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Chico's FAS, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2022 Results

02/28/2023

FORT MYERS, Fla., Feb. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- 

  • Grew year-over-year net sales 5.6% in the fourth quarter and 18.3% in fiscal 2022
  • Delivered diluted EPS of $0.06 in the fourth quarter and $0.88 in fiscal 2022
  • Expanded gross margin 40 basis points over last year's fourth quarter and 240 basis points over fiscal 2021
  • Generated operating income of $142 million and cash from operating activities of $162 million, an increase of 113.5% and 158.1%, respectively in fiscal 2022

Chico's FAS, Inc. (NYSE: CHS) (the "Company" or "Chico's FAS") today announced its financial results for the thirteen weeks ended January 28, 2023 (the "fourth quarter") and for the fifty-two weeks ended January 28, 2023 ("fiscal 2022"). The Company also provided fiscal 2023 first quarter and full year outlook.

Molly Langenstein, Chico's FAS Chief Executive Officer and President, commented, "We achieved strong results across all key financial metrics in fiscal 2022. We delivered strong store and digital sales growth, substantial gross margin expansion and solid expense leverage for the year, which produced outstanding operating income, cash flow and EPS. These results demonstrate the power of our three brands and our product performance and reflect the team's steadfast commitment to our strategic pillars of being customer led, product obsessed, digital first and operationally excellent.

"Apparel led our revenue growth this year, with Chico's® posting a 31% comparable sales increase and White House Black Market® generating a 26% comparable sales gain. Customers responded to our elevated fashion and product offerings across apparel categories, and we achieved faster sell-through rates, higher productivity, and more full-priced sales. Our Soma® performance improved in the second half of the year, with particular strength in our foundations business."

"In the fourth quarter, we were pleased to see revenues and EPS exceed our expectations due to strong January performance," added Langenstein. "Across all three brands, customers responded to new spring product offerings, which drove full-price selling."

Langenstein concluded, "In fiscal 2023, we will build on our standout fiscal 2022 results, and based on our January performance, we believe we're off to a great start." 

Business Highlights

The Company's fiscal 2022 business highlights include:

  • Consistent strong results : Chico's FAS posted $0.88 net income per diluted share for fiscal 2022, an increase of 138% over last year, driven by strong comparable sales growth, significant gross margin expansion, and diligent expense control.
  • Powerful portfolio performance: For fiscal 2022, total Chico's FAS net sales grew 18.3% and comparable sales increased 19.6% versus last year, led by the Company's apparel brands. Chico's and White House Black Market ("WHBM") comparable sales grew 30.8% and 25.7%, respectively, in fiscal 2022 versus last year.
  • Continued customer growth : Elevated products, strategic marketing efforts, and our relaunched loyalty programs continued to drive more customers to the Company's brands, with total year-over-year customer count up mid-single digits, spend per customer up over last year and the average age of new customers continuing to trend younger.
  • Meaningful gross margin improvement : Occupancy leverage, higher average unit retail and lower inbound air freight drove 240 basis points of gross margin improvement during the year.
  • Diligent expense management: Continued disciplined expense control and a lean cost structure led to 50 basis points of SG&A expense leverage in fiscal 2022.
  • Solid operating income : Fiscal 2022 income from operations was $142.1 million, or 6.6% of net sales, compared to $66.6 million, or 3.7% of net sales, in the prior year. Year-over-year operating income more than doubled, driven by strong sales and gross margin performance and expense control.
  • Strong balance sheet: The Company ended the fourth quarter with $178.1 million in cash and marketable securities, after repaying $50.0 million of long-term debt during the year.

Overview of Financial Results

For the fourth quarter, the Company reported net income of $7.5 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, compared to net income of $10.7 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, for the thirteen weeks ended January 29, 2022 ("last year's fourth quarter").

For fiscal 2022, the Company reported net income of $109.0 million, or $0.88 per diluted share, compared to net income of $46.2 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, for the fifty-two weeks ended January 29, 2022 ("fiscal 2021"). The Company reported fiscal 2021 adjusted net income of $50.1 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, which excludes $3.9 million, after-tax, in legal settlement charges as presented in the accompanying GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation.

Sales

For the fourth quarter, net sales were $524.1 million compared to $496.3 million in last year's fourth quarter. This 5.6% total sales improvement primarily reflects a comparable sales increase of 6.1%, partially offset by the net impact of store closures and openings since last year's fourth quarter. The 6.1% comparable sales improvement was driven by an increase in transaction count, partially offset by a decrease in the average dollar sale.

Net sales for fiscal 2022 increased to $2,142.0 million from $1,809.9 million in fiscal 2021. The 18.3% increase reflects a comparable sales increase of 19.6%, partially offset by the impact of the net 1% decrease in selling square footage. The 19.6% comparable sales increase was driven by an increase in transaction count and average dollar sale.

The following table depicts comparable sales percentages by Chico's, WHBM and Soma:


Thirteen Weeks Ended


Fifty-Two Weeks Ended (1)


January 28, 2023


January 29, 2022


January 28, 2023


Compared to Fiscal 2021


Compared to Fiscal 2020


Compared to Fiscal 2021

Chico's

16.1 %


33.2 %


30.8 %

White House Black Market

1.9 %


45.6 %


25.7 %

Soma

(5.0) %


9.5 %


(5.6) %

Total Company

6.1 %


29.2 %


19.6 %


(1)  The Company is not providing comparable sales figures for the fifty-two weeks ended January 29, 2022 compared to the fifty-two weeks ended January 30, 2021, as we do not believe it is a meaningful measure due to the significant impacts of the pandemic during fiscal 2020.

Gross Margin

For the fourth quarter, gross margin was $182.9 million, or 34.9% of net sales, compared to $171.3 million, or 34.5% of net sales, in last year's fourth quarter. The 40 basis point increase in gross margin rate primarily reflects   occupancy leverage and lower inbound freight costs, partially offset by higher raw material costs. 

For fiscal year 2022, gross margin was $838 million, or 39.1% of net sales, compared to $664.0 million, or 36.7% of net sales in the prior year. The 240 basis point increase in gross margin rate primarily reflects occupancy leverage, higher average unit retail and lower inbound air freight, partially offset by higher raw material costs.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

For the fourth quarter, SG&A expenses were $176.0 million, or 33.6% of net sales, compared to $154.8 million, or 31.2% of net sales, for last year's fourth quarter, primarily reflecting the impact of higher store expense and marketing spend.

For fiscal year 2022, SG&A expenses were $696.3 million, or 32.5% of net sales, compared to $597.4 million, or 33.0% of net sales during the prior year, primarily reflecting ongoing expense management and the impact of $3.9 million in pre-tax legal settlement charges in last year's third quarter.

Income Taxes

For the fourth quarter, the effective tax rate was a benefit of 23.0% compared to a provision of 29.1% for last year's fourth quarter. The fourth quarter tax benefit, approximating $0.03 per diluted share, primarily reflects a reduction in the valuation allowance due to a decrease in deferred tax assets in the fourth quarter. Last year's fourth quarter effective tax rate primarily reflects an increase in the valuation allowance due to a change in deferred tax assets in the fourth quarter, partially offset by a favorable state return-to-provision adjustment.

The fiscal 2022 effective tax rate was a provision of 21.1% compared to a fiscal 2021 provision of 23.0%. The fiscal 2022 effective tax rate primarily reflects a reduction in the valuation allowance due to a decrease in deferred tax assets and favorable share-based compensation benefit. The fiscal 2021 effective tax rate primarily reflects a rate differential due to benefits provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, partially offset by a valuation allowance due to the change in deferred tax assets for fiscal 2021.

Cash, Marketable Securities and Long-Term Debt

At fiscal 2022 year end, cash and marketable securities totaled $178.1 million compared to $115.1 million at fiscal 2021 year end. Fiscal 2022 year end long-term debt totaled $49.0 million compared to $99.0 million at fiscal 2021 year end, reflecting principal reductions of $30.0 million and $20.0 million in the third and fourth quarters of fiscal 2022, respectively.

Inventories

At fiscal 2022 year end, inventories totaled $276.8 million compared to $323.4 million at fiscal 2021 year end, a $46.5 million, or 14.4%, decrease from the prior year, reflecting a decrease in on-hand inventory of 6.2% and in-transit inventory of 28.5% due to optimized inventory management and shorter goods in-transit times over the prior year.

Fiscal 2023 First Quarter and Full Year Outlook

For the fiscal 2023 first quarter the Company currently expects:

  • Consolidated net sales of $535 million to $550 million;
  • Gross margin rate as a percent of net sales of 41.3% to 41.8%;
  • SG&A expenses as a percent of net sales of 32.8% to 33.3%;
  • Effective income tax rate of 25%; and
  • Earnings per diluted share of $0.26 to $0.30.

For the fiscal 2023, a 53-week year, the Company currently expects:

  • Consolidated net sales of $2,220 million to $2,250 million;
  • Gross margin rate as a percent of net sales of 39.4% to 39.8%;
  • SG&A expenses as a percent of net sales of 33.0% to 33.4%;
  • Effective income tax rate of 26%;
  • Earnings per diluted share of $0.79 to $0.91; and
  • Capital and cloud-based expenditures of approximately $80 million to $90 million.

Conference Call Information

The Company is hosting a live conference call on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 beginning at 8:00 a.m. ET to review the operating results for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2022. The conference call is being webcast live over the Internet, which you may access in the Investors section of the Company's corporate website, www.chicosfas.com. An on-demand replay of the webcast will remain available online for one year at http://chicosfas.com/investors/events-and-presentations.

The phone number for the call is 1-877-883-0383. International callers should use 1-412-902-6506. The Elite Entry number, 9537723, is required to join the conference call. Interested participants should call 10-15 minutes prior to the 8:00 a.m. start to be placed in queue.

ABOUT CHICO'S FAS, INC.           

Chico's FAS is a Florida-based fashion company founded in 1983 on Sanibel Island, Fla. The Company reinvented the fashion retail experience by creating fashion communities anchored by service, which put the customer at the center of everything we do. As one of the leading fashion retailers in North America, Chico's FAS is a company of three unique brands - Chico's, White House Black Market and Soma - each thriving in their own white space, founded by women, led by women, providing solutions that millions of women say give them confidence and joy.

Our Company has a passion for fashion, and each day, we provide clothing, shoes and accessories, intimate apparel and expert styling in our brick-and-mortar boutiques, digital online boutiques and through StyleConnect®, the Company's customized, branded, digital styling tool that enables customers to conveniently shop wherever, whenever, and however they prefer.

As of January 28, 2023, the Company operated 1,269 stores in the U.S. and sold merchandise through 58 international franchise locations in Mexico and 2 domestic franchise airport locations. The Company's merchandise is also available at www.chicos.com, www.chicosofftherack.com, www.whbm.com and www.soma.com.

To learn more about Chico's FAS, please visit our corporate website at www.chicosfas.com. The information on our corporate website is not, and shall not be deemed to be, a part of this press release or incorporated into our federal securities law filings.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995

This press release contains statements concerning our current expectations, assumptions, plans, estimates, judgments and projections about our business and our industry and other statements that are not historical facts. These statements, including without limitation the quote from Ms. Langenstein and the sections captioned "Business Highlights" and "Fiscal 2023 First Quarter and Full Year Outlook," are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In most cases, words or phrases such as "aim," "anticipates," "believes," "could," "estimates," "expects," "intends," "target," "may," "will," "plans," "path," "outlook," "project," "should," "strategy," "potential," "confident" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based largely on information currently available to our management and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results or those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Although we believe our expectations are based on reasonable estimates and assumptions, they are not guarantees of performance. There is no assurance that our expectations will occur or that our estimates or assumptions will be correct, and we caution investors and all others not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include, but are not limited to, those described in Item 1A, "Risk Factors" in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and, from time to time, in Item 1A, "Risk Factors" of our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and the following:

The ability of our suppliers, logistics providers, vendors and landlords, to meet their obligations to us in light of financial stress, labor shortages, liquidity challenges, bankruptcy filings by other industry participants, and supply chain and other disruptions; increases in unemployment rates and labor shortages; our ability to sufficiently staff our retail stores; changes in general economic conditions, including but not limited to, consumer confidence and spending patterns; the impacts of rising inflation, gasoline prices, and interest rates on consumer spending; market disruptions including pandemics or significant health hazards, severe weather conditions, natural disasters, terrorist activities, financial crises, political crises, war and other military conflicts (such as the war in Ukraine) or other major events, or the prospect of these events, including their impact on consumer spending, inflation and the global supply chain; domestic and global political and social conditions and the potential impacts of geopolitical turmoil or conflict; shifts in consumer behavior, and our ability to adapt, identify and respond to new and changing fashion trends and customer preferences, and to coordinate product development with buying and planning; changes in the general or specialty retail or apparel industries, including significant decreases in market demand and the overall level of spending for women's private branded clothing and related accessories; our ability to secure and maintain customer acceptance of in-store and online concepts and styles; the effects of the pandemic, including uncertainties about its depth and duration, new variants of COVID-19 that have emerged, the speed, efficacy and availability of vaccines and treatments, its impact on general economic conditions, human capital management, consumer behavior and discretionary spending, the effectiveness of any actions taken in response to the pandemic, and the impact of the pandemic on our manufacturing operations, shipping costs and timelines and the global supply chain; our ability to maintain strong relationships with our vendors, manufacturers, licensors, and retailer customers; increased competition in the markets in which we operate, including for, among other things, premium mall space; our ability to remain competitive with customer shipping terms and costs; decreases in customer traffic at malls, shopping centers and our stores; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates and commodity prices; significant increases in the costs of manufacturing, raw materials, transportation, importing, distribution, labor and advertising; decreases in the quality of merchandise received from suppliers and increases in delivery times for receiving such merchandise; our ability to appropriately manage our store fleet, including the closing of underperforming stores and opening of new stores, and our ability to achieve the expected results of any such store openings or store closings; our ability to appropriately manage inventory and allocation processes and leverage targeted promotions; our ability to maintain cost saving discipline; our ability to operate our retail websites in a profitable manner; our ability to successfully identify and implement additional sales and distribution channels; our ability to successfully execute and achieve the expected results of our business, brand strategies, brand awareness programs, and merchandising and marketing programs including, but not limited to, the Company's three-year strategic growth plan, sales initiatives, multi-channel strategies and four strategic pillars which are: 1) customer led; 2) product obsessed; 3) digital first; and 4) operationally excellent; our ability to utilize our distribution center and other support facilities in an efficient and effective manner; our reliance on sourcing from foreign suppliers and significant adverse economic, labor, political or other shifts (including adverse changes in tariffs, taxes or other import regulations, particularly with respect to China, or legislation prohibiting certain imports from China); U.S. and foreign governmental actions and policies and changes thereto; the continuing performance, implementation and integration of our management information systems; our ability to successfully update and maintain our information systems; the impact of any system failure, cyber security or other data security breaches, including any security breaches resulting in the theft, transfer, or unauthorized disclosure of customer, employee, or company information that we or our third-party vendors may experience; the risks that our share repurchase program may not successfully enhance shareholder value, or that share repurchases could be negatively perceived by investors; our ability to comply with applicable domestic and foreign information security and privacy laws, regulations and technology platform rules or other obligations related to data privacy and security; our ability to attract, hire, train, motivate and retain qualified employees in an inclusive environment; our ability to successfully recruit leadership or transition members of our senior management team; increased public focus and opinion on environmental, social and governance ("ESG") initiatives and our ability to meet any announced ESG goals and initiatives; future unsolicited offers to buy the Company and actions of activist shareholders and others and our ability to respond effectively; our ability to secure and protect our trademark and other intellectual property rights; our ability to protect our reputation and brand images; unanticipated obligations or changes in estimates arising from new or existing litigation, income taxes and other regulatory proceedings; unanticipated adverse changes in legal, regulatory or tax laws, including the recently enacted Inflation Reduction Act of 2022; and our ability to comply with the terms of our credit agreement, including the restrictive provisions limiting our flexibility in operating our business and obtaining additional credit on commercially reasonable terms.

These factors should be considered in evaluating forward-looking statements contained herein. All forward-looking statements that are made or attributable to us are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary notice. The forward-looking statements included herein are only made as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

(Financial Tables Follow)

Investor Relations Contact:
Tom Filandro
ICR, Inc.
(646) 277-1235
tom.filandro@icrinc.com

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Chico's FAS, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

(Unaudited)

(in thousands, except per share amounts)




Thirteen Weeks Ended


Fifty-Two Weeks Ended



January 28, 2023


January 29, 2022


January 28, 2023


January 29, 2022



Amount


% of

Sales


Amount


% of

Sales


Amount


% of

Sales


Amount


% of

Sales

Net sales:

















Chico's


$    242,968


46.4 %


$    213,733


43.1 %


$  1,044,552


48.7 %


$    815,647


45.1 %

White House Black Market


152,541


29.1


151,914


30.6


637,602


29.8


516,164


28.5

Soma


128,544


24.5


130,616


26.3


459,866


21.5


478,116


26.4

Total net sales


524,053


100.0


496,263


100.0


2,142,020


100.0


1,809,927


100.0

Cost of goods sold


341,129


65.1


324,956


65.5


1,303,577


60.9


1,145,929


63.3

Gross margin


182,924


34.9


171,307


34.5


838,443


39.1


663,998


36.7

Selling, general and administrative
expenses


176,002


33.6


154,781


31.2


696,298


32.5


597,418


33.0

Income from operations


6,922


1.3


16,526


3.3


142,145


6.6


66,580


3.7

Interest expense, net


(835)


(0.1)


(1,392)


(0.3)


(3,946)


(0.1)


(6,562)


(0.4)

Income before income taxes


6,087


1.2


15,134


3.0


138,199


6.5


60,018


3.3

Income tax provision (benefit)


(1,400)


(0.2)


4,400


0.9


29,200


1.4


13,800


0.7

Net income


$        7,487


1.4


$      10,734


2.1


$    108,999


5.1


$      46,218


2.6

Per share data:

















Net income per common share-basic


$          0.06




$          0.09




$          0.91




$          0.39



Net income per common and common
equivalent share–diluted


$          0.06




$          0.09




$          0.88




$          0.37



Weighted average common shares
outstanding–basic


120,411




117,387




119,935




117,100



Weighted average common and common
equivalent shares outstanding–diluted


125,452




123,718




124,045




122,341



 

Chico's FAS, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)

(in thousands)



January 28, 2023


January 29, 2022

ASSETS



Current Assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$                        153,377


$                        115,105

Marketable securities, at fair value

24,677


Inventories

276,840


323,389

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

48,604


41,871

Income tax receivable

11,865


13,698

Total Current Assets

515,363


494,063

Property and Equipment, net

192,165


195,332

Right of Use Assets

435,321


463,077

Other Assets:




Goodwill

16,360


16,360

Other intangible assets

5,000


5,000

Other assets, net

23,632


23,005

Total Other Assets

44,992


44,365


$                     1,187,841


$                     1,196,837




LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY



Current Liabilities:




Accounts payable

$                        156,262


$                        180,828

Current lease liabilities

153,202


172,506

Other current and deferred liabilities

141,698


134,051

Total Current Liabilities

451,162


487,385

Noncurrent Liabilities:




Long-term debt

49,000


99,000

Long-term lease liabilities

349,409


381,081

Other noncurrent and deferred liabilities

2,637


7,867

Total Noncurrent Liabilities

401,046


487,948

Commitments and Contingencies




Shareholders' Equity:




Preferred stock


Common stock

1,250


1,225

Additional paid-in capital

513,914


508,654

Treasury stock, at cost

(494,395)


(494,395)

Retained earnings

315,022


206,020

Accumulated other comprehensive gain

(158)


Total Shareholders' Equity

335,633


221,504


$                     1,187,841


$                     1,196,837

 

Chico's FAS, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Cash Flow Statements

(Unaudited)

(in thousands)



Fifty-Two Weeks Ended


January 28, 2023


January 29, 2022

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:




Net income

$                         108,999


$                           46,218

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:




Inventory write-offs

1,452


502

Depreciation and amortization

43,872


51,369

Non-cash lease expense

181,852


184,427

Loss on disposal and impairment of long-lived assets, net

1,918


1,317

Deferred tax benefit

(391)


187

Share-based compensation expense

13,806


12,034

Changes in assets and liabilities:




Inventories

45,097


(119,908)

Prepaid expenses and other assets

(8,937)


(9,630)

Income tax receivable

1,833


44,442

Accounts payable

(24,256)


64,414

Accrued and other liabilities

1,581


7,402

Lease liability

(205,234)


(220,163)

Net cash provided by operating activities

161,592


62,611

Cash Flows from Investing Activities:




Purchases of marketable securities

(32,239)


(268)

Proceeds from sale of marketable securities

7,364


18,761

Purchases of property and equipment

(41,989)


(13,245)

Proceeds from sale of Corporate assets

2,772


8,295

Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities

(64,092)


13,543

Cash Flows from Financing Activities:




Payments on borrowings

(50,000)


(50,000)

Payments of debt issuance costs

(706)


Proceeds from issuance of common stock

314


64

Payments of tax withholdings related to share-based awards

(8,836)


(1,904)

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

(59,228)


(51,840)

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

38,272


24,314

Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning of period

115,105


90,791

Cash and Cash Equivalents, End of period

$                         153,377


$                         115,105

Supplemental Detail on Net Income
Per Common Share Calculation

In accordance with accounting guidance, unvested share-based payment awards that include non-forfeitable rights to dividends, whether paid or unpaid, are considered participating securities. As a result, such awards are required to be included in the calculation of income per common share pursuant to the "two-class" method. For the Company, participating securities are comprised entirely of unvested restricted stock awards granted prior to fiscal 2020 and performance-based restricted stock units ("PSUs") that have met their relevant performance criteria.

Net income per share is determined using the two-class method when it is more dilutive than the treasury stock method. Basic net income per share is computed by dividing net income available to common shareholders by the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding during the period, including participating securities. Diluted net income per share reflects the dilutive effect of potential common shares from non-participating securities such as restricted stock awards granted after fiscal 2019, stock options, PSUs, and restricted stock units. For the thirteen and fifty-two weeks ended January 28, 2023 and January 29, 2022, potential common shares were excluded from the computation of diluted income per common share to the extent they were antidilutive.

The following unaudited table sets forth the computation of net income per basic and diluted share shown on the face of the accompanying condensed consolidated statements of income (in thousands, except per share amounts):



Thirteen Weeks Ended


Fifty-Two Weeks Ended



January 28, 2023


January 29, 2022


January 28, 2023


January 29, 2022

Numerator









Net income


$                      7,487


$                    10,734


$                  108,999


$                    46,218

Net income and dividends declared allocated
to participating securities


(11)


(66)


(338)


(377)

Net income available to common shareholders


$                      7,476


$                    10,668


$                  108,661


$                    45,841

Denominator









Weighted average common shares outstanding
– basic


120,411


117,387


119,935


117,100

Dilutive effect of non-participating securities


5,041


6,331


4,110


5,241

Weighted average common and common
equivalent shares outstanding – diluted


125,452


123,718


124,045


122,341

Net income per common share (1):









Basic


$                         0.06


$                         0.09


$                         0.91


$                         0.39

Diluted


$                         0.06


$                         0.09


$                         0.88


$                         0.37


(1) Due to the differences between quarterly and year-to-date weighted average share counts and the effect of quarterly rounding to the nearest cent per share, the year-to-date calculation of net income per basic and diluted common share may not equal the sum of the quarters.

GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation

The Company reports information in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). However, this press release includes non-GAAP financial measures that are not based on any standardized methodology prescribed by GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures should be used supplemental to, and not as an alternative to, the Company's GAAP financial results, and the Company's management does not, nor does it suggest that investors should, consider non-GAAP financial measures in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Further, the non-GAAP measures utilized by the Company may be unique to the Company, as they may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. The Company believes presenting these non-GAAP measures, which exclude items that are not comparable from period to period, is useful to investors and others in evaluating the Company's ongoing operating and financial results in a manner that is consistent with management's evaluation of business performance and understanding how such results compare with the Company's historical performance. The reconciliation below excludes the unfavorable impact of legal settlement charges in last year's third quarter.

A reconciliation of net income and income per diluted share on a GAAP basis to adjusted net income and adjusted net income per diluted share on a non-GAAP basis, SG&A expenses as a percent of sales and adjusted SG&A expenses as a percent of sales for the thirteen and fifty-two weeks ended January 29, 2022 is presented in the table below:

GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation of Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income Per Diluted
Share and Adjusted Selling, General and Administrative Expenses, percent of sales

(Unaudited)

(in thousands, except per share amounts)



January 29, 2022



Fifty-Two Weeks Ended

Net Income:






Net Income GAAP basis


$                           46,218

Legal settlement charges


3,910

Adjusted Net Income (Non-GAAP adjusted basis)


$                           50,128




Net income per common and common equivalent share - diluted:






Net income per common and common share equivalent (GAAP basis)


$                               0.37

Legal settlement charges


0.03

Adjusted net income per common share equivalent (Non-GAAP adjusted
basis)


$                               0.40




Selling, general and administrative expenses, percent of sales:






Selling, general and administrative expenses, percent of sales (GAAP basis)


33.0

Legal settlement charges


(0.2)

Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses, percent of sales
(Non-GAAP adjusted basis)


32.8 %

 

Chico's FAS, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Store Count and Square Footage

Thirteen Weeks Ended January 28, 2023

(Unaudited)












October 29, 2022


New Stores


Closures


January 28, 2023



Store count:










Chico's frontline boutiques

491



(3)


488



Chico's outlets

122



(1)


121



WHBM frontline boutiques

329



(1)


328



WHBM outlets

53




53



Soma frontline boutiques

246


13



259



Soma outlets

20


1


(1)


20



Total Chico's FAS, Inc.

1,261


14


(6)


1,269
























October 29, 2022


New Stores


Closures


Other changes in SSF


January 28, 2023

Net selling square footage (SSF):










Chico's frontline boutiques

1,339,289



(8,346)


(4,692)


1,326,251

Chico's outlets

307,393



(2,488)


(418)


304,487

WHBM frontline boutiques

772,916



(2,877)


(2,976)


767,063

WHBM outlets

110,394





110,394

Soma frontline boutiques

459,303


19,048



(1,682)


476,669

Soma outlets

37,366


2,293


(2,120)



37,539

Total Chico's FAS, Inc.

3,026,661


21,341


(15,831)


(9,768)


3,022,403

As of January 28, 2023, the Company's franchise operations consisted of 58 international retail locations in Mexico and 2 domestic airport locations.

Chico's FAS, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Store Count and Square Footage

Fifty-Two Weeks Ended January 28, 2023

(Unaudited)












January 29, 2022


New Stores


Closures


January 28, 2023



Store count:










Chico's frontline boutiques

499



(11)


488



Chico's outlets

122



(1)


121



WHBM frontline boutiques

335



(7)


328



WHBM outlets

54



(1)


53



Soma frontline boutiques

238


24


(3)


259



Soma outlets

18


3


(1)


20



Total Chico's FAS, Inc.

1,266


27


(24)


1,269
























January 29, 2022


New Stores


Closures


Other changes in SSF


January 28, 2023

Net selling square footage (SSF):










Chico's frontline boutiques

1,362,276



(30,115)


(5,910)


1,326,251

Chico's outlets

307,393



(2,488)


(418)


304,487

WHBM frontline boutiques

785,722



(16,006)


(2,653)


767,063

WHBM outlets

112,724



(2,330)



110,394

Soma frontline boutiques

448,773


35,146


(4,982)


(2,268)


476,669

Soma outlets

34,329


5,414


(2,120)


(84)


37,539

Total Chico's FAS, Inc.

3,051,217


40,560


(58,041)


(11,333)


3,022,403

As of January 28, 2023, the Company's franchise operations consisted of 58 international retail locations in Mexico and 2 domestic airport locations.

 

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