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The Gymboree Corporation Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2015 Results

December 10, 2015 at 12:00 AM EST
The Gymboree Corporation Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2015 Results

San Francisco, Calif., December 10, 2015 - The Gymboree Corporation (the "Company") today reported consolidated financial results for the third fiscal quarter ended October 31, 2015.

  • Comparable sales (including online sales) decreased 3% during the third quarter of fiscal 2015
  • Net Sales of $305.4 million, a decrease of 3.6% compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2014
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $28.2 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 compared to $29.8 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2014, a decrease of 5.2%

"While our business in the third quarter was challenging, we are encouraged by our performance to date in the fourth quarter," said Mark Breitbard, Chief Executive Officer. "Our quarter to date comparable retail sales are up mid-single digits, and while we continue to expect our Adjusted EBITDA to be in the range of $95 million to $105 million, we believe the bottom half of the range is the more likely outcome."

Third Quarter Results (13-weeks ended October 31, 2015 versus 13-weeks ended November 1, 2014)

  • Comparable sales (including online sales) decreased 3%;
  • Net sales were $305.4 million, a decrease of 3.6% compared to $316.8 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2014, which was primarily driven by a decrease in Gymboree brand net sales;
  • Gross profit was $122.8 million, or 40.2% of net sales, compared to $125.9 million, or 39.7% of net sales, for the third quarter of fiscal 2014;
  • Adjusted gross profit was $124.5 million, or 40.7% of net sales, compared to $127.7 million, or 40.3% of net sales, for the third quarter of fiscal 2014, an increase of 40 basis points;
  • SG&A expense was $108.6 million, or 35.5% of net sales, compared to $113.7 million, or 35.9% of net sales, in the third quarter of fiscal 2014. The $5.1 million decrease in SG&A expense was primarily driven by a decrease in expenses due to store closures and reduction in asset impairment charges for under-performing stores, partially offset by an increase in marketing expenses;
  • Adjusted SG&A expense was $105.7 million, or 34.6% of net sales, compared to $111.4 million, or 35.2% of net sales, in the third quarter of fiscal 2014;
  • Adjusted EBITDA, defined as net loss attributable to The Gymboree Corporation before interest, income taxes and depreciation and amortization, adjusted for other items as described below, was $28.2 million compared to $29.8 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2014, a decrease of $1.6 million or 5.2%;
  • Net loss attributable to The Gymboree Corporation for the quarter was $10.0 million compared to $522.1 million for the same quarter of fiscal 2014. The third fiscal quarter of 2014 included a $591.4 million non-cash goodwill and intangible asset impairment charge.

Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted gross profit and Adjusted SG&A expense are not financial measures prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). For a description of Adjusted EBITDA and a reconciliation of these measures to GAAP measures, see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below and Exhibit D of this press release.

Net Sales Results for the 13 weeks and 39 weeks ended October 31, 2015

For the 13 weeks and 39 weeks ended October 31, 2015, Gymboree's consolidated net sales were $305.4 million and $855.0 million, respectively, compared to the same prior year period of $316.8 million and $853.1 million, respectively. On a constant currency basis, net sales decreased by $2.5 million and $5.0 million for the 13 weeks and 39 weeks ended October 31, 2015, respectively, compared to the same prior year period of $314.3 million and $848.1 million, respectively. In calculating net sales on a constant currency basis, average current period foreign exchange rates are applied to both current period and prior period net sales. The Company provides net sales on a constant currency basis to help investors assess sales trends, excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations.

The following table details the Company's net retail sales for the 13 weeks and 39 weeks ended October 31, 2015 in order to help investors further assess sales trends:

Balance Sheet Highlights

  • As of the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2015, there were $50.0 million in borrowings outstanding under the Company's $225 million asset-backed loan facility and approximately $142.3 million of undrawn availability after being reduced by letters of credit of $32.7 million. As previously announced, on September 24, 2015, the Company amended its asset-backed loan facility to, among other things, extend the maturity date and provide for the incurrence of asset-backed term loans under the facility in an amount not to exceed $75 million, subject to a borrowing base.
  • Capital expenditures were $5.1 million during the third quarter of fiscal 2015.
  • Inventory balances at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2015 were $265.4 million, compared to $259.3 million at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2014. On a per square foot basis, inventory cost was up 4% over the third quarter of fiscal 2014. Inventory units were up on a low double digit percentage basis.

Fiscal 2015 Business Outlook

The Company's fiscal 2015 outlook is based on current economic environment trends, as well as management expectations for the remainder of the year.

For the full year, the Company expects Adjusted EBITDA to be in the lower half of the previously announced range of $95 million to $105 million, which includes the net impact to Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $11 million resulting from the west coast port slowdown in the first half of the year. Based on this guidance, the Company expects to have sufficient liquidity during fiscal 2015 to service its debt and invest in the business to drive long-term growth.

Stores

During fiscal 2015, the Company continues to plan to open approximately 13 stores and expects to close approximately 30 to 40 stores.

Capital Expenditures

During fiscal 2015, the Company now anticipates spending approximately $20 million to $25 million for capital expenditures.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company defines "Adjusted EBITDA" as net loss attributable to The Gymboree Corporation before interest, income taxes, and depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") adjusted for other items including, non-cash share-based compensation, loss on disposal/impairment of assets and sponsor management fees and expenses, as well as the impact of purchase accounting adjustments resulting from the Acquisition and other non-recurring or unusual items. The Company is likely to exclude these items from Adjusted EBITDA in the future and may also exclude other similar items, the effect of which is uncertain but may be significant in amount. The determination of the amounts that are excluded from non-GAAP financial measures is a matter of management judgment and depends upon, among other factors, the nature of the underlying expense or income amounts.

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure but is considered an important supplemental measure of the Company's performance and is believed to be used frequently by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of similar retail companies. Adjusted EBITDA is not a presentation made in accordance with GAAP and the Company's computation of Adjusted EBITDA may vary from others in the industry. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered an alternative to operating income or net income, as a measure of operating performance or cash flow, or as a measure of liquidity. Adjusted EBITDA has important limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the Company's results as reported under GAAP (see Exhibit D for a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net loss attributable to The Gymboree Corporation).

The live broadcast of the discussion of third quarter fiscal 2015 financial results and fiscal 2015 business outlook will be available to interested parties at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET) on Thursday, December 10, 2015. To listen to the live broadcast over the internet, please log on to www.gymboree.com, click on "Company Information" at the bottom of the page; go to "Investor & Media" and then "Conference Calls & Webcasts." A replay of the call will be available two hours after the broadcast through midnight PT, December 24, 2015, at 855-859-2056, passcode 70524600.

About The Gymboree Corporation

The Gymboree Corporation's specialty retail brands offer unique, high-quality products delivered with personalized customer service. As of October 31, 2015, the Company operated a total of 1,315 retail stores: 598 Gymboree® stores (549 in the United States, 48 in Canada and 1 in Puerto Rico), 175 Gymboree Outlet stores (174 in the United States and 1 in Puerto Rico), 152 Janie and Jack® shops (151 in the United States and 1 in Puerto Rico), and 390 Crazy 8® stores in the United States. The Company also operates online stores at www.gymboree.com, www.janieandjack.com and www.crazy8.com, and offers directed parent-child developmental play programs at 720 franchised and Company-operated Gymboree Play & Music® centers in the United States and 42 other countries.

Gymboree, Janie and Jack, Crazy 8 and Gymboree Play & Music are registered trademarks of The Gymboree Corporation.

Forward-Looking Statements

The foregoing financial information for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 and fourth quarter to date is unaudited and subject to quarter-end and year-end adjustments. The fourth quarter to date comparable retail sales reflect sales through December 8, 2015 and should not be relied upon as an indicator of our results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015. This press release includes forward-looking statements, including statements relating to The Gymboree Corporation's anticipated future financial performance, liquidity and capital resources, especially those set forth under the heading "Fiscal 2015 Business Outlook". These forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of words such as "anticipate," "expect," "plan," "could," "may," "will," "believe," "estimate," "forecast," "goal," "project," and other words of similar meaning. Each forward-looking statement contained in this press release is subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statement. The Company presently considers the following risks and uncertainties to be important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations: the disruptions in the west coast ports, ongoing volatility in the commodities markets, uncertainties relating to high levels of consumer debt and general economic conditions, volatility in the financial markets, potential data breaches of the Company's or the Company's vendors or suppliers computer networks, the Company's dependence on the holiday season, particularly the month of December, to sell a significant portion of its existing inventory, which may be affected by weather, spending patterns, promotional activity, terrorist activity or other security threats or perceived threats impacting store traffic and other factors, the Company's ability to anticipate and timely respond to changes in trends, consumer preferences and customer reactions to new merchandise (particularly given the Company's need to build up inventory significantly in advance of potential product sales), competitive market conditions, including promotional activities of the Company's competitors, success in meeting the Company's delivery targets, gross margin achievement, the Company's ability to appropriately manage inventory, effects of future embargos from countries used to source product, the Company's ability to attract and retain key personnel and other qualified team members, the limited data available in the future upon which to base its expectations for stabilizing sales trends, and other factors, including those discussed under "Risk Factors" in "Item 1A. Risk Factors," of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2015, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on May 1, 2015. The Company cautions investors to carefully consider the risks associated with, and not to place considerable reliance on, the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. The forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date of this document, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any of these statements.

Gymboree, Janie and Jack, Crazy 8, and Gymboree Play & Music are registered trademarks of The Gymboree Corporation.

Investor Relations contact:
Tel: 415-278-7933
investor_relations@gymboree.com

Media Relations contact:
Tel: 415-278-7493
media_relations@gymboree.com

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