American Apparel Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2008 Financial Results
Interest expense for the fourth quarter 2008 decreased to $3.6 million from $4.4 million in the fourth quarter 2007. The decrease in interest expense was due to a decrease in the LIBOR rate on which the company's floating rate debt is based.
The company's effective tax rate in the fourth quarter of 2008 was 35.1 percent.
Net income for the fourth quarter of 2008 was $3.9 million, or $0.05 per diluted share. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2007 was $3.0 million, or $0.06 per diluted share.
For the full year ending December 31, 2008, American Apparel reported consolidated net sales of $545.1 million, a 40.8 percent increase over sales of $387.0 million for the year ending December 31, 2007. Total retail sales increased 61.8 percent to $341.3 million for 2008, as compared to $211.0 million for 2007. At December 31, 2008, American Apparel operated 260 stores, as compared to 182 stores at December 31, 2007. Comparable store sales for stores open longer than 12 months increased 22 percent for the year. Total wholesale sales, excluding online consumer sales, for the year ending December 31, 2008 were $164.4 million as compared to $150.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2007, an increase of 9.1 percent. Online consumer sales increased 55 percent to $39.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2008 versus $25.4 million for the year ending December 31, 2007.
Gross margin for the year ending December 31, 2008 was 54.9 percent versus 55.7 percent for the year ended December 31, 2007, including the impact of a $13.2 million stock-based compensation expense booked to cost of sales in 2008 related to the grant of 1.9 million shares of stock to manufacturing workers pursuant to the merger agreement between Endeavor Acquisition Corp. and American Apparel Inc.. The stock based compensation expense negatively impacted 2008 gross margin by approximately 240 basis points. Gross margin was favorably impacted by the growth in retail sales from expansion of the U.S. retail, Canada and international business segments, which generate a higher gross margin than the company's U.S. Wholesale business segment.