Zale Corporation Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2013 Results

Zale Corporation Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2013 Results

  • Comparable store sales up 2.8 percent; 9th consecutive positive quarter; Zales branded stores up 3.6 percent

  • Operating margin of 7.6 percent, up 110 basis points from prior year quarter

  • Net earnings up $0.25, or 32 percent, to $1.02 per diluted share

  • First half fiscal 2013 net earnings of $13 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, compared to loss of $3 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, in the prior year

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Zale Corporation (NYS: ZLC) today reported its financial results for the second quarter ended January 31, 2013.

"The growth achieved in the quarter was driven by our exclusive, branded collections. Further expanding these products and supporting them with compelling marketing and training is an important part of our growth strategy," commented Theo Killion, Chief Executive Officer.


Second Quarter Fiscal 2013 Results

Revenues were $671 million, an increase of $7 million, or 1.1 percent, compared to $664 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2012.

For the second quarter of fiscal 2013, comparable store sales increased 2.8 percent. This increase follows a 5.8 percent rise in the same period last year. At constant exchange rates, comparable store sales increased 2.2 percent.

  • Zales branded stores, consisting of Zales Jewelers and Zales Outlet, posted a comparable store sales increase of 3.6 percent, compared to an increase of 10.1 percent in the same period last year. U.S. Fine Jewelry brands including our regional brand, Gordon's Jewelers, posted a comparable store sales increase of 2.8 percent. This increase follows an 8.9 percent rise in the same period last year.

  • Canadian Fine Jewelry brands, consisting of Peoples Jewellers and Mappins Jewellers, posted a comparable store sales increase of 3.8 percent. This increase follows a 0.7 percent rise in the same period last year. At constant exchange rates, comparable store sales increased 0.5 percent in the second quarter of fiscal 2013, following an increase of 2.3 percent in the same period last year.

  • Piercing Pagoda, our Kiosk Jewelry business, posted a comparable store sales increase of 1.0 percent. In the same period last year, comparable store sales declined 3.0 percent.

Gross margin on sales was $340 million, or 50.6 percent, an increase of $4 million compared to $336 million, or 50.5 percent, in the second quarter of fiscal 2012. Selling, general and administrative expenses were $279 million, or 41.6 percent of revenues compared to $282 million, or 42.5 percent of revenues, in the second quarter of fiscal 2012. Operating earnings were $51 million, or 7.6 percent of revenues, compared to operating earnings of $43 million, or 6.5 percent of revenues, in the prior year quarter.

Interest expense was $6 million, compared to $10 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2012. The decrease is the result of the debt refinancing completed in July 2012.

Net earnings were $41 million, or $1.02 per diluted share, compared to net earnings of $29 million, or $0.77 per diluted share, in the second quarter of fiscal 2012.

Inventory at January 31, 2013 stood at $837 million, compared to $815 million in the same period last year.

First Half Fiscal 2013 Results

For the six months ended January 31, 2013, revenues were $1.03 billion, an increase of $13 million compared to the same period last year. Comparable store sales increased 3.2 percent in the first half of 2013. This increase follows a 5.8 percent increase in the same period last year. Operating earnings were $28 million, or 2.7 percent of revenues, compared to $21 million, or 2.0 percent of revenues, in the first half of fiscal 2012. Net earnings were $13 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $3 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, in the same period last year.

Fiscal Year 2013 Outlook

As previously announced, the company expects to achieve positive net earnings for fiscal year 2013.

Conference Call

Zale management will host a conference call today at 9:00 a.m. ET to discuss second quarter fiscal 2013 results. The conference call will be broadcast live over the internet and can be accessed, along with a slide presentation, on the Investor Relations section of the company's web site at www.zalecorp.com. In addition, you can listen to the call live by dialing 877-545-6744 (within the United States) or 706-634-1959 (for international callers), passcode 98420501. The webcast will be archived shortly after the conference call concludes and will be available on the company's web site. For additional information, contact Investor Relations at 972-580-4391.

About Zale Corporation

Zale Corporation is a leading specialty retailer of diamonds and other jewelry products in North America, operating approximately 1,750 retail locations throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as online. Zale Corporation's brands include Zales Jewelers, Zales Outlet, Gordon's Jewelers, Peoples Jewellers, Mappins Jewellers and Piercing Pagoda. Zale also operates online at www.zales.com, www.zalesoutlet.com, www.gordonsjewelers.com, www.peoplesjewellers.com and www.pagoda.com. Additional information on Zale Corporation and its brands is available at www.zalecorp.com.

This release and related presentations contain forward-looking statements, including statements regarding future sales, expected operating performance, expenses, margins, profitability, earnings, interest expense, effective tax rate, merchandising and marketing initiatives and industry growth forecasts. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and a variety of factors could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from the results expressed in the forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to: if the general economy continues to perform poorly, discretionary spending on goods that are, or are perceived to be, "luxuries" may decrease; the concentration of a substantial portion of the Company's sales in three, relatively brief selling seasons means that the Company's performance is more susceptible to disruptions; if the Company does not achieve targeted sales growth its operating results and earnings will be adversely impacted; most of the Company's sales are of products that include diamonds, precious metals and other commodities, and fluctuations in the availability and pricing of commodities could impact the Company's ability to obtain and produce products at favorable prices; the Company's sales are dependent upon mall traffic; the Company operates in a highly competitive industry; the financing market remains difficult, and if we are unable to meet the financial commitments in our current financing arrangements it will be difficult to replace or restructure these arrangements; and changes in regulatory requirements may increase the cost or adversely affect the Company's operations and its ability to provide consumer credit and write credit insurance. For other factors, see the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2012, and subsequent reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K. The Company disclaims any obligation to update or revise publicly or otherwise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events, new information or future circumstances, except as required by law.

ZALE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

January 31,

January 31,

2013

2012

2013

2012

Revenues

$

670,752

$

663,762

$

1,028,220

$

1,014,745

Cost of sales

331,101

328,250

498,234

491,558

Gross margin

339,651

335,512

529,986

523,187

% of Revenue

50.6

%

50.5

%

51.5

%

51.6

%

Selling, general and administrative

278,847

281,876

485,086

481,650

% of Revenue

41.6

%

42.5

%

47.2

%

47.5

%

Depreciation and amortization

8,605

9,293

17,477

19,182

Other charges (gains)

926

1,151

(847

)

1,649

Operating earnings

51,273

43,192

28,270

20,706

% of Revenue

7.6

%

6.5

%

2.7

%

2.0

%

Interest expense

6,088

10,429

11,930

20,360

Earnings before income taxes

45,185

32,763

16,340

346

Income tax expense

3,977

3,833

3,396

3,138

Earnings (loss) from continuing operations

41,208

28,930

12,944

(2,792

)

Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes

-

(92

)

-

(244

)

Net earnings (loss)

$

41,208

$

28,838

$

12,944

$

(3,036

)

Basic net earnings (loss) per common share:

Earnings (loss) from continuing operations

$

1.27

$

0.90

$

0.40

$

(0.09

)

Loss from discontinued operations

-

(0.01

)

-

-

Net earnings (loss) per share

$

1.27

$

0.89

$

0.40

$

(0.09

)

Diluted net earnings (loss) per common share:

Earnings (loss) from continuing operations

$

1.02

$

0.78

$

0.32

$

(0.09

)

Loss from discontinued operations

-

(0.01

)

-

-

Net earnings (loss) per share

$

1.02

$

0.77

$

0.32

$

(0.09

)

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:

Basic

32,426

32,192

32,362

32,177

Diluted

40,305

37,238

40,470

32,177

ZALE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

(Unaudited, in thousands)

January 31,

2013

2012

ASSETS

Current Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

18,516

$

27,078

Merchandise inventories

836,624

815,424

Other current assets

46,149

42,191

Total current assets

901,289

884,693

Property and equipment

694,826

700,982

Less accumulated depreciation and amortization

(578,266

)

(569,279

)

Net property and equipment

116,560

131,703

Other assets

239,447

240,264

Total Assets

$

1,257,296

$

1,256,660

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' INVESTMENT

Current Liabilities:

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$

261,329

$

276,875

Deferred revenue

86,813

87,519

Deferred tax liability

93,073

92,987

Total current liabilities

441,215

457,381

Long-term debt

473,975

428,345

Deferred revenue — long-term

115,664

134,903

Other liabilities

32,537

33,733

Total stockholders' investment

193,905

202,298

Total liabilities and stockholders' investment

$

1,257,296

$

1,256,660



Zale Corporation
Roxane Barry, 972-580-4391
Director of Investor Relations

KEYWORDS: United States North America Texas

INDUSTRY KEYWORDS:

The article Zale Corporation Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2013 Results originally appeared on Fool.com.

Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Copyright © 1995 - 2013 The Motley Fool, LLC. All rights reserved. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.