Duluth, Ga. -- Dec. 7, 2017 -- National Vision Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE) (“National Vision” or the “Company”) today reported its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017.
Reade Fahs, chief executive officer, stated, “The third quarter was another strong period for us. Despite hurricanes in both Texas and Florida, the team managed to deliver its 63rd consecutive quarter of positive comparable store sales growth, once again driven by increases in customer transactions. We were especially proud of the way our 10,000 associates rallied to support the many optometrists, fellow associates, and customers whose lives were devastated by the storms.”
Mr. Fahs continued, “We successfully opened 19 stores this quarter and continue to see a long runway for store growth. Since quarter end, we are proud to have celebrated two milestones -- the opening of our 1,000th store and the successful completion of our IPO. We also enhanced our partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of America to help young people most in need have access to eye care and eyewear. All in all it was another healthy quarter -- emblematic of the health and consistent progress we have had over the past several years.”
Unless indicated otherwise, the information in this release has been adjusted to give effect to a 1.96627-for-one reverse stock split of the Company’s common stock effected on October 24, 2017.
Adjusted comparable store sales growth, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net income and EBITDA are not measures recognized under generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). Please see “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below for more information.
Third Quarter 2017 Highlights
Nine-Month Period Highlights
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Highlights as of September 30, 2017
Conference Call Details
A conference call to discuss the third quarter 2017 financial results is scheduled for today, December 7, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The U.S. toll free dial-in for the conference call is 866-754-6931 and the international dial-in is 636-812-6625. The conference passcode is 6189987. A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available on the “Investor” section of the Company’s website www.nationalvision.com/investors, where presentation materials will be posted prior to the conference call.
A telephone replay will be available shortly after the broadcast through Thursday, December 14, 2017, by dialing 855-859-2056 from the U.S. or 404-537-3406 from international locations, and entering conference passcode 6189987. A replay of the audio webcast will also be archived on the “Investors” section of the Company’s website.
About National Vision Holdings, Inc
National Vision Holdings, Inc. is one of the largest optical retail companies in the United States with over 1,000 retail stores in 44 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. With a mission of helping people by making quality eye care and eyewear more affordable and accessible, the Company operates five retail brands: America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, Eyeglass World, Vision Centers inside select Walmart stores, and Vista Opticals inside Fred Meyer stores and on select military bases, offering a variety of products and services for customers’ eye care needs.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements related to our expectations regarding the performance of our industry, growth strategy, goals and expectations concerning our market position, future operations, margins, profitability, capital expenditures, liquidity and capital resources and other financial and operating information. You can identify these forward-looking statements by the use of words such as “outlook,” “guidance,” “believes,” “expects,” “potential,” “continues,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “seeks,” “projects,” “predicts,” “intends,” “plans,” “estimates,” “anticipates” or the negative version of these words or other comparable words. Such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including our ability to open and operate new stores in a timely and cost-effective manner and to successfully enter new markets; our ability to maintain sufficient levels of cash flow from our operations to grow; our ability to recruit and retain vision care professionals for our stores; state, local and federal vision care and healthcare laws and regulations; our relationships with managed vision care companies, vision insurance providers and other third-party payors; our operating relationships with our host and legacy partners; the risk of loss or disruption in our distribution centers and optical laboratories; risks associated with vendors and suppliers from whom our products are sourced; competition in the optical retail industry; risks associated with information technology systems and the security of personal information and payment card data collected by us and our vendors; macroeconomic factors and other factors impacting consumer spending beyond the Company’s control; our growth strategy’s impact on our existing resources and performance of our existing stores; our ability to retain senior management and attract new personnel; our ability to manage costs; the success of our marketing, advertising and promotional efforts; risks associated with leasing substantial amounts of space; product liability, product recall or personal injury issues; the impact our leverage has on our ability to raise additional capital to fund our operations; risks associated with managed vision care laws and regulations; our increasing reliance on third-party coverage and reimbursement; issues regarding inventory management; risks related to our e-commerce business; seasonal fluctuations in our business; technological advances that may reduce demand for our products; risks related to our debt agreements; legal regulatory risks, including adverse judgments or settlements from legal proceedings; our ability to protect our intellectual property; our ability to comply with requirements to design and implement and maintain effective internal controls; and risks related to being a controlled company. Additional factors that could cause National Vision’s results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found under the heading entitled “Risk Factors” in our prospectus dated October 25, 2017, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) pursuant to Rule 424(b) of the Securities Act on October 27, 2017, as such factors may be updated from time to time in our periodic filings with the SEC, including our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2017, which are accessible on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Accordingly, there are or will be important factors that could cause actual outcomes or results to differ materially from those indicated in these statements. These factors should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with the other cautionary statements that are included in this release and in our filings with the SEC. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or review any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as required by law.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement the Company’s financial information presented in accordance with GAAP and aid understanding of the Company’s business performance, the Company uses certain non-GAAP financial measures, namely “EBITDA,” “Adjusted EBITDA,” “Adjusted EBITDA Margin” and “Adjusted Net Income.” We believe EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin and Adjusted Net Income assist investors and analysts in comparing our operating performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that we do not believe are indicative of our core operating performance. Management believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors in highlighting trends in our operating performance, while other measures can differ significantly depending on long-term strategic decisions regarding capital structure, the tax jurisdictions in which we operate and capital investments. Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures to supplement GAAP measures of performance in the evaluation of the effectiveness of our business strategies, to make budgeting decisions, to establish discretionary annual incentive compensation and to compare our performance against that of other peer companies using similar measures. Management supplements GAAP results with non-GAAP financial measures to provide a more complete understanding of the factors and trends affecting the business than GAAP results alone.
To supplement the Company’s comparable store sales growth presented in accordance with GAAP, the Company provides “Adjusted Comparable Store Sales Growth,” which is a non-GAAP financial measure we believe is useful because it provides timely and accurate information relating to the two core metrics of retail sales: number of transactions and value of transactions. Management uses Adjusted Comparable Store Sales Growth as the basis for key operating decisions, such as allocation of advertising to particular markets and implementation of special marketing programs. Accordingly, we believe that Adjusted Comparable Store Sales Growth provides timely and accurate information relating to the operational health and overall performance of each brand. We also believe that, for the same reasons, investors find our calculation of Adjusted Comparable Store Sales Growth to be meaningful.
EBITDA: We define EBITDA as net income, plus interest expense, income tax provision and depreciation and amortization.
Adjusted EBITDA: We define Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA, further adjusted to exclude stock compensation expense, costs associated with debt refinancing, asset impairment, non-cash inventory write-offs, management fees, new store pre-opening expenses, non-cash rent, litigation settlement and other expenses.
Adjusted EBITDA Margin: We define Adjusted EBITDA Margin as Adjusted EBITDA divided by net revenue.
Adjusted Net Income: We define Adjusted Net Income as net income, plus stock compensation expense, costs associated with debt refinancing, asset impairment, non-cash inventory write-offs, management fees, new store pre-opening expenses, non-cash rent, litigation settlement, amortization of acquisition intangibles and deferred financing costs and other expenses, less the tax effect of these adjustments.
Adjusted Comparable Store Sales Growth: We measure Adjusted Comparable Store Sales Growth as the increase or decrease in sales recorded by the comparable store base in any reporting period, compared to sales recorded by the comparable store base in the prior reporting period, which we calculate as follows: (i) sales are recorded on a cash basis (i.e. when the order is placed and paid for, compared to when the order is delivered), utilizing cash basis point of sale information from stores; (ii) stores are added to the calculation in their 13th full month; (iii) closed stores are removed from the calculation for time periods that are not comparable; (iv) sales from partial months of operation are ignored when stores do not open or close on the first day of the month; and (v) when applicable, we adjust for the effect of the 53rd week. Quarterly, year-to-date and annual adjusted comparable store sales are aggregated using only sales from all whole months of operation included in both the current reporting period and the prior reporting period. When a partial month is excluded from the calculation, the corresponding month in the subsequent period is also excluded from the calculation.
EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Comparable Store Sales Growth are not recognized terms under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss) or the ratio of net income (loss) to net revenue as a measure of financial performance, cash flows provided by operating activities as a measure of liquidity, comparable store sales growth as a measure of operating performance, or any other performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP. Additionally, these measures are not intended to be a measure of free cash flow available for management’s discretionary use as they do not consider certain cash requirements such as interest payments, tax payments and debt service requirements. The presentations of these measures have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Because not all companies use identical calculations, the presentations of these measures may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies and can differ significantly from company to company.
Please see “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below for reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures used in this release to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.
National Vision Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
As of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016
In Thousands, Except Par Value Information
As of September 30, 2017
As of December 31, 2016
Cash and cash equivalents
Accounts receivable, net of allowances
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
Total current assets
Property and equipment, net
Other assets and deferred costs:
Trademarks and trade names
Other intangible assets, net
Total non-current assets
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Other payables and accrued expenses
Current maturities of long-term debt
Total current liabilities
Long-term debt, less current portion and debt discount
Other non-current liabilities:
Deferred income taxes, net
Total other non-current liabilities
Commitments and contingencies
Common stock, $0.01 par value; 200,000 shares authorized; 56,477 and 56,202 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively.
Additional paid-in capital
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
Retained earnings (deficit)
Treasury stock, at cost; 28 shares as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016
Total stockholders’ equity
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income
For the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2017 and October 1, 2016
In Thousands, Except Per Share Information
Three Months Ended September 30, 2017
Three Months Ended October 1, 2016
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2017
Nine Months Ended October 1, 2016
Net product sales
Net sales of services and plans
Total net revenue
Costs applicable to revenue (exclusive of depreciation and amortization):
Services and plans
Total costs applicable to revenue
Selling, general and administrative expenses
Depreciation and amortization
Other expense, net
Total operating expenses
Income from operations
Interest expense, net
Debt issuance costs
Earnings before income taxes
Income tax provision
Earnings per share:
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Change in fair value of hedge instruments
Tax (provision) benefit of change in fair value of hedge instruments
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
For the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2017 and October 1, 2016
Cash flows from operating activities:
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation of property and equipment
Amortization of intangible assets
Amortization of loan costs
Deferred income tax expense
Non-cash stock option compensation
Non-cash inventory adjustments
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable, net
Net cash provided by operating activities
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchase of property and equipment
Purchase of investments
Net cash used for investing activities
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt
Proceeds from issuance of common stock
Principal payments on long-term debt
Proceeds from exercise of stock options
Payments on capital lease obligations
Dividend to stockholders
Net cash used for financing activities
Net change in cash and cash equivalents
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period
Supplemental cash flow disclosure information:
Non-cash financing activities:
Deferred offering costs accrued at the end of period
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and Adjusted Net Income
Stock compensation expense (a)
Debt issuance costs (b)
Asset impairment (c)
Non-cash inventory write-offs (d)
Management fees (e)
New store pre-opening expenses (f)
Non-cash rent (g)
Litigation settlement (h)
Adjusted EBITDA/ Adjusted EBITDA Margin
Note: Percentages reflect line item as a percentage of net revenue
Amortization of acquisition intangibles and deferred financing costs (j)
Tax effect of total adjustments (k)
Adjusted Net Income
(a)Non-cash charges related to stock-based compensation programs, which vary from period to period depending on the timing of awards.
(b)Fees associated with the borrowing of $175.0 million in additional principal under our first lien credit agreement during the first fiscal quarter of 2017.
(c)Non-cash charges related to impairment of long-lived assets, primarily the complete write-off of a cost based investment.
(d)Reflects write-offs of inventory relating to the expiration of a specific type of contact lenses that could not be sold and required disposal.
(e)Reflects management fees paid to KKR and Berkshire in accordance with our monitoring agreement with them.
(f)Pre-opening expenses, which include marketing and advertising, labor and occupancy expenses incurred prior to opening a new store, are generally higher than comparable expenses incurred once such store is open and generating revenue. We believe that such higher pre-opening expenses are specific in nature and amount to opening a new store and as such, are not indicative of ongoing core operating performance. We adjust for these costs to facilitate comparisons of store operating performance from period to period. Pre-opening costs are permitted exclusions in our calculation of Adjusted EBITDA pursuant to the terms of our existing credit agreements.
(g)Consists of the non-cash portion of rent expense, which reflects the extent to which our straight-line rent expense recognized under GAAP exceeds or is less than our cash rent payments. The adjustment can vary depending on the average age of our lease portfolio, which has been impacted by our significant growth in recent years. For newer leases, our rent expense recognized typically exceeds our cash rent payments, while for more mature leases, rent expense recognized under GAAP is typically less than our cash rent payments.
(h)Amounts accrued related to settlement of litigation. See Note 8 - Commitments and Contingencies in our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements for further details.
(i)Other adjustments include amounts that management believes are not representative of our operating performance, including our share of losses on equity method investments of $0.4 million, $0.2 million, $0.7 million and $1.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and October 1, 2016 and nine months ended September 30, 2017 and October 1, 2016, respectively; the amortization impact of the KKR Acquisition-related adjustments (e.g., fair value of leasehold interests) of $(0.1) million, $(0.1) million, $(0.2) million and $(0.6) million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and October 1, 2016 and nine months ended September 30, 2017 and October 1, 2016, respectively, related to prior acquisitions; expenses related to preparation for being an SEC registrant that were not directly attributable to the IPO and therefore not charged to equity of $0.6 million, $0.6 million, $1.8 million and $0.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and October 1, 2016 and nine months ended September 30, 2017 and October 1, 2016, respectively; differences between the timing of expense versus cash payments related to contributions to charitable organizations of $(0.3) million for three months ended September 30, 2017 and October 1, 2016, and $(0.8) million during nine months ended September 30, 2017 and October 1, 2016; costs of severance and relocation of $0.7 million, $0.4 million, $1.0 million, and $0.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and October 1, 2016 and nine months ended September 30, 2017 and October 1, 2016 respectively; and other expenses and adjustments totaling $0.4 million, $0.4 million, $0.5 million, and $0.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and October 1, 2016 and nine months ended September 30, 2017 and October 1, 2016, respectively.
(j)Amortization of acquisition intangibles related to the additional expense incurred due to the increase in the carrying values of amortizing intangible assets as a result of the KKR Acquisition of $1.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and October 1, 2016 and $5.6 million for nine months ended September 30, 2017 and October 1, 2016. Amortization of deferred financing costs is primarily associated with the March 2014 term loan borrowings in connection with the KKR Acquisition and, to a lesser extent, amortization of deferred loan discount costs associated with the May 2015 and February 2017 incremental first lien term loans of $1.0 million, $1.0 million, $3.1 million and $2.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and October 1, 2016 and nine months ended September 30, 2017 and October 1, 2016, respectively.
(k)Represents the tax effect of the total adjustments at our estimated effective tax rate.
Reconciliation of Adjusted Comparable Store Sales Growth to Total Comparable Store Sales Growth
Total Comparable Store Sales Growth (a)
Adjusted Comparable Store Sales Growth(b)
(a)Total comparable store sales calculated based on consolidated net revenue excluding the impact of (i) corporate/other segment net revenue, (ii) sales from stores opened less than 12 months, (iii) stores closed in the periods presented, (iv) sales from partial months of operation when stores do not open or close on the first day of the month, and (v) if applicable, the impact of a 53rd week in a fiscal year.
(b)There are two differences between total comparable store sales growth based on consolidated net revenue and adjusted comparable store sales growth: (i) adjusted comparable store sales growth includes the effect of deferred and unearned revenue as if such revenues were earned at the point of sale, resulting in an decrease of 1.3% and1.0% from total comparable store sales growth based on consolidated net revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and October 1, 2016, respectively, and a decrease of 0.5% and 0.5% from total comparable store sales growth based on consolidated net revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and October 1, 2016, respectively, and (ii) adjusted comparable store sales growth includes retail sales to the legacy partner’s customers (rather than the revenues recognized consistent with the management and services agreement), resulting in a decrease of 0.0% and 0.5% from total comparable store sales growth based on consolidated net revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and October 1, 2016, respectively, and a decrease of 0.2% and 0.5% from total comparable store sales growth based on consolidated net revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and October 1, 2016, respectively.
National Vision Holdings, Inc.
David Mann, CFA, Vice President of Investor Relations
Kristina Gross, Director of Communications