Stronger sales were insufficient to offset higher interest expense and accounting items as American Apparel Inc. more than doubled losses in the third quarter.
In the three months ended Sept. 30, the net loss escalated to $18.5 million, or 18 cents a diluted share, from a loss of $7 million, or 7 cents, in the year-ago quarter. Sales grew 15.1 percent, to $162.2 million from $140.9 million, as comparable-store sales were up 20 percent and comparable online sales up 21 percent.
Gross margin declined to 52.5 percent of sales from 53.2 percent in the 2011 quarter.
While interest expense was up 18.4 percent to $10.5 million from $8.8 million a year ago, the biggest toll on the bottom line came from a $13.3 million loss tied to the increase in the fair market value of outstanding warrants based on changes in the company’s stock price. Although the warrants will convert to equity when exercised, the loss on them comes against a gain of $6.1 million in last year’s quarter.
Stripping out interest and warrant liability along with other items, the company said consolidated adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization more than doubled to $13.3 million from $6.4 million a year ago.
“EBITDA performance for the 12 months ended Sept. 30, 2012, was $28 million or double that reported for the full year in 2011,” said Dov Charney, chairman and chief executive officer of the financially troubled vertical retailer. “As we improve store productivity and aggressively grow our online and wholesale businesses, we expect operating expense leverage will allow us to continue to significantly grow EBITDA performance.”
However, the company lowered its projections for full-year EBITDA to a range of $36 million to $40 million based on the impact of Hurricane Sandy and investments in advertising and store technologies. The earlier guidance was for EBITDA of $36 million to $44 million.
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
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With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
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