Stage Stores Reports First Quarter Results and Reaffirms Fiscal Year 2019 Guidance

Stage Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SSI) today reported results for the first quarter ended May 4, 2019 and reaffirmed guidance for fiscal year 2019.

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Stage Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SSI) today reported results for the first
quarter ended May 4, 2019 and reaffirmed guidance for fiscal year 2019.
For the first quarter, comparable sales decreased 3.1%. Net loss was
$47.5 million, and EBITDA adjusted for impairments was a loss of $27.5

“Our key growth strategies of off-price conversions and department store
home growth contributed to flat comparable sales for the combined March
and April period, following a double-digit decline in February,”
commented Michael Glazer, Chief Executive Officer. “First quarter
results included more than 500 basis points of comparable sales benefit
from off-price conversions and home expansions, and a $25 million
improvement in cash flow compared to 2018. That said, our first quarter
results were impacted by a weak performance in women’s sportswear and by
expected interruptions and up-front investments associated with the
implementation of our strategies. These disruptions included temporary
store closings in preparation for off-price conversion, and changing
department store layouts in conjunction with expanding the home
assortment. We continue to be thrilled with the results of our 46
off-price conversion stores, including the 37 stores completed in March
2019. Notably, sales in the small mid-west market stores, which make up
the majority of our off-price conversions, more than doubled in the
first quarter versus the prior year sales. Additionally, our home
expansion strategy was fully rolled out to department stores by the end
of March and performance exceeded our expectations.”

Michael Glazer continued, “We are very pleased with the results of our
strategy to pivot from a department store that was overly dependent on
apparel to a retailer that provides our guests with greater value, a
broader assortment of merchandise categories, and the shopping
experience that she is seeking. With the significant disruptions of the
first quarter behind us, we expect the momentum to build as more
department stores are converted to off-price and the importance of the
home and gift category increases in the holiday season. Thus, we remain
confident that our strategies for long-term growth will contribute
meaningfully to our fiscal 2019 results, and we expect to meet our
guidance and deliver positive cash flow for the year. We are reaffirming
our annual guidance range of +3% to +5% comparable sales, which includes
approximately 85 off-price conversions, and $10 million to $15 million
of EBITDA adjusted for impairments.”

First Quarter Results

First quarter 2019 results compared to first quarter 2018 results were
as follows:

  • Net sales were $328 million compared to $344 million
  • Comparable sales decreased 3.1% for total company, with off-price
    conversions benefiting comp by 240 basis points
  • Net loss was $47.5 million compared to net loss of $31.7 million
  • Loss per share was $1.67 compared to loss per share of $1.14
  • EBITDA adjusted for impairments was a loss of $27.5 million compared
    to a loss of $14.1 million

2019 Guidance

For 2019, the company reaffirmed the following annual guidance:

  • Net sales between $1,590 million and $1,620 million
  • Comparable sales increase of 3% to 5%
  • EBITDA adjusted for impairments between $10 million and $15 million
  • Net loss between $65 million and $60 million, and tax rate of 0%
  • Loss per share between $2.25 and $2.10
  • Convert approximately 85 department stores to Gordmans off-price
    stores, and close 40 to 60 department stores
  • Capital expenditures of $30 million to $35 million

Lease Accounting

On February 3, 2019, we adopted ASU No. 2016-02, Leases, which resulted
in a significant increase in our reported assets and liabilities
associated with our leases. The recognition of rent expense and payments
associated with these lease assets and liabilities will not result in
material differences to operating income or cash flows compared to the
previous accounting rules. The adoption of the new accounting standard
will not impact our credit facility covenants. The company applied the
new standard prospectively with a cumulative adjustment to retained
earnings of $5.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019.

Conference Call / Webcast Information

The company will post a pre-recorded conference call today at 8:30 a.m.
Eastern Time to discuss its results and guidance. Interested parties may
access the company’s call by dialing 866-393-5631 and providing
conference ID 5595707. Alternatively, interested parties may listen to
an audio webcast of the call through the Investor Relations section of
the company’s website (
under the “Webcasts” caption. A replay of the call will be available
online through July 5, 2019.

About Stage Stores

Stage Stores, Inc. is a leading retailer of trend-right, name-brand
values for apparel, accessories, cosmetics, footwear and home goods. As
of May 23, 2019, the company operates in 42 states through 685 BEALLS,
GOODY'S, PALAIS ROYAL, PEEBLES and STAGE specialty department stores,
and 105 GORDMANS off-price stores, as well as an e-commerce website at For
more information about Stage Stores, visit the company’s website at

Use of Non-GAAP / Adjusted Financial Measures

The company reports its financial results in accordance with generally
accepted accounting principles (GAAP). However, management believes that
certain non-GAAP financial measures help to facilitate comparisons of
company operating performance across periods. This release includes
earnings (loss) before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization
(“EBITDA”) and EBITDA adjusted for impairments, which are non-GAAP
financial measures. A reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to
the most comparable GAAP financial measures is provided in a table
included with this release.

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements within
the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and
such statements are intended to qualify for the protection of the safe
harbor provided by the Act. The words “anticipate,” “estimate,”
“expect,” “objective,” “goal,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,”
“will,” “should,” “may,” “target,” “forecast,” “guidance,” “outlook” and
similar expressions generally identify forward-looking statements.
Similarly, descriptions of the company’s objectives, strategies, plans,
goals or targets are also forward-looking statements. Forward-looking
statements relate to the expectations of management as to future
occurrences and trends, including statements expressing optimism or
pessimism about future operating results or events and projected sales,
earnings, capital expenditures and business strategy. Forward-looking
statements are based upon a number of assumptions concerning future
conditions that may ultimately prove to be inaccurate. Forward-looking
statements are based upon management’s then-current views and
assumptions regarding future events and operating performance. Although
management believes the expectations expressed in forward-looking
statements are based on reasonable assumptions within the bounds of its
knowledge, forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and
other factors which may materially affect the company’s business,
financial condition, results of operations or liquidity.

Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and
actual results may differ materially from those discussed in the
forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including,
but not limited to, economic conditions, cost and availability of goods,
inability to successfully execute strategic initiatives, competitive
pressures, economic pressures on the company and its customers, freight
costs, the risks discussed in the Risk Factors section of the company’s
most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K as filed with the Securities and
Exchange Commission (“SEC”), and other factors discussed from time to
time in the company’s other SEC filings. This release should be read in
conjunction with such filings, and you should consider all of such
risks, uncertainties and other factors carefully in evaluating
forward-looking statements.

You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking
statements, which speak only as of the date thereof. The company
undertakes no obligation to publicly update forward-looking statements,
whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. You
are advised, however, to consult any further disclosures the company
makes on related subjects in its public announcements and SEC filings.

(Tables to follow)

Stage Stores, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share data)
  Three Months Ended
May 4, 2019   May 5, 2018
Amount   % to Sales (a) Amount  

% to Sales (a)

Net sales $ 327,721 100.0 % $ 344,229 100.0 %
Credit income 13,108   4.0 % 15,514   4.5 %
Total revenues 340,829 104.0 % 359,743 104.5 %

Cost of sales and related buying, occupancy
and distribution

277,599 84.7 % 281,741 81.8 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses 106,576 32.5 % 107,277 31.2 %
Interest expense 3,994   1.2 % 2,253   0.7 %
Loss before income tax (47,340 ) (14.4 )% (31,528 ) (9.2 )%
Income tax expense 150   % 150   %
Net loss $ (47,490 ) (14.5 )% $ (31,678 ) (9.2 )%
Loss per share:
Basic $ (1.67 ) $ (1.14 )
Diluted $ (1.67 ) $ (1.14 )
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 28,441   27,765  
Diluted 28,441   27,765  
(a) Percentages may not foot due to rounding.
Stage Stores, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except par value)
May 4, 2019 February 2, 2019 May 5, 2018
Cash and cash equivalents $ 22,793 $ 15,830 $ 29,091
Merchandise inventories, net 472,000 424,555 477,562
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 43,817   52,518   48,762  
Total current assets 538,610 492,903 555,415
Property, equipment and leasehold improvements, net 211,849 224,803 244,214
Long-term right-of-use asset 331,124
Intangible assets 2,225 2,225 17,135
Other non-current assets, net 22,690   24,230   23,715  
Total assets $ 1,106,498   $ 744,161   $ 840,479  
Accounts payable $ 121,347 $ 106,825 $ 128,883
Current portion of debt obligations 5,590 4,812 2,896
Current portion of lease liability 74,791
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 73,822   65,715   64,617  
Total current liabilities 275,550 177,352 196,396
Long-term debt obligations 306,699 250,294 265,469
Long-term lease liability 289,154
Other long-term liabilities 32,750   61,990   66,029  
Total liabilities 904,153   489,636   527,894  
Commitments and contingencies

Common stock, par value $0.01, 100,000 shares
33,805, 33,469 and 33,111 shares issued,

338 335 331
Additional paid-in capital 424,407 423,535 420,091
Treasury stock, at cost, 5,175 shares, respectively (43,552 ) (43,579 ) (43,339 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (5,687 ) (5,857 ) (4,978 )
Accumulated deficit (173,161 ) (119,909 ) (59,520 )
Total stockholders' equity 202,345   254,525   312,585  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,106,498   $ 744,161   $ 840,479  
Stage Stores, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
  Three Months Ended
May 4, 2019   May 5, 2018
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net loss $ (47,490 ) $ (31,678 )

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating

Depreciation and amortization of long-lived assets 15,344 15,151
Impairment of long-lived assets 519

Gain on retirements of property, equipment and leasehold

(678 ) (30 )
Operating lease asset amortization 17,588
Stock-based compensation expense 949 1,558
Amortization of debt issuance costs 170 74
Deferred compensation obligation (27 ) 41
Amortization of employee benefit related costs 170 199
Construction allowances from landlords 1,867
Other changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Increase in merchandise inventories (47,445 ) (39,185 )
Decrease in other assets 14,252 4,303
Decrease in operating lease liability (18,838 )
Increase (decrease) in accounts payable and other liabilities 26,551   (19,088 )
Net cash used in operating activities (37,068 ) (68,655 )
Cash flows from investing activities:
Additions to property, equipment and leasehold improvements (13,774 ) (6,930 )
Proceeds from insurance and disposal of assets 678   45  
Net cash used in investing activities (13,096 ) (6,885 )
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from revolving credit facility borrowings 149,411 164,071
Payments of revolving credit facility borrowings (91,756 ) (78,310 )
Payments of long-term debt obligations (472 ) (731 )
Payments of debt issuance costs (36 )
Payments for stock related compensation (20 ) (204 )
Cash dividends paid   (1,445 )
Net cash provided by financing activities 57,127   83,381  
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 6,963 7,841
Cash and cash equivalents:
Beginning of period 15,830   21,250  
End of period $ 22,793   $ 29,091  

Stage Stores, Inc.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures


The following tables reconcile earnings (loss) before interest, taxes,
depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) and EBITDA adjusted for
impairments, non-GAAP financial measures, to the most directly
comparable GAAP measure, net loss.

First quarter 2019 compared to first quarter 2018 (amounts in thousands):

Three Months Ended
May 4, 2019   May 5, 2018
Net loss (GAAP) $ (47,490 ) $ (31,678 )
Interest expense 3,994 2,253
Income tax expense 150 150
Depreciation and amortization 15,344   15,151  
EBITDA (non-GAAP) (28,002 ) (14,124 )
Impairment of long-lived assets 519    
EBITDA adjusted for impairments (non-GAAP) $ (27,483 ) $ (14,124 )

Fiscal 2019 guidance range (amounts in millions):

Fiscal 2019
Low   High
Net loss (GAAP) $ (65 ) $ (60 )
Interest expense 16 16
Income tax expense 1 1
Depreciation and amortization 58   58  
EBITDA (non-GAAP) 10 15
Impairment of long-lived assets    
EBITDA adjusted for impairments (non-GAAP) $ 10   $ 15