Shoe Carnival Provides Updated Financial Guidance

Shoe Carnival Provides Updated Financial Guidance

EVANSVILLE, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Shoe Carnival, Inc. (NAS: SCVL) a leading retailer of value-priced footwear and accessories, today announced updated sales and earnings guidance for the 14-week fourth quarter ended February 2, 2013. The Company does not plan to provide preliminary financial information in the future other than in unique circumstances, or in the event of a material event that requires disclosure.

The Company expects fourth quarter net sales to be in the range of $212 to $214 million with a comparable store sales increase of approximately 1.0 percent. Earnings per diluted share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 are expected to be in the range of $0.20 to $0.22. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, comparable store sales decreased 3.0 percent and the Company earned $0.16 per diluted share.

For fiscal 2012, the Company expects net sales to be in the range of $861 to $863 million and comparable store sales to increase approximately 4.5 percent. Earnings per diluted share for fiscal 2012 are expected to be in the range of $1.48 to $1.50. This would be the highest annual earnings per diluted share in the Company's history and represents a 13.0 to 14.5 percent increase over last year's earnings per diluted share. For fiscal 2011, comparable store sales increased 0.7 percent and earnings per diluted share were $1.31.

Speaking on the results for the quarter, Cliff Sifford, President and CEO, said, "Although comparable store sales were below our expectations, the combination of higher than expected margins and expenses that were tightly controlled helped us generate earnings inline with our previous guidance of $0.19 to $0.23. Even though sales improved throughout the fourth quarter, we were not able to completely offset the decreases early in the quarter that were driven by unseasonable warm weather."

Mr. Sifford continued, "Looking forward to the new fiscal year, we are still on track with our plans to open an additional 30 to 35 stores. Our 2013 strategy is to backfill existing markets and open in smaller, new markets where we can have immediate brand awareness and leverage our marketing efforts. Our team is focused on driving organic growth and generating increased cash flow to enhance shareholder value long-term."

About Shoe Carnival

Shoe Carnival, Inc. is one of the nation's largest family footwear retailers, offering a broad assortment of moderately priced dress, casual and athletic footwear for men, women and children with emphasis on national and regional name brands. As of January 14, 2013, the Company operates 352 stores in 32 states and Puerto Rico, and offers online shopping at Headquartered in Evansville, IN, Shoe Carnival trades on The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC under the symbol SCVL. Shoe Carnival's press releases and annual report are available on the Company's website at

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause our actual results, performance, achievements or industry results to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to: general economic conditions in the areas of the continental United States and Puerto Rico in which our stores are located; the effects and duration of economic downturns and unemployment rates; changes in the overall retail environment and more specifically in the apparel and footwear retail sectors; our ability to generate increased sales at our stores; the potential impact of national and international security concerns on the retail environment; changes in our relationships with key suppliers; the impact of competition and pricing; changes in weather patterns, consumer buying trends and our ability to identify and respond to emerging fashion trends; the impact of disruptions in our distribution or information technology operations; the effectiveness of our inventory management; the impact of hurricanes or other natural disasters on our stores, as well as on consumer confidence and purchasing in general; risks associated with the seasonality of the retail industry; our ability to successfully execute our growth strategy, including the availability of desirable store locations at acceptable lease terms, our ability to open new stores in a timely and profitable manner, including our entry into major new markets, and the availability of sufficient funds to implement our growth plans; higher than anticipated costs associated with the closing of underperforming stores; our ability to successfully grow our e-commerce business; the inability of manufacturers to deliver products in a timely manner; changes in the political and economic environments in China, Brazil, Europe and East Asia, where the primary manufacturers of footwear are located; the impact of regulatory changes in the United States and the countries where our manufacturers are located; and the continued favorable trade relations between the United States and China and the other countries which are the major manufacturers of footwear.

In addition, these forward-looking statements necessarily depend upon assumptions, estimates and dates that may be incorrect or imprecise and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors. Accordingly, any forward-looking statements included in this press release do not purport to be predictions of future events or circumstances and may not be realized. Forward-looking statements can be identified by, among other things, the use of forward-looking terms such as "believes," "expects," "may," "will," "should," "seeks," "pro forma," "anticipates," "intends" or the negative of any of these terms, or comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy or intentions. Given these uncertainties, we caution investors not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. We disclaim any obligation to update any of these factors or to publicly announce any revisions to the forward-looking statements contained in this press release to reflect future events or developments.

Shoe Carnival, Inc.
Cliff Sifford
President, Chief Executive Officer and
Chief Merchandising Officer
W. Kerry Jackson
Senior Executive Vice President
Chief Operating and Financial Officer and Treasurer

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