Cato Reports 3Q EPS In Line With Guidance, Down 24% Reconfirms 4Q and Updates Full Year Guidance

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cato Corporation (NYSE: CATO) today reported net income of $4.7 million for the third quarter ended October 27, 2012, compared to net income of $6.1 million for the third quarter ended October 29, 2011, a decrease of 24%.  Earnings per diluted share for the third quarter were $0.16, compared to $0.21 last year, a decrease of 24%.  Sales for the third quarter ended October 27, 2012 were $197.6 million, a 2% increase over sales of $194.1 million for the third quarter ended October 29, 2011.  Same-store sales for the quarter decreased 2%.

For the nine months ended October 27, 2012, the Company earned net income of $53.7 million, compared to net income of $54.7 million for the nine months ended October 29, 2011, a decrease of 2%.  Earnings per diluted share were $1.84 compared to $1.86 last year, a decrease of 1%.  Sales for the nine months ended October 27, 2012 were $701.8 million, up slightly from sales of $699.1 million for the nine months ended October 29, 2011.  Year-to-date same-store sales decreased 2%.

For the quarter, the gross margin rate decreased to 34.0% from 35.2% last year primarily due to lower merchandise margin and higher occupancy costs related to store development.  The SG&A rate for the quarter decreased slightly to 29.5% from 29.6% last year primarily due to lower accrued incentive compensation offset by higher payroll costs.  The Company's effective tax rate for the third quarter was 31.6% vs. 31.4% last year. 

Year-to-date, the gross margin rate was flat to the prior year at 38.6% of sales.  The year-to-date SG&A rate was 25.5% versus 25.7% last year primarily due to lower accrued incentive compensation somewhat offset by higher payroll costs.  The year-to-date effective tax rate increased to 37.3% vs. 35.4% last year, primarily due to the elimination of the benefit of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit for 2012.

"Our third quarter same-store sales reflect the difficult environment we have seen for much of the year and EPS for the quarter was in line with expectations," stated John Cato, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer.  "Our third quarter gross margin fell due to the deleveraging of costs related to growth in new stores.  We continue to manage our costs well.  We expect fourth quarter earnings per diluted share will be within our original guidance of $0.38 to $0.42 versus $0.35 last year, a 9% to 20% increase.  For the year, earnings per diluted share are estimated to be in the range of $2.22 to $2.26 vs. $2.21 last year, a slight increase to an increase of 2%."

The Company's fourth quarter includes 14 weeks compared to 13 weeks in 2011 and the fiscal year includes 53 weeks compared to 52 weeks in 2011.  Earnings guidance for both the fourth quarter and year reflects the impact of the additional week. 

Year-to-date, the Company has opened 25 new stores, relocated seven stores, and closed seven stores, one of which was the closing of an It's Fashion store to open an It's Fashion Metro store in the same market.  The Company now expects to open 37 stores during 2012.  As of October 27, 2012, the Company operated 1,306 stores in 31 states, compared to 1,292 stores in 31 states as of October 29, 2011.

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 or estimated financial results for the fourth quarter and full year and expected store openings and any related assumptions 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 and other factors discussed under "Risk Factors" in Part I, Item 1A of the Company's most recently filed annual report on Form 10-K, as amended or supplemented, and in other reports the Company files with or furnishes to the SEC from time to time.  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 OCTOBER 27, 2012 AND OCTOBER 29, 2011








(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)





























Quarter Ended


Nine Months Ended


















October 27,

%


October 29,

%


October 27,

%


October 29,

%


2012

Sales


2011

Sales


2012

Sales


2011

Sales

















REVENUES
















  Retail sales

$

197,575

100.0%


$

194,094

100.0%


$

701,815

100.0%


$

699,104

100.0%

  Other income (principally finance,
















    late fees and layaway charges)


2,430

1.2%



2,591

1.3%



7,597

1.1%



8,047

1.2%

















    Total revenues


200,005

101.2%



196,685

101.3%



709,412

101.1%



707,151

101.2%

















GROSS MARGIN (Memo)


67,176

34.0%



68,276

35.2%



271,125

38.6%



269,725

38.6%

















COSTS AND EXPENSES, NET
















  Cost of goods sold


130,399

66.0%



125,818

64.8%



430,690

61.4%



429,379

61.4%

  Selling, general and administrative


58,252

29.5%



57,505

29.6%



178,828

25.5%



179,776

25.7%

  Depreciation


5,346

2.7%



5,321

2.7%



16,859

2.4%



16,096

2.3%

  Interest and other income


(814)

-0.4%



(861)

-0.4%



(2,705)

-0.4%



(2,767)

-0.4%

















    Cost and expenses, net


193,183

97.8%



187,783

96.7%



623,672

88.9%



622,484

89.0%

































Income Before Income Taxes


6,822

3.4%



8,902

4.6%



85,740

12.2%



84,667

12.1%

















Income Tax Expense


2,153

1.1%



2,797

1.5%



32,016

4.5%



29,938

4.3%

















Net Income

$

4,669

2.3%


$

6,105

3.1%


$

53,724

7.7%


$

54,729

7.8%

































Basic Earnings Per Share

$

0.16



$

0.21



$

1.84



$

1.86


































Diluted Earnings Per Share

$

0.16



$

0.21



$

1.84



$

1.86


 

 

THE CATO CORPORATION









CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 








(Dollars in thousands)



















October 27,


October 29,


January 28


2012


2011


2012


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)










ASSETS









Current Assets









  Cash and cash equivalents

$

53,075


$

36,510


$

34,893

  Short-term investments


202,277



205,810



205,771

  Restricted Cash


5,999



5,325



5,325

  Accounts receivable - net


42,790



38,026



43,024

  Merchandise inventories


130,826



127,247



130,382

  Other current assets


7,213



7,078



9,737










Total Current Assets


442,180



419,996



429,132










Property and Equipment - net


130,635



109,811



115,445










Other Assets


7,380



6,888



6,512










      TOTAL

$

580,195


$

536,695


$

551,089










LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY


















Current Liabilities

$

145,885


$

149,753


$

156,993










Noncurrent Liabilities


32,851



24,972



27,417










Stockholders' Equity


401,459



361,970



366,679










      TOTAL

$

580,195


$

536,695


$

551,089

 

SOURCE The Cato Corporation



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