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Tuesday Morning Corporation Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2016 Results

/EIN News/ -- DALLAS, Oct. 29, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tuesday Morning Corporation (NASDAQ:TUES), a leading off-price retailer with over 750 stores across the United States specializing in selling deeply discounted, upscale decorative home accessories, housewares, seasonal goods and famous-maker gifts, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended September 30, 2015.

Net sales were $202.3 million for the first quarter, slightly higher than the prior year period and the company ended the first quarter with a store count of 757, a decrease of 44 stores year over year. Comparable store sales increased 3.6%. Operating loss for the first quarter was $6.0 million. Diluted loss per share of $0.14 was consistent with the prior year period.

Steve Becker, Executive Chairman, stated, "Our first quarter performance reflects continued progress against our strategic initiatives. We have significant potential for improvement across all areas of the business, an established strategy and demonstrated progress towards our goals, as well as a strong team executing our initiatives. We are accelerating the pace of certain key investments such as our store relocation program which continues to have exciting results. We are investing in the completion of our Phoenix distribution center which will drive meaningful savings and significantly improve our ability to efficiently serve our stores.  We are also testing multiple marketing initiatives.  While these investments will impact operating margins in the near-term, we believe they are vital steps to unlock the full potential of the business and Tuesday Morning will emerge from this transformation as a far more productive, competitive and profitable retailer."

First Quarter 2016 Financial Highlights include the following:

  • Net sales were $202.3 million, compared to $202.2 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2015. The Company's sales comparison to the prior year is impacted by the net closure of 44 stores since the end of the first quarter of the prior fiscal year. Comparable store sales increased 3.6% compared to the same period a year ago, and were comprised of a 5.6% increase in customer transactions and a 1.9% decrease in average ticket. Sales at the 34 stores relocated during the past 12 months increased approximately 56% on average for the first quarter of fiscal 2016 as compared to the prior year quarter and contributed 200 basis points to the comparable store sales increase of 3.6%. 
     
  • The Company's operating loss for the first quarter of fiscal 2016 was $6.0 million, compared to an operating loss of $5.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2015.

First Quarter 2016 Results of Operations

For the first quarter of fiscal 2016, Tuesday Morning reported gross profit of $72.7 million and gross margin of 35.9% compared to $71.9 million of gross profit and gross margin of 35.6% in the first quarter of fiscal 2015. This increase was primarily due to improved initial mark-up, partially offset by an increase in markdowns. Selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A) increased 1.2% to $78.6 million, compared to $77.7 million in the same period last year. This increase was driven primarily by costs for our new Phoenix distribution center, increased store rent and occupancy related costs, along with higher legal and professional fees, partially offset by reduced store labor, lower advertising costs, and favorable share based compensation expense in the quarter as compared to the same period in the prior year. As a percent of net sales, SG&A was 38.9% for the first quarter of fiscal 2016 compared to 38.4% in the same period last year. Our net loss was $6.1 million, or $0.14 per share, in the first quarter of fiscal 2016 compared to a net loss of $6.2 million, or $0.14 per share, in the first quarter of fiscal 2015. 

The Company ended the first quarter of fiscal 2016 with $23.3 million in cash and cash equivalents, with no borrowings under its line of credit. Inventories at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2016 were $269.6 million compared to $264.2 million at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2015, up $5.4 million or 2.0%. The Company's inventory turnover for the trailing five quarters is 2.5 turns, consistent with our prior year period trailing five quarter turnover.

Outlook

The Company currently expects the Phoenix distribution center to be operational in the first half of fiscal 2017. In fiscal 2016, the Company expects to incur annual expenses related to the Phoenix distribution center to be in the range of $6 million to $8 million. Given this, as well as an expected acceleration in pace of store relocations in fiscal 2016, the Company currently expects FY16 total capital expenditure to be approximately $46 million, up from the previously provided range of $40-$45 million.

About Tuesday Morning

Tuesday Morning Corporation (NASDAQ:TUES) is a leading off-price retailer specializing in selling deeply discounted, upscale decorative home accessories, housewares, seasonal goods and famous-maker gifts.  The Company is nationally known for providing a fresh selection of brand name, high-quality merchandise – never seconds or irregulars – at prices generally below those of department and specialty stores, catalogues and online retailers. Based in Dallas, Texas, the Company opened its first store in 1974 and currently operates over 750 stores in 41 states. More information and a list of store locations may be found on our website at www.tuesdaymorning.com.

Conference Call Information

Tuesday Morning Corporation's management will hold a conference call to review first quarter fiscal 2016 financial results today, October 29, 2015, at 3:30 p.m. Central Time. The call may also include discussion of Company developments, forward-looking information and other material information about business and financial matters. A live webcast of the conference call will be available in the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.tuesdaymorning.com, or you may dial into the conference call at 1-877-312-5376 (no access code required) approximately ten minutes prior to the start of the call. A replay of the webcast will be accessible through the Company's website for 90 days. A replay of the conference call will be available from 6:30 p.m., Central time, Thursday, October 29, 2015 through 11:59 p.m., Central time, Saturday, October 31, 2015 by dialing (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406 and entering conference ID number 58687290.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which are based on management's current expectations, estimates and projections. Forward-looking statements typically are identified by the use of terms such as "may," "will," "should," "expect," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "intend" and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently. You should carefully consider statements that contain these words because they describe our current expectations, plans, strategies and goals and our current beliefs concerning future business conditions, our future results of operations, our future financial position, and our current business outlook or state other "forward-looking" information. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements of management's current plans and expectations in this press release.

Reference is hereby made to the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, "Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" and "Item 1A. Risk Factors" of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015, for examples of risks, uncertainties and events that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the expectations expressed in our forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and events include, but are not limited to, the following: our ability to successfully implement our long-term business strategy; changes in economic and political conditions which may adversely affect consumer spending; our failure to identify and respond to changes in consumer trends and preferences; our ability to continuously attract buying opportunities for off-price merchandise and anticipate consumer demand; our ability to successfully manage our inventory balances profitably; loss of or disruption in our centralized distribution center; loss or departure of one or more members of our senior management or other key management employees; increased or new competition; our ability to successfully execute our strategy of opening new stores and relocating or expanding existing stores; increases in fuel prices and changes in transportation industry regulations or conditions; our ability to generate strong cash flows from operations and to continue to access credit markets; increases in the cost or a disruption in the flow of our imported products; the success of our marketing, advertising and promotional efforts; our ability to attract, train and retain quality associates in appropriate numbers, including key associates and management; seasonal and quarterly fluctuations; our ability to maintain and protect our information technology systems and technologies; our ability to protect the security of information about our business and our customers, suppliers, business partners and employees; our ability to comply with existing, changing, and new government regulations; our ability to manage litigation risks from our customers, employees and other third parties; our ability to manage risks associated with product liability claims and product recalls; the impact of adverse local conditions, weather, natural disasters and other events; and our ability to manage the negative effects of inventory shrinkage. The Company's filings with the SEC are available at the SEC's web site at www.sec.gov.

The forward-looking statements made in this press release relate only to events as of the date on which the statements were made. Except as may be required by law, we undertake no obligations to update our forward-looking statements to reflect events and circumstances after the date on which the statements were made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements.

Tuesday Morning Corporation
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)
  Three Months Ended
  September 30,
  2015 2014
  (unaudited)  
     
Net sales  $ 202,328  $ 202,208
Cost of sales  129,654  130,274
Gross profit  72,674  71,934
     
Selling, general and administrative expenses  78,630  77,689
     
Operating loss  (5,956)  (5,755)
     
Other income (expense):    
Interest expense  (434)  (364)
Other income (expense), net  185  (35)
Other expense, net  (249)  (399)
     
Loss before income taxes  (6,205)  (6,154)
     
Income tax (benefit)/provision  (65)  76
     
     
Net loss  $ (6,140)  $ (6,230)
     
Loss Per Share    
Net loss per common share:    
Basic  $ (0.14)  $ (0.14)
Diluted  $ (0.14)  $ (0.14)
     
Weighted average number of common shares:    
Basic 43,638 43,324
Diluted 43,638 43,324
 
Tuesday Morning Corporation (continued)
 
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands) September 30, September 30, June 30, 
  2015 2014 2015
  (unaudited) (unaudited) (audited)
Assets      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 23,284  $ 8,537  $ 44,788
Inventories  269,563  264,222  209,984
Prepaid expenses  8,207  6,805  6,978
Deferred income taxes  --   42  -- 
Other current assets   530  1,276  823
Total Current Assets  301,584  280,882  262,573
       
Property and equipment, net  74,140  64,497  70,447
       
Other long-term assets:      
Deferred financing costs  1,499  1,267  871
Other assets  758  735  984
Deferred income tax - non-current  1,030  --   1,030
       
Total Assets  $ 379,011  $ 347,381  $ 335,905
       
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable  $ 120,512  $ 108,666  $ 74,242
Accrued liabilities  39,231  37,150  36,914
Deferred income taxes  1,030  --   1,030
Total Current Liabilities  160,773  145,816  112,186
       
Deferred rent  3,667  2,257  3,072
Income tax payable - non-current  339  607  358
Deferred income tax  --   42  -- 
Total Liabilities  164,779  148,722  115,616
       
Stockholders' equity  214,232  198,659  220,289
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity  $ 379,011  $ 347,381  $ 335,905
 
Tuesday Morning Corporation (continued)
 
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
  Three Months Ended
  September 30,
  2015 2014
  (unaudited)
Net cash flows from operating activities:    
Net loss  $ (6,140)  $ (6,230)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:    
Depreciation  3,652  3,059
Amortization of financing fees  238  149
(Gain)/loss on disposal of assets  (3)  259
Share-based compensation   63  1,211
Net change in operating assets and liabilities  (8,783)  (37,947)
     
Net cash used in operating activities  (10,973)  (39,499)
     
Net cash flows from investing activities:    
Proceeds from sale of assets  35  --
Capital expenditures  (9,840)  (1,876)
     
Net cash used in investing activities  (9,805)  (1,876)
     
Net cash flows from financing activities:    
Payments of financing fees  (726)  --
Proceeds from the exercise of employee stock options  --   226
     
Net cash (used in)/provided by financing activities  (726)  226
     
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents  (21,504)  (41,149)
     
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period  44,788  49,686
     
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period  $ 23,284  $ 8,537
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