The Michaels Companies presents 3Q 2016 financial results

  • Total net sales increased 5.0%; comparable store sales decreased 2.0%
  • Operating income of $146.3 million compared to $155.9 million in fiscal 2015; adjusted operating income of $148.6 million
  • Diluted EPS of $0.37 compared to $0.37 in fiscal 2015; adjusted diluted EPS of $0.40
  • Management provides updated guidance for fiscal 2016 adjusted diluted EPS to be between $1.86 and $1.90 compared to $1.72 in fiscal 2015
  • Board of Directors Increases Share Repurchase Authorization by $300 million

IRVING, Texas, 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Michaels Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIK) today (2016-12-06) announced financial results for the third quarter ended October 29, 2016.

“In a tough environment, I am encouraged we continued to increase adjusted net income, gain market share, and invest to support our long-term strategy. We are disappointed our plans did not result in expected comp and earnings growth, and we have taken steps to position the fourth quarter for better performance,” said Chuck Rubin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We are the leader in the channel, and we have a strong financial model with consistent cash flows. Although the industry may be facing some temporary headwinds, we intend to leverage our leadership position to continue to expand our market share while continuing to return cash to shareholders.”

Third Quarter Highlights

  • Net sales increased 5.0% to $1.227 billion, from $1.168 billion in the third quarter of fiscal 2015. The increase was primarily a result of the acquisition of Lamrite West in February 2016 and sales from 19 additional stores (net of closures). Comparable store sales decreased 2.0% driven by a decrease in customer transactions, which was partially offset by an increase in average ticket.
  • Gross profit increased 0.2% to $466.6 million, from $465.6 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2015. As a percentage of net sales, gross profit was 38.0% compared to 39.8% in the third quarter of fiscal 2015. The decrease, as a percentage of net sales, was due to a higher mix of sales from merchandise sold on promotion, the timing of distribution-related costs, and the acquisition of Lamrite West, including the impact of Lamrite West’s wholesale business, which has a lower gross margin rate than the Michaels business. The decrease, as a percentage of sales, was partially offset by improved sourcing and pricing efficiencies.
  • Selling, general and administrative expense, including store pre-opening costs, (“SG&A”) increased 3.4% to $320.3 million, or 26.1% of sales, from $309.7 million, or 26.5% of sales, in the third quarter of fiscal 2015. The increase in SG&A was primarily due to $17.3 million associated with the acquisition of Lamrite West, including $1.6 million of integration expenses; expenses associated with the operation of 19 additional stores (net of closures); and higher professional fees. The increase was partially offset by a decrease in incentive-based compensation and lower marketing expense.
  • Operating income was $146.3 million, compared to $155.9 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2015. As a percent of net sales, operating income was 11.9% compared to 13.3% in the third quarter of fiscal 2015. Excluding net non-recurring, inventory-related purchase accounting adjustments and integration expenses associated with the acquisition of Lamrite West, adjusted operating income was $148.6 million, or 12.1% of net sales.
  • Interest expense decreased $2.3 million to $31.5 million, from $33.8 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2015 due to a voluntary principal payment of $150.0 million on the term loan credit facility in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 and interest rate savings from the refinancing of the revolving credit facility. The Company recorded a loss on the early extinguishment of debt of $6.9 million during the third quarter of fiscal 2016 related to the refinancing of the term loan credit facility in September 2016.
  • The effective tax rate was 29.0% for the third quarter of fiscal 2016, compared to 37.0% for the third quarter of fiscal 2015. The lower effective tax rate is primarily due to benefits realized from our direct sourcing initiatives, certain federal tax credits and a decrease in state taxes.
  • Net income was $76.5 million, compared to $76.8 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2015. As a percent of net sales, net income was 6.2% compared to 6.6% in the third quarter of fiscal 2015. Excluding net non-recurring, inventory-related purchase accounting adjustments, integration expenses associated with the acquisition of Lamrite West, and losses on early extinguishments of debt and refinancing costs, adjusted net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 was $82.1 million, or 6.7% of net sales.
  • Diluted earnings per common share was $0.37, flat with the third quarter of fiscal 2015. Excluding net non-recurring, inventory-related purchase accounting adjustments, integration expenses associated with the acquisition of Lamrite West, and losses on early extinguishments of debt and refinancing costs, adjusted diluted earnings per common share for the third quarter was $0.40.
  • During the third quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company opened 14 new Michaels stores, compared with 10 new Michaels store openings in the third quarter of 2015. At the end of the third quarter, the Company operated 1,221 Michaels stores, 112 Aaron Brothers stores, and 35 Pat Catan’s stores.
  • The Company ended the third quarter of fiscal 2016 with $150.0 million in cash and cash equivalents, $2.8 billion in debt and $792.7 million in availability under its asset-based revolving credit facility.
  • Inventory at the end of the third quarter increased $117.0 million, or 9.2%, to $1.394 billion, compared to $1.277 billion at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2015. The increase in inventory was due to $95.4 million in additional inventory from the acquisition of Lamrite West. Average Michaels inventory on a per store basis, inclusive of distribution centers, in transit and inventory for the Company’s e-commerce site, was flat compared to average inventory per store at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2015.
  • During the quarter, the Company purchased 1.2 million shares, or $29.5 million, under its share repurchase authorization, previously announced in March 2016.

Share Repurchase Authorization

In December 2016, the Board of Directors authorized the Company to purchase, from time to time, as market conditions warrant, $300 million of the Company’s common stock, which is in addition to its prior repurchase authorization. As of December 6, 2016, the total authorization for future repurchases was approximately $343.5 million. The share-repurchase program does not have an expiration date, and the timing and number of repurchase transactions under the program will depend on market conditions, corporate considerations, debt agreements, and regulatory requirements.

Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2016 Outlook:

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company expects:

  • Comparable store sales growth to be flat to down 1.5%;
  • Adjusted operating income of $335 million to $348 million;
  • Interest expense to be approximately $31 million;
  • The effective tax rate to be approximately 36%; and
  • Adjusted diluted earnings per common share of $0.94 to $0.98, based on diluted weighted average common shares of 204 million.

For fiscal 2016, the Company expects:

  • Comparable store sales to be approximately flat;
  • Total net sales growth, including revenues from Lamrite West, of 5.8% to 6.2%;
  • Approximately 1.3% sales growth from 22 net new store openings, including 3 new Pat Catan’s stores;
  • Lamrite West to generate $225 million to $250 million in revenues;
  • Adjusted operating income to be in the range of $724 million to $737 million, excluding approximately $14 million to $15 million of integration costs and net non-recurring, inventory-related purchase accounting entries;
  • Annual interest expense to be approximately $127 million;
  • The effective tax rate to be approximately 35%;
  • Adjusted diluted earnings per common share to be between $1.86 and $1.90, based on diluted weighted average common shares of approximately 207 million; and
  • Capital expenditures of between $115 million and $125 million.

Conference Call Information

A conference call to discuss third quarter financial results is scheduled for today, December 6, 2016, at 8:00 am CST. Analysts and investors who would like to join the conference call are encouraged to pre-register for the conference call using the following link: http://dpregister.com/10096593. Callers who pre-register will be given a conference call passcode and a unique PIN to gain immediate access to the call and bypass the live operator. Participants may pre-register at any time, including up to and after the call start time. Investors without internet access or who are unable to pre-register can join the call by dialing (866) 777-2509 or (412)-317-5413.

The conference call will also be webcast at http://investors.michaels.com/. To listen to the live call, please go to the website at least 15 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin to register and download any necessary audio software. The webcast will be accessible for 30 days after the call. Additionally, a telephone replay will be available untilDecember 13, 2016, by dialing (877) 344-7529 or (412) 317-0088, access code 10096593.

Non-GAAP Information

This press release includes non-GAAP measures including Adjusted EBITDA; operating income excluding integration costs and non-recurring, inventory-related purchase accounting entries related to the acquisition of Lamrite West (“Adjusted operating income”); net income excluding integration costs, non-recurring, inventory-related purchase accounting entries related to the acquisition of Lamrite West, and losses on early extinguishments of debt and refinancing costs (“Adjusted net income”); and earnings per share excluding integration costs, non-recurring, inventory-related purchase accounting entries related to the acquisition of Lamrite West, and losses on early extinguishments of debt and refinancing costs (“Adjusted earnings per share”). The Company has reconciled these non-GAAP financial measures with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures in a table accompanying this release. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures not only provide its management with comparable financial data for internal financial analysis but also provide meaningful supplemental information to investors. Specifically, these non-GAAP financial measures allow investors to better understand the performance of the Company’s business and facilitate a meaningful evaluation of its quarterly and fiscal 2016 diluted earnings per common share and actual results on a comparable basis with its quarterly and fiscal 2015 results.

In evaluating these non-GAAP financial measures, investors should be aware that in the future the Company may incur expenses or be involved in transactions that are the same as or similar to some of the adjustments in this presentation. The Company’s presentation of non-GAAP financial measures should not be construed to imply that its future results will be unaffected by any such adjustments. The Company has provided this information as a means to evaluate the results of its ongoing operations. Other companies in the Company’s industry may calculate these items differently than it does. Each of these measures is not a measure of performance under GAAP and should not be considered as a substitute for the most directly comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools, and investors should not consider them in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the Company’s results as reported under GAAP.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release includes forward-looking statements which reflect management’s current views and estimates regarding the Company’s industry, business strategy, goals and expectations concerning its market position, future operations, margins, profitability, capital expenditures, share repurchases, liquidity and capital resources, and other financial and operating information. The words “anticipate,” “assume,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “future,” “guidance,” “imply,” “intend,” “may,” “outlook,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” and similar terms and phrases are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. The Company cannot assure investors that future developments affecting the Company will be those that it has anticipated. Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to risks relating to the effect of economic uncertainty, risks associated with our substantial outstanding indebtedness of $2.8 billion, changes in customer demand, risks relating to our failure to adequately maintain security and prevent unauthorized access to electronic and other confidential information, increased competition including internet-based competition from other retailers, risks relating to our reliance on foreign suppliers, risks relating to how well we manage our business, risks related to our ability to open new stores and increase comparable store sales growth, damage to the reputation of the Michaels brand or our private and exclusive brands, risks associated with executing or integrating an acquisition, a business combination or major business initiative, and other risks and uncertainties including those identified under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), which is available at www.sec.gov, and other filings that the Company may make with the SEC in the future. If one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if any of the Company’s assumptions prove incorrect, the Company’s actual results may vary in material respects from those projected in these forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement made by the Company in this news release speaks only as of the date on which the Company makes it. Factors or events that could cause the Company’s actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for the Company to predict all of them. The Company does not undertake and specifically disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by any applicable securities laws.

About The Michaels Companies, Inc.:

The Michaels Companies, Inc. is North America’s largest specialty provider of arts, crafts, framing, floral, wall décor, and seasonal merchandise for the hobbyist and do-it-yourself home decorator. As of October 29, 2016, the Company owned and operated 1,368 stores in 49 states and Canada under the brands Michaels, Aaron Brothers, and Pat Catan’s. The Michaels Companies, Inc., also owns Artistree, a manufacturer of high quality custom and specialty framing merchandise, and Darice, a premier wholesale distributor in the craft, gift and decor industry. The Michaels Companies, Inc. produces a number of exclusive private brands including Recollections®, Studio Decor™, Bead Landing®, Creatology®, Ashland®, Celebrate It®, Art Minds®, Artist’s Loft®, Craft Smart®, Loops & Threads®, Make Market®, Foamies®, LockerLookz®, and Sticky Sticks®. Learn more about Michaels at www.michaels.com.

Investor Contacts:
The Michaels Companies, Inc.
Kiley F. Rawlins, CFA
972-409-7404
Kiley.Rawlins@michaels.com

ICR, Inc.
Farah Soi / Anne Rakunas
203-682-8200
Farah.Soi@icrinc.com / Anne.Rakunas@icrinc.com

Financial Media Contact:
ICR, Inc.
Jessica Liddell
203-682-8200

Julia Young
203-682-8208
Michaels@icrinc.com

Source: The Michaels Companies, Inc.