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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q

(Mark One)

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

For the quarterly period ended September 1, 2018

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 No.)

 

 

 

100 Pier 1 Place,

Fort Worth, Texas

 

76102

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

(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 ☒ No ☐

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted 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 such files).   Yes ☒ No ☐

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

 

Large accelerated filer

 

Accelerated filer

Non-accelerated filer

 

Smaller reporting company

 

 

 

Emerging growth company

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.☐

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).

Yes ☐ No ☒

As of October 5, 2018, there were outstanding 85,215,294 shares of the registrant’s common stock, all of one class.

 

 

 


 

PIER 1 IMPORTS, INC.

INDEX TO QUARTERLY FORM 10-Q

 

 

 

 

 

PAGE

 

 

 

 

 

PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

4

 

 

 

 

 

Item 1.

 

Financial Statements.

 

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Statements of Operations for the 13 and 26 Weeks Ended September 1, 2018 and August 26, 2017

 

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss for the 13 and 26 Weeks Ended September 1, 2018 and August 26, 2017

 

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Balance Sheets as of September 1, 2018, March 3, 2018 and August 26, 2017

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the 26 Weeks Ended September 1, 2018 and August 26, 2017

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Statement of Shareholders' Equity for the 26 Weeks Ended September 1, 2018

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

 

9

 

 

 

 

 

Item 2.

 

Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

 

14

 

 

 

 

 

Item 3.

 

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk.

 

19

 

 

 

 

 

Item 4.

 

Controls and Procedures.

 

19

 

 

 

 

 

PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

 

20

 

 

 

 

 

Item 1.

 

Legal Proceedings.

 

20

 

 

 

 

 

Item 1A.

 

Risk Factors.

 

20

 

 

 

 

 

Item 2.

 

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds.

 

20

 

 

 

 

 

Item 3.

 

Defaults upon Senior Securities.

 

20

 

 

 

 

 

Item 4.

 

Mine Safety Disclosures.

 

20

 

 

 

 

 

Item 5.

 

Other Information.

 

20

 

 

 

 

 

Item 6.

 

Exhibits.

 

21

 

 

 

 

 

Signatures

 

22

 

 

 


 

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain statements contained in Items 1, 2 and 3 of Part I, and Item 1 of Part II and elsewhere in this report may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Pier 1 Imports, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries (the “Company”) may also make forward-looking statements in other reports filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), in press releases, in presentations and in material delivered to the Company’s shareholders. Forward-looking statements provide current expectations of future events 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 words such as “believe,” “expect,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “may,” “will,” “intend” and other similar expressions. Management’s expectations and assumptions regarding: the impact of initiatives implemented in connection with the Company’s multi-year “New Day” strategic plan; the effectiveness of the Company’s marketing campaigns, merchandising and promotional strategies and customer databases; consumer spending patterns; inventory levels and values; the Company’s ability to implement planned cost control measures; risks related to U.S. import policy; changes in foreign currency values relative to the U.S. dollar and other future results are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in the forward-looking statements. Additional risks and uncertainties that may affect Company operations and performance include, among others: an inability to anticipate, identify and respond to changing customer trends and preferences and to source, ship and deliver items of acceptable quality to its U.S. distribution and fulfillment centers, stores and customers at reasonable prices and rates in a timely fashion; an inability to identify and successfully implement strategic initiatives; risks related to outsourcing, including disruptions in business and increased costs; an overall decline in the health of the U.S. economy and its impact on consumer confidence and spending; disruptions in the Company’s domestic supply chain or e‑Commerce website; failure to successfully manage and execute the Company’s marketing initiatives; negative impacts from failure to control merchandise returns and recalls; potential impairment charges; an inability to operate in desirable locations at reasonable rental rates; competition; factors affecting consumer spending, including employment levels and disposable income, interest rates, consumer debt levels, fuel and transportation costs and other factors; 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; seasonal variations; increases in costs that are outside the Company’s control; adverse weather conditions or natural disasters; risks related to technology; failure to protect consumer data; failure to successfully implement new information technology systems and enhance existing systems; risks related to cybersecurity; failure to maintain positive brand perception and recognition; regulatory and legal risks; litigation risks; risks related to imported merchandise including the health of global, national, regional, and local economies and their impact on vendors, manufacturers and merchandise; adverse effects from changes in U.S. policy related to imported merchandise; risks related to insufficient cash flows and access to capital; disruption in the global credit and equity markets; factors beyond the Company’s control, including general economic and market conditions, fluctuations in the Company’s financial condition or other factors that could affect the stock price; and risks related to activist shareholders. The foregoing risks and uncertainties are in addition to others 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 3, 2018, as filed with the SEC.

 

 

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PART I

Item 1. Financial Statements.

Pier 1 Imports, Inc.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands except per share amounts)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

13 Weeks Ended

 

 

26 Weeks Ended

 

 

 

September 1,

 

 

August 26,

 

 

September 1,

 

 

August 26,

 

 

 

2018

 

 

2017

 

 

2018

 

 

2017

 

Net sales

 

$

355,336

 

 

$

407,607

 

 

$

727,200

 

 

$

817,132

 

Cost of sales

 

 

261,830

 

 

 

267,443

 

 

 

513,555

 

 

 

525,371

 

Gross profit

 

 

93,506

 

 

 

140,164

 

 

 

213,645

 

 

 

291,761

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

 

143,149

 

 

 

138,087

 

 

 

281,729

 

 

 

278,282

 

Depreciation

 

 

12,823

 

 

 

13,417

 

 

 

25,723

 

 

 

27,140

 

Operating loss

 

 

(62,466

)

 

 

(11,340

)

 

 

(93,807

)

 

 

(13,661

)

Nonoperating (income) and expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest, investment income and other

 

 

(846

)

 

 

(408

)

 

 

(1,163

)

 

 

(978

)

Interest expense

 

 

3,594

 

 

 

2,983

 

 

 

7,144

 

 

 

6,031

 

 

 

 

2,748

 

 

 

2,575

 

 

 

5,981

 

 

 

5,053

 

Loss before income taxes

 

 

(65,214

)

 

 

(13,915

)

 

 

(99,788

)

 

 

(18,714

)

Income tax benefit

 

 

(14,126

)

 

 

(6,092

)

 

 

(20,197

)

 

 

(7,905

)

Net loss

 

$

(51,088

)

 

$

(7,823

)

 

$

(79,591

)

 

$

(10,809

)

Loss per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

(0.63

)

 

$

(0.10

)

 

$

(0.99

)

 

$

(0.13

)

Diluted

 

$

(0.63

)

 

$

(0.10

)

 

$

(0.99

)

 

$

(0.13

)

Dividends declared per share

 

$

 

 

$

0.07

 

 

$

 

 

$

0.14

 

Average shares outstanding during period:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

80,554

 

 

 

80,350

 

 

 

80,371

 

 

 

80,715

 

Diluted

 

 

80,554

 

 

 

80,350

 

 

 

80,371

 

 

 

80,715

 

 

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

4


 

Pier 1 Imports, Inc.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

13 Weeks Ended

 

 

26 Weeks Ended

 

 

 

September 1,

 

 

August 26,

 

 

September 1,

 

 

August 26,

 

 

 

2018

 

 

2017

 

 

2018

 

 

2017

 

Net loss

 

$

(51,088

)

 

$

(7,823

)

 

$

(79,591

)

 

$

(10,809

)

Other comprehensive income (loss)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign currency translation adjustments

 

 

(32

)

 

 

2,505

 

 

 

(261

)

 

 

1,670

 

Pension adjustments

 

 

6

 

 

 

(56

)

 

 

338

 

 

 

(113

)

Other comprehensive income (loss)

 

 

(26

)

 

 

2,449

 

 

 

77

 

 

 

1,557

 

Comprehensive loss, net of tax

 

$

(51,114

)

 

$

(5,374

)

 

$

(79,514

)

 

$

(9,252

)

 

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

5


 

Pier 1 Imports, Inc.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands except share amounts)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

September 1,

 

 

March 3,

 

 

August 26,

 

 

 

2018

 

 

2018

 

 

2017

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents, including temporary investments of

   $89,208, $115,456 and $29,705, respectively

 

$

116,769

 

 

$

135,379

 

 

$

34,945

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

 

24,183

 

 

 

22,149

 

 

 

22,263

 

Inventories

 

 

386,691

 

 

 

347,440

 

 

 

457,337

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

 

51,797

 

 

 

48,794

 

 

 

51,905

 

Total current assets

 

 

579,440

 

 

 

553,762

 

 

 

566,450

 

Properties and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of

   $578,476, $554,477 and $533,178, respectively

 

 

168,089

 

 

 

178,767

 

 

 

178,471

 

Other noncurrent assets

 

 

57,460

 

 

 

39,790

 

 

 

37,515

 

 

 

$

804,989

 

 

$

772,319

 

 

$

782,436

 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

181,486

 

 

$

71,279

 

 

$

87,171

 

Gift cards and other deferred revenue

 

 

43,388

 

 

 

55,281

 

 

 

56,456

 

Accrued income taxes payable

 

 

 

 

 

2,301

 

 

 

 

Current portion of long-term debt

 

 

2,000

 

 

 

2,000

 

 

 

2,000

 

Other accrued liabilities

 

 

117,755

 

 

 

106,268

 

 

 

108,349

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

344,629

 

 

 

237,129

 

 

 

253,976

 

Long-term debt

 

 

197,310

 

 

 

197,906

 

 

 

198,485

 

Other noncurrent liabilities

 

 

55,882

 

 

 

59,714

 

 

 

64,851

 

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

 

 

137,391

 

 

 

168,424

 

 

 

157,574

 

Retained earnings

 

 

653,661

 

 

 

726,232

 

 

 

714,870

 

Cumulative other comprehensive loss

 

 

(7,400

)

 

 

(7,477

)

 

 

(5,857

)

Less -- 39,684,000, 41,974,000 and 41,469,000 common shares in treasury, at cost, respectively

 

 

(576,609

)

 

 

(609,734

)

 

 

(601,588

)

Total shareholders' equity

 

 

207,168

 

 

 

277,570

 

 

 

265,124

 

 

 

$

804,989

 

 

$

772,319

 

 

$

782,436

 

 

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

6


 

Pier 1 Imports, Inc.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

26 Weeks Ended

 

 

 

September 1,

 

 

August 26,

 

 

 

2018

 

 

2017

 

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

$

(79,591

)

 

$

(10,809

)

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation

 

 

29,761

 

 

 

31,011

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

 

1,380

 

 

 

2,544

 

Deferred compensation, net

 

 

1,477

 

 

 

1,301

 

Deferred income taxes

 

 

(21,419

)

 

 

7,058

 

Other

 

 

1,665

 

 

 

2,790

 

Changes in cash from:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

 

(39,343

)

 

 

(56,361

)

Prepaid expenses and other assets

 

 

(2,291

)

 

 

(19,664

)

Accounts payable and other liabilities

 

 

115,327

 

 

 

(5,470

)

Accrued income taxes payable, net of payments

 

 

(2,461

)

 

 

(26,058

)

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

 

 

4,505

 

 

 

(73,658

)

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital expenditures

 

 

(25,643

)

 

 

(25,174

)

Proceeds from disposition of properties

 

 

1,678

 

 

 

7

 

Proceeds from sale of restricted investments

 

 

2,411

 

 

 

26,762

 

Purchase of restricted investments

 

 

(1,121

)

 

 

(25,153

)

Net cash used in investing activities

 

 

(22,675

)

 

 

(23,558

)

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash dividends

 

 

 

 

 

(11,221

)

Purchases of treasury stock

 

 

 

 

 

(9,679

)

Stock purchase plan and other, net

 

 

712

 

 

 

861

 

Repayments of long-term debt

 

 

(1,000

)

 

 

(1,000

)

Debt issuance costs

 

 

 

 

 

(1,260

)

Net cash used in financing activities

 

 

(288

)

 

 

(22,299

)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

 

 

(152

)

 

 

 

Change in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

(18,610

)

 

 

(119,515

)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

 

135,379

 

 

 

154,460

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

$

116,769

 

 

$

34,945

 

 

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

7


 

Pier 1 Imports, Inc.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cumulative

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

 

 

Outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paid-in

 

 

Retained

 

 

Comprehensive

 

 

Treasury

 

 

Shareholders'

 

 

 

Shares

 

 

Amount

 

 

Capital

 

 

Earnings

 

 

Income (Loss)

 

 

Stock

 

 

Equity

 

Balance March 3, 2018

 

 

83,258

 

 

$

125

 

 

$

168,424

 

 

$

726,232

 

 

$

(7,477

)

 

$

(609,734

)

 

$

277,570

 

Net loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(79,591

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(79,591

)

Cumulative effect of accounting change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7,020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7,020

 

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

77

 

 

 

 

 

 

77

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

 

1,955

 

 

 

 

 

 

(25,791

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27,171

 

 

 

1,380

 

Stock purchase plan and other

 

 

335

 

 

 

 

 

 

(5,242

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5,954

 

 

 

712

 

Balance September 1, 2018

 

 

85,548

 

 

$

125

 

 

$

137,391

 

 

$

653,661

 

 

$

(7,400

)

 

$

(576,609

)

 

$

207,168

 

 

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

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(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 3, 2018. 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. Certain items in these Consolidated Financial Statements have been reclassified to conform to the current period presentation. Fiscal 2019 consists of a 52-week year ending on March 2, 2019. Fiscal 2018 consisted of a 53-week year which ended on March 3, 2018. The results of operations for the 13 and 26 weeks ended September 1, 2018 and August 26, 2017, 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 September 1, 2018, the Company had no financial instruments with fair market values that were materially different from their carrying values, unless otherwise disclosed.

NOTE 1 – LOSS PER SHARE

Basic loss per share amounts were determined by dividing net loss by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding for the period. Outstanding stock options and shares of unvested restricted stock totaling 2,662,000 and 1,970,000 were excluded from the computation of diluted loss per share for the 13 and 26 weeks ended September 1, 2018, respectively, as the effect would be antidilutive. Outstanding stock options and shares of unvested restricted stock totaling 1,781,000 and 1,782,000 were excluded from the computation of diluted loss per share for the 13 and 26 weeks ended August 26, 2017, respectively, as the effect would be antidilutive. Loss per share amounts were calculated as follows (in thousands except per share amounts):

 

 

 

13 Weeks Ended

 

 

26 Weeks Ended

 

 

 

September 1,

 

 

August 26,

 

 

September 1,

 

 

August 26,

 

 

 

2018

 

 

2017

 

 

2018

 

 

2017

 

Net loss

 

$

(51,088

)

 

$

(7,823

)

 

$

(79,591

)

 

$

(10,809

)

Weighted average shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

80,554

 

 

 

80,350

 

 

 

80,371

 

 

 

80,715

 

Effect of dilutive stock options

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Effect of dilutive restricted stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted

 

 

80,554

 

 

 

80,350

 

 

 

80,371

 

 

 

80,715

 

Loss per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

(0.63

)

 

$

(0.10

)

 

$

(0.99

)

 

$

(0.13

)

Diluted

 

$

(0.63

)

 

$

(0.10

)

 

$

(0.99

)

 

$

(0.13

)

 

NOTE 2 – LONG-TERM DEBT AND AVAILABLE CREDIT

Revolving Credit Facility The Company has a $350,000,000 secured revolving credit facility with a $150,000,000 accordion feature that matures on June 2, 2022 (“Revolving Credit Facility”). Credit extensions under the Revolving Credit Facility are limited to the lesser of $350,000,000 or the amount of the calculated borrowing base, as defined in the Revolving Credit Facility, which was $291,315,000 as of September 1, 2018. The Company had no cash borrowings and $40,641,000 in letters of credit and bankers’ acceptances outstanding under the Revolving Credit Facility, with $250,673,000 remaining available for cash borrowings, all as of September 1, 2018.

At the Company’s option, borrowings will bear interest, payable quarterly or, if earlier, at the end of each interest period, at either (a) the adjusted LIBOR rate as defined in the Revolving Credit Facility plus a spread varying from 125 to 150 basis points per annum, depending on the amount then borrowed under the Revolving Credit Facility, or (b) the prime rate as defined in the Revolving Credit Facility plus a spread varying from 25 to 50 basis points per annum, depending on the amount then borrowed under the Revolving Credit Facility.

Term Loan Facility The Company has a senior secured term loan facility that matures on April 30, 2021 (“Term Loan Facility”). As of September 1, 2018, March 3, 2018 and August 26, 2017, the Company had $192,000,000, $193,000,000 and $194,000,000 outstanding, respectively, under the Term Loan Facility with carrying values of $189,894,000, $190,495,000 and $191,079,000, respectively, net of unamortized discounts and debt issuance costs.

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The fair value of the amount outstanding under the Term Loan Facility was approximately $165,360,000 as of September 1, 2018, which was measured at fair value using the quoted market price. The fair value measurement is classified as Level 2 in the fair value hierarchy 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.

NOTE 3 – MATTERS CONCERNING SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

For the 13 and 26 weeks ended September 1, 2018, the Company recorded compensation expense related to restricted stock of $1,005,000 and $1,264,000, respectively. For the 13 and 26 weeks ended August 26, 2017, the Company recorded compensation expense related to restricted stock of $1,390,000 and $2,460,000, respectively. As of September 1, 2018, there was approximately $21,331,000 of total unrecognized compensation expense related to unvested restricted stock that may be recognized over a weighted average period of approximately 1.5 years if certain performance targets are achieved.

During the second quarter of fiscal 2019, the Company awarded 2,958,373 shares of restricted stock. A total of 1,134,773 shares were time based and will vest ratably over a three-year service period.  The Company began expensing these shares during the second quarter of fiscal 2019. The remaining shares are performance based and may vest following the end of fiscal 2021 if the Company achieves certain performance targets as determined by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors. The Company began expensing the performance-based shares awarded during the second quarter when the performance metric was established. The time-based and performance-based shares have a grant date fair value of $2.38, which was determined based on the closing stock price at the time of the grant.

The Company awarded 290,904 of restricted stock units to the Board of Directors during the second quarter of fiscal 2019. The restricted stock units are time based and will be expensed ratably over a one-year service period. The time-based units have a grant date fair value of $2.97, which was determined based on the closing stock price at the time of the grant. The Company began expensing these units during the second quarter of fiscal 2019.

NOTE 4 – INCOME TAX

The income tax benefit for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 was $14,126,000, compared to $6,092,000 during the same period in the prior fiscal year. The effective tax rate for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 was 21.7%, compared to 43.8% in the same period during fiscal 2018. The income tax benefit for the first half of fiscal 2019 was $20,197,000, compared to $7,905,000 during the same period in the prior fiscal year. The effective tax rate for the first half of fiscal 2019 was 20.2%, compared to 42.2% in the same period during fiscal 2018. The increase in the income tax benefit was primarily due to the Company’s higher pre-tax losses generated in the second quarter and first half of fiscal 2019 as compared to the same periods last year. The lower effective tax rates for the second quarter and first half of fiscal 2019 primarily relate to the lower statutory federal tax rate enacted by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“Tax Act”) and the impact of certain non-deductible items recognized in the second quarter of fiscal 2018, including the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) matter referenced in Note 5 - Commitments and Contingencies. The statutory federal rate was 21% for the second quarter and first half of fiscal 2019 compared to 35% for the same periods last year.

As of September 1, 2018, the Company had total unrecognized tax benefits of $4,941,000, the majority of which, if recognized, would affect the Company’s effective tax rate. It is reasonably possible a significant portion of the Company’s gross unrecognized tax benefits could decrease within the next twelve months primarily due to settlements with certain taxing jurisdictions.

NOTE 5 – COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

Putative class action complaints were filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas – Dallas Division against Pier 1 Imports, Inc., Alexander W. Smith and Charles H. Turner in August and October 2015 alleging violations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The lawsuits, which have been consolidated into a single action captioned Town of Davie Police Pension Plan, Plaintiff, v. Pier 1 Imports, Inc., Alexander W. Smith and Charles H. Turner, Defendants, were filed on behalf of a purported putative class of investors who purchased or otherwise acquired stock of Pier 1 Imports, Inc. between April 10, 2014 and December 17, 2015. The plaintiffs seek to recover damages purportedly caused by the Defendants' alleged violations of the federal securities laws and to pursue remedies under Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder. The complaint seeks certification as a class action, unspecified compensatory damages plus interest and attorneys' fees. On August 10, 2017, the court granted the Company’s motion to dismiss the complaint, while providing the plaintiffs an opportunity to replead their complaint. An amended complaint was filed with the court on September 25, 2017. On June 25, 2018, the court granted the Company’s motion to dismiss the amended complaint, with prejudice. On July 25, 2018, the plaintiffs filed a notice of appeal. Although the ultimate outcome of litigation cannot be predicted with certainty, the Company believes that this lawsuit is without merit and intends to defend against it vigorously.

The Company announced in January 2016 a voluntary recall of its Swingasan Chair and Stand in cooperation with the CPSC. In September 2016, the Company received a staff investigatory letter from the CPSC indicating that the CPSC would investigate whether the Company complied with certain reporting requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Act with respect to the recall. The

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Company responded to the inquiry and cooperated with the CPSC. On September 20, 2017, the Company received a letter from the CPSC proposing to resolve certain alleged violations of the Consumer Product Safety Act relating to the Swingasan recall on terms which would require, among other things, the payment of a civil money penalty. On October 27, 2017, the Company submitted its response to the CPSC letter. The Company disagrees with a number of the allegations and legal conclusions asserted by the CPSC and believes the requested civil money penalty is excessive in view of the circumstances. The CPSC has responded to the Company’s letter and generally declined to accept the Company’s position. The Company expects to enter into settlement discussions with the CPSC during fiscal 2019. Given the nature of this matter and the uncertainty as to how and when it will be resolved, the Company believes that a reasonable estimate of the potential range of loss in connection with this matter is $2,000,000 to $6,200,000. While the Company anticipates that the final settlement will fall within the estimated range of outcomes, the final terms of the resolution of this matter cannot be predicted with certainty and no assurances can be given as to the specific amount that the Company may be required to pay.

The Company is a defendant in lawsuits pending in federal courts in California containing various class action allegations under California state wage-and-hour laws. These lawsuits seek unspecified monetary damages, injunctive relief and attorneys’ fees. The Company sought to settle these cases on terms favorable to the Company in view of the claims made, the continuing cost of litigation and an assessment of the risk of an adverse trial court or appellate decision. The Company has settled or agreed to settle the pending cases, subject to completion of associated procedural requirements. The Company does not believe any reasonably foreseeable resolution of these matters will have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial condition, results of operations or liquidity.

The Company recognized expense of $6,600,000 in the second quarter of fiscal 2018 attributable to the legal and regulatory proceedings described in the two preceding paragraphs as a component of selling, general and administrative expenses.

There are various other claims, lawsuits, inquiries, investigations and pending actions against the Company incident to the operation of its business. The Company considers these other matters to be ordinary and routine in nature. The Company maintains insurance against the consolidated class action described in the first paragraph in this Note and liability insurance against most of the other matters noted in this paragraph. It is the opinion of management, after consultation with counsel, that the ultimate resolution of such matters will not have a material adverse effect, either individually or in the aggregate, on the Company’s financial condition, results of operations or liquidity.

NOTE 6 – NEW ACCOUNTING STANDARDS

Accounting Standards Recently Adopted:

ASU 2014-09 Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606)

Revenue Recognition — The Company adopted Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2014-09, “Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606)”, in the first quarter of fiscal 2019, using the modified retrospective approach. As a result, the Company recorded a cumulative adjustment to increase retained earnings and decrease gift cards and other deferred revenue by $9,444,000 ($7,020,000, net of tax) related to the acceleration in the timing of recognizing gift card breakage revenue. The Company will now recognize gift card breakage revenue over the expected redemption period rather than when the likelihood of redemption is remote.

Revenue is recognized upon customer receipt or delivery for retail sales. A reserve has been established for estimated merchandise returns based upon historical experience and other known factors. The new standard required a change in the presentation of the reserve on the consolidated balance sheet, which was previously recorded net of the value of returned merchandise, but is now presented on a gross basis. During the first quarter of fiscal 2019, the Company recorded an adjustment of $2,216,000 to present the reserve on a gross basis, with an offset recorded to other current assets. The gross reserve for estimated merchandise returns at September 1, 2018 was $5,773,000. The Company’s revenues are reported net of discounts and returns, net of sales tax, and include wholesale sales and royalties. Amounts charged to customers for shipping and handling are included in net sales. For the 13 and 26 weeks ended September 1, 2018, the Company recognized revenue of $3,276,000 and $8,610,000 for gift card redemptions. These amounts were previously included in gift cards and other deferred revenue on the Company’s consolidated balance sheet as of March 3, 2018.

Disaggregated Revenues Net sales consisted almost entirely of sales to retail customers, net of discounts and returns, but also included delivery revenues, wholesale sales and royalties, and gift card breakage. Net sales during the 13 and 26 weeks ended September 1, 2018 and August 26, 2017 were as follows (in thousands):

 

 

 

13 Weeks Ended

 

 

26 Weeks Ended

 

 

 

September 1,

 

 

August 26,

 

 

September 1,

 

 

August 26,

 

 

 

2018

 

 

2017

 

 

2018

 

 

2017

 

Retail sales

 

$

352,800

 

 

$

403,816

 

 

$

721,793

 

 

$

810,479

 

Other (1)

 

 

2,536

 

 

 

3,791

 

 

 

5,407

 

 

 

6,653

 

Net sales

 

$

355,336

 

 

$

407,607

 

 

$

727,200

 

 

$

817,132

 

 

(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 in Mexico and El Salvador and online in Mexico. Other sales consisted primarily of these wholesale sales and royalties received from Grupo Sanborns, as well as gift card breakage.

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ASU 2016-15 Statement of Cash Flows (Topic 230)

In August 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-15, “Statement of Cash Flows (Topic 230).” The standard is intended to reduce the diversity in practice around how certain transactions are classified within the statement of cash flows. The Company adopted the provisions of this guidance in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 with retrospective application. The adoption of this guidance did not have a material impact on the Company’s financial statements.

ASU 2016-16 Income Taxes (Topic 740): Intra-Entity Transfers of Assets Other Than Inventory

In October 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-16, “Income Taxes (Topic 740): Intra-Entity Transfers of Assets Other Than Inventory.” This amendment is intended to improve accounting for the income tax consequences of intra-entity transfers of assets other than inventory. In accordance with this guidance, an entity should recognize the income tax consequences of an intra-entity transfer of an asset other than inventory when the transfer occurs. The Company adopted the provisions of this guidance in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 with modified retrospective application. The adoption of this guidance did not have a material impact on the Company’s financial statements.

ASU 2016-18 Statement of Cash Flows (Topic 230): Restricted Cash

In November 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-18, “Statement of Cash Flows (Topic 230): Restricted Cash.” The amendments in this update require that a statement of cash flows explain the change during the period in the total of cash, cash equivalents and amounts generally described as restricted cash or restricted cash equivalents. Amounts generally described as restricted cash and restricted cash equivalents should be included with cash and cash equivalents when reconciling the beginning-of-period and end-of-period total amounts shown on the statement of cash flows. The Company adopted the provisions of this guidance in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 with retrospective application. The adoption of this guidance did not have a material impact on the Company’s financial statements.

ASU 2017-07 Compensation — Retirement Benefits (Topic 715): Improving the Presentation of Net Periodic Pension Cost and Net Periodic Postretirement Benefit Cost

In March 2017, the FASB issued ASU 2017-07, “Compensation — Retirement Benefits (Topic 715): Improving the Presentation of Net Periodic Pension Cost and Net Periodic Postretirement Benefit Cost.” The new guidance requires the service cost component of the net periodic benefit cost to be presented in the same income statement line items as other employee compensation costs arising from services rendered during the period. In addition, only the service cost component will be eligible for capitalization. Other components will be presented separately from the line items that include the service cost and outside of any subtotal of operating income, if one is presented. The Company adopted the provisions of this guidance in the first quarter of fiscal 2019. The guidance on the presentation of the components of net periodic benefit cost requires retrospective application. The guidance limiting the capitalization of net periodic benefit cost requires prospective application. The adoption of this guidance did not have a material impact on the Company’s financial statements.  

ASU 2017-09 Compensation — Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Scope of Modification Accounting

In May 2017, the FASB issued ASU 2017-09, “Scope of Modification Accounting.” ASU 2017-09 clarifies when changes to the terms or conditions of a share-based payment award must be accounted for as modifications. The new guidance will reduce diversity in practice and result in fewer changes to the terms of an award being accounted for as modifications. Under ASU 2017-09, an entity will not apply modification accounting to a share-based payment award if the award’s fair value, vesting conditions and classification as an equity or liability instrument are the same immediately before and after the change. ASU 2017-09 will be applied prospectively to awards modified on or after the adoption date. The Company adopted the provisions of this guidance in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 on a prospective basis. The adoption of this guidance did not have a material impact on the Company’s financial statements.

Accounting Standards Pending Adoption:

ASU 2016-02 Leases (Topic 842)

In February 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-02, “Leases (Topic 842),” which provides new guidance on accounting for leases. The Company leases its corporate headquarters, retail stores and the majority of its distribution and fulfillment centers. Under ASU 2016-02, lessees will be required to recognize most leases on the balance sheet; therefore, ASU 2016-02 is expected to have a material impact on the Company’s consolidated balance sheets. In July 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-10, “Codification Improvements to Topic 842, Leases,” to clarify how to apply certain aspects of the new leases standard. In July 2018, the FASB also issued ASU 2018-11, “Leases (Topic 842): Targeted Improvements,” to give entities another option for transition and to provide lessors with a practical expedient to reduce the cost and complexity of implementing the new standard. The transition option allows entities to not apply the new leases standard in the comparative periods they present in their financial statements in the year of adoption. The above ASUs are effective for the Company beginning in fiscal 2020. The Company plans to adopt these standards in fiscal 2020 and is continuing to evaluate the impact of adoption on its financial statements.

ASU 2018-02 Income Statement Reporting Comprehensive Income (Topic 220): Reclassification of Certain Tax Effects from Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income

In February 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-02, “Income Statement Reporting Comprehensive Income (Topic 220): Reclassification of Certain Tax Effects from Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income.” ASU 2018-02 gives entities the option to reclassify to retained earnings tax effects related to items in accumulated other comprehensive income (“OCI”) that have been stranded

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in accumulated OCI as a result of the remeasurement of deferred taxes to reflect the lower federal income tax rate enacted as part of the Tax Act. ASU 2018-02 requires entities to make new disclosures, regardless of whether they elect to reclassify tax effects. ASU 2018-02 is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018. Early adoption in any period is permitted. ASU 2018-02 can be applied either retrospectively or in the period of adoption. ASU 2018-02 is effective for the Company beginning in fiscal 2020. The Company is evaluating the impact of the adoption of ASU 2018-02 on its financial statements, but does not expect it to have a material impact.

ASU 2018-14 Compensation—Retirement Benefits—Defined Benefit Plans—General (Subtopic 715-20): Disclosure Framework—Changes to the Disclosure Requirements for Defined Benefit Plans

In August 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-14, “Compensation—Retirement Benefits—Defined Benefit Plans—General (Subtopic 715-20): Disclosure Framework—Changes to the Disclosure Requirements for Defined Benefit Plans,” that makes minor changes to the disclosure requirements for employers that sponsor defined benefit pension and/or other postretirement benefit plans. The new guidance eliminates requirements for certain disclosures that are no longer considered cost beneficial and requires new ones that the FASB considers pertinent. ASU 2018-14 is effective for the Company beginning in fiscal 2022. The Company is evaluating the impact of the adoption of ASU 2018-14 on its financial statements, but does not expect it to have a material impact.

ASU 2018-15 Intangibles—Goodwill and Other—Internal-Use Software (Subtopic 350-40): Customer’s Accounting for Implementation Costs Incurred in a Cloud Computing Arrangement That Is a Service Contract

In August 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-15, “Intangibles—Goodwill and Other—Internal-Use Software (Subtopic 350-40): Customer’s Accounting for Implementation Costs Incurred in a Cloud Computing Arrangement That Is a Service Contract,” requiring a customer in a cloud computing arrangement that is a service contract to follow the internal use software guidance in ASC 350-40 to determine which implementation costs to capitalize as assets. Capitalized implementation costs related to a hosting arrangement that is a service contract will be amortized over the term of the hosting arrangement, beginning when the module or component of the hosting arrangement is ready for its intended use. ASU 2018-15 is effective for the Company beginning in fiscal 2021. The Company is evaluating the impact of the adoption of ASU 2018-15 on its financial statements, but does not expect it to have a material impact.

 

 

 

 

 

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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 3, 2018, and for the fiscal year then ended, the 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 3, 2018.

MANAGEMENT OVERVIEW

Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, the “Company”) directly imports merchandise from many countries, and sells a wide variety of decorative accessories, furniture, candles, housewares, gifts and seasonal products in retail stores throughout the U.S. and Canada and online at pier1.com. Fiscal 2019 consists of a 52-week year ending on March 2, 2019. Fiscal 2018 consisted of a 53-week year which ended on March 3, 2018. The results of operations for the 13 and 26 weeks ended September 1, 2018 and August 26, 2017, 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. As of September 1, 2018, the Company operated 989 stores in the U.S. and Canada.

The Company’s multi-year “New Day” strategic plan is designed to improve the Company’s brand proposition, drive sales growth and capture operating efficiencies. Under the New Day strategic plan, the Company is focused on:

Improving brand proposition by segmenting the marketplace and focusing on targeted consumer groups, refining merchandise assortments, delivering value in order to better fit the customer’s style and create ease of shopping;

Driving sales growth through new marketing strategies focusing on content, digital communications and customer experience, improving the shopping experience and leveraging and strengthening the Company’s omni-channel platform; and

Capturing operating efficiencies through initiatives that include pricing and promotion, inventory reduction, sourcing, supply chain improvements and real estate optimization.

During fiscal 2019, the Company is investing in the tools and resources needed to execute against the plan, which is expected to contribute to a net loss for the year. Capital investment in fiscal 2019 is expected to total $60 million, which includes approximately $45 million of expenditures for the New Day strategic plan, primarily deployed toward information technology, supply chain and stores. During the first half of fiscal 2019, the Company utilized $25.6 million for capital expenditures, which was deployed toward technology and infrastructure initiatives, distribution and fulfillment centers, and existing stores. The Company is also making investments in selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenditures in fiscal 2019 in the areas of marketing, corporate services and facilities planning and store operations. The investments in both capital and SG&A are expected to help position the Company to achieve sustainable sales growth and increased profitability over the long term.

During the second quarter of fiscal 2019, net sales decreased 12.8% from the prior year second quarter, and company comparable sales decreased 11.4%. These results primarily reflected execution challenges resulting from the Company’s marketing program driving lower than anticipated store traffic and delays in getting certain products into the stores. Gross profit for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 was $93.5 million, or 26.3% of sales, compared to $140.2 million, or 34.4% of sales, in the same period last year, a decrease of 810 basis points. This decrease reflects lower merchandise margin, as well as 220 basis points of deleverage on store occupancy due to lower sales. The year-over-year decline in merchandise margin is primarily attributable to pricing strategies implemented during the first half of fiscal 2019 and increased promotional discounts, as well as higher supply chain costs primarily related to increased freight expense.

Operating loss for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 was $62.5 million, or (17.6%) of sales, compared to an operating loss of $11.3 million, or (2.8%) of sales, for the same period in the prior year. For the second quarter of fiscal 2019, the Company reported a net loss of $51.1 million, or ($0.63) per share, compared to a net loss of $7.8 million, or ($0.10) per share, and adjusted net loss (non-GAAP) of $4.2 million or ($0.05) per share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2018. Adjusted net loss (non-GAAP) for the second quarter of fiscal 2018 excludes $6.6 million ($3.6 million, or $0.05 per share, net of tax), of expense for legal and regulatory costs relating to a California wage-and-hour matter and an ongoing Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) inquiry. EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 was ($49.3) million, compared to $2.8 million, and after excluding the legal and regulatory costs referred to above, adjusted EBITDA of $9.4 million, in the second quarter of fiscal 2018. See “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.

On April 18, 2018, the Company announced that the Board of Directors had determined to discontinue the Company’s common stock dividend. At the same time, the Board of Directors also determined to discontinue share repurchases under the $200 million board-approved share repurchase program announced on April 10, 2014 (“April 2014 program”). These actions are expected to allow the allocation of greater resources toward implementing the Company’s New Day strategic plan.  

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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:

 

 

 

13 Weeks Ended

 

 

26 Weeks Ended

 

 

 

September 1,

 

 

August 26,

 

 

September 1,

 

 

August 26,

 

Key Performance Indicators

 

2018

 

 

2017

 

 

2018

 

 

2017

 

Total sales growth (decline)

 

 

(12.8

%)

 

 

0.4

%

 

 

(11.0

%)

 

 

(0.9

%)

Company comparable sales growth (decline)

 

 

(11.4

%)

 

 

1.8

%

 

 

(9.8

%)

 

 

0.7

%

Gross profit as a % of sales

 

 

26.3

%

 

 

34.4

%

 

 

29.4

%

 

 

35.7

%

Selling, general and administrative expenses as a % of sales

 

 

40.3

%

 

 

33.9

%

 

 

38.7

%

 

 

34.1

%

Operating loss as a % of sales

 

 

(17.6

%)

 

 

(2.8

%)

 

 

(12.9

%)

 

 

(1.7

%)

Net loss (in millions)

 

$

(51.1

)

 

$

(7.8

)

 

$

(79.6

)

 

$

(10.8

)

Net loss as a % of sales

 

 

(14.4

%)

 

 

(1.9

%)

 

 

(10.9

%)

 

 

(1.3

%)

EBITDA (in millions) (1)

 

$

(49.3

)

 

$

2.8

 

 

$

(68.1

)

 

$

14.5

 

EBITDA as a % of sales

 

 

(13.9

%)

 

 

0.7

%

 

 

(9.4

%)

 

 

1.8

%

Total retail square footage (in thousands)

 

 

7,824

 

 

 

8,000

 

 

 

7,824

 

 

 

8,000

 

 

(1)

See "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Company Comparable Sales Calculation The company comparable sales calculation includes all in-store sales, including orders placed online inside the 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, company comparable sales include all orders placed online outside of a store. 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 as described above.

Net Sales Net sales consisted almost entirely of sales to retail customers, net of discounts and returns, but also included delivery revenues, wholesale sales and royalties, and gift card breakage. Net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 were $355.3 million, a decrease of 12.8%, compared to $407.6 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2018. At the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2019, the Company operated 23 fewer stores than at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2018. Company comparable sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 decreased 11.4%, compared to the same period last year. Net sales for the year-to-date period of fiscal 2019 were $727.2 million, a decrease of 11.0%, compared to $817.1 million for the same period in fiscal 2018. Company comparable sales for the year-to-date period of fiscal 2019 decreased 9.8%, compared to the same period last year. See Note 6 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for more information.

Sales at the Company’s Canadian stores are subject to fluctuations in currency conversion rates. For the second quarter of fiscal 2019, the year-over-year change in the value of the Canadian Dollar, relative to the U.S. Dollar, negatively impacted net sales and company comparable sales by approximately 10 basis points. For the year-to-date period of fiscal 2019, the year-over-year change in the value of the Canadian Dollar, relative to the U.S. Dollar, positively impacted net sales and company comparable sales by approximately 10 basis points. Sales on the Pier 1 credit card comprised 34.6% of U.S. sales for the trailing twelve months ended September 1, 2018, compared to 37.4% for the comparable period in fiscal 2018. The Company’s proprietary credit card program provides both economic and strategic benefits to the Company.

The decrease in net sales for the period was comprised of the following incremental components (in thousands):

 

 

 

Net Sales

 

Net sales for the 26 weeks ended August 26, 2017

 

$

817,132

 

Incremental sales growth (decline) from:

 

 

 

 

Company comparable sales

 

 

(78,785

)

New stores opened during fiscal 2019

 

 

 

Stores opened during fiscal 2018

 

 

1,608

 

Closed stores and other

 

 

(12,755

)

Net sales for the 26 weeks ended September 1, 2018

 

$

727,200

 

 

A summary reconciliation of the Company’s stores open at the beginning of fiscal 2019 to the number open at the end of the second quarter is as follows:

 

 

 

United States

 

 

Canada

 

 

Total

 

Open at March 3, 2018

 

 

928

 

 

 

75

 

 

 

1,003

 

Openings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closings

 

 

(6

)

 

 

(8

)

 

 

(14

)

Open at September 1, 2018

 

922

 

 

67

 

 

 

989

 

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Gross Profit — For the second quarter of fiscal 2019, gross profit was $93.5 million, or 26.3% of sales, compared to $140.2 million, or 34.4% of sales, for the same period last year, a decrease of 810 basis points. For the year-to-date period of fiscal 2019, gross profit was $213.6 million, or 29.4% of sales, compared to $291.8 million, or 35.7% of sales, for the same period last year, a decrease of 630 basis points. This decrease reflects lower merchandise margin, as well as 220 and 190 basis points of deleverage on store occupancy for the second quarter and first half of fiscal 2019, respectively, due to lower sales. The year-over-year decline in merchandise margin is primarily attributable to pricing strategies implemented during the first half of fiscal 2019 and increased promotional discounts, as well as higher supply chain costs primarily related to increased freight expense.

SG&A Expenses, Depreciation and Operating Loss For the second quarter of fiscal 2019, SG&A expenses were $143.1 million, or 40.3% of sales, compared to $138.1 million, or 33.9% of sales, for the same period in fiscal 2018. SG&A expenses for the year-to-date period of fiscal 2019 were $281.7 million, or 38.7% of sales, compared to $278.3 million, or 34.1% of sales, for the same period in fiscal 2018. For the second quarter and first half of fiscal 2019, marketing expenses included planned investments related to the Company’s brand relaunch, which offset ongoing expense discipline throughout the organization. SG&A expenses for the second quarter and first half of fiscal 2018 include expenses for legal and regulatory costs related to a California wage-and-hour matter and an ongoing CPSC inquiry, as well as investments in brand consulting totaling approximately $8 million. SG&A expenses are summarized in the table below (in millions):

 

 

 

13 Weeks Ended

 

 

26 Weeks Ended

 

 

 

September 1, 2018

 

 

August 26,  2017

 

 

September 1, 2018

 

 

August 26,  2017

 

 

 

Expense

 

 

% of Sales

 

 

Expense

 

 

% of Sales

 

 

Expense

 

 

% of Sales

 

 

Expense

 

 

% of Sales

 

Compensation for operations

 

$

59.1

 

 

 

16.6

%

 

$

58.4

 

 

 

14.3

%

 

$

115.6

 

 

 

15.9

%

 

$

114.5

 

 

 

14.0

%

Operational expenses

 

 

19.8

 

 

 

5.6

%

 

 

20.7

 

 

 

5.1

%

 

 

40.4

 

 

 

5.6

%

 

 

41.3

 

 

 

5.1

%

Marketing

 

 

33.6

 

 

 

9.5

%

 

 

19.2

 

 

 

4.7

%

 

 

60.1

 

 

 

8.3

%

 

 

48.6

 

 

 

6.0

%

Other selling, general and administrative

 

 

30.7

 

 

 

8.6

%

 

 

39.8

 

 

 

9.8

%

 

 

65.6

 

 

 

9.0

%

 

 

73.9

 

 

 

9.0

%

Total selling, general and administrative

 

$

143.1

 

 

 

40.3

%

 

$

138.1

 

 

 

33.9

%

 

$