Barnes & Noble Education Reports Fiscal 2016 First Quarter Financial Results

Sales increase 5.9% to $239 million

Comparable Sales Increase 1.8%

BASKING RIDGE, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (NYSE: BNED) today reported sales and earnings for its fiscal 2016 first quarter ended August 1st, 2015. First quarter sales of $239.0 million increased $13.3 million, or 5.9%, as compared to the prior year. The Company reported, on a carve-out basis since it was still part of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), a net loss of $26.9 million which is $0.7 million higher than the prior year for this non-rush, seasonal low quarter.

As previously disclosed, the Company became a separate public company on August 2nd, 2015, after Barnes & Noble, Inc. completed the separation of its Retail and College businesses. "By completing the separation from Barnes & Noble Inc., we believe we are well positioned to take advantage of future growth opportunities and enhance our services for our current and future customers," said Max J. Roberts, Chief Executive Officer, Barnes & Noble Education, Inc.

"We are pleased with the performance of our business," continued Mr. Roberts. "Comparable sales increased 1.8% during a non-rush period with strong contributions from general merchandise sales which increased 7.3% for the quarter. We continue to win new contracts, opening 21 new stores with estimated annual sales of $45.0 million in the first quarter of 2016. Students have returned to campus and our stores are well positioned with a complete selection of print and digital course materials along with an exciting assortment of school branded collegiate and athletic apparel and gifts, computer and technology related products, as well as, school supplies and convenience items. Our stores, along with our e-commerce sites, deliver convenience, choice and value offering both print and digital products, for sale or for rent, with digital products seamlessly delivered through our Yuzu® platform. We are seeing strong customer engagement in our stores and across all our digital channels, cementing the campus bookstore as the student's first choice."

The Company's EBITDA loss increased to $35.2 million, as compared to $34.0 million in the prior year, due primarily to higher expenses associated with new store growth in the non-rush first quarter and continued investments in digital education.

First Quarter 2016 Results from Operations

Results for the fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2015 first quarters are as follows:

Revenues (unaudited)
$ in millions         Increase/(Decrease)
Q1 2016 Q1 2015 $     %
Product sales and other $218.7 $206.2 $12.5 6.1%
Rental Income $20.3 $19.5 $0.8 4.1%
Total $239.0 $225.7 $13.3 5.9%
EBITDA(1) (unaudited)
Q1 2016 Q1 2015 $ %
EBITDA ($35.2) ($34.0) ($1.2) 3.5%


(1) This non-GAAP financial measure has been reconciled in the attached schedules to the most directly comparable GAAP measure as required under SEC rules regarding the use of non-GAAP financial measures.

Net Results

First quarter net loss was $26.9 million, or $0.65 per share, compared to a net loss of $26.2 million, or $0.71 per share, in the prior year.


For fiscal year 2016, the Company continues to expect comparable store sales to increase by 1%, and capital expenditures to be approximately $55 million.

Conference Call

A conference call with Barnes & Noble Education, Inc.'s senior management will be webcast at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, September 9, and can be accessed at Barnes & Noble Education, Inc.'s corporate website at www.bned.com.

Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. will report fiscal 2016 second quarter results on or about December 8th, 2015.


On February 26, 2015, Barnes & Noble, Inc. ("Barnes & Noble") announced plans for the complete legal and structural separation of Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (the "Company") from Barnes & Noble (the "Spin-Off"). Under the Separation and Distribution Agreement between Barnes & Noble and the Company, Barnes & Noble planned to distribute all of its equity interest in us, consisting of all of the outstanding shares of our Common Stock, to Barnes & Noble's stockholders on a pro rata basis. Following the Spin-Off, Barnes & Noble would not own any equity interest in us, and we would operate independently from Barnes & Noble.

On July 14, 2015, Barnes & Noble approved the final distribution ratio and declared a pro rata dividend of the outstanding shares of our Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share ("Common Stock"), to Barnes & Noble's existing stockholders. The pro rata dividend was made on August 2, 2015 to the Barnes & Noble stockholders of record (as of July 27, 2015). Each Barnes & Noble stockholder of record received a distribution of 0.632 shares of our Common Stock for each share of Barnes & Noble common stock held on the record date.

On August 2, 2015, we completed the legal separation from Barnes & Noble, at which time we began to operate as an independent publicly-traded company. Our Common Stock began to trade on a "when-issued" basis on the NYSE under the symbol "BNED WI" beginning on July 23, 2015. On August 3, 2015, when-issued trading of our Common Stock ended, our Common Stock began "regular-way" trading under the symbol "BNED."

Since the consummation of the Spin-Off occurred after the end of the August 1, 2015 quarter covered by this release, this release reflects the results of the Company for periods prior to the completion of the Spin-Off.

Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)
13 weeks ended 13 weeks ended
August 1, 2015 August 2, 2014
Product sales and other $ 218,716 $ 206,188
Rental income   20,267     19,553  
Total sales   238,983     225,741  
Cost of sales and occupancy:
Product and other cost of sales and occupancy 174,909 166,053
Rental cost of sales and occupancy   12,530     12,378  
Total cost of sales and occupancy   187,439     178,431  
Gross profit   51,544     47,310  
Selling and administrative expenses 86,684 81,272
Depreciation and amortization   13,100     12,544  
Operating loss (48,240 ) (46,506 )
Interest expense, net   3     5  
Loss before income taxes (48,243 ) (46,511 )
Income tax benefit   (21,325 )   (20,298 )
Net loss $ (26,918 ) $ (26,213 )
Loss per common share:
Basic $ (0.65 ) $ (0.71 )
Diluted $ (0.65 ) $ (0.71 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic 41,426 37,437
Diluted 41,426 37,437
Percentage of sales:
Product sales and other 91.5 % 91.3 %
Rental income   8.5 %   8.7 %
Total sales   100.0 %   100.0 %
Cost of sales and occupancy:
Product and other cost of sales and occupancy (a) 80.0 % 80.5 %
Rental cost of sales and occupancy (a)   61.8 %   63.3 %
Total cost of sales and occupancy   78.4 %     79.0 %
Gross profit   21.6 %     21.0 %
Selling and administrative expenses 36.3 % 36.0 %
Depreciation and amortization   5.5 %     5.6 %
Operating loss (20.2 )% (20.6 )%
Interest expense, net   0.0 %     0.0 %
Loss before income taxes (20.2 )% (20.6 )%
Income tax benefit   (8.9 )%     (9.0 )%
Net loss   (11.3 )%   (11.6 )%
(a) Represents the percentage these costs bear to the related sales, instead of total sales.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
August 1, 2015 August 2, 2014
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 16,029 $ 45,803
Receivables, net 35,461 32,032
Merchandise inventories, net 766,767 695,040
Textbook rental inventories 7,640 7,438
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 7,623 5,629
Short-term deferred tax assets, net   23,265   21,816
Total current assets   856,785   807,758
Property and equipment:
Buildings and leasehold improvements 154,524 137,753
Fixtures and equipment   341,708   318,389
496,232 456,142
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization   387,449   357,258
Net property and equipment   108,783   98,884
Goodwill 274,070 274,070
Intangible assets, net 195,627 205,878
Other noncurrent assets   44,738   34,233
Total assets $ 1,480,003 $ 1,420,823
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 603,928 $ 538,028
Accrued liabilities   61,647   67,268
Total current liabilities   665,575   605,296
Long-term deferred taxes, net 73,037 80,584
Other long-term liabilities 69,555 61,164
Preferred Member Interests - 383,839
Parent company investment 671,836 289,940
Commitments and contingencies   -   -
Total liabilities and Parent Company equity $ 1,480,003 $ 1,420,823
EBITDA (Non-GAAP) Information
(In thousands)
13 weeks ended 13 weeks ended
August 1, 2015 August 2, 2014
EBITDA $ (35,140 ) $ (33,962 )
Depreciation and amortization 13,100 12,544
Interest expense, net 3 5
Income taxes   (21,325 )   (20,298 )
Net loss $ (26,918 ) $ (26,213 )
Earnings (Loss) Per Share
(In thousands, except per share data)
13 weeks ended 14 weeks ended
August 1, 2015 August 2, 2014
Numerator for basic loss per share:
Net loss $ (26,918 ) $ (26,213 )
Accretion of dividends on preferred stock   -     (443 )
Net loss available to common shareholders $ (26,918 ) $ (26,656 )
Numerator for diluted loss per share:    
Net loss available to common shareholders $ (26,918 ) $ (26,656 )
Denominator for basic and diluted loss per share:
Basic weighted average common shares (a)   41,426     37,437  
Loss per common share:
Basic $ (0.65 ) $ (0.71 )
Diluted $ (0.65 ) $ (0.71 )

(a) Basic earnings per share and weighted-average basic shares outstanding are based on the number of shares of Barnes & Noble common stock outstanding as of the end of the period, adjusted for an assumed distribution ratio of 0.632 shares of our Common Stock for every one share of Barnes & Noble common stock held on the record date for the Spin-Off.


About Barnes & Noble Education, Inc.

Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (NYSE: BNED) enhances the academic and social purpose of educational institutions. Through its Barnes & Noble College subsidiary, Barnes & Noble Education serves more than 5 million college students and their faculty through its 736 stores on campuses nationwide, delivering essential educational content and tools within a dynamic retail environment. The company is at the forefront of digital education with its digital education platform, Yuzu®, weaving together digital learning materials to enhance the teaching and learning experience. Barnes & Noble Education acts as a strategic partner to drive student success; provide value and support to students and faculty; and create loyalty and retention, all while supporting the financial goals of college and university partners.

General information on Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company's corporate website: www.bned.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and information relating to Barnes & Noble Education and its business that are based on the beliefs of the management of Barnes & Noble Education as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to the management of Barnes & Noble Education. When used in this communication, the words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "plan," "will," "forecasts," "projections," and similar expressions, as they relate to Barnes & Noble Education or the management of Barnes & Noble Education, identify forward-looking statements. Moreover, Barnes & Noble Education operates in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks emerge from time to time. It is not possible for the management of Barnes & Noble Education to predict all risks, nor can Barnes & Noble Education assess the impact of all factors on its business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements Barnes & Noble Education may make. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the future events and trends discussed in this press release may not occur and actual results could differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements.

Such statements reflect the current views of Barnes & Noble Education with respect to future events, the outcome of which is subject to certain risks, including, among others: challenges to running Barnes & Noble Education independently from Barnes & Noble, Inc. ("Barnes & Noble") now that the complete legal and structural separation of Barnes & Noble Education from Barnes & Noble (the "Spin-Off") has been completed; general competitive conditions, including actions Barnes & Noble Education's competitors may take to grow their businesses; trends and challenges to Barnes & Noble Education's business and in the locations in which it has stores; decisions by colleges and universities to outsource their bookstore operations or change the operation of their bookstores; non-renewal of contracts; the general economic environment, college enrollment and consumer spending patterns, including decreases in university spending; decreased consumer demand for Barnes & Noble Education's products, low growth or declining sales; disruptions to Barnes & Noble Education's computer systems, data lines, telephone systems or supply chain, including the loss of suppliers; changes to payment terms, return policies, the discount or margin on products or other terms with Barnes & Noble Education's suppliers; risks associated with data privacy, information security and intellectual property; work stoppages or increases in labor costs; Barnes & Noble Education's ability to attract and retain employees; possible increases in shipping rates or interruptions in shipping service, effects of competition; obsolete or excessive inventory; product shortages; Barnes & Noble Education's ability to successfully implement its strategic initiatives; the performance of Barnes & Noble Education's online, digital and other initiatives, including possible delays in the deployment of, and further enhancements to, Yuzu® and any future higher education digital products; technological changes; risk that digital sales growth is less than expectations and the risk that it does not exceed the rate of investment spend; higher-than-anticipated store closings; changes in law or regulation; the amount of Barnes & Noble Education's indebtedness and ability to comply with covenants applicable to any future debt financing; Barnes & Noble Education's ability to satisfy future capital and liquidity requirements; Barnes & Noble Education's ability to access the credit and capital markets at the times and in the amounts needed and on acceptable terms; adverse results from litigation, governmental investigations or tax-related proceedings or audits; changes in accounting standards; the potential adverse impact on Barnes & Noble Education's business resulting from the Spin-Off; and the other risks and uncertainties detailed in the section titled "Risk Factors" in Barnes & Noble Education's Prospectus filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on July 15, 2015 and in Barnes & Noble Education's other filings made hereafter from time to time with the SEC.

Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results or outcomes may vary materially from those described as anticipated, believed, estimated, expected, intended or planned. Subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to Barnes & Noble Education or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements in this paragraph. Barnes & Noble Education undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise after the date of this press release.

Barnes & Noble Education, Inc.
Carolyn Brown, 908-991-2967
Vice President
Corporate Communications
Thomas Donohue, 908-991-2966
Vice President
Treasurer and Investor Relations

Source: Barnes & Noble Education, Inc.

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