Genesco, the owner of Journey’s, reported its results for the quarter and year ended January 10th in early March. A couple of days later they made an investor presentation that discussed these results. I’ll talk briefly about their numbers, but what really caught my attention was their discussion of the retail environment and their retail strategy.
Genesco operates 2,270 retail stores in the United States and Canada. 90% of their revenues are retail and 10% wholesale. Revenues for the year were $1.57 billion, up only slightly from the previous year’s $1.55 billion. Earnings for the year were $28.8 million compared to $150.8 million the prior year, but there was a huge legal settlement that accounted for $124 million of the difference. The company says that adjusting for that settlement and some other non operating items, earnings from continuing operations grew from $40.8 to $43.1 million. Net earnings per share declined from $1.87 to $1.81.