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Christopher & Banks Corporation Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2019 Financial Results

September 10, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 10, 2019--

Christopher & Banks Corporation (OTC:CBKC), a specialty women’s apparel retailer, today reported results for the second quarter ended August 3, 2019.

Keri Jones, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Our second quarter results reflect meaningful progress on our initiatives to drive improved bottom line performance. The $1.4 million year over year improvement in Adjusted EBITDA* reflects a combination of a higher gross margin rate and lower SG&A as we continue to drive merchandise margin expansion, advance our real estate optimization strategies and benefit from our cost reduction initiatives. While our top line initiatives have been slower to take hold, we are very pleased to see positive comparable sales for the third quarter-to-date in both brick and mortar stores, and in our eCommerce channel. We are confident that we are on the right path to delivering improved sales performance based on the continuation of higher conversion rates, increased full-price sell-through and the growth we experienced in new and reactivated customers during the second quarter. Based on current trends, we are confident that we have more than sufficient cash resources and liquidity to implement our strategies and effectuate the turnaround of the business.”

Results for the Second Quarter Ended August 3, 2019

Balance Sheet Highlights and Capital Expenditures
Cash and cash-equivalents totaled $2.2 million, with outstanding borrowings of $3.5 million and net availability of revolving credit loans under the Credit Facility of approximately $21.8 million at August 3, 2019.

Total inventory was $48.7 million at the end of the second quarter as compared to $40.2 million at the end of the second quarter last year, an increase of 21.2%. The increase was related to a pull forward of merchandise to mitigate anticipated tariff increases and to support our expanded pant program. The composition of inventory is healthy with aged inventory levels well below last year as the Company heads into the peak selling season.

Capital expenditures for the second quarter of Fiscal 2019 were $0.4 million compared to $0.8 million in last year’s second quarter. Capital expenditures in the second quarter primarily reflect expenditures to support new stores and investments in technology associated with eCommerce initiatives and merchandising capabilities.

The Company repurchased 141,752 shares for approximately $16,000 during the second quarter of Fiscal 2019.

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*Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as Net income (loss), adjusted for Income tax provision (benefit); Other income; Interest expense, net; Depreciation and Amortization; Impairment of long-lived assets; and certain discretionary items. Please see “Non-GAAP Measures” below and reconciliations of this non-GAAP measure to the comparable GAAP measure that follows in the table below.

**Adjusted loss per share is a non-GAAP financial measure. The Company defines adjusted loss per share as GAAP loss per share adjusted for certain discretionary items as outlined in the reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure to the comparable GAAP measure that follows in the table below.

Fiscal 2019 Outlook
Ms. Jones continued, “Based on the strong top line results quarter-to-date, we are maintaining our financial guidance for the fiscal year.”

For the full year of Fiscal 2019, the Company expects:

Conference Call Information
The Company will discuss its second quarter Fiscal 2019 results in a conference call scheduled for today, September 10, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial (877) 705-6003 or (201) 493-6725 if calling internationally. Please dial in approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. The conference call will be simultaneously broadcast live over the Internet at http://www.christopherandbanks.com. An online archive of the broadcast will be available within approximately one hour of the completion of the call and will be accessible at http://www.christopherandbanks.com for thirty days. In addition, an audio replay of the call will be available shortly after its conclusion and will be archived until September 17, 2019. This call may be accessed by dialing 1-844-512-2921 and using the passcode 13693975.

Non-GAAP Measures
In addition to financial measures prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), this press release contains non-GAAP financial measures, Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted loss per share. The presentation of these non-GAAP measures is not in accordance with GAAP, and should not be considered superior to or as a substitute for net income or net loss, or any other measure of performance derived in accordance with GAAP. The Company believes the inclusion of these non-GAAP measures provides useful supplemental information to investors regarding the underlying performance of the Company’s business operations, especially when comparing such results to previous periods. These non-GAAP measures are not an alternative for measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP and may be different from similarly titled non-GAAP measures used by other companies. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to its most directly comparable GAAP measure as provided in the tables below.

About Christopher & Banks
Christopher & Banks Corporation is a Minneapolis-based specialty retailer featuring exclusively designed privately branded women’s apparel and accessories. As of September 10, 2019, the Company operates 455 stores in 44 states consisting of 310 MPW stores, 80 Outlet stores, 34 Christopher & Banks stores, and 31 stores in its women’s plus size clothing division CJ Banks. The Company also operates the www.ChristopherandBanks.com eCommerce website.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this press release and in our upcoming earnings conference call may constitute forward-looking statements, made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which reflect our current views with respect to certain events that could have an effect on our future performance. The forward-looking statements relate to expectations concerning matters that are not historical facts and may use the words “will”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “plan”, “intend”, “project”, “believe”, “should”, “drive” “in order to” and similar expressions. Except for historical information, matters discussed in this press release or on our earnings conference call may be considered forward-looking statements.

These forward-looking statements are based largely on information currently available to our management and our current expectations, assumptions, plans, estimates, judgments and projections about our business and our industry, and are subject to a number of uncertainties and risks, as well as assumptions that, if they do not fully materialize or prove incorrect, could cause the Company’s future performance and financial results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. We cannot guarantee their accuracy or our future performance, and there are a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties, contingencies, and other factors (many of which are outside our control) that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, there is no assurance that our expectations will, in fact, be achieved 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.

Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from estimates or projections contained in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those factors described in Item 1A, “Risk Factors” and in the “Forward-Looking Statements” disclosure in “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” of our latest annual report on Form 10-K and in our subsequent Form 10-Q Reports. All forward-looking statements that are made or attributable to us are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary notice. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that projected results expressed or implied in such statements will not be realized.

CHRISTOPHER & BANKS CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
GAAP TO NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION OF NET LOSS TO ADJUSTED EBITDA
(in thousands)
(unaudited)

The following table reconciles from Net loss in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) to Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, for the thirteen and twenty-six weeks ended August 3, 2019 and August 4, 2018:

CHRISTOPHER & BANKS CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
GAAP TO NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION OF LOSS PER SHARE
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)

The following table reconciles Net loss per share in accordance with GAAP to Adjusted net loss per share, on a non-GAAP basis, for the thirteen and twenty-six weeks ended August 3, 2019 and August 4, 2018:

 

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CONTACT: COMPANY:

Richard Bundy

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

(763) 551-5000INVESTOR RELATIONS:

Jean Fontana

ICR, Inc.

(646) 277-1214

KEYWORD: MINNESOTA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: ONLINE RETAIL RETAIL FASHION

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