FORT WORTH, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE:PIR) today issued the following statement in response to the recent report from S&P Global Ratings (“S&P”):
We want to clarify and confirm Pier 1’s liquidity position, as described during the Company’s earnings call on April 17, 2019. Pier 1 has developed an action plan that the Company believes will provide sufficient liquidity to implement the strategic initiatives that are part of its new fiscal 2020 plan.
The Company is not in default under any of its debt agreements, and those agreements do not contain any financial performance covenants. The term loan that S&P says Pier 1 ‘could face challenges in refinancing’ is not due for two years. As of March 2, 2019 — the end of fiscal 2019 — Pier 1 had $55 million of cash and short-term investments, $191 million outstanding under its term loan, $50 million of borrowings under its FILO tranche and an undrawn revolving credit facility.
We have acknowledged the execution issues under the prior management’s “New Day” plan and have since put in place a capable senior leadership team to develop and implement a new fiscal 2020 plan to reset and rebuild our business. Our plan takes into consideration that it will take time for a recovery of topline sales and is instead designed to drive benefits of approximately $100-$110 million from both cost reductions and gross margin improvement in the current fiscal year. This includes approximately $70-$80 million of selling, general and administrative expense savings opportunity for fiscal 2020, reflecting an expected annual run-rate of approximately $95-$105 million. After reinvesting in the business, the Company believes it will be positioned to recapture approximately $30-$40 million of net income and $45-$55 million of EBITDA in fiscal year 2020.
While Pier 1 regularly engages with all of its stakeholders, the Company is not currently contemplating nor discussing any debt exchange. We remain confident our fiscal 2020 action plan will create the runway to return Pier 1 to long-term health and sustainable financial performance.
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About Pier 1
Founded with a single store in 1962, Pier 1 is a leading omnichannel retailer of unique home décor and accessories. The company’s products are available through more than 970 Pier 1 stores in the U.S. and Canada and online at pier1.com. For more information or to find the nearest store, please visit pier1.com.