Steve Madden Announces First Quarter 2020 Results

LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y., May 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Steve Madden (Nasdaq: SHOO), a leading designer and marketer of fashion-forward footwear, accessories and apparel for women, men and children, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020.

Amounts referred to as “Adjusted” exclude the items that are described under the heading “Non-GAAP Adjustments.”

The Company reclassified commission and licensing fee income to Total Revenue and reclassified its respective expenses into Operating Expenses from previously labeled Commission and Licensing Fee Income - Net on the Company's Consolidated Statement of Operations for each period provided.

First Quarter 2020 Review

  • Revenue decreased 13.6% to $359.2 million compared to $415.8 million in the same period of 2019.
  • Gross margin was 37.2% compared to 38.9% in the same period last year.
  • Operating expenses as a percentage of revenue were 41.8% compared to 28.2% of revenue in the same period of 2019.  Adjusted operating expenses as a percentage of revenue were 33.2% compared to 28.1% of revenue in the same period of 2019.
  • Loss from operations totaled ($26.2) million, or (7.3%) of revenue, compared to income from operations of $44.7 million, or 10.7% of revenue, in the same period of 2019.  Adjusted income from operations was $14.2 million, or 4.0% of revenue, compared to $45.1 million, or 10.8% of revenue, in the same period of 2019.
  • Net loss attributable to Steven Madden, Ltd. was ($17.5) million, or ($0.22) per diluted share, compared to net income attributable to Steven Madden, Ltd. of $34.5 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, in the prior year’s first quarter.  Adjusted net income attributable to Steven Madden, Ltd. was $13.0 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, compared to $35.1 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, in the prior year’s first quarter.

Edward Rosenfeld, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "After a strong 2019, we got off to a good start to 2020, with revenue and earnings trending above plan through the first two months of the year and very positive consumer reaction to the Spring product in our flagship Steve Madden brand.  Beginning in March, however, our business weakened materially due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Since then, our top priority has been protecting the safety and well-being of our employees and the broader community, followed by ensuring the long-term viability and strength of our business.  We entered this crisis with an exceptionally strong balance sheet, but we have nonetheless taken a number of precautionary but significant measures to preserve liquidity and enhance financial flexibility.  As we look ahead, we are confident that our strengths – including our brands, business model and balance sheet – will enable us to navigate this crisis and to thrive once conditions normalize."

Actions Taken In Response to COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company has taken the following precautionary measures to maintain ample liquidity and financial flexibility:

  • Suspended share repurchases;
  • Suspended the quarterly cash dividend;
  • Significantly reduced payroll, non-essential operating expenses, capital expenditures and planned inventory receipts; and
  • Drew down $50 million from its existing credit facility as of May.

First Quarter 2020 Segment Results

Revenue for the wholesale business decreased 13.0% to $302.7 million in the first quarter of 2020, including a 15.0% decline in wholesale footwear and a 5.4% decline in wholesale accessories/apparel.  The revenue decline was driven by significant order cancellations in March resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Gross margin in the wholesale business decreased to 32.5% compared to 34.5% in last year’s first quarter due to inventory reserves taken as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Retail revenue in the first quarter decreased 15.8% to $52.9 million compared to $62.8 million in the first quarter of the prior year due to the closure in March of all the Company's retail stores outside of China as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Retail gross margin increased to 59.8% in the first quarter of 2020 compared to 58.5% in the first quarter of the prior year due to a benefit recognized in connection with the modification of the Company's loyalty program, partially offset by inventory reserves taken as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Company ended the quarter with 224 company-operated retail stores, including eight Internet stores, as well as 30 company-operated concessions in international markets.

The Company’s effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2020 was 29.4% compared to 23.1% in the first quarter of 2019.  On an Adjusted basis, the effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2020 was 15.2% compared to 22.6% in the first quarter of 2019.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

Prior to the suspension of share repurchases, the Company repurchased 878,817 shares of the Company’s common stock during the first quarter of 2020 for approximately $29.1 million, which includes shares acquired through the net settlement of employee stock awards. 

As of March 31, 2020, cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $245.4 million.  Advances from factor totaled $29.1 million.

Fiscal Year 2020 Outlook

Given the continued disruption and uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company previously withdrew its 2020 revenue and earnings guidance and is not providing guidance at this time.

Non-GAAP Adjustments

Amounts referred to as “Adjusted” exclude the items below.

For the first quarter 2020:

  • $16.8 million pre-tax ($12.8 million after-tax) expense in connection with the impairment of lease right-of-use assets, included in operating expenses.
  • $12.0 million pre-tax ($9.1 million after-tax) expense associated with the impairment of store fixed assets, included in operating expenses.
  • $1.3 million pre-tax ($1.0 million after-tax) expense in connection with benefits provided to furloughed employees, included in operating expenses.
  • $0.7 million pre-tax ($0.5 million after-tax) expense in connection with a provision for a loan receivable, included in operating expenses.
  • $0.1 million pre-tax ($0.1 million after-tax) expense in connection with a provision for early lease termination charges, included in operating expenses.
  • $9.5 million pre-tax ($7.3 million after-tax) expense associated with the impairment of certain trademarks.
  • $0.3 million loss in connection with the impairment of lease right-of-use assets and trademark attributable to noncontrolling interest.

For the first quarter 2019:

  • $0.7 million pre-tax ($0.6 million after-tax) expense in connection with a provision for early lease termination charges, included in operating expenses.
  • $1.6 million pre-tax ($1.4 million after-tax) bad debt expense associated with the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy, included in operating expenses.
  • $1.9 million pre-tax ($1.4 million after-tax) net benefit associated with the change in a contingent liability and the acceleration of amortization related to the termination of the Kate Spade license agreement as of December 31, 2019, included in operating expenses.

Reconciliations of amounts on a GAAP basis to Adjusted amounts are presented in the Non-GAAP Reconciliation tables at the end of this release and identify and quantify all excluded items.

Conference Call Information

Interested stockholders are invited to listen to the first quarter earnings conference call scheduled for today, May 28, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.  The call will be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed by logging onto http://stevemadden.gcs-web.com.  An online archive of the broadcast will be available within two hours of the conclusion of the call and will remain available for 12 months following the live call.

About Steve Madden

Steve Madden designs, sources and markets fashion-forward footwear, accessories and apparel for women, men and children.  In addition to marketing products under its own brands including Steve Madden®, Dolce Vita®, Betsey Johnson®, Blondo®, Report®, Brian Atwood®, Cejon®, GREATS®, BB Dakota®, Mad Love® and Big Buddha®, Steve Madden is a licensee of various brands, including Anne Klein®,  Superga® and DKNY®.  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 224 retail stores (including eight Internet stores).  Steve Madden licenses certain of its brands to third parties for the marketing and sale of certain products, including ready-to-wear, outerwear, eyewear, hosiery, jewelry, fragrance, luggage and bedding and bath products.  For local store information and the latest Steve Madden booties, pumps, men’s and women’s boots, fashion sneakers, dress shoes, sandals and more, visit http://www.stevemadden.com.

Safe Harbor Statement Under the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Examples of forward-looking statements include, among others, statements regarding revenue and earnings guidance, plans, strategies, objectives, expectations and intentions.  Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as: “may”, “will”, “expect”, “believe”, “should”, “anticipate”, “project”, “predict”, “plan”, “intend”, or “estimate”, and similar expressions or the negative of these expressions.  Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance.  Instead, they represent the Company’s current beliefs, expectations and assumptions regarding anticipated events and trends affecting its business and industry based on information available as of the time such statements are made.  Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which cannot be predicted with accuracy and some of which may be outside of the Company’s control.  The Company’s actual results and financial condition may differ materially from those indicated in these forward-looking statements.  As such, investors should not rely upon them.  Important risk factors include:

  • the Company's ability to maintain adequate liquidity when negatively impacted by unforeseen events such as an epidemic or pandemic (COVID-19), which may cause disruption to the Company's business operations and temporary closure of Company-operated and wholesale partner retail stores, resulting in a significant reduction in revenue for an indeterminable period of time;
  • the Company’s ability to accurately anticipate fashion trends and promptly respond to consumer demand;
  • the Company’s ability to compete effectively in a highly competitive market;
  • the Company’s ability to adapt its business model to rapid changes in the retail industry;
  • the Company’s dependence on the retention and hiring of key personnel;
  • the Company’s ability to successfully implement growth strategies and integrate acquired businesses;
  • the Company’s reliance on independent manufacturers to produce and deliver products in a timely manner, especially when faced with adversities such as work stoppages, transportation delays, public health emergencies, social unrest, changes in local economic conditions, and political upheavals as well as meet the Company’s quality standards;
  • changes in trade policies and tariffs imposed by the United States government and the governments of other nations in which the Company manufactures and sells products;
  • disruptions to product delivery systems and the Company’s ability to properly manage inventory;
  • the Company’s ability to adequately protect its trademarks and other intellectual property rights;
  • legal, regulatory, political and economic risks that may affect the Company’s sales in international markets;
  • changes in U.S. and foreign tax laws that could have an adverse effect on the Company’s financial results;
  • additional tax liabilities resulting from audits by various taxing authorities;
  • the Company’s ability to achieve operating results that are consistent with prior financial guidance; and
  • other risks and uncertainties indicated from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, including, without limitation, any guidance regarding revenue or earnings, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

 
STEVEN MADDEN, LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS DATA
 
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
 
(Unaudited)
 
 Three Months Ended
 March 31, 2020 March 31, 2019
    
Net sales$355,684  $410,940 
Commission and licensing fee income3,484  4,848 
Total revenue359,168  415,788 
Cost of sales225,704  253,943 
Gross profit133,464  161,845 
Operating expenses150,194  117,185 
Trademark impairment charges9,518   
(Loss) / income from operations(26,248) 44,660 
Interest and other income, net1,046  1,192 
(Loss) / income before provision for income taxes(25,202) 45,852 
(Benefit) / provision for income taxes(7,401) 10,587 
Net (loss) / income(17,801) 35,265 
Less: net (loss) / income  attributable to noncontrolling interest(350) 740 
Net (loss) / income attributable to Steven Madden, Ltd.$(17,451) $34,525 
    
Basic net (loss) / income per share$(0.22) $0.43 
    
Diluted net (loss) / income per share$(0.22) $0.41 
    
Basic weighted average common shares outstanding78,875  80,534 
    
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding78,875  84,255 
    
Cash dividends declared per common share$0.15  $0.14 
        


STEVEN MADDEN, LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET DATA
 
(In thousands)
 
   As of  
 March 31, 2020 December 31, 2019 March 31, 2019
 (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)
      
Cash and cash equivalents$211,138  $264,101  $160,256 
Marketable securities34,271  40,521  61,383 
Accounts receivable, net261,551  254,637  295,880 
Inventories102,265  136,896  115,260 
Other current assets31,567  22,724  28,285 
Property and equipment, net52,206  65,504  63,657 
Operating lease right-of-use assets127,187  155,700  181,896 
Goodwill and intangibles, net314,852  334,058  289,965 
Other assets10,867  4,506  13,172 
Total assets$1,145,904  $1,278,647  $1,209,754 
      
Accounts payable$76,284  $61,706  $62,564 
Operating leases (current & non-current)158,704  171,796  195,798 
Advances from factor29,100     
Other current liabilities89,811  180,941  103,584 
Contingent payment liability6,440  9,124   
Other long-term liabilities11,941  13,856  17,262 
Total Steven Madden, Ltd. stockholders’ equity761,207  828,501  819,695 
Noncontrolling interest12,417  12,723  10,851 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$1,145,904  $1,278,647  $1,209,754 
 


STEVEN MADDEN, LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW DATA
 
(In thousands)
 
(Unaudited)
 
 Three Months Ended
 March 31, 2020 March 31, 2019
    
Net cash (used in) operating activities$(39,609) $(15,754)
    
Investing Activities   
Capital expenditures(3,301) (3,399)
Sales of marketable securities, net3,074  6,165 
Net cash (used in) / provided by investing activities(227) 2,766 
    
Financing Activities   
Common stock purchased for treasury(29,139) (17,154)
Investment of noncontrolling interest  1,283 
Proceeds from exercise of stock options874  722 
Cash dividends paid(12,459) (12,042)
Advances from factor, net29,100   
Net cash (used in) financing activities(11,624) (27,191)
    
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents(1,503) 404 
    
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents(52,963) (39,775)
    
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period264,101  200,031 
    
Cash and cash equivalents - end of period$211,138  $160,256 
 

STEVEN MADDEN, LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

The Company uses non-GAAP financial information to evaluate its operating performance and in order to represent the manner in which the Company conducts and views its business. Additionally, the Company believes the information assists investors in comparing the Company’s performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that are not indicative of its core business. The non-GAAP financial information is provided in addition to, and not as an alternative to, the Company’s reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Table 1 - Reconciliation of GAAP operating expenses to Adjusted operating expenses
 Three Months Ended
 March 31, 2020 March 31, 2019
    
GAAP operating expenses$150,194  $117,185 
    
Expense in connection with impairment of lease right-of-use assets(16,826)  
    
Expense in connection with impairment of store fixed assets(11,995)  
    
Expense in connection with benefits provided to furloughed employees(1,258)  
    
Expense in connection with provision for loan receivable(697)  
    
Expense in connection with provision for early lease termination charges(142) (749)
    
Bad debt expense in connection with the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy  (1,552)
    
Net benefit in connection with the change in a contingent liability and the acceleration of amortization related to the termination of the Kate Spade license agreement  1,868 
    
Adjusted operating expenses$119,276  $116,752 


Table 2 - Reconciliation of GAAP (loss) / income from operations to Adjusted income from operations
 Three Months Ended
 March 31, 2020 March 31, 2019
    
GAAP (loss) / income from operations$(26,248) $44,660 
    
Expense in connection with impairment of lease right-of-use assets16,826   
    
Expense in connection with impairment of store fixed assets11,995   
    
Expense in connection with benefits provided to furloughed employees1,258   
    
Expense in connection with provision for loan receivable697   
    
Expense in connection with provision for early lease termination charges142  749 
    
Impairment of certain trademarks9,518   
    
Bad debt expense in connection with the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy  1,552 
    
Net benefit in connection with the change in a contingent liability and the acceleration of amortization related to the termination of the Kate Spade license agreement  (1,868)
    
Adjusted income from operations$14,188  $45,093 


Table 3 - Reconciliation of GAAP (benefit) / provision for income taxes to Adjusted provision for income taxes
 Three Months Ended
 March 31, 2020 March 31, 2019
    
GAAP (benefit) / provision for income taxes$(7,401) $10,587 
    
Tax effect of expense in connection with impairment of lease right-of-use assets4,060   
    
Tax effect of expense in connection with impairment of store fixed assets2,906   
    
Tax effect of expense in connection with benefits provided to furloughed employees298   
    
Tax effect of expense in connection with provision for loan receivable165   
    
Tax effect of expense in connection with provision for early lease termination charges34  188 
    
Tax effect of impairment of certain trademarks2,254   
    
Tax effect of bad debt expense in connection with the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy  170 
    
Tax effect of net benefit in connection with the change in a contingent liability and the acceleration of amortization related to the termination of the Kate Spade license agreement  (469)
    
Adjusted provision for income taxes$2,316  $10,476 


Table 4 - Reconciliation of GAAP net income / (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest to Adjusted net income / (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest
 Three Months Ended
 March 31, 2020 March 31, 2019
    
GAAP net income / (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest$(350) $740 
    
Net loss in connection with impairment of lease right-of-use assets and trademark attributable to noncontrolling interest307   
    
Adjusted net income / (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest$(43) $740 


Table 5 - Reconciliation of GAAP net (loss) / income attributable to Steven Madden, Ltd. to Adjusted net income attributable to Steven Madden, Ltd.
 Three Months Ended
 March 31, 2020 March 31, 2019
    
GAAP net (loss) / income attributable to Steven Madden, Ltd.$(17,451) $34,525 
    
After-tax impact of expense in connection with impairment of lease right-of-use assets12,766   
    
After-tax impact of expense in connection with impairment of store fixed assets9,089   
    
After-tax impact of expense in connection with benefits provided to furloughed employees960   
    
After-tax impact of expense in connection with provision for loan receivable532   
    
After-tax impact of expense in connection with provision for early lease termination charges109  561 
    
After-tax impact of impairment of certain trademarks7,265   
    
Less: Net loss in connection with impairment of lease right-of-use assets and trademark attributable to noncontrolling interest(307)  
    
After-tax impact of bad debt expense in connection with the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy  1,383 
    
After-tax impact of net benefit in connection with the change in a contingent liability and the acceleration of amortization related to the termination of the Kate Spade license agreement  (1,399)
    
Adjusted net income attributable to Steven Madden, Ltd.$12,963  $35,070 
    
GAAP diluted (loss) / income per share$(0.22) $0.41 
    
GAAP diluted weighted average shares outstanding78,875  84,255 
    
Adjusted diluted income per share$0.16  $0.42 
    
Adjusted diluted weighted average shares outstanding82,121  84,255 

Contact

Steven Madden, Ltd.
Director of Corporate Development & Investor Relations
Danielle McCoy
718-308-2611
InvestorRelations@stevemadden.com

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