Five Below, Inc. Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2017 Financial Results

Q1 net sales increased 21% to $232.9 million

Q1 EPS increased 25% to $0.15

Raises full year fiscal 2017 guidance

PHILADELPHIA, PA, June 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Five Below, Inc. (NASDAQ:FIVE) today announced financial results for the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2017:

  • Net sales increased by 20.8% to $232.9 million from $192.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2016; comparable sales increased by 2.6%.

  • The Company opened 31 new stores and ended the quarter with 553 stores in 32 states. This represents an increase in stores of 20.7% from the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2016.

  • Operating income increased by 18.9% to $12.8 million from $10.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2016.

  • Net income was $8.4 million compared to $6.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2016.

  • Diluted income per common share was $0.15 compared to $0.12 per share in the first quarter of fiscal 2016.

Joel Anderson, CEO, stated: “We are very pleased to start 2017 with strong first quarter results. Sales, comps and earnings came in above expectations, reinforcing the strength and consistency of Five Below as a leading high growth, value retailer. We opened 31 stores in the quarter, and could not be happier with the results of our initial entry into California in late April.”

“Given our performance and expectations for the second quarter, including the spinner trend continuing, we are raising our guidance for the year,” added Anderson. “We are excited to continue to grow our store base with disciplined execution and deliver on our commitment to provide unbelievable value to our customers with a compelling assortment of trend-right products and a great shopping experience.”

Second Quarter and Fiscal 2017 Outlook:

For the second quarter of fiscal 2017, net sales are expected to be in the range of $273 million to $280 million based on opening approximately 27 new stores and assuming a 5% to 8% increase in comparable sales. Net income is expected to be in the range of $13.4 million to $14.7 million, with a diluted income per common share range of $0.24 to $0.27 on approximately 55.4 million estimated diluted weighted average shares outstanding.

The fiscal 2017 results will contain an additional, non-comparable week, or the "53rd week" in the fourth quarter. For the full year of fiscal 2017, net sales are expected to be in the range of $1.227 billion to $1.242 billion based on opening approximately 100 new stores and assuming a 3% to 4% increase in comparable sales. Net income is expected to be in the range of $88.4 million to $91.1 million, with a diluted income per common share of $1.59 to $1.64 on approximately 55.6 million estimated diluted weighted average shares outstanding. The 53rd week is expected to contribute approximately $15 million in sales and approximately $0.02 in diluted income per common share.

Conference Call Information:

A conference call to discuss the first quarter fiscal 2017 financial results is scheduled for today, June 1, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial 719-325-2177 or 888-430-8694 approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available online at 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 412-317-6671 or 844-512-2921. The pin number to access the telephone replay is 2059555. The replay will be available until June 8, 2017.

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, 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 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, risks related to the Company's 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 cyber security, risks related to our ability to protect our brand name and other intellectual property, 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 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 550 stores in 32 states. For more information, please visit or come into one of our stores!

Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
April 29, 2017 January 28, 2017 April 30, 2016
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $65,237 $76,088 $25,774
Short-term investment securities 113,775 77,791 55,851
Inventories 180,002 154,448 156,300
Prepaid income taxes 1,243 1,552 4,411
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 29,328 29,910 21,620
Total current assets 389,585 339,789 263,956
Property and equipment, net 148,561 138,376 123,765
Deferred income taxes 10,486 11,039 8,720
Long-term investment securities 6,669 10,514
Other assets 1,628 818 278
$556,929 $500,536 $396,719
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
Current liabilities:
Line of credit $ $ $
Accounts payable 77,987 51,178 57,784
Income taxes payable 27,653 23,939 802
Accrued salaries and wages 7,650 10,794 5,672
Other accrued expenses 41,690 30,652 28,777
Total current liabilities 154,980 116,563 93,035
Deferred rent and other 57,763 52,568 49,367
Total liabilities 212,743 169,131 142,402
Shareholders’ equity:
Common stock 551 549 547
Additional paid-in capital 325,991 321,603 309,599
Retained earnings (accumulated deficit) 17,644 9,253 (55,829)
Total shareholders’ equity 344,186 331,405 254,317
$556,929 $500,536 $396,719

Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
Thirteen Weeks Ended
April 29, 2017 April 30, 2016
Net sales $232,881 $192,715
Cost of goods sold 159,095 132,448
Gross profit 73,786 60,267
Selling, general and administrative expenses 61,004 49,515
Operating income 12,782 10,752
Interest income, net 309 74
Income before income taxes 13,091 10,826
Income tax expense 4,700 4,068
Net income $8,391 $6,758
Basic income per common share $0.15 $0.12
Diluted income per common share $0.15 $0.12
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic shares 55,030,682 54,681,646
Diluted shares 55,304,742 54,964,890

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
Thirteen Weeks Ended
April 29, 2017 April 30, 2016
Operating activities:
Net income $8,391 $6,758
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 7,290 6,125
Share-based compensation expense 4,021 2,888
Deferred income tax expense (benefit) 553 (213)
Other non-cash expenses
26 22
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Inventories (25,554) (7,931)
Prepaid income taxes 309 (3,070)
Prepaid expenses and other assets (234) (6,028)
Accounts payable 24,917 (4,254)
Income taxes payable 3,714 (11,140)
Accrued salaries and wages (3,144) (1,989)
Deferred rent 5,524 2,832
Other accrued expenses 7,920 5,550
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 33,733 (10,450)
Investing activities:
Purchases of investment securities (37,495) (15,036)
Sales, maturities, and redemptions of investment securities 5,356 5,520
Capital expenditures (12,820) (7,536)
Net cash used in investing activities (44,959) (17,052)
Financing activities:
Proceeds from exercise of options to purchase common stock 1,139 1,127
Common shares withheld for taxes (766) (1,299)
Excess tax benefit related to exercises of stock options, vesting of restricted stock units, and vesting of performance-based restricted units 367
Other 2
Net cash provided by financing activities 375 195
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (10,851) (27,307)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 76,088 53,081
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $65,237 $25,774

Investor Contact: Five Below, Inc. Christiane Pelz 215-207-2658

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