Brown Shoe Company Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results

Brown Shoe Company Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results

Raising adjusted diluted EPS guidance to $1.27 to $1.32 for fiscal 2013

Famous Footwear sets new record for second quarter sales and operating profit

Healthy Living and Contemporary Fashion wholesale sales both up double-digits

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Brown Shoe Company (NYS: BWS) , ( today reported second quarter 2013 financial results, with net sales of $621.7 million up 10.1% versus second quarter 2012 net sales of $564.9 million, excluding sales from discontinued operations for both quarters. Results for the second quarter of 2013 and 2012 included sales of $1.0 million and $2.8 million, respectively, from brands and businesses the company has exited.

On a GAAP basis, the company reported net earnings of $15.4 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2013 versus a loss of ($2.5) million, or ($0.06) per diluted share, in the prior year. Second quarter 2013 results included $1.8 million of pre-tax costs associated with portfolio realignment efforts ($1.2 million of income on an after-tax basis, or $0.02 per diluted share). The second quarter of 2012 included $14.6 million of costs related to the portfolio realignment and for other organizational changes ($9.3 million on an after-tax basis, or $0.22 per diluted share).

On an adjusted(1)basis, second quarter net earnings of $14.2 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, improved 108.3% compared to $6.8 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, in the prior year. Gross profit margin for the second quarter of 2013 improved to 41.0% from 40.3% in 2012.

"For the second quarter, we exceeded expectations with an improvement in adjusted EPS of over 100%. While consolidated net sales were up $57 million in the quarter -- or 10% year-over-year -- approximately $22 million of this amount was timing related, due to a shift in sales to the second quarter from the third quarter," said Diane Sullivan, president and chief executive officer of Brown Shoe Company. "Both retail and wholesale contributed to this quarter's success, with Famous delivering record second quarter sales and operating profit and both of our wholesale platforms -- Healthy Living and Contemporary Fashion -- reporting double-digit increases in sales."


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13 Weeks2Q
2Q'13 2Q'12Change
Consolidated net sales  $621.7 $564.9 10.1%
Famous Footwear  388.2 350.3 10.8%
Wholesale Operations  180.5 160.6 12.4%
Specialty Retail  53.0 54.0 (1.8%)
Gross profit  254.6 227.6 11.8%
Margin  41.0% 40.3% 70 bps
SG&A  231.1 211.7 9.1%
% of net sales  37.2% 37.5% (30 bps)
Restructuring and other special charges, net  0.7 7.3 (89.9%)
Operating earnings  22.8 8.6 164.6%
% of net sales  3.7% 1.5% 220 bps
Net interest expense  5.1 5.5 (8.2%)
Earnings from continuing operations before income taxes  17.7 3.1 479.6%
Tax rate  23.1% 40.6% --
Net earnings (loss) from discontinued operations  1.7 (4.5) 136.7%
Net earnings (loss)  $15.4 ($2.5) 705.8%
Per diluted share  $0.35 ($0.06) 683.3%
Adjusted net earnings  $14.2 $6.8 108.3%
Per diluted share  $0.33 $0.16 106.3%

Second Quarter Highlights

Famous Footwear second quarter 2013 sales of $388.2 million were up 10.8% year-over-year, while same-store-sales(2)were up 6.8%. The strong performance was led by good sales growth in running, sandal and canvas shoe styles. During the quarter, the company closed or relocated 14 stores and added 19 new stores, as average revenue per square foot continued to improve.

Wholesale sales of $180.5 million were up 12.4% in the second quarter, excluding sales from discontinued brands. For the Healthy Living platform, wholesale sales of $106.1 million were up 14.4%, excluding sales from discontinued brands, reflecting double-digit sales growth at Naturalizer, LifeStride and Dr. Scholl's. The company's Contemporary Fashion wholesale sales of $73.4 million were up 10.2% in the second quarter, excluding sales from discontinued brands, with good growth from Sam Edelman and Franco Sarto. Wholesale gross margin of 31.0% expanded by 20 basis points over the previous second quarter, due to improved initial margins and reductions in markdown and allowance provisions.

Consolidated gross profit of $254.6 million was up 11.8% in the second quarter, while gross margin of 41.0% improved by approximately 70 basis points versus the prior year. SG&A for the second quarter was $231.1 million, or 37.2% of net sales, which was down approximately 30 basis points from 37.5% of net sales in the prior year. For the quarter, operating margins improved 220 basis points to 3.7%.

Inventory at the end of the second quarter was $615.9 million, up from $586.0 million in the prior year. Wholesale inventory was up 4.3%, while Famous Footwear inventory was up 3.4%.

At quarter-end, Brown Shoe Company had $498.1 million in availability under its revolving credit facility and $53.1 million in cash and cash equivalents. The company's debt-to-capital ratio improved to 34.2% from 43.6% in the second quarter of 2012.

Financial Review and 2013 Outlook

"Despite uneven weather patterns and a decline in retail traffic, our performance in the first half of the year exceeded expectations. As a result, we are increasing our adjusted EPS guidance to $1.27 to $1.32 for fiscal 2013," said Russ Hammer, chief financial officer of Brown Shoe Company. "However, approximately $22 million of back-to-school and wholesale sales -- or approximately $0.09 of adjusted EPS -- shifted to the second quarter from the third quarter this year, and those sales have already been accounted for in our second quarter results. For the back half of the year, we are maintaining a realistic but cautious stance, as we continue to monitor the macro retail environment."

Consolidated net sales  $2.53 to $2.56 billion
Famous Footwear same-store sales  Up low-single digits
Wholesale Operations net sales  Up low- to mid-single digits for continuing operations
Gross profit margin  Flat for continuing operations
SG&A  $910 to $915 million
Non-recurring costs  $31 million
Net interest expense  $21 to $22 million
Effective tax rate, on adjusted basis  31% to 32%
Earnings per diluted share  $0.73 to $0.78
Adjusted earnings per diluted share  $1.27 to $1.32
Depreciation and amortization  $54 to $56 million
Capital expenditures  $55 to $57 million

Investor Conference Call

Brown Shoe Company will webcast an investor conference call at 9:00 a.m. ET today, August 27, 2013. The webcast and slides will be available at A live conference call will be available at (877) 217-9089 for analysts in North America or (706) 679-1723 for international analysts by using the conference ID 32003590.

A replay will be available for a limited period at Investors may also access the replay by dialing (855) 859-2056 in North America or (404) 537-3406 internationally and using the conference ID 32003590 through September 10, 2013.

(1) Non-GAAP Financial Measures: In this press release, the company's financial results are provided both in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and using certain non-GAAP financial measures. In particular, the company provides historic and estimated future gross profit, operating earnings, net earnings and earnings per diluted share adjusted to exclude certain gains, charges and recoveries, which are non-GAAP financial measures. These results are included as a complement to results provided in accordance with GAAP because management believes these non-GAAP financial measures help identify underlying trends in the company's business and provide useful information to both management and investors by excluding certain items that may not be indicative of the company's core operating results. These measures should not be considered a substitute for or superior to GAAP results. Reconciliations to the applicable GAAP financial measures have been included in the attached schedules.

(2) Same-Stores-Sales: For comparability purposes, same-store-sales for the second quarter of 2013 is calculated based on retail sales for weeks 14 through 26 in 2013 as compared to weeks 15 through 27 in 2012. This adjustment is due to the impact of the 53rd week of sales in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. The calculation for the second quarter of 2013 appropriately reflects the change in same-store-sales on a true retail calendar basis.


All references in this press release, outside of the condensed consolidated financial statements that follow, unless otherwise noted, related to net earnings attributable to Brown Shoe Company, Inc. and diluted earnings per common share attributable to Brown Shoe Company, Inc. shareholders, are presented as net earnings and earnings per diluted share, respectively.

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

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements and expectations regarding the company's future performance and the performance of its brands. Such statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks include (i) changing consumer demands, which may be influenced by consumers' disposable income, which in turn can be influenced by general economic conditions; (ii) intense competition within the footwear industry; (iii) rapidly changing fashion trends and purchasing patterns; (iv) customer concentration and increased consolidation in the retail industry; (v) political and economic conditions or other threats to the continued and uninterrupted flow of inventory from China, where Brown Shoe Company relies heavily on manufacturing facilities for a significant amount of their inventory; (vi) the ability to recruit and retain senior management and other key associates; (vii) the ability to attract, retain and maintain good relationships with licensors and protect intellectual property rights; (viii) the ability to secure/exit leases on favorable terms; (ix) the ability to maintain relationships with current suppliers; (x) compliance with applicable laws and standards with respect to lead content in paint and other product safety issues; (xi) the ability to source product at a pace consistent with increased demand for footwear; and (xii) the impact of rising prices in a potentially inflationary global environment. The company's reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission contain detailed information relating to such factors, including, without limitation, the information under the caption Risk Factors in Item 1A of the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Feb. 2, 2013, which information is incorporated by reference herein and updated by the company's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. The company does not undertake any obligation or plan to update these forward-looking statements, even though its situation may change.

About Brown Shoe Company

Brown Shoe Company is a $2.6 billion, global footwear company whose shoes are worn by people of all ages, from all walks of life. Our products are available virtually everywhere — in the nearly 1,300 Famous Footwear and Naturalizer retail stores we operate, in hundreds of major department and specialty stores, on 14 branded ecommerce sites, and on many additional third-party retail websites. Through our broad range of products, we serve three key market segments. Our Family brands — Famous Footwear,, and — are one-stop-shopping destinations for high quality, affordable styles for a family's every occasion. Active people who want comfort, style and performance can look to our Healthy Living brands — Naturalizer, Dr. Scholl's Shoes, LifeStride and Ryka. Our Contemporary Fashion brands — Via Spiga, Vince, Sam Edelman, Franco Sarto, Carlos Santana and Fergie Footwear — keep fashionistas in step with the latest trends. At Brown Shoe Company, we inspire people to feel good and live better... feet first!

13 Weeks Ended26 Weeks Ended
(Thousands, except per share data)August 3, 2013July 28, 2012August 3, 2013July 28, 2012
Net sales$621,706$564,897$1,210,362$1,163,076
Cost of goods sold 367,080  337,243  715,720  701,168 
Gross profit 254,626  227,654  494,642  461,908 
Selling and administrative expenses231,071211,706444,950423,181
Restructuring and other special charges, net7437,3261,26217,514
Impairment of assets held for sale -  -  4,660  - 
Operating earnings 22,812  8,622  43,770  21,213 
Interest expense(5,192)(5,645)(10,913)(11,681)
Interest income 82  77  150  160 
Earnings before income taxes from continuing operations 17,702  3,054  33,007  9,692 
Income tax provision (4,081) (1,241) (12,027) (3,857)
Net earnings from continuing operations 13,621  1,813  20,980  5,835 
Discontinued operations:
Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax benefit of $2,588, $2,923, $6,171 and $4,546, respectively620(4,527)(5,017)(6,921)
Impairment of net assets/disposition of discontinued operations 1,042  -  (11,512) - 
Net earnings (loss) from discontinued operations 1,662  (4,527) (16,529) (6,921)
Net earnings (loss) 15,283  (2,714) 4,451  (1,086)
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests (74) (179) (144) (246)
Net earnings (loss) attributable to Brown Shoe Company, Inc.$15,357 $(2,535)$4,595 $(840)
Basic earnings (loss) per common share:
From continuing operations$0.32$0.05$0.51$0.15
From discontinued operations 0.04  (0.11) (0.40) (0.17)
Basic earnings (loss) per common share attributable to
Brown Shoe Company, Inc. shareholders$0.36 $(0.06)$0.11 $(0.02)
Diluted earnings (loss) per common share:
From continuing operations$0.31$0.05$0.50$0.15
From discontinued operations 0.04  (0.11) (0.40) (0.17)
Diluted earnings (loss) per common share attributable to
Brown Shoe Company, Inc. shareholders$0.35 $(0.06)$0.10 $(0.02)
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