American Eagle Outfitters Acquires Tailgate Clothing Company



PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (NYSE:AEO) today announced the
acquisition of Tailgate Clothing Company, which owns and operates
Tailgate, a vintage, sports-inspired apparel brand with a college town
store concept, and Todd Snyder New York, a premium menswear brand.
Founder and Creative Director, Todd Snyder joins as Executive Vice
President, reporting to Chad Kessler, Global Brand President, American
Eagle Outfitters. Jimmy Olsson joins as Vice President and will continue
to lead the day-to-day operations of Tailgate and Todd Snyder New York.
The purchase price was approximately $11 million paid in cash and stock.

“We are thrilled to add these unique brands to our portfolio, which
provide exciting new business opportunities,” said Jay Schottenstein,
Interim CEO. “Todd and Jimmy bring exceptional creative talent and
operational skills. They will continue to lead the business, as our
organization remains focused on driving continued momentum and profit
improvement. Capital investments in the Tailgate and Todd Snyder brands
will be paced, with a test and scale approach based on profitability and
return on investment.”

“Joining a leading American retailer is an exciting step for our brands
and provides a strong foundation for future growth,” said Todd Snyder.
“Our new Tailgate store concept is an ideal outlet to integrate AE jeans
and apparel, creating a unique lifestyle destination on college
campuses. I look forward to contributing to AEO’s future success.”

Todd Snyder joins with an extensive background in retail apparel. He
launched the Tailgate brand in 1997, followed by his eponymous menswear
collection in 2011. Prior to this, Todd spent more than two decades in
retail apparel, including Designer for Polo Ralph Lauren, the Director
of Menswear for the Gap, and SVP of Menswear at J. Crew. He was named
GQ’s 2012 Best New Menswear Designer, and a 2012, 2013 and 2014 Council
of Fashion Designers of America Award Nominee. Tailgate offers
merchandise at,
as well as the first college town store operating in Iowa City, Iowa.
The Tailgate store concept is based on a unique localized approach, with
its merchandise collections bringing quality and style to traditional
college apparel. Todd Snyder New York offers a premium menswear
collection inspired by Savile Row craftsmanship, military tailoring, and
a distinct New York sensibility. Todd Snyder New York is offered in
select department stores and boutiques, as well as online at

Third Quarter Update

In the third quarter, comparable sales increased 9%. The company is
raising its third quarter EPS expectation to approximately $0.34 per
diluted share, representing growth of 55% from adjusted EPS of $0.22
last year. The previous EPS guidance range was $0.28 to $0.31. The
guidance is from continuing operations and excludes potential asset
impairment and restructuring charges.

“In a highly challenging retail environment, we are extremely pleased to
see our AE and Aerie brand customers respond positively to product and
quality enhancements. We continue to experience greater full-priced
selling and less promotional activity, resulting in profit margin
expansion,” said Jay Schottenstein. “As we look ahead, we are optimistic
about the upcoming holiday season and will continue executing
customer-focused initiatives while delivering returns to shareholders.”

The company will report third quarter financial results on December 2,
2015. The company will host a conference call and real time webcast at
4:15 p.m. Eastern Time on that date. To listen to the call, dial
1-877-407-0789 or internationally dial 1-201-689-8562 or go to
to access the webcast and audio replay.

Non-GAAP Measures

This press release includes information on non-GAAP financial measures
(“non-GAAP” or “adjusted”), including earnings per share information.
These financial measures are not based on any standardized methodology
prescribed by U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) and
are not necessarily comparable to similar measures presented by other
companies. The company believes that this non-GAAP information is useful
as an additional means for investors to evaluate the company’s operating
performance, when reviewed in conjunction with the company’s GAAP
financial statements. These amounts are not determined in accordance
with GAAP and therefore, should not be used exclusively in evaluating
the company’s business and operations.

GAAP to Non-GAAP EPS Reconciliation
13 Weeks Ended
November 1, 2014
GAAP Diluted EPS $ 0.05
Add back: Asset Impairment and Corporate Overhead Reduction Charges(1): 0.17
Non-GAAP Diluted EPS $ 0.22

(1) Non-GAAP adjustments consist of $33.5 million of corporate and store
asset impairments and $17.7 million of severance and related employee
costs and corporate charges.

About American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.

American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (NYSE: AEO) is a leading global
specialty retailer offering high-quality, on-trend clothing, accessories
and personal care products at affordable prices under its American Eagle
Outfitters® and Aerie® brands. The company
operates more than 1,000 stores in the United States, Canada, Mexico,
China, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, and ships to 81 countries
worldwide through its websites. American Eagle Outfitters and Aerie
merchandise also is available at 125 international stores operated by
licensees in 20 countries. For more information, please visit

“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform
Act of 1995: This release contains forward-looking statements, which
represent our expectations or beliefs concerning future events,
including third quarter 2015 results. All forward-looking statements
made by the company involve material risks and uncertainties and are
subject to change based on factors beyond the company’s control. Such
factors include, but are not limited to the risk that the company’s
operating, financial and capital plans may not be achieved and the risks
described in the Risk Factor Section of the company’s Form 10-K and Form
10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Accordingly, the
company’s future performance and financial results may differ materially
from those expressed or implied in any such forward-looking statements.
The company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its
forward-looking statements even if future changes make it clear that
projected results expressed or implied will not be realized.


American Eagle Outfitters Inc.
Kristen Zaccagnini, 412-432-3300