And the company said cash-saving measures taken during the quarter left it with $1 billion in cash on hand as of May 2, a bit more than it had a year ago.
About half of the cash on its books at the end of the quarter came from drawing down $500 million on a credit line, which raised the amount of the company’s debt by 18%.
A statement from Gap earlier Thursday said it is trying to reach agreements with its landlords.
“It’s important to note the profound effect that Covid has had on shopping centers as well, leaving them closed to us and our customers for months,” said the company in its statement.
“We remain committed to working directly with our landlords on mutually agreeable solutions and fair rent terms. We are pleased with the progress we’ve made with many landlords as we’re reopening stores across the country, moving forward together towards growth.”
But it had a bad quarter over the holiday shopping season, posting a $184 million loss — its first quarterly loss in 18 years. That was its biggest quarterly loss until now.
In its earnings report, Gap said it already has more than 1,500 stores open in North America, and that it expects to have the “vast majority” of them open in June. The company had more than 2,600 North American stores at the end of 2019, and 3,700 stores worldwide.