FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif., May 28, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Wet Seal, Inc. (Nasdaq:WTSLA), a leading specialty retailer to young women, announced results for its fiscal first quarter ended May 2, 2009, and introduced guidance for the second quarter of fiscal 2009. The company provided segment information on Wet Seal and Arden B in Exhibit B.
For the First Quarter:
Ed Thomas, chief executive officer, commented, "We remained focused on executing on key initiatives during the first quarter. We were very pleased to see early signs of a turnaround in our Arden B business, which generated healthy operating income in excess of $2.5 million in the first quarter and delivered positive comparable store sales for the first month in two years in April. While Wet Seal results were pressured by a difficult retail environment and were impacted by inventory mix issues identified early in the quarter, we maintained strong operational discipline and continued with our store remodeling efforts and several merchandising initiatives that we expect will improve store level productivity and profitability at this division."
Mr. Thomas continued, "As of quarter-end, inventory per square foot declined 4.0% versus the prior year quarter, with Arden B down 21.4% and Wet Seal up 0.9%. While unit inventories at Arden B are up versus the prior year to support the increased sales volume associated with recent price reductions, strong inventory management resulted in continued decline in inventory investment and increased inventory turns. The slight inventory increase at Wet Seal was due mainly to a strategy to increase depth in our most popular denim styles. That said, we will continue to closely monitor inventory levels and maintain tight controls based on the current environment."
The Company generated cash flows from operations of $1.8 million during the 13 weeks ended May 2, 2009, and ended the quarter with $139.2 million of cash and cash equivalents and $2.9 million of long-term debt, comprised of Convertible Notes, net of discount.
Store Openings and Closings
The Company opened one Wet Seal store and closed four Arden B stores during the first quarter. At May 2, 2009, the Company operated 493 stores in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, including 410 Wet Seal stores and 83 Arden B stores.
Capital Expenditures and Depreciation
During the first quarter, the Company incurred capital expenditures of $6.9 million, of which $6.0 million was for construction of new stores and remodels of existing stores. The Company recognized tenant improvement allowances of $0.2 million associated primarily with new store construction, resulting in net capital expenditures for the quarter of $6.7 million.
Depreciation in the first quarter totaled $3.6 million as compared to $3.6 million in the prior year first quarter.
During the first quarter, the Company did not repurchase shares and does not have an existing share repurchase program. There were no conversions of Secured Convertible Notes or Convertible Preferred Stock in the quarter. As of May 2, 2009, Secured Convertible Notes and Convertible Preferred Stock remain outstanding that are convertible into approximately 3.1 million shares and 537,000 shares, respectively, of the Company's Class A Common stock.
During the quarter, investors exercised warrants that resulted in issuance of 100,000 shares of the Company's Class A common stock, generating approximately $0.3 million in proceeds to the Company. As of May 2, 2009, warrants exercisable into approximately 10.6 million shares of the Company's Class A common stock remain outstanding. Exercise of all remaining outstanding warrants via cash payment by the warrant holders would result in proceeds to the Company of $39.3 million. The average exercise price on the outstanding warrants is $3.69, with approximately 7.8 million of such warrants having an exercise price in excess of the Company's closing Class A Common Stock price as of May 27, 2009.
The Company began fiscal 2009 with approximately $117.9 million of federal net operating loss ("NOL") carry forwards available to offset taxable income in fiscal 2009 and thereafter, subject to certain annual limitations based on the provisions of Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code. Subject to potential further adjustment, the Company believes NOL carry forwards available will be sufficient to offset any possible federal regular taxable income in fiscal 2009. Accordingly, if the Company generates taxable income in Fiscal 2009, the Company expects it would report an effective income tax rate of approximately 3.3% related to a limited portion of federal alternative minimum taxes that cannot be offset by NOL carry forwards, and income taxes in the State of California, which cannot be offset by NOL carry forwards, and certain other state income taxes.
Second Quarter Fiscal 2009 Guidance
For the second quarter of fiscal 2009, earnings are estimated in the range of $0.02 to $0.05 per diluted share. The guidance is based on the following major assumptions:
The Company will host a conference call and question and answer session at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time today. To participate in the conference call, please dial (877) 874-1570. A broadcast of the call will also be available on the Company's website, www.wetsealinc.com. A replay of the call will be available through June 4, 2009. To access the replay, please call (888) 203-1112 or (719) 457-0820 and provide the ID number 9042319.
About The Wet Seal, Inc.
Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, The Wet Seal, Inc. is a leading specialty retailer of fashionable and contemporary apparel and accessory items. As of May 2, 2009, the Company operated a total of 493 stores in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, including 410 Wet Seal stores and 83 Arden B stores. The Company's products can also be purchased online at www.wetseal.com or www.ardenb.com. For more company information, visit www.wetsealinc.com.
SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995: This news release contains forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements that relate to the Company's guidance for its second quarter of fiscal 2009, or any other statements that relate to the intent, belief, plans or expectations of the Company or its management. All forward-looking statements made by the Company involve material risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on factors beyond the Company's control. Accordingly, the Company's future performance and financial results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in any such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, those described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This news release contains results reflecting partial year data and non-fiscal data that may not be indicative of results for similar future periods or for the full year. The Company will not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied therein will not be realized.
|The Wet Seal, Inc.|
|Summary Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|May 2,||Jan 31,||May 3,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||139,219||$||142,064||$||109,662|
|Other current assets||11,753||12,384||13,590|
|Total current assets||183,907||179,977||157,607|
|Equipment and leasehold improvements, net||78,106||74,869||71,980|
|Deferred financing costs||149||173||376|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Accounts payable - merchandise||$||11,667||$||8,388||$||12,991|
|Accounts payable - other||12,163||9,188||9,551|
|Income taxes payable||23||228||173|
|Current portion of deferred rent||3,427||3,378||4,336|
|Total current liabilities||52,006||49,261||56,898|
|Secured convertible notes||2,895||2,707||3,832|
|Other long-term liabilities||1,754||1,821||1,931|
|Total long-term liabilities||33,965||34,579||35,510|
|Convertible preferred stock||1,611||1,611||2,167|
|Total stockholders' equity||176,356||171,208||137,092|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$||263,938||$||256,659||$||231,667|
|The Wet Seal, Inc.|
|Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations|
(000's Omitted, Except Share Data)
|13 Weeks Ended|
|May 2, 2009||May 3, 2008|
|Selling, general & administrative expenses||33,973||37,991|
|Interest (expense) income, net||(7||)||392|
|Income before provision for income taxes||5,201||9,101|
|Provision for income taxes||172||173|
|Net income per share, basic (1)||$||0.05||$||0.09|
|Net income per share, diluted (1)||$||0.05||$||0.09|
|Weighted average shares, basic||95,390,238||90,673,304|
|Weighted average shares, diluted||95,812,691||91,248,632|
On February 1, 2009, the company adopted FASB Staff Position EITF 03-6-1, "Determining When Instruments Granted in Share-based Payment Transactions Are Participating Securities", which requires the allocation of net income among common shareholders and participating security holders when computing earnings per share. As a result, the net income available to common shareholders used to calculate basic and diluted earnings per share, respectively, was $4,770 and $4,761 for the 13 weeks ended May 2, 2009, and $8,238 and $8,220 for the 13 weeks ended May 3, 2008.
Segment Reporting (unaudited)
The Company operates exclusively in the retail apparel industry in which it sells fashionable and contemporary apparel and accessories items, primarily through mall-based chains of retail stores, to female consumers with a young, active lifestyle. The Company has identified two operating segments ("Wet Seal" and "Arden B") as defined by SFAS No. 131, "Disclosures about Segments of an Enterprise and Related Information." E-commerce operations for Wet Seal and Arden B are included in their respective operating segments. Information for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 and 2008 for the two reportable segments is set forth below (in thousands, except store counts and sales per square foot):
|% of total sales||82||%||18||%||n/a||100||%|
|Comparable store sales % decrease|
|Operating income (loss)||$||9,893||$||2,523||$||(7,208||)||$||5,208|
|Interest expense, net||$||-||$||-||$||(7||)||$|
|Income (loss) before provision for income taxes||$||9,893||$||2,523||$||(7,215||)||$||5,201|
|Number of stores as of quarter end||410||83||n/a||493|
|Sales per square foot||$||64||$||83||n/a||$||66|
|Square footage as of quarter end||1,615||253||n/a||1,868|
|% of total sales||82||%||18||%||n/a||100||%|
|Comparable store sales % increase (decrease)|
|Operating income (loss)||$||17,061||$|
|Interest income, net||$||-||$||-||$||392||$||392|
|Income (loss) before provision for income taxes||$||17,061||$|
|Number of stores as of quarter end||401||95||n/a||496|
|Sales per square foot||$||70||$||83||n/a||$||72|
|Square footage as of quarter end||1,578||293||n/a||1,871|
In the tables above, Wet Seal and Arden B reportable segments include net sales generated from their respective stores and e-commerce operations. The "Corporate" column is presented solely to allow for reconciliation of store contribution and total asset amounts to consolidated operating income, interest (expense) income, net, and income before provision for income taxes. Wet Seal and Arden B segment results include net sales, cost of sales, asset impairment and other direct store and field management expenses, with no allocation of corporate overhead or interest income and expense.
SOURCE: The Wet Seal, Inc.
The Wet Seal, Inc.
Steven H. Benrubi, 949-699-3947
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