WARRENDALE, Pa., Aug. 23, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- rue21, inc. (Nasdaq:RUE) today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended July 28, 2012. Second Quarter Highlights:
- Net sales increased 17% to $202.1 million from $172.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2011. Comparable store sales for the quarter were up 0.5%.
- Gross margin improved to 39.4% of net sales compared to 39.1% in the second quarter of fiscal 2011.
- Selling, general and administrative expenses were $57.8 million or 28.6% of net sales, compared to $48.9 million or 28.3% of net sales. Selling, general and administrative expenses included an incremental $1.8 million in stock compensation expenses in the quarter.
- The Company opened 39 new stores compared to opening 34 stores in the second quarter of fiscal 2011.
- Net income increased 18.5% to $9.1 million from $7.7 million.
- The Company ended the quarter with cash and short term investments of $56.8 million.
- Inventory at cost per square foot was down 2.8% as compared to the end of the second quarter of 2011.
- Diluted earnings per share were $0.36 compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.31 in the second quarter of fiscal 2011.
- Net sales increased 17.9% to $407.7 million from $345.6 in the first half of 2011. Comparable store sales increased 1.1% following a 2.4% increase in the comparable period in 2011.
- Gross margin improved to 39.1% of net sales from 39.0% in the first half of 2011.
- Selling, general and administrative expenses were 27.4% of net sales compared to 27.3% in 2011.
- The Company opened 79 new stores.
- Net income increased 19.7% to $20.7 million from $17.3 million.
Stock Repurchase Program:During the second quarter of fiscal 2012, the Company repurchased 496,000 shares for $12.9 million. The stock repurchase program had no impact on diluted earnings per share in the second quarter. At the end of the second quarter, $37.1 million of the $50 million stock repurchase program authorized in May 2012 remained available for future share repurchases. Under the 2012 stock repurchase program, the Company may repurchase shares in the open market at current market prices at the time of purchase or in privately negotiated transactions. The timing and actual number of shares repurchased under the program will depend on a variety of factors including price, corporate and regulatory requirements, and other market and business conditions. The Company may suspend or discontinue the program at any time, and may thereafter reinstitute purchases, all without prior announcement. Outlook: For fiscal 2012, the Company is raising its prior guidance based on second quarter results and expects diluted earnings per share to be in the range of $1.80 to $1.85 versus its previous guidance of $1.76 to $1.81, and as compared to $1.55 in fiscal 2011. This incorporates 25.0 million average diluted shares expected for fiscal 2012 as compared to 25.1 million average diluted shares in fiscal 2011. For the third quarter of fiscal 2012, the Company currently expects low single digit comparable store sales. Diluted earnings per share for the third quarter are expected to be in the range of $0.38 to $0.40. Conference Call Information: A conference call to discuss second quarter fiscal 2012 financial results is scheduled for today, August 23, 2012 at 4:30 PM Eastern Time. To participate, dial toll-free (888) 389-5993 or 1-719-785-9446 (international). The conference call will also be webcast live at www.rue21.com under the Investor Relations section. A replay of this call will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website, www.rue21.com, within two hours of the conclusion of the call and will remain on the website for ninety days. About rue21, inc. rue21 is a leading specialty apparel retailer offering exclusive branded merchandise and the newest trends at a great value. rue21 currently operates 843 stores in 46 states. Learn more at www.rue21.com Forward-Looking Statements: Certain statements herein, including statements relating to future store openings and growth strategies, are "forward-looking statements" made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Company's current expectations or beliefs concerning future events and actual results of operations may differ materially from historical results or current expectations. Any such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including the strength of the economy, consumer spending, our ability to effectively identify and respond to changing fashion trends, our ability to compete with other retailers, our strategy and expansion plans, implementation of systems upgrades, reliance on key personnel, trade restrictions, events that may affect our vendors or their ability to finance their operations, availability of suitable new store locations and other factors which are set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed March 27, 2012, and in all filings with the SEC made by the Company subsequent to the filing of the Form 10-K. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
|rue21, inc. and subsidiaries|
|Consolidated Statements of Income|
|Thirteen weeks ended||Twenty-six weeks ended|
|July 28, 2012||July 30, 2011||July 28, 2012||July 30, 2011|
|(in thousands, except per share data)|
|Net sales||$ 202,059||$ 172,770||$ 407,674||$ 345,645|
|Cost of goods sold (includes certain buying, occupancy and distribution center expenses)||122,528||105,141||248,462||210,769|
|Selling, general, and administrative expense||57,801||48,867||111,596||94,240|
|Depreciation and amortization expense||8,017||6,410||15,545||12,513|
|Income from operations||13,713||12,352||32,071||28,123|
|Interest income, net||(22)||(19)||(52)||(41)|
|Income before income taxes||13,735||12,371||32,123||28,164|
|Provision for income taxes||4,645||4,702||11,430||10,875|
|Net income||$ 9,090||$ 7,669||$ 20,693||$ 17,289|
|Basic income per common share||$ 0.37||$ 0.31||$ 0.85||$ 0.71|
|Diluted income per common share||$ 0.36||$ 0.31||$ 0.83||$ 0.69|
|Weighted average basic common shares outstanding||24,420||24,415||24,458||24,394|
|Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding||25,022||25,080||25,079||25,066|
|rue21, inc. and subsidiaries|
|Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|July 28, 2012||January 28, 2012||July 30, 2011|
|(in thousands, except per share data)|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$ 39,835||$ 41,960||$ 43,404|
|Short term investments||17,000||30,000||--|
|Merchandise inventory, net||160,864||131,136||137,364|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||14,126||11,767||12,595|
|Deferred tax assets||5,854||5,121||5,645|
|Total current assets||249,001||226,659||211,781|
|Property and equipment, net||133,202||117,798||107,280|
|Total assets||$ 385,538||$ 348,022||$ 322,752|
|Liabilities and stockholders' equity|
|Accounts payable||$ 121,525||$ 103,914||$ 114,902|
|Accrued expenses and other current liabilities||19,538||16,570||16,731|
|Accrued payroll and related taxes||12,259||12,045||11,228|
|Deferred rent and tenant allowances, current portion||9,478||8,652||8,212|
|Accrued income and franchise taxes||–||1,068||–|
|Total current liabilities||162,800||142,249||151,073|
|Deferred rent, tenant allowances and other long-term liabilities||54,774||46,965||44,063|
|Deferred tax liabilities||7,560||11,585||4,952|
|Total non-current liabilities||62,334||58,550||49,015|
|Commitments and Contingencies||–||–||–|
|Preferred stock--- par value $0.001 per share, 10,000 shares authorized; none issued or outstanding||–||–||–|
|Common stock--- par value $0.001 per share; 200,000 shares authorized; 24,063, 24,476 and 24,459 shares issued and outstanding, respectively.||25||24||24|
|Additional paid in capital||43,442||37,696||34,800|
|Treasury stock, 507, -0--, and -0- shares, respectively||(13,258)||–||–|
|Total stockholders' equity||160,404||147,223||122,664|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$ 385,538||$ 348,022||$ 322,752|
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