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Stein Mart, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results

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  • Operating income of $0.2 million in the second quarter of 2019 compared to $2.0 million in 2018
  • Net loss of $2.1 million, or $0.04 per share in the second quarter of 2019 compared to net loss of $1.0 million, or $0.02 per share in 2018
  • Outstanding debt reduced $36.8 million compared to end of second quarter of 2018
  • Strategic sales initiatives rolling out in the second half

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 21, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stein Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMRT) today announced financial results for the second quarter ended August 3, 2019.  

For the second quarter, operating income was $0.2 million for 2019 compared to $2.0 million for 2018. Net loss for the second quarter was $2.1 million or $0.04 per diluted share for 2019 compared to net loss of $1.0 million or $0.02 per diluted share for 2018. Adjusted earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization for the first half of 2019 was $20.8 million compared to $28.7 million for the first half of 2018 (see Note 1).

As reported earlier, comparable sales in the first quarter benefitted by approximately 150 basis points from the shift of a 12-Hour Sale event from the second quarter to the first. Excluding the shift, adjusted comparable sales decreased an estimated 3.3 percent for the first quarter of 2019 and 1.9 percent for the second quarter.

“After a slow start to the quarter caused by the event shift and soft selling, comp sales stabilized in the combined June/July period to essentially flat,” said Hunt Hawkins, Chief Executive Officer. “With our fall sales-driving initiatives beginning to roll out this month, we believe our comp sales trend will improve in the second half.”
                                               
This month, Stein Mart is launching its new Kids department and Buy Online, Pick Up in Store service. The Company will also début a Fine Jewelry product line by October. These and other initiatives are expected to drive incremental sales and store traffic beginning this fall.

Net Sales
Net sales for the second quarter of 2019 were $292.4 million compared to $310.9 million for the second quarter of 2018. Net sales were impacted by comparable sales results, including the event shift, and fewer stores operating during the quarter. Comparable sales for the second quarter of 2019 decreased 3.6 percent (see Note 2), or decreased 1.9 percent on an adjusted basis. Digital sales increased 7 percent over last year’s second quarter.

For the first six months of 2019, net sales decreased 4.9 percent to $606.5 million while comparable sales decreased 2.6 percent to last year. Net sales were impacted by comparable sales results and fewer stores operating during the year. Digital sales increased 11 percent over last year’s first half.

Gross Profit
Gross profit for the second quarter of 2019 was $74.7 million compared to $79.3 million in 2018. The gross profit rate for the second quarter of 2019 was flat to last year’s significantly improved rate of 25.5 percent of sales.

Gross profit for the first six months of 2019 was $162.1 million or 26.7 percent of sales compared to $175.3 million or 27.5 percent of sales in 2018. The decrease in the first half gross profit rate reflects higher markdowns as a percent of sales, as well as the deleverage of occupancy costs on lower sales. Markdowns were higher as a percent of sales primarily due to a planned accelerated markdown cadence.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses  
Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses for the second quarter of 2019 were $78.5 million compared to $80.9 million in 2018. For the first six months, SG&A expenses were $164.6 million in 2019 and $171.4 million in 2018. The decrease in SG&A expenses for both periods was primarily from lower store related expenses, including the impact of closed stores.

Cash Flows
Inventories were $238.4 million at the end of the second quarter of 2019 compared to $240.8 million at the same time last year. Inventories at the end of the second quarter of 2019 included higher amounts for the planned acceleration of receipts for categories that were trending strong, as well as amounts to support our recently launched Kids department. Excluding these impacts, average inventories per store were down 3 percent to last year.

Accounts payable was $21.0 million higher at the end of the second quarter of 2019 compared to the end of the second quarter of 2018, reflecting improved credit terms from our vendors and factors since the second quarter of 2018.

Debt decreased $36.8 million to $138.5 million at the end of the second quarter of 2019 compared to $175.3 million at the end of the second quarter of 2018. Unused availability under our credit facility increased $18.6 million to $61.9 million at the end of the second quarter of 2019 compared to $43.3 million at the end of the second quarter of 2018.  At the end of the second quarter of 2019, we had an additional $15.5 million available to borrow that would be collateralized by life insurance policies.

Store Activity                    
We had 283 stores at the end of the second quarter of 2019 compared to 289 at the end of the second quarter of 2018. We closed four stores during the first half of 2019, which completes our store plans for the year.

Lease Accounting
We adopted the new lease accounting standard during the first quarter of 2019. The new standard required us to recognize right-of-use assets and lease liabilities for operating leases on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet.

Prior Year Financial Statements
Prior year amounts in the attached financial statements have been revised to reflect a correction to the impairment of fixed assets, as described in Note 2 to the financial statements included in our Form 10-Q for first quarter of 2019.

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 3, 2019 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 21, 2019. 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 August 31, 2019.

Investor Presentation
Stein Mart’s second quarter 2019 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, 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, increases in the cost of compensation and employee benefits, impacts of seasonality, 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 3, 2019 August 4, 2018 August 3, 2019 August 4, 2018
           
Net sales   $   292,369   $   310,859   $   606,526 $   637,464
Other revenue     3,963     3,569     9,188   7,951
Total revenue     296,332     314,428     615,714   645,415
Cost of merchandise sold     217,703     231,519     444,401   462,140
Selling, general and administrative expenses     78,470     80,936     164,606   171,445
Operating income     159     1,973     6,707   11,830
Interest expense, net     2,192     2,865     4,718   5,328
(Loss) income before income taxes     (2,033 )   (892 )   1,989   6,502
Income tax expense     52     60     105   120
Net (loss) income   $   (2,085 ) $   (952 ) $   1,884 $   6,382
           
Net (loss) income per share:          
Basic   $   (0.04 ) $   (0.02 ) $   0.04 $   0.14
Diluted   $   (0.04 ) $   (0.02 ) $   0.04 $   0.14
           
Weighted-average shares outstanding:          
Basic     47,406     46,669     47,258   46,639
Diluted     47,406     46,669     47,581   47,139
           

 

Stein Mart, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except for share and per share data)
 
  August 3, 2019 February 2, 2019 August 4, 2018
ASSETS      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $   9,481   $   9,049   $   10,030  
Inventories     238,433       255,884       240,813  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     30,817       28,326       34,215  
Total current assets     278,731       293,259       285,058  
Property and equipment, net     110,344       119,740       134,930  
Operating lease assets     362,244       -       -  
Other assets     23,910       24,108       24,970  
Total assets $   775,229   $   437,107   $   444,958  
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $   87,301   $   89,646   $   66,272  
Current portion of debt     -       -       125,253  
Current portion of operating lease liabilities     80,300       -       -  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     75,861       77,650       73,741  
Total current liabilities     243,462       167,296       265,266  
Long-term debt     137,762       153,253       49,286  
Deferred rent     -       39,708       40,814  
Noncurrent operating lease liabilities     319,150       -       -  
Other liabilities     31,138       33,897       36,881  
Total liabilities     731,512       394,154       392,247  
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; 48,225,585, 47,874,286 and 47,937,786      
shares issued and outstanding, respectively     482       479       479  
Additional paid-in capital     61,208       60,172       57,888  
Retained deficit     (18,194 )     (17,951 )     (5,419 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)     221       253       (237 )
Total shareholders’ equity     43,717       42,953       52,711  
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $   775,229   $   437,107   $   444,958  
       

 

Stein Mart, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
 
  26 Weeks Ended 26 Weeks Ended
August 3, 2019 August 4, 2018
Cash flows from operating activities:    
Net income $   1,884   $   6,382  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:    
Depreciation and amortization     14,123       15,824  
Share-based compensation     1,046       1,842  
Store closing benefits     (101 )     (92 )
Impairment of property and other assets     11       689  
Loss on disposal of property and equipment     43       102  
Changes in assets and liabilities:    
Inventories     17,451       29,424  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     (3,290 )     (7,595 )
Other assets     (456 )     (2,329 )
Accounts payable     (2,400 )     (53,528 )
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     (2,196 )     (4,619 )
Operating lease assets and liabilities, net     (3,092 )     -  
Other liabilities     (3,189 )     (2,984 )
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities     19,834       (16,884 )
Cash flows from investing activities:    
Net acquisition of property and equipment     (3,458 )     (4,082 )
Proceeds from cancelled corporate owned life insurance policies     -       2,514  
Proceeds from insurance claims     82       296  
Net cash used in investing activities     (3,376 )     (1,272 )
Cash flows from financing activities:    
Proceeds from borrowings     185,288       781,051  
Repayments of debt     (200,871 )     (761,923 )
Debit issuance costs     -       (896 )
Cash dividends paid     (70 )     (122 )
Capital lease payments     (366 )     (367 )
Proceeds from exercise of stock options and other     107       90  
Repurchase of common stock     (114 )     (47 )
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities     (16,026 )     17,786  
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents     432       (370 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year     9,049       10,400  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $   9,481   $   10,030  
     

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
We report our consolidated financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). However, management believes that certain non-GAAP financial measures provide users of the Company’s financial information with additional useful information in evaluating operating performance.

Note 1: Adjusted EBITDA
EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under 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 (loss) income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, which are considered Non-GAAP financial measures. Adjusted EBITDA excludes certain non-cash items (impairment charges) and amounts incurred with significant transactions or events that we believe are not indicative of our core operating performance.              

                 
    13 Weeks     13 Weeks   26 Weeks 26 Weeks
    Ended     Ended   Ended Ended
    Aug. 3, 2019     Aug. 4, 2018   Aug. 3, 2019 Aug. 4, 2018
Net (loss) income $(2,085 ) $(952 ) $1,884 $6,382
Add back amounts for computation of EBITDA:        
  Interest expense, net   2,192     2,865     4,718   5,328
  Income tax expense   52     60     105   120
  Depreciation and amortization   6,785     7,754     14,123   15,824
EBITDA   6,944     9,727     20,830   27,654
Adjustments:        
Non-cash impairment charges   11     390     11   689
Expense related to legal settlements   2     32     2   43
New store pre-opening costs   -     99     -   291
  Total adjustments   13     521     13   1,023
Adjusted EBITDA $6,957   $10,248   $20,843 $28,677
                     

Note 2: Changes in Comparable Sales   
Management believes that providing calculations of changes in comparable sales including and excluding sales from licensed departments assists in evaluating the Company’s ability to generate sales growth, whether through owned businesses or departments licensed to third parties. The following table shows the Company’s reconciliation of these calculations.

   
  13 Weeks Ended  
  August 3, 2019  
Decrease in comparable sales excluding sales from licensed departments (1)   (4.4%)  
Impact of growth in comparable sales of licensed departments (2)   0.8%  
Decrease in comparable sales including sales from licensed departments (3.6%)  


   
  26 Weeks Ended  
  August 4, 2019  
Decrease in comparable sales excluding sales from licensed departments (1)   (3.4%)  
Impact of growth in comparable sales of licensed departments (2)   0.8%  
Decrease in comparable sales including sales from licensed departments (2.6%)  
  1. Represents the period-to-period percentage change in net sales from stores open throughout the period presented and the same period in the prior year and all online sales of steinmart.com, excluding commissions from departments licensed to third parties.
     
  2. Represents the impact of including sales of departments licensed to third parties throughout the period presented and the same period in the prior year and all online sales of steinmart.com in the calculation of comparable sales. The Company licenses its shoe and vintage handbag departments in its stores and online to third parties and receives a commission from these third parties based on a percentage of their sales.  In these financial statements prepared in conformity with GAAP, the Company includes commissions (rather than sales of the departments licensed to third parties) in its net sales. The Company does not include the commission amounts from licensed department sales in its comparable sales calculations.

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

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