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The Container Store Group, Inc. Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2019 Financial Results

02/04/2020

Comparable Store Sales up 3.0%; Consolidated Net Sales up 3.2%

Custom Closets up 10.2%, contributing 420 basis points to overall Comparable Store Sales

EPS of $0.05 inclusive of approximately $3.0 million, or $0.04 per share, in New Distribution Center and Marketing Investments

Reaffirms Fiscal 2019 Outlook

COPPELL, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Container Store Group, Inc. (NYSE: TCS) (the “Company”), today announced financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 ended December 28, 2019.

  • Consolidated net sales were $228.7 million, up 3.2%. Net sales in The Container Store retail business (“TCS”) were $212.0 million, up 3.5%. Elfa International AB (“Elfa”) third-party net sales were $16.7 million, consistent with the prior year period, however, excluding the impact of foreign currency translation, Elfa third-party sales were up 6.6%.
  • Comparable store sales increased 3.0%, with Custom Closets up 10.2%, contributing 420 basis points of the increase in comparable store sales, and all other product categories were down 2.0%, negatively contributing the remaining 120 basis points. The decline in other product categories was more than entirely driven by an expected decrease in holiday departments’ sales, which declined 12.2% and negatively contributed 200 basis points.
  • Consolidated net income and net income per share (“EPS”) was $2.4 million and $0.05 compared to net income of $9.3 million and $0.19, respectively, in the third quarter of fiscal 2018. Adjusted net income per share (“Adjusted EPS”) was $0.05 compared to $0.07 in the third quarter of fiscal 2018 (see Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures table). Third quarter fiscal 2019 EPS includes approximately $0.04 per share in investments related to the second distribution center and incremental Custom Closets marketing.

Melissa Reiff, Chief Executive Officer commented, “We are very pleased to deliver a strong third quarter performance which was largely in line with our expectations, as we continued to successfully execute against our number one strategic priority; to grow our Custom Closets business. As we expected, sales in our holiday departments declined compared to last year, but our focus on our everyday products and solutions during the holiday period more than offset the holiday departments’ sales challenges. We continue to make changes to profitably maximize this portion of our offering going forward.”

Ms. Reiff continued, “We are focused on the execution of our strategic priorities and we are making good progress against each of them. We are just beginning to realize the benefits of our investment in our new distribution center including the associated freight savings, as well as significant improvements in customer delivery times, which are expected to ramp up as we move into fiscal 2020. Our marketing investments to expand awareness of our Custom Closets offerings and capabilities are also driving the desired outcomes. We look forward to continuing to capitalize on the opportunities to grow our share of this estimated $6 billion Custom Closets addressable market, and enter the final quarter of our fiscal year in a strong position to deliver against our previously provided outlook.”

Third Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results

For the third quarter (thirteen weeks) ended December 28, 2019:

  • Consolidated net sales were $228.7 million, up 3.2% as compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2018. Net sales at TCS were $212.0 million, up 3.5%, driven by an increase in comparable store sales of 3.0%, combined with incremental sales from new stores. Elfa third-party net sales were $16.7 million, consistent with the third quarter of fiscal 2018, however, excluding the impact of foreign currency translation, Elfa third-party sales were up 6.6%.
  • Consolidated gross margin was 58.8%, an increase of 10 basis points, compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2018. TCS gross margin decreased 80 basis points to 57.6%, primarily due to successful marketing and merchandising campaigns that drove a higher mix of lower margin service sales in the third quarter of fiscal 2019. The decrease was partially offset by improvement in foreign currency. Elfa gross margin increased 530 basis points primarily due to lower direct material costs and production efficiencies. Consolidated gross margin improved 10 basis points primarily due to the improvements in Elfa’s gross margin during the third quarter of fiscal 2019.
  • Consolidated selling, general and administrative expenses (“SG&A”) increased by 3.0% to $112.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 from $108.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2018. SG&A as a percentage of net sales was flat primarily due to incremental Custom Closets marketing expenses, offset by leverage of fixed payroll and occupancy costs due to higher sales.
  • Pre-opening costs increased to $2.5 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 as compared to $0.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2018. The increase is primarily due to $2.2 million of net costs associated with the opening of the second distribution center. The company opened one relocation store in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 as compared to opening two relocation stores in the third quarter of fiscal 2018.
  • Consolidated net interest expense decreased 14.5% to $5.1 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 from $6.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2018. The decrease is primarily due to lower interest rates, combined with a lower principal balance on the Senior Secured Term Loan Facility (the “Term Loan Facility”).
  • The effective tax rate was 43.9% in the third quarter of fiscal 2019, as compared to -72.8% in the third quarter of fiscal 2018. The increase in the effective tax rate is primarily due to the benefit of the finalization of the one-time transition tax on foreign earnings in the third quarter of fiscal 2018.
  • Net income was $2.4 million, or $0.05 per share, in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to net income of $9.3 million, or $0.19 per share in the third quarter of fiscal 2018. Adjusted net income was $2.4 million, or $0.05 per share, in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to adjusted net income of $3.5 million, or $0.07 per share in the third quarter of fiscal 2018 (see Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures table).
  • Adjusted EBITDA (see Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures table) was $22.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to $21.8 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2018.

For the year-to-date (thirty-nine weeks) ended December 28, 2019:

  • Consolidated net sales were $674.6 million, up 5.1% as compared to the thirty-nine weeks ended December 29, 2018. Net sales at TCS were $628.3 million, up 5.8%, compared to the thirty-nine weeks ended December 29, 2018, with the increase driven by a comparable store sales increase of 5.3%, as well as incremental sales from new stores. Elfa third-party net sales were $46.3 million, down 3.4% compared to the thirty-nine weeks ended December 29, 2018, due to the negative impact of foreign currency translation.
  • Consolidated gross margin was 58.0%, a decrease of 50 basis points compared to the thirty-nine weeks ended December 29, 2018. TCS gross margin decreased 70 basis points to 57.3%, primarily due to successful marketing and merchandising campaigns that drove a higher mix of lower margin service sales. The decrease was partially offset by improvement in foreign currency. Elfa gross margin increased 220 basis points primarily due to production efficiencies and lower direct materials costs. Consolidated gross margin declined 50 basis points primarily due to the decline in TCS’s gross margin during the thirty-nine weeks ended December 28, 2019.
  • Consolidated SG&A increased by 4.2% to $334.3 million from $320.9 million in the thirty-nine weeks ended December 29, 2018. SG&A as a percentage of net sales decreased 40 basis points. This was primarily due to Optimization Plan expenses incurred in the thirty-nine weeks ended December 29, 2018, partially offset by incremental Custom Closets marketing expenses incurred in the thirty-nine weeks ended December 28, 2019.
  • Pre-opening costs increased to $6.0 million in the thirty-nine weeks ended December 28, 2019 as compared to $1.9 million in the thirty-nine weeks ended December 29, 2018. The increase is primarily due to $5.0 million of net costs associated with the opening of the second distribution center. The Company opened two new stores, including one relocation, in the thirty-nine weeks ended December 28, 2019 as compared to opening four new stores, including two relocations, in the thirty-nine weeks ended December 29, 2018.
  • Consolidated net interest expense decreased 23.7% to $16.2 million in the thirty-nine weeks ended December 28, 2019 from $21.3 million in the thirty-nine weeks ended December 29, 2018, primarily due to lower interest rates on the Term Loan Facility.
  • The effective tax rate was 42.2% in the thirty-nine weeks ended December 28, 2019, as compared to 3135.6% in the thirty-nine weeks ended December 29, 2018. The decrease in the effective tax rate is primarily due to the benefit for the remeasurement of deferred tax balances recorded in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 as a result of a change in the Swedish tax rate and the benefit of the finalization of the one-time transition tax on foreign earnings in the third quarter of fiscal 2018.
  • Net income was $2.0 million, or $0.04 per share in the thirty-nine weeks ended December 28, 2019, as compared to net income of $5.8 million, or $0.12 per share in the thirty-nine weeks ended December 29, 2018. Adjusted net income was $2.2 million, or $0.05 per share in the thirty-nine weeks ended December 28, 2019, as compared to adjusted net income of $4.3 million, or $0.09 per share in the thirty-nine weeks ended December 29, 2018 (see Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures table).
  • Adjusted EBITDA (see Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures table) was $55.1 million in the thirty-nine weeks ended December 28, 2019 compared to $58.6 million in the thirty-nine weeks ended December 29, 2018. The decrease in Adjusted EBITDA was primarily due to incremental Custom Closets marketing expenses incurred in the first thirty-nine weeks of fiscal 2019.

Balance sheet and liquidity highlights:

(In thousands)

 

December 28,
2019

 

December 29,
2018

Cash

 

$

13,971

 

 

$

20,969

 

Total debt, net of deferred financing costs

 

$

305,711

 

 

$

304,913

 

Liquidity (1)

 

$

64,097

 

 

$

90,056

 

Free cash flow (2)

 

$

(30,432

)

 

$

(3,505

)

_________________________

(1) Cash plus availability on revolving credit facilities.
(2) Represents fiscal thirty-nine week periods only. See Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures table.

Outlook

The Company is maintaining its outlook for fiscal 2019 as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

Fiscal 2019 Outlook

Net sales

 

At to slightly above previously provided range of $915 million to $925 million

New store openings and store relocations

 

2 openings, including 1 relocation (2)

Comparable store sales

 

At to slightly above previously provided range of up 2.0% to up 3.0%

Net income per common share (1)

 

Towards the low end of previously provided range of $0.41 to $0.51

Adjusted net income per common share (1) (3)

 

Towards the low end of previously provided range of $0.41 to $0.51

Assumed tax rate

 

30%

Estimated share count

 

49 million

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(1) Includes approximately $6 million, or $0.09 per common share of net costs associated with the opening of a second distribution center in Aberdeen, MD.
(2) The Company opened a new store in Memphis, TN during the second quarter of fiscal 2019. Additionally, the Company relocated an existing store in Dallas, TX during the third quarter of fiscal 2019.
(3) See Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures table.

Conference Call Information

A conference call to discuss third quarter fiscal 2019 financial results is scheduled for today, February 4, 2020, at 4:30 PM Eastern Time. Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial (877) 407-3982 (international callers please dial (201) 493-6780) approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available online at investor.containerstore.com.

A taped replay of the conference call will be available within two hours of the conclusion of the call and can be accessed both online and by dialing (844) 512-2921 (international callers please dial (412) 317-6671). The pin number to access the telephone replay is 13698020. The replay will be available until March 4, 2020.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements contained in this press release that do not relate to matters of historical fact should be considered forward-looking statements, including statements about our future opportunities; expectations regarding our goals, strategies, priorities and initiatives; plans to drive more brand awareness and attain market share gains; statements regarding the growth of and addressable market for our Custom Closets business; expectations regarding changes to profitably maximize holiday department sales; statements regarding our second distribution center, including anticipated savings and expected improvements in customer delivery times; and our anticipated financial performance and tax rate for fiscal 2019.

These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the following: our optimization plan may not result in improved sales and profitability; our inability to open or relocate new stores, or remodel existing stores, in the timeframe and at the locations we anticipate; overall decline in the health of the economy, consumer spending, and the housing market; our inability to manage costs and risks relating to new store openings; our inability to source and market new products to meet consumer preferences; our failure to achieve or maintain profitability; risks relating to the opening of a second distribution center; effects of a security breach or cyber-attack of our website or information technology systems, including relating to our use of third-party web service providers; our vulnerability to natural disasters and other unexpected events; our reliance upon independent third party transportation providers; our inability to protect our brand; our failure to successfully anticipate consumer preferences and demand; our inability to manage our growth; inability to locate available retail store sites on terms acceptable to us; our inability to maintain sufficient levels of cash flow to meet growth expectations; disruptions in the global financial markets leading to difficulty in borrowing sufficient amounts of capital to finance the carrying costs of inventory to pay for capital expenditures and operating costs; fluctuations in currency exchange rates; our inability to effectively manage our online sales; competition from other stores and internet-based competition; our inability to obtain merchandise on a timely basis at competitive prices as a result of changes in vendor relationships; vendors may sell similar or identical products to our competitors; our reliance on key executive management, and the transition in our executive leadership; our inability to find, train and retain key personnel; labor relations difficulties; increases in health care costs and labor costs; our dependence on foreign imports for our merchandise; violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and similar worldwide anti-bribery and anti-kickback laws; our indebtedness may restrict our current and future operations, and we may not be able to refinance our debt on favorable terms, or at all; effects of tax reform; and uncertainty with respect to tax and trade policies, tariffs and government regulations affecting trade between the United States and other countries.

These and other important factors discussed under the caption “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, on May 30, 2019, and our other reports filed with the SEC could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements made in this press release. Any such forward-looking statements represent management’s estimates as of the date of this press release. While we may elect to update such forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we disclaim any obligation to do so, even if subsequent events cause our views to change. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

About The Container Store

The Container Store Group, Inc. (NYSE: TCS) is the nation’s leading retailer of storage and organization products and solutions – a concept they originated in 1978. Today, with locations nationwide, the retailer offers more than 10,000 products designed to help customers accomplish projects, maximize their space and make the most of their home. The Container Store also offers a full suite of custom closets designed to accommodate all sizes, styles and budgets.

Visit www.containerstore.com for more information about store locations, the product collection and services offered. Visit www.containerstore.com/blog for inspiration, tips and real solutions to everyday organization challenges, and www.whatwestandfor.com to learn more about the company’s unique culture.

The Container Store Group, Inc.
Consolidated statements of operations

 

 

 

Thirteen Weeks Ended

 

Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended

(In thousands, except share and per share amounts) (unaudited)

 

December 28,
2019

 

December 29,
2018

 

December 28,
2019

 

 

December 29,
2018

Net sales

 

$

228,657

 

 

$

221,637

 

 

$

674,609

 

 

$

641,913

 

Cost of sales (excluding depreciation and amortization)

 

 

94,292

 

 

 

91,580

 

 

 

283,633

 

 

 

266,510

 

Gross profit

 

 

134,365

 

 

 

130,057

 

 

 

390,976

 

 

 

375,403

 

Selling, general, and administrative expenses (excluding depreciation and amortization)

 

 

111,972

 

 

 

108,688

 

 

 

334,281

 

 

 

320,949

 

Stock-based compensation

 

 

799

 

 

 

632

 

 

 

2,575

 

 

 

1,987

 

Pre-opening costs

 

 

2,482

 

 

 

691

 

 

 

5,988

 

 

 

1,918

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

9,689

 

 

 

8,887

 

 

 

28,137

 

 

 

27,352

 

Other (income) expenses

 

 

(1

)

 

 

80

 

 

 

375

 

 

 

297

 

Gain on disposal of assets

 

 

(8

)

 

 

(324

)

 

 

(12

)

 

 

(284

)

Income from operations

 

 

9,432

 

 

 

11,403

 

 

 

19,632

 

 

 

23,184

 

Interest expense, net

 

 

5,134

 

 

 

6,008

 

 

 

16,245

 

 

 

21,293

 

Loss on extinguishment of debt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,082

 

Income (loss) before taxes

 

 

4,298

 

 

 

5,395

 

 

 

3,387

 

 

 

(191

)

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

 

 

1,886

 

 

 

(3,926

)

 

 

1,428

 

 

 

(5,989

)

Net income

 

$

2,412

 

 

$

9,321

 

 

$

1,959

 

 

$

5,798

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income per common share — basic and diluted

 

$

0.05

 

 

$

0.19

 

 

$

0.04

 

 

$

0.12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted-average common shares — basic

 

 

48,313,671

 

 

 

48,139,582

 

 

 

48,987,525

 

 

 

48,139,132

 

Weighted-average common shares — diluted

 

 

48,370,418

 

 

 

48,381,455

 

 

 

49,172,633

 

 

 

48,407,337

 

The Container Store Group, Inc.
Consolidated balance sheets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 28,

 

March 30,

 

December 29,

(In thousands)

 

2019

 

2019

 

2018

Assets

 

(unaudited)

 

 

 

 

(unaudited)

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash

 

$

13,971

 

$

7,364

 

$

20,969

Accounts receivable, net

 

 

29,438

 

 

25,568

 

 

29,549

Inventory

 

 

139,579

 

 

108,650

 

 

116,006

Prepaid expenses

 

 

10,435

 

 

10,078

 

 

8,877

Income taxes receivable

 

 

1,205

 

 

1,003

 

 

640

Other current assets

 

 

11,633

 

 

11,705

 

 

10,404

Total current assets

 

 

206,261

 

 

164,368

 

 

186,445

Noncurrent assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property and equipment, net

 

 

153,515

 

 

152,588

 

 

151,860

Noncurrent operating lease assets

 

 

350,922

 

 

 

 

Goodwill

 

 

202,815

 

 

202,815

 

 

202,815

Trade names

 

 

224,956

 

 

225,150

 

 

226,996

Deferred financing costs, net

 

 

188

 

 

241

 

 

259

Noncurrent deferred tax assets, net

 

 

1,835

 

 

1,912

 

 

1,898

Other assets

 

 

1,790

 

 

1,670

 

 

1,749

Total noncurrent assets

 

 

936,021

 

 

584,376

 

 

585,577

Total assets

 

$

1,142,282

 

$

748,744

 

$

772,022

The Container Store Group, Inc.
Consolidated balance sheets (continued)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 28,

 

March 30,

 

December 29,

(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 

2019

 

2019

 

2018

Liabilities and shareholders’ equity

 

(unaudited)

 

 

 

 

(unaudited)

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

56,231

 

 

$

58,734

 

 

$

59,571

 

Accrued liabilities

 

 

67,657

 

 

 

67,163

 

 

 

67,775

 

Revolving lines of credit

 

 

 

 

5,511

 

 

 

Current portion of long-term debt

 

 

6,953

 

 

 

7,016

 

 

 

7,018

 

Current operating lease liabilities

 

 

63,163

 

 

 

 

 

Income taxes payable

 

 

2,504

 

 

 

2,851

 

 

 

1,589

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

196,508

 

 

 

141,275

 

 

 

135,953

 

Noncurrent liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term debt

 

 

298,758

 

 

 

254,960

 

 

 

297,895

 

Noncurrent operating lease liabilities

 

 

320,536

 

 

 

 

 

Noncurrent deferred tax liabilities, net

 

 

48,363

 

 

 

51,702

 

 

 

50,397

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

 

9,947

 

 

 

36,114

 

 

 

36,339

 

Total noncurrent liabilities

 

 

677,604

 

 

 

342,776

 

 

 

384,631

 

Total liabilities

 

 

874,112

 

 

 

484,051

 

 

 

520,584

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shareholders’ equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock, $0.01 par value, 250,000,000 shares authorized; 48,316,559 shares issued at December 28, 2019; 48,142,319 shares issued at March 30, 2019; 48,142,319 shares issued at December 29, 2018

 

 

483

 

 

 

481

 

 

 

481

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

866,132

 

 

 

863,978

 

 

 

863,119

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

 

(26,770

)

 

 

(26,132

)

 

 

(22,646

)

Retained deficit

 

 

(571,675

)

 

 

(573,634

)

 

 

(589,516

)

Total shareholders’ equity

 

 

268,170

 

 

 

264,693

 

 

 

251,438

 

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

 

$

1,142,282

 

 

$

748,744

 

 

$

772,022

 

The Container Store Group, Inc.
Consolidated statements of cash flows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended

 

 

December 28,

 

December 29,

(In thousands) (unaudited)

 

2019

 

2018

 

Operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

1,959

 

 

$

5,798

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

28,137

 

 

 

27,352

 

Stock-based compensation

 

 

2,575

 

 

 

1,987

 

Gain on disposal of assets

 

 

(12

)

 

 

(284

)

Loss on extinguishment of debt

 

 

 

 

2,082

 

Deferred tax benefit

 

 

(5,023

)

 

 

(3,959

)

Non-cash interest

 

 

1,396

 

 

 

1,886

 

Other

 

 

187

 

 

 

(35

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

 

 

(4,149

)

 

 

(4,655

)

Inventory

 

 

(32,127

)

 

 

(22,013

)

Prepaid expenses and other assets

 

 

1,216

 

 

 

4,853

 

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

 

 

3,630

 

 

 

13,475

 

Net change in lease assets and liabilities

 

 

245

 

 

 

Income taxes

 

 

(547

)

 

 

(3,564

)

Other noncurrent liabilities

 

 

1,377

 

 

 

(5,100

)

Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

 

 

(1,136

)

 

 

17,823

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additions to property and equipment

 

 

(29,296

)

 

 

(21,328

)

Proceeds from sale of property and equipment

 

 

12

 

 

 

915

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

 

(29,284

)

 

 

(20,413

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Borrowings on revolving lines of credit

 

 

51,335

 

 

 

40,256

 

Payments on revolving lines of credit

 

 

(56,700

)

 

 

(40,256

)

Borrowings on long-term debt

 

 

65,000

 

 

 

326,500

 

Payments on long-term debt

 

 

(22,512

)

 

 

(308,251

)

Payment of debt issuance costs

 

 

 

 

(2,384

)

Payment of taxes with shares withheld upon restricted stock vesting

 

 

(372

)

 

 

(128

)

Net cash provided by financing activities

 

 

36,751

 

 

 

15,737

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

 

 

276

 

 

 

(577

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase in cash

 

 

6,607

 

 

 

12,570

 

Cash at beginning of fiscal period

 

 

7,364

 

 

 

8,399

 

Cash at end of fiscal period

 

$

13,971

 

 

$

20,969

 

Note Regarding Non-GAAP Information

This press release includes financial measures that are not calculated in accordance with GAAP, including adjusted net income, adjusted net income per common share - diluted, Adjusted EBITDA, and free cash flow. The Company has reconciled these non-GAAP financial measures with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures in a table accompanying this release. These non-GAAP measures should not be considered as alternatives to net income as a measure of financial performance or cash flows from operations as a measure of liquidity, or any other performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP and they should not be construed as an inference that the Company’s future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items. These non-GAAP measures are key metrics used by management, the Company’s board of directors, and Leonard Green and Partners, L.P., its controlling stockholder, to assess its financial performance.

The Company presents adjusted net income, adjusted net income per common share - diluted, and Adjusted EBITDA because it believes they assist investors in comparing the Company’s performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that the Company does not believe are indicative of its core operating performance and because the Company believes it is useful for investors to see the measures that management uses to evaluate the Company. These non-GAAP measures are also frequently used by analysts, investors and other interested parties to evaluate companies in the Company’s industry. In evaluating these non-GAAP measures, you should be aware that in the future the Company will incur expenses that are the same as or similar to some of the adjustments in this presentation. The Company’s presentation of these non-GAAP measures should not be construed to imply that its future results will be unaffected by any such adjustments. Management compensates for these limitations by relying on our GAAP results in addition to using non-GAAP measures supplementally. These non-GAAP measures are not necessarily comparable to other similarly titled captions of other companies due to different methods of calculation.

The Company defines adjusted net income as net income before restructuring charges, charges related to an Elfa manufacturing facility closure, charges related to the closure of Elfa France operations, impairment charges related to intangible assets, loss on extinguishment of debt, certain (gains) losses on disposal of assets, certain management transition costs incurred and benefits realized, charges incurred as part of the implementation of our Optimization Plan, and the tax impact of these adjustments and other unusual or infrequent tax items. We define adjusted net income per common share - diluted as adjusted net income divided by the diluted weighted average common shares outstanding. We use adjusted net income and adjusted net income per common share - diluted to supplement GAAP measures of performance to evaluate the effectiveness of our business strategies, to make budgeting decisions and to compare our performance against that of other peer companies using similar measures. We present adjusted net income and adjusted net income per common share - diluted because we believe they assist investors in comparing our performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that we do not believe are indicative of our core operating performance and because we believe it is useful for investors to see the measures that management uses to evaluate the Company.

The Company defines EBITDA as net income before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is calculated in accordance with its credit facilities and is one of the components for performance evaluation under its executive compensation programs. Adjusted EBITDA reflects further adjustments to EBITDA to eliminate the impact of certain items, including certain non-cash and other items that the Company does not consider in its evaluation of ongoing operating performance from period to period as discussed further below. The Company uses Adjusted EBITDA in connection with covenant compliance and executive performance evaluations, and to supplement GAAP measures of performance to evaluate the effectiveness of its business strategies, to make budgeting decisions and to compare its performance against that of other peer companies using similar measures. The Company believes it is useful for investors to see the measures that management uses to evaluate the Company, its executives and its covenant compliance. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are also frequently used by analysts, investors and other interested parties to evaluate companies in the Company’s industry.

The Company presents free cash flow, which the Company defines as net cash (used in) provided by operating activities in a period minus payments for property and equipment made in that period, because it believes it is a useful indicator of the Company’s overall liquidity, as the amount of free cash flow generated in any period is representative of cash that is available for debt repayment, investment, and other discretionary and non-discretionary cash uses. Accordingly, we believe that free cash flow provides useful information to investors in understanding and evaluating our liquidity in the same manner as management. Our definition of free cash flow is limited in that it does not solely represent residual cash flows available for discretionary expenditures due to the fact that the measure does not deduct the payments required for debt service and other contractual obligations. Therefore, we believe it is important to view free cash flow as a measure that provides supplemental information to our Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows. Although other companies report their free cash flow, numerous methods may exist for calculating a company’s free cash flow. As a result, the method used by our management to calculate our free cash flow may differ from the methods used by other companies to calculate their free cash flow.

Additionally, this press release refers to the growth in Elfa third-party net sales after the conversion of Elfa’s net sales from Swedish krona to U.S. dollars using the prior year’s conversion rate. The Company believes the disclosure of Elfa third-party net sales growth without the effects of currency exchange rate fluctuations helps investors understand the Company’s underlying performance.

The Container Store Group, Inc. Supplemental Information - Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
(unaudited)

The table below reconciles the non-GAAP financial measures of adjusted net income and adjusted net income per common share - diluted with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures of GAAP net income and GAAP net income per common share - diluted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thirteen

 

Thirty-Nine

 

Fiscal Year

 

Fiscal Year

 

Weeks Ended

 

Weeks Ended

 

2019 Outlook

 

Ended

 

December 28,
2019

 

December 29,
2018

 

December 28,
2019

 

December 29,
2018

 

Low

 

High

 

March 30,
2019

Numerator:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

$

2,412

 

 

$

9,321

 

 

$

1,959

 

 

$

5,798

 

 

$

20,000

 

 

$

24,900

 

 

$

21,680

 

Gain on disposal of real estate (a)

 

 

 

(387

)

 

 

 

 

(387

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

(374

)

Loss on extinguishment of debt (b)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,082

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,082

 

Elfa France closure (c)

 

(1

)

 

 

 

 

402

 

 

 

 

 

402

 

 

 

402

 

 

 

Optimization Plan implementation charges (d)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,864

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,864

 

Taxes (e)

 

 

 

(5,391

)

 

 

(112

)

 

 

(8,078

)

 

 

(112

)

 

 

(112

)

 

 

(7,820

)

Adjusted net income

$

2,411

 

 

$

3,543

 

 

$

2,249

 

 

$

4,279

 

 

$

20,290

 

 

$

25,190

 

 

$

20,432

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Denominator:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding — diluted

 

48,370,418

 

 

 

48,381,455

 

 

 

49,172,633

 

 

 

48,407,337

 

 

 

49,000,000

 

 

 

49,000,000

 

 

 

48,400,407

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income per common share — diluted

$

0.05

 

 

$

0.19

 

 

$

0.04

 

 

$

0.12

 

 

$

0.41

 

 

$

0.51

 

 

$

0.45

 

Adjusted net income per common share — diluted

$

0.05

 

 

$

0.07

 

 

$

0.05

 

 

$

0.09

 

 

$

0.41

 

 

$

0.51

 

 

$

0.42

 

______________________________

(a)

Gain recorded as a result of the sale of a building in Lahti, Finland, recorded in fiscal 2018 in gain on disposal of assets, which we do not consider in our evaluation of our ongoing performance.

 

(b)

Loss recorded as a result of the amendments made to the Term Loan Facility in fiscal 2018, which we do not consider in our evaluation of our ongoing performance.

 

(c)

Charges related to the closure of Elfa France operations in the second quarter of fiscal 2019, which we do not consider in our evaluation of ongoing performance.

 

(d)

Charges incurred to implement our four-part optimization plan to drive improved sales and profitability, launched during fiscal 2017 (the “Optimization Plan”), which include certain consulting costs recorded in SG&A in fiscal 2018, which we do not consider in our evaluation of ongoing performance.

 

(e) 

Tax impact of adjustments to net income, the tax impact related to the closure of Elfa France operations in the second quarter of fiscal 2019, the tax benefit recorded in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 as a result of a reduction in the Swedish tax rate, and the tax benefit recorded in the third quarter of fiscal 2018 as a result of the finalization of the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which are considered to be unusual or infrequent tax items, all of which we do not consider in our evaluation of ongoing performance.

The table below reconciles the non-GAAP financial measure Adjusted EBITDA with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure of GAAP net income.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thirteen Weeks Ended

 

Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended

 

December 28, 2019

 

December 29, 2018

 

December 28, 2019

 

December 29, 2018

Net income

$

2,412

 

 

$

9,321

 

 

$

1,959

 

 

$

5,798

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

9,689

 

 

 

8,887

 

 

 

28,137

 

 

 

27,352

 

Interest expense, net

 

5,134

 

 

 

6,008

 

 

 

16,245

 

 

 

21,293

 

Income tax provision (benefit)

 

1,886

 

 

 

(3,926

)

 

 

1,428

 

 

 

(5,989

)

EBITDA

$

19,121

 

 

$

20,290

 

 

$

47,769

 

 

$

48,454

 

Pre-opening costs (a)

 

2,482

 

 

 

691

 

 

 

5,988

 

 

 

1,918

 

Non-cash lease expense (b)

 

(355

)

 

 

101

 

 

 

(1,532

)

 

 

(1,117

)

Stock-based compensation (c)

 

799

 

 

 

632

 

 

 

2,575

 

 

 

1,987

 

Loss on extinguishment of debt (d)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,082

 

Foreign exchange (gains) losses (e)

 

(37

)

 

 

22

 

 

 

(98

)

 

 

69

 

Optimization Plan implementation charges (f)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,864

 

Elfa France closure (g)

 

(1

)

 

 

 

 

402

 

 

 

Other adjustments (h)

 

(2

)

 

 

80

 

 

 

(28

)

 

 

297

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

22,007

 

 

$

21,816

 

 

$

55,076

 

 

$

58,554

 

_____________________________

(a)

Non-capital expenditures associated with opening new stores, relocating stores and net costs associated with the opening of the second distribution center, including marketing expenses, travel and relocation costs, and training costs. We adjust for these costs to facilitate comparisons of our performance from period to period.

 

(b)

Reflects the extent to which our annual GAAP operating lease expense has been above or below our cash operating lease payments. The amount varies depending on the average age of our lease portfolio (weighted for size), as our GAAP operating lease expense on younger leases typically exceeds our cash operating lease payments, while our GAAP operating lease expense on older leases is typically less than our cash operating lease payments. In the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended December 28, 2019, lease expenses associated with the opening of the second distribution center were excluded from Non-cash lease expense and included in Pre-opening costs.

 

(c)

Non-cash charges related to stock-based compensation programs, which vary from period to period depending on volume and vesting timing of awards. We adjust for these charges to facilitate comparisons from period to period.

 

(d)

Loss recorded as a result of the amendments made to the Term Loan Facility in fiscal 2018, which we do not consider in our evaluation of our ongoing performance.

 

(e)

Realized foreign exchange transactional gains/losses our management does not consider in our evaluation of our ongoing operations.

 

(f)

Charges incurred to implement our Optimization Plan, which include certain consulting costs recorded in SG&A in fiscal 2018, which we do not consider in our evaluation of ongoing performance.

 

(g)

Charges related to the closure of Elfa France operations in the second quarter of fiscal 2019, which we do not consider in our evaluation of ongoing performance.

 

(h)

Other adjustments include amounts our management does not consider in our evaluation of our ongoing operations, including certain severance and other charges.

The table below reconciles the non-GAAP financial measure of free cash flow with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure of net cash (used in) provided by operating activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended

 

 

December 28,

 

December 29,

 

 

2019

 

2018

Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

 

$

(1,136)

 

$

17,823

Less: Additions to property and equipment

 

 

(29,296)

 

 

(21,328)

Free cash flow

 

$

(30,432)

 

$

(3,505)

 

Investors:

ICR, Inc.
Farah Soi/Caitlin Churchill
203-682-8200
Farah.Soi@icrinc.com
Caitlin.Churchill@icrinc.com

or

Media:
The Container Store Group, Inc.
Felipe Avila, 972-538-6674
publicrelations@containerstore.com

Source: The Container Store Group, Inc.