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

Q2 net sales increased 29% to $283.3 million

Q2 EPS increased 67% to $0.30

Raises full year fiscal 2017 guidance

PHILADELPHIA, PA, Aug. 30, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Five Below, Inc. (NASDAQ:FIVE) today announced financial results for the thirteen and twenty-six weeks ended July 29, 2017:

For the thirteen weeks ended July 29, 2017:

  • Net sales increased by 28.7% to $283.3 million from $220.1 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2016; comparable sales increased by 9.3%.
  • The Company opened 31 new stores and ended the quarter with 584 stores in 32 states. This represents an increase in stores of 18.9% from the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2016.
  • Operating income increased by 67.4% to $26.3 million from $15.7 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2016.
  • Net income was $16.8 million compared to $9.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2016.
  • Diluted income per common share was $0.30 compared to $0.18 per share in the second quarter of fiscal 2016.

Joel Anderson, CEO, stated: “Our strong second quarter results demonstrate the amazing appeal of the Five Below brand. We exceeded the high end of our sales, comp and earnings outlook. Sales growth of 29% was led by strong new store performance and our transaction-driven comp of 9.3%, which was the highest since our IPO. We saw solid broad-based performance across our worlds, with notable contribution from the spinner trend. Our top line results were accompanied by strong margin expansion, resulting in over 70% net income growth.”

Anderson continued, “We are entering the second half of the year with momentum and believe we are well-positioned to deliver on our financial goals. We are focused on the all-important fourth quarter and executing our strategic initiatives, which include continuing to provide a differentiated in-store experience, offering amazing, trend-right, quality merchandise at value prices, introducing new customers to our brand and increasing awareness while building out our infrastructure to support our 2,000+ store opportunity.”

For the twenty-six weeks ended July 29, 2017:

  • Net sales increased by 25.0% to $516.2 million from $412.8 million in the comparable period of fiscal 2016; comparable sales increased by 6.1%.
  • The Company opened 62 new stores compared to 54 new stores opened in the comparable period of fiscal 2016.
  • Operating income increased by 47.7% to $39.1 million from $26.5 million in the comparable period of fiscal 2016.
  • Net income was $25.2 million compared to $16.6 million in the comparable period of fiscal 2016.
  • Diluted income per common share was $0.45 compared to $0.30 per share in the comparable period of fiscal 2016.

Third Quarter and Fiscal 2017 Outlook:

For the third quarter of fiscal 2017, net sales are expected to be in the range of $241 million to $246 million based on opening approximately 35 new stores and assuming a 3% to 5% increase in comparable sales. Net income is expected to be in the range of $6.2 million to $7.4 million, with a diluted income per common share range of $0.11 to $0.13 on approximately 55.6 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 $1.236 billion to $1.248 billion based on opening approximately 100 new stores and assuming a 3.5% to 4.5% increase in comparable sales. Net income is expected to be in the range of $90.3 million to $92.6 million, with a diluted income per common share of $1.62 to $1.66 on approximately 55.7 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 second quarter fiscal 2017 financial results is scheduled for today, August 30, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial 719-325-4791 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 412-317-6671. The pin number to access the telephone replay is 4084236. The replay will be available until September 13, 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 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 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 approximately 600 stores in 32 states. For more information, please visit www.fivebelow.com or come into one of our stores!

FIVE BELOW, INC.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
(in thousands)
July 29, 2017 January 28, 2017 July 30, 2016
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $74,759 $76,088 $67,109
Short-term investment securities 92,721 77,791 28,933
Inventories 184,517 154,448 154,809
Prepaid income taxes 3,698 1,552 3,177
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 34,876 29,910 24,907
Total current assets 390,571 339,789 278,935
Property and equipment, net 159,717 138,376 132,500
Deferred income taxes 9,653 11,039 8,838
Long-term investment securities 10,514
Other assets 1,638 818 795
$561,579 $500,536 $421,068
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
Current liabilities:
Line of credit $ $ $
Accounts payable 76,880 51,178 59,565
Income taxes payable 3,271 23,939 670
Accrued salaries and wages 8,550 10,794 5,313
Other accrued expenses 44,772 30,652 34,557
Total current liabilities 133,473 116,563 100,105
Deferred rent and other 61,591 52,568 51,266
Total liabilities 195,064 169,131 151,371
Shareholders’ equity:
Common stock 552 549 548
Additional paid-in capital 331,515 321,603 315,131
Retained earnings (accumulated deficit) 34,448 9,253 (45,982)
Total shareholders’ equity 366,515 331,405 269,697
$561,579 $500,536 $421,068


FIVE BELOW, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
Thirteen Weeks Ended Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
July 29, 2017 July 30, 2016 July 29, 2017 July 30, 2016
Net sales $283,320 $220,130 $516,201 $412,845
Cost of goods sold 184,814 146,780 343,909 279,228
Gross profit 98,506 73,350 172,292 133,617
Selling, general and administrative expenses 72,205 57,636 133,209 107,151
Operating income 26,301 15,714 39,083 26,466
Interest income, net 259 73 568 147
Income before income taxes 26,560 15,787 39,651 26,613
Income tax expense 9,756 5,940 14,456 10,008
Net income $16,804 $9,847 $25,195 $16,605
Basic income per common share $0.30 $0.18 $0.46 $0.30
Diluted income per common share $0.30 $0.18 $0.45 $0.30
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic shares 55,150,108 54,795,750 55,101,406 54,756,580
Diluted shares 55,519,303 55,077,754 55,423,034 55,039,204


FIVE BELOW, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
(in thousands)
Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
July 29, 2017 July 30, 2016
Operating activities:
Net income $25,195 $16,605
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 15,479 12,680
Share-based compensation expense 7,992 6,013
Deferred income tax expense (benefit) 1,386 (331)
Other non-cash expenses
66 29
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Inventories (30,069) (6,439)
Prepaid income taxes (2,146) (1,836)
Prepaid expenses and other assets (5,826) (9,839)
Accounts payable 22,323 1,994
Income taxes payable (20,668) (11,272)
Accrued salaries and wages (2,244) (2,348)
Deferred rent 9,507 6,143
Other accrued expenses 10,107 4,992
Net cash provided by operating activities 31,102 16,391
Investing activities:
Purchases of investment securities (72,804) (35,631)
Sales, maturities, and redemptions of investment securities 68,387 53,033
Capital expenditures (29,949) (22,372)
Net cash used in investing activities (34,366) (4,970)
Financing activities:
Net proceeds from issuance of common stock 135 93
Proceeds from exercise of options to purchase common stock 2,843 2,612
Common shares withheld for taxes (1,045) (1,808)
Excess tax benefit related to exercises of stock options, vesting of restricted stock units, and vesting of performance-based restricted units 1,710
Other 2
Net cash provided by financing activities 1,935 2,607
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (1,329) 14,028
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 76,088 53,081
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $74,759 $67,109


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

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