DODGEVILLE, Wis., Dec. 05, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lands' End, Inc. (NASDAQ:LE) today announced financial results for the third quarter ended October 27, 2017.

Third Quarter Fiscal 2017 Highlights:

Jerome S. Griffith, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We were pleased with the continued momentum in our business in the third quarter, which carried through the Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday period. For the third quarter, we grew revenue, expanded gross margin, and significantly increased profitability. We also saw growth in our buyer files for the third consecutive quarter, with double digit growth in the last two quarters.”

Mr. Griffith continued, “Overall, as we continued to execute on our strategic initiatives, we stabilized the business and laid the foundation to enable us to capitalize on the opportunities that lie ahead. We are now focused on building off of this momentum and our strong position as a customer centric, multi-channel, online organization as we work to drive consistent revenue and earnings growth over the long-term."

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Highlights

Cash and cash equivalents were $92.9 million on October 27, 2017, compared to $131.5 million on October 28, 2016. Net cash used in operations was $87.8 million for the 39 weeks ended October 27, 2017, compared to net cash used in operations of $66.9 million for the same period last year.

Inventory was $423.5 million as of October 27, 2017, and $425.3 million as of October 28, 2016.

The Company had $157.2 million of availability under its asset-based senior secured credit facility and had $487.2 million of Long-term debt, net as of October 27, 2017.

Conference Call

The company will host a conference call on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. ET to review its third quarter financial results and related matters. The call may be accessed through the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at

About Lands' End, Inc.

Lands' End, Inc. (NASDAQ:LE) is a leading multi-channel retailer of casual clothing, accessories, footwear and home products. We offer products through catalogs, online at and affiliated specialty and international websites, and through retail locations. We are a classic American lifestyle brand with a passion for quality, legendary service and real value, and seek to deliver timeless style for women, men, kids and the home.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements about continued momentum and our efforts to build on that momentum, our focus on building off of our position in the marketplace, our initiatives and the results expected from them, and our efforts to drive consistent revenue and earnings growth over the long-term. All statements other than statements of historical fact, including without limitation, those with respect to the Company's goals, plans, expectations and strategies set forth herein are forward-looking statements. The following important factors and uncertainties, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in these forward-looking statements: we may be unsuccessful in implementing our strategic initiatives, or our initiatives may not have their desired impact on our business; our ability to offer merchandise and services that customers want to purchase; changes in customer preference from our branded merchandise; customers' use of our digital platform, including customer acceptance of our efforts to enhance our e-commerce websites; customer response to our marketing efforts across all types of media; our maintenance of a robust customer list; our dependence on information technology and a failure of information technology systems, including with respect to our e-commerce operations, or an inability to upgrade or adapt our systems; the success of our ERP implementation; fluctuations and increases in costs of raw materials; impairment of our relationships with our vendors; our failure to maintain the security of customer, employee or company information; our failure to compete effectively in the apparel industry; the performance of our “store within a store” business; if Sears Holdings Corporation sells or disposes of its retail stores, including pursuant to the recapture rights granted to Seritage Growth Properties, and other parties or if its retail business does not attract customers or does not adequately provide services to the Lands’ End Shops at Sears; legal, regulatory, economic and political risks associated with international trade and those markets in which we conduct business and source our merchandise; our failure to protect or preserve the image of our brands and our intellectual property rights; increases in postage, paper and printing costs; failure by third parties who provide us with services in connection with certain aspects of our business to perform their obligations; our failure to timely and effectively obtain shipments of products from our vendors and deliver merchandise to our customers; reliance on promotions and markdowns to encourage customer purchases; our failure to efficiently manage inventory levels; unseasonal or severe weather conditions; the seasonal nature of our business; the adverse effect on our reputation if our independent vendors do not use ethical business practices or comply with applicable laws and regulations; assessments for additional state taxes; incurrence of charges due to impairment of goodwill, other intangible assets and long-lived assets; the impact on our business of adverse worldwide economic and market conditions, including economic factors that negatively impact consumer spending on discretionary items; the impact of increased costs due to a decrease in our purchasing power following our separation from Sears Holdings (“Separation”) and other losses of benefits associated with being a subsidiary of Sears Holdings; the failure of Sears Holdings or its subsidiaries to perform under various transaction agreements or our failure to have necessary systems and services in place when certain of the transaction agreements expire; our agreements related to the Separation and certain agreements related to our continuing relationship with Sears Holdings were negotiated while we were a subsidiary of Sears Holdings and we may have received better terms from an unaffiliated third party; potential indemnification liabilities to Sears Holdings pursuant to the separation and distribution agreement; the ability of our principal shareholders to exert substantial influence over us; adverse effects of the Separation on our business; potential liabilities under fraudulent conveyance and transfer laws and legal capital requirements; and other risks, uncertainties and factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 27, 2017. We intend the forward-looking statements to speak only as of the time made and do not undertake to update or revise them as more information becomes available, except as required by law.


Lands' End, Inc.
James Gooch
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer
(608) 935-9341

Investor Relations:
ICR, Inc.
Jean Fontana
(646) 277-1214

-Financial Tables Follow-

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except share data)  October 27, 2017
    October 28, 2016
    January 27, 2017*
Current assets       
Cash and cash equivalents  $92,913   $131,532   $213,108 
Restricted cash  1,640   3,300   3,300 
Accounts receivable, net  39,044   40,101   39,284 
Inventories, net  423,540   425,290   325,314 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  48,934   40,942   26,394 
Total current assets  606,071   641,165   607,400 
Property and equipment, net  129,955   115,871   122,836 
Goodwill  110,000   110,000   110,000 
Intangible asset, net  257,000   430,000   257,000 
Other assets  17,454   16,142   17,155 
TOTAL ASSETS  $1,120,480   $1,313,178   $1,114,391 
Current liabilities       
Accounts payable  $160,340   $180,608   $162,408 
Other current liabilities  103,886   101,093   86,446 
Total current liabilities  264,226   281,701   248,854 
Long-term debt, net  487,197   490,992   490,043 
Long-term deferred tax liabilities  91,392   158,048   90,467 
Other liabilities  14,568   16,766   13,615 
TOTAL LIABILITIES  857,383   947,507   842,979 
Commitments and contingencies               
Common stock, par value $0.01 authorized: 480,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding: 32,095,021, 32,029,359 and 32,029,359, respectively  320   320   320 
Additional paid-in capital  346,153   343,319   343,971 
Retained (deficit) earnings  (72,010)  34,368   (60,453)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (11,366)  (12,336)  (12,426)
Total stockholders’ equity  263,097   365,671   271,412 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY  $1,120,480   $1,313,178   $1,114,391 

*Derived from the audited consolidated financial statements included in the Company's Annual Report on Form

10-K for the fiscal year ended January 27, 2017.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

  13 Weeks Ended 39 weeks ended
(in thousands, except per share data) October 27, 2017 October 28, 2016 October 27, 2017 October 28, 2016
Net revenue $325,489  $311,476  $896,044  $876,919 
Cost of sales (excluding depreciation and amortization) 183,515  177,825  497,262  477,446 
Gross profit 141,974  133,651  398,782  399,473 
Selling and administrative 129,122  132,365  377,804  390,291 
Depreciation and amortization 6,347  4,795  19,031  13,419 
Other operating expense (income), net 564  (86) 2,552  (40)
Operating income (loss) 5,941  (3,423) (605) (4,197)
Interest expense 6,350  6,149  18,642  18,493 
Other income, net (576) (432) (1,812) (1,413)
Income (loss) before income taxes 167  (9,140) (17,435) (21,277)
Income tax expense (benefit) 5  (1,918) (5,878) (6,316)
NET INCOME (LOSS) $162  $(7,222) $(11,557) $(14,961)
Basic: $0.01  $(0.23) $(0.36) $(0.47)
Diluted: $0.01  $(0.23) $(0.36) $(0.47)
Basic weighted average common shares outstanding 32,095  32,029  32,068  32,018 
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding 32,117  32,029  32,068  32,018 

Use and Definition of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

(1)Adjusted EBITDA - In addition to our Net income, for purposes of evaluating operating performance, we use an Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (“Adjusted EBITDA”), which is adjusted to exclude certain significant items as set forth below.

Our management uses Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate the operating performance of our business, as well as for executive compensation metrics, for comparable periods. Adjusted EBITDA should not be used by investors or other third parties as the sole basis for formulating investment decisions as it excludes a number of important cash and non-cash recurring items.

While Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measurement, management believes that it is an important indicator of operating performance, and is useful to investors, because:

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Information to GAAP

  13 Weeks Ended 39 weeks ended
  October 27, 2017 October 28, 2016 October 27, 2017 October 28, 2016
(in thousands) $’s % of Net
 $’s % of Net
 $’s % of Net
 $’s % of Net
NET INCOME (LOSS)                                                           $162  0.0% $(7,222) (2.3)% $(11,557) (1.3)% $(14,961) (1.7)%
Income tax expense (benefit) 5  0.0% (1,918) (0.6)% (5,878) (0.7)% (6,316) (0.7)%
Other income, net (576) (0.2)% (432) (0.1)% (1,812) (0.2)% (1,413) (0.2)%
Interest expense                                 6,350  2.0% 6,149  2.0% 18,642  2.1% 18,493  2.1%
Operating income (loss) 5,941  1.8% (3,423) (1.1)% (605) (0.1)% (4,197) (0.5)%
Depreciation and amortization 6,347  1.9% 4,795  1.5% 19,031  2.1% 13,419  1.5%
Product recall  % (212) (0.1)%   % (212) %
Transfer of corporate functions 475  0.1%   % 2,401  0.3%   %
Loss on disposal of property and equipment 89  % 126  % 151  % 172  %
Adjusted EBITDA(1) $12,852  3.9% $1,286  0.4% $20,978  2.3% $9,182  1.0%

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

  39 Weeks Ended
(in thousands)     October 27, 2017 October 28, 2016
Net loss $(11,557) $(14,961)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:                                       
Depreciation and amortization 19,031  13,419 
Product recall   (212)
Amortization of debt issuance costs 1,284  1,284 
Loss on disposal of property and equipment 151  172 
Stock-based compensation 2,855  1,578 
Deferred income taxes 355  839 
Change in operating assets and liabilities:    
Inventories (96,522) (99,997)
Accounts payable 944  40,186 
Other operating assets (21,890) (25,100)
Other operating liabilities 17,542  15,933 
Net cash used in operating activities (87,807) (66,859)
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment   44 
Change in restricted cash 1,660   
Purchases of property and equipment (29,143) (26,083)
Net cash used in investing activities (27,483) (26,039)
Payments on term loan facility (3,863) (3,863)
Payments of employee withholding taxes on share-based compensation (674) (396)
Net cash used in financing activities (4,537) (4,259)
Effects of exchange rate changes on cash (368) 321 
Unpaid liability to acquire property and equipment $4,796  $3,101 
Income taxes paid, net of refunds $3,220  $3,220 
Interest paid $17,106  $16,892 

Financial information by segment is presented in the following tables for the 13 Weeks Ended and 39 Weeks Ended October 27, 2017, and October 28, 2016.

  13 Weeks Ended 39 weeks ended
(in thousands) October 27, 2017 October 28, 2016 October 27, 2017 October 28, 2016
Net revenue:        
Direct                                               $290,326  $272,080  $778,554  $750,660 
Retail 35,104  39,340  117,317  126,077 
Corporate / other 59  56  173  182 
Total net revenue $325,489  $311,476  $896,044  $876,919 

  13 Weeks Ended 39 weeks ended
(in thousands) October 27, 2017 October 28, 2016 October 27, 2017 October 28, 2016
Adjusted EBITDA(1):        
Direct                                   $29,100  $13,904  $54,018  $41,516 
Retail (6,003) (3,583) (7,405) (7,063)
Corporate / other (10,245) (9,035) (25,635) (25,271)
Total Adjusted EBITDA(1) $12,852  $1,286  $20,978  $9,182