Five Below, Inc. Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2018 Financial Results

12/5/2018, 11:01 PM (Source: GlobeNewswire)

Q3 net sales increased 22% to $312.8 million

Q3 EPS increased 33% to $0.24

Raises full year fiscal 2018 guidance

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Five Below, Inc. (NASDAQ: FIVE) today announced financial results for the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018.

For the thirteen weeks ended November 3, 2018:

  • Net sales increased by 21.6% to $312.8 million from $257.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2017; comparable sales increased by 4.8%.
  • The Company opened 53 new stores and ended the quarter with 745 stores in 33 states. This represents an increase in stores of 19.2% from the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2017.
  • Operating income increased by 5.0% to $15.5 million from $14.8 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2017.
  • Net income increased by 36.8% to $13.5 million compared to $9.9 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2017.
  • Diluted income per common share was $0.24 compared to $0.18 per share in the third quarter of fiscal 2017. Diluted income per common share included a $0.02 benefit in the third quarter of fiscal 2018 due to the accounting for employee share-based payments.

Joel Anderson, President and CEO, said, "We are very pleased to have delivered third quarter results that exceeded the high end of our guidance ranges against last year’s strong third quarter comparison. Continued robust performance from new stores, with a record 53 openings during the quarter, and above-plan comp results were driven by a positive customer response to our compelling assortment of trend-right products across our worlds. Given our performance, we are raising our guidance for the year.”

Mr. Anderson continued, “With the most important weeks of the fourth quarter ahead of us, we look forward to amazing our customers and delivering the magic of the holidays with freshness and newness at outstanding value, further reinforcing Five Below’s position as a favorite destination for holiday shopping and gift giving."

For the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018:

  • Net sales increased by 23.7% to $956.9 million from $773.4 million in the comparable period of fiscal 2017; comparable sales increased by 3.6%.
  • The Company opened 120 new stores compared to 103 new stores opened in the comparable period of fiscal 2017.
  • Operating income increased by 31.1% to $70.7 million from $53.9 million in the comparable period of fiscal 2017.
  • Net income increased by 72.2% to $60.4 million compared to $35.1 million in the comparable period of fiscal 2017.
  • Diluted income per common share was $1.07 compared to $0.63 per share in the comparable period of fiscal 2017. Diluted income per common share included a $0.08 benefit in the thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018 due to the accounting for employee share-based payments.

53rd Week and Calendar Shift:

  • The fourth quarter and full year of fiscal 2017 included one additional week ("53rd week") versus the same periods in the prior year. Net sales and diluted earnings per share in the 53rd week were $15.7 million and $0.03, respectively.
  • Financial results for the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018 include the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018, as compared to the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended October 28, 2017.
  • Comparable sales are reported using the National Retail Federation's restated calendar comparing similar weeks, which are the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018 as compared to the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended November 4, 2017.

Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2018 Outlook:

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, net sales are expected to be in the range of $593 million to $600 million based on opening approximately 5 net new stores and assuming a 3% to 4% increase in comparable sales. Net income is expected to be in the range of $86.5 million to $88.5 million, with a diluted income per common share range of $1.53 to $1.57 on approximately 56.4 million estimated diluted weighted average shares outstanding.

For the full year of fiscal 2018, net sales are expected to be in the range of $1.550 billion to $1.557 billion based on opening approximately 125 net new stores and assuming a 3.3% to 3.7% increase in comparable sales. Net income is expected to be in the range of $146.9 million to $148.9 million, with a diluted income per common share of $2.60 to $2.64 on approximately 56.4 million estimated diluted weighted average shares outstanding.

Conference Call Information:

A recording and transcript of management's remarks to discuss the third quarter fiscal 2018 financial results will be available on December 6, 2018 at 7:00 a.m. Eastern Time, with a separate live Q&A-only conference call with management at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time on December 6, 2018. Investors and analysts interested in participating in the Q&A-only conference call are invited to dial 412-902-6753 approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. A live audio webcast of the Q&A-only conference call will be available online at investor.fivebelow.com. The recording and transcript of management's remarks can be accessed either online at investor.fivebelow.com or by dialing 412-317-0088, access code 10126019. A combined recording of both management's remarks and the Q&A-only conference call will be available within two hours of the conclusion of the Q&A-only conference call at the same number. The replay will be available until December 20, 2018.

Forward-Looking Statements:

This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 as contained in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which reflect management's current views and estimates regarding the Company's industry, business strategy, goals and expectations concerning its market position, future operations, margins, profitability, capital expenditures, liquidity and capital resources and other financial and operating information. Investors can identify these statements by the fact that they use words such as "anticipate," "assume," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "potential," "predict," "project," "future" and similar terms and phrases. The Company cannot assure investors that future developments affecting the Company will be those that it has anticipated. Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to risks related to the Company's strategy and expansion plans, risks related to the inability to successfully implement our expansion into online retail, risks related to our ability to select, obtain, distribute and market merchandise profitably, risks related to our reliance on merchandise manufactured outside of the United States, risks related to any legal proceedings that we may become subject to, the availability of suitable new store locations and the dependence on the volume of traffic to our stores, risks related to the Company's continued retention of its executive officers, senior management and other key personnel, risks related to changes in consumer preferences and economic conditions, risks related to increased operating costs, including wage rates, risks related to extreme weather, risks related to leasing, owning or building distribution centers, risks related to our ability to successfully manage inventory balance and inventory shrinkage, quality or safety concerns about the Company's merchandise, increased competition from other retailers including online retailers, risks related to the seasonality of our business, risks related to cyber security, risks related to our ability to protect our brand name and other intellectual property, risks related to customers' payment methods, risks related to domestic and foreign trade restrictions including duties and tariffs affecting our domestic and foreign suppliers, including, among others, the direct and indirect impact of recent and potential tariffs imposed and proposed by the United States on foreign imports, risks associated with the restrictions imposted by our indebtedness on our current and future operations, the impact of changes in tax legislation and accounting standards and risks associated with leasing substantial amounts of space. For further details and a discussion of these risks and uncertainties, see the Company's periodic reports, including the annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K, filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission and available at www.sec.gov. If one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if any of the Company's assumptions prove incorrect, the Company's actual results may vary in material respects from those projected in these forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement made by the Company in this news release speaks only as of the date on which the Company makes it. Factors or events that could cause the Company's actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for the Company to predict all of them. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by any applicable securities laws.

About Five Below:

Five Below is a leading high-growth value retailer offering trend-right, high-quality products loved by tweens, teens and beyond. We know life is way better when you’re free to “let go & have fun” in an amazing experience filled with unlimited possibilities. We make it easy to say YES! to the newest, coolest stuff because everything is just $5 and below across awesome Five Below worlds: Style, Room, Sports, Tech, Create, Party, Candy and Now. Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Five Below today has approximately 750 stores in 33 states. For more information, please visit www.fivebelow.com and a store!

Investor Contact:

Five Below, Inc.
Christiane Pelz
Vice President, Investor Relations
215-207-2658
Christiane.Pelz@fivebelow.com 


FIVE BELOW, INC.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
(in thousands)

  November 3, 2018 February 3, 2018 October 28, 2017
Assets      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $103,262  $112,669  $54,917 
Short-term investment securities 85,029  131,958  56,678 
Inventories 339,898  187,037  271,685 
Prepaid income taxes 11,443  2,264  4,891 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 59,500  45,434  41,894 
Total current assets 599,132  479,362  430,065 
Property and equipment, net 245,631  180,349  177,903 
Deferred income taxes 3,243  6,676  10,512 
Long-term investment securities   27,702  23,177 
Other assets 1,730  1,619  1,659 
  $849,736  $695,708  $643,316 
       
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity      
Current liabilities:      
Line of credit $  $  $ 
Accounts payable 155,986  73,033  124,187 
Income taxes payable 281  25,275  55 
Accrued salaries and wages 11,139  22,906  14,770 
Other accrued expenses 72,019  43,246  55,154 
Total current liabilities 239,425  164,460  194,166 
Deferred rent and other 85,240  72,690  67,839 
Total liabilities 324,665  237,150  262,005 
Shareholders’ equity:      
Common stock 557  554  552 
Additional paid-in capital 351,941  346,300  336,432 
Retained earnings 172,573  111,704  44,327 
Total shareholders’ equity 525,071  458,558  381,311 
  $849,736  $695,708  $643,316 
             
             

FIVE BELOW, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
(in thousands, except share and per share data)

 Thirteen Weeks Ended Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
 November 3,
2018
 October 28,
2017
 November 3,
2018
 October 28,
2017
Net sales$312,823  $257,175  $956,879  $773,376 
Cost of goods sold210,733  173,544  635,799  517,453 
Gross profit102,090  83,631  321,080  255,923 
Selling, general and administrative expenses86,542  68,818  250,404  202,027 
Operating income15,548  14,813  70,676  53,896 
Interest income, net1,058  334  3,120  902 
Income before income taxes16,606  15,147  73,796  54,798 
Income tax expense3,090  5,268  13,413  19,724 
Net income$13,516  $9,879  $60,383  $35,074 
Basic income per common share$0.24  $0.18  $1.08  $0.64 
Diluted income per common share$0.24  $0.18  $1.07  $0.63 
Weighted average shares outstanding:       
Basic shares55,742,854  55,215,850  55,731,098  55,148,316 
Diluted shares56,228,305  55,608,035  56,185,305  55,493,452 
        
        

FIVE BELOW, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
(in thousands)

  Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
  November 3, 2018 October 28, 2017
Operating activities:    
Net income $60,383  $35,074 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:    
Depreciation and amortization 30,267  24,193 
Share-based compensation expense 9,297  11,977 
Deferred income tax expense 3,433  527 
Other non-cash expenses 43  67 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
Inventories (152,861) (117,237)
Prepaid income taxes (9,179) (3,339)
Prepaid expenses and other assets (14,175) (12,865)
Accounts payable 79,036  69,933 
Income taxes payable (24,994) (23,884)
Accrued salaries and wages (11,767) 3,976 
Deferred rent 12,785  12,799 
Other accrued expenses 19,351  15,806 
Net cash provided by operating activities 1,619  17,027 
Investing activities:    
Purchases of investment securities (91,375) (124,406)
Sales, maturities, and redemptions of investment securities 166,006  132,855 
Capital expenditures (82,027) (49,518)
Net cash used in investing activities (7,396) (41,069)
Financing activities:    
Net proceeds from issuance of common stock 168  135 
Proceeds from exercise of options to purchase common stock and vesting of restricted and performance-based restricted stock units 4,019  3,799 
Common shares withheld for taxes (7,817) (1,063)
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities (3,630) 2,871 
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (9,407) (21,171)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 112,669  76,088 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $103,262  $54,917 

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