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Shoe Carnival Reports Second Quarter Financial Results

EVANSVILLE, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 30, 2017-- Shoe Carnival, Inc. (Nasdaq: SCVL) a leading retailer of moderately priced footwear and accessories, today reported results for the second quarter and six months ended July 29, 2017.

Second Quarter Highlights

  • Net sales increased 1.4 percent to $235.1 million
  • Comparable store sales increased 0.4 percent
  • Earnings per diluted share increased 9.1 percent to $0.24
  • Repurchased 469,000 shares of common stock at a total cost of $10.2 million under existing share repurchase program

Cliff Sifford, Shoe Carnival’s President and Chief Executive Officer commented, “We are pleased with the quarterly improvement in our sales trend, particularly given this year’s later back-to-school dates in certain markets, which shifted sales from July into August. Our quarterly earnings were driven by the increase in sales along with our ability to efficiently manage our expenses. Looking ahead, we believe we are well positioned for back-to-school with a trend-right assortment of branded, family footwear, favorable inventory position, and our multi-channel initiatives which have already generated an August comparable store sales increase of 7.0 percent. Our team remains focused on enhancing value for shareholders through our recently increased quarterly cash dividend and existing share repurchase program, in addition to improved execution in a challenging retail environment.”

Second Quarter Financial Results

The Company reported net sales of $235.1 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2017, a 1.4 percent increase, compared to net sales of $231.9 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2016. Comparable store sales increased 0.4 percent in the second quarter of fiscal 2017.

Gross profit margin for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 remained flat at 29.0 percent compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2016. Merchandise margin, along with buying, distribution and occupancy expenses as a percentage of net sales, remained flat compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2016.

Selling, general and administrative expenses (“SG&A”) for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 increased $1.2 million to $61.8 million. As a percentage of net sales, these expenses increased to 26.3 percent compared to 26.1 percent in the second quarter of fiscal 2016.

Net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 was $3.9 million, or $0.24 per diluted share. For the second quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company reported net income of $4.1 million, or $0.22 per diluted share.

Six Month Financial Results

Net sales during the first six months of fiscal 2017 decreased $3.9 million to $488.5 million compared to the same period last year. Comparable store sales for the twenty-six week period ended July 29, 2017, decreased 1.9 percent.

Net earnings for the first six months of fiscal 2017 were $12.1 million, or $0.73 per diluted share, compared to net earnings of $14.8 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, in the first six months of fiscal 2016. The gross profit margin for the first six months of fiscal 2017 was 28.7 percent compared to 29.0 percent in the same period last year. SG&A for the first six months increased $1.9 million to $120.7 million. As a percentage of net sales, these expenses increased to 24.7 percent compared to 24.1 percent in the first six months of fiscal 2016. The Company opened 12 stores and closed nine stores during the first six months of fiscal 2017 compared to 12 store openings and four store closings in the first six months of fiscal 2016.

Store Openings and Closings

The Company expects to open approximately 19 stores and close approximately 25 to 27 stores during fiscal 2017 compared to opening 19 stores and closing nine stores during fiscal 2016.

Expected store openings and closings by quarter for the fiscal year are as follows:

  New Stores   Store Closings
1st quarter 2017 7 5
2nd quarter 2017 5 4
3rd quarter 2017 7 1
4th quarter 2017 0 15 to 17
Fiscal year 2017 19 25 to 27

The five new stores opened during the second quarter include locations in:

City   Market   Total Stores in the Market
Columbus, IN Indianapolis 14
Gainesville, FL Gainesville 1
Morristown, TN Knoxville 5
Mt. Vernon, OH Columbus 2
Quakertown, PA Philadelphia 11

Fiscal 2017 Earnings Outlook

The Company expects fiscal 2017 net sales to be in the range of $1.006 billion to $1.019 billion, with comparable store sales flat to down low single digits. Earnings per diluted share for the fiscal year are expected to be in the range of $1.35 to $1.45. Fiscal 2016 earnings per diluted share were $1.28 and adjusted earnings per diluted share were $1.40.

Conference Call

Today, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, the Company will host a conference call to discuss the second 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.

Non-GAAP Adjusted Results

The non-GAAP adjusted results for the full year of fiscal 2016 discussed herein exclude the impact of non-cash asset impairment charges related to long-lived assets associated with seven of the Company’s Puerto Rico stores, which are recorded in SG&A. These adjusted results are provided to enhance the user's overall understanding of the Company's historical operations and financial performance. Specifically, the Company believes the adjusted results provide investors with relevant period-to-period comparisons of the Company’s core operations. The unaudited adjusted results are provided in addition to, and not as alternatives for, the Company’s reported results determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A complete reconciliation of actual results to the adjusted results appears below in the table entitled “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to GAAP.”

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 August 30, 2017, the Company operates 419 stores in 35 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 in which our stores are located and the impact of the ongoing economic crisis in Puerto Rico on sales at, and cash flows of, our stores located in Puerto Rico; 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; our ability to successfully navigate the increasing use of on-line retailers for fashion purchases and the impact on traffic and transactions in our physical stores; our ability to attract customers to our e-commerce website and to successfully grow our e-commerce sales; 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 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; the inability of manufacturers to deliver products in a timely manner; changes in the political and economic environments in, and continued favorable trade relations with, China and other countries which are the major manufacturers of footwear; the impact of regulatory changes in the United States and the countries where our manufacturers are located; the resolution of litigation or regulatory proceedings in which we are or may become involved; our ability to meet our labor needs while controlling costs; future stock repurchases under our stock repurchase program and future dividend payments; 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.




(In thousands, except per share data)


Thirteen Thirteen Twenty-six Twenty-six
Weeks Ended Weeks Ended Weeks Ended Weeks Ended
July 29, 2017 July 30, 2016 July 29, 2017 July 30, 2016
Net sales $ 235,064 $ 231,907 $ 488,453 $ 492,377

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

  166,837     164,677   348,070   349,591
Gross profit 68,227 67,230 140,383 142,786

Selling, general and administrative expenses

  61,803     60,570   120,732   118,841
Operating income 6,424 6,660 19,651 23,945
Interest income (1 ) (2 ) (2 ) (5 )
Interest expense   149     41   191   84
Income before income taxes 6,276 6,621 19,462 23,866
Income tax expense   2,380     2,517   7,335   9,101
Net income $ 3,896   $ 4,104 $ 12,127 $ 14,765
Net income per share:
Basic $ 0.24   $ 0.22 $ 0.73 $ 0.78
Diluted $ 0.24   $ 0.22 $ 0.73 $ 0.78
Weighted average shares:
Basic   16,091     18,277   16,453   18,526
Diluted   16,094     18,282   16,457   18,531
Cash dividends declared per share $ 0.075   $ 0.070 $ 0.145 $ 0.135

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)



July 29,


January 28,

July 30,


Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 18,531 $ 62,944 $ 41,549
Accounts receivable 2,798 4,424 3,185
Merchandise inventories 357,467 279,646 351,220
Deferred income taxes 0 0 2,680
Other   7,029   4,737   7,991
Total Current Assets 385,825 351,751 406,625
Property and equipment - net 96,046 96,216 103,363
Deferred income taxes 10,072 9,600 7,045
Other noncurrent assets   869   911   1,053
Total Assets $ 492,812 $ 458,478 $ 518,086
Current Liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 93,829 $ 67,808 $ 116,989
Accrued and other liabilities   20,367   18,488   19,759
Total Current Liabilities 114,196 86,296 136,748
Long-term debt 26,700 0 0
Deferred lease incentives 28,909 30,751 30,634
Accrued rent 10,977 11,255 11,407
Deferred compensation 11,141 10,465 10,022
Other   686   829   811
Total Liabilities 192,609 139,596 189,622
Total Shareholders' Equity   300,203   318,882   328,464
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $ 492,812 $ 458,478 $ 518,086

(In thousands)


Twenty-six Weeks Ended July 29, 2017 Twenty-six Weeks Ended July 30, 2016
Cash Flows From Operating Activities
Net income $ 12,127 $ 14,765

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization 11,961 11,773
Stock-based compensation 927 2,123
Loss on retirement and impairment of assets 1,705 59
Deferred income taxes (472 ) (1,506 )
Lease incentives 1,560 898
Other (3,140 ) (1,973 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable 1,626 (1,054 )
Merchandise inventories (77,821 ) (58,341 )
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 27,356 49,229
Other   (2,329 )   (3,381 )
Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities   (26,500 )   12,592  
Cash Flows From Investing Activities
Purchases of property and equipment (12,737 ) (11,910 )
Proceeds from notes receivable   0     0  
Net cash used in investing activities   (12,737 )   (11,910 )
Cash Flows From Financing Activities
Borrowings under line of credit 79,200 0
Payments on line of credit (52,500 ) 0
Proceeds from issuance of stock 142 133
Dividends paid (2,389 ) (2,533 )
Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation 0 2
Purchase of common stock for treasury (29,343 ) (25,238 )
Shares surrendered by employees to pay taxes on restricted stock   (286 )   (311 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (5,176 )   (27,947 )
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (44,413 ) (27,265 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   62,944     68,814  
Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period $ 18,531   $ 41,549  

(In thousands, except per share data)

The following table provides reconciliations of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures, to reflect the exclusion of non-cash impairment charges of long-lived assets for seven Puerto Rico stores. There were no non-cash impairment charges of long-lived assets for our Puerto Rico stores for the first six months of fiscal 2017.

Weeks Ended

January 28,

% of

Net Sales

Non-cash impairment charges $ 3,573 0.3 %
Tax effect   1,346 0.1 %
Non-cash impairment charges net of income taxes $ 2,227 0.2 %
Reported selling, general and administrative expenses $ 251,323 25.1 %
Non-cash impairment charges   3,573 0.3 %
Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses, pre-tax $ 247,750 24.8 %
Reported operating income $ 37,912 3.8 %
Non-cash impairment charges   3,573 0.3 %
Adjusted operating income, pre-tax $ 41,485 4.1 %
Reported net income $ 23,517 2.4 %
Non-cash impairment charges net of income taxes   2,227 0.2 %
Adjusted net income $ 25,744 2.6 %
Reported net income per diluted share $ 1.28
Non-cash impairment charges net of income taxes   0.12
Adjusted diluted earnings per share $ 1.40

Source: Shoe Carnival, Inc.

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