- FOURTH QUARTER SALES INCREASED $118 MILLION, UP 51% - FOURTH QUARTER GAAP DILUTED EPS $0.57; ADJUSTED EPS $0.68, UP 36% - FISCAL 2005 SALES INCREASED $298 MILLION, UP 36% - FISCAL 2005 GAAP DILUTED EPS $1.55; ADJUSTED EPS $2.45, UP 47% - FISCAL 2005 OPERATING CASH FLOW INCREASED $95 MILLION
ATLANTA, Feb. 21 /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 fourth quarter and fiscal 2005 results.
As noted in its press release dated July 14, 2005, Carter's, Inc. (the "Company") acquired all of the outstanding common stock of OshKosh B'Gosh, Inc. ("OshKosh") for a purchase price of $312.1 million (the "Acquisition"). As part of financing the Acquisition, the Company refinanced its existing debt (the "Refinancing"), including its former senior credit facility, and repurchased all of its 10.875% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2011 (the "Notes"). Results for fiscal 2005 include OshKosh's results for the period from July 14, 2005 through December 31, 2005, whereas the results for fiscal 2004 reflect the Company's results on a stand-alone basis.
Fourth Quarter 2005 Compared to Fourth Quarter 2004
Net sales increased 50.6% to $350.5 million. This increase reflects growth in all channels of distribution and includes $103.7 million in net sales from OshKosh. Excluding OshKosh, net sales increased 6.1% to $246.8 million.
Retail store sales increased 98.0% to $170.2 million. Excluding OshKosh retail store sales of $76.6 million, retail store sales increased 8.9% to $93.6 million. This increase was driven by a 6.1% increase in comparable store sales and new store openings.
The Company's wholesale sales increased 28.4% to $138.3 million. Excluding OshKosh wholesale sales of $27.0 million, wholesale sales increased 3.2% to $111.3 million. Mass channel sales increased 7.6% to $42.0 million.
Net income increased 15.4% to $17.3 million, or $0.57 per diluted share, including charges related to the Acquisition and plant closure costs. Excluding these charges, adjusted net income increased 37.5% to $20.7 million, or $0.68 per diluted share. The reconciliation of income, as reported under generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), to income adjusted for these charges is shown below.
(dollars in millions, except EPS) Three-month period ended December 31, 2005 Income Before Net Diluted Taxes Income EPS Income, as reported (GAAP) $28.5 $17.3 $0.57 Acquisition charges: Inventory step-up (a) 3.5 2.2 0.07 Intangible amortization (b) 1.2 0.7 0.02 4.7 2.9 0.09 Facility closings: Mexico closure costs (c) 0.8 0.5 0.02 5.5 3.4 0.11 Income, as adjusted $34.0 $20.7 $0.68 (a) Fair value step-up of inventory acquired from OshKosh included in cost of goods sold. (b) Non-cash charges associated with the Acquisition, including the amortization of OshKosh intangible assets, primarily licensing agreements. (c) Charges associated with the closure of the Company's sewing facilities in Mexico.
Fred Rowan, Chairman and CEO, noted that, "Our results continue to reflect the strength of our diversified platform for growth. We grew in all of our channels of distribution in the fourth quarter, including a 6.1% comparable store sales increase in our Carter's retail stores. We have made significant progress in the initial phases of the OshKosh integration. With OshKosh, we reached over $1 billion in sales in fiscal 2005 and created significant synergies and organic growth opportunities, which we believe will enable us to sustain our long-term growth objectives."
Fiscal 2005 Compared to Fiscal 2004
Net sales increased 36.2% to $1.1 billion, including $199.8 million in net sales from OshKosh. Excluding OshKosh, net sales increased 12.0% to $921.5 million.
Retail store sales increased 56.7% to $456.6 million. Excluding OshKosh retail store sales of $140.1 million, retail store sales increased 8.6% to $316.5 million. This increase was driven by a 4.8% increase in comparable store sales and 17 new store openings. As of December 31, 2005, the Company had 193 Carter's retail stores and 142 OshKosh retail stores.
The Company's wholesale sales increased 26.2% to $486.8 million. Excluding OshKosh wholesale sales of $59.7 million, wholesale sales increased 10.7% to $427.0 million. Net sales to the mass channel increased 22.0% to $178.0 million.
Net income decreased 4.9% to $47.2 million, or $1.55 per diluted share, including charges related to the Refinancing, charges related to the Acquisition, and plant closure costs. Excluding these charges, adjusted net income increased 48.5% to $74.3 million, or $2.45 per diluted share. The reconciliation of income, as reported under GAAP, to income adjusted for these charges is shown below.
(dollars in millions, except EPS) Fiscal year ended December 31, 2005 Income Before Net Diluted Taxes Income EPS Income, as reported (GAAP) $77.9 $47.2 $1.55 Refinancing: Tender premium (a) 14.0 8.5 0.28 Debt issuance costs (b) 5.6 3.4 0.11 Unamortized discount (c) 0.5 0.3 0.01 20.1 12.2 0.40 Acquisition charges: Inventory step-up (d) 13.9 8.5 0.28 Intangible amortization (e) 2.2 1.3 0.04 16.1 9.8 0.32 Facility closings: Mexico closure costs (f) 8.4 5.1 0.18 44.6 27.1 0.90 Income, as adjusted $122.5 $74.3 $2.45 (a) Tender premium to repurchase the Notes. (b) Non-cash charge to write off debt issuance costs associated with the Refinancing. (c) Non-cash charge related to the write-off of the unamortized discount on the Notes. (d) Fair value step-up of inventory acquired from OshKosh included in cost of goods sold. (e) Non-cash charges associated with the Acquisition, including the amortization of OshKosh intangible assets, primarily licensing agreements. (f) Charges associated with the closure of the Company's sewing facilities in Mexico, including $1.6 million of accelerated depreciation in cost of goods sold.
Net cash provided by operations was $137.3 million in fiscal 2005 compared to net cash provided by operations of $42.7 million in fiscal 2004. Net cash provided by operations reflects the increase in earnings, adjusted for non- cash charges and Refinancing charges, and favorable changes in working capital. Additionally, since the Acquisition, the Company has paid down $70 million of its new $500 million term loan.
As part of our integration, we have closed all 15 OshKosh "Lifestyle" stores and 14 underperforming OshKosh outlet stores. With the closure of OshKosh's Liberty, Kentucky distribution center, we have consolidated OshKosh's distribution network. We have closed OshKosh's Choloma, Honduras sewing facility and have also recently announced our plans to close OshKosh's Uman, Mexico sewing facility during the first half of fiscal 2006. These closures will complete our transition to third-party sourcing of OshKosh products.
During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005, we opened 10 Carter's retail stores and closed three stores. In total, we opened 17 Carter's retail stores in fiscal 2005 and closed four stores.
Our business outlook is based on our current expectations and includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. Although the Company believes the comments reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct.
(dollars in millions, except for share data) First Quarter 2006 Fiscal Year 2006 Consolidated Net Sales $292.0 +42%(a) $1,325 to $1,360 +18% to +21% (b) Consolidated Adjusted Diluted EPS $0.53 +15%(c) $2.90 to $2.95 +18% to +20% (d) (a) Comparison to the first quarter of fiscal 2005. (b) Comparison to fiscal 2005. (c) First quarter of fiscal 2006 excludes $0.6 million in stock option expense related to the adoption of SFAS 123R, or $0.02 per diluted share, $0.7 million in amortization of licensing agreements and leasehold interests, or $0.02 per diluted share, and $0.2 million in charges associated with the closure of Carter's sewing facilities in Mexico, or $0.01 per diluted share. Estimated adjusted increase compared to first quarter of fiscal 2005 results of $0.46 per diluted share. (d) Fiscal 2006 excludes $3.0 million in stock option expense related to the adoption of SFAS 123R, or $0.10 per diluted share, $2.9 million in amortization of licensing agreements and leasehold interests, or $0.10 per diluted share, and $0.3 million in charges associated with the closure of Carter's sewing facilities in Mexico. Estimated adjusted increase compared to adjusted fiscal 2005 results of $2.45 per diluted share as described above, excluding plant closure costs, purchase accounting charges (amortization of licensing agreements, leasehold interests, and inventory adjustments), and debt extinguishment costs.
The Company will broadcast its quarterly conference call on February 22, 2006 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. To participate in the call, please dial 1- 913-981-4910. To listen to the live broadcast over the internet, please log on to www.carters.com, go to "About Carter's," click on "Investor Relations," and then click on the link "Fourth Quarter Conference Call." A replay of the call will be available shortly after the broadcast through midnight Eastern Time, March 3, 2006, at 1-719-457-0820, passcode 5943057, and will be archived on the Company's website at the same location as the live webcast.
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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 2006 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, deflationary trends in prices, disruptions in foreign supply sources, negative publicity, the loss of one or more of the Company's major suppliers for raw materials, competition in the baby and young children's apparel market, changes in consumer preference and fashion trends, a decrease in the overall level of consumer spending, the Company's exposure to interest rate risk, the impact of governmental regulations and environmental risks applicable to the Company's business, and seasonal fluctuations in the children's apparel business. These risks are described in Carter's, Inc.'s and OshKosh B'Gosh, Inc.'s most recently filed annual reports on Form 10-K under the headings "Risk Factors" and "Statement Regarding 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 INCOME (dollars in thousands, except for share data) (unaudited) Three-month periods ended Fiscal years ended December 31, January 1, December 31, January 1, 2005 2005 2005 2005 Net sales: Wholesale $138,349 $107,790 $486,750 $385,810 Retail 170,156 85,941 456,581 291,362 Mass Channel 41,988 39,006 178,027 145,949 Total net sales 350,493 232,737 1,121,358 823,121 Cost of goods sold 224,712 148,426 725,086 525,082 Gross profit 125,781 84,311 396,272 298,039 Selling, general, and administrative expenses 96,082 57,082 288,624 208,756 Facility closure costs 750 31 6,828 620 Royalty income (6,882) (3,105) (20,426) (12,362) Operating income 35,831 30,303 121,246 101,025 Loss on extinguishment of debt -- -- 20,137 -- Interest expense, net 7,340 4,863 23,242 18,517 Income before income taxes 28,491 25,440 77,867 82,508 Provision for income taxes 11,166 10,424 30,665 32,850 Net income $17,325 $15,016 $47,202 $49,658 Basic net income per common share $0.60 $0.53 $1.65 $1.77 Diluted net income per common share $0.57 $0.50 $1.55 $1.66 Basic weighted average number of shares outstanding 28,794,402 28,404,776 28,640,252 28,125,584 Diluted weighted average number of shares outstanding 30,494,743 30,077,042 30,376,692 29,927,957 Adjusted Net Income
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 net income and net income on a per share basis excluding certain adjustments discussed above. Details of these items are presented in the table below, which reconciles the GAAP results to adjusted net income and adjusted net income per share. 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. Also, this earnings release and the reconciliation from GAAP results to adjusted results can be found on the Company's website at www.carters.com.
Adjusted net income for fiscal 2005 excludes the following after-tax adjustments:
Refinancing: - Tender premium of $8.5 million to repurchase the Notes; - Non-cash charge of $3.4 million to write off debt issuance costs associated with the refinancing; - Non-cash charge of $0.3 million related to the write-off of an unamortized discount on the Notes; Acquisition charges: - Charge of $8.5 million related to a fair value step-up of inventory acquired from OshKosh, included in cost of goods sold; - Non-cash charges of $1.3 million for the amortization of licensing agreements and leasehold interests; and Facility closings: - Charge of $5.1 million associated with closure of the Carter's sewing facilities in Mexico.
Adjusted results for fiscal 2004 exclude $0.4 million in after-tax restructuring charges related to the closures of the Carter's sewing facilities in Costa Rica and a distribution facility in Leola, Pennsylvania. These adjustments are set forth in the reconciliation of results in accordance with GAAP to the adjusted results shown in the table below. The Company believes that the adjusted information in this press release provides a meaningful comparison of its operational and financial results.
CARTER'S, INC. GAAP VS. ADJUSTED RESULTS (dollars in thousands, except for share data) (unaudited) Three-month periods ended Fiscal years ended December 31, January 1, December 31, January 1, 2005 2005 2005 2005 Net income, as reported (GAAP) $17,325 $15,016 $47,202 $49,658 Adjustments (net of tax): Refinancing: Tender premium -- -- 8,479 -- Write-off of debt issuance costs -- -- 3,381 -- Write-off of unamortized debt discount -- -- 323 -- -- -- 12,183 -- Acquisition charges: Amortization of inventory step-up 2,153 -- 8,479 -- Amortization of OshKosh licensing agreements and leasehold interests 732 -- 1,342 -- 2,885 -- 9,821 -- Facility closings: Mexico closure costs 454 -- 5,099 -- Other closure costs -- 15 -- 373 Net income, as adjusted $20,664 $15,031 $74,305 $50,031 Diluted weighted average shares outstanding, as reported 30,494,743 30,077,042 30,376,692 29,927,957 Diluted net income per share, as reported $0.57 $0.50 $1.55 $1.66 Diluted net income per share, as adjusted $0.68 $0.50 $2.45 $1.67 CARTER'S, INC. CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET (dollars in thousands, except for share data) (unaudited) December 31, 2005 January 1, 2005 ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $84,276 $33,265 Accounts receivable, net 96,144 80,440 Inventories, net 188,454 120,792 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 6,262 4,499 Deferred income taxes 23,909 12,571 Total current assets 399,045 251,567 Property, plant, and equipment, net 79,458 53,187 Tradenames 322,233 220,233 Cost in excess of fair value of net assets acquired 284,172 139,282 Licensing agreements, net 17,150 -- Leasehold interests, net 1,619 -- Deferred debt issuance costs, net 8,257 5,867 Other assets 4,793 2,829 Total assets $1,116,727 $672,965 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Current maturities of long-term debt $3,241 $724 Accounts payable 63,735 26,453 Other current liabilities 87,037 38,422 Total current liabilities 154,013 65,599 Long-term debt 426,791 183,778 Deferred income taxes 124,439 83,579 Other long-term liabilities 24,840 12,076 Total liabilities 730,083 345,032 Commitments and contingencies Stockholders' equity: Preferred stock; par value $.01 per share; 100,000 shares authorized; none issued or outstanding at December 31, 2005 and January 1, 2005 -- -- Common stock, voting; par value $.01 per share; 40,000,000 shares authorized; 28,909,729 shares and 28,432,452 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2005 and January 1, 2005 289 284 Additional paid-in capital 260,414 247,610 Deferred compensation (2,749) (95) Accumulated other comprehensive income 1,354 -- Retained earnings 127,336 80,134 Total stockholders' equity 386,644 327,933 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $1,116,727 $672,965
SOURCE Carter's, Inc.
Vice President, Investor Relations of Carter's, Inc.
Web site: http://www.carters.com