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August 22, 2019 at 6:45 AM EDT

Citi Trends Announces Second Quarter 2019 Results and Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

SAVANNAH, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 22, 2019-- Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTRN) today reported unaudited results for the second quarter of fiscal 2019.

Financial Highlights – Second quarter ended August 3, 2019

Total sales in the second quarter ended August 3, 2019 increased 0.5% to $182.8 million, compared with $182.0 million in the second quarter ended August 4, 2018. Comparable store sales decreased 1.2% in the quarter.

The Company had net income of $0.4 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, in the second quarter of fiscal 2019, compared with $3.2 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, in last year’s second quarter.

During the second quarter, the Company opened four new stores, relocated or expanded one store and closed three stores.

Financial Highlights – First half ended August 3, 2019

Total sales in the first half of fiscal 2019 decreased 1.3% to $387.9 million, compared with $393.0 million in the first half of fiscal 2018. Comparable store sales decreased 2.9% in the first half of this year.

In the first half of 2019, the Company had net income of $8.2 million on a GAAP basis, or $9.1 million when adjusted for proxy contest-related expenses*, compared with net income in last year’s first half of $14.5 million. Earnings per diluted share in the first half of 2019 were $0.68 on a GAAP basis, or $0.76 when adjusted for proxy contest-related expenses*, compared with earnings per diluted share of $1.08 in the first half of 2018.

Bruce Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “As discussed in our last earnings release, the second quarter started off slowly, with comparable store sales down 6% during the first two-plus weeks of the quarter. Subsequent to that release, we were encouraged to see sales trends improve, leading to comparable store sales that were nearly flat during the remaining ten-plus weeks in the quarter and at the more favorable end of guidance for the full quarter. Sales of accessories and home merchandise experienced continued momentum with increases during the quarter, while the apparel categories declined, but with improving trends in the latter part of the quarter. We continue to strategically shift our merchandise mix more towards the growing non-apparel lines and expect to accelerate this mix shift in the second half of the year.”

Smith further noted, “We are pleased with the quality and age of our inventory entering the back half of the year, as we ended the quarter with 5% less inventory than at the end of last year’s second quarter, including a 14% decline in inventory in comparable stores.”

Smith continued, “Peter Sachse, our new director and Special Advisor to the CEO, has been working with management on a number of initiatives, including the appropriate mix of apparel and non-apparel for the important holiday season, organizational structure and resources, system opportunities, customer research, real estate optimization, and other strategic projects. We are executing on these initiatives and believe the benefits will better position Citi Trends to grow and deliver value for its customers, associates and shareholders.”

Guidance

The Company is maintaining its full year fiscal 2019 earnings guidance in a range of $1.30 to $1.50 per diluted share when adjusted for proxy contest-related expenses*. As the Company enters the third quarter, comparable store sales thus far have been up 4%. Given the favorable inventory position and the acceleration of our efforts to shift our merchandise mix, coupled with the sales results of the past 13 weeks, the Company’s earnings per share guidance includes an assumption that comparable store sales will increase in a range of 1% to 3% in the second half of 2019.

Capital Return Program

The Company announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.08 per common share, payable on September 17, 2019, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on September 3, 2019.

During the first half of 2019, the Company repurchased 273,000 shares of its common stock at an aggregate cost of $4.5 million. At August 3, 2019, $5.1 million remained available under the existing stock repurchase authorization, and the Company had no debt and $82.2 million of cash and investment securities.

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 (303) 223-2689. A replay of the conference call will be available until August 29, 2019, by dialing (402) 977-9140 and entering the passcode, 21927362.

The live broadcast of Citi Trends' conference call will be available online at the Company's website, www.cititrends.com, 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 a value-priced retailer of urban fashion apparel and accessories for the entire family. The Company operates 562 stores located in 32 states. Citi Trends’ website address is www.cititrends.com. CTRN-G

*Non-GAAP Financial Measure

The non-GAAP financial measures discussed herein are reconciled to their corresponding GAAP measures at the end of this press release.

Forward-Looking Statements

All statements other than historical facts contained in this news release, including statements regarding the Company’s future financial results and position, business policy and plans, objectives of management for future operations and our intentions and ability to pay dividends and complete any share repurchase authorizations, 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 the Company, are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain such language. Statements with respect to earnings, sales or new store guidance are forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are subject to the finalization of the Company’s quarter-end 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 the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those set forth under the heading “Item 1A. Risk Factors” in the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 2, 2019. 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 guidance, the Company’s intention to declare and pay dividends, the repurchase of shares pursuant to a 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, the Company 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.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (unaudited)
(in thousands, except per share data)
 
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended Thirteen Weeks Ended
August 3, 2019 August 4, 2018
(unaudited) (unaudited)
Net sales

$

182,830

 

$

181,999

 

 
Cost of sales (exclusive of depreciation shown separately below)

 

(114,612

)

 

(110,398

)

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

(62,989

)

 

(62,285

)

Depreciation

 

(4,607

)

 

(4,676

)

Asset impairment

 

(472

)

 

(942

)

Income from operations

 

150

 

 

3,698

 

Interest income

 

414

 

 

363

 

Interest expense

 

(40

)

 

(38

)

Income before income taxes

 

524

 

 

4,023

 

Income tax expense

 

(147

)

 

(788

)

Net income

$

377

 

$

3,235

 

 
Basic net income per common share

$

0.03

 

$

0.24

 

Diluted net income per common share

$

0.03

 

$

0.24

 

 
Weighted average number of shares outstanding
Basic

 

11,882

 

 

13,314

 

Diluted

 

11,882

 

 

13,351

 

 
 
 
 
Twenty-Six Weeks Ended Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
August 3, 2019 August 4, 2018
(unaudited) (unaudited)
Net sales

$

387,862

 

$

393,031

 

 
Cost of sales (exclusive of depreciation shown separately below)

 

(242,850

)

 

(239,811

)

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

(126,436

)

 

(125,290

)

Depreciation

 

(9,221

)

 

(9,650

)

Asset impairment

 

(472

)

 

(942

)

Income from operations

 

8,883

 

 

17,338

 

Interest income

 

793

 

 

658

 

Interest expense

 

(78

)

 

(75

)

Income before income taxes

 

9,598

 

 

17,921

 

Income tax expense

 

(1,433

)

 

(3,389

)

Net income

$

8,165

 

$

14,532

 

 
Basic net income per common share

$

0.68

 

$

1.08

 

Diluted net income per common share

$

0.68

 

$

1.08

 

 
Weighted average number of shares outstanding
Basic

 

11,929

 

 

13,446

 

Diluted

 

11,944

 

 

13,491

 

CITI TRENDS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (unaudited)
(in thousands)
 
August 3, 2019 August 4, 2018
(unaudited) (unaudited)
Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents

$

27,425

$

40,992

Short-term investment securities

 

37,776

 

36,009

Inventory

 

132,050

 

138,801

Prepaid and other current assets

 

17,719

 

17,701

Property and equipment, net

 

54,843

 

57,154

Operating lease right of use assets (1)

 

152,932

 

-

Long-term investment securities

 

16,976

 

13,020

Other noncurrent assets

 

7,927

 

7,105

Total assets

$

447,648

$

310,782

 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:
Accounts payable

$

71,303

$

72,096

Accrued liabilities

 

25,327

 

27,358

Current operating lease liabilities (1)

 

41,976

 

-

Other current liabilities

 

1,671

 

2,005

Noncurrent operating lease liabilities (1)

 

118,102

 

-

Noncurrent liabilities

 

1,869

 

8,338

Total liabilities

 

260,248

 

109,797

 
Total stockholders' equity

 

187,400

 

200,985

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

447,648

$

310,782

 
 
 
(1) Lease assets and liabilities recorded in connection with the adoption
of ASU No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842)

 

CITI TRENDS, INC.
 
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP BASIS OPERATING RESULTS TO
ADJUSTED NON-GAAP OPERATING RESULTS
(unaudited)
(in thousands, except per share data)
 
The Company makes reference in this release to net income adjusted for proxy contest-related expenses and earnings per diluted share adjusted for proxy contest-related expenses for the twenty-six weeks ended August 3, 2019. The Company believes that excluding proxy contest expenses and their related tax effects from its financial results reflects operating results that are more indicative of the Company's ongoing operating performance while improving comparability to prior and future periods, and as such, may provide investors with an enhanced understanding of the Company's past financial performance and prospects for the future. This information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income or earnings per diluted share prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended August 3, 2019
As Reported Adjustment (1) As Adjusted
(unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited)
 
Net sales

$

182,830

 

$

-

 

$

182,830

 

 
Cost of sales (exclusive of depreciation shown separately below)

 

(114,612

)

 

-

 

 

(114,612

)

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

(62,989

)

 

-

 

 

(62,989

)

Depreciation

 

(4,607

)

 

-

 

 

(4,607

)

Asset impairment

 

(472

)

 

-

 

 

(472

)

Income from operations

 

150

 

 

-

 

 

150

 

Interest income

 

414

 

 

-

 

 

414

 

Interest expense

 

(40

)

 

-

 

 

(40

)

Income before income taxes

 

524

 

 

-

 

 

524

 

Income tax expense

 

(147

)

 

-

 

 

(147

)

Net income

$

377

 

$

-

 

$

377

 

 
Basic net income per common share

$

0.03

 

$

0.03

 

Diluted net income per common share

$

0.03

 

$

0.03

 

 
Weighted average number of shares outstanding
Basic

 

11,882

 

 

11,882

 

Diluted

 

11,882

 

 

11,882

 

 
 
Twenty-Six Weeks Ended August 3, 2019
As Reported Adjustment (1) As Adjusted
(unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited)
 
Net sales

$

387,862

 

$

-

 

$

387,862

 

 
Cost of sales (exclusive of depreciation shown separately below)

 

(242,850

)

 

-

 

 

(242,850

)

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

(126,436

)

 

1,042

 

 

(125,394

)

Depreciation

 

(9,221

)

 

-

 

 

(9,221

)

Asset impairment

 

(472

)

 

-

 

 

(472

)

Income from operations

 

8,883

 

 

1,042

 

 

9,925

 

Interest income

 

793

 

 

-

 

 

793

 

Interest expense

 

(78

)

 

-

 

 

(78

)

Income before income taxes

 

9,598

 

 

1,042

 

 

10,640

 

Income tax expense

 

(1,433

)

 

(156

)

 

(1,589

)

Net income

$

8,165

 

$

886

 

$

9,051

 

 
Basic net income per common share

$

0.68

 

$

0.76

 

Diluted net income per common share

$

0.68

 

$

0.76

 

 
Weighted average number of shares outstanding
Basic

 

11,929

 

 

11,929

 

Diluted

 

11,944

 

 

11,944

 

 
(1) Proxy contest expenses and related tax effects

 

Source: Citi Trends, Inc.

Bruce Smith
President and Chief Executive Officer
(912) 443-2075