Zumiez Inc. Announces Fiscal 2020 First Quarter Results


    Company Ended First Quarter with $217 Million in Cash and Marketable Securities and No Debt 
    Company Provides COVID-19 Business Update

    LYNNWOOD, Wash., June 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Zumiez Inc. (NASDAQ: ZUMZ) a leading specialty retailer of apparel, footwear, equipment and accessories for young men and women, today reported results for the first quarter ended May 2, 2020.

    Total net sales for the first quarter ended May 2, 2020 (13 weeks) decreased 35.3% to $137.8 million from $212.9 million in the first quarter ended May 4, 2019 (13 weeks).  Net loss in the first quarter of fiscal 2020 was $21.1 million, or $(0.84) per diluted share, compared to net income of $0.8 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, in the first quarter of the prior fiscal year. Included in this amount is $1.5 million or $0.5 cents associated with the impairment of our right of use assets and fixed assets.

    At May 2, 2020, cash and current marketable securities increased $49.2 million or 29.3% to $217.2 million, compared to cash and current marketable securities of $168.0 million at May 4, 2019. The increase in cash and current marketable securities was driven by cash generated through operations throughout 2019 partially offset by capital expenditures and $13.4 million of share repurchases through the company’s stock buyback program prior to our stores closing due to COVID-19. We ended the quarter with no debt. 

    “We came into fiscal 2020 in a strong financial position and the new year was off to a good start with first quarter sales and earnings tracking ahead of expectations through early-March,” commented Rick Brooks, Chief Executive Officer of Zumiez Inc. “Following the outbreak of COVID-19 we closed all of our stores in accordance with state and local guidelines to protect the health and safety of our customers, employees and the communities in which we operate.  We immediately shifted our focus to increasing financial flexibility and directing resources towards continuing to engage and service our customers through our digital platforms. We took many difficult actions, but remained committed to our full time employees across the organization who have helped us create the strong culture and brand that has driven our success.  We have made this investment throughout the closures and we believe we are already seeing a return on our investment in our ability to connect with our communities during closure and open stores quickly and safely as government guidelines allow. With a history of managing the capital of the organization and quickly adapting to changing environments, we are confident in Zumiez’s ability to weather this crisis and emerge well positioned to further expand our market share and resume our long track record of creating value for our shareholders.”

    Actions Taken In Response to COVID-19
    As part of the COVID-19 response, the Company has taken the following actions to preserve financial liquidity and financial flexibility:

    • Suspended hiring, laid off virtually all part-time staff, eliminated substantially all planned fiscal 2020 bonuses and delayed majority of merit raises,
    • Lowered operating costs, including travel, marketing and other non-essential items,
    • Reduced capital spend by delaying or cancelling select projects,
    • Reduced planned inventory receipts by cancelling or delaying orders,
    • Suspended rent payments while negotiating rent relief with landlords and delayed or canceled planned new store openings,
    • Extended payment terms for both merchandise and non-merchandise vendor invoices, and
    • Paused share repurchases.

    Store Re-Opening Update
    Late in the first quarter the Company began reopening some stores with most at reduced hours in accordance with governmental regulations.  The company ended the first quarter with 65 or 9% of our 719 stores open. We ended the period ending May 30, 2020 with 493 open stores consisting of 432 Zumiez stores in North America, 49 Blue Tomato stores in Europe and 12 Fast Times stores in Australia, representing 69% of our total stores. All stores are operating under enhanced measures to ensure the health and safety of employees and customers, including

    • requiring our employees to wear masks,
    • providing hand sanitizer in multiple locations throughout the store,
    • implementing enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocols,
    • reconfiguring sales floors to promote physical distancing, and
    • modifying employee and customer interactions to limit contact.

    May 2020 Sales
    The Company’s total net sales decreased 8.6% for the four-week period ended May 30, 2020 compared to an increase of 2.6% for the four-week period ended June 1, 2019 primarily based on closures continuing into May with some areas not expected to open until June, offset by better than expected results in stores open and our e-commerce demand.  Comparable store sales for locations opened in May as well as our e-commerce traffic increased 79.6%.  By channel, our open store comparable sales were 38.5% and our e-commerce sales were 181.6% in May. 

    Due to the fast-moving nature of this situation and the uncertainty of impacts on revenue and costs, the Company previously withdrew its full year fiscal 2020 guidance. The Company is not providing an updated outlook at this time for the second quarter or the year.

    A conference call will be held today to discuss first quarter fiscal 2020 results and will be webcast at 5:00 p.m. ET on https://ir.zumiez.com. Participants may also dial (570) 990-9934 followed by the conference identification code of 7543829.

    About Zumiez Inc.

    Zumiez is a leading specialty retailer of apparel, footwear, accessories and hardgoods for young men and women who want to express their individuality through the fashion, music, art and culture of action sports, streetwear, and other unique lifestyles. As of May 30, 2020, we operated 719 stores, including 606 in the United States, 52 in Canada, 49 in Europe and 12 in Australia. We operate under the names Zumiez, Blue Tomato and Fast Times. Additionally, we operate ecommerce web sites at zumiez.com, zumiez.ca, blue-tomato.com and fasttimes.com.au.

    Safe Harbor Statement

    Certain statements in this press release and oral statements relating thereto made from time to time by representatives of the Company may constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, without limitation, predictions and guidance relating to the Company’s future financial performance, brand and product category diversity, ability to adjust product mix, integration of acquired businesses, growing customer demand for our products and new store openings. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as, “may,” “should,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential,” “continue,” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations but they involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements as a result of risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation, those described in the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 2, 2019 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available at www.sec.gov. You are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements herein and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

    (In thousands, except per share amounts)

      Three Months Ended
      May 2, 2020   % of Sales     May 4, 2019   % of Sales
    Net sales $ 137,772     100.0 %   $ 212,928   100.0 %
    Cost of goods sold   114,036     82.8 %     146,464   68.8 %
    Gross profit   23,736     17.2 %     66,464   31.2 %
    Selling, general and administrative expenses   51,584     37.4 %     65,496   30.7 %
    Operating (loss) profit   (27,848 )   (20.2 %)     968   0.5 %
    Interest income, net   1,074     0.8 %     852   0.4 %
    Other income, net   106     0.0 %     153   0.0 %
    (Loss) earnings before income taxes   (26,668 )   (19.4 %)     1,973   0.9 %
    Provision for income taxes   (5,567 )   (4.1 %)     1,180   0.5 %
    Net (loss) income $ (21,101 )   (15.3 %)   $ 793   0.4 %
    Basic (loss) earnings per share $ (0.84 )       $ 0.03    
    Diluted (loss) earnings per share $ (0.84 )       $ 0.03    
    Weighted average shares used in computation of (loss) earnings per share:              
    Basic   25,040           25,090    
    Diluted   25,040           25,351    

    (In thousands)

      May 2, 2020   February 1, 2020   May 4, 2019
      (Unaudited)       (Unaudited)
    Current assets                      
    Cash and cash equivalents $ 63,731     $ 52,428     $ 60,616  
    Marketable securities   153,494       198,768       107,364  
    Receivables   16,837       16,841       15,083  
    Inventories   136,354       135,095       135,959  
    Prepaid expenses and other current assets   5,179       9,456       9,616  
    Total current assets   375,595       412,588       328,638  
    Fixed assets, net   109,573       113,051       116,830  
    Operating lease right-of-use assets   285,416       301,784       301,980  
    Goodwill   56,706       57,099       57,682  
    Intangible assets, net   14,366       14,564       14,852  
    Deferred tax assets, net   11,206       6,303       6,312  
    Other long-term assets   8,571       8,869       8,442  
    Total long-term assets   485,838       501,670       506,098  
    Total assets $ 861,433     $ 914,258     $ 834,736  
    Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity          
    Current liabilities          
    Trade accounts payable $ 49,497     $ 47,787     $ 54,454  
    Accrued payroll and payroll taxes   13,173       23,653       15,302  
    Income taxes payable   4,430       4,686       65  
    Operating lease liabilities   70,584       61,800       54,469  
    Other liabilities   19,197       21,784       19,675  
    Total current liabilities   156,881       159,710       143,965  
    Long-term operating lease liabilities   269,608       284,717       293,375  
    Other long-term liabilities   3,790       3,745       3,436  
    Total long-term liabilities   273,398       288,462       296,811  
    Total liabilities   430,279       448,172       440,776  
    Shareholders’ equity          
    Preferred stock, no par value, 20,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding                
    Common stock, no par value, 50,000 shares authorized; 25,431 shares issued and outstanding at May 2, 2020, 25,828 shares issued and outstanding at February 1, 2020 and 25,741 shares issued and outstanding at May 4, 2019   163,349       161,458       155,104  
    Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (14,896 )     (12,591 )     (12,275 )
    Retained earnings   282,701       317,219       251,131  
    Total shareholders’ equity   431,154       466,086       393,960  
    Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 861,433     $ 914,258     $ 834,736  

    (In thousands)

      Three Months Ended
      May 2, 2020   May 4, 2019
    Cash flows from operating activities:      
    Net (loss) income $ (21,101 )   $ 793  
    Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:      
    Depreciation, amortization and accretion   6,096       6,263  
    Noncash lease expense   14,996       13,371  
    Deferred taxes   (4,856 )     1,249  
    Stock-based compensation expense   1,556       1,693  
    Impairment of long-lived assets   1,514       123  
    Other   (173 )     101  
    Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
    Receivables   1,918       4,708  
    Inventories   (2,031 )     (7,540 )
    Prepaid expenses and other assets   4,354       (167 )
    Trade accounts payable   1,074       19,568  
    Accrued payroll and payroll taxes   (10,423 )     (5,636 )
    Income taxes payable   (1,078 )     (7,104 )
    Operating lease liabilities   (6,948 )     (13,770 )
    Other liabilities   (2,440 )     (3,790 )
    Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities   (17,542 )     9,862  
    Cash flows from investing activities:      
    Additions to fixed assets   (2,504 )     (3,331 )
    Purchases of marketable securities and other investments   (9,106 )     (33,385 )
    Sales and maturities of marketable securities and other investments   54,344       39,001  
    Net cash provided by investing activities   42,734       2,285  
    Cash flows from financing activities:      
    Proceeds from issuance and exercise of stock-based awards   428       583  
    Payments for tax withholdings on equity awards   (93 )     (238 )
    Common stock repurchased   (13,417 )      
    Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities   (13,082 )     345  
    Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash   (853 )     (466 )
    Net increase in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash   11,257       12,026  
    Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, beginning of period   58,991       54,271  
    Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, end of period $ 70,248     $ 66,297  
    Supplemental disclosure on cash flow information:      
    Cash paid during the period for income taxes $ 343     $ 7,038  
    Accrual for purchases of fixed assets   1,976       1,583  

    Company Contact:
    Darin White
    Director of Finance &
    Investor Relations
    Zumiez Inc.
    (425) 551-1500, ext. 1337

    Investor Contact:
    Brendon Frey
    (203) 682-8200