Coldwater Creek Announces Results for First Quarter of Fiscal 2013

Coldwater Creek Announces Results for First Quarter of Fiscal 2013  Adjusted Net Loss Per Share Improves to $0.66, From Net Loss Per Share of $0.78 Last Year  SANDPOINT, Idaho, June 5, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Coldwater Creek Inc. (Nasdaq:CWTR) today reported financial results for the three-month period ended May 4, 2013.  First Quarter of Fiscal 2013 Operating Results    *Consolidated net sales were $155.7 million, compared with $169.9 million     in first quarter 2012. Net sales from the retail segment were $117.8     million, compared with $131.2 million in the same period last year.     Comparable premium retail sales declined 10.5 percent for the quarter. Net     sales were also impacted by store closures as a result of our store     optimization program. Net sales from the direct segment were $38.0     million, compared with $38.7 million in the same period last year.   *Consolidated gross profit decreased $3.4 million to $51.0 million, or 32.7     percent of net sales, compared with $54.4 million, or 32.0 percent of net     sales, for first quarter 2012. The 70 basis point increase in gross profit     margin was primarily due to increased leverage of buying and occupancy     expenses.   *Selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A) were $68.4 million, or     43.9 percent of net sales, compared with $77.5 million, or 45.6 percent of     net sales, for first quarter 2012. The $9.2 million decline in SG&A was     due primarily to lower expenses across all categories, with the largest     declines from marketing and employee-related expenses.   *Net loss was $19.4 million, or $0.63 per share, and included other gain,     net, of $0.9 million, or $0.03 per share, due to the change in the fair     value of the derivative liability related to the Series A Preferred Stock     issued in July 2012. This compares to a net loss of $23.8 million, or     $0.78 per share, for first quarter 2012.   *On an adjusted basis, excluding the gain on the derivative liability, net     loss was $20.3 million, or $0.66 per share. (Please see the table of GAAP     to Non-GAAP Reconciliation of Selected Measures at the end of this press     release.)  "Our first quarter results were impacted by unseasonable weather throughout the quarter; however, we were able to more than offset softer-than-expected sales through gross margin rate expansion and disciplined expense management, delivering results consistent with the higher end of our expectations," said Jill Dean, President and Chief Executive Officer of Coldwater Creek. "The extensive work we have done to clearly define our brand strategy and target customer has influenced our merchandise direction and assortment architecture primarily in the back half of the year, which we believe will enable us to continue to generate improvements in our operating performance in fiscal 2013."  Balance Sheet  At May 4, 2013, cash totaled $10.9 million, as compared with $23.0 million at April 28, 2012. There were $15 million borrowings outstanding under the Company's revolving line of credit as of May 4, 2013, similar to last year. Total inventory decreased 0.9 percent to $126.5 million from $127.7 million at the end of the first quarter last year. Inventory per square foot, which includes inventory in our retail stores and retail inventory in the distribution center, increased approximately 6.7 percent as compared to the end of the first quarter last year.  Reverse Stock Split  On October 4, 2012, the Company effected a reverse stock split of its common stock following stockholder approval. As a result of the split, every four shares of common stock outstanding were consolidated into one share, reducing the number of common shares outstanding on the effective date from 122.0 million to 30.5 million.  Store Optimization Program  The Company closed two premium retail stores and one factory store during the first quarter 2013, ending the fiscal quarter with 347 premium retail stores, 37 factory stores, and eight spas. As part of the Company's ongoing store optimization plan, the Company's plan calls for the closure of up to 11 additional retail stores in fiscal 2013 for a total of 45 stores since fiscal 2011.  Second Quarter of Fiscal 2013 Financial Guidance  For second quarter 2013, the Company expects:    *Comparable premium retail store sales to be flat to down low-single     digits.   *Gross margins to be flat to up 100 basis points.   *Adjusted net loss per share in the range of $0.55-$0.75, excluding the     impact of any change in the fair value of the derivative liability as     described below.   *Total inventory at the end of the quarter to be down mid-single digits as     compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2012.  Derivative Liability  During the second quarter of fiscal 2012, in connection with the $65.0 million term loan received from an affiliate of Golden Gate Capital, the Company issued 1,000 shares of Series A Preferred Stock, which are convertible into an aggregate of 6.1 million shares of common stock at a purchase price of $3.40 per share. The Series A Preferred Stock is recorded as a derivative liability and is measured at fair value on a recurring basis with changes recorded as other gain or loss, net.  Conference Call Information  Coldwater Creek will host a conference call on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss fiscal 2013 first quarter results. The dial in number for the call is 877-705-6003. The call will be simultaneously broadcast on the Investor Relations section of the Company's Web site at www.coldwatercreek.com. A recording of the call can be accessed for one week following the reporting date by calling 877-870-5176 and providing conference ID 415253. A transcript of the call will also be available in the Investor Relations section of the Company's Web site.  Coldwater Creek is a leading specialty retailer of women's apparel, jewelry, and accessories. The Company was founded in 1984 in Sandpoint, Idaho, and sells its merchandise through premium retail stores across the country, online, and through its mobile applications.  CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION:  This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the securities laws, including statements about the effect of our strategic initiatives on our future financial results, the Company's expectations about future store closures and, with respect to the second quarter of fiscal 2013 expectations about comparable premium retail store sales, margin rate, adjusted net loss per share and inventory. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to a number of uncertainties, risks and assumptions that may not fully materialize or may prove incorrect. As a result, our actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from estimates or projections contained in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to:    *the inherent difficulty in forecasting consumer buying and retail traffic     patterns and trends, which continue to be erratic and are affected by     factors beyond our control, such as significant weather events, current     macroeconomic conditions, high unemployment, continuing heavy promotional     activity in the specialty retail marketplace, and competitive conditions     and the possibility that because of lower than expected customer response,     or because of competitive pricing pressures, we may be required to sell     merchandise at lower than expected margins, or at a loss;   *potential inability to attract and retain key personnel;   *our new design aesthetic may take longer to implement than expected or may     not resonate with our customers;   *difficulties in forecasting consumer demand for our merchandise as a     result of changing fashion trends and consumer preferences;   *changing business and economic conditions resulting in our inability to     realize our sales and earnings expectations;   *our potential inability to recover the substantial fixed costs of our     retail store base due to sluggish sales, which may result in impairment     charges;   *our potential inability to maintain compliance with debt covenants;   *delays we may encounter in sourcing merchandise from our foreign and     domestic vendors, including the possibility our vendors may not extend us     credit on acceptable terms, and the potential inability of our vendors to     finance production of the goods we order or meet our production needs due     to raw material or labor shortages;   *our foreign sourcing strategy may not lead to reduction of our sourcing     costs or improvement in our margins;   *increasing competition from discount retailers and companies that have     introduced concepts or products similar to ours;   *marketing initiatives may not be successful in improving the breadth of     our customer base, or increasing traffic in the near term, or at all;   *difficulties encountered in anticipating and managing customer returns and     the possibility that customer returns may be greater than expected;   *the inherent difficulties in catalog management, for which we incur     substantial costs prior to mailing that we may not be able to recover, and     the possibility of unanticipated increases in mailing and printing costs;   *unexpected costs or problems associated with our efforts to manage the     complexities of our multi-channel business model, including our efforts to     maintain our information systems;   *our revolving line of credit may not be fully available due to borrowing     base and other limitations;   *the benefits expected from our merchandising and design initiatives may     not be achieved or may take longer to achieve than we expect;   *the actual number and timing of planned store closures depends on a number     of factors that cannot be predicted, including among other things the     future performance of our individual stores and negotiations with our     landlords;  and such other factors as are discussed in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which are based on current expectations and speak only as of the date of this release. We do not assume any obligation to publicly release any revisions to forward-looking statements to reflect events or changes in our expectations after the date of this release.  COLDWATER CREEK INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND SUPPLEMENTAL DATA (unaudited) (in thousands, except for per share data and store counts)                                                                                                                         Three Months Ended                                                       May4,      April28,                                                        2013        2012 Net sales:                                                         Retail                                                 $117,754  $131,202 Direct                                                 37,975      38,682                                                       155,729     169,884 Cost of sales                                          104,765     115,493 Gross profit                                           50,964      54,391 Selling, general and administrative expenses           68,362      77,519 Loss from operations                                   (17,398)    (23,128) Other gain, net                                        (926)       — Interest expense, net                                  3,573       561 Loss before income taxes                               (20,045)    (23,689) Income tax provision (benefit)                         (690)       71 Net loss                                               $ (19,355) $ (23,760) Net loss per share — Basic and Diluted                 $(0.63)   $(0.78) Weighted average shares outstanding — Basic and        30,538      30,428 Diluted Supplemental Data:                                                 Catalogs mailed                                        11,306      18,739 Premium retail stores:                                             Opened                                                 —           — Closed                                                 2           4 Count at end of the fiscal period                      347         359 Square footage                                         1,985       2,064 Factory stores:                                                    Opened                                                 —           — Closed                                                 1           — Count at end of the fiscal period                      37          38 Square footage                                         249         257 Spas:                                                              Count at end of the fiscal period                      8           9 Square footage                                         42          49   COLDWATER CREEK INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited) (in thousands, except for per share data)                                                                                                               May4,     February2, April28,                                              2013       2013        2012 ASSETS                                                             Current assets:                                                    Cash and cash equivalents                    $10,915  $21,734   $22,989 Receivables                                  7,265      5,150       11,539 Inventories                                  126,540    125,207     127,684 Prepaid and other current assets             17,403     17,072      11,625 Deferred income taxes                        1,184      1,252       2,313 Total current assets                         163,307    170,415     176,150 Property and equipment, net                  160,351    169,007     196,523 Deferred income taxes                        2,117      2,112       1,887 Other assets                                 4,152      4,374       1,795 Total assets                                 $ 329,927 $ 345,908  $ 376,355 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                               Current liabilities:                                               Accounts payable                             $51,275  $57,891   $52,487 Accrued liabilities                          86,258     87,915      72,843 Current maturities of debt and capital lease 15,594     577         15,728 obligations Total current liabilities                    153,127    146,383     141,058 Deferred rents                               77,243     82,726      96,723 Long-term debt and capital lease obligations 65,655     63,784      26,407 Supplemental executive retirement plan       10,939     10,994      12,248 Deferred income taxes                        636        699         1,716 Other liabilities                            3,862      4,186       5,174 Total liabilities                            311,462    308,772     283,326 Commitments and contingencies                                      Stockholders' equity:                                              Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 1,000 shares authorized; 1, 1 and 0 shares issued, —          —           — respectively Common stock, $0.01 par value, 75,000 shares authorized; 30,547, 30,531 and 30,439 shares 305        305         304 issued, respectively Additional paid-in capital                   153,830    153,146     151,630 Accumulated other comprehensive loss         (1,532)    (1,532)     (2,204) Accumulated deficit                          (134,138)  (114,783)   (56,701) Total stockholders' equity                   18,465     37,136      93,029 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 329,927 $ 345,908  $ 376,355   COLDWATER CREEK INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited) (in thousands)                                                                                                                         Three Months Ended                                                       May4,      April28,                                                        2013        2012 Operating activities:                                              Net loss                                               $(19,355) $(23,760) Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in              operating activities: Depreciation and amortization                          10,818      13,752 Non-cash interest expense                              2,289       — Stock-based compensation expense                       632         348 Supplemental executive retirement plan expense         113         147 Deferred marketing fees and revenue sharing            (689)       (652) Deferred rents                                         (5,574)     (5,095) Gain on derivative liability                           (926)       — Net loss on asset dispositions and other termination   781         1,226 charges Other                                                  (137)       (86) Net change in operating assets and liabilities:                    Receivables                                            (2,130)     (3,330) Inventories                                            (1,333)     4,291 Prepaid and other current assets                       (404)       (2,215) Accounts payable                                       (7,669)     (4,292) Accrued liabilities                                    (294)       (4,868) Net cash used in operating activities                  (23,878)    (24,534) Investing activities:                                              Purchase of property and equipment                     (1,865)     (3,699) Proceeds from asset dispositions                       15          — Net cash used in investing activities                  (1,850)     (3,699) Financing activities:                                              Borrowings on revolving line of credit                 18,000      10,000 Payments on revolving line of credit                   (3,000)     (10,000) Payments of long-term debt and capital lease           (137)       (201) obligations Other                                                  46          58 Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities    14,909      (143) Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents              (10,819)    (28,376) Cash and cash equivalents, beginning                   21,734      51,365 Cash and cash equivalents, ending                      $10,915   $22,989 Supplemental Cash Flow Data:                                       Interest paid, net of amount capitalized               $1,284    $418 Income taxes paid (refunded), net                      $(676)    $2,125   COLDWATER CREEK INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES GAAP TO NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION OF SELECTED MEASURES (Unaudited) (in thousands, except for per share data)                                                                                             Three Months Ended                                         May4,      April28,                                          2013        2012 Net loss:                                            GAAP basis                               $(19,355) $(23,760) Excluding — Gain on derivative liability (926)       — Non-GAAP adjusted basis                  $ (20,281) $ (23,760) Net loss per share — Basic and Diluted:              GAAP basis                               $(0.63)   $(0.78) Excluding — Gain on derivative liability (0.03)      — Non-GAAP adjusted basis                  $(0.66)   $(0.78)  About Non-GAAP Selected Measures  The Company reports its consolidated financial results in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP). The accompanying press release dated June5, 2013, contains non-GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures include adjusted net loss and adjusted net loss per share, which excludes the gain on the derivative liability. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in conformity with GAAP. Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information because they exclude activity that is not included by management when assessing the performance of the Company. The Company may consider whether other significant items that arise in the future should be adjusted from GAAP measures.  CONTACT: Investor Relations Contact:          Lyn Walther          Phone:  208-263-2266          E-mail: lyn.walther@thecreek.com  
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