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Here's Why Steven Madden Is on a Tear Since Q1 Earnings

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Steven Madden, Ltd. (SHOO - Free Report) is leaving no stone unturned to boost the top and the bottom line. Notably, the company is focusing on efforts to expand globally and enhance product portfolio. The company, based in Long Island City, NY, continues to witness robust growth in the Wholesale Footwear and Accessories segments. Apart from these, a reaffirmed guidance instils optimism in the stock.

A glimpse at this Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) stock’s performance reveals that it has surged roughly 22% in the past three months. The stock has not only outperformed the SHOO - Free Report) %20expects%20to%20sustain%20its%20international%20business%20momentum%20in%202018%20on%20the%20back%20of%20strategic%20investments.%20international%20business%20to%20continue%20with%20its%20momentum%20in%202018%20on%20the%20back%20of%20its%20strategic%20investments.">industry’s rise of 9.9% but also the overall sector’s 7.5%. Currently, the company’s stock is trading near its 52-week high of $55.50 and there is a possibility that it will surpass the mark in the near term.

Factors Driving the Stock

Better-than-Expected Q1 Results

The company’s adjusted earnings per share of 54 cents not only beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 50 cents but also increased 14.9% on a year-over-year basis. This upside can be primarily attributed to the rise in net sales of 6.2% to $389 million. The sales figure also exceeded the Zacks Consensus Estimate.

Notably, this marked the second straight quarter of earnings and revenue beat. Out of the trailing seven quarters, the company’s earnings surpassed the consensus mark in five quarters and sales surpassed the same in all seven. Management continues to expect net sales growth of 5-7%. Adjusted EPS is expected in the range of $2.60-$2.67, indicating a rise from $2.24 in 2017.

Strong International Performance

The company, which shares space with Deckers Outdoor Corp. (DECK - Free Report) , is consistently focusing to expand its business globally. Notably, in the first quarter, the company witnessed 36% revenue growth internationally. The company’s directly-owned subsidiaries in Canada and Mexico, SM Europe JV as well as the distributor business posted strong results.

Steven Madden expects international business to sustain its momentum in 2018 on strategic investments. The company is optimistic about growth in the Middle East, Italy and India. The company expects Asia to be a major contributor to net sales despite the region posting marginally low figures in the first quarter.


Strong Wholesale Business

In the first quarter, the company witnessed growth of 5.8% in the wholesale business, courtesy of Wholesale Footwear and Accessories. Per management, core Wholesale Footwear business maintains a robust performance and will continue to do so in the future. Further, management expects the Wholesale Accessories business to keep up the momentum, courtesy of strength in Steve Madden handbag and owned-private label division.

Addition of Anne Klein Footwear and Handbags

The company signed an agreement to become the licensee for Anne Klein footwear and handbags this year in January. Management expects this addition to generate $80-$90 million in net sales in the first 12 months of shipping. The company projects breakeven in 2018, with profit contribution in 2019.

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