American Eagle Outfitters Reports 62% Increase in Second Quarter EPS

August 22, 2012

Sales Increase 11% to Record $740 Million on Comp Growth of 9%

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 22, 2012-- American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (NYSE:AEO) today announced income from continuing operations increased 62% to $0.21 per diluted share for the second quarter ended July 28, 2012, compared to $0.13 per diluted share for the comparable quarter last year. Due to the closure of the 77kids business, results are presented as discontinued operations for all periods and are further discussed below. Net income for the second quarter, which includes a loss from discontinued operations, was $0.09 per diluted share, compared to $0.10 per diluted share last year.

Robert Hanson, chief executive officer stated, ?While pleased with our results, and therefore raising our annual outlook, we continue to drive for long-term performance improvement through fortifying our brands, further strengthening our products, marketing and customer experience, enhancing operational disciplines and pursuing growth across North America."

Non-GAAP Second Quarter Results ? Continuing Operations (Excluding 77kids)

The following discussion of second quarter results excludes Non-GAAP adjustments comprised of tax benefits and restructuring costs as presented in the accompanying GAAP to Non-GAAP reconciliation.

  • Net sales increased 11% to a record $740 million, compared to $669 million last year.
  • Comparable store sales, including AE Direct, increased 9%, compared to a 1% increase last year.
  • Gross profit increased 17% to $277 million, or 37.4% as a rate to sales, compared to $236 million, or 35.3% as a rate to sales, last year. Decreased product costs and markdowns led to a 120 basis point improvement in the merchandise margin. Buying, occupancy and warehousing costs improved 90 basis points due to strong sales.
  • Selling general and administrative expense of $178 million, which excludes $4 million of restructuring costs, improved 40 basis points to 24.0%, compared to 24.4% last year.
  • Excluding restructuring costs, operating income increased 76% to $67 million. The operating margin expanded to 9.1% compared to 5.7% last year.
  • Adjusted EPS from continuing operations of $0.21 compared to $0.13 last year, a 62% increase. Results exclude restructuring costs of $0.02 per diluted share, offset by $0.02 per diluted share of tax benefits.

77kids Update

On May 18, 2012, the company announced plans to exit its children?s business, 77kids, which includes 22 stores and the online business. On August 3, 2012, the company completed a sale of 77kids, which included substantially all of the assets comprising the 77kids business, including store assets, the on-line business, inventory and a temporary license to use the 77kids name through January 15, 2013. Inventory for 77kids has been recorded as an asset held for sale on the company?s consolidated balance sheets.

The company expects to incur an after-tax loss of approximately $35 million, which includes $25 million of exit related charges and $10 million of operational costs during the exit period. The after tax loss for the second quarter was $24 million, or a $0.12 loss per diluted share, compared to an operating loss of $5 million, or a $0.03 loss per diluted share, last year. The remainder of the exit period costs are expected to be incurred in the third quarter of fiscal 2012.

AEO Direct

In the second quarter, online sales increased 28%, compared to a 17% increase last year. The company?s online business includes and

Inventory (Excluding 77kids)

Total merchandise inventories at the end of the second quarter were $462 million vs. $457 million last year. At cost per foot, inventory is up 3% compared to last year. Third quarter ending inventory cost per foot is expected to be down mid single-digits.

Capital Expenditures

For the second quarter, capital expenditures were $24 million, compared to $28 million last year. For fiscal 2012, the company continues to expect capital expenditures to be approximately $100 million.

Real Estate

In the second quarter, total square footage decreased slightly, reflecting three store openings, offset by eight store closures, and 17 remodels and refurbishments. For additional second quarter 2012 actual and fiscal 2012 projected real estate information, see the accompanying table.

Cash and Investments

The company ended the quarter with total cash and short-term investments of $702 million compared to $514 million last year.

Future Outlook

For the third quarter, management expects EPS from continuing operations to be in the range of $0.37 to $0.38 per diluted share, compared to $0.30 last year. For the year, management is raising its EPS guidance from continuing operations to a range of $1.33 to $1.36, compared to an adjusted $0.97 last year. EPS guidance is based on comparable store sales growth of mid single-digits for the third quarter and low single-digits for the fourth quarter.

Conference Call and Supplemental Financial Information

Today, management will host a conference call and real time webcast at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To listen to the call, dial 1-877-407-0789 or internationally dial 1-201-689-8562 or go to to access the webcast and audio replay. Also, a financial results presentation is posted on the company?s website.

Non-GAAP Measures

This press release includes information on non-GAAP financial measures (?non-GAAP? or ?adjusted?), including earnings per share information and the consolidated results of operations excluding non-GAAP items. These financial measures are not based on any standardized methodology prescribed by U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (?GAAP?) and are not necessarily comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. The company believes that this non-GAAP information is useful as an additional means for investors to evaluate the company?s operating performance, when reviewed in conjunction with the company?s GAAP financial 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.

About American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.

American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (NYSE: AEO) is a leading global specialty retailer offering high-quality, on-trend clothing, accessories and personal care products at affordable prices under its American Eagle Outfitters® and Aerie® brands. The company operates more than 1,000 stores in North America, and ships to 77 countries worldwide through its websites. American Eagle Outfitters and Aerie merchandise also is available at 39 international franchise stores in 12 countries. For more information, please visit

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This release contains forward-looking statements, which represent our expectations or beliefs concerning future events, specifically regarding third quarter and fiscal 2012 results. All forward-looking statements made by the company involve material risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on factors beyond the company's control. Such factors include, but are not limited to the risk that the company?s operating, financial and capital plans may not be achieved and the risks described in the Risk Factor Section of the company's Form 10-K and Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Accordingly, the company's future performance and financial results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in any such forward-looking statements. The company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements even if future changes make it clear that projected results expressed or implied will not be realized.

(Dollars in thousands)
July 28, January 28, July 30,
2012 2012 2011
(unaudited) (unaudited)
Cash and cash equivalents $ 696,077 $ 719,545 $ 389,299
Short-term investments 5,995 25,499 124,697
Merchandise inventory 462,013 367,514 457,282
Assets held for sale 9,985 10,912 12,960
Accounts receivable 40,202 40,310 31,530
Prepaid expenses and other 76,584 74,947 90,788
Deferred income taxes 55,607 48,761 48,585
Total current assets 1,346,463 1,287,488 1,155,141
Property and equipment, net 544,751 582,162 635,540
Intangible assets, net 38,682 39,832 40,295
Goodwill 11,445 11,469 11,668
Non-current deferred income taxes 22,477 13,467 2,460
Other assets 15,064 16,384 21,398
Total Assets $ 1,978,882 $ 1,950,802 $ 1,866,502
Accounts payable $ 171,655 $ 183,783 $ 187,572
Accrued compensation and payroll taxes 54,168 42,625 24,928
Accrued rent 78,514 76,921 72,477
Accrued income and other taxes 15,822 20,135 13,998
Unredeemed gift cards and gift certificates 24,342 44,970 26,542
Current portion of deferred lease credits 14,679 15,066 15,938
Other current liabilities and accrued expenses 26,694 21,901 21,037
Total current liabilities 385,874 405,401 362,492
Deferred lease credits 69,598 71,880 77,925
Non-current accrued income taxes 26,285 35,471 38,256
Other non-current liabilities 18,711 21,199 20,842
Total non-current liabilities 114,594 128,550 137,023
Commitments and contingencies - - -
Preferred stock - - -
Common stock 2,496 2,496 2,496
Contributed capital 574,671 552,797 546,677
Accumulated other comprehensive income 28,073 28,659 32,692
Retained earnings 1,770,546 1,771,464 1,713,778
Treasury stock (897,372) (938,565) (928,656)
Total stockholders' equity 1,478,414 1,416,851 1,366,987
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 1,978,882 $ 1,950,802 $ 1,866,502
Current Ratio 3.49 3.18 3.19
(Dollars and shares in thousands, except per share amounts)
13 Weeks Ended (GAAP Basis)
July 28, % of July 30, % of
2012   Sales   2011     Sales
Net sales $ 739,680 100.0 % $ 669,120 100.0 %
Cost of sales, including certain buying,
occupancy and warehousing expenses 463,116     62.6 %       432,942       64.7 %
Gross profit 276,564 37.4 % 236,178 35.3 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses 182,125 24.6 % 163,113 24.4 %
Depreciation and amortization 32,643     4.4 %       34,997       5.2 %
Operating income 61,796 8.4 % 38,068 5.7 %
Other (expense) income, net (343 )   -0.1 %       1,431       0.2 %
Income before income taxes 61,453 8.3 % 39,499 5.9 %
Provision for income taxes 18,607     2.5 %       14,407       2.2 %
Income from continuing operations 42,846 5.8 % 25,092 3.7 %
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax (23,819 )   -3.2 %       (5,423 )     -0.8 %
Net income $ 19,027     2.6 %     $ 19,669       2.9 %
Basic income per common share:
Income from continuing operations $ 0.22 $ 0.13
Loss from discontinued operations (0.12 )   (0.03 )
Net income per basic share $ < Back