Stein Mart, Inc. Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2016 Results

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 19, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stein Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMRT) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended April 30, 2016.

First Quarter Highlights

  • Diluted earnings per share of $0.30 compared to $0.29 in 2015
  • Total sales increased 0.6 percent and comparable store sales decreased 3.4 percent
  • 2016 store opening plan increased to 13 new stores

“We were able to deliver higher first quarter earnings by maintaining our gross profit rate and controlling expenses on slightly higher total sales driven by our new stores,” said Jay Stein, Chairman of the Board. “Sales in our existing stores were impacted by decreased traffic and a greater amount of fall clearance that hampered in-season selling. We cleared excess fall seasonal merchandise as planned and are pleased with the levels and freshness of our Spring inventories going into the second quarter.”

Net income for the first quarter was $13.7 million or $0.30 per diluted share compared to net income of $13.6 million or $0.29 per diluted share in 2015. Adjusted earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the quarter was $32.9 million compared to $30.9 million in 2015 (see Note 1).

Total sales for the first quarter of 2016 were $355.7 million compared to $353.5 million in 2015. Comparable store sales decreased 3.4 percent due to lower traffic and lower average unit retail (AUR). AUR was lower due to a higher amount of fall clearance selling this quarter compared to the first quarter of 2015.

Gross Profit
Gross profit for the first quarter of 2016 was $108.9 million or 30.6 percent of sales compared to $108.4 million or 30.7 percent of sales in 2015.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses
Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses for the first quarter of 2016 were $85.8 million or 24.1 percent of sales compared to $85.6 million or 24.2 percent of sales in 2015.

Inventories were $317 million at the end of the first quarter of 2016 compared to $303 million at the same time last year. Average inventories per store were flat to last year.

Interest Expense and Debt
Interest expense for the first quarter of 2016 was $1.0 million compared to $0.7 million in 2015. Borrowings under our credit facilities were $149 million at the end of the first quarter. Unused availability was $113 million at the end of the quarter.

Store Activity
We had 283 stores at the end of the first quarter compared to 270 last year. We opened five new stores during the quarter. Pre-opening costs related to new and relocated stores were $1.1 million for the first quarter of 2016 compared to $344 thousand in last year’s first quarter.

We are now expecting to open a total of 13 new stores, close two stores (August 2016 and January 2017) and relocate two stores in 2016. We continue to expect that new stores will increase sales an estimated 4 percent above our comparable store sales results for the year.

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 April 30, 2016 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 first quarter 2016 results will be held at 10 a.m. ET on May 19, 2016. The call may be heard on the investor relations portion of the Company’s website at or A replay of the conference call will be available on the website through May 31, 2016.

Investor Presentation
Stein Mart’s first quarter 2016 investor presentation has been posted to the investor relations portion of the Company’s website at

About Stein Mart
Stein Mart stores offer the fashion merchandise, service and presentation of a better department or specialty store, at prices competitive with off-price retail chains. With 283 locations from California to Massachusetts, as well as, Stein Mart’s focused assortment of merchandise features current season, moderate to better fashion apparel for women and men, as well as accessories, shoes and home fashions. For more information, please visit

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 consumer preferences and fashion trends, 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, 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.



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Stein Mart, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
13 Weeks Ended13 Weeks Ended
April 30, 2016May 2, 2015
Net sales $355,712 $353,521
Cost of merchandise sold 246,820 245,141
Gross profit 108,892 108,380
Selling, general and administrative expenses 85,799 85,622
Operating income 23,093 22,758
Interest expense, net 966 686
Income before income taxes 22,127 22,072
Income tax expense 8,397 8,508
Net income $13,730 $13,564
Net income per share:
Basic $0.30 $0.30
Diluted $0.30 $0.29
Weighted-average shares outstanding:
Basic 45,595 44,612
Diluted 46,275 45,766

Stein Mart, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except for share and per share data)
April 30, 2016January 30, 2016May 2, 2015
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$16,317 $11,830 $17,190
Inventories 316,897 293,608 302,781
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 22,676 18,586 24,586
Total current assets 355,890 324,024 344,557
Property and equipment, net 166,261 162,954 149,254
Other assets 30,141 29,247 31,026
Total assets$552,292 $516,225 $524,837
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable$152,807 $105,569 $164,092
Current portion of debt 10,000 10,000 6,667
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 74,960 71,571 67,219
Total current liabilities 237,767 187,140 237,978
Long-term debt 138,960 180,150 145,777
Deferred rent 41,667 41,146 33,654
Other liabilities 45,744 31,472 36,677
Total liabilities 464,138 439,908 454,086
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; 46,372,908, 45,814,583 and 45,395,851
shares issued and outstanding, respectively 464 458 454
Additional paid-in capital 44,370 42,801 37,476
Retained earnings 43,594 33,337 33,249
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (274) (279) (428)
Total shareholders’ equity 88,154 76,317 70,751
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity$552,292 $516,225 $524,837


Note 1 – EBITDA:
As used in this release, 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.

Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
Unaudited (in thousands)
13 Weeks13 Weeks
April 30, 2016May 2, 2015
Net income$13,730 $13,564
Add back amounts for computation of EBITDA:
Interest expense, net 966 686
Income tax expense 8,397 8,508
Depreciation and amortization 7,660 7,223
EBITDA 30,753 29,981
Ecommerce losses 1,052 501
Store closing and impairment charges 1 55
Pre-opening costs 1,126 344
Total adjustments 2,179 900
Adjusted EBITDA$32,932 $30,881

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

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