SOURCE: Citi Trends, Inc.

June 01, 2005 16:58 ET

Citi Trends, Inc. Announces Fiscal 2005 First Quarter Results

First Quarter Net Sales Increased 32.3% to $63.6 Million

First Quarter Comparable Store Sales Increased 6.9%

First Quarter Diluted Earnings Per Share Increased to $0.30

SAVANNAH, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 1, 2005 -- Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTRN) today reported results for the first quarter ended April 30, 2005.

Total net sales for the first quarter (13 weeks) increased by 32.3% to $63.6 million from $48.1 million reported in the prior year. The Company posted net income for the quarter of $3.3 million, an increase of 45.8%, or $0.30 per diluted share, compared to net income of $2.2 million or $0.21 per diluted share in the first quarter of the previous year. Comparable store sales increased 6.9% for the first quarter of fiscal 2005 compared to 3.5% in the first quarter of fiscal 2004. Relocated stores and expanded stores are included in the comparable store sales results.

For fiscal 2005, the Company plans to open 40 new stores. In the first quarter, Citi Trends opened 14 new stores and is on plan for store openings for the remainder of the year.

On May 18, 2005, the Company completed an initial public offering of 3,850,000 shares of common stock at a price to the public of $14.00 per share, of which 2,700,000 shares were sold by the Company and 1,150,000 shares were sold by certain selling shareholders. In addition, the Company received notice on May 27, 2005, that the underwriters had exercised the over-allotment option, pursuant to which the Company issued and sold an additional 577,500 shares on June 1, 2005. Upon completing the offering and the over-allotment option, the Company and the selling shareholders received net proceeds of approximately $41.7 million and $14.9 million, respectively. The Company used the net proceeds from its initial public offering to redeem the Company's series A preferred stock and repay outstanding indebtedness, and intends to use the remaining net proceeds from its initial public offering, together with cash flow from operations, to fund new store openings, acquire, design and construct or lease a new distribution center, and for other general corporate purposes.

Citi Trends, Inc. is a value-priced retailer of urban fashion apparel and accessories for the entire family. The Company currently operates 214 stores located in 12 states in the South, Southeast and Mid-Atlantic region, and our website address is

Forward-Looking Statements

All statements other than historical facts contained in this news release, including statements regarding our future financial position, business policy and plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward-looking statements that are subject to material risks and uncertainties. The words "believe," "may," "could," "estimate," "continue," "anticipate," "intend," "expect" and similar expressions, as they relate to Citi Trends, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or results and are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which cannot be predicted or quantified, and that actual results or developments may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors which are discussed in Citi Trends, Inc. filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, uncertainties relating to economic conditions, growth and expansion risks, consumer spending patterns, competition within the industry, competition in our markets and the ability to anticipate and respond to fashion trends. Except as required by applicable law, including the securities laws of the United States and the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Citi Trends does not undertake to publicly update any forward-looking statements in this news release or with respect to matters described herein, whether as a result of any new information, future events or otherwise.

                             CITI TRENDS INC.
                  (in $000's, except share and per share data)

                                                     Fiscal Quarter Ended
                                                    April 30,     May 1,
                                                      2005         2004
                                                   ----------   ----------
                                                  (unaudited)   (unaudited)

Net sales                                              63,616       48,069
Gross profit                                           25,134       19,035
Selling, general and administrative expenses           19,758       15,221
Income from operations                                  5,376        3,814
Net income                                              3,265        2,239

Net income per share, basic                              0.35         0.24
Net income per share, diluted                            0.30         0.21

Weighted average shares used to compute net
 income per share, basic                            9,295,000    9,305,400
Weighted average shares used to compute net
 income per share, diluted                         10,986,959   10,907,508

                             CITI TRENDS INC.
                        CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
                               (in $000's)

                                                    April 30,   January 29,
                                                       2005        2005
                                                   ----------   ----------
Cash and cash equivalents                              10,892       11,625
Inventory                                              41,270       32,432
Other assets                                            6,972        3,678
Property and equipment, net                            18,993       15,114
                                                   ----------   ----------
   Total assets                                        78,127       62,849
                                                   ==========   ==========

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities               39,267       33,750
Other liabilities                                      11,781       10,344
Total stockholders' equity                             27,079       18,755
                                                   ----------   ----------
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity             78,127       62,849
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