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May 18, 2016 at 6:45 AM EDT

Citi Trends Announces First Quarter 2016 Results and Declares Quarterly Dividend

First quarter 2016 diluted earnings per share of $0.60 compared with $0.74 last year

Comparable store sales decreased 2.7% in first quarter

SAVANNAH, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTRN) today reported results for the first quarter of fiscal 2016.

Financial Highlights - First quarter ended April 30, 2016

Total sales in the first quarter ended April 30, 2016 decreased 0.6% to $193.7 million compared with $194.9 million in the first quarter ended May 2, 2015. Comparable store sales decreased 2.7% in the quarter.

The Company had net income of $8.7 million, or $0.60 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2016 compared with $11.3 million, or $0.74 per diluted share, in last year's first quarter.

During the first quarter, the Company opened five new stores and relocated or expanded six other stores.

In addition, the Company announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.06 per common share, payable on June 14, 2016, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 31, 2016.

Investor Conference Call and Webcast

Citi Trends will host a conference call today at 9:00 a.m. ET. The number to call for the live interactive teleconference is (212) 231-2903. A replay of the conference call will be available until May 25, 2016, by dialing (402) 977-9140 and entering the passcode, 21809052.

The live broadcast of Citi Trends' conference call will be available online at the Company's website,, under the Investor Relations section, beginning today at 9:00 a.m. ET. The online replay will follow shortly after the call and will be available for replay for one year.

During the conference call, the Company may discuss and answer questions concerning business and financial developments and trends that have occurred after quarter-end. 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 an off-price retailer of urban fashion apparel and accessories for the entire family. The Company operates 526 stores located in 31 states. Citi Trends' website address is CTRN-G

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. Any forward-looking statements by the Company, with respect to earnings guidance, the declaration and payment of dividends, the Company's share repurchase program, or otherwise, are intended to speak only as of the date such statements are made. 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.

(in thousands, except per share data)
Thirteen Weeks Ended Thirteen Weeks Ended
April 30, 2016 May 2, 2015
(unaudited) (unaudited)
Net sales $ 193,672 $ 194,913
Cost of sales (exclusive of depreciation shown separately below) (117,809 ) (117,509 )
Selling, general and administrative expenses (58,331 ) (55,812 )
Depreciation (4,444 ) (4,813 )
Asset impairment   (221 )   -  
Income from operations 12,867 16,779
Interest income 127 56
Interest expense   (40 )   (47 )
Income before income taxes 12,954 16,788
Income tax expense   (4,217 )   (5,509 )
Net income $ 8,737   $ 11,279  
Basic net income per common share $ 0.60   $ 0.75  
Diluted net income per common share $ 0.60   $ 0.74  

Weighted average shares used to compute basic net income per share

  14,594     15,096  
Weighted average shares used to compute diluted net income per share   14,603     15,181  
(in thousands)
April 30, 2016 May 2, 2015
(unaudited) (unaudited)
Cash and cash equivalents $ 53,032 $ 86,808
Short-term investment securities 40,215 20,707
Inventory 123,330 116,152
Prepaid and other current assets (1) 13,536 14,091
Property and equipment, net 49,816 44,945
Long-term investment securities 24,327 21,328
Other noncurrent assets (1)   9,223     9,890  
Total assets $ 313,479   $ 313,921  
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:
Accounts payable $ 60,128 $ 56,954
Accrued liabilities 24,316 25,744
Other current liabilities 2,528 3,522
Noncurrent liabilities   6,661     5,554  
Total liabilities 93,633 91,774
Total stockholders' equity   219,846     222,147  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 313,479   $ 313,921  


May 2, 2015 deferred tax asset balances reflect a reclassification between current and noncurrent assets totaling $3,874 in connection with the retrospective adoption of ASU 2015-17 in 2016.

Citi Trends, Inc.
Bruce Smith, 912-443-2075
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Jason Mazzola, 912-443-3990
President and Chief Executive Officer

Source: Citi Trends, Inc.

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