Pacific Sunwear Announces Fourth Quarter Operating Results; Issues First Quarter Guidance

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

ANAHEIM, Calif., March 15, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. (Nasdaq:PSUN) (the "Company"), announced today that total sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 ended January 29, 2011 were $263 million, a decrease of 10% from total sales of $293 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 ended January 30, 2010. Total Company same-store sales decreased 7% during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010.

The Company reported a net loss of $35 million, or $(0.53) per share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 compared to a net loss of $36 million, or $(0.56) per share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009. Results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 reflect the continuing impact of a valuation allowance against the Company's deferred tax assets. On a comparable non-GAAP basis, using a normalized 38% income tax rate, the Company's non-GAAP net loss for the quarter was $22 million, or $(0.33) per share.

"Our fourth quarter results ended up in line with the lower guidance that we indicated in early January. Our Men's business achieved a positive comp for the quarter and year, yet our Women's business continued its downward trend of the past two years," said Gary H. Schoenfeld, President and Chief Executive Officer. "While we believe we have made progress in several critical areas, we clearly have much still to accomplish to turn this business around. Among our highest priorities include reestablishing our Spring/Summer Women's business, mitigating product cost pressures and attracting new customers to PacSun."

Full Year Results

Total sales for fiscal 2010 ended January 29, 2011 were $930 million, a decrease of 10% from total sales of $1.03 billion during fiscal 2009 ended January 30, 2010. Total Company same-store sales decreased 8% during fiscal 2010. The Company reported a net loss of $97 million, or $(1.46) per share, for fiscal 2010 compared to a net loss of $70 million, or $(1.07) per share, in fiscal 2009. Results for fiscal 2010 reflect the continuing impact of a valuation allowance against the Company's deferred tax assets. On a comparable non-GAAP basis, using a normalized 37% income tax rate, the Company's non-GAAP net loss for the year was $60 million, or $(0.91) per share.

Financial Outlook for First Fiscal Quarter of 2011

The Company's guidance range for the first quarter of fiscal 2011 contemplates a GAAP net loss per share of $(0.46) to $(0.55) which reflects the continuing impact of maintaining a valuation allowance against deferred tax assets and thus a very low effective tax rate. On a non-GAAP basis, using a normalized effective income tax rate of 36% to 37%, the Company's guidance range translates to a net loss of $(0.29) to $(0.35) per share for the first quarter of fiscal 2011. The forecasted first quarter GAAP earnings range is based on the following major assumptions:

  • Change in same-store sales of -3% to +2%;
  • Gross margin rate, including buying, distribution and occupancy, of 18% to 20% versus last year's 22%;
  • SG&A expenses in the range of $67 million to $69 million versus last year's $73 million; and
  • Minimal income tax expense for the quarter as the Company no longer records income tax benefits against its operating losses.

About Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc.

Pacific Sunwear, Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively, the "Company") is a leading specialty retailer rooted in the action sports, fashion and music influences of the California lifestyle. The Company sells a combination of branded and proprietary casual apparel, accessories and footwear designed to appeal to teens and young adults. As of March 15, 2011, the Company operates 839 stores in 50 states and Puerto Rico. PacSun's website address is .

The Pacific Sunwear of California logo is available at

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release and the accompanying tables include non-GAAP financial measures. For a description of these non-GAAP financial measures and reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, please see the accompanying table titled "Reconciliation of Selected GAAP Measures to Non-GAAP Measures" and the section following such table titled "About Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Pacific Sunwear Safe Harbor

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" including, without limitation, the statements made by Mr. Schoenfeld in the third paragraph and the statements made under the heading "Financial Outlook for First Fiscal Quarter of 2011." In each case, these statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company intends that these forward-looking statements be subject to the safe harbors created thereby. These statements are not historical facts and involve estimates, assumptions and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in such forward-looking statements. Uncertainties that could adversely affect the Company's business and results include, among others, the following factors: increased sourcing and product costs; adverse changes in economic conditions generally; adverse changes in consumer spending; changes in consumer demands and preferences; adverse changes in same-store sales declines; higher than anticipated markdowns and/or higher than estimated selling, general and administrative costs; currency fluctuations; competition from other retailers and uncertainties generally associated with apparel retailing; merchandising/fashion risk; lower than expected sales from private label merchandise; reliance on key personnel; economic impact of natural disasters, terrorist attacks or war/threat of war; shortages of supplies and/or contractors as a result of natural disasters or terrorist acts, which could cause unexpected delays in store relocations, renovations or expansions; reliance on foreign sources of production; and other risks outlined in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including but not limited to the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 30, 2010 and subsequent periodic reports filed with the SEC. Historical results achieved are not necessarily indicative of future prospects of the Company. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The Company assumes no obligation to update or revise any such forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that occur after such statements are made. Nonetheless, the Company reserves the right to make such updates from time to time by press release, periodic report or other method of public disclosure without the need for specific reference to this press release. No such update shall be deemed to indicate that other statements not addressed by such update remain correct or create an obligation to provide any other updates.

Forward-Looking Earnings GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation:

ABOUT NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

The accompanying press release dated March 15, 2011 contains non-GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures include non-GAAP net loss and non-GAAP net loss per share for the fourth quarter and full year of fiscal 2010 and non-GAAP net loss per share guidance for the first quarter of fiscal 2011. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures do not reflect a comprehensive system of accounting, differ from GAAP measures with the same names and may differ from non-GAAP financial measures with the same or similar names that are used by other companies. The Company computes non-GAAP financial measures using the same consistent method from quarter to quarter and year to year. The Company may consider whether other significant items that arise in the future should be excluded from the non-GAAP financial measures. The Company has excluded the following item from all of its non-GAAP financial measures:

  • Deferred tax asset valuation allowance charges

The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding the Company's operating results primarily because they exclude amounts that are not considered part of ongoing operating results when planning and forecasting and when assessing the performance of the organization, individual operating segments or its senior management. In addition, the Company believes that non-GAAP financial information is used by analysts and others in the investment community to analyze the Company's historical results and in providing estimates of future performance and that failure to report these non-GAAP measures, could result in confusion among analysts and others and create a misplaced perception that the Company's results have underperformed or exceeded expectations.

CONTACT: Michael L. Henry Chief Financial Officer (714) 414-4003