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Journeys parent reports strong Q2, raises guidance

By Press Releases
August 31, 2011 6:54 AM

Press Release:


NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 31, 2011-Genesco Inc. (NYSE: GCO) today reported earnings from continuing operations for the second quarter ended July 30, 2011, of $0.4 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, compared to a loss from continuing operations of $2.4 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, for the second quarter ended July 31, 2010.


The fiscal 2012 second quarter results reflect pretax charges of $0.4 million, or $0.01 per diluted share after tax, related primarily to fixed asset impairments. Additionally, they reflect pretax compensation expense of $1.4 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, related to deferred purchase price payments in connection with the acquisition of Schuh Group Limited in June 2011, and pretax charges of $6.4 million, or $0.23 per diluted share after tax, in costs incurred in connection with the acquisition.


As previously announced, because the obligation to pay the deferred purchase price for Schuh is contingent upon the continued employment of the payees, U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles require that it be treated as compensation expense. The fiscal 2011 second quarter loss included pretax charges of $3.2 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, related to fixed asset impairments, purchase price accounting adjustments and other expense.


Excluding the listed items from both periods, fiscal 2012 second quarter earnings from continuing operations were $5.2 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, compared to a loss of $0.5 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, in the second quarter of fiscal 2011. For consistency with fiscal 2012's previously announced earnings expectations and with previously reported adjusted results for the prior year period, the Company believes that the disclosure of the results from continuing operations adjusted for these items will be useful to investors.


Additionally, the Company believes that presentation of earnings from continuing operations before the compensation expense associated with the Schuh deferred purchase price will enable investors to understand the effect attributable to incorporating a continuing employment condition into the obligation to pay deferred purchase price and that, since the compensation expense is a non-cash charge until the deferred purchase price is actually paid, earnings including such expense may not be fully reflective of the Company's ongoing results or indicative of its prospects.


A reconciliation of earnings and earnings per share from continuing operations in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles with the adjusted earnings and earnings per share numbers presented in this paragraph is set forth on Schedule B to this press release.


Net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 increased 29% to $471 million, from $364 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2011. Comparable store sales in the second quarter of fiscal 2012 increased by 14%, with the Lids Sports Group up 12%, the Journeys Group up 15%, the Johnston & Murphy Group up 17%, and the Underground Station Group up 10%.


Robert J. Dennis, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Genesco, said, "Our second quarter operating results represent a significant improvement from a year ago. The combination of 14% organic growth and contributions from acquisitions allowed us to better leverage expenses and achieve much higher profitability in our seasonally slowest period. We are pleased with the recent strength of our business and believe we are well positioned for continued sales and earnings gains as we move further into our key selling period.


"The Back-to-School season has been very good for us through August with comparable store sales up 12%. While we expect this trend to moderate as we proceed through the third quarter, this is an encouraging start to the second half of the year."


Dennis also discussed the Company's updated outlook. "Based on our acquisition of Schuh, our second quarter performance and current visibility, we are raising our fiscal 2012 guidance. We now expect full year diluted earnings per share to be in the range of $3.35 to $3.42, which represents a 35% to 38% increase over last year's earnings, up from our previous guidance range of $2.90 to $2.97.


"Consistent with previous guidance, these expectations do not include expected non-cash asset impairments and other charges, which are projected to total approximately $3 million to $4 million pretax, or $0.08 to $0.10 per share, after tax, in fiscal 2012. They also do not reflect Schuh acquisition expenses and compensation expense associated with the Schuh deferred purchase price as described above, totaling approximately $13.8 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, for the full year. This guidance assumes comparable store sales of 7% to 9% for the full fiscal year."


A reconciliation of the adjusted financial measures cited in the guidance to their corresponding measures as reported pursuant to U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles is included in Schedule B to this press release.


Dennis concluded, "Our strong operating performance over the past twelve months reflects the successful execution of our strategic plan. We've advanced Journeys' leadership position through compelling merchandise assortments and added an exciting new growth vehicle with our recent acquisition of Schuh.


"At the same time, our ongoing consolidation of the licensed sports merchandise and team sports markets has helped further strengthen our Lids Sports Group platform. While there is a possibility for some macroeconomic headwinds in the near-term, we are more optimistic than ever about the long-term potential of our business, evidenced by our new 5-year targets for $3 billion in revenue and operating margins of at least 9% by fiscal 2016."



About Genesco Inc.


Genesco Inc., a Nashville-based specialty retailer, sells footwear, headwear, sports apparel and accessories in more than 2,375 retail stores throughout the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom, principally under the names Journeys, Journeys Kidz, Shi by Journeys, Schuh, Lids and Lids Locker Room, Johnston & Murphy, and Underground Station, and on internet websites www.journeys.com, www.journeyskidz.com, www.shibyjourneys.com, www.undergroundstation.com, www.schuh.co.uk, www.johnstonmurphy.com, www.dockersshoes.com, www.lids.com, www.lids.ca, www.lidslockerroom.com, www.keukafootwear.com and www.lidsteamsports.com.


The Company's Lids Sports division operates the Lids headwear stores and the lids.com website, the Lids Locker Room and other team sports fan shops and single team clubhouse stores, and the Lids Team Sports team dealer business. In addition, Genesco sells wholesale footwear under its Johnston & Murphy brand, the licensed Dockers brand, Keuka, and other brands. For more information on Genesco and its operating divisions, please visit www.genesco.com.



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