News Release

Citi Trends Announces First Quarter 2008 Results

May 21, 2008 at 12:00 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga., May 21, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTRN) today reported results for the first quarter ended May 3, 2008.

Financial Highlights - First quarter ended May 3, 2008

Total sales in the first quarter ended May 3, 2008 increased 13.5% to $121.0 million compared with $106.6 million in the first quarter ended May 5, 2007. Comparable store sales increased 0.3% in the first quarter. Net income was $5.2 million compared with $5.7 million in last year's first quarter. Earnings per diluted share was $0.36 in the first quarter of 2008 compared with $0.40 in 2007.

The Company opened 12 stores and relocated or expanded 4 others in the first quarter of 2008, reaching a total store count of 331 at the end of the quarter.

Fiscal 2008 Outlook

The Company is maintaining its estimate of 2008 earnings in a range of $1.10 to $1.15 per diluted share. This guidance is based upon an anticipated 2008 comparable store sales increase of 2% to 3%. For the year, the Company expects to increase selling square footage by at least 15%. The effective tax rate for 2008 is estimated to be 32%.

The Company reminds investors of the complexity of accurately assessing future results given the difficulty in predicting fashion trends, consumer preferences and general economic conditions and the impact of other business variables. See "Forward-Looking Statements" below for more information regarding these uncertainties.

Investor Conference Call and Webcast

Citi Trends will host a conference call today at 5:00 p.m. ET. The number to call for the live interactive teleconference is (303) 262-2143. A replay of the conference call will be available until May 28, 2008, by dialing (303) 590-3000 and entering the passcode, 11113298#. The live broadcast of Citi Trends' quarterly conference call will be available online at the Company's website,, as well as, beginning today at 5:00 p.m. ET. The online replay will follow shortly after the call and continue through May 28, 2008.

During the conference call, the Company may discuss and answer questions concerning business and financial developments and trends. The Company's responses to questions, as well as other matters discussed during the conference call, may contain or constitute information that has not been disclosed previously.

About Citi Trends

Citi Trends, Inc. is a value-priced retailer of urban fashion apparel and accessories for the entire family. The Company currently operates 331 stores located in 20 states in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions and the state of Texas. Citi Trends' website address is


Forward-Looking Statements

All statements other than historical facts contained in this news release, including statements regarding our future financial results and position, business policy and plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward-looking statements that are subject to material risks and uncertainties. The words "believe," "may," "could," "plans," "estimate," "continue," "anticipate," "intend," "expect" and similar expressions, as they relate to Citi Trends, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Statements with respect to earnings guidance are forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are subject to the finalization of the Company's quarterly financial and accounting procedures, are not guarantees of future performance or results and are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which cannot be predicted or quantified. Actual results or developments may differ materially from those included in the forward-looking statements, as a result of various factors which are discussed in Citi Trends, Inc. filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, uncertainties relating to economic conditions, growth risks, consumer spending patterns, competition within the industry, competition in our markets and the ability to anticipate and respond to fashion trends. Except as required by applicable law, including the securities laws of the United States and the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Citi Trends does not undertake to publicly update any forward-looking statements in this news release or with respect to matters described herein, whether as a result of any new information, future events or otherwise.

                          CITI TRENDS, INC.
                (in thousands, except per share data)

                             Thirteen Weeks Ended Thirteen Weeks Ended
                                 May 3, 2008          May 5, 2007
                             -------------------- --------------------
                                 (unaudited)          (unaudited)
Net sales                               $120,996             $106,576
Cost of sales                             74,233               64,878
                             -------------------- --------------------
   Gross profit                           46,763               41,698
Selling, general and
 administrative expenses                  36,241               30,575
Depreciation and
 amortization                              3,703                2,821
                             -------------------- --------------------
   Income from operations                  6,819                8,302
Interest income                              868                  645
Interest expense                             (87)                (144)
                             -------------------- --------------------
   Income before income tax
    expense                                7,600                8,803
Income tax expense                         2,432                3,081
                             -------------------- --------------------
   Net income                             $5,168               $5,722
                             ==================== ====================

Net income per share, basic                $0.37                $0.41
Net income per share,
 diluted                                   $0.36                $0.40

Weighted average shares used
 to compute net income per
 share, basic                             14,048               13,807
Weighted average shares used
 to compute net income per
 share, diluted                           14,217               14,219

                          CITI TRENDS, INC.
                       CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
                            (in thousands)

                                               May 3, 2008 May 5, 2007
                                               ----------- -----------
                                               (unaudited) (unaudited)
  Cash and cash equivalents                         $4,697      $3,724
  Investment securities - current                       --      61,599
  Inventory                                         83,258      85,397
  Other current assets                              10,434       7,086
  Property and equipment, net                       55,555      36,040
  Investment securities - noncurrent                53,720          --
  Other noncurrent assets                            5,898       3,780
                                               ----------- -----------
    Total assets                                  $213,562    $197,626
                                               =========== ===========

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:
  Accounts payable                                 $42,221     $46,219
  Accrued liabilities                               14,249      11,833
  Other current liabilities                          6,279       5,830
  Noncurrent liabilities                             8,156       8,821
                                               ----------- -----------
    Total liabilities                               70,905      72,703

  Total stockholders' equity                       142,657     124,923
                                               ----------- -----------
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity    $213,562    $197,626
                                               =========== ===========

SOURCE: Citi Trends, Inc.

Citi Trends, Inc.
Bruce Smith
Chief Financial Officer
Ed Anderson
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

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