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Stein Mart, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2018 Results

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Gross Profit Rate Increase of 470 BPS Drives Turnaround

  • Operating income of $1.8 million compared to operating loss of $21.5 million for 2017
  • Diluted loss per share of ($0.02) for 2018 compared to ($0.28) for 2017
  • Projecting EBITDA in excess of $45 million for full year 2018

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stein Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMRT) today announced financial results for the second quarter ended August 4, 2018.

For the second quarter, operating income was $1.8 million for 2018 compared to an operating loss of $21.5 million for 2017. Net loss for the second quarter was $1.1 million or $0.02 per diluted share for 2018 compared to a net loss of $13.0 million or $0.28 per diluted share for 2017.

Adjusted earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") for the first half of 2018 increased to $28.7 million from $6.7 million for last year's first half (see Note 1).

"Continued gross profit expansion and lower expenses resulted in a meaningful improvement in second quarter operating income which grew by more than $23 million from last year. We are confident in our strategies to grow comparable store sales and maintain strong inventory management that are positively impacting our business," said Hunt Hawkins, Chief Executive Officer.

"Looking to the second half of the year, we expect an operating profit compared to last year's operating loss of $19.8 million. Contributing to this turnaround are expenses planned even lower than the first half and gross profit and comparable sales trends improving as they have over the past three quarters. With our second half earnings, we expect EBITDA to be in excess of $45 million this year, a dramatic improvement from last year."

Net Sales
Net sales for the second quarter of 2018 were $310.9 million compared with $311.0 million for the second quarter of 2017. Comparable sales for the second quarter of 2018 increased 0.7 percent including sales from leased departments (see Note 2). Ecommerce sales were up 128 percent over last year's second quarter.

For the first six months of 2018, net sales decreased 1.7 percent to $637.6 million while comparable sales were flat to last year. The decrease in total sales includes the impact of closing six underperforming stores in 2017 and four in the first half of 2018.

Gross Profit
Gross profit for the second quarter of 2018 was $79.4 million or 25.5 percent of sales compared to $64.7 million or 20.8 percent of sales in 2017. The 470 basis points expansion in the gross profit rate was driven primarily by much higher gross margin from reduced markdowns and better inventory productivity. Markdowns were high in last year's second quarter to clear excess inventories.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses
SG&A expenses for the second quarter of 2018 decreased $8.6 million to $81.1 million compared to $89.7 million in 2017. The nearly 10 percent drop in SG&A expenses was primarily due to cost savings initiatives in the stores and corporate office and the impact of closed stores.

Interest Expense, Net
Interest expense for the second quarter of 2018 was $2.9 million compared to $1.1 million in 2017. The increase in interest expense reflects higher interest rates and borrowing levels in 2018.

Income Taxes   
Income tax expense was less than $0.1 million in the second quarter of 2018 compared to an income tax benefit of $9.7 million for the second quarter of 2017. The expense for second quarter of 2018 represents certain state income tax expense and reflects our net operating loss carry forward position along with the valuation allowance established against deferred tax assets during the fourth quarter of 2017.

Working Capital and Capital Expenditures
Inventories were $241 million at the end of the second quarter of 2018 compared to $246 million at the same time last year. Average inventories per store were down 5 percent to last year.

Capital expenditures totaled $4.1 million for the first six months of 2018 compared to $11.8 million in 2017. For fiscal 2018, we continue to expect capital expenditures to be approximately $10 million compared to $21 million in fiscal 2017.

Accounts payable was $21.3 million lower at the end of the second quarter of 2018 compared to last year's second quarter as a result of reduced credit terms from our vendors and their factors. These reductions occurred mostly in the first quarter. As our earnings results have improved, so have our credit terms and borrowing levels.

Total borrowings were $175 million at the end of the second quarter compared to $171 million at the end of last year's second quarter. Unused availability at the end of the second quarter of 2018 was $43 million.

Store Activity
We had 289 stores at the end of the second quarter 2018 compared to 292 at the end of the second quarter last year. We closed four stores during the first half 2018. We plan to close three additional stores and open two new stores during the second half of 2018.

2018 Outlook  
We are projecting EBITDA in excess of $45 million for fiscal 2018 compared to $7 million for fiscal 2017. For the second half, we expect operating income compared to an operating loss of $19.8 million last year. Historically, our third quarter has been a seasonally challenged period with high clearance selling. We anticipate an operating loss of approximately $10 million in the third quarter that will be more than offset by fourth quarter earnings.

We expect the following factors to influence our second half results:  

•  We anticipate low single-digit increases in comparable sales for the second half driven by higher regular-price selling, offset by lower clearance sales

•  We expect our second half gross profit rate to be slightly higher than last year's second half

- The rate in third quarter is planned higher than last year due to lower clearance sales in this year's third quarter

- The fourth quarter rate is planned similar to last year, when clearance selling normalized

•  SG&A expenses are expected to be $15 to $20 million lower in the second half

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 August 4, 2018 with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), and therefore remain subject to adjustment.

Conference Call
A conference call to discuss the Company's second quarter results will be held at 4:30 p.m. ET on August 22, 2018. The call may be heard on the Company's investor relations website at http://ir.steinmart.com. A replay of the conference call will be available on the website through September 30, 2018.

Investor Presentation
Stein Mart's second quarter 2018 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 love every day both in stores and online. 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: dependence on our ability to purchase merchandise at competitive terms through relationships with our vendors and their factors, 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 26 Weeks Ended 26 Weeks Ended
    August 4, 2018 July 29, 2017 August 4, 2018 July 29, 2017
           
Net sales   $ 310,939   $ 311,036   $ 637,624 $ 648,371  
Other revenue     3,489     3,498     7,791   7,212  
Total revenue     314,428     314,534     645,415   655,583  
Cost of merchandise sold     231,520     246,368     462,141   488,147  
Selling, general and administrative expenses     81,127     89,699     171,636   178,907  
Operating income (loss)     1,781     (21,533 )   11,638   (11,471 )
Interest expense, net     2,865     1,142     5,328   2,281  
(Loss) income before income taxes     (1,084 )   (22,675 )   6,310   (13,752 )
Income tax expense (benefit)     60     (9,682 )   120   (4,459 )
Net (loss) income   $ (1,144 ) $ (12,993 ) $ 6,190 $ (9,293 )
           
Net (loss) income per share:          
Basic   $ (0.02 ) $ (0.28 ) $ 0.13 $ (0.20 )
Diluted   $ (0.02 ) $ (0.28 ) $ 0.13 $ (0.20 )
           
Weighted-average shares outstanding:          
Basic     46,669     46,264     46,639   46,214  
Diluted     46,669    
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