Conn's, Inc. Reports Results for the Quarter Ended April 30, 2009
BEAUMONT, Texas, Jun 04, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Conn's, Inc. (NASDAQ/NM: CONN), a specialty retailer of home appliances, consumer electronics, computers, furniture and mattresses, and lawn and garden products today announced its operating results for the quarter ended April 30, 2009.
Highlights for the quarter include:
Total revenues for the quarter ended April 30, 2009, increased 5.8% to $231.3 million. Total net sales increased 2.6% to $200.1 million. Strength in consumer electronics and furniture and mattresses was offset by weakness in the lawn and garden and track categories. Finance charges and other increased 12.2% to $29.8 million, and same store sales (revenues earned in stores operated for the entirety of both periods) decreased 4.6% during the first quarter of fiscal 2010. The same store sales decline was impacted by Circuit City's liquidation sale and shortages of certain television products during the first quarter of fiscal 2010.
The Company delivered solid operating performance during the quarter despite the challenging economic environment and reported Net income on a GAAP basis of $11.5 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.51, for the first quarter of fiscal 2010, including the effects of a $1.4 million non-cash fair value increase in its Interests in securitized assets. Adjusted net income, excluding the non-cash fair value adjustments, was $10.6 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2010, compared with adjusted net income, excluding non-cash fair value adjustments, of $12.6 million for the first quarter of the prior fiscal year. Adjusted diluted earnings per share, excluding the non-cash fair value adjustments in both periods, was $0.47 for the first quarter of fiscal 2010, compared with $0.56 for the first quarter of the prior fiscal year, consistent with the Company's previously communicated expectations.
The credit portfolio performance improved during the quarter as the annualized net charge-off rate declined to 3.0% for the three months ended April 30, 2009, as compared to the 3.4% rate experienced during the quarter ended January 31, 2009, and the 3.2% rate experienced in the first quarter of the prior fiscal year. Additionally, the 60+ day delinquency rate dropped to 6.9% at April 30, 2009, as compared to 7.3% at January 31, 2009, though it was up compared to 6.4% at April 30, 2008. More information on the credit portfolio and its performance may be found in the table included with this press release and in the Company's filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Form 10-Q which will be filed later today.
The Company now has 75 stores in operation with plans to add three to five stores during the current fiscal year.
Today, the Company reaffirmed its guidance for fiscal year 2010 (the year ending January 31, 2010) earnings per diluted share, excluding fair value adjustments, of $1.75 to $1.85. The guidance includes an increased provision for bad debts, due to the increase in the balance of customer receivables retained on the Company's balance sheet, to provide the required reserve for future estimated losses. The Company expects the actual credit portfolio performance to be consistent with its historical performance.
Conference Call Information
Conn's, Inc. will host a conference call and audio webcast today, June 4, 2009, at 10:00 AM, CDT, to discuss its financial results for the quarter ended April 30, 2009. The webcast will be available live at www.conns.com and will be archived for one year. Participants can join the call by dialing 877-440-5803 or 719-325-4891.
About Conn's, Inc.
The Company is a specialty retailer currently operating 75 retail locations in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma: 23 stores in the Houston area, 19 in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, nine in San Antonio, five in Austin, five in Southeast Texas, one in Corpus Christi, four in South Texas, six in Louisiana and three in Oklahoma. It sells home appliances, including refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, dishwashers and ranges, and a variety of consumer electronics, including LCD, LED, plasma and DLP televisions, camcorders, digital cameras, computers and computer accessories, Blu-ray and DVD players, video game equipment, portable audio, MP3 players, GPS devices and home theater products. The Company also sells lawn and garden products, furniture and mattresses, and continues to introduce additional product categories for the home to help respond to its customers' product needs and to increase same store sales. Unlike many of its competitors, the Company provides flexible in-house credit options for its customers. In the last three years, the Company financed, on average, approximately 61% of its retail sales.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "will," "expect," "intend," "could," "estimate," "should," "anticipate," or "believe," or the negative thereof or variations thereon or similar terminology. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements will prove to be correct, the Company can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. The actual future performance of the Company could differ materially from such statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: the Company's growth strategy and plans regarding opening new stores and entering new markets; the Company's intention to update, relocate or expand existing stores; the Company's estimated capital expenditures and costs related to the opening of new stores or the update, relocation or expansion of existing stores; the Company's ability to introduce additional product categories; the Company's ability to offer flexible financing programs; the Company's ability to fund operations, debt repayment and expansion from cash flow from operations, borrowings on its revolving lines of credit and proceeds from securitizations and from accessing equity or debt markets; the ability of the Company and the QSPE to obtain additional funding for the purpose of funding the receivables generated by the Company, including limitations on the ability of the QSPE to obtain financing through its commercial paper-based funding sources and its ability to maintain the current credit ratings of its securities; the effect on borrowing costs of downgrades by rating agencies or changes in laws or regulations on the Company's or the QSPE's financing providers; the cost of any renewed or replacement credit facilities; growth trends and projected sales in the home appliance and consumer electronics industry and the Company's ability to capitalize on such growth; the pricing actions and promotional activities of competitors; relationships with the Company's key suppliers; interest rates; general economic conditions; weather conditions in the Company's markets; delinquency and loss trends in the receivables portfolio; changes in the assumptions used in the calculation of the fair value of its interests in securitized assets; potential goodwill impairment charges; the outcome of litigation or government investigations; changes in the Company's stock price; and the actual number of shares of common stock outstanding. Further information on these risk factors is included in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's annual report on Form 10-K filed on March 26, 2009. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Except as required by law, the Company is not obligated to publicly release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect the events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
|CONDENSED, CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS|
|(in thousands, except earnings per share)|
|Three Months Ended|
|Total net sales||$||195,072||$||200,151|
|Finance charges and other||26,552||29,785|
|Increase (decrease) in fair value||(3,067||)||1,390|
|Cost and expenses|
|Cost of goods sold, including warehousing|
|and occupancy costs||139,058||145,870|
|Cost of parts sold, including warehousing|
|and occupancy costs||2,330||2,587|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||60,368||62,625|
|Provision for bad debts||259||1,395|
|Total costs and expenses||202,015||212,477|
|Interest (income) expense, net||(15||)||586|
|Other income, net||(23||)||(8||)|
|Income before income taxes||16,580||18,271|
|Provision for income taxes||5,984||6,750|
|Earnings per share|
|Average common shares outstanding|
|CONDENSED, CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|January 31,||April 30,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||11,798||$||6,941|
|Other accounts receivable, net||32,878||19,007|
|Customer accounts receivable, net||61,125||84,960|
|Interests in securitized assets||176,543||170,602|
|Deferred income taxes||13,354||13,910|
|Prepaid expenses and other assets||5,933||5,754|
|Total current assets||397,602||392,153|
|Non-current deferred income tax asset||2,035||3,254|
|Long-term customer accounts receivable, net||41,172||52,498|
|Total property and equipment, net||62,551||63,049|
|Goodwill and other assets, net||13,269||13,181|
|Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity|
|Current portion of long-term debt||5||4|
|Accrued compensation and related expenses||11,473||7,586|
|Other current liabilities||25,541||29,006|
|Total current liabilities||118,531||117,028|
|Fair value of derivatives||-||125|
|Deferred gains on sales of property||1,036||991|
|Total stockholders' equity||334,150||346,279|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$||516,629||$||524,135|
CALCULATION OF GROSS MARGIN PERCENTAGES
(dollars in thousands)
|Three Months Ended|
|B||Service maintenance agreement commissions, net||9,970||9,790|
|D||Total net sales||195,072||200,151|
|E||Finance charges and other||26,552||29,785|
Net increase (decrease) in fair value
|H||Cost of goods sold, including warehousing|
|and occupancy cost||(139,058||)||(145,870||)|
|I||Cost of parts sold, including warehousing|
|and occupancy cost||(2,330||)||(2,587||)|
|J||Gross margin dollars (G+H+I)||$||77,169||$||82,869|
|Gross margin percentage (J/G)||35.3||%||35.8||%|
|K||Product margin dollars (A+H)||$||40,852||$||38,947|
|Product margin percentage (K/A)||22.7||%||21.1||%|
|MANAGED PORTFOLIO STATISTICS|
|For the periods ended January 31, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and April 30, 2008 and 2009|
|(dollars in thousands, except average outstanding balance per account)|
|January 31,||April 30,|
|Total outstanding balance||$||519,721||$||569,551||$||654,867||$||753,513||$||669,958||$||734,552|
|Average outstanding balance per account||$||1,251||$||1,241||$||1,282||$||1,401||$||1,317||$||1,401|
|60 day delinquency||$||35,537||$||37,662||$||49,778||$||55,141||$||42,935||$||50,911|
|Percent of portfolio reaged||17.6||%||17.8||%||16.6||%||18.7||%||15.5||%||18.8||%|
|Net charge-off ratio (YTD annualized)||2.5||%||3.3||%||2.9||%||3.2||%||3.2||%||3.0||%|
|NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME, AS ADJUSTED|
|AND DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE, AS ADJUSTED|
(in thousands, except earnings per share)
|Three Months Ended|
|Net income, as reported||$||10,596||$||11,521|
|(Increase) decrease in fair value||3,067||(1,390||)|
|Tax impact of fair value|
|Net income, as adjusted||$||12,583||$||10,620|
|Average common shares|
|outstanding - Diluted||22,560||22,689|
|Earnings per share - Diluted|
Basis for presentation of non-GAAP disclosures:
To supplement the Company's consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), the Company also provides adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per diluted share information. These non-GAAP financial measures are not meant to be considered as a substitute for comparable GAAP measures but should be considered in addition to results presented in accordance with GAAP, and are intended to provide additional insight into the Company's operations and the factors and trends affecting the Company's business. The Company's management believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to financial statement readers because (1) they allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics the Company uses in its financial and operational decision making and (2) they are used by some of its institutional investors and the analyst community to help them analyze the Company's operating results.
SOURCE: Conn's, Inc.
Conn's, Inc., Beaumont
Chief Financial Officer
Michael J. Poppe, 409-832-1696 Ext. 3359
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