Five Below, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2018 Financial Results

3/27/2019, 10:01 PM (Source: GlobeNewswire)

Fourth quarter sales grew 19.4% or 23.2% excluding the 53rd week, 
diluted EPS increased 31.4% or 34.7% excluding the 53rd week

Fiscal 2018 sales grew 22.0% or 23.5% excluding the 53rd week,
diluted EPS increased 44.6% or 47.0% excluding the 53rd week

Provides first quarter and full year fiscal 2019 guidance

Plans to open 145-150 stores ending fiscal 2019 with 895-900 stores

PHILADELPHIA, PA, March 27, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Five Below, Inc. (NASDAQ: FIVE) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of fiscal 2018 ended February 2, 2019. The fourth quarter and full year of fiscal 2017 ended February 3, 2018 contained one additional week ("53rd week") which represented $15.7 million in net sales, approximately $3.0 million in operating income and approximately $0.03 in diluted earnings per share.

For the fourth quarter ended February 2, 2019:

  • Net sales increased 19.4% to $602.7 million or an increase of 23.2% excluding the impact of the 53rd week in fiscal 2017.
  • The Company opened 5 net new stores and ended the quarter with 750 stores in 33 states. This represents an increase of 20.0% from the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.
  • Comparable sales increased 4.4%.
  • Operating income increased 12.6% to $116.5 million or an increase of 16.0% excluding the impact of the 53rd week in fiscal 2017.
  • Net income increased 32.5% to $89.3 million or an increase of 36.5% excluding the impact of the 53rd week in fiscal 2017.
  • Diluted income per common share increased 31.4% to $1.59 or 34.7% excluding the impact of the 53rd week in fiscal 2017. Diluted income per common share included an approximate $0.01 benefit in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 due to the tax benefit from share-based accounting.

For the fiscal year ended February 2, 2019:

  • Net sales increased 22.0% to $1,559.6 million or 23.5% excluding the impact of the 53rd week in fiscal 2017.
  • The Company opened 125 net new stores compared to 103 net new stores opened in fiscal 2017.
  • Comparable sales increased 3.9%.
  • Operating income increased 18.9% to $187.2 million or 21.3% excluding the impact of the 53rd week in fiscal 2017.
  • Net income increased 46.1% to $149.6 million or 48.9% excluding the impact of the 53rd week in fiscal 2017.
  • Diluted income per common share increased 44.6% to $2.66 or 47.0% excluding the impact of the 53rd week in fiscal 2017. Diluted income per common share included an approximate $0.09 benefit in fiscal 2018 due to the tax benefit from share-based accounting.

Joel Anderson, President and CEO of Five Below, stated, “Our strong fourth quarter performance capped off a great year for Five Below. Our 2018 store openings are on track to be another record class with first year average unit volumes expected to be over $2 million. For the year, we delivered comparable sales growth of 3.9% on top of last year’s record results. We saw broad-based strength across our worlds as our incredible, trend-right value offering and fun in-store experience drove both new and existing customers to Five Below.”

Mr. Anderson continued, “As we look ahead to 2019, we are focused on elevating our customer experience, delivering even better WOW products, and further enhancing our supply chain as we innovate across the organization. We are excited to continue our high growth with a record number of new store openings and remain confident in our 20/20 through 2020 goals and our ability to reach our 2,500+ U.S. store potential.”

First Quarter and Fiscal 2019 Outlook:
The Company expects the following results for the first quarter and full year fiscal 2019. This outlook includes the impact of opening our new Southeast distribution center and adoption of the new lease accounting standard. The effective tax rate in fiscal 2019 is expected to be approximately 24.5%, which excludes any potential future impact from share-based accounting. The outlook also excludes any potential share repurchases.

For the first quarter of fiscal 2019:

  • Net sales are expected to be in the range of $361 million to $366 million based on opening approximately 35 new stores and assuming a 3% to 4% increase in comparable sales.
  • Net income is expected to be in the range of $18.0 million to $19.7 million.
  • Diluted income per common share is expected to be in the range of $0.32 to $0.35 on approximately 56.4 million estimated diluted weighted average shares outstanding.

For the full year of fiscal 2019:

  • Net sales are expected to be in the range of $1.865 billion to $1.885 billion based on opening approximately 145 to 150 new stores and assuming an approximate 3% increase in comparable sales.
  • Net income is expected to be in the range of $169.9 million to $173.9 million.
  • Diluted income per common share is expected to be in the range of $3.00 to $3.07 on approximately 56.6 million estimated diluted weighted average shares outstanding.

Conference Call Information: 
A conference call to discuss the fourth quarter and full year fiscal 2018 financial results is scheduled for today, March 27, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial 412-902-6753 approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available online at investor.fivebelow.com in the investor relations section of the website.

A taped replay of the conference call will be available within two hours of the conclusion of the call and can be accessed both online and by dialing 412-317-0088. The pin number to access the telephone replay is 10129013. The replay will be available for approximately two weeks after the call.

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 imposed 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 prices are 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 over 750 stores in 35 states. For more information, please visit www.fivebelow.com and a store!

FIVE BELOW, INC.

Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
(in thousands)

  February 2, 2019 February 3, 2018
Assets    
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $251,748  $112,669 
Short-term investment securities 85,412  131,958 
Inventories 243,636  187,037 
Prepaid income taxes 1,337  2,264 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 60,124  45,434 
Total current assets 642,257  479,362 
Property and equipment, net 301,297  180,349 
Deferred income taxes 6,126  6,676 
Long-term investment securities   27,702 
Other assets 2,584  1,619 
  $952,264  $695,708 
     
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity    
Current liabilities:    
Line of credit $  $ 
Accounts payable 103,692  73,033 
Income taxes payable 20,626  25,275 
Accrued salaries and wages 24,586  22,906 
Other accrued expenses 104,201  43,246 
Total current liabilities 253,105  164,460 
Deferred rent and other 84,065  72,690 
Total liabilities 337,170  237,150 
Shareholders’ equity:    
Common stock 557  554 
Additional paid-in capital 352,702  346,300 
Retained earnings 261,835  111,704 
Total shareholders’ equity 615,094  458,558 
  $952,264  $695,708 
         


FIVE BELOW, INC.

Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
(in thousands, except share and per share data)

  Thirteen weeks
ended
 Fourteen weeks
ended
 Fifty-two weeks
ended
 Fifty-three weeks
ended
  February 2, 2019 February 3, 2018 February 2, 2019 February 3, 2018
Net sales $602,684  $504,832  $1,559,563  $1,278,208 
Cost of goods sold 358,679  297,342  994,478  814,795 
Gross profit 244,005  207,490  565,085  463,413 
Selling, general and administrative expenses 127,497  103,995  377,901  306,022 
Operating income 116,508  103,495  187,184  157,391 
Interest income, net 1,503  556  4,623  1,458 
Income before income taxes 118,011  104,051  191,807  158,849 
Income tax expense 28,749  36,674  42,162  56,398 
Net income $89,262  $67,377  $149,645  $102,451 
Basic income per common share $1.60  $1.22  $2.68  $1.86 
Diluted income per common share $1.59  $1.21  $2.66  $1.84 
Weighted average shares outstanding:        
Basic shares 55,761,714  55,348,495  55,763,034  55,208,246 
Diluted shares 56,230,318  55,725,959  56,220,864  55,561,472 
             


FIVE BELOW, INC.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
(in thousands)

  Fifty-two weeks
ended
 Fifty-three weeks
ended
  February 2, 2019 February 3, 2018
Operating activities:    
Net income $149,645  $102,451 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:    
Depreciation and amortization 41,451  33,241 
Share-based compensation expense 12,018  16,373 
Deferred income tax expense 550  4,363 
Other non-cash expenses 44  138 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:    
Inventories (56,599) (32,589)
Prepaid income taxes 927  (1,277)
Prepaid expenses and other assets (15,655) (16,366)
Accounts payable 32,866  19,809 
Income taxes payable (4,649) 1,902 
Accrued salaries and wages 1,680  12,112 
Deferred rent 12,143  15,886 
Other accrued expenses 9,712  11,338 
Net cash provided by operating activities 184,133  167,381 
Investing activities:    
Purchases of investment securities (117,371) (234,856)
Sales, maturities, and redemptions of investment securities 191,619  163,501 
Capital expenditures (113,720) (67,795)
Net cash used in investing activities (39,472) (139,150)
Financing activities:    
Net proceeds from issuance of common stock 365  251 
Repurchase and retirement of common stock (1,987)  
Proceeds from exercise of options to purchase common stock and vesting of restricted and performance-based restricted stock units 4,030  9,603 
Common shares withheld for taxes (7,990) (1,504)
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities (5,582) 8,350 
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 139,079  36,581 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year 112,669  76,088 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year $251,748  $112,669 
         

 

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

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