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DSW Inc. Reports First Quarter 2015 Financial Results

By PRN NewsWire   

COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — DSW Inc. (NYSE: DSW), a leading branded footwear and accessories retailer, announced financial results for the thirteen week period ended May 2, 2015, which compares to the thirteen week period ended May 3, 2014.

Mike MacDonald, President and Chief Executive Officer stated, ”Our first quarter performance was a solid start to the spring season. Athletic footwear provided the strongest sales increase, but all major categories posted solid growth. Healthy regular priced sales and lower clearance inventory than last year drove a significant improvement in our gross profit rate. The West Coast port congestion delayed some receipts, but we released pre-buy merchandise to mitigate the impact on sales.”

“We are making significant strides in expanding our customer’s access to the full breadth of our assortment throughout the chain. Following the successful roll out of our ship-from-store program last year, we are piloting new technology to provide in-store customers access to additional styles, colors and sizes. These tools, coupled with enhanced customer engagement, will deliver an endless aisle experience that will separate DSW from the competition,” Mr. MacDonald added.

First Quarter Operating Results

— Sales increased 9.4% to $655 million compared to last year’s sales of $599 million. — Comparable sales increased by 5.1% compared to last year’s decrease of 3.7%. — Gross profit increased 110 bps, driven by 85 bps increase in merchandise margin and 25 bps of occupancy, distribution and fulfillment rate leverage. — Operating expense rate delevered by 10 bps driven by stock and incentive compensation, partially offset by leverage of store and home office expenses. — The Company recorded non-operating income of $3.3 million or $0.02 per share from a foreign currency gain related to the purchase of Canadian dollars during the quarter. — Net income increased by 22.6% to $47.4 million. Earnings per share increased by 26.2% to $0.53 per diluted share.

First Quarter Balance Sheet Highlights

— Cash, short term and long term investments totaled $456 million compared to $548 million in the first quarter last year. — In anticipation of the future purchase of the remaining interest in Town Shoes of Canada, the Company purchased $100 million Canadian dollars (approximately $79 million US dollars) to take advantage of the favorable USD/CAD exchange rate. — Inventories were $512 million compared to $420 million during the first quarter last year. On a cost per square foot basis, DSW inventories increased by 13.8% at the end of the quarter. Excluding pre-buy merchandise, inventories on a cost per square foot increased by 8.5%, with close to half of the increase driven by receipt timing.

Regular Dividend

On May 22, 2015, DSW Inc.’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend payment of $0.20 per share. The dividend will be paid on June 30, 2015 to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 19, 2015.

Fiscal 2015 Annual Outlook

For the fifty-two week fiscal year ending January 30, 2016, the Company reiterated its earnings outlook to range from $1.80 to $1.90 per share. Total revenues are expected to increase in the 7%-8% range, driven by low to mid single digit comparable sales growth and the opening of 35 to 40 new stores. This EPS range assumes $0.03 to $0.04 per share contribution from Town Shoes of Canada.

Webcast and Conference Call

To hear the Company’s live earnings conference call, log on to today at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time, or call 1-888-317-6003 in the U.S. or 1-412-317-6061 outside the U.S. using passcode 7579745 approximately ten minutes prior to the start of the call. A telephone replay of this call will be available until 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on June 3, 2015 and can be accessed by dialing 1-877-344-7529 in the U.S. or 1-412-317-0088 outside the U.S. and using conference number 10065822. An audio replay of the conference call, as well as additional financial information, will also be available at

About DSW Inc.

DSW Inc. is a leading branded footwear and accessories retailer that offers a wide selection of brand name and designer dress, casual and athletic footwear and accessories for women, men and kids. As of May 27, 2015, DSW operates 450 stores in 42 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and operates an e-commerce site,, and a mobile website, DSW Inc. also supplies footwear to 374 locations in the United States under the Affiliated Business Group. For store locations and additional information about DSW Inc., visit Follow DSW on Twitter at and Facebook at

DSW INC. Q1 2015 SEGMENT RESULTS Net sales by reportable segment Thirteen weeks ended ——————– May 2, 2015 May 3, 2014 % change —— (in thousands) DSW $612,211 $558,866 9.5% Affiliated Business Group 43,275 40,081 8.0% —— —— DSW Inc. net sales $655,486 $598,947 9.4%

Comparable sales change by reportable segment Thirteen weeks ended ——————– May 2, 2015 May 3, 2014 ———– ———– DSW 5.1% (4.0)% Affiliated Business Group 5.0% 0.9% Total DSW Inc. 5.1% (3.7)% Gross profit by reportable segment Three months ended —————— May 2, 2015 May 3, 2014 ———– ———– DSW segment 33.3% 31.9% ABG segment 20.8% 24.3% DSW Inc. 32.5% 31.4% Square footage data As of —– May 2, 2015 May 3, 2014 ———– ———– DSW stores open, end of period 449 408 DSW total square footage (in thousands) 9,550 8,895

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

Any statements in this release that are not historical facts, including the statements made in our “Fiscal 2015 Annual Outlook,” are forward-looking statements and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on the Company’s current expectations and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to: our success in executing our omni-channel strategy; our success in opening and operating new stores on a timely and profitable basis; maintaining strong relationships with our vendors; our ability to anticipate and respond to fashion trends; disruption of our distribution and/or fulfillment operations; continuation of supply agreements and the financial condition of our affiliated business partners; fluctuation of our comparable sales and quarterly financial performance; risks related to our information systems and data; failure to retain our key executives or attract qualified new personnel; our competitiveness with respect to style, price, brand availability and customer service; our reliance on our DSW Rewards program and marketing to drive traffic, sales and customer loyalty; uncertain general economic conditions; our reliance on foreign sources for merchandise and risks inherent to international trade; risks related to our handling of sensitive and confidential data; risks related to leases of our properties; risks related to the realization of benefits related to our equity interest in Town Shoes, a leading branded shoe retailer in Canada; foreign currency exchange risk; and risks related to our cash and investments. Additional factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from our expectations are described in the Company’s latest annual or quarterly report, as filed with the SEC. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the time when made. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise the forward-looking statements included in this press release to reflect any future events or circumstances.

DSW INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (In thousands) (Unaudited) May 2, 2015 January 31, 2015 May 3, 2014 ———– —————- ———– Assets Cash and equivalents $206,868 $59,171 $132,900 Short-term investments 128,705 171,201 179,877 Accounts receivable, net 24,181 24,407 22,776 Inventories 512,096 450,836 419,983 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 46,794 43,108 45,377 Deferred income taxes 21,858 19,747 20,394 —— —— —— Total current assets 940,502 768,470 821,307 ——- ——- ——- Property and equipment, net 346,912 337,903 327,560 Long-term investments 120,724 216,756 235,411 Goodwill 25,899 25,899 25,899 Deferred income taxes 9,588 11,332 11,598 Investment in Town Shoes 22,952 25,887 – Note receivable from Town Shoes 46,686 43,304 – Other assets 8,697 8,692 9,570 —– —– —– Total assets $1,521,960 $1,438,243 $1,431,345 ========== ========== ========== Liabilities and shareholders’ equity Accounts payable $195,406 $170,610 $150,161 Accrued expenses 136,374 113,180 120,483 ——- ——- ——- Total current liabilities 331,780 283,790 270,644 ——- ——- ——- Non-current liabilities 141,393 143,333 137,413 Total shareholders’ equity 1,048,787 1,011,120 1,023,288 ——— ——— ——— Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $1,521,960 $1,438,243 $1,431,345 ========== ========== ==========

DSW INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (In thousands, except per share amounts) (Unaudited) Thirteen weeks ended ——————– May 2, 2015 May 3, 2014 ———– ———– Net sales $655,486 $598,947 Cost of sales (442,428) (410,942) ——– ——– Gross profit 213,058 188,005 Operating expenses (139,486) (126,754) ——– Operating profit 73,572 61,251 Interest income, net 920 991 Non-operating income 3,312 – —– — Income before income taxes and loss from Town Shoes 77,804 62,242 Income tax provision (29,096) (23,603) Loss from Town Shoes (1,342) – —— — Net income $47,366 $38,639 ======= ======= Diluted shares used in per share calculations: 89,624 92,107 Diluted earnings per share: Diluted earnings per share $0.53 $0.42

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