SOURCE: Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

November 16, 2010 07:00 ET

Abercrombie & Fitch Reports Third Quarter Results; Board of Directors Declares Quarterly Dividend of $0.175

NEW ALBANY, OH--(Marketwire - November 16, 2010) - Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) today reported unaudited results which reflected net income of $50.0 million and net income per diluted share of $0.56 for the thirteen weeks ended October 30, 2010, compared to a net income of $38.8 million and net income per diluted share of $0.44 for the thirteen weeks ended October 31, 2009. Net income for the thirteen weeks ended October 31, 2009 included a benefit of $0.21 per basic and diluted share associated with the true up of the year-to-date tax rate and a net loss per basic and diluted share of $0.12 from discontinued operations.

Third Quarter Sales Highlights

Total Company net sales, including direct-to-consumer net sales, increased 18% to $885.8 million

Total Company domestic net sales, including direct-to-consumer net sales, increased 8% to $721.7 million

Total Company international net sales, including direct-to-consumer net sales, increased 87% to $164.1 million

Comparable store sales increased 7%

Total Company direct-to-consumer net merchandise sales increased 32% to $81.4 million

Abercrombie & Fitch net sales of $384.0 million; Abercrombie & Fitch comparable store sales increased 8%

abercrombie kids net sales of $99.9 million; abercrombie kids comparable store sales increased 2%

Hollister Co. net sales of $392.5 million; Hollister Co. comparable store sales increased 7%

Mike Jeffries, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Abercrombie & Fitch Co., said:

"We are pleased with our performance against our objectives for the quarter, and remain very excited about the opportunities ahead of us across all areas of our business. Our domestic business has continued to improve, our international results are outstanding, and our direct to consumer business is posting very strong growth."

Third Quarter Financial Results

Net sales for the thirteen weeks ended October 30, 2010 increased 18% to $885.8 million from $753.7 million for the thirteen weeks ended October 31, 2009. Total Company direct-to-consumer net merchandise sales increased 32% to $81.4 million for the thirteen week period ended October 30, 2010. Total Company third quarter comparable store sales increased 7%.

The gross profit rate for the third quarter was 63.7%, 40 basis points lower than last year's third quarter gross profit rate. The decrease in gross profit rate was primarily driven by an 11% decrease in average unit retail, partially off-set by a reduction in average unit cost.

Stores and distribution expense, as a percentage of net sales, decreased to 43.5% from 46.4% for the third quarter. The decrease in the stores and distribution expense rate was primarily driven by lower store occupancy costs and payroll costs as a percentage of net sales.

Marketing, general and administrative expense for the third quarter was $102.6 million, a 17% increase compared to $87.9 million during the same period last year. The increase in marketing, general and administrative expense was primarily due to increases in compensation and benefits, including incentive and equity compensation, and the favorable impact of an insurance recovery in the prior year.

The effective tax rate for continuing operations for the thirteen weeks ended October 30, 2010 was an expense of 35.6% as compared to a benefit of 4.7% for the prior year comparable period. The third quarter 2009 rate was favorably impacted by a true up in the year-to-date tax rate, along with a benefit of $2.2 million from the settlement of state tax audits.

The Company ended the third quarter of Fiscal 2010 with $618.2 million in cash and cash equivalents, borrowings under the credit agreement of $57.2 million and outstanding letters of credit of $10.6 million compared to $466.9 million in cash and cash equivalents, borrowings under the credit agreement of $50.6 million and outstanding letters of credit of $45.3 million at the comparable point last year.

2010 Outlook

The Company continues to expect to open approximately 20 international mall-based Hollister stores in Fiscal 2010, 11 of which will be opened in the fourth quarter. Since the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Company has opened Abercrombie & Fitch flagships in Fukuoka, Japan and Copenhagen, Denmark and will also open its first international Gilly Hicks store in the United Kingdom during the quarter.

The Company also expects to open its first Abercrombie & Fitch store in Puerto Rico, a Hollister Epic store on 5th Avenue in New York and one domestic Gilly Hicks store during the fourth quarter.

The Company now expects total capital expenditures to be approximately $190 million, including approximately $140 million related to new stores, store refreshes and remodels, and approximately $50 million related to information technology, distribution center and other home office projects.

A summary of store openings and closings for the thirteen and thirty-nine week periods ended October 30, 2010 is included with the financial statement schedules following this release.

Other Developments

The Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.175 per share on the Class A Common Stock of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. payable on December 14, 2010 to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 26, 2010.

An investor presentation of third quarter results will be available in the "Investors" section of the Company's website at www.abercrombie.com at approximately 8:00 AM, Eastern Time, today.

At the end of October 2010, the Company operated a total of 1,106 stores. The Company operated 340 Abercrombie & Fitch stores, 201 abercrombie kids stores, 510 Hollister Co. stores and 17 Gilly Hicks stores domestically. The Company also operated seven Abercrombie & Fitch stores, four abercrombie kids stores and 27 Hollister Co. stores internationally. The Company operates e-commerce websites at www.abercrombie.com, www.abercrombiekids.com, www.hollisterco.com and www.gillyhicks.com.

Today at 8:30 AM, Eastern Time, the Company will conduct a conference call. Management will discuss the Company's performance and its plans for the future and will accept questions from participants. To listen to the live conference call, dial (800) 289-0468 or internationally at (913) 312-93211. To listen via the Internet, go to www.abercrombie.com, select the Investors page and scroll through the Calendar of Events. Replays of the call will be available shortly after its completion. The audio replay can be accessed for two weeks following the reporting date by calling (888) 203-1112 or internationally at (719) 457-0820 followed by the conference ID number 4069400; or for 12 months by visiting the Company's website at www.abercrombie.com.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995

A&F cautions that any forward-looking statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) contained in this Press Release or made by management of A&F involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various important factors, many of which may be beyond the Company's control. Words such as "estimate," "project," "plan," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," and similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements. The following factors, in addition to those included in the disclosure under the heading "FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS AND RISK FACTORS" in "ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS" of A&F's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 30, 2010, in some cases have affected and in the future could affect the Company's financial performance and could cause actual results for the 2010 fiscal year and beyond to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any of the forward-looking statements included in this Press Release or otherwise made by management: general economic and financial conditions could have a material adverse effect on the Company's business, results of operations and liquidity; loss of the services of skilled senior executive officers could have a material adverse effect on the Company's business; ability to hire, train and retain qualified associates could have a material adverse effect on the Company's business; equity-based compensation awarded under the employment agreement with the Company's Chief Executive Officer could adversely impact the Company's cash flows, financial position or results of operations and could have a dilutive effect on the Company's outstanding Common Stock; failure to anticipate, identify and respond to changing consumer preferences and fashion trends in a timely manner could cause the Company's profitability to decline; unseasonable weather conditions affecting consumer preferences could have a material adverse effect on the Company's business; disruptive weather conditions affecting the consumers' ability to shop could have a material adverse effect on the Company's business; the Company's market share may be adversely impacted at any time by a significant number of competitors; the Company's international expansion plan is dependent on many factors, any of which could delay or prevent successful penetration into new markets and strain its resources; the Company's growth strategy relies on the addition of new stores, which may strain the Company's resources and adversely impact current store performance; the Company may incur costs related to store closures; availability and market prices of key raw materials could have a material adverse effect on the Company's business and results of operations; the interruption of the flow of merchandise from key vendors and international manufacturers could disrupt the Company's supply chain; the Company does not own or operate any manufacturing facilities and therefore depends upon independent third parties for the manufacture of all its merchandise; the Company's reliance on two distribution centers domestically located in the same vicinity, and one distribution center internationally, makes it susceptible to disruptions or adverse conditions affecting its distribution centers; the Company's reliance on third parties to deliver merchandise from its distribution centers to its stores and direct-to-consumer customers could result in disruptions to its business; the Company's development of new brand concepts could have a material adverse effect on the Company's financial condition or results of operations; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates could adversely impact financial results; the Company's net sales and inventory levels fluctuate on a seasonal basis, causing its results of operations to be particularly susceptible to changes to back-to-school and holiday shopping patterns; the Company's ability to attract customers to its stores depends heavily on the success of the shopping centers in which they are located; comparable store sales will continue to fluctuate on a regular basis; the Company's net sales are affected by direct-to-consumer sales; the Company may be exposed to risks and costs associated with credit card fraud and identity theft; the Company's litigation exposure could exceed expectations, having a material adverse effect on the Company's financial condition or results of operations; the Company's failure to adequately protect its trademarks could have a negative impact on its brand image and limit its ability to penetrate new markets; the Company's unsecured credit agreement includes financial and other covenants that impose restrictions on its financial and business operations; changes in taxation requirements could adversely impact financial results; the Company's inability to obtain commercial insurance at acceptable prices or failure to adequately reserve for self-insured exposures might increase expense and adversely impact financial results; modifications and/or upgrades to information technology systems may disrupt operations; the Company could suffer if the Company's computer systems are disrupted or cease to operate effectively; effects of political and economic events and conditions domestically, and in foreign jurisdictions in which the Company operates, including, but not limited to, acts of terrorism or war could have a material adverse effect on the Company's business; potential disruption of the Company's business due to the occurrence of, or fear of, a health pandemic could have a material adverse effect on the Company's business; changes in the regulatory or compliance landscape could adversely affect the Company's business or results of operations; and the Company's operations may be effected by greenhouse emissions and climate change.

                        Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
             Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
                             (Unaudited)
Thirteen Weeks Ended October 30, 2010 and Thirteen Weeks Ended October 31,
                                2009
               (in thousands, except per share data)



                                  ACTUAL                ACTUAL
                                ---------             ---------
                                           % of Net              % of Net
                                  2010       Sales      2009       Sales
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Net Sales                       $ 885,778      100.0% $ 753,684      100.0%

Cost of Goods Sold                321,346       36.3%   270,597       35.9%
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Gross Profit                      564,432       63.7%   483,087       64.1%

Total Stores and Distribution
 Expense                          385,135       43.5%   349,362       46.4%

Total Marketing, General and
 Administrative Expense           102,612       11.6%    87,867       11.7%

Other Operating Income, Net        (1,692)      -0.2%    (1,609)      -0.2%
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Operating Income                   78,377        8.8%    47,467        6.3%

Interest Expense, Net                 671        0.1%       461        0.1%
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Income from Continuing
 Operation Before Taxes            77,706        8.8%    47,005        6.2%

Tax Expense (Benefit) for
 Continuing Operations             27,666        3.1%    (2,217)      -0.3%
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Net Income from Continuing
 Operations                        50,040        5.6%    49,222        6.5%

Net Loss from Discontinued
 Operations (net of taxes)              -        0.0%   (10,439)      -1.4%
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Net Income                      $  50,040        5.6% $  38,784        5.1%
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Net Income Per Share from
 Continuing Operations:
  Basic                         $    0.57             $    0.56
  Diluted                       $    0.56             $    0.55

Net Loss Per Share from
 Discontinued Operations:
  Basic                         $       -             $   (0.12)
  Diluted                       $       -             $   (0.12)

Net Income Per Share:
  Basic                         $    0.57             $    0.44
  Diluted                       $    0.56             $    0.44

Weighted-Average Shares
 Outstanding:
  Basic                            88,236                87,943
  Diluted                          90,069                88,730





                        Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
           Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
                             (Unaudited)
 Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended October 30, 2010 and Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
                          October 31, 2009
               (in thousands, except per share data)



                          ACTUAL                    ACTUAL
                        -----------               -----------
                                       % of Net                  % of Net
                            2010        Sales         2009        Sales
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

Net Sales               $ 2,319,381        100.0% $ 1,992,635        100.0%

Cost of Goods Sold          838,186         36.1%     703,579         35.3%
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

Gross Profit              1,481,195         63.9%   1,289,055         64.7%

Total Stores and
 Distribution Expense     1,104,027         47.6%   1,011,968         50.8%

Total Marketing,
 General and
 Administrative Expense     294,450         12.7%     260,878         13.1%

Other Operating Income,
 Net                         (4,507)        -0.2%      (6,266)        -0.3%
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

Operating Income             87,225          3.8%      22,476          1.1%

Interest Expense
 (Income), Net                2,303          0.1%      (2,691)        -0.1%
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

Income from Continuing
 Operation Before Taxes      84,922          3.7%      25,167          1.3%

Tax Expense for
 Continuing Operations       27,232          1.2%       7,239          0.4%
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

Net Income from
 Continuing Operations       57,690          2.5%      17,927          0.9%

Net Loss from
 Discontinued
 Operations (net of
 taxes)                           -          0.0%     (65,131)        -3.3%
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

Net Income (Loss)       $    57,690          2.5% $   (47,204)        -2.4%
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

Net Income Per Share
 from Continuing
 Operations:
  Basic                 $      0.65               $      0.20
  Diluted               $      0.64               $      0.20

Net Loss Per Share from
 Discontinued
 Operations:
  Basic                 $         -               $     (0.74)
  Diluted               $         -               $     (0.74)

Net Income (Loss) Per
 Share:
  Basic                 $      0.65               $     (0.54)
  Diluted               $      0.64               $     (0.54)

Weighted-Average Shares
 Outstanding:
  Basic                      88,184                    87,839
  Diluted                    89,731                    87,839





                       Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
              Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
                          (in thousands)



                                                (Unaudited)
                                                October 30,    January 30,
ASSETS                                              2010           2010
                                                ------------   ------------

Current Assets
  Cash and Equivalents                          $    618,222   $    680,113
  Marketable Securities                                    -         32,356
  Receivables                                         82,264         90,865
  Inventories                                        511,821        310,645
  Deferred Income Taxes                               69,943         44,570
  Other Current Assets                                83,849         77,297
                                                ------------   ------------

Total Current Assets                               1,366,099      1,235,846

Property and Equipment, Net                        1,220,103      1,244,019

Non-Current Marketable Securities                    124,837        141,794

Other Assets                                         211,738        200,207
                                                ------------   ------------

TOTAL ASSETS                                    $  2,922,777   $  2,821,866
                                                ------------   ------------


LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current Liabilities
  Accounts Payable and Outstanding Checks       $    202,044   $    150,134
  Accrued Expenses                                   242,835        246,289
  Deferred Lease Credits                              43,336         43,597
  Income Taxes Payable                                57,096          9,352
                                                ------------   ------------

Total Current Liabilities                            545,311        449,372

Long-Term Liabilities
  Deferred Income Taxes                               47,178         47,142
  Deferred Lease Credits                             202,596        212,052
  Long-term Debt                                      81,670         71,213
  Other Liabilities                                  199,191        214,170
                                                ------------   ------------

Total Long-Term Liabilities                          530,635        544,577

Total Shareholders' Equity                         1,846,831      1,827,917
                                                ------------   ------------

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY      $  2,922,777   $  2,821,866
                                                ------------   ------------





                          Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
                           Domestic Store Count
                                (Unaudited)
       Thirteen and Thirty-Nine Week Periods Ended October 30, 2010



                   Abercrombie
Store Activity       & Fitch    abercrombie  Hollister   Gilly Hicks Total
--------------     -----------  -----------  ----------  ----------- -----

July 31, 2010              339          202         509           17 1,067

New                          1            1           1                  3

Remodels/Conversi-
 ons (net
 activity)                   -           (2)          -            -    (2)

Closed                       -            -           -            -     -
                   -----------  -----------  ----------  ----------- -----

October 30, 2010           340          201         510           17 1,068
                   ===========  ===========  ==========  =========== =====


January 30, 2010           340          205         507           16 1,068

New                          5            3           4            1    13

Remodels/Conversi-
 ons (net
 activity)                   -           (2)          -            -    (2)

Closed                      (5)          (5)         (1)           -   (11)
                   -----------  -----------  ----------  ----------- -----

October 30, 2010           340          201         510           17 1,068
                   ===========  ===========  ==========  =========== =====





                          Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
                        International Store Count
                                (Unaudited)
       Thirteen and Thirty-Nine Week Periods Ended October 30, 2010



                   Abercrombie                           Gilly
Store Activity       & Fitch    abercrombie Hollister    Hicks      Total
--------------     ------------ ----------- ---------- ---------- ---------

July 31, 2010                 6           4         21          -        31

New                           1           -          6                    7

Remodels/Conversi-
 ons (net
 activity)                    -           -          -          -         -

Closed                        -           -          -          -         -
                   ------------ ----------- ---------- ---------- ---------

October 30, 2010              7           4         27          -        38
                   ============ =========== ========== ========== =========


January 30, 2010              6           4         18          -        28

New                           1           -          9          -        10

Remodels/Conversi-
 ons (net
 activity)                    -           -          -          -         -

Closed                        -           -          -          -         -
                   ------------ ----------- ---------- ---------- ---------

October 30, 2010              7           4         27          -        38
                   ============ =========== ========== ========== =========

Contact Information

  • For further information, call:
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    Manager, Investor Relations
    (614) 283-6385