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Tuesday October 4th, 2022 8:49AM

Citi Trends Announces First Quarter 2022 Results

By The Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 24, 2022--

Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTRN), a growing specialty value retailer of apparel, accessories and home trends for way less spend primarily for African American and Latinx families in the United States, today reported results for the first quarter ended April 30, 2022.

The Company is reporting select operating results for the first quarter 2022 relative to the same period of 2019 due to the unique operating environment resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and related government stimulus in 2020 and 2021.

David Makuen, Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Our first quarter topline results were in line with expectations and our bottom line performance exceeded our guidance. Despite a very difficult inflationary environment, our team hunkered down and rigorously managed inventory and rationalized expenses to deliver solid operational metrics. Our core customers and associates are doing their best to get through these tough times and continue to remain loyal to Citi Trends, as evidenced by our continued strong in-store conversion and basket size. Our team is more nimble than ever and in particular, our BUY team is chasing ample trends available in the marketplace that we intend to scoop up and offer at prices that don’t break the bank.”

Makuen continued, “As we look to the remainder of 2022, we expect the macro factors will continue to impact our customer and the broader discretionary shopping landscape. Therefore, we believe it is prudent to revise our guidance for the rest of the year compared to the pre-pandemic 2019 baseline. Lastly, we’re making progress on our incremental product initiatives and upgrading our in-store experience via the rollout of our CTx store format.”

In the first quarter of 2022, the Company repurchased approximately 170,000 shares of its common stock at an aggregate cost of $5.3 million. At the end of the first quarter of 2022, $54.7 million remained available under the Company’s share repurchase program.

As previously announced, the Company underwent a comprehensive evaluation of its owned real estate. As a result, the Company completed the sale-leaseback of its distribution center located in Darlington, South Carolina for $46 million. The Company has extended the deadline to decide on the potential sale of its distribution center in Roland, Oklahoma.

The Company is providing the following updated guidance:

Citi Trends will host a conference call today at 9:00 a.m. ET. The number to call for the live interactive teleconference is (303) 223-0118. A replay of the conference call will be available until May 31, 2022, by dialing (402) 977-9140 and entering the passcode, 22017999.

The live broadcast of Citi Trends' conference call will be available online at the Company's website, under the Investor Relations section, beginning today at 9:00 a.m. ET. The online replay will follow shortly after the call and will be available for replay for one year.

During the conference call, the Company may discuss and answer questions concerning business and financial developments and trends that have occurred after quarter-end. The Company’s responses to questions, as well as other matters discussed during the call, may contain or constitute information that has not been disclosed previously.

Citi Trends, Inc. is a growing specialty value retailer of apparel, accessories and home trends for way less spend primarily for African American and Latinx families in the United States. The Company operates 613 stores located in 33 states. For more information, visit or your local store.

The historical non-GAAP financial measures discussed herein are reconciled to their corresponding GAAP measures at the end of this press release.

 

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CONTACT: Tom Filandro/Rachel Schacter ICR, Inc.

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KEYWORD: GEORGIA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: RETAIL SPECIALTY FASHION

SOURCE: Citi Trends, Inc.

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