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At Home Group Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2020 Financial Results

Published : Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 1:05 pm
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  • Delivers 6th consecutive year of high teens net sales growth
  • Increases Q4 net sales 12.3%; Q4 comparable store sales1 decrease 3.1%
  • Delivers Q4 EPS of $(3.50) and Q4 pro forma adjusted EPS1 of $0.37
  • Provides update on the impact of COVID-19

PLANO, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--At Home Group Inc. (NYSE: HOME), the home décor superstore, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 25, 2020.


Lee Bird, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We were pleased with the momentum we saw in the back half of the fourth quarter as comparable store sales accelerated, and we exited the year with a healthy inventory position and $105 million in free cash flow2 improvement. We have been implementing key merchandising and marketing initiatives in fiscal 2021 to continue driving the business forward, and we remain focused on delivering great products at great prices.”

Mr. Bird continued, “Given the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, we have seen a notable slowdown in store traffic over the past two weeks. We are prioritizing the health and safety of our customers and team members by temporarily closing stores and rapidly accelerating our omnichannel capabilities. We have also taken swift and bold action to preserve liquidity and have proactively drawn down our revolving credit facility to give us increased financial flexibility. Due to this period of unprecedented uncertainty, we are not providing first quarter and fiscal year 2021 guidance at this time, but we remain confident in the long-term strength of our lean, flexible operating model and the significant whitespace opportunity that still lies ahead.”

For the Thirteen Weeks Ended January 25, 2020

  • The Company closed one store in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 and ended the quarter with 212 stores in 39 states. The Company has opened a net 32 stores since the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019, representing a 17.8% increase.
  • Net sales increased 12.3% to $397.7 million from $354.1 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 driven by the net increase in open stores. Comparable store sales1 decreased 3.1% compared to an increase of 2.1% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019, primarily driven by the impact of a shorter holiday selling season and the resulting promotional environment.
  • Gross profit decreased 2.7% to $114.1 million from $117.2 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019. Gross margin decreased 440 basis points to 28.7% from 33.1% in the prior year period primarily as a result of both product margin contraction due to incremental markdowns related to our seasonal merchandise and occupancy deleverage, including the adoption of ASC 842 “Leases” and the impact of fiscal 2020 sale-leaseback transactions, partially offset by year-over-year improvement in inventory shrink.
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses (“SG&A”) increased 3.9% to $73.8 million from $71.1 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019. Adjusted SG&A1 increased 5.5% to $73.8 million compared to a recast3 $70.0 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019. Adjusted SG&A1 as a percentage of net sales improved by 120 basis points on a recast3 basis to 18.6% primarily due to a reduction in incentive compensation expense and preopening expenses year-over-year, partially offset by investments in labor and advertising to support our growth strategies.
  • Operating loss was $209.1 million compared to operating income of $44.6 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 primarily due to a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $250.0 million recognized in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020. Adjusted operating income1 decreased 10.6% to $38.2 million from a recast3 $42.7 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019. Adjusted operating margin1 decreased 250 basis points on a recast3 basis to 9.6% of net sales driven by the gross margin and adjusted SG&A1 factors described above.
  • Interest expense decreased to $7.3 million from $7.6 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 due to a year-over-year decrease in average interest rates and the impact of ASC 842, partially offset by increased borrowings to support our growth strategies.
  • Income tax expense increased to $7.6 million from $7.3 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019.
  • Net loss was $224.1 million compared to net income of $29.6 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019. Adjusted Net Income1 was $23.9 million compared to a recast3 $29.0 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019.
  • EPS was $(3.50) compared to $0.45 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019. Pro forma adjusted EPS1 was $0.37 compared to a recast3 $0.44 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 decreased 2.8% to $61.5 million from a recast3 $63.3 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019.

For the Fiscal Year Ended January 25, 2020

  • Net sales increased 17.1% to $1,365.0 million from $1,165.9 million in fiscal 2019 driven by the net increase in open stores. Comparable store sales1 decreased 1.7% primarily due to a shorter holiday selling season and the resulting promotional environment during the fourth quarter and adverse weather conditions in the first half of fiscal 2020. To a lesser extent, fiscal 2020 comparable store sales were also impacted by an unfavorable customer response in certain categories to tariff-related strategic price increases.
  • Gross profit increased 0.5% to $388.0 million from $385.9 million in fiscal 2019. Gross margin decreased 470 basis points to 28.4% from 33.1% in fiscal 2019, primarily as a result of product margin contraction due to incremental markdowns, occupancy deleverage including the adoption of ASC 842 “Leases” and the impact of fiscal 2020 and 2019 sale-leaseback transactions, and costs associated with the Company’s second distribution center, partially offset by year-over-year improvement in inventory shrink.
  • SG&A decreased 0.4% to $302.3 million from $303.5 million in the prior year, primarily due to the nonrecurrence of stock-based compensation expense of $41.5 million related to the one-time CEO grant recognized in the second quarter of fiscal 2019 and a decrease in incentive compensation, largely offset by increased store labor and advertising expenses to support our growth strategies. Adjusted SG&A1 increased 16.3% to $300.1 million compared to a recast3 $258.1 million in fiscal 2019. Adjusted SG&A1 as a percentage of net sales improved 10 basis points on a recast3 basis to 22.0% primarily due to a reduction in incentive compensation expense largely offset by increased store labor and advertising expenses to support our growth strategies.
  • Operating loss was $159.5 million compared to operating income of $76.0 million in fiscal 2019 primarily due to a goodwill impairment charge of $250.0 million recognized in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020. Adjusted operating income1 decreased 27.6% to $80.2 million from a recast3 $110.8 million in fiscal 2019. Adjusted operating margin1 decreased 360 basis points on a recast3 basis to 5.9% of net sales driven by the gross margin and adjusted SG&A1 factors described above.
  • Interest expense increased to $31.8 million from $27.1 million in fiscal 2019 primarily due to increased borrowings to support our growth strategies partially offset by the impact of ASC 842.
  • Income tax expense increased to $23.2 million from a nominal income tax benefit in fiscal 2019, primarily due to recognition of $9.3 million of deferred tax expense related to the cancellation of the one-time CEO grant during the third quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to $9.8 million in excess tax benefits related to stock option exercises in fiscal 2019.
  • Net loss was $214.4 million compared to net income of $49.0 million in fiscal 2019. Adjusted Net Income1 was $36.9 million compared to a recast3 $77.2 million in fiscal 2019.
  • EPS was $(3.35) compared to $0.74 in fiscal 2019. Pro forma adjusted EPS1 was $0.57 compared to a recast3 $1.17 in fiscal 2019.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 decreased 8.3% to $175.3 million from a recast3 $191.2 million in fiscal 2019.

Goodwill Impairment

During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, we conducted an interim impairment testing of goodwill. Based on the results of our test, we recognized a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $250.0 million for the fiscal year ended January 25, 2020.

Balance Sheet Highlights as of January 25, 2020

  • Net inventories increased 9.4% to $417.8 million from $382.0 million as of January 26, 2019 primarily due to a 17.8% increase in the number of open stores.
  • Total liquidity (cash plus $150.7 million of availability under our revolving credit facility) was $162.8 million.
  • Long-term debt was $334.3 million compared to $336.4 million as of January 26, 2019. Additionally, there was $235.7 million outstanding under our revolving credit facility as of January 25, 2020 compared to $221.0 million as of January 26, 2019. Increased borrowings were primarily driven by a net increase of 32 new stores year-over-year.

(1) Represents a non-GAAP financial measure. For additional information about non-GAAP measures, including, where applicable, reconciliations to the most directly comparable financial measures presented in accordance with GAAP, please see “Non-GAAP Measures” below.
(2) We define "free cash flow" as net cash provided by operating activities less net cash used in investing activities.
(3) Represents the necessary adjustments to reflect management’s estimates, for illustrative purposes, of the impact of the adoption of ASC 842 on fiscal 2019 results, which requires, among other things, a change to the accounting treatment of sale-leaseback transactions and the reclassification of certain of our financing obligations.

Outlook & Key Assumptions

Given the unprecedented and rapidly evolving uncertainty related to COVID-19, the Company is not providing first quarter and fiscal year 2021 guidance at this time.

Conference Call Details

A conference call to discuss the fourth quarter and fiscal 2020 financial results is scheduled for today, March 24, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial 1-877-407-0789 (international callers please dial 1-201-689-8562) approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available online at investor.athome.com.

A recorded replay of the conference call will be available within two hours of the conclusion of the call and can be accessed online at investor.athome.com for 90 days.

Terminology

We define certain terms used in this release as follows:

"Adjusted EBITDA" means net (loss) income before net interest expense, income tax provision and depreciation and amortization, adjusted for the impact of certain other items as defined in our debt agreements, including certain legal settlements and consulting and other professional fees, stock-based compensation expense, impairment charges, gain on sale-leaseback, non-cash rent, initial public offering related non-cash stock-based compensation expense, non-cash stock-based compensation expense related to the nonqualified stock option to purchase 1,988,255 shares of our common stock at an exercise price per share of $38.35 (the “one-time CEO grant”) previously granted to Mr. Bird in fiscal year 2019 and other adjustments. Periods within fiscal 2019 have been recast to show the illustrative impact of ASC 842, which is non-cash in nature.

“Adjusted Net Income” means net (loss) income, adjusted for impairment charges, gain on sale-leaseback, initial public offering related non-cash stock-based compensation expense and related payroll tax expenses and the income tax impact associated with the special one-time initial public offering bonus stock option exercises, non-cash stock-based compensation expense related to the one-time CEO grant and the deferred tax expense related to the cancellation thereof, costs associated with the resignation of our former Chief Financial Officer (the “CFO Transition”), costs associated with the restructuring of our merchandising department, loss on disposal of certain buildings and other adjustments, which include charges incurred in connection with the sale of shares of our common stock on behalf of certain existing stockholders and other transaction costs. Periods within fiscal 2019 have been recast to show the illustrative impact of ASC 842, which is non-cash in nature.

“Adjusted operating income” means operating (loss) income, adjusted for impairment charges, gain on sale-leaseback, initial public offering related non-cash stock-based compensation expense and related payroll tax expenses, non-cash stock-based compensation expense related to the one-time CEO grant, costs associated with the CFO transition, costs associated with the restructuring of our merchandising department, loss on disposal of certain buildings and other adjustments, which include costs related to the registration and sale of shares of our common stock on behalf of certain existing stockholders, and other transaction costs. Periods within fiscal 2019 have been recast to show the illustrative impact of ASC 842, which is non-cash in nature.

“Adjusted SG&A” means selling, general and administrative expenses adjusted for certain expenses, including initial public offering related non-cash stock-based compensation expense and related payroll tax expenses, non-cash stock-based compensation expense related to the one-time CEO grant, costs associated with the CFO transition, costs associated with the restructuring of our merchandising department, loss on disposal of certain buildings and other adjustments, which include costs related to the registration and sale of shares of our common stock on behalf of certain existing stockholders, and other transaction costs. Periods within fiscal 2019 have been recast to show the illustrative impact of ASC 842, which is non-cash in nature.

"Comparable store sales" means, for any reporting period, the change in period-over-period net sales for the comparable store base, beginning with stores on the second day of the sixteenth full fiscal month following the store's opening. When a store is being relocated or remodeled, we exclude sales from that store in the calculation of comparable store sales until the first day of the sixteenth full fiscal month after it reopens. As it relates to At Home, “two-year comparable store sales basis” refers to the sum of the increase (decrease) in comparable store sales for each of the current and preceding fiscal years.

“EPS” means diluted earnings per share.

“GAAP” means accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.

“Pro forma adjusted EPS” means Adjusted Net Income divided by pro forma diluted weighted average shares outstanding.

“Pro forma diluted weighted average shares outstanding” means diluted share count on a pro forma basis.

“Store-level Adjusted EBITDA” means Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted further to exclude the impact of costs associated with new store openings and certain corporate overhead expenses which we do not consider in our evaluation of the ongoing operating performance of our stores from period to period.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. You can generally identify forward-looking statements by our use of forward-looking terminology such as "anticipate", "are confident", "assumed", "believe", "continue", "could", "estimate", "expect", "intend", “look forward”, "may", "might", "on track", “outlook”, "plan", "potential", "predict", “reaffirm”, "seek", "should", or "vision", or the negative thereof or other variations thereon or comparable terminology. The financial results for our fourth fiscal quarter 2020 and fiscal year 2020 included in this press release are preliminary and represent the most current information available to management. Our actual results when disclosed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K may differ from these preliminary results as a result of the completion of our financial closing procedures, final adjustments, completion of the review and audit by our independent registered accounting firm and other developments that may arise between now and the disclosure of the final results. In addition, statements about our assumptions for financial performance for the first quarter and fiscal year 2021 and beyond, as well as statements about the markets in which we operate, expected new store openings, our real estate strategy, growth targets, potential growth opportunities, impact of expected stock option exercises, future capital expenditures, and estimates of expenses we may incur in connection with equity incentive awards to management and our expectations, beliefs, plans, strategies, objectives, prospects, assumptions or future events or performance contained in this document are forward-looking statements. Furthermore, statements contained in this document relating to the recent global outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the impact of which remains inherently uncertain on our financial results, are forward-looking statements.

We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. While we believe these expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections are reasonable, such forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control. These and other important factors, including those factors described in “Item 1A. Risk Factors” of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 26, 2019, those factors that will be described in “Item 1A. Risk Factors” of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 25, 2020 and other reports that we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Given these risks and uncertainties, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are not guarantees of future performance and our actual results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and the development of the industry in which we operate, may differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this release. In addition, even if our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and events in the industry in which we operate, are consistent with the forward-looking statements contained in this release, they may not be predictive of results or developments in future periods.

Any forward-looking statement that we make in this release speaks only as of the date of such statement. Except as required by law, we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise, or to publicly announce any update or revision to, any of the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date of this document.

About At Home Group Inc.

At Home (NYSE:HOME), the home decor superstore, offers more than 50,000 on-trend home products to fit any budget or style, from furniture, mirrors, rugs, art and housewares to tabletop, patio and seasonal decor. At Home is headquartered in Plano, Texas, and currently operates 218 stores in 39 states. For more information, please visit us online at investor.athome.com.

 

AT HOME GROUP INC.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 25, 2020

 

January 26, 2019

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

12,082

 

$

10,951

Inventories, net

 

 

417,763

 

 

382,023

Prepaid expenses

 

 

10,693

 

 

7,949

Other current assets

 

 

7,634

 

 

13,626

Total current assets

 

 

448,172

 

 

414,549

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

 

1,176,920

 

 

Property and equipment, net

 

 

714,188

 

 

682,663

Goodwill

 

 

319,732

 

 

569,732

Trade name

 

 

1,458

 

 

1,458

Debt issuance costs, net

 

 

1,218

 

 

1,539

Restricted cash

 

 

3

 

 

2,515

Noncurrent deferred tax asset

 

 

16,815

 

 

52,805

Other assets

 

 

1,041

 

 

945

Total assets

 

$

2,679,547

 

$

1,726,206

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

119,191

 

$

115,821

Accrued and other current liabilities

 

 

112,667

 

 

117,508

Revolving line of credit

 

 

235,670

 

 

221,010

Current portion of operating lease liabilities

 

 

65,188

 

 

Current portion of deferred rent

 

 

 

 

11,364

Current portion of long-term debt

 

 

4,862

 

 

4,049

Income taxes payable

 

 

137

 

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

537,715

 

 

469,752

Operating lease liabilities

 

 

1,195,564

 

 

Long-term debt

 

 

334,251

 

 

336,435

Financing obligations

 

 

 

 

35,038

Deferred rent

 

 

 

 

169,339

Other long-term liabilities

 

 

3,406

 

 

4,556

Total liabilities

 

 

2,070,936

 

 

1,015,120

Shareholders' Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock; $0.01 par value; 500,000,000 shares authorized; 64,106,061 and 63,609,684 shares issued and outstanding, respectively

 

 

641

 

 

636

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

657,038

 

 

643,677

(Accumulated deficit) retained earnings

 

 

(49,068)

 

 

66,773

Total shareholders' equity

 

 

608,611

 

 

711,086

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

 

$

2,679,547

 

$

1,726,206

 

AT HOME GROUP INC.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thirteen Weeks Ended

 

Fiscal Year Ended

 

 

January 25, 2020

 

January 26, 2019

 

January 25, 2020

 

January 26, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net sales

 

$

397,716

 

$

354,065

 

$

1,365,035

 

$

1,165,899


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