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The Children's Place Reports Third Quarter 2013 Results

GAAP Net Income per Diluted Share +19%, Adjusted Net Income per Diluted Share +11%

Management Updates Fiscal 2013 Earnings Guidance

SECAUCUS, N.J., Nov. 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 thirteen weeks ended November 2, 2013.

"We achieved the high-end of our earnings guidance as a result of strong execution of our important back-to-school period, and the continuation of disciplined expense management across the organization," commented Jane Elfers, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are well-positioned as we enter the fourth quarter and look forward to making substantive progress on our key strategic initiatives."

Third Quarter 2013 Results

Net sales were $492.7 million, compared to $500.9 million in the third quarter of 2012. Comparable retail sales declined 0.7%.

Net income was $41.7 million, or $1.84 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2013, compared to $37.3 million, or $1.54 per share, the previous year. Adjusted net income was $42.7 million, or $1.89 per diluted share, compared to $41.3 million, or $1.70 per diluted share, the previous year.

Gross profit was $201.8 million, compared to $209.5 million in the third quarter of 2012. Adjusted gross profit in the third quarter of 2013 was $202.9 million, and deleveraged 60 basis points to 41.2% of sales.

As a result of the Company's strong expense management, selling, general and administrative expenses were $123.5 million, compared to $131.9 million in the third quarter of 2012. Adjusted SG&A in the third quarter of 2013 was $123.2 million, and leveraged 130 basis points to 25.0% of sales.

Operating income was $61.6 million, compared to $53.5 million in the third quarter of 2012. Adjusted operating income in the third quarter of 2013 was $63.2 million, and leveraged 80 basis points to 12.8% of sales.

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