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Stein Mart, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2017 Results

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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

  • Comparable store sales were down 6.9 percent for the quarter and flat for October
  • Diluted loss per share was $0.31 compared to $0.24 in 2016
  • Average store inventories were 20 percent lower than last year's third quarter
  • Borrowings were $29 million lower than last year's third quarter

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 Ended 13 Weeks Ended 39 Weeks Ended 39 Weeks Ended
    October 28, 2017 October 29, 2016 October 28, 2017 October 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)
   
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