Steve Madden Announces Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2012 Results

Steve Madden (Nasdaq: 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, 2012.

For the Fourth Quarter 2012:
  • Net sales increased 12.8% to $315.5 million.
  • Retail comparable store sales increased 5.9%.
  • Gross margin improved to 39.3% compared to 35.5% in the fourth quarter of 2011.
  • The effective tax rate was 35.0% compared to 38.6% in the prior year’s fourth quarter due to the reinvestment, indefinitely, of a portion of earnings from the Company’s foreign operations in such foreign operations.
  • Net income was $33.0 million, or $0.74 per diluted share. Net income included a $1.0 million benefit related to a greater-than-anticipated recovery in the bankruptcy process of a note receivable from the Company’s former licensee for Betsey Johnson retail and apparel, a portion of which was charged to impairment expense in the second quarter of 2012. On an after-tax basis, the benefit positively impacted net income in the fourth quarter by $0.6 million, or $0.01 per diluted share. Net income in the fourth quarter of 2011 was $23.8 million, or $0.55 per diluted share.

Edward Rosenfeld, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are pleased to have delivered strong results in the fourth quarter, capping off an outstanding year for the Company. Our flagship Steve Madden brand was the key driver in the quarter, with robust growth across categories, channels and geographies. The strength in our flagship brand, combined with the opportunities we have with our newer brands, gives us confidence that we can continue to drive sales and earnings growth as we move ahead.”

Fourth Quarter 2012 Results

Fourth quarter net sales increased 12.8% to $315.5 million compared to $279.8 million in the same period of 2011. Net sales from the wholesale business grew 9.4% to $247.2 million compared to $225.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, driven by strong growth in the Steve Madden footwear and handbag divisions, as well as the benefit from the acquisition of SM Canada. Retail net sales rose 27.0% to $68.3 million compared to $53.8 million in the fourth quarter of the prior year. Same store sales increased 5.9% following a 15.9% increase in the prior year’s fourth quarter.

Gross margin increased to 39.3% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to 35.5% in the same period last year. Gross margin in the wholesale business expanded to 32.6% compared to 28.9% in the prior year's fourth quarter, with improvements in both the wholesale footwear and wholesale accessories businesses. Retail gross margin increased to 63.7% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to 63.1% in the fourth quarter of 2011, driven by the benefit from the acquisition of the higher-margin SM Canada retail business.

Operating expenses as a percent of sales increased to 24.8% for the fourth quarter compared to 23.1% in the same period of the prior year primarily as a result of an increased mix of retail and the re-classification of certain expenses from cost of goods sold and other expenses to operating expenses. The increase was also due to an increased bonus provision for the accessories business and increased expenses in the e-commerce business related to marketing and providing customers with free shipping.

Operating income for the fourth quarter was $49.8 million, or 15.8% of net sales. Operating income included a $1.0 million benefit related to a greater-than-anticipated recovery in the bankruptcy process of a note receivable from the Company’s former licensee for Betsey Johnson retail and apparel, a portion of which was charged to impairment expense in the second quarter of 2012. Excluding this benefit, operating income for the fourth quarter was $48.7 million, or 15.4% of net sales, compared to operating income of $38.6 million, or 13.8% of net sales, in the same period of 2011.

Fourth quarter net income was $33.0 million, or $0.74 per diluted share. Net income included the aforementioned benefit related to a greater-than-anticipated recovery in the bankruptcy process of a note receivable, which, on an after-tax basis, positively impacted net income by $0.6 million, or $0.01 per diluted share. Net income in the fourth quarter of 2011 was $23.8 million, or $0.55 per diluted share.

The Company opened six Steve Madden full-price stores, three Steve Madden outlet stores and one Betsey Johnson e-commerce store in the fourth quarter and ended the quarter with 109 company-operated retail locations, including 11 outlets and three Internet stores.

For the Full Year Ended December 31, 2012:
  • For the full year ended December 31, 2012, net sales increased 26.7% to $1.2 billion from $968.5 million in the comparable period last year.
  • Net income was $119.6 million, or $2.71 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2012. Net income included a $2.5 million charge for settlement of a class action lawsuit related to unauthorized text messaging and a $0.8 million net charge for impairment of a note receivable from the Company’s former licensee for Betsey Johnson retail and apparel, in addition to a $5.1 million impairment charge and a $0.9 million charge for bad debt, both related to the bankruptcy of Bakers Footwear Group. Taken together, on an after-tax basis, these items negatively impacted net income by $5.7 million, or $0.13 per diluted share. Additionally, net income included a $6.0 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, tax benefit related to the reinvestment, indefinitely, of a portion of earnings from the Company’s foreign operations in such foreign operations. Excluding all these items, net income for fiscal 2012 was $119.4 million, or $2.70 per diluted share. Net income for fiscal 2011 was $97.3 million, or $2.25 per diluted share.

At the end of the year, cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $266.3 million.

Company Outlook

For fiscal year 2013, the Company expects that net sales will increase 6 – 8% from 2012. Diluted EPS is expected to be in the range of $2.95 – $3.05.

Conference Call Information

As previously announced, interested stockholders are invited to listen to the fourth quarter earnings conference call scheduled for today, Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 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.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. Additionally, a replay of the call can be accessed by dialing 1-877-870-5176 (U.S.) and 1-858-384-5517 (international), passcode 9546430, and will be available until March 26, 2013.

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 owned brands including Steve Madden, Steven by Steve Madden, Madden Girl, Stevies, Betsey Johnson, Betseyville, Report Signature, Report, Big Buddha, Wild Pair, Cejon and Mad Love, the Company is the licensee of various brands, including Olsenboye for footwear, handbags and belts and Elizabeth and James, Superga, l.e.i. and GLO for footwear. The Company also designs and sources products under private label brand names for various retailers. The Company's wholesale distribution includes department stores, specialty stores, luxury retailers, national chains and mass merchants. The Company also operates 109 retail stores (including the Company's three online stores). The Company licenses certain of its brands to third parties for the marketing and sale of certain products, including for ready-to-wear, outerwear, intimate apparel, eyewear, hosiery, jewelry, fragrance, luggage and bedding and bath products.

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.
               

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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS DATA

(In thousands, except per share amounts)
 
Three Months Ended Year Ended
Dec. 31, 2012   Dec. 31, 2011   Dec. 31, 2012   Dec. 31, 2011
 
Net sales $ 315,527 $ 279,755 $ 1,227,072 $ 968,549
Cost of sales   191,387     180,487   771,370     606,601  
Gross profit 124,140 99,268 455,702 361,948
Commission and licensing fee income, net 2,795 4,067 15,395 18,715
Operating expenses 78,207 64,716 283,689 226,893
Impairment charges and provision for litigation   (1,022 )   -   8,432     -  
Income from operations 49,750 38,619 178,976 153,770
Interest and other income, net   940     117   5,211     5,022  
Income before provision for income taxes 50,690 38,736 184,187 158,792
Provision for income taxes   17,754     14,950   64,623     61,591  
Net income 32,936 23,786 119,564 97,201
Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest   (27 )   14   (62 )   (118 )
Net income attributable to Steven Madden, Ltd $ 32,963   $ 23,772 $ 119,626   $ 97,319  
 
 
Basic income per share $ 0.76   $ 0.56 $ 2.78   $ 2.30  
Diluted income per share $ 0.74   $ 0.55 $ 2.71   $ 2.25  
 
 
Basic weighted average common shares outstanding 43,265 42,516 43,019 42,264
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding 44,616 43,492 44,170 43,239
 
       

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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET DATA

(In thousands)
 
As of
Dec. 31, 2012   Dec. 31, 2011
 
Cash and cash equivalents $ 168,777 $ 102,830
Marketable securities (current & non current) 97,487 77,663
Accounts receivables, net 167,701 153,424
Inventories 63,683 59,644
Other current assets 24,808 25,000
Property and equipment, net 45,285 31,587
Goodwill and intangibles, net 227,327 174,462
Other assets   8,971     15,176  
Total assets $ 804,039   $ 639,786  
 
Accounts payable $ 83,427 $ 69,747
Contingent payment liability (current & non current) 41,960 37,921
Other current liabilities 39,500 51,208
Other long term liabilities 12,752 6,152
Total Steven Madden, Ltd stockholders' equity 626,580 474,876
Noncontrolling interest   (180 )   (118 )
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 804,039   $ 639,786  
 
       

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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW DATA

(In thousands)
 
Year Ended
Dec. 31, 2012   Dec. 31, 2011
 
 
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 144,214 $ 74,968
 

Investing Activities
Capital expenditures (19,952 ) (15,477 )
Purchases / sales of marketable securities, net (17,375 ) 49,917
Refundable cash acquired from seller - 12,004
Purchase of notes receivable (2,585 ) -
Payment of contingent liability (22,867 ) (4,151 )
Acquisitions   (29,367 )   (89,730 )
Net cash used in investing activities (92,146 ) (47,437 )
 
Net cash provided by financing activities 13,879 9,148
 
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents 65,947 36,679
 
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period 102,830 66,151
   
Cash and cash equivalents - end of period $ 168,777   $ 102,830  

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