Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BOOT) today announced preliminary results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2023 ended December 24, 2022 in advance of its participation in the ICR Conference on Monday, January 9, 2023.
Preliminary Results for the Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2023
For the third quarter ended December 24, 2022, the Company expects to report:
- Net sales increased 5.9% to approximately $514.6 million.
- Same store sales declined approximately (3.6)%, cycling 54.2% same store sales growth in the prior-year period. Retail store same store sales declined approximately (0.8)% and e-commerce same store sales declined approximately (15.2)%.
- Merchandise margin declined 190 basis points compared to the prior-year period, driven primarily by a 180 basis-point headwind from higher freight expense.
- Net income per diluted share of approximately $1.74 based on 30.3 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding, compared to net income per diluted share of $2.27 in the prior-year period. Net income per diluted share in the prior-year period includes an approximately $0.04 per share benefit primarily due to income tax accounting for share-based compensation.
- The Company opened 12 new stores in the third quarter, or 33 stores year-to-date, bringing its total store count to 333.
Jim Conroy, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented “I am extremely proud of the entire Boot Barn team for their tremendous execution as we delivered total sales at the high end of our guidance, despite late December storms that negatively impacted sales during the highest volume days of the quarter. New store sales continued to overperform our expectations and we were able to deliver retail store same store sales that were roughly flat as we cycled an incredible 55.7% retail comp growth in the same period last year. Once again, we were able to maintain our predominantly full-price selling environment in what seemed to be a highly promotional holiday period across retail. Normalizing for expected freight headwinds, we were able to achieve a merchandise margin rate nearly in line with last year’s record-setting performance.
As we enter 2023, we feel great about the new store pipeline, our current inventory levels, and the overall tone of the business. With store productivity levels continuing to far exceed pre-pandemic levels, combined with the significant opportunity to increase our current store footprint, we believe the future growth prospects for Boot Barn are extremely bright.”
The foregoing expected results are preliminary and remain subject to the completion of normal quarter end accounting procedures and closing adjustments. The Company currently plans to report third quarter results in late January 2023, at which time it will also provide fourth quarter guidance.
2023 ICR Conference
The Company will be presenting at the 2023 ICR Conference on Monday, January 9, 2023 at 10:30 am Eastern Standard Time. The slide presentation is available on the “Events & Presentations” section at http://investor.bootbarn.com. The presentation will be webcast live over the internet and can also be accessed at http://investor.bootbarn.com. An online archive will be available for a period of 90 days following the presentation.
About Boot Barn
Boot Barn is the nation’s leading lifestyle retailer of western and work-related footwear, apparel and accessories for men, women and children. The Company offers its loyal customer base a wide selection of work and lifestyle brands. As of the date of this release, Boot Barn operates 333 stores in 41 states, in addition to an e-commerce channel www.bootbarn.com. The Company also operates www.sheplers.com, the nation’s leading pure play online western and work retailer and www.countryoutfitter.com, an e-commerce site selling to customers who live a country lifestyle. For more information, call 888-Boot-Barn or visit www.bootbarn.com.
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