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Comparable store sales drop in Q4 - J. Crew
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Mar '12
J.Crew Group Inc announced financial results for the three months and the pro forma fiscal year ended January 28, 2012.

On March 7, 2011, J.Crew was acquired by Chinos Holdings, Inc., a company formed by investments funds affiliated with TPG Capital, L.P. and Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. Although the Company continued as the same legal entity after the acquisition, Company's financial statements were prepared for the following periods:

(i) March 8, 2011 to January 28, 2012 (Successor)
(ii) January 30, 2011 to March 7, 2011 (Predecessor).

Fourth Quarter highlights:
• Revenues increased 13% to $530.9 million, with comparable company sales increasing 6%. Comparable company sales were flat in the fourth quarter last year. Store sales increased 16% to $354.0 million, with comparable store sales increasing 6%. Comparable store sales decreased 5% in the fourth quarter last year. Direct sales increased 10% to $170.8 million on top of increasing 12% in the fourth quarter last year.
• Gross margin increased to 37.8% from 37.4% in the fourth quarter last year. Gross profit this year reflects the impact of purchase accounting of $2.7 million.
• Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased to $159.1 million from $160.7 million in the fourth quarter last year. Last year includes transaction costs of $20.0 million.
• Operating income was $41.7 million, or 7.9% of revenues, compared to $15.5 million, or 3.3% of revenues, in the fourth quarter last year. Last year includes transaction costs of $20.0 million.
• Net income was $15.1 million compared to $4.0 million in the fourth quarter last year. This year includes (i) transaction-related costs and the impact of purchase accounting noted above and (ii) increased interest expense as a result of debt incurred in connection with the acquisition. Last year includes the impact of transaction costs noted above.
• Adjusted EBITDA was $59.5 million compared to $51.6 million in the fourth quarter last year. An explanation of how we use Adjusted EBITDA and a reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA are included in Exhibit (4).

Pro forma fiscal 2011 highlights:
• Revenues increased 8% to $1,855.0 million, with comparable company sales increasing 3%. Comparable company sales increased 7% last year. Store sales increased 7% to $1,280.8 million, with comparable store sales increasing 1%. Comparable store sales increased 4% last year. Direct sales increased11% to $545.7 million on top of increasing 15% last year.

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