Five Below's fiscal Q4 net income up from US$140.2M from US$123.9M; net sales up to US$996.3M from US$858.5M last year amid strength in Sports, Candy, Seasonal, Style categories

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PHILADELPHIA , March 30, 2022 (press release) –

Q4 Net Sales Increase of 16%; Q4 Comparable Sales Increase of 3.4%

Q4 EPS increase of 13% to $2.49

Increases U.S. store potential to 3,500+ or triple current level

Plans to double sales and more than double EPS through 2025

Five Below, Inc. (NASDAQ: FIVE) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of fiscal 2021 ended January 29, 2022, outlook for fiscal 2022 and its long-term vision at Investor Day 2022.

Joel Anderson, President and CEO of Five Below, stated, “We were very pleased with our fourth quarter results that capped off a record year. We delivered sales growth in line with our expectations against the difficult comparison to last year's stimulus-fueled comparable sales increase of 13.8%, and despite the impact of weather in January. The strength was broad-based, with Sports, Candy, Seasonal and Style worlds outperforming.”

Mr. Anderson continued, “Looking ahead to 2022, we will continue to play offense and focus on innovation and experience as we navigate a dynamic macro environment related to the lingering impacts of the pandemic. We are excited to grow our new Beyond store prototype, expand categories and pilot new services to further enhance the customer experience. Our expectations for fiscal 2022 are embedded in our new long-term vision.”

Mr. Anderson concluded, "We are excited to share this long-term vision today, referred to as ‘Triple-Double.’ We are increasing our store potential in the U.S. from 2,500+ to 3,500+, or triple our current store count, and we are planning to double our sales and more than double our EPS through fiscal 2025. We expect to open approximately 1,000 stores during this time, including 375 to 400 new stores over the next two fiscal years. Our teams remain dedicated to delivering high growth while executing against our key strategic initiatives within product, experience and supply chain, all while maintaining financial discipline and always placing the customer at the center of our decision-making."

For the fourth quarter ended January 29, 2022:

  • Net sales increased by 16.1% to $996.3 million from $858.5 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020; comparable sales increased by 3.4% versus the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020.

  • The Company opened 17 new stores and ended the quarter with 1,190 stores in 40 states. This represents an increase in stores of 16.7% from the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020.

  • Operating income increased by 10.6% to $187.6 million from $169.6 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020.

  • The effective tax rate was 25.1% compared to 26.6% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020.

  • Net income increased by 13.1% to $140.2 million from $123.9 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020.

  • Diluted income per common share increased by 13.2% to $2.49 from $2.20 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020.

  • The Company repurchased 368,699 shares in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 at a cost of approximately $60.0 million.

For the fiscal year ended January 29, 2022:

  • Net sales increased by 45.2% to $2,848.4 million from $1,962.1 million in fiscal 2020 and by 54.2% from $1,846.7 million in fiscal 2019; comparable sales increased by 30.3% versus fiscal 2020. For the comparable subset of stores that were open in both fiscal 2019 and fiscal 2021, sales increased 20%.

  • The Company opened 170 net new stores compared to 120 net new stores opened in fiscal 2020.

  • Operating income was $379.9 million compared to $154.8 million in fiscal 2020. Operating income increased by 74.8% from $217.3 million in fiscal 2019.

  • Interest expense and other, net was $13.2 million compared to $1.7 million in fiscal 2020 and interest income and other, net of $4.3 million in fiscal 2019. The increase in expense was primarily due to the write-down of an equity investment.

  • The effective tax rate was 24.0% compared to 19.4% in fiscal 2020 and 21.0% in fiscal 2019.

  • Net income was $278.8 million compared to $123.4 million in fiscal 2020. Net income increased by 59.3% from $175.1 million in fiscal 2019.

  • Diluted income per common share was $4.95 compared to $2.20 in fiscal 2020 and $3.12 in fiscal 2019. The benefit from share-based accounting was approximately $0.06 in fiscal 2021, approximately $0.08 in fiscal 2020, and approximately $0.14 in fiscal 2019.

First Quarter and Fiscal 2022 Outlook:
The Company expects the following results for the first quarter and full year of fiscal 2022. This guidance reflects pandemic driven delays in construction and permitting that have resulted in a shift of stores into the second half of fiscal 2022 and the first half of fiscal 2023, and ongoing inflationary impacts. This guidance does not include the impact of share repurchases, if any.

For the first quarter of fiscal 2022:

  • Net sales are expected to be in the range of $644 million to $658 million based on opening approximately 35 new stores and assuming an approximate flat to 2% decrease in comparable sales.

  • Net income is expected to be in the range of $30 million to $35 million.

  • Diluted income per common share is expected to be in the range of $0.54 to $0.62 on approximately 56.1 million diluted weighted average shares outstanding.

For the full year of fiscal 2022:

  • Net sales are expected to be in the range of $3.16 billion to $3.26 billion based on opening approximately 160 new stores and assuming an approximate flat to 3% increase in comparable sales.

  • Net income is expected to be in the range of $292 million to $320 million.

  • Diluted income per common share is expected to be in the range of $5.19 to $5.70 on approximately 56.2 million diluted weighted average shares outstanding.

Long-Term Vision and Strategic Outlook:
As part of today's Investor Day 2022, the Company is sharing its "Triple-Double" growth vision and long-term targets. Embedded in this vision are the following expectations:

  • Triple store count to 3,500+ by the end of fiscal 2030

  • Achieve the following by the end of fiscal 2025:

    • Double sales

    • More than double EPS

    • Grow operating margin to approximately 14%

    • Open approximately 1,000 stores:

      • 375-400 new stores over the next two fiscal years

      • 550-600 new stores over fiscal years 2024 and 2025

Investor Day Webcast:
The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time today, and will webcast live at http://investor.fivebelow.com/. An archived replay will be available two hours after the conclusion of the live event. Questions about the event should be directed to InvestorDay2022@fivebelow.com.

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, store count potential 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 and uncertainties associated with the COVID-19 pandemic (including closures of our stores, adverse impacts on our sales and operations, future impairment charges and the risk of global recession, and the impact of government regulation), risks related to disruption to the global supply chain, risks related to the Company's strategy and expansion plans, risks related to disruptions in our information technology systems and our ability to maintain and upgrade those systems, risks related to the inability to successfully implement our online retail operations, risks related to cyberattacks or other cyber incidents, 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, the availability of suitable new store locations and the dependence on the volume of traffic to our stores, risks related to changes in consumer preferences and economic conditions, risks related to increased operating costs, including wage rates, risks related to extreme weather, pandemic outbreaks (in addition to COVID-19), global political events, war, terrorism or civil unrest (including any resulting store closures, damage, or loss of inventory), 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 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 and increasing our costs, including, among others, the direct and indirect impact of current 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 believe life is better when customers are free to "let go & have fun" in an amazing experience filled with unlimited possibilities. With most items priced between $1 and $5, and some extreme value items priced beyond $5 in our incredible Five Beyond offering, Five Below makes it easy to say YES! to the newest, coolest stuff across eight awesome Five Below worlds: Style, Room, Sports, Tech, Create, Party, Candy and New & Now. Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Five Below today has over 1,200 stores in 40 states. For more information, please visit www.fivebelow.com or find Five Below on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and Facebook @FiveBelow.

Investor Contact:

Five Below, Inc.
Christiane Pelz
Vice President, Investor Relations & Treasury
215-207-2658
InvestorDay2022@fivebelow.com

 

FIVE BELOW, INC.

Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
(in thousands)

 

 

January 29, 2022

 

January 30, 2021

Assets

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

64,973

 

$

268,783

Short-term investment securities

 

 

277,141

 

 

140,928

Inventories

 

 

455,104

 

 

281,267

Prepaid income taxes and tax receivable

 

 

11,325

 

 

6,350

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

 

96,196

 

 

58,085

     Total current assets

 

 

904,739

 

 

755,413

Property and equipment, net

 

 

777,497

 

 

565,351

Operating lease assets

 

 

1,151,395

 

 

975,862

Long-term investment securities

 

 

37,717

 

 

Other assets

 

 

9,112

 

 

18,144

 

 

$

2,880,460

 

$

2,314,770

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

Line of credit

 

$

 

$

Accounts payable

 

 

196,461

 

 

138,622

Income taxes payable

 

 

28,096

 

 

2,025

Accrued salaries and wages

 

 

53,539

 

 

43,445

Other accrued expenses

 

 

145,268

 

 

108,504

Operating lease liabilities

 

 

163,537

 

 

143,074

     Total current liabilities

 

 

586,901

 

 

435,670

Other long-term liabilities

 

 

1,663

 

 

1,048

Deferred income taxes

 

 

36,156

 

 

28,911

Long-term operating lease liabilities

 

 

1,135,456

 

 

967,255

     Total liabilities

 

 

1,760,176

 

 

1,432,884

Shareholders’ equity:

 

 

 

 

Common stock

 

 

556

 

 

559

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

280,666

 

 

321,075

Retained earnings

 

 

839,062

 

 

560,252

     Total shareholders’ equity

 

 

1,120,284

 

 

881,886

 

 

$

2,880,460

 

$

2,314,770

 

 

FIVE BELOW, INC.

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

 

 

Thirteen weeks ended

 

Fifty-two weeks ended

 

 

January 29, 2022

 

January 30, 2021

 

January 29, 2022

 

January 30, 2021

Net sales

 

$

996,332

 

 

$

858,514

 

 

$

2,848,354

 

 

$

1,962,137

 

Cost of goods sold

 

 

599,438

 

 

 

517,584

 

 

 

1,817,910

 

 

 

1,309,807

 

Gross profit

 

 

396,894

 

 

 

340,930

 

 

 

1,030,444

 

 

 

652,330

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

 

209,318

 

 

 

171,322

 

 

 

650,564

 

 

 

497,527

 

Operating income

 

 

187,576

 

 

 

169,608

 

 

 

379,880

 

 

 

154,803

 

Interest (expense) income and other, net

 

 

(505

)

 

 

(719

)

 

 

(13,177

)

 

 

(1,736

)

Income before income taxes

 

 

187,071

 

 

 

168,889

 

 

 

366,703

 

 

 

153,067

 

Income tax expense

 

 

46,875

 

 

 

44,952

 

 

 

87,893

 

 

 

29,706

 

Net income

 

$

140,196

 

 

$

123,937

 

 

$

278,810

 

 

$

123,361

 

Basic income per common share

 

$

2.50

 

 

$

2.22

 

 

$

4.98

 

 

$

2.21

 

Diluted income per common share

 

$

2.49

 

 

$

2.20

 

 

$

4.95

 

 

$

2.20

 

Weighted average shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic shares

 

 

55,995,978

 

 

 

55,901,221

 

 

 

55,999,713

 

 

 

55,816,508

 

Diluted shares

 

 

56,315,019

 

 

 

56,240,633

 

 

 

56,303,854

 

 

 

56,060,039

 

 

 

FIVE BELOW, INC.

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

 

 

Fifty-two weeks ended

 

 

January 29, 2022

 

January 30, 2021

Operating activities:

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

278,810

 

 

$

123,361

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

 

 

 

 

   Depreciation and amortization

 

 

84,831

 

 

 

69,345

 

   Share-based compensation expense

 

 

25,787

 

 

 

9,551

 

   Deferred income tax expense

 

 

7,245

 

 

 

20,195

 

   Other non-cash expenses

 

 

708

 

 

 

2,572

 

   Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

      Inventories

 

 

(173,837

)

 

 

42,761

 

      Prepaid income taxes and tax receivable

 

 

(4,975

)

 

 

(2,287

)

      Prepaid expenses and other assets

 

 

(26,287

)

 

 

17,141

 

      Accounts payable

 

 

61,559

 

 

 

11,146

 

      Income taxes payable

 

 

26,071

 

 

 

(7,480

)

      Accrued salaries and wages

 

 

10,094

 

 

 

23,572

 

      Operating leases

 

 

13,131

 

 

 

29,362

 

      Other accrued expenses

 

 

24,775

 

 

 

26,727

 

         Net cash provided by operating activities

 

 

327,912

 

 

 

365,966

 

Investing activities:

 

 

 

 

Purchases of investment securities and other investments

 

 

(477,082

)

 

 

(192,612

)

Sales, maturities, and redemptions of investment securities

 

 

299,652

 

 

 

105,912

 

Capital expenditures

 

 

(288,167

)

 

 

(200,189

)

         Net cash used in investing activities

 

 

(465,597

)

 

 

(286,889

)

Financing activities:

 

 

 

 

Borrowing on note payable under Revolving Credit Facility

 

 

 

 

 

50,000

 

Repayment of note payable under Revolving Credit Facility

 

 

 

 

 

(50,000

)

Cash paid for Revolving Credit Facility financing costs

 

 

 

 

 

(2,029

)

Net proceeds from issuance of common stock

 

 

828

 

 

 

477

 

Repurchase and retirement of common stock

 

 

(60,011

)

 

 

(12,663

)

Proceeds from exercise of options to purchase common stock and vesting of restricted and performance-based restricted stock units

 

 

390

 

 

 

5,348

 

Common shares withheld for taxes

 

 

(7,332

)

 

 

(3,917

)

         Net cash used in financing activities

 

 

(66,125

)

 

 

(12,784

)

         Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

(203,810

)

 

 

66,293

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

 

 

268,783

 

 

 

202,490

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year

 

$

64,973

 

 

$

268,783

 

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