Vince Holding Corp. Reports First Quarter 2015 Results

NEW YORK, June 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --Vince Holding Corp. (NYSE: VNCE), a leading contemporary fashion brand ("Vince" or the "Company"), today reported unaudited results for the first quarter of fiscal 2015.

For the first quarter ended May 2, 2015:

  • Net sales increased 12.0% to $59.8 million from $53.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2014. The wholesale segment increased 2.6% to $38.3 million and the direct-to-consumer segment increased 33.6% to $21.6 million over the first quarter of fiscal 2014. Comparable store sales increased 9.7%, including ecommerce sales.
  • Gross profit increased 16.4% to $30.7 million from $26.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2014. Gross profit as a percentage of net sales increased 200 basis points to 51.4% from 49.4% in fiscal 2014.
  • Selling, general, and administrative expenses were $25.6 million or 42.9% of sales compared to $21.2 million or 39.7% of sales in the first quarter of fiscal 2014. The increase in SG&A was largely driven by store labor and occupancy costs associated with 13 new store openings since the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2014, as well as increased stock compensation expense compared to last year's first quarter.
  • Operating income was $5.1 million or 8.5% of sales compared to $5.2 million or 9.7% of sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2014.
  • Net income increased 77.3% to $2.5 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, compared to $1.4 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2014.
  • During the first quarter of 2015, the Company opened four new stores, ending the quarter with 41 company-operated stores.

Jill Granoff, Chief Executive Officer of Vince, commented, "Our first quarter performance was generally in line with our expectations, with double-digit sales and profit growth in a challenging environment. Our results were driven by a 34% increase in our direct-to-consumer segment sales, a modest increase in our wholesale segment sales and gross margin expansion of 200 basis points. We believe that Vince continues to resonate with consumers as a premium contemporary fashion brand offering everyday luxury essentials and modern effortless style."

Balance Sheet

The Company voluntarily paid down $4.9 million of debt during the first quarter of fiscal 2015, resulting in total debt outstanding of $83.1 million as of May 2, 2015. The Company had availability under its Revolving Credit Facility of $22.2 million as of May 2, 2015.

Inventory at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2015 was $41.2 million versus $31.9 million at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2014. The planned year-over-year inventory increase was driven primarily by 13 new store openings since the end of the first quarter of last year, increased in-transit inventory as a result of our operational improvement initiatives, and new handbag inventory.

Capital expenditures for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 totaled $6.3 million, $3.4 million of which was primarily attributable to new stores and shop-in-shop build-outs.

Updated 2015 Outlook

Ms. Granoff continued, "Despite our solid first quarter performance, we are lowering our guidance for the full fiscal year based on current business trends and other macro dynamics. While we are still projecting double-digit sales growth in our retail, ecommerce, international and licensing channels, we are now projecting a low double-digit decline in our domestic wholesale channel versus last year due primarily to reduced off-price shipments and a reduction in our anticipated full-price reorder rate. In addition, we are now planning comp sales growth inclusive of ecommerce sales for the remainder of the year in the high single digit range. While we are lowering our sales expectation for the year, we still plan to deliver a high-teens operating margin. We remain confident that we are taking the appropriate actions that will drive both sales and profit growth over the long term as Vince continues its evolution into a global, dual gender, multi-channel lifestyle brand."

For fiscal 2015, the Company now expects to:

  • Achieve total net sales of $340 million to $350 million, including revenues from 10 to 11 new retail stores and comparable sales growth inclusive of ecommerce sales in the high single digit range.
  • Expand gross margin 50 to 75 basis points.
  • Increase selling, general, and administrative expenses as a percent of net sales by 350 to 400 basis points over the adjusted fiscal 2014 rate of 28.2%.
  • Generate diluted earnings per share of $0.85 to $0.90.
  • Spend $17 million to $20 million in capital expenditures, consistent with prior guidance.

The Company also announced that on June 2, 2015 the Board of Directors elected Mr. Marc Leder, co-Chief Executive Officer of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., as Chairman of the Board.

2015 First Quarter Earnings Conference Call

A conference call to discuss the first quarter results will be held today, June 4, 2015, at 4:15 pm. ET, hosted by Vince Holding Corp. Chief Executive Officer, Jill Granoff, and Chief Financial Officer, Lisa Klinger. During the conference call, the Company may answer questions concerning business and financial developments, trends and other business or financial matters. The Company's responses to these questions, as well as other matters discussed during the conference call, may contain or constitute information that has not been previously disclosed.

Those who wish to participate in the call may do so by dialing (877) 201-0168 conference ID 29663550. Any interested party will also have the opportunity to access the call via the Internet at http://investors.vince.com/. To listen to the live call, please go to the website at least 15 minutes early to register and download any necessary audio software. For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, a recording will be available for 30 days after the date of the event. Recordings may be accessed at http://investors.vince.com/.

ABOUT VINCE

VINCE is a leading contemporary fashion brand best known for modern effortless style and everyday luxury essentials. Established in 2002, the brand now offers a wide range of women's, men's and children's apparel, women's and men's footwear, and handbags. Vince products are sold in prestige distribution worldwide, including over 2,500 distribution locations across 42 countries. With corporate headquarters in New York and its design studio in Los Angeles, the Company operates 32 full-price retail stores, 10 outlet stores and its ecommerce site, VINCE.com. Please visit www.VINCE.com for more information.

Forward Looking Statements: This document, and any statements incorporated by reference herein, contains forward-looking statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements often include words such as "may," "will," "should," "believe," "expect," "seek," "anticipate," "intend," "estimate," "plan," "target," "project," "forecast," "envision" and other similar phrases. Although we believe the assumptions and expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, these assumptions and expectations may not prove to be correct and we may not achieve the financial results or benefits anticipated. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of actual results. Our actual results may differ materially from those suggested in the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, some of which are beyond our control, including, without limitation: our ability to remain competitive in the areas of merchandise quality, price, breadth of selection, and customer service; our ability to anticipate and/or react to changes in customer demand and attract new customers; changes in consumer confidence and spending; our ability to maintain projected profit margins; unusual, unpredictable and/or severe weather conditions; the execution and management of our retail store growth, including the availability and cost of acceptable real estate locations for new store openings; the execution and management of our international expansion, including our ability to promote our brand and merchandise outside the U.S. and find suitable partners in certain geographies; our ability to expand our product offerings into new product categories including the ability to find suitable licensing partners; our ability to successfully implement our marketing initiatives; our ability to protect our trademarks in the U.S. and internationally; our ability to maintain the security of electronic and other confidential information; serious disruptions and catastrophic events; changes in global economies and credit and financial markets; competition; our ability to attract and retain key personnel; commodity, raw material and other cost increases; compliance with laws, regulations and orders; changes in laws and regulations; outcomes of litigation and proceedings and the availability of insurance, indemnification and other third-party coverage of any losses suffered in connection therewith; tax matters and other factors as set forth from time to time in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including under the heading "Risk Factors." We intend these forward-looking statements to speak only as of the time of this release and do not undertake to update or revise them as more information becomes available.

This press release is also available on the Vince Holding Corp. website (http://investors.vince.com/).

Lisa K. Klinger

Chief Financial Officer

(212) 515-2655

lklinger@vince.com

Vince Holding Corp. and Subsidiaries

Exhibit (1)

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited, amounts in thousands except percentages, share and per share data)







Three Months Ended




May 2,



May 3,




2015



2014


Net sales


$

59,842



$

53,452


Cost of products sold



29,101




27,041


Gross profit



30,741




26,411


as a % of net sales



51.4

%



49.4

%

Selling, general and administrative expenses



25,640




21,204


as a % of net sales



42.9

%



39.7

%

Income from operations



5,101




5,207


as a % of net sales



8.5

%



9.7

%

Interest expense, net



1,316




2,850


Other expense, net



141




50


Income before taxes



3,644




2,307


Income taxes



1,190




923


Net income


$

2,454



$

1,384


Earnings per share:









Basic earnings per share


$

0.07



$

0.04


Diluted earnings per share


$

0.06



$

0.04


Weighted average shares outstanding:









Basic



36,753,114




36,723,727


Diluted



37,971,612




38,071,048


Vince Holding Corp. and Subsidiaries

Exhibit (2)

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited, amounts in thousands)










May 2,



January 31,




2015



2015


ASSETS









Current assets:









Cash and cash equivalents


$

71



$

112


Trade receivables, net



17,396




33,797


Inventories, net



41,212




37,419


Prepaid expenses and other current assets



9,854




9,812


Total current assets



68,533




81,140


Property, plant and equipment, net



32,697




28,349


Intangible assets, net



109,494




109,644


Goodwill



63,746




63,746


Deferred income taxes and other assets



94,671




95,769


Total assets


$

369,141



$

378,648











LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY









Current liabilities:









Accounts payable


$

24,834



$

29,118


Accrued salaries and employee benefits



1,365




7,380


Other accrued expenses



28,413




27,992


Total current liabilities



54,612




64,490


Long-term debt



79,760




84,450


Deferred rent



13,207




11,676


Other liabilities



146,146




146,063


Stockholders' equity



75,416




71,969


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

369,141



$

378,648


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SOURCE Vince Holding Corp.

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