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Hibbett Reports Third Quarter Results

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  • Q3 Comp Sales Increase of 13.0% Versus Fiscal 2021; Two-Year Comp Increase of 37.4%

  • YTD Comp Sales Increase of 24.1% Versus Fiscal 2021; Two-Year Comp Increase of 51.9%

  • Raises Full Year Comp Sales and Diluted EPS Guidance

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., December 03, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hibbett, Inc. (Nasdaq/GS: HIBB), an athletic-inspired fashion retailer, today provided financial results for its third quarter ended October 30, 2021, and business updates.

Mike Longo, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Our business continued to experience positive momentum during the third quarter. Our focused strategy of providing a compelling assortment of highly coveted merchandise coupled with superior customer service and a best-in-class omni-channel platform led to increased traffic, a higher average ticket, and a greater number of items purchased per transaction. The revenue growth and strong profitability we have generated over the past two years provides us with a solid base to continue expanding our reach and will contribute to achieving our long-term goals."

Mr. Longo continued, "Despite ongoing challenges in the supply chain, our inventory position improved significantly during the third quarter. We are very well-positioned for the holiday selling season and our vendor partners continue to recognize and appreciate our differentiated business model and our ability to provide an outstanding customer experience in underserved communities."

Finally, Mr. Longo concluded, "The dedication and passion from team members throughout the company connects us to the communities we serve and is a critical element in navigating the dynamic retail environment we operate in. We remain focused on execution and continue to believe investments in our employees, stores, the online experience, distribution capabilities, and our vendor relationships position the Hibbett and City Gear brands to thrive in this ever-changing competitive landscape."

Third Quarter Results

Net sales for the 13-week period ended October 30, 2021, increased 15.2% to $381.7 million compared with $331.4 million for the 13-week period ended October 31, 2020, and reflected a two-year increase of 38.6% compared to the $275.5 million for the 13-week period ended November 2, 2019. Compared to the 13-week period ended October 31, 2020, comparable sales increased 13.0%, as brick and mortar comparable sales increased 11.6% and e-commerce sales increased 22.3%. E-commerce represented 14.0% of total net sales for the 13-week period ended October 30, 2021, compared to 13.2% in the 13-week period ended October 31, 2020. On a two-year basis, comparable sales increased 37.4% versus the 13-week period ended November 2, 2019. Brick and mortar comparable sales increased 31.6% and e-commerce sales grew 84.2% over this two-year period. As a reminder, we believe sales in the 13-week period ended October 31, 2020, were positively impacted by market disruption, improved new customer retention, continued strength in omni-channel adoption, the availability of in-demand product, as well as stimulus payments. This year, we believe our increased market share, improved customer engagement, and availability of in-demand product were the primary drivers of our sales growth.

Gross margin was 36.3% of net sales for the 13-week period ended October 30, 2021, compared with 38.3% of net sales for the 13-week period ended October 31, 2020. The approximate 200 basis point decline was primarily driven by increased freight and transportation costs, which more than offset leverage from store occupancy expenses. Excluding adjustments to our non-cash inventory valuation reserves in the prior year quarter, the gross margin of 36.3% for the 13-week period ended October 30, 2021 is comparable to the adjusted gross margin of 38.1% for the 13-week period ended October 31, 2020.

Store operating, selling and administrative ("SG&A") expenses were 25.2% of net sales for the 13-week period ended October 30, 2021, compared with 26.1% of net sales for the 13-week period ended October 31, 2020. This decrease was primarily the result of leverage gained from the strong sales increase and improved labor management. Excluding certain City Gear acquisition and integration expenses that occurred last year, SG&A expenses of 25.2% of net sales for the 13-week period ended October 30, 2021, decreased by approximately 80 basis points from adjusted SG&A expenses of 26.0% of net sales for the 13-week period ended October 31, 2020.

Net income for the 13-week period ended October 30, 2021, was $25.2 million, or $1.68 per diluted share, compared with net income of $25.3 million, or $1.47 per diluted share, for the 13-week period ended October 31, 2020. As there were no adjustments in the third quarter of the current year, net income for the 13-week period ended October 30, 2021, was $25.2 million, or $1.68 per share, compared to adjusted net income for the 13-week period ended October 31, 2020, of $24.9 million, or $1.45 per diluted share.

For the 13-week period ended October 30, 2021, we opened seven new stores and closed one underperforming store, bringing the store base to 1,086 in 35 states.

We ended the third quarter of Fiscal 2022 with $29.7 million of available cash and cash equivalents on our unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheet. As of October 30, 2021, we had no debt outstanding and full availability under our $100.0 million secured credit facility.

Inventory at the end of the third quarter of Fiscal 2022 was $258.8 million, a 22.8% increase compared to the prior year third quarter.

Capital expenditures during the 13-week period ended October 30, 2021, were $23.1 million compared to $8.3 million in the 13-week period ended October 31, 2020. Current year capital expenditures were predominantly related to store initiatives including new store openings, relocations, expansions, remodels, and infrastructure upgrades.

During the 13-week period ended October 30, 2021, the Company repurchased 1.4 million shares of common stock under the Stock Repurchase Program ("Program") for a total expenditure of $117.8 million. The Company also paid a quarterly dividend equal to $0.25 per outstanding common share that resulted in a cash outlay of $3.7 million.

Fiscal Year-to-Date Results

Net sales for the 39-week period ended October 30, 2021, increased 25.4% to $1.31 billion compared with $1.04 billion for the 39-week period ended October 31, 2020, and increased 50.1% over two years from $871.2 million in the 39-week period ended November 2, 2019. Comparable sales increased 24.1% versus the 39-week period ended October 31, 2020. Brick and mortar comparable sales were up 29.6% and were nominally offset by a decline in e-commerce sales of 2.9%. E-commerce sales represented 12.8% of total sales in the 39-week period ended October 30, 2021, compared to 16.6% of total sales in the 39-week period ended October 31, 2020. Over two years, comparable sales increased 51.9% versus the 39-week period ended November 2, 2019. Brick and mortar comparable sales increased 45.4% and e-commerce sales grew 111.8% over this two-year period.

Gross margin was 39.1% of net sales for the 39-week period ended October 30, 2021, compared with 35.0% for the 39-week period ended October 31, 2020. Excluding adjustments to our non-cash inventory valuation reserves in the 39-week period ended October 31, 2020, the current year gross margin of 39.1% is comparable to the adjusted gross margin of 35.3% in the prior year.

SG&A expenses, including goodwill impairment in the prior year, were 21.5% of net sales for the 39-week period ended October 30, 2021, compared with 26.4% of net sales for the 39-week period ended October 31, 2020. Excluding certain City Gear acquisition and integration expenses and pandemic related impairment and valuation costs that occurred in the 39-week period ended October 31, 2020, current year SG&A expenses of 21.5% of net sales reflected an improvement of approximately 110 basis points from adjusted SG&A expenses of 22.6% of net sales for the 39-week period ended October 31, 2020.

Net income for the 39-week period ended October 30, 2021, was $156.7 million, or $9.74 per diluted share, compared to $50.3 million, or $2.98 per diluted share, for the 39-week period ended October 31, 2020. As there were no adjustments to net income in the current year, net income for the 39-week period ended October 30, 2021, was $156.7 million, or $9.74 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of $80.2 million, or $4.74 per diluted share for the 39-week period ended October 31, 2020.

Capital expenditures during the 39-week period ended October 30, 2021, were $43.9 million compared to $20.8 million in the 39-week period ended October 31, 2020. The majority of the current year increase is related to store initiatives including new store openings, relocations, expansions, remodels, and infrastructure upgrades.

During the 39-week period ended October 30, 2021, the Company repurchased 3.0 million shares of common stock for a total expenditure of $241.5 million, including 45,245 shares acquired from holders of restricted stock unit awards to satisfy tax withholding requirements of $3.2 million.

Fiscal 2022 Outlook

Given the strong performance we have experienced year-to-date, we are updating our financial guidance for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2022, which ends January 29, 2022. Continued uncertainty in the business environment related to changes in consumer spending habits and ongoing supply chain disruptions makes forecasting future results challenging, however, we are providing limited forward guidance regarding the remainder of our current fiscal year.

Our projected financial results for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2022 are influenced by many factors, several of which are discussed below:

  • We attracted new customers to our store locations and to our omni-channel platform in Fiscal 2021 due to pent-up demand, market disruption and government stimulus payments. Many of these new customers made repeat purchases. We expect to continue to attract and retain new customers in the future.

  • Accelerating consumer adoption of e-commerce, which we believe is likely a permanent change, will continue to benefit our omni-channel business.

  • Our strong vendor relationships allow us to meet customer demand for athletic-inspired fashion footwear, apparel and accessories both in-store and online.

  • Other initiatives, including net low double digit unit store growth per brand, an improved in-store experience resulting from our store refresh program, increased speed to market via supply chain enhancements and an improved focus on our sales culture.

Specific items not factored into our outlook include further government stimulus payments, unannounced and/or unexpected market disruption, shifts in consumer spending habits, significant wage inflation, and other governmental actions that may impact the Federal minimum wage or corporate tax rates.

Based on the considerations above and our results year-to-date, we forecast the following GAAP results for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2022:

  • Comparable sales versus the prior year are expected to be in the positive high single-digits, which is an upward revision from our previous guidance and implies full-year comp sales percentage growth in the positive high teens.

  • Gross margin is expected to be lower in the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2022 in relation to the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2021, but is expected to be favorable to both GAAP and adjusted Fiscal 2021 gross margin on a full year basis, which is consistent with previous guidance.

  • SG&A is expected to decline as a percent of sales in the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2022 in comparison to the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2021 and is also anticipated to decline as a percent of sales in comparison to both GAAP and adjusted SG&A in Fiscal 2021 on a full-year basis, which is consistent with previous guidance.

  • Diluted earnings per share in the range of $1.85 - $2.05 implies full-year earnings per share in the range of $11.70 - $11.90, which is an upward revision from our previous guidance.

  • On a full-year basis, we expect an effective tax rate of approximately 24.0% and a weighted average diluted share count of approximately 15.7 million.

Non-GAAP results for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2022 are not expected to materially differ from our GAAP results.

During the third quarter of Fiscal 2022, we continued to evaluate attractive investment opportunities for deploying our capital. For the full year of Fiscal 2022, we reiterate our plan to invest approximately $70.0 million of capital on attractive organic growth opportunities that we believe will lead to higher sales in addition to various infrastructure projects that will enhance our distribution and back-office efficiency in future periods. We believe that these growth opportunities will enhance the consumer experience both in stores and online and modernize our technology and processes. In addition to our capital expenditure plans, we intend to opportunistically allocate capital to share repurchases and remain dedicated to returning capital to our stockholders in the form of our regular quarterly dividend of $0.25 per share.

Investor Conference Call and Simulcast

Hibbett, Inc. will host a webcast at 10:00 a.m. ET on Friday, December 3, 2021, to discuss third quarter results. The webcast of Hibbett’s earnings review and a slide deck of supporting information that will be referenced during the webcast will be available at https://investors.hibbett.com/ under the News & Events section. A replay of the webcast will be available for 30 days.

About Hibbett, Inc.

Hibbett, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, is a leading athletic-inspired fashion retailer with 1,086 Hibbett and City Gear specialty stores located in 35 states nationwide. Hibbett has a rich history of convenient locations, personalized customer service and access to coveted footwear, apparel and equipment from top brands like Nike, Jordan and adidas. Consumers can browse styles, find new releases, shop looks and make purchases online or in their nearest store by visiting www.hibbett.com. Follow us @hibbettsports and @citygear on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures for both the 13-week period and 39-week period ended October 31, 2020, including adjusted net income, diluted earnings per share, gross margin, SG&A expenses, and operating income as a percentage of net sales. Management believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors to facilitate comparisons of our current financial results to historical operations and the financial results of peer companies, as they exclude the effects of items that may not be indicative of, or are unrelated to, our underlying operating results, such as expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the acquisition of City Gear. Costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic include impairment charges of goodwill, tradename and other assets, and lower of cost or net realizable value inventory reserve charges. The costs related to the acquisition of City Gear include change in valuation of the contingent earnout and professional fees. There were no non-GAAP financial measures for either the 13-week period or 39-week period ended October 30, 2021.

While our management uses these non-GAAP financial measures as a tool to enhance their ability to assess certain aspects of our financial performance, our management does not consider these measures to be a substitute for, or superior to, the information provided by GAAP financial statements. Consistent with this approach, we believe that disclosing non-GAAP financial measures to the readers of our financial statements provides such readers with useful supplemental data that, while not a substitute for GAAP financial statements, allows for greater transparency in the review of our financial and operational performance. It should be noted as well that our non-GAAP information may be different from the non-GAAP information provided by other companies.

For a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measure prepared in accordance with GAAP, please see the sections titled "GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation" that accompany this press release.

Disclosure Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Other than statements of historical facts, all statements which address activities, events, or developments that the Company anticipates will or may occur in the future, including, but not limited to, such things as our fourth quarter and Fiscal 2022 outlook, future capital expenditures, expansion, strategic plans, financial objectives, dividend payments, stock repurchases, growth of the Company’s business and operations, including future cash flows, revenues, and earnings, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business, our effective tax rate and other such matters, are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release reflect our current views about future events and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions, and changes in circumstances that may cause events or our actual activities or results to differ significantly from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future events, results, actions, levels of activity, or performance or achievements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to: changes in general economic or market conditions that could affect overall consumer spending or our industry; changes to the financial health of our customers; our ability to successfully execute our long-term strategies; our ability to effectively drive operational efficiency in our business; the potential impact of new trade, tariff and tax regulations on our profitability; our ability to effectively develop and launch new, innovative and updated products; our ability to accurately forecast consumer demand for our products and manage our inventory in response to changing demands; increased competition causing us to lose market share or reduce the prices of our products or to increase significantly our marketing efforts; the impact of public health crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic, or other significant or catastrophic events such as extreme weather, natural disasters or climate change; fluctuations in the costs of our products; acceleration of costs associated with the protection of the health of our employees and customers; loss of key suppliers or manufacturers or failure of our suppliers or manufacturers to produce or deliver our products in a timely or cost-effective manner, including due to port disruptions; our ability to accurately anticipate and respond to seasonal or quarterly fluctuations in our operating results; our ability to successfully manage or realize expected results from an acquisition, and other significant investments or capital expenditures; the availability, integration and effective operation of information systems and other technology, as well as any potential interruption of such systems or technology; risks related to data security or privacy breaches; our ability to raise additional capital required to grow our business on terms acceptable to us; our potential exposure to litigation and other proceedings; and our ability to attract key talent and retain the services of our senior management and key employees.

These forward-looking statements are based largely on our expectations and judgments and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are unforeseeable and beyond our control. For additional discussion on risks and uncertainties that may affect forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" disclosed in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. Any changes in such assumptions or factors could produce significantly different results. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

HIBBETT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

13-Weeks Ended

39-Weeks Ended

October 30,
2021

October 31,
2020

October 30,
2021

October 31,
2020

% to Sales

% to Sales

% to Sales

% to Sales

Net sales

$

381,719

$

331,383

$

1,307,837

$

1,042,827

Cost of goods sold

243,023

63.7

%

204,347

61.7

%

796,028

60.9

%

678,047

65.0

%

Gross margin

138,696

36.3

%

127,036

38.3

%

511,809

39.1

%

364,780

35.0

%

Store operating, selling and administrative expenses

96,324

25.2

%

86,330

26.1

%

281,328

21.5

%

255,838

24.5

%

Goodwill impairment

%

%

%

19,661

1.9

%

Depreciation and amortization

8,959

2.3

%

7,541

2.3

%

25,418

1.9

%

21,895

2.1

%

Operating income

33,413

8.8

%

33,165

10.0

%

205,063

15.7

%

67,386

6.5

%

Interest expense, net

64

%

32

%

191

%

407

%

Income before provision for income taxes

33,349

8.7

%

33,133

10.0

%

204,872

15.7

%

66,979

6.4

%

Provision for income taxes

8,157

2.1

%

7,867

2.4

%

48,218

3.7

%

16,645

1.6

%

Net income

$

25,192

6.6

%

$

25,266

7.6

%

$

156,654

12.0

%

$

50,334

4.8

%

Basic earnings per share

$

1.75

$

1.52

$

10.13

$

3.04

Diluted earnings per share

$

1.68

$

1.47

$

9.74

$

2.98

Weighted average shares:

Basic

14,362

16,572

15,460

16,551

Diluted

14,975

17,177

16,082

16,902

Percentages may not foot due to rounding.

HIBBETT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

October 30,
2021

January 30,
2021

October 31,
2020

Assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

29,749

$

209,290

$

177,698

Inventories, net

258,839

202,038

210,857

Other current assets

35,750

28,472

23,565

Total current assets

324,338

439,800

412,120

Property and equipment, net

127,715

107,159

99,094

Operating right-of-use assets

232,847

216,224

220,141

Finance right-of-use assets, net

2,137

3,285

2,887

Tradename intangible asset

23,500

23,500

23,500

Deferred income taxes, net

11,188

14,625

15,750

Other noncurrent assets

3,517

3,573

3,910

Total assets

$

725,242

$

808,166

$

777,402

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Investment

Accounts payable

$

116,234

$

107,215

$

102,414

Operating lease obligations

61,643

58,613

60,533

Finance lease obligations

861

956

847

Accrued expenses

33,814

58,536

49,059

Total current liabilities

212,552

225,320

212,853

Long-term operating lease obligations

202,568

186,133

186,147

Long-term finance lease obligations

1,505

2,599

2,315

Other noncurrent liabilities

3,132

3,078

2,926

Stockholders’ investment

305,485

391,036

373,161

Total liabilities and stockholders’ investment

$

725,242

$

808,166

$

777,402

HIBBETT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Supplemental Information

(Unaudited)

13-Weeks Ended

39-Weeks Ended

October 30,
2021

October 31,
2020

October 30,
2021

October 31,
2020

Sales Information

Net sales increase

15.2

%

20.3

%

25.4

%

19.7

%

Comparable store sales increase

13.0

%

21.2

%

24.1

%

22.0

%

Store Count Information

Beginning of period

1,080

1,077

1,067

1,081

New stores opened

7

24

6

Rebranded stores

2

8

Stores closed

(1

)

(5

)

(5

)

(21

)

End of period

1,086

1,074

1,086

1,074

Estimated square footage at end of period (in thousands)

6,131

6,053

Balance Sheet Information

Average inventory per store

$

238,342

$

196,329

Share Repurchase Information

Shares purchased under our Program

1,427,314

2,953,860

428,018

Cost (in thousands)

$

117,850

$

$

238,327

$

9,748

Settlement of net share equity awards

45,245

34,956

Cost (in thousands)

$

$

$

3,177

$

483

HIBBETT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

13-Week Period Ended October 31, 2020

GAAP Basis (As Reported)

Acquisition Costs(1)

COVID-19(2)

Non-GAAP Basis (As Adjusted)

% to Sales

Cost of goods sold

$

204,347

$

$

(693

)

$

205,040

61.9

%

Gross margin

$

127,036

$

$

(693

)

$

126,343

38.1

%

Store operating, selling and administrative expense

$

86,330

$

232

$

$

86,098

26.0

%

Operating income

$

33,165

$

232

$

(693

)

$

32,704

9.9

%

Provision for income taxes

$

7,867

$

55

$

(164

)

$

7,758

2.3

%

Net income

$

25,266

$

177

$

(529

)

$

24,914

7.5

%

Diluted earnings per share

$

1.47

$

0.01

$

(0.03

)

$

1.45

1) Excluded acquisition and transition costs during the 13-weeks ended October 31, 2020, related to the acquisition of City Gear, LLC consist primarily of change in valuation of contingent earnout and accounting and professional fees.

2) Excluded costs during the 13-weeks ended October 31, 2020, related to the COVID-19 pandemic, consist of non-cash LCM reserve adjustments in cost of goods sold (COGS).

HIBBETT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

39-Week Period Ended October 31, 2020

GAAP Basis (As Reported)

Acquisition Costs(1)

COVID-19(2)

Non-GAAP Basis (As Adjusted)

% to Sales

Cost of goods sold

$

678,047

$

$

3,043

$

675,004

64.7

%

Gross margin

$

364,780

$

$

3,043

$

367,823

35.3

%

Store operating, selling and administrative expense

$

255,838

$

4,379

$

15,743

$

235,716

22.6

%

Goodwill impairment

$

19,661

$

$

19,661

$

%

Operating income

$

67,386

$

4,379

$

38,447

$

110,212

10.6

%

Provision for income taxes

$

16,645

$

1,238

$

11,738

$

29,621

2.8

%

Net income

$

50,334

$

3,141

$

26,709

$

80,184

7.7

%

Diluted earnings per share

$

2.98

$

0.19

$

1.58

$

4.74

1) Excluded acquisition and transition costs during the 39-weeks ended October 31, 2020, related to the acquisition of City Gear, LLC consist primarily of change in valuation of contingent earnout and accounting and professional fees.

2) Excluded costs during the 39-weeks ended October 31, 2020, related to the COVID-19 pandemic, consist primarily of net non-cash LCM reserve charges in COGS and impairment costs (goodwill, tradename, and other assets) in SG&A.

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Contacts

Robert Volke - SVP, Chief Financial Officer
Jason Freuchtel - Director, Investor Relations
(205) 942-4292