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Lands' End Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2016 Results


DODGEVILLE, Wis., March 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lands' End, Inc. (LE) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 27, 2017.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2016 Highlights:

  • Net revenue for fourth quarter 2016 was $458.8 million as compared to $473.5 million in the fourth quarter last year. Direct segment net revenue decreased 2.6% to $398.5 million, as compared to the same period last year. Retail segment net revenue decreased 6.3% to $60.3 million, as compared to the same period last year, primarily due to fewer Lands' End Shops at Sears and a 1.7% decrease in same store sales.

  • Gross margin for fourth quarter 2016 was 38.6% as compared to 42.0% in the fourth quarter last year. During the quarter, the Company wrote down $2.3 million of prior-season inventory from the Company's Canvas by Lands' End brand, which had a 50 basis point negative impact on gross margin.

  • Net loss for fourth quarter 2016 was $94.8 million, or $2.96 per share, compared to a net loss of $39.5 million, or $1.23 per share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.

  • Adjusted net income(1) for fourth quarter 2016, excluding a $173.0 million ($107.8 million after-tax) non-cash impairment charge related to the write-down of the Lands’ End trade name, an indefinite-lived intangible asset, was $13.0 million, or $0.41 per share. For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, Adjusted net income(1), excluding a $98.3 million ($62.0 million after-tax) non-cash impairment charge related to the write-down of the Lands' End trade name was $22.6 million, or $0.71 per share.

  • Adjusted EBITDA(2) was $30.7 million for fourth quarter 2016 compared to $48.1 million for fourth quarter fiscal 2015.

Full Year Fiscal 2016 Highlights:

  • Net revenue for fiscal 2016 was $1.34 billion as compared to $1.42 billion in fiscal 2015. Direct segment net revenue decreased 5.4% to $1.15 billion. Retail segment net revenue decreased 8.9% to $186.4 million due to a 6.0% decrease in same store sales and a reduction in the number of Lands' End Shops at Sears.

  • Gross margin for fiscal 2016 was 43.2% this year as compared to 46.0% last year. During the third and fourth quarters of fiscal 2016, the Company wrote down a total of $6.7 million of prior-season inventory from the Company's Canvas by Lands' End brand, which had a 50 basis point negative impact on gross margin.

  • Net loss for fiscal 2016 was $109.8 million, or $3.43 per share, as compared to net loss of $19.5 million, or $0.61 per share, for the same period last year. Net loss for fiscal 2016 also included $1.2 million in non-recurring personnel costs, net of reversals, primarily related to the departure of the Company's former Chief Executive Officer.

  • Adjusted net loss(1) for fiscal 2016, excluding a $173.0 million ($107.8 million after-tax) non-cash impairment charge related to the Lands’ End trade name and the final reversal of the product recall accrual ($0.2 million), was $2.1 million, or $0.06 per share. Adjusted net income(1), excluding a $98.3 million ($62.0 million after-tax) non-cash impairment charge related to the write-down of the Lands' End trade name and the $3.4 million ($2.1 million after-tax) benefit from the reversal of a product recall accrual, was $40.4 million, or $1.26 per share for fiscal 2015.

  • Adjusted EBITDA(2) for fiscal 2016 was $39.8 million compared to $107.3 million in fiscal 2015.

Jerome Griffith, Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We saw sequential improvement in our fourth quarter results, attributable to recent initiatives across merchandising, marketing and e-commerce. In order to drive long-term success, we need to strengthen our competitive position and develop and execute a strategic plan that leverages our iconic brand heritage, as well as our well-established e-commerce platform. To that end, we will create enhanced product assortments, develop and communicate a clear and consistent brand identity across channels, and better leverage our distribution channels. Overall, we will be focused on enhancing the business in ways that will drive growth, profitability and shareholder value over the long-term."

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