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McRae Industries, Inc. Reports Earnings For The First Quarter Of Fiscal 2018:

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McRae Industries, Inc. (Pink Sheets:   MCRAA and MCRAB) stated merged net revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 of $22,399,000 as contrast to $29,872,000 for the first quarter of fiscal 2017.  Net earnings for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 amounted to $1,292,000, or $0.54 per diluted Class A common share as contrast to $1,527,000, or $0.63 per diluted Class A common share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2017.

FIRST QUARTER FISCAL 2018 CONTRAST TO FIRST QUARTER FISCAL 2017

Merged net revenues totaled $22.4 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 as contrast to $29.9 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2017. Sales related to our western/lifestyle boot products for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 totaled $13.3 million as contrast to $14.5 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2017.  This 8% decrease was mainly attributable to the decrease in sales for men’s western boots and premium kid’s boots.  Revenues from our work boot products reduced about 41%, from $15.4 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2017 to $9.1 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2018.  This is mainly a result of reduced military boot sales.  We have been awarded a new contract with the United States Government for hot weather Army combat boots.  This contract is for a base year and four option years.  However, because of the government’s over inventoried position on this product, the first delivery order was less than expected and the delivery time frame was extended.  The contract for the temperate weather Army combat boots will not be awarded until January or February of 2018 and these contracts will also be for a base year and four option years.  We are in the process of concluding our obligations on the existing temperate weather Army combat boot contract.  These developments are expected to negatively impact our military boot sales for fiscal 2018.

Merged gross profit for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 amounted to about $6.2 million as contrast to $7.4 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2017. Gross profit as a percentage of net revenues was up from 24.7% for the first quarter of fiscal 2017 to 27.8% for the first quarter of fiscal 2018. This is attributable to the sales mix being more heavily weighted towards higher margin western and work boots.

Merged selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses totaled about $4.2 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 as contrast to $5.0 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2017. This decrease in SG&A expenses resulted mainly from reduced expenditures for health insurance, computer and professional services, and salaries.

As a result of the above, the merged operating profit for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 amounted to $2.0 million as contrast to $2.4 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2017.

Financial Condition and Liquidity

Our financial condition remained strong at October 28, 2017 as cash and cash equivalents totaled $29.2 million as contrast to $28.1 million at July 29, 2017. Our working capital raised from $54.3 million at July 29, 2017 to $55.1 million at October 28, 2017.

We presently have two lines of credit totaling $6.75 million, all of which were fully available at October 28, 2017. One credit line totaling $1.75 million (which is restricted to one hundred percent of the outstanding receivables due from the Government) expires in January 2018. Our $5.0 million line of credit, which also expires in January 2018, is secured by the inventory and accounts receivable of our Dan Post Boot Company partner.

Net cash offered by operating activities for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 amounted to $2.0. Net earnings, as adjusted for depreciation, contributed about $1.6 million of cash. Accounts receivable used about $1.6 million of cash as first quarter sales outpaced customer payments. Both of our boot businesses offered about $1.0 million of cash as efforts to reduce inventory levels paid off.  The timing of payments for employee related expenses and income taxes offered about $1.0 million of cash.

Net cash used by investing activities totaled about $500,000, mainly for manufacturing machinery and equipment.

Net cash used in financing activities totaled $311,000, which was used for dividend payments.

We believe that our current cash and cash equivalents, cash generated from operations, and available credit lines will be sufficient to meet our capital requirements for the remainder of fiscal 2018.