Orange County Business Journal

Tilly’s Expects Continuing Teen Retail Challenges

Kari Hamanaka Thursday, March 20, 2014

Irvine-based Tilly's Inc. shares were trading down on Thursday afternoon, a day after the retailer said it expects business to be tough in the current quarter.

Tilly's shares were off 4% to a market value of $344.56 million.

The company operates a chain of nearly 200 stores selling clothing, footwear and accessories inspired by action sports, music and art.

Tilly's said it expects "volatile and weak traffic trends and a highly promotional environment in teen retail" to continue for its current quarter. It said it expects comparable store sales for the period to be down in the mid-single digits.

The company projected net income for the current quarter in the range of flat to $1.14 million. That's down from the $2.3 million it reported a year ago and off from the $2.56 million analysts had projected.

Tilly's did not provide revenue guidance. Analysts expect net sales of $118.67 million.

The guidance followed results for the quarter ended Feb. 1 that included net income of $5.4 million, edging past the $5.12 million Wall Street analysts expected.

February quarter revenue fell less than 1% to $139.9 million, slightly higher than the $139.75 million analysts projected.

Quarterly same-store sales were off 4.9%.

“While fourth-quarter results were as expected, we are not satisfied with this level of financial performance,” said Tilly's President and Chief Executive Daniel Griesemer in a statement. “I am, however, pleased with how we navigated the challenging retail environment, which reflects the disciplined execution by our team.”

Tilly's had full-year net sales of $495.8 million, up 6.1%.

The company's net income fell to $18.1 million for the fiscal year, compared to $23.9 million a year ago.

Comparable sales for the year rose 1.9%.