EX-99.1 2 d83346dex991.htm EX-99.1 EX-99.1

Exhibit 99.1






CHICAGO, September 1, 2015. Claire’s Stores, Inc. (the “Company”), one of the world’s leading specialty retailers of fashionable jewelry and accessories for young women, teens, tweens, and kids, today reported its financial results for the fiscal 2015 second quarter, which ended August 1, 2015.

Second Quarter Results

The Company reported net sales of $347.6 million for the fiscal 2015 second quarter, a decrease of $30.2 million, or 8.0% compared to the fiscal 2014 second quarter. The decrease was attributable to an unfavorable foreign currency translation effect of our non-U.S. net sales, the effect of store closures and a decrease in same store sales, partially offset by new store sales and increased shipments to franchisees. Net sales would have decreased 1.3% excluding the impact from foreign currency exchange rate changes.

Consolidated same store sales decreased 1.7%, with North America same store sales increasing 0.7% and Europe same store sales decreasing 5.2%. The Company computes same store sales on a local currency basis, which eliminates any impact from changes in foreign currency exchange rates.

Gross profit percentage decreased 130 basis points to 48.5% during the fiscal 2015 second quarter versus 49.8% for the prior year quarter. This reduction in gross profit percentage consisted of a 150 basis point decrease in merchandise margin, partially offset by a 20 basis point decrease in buying and buying-related costs. The decrease in merchandise margin percentage resulted primarily from unfavorable foreign currency exchange rates and higher freight costs.

Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased $12.8 million, or 9.9%, compared to the fiscal 2014 second quarter. Excluding a favorable $8.5 million foreign currency translation effect, selling, general, and administrative expenses would have decreased $4.3 million. Of the remainder, the decrease was primarily due to lower store compensation and related expenses and closure of our former China operations.

Adjusted EBITDA in the fiscal 2015 second quarter was $59.9 million compared to $64.5 million last year. Adjusted EBITDA would have been $64.9 million excluding the foreign currency exchange rate changes in the second quarter of 2015. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as earnings before income taxes, net interest expense, depreciation and amortization, loss (gain) on early debt extinguishments, and asset impairments. Adjusted EBITDA excludes management fees, severance, the impact of transaction-related costs and certain other non-cash and other items. Net loss for the fiscal 2015 second quarter was $18.9 million. A reconciliation of net loss to Adjusted EBITDA is attached.

As of August 1, 2015, cash and cash equivalents were $83.0 million, including restricted cash of $0.3 million. The Company had $111.3 million drawn on its revolver and an additional $50.1 million of borrowing availability under its Credit Facilities as of that date. Also, during the quarter, the Company amended the Euro revolver from Euro 35.0 million to USD 50.0 million. The fiscal 2015 second quarter cash balance increase of $60.5 million consisted of positive impacts of $59.9 million of Adjusted EBITDA and $43.8 million from net borrowings under the Credit Facilities offset by reductions for $28.0 million of cash interest payments, $8.3 million of capital expenditures, $3.7 million from seasonal working capital uses and $3.2 million for tax payments and other items.

Store Count as of:    August 1, 2015      January 31, 2015      August 2, 2014  

North America

     1,808         1,837         1,880   


     1,146         1,161         1,172   










Subtotal Company-operated

     2,954         2,998         3,052   











     457         442         436   










Total global stores

     3,411         3,440         3,488   










Concession stores

     327         130         62   










Conference Call Information

The Company will host its second quarter conference call on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time). To connect, please dial 888-790-4233 (domestic) or 210-839-8201 (international). The password is “Claires.” An audio replay will be available through October 2, 2015, by dialing 866-491-2909 (domestic) or 203-369-1717 (international). The password is 54291. The conference call will also be webcast and archived until October 2, 2015 on the Company’s corporate website at www.clairestores.com, where it can be accessed by clicking the “Financial” tab and choosing the “Events” link.

Company Overview

Claire’s Stores, Inc. is one of the world’s leading specialty retailers of fashionable jewelry and accessories for young women, teens, tweens and girls ages 3 to 35. The Company operates through its stores under two brand names: Claire’s® and Icing®. As of August 1, 2015, Claire’s Stores, Inc. operated 2,954 stores in 17 countries throughout North America and Europe, excluding 327 concession locations. The Company also franchised 457 stores in 30 countries primarily located in the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia and Central and South America. More information regarding Claire’s Stores is available on the Company’s corporate website at www.clairestores.com.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” which represent the Company’s expectations or beliefs with respect to future events. Statements that are not historical are considered forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Those factors include, without limitation: our level of indebtedness; general economic conditions; changes in consumer preferences and consumer spending; unwillingness of vendors and service providers to supply goods or services pursuant to historical customary credit arrangements; competition; general political and social conditions such as war, political unrest and terrorism; natural disasters or severe weather events; currency fluctuations and exchange rate adjustments; failure to maintain our favorable brand recognition; failure to successfully market our products through other channels, such as e-commerce; uncertainties generally associated with the specialty retailing business, such as decreases in mall traffic; disruptions in our supply of inventory; inability to increase same store sales; inability to renew, replace or enter into new store leases on favorable terms; increase in our cost of merchandise; significant increases in our merchandise markdowns; inability to grow our company-operated store base, expand our international store base through franchise or similar licensing arrangements or expand our store base through store concessions; inability to design and implement new information systems; data security breaches of confidential information or other cyber attacks; delays in anticipated store openings or renovations; results from any future asset impairment analysis; changes in applicable laws, rules and regulations, including laws and regulations governing the sale of our products, particularly regulations relating to heavy metals and chemical content in our products; changes in anti-bribery laws; changes in employment laws, including laws relating to overtime pay, tax laws and import laws; product recalls; increases in the costs of healthcare for our employees; increases in the cost of labor; labor disputes; loss of key members of management; increases in the cost of borrowings; unavailability of additional debt or equity capital; and the impact of our substantial indebtedness on our operating income and our ability to grow. These and other applicable risks, cautionary statements and factors that could cause actual results to differ from the Company’s forward-looking statements are included in the Company’s filings with the SEC, specifically as described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2015 filed with the SEC on April 8, 2015. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. The historical results contained in this press release are not necessarily indicative of the future performance of the Company.



Additional Information

Other Claire’s Stores, Inc. press releases, a corporate profile and the most recent Form 10-K and Form 10-Q reports are available on Claire’s business website at: www.clairestores.com.

Contact Information

J. Per Brodin, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Phone: (847) 765-1100, or E-mail, investor.relations@claires.com






(In thousands)



     Three Months
August 1, 2015
    Three Months
August 2, 2014

Net sales

   $ 347,587      $ 377,829   

Cost of sales, occupancy and buying expenses (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below)

     179,076        189,735   







Gross profit

     168,511        188,094   







Other expenses:


Selling, general and administrative

     116,369        129,214   

Depreciation and amortization

     15,634        17,800   

Severance and transaction-related costs

     420        2,182   

Other (income) expense, net

     (2,606     671   






     129,817        149,867   







Operating income

     38,694        38,227   

Interest expense, net

     55,044        54,557   







Loss before income tax expense

     (16,350     (16,330

Income tax expense

     2,519        4,244   







Net loss

   $ (18,869   $ (20,574








     Six Months
August 1, 2015
    Six Months
August 2, 2014

Net sales

   $ 667,582      $ 731,172   

Cost of sales, occupancy and buying expenses (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below)

     351,928        376,805   







Gross profit

     315,654        354,367   







Other expenses:


Selling, general and administrative

     229,387        255,172   

Depreciation and amortization

     30,188        41,264   

Severance and transaction-related costs

     827        3,764   

Other income, net

     (2,466     (815






     257,936        299,385   







Operating income

     57,718        54,982   

Interest expense, net

     109,464        109,316   







Loss before income tax expense

     (51,746     (54,334

Income tax expense

     2,541        4,377   







Net loss

   $ (54,287   $ (58,711












     August 1, 2015     January 31, 2015  
     (In thousands, except share and per share amounts)  



Current assets:


Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash of $336 and $2,029, respectively

   $ 82,963      $ 29,415   


     170,818        145,908   

Prepaid expenses

     19,339        17,349   

Other current assets

     29,724        27,474   







Total current assets

     302,844        220,146   







Property and equipment:


Furniture, fixtures and equipment

     250,295        248,162   

Leasehold improvements

     323,369        324,306   






     573,664        572,468   

Accumulated depreciation and amortization

     (380,484     (365,036






     193,180        207,432   







Leased property under capital lease:


Land and building

     18,055        18,055   

Accumulated depreciation and amortization

     (4,965     (4,514






     13,090        13,541   








     1,426,899        1,426,899   

Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $72,797 and $70,374, respectively

     503,440        510,362   

Deferred financing costs, net of accumulated amortization of $29,575 and $25,465, respectively

     28,432        32,525   

Other assets

     45,399        45,672   






     2,004,170        2,015,458   







Total assets

   $ 2,513,284      $ 2,456,577   









Current liabilities:


Revolving credit facility

   $ 111,300      $ —     

Trade accounts payable

     81,302        69,826   

Income taxes payable

     3,598        1,780   

Accrued interest payable

     68,079        67,790   

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

     86,645        93,505   







Total current liabilities

     350,924        232,901   







Long-term debt

     2,375,249        2,376,478   

Obligation under capital lease

     16,838        16,954   

Deferred tax liability

     112,180        113,215   

Deferred rent expense

     36,094        35,265   

Unfavorable lease obligations and other long-term liabilities

     12,220        13,538   






     2,552,581        2,555,450   







Commitments and contingencies


Stockholder’s deficit:


Common stock par value $0.001 per share; authorized 1,000 shares; issued and outstanding 100 shares

     —          —     

Additional paid-in capital

     618,764        619,325   

Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax

     (41,297     (37,698

Accumulated deficit

     (967,688     (913,401






     (390,221     (331,774







Total liabilities and stockholder’s deficit

   $ 2,513,284      $ 2,456,577   









Net Loss Reconciliation to Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA represents net income (loss), adjusted to exclude income taxes, interest expense and income, depreciation and amortization, loss (gain) on early debt extinguishments, asset impairments, management fees, severance and transaction related costs, and certain non-cash and other items. We use Adjusted EBITDA as an important tool to assess our operating performance. We consider Adjusted EBITDA to be a useful measure in highlighting trends in our business. We reinforce the importance of Adjusted EBITDA with our bonus eligible associates by using this metric in our annual performance bonus program. We believe that Adjusted EBITDA is effective, when used in conjunction with net income (loss), in evaluating asset performance, and differentiating efficient operators in the industry. Furthermore, Adjusted EBITDA is defined in the covenants contained in our debt agreements and it is the metric we use to communicate our financial performance to our debt investors.

Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP, and is not intended to represent cash flow from operations under GAAP and should not be used as an alternative to net income (loss) as an indicator of operating performance or to represent cash flow from operating, investing or financing activities as a measure of liquidity. We compensate for the limitations of using Adjusted EBITDA by using it only to supplement our GAAP results to provide a more complete understanding of the factors and trends affecting our business. Adjusted EBITDA has its limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP.

Some of the limitations of Adjusted EBITDA are:


    Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our cash used for capital expenditures;


    Although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated or amortized often will have to be replaced and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the cash requirements for such replacements;


    Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital requirements; and


    Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the cash necessary to make payments of interest or principal on our indebtedness.

While Adjusted EBITDA is frequently used as a measure of operations and the ability to meet indebtedness service requirements, it is not necessarily comparable to other similarly titled captions of other companies due to potential inconsistencies in the method of calculation.






(In Thousands)


     Three Months

August 1, 2015
    Three Months

August 2, 2014
    Six Months

August 1, 2015
    Six Months

August 2, 2014

Net loss

   $ (18,869   $ (20,574   $ (54,287   $ (58,711

Income tax expense

     2,519        4,244        2,541        4,377   

Interest expense

     55,052        54,565        109,476        109,334   

Interest income

     (8     (8     (12     (18

Depreciation and amortization

     15,634        17,800        30,188        41,264   

Stock compensation, book to cash rent, intangible amortization (a)

     3,904        1,757        3,639        2,904   

Management fee, consulting expense (b)

     795        795        1,590        1,590   

Other (c)

     862        5,945        4,401        11,906   













Adjusted EBITDA

   $ 59,889      $ 64,524      $ 97,536      $ 112,646   














a) Includes: non-cash stock compensation expense, net non-cash rent expense, amortization of rent free periods, the inclusion of cash landlord allowances, and the net accretion of favorable (unfavorable) lease obligations and non-cash amortization of lease rights.


b) Includes: the management fee paid to Apollo Management and Morgan Joseph Tri-Artisan Capital Partners and consulting expenses.


c) Includes: non-cash losses on property and equipment primarily associated with remodels, relocations and closures; other payments associated with store closures; costs, including third party charges, compensation, incurred in conjunction with the relocation of new employees; non-cash foreign exchange gains/losses resulting from intercompany transactions and remeasurements of U.S. dollar denominated cash accounts of our foreign entities into their functional currency; store pre-opening costs; and severance and transaction related costs.