updated 5/27/2011 9:47:19 AM ET 2011-05-27T13:47:19

First Quarter 2011 Diluted EPS Increased to $0.38 From $0.23 in Q1 2010

First Quarter Net Sales Increased 25.5% and Comparable Store Sales Increased 5.2%

Management Raises Fiscal 2011 Earnings Guidance

WARRENDALE, Pa., May 26, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- rue21, inc. (Nasdaq:RUE) today announced financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2011 ended April 30, 2011.

Highlights for the First Quarter of Fiscal 2011:

  • Net sales increased 25.5% to $172.9 million, compared to $137.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2010 ended May 1, 2010. Comparable store sales increased by 5.2%, following a 7.7% increase in the first quarter of 2010.
  • During the first quarter of fiscal 2011 the company opened 39 new stores and converted 12 existing stores to the larger etc! format with no store closures compared to opening 31 new stores, 13 conversions and 1 store closure in the first quarter of fiscal 2010. The Company ended the quarter with 677 stores.
  • Gross margin increased 100 bps to 38.9% from 37.9% in the first quarter of 2010.
  • Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses for the first quarter were $45.4 million or 26.2% of sales. This compares to SG&A expenses of $37.3 million or 27.1% of sales in the first quarter of 2010.  
  • Operating margin increased to 9.1% for the first quarter of fiscal 2011 compared to 7.2% in the first quarter of fiscal 2010.  
  • Net income in the first quarter increased 65.2% to $9.6 million from $5.8 million in the first quarter of 2010.
  • Diluted earnings per share increased to $0.38 in the first quarter of fiscal 2011 compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.23 in the first quarter of fiscal 2010, which included $0.03 per share of non-recurring expenses related to the secondary offering.

Bob Fisch, rue21's President and CEO, stated: "We are very pleased that we were able to deliver consistent results to our shareholders again this quarter, having achieved strong total net sales and comparable store sales increases as well as margin expansion. I am proud that we continue to achieve solid net income growth each quarter as a public company. We take a prudent approach to the business, we are realistic about our opportunities, and we are focused on delivering our annual and long-term goals."

Balance sheet highlights for the First Quarter of Fiscal 2011:

  • Cash and cash equivalents increased to $55.6 million as of April 30, 2011, as compared to $27.8 million as of May 1, 2010, with no long-term debt. Cash provided by operating activities was up $8.8 million compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2010.
  • Inventory per square foot at the end of the first quarter 2011 declined 2.9% compared to the first quarter of 2010.  

Outlook:

For fiscal 2011, the Company is raising its full year guidance based primarily on first quarter results, and now expects diluted earnings per share to be in the range of $1.50 to $1.54 as compared to $1.21 in fiscal year 2010. This is based on 25.2 million average diluted shares expected for fiscal year 2011 as compared to 25.0 million average diluted shares in fiscal year 2010. For the second quarter, the Company currently expects diluted earnings per share to be in the range of $0.30 to $0.32 as compared to $0.26 in the second quarter of fiscal year 2010. The Company currently expects a low single digit comparable store sales increase in the second quarter of fiscal 2011.

Mr. Fisch added: "We were confident going into the first quarter, and we continue to be confident going into the second quarter. We are improving our inventory management, and finished the quarter with inventory per square foot down 2.9% which puts us in a good position looking forward. We are not expecting to be materially impacted by higher raw material costs over the foreseeable future, and we believe we will again deliver on our goals for the year which include at least 20% earnings growth."

Conference Call Information:

A conference call to discuss first quarter fiscal 2011 financial results is scheduled for today, May 26, 2011 at 4:30 PM Eastern Time.  To participate, dial toll-free (888) 587-0549 or (719) 325-2493 (international). The conference call will also be webcast live at www.rue21.com under the Investor Relations section. A replay of this call will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website, www.rue21.com, within two hours of the conclusion of the call and will remain on the website for ninety days.

About rue21, inc.

rue21 is a leading specialty apparel retailer offering exclusive branded merchandise and the newest trends at a great value. The Company currently operates 695 stores in 46 states. Learn more at www.rue21.com .

Forward Looking Statements:

Certain statements herein, including statements relating to future store openings and growth strategies, are "forward-looking statements" made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Company's current expectations or beliefs concerning future events and actual results of operations may differ materially from historical results or current expectations. Any such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including the strength of the economy, consumer spending, our ability to effectively identify and respond to changing fashion trends, our ability to compete with other retailers, our strategy and expansion plans, implementation of systems upgrades, reliance on key personnel, trade restrictions, events that may affect our vendors or their ability to finance their operations, availability of suitable new store locations and other factors which are set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed March 29, 2011, and in all filings with the SEC made by the Company subsequent to the filing of the Form 10-K. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Management has presented its operating results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP) and on an "adjusted" (or non-GAAP) basis for the thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2010. The Company believes that the presentation of non-GAAP financial measures provides useful supplementary information to and facilitates additional analysis by investors. The Company uses these non-GAAP financial measures in connection with assessing its financial performance. These non-GAAP financial measures are in addition to, not a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in conformity with GAAP. Further, our reconciliations of GAAP to "adjusted" operating results, which are included on the attached tables, are presented to facilitate a reader's understanding of the impact of the various adjustments to our GAAP operating results, individually and in the aggregate, and are not intended to place any undue prominence on our adjusted operating results.

       
rue21, inc. and subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
       
  April 30,  January 29, May 1, 
  2011 2011 2010
  (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)
  (in thousands, except per share data)
Assets      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 55,587  $ 50,111  $ 27,785
Accounts receivable  10,340  6,733  7,288
Merchandise inventory, net  105,630  96,051  86,689
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  12,463  10,580  7,609
Deferred tax assets  6,699  5,024  4,335
Total current assets  190,719  168,499  133,706
       
Property and equipment, net  97,977  91,371  76,718
       
Other assets  971  921  925
Total assets  $ 289,667  $ 260,791  $ 211,349
Liabilities and stockholders' equity      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable  $ 89,909  $ 82,075  $ 74,346
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  16,416  15,616  13,488
Accrued payroll and related taxes  9,216  12,053  8,222
Deferred rent and tenant allowances, current portion  7,759  7,033  6,088
Accrued income and franchise taxes  8,157  1,999  4,279
Total current liabilities  131,457  118,776  106,423
       
Non-current liabilities:      
Long-term debt  –  –  –
Deferred rent, tenant allowances and other long-term liabilities  40,705  34,235  27,313
Deferred tax liabilities  4,684  5,651  3,677
Total non-current liabilities  45,389  39,886  30,990
       
       
Commitments and Contingencies  –  –  –
       
Stockholders' equity:      
       
Common stock -- par value $0.001 per share; 200,000 shares authorized; 24,394, 24,380 and 24,266 shares issued and outstanding, respectively.  24  24  24
Additional paid in capital  32,626  31,552  27,782
Retained earnings  80,171  70,553  46,130
Total stockholder's equity  112,821  102,129  73,936
       
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 289,667  $ 260,791  $ 211,349
     
rue21, inc. and subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Income
     
     
  Thirteen weeks ended
  April 30, May 1,
  2011 2010
  (Unaudited)
  (in thousands, except per share data)
     
     
Net sales  $ 172,875  $ 137,772
Cost of goods sold (includes certain buying,    
occupancy and distribution center expenses)  105,629  85,541
Gross profit  67,246  52,231
     
Selling, general, and administrative expense  45,373  37,294
Depreciation and amortization expense  6,103  4,983
Income from operations  15,770  9,954
     
Interest (income) expense, net  (22)  28
Income before income taxes  15,792  9,926
     
Provision for income taxes  6,173  4,105
Net income  $ 9,619  $ 5,821
     
Basic income per common share  $ 0.39  $ 0.24
Diluted income per common share  $ 0.38  $ 0.23
     
Weighted average basic common shares outstanding  24,383  24,248
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding  25,063  25,044
       
rue21, inc. and subsidiaries      
Reconciliation of GAAP Earnings to Adjusted Earnings      
(In thousands, except per share data)      
(Unaudited)      
       
  Thirteen Weeks Ended May 1, 2010
       
       
 

GAAP
Secondary offering

costs (1)
As Adjusted
       
Income from Operations   $ 9,954  $ 611  $ 10,565
 Interest (income) expense, net   28    28
       
 Income before income taxes   9,926    10,537
 Provision for income taxes  4,105  6  4,111
       
 Net income  $ 5,821    $ 6,426
       
Basic income per common share  $ 0.24    $ 0.27
Diluted income per common share  $ 0.23    $ 0.26
       
Weighted average basic common shares outstanding  24,248    24,248
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding  25,044    25,044
       
       
1 Estimated adjusted basic and diluted earnings per common share represents management's estimate of basic and diluted earnings per common share for the thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2010, before expenses associated with our secondary offering of common stock in March. Adjusted basic and diluted earnings per common share is presented because management believes it is a useful adjunct to basic and diluted earnings per common share under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States since it is a meaningful measure of the Company's ongoing operating performance excluding the non-recurring costs for our secondary offering of common stock. Adjusted basic and diluted earnings per common share is not a measure of financial performance under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States and should not be considered as an alternative to basic and diluted earnings per common share.  
 
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