Ulta Beauty, Inc. /zigman2/quotes/210513442/lastsale ULTA +0.95% today announced financial results for the thirteen-week period (“Third Quarter”) and thirty-nine week period (“First Nine Months”) ended November 2, 2019 compared to the same periods ended November 3, 2018.
“Our differentiated model is winning in the marketplace,” said Mary Dillon, Chief Executive Officer. “The Ulta Beauty team delivered another quarter of solid top-line performance, gross margin expansion, and EPS growth, despite the current challenges facing the U.S. cosmetics category. We continue to gain market share across all major beauty categories, and we are extending our leadership position by creating stronger connections with our guests and engaging with them in better and more exciting ways.”
For the Third Quarter of Fiscal 2019
Net sales increased 7.9% to $1,682.5 million compared to $1,560.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2018;
Comparable sales (sales for stores open at least 14 months and e-commerce sales) increased 3.2% compared to an increase of 7.8% in the third quarter of fiscal 2018. The 3.2% comparable sales increase was driven by 2.3% transaction growth and 0.9% growth in average ticket;
Gross profit as a percentage of net sales increased 40 basis points to 37.1% compared to 36.7% in the third quarter of fiscal 2018, primarily due to improvement in merchandise margins driven by marketing and merchandising strategies and leverage of fixed store costs, partially offset by investments in salon services;
Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses as a percentage of net sales increased 140 basis points to 26.7% compared to 25.3% in the third quarter of fiscal 2018, primarily due to deleverage of corporate overhead related to investments in growth initiatives and store labor, partially offset by lower incentive compensation expense and leverage in marketing expense;
Pre-opening expenses decreased to $6.5 million compared to $7.6 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2018. Real estate activity in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 included 31 new stores, three remodels, and two relocations, compared to 42 new stores, four remodels, and one relocation in the third quarter of fiscal 2018;
Operating income was $167.8 million, or 10.0% of net sales, compared to $169.2 million, or 10.8% of net sales, in the third quarter of fiscal 2018;
Tax rate was 23.1%, flat as compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2018;
Net income was $129.7 million compared to $131.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2018; and
Diluted earnings per share increased 3.2% to $2.25, which included a $0.02 per share benefit primarily due to an increase in federal income tax credits, compared to $2.18 in the third quarter of fiscal 2018, which included a $0.02 per share benefit due to income tax accounting for share-based compensation.
For the First Nine Months of Fiscal 2019
Net sales increased 10.9% to $5,092.2 million compared to $4,591.9 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2018;
Comparable sales increased 5.4%, compared to an increase of 7.5% in the first nine months of fiscal 2018. The 5.4% comparable sales increase was driven by 4.0% transaction growth and 1.4% growth in average ticket;
Gross profit as a percentage of net sales increased 50 basis points to 36.8% compared to 36.3% in the first nine months of fiscal 2018, primarily due to improvement in merchandise margins driven by marketing and merchandising strategies and leverage of fixed store costs, partially offset by investments in salon services and supply chain operations;
SG&A expenses as a percentage of net sales increased 100 basis points to 24.5% compared to 23.5% in the first nine months of fiscal 2018, primarily due to deleverage of corporate overhead related to investments in growth initiatives and store labor, partially offset by leverage in marketing expense;
Pre-opening expenses decreased to $15.7 million compared to $17.4 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2018. Real estate activity in first nine months of fiscal 2019 included 73 new stores, 12 remodels, and six relocations, compared to 95 new stores, 13 remodels, and two relocations in the first nine months of fiscal 2018;
Operating income increased to $613.3 million, or 12.0% of net sales, compared to $572.9 million, or 12.5% of net sales, in the first nine months of fiscal 2018;
Tax rate decreased to 21.8% compared to 23.0% in the first nine months of fiscal 2018. The lower effective tax rate is primarily due to income tax accounting for share-based compensation and federal income tax credits;
Net income increased to $483.2 million compared to $443.9 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2018; and
Diluted earnings per share increased 12.5% to $8.27, which included a $0.24 per share benefit primarily due to income tax accounting for share-based compensation, compared to $7.35 in the first nine months of fiscal 2018, which included a $0.09 per share benefit due to income tax accounting for share-based compensation.
Merchandise inventories, net at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2019 totaled $1,616.9 million compared to $1,484.6 million at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2018, representing an increase of $132.4 million. The increase in total inventory was driven by 78 net new stores and timing of shipments ahead of the holiday season. Average inventory per store increased 2.1% compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2018.
The Company ended the third quarter of fiscal 2019 with $208.8 million in cash and cash equivalents.
Recent Accounting Pronouncement – Leases
On February 3, 2019, the Company adopted Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 842 using the modified retrospective approach. The new standard requires leases to be recorded on the balance sheet as lease liabilities with corresponding right-of-use assets. Upon adoption, the Company recognized and measured leases without revising comparative period information or disclosures. The adoption of ASC 842 resulted in the recording of operating lease assets and liabilities of $1.46 billion and $1.84 billion, respectively, as of February 3, 2019. As part of the adoption, the Company recorded an adjustment to retained earnings of $2.4 million.
Share Repurchase Program
During the third quarter of fiscal 2019, the Company repurchased 529,404 shares of its common stock at a cost of $128.6 million. During the first nine months of fiscal 2019, the Company repurchased 1,639,438 shares of its common stock at a cost of $506.9 million. As of November 2, 2019, $388.8 million remained available under the $875.0 million share repurchase program announced in March 2019.
During the third quarter of fiscal 2019, the Company opened 31 stores located in Albuquerque, NM; Bethlehem, GA; Cleveland, TN; Columbus, OH; Conroe, TX; Davenport, FL; El Segundo, CA; Georgetown, TX; Germantown, TN; Grand Rapids, MI; Jacksonville, NC; Jeffersonville, IN; Johns Creek, GA; Kearny, NJ; Lake Stevens, WA; Lakewood, WA; Matthews, NC; Millbury, MA; Parsippany, NJ; Pasadena, MD; Perris, CA; Philadelphia, PA; Raleigh, NC; Shirley, NY; Southfield, MI; Topeka, KS; Wareham, MA; West Mifflin, PA; Wheat Ridge, CO; Williamsville, NY; and Yuma, AZ. In addition, the Company closed three stores.
The Company ended the third quarter of fiscal 2019 with 1,241 stores and square footage of 13,061,791, representing a 6.9% increase in square footage compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2018.
The Company has updated its fiscal 2019 outlook and now expects to:
open approximately 80 new stores, execute approximately 20 remodel or relocation projects, and complete approximately 270 store refreshes;
increase total sales by approximately 10% (previously between 9% and 12%);
achieve comparable sales growth in the range of 4.7% to 5.0% (previously 4% to 6%), including e-commerce growth of 20% to 30%;
deleverage operating income margin rate in the range of 60 to 70 basis points;
deliver diluted earnings per share in the range of $11.93 to $12.03 (previously $11.86 to $12.06), including the impact of approximately $700 million in share repurchases and assuming an effective tax rate of approximately 23%;
incur capital expenditures between $305 million and $315 million (previously $340 million to $350 million); and
incur depreciation and amortization expense of approximately $300 million.
As previously discussed, to more closely align with industry practices the Company no longer provides a quarterly outlook. The Company will continue to provide an annual outlook, which it will update on a quarterly basis, as appropriate.
Conference Call Information
A conference call to discuss third quarter of fiscal 2019 results is scheduled for today, December 5, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time / 4:00 p.m. Central Time. Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial (877) 705‘6003. The conference call will also be webcast live at http://ir.ultabeauty.com . A replay of the webcast will remain available for 90 days. A replay of the conference call will be available until 11:59 p.m. ET on December 19, 2019 and can be accessed by dialing (844) 512‘2921 and entering conference ID number 13696497.
About Ulta Beauty
At Ulta Beauty , the possibilities are beautiful. Ulta Beauty is the largest U.S. beauty retailer and the premier beauty destination for cosmetics, fragrance, skin care products, hair care products and salon services. In 1990, the Company reinvented the beauty retail experience by offering a new way to shop for beauty – bringing together all things beauty, all in one place. Today, Ulta Beauty has grown to become the top national retailer offering the complete beauty experience.
Ulta Beauty brings possibilities to life through the power of beauty each and every day in our stores and online with more than 25,000 products from approximately 500 well-established and emerging beauty brands across all categories and price points, including Ulta Beauty’s own private label. Ulta Beauty also offers a full-service salon in every store featuring hair, skin, brow, and make-up services.
Ulta Beauty is recognized for its commitment to personalized service, fun and inviting stores and our industry-leading Ultamate Rewards loyalty program. As of November 2, 2019, Ulta Beauty operates 1,241 retail stores across 50 states and also distributes its products through its website, which includes a collection of tips, tutorials, and social content. For more information, visit www.ulta.com .
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|13 Weeks Ended|
|November 2,||November 3,|
|Cost of sales||1,059,081||62.9%||987,733||63.3%|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||449,198||26.7%||395,453||25.3%|
|Interest income, net||(900)||0.1%||(1,318)||0.1%|
|Income before income taxes||168,680||10.1%||170,531||10.9%|
|Income tax expense||38,933||2.3%||39,365||2.5%|
|Net income per common share:|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding:|
|39 Weeks Ended|
|November 2,||November 3,|
|Cost of sales||3,217,971||63.2%||2,923,447||63.7%|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||1,245,174||24.5%||1,078,219||23.5%|
|Interest income, net||(4,617)||0.1%||(3,786)||0.1%|
|Income before income taxes||617,955||12.1%||576,656||12.6%|
|Income tax expense||134,729||2.6%||132,771||2.9%|
|Net income per common share:|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding:|
|November 2,||February 2,||November 3,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||208,843||$||409,251||$||296,944|
|Merchandise inventories, net||1,616,920||1,214,329||1,484,565|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||118,343||138,116||119,817|
|Prepaid income taxes||40,474||16,997||22,294|
|Total current assets||2,097,468||1,914,861||2,025,973|
|Property and equipment, net||1,233,412||1,226,029||1,257,775|
|Operating lease assets||1,529,524||—||—|
|Other intangible assets, net||3,622||4,317||6,985|
|Deferred compensation plan assets||26,269||20,511||21,397|
|Other long-term assets||27,683||14,584||11,477|
|Liabilities and stockholders’ equity|
|Current operating lease liabilities||222,627||—||—|
|Total current liabilities||1,256,920||823,736||984,083|
|Non-current operating lease liabilities||1,706,806||—||—|
|Deferred income taxes||83,856||83,864||50,045|
|Other long-term liabilities||34,110||28,374||30,775|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Total stockholders’ equity||1,847,156||1,820,218||1,835,736|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||4,928,848||$||3,191,172||$||3,332,691|
|39 Weeks Ended|
|November 2,||November 3,|
|Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:|
|Depreciation and amortization||219,207||207,652|
|Non-cash lease expense||219,220||—|
|Deferred income taxes||(8)||(408)|
|Stock-based compensation expense||19,108||20,308|
|Loss on disposal of property and equipment||4,821||1,339|
|Change in operating assets and liabilities:|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||(5,487)||(19,603)|
|Operating lease liabilities||(198,181)||—|
|Other assets and liabilities||30,636||(2,287)|
|Net cash provided by operating activities||557,506||542,214|
|Purchases of short-term investments||(245,000)||(386,193)|
|Proceeds from short-term investments||245,000||506,193|
|Purchases of property and equipment||(241,136)||(256,415)|
|Acquisitions, net of cash acquired||—||(13,606)|
|Purchases of equity investments||(43,757)||—|
|Net cash used in investing activities||(284,893)||(150,021)|
|Repurchase of common shares||(506,868)||(379,423)|
|Stock options exercised||43,211||12,668|
|Purchase of treasury shares||(9,364)||(5,939)|
|Net cash used in financing activities||(473,021)||(372,694)|
|Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents||(200,408)||19,499|
|Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period||409,251||277,445|
|Cash and cash equivalents at end of period||$||208,843||$||296,944|
|Total stores open||Number of stores||Number of stores||Total stores|
|at beginning of the||opened during the||closed during the||open at|
|Fiscal 2019||quarter||quarter||quarter||end of the quarter|
|1 [st] Quarter||1,174||22||0||1,196|
|2 [nd] Quarter||1,196||20||3||1,213|
|3 [rd] Quarter||1,213||31||3||1,241|
|Gross square feet for|
|Total gross square||stores opened or||Gross square feet for||Total gross square|
|feet at beginning of||expanded during the||stores closed||feet at end of the|
|Fiscal 2019||the quarter||quarter||during the quarter||quarter|
|1 [st] Quarter||12,337,145||236,596||0||12,573,741|
|2 [nd] Quarter||12,573,741||209,469||29,612||12,753,598|
|3 [rd] Quarter||12,753,598||339,469||31,276||13,061,791|
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