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April 21, 2015 9:51 PM ET

Specialty Retail

Company Overview of The Cato Corporation

Company Overview

The Cato Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of fashion apparel and accessories in the Southeastern United States. It operates through two segments, Retail and Credit. The company’s stores and e-commerce Website offer a range of apparel and accessories, including dressy, career, and casual sportswear; and dresses, coats, shoes, lingerie, costume jewelry, and handbags for women. It also offers men’s wear, as well as lines for kids and newborns. The company operates its stores primarily under the Cato, Cato Fashions, Cato Plus, It’s Fashion, It’s Fashion Metro, and Versona names. As of January 31, 2015, it operated 1,346 fashion specialty stores in 32 ...

8100 Denmark Road

Charlotte, NC 28273

United States

Founded in 1946

10,000 Employees

Phone:

704-554-8510

Key Executives for The Cato Corporation

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President
Age: 64
Total Annual Compensation: $1.1M
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President
Age: 51
Total Annual Compensation: $386.3K
Executive Vice President of Merchandising Cato and Versona Concepts
Age: 60
Total Annual Compensation: $407.5K
Executive Vice President and Director of Stores
Age: 51
Total Annual Compensation: $339.0K
Chief Real Estate & Store Development Officer and Executive Vice President
Age: 58
Total Annual Compensation: $307.5K
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2013.

The Cato Corporation Key Developments

The Cato Corporation Reports Sales Results for the Five Weeks and Nine Weeks Ended April 4, 2015

The Cato Corporation reported sales results for the five weeks and nine weeks ended April 4, 2015. Sales were $117.0 million, a 15% increase from sales of $102.0 million for the five week period ended April 5, 2014. Same-store sales for the month increased 12%. Sales for the nine weeks ended April 4, 2015 were $197.5 million, a 5% increase from sales of $188.9 million for the nine weeks ended April 5, 2014. The company's year-to-date same-store sales were up 2% to the prior year.

The Cato Corp. Plans to Open 45 New Stores and Close 13 Stores in 2015

The Cato Corp. plans to open 45 new stores and close 13 stores in 2015.

Cato Reports Unaudited Consolidated Earnings Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year Ended January 31, 2015; Provides Earnings Guidance for the First Quarter and Full Year 2015

Cato reported unaudited consolidated earnings results for the fourth quarter and full year ended January 31, 2015. For the quarter, the company reported total revenues of $240,113,000 compared to $217,574,000 a year ago. Income before income taxes was $11,379,000 compared to $5,867,000 a year ago. Net Income was $9,151,000 compared to $3,823,000 a year ago. Basic and diluted earnings per share was $0.33 compared to $0.13 a year ago. For the full year, the company reported total revenues of $986,914,000 compared to $920,033,000 a year ago. Income before income taxes was $91,473,000 compared to $84,286,000 a year ago. Net Income was $60,502,000 compared to $54,322,000 a year ago. Basic and diluted earnings per share was $2.15 compared to $1.86 a year ago. The company expects first quarter 2015 net income to be in a range of $28.8 million to $27.9 million, a decrease of 4% to 7% compared to $30.0 million in first quarter 2014. The company estimates earnings per diluted share will be in a range of $1.03 to $1.00, a decrease of 1% to 4% compared to $1.04 in first quarter 2014. The company estimates first quarter same-store sales to be down 3% to 4% based upon February same-store sales being down 10% and adverse weather continuing into March. For 2015, the company estimates same-store sales will be in a range of flat to down 2% and its gross margin rate will decrease to 38.0% to 37.8% from 38.6% in 2014, resulting in net income in a range of $61.2 million to $56.7 million, an increase of 1% to a decrease of 6% compared to $60.5 million in 2014. The company estimates earnings per diluted share will be in a range of $2.19 to $2.03, an increase of 2% to a decrease of 6% compared to $2.15 in 2014. Capital expenditures are projected to be approximately $38 million, including $21 million for store development, $8 million for home office renovation and additional investment in the Company's e-commerce platform as well as continued investment to enhance and upgrade existing. The effective tax rate is expected to be approximately 36.2%. Depreciation is expected to be approximately $24 million for the year.

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