Net income grow up at value-priced urban fashion apparel retailer

22 Mar '07
3 min read

Citi Trends Inc reported results for the 14-week and 53-week periods ended February 3, 2007.

Financial Highlights - 14 weeks ended February 3, 2007:
Net sales increased 30.9% to $126.8 million compared with $96.8 million for the 13-week period ended January 28, 2006. Comparable store sales, on a comparable weeks basis, increased 1.3% compared with a 22.8% increase in the prior year.

Relocated and expanded stores are included in the comparable store sales results. Net income increased 30.9% to $10.4 million compared with $7.9 million for the prior-year quarter. Earnings per diluted share increased 32.7% to $0.73 compared with $0.55 in the prior year quarter.

The Company's 2006 Fiscal Year, ending February 3, 2007, contains 53 weeks versus the normal 52 weeks, with the extra week falling in the fourth quarter. The 53rd week of 2006 contributed $10.1 million of sales and approximately $0.10 per share to the fourth quarter and year.

Financial Highlights - 53 weeks ended February 3, 2007:
Net sales increased 31.8% to $381.9 million compared with $289.8 million for the 52-week period ended January 28, 2006. Comparable store sales, on a comparable weeks basis, increased 8.2% compared with a 16.7% increase in the prior year. Net income increased 50.4% to $21.4 million compared with $14.2 million for the prior year. Earnings per diluted share increased 39.8% to $1.51 compared with $1.08 in the prior year.

Fiscal 2007 Outlook:
The Company reiterates its prior estimate for Fiscal 2007 earnings of between $1.73 and $1.77 per diluted share. This estimate is based upon a fiscal 2007 comparable store sales increase of low single digits, 14.3 million diluted shares outstanding, and the opening of 46 to 48 new stores. The new store openings in fiscal 2007 are expected to increase selling square footage by approximately 20%.

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