Five Below, Inc
Dec 1, 2016

Five Below, Inc. Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2016 Financial Results

Q3 sales increased 18% to $199.5 million

Q3 EPS increased 25% to $0.10

Raises low end and reiterates high end of fiscal 2016 sales and EPS guidance

PHILADELPHIA, PA, Dec. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Five Below, Inc. (NASDAQ:FIVE) today announced financial results for the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2016.

For the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2016:

"We are pleased to have delivered earnings at the high-end of our guidance range in our fiscal third quarter," stated Joel Anderson, CEO of Five Below.  "Our track record of outstanding new store performance continued and, despite being up against a strong third quarter last year, we delivered solid sales growth, expanded operating margins and increased EPS by 25% for the quarter."

Mr. Anderson continued, "As we look to the all-important fourth quarter, we believe we are well-positioned to wow our customers with our compelling holiday assortment accompanied by exciting marketing plans, including our new and expanded TV campaign. We are pleased with the start to the holiday season and look forward to delivering our customers a steady stream of amazing products at exceptional values, reinforcing our position as a destination of choice for their holiday gift-giving and stocking stuffer needs."

For the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2016:

Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2016 Outlook:

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, net sales are expected to be in the range of $391 million to $397 million based on opening 5 net new stores and assuming a 2% to 3% increase in comparable sales. Net income is expected to be in the range of $49.2 million to $50.6 million, with a diluted income per common share range of $0.89 to $0.92 on approximately 55.3 million estimated diluted weighted average shares outstanding.

For fiscal 2016, net sales are expected to be in the range of $1,003 million to $1,009 million based on opening 85 net new stores for the full year and assuming a 2.3% to 2.7% increase in comparable sales. Net income is expected to be in the range of $71.3 million to $72.7 million, with a diluted income per common share of $1.29 to $1.32 on approximately 55.3 million estimated diluted weighted average shares outstanding.

Conference Call Information:

A conference call to discuss the third quarter fiscal 2016 financial results is scheduled for today, December 1, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial 888-661-5176 (international callers please dial 913-312-1273) 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 877-870-5176 (international callers please dial 858-384-5517). The pin number to access the telephone replay is 3771037. The replay will be available until December 8, 2016.

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, the availability of suitable new store locations and the dependence on the success of shopping centers in which our stores are located, risks that consumer spending may decline and that U.S. and global macroeconomic conditions may worsen, risks related to the Company's continued retention of its 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 the Company's distribution centers, quality or safety concerns about the Company's merchandise, events that may affect the Company's vendors, increased competition from other retailers including online retailers, risks related to cyber security, risks related to customers' payment methods, risks related to trade restrictions, 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 rapidly growing specialty value retailer offering a broad range of trend-right, high-quality merchandise targeted at the teen and pre-teen customer. Five Below offers a dynamic, edited assortment of exciting products in a fun and differentiated store environment, all priced at $5 and below. Select brands and licensed merchandise fall into the Five Below worlds: Style, Room, Sports, Tech, Crafts, Party, Candy, and Now. Five Below was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with over 500 stores in 31 states. For more information, please visit www.fivebelow.com or come into one of our stores!

FIVE BELOW, INC.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
(in thousands)
 
  October 29, 2016 January 30, 2016 October 31, 2015
Assets      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $53,537  $53,081  $18,083 
Short-term investment securities 9,912  46,335   
Inventories 228,175  148,370  213,635 
Prepaid income taxes 5,789  1,341  10,328 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 33,200  15,618  24,698 
Total current assets 330,613  264,745  266,744 
Property and equipment, net 135,939  119,784  119,974 
Deferred income taxes 9,045  8,507  10,349 
Other assets 1,312  258  318 
  $476,909  $393,294  $397,385 
       
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity      
Current liabilities:      
Line of credit $  $  $ 
Accounts payable 104,684  58,225  110,135 
Income taxes payable 126  11,942  239 
Accrued salaries and wages 8,677  7,661  6,170 
Other accrued expenses 32,051  24,368  34,504 
Total current liabilities 145,538  102,196  151,048 
Deferred rent and other 53,220  46,617  46,850 
Total liabilities 198,758  148,813  197,898 
Shareholders' equity:      
Common stock 549  546  545 
Additional paid-in capital 318,137  306,522  303,533 
Accumulated deficit (40,535) (62,587) (104,591)
Total shareholders' equity 278,151  244,481  199,487 
  $476,909  $393,294  $397,385 


FIVE BELOW, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
 
  Thirteen Weeks Ended Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
  October 29,
2016
 October 31,
2015
 October 29,
2016
 October 31,
2015
Net sales $199,475  $169,685  $612,320  $505,603 
Cost of goods sold 135,472  116,920  414,700  345,851 
Gross profit 64,003  52,765  197,620  159,752 
Selling, general and administrative expenses 55,372  45,768  162,523  134,177 
Operating income 8,631  6,997  35,097  25,575 
Interest income (expense), net 64  23  211  12 
Other expense       325 
Income before income taxes 8,695  7,020  35,308  25,262 
Income tax expense 3,248  2,683  13,256  9,586 
Net income $5,447  $4,337  $22,052  $15,676 
Basic income per common share $0.10  $0.08  $0.40  $0.29 
Diluted income per common share $0.10  $0.08  $0.40  $0.29 
Weighted average shares outstanding:        
Basic shares 54,871,172  54,529,403  54,809,768  54,525,797 
Diluted shares 55,170,686  54,833,252  55,100,534  54,811,978 


FIVE BELOW, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
(in thousands)
 
  Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
  October 29, 2016 October 31, 2015
Operating activities:    
Net income $22,052  $15,676 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash used in operating activities:    
Depreciation and amortization 19,449  16,126 
Share-based compensation expense 9,014  8,400 
Deferred income tax benefit (538) (2,468)
Other non-cash expenses
 53  47 
     
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:    
Inventories (79,805) (97,983)
Prepaid income taxes (4,448) (8,389)
Prepaid expenses and other assets (18,656) (6,572)
Accounts payable 47,240  64,971 
Income taxes payable (11,816) (14,203)
Accrued salaries and wages 1,016  895 
Deferred rent 7,623  6,916 
Other accrued expenses 5,946  15,078 
   Net cash used in operating activities (2,870) (1,506)
Investing activities:    
Purchases of investment securities (35,856)  
Sales, maturities, and redemptions of investment securities 72,279   
Capital expenditures (35,714) (44,749)
   Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities 709  (44,749)
Financing activities:    
Net proceeds from issuance of common stock 93  81 
Proceeds from exercise of options to purchase common stock 2,736  811 
Common shares withheld for taxes (1,819) (322)
Excess tax benefit related to exercises of stock options and vesting of restricted stock units 1,607  582 
   Net cash provided by financing activities 2,617  1,152 
   Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 456  (45,103)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 53,081  63,186 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $53,537  $18,083 
Investor Contact:
Five Below, Inc.
Christiane Pelz
215-207-2658
Christiane.Pelz@fivebelow.com

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