Stein Mart, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2018 Results

Provides 2019 Outlook
•FY2018 gross profit increased 180 basis points
•FY2018 SG&A expenses decreased $28.1 million
•Operating income improved $36.1 million to $4.9 million in 2018

Stein Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMRT) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended February 2, 2019.

Operating income for the fourth quarter was $6.6 million in 2018 compared to $4.1 million in 2017. Adjusted operating income for the fourth quarter was $5.6 million in 2018 and $6.9 million in 2017 (see Note 1). Operating income for the year was $4.9 million in 2018 compared to an operating loss of $31.2 million in 2017. Adjusted operating income for the year was $6.3 million compared to an operating loss of $26.9 million in 2017 (see Note 1).

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $4.4 million or $0.09 per diluted share compared to a net loss of $0.4 million or $0.01 per diluted share in 2017. Adjusted net income for the fourth quarter was $3.4 million or $0.07 per diluted share compared to $3.5 million or $0.08 per diluted share in 2017 (see Note 1). For the year, net loss was $6.0 million or $0.13 per diluted share in 2018 compared to $24.3 million or $0.52 per diluted share in 2017. Adjusted net loss for the year was $4.5 million or $0.10 in 2018 and $19.9 million or $0.43 in 2017 (see Note 1). Net loss for 2017 includes an income tax benefit of $11.7 million compared to less than $0.1 million in 2018 (see Income Taxes below).

Adjusted earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $13.6 million compared to $15.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2017. For the year, adjusted EBITDA increased $31.9 million to $39.5 million for 2018 from $7.6 million for 2017. (See Note 2.)

“Fourth quarter results reflect holiday sales that were below our expectations, with traffic impacted by changes we made to our holiday marketing strategy,” said Hunt Hawkins, Chief Executive Officer. “Despite our lower sales, operating results for fiscal 2018 were significantly better than last year due to our continued focus on inventory productivity, which drove our higher gross profit rate, and strong expense control.”

“As we begin 2019, we will continue to build upon the foundation we have laid. Although early first quarter sales have been slow to start, our new initiatives focused on sales growth give us the opportunity to improve annual results.”

Net sales for the 13-week fourth quarter ended February 2, 2019 were $340.8 million compared to $384.9 million for the 14-week fourth quarter ended February 3, 2018. Net sales for the 52-week fiscal year ended February 2, 2019 were $1.26 billion compared to $1.32 billion for 53-week fiscal year ended February 3, 2018. Net sales were impacted by comparable sales results, the closing of eight underperforming stores in fiscal 2018, as well as the benefit of a 53rd week in fiscal 2017.

Comparable sales for the 13-week period ended February 2, 2019 decreased 3.5 percent on a shifted basis, which compares to the same period ended February 3, 2018. Comparable sales for the 52-week period ended February 2, 2019 decreased 1.0 percent on a shifted basis. Comparable sales results for 2018 reflect lower store traffic partially offset by higher average unit retail and digital sales growth of 15 percent in the 13-week period and 62 percent in the 52-week period.

Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $92.5 million or 27.1 percent of sales compared to $102.4 million or 26.6 percent of sales in 2017. Gross profit for the year 2018 was $337.8 million or 26.9 percent of sales compared to $330.9 million or 25.1 percent of sales in 2017. The increase in the gross profit rate reflects higher gross margin from reduced markdowns and improved inventory productivity. For the fourth quarter, increases in the rate were offset by the deleverage of occupancy costs on lower sales.
more detail at: http://ir.steinmart.com/news-releases/news-release-details/stein-mart-inc-reports-fourth-quarter-and-fiscal-2018-results

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