Stage Stores Reports FY 2013 Adjusted EPS of $1.22; Company to Sell Its Steele’s Division

HOUSTON--()--Stage Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SSI) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended February 1, 2014. The Company reported adjusted earnings for fiscal 2013, excluding one-time items and the loss associated with the Steele’s division, of $1.22 per diluted share compared to $1.44 per diluted share for fiscal 2012. The Company has entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of the Steele’s division, which it expects to consummate during the first quarter of 2014.

Michael Glazer, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Stage Stores had many accomplishments in 2013 that will contribute to our future profitability and growth. A few of the year’s highlights included:

  • consolidating our South Hill buying office into our Houston headquarters,
  • replatforming of our eCommerce website, which contributed to a 31% increase in direct-to-consumer sales,
  • adding several high profile brands across merchandise categories,
  • growing our private label credit card penetration rate by 290 basis points, and
  • continuing to grow our cosmetics business.

In addition to our many accomplishments, we also increased our quarterly dividend rate by 25%, continuing with our long tradition of returning capital to our shareholders.”

2013 Results

The Company follows the retail reporting calendar, which included an extra week of sales in the fourth quarter of 2012. For the 13-week fourth quarter of 2013, the Company reported total sales, excluding Steele’s, of $493 million compared to $519 million for the 14-week fourth quarter of 2012. Comparable store sales for the quarter decreased 3.4%; however, many retailers report comparable store sales on a shifted calendar, which excludes the first week of the 2012 fiscal quarter. On this shifted basis, comparable store sales decreased 1.1% for the quarter.

Cosmetics, footwear, children’s, related sportswear, plus sizes and men’s businesses all performed better than the Company average for the quarter. Geographically, the South Central and Northwest regions outperformed.

For the 2013 fiscal year, the Company reported total sales, excluding Steele’s, of $1,610 million versus $1,628 million for the 2012 fiscal year. Comparable store sales for the year decreased 1.5%, while on a shifted calendar basis, which excludes the first week of 2012, comparable store sales decreased 1.1%.

The Company reported earnings for the fourth quarter of $24.9 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, this year compared to earnings of $35.8 million, or $1.09 per diluted share, for the same period last year. One-time items recorded in this year’s fourth quarter, totaling approximately $10.5 million, or $0.21 per share, include items associated with the consolidation of the Company’s South Hill, Virginia operations into its Houston headquarters and an impairment charge related to Steele’s. One-time items recorded in last year’s fourth quarter, totaling approximately $2.6 million, or $0.05 per share, are associated with the South Hill consolidation. For the 2013 fiscal year, the Company reported earnings of $16.6 million, or $0.51 per diluted share, compared to earnings of $38.2 million, or $1.19 per diluted share, for fiscal 2012. One-time items, including the Steele’s impairment charge, total approximately $31.1 million, or $0.59 per share, this year versus approximately $6.9 million, or $0.14 per share, last year. Steele’s had a net loss of $0.12 per share this year and last year.

2014 Guidance

Mr. Glazer concluded, “We are optimistic about our prospects for 2014. The initiatives we undertook last year should drive 2014 growth. We plan on opening, expanding or relocating 40 to 50 stores, introducing additional high profile brands, rolling out more cosmetics counters and leveraging our eCommerce platform to accelerate the growth of our direct-to-consumer business.”

The Company expects that comparable store sales for the year, excluding Steele’s, will range from flat to up 2% and that adjusted EPS will be in a range of $1.35 to $1.45.

        FY 2014 OUTLOOK*   FY 2013*
Sales ($mm) $1,640 - $1,670 $1,610
 
Adjusted EPS $1.35 - $1.45 $1.22
 
Diluted Shares (m) 32,200 32,765
 

*Excludes Steele’s.

 

The Company added that it expects net capital expenditures of approximately $60 million compared to $57 million in FY 2013.

Conference Call Information

The Company will hold a conference call today at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss its fourth quarter and full year results. Interested parties can participate in the Company’s conference call by dialing 703-639-1319. Alternatively, interested parties can listen to a live webcast of the conference call by logging on to the Company's web site at www.stagestoresinc.com and then clicking on Investor Relations, then Webcasts and then the webcast link. A replay of the conference call will be available online until midnight on Friday, March 14, 2014.

About Stage Stores

Stage Stores, Inc. operates primarily in small and mid-sized towns and communities. Its stores, which operate under the Bealls, Goody’s, Palais Royal, Peebles, Stage and Steele’s names, offer moderately priced, nationally recognized brand name apparel, accessories, cosmetics and footwear for the entire family. The Company currently operates 883 stores in 40 states, including 35 Steele’s stores. The Company also has an eCommerce website. For more information about Stage Stores, visit the Company’s web site at www.stagestoresinc.com.

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This document contains “forward-looking statements”. Forward-looking statements reflect our expectations regarding future events and operating performance and often contain words such as "believe", "expect", "may", "will", "should", "could", "anticipate", "plan" or similar words. In this document, forward-looking statements include comments regarding the Company’s sales, comparable store sales, adjusted EPS and diluted share count outlooks for the 2014 fiscal year. Forward-looking statements also include comments regarding the number of stores that the Company expects to open, expand and relocate, and the Company’s outlook for net capital expenditures, in the 2014 fiscal year. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") on April 3, 2013, and other factors as may periodically be described in our other filings with the SEC. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this document. We do not undertake to update our forward-looking statements.

Stage Stores, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
       
Thirteen Weeks Ended   Fourteen Weeks Ended
February 1, 2014 February 2, 2013
Amount % to Sales (1) Amount % to Sales (1)
 
Net sales $ 499,411 100.0 % $ 527,899 100.0 %
Cost of sales and related buying, occupancy and distribution expenses   357,386 71.6 %   357,001 67.6 %
Gross profit 142,025 28.4 % 170,898 32.4 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses 100,731 20.2 % 112,768 21.4 %
Store opening costs 486 0.1 % 500 0.1 %
Interest expense   732 0.1 %   661 0.1 %
Income before income tax 40,076 8.0 % 56,969 10.8 %
Income tax expense   15,214 3.0 %   21,176 4.0 %
Net income $ 24,862 5.0 % $ 35,793 6.8 %
 
Basic and diluted earnings per share data:
Basic earnings per share $ 0.79 $ 1.10
Basic weighted average shares outstanding   31,215   31,957
 
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.78 $ 1.09
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding   31,438   32,376
 
(1) Percentages may not foot due to rounding.
 
Stage Stores, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(in thousands, except earnings per share)
(Unaudited)
       
Fifty-Two Weeks Ended   Fifty-Three Weeks Ended
February 1, 2014 February 2, 2013
Amount % to Sales (1) Amount % to Sales (1)
 
Net sales $ 1,633,556 100.0 % $ 1,645,800 100.0 %
Cost of sales and related buying, occupancy and distribution expenses   1,202,754 73.6 %   1,186,025 72.1 %
Gross profit 430,802 26.4 % 459,775 27.9 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses 398,294 24.4 % 392,727 23.9 %
Store opening costs 2,959 0.2 % 3,657 0.2 %
Interest expense   2,744 0.2 %   3,011 0.2 %
Income before income tax 26,805 1.6 % 60,380 3.7 %
Income tax expense   10,163 0.6 %   22,201 1.3 %
Net income $ 16,642 1.0 % $ 38,179 2.3 %
 
Basic and diluted earnings per share data:
Basic earnings per share $ 0.51 $ 1.20
Basic weighted average shares outstanding   32,034   31,278
 
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.51 $ 1.19
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding   32,311   31,600
 
 
(1) Percentages may not foot due to rounding.
 
Stage Stores, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except par value)
(Unaudited)
   
February 1, 2014 February 2, 2013
 

ASSETS

Cash and cash equivalents $ 14,762 $ 17,937
Merchandise inventories, net 434,407 413,928
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   40,082     35,467  
Total current assets 489,251 467,332
 
Property, equipment and leasehold improvements, net 282,534 290,701
Intangible asset 14,910 14,910
Other non-current assets, net   24,142     21,928  
Total assets $ 810,837   $ 794,871  
 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Accounts payable $ 125,707 $ 110,826
Income taxes payable 5,345 14,929
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities   64,204     82,317  
Total current liabilities 195,256 208,072
 
Long-term debt obligations 60,871 11,585
Deferred Taxes 15,644 19,461
Other long-term liabilities   84,622     90,883  
Total liabilities   356,393     330,001  
 
Commitments and contingencies - -
 

Common stock, par value $0.01, 100,000 shares authorized, 31,222 and 32,014 shares issued, respectively

312 320
Additional paid-in capital 384,295 376,615
Less treasury stock - at cost, 0 and 0 shares, respectively (967 ) (701 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (4,616 ) (6,135 )
Retained earnings   75,420     94,771  
Total stockholders' equity   454,444     464,870  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 810,837   $ 794,871  
 
Stage Stores, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)
   

Fifty-Two
Weeks Ended

 

Fifty-Three
Weeks Ended

February 1, 2014 February 2, 2013
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $ 16,642 $ 38,179
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation, amortization and impairment of long-lived assets 69,925 60,426

Loss on retirements of property, equipment and leasehold improvements

860 454
Deferred income taxes (808 ) 1,108
Tax benefit (deficiency) from stock-based compensation 1,761 (1,311 )
Stock-based compensation expense 8,417 7,803
Amortization of debt issuance costs 279 417
Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation (2,076 ) (1,024 )
Deferred compensation obligation 266 (134 )
Amortization of employee benefit related costs 610 414
Construction allowances from landlords 4,162 4,193
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Increase in merchandise inventories (20,479 ) (65,984 )
Increase in other assets (6,375 ) (4,802 )
Increase (decrease) in accounts payable and other liabilities   (26,657 )   36,242  
Total adjustments   29,885     37,802  
Net cash provided by operating activities   46,527     75,981  
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Additions to property, equipment and leasehold improvements (61,263 ) (49,489 )
Proceeds from disposal of assets   27     50  
Net cash used in investing activities   (61,236 )   (49,439 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from revolving credit facility borrowings 494,885 357,910
Payments of revolving credit facility borrowings (445,490 ) (376,410 )
Payments of long-term debt obligations (744 ) (18,674 )
Payments of debt issuance costs (128 ) -
Repurchases of common stock (31,367 ) (61 )
Payments for stock related compensation (2,381 ) (326 )
Proceeds from exercise of stock awards 10,149 21,306
Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation 2,076 1,024
Cash dividends paid   (15,466 )   (11,995 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   11,534     (27,226 )
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (3,175 ) (684 )
 
Cash and cash equivalents:
Beginning of period   17,937     18,621  
End of period $ 14,762   $ 17,937  
 
       
Stage Stores, Inc.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(in thousands, except earnings per share)
(Unaudited)
 

Thirteen
Weeks Ended

 

Fourteen
Weeks Ended

Fifty-Two
Weeks Ended

 

Fifty-Three
Weeks Ended

February 1, 2014 February 2, 2013 February 1, 2014 February 2, 2013
 
Net income:
On a U.S. GAAP basis $ 24,862 $ 35,793 $ 16,642 $ 38,179

South Hill consolidation related charges, net of tax of $1,170, $827, $8,985 and $1,330, respectively

2,052 1,422 14,770 2,288

Steele's impairment charge, net of tax of $2,722

4,538 - 4,538 -

Steele's operating results, net of tax of $442, $764, $2,465 and $2,243, respectively

745 458 4,036 3,736

Former Chief Executive Officer resignation related charges, net of tax of $113 and $1,216, respectively

  -   195   -   2,092
On a non-U.S. GAAP basis $ 32,197 $ 37,868 $ 39,986 $ 46,295
 
Diluted earnings per share:
On a U.S. GAAP basis $ 0.78 $ 1.09 $ 0.51 $ 1.19
South Hill consolidation related charges 0.07 0.04 0.45 0.07
Steele's impairment charge 0.14 - 0.14 -
Steele's operating results 0.02 0.01 0.12 0.12
Former Chief Executive Officer resignation related charges   -   0.01   -   0.07
On a non-U.S. GAAP basis $ 1.01 $ 1.15 $ 1.22 $ 1.44

(1)

 
(1) EPS does not foot due to rounding.

Contacts

Stage Stores, Inc.
Bob Aronson, 800-579-2302
Vice President, Investor Relations
baronson@stagestores.com

Release Summary

Q4 2013 earnings release.

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Contacts

Stage Stores, Inc.
Bob Aronson, 800-579-2302
Vice President, Investor Relations
baronson@stagestores.com