Stage Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SSI) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended August 2, 2014. Total sales were $377 million. Comparable store sales decreased 4.2%. The Company reported net income of $11.2 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, versus EPS of $0.29 for the second quarter of the prior year period. On an adjusted basis, EPS from continuing operations in the 2013 second quarter was $0.45. Michael Glazer, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We found the second quarter to be challenging, but we were encouraged that our sales trend improved towards the end of the quarter. We were pleased with the performance of our back-to-school categories as well as cosmetics, which delivered another strong quarterly performance. We managed our merchandise margins and inventory well and feel good about forward looking inventory levels and content. We expect improved second half results given our sales driving initiatives.” Reported Results The Company reported earnings of $11.2 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, for the second quarter. For the prior year’s second quarter, including discontinued operations and one-time items, the Company reported earnings of $9.6 million, or $0.29 per diluted share. The prior year’s quarterly earnings include results from the Steele’s division, which was sold on March 7, 2014. For the first six months of the fiscal year, comparable store sales decreased 2.2%. The net loss for the first half of 2014, including discontinued operations, was $7.6 million, or $0.24 per share, compared to net income of $2.8 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, in the comparable prior year period. Revised Full Year 2014 Guidance Comparable store sales for the second half of the year are now expected to be in the range of flat to positive 2.0%. EPS guidance for the full year from continuing operations is now expected to be in the range of $1.05 - $1.15.
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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 703-639-1358. 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 29, 2014. 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 and Stage names, offer moderately priced, nationally recognized brand name apparel, accessories, cosmetics and footwear for the entire family. The Company currently operates 849 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 sales, EPS and diluted share count outlooks for the 2014 fiscal year. Forward-looking statements also include comments regarding the Company’s outlook for comparable store sales for the second half of the 2014 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 April 2, 2014, 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.