SECAUCUS, N.J., March 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:PLCE), the largest pure-play children's specialty apparel retailer in North America, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2012 periods ended February 2, 2013.
President and Chief Executive Officer Jane Elfers commented, "We continued to make significant progress during 2012 and had a strong finish to the year. We delivered record sales of $1.8 billion in fiscal 2012 and a 2% increase in comparable retail sales. Non-GAAP earnings per share increased 11% to $3.23. In addition, we generated $205 million in cash from operations during the year and returned approximately $89 million to shareholders through our share buyback program.
"For the fourth quarter, comparable retail sales increased 4.3%, non-GAAP operating income increased 65% and non-GAAP earnings increased 32% to $1.15 per diluted share," Ms. Elfers said.Net Income and EPS The Company announced on February 26, 2013 that it was changing its accounting policy to report its inventory on the cost method instead of the retail inventory method and that it will capitalize additional supply chain costs instead of reporting them as period expenses, effective in the fourth quarter. The Company is reporting fourth quarter and fiscal 2012 results under both the new and previous accounting policies to facilitate comparisons between the two accounting methods. In this press release the term (i) "cost method" reflects the change in accounting principle to report inventory on the cost method and the capitalization of additional supply chain costs, (ii) "adjusted" refers to results in prior periods which have been adjusted to reflect the GAAP cost method, and (iii) "Non-GAAP" refers to results which exclude transactions which the Company believes are not indicative of the performance of its core business. The Company believes that by providing this supplemental disclosure to investors it will facilitate comparisons of its past and present performance. A reconciliation of net income and earnings per diluted share as reported is included in this press release in Table 3.