Quarterly Report


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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 10-Q

 

 

 

x QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended October 31, 2015

or

 

¨ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from                      to                     

Commission File Number 001-34842

 

 

Gordmans Stores, Inc.

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   26-3171987

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

1926 South 67 Street,

Omaha, Nebraska 68106

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

(402) 691-4000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes   x     No   ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes   x     No   ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer   ¨    Accelerated filer   ¨
Non-accelerated filer   x   (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)    Smaller reporting company   ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act.).    Yes   ¨     No   x

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock as of the latest practicable date.

Common Stock, $0.001 par value, outstanding as of December 8, 2015: 19,707,898 shares

 

 

 


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GORDMANS STORES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

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INDEX

 

PART I    FINANCIAL INFORMATION      3   
ITEM 1.    CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)      3   
ITEM 2.   

MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

     14   
ITEM 3.    QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK      25   
ITEM 4.    CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES      26   
PART II    OTHER INFORMATION      26   
ITEM 1.    LEGAL PROCEEDINGS      26   
ITEM 1A.    RISK FACTORS      26   
ITEM 2.    UNREGISTERED SALES OF EQUITY SECURITIES AND USE OF PROCEEDS      26   
ITEM 3.    DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES      26   
ITEM 4.    RESERVED      26   
ITEM 5.    OTHER INFORMATION      27   
ITEM 6.    EXHIBITS      27   

SIGNATURES

     28   

 

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PART I—FINANCIAL INFORMATION

ITEM 1. CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

GORDMANS STORES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in 000’s except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

     13 Weeks
Ended
October 31,
2015
    13 Weeks
Ended
November 1,
2014
    39 Weeks
Ended
October 31,
2015
    39 Weeks
Ended
November 1,

2014
 

Net sales

   $ 153,856      $ 146,653      $ 443,230      $ 430,714   

License fees from leased departments

     2,196        2,284        6,615        6,445   

Cost of sales

     (87,700     (84,525     (253,698     (249,643
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Gross profit

     68,352        64,412        196,147        187,516   

Selling, general and administrative expenses

     (71,915     (66,468     (200,052     (193,320
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Loss from operations

     (3,563     (2,056     (3,905     (5,804

Interest expense, net

     (892     (1,350     (2,966     (3,888

Loss on extinguishment of debt

     —          —         (2,014     —    
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Loss before taxes

     (4,455     (3,406     (8,885     (9,692

Income tax benefit

     1,692        1,555        3,465        3,920   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net loss

   $ (2,763   $ (1,851   $ (5,420   $ (5,772
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
        

Basic loss per share

   $ (0.14   $ (0.10   $ (0.28   $ (0.30

Diluted loss per share

   $ (0.14   $ (0.10   $ (0.28   $ (0.30
        

Basic weighted average shares outstanding

     19,424        19,363        19,397        19,358   

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

     19,424        19,363        19,397        19,358   

See notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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GORDMANS STORES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in 000’s except share and per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

     October 31,
2015
    January 31,
2015
    November 1,
2014
 

ASSETS

      

CURRENT ASSETS:

      

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 8,860      $ 7,634      $ 12,417   

Accounts receivable

     3,814        3,930        3,400   

Landlord receivable

     2,290        1,559        2,585   

Income taxes receivable

     4,140        8,525        4,312   

Merchandise inventories

     165,082        94,470        150,403   

Deferred income taxes

     2,896        2,895        2,732   

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     9,301        8,535        8,742   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

     196,383        127,548        184,591   

PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, net

     86,443        91,601        89,832   

INTANGIBLE ASSETS, net

     1,820        1,820        1,841   

OTHER ASSETS, net

     4,762        5,908        5,975   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

TOTAL ASSETS

   $ 289,408      $ 226,877      $ 282,239   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

      

CURRENT LIABILITIES:

      

Accounts payable

   $ 111,215      $ 64,349      $ 119,549   

Accrued expenses

     30,256        31,353        32,092   

Current portion of long-term debt

     37,739        12,463        7,133   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     179,210        108,165        158,774   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

NONCURRENT LIABILITIES:

      

Long-term debt, less current portion

     28,428        28,827        44,291   

Deferred rent

     31,147        35,381        33,043   

Deferred income taxes

     16,344        15,636        9,831   

Other liabilities

     188        381        327   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total noncurrent liabilities

     76,107        80,225        87,492   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

      

STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY:

      

Preferred stock — $0.001 par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized, none issued and outstanding as of October 31, 2015, January 31, 2015 and November 1, 2014

     —         —         —    

Common stock — $0.001 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized, 20,116,281 issued and 19,707,648 outstanding as of October 31, 2015, 19,985,256 issued and 19,576,623 outstanding as of January 31, 2015, 19,985,256 issued and 19,576,623 outstanding as of November 1, 2014

     20        20        20   

Additional paid-in capital

     54,887        53,870        53,652   

Accumulated deficit

     (20,816     (15,403     (17,699
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total stockholders’ equity

     34,091        38,487        35,973   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

   $ 289,408      $ 226,877      $ 282,239   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

See notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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GORDMANS STORES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

(in 000’s except share and per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

     Shares of
Common
Stock
    Common
Stock
     Additional
Paid-In
Capital
    Accumulated
Deficit
    Total  

BALANCE, February 1, 2014

     19,420,444      $ 19       $ 53,795      $ (12,009   $ 41,805   

Share-based compensation expense, net of forfeitures

     —         —          107        —         107   

Deferred tax asset shortfall related to share-based compensation expense

     —         —          (235     —         (235

Issuance of restricted stock, net of forfeitures

     160,400        1         —         —         1   

Repurchase of common stock

     (4,221     —          (15     —         (15

Forfeiture of dividends payable on unvested restricted stock

     —         —          —         82        82   

Net loss

     —         —          —         (5,772     (5,772
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

BALANCE, November 1, 2014

     19,576,623      $ 20       $ 53,652      $ (17,699   $ 35,973   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
           

BALANCE, January 31, 2015

     19,576,623      $ 20       $ 53,870      $ (15,403   $ 38,487   

Share-based compensation expense, net of forfeitures

     —         —          1,011        —         1,011   

Issuance of restricted stock, net of forfeitures

     125,200        —          —         —         —    

Exercise of stock options

     5,825        —          31        —         31   

Deferred tax asset shortfall related to share-based compensation expense

     —         —          (26     —         (26

Forfeiture of dividends payable on unvested restricted stock

     —         —          —         7       7   

Tax benefit on stock options exercised

     —         —          1       —         1   

Net loss

     —         —          —         (5,420 )     (5,420
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

BALANCE, October 31, 2015

     19,707,648      $ 20       $ 54,887      $ (20,816   $ 34,091   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

See notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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GORDMANS STORES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in 000’s)

(Unaudited)

 

     39 Weeks
Ended
October 31,
2015
    39 Weeks
Ended
November 1,
2014
 

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

    

Net loss

   $ (5,420   $ (5,772

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:

    

Depreciation and amortization expense

     12,368        9,633   

Write-off of deferred financing fees related to extinguishment of debt

     1,722        —    

Amortization of deferred financing fees

     414        444   

Loss on retirement / sale of property and equipment

     708        346   

Deferred income taxes

     707        361   

Deferred tax asset shortfall related to share-based compensation expense

     (26     (235

Share-based compensation expense, net of forfeitures

     1,011        107   

Net changes in operating assets and liabilities:

    

Accounts, landlord and income taxes receivable

     3,770        983   

Merchandise inventories

     (70,612     (55,692

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     (766     (124

Other assets

     166        (181

Accounts payable

     46,866        76,988   

Deferred rent

     (4,234     1,452   

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

     1,539        6,694   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

     (11,787     35,004   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

    

Purchase of property and equipment

     (14,283     (42,048

Proceeds from sale-leaseback transactions

     3,556        15,849   

Cash received on sale of property and equipment

     —         57   

Proceeds from insurance settlement

     21        39   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

     (10,706     (26,103
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

    

Borrowings on revolving line of credit

     169,350        146,600   

Repayments on revolving line of credit

     (144,493     (148,004

Proceeds from secured term loan

     30,000        —    

Payment of long-term debt

     (29,980     (281

Payment of debt issuance costs

     (863     (476

Payment penalty on early extinguishment of debt

     (292     —    

Dividends paid

     (34     (67

Repurchase of common stock

     —          (15

Proceeds from the exercise of stock options

     31        —    
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

     23,719        (2,243
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

     1,226        6,658   

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, Beginning of period

     7,634        5,759   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, End of period

   $ 8,860      $ 12,417   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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GORDMANS STORES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Dollars in Thousands Except Share Data and Per Share Amounts)

(Unaudited)

A. BASIS OF PRESENTATION AND SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

Basis of Presentation – The condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Gordmans Stores, Inc. (the “Company”) and its subsidiaries, Gordmans Intermediate Holding Corp., Gordmans, Inc., Gordmans Management Company, Inc., Gordmans Distribution Company, Inc. and Gordmans LLC. All intercompany transactions and balances have been eliminated in consolidation. The Company utilizes a 52-53 week fiscal year whereby the fiscal year ends on the Saturday nearest January 31. The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared pursuant to the rules and regulations of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Certain information and disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America have been condensed or omitted pursuant to such rules and regulations. The condensed consolidated balance sheet as of January 31, 2015 was derived from the Company’s audited consolidated balance sheet as of that date. All other condensed consolidated financial statements contained herein are unaudited and reflect all adjustments which are, in the opinion of management, necessary to summarize fairly our financial position and results of operations and cash flows for the periods presented. All of these adjustments are of a normal recurring nature.

Summary of Significant Accounting Policies – The accounting policies followed by the Company are reflected in the notes to the consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2015, included in our fiscal year 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Company’s audited consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2015. Due to the seasonality of our business, the results of operations for any quarter are not necessarily indicative of the operating results for the full fiscal year. In addition, quarterly results of operations can vary based upon the timing and amount of net sales and costs associated with the opening of new stores.

Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements – In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued an accounting standards update (“ASU”) No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, to clarify the principles of recognizing revenue and create common revenue recognition guidance between U.S. GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards. In August 2015, the FASB issued ASU No. 2015-14, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, Deferral of the Effective Date, which defers the effective date of the new revenue recognition standard by one year. As a result, the ASU No. 2014-09 is effective retrospectively for fiscal years and interim periods within those years beginning after December 15, 2017. The Company is currently assessing the potential impact of the ASU on our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

In April 2015, the FASB issued ASU No. 2015-03, Simplifying the Presentation of Debt Issuance Costs, (“ASU No. 2015-03”). ASU 2015-03 requires that debt issuance costs related to a recognized debt liability be presented in the balance sheet as a direct deduction from the carrying amount of that debt liability, consistent with debt discounts. Then, in August 2015, the FASB issued ASU No. 2015-15, Presentation and Subsequent Measurement of Debt Issuance Costs Associated with Line-of-Credit Arrangements (“ASU No. 2015-15”). The amendments in ASU No. 2015-15 address the absence of authoritative guidance within ASU No. 2015-03 for debt issuance costs related to line-of-credit arrangements such that the Securities and Exchange Commission staff would not object to an entity deferring and presenting debt issuance costs as an asset and subsequently amortizing the deferred debt issuance costs ratably over the term of the line-of-credit arrangement, regardless of whether there are any outstanding borrowings on the line-of-credit arrangement. The amendments in these ASU’s are effective retrospectively for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2015. Early adoption is permitted. The Company is currently assessing the impact the guidance will have on its consolidated financial statements.

B. DESCRIPTION OF THE BUSINESS

Gordmans Stores, Inc. operated 102 everyday value priced department stores under the trade name “Gordmans” located in 22 states as of October 31, 2015. Gordmans offers a wide merchandise assortment including apparel and footwear for men, women and children, accessories (including fragrances) and home fashions for up to 60% off department and specialty store regular prices every day in a fun, easy-to-shop environment.

The Company defines an operating segment on the same basis that it uses to evaluate performance internally. The Company has determined that its Chief Executive Officer is the Chief Operating Decision Maker. The Company has one reportable segment. The Company opened six new stores and closed one existing store during the thirty-nine week period ended October 31, 2015 and opened six new stores, relocated an existing store and closed two existing stores during the thirty-nine week period ended November 1, 2014.

 

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The following table reflects the percentage of revenues by major merchandising category:

 

     13 Weeks
Ended
October 31,
2015
    13 Weeks
Ended
November 1,
2014
    39 Weeks
Ended
October 31,
2015
    39 Weeks
Ended
November 1,
2014
 

Apparel

     60.6     61.3     59.2     59.8

Home

     25.0        24.5        25.4        25.1   

Accessories (including fragrances)

     14.4        14.2        15.4        15.1   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

C. PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT

Property and equipment consist of the following:

 

     October 31,
2015
     January 31,
2015
     November 1,
2014
 

Leasehold improvements

   $ 13,215       $ 12,098       $ 11,826   

Furniture, fixtures and equipment

     86,431         81,199         76,976   

Computer software

     27,936         24,496         23,234   

Capitalized leases

     2,402         2,402         2,354   

Construction in progress

     4,583         7,731         8,524   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
     134,567         127,926         122,914   

Less accumulated depreciation and amortization

     (48,124      (36,325      (33,082
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
   $ 86,443       $ 91,601       $ 89,832   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

D. DEBT OBLIGATIONS

Revolving Line of Credit Facility – Gordmans, Inc. (the “Borrower”), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, has an $80.0 million revolving line of credit facility dated February 20, 2009, as amended effective June 29, 2015, with Wells Fargo Bank, National Association (“Wells Fargo”), as the arranger and administrative agent for the lenders. The revolving line of credit facility may be increased by $20.0 million. The agreement expires June 28, 2020, at which time all outstanding indebtedness under the agreement becomes due and payable.

The June 29, 2015 amendment established a $30.0 million secured term loan facility provided by Wells Fargo, Pathlight Capital LLC and Gordon Brothers Finance Company, as discussed below. The amendment changed the 1% early termination fee applicable to the revolving line of credit facility such that the fee is payable if the facility is terminated prior to November 14, 2016 and extended the maturity date of the revolving line of credit facility from August 27, 2018 to June 28, 2020. The amendment also eliminated the seasonal borrowing periods during which periods the applicable interest rate increased by 75 basis points and advance rates under the borrowing base were increased by 5.0%, amended the minimum excess availability covenant, and amended certain negative and affirmative covenant requirements.

The Company had $35.9 million of borrowings outstanding under the revolving line of credit facility as of October 31, 2015, which is included in the current portion of long-term debt as the Company intends to repay the outstanding borrowings within the next twelve months. The Company had $11.0 million and $5.8 million of borrowings outstanding under the revolving line of credit facility as of January 31, 2015 and November 1, 2014, respectively. Average borrowings during the thirty-nine week periods ended October 31, 2015 and November 1, 2014, were $19.5 million and $8.2 million, respectively.

Borrowings under this facility bear interest at various rates, with two rate options at the discretion of management as follows: (1) for base rate advances, borrowings bear interest at the prime rate plus 1.00% when average excess availability is less than or equal to $40.0 million and the prime rate plus 0.75% when average excess availability is greater than $40.0 million, and (2) for LIBOR rate advances, borrowings bear interest at the LIBOR rate plus 2.00% when average excess availability is less than or equal to $40.0 million and the LIBOR rate plus 1.75% when average excess availability is greater than $40.0 million. The Company is required to maintain minimum excess availability under the revolving line of credit facility of at least $20.0 million, the calculation of which now includes up to $3.0 million of unrestricted cash. The Company had $37.6 million, $44.1 million and $67.0 million available to borrow at October 31, 2015, January 31, 2015 and November 1, 2014, respectively. Borrowings under this facility bore interest at a rate of 4.00% under the base rate option at October 31, 2015, and 3.75% at January 31, 2015 and November 1, 2014. The Company had outstanding letters of credit included in the borrowing base totaling approximately $6.5 million, $7.0 million and $7.2 million as of October 31, 2015, January 31, 2015 and November 1, 2014, respectively.

 

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An unused line fee is payable quarterly in an amount equal to 0.25% of the sum of the average daily unused revolver amount during the immediately preceding month plus the average daily balance of the letter of credit usage during the immediately preceding month. An administrative agent fee is also payable under the facility on an annual basis. Borrowings are secured by the Company’s inventory, accounts receivable and all other personal property, except as specifically excluded in the agreement. The revolving line of credit facility has a first lien on all collateral other than term loan priority collateral, as defined in the June 29, 2015 amendment, and a second lien on the term loan priority collateral, as defined in the June 29, 2015 amendment.

Term Loan Facility – The Borrower entered into a $45.0 million senior term loan on August 27, 2013, as amended November 14, 2014, with Cerberus Business Finance, LLC (“Cerberus”) to partially fund the $69.9 million special cash dividend declared in August 2013. This senior term loan with Cerberus was extinguished in full on June 29, 2015 with the proceeds from the new $30.0 million secured term loan facility established by the June 29, 2015 amendment discussed above.

The new secured term loan facility matures on the same date as the revolving line of credit facility and has principal payments of $0.4 million due on a quarterly basis beginning in October 2015 through the maturity date, with the remaining principal due on the maturity date of June 28, 2020. The Company may repay at any time all or a portion of the outstanding principal amount of the new secured term loan facility, subject to a prepayment premium equal to 3.0% in the first year, 1.5% in the second year, 0.5% in the third year and 0.0% thereafter. The term loan facility carries an interest rate equal to the LIBOR rate plus 6.25% with a floor of 1.0%. The interest rate on the new secured term loan facility was 7.25% at October 31, 2015 which compares to the Cerberus senior term loan interest rate of 9.5% at January 31, 2015 and November 1, 2014. The secured term loan facility includes a borrowing base in addition to the revolving loan borrowing base. The secured term loan facility is secured by the same collateral as the revolving line of credit facility but has a priority lien on real estate, fixtures, equipment, intellectual property and books, records, permits, licenses, insurance and proceeds thereof and a second lien on the revolving priority collateral, as defined in the June 29, 2015 amendment.

The Cerberus senior term loan had a maturity date of August 27, 2018, with payments of $0.3 million due on a quarterly basis from October 2014 through October 2015 and payments of $0.4 million due on a quarterly basis beginning in January 2016 through the maturity date, with the remaining principal due on the maturity date. The Cerberus senior term loan was secured on a second lien basis by the Company’s inventory, accounts receivable and all other personal property, except as specifically excluded in the agreement. In connection with the extinguishment of the Cerberus senior term loan, the Company wrote off deferred financing fees of $1.7 million and paid a prepayment penalty of $0.3 million, which was equal to 1.0% of the outstanding principal balance at the time of the loan extinguishment. These expenses are recorded as loss on extinguishment of debt in the condensed consolidated statement of operations during the second quarter of fiscal year 2015.

Among other provisions, the Company’s debt agreement with Wells Fargo contains customary affirmative and negative covenants, including a negative covenant that restricts the level and form of indebtedness entered into by the Company or its wholly owned subsidiaries. Exceptions to this covenant include borrowings under our $30.0 million senior term loan and, subject to certain conditions, indebtedness not to exceed $10.0 million in the aggregate in connection with all acquisitions occurring after February 20, 2009. The revolving line of credit facility also includes a negative covenant that restricts dividends and other upstream distributions by the Company and its subsidiaries to the extent the Company does not meet minimum excess availability thresholds. Exceptions to this covenant include dividends or other upstream distributions: (i) by subsidiaries of Gordmans, Inc. to Gordmans, Inc. and its other subsidiaries, (ii) that consist of repurchases of stock of employees in an amount not to exceed $0.5 million in any fiscal year, (iii) that consist of the payment of taxes on behalf of any employee, officer or director of the Company for vested restricted stock of the Company owned by such employee, officer or director, (iv) to the Company to pay federal, state and local income taxes and franchise taxes solely arising out of the consolidated operations of the Company and its subsidiaries, (v) to the Company to pay certain reasonable directors’ fees and out-of-pocket expenses, reasonable and customary indemnities to directors, officers and employees and other expenses in connection with ordinary corporate governance, overhead, legal and accounting and maintenance and (vi) dividends so long as no event of default exists, projected excess availability for the next twelve months is greater than $35.0 million and 30% of the loan cap and the fixed charge coverage ratio is greater than 1.0 to 1.0 on a historical and projected basis. The agreement also includes a negative covenant that restricts subsidiaries of the Company from making any loans to the Company. Should the Company default on scheduled repayment of the secured term loan facility, Wells Fargo may make any outstanding obligations under the agreement immediately due and payable. As of October 31, 2015, the Company was in compliance with all of its debt covenants.

 

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Long-term Debt – Long-term debt consists of the following:

 

     October 31,
2015
     January 31,
2015
     November 1,
2014
 

Revolving line of credit facility

   $ 35,891       $ 11,034       $ 5,846   

Senior term loan

     29,580         29,437         44,719   

Capital lease obligations

     696         819         859   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total long-term debt

     66,167         41,290         51,424   

Less current portion of long-term debt

     (37,739      (12,463      (7,133
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Long-term debt, less current portion

   $ 28,428       $ 28,827       $ 44,291   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

At October 31, 2015, annual maturities of long-term debt during the next five fiscal years and thereafter were as follows:

 

Remainder of 2015

   $ 447   

2016

     1,849   

2017

     1,856   

2018

     1,863   

2019

     1,821   

2020

     58,331   
  

 

 

 

Total long-term debt

   $ 66,167   
  

 

 

 

Financial Instruments – Based on the borrowing rates currently available to the Company for debt with similar terms and the variable interest rate of the term loan dated June 29, 2015, the fair value of the term loan approximates its carrying amount of $29.6 million at October 31, 2015. Fair value approximates the carrying value of the outstanding balance on the revolving line of credit facility due to both the short-term nature of these borrowings and the variable interest rates of this agreement. For all other financial instruments including cash and cash equivalents, receivables, accounts payable and accrued expenses, the carrying amounts approximate fair value due to the short maturity of those instruments.

E. LEASES

The Company has entered into short and long term operating lease agreements. These leases relate to retail store locations, the distribution centers and the corporate headquarters. The leases expire on various dates through the year 2029 with most of the leases containing renewal options. Leases for retail store locations typically have base lease terms of 10 years with one or more renewal periods, usually for five years. Certain retail store leases contain provisions for additional rent based on varying percentages of net sales. Leases for the second distribution center and the corporate headquarters have base lease terms of 15 years with multiple renewal periods. In fiscal 2014, the Company entered into capital lease arrangements for computer hardware and related software with a lease term of 5 years.

Future minimum lease payments, by year, under operating leases and future obligations under non-cancelable leases, by year, as of October 31, 2015 are as follows:

 

     Operating
Leases
     Capital
Leases
 

Remainder of 2015

   $ 14,021       $ 30   

2016

     55,727         192   

2017

     53,202         192   

2018

     48,307         192   

2019

     43,486         143   

2020 and thereafter

     146,516         —    
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total minimum lease payments

   $ 361,259         749   
  

 

 

    

Less: capital lease amount representing interest

        (53
     

 

 

 

Present value of minimum lease payments

        696   

Less: current maturities of capital lease obligations

        (168
     

 

 

 

Noncurrent maturities of capital lease obligations

      $ 528   
     

 

 

 

 

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F. SHARE BASED COMPENSATION

The Gordmans Stores, Inc. 2010 Omnibus Incentive Compensation Plan (the “2010 Plan”) provides for grants of stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock, restricted stock units, performance awards, dividend equivalents and other share-based awards. Directors, officers and other associates of the Company and its subsidiaries, as well as others performing consulting or advisory services, are eligible for grants under the 2010 Plan. As of October 31, 2015, an aggregate of 4,573,086 shares of the Company’s common stock were reserved under the 2010 Plan, subject to adjustments for stock splits and other actions affecting the Company’s common stock. The exercise price of an option granted under the 2010 Plan will not be less than 100% of the fair value of a share of the Company’s common stock on the date of grant, provided the exercise price of an incentive stock option granted to a person holding greater than 10% of the Company’s voting power may not be less than 110% of such fair value on such date. The term of each option may not exceed ten years or, in the case of an incentive stock option granted to a ten percent stockholder, five years. Under the 2010 Plan, in the event of a dividend or other distribution other than regular cash dividends, recapitalization, or other transactions or events affecting the Company’s common stock, the Company must equitably adjust the number of shares of common stock subject to outstanding stock options and restricted stock and must adjust the exercise price of any outstanding stock options.

There were 1,395,897 shares of common stock available for future grants under the 2010 Plan at October 31, 2015.

Restricted Stock – A summary of restricted stock activity during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 is set forth in the table below:

 

     Number
of
Shares
     Weighted Average
Grant Date
Fair Value
 

Non-vested, January 31, 2015

     209,770       $ 6.21   

Granted

     150,000         5.67   

Forfeited

     (24,800      6.09   

Vested

     (55,340      6.39   
  

 

 

    

Non-vested, October 31, 2015

     279,630       $ 5.91   
  

 

 

    

Restricted stock vests at rates of 20% per year over five years, 25% per year over four years or 33 1 / 3 % per year over three years, as applicable. Unrecognized compensation expense on the restricted stock was $1.4 million at October 31, 2015, which is expected to be recognized over a period of 1.8 years.

Performance Shares – The Board of Directors granted 97,900 and 6,000 performance shares on June 5, 2015 and September 21, 2015, respectively, to be awarded in the form of common stock to officers and other associates of the Company if certain market condition criteria are achieved. The performance shares vest at the end of fiscal year 2017 if certain criteria are achieved provided the participant is then employed by the Company. Vesting of these potentially issuable shares are dependent upon the Company’s total shareholder return for the three-year measurement period compared to a pre-determined group of retail peer competitors. If the Company’s total shareholder return is at the high end of the pre-determined group of retail peer competitors, the maximum amount of shares available to be issued pursuant to this award is 194,600 performance shares or 200% of the 97,300 performance shares which are non-vested on October 31, 2015. The actual number of performance shares that will ultimately vest is based on the actual percentile ranking of the Company’s total shareholder return compared to the peer performance at the end of fiscal year 2017.

A summary of performance share activity during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 is set forth in the table below:

 

     Number
of
Shares
 

Non-vested, January 31, 2015

     —     

Granted

     103,900   

Forfeited

     (6,600
  

 

 

 

Non-vested, October 31, 2015

     97,300   
  

 

 

 

 

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The Company used the Monte Carlo valuation model to estimate the fair value of the performance shares on the date of the grant. The weighted average assumptions used by the Company in applying the Monte Carlo valuation model for option grants during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 are illustrated in the following table:

 

     39 Weeks
Ended
October 31,
2015
 

Risk-free interest rate

     0.9

Dividend yield

     0.0

Expected volatility

     51.0

The Monte Carlo valuation also estimated the number of performance shares that would be awarded which is reflected in the fair value on the grant date. The Monte Carlo valuation assumed 159.9% of the performance shares granted would be awarded at the end of fiscal year 2017 based upon the estimated Company’s total shareholder return relative to peer performance. Accordingly, stock compensation expense of $1.0 million, excluding forfeitures will be recognized over the vesting period of these performance share awards. Unrecognized compensation expense on the performance shares was $0.8 million at October 31, 2015, which is expected to be recognized over a period of 2.25 years.

Stock Options - A summary of stock option activity during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 is set forth in the table below:

 

     Number      Weighted
Average
Exercise
Price
     Weighted
Average
Remaining
Contractual
Term
(in Years)
     Aggregate
Intrinsic
Value (1)
 

Outstanding, January 31, 2015

     1,326,143       $ 7.50         

Granted

     682,000         5.72         

Exercised

     (5,825      5.22         

Forfeited

     (135,457      6.21         
  

 

 

          

Outstanding, October 31, 2015

     1,866,861         6.95         8.2       $ —     

Exercisable, October 31, 2015

     559,772         9.98         6.7         —    

Exercisable or expected to vest as of October 31, 2015

     1,743,277         6.90         8.3         —    

 

(1) The aggregate intrinsic value for stock options is the difference between the current market value of the Company’s stock as of October 31, 2015 and the option strike price. The stock price at October 31, 2015 was $3.09, which was below the weighted average exercise price for options exercisable at October 31, 2015.

The Company received $31 thousand of proceeds from the exercise of stock options during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015, which is reflected as a financing cash inflow in the condensed consolidated statement of cash flows. The aggregate intrinsic value of stock options exercised during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 was $10 thousand. There were no stock option exercises during the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014.

The Company used the Black-Scholes option valuation model to estimate fair value of the options. This model requires an estimate of the volatility of the Company’s share price. Given the Company’s shares or options have not been publicly traded for a period equal to the option term, the Company determined that it was not practical to use the historical volatility of its share price as the sole estimate of volatility. The Company accounts for equity share options based on the Black-Scholes option valuation model using a mix of the historical volatility of the Company’s share price and the historical volatility of an appropriate industry sector index. The historical volatility was calculated using comparisons to peers in the Company’s market sector, which was chosen due to the proximity of size and industry to the Company over the expected term of the option.

In determining the expense to be recorded for options, the significant assumptions utilized in applying the Black-Scholes option valuation model are the risk-free interest rate, expected term, dividend yield and expected volatility. The risk-free interest rate is the implied yield currently available on U.S. Treasury zero-coupon issues with a remaining term approximating the expected term used as the assumption in the model. The expected term of the option awards is estimated using the simplified method, or the average of the vesting period and the original contractual term.

 

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The weighted average assumptions used by the Company in applying the Black-Scholes valuation model for option grants during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 are illustrated in the following table:

 

     39 Weeks
Ended
October 31,
2015

Risk-free interest rate

   1.7% -  2.0%

Dividend yield

   2.0%

Expected volatility

   39.0% -  40.0%

Expected life (years)

   6.25

Weighted average fair value of options granted

   $1.88

Stock options have ten-year contractual terms and vest at rates of either 20% per year over five years or 25% per year over four years as applicable. None of the stock options outstanding at October 31, 2015 were subject to performance or market-based vesting conditions. As of October 31, 2015, the unrecognized compensation expense on stock options was $2.1 million, which is expected to be recognized over a weighted average period of 1.9 years.

Share-based compensation expense is recorded in selling, general and administrative expenses in the consolidated statements of operations. For the thirteen week periods ended October 31, 2015 and November 1, 2014, share-based compensation expense was $0.4 million and $0.3 million, respectively. Share-based compensation expense was $1.0 million for the thirty-nine period ended October 31, 2015 and $0.1 million for the thirty-nine period ended November 1, 2014. For the thirty-nine week period ended November 1, 2014, the Company recorded a share-based compensation benefit of $0.5 million related to the forfeiture of unvested share-based awards granted to the Company’s former chief executive officer, who retired effective March 25, 2014, and the Company’s former chief merchandising officer, who retired effective May 28, 2014, and a $0.1 million benefit resulting from changes in the forfeiture rates used to measure share-based compensation expense based on actual historical and expected future forfeitures. The remaining share-based compensation expense for the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014 was $0.8 million.

G. LOSS PER SHARE

The following is a reconciliation of the outstanding shares utilized in the computation of the loss per share:

 

     13 Weeks
Ended
October 31,
2015
     13 Weeks
Ended
November 1,
2014
     39 Weeks
Ended
October 31,
2015
     39 Weeks
Ended
November 1,
2014
 

Basic weighted average shares outstanding

     19,424,184         19,362,749         19,396,781         19,358,354   

Dilutive effect of share-based awards

     —          —          —          —    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

     19,424,184         19,362,749         19,396,781         19,358,354   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

The anti-dilutive effect of 1,855,035 and 1,602,550 stock options has been excluded from diluted weighted average shares outstanding for the thirteen and thirty-nine week period ended October 31, 2015, respectively. The anti-dilutive effect of 1,211,044 and 1,068,039 stock options has been excluded from diluted weighted average shares outstanding for the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014, respectively.

 

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H. SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOW INFORMATION

The following table sets forth non-cash investing activities and other cash flow information:

 

     13 Weeks
Ended
October 31,
2015
    13 Weeks
Ended
November 1,
2014
    39 Weeks
Ended
October 31,
2015
    39 Weeks
Ended
November 1,
2014
 

Non-cash investing and financing activities:

        

Purchases of property and equipment in accrued expenses at the end of the period

   $ 1,090      $ 2,558      $ 1,090      $ 2,558   

Sales of property and equipment pursuant to sale-leaseback accounting

     465        3,728        8,333        12,477   

Dividends payable forfeited on unvested restricted stock

     7        14        7        82   

Purchases of equipment with capital lease commitments and financing arrangement

     —          872        —          872   

Deferred financing fees in accrued expenses at the end of the period

     33        —          33        —     

Other cash flow information:

        

Cash paid for interest, net

     843        1,111        2,178        3,419   

Cash received for income taxes, net

     (8,552     (3,592     (8,531     (3,505

Sales of property and equipment pursuant to sale-leaseback accounting represents the amount of structural assets sold to the landlord at the completion of construction for which the Company was deemed the owner during the construction period, pursuant to sale-leaseback accounting, and for which no cash was received upon transfer of ownership.

I. RELATED PARTY DISCLOSURE

The Company has a services agreement with Sun Capital Partners Management V, LLC (“Sun Capital Management”), an affiliate of the private equity firm Sun Capital Partners, Inc. (“Sun Capital”) to (1) reimburse Sun Capital Management for out-of-pocket expenses incurred in providing consulting services to the Company and (2) provide Sun Capital Management with customary indemnification for any such services. Sun Capital was reimbursed $3 thousand and $62 thousand during the thirteen week periods ended October 31, 2015 and November 1, 2014 and $23 thousand and $0.3 million during the thirty-nine week periods ended October 31, 2015 and November 1, 2014, respectively. Expenses incurred during the thirty-nine week period ended November 1, 2014 include reimbursement payments to Sun Capital for third party professional consulting services related to the search for a chief executive officer following the retirement of our former chief executive officer during the first quarter of fiscal 2014. Additionally, the Company purchased merchandise inventories of $0.9 million and $1.0 million in the normal course of business from merchandise vendors which are Sun Capital affiliates during the thirteen week periods ended October 31, 2015 and November 1, 2014, and $1.5 million and $1.4 million during the thirty-nine week periods ended October 31, 2015 and November 1, 2014, respectively.

ITEM 2.

MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

This Quarterly Report contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this Quarterly Report are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements give our current expectations and projections relating to our financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, future performance and business. You can identify forward-looking statements by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. These statements may include words such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “plan,” “intend,” “believe,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “can have,” “likely” and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of the timing or nature of future operating or financial performance or other events. For example, all statements we make relating to our estimated and projected costs, expenditures, cash flows, growth rates and financial results, our plans and objectives for future operations, growth or initiatives, or strategies or the expected outcome or impact of pending or threatened litigation are forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those that we expected, including the factors described in “Item 1A – Risk Factors” in our fiscal year 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

The forward-looking statements are only predictions based on our current expectations and our projections about future events. We derive many of our forward-looking statements from our operating budgets and forecasts, which are based upon many detailed assumptions. While we believe that our assumptions are reasonable, we caution that it is very difficult to predict the impact of known factors, and it is impossible for us to anticipate all factors that could affect our actual results. All written and oral forward-looking

 

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statements attributable to us, or persons acting on our behalf, are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements as well as other cautionary statements that are made from time to time in our other Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filings and public communications. You should evaluate all forward-looking statements made in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q in the context of these risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements included herein are made only as of the date hereof. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law.

The following discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with our fiscal year 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K and the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and the related notes thereto included in Item 1. Consolidated Financial Statements of this Quarterly Report.

Executive Overview

Gordmans is an everyday value price department store featuring a large selection of brands, fashions and styles at up to 60% off department and specialty store prices every day in a fun, easy-to-shop environment. Our merchandise assortment includes apparel and footwear for men, women and children, accessories (including fragrances) and home fashions. The origins of Gordmans date back to 1915, and as of October 31, 2015, we operated 102 stores in 22 states situated in a variety of shopping center developments, including regional enclosed shopping malls, lifestyle centers and power centers. We also operate an e-commerce site at Gordmans.com where it provides shoppers with a broad selection of merchandise in a convenient, user-friendly digital platform.

We opened six new stores during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015, which included two new stores opened during the third quarter of fiscal 2015. This compares to opening six stores during the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014, which included one new store opened during the third quarter of fiscal 2014. We also closed one existing store during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 compared to relocating one existing store and closing two existing stores during the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014.

In assessing the performance of our business, we consider a variety of performance and financial measures. These key measures include net sales and comparable store sales and other individual store performance factors, gross profit and selling, general and administrative expenses.

Net Sales . Net sales reflect our revenues from the sale of our merchandise less returns and discounts and exclusive of sales tax. Net sales include comparable store sales and non-comparable store sales.

Comparable Store Sales . Comparable store sales have been calculated based upon stores that were open at least 16 months as of the end of the reporting period. Comparable store sales include stores that were relocated or remodeled and exclude stores that are closed. Comparable store sales are assessed on both an owned and licensed basis, which includes the impact to growth in comparable sales of departments where we own the inventory or departments which are licensed to third parties. We also review the average sale per transaction, comparable store transactions, store traffic and sales conversion rates. Comparable store sales are an important indicator of current operating performance, with higher comparable store sales helping us to leverage our fixed expenses and positively impacting our operating results.

Gross Profit . Gross profit is equal to our net sales minus cost of sales, plus license fee income generated from sales of footwear and maternity apparel in our leased departments. Cost of sales includes the direct cost of purchased merchandise, inbound freight to our distribution center, inventory shrinkage and inventory write-downs. Gross profit margin measures gross profit as a percentage of our net sales. Our gross profit may not be comparable to other retailers, as some companies include all of the costs related to their distribution network in cost of sales while others, like us, exclude a portion of these costs from cost of sales and include those costs in selling, general and administrative expenses. Our gross profit margin is a function of initial markup less markdowns, with higher initial markup and lower markdowns positively impacting our operating results.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses . Selling, general and administrative expenses include all operating costs not included in cost of sales. These expenses include payroll and other expenses related to operations at our corporate office, store expenses, occupancy costs, certain distribution and warehousing costs, pre-opening and closing expenses, depreciation and amortization and advertising expense. Our ability to manage store level and certain other operating expenses directly impacts our operating results.

Overview

The net loss for the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 was $2.8 million and $5.4 million, respectively, as compared to a net loss of $1.9 million and $5.8 million, respectively, for the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014. The net loss for the thirteen weeks ended October 31, 2015 was primarily due to an increase in selling, general and administrative expenses related to higher store pre-opening and closing expenses, higher depreciation expense, an increased investment in advertising, and the addition of e-commerce, partially offset by a decrease in interest expense and a 50 basis point increase in gross profit margin. The improvement in the loss for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 was primarily due to higher net sales attributable to new stores and an 80 basis point increase in gross profit margin, partially offset by an increase in selling, general and administrative expenses and loss on extinguishment of debt. Below are highlights of our financial results for the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015.

 

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    Net sales increased 4.9% and 2.9%, respectively, for the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 as compared to the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014. Higher net sales were driven by an increase in non-comparable store sales due to the addition of new stores in fiscal year 2014, one of which opened in the third quarter of fiscal 2014, and the six new stores opened during the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2015, two of which opened in the third quarter of fiscal 2015. On an owned basis, comparable store sales increased 0.8% for the thirteen weeks ended October 31, 2015 and declined 0.8% during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015, as compared to a decline of 6.8% and 4.8% for the same periods in the prior year. Comparable store sales on an owned and licensed basis increased 0.3% and decreased 0.8%, respectively, for the thirteen and twenty-six weeks ended October 31, 2015 as compared to the prior year. We launched our e-commerce operations at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2015.

 

    Gross profit margin increased 50 basis points during the thirteen weeks ended October 31, 2015 and 80 basis point during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015, as compared to the thirteen weeks and thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014, primarily as a result of lower merchandise inventory markdowns.

 

    Selling, general and administrative expenses increased 140 basis points to 46.7% of net sales for the thirteen weeks ended October 31, 2015 compared to 45.3% of net sales for the thirteen weeks ended November 1, 2014 and increased 20 basis points to 45.1% for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 compared to 44.9% for the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014.

Basis of Presentation and Results of Operations

The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Gordmans Stores, Inc. and its subsidiaries, Gordmans Intermediate Holding Corp., Gordmans, Inc., Gordmans Management Company, Inc., Gordmans Distribution Company, Inc. and Gordmans LLC. All intercompany transactions and balances have been eliminated in consolidation. We utilize a typical retail 52-53 week fiscal year whereby the fiscal year ends on the Saturday nearest January 31. Fiscal years 2015 and 2014 represent fifty-two week years ending January 30, 2016 and ended January 31, 2015, respectively. All references to fiscal years are to the calendar year in which the fiscal year begins. The thirteen weeks ended October 31, 2015 and November 1, 2014 represent the third quarter of fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2014, respectively. The thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 and November 1, 2014 represent the first three quarters of 2015 and fiscal 2014, respectively.

The table below sets forth the consolidated statements of operations data for the periods presented (in thousands):

 

     13 Weeks
Ended
October 31,
2015
     13 Weeks
Ended
November 1,
2014
     39 Weeks
Ended
October 31,
2015
     39 Weeks
Ended
November 1,
2014
 

Statements of Operation Data:

           

Net sales

   $ 153,856       $ 146,653       $ 443,230       $ 430,714   

License fees from leased departments

     2,196         2,284         6,615         6,445   

Cost of sales

     (87,700      (84,525      (253,698      (249,643
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Gross profit

     68,352         64,412         196,147         187,516   

Selling, general and administrative expenses

     (71,915      (66,468      (200,052      (193,320
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Loss from operations

     (3,563      (2,056      (3,905      (5,804

Interest expense, net

     (892      (1,350      (2,966      (3,888

Loss on extinguishment of debt

     —           —           (2,014      —     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Loss before taxes

     (4,455      (3,406      (8,885      (9,692

Income tax benefit

     1,692         1,555         3,465         3,920   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net loss

   $ (2,763    $ (1,851    $ (5,420    $ (5,772
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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The table below sets forth the components of the consolidated statements of operations as a percentage of net sales:

 

     13 Weeks
Ended
October 31,
2015  (1)
    13 Weeks
Ended
November 1,
2014  (1)
    39 Weeks
Ended
October 31,
2015  (1)
    39 Weeks
Ended
November 1,
2014  (1)
 

Net sales

     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0

License fees from leased departments

     1.4        1.6        1.5        1.5   

Cost of sales

     (57.0     (57.6     (57.2     (58.0
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Gross profit

     44.4        43.9        44.3        43.5   

Selling, general and administrative expenses

     (46.7     (45.3     (45.1     (44.9
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Loss from operations

     (2.3     (1.4     (0.9     (1.3

Interest expense, net

     (0.6     (0.9     (0.7     (0.9

Loss on extinguishment of debt

     —          —          (0.5     —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Loss before taxes

     (2.9     (2.3     (2.0     (2.3

Income tax benefit

     1.1        1.1        0.8        0.9   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net loss

     (1.8 )%      (1.3 )%      (1.2 )%      (1.3 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

(1) Percentages may not foot due to rounding.

Thirteen Weeks Ended October 31, 2015 Compared to Thirteen Weeks Ended November 1, 2014

Net Sales

Net sales for the thirteen weeks ended October 31, 2015 increased $7.2 million, or 4.9%, to $153.9 million as compared to $146.7 million for the thirteen weeks ended November 1, 2014. This increase was primarily the result of a $6.0 million increase in non-comparable store sales due to the opening of new stores in fiscal 2014 and the opening of six new stores during the first nine months of fiscal 2015, two of which opened during the thirteen weeks ended October 31, 2015. Owned comparable store sales increased $1.2 million, or 0.8% while owned and licensed comparable store sales increased 0.3% during the thirteen weeks ended October 31, 2015. The comparable store sales increase was impacted by a mid-single digit increase in the average sale per transaction, partially offset by a decrease in comparable transactions, which represents our measure for guest traffic. From a major merchandising category perspective, Accessories (including fragrances) and Home Fashions generated low-single digit comparable store sales increases, while Apparel experienced a low-single digit comparable store sales decrease for the thirteen weeks ended October 31, 2015 compared to the thirteen weeks ended November 1, 2014. Additionally, our e-commerce operations were launched at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2015.

License Fees from Leased Departments

License fee income related to sales of merchandise in leased departments was $2.2 million, or 1.4% of net sales, for the thirteen weeks ended October 31, 2015 and $2.3 million, or 1.6% of net sales, for the thirteen weeks ended November 1, 2014.

Gross Profit

Gross profit, which includes license fees from leased departments, for the thirteen weeks ended October 31, 2015 increased $3.9 million, or 6.1%, to $68.4 million as compared to $64.4 million for the thirteen weeks ended November 1, 2014. Gross profit margin increased 50 basis points to 44.4% of net sales as compared to 43.9% of net sales for the third quarter of 2014. The 50 basis point increase in gross profit was due primarily to lower merchandise inventory markdowns.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

Selling, general and administrative expenses during the thirteen weeks ended October 31, 2015 increased $5.4 million, or 8.2%, to $71.9 million as compared to $66.5 million for the thirteen weeks ended November 1, 2014. As a percentage of net sales, selling, general and administrative expenses were 46.7% for the thirteen weeks ended October 31, 2015 compared to 45.3% for the thirteen weeks ended November 1, 2014.

 

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Store expenses increased $2.5 million in the thirteen weeks ended October 31, 2015 as compared to the thirteen weeks ended November 1, 2014 primarily due to increased payroll, occupancy, and utilities expenses associated with the six stores opened in the first three quarters of fiscal 2014 and six new stores opened in the first three quarters fiscal 2015, as well as higher health and workers compensation insurance costs. Store expenses were 28.4% of net sales in the third quarter of fiscal 2015, a 30 basis point increase compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2014, primarily due to the addition of e-commerce, higher health insurance and workers compensation insurance costs.

Corporate expenses increased $1.3 million or 60 basis points in the thirteen weeks ended October 31, 2015 as compared to the thirteen weeks ended November 1, 2014, primarily due to an increase of $0.5 million related to executive management changes, an increase in corporate benefit expenses of $0.3 million, primarily related to health insurance costs and vacation expense, an increase of $0.3 million due to new staff positions to support our e-commerce growth and increased information technology expenses of $0.2 million due to the continued investment to support our growth and upgrading our information technology systems.

Depreciation and amortization expenses increased $0.7 million, or 30 basis points as a percentage of net sales, in the thirteen weeks ended October 31, 2015 as compared to the thirteen weeks ended November 1, 2014 due to increased property additions associated with new store openings, as well as investments in upgrading our information technology systems.

Advertising expenses increased $0.7 million, or 30 basis points as a percentage of net sales, in the thirteen weeks ended October 31, 2015 as compared to the thirteen weeks ended November 1, 2014 due primarily to changes in our marketing strategy regarding television advertising during key selling periods which results in more advertising in the third quarter of fiscal 2015.

Pre-opening and closing expenses increased $0.5 million, or 30 basis points as a percentage of net sales, in the thirteen weeks ended October 31, 2015 due to one store closed during the third quarter of fiscal year 2015, and opening two new stores in the third quarter of fiscal 2015 as compared to one store opened in the third quarter of fiscal 2014.

Distribution center expenses decreased $0.2 million, or 40 basis points as a percentage of net sales, in the thirteen weeks ended October 31, 2015 primarily due to lower processing costs during the third quarter of fiscal year 2015 compared to the third quarter of fiscal year 2014.

Interest Expense, Net

Interest expense, net for the thirteen weeks ended October 31, 2015 decreased $0.5 million to $0.9 million compared to $1.4 million for the thirteen weeks ended November 1, 2014 due primarily to the $15.0 million early payment of the senior term loan in November 2014 and a 225 basis point reduction of the interest rate on the refinanced term loan during the second quarter of fiscal 2015.

Loss before Taxes

The net loss before taxes for the thirteen weeks ended October 31, 2015 increased to $4.5 million compared to the loss before taxes of $3.4 million in the thirteen weeks ended November 1, 2014. As a percentage of net sales, the loss before taxes was 2.9% of net sales for the thirteen weeks ended October 31, 2015 compared to the loss before taxes of 2.3% of net sales for the thirteen weeks ended November 1, 2014.

Income Tax Benefit

The income tax benefit for the thirteen weeks ended October 31, 2015 was $1.7 million compared to an income tax benefit of $1.6 million for the thirteen weeks ended November 1, 2014. The effective income tax rate for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 was 38.0% compared to an effective income tax rate of 45.7% for the third quarter of fiscal 2014. During the third quarter of fiscal 2014, the estimated effective annual income tax expense rate for fiscal 2014 was decreased from 37.5% to 36.3%. The effective income tax rate differed from the federal enacted rate of 35% primarily due to federal tax credits and state taxes, net of benefits.

Net Loss

The loss for the thirteen weeks ended October 31, 2015 was $2.8 million compared to a net loss of $1.9 million for the thirteen weeks ended November 1, 2014.

 

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Thirty-nine Weeks Ended October 31, 2015 Compared to Thirty-nine Weeks Ended November 1, 2014

Net Sales

Net sales for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 increased $12.5 million, or 2.9%, to $443.2 million as compared to $430.7 million for the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014. This increase was the result of a $16.0 million increase in non-comparable store sales due to the addition of new store openings in fiscal 2014, one of which opened in the third quarter of fiscal 2014, and the opening of six new stores in the first three quarters of fiscal 2015, two of which opened in the third quarter of fiscal 2015. Owned comparable store sales and owned and licensed comparable store sales both decreased 0.8% during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015. The comparable store sales decrease was primarily due to a mid-single digit decrease in comparable transactions, which represents our measure for guest traffic, partially offset by a mid-single digit increase in the average sale per transaction. From a major merchandising category perspective, Apparel and Home Fashions experienced a low-single digit comparable store sales decreases while Accessories (including fragrances) experienced low-single digit increase for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 compared to the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014. Additionally, our e-commerce operations were launched at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2015.

License Fees from Leased Departments

License fee income related to sales of merchandise in leased departments for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 increased $0.2 million, or 2.6%, to $6.6 million.

Gross Profit

Gross profit, which includes license fees from leased departments, for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 increased $8.6 million, or 4.6%, to $196.1 million as compared to $187.5 million for the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014. Gross profit margin increased 80 basis points to 44.3% of net sales as compared to 43.5% of net sales for the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014. The 80 basis point increase was primarily due to lower merchandise inventory markdowns.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 increased $6.7 million, or 3.5%, to $200.1 million as compared to $193.3 million for the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014. As a percentage of net sales, selling, general and administrative expenses increased to 45.1% during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 as compared to 44.9% during the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014, a 20 basis point increase, primarily due to higher depreciation expenses partially offset by lower pre-opening and closing expenses.

Store expenses increased $4.4 million for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 as compared to the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014 due to increased payroll and real estate expenses associated with new store growth. Store expenses were 27.9% of net sales in the first three quarters fiscal of 2015 as compared to 27.7% of net sales in the first three quarters of fiscal 2014, a 20 basis point increase, primarily resulting from higher store payroll expenses as a percentage of net sales.

Depreciation and amortization expenses increased $2.7 million, or 60 basis points as a percentage of net sales, for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 as compared to the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014 due to increased property additions associated with new store openings and investments in upgrading our information technology systems.

Corporate expenses increased $1.1 million for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 as compared to the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014 primarily due to an increase in share based compensation expense of $0.9 million during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015, associated with the executive forfeitures of share-based awards recorded in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014 with the former CEO and CMO separations in fiscal 2014, and new staff positions to support our e-commerce growth partially offset by lower recruiting and relocation costs. Corporate expenses were 6.6% of net sales during the first three quarters of fiscal 2015 compared to 6.5% of net sales during the first three quarters of fiscal 2014.

The $0.5 million increase in distribution center expenses was primarily the result of higher payroll expense necessary to process higher merchandise inventory receipts for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015, partially off-set by a benefit associated with higher capitalized freight due to higher merchandise inventory levels compared to the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014. Distribution center expenses were 4.7% of net sales for both the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 and the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014.

Advertising expenses decreased $0.7 million for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 as compared to the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014 primarily due to changes in our marketing strategy regarding television advertising during key selling periods. Advertising expenses were 2.4% of net sales during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 as compared to 2.7% of net sales during the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014.

 

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Pre-opening and closing expenses decreased $1.3 million, or 30 basis points as a percentage of net sales, for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 compared to the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014. This decrease was primarily the result of expenses associated with our second distribution center which opened at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2014, opening six new stores in the first three quarters of fiscal 2015 as compared to six new stores and one relocated store opened in the first three quarters of fiscal 2014. The Company also closed one store during the first three quarters of fiscal 2015 compared to two store closures during the first three quarters of fiscal 2014.

Interest Expense

Interest expense, net for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 decreased $0.9 million to $3.0 million due to the $15.0 million early payment of the senior term loan in November 2014 and the term loan refinancing during the second quarter of fiscal 2015 which resulted in a 225 basis point reduction of the interest rate.

Loss on Extinguishment of Debt

The loss on extinguishment of debt for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 of $2.0 million was the result of extinguishing in full the senior term loan with Cerberus Business Finance, LLC. The loss on extinguishment of debt includes the write off of deferred financing fees of $1.7 million related to the extinguished senior term loan during the second quarter of fiscal 2015, as well as a $0.3 million penalty on the early extinguishment of the term loan.

Loss before Taxes

The loss before taxes for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 decreased to $8.9 million compared to the loss before taxes of $9.7 million in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014. As a percentage of net sales, the loss before taxes was 2.0% of net sales for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 compared to the loss before taxes of 2.3% of net sales for the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014.

Income Tax Benefit

The income tax benefit for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 was $3.5 million compared to income tax benefit of $3.9 million for the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014. The effective income tax rate for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 was 39.0% compared to an effective income tax rate of 40.5% for the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014. The effective income tax rate differed from the federal enacted rate of 35% primarily due to federal tax credits and state taxes, net of benefits.

Net Loss

The net loss for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 was $5.4 million compared to a net loss of $5.8 million for the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014.

Seasonality

Our business is subject to seasonal fluctuations, which are typical of retailers that carry a similar merchandise offering. A disproportionate amount of our sales and net income are realized during the fourth fiscal quarter, which includes the holiday selling season. In fiscal years 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively, 32.1%, 32.3% and 33.3% of our net sales were generated in the fourth quarter. Our business is also subject, at certain times, to calendar shifts, which may occur during key selling periods close to holidays such as Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas and regional fluctuations for events such as sales tax holidays.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Our primary ongoing cash requirements are for operating expenses, inventory, new store capital investment, investments in our information technology (including our e-commerce operations which were launched at the end of the second quarter of 2015 and the replacement of our existing point-of-sale system beginning in 2016), capital expenditures for existing store improvements and investments in our distribution centers, as well as debt service. Our typical investment in a new store is approximately $1.3 million, which represents pre-opening expenses of $0.4 million and inventory of $0.9 million (of which $0.3 million is typically financed through trade payables). The fixed assets and leasehold improvements associated with a new store opening of approximately $1.2 million have typically been financed by landlords through favorable tenant improvement allowances. Our primary sources of funds for our business activities are cash from operations, borrowings under our revolving line of credit facility, tenant improvement allowances and the use of operating leases for new stores.

 

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Our working capital at October 31, 2015 decreased $2.2 million, or 11.4%, to $17.2 million compared to working capital of $19.4 million at January 31, 2015. Working capital was $25.8 million at November 1, 2014. The decrease in working capital from November 1, 2014 to October 31, 2015 primarily relates to higher borrowings on our line of credit facility and lower accounts payable due to the timing of payments associated with earlier fall merchandise inventory receipts.

Total long-term debt increased from $41.3 million at January 31, 2015 to $66.2 million at October 31, 2015 primarily due to higher borrowings on our line of credit facility related to higher merchandise inventories at October 31, 2015 as compared to January 31, 2015 as we build inventory levels for the holiday season. On August 26, 2013, the Company entered into a five year, $45.0 million senior term loan with Cerberus Business Finance, LLC (“Cerberus”) as amended on November 14, 2014, to fund a portion of the $69.9 million special cash dividend payment declared in 2013. The remainder of the special cash dividend payment was funded by cash from operations. The Company paid down $15.0 million of principal on the senior term loan on November 17, 2014. On June 29, 2015, this senior term loan was extinguished in full with proceeds from a new $30.0 million secured term loan facility provided by Wells Fargo Bank, National Association (“Wells Fargo”), as arranger and administrative agent for the lenders, pursuant to the Joinder and Eighth Amendment to Loan, Guaranty and Security Agreement (“Eighth Amendment”) dated June 29, 2015. The majority of the secured term loan principal is due on the maturity date of June 28, 2020, with quarterly principal payments of $0.4 million through the maturity date. Principal payments on our secured term loan will be funded with cash from operations and, if necessary, borrowings under our $80.0 million revolving line of credit facility.

The Company paid a prepayment premium of $0.3 million related to the Cerberus senior term loan early extinguishment during the second quarter of fiscal 2015, which was equal to 1.0% of the outstanding principal balance at the time of the payoff of the Cerberus senior term loan. The revolving line of credit facility with Well Fargo, as amended on June 29, 2015 with the Eighth Amendment, contains a provision for a 1.0% early termination fee payable if the facility is terminated prior to November 14, 2016. The June 29, 2015 amendment also extended the maturity date of the revolving line of credit facility from August 27, 2018 to June 28, 2020.

The Eighth Amendment to the debt agreement with Wells Fargo changed the minimum excess availability requirements and certain negative and affirmative covenant requirements. The amendment established a term loan borrowing base to govern the term loan facility in addition to the revolving loan borrowing base that currently governs the revolving line of credit facility. We were in compliance with all of our debt covenants as of October 31, 2015.

There were $35.9 million of borrowings outstanding under our revolving line of credit facility at October 31, 2015, as compared to $11.0 million of borrowings outstanding under our revolving line of credit facility at January 31, 2015 and $5.8 million borrowings outstanding under our revolving line of credit facility at November 1, 2014. Cash and cash equivalents were $8.9 million, $7.6 million and $12.4 million at October 31, 2015, January 31, 2015 and November 1, 2014, respectively. Net cash used in operating activities was $11.8 million during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 compared to cash provided by operating activities of $35.0 million during the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014. Average borrowings under our revolving line of credit facility increased to $19.5 million for the first three quarters of fiscal 2015 from $8.2 million in the first three quarters of fiscal 2014, in part due to the $15.0 million of principal paid on our senior term loan in November 2014. The largest amount borrowed at one time during the first three quarters of fiscal 2015 was $35.9 million compared to $22.9 million during the first three quarters of fiscal 2014. Availability under our revolving line of credit facility was $37.6 million at October 31, 2015 compared to $44.1 million at January 31, 2015 and $67.0 million at November 1, 2014. Stockholders’ equity was $34.1 million as of October 31, 2015 compared to $38.5 million as of January 31, 2015 and $36.0 million as of November 1, 2014.

During the course of our seasonal business cycle, working capital is needed to support inventory for existing stores, particularly during peak selling seasons. Historically, our working capital needs are lowest in the first quarter and peak late in the third quarter or early in the fourth quarter in anticipation of the holiday selling season. Management believes that the net cash provided by operating activities, bank borrowings, vendor trade terms, tenant improvement allowances and the use of operating leases for new stores will be sufficient to fund anticipated current and long-term capital expenditures and working capital requirements.

Capital Expenditures

Net capital expenditures during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 and November 1, 2014 were $9.3 million and $26.2 million, respectively. Net capital expenditures during the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014 included $9.6 million of non-recurring capital expenditures for our second distribution center which opened in the second quarter of fiscal 2014 and our corporate headquarters which opened in the first quarter of fiscal 2014. Additionally, there were six new stores opened and one store closed during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 compared to six new stores, one relocated store, and two stores closed during the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014.

We lease all of our store locations. In certain cases, we negotiate leases whereby we take responsibility for construction of a new store and are reimbursed for our costs from the landlord. When this situation occurs, we report the construction costs as part of our capital

 

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expenditures and, as reimbursements for structural assets, such as the building shell, are received from the landlord for construction costs where we are the accounting owner during the construction period, we report the proceeds received from the landlord as proceeds from sale-leaseback transactions.

Cash Flow Analysis

A summary of operating, investing, and financing activities are shown in the following table (in thousands):

 

     39 Weeks
Ended
October 31,
2015
     39 Weeks
Ended
November 1,
2014
 

Cash flows provided by (used in) operating activities

   $ (11,787    $ 35,004   

Cash flows used in investing activities

     (10,706      (26,103

Cash flows provided by (used in) financing activities

     23,719         (2,243
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Increase in cash and cash equivalents

     1,226         6,658   

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

     7,634         5,759   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

   $ 8,860       $ 12,417   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Cash Flows from Operating Activities

Net cash used in operating activities for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 was $11.8 million, which included a net loss of $5.4 million and noncash charges of $16.9 million comprised of depreciation and amortization expense of $12.4 million, write-off of deferred financing fees of $1.7 million, share-based compensation expense of $1.0 million, loss on retirement of property and equipment of $0.7 million, changes in deferred income taxes of $0.7 million, amortization of deferred financing fees of $0.4 million and $26 thousand of expense associated with the deferred tax asset shortfall related to share-based compensation. Net cash used in operating activities in the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 was favorably impacted by an increase in accounts payable of $46.9 million related to higher merchandise inventory receipts attributable to seasonality, new store growth and higher average comparable store inventory levels partially offset by the timing of payments associated with earlier fall merchandise inventory receipts as well as a decrease in accounts, landlord and income taxes receivable of $3.8 million, a decrease in accrued expenses and other liabilities of $1.5 million, and a decrease in other assets of $0.2 million. The increases in operating cash flows for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 were partially offset by a $70.6 million increase in merchandise inventories primarily related to higher average comparable store inventory levels and earlier merchandise inventory receipts, the six new stores that opened during the first three quarters of fiscal 2015 and the launch of e-commerce at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2015. Operating cash flows were also reduced by a decrease in deferred rent primarily related to new stores of $4.2 million, an increase in prepaid and other current assets of $0.8 million primarily due to the timing of insurance renewals and new store growth.

Net cash provided by operating activities in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014 was $35.0 million, which included the net loss of $5.8 million and noncash charges of $10.7 million comprised of depreciation and amortization expense of $9.6 million, amortization of deferred financing fees of $0.4 million, a loss on the retirement/disposal of property and equipment of $0.3 million, changes in deferred income taxes of $0.4 million, share-based compensation expense of $0.1 million and a reduction to noncash charges of $0.2 million for a deferred tax asset shortfall related to share-based compensation. Net cash provided by operating activities in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014 were favorably impacted by an increase in accounts payable of $77.0 million related to seasonality of merchandise inventory build, enhanced cash management and new store growth and an increase of $6.7 million in accrued expenses primarily due to the second primary distribution center that opened at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2014, an increase in new store activity for the ten new stores opened in fiscal 2013 and the six new stores opened and one store relocated in the first three quarters of fiscal 2014, and guest loyalty rewards earned but not redeemed as the number of loyalty guests continues to grow significantly since the launch of the program in May 2013. Net cash provided by operating activities was also favorably impacted by a $1.5 million increase in deferred rent associated with new store growth and a $1.0 million decrease in income taxes receivable, landlord receivable and accounts receivable related to a $3.6 million federal income tax refund received in the third quarter and amounts received from landlords for new stores, partially offset by the income tax benefit for the first three quarters of fiscal 2014. These increases in operating cash flows for the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014 were partially offset by cash used to increase inventory of $55.7 million for the peak holiday season and for the six new stores opened and one store relocated in the first three quarters of fiscal 2014, net of a decrease in comparable store merchandise inventory levels resulting from our inventory recalibration efforts and our strategy of having fresh, diverse merchandise receipts to drive comparable store sales in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014. These increases were also partially offset by a $0.2 million increase in other assets and a $0.1 million increase in prepaid expenses and other current assets.

 

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Cash Flows from Investing Activities

Net cash used in investing activities in the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 and November 1, 2014 was $10.7 million and $26.1 million, respectively. Cash of $14.3 million and $42.0 million was used for purchases of property and equipment during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 and November 1, 2014, respectively. The decrease in cash used in investing activities is due to the decrease in cash invested in non-recurring property and equipment additions during the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014, of $9.6 million used for our second primary distribution center that opened in the second quarter of fiscal 2014 and our new corporate headquarters that we moved into during March 2014. Additionally, less cash was used on new stores during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015, as there were only six stores opened in the first three quarters of fiscal 2015 compared to six new stores and one relocated store opened in the first three quarters of fiscal 2014. There were $1.1 million of property and equipment purchases in accrued expenses at October 31, 2015.

Proceeds from sale-leaseback transactions were $3.6 million and $15.8 million for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 and November 1, 2014, respectively, where the Company was deemed the accounting owner of the structural property additions during the new store construction period pursuant to the underlying lease agreement. This $12.3 million decrease in cash generated from proceeds from sale-leaseback transactions primarily resulted from the timing of receipt of payments from landlords, as well as less new stores in fiscal 2015 subject to sale-leaseback accounting as compared to fiscal 2014.

Cash Flows from Financing Activities

Net cash provided by financing activities was $23.7 million during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015, as compared to net cash used in financing activities of $2.2 million during the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014. Borrowings and repayments on our revolving line of credit facility were $169.4 million and $144.5 million, respectively, during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015, compared to $146.6 million and $148.0 million, respectively, during the thirty-nine weeks ended November 1, 2014. Cash proceeds of $30.0 million were received from the new Wells Fargo secured term loan that were used to extinguish the Cerberus senior term loan in full during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015. Cash of $30.0 million was used during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 for payment of long term debt including the Cerberus senior term loan payoff of $29.2 million, the quarterly principal payment on the term loan in the first quarter of fiscal 2015 and the quarterly principal payment on the new term loan during the third quarter of fiscal 2015. Cash of $0.9 million was paid for debt financing fees during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 related to the Eighth Amendment to the loan agreement effective June 29, 2015. Additionally, the Company paid a penalty of $0.3 million, which was equal to 1.0% of the outstanding principal balance and was paid during the second quarter of fiscal 2015 on the early extinguishment of debt. Dividends of $34 thousand were paid on restricted stock that vested in the first three quarters of fiscal 2015 related to the $69.9 million special cash dividend declared in August 2013. Proceeds of $31 thousand were received in connection with the exercise of stock options during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015.

Existing Credit Facilities

Gordmans, Inc. is the borrower under a loan, guaranty and security agreement dated as of February 20, 2009, as amended June 29, 2015, with Wells Fargo Bank, National Association as agent and a lender and with certain other lender parties thereto from time to time. Gordmans Stores, Inc., Gordmans Intermediate Holdings Corp., Gordmans Distribution Company, Inc., Gordmans Management Company, Inc. and Gordmans LLC are all guarantors under the loan agreement. The loan, guaranty and security agreement provides for an $80.0 million revolving line of credit facility, subject to increase by the Company up to $100.0 million. The description which follows includes the terms of the Eighth Amendment to the loan agreement, which became effective June 29, 2015.

Our revolving line of credit facility is available for working capital and other general corporate purposes and is scheduled to expire on June 28, 2020. At October 31, 2015, we had $35.9 million of borrowings outstanding under our revolving line of credit facility as compared to outstanding borrowings of $11.0 million at January 31, 2015 and $5.8 million at November 1, 2014. The availability of our revolving line of credit facility is subject to a borrowing base, which is comprised of eligible credit card receivables and the liquidation value of eligible landed inventory, eligible distribution center inventory and eligible in-transit inventory. The Company is required to maintain minimum excess availability under the revolving line of credit facility of at least $20.0 million, the calculation of which now includes up to $3.0 million of unrestricted cash. Availability under our revolving line of credit facility was $37.6 million at October 31, 2015, and included letters of credit issued with an aggregate face amount of $6.5 million. There were borrowings under the facility of an aggregate of $169.4 million during the first three quarters of fiscal 2015 and repayments of $144.5 million during the first three quarters of fiscal 2015.

Interest is payable on borrowings under our revolving line of credit facility monthly at a rate equal to LIBOR or the base rate as selected by management, plus an applicable margin which ranges from 0.75% to 2.00% set quarterly dependent upon the whether excess availability is less than or greater than $40.0 million.

 

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An unused line fee is payable quarterly in an amount equal to 0.25% of the sum of the average daily unused revolver amount during the immediately preceding month plus the average daily balance of the letter of credit usage during the immediately preceding month. An administrative agent fee is also payable under the facility on an annual basis.

The revolving line of credit facility has a first lien on all collateral other than term loan priority collateral, as defined in the June 29, 2015 amendment, and a second lien on the term loan priority collateral, as defined in the June 29, 2015 amendment.

On August 27, 2013, Gordmans, Inc. entered into a $45.0 million senior term loan, as amended November 14, 2014, with Cerberus Business Finance, LLC. This senior term loan with Cerberus was extinguished in full on June 29, 2015 with the proceeds from the new $30.0 secured term loan established by the June 29, 2015 amendment with Wells Fargo discussed above.

The new secured term loan matures on the same date as the revolving line of credit facility and has principal payments of $0.42 million due on a quarterly basis beginning in October 2015 through the maturity date, with the remaining principal due on the maturity date of June 28, 2020. The Company may repay at any time all or a portion of the outstanding principal amount of the secured term loan facility, subject to a prepayment premium equal to 3.0% in the first year, 1.5% in the second year, 0.5% in the third year and 0.0% thereafter. The term loan carries an interest rate equal to the LIBOR rate plus 6.25% with a floor of 1.0%. The interest rate on the term loan was 7.25% at October 31, 2015 which compares to the Cerberus senior term loan interest rate of 9.5% at January 31, 2015 and November 1, 2014. The term loan is secured by the same collateral as the revolving line of credit facility but has a priority lien on real estate, fixtures, equipment, intellectual property and books, records, permits, licenses, insurance, in each case related to term loan priority collateral, and proceeds thereof and a second lien on the revolving priority collateral, as defined. As of October 31, 2015, the Company was in compliance with all of its debt covenants and expects to be in compliance with all of its debt covenants for measurement periods occurring through the remainder of fiscal 2015.

Among other provisions, the Company’s loan agreement with Wells Fargo contains customary affirmative and negative covenants, including a negative covenant that restricts the level and form of indebtedness entered into by the Company or its wholly owned subsidiaries. Exceptions to this covenant include borrowings under our $30.0 million senior term loan and, subject to certain conditions, indebtedness not to exceed $10.0 million in the aggregate in connection with all acquisitions occurring after February 20, 2009. Our revolving line of credit facility also includes a negative covenant that restricts dividends and other upstream distributions by the Company and its subsidiaries to the extent the Company does not meet minimum excess availability thresholds. Exceptions to this covenant include dividends or other upstream distributions: (i) by subsidiaries of Gordmans, Inc. to Gordmans, Inc. and its other subsidiaries, (ii) that consist of repurchases of stock of employees in an amount not to exceed $0.5 million in any fiscal year, (iii) that consist of the payment of taxes on behalf of any employee, officer or director of the Company for vested restricted stock of the Company owned by such employee, officer or director, (iv) to the Company to pay federal, state and local income taxes and franchise taxes solely arising out of the consolidated operations of the Company and its subsidiaries, (v) to the Company to pay certain reasonable directors’ fees and out-of-pocket expenses, reasonable and customary indemnities to directors, officers and employees and other expenses in connection with the ordinary corporate governance, overhead, legal and accounting and maintenance and (vi) dividends so long no event of default exists, projected excess availability for the next twelve months is greater than $35.0 million and 30% of the loan cap and the fixed charge coverage ratio is greater than 1.0 to 1.0 on a historical and projected basis. The agreement also includes a negative covenant that restricts subsidiaries of the Company from making any loans to the Company. Should the Company default on scheduled repayment of the secured term loan facility, Wells Fargo may make any outstanding obligations under the agreement immediately due and payable. As of October 31, 2015, the Company was in compliance with all of its debt covenants.

We also entered into two financing arrangements to purchase computer hardware and software during fiscal 2014. The Company’s remaining obligation under the financing arrangements was $0.7 million at October 31, 2015 and $0.8 million at January 31, 2015.

Contractual Obligations and Off-Balance-Sheet Arrangements

As noted in the table which follows, the Company has contractual obligations and commitments as of October 31, 2015 that may affect the financial condition of the Company. However, management believes there is no known trend, demand, commitment, event, or uncertainty that is reasonably likely to occur which would have a material effect on the Company’s financial condition, results of operations, or cash flows. Other than the letters of credit set forth in the table below, the Company had no off-balance-sheet arrangements as of October 31, 2015. Letters of credit are entered into with certain of our vendors and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association with terms that are financially and operationally beneficial to both parties primarily related to certain vendor financing partners and insurance providers for self-insurance reserves.

 

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The following table summarizes our contractual obligations and commitments as of October 31, 2015:

 

     Payments Due by Period  
     Total      Less Than
1 Year
     1-3 Years      3-5 Years      More Than
5 Years
 
     (in 000’s)  

Contractual Obligations:

              

Capital leases (1)

   $ 696       $ 28       $ 345       $ 323       $ —     

Operating leases (2)(3)

     361,259         14,021         108,929         91,793         146,516   

Term loan (4)

     38,444         968         7,436         6,936         23,104   

Revolving line of credit

     35,891         —           —           —           35,891   

Letters of credit

     6,471         6,471         —           —           —     

Purchase orders (5)

     95,408         95,408         —           —           —     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 538,169       $ 116,896       $ 116,710       $ 99,052       $ 205,511   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

(1)   Includes principal and interest payments on capital lease obligations.
(2)   Certain retail store leases contain provisions for additional rent based on varying percentages of sales when sales reach certain thresholds, but are not included in operating lease obligations.
(3)   Real estate taxes, common area maintenance and insurance are expenses considered additional rent that can vary from year to year, but are not included in operating lease obligations. These expenses represented approximately 40% of lease expense for our retail stores in the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015.
(4)   Includes $29.6 million of principal payments and $8.8 million of interest payments on the term loan. Interest is calculated using the interest rate of 7.25% at October 31, 2015.
(5)   Purchase orders consist of open purchase orders for merchandise, net of receipts already received on those orders. Amounts committed under open purchase orders for merchandise are cancelable without penalty prior to a date that precedes the vendors’ scheduled shipment date.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

We have determined that our most critical accounting policies are those related to revenue recognition, merchandise inventories, long-lived assets, operating leases, self-insurance, share-based compensation and income taxes. We continue to monitor our accounting policies to ensure proper application of current rules and regulations. There have been no significant changes to these policies discussed in our fiscal year 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

Interest Rate Risk

We are exposed to interest rate risk primarily through borrowings under our revolving line of credit facility and through outstanding borrowings on our senior term loan, both of which bear interest at variable rates.

Borrowings under our revolving line of credit facility bear interest at various rates, with two rate options at the discretion of management as follows: (1) for base rate advances, borrowings bear interest at the prime rate plus 1.00% when average excess availability is less than or equal to $40.0 million and the prime rate plus 0.75% when average excess availability is greater than $40.0 million, and (2) for LIBOR rate advances, borrowings bear interest at the LIBOR rate plus 2.00% when average excess availability is less than or equal to $40.0 million and the LIBOR rate plus 1.75% when average excess availability is greater than $40.0 million. Borrowings and repayments under our revolving line of credit facility may not exceed the lesser of a calculated borrowing base or $80.0 million. Borrowings under our revolving line of credit facility during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015 and November 1, 2014 were $169.4 million and $146.6 million respectively, with $35.9 million being the largest amount borrowed at one time during the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2015, and $35.9 million of borrowings outstanding under our revolving line of credit facility at October 31, 2015. Average daily borrowings during the first three quarters of fiscal 2015 were $19.5 million. We performed a sensitivity analysis assuming a hypothetical 100 basis point movement in interest rates applied to the average daily borrowings of our revolving line of credit facility. As of October 31, 2015, the analysis indicated that such a movement would result in an increase to interest expense of approximately $0.2 million per year.

 

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Borrowings under our term loan bear interest at an interest rate equal to the LIBOR rate plus 6.25% with a floor of 1.00% (7.25% at October 31, 2015). We performed a sensitivity analysis assuming a hypothetical 100 basis point increase in the interest rate applied to the average amount outstanding on the term loan. As of October 31, 2015, the analysis indicated that such a movement would result in an increase to interest expense of approximately $0.3 million per year.

ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

The required certifications of our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer are included as exhibits to this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. The disclosures set forth in this Item 4 contain information concerning the evaluation of our disclosure controls and procedures, internal control over financial reporting and changes in internal control over financial reporting referred to in those certifications. Those certifications should be read in conjunction with this Item 4 for a more complete understanding of the matters covered by the certifications.

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedure

Under the supervision and with the participation of management, including our Chief Executive Officer (principal executive officer) and our Chief Financial Officer (principal financial officer), we have carried out an evaluation of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) under the Securities Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”)). Based on that evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and our Chief Financial Officer concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were effective as of October 31, 2015 to ensure that information we are required to disclose in reports that are filed or submitted under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified by the Securities and Exchange Commission and is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and our Chief Financial Officer, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting

There have been no changes in our internal control over financial reporting (as such term is defined in Rules 13a-15(f) and 15(d)-15(f) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934) that occurred during our most recent fiscal quarter that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

PART II – OTHER INFORMATION

ITEM 1. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

We are subject to various legal claims and proceedings which arise in the ordinary course of our business, including employment related claims, involving routine claims incidental to our business. Although the outcome of these routine claims cannot be predicted with certainty, we do not believe that the ultimate resolution of these claims will have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, financial condition or cash flow.

ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS

Our risk factors have not changed materially from those disclosed in our fiscal year 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K. The risk factors disclosed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, in addition to the other information set forth in this Quarterly Report, could materially affect our business, financial condition or results.

ITEM 2. UNREGISTERED SALES OF EQUITY SECURITIES AND USE OF PROCEEDS

None

ITEM 3. DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES

None

ITEM 4. RESERVED

 

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ITEM 5. OTHER INFORMATION

None

ITEM 6. EXHIBITS

The following exhibits are filed or furnished with this Quarterly Report:

EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit

Number

  

Description

    10.1    Offer Letter, dated as of September 13, 2015, by and between the Gordmans Stores, Inc. and James B. Brown (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 of our Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on September 16, 2015).
    10.2    Separation and Release Agreement By and Between Gordmans, Inc. and Michael D. James, dated as of September 24, 2015 (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 of our Current Report on Form 8-K/A, filed on September 25, 2015).
    10.3    James B. Brown Severance Agreement Letter, dated September 16, 2015.
    31.1    Certification of Principal Executive Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
    31.2    Certification of Principal Financial Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
    32.1    Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
    32.2    Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
  101.INS    XBRL Instance Document.
  101.SCH    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document.
  101.CAL    XBRL Taxonomy Calculation Linkbase Document.
  101.LAB    XBRL Taxonomy Label Linkbase Document.
  101.PRE    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document.
  101.DEF    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document.

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

Date: December 10, 2015

 

GORDMANS STORES, INC.
By:  

 /s/ ANDREW T. HALL

  Andrew T. Hall
 

President, Chief Executive Officer and Secretary

(Principal Executive Officer)

By:  

 /s/ JAMES B. BROWN

  James B. Brown
 

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

(Principal Financial Officer and

Principal Accounting Officer)

 

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Exhibit 10.3

Gordmans Stores, Inc.

1926 South 67 th Street

Omaha, NE 68106

September 16, 2015

James B. Brown

Executive Vice President, CFO

1926 South 67 th Street

Omaha, NE 68106

Dear James:

As we discussed, it is the intention of Gordmans Stores, Inc. (the “Company”) to provide you with the separation benefit described below.

If your employment is terminated by the Company without “cause” (as such term is defined in the Company’s stock option plan), or within nine months after a change in control (as such term is defined in the Company’s stock option plan) the location of your place of work is moved more than 50 miles from the current location or your position and scope of responsibilities in the Company are significantly reduced, then subject to the execution of a satisfactory release by you, you will receive:

 

    Salary continuation (payable in accordance with the Company’s payroll practice as in effect at the time of your termination) until the earlier of (x) the period of time equal to the number of months you were employed by the Company, not to exceed six months and (y) the date on which you are employed by a third party (the “Salary Continuation Period”); and

 

    Continued medical and dental coverage in accordance with the Company’s plans that are then in place until the end of the Salary Continuation Period (maximum of six months) or, at the Company’s option, cash payments in the amount of such coverage in order for you to make COBRA elections or coverage under another medical and/or dental plan.

You shall immediately notify the Company in writing when you have accepted employment with a third party. Your salary continuation and other benefits will start being paid (or provided) to you following your execution of a satisfactory release. Such release must be executed within 60 days (or such shorter period specified in the release) following your termination. Upon any termination, you shall have a duty to mitigate damages and costs to the Company.

This letter is intended to comply with applicable law. Without limiting the foregoing, this letter is intended to comply with the requirements of section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code (“409A”), and, specifically, with the separation pay and short term deferral exceptions of 409A. Notwithstanding anything in the letter to the contrary, separation pay may only be made upon a “separation from service” under 409A and only in a manner permitted by 409A. For purposes of 409A, the right to a series of installment payments under this letter shall be


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treated as a right to a series of separate payments. In no event may you, directly or indirectly, designate the calendar year of a payment. All reimbursements and in-kind benefits provided in this letter shall be made or provided in accordance with the requirements of 409A (including, where applicable, the reimbursement rules set forth in the regulations issued under 409A). If you are a “specified employee” of a publicly traded corporation on your termination date (as determined by the Company in accordance with 409A), to the extent required by 409A, separation pay that is due under this letter will be delayed for a period of six months. Any separation pay that is postponed because of 409A will be paid to you (or, if you die, your beneficiary) within 30 days after the end of the six-month delay period.

Best regards,

/s/ Andy T. Hall

Andy Hall

President and CEO

Acknowledged:

 

/s/ James B. Brown
James B. Brown

Exhibit 31.1

CERTIFICATION PURSUANT TO

SECTION 302 OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

I, Andrew T. Hall, certify that:

 

1. I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Gordmans Stores, Inc.;

 

2. Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

 

3. Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

 

4. The registrant’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rule 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:

 

  (a) Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

 

  (b) Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

 

  (c) Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

 

  (d) Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

 

5. The registrant’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

 

  (a) All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

 

  (b) Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

Dated: December 10, 2015

 

 /s/ ANDREW T. HALL

Andrew T. Hall

Chief Executive Officer, President and Secretary

(Principal Executive Officer)

Exhibit 31.2

CERTIFICATION PURSUANT TO

SECTION 302 OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

I, James B. Brown, certify that:

 

1. I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Gordmans Stores, Inc.;

 

2. Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

 

3. Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

 

4. The registrant’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rule 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:

 

  (a) Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

 

  (b) Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

 

  (c) Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

 

  (d) Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

 

5. The registrant’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

 

  (a) All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

 

  (b) Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

Dated: December 10, 2015

 

 /s/ JAMES B. BROWN

James B. Brown

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

(Principal Financial Officer and

Principal Accounting Officer)

Exhibit 32.1

CERTIFICATION PURSUANT TO

18 U.S.C. SECTION 1350

AS ADOPTED PURSUANT TO

SECTION 906 OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

In connection with the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of Gordmans Stores, Inc. (the “Company”) for the quarterly period ended October 31, 2015, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the date hereof (the “Report”), I, Andrew T. Hall, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, certify, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, that:

 

  1. The Report fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended; and

 

  2. The information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of the Company.

 

 /s/ ANDREW T. HALL

Andrew T. Hall

Chief Executive Officer, President and Secretary

(Principal Executive Officer)

December 10, 2015

This certification is being furnished solely to accompany this report pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 1350, and is not being filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and is not to be incorporated by reference into any filing of the registrant, whether made before or after the date hereof, regardless of any general incorporation language in such filing.

Exhibit 32.2

CERTIFICATION PURSUANT TO

18 U.S.C. SECTION 1350

AS ADOPTED PURSUANT TO

SECTION 906 OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

In connection with the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of Gordmans Stores, Inc. (the “Company”) for the quarterly period ended October 31, 2015, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the date hereof (the “Report”), I, James B. Brown, Chief Financial Officer of the Company, certify, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, that:

 

  1. The Report fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended; and

 

  2. The information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of the Company.

 

 /s/ JAMES B. BROWN

James B. Brown
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

(Principal Financial Officer and

Principal Accounting Officer)

December 10, 2015

This certification is being furnished solely to accompany this report pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 1350, and is not being filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and is not to be incorporated by reference into any filing of the registrant, whether made before or after the date hereof, regardless of any general incorporation language in such filing.