Genesco Inc. reported earnings from continuing operations for the first quarter ended May 3, 2014, of $14.1 million, or $0.60 per diluted share, compared to earnings from continuing operations of $14.5 million, or $0.61 per diluted share, for the first quarter ended May 4, 2013.
Fiscal 2015 first quarter results reflect expenses of $7.7 million, or $0.21 per diluted share after tax, including $5.7 million related to a change in accounting for bonus awards; $3.1 million related to deferred purchase price payments in connection with the acquisition of Schuh Group Limited; and $2.0 million in network intrusion expenses, asset impairment charges and other legal matters, offset by a $3.1 million gain on a lease termination.
Fiscal 2014 first quarter results reflected expenses of $10.7 million, or $0.33 per diluted share after tax, including $6.5 million associated with a change in accounting for bonus awards, $2.9 million related to deferred purchase price payments in connection with the acquisition of Schuh Group Limited, and $1.3 million for impairment charges and network intrusion expenses.
Adjusted for the items described above in both periods, earnings from continuing operations were $19.3 million, or $0.81 per diluted share, for the first quarter of Fiscal 2015, compared to earnings from continuing operations of $22.2 million, or $0.94 per diluted share, for the first quarter of Fiscal 2014. For consistency with Fiscal 2015's previously announced earnings expectations and with previously reported adjusted results for the prior year period, the Company believes that the disclosure of the results from continuing operations adjusted for these items will be useful to investors.
Net sales for the first quarter of Fiscal 2015 increased 6.3% to $629 million from $591 million in the first quarter of Fiscal 2014. Consolidated first quarter 2015 comparable sales, including same store sales and comparable e-commerce and catalog sales, increased 1%, with a 1% increase in the Journeys Group, a 1% increase in the Lids Sports Group, a 1% decrease in the Schuh Group, and a 1% decrease in the Johnston & Murphy Group.
Robert J. Dennis, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Genesco, said, "We are pleased with our performance given the choppy retail environment, combined with the lack of a meaningful, new fashion driver in the teen footwear space early in the year. We continue to expect stronger comparable sales gains and improved profitability as we move into the back half of the year.
"The second quarter is off to a solid start with comparable sales up 3% through May 24. We are encouraged by the recent pace of business and optimistic that we can build on our current momentum.