U.S. Markets closed

Cato Reports 3Q EPS Of $0.16

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cato Corporation (CATO) today reported net income of $3.8 million for the third quarter ended November 3, 2018, compared to net income of $2.7 million for the third quarter ended October 28, 2017.  Earnings per diluted share for the third quarter were $0.16, compared to $0.11 last year.  Sales for the third quarter ended November 3, 2018 were $187.9 million, flat compared to sales of $188.4 million for the third quarter ended October 28, 2017.  Same-store sales for the quarter increased 1% to last year.

"While we had positive same-store sales and better merchandise margins than last year due to lower markdown sales the results, excluding favorable litigation settlements, did not meet our expectations," stated John Cato, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer.  "Also, given our weakening sales trend, we now expect fourth quarter results to be well below our expectations."

For the nine months ended November 3, 2018, the Company earned net income of $33.7 million, compared to net income of $24.0 million for the nine months ended October 28, 2017.  Earnings per diluted share were $1.36 compared to $0.93 last year.  Sales for the nine months ended November 3, 2018 were $630.8 million, flat compared to sales of $631.0 million for the nine months ended October 28, 2017.  Year-to-date same-store sales increased 1% to last year.

For the quarter, the gross margin rate increased to 34.5% of sales from 33.9% last year, primarily due to higher merchandise margins and lower buying, distribution and occupancy expenses.  The SG&A rate for the quarter decreased slightly to 32.9% from 33.0% last year primarily due to favorable litigation settlements offset by higher incentive compensation.  Income tax for the quarter was a benefit of $1.3 million compared to a benefit of $2.8 million last year.  The company ended the quarter with cash and short-term investments of $213.7 million.

Year-to-date, the gross margin rate increased to 37.4% of sales from 34.8% the prior year primarily due to higher merchandise margins and lower buying, distribution and occupancy expenses.  The year-to-date SG&A rate increased to 31.2% from 30.1% last year primarily due to higher incentive compensation and insurance costs offset by favorable litigation settlements.  Income tax for the year was an expense of $2.9 million compared to a benefit of $0.3 million last year.

As of November 3, 2018, the Company operated 1,350 stores in 33 states, compared to 1,370 stores in 33 states as of October 28, 2017.

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.  The Company also offers exclusive merchandise found in its Cato stores at www.catofashions.com.  Versona is a unique fashion destination offering apparel and accessories including jewelry, handbags and shoes at exceptional prices every day.  Select Versona merchandise can also be found at www.shopversona.com.  It's Fashion offers fashion with a focus on the latest trendy styles for the entire family at low prices every day.

Statements in this press release not historical in nature including, without limitation, statements regarding the Company's expected or estimated operational and financial results 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: any actual or perceived deterioration in the conditions that drive consumer confidence and spending, including, but not limited to, levels of unemployment, fuel, energy and food costs, wage rates, tax rates, home values, consumer net worth and the availability of credit; uncertainties regarding the impact of any governmental responses to the foregoing conditions; competitive factors and pricing pressures; our ability to predict and respond to rapidly changing fashion trends and consumer demands; adverse weather or similar conditions that may affect our sales or operations; inventory risks due to shifts in market demand, including the ability to liquidate excess inventory at anticipated margins; 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 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 NOVEMBER 3, 2018 AND OCTOBER 28, 2017












(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
































Quarter Ended


Nine Months Ended


















November 3,

%


October 28,

%


November 3,

%


October 28,

%


2018

Sales


2017

Sales


2018

Sales


2017

Sales

















REVENUES
















  Retail sales

$

187,892

100.0%


$

188,368

100.0%


$

630,765

100.0%


$

631,049

100.0%

  Other revenue (principally finance,
















    late fees and layaway charges)


2,120

1.1%



1,905

1.0%



6,464

1.0%



5,926

0.9%

















    Total revenues


190,012

101.1%



190,273

101.0%



637,229

101.0%



636,975

100.9%

















GROSS MARGIN (Memo)


64,878

34.5%



63,906

33.9%



235,663

37.4%



219,546

34.8%

















COSTS AND EXPENSES, NET
















  Cost of goods sold


123,014

65.5%



124,462

66.1%



395,102

62.6%



411,503

65.2%

  Selling, general and administrative


61,765

32.9%



62,100

33.0%



196,616

31.2%



190,162

30.1%

  Depreciation


4,094

2.2%



5,047

2.7%



12,470

2.0%



14,989

2.4%

  Interest and other income


(1,374)

-0.7%



(1,200)

-0.6%



(3,559)

-0.6%



(3,472)

-0.6%

















    Cost and expenses, net


187,499

99.8%



190,409

101.1%



600,629

95.2%



613,182

97.2%

































Income Before Income Taxes


2,513

1.3%



(136)

-0.1%



36,600

5.8%



23,793

3.8%

















Income Tax (Benefit)/Expense


(1,287)

-0.7%



(2,830)

-1.5%



2,907

0.5%



(252)

0.0%

















Net Income

$

3,800

2.0%


$

2,694

1.4%


$

33,693

5.3%


$

24,045

3.8%

































Basic Earnings Per Share

$

0.16



$

0.11



$

1.36



$

0.93


































Diluted Earnings Per Share

$

0.16



$

0.11



$

1.36



$

0.93


 

THE CATO CORPORATION







CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 





(Dollars in thousands)















November 3,



February 3,


2018



2018


(Unaudited)



(Unaudited)








ASSETS







Current Assets







  Cash and cash equivalents

$

26,668



$

78,047

  Short-term investments


183,241




118,836

  Restricted Cash


3,768




3,722

  Accounts receivable - net


37,016




28,018

  Merchandise inventories


113,046




121,535

  Other current assets


11,195




22,322








Total Current Assets


374,934




372,480








Property and Equipment - net


99,308




109,368








Noncurrent Deferred Income Taxes


11,155




12,570








Other Assets


21,496




21,658








      TOTAL

$

506,893



$

516,076








LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY












Current Liabilities

$

138,113



$

139,081








Noncurrent Liabilities


42,580




50,642








Stockholders' Equity


326,200




326,353








      TOTAL

$

506,893



$

516,076


 

Cision

View original content:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cato-reports-3q-eps-of-0-16--300753143.html