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Five Below, Inc. Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2018 Financial Results
Q3 net sales increased 22% to $312.8 million
Q3 EPS increased 33% to $0.24
Raises full year fiscal 2018 guidance
PHILADELPHIA, PA – (December 5, 2018) – 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.
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!
Five Below, Inc.
Vice President, Investor Relations
The following information was filed by Five Below, Inc (FIVE) on Thursday, December 6, 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.