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Stage Stores Reports Record Second Quarter Earnings; EPS Grows 28%; Company Raises 2012 Guidance

Updated Full Year 2012 Guidance

Based on its performance for the first half of the year, the Company raised its comparable store sales and EPS guidance ranges for the full year. The Company expects that comparable store sales for the year will be in a range of 2.5% to 3.5%. EPS, excluding the $0.06 one-time charge, is projected to be between $1.15 and $1.25 versus $1.08 to $1.20 previously. The Company noted that, compared to last year’s EPS of $0.92, the current outlook represents a year-over-year increase of 25% to 36%.

                   
 
FY 2012 OUTLOOK FY 2011
Sales ($mm) $ 1,605       -       $ 1,620 $ 1,512
 
Diluted EPS $ 1.15 - $ 1.25 $ 0.92
 
Diluted Shares (m) 31,685 33,278
 
 

Conference Call Information

The Company will hold a conference call today at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss its second quarter results. Interested parties can participate in the Company’s conference call by dialing 703-639-1307. Alternatively, interested parties can listen to a live webcast of the conference call by logging on to the Company's web site at www.stagestoresinc.com and then clicking on Investor Relations, then Webcasts and then the webcast link. A replay of the conference call will be available online until midnight on Friday, August 31, 2012.

About Stage Stores

Stage Stores, Inc. operates primarily in small and mid-sized towns and communities. Its stores, which operate under the Bealls, Goody’s, Palais Royal, Peebles, Stage and Steele’s names, offer moderately priced, nationally recognized brand name apparel, accessories, cosmetics and footwear for the entire family. The Company operates 834 stores in 40 states. The Company also has an eCommerce website. For more information about Stage Stores, visit the Company’s web site at www.stagestoresinc.com.

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This document contains “forward-looking statements”. Forward-looking statements reflect our expectations regarding future events and operating performance and often contain words such as "believe", "expect", "may", "will", "should", "could", "anticipate", "plan" or similar words. In this document, forward-looking statements include comments regarding the Company’s expectations for sales, comparable store sales, EPS and diluted share count for the 2012 fiscal year. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") on March 28, 2012, and other factors as may periodically be described in our other filings with the SEC. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this document. We do not undertake to update our forward-looking statements.

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