ATLANTA, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Carter's, Inc. (NYSE: CRI), the largest branded marketer in the United States of apparel exclusively for babies and young children, today reported its third quarter fiscal 2007 results.
Third Quarter of Fiscal 2007 compared to Third Quarter of Fiscal 2006
Consolidated net sales increased 4.8% to approximately $410.9 million. Net sales of the Company's Carter's brands increased 5.4% to $320.0 million. Net sales of the Company's OshKosh brand increased 2.8% to $91.0 million.
The Company's wholesale sales increased 5.1% to $178.1 million. Carter's wholesale sales, excluding off-price sales of $6.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2007 and $9.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2006, increased 6.9% to $144.0 million. OshKosh wholesale sales, excluding off- price sales of $1.0 million in each of the third quarters of fiscal 2007 and 2006, increased 9.9% to $27.2 million.
The Company's mass channel sales, which are comprised of sales of its Child of Mine brand to Wal-Mart and Just One Year brand to Target, increased $1.3 million, or 1.9% to $67.6 million. This increase was driven by a 6.5% increase in sales of our Just One Year brand, or $1.5 million. Sales from our Child of Mine brand were comparable to the third quarter of fiscal 2006.
Consolidated retail store sales increased 5.8% to $165.2 million. Carter's retail store sales increased 9.6% to $102.4 million, driven by sales of $5.4 million from new stores and a comparable store sales increase of $3.8 million, or 4.1%. OshKosh retail store sales of $62.8 million were comparable to last year and included $3.3 million of sales from new stores, partially offset by a comparable store sales decrease of $3.1 million, or 5.0%.
In the third quarter of fiscal 2007, the Company opened one Carter's retail store and three OshKosh retail stores. As of September 29, 2007, the Company had 222 Carter's and 162 OshKosh retail stores. In the fourth quarter, the Company plans to open seven Carter's and three OshKosh retail stores resulting in a total of ten store openings for Carter's and eight store openings for OshKosh in fiscal 2007.
For the third quarter of fiscal 2007, the Company's net income was $34.6 million, or $0.58 per diluted share, compared to net income of $35.0 million, or $0.57 per diluted share, in the third quarter of fiscal 2006.
"Despite a very challenging retail environment, our results for the third quarter were consistent with our expectations," noted Fred Rowan, Chairman and CEO. "We expect the market will continue to be difficult given the macroeconomic concerns impacting consumers. Accordingly, we continue to have a cautious outlook for the balance of the year.
"We're fortunate to own two of the strongest brands in young children's apparel, marketed to the best performing retailers in the country," added Mr. Rowan. "We believe our multiple brand and channel growth strategies, together with the significant investments made in 2007 in talent, product competitiveness, branding, and consumer research, will enable us to deliver better performance for our shareholders in 2008."
First Nine Months of Fiscal 2007 compared to First Nine Months of Fiscal 2006
Consolidated net sales increased 5.5% to approximately $1.0 billion. Net sales of the Company's Carter's brands increased 8.5% to $797.9 million. Net sales of the Company's OshKosh brand decreased 4.2% to $221.0 million.
The Company's wholesale sales increased 3.5% to $419.3 million. Carter's wholesale sales, excluding off-price sales of $19.5 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2007 and $22.8 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2006, increased 9.5% to $336.3 million. OshKosh wholesale sales, excluding off-price sales of $2.2 million and $5.9 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2007 and 2006, decreased 11.3% to $61.2 million.
The Company's mass channel sales increased 10.0% to $188.5 million. This increase was driven by a $10.8 million, or 9.9%, increase in sales of our Child of Mine brand and a $6.3 million, or 10.1%, increase in sales of our Just One Year brand.
Total retail store sales increased 5.5% to $411.1 million. Carter's retail store sales increased 8.4% to $253.5 million, driven by sales of $17.4 million from new stores and a comparable store sales increase of $4.8 million, or 2.1%, partially offset by the impact of store closures of $2.6 million. OshKosh retail store sales of $157.5 million increased 1.1% driven by sales of $10.2 million from new stores, partially offset by a comparable store sales decrease of $7.6 million, or 4.9%, and by the impact of store closures of $0.8 million. In the first nine months of fiscal 2007, the Company opened three Carter's and five OshKosh retail stores.
In connection with the closure of the Company's distribution facility located in White House, Tennessee, the Company recorded total pre-tax charges of approximately $7.4 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, during the first nine months of fiscal 2007. These charges include accelerated depreciation of $2.1 million. The Company expects to incur an additional $0.8 million in pre- tax charges related to this closure during the balance of fiscal 2007 and the first half of fiscal 2008. The estimated annualized savings resulting from the closure of this facility are approximately $4.0 million.
During the second quarter of fiscal 2007, the Company conducted a review of the value of the intangible assets that the Company recorded in connection with the acquisition of OshKosh B'Gosh, Inc. As a result of this analysis, the OshKosh Tradename asset was adjusted from $102 million to $90 million and the OshKosh Cost in Excess of Fair Value of Net Assets Acquired asset of $142.9 million was written off. Results for the first nine months of fiscal 2007 include non-cash, pre-tax intangible asset impairment charges of approximately $154.9 million.
In the first nine months of fiscal 2007, the Company's net loss was $99.2 million, or $1.71 per diluted share, compared to net income of $59.8 million, or $0.98 per diluted share, in the first nine months of fiscal 2006. Excluding the charges related to the impairment of the OshKosh intangible assets and costs related to the closure of our White House, Tennessee distribution facility, adjusted net income for the first nine months of fiscal 2007 decreased 6.5% to $55.9 million, and adjusted diluted earnings per share decreased 6.1% to $0.92. The reconciliation of the loss as reported under generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") to income adjusted for the impairment charges and closure costs is shown below.
(dollars in millions, except EPS) Nine-month period ended September 29, 2007 (Loss) Income Net Before (Loss) Diluted Taxes Income EPS Loss, as reported (GAAP) $(74.1) $(99.2) $(1.71) Intangible asset impairment (a) 154.9 150.5 2.59 Distribution facility closure costs (b) 5.2 3.3 0.06 Accelerated depreciation (c) 2.1 1.3 0.02 Diluted share count impact (d) -- -- (0.04) Income, as adjusted (e) $88.1 $55.9 $0.92 (a) OshKosh-related intangible asset impairment charges. (b) Costs associated with the closure of the White House, Tennessee distribution facility. (c) Accelerated depreciation charges (included in selling, general, and administrative expenses) related to the closure of the White House, Tennessee distribution facility. (d) When reporting a loss in accordance with GAAP, the number of diluted weighted average shares is equal to the number of basic weighted average shares. This adjustment reflects the impact of the difference between the number of diluted shares used for calculating GAAP EPS (58.0 million shares) and the number of diluted shares used for calculating adjusted EPS (60.5 million shares). (e) 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 income before taxes, 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. These 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 used in operating activities during the first nine months of fiscal 2007 was $38.6 million compared to $5.2 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2006. Net cash flow used in operations in the first nine months of fiscal 2007 was driven primarily by increases in inventory levels due to the timing of receipts of playwear product inventory, carrying higher levels of inventory to better support our retail stores, and increased levels of Carter's baby product inventory to support higher demand.
In connection with the Company's $100 million share repurchase program, during the first nine months of fiscal 2007, the Company repurchased 1,985,519 shares of its common stock for approximately $47.4 million at an average price of $23.88 per share.
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 per share data) Fourth Quarter 2007 (a) Fiscal Year 2007 (c) Consolidated Net Sales $388 +3% $1,407 +5% Consolidated Adjusted Diluted EPS $0.50 +11% (b) $1.42 0% (d) (a) Comparison to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2006. (b) Fourth quarter of fiscal 2007 excludes $0.2 million in estimated after-tax costs related to the closure of our White House, Tennessee distribution facility. (c) Comparison to fiscal 2006. (d) Fiscal 2007 excludes approximately $150.5 million of non-cash, after- tax impairment charges, or $2.59 per diluted share, and $4.8 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, in estimated after-tax costs related to the closure of the White House, Tennessee distribution facility.
The Company will broadcast its quarterly conference call on October 24, 2007 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. To participate in the call, please dial 1-913- 981-5543. 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 click on the link "Third Quarter Conference Call." A replay of the call will be available shortly after the broadcast through October 30, 2007, at 1-719- 457-0820, passcode 7498164. This replay will also be archived on the Company's website at the same location.
For more information on Carter's, Inc., please visit 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 2007 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 substantial 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 will result from our acquisition of OshKosh B'Gosh, Inc., which could further 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 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the headings "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 STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS (dollars in thousands, except for share data) (unaudited) Three-month periods ended Nine-month periods ended September 29, September 30, September 29, September 30, 2007 2006 2007 2006 Net Sales: Wholesale: Carter's $149,918 $143,624 $355,865 $330,080 OshKosh 28,197 25,778 63,417 74,870 Total Wholesale sales 178,115 169,402 419,282 404,950 Retail: Carter's 102,429 93,493 253,530 233,956 OshKosh 62,800 62,739 157,533 155,754 Total Retail sales 165,229 156,232 411,063 389,710 Mass Channel 67,605 66,343 188,507 171,341 Total net sales 410,949 391,977 1,018,852 966,001 Cost of goods sold 265,093 244,757 671,198 613,382 Gross profit 145,856 147,220 347,654 352,619 Selling, general, and administrative expenses 94,241 93,496 267,122 258,944 Intangible asset impairment -- -- 154,886 -- Closure costs 256 -- 5,233 91 Royalty income (8,649) (7,782) (22,894) (21,610) Operating income (loss) 60,008 61,506 (56,693) 115,194 Interest expense, net 6,021 6,554 17,453 20,367 Income (loss) before income taxes 53,987 54,952 (74,146) 94,827 Provision for income taxes 19,369 19,975 25,074 35,046 Net income (loss) $34,618 $34,977 $(99,220) $59,781 Basic net income (loss) per common share $0.60 $0.60 $(1.71) $1.03 Diluted net income (loss) per common share $0.58 $0.57 $(1.71) $0.98 Basic weighted-average number of shares outstanding 57,745,717 57,949,783 58,010,633 57,845,521 Diluted weighted- average number of shares outstanding 59,975,130 61,094,141 58,010,633 61,173,247 CARTER'S, INC. CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET (dollars in thousands, except for share data) (unaudited) September 29, December 30, September 30, 2007 2006 2006 ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $9,254 $68,545 $29,956 Accounts receivable, net 160,069 110,615 150,835 Inventories, net 246,529 193,588 199,849 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 13,385 7,296 9,696 Assets held for sale 6,109 -- -- Deferred income taxes 20,729 22,377 19,739 Total current assets 456,075 402,421 410,075 Property, plant, and equipment, net 72,829 87,940 79,863 Tradenames 308,233 322,233 322,233 Cost in excess of fair value of net assets acquired 136,570 279,756 279,756 Deferred debt issuance costs, net 5,031 5,903 6,797 Licensing agreements, net 9,829 12,895 13,959 Leasehold interests, net 801 1,151 1,268 Other assets 8,234 10,892 5,144 Total assets $997,602 $1,123,191 $1,119,095 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Current maturities of long-term debt $2,627 $2,627 $2,984 Accounts payable 69,971 70,878 44,395 Other current liabilities 51,454 63,012 79,151 Total current liabilities 124,052 136,517 126,530 Revolving loan facility 21,600 -- -- Long-term debt 339,778 342,405 389,915 Deferred income taxes 114,481 125,784 126,145 Other long-term liabilities 32,443 22,994 22,111 Total liabilities 632,354 627,700 664,701 Commitments and contingencies Stockholders' equity: Preferred stock; par value $.01 per share; 100,000 shares authorized; none issued or outstanding at September 29, 2007, December 30, 2006, and September 30, 2006 -- -- -- Common stock, voting; par value $.01 per share; 150,000,000 shares authorized; 57,926,790, 58,927,280, and 58,179,118 shares issued and outstanding at September 29, 2007, December 30, 2006, and September 30, 2006 579 589 582 Additional paid-in capital 242,780 275,045 265,345 Accumulated other comprehensive income 3,965 5,301 1,350 Retained earnings 117,924 214,556 187,117 Total stockholders' equity 365,248 495,491 454,394 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $997,602 $1,123,191 $1,119,095
SOURCE Carter's, Inc.
Eric Martin Vice President, Investor Relations of Carter's Inc.
Web site: http://www.carters.com