Steve Madden Announces First Quarter 2017 Results

LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y.--()--Steve Madden (Nasdaq:SHOO), a leading designer and marketer of fashion footwear and accessories for women, men and children, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

Amounts referred to as Adjusted exclude the items that are described under the heading “Non-GAAP Adjustments.”

For the First Quarter 2017:

  • Net sales increased 11.2% to $366.4 million compared to $329.4 million in the same period of 2016.
  • Gross margin was 36.2%. Adjusted gross margin was 36.6% as compared to 35.3% in the same period last year, an increase of 130 basis points.
  • Operating expenses as a percentage of sales were 28.9%. Adjusted operating expenses as a percentage of sales were 26.8% as compared to 26.9% of sales in the same period of 2016.
  • Operating income totaled $30.8 million, or 8.4% of net sales. Adjusted operating income was $39.5 million, or 10.8% of net sales, compared with operating income of $29.9 million, or 9.1% of net sales, in the same period of 2016.
  • Net income was $20.2 million, or $0.35 per diluted share. Adjusted net income was $27.5 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, compared to $23.7 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, in the prior year's first quarter.

Edward Rosenfeld, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are pleased to have started off 2017 with a strong first quarter. The highlight was our Steve Madden Women’s wholesale footwear division, where we had another quarter of outstanding growth in a challenging retail environment. Steve and his design team have created an exceptional product assortment that is enabling us to outperform the competition and take market share with our flagship brand. As we look ahead to the balance of the year, we are taking a prudent approach to planning our business in light of retail industry headwinds. That said, the strength in our core business gives us confidence that we are well-positioned to navigate the uncertain environment.”

First Quarter 2017 Segment Results

Net sales for the wholesale business increased 13.6% to $313.3 million in the first quarter of 2017. Excluding the results of the recently acquired Schwartz & Benjamin, wholesale net sales increased 8.5% to $299.2 million from $275.8 million in the first quarter of 2016, with strong gains in both wholesale footwear and wholesale accessories. Gross margin in the wholesale business was 32.4%. Excluding the non-cash expense associated with the purchase accounting fair value adjustment of inventory acquired in the Schwartz & Benjamin acquisition, Adjusted gross margin in the wholesale business was 32.8% compared to 31.2% in last year’s first quarter, driven by an increase in the wholesale footwear segment.

Retail net sales in the first quarter were $53.1 million compared to $53.6 million in the first quarter of the prior year. Same store sales decreased 6.0% in the quarter compared to a 10.7% same store sales increase in the first quarter of 2016. Retail gross margin increased to 58.7% in the first quarter of 2017 compared to 56.2% in the first quarter of the prior year, due to a lower level of promotional activity.

During the first quarter, the Company opened one full price store and one outlet location, and closed one full price store. The Company ended the quarter with 190 company-operated retail locations, including four Internet stores.

The Company’s effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2017 was 34.8%. Excluding the tax impact of the non-cash expense associated with the purchase accounting fair value adjustment of inventory acquired in the Schwartz & Benjamin acquisition and the estimated bad debt expense associated with the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy, the Adjusted effective tax rate was 30.7% compared to 19.6% in the first quarter of the prior year.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

During the first quarter of 2017, the Company repurchased 912,050 shares of the Company’s common stock for approximately $33.2 million, which includes shares acquired through the net settlement of employee stock awards.

As of March 31, 2017, cash, cash equivalents, and current and non-current marketable securities totaled $193.2 million.

Company Outlook

The Company continues to expect that net sales in fiscal year 2017 will increase 8% to 10% over net sales in 2016. The Company expects that diluted EPS on a GAAP basis for fiscal year 2017 will be in the range of $1.97 to $2.03. The Company continues to expect that Adjusted diluted EPS for fiscal year 2017 will be in the range of $2.12 to $2.18.

Non-GAAP Adjustments

Amounts referred to as Adjusted exclude the items below.

For the first quarter 2017:

  • $1.2 million pre-tax ($0.8 million after-tax) in non-cash expense associated with the purchase accounting fair value adjustment of inventory acquired in the Schwartz & Benjamin acquisition, included in cost of sales.
  • $7.5 million pre-tax ($6.5 million after-tax) in estimated bad debt expense associated with the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy, included in operating expenses.

For the fiscal year 2017:

  • $1.7 million pre-tax ($1.0 million after-tax) in non-cash expense associated with the purchase accounting fair value adjustment of inventory acquired in the Schwartz & Benjamin acquisition, included in cost of sales.
  • $1.5 million pre-tax ($1.0 million after-tax) in expense expected to be incurred in connection with the integration of the Schwartz & Benjamin acquisition and the related restructuring, included in operating expenses.
  • $7.5 million pre-tax ($6.5 million after-tax) in estimated bad debt expense associated with the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy, included in operating expenses.

Reconciliations of amounts on a GAAP basis to Adjusted amounts are presented in the Non-GAAP Reconciliation tables at the end of this release and identify and quantify all excluded items.

Conference Call Information

Interested stockholders are invited to listen to the first quarter earnings conference call scheduled for today, April 21, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed by logging onto http://www.stevemadden.com. An online archive of the broadcast will be available within one hour of the conclusion of the call and will be accessible for a period of 30 days following the call. Additionally, a replay of the call can be accessed by dialing 1-844-512-2921 (U.S.) and 1-412-317-6671 (international), passcode 4443584, and will be available until May 21, 2017.

About Steve Madden

Steve Madden designs, sources and markets fashion-forward footwear and accessories for women, men and children. In addition to marketing products under its own brands including Steve Madden®, Dolce Vita®, Betsey Johnson®, Report®, Big Buddha®, Brian Atwood®, Cejon®, Blondo® and Mad Love®, Steve Madden is a licensee of various brands, including Kate Spade®, Superga® and Avec Les Filles®. Steve Madden also designs and sources products under private label brand names for various retailers. Steve Madden's wholesale distribution includes department stores, specialty stores, luxury retailers, national chains and mass merchants. Steve Madden also operates 190 retail stores (including Steve Madden's four Internet stores). Steve Madden licenses certain of its brands to third parties for the marketing and sale of certain products, including for ready-to-wear, outerwear, intimate apparel, eyewear, hosiery, jewelry, fragrance, luggage and bedding and bath products. For local store information and the latest Steve Madden booties, pumps, men’s and women’s boots, dress shoes, sandals and more, visit http://www.stevemadden.com/

Safe Harbor

This press release and oral statements made from time to time by representatives of the Company contain certain “forward looking statements” as that term is defined in the federal securities laws. The events described in forward looking statements may not occur. Generally, these statements relate to business plans or strategies, projected or anticipated benefits or other consequences of the Company's plans or strategies, projected or anticipated benefits from acquisitions to be made by the Company, or projections involving anticipated revenues, earnings or other aspects of the Company's operating results. The words "may," "will," "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "project," "plan," "intend," "estimate," and "continue," and their opposites and similar expressions are intended to identify forward looking statements. The Company cautions you that these statements concern current expectations about the Company’s future results and condition and are not guarantees of future performance or events and are subject to a number of uncertainties, risks and other influences, many of which are beyond the Company's control, that may influence the accuracy of the statements and the projections upon which the statements are based. Factors which may affect the Company's results include, but are not limited to, the risks and uncertainties discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any one or more of these uncertainties, risks and other influences could materially affect the Company's results of operations and financial condition and whether forward looking statements made by the Company ultimately prove to be accurate and, as such, the Company's actual results, performance and achievements could differ materially from those expressed or implied in these forward looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

       
STEVEN MADDEN, LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS DATA

(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
 

Three Months Ended

March 31, 2017

March 31, 2016

 
Net sales $ 366,387 $ 329,357
Cost of sales   233,669   213,155  
Gross profit 132,718 116,202
Commission and licensing fee income, net 3,927 2,171
Operating expenses   105,865   88,493  
Income from operations 30,780 29,880
Interest and other income (expense), net   684   (176 )
Income before provision for income taxes 31,464 29,704
Provision for income taxes   10,942   5,808  
Net income 20,522 23,896
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest   364   237  
Net income attributable to Steven Madden, Ltd. $ 20,158 $ 23,659  
 
 
Basic income per share $ 0.36 $ 0.41
Diluted income per share $ 0.35 $ 0.39
 

Basic weighted average common shares outstanding

55,828 57,709

Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding

58,203 60,253
 
 
STEVEN MADDEN, LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET DATA

(In thousands)
             

        As of

March 31, 2017

December 31, 2016

March 31, 2016

(Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Cash and cash equivalents $ 94,261 $ 126,115 $ 70,905
Marketable securities (current & non current) 98,980 110,054 121,994
Accounts receivables, net 232,466 200,958 217,136
Inventories 96,973 119,824 80,356
Other current assets 47,038 56,264 56,089
Property and equipment, net 74,747 72,381 72,727
Goodwill and intangibles, net 304,327 280,097 288,642
Other assets   7,308   7,354   7,651
Total assets $ 956,100 $ 973,047 $ 915,500
 
Accounts payable $ 70,896 $ 80,584 $ 86,831
Contingent payment liability (current & non current) 31,830 7,948 21,292
Other current liabilities 65,720 94,595 49,183
Other long term liabilities 48,832 48,848 54,528
Total Steven Madden, Ltd. stockholders' equity 737,187 740,867 703,319
Noncontrolling interest   1,635   205   347
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 956,100 $ 973,047 $ 915,500
 
 
STEVEN MADDEN, LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW DATA

(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
     
Three Months Ended

March 31, 2017

 

March 31, 2016

 
 
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 8,513 $ 15,245
 

Investing Activities

Purchases of property and equipment (3,293 ) (4,384 )
Sales of marketable securities, net 11,292 1,037
Acquisition, net of cash acquired   (17,396 )   -  
Net cash used in investing activities (9,397 ) (3,347 )
 

Financing Activities

Common stock share repurchases for treasury (33,161 ) (14,034 )
Payment of contingent liability - (3,483 )
Proceeds from exercise of stock options   1,812     3,678  
Net cash used in financing activities (31,349 ) (13,839 )
 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents 379 432
 
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (31,854 ) (1,509 )
 
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period 126,115 72,414
   
Cash and cash equivalents - end of period $ 94,261   $ 70,905  
 
 
STEVEN MADDEN, LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION

(In thousands, except per share amounts)
Unaudited

 

The Company uses non-GAAP financial information to evaluate its operating performance and in order to represent the manner in which the Company conducts and views its business. Additionally, the Company believes the information assists investors in comparing the Company's performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that are not indicative of its core business. The non-GAAP financial information is provided in addition to, and not as an alternative to, the Company’s reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP.
 

Table 1 - Reconciliation of GAAP gross profit to Adjusted gross profit

    Three Months Ended

March 31, 2017

Consolidated

GAAP gross profit $ 132,718
 
Non-cash expense associated with the purchase accounting fair value
adjustment of inventory acquired in the Schwartz & Benjamin acquisition   1,240  
 
Adjusted gross profit $ 133,958
 

Wholesale

GAAP gross profit $ 101,560
 
Non-cash expense associated with the purchase accounting fair value adjustment
of inventory acquired in the Schwartz & Benjamin acquisition   1,240  
 
Adjusted gross profit     $ 102,800  
 
 

Table 2 - Reconciliation of GAAP operating expenses to Adjusted operating expenses

Three Months Ended

March 31, 2017

 
GAAP operating expenses $ 105,865
 
Bad debt expense associated with the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy   (7,500 )
 
Adjusted operating expenses     $ 98,365  
 
       

Table 3 - Reconciliation of GAAP operating income to Adjusted operating income

Three Months Ended

March 31, 2017

 
GAAP operating income $ 30,780
 
Non-cash expense associated with the purchase accounting fair value
adjustment of inventory acquired in the Schwartz & Benjamin acquisition 1,240
 
Bad debt expense associated with the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy   7,500  
 
Adjusted operating income     $ 39,520  
 
 

Table 4 - Reconciliation of GAAP provision for income taxes to Adjusted provision for income taxes

Three Months Ended

March 31, 2017

 
GAAP provision for income taxes $ 10,942
 
Tax effect of non-cash expense associated with the purchase accounting fair
value adjustment of inventory acquired in the Schwartz & Benjamin acquisition 425
 
Tax effect of bad debt expense associated with the Payless ShoeSource
bankruptcy   964  
 
Adjusted provision for income taxes     $ 12,331  
 
 

Table 5 - Reconciliation of GAAP net income to Adjusted net income

Three Months Ended

March 31, 2017

 
GAAP net income attributable to Steven Madden, Ltd. $ 20,158
 
After-tax impact of non-cash expense associated with the purchase
accounting fair value adjustment of inventory acquired in the Schwartz &
Benjamin acquisition 815
 
After-tax impact of bad debt expense associated with the Payless
ShoeSource bankruptcy   6,536  
 
Adjusted net income attributable to Steven Madden, Ltd. $ 27,509
 
GAAP diluted income per share $ 0.35
Adjusted diluted income per share     $ 0.47  

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