Perfumania Holdings Reports Third Quarter EPS Of $0.04 On Net Sales Of $125 Million

BELLPORT, N.Y., Dec. 13, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Perfumania Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PERF) ("Perfumania" or the "Company") a U.S. specialty retailer and distributor of fragrances and related beauty products, today reported operating results for the fiscal 2016 third quarter and year-to-date, representing the thirteen weeks and thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2016, respectively.
 ($ in thousands, except per share data & percentage)   Thirteen Weeks Ended   Thirty Nine Weeks Ended
  October 29,   October 31,   October 29,   October 31,
    2016       2015       2016       2015  
Net sales retail $ 50,049     $ 58,763     $ 156,075     $ 196,085  
Net sales wholesale   75,134       83,212       171,267       183,406  
Total net sales $ 125,183     $ 141,975     $ 327,342     $ 379,491  
               
Gross profit retail $ 24,074     $ 30,301     $ 77,531     $ 98,296  
Gross profit wholesale   35,194       35,984       78,530       81,523  
Total gross profit $ 59,268     $ 66,285     $ 156,061     $ 179,819  
               
Gross profit margin   47.3 %     46.7 %     47.7 %     47.4 %
Income (loss) from operations $ 2,536     $ 4,876     $ (11,508 )   $ (8,631 )
Net income (loss) $ 688     $ 3,028     $ (16,737 )   $ (13,934 )
Net income (loss) per basic and diluted common share   $ 0.04     $ 0.20     $ (1.08 )   $ (0.90 )

Michael Katz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Perfumania, commented, "In the third quarter we saw a continuation of many of the trends we have experienced over the last several quarters, most notably a cautious consumer sentiment across our retail network coupled with a highly promotional retail environment. Despite these challenges, we were able to maintain our overall gross margin, improve our cost structure and begin to address key strategic areas noted for improvement, including refocusing our brand projection and marketing and take additional steps to drive customer acquisition and retention.

"Customer traffic at many of our retail locations remained challenged during the third quarter, predominantly at store locations in B and C rated malls and tourist-dependent areas, including Puerto Rico and Florida. In order to navigate the difficult retail environment, throughout fiscal 2016 we have focused on optimizing our retail footprint by closing marginal and underperforming Perfumania stores and year-to-date, we have closed 21 locations and expect to close additional stores in the balance of fiscal 2016. Such store closures continue to impact retail net sales, though we are moving toward a more profitable overall revenue mix from our remaining retail footprint. In addition, by focusing on our best locations we are better allocating operating, marketing, merchandising and financial resources. On an overall basis, Perfumania retail stores sales declined 5.7%, which reflects the year-over-year decline in the store base, while comparable store sales declined by 1.7%, which largely reflects the weaker discretionary spending by consumers since earlier this year.

"We have initiated a range of operational efficiencies and building new and diversified revenue sources and are in the process of identifying other strategies intended to further promote our omni-channel capabilities, grow our e-commerce sales, elevate our brand appreciation and increase foot traffic and transaction volume at our stores. These programs are being aided by the completion of the first phase of our technology initiative. As a result, we have a more efficient technology infrastructure and better support to continue to expand our omni-channel capabilities and further evolve and upgrade the guest experience at our retail locations, improve our e-commerce site performance and cross-promotion and cross-sale efforts while creating a superior, seamless consumer experience across all channels.

Mr. Katz, concluded, "We believe our focus and execution against our key priorities of driving improved profitability and operational efficiencies, right sizing our retail footprint, transitioning our brand portfolio, improving our customer experience, investing in the growth and development of our brands and achieving added benefits from our recent IT systems implementations, is appropriately positioning the Company."

Operating ReviewNet sales during the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2016 decreased 11.8%, compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2015, due primarily to fewer stores in operation, as the average number of stores operated was 295, compared to 320 in the prior year period, as well as lower mall traffic and overall customer demand.

Retail segment sales decreased 14.8% to $50.1 million, compared with last year's third quarter due to the transition of our largest consignment account to a wholesale customer as well as fewer Perfumania stores and lower foot traffic compared with last year's third quarter. Perfumania retail sales decreased from $48.8 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2015 to $46 million in the same period in fiscal 2016.

Wholesale segment net sales decreased 9.7% to $75.1 million, compared to last year's third quarter due to lower customer demand. This included decreased sales for Quality Fragrance Group, from $53.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2015 to $50.4 million in the same period in fiscal 2016. Parlux sales decreased from $30.2 million in the third quarter of 2015 to $24.6 million in the same period in fiscal 2016.

As a result of lower retail net sales, gross profit during the third quarter of fiscal 2016 was $59.3 million, a decrease of 10.6% compared to last year's third quarter. Gross profit margin, however, increased by 60 basis points, from 46.7% in the third quarter of fiscal 2015 to 47.3% in the third quarter of fiscal 2016 due to improved wholesale gross profit margin of 360 basis points. The increase in wholesale gross profit margin is due to the reversal of inventory reserves related to Scents of Worth.

Total operating expenses were $56.7 million during the third quarter, a decrease of 7.6%, compared to last year's third quarter on the back of recently enacted efforts to streamline operations and lower sales-related expenses as the Company had 25 fewer stores in operation this year as compared to the same period last year. This was offset by higher provision for bad debts and litigation settlement costs.

This led to net income of $0.7 million during the third quarter of fiscal 2016, compared to net income of $3 million during last year's third quarter.

Balance Sheet and LiquidityNet cash used in operating activities during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2016 was approximately $25.2 million, compared with approximately $22.2 million during the prior year period, reflecting increased year-to-date net loss and changes in the Company's working capital.

As of October 29, 2016, the Company was in compliance with all financial and operating covenants under its $175 million Senior Credit facility. As of October 29, 2016, the Company had $75.7 million available to borrow under the Senior Credit Facility, which includes $25 million for letters of credit, based on the borrowing base at that date.

Donna Dellomo, VP & Chief Financial Officer, commented, "We believe that we will be able to show positive operating momentum following the various initiatives put in place over the last several quarters to better fully align the Company with the current business environment and opportunities that lie ahead.

"With our added focus on disciplined expense management, including recent company-wide headcount and Perfumania store footprint adjustments, efforts to drive efficiencies in promotional spending and sales mix to emphasize a greater percentage of owned and licensed brands and greater utilization of our vertically integrated retail and wholesale operations, we are putting in place an operational structure that will appropriately position the Company. This is reflected in our ability to better align our costs with the decrease in sales over the third quarter and generate an improvement in our third quarter gross profit margin of 60 basis points to 47.3%."

About Perfumania Holdings, Inc. Perfumania Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PERF) is the largest specialty retailer and distributor of fragrances and related beauty products across the United States. Perfumania has a 30 year history of innovative marketing and sales management, brand development, license sourcing and wholesale distribution making it the premier destination for fragrances and other beauty supplies. As of October 31, 2016 the Company operated 294 corporate-owned retail stores as well as e-commerce, specializing in the sale of fragrances and related products across the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Company also operates a wholesale distribution network, selling to mass retail, department stores as well as domestic and international distributors. For additional information please visit www.perfumaniaholdings.com or contact us at perf@jcir.com.

Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as "may," "will," "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "project," "intend," "plan," "believe," "target," "forecast," "objective," "assume," "strategies" and other words and terms of similar meaning. Forward-looking statements involve estimates, expectations, projections, goals, forecasts, assumptions, risks and uncertainties. We caution readers that any forward-looking statement is not a guarantee of future performance and that actual results could differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statement. Among the factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievement to differ materially from those described or implied in the forward-looking statements are our ability to service our obligations, our ability to comply with the covenants in our Senior Credit Facility, any deterioration of general economic conditions, including weaker than anticipated discretionary spending by consumers, competition, the ability to raise additional capital to finance our expansion and other factors included in our filings with the SEC. Copies of our SEC filings are available from the SEC or may be obtained upon request from us. You should also consider carefully the statements under "Risk Factors" in our Form 10-K which address additional factors that could cause our actual results to differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements and could materially and adversely affect our business, operating results and financial condition. We cannot assess the impact of each factor on our business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and, except to the extent required by federal securities laws, we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which the statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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PERFUMANIA HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
($ in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
       
  October 29, 2016 January 30, 2016
  (unaudited)    
ASSETS:      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 2,120     $ 5,640  
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $3,016 and $1,233 as of October 29, 2016 and January 30, 2016, respectively    53,157       29,602  
Inventories   223,198       221,336  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   11,512       9,862  
Total current assets   289,987       266,440  
Property and equipment, net   23,468       25,892  
Goodwill   38,769       38,769  
Intangible and other assets, net   17,228       19,945  
Total assets $   369,452     $   351,046  
       
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 41,419     $ 32,175  
Accounts payable - affiliates   160       300  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities   30,816       33,205  
Current portion of obligations under capital leases   1,347       1,248  
Total current liabilities   73,742       66,928  
Revolving credit facility   38,290       13,078  
Notes payable - affiliates   125,366       125,366  
Long-term portion of obligations under capital leases   217       1,223  
Other long-term liabilities   64,544       60,474  
Total liabilities   302,159       267,069  
Commitments and contingencies      
Shareholders' equity      
Preferred stock, $0.10 par value, 1,000,000 shares authorized; as of October 29, 2016 and January 30, 2016, none issued          
Common stock, $0.01 par value, 35,000,000 shares authorized; 16,392,012 shares issued as of October 29, 2016 and January 30, 2016     164       164  
Additional paid-in capital   222,014       221,961  
Accumulated deficit   (146,308 )     (129,571 )
Treasury stock, at cost, 898,249 shares as of  October 29, 2016 and January 30, 2016   (8,577 )     (8,577 )
Total shareholders' equity   67,293       83,977  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $   369,452     $   351,046  

 
PERFUMANIA HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
($ in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
 
  Thirteen Weeks Ended   Thirteen Weeks Ended   Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended   Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
  October 29, 2016   October 31, 2015   October 29, 2016   October 31, 2015
Net sales $ 125,183     $ 141,975     $ 327,342     $ 379,491  
Cost of goods sold   65,915       75,690       171,281       199,672  
Gross profit   59,268       66,285       156,061       179,819  
Operating expenses:              
Selling, general and administrative expenses   54,647       58,612       160,908       180,279  
Share-based compensation expense   13       43       53       217  
Depreciation and amortization   2,072       2,754       6,608       7,954  
Total operating expenses   56,732       61,409       167,569       188,450  
Income (loss) from operations   2,536       4,876       (11,508 )     (8,631 )
Interest expense   (1,848 )     (1,848 )     (5,229 )     (5,303 )
Income (loss) before income tax provision   688       3,028       (16,737 )     (13,934 )
Income tax provision   --       --       --       --  
Net income (loss) $ 688     $ 3,028     $ (16,737 )   $ (13,934 )
Net income (loss) per common share:              
Basic and diluted $ 0.04     $ 0.20     $ (1.08 )   $ (0.90 )
               
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:                  
Basic   15,493,763       15,493,763       15,493,763       15,488,702  
Diluted   15,493,763       15,494,973       15,493,763       15,488,702  

 
PERFUMANIA HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
($ in thousands)
 
  Thirty-Nine   Thirty-Nine
  Weeks Ended   Weeks Ended
  October 29, 2016   October 31, 2015
       
Cash flows from operating activities:      
Net loss $ (16,737 )   $ (13,934 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:        
Amortization of deferred financing costs   257       257  
Depreciation and amortization   6,608       7,954  
Provision (recovery) for losses on accounts receivable   1,791       (181 )
Share-based compensation   53       217  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
Accounts receivable   (25,346 )     (32,315 )
Inventories   (1,862 )     (3,371 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets   (757 )     247  
Accounts payable   9,244       11,823  
Accounts payable-affiliates   (140 )     639  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities and other long-term liabilities   1,681       6,444  
Net cash used in operating activities   (25,208 )     (22,220 )
Cash flows from investing activities:      
Additions to property and equipment   (2,617 )     (5,253 )
Net cash used in investing activities   (2,617 )     (5,253 )
Cash flows from financing activities:      
Net borrowings under bank line of credit   25,212       27,966  
Principal payments under capital lease obligations   (907 )     (793 )
Proceeds from exercise of stock options   --       57  
Net cash provided by financing activities   24,305       27,230  
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents   (3,520 )     (243 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   5,640       1,533  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 2,120     $ 1,290  
       
Supplemental Information:      
Cash paid during the period for:      
Interest $ 802     $ 1,084  
Income taxes $ 272     $ 611  
               

 
Contact:Perfumania Holdings, Inc.	Donna Dellomo			VP & Chief Financial Officer	(631) 866-4157			JCIRJoseph Jaffoni / Norberto Aja / Nicole Briguet(212) 835-8500perf@jcir.com

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