Bakers Footwear Group Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2011 Results
Bakers Footwear Group, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BKRS.OB), a leading specialty retailer of moderately priced fashion footwear for young women, with 234 stores, today announced results for the thirteen and thirty nine-weeks ended October 29, 2011.
For the third quarter, the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2011:
Peter Edison, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bakers Footwear Group commented, “Our third quarter results were disappointing reflecting a challenging dress boot season, which led to increased markdowns and operating losses compared to the prior year. On a positive note, our multi-channel sales remained strong, rising 37.4% in the quarter. The quarter included continued focus on our key growth objectives. To this point, we believe our exclusive product offerings that include our Bakers, H. by Halston and Wild Pair brands are allowing us to attract new customers to our stores, as we provide great fashion with brands that are differentiated versus mall peers and position our Company for improved long-term sales performance.
“As we begin the fourth quarter, the boot category has remained difficult, which has led to a 5.5% decrease in comparable store sales for the first six weeks of the quarter through December 10, 2011. We expect comparable sales to be down for the entire fourth quarter. That said, we believe that we entered the quarter with inventory levels that are aligned with our current sales expectations.
“Looking ahead to 2012, we are implementing a $10 million margin improvement and cost reduction program focused on improving cash flow and liquidity.”
For the first nine months of fiscal 2011, the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2011:
Based on the Company's revised business plan, including the anticipated impact of the margin improvement and cost reduction program, the Company believes it has adequate liquidity to fund anticipated working capital requirements and expects to be in compliance with its financial covenants throughout the remainder of 2011 and 2012. The Company's most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, filed today, and the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K discuss the Company's business plan and disclose in detail the risks of the Company's current liquidity situation, including the risks associated with the Company’s ability to successfully implement the margin improvement and cost reduction program, and its ability to comply with its financial covenants.
The Company announced that it will conduct a conference call to discuss its third quarter fiscal 2011 results today, Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial (877) 705-6003, approximately five minutes prior to the start of the call. The conference call will also be webcast live at http://viavid.net/dce.aspx?sid=00009148.
A replay of this call will be available until December 20, 2011 and can be accessed by dialing (877) 870-5176, and entering PIN number 384217. The webcast will remain available for 30 days at the same web address following the conference call.
About Bakers Footwear Group, Inc.
Bakers Footwear Group, Inc. is a national, mall-based, specialty retailer of distinctive footwear and accessories for young women. The Company’s merchandise includes private label and national brand dress, casual and sport shoes, boots, sandals and accessories. The Company currently operates 233 stores nationwide. Bakers’ stores focus on women between the ages of 16 and 35. Wild Pair stores offer fashion-forward footwear to women between the ages of 17 and 29.
THIS PRESS RELEASE CONTAINS FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS (WITHIN THE MEANING OF SECTION 27(A) OF THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933 AND SECTION 21(E) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934). BAKERS FOOTWEAR HAS NO DUTY TO UPDATE SUCH STATEMENTS. ACTUAL FUTURE EVENTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES COULD DIFFER MATERIALLY FROM THOSE SET FORTH IN THIS STATEMENT DUE TO VARIOUS FACTORS. FACTORS THAT COULD CAUSE THESE CONDITIONS NOT TO BE SATISFIED INCLUDE INABILITY TO SATISFY DEBT COVENANTS, MATERIAL DECLINES IN SALES TRENDS AND LIQUIDITY, MATERIAL CHANGES IN CAPITAL MARKET CONDITIONS OR IN BAKERS FOOTWEAR’S BUSINESS, PROSPECTS, RESULTS OF OPERATIONS OR FINANCIAL CONDITION, AND OTHER RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES, INCLUDING THOSE DETAILED IN BAKERS FOOTWEAR’S MOST RECENT ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 10-K AND OUR MOST RECENT QUARTERLY REPORT ON FORM 10-Q, INCLUDING THOSE DISCUSSED IN “RISK FACTORS,” IN “MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL POSITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS” AND IN NOTE 2 TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS IN THESE REPORTS, AND IN ITS OTHER FILINGS WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION.
Bakers Footwear Group, Inc.
Charles R. Daniel, III, 314-621-0699
Chief Financial Officer
Allison Malkin, 203-682-8225
Rachel Schacter, 646-277-1243
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