Stein Mart, Inc.
Nov 15, 2017
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Stein Mart, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2017 Results

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stein Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMRT) today announced financial results for the third quarter ended October 28, 2017.

Third Quarter Highlights

Net loss for the third quarter was $14.6 million or $0.31 per diluted share compared to net loss of $11.0 million or $0.24 per diluted share in 2016. For the first nine months of 2017, net loss was $23.9 million or $0.52 per diluted share compared to net income of $5.3 million or $0.11 per diluted share in the same period in 2016.

"We ended the quarter well with comparable store sales improving to flat for the month of October with slightly positive traffic. This is a reflection of the progress we have made on our sales-driving initiatives," said Hunt Hawkins, Chief Executive Officer.

"Operating with lower inventory levels is resulting in better merchandise margins from increased regular-priced selling and lower markdowns. Now that we have moved past the disruptions of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, we expect the progress we are making with our business to be more apparent in the fourth quarter. As we continue to operate with lean inventories and reduced spending, our borrowings will be even lower by the end of the year."

Sales
Total sales for the third quarter of 2017 decreased 4.7 percent to $285.4 million, while comparable store sales decreased 6.9 percent. Approximately one-third of the chain was directly impacted by closures or reduced hours as a result of hurricanes Harvey and Irma during the third quarter this year. For the first nine months of 2017, total sales decreased 4.2 percent to $933.8 million, while comparable store sales decreased 6.5 percent.

Gross Profit
Gross profit for the third quarter of 2017 was $68.3 million or 23.9 percent of sales compared to $72.7 million or 24.3 percent of sales in 2016. The gross profit rate was lower due to higher occupancy costs on lower sales volumes. The merchandise margin rate was higher due to reduced markdowns and better productivity.

Gross profit for the first nine months of 2017 was $228.5 million or 24.5 percent of sales compared to $271.0 million or 27.8 percent of sales in 2016. The lower gross profit rate for the first nine months reflects much higher markdowns during the first half of the year and to a lesser extent higher occupancy costs on lower sales.  Due to first half results, we now anticipate our fiscal 2017 gross profit rate will be lower than the fiscal 2016 rate with the fourth quarter 2017 rate significantly higher than the fourth quarter last year.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses
Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses for the third quarter of 2017 were $92.2 million compared to $89.0 million in 2016. SG&A expenses for this year's third quarter include several discrete drivers totaling $5.5 million that impact year-over-year quarterly comparisons. These include higher new store expenses, higher advertising expense to support our new campaign, consulting and severance costs related to the company's cost reduction initiative and hurricane related expenses, net of insurance recoveries.

SG&A expenses for the first nine months of 2017 were $263.9 million compared to $259.3 million in 2016.

Balance Sheet
Inventories were $311 million at the end of the third quarter of 2017 compared to $384 million at the same time last year. Average inventories per store were down 20 percent to last year and will continue to be down substantially at the end of the year.

Borrowings under our credit facilities were $151 million at the end of the third quarter of 2017 compared to $180 million at the end of the third quarter last year. Unused availability at the end of the third quarter was $95 million.

Cash Flows
Cash provided by operating activities was $52.8 million for the first nine months of 2017 compared to $57.2 million for the first nine months of 2016. Capital expenditures totaled $17.2 million for the first nine months of 2017 compared to $35.0 million for the first nine months of 2016. For the full year, capital expenditures are now expected to be $20 million compared to $42 million in 2016.

Store Activity
We had 293 stores at the end of the third quarter compared to 290 at the end of the third quarter last year. We opened four new stores and closed three stores during the third quarter which completed our 2017 store plans.

Filing of Form 10-Q
Reported results are preliminary and not final until the filing of our Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended October 28, 2017 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and therefore remain subject to adjustment.

Conference Call
A conference call for investment analysts to discuss the Company's third quarter 2017 results will be held at 4:30 p.m. ET on November 15, 2017. The call may be heard on the investor relations portion of the Company's website at http://ir.steinmart.com. A replay of the conference call will be available on the website through December 31, 2017.

Investor Presentation
Stein Mart's third quarter 2017 investor presentation has been posted to the investor relations portion of the Company's website at http://ir.steinmart.com.

About Stein Mart
Stein Mart, Inc. is a national specialty off-price retailer offering designer and name-brand fashion apparel, home décor, accessories and shoes at everyday discount prices. Stein Mart provides real value that customers will love every day both in stores and online. The Company currently operates 293 stores across 31 states. For more information, please visit www.steinmart.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Except for historical information contained herein, the statements in this release may be forward-looking and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company does not assume any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that projected results expressed or implied will not be realized. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause Stein Mart's actual results in future periods to differ materially from forecasted or expected results. Those risks include, without limitation: consumer sensitivity to economic conditions, competition in the retail industry, changes in fashion trends and consumer preferences, ability to implement our strategic plans to sustain profitable growth, effectiveness of advertising and marketing, capital availability and debt levels, dividend impact on stock price, ability to negotiate acceptable lease terms with current and potential landlords, ability to successfully implement strategies to exit under-performing stores, extreme and/or unseasonable weather conditions, adequate sources of merchandise at acceptable prices, dependence on certain key personnel and ability to attract and retain qualified employees, impacts of seasonality, increases in the cost of compensation and employee benefits, disruption of the Company's distribution process, dependence on imported merchandise, information technology failures, data security breaches, single supplier for shoe department, single provider for ecommerce website, acts of terrorism, ability to adapt to new regulatory compliance and disclosure obligations, material weaknesses in internal control over financial reporting and other risks and uncertainties described in the Company's filings with the SEC.

 
Stein Mart, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
      
  13 Weeks Ended13 Weeks Ended39 Weeks Ended39 Weeks Ended
  October 28, 2017October 29, 2016October 28, 2017October 29, 2016
      
Net sales $285,395 $299,527 $933,766 $975,000
Cost of merchandise sold  217,126  226,816  705,273  703,958
Gross profit  68,269  72,711  228,493  271,042
Selling, general and administrative expenses  92,158  89,034  263,853  259,348
Operating (loss) income  (23,889) (16,323) (35,360) 11,694
Interest expense, net  1,156  949  3,437  2,798
(Loss) Income before income taxes  (25,045) (17,272) (38,797) 8,896
Income tax (benefit) expense  (10,429) (6,262) (14,888) 3,588
Net (loss) income $(14,616)$(11,010)$(23,909)$5,308
      
Net (loss) income per share:     
Basic $(0.31)$(0.24)$(0.52)$0.12
Diluted $(0.31)$(0.24)$(0.52)$0.11
      
Weighted-average shares outstanding:     
Basic  46,447  45,845  46,292  45,720
Diluted  46,447  45,845  46,292  46,599
      


 
Stein Mart, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except for share and per share data)
    
 October 28, 2017January 28, 2017October 29, 2016
ASSETS   
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$13,230 $10,604 $13,968 
Inventories 311,255  291,110  383,932 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 31,371  30,249  29,980 
Total current assets 355,856  331,963  427,880 
Property and equipment, net 159,006  165,542  172,771 
Other assets 30,192  30,344  29,831 
Total assets$545,054 $527,849 $630,482 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY   
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$179,666 $114,419 $208,161 
Current portion of debt 3,333  10,000  10,000 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 78,595  72,772  77,076 
Total current liabilities 261,594  197,191  295,237 
Long-term debt 147,472  171,792  169,681 
Deferred rent 41,592  41,774  42,266 
Other liabilities 47,219  46,832  45,401 
Total liabilities 497,877  457,589  552,585 
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES   
Shareholders' equity:   
Preferred stock - $.01 par value; 1,000,000 shares   
authorized; no shares issued or outstanding   
Common stock - $.01 par value; 100,000,000 shares   
authorized; 47,867,630, 47,018,942 and  46,919,426   
shares issued and outstanding, respectively 479  470  469 
Additional paid-in capital 54,528  50,241  49,497 
Retained (deficit) earnings (7,552) 19,853  28,196 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (278) (304) (265)
Total shareholders' equity 47,177  70,260  77,897 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$545,054 $527,849 $630,482 
    


 
Stein Mart, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)
    
  39 Weeks Ended39 Weeks Ended
  October 28, 2017October 29, 2016
Cash flows from operating activities: (Unaudited)(Unaudited)
Net (loss) income $(23,909)$5,308 
Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash provided by operating activities:   
Depreciation and amortization  24,254  23,636 
Share-based compensation  4,194  6,306 
Store closing charges  97  25 
Impairment of property and other assets  640  277 
Loss on disposal of property and equipment  287  14 
Deferred income taxes  1,900  520 
Tax expense from equity issuances  -  (187)
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation  -  (31)
Changes in assets and liabilities:   
Inventories  (20,145) (90,324)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  (1,122) (11,581)
Other assets  (820) (831)
Accounts payable  65,298  102,469 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  4,696  6,812 
Other liabilities  (2,566) 14,764 
Net cash provided by operating activities  52,804  57,177 
Cash flows from investing activities:   
Net acquisition of property and equipment  (17,168) (35,026)
Proceeds from cancelled corporate owned life insurance policies  1,504  246 
Net cash used in investing activities  (15,664) (34,780)
Cash flows from financing activities:   
Proceeds from borrowings  290,169  292,183 
Repayments of debt  (321,187) (302,683)
Cash dividends paid  (3,597) (10,378)
Capital lease payments  (1) - 
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation  -  31 
Proceeds from exercise of stock options and other  328  1,715 
Repurchase of common stock  (226) (1,127)
Net cash used in financing activities  (34,514) (20,259)
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents  2,626  2,138 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year  10,604  11,830 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $13,230 $13,968 
    

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

Adjusted EBITDA:           
EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).  However, we present EBITDA in this release because we consider it to be an important supplemental measure of our performance and because it is frequently used by analysts, investors and others to evaluate the performance of companies.  EBITDA is not calculated in the same manner by all companies. EBITDA should be used as a supplement to results of operations and cash flows as reported under GAAP and should not be considered to be a more meaningful measure than, or an alternative to, measures of operating performance as determined in accordance with GAAP.  

The following table shows the Company's reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA which are considered Non-GAAP financial measures. Adjusted EBITDA excludes non-cash items (impairment charges), significant non-recurring unusual items (such as legal settlements) and new stores investments (pre-opening costs).

 
Reconciliation of Net (Loss) Income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
Unaudited (in thousands)
 39 Weeks 39 Weeks
 Ended Ended
 Oct. 28, 2017 Oct. 29, 2016
Net (loss) income($ 23,909)$ 5,308
Add back amounts for computation of EBITDA:  
Interest expense, net3,437 2,798
Income tax (benefit) expense(14,888)3,588
Depreciation and amortization24,254 23,636
EBITDA(11,106)35,330
Adjustments:  
Severance, including stock-related compensation impacts (1)205 1,440
Hurricane related expenses, net of insurance recoveries855 -
Expense related to legal settlements67 1,894
Non-cash impairment charges640 277
New store pre-opening costs2,163 3,546
Total adjustments3,930 7,157
Adjusted EBITDA($ 7,176)$ 42,487
    

(1) Stock compensation expense or income from forfeitures related to severance is included in this adjustment.

For more information:
Linda L. Tasseff
Director, Investor Relations
(904) 858-2639
ltasseff@steinmart.com