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Five Below, Inc. Announces Second Quarter Fiscal 2020 Financial Results

September 2, 2020

Reopened chain and opened 63 new stores

Reopened period comparable sales increased approximately 6%

PHILADELPHIA, PA, Sept. 02, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Five Below, Inc. (NASDAQ: FIVE) today announced financial results for the second quarter and for the year to date period ended August 1, 2020.

For the second quarter ended August 1, 2020:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company temporarily closed all of its stores as of March 20, 2020. These stores began to reopen in late April 2020 in compliance with federal, state and local requirements. As of the end of June, the Company had reopened substantially all of its stores to the general public. The results in the second quarter reflect the impact of store closures and reopenings.

  • Net sales increased by 2.1% to $426.1 million from $417.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2019.
  • Reopened period comparable sales (defined below) increased approximately 6%, with stores increasing approximately 4% and e-commerce contributing approximately 2% to the comparable sales increase. Comparable sales for the full second quarter decreased by 12.2%, driven by a 19% decrease in comparable operating days.
  • The Company opened 62 net new stores and ended the quarter with 982 stores in 38 states. This represents an increase in stores of 17.9% from the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2019.
  • Operating income was $33.1 million compared to $36.0 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2019.
  • The effective tax rate was 9.4% compared to 23.2% in the second quarter of fiscal 2019.
  • Net income was $29.6 million compared to $28.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2019.
  • Diluted income per common share was $0.53 compared to $0.51 in the second quarter of fiscal 2019. The benefit from share-based accounting was approximately $0.03 in the second quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to $0.01 in the second quarter of fiscal 2019.

Joel Anderson, President and CEO, said, “I am proud of the execution of the entire Five Below team and the results we delivered against a challenging backdrop. We swiftly responded to new and changing operating conditions – safely reopening our chain while opening 63 new stores across 24 states, accelerating our digital strategy, and ensuring the relevance of our merchandise assortment and marketing messages to reflect the current environment, including a focus on essential items. In addition, we simultaneously made significant strides on the foundational initiatives that underpin our growth strategy, namely in people, systems and infrastructure, to drive long-term, sustainable growth.”

Mr. Anderson continued, “The third quarter is off to a strong start and we are focused on the all-important holiday season. The work we have done in preparing our stores for a safe and efficient customer experience, as well as our expanded digital capabilities, is serving us well. Our teams are quickly adapting and constantly innovating to ensure that we continue to delight customers with amazing Wow product at incredible values and we feel good about our positioning for the second half of the year."

Reopened Period Comparable Sales:
"Reopened period comparable sales" represents the sales change for comparable stores for the days those stores were open in the second quarter against sales for the same days in the prior year, together with the change in sales for e-commerce for the full second quarter.

For the year to date period ended August 1, 2020:
The results in the year to date period reflect the impact of store closures and reopenings.

  • Net sales decreased by 19.8% to $627.0 million from $782.2 million in the year to date period of fiscal 2019; comparable sales decreased by 31.0%.
  • The Company opened 82 net new stores compared to 83 new stores in the year to date period of fiscal 2019.
  • Operating loss was $39.1 million compared to operating income of $60.5 million in the year to date period of fiscal 2019.
  • The effective tax rate was a benefit of 46.7% versus an expense of 14.4% in the year to date period of fiscal 2019.
  • Net loss was $21.0 million compared to net income of $54.5 million in the year to date period of fiscal 2019.
  • Diluted loss per common share was $0.38 compared to diluted income per common share of $0.97 in the year to date period of fiscal 2019. The benefit from share-based accounting was approximately $0.04 in the year to date period of fiscal 2020 compared to $0.12 in the year to date period of fiscal 2019.

Third Quarter and Fiscal 2020 Outlook:
Given the uncertainty related to COVID-19, the Company will not be providing sales or earnings guidance for the third quarter or fiscal 2020. The Company expects to open 110 to 120 net new stores in 2020.

Conference Call Information:
A conference call to discuss the second quarter and year to date period fiscal 2020 financial results is scheduled for today, September 2, 2020, 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 10146915. 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 and uncertainties associated with the COVID-19 pandemic (including governmental restrictions and requirements, store closures and effects on customer demand or on our supply chain, our ability to keep our distribution centers and e-commerce fulfillment operational, our ability to effectively operate and remain open in some or all of our stores, and to open new stores and remodels), risks related to the Company's strategy and expansion plans, risks related to the inability to successfully implement our online retail operations, including cyber security risks, 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, 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 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. With most items priced $1-$5, and some extreme value items priced up to just $10, we make it easy to say YES! to the newest, coolest stuff across 8 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 950 stores in 38 states. For more information, please visit www.fivebelow.com!

Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
    August 1, 2020   February 1, 2020   August 3, 2019
Current assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 160,338     $ 202,490     $ 178,800  
Short-term investment securities   41,670     59,229     90,325  
Inventories   294,057     324,028     272,689  
Prepaid income taxes and tax receivable   15,496     4,063     10,853  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   58,965     75,903     52,436  
Total current assets   570,526     665,713     605,103  
Property and equipment, net   505,299     439,086     337,193  
Operating lease assets   911,631     842,988     709,325  
Deferred income taxes           2,924  
Long-term investment securities           1,043  
Other assets   12,791     10,874     3,830  
    $ 2,000,247     $ 1,958,661     $ 1,659,418  
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity            
Current liabilities:            
Line of credit   $     $     $  
Accounts payable   121,372     130,242     108,667  
Income taxes payable   775     9,505     593  
Accrued salaries and wages   18,992     19,873     14,218  
Other accrued expenses   90,117     81,255     83,876  
Operating lease liabilities   134,937     110,470     98,507  
Total current liabilities   366,193     351,345     305,861  
Other long-term liabilities   1,540     1,199      
Long-term operating lease liabilities   908,554     837,623     701,621  
Deferred income taxes   5     8,716      
Total liabilities   1,276,292     1,198,883     1,007,482  
Shareholders’ equity:            
Common stock   559     557     558  
Additional paid-in capital   307,506     322,330     335,050  
Retained earnings   415,890     436,891     316,328  
Total shareholders’ equity   723,955     759,778     651,936  
    $ 2,000,247     $ 1,958,661     $ 1,659,418  

Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
  Thirteen Weeks Ended   Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
  August 1, 2020   August 3, 2019   August 1, 2020   August 3, 2019
Net sales $ 426,110     $ 417,400     $ 627,009     $ 782,162  
Cost of goods sold 286,271     271,229     466,709     516,006  
Gross profit 139,839     146,171     160,300     266,156  
Selling, general and administrative expenses 106,697     110,142     199,354     205,658  
Operating income (loss) 33,142     36,029     (39,054 )   60,498  
Interest (expense) income and other (expense) income, net (500 )   1,512     (357 )   3,199  
Income (loss) before income taxes 32,642     37,541     (39,411 )   63,697  
Income tax expense (benefit) 3,061     8,710     (18,410 )   9,204  
Net income (loss) $ 29,581     $ 28,831     $ (21,001 )   $ 54,493  
Basic income (loss) per common share $ 0.53     $ 0.52     $ (0.38 )   $ 0.97  
Diluted income (loss) per common share $ 0.53     $ 0.51     $ (0.38 )   $ 0.97  
Weighted average shares outstanding:              
Basic shares 55,786,823     55,950,733     55,844,418     55,930,313  
Diluted shares 55,966,840     56,294,109     55,844,418     56,286,632  

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
    Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
    August 1, 2020   August 3, 2019
Operating activities:        
Net (loss) income   $ (21,001 )   $ 54,493  
Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash provided by operating activities:        
Depreciation and amortization   33,200     25,459  
Share-based compensation (benefit) expense   (1,033 )   5,986  
Deferred income tax (benefit) expense   (8,711 )   3,202  
Other non-cash expenses (income)   1,278     (58 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
Inventories   29,971     (29,053 )
Prepaid income taxes and tax receivable   (11,433 )   (9,516 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets   21,631     6,442  
Accounts payable   (13,965 )   6,502  
Income taxes payable   (8,730 )   (20,033 )
Accrued salaries and wages   (881 )   (10,368 )
Operating leases   26,755     (1,579 )
Other accrued expenses   14,381     15,567  
Net cash provided by operating activities   61,462     47,044  
Investing activities:        
Purchases of investment securities and other investments   (48,344 )   (95,753 )
Sales, maturities, and redemptions of investment securities   60,903     89,797  
Capital expenditures   (100,652 )   (100,139 )
Net cash used in investing activities   (88,093 )   (106,095 )
Financing activities:        
Borrowing on note payable under Amended Revolving Credit Facility   50,000      
Repayment of note payable under Amended Revolving Credit Facility   (50,000 )    
Cash paid for credit facility financing costs   (1,755 )    
Net proceeds from issuance of common stock   229     195  
Repurchase and retirement of common stock   (12,663 )   (6,878 )
Proceeds from exercise of options to purchase common stock and vesting of restricted and performance-based restricted stock units   2,264     2,934  
Common shares withheld for taxes   (3,596 )   (10,148 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (15,521 )   (13,897 )
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents   (42,152 )   (72,948 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   202,490     251,748  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 160,338     $ 178,800  


Investor Contact:
Five Below, Inc.
Christiane Pelz
Vice President, Investor Relations

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