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
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.
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