Indigo Reports Full Year Results: Impressive growth in revenue and profit

Comparable Superstore Sales grow by 12.8% and
Online Sales grow by 15.3%

TORONTO, May 31, 2016 /CNW/ - Indigo Books & Music Inc. (TSX: IDG), Canada's largest book, gift and specialty toy retailer reported revenue of $994 million for its fiscal year ended April 2, 2016. Total revenue increased by $99 million or 11% compared to the previous year despite operating seven fewer stores. The Company noted that this year was a 53-week reporting period. On a 52-week, comparable store basis, Indigo and Chapters superstore revenue increased 12.8%, while Coles and Indigospirit small format store revenue increased 10.9%. Comparable sales from Indigo's online channel, indigo.ca, grew by 15.3%.

Revenue growth was driven by continued double-digit growth in the general merchandise business and high single-digit growth in the core book business, boosted by the trend for adult coloring books.

Commenting on the results, CEO Heather Reisman said, "We are delighted with our full year results which demonstrate that our transformation efforts have delivered real growth momentum. I am incredibly proud of the whole Indigo team and we all feel energized to continue providing our customers with the inspiring experience that we know they love."

The Company recognized net earnings of $28.6 million for the year compared to a net loss of $3.5 million last year. The improvement in earnings was driven by revenue growth, improved margin rate, proceeds from the disposal of a lease and a lower tax expense.

Revenue for the fourth quarter was $220 million, up $34 million from the same quarter last year. The Company noted that this was a 14-week reporting period. On a 13-week, comparable store basis, Indigo and Chapters superstores were up 14.7%, while Coles and Indigospirit small format stores were up 15.8%. Sales from Indigo's online channel, indigo.ca, grew by 9.8%. Net loss for the quarter was $13.4 million compared to a net loss of $13.9 million last year. The improvement in earnings was a result of higher revenues, improved margin rate, lower tax expense off-set by increased bonus and reorganization costs.

In May 2016, Indigo received recognition as the top retail employer brand by Randstad Canada, and was cited as the organization with the best workplace environment. It was also recognized in the top 5 employer brands nationally. The Randstad survey is the only employer award chosen entirely by workers and job seekers in search of employment opportunities within Canada's leading organisations.

Also subsequent to the year-end, Indigo opened its first booklovers' cultural department store, a 30,000 square foot location at CF Sherway Gardens, Toronto. The Company plans to roll out the cultural department store concept to more stores in the future.

In May 2016, the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation granted an additional $1.5 million to 25 high-need elementary schools across the country, bringing the total committed by the Foundation, since its inception in 2004, to $23.5 million.

Analyst/Investor Call

Indigo will host a conference call for analysts and investors to review these results at 8:45 a.m. (Eastern Time) tomorrow, June 1st, 2016.  The call can be accessed by dialling 416-764-8688 from within the Toronto area, or 1-888-390-0546 outside of Toronto. The eight digit participant code is 69700106. 

A playback of the call will also be available by telephone until 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016. The call playback can be accessed after 10:00 a.m. (ET) on Wednesday, June 1st 2016, by dialing 416-764-8677 from within the Toronto area, or 1-888-390-0541 outside of Toronto.  The six-digit replay passcode number is 700106#. The conference call transcript will be archived in the Investor Relations section of the Indigo website, www.indigo.ca.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements contained in this news release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements which involve risk and uncertainties that could cause results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Among the key factors that could cause such differences are: general economic, market or business conditions in Canada; competitive actions by other companies; changes in laws or regulations; and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of the Company.

Non-IFRS Financial Measures

The Company prepares its consolidated financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). In order to provide additional insight into the business, the Company has also provided non-IFRS data, including comparative store sales growth, in the press release above. This measure does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and is therefore specific to Indigo and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Comparative store sales growth is a key indicator used by the Company to measure performance against internal targets and prior period results. This measure is commonly used by financial analysts and investors to compare Indigo to other retailers. Comparable store sales are defined as sales generated by stores that have been open for more than 12 months on a 52-week basis.

About Indigo Books & Music Inc.

Indigo is a publicly traded Canadian company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (IDG). As the largest book, gift and specialty toy retailer in Canada, Indigo operates in all provinces under different banners including Indigo Books & Music; Indigo Books, Gifts, Kids; Indigospirit; Chapters; and Coles. The online channel, indigo.ca, offers a one-stop online shop with a robust selection of books, toys, home décor, stationery, and gifts.

Indigo founded the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation in 2004 to address the underfunding of public elementary school libraries. Every year the Love of Reading Foundation makes grants to high-needs elementary schools so they can transform their libraries with the purchase of new books and educational resources. To date, the Love of Reading Foundation has committed over $23.5 million to 2,600 elementary schools, benefitting more than 750,000 students.  

To learn more about Indigo, please visit the Our Company section at indigo.ca.

Consolidated Balance Sheets








 As at 

 As at 



 April 2, 

 March 28, 

(thousands of Canadian dollars)


2016

2015





ASSETS




Current




Cash and cash equivalents


216,488

203,162

Accounts receivable


7,663

4,896

Inventories 


217,788

208,395

Income taxes recoverable


25

25

Prepaid expenses


11,290

5,477

Total current assets


453,254

421,955

Property, plant and equipment 


60,973

54,886

Intangible assets 


16,506

16,587

Equity investment


1,421

726

Deferred tax assets


51,836

44,241

Total assets


583,990

538,395

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY




Current




Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 


171,112

160,645

Unredeemed gift card liability 


50,969

48,211

Provisions 


34

913

Deferred revenue


13,232

13,298

Current portion of long-term debt


53

172

Total current liabilities


235,400

223,239

Long-term accrued liabilities 


4,483

3,841

Long-term provisions 


109

110

Long-term debt 


-

56

Total liabilities


239,992

227,246

Equity




Share capital 


209,318

205,871

Contributed surplus 


10,591

9,770

Retained earnings 


124,089

95,508

Total equity


343,998

311,149

Total liabilities and equity


583,990

538,395

 

Consolidated Statements of Earnings (Loss) and Comprehensive Earnings (Loss)








14-week

13-week

53-week

52-week


period ended

period ended

period ended

period ended


April 2,

March 28,

April 2,

March 28,

(thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share data)

2016

2015

2016

2015






Revenue

220,394

186,155

994,181

895,376

Cost of sales 

(121,525)

(104,794)

(551,194)

(503,059)

Gross profit

98,869

81,361

442,987

392,317

Operating, selling, and administrative expenses 

(116,074)

(99,034)

(423,037)

(398,031)

Operating earnings (loss)

(17,205)

(17,673)

19,950

(5,714)

Interest expense

(991)

(21)

(1,000)

(69)

Interest income

696

653

1,753

1,906

Share of earnings (loss) from equity investment 

(303)

(431)

1,397

655

Earnings (loss) before income taxes

(17,803)

(17,472)

22,100

(3,222)

Income tax recovery (expense)






Current

50

51

50

51


Deferred

4,340

3,475

6,431

(363)

Net earnings (loss) and comprehensive earnings (loss) for the period

(13,413)

(13,946)

28,581

(3,534)






Net earnings (loss) per common share 





Basic

$

(0.51)

$

(0.54)

$

1.10

$

(0.14)

Diluted 

$

(0.51)

$

(0.54)

$

1.09

$

(0.14)

 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows



14-week

13-week

53-week

52-week


period ended

period ended

period ended

period ended


April 2,

March 28,

April 2,

March 28,

(thousands of Canadian dollars)

2016

2015

2016

2015






CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES





Net earnings (loss) for the period

(13,413)

(13,946)

28,581

(3,534)

Add (deduct) items not affecting cash






Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

3,909

3,753

14,739

14,789


Amortization of intangible assets

2,203

3,032

9,073

11,913


Net reversal of capital asset impairments

(1)

-

(1,620)

(458)


Loss on disposal of capital assets

143

58

1,039

92


Stock-based compensation

261

97

1,212

910


Directors' compensation

90

89

384

341


Deferred tax assets

(5,504)

(3,475)

(7,595)

363


Other

3,258

(1,244)

(58)

(1,960)

Net change in non-cash working capital balances 

(75,825)

(71,705)

(5,102)

37,841

Interest expense

991

21

1,000

69

Interest income

(696)

(653)

(1,753)

(1,906)

Income taxes received 

-

-

50

26

Share of loss (earnings) from equity investment 

303

431

(1,397)

(655)

Cash flows from (used for) operating activities

(84,281)

(83,542)

38,553

57,831






CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES





Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(6,681)

(1,925)

(20,243)

(10,832)

Addition of intangible assets 

(3,120)

(1,718)

(9,000)

(6,914)

Proceeds from disposal of capital assets

1

-

6

-

Distributions from equity investment

702

527

702

527

Interest received

752

903

1,522

1,898

Cash flows used for investing activities

(8,346)

(2,213)

(27,013)

(15,321)






CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES





Repayment of long-term debt

(40)

(50)

(175)

(586)

Interest paid

(944)

(17)

(995)

(67)

Proceeds from share issuances

1,206

770

2,672

1,758

Cash flows from financing activities

222

703

1,502

1,105






Effect of foreign currency exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(3,361)

987

284

1,969






Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents during the period

(95,766)

(84,065)

13,326

45,584

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

312,254

287,227

203,162

157,578

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

216,488

203,162

216,488

203,162

 

SOURCE Indigo Books & Music Inc.

For further information: Janet Eger, Vice President, Public Affairs, 416 342 8561, jeger@indigo.ca

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