- Zales branded stores, consisting of Zales Jewelers and Zales Outlet, posted a comparable store sales increase of 7.5 percent. This follows a 4.8 percent rise in the same period last year.
- U.S. Fine Jewelry brands, consisting of Zales Jewelers, Zales Outlet and Gordon’s Jewelers, posted a comparable store sales increase of 6.3 percent. This increase follows a 3.9 percent rise in the same period last year.
- Peoples branded stores posted a comparable store sales increase of 3.1 percent. This increase follows an 8.9 percent rise in the same period last year. At constant exchange rates, comparable store sales increased 8.4 percent, following a 7.3 percent increase in the same period last year.
- Canadian Fine Jewelry brands, consisting of Peoples Jewellers and Mappins Jewellers, posted a comparable store sales increase of 2.0 percent. This increase follows a 5.5 percent rise in the same period last year. At constant exchange rates, comparable store sales increased 7.3 percent in the first quarter of fiscal 2014, following an increase of 4.0 percent in the same period last year.
- Piercing Pagoda posted a comparable store sales decrease of 1.8 percent. In the same period last year, comparable store sales increased 2.0 percent.
Gross margin on sales was $194 million, or 53.4 percent, an increase of 20 basis points compared to $190 million, or 53.2 percent, in the first quarter of fiscal 2013. Selling, general and administrative expenses were $208 million, or 57.4 percent of revenues compared to $206 million, or 57.8 percent of revenues, in the first quarter of fiscal 2013. Operating loss was $22 million, or 6.1 percent of revenues, compared to an operating loss of $23 million, or 6.4 percent of revenues, in the same quarter in the prior year. Interest expense was $6 million, flat with the first quarter of fiscal 2013.Net loss was $27 million, or $0.83 per share, compared to a net loss of $28 million, or $0.88 per share, in the first quarter of fiscal 2013. The prior year quarter included a gain of $1.9 million (approximately 60 basis points of operating margin and $0.06 earnings per share) related to the settlement of a lawsuit. Inventory at October 31, 2013 stood at $903 million, compared to $908 million on October 31, 2012. The Company had outstanding debt of $506 million on October 31, 2013, a reduction of $19 million compared to $524 million on October 31, 2012. Conference Call Zale management will host a conference call today at 5:00 p.m. ET to discuss first quarter fiscal 2014 results. The conference call will be broadcast live over the internet and can be accessed, along with a slide presentation, on the Investor Relations section of the company’s web site at www.zalecorp.com. In addition, you can listen to the call live by dialing 877-545-6744 (within the United States) or 706-634-1959 (for international callers), passcode 10505524. The webcast will be archived shortly after the conference call concludes and will be available on the company’s web site. For additional information, contact Investor Relations at 972-580-4391. About Zale Corporation Zale Corporation is a leading specialty retailer of diamond and other jewelry products in North America, operating approximately 1,680 retail locations throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as online. Zale Corporation's brands include Zales Jewelers, Zales Outlet, Gordon's Jewelers, Peoples Jewellers, Mappins Jewellers and Piercing Pagoda. Zale also operates webstores at www.zales.com, www.zalesoutlet.com, www.gordonsjewelers.com, www.peoplesjewellers.com, and www.pagoda.com. Additional information on Zale Corporation and its brands is available at www.zalecorp.com. This release and related presentations contain forward-looking statements, including statements regarding future sales, expected operating performance, expenses, margins, profitability, earnings, interest expense, effective tax rate, merchandising and marketing initiatives and industry growth forecasts. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and a variety of factors could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from the results expressed in the forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to: if the general economy performs poorly, discretionary spending on goods that are, or are perceived to be, “luxuries” may decrease; the concentration of a substantial portion of the Company’s sales in three, relatively brief selling seasons means that the Company’s performance is more susceptible to disruptions; if the Company does not achieve targeted sales growth its operating results and earnings will be adversely impacted; most of the Company’s sales are of products that include diamonds, precious metals and other commodities, and fluctuations in the availability and pricing of commodities could impact the Company’s ability to obtain and produce products at favorable prices; the Company’s sales are dependent upon mall traffic; the Company operates in a highly competitive industry; the financing market remains difficult, and if we are unable to meet the financial commitments in our current financing arrangements it will be difficult to replace or restructure these arrangements; and changes in regulatory requirements may increase the cost or adversely affect the Company’s operations and its ability to provide consumer credit and write credit insurance. For other factors, see the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2013, and subsequent reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K. The Company disclaims any obligation to update or revise publicly or otherwise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events, new information or future circumstances, except as required by law.
|ZALE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS|
|(in thousands, except per share amounts)|
|Three Months Ended|
|Cost of sales||168,827||167,133|
|% of Revenue||53.4||%||53.2||%|
|Selling, general and administrative||208,159||206,465|
|% of Revenue||57.4||%||57.8||%|
|Depreciation and amortization||7,661||8,646|
|% of Revenue||-6.1||%||-6.4||%|
|Loss before income taxes||(27,641||)||(28,845||)|
|Income tax benefit||(335||)||(580||)|
|Basic and diluted net loss per common share||$||(0.83||)||$||(0.88||)|
|Basic and diluted weighted average number of common shares outstanding||32,736||32,298|
|ZALE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|(Unaudited, in thousands)|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||13,945||$||14,572|
|Other current assets||52,163||55,057|
|Total current assets||969,390||978,044|
|Property and equipment||677,338||692,100|
|Less accumulated depreciation and amortization||(572,249||)||(575,014||)|
|Net property and equipment||105,089||117,086|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ INVESTMENT|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||$||297,104||$||334,292|
|Deferred tax liability||107,344||96,687|
|Total current liabilities||483,653||514,318|
|Deferred revenue – long-term||104,019||115,900|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ investment||$||1,319,824||$||1,343,557|