Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) today reported sales and earnings for its fiscal 2016 first quarter ended August 1, 2015. The company also announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share payable on October 30, 2015, to stockholders of record on October 20, 2015.
“The Company successfully executed its major strategic initiatives during the first quarter, including the spin-off of its College business, the conversion of the Series J preferred shares into common shares and the initiation of a quarterly dividend,” said Allen Lindstrom, Chief Financial Officer of Barnes & Noble. “As we look to the second quarter and beyond, we are focused on opportunities to increase comparable store sales and reduce expenses. The Company plans to further reduce NOOK expenses through synergies with the Retail business and we expect to see those benefits during the balance of the fiscal year.”
The consolidated results include the Barnes & Noble College business, as the spin-off occurred after the quarter ended. We expect Barnes & Noble College to be treated as a discontinued operation beginning with the Company’s second quarter results.
First quarter consolidated revenues decreased 1.5% to $1.2 billion as compared to the prior year. The first quarter consolidated earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) loss was $6 million, a $36 million decrease as compared to the prior year. The prior year included approximately $18 million of net favorable adjustments, as discussed further below. The consolidated first quarter net loss was $34.9 million, or $0.68 per share, as compared to the prior year net loss of $28.4 million, or $0.56 per share.
The Retail segment, which includes Barnes & Noble bookstores and BN.com, had revenues of $939 million for the quarter, decreasing 1.7% as compared to the prior year. Comparable store sales increased 1.1% for the quarter, benefitting from growth in non-book categories. “Core” comparable bookstore sales, which exclude sales of NOOK products, increased 1.0% for the quarter. These increases were offset by store closures, lower online sales and lower warranty reimbursements. The prior year included $7.3 million of warranty reimbursements as compared to $2.5 million this year.
The strength of this quarter’s book titles including Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman and E. L. James’Grey, helped offset comparisons to the strong young adult titles in the prior year, including John Green’sThe Fault in Our Stars, Gayle Forman’s If I Stay, and Veronica Roth’s Divergent series.
Retail generated EBITDA of $45 million in the quarter, declining $21 million as compared to the prior year. Retail EBITDA declined on expense deleverage and the lower warranty reimbursement. The first quarter results included approximately $2.9 million of separation related costs, of which $2.5 million was recorded in the Retail segment.
The NOOK segment (including digital content, devices and accessories) had revenues of $54 million for the quarter, decreasing 22.4% from a year ago. For the quarter, digital content sales declined 28.0% to $37 million and device and accessories sales declined 6.2% to $17 million.
During the prior year quarter, NOOK recognized a $7 million benefit on the settlement of device parts and components liabilities, and also recorded a net benefit of $6 million resulting from the Palo Alto relocation.
NOOK EBITDA losses were $17 million during the first quarter, as compared to $5 million a year ago, which included the $13 million of favorable adjustments noted above. NOOK’s selling and administrative expenses declined $10 million, or 21.0%, as the Company continues to rationalize NOOK’s expense structure. The expense reduction was offset by expense deleveraging on the sales decline.
The College segment had revenues of $239 million, increasing 5.7% as compared to a year ago. Sales benefitted primarily from new store growth and a 1.8% comparable store sales increase. College EBITDA losses slightly increased to $34 million during this non-rush quarter.
For fiscal year 2016, the Company continues to expect Retail core comparable bookstore sales, which exclude sales of NOOK products, to increase approximately 1%. The Company also expects full fiscal year EBITDA losses in the NOOK segment to decline versus the prior year.
As a result of the College business spin-off, the Company expects to incur separation related expenses of approximately $21 million during the second quarter, which include net severance charges and investment banking fees.
A conference call with Barnes & Noble, Inc.’s senior management will be webcast beginning at 10:00 A.M. ET on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, and is accessible at www.barnesandnobleinc.com/webcasts.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. will report fiscal 2016 second quarter results on or about December 3, 2015.
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About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The Company operates 647 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com). The NOOK Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com) and UK (www.nook.co.uk), plus periodicals, comics, apps, movies and TV shows, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.
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