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Stein Mart, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2018 Results

March 13, 2019

-- FY2018 gross profit increased 180 basis points -- FY2018 SG&A expenses decreased $28.1 million -- Operating income improved $36.1 million to $4.9 million in 2018

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stein Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMRT) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended February 2, 2019.

Operating income for the fourth quarter was $6.6 million in 2018 compared to $4.1 million in 2017. Adjusted operating income for the fourth quarter was $5.6 million in 2018 and $6.9 million in 2017 (see Note 1). Operating income for the year was $4.9 million in 2018 compared to an operating loss of $31.2 million in 2017. Adjusted operating income for the year was $6.3 million compared to an operating loss of $26.9 million in 2017 (see Note 1).

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $4.4 million or $0.09 per diluted share compared to a net loss of $0.4 million or $0.01 per diluted share in 2017. Adjusted net income for the fourth quarter was $3.4 million or $0.07 per diluted share compared to $3.5 million or $0.08 per diluted share in 2017 (see Note 1). For the year, net loss was $6.0 million or $0.13 per diluted share in 2018 compared to $24.3 million or $0.52 per diluted share in 2017. Adjusted net loss for the year was $4.5 million or $0.10 in 2018 and $19.9 million or $0.43 in 2017 (see Note 1). Net loss for 2017 includes an income tax benefit of $11.7 million compared to less than $0.1 million in 2018 (see Income Taxes below).

Adjusted earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $13.6 million compared to $15.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2017. For the year, adjusted EBITDA increased $31.9 million to $39.5 million for 2018 from $7.6 million for 2017. (See Note 2.)

“Fourth quarter results reflect holiday sales that were below our expectations, with traffic impacted by changes we made to our holiday marketing strategy,” said Hunt Hawkins, Chief Executive Officer. “Despite our lower sales, operating results for fiscal 2018 were significantly better than last year due to our continued focus on inventory productivity, which drove our higher gross profit rate, and strong expense control.”

“As we begin 2019, we will continue to build upon the foundation we have laid. Although early first quarter sales have been slow to start, our new initiatives focused on sales growth give us the opportunity to improve annual results.”

Net SalesNet sales for the 13-week fourth quarter ended February 2, 2019 were $340.8 million compared to $384.9 million for the 14-week fourth quarter ended February 3, 2018. Net sales for the 52-week fiscal year ended February 2, 2019 were $1.26 billion compared to $1.32 billion for 53-week fiscal year ended February 3, 2018. Net sales were impacted by comparable sales results, the closing of eight underperforming stores in fiscal 2018, as well as the benefit of a 53rd week in fiscal 2017.

Comparable sales for the 13-week period ended February 2, 2019 decreased 3.5 percent on a shifted basis, which compares to the same period ended February 3, 2018. Comparable sales for the 52-week period ended February 2, 2019 decreased 1.0 percent on a shifted basis. Comparable sales results for 2018 reflect lower store traffic partially offset by higher average unit retail and digital sales growth of 15 percent in the 13-week period and 62 percent in the 52-week period.

Gross ProfitGross profit for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $92.5 million or 27.1 percent of sales compared to $102.4 million or 26.6 percent of sales in 2017. Gross profit for the year 2018 was $337.8 million or 26.9 percent of sales compared to $330.9 million or 25.1 percent of sales in 2017. The increase in the gross profit rate reflects higher gross margin from reduced markdowns and improved inventory productivity. For the fourth quarter, increases in the rate were offset by the deleverage of occupancy costs on lower sales.

Selling, General and Administrative ExpensesSelling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses for the fourth quarter of 2018 were $89.5 million compared to $101.5 million in 2017. For the year, SG&A expenses were $348.1 million in 2018 and $376.1 million in 2017. The decrease in SG&A expenses was primarily from cost savings initiatives in the stores and corporate office, lower advertising expenses and the impact of closed stores. In addition, SG&A expenses in the 2018 fourth quarter and year benefitted from a $3.3 million decrease in accrued compensated absences as a result of a change in vacation policy.

Interest Expense, NetInterest expense for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $2.5 million compared to $1.4 million in 2017. Interest expense for the year 2018 was $10.9 million compared to $4.8 million in 2017. The increase in interest expense is due to a higher blended interest rate, as well as overall higher rates.

Income TaxesIncome tax benefit was $0.3 million for fourth quarter of 2018 compared to income tax expense of $3.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2017. For the year, income tax benefit was less than $0.1 million in 2018 and $11.7 million 2017. The 2017 fourth quarter and year include additional expense related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“Tax Act”) including a valuation allowance established against deferred tax assets (see Note 1). The small amount of income taxes in the 2018 fourth quarter and year reflects our net operating loss position along with the valuation allowance.

Cash FlowsInventories were $255.9 million at the end of 2018 compared to $270.2 million last year. Average inventories per store were down 4.3 percent to last year.

Capital expenditures totaled $9.0 million in 2018 compared to $21.2 million in 2017. The decrease is due to fewer new stores and lower information system technology investments. For fiscal 2019, capital expenditures are planned flat to 2018 as we continue to focus on being efficient with our investments.

Credit terms from our vendors and factors, which were reduced earlier in the year, increased in the second half of the year. Accounts payable was $29.8 million lower at the end of 2018 compared to the end of 2017. Despite the trade credit tightening, debt decreased to $154.1 million at the end of 2018 compared to $156.1 million at the end of 2017. Unused availability under our credit facility was $58.2 million at the end of 2018. In addition, we had $14.5 million available to borrow which would be collateralized by life insurance policies at the end of the year.

Store ActivityWe had 287 stores at the end of 2018 compared to 293 at the end of 2017. We opened two new stores and closed eight stores during 2018. For 2019, we are not planning to open any new stores and plan to close four stores during the first half; three of which were closed in February at natural lease expirations.

2019 OutlookWe expect the following factors to influence our business in 2019:

-- We anticipate flat to low single-digit increases in comparable sales -- We expect to maintain our improved 2018 gross profit rate with leverage of occupancy costs, offset by higher Ecommerce fulfillment costs -- SG&A expenses are expected to be about the same as in 2018 -- Interest expense is estimated to be approximately $1.5 million lower

Filing of Form 10-KReported results are preliminary and not final until the filing of our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 2, 2019 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), and therefore remain subject to adjustment.

Conference CallA conference call to discuss the Company’s fourth quarter and fiscal 2018 results will be held at 4:30 p.m. ET on March 13, 2019. The call may be heard on the Company’s investor relations website at http://ir.steinmart.com. A replay of the conference call will be available on the website through April 30, 2019.

Investor PresentationStein Mart’s fourth quarter and fiscal 2018 investor presentation has been posted to the investor relations portion of the Company’s website at http://ir.steinmart.com.

About Stein MartStein Mart, Inc. is a national specialty off-price retailer offering designer and name-brand fashion apparel, home décor, accessories and shoes at everyday discount prices. Stein Mart provides real value that customers love every day both in stores and online. For more information, please visit www.steinmart.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking StatementsExcept for historical information contained herein, the statements in this release may be forward-looking and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company does not assume any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that projected results expressed or implied will not be realized. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause Stein Mart’s actual results in future periods to differ materially from forecasted or expected results. Those risks include, without limitation: dependence on our ability to purchase merchandise at competitive terms through relationships with our vendors and their factors, consumer sensitivity to economic conditions, competition in the retail industry, changes in fashion trends and consumer preferences, ability to implement our strategic plans to sustain profitable growth, effectiveness of advertising and marketing, capital availability and debt levels, dividend impact on stock price, ability to negotiate acceptable lease terms with current and potential landlords, ability to successfully implement strategies to exit under-performing stores, extreme and/or unseasonable weather conditions, adequate sources of merchandise at acceptable prices, dependence on certain key personnel and ability to attract and retain qualified employees, impacts of seasonality, increases in the cost of compensation and employee benefits, disruption of the Company’s distribution process, dependence on imported merchandise, information technology failures, data security breaches, single supplier for shoe department, single provider for ecommerce website, acts of terrorism, ability to adapt to new regulatory compliance and disclosure obligations, material weaknesses in internal control over financial reporting and other risks and uncertainties described in the Company’s filings with the SEC.

Stein Mart, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited) (In thousands, except per share amounts) 13 Weeks 14 Weeks 52 Weeks 53 Weeks Ended Ended Ended Ended February 2, February 3, February 2, February 3, 2019 2018 2019 2018 ----------- ----------- ------------- ------------- Net sales $ 340,847 $ 384,867 $ 1,257,598 $ 1,318,633 Other revenue 3,609 3,208 15,134 13,936 - ------- - - ------- - - --------- - - --------- - Total revenue 344,456 388,075 1,272,732 1,332,569 Cost of merchandise sold 248,385 282,419 919,812 987,692 Selling, general and administrative expenses 89,477 101,530 348,061 376,111 - ------- - - ------- - - --------- - - --------- - Operating income (loss) 6,594 4,126 4,859 (31,234 ) Interest expense, net 2,476 1,351 10,882 4,788 - ------- - - ------- - - --------- - - --------- - Income (loss) before income taxes 4,118 2,775 (6,023 ) (36,022 ) Income tax (benefit) expense (316 ) 3,190 (25 ) (11,698 ) Net income (loss) $ 4,434 $ (415 ) $ (5,998 ) $ (24,324 ) - ------- - - ------- - - --------- - - --------- - Net income (loss) per share: Basic $ 0.09 $ (0.01 ) $ (0.13 ) $ (0.52 ) Diluted $ 0.09 $ (0.01 ) $ (0.13 ) $ (0.52 ) - ------- - - ------- - - --------- - - --------- - Weighted-average shares outstanding: Basic 46,803 46,482 46,706 46,342 Diluted 47,443 46,482 46,706 46,342 - ------- - - ------- - - --------- - - --------- -

Stein Mart, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited) (In thousands, except for share and per share data) February 2, February 3, 2019 2018 ----------- ----------- ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 9,049 $ 10,400 Inventories 255,884 270,237 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 28,326 26,620 - ------- - - ------- - Total current assets 293,259 307,257 Property and equipment, net 123,838 151,128 Other assets 24,108 24,973 Total assets $ 441,205 $ 483,358 - ------- - - ------- - LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable $ 89,646 $ 119,388 Current portion of debt - 13,738 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 77,650 78,453 - ------- - - ------- - Total current liabilities 167,296 211,579 Long-term debt 153,253 142,387 Deferred rent 39,708 40,860 Other liabilities 33,897 40,214 - ------- - - ------- - Total liabilities 394,154 435,040 - ------- - - ------- - COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES Shareholders’ equity: Preferred stock - $.01 par value; 1,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued or outstanding Common stock - $.01 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 47,874,286 and 47,978,275 shares issued and outstanding, respectively 479 480 Additional paid-in capital 60,172 56,002 Retained deficit (13,853 ) (7,918 ) Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) 253 (246 ) - ------- - - ------- - Total shareholders’ equity 47,051 48,318 Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 441,205 $ 483,358 - ------- - - ------- -

Stein Mart, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited) (In thousands) 52 Weeks Ended 53 Weeks Ended February 2, February 3, 2019 2018 -------------- ------------ Cash flows from operating activities: Net loss $ (5,998 ) $ (24,324 ) Adjustments to reconcile loss to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 32,447 32,333 Share-based compensation 4,109 5,691 Store closing charges 215 168 Impairment of property and other assets 2,803 3,792 Loss on disposal of property and equipment 681 329 Deferred income taxes - (3,222 ) Changes in assets and liabilities: Inventories 14,353 20,873 Prepaid expenses and other current assets (1,706 ) 6,438 Other assets (1,350 ) 2,254 Accounts payable (29,823 ) 5,096 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities (635 ) 3,021 Other liabilities (6,194 ) (4,737 ) Net cash provided by operating activities 8,902 47,712 - ---------- - - -------- - Cash flows from investing activities: Net acquisition of property and equipment (8,993 ) (21,244 ) Proceeds from cancelled corporate owned life insurance policies 2,514 2,716 Proceeds from insurance claims 296 44 Net cash used in investing activities (6,183 ) (18,484 ) - ---------- - - -------- - Cash flows from financing activities: Proceeds from borrowings 1,107,183 474,529 Repayments of debt (1,109,208 ) (500,238 ) Debit issuance costs (1,146 ) - Cash dividends paid (223 ) (3,639 ) Capital lease payments (736 ) (164 ) Proceeds from exercise of stock options and other 202 328 Repurchase of common stock (142 ) (248 ) Net cash used in financing activities (4,070 ) (29,432 ) - ---------- - - -------- - Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (1,351 ) (204 ) Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year 10,400 10,604 Cash and cash equivalents at end of year $ 9,049 $ 10,400 - ---------- - - -------- -

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

Note 1 - Adjusted ResultsWe report our consolidated financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). However, to supplement these consolidated financial results, management believes that certain non-GAAP operating results, which exclude those items detailed below, may provide a more meaningful measure to compare our results of operations between periods. We believe these non-GAAP results provide useful information to both management and investors by excluding certain items that impact comparability of the results.

Reconciliation of Operating Income (Loss), Tax (Benefit) Expense, Net Income (Loss), and Diluted EPS from GAAP Basis to Adjusted Non-GAAP Basis Unaudited(in thousands, except for share data) 13 Weeks Ended February 2, 2019 14 Weeks Ended February 3, 2018 -------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------- Operating Tax Net Diluted Operating Tax Net (Loss) Diluted Income Benefit Income EPS Income Provision Income EPS (Loss) (Loss) (Loss) (Benefit) --------- - ------- - ------ - ------- - --------- - --------- - ---------- - ------- - GAAP Basis $6,594 $(316 ) $4,434 $0.09 $4,126 $3,190 $(415 ) $(0.01 ) Adjustments: Change in vacation (3,267 ) - (3,267 ) (0.07 ) policy (1) Asset impairment 2,312 - 2,312 0.05 3,152 1,162 1,990 0.05 charges Hurricane related (recoveries)/ (955 ) - (955 ) (0.02 ) (363 ) (134 ) (229 ) (0.1 ) expenses, net of insurance proceeds (3) Expenses related to 918 - 918 0.02 legal settlements Impact of Tax - 2,167 2,167 0.05 Act (4) Total (992 ) - (992 ) (0.02 ) 2,789 3,195 3,927 0.09 adjustments --------- - ------- - ------ - ------- - --------- - --------- - ---------- - ------- - Adjusted Non-GAAP $5,602 $(316 ) $3,442 $0.07 $6,915 $6,385 $3,512 $0.08 Basis ---------- - -------- - ------- - -------- - ---------- - ---------- - ----------- - -------- -

52 Weeks Ended February 2, 2019 53 Weeks Ended February 3, 2018 -------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------- Operating Tax Net Diluted Operating Tax Net (Loss) Diluted Income Benefit (Loss) EPS Income (Benefit) Income EPS (Loss) Income (Loss) Provision --------- - ------- - ------ - ------- - --------- - --------- - ---------- - ------- - GAAP Basis $4,859 $(25 ) $(5,998 ) $(0.13 ) $(31,234 ) $(11,698 ) $(24,324 ) $(0.52 ) Adjustments: Change in vacation (3,267 ) (3,267 ) (0.07 ) policy (1) Asset impairment 2,803 2,803 0.06 3,792 1,398 2,394 0.05 charges Credit agreements 1,100 1,100 0.02 extension fees (2) Hurricane related (recoveries)/ (237 ) (237 ) (0.01 ) 492 181 311 0.01 expenses, net of insurance proceeds (3) Expenses related to 1,057 1,057 0.02 67 25 42 - legal settlements Impact of Tax - 1,724 1,724 0.03 Act (4) Total 1,456 - 1,456 0.03 4,351 3,328 4,471 0.09 adjustments --------- - ------- - ------ - ------- - --------- - --------- - ---------- - ------- - Adjusted Non-GAAP $6,315 $(25 ) $(4,542 ) $(0.10 ) $(26,883 ) $(8,370 ) $(19,853 ) $(0.43 ) Basis ---------- - -------- - ------- - -------- - ---------- - ---------- - ----------- - -------- -

(1) Decrease in accrued compensated absences during the fourth quarter of 2018 due to a change in vacation policy.(2) Advisory fees related to the extension and amendment of credit agreements completed in September 2018.(3) Property losses incurred earlier in the year from hurricanes were recovered in the fourth quarter.(4) Represents impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

Note 2: Adjusted EBITDAEBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP. However, we present EBITDA in this release because we consider it to be an important supplemental measure of our performance and because it is frequently used by analysts, investors and others to evaluate the performance of companies. EBITDA is not calculated in the same manner by all companies. EBITDA should be used as a supplement to results of operations and cash flows as reported under GAAP and should not be considered to be a more meaningful measure than, or an alternative to, measures of operating performance as determined in accordance with GAAP.

The following table shows the Company’s reconciliation of net income (loss) to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA which are considered Non-GAAP financial measures. Adjusted EBITDA excludes non-cash items (impairment charges), significant non-recurring unusual items and investment in new stores (pre-opening costs).

13 Weeks Ended 14 Weeks Ended 52 Weeks Ended 53 Weeks Ended February 2, 2019 February 3, 2018 February 2, 2019 February 3, 2018 ---------------- - ---------------- - ---------------- - ---------------- - Net income (loss) $4,434 $(415 ) $(5,998 ) $(24,324 ) Add back amounts for computation of EBITDA: Interest expense, net 2,476 1,351 10,882 4,788 Income tax (benefit) expense (316 ) 3,190 (25 ) (11,698 ) Depreciation and amortization 7,934 8,079 32,447 32,333 ---------------- - ---------------- - ---------------- - ---------------- - EBITDA 14,528 12,205 37,306 1,099 ---------------- - ---------------- - ---------------- - ---------------- - Adjustments: Change in vacation policy (1) (3,267 ) - (3,267 ) - Non-cash impairment charges 2,312 3,152 2,803 3,792 Credit agreements extension - - 1,100 - fees (2) Hurricane related (recoveries)/expenses, net of (955 ) (363 ) (237 ) 492 insurance proceeds (3) Expense related to legal 918 - 1,057 67 settlements New store pre-opening costs 61 4 725 2,167 ---------------- - ---------------- - ---------------- - ---------------- - Total adjustments (931 ) 2,793 2,181 6,518 ---------------- - ---------------- - ---------------- - ---------------- - Adjusted EBITDA $13,597 $14,998 $39,487 $7,617 ----------------- - ----------------- - ----------------- - ----------------- -

(1) Decrease in accrued compensated absences during the fourth quarter of 2018 due to a change in vacation policy.(2) Advisory fees related to the extension and amendment of credit agreements completed in September 2018.(3) Property losses incurred earlier in the year from hurricanes were recovered in the fourth quarter.

Note 3: Changes in Comparable Sales Management believes that providing calculations of changes in comparable sales including and excluding sales from licensed departments assists in evaluating the Company’s ability to generate sales growth, whether through owned businesses or departments licensed to third parties. The following table shows the Company’s reconciliation of these calculations. Due to the 53rd week in fiscal 2017, comparable sales for the fourth quarter and fiscal year are presented on a shifted basis which compares to the respective periods ended February 3, 2018.

13 Weeks Ended February 2, 2019 ---------------- Decrease in comparable sales excluding sales from licensed departments (1) (4.8%) Impact of growth in comparable sales of licensed departments (2) 1.3% ---------------- Decrease in comparable sales including sales from licensed departments (3.5%) ----------------

52 Weeks Ended February 2, 2019 ---------------- Decrease in comparable sales excluding sales from licensed departments (1) (2.2%) Impact of growth in comparable sales of licensed departments (2) 1.2% ---------------- Decrease in comparable sales including sales from licensed departments (1.0%) ----------------

(1) Represents the period-to-period percentage change in net sales from stores open throughout the period presented and the same period in the prior year and all online sales of steinmart.com, excluding commissions from departments licensed to third parties.(2) Represents the impact of including sales of departments licensed to third parties throughout the period presented and the same period in the prior year and all online sales of steinmart.com in the calculation of comparable sales. The company licenses its shoe and vintage handbag departments in its stores and online to third parties and receives a commission from these third parties based on a percentage of their sales. In our financial statements prepared in conformity with GAAP, the company includes commissions (rather than sales of the departments licensed to third parties) in its net sales. The Company does not include the commission amounts from licensed department sales in its comparable sales calculations.

For more information:Linda L. TasseffDirector, Investor Relations(904) 858-2639 ltasseff@steinmart.com