Steve Madden Announces Third Quarter 2016 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 third quarter ended September 30, 2016.

For the Third Quarter 2016:
  • Net sales decreased 1.2% to $408.4 million compared to $413.5 million in the same period of 2015.
  • Gross margin expanded 180 basis points to 37.8% as compared to 36.0% in the same period last year.
  • Operating expenses as a percentage of sales were 23.5% compared to 21.6% of sales in the same period of 2015.
  • Operating income totaled $63.8 million, or 15.6% of net sales, compared with operating income of $66.3 million, or 16.0% of net sales, in the same period of 2015.
  • Net income was $43.8 million, or $0.74 per diluted share, compared to $42.9 million, or $0.70 per diluted share, in the prior year's third quarter.

Edward Rosenfeld, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We were pleased with our third quarter results, which exceeded our expectations on both the top and bottom lines. Our core Steve Madden Women's footwear business achieved outstanding growth during the quarter, as did our Dolce Vita line. In addition, we delivered strong gross margin expansion, as our on-trend merchandise assortment and disciplined inventory management resulted in higher initial mark-ups and reduced close-outs and markdown allowances. While the overall retail environment continues to be challenging and our wholesale partners remain cautious, our third quarter results enable us to narrow our guidance range for fiscal 2016 diluted EPS to the upper half of our previous range."

Third Quarter 2016 Segment Results

Net sales for the wholesale business were $346.6 million in the third quarter of 2016 compared to $357.0 million in the third quarter of 2015. Net sales for the wholesale business in the third quarter of 2015 included $14.9 million related to the one-time Madden Girl cold-weather capsule collection that was not repeated in 2016. Gross margin in the wholesale business increased to 33.9% compared to 32.1% in last year's third quarter driven by improvement in the wholesale footwear segment, particularly the Steve Madden Women's division.

Retail net sales in the third quarter were $61.8 million compared to $56.4 million in the third quarter of the prior year. Same store sales increased 1.3% for the third quarter. Retail gross margin decreased to 59.9% in the third quarter of 2016 compared to 60.4% in the third quarter of 2015 due to the negative impact of a stronger US dollar on the Company's international business.

During the third quarter, the Company opened four full price stores and three outlet locations, and closed one full price store. The Company ended the quarter with 186 company-operated retail locations, including four Internet stores.

The effective tax rate for the third quarter of 2016 was 32.3% compared to 34.1% in the third quarter of the prior year.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

During the third quarter of 2016, the Company repurchased 736,730 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, 2016, cash, cash equivalents, and current and non-current marketable securities totaled $183.5 million.

Company Outlook

For fiscal year 2016, the Company continues to expect that net sales will increase 0% to 1% over net sales in 2015. Diluted EPS for fiscal year 2016 is now expected to be in the range of $1.98 to $2.03.

Conference Call Information

Interested stockholders are invited to listen to the third quarter earnings conference call scheduled for today, November 1, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed by logging onto 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 5033157, and will be available until December 1, 2016.

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 own brands including Steve Madden®, Dolce Vita®, Betsey Johnson®, Report®, Big Buddha®, Brian Atwood®, Cejon®, Blondo® and Mad Love®, Steve Madden is the licensee of various brands, including Superga® for footwear in North America. 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 186 retail stores (including Steve Madden's four Internet stores). Steve Madden licenses certain of its brands to third parties for the marketing and sale of certain products, including for ready-to-wear, outerwear, intimate apparel, hosiery, jewelry, luggage and bedding and bath products. For local store information and the latest Steve Madden booties, pumps, men's and women's boots, dress shoes, sandals and more, visit

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.



(In thousands, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2016   September 30, 2015 September 30, 2016   September 30, 2015
Net sales $ 408,384 $ 413,462 $ 1,063,143 $ 1,060,989
Cost of sales   253,876     264,691     671,388   684,694
Gross profit 154,508 148,771 391,755 376,295
Commission and licensing fee income, net 5,358 6,643 10,355 13,689
Operating expenses 96,100 89,130 272,574 253,991
Impairment charge   -     -     -   3,045
Income from operations 63,766 66,284 129,536 132,948
Interest and other income, net   747     (895 )   1,117   273
Income before provision for income taxes 64,513 65,389 130,653 133,221
Provision for income taxes   20,810     22,298     38,212   45,428
Net income 43,703 43,091 92,441 87,793
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest   (64 )   206     278   578
Net income attributable to Steven Madden, Ltd. $ 43,767   $ 42,885   $ 92,163 $ 87,215
Basic income per share $ 0.77 $ 0.73 $ 1.61 $ 1.47
Diluted income per share $ 0.74 $ 0.70 $ 1.54 $ 1.42

Basic weighted average common shares outstanding
56,869 58,911 57,334 59,271

Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding
59,329 61,060 59,772 61,516



(In thousands)
As of
September 30, 2016   December 31, 2015   September 30, 2015
(Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Cash and cash equivalents $ 62,723 $ 72,414 $ 38,654
Marketable securities (current & non current) 120,737 120,889 112,539
Accounts receivables, net 269,853 198,384 284,835
Inventories 111,952 102,080 123,768
Other current assets 45,426 52,517 37,965
Property and equipment, net 74,382 72,010 71,162
Goodwill and intangibles, net 282,920 286,855 291,269
Other assets   8,375   9,236   9,693
Total assets $ 976,368 $ 914,385 $ 969,885
Accounts payable $ 102,095 $ 79,790 $ 130,556
Contingent payment liability (current & non current) 16,682 24,775 33,179
Other current liabilities 78,994 78,246 90,480
Other long term liabilities 54,957 52,911 30,408
Total Steven Madden, Ltd. stockholders' equity 723,363 678,404 684,887
Noncontrolling interest   277   259   375
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 976,368 $ 914,385 $ 969,885



(In thousands)

Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2016   September 30, 2015
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 73,470 $ 50,148

Investing Activities
Purchases of property and equipment (12,908 ) (13,524 )
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired - (9,129 )
Sales of marketable securities, net 2,736 4,627
Repayment of notes receivable   249     342  
Net cash used in investing activities (9,923 ) (17,684 )

Financing Activities
Common stock share repurchases for treasury (66,394 ) (103,892 )
Purchase of noncontrolling interest (3,665 ) -
Payment of contingent liability (8,048 ) (2,950 )
Proceeds from exercise of stock options 4,869 21,154
Tax benefit from the exercise of stock options   -     10,428  
Net cash used in financing activities (73,238 ) (75,260 )
Net (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (9,691 ) (42,796 )
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period 72,414 81,450
Cash and cash equivalents - end of period $ 62,723   $ 38,654  

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