04 Sep Shoe Carnival Faced Challenges in Q2
Shoe Carnival reported earnings slumped 55.7 percent in the second quarter, to $2.58 million, or 13 cents a share, within the company’s guidance for the period. Revenues were up 2.6 percent to $222.1 million. Comparable store sales decreased 2.1 percent.
“The second quarter proved challenging as store traffic remained soft and consumers shopped closer to need. As a result, our comparable store sales turned positive in July as customers shopped Shoe Carnival’s broad selection of brand-name athletic and casual shoes at exceptional values for back-to-school,” commented Cliff Sifford, president and CEO. “As we navigate through this choppy sales environment, we will continue to make investments that we believe will benefit our long-term sales and earnings growth. Two initiatives we are excited about are the conversion from third-party fulfillment of our e-commerce orders to fulfilling those orders from our stores and distribution center and the addition of our first-ever mobile app. With these two initiatives set to launch in the third quarter, we are aggressively moving forward in the evolution of the omni-channel shopping experience for our customer.”
Second Quarter Financial Results
The company reported net sales of $222.1 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2014, a 2.6 percent increase, as compared to net sales of $216.4 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2013. Comparable store sales decreased 2.1 percent in the second quarter of fiscal 2014.
The gross profit margin for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 decreased to 28.0 percent compared to 28.9 percent in the second quarter of fiscal 2013. The merchandise margin decreased 0.2 percent. Buying, distribution and occupancy expenses increased 0.7 percent as a percentage of sales.
Selling, general and administrative expenses for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 increased $5.0 million to $58.0 million. As a percentage of sales, these expenses increased to 26.1 percent compared to 24.5 percent in the second quarter of fiscal 2013.
Net earnings for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 were $2.6 million, or 13 cents per diluted share. For the second quarter of fiscal 2013, the company reported net earnings of $5.8 million, or 29 cents per diluted share.
Six Month Financial Results
Net sales during the first six months of fiscal 2014 increased $9.1 million to $457.8 million as compared to the same period last year. Comparable store sales for the twenty-six week period ended August 2, 2014 decreased 1.8 percent. Net earnings for the first six months of fiscal 2014 were $11.7 million, or 58 cents per diluted share, compared to net earnings of $15.4 million, or 76 cents per diluted share, in the first six months of last year. The gross profit margin for the first six months of fiscal 2014 was 28.8 percent compared to 29.2 percent last year. Selling, general and administrative expenses, as a percentage of sales, were 24.5 percent for the first six months of fiscal 2014 compared to 23.7 percent last year. The company opened 23 stores during the first six months of fiscal 2014 as compared to opening 21 stores during the first six months of last year.
Share Repurchase Program
In the second quarter of fiscal 2014, the company repurchased approximately 161,000 shares of its common stock at a total cost of $3.0 million. As of August 2, 2014, approximately 381,000 shares had been repurchased at an aggregate cost of $7.7 million. The amount that remained available under the share repurchase authorization at August 2, 2014 was $17.3 million.
Third Quarter and Second Half Fiscal 2014 Earnings Outlook
For the 13 weeks ending November 1, 2014, earnings per diluted share are expected to be in the range of 45 cents to 51 cents, compared to 54 cents in last year’s third quarter. For the second half of fiscal 2014, earnings per diluted share are expected to be in the range of 53 cents to 64 cents, compared to 57 cents in second half of last year.
The company’s guidance is based on the expectation that third quarter net sales will be in the range of $247 to $252 million. This expectation includes a range for comparable store sales of down 1.0 percent to a 1.0 percent gain. For the second half of fiscal 2014, the company expects net sales in the range of $462 to $471 million with comparable store sales in the range of flat to a 2.0 percent gain.
Looking ahead, Sifford stated, “Given our customers’ recent purchasing habits, we believe it is prudent to have a conservative outlook for the third quarter. We are incrementally more positive on the fourth quarter based on the anticipation of a strong boot season and we are well positioned with the right product assortment to take every advantage of improved consumer demand.”