Pier 1 Imports, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2014 Financial Results

  Pier 1 Imports, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2014 Financial   Results   Provides Fiscal 2015 Full Year Financial Outlook; Updates Three Year Growth                                     Plan;     Announces the repurchase of 14.6 million shares; New $200 Million Share                           Repurchase Authorization;      Commences Transaction to Secure $200 Million Senior Secured Term Loan  Business Wire  FORT WORTH, Texas -- April 10, 2014  Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE:PIR) today reported financial results for the 13-week and 52-week periods of fiscal 2014 ended March 1, 2014. The fourth quarter and full year of fiscal 2013 included 14 weeks and 53 weeks of results, respectively. Except where indicated, the following comparisons are of the 13-week and 52-week periods ended March 1, 2014, to the 14-week and 53-week periods ended March 2, 2013.  Fiscal 2014 Financial Highlights    *Total sales increased 3.9%; Comparable store sales rose 2.4% on a 52-week     basis   *E-Commerce sales represented 4% of total sales   *Gross profit of $745.6 million, or 42.1% of sales   *Earnings per share of $1.01   *Repurchased $203.9 million of the Company’s shares in fiscal 2014; $90.3     million subsequent to year-end   *Distributed $21.7 million to shareholders through quarterly cash dividends  Fiscal 2014 Operating Highlights    *Implemented new point-of-sale system   *Re-branded and re-launched ‘Express Request’ special order program   *Upgraded information technology and systems in support of ‘1 Pier 1’   *Enhanced existing store portfolio and opened 27 new locations   *Named Executive Vice President – Marketing   *Rolled out in-home delivery  “Fiscal 2014 was a transformational year for Pier 1 Imports,” stated Alex W. Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Through our ‘1 Pier 1’ strategy we have evolved our operating model from a broad and productive portfolio of Pier 1 Imports stores to a true omni-channel retail business. During the year we added new functionality and services to our e-Commerce capabilities and began positioning our stores as facilitators and ambassadors for Pier1.com. We are working hard to improve the Pier 1 Imports brand experience in every way – strengthening our store portfolio with new and relocated stores and continually enhancing our ability to provide customers with a seamless shopping experience. As a testament to the early success of ‘1 Pier 1’, e-Commerce delivered 4% of total sales in its sophomore year – well on its way to achieving our targeted sales contribution of 10% by the end of fiscal 2016.”  “As we previously reported, we concluded the year with a difficult fourth quarter – due to an unusually high number of snowstorms which impacted approximately two-thirds of our selling days in many of our key markets. However, our teams executed extremely well through the holidays, and we are pleased and proud of their hard work and dedication during our most critical selling period of the year.”  “We have a strong track record of delivering growth and shareholder value,” added Mr. Smith. “In fiscal 2014, we distributed cash dividends totaling $22 million and repurchased a significant portion of our shares outstanding. We are highly confident that we have the right plans, infrastructure and talent to drive sales, improve profitability and capture market share in our new fiscal year. We are in the best shape strategically we have ever been, and we are excited to see new and existing customers respond so positively to ‘1 Pier 1’ – which provides them with more product choices and makes their shopping easier and more enjoyable. Indeed, in fiscal 2015 we’re anticipating a comparable company sales increase in the high single-digits and earnings per share growth of 15% to 23%. We expect growth to be driven by our ‘1 Pier 1’ strategy, expanded product assortments and increased customer engagement. With the spring season officially underway, we are enthusiastic about the strong customer response to our merchandise – including our latest seasonal offerings – and believe the business is well positioned to regain momentum.”  Fiscal Year Results  For the fiscal year ended March 1, 2014, net income for the 52-week period was $107.5 million, or $1.01 per share, compared to $129.4 million, or $1.20 per share in the 53-week period ended March 2, 2013. The Company estimates that the 53^rd week of fiscal 2013 contributed $29 million to net sales and approximately $0.03 to earnings per share. Total sales for the 52-week year ended March 1, 2014 increased 3.9% to $1.772 billion, from $1.705 billion in the 53-week period last fiscal year. On a 52-week basis, comparable store sales for fiscal 2014 increased 2.4% versus an increase of 7.5% for fiscal 2013.  Gross profit increased to $745.6 million, or 42.1% of sales, compared to $743.1 million, or 43.6% of sales, in fiscal 2013.  Selling, general and administrative expenses were $531.2 million, or 30.0% of sales, compared to $513.1 million, or 30.1% of sales a year ago.  Full year fiscal 2014 EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) was $215.4 million compared to $232.0 million in the prior year. Operating income was $175.5 million compared to $199.0 million in fiscal 2013.  Fourth Quarter Results  For the fourth quarter ended March 1, 2014, net income for the 13-week period was $42.6 million, or $0.41 per share, compared to $61.7 million, or $0.58 per share in the 14-week period ended March 2, 2013. Non-GAAP adjusted net income in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, which utilized a 35.6% annual effective tax rate (as described below under Financial Disclosure Advisory) was $64.2 million, or an adjusted $0.60 per share. Total sales for the 13-week quarter ended March 1, 2014 were $515.8 million compared to $551.6 million in the 14-week period last fiscal year. Comparable store sales for the 13 weeks ended March 1, 2014 decreased 4.6% compared to the 13-weeks ended February 23, 2013. Adjusting for the shifted calendar in fiscal 2013, comparable store sales for the 13 weeks ended March 1, 2014 increased 0.6% over the 13-week period ended March 2, 2013.  Gross profit in the fourth quarter totaled $214.4 million compared to $255.0 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013. As a percentage of sales, gross profit totaled 41.6% versus 46.2% last year, reflecting increased promotional activity during the period, coupled with a deleveraging of occupancy costs resulting from lower sales.  Fourth quarter selling, general and administrative expenses were $133.9 million, or 26.0% of sales, compared to $145.5 million, or 26.4% of sales a year ago.  EBITDA for the fourth quarter was $80.8 million compared to $109.8 million in the prior year. Fourth quarter operating income was $70.1 million compared to $100.4 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013.  Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Highlights  As of March 1, 2014, the Company remained in strong financial condition with $126.7 million of cash and cash equivalents. Cash flow from operations was $159.2 million in fiscal 2014. Inventories at year end totaled $377.7 million, an increase of 6.1%, which was in line with management’s expectations. Capital expenditures totaled $80.3 million and were primarily used for new store openings, existing store improvements and infrastructure and technology development in support of ‘1 Pier 1’, including the implementation of the Company’s new point-of-sale system.  Cary H. Turner, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, stated, “We are preparing for a year of significant growth in earnings and cash flow, fueled by the continued evolution of our ‘1 Pier 1’ strategy. The actions announced today further strengthen the Company’s capital structure and provide us with added flexibility to invest for future, profitable growth, while continuing to return value to our shareholders in the coming years. They are a reflection of the Company’s operating performance and ability to consistently generate strong cash flow from operations.”  Secured Term Loan B  The Company announced today that it has launched a transaction seeking commitments for a $200 million senior secured term loan B facility due in 2021. Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC are serving as joint lead arrangers for the proposed transaction. The proceeds from the new term loan are intended to be used for general corporate purposes, including for working capital needs and capital expenditures, and share repurchases and dividends permitted under the debt agreement. The Company will give a presentation to potential investors on Monday, April 14, 2014, at The St. Regis New York in New York, New York at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time.  Further details of the proposed transaction will be announced at closing, which is expected to occur during April 2014. There can be no assurances that the Company will be successful in completing the proposed transaction, which is subject to market conditions, negotiation and execution of definitive documents and satisfaction of customary closing conditions. This press release is not an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities.  Secured Credit Facility  On April 9, 2014, the Company received the required consents to amend its $350 million secured revolving credit facility to allow senior secured term loan indebtedness. The amended facility preserves the existing $100 million accordion feature, which if the Company chose to utilize, would enable it to increase the line to as much as $450 million under certain circumstances. The facility is secured by Pier 1 Imports’ merchandise inventory and credit card receivables on a first priority basis and, following the incurrence of the new term loan indebtedness, will also be secured on a second lien basis by substantially all other assets. As of April 9, 2014, the Company had no borrowings under its revolving credit facility and $43.0 million in outstanding letters of credit.  Share Repurchase Program  The Company announced today that its Board of Directors has authorized a new $200 million common stock share repurchase program, effective upon completion of the Company’s current $200 million share repurchase program, which was authorized in October 2013.  Under the October 2013 $200 million program, approximately $5.8 million remains available for share repurchases.  During the fiscal year ended March 1, 2014, the Company repurchased a total of 9.8 million shares of its common stock for approximately $203.9 million. Subsequent to year-end, the Company repurchased an additional 4.8 million shares for approximately $90.3 million. Cumulatively during fiscal 2014 and subsequent to year-end, the Company repurchased a total of 14.6 million shares of its common stock, or 13.8% of its shares of common stock outstanding as of the start of fiscal 2014.  As of April 10, 2014, approximately 94.3 million shares of the Company’s common stock were outstanding.  Fiscal 2015 Financial Guidance  The Company has provided the following guidance for fiscal 2015:    *Comparable store sales growth in the mid single-digit range;   *Company comparable sales growth, which includes e-Commerce, in the high     single digits;   *Selling, general and administrative expenses relatively flat as a     percentage of sales compared to fiscal 2014;   *EBITDA growth in the range of 11% to 17%;   *Interest expense of approximately $11 million;   *Earnings per share in the range of $1.16 to $1.24, utilizing a fully     diluted share count of 96 million shares, representing year-over-year     growth of 15% to 23%.  Updated Three Year Growth Plan  The Company also announced that due to the challenging fourth quarter and lower than expected financial results in fiscal 2014, management is updating its Three Year Growth Plan. The Company now expects to achieve sales per retail per square foot of $225 and operating margins of approximately 11% to 11.5% by the end of fiscal 2016. This compares to previous expectations for sales per retail square foot of $225 and operating margins of 12% by the end of fiscal 2015. The Company remains on track to achieve e-Commerce sales representing at least 10% of total sales by the end of fiscal 2016.  Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Results Conference Call  The Company will host a conference call to discuss fiscal 2014 fourth quarter and fiscal year financial results at 10:00 a.m. Central Time today. Investors will be able to connect to the call through the Company’s website at www.pier1.com. The conference call can be accessed by linking through to the “Investor Relations” page to the “Events” page, or you can listen to the conference call by dialing 1-800-498-7872, or if international, 1-706-643-0435. The conference ID number is 4100558.  A replay will be available after 12:00 p.m. Central Time for a 24-hour period and the replay can be accessed by dialing 1-855-859-2056, or if international, 1-404-537-3406 using conference ID number 4100558.  Financial Disclosure Advisory  The Company reports its financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). This press release references non-GAAP financial measures, including EBITDA, adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per share.  The Company believes that the non-GAAP financial measures included in this press release allow management and investors to understand and compare earnings per share results in a more consistent manner for the 13-week fourth quarter and 52-week fiscal year ended March 1, 2014 and the 14-week fourth quarter and 53-week fiscal year ended March 2, 2013. Adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per share should be considered supplemental and not a substitute for the Company’s net income and earnings per share results reported in accordance with GAAP for the periods presented. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP net income and earnings per share is shown below for the 14-week fourth quarter ended March 2, 2013 (in millions except per share amounts). There were no similar items warranting reconciliation during the 13-week period ended March 1, 2014.                                                             14 Weeks Ended                                                              March 2, 2013                                                                                 Net Income (GAAP)                                             $61.7 Add back: Income Tax Provision (GAAP)                        37.9            Adjusted Income Before Income Taxes (non-GAAP)                99.6 Less: Adjusted Income Tax Provision at 35.6% Annual          35.4            Effective Tax Rate Adjusted Net Income (non-GAAP)                               $64.2                                                                                         Diluted Earnings per Share (GAAP)                             $0.58 Difference of Income Tax Provision at 35.6% Annual           0.02            Effective Tax Rate Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share (non-GAAP)               $0.60                                                                                          EBITDA represents earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. Management believes EBITDA is a meaningful indicator of the Company’s performance that provides useful information to investors regarding its financial condition and results of operations. Management uses EBITDA, together with financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, to assess the Company’s operating performance, to enhance its understanding of core operating performance and to compare the Company’s operating performance to other retailers. This non-GAAP financial measure should not be considered in isolation or used as an alternative to GAAP financial measures and does not purport to be an alternative to net income as a measure of operating performance. A reconciliation of net income to EBITDA is shown below for the periods indicated (in millions).                        13             14              52              53                    Weeks      Weeks       Weeks       Weeks                       Ended          Ended           Ended           Ended                       March          March           March           March                      1,           2, 2013       1, 2014       2, 2013                        2014                                                                               Net Income            $42.6          $61.7           $107.5          $129.4 (GAAP) Add Back: Income Tax            $27.3          $37.9           $67.1           $71.6 Provision Interest Expense               $0.5           $1.1            $1.9            $0.0 (Income), net Depreciation and                  $10.4        $9.1          $38.9         $31.0    Amortization EBITDA               $80.8        $109.8        $215.4        $232.0   (non-GAAP)                                                                                Management’s expectations and assumptions regarding future results are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in the forward-looking statements included in this press release. Any forward-looking projections or statements should be considered in conjunction with the cautionary statements and risks contained in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, and other filings. Refer to the Company’s most recent SEC filings for any updates concerning these and other risks and uncertainties that may affect the Company’s operations and performance. The Company assumes no obligation to update or revise its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied will not be realized.  Pier 1 Imports, Inc. is the original global importer of home décor and furniture. Information about the Company is available on www.pier1.com.   Pier 1 Imports, Inc.                                                               CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (in thousands except per share amounts) (unaudited)                                                                                                            13 Weeks Ended                      14 Weeks Ended                      March 1,            % of            March 2,            % of                     2014              Sales         2013              Sales                                                                                          Net sales            $ 515,786           100.0 %         $ 551,625           100.0 %                                                                                       Cost of sales        301,350        58.4  %        296,648        53.8  %                                                                                        Gross Profit           214,436           41.6  %           254,977           46.2  %                                                                                       Selling, general and            133,894           26.0  %           145,489           26.4  % administrative expenses Depreciation and                  10,412         2.0   %        9,053          1.6   %  amortization                                                                                       Operating              70,130            13.6  %           100,435           18.2  % income                                                                                       Nonoperating (income) and expenses: Interest, investment             (505    )                           (590    ) income and other Interest             726                          1,372                  expense                      221            0.0   %        782            0.1   %                                                                                        Income before          69,909            13.6  %           99,653            18.1  % income taxes Income tax           27,317         5.3   %        37,949         6.9   %  provision                                                                                       Net income          $ 42,592         8.3   %       $ 61,704         11.2  %                                                                                        Earnings per share: Basic               $ 0.42                           $ 0.59                                                                                            Diluted             $ 0.41                           $ 0.58                                                                                            Dividends declared per        $ 0.06                           $ 0.05      share:                                                                                       Average shares outstanding during period: Basic                101,430                         105,168                                                                                         Diluted              103,024                         107,066                                                                                           Pier 1 Imports, Inc.                                                                   CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (in thousands except per share amounts) (unaudited)                                                                                                                52 Weeks Ended                        53 Weeks Ended                      March 1,              % of            March 2,              % of                     2014                Sales         2013                Sales                                                                                              Net sales            $ 1,771,743           100.0 %         $ 1,704,885           100.0 %                                                                                           Cost of sales        1,026,180        57.9  %        961,826          56.4  %                                                                                            Gross Profit           745,563             42.1  %           743,059             43.6  %                                                                                           Selling, general and            531,190             30.0  %           513,085             30.1  % administrative expenses Depreciation and                  38,873           2.2   %        30,988           1.8   %  amortization                                                                                           Operating              175,500             9.9   %           198,986             11.7  % income                                                                                           Nonoperating (income) and expenses: Interest, investment             (1,721    )                           (2,757    ) income and other Interest             2,572                          743                      expense                      851              0.0   %        (2,014    )       -0.1  %                                                                                            Income before          174,649             9.9   %           201,000             11.8  % income taxes Income tax           67,118           3.8   %        71,556           4.2   %  provision                                                                                           Net income          $ 107,531          6.1   %       $ 129,444          7.6   %                                                                                            Earnings per share: Basic               $ 1.03                             $ 1.22                                                                                                  Diluted             $ 1.01                             $ 1.20                                                                                                  Dividends declared per        $ 0.21                             $ 0.17        share:                                                                                           Average shares outstanding during period: Basic                104,121                           106,222                                                                                               Diluted              106,248                           108,259       Pier 1 Imports, Inc.                                                          CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (in thousands except share amounts) (unaudited)                                                                                                                          March 1,             March 2,                                           2014               2013          ASSETS                                                                               Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents, including temporary investments of $121,446          $ 126,695            $ 231,556 and $191,568, respectively Accounts receivable, net                     24,614               22,309 Inventories                                  377,650              356,053 Prepaid expenses and other current         47,547           49,016     assets Total current assets                         576,506              658,934                                                                               Properties, net                              183,352              150,615 Other noncurrent assets                    43,765           47,666                                               $ 803,623         $ 857,215                                                                                  LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY                                                                               Current liabilities: Accounts payable                           $ 84,238             $ 58,701 Gift cards and other deferred                57,428               51,740 revenue Accrued income taxes payable                 14,025               25,249 Other accrued liabilities                  110,278          112,437    Total current liabilities                    265,969              248,127                                                                               Long-term debt                               9,500                9,500 Other noncurrent liabilities                 78,722               62,457                                                                               Shareholders’ equity: Common stock, $0.001 par, 500,000,000 shares authorized,               125                  125 125,232,000 issued Paid-in capital                              235,637              233,518 Retained earnings                            660,040              574,206 Cumulative other comprehensive loss          (6,114   )           (4,828   ) Less -- 26,517,000 and 18,906,000 common shares in treasury, at cost,        (440,256 )        (265,890 )  respectively                                            449,432          537,131                                              $ 803,623         $ 857,215                                                                                    Pier 1 Imports, Inc.  CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (in thousands) (unaudited)                                                                                   Year Ended                               March 1,                      March 2,                              2014                        2013                                                                                          Cash flow from operating activities: Net income                    $   107,531                   $  129,444 Adjustments to reconcile to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities: Depreciation and                  45,803                       38,431 amortization Stock-based compensation                      11,984                       12,337 expense Deferred                          6,739                        6,192 compensation Deferred income                   13,907                       19,928 taxes Excess tax benefit from                      (2,265     )                 (4,814    ) stock-based awards Amortization of                   (3,180     )                 (6,917    ) deferred gains Change in reserve for uncertain tax                 6,241                        (6,252    ) positions Other                             (3,665     )                 (2,087    ) Changes in cash from: Inventories                       (21,597    )                 (33,571   ) Proprietary credit card                       (1,585     )                 (2,019    ) receivables Prepaid expenses                  (6,697     )                 (31,620   ) and other assets Accounts payable and accrued                       14,034                       (5,516    ) expenses Accrued income taxes payable,                  (8,018     )              10,513       net of payments Net cash provided by operating                    159,232                  124,049      activities                                                                              Cash flow from investing activities: Capital                           (80,306    )                 (80,363   ) expenditures Proceeds from disposition of                    12,593                       217 properties Proceeds from sale of                           758                          1,290 restricted investments Purchase of restricted                      (3,196     )              (3,567    )   investments Net cash used in investing                       (70,151    )              (82,423   )   activities                                                                              Cash flow from financing activities: Cash dividends                    (21,697    )                 (17,989   ) Purchases of                      (192,284   )                 (100,000  ) treasury stock Proceeds from stock options exercised, stock                  18,923                       15,237 purchase plan and other, net Excess tax benefit from                      2,265                        4,814 stock-based awards Debt issuance                   (1,149     )              -            costs Net cash used in financing                       (193,942   )              (97,938   )   activities                                                                              Change in cash and cash                          (104,861   )                 (56,312   ) equivalents                                                                              Cash and cash equivalents at                  231,556                  287,868      beginning of period                                                                              Cash and cash equivalents at               $   126,695                $  231,556      end of period                                                                                                                                                           Supplemental non-cash financing activities:                                                                              The Company made total treasury share repurchases of $203,892 during fiscal 2014. Of this amount, $192,284 was settled in fiscal 2014 and $11,608 was settled in March fiscal 2015. Shares repurchased but settled subsequent to the end of the fiscal year are considered non-cash financing activities and are not included above.   Contact:  Pier 1 Imports, Inc. Cary Turner, 817-252-8400  
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