Birks Group Reports Fiscal 2018 Results

MONTREAL, July 3, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - Birks Group Inc. (the "Company" or "Birks Group") (NYSE:BGI), today reported its financial results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018 ("fiscal 2018"). During this period, the Company announced the sale of its subsidiary, Mayor's Jewelers, Inc. ("Mayors"), which was completed on October 23, 2017 for total cash consideration of $106.8 million (net of closing adjustments), which resulted in a net gain of $29.9 million for the Company. As a result of the sale of Mayors, the Company is presenting Mayors' results as a discontinued operation in its financial statements for the current and comparable prior periods.

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The Company reported a net income of $11.7 million, or $0.65 per share, for fiscal 2018, comprised of a net loss from continuing operations of $16.8 million, or $0.93 per share and a net income from discontinued operations of $28.5 million (that included a gain on disposal of Mayors of $29.9 million), or  $1.58 per share, compared to a net income of $4.9 million, or $0.27 per share for the fiscal year ended March 25, 2017 ("fiscal 2017"), comprised of a net loss from continuing operations of $7.1 million, or $0.39 per share and a net income from discontinued operations of $12.0 million, or $0.66 per share.

Jean-Christophe Bédos, President and Chief Executive Officer of Birks Group, commented: "Our fiscal 2018 results are reflective of the major transformative changes undertaken by the Company during the fiscal year, most notably the sale of Mayors, which enabled us to substantially reduce our debt and strengthen our balance sheet.  This allowed us to better position the Company for long-term growth and the creation of shareholder value. Other transformative changes that took place in fiscal 2018 include the on-going implementation of our new ERP system (Microsoft D365) and the renovation of our Toronto and Montreal flagship stores which led to temporary business interruptions at both locations. This fiscal year's results have also been impacted by the various challenges that the Company faced in 2017, such as relatively softer retail conditions during the holiday period.  On a positive note, the Montreal flagship store re-opened on June 11, 2018 and currently features some of the most reputable watch and jewelry brands in the world, alongside Birks jewelry and bridal collections, setting a high standard for luxury shopping in North America."

Mr. Bédos added: "We have now turned our full attention to the execution of our 5-year strategic plan, which focuses largely on the five following initiatives:

  • offering our customers a complete omni-channel experience supported by the implementation of our new enterprise resource planning ("ERP") system;
  • enhancing our retail store offering through the renovations of our three flagship locations in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver;
  • expanding our e-commerce and wholesale channels through pointed strategic investments; and
  • renewing our bridal and fine jewelry product offerings accentuating quality, design and accessible price points and;
  • most importantly, developing the Birks product to position it as an international brand.

We believe the execution of our strategic initiatives has put the Company on a clear path to long-term growth and value creation."

The newly renovated Montreal flagship store is in line with the Company's latest store concept which will also be reflected in the new Toronto and Vancouver flagship designs. It offers a fresh take on Birks' legacy and redefines the watch and jewelry shopping experience in Canada.

Through the development of the Birks product Brand, the Company has increased awareness for its brand in both Canada and at the international level. The Birks jewelry collections were launched in the U.K in September 2017 via an exclusive distribution agreement with Mappin & Webb and Goldsmiths jewelers. The Company intends to increase its international presence over the next five years.

Fiscal 2018 Financial Overview

  • Net sales from continuing operations for fiscal 2018 decreased by $2.0 million to $114.4 million, compared to $116.4 million in fiscal 2017. The decrease in net sales was reflective of a 4% decline in comparable store sales on a constant exchange rate basis (see "Non-GAAP Measures" below) primarily driven by a softening of luxury retail conditions across Canada as well as by the fact that, as part of its strategic plan, the Company began renovations affecting two of its three flagship stores (Montreal and Toronto) that led to a temporary decline in sales volume during the construction period. When the impact of lower sales of these two flagship stores are excluded, comparable store sales increased by 1% (see "Non-GAAP Measures" below) driven by increased sales of Birks-branded products, the successful execution of targeted marketing campaigns and growth in wholesale and e-commerce sales;
  • Gross profit from continuing operations was $43.6 million, or 38.1% of net sales, during fiscal 2018, compared to $46.8 million, or 40.2% of net sales, during fiscal 2017. The gross margin rate decrease was primarily attributable to increased sales promotions as a result of the Montreal and Toronto flagship locations undergoing major renovations;
  • Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses from continuing operations, increased by $4.6 million mainly due to increased marketing and operational costs related to the Company's strategic focus on the promotion and development of the Birks product brand and the development of its wholesale channel as well as by higher professional fees incurred in relation to the Company's new strategic plan; and
  • The Company's fiscal 2018 operating loss from continuing operations was $13.7 million, an increase of $10.0 million compared to $3.7 million in fiscal 2017. Adjusted operating loss from continuing operations (see "Non-GAAP Measures" below), which excludes restructuring costs and impairment of long-lived assets was $10.8 million, an increase of $7.8 million compared to $3.0 million in fiscal 2017 (excluding restructuring costs).

About Birks Group Inc.

Birks Group is a leading designer of fine jewelry, timepieces and gifts and operator of luxury jewelry stores in Canada. The Company operates 27 stores under the Birks brand in most major metropolitan markets in Canada and two retail locations in Calgary and Vancouver under the Brinkhaus brand. Birks Collections are available at Mappin & Webb and Goldsmiths in the United Kingdom in addition to several jewelry retailers across North America. Birks was founded in 1879 and has become Canada's premier retailer and designer of fine jewelry, timepieces and gifts. Additional information can be found on Birks' web site, www.birksgroup.com.

Non-GAAP Measures

The Company reports information in accordance with U.S Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("U.S GAAP"). The Company's performance is monitored and evaluated using various sales and earnings measures that are adjusted to include or exclude amounts from the most directly comparable GAAP measure ("non-GAAP measures"). The Company presents such non-GAAP measures in reporting its financial results to investors and other external stakeholders to provide them with useful complimentary information which will allow them to evaluate the Company's operating results using the same financial measures and metrics used by the Company in evaluating performance. The Company does not, nor does it suggest that investors and other external stakeholders should, consider non-GAAP measures in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with U.S GAAP. These non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures presented by other companies.

Constant currency basis

The Company evaluates its sales performance using non-GAAP measures which eliminates the foreign exchange effects of translating net sales, comparable store sales and gross profit made in Canadian dollars to U.S dollars (constant currency or constant exchange rate basis). Net sales, comparable store sales, and gross profit on a constant exchange rate basis are calculated by taking the current period's sales and gross profit in local currency and translating them into U.S. dollars using the prior period's foreign exchange rates. The Company believes that such measures provide useful supplemental information with which to assess the Company's performance relative to the corresponding period in the prior year. The following tables reconcile the net sales, comparable store sales and gross profit increases (decreases) from GAAP to non-GAAP versus the comparable prior fiscal year period:

 




Constant Exchange

Rate Basis
Reconciliation

Fiscal 2018 vs. Fiscal 2017 Change

Fiscal 2017 vs. Fiscal 2016 Change


GAAP

Translation
Effect

Constant-

Exchange

Rate Basis

GAAP

Translation
Effect

Constant-

Exchange

Rate Basis








Net Sales from

continuing operations

(in $ 000's)














Net sales - Retail

(3,419)

2,455

(5,874)

(11,477)

(349)

(11,128)

Net sales - Other

1,361

183

1,178

(737)

(78)

(659)

Total Net Sales

(2,058)

2,638

(4,696)

(12,214)

(427)

(11,787)








Gross Profit from

continuing operations

(in $ 000's)














Total Gross Profit

(3,228)

2,106

(5,334)

(6,187)

(208)

(5,979)








 



Constant Exchange Rate Basis
Reconciliation

Fiscal 2018 vs. Fiscal 2017 Change


GAAP

Translation
Effect

Constant-

Exchange Rate Basis

Comparable store sales decrease – from

continuing operations (in %)








Comparable store sales

-2%

2%

-4%








Fiscal 2017 vs. Fiscal 2016 Change


GAAP

Translation
Effect

Constant-

Exchange Rate Basis

Comparable store sales decrease – from

continuing operations (in %)

 








Comparable store sales

-8%

0%

-8%





 

Adjusted operating expenses and adjusted operating income

The Company evaluates its operating earnings performance using financial measures which exclude expenses associated with operational restructuring plans, impairment losses, as well as a non-recurring gain on disposal of assets. The Company believes that such measures provide useful supplemental information with which to assess the Company's results relative to the corresponding period in the prior year and can result in a more meaningful comparison of the Company's performance between the periods presented. The table below provides a reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures presented to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated with GAAP.

 



Reconciliation of non-GAAP

measures

Fiscal year ended March 31, 2018







($'000)

GAAP

Restructuring
costs (a)

Impairment

of long lived

assets (b)

One-time

gain (c)

Non-GAAP







Total operating expenses –

 from continuing operations

57,216

(688)

(2,156)

 

-

54,372

   as a % of net sales from

 continuing operations

50.0%




47.5%







Operating loss – from

continuing operations

(13,662)

688

2,156

 

-

(10,818)

  as a % of net sales from

continuing operations

(11.9)%




(9.5)%













Reconciliation of non-GAAP

measures

Fiscal year ended March 25, 2017




($'000)

GAAP

Restructuring
costs (a)

Impairment of

long lived assets (b)

One-time

gain (c)

Non-GAAP







Total operating expenses –

from continuing operations

50,483

(682)

-


49,801

  as a % of net sales from
continuing operations

43.4%




42.8%







Operating loss –

from continuing operations

(3,701)

682

-


(3,019)

  as a % of net sales from

continuing operations

(3.2)%




(2.6)%



Reconciliation of non-GAAP
measures

Fiscal year ended March 26, 2016


($'000)

GAAP

Restructuring
costs (a)

Impairment of

long lived assets (b)

One-time

gain (c)

Non-GAAP







Total operating expenses –

from continuing operations

48,444

(549)

-

3,229

51,124

  as a % of net sales from

continuing operations

37.7%




39.7%







Operating loss –

from continuing operations

4,525

549

-

 

(3,229)

1,845

  as a % of net sales from

continuing operations

3.5%




1.4%











(a)

Expenses associated with the Company's operational restructuring plan 

(b)

Non-cash impairment associated with the impairment of long-lived assets at a retail location due to the projected operating performance of the location and software impairment associated with a decision to modify the scope of the implementation of the Company's new ERP

(c)

Non-recurring gain on disposal of assets resulting from the Company's sale of its corporate sales division in fiscal 2016 

 

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains certain "forward-looking" statements concerning the Company's performance and strategies, including that the sale of Mayors, enabled the Company to substantially reduce its debt and strengthen its balance sheet and allowed the Company to better position itself for long-term growth and shareholder value; that the Company's latest store concept will be reflected in the Toronto and Vancouver flagship designs; that the Toronto store renovations are expected to be finalized at the end of fiscal 2019; that the Company's execution of its strategic initiatives has put the Company on a clear path to long-term growth and value creation; and that the Company intends to increase its international presence over the next five years. Given such statements include various risks and uncertainties, actual results might differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements and no assurance can be given that we will meet the results projected in the forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to the following: (i) economic, political and market conditions, including the economies of Canada and the U.S., which could adversely affect the Company's business, operating results or financial condition, including its revenue and profitability, through the impact of changes in the real estate markets, changes in the equity markets and decreases in consumer confidence and the related changes in consumer spending patterns, the impact on store traffic, tourism and sales; (ii) the impact of fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, increases in commodity prices and borrowing costs and their related impact on the Company's costs and expenses; (iii) the Company's ability to maintain and obtain sufficient sources of liquidity to fund its operations, to achieve planned sales, gross margin and net income, to keep costs low, to implement its business strategy, maintain relationships with its primary vendors, to mitigate fluctuations in the availability and prices of the Company's merchandise, to compete with other jewelers, to succeed in its marketing initiatives, and to have a successful customer service program; and (iv) the Company's ability to execute its strategic vision. Information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are set forth under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Operating and Financial Review and Prospects" and elsewhere in the Company's Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 3, 2018 and subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this statement or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law.

 

BIRKS GROUP INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS - UNAUDITED

(In thousands)




Fiscal Year Ended



March 31, 2018



March 25, 2017*



March 26, 2016*



(In thousands, except per share amounts)











Net sales

$

114,378


$

116,436


$

128,651


Cost of sales


70,824



69,654



75,682


Gross profit


43,554



46,782



52,969












Selling, general and administrative expenses


51,823



47,183



48,333


Restructuring charges


688



682



549


Depreciation and amortization


2,549



2,618



2,791


Impairment of long-lived assets


2,156



-



-


Gain on sale of assets


-



-



(3,229)


Total operating expenses


57,216



50,483



48,444


Operating (loss) income


(13,662)



(3,701)



4,525


Interest and other financial costs


3,116



3,355



4,300






















(Loss) income from continuing operations


(16,778)



(7,056)



225


Income taxes (benefits)


-



-



-


Net (Loss) income from continuing operations


(16,778)



(7,056)



225


 

Discontinued operations:










(Loss) income from discontinued operations, net of tax


(1,405)



11,984



5,213


Gain on disposal of discontinued operations


29,882



-



-


Net income from discontinued operations, net of tax


28,477



11,984



5,213












Net income

$

11,699


$

4,928


$

5,438












Weighted average common shares outstanding:











Basic


17,961



17,961



17,961



Diluted


18,393



18,418



17,961












Net income per common share:











Basic

$

0.65


$

0.27


$

0.30



Diluted


0.64



0.27



0.30


 

Net (loss) income from continuing operations per common share:











Basic

$

(0.93)


$

(0.39)


$

0.01



Diluted


(0.91)



(0.38)



0.01


 

*Retrospectively revised (see note 18 to the accompanying notes to the financial statements in the Company's Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year-ended March 31, 2018)

 

BIRKS GROUP INC.


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS – UNAUDITED


(In thousands)





As of


March 31, 2018


 

March 25, 2017*


(In thousands)

Assets






Current assets:







Cash and cash equivalents

$

779


$

1,944


Accounts receivable and other receivables


4,817



2,554


Inventories


65,793



65,894


Prepaids and other current assets


3,824



1,411


Assets of disposal group


-



77,962


Total current assets


75,213



149,765







Property and equipment


15,067



11,606

Intangible assets and other assets


3,007



2,707

Assets of disposal group


-



14,860


Total non-current assets


18,074



29,173

Total assets

$

93,287


$

178,938







Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity






Current liabilities:







Bank indebtedness

$

28,640


$

44,840


Accounts payable


20,457



18,475


Accrued liabilities


5,807



4,951


Current portion of long-term debt


2,611



2,393


Liabilities of disposal group


-



57,628


Total current liabilities


57,515



128,287







Long-term debt


3,757



4,057

Other long-term liabilities


6,828



5,040

Liabilities of disposal group


-



28,758


Total long-term liabilities


10,585



37,855

Commitments and Contingencies






Stockholders' equity:







Class A common stock – no par value,

unlimited shares authorized, issued and outstanding 10,242,911


30,988



30,988


Class B common stock – no par value,

unlimited shares authorized, issued and outstanding 7,717,970


38,613



38,613


Preferred stock – no par value,

unlimited shares authorized, none issued




Additional paid-in capital


16,358



16,372

Accumulated deficit


(62,222)



(73,921)

Accumulated other comprehensive income


1,450



744

Total stockholders' equity


25,187



12,796

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

93,287


$

178,938

 

*Retrospectively revised (see note 18 to the accompanying notes to the financial statements in the Company's Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year-ended March 31, 2018)

*All figures presented in this press release are in U.S dollars.

 

SOURCE Birks Group Inc.

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