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Destination Maternity Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results

Nachrichtenquelle: Business Wire (engl.)
12.06.2019, 23:00  |  255   |   |   

Destination Maternity Corporation (NASDAQ: DEST), the world's leading maternity apparel retailer, today announced financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 ended May 4, 2019 compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2018 ended May 5, 2018.

Commentary

“We had a challenging start to the year with comparable store sales down 7.2% in the first quarter,” said Dave Helkey, Chief Financial Officer of Destination Maternity. “We were successful in mitigating a significant portion of the impact on the bottom line with a 110 basis point improvement in margins and a 6.5% reduction in SG&A expenses, but know there is more work to be done.

As we look ahead, we are committed to strengthening the underlying fundamentals of the business and driving long term, profitable growth. Due to the recently announced leadership transition, the Board of Directors is conducting a comprehensive review of the Company’s strategic initiatives to ensure that the Company is pursuing an aggressive strategy that will drive real and sizeable change in the business.”

Leadership Changes

In a separate press release issued today, Destination Maternity announced that Marla Ryan, by mutual agreement with the Board, will step down as Chief Executive Officer, effective June 13, 2019. Ms. Ryan will remain with the Company to assist with the transition and will also assume a new role as President of product design, sourcing and merchandising.

The Destination Maternity Board has created an Office of the CEO on an interim basis, which will provide ongoing leadership and oversight of the day-day operations of the Company while a search is conducted for a new CEO. The interim Office of the CEO is comprised of Lisa Gavales, a member of the Board of Directors, Marla Ryan, now President of product design, sourcing and merchandising and Dave Helkey, current CFO and COO. Ms. Gavales will serve as Chair of the Office of the CEO.

First Quarter Fiscal 2019 Financial Results

  • Net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 was $0.1 million, or $0.01 per share (diluted), compared to net income of $0.2 million, or $0.02 per share (diluted), for the first quarter of fiscal 2018.
  • Operating income of $1.6 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to operating income of $1.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2018.
  • Adjusted net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 was $0.6 million, or $0.04 per share (diluted), compared to the comparably adjusted net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 of $1.0 million, or $0.07 per share (diluted).
  • Adjusted EBITDA before other charges and effect of change in accounting principle decreased to $6.7 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 from $7.9 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2018.
  • Net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 decreased 8.7% to $94.2 million from $103.2 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2018. Sales were negatively impacted by the net closure of 32 owned locations and 88 leased lease locations as well as a decrease in comparable sales.
  • Comparable sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 decreased 7.2% from the first quarter of fiscal 2018.
  • Gross margin rate for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 was 54.8%, an increase of 110 basis points from the comparable gross margin in the first quarter of fiscal 2018.
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses (“SG&A”) for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 decreased 6.5% to $48.5 million from $51.9 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2018. As a percentage of net sales, SG&A increased 130 basis points to 51.5% vs 50.2% for the first quarter of fiscal 2018.

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