Cache, Inc., (NASDAQ:CACH), a national multi-channel specialty retailer of women’s apparel and accessories, reported results for the thirteen (“second quarter”) and twenty-six week periods (“first six months”) ended June 28, 2014.

For the 13-week period ended June 28, 2014:
  • Net sales were $54.1 million compared to $60.1 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013.
  • Comparable store sales decreased 8.8%.
  • Operating loss totaled $7.7 million and included employee separation charges incurred of $275,000. This compares to operating loss of $1.6 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013, which included employee separation charges incurred of $956,000;
  • Net loss totaled $7.9 million, or ($0.33) per diluted share, as compared to net loss of $1.6 million or ($0.09) per diluted share in the second quarter of fiscal 2013; and

Jay Margolis, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented: “In the second quarter we made significant progress on our strategic initiatives, which have contributed positively to our business at the end of the second quarter, and even more significantly in the beginning of the third quarter. Our comparable store sales are positive in the first 6 weeks of the third quarter following a 6% increase in the third quarter last year, driven by a positive response to our recent collections, the launch of our new loyalty program, Treasured, the merging of our planning and allocation teams and the consolidation of our store and online fulfillment operations to create one multi-channel distribution center. As a result of these initiatives, we are delivering more powerful assortments, in the right quantities, in the right locations and at the right time, positioning us to achieve our objective to be a top shopping destination for all the events in a woman’s life. While disappointed in our second quarter financial performance, I am encouraged about our business at the start of the second half of the year and expect our actions to result in increased sales productivity.”

For the 26-week period ended June 28, 2014:

  • Net sales were $101.5 million compared to $113.6 million in the first six months of fiscal 2013.
  • Comparable store sales decreased 8.9%.
  • Operating loss totaled $18.3 million and included employee separation charges incurred of $409,000. This compares to an operating loss of $9.3 million in the first six months of fiscal 2013 and included employee separation charges incurred of $2.5 million;
  • Net loss was $18.7 million or ($0.83) per diluted share, as compared to a net loss of $19.4 million or ($1.23) per diluted share in the first six months of fiscal 2013; and

Gross profit for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 was $17.1 million, or 31.6% of net sales, compared to $22.4 million, or 37.3% of net sales, in the second quarter of fiscal 2013. For the first six months of fiscal 2014, gross profit was $30.0 million, or 29.6% of net sales, compared to $39.4 million, or 34.7% of net sales in the first six months of fiscal 2013. The decrease in gross margin for the second quarter and first six months of fiscal 2014 was primarily driven by the de-leverage of fixed occupancy expenses given lower sales, as compared to the prior year.

In total, operating expenses for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 were $24.7 million, or 45.7% of net sales, as compared to $24.0 million, or 40.0% of net sales, in the second quarter of fiscal 2013. For the first six months of fiscal 2014, operating expenses were $48.3 million, or 47.6% of net sales, compared to $48.7 million, or 42.9% of net sales, in the first six months of fiscal 2013. The increase in operating expenses for the second quarter and six months of fiscal 2014 was driven by increases in marketing.

At June 28, 2014, cash totaled $666,000, as compared to $15.1 million in cash and marketable securities at June 29, 2013. Total inventory at cost increased 17.9% at quarter end from the prior year period. Increased inventory value is a result of an increase in the mix of dress inventory this year and an unusually low inventory last year given the efforts to liquidate non-performing inventory in fiscal 2013. The Company ended the quarter with no debt and no borrowings under its credit facility.

A table summarizing financial results follows:
  26 Weeks Ended   13 Weeks Ended
  As adjusted   As adjusted
June 28, June 29, June 28, June 29,
2014 2013 2014 2013
($ thousands, except for per share data, share numbers and store count)
Net sales $ 101,505 $ 113,632 $ 54,101 $ 60,122
Operating loss $ (18,324 ) $ (9,326 ) $ (7,662 ) $ (1,595 )
Net loss $ (18,731 ) $ (19,433 ) $ (7,924 ) $ (1,606 )
Diluted loss per share $ (0.83 ) $ (1.23 ) $ (0.33 ) $ (0.09 )
 
Basic and diluted weighted average

shares outstanding
22,604,000 15,769,000 24,078,000 18,378,000
 
Number of stores open at end of period 239

250
239 250
 

The Company changed its method of accounting for finished goods inventory effective December 29, 2013 from the retail inventory method (“RIM”) to the lower of cost or market with cost being determined on the first-in, first-out basis. The effect of this change on the net loss for the 13-week period and 26-week period ended June 29, 2013 was a reduction to the loss by $1,552,000 and $2,230,000, respectively. Refer to schedule on Change in Accounting Principle attached.

Real Estate Optimization & Savings

During the second quarter, the Company opened no stores and closed 3 existing locations, ending the period with 239 stores in operation. For the balance of fiscal 2014, the Company intends to open 4 new stores, including 2 outlet centers and close 4 stores, As a continuation of the Company’s real estate optimization strategy, the Company plans to accelerate the closing of unproductive locations, the majority of which are expected to close in the first quarter of 2015. We expect the closing of unproductive locations will translate into an increase of approximately $0.10 in EPS for 2015 and $0.12 EPS on an annualized basis, given the number of shares outstanding as of August 7, 2014.

In addition to the real estate optimization strategy , we also initiated several cost savings in the later part of the second quarter by reducing corporate overhead and operational expenses and we will continue to focus on maintaining expense discipline and balance sheet strength to increase our flexibility to continue our turnaround and position the Company for long term sustained, profitable growth.

Conference Call Information

The Company announced that it will conduct a conference call to discuss its second quarter fiscal 2014 results today, August 11, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial (877) 705-6003 approximately ten minutes prior to the start of the call. The conference call will also be web-cast live at www.cache.com. A replay of this call will be available at 7:30 p.m. ET on August 11, 2014 and remain active until 11:59 p.m. ET on August 18, 2014. The replay can be accessed by dialing (877) 870-5176 and entering confirmation code 13587916.

About Cache, Inc.

Cache is a national multi-channel specialty retailer of women’s apparel and accessories. Cache offers a boutique shopping experience for stylish and fashion-conscious women with a product line consisting of elegant evening wear, special occasion and day dresses, casual sportswear and accessories, primarily sold under the Cache brand- everything to meet the events and lifestyle needs in a woman's life. The Company currently operates 239 stores, primarily situated in central locations in high traffic, upscale malls in 41 states, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Forward-Looking Statements and Other Information

Certain matters discussed within this press release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Although Cache, Inc. believes the statements are based on reasonable assumptions, there can be no assurance that these expectations will be attained. Actual results and timing of certain events could differ materially from those projected in or contemplated by the forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including, without limitation, our ability to successfully implement our business strategy and to integrate new members of management, industry trends, merchandise and fashion trends, competition, seasonality, changes in general economic conditions and consumer spending patterns, factors specific to our Company and merchandise, such as demand for our merchandise and markdowns. Other important factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements are discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including the section of our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 25, 2014 titled “Risk Factors.” Except as may be required by applicable law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, and we caution you not to rely upon them unduly.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor will there be any sale of any securities referred to in this press release in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction. The rights offering will be made only by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
CACHE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 
    As adjusted   As adjusted
June 28, December 28, June 29,
ASSETS 2014 2013 (1) 2013 (1)
 
Current assets:
Cash and equivalents $ 666,000 $ 4,513,000 $ 12,853,000
Certificates of deposit - restricted - - 2,250,000
Receivables, net 3,060,000 2,806,000 2,299,000
Income tax receivable - - 59,000
Inventories, net 24,398,000 24,941,000 20,691,000
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   1,922,000     1,272,000   1,679,000  
Total current assets 30,046,000 33,532,000 39,831,000
 
 
Equipment and leasehold improvements, net 19,769,000 18,221,000 19,933,000
Intangible assets, net 102,000 102,000 102,000
Other assets   1,158,000     1,384,000   636,000  
 
Total assets $ 51,075,000   $ 53,239,000   $ 60,502,000  
 
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
 
Current liabilities:
Book overdraft $ 1,550,000 $ - $ -
Accounts payable 12,224,000 10,856,000 6,671,000
Accrued compensation 3,176,000 4,317,000 3,802,000
Accrued liabilities   11,135,000     11,197,000   10,068,000  
Total current liabilities 28,085,000 26,370,000 20,541,000
 
 
Other liabilities 7,959,000 8,818,000 9,508,000
 
Commitments and contingencies
 
 
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
 
Common stock, par value $.01; authorized, 40,000,000
shares; issued 34,857,023, 25,220,092 and 25,268,260 348,000 252,000 253,000
Additional paid-in capital 76,445,000 60,830,000 60,358,000
Retained earnings (accumulated deficit) (21,967,000 ) (3,236,000 ) 9,637,000
Treasury stock, 3,682,199, at cost   (39,795,000 )   (39,795,000 ) (39,795,000 )
Total stockholders' equity   15,031,000     18,051,000   30,453,000  
 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 51,075,000   $ 53,239,000   $ 60,502,000  
 
(1) See attached Change in Accounting Principle schedule
 
CACHE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
 
      As adjusted
26 Weeks Ended 26 Weeks Ended
June 28, June 29,
2014 2013 (1)
 
Net sales $ 101,505,000 $ 113,632,000
 
Cost of sales, including buying and occupancy   71,501,000     74,254,000  
 
Gross profit   30,004,000     39,378,000  
 
Expenses
Store operating expenses 37,815,000 36,835,000
General and administrative expenses 10,104,000 9,415,000
Employee separation charges   409,000     2,454,000  
Total expenses   48,328,000     48,704,000  
 
Operating loss   (18,324,000 )   (9,326,000 )
 
 
Other income (expense):
Amortization of deferred financing cost (108,000 ) -
Interest income 1,000 17,000
Interest expense   (125,000 )   -  
 
Loss before income taxes (18,556,000 ) (9,309,000 )
 
Income tax provision   175,000     10,124,000  
 
 
Net loss $ (18,731,000 )

$
(19,433,000 )
 
 
Basic loss per share $ (0.83 ) $ (1.23 )
 
Diluted loss per share $ (0.83 ) $ (1.23 )
 
 
Basic weighted average shares outstanding 22,604,000   15,769,000  
 
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding 22,604,000   15,769,000  
 
(1) See attached Change in Accounting Principle schedule
 
CACHE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
 
      As adjusted
13 Weeks Ended 13 Weeks Ended
June 28, June 29,
2014 2013 (1)
 
Net sales $ 54,101,000 $ 60,122,000
 
Cost of sales, including buying and occupancy   37,029,000     37,695,000  
 
Gross profit   17,072,000     22,427,000  
 
Expenses
Store operating expenses 19,744,000 18,332,000
General and administrative expenses 4,715,000 4,734,000
Employee separation charges   275,000     956,000  
Total expenses   24,734,000     24,022,000  
 
Operating loss   (7,662,000 )   (1,595,000 )
 
 
Other income (expense):
Amortization of deferred financing cost (54,000 ) -
Interest income - 9,000
Interest expense   (83,000 )   -  
 
Loss before income taxes (7,799,000 ) (1,586,000 )
 
Income tax provision   125,000     20,000  
 
 
Net loss $ (7,924,000 )

$
(1,606,000 )
 
 
Basic loss per share $ (0.33 ) $ (0.09 )
 
Diluted loss per share $ (0.33 ) $ (0.09 )
 
 
Basic weighted average shares outstanding 24,078,000   18,378,000  
 
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding 24,078,000   18,378,000  
 
(1) See attached Change in Accounting Principle schedule
 

Change in Accounting Principle

Effective December 29, 2013, the Company elected to change its method of accounting for its retail finished goods inventory from the retail inventory method ("RIM") to the lower of cost or market, with cost being determined on the first-in, first-out method. The RIM method does not track the valuation of inventory and the cost of goods sold at the individual item level, but instead calculates the valuation of inventory and cost of goods sold by applying a calculated cost to retail relationship to the value of retail inventories and cost of goods sold. The Company believes the method of tracking cost at the individual item level is a preferable method as it matches the actual merchandise costs with the respective revenues. The cumulative effect of this accounting change as of December 30, 2012 was decreases of $737,000 in inventories, $123,000 in deferred tax assets and $860,000 in accumulated deficit. The effect of this accounting change on the Company’s financial statements as of December 28, 2013 and June 29, 2013 and for the 26- and 13-week periods ended June 29, 2013 are presented below.
           
As reported As adjusted As reported As adjusted
December 28, December 28, June 29, June 29,
2013 Adjustments 2013 2013 Adjustments 2013
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
Inventories, net $ 23,673,000 $ 1,268,000 $ 24,941,000 $ 19,321,000 $ 1,370,000 $ 20,691,000
Retained earnings (accumulated deficit) (4,504,000 ) 1,268,000 (3,236,000 ) 8,267,000 1,370,000 9,637,000
 

 
 
26-Weeks ended 13-Weeks ended
As reported As adjusted As reported As adjusted
June 29, June 29, June 29, June 29,

2013
Adjustments 2013

2013
Adjustments 2013
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations
Cost of sales, including buying and occupancy $ 76,361,000 $ (2,107,000 ) $ 74,254,000 $ 39,247,000 $ (1,552,000 ) $ 37,695,000
Loss before income taxes (11,416,000 ) 2,107,000 (9,309,000 ) (3,138,000 ) 1,552,000 (1,586,000 )
Income tax provision 10,247,000 (123,000 ) 10,124,000 20,000 - 20,000
Net loss (21,663,000 ) 2,230,000 (19,433,000 ) (3,158,000 ) 1,552,000 (1,606,000 )
Basic loss per share (1.37 ) (1.23 ) (0.17 ) (0.09 )
Diluted loss per share (1.37 ) (1.23 ) (0.17 ) (0.09 )
 

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