Conn's, Inc. Reports Results for the Quarter Ended January 31, 2010
BEAUMONT, Texas, Mar 25, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Conn's, Inc. (NASDAQ/NM: CONN), a specialty retailer of consumer electronics, home appliances, furniture, mattresses, computers and lawn and garden products today announced its operating results for the quarter ended January 31, 2010.
Significant items for the quarter include:
Total revenues for the quarter ended January 31, 2010, decreased 25.0% to $202.3 million, as compared to the same quarter in the prior fiscal year. Total net sales declined 30.3% to $171.0 million, as compared to the same quarter in the prior fiscal year. Finance charges and other decreased 8.7% to $26.5 million, and same store sales (revenues earned in stores operated for the entirety of both periods) decreased 31.7% during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010, as compared to the same quarter in the prior fiscal year. The same store sales decline was impacted by:
Despite the challenging economic conditions and highly competitive retail environment the Company reversed the declining product gross margin trend it had been experiencing.
The credit portfolio performance reported for the quarter included an annualized net charge-off rate of 4.8% for the three months ended January 31, 2010, as compared to the 4.3% rate experienced during the quarter ended October 31, 2009, and 3.4% during the quarter ended January 31, 2009. The net charge-off rate for the twelve month period ended January 31, 2010, was 3.9%. Additionally, the 60+ day delinquency rate was 10.0% at January 31, 2010, as compared to 9.3% at October 31, 2009, and 7.3% at January 31, 2009. 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-K which will be filed later today.
The Company reported Net income on a GAAP basis of $6.5 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.29, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. The Net income was positively impacted by a non-cash fair value adjustment that increased its Interests in securitized assets and a tax benefit related to the settlement of certain litigation. Adjusted net income, excluding the non-cash fair value adjustments and tax benefit, was $1.9 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010, compared with adjusted net income, excluding non-cash fair value adjustments, of $15.5 million for the fourth quarter of the prior fiscal year. Adjusted diluted earnings per share, excluding the non-cash fair value adjustments and the tax benefit, was $0.08 for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010, compared with adjusted diluted earnings per share, excluding the non-cash fair value adjustments, of $0.69 for the fourth quarter of the prior fiscal year.
Total revenues for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2010, decreased 6.1% to $836.7 million, as compared to the same period in the prior fiscal year. Total net sales decreased 10.2% to $722.8 million and Finance charges and other increased 0.9% to $111.2 million. Same store sales (revenues earned in stores operated for the entirety of both periods) decreased 13.8% during fiscal 2010, as compared to the prior fiscal year. The Company reported Net income on a GAAP basis of $7.7 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.34, for fiscal 2010. The reported results include $4.9 million related to the settlement of certain litigation and a $9.6 million goodwill impairment charge. Adjusted net income, excluding the non-cash fair value adjustments and non-cash goodwill impairment charge, was $12.4 million for fiscal 2010, compared with adjusted net income, excluding non-cash fair value adjustments, of $41.6 million for the prior fiscal year. Adjusted diluted earnings per share, excluding the non-cash fair value adjustments in both periods and the non-cash goodwill impairment charge in the current year period, was $0.55 for fiscal 2010, compared with $1.84 for the prior fiscal year.
Subsequent to January 31, 2010, the Company and its qualifying special purpose entity (QSPE) entered into agreements to amend their credit facilities, modifying the covenants, increasing the cost of borrowings and providing commitment reductions under the QSPE's revolving credit facility and reducing its ultimate maturity date from September 2012 to August 2011. The Company and the QSPE are in compliance with all of their credit facility covenants.
During the quarter ended January 31, 2010, the Company paid down the balance on its asset based loan facility by $19.5 million and its QSPE increased the balance on its asset backed securitization facility by $8.4 million. The total amount immediately available for borrowing under all of the Company's borrowing agreements at January 31, 2010, was $47.7 million, as compared to $52.1 million at October 31, 2009.
The Company has 76 stores in operation after opening a new store in Denton, Texas, at the end of October 2009, and a new store in Pasadena, Texas, during November 2009. Additionally, the Company closed its clearance centers located in San Antonio and Baytown, Texas during fiscal year 2010.
Conference Call Information
Conn's, Inc. will host a conference call and audio webcast today, March 25, 2010, at 10:00 AM, CDT, to discuss its financial results for the quarter ended January 31, 2010. The webcast will be available live at www.conns.com and will be archived for one year. Participants can join the call by dialing 877-754-5302 or 678-894-3020.
The Company announced that its annual meeting of stockholders will be held on May 25, 2010, in its corporate offices in Beaumont, Texas, at 11:00 AM, local time, for all stockholders of record as of April 1, 2010.
About Conn's, Inc.
The Company is a specialty retailer currently operating 76 retail locations in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma: with 23 stores in the Houston area, 20 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 debt or equity 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 ability of the Company and the QSPE to maintain compliance with the covenants in their financing facilities or obtain amendments or waivers of the covenants to avoid violations or potential violations of the covenants; the ability of the financial institutions providing lending facilities to the Company or the QSPE to fund their commitments; 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 amended, 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; 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 to be filed later today. 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
Twelve Months Ended
|Total net sales||$||245,408||$||170,956||$||805,049||$||722,788|
|Finance charges and other||28,985||26,452||110,209||111,242|
|Increase (decrease) in fair value||(4,479||)||4,895||(24,508||)||2,645|
|Cost and expenses|
Cost of goods sold, including warehousing and occupancy costs
Cost of parts sold, including warehousing and occupancy costs
|Selling, general and administrative expense||68,184||62,449||253,813||255,489|
|Provision for bad debts||879||1,441||4,273||9,086|
|Total cost and expenses||249,199||192,940||848,147||818,892|
|Interest expense, net||593||1,194||961||4,003|
|Other (income) expense, net||15||(69||)||117||(123||)|
|Income before income taxes||20,107||8,238||41,525||13,903|
|Provision for income taxes||7,481||1,712||15,833||6,181|
|Earnings per share|
|Average common shares outstanding|
CONDENSED, CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
|January 31,||January 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||11,798||$||12,143|
|Other accounts receivable, net||32,878||23,286|
|Customer accounts receivable, net||61,125||124,630|
|Interests in securitized assets||176,543||157,678|
|Deferred income taxes||13,354||12,202|
|Prepaid expenses and other assets||5,933||16,167|
|Total current assets||397,602||409,605|
|Non-current deferred income tax asset||2,035||5,499|
|Long-term customer accounts receivable, net||41,172||73,540|
|Total property and equipment, net||62,551||59,703|
|Goodwill and other assets, net||13,269||3,092|
|Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity|
|Current portion of long-term debt||5||155|
|Accrued compensation and related expenses||11,473||5,697|
|Other current liabilities||19,839||18,194|
|Total current liabilities||112,829||94,926|
|Other long-term liabilities||6,738||6,437|
|Total stockholders' equity||334,150||344,327|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$||516,629||$||551,439|
CALCULATION OF GROSS MARGIN PERCENTAGES
(dollars in thousands)
|Three Months Ended||Twelve Months Ended|
|January 31,||January 31,|
|B||Repair service agreement commissions, net||11,771||7,304||40,199||33,272|
|D||Total net sales||245,408||170,956||805,049||722,788|
|E||Finance charges and other||28,985||26,452||110,209||111,242|
|F||Net decrease in fair value||(4,479||)||4,895||(24,508||)||2,645|
Cost of goods sold, including warehousing and occupancy cost
Cost of parts sold, including warehousing and occupancy cost
|J||Gross margin dollars (G+H+I)||$||89,778||$||73,253||$||300,689||$||291,975|
|Gross margin percentage (J/G)||33.3||%||36.2||%||33.8||%||34.9||%|
|K||Product margin dollars (A+H)||$||50,754||$||32,027||$||163,306||$||133,102|
|Product margin percentage (K/A)||22.2||%||20.2||%||22.0||%||19.9||%|
MANAGED PORTFOLIO STATISTICS
For the periods ended January 31, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010
(dollars in thousands, except average outstanding balance per account)
|Total outstanding balance||$||519,721||$||569,551||$||654,867||$||753,513||$||736,041|
|Average outstanding balance per account||$||1,251||$||1,241||$||1,282||$||1,401||$||1,335|
|60 day delinquency||$||35,537||$||37,662||$||49,778||$||55,141||$||73,391|
|Percent of portfolio reaged||17.6||%||17.8||%||16.6||%||18.7||%||19.6||%|
|Net charge-off ratio (YTD annualized)||2.5||%||3.3||%||2.9||%||3.2||%||3.9||%|
NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME, AS ADJUSTED
AND DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE, AS ADJUSTED
(in thousands, except earnings per share)
Three Months Ended
Twelve Months Ended
|Net income, as reported||$||12,626||$||6,526||$||25,692||$||7,722|
|(Increase) decrease in fair value||4,479||(4,895||)||24,508||(2,645||)|
|Goodwill impairment charge||-||-||-||9,617|
|Tax impact of litigation reserve deduction||-||(1,584||)||-||-|
Tax impact of fair value and goodwill adjustments
|Net income, as adjusted||$||15,528||$||1,907||$||41,573||$||12,376|
Average common shares outstanding - Diluted
|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. 3294
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