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Five Below, Inc. Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2022 Financial Results

June 8, 2022

PHILADELPHIA, PA, June 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Five Below, Inc. (NASDAQ: FIVE) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended April 30, 2022.

For the first quarter ended April 30, 2022:

  • Net sales increased by 7.0% to $639.6 million from $597.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021; comparable sales decreased by 3.6% versus the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
  • The Company opened 35 new stores and ended the quarter with 1,225 stores in 40 states. This represents an increase in stores of 12.7% from the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
  • Operating income was $42.3 million compared to $63.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
  • The effective tax rate was 22.3% compared to 20.9% in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
  • Net income was $32.7 million compared to $49.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
  • Diluted income per common share was $0.59 compared to $0.88 in the first quarter of fiscal 2021. The benefit from share-based accounting was approximately $0.03 in the first quarter of fiscal 2022 compared to $0.04 in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
  • The Company repurchased 247,132 shares in the first quarter of fiscal 2022 at a cost of approximately $40.0 million.

Joel Anderson, President and CEO of Five Below, stated, “While first quarter sales were softer than expected, disciplined cost management enabled us to deliver against our earnings outlook. We are well positioned from an inventory standpoint with improved in-stocks and accelerated receipts for Summer and Back to School. We are pleased with the progress our teams are making across our strategic priorities, which are key to delivering on our vision for future growth, the Triple-Double. With the planned openings and conversions in fiscal 2022, we are on track to end the year with nearly half of our stores in the new Five Beyond format.”

Mr. Anderson continued, “In addition, we are capitalizing on real-time opportunities in the marketplace, including merchandise and real estate, while piloting new products and services that embody the rituals of life and milestones of growing up. With that said, as we look to the balance of the year, we expect the macro environment to remain challenging. We know that during these times, our customer seeks out value even more. We are well positioned to deliver on our commitment to bring fresh, new WOW products that our customers want, at extreme value, and with an amazing shopping experience.”

Second Quarter and Fiscal 2022 Outlook:
The Company expects the following results for the second quarter and full year fiscal 2022:

For the second quarter of Fiscal 2022:

  • Net sales are expected to be in the range of $675 million to $695 million based on opening approximately 30 new stores and assuming an approximate 2% to 5% decrease in comparable sales.
  • Net income is expected to be in the range of $41 million to $48 million.
  • Diluted income per common share is expected to be in the range of $0.74 to $0.86 on approximately 55.8 million diluted weighted average shares outstanding.

For the full year of Fiscal 2022:

  • Net sales are expected to be in the range of $3.04 billion to $3.12 billion based on opening approximately 160 new stores and assuming an approximate flat to 2% decrease in comparable sales.
  • Net income is expected to be in the range of $271 million to $293 million.
  • Diluted income per common share is expected to be in the range of $4.85 to $5.24 on approximately 55.8 million diluted weighted average shares outstanding.
  • Gross capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $225 million in fiscal 2022.

Conference Call Information:
A conference call to discuss the financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2022 is scheduled for today, June 8, 2022, 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 1634094. 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, 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

Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)

    April 30, 2022   January 29, 2022   May 1, 2021
Current assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 120,501   $ 64,973   $ 84,170
Short-term investment securities     189,140     277,141     299,289
Inventories     504,182     455,104     326,710
Prepaid income taxes and tax receivable     4,511     11,325     2,248
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     87,280     96,196     55,175
Total current assets     905,614     904,739     767,592
Property and equipment, net     799,765     777,497     624,775
Operating lease assets     1,232,246     1,151,395     1,023,883
Long-term investment securities     10,182     37,717     8,684
Other assets     12,973     9,112     18,794
    $ 2,960,780   $ 2,880,460   $ 2,443,728
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity            
Current liabilities:            
Line of credit   $   $   $
Accounts payable     230,282     196,461     169,392
Income taxes payable     35,767     28,096     7,831
Accrued salaries and wages     13,089     53,539     26,942
Other accrued expenses     140,849     145,268     114,252
Operating lease liabilities     174,400     163,537     147,176
Total current liabilities     594,387     586,901     465,593
Other long-term liabilities     3,807     1,663     1,048
Long-term operating lease liabilities     1,209,785     1,135,456     1,014,768
Deferred income taxes     37,859     36,156     31,677
Total liabilities     1,845,838     1,760,176     1,513,086
Shareholders’ equity:            
Common stock     555     556     560
Additional paid-in capital     242,607     280,666     320,234
Retained earnings     871,780     839,062     609,848
Total shareholders’ equity     1,114,942     1,120,284     930,642
    $ 2,960,780   $ 2,880,460   $ 2,443,728

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

  Thirteen Weeks Ended
  April 30, 2022   May 1, 2021
Net sales $ 639,596     $ 597,823  
Cost of goods sold   432,819       396,954  
Gross profit   206,777       200,869  
Selling, general and administrative expenses   164,448       137,182  
Operating income   42,329       63,687  
Interest (expense) income and other (expense) income, net   (237 )     (977 )
Income before income taxes   42,092       62,710  
Income tax expense   9,374       13,114  
Net income $ 32,718     $ 49,596  
Basic income per common share $ 0.59     $ 0.89  
Diluted income per common share $ 0.59     $ 0.88  
Weighted average shares outstanding:      
Basic shares   55,647,200       55,970,620  
Diluted shares   55,834,287       56,274,491  

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)

    Thirteen Weeks Ended
    April 30, 2022   May 1, 2021
Operating activities:        
Net income   $ 32,718     $ 49,596  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:        
Depreciation and amortization     23,977       19,237  
Share-based compensation expense     5,998       5,797  
Deferred income tax expense     1,703       2,766  
Other non-cash (income) expenses     (455 )     176  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
Inventories     (49,078 )     (45,443 )
Prepaid income taxes and tax receivable     6,814       4,102  
Prepaid expenses and other assets     4,878       3,333  
Accounts payable     33,883       30,863  
Income taxes payable     7,671       5,806  
Accrued salaries and wages     (40,450 )     (16,503 )
Operating leases     4,341       3,594  
Other accrued expenses     10,117       3,418  
Net cash provided by operating activities     42,117       66,742  
Investing activities:        
Purchases of investment securities and other investments     (5,005 )     (232,437 )
Sales, maturities, and redemptions of investment securities     120,541       64,142  
Capital expenditures     (58,091 )     (76,444 )
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities     57,445       (244,739 )
Financing activities:        
Repurchase and retirement of common stock     (40,007 )      
Proceeds from exercise of options to purchase common stock and vesting of restricted and performance-based restricted stock units     80       7  
Common shares withheld for taxes     (4,107 )     (6,623 )
Net cash used in financing activities     (44,034 )     (6,616 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents     55,528       (184,613 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period     64,973       268,783  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 120,501     $ 84,170  

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