Burlington Stores, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2017 Results above Guidance and Increases Full Year 2017 Outlook

November 21, 2017
  • On a GAAP basis, total sales rose 7.1%, net income increased 38%, and EPS increased 44%
  • On a Non-GAAP basis,
    • Comparable store sales increased 3.1%
    • Adjusted EBITDA increased 22% to $134 million, up 115 basis points
    • Adjusted EPS rose 37% to $0.70
  • Increasing outlook for FY17 Adjusted EPS to $4.23-$4.27, up from $4.11-$4.18

BURLINGTON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Burlington Stores, Inc. (NYSE:BURL), a nationally recognized off-price retailer of high-quality, branded apparel at everyday low prices, today announced its results for the third quarter ended October 28, 2017.

Tom Kingsbury, CEO, stated, “We are pleased to report strong third quarter results, driven by a 3.1% comparable store sales increase, which was on top of a 3.7% comparable increase in last year’s third quarter. Our overall 7.1% sales growth, along with our 115 basis point Adjusted EBITDA margin improvement, enabled the Company to drive a 37% increase in Adjusted EPS in the third quarter, well ahead of our guidance. I would like to thank our store, supply chain and corporate teams for contributing to these strong results.”

Fiscal 2017 Third Quarter Operating Results:

  • Total sales increased 7.1% over the prior year period to $1,438 million. This growth was driven by an incremental $60 million from new and non-comparable stores, as well as a 3.1% increase in comparable store sales. Consistent with the Company’s policy regarding weather related incidents, the comparable store sales calculation excludes 19 stores which were closed for 7 or more days within a month during the third quarter. The impact of these store closures, which is reflected in the total sales results for the third quarter, reduced the incremental contribution from new and non-comparable sales by $17 million.
  • Gross margin expanded by 100 basis points over last year’s levels to 42.2% driven primarily by increased merchandise margin. In addition, product sourcing costs as a percent of sales were flat on a rate basis to the prior year’s quarter. Product sourcing costs are included in selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A).
  • SG&Aless product sourcing costs, as a percentage of sales was 28.3%, representing a 20 basis point improvement compared with the Fiscal 2016 third quarter.
  • The effective tax rate on a GAAP basis improved 120 basis points to 33.8% driven primarily by the adoption of the new share-based compensation accounting, which contributed 430 basis points of improvement. Exclusive of the accounting change for share-based compensation, the effective tax rate was 38.1% compared with 35.0% during last year’s third quarter.
  • Net income increased 38% over the prior year period to $45 million, or $0.65 per share vs. $0.45last year, and Adjusted Net Income increased 34% to $49 million, or $0.70 per share, vs. $0.51 last year. These improvements were driven primarily by top line growth, gross margin expansion, tight expense control, share repurchases since the end of the third quarter last year, and the $2.9 million benefit, or $0.04 per share, from the accounting change for share-based compensation.
  • Fully diluted shares outstanding amounted to 69.5 million at the end of the quarter compared with 71.6 million at the end of last year’s third quarter. The decrease was primarily the result of share repurchases under the Company’s share repurchase program. Since the end of the third quarter of Fiscal 2016, the Company has repurchased 3.1 million shares of its common stock under its share repurchase program.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 22%, or $24 million above the prior year period, to $134 million. The 115 basis point expansion in Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of sales was primarily driven by gross margin expansion.

First Nine Months Fiscal 2017 Results

  • Total sales increased 6.9%, which included a comparable store sales increase of 2.4% over the first nine months of Fiscal 2016, on top of last year’s 4.5% comparable store sales increase. Net income increased 60% over the prior year period to $144 million, or $2.04 per share vs. $1.25 last year. Adjusted EBITDA increased by 21%, or $68 million above last year, to $398 million, representing a 110 basis point increase in rate for the first nine months of Fiscal 2017 vs. the prior year period. Adjusted Net Income of $157 million was up 48% vs. last year, while Adjusted EPS was $2.22 for the first nine months of Fiscal 2017 vs. $1.47 in the prior year period.

Inventory

  • Merchandise inventories were $904 million vs. $822 million last year. The increase was primarily due to an increase in pack and hold inventory, which was 15% of total inventory at the end of the third quarter of Fiscal 2017 compared to 12% at the end of the third quarter of Fiscal 2016, and inventory related to 39 net new stores opened since the end of the third quarter of Fiscal 2016. Comparable store inventory turnover improved 10%, and comparable store inventory was down 2% at the end of the third quarter of Fiscal 2017.

Share Repurchase Activity

  • During the third quarter, the Company invested $70 million of cash to repurchase 804,577 shares of its common stock. The Company utilized the remaining $39 million on its previous share repurchase program, as well as $31 million of the new $300 million share repurchase program authorized by the Board of Directors on August 16, 2017. As of the end of the third quarter, the Company had $269 million remaining on its current share repurchase authorization.

Term Loan Repricing and Extension

  • On November 17, 2017, the Company completed the repricing and extension of its senior secured term loan facility, which reduced the applicable interest rate margin from 2.75% to 2.50%, with the LIBOR floor remaining 0.75%. The new senior secured term loan facility is comprised of a single tranche of loans maturing in November 2024. The net proceeds of the new senior secured term loan facility were used to repay all indebtedness under the previous term loan B facility, which was set to mature in 2021, as well as to pay related fees and expenses. Any gains, losses or fees related to this transaction will be reflected in the Company’s financial results for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2017.

Full Year Fiscal 2017 and Fourth Quarter 2017 Outlook

For the full Fiscal Year 2017 (the 53-weeks ending February 3, 2018), the Company now expects:

  • Total sales to increase in the range of 8.1% to 8.4%, including 1.4% from the 53rd week; this assumes comparable store sales to increase in the range of 2% to 3% for the fourth quarter, resulting in a full year comparable store sales increase of 2.3% to 2.6% on top of the 4.5% increase during Fiscal 2016. Note that the updated total sales increase is negatively impacted by $17 millioncaused by the 19 store closures in the third quarter, as well as approximately $25 million from 8 stores that will remain closed during the fourth quarter;
  • Interest expense of approximately $58 million;
  • Adjusted EPS in the range of $4.23 to $4.27, utilizing a fully diluted share count of approximately 70.3 million, as compared with $3.24 in Fiscal 2016. This includes an expected benefit from the 53rd week of approximately $0.04 per share, and an anticipated increase of approximately $0.20per share resulting from the accounting change for share-based compensation.
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin expansion to increase 80 to 90 basis points; and
  • To open 37 net new stores, and invest Net Capital Expenditures of approximately $215 million.

For the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2017 (the 14 weeks ending February 3, 2018), the Company expects:

  • Total sales to increase in the range of 11.0% to 12.0%, including 5.0% from the 53rd week. This increase includes the negative impact of $25 million from the 8 stores that will remain closed during the fourth quarter;
  • Comparable store sales to increase in the range of 2% to 3% on top of a 4.6% increase during the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2016; and
  • Adjusted EPS in the range of $2.02 to $2.06, which assumes no benefit from the accounting change for share-based compensation and utilizing a fully diluted share count of approximately 69.3 million shares, as compared to $1.78 last year. Adjusted EPS for the fourth quarter includes a $0.04benefit from the 53rd week.

The Company has not presented a quantitative reconciliation of the forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures set out above to their most comparable GAAP financial measures because it would require the Company to create estimated ranges on a GAAP basis, which would entail unreasonable effort. Adjustments required to reconcile forward-looking non-GAAP measures cannot be predicted with reasonable certainty but may include, among others, costs related to debt amendments, loss on extinguishment of debt, and impairment charges, as well as the tax effect of such items. Some or all those adjustments could be significant.

Note regarding Non-GAAP financial measures

The foregoing discussion of the Company’s operating results includes references to Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Earnings per Share (or Adjusted EPS) and Adjusted Operating Margin. The Company believes these measures are useful in evaluating the operating performance of the business and for comparing its historical results to that of other retailers. These non-GAAP financial measures are defined and reconciled to the most comparable GAAP measure later in this document.

Third Quarter 2017 Conference Call

The Company will hold a conference call on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss the Company’s third quarter results. The U.S. toll free dial-in for the conference call is 1-877-407-0789 and the international dial-in number is 1-201-689-8562.

A live webcast of the conference call will also be available on the investor relations page of the Company's website at www.burlingtoninvestors.com. For those unable to participate in the conference call, a replay will be available beginning at 11:30 am ET, November 21, 2017 until 11:59 pm ET on December 5, 2017. The U.S. toll-free replay dial-in number is 1-844-512-2921 and the international replay dial-in number is 1-412-317-6671. The replay passcode is 13673387. Additionally, a replay of the call will be available on the investor relations page of the Company's website at www.burlingtoninvestors.com.

Investors and others should note that Burlington Stores currently announces material information using SEC filings, press releases, public conference calls and webcasts. In the future, Burlington Stores will continue to use these channels to distribute material information about the Company, and may also utilize its website and/or various social media sites to communicate important information about the Company, key personnel, new brands and services, trends, new marketing campaigns, corporate initiatives and other matters. Information that the Company posts on its website or on social media channels could be deemed material; therefore, the Company encourages investors, the media, our customers, business partners and others interested in Burlington Stores to review the information posted on its website, as well as the following social media channels:

Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BurlingtonCoatFactory/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/burlington).

Any updates to the list of social media channels the Company may use to communicate material information will be posted on the investor relations page of the Company's website at www.burlingtoninvestors.com.

About Burlington Stores, Inc.

Burlington Stores, Inc., headquartered in New Jersey, is a nationally recognized off-price retailer with Fiscal 2016 revenue of $5.6 billion. The Company is a Fortune 500 company and its common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “BURL.” The Company operated 631 stores as of the end of the third quarter of Fiscal 2017, inclusive of an internet store, in 45 states and Puerto Rico, principally under the name Burlington Stores. The Company’s stores offer an extensive selection of in-season, fashion-focused merchandise at up to 65% off other retailers' prices, including women’s ready-to-wear apparel, menswear, youth apparel, baby, beauty, footwear, accessories, home and coats.

For more information about the Company, visit www.burlingtonstores.com.

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 BURLINGTON STORES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(unaudited)
(All amounts in thousands)

 
        Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended
        October 28,     October 29,     October 28,     October 29,
        2017     2016     2017     2016
REVENUES:                          
Net sales       $ 1,438,167       $ 1,342,600       $ 4,147,937       $ 3,880,322  
Other revenue         6,405         6,447         17,834         18,324  
Total revenue         1,444,572         1,349,047         4,165,771         3,898,646  
COSTS AND EXPENSES:                          
Cost of sales         831,728         789,858         2,436,250         2,316,162  
Selling, general and administrative expenses         480,194         451,072         1,338,247         1,261,559  
Costs related to debt amendments                                 1,346  
Stock option modification expense         26         106         131         520  
Depreciation and amortization         50,836         46,472         147,547         136,630  
Impairment charges - long-lived assets                         988         109  
Other income - net         (1,362 )       (1,473 )       (6,948 )       (7,361 )
Loss on extinguishment of debt                                 3,805  
Interest expense         15,351         13,159         43,409         43,196  
Total costs and expenses         1,376,773         1,299,194         3,959,624         3,755,966  
Income before income tax expense         67,799         49,853         206,147         142,680  
Income tax expense         22,920         17,449         61,998         52,368  
Net income       $ 44,879       $ 32,404       $ 144,149       $ 90,312  
                                           
 

BURLINGTON STORES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(unaudited)
(All amounts in thousands)

 
        October 28,     January 28,     October 29,
        2017     2017     2016
ASSETS                    
Current assets:                    
Cash and cash equivalents       $ 48,080       $ 81,597       $ 32,799  
Restricted cash and cash equivalents         27,800         27,800         27,800  
Accounts receivable—net         78,995         43,252         59,757  
Merchandise inventories         903,663         701,891         822,469  
Prepaid and other current assets         91,917         73,784         104,051  
Total current assets         1,150,455         928,324         1,046,876  
Property and equipment—net         1,111,949         1,049,447         1,040,297  
Goodwill and intangible assets—net         480,438         498,244         505,744  
Deferred tax assets         7,939         7,973          
Other assets         92,582         90,495         95,203  
Total assets       $ 2,843,363       $ 2,574,483       $ 2,688,120  
                     
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT                    
Current liabilities:                    
Accounts payable       $ 764,563       $ 640,326       $ 691,971  
Other current liabilities         361,170         354,870         326,114  
Current maturities of long term debt         1,942         1,638         1,574  
Total current liabilities         1,127,675         996,834         1,019,659  
Long term debt         1,294,300         1,128,843         1,303,001  
Other liabilities         309,848         290,683         294,740  
Deferred tax liabilities         222,073         207,935         206,124  
Stockholders' deficit         (110,533 )       (49,812 )       (135,404 )
Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit       $ 2,843,363       $ 2,574,483       $ 2,688,120  
                     
 

BURLINGTON STORES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(unaudited)
(All amounts in thousands)

 
        Nine Months Ended
        October 28,     October 29,
        2017     2016
OPERATING ACTIVITIES              
Net income       $ 144,149       $ 90,312  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities              
Depreciation and amortization         147,547         136,630  
Deferred income taxes         12,375         5,891  
Non-cash loss on extinguishment of debt                 3,805  
Non-cash stock compensation expense         19,655         11,634  
Non-cash rent         (17,940 )       (22,052 )
Deferred rent incentives         33,557         17,884  
Changes in assets and liabilities:              
Accounts receivable         (25,894 )       (13,671 )
Merchandise inventories         (201,772 )       (39,518 )
Accounts payable         125,067         88,090  
Other current assets and liabilities         (26,159 )       9,981  
Long term assets and liabilities         581         4,187  
Other operating activities         10,330         5,047  
Net cash provided by operating activities         221,496         298,220  
INVESTING ACTIVITIES              
Cash paid for property and equipment         (192,491 )       (137,643 )
Proceeds from insurance recoveries related to property and equipment         3,069          
Other investing activities         990         104  
Net cash (used in) investing activities         (188,432 )       (137,539 )
FINANCING ACTIVITIES              
Proceeds from long term debt—ABL Line of Credit         1,124,300         1,286,100  
Principal payments on long term debt—ABL Line of Credit         (959,100 )       (1,279,200 )
Proceeds from long term debt—Term B-4 Loans                 1,114,208  
Principal payments on long term debt—Term B-3 Loans                 (1,117,000 )
Purchase of treasury shares         (234,918 )       (151,781 )
Other financing activities         3,137         (1,124 )
Net cash used in financing activities         (66,581 )       (148,797 )
(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents         (33,517 )       11,884  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period         81,597         20,915  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period       $ 48,080       $ 32,799  
                       
 

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

(Unaudited)
(Amounts in thousands except per share data)
 

Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted EPS, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Operating Margin

The following tables calculate the Company’s Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted EPS, Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before (i) net interest expense, (ii) loss on the extinguishment of debt, (iii) costs related to debt amendments, (iv) stock option modification expense, (v) depreciation and amortization, (vi) impairment charges, (vii) amounts related to certain ongoing litigation, (viii) income tax expense (benefit) and (ix) other unusual, non-recurring or extraordinary expenses, losses, charges or gains) and Adjusted Operating Margin (EBIT), all of which are considered Non-GAAP financial measures. Generally, a Non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company’s performance, financial position or cash flows that either excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.

Adjusted Net Income is defined as net income for the period plus (i) net favorable lease amortization, (ii) costs related to debt amendments, (iii) stock option modification expense, (iv) loss on extinguishment of debt, (v) impairment charges, (vi) amounts related to certain ongoing litigation and (vii) other unusual, non-recurring or extraordinary expenses, losses, charges or gains, all of which are tax effected to arrive at Adjusted Net Income.

Adjusted EPS is defined as Adjusted Net Income divided by the fully diluted weighted average shares outstanding, as defined in the table below.

Adjusted Operating Margin is defined as net income for the period plus (i) net interest expense, (ii) net favorable lease amortization, (iii) loss on the extinguishment of debt, (iv) costs related to debt amendments, (v) stock option modification expense, (vi) impairment charges, (vii) amounts related to certain ongoing litigation, (viii) income tax expense (benefit) and (ix) other unusual, non-recurring or extraordinary expenses, losses, charges or gains.

The Company presents Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted EPS, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Operating Margin because it believes they are useful supplemental measures in evaluating the performance of the Company’s business and provide greater transparency into the results of operations. In particular, the Company believes that excluding certain items that may vary substantially in frequency and magnitude from operating income are useful supplemental measures that assist in evaluating the Company’s ability to generate earnings and leverage sales, and to more readily compare these metrics between past and future periods.

The Company believes that Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted EPS, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Operating Margin provide investors helpful information with respect to the Company’s operations and financial condition. Other companies in the retail industry may calculate these non-GAAP measures differently such that the Company’s calculation may not be directly comparable. The adjustments to these metrics are not in accordance with regulations adopted by the SEC that apply to periodic reports presented under the Exchange Act. Accordingly, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted EPS, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Operating Margin may be presented differently in filings made with the SEC than as presented in this report or not presented at all.

The following table shows the Company’s reconciliation of net income to Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS for the three and nine months ended October 28, 2017 compared with the three and nine months ended October 29, 2016:

         
        (unaudited)
        (in thousands, except per share data)
        Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended
        October 28,     October 29,     October 28,     October 29,
        2017     2016     2017     2016
Reconciliation of net income to Adjusted Net Income:                          
Net income       $ 44,879     $ 32,404     $ 144,149     $ 90,312
Net favorable lease amortization (a)         5,830       5,852       17,751       17,926
Costs related to debt amendments (b)                           1,346
Stock option modification expense (c)         26       106       131       520
Loss on extinguishment of debt (b)                           3,805
Impairment charges (d)                     988       109
Litigation accrual (e)                           1,400
Tax effect (f)         (1,944)       (2,085)       (6,265)       (9,285)
Adjusted Net Income       $ 48,791     $ 36,277     $ 156,754     $ 106,133
Fully diluted weighted average shares outstanding (g)         69,541       71,597       70,616       72,002
Adjusted EPS       $ 0.70     $ 0.51     $ 2.22     $ 1.47
                                   

The following table shows the Company’s reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA for the three and nine months ended October 28, 2017 compared with the three and nine months ended October 29, 2016:

         
        (unaudited)
        (in thousands)
        Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended
        October 28,     October 29,     October 28,     October 29,
        2017     2016     2017     2016
Reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA:                          
Net income       $ 44,879       $ 32,404       $ 144,149       $ 90,312  
Interest expense         15,351         13,159         43,409         43,196  
Interest income         (63 )       (14 )       (132 )       (42 )
Loss on extinguishment of debt (b)                                 3,805  
Costs related to debt amendments (b)                                 1,346  
Stock option modification expense (c)         26         106         131         520  
Depreciation and amortization         50,836         46,472         147,547         136,630  
Impairment charges (d)                         988         109  
Litigation accrual (e)                                 1,400  
Tax expense         22,920         17,449         61,998         52,368  
Adjusted EBITDA       $ 133,949       $ 109,576       $ 398,090       $ 329,644  
                                           

The following table shows the Company’s reconciliation of net income to Adjusted Operating Margin for the three and nine months ended October 28, 2017 compared with the three and nine months ended October 29, 2016:

         
        (unaudited)
        (in thousands)
        Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended
        October 28,     October 29,     October 28,     October 29,
        2017     2016     2017     2016
Reconciliation of net income to Adjusted Operating Margin:                          
Net income       $ 44,879       $ 32,404       $ 144,149       $ 90,312  
Interest expense         15,351         13,159         43,409         43,196  
Interest income         (63 )       (14 )       (132 )       (42 )
Net favorable lease amortization (a)         5,830         5,852         17,751         17,926  
Loss on extinguishment of debt (b)                                 3,805  
Costs related to debt amendments (b)                                 1,346  
Stock option modification expense (c)         26         106         131         520  
Impairment charges (d)                         988         109  
Litigation accrual (e)                                 1,400  
Tax expense         22,920         17,449         61,998         52,368  
Adjusted Operating Margin       $ 88,943       $ 68,956       $ 268,294       $ 210,940  
                                           
(a)   Net favorable lease amortization represents the non-cash amortization expense associated with favorable and unfavorable leases that were recorded as a result of purchase accounting related to the April 13, 2006 Bain Capital acquisition of Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corporation, and are recorded in the line item “Depreciation and amortization” in our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income.
(b)   Represents costs related to the repricing of our Term Loan Facility during the second quarter of Fiscal 2016.
(c)   Represents expenses incurred as a result of our May 2013 stock option modification.
(d)   Represents impairment charges on long-lived assets.
(e)   Represents amounts charged for certain ongoing litigation.
(f)   Tax effect is calculated based on the effective tax rates (before discrete items) for the respective periods for the tax impact of items (a) through (e).
(g)   Fully diluted weighted average shares outstanding starts with basic shares outstanding and adds back any potentially dilutive securities outstanding during the period. Fully diluted weighted average shares outstanding is equal to basic shares outstanding if the Company is in an Adjusted Net Loss position.
     

 

Source: Burlington Stores, Inc.

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