Cato Reports 1Q EPS Down 3%

Provides 2Q and Updates 2013 Full Year Guidance

May 23, 2013, 07:00 ET from The Cato Corporation

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cato Corporation (NYSE: CATO) today reported net income of $30.8 million or $1.05 per diluted share for the first quarter ended May 4, 2013, compared to net income of $31.7 million or $1.09 per diluted share for the first quarter ended April 28, 2012.  Net income and earnings per diluted share both decreased 3% for the quarter.  Sales for the first quarter were $267.2 million, a 2% decrease from sales of $272.8 million for the first quarter ended April 28, 2012.  The Company's same-store sales decreased 5% in the quarter.

"Continuing difficult economic conditions, higher payroll taxes, delayed income tax refunds and cooler than normal temperatures in March and April negatively impacted first quarter sales," stated John Cato, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer.  "Our expectations for the second quarter remain unchanged from what was included in the original guidance for the full year and reflect same store sales in the range of down 3% to flat and earnings per diluted share in the range of $.42 to $.48 versus $.59 last year.  After adjusting our original 2013 guidance for first quarter actual results, our estimate of earnings per diluted share for the full year is now a range of $1.66 to $1.84 versus $2.11 last year."

Gross margin decreased 80 basis points to 41.3% of sales primarily due to lower merchandise contribution in the quarter as well as higher occupancy costs related to store growth.  SG&A expenses as a percent of sales decreased 30 basis points to 22.2% during the quarter primarily due to lower accrued incentive compensation.  The effective tax rate decreased to 36.8% from 38.2% in the prior year, primarily due to the benefit of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, which had not been renewed by Congress at this time last year and was therefore not considered for first quarter 2012, but was for first quarter 2013.  The Company ended the quarter with cash and short-term investments of $231.3 million.

During the first quarter, the Company opened three stores, relocated one store and closed six stores.  As of May 4, 2013, the Company operated 1,307 stores in 31 states, compared to 1,293 stores in 31 states as of April 28, 2012.  

The Cato Corporation is a leading specialty retailer of value-priced fashion apparel and accessories operating three concepts, "Cato", "Versona" and "It's Fashion".  The Company's Cato stores offer exclusive merchandise with fashion and quality comparable to mall specialty stores at low prices every day.  Versona is a unique fashion destination offering accessories and apparel including jewelry, handbags and shoes at exceptional prices every day.  It's Fashion offers fashion with a focus on the latest trendy styles for the entire family at low prices every day.  Additional information on The Cato Corporation is available at www.catocorp.com.  

Statements in this press release not historical in nature including, without limitation, statements regarding the Company's expected sales and financial results for the second quarter and year 2013 are considered "forward-looking" within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations that are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements.  Such factors include, but are not limited to, the following: general economic conditions; competitive factors and pricing pressures; the Company's ability to predict fashion trends; consumer apparel buying patterns; adverse weather conditions and inventory risks due to shifts in market demand.  Additional information concerning these and other important factors can be found in Item 1A. "Risk Factors" of the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and any subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise the forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that the projected results expressed or implied therein will not be realized.  The Company is not responsible for any changes made to this press release by wire or Internet services.

 

THE CATO CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (UNAUDITED)

FOR THE PERIODS ENDED MAY 4, 2013 AND APRIL 28, 2012

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

Quarter Ended

May 4,

%

April 28,

%

2013

Sales

2012

Sales

REVENUES

  Retail sales

$

267,181

100.0%

$

272,790

100.0%

  Other income (principally finance,

    late fees and layaway charges)

2,517

0.9%

2,554

0.9%

    Total revenues

269,698

100.9%

275,344

100.9%

GROSS MARGIN (Memo)

110,280

41.3%

114,958

42.1%

COSTS AND EXPENSES, NET

  Cost of goods sold

156,901

58.7%

157,832

57.9%

  Selling, general and administrative

59,389

22.2%

61,355

22.5%

  Depreciation

5,449

2.0%

5,771

2.1%

  Interest and other income

(875)

-0.3%

(906)

-0.4%

    Cost and expenses, net

220,864

82.6%

224,052

82.1%

Income Before Income Taxes

48,834

18.3%

51,292

18.8%

Income Tax Expense

17,995

6.8%

19,569

7.2%

Net Income

$

30,839

11.5%

$

31,723

11.6%

Basic Earnings Per Share

$

1.05

$

1.09

Diluted Earnings Per Share

$

1.05

$

1.09

 

 

THE CATO CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 

(Dollars in thousands)

May 4,

April 28,

February 2

2013

2012

2013

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

ASSETS

Current Assets

  Cash and cash equivalents

$

65,355

$

70,704

$

31,069

  Short-term investments

161,095

212,242

157,578

  Restricted Cash

4,816

5,318

5,999

  Accounts receivable - net

40,059

44,150

40,016

  Merchandise inventories

126,268

120,755

140,738

  Other current assets

15,090

9,699

14,814

Total Current Assets

412,683

462,868

390,214

Property and Equipment - net

137,018

119,700

134,227

Other Assets

10,506

7,011

8,205

      TOTAL

$

560,207

$

589,579

$

532,646

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current Liabilities

$

162,285

$

166,786

$

159,602

Noncurrent Liabilities

28,268

30,094

27,810

Stockholders' Equity

369,654

392,699

345,234

      TOTAL

$

560,207

$

589,579

$

532,646

 

SOURCE The Cato Corporation



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