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Five Below, Inc. Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2023 Financial Results

June 1, 2023

Q1 Net Sales Increase of 13.5%

Q1 Comparable Sales Increase of 2.7% with a 3.9% Increase in Comparable Transactions

Q1 EPS Increase of 13.6% to $0.67

Tightens Fiscal 2023 Sales and Earnings Ranges

PHILADELPHIA, PA, June 01, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Five Below, Inc. (NASDAQ: FIVE) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended April 29, 2023.

For the first quarter ended April 29, 2023 :

  • Net sales increased by 13.5% to $726.2 million from $639.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2022; comparable sales increased by 2.7% versus the first quarter of fiscal 2022.
  • The Company opened 27 new stores and ended the quarter with 1,367 stores in 43 states. This represents an increase in stores of 11.6% from the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2022.
  • Operating income was $42.4 million compared to $42.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2022.
  • The effective tax rate was 18.6% compared to 22.3% in the first quarter of fiscal 2022.
  • Net income was $37.5 million compared to $32.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2022.
  • Diluted income per common share was $0.67 compared to $0.59 in the first quarter of fiscal 2022. The benefit from share-based accounting was approximately $0.06 in the first quarter of fiscal 2023 compared to approximately $0.03 in the first quarter of fiscal 2022.

Joel Anderson, President and CEO of Five Below, said, “We are pleased with our first quarter results that were in line with our outlook highlighted by a 3.9% comp transaction increase. While our customers face multiple macro headwinds, we continue to be there for them, flexing our offering to bring them the Wow products they need and want. Our broad-based sales performance and transaction trends demonstrate that we are gaining trips and customers through our amazing value, trend-right products and Five Beyond prototype.”

Mr. Anderson continued, “Looking to the rest of the year, we remain focused on playing offense to drive increased market share. We now plan to open a record 200-plus new stores and complete over 400 conversions to the new Five Beyond prototype in 2023 while building a strong pipeline of new stores for 2024. With the headwinds of the pandemic moderating, combined with our continued experience and efficiency-based initiatives, we believe we are well-positioned to continue our high growth."

Second Quarter and Fiscal 2023 Outlook:
The Company expects the following results for the second quarter and full year fiscal 2023:

For the second quarter of Fiscal 2023 :

  • Net sales are expected to be in the range of $755 million to $765 million based on opening approximately 40 new stores and assuming an approximate 2% to 3% increase in comparable sales.
  • Net income is expected to be in the range of $44 million to $48 million.
  • Diluted income per common share is expected to be in the range of $0.80 to $0.85 on approximately 55.9 million diluted weighted average shares outstanding.

For the full year of Fiscal 2023 :

  • Net sales are expected to be in the range of $3.50 billion to $3.57 billion based on opening over 200 new stores and assuming an approximate 1% to 3% increase in comparable sales.
  • Net income is expected to be in the range of $297 million to $319 million.
  • Diluted income per common share is expected to be in the range of $5.31 to $5.71 on approximately 55.9 million diluted weighted average shares outstanding.
  • The 53rd week is expected to contribute approximately $40 million in sales and approximately $0.08 in diluted income per common share.
  • Gross capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $335 million in fiscal 2023.

Conference Call Information:

A conference call to discuss the financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2023 is scheduled for today, June 1, 2023, 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, where a replay will be available shortly after the conclusion of 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 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 inflation and increasing commodity prices, risks related to potential systematic failure of the banking system in the United States or globally, 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 1,367 stores in 43 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 29, 2023   January 28, 2023   April 30, 2022
Current assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 335,286   $ 332,324   $ 120,501
Short-term investment securities     88,241     66,845     189,140
Inventories     534,389     527,720     504,182
Prepaid income taxes and tax receivable     8,898     8,898     4,511
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     116,689     130,592     87,280
Total current assets     1,083,503     1,066,379     905,614
Property and equipment, net     944,375     925,530     799,765
Operating lease assets     1,336,588     1,319,132     1,232,246
Long-term investment securities             10,182
Other assets     16,043     13,870     12,973
    $ 3,380,509   $ 3,324,911   $ 2,960,780
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity            
Current liabilities:            
Line of credit   $   $   $
Accounts payable     234,492     221,120     230,282
Income taxes payable     27,751     19,928     35,767
Accrued salaries and wages     13,390     25,420     13,089
Other accrued expenses     135,463     136,316     140,849
Operating lease liabilities     207,458     199,776     174,400
Total current liabilities     618,554     602,560     594,387
Other long-term liabilities     4,626     4,296     3,807
Long-term operating lease liabilities     1,310,465     1,296,975     1,209,785
Deferred income taxes     59,563     59,151     37,859
Total liabilities     1,993,208     1,962,982     1,845,838
Shareholders’ equity:            
Common stock     556     555     555
Additional paid-in capital     248,677     260,784     242,607
Retained earnings     1,138,068     1,100,590     871,780
Total shareholders’ equity     1,387,301     1,361,929     1,114,942
    $ 3,380,509   $ 3,324,911   $ 2,960,780

Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
  Thirteen Weeks Ended
  April 29, 2023   April 30, 2022
Net sales $ 726,247   $ 639,596  
Cost of goods sold   491,443     432,819  
Gross profit   234,804     206,777  
Selling, general and administrative expenses   192,392     164,448  
Operating income   42,412     42,329  
Interest income (expense) and other income (expense), net   3,647     (237 )
Income before income taxes   46,059     42,092  
Income tax expense   8,581     9,374  
Net income $ 37,478   $ 32,718  
Basic income per common share $ 0.67   $ 0.59  
Diluted income per common share $ 0.67   $ 0.59  
Weighted average shares outstanding:      
Basic shares   55,650,375     55,647,200  
Diluted shares   55,777,010     55,834,287  

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
    Thirteen Weeks Ended
    April 29, 2023   April 30, 2022
Operating activities:        
Net income   $ 37,478     $ 32,718  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:        
Depreciation and amortization     29,186       23,977  
Share-based compensation expense     3,760       5,998  
Deferred income tax expense     412       1,703  
Other non-cash expenses (income)     36       (455 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
Inventories     (6,669 )     (49,078 )
Prepaid income taxes and tax receivable           6,814  
Prepaid expenses and other assets     11,695       4,878  
Accounts payable     6,878       33,883  
Income taxes payable     7,823       7,671  
Accrued salaries and wages     (12,030 )     (40,450 )
Operating leases     3,716       4,341  
Other accrued expenses     3,006       10,117  
Net cash provided by operating activities     85,291       42,117  
Investing activities:        
Purchases of investment securities and other investments     (77,848 )     (5,005 )
Sales, maturities, and redemptions of investment securities     56,452       120,541  
Capital expenditures     (45,091 )     (58,091 )
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities     (66,487 )     57,445  
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     26       80  
Common shares withheld for taxes     (15,868 )     (4,107 )
Net cash used in financing activities     (15,842 )     (44,034 )
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents     2,962       55,528  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period     332,324       64,973  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 335,286     $ 120,501  

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