Ross Stores' Q1 net earnings fall to US$338.4M from US$476.5M amid headwinds of higher freight, wage costs, inflationary pressures; sales fall to US$4.33B from US$4.52B, comp sales fall 7%

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DUBLIN, California , May 20, 2022 (press release) –

Provides Second Quarter and Updated Fiscal 2022 Guidance

Ross Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROST) today reported earnings per share for the 13 weeks ended April 30, 2022 of $0.97 on net earnings of $338 million. The quarter includes an approximate benefit of $0.06 per share from the favorable timing of expenses that are expected to reverse in subsequent quarters. These results compare to $1.34 per share on net income of $476 million for the 13 weeks ended May 1, 2021. Sales for the first quarter of 2022 were $4.3 billion versus $4.5 billion in the prior year period. Comparable store sales declined 7% on top of a robust 13% gain in the first quarter of 2021 versus 2019.

Barbara Rentler, Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are disappointed with our lower-than-expected first quarter results. Following a stronger-than-planned start early in the period, sales underperformed over the balance of the quarter. We knew fiscal 2022 would be a difficult year to predict, especially the first half when we were facing last year’s record levels of government stimulus and significant customer pent-up demand as COVID restrictions eased. The external environment has also proven extremely challenging as the Russia-Ukraine conflict has exacerbated inflationary pressures on the consumer not seen in 40 years.”

She continued, “First quarter operating margin of 10.8% was down from 14.2% in 2021, reflecting the deleveraging effect from the same store sales decline combined with ongoing headwinds from higher freight and wage costs that began rising in the second half of 2021.”

Second Quarter and Updated Fiscal 2022 Guidance

Looking ahead, Ms. Rentler commented, “Given our first quarter results and today’s increasingly uncertain macro-economic and geopolitical environment, we believe it is prudent to adopt a more conservative outlook for the balance of the year. We are now forecasting same store sales for the 13 weeks ending July 30, 2022 to decrease 4% to 6% on top of a very strong 15% gain in the prior year period, with earnings per share projected to be $0.99 to $1.07 versus $1.39 in last year’s second quarter.”

She continued, “Although we continue to expect sales and profitability to improve as we move through the year, for the 52 weeks ending January 28, 2023, we now forecast comparable store sales to decline 2% to 4% versus a 13% gain in fiscal 2021. Earnings per share for fiscal 2022 are projected to be $4.34 to $4.58 compared to $4.87 in the prior year.”

Ms. Rentler concluded, “While the landscape in early 2022 has been tougher than expected and the year may prove to be more difficult than initially anticipated, we remain confident in our ability to successfully navigate through this period. We have shown in the past that our value-focused business model has served us well in both healthy and more uncertain external climates and believe the current challenging conditions will be no different.”

The Company will host a conference call on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 4:15 p.m. Eastern time to provide additional details concerning its first quarter results and management’s outlook for the second quarter and fiscal year 2022. A real-time audio webcast of the conference call will be available in the Investors section of the Company’s website, located at www.rossstores.com. An audio playback will be available at 404-537-3406, PIN #7142135 until 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on May 26, 2022, as well as on the Company’s website.

Forward-Looking Statements: This press release and the related conference call remarks contain forward-looking statements regarding projected sales and earnings, planned new store growth, and other financial results and market conditions in future periods that are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause our actual results to differ materially from management’s current expectations. The words “plan,” “expect,” “target,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “believe,” “forecast,” “projected,” “guidance,” “outlook,” “looking ahead,” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Risk factors for Ross Dress for Less® (“Ross”) and dd’s DISCOUNTS® include without limitation, the uncertainties and potential for the recurrence of significant business disruptions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, including its unknown duration, the potential for new virus variants and future resurgences, as well as possible mandates or restrictions, and the potential adverse impact on consumer demand and our business; changes in the level of consumer spending on or preferences for apparel and home-related merchandise; impacts from the macro-economic environment, including inflation, housing costs, energy and fuel costs, financial and credit markets, geopolitical conditions (including the current Russia-Ukraine conflict), unemployment levels or public health issues (such as pandemics) that affect consumer confidence and consumer disposable income; our need to effectively manage our inventories, markdowns, and inventory shortage to achieve planned gross margins; competitive pressures in the apparel or home-related merchandise retailing industry; issues associated with importing and selling merchandise produced in other countries, including risks from supply chain disruptions due to port of exit/entry congestion, shipping delays and ocean freight cost increases, and risks from other supply chain related disruptions, including those due to COVID-19 closures; unseasonable weather that may affect shopping patterns and consumer demand for seasonal apparel and other merchandise, and that may result in temporary store closures and disruptions in deliveries of merchandise to our stores; market availability, quantity, and quality of attractive brand name merchandise at desirable discounts and our buyers’ ability to purchase merchandise that enables us to offer customers a wide assortment of merchandise at competitive prices; potential data security breaches, including cyber-attacks on our transaction processing and computer information systems, which could result in theft or unauthorized disclosure of customer, credit card, employee, or other private and valuable information that we handle in the ordinary course of our business; potential disruptions in our information systems, including from ransomware or other cyberattacks; issues involving the quality, safety, or authenticity of products we sell, which could harm our reputation, result in lost sales, and/or increase our costs; an adverse outcome in various legal, regulatory, or tax matters, or the adoption of new federal or state tax legislation that increases tax rates or adds new taxes, could increase our costs; damage to our corporate reputation or brands; our need to continually attract, train, and retain associates to execute our off-price strategies; our need to effectively advertise and market our business; changes in U.S. tax, tariff, or trade policy regarding apparel and home-related merchandise produced in other countries that could adversely affect our business; volatility in revenues and earnings; an additional pandemic, natural or man-made disaster in California or in another region where we have a concentration of stores, offices, or a distribution center; unexpected issues or costs from expanding in existing markets and entering new geographic markets; obtaining acceptable new store sites with favorable consumer demographics; and maintaining sufficient liquidity to support our continuing operations, new store openings, and ongoing capital expenditure plans. Other risk factors are set forth in our SEC filings including without limitation, the Form 10-K for fiscal 2021 and fiscal 2022 Form 8-Ks on file with the SEC. The factors underlying our forecasts are dynamic and subject to change. As a result, our forecasts speak only as of the date they are given and do not necessarily reflect our outlook at any other point in time. We do not undertake to update or revise these forward-looking statements.

Ross Stores, Inc. is an S&P 500, Fortune 500, and Nasdaq 100 (ROST) company headquartered in Dublin, California, with fiscal 2021 revenues of $18.9 billion. Currently, the Company operates Ross Dress for Less® (“Ross”), the largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States with 1,648 locations in 40 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam. Ross offers first-quality, in-season, name brand and designer apparel, accessories, footwear, and home fashions for the entire family at savings of 20% to 60% off department and specialty store regular prices every day. The Company also operates 303 dd’s DISCOUNTS® stores in 21 states that feature a more moderately-priced assortment of first-quality, in-season, name brand apparel, accessories, footwear, and home fashions for the entire family at savings of 20% to 70% off moderate department and discount store regular prices every day. Additional information is available at www.rossstores.com.

Ross Stores, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

($000, except stores and per share data, unaudited)

 

April 30, 2022

 

May 1, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Sales

 

$

4,333,100

 

$

4,516,080

 

 

 

 

 

Costs and Expenses

 

 

 

 

Cost of goods sold

 

 

3,196,446

 

 

3,198,396

Selling, general and administrative

 

 

669,496

 

 

675,053

Interest expense, net

 

 

17,696

 

 

19,049

Total costs and expenses

 

 

3,883,638

 

 

3,892,498

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings before taxes

 

 

449,462

 

 

623,582

Provision for taxes on earnings

 

 

111,017

 

 

147,103

Net earnings

 

$

338,445

 

$

476,479

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

0.98

 

$

1.35

Diluted

 

$

0.97

 

$

1.34

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted-average shares outstanding (000)

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

347,053

 

 

352,988

Diluted

 

 

348,820

 

 

355,367

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Store count at end of period

 

 

1,951

 

 

1,866

 

 

 

 

 

Ross Stores, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

($000, unaudited)

 

April 30, 2022

 

May 1, 2021

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Assets

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

4,015,567

 

$

5,367,006

Accounts receivable

 

 

164,071

 

 

167,139

Merchandise inventory

 

 

2,673,551

 

 

1,697,992

Prepaid expenses and other

 

 

194,813

 

 

199,391

Total current assets

 

 

7,048,002

 

 

7,431,528

 

 

 

 

 

Property and equipment, net

 

 

2,887,926

 

 

2,713,873

Operating lease assets

 

 

3,057,641

 

 

3,004,747

Other long-term assets

 

 

240,129

 

 

245,715

Total assets

 

$

13,233,698

 

$

13,395,863

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Liabilities

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

2,175,350

 

$

2,574,780

Accrued expenses and other

 

 

582,792

 

 

583,399

Current operating lease liabilities

 

 

635,799

 

 

599,838

Accrued payroll and benefits

 

 

272,760

 

 

323,165

Income taxes payable

 

 

89,361

 

 

172,276

Current portion of long-term debt

 

 

-

 

 

64,937

Total current liabilities

 

 

3,756,062

 

 

4,318,395

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term debt

 

 

2,453,367

 

 

2,449,208

Non-current operating lease liabilities

 

 

2,567,286

 

 

2,542,358

Other long-term liabilities

 

 

236,211

 

 

285,762

Deferred income taxes

 

 

166,875

 

 

147,319

 

 

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders’ Equity

 

 

4,053,897

 

 

3,652,821

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

$

13,233,698

 

$

13,395,863

 

 

 

 

 

Ross Stores, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

($000, unaudited)

 

April 30, 2022

 

May 1, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Cash Flows From Operating Activities

 

 

 

 

Net earnings

 

$

338,445

 

$

476,479

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash (used in) provided by in operating activities:

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

92,108

 

 

87,510

Stock-based compensation

 

 

36,071

 

 

28,674

Deferred income taxes

 

 

29,233

 

 

25,452

Change in assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

Merchandise inventory

 

 

(411,278)

 

 

(189,010)

Other current assets

 

 

(70,331)

 

 

(77,246)

Accounts payable

 

 

(189,888)

 

 

349,540

Other current liabilities

 

 

(325,075)

 

 

(71,623)

Income taxes

 

 

81,625

 

 

121,255

Operating lease assets and liabilities, net

 

 

2,902

 

 

2,554

Other long-term, net

 

 

(79)

 

 

(765)

Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

 

 

(416,267)

 

 

752,820

 

 

 

 

 

Cash Flows From Investing Activities

 

 

 

 

Additions to property and equipment

 

 

(109,848)

 

 

(136,937)

Net cash used in investing activities

 

 

(109,848)

 

 

(136,937)

 

 

 

 

 

Cash Flows From Financing Activities

 

 

 

 

Issuance of common stock related to stock plans

 

 

5,917

 

 

6,063

Treasury stock purchased

 

 

(38,113)

 

 

(47,378)

Repurchase of common stock

 

 

(239,565)

 

 

-

Dividends paid

 

 

(108,908)

 

 

(101,519)

Net cash used in financing activities

 

 

(380,669)

 

 

(142,834)

 

 

 

 

 

Net (decrease) increase in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash and cash equivalents

 

 

(906,784)

 

 

473,049

 

 

 

 

 

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash and cash equivalents:

 

 

 

 

Beginning of period

 

 

4,982,382

 

 

4,953,769

End of period

 

$

4,075,598

 

$

5,426,818

 

 

 

 

 

Reconciliations:

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

4,015,567

 

$

5,367,006

Restricted cash and cash equivalents included in prepaid expenses and other

 

 

11,406

 

 

10,766

Restricted cash and cash equivalents included in other long-term assets

 

 

48,625

 

 

49,046

Total cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash and cash equivalents:

 

$

4,075,598

 

$

5,426,818

 

 

 

 

 

Supplemental Cash Flow Disclosures

 

 

 

 

Interest paid

 

$

40,158

 

$

39,929

Income taxes paid

 

$

160

 

$

396

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