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Steve Madden with record quarter

Apr 26, 2019 United States
Steve Madden with record quarter
The US-based designer and marketer of fashion footwear and accessories for women, men and children, announced financial results for the first quarter ended on the 31st of March
Edward Rosenfeld, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented: “We are off to a strong start in 2019, with first quarter results exceeding our expectations. Our flagship Steve Madden brand was the highlight in the quarter with robust increases in the wholesale footwear and accessories businesses as well as outstanding performance on stevemadden.com. Given the strong performance in the first quarter and the encouraging trends we are seeing in the business, we are raising our net sales and Adjusted EPS guidance for 2019. Looking ahead, we are confident that, based on our strong brand portfolio, consistency in delivering on-trend product and proven business model, we are well-positioned to drive sustainable growth and shareholder value over the long term.”

First Quarter Results


Net sales for the wholesale business increased by 5.1% to 348.1 million US dollars in the first quarter of 2019, driven by strong growth in wholesale accessories. Wholesale footwear net sales increased slightly, as strong growth in Steve Madden and the addition of Anne Klein were mostly offset by not recognizing sales to Payless ShoeSource in the current period. Gross margin in the wholesale business increased to 34.5% compared to 32.6% in last year’s first quarter, with gross margin improvement in wholesale footwear partially offset by a decline in wholesale accessories due to sales mix.

Retail net sales in the first quarter rose by 8.6% to 62.8 million US dollars compared to 57.9 million US dollars in the first quarter of the prior year. Same store sales increased by 6.3% in the quarter driven by strong performance in the company’s e-commerce business. Retail gross margin rose to 58.5% in the first quarter of 2019, up by 180 basis points compared to 56.7% in the first quarter of the prior year due to improved gross margin in the Company’s e-commerce business.

Steve Madden ended the quarter with 225 company-operated retail locations, including seven internet stores, as well as 33 company-operated concessions in international markets.

Image credits: Steve Madden by Studio Bauhaus

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