ATLANTA, April 26 /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 first quarter results for fiscal 2005.
Net sales in the first quarter of fiscal 2005 increased 13% to $206.2 million from $182.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2004. The increase in net sales was driven by growth in all channels, including an increase in retail comparable store sales of 8.8%. Net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2005 increased 34% to $13.8 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, from $10.3 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, in the first quarter of fiscal 2004.
Fred Rowan, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Carter's said, "We achieved record first quarter sales and earnings. In our wholesale segment, we are pleased with our spring product performance, especially in our playwear product category. Our retail segment has exceeded our expectations with growth driven by great core product and our new retail leadership team. In the mass channel, we have expanded our Child of Mine product offering to include newborn playwear and are very encouraged by the sell-throughs. We believe our diversified platform for growth will enable us to achieve our objectives for fiscal 2005."
First quarter net sales were led by an increase in retail store sales of $8.5 million, or 14%, to $67.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2005 from $59.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2004. This increase in retail store sales was driven by a comparable store sales increase of 8.8% and incremental revenue from eleven store openings since the first quarter of fiscal 2004. Also contributing to this growth was an increase in mass channel sales of $6.6 million, or 20%, to $39.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2005 from $32.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2004 driven by growth in sales of our Child of Mine brand to Wal-Mart, including our new playwear product line. Wholesale sales, excluding off-price sales, increased $5.6 million, or 6%, to $92.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2005 from $86.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2004 driven by our playwear and sleepwear product categories.
Cash flow from operations was $24.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2005 as compared to $13.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2004. Growth in cash flow from operations in the first quarter of fiscal 2005 reflects the growth in earnings and a reduction in accounts receivable, partially offset by decreases in accounts payable and other liabilities. In March of 2005, the Company made a voluntary payment of $20 million on its term loan. Since the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2004, the Company has reduced long-term debt by approximately 20%.
Carter's Business Outlook
This outlook is based on current expectations and includes "forward- looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. Although the Company believes the comments reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct.
($ in millions, except EPS) Second Quarter 2005 Fiscal Year 2005 Net sales $175 +12% (1) $895 to $910 +9% to +11% (2) Diluted EPS $0.24 +20% (1) $1.95 to $2.03 +17% to +22% (3) (1) Comparison to second quarter of fiscal 2004. (2) Comparison to fiscal 2004. (3) Estimated increase as compared to pro forma fiscal 2004 results of $1.67 per diluted share as previously described in our earnings release filed February 22, 2005 on Form 8-K.
Carter's will broadcast its quarterly conference call on April 27, 2005 at 8:30 a.m. EDT. To participate in the call, please dial 1-913-981-4910. 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, "First Quarter Conference Call." A replay of the call will be available shortly after the broadcast through midnight EDT, Friday, May 6, 2005, at 1-719-457-0820, pass code 5643788, 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 2005 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 most recently filed annual report 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.
CARTER'S, INC. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME (dollars in thousands, except for share data) (unaudited) Three-month periods ended April 2, April 3, 2005 2004 Net sales $206,207 $182,720 Cost of goods sold 130,442 116,450 Gross profit 75,765 66,270 Selling, general, and administrative expenses 51,996 47,370 Closure costs -- 534 Royalty income (3,523) (3,164) Operating income 27,292 21,530 Interest expense, net 4,402 4,624 Income before income taxes 22,890 16,906 Provision for income taxes 9,041 6,593 Net income $13,849 $10,313 Basic net income per common share $0.49 $0.37 Diluted net income per common share $0.46 $0.35 Basic weighted average number of shares outstanding 28,466,734 27,985,360 Diluted weighted average number of shares outstanding 30,181,110 29,836,179 CARTER'S, INC. CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET (dollars in thousands, except for share data) (unaudited) April 2, 2005 January 1, 2005 April 3, 2004 ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $36,548 $33,265 $38,156 Accounts receivable, net 75,806 80,440 72,781 Inventories, net 106,842 120,792 91,189 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 5,647 4,499 5,900 Deferred income taxes 10,950 12,571 8,177 Total current assets 235,793 251,567 216,203 Property, plant, and equipment, net 51,155 53,187 50,678 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 -- -- 1,875 Deferred debt issuance costs, net 5,287 5,867 7,188 Other assets 2,260 2,829 2,922 Total assets $654,010 $672,965 $638,381 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Current maturities of long-term debt $521 $724 $927 Accounts payable 18,111 26,453 25,372 Other current liabilities 35,089 40,696 32,386 Total current liabilities 53,721 67,873 58,685 Long-term debt 163,870 183,778 204,215 Deferred income taxes 83,597 83,579 82,749 Other long-term liabilities 9,802 9,802 9,816 Total liabilities 310,990 345,032 355,465 Commitments and contingencies Stockholders' equity: Preferred stock; par value $.01 per share; 100,000 shares authorized; none issued or outstanding at April 2, 2005, January 1, 2005, and April 3, 2004 -- -- -- Common stock, voting; par value $.01 per share; 40,000,000 shares authorized; 28,506,652 shares issued and outstanding at April 2, 2005, 28,432,452 shares issued and outstanding at January 1, 2005, and 27,985,360 shares issued and outstanding at April 3, 2004 285 284 280 Additional paid-in capital 248,838 247,610 241,847 Deferred compensation (86) (95) -- Retained earnings 93,983 80,134 40,789 Total stockholders' equity 343,020 327,933 282,916 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $654,010 $672,965 $638,381 Contact: Eric Martin, Vice President of Investor Relations (404) 745-2889
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