Reitmans (Canada) Limited announces its results for the three months ended April 29, 2017

MONTREAL, May 30, 2017 /CNW/ - Sales for the three months ended April 29, 2017 were $207.1 million as compared with $203.5 million for the three months ended April 30, 2016, an increase of 1.8%, despite a net reduction of 81 stores. Same store sales1 increased 5.4%, marking the twelfth consecutive quarter of positive same store sales. Store sales increased 1.2% and e-commerce sales increased 55.5% as the Company continues to experience strong growth in its e-commerce channel.

Gross profit for the three months ended April 29, 2017 decreased $0.3 million or 0.3% to $113.2 million as compared with $113.5 million for the three months ended April 30, 2016. Gross margin was 54.7% for the three months ended April 29, 2017 as compared to 55.8% for the three months ended April 30, 2016 driven primarily by the adverse foreign exchange impact of approximately $7.0 million on U.S. denominated purchases. The Company continues to drive cost efficiencies through its global sourcing activities thereby helping to mitigate the negative impact of foreign exchange.

Results from operating activities for the three months ended April 29, 2017 were a loss of $12.3 million as compared with a loss of $12.5 million for the three months ended April 30, 2016, an improvement of $0.2 million.  Decreased store operating costs due to the reduction of stores were partially offset by higher depreciation, amortization and net impairment losses and initiatives aimed at reinvesting in growth areas of the Company.

Net loss for the three months ended April 29, 2017 was $6.6 million ($0.10 basic and diluted loss per share) as compared with a $6.0 million net loss ($0.09 basic and diluted loss per share) for the three months ended April 30, 2016. The increased loss of $0.6 million is primarily due to a lower income tax recovery partially offset by increased net finance income.

Adjusted EBITDA1 for the three months ended April 29, 2017 was a loss of $0.1 million as compared with a loss of $4.3 million for the three months ended April 30, 2016. The improvement of $4.2 million in adjusted EBITDA was primarily attributable to a positive net foreign exchange impact of $3.1 million on U.S. denominated monetary assets and liabilities included in net finance income.

Dividends

At the Board of Directors meeting held on May 30, 2017, a quarterly cash dividend (constituting eligible dividends) of $0.05 per share on all outstanding Class A non-voting and Common shares of the Company was declared, payable July 27, 2017 to shareholders of record on July 13, 2017.

Sales for the four weeks ended May 27, 2017

Sales for the month of May (the four weeks ended May 27, 2017) decreased 6.4%. Same store sales1 decreased 2.6% with stores decreasing 6.6% and e-commerce sales increasing 46.9%.

About Reitmans (Canada) Limited

The Company is a leading ladieswear specialty apparel retailer with retail outlets throughout Canada.  The Company operates 669 stores consisting of 283 Reitmans, 126 Penningtons, 96 Addition Elle, 84 RW & CO., 61 Thyme Maternity and 19 Hyba.

1Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company has identified several key operating performance measures and non-GAAP financial measures which management believes are useful in assessing the performance of the Company; however, readers are cautioned that some of these measures may not have standardized meanings under IFRS and, therefore, may not be comparable to similar terms used by other companies.

In addition to discussing earnings in accordance with IFRS, this press announcement provides adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("adjusted EBITDA") as a non-GAAP financial measure. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net earnings before income tax expense/recovery, dividend income, interest income, net change in fair value of marketable securities, interest expense, impairment of goodwill, depreciation, amortization and net impairment losses. The following table reconciles the most comparable GAAP measure, net earnings or loss, to adjusted EBITDA.  Management believes that adjusted EBITDA is an important indicator of the Company's ability to generate liquidity through operating cash flow to fund working capital needs and fund capital expenditures and uses the metric for this purpose. The exclusion of dividend income, interest income and expense and the net change in fair value of marketable securities eliminates the impact on earnings derived from non-operational activities. The exclusion of depreciation, amortization and impairment charges eliminates the non-cash impact. The intent of adjusted EBITDA is to provide additional useful information to investors and analysts. The measure does not have any standardized meaning under IFRS. Although depreciation, amortization and impairment charges are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, as such, adjusted EBITDA does not reflect any cash requirements for these replacements. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered either as discretionary cash available to invest in the growth of the business or as a measure of cash that will be available to meet the Company's obligations. Other companies may calculate adjusted EBITDA differently. From time to time, the Company may exclude additional items if it believes doing so would result in a more effective analysis of underlying operating performance. The exclusion of certain items does not imply that they are non-recurring. Adjusted EBITDA should not be used in substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS or as an alternative to net earnings, net cash provided by operating, investing or financing activities or any other financial statement data presented as indicators of financial performance or liquidity, each as presented in accordance with IFRS. Although adjusted EBITDA is frequently used by securities analysts, lenders and others in their evaluation of companies, it has limitations as an analytical tool, and should not be considered in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of the Company's results as reported under IFRS.

The Company uses a key performance indicator ("KPI"), same store sales, to assess store performance (including each banner's e-commerce store) and sales growth. Same store sales are defined as sales generated by stores that have been continuously open during both of the periods being compared and include e-commerce sales. Same store sales exclude sales from wholesale accounts. The same store sales metric compares the same calendar days for each period. Although this KPI is expressed as a ratio, it is a non-GAAP financial measure that does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and may not be comparable to similar measures used by other companies.  Management uses same store sales in evaluating the performance of stores and online sales and considers it useful in helping to determine what portion of new sales has come from sales growth and what portion can be attributed to the opening of new stores. Same store sales is a measure widely used amongst retailers and is considered useful information for both investors and analysts. Same store sales should not be considered in isolation or used in substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS.


The following table reconciles net loss to adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended April 29, 2017 and April 30, 2016:

 



(in millions of Canadian dollars)

(unaudited)

For the three months ended


April 29, 2017

April 30, 2016

Net loss

$

(6.6)

$

(6.0)

Depreciation, amortization and net impairment losses

11.3

10.3

Dividend income

(0.6)

(0.6)

Interest income

(0.2)

(0.1)

Net change in fair value of marketable securities

(1.5)

(4.1)

Interest expense

-

0.1

Income tax recovery

(2.5)

(3.9)

ADJUSTED EBITDA

$

(0.1)

$

(4.3)

ADJUSTED EBITDA as % of Sales

(0.0%)

(2.1%)

 

Forward-Looking Statements

All of the statements contained herein, other than statements of fact that are independently verifiable at the date hereof, are forward-looking statements. Such statements, based as they are on the current expectations of management, inherently involve numerous risks and uncertainties, known and unknown, many of which are beyond the Company's control. Consequently, actual future results may differ materially from the anticipated results expressed in forward-looking statements, which reflect the Company's expectations only as of the date of this Press Announcement. Forward-looking statements are based upon the Company's current estimates, beliefs and assumptions, which are based on management's perception of historical trends, current conditions and currently expected future developments, as well as other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances. This Press Announcement contains forward-looking statements about the Company's objectives, plans, goals, aspirations, strategies, financial condition, results of operations, cash flows, performance, prospects, opportunities and legal and regulatory matters. Specific forward-looking statements in this Press Announcement include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the Company's anticipated future results and events, future liquidity, planned capital expenditures, amount of pension plan contributions, status and impact of systems implementation, the ability of the Company to successfully implement its strategic initiatives and cost reduction and productivity improvement initiatives as well as the impact of such initiatives. These specific forward-looking statements are contained throughout the Company's Management Discussion & Analysis ("MD&A") including those listed in the "Operating and Financial Risk Management" section of the Company's MD&A. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as "expect", "anticipate", "believe", "foresee", "could", "estimate", "goal", "intend", "plan", "seek", "strive", "will", "may" and "should" and similar expressions, as they relate to the Company and its management.

Numerous risks and uncertainties could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those expressed, implied or projected in the forward-looking statements. Please refer to the "Forward-Looking Statements" section of the Company's MD&A for the year ended January 28, 2017.

Other risks and uncertainties not presently known to the Company or that the Company presently believes are not material could also cause actual results or events to differ materially from those expressed in its forward-looking statements. Additional risks and uncertainties are discussed in the Company's materials filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities from time to time. The reader should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements included herein. These statements speak only as of the date made and the Company is under no obligation and disavows any intention to update or revise such statements as a result of any event, circumstances or otherwise, except to the extent required under applicable securities law.


The Company's complete financial statements including notes and Management's Discussion and Analysis for the three months ended April 29, 2017 are available online at www.sedar.com.

Montreal, May 30, 2017

Jeremy H. Reitman
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (514) 385-2630
Corporate Website: www.reitmanscanadalimited.com

 

REITMANS (CANADA) LIMITED

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

(Unaudited)

(in thousands of Canadian dollars except per share amounts)






For the three months ended



April 29, 2017

April 30, 2016





Sales


$

207,107

$

203,487

Cost of goods sold


93,885

89,993

Gross profit


113,222

113,494

Selling and distribution expenses


114,994

115,476

Administrative expenses


10,478

10,492

Results from operating activities


(12,250)

(12,474)





Finance income


3,161

4,826

Finance costs


24

2,237

Loss before income taxes


(9,113)

(9,885)





Income tax recovery


2,541

3,903





Net loss


$

(6,572)

$

(5,982)





Loss per share:





Basic


$

(0.10)

$

(0.09)


Diluted


(0.10)

(0.09)

 

REITMANS (CANADA) LIMITED

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(Unaudited)

(in thousands of Canadian dollars)






For the three months ended



April 29, 2017

April 30, 2016





Net loss


$

(6,572)

$

(5,982)

Other comprehensive income (loss)





Items that are or may be reclassified subsequently to net earnings:






Cash flow hedges (net of tax of $2,160; 2016 - $7,716)


5,962

(21,117)



Foreign currency translation differences


(178)

479





Total other comprehensive income (loss)


5,784

(20,638)





Total comprehensive loss


$

(788)

$

(26,620)






 

REITMANS (CANADA) LIMITED

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

(in thousands of Canadian dollars)








April 29, 2017

April 30, 2016

January 28, 2017

ASSETS





CURRENT ASSETS






Cash and cash equivalents


$

90,475

$

75,749

$

120,265


Marketable securities


56,219

49,259

54,764


Trade and other receivables


6,857

5,729

4,256


Derivative financial asset


9,274

-

1,386


Income taxes recoverable


4,334

5,413

3,480


Inventories


154,728

139,550

146,059


Prepaid expenses


9,082

9,467

6,846



Total Current Assets


330,969

285,167

337,056






NON-CURRENT ASSETS






Property and equipment


117,234

131,165

124,106


Intangible assets


21,241

24,459

23,110


Goodwill


38,183

38,183

38,183


Deferred income taxes


25,421

35,764

25,891



Total Non-Current Assets


202,079

229,571

211,290






TOTAL ASSETS


$

533,048

$

514,738

$

548,346






LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY





CURRENT LIABILITIES






Trade and other payables


$

110,262

$

84,789

$

114,254


Derivative financial liability


-

19,549

3,160


Deferred revenue


18,322

18,476

21,478


Current portion of long-term debt


1,162

1,926

1,655



Total Current Liabilities


129,746

124,740

140,547






NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES






Other payables


6,988

7,699

7,186


Deferred lease credits


7,549

9,977

8,230


Long-term debt


-

1,162

-


Pension liability


19,029

19,578

18,869



Total Non-Current Liabilities


33,566

38,416

34,285





SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY






Share capital


38,397

38,397

38,397


Contributed surplus


9,946

9,208

9,769


Retained earnings


316,936

318,221

326,675


Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)


4,457

(14,244)

(1,327)



Total Shareholders' Equity


369,736

351,582

373,514






TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY


$

533,048

$

514,738

$

548,346

 

REITMANS (CANADA) LIMITED

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

(Unaudited)

(in thousands of Canadian dollars)



Share Capital

Contributed
Surplus

Retained
Earnings

Accumulated Other
Comprehensive
Income (Loss)

Total
Shareholders'
Equity















Balance as at January 29, 2017


$

38,397

$

9,769

$

326,675

$

(1,327)

$

373,514








Net loss


-

-

(6,572)

-

(6,572)

Total other comprehensive income


-

-

-

5,784

5,784

Total comprehensive (loss) income for the period


-

-

(6,572)

5,784

(788)








Share-based compensation costs


-

177

-

-

177

Dividends


-

-

(3,167)

-

(3,167)

Total contributions by (distributions to) owners of the Company


-

177

(3,167)

-

(2,990)








Balance as at April 29, 2017


$

38,397

$

9,946

$

316,936

$

4,457

$

369,736















Balance as at January 31, 2016


$

38,397

$

9,007

$

327,370

$

6,394

$

381,168








Net loss


-

-

(5,982)

-

(5,982)

Total other comprehensive loss


-

-

-

(20,638)

(20,638)

Total comprehensive loss for the period


-

-

(5,982)

(20,638)

(26,620)








Share-based compensation costs


-

201

-

-

201

Dividends


-

-

(3,167)

-

(3,167)

Total contributions by (distributions to) owners of the Company


-

201

(3,167)

-

(2,966)








Balance as at April 30, 2016


$

38,397

$

9,208

$

318,221

$

(14,244)

$

351,582


 

REITMANS (CANADA) LIMITED
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)











For the three months ended





April 29, 2017

April 30, 2016

CASH FLOWS USED IN OPERATING ACTIVITIES





Net loss


$

(6,572)

$

(5,982)


Adjustments for:






Depreciation, amortization and net impairment losses


11,303

10,347



Share-based compensation costs


311

201



Net change in fair value of marketable securities


(1,455)

(4,070)



Net change in transfer of realized (gain) loss on cash flow hedges to inventory


(2,926)

3,304



Foreign exchange (gain) loss


(406)

330



Interest and dividend income, net


(777)

(702)



Income tax recovery


(2,541)

(3,903)





(3,063)

(475)


Changes in:






Trade and other receivables


(2,621)

(1,591)



Inventories


(8,669)

(14,702)



Prepaid expenses


(2,236)

(546)



Trade and other payables


(3,757)

(13,218)



Pension liability


159

242



Deferred lease credits


(681)

(663)



Deferred revenue


(3,156)

(849)


Cash used in operating activities


(24,024)

(31,802)


Interest paid


(24)

(54)


Interest received


217

161


Dividends received


604

560


Income taxes paid


(3)

(430)


Net cash flows used in operating activities


(23,230)

(31,565)








CASH FLOWS USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES






Additions to property and equipment and intangible assets


(3,129)

(8,218)



Proceeds on disposal of property and equipment and intangibles


-

416



Cash flows used in investing activities


(3,129)

(7,802)








CASH FLOWS USED IN FINANCING ACTIVITIES






Dividends paid


(3,167)

(3,167)



Repayment of long-term debt


(493)

(463)



Cash flows used in financing activities


(3,660)

(3,630)








FOREIGN EXCHANGE GAIN ON CASH HELD IN FOREIGN CURRENCY


229

151








NET DECREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS


(29,790)

(42,846)








CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING OF THE PERIOD


120,265

118,595








CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF THE PERIOD


$

90,475

$

75,749

 

SOURCE Reitmans (Canada) Limited

For further information: Jeremy H. Reitman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Telephone: (514) 385-2630, Corporate Website: www.reitmanscanadalimited.com

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