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Shoe Carnival Reports Third Quarter 2014 Results


Company Exceeds Quarterly Net Sales, Comparable Store Sales and Earnings per Share Guidance

EVANSVILLE, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 1, 2014-- Shoe Carnival, Inc. (Nasdaq: SCVL), a leading retailer of moderately priced footwear and accessories, today reported results for the third quarter ended November 1, 2014.

Third Quarter Highlights

  • Net sales increased $18.9 million to $254.7 million, as compared to net sales reported for the third quarter of fiscal 2013, exceeding the Company’s guidance
  • Comparable store sales increased 2.3 percent in the third quarter of fiscal 2014, exceeding the Company’s guidance
  • Earnings per diluted share for the third quarter were $0.54, exceeding the Company’s guidance
  • Per-store inventories were down 0.6 percent at the end of the quarter, as compared to the third quarter last year
  • 244,000 shares of common stock were repurchased during the quarter under the current share repurchase program

“We are pleased to report results that exceeded our expectations for net sales, comparable store sales and earnings per share for the third quarter. These results reflect strong sales in our fashion boot category and progress in key initiatives we announced last year, mainly, national advertising, better brands in our women’s department and a reinvigorated e-commerce presence. I am proud of the entire Shoe Carnival family and believe our strategy will continue to benefit long-term sales and earnings growth,” commented Cliff Sifford, President and CEO.

Third Quarter Financial Results

The Company reported net sales of $254.7 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2014, an 8.0 percent increase, as compared to net sales of $235.8 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2013. Comparable store sales increased 2.3 percent in the third quarter of fiscal 2014.

The gross profit margin for the third quarter of fiscal 2014 was 30.1 percent which was unchanged compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2013. The merchandise margin increased 0.2 percent. Buying, distribution and occupancy expenses increased 0.2 percent as a percentage of sales.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the third quarter of fiscal 2014 increased $5.8 million to $59.0 million. As a percentage of sales, these expenses increased to 23.1 percent compared to 22.5 percent in the third quarter of fiscal 2013.

Net earnings for the third quarter of fiscal 2014 were $10.8 million, or $0.54 per diluted share. For the third quarter of fiscal 2013, the Company reported net earnings of $10.9 million, or $0.54 per diluted share.

Nine Month Financial Results

Net sales during the first nine months of fiscal 2014 increased $28.1 million to $712.5 million as compared to the same period last year. Comparable store sales for the thirty-nine week period ended November 1, 2014 decreased 0.4 percent. Net earnings for the first nine months of fiscal 2014 were $22.6 million, or $1.12 per diluted share, compared to net earnings of $26.3 million, or $1.29 per diluted share, in the first nine months of last year. The gross profit margin for the first nine months of fiscal 2014 was 29.3 percent compared to 29.5 percent last year. Selling, general and administrative expenses, as a percentage of sales, were 24.1 percent for the first nine months of fiscal 2014 compared to 23.3 percent last year. The Company opened 30 stores during the first nine months of fiscal 2014 as compared to opening 29 stores during the first nine months of last year.

Share Repurchase Program

In the third quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company repurchased approximately 244,000 shares of its common stock at a total cost of $4.5 million. For the nine months ended November 1, 2014, approximately 405,000 shares were repurchased at an aggregate cost of $7.5 million. The amount that remained available under the share repurchase authorization at November 1, 2014 was $12.8 million.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2014 Earnings Outlook

For the 13 weeks ending January 31, 2015, earnings per diluted share are expected to be in the range of $0.06 to $0.10, compared to $0.03 in last year’s fourth quarter. The Company’s guidance is based on the expectation that fourth quarter net sales will be in the range of $218 to $222 million. This expectation includes a comparable store sales increase to be in the range of 3 to 5 percent.

Looking ahead, Mr. Sifford stated, “Our customers’ reception to our trend right product assortment combined with a strong fourth quarter marketing presence gives us confidence to expect continued increases in comparable store sales and earnings for the fourth quarter.”

The Company expects to open 31 new stores and close seven stores in fiscal 2014. Store openings and closings by quarter for the fiscal year are as follows:

  New Stores   Store Closings
1st quarter 2014 7 1
2nd quarter 2014 16 0
3rd quarter 2014 7 1
4th quarter 2014 1 5
Fiscal year 2014 31 7

The seven new stores opened during the third quarter include locations in:

    Total Stores in
City Market the Market
Aurora, CO Denver 3
Cedar Rapids, IA Cedar Rapids 4
Lakeland, FL Tampa 6
Roseville, MI Detroit 6
Salina, KS Wichita 3
Wilkes Barre, PA Wilkes Barre 2
Willow Grove, PA Philadelphia 1

Conference Call

Today, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, the Company will host a conference call to discuss the third quarter results. Participants can listen to the live webcast of the call by visiting Shoe Carnival's Investors webpage at While the question-and-answer session will be available to all listeners, questions from the audience will be limited to institutional analysts and investors. A replay of the webcast will be available on the Company’s website beginning approximately two hours after the conclusion of the conference call and will be archived for one year.

About Shoe Carnival

Shoe Carnival, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest family footwear retailers, offering a broad assortment of moderately priced dress, casual and athletic footwear for men, women and children with emphasis on national and regional name brands. As of December 1, 2014, the Company operates 404 stores in 33 states and Puerto Rico, and offers online shopping at Headquartered in Evansville, IN, Shoe Carnival trades on The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC under the symbol SCVL. Shoe Carnival's press releases and annual report are available on the Company's website at

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause our actual results, performance, achievements or industry results to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to: general economic conditions in the areas of the continental United States and Puerto Rico in which our stores are located; the effects and duration of economic downturns and unemployment rates; changes in the overall retail environment and more specifically in the apparel and footwear retail sectors; our ability to generate increased sales at our stores; the potential impact of national and international security concerns on the retail environment; changes in our relationships with key suppliers; the impact of competition and pricing; our ability to successfully manage and execute our marketing initiatives and maintain positive brand perception and recognition; changes in weather patterns, consumer buying trends and our ability to identify and respond to emerging fashion trends; the impact of disruptions in our distribution or information technology operations; the effectiveness of our inventory management; the impact of hurricanes or other natural disasters on our stores, as well as on consumer confidence and purchasing in general; risks associated with the seasonality of the retail industry; the impact of unauthorized disclosure or misuse of personal and confidential information about our customers, vendors and employees; our ability to manage our third-party vendor relationships; our ability to successfully execute our growth strategy, including the availability of desirable store locations at acceptable lease terms, our ability to open new stores in a timely and profitable manner, including our entry into major new markets, and the availability of sufficient funds to implement our growth plans; higher than anticipated costs associated with the closing of underperforming stores; our ability to successfully grow our e-commerce business; the inability of manufacturers to deliver products in a timely manner; changes in the political and economic environments in China, Brazil, Europe and East Asia, where the primary manufacturers of footwear are located; the impact of regulatory changes in the United States and the countries where our manufacturers are located; the continued favorable trade relations between the United States and China and the other countries which are the major manufacturers of footwear; the resolution of litigation or regulatory proceedings in which we are or may become involved; and our ability to meet our labor needs while controlling costs; and other factors described in the Company’s SEC filings, including the Company’s latest Annual Report on Form 10-K.

In addition, these forward-looking statements necessarily depend upon assumptions, estimates and dates that may be incorrect or imprecise and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors. Accordingly, any forward-looking statements included in this press release do not purport to be predictions of future events or circumstances and may not be realized. Forward-looking statements can be identified by, among other things, the use of forward-looking terms such as “believes,” “expects,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seeks,” “pro forma,” “anticipates,” “intends” or the negative of any of these terms, or comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy or intentions. Given these uncertainties, we caution investors not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. We disclaim any obligation to update any of these factors or to publicly announce any revisions to the forward-looking statements contained in this press release to reflect future events or developments.

Financial Tables Follow


(In thousands, except per share)


  Thirteen   Thirteen   Thirty-nine   Thirty-nine
Weeks Ended Weeks Ended Weeks Ended Weeks Ended
November 1, November 2, November 1, November 2,
  2014     2013     2014     2013  
Net sales $ 254,687 $ 235,770 $ 712,530 $ 684,474

Cost of sales (including buying, distribution and occupancy costs)

  177,922     164,759     503,964     482,339  
Gross profit 76,765 71,011 208,566 202,135

Selling, general and administrative expenses

  58,973     53,196     171,301     159,516  
Operating income 17,792 17,815 37,265 42,619
Interest income (2 ) (3 ) (11 ) (8 )
Interest expense   41     41     124     132  
Income before income taxes 17,753 17,777 37,152 42,495
Income tax expense   6,936     6,861     14,600     16,222  
Net income $ 10,817   $ 10,916   $ 22,552   $ 26,273  
Net income per share:
Basic $ 0.54   $ 0.54   $ 1.12   $ 1.30  
Diluted $ 0.54   $ 0.54   $ 1.12   $ 1.29  
Weighted average shares:
Basic   19,716     19,942     19,844     19,918  
Diluted   19,729     19,962     19,859     19,939  
Cash dividends declared per share $ 0.06   $ 0.06   $ 0.18   $ 0.18  

Financial Note:


Per share amounts are computed independently for each quarter of the fiscal year. The sum of the quarters may not equal the total year due to the impact of changes in weighted shares outstanding and differing applications of earnings under the two-class method.


(In thousands)


  November 1,   February 1,   November 2,
2014 2014 2013
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 29,089 $ 48,253 $ 33,562
Accounts receivable 2,954 4,337 3,251
Merchandise inventories 317,865 284,801 299,122
Deferred income taxes 794 1,208 1,794
Other   4,742   3,916   4,855
Total Current Assets 355,444 342,515 342,584
Property and equipment - net 101,362 90,193 89,905
Deferred income taxes 8,085 3,426 2,383
Other noncurrent assets   384   717   675
Total Assets $ 465,275 $ 436,851 $ 435,547
Current Liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 70,831 $ 62,671 $ 60,526
Accrued and other liabilities   17,165   14,988   19,232
Total Current Liabilities 87,996 77,659 79,758
Deferred lease incentives 28,383 24,430 21,623
Accrued rent 10,318 9,224 8,935
Deferred compensation 9,616 8,232 7,959
Other   250   434   359
Total Liabilities 136,563 119,979 118,634
Total Shareholders' Equity   328,712   316,872   316,913
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $ 465,275 $ 436,851 $ 435,547

(In thousands)


  Thirty-nine   Thirty-nine
Weeks Ended Weeks Ended
November 1, November 2,
  2014     2013  
Cash Flows From Operating Activities
Net income $ 22,552 $ 26,273

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization 14,713 12,848
Stock-based compensation 292 2,662
Loss on retirement and impairment of assets 698 489
Deferred income taxes (4,245 ) (264 )
Lease incentives 5,810 4,751
Other (383 ) 668
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable 1,383 (1,050 )
Merchandise inventories (33,064 ) (26,840 )
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 9,144 (5,002 )
Other   1,327     2,449  
Net cash provided by operating activities   18,227     16,984  
Cash Flows From Investing Activities
Purchases of property and equipment (27,533 ) (25,220 )
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment 836 0
Proceeds from notes receivable   250     200  
Net cash used in investing activities   (26,447 )   (25,020 )
Cash Flows From Financing Activities
Proceeds from issuance of stock 203 226
Dividends paid (3,631 ) (3,650 )
Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation 35 172
Purchase of common stock for treasury (7,533 ) 0
Shares surrendered by employees to pay taxes on restricted stock   (18 )   (906 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (10,944 )   (4,158 )
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (19,164 ) (12,194 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   48,253     45,756  
Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period $ 29,089   $ 33,562  

Source: Shoe Carnival, Inc.

Shoe Carnival, Inc.
Cliff Sifford
President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Merchandising Officer
W. Kerry Jackson
Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Operating and Financial Officer and Treasurer
(812) 867-6471

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