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Carter's, Inc. Reports First Quarter Results

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

    (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, 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.

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Cautionary Language

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.

    Eric Martin
    Vice President, Investor Relations
    (404) 745-2889

                                CARTER'S, INC.
                (dollars in thousands, except for share data)

                                                   Three-month periods ended
                                                    March 29,      March 31,
                                                      2008           2007
    Net sales:
        Carter's                                    $117,832       $112,653
        OshKosh                                       18,449         24,993
          Total Wholesale sales                      136,281        137,646
        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)

                                     March 29,     December 29,    March 31,
                                       2008            2007          2007
    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


    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,
Inc., +1-404-745-2889
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