The Children’s Place Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results

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Reports Q3 GAAP Earnings per Diluted Share of $0.91 versus $2.77 in Q3 2019

Reports Q3 Adjusted Earnings per Diluted Share of $1.44 versus $3.03 in Q3 2019

SECAUCUS, N.J., Nov. 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Children’s Place, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCE), the largest pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in North America, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended October 31, 2020.

Jane Elfers, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “As expected, revenue during our peak back-to-school period was significantly impacted by the move to remote and hybrid learning models. Post the back-to-school peak, when our assortments converted to more casual options and the weather turned cooler, our sales improved. Importantly, we returned to profitability and generated positive cash flow from operations for the third quarter.”

Ms. Elfers continued, “Our digital sales penetration increased to 44% in the third quarter and year-to-date, our digital sales represent 55% of total sales. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, we have increased the number of new digital customers versus last year by approximately 100%, converted over 800,000 of our store-only customers to omni-channel customers, and increased our mobile app downloads by over 60% versus last year. Combined, these metrics provide a strong foundation for continued digital growth as digital adoption, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, continues to drive online sales to an increasingly greater share of total sales. Importantly, we remain on track to close 300 stores by the end of fiscal 2021, with a plan of 200 store closures in fiscal 2020, inclusive of the 118 stores that have permanently closed in the first nine months of 2020, and 100 store closures in fiscal 2021.”

Ms. Elfers concluded, “We are approaching the fourth quarter with heightened caution and expect both sales and profitability to be under pressure due to the numerous headwinds created by the pandemic, specifically: the reduced demand for dress-up product, significantly reduced store traffic, recent nationwide spikes in COVID-19 cases resulting in additional temporary store closures, social distancing requirements, and reduced mall operating hours.  In addition, the capacity constraints across the domestic transportation network resulting from the unprecedented level of expected online demand and the related freight surcharges imposed by our major carriers will put additional pressure on sales and margins during Q4.  While we continue to manage through these short-term headwinds during this extraordinary time, our focus remains on successfully scaling our digital transformation investments and accelerating store closures to position the Company for accelerated operating margin expansion in a post-COVID environment.”

Third Quarter 2020 Results
Net sales decreased 19% to $425.6 million in the three months ended October 31, 2020 compared to $524.8 million in the three months ended November 2, 2019, primarily as a result of a decrease in back-to-school sales due to schools adopting remote and hybrid learning models, along with the impact of permanent and temporary store closures.

Gross profit was $146.1 million in the three months ended October 31, 2020, compared to $198.1 million in the three months ended November 2, 2019. Adjusted gross profit was $151.7 million in the three months ended October 31, 2020, compared to $198.1 million in the comparable period last year, and deleveraged 210 basis points to 35.7% of net sales. The decrease was primarily a result of increased penetration of our e-commerce business and its higher fulfillment costs, along with the deleverage of fixed expenses resulting from the decline in net sales, partially offset by higher merchandise margins in both our stores and e-commerce channels.

Selling, general, and administrative expenses were $106.6 million in the three months ended October 31, 2020, compared to $120.5 million in the three months ended November 2, 2019. Adjusted SG&A was $103.5 million in the three months ended October 31, 2020, compared to $116.6 million in the comparable period last year, and deleveraged 210 basis points to 24.3% of net sales, primarily as a result of the deleverage of fixed expenses resulting from the decline in net sales and higher incentive compensation accruals. This was partially offset by a reduction in store expenses resulting from our permanent store closures, as well as a reduction in operating expenses associated with actions taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Operating income was $23.3 million in the three months ended October 31, 2020, compared to $58.0 million in the three months ended November 2, 2019. Adjusted operating income was $33.3 million in the three months ended October 31, 2020, compared to $63.4 million in the comparable period last year, and deleveraged 430 basis points to 7.8% of net sales.

Net income was $13.3 million, or $0.91 per diluted share, in the three months ended October 31, 2020, compared to net income of $43.0 million, or $2.77 per diluted share, in the three months ended November 2, 2019. Adjusted net income was $21.1 million, or $1.44 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of $47.1 million, or $3.03 per diluted share, in the comparable period last year.

Fiscal Year-To-Date 2020 Results
Net sales decreased 22.7% to $1.050 billion in the nine months ended October 31, 2020 compared to $1.358 billion in the nine months ended November 2, 2019, primarily as a result of permanent and temporary store closures, along with a decrease in back-to-school sales beginning in mid-July due to schools adopting remote and hybrid learning models, partially offset by increased e-commerce sales.

Gross profit was $193.5 million in the nine months ended October 31, 2020, compared to $488.9 million in the nine months ended November 2, 2019. Adjusted gross profit was $313.9 million in the nine months ended October 31, 2020, compared to $488.4 million in the comparable period last year, and deleveraged 610 basis points to 29.9% of net sales, primarily as a result of increased penetration of our e-commerce business and its higher fulfillment costs, along with the deleverage of fixed expenses resulting from the decline in net sales.

Selling, general, and administrative expenses were $319.4 million in the nine months ended October 31, 2020, compared to $364.9 million in the nine months ended November 2, 2019. Adjusted SG&A was $295.1 million in the nine months ended October 31, 2020, compared to $359.3 million in the comparable period last year, and deleveraged 160 basis points to 28.1% of net sales, primarily as a result of the deleverage of fixed expenses resulting from the decline in net sales and higher incentive compensation accruals, partially offset by a reduction in store expenses resulting from our permanent store closures, as well as a reduction in operating expenses associated with actions taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Operating loss was ($214.3) million in the nine months ended October 31, 2020, compared to operating income of $66.8 million in the nine months ended November 2, 2019. Adjusted operating loss was ($29.5) million in the nine months ended October 31, 2020, compared to adjusted operating income of $75.9 million in the comparable period last year, and deleveraged 840 basis points to (2.8%) of net sales.

Net loss was ($148.1) million, or ($10.13) per diluted share, in the nine months ended October 31, 2020, compared to net income of $49.1 million, or $3.10 per diluted share, in the nine months ended November 2, 2019.  Adjusted net loss was ($29.2) million, or ($2.00) per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of $55.9 million, or $3.53 per diluted share, in the comparable period last year.

Non-GAAP Reconciliation
The Company’s results are reported in this press release on a GAAP and as adjusted, non-GAAP basis. Adjusted net income (loss), adjusted net income (loss) per diluted share, adjusted gross profit, adjusted selling, general, and administrative expenses, and adjusted operating income (loss) are non-GAAP measures, and are not intended to replace GAAP financial information, and may be different from non-GAAP measures reported by other companies. The Company believes the income and expense items excluded as non-GAAP adjustments are not reflective of the performance of its core business, and that providing this supplemental disclosure to investors will facilitate comparisons of the past and present performance of its core business.

For the three months ended October 31, 2020, the Company’s adjusted results exclude net expenses of approximately $10.0 million, primarily related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including incremental COVID-19 operating expenses, including incentive pay and personal protective equipment for our associates, and occupancy charges for rent at our stores temporarily closed.

The total impact on income taxes for the above items was approximately $2.2 million, including a provision of approximately $0.5 million, primarily resulting from the changes in operating loss carryback rules as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act.

For the nine months ended October 31, 2020, the Company recorded an inventory provision of approximately $63.2 million and approximately $37.9 million of impairment charges, including the right-of-use assets recorded in connection with the adoption of the new lease accounting standard. The inventory provision relates to the adverse business disruption resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, including the store closures. The impairment charges were primarily a result of decreased net revenue and cash flow projections resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic disruption.

In addition to the inventory provision and impairment charges, the Company’s adjusted results for the nine months ended October 31, 2020 exclude net expenses of approximately $75.3 million, primarily related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including occupancy charges for rent at our stores temporarily closed; incremental COVID-19 operating expenses, including incentive pay and personal protective equipment for our associates; and payroll and benefits for certain store employees during the period our stores were closed, net of a payroll tax credit benefit resulting from the CARES Act.

Additionally, the Company excluded net costs of approximately $8.4 million for the nine months ended October 31, 2020, primarily related to restructuring costs.

The total impact on income taxes for the above items was approximately $65.9 million, including a benefit of approximately $16.9 million, primarily resulting from the changes in operating loss carryback rules as a result of the CARES Act.

Store Update
As of October 31, 2020, the Company had 99% of its stores open to the public in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico.

Consistent with the Company’s store fleet optimization initiative, the Company permanently closed 16 stores in the three months ended October 31, 2020. The Company ended the quarter with 809 stores and square footage of 3.8 million, a decrease of 14.3% compared to the prior year. Since the Company’s fleet optimization initiative was announced in 2013, it has closed 389 stores.

The flexibility provided by lease actions allows the Company to target 200 store closures in fiscal 2020, including 118 stores closed in the first nine months of fiscal 2020, and 100 additional closures in fiscal 2021.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
As of October 31, 2020, the Company had approximately $64.5 million of cash and cash equivalents and $179.4 million outstanding on its revolving credit facility. During the third quarter, the Company completed an $80 million term loan financing transaction and utilized the net proceeds to pay down its existing revolving credit facility.  Additionally, the Company generated approximately $32.5 million in operating cash flow in the three months ended October 31, 2020.

Outlook
As a result of the continued uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company is not providing financial guidance at this time.

Conference Call Information 
The Children’s Place will host a conference call on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss its third quarter fiscal 2020 results.

The call will be broadcast live at http://investor.childrensplace.com. An audio archive will be available on the Company’s website approximately one hour after the conclusion of the call. A conference call transcript will also be posted on our website.

About The Children’s Place
The Children’s Place is the largest pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in North America. The Company designs, contracts to manufacture, sells at retail and wholesale, and licenses to sell fashionable, high-quality merchandise predominantly at value prices, primarily under the proprietary “The Children’s Place”, “Place”, “Baby Place”, and “Gymboree” brand names. As of October 31, 2020, the Company had 809 stores in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, online stores at www.childrensplace.com and www.gymboree.com, and the Company’s eight international franchise partners had 252 international points of distribution in 19 countries.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release, contains or may contain forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to statements relating to the Company’s strategic initiatives and adjusted net income per diluted share. Forward-looking statements typically are identified by use of terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “plan,” “project,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate” and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently. These forward-looking statements are based upon the Company’s current expectations and assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and performance to differ materially. Some of these risks and uncertainties are described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the “Risk Factors” section of its annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 1, 2020 and supplemented by the “Risk Factors” sections of its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended May 2, 2020 and the fiscal quarter ended August 1, 2020. Included among the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and performance to differ materially are the risk that the Company will be unsuccessful in gauging fashion trends and changing consumer preferences, the risks resulting from the highly competitive nature of the Company’s business and its dependence on consumer spending patterns, which may be affected by changes in economic conditions, the risks related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business or the economy in general (including decreased customer traffic, schools adopting remote and hybrid learning models, closures of businesses and other activities causing decreased demand for our products and negative impacts on our customers’ spending patterns due to decreased income or actual or perceived wealth, and the impact of the CARES Act and other legislation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and any changes to the CARES Act or such other legislation), the risk that the Company’s strategic initiatives to increase sales and margin are delayed or do not result in anticipated improvements, the risk of delays, interruptions and disruptions in the Company’s global supply chain, including resulting from COVID-19 or other disease outbreaks, or foreign sources of supply in less developed countries or more politically unstable countries, the risk that the cost of raw materials or energy prices will increase beyond current expectations or that the Company is unable to offset cost increases through value engineering or price increases, various types of litigation, including class action litigations brought under consumer protection, employment, and privacy and information security laws and regulations, the imposition of regulations affecting the importation of foreign-produced merchandise, including duties and tariffs, and the uncertainty of weather patterns. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they were made. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Contact:  Investor Relations (201) 558-2400 ext. 14500

(Tables follow)

THE CHILDREN’S PLACE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)


  Third Quarter Ended   Year-To-Date Ended
  October 31,   November 2, October 31,   November 2,
    2020       2019       2020       2019  
Net sales $ 425,571     $ 524,796     $ 1,049,701     $ 1,357,647  
Cost of sales   279,506       326,671       856,229       868,701  
Gross profit   146,065       198,125       193,472       488,946  
Selling, general and administrative expenses   106,639       120,514       319,442       364,937  
Asset impairment charges   294       839       37,929       1,308  
Depreciation and amortization   15,809       18,821       50,405       55,877  
Operating income (loss)   23,323       57,951       (214,304 )     66,824  
Interest expense, net   (3,263 )     (2,155 )     (7,742 )     (6,144 )
Income (loss) before taxes   20,060       55,796       (222,046 )     60,680  
Provision (benefit) for income taxes   6,740       12,748       (73,917 )     11,620  
Net income (loss) $ 13,320     $ 43,048     $ (148,129 )   $ 49,060  
               
               
Earnings (loss) per common share              
Basic $ 0.91     $ 2.78     $ (10.13 )   $ 3.12  
Diluted $ 0.91     $ 2.77     $ (10.13 )   $ 3.10  
               
Weighted average common shares outstanding              
Basic   14,639       15,497       14,628       15,720  
Diluted   14,643       15,546       14,628       15,837  
               

THE CHILDREN’S PLACE, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION TO GAAP
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)

  Third Quarter Ended   Year-To-Date Ended
  October 31,   November 2,
  October 31,   November 2,
    2020       2019       2020       2019  
               
Net income (loss) $ 13,320     $ 43,048     $ (148,129 )   $ 49,060  
               
Non-GAAP adjustments:              
Incremental COVID-19 operating expenses   5,416       -       17,630       -  
Occupancy charges   1,915       -       48,973       -  
Restructuring costs   916       1,435       7,337       2,118  
Accelerated depreciation   827       777       2,171       2,667  
Fleet optimization   621       1,221       1,271       1,193  
Asset impairment charges   294       839       37,929       1,308  
Inventory provision   -       -       63,247       -  
Store payroll and benefits, net of CARES Act retention credit   -       -       4,242       -  
Accounts receivables   -       -       1,081       -  
Gymboree integration costs   -       494       640       1,068  
Legal reserve   -       -       302       -  
Distribution facility start-up costs   -       721       -       721  
Aggregate impact of Non-GAAP adjustments   9,989       5,487       184,823       9,075  
Income tax effect(1)   (2,647 )     (1,454 )     (48,955 )     (2,405 )
Prior year uncertain tax positions(2)   -       -       -       135  
Impact of CARES Act   450       -       (16,928 )     -  
Net impact of Non-GAAP adjustments   7,792       4,033       118,940       6,805  
               
Adjusted net income (loss) $ 21,112     $ 47,081     $ (29,189 )   $ 55,865  
               
GAAP net income (loss) per common share $ 0.91     $ 2.77     $ (10.13 )   $ 3.10  
               
Adjusted net income (loss) per common share $ 1.44     $ 3.03     $ (2.00 )   $ 3.53  
               
(1) The tax effects of the non-GAAP items are calculated based on the statutory rate of the jurisdiction in which the discrete item resides.      
               
(2) Prior year tax related to uncertain tax positions.      
               
               
  Third Quarter Ended   Year-To-Date Ended
  October 31,   November 2,
  October 31,   November 2,
    2020       2019       2020       2019  
               
Operating income (loss) $ 23,323     $ 57,951     $ (214,304 )   $ 66,824  
               
Non-GAAP adjustments:              
Incremental COVID-19 operating expenses   5,416       -       17,630       -  
Occupancy charges   1,915       -       48,973       -  
Restructuring costs   916       1,435       7,337       2,118  
Accelerated depreciation   827       777       2,171       2,667  
Fleet optimization   621       1,221       1,271       1,193  
Asset impairment charges   294       839       37,929       1,308  
Inventory provision   -       -       63,247       -  
Store payroll and benefits, net of CARES Act retention credit   -       -       4,242       -  
Accounts receivables   -       -       1,081       -  
Gymboree integration costs   -       494       640       1,068  
Legal reserve   -       -       302       -  
Distribution facility start-up costs   -       721       -       721  
Aggregate impact of Non-GAAP adjustments   9,989       5,487       184,823       9,075  
               
Adjusted operating income (loss) $ 33,312     $ 63,438     $ (29,481 )   $ 75,899  
               

THE CHILDREN’S PLACE, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION TO GAAP
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)

  Third Quarter Ended   Year-To-Date Ended
  October 31,   November 2,
  October 31,   November 2,
    2020       2019       2020       2019  
               
Gross profit $ 146,065     $ 198,125     $ 193,472     $ 488,946  
               
Non-GAAP adjustments:              
Incremental COVID-19 operating expenses   3,769       -       8,204       -  
Occupancy charges   1,915       -       48,973       -  
Inventory provision   -       -       63,247       -  
Fleet optimization   -       -       -       (550 )
Aggregate impact of Non-GAAP adjustments   5,684       -       120,424       (550 )
               
Adjusted Gross profit $ 151,749     $ 198,125     $ 313,896     $ 488,396  
               
               
               
  Third Quarter Ended   Year-To-Date Ended
  October 31,   November 2,
  October 31,   November 2,
    2020       2019       2020       2019  
               
Selling, general and administrative expenses $ 106,639     $ 120,514     $ 319,442     $ 364,937  
               
Non-GAAP adjustments:              
Incremental COVID-19 operating expenses   (1,647 )     -       (9,426 )     -  
Restructuring costs   (916 )     (1,435 )     (7,337 )     (2,126 )
Fleet optimization   (621 )     (1,221 )     (1,271 )     (1,735 )
Store payroll and benefits, net of CARES Act retention credit   -       -       (4,242 )     -  
Accounts receivables   -       -       (1,081 )     -  
Gymboree integration costs   -       (494 )     (640 )     (1,068 )
Legal reserve   -       -       (302 )     -  
Distribution facility start-up costs   -       (721 )     -       (721 )
Aggregate impact of Non-GAAP adjustments   (3,184 )     (3,871 )     (24,299 )     (5,650 )
               
Adjusted Selling, general and administrative expenses $ 103,455     $ 116,643     $ 295,143     $ 359,287  
               

THE CHILDREN’S PLACE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)

  October 31,   February 1,
  November 2,
    2020     2020*
  2019
Assets:              
Cash and cash equivalents $ 64,456     $ 68,487     $ 66,059  
Accounts receivable   31,376       32,812       39,471  
Inventories   427,629       327,165       389,815  
Other current assets   16,159       21,416       20,722  
Total current assets   539,620       449,880       516,067  
               
Property and equipment, net   191,544       236,898       246,234  
Right-of-use assets   297,206       393,820       418,151  
Tradenames, net   72,692       73,291       73,386  
Other assets, net   105,881       27,508       31,884  
Total assets $ 1,206,943     $ 1,181,397     $ 1,285,722  
               
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:              
Revolving loan $ 179,360     $ 170,808     $ 184,179  
Accounts payable   283,943       213,115       235,491  
Current lease liabilities   171,276       121,868       124,281  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities   142,180       89,216       116,647  
Total current liabilities   776,759       595,007       660,598  
               
Long-term lease liabilities   232,153       311,908       331,615  
Term Loan   76,307       -       -  
Other liabilities   44,355       39,295       39,070  
Total liabilities   1,129,574       946,210       1,031,283  
               
Stockholders' equity   77,369       235,187       254,439  
               
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,206,943     $ 1,181,397     $ 1,285,722  
               

* Derived from the audited consolidated financial statements included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 1, 2020.

THE CHILDREN’S PLACE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)

  39 Weeks Ended   39 Weeks Ended
  October 31,   November 2,
    2020       2019  
       
Net income (loss) $ (148,129 )   $ 49,060  
Non-cash adjustments   96,925       184,043  
Working capital   473       (132,537 )
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities   (50,731 )     100,566  
       
Net cash used in investing activities   (23,552 )     (119,125 )
       
Net cash provided by financing activities   70,686       15,075  
       
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash   (434 )     407  
       
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents   (4,031 )     (3,077 )
       
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   68,487       69,136  
       
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 64,456     $ 66,059  
       

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The Children’s Place Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results Reports Q3 GAAP Earnings per Diluted Share of $0.91 versus $2.77 in Q3 2019 Reports Q3 Adjusted Earnings per Diluted Share of $1.44 versus $3.03 in Q3 2019 SECAUCUS, N.J., Nov. 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - The Children’s Place, Inc. (Nasdaq: …

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