3-year comparable sales growth of 2% with significant slowdown in April; Q1 EPS loss of $0.39
3-year comps for May to date running up mid-teens as promotions drive compelling value proposition
Company remains confident in long-term value creation opportunity as it helps customers live BIG and save LOTS
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Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) today reported a net loss of $11.1 million, or $0.39 per share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2022 ended April 30, 2022, which compares to the company's guidance, as provided on March 3, 2022, of $1.10 to $1.20 net income per diluted share. Net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 was $94.6 million, or $2.62 per diluted share.
Net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2022 totaled $1.37 billion, a 15.4% decrease compared to $1.63 billion for the same period last year, and an increase of 6.1% compared to the first quarter of 2019. The decline to last year was driven by a comparable sales decrease of 17.0%, as the company lapped an 11.3% comparable sales increase last year. Net new stores and relocations contributed approximately 160 basis points of sales growth.
Commenting on today's results announcement, Bruce Thorn, President and CEO of Big Lots stated, "Our business has grown significantly over the past two years as we benefitted not only from home-related spending but from the positive growth fueled by our Operation North Star initiatives. We have greatly improved our customer shopping experience, evidenced by an all-time high Net Promoter Score of 85% in Q1. E-commerce remains a standout, and now accounts for over 7% of our sales, with same-day deliveries growing 20% over last year. Our Broyhill and Real Living private label brands reached close to 30% of our sales, positioning us well to pursue consumer trade-down opportunities ahead.
These accomplishments helped get 3-year comparable sales growth off to a solid start in February and March, but trends materially slowed in April, resulting in a need to increase markdowns. We believe the slowdown was caused by the spending pressure our consumers felt from higher gas prices and broader inflation, which is affecting discretionary purchases across the retail industry. As a result, we missed our sales plan by approximately $100 million, the vast majority in April, while supply chain impacts across gross margin and SG&A continued to be significant headwinds."
Mr. Thorn continued, "We have reacted quickly to the changes in consumer demand by increasing value offerings to our customers, resulting in a significant acceleration to three-year comparable sales growth in the mid-teens in May. We expect the environment to remain challenging and we remain highly focused on managing the business prudently, which includes aggressively right-sizing our inventories over the course of Q2. We are focused on opening price points that drive traffic and improving gross margin rates through capitalizing on significant close-out opportunities, more targeted pricing and promotions, minimizing supply chain charges, and reducing shrink. We are also accelerating SG&A cost reductions to generate over $70 million in additional savings this year. Further, we are strengthening our balance sheet by temporarily scaling back capital expenditures associated with new store openings and remodels.
I am thankful to our talented team of 35,000 associates, who remain committed to our noble purpose of helping our customers Live BIG and Save LOTS, as they manage through increasingly tighter budgets buffeted by inflation. Continuing to delight our customers, regardless of economic conditions, is key to unlocking the full potential of Operation North Star, which we continue to believe will drive long-term sales potential of $8 to $10 Billion with a 6% to 8% operating margin."
Inventory and Cash Management Inventory ended the first quarter of fiscal 2022 at $1,338.7 million compared to $901.5 million for the same period last year, with the 48.5% increase encompassing significantly higher unit costs and a significant increase in in-transit inventory.
The company ended the first quarter of fiscal 2022 with $61.7 million of Cash and Cash Equivalents and $270.8 million of Long-term Debt, compared to $613.3 million of Cash and Cash Equivalents and $32.1 million of Long-term Debt as of the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2021. The company expects both inventory levels and borrowings to reduce significantly during the second quarter.
Dividend and Share Repurchases As also announced in a separate press release, on May 24, 2022, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.30 per common share. This dividend payment of approximately $8.7 million will be payable on June 24, 2022, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on June 10, 2022. The company did not execute any share repurchases during the quarter. The company has $159 million remaining under its December 2021 $250 million authorization.
Company Outlook For the second quarter, the company expects three-year comps to accelerate to positive mid to high-single digits, equating to mid-to-high single digit negative comps versus 2021. Net new stores will add about 150 bps of growth versus 2021. The company expects that promotional activity will drive its second quarter gross margin rate into the low-30's and that SG&A dollars will be slightly up to 2021. Given an atypically wide range of outcomes, the company is not providing EPS guidance at this point. The company expects a share count of approximately 28.6 million for Q2. The company is taking aggressive actions to improve gross margin rate in the back half of the year, and expects to achieve significant sequential improvement in Q3, with a Q4 that is approximately in-line with the prior year quarter. In addition, the company will continue to take actions to reduce expenses.
Conference Call/Webcast The company will host a conference call today at 8:00 a.m. ET to discuss the financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2022. A webcast of the conference call is available through the Investor Relations section of the company's website http://www.biglots.com. An archive of the call will be available through the Investor Relations section of the company's website http://www.biglots.com/ after 12:00 p.m. ET today and will remain available through midnight ET on Friday, June 10, 2022. A replay of this call will also be available beginning today at 12:00 p.m. ET through June 10 by dialing 877.660.6853 (Toll Free) or 201.612.7415 (Toll) and entering Replay Conference ID 13729931.
About Big Lots, Inc. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) is a leading home discount retailer and a Fortune 500 company, operating 1,438 stores in 47 states, as well as a best-in-class ecommerce platform with expanded capabilities via BOPIS, curbside pickup, Instacart and same day delivery across thousands of items. The company's product assortment is focused on home essentials: Furniture, Seasonal, Soft Home, Food, Consumables and Hard Home. Ranked one of the fastest-growing eCommerce businesses by Digital Commerce 360 and the recipient of Home Textiles Today's 2021 Retail Titan Award, Big Lots' mission is to help people Live BIG and Save Lots. The company strives to be the BIG difference for a better life by delivering exceptional value to customers through the ultimate treasure hunt shopping experience, building a "best places to grow" culture, rewarding shareholders with consistent growth and top-tier returns and doing good in local communities. For more information about the company, visit biglots.com.
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BIG LOTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (In thousands) APRIL 30 MAY 1 2022 2021 (Unaudited) (Unaudited) ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $61,707 $613,329 Inventories 1,338,737 901,482 Other current assets 125,362 114,001 Total current assets 1,525,806 1,628,812 Operating lease right-of-use assets 1,729,053 1,631,817 Property and equipment - net 749,416 723,158 Deferred income taxes 10,199 17,741 Other assets 37,283 36,008 $4,051,757 $4,037,536 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable $488,524 $380,942 Current operating lease liabilities 233,683 219,367 Property, payroll and other taxes 95,920 112,532 Accrued operating expenses 121,977 158,136 Insurance reserves 36,227 34,803 Accrued salaries and wages 24,745 73,799 Income taxes payable 1,325 70,340 Total current liabilities 1,002,401 1,049,919 Long-term debt 270,800 32,063 Noncurrent operating lease liabilities 1,577,932 1,466,090 Deferred income taxes 22,854 3,805 Insurance reserves 59,847 59,379 Unrecognized tax benefits 10,623 10,601 Other liabilities 126,972 147,177 Shareholders' equity 980,328 1,268,502 $4,051,757 $4,037,536
BIG LOTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (In thousands, except per share data) 13 WEEKS ENDED 13 WEEKS ENDED APRIL 30, 2022 MAY 1, 2021 % % (Unaudited) (Unaudited) Net sales $1,374,714 100.0 $1,625,552 100.0 Gross margin 504,594 36.7 653,947 40.2 Selling and administrative expenses 480,779 35.0 497,418 30.6 Depreciation expense 37,356 2.7 33,977 2.1 Operating (loss) profit (13,541) (1.0) 122,552 7.5 Interest expense (2,750) (0.2) (2,568) (0.2) Other income (expense) 1,040 0.1 960 0.1 (Loss) income before income taxes (15,251) (1.1) 120,944 7.4 Income tax (benefit) expense (4,169) (0.3) 26,381 1.6 Net (loss) income ($11,082) (0.8) $94,563 5.8 Earnings (loss) per common share Basic ($0.39) $2.68 Diluted ($0.39) $2.62 Weighted average common shares outstanding Basic 28,621 35,349 Dilutive effect of share-based awards - 693 Diluted 28,621 36,042 Cash dividends declared per common share $0.30 $0.30
BIG LOTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (In thousands) 13 WEEKS ENDED 13 WEEKS ENDED APRIL 30, 2022 MAY 1, 2021 (Unaudited) (Unaudited) Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities ($196,233) $204,293 Net cash used in investing activities (41,241) (32,170) Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 245,459 (118,350) Increase in cash and cash equivalents 7,985 53,773 Cash and cash equivalents: Beginning of period 53,722 559,556 End of period $61,707 $613,329
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