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Steve Madden Announces Third Quarter 2019 Results

~ Raises Full Year 2019 Guidance ~
~ Increases Quarterly Dividend ~

LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y., Oct. 29, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Steve Madden (SHOO), a leading designer and marketer of fashion-forward footwear, accessories and apparel for women, men and children, today announced financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2019.

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

For the Third Quarter 2019:

  • Net sales increased 8.5% to $497.3 million compared to $458.5 million in the same period of 2018.
  • Gross margin was 38.4% compared to 38.2% in the same period last year, an increase of 20 basis points.
  • Operating expenses as a percentage of net sales were 25.2% compared to 24.0% of net sales in the same period of 2018.  Adjusted operating expenses as a percentage of net sales were 24.3% compared to 23.9% of net sales in the same period of 2018.
  • Income from operations totaled $68.0 million, or 13.7% of net sales, compared to $70.2 million, or 15.3% of net sales, in the same period of 2018.  Adjusted income from operations was $72.3 million, or 14.5% of net sales, compared to Adjusted income from operations of $70.6 million, or 15.4% of net sales, in the same period of 2018.
  • Net income attributable to Steven Madden, Ltd. was $52.5 million, or $0.63 per diluted share, compared to $55.6 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, in the prior year’s third quarter.  Adjusted net income attributable to Steven Madden, Ltd. was $56.0 million, or $0.67 per diluted share, compared to $55.9 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, in the prior year’s third quarter.

Edward Rosenfeld, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are pleased with our third quarter results, which included adjusted earnings that significantly exceeded our expectations driven by strong performance in our Steve Madden and Blondo brands.  We also completed two acquisitions during the quarter that provide meaningful growth opportunities going forward: GREATS, a pioneering digitally native sneaker brand, and BB Dakota, a contemporary women’s apparel company.  Based on the strong performance in third quarter and the continued momentum in our underlying business, we are raising our 2019 EPS guidance despite incremental earnings pressure from the implementation of the 15% tariff on List 4 products from China.  Looking out further, the power of our brands and the strength of our business model give us confidence that we can continue to drive earnings growth and create value for shareholders over the long term.”

Third Quarter 2019 Segment Results

Net sales for the wholesale business increased 8.5% to $421.6 million in the third quarter of 2019, with strong growth in the wholesale footwear and the wholesale accessories/apparel segments.  Wholesale footwear net sales rose 6.3% driven by gains in Blondo, Steve Madden Women's and private label. Wholesale accessories/apparel net sales increased 15.8% driven by strong growth in Steve Madden handbags as well as the addition of the BB Dakota apparel business.  Gross margin in the wholesale business decreased to 33.9% compared to 34.3% in last year’s third quarter as an increase in the wholesale footwear gross margin was more than offset by a decrease in the wholesale accessories/apparel gross margin due primarily to the tariff on goods imported from China.

Retail net sales in the third quarter rose 8.3% to $75.7 million compared to $69.9 million in the third quarter of the prior year.  Same store sales increased 5.1% in the quarter driven by strong performance in the Company’s e-commerce business.  Retail gross margin increased to 63.3% in the third quarter of 2019 compared to 60.1% in the third quarter of the prior year due primarily to reduced promotional activity.

The Company ended the quarter with 227 company-operated retail locations, including eight Internet stores, as well as 32 company-operated concessions in international markets.

The Company’s effective tax rate for the third quarter of 2019 was 23.0% compared to 20.8% in the third quarter of 2018.  On an Adjusted basis, the effective tax rate for the third quarter of 2019 was 22.6%.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

During the third quarter of 2019, the Company repurchased 784,757 shares of the Company’s common stock for approximately $25.3 million, which includes shares acquired through the net settlement of employee stock awards.

As of September 30, 2019, cash, cash equivalents and current marketable securities totaled $194.9 million.

Increased Quarterly Dividend

The Company’s Board of Directors approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share, reflecting a 7% increase over the previous quarterly dividend.  The dividend will be paid on December 27, 2019, to stockholders of record at the close of business on December 16, 2019.

Updated Fiscal Year 2019 Outlook

The Company is raising its fiscal year 2019 net sales and diluted EPS guidance.  For fiscal year 2019, the Company now expects net sales will increase 7% to 7.5% over net sales in 2018 compared to previous guidance of a 5% to 7% increase over net sales in 2018.  The Company now expects diluted EPS for fiscal year 2019 will be in the range of $1.83 to $1.86 compared to the previous range of $1.74 to $1.82.  The Company now expects Adjusted diluted EPS for fiscal year 2019 will be in the range of $1.92 to $1.95 compared to the previous range of $1.78 to $1.86.

Non-GAAP Adjustments

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

For the third quarter 2019:

  • $3.1 million pre-tax ($2.3 million after-tax) expense in connection with a provision for early lease termination charges and impairment of lease right-of-use assets, included in operating expenses.
  • $1.1 million pre-tax ($0.8 million after-tax) expense in connection with the acquisitions of GREATS and BB Dakota, included in operating expenses.
  • $0.4 million tax expense in connection with deferred tax adjustments.

For the third quarter 2018:

  • $0.4 million pre-tax ($0.3 million after-tax) expense in connection with the integration of the Schwartz & Benjamin acquisition and the related restructuring, included in operating expenses.

For the fiscal year 2019 outlook:

  • $5.4 million pre-tax ($4.1 million after-tax) expense in connection with early lease termination charges and impairment of lease right-of-use assets.
  • $4.1 million pre-tax ($3.0 million after-tax) non-cash expense associated with the impairment of the Brian Atwood trademark.
  • $1.9 million pre-tax ($1.4 million after-tax) net benefit associated with the change in a contingent liability and the acceleration of amortization related to the termination of the Kate Spade license agreement as of December 31, 2019.
  • $1.1 million pre-tax ($1.0 million after-tax) expense in connection with the acquisitions of GREATS and BB Dakota, included in operating expenses.
  • $0.7 million pre-tax ($0.5 million after-tax) expense in connection with a divisional headquarters relocation.
  • $0.3 million pre-tax ($0.3 million after-tax) recovery, net of bad debt expense, associated with the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy.
  • $0.5 million tax expense in connection with deferred tax adjustments.

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 third quarter earnings conference call scheduled for today, October 29, 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://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, accessories and apparel 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®, GREATS®, BB Dakota®, Mad Love® and Big Buddha®, Steve Madden is a licensee of various brands, including Anne Klein®, Kate Spade®,  Superga® 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 227 retail stores (including eight 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 STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS DATA

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  September 30, 2019   September 30, 2018   September 30, 2019   September 30, 2018
               
Net sales $ 497,308     $ 458,482     $ 1,353,222     $ 1,243,249  
Cost of sales 306,277     283,265       839,849       779,525  
Gross profit 191,031     175,217       513,373       463,724  
Commission and licensing fee income, net 2,157     4,994       6,531       10,897  
Operating expenses 125,147     110,007       358,520       326,276  
Impairment charges           4,050        
Income from operations 68,041     70,204       157,334       148,345  
Interest and other income, net 961     872       3,415       2,502  
Income before provision for income taxes 69,002     71,076       160,749       150,847  
Provision for income taxes 15,886     14,757       36,257       32,885  
Net income 53,116     56,319       124,492       117,962  
Less: net income attributable to noncontrolling interest 653     756       932       1,316  
Net income attributable to Steven Madden, Ltd. $ 52,463     $ 55,563     $ 123,560     $ 116,646  
               
Basic income per share $ 0.66     $ 0.68     $ 1.55     $ 1.43  
               
Diluted income per share $ 0.63     $ 0.64     $ 1.48     $ 1.35  
               
Basic weighted average common shares outstanding 79,092     81,727       79,854       81,832  
               
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding 83,106     86,574       83,740       86,273  
               
Cash dividends declared per common share $ 0.14     $ 0.13     $ 0.42     $ 0.39  
                           


STEVEN MADDEN, LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET DATA

(In thousands)

      As of    
  September 30, 2019   December 31, 2018   September 30, 2018
  (Unaudited)       (Unaudited)
           
Cash and cash equivalents $ 167,492     $ 200,031     $ 172,537  
Marketable securities 27,452     66,968     57,896  
Accounts receivable, net 335,503     266,452     332,049  
Inventories 148,053     137,247     147,491  
Other current assets 28,586     32,427     43,966  
Property and equipment, net 60,662     64,807     65,472  
Operating lease right-of-use assets 162,385          
Goodwill and intangibles, net 334,341     291,423     295,269  
Other assets 17,991     13,215     10,379  
Total assets $ 1,282,465     $ 1,072,570     $ 1,125,059  
           
Accounts payable $ 90,278     $ 79,802     $ 94,636  
Operating leases (current & non-current) 177,772          
Other current liabilities 124,356     141,887     121,894  
Contingent payment liability 9,770     3,000     3,000  
Other long-term liabilities 30,053     33,199     38,332  
Total Steven Madden, Ltd. stockholders’ equity 838,738     805,814     859,770  
Noncontrolling interest 11,498     8,868     7,427  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 1,282,465     $ 1,072,570     $ 1,125,059  
                       


STEVEN MADDEN, LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW DATA

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

  Nine Months Ended
  September 30, 2019   September 30, 2018
       
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 83,158     $ 46,466  
       
Investing Activities      
Purchases of property and equipment (9,211 )   (8,164 )
Sales of marketable securities, net 40,331     33,842  
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired (36,753 )    
Net cash (used in) / provided by investing activities (5,633 )   25,678  
       
Financing Activities      
Common stock share repurchases for treasury (76,505 )   (50,880 )
Investment of noncontrolling interest 1,283      
Distribution of noncontrolling interest earnings (1,113 )    
Payment of contingent liability     (7,000 )
Proceeds from exercise of stock options 2,606     12,801  
Cash dividends paid (35,805 )   (35,147 )
Net cash used in financing activities (109,534 )   (80,226 )
       
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (530 )   (595 )
       
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (32,539 )   (8,677 )
       
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period 200,031     181,214  
       
Cash and cash equivalents - end of period $ 167,492     $ 172,537  
               


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 commission and licensing fee income, net to Adjusted commission and licensing fee income, net
  Nine Months Ended
  September 30, 2019
   
GAAP commission and licensing fee income, net $ 6,531  
   
Bad debt expense, net of recovery, associated with the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy 1,409  
   
Adjusted commission and licensing fee income, net $ 7,940  
       


         
Table 2 - Reconciliation of GAAP operating expenses to Adjusted operating expenses        
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  September 30, 2019   September 30, 2018   September 30, 2019   September 30, 2018
               
GAAP operating expenses $ 125,147     $ 110,007     $ 358,520     $ 326,276  
               
Expense in connection with provision for early lease termination charges and impairment of lease right-of-use assets (3,131 )       (5,424 )    
               
Net benefit in connection with the change in a contingent liability and the acceleration of amortization related to the termination of the Kate Spade license agreement         1,868      
               
Recovery associated with the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy         1,668      
               
Expense in connection with the acquisitions of GREATS and BB Dakota (1,078 )       (1,078 )    
               
Expense in connection with a divisional headquarters relocation         (669 )    
               
Expense in connection with provision for legal charges             (2,837 )
               
Expense in connection with the integration of the Schwartz & Benjamin acquisition and the related restructuring     (406 )       (1,787 )
               
Expense in connection with a warehouse consolidation             (1,241 )
               
Adjusted operating expenses $ 120,938     $ 109,601     $ 354,885     $ 320,411  
                               


Table 3 - Reconciliation of GAAP income from operations to Adjusted income from operations
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  September 30, 2019   September 30, 2018   September 30, 2019   September 30, 2018
               
GAAP income from operations $ 68,041     $ 70,204     $ 157,334     $ 148,345  
               
Expense in connection with provision for early lease termination charges and impairment of lease right-of-use assets 3,131         5,424      
               
Impairment of the Brian Atwood trademark         4,050      
               
Expense in connection with the acquisitions of GREATS and BB Dakota 1,078         1,078      
               
Expense in connection with a divisional headquarters relocation         669      
               
Net benefit in connection with the change in a contingent liability and the acceleration of amortization related to the termination of the Kate Spade license agreement
        (1,868 )    
               
Recovery, net of bad debt expense, associated with the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy         (259 )    
               
Expense in connection with provision for legal charges             2,837  
               
Expense in connection with the integration of the Schwartz & Benjamin acquisition and the related restructuring     406         1,787  
               
Expense in connection with a warehouse consolidation             1,241  
               
Adjusted income from operations $ 72,250     $ 70,610     $ 166,428     $ 154,210  
                               


Table 4 - Reconciliation of GAAP provision for income taxes to Adjusted provision for income taxes
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  September 30, 2019   September 30, 2018   September 30, 2019   September 30, 2018
               
GAAP provision for income taxes $ 15,886     $ 14,757     $ 36,257     $ 32,885  
               
Tax effect of expense in connection with provision for early lease termination charges and impairment of lease right-of-use assets 786         1,361      
               
Tax effect in connection with the impairment of the Brian Atwood trademark         1,017      
               
Tax effect of expense in connection with the acquisitions of GREATS and BB Dakota 271         271      
               
Tax effect of expense in connection with a divisional headquarters relocation         168      
               
Tax effect of the net benefit in connection with the change in a contingent liability and the acceleration of amortization related to the termination of the Kate Spade license agreement         (469 )    
               
Tax effect of recovery, net of bad debt expense, associated with the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy         85      
               
Tax effect of expense in connection with provision for legal charges             702  
               
Tax effect of expense in connection with the integration of the Schwartz & Benjamin acquisition and the related restructuring     102         462  
               
Tax effect of expense in connection with a warehouse consolidation             327  
               
Tax expense in connection with deferred tax adjustments (383 )       (383 )    
               
Tax expense in connection with the impairment of the preferred interest investment in Brian Atwood Italia Holding, LLC recorded in fourth quarter 2017             (1,028 )
               
Adjusted provision for income taxes $ 16,560     $ 14,859     38,307     $ 33,348  
                             


Table 5 - Reconciliation of GAAP net income to Adjusted net income
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  September 30, 2019   September 30, 2018   September 30, 2019   September 30, 2018
               
GAAP net income attributable to Steven Madden, Ltd. $ 52,463     $ 55,563     $ 123,560     $ 116,646  
               
After-tax impact of expense in connection with early lease termination charges and impairment of lease right-of-use assets 2,345         4,062      
               
After-tax impact associated with the impairment related to the Brian Atwood trademark         3,033      
               
After-tax impact of expense in connection with the acquisitions of GREATS and BB Dakota 808         808      
               
After-tax impact of expense in connection with a divisional headquarters relocation         501      
               
After-tax impact of the net benefit in connection with the change in a contingent liability and the acceleration of amortization related to the termination of the Kate Spade license agreement         (1,399 )    
               
After-tax impact of a recovery, net of bad debt expense, associated with the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy         (344 )    
               
After-tax impact of expense in connection with provision for legal charges             2,135  
               
After-tax impact of expense in connection with the integration of the Schwartz & Benjamin acquisition and the related restructuring     304         1,325  
               
After-tax impact of expense in connection with a warehouse consolidation             914  
               
Tax expense in connection with the impairment of the preferred interest investment in Brian Atwood Italia Holding, LLC recorded in fourth quarter 2017             1,028  
               
Tax expense in connection with deferred tax adjustments 383         383      
               
Adjusted net income attributable to Steven Madden, Ltd. $ 55,999     $ 55,867     $ 130,604     $ 122,048  
               
GAAP diluted income per share $ 0.63     $ 0.64     $ 1.48     $ 1.35  
               
Adjusted diluted income per share $ 0.67     $ 0.65     $ 1.56     $ 1.41  
                               


Contact

Steven Madden, Ltd.
Director of Corporate Development & Investor Relations
Danielle McCoy
718-308-2611
InvestorRelations@stevemadden.com