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Cpi Corp (CPICQ) SEC Filing 10-Q Quarterly report for the period ending Saturday, November 10, 2012

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EXHIBIT 99.1
 
 
 
 
 

CPI Corp.
news for immediate release     FOR RELEASE August 30, 2012
 
 
 
 
 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

NAME
Jane Nelson
 
FROM
 
CPI Corp.
ADDRESS
1706 Washington Avenue
 
CITY
 
St. Louis
STATE, ZIP
Missouri, 63103
 
TELEPHONE
 
(314) 231-1575
 
 
 
 
 

CPI CORP. ANNOUNCES 2012 SECOND-QUARTER RESULTS

ST. LOUIS, August 30, 2012 - CPI Corp. (OTCQX: CPIC) today reported the results for the fiscal 2012 second quarter ended July 21, 2012.

Fiscal 2012 second-quarter net sales declined 25% to $53.4 million from $70.8 million in the prior-year second quarter.
Second-quarter PictureMe Portrait Studio® brand comparable store sales, described herein, decreased 11% versus the same period last year.
Second-quarter Sears Portrait Studio brand comparable store sales, described herein, decreased 15% versus the same period last year.
Second-quarter Kiddie Kandids® comparable store sales, described herein, decreased 5% versus the same period last year.

Fiscal 2012 second-quarter Adjusted EBITDA (see reconciliation below) declined to a loss of ($3.4) million from a loss of ($1.9) million in the prior-year second quarter due to comparable store sales declines, offset in part by cost reductions.

Fiscal 2012 second-quarter diluted EPS declined to a loss of ($4.94) per share from a loss of ($0.89) per share in the prior-year period primarily due to comparable store sales declines, impairments and certain other charges.





The following information was filed by Cpi Corp (CPICQ) on Thursday, August 30, 2012 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.


 

UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q
(Mark One)

x     QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended November 10, 2012                                                                                or

o     TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from ___________________ to ____________________

Commission file number 1-10204

CPI Corp.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Delaware
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
 
1706 Washington Ave., St. Louis, Missouri
(Address of principal executive offices)
43-1256674
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
 
63103
(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: 314/231-1575
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act: None

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:
Common Stock, par value $0.40 per share

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.   x Yes   o No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Website, if any, every Interactive Date File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§299.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).  x Yes  o No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer or a smaller reporting company.  See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act:

Large accelerated filer o     Non-accelerated filer o     Accelerated filer x     Smaller reporting company x

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act).     o Yes    x No

As of December 26, 2012, 7,200,318 shares of the registrant’s common stock were outstanding.

 
 
 
 
 





CPI CORP.
INDEX TO QUARTERLY REPORT ON FORM 10-Q
40 WEEKS ENDED NOVEMBER 10, 2012



PART I.
 
FINANCIAL INFORMATION
 
Page
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 1.
Financial Statements:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
November 10, 2012 (Unaudited) and February 4, 2012
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
16 and 40 Weeks Ended November 10, 2012 and November 12, 2011
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
16 and 40 Weeks Ended November 10, 2012 and November 12, 2011
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
40 Weeks Ended November 10, 2012
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
40 Weeks Ended November 10, 2012 and November 12, 2011
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Controls and Procedures
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PART II.
 
OTHER INFORMATION
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Legal Proceedings
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Risk Factors
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Exhibits
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1. Financial Statements

CPI CORP.
Interim Consolidated Balance Sheets - Assets
(Unaudited)


in thousands
 
November 10, 2012
 
February 4, 2012
 
 
 
ASSETS
 
 
 
 
Current assets:
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
3,912

 
$
8,524

Accounts receivable:
 
 
 
 
Trade
 
3,115

 
4,173

Other
 
674

 
443

Inventories
 
8,007

 
7,952

Prepaid expenses and other current assets
 
5,058

 
3,988

Refundable income taxes
 

 
255

 
 
 
 
 
Total current assets
 
20,766

 
25,335

 
 
 
 
 
Property and equipment:
 
 
 
 
Land
 
1,785

 
2,185

Buildings and building improvements
 
20,221

 
22,698

Leasehold improvements
 
3,530

 
4,022

Photographic, sales and manufacturing equipment
 
113,634

 
116,895

Property not in use (Note 5)
 

 
3,401

Total
 
139,170

 
149,201

Less accumulated depreciation and amortization
 
131,806

 
131,400

Property and equipment, net
 
7,364

 
17,801

 
 
 
 
 
Prepaid debt fees
 
588

 
1,112

Goodwill
 

 
9,772

Intangible assets, net
 
16,746

 
30,436

Deferred tax assets
 
3,081

 
1,362

Other assets
 
7,651

 
8,712

 
 
 
 
 
TOTAL ASSETS
 
$
56,196

 
$
94,530


See accompanying footnotes to the interim consolidated financial statements.

1



CPI CORP.
Interim Consolidated Balance Sheets – Liabilities and Stockholders’ Deficit
(Unaudited)


in thousands, except share and per share data
 
November 10, 2012
 
February 4, 2012
 
 
 
LIABILITIES
 
 
 
 
Current liabilities:
 
 
 
 
Current portion of long-term debt (Note 8)
 
$
79,388

 
$
74,000

Accounts payable
 
5,815

 
5,322

Accrued employment costs
 
6,409

 
6,622

Customer deposit liability
 
14,134

 
12,930

Income taxes payable
 
68

 

Sales taxes payable
 
3,722

 
2,788

Deferred income taxes
 
3,081

 
1,393

Accrued advertising expenses
 
1,064

 
1,318

Accrued expenses and other liabilities
 
22,767

 
12,131

 
 
 
 
 
Total current liabilities
 
136,448

 
116,504

 
 
 
 
 
Long-term debt, less current maturities (Note 8)
 

 

Accrued pension plan obligations
 
22,267

 
23,043

Other liabilities
 
16,125

 
13,796

 
 
 
 
 
Total liabilities
 
174,840

 
153,343

 
 
 
 
 
CONTINGENCIES (Note 13)
 


 


 
 
 
 
 
STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT
 
 
 
 
Preferred stock, no par value, 1,000,000 shares authorized; no shares outstanding
 

 

Preferred stock, Series A, no par value, 200,000 shares authorized; no shares outstanding
 

 

Common stock, $0.40 par value, 16,000,000 shares authorized; 9,097,361 and 9,134,956 shares outstanding at November 10, 2012 and February 4, 2012, respectively
 
3,639

 
3,654

Additional paid-in capital
 
32,222

 
31,892

Retained losses
 
(83,841
)
 
(23,809
)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
 
(22,562
)
 
(22,501
)
 
 
(70,542
)
 
(10,764
)
Treasury stock - at cost, 1,897,043 and 2,097,043 shares at November 10, 2012 and February 4, 2012, respectively
 
(47,848
)
 
(47,900
)
 
 
 
 
 
Total CPI Corp. stockholders' deficit
 
(118,390
)
 
(58,664
)
Noncontrolling interest in subsidiary
 
(254
)
 
(149
)
 
 
 
 
 
Total stockholders' deficit
 
(118,644
)
 
(58,813
)
 
 
 
 
 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT
 
$
56,196

 
$
94,530


See accompanying footnotes to the interim consolidated financial statements.

2



CPI CORP.
Interim Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)

in thousands, except share and per share data
16 Weeks Ended
 
40 Weeks Ended
 
November 10, 2012
 
November 12, 2011
 
November 10, 2012
 
November 12, 2011
Net sales
$
69,501

 
$
94,554

 
$
192,747

 
$
254,023

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cost and expenses:
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Cost of sales (exclusive of depreciation and amortization)
6,951

 
8,626

 
17,423

 
20,949

Selling, general and administrative expenses
67,193

 
92,914

 
180,005

 
233,347

Depreciation and amortization
2,031

 
4,609

 
6,084

 
12,363

Impairments
3,955

 

 
25,843

 

Other charges
3,135

 
699

 
9,837

 
5,043

 
83,265

 
106,848

 
239,192

 
271,702

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Loss from continuing operations
(13,764
)
 
(12,294
)
 
(46,445
)
 
(17,679
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest expense, net
6,068

 
1,286

 
11,204

 
2,562

Other expense, net
78

 
281

 
129

 
228

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Loss from continuing operations before income taxes
(19,910
)
 
(13,861
)
 
(57,778
)
 
(20,469
)
Income tax expense (benefit)
176

 
(7,442
)
 
283

 
(8,803
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net loss from continuing operations
(20,086
)
 
(6,419
)
 
(58,061
)
 
(11,666
)
Net loss from discontinued operations, net of income tax benefit (Note 4)
(120
)
 
(830
)
 
(2,076
)
 
(1,220
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net loss
(20,206
)
 
(7,249
)
 
(60,137
)
 
(12,886
)
Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest
23

 
1

 
(105
)
 
(139
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NET LOSS ATTRIBUTABLE TO CPI CORP.
$
(20,229
)
 
$
(7,250
)
 
$
(60,032
)
 
$
(12,747
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Amounts Attributable to CPI Corp. Common Stockholders:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net loss from continuing operations, net of income tax expense (benefit)
$
(20,109
)
 
$
(6,420
)
 
$
(57,956
)
 
$
(11,527
)
Net loss from discontinued operations, net of income tax benefit
(120
)
 
(830
)
 
(2,076
)
 
(1,220
)
Net loss
$
(20,229
)
 
$
(7,250
)
 
$
(60,032
)
 
$
(12,747
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net Loss per Common Share Attributable to CPI Corp.:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net loss per share from continuing operations-basic and diluted
$
(2.79
)
 
$
(0.91
)
 
$
(8.14
)
 
$
(1.64
)
Net loss per share from discontinued operations-basic and diluted
(0.02
)
 
(0.12
)
 
(0.29
)
 
(0.17
)
Net loss per share-basic and diluted
$
(2.81
)
 
$
(1.03
)
 
$
(8.43
)
 
$
(1.81
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding-basic and diluted
7,200,318

 
7,039,858

 
7,118,255

 
7,026,855


See accompanying footnotes to the interim consolidated financial statements.

3



CPI CORP.
Interim Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss
(Unaudited)


in thousands
16 Weeks Ended
 
40 Weeks Ended
 
November 10, 2012
 
November 12, 2011
 
November 10, 2012
 
November 12, 2011
Net loss
$
(20,206
)
 
$
(7,249
)
 
(60,137
)
 
$
(12,886
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other comprehensive income (loss):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Foreign currency translation adjustments
58

 
(511
)
 
(61
)
 
(80
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Comprehensive loss
(20,148
)
 
(7,760
)
 
(60,198
)
 
(12,966
)
Less: Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest
23

 
1

 
(105
)
 
(139
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Comprehensive loss attributable to CPI Corp.
$
(20,171
)
 
$
(7,761
)
 
$
(60,093
)
 
$
(12,827
)

See accompanying footnotes to the interim consolidated financial statements.



4



CPI CORP.
Interim Consolidated Statement of Changes in Stockholders’ Deficit
(Unaudited)


Forty weeks ended November 10, 2012

in thousands, except share data
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Common stock
 
Additional paid-in capital
 
Retained losses
 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
 
Treasury stock,
at cost
 
Noncontrolling interest
 
Total
Balance at February 4, 2012
$
3,654

 
$
31,892

 
$
(23,809
)
 
$
(22,501
)
 
$
(47,900
)
 
$
(149
)
 
$
(58,813
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net loss

 

 
(60,032
)
 

 

 
(105
)
 
(60,137
)
Total other comprehensive loss, (consisting of foreign exchange impact)

 

 

 
(61
)
 

 

 
(61
)
Surrender of employee shares for taxes (11,596 shares)
(5
)
 
(13
)
 

 

 

 

 
(18
)
Issuance of treasury stock (200,000 shares, at cost)

 

 

 

 
52

 

 
52

Issuance of stock warrants

 
350

 

 

 

 

 
350

Forfeiture of restricted stock awards (25,999 shares)
(10
)
 
(222
)
 

 

 

 

 
(232
)
Forfeiture of stock options

 
(93
)
 

 

 

 

 
(93
)
Stock-based compensation recognized

 
308

 

 

 

 

 
308

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Balance at November 10, 2012
$
3,639

 
$
32,222

 
$
(83,841
)
 
$
(22,562
)
 
$
(47,848
)
 
$
(254
)
 
$
(118,644
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

See accompanying footnotes to the interim consolidated financial statements.

5



CPI CORP.
Interim Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)


in thousands
 
40 Weeks Ended
 
 
November 10, 2012
 
November 12, 2011
Reconciliation of net loss to cash flows used in operating activities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net loss
 
$
(60,137
)
 
$
(12,886
)
 
 
 
 
 
Adjustments for items not requiring (providing) cash:
 
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
 
6,084

 
12,363

Amortization of prepaid debt fees and other non-cash interest expense
 
3,279

 
426

Amortization of stock warrants
 
266

 

Loss from discontinued operations
 
2,076

 
1,220

Stock-based compensation expense
 
(17
)
 
1,390

Issuance of common stock to Sears
 
52

 

Loss (gain) on sale of assets held for sale
 
103

 
(159
)
Loss on disposition of property and equipment
 
435

 

Impairment of goodwill
 
9,719

 

Impairment of property and equipment
 
3,835

 

Impairment of intangible assets
 
12,289

 

Deferred income tax provision
 
(129
)
 
(9,936
)
Pension, supplemental retirement plan and profit sharing expense
 
350

 
1,213

Other
 

 
29

 
 
 
 
 
Increase (decrease) in cash flow from operating assets and liabilities:
 
 
 
 
Accounts receivable
 
819

 
(2,634
)
Inventories
 
(96
)
 
(4,179
)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
 
(1,324
)
 
(821
)
Accounts payable
 
502

 
4,427

Contribution to pension plan
 
(1,114
)
 
(2,335
)
Accrued expenses and other liabilities
 
9,064

 
1,424

Deferred lease fees
 
86

 
894

Income taxes payable
 
422

 
(2,485
)
Deferred revenues and related costs
 
1,321

 
2,607

Other
 

 
187

 
 
 
 
 
Cash flows used in continuing operations
 
(12,115
)
 
(9,255
)
Cash flows used in discontinued operations
 
(930
)
 
(2,791
)
Cash flows used in operating activities
 
(13,045
)
 
(12,046
)

See accompanying footnotes to the interim consolidated financial statements.


6



CPI CORP.
Interim Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (continued)
(Unaudited)


in thousands
 
40 Weeks Ended
 
 
November 10, 2012
 
November 12, 2011
Cash flows used in operating activities
 
(13,045
)
 
(12,046
)
 
 
 
 
 
Cash flows provided by financing activities:
 
 
 
 
Borrowings under revolving credit facility
 
123,048

 
147,500

Repayments on revolving credit facility
 
(117,660
)
 
(122,900
)
Payment of debt issuance costs
 
(855
)
 

Proceeds from lease financing obligation
 
2,817

 

Cash dividends
 

 
(5,270
)
Purchase of treasury stock
 

 
(1,087
)
Surrender of employee shares for taxes
 
(18
)
 
(690
)
Other
 

 
(2
)
Cash flows provided by financing activities
 
7,332

 
17,551

 
 
 
 
 
Cash flows provided by (used in) investing activities:
 
 
 
 
Additions to property and equipment
 
(2,514
)
 
(7,107
)
Proceeds from sale of assets held for sale
 
3,772

 
800

Proceeds from liquidation of Rabbi Trust
 

 
760

Other
 

 
8

Cash flows provided by (used in) investing activities for continuing operations
 
1,258

 
(5,539
)
Cash flows used in investing activities for discontinued operations
 
(170
)
 
(856
)
Cash flows provided by (used in) investing activities
 
1,088

 
(6,395
)
 
 
 
 
 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents
 
13

 
116

 
 
 
 
 
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents
 
(4,612
)
 
(774
)
 
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year
 
8,524

 
5,363

 
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period
 
$
3,912

 
$
4,589

 
 
 
 
 
Supplemental cash flow information:
 
 
 
 
Interest paid
 
$
2,537

 
$
1,788

 
 
 
 
 
Income taxes (received) paid, net
 
$
(21
)
 
$
3,324

 
 
 
 
 
Supplemental non-cash financing activities:
 
 
 
 
Issuance of treasury stock under the Employee Profit Sharing Plan
 
$

 
$
800

Issuance of common stock, restricted stock and stock options to employees and directors
 
$
28

 
$
1,634

Issuance of stock warrants
 
$
350

 
$

Issuance of common stock to Sears
 
$
52

 
$

See accompanying footnotes to the interim consolidated financial statements.

7

CPI CORP.
Notes to Interim Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)


NOTE 1 - DESCRIPTION OF BUSINESS AND INTERIM CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

CPI Corp. ("CPI", the "Company" or "we") is a holding company engaged, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries and partnerships, in selling and manufacturing professional portrait photography of young children, individuals and families and offers other related products and services.

As of November 10, 2012, the Company operates 2,701 professional portrait studios, 176 of which are temporary in nature, throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico, principally under lease and license agreements with Walmart and license agreements with Sears and Toys "R" Us.  The Company also operates websites that support and complement its Walmart, Sears and Toys "R" Us studio operations.  These websites serve as vehicles to archive, share portraits via email (after a portrait session) and order additional portraits and products.

The Company's fiscal year ends on the first Saturday in February. Unless otherwise stated, references to years in this report relate to fiscal years rather than to calendar years. Fiscal year 2012 refers to the 52-week period ended February 2, 2013. Fiscal year 2011 refers to the 52-week period ended February 4, 2012. The interim consolidated financial statements as of and for the 16 and 40 weeks ended November 10, 2012, are unaudited and reflect all adjustments (consisting only of normal recurring accruals), which are, in the opinion of management, necessary for a fair presentation of the results for the interim periods presented.  The interim consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in the CPI Corp. 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K for its fiscal year ended February 4, 2012.  The results of operations for the interim periods should not be considered indicative of results to be expected for the full year.

During the 16-week period ended November 10, 2012, the Company recorded adjustments related to the closure of thirteen (13) studio locations subject to operating leases, which resulted in a net expense of $756,000, to correct errors in previously recognized liabilities for operating leases recorded during the 12-week period ended July 21, 2012. These correcting adjustments are out of period because they relate to the Company's interim consolidated financial statements as of and for the 12-week period ended July 21, 2012. The amount of such adjustments was not material to the consolidated results of operations for the 12-week period ended July 21, 2012 or the 16-week period ended November 10, 2012. The expense was recorded to Other charges in the interim consolidated statements of operations for the 16 and 40 weeks ended November 10, 2012.

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period.  Significant estimates include, but are not limited to, insurance reserves; depreciation; recoverability of long-lived assets and goodwill; defined benefit retirement plan assumptions and income tax.  Actual results could differ from those estimates.

Certain reclassifications have been made to the 2011 financial statements to conform with the current year presentation.

For purposes of this report, the Walmart studio operations are operating within CPI Corp. under the tradenames PictureMe Portrait Studio® in the U.S., Walmart Portrait Studios in Canada and Estudios Fotografia de Walmart in Mexico, collectively "PMPS" or the "PMPS brand". The Sears studio operations are operating as Sears Portrait Studios (“SPS” or the “SPS brand”) the the Toys "R" Us studio operations are operating as Kiddie Kandids Portrait Studios (“KKPS” or the “KKPS brand”).

Until the second quarter of fiscal year 2012, the Company provided wedding photography and videography services and products through its subsidiary, Bella Pictures Holdings, LLC ("Bella Pictures®"). On December 17, 2012, the Company sold the Bella Pictures® tradename, certain assets and all remaining customer contracts. The sale will result in a net cash payout of approximately $195,000, primarily related to customer deposits received on open contracts. Also in the second quarter of 2012, the Company discontinued its Portrait Gallery from Bella Pictures ("Portrait Gallery") operations (see Note 4).

NOTE 2  - LIQUIDITY

The Company's primary sources of liquidity have historically been cash flows from operations and the borrowing capacity available under its Credit Agreement. Its business is highly seasonal, with significant operating cash flow historically being generated in the fiscal fourth quarter. Liquidity is needed to satisfy the Company's operating cash flow needs, to meet debt service obligations as they come due under the Credit Agreement, and to provide for any necessary capital maintenance spending to support operations.

As a result of profit shortfalls in the third quarter of fiscal 2011, and noncompliance with the leverage ratio covenant (as defined, Total Funded Debt to EBITDA) at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2011, the Company entered into an amendment (the "First

8

CPI CORP.
Notes to Interim Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)

Amendment") to the Credit Agreement (the “Credit Agreement”) on December 16, 2011, which suspended the leverage ratio test for the quarter ended November 12, 2011; reduced the revolving commitment from $105 million to $90 million; and suspended dividend and other restricted payments, including share repurchases.

The reduction in available borrowing capacity resulting from the First Amendment, coupled with a significant reduction in earnings and operating cash flow, has resulted in significant liquidity challenges for the Company. The Company incurred a net loss of $60.1 million for the 40 weeks ended November 10, 2012, and used $13.0 million of cash for operations. As of November 10, 2012, the Company's current liabilities of $136.4 million (including $79.4 million due under its Credit Agreement) exceeded current assets of $20.8 million, and there was a total stockholders' deficit of $118.6 million.

At February 4, 2012 and April 28, 2012, the Company was not in compliance with several covenants under the Credit Agreement. On May 23, 2012, the Company entered into a forbearance agreement with its lenders that, among other items, suspended the lenders rights and remedies under the Credit Agreement through July 21, 2012. Based on the Company's default status under the Credit Agreement, the lenders had the right to provide the Company with notice to call the loan. Under the forbearance agreement, that right was relinquished until July 21, 2012 and certain restrictions were placed on the Company during the forbearance period. On June 6, 2012, the Company entered into the Second Amendment to the Credit Agreement (the “Second Amendment”), which waived the existing defaults and terminated the forbearance period.

The Second Amendment provided for revolving commitment limits of $90 million on June 6, 2012, $94 million on June 12, 2012, $95 million on July 22, 2012, $94 million on September 15, 2012, $90 million on November 10, 2012 and $85 million on December 11, 2012 and thereafter, subject to the Company's satisfaction of certain conditions and covenants. The Credit Agreement, as amended by the Second Amendment, matures on December 31, 2012 and bears interest at an annual base rate of 3.25% payable in cash on a monthly basis. Additionally, under the Second Amendment, all outstanding revolving loans (including both base-rate loans and LIBOR loans) and all outstanding accumulated and unpaid interest other than the 3.25% cash interest are now defined as Payment in Kind ("PIK") Obligations and accrue interest at a rate of fourteen percent (14%) per annum (“PIK interest”). This PIK interest accrues monthly and is due and payable in full, in cash upon termination of the Credit Agreement. Fifteen business days after the quarters ending July 21, 2012 and November 10, 2012, the amount by which adjusted EBITDA (as defined, net earnings from continuing operations before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization and other non-cash charges) exceeded ($4.8) million and $1.4 million, respectively, was to be paid in cash to reduce the PIK Obligation. At the end of each week, any cash amounts exceeding $5.0 million must be paid to reduce the revolving loans under the Credit Agreement within two (2) business days. In connection with the Second Amendment, the Company is required to pay to the lenders an amendment fee of $1.8 million, which is payable at maturity.

Other terms of the Second Amendment include, but are not limited to:
The Company granted the lenders warrants to purchase an aggregate amount equal to 19.9% of the common stock of the Company, calculated on a fully-diluted basis at the time of exercise. See further discussion in Note 9.
The Company is required to provide financial statements for each 4-week period, weekly 13-week cash flow statements and weekly compliance certificates to the lenders.
The Company engaged a Chief Restructuring Officer.
The Company engaged an Investment Bank to solicit offers to purchase the Company and/or the debt outstanding under the Credit Agreement. The Company began soliciting offers during the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 and expects a targeted close during the first quarter of 2013. Management has developed a plan for an orderly liquidation in the event the Company is unable to execute restructuring alternatives that are acceptable to the lenders.
In connection with the Second Amendment, the Company executed amendments to its host agreements with Walmart and Sears, which, among other items, deferred payment of certain lease charges and fees.
The financial covenants included in the Credit Agreement were replaced with:
Minimum Period Cumulative EBITDAR - assigned for each 4 week period for periods five through 11, which totals $5.2 million;
Minimum Weekly Cumulative Gross Sales Revenue - gross sales related to the Sears and Walmart contracts are established on a weekly basis and total $169.8 million for the period May 27, 2012 through January 5, 2013;
Minimum Weekly Cash - not permitted to be less than $2.3 million for any calendar week.
The Company's properties in St. Louis, Missouri, Matthews, North Carolina, and Charlotte, North Carolina were sold during fiscal year 2012. Proceeds from these sales were applied to pay down the revolving loans with net proceeds obtained from the sale of the Charlotte, North Carolina facility permanently reducing the borrowing commitment levels. Also during fiscal year 2012, the Company transitioned all of the processing activities formerly in Charlotte, North Carolina to its processing facility in St. Louis, Missouri.

On August 28, 2012, the Company entered into the Third Amendment to the Credit Agreement (the "Third Amendment"), which

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eliminated the excess EBITDA required payment after the quarter ending July 21, 2012 and extended the permanent reduction of borrowing commitment levels related to the net proceeds obtained from the sale of the Charlotte, North Carolina facility until December 1, 2012.

On November 9, 2012, the Company entered into the Fourth Amendment to the Credit Agreement (the "Fourth Amendment"), which extended the revolving commitment of $94 million to November 12, 2012 and increased the revolving commitment limit from $90 million to $91.2 million from November 13, 2012 to and including November 20, 2012. Subsequently, the limit was reduced to $90 million as originally stipulated in the Second Amendment.

As of November 10, 2012, the Company was not in compliance with certain provisions of its Credit Agreement, as amended, including the Minimum Period Cumulative EBITDAR covenant and certain studio closure and lease abandonment provisions. Since that time, the Company has also fallen out of compliance with several additional covenants and such noncompliance exists as of December 31, 2012. The Company is currently negotiating a forbearance agreement with the lenders to, among other items, delay them from exercising their rights and remedies under the Credit Agreement until mid-January. There can be no assurances that the lenders will grant such waivers or amendments on commercially reasonable terms, if at all.

If sales trends do not improve, our available liquidity from cash flows from operations will be materially adversely affected. There can be no assurance that we will be able to improve cash flows from operations, or that we will be able to comply with the terms of the Credit Agreement, as amended. Currently, the Company does not have sufficient resources to repay amounts as they become due under the Credit Agreement. If we are unable to address our liquidity shortfall or comply with the terms of our Credit Agreement, as amended, then our business and operating results would be materially adversely affected, and the Company may then need to further curtail its business operations, reorganize its capital structure, or liquidate.

The Credit Agreement and amounts owed thereunder are currently due. The Company is currently negotiating a forbearance agreement with the lenders to, among other items, delay them from exercising their rights and remedies under the Credit Agreement until mid-January. If the Company is unable to secure additional amendments to the Credit Agreement, the Company may be forced into an orderly liquidation or bankruptcy. The outcome of restructuring and sale initiatives required by the Credit Agreement, as amended, is uncertain and involves matters that are outside of the Company's control.

The Company's interim consolidated financial statements have been prepared assuming that it will continue as a going concern; however, the conditions noted above raise substantial doubt about the Company's ability to do so. The interim consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments relating to the recoverability and classification of asset carrying amounts or the amount of and classification of liabilities that may result should the Company be unable to continue as a going concern.

NOTE 3  - INVENTORIES

Inventories consist of:
in thousands
 
November 10, 2012
 
February 4, 2012
Raw materials - film, paper and chemicals
 
$
1,536

 
$
1,668

Portraits in process
 
2,398

 
1,886

Bella Pictures® work in process
 
295

 
379

Finished portraits pending delivery
 
195

 
80

Frames and accessories
 
230

 
314

Studio supplies
 
2,374

 
2,450

Equipment repair parts and supplies
 
561

 
742

Other
 
418

 
433

 
 
 
 
 
Total
 
$
8,007

 
$
7,952


These balances are net of obsolescence reserves totaling $82,000 and $86,000 at November 10, 2012 and February 4, 2012, respectively.



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NOTE 4 - DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

During the second quarter of fiscal 2012, the Company discontinued its Portrait Gallery operations in order to eliminate unprofitable operations. Sales and operating results for this operation included in discontinued operations are as follows:
in thousands
 
16 Weeks Ended
 
40 Weeks Ended
 
 
November 10, 2012
 
November 12, 2011
 
November 10, 2012
 
November 12, 2011
Discontinued operations:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net sales
 
$

 
$
471

 
$
883

 
$
504

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating loss
 
$
(120
)
 
$
(1,338
)
 
$
(2,076
)
 
$
(1,967
)
Tax benefit
 

 
(508
)
 

 
(747
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net loss from discontinued operations
 
$
(120
)
 
$
(830
)
 
$
(2,076
)
 
$
(1,220
)
The net loss consists of costs to operate the Portrait Gallery operations until they were discontinued in the second quarter of fiscal 2012. Amounts also include asset write-offs and certain closure costs incurred through the third quarter of fiscal 2012.

NOTE 5  - ASSETS HELD FOR SALE AND PROPERTY NOT IN USE

In connection with the Company’s June 8, 2007, acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Portrait Corporation of America (“PCA”) and certain of its affiliates and assumption of certain liabilities of PCA (the “PCA Acquisition”), the Company acquired a manufacturing facility located in Matthews, North Carolina, and excess parcels of land located in Charlotte, North Carolina.  In fiscal 2008, the Company ceased use of the excess parcels of land and the manufacturing facility, respectively, and committed to a plan to sell such assets as they were no longer required by the business. The Company had been actively marketing these assets for sale; however, they did not meet the criteria for “held for sale accounting” under FASB ASC Topic 360, “Property, Plant and Equipment” (“ASC Topic 360”).  Accordingly, the Company presented these assets within Property and equipment (“Property not in use”), subject to depreciation as applicable, between the periods November 13, 2010 and April 28, 2012.

The major classes of assets included in Property not in use at February 4, 2012 are as follows:
in thousands
 
February 4, 2012
Land
 
$
996

Buildings and building improvements (1)
 
2,405

 
 
 
Property not in use
 
$
3,401


(1)
Cumulative depreciation expense of $210,000 related to the buildings and building improvements is included in the total accumulated depreciation and amortization line in the Interim Consolidated Balance Sheet at February 4, 2012.

During the second quarter of 2012, the Company reevaluated the "held for sale accounting" classification criteria and, based on offers received for the Matthews, North Carolina facility and certain requirements imposed by the Second Amendment to the Credit Agreement, the Matthews facility and excess parcels of land were reclassified from Property and equipment (“Property not in use”) to Assets held for sale on the Interim Consolidated Balance Sheet as of July 21, 2012. In addition, the Company determined the processing facility in Charlotte, North Carolina also met the criteria for “held for sale accounting” under ASC Topic 360, and reclassified those assets from Property and equipment to Assets held for sale as of July 21, 2012.

At the time an asset qualifies for “held for sale accounting”, the asset is evaluated to determine whether or not the carrying value exceeds its fair value less cost to sell. Any loss as a result of the carrying value being in excess of fair value less cost to sell is recorded in the period the asset meets “held for sale accounting”. Management judgment is required to assess the criteria required to meet “held for sale accounting” and estimate the expected net amount recoverable upon sale. During the second quarter of 2012, the Company valued the Matthews facility based on the contract offer received on the property. The Company valued the Charlotte facility and excess parcels of land based on verbal offers received on the properties. Based on this analysis, the Company determined the carrying values of the Matthews and Charlotte facilities exceeded the estimates of each facility's fair value less cost to sell by approximately $413,000 and $1,672,000, respectively, and recorded charges in the Impairments line in the Interim

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Consolidated Statements of Operations for the 40 weeks ended November 10, 2012.

During the third quarter of 2012, the Company completed the sales of the Matthews and Charlotte facilities and recorded a loss on disposal of $16,000 and $87,000, respectively, in the Other charges line in the Interim Consolidated Statements of Operations for the 16 and 40 weeks ended November 10, 2012.

NOTE 6  - GOODWILL AND INTANGIBLE ASSETS

In connection with the PCA Acquisition, the Company recorded goodwill in the excess of the purchase price over the fair value of assets acquired and liabilities assumed in accordance with SFAS No. 141, “Business Combinations” (“SFAS No. 141”).  Under SFAS No. 141, goodwill is not amortized and instead is periodically evaluated for impairment.

The following table summarizes the Company’s goodwill:
in thousands
 
November 10, 2012
 
February 4, 2012
PCA Acquisition
 
$

 
$
9,613

Translation impact on foreign balances
 

 
159

 
 
 
 
 
Balance, end of period
 
$

 
$
9,772


Historically, the Company has performed its annual goodwill impairment test at the end of its second quarter, or more frequently if circumstances indicate the potential for impairment. In view of declining operating results over the past year, the Company has performed interim goodwill impairment tests during each of its fiscal quarters. The key item of consideration was the Company's estimates of future cash flows, the most significant assumption being the Company's expectation of future PMPS studio sales levels, and other relevant factors.

In the fourth fiscal quarter of 2011, the Company performed a goodwill impairment test as of its fiscal year ended February 4, 2012, and determined the carrying amounts of goodwill in its PMPS and SPS reporting units exceeded their fair value. As such, the Company performed the second step and determined that the goodwill recorded was impaired by approximately $12.1 million at that time. As of February 4, 2012, the Company had remaining goodwill recorded in its PMPS reporting unit of approximately $9.8 million.

At the end of its 2012 first fiscal quarter, the Company considered possible impairment triggering events and concluded that no goodwill impairment was indicated at that date. At the end of the Company's 2012 second fiscal quarter, the Company completed its annual impairment test and concluded that the carrying amount of goodwill in its PMPS reporting unit exceeded its fair value. Key items of consideration in the annual impairment test included the Company's estimates of future cash flows and the Second Amendment to the Credit Agreement (see Note 8), which requires the Company to be marketed for sale. The Company then performed the second step of the goodwill impairment test and determined that the remaining goodwill recorded was fully impaired and recorded a charge of $9.7 million, which was recorded in the Impairments line in the Interim Consolidated Statements of Operations for the 40 weeks ended November 10, 2012.

In connection with the PCA Acquisition, the Company also acquired intangible assets related to the host agreement with Walmart and the customer list.  These assets were recorded in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 350, “Intangibles-Goodwill and Other” (“ASC Topic 350”).  The host agreement with Walmart and the customer list are being amortized over their useful lives of 21.5 years using the straight-line method and 6 years using an accelerated method, respectively.  During fiscal year 2010, in connection with the acquisition of certain assets of Kiddie Kandids, LLC in an auction approved by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Utah (the “Kiddie Kandids asset acquisition”) and the Bella Pictures® Acquisition, the Company also acquired a customer list and tradename, respectively.  These assets were recorded in accordance with ASC Topic 350.  The customer list and tradename are being amortized over their useful lives of 5.5 years using an accelerated method and 10 years using the straight-line method, respectively.


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The following table summarizes the Company’s amortized intangible assets as of November 10, 2012:
in thousands
 
Net Balance at Beginning of Year
 
Impairments
 
Accumulated Amortization
 
Translation Impact of Foreign Balances
 
Net Balance at End of Period
Acquired host agreement
 
$
29,958

 
$
(11,898
)
 
$
(1,263
)
 
$
(51
)
 
$
16,746

Acquired customer lists
 
202

 
(132
)
 
(69
)
 
(1
)
 

Acquired tradename
 
276

 
(259
)
 
(17
)
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
$
30,436

 
$
(12,289
)
 
$
(1,349
)
 
$
(52
)
 
$
16,746


The Company reviews its intangible assets with definite useful lives, consisting primarily of the PMPS host agreement, under ASC Topic 360, which requires the Company to review for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of such assets may not be recoverable.  Recoverability of intangible assets with definite useful lives is measured by a comparison of the carrying amount of the asset to the estimated future undiscounted cash flows expected to be generated by such assets.  If such assets are considered to be impaired, the impairment is measured by the amount by which the carrying amount of the assets exceeds the fair value of the assets, which is determined on the basis of discounted cash flows.

As of July 21, 2012, the Company determined that possible impairment triggering events under ASC Topic 360 had occurred, particularly in light of the Second Amendment to the Credit Agreement (see Note 8), which requires the Company to be marketed for sale. By themselves, the cash flows generated through the expected date of sale do not recover the assets; however, the Company also included the estimated future cash flows resulting from the sale of its business. Upon analysis, the Company determined that the carrying amounts of the PMPS host agreement and Kiddie Kandids customer list exceeded their fair value, and accordingly recognized impairment charges of $8.8 million and $47,000, respectively, in the second fiscal quarter of 2012. In addition, the Company determined that the carrying amount of the Bella Pictures® tradename was fully impaired and recorded a charge of $259,000 in the second fiscal quarter of 2012. The impairment charges are recorded in the Impairments line in the Interim Consolidated Statements of Operations for for the 40 weeks ended November 10, 2012.

As of November 10, 2012, the Company again determined that possible impairment triggering events under ASC Topic 360 had occurred. Information gathered during the sale process caused the Company to reevaluate the estimated future cash flows resulting from the sale of its business. As a result, the Company determined that the carrying amount of the PMPS host agreement exceeded its fair value, and accordingly recognized an impairment charge of $3.1 million in the third fiscal quarter of 2012. In addition, the Company determined that the carrying amounts of the PMPS and Kiddie Kandids customer lists were fully impaired and recorded charges totaling $85,000 in the third fiscal quarter of 2012. The impairment charges are recorded in the Impairments line in the Interim Consolidated Statements of Operations for for the 16 and 40 weeks ended November 10, 2012.

The Company's estimates of future sale value contained several subjective assumptions. Should the estimated sale values used to determine future cash flows change by 5%, the value of the PMPS host agreement would be impacted by $1.0 million.

NOTE 7  - OTHER ASSETS AND OTHER LIABILITIES

Included in Prepaid expenses and other current assets as of November 10, 2012 is $1.3 million related to deposits made with certain vendors.

Included in Accrued expenses and other liabilities as of November 10, 2012, and February 4, 2012, is $5.4 million and $4.2 million, respectively, in accrued host commissions and $3.2 million and $3.4 million as of November 10, 2012, and February 4, 2012, respectively, related to accrued worker’s compensation.

Included in both Other assets and Other liabilities is $7.5 million and $7.7 million as of November 10, 2012, and February 4, 2012, respectively, related to worker’s compensation insurance claims that exceed the deductible of the Company and that will be paid by the insurance carrier.  Since the Company is not released as primary obligor of the liability, it is included in both Other assets as a receivable from the insurance company and in Other liabilities as an insurance liability.

NOTE 8  - BORROWINGS

On August 30, 2010, the Company entered into the Credit Agreement with the financial institutions that are or may from time to time become parties thereto and Bank of America, N.A., as administrative agent for the lenders, and as swing line lender and

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issuing lender.  The Credit Agreement makes available to the Company a revolving credit facility which includes letters of credit and replaces the Company's former facility.

Prior to the Second Amendment, the Credit Agreement was a four-year revolving credit facility, expiring in August 2014, with a borrowing amount of up to $105 million and a sub-facility for letters of credit in an amount not to exceed $25 million.  The obligations of the Company under the Credit Agreement are secured by (i) a guaranty from certain material direct and indirect domestic subsidiaries of the Company, and (ii) a lien on substantially all of the assets of the Company and such subsidiaries.

Prior to the amendments discussed below, the revolving loans under the Credit Agreement bore interest, at the Company’s option, at either the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”) plus a spread ranging from 2.25% to 3.0%, or an alternative base rate plus a spread range from 1.25% to 2.0%.  The alternative base rate was the greater of Bank of America, N.A. prime rate, the Federal Funds rate plus 0.5% or the one month British Bankers’ Association LIBOR plus 1.0% (the “Base Rate”). The interest rate spread in the case of LIBOR and Base Rate loans and the payment of the non−use and letter of credit fees was dependent on the Company’s Total Funded Debt to EBITDA ratio, as defined in the Credit Agreement.

On December 16, 2011, the Company entered into an amendment to the Credit Agreement (the "First Amendment") that included a suspension of the leverage ratio test for the quarter ended November 12, 2011; a reduction of the revolving commitment under the Credit Agreement from $105 million to $90 million; and suspension of dividend and other restricted payments, including share repurchases. If the leverage ratio test for the quarter ended November 12, 2011 had not been suspended, the Company would not have been in compliance with this covenant.

At February 4, 2012 and April 28, 2012, the Company was not in compliance with several covenants under the Credit Agreement. On May 23, 2012, the Company entered into a forbearance agreement with its lenders that, among other items, suspended the lenders rights and remedies under the Credit Agreement through July 21, 2012. Based on the Company's default status under the Credit Agreement, the lenders had the right to provide the Company with notice to call the loan. Under the forbearance agreement, that right was relinquished until July 21, 2012 and certain restrictions were placed on the Company during the forbearance period. On June 6, 2012, the Company entered into the Second Amendment to the Credit Agreement (the “Second Amendment”), which waived the existing defaults and terminated the forbearance period.

The Second Amendment provided for revolving commitment limits of $90 million on June 6, 2012, $94 million on June 12, 2012, $95 million on July 22, 2012, $94 million on September 15, 2012, $90 million on November 10, 2012 and $85 million on December 11, 2012 and thereafter, subject to the Company's satisfaction of certain conditions and covenants. The Credit Agreement, as amended by the Second Amendment, matures on December 31, 2012 and bears interest at an annual base rate of 3.25% payable in cash on a monthly basis. Additionally, under the Second Amendment, all outstanding revolving loans (including both base-rate loans and LIBOR loans) and all outstanding accumulated and unpaid interest other than the 3.25% cash interest are now defined as Payment in Kind ("PIK") Obligations and accrue interest at a rate of fourteen percent (14%) per annum (“PIK interest”). This PIK interest accrues monthly and is due and payable in full, in cash upon termination of the Credit Agreement. Fifteen business days after the quarters ending July 21, 2012 and November 10, 2012, the amount by which adjusted EBITDA (as defined, net earnings from continuing operations before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization and other non-cash charges) exceeded ($4.8) million and $1.4 million, respectively, was to be paid in cash to reduce the PIK Obligation. At the end of each week, any cash amounts exceeding $5.0 million must be paid to reduce the revolving loans under the Credit Agreement within two (2) business days. In connection with the Second Amendment, the Company is required to pay to the lenders an amendment fee of $1.8 million, which is payable at maturity.

Other terms of the Second Amendment include, but are not limited to:
The Company granted the lenders warrants to purchase an aggregate amount equal to 19.9% of the common stock of the Company, calculated on a fully-diluted basis at the time of exercise. See further discussion in Note 9.
The Company is required to provide financial statements for each 4-week period, weekly 13-week cash flow statements and weekly compliance certificates to the lenders.
The Company engaged a Chief Restructuring Officer.
The Company engaged an Investment Bank to solicit offers to purchase the Company and/or the debt outstanding under the Credit Agreement. The Company began soliciting offers during the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 and expects a targeted close during the first quarter of 2013. Management has developed a plan for an orderly liquidation in the event the Company is unable to execute restructuring alternatives that are acceptable to the lenders.
In connection with the Second Amendment, the Company executed amendments to its host agreements with Walmart and Sears, which, among other items, deferred payment of certain lease charges and fees.
The financial covenants included in the Credit Agreement were replaced with:
Minimum Period Cumulative EBITDAR - assigned for each 4 week period for periods five through 11, which

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totals $5.2 million;
Minimum Weekly Cumulative Gross Sales Revenue - gross sales related to the Sears and Walmart contracts are established on a weekly basis and total $169.8 million for the period May 27, 2012 through January 5, 2013;
Minimum Weekly Cash - not permitted to be less than $2.3 million for any calendar week.
The Company's properties in St. Louis, Missouri, Matthews, North Carolina, and Charlotte, North Carolina were sold during fiscal year 2012. Proceeds from these sales were applied to pay down the revolving loans with net proceeds obtained from the sale of the Charlotte, North Carolina facility permanently reducing the borrowing commitment levels. Also during fiscal year 2012, the Company transitioned all of the processing activities formerly in Charlotte, North Carolina to its processing facility in St. Louis, Missouri.

On August 28, 2012, the Company entered into the Third Amendment to the Credit Agreement (the "Third Amendment"), which eliminated the excess EBITDA required payment after the quarter ending July 21, 2012 and extended the permanent reduction of borrowing commitment levels related to the net proceeds obtained from the sale of the Charlotte, North Carolina facility until December 1, 2012.

On November 9, 2012, the Company entered into the Fourth Amendment to the Credit Agreement (the "Fourth Amendment"), which extended the revolving commitment of $94 million to November 12, 2012 and increased the revolving commitment limit from $90 million to $91.2 million from November 13, 2012 to and including November 20, 2012. Subsequently, the limit was reduced to $90 million as originally stipulated in the Second Amendment.

As of November 10, 2012, the Company had a net available borrowing capacity of $812,000.

As of November 10, 2012, the Company was not in compliance with certain provisions of its Credit Agreement, as amended, including the Minimum Period Cumulative EBITDAR covenant and certain studio closure and lease abandonment provisions. Since that time, the Company has also fallen out of compliance with several additional covenants and such noncompliance exists as of December 31, 2012. The Company is currently negotiating a forbearance agreement with the lenders to, among other items, delay them from exercising their rights and remedies under the Credit Agreement until mid-January. There can be no assurances that the lenders will grant such waivers or amendments on commercially reasonable terms, if at all.

The Credit Agreement and related loan documents, as amended, contain terms and provisions, including representations, covenants and conditions.  The financial covenants are defined above.  Other covenants include limitations on lines of business, additional indebtedness, liens and negative pledge agreements, incorporation of other debt covenants, guarantees, investments and advances, cancellation of indebtedness, restricted payments, modification of certain agreements and instruments, inconsistent agreements, leases, consolidations, mergers and acquisitions, sale of assets, subsidiary dividends, and transactions with affiliates.

The Credit Agreement, as amended, also contains customary events of default, including nonpayment of the principal of any loan or letter of credit obligation, interest, fees or other amounts; inaccuracy of representations and warranties; violation of covenants; certain bankruptcy events; cross−defaults to other material obligations and other indebtedness (if any); change of control of events; material judgments; certain ERISA−related events; and the invalidity of the loan documents (including the collateral documents).  If an event of default occurs and is continuing under the Credit Agreement, the lenders may terminate their obligations thereunder and may accelerate the payment by the Company and the subsidiary guarantors of all of the obligations due under the Credit Agreement and the other loan documents.

The Credit Agreement and amounts owed thereunder are currently due. Accordingly, borrowings of $79.4 million under the revolving credit facility have been recorded as current liabilities as of November 10, 2012. Borrowings of $74.0 million were recorded as current liabilities as of February 4, 2012 due to non-compliance with several covenants.

As of November 10, 2012, the Company has recorded unamortized prepaid debt fees of approximately $504,000 pertaining to the Credit Agreement, which are being amortized over the life of the revolving commitment.

NOTE 9  - STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Issuance of Warrants
On June 6, 2012, in connection with the Second Amendment to the Credit Agreement (see Note 8), the Company granted the lenders warrants to purchase an aggregate amount equal to 19.9% of the shares of common stock of the Company, calculated on a fully-diluted basis at the time of exercise. In effect, the lenders shall have the right to purchase 19.9% of the common stock of the Company, as determined on the exercise date, until the warrants are exercised in full.

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The exercise price of the each warrant is $0.40 per share and may be exercised at any time through June 6, 2018. Warrants are not exercisable to the extent (but only to the extent) that the warrant holder or any of its affiliates would beneficially own in excess of 4.99% of the common stock, unless the warrant holder provides sixty (60) days' prior written notice to the Company.

Under the terms of the warrants, except for certain transactions, should the Company enter into any of the following transactions, any successor entity must assume all obligations of the Company under the warrant agreement (each a "Fundamental Transaction"):
consolidate or merge with or into any other person; or
dispose of all or substantially all of its respective properties or assets to any other person; or
allow any other person to make a purchase, tender or exchange offer that is accepted by the holders of more than 50% of the outstanding shares of voting stock of the Company; or
consummate a stock or share purchase agreement or other business combination with any other person whereby such other person acquires more than 50% of the outstanding shares of voting stock of the Company; or
reorganize, recapitalize or reclassify the common stock of the Company.

Notwithstanding the above, in connection with the closing of a Fundamental Transaction, the Company may require the holder to exercise its warrants immediately prior to the closing of said Fundamental Transaction.

The Company estimated the fair value of the warrants using the Black-Scholes-Merton valuation model.  The term used was six years and is equal to the contractual term of the warrants. For valuation purposes, the Company expects 100% of the warrants to be exercised and the dividend yield to be zero. The Company determined that its historical stock price volatility over a six-year period was an appropriate indicator of expected volatility.  The interest rate was determined based on the average of the U.S. Treasury's five-year and seven-year daily yield curve rates in effect at the time of grant.  The Company’s assumptions are as follows:
Expected term until exercise (years)
6.0

Expected dividends
%
Expected stock price volatility
100.00
%
Weighted average historical stock price volatility
100.30
%
Risk-free interest rate
0.92
%

The weighted-average grant-date fair value of stock warrants granted was $350,000 and recorded in Additional paid-in capital on the Interim Consolidated Balance Sheet.

Stock Issuance

On June 5, 2012, the Company entered into a letter agreement with Sears, Roebuck and Co., a New York corporation, under which the Company issued 200,000 shares of common stock of the Company to Sears pursuant to a nonpublic offering under Section 4(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

NOTE 10  - STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION PLANS

At November 10, 2012, the Company had outstanding awards under various stock-based employee compensation plans, which are described more fully in Note 13 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in the Company’s 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

On July 17, 2008, the stockholders approved the CPI Corp. Omnibus Incentive Plan (the "Plan").  Total shares of common stock approved for delivery pursuant to awards under the Plan as approved on July 17, 2008, and amended on August 11, 2010, were 1.1 million shares.  The Company has reserved these shares under its authorized, unissued shares.  At November 10, 2012, 539,820 of these shares remained available for future grants.

The Company accounts for stock-based compensation plans in accordance with ASC Topic 718, "Compensation – Stock Compensation" (“ASC Topic 718”), which requires companies to recognize the cost of awards of equity instruments, such as stock options and restricted stock, based on the fair value of those awards at the date of grant.


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CPI CORP.
Notes to Interim Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)

Stock Option Plans

The following table summarizes the changes in stock options during the 40 weeks ended November 10, 2012:
 
 
Shares
 
Weighted-Average
Exercise Price
 
Weighted-Average
Remaining Contractual
Life (Years)
 
Aggregate
Intrinsic Value (1)
(in thousands)
Options outstanding, beginning of year
 
146,666

 
$
13.02

 
4.53

 
 
Granted
 
50,000

 
1.11

 


 
$

Forfeited
 
(43,333
)
 
13.58

 
 
 
$

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Options outstanding, end of period
 
153,333

 
$
8.98

 
4.99

 
$

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Options exercisable at end of period
 
10,001

 
$
12.21

 
0.87

 
$

(1)
Intrinsic value for activities other than exercises is defined as the difference between the Company's closing stock price on the last trading day of the fiscal 2012 third quarter and the exercise price, multiplied by the number of in-the-money options.  These amounts change based on the quoted market price of the Company's stock.  For exercises, intrinsic value is defined as the difference between the Company's closing stock price on the exercise date and the exercise price, multiplied by the number of options exercised.

There were no share proceeds received from the exercise of stock options for the 40 weeks ended November 10, 2012. On February 13, 2012, the Company granted 50,000 options under the Plan. These service-based options were valued using the Black-Scholes-Merton valuation model.

The Company estimates the fair value of its stock options with market-based performance conditions under the Plan using Monte Carlo simulations.  Weighted-average assumptions used in calculating the fair value of these stock options are included in Note 13 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in the Company’s 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

The Company recognized stock-based compensation expense of $52,000, resulting in a deferred tax benefit of $19,000, for the 40 weeks ended November 10, 2012, based on the grant-date fair values of stock options granted and the derived service periods.  As of November 10, 2012, total unrecognized compensation cost related to nonvested stock options granted under the Plan was $26,000.  This unrecognized compensation cost will be recognized over a weighted-average period of approximately 1 year.

Restricted Stock Plans

All nonvested stock is valued based on the fair market value of the Company’s common stock on the grant date and the value is recognized as compensation expense over the service period. There were no issuances of nonvested stock in the 40 weeks ended November 10, 2012.

Changes in nonvested stock are as follows:
 
 
40 Weeks Ended
 
 
November 10, 2012
 
 
Shares
 
Weighted-Average
Grant-Date Value
Nonvested stock, beginning of year
 
79,729

 
$
14.88

Forfeited
 
(25,999
)
 
14.28

Nonvested stock, end of period
 
53,730

 
$
16.13

 
 
 
 
 
Stock-based compensation expense related to nonvested stock
 
$
256,000

 
 
As of November 10, 2012, total unrecognized compensation cost related to nonvested stock was $252,000.  This unrecognized compensation cost will be recognized over a weighted-average remaining period of approximately 1 year.


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CPI CORP.
Notes to Interim Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)

NOTE 11 - EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLANS

The Company maintains a qualified, noncontributory pension plan that covers all full-time United States employees meeting certain age and service requirements.  The plan provides pension benefits based on an employee’s length of service and the average compensation earned from the later of the hire date or January 1, 1998, to the retirement date.  On February 3, 2004, the Company amended its pension plan to implement a freeze of future benefit accruals under the plan, except for those employees with ten years of service and who had attained age 50 at April 1, 2004, who were grandfathered and whose benefits continued to accrue.  Effective February 20, 2009, the Company amended its pension plan to implement a freeze of future benefit accruals for the remaining grandfathered participants.  The Company’s funding policy is to contribute annually at least the minimum amount required by government funding standards, but not more than is tax deductible.  The Company is fully funded with respect to its fiscal 2011 plan year. Plan assets consist primarily of cash and cash equivalents, fixed income securities, domestic and international equity securities and exchange traded funds.

Beginning in fiscal 2012, net unrecognized actuarial loss for the pension plan will be recognized in earnings over the estimated remaining life of inactive participants under the plan, which now comprises the vast majority of plan participants as a result of retirements and workforce reductions that have occurred in the normal course.

The Company also maintains a noncontributory defined benefit plan providing supplemental retirement benefits for certain current and former key executives.  The cost of providing these benefits is accrued over the remaining expected service lives of the active plan participants.  The supplemental retirement plan is unfunded and as such does not have a specific investment policy or long-term rate of return assumption.  Certain assets previously used to finance these future obligations consisted of investments in a Rabbi Trust.  On July 12, 2011, the Company liquidated the investments held in the Rabbi Trust for $760,000.  Remaining obligations related to current and former key executives will be funded through the Company’s normal operating cash flows.

The following tables set forth the applicable components of net periodic benefit cost for the defined benefit plans:
 
 
16 Weeks Ended
in thousands
 
Pension Plan
 
Supplemental Retirement Plan
 
 
November 10, 2012
 
November 12, 2011
 
November 10, 2012
 
November 12, 2011
Components of net periodic benefit costs:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest cost
 
$
963

 
$
948

 
$
23

 
$
23

Expected return on plan assets
 
(1,022
)
 
(985
)
 

 

Amortization of net loss (gain)
 
195

 
515

 

 
(16
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net periodic benefit cost
 
$
136

 
$
478

 
$
23

 
$
7

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
40 Weeks Ended
in thousands
 
Pension Plan
 
Supplemental Retirement Plan
 
 
November 10, 2012
 
November 12, 2011
 
November 10, 2012
 
November 12, 2011
Components of net periodic benefit costs:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Interest cost
 
$
2,405

 
$
2,369

 
$
58

 
$
59

Expected return on plan assets
 
(2,554
)
 
(2,461
)
 

 

Amortization of net loss (gain)
 
488

 
1,287

 

 
(40
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net periodic benefit cost
 
$
339

 
$
1,195

 
$
58

 
$
19


The Company contributed $1.1 million to its pension plan in the 40 weeks ended November 10, 2012. The majority of those payments were applied to the fiscal 2011 plan year, which is now fully funded. For the fiscal 2012 plan year, the Company missed its required quarterly contributions in July and October 2012 and estimates a current funding shortfall of $985,000. The Company's next required contribution is due January 15, 2013; however, future contributions will be dependent on the Company's ability to generate sufficient cash flows.



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CPI CORP.
Notes to Interim Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)

NOTE 12  - INCOME TAXES

The Company and its subsidiaries file income tax returns in the U.S. federal jurisdiction, many states, and Mexican and Canadian jurisdictions.  The Company is substantially closed to U.S. federal income tax examinations for the years prior to 2009.  Currently, there are no ongoing examinations by state or foreign taxing authorities.

Under the provisions of ASC Subtopic 740-10-25, Income Taxes - Recognition, the Company has no unrecognized tax benefits as of November 10, 2012.

We regularly review our deferred tax assets for realizability, taking into consideration all available evidence, both positive and negative, including cumulative losses, projected future pre-tax and taxable income (losses), the expected timing of the reversals of existing temporary differences and tax planning strategies. During the period ended February 4, 2012, the Company's cumulative losses and uncertainty regarding sufficient future taxable income necessary to realize deferred tax assets have resulted in the recognition of a valuation allowance. In the third quarter of 2012, the Company continues to have a valuation allowance recorded against deferred tax assets, except for future taxable income that will result from the reversal of existing temporary differences for which deferred tax liabilities are recognized.

NOTE 13  - COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

Lease Financing Obligation

During the third quarter of 2012, the Company completed a sale-leaseback transaction of its properties in St. Louis, Missouri. The sale resulted in net proceeds to the Company of $2.8 million, which was used to pay down outstanding long-term debt in connection with certain mandatory prepayment requirements. The lease has an initial term of twenty (20) years with two additional five (5) year options. The Company accounted for this transaction in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 840, “Leases”. Because the lease contains forms of continuing involvement, the transaction does not qualify for sale-leaseback accounting treatment. Accordingly, the Company has accounted for the transaction using the financing method and recorded an obligation equal to the amount received on the sale of the properties. This obligation will be increased/decreased as lease payments are made by the Company. As of November 10, 2012, the outstanding lease financing obligation was $2.8 million and included in Other liabilities on the Interim Consolidated Balance Sheet.

Standby Letters of Credit

As of November 10, 2012, the Company had standby letters of credit outstanding in the principal amount of $13.8 million primarily used in conjunction with the Company’s various large deductible insurance programs.

Legal Proceedings

The Company and two of its subsidiaries are defendants in a lawsuit entitled Shannon Paige, et al. v. Consumer Programs, Inc., filed March 8, 2007, in the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles, Case No. BC367546.  The case was subsequently removed to the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Case No. CV 07-2498-FMC (RCx).  The Plaintiff alleges that the Company failed to pay him and other hourly associates for “off the clock” work and that the Company failed to provide meal and rest breaks as required by law.  The Plaintiff is seeking damages and injunctive relief for himself and others similarly situated.  On October 6, 2008, the Court denied the Plaintiffs' motion for class certification but allowed Plaintiffs to attempt to certify a smaller class, thus reducing the size of the potential class to approximately 200.  Plaintiffs filed a motion seeking certification of the smaller class on November 14, 2008.  The Company filed its opposition on December 8, 2008.  In January 2009, the Court denied Plaintiffs' motion for class certification as to their claims that they worked "off the clock".  The Court also deferred ruling on Plaintiff's motion for class certification as to their missed break claims and stayed the action until the California Supreme Court ruled on a pending case on the issue of whether an employer must merely provide an opportunity for employees to take a lunch break or whether an employer must actively ensure that its employees take the break (Brinker Restaurant v. S. C. (Hohnbaum)).  The California Supreme Court ruled on the Brinker case on April 12, 2012. The Court held that employers do not have to ensure that a meal period is taken, but have only to make it available. Pursuant to order of the Court in the Paige case, the parties filed briefs in May on the impact of the Brinker case. On July 16, 2012, the Court certified a class limited to meal and rest breaks claims for Sears Portrait Studio managers working in California. The parties have commenced post-certification discovery, and the Company will file a motion for class decertification in the coming months. The Company believes the claims are without merit and continues its vigorous defense on behalf of itself and its subsidiaries against these claims, however, an adverse ruling in this case could require the Company to pay damages, penalties, interest and fines. It is not possible to determine the ultimate outcome of this action or to estimate the potential impact on the Company's results of operations, liquidity

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CPI CORP.
Notes to Interim Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)

or financial position.

The Company, several of its current or former officers and employees and The Charles Schwab Trust Company have been named as defendants in a lawsuit entitled Theodore J. Hellmann v. CPI Corporation, et. al., filed November 21, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Case No.: 4:12-cv-02177. The Plaintiff alleges that Defendants are fiduciaries of the CPI Corp. Employees Profit Sharing Plan and Trust (the “Plan”) under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) and that Defendants breached their ERISA fiduciary duties to the Plan's participants whose individual accounts included investments in the Company's common stock during an alleged Class Period of August 31, 2010 to the present, when Plaintiffs allege that the common stock was an imprudent investment. Plaintiff also alleges that all defendants are liable as co-fiduciaries for one another's alleged breaches. Plaintiff purports to assert these claims on behalf of the Plan as well as a proposed class of other Plan participants and requests, among other things, restoration of losses to the Plan, damages, a constructive trust and an allocation of losses allegedly attributable to the decline in the Company's stock price to the accounts of Plan participants. Responsive pleadings are not yet due in this case. Nevertheless, the Company believes the claims are without merit and it will vigorously defend the case on behalf of itself and its officers and employees. It is not possible at this time to determine the ultimate outcome of this action or to estimate the potential impact on the Company's results of operations, liquidity or financial position.

The Company was a defendant in a lawsuit entitled IBEW Local 98 Pension Fund v. CPI Corp., et al., filed January 13, 2012 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Civil Action No. 4:12-CV-75 AGF. IBEW Local 98 Pension Fund (IBEW) commenced a putative securities class action against CPI Corp. (CPI), Renato Cataldo, Dale E. Heins and David M. Meyer on January 13, 2012. The Complaint was brought on behalf of all persons who purchased or otherwise acquired CPI common stock between April 20, 2010 and December 21, 2011, inclusive (the “Class Period”). IBEW alleged on behalf of the purported class that, as a result of the defendants' allegedly false statements and omissions, CPI common stock traded at artificially inflated prices during the Class Period. By court stipulation dated February 9, 2012, the parties agreed that not later than 60 days after entry of an Order appointing Lead Plaintiff and Lead Counsel, the Lead Plaintiff shall file a consolidated amended class action complaint, which shall be deemed the operative complaint and the Defendants shall answer or otherwise respond to the Consolidated Complaint within 60 days after service of the Consolidated Complaint. On March 13, 2012, plaintiffs IBEW and George David filed a motion for appointment as Lead Plaintiffs and for approval of Lead Plaintiffs' Counsel. That motion was granted on August 3, 2012. The parties filed a Stipulation of Voluntary Dismissal on November 6, 2012. The dismissal is with prejudice as to the named plaintiffs, IBEW and George David. The Court entered a Memorandum and Order of Dismissal on November 9, 2012.

The Company was a defendant in a lawsuit entitled Heim v. Meyer, et al., filed on February 24, 2012 in the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court of St. Louis, Missouri, Civil Action No. 1222CC00943. Wayne Heim, derivatively on behalf of the Company, commenced a shareholder derivative action against David M. Meyer, Renato Cataldo, Dale E. Heins, James J. Abel, Michael S. Koeneke, John Turner White, IV, Michael Glazer, Eric Salus and the Company, as a nominal defendant, on February 24, 2012. The complaint alleged breach of fiduciary duty, waste of corporate assets and unjust enrichment by the Individual Defendants, each of whom is or was a director or officer, or both, of the Company during the events alleged. Plaintiffs alleged that the defendants instituted inadequate corporate controls and, as a result, certain defendants made essentially the same allegedly false and misleading statements about CPI's financial performance between April 20, 2010 and December 21, 2011 as alleged in the IBEW securities action described above. Plaintiff further alleged that the defendants permitted a waste of corporate assets by among other things paying excessive compensation to certain of its executive officers and directors, increasing dividend payments and continuing share buybacks. Plaintiffs sought an unspecified amount of damages and specified reforms to the Company's corporate governance. The parties filed a stipulation on April 12, 2012 to stay the matter until 30 days after a ruling on Defendants' motion to dismiss the IBEW Securities action. On November 19, 2012, the parties filed a Stipulation of Dismissal. The Dismissal is with prejudice as to Plaintiff Wayne Heim. The Court entered the Order of Dismissal on December 3, 2012.

The Company is also a defendant in other routine litigation, but does not believe these lawsuits, individually or in combination with the cases described above, will have a material adverse effect on its financial condition.  The Company cannot, however, give assurances that these legal proceedings will not have a material adverse effect on its business or financial condition.

NOTE 14  - SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

Host Agreement Amendment

On December 13, 2012, the Company entered into the Ninth Amendment to the Master Lease Agreement, dated as of June 8, 2007, as amended, by and between the Company and Wal-Mart Stores East, LP, a Delaware limited partnership, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., a Delaware Corporation, Wal-Mart Louisiana, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, Wal-Mart Stores Texas, LLC, a Texas limited partnership, and Wal-Mart Stores Arkansas, LLC, an Arkansas Limited Liability Company (collectively "Walmart").

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CPI CORP.
Notes to Interim Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)

Among other items, this amendment provided that the Company delay lease payments due to Walmart on December 10, 2012, January 10, 2013, February 10, 2013 and March 10, 2013 until April 10, 2013. Interest on the delayed payments is charged at a rate of 9% annually. The amendment also terminated the 2013 deferred payment arrangement stipulated in the Eighth Amendment to the Master Lease Agreement, which was entered into on May 31, 2012.

Sale of Bella Pictures®

On December 17, 2012, CPI Corp. sold substantially all of the wedding business assets (the “Assets”) of Bella Pictures Holdings, LLC, a provider of branded, wedding photography services (the “Transaction”). The Transaction was made pursuant to the Asset Purchase Agreement (the “Agreement”) dated December 17, 2012, by and between Bella Pictures Holdings, LLC a Delaware limited liability company (the “Company” or “Seller”) and The Pros Entertainment Services, Inc., a Pennsylvania corporation (the “Buyer”). In consideration for the assets purchased, the Buyer assumed certain liabilities of the Company, consisting primarily of specified customer fulfillment obligations for weddings booked on and after January 15, 2013, 20% of the contract value of weddings booked on and after January 15, 2013, and a payment of $60,000 to be held in escrow until completion of a transfer of the online hosting of the Bellapictures.com website. The sale will result in a net cash payout of approximately $195,000, primarily related to customer deposits received on open contracts.


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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations is designed to provide the reader of the financial statements with a narrative on the Company’s results of operations, financial position and liquidity, significant accounting policies and critical estimates, and the future impact of accounting standards that have been issued but are not yet effective.  Management’s Discussion and Analysis is presented in the following sections: Executive Overview; Results of Operations; Liquidity and Capital Resources; and Accounting Pronouncements and Policies.  The reader should read Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations in conjunction with the interim consolidated financial statements and related notes thereto contained elsewhere in this document.

All references to earnings per share relate to diluted earnings per common share unless otherwise noted.

EXECUTIVE OVERVIEW

The Company’s Operations

CPI Corp. is a long-standing leader, based on sittings, number of locations and related revenues, in the professional portrait photography of young children, individuals and families.  From a single studio opened by our predecessor company in 1942, we have grown to 2,701 studios, 176 of which are temporary in nature, throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico, principally under lease and license agreements with Walmart and license agreements with Sears and Toys “R” Us.  CPI is the sole operator of portrait studios in Walmart stores and supercenters in all 50 states in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico, as well as Babies “R” Us stores in the U.S.  The Company has provided professional portrait photography for Sears’ customers since 1959 and has been the only Sears portrait studio operator since 1986.

Until the second quarter of fiscal year 2012, the Company provided wedding photography and videography services and products through its subsidiary, Bella Pictures Holdings, LLC ("Bella Pictures®"). On December 17, 2012, the Company sold the Bella Pictures® tradename, certain assets and all remaining customer contracts. The sale will result in a net cash payout of approximately $195,000, primarily related to customer deposits received on open contracts. Also in the second quarter of 2012, the Company discontinued its Portrait Gallery from Bella Pictures ("Portrait Gallery") operations (see Note 4 to the Notes to Interim Consolidated Financial Statements).

Management has determined the Company operates as a single reporting segment offering similar products and services in all locations.

As of the end of the third quarter in fiscal years 2012 and 2011, the Company’s studio counts were:
 
 
November 10, 2012
 
November 12, 2011
Within Walmart stores:
 
 
 
 
United States and Puerto Rico
 
1,350

 
1,535

Canada
 
258

 
255

Mexico
 
104

 
108

 
 
 
 
 
Within Sears stores:
 
 
 
 

United States and Puerto Rico
 
808

 
847

Canada
 
107

 
110

 
 
 
 
 
Within Babies "R" Us stores in the United States
 
44

 
169

 
 
 
 
 
Locations not within above host stores
 
30

 
73

 
 
 
 
 
Total
 
2,701

 
3,097

 
 
 
 
 

As of November 10, 2012, locations not within Walmart, Sears or Babies “R” Us stores include 4 free-standing SPS studio locations, 8 Kiddie Kandids® mall locations and 18 Shooting Star locations (located within Buy Buy Baby stores).


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In the first 40 weeks of fiscal year 2012, the Company closed 361, 17, 138, 19 and 3 underperforming PMPS, SPS, KKPS, Portrait Gallery and Shooting Stars studios, respectively. The determination to close the PMPS, SPS, Portrait Gallery and Shooting Stars studio locations and 35 of the KKPS studio locations was the result of an in-depth analysis by the Company of its portfolio in an effort to focus resources in a manner that will improve short-term cash flows. The decision to close the additional 103 KKPS studio locations was the result of certain minimum sales requirements not being met as stipulated by the host agreement with Toys "R" Us. As a result of the closings, the Company incurred $2.8 million in total exit costs in the first 40 weeks of 2012, which are recorded in the Other charges line in the Interim Consolidated Statement of Operations for the 40 weeks ended November 10, 2012.

A roll-forward of the Company's studio count activity during the first 40 weeks of 2012 is as follows:
 
PMPS
 
SPS
 
KKPS
 
Other
 
Total
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Studio Count as of February 4, 2012
1,895

 
936

 
190

 
37

 
3,058

Closures
(361
)
 
(17
)
 
(138
)
 
(22
)
 
(538
)
Openings
2

 

 

 
3

 
5

Temporary seasonal openings
176

 

 

 

 
176

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Studio Count as of November 10, 2012
1,712

 
919

 
52

 
18

 
2,701


Going Concern

The Company's interim consolidated financial statements have been prepared assuming that it will continue as a going concern; however, the conditions noted below raise substantial doubt about the Company's ability to do so. The interim consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments relating to the recoverability and classification of asset carrying amounts or the amount of and classification of liabilities that may result should the Company be unable to continue as a going concern.

Liquidity

The Company's primary sources of liquidity have historically been cash flows from operations and the borrowing capacity available under its Credit Agreement. Its business is highly seasonal, with significant operating cash flow historically being generated in the fiscal fourth quarter. Liquidity is needed to satisfy the Company's operating cash flow needs, to meet debt service obligations as they come due under the Credit Agreement, and to provide for any necessary capital maintenance spending to support operations.

As a result of profit shortfalls in the third quarter of fiscal 2011, and noncompliance with the leverage ratio covenant at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2011, we entered into an Amendment to the Credit Agreement on December 16, 2011 (the "First Amendment"), which suspended the leverage ratio test for the quarter ended November 12, 2011; reduced the revolving commitment from $105 million to $90 million; and suspended dividend and other restricted payments, including share repurchases.

The reduction in available borrowing capacity resulting from the First Amendment, coupled with a significant reduction in earnings and operating cash flow, has resulted in significant liquidity challenges for the Company. The Company incurred a net loss of $60.1 million for the 40 weeks ended November 10, 2012, and used $13.0 million of cash for operations. As of November 10, 2012, the Company's current liabilities of $136.4 million (including $79.4 million due under its Credit Agreement) exceeded current assets of $20.8 million, and there was a total stockholders' deficit of $118.6 million.

At February 4, 2012 and April 28, 2012, the Company was not in compliance with several covenants under the Credit Agreement. On May 23, 2012, the Company entered into a forbearance agreement with its lenders that, among other items, suspended the lenders rights and remedies under the Credit Agreement through July 21, 2012. Based on the Company's default status under the Credit Agreement, the lenders had the right to provide the Company with notice to call the loan. Under the forbearance agreement, that right was relinquished until July 21, 2012 and certain restrictions were placed on the Company during the forbearance period. On June 6, 2012, the Company entered into the Second Amendment to the Credit Agreement (the “Second Amendment”), which waived the existing defaults and terminated the forbearance period.

The Second Amendment provided for revolving commitment limits of $90 million on June 6, 2012, $94 million on June 12, 2012, $95 million on July 22, 2012, $94 million on September 15, 2012, $90 million on November 10, 2012 and $85 million on December 11, 2012 and thereafter, subject to the Company's satisfaction of certain conditions and covenants. The Credit Agreement, as amended by the Second Amendment, matures on December 31, 2012 and bears interest at an annual base rate of 3.25% payable

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in cash on a monthly basis. Additionally, under the Second Amendment, all outstanding revolving loans (including both base-rate loans and LIBOR loans) and all outstanding accumulated and unpaid interest other than the 3.25% cash interest are now defined as Payment in Kind ("PIK") Obligations and accrue interest at a rate of fourteen percent (14%) per annum (“PIK interest”). This PIK interest accrues monthly and is due and payable in full, in cash upon termination of the Credit Agreement. Fifteen business days after the quarters ending July 21, 2012 and November 10, 2012, the amount by which adjusted EBITDA (as defined, net earnings from continuing operations before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization and other non-cash charges) exceeded ($4.8) million and $1.4 million, respectively, was to be paid in cash to reduce the PIK Obligation. At the end of each week, any cash amounts exceeding $5.0 million must be paid to reduce the revolving loans under the Credit Agreement within two (2) business days. In connection with the Second Amendment, the Company is required to pay to the lenders an amendment fee of $1.8 million, which is payable at maturity.

Other terms of the Second Amendment include, but are not limited to:
The Company granted the lenders warrants to purchase an aggregate amount equal to 19.9% of the common stock of the Company, calculated on a fully-diluted basis at the time of exercise. See further discussion in Note 9.
The Company is required to provide financial statements for each 4-week period, weekly 13-week cash flow statements and weekly compliance certificates to the lenders.
The Company engaged a Chief Restructuring Officer.
The Company engaged an Investment Bank to solicit offers to purchase the Company and/or the debt outstanding under the Credit Agreement. The Company began soliciting offers during the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 and expects a targeted close during the first quarter of 2013. Management has developed a plan for an orderly liquidation in the event the Company is unable to execute restructuring alternatives that are acceptable to the lenders.
In connection with the Second Amendment, the Company executed amendments to its host agreements with Walmart and Sears, which, among other items, deferred payment of certain lease charges and fees.
The financial covenants included in the Credit Agreement were replaced with:
Minimum Period Cumulative EBITDAR - assigned for each 4 week period for periods five through 11, which totals $5.2 million;
Minimum Weekly Cumulative Gross Sales Revenue - gross sales related to the Sears and Walmart contracts are established on a weekly basis and total $169.8 million for the period May 27, 2012 through January 5, 2013;
Minimum Weekly Cash - not permitted to be less than $2.3 million for any calendar week.
The Company's properties in St. Louis, Missouri, Matthews, North Carolina, and Charlotte, North Carolina were sold during fiscal year 2012. Proceeds from these sales were applied to pay down the revolving loans with net proceeds obtained from the sale of the Charlotte, North Carolina facility permanently reducing the borrowing commitment levels. Also during fiscal year 2012, the Company transitioned all of the processing activities formerly in Charlotte, North Carolina to its processing facility in St. Louis, Missouri.

On August 28, 2012, the Company entered into the Third Amendment to the Credit Agreement (the "Third Amendment"), which eliminated the excess EBITDA required payment after the quarter ending July 21, 2012 and extended the permanent reduction of borrowing commitment levels related to the net proceeds obtained from the sale of the Charlotte, North Carolina facility until December 1, 2012.

On November 9, 2012, the Company entered into the Fourth Amendment to the Credit Agreement (the "Fourth Amendment"), which extended the revolving commitment of $94 million to November 12, 2012 and increased the revolving commitment limit from $90 million to $91.2 million from November 13, 2012 to and including November 20, 2012. Subsequently, the limit was reduced to $90 million as originally stipulated in the Second Amendment.

As of November 10, 2012, the Company was not in compliance with certain provisions of its Credit Agreement, as amended, including the Minimum Period Cumulative EBITDAR covenant and certain studio closure and lease abandonment provisions. Since that time, the Company has also fallen out of compliance with several additional covenants and such noncompliance exists as of December 31, 2012.

The Credit Agreement and amounts owed thereunder are currently due and the Company does not have sufficient resources to repay these amounts. The Company is currently negotiating a forbearance agreement under which it is expected that the lenders will forbear from exercising their rights and remedies under the Credit Agreement until mid-January, subject to the Company's compliance with certain conditions. There can be no assurances that the lenders will grant such waivers or amendments on commercially reasonable terms, if at all. If the Company is unable to secure these additional amendments to the Credit Agreement, the Company may be forced into an orderly liquidation or bankruptcy. The outcome of restructuring and sale initiatives required by the Credit Agreement, as amended, is uncertain and involves matters that are outside of the Company's control.



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RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

A summary of consolidated results of operations and key statistics follows (unaudited):
 
 
16 Weeks Ended
 
40 Weeks Ended
in thousands, except share and per share data
 
November 10, 2012
 
November 12, 2011
 
November 10, 2012
 
November 12, 2011
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net sales
 
$
69,501

 
$
94,554

 
$
192,747

 
$
254,023

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cost and expenses:
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Cost of sales (exclusive of depreciation and amortization)
 
6,951

 
8,626

 
17,423

 
20,949

Selling, general and administrative expenses
 
67,193

 
92,914

 
180,005

 
233,347

Depreciation and amortization
 
2,031

 
4,609

 
6,084

 
12,363

Impairments
 
3,955

 

 
25,843

 

Other charges
 
3,135

 
699

 
9,837

 
5,043

 
 
83,265

 
106,848

 
239,192

 
271,702

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Loss from continuing operations
 
(13,764
)
 
(12,294
)
 
(46,445
)
 
(17,679
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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