ATLANTA, July 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Carter's, Inc. (NYSE: CRI), the largest branded marketer of apparel for babies and young children in the United States, today reported its second quarter results for fiscal 2004.
Net sales in the second quarter of fiscal 2004 increased 12% to $156.3 million from $140.0 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2003. The increase in net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2004 includes a $7.9 million, or 12%, increase in wholesale sales from $65.6 million to $73.5 million and a $5.0 million, or 28%, increase in sales to the mass channel from $17.8 million to $22.8 million. Growth in wholesale sales was driven by increases in all product categories, including strong sleepwear product performance. Growth in the mass channel reflects the benefit from a full three-months of sales of our Child of Mine brand to Wal-Mart, which launched in June of 2003, and growth in sales of the Tykes brand to Target stores.
The Company's retail store sales in the second quarter of fiscal 2004 increased $3.4 million, or 6%, to $60.0 million from $56.6 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2003 due to incremental sales from 15 new store openings since June of 2003. Comparable store sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2004 were flat to the second quarter of fiscal 2003. As of July 3, 2004, Carter's had a total of 174 retail stores, and we plan to open five stores and close four stores during the balance of fiscal 2004.
Fred Rowan, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Carter's said, "We are very pleased with our performance in the second quarter of 2004 despite a challenging retail environment. We continue to focus on product leadership in all channels of distribution. We continue to successfully demonstrate the strength of our growth initiatives, and we are on track to achieve our financial goals for 2004."
For the second quarter ended July 3, 2004, net income increased 183% to $5.9 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, from $2.1 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, for the second quarter ended July 5, 2003. Net income in the second quarter includes a benefit of $933,000, or $0.03 per diluted share, which represents the cumulative effect of a correction in the cost of inventory.
Compared to pro forma net income of $3.1 million, or $0.11 per diluted share for the second quarter ended July 5, 2003, further described below, net income for the second quarter ended July 3, 2004 increased 91% to $5.9 million, or $0.20 per diluted share. Excluding the effect of the inventory adjustment of $0.03 per diluted share described above, diluted earnings per share for the second quarter ended July 3, 2004 would have been $0.17 per diluted share, an increase of 55% as compared to pro forma diluted earnings per share of $0.11 for the second quarter ended July 5, 2003.
Net sales in the first half of fiscal 2004 increased 11% to $339.0 million from $306.0 million for the first half of fiscal 2003. In our wholesale channel, net sales increased $1.9 million, or 1%, in the first half of fiscal 2004 to $164.1 million from $162.2 million in the first half of fiscal 2003. As expected, wholesale net sales growth in the second quarter of fiscal 2004 more than offset the 6% decline in wholesale net sales experienced during the first quarter of fiscal 2004.
Net sales to the mass channel in the first half of fiscal 2004 increased $25.5 million to $55.7 million from $30.2 million in the first half of fiscal 2003. This growth reflects sales of our Child of Mine brand to Wal-Mart, which launched in June of 2003, and growth in sales of the Tykes brand to Target stores.
The Company's retail store sales in the first half of fiscal 2004 increased $5.7 million, or 5%, to $119.2 million from $113.5 million in the first half of fiscal 2003 due to incremental sales from new store openings and a comparable store sales increase of 1.8%. During the first half of fiscal 2004, the Company opened five stores.
For the first half of fiscal 2004, net income increased 80% to $16.2 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, from $9.0 million, or $0.38 per diluted share for the first half of fiscal 2003. Pro forma net income increased 50% to $16.6 million, or $0.55 per diluted share for the first half of fiscal 2004 compared to pro forma net income of $11.0 million, or $0.38 per diluted share for the first half of fiscal 2003. Excluding the effect of the inventory adjustment of $0.03 per diluted share described above, pro forma diluted earnings per share for the first half of fiscal 2004 would have been $0.52 per diluted share, an increase of 37% as compared to pro forma diluted earnings per share of $0.38 for the first half of fiscal 2003.
Net cash used in operations was $5.4 million in the first half of fiscal 2004 compared to net cash used in operations of $21.9 million in the first half of fiscal 2003. Net cash used in operations in the first half of fiscal 2004 reflects the growth in earnings and favorable changes in working capital.
Carter's Business Outlook
This outlook is based on current expectations and includes "forward- looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. Although the Company believes the comments reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct.
($ in millions, except EPS) Third Quarter 2004 Fiscal Year 2004 Net sales $234.0 +10% (1) $775.0 +10% (3) Diluted EPS $0.57 +19% (2) $1.56 to $1.58 +28% to +30% (4) (1) Comparison to third quarter of fiscal 2003. (2) Estimated increase as compared to pro forma third quarter fiscal 2003 results adjusted to reflect $0.9 million in after tax interest savings, $0.6 million in after-tax plant closure costs, and increased diluted share count of approximately 5.4 million shares resulting from the initial public offering and associated debt reduction that occurred during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2003. (3) Comparison to fiscal 2003. (4) Estimated increase in projected 2004 net income per share, including $0.03 per share benefit from the cumulative effect of the inventory adjustment, as compared to pro forma fiscal 2003 results of $1.22 per diluted share as previously described in our earnings release filed March 1, 2004 on Form 8-K.
Carter's will broadcast its quarterly conference call on July 29, 2004 at 8:30 a.m. EDT. To participate in the call, please dial 1-800-810-0924. For international calls, please dial 1-913-981-4900. To listen to the live broadcast over the internet, please log on to http://www.carters.com, go to "Investor Relations" and then click on the link "Second Quarter Conference Call." A replay of the call will be available shortly after the broadcast through midnight EDT, August 6, at 1-888-203-1112, pass code 511730, and archived on the Company's website at the same location as the live webcast.
For more information on Carter's, 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 2004 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, the Company's leverage which increases the Company's exposure to interest rate risk and could require the Company to dedicate a substantial portion of its cash flow to repay principal, 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 the Company's prospectus dated October 23, 2003 under the headings "Risk Factors," "Business-Competition; Certain Risks," 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.
Pro forma Net Income
Pro forma results for the first half of fiscal 2004 exclude $0.3 million in after-tax restructuring charges related to the closures of the Company's sewing facilities in Costa Rica and a distribution facility in Leola, Pennsylvania. Pro forma results for the second quarter and first half of fiscal 2003 include $1.0 million and $2.0 million, net of tax, respectively, to reflect pro forma interest savings associated with the Company's debt reduction completed in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2003 as if it had occurred at the beginning of fiscal 2003. These adjustments are set forth in the reconciliation of results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) to the pro forma results shown in the table below. The number of weighted average shares in the second quarter and first half of fiscal 2003 has been adjusted in the pro forma earnings per share calculations to give effect to the initial public offering and to treat the incremental shares sold as if they were outstanding for the periods presented. The Company believes that the pro forma information in this release provides a meaningful comparison of its operational and financial results.
In addition to the results provided in this earnings release in accordance with GAAP, the Company has provided pro forma, 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 pro forma net income and pro forma net income per share. The pro forma, 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 pro forma, non-GAAP financial information is presented for informational purposes only and is not necessarily indicative of our future condition or results of operations. Also, this earnings release and the reconciliation from GAAP results to pro forma results can be found on the Company's website at http://www.carters.com.
CARTER'S, INC. GAAP VS. PRO FORMA RESULTS (dollars in thousands, except for share data) (unaudited) Three-month Six-month periods ended periods ended July 3, July 5, July 3, July 5, 2004 2003 2004 2003 Net income (GAAP) $5,917 $2,088 $16,230 $8,998 Pro forma adjustments (net of tax): Closure costs -- -- 329 -- Pro forma interest expense savings -- 1,015 -- 2,030 Pro forma net income $5,917 $3,103 $16,559 $11,028 Diluted weighted average shares outstanding, as reported 29,890,163 24,023,255 29,875,271 23,974,808 Adjustment for initial public offering -- 5,390,625 -- 5,390,625 Pro forma diluted weighted average shares outstanding 29,890,163 29,413,880 29,875,271 29,365,433 Diluted net income per share, as reported $0.20 $0.09 $0.54 $0.38 Pro forma diluted net income per share $0.20 $0.11 $0.55 $0.38 CARTER'S, INC. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME (dollars in thousands, except for share data) (unaudited) Three-month Six-month periods ended periods ended July 3, July 5, July 3, July 5, 2004 2003 2004 2003 Net sales $156,307 $140,008 $339,027 $306,001 Cost of goods sold 96,716 90,153 213,166 195,542 Gross profit 59,591 49,855 125,861 110,459 Selling, general, and administrative expenses 48,030 41,843 95,394 86,764 Closure costs -- -- 540 -- Royalty income (2,504) (1,903) (5,668) (4,457) Operating income 14,065 9,915 35,595 28,152 Interest expense, net 4,364 6,519 8,988 13,521 Income before income taxes 9,701 3,396 26,607 14,631 Provision for income taxes 3,784 1,308 10,377 5,633 Net income $5,917 $2,088 $16,230 $8,998 Basic net income per common share $0.21 $0.09 $0.58 $0.40 Diluted net income per common share $0.20 $0.09 $0.54 $0.38 Basic weighted average number of shares outstanding 28,002,221 22,552,137 27,993,791 22,550,452 Diluted weighted average number of shares outstanding 29,890,163 24,023,255 29,875,271 23,974,808 CARTER'S, INC. CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET (dollars in thousands, except for share data) July 3, 2004 January 3, 2004 July 5, 2003 ASSETS (unaudited) (unaudited) Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $13,176 $36,061 $4,959 Accounts receivable, net 71,982 65,318 59,904 Inventories, net 148,423 104,760 132,910 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 3,401 6,625 5,065 Deferred income taxes 8,301 9,045 11,096 Total current assets 245,283 221,809 213,934 Property, plant, and equipment, net 52,627 50,502 49,952 Tradename 220,233 220,233 220,233 Cost in excess of fair value of net assets acquired 139,282 139,282 139,282 Licensing agreements, net 625 3,125 5,625 Deferred debt issuance costs, net 6,837 7,666 10,433 Other assets 2,943 3,485 3,659 Total assets $667,830 $646,102 $643,118 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Current maturities of long-term debt $ 927 $3,336 $1,201 Accounts payable 50,428 30,436 34,253 Other current liabilities 30,429 37,405 35,538 Total current liabilities 81,784 71,177 70,992 Long-term debt 204,002 209,377 290,742 Deferred income taxes 82,293 83,196 82,926 Other long-term liabilities 9,816 9,816 10,001 Total liabilities 377,895 373,566 454,661 Commitments and contingencies Stockholders' equity: Preferred stock; par value $.01 per share; 100,000 shares authorized; none issued or outstanding at July 3, 2004, January 3, 2004, and July 5, 2003 -- -- -- Common stock, voting; par value $.01 per share; 40,000,000 shares authorized; 28,073,103 issued and outstanding at July 3, 2004; 27,985,360 issued and outstanding at January 3, 2004; 22,558,884 issued and outstanding at July 5, 2003 281 280 226 Additional paid-in capital 242,948 241,780 147,142 Retained earnings 46,706 30,476 41,089 Total stockholders' equity 289,935 272,536 188,457 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $667,830 $646,102 $643,118
SOURCE Carter's, Inc.
CONTACT: Eric Martin, Director of Investor Relations of Carter's, Inc.,
Web site: http://www.carters.com