Express, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2022 Results

December 8, 2022

COLUMBUS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Fashion apparel retailer Express, Inc. (NYSE: EXPR), announced its financial results for the third quarter of 2022. These results, which cover the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2022, are compared to the thirteen weeks ended October 30, 2021.

"The third quarter was tougher than we anticipated and that is reflected in our results. The macroeconomic, consumer and competitive environments were extremely challenging, and became more acute as the quarter progressed," said Tim Baxter, Chief Executive Officer. "Our strategy to elevate our brand through higher average unit retails and reduced promotions, which has driven steady growth for the past five quarters, came up against the consumer's reduced spending in discretionary categories and increased appetite for deep discounts. At the same time, we had some misses in our women's business that further impacted our performance. We did, however, post our sixth consecutive quarter of positive comps in our men's business."

Third Quarter 2022 Results

  • Comparable sales declined by 8%
  • Gross margin decreased by 540 basis points
  • Operating loss of $30 million and negative EBITDA of $14 million
  • Inventory increase of 10%; down from a 30% increase in the second quarter of 2022
  • Continued to operate with the highest number of active Express Insider loyalty members in the Company's history
  • Subsequent to the third quarter, strengthened balance sheet through refinancing transactions, increased Amended Asset-Backed Revolving Credit Facility by $40 million to $290 million, refinanced $90 million First-In-Last-Out Term Loan and terminated $50 million Direct Draw Term Loan

"Despite these results, we remain confident in our ability to achieve our stated goal of long-term, profitable growth in the Express brand. We are in the midst of a large-scale transformation which we expect to be further accelerated by the strategic partnership with WHP Global that we announced today," Baxter concluded.

Third Quarter 2022 Operating Results

  • Consolidated net sales decreased 8% to $434.1 million from $472.0 million in the third quarter of 2021, with consolidated comparable sales down 8%
    • Comparable retail sales, which includes both Express stores and eCommerce, were down 11% compared to the third quarter of 2021. Retail stores decreased 6% while eCommerce demand declined 17%.
    • Comparable outlet store sales remained flat versus the third quarter of 2021
  • Gross margin was 27.8% of net sales compared to 33.2% in last year's third quarter, a decrease of approximately 540 basis points
    • Merchandise margin contracted by 360 basis points primarily driven by the challenging macroeconomic and highly promotional retail environments
    • Buying and occupancy expenses deleveraged approximately 180 basis points due to the decline in comparable sales
  • Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses were $150.1 million, 34.6% of net sales, versus $141.1 million, 29.9% of net sales, in last year's third quarter. The deleverage in the SG&A rate was driven by an increase in labor expenses and by the decline in comparable sales
  • Operating loss was $29.5 million compared to income of $16.3 million in the third quarter of 2021
  • Income tax expense was $0.8 million at an effective tax rate of (2.3)%. Income tax expense was $0.3 million at an effective tax rate of 2.2% during the third quarter of 2021
  • Net loss was $34.4 million, or $0.50 per diluted share. This compares to net income of $13.1 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2021
  • Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) was negative $14.5 million compared to EBITDA of $31.9 million in the third quarter of 2021

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Highlights

  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $24.6 million at the end of the third quarter of 2022 versus $36.8 million at the end of the third quarter of 2021
  • Inventory was $422.7 million at the end of the third quarter, up 10% compared to $383.6 million at the end of the prior year’s third quarter
  • Short-term debt was $4.5 million and long-term debt was $230.9 million at the end of the third quarter of 2022 compared to short-term debt of $10.1 million and long-term debt of $108.4 million at the end of the prior year’s third quarter
  • At the end of the third quarter of 2022, $47.0 million remained available for borrowing under the revolving credit facility
  • Operating cash flow was negative $95.9 million for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2022, compared to $78.3 million for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 30, 2021
  • Capital expenditures totaled $24.3 million for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2022, compared to $18.1 million for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 30, 2021

Refinancing Transactions

Subsequent to the third quarter, the Company completed the following transactions:

  • $250 million Senior Secured Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility (the "Amended Revolving Credit Facility"), jointly led by Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (“Wells Fargo”) and Bank of America, N.A. (“Bank of America”), was amended and increased by $40 million to $290 million with Wells Fargo serving as administrative agent and collateral agent. The interest rate has been reduced by replacing the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”) interest rate benchmark, which had an applicable margin of 2.00% to 2.25%, with the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (“SOFR”) interest rate benchmark, which has an applicable margin of 1.60% to 1.85%. The Amended Revolving Credit Facility will mature on November 26, 2027.
  • $140 million Senior Secured Asset-Based Term Loan Credit Facility (the "Term Loan Facility") was amended by refinancing its $90 million First-In-Last-Out ("FILO") Term Loan and terminating its $50 million Delayed Draw Term Loan ("DDTL"). Wells Fargo will serve as administrative agent and collateral agent for the Amended Term Loan Facility. ReStore Capital acted as lead lender, with Wells Fargo and Bank of America also participating as lenders. The interest rate has been reduced by replacing LIBOR, which had an applicable margin of 7.00% to 8.25%, as the interest rate benchmark with SOFR, which has an applicable margin of 7.50%. The Amended Term Loan Facility will mature on November 26, 2027.

Full Year 2022 Outlook

This outlook is based on our year-to-date performance and the advancements we have made in each of the four foundational pillars of our EXPRESSway Forward strategy (Product, Brand, Customer, Execution), balanced against the increasingly challenging macroeconomic and retail apparel environment, ongoing uncertainty of the supply chain and geopolitical events and other uncertainties that may impact our business.

The Company expects the following for the full year 2022 compared to the full year 2021:

  • Comparable sales of flat to up 1%
  • Gross margin rate to decrease approximately 150 basis points
  • SG&A expenses as a percent of sales to delever approximately 200 basis points
  • Net interest expense of $17 million
  • Effective tax rate essentially zero percent
  • Diluted loss per share of $1.12 to $1.22
  • Capital expenditures of approximately $50 million
  • Inventory to move closer to parity with sales trends by the end of the year

Assumptions in the Company's outlook may be affected by the continued uncertainty of the pandemic and geopolitical events and their impacts throughout the supply chain.

This outlook does not reflect the expected benefits of the transaction or the strategic partnership with WHP Global announced today.

See Schedule 5 for a discussion of projected real estate activity.

Conference Call Information

In a separate press release issued today, Express announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with WHP Global. The press release is available at www.express.com/investor.

A conference call to discuss third quarter 2022 results is scheduled for December 8, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET). Investors and analysts interested in participating in the earnings call are invited to dial (888) 550-5723 approximately ten minutes prior to the start of the call. The conference call will also be webcast live at www.express.com/investor. A telephone replay of this call will be available beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET on December 8, 2022, until 11:59 p.m. ET on December 15, 2022, and can be accessed by dialing (800) 770-2030 and entering the replay pin number 1790468. In addition, an investor presentation of third quarter 2022 results will be available at www.express.com/investor beginning at approximately 7:00 a.m. ET on December 8, 2022.

About Express, Inc.

Express is a modern, multichannel apparel and accessories brand grounded in versatility, guided by its purpose - We Create Confidence. We Inspire Self-Expression. - and powered by a styling community. Launched in 1980 with the idea that style, quality and value should all be found in one place, Express has been a part of some of the most important and culture-defining fashion trends. The Express Edit design philosophy ensures that the brand is always ‘of the now’ so people can get dressed for every day and any occasion knowing that Express can help them look the way they want to look and feel the way they want to feel.

The Company operates over 550 retail and outlet stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, the express.com online store and the Express mobile app. Express, Inc. is comprised of the brands Express and UpWest, and is traded on the NYSE under the symbol EXPR. For more information, please visit www.express.com or www.upwest.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements are “forward-looking statements” made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact and include, but are not limited to (1) guidance and expectations, including statements regarding expected operating margins, comparable sales, effective tax rates, interest income, net income, diluted earnings per share, cash tax refunds, liquidity, EBITDA, free cash flow, eCommerce demand, and capital expenditures, (2) statements regarding expected store openings, store closures, store conversions, and gross square footage, and (3) statements regarding the Company's strategy, plans, and initiatives, including, but not limited to, results expected from such strategy, plans, and initiatives. You can identify these forward-looking statements by the use of words in the future tense and statements accompanied by words such as “outlook,” “indicator,” “believes,” “expects,” “potential,” “continues,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seeks,” “approximately,” “predicts,” “intends,” “plans,” “scheduled,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” “opportunity,” “leads” or the negative version of these words or other comparable words. Forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and assumptions, which may not prove to be accurate. These statements are not guarantees and are subject to risks, uncertainties, and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict, and significant contingencies, many of which are beyond the Company's control. Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from these forward-looking statements. Among these factors are (1) changes in consumer spending and general economic conditions; (2) the COVID-19 pandemic and its continued impact on our business operations, store traffic, employee availability, financial condition, liquidity and cash flow; (3) geopolitical risks, including impacts from the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine and increased tensions between China and Taiwan; (4) our ability to operate our business efficiently, manage capital expenditures and costs, and obtain financing when required; (5) our ability to identify and respond to new and changing fashion trends, customer preferences, and other related factors; (6) fluctuations in our sales, results of operations, and cash levels on a seasonal basis and due to a variety of other factors, including our product offerings relative to customer demand, the mix of merchandise we sell, promotions, and inventory levels; (7) customer traffic at malls, shopping centers, and at our stores; (8) competition from other retailers; (9) our dependence on a strong brand image; (10) our ability to adapt to changing consumer behavior and develop and maintain a relevant and reliable omni-channel experience for our customers; (11) the failure or breach of information systems upon which we rely; (12) our ability to protect customer data from fraud and theft; (13) our dependence upon third parties to manufacture all of our merchandise; (14) changes in the cost of raw materials, labor, and freight; (15) supply chain or other business disruption, including as a result of the coronavirus; (16) our dependence upon key executive management; (17) our ability to execute our growth strategy, EXPRESSway Forward, including engaging our customers and acquiring new ones, executing with precision to accelerate sales and profitability, creating great product and reinvigorating our brand; (18) our substantial lease obligations; (19) our reliance on third parties to provide us with certain key services for our business; (20) impairment charges on long-lived assets; (21) claims made against us resulting in litigation or changes in laws and regulations applicable to our business; (22) our inability to protect our trademarks or other intellectual property rights which may preclude the use of our trademarks or other intellectual property around the world; (23) restrictions imposed on us under the terms of our asset-based loan facility, including restrictions on the ability to effect share repurchases; (24) changes in tax requirements, results of tax audits, and other factors that may cause fluctuations in our effective tax rate; (25) changes in tariff rates; (26) natural disasters, extreme weather, public health issues, including pandemics, fire, acts of terrorism or war and other events that cause business interruption, and (27) risks related to our partnership with WHP Global. These factors should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with the additional information concerning these and other factors in Express, Inc.'s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law.

Schedule 1

Express, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

 

October 29, 2022

 

January 29, 2022

 

October 30, 2021

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

Current Assets:

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

24,592

 

 

$

41,176

 

 

$

36,795

 

Receivables, net

 

16,669

 

 

 

11,744

 

 

 

14,033

 

Income tax receivable

 

1,532

 

 

 

53,665

 

 

 

53,350

 

Inventories

 

422,666

 

 

 

358,795

 

 

 

383,588

 

Prepaid rent

 

5,964

 

 

 

5,602

 

 

 

4,309

 

Other

 

26,100

 

 

 

19,755

 

 

 

19,464

 

Total current assets

 

497,523

 

 

 

490,737

 

 

 

511,539

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Right of Use Asset, Net

 

533,506

 

 

 

615,462

 

 

 

656,995

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property and Equipment

 

1,002,902

 

 

 

975,802

 

 

 

971,230

 

Less: accumulated depreciation

 

(869,910

)

 

 

(827,820

)

 

 

(820,728

)

Property and equipment, net

 

132,992

 

 

 

147,982

 

 

 

150,502

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-Current Income Tax Receivable

 

52,278

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Assets

 

4,672

 

 

 

5,273

 

 

 

5,092

 

TOTAL ASSETS

$

1,220,971

 

 

$

1,259,454

 

 

$

1,324,128

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

Current Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

Short-term lease liability

$

190,874

 

 

$

196,628

 

 

$

204,827

 

Accounts payable

 

229,661

 

 

 

231,974

 

 

 

252,752

 

Deferred revenue

 

31,947

 

 

 

35,985

 

 

 

30,412

 

Short-term debt

 

4,500

 

 

 

11,216

 

 

 

10,091

 

Accrued expenses

 

118,984

 

 

 

110,850

 

 

 

126,151

 

Total current liabilities

 

575,966

 

 

 

586,653

 

 

 

624,233

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-Term Lease Liability

 

437,091

 

 

 

536,905

 

 

 

579,117

 

Long-Term Debt

 

230,861

 

 

 

117,581

 

 

 

108,394

 

Other Long-Term Liabilities

 

9,454

 

 

 

17,007

 

 

 

20,553

 

Total Liabilities

 

1,253,372

 

 

 

1,258,146

 

 

 

1,332,297

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commitments and Contingencies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Stockholders’ (Deficit)/Equity

 

(32,401

)

 

 

1,308

 

 

 

(8,169

)

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

$

1,220,971

 

 

$

1,259,454

 

 

$

1,324,128

 

 

Schedule 2

Express, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Income

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

 

 

Thirteen Weeks Ended

 

Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended

 

October 29,
2022

 

October 30,
2021

 

October 29,
2022

 

October 30,
2021

Net Sales

$

434,145

 

 

$

471,981

 

 

$

1,349,849

 

 

$

1,275,367

 

Cost of Goods Sold, Buying and Occupancy Costs

 

313,528

 

 

 

315,173

 

 

 

944,031

 

 

 

890,448

 

GROSS PROFIT

 

120,617

 

 

 

156,808

 

 

 

405,818

 

 

 

384,919

 

Operating Expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling, general, and administrative expenses

 

150,090

 

 

 

141,055

 

 

 

434,461

 

 

 

395,010

 

Other operating expense/(income), net

 

36

 

 

 

(501

)

 

 

(443

)

 

 

(565

)

TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES

 

150,126

 

 

 

140,554

 

 

 

434,018

 

 

 

394,445

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPERATING (LOSS)/INCOME

 

(29,509

)

 

 

16,254

 

 

 

(28,200

)

 

 

(9,526

)

Interest Expense, Net

 

4,668

 

 

 

2,879

 

 

 

11,962

 

 

 

12,246

 

Other Income, Net

 

(509

)

 

 

 

 

 

(1,385

)

 

 

 

(LOSS)/INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES

 

(33,668

)

 

 

13,375

 

 

 

(38,777

)

 

 

(21,772

)

Income Tax Expense

 

780

 

 

 

289

 

 

 

549

 

 

 

227

 

NET (LOSS)/INCOME

$

(34,448

)

 

$

13,086

 

 

$

(39,326

)

 

$

(21,999

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EARNINGS PER SHARE:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

$

(0.50

)

 

$

0.20

 

 

$

(0.58

)

 

$

(0.33

)

Diluted

$

(0.50

)

 

$

0.19

 

 

$

(0.58

)

 

$

(0.33

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

68,272

 

 

 

67,006

 

 

 

67,878

 

 

 

66,244

 

Diluted

 

68,272

 

 

 

69,856

 

 

 

67,878

 

 

 

66,244

 

Schedule 3

Express, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

 

Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended

 

October 29, 2022

 

October 30, 2021

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

Net loss

$

(39,326

)

 

$

(21,999

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities:

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

45,076

 

 

 

51,964

 

Loss on disposal of property and equipment

 

57

 

 

 

74

 

Share-based compensation

 

7,617

 

 

 

7,856

 

Landlord allowance amortization

 

(310

)

 

 

(319

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

Receivables, net

 

(4,925

)

 

 

523

 

Income tax receivable

 

(145

)

 

 

57,992

 

Inventories

 

(63,871

)

 

 

(119,228

)

Accounts payable, deferred revenue, and accrued expenses

 

(4,865

)

 

 

95,621

 

Other assets and liabilities

 

(35,177

)

 

 

5,800

 

NET CASH (USED IN) PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES

 

(95,869

)

 

 

78,284

 

 

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

Capital expenditures

 

(24,340

)

 

 

(18,095

)

NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES

 

(24,340

)

 

 

(18,095

)

 

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

Proceeds from borrowings under the revolving credit facility

 

252,000

 

 

 

73,000

 

Repayment of borrowings under the revolving credit facility

 

(143,000

)

 

 

(154,050

)

Proceeds from borrowings under the term loan facility

 

 

 

 

50,000

 

Repayment of borrowings under the term loan facility

 

(3,375

)

 

 

(43,263

)

Repayments of financing arrangements

 

 

 

 

(769

)

Costs incurred in connection with debt arrangements

 

 

 

 

(471

)

Repurchase of common stock for tax withholding obligations

 

(2,000

)

 

 

(3,715

)

NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) FINANCING ACTIVITIES

 

103,625

 

 

 

(79,268

)

 

 

 

 

NET DECREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

 

(16,584

)

 

 

(19,079

)

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING OF PERIOD

 

41,176

 

 

 

55,874

 

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF PERIOD

$

24,592

 

 

$

36,795

 

 

Schedule 4

Express, Inc.

Supplemental Information - Consolidated Statements of Income

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures

(Unaudited)

The Company supplements the reporting of its financial information determined under United States generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) with certain non-GAAP financial measures such as EBITDA. Management strongly encourages investors and stockholders to review the Company's financial statements and publicly-filed reports in their entirety and not to rely on any single financial measure.

EBITDA

EBITDA is defined as net (loss)/income before interest expense (net of interest income), income tax expense and depreciation and amortization expense.

How This Measure Is Useful

When used in conjunction with GAAP financial measures, EBITDA is a supplemental measure of operating performance that the Company believes is a useful measure to facilitate comparisons to historical performance. EBITDA is used as a performance measure in the Company's long-term executive compensation program for purposes of determining the number of equity awards that are ultimately earned and is also a metric used in our short-term cash incentive compensation plan.

Limitations of the Usefulness of This Measure

Because non-GAAP financial measures are not standardized, EBITDA may differ from similarly titled measures used by other companies due to different methods of calculation. Presentation of EBITDA is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. EBITDA excludes certain normal recurring expenses. Therefore, these measures may not provide a complete understanding of the Company's performance and should be reviewed in conjunction with the GAAP financial measures. A reconciliation of EBITDA to the most directly comparable GAAP measures, is set forth below:

 

Thirteen Weeks Ended

 

Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended

(in thousands)

October 29, 2022

 

October 30, 2021

 

October 29, 2022

 

October 30, 2021

Net (loss)/income

$

(34,448

)

 

$

13,086

 

$

(39,326

)

 

$

(21,999

)

Interest expense, net

 

4,668

 

 

 

2,879

 

 

11,962

 

 

 

12,246

 

Income tax expense

 

780

 

 

 

289

 

 

549

 

 

 

227

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

14,550

 

 

 

15,662

 

 

43,763

 

 

 

48,418

 

EBITDA (Non-GAAP Measure)

$

(14,450

)

 

$

31,916

 

$

16,948

 

 

$

38,892

 

 

 

Schedule 5

Express, Inc.

Real Estate Activity

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

Third Quarter 2022 - Actual

 

October 29, 2022 - Actual

Company-Operated Stores

Opened

Closed

 

Store Count

Gross Square Footage

Retail Stores

(1)

 

342

 

Outlet Stores

 

202

 

Express Edit Stores

4

 

9

 

UpWest Stores

1

(2)

 

13

 

TOTAL

5

(3)

 

566

4.7 million

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fourth Quarter 2022 - Projected

 

January 28, 2023 - Projected

Company-Operated Stores

Opened

Closed

 

Store Count

Gross Square Footage

Retail Stores

(8)

 

334

 

Outlet Stores

(2)

 

200

 

Express Edit Stores

2

(1)

 

10

 

UpWest Stores

2

(1)

 

14

 

TOTAL

4

(12)

 

558

4.6 million

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full Year 2022 - Projected

 

January 28, 2023 - Projected

Company-Operated Stores

Opened

Closed

 

Store Count

Gross Square Footage

Retail Stores

(12)

 

334

 

Outlet Stores

(3)

 

200

 

Express Edit Stores

7

(2)

 

10

 

UpWest Stores

10

(3)

 

14

 

TOTAL

17

(20)

 

558

4.6 million

 

INVESTOR CONTACT
Greg Johnson
VP, Investor Relations
gjohnson@express.com
(614) 474-4890

Source: Express, Inc.