The Wet Seal, Inc., a leading specialty retailer to young women, announced financial results for its fiscal second quarter ended August 3, 2013. The Company also provided its financial outlook for the third quarter of fiscal 2013.
Second Quarter Fiscal 2013:
Net sales totaled $137.2 million versus net sales of $135.3 million in the second quarter of 2012.
Consolidated comparable store sales increased 3.7%, including an increase of 3.9% for Wet Seal and an increase of 2.0% for Arden B.
Gross profit increased 32% to $40.7 million compared to $30.8 million a year ago, while gross margin expanded 680 basis points to 29.6% of sales versus 22.8% of sales in the second quarter of 2012. The year-over-year increase is primarily attributable to substantial improvement in merchandise margin due to reduced markdown levels.
Operating income was $1.0 million compared to operating loss of $19.5 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2012. The current year and prior year quarters include $262,000 and $9.0 million, respectively, of non-cash asset impairment charges. Operating loss in the prior year period also includes $1.9 million in CEO severance costs. Non-GAAP adjusted operating income, excluding the effect of the aforementioned charges, was $1.2 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to non-GAAP adjusted operating loss of $8.6 million in the prior year period.
Net income totaled $1.0 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, compared to net loss of $12.4 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, in the prior year quarter. Non-GAAP adjusted net income in the second quarter of fiscal 2013, excluding the after-tax effect of non-cash asset impairment charges, totaled $1.2 million, or $0.01 per diluted share. Non-GAAP adjusted net loss in the second quarter of fiscal 2012, excluding the after-tax effect of non-cash asset impairment charges and CEO severance costs, was $5.8 million, or $0.07 per diluted share.
At quarter’s end, the Company’s inventory per square foot was up 2% versus a year ago, including an increase of 3% at Wet Seal and a decrease of 15% at Arden B.
John D. Goodman, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “During the second quarter we achieved strong year-over-year improvement across all of our key financial metrics. We delivered comparable store sales growth of 3.7%, expanded our merchandise margin, reduced expenses and attained profitability. Our performance reflects the benefits of our fast fashion operating model, ongoing progress against our turnaround strategies and strong inventory management.”
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