SOURCE: Michaels Stores, Inc.

Michaels Stores, Inc.

August 23, 2012 07:00 ET

Michaels Stores, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Results

IRVING, TX--(Marketwire - Aug 23, 2012) - Michaels Stores, Inc. (the "Company") today reported unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended July 28, 2012.

Same-store sales increased 2.9% driven by a 3.0% increase in transactions and a positive impact of 0.9% from deferred custom framing revenue partially offset by a 1.0% decrease in average ticket. The fluctuation in exchange rates between the Canadian and US dollar adversely affected average ticket for the quarter by approximately 40 basis points. The Company experienced its strongest sales increase for the quarter in custom framing within our framing department.

Second Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Net sales increased 4.1% to $892 million from $857 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2011.
  • Gross profit for the quarter increased 3.4% to $339 million; gross margin decreased 30 basis points to 38.0%.
  • Operating income for the quarter, as a percent of net sales, decreased 50 basis points to 9.1%.
  • Net income for the quarter increased 30.0% to $13 million, and as a percent of net sales increased 20 basis points to 1.4%.
  • The Company opened eight and relocated four Michaels stores and closed two Aaron Brothers stores during the quarter. The Company opened five and relocated four Michaels stores during the second quarter of fiscal 2011.

Year-to-date Financial Highlights

  • Net sales increased 3.3% to $1.87 billion from $1.81 billion in the first half of fiscal 2011.
  • Gross profit increased 4.2% to $751 million; gross margin increased 40 basis points to 40.2%.
  • Operating income increased 6.0% to $230 million, and as a percent of net sales increased 30 basis points to 12.3%.
  • The Company ended the period with $113 million in cash, $3.364 billion in debt and approximately $627 million in availability under its revolving credit facility. During the quarter, the Company redeemed $127 million of its 13% Subordinated Discount Notes.
  • Inventory at the end of the quarter was $922 million. Average Michaels store inventory, inclusive of distribution centers, was $823,000, an increase of 0.8% from $816,000 last year.
  • The Company opened 10 and relocated 10 Michaels stores and closed six Aaron Brothers stores during the first half of fiscal 2012. The Company opened 10, relocated eight and closed one Michaels store during the first half of fiscal 2011. In addition, the Company closed one Aaron Brothers store during the first half of fiscal 2011.

The Company will host a conference call to discuss first quarter financial results at 8:00 a.m. Central time today. Those who wish to participate in the call may do so by dialing 866-425-6198, conference ID# 35707740. Due to the quiet period associated with our S-1 filing, there will not be a question and answer session at the end of the call. The conference call will also be webcast at www.michaels.com. To listen to the live call, please go to the website at least 15 minutes early to register and download any necessary audio software. The webcast will be accessible for 30 days after the call.

Michaels Stores, Inc. is North America's largest specialty retailer of arts, crafts, framing, floral, wall décor and seasonal merchandise for the hobbyist and do-it-yourself home decorator. As of August 22, 2012, the Company owns and operates 1,079 Michaels stores in 49 states and Canada, and 128 Aaron Brothers stores.

This news release may contain forward-looking statements that reflect our plans, estimates and beliefs. Any statements contained herein (including, but not limited to, statements to the effect that the Company or its management "plans," "estimates," "believes" and other similar expressions) that are not statements of historical fact should be considered forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations are more fully described in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Specific examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, forecasts of same-store sales growth, operating income, planned capital expenditures, new store openings and other financial performance. These forward-looking statements rely on a number of assumptions concerning future events and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of our control, that could cause actual results to materially differ from such statements. Such risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not necessarily limited to: risks related to the effect of economic uncertainty; our reliance on foreign suppliers increases our risk of obtaining adequate, timely, and cost-effective product supplies; risks related to our substantial indebtedness; our growth depends on our ability to open new stores; damage to the reputation of the Michaels brand or our private and exclusive brands could adversely affect our sales; our suppliers may fail us; risks associated with the vendors from whom our products are sourced could materially adversely affect our revenue and gross profit; product recalls and/or product liability, as well as changes in product safety and other consumer protection laws, may adversely impact our operations, merchandise offering, reputation and financial position; significant increases in inflation or commodity prices such as petroleum, natural gas, electricity, steel and paper may adversely affect our costs, including cost of merchandise; unexpected or unfavorable consumer responses to our promotional or merchandising programs could materially adversely affect our sales, operating results and cash flow; improvements to our supply chain may not be fully successful; changes in customer demand could materially adversely affect our sales, operating results and cash flow; our success will depend on how well we manage our business; competition, including internet-based competition, could negatively impact our business; failure to adequately maintain security and prevent unauthorized access to our electronic and other confidential information and data breaches could materially adversely affect our financial condition and operating results; we may be subject to information technology system failures or network disruptions, or our information systems may prove inadequate, resulting in damage to our reputation, business operations, and financial conditions; a weak fourth quarter would materially adversely affect our operating results; changes in newspaper subscription rates may result in reduced exposure to our circular advertisements; changes in regulations or enforcement, or our failure to comply with existing or future regulations, may adversely impact our business; our debt agreements contain restrictions that limit our flexibility in operating our business; disruptions in the capital markets could increase our costs of doing business; our real estate leases generally obligate us for long periods, which subjects us to various financial risks; we have co-sourced certain of our information technology, accounts payable, payroll, accounting and human resources functions and may co-source other administrative functions, which make us more dependent upon third parties; we are exposed to fluctuations in exchange rates between the U.S. and Canadian dollar, which is the functional currency of our Canadian subsidiary; we are dependent upon the services of our senior management team and our inability to identify, hire and subsequently integrate a new Chief Executive Officer could adversely impact our business; failure to attract and retain quality sales, distribution center or experienced buying and management personnel could adversely affect our performance; catastrophic events, including geo-political events and weather, may adversely impact our results; the interests of our controlling stockholders may conflict with the interests of our creditors; and other factors as set forth in our prior filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We intend these forward-looking statements to speak only as of the time of this release and do not undertake to update or revise them as more information becomes available.

This press release is also available on the Michaels Stores, Inc. website (www.michaels.com).

Michaels Stores, Inc.
Supplemental Disclosures Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Information

The following table sets forth the Company's Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, Amortization and loss on early extinguishment of debt. ("EBITDA (excluding loss on early extinguishment of debt)"). The Company defines EBITDA (excluding loss on early extinguishment of debt) as net income before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization and loss on early extinguishment of debt. Additionally, the table presents Adjusted Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA"). The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA (excluding loss on early extinguishment of debt) adjusted for certain defined amounts that are added to, or subtracted from, EBITDA (excluding loss on early extinguishment of debt) (collectively, the "Adjustments") in accordance with the Company's $2.4 billion Senior secured term loan and $850 million Asset-based revolving credit facility. The Adjustments are described in further detail in the footnotes to the table below.

The Company has presented EBITDA (excluding loss on early extinguishment of debt) and Adjusted EBITDA in this press release to provide investors with additional information to evaluate our operating performance and our ability to service our debt. The Company uses EBITDA (excluding loss on early extinguishment of debt), among other metrics, to evaluate operating performance, to plan and forecast future periods' operating performance and as an element of its incentive compensation targets for certain management personnel. Adjusted EBITDA is a required calculation under the Company's Senior secured term loan and its Asset-based revolving credit facility. As it relates to the Senior secured term loan, Adjusted EBITDA is used in the calculations of fixed charge coverage and leverage ratios, which, under certain circumstances, may result in limitations on the Company's ability to make restricted payments as well as the determination of mandatory repayments of the loans. Under the Asset-based revolving facility, Adjusted EBITDA is used in the calculation of fixed charge coverage ratios, which, under certain circumstances, may restrict the Company's ability to make certain payments (characterized as restricted payments), investments (including acquisitions) and debt repayments.

As EBITDA (excluding loss on early extinguishment of debt) and Adjusted EBITDA are not measures of operating performance or liquidity calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP, these measures should not be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for, net income, as an indicator of operating performance, or net cash provided by operating activities as an indicator of liquidity. Our computation of EBITDA (excluding loss on early extinguishment of debt) and Adjusted EBITDA may differ from similarly titled measures used by other companies. As EBITDA (excluding loss on early extinguishment of debt) and Adjusted EBITDA exclude certain financial information compared with net income and net cash provided by operating activities, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, users of this financial information should consider the types of events and transactions which are excluded. The table below shows a reconciliation of EBITDA (excluding loss on early extinguishment of debt) and Adjusted EBITDA to net income and net cash provided by operating activities.

   
Michaels Stores, Inc.  
Consolidated Balance Sheets  
(In millions, except share and per share amounts)  
(Unaudited)  
                   
Subject to reclassification                  
    July 28,     January 28,     July 30,  
    2012     2012     2011  
ASSETS                        
Current assets:                        
  Cash and equivalents   $ 113     $ 371     $ 27  
  Merchandise inventories     922       840       897  
  Prepaid expenses and other     89       80       79  
  Deferred income taxes     42       42       52  
  Income tax receivable     27       1       27  
    Total current assets     1,193       1,334       1,082  
Property and equipment, at cost     1,438       1,391       1,376  
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization     (1,112 )     (1,079 )     (1,066 )
    Property and equipment, net     326       312       310  
Goodwill     95       95       95  
Debt issuance costs, net of accumulated amortization of $82, $74, and $66, respectively     51       59       62  
Deferred income taxes     18       18       32  
Other assets     3       4       6  
    Total non-current assets     167       176       195  
Total assets   $ 1,686     $ 1,822     $ 1,587  
                         
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT                        
Current liabilities:                        
  Accounts payable   $ 277     $ 301     $ 250  
  Accrued liabilities and other     351       389       332  
  Current portion of long-term debt     1       127       140  
  Deferred income taxes     1       1       -  
  Income taxes payable     2       19       2  
    Total current liabilities     632       837       724  
Long-term debt     3,363       3,363       3,387  
Deferred income taxes     11       11       4  
Other long-term liabilities     86       85       77  
    Total long-term liabilities     3,460       3,459       3,468  
      Total liabilities     4,092       4,296       4,192  
Commitments and contingencies                        
Stockholders' deficit:                        
  Common Stock, $0.10 par value, 220,000,000 shares authorized; 118,414,920 shares issued and outstanding at July 28, 2012; 118,265,885 shares issued and outstanding at January 28, 2012; 118,294,503 shares issued and outstanding at July 30, 2011     12       12       12  
  Additional paid-in capital     50       48       44  
  Accumulated deficit     (2,474 )     (2,540 )     (2,669 )
  Accumulated other comprehensive income     6       6       8  
    Total stockholders' deficit     (2,406 )     (2,474 )     (2,605 )
Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit     1,686       1,822       1,587  
                         
                         
         
Michaels Stores, Inc.    
Consolidated Statements of Operations    
(In millions)    
(Unaudited)    
                 
Subject to reclassification                
                 
    Quarter Ended   Six Months Ended
    July 28,   July 30,   July 28,   July 30,
    2012   2011   2012   2011
Net sales   $ 892   $ 857   $ 1,870   $ 1,810
Cost of sales and occupancy expense     553     529     1,119     1,089
Gross profit     339     328     751     721
Selling, general, and administrative expense     252     241     512     495
Related party expenses     4     4     7     7
Store pre-opening costs     1     1     2     2
Operating income     82     82     230     217
Interest expense     61     61     127     126
Loss on early extinguishment of debt     -     4     -     15
Other (income) and expense, net     -     1     (1 )   -
Income before income taxes     21     16     104     76
Provision for income taxes     8     6     38     29
Net income   $ 13   $ 10   $ 66   $ 47
                         
                         
   
Michaels Stores, Inc.  
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows  
(In millions)  
(Unaudited)  
Subject to reclassification            
    Six Months Ended  
    July 28,     July 30,  
    2012     2011  
Operating activities:                
  Net income   $ 66     $ 47  
  Adjustments:                
    Depreciation and amortization     46       50  
    Share-based compensation     3       4  
    Debt issuance costs amortization     8       8  
    Accretion of long-term debt     -       24  
    Change in fair value of interest rate cap     -       3  
    Change in fair value of contingent consideration     -       (1 )
    Loss on early extinguishment of debt     -       15  
    Changes in assets and liabilities:                
      Merchandise inventories     (82 )     (71 )
      Prepaid expenses and other     (9 )     (6 )
      Accounts payable     (23 )     (12 )
      Accrued interest     (4 )     (10 )
      Accrued liabilities and other     (42 )     (48 )
      Income taxes payable     (43 )     (51 )
      Other long-term liabilities     1       -  
        Net cash used in operating activities     (79 )     (48 )
                 
Investing activities:                
  Additions to property and equipment     (45 )     (46 )
        Net cash used in investing activities     (45 )     (46 )
                 
Financing activities:                
  Repurchase of subordinated discount notes due 2016     (127 )     (129 )
  Repayments on senior secured term loan facility     -       (50 )
  Borrowings on asset-based revolving credit facility     -       2  
  Repurchase of Common Stock     (3 )     (5 )
  Proceeds from stock options exercised     2       1  
  Payment of capital leases     (1 )     -  
  Change in cash overdraft     (5 )     (17 )
        Net cash used in financing activities     (134 )     (198 )
                 
Decrease in cash and equivalents     (258 )     (292 )
Cash and equivalents at beginning of period     371       319  
Cash and equivalents at end of period   $ 113     $ 27  
                 
Supplemental Cash Flow Information:                
  Cash paid for interest   $ 122     $ 103  
  Cash paid for income taxes   $ 80     $ 75  
                 
                 
               
Michaels Stores, Inc.  
Summary of Operating Data  
(Unaudited)  
   
The following table sets forth the percentage relationship to net sales of each line item of our unaudited consolidated statements of operations:  
(Schedule may not foot due to rounding)  
   
    Quarter Ended     Six Months Ended  
    July 28,     July 30,     July 28,     July 30,  
    2012     2011     2012     2011  
Net sales     100.0 %     100.0 %     100.0 %     100.0 %
Cost of sales and occupancy expense     62.0       61.7       59.8       60.2  
Gross profit     38.0       38.3       40.2       39.8  
Selling, general, and administrative expense     28.3       28.1       27.4       27.3  
Related party expenses     0.5       0.5       0.4       0.4  
Store pre-opening costs     0.1       0.1       0.1       0.1  
Operating income     9.1       9.6       12.3       12.0  
Interest expense     6.8       7.1       6.8       7.0  
Loss on early extinguishment of debt     -       0.5       -       0.8  
Other (income) and expense, net     -       0.1       -       -  
Income before income taxes     2.3       1.9       5.5       4.2  
Provision for income taxes     0.9       0.7       2.0       1.6  
Net income     1.4 %     1.2 %     3.5 %     2.6 %
                                 
The following table sets forth certain of our unaudited operating data:  
                                 
    Quarter Ended     Six Months Ended  
    July 28,     July 30,     July 28,     July 30,  
    2012     2011     2012     2011  
Michaels stores:                                
  Retail stores open at beginning of period     1,066       1,049       1,064       1,045  
  Retail stores opened during the period     8       5       10       10  
  Retail stores opened (relocations) during the period     4       4       10       8  
  Retail stores closed during the period     -       -       -       (1 )
  Retail stores closed (relocations) during the period     (4 )     (4 )     (10 )     (8 )
  Retail stores open at end of period     1,074       1,054       1,074       1,054  
                                 
Aaron Brothers stores:                                
  Retail stores open at beginning of period     130       136       134       137  
  Retail stores closed during the period     (2 )     -       (6 )     (1 )
  Retail stores open at end of period     128       136       128       136  
                                 
Total store count at end of period     1,202       1,190       1,202       1,190  
                                 
Other operating data:                                
  Average inventory per Michaels store (in thousands) (1)   $ 823     $ 816     $ 823     $ 816  
  Comparable store sales increase (2)     2.9 %     1.8 %     2.1 %     3.1 %
   
(1) Average inventory per Michaels store calculation excludes Aaron Brothers.
   
(2) Comparable store sales increase represents the increase in Net sales for stores open the same number of months in the indicated period and the comparable period of the previous year, including stores that were relocated or expanded during either period. A store is deemed to become comparable in its 14th month of operation in order to eliminate grand opening sales distortions. A store temporarily closed more than two weeks is not considered comparable during the month it closed. If a store is closed longer than two weeks but less than two months, it becomes comparable in the month in which it reopens, subject to a mid-month convention. A store closed longer than two months becomes comparable in its 14th month of operation after its reopening.
   
   
   
Michaels Stores, Inc.  
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA  
(In millions)  
    Quarter Ended     Six Months Ended  
    July 28,     July 30,     July 28,     July 30,  
    2012     2011     2012     2011  
Net cash used in operating activities   $ (120 )   $ (67 )   $ (79 )   $ (48 )
Depreciation and amortization     (22 )     (25 )     (46 )     (50 )
Share-based compensation     (2 )     (2 )     (3 )     (4 )
Debt issuance costs amortization     (4 )     (4 )     (8 )     (8 )
Accretion of long-term debt     -       (11 )     -       (24 )
Change in fair value of interest rate cap     -       (1 )     -       (3 )
Change in fair value of contingent consideration     -       1       -       1  
Loss on early extinguishment of debt     -       (4 )     -       (15 )
Changes in assets and liabilities     161       123       202       198  
Net income     13       10       66       47  
Interest expense     61       61       127       126  
Loss on early extinguishment of debt     -       4       -       15  
Provision for income taxes     8       6       38       29  
Depreciation and amortization     22       25       46       50  
EBITDA (excluding loss on early extinguishment of debt)     104       106       277       267  
Adjustments:                                
  Share-based compensation     2       2       3       4  
  Sponsor fees     4       4       7       7  
  Termination expense     -       -       -       1  
  Store pre-opening costs     1       1       2       2  
  Store remodel costs     -       1       -       1  
  Foreign currency transaction gains     -       -       (1 )     (3 )
  Store closing costs     2       1       2       1  
  Gain on contingent consideration     -       (1 )     -       (1 )
  Loss on interest rate cap     -       1       -       3  
  Other (1)     2       1       2       2  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 115     $ 116     $ 292     $ 284  
                                 
   
(1) Other adjustments relate to items such as the moving & relocation expenses, franchise taxes, foreign currency hedge and legal settlements.
   
   

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