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Five Below, Inc. Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2021 Financial Results

December 1, 2021

Net Sales increased 27% to $608 million; Comparable Sales increased 14.8%

Operating Income increased 75% to $42 million versus Q3 2020

EPS increased 19% to $0.43 versus Q3 2020

PHILADELPHIA, PA, Dec. 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Five Below, Inc. (NASDAQ: FIVE) today announced financial results for the third quarter and for the year to date period ended October 30, 2021.

For the third quarter ended October 30, 2021:

  • Net sales increased by 27.5% to $607.6 million from $476.6 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2020; comparable sales increased by 14.8% versus the third quarter of fiscal 2020.
  • The Company opened 52 new stores and ended the quarter with 1,173 stores in 40 states. This represents an increase in stores of 15.2% from the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2020.
  • Operating income was $42.4 million compared to $24.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2020.
  • Interest expense and other, net was $10.6 million compared to $0.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2020. The increase was primarily due to the write-down of an equity investment.
  • The effective tax rate was 24.0% compared to 13.4% in the third quarter of fiscal 2020.
  • Net income was $24.2 million compared to $20.4 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2020.
  • Diluted income per common share was $0.43 compared to $0.36 in the third quarter of fiscal 2020.

Joel Anderson, President and CEO of Five Below, stated, “We delivered record-setting third quarter performance on top of a record third quarter last year. These results reflect the phenomenal execution by our teams in a challenging supply chain environment. They also demonstrate the inherent flexibility of our model as we successfully capitalized on key trends that strengthened during the quarter, which brought new and existing customers to Five Below. We opened 52 new stores across 24 states, including entering our 40th state, New Mexico. With the additional 17 new stores that opened in the fourth quarter, we have completed our 171 new openings for the year.”

Mr. Anderson continued, “We are very pleased with our strong start to the holiday season. The teams are working diligently across our key strategic priorities of product, experience and supply chain to give our customers an amazing Five Below shopping experience for the holidays. We believe we are well positioned to continue to delight customers with our extreme value Wow assortment, including the Five Beyond offering. As we look ahead, we are confident that we will continue to drive sustainable long-term growth while realizing our 2,500-plus store potential in the U.S.”

For the year to date period ended October 30, 2021:

  • Net sales increased by 67.8% to $1,852.0 million from $1,103.6 million in the year to date period of fiscal 2020 and by 59.7% from $1,159.6 million in the year to date period of fiscal 2019; comparable sales increased by 52.0% versus the year to date period of fiscal 2020. For the comparable subset of stores that were open in both the year to date period of fiscal 2019 and the year to date period of fiscal 2021, sales increased 23%.
  • The Company opened 153 net new stores compared to 118 net new stores in the year to date period of fiscal 2020.
  • Operating income was $192.3 million compared to an operating loss of $14.8 million in the year to date period of fiscal 2020. Operating income increased by 162.8% from $73.2 million in the year to date period of fiscal 2019.
  • Interest expense and other, net was $12.7 million compared to $1.0 million in the year to date period of fiscal 2020 and an interest income and other, net of $4.0 million in the year to date period of fiscal 2019. The increase was primarily due to the write-down of an equity investment.
  • The effective tax rate was an expense of 22.8% compared to a benefit of 96.4% in the year to date period of fiscal 2020 and an expense of 16.1% in the year to date period of fiscal 2019.
  • Net income was $138.6 million compared to a net loss of $0.6 million in the year to date period of fiscal 2020. Net income increased by 114.3% from $64.7 million in the year to date period of fiscal 2019.
  • Diluted income per common share was $2.46 compared to a diluted loss per common share of $0.01 in the year to date period of fiscal 2020 and a diluted income per common share of $1.15 in the year to date period of fiscal 2019. The benefit from share-based accounting was approximately $0.05 in the year to date period of fiscal 2021, approximately $0.08 in the year to date period of fiscal 2020, and approximately $0.13 in the year to date period of fiscal 2019.

Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2021 Outlook:
The Company expects the following results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021:

  • Net sales are expected to be in the range of $985 million to $1,005 million based on opening 17 new stores and assuming an approximate 2% to 4% increase in comparable sales.
  • Net income is expected to be in the range of $133 million to $140 million.
  • Diluted income per common share is expected to be in the range of $2.36 to $2.48 on approximately 56.4 million diluted weighted average shares outstanding.

The Company expects the following results for the full year of fiscal 2021:

  • Net sales are expected to be in the range of $2,837 million to $2,857 million based on opening 170 net new stores and assuming an approximate 30% increase in comparable sales.
  • Net income is expected to be in the range of $272 million to $279 million.
  • Diluted income per common share is expected to be in the range of $4.82 to $4.94 on approximately 56.4 million diluted weighted average shares outstanding.

Conference Call Information:

A conference call to discuss the financial results for the third quarter and year to date period of fiscal 2021 is scheduled for today, December 1, 2021, 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 10161633. 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 additional governmental restrictions and requirements, additional store closures and effects on customer demand or on our supply chain, our ability to keep our distribution centers and e-commerce fulfillment centers 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 disruption to the global supply chain, 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, 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, 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 Now. Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Five Below today has over 1,100 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
215-207-2658
Christiane.Pelz@fivebelow.com 

 
FIVE BELOW, INC.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
(in thousands)
 
    October 30, 2021   January 30, 2021   October 31, 2020
Assets            
Current assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 86,753     $ 268,783     $ 117,045  
Short-term investment securities   224,563     140,928     96,749  
Inventories   521,107     281,267     430,200  
Prepaid income taxes and tax receivable   24,013     6,350     18,090  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   77,480     58,085     50,194  
   Total current assets   933,916     755,413     712,278  
Property and equipment, net   728,319     565,351     522,214  
Operating lease assets   1,151,632     975,862     928,739  
Other assets   9,585     18,144     12,265  
    $ 2,823,452     $ 2,314,770     $ 2,175,496  
             
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity            
Current liabilities:            
Line of credit   $     $     $  
Accounts payable   253,817     138,622     237,647  
Income taxes payable   811     2,025     1,031  
Accrued salaries and wages   28,697     43,445     22,164  
Other accrued expenses   167,468     108,504     99,489  
Operating lease liabilities   162,809     143,074     136,513  
   Total current liabilities   613,602     435,670     496,844  
Other long-term liabilities   1,536     1,048     1,918  
Long-term operating lease liabilities   1,137,658     967,255     922,784  
Deferred income taxes   37,407     28,911     4,408  
   Total liabilities   1,790,203     1,432,884     1,425,954  
Shareholders’ equity:            
Common stock   560     559     559  
Additional paid-in capital   333,823     321,075     312,668  
Retained earnings   698,866     560,252     436,315  
   Total shareholders’ equity   1,033,249     881,886     749,542  
    $ 2,823,452     $ 2,314,770     $ 2,175,496  
                         


FIVE BELOW, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
 
  Thirteen Weeks Ended   Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
  October 30,
2021
  October 31,
2020
  October 30,
2021
  October 31,
2020
Net sales $ 607,645     $ 476,614     $ 1,852,022       $ 1,103,623  
Cost of goods sold 405,283     325,514     1,218,472       792,223  
   Gross profit 202,362     151,100     633,550       311,400  
Selling, general and administrative expenses 159,913     126,851     441,246       326,205  
   Operating income (loss) 42,449     24,249     192,304       (14,805 )
Interest (expense) income and other (expense) income, net (10,624 )   (660 )   (12,672 )     (1,017 )
   Income (loss) before income taxes 31,825     23,589     179,632       (15,822 )
Income tax expense (benefit) 7,648     3,164     41,018       (15,246 )
Net income (loss) $ 24,177     $ 20,425     $ 138,614       $ (576 )
Basic income (loss) per common share $ 0.43     $ 0.37     $ 2.48       $ (0.01 )
Diluted income (loss) per common share $ 0.43     $ 0.36     $ 2.46       $ (0.01 )
Weighted average shares outstanding:                                
 Basic shares 56,023,961     55,851,780     56,001,437       56,004,072  
 Diluted shares 56,340,635     56,099,328     56,305,456       56,004,072  
                         


FIVE BELOW, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
(in thousands)
 
    Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
    October 30, 2021   October 31, 2020
Operating activities:        
Net income (loss)   $ 138,614     $ (576 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating
 activities:
       
Depreciation and amortization   62,598     50,919  
Share-based compensation expense   19,154     3,582  
Deferred income tax expense (benefit)   8,496     (4,308 )
Other non-cash expenses   530     1,643  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
Inventories   (239,840 )   (106,172 )
Prepaid income taxes and tax receivable   (17,663 )   (14,027 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets   (7,868 )   30,784  
Accounts payable   115,589     110,970  
Income taxes payable   (1,214 )   (8,474 )
Accrued salaries and wages   (14,748 )   2,291  
Operating leases   14,368     25,453  
Other accrued expenses   46,649     29,221  
Net cash provided by operating activities   124,665     121,306  
Investing activities:        
Purchases of investment securities and other investments   (285,429 )   (120,033 )
Sales, maturities, and redemptions of investment securities   198,295     77,513  
Capital expenditures   (213,215 )   (149,270 )
Net cash used in investing activities   (300,349 )   (191,790 )
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       (1,755 )
Net proceeds from issuance of common stock   443     229  
Repurchase and retirement of common stock       (12,663 )
Proceeds from exercise of options to purchase common stock and vesting of            
restricted and performance-based restricted stock units   368     3,017  
Common shares withheld for taxes   (7,157 )   (3,789 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (6,346 )   (14,961 )
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents   (182,030 )   (85,445 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   268,783     202,490  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 86,753     $ 117,045  

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