COLUMBUS, Ohio - Designer Brands Inc. (NYSE: DBI) (the 'Company'), one of North America's largest designers, producers and retailers of footwear and accessories, announced financial results for the three months ended May 2, 2020, compared to the three months ended May 4, 2019.
Roger Rawlins, Chief Executive Officer, stated, 'As we said last quarter, the effect of COVID-19 on our industry has been unprecedented and has created many significant near-term challenges. The pandemic necessitated store closures and heavily impacted consumers, resulting in total comparable sales being down 42% during the first quarter.'
Mr. Rawlins continued, 'I am proud of how our team has responded to the challenges and what we were able to accomplish in the first quarter. Over the past several years, we have made significant investments in our digital infrastructure, and, as a result, we were able to generate strong digital demand during the first quarter, which resulted in digital demand representing 50% of total demand for the quarter, growing 25% over last year. We also leveraged our best-in-class inventory controls to end the quarter with inventory units on hand flat versus last year. We have adjusted our near-term areas of focus to prioritize growing with the top fifty brands in footwear and further emphasizing our everyday value. We are also laser-focused on maintaining and preserving sufficient liquidity.'
First Quarter Operating Results
Net sales decreased 44.7% to $482.8 million.
Comparable sales decreased 42.3% for first quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to a 3.0% increase in the first quarter of fiscal 2019.
Reported consolidated gross profit decreased $285.8 million to a loss of $26.5 million in the first quarter as compared to a profit of $259.3 million in the same period last year. This was primarily driven by increased inventory markdown activity and the resulting increase in inventory reserves of $84.0 million over the same period last year, higher shipping costs associated with an increase in digital penetration, and the deleveraging of distribution and fulfillment and store occupancy expenses on lower sales volume.
Recorded impairment charges of $112.5 million as a result of the material reduction in net sales and cash flows due to the temporary closure of all stores.
Reported net loss was $215.9 million, or $3.00 loss per diluted share, including pre-tax charges totaling $112.3 million, or $1.17 per diluted share, primarily related to impairment charges, integration and restructuring expenses and COVID-19 incremental costs, partially offset by governmental credits the Company is able to claim.
Adjusted net loss was $131.8 million, or $1.83 loss per diluted share.
Cash and investments totaled $250.9 million at the end of the first quarter compared to $121.9 million for the same period last year. Debt totaled $393.0 million at the end of the first quarter compared to $235.0 million debt outstanding for the same period last year, reflecting net borrowings from our senior revolving credit agreement (the 'Credit Facility').
During the quarter, the Company amended its $400 million Credit Facility and increased borrowings by $203.0 million as a precautionary measure to increase its cash position and preserve financial flexibility considering uncertainty in the U.S. and global markets resulting from COVID-19. The Company continues to actively pursue further options to increase financial flexibility. While there is no immediate need to raise capital at the present time, the Company intends to evaluate assessing the financing markets and may look to raise capital, when and if the Company deems it prudent, to further strengthen its balance sheet.
The Company has reached alignment with nearly all major vendors and landlords on past-due amounts and has extended go-forward payment terms.
The Company ended the quarter with inventories of $533.6 million, down 16.9% compared to the same period last year, primarily due to strong inventory controls and higher inventory reserves versus the prior year.
As of the date of this release, the Company has successfully reopened approximately 90% of its total store base. The Company expects to have nearly all North American stores open by the end of June. The Company has implemented a number of measures to protect the health and safety of its customers and associates as stores are re-opened.
As previously announced on March 17, 2020, the Company is not issuing guidance for fiscal 2020 given the rapidly evolving COVID-19 environment. The Company is not providing an update at this time.
Webcast and Conference Call
The Company is hosting a conference call today at 8:30 am Eastern Time. Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial 1-888-317-6003, or the international dial in, 1-412-317-6061, and reference conference ID number 5188341 approximately ten minutes prior to the start of the call. The conference call will also be broadcast live over the internet and can be accessed through the following link:
For those unable to listen to the live webcast, an archived version will be available via the same website address until July 2, 2020. A replay of the teleconference will be available by dialing the following numbers:
See details at: https://investors.designerbrands.com/2020-06-18-Designer-Brands-Inc-Reports-First-Quarter-2020-Financial-Results
About Designer Brands
Designer Brands Inc. is one of North America's largest designers, producers and retailers of footwear and accessories. The Company operates a portfolio of retail concepts in nearly 1,000 locations under the DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, The Shoe Company, and Shoe Warehouse banners and services footwear departments in the U.S. through its Affiliated Business Group ('ABG'). The Company designs and produces footwear and accessories through Camuto Group, a leading manufacturer selling in more than 5,400 stores worldwide. Camuto Group owns licensing rights for the Jessica Simpson footwear business, and footwear and handbag licenses for Lucky Brand and Max Studio. In partnership with a joint venture with Authentic Brands Group, the Company also owns a stake in Vince Camuto, Louise et Cie, Sole Society, CC Corso Como, and others. More information can be found at www.designerbrands.com.
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Any statements in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In many cases, you can identify these forward-looking statements by the use of forward-looking words such as 'outlook,' 'believes,' 'expects,' 'potential,' 'continues,' 'may,' 'will,' 'should,' 'would,' 'seeks,' 'approximately,' 'predicts,' 'intends,' 'plans,' 'estimates,' 'anticipates,' or the negative version of those words or other comparable words. These statements are based on the Company's current expectations and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to: risks related to the outbreak of the coronavirus and other adverse public health developments; risks related to holdings of cash and investments and access to liquidity; risks related to our international operations, including international trade, our reliance on foreign sources for merchandise, exposure to foreign tax contingencies, and fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; maintaining strong relationships with our vendors, manufacturers, licensors, and retailer customers; our ability to successfully integrate acquired businesses or realize the anticipated benefits of the acquisitions after we complete our integration efforts; risks related to the loss or disruption of any of our distribution or fulfillment centers; our reliance on our loyalty programs and marketing to drive traffic, sales and customer loyalty; our ability to anticipate and respond to fashion trends, consumer preferences and changing customer expectations; failure to retain our key executives or attract qualified new personnel; risks related to the loss or disruption of our information systems and data and our ability to prevent or mitigate breaches of our information security and the compromise of sensitive and confidential data; our ability to comply with privacy laws and regulations, as well as other legal obligations; continuation of agreements with and our reliance on the financial condition of Stein Mart; our success in growing our store base and digital demand; our ability to protect our reputation and to maintain the brands we license; our ability to execute our strategies; fluctuation of our comparable sales and quarterly financial performance; uncertain general economic conditions; our competitiveness with respect to style, price, brand availability and customer service; the imposition of increased or new tariffs on our products; and uncertainty related to future legislation, regulatory reform, policy changes, or interpretive guidance on existing legislation. Additional factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from our expectations are described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 1, 2020, as amended, and risk factors identified in the Company's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the time when made. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise the forward-looking statements included in this press release to reflect any future events or circumstances, except as may be required by law.
In addition to diluted earnings (loss) per share and net income (loss) determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ('GAAP'), the Company uses adjusted diluted earnings per share and adjusted net income, which adjust for the effects of: (1) COVID-19 incremental costs and credits; (2) integration and restructuring expenses; (3) amortization expense of intangible assets; (4) impairment charges; (5) foreign currency transaction losses; and (6) the net tax expense impact of such items. The unaudited reconciliation of adjusted results should not be construed as an alternative to the reported results determined in accordance with GAAP. These financial measures are not based on any standardized methodology and are not necessarily comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. The Company believes these non-GAAP measures provide useful information to both management and investors to increase comparability to the prior periods by adjusting for certain items that may not be indicative of core operating measures and to better identify trends in our business. The adjusted financial results are used by management to, and allow investors to, evaluate the operating performance of the Company on a comparable basis, when reviewed in conjunction with the Company's GAAP statements. These amounts are not determined in accordance with GAAP and therefore should not be used exclusively in evaluating the Company's business and operations.
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