Coldwater Creek Announces Results for Second Quarter of Fiscal 2013

Coldwater Creek Announces Results for Second Quarter of Fiscal 2013  SANDPOINT, Idaho, Sept. 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Coldwater Creek Inc. (Nasdaq:CWTR) today reported financial results for the three-month period ended August 3, 2013.  Second Quarter of Fiscal 2013 Operating Results    *Consolidated net sales were $149.7 million, compared with $163.7 million     in second quarter 2012. Net sales from the retail segment were $118.6     million, compared with $129.9 million in the same period last year.     Comparable premium retail sales declined 7.3 percent for the quarter. Net     sales from the direct segment were $31.1 million, compared with $33.8     million in the same period last year.        *Consolidated gross profit was $44.0 million, or 29.4 percent of net sales,     compared with $48.5 million, or 29.6 percent of net sales, for second     quarter 2012. The 20 basis point decline in gross profit margin was a     result of improved occupancy leverage, offset by lower merchandise margins     reflecting increased promotional activity.        *Selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A) were $62.6 million, or     41.8 percent of net sales, compared with $65.7 million, or 40.1 percent of     net sales, for second quarter 2012. The improvement in SG&A was driven by     lower marketing and employee-related expenses.        *Net loss was $16.4 million, or $0.54 per share, and included other gain,     net, of $5.6 million, or $0.18 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 second quarter 2012 net loss of     $17.6 million, or $0.58 per share, which included other gain, net, of $1.3     million, or $0.04 per share, due to the change in the fair value of the     derivative liability net of related issuance costs.        *On an adjusted basis, excluding the gain on the derivative liability, net     loss was $22.1 million, or $0.72 per share, compared with $18.8 million or     $0.62 per share for second quarter 2012. (Please see the table of GAAP to     Non-GAAP Reconciliation of Selected Measures at the end of this press     release.) As compared to previous guidance, second quarter 2013 net loss     was negatively impacted by a change in the timing of revenue recognition     related to the extension of the term under our current credit card     agreement.The extension was put in place to better facilitate the     upcoming transition of the Company's credit card program from Chase to     Alliance Data Systems.The result was $1.7 million, or $0.06 per share, of     revenue shifted out of the quarter and will instead be recognized over the     next four quarters.  "Sales were lower than planned in the second quarter, largely due to a deceleration in traffic during the month of July.Despite a challenging environment, we delivered bottom-line results that were in line with our guidance," said Jill Dean, President and Chief Executive Officer of Coldwater Creek."Our return to more consistent comparable store sales has been slower than expected; however, we know that customer engagement and driving traffic are critical to our long-term success and two recent announcements represent progress against these objectives.First, we have further strengthened our management team with the addition of Deb Cavanagh as Chief Marketing Officer.In addition, our partnership with Alliance Data Systems provides us with an enhanced platform to drive sales and customer loyalty.We believe that these steps, combined with the extensive work we are continuing to do to align our merchandise assortment with our brand strategy, as well as our disciplined management of expenses and inventory, remain the right focus for our business."  Balance Sheet  At August 3, 2013, cash totaled $17.3 million, as compared with $45.5 million at July 28, 2012. There were $15.0 million borrowings outstanding under the Company's revolving line of credit as of August 3, 2013. Total inventory decreased 7.3 percent to $123.9 million from $133.6 million at the end of the second quarter last year. Inventory per square foot, which includes inventory in our retail stores and retail inventory in the distribution center, decreased approximately 7.5 percent as compared to the end of the second 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 three premium retail stores and one factory store during the second quarter 2013, ending the fiscal quarter with 344 premium retail stores, 36 factory stores, and 8 spas. As part of the Company's ongoing store optimization plan, the Company's plan calls for the closure of up to six additional retail stores in fiscal 2013 for a total of 45 stores since fiscal 2011.  Third Quarter of Fiscal 2013 Financial Guidance  For third quarter 2013, the Company expects:    *Comparable premium retail store sales to be down high-single digits as     compared with a 7.3% increase in the third quarter of fiscal 2012.   *Gross margins to be flat to slightly down as compared with a gross margin     rate of 35.1% in the third quarter of fiscal 2012.   *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.   *Total inventory at the end of the quarter to be down mid to high-single     digits as compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2012.  Conference Call Information  Coldwater Creek will host a conference call on Tuesday, September10, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss fiscal 2013 second 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 419936. 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 third 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:    *our inability to improve our brand perception and increase traffic;   *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;   *the benefits expected from aligning merchandise assortment to our brand     strategy may not lead to improvements in our financial performance, may     take longer to achieve than we expect, or may not resonate with our     customers;   *our potential inability to continue to fund our operations without     additional sources of financing and maintain compliance with debt     covenants if we do not generate sufficient net sales and improve our     results of operations;   *potential inability to attract and retain key personnel;   *our partnership with Alliance Data Systems may not drive additional sales     and create customer loyalty;   *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 revolving line of credit may not be fully available due to borrowing     base and other limitations;   *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 initiatives to optimize our supply chain capabilities 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     including anticipating the effects of the change to our return policy 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;   *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 Form10-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      Six Months Ended                               August3,   July28,    August3,   July28,                                2013        2012        2013        2012 Net sales:                                                       Retail                         $118,644  $129,939  $236,398  $261,141 Direct                         31,058      33,751      69,033      72,433                               149,702     163,690     305,431     333,574 Cost of sales                  105,662     115,170     210,427     230,663 Gross profit                   44,040      48,520      95,004      102,911 Selling, general and           62,562      65,674      130,924     143,193 administrative expenses Loss from operations           (18,522)    (17,154)    (35,920)    (40,282) Other gain, net                (5,632)     (1,278)     (6,558)     (1,278) Interest expense, net          3,633       1,725       7,206       2,286 Loss before income taxes       (16,523)    (17,601)    (36,568)    (41,290) Income tax provision (benefit) (80)        (43)        (770)       28 Net loss                       $ (16,443) $ (17,558) $ (35,798) $ (41,318) Net loss per share — Basic and $(0.54)   $(0.58)   $(1.17)   $(1.36) Diluted Weighted average shares outstanding — Basic and        30,583      30,452      30,560      30,440 Diluted Supplemental Data:                                               Catalogs mailed                2,825       5,109       14,131      23,848 Premium retail stores:                                           Opened                         —           —           —           — Closed                         3           4           5           8 Count at end of the fiscal     344         355         344         355 period Square footage                 1,960       2,038       1,960       2,038 Factory stores:                                                  Opened                         —           —           —           — Closed                         1           —           2           — Count at end of the fiscal     36          38          36          38 period Square footage                 240         257         240         257 Spas:                                                            Count at end of the fiscal     8           9           8           9 period Square footage                 42          49          42          49   COLDWATER CREEK INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited) (in thousands, except for per share data)                                                                                                               August3,  February2, July28,                                              2013       2013        2012 ASSETS                                                             Current assets:                                                    Cash and cash equivalents                    $17,271  $21,734   $45,517 Receivables                                  6,264      5,150       6,576 Inventories                                  123,878    125,207     133,615 Prepaid and other current assets             17,758     17,072      13,634 Deferred income taxes                        1,184      1,252       2,313 Total current assets                         166,355    170,415     201,655 Property and equipment, net                  152,707    169,007     190,160 Deferred income taxes                        2,108      2,112       1,884 Other assets                                 3,927      4,374       4,983 Total assets                                 $ 325,097 $ 345,908  $ 398,682 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                               Current liabilities:                                               Accounts payable                             $62,128  $57,891   $67,992 Accrued liabilities                          78,759     87,915      83,178 Current maturities of debt and capital lease 15,710     577         544 obligations Total current liabilities                    156,597    146,383     151,714 Deferred rents                               71,694     82,726      92,665 Long-term debt and capital lease obligations 67,468     63,784      59,998 Supplemental executive retirement plan       10,883     10,994      12,335 Deferred income taxes                        636        699         1,716 Other liabilities                            15,368     4,186       4,384 Total liabilities                            322,646    308,772     322,812 Commitments and contingencies                                      Stockholders' equity:                                              Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 1,000 shares authorized; 1, 1 and 1 shares issued, —          —           — respectively Common stock, $0.01 par value, 75,000 shares authorized; 30,613, 30,531 and 30,493 shares 306        305         304 issued, respectively Additional paid-in capital                   154,258    153,146     152,011 Accumulated other comprehensive loss         (1,532)    (1,532)     (2,186) Accumulated deficit                          (150,581)  (114,783)   (74,259) Total stockholders' equity                   2,451      37,136      75,870 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 325,097 $ 345,908  $ 398,682   COLDWATER CREEK INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited) (in thousands)                                                                                                                         Six Months Ended                                                       August3,   July28,                                                        2013        2012 Operating activities:                                              Net loss                                               $(35,798) $(41,318) Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in              operating activities: Depreciation and amortization                          21,794      26,580 Non-cash interest expense                              4,597       777 Stock-based compensation expense                       1,182       869 Supplemental executive retirement plan expense         227         294 Deferred credit card program revenue                   14,832      84 Deferred rents                                         (12,509)    (9,159) Gain on derivative liability                           (6,558)     (2,349) Series A Preferred Stock issuance costs                —           1,070 Net loss on asset dispositions and other termination   1,082       1,320 charges Other                                                  (383)       (146) Net change in operating assets and liabilities:                    Receivables                                            (1,114)     1,055 Inventories                                            1,329       (1,640) Prepaid and other current assets                       (830)       (4,444) Accounts payable                                       2,490       10,891 Accrued liabilities                                    (4,810)     (9,067) Net cash used in operating activities                  (14,469)    (25,183) Investing activities:                                              Purchase of property and equipment                     (4,789)     (9,784) Proceeds from asset dispositions                       15          — Net cash used in investing activities                  (4,774)     (9,784) Financing activities:                                              Borrowings on revolving line of credit                 18,000      10,000 Payments on revolving line of credit                   (3,000)     (25,000) Proceeds from the issuance of long-term debt           —           65,000 Payments of long-term debt and capital lease           (273)       (15,177) obligations Payment of debt and Series A Preferred Stock issuance  —           (5,809) costs Other                                                  53          105 Net cash provided by financing activities              14,780      29,119 Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents              (4,463)     (5,848) Cash and cash equivalents, beginning                   21,734      51,365 Cash and cash equivalents, ending                      $17,271   $45,517 Supplemental Cash Flow Data:                                       Interest paid, net of amount capitalized               $2,611    $1,511 Income taxes paid (refunded), net                      $(450)    $3,187   COLDWATER CREEK INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES GAAP TO NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION OF SELECTED MEASURES (Unaudited) (in thousands, except for per share data)                                                                                               Three Months Ended      Six Months Ended                               August3,   July28,    August3,   July28,                                2013        2012        2013        2012 Net loss:                                                        GAAP basis                     $(16,443) $(17,558) $(35,798) $(41,318) Excluding — Gain on derivative (5,632)     (1,278)     (6,558)     (1,278) liability Non-GAAP adjusted basis        $ (22,075) $ (18,836) $ (42,356) $ (42,596) Net loss per share — Basic and                                   Diluted: GAAP basis                     $(0.54)   $(0.58)   $(1.17)   $(1.36) Excluding — Gain on derivative (0.18)      (0.04)      (0.21)      (0.04) liability Non-GAAP adjusted basis        $(0.72)   $(0.62)   $(1.38)   $(1.40)  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 September10, 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