$PLCE (The Children's Place, Inc.)

$PLCE {{ '2016-08-17T12:07:01+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

In 2Q16, $PLCE returned about $39MM to shareholders through repurchase of 454,711 shares and quarterly dividend of $0.20 per share. YTD, company returned about $86MM. At end 2Q16, about $192MM remained available for future repurchase. Also, BoD authorized a quarterly dividend of $0.20 per share payable Oct. 6 to holders of record on Sept. 16.

$PLCE {{ '2017-05-30T20:06:46+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$PLCE named John J. Sullivan to the newly created position of Chief Transformation Officer, effective June 12, 2017.

$PLCE {{ '2017-05-18T19:43:01+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$PLCE expects 2Q17 gross margin to be flat to a leverage of 20 basis points. The company predicts merchandize margin to increase for the 10th consecutive quarter in 2Q17, with inventory management tools, extremely strong and continued product acceptance and AUR increase.

$PLCE {{ '2017-05-18T19:34:53+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$PLCE saw outsized penetration of ecommerce sales as a percentage of its total retail sales in 1Q17. Operating margin for 1Q17 grew 170 basis points from last year, on ecomm penetration. $PLCE expects a geography shift in its P&L as ecomm penetration continue to outperform and outsize, with lower gross margin expansion and lower SG&A.

$PLCE {{ '2017-05-18T13:22:42+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$PLCE appointed Pamela Wallack to the newly created position of President Global Product, effective immediately. Wallack will report directly to CEO Jane Elfers, and will assume responsibility for Global Merchandising, Design, Sourcing and Production.

$PLCE {{ '2017-05-18T13:09:30+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$PLCE declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.40 per share to be paid July 10, 2017 to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 19, 2017.

$PLCE {{ '2017-05-18T11:23:12+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$PLCE closed 7 stores and opened 1 store during 1Q17. The company ended the quarter with 1,033 stores and square footage of 4.829MM, a decrease of 2.8% compared to the prior year. The company's international franchise partners opened 6 points of distribution in 1Q17, and ended the quarter with 156 international points of distribution.

$PLCE {{ '2017-05-18T11:20:48+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$PLCE's BoD authorized in May 2017 a quarterly dividend of $0.40 per share. The dividend for 2Q17 is payable on July 10, 2017 to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 19, 2017.

$PLCE {{ '2017-05-18T11:19:28+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$PLCE expects adjusted EPS in 2Q17 of $0.70-0.75, inclusive of a $0.70 benefit resulting from new accounting rules for the income tax impact on share-based compensation. This compares to an adjusted loss per share of $0.01 in 2Q16. This guidance assumes a low single digit increase in comparable retail sales.

$PLCE {{ '2017-05-18T11:19:12+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$PLCE lifted 2017 adjusted EPS guidance to $7.10-7.20 from $6.50-6.65. This guidance assumes about 3.0% increase in comparable retail sales for the year. This forecast excludes year to date net income of about $0.3MM primarily related to income associated with the release of reserves for uncertain tax positions.

$PLCE {{ '2017-05-18T11:18:59+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$PLCE reported a jump in 1Q17 earnings driven by higher penetration of its ecommerce business and lower taxes. Net income rose to $36.23MM or $1.97 per share from $25.99MM or $1.33 per share last year. Net sales grew to $436.68MM from $419.35MM. Adjusted EPS increased to $1.95 from $1.32. Comparable retail sales increased 6.1%.

$PLCE {{ '2017-03-08T18:24:31+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$PLCE said that several years ago it anticipated digital sales to grow at a rapid pace. There has been a significant sales shift from bricks and mortar channels to digital channels. Currently, 22% of the company's digital customers represent 32% of its net sales.

$PLCE {{ '2017-03-08T18:04:24+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

In other international markets, $PLCE opened 48 new points of distribution in 2016. The company has 150 points of distribution in 17 countries. These include stores, shop and shop, and e-commerce website operated by the partners. $PLCE closed 34 stores in 2016 and 142 stores since the announcement of fleet optimization initiative.

$PLCE {{ '2017-03-08T17:16:19+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$PLCE BoD approved a new $250MM share repurchase program and has also increased the quarterly dividend to $0.40 per share from $0.20 per share. The dividend is payable on May 1, 2017 to shareholders of record at the close of business on April 10, 2017.

$PLCE {{ '2017-03-08T12:53:14+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$PLCE's BoD authorized a new $250MM share repurchase program and increased the quarterly dividend by 100% from $0.20 to $0.40 per share. The dividend for 1Q17 is payable on May 1, 2017 to shareholders of record at the close of business on April 10, 2017.

$PLCE {{ '2017-03-08T12:52:21+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$PLCE expects 1Q17 EPS of $1.53-1.63, inclusive of an $0.08 benefit resulting from new accounting rules for the income tax impact on share-based compensation. This compares to adjusted EPS of $1.32 in 1Q16. This guidance assumes a low single digit increase in comparable retail sales.

$PLCE {{ '2017-03-08T12:51:32+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$PLCE expects FY17 EPS of $6.50-6.65, inclusive of a $0.45 benefit resulting from new accounting rules for the income tax impact on share-based compensation. This compares to adjusted EPS of $5.43 in FY16. This guidance assumes low single digit increase in comparable retail sales for the year.

$PLCE {{ '2017-03-08T12:47:12+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Children's specialty apparel retailer $PLCE reported a rise in 4Q16 earnings driven by lower operating expenses. Net income rose to $34.2MM or $1.86 per share from $17.5MM or $0.87 per share last year. Net sales grew to $520.8MM from $498.5MM. Adjusted EPS increased to $1.88 from $1.19. Comparable retail sales grew 6.9%

$PLCE {{ '2017-01-05T23:25:09+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$PLCE raised guidance for 4Q16 & FY16 comparable retail sales and adjusted diluted EPS. For 4Q16, it now expects adjusted diluted EPS to be in the range of $1.53 and $1.58, up from the previous guidance of $1.43 to $1.48. For FY16, $PLCE now expects adjusted diluted EPS to be in the range of $5.10 to $5.15, up from the $5.00-5.05 provided earlier.

$PLCE {{ '2016-11-17T20:56:24+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$PLCE will end year with about 140 closures from 2013 to 2016. And $PLCE still sees that transfer rate in excess of 20% to drive nice improvement in neighboring stores and in e-commerce. Over next 4 years, $PLCE will have about 1,200 lease actions, giving lots of opportunities to assess either accelerating or just maintaining pace.

$PLCE {{ '2016-11-17T20:40:36+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$PLCE's business model continues to rapidly evolve from legacy U.S. mall-based specialty retailer to global omni-channel operator. $PLCE's strong balance sheet and cash flow provides it with financial flexibility to meet required investments to drive continued operating performance improvements and return significant capital to shareholders.

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