Indigo Reports Q1 Results: Highest ever Q1 revenue & impressive earnings growth

TORONTO, Aug. 8, 2017 /CNW/ - For the first quarter ended July 1, 2017, Indigo Books & Music Inc. (TSX: IDG), Canada's largest book, gift and specialty toy retailer, delivered a 15th straight quarter of topline comparable growth to achieve its highest ever first-quarter revenue and positive adjusted EBITDA.

Revenue for the quarter increased $13.2 million or 6.8% from last year to reach $206.3 million. Total comparable sales, which includes both online sales and comparable store sales, increased by 5.0%. Revenue growth was strong in retail operations and continued to surpass expectations online.  This performance was driven by continued double digit growth in the general merchandise business, with exceptional growth in the Lifestyle, Paper and Toy categories.  The core trade book business remains healthy, showing growth over last year despite no blockbuster title launches this quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter increased by $6.2M to turn slightly positive, an impressive performance in a traditionally challenging quarter and the result of margin improvement, higher gift card breakage and lower operating and home office costs, as a percentage of sales.

Commenting on the results, CEO Heather Reisman said, "Our outstanding first quarter performance, with strong growth across channels and categories, as well as greatly improved profitability, is a clear reflection of our customers' passion for our brand and the strong engagement of our employees.  We are thrilled with our results and energized to keep up the momentum to continue delivering the best customer experience in the market."

After the launch of its new Sherway Gardens store in Toronto last year, the Company continued to roll out its new store concept in Oshawa and Ancaster during this quarter. These newly renovated stores, which reflect Indigo's transformation from a bookstore to a cultural department store for booklovers, are all a great success, showing strong revenue growth and improved retail performance metrics. On the basis of these compelling results, the Company will continue to roll out this concept to more stores in the coming quarters.  

Net loss for the first quarter was $5.3 million (net loss per common share of $0.20) improved from a net loss of $9.0 million (net loss per common share of $0.34) last year.

The Company ended the period with cash and short-term investment balance of $196.7 million, up $20 million from last year, and no debt, which demonstrates its very solid financial position.

In May 2017, the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation granted an additional $1.5 million to 30 high-need elementary schools across Canada, bringing the total committed by the Foundation, since its inception in 2004, to $25 million.  By helping to bring more books to kids and improving literacy, the Foundation is making a tremendous impact on the lives of young Canadians across the country.

Analyst/Investor Call

Indigo will host a conference call for analysts and investors to review these results at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) tomorrow, August 9th, 2017. The call can be accessed by dialing 416-764-8688 from within the Toronto area, or 1-888-390-0546 outside of Toronto. The eight digit participant code is 33541518.

A playback of the call will also be available by telephone until 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017. The call playback can be accessed after 12:00 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017, 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 541518#. 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 unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards and International Accounting Standards 34, "Interim Financial Reporting."  In order to provide additional insight into the business, the Company has also provided non-IFRS data, including total comparable sales, 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. Total comparable sales and adjusted EBITDA are key indicators 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.

Total comparable sales is based on comparable retail store sales and includes online sales for the same period. Comparable retail store sales are defined as sales generated by stores that have been open for more than 52-weeks. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, impairment, asset disposals, and equity investments. The method of calculating adjusted EBITDA is consistent with that used in prior periods.

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 $25 million to 3,000 elementary schools, benefitting more than 900,000 students.

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

Consolidated Balance Sheets










 As at 

 As at 

 As at 


 July 1,

 July 2,

April 1,

(thousands of Canadian dollars)

2017

2016

2017





ASSETS




Current




Cash and cash equivalents

96,661

176,790

130,438

Short-term investments

100,000

-

100,000

Accounts receivable

9,645

11,800

7,448

Inventories

242,287

217,232

231,576

Income taxes recoverable

-

25

-

Prepaid expenses

13,686

12,429

11,706

Derivative assets

-

245

266

Assets held for sale

-

-

1,037

Total current assets

462,279

418,521

482,471

Property, plant and equipment

66,592

62,526

65,078

Intangible assets

15,110

16,344

15,272

Equity investments

3,459

473

1,800

Deferred tax assets

46,372

54,829

43,981

Total assets

593,812

552,693

608,602

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY




Current




Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 

163,975

147,703

170,611

Unredeemed gift card liability

46,584

51,545

50,396

Provisions

110

30

110

Deferred revenue

13,201

13,674

12,852

Income taxes payable 

360

-

360

Current portion of long-term debt

-

33

-

Derivative liabilities

2,292

-

-

Total current liabilities

226,522

212,985

234,329

Long-term accrued liabilities

1,719

2,919

2,378

Long-term provisions

44

102

51

Total liabilities

228,285

216,006

236,758

Equity




Share capital

216,359

210,545

215,971

Contributed surplus

11,141

10,874

10,671

Retained earnings 

139,706

115,089

145,007

Accumulated other comprehensive income

(1,679)

179

195

Total equity

365,527

336,687

371,844

Total liabilities and equity

593,812

552,693

608,602

 

Consolidated Statements of Loss and Comprehensive Loss








13-week

13-week


period ended

period ended


July 1,

July 2,

(thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share data)

2017

2016




Revenue 

206,318

193,099

Cost of sales 

(112,449)

(107,226)

Gross profit

93,869

85,873

Operating, selling, and administrative expenses

(100,901)

(97,898)

Operating loss

(7,032)

(12,025)

Net interest income 

597

480

Share of loss from equity investments

(573)

(511)

Loss before income taxes

(7,008)

(12,056)

Income tax recovery 

1,707

3,056

Net loss

(5,301)

(9,000)




Other comprehensive income



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



Net change in fair value of cash flow hedges




(net of taxes of 667 ; 2017 - (35))                                                    

(1,826)

95

Reclassification of net realized (gain) loss




(net of taxes of 17 ; 2017 - (31))

(48)

84

Other comprehensive income 

(1,874)

179




Total comprehensive loss 

(7,175)

(8,821)




Net loss per common share



Basic

($0.20)

($0.34)

Diluted 

($0.20)

($0.34)


 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows





13-week

13-week


period ended

period ended


July 1,

July 2,

(thousands of Canadian dollars)

2017

2016




CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES



Net loss

(5,301)

(9,000)

Add (deduct) items not affecting cash




Depreciation of property, plant and equipment                                              

4,368

3,863


Amortization of intangible assets

1,907

2,131


Loss on disposal of capital assets

-

1


Share-based compensation

434

402


Directors' compensation

99

108


Deferred tax assets

(1,707)

(3,059)


Disposal of assets held for sale

1,037

-


Other

674

295

Net change in non-cash working capital balances

(25,653)

(28,686)

Interest expense

2

17

Interest income

(599)

(497)

Share of loss from equity investments

573

511

Cash flows used for operating activities

(24,166)

(33,914)




CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES



Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(5,882)

(5,417)

Addition of intangible assets 

(1,745)

(1,969)

Distribution from equity investments

434

437

Interest received

443

127

Investment in associate

(2,666)

-

Cash flows used for investing activities

(9,416)

(6,822)




CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES



Repayment of long-term debt

-

(20)

Interest paid

-

(15)

Proceeds from share issuances

325

1,000

Cash flows from financing activities

325

965




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

(520)

73




Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents during the period

(33,777)

(39,698)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

130,438

216,488

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

96,661

176,790

 

Non-IFRS Financial Measures

The following table reconciles Adjusted EBITDA to Net loss, the most comparable IFRS measure.


13-week

13-week


period ended

period ended


July 1,

July 2,

(millions of Canadian dollars)

2017

2016




Adjusted EBITDA

0.1

(6.1)

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

(4.4)

(3.9)

Amortization of intangible assets

(1.9)

(2.1)

Loss on disposal of capital assets

(0.8)

0.0

Net interest income

0.6

0.5

Share of loss from joint venture

(0.6)

(0.5)

Loss before income taxes

(7.0)

(12.1)

Income tax recovery

1.7

3.1

Net loss

(5.3)

(9.0)

 

The following table reconciles total comparable sales to revenue, the most comparable IFRS measure.


13-week

13-week



period ended

period ended



July 1,

 July 2,


(millions of Canadian dollars)

2017

2016

% increase 

Revenue

206.3

193.1

6.8

Adjustments





Other revenue 1                       

(7.5)

(4.6)



Stores not in both fiscal periods

(7.7)

(6.3)


Total comparable sales

191.1

182.2

5.0

1Includes cafés, irewards, gift card breakage, Kobo revenue share, Plum breakage, and corporate sales.

 

SOURCE Indigo Books & Music Inc.

For further information: please contact: Kate Gregory, Senior Manager, Public Relations, 416-364-4499 ext. 6659, kgregory@indigo.ca

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