Pacific Sunwear of California
Figuring it out
PacSun's third-quarter revenue dipped by 7% from the previous year's quarter, to $242 million, and saw a 3% fall in comparable-store sales. In addition, the company came out with a wider loss of $17.6 million compared to a $7 million loss in the year-ago quarter. But after making adjustments for other items, including store-closure-related expenses, PacSun's net loss totaled just $7.1 million, as against a $3.9 million loss in the year-ago quarter.
According to specialty retail analyst Pamela Quintiliano, the past few years have been rough for the Anaheim-based retailer as it sported a poor product mix and lost customers to savvier competitors. This seems to be a common theme in the clothing retail space as companies like Abercrombie & Fitch
PacSun's mix of private and third-party brands, such as Billabong and Roxy, failed to take off with the trendy young audience it targeted. On the other hand, rivals such as Zumiez
Turning over a new leaf
Nevertheless, PacSun is leaving its past behind and is preparing for a new beginning. As part of an overhaul, the teen retailer will close nearly 200 of its low performance stores across the country within the next 14 months. The company has also secured a $100 million credit facility from Wells Fargo
While it may seem like Wells Fargo is propping up a dying company, the involvement of Golden Gate Capital is a valuable addition, and Wells can rest assured there are strong leaders at the helm. Golden Gate has a positive track record in the retail, restaurant, and consumer products space. The company bought Herbalife
These funds would be used to fund the lease terminations for its unviable stores and would also be invested in operational and technological needs along with store refresh expenses. According to the company, the store closures and new financing would significantly improve its financial and operational position.
The Foolish bottom line
The market's reaction to PacSun's announcement was nothing short of overwhelming. That was evident from the fact that the company's shares shot up more than 40% in after-hours trading. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen how PacSun would be able to turn around the rest of its poorly performing operations.
It's great to see the company take significant steps to bail out its sinking operations. And if all goes according to plan, PacSun could very well be a good long-term play. What do you Fools think about this? Let us know by leaving your comments in the box below.
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