American Eagle Outfitters Reports First Quarter Results, Comp Sales Increased 2%, Six Million Shares Repurchased

PITTSBURGH--()--American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (NYSE:AEO) today reported EPS of $0.14 for the first quarter ended April 29, 2017. Excluding restructuring and related charges of $0.02 per diluted share, the company’s adjusted EPS was $0.16 for the first quarter.

Jay Schottenstein, Chief Executive Officer commented, "The first quarter results reflected mall traffic headwinds, especially early in the quarter, with improved trends over Easter and a strong digital business throughout. As we look ahead, we are taking the right steps to improve our results and adjust our business for today’s rapidly evolving retail environment. We are creating efficiencies across our organization, as we aim to continue capitalizing on the strength of our brands, product leadership and other competitive advantages. The six million shares repurchased this quarter reflects the company’s strong cash flow, healthy balance sheet and confidence in our brands and long-term strategic initiatives."

First Quarter 2017 Results

  • Total net revenue increased 2% to $762 million from $749 million last year.
  • Consolidated comparable sales were up 2%, following a 6% increase last year.
  • Gross profit decreased to $278 million from $293 million last year with a gross margin rate of 36.5% to revenue compared to 39.2% last year, a 270 basis point decline. The margin declined primarily due to increased promotional activity and higher shipping costs related to a strong digital business.
  • Selling, general and administrative expense declined 1% to $195 million compared to $196 million last year, and leveraged 60 basis points to a rate of 25.6% to revenue. Higher advertising expense was offset by lower compensation expense and favorability across a number of other expense categories.
  • Operating income of $37 million, which includes $5 million of restructuring charges, compared to $59 million last year. Adjusted operating income* of $42 million compared to $59 million last year with a rate of 5.6% to revenue compared to 7.8% last year.
  • The effective tax rate decreased to 32.4% compared to 36.4% last year, reflecting the impact of discrete items this quarter.
  • EPS of $0.14 compared to EPS of $0.22 last year. Adjusted EPS* of $0.16 compared to EPS of $0.22 last year.

* The preceding adjusted amounts are based on Non-GAAP results, as presented in the accompanying GAAP to Non-GAAP reconciliation.

Restructuring and Related Charges

In the first quarter, the company had charges totaling $5.4 million, approximately $0.02 per share, consisting primarily of severance and related charges corresponding to home office restructuring and the previously announced initiative to explore the closure or conversion of company owned and operated stores in Hong Kong, China, and the United Kingdom to licensed partnerships.

Shareholder Returns, Cash

During the first quarter, the company returned $110 million to shareholders through cash dividends and share repurchases. We paid dividends of $22 million and repurchased six million shares for $88 million. The remaining authorization under the current repurchase program is 19 million shares. We ended the quarter with total cash of $225 million compared to $239 million last year.


Total ending inventories at cost increased 9% to $364 million. Ending units were flat compared to last year, while the average unit cost was up 9% to last year. The increase in average unit cost reflects a higher mix of AE bottoms and Aerie apparel, consistent with our merchandise strategy.

Capital Expenditures

In the first quarter, capital expenditures totaled $40 million. We continue to expect fiscal year 2017 capital expenditures in the range of $160 million to $170 million, with roughly half of the spend related to store remodeling projects and new openings, and the balance to support the e-commerce business, omni-channel tools and general corporate maintenance.

Store Information

In fiscal 2017, the company plans to open a total of 35 American Eagle Outfitters and Aerie stores throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Management plans to close between 25 and 40 store locations in 2017. Internationally, the company plans to open 45 licensed stores and close 2 licensed locations. For additional store information, see the accompanying table.

Second Quarter Outlook

Based on anticipated comparable store sales in the range of flat to a low single digit decline, management expects second quarter 2017 EPS to be approximately $0.15 to $0.17. This guidance excludes potential asset impairment and restructuring charges, and compares to EPS of $0.23 last year.

Conference Call and Supplemental Financial Information

Today, management will host a conference call and real time webcast at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To listen to the call, dial 1-877-407-0789 or internationally dial 1-201-689-8562 or go to to access the webcast and audio replay. Also, a financial results presentation is posted on the company’s website.

Non-GAAP Measures

This press release includes information on non-GAAP financial measures (“non-GAAP” or “adjusted”), including earnings per share information and the consolidated results of operations excluding non-GAAP items. These financial measures are not based on any standardized methodology prescribed by U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) and are not necessarily comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. The company believes that this non-GAAP information is useful as an additional means for investors to evaluate the company’s operating performance, when reviewed in conjunction with the company’s GAAP financial statements. These amounts are not determined in accordance with GAAP and therefore, should not be used exclusively in evaluating the company’s business and operations.

About American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.

American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (NYSE: AEO) is a leading global specialty retailer offering high-quality, on-trend clothing, accessories and personal care products at affordable prices under its American Eagle Outfitters® and Aerie® brands. The company operates more than 1,000 stores in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, and ships to 81 countries worldwide through its websites. American Eagle Outfitters and Aerie merchandise also is available at more than 170 international locations operated by licensees. For more information, please visit

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This release contains forward-looking statements, which represent our expectations or beliefs concerning future events, including second quarter 2017 results. All forward-looking statements made by the company involve material risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on factors beyond the company's control. Such factors include, but are not limited to the risk that the company’s operating, financial and capital plans may not be achieved and the risks described in the Risk Factor Section of the company's Form 10-K and Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Accordingly, the company's future performance and financial results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in any such forward-looking statements. The company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements even if future changes make it clear that projected results expressed or implied will not be realized.

(Dollars in thousands)
April 29, January 28, April 30,
2017 2017 2016
(unaudited) (unaudited)
Cash and cash equivalents $ 225,197 $ 378,613 $ 238,976
Merchandise inventory 364,274 358,446 334,301
Accounts receivable 79,432 86,634 73,283
Prepaid expenses and other 94,769   77,536   82,767  
Total current assets 763,672   901,229   729,327  
Property and equipment, net 710,500 707,797 706,221
Intangible assets, net 48,462 49,373 51,432
Goodwill 14,772 14,887 17,520
Non-current deferred income taxes 33,408 49,250 38,903
Other assets 62,379   60,124   52,893  
Total Assets $ 1,633,193   $ 1,782,660   $ 1,596,296  
Accounts payable $ 208,857 $ 246,204 $ 202,692
Accrued compensation and payroll taxes 31,106 54,184 34,838
Accrued rent 78,018 78,619 77,477
Accrued income and other taxes 12,446 12,220 6,915
Unredeemed gift cards and gift certificates 39,744 52,966 38,508
Current portion of deferred lease credits 12,743 12,780 12,850
Other current liabilities and accrued expenses 37,677   36,810   45,206  
Total current liabilities 420,591   493,783   418,486  
Deferred lease credits 56,551 45,114 54,738
Non-current accrued income taxes 4,655 4,537 4,675
Other non-current liabilities 33,523   34,657   41,089  
Total non-current liabilities 94,729   84,308   100,502  
Commitments and contingencies - - -
Preferred stock - - -
Common stock 2,496 2,496 2,496
Contributed capital 582,512 603,890 583,689
Accumulated other comprehensive income (32,671 ) (36,462 ) (24,484 )
Retained earnings 1,774,315 1,775,775 1,675,031
Treasury stock (1,208,779 ) (1,141,130 ) (1,159,424 )
Total stockholders' equity 1,117,873   1,204,569   1,077,308  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 1,633,193   $ 1,782,660   $ 1,596,296  
Current Ratio 1.82 1.83 1.74
(Dollars and shares in thousands, except per share amounts)
GAAP Basis
13 Weeks Ended
April 29, % of April 30, % of
2017   Revenue     2016   Revenue
Total net revenue $ 761,836 100.0 % $ 749,416 100.0 %

Cost of sales, including certain buying, occupancy and warehousing expenses

484,014   63.5 % 455,964   60.8 %
Gross profit 277,822 36.5 % 293,452 39.2 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses 194,979 25.6 % 195,993 26.2 %
Restructuring charges 5,448 0.7 % - 0.0 %
Depreciation and amortization 40,446   5.3 % 38,783   5.1 %
Operating income 36,949 4.9 % 58,676 7.8 %
Other income (expense), net 403   0.0 % 4,935   0.7 %
Income before income taxes 37,352 4.9 % 63,611 8.5 %
Provision for income taxes 12,116   1.6 % 23,135   3.1 %
Net income $ 25,236   3.3 % $ 40,476   5.4 %
Net income per diluted share $ 0.14 $ 0.22

Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic

179,312 180,697

Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted

181,678 182,927
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
13 Weeks Ended
April 29, 2017
Operating income Diluted income
(loss) Net income per common share
GAAP Basis $ 36,949 $ 25,236 $ 0.14
% of Revenue 4.9 % 3.3 %

Add:Restructuring Charges (1):

5,448 3,439 0.02
Non-GAAP Basis $ 42,397 $ 28,675 $ 0.16
% of Revenue 5.6 % 3.7 %

(1) $5.4 million pre-tax restructuring charges for severance and related charges, which includes corporate overhead reductions and charges for the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and China.

First Quarter
Comparable Sales
2017 2016
American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (1) 2 % 6 %
AE Total Brand (1) -1 % 4 %
aerie Total Brand (1) 25 % 32 %

(1) AEO Direct is included in consolidated and total brand comparable sales.

First Quarter Fiscal 2017
2017 Guidance
Consolidated stores at beginning of period 1,050 1,050
Consolidated stores opened during the period
AE Brand 3 15-20
aerie 2 15
Tailgate Clothing Co. 0 1
Todd Snyder 1 1
Consolidated stores closed during the period
AE Brand (2) (20) - (30)
aerie (1) (5) - (10)
Total consolidated stores at end of period 1,053 1,042 - 1,062
Stores remodeled and refurbished during the period 14 50
Total gross square footage at end of period 6,637,435 Not Provided
International license locations at end of period (1) 189 221

(1) International license locations are not included in the consolidated store data or the total gross square footage calculation.


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