Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / Charming Shoppes plans to divest Fashion Bug biz

Charming Shoppes plans to divest Fashion Bug biz

Dec '11
Charming Shoppes Inc reported sales and operating results for the three and nine month periods ended October 29, 2011. Additionally, the Company announced that it is undertaking a comprehensive strategic review of its operations to determine how best to enhance shareholder value. The Company also announced that it has decided to divest its Fashion Bug business and accelerate the growth of its Lane Bryant flagship brand.

For the third quarter ended October 29, 2011, the Company reported net sales of $429.7 million, compared to $463.6 million for the prior year period. Comparable store sales for the third quarter decreased 4% compared to the prior year period and included a flat comparable store sales result for Lane Bryant. Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter increased 100% to $8.0 million or 1.9% of sales.

This compares to Adjusted EBITDA of $4.0 million or 0.9% of sales in the prior year period, reflecting an improvement of $4.0 million. On a GAAP basis, the Company reported a net loss of $(13.0) million, or $(0.11) per diluted share for the third quarter, compared to a net loss of $(18.8) million or $(0.16) per diluted share for the third quarter of the prior year. On a non-GAAP basis, excluding restructuring and other charges, net loss per diluted share was $(0.08) for the third quarter, compared to a net loss per diluted share of $(0.13) in the third quarter of the prior year.

Anthony M. Romano, President and Chief Executive Officer of Charming Shoppes, Inc. said, "We are currently engaged in a number of initiatives that we believe will further improve our business and enhance shareholder value. The first substantive step is our decision to divest our Fashion Bug business. While we have made progress in improving Fashion Bug's profitability, we believe that it does not fit within our future strategic plan. Concurrent with this process, we are assessing the appropriate expense structure for the Company in light of the planned divestiture of Fashion Bug."

As noted above, the Company also announced that it is undertaking a strategic and financial review of all of its businesses. This review is expected to focus on optimizing the use of the Company's strong cash position, driving the potential of the flagship Lane Bryant brand, as well as evaluating other alternatives to further enhance shareholder value.

In that regard, the Company's Board and management will explore a full range of strategic alternatives for Charming Shoppes, and have engaged Barclays Capital as its financial advisor to assist in the process. The Company noted that there can be no assurance that this review will result in any specific course of action beyond the planned divestiture of Fashion Bug, and the Company does not intend to comment further on this review until completed. A timeframe for the divestiture of Fashion Bug or the completion of the strategic review has not yet been determined.

Romano continued, "For our Company, our financial and operational resources are better spent on focusing on our more profitable iconic Lane Bryant brand. With that retail nameplate as our foundation, we expect to invest in and focus on that business, using its strong consumer franchise and leading market position to drive our sales and profits.

Must ReadView All

Pic: Shutterstock

Apparel/Garments | On 24th Feb 2020

Myanmar's garment units risk closure due to virus impact

Myanmar's garment factories are facing the risk of shutdown as the...

Pic: Shutterstock

Apparel/Garments | On 24th Feb 2020

GMAC urges EU to restore full EBA rights for Cambodia

Expressing disappointment over the recent European Union (EU)...

Pic: Shutterstock

Apparel/Garments | On 24th Feb 2020

Uzbekistan 3rd biggest garment exporter to Kazakhstan

Uzbekistan exported 10,000 tonnes of apparel to Kazakhstan in 2019,...

Interviews View All

Headhonchos, Indian fashion industry

Indian fashion industry

Organic the first choice of any environment-conscious person

Giovanni Pizzamiglio, Paolo Crespi & Riccardo Robustelli, Epson, For.Tex & F.lli Robustelli

Giovanni Pizzamiglio, Paolo Crespi & Riccardo Robustelli
Epson, For.Tex & F.lli Robustelli

‘The percentage share of printing in the global textile market is pretty...

Rahul Bhadani, Looksgud

Rahul Bhadani

Navigating through catalogues is a bit hasslesome

Francesco Gozio,

Francesco Gozio

Italian company Marzoli is a leading manufacturer of the complete line of...

Mehul Vithalani,

Mehul Vithalani

Gopi Knitts is one of the most celebrated manufacturers and suppliers of...

John Kelley,

John Kelley

Textile Events is one of the largest textile fair in the United Kingdom,...

Wolfgang Plasser, Lenzing AG

Wolfgang Plasser
Lenzing AG

The Lenzing Group is an international company headquartered in Austria...

Pranesh Sridharan & Berndt Koll, Lenzing

Pranesh Sridharan & Berndt Koll

The Lenzing Group produces Lenzing Lyocell and Modal cellulosic fibres of...

Dr. Rene Wollert, Freudenberg Nonwovens

Dr. Rene Wollert
Freudenberg Nonwovens

Dr. Rene Wollert discusses the current scenario of the global nonwovens...

Hemant & Nandita, Hemant & Nandita

Hemant & Nandita
Hemant & Nandita

The designer duo of Hemant & Nandita are known for being inspired by...

Sandeep and Sarah Shaikh Gonsalves, SS Homme

Sandeep and Sarah Shaikh Gonsalves
SS Homme

SS Homme celebrates the craft of traditional tailoring through the bespoke ...

Samar Firdos, Arvind Ltd

Samar Firdos
Arvind Ltd

<b>Samar Firdos</b>, Chief Manager (Design) at Lifestyle Apparel Denim...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies


Leave your Comments

February 2020

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

Advanced Search