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Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2018 Results

September 18, 2018

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 18, 2018--Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC (the “Company”) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended July 28, 2018.

“The fourth quarter was in-line with our expectations and marked our fourth consecutive quarter of positive sales increases,” said Geoffroy van Raemdonck, Chief Executive Officer, Neiman Marcus Group. “Online revenues were up 12.5% for the quarter and accounted for 36% of our overall business. We also delivered healthy gross margin performance through lower markdowns and strong inventory management. As we look to the future, we are making long-term investments in technology, supply chain and new customer centric capabilities that will begin to benefit the business in fiscal 2020 and beyond. Our multi-year strategic plan is designed to both protect and advance our existing business, while also positioning Neiman Marcus Group for long-term growth.”

For the fourth quarter, the Company reported total revenues of $1.13 billion, representing an increase in comparable revenues of 2.3% from the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017. The Company reported a net loss of $75.3 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018 compared to a net loss of $366.3 million in the prior year, which included non-cash impairment charges of $357.0 million as described below under “Other Items”. Adjusted EBITDA, which is described on page 8 of this release, for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018 was $56.1 million compared to $48.2 million in the prior year.

For fiscal year 2018, the Company reported total revenues of $4.90 billion, representing an increase in comparable revenues of 4.9%. Including non-cash income tax benefits of approximately $391.6 million in fiscal year 2018 and non-cash impairment charges of $510.7 million in fiscal year 2017 as described below under “Other Items”, the Company reported net earnings of $251.1 million in fiscal year 2018 compared to a net loss of $531.8 million in the prior year. Fiscal year 2018 Adjusted EBITDA was $477.1 million compared to $433.8 million in the prior year. Free Cash Flow, which is described on page 9 of this release, for fiscal year 2018 was $122.6 million compared to negative $57.7 million in the prior year.

Other Items. The Company recorded non-cash income tax benefits of approximately $391.6 million in fiscal year 2018 due to the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was signed into law on December 22, 2017. The Company also recorded non-cash impairment charges to state certain intangible and other assets, primarily related to its Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman brands, to their estimated fair value of $357.0 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017 and $510.7 million in fiscal year 2017.

Subsequent to the end of the fourth quarter, the Company effected an organizational change as a result of which the entities through which the Company operates the MyTheresa business now sit directly under Neiman Marcus Group, Inc., the Company’s ultimate parent entity. These entities were unrestricted, non-guarantor subsidiaries under the Company’s debt instruments. As a result of this change, going forward the financial results of the MyTheresa entities will no longer be included in the Company’s publicly reported financial statements. The change is not expected to meaningfully affect operations for Neiman Marcus or MyTheresa.

Conference Call. A live webcast of the earnings conference call can be accessed through the Investor Information section of the Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC website at www.neimanmarcusgroup.com on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time. Following the live broadcast, interested parties may replay the webcast by accessing this website. To access financial information that will be presented during the call, please visit the Investor Information section of the Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC website at www.neimanmarcusgroup.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures. In this press release, the Company’s financial results are presented both in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) and using certain non-GAAP financial measures, including Adjusted EBITDA. This non-GAAP financial measure is included to supplement the Company’s financial information presented in accordance with GAAP and because the Company uses such measure to monitor and evaluate the performance of its business and believes the presentation of this measure enhances investors’ ability to analyze trends in the Company’s business and evaluate the Company’s performance relative to other companies in its industry. For more information regarding the Company’s use of non-GAAP financial measures, including the definition of Adjusted EBITDA, and a reconciliation of such financial measures to net earnings (loss), a GAAP measure, see “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” on page 8 of this press release.

Forward-Looking Statements. This press release contains forward-looking statements. In many cases, forward-looking statements can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “plan,” “predict,” “expect,” “estimate,” “intend,” “would,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “project” or “continue” or the negative thereof or other similar expressions. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release reflect the Company’s views as of the date of this press release and are based on our expectations and beliefs concerning future events, as well as currently available data as of the date of this press release. While the Company believes there is a reasonable basis for its forward-looking statements, they involve a number of risks, uncertainties, assumptions and changes in circumstances that may cause the Company’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ significantly from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statement. Therefore, these statements are not guarantees of future events, results, performance or achievements and you should not rely on them. A variety of factors could cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially from the anticipated or expected results expressed in the Company’s forward-looking statements, including those factors described in the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections and elsewhere in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You should keep in mind that the forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release. Except to the extent required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise (publicly or otherwise) any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events, new information or future circumstances.

NEIMAN MARCUS GROUP LTD LLC NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (UNAUDITED)

To supplement the Company’s financial information presented in accordance with GAAP, it uses Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow to monitor and evaluate the performance of its business and believes the presentation of these measures enhances investors’ ability to analyze trends in its business and evaluate its performance relative to other companies in its industry. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, further adjusted to eliminate the effects of items management does not believe are representative of the Company’s ongoing performance. The Company defines Free Cash Flow as net cash flow provided by operating activities, less capital expenditures. These financial metrics are not presentations made in accordance with GAAP.

Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow should not be considered as alternatives to operating earnings (loss) or net earnings (loss) as a measure of operating performance. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow are not presented as and should not be considered as alternatives to cash flows as a measure of liquidity. Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow have important limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation, or as substitutes for analysis of the Company’s results as reported under GAAP.

These limitations include the fact that Adjusted EBITDA: (i) excludes certain tax payments that may represent a reduction in cash available to the Company; (ii) excludes certain adjustments for purchase accounting; (iii) does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, the Company’s working capital needs, capital expenditures or contractual commitments; (iv) does not reflect the Company’s significant interest expense; and (v) does not reflect the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on the Company’s debt. Although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements. In addition, other companies in the Company’s industry may calculate Adjusted EBITDA or Free Cash Flow differently than it does, limiting their usefulness as comparative measures.

In calculating these financial measures, the Company makes certain adjustments that are based on assumptions and estimates that may prove inaccurate. In addition, in the future the Company may incur expenses similar to those eliminated in this presentation. The following table reconciles net earnings (loss) as reflected in the Company’s consolidated statements of operations prepared in accordance with GAAP to Adjusted EBITDA (figures may not sum due to rounding):

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