ASCENA RETAIL GROUP, INC. (NASDAQ:ASNA) Files An 8-K Material Impairments
Item 2.06 Material Impairments.
During its fourth quarter of the fiscal year ended August 1, 2020 (“Fiscal 2020”), Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (the “Company”) continued to be impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which primarily has caused significant reductions in the Company’s retail store sales. Additionally, on July 23, 2020, the Company and certain of the Company\’s direct and indirect subsidiaries filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy (the “Chapter 11 Cases”). As a result of the continued reduction in retail store sales, and developments since the filing of the Chapter 11 Cases, the Company, in connection with the preparation of its financial statements for the fiscal fourth quarter ended August 1, 2020, and in consultation with the Audit Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors, concluded that it expects to record material non-cash impairment charges to the Company’s long-lived tangible assets, trade names, and franchise rights. Although the amount of the charges has not yet been finalized, the Company expects the impairment charges for the quarter ended August 1, 2020 to be in the range of $250 million to $325 million in the aggregate. The impairment charges are not expected to result in cash expenditures.
The Company had intended to include information regarding these impairments in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended August 1, 2020 (the “Annual Report”). Because the Company will not be able to timely file the Annual Report, it is now disclosing the material impairments as required in this Current Report on Form 8-K.
Certain statements or information made within this Current Report on Form 8-K may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. Forward-looking statements are statements related to future, not past, events, and often contain words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “seek,” “see,” “will,” “would,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “target,” “preliminary” or “range,” or similar words. Forward-looking statements are based only on the Company’s current assumptions and views of future events and financial performance. They are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of the Company’s control that may cause the Company’s actual results to be materially different from planned or expected results. Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks attendant to the bankruptcy process; the ability of the Company to negotiate, develop, confirm and consummate a plan of reorganization; more stringent or costly payment terms and/or the decision by a significant number of vendors not to sell the Company merchandise on a timely basis or at all, including as a result of the Company’s bankruptcy proceedings; the Company’s ability to attract, motivate and retain key executives and other personnel; risks associated with the novel coronavirus pandemic (including any resurgence) and actions the Company has taken in response thereto; general economic conditions that adversely impact consumer spending; disruptions at ports used to import the Company’s products; increases in the price of raw materials, labor or energy and transportation costs; the Company’s ability to anticipate and respond to changing fashion trends and customer preferences in a timely manner; the Company’s ability to maintain its brand image; the impact of cost reduction initiatives; the Company’s ability to successfully achieve its business strategies; risks arising from the suspension of trading of the Company’s common stock on, or delisting from, The Nasdaq Stock Market; and changes in U.S. trade policies and trade restrictions. Please refer to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended August 3, 2019 and subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a further discussion of risks and uncertainties. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or review its forward-looking statements, even if experience or future changes make it clear that the projected results expressed or implied will not be achieved.
About ASCENA RETAIL GROUP, INC. (NASDAQ:ASNA)
Ascena Retail Group, Inc. is a specialty retailer of apparel for women and tween girls. The Company operates through six segments: ANN, Justice, Lane Bryant, maurices, dressbarn and Catherines. The ANN segment offers feminine classics and fashion choices, sold primarily under the Ann Taylor and LOFT brands. The Justice segment offers apparel to girls who are aged 6 to 12. The Lane Bryant segment offers apparel to female customers in plus-sizes 14-28. The maurices segment offers women’s casual clothing, career wear, dressy apparel, active wear and accessories. The dressbarn segment consists of the specialty retail, outlet and e-commerce operations of the dressbarn brand. The Catherines segment offers classic apparel and accessories to female customers for wear-to-work and casual lifestyles. As of July 30, 2016, the Company operated approximately 4,900 stores in 49 United States’ states, the District of Columbia, Canada and Puerto Rico.
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