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Caleres Lowers Outlook on Softening Sales at Famous Footwear

Caleres reduced its sales outlook and narrowed its annual EPS guidance to the lower end of its previous range due to weaker-than-expected sales at its Famous Footwear chain. Caleres reported earnings in the third quarter came in slightly ahead of guidance while sales underperformed.

Caleres Names First Chief Design & Product Officer

The company promoted Natelle Baddeley to the role with creative oversight for the majority of the Caleres brand portfolio, including Naturalizer, Vionic, Dr. Scholl’s, Veronica Beard, Vince, Franco Sarto, Blowfish Malibu and LifeStride.

EXEC: Caleres Sees Famous Footwear Gaining Share

Famous Footwear’s same-store sales declined 4.3 percent in the second quarter but showed sequential improvement from the first quarter and is estimated to be taking market share. Jay Schmidt, president and CEO of Caleres, the parent of Famous, told analysts on a call, “During the second quarter, Famous continued to navigate difficult spending trends among its target consumer and the challenging economic backdrop overall.”

Caleres’ Debt Ratings Upgraded

S&P Global Ratings raised the debt ratings on Caleres, Inc. as the parent of Famous Footwear has sustained adjusted leverage in the low- to the mid-2x area, supported by moderating margin pressures and debt paydown under its asset-based lending (ABL) facility.

Caleres’ Q3 Tops Wall Street Targets

Caleres continued its strong performance in the third quarter, achieving record quarterly sales and delivering another period of solid earnings. Sales grew 1.8 percent as a 7.6 percent sales increase in the Brand Portfolio segment offset a slight decline at Famous Footwear.

Caleres Sees Second-Quarter Sales Climb 9.3 Percent

Caleres saw sales expand 9.3 percent in the second quarter that ended July 30 as a 35.6 percent increase in its Brand Portfolio segment offset a 3.8 percent decline at Famous Footwear. Caleres reiterated its guidance for the year.

Caleres CEO To Retire Next Year

Diane Sullivan, Caleres’ long-time CEO, will retire effective January 15, 2023. The company announced the news on Monday. Jay Schmidt, president of Caleres, will succeed Sullivan as chief executive officer, with Sullivan moving to the role of executive chairman.