PacSun Posts $19.3 Million Q2 Loss As Sales Dip 1.5%

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By Mike Lewis

Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. (Nasdaq:PSUN), announced that net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 ended July 30, 2011, were $214.9 million versus net sales of $218.3 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2010 ended July 31, 2010, or a 1.5% decrease, resulting in a net loss of $19.3 million or $.29 per share. On the upside, the company posted a net loss of $23.5 million during the same period last year, or $.35 per share. Additionally, comps were up 1% for the period.

PacSun ended the quarter with 821 stores, down nearly 7% from 880 stores at the same point last year.

“We continued to make progress in the second quarter as evidenced by our results, which included our second consecutive quarter of positive comps, better than expected merchandise margins, reduced inventories, and further reductions in operating expenses,” said Gary H. Schoenfeld, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Until recently we had expected this positive momentum to continue, yet we are now more cautious in our near term outlook due to a combination of factors including macroeconomic pressure, along with a highly promotional start to the back to school season.”

Here’s more from the release:

Results for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 and 2010 reflect the continuing impact of a valuation allowance against the Company’s deferred tax assets. On a non-GAAP basis, using a normalized annual income tax rate of approximately 36%, the Company’s net loss for the second quarter was $12.2 million, or $(0.18) per share, as compared to a net loss of $14.7 million, or $(0.22) per share, for the same period a year ago.

Financial Outlook for Third Fiscal Quarter of 2011

The Company’s guidance range for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 contemplates a GAAP net loss per share of $(0.16) to $(0.29), which reflects the continuing impact of maintaining a valuation allowance against deferred tax assets and a low effective tax rate. On a non-GAAP basis, using a normalized annual income tax rate of approximately 36%, the Company’s guidance range translates to a net loss of $(0.10) to $(0.18) per share for the third quarter of fiscal 2011. The forecasted third quarter GAAP guidance range is based on the following assumptions:

  • Same-store sales of mid to high negative single digit comps;
  • Gross margin rate, including buying, distribution and occupancy, of 22% to 24%;
  • SG&A expenses in the range of $66 million to $68 million; and
  • Minimal income tax expense as the Company no longer records income tax benefits against its operating losses.

About Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc.

Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively, “PacSun” or the “Company”) is a leading specialty retailer rooted in the action sports, fashion and music influences of the California lifestyle. The Company sells a combination of branded and proprietary casual apparel, accessories and footwear designed to appeal to teens and young adults. As of August 23, 2011, the Company operates 821 stores in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. PacSun’s website address is www.pacsun.com.

The Company will be hosting a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time to review the results of its second fiscal quarter. A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available, beginning approximately two hours following the call, for one week and can be accessed in the United States and Canada at (855) 859-2056 or internationally at (404) 537-3406; passcode: 90182379. For those unable to listen to the live Web broadcast or utilize the call-in replay, an archived version will be available on the Company’s investor relations website through midnight, November 28, 2011.

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