News Release

Christopher & Banks Corporation Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2020 Financial Results

December 10, 2020 at 6:30 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 10, 2020-- Christopher & Banks Corporation (OTC: CBKC), a specialty women’s apparel retailer, today reported results for the third quarter ended October 31, 2020.

Third Quarter Fiscal 2020 Highlights:

  • Net sales decreased 22.6% to $72.8 million compared to the same period last year due to lower sales in retail stores, partially offset by 32.4% growth in its eCommerce business
  • Net loss totaled $10.8 million, or ($0.29) per share, compared to a net income of $0.5 million, or $0.01 per share in the same prior year period
  • Adjusted EBITDA* was negative $8.2 million compared to $2.8 million in the same period last year

Keri Jones, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “While we saw sequential improvement in our sales trends in the third quarter, results did not meet our expectations. We have not seen the level of sales recovery that we had anticipated. We believe that COVID has had an outsized impact on our customer demographic as her shopping behavior is more pragmatic with limited demand for new outfits in the absence of social engagements. In addition, based on our own retail traffic trends we believe she remains hesitant to shop in stores. Quarter-to-date, trends have remained consistent with our third quarter performance. As a result of our expectation that COVID will continue to negatively impact sales over the next several months, we made the decision to engage external advisors, including an investment banker, as we work to refinance our debt and explore other strategic alternatives.

While COVID has had an outsized impact on the customer demographic we serve, we believe that once we enter the post-pandemic world, she will return to her trusted resource for fashion, quality and value. Since I joined Christopher and Banks, we developed and executed a strategic plan that included an enhanced product assortment, a more impactful approach to marketing, elevated customer service and delivery of a full omni-channel shopping experience. During the period we also took aggressive measures to reduce occupancy and non-merchandising related costs. Through the execution of these strategies, we drove a positive comparable sales, operating margin expansion and drew new customers to the brand prior to the impact of COVID. If given adequate financial runway, we continue to believe in our long term potential based on the strategic foundation we have established, our loyal customer following and the traction we have gained in attracting new customers to our brand.” Ms. Jones concluded.

Results for the Third Quarter Ended October 31, 2020

  • Net sales decreased 22.6 % to $72.8 million, due to the decline in retail store sales, partially offset by a 32.4% increase in eCommerce sales.
  • Gross margin rate was 24.6%, as compared to 33.9% in last year's third quarter. This decrease reflected lower merchandise margin due to markdowns, higher shipping costs from increased eCommerce orders and split shipments related to ship from store orders and deleverage due to lower revenues. In addition, occupancy cost deleveraged approximately 30 basis points despite the $2.8 million reduction from savings related to lease negotiations in 2019 as well as 2020. The Company books occupancy at full contract rents until a fully signed amendment is signed and therefore gross profit does not fully reflect rent concessions or deferrals related to COVID.
  • Selling, general & administrative expenses (“SG&A”) declined $3.0 million, or 10.1%, from last year's third quarter primarily due to lower store and corporate compensation, marketing, professional services and store operations costs, partially offset by an increase in medical insurance claims, and online marketing costs. As a percentage of sales, SG&A expense delevered 500 basis points to 36.1%.

Balance Sheet Highlights and Capital Expenditures

Cash and cash equivalents totaled $1.2 million. As of October 31, 2020, bank borrowings under the Company’s Credit Facility totaled $10.1 million, with $6.8 million of availability under its Credit Facility. The Company has $5 million outstanding under its Term Loan Facility. The Company applied loan proceeds from its $10 million PPP loan toward the payment of qualified payroll expenses in accordance with the conditions of the loan agreement. The Company subsequently submitted a loan forgiveness application to the SBA on October 27th and believes that the SBA will approve the PPP Loan forgiveness application and that the loan principal will be entirely forgiven under the CARES Act.

Total inventory was $47.3 million at the end of the third quarter of 2020, compared to $46.4 million at the end of the same period last year. In-transit inventory increased $8.8 million to last year due to a large portion of fall receipts shifting out approximately 3-4 weeks due to COVID-related impacts to our supply chain.

Strategic Alternatives

The Company has experienced, and could continue to experience, impacts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the Company's revenues, results of operations and cash flows continue to be materially adversely impacted, which raises substantial doubt about the Company's ability to continue as a going concern within one year after the date of the accompanying unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements. The Company continues to take short term measures to increase its liquidity and sources of financing. However, conditions remain challenging and the Company has engaged strategic advisors including B. Riley Securities Inc. to assist with management's evaluation and pursuit of available strategic alternatives. Various alternatives are being evaluated to improve the Company’s liquidity and financial position, including but not limited to, further lease concessions and deferrals, further reductions of operating and capital expenditures, raising additional capital including seeking a refinancing of the Company's debt, sale of the Company or its assets and restructuring its debt and liabilities through a private restructuring or a restructuring under the protection of applicable bankruptcy laws. However, there can be no assurance that the Company will be able to improve its financial position and liquidity, complete a refinancing, raise additional capital or successfully restructure its indebtedness and liabilities. The Company’s strategic plans are not yet finalized and are subject to numerous uncertainties including negotiations with creditors and investors and conditions in the credit and capital markets.

The Company does not intend to disclose further developments unless and until the Board of Directors has approved a specific transaction or otherwise determined that disclosure is appropriate.

Outlook

Due to the continued uncertainty from the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the Company will not be providing guidance for fiscal 2020 at this time.

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*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; Lease termination fees and related costs, Executive Severance; Stock compensation; Impairment of long-lived assets; and certain discretionary items. Please see “Non-GAAP Measures” below and reconciliations of this non-GAAP measure to the comparable GAAP measure that follows in the table below.

Conference Call Information

The Company will discuss its third quarter fiscal 2020 results in a conference call scheduled for today, December 10, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial (877) 705-6003 or (201) 493-6725 if calling internationally. Please dial in approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. The conference call will be simultaneously broadcast live over the Internet at http://www.christopherandbanks.com. An online archive of the broadcast will be available within approximately one hour of the completion of the call and will be accessible at http://www.christopherandbanks.com for thirty days. In addition, an audio replay of the call will be available shortly after its conclusion and will be archived until December 17, 2020. This call may be accessed by dialing 1-844-512-2921 and using the passcode 13713503.

Non-GAAP Measures

In addition to financial measures prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), this press release contains non-GAAP financial measures, Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted loss per share. The presentation of these non-GAAP measures 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 these non-GAAP measures provides useful supplemental information to investors regarding the underlying performance of the Company’s business operations, especially when comparing such results to previous periods. These non-GAAP measures are 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 measures to its most directly comparable GAAP measure as provided in the tables below.

About Christopher & Banks

Christopher & Banks Corporation is a Minneapolis-based specialty retailer featuring exclusively designed privately branded women’s apparel and accessories. As of December 10, 2020, the Company operates 450 stores in 44 states consisting of 315 MPW stores, 76 Outlet stores, 31 Christopher & Banks stores, and 28 stores in its women’s plus size clothing division CJ Banks. The Company also operates the www.ChristopherandBanks.com eCommerce website.

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, : the risk that the Company’s exploration of strategic alternatives may not improve the Company’s liquidity or financial position; the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health and safety of the Company’s associates, the Company’s supply chain and operations, and customer demand for our merchandise; the magnitude and duration of shutdowns and other restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic; the Company’s ability to make rent payments under the terms of its leases or to secure relief from its landlords for such payments, including the related impact on the Company’s liquidity; the Company’s ability to satisfy covenant requirements under its indebtedness and to make payments of principal and interest as they come due; fundamental shifts in the retail industry and the competitive environment; the ability to successfully implement and optimize our omni-channel retail strategy; changes in U.S. trade policies, including the imposition of tariffs on apparel or accessories or an escalation in the current trade war with China; our reliance on foreign sources of production; the actual or alleged failure of our suppliers or the factories they use to comply with applicable laws or follow acceptable labor practices; costs of raw materials, commodities, transportation or labor; a failure to attract, retain or recruit key personnel; our dependence on a single facility to conduct our operations and distribute our merchandise; and cyber security risks and our incurrence of additional expenses in order to mitigate such risks or respond to unauthorized access to our data. For additional information regarding these and other risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the Company’s forward-looking statements, please refer 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 and in our subsequent Form 10-Q Reports. 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.

 

CHRISTOPHER & BANKS CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)

 
Thirteen Weeks Ended Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
October 31, November 2, October 31, November 2,

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

Net sales $

72,797

$

94,061

$

171,403

$

260,724

Merchandise, buying and occupancy costs

54,862

62,135

143,364

178,710

Gross profit

17,935

31,926

28,039

82,014

Other operating expenses:
Selling, general and administrative

26,308

29,271

64,192

86,213

Depreciation and amortization

1,993

1,997

5,769

6,578

Impairment of store assets

181

445

311

Total other operating expenses

28,482

31,268

70,406

93,102

Operating (loss) income

(10,547)

658

(42,367)

(11,088)

Interest expense, net

(270)

(138)

(823)

(405)

(Loss) income before income taxes

(10,817)

520

(43,190)

(11,493)

Income tax (benefit) provision

(9)

33

(50)

113

Net (loss) income $

(10,808)

$

487

$

(43,140)

$

(11,606)

 
Basic (loss) income per share:
Net (loss) income $

(0.29)

$

0.01

$

(1.14)

$

(0.31)

Basic shares outstanding

37,855

37,495

37,728

37,755

 
Diluted (loss) income per share:
Net (loss) income $

(0.29)

$

0.01

$

(1.14)

$

(0.31)

Diluted shares outstanding

37,855

37,552

37,728

37,755

 
CHRISTOPHER & BANKS CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 

October 31,

 

November 2,

 

 

2020

 

2019

ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $

1,202

$

2,150

Accounts receivable

3,209

4,642

Merchandise inventories

47,262

46,394

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

4,123

4,188

Income taxes receivable

362

334

Total current assets

56,158

57,708

Non-current assets:
Property, equipment and improvements, net

20,010

26,560

Operating lease assets

94,974

115,329

Deferred income taxes

613

499

Other assets

1,081

565

Total non-current assets

116,678

142,953

Total assets $

172,836

$

200,661

 
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $

35,151

$

23,577

Short-term borrowings

13,978

4,550

Current portion of long-term debt

667

Current portion of long-term lease liabilities

23,824

26,760

Accrued salaries, wages and related expenses

3,494

3,449

Accrued liabilities and other current liabilities

22,883

21,470

Total current liabilities

99,997

79,806

 
Non-current liabilities:
Deferred lease incentives

Long-term lease liabilities

88,964

106,146

Long-term debt

14,333

Other non-current liabilities

3,120

2,006

Total non-current liabilities

106,417

108,152

 
Stockholders' equity:
Common stock

454

452

Additional paid-in capital

129,865

129,273

Accumulated deficit

(51,022)

(4,147)

Common stock held in treasury

(112,875)

(112,875)

Total stockholders' equity

(33,578)

12,703

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $

172,836

$

200,661

 

CHRISTOPHER & BANKS CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended

 

 

October 31,

 

November 2,

 

    

2020

 

2019

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net loss

$

                               (43,140)

$

                           (11,606)

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

Depreciation and amortization

 

                                   5,769

 

                              6,578

Impairment of store assets

                                      445

                                 311

Amortization of financing costs

 

                                      140

 

                                   46

Lease expense

                                 15,176

                            19,320

Stock-based compensation expense

 

                                      463

 

                                 570

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

 

                                    (234)

 

                             (1,875)

Merchandise inventories

 

                                 (5,564)

 

                             (5,355)

Prepaid expenses and other assets

 

                                      233

 

                                (712)

Income taxes receivable

 

                                      (71)

 

                                  (66)

Accounts payable

 

                                 11,500

 

                              5,787

Accrued liabilities

 

                                 (2,458)

 

                             (2,717)

Lease liabilities

                               (13,190)

                           (20,954)

Other liabilities

 

                                   1,307

 

                                (230)

Net cash used in operating activities

 

                               (29,624)

 

                           (10,903)

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

Purchases of property, equipment and improvements

 

                                    (933)

 

                             (1,632)

Net cash used in investing activities

 

                                    (933)

 

                             (1,632)

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

Shares redeemed for payroll taxes

 

                                        (9)

 

                                    (6)

Proceeds from bank credit facility

                                 18,155

                            15,400

Payments of bank credit facility

                                 (8,048)

                           (10,850)

Payments for debt issuance costs

                                    (408)

                                   —

Proceeds from long-term borrowings

                                 15,000

                                   —

Proceeds from secured vendor financing program

                                   3,871

                                   —

Acquisition of common stock held in treasury, at cost

                                        —

                                  (98)

Net cash provided by financing activities

 

                                 28,561

 

                              4,446

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

 

                                 (1,996)

 

                             (8,089)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

                                   3,198

 

                            10,239

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

                                   1,202

$

                              2,150

 

Supplemental cash flow information:

Interest paid

$

                                      883

$

                                 405

Income taxes paid

$

                                        64

$

                                 263

Accrued purchases of property, equipment and improvements

$

                                      136

$

                                   93

 

 

CHRISTOPHER & BANKS CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

GAAP TO NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION OF NET (LOSS) INCOME TO ADJUSTED EBITDA

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

The following table reconciles from Net (loss) income in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) to Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, for the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2020 and November 2, 2019:

 

Thirteen Weeks Ended

 

 

Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended

 

 

October 31,

 

 

November 2,

 

 

October 31,

 

 

November 2,

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

 

2020

 

 

 

2019

Net (loss) income on a GAAP basis

$

                                                (10,808)

$

                                                       487

$

                         (43,140)

$

                         (11,606)

Income tax (benefit) provision

                                                         (9)

 

                                                         33

                                (50)

                               113

Interest expense,  net

                                                     (270)

                                                     (138)

                              (823)

                              (405)

Depreciation & amortization

                                                    1,993

 

                                                    1,997

                            5,769

                            6,578

Impairment of store assets

                                                       181

 

                                                         —

                               445

                               311

Lease termination fees and other related costs, net

                                                         —

                                                         —

                                 —

                               144

Executive severance

                                                         —

                                                         —

                                 —

                               396

Stock based compensation

                                                       154

                                                       157

                               463

                               570

Adjusted EBITDA

$

                                                  (8,219)

$

                                                    2,812

$

                         (35,690)

$

                           (3,089)

 

 

CHRISTOPHER & BANKS CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

GAAP TO NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION OF (LOSS) INCOME PER SHARE

(in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)

 

The following table reconciles Net (loss) income per share in accordance with GAAP to Adjusted net (loss) income per share, on a non-GAAP basis, for the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2020 and November 2, 2019:

 
 

Thirteen Weeks Ended

October 31,

 

 

November 2,

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

Pretax

 

Net of tax

 

Per share amounts

Pretax

 

Net of tax

 

Per share amounts

GAAP net (loss) income per share

 $

         (0.29)

 $

           0.01

Adjustments

Impairment of store assets

            181

            181

0.00

              —

              —

0.00

Lease termination fees and other related costs, net

              —

              —

0.00

              —

              —

0.00

Stock based compensation

            154

            154

0.00

            157

            147

0.00

Adjusted (loss) income per share

 

 

 

 $

         (0.29)

 

 

 

$

           0.01

 

Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended

October 31,

 

 

November 2,

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

Pretax

 

Net of tax

 

Per share amounts

Pretax

 

Net of tax

 

Per share amounts

GAAP net loss per share

 $

         (1.14)

 $

         (0.31)

Adjustments

Impairment of store assets

            445

444

0.01

            311

            308

0.01

Lease termination fees and other related costs, net

              —

              —

0.00

            144

            143

0.00

Executive Severance

              —

              —

0.00

            396

            392

0.01

Stock based compensation

            463

462

0.01

            570

            564

0.02

Adjusted loss per share

 

 

 

 $

         (1.12)

 

 

 

$

         (0.27)

 

COMPANY CONTACT:
Richard Bundy
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
(763) 551-5000

INVESTOR RELATIONS CONTACT:
Jean Fontana
ICR, Inc.
(646) 277-1214

Source: Christopher & Banks Corporation