The following excerpt is from the company's SEC filing.

November 18, 2016

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) today reported GAAP

net income

per diluted share of

for the

quarter ended

October 29, 2016

, compared to GAAP

quarter last year. Excluding certain items, the company reported adjusted non-GAAP net

quarter, compared to adjusted non-GAAP net

last year. The adverse impact from year-over-year changes in foreign currency exchange rates for the quarter was approximately

per diluted share.

A description of the use of non-GAAP financial measures and a schedule reconcili ng GAAP financial measures to adjusted non-GAAP financial measures accompanies this release.

Arthur Martinez, Executive Chairman, said:

"As expected, our third quarter was challenging. While Hollister improved sequentially, it was more than offset by disappointing performance in A&F. On a total company basis, conversion trends remained positive across both channels and the direct-to-consumer business grew domestically and internationally. In addition, we remained disciplined as expense and inventory were well controlled.

We were pleased with the progress in Hollister where the comparable sales trend improved throughout the quarter. There continued to be positive response to Hollister's product innovations, emerging categories and overall customer experience and we expect the comparable sales trend to further improve in the fourth quarter.

For A&F, flagship and tourist locations continued to be a major headwind. In addition, chain store traffic patterns remained negative. Weakness in A&F was compounded by underperformance of seasonal categories, which ultimately led to pressure on gross margin. While we anticipate the A&F business will remain challenging through the balance of the fiscal year, we continue to move aggressively to evolve the brand across all channels through significant changes in product, customer experience and marketing. A comprehensive set of strategic and operational actions is being taken by an experienced team under new leadership, and we expect to see benefits as our efforts gain traction."

Quarter Sales Results

Net sales for the

quarter of

$821.7 million

over last year, with comparable sales for the

Fiscal 2016 Comparable Sales Summary

Geography

First Quarter

Second Quarter

Third Quarter

Year-to-Date

United States

International

Total Company

Comparable sales are calculated on a constant currency basis.

Abercrombie includes the Abercrombie & Fitch and abercrombie kids brands.

By brand, net sales for the

decreased

$358.3 million

for Abercrombie and

$463.5 million

for Hollister over last year.

By geography, net sales for the

$531.4 million

in the U.S. and

$290.3 million

in international markets over last year.

Direct-to-consumer and omnichannel sales grew to approximately

of total company net sales for the

quarter, compared to approximately

of total company net sales last year.

Additional

Quarter Results Commentary

The gross profit rate for the

. Excluding certain items last year, the gross profit rate

basis points on a constant currency basis, primarily due to lower average unit retail, partially offset by lower average unit cost.

Stores and distribution expense for the

$386.6 million

$392.9 million

last year. Excluding certain items last year, stores and distribution expense

$5.8 million

, primarily due to the realization of savings on lower sales and expense reduction efforts, partially offset by higher direct-to-consumer expense.

Marketing, general and administrative expense for the

$105.3 million

$117.7 million

last year. Excluding certain items, adjusted non-GAAP marketing, general and administrative expense

$6.4 million

, primarily due to expense reduction efforts, partially offset by higher marketing expenses.

Net other operating income for the

$0.8 million

, compared to net other operating income of

$3.9 million

Operating

$19.6 million

, compared to operating

$41.0 million

last year. Excluding certain items, adjusted non-GAAP operating income for the

$37.4 million

The effective tax rate for the

, reflecting a catch-up adjustment related to a change in the estimated full year effective tax rate.

attributable to Abercrombie & Fitch Co. for the

$7.9 million

attributable to Abercrombie & Fitch Co. of

$41.9 million

last year. Excluding certain items, adjusted non-GAAP net

$1.4 million

$32.9 million

The company ended the quarter with

$469.7 million

in cash and cash equivalents, and gross borrowings under the company's term loan agreement of $293.3 million, compared to

$405.6 million

in cash and cash equivalents and $297.0 million in borrowings last year.

$516.1 million

in inventory,

a decrease

versus last year.

Other Developments

As previously announced, on November 16, 2016 the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share on the Class A Common Stock of Abercrombie & Fitch Co., payable on December 12, 2016 to stockholders of record at the close of business on December 2, 2016.

The company will be closing its A&F flagship store in Seoul in January 2017. In addition, subsequent to the end of the third quarter, the company exercised a lease kick-out option for its A&F flagship store in Hong Kong. As a result of this decision, the company expects to incur a lease termination charge of approximately $16 million during the fourth quarter. These actions are part of the company's ongoing strategic review and are expected to drive economic benefit over time.

Outlook

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, the company expects:

Comparable sales to be challenging, but modestly improved from the third quarter

Continued adverse impact from foreign currency on sales and operating income

A gross margin rate down slightly to last year's adjusted non-GAAP rate of 60.7%, driven by lower average unit retail, partially offset by lower average unit cost

Operating expense, including a lease termination charge of approximately $16 million, to be up about 1% from last year's adjusted non-GAAP operating expense of $554 million, with the lease termination charge partially offset by savings from lower sales and expense reduction efforts

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests of approximately $1 million

A weighted average diluted share count of approximately 68 million shares, excluding the effect of potential share buybacks

On a full year basis, the company expects

the effective tax rate to be in the mid to upper 20s, but to remain sensitive at lower levels of pre-tax earnings

The company now expects

capital expenditures to be approximately $140 million

for the full year.

In addition to the 13 stores opened year to date, including five outlet stores, the company expects to open seven new stores in the fourth quarter, including five in China and two in the U.S. The company also anticipates closing approximately 35 stores in the U.S. in the fourth quarter through natural lease expirations, in addition to the 15 stores closed year to date.

Excluded from the company's outlook are the effects of certain potential items, such as asset impairment charges, litigation charges and insurance recoveries.

An investor presentation of

results will be available in the "Investors" section of the company's website at www.abercrombie.com at approximately 8:00 AM, Eastern Standard Time, today.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995

A&F cautions that any forward-looking statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) contained in this Press Release or made by management or spokespeople of A&F involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various important factors, many of which may be beyond the company's control. Words such as "estimate," "project," "plan," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," and similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements. Except as may be required by applicable law, we assume no obligation to publicly update or revise our forward-looking statements. The following factors, in addition to those included in the disclosure under the heading "FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS AND RISK FACTORS" in "ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS" of A&F's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 30, 2016, in some cases have affected, and in the future could affect, the company's financial performance and could cause actual results for Fiscal 2016 and beyond to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any of the forward-looking statements included in this Press Release or otherwise made by management: changes in global economic and financial conditions, and the resulting impact on consumer confidence and consumer spending, as well as other changes in consumer discretionary spending habits, could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and liquidity; our inability to anticipate customer demand and changing fashion trends and to manage our inventory commensurately could adversely impact our sales levels and profitability; a significant component of our growth strategy is international expansion, which requires significant capital investment, the success of which is dependent on a number of factors that could affect the profitability of our international operations; direct-to-consumer sales channels are a significant component of our growth strategy, and the failure to successfully develop our position in these channels could have an adverse impact on our results of operations; our market share may be negatively impacted by increasing competition and pricing pressures from companies with brands or merchandise competitive with ours; we have currently suspended our search for a new Chief Executive Officer and the continuance of our interim governance structure may create uncertainty; our inability to successfully implement our strategic plans could have a negative impact on our growth and profitability; our failure to protect our reputation could have a material adverse effect on our brands; our business could suffer if our information technology systems are disrupted or cease to operate effectively; we may be exposed to risks and costs associated with cyber-attacks, credit card fraud and identity theft that would cause us to incur unexpected expenses and reputation loss; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates could adversely impact our financial condition and results of operations; fluctuations in the cost, availability and quality of raw materials, labor and transportation, could cause manufacturing delays and increase our costs; we depend upon independent third parties for the manufacture and delivery of all our merchandise, and a disruption of the manufacture or delivery of our merchandise could result in lost sales and could increase our costs; our ability to attract customers to our stores depends, in part, on the success of the shopping malls or area attractions that our stores are located in or around; we rely on the experience and skills of our senior executive officers, the loss of whom could have a material adverse effect on our business; our reliance on two distribution centers domestically and third-party distribution centers internationally makes us susceptible to disruptions or adverse conditions affecting our distribution centers; our litigation exposure could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations; our inability or failure to adequately protect our trademarks could have a negative impact on our brand image and limit our ability to penetrate new markets; fluctuations in our tax obligations and effective tax rate may result in volatility in our operating results; extreme weather conditions and the seasonal nature of our business may cause net sales to fluctuate and negatively impact our results of operations; our facilities, systems and stores, as well as the facilities and systems of our vendors and manufacturers, are vulnerable to natural disasters, pandemic disease and other unexpected events, any of which could result in an interruption to our business and adversely affect our operating results; the impact of war or acts of terrorism could have a material adverse effect on our operating results and financial condition; changes in the regulatory or compliance landscape could adversely affect our business and results of operations; our Asset-Based Revolving Credit Agreement and our Term Loan Agreement include restrictive covenants that limit our flexibility in operating our business; and, compliance with changing regulations and standards for accounting, corporate governance and public disclosure could adversely affect our business, results of operations and reported financial results.

About Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) is a leading, global specialty retailer of apparel and accessories for Men, Women and Kids through three renowned brands.  The iconic Abercrombie & Fitch brand embodies American casual luxury.  With an updated attitude that reflects the character, charisma and confidence of today’s 20+ consumer, Abercrombie & Fitch remains true to its 125-year heritage of creating expertly crafted products with an effortless, American style.   The Hollister brand epitomizes the liberating and carefree spirit of the endless California summer for the teen market.  abercrombie kids creates smart, playful apparel for children ages 3-14, celebrating the wide-eyed wonder of childhood. The brands share a commitment to offering products of enduring quality and exceptional comfort that allow consumers around the world to express their own individuality and style.

The Company operates over 900 stores under these brands across North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, as well as the e-commerce sites www.abercrombie.com and www.hollisterco.com.

Today at 8:30 AM, Eastern Standard Time, the company will conduct a conference call. Management will discuss the company's performance and its plans for the future and will accept questions from participants. To listen to the conference call, dial (888) 428-9496 and ask for the Abercrombie & Fitch Quarterly Call or go to www.abercrombie.com. The international call-in number is (719) 325-2201. This call will be recorded and made available by dialing the replay number (888) 203-1112 or the international number (719) 457-0820 followed by the conference ID number 7343043 or through www.abercrombie.com.

Investor Contact:

Media Contact:

Brian Logan

Michael Scheiner

(614) 283-6877

(614) 283-6192

Investor_Relations@abercrombie.com

Public_Relations@abercrombie.com

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

Thirteen Weeks Ended

Net Sales

October 31, 2015

821,734

878,572

Cost of sales, exclusive of depreciation and amortization

310,995

318,785

Gross profit

510,739

559,787

386,609

392,942

105,307

117,698

Asset impairment

12,076

Other operating income, net

(3,919

Operating income

19,645

40,990

Interest expense, net

Income before taxes

15,036

36,404

Tax expense (benefit)

(5,881

42,285

Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

Net income attributable to Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

41,891

Net income per share attributable to Abercrombie & Fitch Co.:

Diluted

Weighted-average shares outstanding:

67,975

68,866

68,277

69,265

Thirty-nine Weeks Ended

% of Net Sales

2,290,377

2,405,750

876,810

924,552

1,413,567

1,481,198

1,138,644

1,173,773

331,473

345,077

Restructuring benefit

(1,598

18,209

(16,835

(7,018

Operating loss

(46,071

(47,245

13,856

13,792

Loss before taxes

(59,927

(61,037

Tax benefit

(17,540

(40,688

Net loss

(42,387

(20,349

Net loss attributable to Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

(44,835

(22,165

Net loss per share attributable to Abercrombie & Fitch Co.:

67,848

69,363

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands)

October 31, 2015

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and equivalents

469,720

588,578

405,611

Receivables

71,235

56,868

62,132

Inventories, net

516,146

436,701

601,541

Deferred income taxes, net

34,344

Other current assets

93,170

96,833

109,527

Total current assets

1,150,271

1,178,980

1,213,155

Property and equipment, net

827,996

894,178

918,926

Other assets

358,201

359,881

380,663

TOTAL ASSETS

2,336,468

2,433,039

2,512,744

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

228,880

184,175

303,992

Accrued expenses

266,761

321,237

309,209

Short-term portion of deferred lease credits

20,623

23,303

25,031

Income taxes payable

Short-term portion of borrowings, net

Total current liabilities

526,122

534,703

644,410

Long-term liabilities:

Long-term portion of deferred lease credits

77,800

89,256

96,993

Long-term portion of borrowings, net

285,029

286,235

288,091

Leasehold financing obligations

48,810

47,440

48,370

Other liabilities

179,085

179,683

166,002

Total long-term liabilities

590,724

602,614

599,456

Total Abercrombie & Fitch Co. stockholders' equity

1,211,667

1,291,063

1,265,164

Noncontrolling interests

Total stockholders' equity

1,219,622

1,295,722

1,268,878

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

REPORTING AND USE OF GAAP AND NON-GAAP MEASURES

The company believes that each of the non-GAAP financial measures presented in this news release are useful to investors as they supplement investors' understanding of comparability across periods and provide the ability to measure the company’s operating performance excluding the effect of certain items that the company believes do not reflect its future operating outlook. Management used these non-GAAP financial measures during the periods presented to assess the company's performance, to make decisions about how to allocate resources and to develop expectations for future operating performance. In addition, the company provides certain financial information on a constant currency basis to enhance investors' understanding of underlying business trends and operating performance. The effect from foreign currency, calculated on a constant currency basis, is determined by applying current period exchange rates to prior year results and is net of the year-over-year impact from hedging. Non-GAAP financial measures should be used supplemental to, not as an alternative to, the company's GAAP financial results, and may not be the same as similar measures presented by other companies.

Schedule of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Thirteen Weeks Ended October 29, 2016

Excluded Items

Adjusted

Non-GAAP

(6,000

111,307

13,645

(6,479

Net income per diluted share attributable to Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

Diluted weighted-average shares outstanding:

"GAAP" refers to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

Excluded Items consist of benefits of

$6.0 million

related to an indemnification recovery of certain legal settlements recognized in the second quarter of Fiscal 2015.

The tax effect of excluded items is computed as the difference between the effective tax rate calculated with and without the non-GAAP adjustments on income (loss) before taxes and provision for income taxes.

Thirteen Weeks Ended October 31, 2015

Gross profit

(2,573

557,214

392,359

Asset impairment

10,086

51,076

46,490

Tax (benefit) expense

19,060

13,179

(8,974

32,917

$2.6 million

related to recovery on inventory previously written down.

Excluded Items consist of charges of

$0.6 million

related to accelerated depreciation and disposal costs associated with a decision to discontinue the use of certain store fixtures.

$12.1 million

related to stores whose asset carrying value exceeded fair value.

Thirty-nine Weeks Ended October 29, 2016

337,473

Other operating income, net

(12,282

(4,553

(11,926

(57,997

(71,853

Tax benefit

(1,768

(19,308

(10,158

(54,993

Net loss per diluted share attributable to Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

related to a store whose asset carrying value exceeded fair value.

$12.3 million

related to the settlement of certain economic loss claims.

Thirty-nine Weeks Ended October 31, 2015

21,667

1,502,865

1,167,108

17,523

327,554

Restructuring benefit

Operating (loss) income

62,466

15,221

(Loss) income before taxes

35,961

(4,727

Net (loss) income attributable to Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

26,505

Net (loss) income per diluted share attributable to Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

69,808

$21.7 million

related to an inventory write-down, net of recoveries.

Excluded Items consist of charges of $4.2 million related to accelerated depreciation and disposal costs associated with a decision to discontinue the use of certain store fixtures, $1.8 million related to lease termination and store closure costs, and $0.7 million related to the company's continuous profit improvement program.

$15.8 million

related to legal settlement charges and

related to the company's profit improvement initiative.

$1.6 million

related to favorable terms associated with Gilly Hicks brand restructuring charges previously recognized.

Excluded Items consist of charges of $12.1 million related to stores whose asset carrying value exceeded fair value,

$4.5 million

related to the discontinued use of certain store fixtures and

related to the company-owned aircraft which was sold in the second quarter of Fiscal 2015.

Store Count Activity

(1)(2)

July 30, 2016

Closed

January 30, 2016

Includes Abercrombie & Fitch and abercrombie kids brands.

Excludes one international franchise store as of

Excludes three international franchise stores as of

, and excludes two international franchise stores as of

The above information was disclosed in a filing to the SEC. To see the filing, click here.

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