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Lands’ End Announces Full Year and Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2021 Results

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Lands’ End Announces Full Year and Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2021 Results

Net Revenue grew 14.7% compared to full year Fiscal 2020, delivering highest revenue since 2011
Net Income of $33.4 million compared to Net Income of $10.8 million for full year Fiscal 2020
Adjusted EBITDA of $120.9 million compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $87.0 million for full year Fiscal 2020, delivering highest Adjusted EBITDA since 2014
Initiates Fiscal 2022 Outlook

DODGEVILLE, Wis., March 16, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lands’ End, Inc. (NASDAQ: LE) today announced financial results for the full year and fourth quarter of the fiscal year ended January 28, 2022 compared to the full year and fourth quarter of the fiscal year ended January 29, 2021, and provided first quarter and full year fiscal 2022 outlook.

Jerome Griffith, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Over the past year, we continued to demonstrate the strength of our business model and the resiliency of our teams. We generated the highest Revenue the Company has seen since 2011 and the highest Adjusted EBITDA since 2014, as we advanced our strategic growth pillars while taking steps to mitigate the macro headwinds. I’m incredibly proud of our team’s commitment and dedication to executing our strategies. Looking ahead, we remain confident in our long-term opportunity as we leverage the strength of our digital-first approach, brand and growing total addressable market.”

Full Year Financial Highlights:

  • For the fiscal year, net revenue increased 14.7% to $1.64 billion compared to $1.43 billion in the prior year.

    • Global eCommerce net revenue increased 5.3% for the fiscal year, driven by U.S. eCommerce increasing 6.8%, partially offset by International eCommerce decreasing 0.8%.
    • Outfitters net revenue increased 45.9%, driven by stronger demand within the Company’s travel-related national accounts and school uniform customers.
    • Third Party net revenue increased 116.6% with the launch of the Kohl’s business in third quarter fiscal 2020 and the expansion from 150 to 300 locations in the third quarter fiscal 2021.

  • Gross margin decreased approximately 10 basis points to 42.3%, compared to 42.4% in fiscal 2020. Gross margin declined due to increased shipping costs, largely offset by improved promotional strategies.

  • Selling and administrative expenses increased $52.9 million to $571.8 million or 35.0% of net revenue, compared to $518.9 million or 36.4% of net revenue, in fiscal 2020. The 140 basis points decrease was the result of leverage on higher sales and continued expense controls slightly offset by continued investment in digital marketing and higher distribution center labor costs.

  • Net income was $33.4 million, or $0.99 earnings per diluted share. This compares to Net income of $10.8 million or $0.33 earnings per diluted share in fiscal 2020.

  • Adjusted EBITDA grew by 39.0% to $120.9 million compared to $87.0 million in fiscal 2020.

Full Year Business Highlights:

  • The U.S. eCommerce total customer file increased to a record of 5.8 million, while Global eCommerce total customer file grew 5% with a record total of new customers.
  • The Outfitters business continued to recover, driven by travel-related national accounts and school uniform customers.
  • Expanded product assortment offered in an additional 150 Kohl’s retail locations, for a total of 300 locations, in the third quarter 2021.

Fourth Quarter Financial Highlights:

  • For the fourth quarter, net revenue increased 3.2% to $555.4 million, compared to $538.4 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020.
    • Global eCommerce net revenue was $441.5 million, a decrease of 4.4% from $461.9 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 as a result of shipping delays caused by supply chain challenges. Compared to the fourth quarter of last year, U.S. eCommerce decreased 2.2% and International eCommerce decreased 14.6%.
    • Outfitters net revenue was $61.8 million, an increase of 43.6% from $43.0 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020. This increase was driven by stronger demand within the Company’s travel-related national accounts and school uniform customers.
    • Third Party net revenue, which includes sales on third-party marketplaces and U.S. wholesale revenues, was $36.3 million in the fourth quarter compared to $21.3 million in the fourth quarter last year. The $15.0 million increase was primarily attributable to growth in our Kohl’s partnership, including an expansion to 300 locations during the third quarter 2021, compared to 150 retail locations in the fourth quarter 2020.
  • Gross margin decreased approximately 360 basis points to 35.9% as compared to 39.5% in the fourth quarter last year. Gross margin declined due to increased shipping costs driven by the global supply chain challenges.

  • Selling and administrative expenses increased $5.5 million to $172.2 million or 31.0% of net revenue, compared to $166.7 million or 31.0% of net revenue, in the fourth quarter of last year. The flat basis point result was driven by the leverage on higher sales and continued expense controls, offset by continued investment in digital marketing and higher distribution center labor costs.

  • Net income was $7.1 million or $0.21 per diluted share, as compared to net income of $19.9 million or $0.60 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020.

  • Adjusted EBITDA decreased to $27.3 million compared to $46.1 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Highlights

Cash and cash equivalents were $34.3 million as of January 28, 2022, compared to $33.9 million as of January 29, 2021.

Net cash provided by operations was $70.6 million for the 52 weeks ended January 28, 2022, compared to $91.6 million for the 52 weeks ended January 29, 2021.

Inventories, net, was $384.2 million as of January 28, 2022, and $382.1 million as of January 29, 2021.

As of January 28, 2022, the Company had no borrowings outstanding and $251.5 million of availability under its asset-based senior secured credit facility compared to $25.0 million of borrowings outstanding and $222.9 million of availability at the end of last year. Additionally, as of January 28, 2022, the Company had $257.8 million of term loan debt outstanding compared to $271.6 million of term loan debt outstanding at the end of last year.

Outlook

Jim Gooch, President and Chief Financial Officer, stated, “We are very pleased with the performance we delivered in 2021, despite the supply chain challenges in the back half of the year. For fiscal 2022, we expect year-over-year sales growth to be higher in the back half of the year, as we lap strong demand from the first half of 2021 and inventory constraints we experienced in the back half of 2021. While we navigate the macro headwinds through the remainder of fiscal 2022, we remain confident in our business model and ability to meet our long-term targets.”

For the first quarter of fiscal 2022 the Company expects:

  • Net revenue to be between $320.0 million and $335.0 million.
  • Net loss to be between $(4.0) million and $(2.0) million and diluted loss per share to be between $(0.12) and $(0.06).
  • Adjusted EBITDA in the range of $12.0 million to $15.0 million.

This first quarter outlook assumes approximately $15.0 million of incremental shipping expenses due to the global supply chain challenges.

For fiscal 2022 the Company expects:

  • Net revenue to be between $1.68 billion and $1.75 billion.
  • Net income to be between $24.0 million and $35.0 million, and diluted earnings per share to be between $0.71 and $1.04.
  • Adjusted EBITDA in the range of $105.0 million to $120.0 million.
  • Capital expenditures of approximately $37.0 million.

This full year outlook assumes approximately $40.0 million of incremental shipping expenses due to the global supply chain challenges.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. ET to review its fourth quarter and full year financial results and related matters. The call may be accessed through the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at http://investors.landsend.com or by dialing (866) 753-5836.

About Lands’ End, Inc.

Lands’ End, Inc. (NASDAQ:LE) is a leading uni-channel retailer of casual clothing, accessories, footwear and home products. We offer products online at www.landsend.com, on third party online marketplaces and through our own Company Operated stores, as well as, third-party retail locations. We are a classic American lifestyle brand with a passion for quality, legendary service and real value, and seek to deliver timeless style for women, men, kids and the home.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding the Company’s assessment of its long-term opportunity, the strength of the Lands’ End brand, its strategy, and addressable market; the Company’s ability to navigate macro headwinds in fiscal 2022; the Company’s expectations regarding revenue trends in the first and second halves of 2022; and the Company’s outlook and expectations as to net revenue, net income, earnings per share and Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of fiscal 2022 and for the full year of fiscal 2022, capital expenditures for fiscal 2022 and assumptions regarding incremental shipping expenses due to the global supply chain challenges in the first quarter of fiscal 2022 and full year of fiscal 2022. The following important factors and uncertainties, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in these forward-looking statements: the impact of COVID on operations, customer demand and the Company’s supply chain, as well as its consolidated results of operation, financial position and cash flows; further disruption in the Company’s supply chain, including with respect to its distribution centers, third-party manufacturing partners and logistics partners, caused by limits in freight capacity, increases in transportation costs, port congestion, other logistics constraints, and closure of certain manufacturing facilities and production lines due to COVID and other global economic conditions; the impact of economic conditions on consumer discretionary spending; the Company may be unsuccessful in implementing its strategic initiatives, or its initiatives may not have their desired impact on its business; the Company’s ability to offer merchandise and services that customers want to purchase; changes in customer preference from the Company’s branded merchandise; the Company’s results may be materially impacted if tariffs on imports to the United States increase and it is unable to offset the increased costs from current or future tariffs through pricing negotiations with its vendor base, moving production out of countries impacted by the tariffs, passing through a portion of the cost increases to the customer, or other savings opportunities; customers’ use of the Company’s digital platform, including customer acceptance of its efforts to enhance its eCommerce websites, including the Outfitters website; customer response to the Company’s marketing efforts across all types of media; the Company’s maintenance of a robust customer list; the Company’s retail store strategy may be unsuccessful; the Company’s relationship with Kohl’s may not develop as planned or have its desired impact; the Company’s dependence on information technology and a failure of information technology systems, including with respect to its eCommerce operations, or an inability to upgrade or adapt its systems; fluctuations and increases in costs of raw materials as well as fluctuations in other production and distribution-related costs; impairment of the Company’s relationships with its vendors; the Company’s failure to maintain the security of customer, employee or company information; the Company’s failure to compete effectively in the apparel industry; legal, regulatory, economic and political risks associated with international trade and those markets in which the Company conducts business and sources its merchandise; the Company’s failure to protect or preserve the image of its brands and its intellectual property rights; increases in postage, paper and printing costs; failure by third parties who provide the Company with services in connection with certain aspects of its business to perform their obligations; the Company’s failure to timely and effectively obtain shipments of products from its vendors and deliver merchandise to its customers; reliance on promotions and markdowns to encourage customer purchases; the Company’s failure to efficiently manage inventory levels; unseasonal or severe weather conditions; the adverse effect on the Company’s reputation if its independent vendors do not use ethical business practices or comply with applicable laws and regulations; assessments for additional state taxes; incurrence of charges due to impairment of goodwill, other intangible assets and long-lived assets; the impact on the Company’s business of adverse worldwide economic and market conditions, including inflation and other economic factors that negatively impact consumer spending on discretionary items; potential indemnification liabilities to Sears Holdings pursuant to the separation and distribution agreement in connection with the Company’s separation from Sears Holdings; the ability of the Company’s principal stockholders to exert substantial influence over the Company; potential liabilities under fraudulent conveyance and transfer laws and legal capital requirements; and other risks, uncertainties and factors discussed in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2021. The Company intends the forward-looking statements to speak only as of the time made and does not undertake to update or revise them as more information becomes available, except as required by law.

CONTACTS

Lands’ End, Inc.
James Gooch
President and Chief Financial Officer
(608) 935-9341

Investor Relations:
ICR, Inc.
Jean Fontana
(646) 277-1214
Jean.Fontana@icrinc.com

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LANDS’ END, INC.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)

(in thousands except per share data) January 28, 2022  January 29, 2021 
ASSETS        
Current assets        
Cash and cash equivalents $34,301  $33,933 
Restricted cash  1,834   1,861 
Accounts receivable, net  49,668   37,574 
Inventories, net  384,241   382,106 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  36,905   40,356 
Total current assets  506,949   495,830 
Property and equipment, net  129,791   145,288 
Operating lease right-of-use asset  31,492   35,475 
Goodwill  106,700   106,700 
Intangible asset, net  257,000   257,000 
Other assets  4,702   5,215 
TOTAL ASSETS $1,036,634  $1,045,508 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY        
Current liabilities        
Current portion of long-term debt $13,750  $13,750 
Accounts payable  145,802   134,007 
Lease liability - current  5,617   5,183 
Other current liabilities  146,263   161,982 
Total current liabilities  311,432   314,922 
Long-term borrowings on ABL Facility     25,000 
Long-term debt, net  234,474   245,632 
Lease liability - long-term  32,731   37,811 
Deferred tax liabilities  46,191   47,346 
Other liabilities  5,110   5,094 
TOTAL LIABILITIES  629,938   675,805 
Commitments and contingencies        
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY        
Common stock, par value $0.01 - authorized: 480,000 shares; issued
and outstanding: 32,985 and 32,614, respectively
  330   326 
Additional paid-in capital  374,413   369,372 
Retained earnings  44,595   11,226 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (12,642)  (11,221)
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY  406,696   369,703 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $1,036,634  $1,045,508 


LANDS’ END, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)

 13 Weeks Ended  13 Weeks Ended  52 Weeks Ended  52 Weeks Ended 
(in thousands except per share data)January 28, 2022  January 29, 2021  January 28, 2022  January 29, 2021 
REVENUES               
Net revenue$555,375  $538,374  $1,636,624  $1,427,448 
Cost of sales (excluding depreciation and amortization) 356,256   325,554   945,164   821,595 
Gross profit 199,119   212,820   691,460   605,853 
                
Selling and administrative 172,188   166,733   571,767   518,897 
Depreciation and amortization 9,683   9,552   39,166   37,343 
Other operating expense, net 158   556   741   8,471 
Total costs and expenses 182,029   176,841   611,674   564,711 
Operating income 17,090   35,979   79,786   41,142 
Interest expense 8,214   8,522   34,445   27,754 
Other (income) expense, net (167)  (113)  (628)  796 
                
Income before income taxes 9,043   27,570   45,969   12,592 
Income tax expense 1,933   7,643   12,600   1,756 
NET INCOME$7,110  $19,927  $33,369  $10,836 
                
NET INCOME PER COMMON SHARE
  ATTRIBUTABLE TO STOCKHOLDERS
               
Basic:$0.22  $0.61  $1.01  $0.33 
Diluted:$0.21  $0.60  $0.99  $0.33 
                
Basic weighted average common shares outstanding 32,984   32,611   32,929   32,566 
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding 33,584   33,471   33,681   32,652 


Use and Definition of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted EBITDA - In addition to our Net income determined in accordance with GAAP, for purposes of evaluating operating performance, the Company uses an Adjusted EBITDA metric. Adjusted EBITDA is computed as Net income appearing on the Consolidated Statements of Operations net of Income tax expense, Interest expense, Depreciation and amortization and certain significant items as set forth below. Our management uses Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate the operating performance of our business for comparable periods, as well as the basis for an executive compensation metric. The methods used by the Company to calculate its non-GAAP financial measures may differ significantly from methods used by other companies to compute similar measures. As a result, any non-GAAP financial measures presented herein may not be comparable to similar measures provided by other companies. Adjusted EBITDA should not be used by investors or other third parties as the sole basis for formulating investment decisions as it excludes several important cash and non-cash recurring items.

While Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measurement, management believes that it is an important indicator of operating performance, and useful to investors, because:

  • EBITDA excludes the effects of financings, investing activities and tax structure by eliminating the effects of interest, depreciation and income tax.
  • Other significant items, while periodically affecting our results, may vary significantly from period to period and have a disproportionate effect in a given period, which affects comparability of results. We have adjusted our results for these items to make our statements more comparable and therefore more useful to investors as the items are not representative of our ongoing operations.

    • For the 52 weeks ended January 29, 2021 we excluded the impact of corporate restructuring which includes severance for the reduction in corporate positions in Fiscal 2020.
    • For the 52 weeks ended January 29, 2021 we excluded the impact of non-cash write-down of goodwill and certain long-lived assets in Fiscal 2020.
    • For the 13 weeks and 52 weeks ended January 28, 2022 and January 29, 2021 we excluded the impacts of amortization of transaction related costs associated with Third Party distribution channel.
    • For the 13 weeks and 52 weeks ended January 28, 2022 and January 29, 2021 we excluded the impacts of loss on disposal of property and equipment as management considers the net gains or losses on asset valuation to result from investing decisions rather than ongoing operations.


Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Information to GAAP
(Unaudited)

  13 Weeks Ended  13 Weeks Ended 
  January 28, 2022  January 29, 2021 
(in thousands) $'s  % of Net
Sales
  $'s  % of Net
Sales
 
Net income $7,110   1.3% $19,927   3.7%
Income tax expense  1,933   0.3%  7,643   1.4%
Other (income), net  (167)  (0.0)%  (113)  (0.0)%
Interest expense  8,214   1.5%  8,522   1.6%
Operating income  17,090   3.1%  35,979   6.7%
Depreciation and amortization  9,683   1.7%  9,552   1.8%
Other  345   0.1%  250   0.0%
Loss on disposal of property and equipment  158   0.0%  306   0.1%
Adjusted EBITDA $27,276   4.9% $46,087   8.6%


  52 Weeks Ended  52 Weeks Ended 
  January 28, 2022  January 29, 2021 
(in thousands) $'s  % of Net
Sales
  $'s  % of Net
Sales
 
Net income $33,369   2.0% $10,836   0.8%
Income tax expense  12,600   0.8%  1,756   0.1%
Other (income) expense, net  (628)  (0.0)%  796   0.1%
Interest expense  34,445   2.1%  27,754   1.9%
Operating income  79,786   4.9%  41,142   2.9%
Depreciation and amortization  39,166   2.4%  37,343   2.6%
Corporate restructuring     %  2,941   0.2%
Goodwill and long-lived asset impairment     %  3,844   0.3%
Other  1,189   0.1%  383   0.0%
Loss on disposal of property and equipment  741   0.0%  1,303   0.1%
Adjusted EBITDA $120,882   7.4% $86,956   6.1%


First Quarter Fiscal 2022 Guidance13 Weeks Ended 
(in millions)April 29, 2022 
Net loss$ (4.0) -$ (2.0)
Depreciation, interest, other income, taxes and other adjustments  16.0  -  17.0 
Adjusted EBITDA$ 12.0  -$ 15.0 


Fiscal 2022 Guidance52 Weeks Ended 
(in millions)January 27, 2023 
Net income$ 24.0  -$ 35.0 
Depreciation, interest, other income, taxes and other adjustments  81.0  -  85.0 
Adjusted EBITDA$ 105.0  -$ 120.0 


LANDS’ END, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)

  52 weeks ended 
(in thousands) 2021  2020 
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES        
Net income $33,369  $10,836 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided
by operating activities:
        
Depreciation and amortization  39,166   37,343 
Amortization of debt issuance costs  3,194   3,110 
Loss on disposal of property and equipment  741   1,303 
Stock-based compensation  10,156   9,201 
Deferred income taxes  (782)  (10,770)
Goodwill impairment     3,300 
Other  (661)  1,852 
Change in operating assets and liabilities:        
Accounts receivable, net  (13,170)  15,012 
Inventories  (4,213)  (4,081)
Accounts payable  13,089   (21,208)
Other operating assets  4,080   (376)
Other operating liabilities  (14,400)  46,111 
Net cash provided by operating activities  70,569   91,633 
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES        
Purchases of property and equipment  (25,238)  (30,149)
Net cash used in investing activities  (25,238)  (30,149)
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES        
Proceeds from borrowings under ABL Facility  143,000   235,000 
Payments of borrowings under ABL Facility  (168,000)  (210,000)
Proceeds from issuance on long-term debt, net     266,750 
Principal payments on long-term debt, net  (13,750)  (388,825)
Payments for taxes related to net share settlement of equity awards  (5,111)  (483)
Payment of debt issuance costs  (1,232)  (5,517)
Net cash used in financing activities  (45,093)  (103,075)
Effects of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents
and restricted cash
  103   (1,912)
NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH, CASH
  EQUIVALENTS AND RESTRICTED CASH
  341   (43,503)
CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS AND RESTRICTED CASH,
  BEGINNING OF YEAR
  35,794   79,297 
CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS AND RESTRICTED CASH,
  END OF YEAR
 $36,135  $35,794 
SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOW DATA        
Unpaid liability to acquire property and equipment $2,627  $3,245 
Income taxes paid, net of refunds $24,868  $288 
Interest paid $31,421  $21,595