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ULTA Beauty Announces First Quarter 2015 Results

05/28/15

Total Sales Increased 21.6%

Comparable Sales Increased 11.4%

Diluted EPS Increased 35.1% to $1.04

BOLINGBROOK, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 28, 2015-- ULTA Beauty (NASDAQ:ULTA) today announced financial results for the thirteen week period ended May 2, 2015 (“First Quarter”), which compares to the same period ended May 3, 2014.

“The ULTA Beauty team delivered an excellent start to 2015, with better than expected sales and earnings growth in the first quarter,” said Mary Dillon, Chief Executive Officer. “We achieved our best comparable sales growth since 2011, driven by strong traffic growth in both retail and e-commerce, market share gains across all categories, and continued successful execution of our marketing strategies. We also drove significant operating margin expansion, with a healthy balance of product margin improvement and marketing and payroll expense leverage.”

For the First Quarter

  • Net sales increased 21.6% to $868.1 million from $713.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2014;
  • Comparable sales (sales for stores open at least 14 months and e-commerce sales) increased 11.4% compared to an increase of 8.7% in the first quarter of fiscal 2014. The 11.4% same store sales increase was driven by 7.2% growth in transactions and 4.2% growth in average ticket;
  • Retail comparable sales increased 9.7%, including salon comparable sales growth of 10.3%;
  • Salon sales increased 20.5% to $51.3 million from $42.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2014;
  • E-commerce sales grew 49.8% to $44.0 million from $29.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2014, representing 170 basis points of the total company comparable store sales increase of 11.4%;
  • Gross profit increased 40 basis points to 34.9% from 34.5% in the first quarter of fiscal 2014;
  • Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expense as a percentage of net sales decreased 60 basis points to 22.2% compared to 22.8% in the first quarter of 2014;
  • Pre-opening expenses increased to $3.1 million, compared to $2.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2014. Real estate activity in the first quarter of fiscal 2015 included 24 new stores and one relocation compared to 21 new stores in the first quarter of fiscal 2014;
  • Operating income increased 33.0% to $107.6 million, or 12.4% of net sales, compared to $80.9 million, or 11.3% of net sales, in the first quarter of fiscal 2014;
  • Net income increased 34.0% to $66.9 million compared to $50.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2014; and
  • Income per diluted share increased 35.1% to $1.04 compared to $0.77 in the first quarter of fiscal 2014.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

Merchandise inventories at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2015 totaled $662.9 million, compared to $531.4 million at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2014, representing an increase of $131.5 million. This increase was driven by 101 net new stores as well as new brand additions. Average inventory per store increased 8.9% for the first quarter of fiscal 2015, compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2014. This increase was primarily driven by investments in inventory to ensure high in-stock levels to support strong sales growth, inventory for new brands and incremental inventory for in-store prestige brand boutiques.

The Company generated $12 million of free cash flow in the first quarter of fiscal 2015, compared to $35 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2014 and ended the first quarter of fiscal 2015 with $536 million in cash and short-term investments. Free cash flow is defined as net cash provided by operating activities less purchases of property and equipment.

Share Repurchase Program

During the first quarter, the Company repurchased 192,422 shares of its stock at a cost of approximately $28 million under its 10b5-1 plan. As of May 2, 2015, $332.1 million remained available under the $400 million share repurchase program.

Store Expansion

During the first quarter, the Company opened 24 stores located in Adrian, MI; Anchorage, AK; Auburn, CA; Aurora, CO; Cupertino, CA; Denham Springs, LA; Fairbanks, AK; Grafton, WI; Henderson, NV; Knoxville, TN; Lake Charles, LA; Lewisville, TX; New Orleans, LA; Pikeville, KY; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; San Leandro, CA; Schenectady, NY; Scranton, PA; Sebring, FL; St. Louis Park, MN; Texarkana, TX; Tulsa, OK and Westwood, MA. In addition, the Company closed one store. The Company ended the first quarter with 797 stores and square footage of 8,425,381, representing a 14% increase in square footage compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2014.

Outlook

For the second quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company currently expects net sales in the range of $854 million to $868 million, compared to actual net sales of $734.2 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2014. Comparable sales for the second quarter of 2015, including e-commerce sales, are expected to increase 7% to 9%. The Company reported a comparable sales increase of 9.6% in the second quarter of 2014.

Income per diluted share for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 is estimated to be in the range of $1.07 to $1.12. This compares to income per diluted share for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 of $0.94.

The Company is updating its previously announced fiscal 2015 guidance. The Company plans to:

  • achieve comparable sales growth of approximately 7% to 9%, including the impact of the e-commerce business, compared to previous guidance of 6% to 8%;
  • increase total sales in the mid to high teens percentage range;
  • grow e-commerce sales in the 40% range;
  • expand square footage by approximately 13% with the opening of 100 net new stores;
  • remodel four locations;
  • deliver earnings per share growth at the high end of its previous guidance of 15% to 17%, including planned supply chain and system investments, excluding the $0.02 non-recurring tax benefit in Q4 of 2014, and assuming continued share repurchases to offset dilution; and
  • incur capital expenditures in the $300 million range in fiscal 2015, compared to $249 million in fiscal 2014.

Conference Call Information

A conference call to discuss first quarter results is scheduled for today, May 28, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial (877) 705-6003. The conference call will also be web-cast live at http://ir.ulta.com and remain available for 90 days. A replay of this call will be available until 11:59 p.m. (ET) on June 11, 2015 and can be accessed by dialing (877) 870-5176 and entering conference ID number 13610251.

About ULTA Beauty

ULTA Beauty (NASDAQ: ULTA) is the largest beauty retailer in the United States and the premier beauty destination for cosmetics, fragrance, skin, hair care products and salon services. Since opening its first store 25 years ago, ULTA Beauty has grown to become the top national retailer providing All Things Beauty, All in One Place™. The Company offers more than 20,000 products from over 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 and brow services. ULTA Beauty is recognized for its commitment to personalized service, fun and inviting stores and its industry-leading ULTAmate Rewards loyalty program. As of May 2, 2015 ULTA Beauty operates 797 retail stores across 48 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.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which reflect our current views with respect to, among other things, future events and financial performance. You can identify these forward-looking statements by the use of forward-looking words such as “outlook,” “believes,” “expects,” “plans,” “estimates,” “targets,” “strategies” or other comparable words. Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based upon our historical performance and on current plans, estimates and expectations. The inclusion of this forward-looking information should not be regarded as a representation by us or any other person that the future plans, estimates, targets, strategies or expectations contemplated by us will be achieved. Such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation: the impact of weakness in the economy; changes in the overall level of consumer spending; customer acceptance of our rewards program and technological and marketing initiatives; changes in the wholesale cost of our products; the possibility that we may be unable to compete effectively in our highly competitive markets; the possibility that our continued opening of new stores could strain our resources and have a material adverse effect on our business and financial performance; the possibility that new store openings and existing locations may be impacted by developer or co-tenant issues; the possibility that the capacity of our distribution and order fulfillment infrastructure may not be adequate to support our recent growth and expected future growth plans; the possibility of material disruptions to our information systems; weather conditions that could negatively impact sales; our ability to attract and retain key executive personnel; our ability to successfully execute our common stock repurchase program or implement future common stock repurchase programs; our ability to sustain our growth plans and successfully implement our long-range financial and strategic plan; and other risk factors detailed in our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including risk factors contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2015. Our filings with the SEC are available at www.sec.gov. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Exhibit 1

 

Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Income

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

  13 Weeks Ended       13 Weeks Ended
May 2, May 3,
2015 2014
(Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Net sales $ 868,122   100.0 % $ 713,770   100.0 %
Cost of sales   564,938     65.1 %   467,817     65.5 %
Gross profit 303,184 34.9 % 245,953 34.5 %
 
Selling, general and administrative expenses 192,485 22.2 % 162,443 22.8 %
Pre-opening expenses   3,117     0.4 %   2,629     0.4 %
Operating income 107,582 12.4 % 80,881 11.3 %
Interest income, net   (311 )   0.0 %   (200 )   0.0 %
Income before income taxes 107,893 12.4 % 81,081 11.4 %
Income tax expense   40,947     4.7 %   31,128     4.4 %
Net income $ 66,946     7.7 % $ 49,953     7.0 %
 
Net income per common share:
Basic $ 1.04 $ 0.78
Diluted $ 1.04 $ 0.77
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic 64,180 64,273
Diluted 64,555 64,607

Exhibit 2

 

Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

     
May 2, January 31, May 3,
2015   2015   2014
(Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 386,007 $ 389,149 $ 456,709
Short-term investments 150,209 150,209
Receivables, net 43,558 52,440 26,722
Merchandise inventories, net 662,936 581,229 531,427
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 61,725 66,548 53,391
Deferred income taxes   20,766     20,780     22,241
Total current assets 1,325,201 1,260,355 #1,090,490
 
Property and equipment, net 744,665 717,159 603,933
Deferred compensation plan assets   8,085     5,656     4,802
Total assets $ 2,077,951   $ 1,983,170   $ 1,699,225
 
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 209,509 $ 190,778 $ 184,148
Accrued liabilities 139,284 149,412 90,343
Accrued income taxes   34,871     19,404     27,928
Total current liabilities 383,664 359,594 302,419
 
Deferred rent 305,355 294,127 264,679
Deferred income taxes 75,135 74,498 67,019
Other long-term liabilities   10,812     7,442     5,352
Total liabilities 774,966 735,661 639,469
 
Commitments and contingencies
 
Total stockholders’ equity   1,302,985     1,247,509     1,059,756
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 2,077,951   $ 1,983,170   $ 1,699,225

Exhibit 3

 

Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands).

 
13 Weeks Ended
May 2,   May 3,
2015   2014
(Unaudited)
Operating activities

Net income

$ 66,946 $ 49,953
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash
provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 37,967 30,473
Deferred income taxes 651 306
Non-cash stock compensation charges 3,342 4,063
Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation (4,003 ) (901 )
Loss on disposal of property and equipment 1,121 874
Change in operating assets and liabilities:
Receivables 8,882 20,327
Merchandise inventories (81,707 ) (73,494 )
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 4,823 2,602
Income taxes 19,470 13,480
Accounts payable 18,731 35,866
Accrued liabilities (20,100 ) (13,275 )
Deferred rent 11,228 3,049
Other assets and liabilities   941     370  
Net cash provided by operating activities 68,292 73,693
 
Investing activities
Purchases of property and equipment   (56,622 )   (39,106 )
Net cash used in investing activities (56,622 ) (39,106 )
 
Financing activities
Repurchase of common shares (27,956 )
Stock options exercised 10,154 2,998
Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation 4,003 901
Purchase of treasury shares   (1,013 )   (1,253 )
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities   (14,812 )   2,646  
 
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (3,142 ) 37,233
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   389,149     419,476  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 386,007   $ 456,709  

Exhibit 4

 

2015 Store Expansion

 
Fiscal 2015  

Total stores open

at beginning of the

quarter

 

Number of stores

opened during the

quarter

 

Number of stores

closed during the

quarter

 

Total stores open

at end of the quarter

1st Quarter   774   24   1   797
 
Fiscal 2015  

Total gross square

feet at beginning of

the quarter

 

Gross square feet for

stores opened or

expanded during the

quarter

 

Gross square feet for

stores closed

during the quarter

 

Total gross square

feet at end of the

quarter

 

1st Quarter 8,182,404 253,429 10,452 8,425,381

Source: ULTA Beauty

ULTA Beauty
Scott Settersten, 630-410-4807
Chief Financial Officer
or
Laurel Lefebvre, 630-410-5230
Vice President, Investor Relations
or
Karen May, 630-410-5457
Director, Public Relations