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Christopher & Banks Corporation Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2018 Financial Results

May 31, 2018 at 6:30 AM EDT

- Net Sales of $85.9 million, Reflecting a Comparable Sales Decrease of 2.6% -

- Gross Margin Rate Decreased 270 basis points -

- Selling, General & Administrative Expenses Decreased by $1.2 million -

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 31, 2018-- Christopher & Banks Corporation (NYSE:CBK), a specialty women’s apparel retailer, today reported results for the first quarter ended May 5, 2018.

Keri Jones, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Our first quarter financial results did not meet our expectations due in part to underperformance in woven jackets and bottoms, and unseasonable weather, particularly in our Midwest and Northeast regions. However, we saw momentum continue in our eCommerce business as well as in our outlet stores, both of which delivered positive sales comps in the quarter. Sales performance improved as the weather became more seasonal during the latter part of the quarter as customers responded favorably to our product offering. This sales momentum continued into May, resulting in positive comparable sales in the low single digits quarter-to-date.”

Ms. Jones continued, “Looking ahead, my key near term priorities will be to enhance her shopping experience with a well-curated merchandise offering; deliver compelling promotions that support our financial goals; leverage our omni-channel capabilities, and attract new customers. We also are continuing to focus on reducing our cost structure. We believe that executing these key priorities will drive comparable sales, improved financial performance and positive cash flow in fiscal 2018. I will also be working with my management team to develop a multi-year strategic plan. Overall, I look forward to leveraging my background in transforming both growth and challenged businesses to support sustainable long term profitable growth.”

Results for the First Quarter Ended May 5, 2018

  • Net sales totaled $85.9 million, a decrease of 3.0%, while operating on average 462 stores. This compares to $88.6 million in net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2017, while operating on average 479 stores.
  • Comparable sales decreased 2.6% following an 8.9% decrease in the same period last year. This included eCommerce sales growth of 7.8% following a 14.7% increase in the same period last year.
  • Gross margin rate decreased 270 basis points to 31.8% compared to the same period last year, driven by increased product costs, which have been corrected for the balance of the year, and additional markdowns due to lower than anticipated sales.
  • Selling, general & administrative expenses (“SG&A”) decreased by $1.2 million as compared to the first quarter last year, driven by lower store operating expenses, insurance and tax expenses, and net employee compensation expenses, partially offset by increases in professional services and marketing expenses.
  • Net loss totaled $5.3 million, or $0.14 per share, compared to a net loss for the prior year period of $3.7 million, or $ 0.10 per share.
  • Adjusted EBITDA*, a non-GAAP measure, was $(2.2) million, compared to $(0.2) million for the same period last year.

Balance Sheet Highlights and Capital Expenditures

Cash and cash-equivalents totaled $18.1 million as of May 5, 2018. Total inventory was $46.4 million at the end of the first quarter as compared to $42.1 million at the end of the first quarter last year, an increase of 10.2%. The inventory increase was primarily the result of higher inventory receipts compared to last year to return to more normalized levels, as well as the result of lower than expected sales.

During the quarter the Company completed the sale of and entered into an agreement to leaseback its corporate facility in Plymouth, MN. The purchase price was $13.7 million and the lease of the facility is for a 15-year period.

Capital expenditures for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 were $1.0 million compared to $2.1 million in last year’s first quarter. Capital expenditures in the first quarter this year primarily reflected investments in stores and technology associated with the Company’s omni-channel capabilities. At the end of the first quarter, the Company had no outstanding borrowings under its revolving credit facility.

Conference Call Information

The Company will discuss its first quarter results in a conference call scheduled for today, May 31, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The conference call will be simultaneously broadcast live over the Internet at An online archive of the broadcast will be available within approximately one hour of the completion of the call and will be accessible at until June 30, 2018. In addition, an audio replay of the call will be available shortly after its conclusion and will be archived until June 7, 2018. This call may be accessed by dialing 1-844-512-2921 and using the passcode 13680247.

Non-GAAP Measure

In addition to financial measures prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), this press release contains a non-GAAP financial measure, Adjusted EBITDA. The presentation of this non-GAAP measure is not in accordance with GAAP, and should not be considered superior to or as a substitute for net income or net loss, or any other measure of performance derived in accordance with GAAP. The Company believes the inclusion of this non-GAAP measure provides useful supplemental information to investors regarding the underlying performance of the Company’s business operations, especially when comparing such results to previous periods. This non-GAAP measure is not an alternative for measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP and may be different from similarly titled non-GAAP measures used by other companies. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure to its most directly comparable GAAP measure as provided in the table below.

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as Net income (loss), adjusted for Income tax provision (benefit); Other income; Interest expense, net; Depreciation and Amortization; Impairment of long-lived assets; and certain discretionary items. Please see “Non-GAAP Measure” above and the reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure to the comparable GAAP measure that follows in the table below.

About Christopher & Banks

Christopher & Banks Corporation is a Minneapolis-based national specialty retailer featuring exclusively designed privately branded women’s apparel and accessories. As of May 31, 2018, the Company operates 462 stores in 45 states consisting of 314 MPW stores, 79 Outlet stores, 36 Christopher & Banks stores, and 33 stores in its women’s plus size clothing division CJ Banks. The Company also operates the eCommerce website.

Keywords: Christopher & Banks, CJ Banks, Women’s Clothing, Plus Size Clothing, Petites, Extended Sizes, Outfits.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release and in our upcoming earnings conference call may constitute forward-looking statements, made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which reflect our current views with respect to certain events that could have an effect on our future performance. The forward-looking statements relate to expectations concerning matters that are not historical facts and may use the words “will”, "expect", "anticipate", "plan", "intend", "project", "believe", “should”, "drive" "in order to" and similar expressions.Except for historical information, matters discussed in this press release or on our earnings conference call may be considered forward-looking statements.

These forward-looking statements are based largely on information currently available to our management and our current expectations, assumptions, plans, estimates, judgments and projections about our business and our industry, and are subject to a number of uncertainties and risks, as well as assumptions that, if they do not fully materialize or prove incorrect, could cause the Company's future performance and financial results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.We cannot guarantee their accuracy or our future performance, and there are a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties, contingencies, and other factors (many of which are outside our control) that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.Accordingly, there is no assurance that our expectations will, in fact, be achieved or that our estimates or assumptions will be correct, and we caution investors and all others not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements.

Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from estimates or projections contained in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those factors described in Item 1A, “Risk Factors” and in the “Forward-Looking Statements” disclosure in “Item 7.Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” of our latest annual report on Form 10-K.All forward-looking statements that are made or attributable to us are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary notice.The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that projected results expressed or implied in such statements will not be realized.


*   Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. Please see “Non-GAAP Measures” below and reconciliations of this non-GAAP measure to the comparable GAAP measure that follows in the table below.
(in thousands, except per share data)
Thirteen Weeks Ended
May 5, April 29,
2018 2017
Net sales $ 85,901 $ 88,556
Merchandise, buying and occupancy costs   58,557   58,018
Gross profit 27,344 30,538
Other Operating Expenses:
Selling, general and administrative 29,746 30,974
Depreciation and amortization 2,816 3,099
Impairment of long-lived assets     70
Total other operating expenses   32,562   34,143
Operating loss (5,218) (3,605)
Interest expense, net   (58)   (31)
Loss before income taxes


Income tax provision   43   52
Net loss $ (5,319) $ (3,688)
Basic loss per share:
Net loss $ (0.14) $ (0.10)
Basic shares outstanding   37,297   37,090
Diluted loss per share:
Net loss $ (0.14) $ (0.10)
Diluted shares outstanding   37,297   37,090


(in thousands)
May 5, April 29,
2018 2017
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 18,073 $ 28,270
Accounts receivable 4,661 3,953
Merchandise inventories 46,380 42,068
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 4,806 4,539
Income taxes receivable   218   551
Total current assets 74,138 79,381
Property, equipment and improvements, net 40,302 54,335
Other non-current assets:
Deferred income taxes 597 331
Other assets   1,068   597
Total other non-current assets   1,665   928
Total assets $ 116,105 $ 134,644
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 18,622 $ 17,349
Accrued salaries, wages and related expenses 3,538 6,476
Accrued liabilities and other current liabilities   23,226   24,996
Total current liabilities 45,386 48,821
Non-current liabilities:
Deferred lease incentives 7,366 8,671
Deferred rent obligations 6,458 6,625
Other non-current liabilities   9,477   2,637
Total non-current liabilities 23,301 17,933
Stockholders' equity:
Common stock 478 473
Additional paid-in capital 127,993 126,798
Retained earnings 31,658 53,330
Common stock held in treasury   (112,711)   (112,711)
Total stockholders' equity   47,418   67,890
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 116,105 $ 134,644


(in thousands)
Thirteen Weeks Ended
May 5, April 29,
2018 2017
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net loss $ (5,319) $ (3,688)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used
in operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization 2,816 3,099
Impairment of long-lived assets 70
Deferred income taxes, net (9)
Amortization of financing costs 16 16
Deferred lease-related liabilities (89) (291)
Stock-based compensation expense 351 289
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (2,035) (1,404)
Merchandise inventories (5,019) (5,234)
Prepaid expenses and other assets (2,131) (1,090)
Income taxes receivable (46) (35)
Accounts payable (2,223) 3,378
Accrued liabilities (3,707) (1,613)
Other liabilities   7   1,912
Net cash used in operating activities (17,379) (4,600)
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchases of property, equipment and improvements (947) (2,130)
Proceeds from sale of assets   13,329  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities 12,382 (2,130)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Shares redeemed for payroll taxes (7) (6)
Proceeds from short-term borrowings 9,100
Payments of short-term borrowings   (9,100)  
Net cash used in financing activities   (7)   (6)
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (5,004) (6,736)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   23,077   35,006
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 18,073 $ 28,270
Supplemental cash flow information:
Interest paid $ 58 $ 31
Income taxes paid (refunded) $ 107 $ (36)
Accrued purchases of equipment and improvements $ 319 $ 243
(in thousands)

The following table reconciles from Net loss in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)
to Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, for the thirteen weeks ended May 5, 2018 and April 29, 2017:

Thirteen Weeks Ended
May 5, April 29,
2018   2017
Net loss on a GAAP basis $ (5,319) $ (3,688)
Income tax provision 43 52
Interest expense, net (58) (31)
Depreciation & amortization 2,816 3,099
Impairment of long-lived assets 70
Lease termination fees and other related costs, net   161   195
Adjusted EBITDA $ (2,241) $ (241)
(in thousands, except per share data)

The following table reconciles Net loss per share in accordance with GAAP to Adjusted net loss per share,
on a non-GAAP basis, for the thirteen weeks ended May 5, 2018 and April 29, 2017:

Thirteen Weeks Ended
May 5, April 29,
2018 2017
Pretax   Net of tax      

Per share

Pretax   Net of tax      

Per share

GAAP net loss per share $ (0.14) $ (0.10)
Lease termination fees and other related costs, net 161   160       0.00 195   192       0.01
Adjusted loss per share $ (0.14) $ (0.09)

Source: Christopher & Banks Corporation

Christopher & Banks Corporation
Marc Ungerman, 763-551-5000
Interim Chief Financial Officer and
Vice President, Controller
Investor Relations
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