March 15, 2007 at 16:05 PM EDT
True Religion Apparel Reports 2006 Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Financial Results
Highlights: -- Annual net sales increase 36% to $139.0 million -- Net income for 2006 increased 25.3% to $24.4 million, or $1.04 per diluted share, after giving effect to a previously noted $0.08 charge related to a one-time settlement expense and to a banking expense that together amounted to approximately $1.9 million, net of tax -- Fourth quarter net sales increased 17% to $29.8 million, diluted EPS of $0.21 -- Company bolsters infrastructure with new senior designer of women's sportswear and head of merchandising; signs licensing deals for footwear and headwear, outerwear in January -- Branded retail platform grows in the 2006 fourth quarter and into 2007 with eight leases for stores in Short Hills, Oyster Bay, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Corte Madera, and Valley Fair; one new outlet in Woodbury Common. Company opens stores in Desert Hills, Robertson Blvd., New York City and Miami Beach

True Religion Apparel, Inc. (Nasdaq: TRLG) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2006.

Net sales for the 2006 fourth quarter increased 17% to $29.8 million from $25.5 million in the 2005 fourth quarter. Net income grew 32.7% to $4.9 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, compared with net income of $3.7 million, or $0.16 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2005. Results in 2005 include a non-recurring legal settlement charge equal to $0.06 per diluted share.

Our business for the fourth quarter and the full year reflected strong performance in revenue, margins and earnings, and capped a year of growth and continued investment in our future, said Jeff Lubell, Chief Executive Officer of True Religion Apparel, Inc. We entered into 2007 with a growing design team whose influence is exemplified by a greatly expanded product line, including denim, sportswear and newly licensed products, all of which were well received during the recent tradeshow season in the U.S. and Europe. We also are seeing strong momentum in our branded retail platform, and sales in our stores in Manhattan Beach, Robertson Blvd., Soho, South Beach and Desert Hills have exceeded our expectations. Thus far in 2007, we have signed four new leases for stores in Houston, Corte Madera near San Francisco, and Valley Fair in San Jose, plus an outlet store in Woodbury Common, NY, and opened our Miami Beach store. We anticipate that this will be another transformational year for True Religion as we establish our company and brand for long-term growth.

Gross profit in the fourth quarter increased to $16.1 million from $13.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2005. Fourth quarter 2006 gross margins increased to 54.1% compared with 51.1%, in the same period last year.

Selling, general and administrative expenses in the quarter increased to $9.1 million from $4.8 million in the 2005 fourth quarter, primarily reflecting ongoing infrastructure enhancements including personnel, facilities, warehousing, replenishment systems, legal fees associated with new distributor agreements and trademarks, SOX 404 implementation, marketing initiatives and both retail pre-opening and normal operating expenses based on the increased number of stores.

For the year ended December 31, 2006, net sales increased 36% to $139.0 million from $102.6 million in the same period last year. Excluding unusual expenses related to the balance of the Indigo Group arbitration settlement and legal and professional fees related to the companys ongoing engagement of Goldman Sachs, which together amounted to approximately $1.9 million after income taxes, or $0.08 per diluted share, net income grew 34.9% to $26.3 million, or $1.12 per diluted share. On a reported basis, net income rose 25.6% to $24.4 million, or $1.04 per diluted share, versus $19.5 million, or $0.84 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2005.

Management believes that including non-GAAP net income and net income per diluted share for the current period provides a useful and relevant measure for comparative year-over-year operating performance. Refer to the attached table for details regarding the basis for the adjusted net income per diluted share calculation.

Gross profit for the 2006 fiscal year was $73.6 million, compared with $52.6 million last year. Gross margins for the period increased to 53.0% from 51.3% in fiscal 2005.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the 2006 fiscal year were $32.7 million, compared with $18.6 million in the prior year.

Investor Conference Call

True Religion management will host a conference call to discuss the financial results and answer questions today at 4:30 p.m. ET. The conference call will be available to all interested parties through a live webcast at www.truereligionbrandjeans.com and www.earnings.com. Please visit the Web site at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to register and download any necessary software. For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, the call will be archived for a year at both sites. A telephone replay of the call will be available for approximately one week following the conclusion of the call by dialing (888) 203-1112 (domestic) or (719) 457-0820 (international) and entering passcode: 7854025.

About True Religion Apparel, Inc.

True Religion Apparel, Inc. is a growing, design-based premium global lifestyle brand. The company designs, manufactures and markets True Religion Apparel products, including its premium True Religion Brand Jeans. Its expanding product line, which includes high quality distinctive styling and fit, may be found in premier department stores and boutiques in 50 countries including the United States, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Scandinavia, Greece, Italy, Mexico, South America, Australia, South Africa, the Middle East, Korea, Japan, and China. For more information, please visit www.truereligionbrandjeans.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based upon our current expectations and speak only as of the date hereof. Our actual results may differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements as a result of various factors and uncertainties, including uncertainties as to the nature of the apparel industry, including changing customer demand and tastes, seasonality, customer acceptance of new products, the impact of competitive products and pricing, dependence on existing management and general economic conditions. Our Annual Report on Form 10-K, recent and forthcoming Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, recent Current Reports on Form 8-K, and other SEC filings discuss some of the important risk factors that may affect our business, results of operations and financial condition. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason.

True Religion Apparel, Inc.

Consolidated Condensed Statements of Operations and Balance Sheet

QUARTER ENDED

YEAR ENDED

12/31/0612/31/0512/31/0612/31/05
Net Sales $29,794,144  $25,471,135  $139,046,380  $102,572,446 
Cost of Goods Sold 13,686,847  12,451,007  65,427,277  49,964,420 
Gross Profit 16,107,297  13,020,128  73,619,103  52,608,025 
Selling, G & A 9,104,456  4,829,044  32,669,048  18,586,524 
Operating Income 7,002,841  8,191,084  40,950,055  34,021,501 
Other (Income)/Expense
Settlement Expense 2,140,000  2,106,475  2,140,000 
Investment banking 250,338  892,620 
Interest and Other Income (380,261) (76,534) (804,355) (82,100)
Income before Tax 7,132,764  6,127,618  38,755,315  31,977,027 
Income tax expense 2,240,000  2,440,244  14,320,000  12,469,000 
Net Income $4,892,764  $3,687,374  $24,435,315  $19,508,027 
Net Income per share: basic $0.21  $0.16  $1.07  $0.90 
Net Income per share: diluted $0.21  $0.16  $1.04  $0.84 
Average shares outstanding 23,576,500  23,179,500  23,576,500  23,179,500 
Balance sheet12/31/0612/31/05
Cash $44,877,637  $9,436,632 
Inventory 9,399,305  10,052,748 
Total Assets $80,167,345  $43,991,691 
Total Shareholders Equity $67, 483, 041  $35,293,006 

True Religion Apparel, Inc.

Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Adjusted Net Income (1)

QUARTER ENDED

YEAR ENDED

12/31/0612/31/0512/31/0612/31/05

Reported Comprehensive Income

4,892,764  3,687,374  24,435,315  19,508,027 

Add: Settlement Expense

2,140,000  2,106,475  2,140,000 

Add: Banking Expense

250,339  892,620 

Income tax effect of Settlement and Banking Expense

(93,000) (835,000) (1,110,000) (835,000)

Adjusted Net Income

5,050,103  4,992,374  26,330,410  20,813,027 

Adjusted Net Income per diluted share

$0.21  $0.22  $1.12  $0.90 

Average shares outstanding

23,576,500  23,179,500  23,576,500  23,179,500 

(1) Effect of an adjustment for non-recurring legal settlement expense and for legal and investment banking expenses associated with a review of strategic alternatives.

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