March 18, 2010 at 07:11 AM EDT
Casual Male Retail Group, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2009 Results

CANTON, Mass., March 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Casual Male Retail Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: CMRG), the largest retailer of big & tall men's apparel and accessories, today reported operating results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 30, 2010 ("fiscal 2009").

Fourth Quarter Highlights (4QFY09 vs. 4QFY08)

  • Comparable store sales decreased 8.2% and total sales decreased 10.1% to $110.7 million
  • Gross margin improved 760 basis points to 46.4%
  • Net income increased to $3.6 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, from a net loss of $108.0 million, or $(2.61) per diluted share. Excluding non-cash charges, primarily related to impairment charges, the non-GAAP adjusted net loss was $6.0 million, or $(0.14) per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008

Fiscal 2009 Highlights (FY09 vs. FY08)

  • Comparable store sales decreased 10.8% and total sales decreased 11.0% to $395.2 million
  • Gross margin improved 150 basis points to 44.2%
  • Net income increased to $6.1 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, from a net loss of $109.3 million, or $(2.64) per diluted share. Excluding non-cash charges, the non-GAAP adjusted net loss was $7.3 million, or $(0.18) per diluted share, in fiscal 2008
  • Free cash flow, a non-GAAP measure, increased to $26.2 million from $7.6 million and total debt declined to $11.1 million from $51.2 million  

David Levin, President and CEO, stated, "We are pleased with our fourth quarter and fiscal 2009 results. Despite lower sales volumes related to the challenging macro environment, we dramatically improved our profitability and cash flow by aggressively managing inventory and expenses. As a result, we improved our merchandise margin by 890 basis points in the fourth quarter, reduced our bank debt 78% to $11 million and generated $26 million in free cash flow in fiscal 2009. Looking ahead, we believe we are well positioned to continue expanding profitability through leveraging improving sales trends and the development of our new Destination XL store concept."  

Sales

In the fourth quarter, total sales declined 10.1% to $110.7 million and comparable sales declined 8.2%. As expected, comparable sales of our Casual Male XL and Casual Male Outlet stores continue to outperform those of our Rochester Clothing stores.

In fiscal 2009, total sales declined 11.0% to $395.2 million and comparable sales declined 10.8%.  Sales across our retail stores, which decreased 10.6% in fiscal 2009, were negatively impacted by lower customer traffic levels. Sales from our B&T Factory Direct business, which caters to our value-oriented customer, increased 16.7% in fiscal 2009. Similar to other luxury retailers, our higher-end Rochester division was significantly impacted by the recession, with a total sales decline of 20.6%.  

Sales across our direct marketing catalogs and e-commerce businesses decreased 14.2%. The decrease was partially driven by a planned 35% reduction in catalog circulation to improve productivity. This resulted in a nearly 30% increase in our sales productivity per catalog.  

Gross Profit Margin

In the fourth quarter, gross profit margin increased 760 basis points to 46.4%.  The increase was the result of an 890 basis point improvement in merchandise margin, which was partially offset by a 130 basis point deleveraging of fixed occupancy costs.

In fiscal 2009, gross profit margin increased 150 basis points to 44.2%. The increase was primarily driven by a 340 basis point improvement in merchandise margins, which was partially offset by a 190 basis point deleveraging in fixed occupancy costs.  

During the fourth quarter and fiscal 2009, we aggressively managed inventory levels and reduced promotional activities, which resulted in improved merchandise margins throughout the chain.

SG&A

SG&A expenses decreased 11.2% to $43.1 million in the fourth quarter and 15.2% to $151.0 million in fiscal 2009. As a percentage of sales, SG&A expenses declined 50 basis points to 38.9% in the fourth quarter and 190 basis points to 38.2% in fiscal 2009.  Lower marketing costs related to a reduction in promotional events accounted for approximately half of the SG&A savings, while the other half resulted from reductions in corporate overhead, improvements in distribution and field-level productivity and reductions in overall staff levels.

Interest Expense

Net interest expense decreased $0.4 million to $0.2 million in the fourth quarter and $1.9 million to $1.1 million in fiscal 2009.  The reduction of interest costs in the fourth quarter and fiscal 2009 was driven by a lower debt balance and lower interest rates.

Cash Flow

Cash flow from operations improved to $30.8 million in fiscal 2009 from $23.2 million in fiscal 2008. Free Cash Flow (as defined below) in fiscal 2009 improved by $18.6 million to $26.2 million from $7.6 million in fiscal 2008.

Balance Sheet & Liquidity

Total debt decreased 78.4%, or $40.1 million, to $11.1 million at the end of fiscal 2009 from $51.2 million at the end of fiscal 2008. At January 30, 2010, the Company had $57.8 million available under its credit line facility.

Inventories decreased 8.8% to $90.0 million at the end of fiscal 2009 from $98.6 million at the end of fiscal 2008.  Over a two-year period inventories decreased 23.6% from the end of fiscal 2007.  

In the third quarter of fiscal 2009, the Company raised net proceeds of approximately $12.5 million from the sale of 4.95 million shares of common stock through a registered direct offering.  The proceeds from the sale were used for working capital needs and to reduce outstanding debt.

Destination XL

During fiscal 2009, we tested five hybrid stores.  These hybrids stores are a combination of a Casual Male XL and Rochester Clothing store.  The test of this new format was very successful, producing higher 4-wall profits than the combined profits of the individual stores. By offering a more extensive selection of products in one location, the hybrid stores appeal to a larger base of customers and provide a significantly enhanced shopping experience.

Building on the success of the hybrid stores, the Company is developing a new store concept called Destination XL. By combining a unique assortment from all of the Company's core brands and product offerings, Destination XL will cater to the increasing needs of the big & tall customer. This will be the first big & tall men's superstore of its kind. Initially, these stores are planned to average approximately 11,000 square feet and will combine items from the moderately priced Casual Male XL, high-end fashion Rochester Clothing, value-oriented BT Factor Direct, and Shoes XL and Living XL businesses. The stores will be organized by lifestyle under a good, better, best pricing approach.

The Company is initially planning to open five Destination XL prototype stores during fiscal 2010. The economic proposition of the Destination XL concept is greater per store productivity and profitability. Additionally, these stores carry the potential to gain greater market penetration as a result of attracting a broader customer base.    

Fiscal 2010 Outlook

For the fiscal year ending January 30, 2011, the Company is initially projecting the following:

  • Comparable store sales +1% to -1% and total sales of $385 - $395 million
  • Gross profit margin of 44.6% to 45.2%
  • SG&A expenses to decline by approximately 2.0%
  • Diluted earnings per share of $0.23-$0.26
  • Free cash flow of approximately $20 million, which is based on operating cash flow of approximately $30 million and capital expenditures of approximately $10 million

Non-GAAP Measures

In addition to the financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), our above discussion refers to a non-GAAP net loss of $6.0 million, or $(0.14) per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008 and a non-GAAP net loss of $7.3 million, or $(0.18) per diluted share, for fiscal 2008.  These results exclude the $71.4 million in non-cash impairment charges related to the write-down of goodwill, intangibles and long-lived assets, a non-cash charge of $28.6 million for the establishment of a full valuation allowance against our deferred tax assets and $2.0 in non-recurring charges for accelerated stock compensation expense and severance.  In addition, the above discussion refers to improvement in operating margin of 284 basis points, which excludes the impairment charges of $71.4 million and $2.0 million for accelerated stock compensation and severance.  The Company believes that the inclusion of non-GAAP net loss for both the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2008, as well as the improvement in operating margin of 284 basis points (excluding the impact of the non-charges in fiscal 2008), is a meaningful measure of the Company's operating performance, especially when comparing such results to our fiscal 2009 results. However, these non-GAAP financial measures included in this press release are not meant to be considered superior to or as a substitute for results of operations prepared in accordance with GAAP. The following table shows the reconciliation of the net loss for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2008, on a GAAP basis, to the non-GAAP measures referred to above.

    
    
    
                                     
                              Fourth quarter ended  Fiscal year ended
                                 January 31, 2009   January 31, 2009  
                                 ----------------   ----------------  
                                          Diluted            Diluted
                                          EPS (1)            EPS (1)
                                         --------           --------
    (in millions, except for
     earnings per share(EPS)
     amounts)
    
    Net loss, as reported on a
     GAAP basis                 $(108.0)   $(2.61) $(109.3)    $(2.64)
    
    Provision for impairment of
     assets, including goodwill    71.4      1.72     71.4       1.72
    Non-recurring charges for
     acceleration of stock          
     compensation expense and
     severance                      2.0      0.05      2.0       0.05
    Provision to establish
     valuation allowance for
     taxes(1)                      28.6      0.70     28.6       0.69
                                   ====      ====     ----       ----
    
    Adjusted net loss, non-GAAP
     basis                        $(6.0)   $(0.14)   $(7.3)    $(0.18)
    Weighted average shares
     outstanding –diluted (1)                41.4                41.4
    
    (1) Due to the operating losses of the Company and establishment of a 
        valuation allowance against the Company's deferred tax assets, no 
        provision or benefit was recognized by the Company in fiscal 2008 with
        respect to any of these items. 
    
    

The following table shows the reconciliation of operating income (loss) on a GAAP basis to the non-GAAP measure referred to above.

    
    
    
                                    
                                   Fiscal year ended  Fiscal year ended
                                    January 30, 2010  January 31, 2009
                                    ----------------  -----------------
                                             % of               % of
                                             sales              sales
                                             -----              -----
    (in million,)
    
    Operating income (loss) on a
     GAAP basis                     $8.0      2.03% $(77.0)   (17.34)%
    
    Provision for impairment of
     assets, including goodwill        -         -    71.4    (16.08)%
    Non-recurring charges for
     acceleration of stock             
     compensation expense and
     severance                         -         -     2.0     (0.45)%
                                      ==        ==     ===     =====
    
    Adjusted operating income
     (loss), non-GAAP basis         $8.0      2.03%  $(3.6)    (0.81)%
    

The above discussion also refers to non-GAAP free cash flow of $26.2 million for fiscal 2009, $7.6 million for fiscal 2008 and estimated non-GAAP free cash flow of $20.0 million for fiscal 2010. The presentation of non-GAAP free cash flow is not a measure determined by GAAP and should not be considered superior to or as a substitute for net income (loss) or cash flows from operating activities or any other measure of performance derived in accordance with GAAP. In addition, all companies do not calculate non-GAAP financial measures in the same manner and, accordingly, "free cash flows" presented in this release may not be comparable to similar measures used by other companies. The Company calculates free cash flows as cash flow from operating activities less capital expenditures and less discretionary store asset acquisitions, which included the acquisition of Dahle Big & Tall stores of $3.0 million in fiscal 2008.   During the second quarter of fiscal 2009, we changed our method of calculating free cash flow to include, as a deduction, the use of cash for the acquisition of Dahle Big & Tall stores in the second quarter of fiscal 2008.  Accordingly, free cash flow for fiscal 2008, which was previously defined as cash flow from operating activities less capital expenditures, has been restated to include the cash used for the acquisition of Dahle Big & Tall stores of $3.0 million.

    
    
    
                                                        Projected Cash Flow
      (in millions)         Fiscal 2009    Fiscal 2008      Fiscal 2010
                            -----------    -----------      -----------
    
    Cash flow from operating
     activities                  $30.8          $23.2            $30.0
    Less: Capital expenditures    (4.6)         (12.6)            10.0
    Less: Acquisition of Dahle
     Big & Tall Stores               -           (3.0)               -
                                   ---           ----              ---
    
    Free Cash Flow               $26.2           $7.6            $20.0
    
    

Investors are invited to listen to a broadcast of the Company's conference call to discuss its fiscal 2009 earnings results.  The conference call will broadcast live today, Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time and can be accessed at www.casualmalexl.com and then clicking on the investor relations icon.  The call will be archived online within one hour after its completion.  Participating in the call will be David Levin, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Dennis Hernreich, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer.

During the conference call, the Company may discuss and answer questions concerning business and financial developments and trends.  The Company's responses to questions, as well as other matters discussed during the conference call, may contain or constitute information that has not been disclosed previously.

Casual Male Retail Group, Inc., the largest retailer of big and tall men's apparel with operations throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, operates 460 Casual Male XL retail and outlet stores, 19 Rochester Clothing stores, and direct to consumer businesses which include several catalogs and e-commerce sites. The Company is headquartered in Canton, Massachusetts, and its common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol "CMRG."

Certain information contained in this press release, including the Company's expectations regarding fiscal 2010, constitutes forward-looking statements under the federal securities laws. The discussion of forward-looking information requires management of the Company to make certain estimates and assumptions regarding the Company's strategic direction and the effect of such plans on the Company's financial results. The Company's actual results and the implementation of its plans and operations may differ materially from forward-looking statements made by the Company. The Company encourages readers of forward-looking information concerning the Company to refer to its prior filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation, its Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 23, 2009, that set forth certain risks and uncertainties that may have an impact on future results and direction of the Company.

Forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date of this release. Subsequent events or circumstances occurring after such date may render these statements incomplete or out of date. The Company undertakes no obligation and expressly disclaims any duty to update such statements.

    
            
    
    
                         CASUAL MALE RETAIL GROUP, INC.                    
                      CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS                
                     (In thousands, except per share data)                 
                            
                                                                           
                                              
                            For the three months ended For the year ended   
                                  January    January   January    January   
                                  30, 2010   31, 2009  30, 2010   31, 2009  
                                  --------   --------  --------   --------  
                                                                           
    Sales                         $110,666   $123,058  $395,168   $444,184 
    Cost of goods sold including                                           
     occupancy                      59,355     75,356   220,611    254,592 
                                    ------     ------   -------    ------- 
    Gross profit                    51,311     47,702   174,557    189,592 
                                                                           
                                                                           
    Expenses:                                                              
       Selling, general and                                                
        administrative              43,094     48,525   151,045    178,072 
       Provision for impairment of                                          
        assets, including goodwill       -     71,407         -     71,407 
       Depreciation and amortization 3,839      4,681    15,501     17,100 
                                     -----      -----    ------     ------ 
    Total expenses                  46,933    124,613   166,546    266,579 
                                    ------    -------   -------    ------- 
                                                                           
    Operating income (loss)          4,378    (76,911)    8,011    (76,987)
                                                                           
    Other income (expense), net        355        136       635        532 
    Interest expense, net             (185)      (609)   (1,066)    (2,961)
                                      ----       ----    ------     ------ 
                                                                           
    Income (loss) from                                                     
     continuing operations                                                 
     before income taxes             4,548    (77,384)    7,580    (79,416)
                                                                           
    Provision for income taxes         990     29,759     1,470     28,946 
                                       ---     ------     -----     ------ 
                                                                           
    Income (loss) from                                                     
     continuing operations           3,558   (107,143)    6,110   (108,362)
                                     -----   --------     -----   -------- 
                                                                           
    Loss from discontinued                                                 
     operations, net of taxes           $-      $(895)       $-      $(895)
                                                                           
                                    ------  ---------    ------  --------- 
    Net income (loss)               $3,558  $(108,038)   $6,110  $(109,257)
                                    ------  ---------    ------  --------- 
                                                                           
                                                                           
    Net income per share - basic                                           
      Income from continuing                                               
       operations                    $0.08     $(2.59)    $0.14     $(2.62)
      Loss from discontinued                                               
       operations                       $-     $(0.02)       $-     $(0.02)
                                        --     ------        --     ------ 
      Net income                     $0.08     $(2.61)    $0.14     $(2.64)
                                                                           
    Net income per share - diluted                                         
      Income from continuing                                               
       operations                    $0.08     $(2.59)    $0.14     $(2.62)
      Loss from discontinued                                               
       operations                       $-     $(0.02)       $-     $(0.02)
                                        --     ------        --     ------ 
      Net income                     $0.08     $(2.61)    $0.14     $(2.64)
                                                                           
                                                                           
    Weighted-average number of 
     common shares outstanding:                  
         Basic                      46,547     41,438    43,552     41,412 
         Diluted                    47,057     41,438    43,982     41,412 
    
    
    
                       CASUAL MALE RETAIL GROUP, INC.                   
                         CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS                    
                    January 30, 2010 and January 31, 2009               
                               (In thousands)                           
                             
                                                                        
                                                  January 30,    January 31, 
                                                     2010           2009
                                                     ----           ----
    ASSETS                                                              
                                                                        
    Cash and investments                           $4,302          $4,953
    Inventories                                    89,977          98,633
    Other current assets                           10,874          11,123
    Property and equipment, net                    41,888          52,208
    Intangibles                                    32,809          33,360
    Other assets                                    1,189             954
                                                    -----             ---
         Total assets                            $181,039        $201,231
                                                 ========        ========
                                                                         
    LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                                 
                                                                         
    Accounts payable, accrued expenses                                   
     and other liabilities                        $52,550         $53,320
    Deferred taxes                                    769               -
    Deferred gain on sale-leaseback                23,446          24,912
    Notes payable                                   3,475          38,718
    Long-term debt, including current                                    
     portion                                        7,576          12,450
    Stockholders' equity                           93,223          71,831
                                                   ------          ------
         Total liabilities and stockholders'                             
          equity                                 $181,039         $201,231
                                                 ========         ========
    
    
    

SOURCE Casual Male Retail Group, Inc.

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