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Stein Mart, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2016 Results

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stein Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMRT) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 28, 2017.

Highlights

  • Full year total sales flat to last year and comparable store sales decreased 3.8 percent
  • Full year diluted earnings per share of $0.01 compared to $0.51 in 2015

Net loss for the fourth quarter was $4.9 million or $0.11 per diluted share compared to net income of $6.3 million or $0.13 per diluted share in 2015. For the year, net income was $0.4 million or $0.01 per diluted share compared to $23.7 million or $0.51 per diluted share in 2015. Adjusted earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) for the year was $44.6 million compared to $76.7 million in 2015 (see Note 1).

“Our fourth quarter results were disappointing as we continued to work through higher than desired inventory levels and the impact of changes to marketing, merchandising and promotions implemented during the third quarter. We were aggressive with our promotions and markdowns to clear fall merchandise which severely impacted the quarter’s gross profit rate and earnings,” said Hunt Hawkins, Chief Executive Officer.

“With our new executive leadership now in place, 2017 will be a year of transition as we refine and organize around our strategies. Lessons learned from last year have us keenly focused on changes we need to make to our business to significantly improve management of our inventories and increase sales productivity. Everything we do will be aimed at our loyal customer and support our brand and value messaging in this continuing difficult retail environment.”

Sales
Total sales for the fourth quarter of 2016 decreased 2.2 percent to $385.5 million, while comparable store sales decreased 5.5 percent. Total sales were $1.36 billion for 2016 and 2015, while comparable store sales decreased 3.8 percent.

Gross Profit
Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $87.9 million or 22.8 percent of sales compared to $105.8 million or 26.8 percent of sales in 2015. Gross profit for the year 2016 was $359.0 million or 26.4 percent of sales compared to $385.3 million or 28.3 percent of sales in 2015. The lower gross profit rate for both the quarter and the year is primarily due to higher markdowns. Additionally, higher occupancy costs, mostly from new stores, negatively leveraged on lower comparable store sales.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses
Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses for the fourth quarter of 2016 were $96.1 million compared to $95.1 million in 2015. For the year, SG&A expenses were $355.4 million in 2016 compared to $343.7 million in 2015. Excluding the impact of new stores, SG&A expenses for the year decreased primarily as a result of higher credit card program income somewhat offset by higher expense for legal settlements and executive severance.

Balance Sheet
Inventories were $291 million at the end of 2016 compared to $294 million last year. Average inventories per store were down 5.9 percent from last year.

Borrowings under our credit facilities were $182 million and unused availability was $72 million at the end of the year. At the end of 2015, borrowings were $190 million and unused availability was $74 million.

Store Activity
We had 290 stores at the end of 2016 compared to 278 at the end of 2015. We opened thirteen new stores and closed one store in 2016.

2017 Outlook
We expect the following factors to influence our business in 2017:

  • We currently plan to open 11 new stores with five opening in March and six in September and October.
    - We also plan to close five stores and relocate one.
    - Net new stores should increase sales at least four percent above our comparable store sales increases for the year.
  • We expect our gross profit rate to approach the fiscal 2015 rate.
  • SG&A expenses are expected to increase approximately $15 million, the majority of which relates to new stores.
  • Interest expense is estimated to be about the same as in 2016.
  • The effective tax rate for the year is estimated to be 38.0 percent.
  • Capital expenditures for 2017 are expected to be approximately $32 million, or $29 million net of tenant improvement allowances.

Filing of Form 10-K
Reported results are preliminary and not final until the filing of our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 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 fourth quarter and fiscal 2016 results will be held at 10 a.m. EST on March 8, 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 April 30, 2017.

Investor Presentation
Stein Mart’s fourth quarter and fiscal 2016 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. (NASDAQ:SMRT) is a national retailer offering designer and name-brand fashion, accessories and home decor at everyday discount prices. Stein Mart provides real value that customers will love every day both in stores and online. The Company currently operates 287 stores across 31 states. Stein Mart is adding new modern brands to its stores to offer discriminating shoppers even more of the fashion and savings they want. 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 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.

Stein Mart, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
13 Weeks Ended 13 Weeks Ended 52 Weeks Ended 52 Weeks Ended
January 28, 2017 January 30, 2016 January 28, 2017 January 30, 2016
(Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Net sales$ 385,518 $ 394,132 $ 1,360,518 $ 1,359,901
Cost of merchandise sold 297,581 288,328 1,001,539 974,614
Gross profit 87,937 105,804 358,979 385,287
Selling, general and administrative expenses 96,065 95,093 355,413 343,724
Operating (loss) income (8,128) 10,711 3,566 41,563
Interest expense, net 1,086 899 3,884 3,283
(Loss) Income before income taxes (9,214) 9,812 (318) 38,280
Income tax (benefit) expense (4,307) 3,562 (719) 14,569
Net (loss) income$ (4,907) $ 6,250 $ 401 $ 23,711
Net (loss) income per share:
Basic$ (0.11) $ 0.14 $ 0.01 $ 0.52
Diluted$ (0.11) $ 0.13 $ 0.01 $ 0.51
Weighted-average shares outstanding:
Basic 45,981 44,905 45,785 44,754
Diluted 45,981 46,061 46,597 45,953


Stein Mart, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except for share and per share data)
January 28, 2017 January 30, 2016
ASSETS (Unaudited)
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$ 10,604 $ 11,830
Inventories 291,110 293,608
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 30,249 18,586
Total current assets 331,963 324,024
Property and equipment, net 165,542 162,954
Other assets 30,344 29,247
Total assets$ 527,849 $ 516,225
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable$ 114,419 $ 105,569
Current portion of debt 10,000 10,000
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 72,772 71,571
Total current liabilities 197,191 187,140
Long-term debt 171,792 180,150
Deferred rent 41,774 41,146
Other liabilities 46,832 31,472
Total liabilities 457,589 439,908
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
Shareholders’ equity:
Preferred stock - $.01 par value; 1,000,000 shares
authorized; no shares issued or outstanding
Common stock - $.01 par value; 100,000,000 shares
authorized; 47,018,942 and 45,814,583
shares issued and outstanding, respectively 470 458
Additional paid-in capital 50,241 42,801
Retained earnings 19,853 33,337
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (304) (279)
Total shareholders’ equity 70,260 76,317
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity$ 527,849 $ 516,225



Stein Mart, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)
Year Ended Year Ended
January 28, 2017 January 30, 2016
Cash flows from operating activities: (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Net income $ 401 $ 23,711
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 32,600 29,873
Share-based compensation 7,923 6,516
Store closing charges 570 7
Impairment of property and other assets 1,433 2,008
Loss on disposal of property and equipment 3,437 167
Deferred income taxes 1,835 (4,835)
Tax (expense) benefit from equity issuances (874) 3,646
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation (86) (3,932)
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Inventories 2,498 (7,985)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets (12,537) 520
Other assets (1,020) 2,045
Accounts payable 8,785 (24,438)
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 646 (316)
Other liabilities 14,974 11,425
Net cash provided by operating activities 60,585 38,412
Cash flows from investing activities:
Net acquisition of property and equipment (42,378) (44,365)
Proceeds from sale of assets 3,178 -
Net cash used in investing activities (39,200) (44,365)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from borrowings 453,800 673,312
Repayments of debt (462,200) (483,079)
Debit issuance costs - (380)
Cash dividends paid (14,700) (239,089)
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation 86 3,932
Proceeds from exercise of stock options and other 2,071 1,339
Repurchase of common stock (1,668) (3,566)
Net cash used in financing activities (22,611) (47,531)
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (1,226) (53,484)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year 11,830 65,314
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year $ 10,604 $ 11,830

NOTE TO PRESS RELEASE

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.

Adjustments to EBITDA include non-cash items (impairment charges), significant non-recurring unusual items (executive severance, legal settlements) and new stores investments (pre-opening costs).

Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
Unaudited (in thousands)
52 Weeks
52 Weeks
Ended
Ended
Jan. 28, 2017
Jan. 30, 2016
Net income$401 $23,711
Add back amounts for computation of EBITDA:
Interest expense, net 3,884 3,283
Income tax (benefit) expense (719) 14,569
Depreciation and amortization 32,600 29,873
EBITDA 36,166 71,436
Adjustments:
Executive severance 1,440 -
Expense related to legal settlements 1,993 205
Non-cash impairment charges 1,433 2,008
New store pre-opening costs 3,546 3,036
Total adjustments 8,412 5,249
Adjusted EBITDA$44,578 $76,685

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

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