Fully repaid outstanding borrowings under revolving credit facility
Reinstates $30 million share repurchase program
Reaffirms prior third quarter 2020 guidance
Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTRN), the leading value retailer of apparel, accessories and home goods for way less spend primarily for African American families in the United States, today provided a business update and announced participation in the 3rd Annual Wells Fargo Virtual Consumer Conference.
The Company today announced that it has fully repaid the $41.6 million of borrowings that were outstanding under its revolving credit facility. The draw down on the revolving credit facility in March 2020 was a proactive measure to enhance the Company’s liquidity position in response to the novel coronavirus ("COVID-19") pandemic.
The Company today announced the reinstatement of its previously authorized $30 million share repurchase program. Repurchases under this program were temporarily suspended in March 2020 due to the economic uncertainty stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Company expects to fund the share repurchase program from cash on hand.
Chief Executive Officer Comments
David Makuen, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Our decision to fully repay our outstanding credit facility borrowings and resume our share repurchase program is a testament to the confidence we have in our evolving business model and our strong balance sheet and liquidity position. I remain extremely proud of our teams across all business functions as they continue to successfully rise above the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic."
Makuen concluded, "As we exited the traditional back-to-school selling season, we are encouraged by more normalized trends and we are now turning our focus to readying our fleet for the important holiday selling season with an emphasis on extreme value gifts for Christmas and Kwanzaa."
The Company reaffirms its previously announced financial guidance for fiscal 2020 third quarter of estimating a comparable store sales range of negative mid-single digits to flat with continued gross margin expansion building on momentum from the second quarter. This estimate continues to be subject to potential consumer and marketplace volatility due to the COVID-19 pandemic and therefore may change as the quarter progresses.
Wells Fargo Virtual Consumer Conference
The Company today announced that representatives of the Company will host one-on-one investor meetings at the 3rd Annual Wells Fargo Virtual Consumer Conference on Wednesday, September 16, 2020. The event covers numerous consumer sectors, including ecommerce, Softlines Retail, Leisure, Apparel/Footwear, Broadlines/Hardlines, Staples Retail/Food Service, and Restaurants.
About Citi Trends
Citi Trends, Inc. is a value-priced retailer of fashion apparel, accessories and home goods for the entire family. The Company operates 580 stores located in 33 states. Citi Trends’ website address is www.cititrends.com. CTRN-G
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