of goods sold 225,057 213,748 Gross profit 104,915 106,380 Selling, general, and administrative expenses 92,276 88,246 Closure costs -- 4,507 Royalty income (7,914) (7,545) Operating income 20,553 21,172 Interest expense, net 4,520 5,728 Income before income taxes 16,033 15,444 Provision for income taxes 4,474 5,833 Net income $11,559 $9,611 Basic net income per common share $0.20 $0.16 Diluted net income per common share $0.19 $0.16 Basic weighted-average number of shares outstanding 57,215,027 58,447,494 Diluted weighted-average number of shares outstanding 59,306,222 61,210,621 CARTER'S, INC. CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (dollars in thousands, except for share data) (unaudited) March 29, December 29, March 31, 2008 2007 2007 ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $65,546 $49,012 $41,750 Accounts receivable, net 128,501 119,707 116,864 Inventories, net 174,232 225,494 159,574 Assets held for sale 6,109 6,109 -- Prepaid expenses and other current assets 10,285 9,093 11,919 Deferred income taxes 25,293 24,234 18,905 Total current assets 409,966 433,649 349,012 Property, plant, and equipment, net 71,557 75,053 80,972 Tradenames 306,733 308,233 322,233 Cost in excess of fair value of net assets acquired 136,570 136,570 279,756 Deferred debt issuance costs, net 4,463 4,743 5,611 Licensing agreements, net 8,001 8,915 11,831 Leasehold interests, net 568 684 1,035 Other assets 7,193 6,821 10,540 Total assets $945,051 $974,668 $1,060,990 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Current maturities of long-term debt $4,379 $3,503 $2,627 Accounts payable 30,097 56,589 41,036 Other current liabilities 45,425 46,666 43,576 Total current liabilities 79,901 106,758 87,239 Long-term debt 337,150 338,026 341,529 Deferred income taxes 114,177 113,706 120,640 Other long-term liabilities 30,998 34,049 32,347 Total liabilities 562,226 592,539 581,755 Commitments and contingencies Stockholders' equity: Preferred stock; par value $.01 per share; 100,000 shares authorized; none issued or outstanding at March 29, 2008, December 29, 2007, and March 31, 2007 -- -- -- Common stock, voting; par value $.01 per share; 150,000,000 shares authorized; 57,008,933, 57,663,315, and 57,790,640 shares issued and outstanding at March 29, 2008, December 29, 2007, and March 31, 2007, respectively 570 576 578 Additional paid-in capital 223,778 232,356 247,075 Accumulated other comprehensive income 392 2,671 4,827 Retained earnings 158,085 146,526 226,755 Total stockholders' equity 382,825 382,129 479,235 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $945,051 $974,668 $1,060,990
SOURCE: Carter's, Inc. 04/22/2008
CONTACT: Eric Martin, Vice President, Investor Relations of Carter's,
Web site: http://www.carters.com