At Home Group Inc. Announces Second Quarter Fiscal 2020 Financial Results

PLANO, Texas–At Home Group Inc. (NYSE: HOME), the home décor superstore, today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended July 27, 2019.

Lee Bird, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are pleased with the second quarter progress we made on our financial objectives. We opened 13 new stores and generated nearly 19% net sales growth, while also reducing inventory levels and navigating unseasonable weather early in the quarter. Considering favorable expense timing, all of our profit metrics, including pro forma adjusted EPS1 of $0.18, were in line with our expectations.”

“I am also pleased with our team’s accomplishments this quarter in successfully navigating a fluid tariff situation and implementing key marketing and merchandising initiatives focused on driving store traffic and strengthening our customer value proposition,” continued Mr. Bird.

“As we look to capitalize on our significant whitespace opportunity while driving meaningful shareholder returns, we are updating our growth targets to better balance store expansion and strong profitability with leverage improvement and positive free cash flow. As a differentiated low-price leader with an unmatched assortment — enabled by a low-cost structure and a flexible real estate strategy — we remain confident that we have the right strategic priorities in place to continue delivering growth and profitability for years to come.”

For the Thirteen Weeks Ended July 27, 2019

  • The Company opened 13 new stores in the second quarter of fiscal 2020 and ended the quarter with 204 stores in 39 states. The Company has opened a net 39 stores since the second quarter of fiscal 2019, representing a 23.6% increase.
  • Net sales increased 18.7% to $342.3 million from $288.5 million in the quarter ended July 28, 2018 driven by the net increase in open stores. Comparable store sales1 decreased 0.4% primarily due to adverse weather conditions early in the quarter.
  • Gross profit increased 3.1% to $100.4 million from $97.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2019. Gross margin decreased 450 basis points to 29.3% from 33.8% in the prior year period primarily as a result of product margin contraction due to incremental markdowns, increased occupancy costs resulting from both the adoption of ASC 842 “Leases” as well as fiscal 2020 and 2019 sale-leaseback transactions, and costs associated with opening the Company’s second distribution center.
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses (“SG&A”) decreased 28.7% to $76.7 million from $107.6 million in the prior year period, primarily due to the nonrecurrence of $41.5 million of one-time, non-cash CEO stock-based compensation expense recognized in the second quarter of fiscal 2019. Adjusted SG&A1 increased 16.3% to $75.4 million compared to a recast3 $64.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2019. Adjusted SG&A1 as a percentage of net sales improved by 50 basis points on a recast3 basis to 22.0%, primarily due to leverage of corporate overhead.
  • Operating income was $21.8 million compared to a loss of $11.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2019. Adjusted operating income1 decreased 18.2% to $23.2 million from a recast3 $28.3 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2019. Adjusted operating margin1 decreased 300 basis points on a recast3 basis to 6.8% of net sales driven by the gross margin and adjusted SG&A1 factors described above.
  • Interest expense increased to $8.2 million from $6.7 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2019 due to increased borrowings to support our growth strategies and a year-over-year increase in interest rates.
  • Income tax expense was $3.2 million, and the effective tax rate was 23.5%. In the second quarter of fiscal 2019, a pre-tax loss, partially offset by recognition of excess tax benefits related to stock option exercises, drove an income tax benefit of $8.4 million.
  • Net income was $10.4 million compared to a net loss of $10.1 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2019. Adjusted Net Income1 was $11.4 million compared to a recast3 $20.6 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2019.
  • EPS was $0.16 compared to $(0.16) in the second quarter of fiscal 2019. Pro forma adjusted EPS1 was $0.18 compared to a recast3 $0.31 in the second quarter of fiscal 2019.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 decreased 4.4% to $47.1 million from a recast3 $49.3 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2019.

For the Twenty-six Weeks Ended July 27, 2019

  • Net sales increased 19.1% to $648.6 million from $544.7 million in the first half of fiscal 2019, driven by the net increase in open stores. Comparable store sales1 decreased 0.6% primarily due to adverse weather conditions.
  • Gross profit increased 3.2% to $188.4 million from $182.6 million in the first half of fiscal 2019. Gross margin decreased 440 basis points to 29.1% from 33.5% in the prior year period primarily due to product margin contraction due to incremental markdowns, increased occupancy costs resulting from both the adoption of ASC 842 “Leases” and fiscal 2020 and 2019 sale-leaseback transactions, and costs associated with opening the Company’s second distribution center.
  • SG&A decreased 8.0% to $153.6 million from $167.1 million in the first half of fiscal 2019, primarily due to the nonrecurrence of $41.5 million of one-time, non-cash CEO stock-based compensation expense recognized in the second quarter of fiscal 2019. Adjusted SG&A1 increased 23.0% to $151.4 million compared to a recast3 $123.0 million in the first half of fiscal 2019. Adjusted SG&A1 as a percentage of net sales increased 70 basis points on a recast3 basis to 23.3% primarily due to increased store labor, advertising and preopening expenses to support our growth strategies, partially offset by leverage of corporate overhead.
  • Operating income was $47.7 million compared to $12.4 million in the first half of fiscal 2019. Adjusted operating income1 decreased 35.0% to $33.5 million from a recast3 $51.5 million in the first half of fiscal 2019. Adjusted operating margin1 decreased 430 basis points on a recast3 basis to 5.2% of net sales driven by the gross margin and adjusted SG&A1 factors described above.
  • Interest expense increased to $16.0 million from $12.5 million in the first half of fiscal 2019 due to increased borrowings to support our growth strategies and a year-over-year increase in interest rates.
  • Income tax expense was $7.4 million, and the effective tax rate was 23.4%. In the first half of fiscal 2019, a pre-tax loss, partially offset by recognition of excess tax benefits related to stock option exercises, drove an income tax benefit of $8.4 million.
  • Net income increased to $24.3 million compared to $8.3 million in the first half of fiscal 2019. Adjusted Net Income1 was $13.3 million compared to a recast3 $38.8 million in the first half of fiscal 2019.
  • EPS was $0.37 compared to $0.13 in the first half of fiscal 2019. Pro forma adjusted EPS1 was $0.20 compared to a recast3 $0.59 in the first half of fiscal 2019.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 decreased 10.7% to $80.9 million from a recast3 $90.6 million in the first half of fiscal 2019.

Balance Sheet Highlights as of July 27, 2019

  • Net inventories increased 31.7% to $436.7 million from $331.5 million as of July 28, 2018, primarily due to a 23.6% increase in the number of open stores.
  • Total liquidity (cash plus $133.1 million of availability under our revolving credit facility) was $146.2 million.
  • Long-term debt was $336.3 million compared to $288.9 million as of July 28, 2018. Additionally, there was $276.4 million outstanding under our revolving credit facility as of July 27, 2019 compared to $195.5 million as of July 28, 2018. Increased borrowings were primarily driven by a net increase of 39 new stores year-over-year.

Outlook & Key Assumptions

Below is an overview of the Company’s outlook and related assumptions for selected third quarter and fiscal 2020 financial data. Since the beginning of fiscal 2020, the Company has implemented the new lease accounting standard, ASC 842 “Leases,” which requires, among other things, a change to the accounting treatment of sale-leaseback transactions and the reclassification of certain of the Company’s financing obligations. For illustrative purposes only, the Company has provided the table below based on management estimates in order to assist investors in understanding the impact of ASC 842 for comparability purposes to fiscal 2019.

Terminology

We define certain terms used in this release as follows:

“Adjusted EBITDA” means net income (loss) before net interest expense, loss from early extinguishment of debt, income tax provision and depreciation and amortization, adjusted for the impact of certain other items as defined in our debt agreements, including certain legal settlements and consulting and other professional fees, relocation and employee recruiting incentives, management fees and expenses, stock-based compensation expense, impairment of our trade name, gain on sale-leaseback and non-cash rent. Periods prior to the adoption of ASC 842 have been recast to show the illustrative impact of the accounting standard, which is non-cash in nature.

“Adjusted Net Income” means net income (loss), adjusted for gain on sale-leaseback, initial public offering related non-cash stock-based compensation expense and related payroll tax expenses and the income tax impact associated with the special one-time initial public offering bonus stock option exercises, non-cash stock-based compensation expense related to the special one-time grant of stock options to our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (the “CEO grant”), costs associated with the restructuring of our merchandising department and other adjustments, which include costs related to the registration and sale of shares of our common stock on behalf of certain existing stockholders and other transaction costs. Periods prior to the adoption of ASC 842 have been recast to show the illustrative impact of the accounting standard, which is non-cash in nature.

“Adjusted operating income” means operating income (loss), adjusted for gain on sale-leaseback, initial public offering related non-cash stock-based compensation expense and related payroll tax expenses, non-cash stock-based compensation expense related to the CEO grant, costs associated with the restructuring of our merchandising department and other adjustments, which include costs related to the registration and sale of shares of our common stock on behalf of certain existing stockholders, and other transaction costs. Periods prior to the adoption of ASC 842 have been recast to show the illustrative impact of the accounting standard, which is non-cash in nature.

“Adjusted SG&A” means selling, general and administrative expenses adjusted for certain expenses, including initial public offering related non-cash stock-based compensation expense and related payroll tax expenses, non-cash stock-based compensation expense related to the CEO grant, costs associated with the restructuring of our merchandising department and other adjustments, which include costs related to the registration and sale of shares of our common stock on behalf of certain existing stockholders and other transaction costs. Periods prior to the adoption of ASC 842 have been recast to show the illustrative impact of the accounting standard, which is non-cash in nature.

“Comparable store sales” means, for any reporting period, the change in period-over-period net sales for the comparable store base, beginning with stores on the second day of the sixteenth full fiscal month following the store’s opening. When a store is being relocated or remodeled, we exclude sales from that store in the calculation of comparable store sales until the first day of the sixteenth full fiscal month after it reopens. As it relates to At Home, “two-year comparable store sales basis” refers to the sum of the increase in comparable store sales for each of the current and preceding fiscal years.

“EPS” means diluted earnings per share.

“GAAP” means accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.

“Pro forma adjusted EPS” means Adjusted Net Income divided by pro forma diluted weighted average shares outstanding.

“Pro forma diluted weighted average shares outstanding” means diluted share count on a pro forma basis.

“Store-level Adjusted EBITDA” means Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted further to exclude the impact of costs associated with new store openings and certain corporate overhead expenses which we do not consider in our evaluation of the ongoing performance of our stores from period to period.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. You can generally identify forward-looking statements by our use of forward-looking terminology such as “anticipate”, “are confident”, “assumed”, “believe”, “continue”, “could”, “estimate”, “expect”, “intend”, “look forward”, “may”, “might”, “on track”, “outlook”, “plan”, “potential”, “predict”, “reaffirm”, “seek”, “should”, or “vision”, or the negative thereof or other variations thereon or comparable terminology. In particular, statements about our outlook and assumptions for financial performance for the third quarter, fourth quarter and fiscal year 2020 and beyond, as well as statements about the markets in which we operate, expected new store openings, our real estate strategy, growth targets, potential growth opportunities, impact of expected stock option exercises, future capital expenditures, and estimates of expenses we may incur in connection with equity incentive awards to management and our expectations, beliefs, plans, strategies, objectives, prospects, assumptions or future events or performance contained in this document are forward-looking statements.

We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. While we believe these expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections are reasonable, such forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control. These and other important factors, including those factors described in “Item 1A. Risk Factors” of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 26, 2019 and other reports that we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Given these risks and uncertainties, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are not guarantees of future performance and our actual results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and the development of the industry in which we operate, may differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this release. In addition, even if our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and events in the industry in which we operate, are consistent with the forward-looking statements contained in this release, they may not be predictive of results or developments in future periods.

Any forward-looking statement that we make in this release speaks only as of the date of such statement. Except as required by law, we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise, or to publicly announce any update or revision to, any of the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date of this document.

About At Home Group Inc.

At Home (NYSE:HOME), the home decor superstore, offers more than 50,000 on-trend home products to fit any budget or style, from furniture, mirrors, rugs, art and housewares to tabletop, patio and seasonal decor. At Home is headquartered in Plano, Texas, and currently operates 206 stores in 39 states. For more information, please visit us online at investor.athome.com.


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