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Citi Trends Announces Third Quarter 2009 Results
Third quarter net income of $606,000 compared with net loss of $687,000 in prior year quarter

Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTRN) today reported results for the third quarter of fiscal 2009.

Financial Highlights – Third quarter ended October 31, 2009

Total sales in the third quarter ended October 31, 2009 increased 21.4% to $127.4 million compared with $104.9 million in the third quarter ended November 1, 2008. Comparable store sales increased 6.3% in the third quarter. Net income was $606,000 in this year’s third quarter compared with a net loss of $687,000 in the third quarter of 2008. Earnings per diluted share were $0.04 in the third quarter of 2009 compared with a loss per diluted share of $(0.05) in the third quarter of 2008.

Sales and earnings in this year’s third quarter benefited from a strong back-to-school season and a favorable comparison to last year’s third quarter which was impacted by less discretionary spending by consumers on apparel due to abnormally high gasoline and food prices.

Store activity in the third quarter of 2009 included twenty-two new openings and five expansions, resulting in a total store count of 392 at the end of the quarter.

Financial Highlights – First three quarters ended October 31, 2009

Total sales in the first three quarters of fiscal 2009 increased 11.8% to $382.1 million compared with $341.6 million in the same period of fiscal 2008. Comparable store sales increased 0.4% in the first three quarters of this year. Net income increased 15.5% to $8.5 million compared with $7.3 million in last year’s first three quarters. Earnings per diluted share increased 13.7% to $0.58 in the first three quarters of 2009 compared with $0.51 in the same period of 2008.

Fiscal 2009 Outlook

The Company estimates that 2009 earnings will be in a range of $1.30 to $1.35 per diluted share. This guidance is based upon an anticipated comparable store sales increase of 1% to 3% in the fourth quarter, an increase of approximately 15% in selling square footage for the year, and an effective tax rate for 2009 of approximately 34%.

The Company reminds investors of the complexity of accurately assessing future results given the difficulty in predicting fashion trends, consumer preferences and general economic conditions and the impact of other business variables. See “Forward-Looking Statements” below for more information regarding these uncertainties.

Investor Conference Call and Webcast

Citi Trends will host a conference call today at 5:00 p.m. ET. The number to call for the live interactive teleconference is (212) 231-2907. A replay of the conference call will be available until November 30, 2009, by dialing (402) 977-9140 and entering the passcode, 21440721. The live broadcast of Citi Trends’ quarterly conference call will be available online at the Company’s website, www.cititrends.com, as well as http://ir.cititrends.com/events.cfm, beginning today at 5:00 p.m. ET. The online replay will follow shortly after the call and continue through November 30, 2009.

During the conference call, the Company may discuss and answer questions concerning business and financial developments and trends. The Company’s responses to questions, as well as other matters discussed during the conference call, may contain or constitute information that has not been disclosed previously.

About Citi Trends

Citi Trends, Inc. is a value-priced retailer of urban fashion apparel and accessories for the entire family. After opening 11 stores thus far in November 2009, the Company currently operates 403 stores located in 24 states in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions and the states of Texas and California. Citi Trends’ website address is www.cititrends.com. CTRN-E

Forward-Looking Statements

All statements other than historical facts contained in this news release, including statements regarding our future financial results and position, business policy and plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward-looking statements that are subject to material risks and uncertainties. The words “believe,” “may,” “could,” “plans,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “expect” and similar expressions, as they relate to Citi Trends, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Statements with respect to earnings guidance are forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are subject to the finalization of the Company’s quarterly financial and accounting procedures, are not guarantees of future performance or results and are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which cannot be predicted or quantified. Actual results or developments may differ materially from those included in the forward-looking statements, as a result of various factors which are discussed in Citi Trends, Inc. filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, uncertainties relating to economic conditions, growth risks, consumer spending patterns, competition within the industry, competition in our markets and the ability to anticipate and respond to fashion trends. Except as required by applicable law, including the securities laws of the United States and the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Citi Trends does not undertake to publicly update any forward-looking statements in this news release or with respect to matters described herein, whether as a result of any new information, future events or otherwise.

CITI TRENDS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (unaudited)

(in thousands, except per share data)

Thirteen Weeks EndedThirteen Weeks Ended
October 31, 2009November 1, 2008
(unaudited) (unaudited)
Net sales $ 127,356 $ 104,948
Cost of sales 79,720 66,208
Gross profit 47,636 38,740
Selling, general and administrative expenses 41,989 36,482
Depreciation and amortization 4,851 4,134
Income (loss) from operations 796 (1,876 )
Interest income 85 790
Interest expense (17 ) (94 )
Unrealized gain on investment securities 57 -
Income (loss) before income tax expense (benefit) 921 (1,180 )
Income tax expense (benefit) 315 (493 )
Net income (loss) $ 606 $ (687 )
Basic net income (loss) per common share $ 0.04 $ (0.05 )
Diluted net income (loss) per common share $ 0.04 $ (0.05 )
Net income (loss) attributable to common shares (1):
Basic $ 593 $ (687 )
Diluted $ 593 $ (687 )
Weighted average shares used to compute basic net income (loss) per share 14,370 14,141
Weighted average shares used to compute diluted net income (loss) per share 14,409 14,141
CITI TRENDS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (unaudited)
(in thousands, except per share data)
Thirty-Nine Weeks EndedThirty-Nine Weeks Ended
October 31, 2009November 1, 2008
(unaudited) (unaudited)
Net sales $ 382,058 $ 341,599
Cost of sales 234,640 211,172
Gross profit 147,418 130,427
Selling, general and administrative expenses 121,116 109,600
Depreciation and amortization 13,679 11,915
Income from operations 12,623 8,912
Interest income 329 2,215
Interest expense (86 ) (256 )
Income before income tax expense 12,866 10,871
Income tax expense 4,400 3,544
Net income $ 8,466 $ 7,327
Basic net income per common share $ 0.58 $ 0.51
Diluted net income per common share $ 0.58 $ 0.51
Net income attributable to common shares (1):
Basic $ 8,289 $ 7,239
Diluted $ 8,289 $ 7,240
Weighted average shares used to compute basic net income per share 14,351 14,095
Weighted average shares used to compute diluted net income per share 14,383 14,262
(1) Net of income allocated to nonvested restricted stockholders
CITI TRENDS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (unaudited)
(in thousands)
October 31, 2009November 1, 2008
(unaudited) (unaudited)
Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 32,487 $ 12,415
Short-term investment securities 42,225 -
Inventory 105,314 89,822
Other current assets 16,420 12,690
Property and equipment, net 62,422 58,659
Long-term investment securities - 41,785
Other noncurrent assets 4,282 7,154
Total assets $ 263,150 $ 222,525
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:
Accounts payable $ 60,762 $ 46,366
Accrued liabilities 20,263 17,516
Other current liabilities 3,504 4,281
Noncurrent liabilities 9,719 7,673
Total liabilities 94,248 75,836
Total stockholders' equity 168,902 146,689
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 263,150 $ 222,525

Contacts:

Citi Trends, Inc.
Bruce Smith
Chief Financial Officer
912-443-2075
or
David Alexander
President and Chief Executive Officer
912-443-3924
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