SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): February 13, 2018 (February 12, 2018)
BARNES & NOBLE, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)||(Commission File Number)||(IRS Employer Identification No.)|
|122 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY||10011|
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (212) 633-3300
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Item 2.05 Costs Associated with Exit or Disposal Activities.
On February 13, 2018, Barnes & Noble, Inc. (the Company) today announced that it has implemented a new labor model for its stores that has resulted in the elimination of certain store positions. The new model will allow stores to adjust staff up or down based on the needs of the business, increase store productivity and streamline store operations. The Company wants to assure its customers that this will not affect its commitment to customer service.
The Company estimates that it will incur a charge of approximately $11 million in its fiscal 2018 third quarter for aggregate employee-related severance costs in connection with these actions. The majority of these costs will result in cash payments during the Companys fiscal 2018 fourth quarter, with the balance paid in fiscal 2019. The Company estimates that these actions will result in annual cost savings of approximately $40 million. The Company anticipates completing these actions by February 16, 2018.
This Current Report on Form 8-K contains certain forward-looking statements (within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) and information relating to the Company that are based on the beliefs of the management of the Company as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to the management of the Company. When used in this communication, the words anticipate, believe, estimate, expect, intend, plan, will, forecasts, projections, and similar expressions, as they relate to the Company or the management of the Company, identify forward-looking statements.
Such statements reflect the current views of the Company with respect to future events, the outcome of which is subject to certain risks, including, among others, the general economic environment and consumer spending patterns, decreased consumer demand for the Companys products, low growth or declining sales and net income due to various factors, including store closings, higher-than-anticipated or increasing costs, including with respect to store closings, relocation, occupancy (including in connection with lease renewals) and labor costs, the effects of competition, the risk of insufficient access to financing to implement future business initiatives, risks associated with data privacy and information security, risks associated with the Companys supply chain, including possible delays and disruptions and increases in shipping rates, various risks associated with the digital business, including the possible loss of customers, declines in digital content sales, risks and costs associated with ongoing efforts to rationalize the digital business, risks associated with the eCommerce business, including the possible loss of eCommerce customers and declines in eCommerce sales, the risk that financial and operational forecasts and projections are not achieved, the performance of the Companys initiatives including but not limited to new store concepts and eCommerce initiatives, unanticipated adverse litigation results or effects, potential infringement of the Companys intellectual property by third parties or by the Company of the intellectual property of third parties, and other factors, including those factors discussed in detail in Item 1A, Risk Factors, in the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 29, 2017, and in the Companys other filings made hereafter from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results or outcomes may vary materially from those described as anticipated, believed, estimated, expected, intended or planned. Subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements in this paragraph. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise after the date of this communication.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.
|BARNES & NOBLE, INC.|
|Date: February 13, 2018||By:||
/s/ Bradley A. Feuer
|Name:||Bradley A. Feuer|
|Title:||Vice President, General Counsel|