December 25, 2014 1:42 PM ET

Specialty Retail

Company Overview of The Cato Corporation

Company Overview

The Cato Corporation operates as a specialty retailer of fashion apparel and accessories in the Southeastern United States. It operates in two segments, Retail and Credit. The company’s stores offer a range of apparel and accessories for women, including dresses, coats, shoes, lingerie, costume jewelry, and handbags, as well as dressy, career, and casual sportswear. Its stores also offer men’s wear, and 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 Accessories names. As of November 01, 2014, the company operated 1,318 stores in 32 states. It also provides credit cards to its custo...

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
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 & 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 Corp. Reports Sales Results for the Four Weeks and Year-To-Date Ended November 29, 2014

The Cato Corp. reported sales results for the four weeks and year-to-date ended November 29, 2014. For the four weeks, the company reported sales increased 10% to $73.8 million, up from sales of $67.3 million for the corresponding period a year ago. Same-store sales for the month were up 7%. For the year-to-date, the company reported sales totaled $813.8 million, a 7% increase from sales of $762.6 million a year earlier. Same-store sales are up 4%.

The Cato Corporation Announces Regular Quarterly Dividend, Payable on January 5, 2015

The Board of Directors of The Cato Corporation declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.30 per share. The dividend will be payable on January 5, 2015 to shareholders of record on December 15, 2014.

The Cato Corporation Announces Unaudited Consolidated Earnings Results for the Third Quarter and Nine Months Ended November 1, 2014; Provides Earnings Guidance for the Fourth Quarter and Full Fiscal 2015

The Cato Corporation announced unaudited consolidated earnings results for the third quarter and nine months ended November 1, 2014. The company reported net income of $5.7 million for the third quarter ended November 1, 2014, compared to net income of $4.9 million for the third quarter ended November 2, 2013, an increase of 16%. Earnings per diluted share for the third quarter were $0.20, compared to $0.17 last year, an increase of 18%. Sales for the third quarter ended November 1, 2014 were $213.8 million, an 8% increase over sales of $198.8 million for the third quarter ended November 2, 2013. Same-store sales for the quarter increased 4%. Total revenues were $216,010,000 against $201,043,000 a year ago. Income before income taxes was $7,156,000 against $6,488,000 a year ago. For the nine months ended November 1, 2014, the company earned net income of $51.4 million, compared to net income of $50.5 million for the nine months ended November 2, 2013, an increase of 2%. Earnings per diluted share were $1.82 compared to $1.73 last year, an increase of 5%. Sales for the nine months ended November 1, 2014 were $740.0 million, an increase of 6% from sales of $695.3 million for the nine months ended November 2, 2013. Year-to-date same-store sales increased 3%. Total revenues were $746,801,000 against $702,459,000 a year ago. Income before income taxes was $80,093,000 against $78,419,000 a year ago. The company continues to expect fourth quarter earnings per diluted share will be within its original guidance range, updated for share repurchases, of $0.13 to $0.17 against $0.13 last year, flat to an increase of 31%. For the fiscal 2015, earnings per diluted share are estimated to be in the range of $1.95 to $1.99 against $1.86 last year, an increase of 5% to 7%.

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