10-Q 1 d821208d10q.htm FORM 10-Q Form 10-Q
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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q

(Mark One)

 

[X] QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended November 29, 2014

OR

 

[    ] TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from                      to                     

Commission file number 001-07832

 

PIER 1 IMPORTS, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware

   

75-1729843

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

   

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification Number)

 

100 Pier 1 Place, Fort Worth, Texas 76102

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

 

(817) 252-8000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes [ X ]  No [    ]

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes [ X ]  No [    ]

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer     X    

    Accelerated filer             

Non-accelerated filer             

  (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)   Smaller reporting company             

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes [    ]  No [ X ]

As of January 2, 2015, there were outstanding 90,007,448 shares of the registrant’s common stock, all of one class.


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PIER 1 IMPORTS, INC.

INDEX TO QUARTERLY FORM 10-Q

 

PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

     Page   

Item 1.    Financial Statements

  

Consolidated Statements of Operations for the Three and Nine Months Ended November 29, 2014 and November  30, 2013

     3   

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income for the Three and Nine Months Ended November  29, 2014 and November 30, 2013

     4   

Consolidated Balance Sheets as of November 29, 2014, March 1, 2014 and November 30, 2013

     5   

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Nine Months Ended November 29, 2014 and November 30, 2013

     6   

Consolidated Statement of Shareholders’ Equity for the Nine Months Ended November 29, 2014

     7   

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

     8   

Item 2.     Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

     12   

Item 3.    Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

     22   

Item 4.    Controls and Procedures

     22   

PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

  

Item 1.    Legal Proceedings

     22   

Item 1A.  Risk Factors

     22   

Item 2.    Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

     23   

Item 3.    Defaults upon Senior Securities

     23   

Item 4.    Mine Safety Disclosures

     23   

Item 5.    Other Information

     23   

Item 6.    Exhibits

     23   

Signatures

     24   

 

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PART I

 

Item 1. Financial Statements.

PIER I IMPORTS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands except per share amounts)

(unaudited)

 

     Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended  
     November 29,     November 30,     November 29,     November 30,  
     2014     2013     2014     2013  

Net sales

   $ 484,501      $ 465,462      $ 1,322,182      $ 1,255,957   

Cost of sales

     279,588        263,232        786,918        724,830   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Gross profit

     204,913        202,230        535,264        531,127   

Selling, general and administrative expenses

     160,820        149,217        427,103        397,296   

Depreciation and amortization

     12,323        9,919        34,032        28,461   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income

     31,770        43,094        74,129        105,370   

Nonoperating (income) and expenses:

        

Interest, investment income and other

     (254     (592     (891     (1,216

Interest expense

     3,054        528        7,216        1,846   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
     2,800        (64     6,325        630   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income before income taxes

     28,970        43,158        67,804        104,740   

Income tax provision

     11,110        16,400        25,731        39,801   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

   $ 17,860      $ 26,758      $ 42,073      $ 64,939   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings per share:

        

Basic

   $ 0.20      $ 0.26      $ 0.46      $ 0.62   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted

   $ 0.20      $ 0.26      $ 0.45      $ 0.61   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Dividends declared per share:

   $ 0.06      $ 0.05      $ 0.18      $ 0.15   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Average shares outstanding during period:

        

Basic

     89,741        103,319        91,967        105,018   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted

     90,635        104,716        93,030        106,942   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

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PIER 1 IMPORTS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

     Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended  
     November 29,     November 30,     November 29,     November 30,  
     2014     2013     2014     2013  

Net income

   $ 17,860      $ 26,758      $ 42,073      $ 64,939   

Other comprehensive income (loss)

        

Foreign currency translation adjustments

     (1,964     (361     (1,375     (1,448

Pension adjustments

     461        464        1,382        1,393   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income (loss)

     (1,503     103        7        (55
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Comprehensive income, net of tax

   $ 16,357      $ 26,861      $ 42,080      $ 64,884   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

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PIER 1 IMPORTS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands except share amounts)

(unaudited)

 

     November 29,
2014
    March 1,
2014
    November 30,
2013
 

ASSETS

  

Current assets:

      

Cash and cash equivalents, including temporary investments of $26,737, $121,446 and $120,222, respectively

   $ 33,044      $ 126,695      $ 128,205   

Accounts receivable, net

     45,002        24,614        36,557   

Inventories

     535,532        377,650        429,069   

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     53,183        47,547        51,625   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

     666,761        576,506        645,456   

Properties, net of accumulated depreciation of $448,357, $424,246 and $418,167, respectively

     208,722        183,352        176,816   

Other noncurrent assets

     45,900        43,765        50,043   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
   $ 921,383      $ 803,623      $ 872,315   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

  

Current liabilities:

      

Notes payable

   $ 12,000      $ -      $ -   

Accounts payable

     119,336        84,238        105,143   

Gift cards and other deferred revenue

     61,284        57,428        55,490   

Accrued income taxes payable

     6,242        14,025        18,020   

Current portion of long-term debt

     2,000        -        -   

Other accrued liabilities

     121,143        110,278        114,455   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     322,005        265,969        293,108   

Long-term debt

     205,173        9,500        9,500   

Other noncurrent liabilities

     77,106        78,722        70,717   

Commitments and contingencies

     -        -        -   

Shareholders’ equity:

      

Common stock, $0.001 par, 500,000,000 shares authorized, 125,232,000 issued

     125        125        125   

Paid-in capital

     219,828        235,637        231,316   

Retained earnings

     685,769        660,040        623,512   

Cumulative other comprehensive loss

     (6,107     (6,114     (4,883

Less — 34,833,000, 26,517,000 and 21,956,000 common shares in treasury, at cost, respectively

     (582,516     (440,256     (351,080
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
     317,099        449,432        498,990   
   $ 921,383      $ 803,623      $ 872,315   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

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PIER 1 IMPORTS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

     Nine Months Ended  
     November 29,
2014
    November 30,
2013
 

Cash flows from operating activities:

    

Net income

   $ 42,073      $ 64,939   

Adjustments to reconcile to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities:

    

Depreciation and amortization

     39,458        33,598   

Stock-based compensation expense

     5,870        10,267   

Deferred compensation

     4,416        5,372   

Deferred income taxes

     2,370        1,774   

Amortization of deferred gains

     (2,681     (2,286

Other

     (2,819     (1,496

Changes in cash from:

    

Inventories

     (157,882     (73,016

Proprietary credit card receivables

     (6,934     (7,441

Prepaid expenses and other assets

     (24,845     (14,829

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

     60,084        51,671   

Accrued income taxes payable, net of payments

     (5,319     (7,391
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

     (46,209     61,162   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

    

Capital expenditures

     (61,531     (60,590

Proceeds from disposition of properties

     37        11,055   

Proceeds from sale of restricted investments

     1,232        507   

Purchase of restricted investments

     (2,314     (2,566
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

     (62,576     (51,594
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

    

Cash dividends

     (16,344     (15,633

Purchases of treasury stock

     (178,289     (114,025

Stock options exercised, stock purchase plan and other, net

     3,888        17,888   

Issuance of long-term debt, net of discount

     198,000        -   

Repayments of long-term debt

     (500     -   

Debt issuance costs

     (3,621     (1,149

Borrowings of notes payable

     60,000        -   

Repayments of notes payable

     (48,000     -   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

     15,134        (112,919
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Change in cash and cash equivalents

     (93,651     (103,351

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

     126,695        231,556   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

   $ 33,044      $ 128,205   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

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PIER 1 IMPORTS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED NOVEMBER 29, 2014

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

                              Cumulative
Other
Comprehensive
Income (Loss)
             
     Common Stock      Paid-in
Capital
    Retained
Earnings
      Treasury
Stock
    Total
Shareholders’
Equity
 
     Outstanding
Stock
    Amount             

Balance March 1, 2014

     98,715      $ 125       $ 235,637      $ 660,040      $ (6,114   $ (440,256   $ 449,432   

Net income

     -        -         -        42,073        -        -        42,073   

Other comprehensive income

     -        -         -        -        7        -        7   

Purchases of treasury stock

     (9,837     -         -        -        -        (167,827     (167,827

Stock-based compensation

     962        -         (10,363     -        -        16,233        5,870   

Exercise of stock options, stock purchase plan, and other

     559        -         (5,446     -        -        9,334        3,888   

Cash dividends ($0.18 per share)

     -        -         -        (16,344     -        -        (16,344
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balance November 29, 2014

     90,399      $ 125       $ 219,828      $ 685,769      $ (6,107   $ (582,516   $ 317,099   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

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PIER 1 IMPORTS, INC.

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE THREE AND NINE MONTHS ENDED NOVEMBER 29, 2014

AND NOVEMBER 30, 2013

(unaudited)

Throughout this report, references to the “Company” include Pier 1 Imports, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries. The accompanying unaudited financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended March 1, 2014. All adjustments that are, in the opinion of management, necessary for a fair presentation of the consolidated financial statements contained in this report have been made and consist only of normal recurring adjustments, except as otherwise described herein, if any. The results of operations for the three and nine months ended November 29, 2014 and November 30, 2013, are not indicative of results to be expected for the fiscal year because of, among other things, seasonality factors in the retail business. Historically, the strongest sales of the Company’s products have occurred during the holiday season beginning in November and continuing through December. The Company conducts business as one operating segment under the name Pier 1 Imports. As of November 29, 2014, the Company had no financial instruments with fair market values that were materially different from their carrying values.

NOTE 1 – EARNINGS PER SHARE

Basic earnings per share amounts were determined by dividing net income by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding for the period. Diluted earnings per share amounts were similarly computed, but included the dilutive effect of the Company’s weighted average number of stock options outstanding and shares of unvested restricted stock. A total of 233,000 and 139,000 outstanding stock options were excluded from the computation of earnings per share, as the effect would be antidilutive for the three and nine months ended November 29, 2014, respectively, and a total of 13,000 and 7,000 outstanding stock options were excluded for the three and nine months ended November 30, 2013, respectively.

Earnings per share for the three and nine months ended November 29, 2014 and November 30, 2013, were calculated as follows (in thousands except per share amounts):

 

     Three Months Ended      Nine Months Ended  
     November 29,
2014
     November 30,
2013
     November 29,
2014
     November 30,
2013
 

Net income, basic and diluted

   $ 17,860       $ 26,758       $ 42,073       $ 64,939   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Weighted average shares outstanding during period:

           

Basic

     89,741         103,319         91,967         105,018   

Effect of dilutive stock options

     598         788         709         1,094   

Effect of dilutive restricted stock

     296         609         354         830   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Diluted

     90,635         104,716         93,030         106,942   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Earnings per share:

           

Basic

   $ 0.20       $ 0.26       $ 0.46       $ 0.62   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Diluted

   $ 0.20       $ 0.26       $ 0.45       $ 0.61   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

 

NOTE 2 – MATTERS CONCERNING SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Restricted stock compensation – For the three and nine months ended November 29, 2014, the Company recorded compensation expense related to restricted stock of $349,000 and $5,799,000, respectively. For the three and nine months ended November 30, 2013, the Company recorded compensation expense related to restricted stock of $2,977,000 and $10,194,000, respectively. During the third quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company adjusted compensation expense based upon consideration of the probability of meeting underlying performance targets. Based upon the Company’s analysis, compensation expense related to certain performance based awards was lowered by $2,459,000. As of November 29, 2014, there was approximately $20,429,000 of total unrecognized compensation expense related to unvested restricted stock that may be recognized over a weighted average period of 1.7 years if certain performance targets are achieved.

During the third quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company awarded one-time grants of service-based long-term restricted stock to certain executive officers. A total of 122,280 shares was awarded, which had a grant date fair value of $12.30. The Company began expensing these shares during the quarter. One half of the shares will vest on October 16, 2019, and the remaining shares will vest on October 16, 2020, provided that the officers continue to be employed on those dates.

Share repurchase program – During the first nine months of fiscal 2015, the Company repurchased 9,836,912 shares of its common stock at a weighted average cost of $17.06 per share for a total cost of $167,827,000. Of this amount, the Company utilized $96,108,000 to repurchase 5,071,812 shares of the Company’s common stock at a weighted average cost of $18.95 under the $200,000,000 October 2013 share repurchase program, which completed the program. The remaining $71,719,000 was utilized to repurchase 4,765,100 shares of the Company’s common stock at a weighted average cost of $15.05 under the $200,000,000 April 2014 share repurchase program. In fiscal 2015, the Company had cash outflows of $178,289,000 related to share repurchases. These share repurchases included $167,827,000 for shares of common stock repurchased in the first nine months of fiscal 2015, included $11,608,000 for shares of common stock repurchased in fiscal 2014 that settled in fiscal 2015, and excluded $1,146,000 of common stock share repurchases that were settled subsequent to the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2015. Shares repurchased during the period but settled subsequent to the period end are considered non-cash financing activities and are excluded from the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows. Subsequent to quarter end, through January 2, 2015, the Company utilized a total of $5,730,000 to repurchase 418,200 shares of the Company’s common stock under the April 2014 program at a weighted average cost of $13.70 and $122,551,000 remained available for further share repurchases of common stock under that program.

NOTE 3 – LONG-TERM DEBT AND AVAILABLE CREDIT

Revolving Credit Facility – The Company completed a second amendment to its secured revolving credit facility (“Revolving Credit Facility”) on April 30, 2014, in order to allow additional borrowings under a new senior secured term loan facility (the “Term Loan Facility”) that closed on the same day. Substantially all other material terms and conditions applicable under the Revolving Credit Facility remain unchanged. The Revolving Credit Facility is secured primarily by merchandise inventory and third-party credit card receivables and certain related assets on a first priority basis and, following the incurrence of the Term Loan Facility indebtedness discussed below, is secured on a second lien basis by substantially all other assets of certain of the Company’s subsidiaries, subject to certain exceptions. Credit extensions under the Revolving Credit Facility are limited to the lesser of $350,000,000 or the amount of the calculated borrowing base, which was $497,600,000 as of November 29, 2014. The Company had $12,000,000 in cash borrowings and $36,538,000 in letters of credit and bankers’ acceptances outstanding under the Revolving Credit Facility, with $301,462,000 remaining available for cash borrowings, all as of November 29, 2014. At the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2015, the $12,000,000 in cash borrowings bore interest at 3.50%. The Company repaid all cash borrowings under the Revolving Credit Facility subsequent to quarter end.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

 

Term Loan Facility – The Company entered into the Term Loan Facility on April 30, 2014. The Term Loan Facility matures on April 30, 2021, and is secured by a second lien on all assets subject to a first lien under the Revolving Credit Facility and a first lien on substantially all other assets of certain of the Company’s subsidiaries, subject to certain exceptions. At the Company’s option, borrowings under the Term Loan Facility will bear interest, payable quarterly or, if earlier, at the end of each interest period, at either (a) the LIBOR rate (as defined in the Term Loan Facility) subject to a 1% floor plus 350 basis points per year or (b) the base rate (as defined in the Term Loan Facility) subject to a 2% floor plus 250 basis points per year. As of November 29, 2014, the Company had $199,500,000 outstanding under the Term Loan Facility with a carrying value of $197,673,000 net of unamortized discounts. The proceeds of the loan were used for general corporate purposes, including working capital needs, capital expenditures, and share repurchases and dividends permitted under the Term Loan Facility. The Term Loan Facility is subject to quarterly amortization of principal equal to 0.25% of the original aggregate principal amount of the loans, with the balance due at final maturity. The Company is subject to an annual excess cash flow repayment requirement, as defined in the Term Loan Facility, beginning with the fiscal year ending February 2015. At the Company’s option, and subject to the requirements and provisions of the Term Loan Facility, the Company can prepay the Term Loan Facility at any time prior to twelve months after closing subject to a 1% penalty in certain cases, and without penalty thereafter. The fair value of the Term Loan Facility was approximately $199,500,000 as of November 29, 2014, which was measured at fair value using the quoted market price. The Term Loan Facility was classified as Level 2 based on the frequency and volume of trading for which the price was readily available. Level 2 inputs include quoted prices in active markets for similar assets or liabilities; quoted prices for identical or similar assets or liabilities in markets that are not active; or other inputs that are observable or can be corroborated by observable market data for substantially the full term of the asset or liability.

The Term Loan Facility includes restrictions on the Company’s ability to, among other things, incur or guarantee additional indebtedness, pay dividends on, or redeem or repurchase shares of the Company’s capital stock, make certain acquisitions or investments, materially change the business of the Company, incur or permit to exist certain liens, enter into transactions with affiliates or sell the Company’s assets to, or merge or consolidate with or into, another company, in each case subject to certain exceptions. The Term Loan Facility does not require the Company to comply with any financial maintenance covenants, but contains certain customary representations and warranties, affirmative covenants and provisions relating to events of default. The Term Loan Facility provides for incremental facilities, subject to certain conditions, including the meeting of certain leverage ratio requirements as defined therein, to the extent such facilities exceed an incremental $200,000,000.

NOTE 4 – DEFINED BENEFIT PLANS

The Company maintains supplemental retirement plans (the “Plans”) for certain of its executive officers. The Plans provide that upon death, disability, reaching retirement age or certain termination events, a participant will receive benefits based on highest compensation, years of service and years of plan participation. The Plans are not funded and thus have no plan assets.

Benefit costs are determined using actuarial cost methods to estimate the total benefits ultimately payable to executive officers and this cost is allocated to the respective service periods. The actuarial assumptions used to calculate benefit costs are reviewed annually, or in the event of a material change in the Plans or participation in the Plans. The components of net periodic benefit cost for the three and nine months ended November 29, 2014 and November 30, 2013, are shown in the table below (in thousands). The amortization of amounts related to unrecognized prior service cost and net actuarial loss was reclassified out of other comprehensive income as a component of net periodic benefit cost.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

 

     Three Months Ended      Nine Months Ended  
     November 29,
2014
     November 30,
2013
     November 29,
2014
     November 30,
2013
 

Components of net periodic benefit cost:

           

Service cost

   $ 351       $ 364       $ 1,052       $ 1,092   

Interest cost

     206         192         617         574   

Amortization of unrecognized prior service cost

     102         102         307         307   

Amortization of net actuarial loss

     332         348         997         1,044   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net periodic benefit cost

   $ 991       $ 1,006       $ 2,973       $ 3,017   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

NOTE 5 – NEW ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS

In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued Accounting Standards Update 2014-09, “Revenue from Contracts with Customers,” which creates a new Topic, Accounting Standards Codification Topic 606. The standard is principle-based and provides a five-step model to determine when and how revenue is recognized. The core principle is that a company should recognize revenue when it transfers promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the company expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods or services. This standard is effective for the Company beginning in fiscal 2018 and allows for either full retrospective adoption or modified retrospective adoption. The Company is currently evaluating the impact of the adoption of Topic 606 on its financial statements.

In June 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued Accounting Standards Update 2014-12, “Accounting for Share-Based Payments When the Terms of an Award Provide That a Performance Target Could Be Achieved after the Requisite Service Period.” The standard states that a performance target in a share-based payment that affects vesting and that could be achieved after the requisite service period should be accounted for as a performance condition. This standard is effective for the Company beginning in fiscal 2017 and early adoption is permitted. The Company is currently evaluating the impact of the adoption of this guidance on its financial statements.

 

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PART I

 

Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

The following discussion and analysis of financial condition, results of operations, and liquidity and capital resources should be read in conjunction with the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements as of March 1, 2014, and for the fiscal year then ended, and related Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, all contained in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 1, 2014.

Management Overview

Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, the “Company”) is the original global importer of home décor and furniture. The Company directly imports merchandise from many countries, and sells a wide variety of decorative accessories, furniture, candles, housewares, gifts and seasonal products in its stores and through the Company’s website, Pier1.com. The results of operations for the three and nine months ended November 29, 2014 and November 30, 2013, are not indicative of results to be expected for the fiscal year because of, among other things, seasonality factors in the retail business. Historically, the strongest sales of the Company’s products have occurred during the holiday season beginning in November and continuing through December. The Company conducts business as one operating segment under the name Pier 1 Imports. As of November 29, 2014, the Company operated 1,074 stores in the United States and Canada.

The Company has continued to focus on the execution of its ‘1 Pier 1’ strategy, which is the Company’s plan to evolve from a store-only business model to one with full omni-channel capabilities. Through the ‘1 Pier 1’ strategy the Company expects to maximize selling opportunities, extend brand reach and capture greater market share. The Company’s focus is to ensure that customers have an extraordinary experience, regardless of how they shop.

The Company has set out operational and financial goals supporting the ‘1 Pier 1’ strategy. This includes six key guideposts designed to monitor the transformation of the Company to a mature omni-channel retailing business. These guideposts are: Brand Traffic, Conversion and Average Ticket; Stores as Sales and Customer Experience Centers; Merchandise Margin and Gross Profit; Fulfillment and Home Delivery; Selling General and Administrative Expenses; and Capital Allocation.

The Company views its stores and e-Commerce website as an integrated business. The stores are becoming sales and customer experience centers and are positioned to serve as a gateway to the Company’s e-Commerce website and the e-Commerce website serves as a gateway to the stores. During the third quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company continued to focus on the quality, not the quantity, of its real estate, in order to strengthen its real estate portfolio.

Since the launch of Pier1.com during July of fiscal 2013, traffic to the website has increased significantly, and the Company has seen progressive increases in e-Commerce sales as a percentage of total Company sales. This trend continued in the third quarter of fiscal 2015, with e-Commerce sales reaching 12.3% and 10.4% of total Company sales for the quarter and year-to-date periods ended November 29, 2014. In response to the early success of its ‘1 Pier 1’ strategy, the Company expects to achieve e-Commerce sales of at least $200 million in fiscal 2015, and e-Commerce sales of at least $400 million in fiscal 2016. This compares to previous expectations for e-Commerce sales to comprise 10% of total sales by the end of fiscal 2016.

The ‘1 Pier 1’ strategy has required investment in systems, fulfillment centers, call centers, distribution networks and store development. To support growth, the Company built greater flexibility and capacity into the distribution network during the prior fiscal year, through the introduction of in-home delivery and Express Request, the Company’s special order program. The Company is continuing to develop its strategy to utilize all distribution centers as fulfillment centers for large items, further leveraging its single inventory. During the first three quarters of the fiscal year, the Company continued implementation of a number of strategic projects and opened the Company’s new fulfillment center in Columbus, Ohio. The Company believes these projects provide the foundation for long-term success. The Company’s strategy also includes returning value to shareholders through quarterly cash dividends and share repurchases.

 

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations. (continued)

 

For the third quarter of fiscal 2015, net sales increased 4.1% and company comparable sales increased 2.5% compared to the same period of fiscal 2014. The company comparable sales increases were attributable to increases in total brand traffic, store conversion, online conversion, and average ticket. Management believes that the Company’s sales will continue to improve as a result of its unique and special merchandise assortments, superior store experience and enhanced e-Commerce experience. For the third quarter of fiscal 2015, gross profit was 42.3% of sales, compared to 43.4% during the same period last year, a decline of 110 basis points. Operating income for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 was $31.8 million, or 6.6% of sales, compared to $43.1 million, or 9.3% of sales, for the same period in the prior year.

The Company entered into a new $200 million senior secured term loan facility in April 2014 which matures in 2021. This further strengthens the Company’s capital structure and provides added flexibility to invest for future profitable growth and continue the return of value to shareholders. As of November 29, 2014, the Company had $199.5 million outstanding under this facility. See “Liquidity and Capital Resources – Revolving Credit Facility and Term Loan Facility” below for more information.

During the first nine months of fiscal 2015, the Company utilized $61.5 million for capital expenditures, which was deployed toward the opening of 26 new stores, new merchandise fixtures and lighting for existing stores, other leasehold improvements, and technology and infrastructure initiatives, including the completion of the Company’s fulfillment center in Columbus, Ohio and enhancements to the Company’s e-Commerce platform. Total capital expenditures for fiscal 2015 are expected to be at similar levels to fiscal 2014.

During the first nine months of fiscal 2015, the Company repurchased 9,836,912 shares of its common stock at a weighted average cost of $17.06 per share for a total cost of $167.8 million. Of this amount, the Company utilized $96.1 million to repurchase 5,071,812 shares of the Company’s common stock at a weighted average cost of $18.95 under the $200 million October 2013 share repurchase program, which completed the program. The remaining $71.7 million was utilized to repurchase 4,765,100 shares of the Company’s common stock at a weighted average cost of $15.05 under the $200 million April 2014 share repurchase program. Subsequent to quarter end, through January 2, 2015, the Company utilized a total of $5.7 million to repurchase 418,200 shares of the Company’s common stock under the April 2014 program at a weighted average cost of $13.70 and $122.6 million remained available for further repurchases under the program. During the first nine months of fiscal 2015, the Company paid quarterly cash dividends totaling approximately $16.3 million. In addition, on December 18, 2014, the Company announced a $0.06 per share quarterly cash dividend payable on February 4, 2015, to shareholders of record on January 21, 2015.

 

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations. (continued)

 

Results of Operations

Management reviews a number of key performance indicators to evaluate the Company’s financial performance. The following table summarizes those key performance indicators for the three and nine months ended November 29, 2014 and November 30, 2013:

 

     Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended  
     November 29,     November 30,     November 29,     November 30,  
     2014     2013     2014     2013  

Key Performance Indicators

        

Total sales growth

     4.1     9.6     5.3     8.9

Company comparable sales growth

     2.5     6.9     4.3     5.5

Gross profit as a % of sales

     42.3     43.4     40.5     42.3

Selling, general and administrative expenses as a % of sales

     33.2     32.1     32.3     31.6

EBITDA (in millions) (1)

     $44.3        $53.4        $108.8        $134.5   

Operating income as a % of sales

     6.6     9.3     5.6     8.4

Net income as a % of sales

     3.7     5.7     3.2     5.2
     For the period ended        
     November 29,     November 30,    
     2014     2013    

Sales per average retail square foot (2)

   $ 207      $ 205     

Total retail square footage (in thousands)

     8,473        8,462     

 

(1) 

See reconciliation of Net Income to Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (“EBITDA”) in Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.

(2) 

Sales per average retail square foot is calculated using a rolling 12-month total of retail sales over a 13-month retail square footage weighted average (includes all retail sales except direct-to-customer orders placed outside of a store).

Company Comparable Sales Calculation – For the fiscal 2015 over fiscal 2014 comparison, the company comparable sales calculation included sales that were fulfilled, ordered or sold in a store, provided that the store was open prior to the beginning of the preceding fiscal year and was still open at period end. In addition, orders placed online as direct-to-customer sales (as defined below) were included in the calculation as a result of direct-to-customer sales being active prior to the beginning of the preceding fiscal year. Remodeled or relocated stores are included if they meet specific criteria. Those criteria include the following: the new store is within a specified distance serving the same market, no significant change in store size, and no significant overlap or gap between the store closing and reopening. Such stores are included in the company comparable sales calculation in the first full month after the reopening. If a relocated or remodeled store does not meet the above criteria, it is excluded from the calculation until it meets the Company’s established definition of a comparable store.

For the fiscal 2014 over fiscal 2013 comparison, the sales included in the company comparable sales calculation were determined in the same manner as above. Direct-to-customer sales were excluded because those sales did not meet the criteria for inclusion at that time.

 

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Net Sales – Net sales consisted almost entirely of sales to retail customers, net of discounts and returns, but also included delivery revenue, wholesale sales and royalties. Sales by retail concept during the period were as follows (in thousands):

 

     Three Months Ended      Nine Months Ended  
     November 29,      November 30,      November 29,      November 30,  
     2014      2013      2014      2013  

Retail sales

   $ 476,945       $ 462,120       $ 1,306,927       $ 1,243,978   

Other (1)

     7,556         3,342         15,255         11,979   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net sales

   $ 484,501       $ 465,462       $ 1,322,182       $ 1,255,957   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

(1) 

The Company supplies merchandise and licenses the Pier 1 Imports name to Grupo Sanborns, which sells Pier 1 Imports merchandise primarily in a “store within a store” format. Other sales consisted primarily of wholesale sales and royalties received from Grupo Sanborns and gift card breakage. Other sales also included a reduction of credit card fees based upon a settlement agreement ($2.2 million net of related expenses).

Net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 were $484.5 million, an increase of 4.1%, over last year’s third quarter net sales of $465.5 million. Company comparable sales for the quarter increased 2.5%, which was the result of an increase in total brand traffic, store conversion, online conversion, and average ticket over the same period last year. Net sales during the year-to-date period increased $66.2 million, or 5.3%, to $1.322 billion when compared to the same period last year. Company comparable sales increased 4.3% for the first nine months of fiscal 2015 as a result of an increase in total brand traffic, store conversion, online conversion, and average ticket.

The Company’s e-Commerce sales accounted for 12.3% and 4.2% of net sales for the three month periods ended November 29, 2014 and November 30, 2013, respectively. The Company’s e-Commerce year-to-date sales accounted for 10.4% and 3.5% of net sales for the nine months ended November 29, 2014 and November 30, 2013, respectively. E-Commerce sales are comprised of both customer orders placed online which were shipped directly to the customer (“direct-to-customer”) and those picked up by the customer at a store location (“store pick-up”).

The Company’s net sales from Canadian stores were subject to fluctuation in currency conversion rates. These fluctuations offset the increase in company comparable sales by approximately 50 basis points for the current quarter and 50 basis points for the year-to-date period. Sales on the Pier 1 credit card comprised 32.0% of U.S. store sales for the trailing twelve months ended November 29, 2014, compared to 30.4% at the end of fiscal 2014. The Company’s proprietary credit card program provides both economic and strategic benefits.

 

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The increase in sales for the nine-month period was comprised of the following incremental components (in thousands):

 

     Net Sales  

Net sales for the nine months ended November 30, 2013

   $ 1,255,957   

Incremental sales growth (decline) from:

  

New stores opened during fiscal 2015

     14,772   

Stores opened during fiscal 2014

     17,273   

Company comparable sales

     52,308   

Closed stores and other

     (18,128
  

 

 

 

Net sales for the nine months ended November 29, 2014

   $ 1,322,182   
  

 

 

 

A summary reconciliation of the Company’s stores open at the beginning of fiscal 2015 to the number open at the end of the third quarter is as follows:

 

     United States     Canada     Total  

Open at March 1, 2014

     991        81        1,072   

Openings

     25        1        26   

Closings

     (23     (1     (24
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Open at November 29, 2014 (1)

     993        81        1,074   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

(1) 

The Company supplies merchandise and licenses the Pier 1 Imports name to Grupo Sanborns, which sells Pier 1 Imports merchandise primarily in a “store within a store” format. At November 29, 2014, there were 68 locations in Mexico and one in El Salvador. These locations were excluded from the table above.

Cost of Sales and Gross Profit – In the third quarter of fiscal 2015, cost of sales was 57.7% of sales, compared to 56.6% of sales for the same period last year and gross profit was 42.3% of sales, compared to 43.4% of sales for the same period a year ago, a decline of 110 basis points. The decline in gross profit as a percentage of sales was primarily attributable to the shift in channel mix, including fulfillment costs, partially offset by leveraging store occupancy costs. For the first nine months of fiscal 2015, cost of sales was 59.5% of sales, compared to 57.7% of sales for the same period last year and gross profit was 40.5% of sales, compared to 42.3% of sales last year, a decline of 180 basis points. The decline in gross profit as a percentage of sales was primarily attributable to the shift in channel mix, including fulfillment costs, and increased promotional activity in the first half of fiscal 2015, partially offset by leveraging store occupancy costs. In the third quarter of fiscal 2015 the Company refined its promotional strategy, utilizing a more targeted approach to promotions, with reduced frequency and depth of all-Company coupons and a more balanced mix between full price and promotional selling.

Operating Expenses and Operating Income – Third quarter selling, general and administrative expenses were $160.8 million, compared to $149.2 million for the same period in fiscal 2014, an increase of $11.6 million. As a percentage of sales, selling, general and administrative expenses were 33.2% in the third quarter of fiscal 2015 compared to 32.1% of sales for the same period in fiscal 2014. Year-to-date selling, general and administrative expenses were $427.1 million, or 32.3% of sales, compared to $397.3 million, or 31.6% of sales, in the same period of fiscal 2014. Variable costs increased both in dollars and as a percentage of sales due primarily to planned increases in marketing expenses during the quarter and year-to-date periods, partially offset by the leveraging of store payroll. In addition, relatively fixed expenses increased primarily due to planned growth in headcount and associated costs to scale e-Commerce and to expand organizational capabilities to support the ‘1 Pier 1’ strategy.

 

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Depreciation and amortization expense for the fiscal 2015 third quarter and year-to-date periods was $12.3 million and $34.0 million, respectively, compared to $9.9 million and $28.5 million in the prior year. The increases during both periods compared to the prior year were primarily the result of additional capital expenditures in recent years coupled with incremental expenditures deployed towards technology, which typically depreciate over a shorter time period compared to other depreciable assets.

Operating income for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 was $31.8 million, or 6.6% of sales, compared to $43.1 million, or 9.3% of sales, for the same period last year. For the first nine months of fiscal 2015, operating income totaled $74.1 million, or 5.6% of sales, compared to $105.4 million, or 8.4% of sales, for the same period last year.

Nonoperating Income and Expenses – During the first nine months of fiscal 2015, nonoperating expenses were $6.3 million, compared to $0.6 million for the same period in fiscal 2014. The increase was primarily the result of the new senior secured term loan facility interest and related expenses.

Income Taxes – The Company had an effective tax rate of 38.4% and recorded an income tax provision of $11.1 million during the third quarter of fiscal 2015, compared to an effective tax rate of 38.0% and an income tax provision of $16.4 million during the third quarter last year. For the first nine months of fiscal 2015, the Company had an effective tax rate of 37.9% and recorded an income tax provision of $25.7 million, compared to an effective tax rate of 38.0% and an income tax provision of $39.8 million during the prior year period. The decrease in the effective tax rate was primarily related to certain discrete items occurring in the first three quarters of fiscal 2015. The decrease in income tax expense from the prior year periods was primarily due to the Company reporting lower income before taxes for the first nine months of fiscal 2015.

Net Income – For the third quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company reported net income of $17.9 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, compared to $26.8 million, or $0.26 per diluted share for the same period last year. For the first nine months of fiscal 2015, the Company reported net income of $42.1 million, or $0.45 per diluted share. For the same period last year, net income was $64.9 million, or $0.61 per diluted share.

 

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Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company reports its financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). This Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q references the non-GAAP financial measure of EBITDA. EBITDA represents earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. Management believes EBITDA is a meaningful indicator of the Company’s performance that provides useful information to investors regarding its financial condition and results of operations. Management uses EBITDA, together with financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, to assess the Company’s operating performance, to enhance its understanding of core operating performance and to compare the Company’s operating performance to other retailers. This non-GAAP financial measure should not be considered in isolation or used as an alternative to GAAP financial measures and does not purport to be an alternative to net income as a measure of operating performance. A reconciliation of net income to EBITDA is shown below for the periods indicated (in millions).

 

     Three Months Ended      Nine Months Ended  
     November 29,
2014
     November 30,
2013
     November 29,
2014
     November 30,
2013
 

Net income (GAAP)

   $ 17.9       $ 26.8       $ 42.1       $ 64.9   

Add back: Income tax provision

     11.1         16.4         25.7         39.8   

Interest expense, net

     3.0         0.3         6.9         1.3   

Depreciation and amortization

     12.3         9.9         34.0         28.5   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

EBITDA (non-GAAP)

   $ 44.3       $ 53.4       $ 108.8       $ 134.5   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

The Company ended the first nine months of fiscal 2015 with $33.0 million in cash and cash equivalents compared to $126.7 million at the end of fiscal 2014. The decrease was primarily the result of $46.2 million of cash used in operating activities, and the utilization of cash to support the Company’s growth plans and return of value to shareholders, including $61.5 million for capital expenditures, $178.3 million to repurchase shares of the Company’s common stock under Board-approved programs and $16.3 million for cash dividends. These cash outflows were partially offset by proceeds of $198.0 million from the closing of the senior secured term loan financing and $12.0 million of borrowings, net, under the secured revolving credit facility.

Cash Flows from Operating Activities

Operating activities in the first nine months of fiscal 2015 used $46.2 million of cash, primarily as a result of an increase in inventories, which was partially offset by net income and an increase in accounts payable and accrued expenses. Inventory levels at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2015 were $535.5 million, an increase of $106.5 million, or 24.8%, from the third quarter of fiscal 2014 and in line with the Company’s expectations. The increase in inventories was primarily a result of the year-over-year increase in merchandise in-transit due to earlier deliveries in advance of the Chinese New Year, merchandise related to the planned increase in online-only and Express Request assortments, and additional inventory to support higher sales.

Cash Flows from Investing Activities

During the first nine months of fiscal 2015, investing activities used $62.6 million compared to $51.6 million during the same period last year. Of this amount, the Company utilized $61.5 million for capital expenditures, which was deployed toward the opening of 26 new stores, new merchandise fixtures and lighting for existing stores, other leasehold improvements, and technology and infrastructure initiatives, including the completion of the Company’s fulfillment center in Columbus, Ohio and enhancements to the Company’s e-Commerce platform. Total capital expenditures for fiscal 2015 are expected to be at similar levels to fiscal 2014.

Cash Flows from Financing Activities

During the first nine months of fiscal 2015, financing activities provided $15.1 million, primarily resulting from $198.0 million of net proceeds from issuance of long-term debt and $12.0 million of borrowings, net, under the secured revolving credit facility, partially offset by cash outflows of $178.3 million for repurchases of the Company’s common stock pursuant to Board-approved programs and $16.3 million in cash dividends. See “Revolving Credit Facility and Term Loan Facility” and “Share Repurchase Program” below for more information.

 

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Lease Obligations

At the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company’s minimum operating lease commitments remaining for fiscal 2015 were $59.6 million. The present value of total existing future minimum operating lease commitments discounted at 10% was $917.7 million at the fiscal 2015 third quarter end compared to $878.3 million at the end of fiscal 2014. The Company has an operating lease for its corporate headquarters located in Fort Worth, Texas. During the second quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company entered into an amendment of that lease which extended the term of the lease through June 30, 2027, and provided for additional space in the building.

Revolving Credit Facility and Term Loan Facility

Revolving Credit Facility - The Company completed a second amendment to its secured revolving credit facility (“Revolving Credit Facility”) on April 30, 2014, in order to allow additional borrowings under a new senior secured term loan facility (the “Term Loan Facility”) that closed on the same day. Substantially all other material terms and conditions applicable under the Revolving Credit Facility remain unchanged. The Revolving Credit Facility is secured primarily by merchandise inventory and third-party credit card receivables and certain related assets on a first priority basis and, following the incurrence of the Term Loan Facility indebtedness discussed below, is secured on a second lien basis by substantially all other assets of certain of the Company’s subsidiaries, subject to certain exceptions. Credit extensions under the Revolving Credit Facility are limited to the lesser of $350.0 million or the amount of the calculated borrowing base, which was $497.6 million as of November 29, 2014. The Company had $12.0 million in cash borrowings and $36.5 million in letters of credit and bankers’ acceptances outstanding under the Revolving Credit Facility, with $301.5 million remaining available for cash borrowings, all as of November 29, 2014. At the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2015, the $12.0 million in cash borrowings bore interest at 3.50%. The Company repaid all cash borrowings under the Revolving Credit Facility subsequent to quarter end.

Term Loan Facility - The Company entered into the Term Loan Facility on April 30, 2014. The Term Loan Facility matures on April 30, 2021, and is secured by a second lien on all assets subject to a first lien under the Revolving Credit Facility and a first lien on substantially all other assets of certain of the Company’s subsidiaries, subject to certain exceptions. At the Company’s option, borrowings under the Term Loan Facility will bear interest, payable quarterly or, if earlier, at the end of each interest period, at either (a) the LIBOR rate (as defined in the Term Loan Facility) subject to a 1% floor plus 350 basis points per year or (b) the base rate (as defined in the Term Loan Facility) subject to a 2% floor plus 250 basis points per year. As of November 29, 2014, the Company had $199.5 million outstanding under the Term Loan Facility with a carrying value of $197.7 million net of unamortized discounts. The proceeds of the loan were used for general corporate purposes, including working capital needs, capital expenditures, and share repurchases and dividends permitted under the Term Loan Facility. The Term Loan Facility is subject to quarterly amortization of principal equal to 0.25% of the original aggregate principal amount of the loans, with the balance due at final maturity. The Company is subject to an annual excess cash flow repayment requirement, as defined in the agreement, beginning with the fiscal year ending February 2015. At the Company’s option, and subject to the requirements and provisions of the Term Loan Facility, the Company can prepay the Term Loan Facility at any time prior to twelve months after closing subject to a 1% penalty in certain cases, and without penalty thereafter. The fair value of the Term Loan Facility was approximately $199.5 million as of November 29, 2014, which was measured at fair value using the quoted market price. The Term Loan Facility was classified as Level 2 based on the frequency and volume of trading for which the price was readily available. Level 2 inputs include quoted prices in active markets for similar assets or liabilities; quoted prices for identical or similar assets or liabilities in markets that are not active; or other inputs that are observable or can be corroborated by observable market data for substantially the full term of the asset or liability.

The Term Loan Facility includes restrictions on the Company’s ability to, among other things, incur or guarantee additional indebtedness, pay dividends on, or redeem or repurchase shares of the Company’s capital stock, make certain acquisitions or investments, materially change the business of the Company, incur or permit to exist certain liens, enter into transactions with affiliates or sell the Company’s assets to, or merge or consolidate with or into, another company, in each case subject to certain exceptions. The Term Loan Facility does not require the Company to comply with any financial maintenance covenants, but contains certain customary representations and warranties, affirmative covenants and provisions relating to events of default. The Term Loan Facility provides for incremental facilities, subject to certain conditions, including the meeting of certain leverage ratio requirements as defined therein, to the extent such facilities exceed an incremental $200 million.

 

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Share Repurchase Program

During the first nine months of fiscal 2015, the Company repurchased 9,836,912 shares of its common stock at a weighted average cost of $17.06 per share for a total cost of $167.8 million. Of this amount, the Company utilized $96.1 million to repurchase 5,071,812 shares of the Company’s common stock at a weighted average cost of $18.95 under the $200 million October 2013 share repurchase program, which completed the program. The remaining $71.7 million was utilized to repurchase 4,765,100 shares of the Company’s common stock at a weighted average cost of $15.05 under the $200 million April 2014 share repurchase program. In fiscal 2015, the Company had cash outflows of $178.3 million related to share repurchases. These share repurchases included $167.8 million for shares of common stock repurchased in the first nine months of fiscal 2015, included $11.6 million for shares of common stock repurchased in fiscal 2014 that settled in fiscal 2015, and excluded $1.1 million of common stock share repurchases that were settled subsequent to the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2015. Shares repurchased during the period but settled subsequent to the period end are considered non-cash financing activities and are excluded from the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows. Subsequent to quarter end, through January 2, 2015, the Company utilized a total of $5.7 million to repurchase 418,200 shares of the Company’s common stock under the April 2014 program at a weighted average cost of $13.70 and $122.6 million remained available for further share repurchases of common stock under that program.

Dividends Payable

On December 18, 2014, subsequent to quarter end, the Company announced a $0.06 per share quarterly cash dividend on the Company’s outstanding shares of common stock. The $0.06 quarterly cash dividend will be paid on February 4, 2015, to shareholders of record on January 21, 2015.

Sources of Working Capital

Working capital requirements are expected to be funded with cash from operations, available cash balances, and as required, borrowings against the Company’s Revolving Credit Facility and Term Loan Facility. Given the Company’s cash position and the various liquidity options available, the Company believes it has sufficient liquidity to fund operational obligations, capital expenditure requirements, debt-related payments, share repurchases and cash dividends for the foreseeable future.

Forward-looking Statements

Certain matters discussed in this quarterly report, except for historical information contained herein, may constitute “forward-looking statements” that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. The Company may also make forward-looking statements in other reports filed with the SEC and in material delivered to the Company’s shareholders. Forward-looking statements provide current expectations and projections of future events and results based on management’s assumptions and assessments in light of past experience and trends, current economic and industry conditions, expected future developments and other relevant factors. These statements encompass information that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact and often may be identified with the use of words such as “may,” “will,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “expects,” “estimates,” “intends,” “plans,” “projects” and other similar words and phrases. Management’s expectations and projections based on assumptions and assessments regarding the Company’s ‘1 Pier 1’ strategy, its omni-channel operations and results, anticipated consumer spending trends, planned store openings and closings, financing of Company obligations from operations and other sources of capital, success of its marketing, merchandising and operational strategies, operational results of its stores and e-Commerce operations, results of promotional activities and other future events and results are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in the forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that may affect Company operations and performance include, among others, the inability to anticipate, identify and respond to changing customer trends and preferences; inability to identify and successfully implement strategic initiatives; factors affecting consumer spending; risks related to outsourcing, including disruptions in business and increased costs; the overall health of the United States economy and other global, national, regional or local economies;

 

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations. (continued)

 

negative impacts from failure to control merchandise returns; the availability and proper functioning of technology and communications systems supporting the Company’s key business processes and its e-Commerce operations; increases in costs, including fuel and transportation costs, interest rates, and labor costs; failure to successfully manage and execute marketing initiatives; potential impairment charges; inability to operate in desirable locations; failure to attract and retain an effective management team or changes in the cost or availability of a suitable workforce; failure to successfully manage omni-channel operations; competition; seasonal variations; adverse weather conditions or natural disasters; global, national, regional or local conflicts; risks related to technology; failure to protect consumer data, personally identifiable information, credit and debit card information, and other sensitive or proprietary information; failure to successfully implement new information technology systems; risks related to cybersecurity; regulatory and legal risks; risks related to imported merchandise including restrictive tariffs, duties or quotas, labor disruptions, and the ability of the Company to source, ship and deliver items of acceptable quality to its customer base; disruptions in the global credit and equity markets; and risks related to insufficient cash flows. The foregoing risks and uncertainties are in addition to others that may be discussed elsewhere in this report which may also affect Company operations and performance. The Company assumes no obligation to update or otherwise revise its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied will not be realized. Additional information concerning these risks and uncertainties is contained in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 1, 2014, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Impact of Inflation

Inflation has not had a significant impact on the operations of the Company. However, the Company’s management cannot be certain of the effect inflation may have on the Company’s operations in the future.

 

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PART I

 

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk.

There are no material changes to the Company’s market risk as disclosed in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 1, 2014.

 

Item 4. Controls and Procedures.

The Company maintains disclosure controls and procedures, as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Company in its reports filed or furnished under the Exchange Act is (a) recorded, processed, summarized, and reported within the time periods specified in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s rules and forms, and that such information is (b) accumulated and communicated to the Company’s management, including the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding the required disclosure.

As required by Rules 13a-15 and 15d-15 under the Exchange Act, an evaluation was conducted under the supervision and with the participation of the Company’s management, including the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, of the effectiveness of the design and operation of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures as of November 29, 2014. Based on this evaluation, the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have concluded, with reasonable assurance, that the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures were effective as of such date.

There has not been any change in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting during the period covered by this report that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.

PART II

 

Item 1. Legal Proceedings.

The Company is a party to various legal proceedings and claims in the ordinary course of its business. The Company believes that the outcome of these matters will not have a material adverse effect on its consolidated financial position, results of operations or liquidity.

 

Item 1A. Risk Factors.

There are no material changes to the risk factors previously disclosed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 1, 2014.

 

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Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds.

The following table provides information with respect to purchases of common stock of the Company made during the three months ended November 29, 2014, by the Company or any “affiliated purchaser” of the Company as defined in Rule 10b-18(a)(3) under the Exchange Act:

 

Period

   Total
Number of
Shares
Purchased (1)
     Average
Price
Paid per
Share
(including
fees) (2)
     Total
Number of
Shares
Purchased
as Part of
Publicly
Announced
Plans or
Programs
     Approximate
Dollar Value of
Shares that May
Yet Be
Purchased
Under the Plans
or Programs
 

Aug 31, 2014 through Oct 4, 2014

     541,806       $ 13.53         540,000       $ 144,237,850   

Oct 5, 2014 through Nov 1, 2014

     684,900         12.32         684,900         135,797,777   

Nov 2, 2014 through Nov 29, 2014

     557,000         13.49         557,000         128,281,167   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
     1,783,706       $ 13.06         1,781,900       $ 128,281,167   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

(1) 

Totals include 1,806 shares of the Company’s common stock acquired during the third quarter of fiscal 2015 from employees to satisfy tax withholding obligations that arose upon vesting of restricted stock granted pursuant to approved plans.

(2) 

Excludes average price paid per share for shares identified in footnote 1 above. Average price per share of those shares equals the fair market value of the shares on the date of vesting of the restricted stock.

All shares in the table above were repurchased under the $200 million April 2014 share repurchase program and as of November 29, 2014, $128.3 million remained available for repurchase under the program.

From the end of the quarter through January 2, 2015, under the $200 million April 2014 program the Company has utilized a total of $5.7 million to repurchase 418,200 shares of the Company’s common stock at a weighted average cost of $13.70 and $122.6 million remained available for repurchase of the Company’s common stock under the program.

 

Item 3. Defaults upon Senior Securities.

None.

 

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures.

Not applicable.

 

Item 5. Other information.

None.

 

Item 6. Exhibits.

The Exhibit Index following the signature page to this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q lists the exhibits filed with this quarterly report as required by Item 601 of Regulation S-K and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

 

  PIER 1 IMPORTS, INC.
  Date: January 7, 2015   By:  

/s/ Alexander W. Smith

   

Alexander W. Smith, President and

Chief Executive Officer

  Date: January 7, 2015   By:  

/s/ Charles H. Turner

   

Charles H. Turner, Senior Executive Vice President and

Chief Financial Officer

  Date: January 7, 2015   By:  

/s/ Darla D. Ramirez

    Darla D. Ramirez, Principal Accounting Officer


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EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit No.

 

Description

3(i)  

Restated Certificate of Incorporation of Pier 1 Imports, Inc. as filed with the Delaware Secretary of

State on October 12, 2009, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 3(i) to the Company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended November 28, 2009 (File No. 001-07832).

3(ii)  

Amended and Restated Bylaws of Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (as amended through June 20, 2014),

incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Form 8-K filed on June 24, 2014, (File No. 001-07832).

10.1   Form of Restricted Stock Award Agreement – October 16, 2014 Time-Based Award, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Form 8-K filed on October 22, 2014 (File No. 001-07832).
31.1*   Certification of the Chief Executive Officer Pursuant to Exchange Act Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a).
31.2*   Certification of the Chief Financial Officer Pursuant to Exchange Act Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a).
32.1**   Certification of the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as Adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
101.INS*   XBRL Instance Document
101.SCH*   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
101.CAL*   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document
101.DEF*   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document
101.LAB*   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document
101.PRE*   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document

 

* Filed herewith
** Furnished herewith