EXHIBIT 99

NEWS RELEASE

CONTACT:                    
Alysha Tawney                    
Manager, Strategy and Investor Relations        
713-331-4902                
(IR@stage.com)

Stage Stores Reports First Quarter Results and Declares Quarterly
Cash Dividend

HOUSTON, TX, May 24, 2018 - Stage Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SSI) today reported results for the first quarter ended May 5, 2018, and reaffirmed guidance for fiscal year 2018. For the first quarter, comparable sales decreased 2.8%. Loss before income tax was $31.5 million, compared to a loss before income tax of $27.9 million in the first quarter 2017.

Michael Glazer, President and Chief Executive Officer commented, “While the first quarter began with positive comparable sales in February, results were negatively impacted by unseasonably cold temperatures in our geography in late March and early April. Once the weather normalized in the second half of April, comparable sales turned positive, and business has accelerated in May. Notably, the underlying trends that emerged in 2017, including recovery in our oil and gas states, double-digit ecommerce growth, and the outperforming non-apparel business, have continued into 2018. In fact, our non-apparel business, which is less weather sensitive, was up over 3% for the first quarter. Additionally, due to our strong inventory management efforts, we maintained a consistent flow of new merchandise to our stores, and ended the first quarter with department store inventory levels down 5% compared to the first quarter 2017.”

Mr. Glazer continued, “We remain confident that we will meet our 2018 sales and earnings guidance. We are especially excited about accelerating the growth of our off-price business, and the recent conversion of one of our department stores to Gordmans has exceeded our expectations. As a result, we plan to redeploy capital to convert six more department stores and open one new Gordmans location in 2018.”

The company also announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per share on its common stock, payable on June 20, 2018 to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 5, 2018.




The following information was filed by Stage Stores Inc (SSI) on Friday, May 25, 2018 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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