• URBN EPS Jumps 280%

    Source: Nasdaq GlobeNewswire / 22 May 2018 16:05:29   America/New_York

    PHILADELPHIA, May 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ:URBN), a leading lifestyle products and services company which operates a portfolio of global consumer brands comprised of Anthropologie, BHLDN, Free People, Terrain and Urban Outfitters brands and the Food and Beverage division, today announced net income of $41 million and earnings per diluted share of $0.38 for the three months ended April 30, 2018.

    Total Company net sales for the three months ended April 30, 2018, increased 12.4% over the same period last year to a record $856 million. Comparable Retail segment net sales increased 10%, driven by strong, double-digit growth in the digital channel and positive retail store sales. By brand, comparable Retail segment net sales increased 15% at Free People, 10% at the Anthropologie Group and 8% at Urban Outfitters. Wholesale segment net sales increased 13%.

    “We are pleased to report record first quarter sales driven by a 10% increase in comparable Retail segment sales and a 13% increase in wholesale sales,” said Richard A. Hayne, Chief Executive Officer. “Even more exciting is our 280% jump in first quarter EPS, a result of strong sales, healthy margin improvement, SG&A leverage and a lower tax rate,” finished Mr. Hayne.

    Net sales by brand and segment for the three-month period were as follows:

     Three Months Ended
     April 30,
     2018  2017
    Net sales by brand      
    Urban Outfitters$322,678  $284,787
    Anthropologie Group 347,085   311,056
    Free People 181,307   159,507
    Food and Beverage 4,618   5,840
    Total Company$855,688  $761,190
    Net sales by segment      
    Retail Segment$775,564  $690,352
    Wholesale Segment 80,124   70,838
    Total Company$855,688  $761,190

    For the three months ended April 30, 2018, the gross profit rate increased by 130 basis points versus the prior year’s comparable period. The increase in the gross profit rate was primarily driven by lower markdowns at all three brands and leverage in store occupancy cost due to growth in Retail segment comparable net sales. These gains were partially offset by lower initial margins due in part to lower mix of private label merchandise and deleverage in delivery expense due in part to the increased penetration of the digital channel.

    As of April 30, 2018, total inventory increased by $45.1 million, or 12.6%, on a year-over-year basis. Comparable Retail segment inventory increased 8% at cost. The remainder of the increase was primarily related to increased wholesale inventory.

    Selling, general and administrative expenses increased by $8.0 million, or 3.7%, during the three months ended April 30, 2018, compared to the prior year’s comparable period. As a percentage of net sales, selling, general and administrative expenses leveraged 224 basis points when compared to the prior year’s comparable period. The growth in selling, general and administrative expenses was primarily due to increased marketing expenses helping to fuel the sales increase. The leverage for the three months ended April 30, 2018, was primarily driven by the net sales growth, continued savings associated with the fiscal 2018 store reorganization project and the current year benefit associated with the nonrecurring store reorganization expenses incurred in the prior year.

    The Company’s effective tax rate for the three months ended April 30, 2018, was 23.6% compared to 44.1% in the prior year period. The decrease in the effective tax rate for the three months ended April 30, 2018, was primarily due to the lower federal statutory rate resulting from the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Additionally, the effective tax rate for the three months ended April 30, 2018, was favorably impacted by approximately 120 basis points due to equity activity.

    Net income for the three months ended April 30, 2018, was $41 million and earnings per diluted share was $0.38.

    On August 22, 2017, the Company’s Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of 20 million common shares under a share repurchase program, of which 17.9 million common shares were remaining as of April 30, 2018. No shares were repurchased during the three months ended April 30, 2018. During the year ended January 31, 2018, the Company repurchased and subsequently retired 2.1 million common shares for approximately $46 million under this program.

    During the three months ended April 30, 2018, the Company opened a total of four new locations including: two Free People stores and two Urban Outfitters stores; and closed one Urban Outfitters store.

    Urban Outfitters, Inc., offers lifestyle-oriented general merchandise and consumer products and services through a portfolio of global consumer brands comprised of 246 Urban Outfitters stores in the United States, Canada, and Europe and websites; 226 Anthropologie Group stores in the United States, Canada and Europe, catalogs and websites; 134 Free People stores in the United States and Canada, catalogs and websites and 10 Food and Beverage restaurants, as of April 30, 2018. Free People and Anthropologie Group wholesale sell their products through approximately 2,100 department and specialty stores worldwide, digital businesses and the Company’s Retail segment.

    A conference call will be held today to discuss first quarter results and will be webcast at 5:00 pm. ET at: https://edge.media-server.com/m6/p/e67h9k9v

    This news release is being made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Certain matters contained in this release may contain forward-looking statements. When used in this release, the words “project,” “believe,” “plan,” “will,” “anticipate,” “expect” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Any one, or all, of the following factors could cause actual financial results to differ materially from those financial results mentioned in the forward-looking statements: the difficulty in predicting and responding to shifts in fashion trends, changes in the level of competitive pricing and promotional activity and other industry factors, overall economic and market conditions and worldwide political events and the resultant impact on consumer spending patterns, any effects of war, terrorism, and civil unrest, natural disasters or severe or unseasonable weather conditions, increases in labor costs, increases in raw material costs, availability of suitable retail space for expansion, timing of store openings, risks associated with international expansion, seasonal fluctuations in gross sales, the departure of one or more key senior executives, import risks, changes to U.S. and foreign trade policies, including the enactment of tariffs, border adjustment taxes or increases in duties or quotas, the closing or disruption of, or any damage to, any of our distribution centers, our ability to protect our intellectual property rights, risks associated with internet sales, our ability to maintain and expand our digital sales channels, response to new store concepts, our ability to integrate acquisitions, failure of our manufacturers and third-party vendors to comply with our social compliance program, changes in our effective income tax rate, the impact of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, changes in accounting standards and subjective assumptions, regulatory changes and legal matters and other risks identified in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that actual results may differ materially from any projected results expressed or implied therein.

    (Tables follow)

    Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
    (amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

     Three Months Ended
     April 30,
     2018   2017 
    Net sales$855,688   $761,190 
    Cost of sales 575,028    521,410 
    Gross profit 280,660    239,780 
    Selling, general and administrative expenses 226,764    218,744 
    Income from operations 53,896    21,036 
    Other income, net 80    319 
    Income before income taxes 53,976    21,355 
    Income tax expense 12,716    9,417 
    Net income$41,260   $11,938 
    Net income per common share:      
    Basic$0.38   $0.1 
    Diluted$0.38   $0.1 
    Weighted-average common shares outstanding:      
    Basic 108,490,926    116,276,289 
    Diluted 109,743,677    116,539,305 
    Net sales100.00%  100.00%
    Cost of sales67.20%  68.50%
    Gross profit32.80%  31.50%
    Selling, general and administrative expenses26.50%  28.70%
    Income from operations6.30%  2.80%
    Other income, net0.00%  0.00%
    Income before income taxes6.30%  2.80%
    Income tax expense1.50%  1.20%
    Net income4.80%  1.60%



    Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
    (amounts in thousands, except share data)

     April 30,  January 31,  April 30, 
     2018  2018  2017 
    Current assets:           
    Cash and cash equivalents$313,713  $282,220  $252,484 
    Marketable securities 166,367   165,125   118,493 
    Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts 88,936   76,962   83,949 
    of $1,895, $1,326 and $578, respectively
    Inventory 404,617   351,395   359,493 
    Prepaid expenses and other current assets 123,505   103,055   110,431 
    Total current assets 1,097,138   978,757   924,850 
    Property and equipment, net 819,725   813,768   851,259 
    Marketable securities 35,079   58,688   38,451 
    Deferred income taxes and other assets 99,273   101,567   113,515 
    Total Assets$2,051,215  $1,952,780  $1,928,075 
    Current liabilities:           
    Accounts payable$158,870  $128,246  $157,153 
    Accrued expenses, accrued compensation and other current liabilities 256,221   231,968   196,328 
    Total current liabilities 415,091   360,214   353,481 
    Long-term debt        
    Deferred rent and other liabilities 289,709   291,663   241,904 
    Total Liabilities 704,800   651,877   595,385 
    Shareholders’ equity:           
    Preferred shares; $.0001 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized,        
    none issued
    Common shares; $.0001 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized,11  11  12 
    108,670,688, 108,248,568 and 116,290,358 issued and outstanding,
    Additional paid-in-capital 6,434  684   6,628 
    Retained earnings 1,358,683   1,310,859   1,358,319 
    Accumulated other comprehensive loss (18,713)  (10,651)  (32,269)
    Total Shareholders’ Equity 1,346,415   1,300,903   1,332,690 
    Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity$2,051,215  $1,952,780  $1,928,075 


    Contact:Oona McCullough
     Director of Investor Relations
     (215) 454-4806

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