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Steve Madden Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Results and Provides Initial Fiscal Year 2019 Sales and EPS Guidance

Steve Madden Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Results and Provides Initial Fiscal Year 2019 Sales and EPS Guidance

LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y., Feb. 27, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Steve Madden (SHOO), a leading designer and marketer of fashion footwear and accessories for women, men and children, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018, and provided initial fiscal year 2019 sales and EPS guidance.

Amounts referred to as “Adjusted” exclude the items that are described under the heading “Non-GAAP Adjustments.”

For the Fourth Quarter 2018:

  • Net sales increased 12.6% to $410.4 million compared to $364.4 million in the same period of 2017.
  • Gross margin was 37.1%.  Gross margin in the fourth quarter of 2017 was 38.4%.  Adjusted gross margin in the fourth quarter of 2017 was 38.1%.
  • Operating expenses as a percentage of net sales were 29.7% compared to 30.3% of net sales, in the same period of 2017.  Adjusted operating expenses as a percentage of net sales were 28.6% compared to 29.0% of net sales, in the same period of 2017.
  • Income from operations totaled $25.0 million, or 6.1% of net sales, compared to $31.7 million, or 8.7% of net sales, in the same period of 2017.  Adjusted income from operations was $37.9 million, or 9.2% of net sales, compared to Adjusted income from operations of $36.3 million, or 10.0% of net sales, in the same period of 2017.
  • Net income attributable to Steven Madden, Ltd. was $12.5 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, compared to $24.6 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, in the prior year's fourth quarter.  Adjusted net income attributable to Steven Madden, Ltd. was $35.7 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, compared to $27.5 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, in the prior year's fourth quarter.

Edward Rosenfeld, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are pleased to have delivered a strong fourth quarter, with net sales growing 13% and Adjusted diluted EPS increasing 31% compared to the prior year period.  The trend-right product assortments created by Steve and his design team drove robust gains in our flagship Steve Madden brand in both footwear and handbags.  We also saw outstanding growth in Blondo and in our private label accessories business.  As we look ahead, we are encouraged by the strong momentum in our core business and the progress we are making on our key strategic initiatives.  While we face a near-term headwind due to the bankruptcy of Payless ShoeSource, a significant private label customer for the Company, we are confident that our diversified business model positions us for long-term growth and value creation going forward.”

Fourth Quarter 2018 Segment Results

Net sales for the wholesale business increased 14.1% to $317.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, driven by strong growth in both wholesale footwear and wholesale accessories.  Gross margin in the wholesale business decreased to 30.1% compared to 31.0% in last year’s fourth quarter due to a decline in wholesale accessories driven by sales mix, as well as the impact of the 10% tariff on handbags and certain other accessory categories implemented on September 24, 2018 and increased ocean freight costs.

Retail net sales in the fourth quarter rose 7.9% to $93.0 million compared to $86.2 million in the fourth quarter of the prior year.  Same store sales increased 4.0% in the quarter driven by strong performance in the Company’s e-commerce business.  Retail gross margin rose to 61.0% in the fourth quarter of 2018, up 20 basis points compared to 60.8% in the fourth quarter of the prior year due to improved gross margin in the Company’s e-commerce business.

The Company ended the quarter with 229 company-operated retail locations, including seven Internet stores, as well as 42 company-operated concessions in international markets.

The Company’s effective tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2018 was 52.7% compared to 23.2% in the fourth quarter of 2017 driven by $11.1 million in tax expense resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act transition tax and prepaid tax adjustments related to prior years.  On an Adjusted basis, the effective tax rate was 9.2% compared to 24.9% in the fourth quarter of the prior year due primarily to the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Full Year Ended December 31, 2018

For the full year ended December 31, 2018, net sales increased 7.0% to $1.65 billion from $1.55 billion in the prior year.

Net income was $129.1 million, or $1.50 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2018 compared to net income of $117.9 million, or $1.36 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2017.  On an Adjusted basis, net income was $157.7 million, or $1.83 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2018 compared to net income of $129.3 million, or $1.49 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2017.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

During the fourth quarter of 2018, the Company repurchased 1.8 million shares of the Company’s common stock for approximately $55.0 million, which includes shares acquired through the net settlement of employee stock awards.  For the full year ended December 31, 2018, the Company repurchased 3.4 million shares of the Company’s common stock for approximately $105.9 million, which includes shares acquired through the net settlement of employee stock awards. 

As of December 31, 2018, cash, cash equivalents, and current marketable securities totaled $267.0 million.

Quarterly Dividend

The Company’s Board of Directors approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.14 per share.  The dividend will be paid on March 29, 2019, to stockholders of record at the close of business on March 19, 2019.

Fiscal Year 2019 Outlook

For fiscal year 2019, the Company expects net sales will increase 4% to 6% over net sales in 2018.  The Company expects diluted EPS for fiscal year 2019 will be in the range of $1.70 to $1.78.  The Company expects Adjusted diluted EPS for fiscal year 2019 will be in the range of $1.75 to $1.83. Compared to the prior year, the Adjusted diluted EPS range reflects an adverse impact of approximately $0.16 from the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy as well as an adverse impact of approximately $0.05 from a higher forecasted tax rate.

Non-GAAP Adjustments

Amounts referred to as “Adjusted” exclude the items below.

For the fourth quarter 2018:

  • $8.5 million pre-tax ($7.9 million after-tax) in bad debt expense and write-off of an unamortized buying agency agreement support payment associated with the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy, included in licensing and commission income, net and $3.6 million pre-tax ($3.6 million after-tax) in bad debt expense associated with the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy, included in operating expenses.
  • $0.5 million pre-tax ($0.3 million after-tax) expense in connection with a provision for early lease termination charges, included in operating expenses.
  • $0.3 million pre-tax ($0.2 million after-tax) expense in connection with the integration of the Schwartz & Benjamin acquisition and the related restructuring, included in operating expenses.
  • $11.1 million tax expense resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act transition tax and prepaid tax adjustments related to prior years.

For the fourth quarter 2017:

  • $1.1 million pre-tax ($0.7 million after-tax) non-cash benefit associated with the purchase accounting fair value adjustment of inventory acquired in the Schwartz & Benjamin acquisition, included in cost of sales. 
  • $11.8 million pre-tax ($7.5 million after-tax) expense in connection with a provision for legal and early lease termination charges, included in operating expenses.
  • $10.2 million pre-tax ($6.4 million after-tax) benefit in connection with a post-closing amendment to the equity purchase agreement relating to the Schwartz & Benjamin acquisition, included in operating expenses.
  • $2.4 million pre-tax ($1.5 million after-tax) expense in connection with the integration of the Schwartz & Benjamin acquisition and the related restructuring, included in operating expenses.
  • $2.7 million pre-tax ($1.7 million after-tax) non-cash expense associated with the impairment of the preferred interest investment in Brian Atwood Italia Holding LLC, included in operating expenses.
  • $2.0 million pre-tax ($1.7 million after-tax) benefit related to an adjustment to estimated bad debt expense associated with the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy, included in operating expenses.
  • $1.0 million pre-tax ($0.6 million after-tax) non-cash expense associated with the impairment of the Wild Pair trademark.
  • $0.5 million tax expense resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act transition tax and taxing authorities audit adjustments.

For the fiscal year 2018:

  • $8.5 million pre-tax ($7.9 million after-tax) in bad debt expense and write-off of an unamortized buying agency agreement support payment associated with the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy, included in licensing and commission income, net and $3.6 million pre-tax ($3.6 million after-tax) in bad debt expense associated with the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy, included in operating expenses.
  • $3.3 million pre-tax ($2.5 million after-tax) expense in connection with a provision for legal charges and early lease termination charges, included in operating expenses.
  • $2.1 million pre-tax ($1.5 million after-tax) expense in connection with the integration of the Schwartz & Benjamin acquisition and the related restructuring, included in operating expenses.
  • $1.2 million pre-tax ($0.9 million after-tax) expense in connection with a warehouse consolidation, included in operating expenses.
  • $1.0 million tax expense in connection with the impairment of the preferred interest investment in Brian Atwood Italia Holding, LLC recorded in fourth quarter 2017.
  • $11.1 million tax expense resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act transition tax and prepaid tax adjustments related to prior years.

For the fiscal year 2017:

  • $0.6 million pre-tax ($0.4 million after-tax) non-cash expense associated with the purchase accounting fair value adjustment of inventory acquired in the Schwartz & Benjamin acquisition, included in cost of sales. 
  • $11.8 million pre-tax ($7.5 million after-tax) expense in connection with a provision for legal and early lease termination charges, included in operating expenses.
  • $10.2 million pre-tax ($6.4 million after-tax) benefit in connection with a post-closing amendment to the equity purchase agreement relating to the Schwartz & Benjamin acquisition, included in operating expenses.
  • $3.6 million pre-tax ($2.3 million after-tax) expense in connection with the integration of the Schwartz & Benjamin acquisition and the related restructuring, included in operating expenses.
  • $2.7 million pre-tax ($1.7 million after-tax) non-cash expense associated with the impairment of the preferred interest investment in Brian Atwood Italia Holding LLC, included in operating expenses.
  • $5.5 million pre-tax ($4.8 million after-tax) bad debt expense associated with the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy, included in operating expenses.
  • $1.0 million pre-tax ($0.6 million after-tax) non-cash expense associated with the impairment of the Wild Pair trademark.
  • $0.5 million tax expense resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act transition tax and taxing authorities audit adjustments.

For the fiscal year 2019:

  • $2.1 million pre-tax ($1.9 million after-tax) in estimated bad debt expense associated with the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy.
  • $2.0 million pre-tax ($1.5 million after-tax) in expense expected to be incurred in connection with early lease termination charges.
  • $0.6 million pre-tax ($0.4 million after-tax) in expense expected to be incurred in connection with an office consolidation.

Reconciliations of amounts on a GAAP basis to Adjusted amounts are presented in the Non-GAAP Reconciliation tables at the end of this release and identify and quantify all excluded items. 

Conference Call Information

Interested stockholders are invited to listen to the fourth quarter earnings conference call scheduled for today, February 27, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.  The call will be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed by logging onto http://www.stevemadden.gcs-web.com.  An online archive of the broadcast will be available within one hour of the conclusion of the call and will be accessible for a period of 30 days following the call.  

About Steve Madden

Steve Madden designs, sources and markets fashion-forward footwear and accessories for women, men and children.  In addition to marketing products under its own brands including Steve Madden®, Dolce Vita®, Betsey Johnson®, Blondo®, Report®, Brian Atwood®, Cejon®, Mad Love® and Big Buddha®, Steve Madden is a licensee of various brands, including Kate Spade®, Superga®, Anne Klein® and DKNY®. Steve Madden also designs and sources products under private label brand names for various retailers.  Steve Madden's wholesale distribution includes department stores, specialty stores, luxury retailers, national chains and mass merchants. Steve Madden also operates 229 retail stores (including Steve Madden's seven Internet stores).  Steve Madden licenses certain of its brands to third parties for the marketing and sale of certain products, including ready-to-wear, outerwear, eyewear, hosiery, jewelry, fragrance, luggage and bedding and bath products.  For local store information and the latest Steve Madden booties, pumps, men’s and women’s boots, fashion sneakers, dress shoes, sandals and more, visit http://www.stevemadden.com.

Safe Harbor

This press release and oral statements made from time to time by representatives of the Company contain certain “forward looking statements” as that term is defined in the federal securities laws. The events described in forward looking statements may not occur. Generally, these statements relate to business plans or strategies, projected or anticipated benefits or other consequences of the Company's plans or strategies, projected or anticipated benefits from acquisitions to be made by the Company, or projections involving anticipated revenues, earnings or other aspects of the Company's operating results. The words "may," "will," "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "project," "plan," "intend," "estimate," and "continue," and their opposites and similar expressions are intended to identify forward looking statements. The Company cautions you that these statements concern current expectations about the Company’s future results and condition and are not guarantees of future performance or events and are subject to a number of uncertainties, risks and other influences, many of which are beyond the Company's control, that may influence the accuracy of the statements and the projections upon which the statements are based. Factors which may affect the Company's results include, but are not limited to, the risks and uncertainties discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any one or more of these uncertainties, risks and other influences could materially affect the Company's results of operations and financial condition and whether forward looking statements made by the Company ultimately prove to be accurate and, as such, the Company's actual results, performance and achievements could differ materially from those expressed or implied in these forward looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


                     
  STEVEN MADDEN, LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES        
  CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS DATA        
  (In thousands, except per share amounts)        
           
    Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended    
    December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017   December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017    
    (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)        
                     
  Net sales $   410,360     $   364,370   $   1,653,609   $   1,546,098    
  Cost of sales     258,046         224,634       1,037,571       968,357    
  Gross profit     152,314         139,736       616,038       577,741    
  Commission and licensing fee (loss)/income, net     (5,480 )       3,421       5,417       14,259    
  Operating expenses     121,797         110,490       448,073       421,216    
  Impairment charge     -         1,000       -       1,000    
  Income from operations     25,037         31,667       173,382       169,784    
  Interest and other income, net     1,456         587       3,958       2,543    
  Income before provision for income taxes     26,493         32,254       177,340       172,327    
  Provision for income taxes     13,956         7,486       46,841       53,189    
  Net income     12,537         24,768       130,499       119,138    
  Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest     47         171       1,363       1,190    
  Net income attributable to Steven Madden, Ltd. $   12,490     $   24,597   $   129,136   $   117,948    
                     
                     
  Basic income per share $   0.15     $   0.30   $   1.58   $   1.43    
  Diluted income per share $   0.15     $   0.28   $   1.50   $   1.36    
                     
  Basic weighted average common shares                   
  outstanding     81,151         82,139       81,664       82,736    
  Diluted weighted average common shares                   
  outstanding     85,376         86,462       86,097       86,745    
                     


       
  STEVEN MADDEN, LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES    
  CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET DATA    
  (In thousands)    
    As of        
    December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017    
    (Unaudited)        
  Cash and cash equivalents $   200,031   $   181,214    
  Marketable securities     66,968       93,550    
  Accounts receivable, net     266,452       240,909    
  Inventories     137,247       110,324    
  Other current assets     32,427       49,044    
  Property and equipment, net     64,807       71,498    
  Goodwill and intangibles, net     291,423       299,842    
  Other assets     13,215       10,780    
  Total assets $   1,072,570   $   1,057,161    
             
  Accounts payable $   79,802   $   66,955    
  Contingent payment liability (current & non current)     3,000       10,000    
  Other current liabilities     141,887       132,657    
  Other long term liabilities     33,199       38,617    
  Total Steven Madden, Ltd. stockholders' equity     805,814       802,821    
  Noncontrolling interest     8,868       6,111    
  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $   1,072,570   $   1,057,161    
             

 

                 
  STEVEN MADDEN, LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES    
  CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW DATA    
  (In thousands)    
       
        Twelve Months Ended    
        December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017    
        (Unaudited)        
                 
                 
  Net cash provided by operating activities     $   154,376     $   157,935      
                 
  Investing Activities              
  Purchases of property and equipment         (12,450 )       (14,775 )    
  Sales of marketable securities, net         23,515         17,932      
  Proceeds from notes receivable         -         221      
  Acquisition, net of cash acquired         -         (16,795 )    
  Net cash provided by/(used in) investing activities         11,065         (13,417 )    
                 
  Financing Activities              
  Common stock purchased for treasury         (105,924 )       (99,412 )    
  Investment of noncontrolling interest         2,577         -      
  Distribution of noncontrolling interests earnings         (1,183 )       -      
  Payment of contingent liability         (7,000 )       (7,359 )    
  Proceeds from exercise of stock options         13,036         16,433      
  Cash dividends paid         (47,316 )       -      
  Net cash (used in) financing activities         (145,810 )       (90,338 )    
                 
  Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents       (814 )       919      
                 
  Net increase in cash and cash equivalents         18,817         55,099      
                 
  Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of year         181,214         126,115      
                 
  Cash and cash equivalents - end of year     $   200,031     $   181,214      
                 
                 

 

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  STEVEN MADDEN, LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES                
  NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION                
  (In thousands, except per share amounts)                
  (Unaudited)                
                             
  The Company uses non-GAAP financial information to evaluate its operating performance and in order to represent the manner in which the Company conducts and views its business.  Additionally, the Company believes the information assists investors in comparing the Company 's performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that are not indicative of its core business.  The non-GAAP financial information is provided in addition to, and not as an alternative to, the Company’s reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP.     
                             
  Table 1 - Reconciliation of GAAP gross profit to Adjusted gross profit                        
            Three Months Ended       Twelve Months Ended        
            December 31, 2017       December 31, 2017        
  Consolidated                          
  GAAP gross profit         $   139,736         $   577,741          
                             
  Non-cash (benefit)/expense associated with the purchase accounting fair value                        
  adjustment of inventory acquired in the Schwartz & Benjamin acquisition           (1,060 )           591          
                             
  Adjusted gross profit         $   138,676         $   578,332          
                             
  Wholesale                          
  GAAP gross profit         $   87,379         $   413,096          
                             
  Non-cash (benefit)/expense associated with the purchase accounting fair value                        
  adjustment of inventory acquired in the Schwartz & Benjamin acquisition           (1,060 )           591          
                             
  Adjusted gross profit         $   86,319         $   413,687          
                             
  Table 2 - Reconciliation of GAAP licensing and commission income, net to Adjusted licensing and commission income, net                
        Three Months Ended       Twelve Months Ended            
        December 31, 2018       December 31, 2018            
  Consolidated                          
  GAAP licensing and commission (loss)/income, net     $   (5,480 )       $   5,417              
                             
  Bad debt expense and write-off of an unamortized buying agency agreement support                        
  payment associated with the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy       8,507             8,507              
                             
  Adjusted licensing and commission income, net     $   3,026         $   13,924              
                             
  Table 3 - Reconciliation of GAAP operating expenses to Adjusted operating expenses                      
        Three Months Ended   Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended        
        December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017   December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017        
                             
  GAAP operating expenses     $   121,797     $   110,490     $   448,073     $   421,216          
                             
  Expense in connection with provision for legal and early lease                        
  termination charges         (452 )       (11,836 )     (3,289 )       (11,836 )        
                             
  Benefit in connection with post-closing amendment to the equity purchase                         
  agreement relating to the Schwartz & Benjamin acquisition         -         10,215         -         10,215          
                             
  Expense in connection with the integration of the Schwartz & Benjamin                        
  acquisition and the related restructuring         (278 )       (2,384 )     (2,065 )       (3,639 )        
                             
  Expense in connection with a warehouse consolidation         -        -        (1,241 )      -           
                             
  Impairment of preferred interest investment in Brian Atwood Italia Holding LLC       -