Five Below, Inc. Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2021 Financial Results

Net Sales increased 64% to $598 million and EPS increased 91% to $0.88 versus Q1 2019

Operating Profit grew over 2.5 times versus Q1 2019

PHILADELPHIA, PA, June 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Five Below, Inc. (NASDAQ: FIVE) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended May 1, 2021. Given the lack of comparability to the first quarter of 2020, when the Company temporarily closed all of its stores due to COVID-19, results are also compared to the first quarter of 2019.

For the first quarter ended May 1, 2021:

  • Net sales increased by 197.6% to $597.8 million from $200.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2020 and by 63.9% from $364.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019; comparable sales increased by 162.0% versus the first quarter of fiscal 2020. For the comparable subset of stores that were open in both the first quarter of fiscal 2019 and the first quarter of fiscal 2021, sales increased 23%.
  • The Company opened 67 net new stores and ended the quarter with 1,087 stores in 39 states. This represents an increase in stores of 18.2% from the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2020.
  • Operating income was $63.7 million compared to an operating loss of $72.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2020. Operating income increased over 2.5 times from $24.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019.
  • The effective tax rate was 20.9% compared to 29.8% in the first quarter of fiscal 2020 and 1.9% in the first quarter of fiscal 2019.
  • Net income was $49.6 million compared to a net loss of $50.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2020. Net income increased by 93.3% from $25.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019.
  • Diluted income per common share was $0.88 compared to a diluted loss per common share of $0.91 in the first quarter of fiscal 2020 and a diluted income per common share of $0.46 in the first quarter of fiscal 2019. The benefit from share-based accounting was approximately $0.04 in the first quarter of fiscal 2021, approximately $0.02 in the first quarter of fiscal 2020, and approximately $0.11 in the first quarter of fiscal 2019.

Joel Anderson, President and CEO of Five Below, stated, “Our first quarter results kicked off a great start to fiscal 2021, surpassing our expectations. Our teams did an outstanding job executing in an environment of elevated consumer demand. We saw broad-based strength across our worlds, as we offered customers the extreme value, trend-right products in an amazing shopping experience they expect from Five Below. We continued to invest in our growth, opening a record 68 new stores across various states, including Utah, our 39th state. Six of these new stores finished in the top 25 of all Spring grand openings.”

Mr. Anderson continued, “We are excited to continue growing and innovating across our key strategic initiatives of product, experience and supply chain. We are on track to open 170 to 180 new stores this year and offer our unique Five Below experience to more new customers. With the inherent flexibility of our eight worlds, unique merchandising approach and focus on innovation, we believe we remain in a position of strength to continue growing Five Below and driving sustainable, long-term value for all stakeholders.”

Second Quarter and Fiscal 2021 Outlook:
The Company expects the following results for the second quarter of fiscal 2021. Given the uncertainty related to COVID-19 and potential future shifts in consumer spending, the Company will not be providing sales or earnings guidance for the full year of fiscal 2021.

For the second quarter of fiscal 2021:

  • Net sales are expected to be in the range of $640 million to $660 million based on opening approximately 30 new stores.
  • Net income is expected to be in the range of $56.9 million to $63.7 million.
  • Diluted income per common share is expected to be in the range of $1.01 to $1.13 on approximately 56.4 million diluted weighted average shares outstanding.

Conference Call Information:

A conference call to discuss the financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 is scheduled for today, June 3, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial 412-902-6753 approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available online at in the investor relations section of the website.

A taped replay of the conference call will be available within two hours of the conclusion of the call and can be accessed both online and by dialing 412-317-0088. The pin number to access the telephone replay is 10155999. The replay will be available for approximately two weeks after the call.

Forward-Looking Statements:
This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 as contained in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which reflect management's current views and estimates regarding the Company's industry, business strategy, goals and expectations concerning its market position, future operations, margins, profitability, capital expenditures, liquidity and capital resources and other financial and operating information. Investors can identify these statements by the fact that they use words such as "anticipate," "assume," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "potential," "predict," "project," "future" and similar terms and phrases. The Company cannot assure investors that future developments affecting the Company will be those that it has anticipated. Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to risks and uncertainties associated with the COVID-19 pandemic (including additional governmental restrictions and requirements, additional store closures and effects on customer demand or on our supply chain, our ability to keep our distribution centers and e-commerce fulfillment centers operational, our ability to effectively operate and remain open in some or all of our stores, and to open new stores and remodels), risks related to the Company's strategy and expansion plans, risks related to the inability to successfully implement our online retail operations, including cyber security risks, risks related to our ability to select, obtain, distribute and market merchandise profitably, risks related to our reliance on merchandise manufactured outside of the United States, the availability of suitable new store locations and the dependence on the volume of traffic to our stores, risks related to changes in consumer preferences and economic conditions, risks related to increased operating costs, including wage rates, risks related to extreme weather, pandemic outbreaks (in addition to COVID-19), global political events, war, terrorism or civil unrest (including any resulting store closures, damage, or loss of inventory), risks related to leasing, owning or building distribution centers, risks related to our ability to successfully manage inventory balance and inventory shrinkage, quality or safety concerns about the Company's merchandise, increased competition from other retailers including online retailers, risks related to the seasonality of our business, risks related to our ability to protect our brand name and other intellectual property, risks related to customers' payment methods, risks related to domestic and foreign trade restrictions including duties and tariffs affecting our domestic and foreign suppliers and increasing our costs, including, among others, the direct and indirect impact of recent and potential tariffs imposed and proposed by the United States on foreign imports, risks associated with the restrictions imposed by our indebtedness on our current and future operations, the impact of changes in tax legislation and accounting standards and risks associated with leasing substantial amounts of space. For further details and a discussion of these risks and uncertainties, see the Company's periodic reports, including the annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K, filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission and available at If one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if any of the Company's assumptions prove incorrect, the Company's actual results may vary in material respects from those projected in these forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement made by the Company in this news release speaks only as of the date on which the Company makes it. Factors or events that could cause the Company's actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for the Company to predict all of them. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by any applicable securities laws.

About Five Below:
Five Below is a leading high-growth value retailer offering trend-right, high-quality products loved by tweens, teens and beyond. We know life is way better when you're free to "let go & have fun" in an amazing experience filled with unlimited possibilities. With most items priced $1-$5, and some extreme value items priced beyond $5, we make it easy to say YES! to the newest, coolest stuff across 8 awesome Five Below worlds: Style, Room, Sports, Tech, Create, Party, Candy and Now. Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Five Below today has over 1,050 stores in 39 states. For more information, please visit!

Investor Contact:
Five Below, Inc.
Christiane Pelz
Vice President, Investor Relations

Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
  May 1, 2021 January 30, 2021 May 2, 2020
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $84,170  $268,783  $69,760 
Short-term investment securities 299,289  140,928  69,220 
Inventories 326,710  281,267  367,516 
Prepaid income taxes and tax receivable 2,248  6,350  11,974 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 55,175  58,085  54,560 
Total current assets 767,592  755,413  573,030 
Property and equipment, net 624,775  565,351  475,646 
Operating lease assets 1,023,883  975,862  867,295 
Deferred income taxes     4,391 
Long-term investment securities 8,684     
Other assets 18,794  18,144  12,363 
  $2,443,728  $2,314,770  $1,932,725 
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity      
Current liabilities:      
Line of credit $  $  $ 
Accounts payable 169,392  138,622  137,480 
Income taxes payable 7,831  2,025  9,050 
Accrued salaries and wages 26,942  43,445  5,212 
Other accrued expenses 114,252  108,504  85,377 
Operating lease liabilities 147,176  143,074  126,668 
Total current liabilities 465,593  435,670  363,787 
Other long-term liabilities 1,048  1,048  1,678 
Long-term operating lease liabilities 1,014,768  967,255  877,495 
Deferred income taxes 31,677  28,911   
Total liabilities 1,513,086  1,432,884  1,242,960 
Shareholders’ equity:      
Common stock 560  559  558 
Additional paid-in capital 320,234  321,075  302,898 
Retained earnings 609,848  560,252  386,309 
Total shareholders’ equity 930,642  881,886  689,765 
  $2,443,728  $2,314,770  $1,932,725 

Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
 Thirteen Weeks Ended
 May 1, 2021 May 2, 2020
Net sales$597,823  $200,899 
Cost of goods sold396,954  180,438 
Gross profit200,869  20,461 
Selling, general and administrative expenses137,182  92,657 
Operating income (loss)63,687  (72,196)
Interest (expense) income and other (expense) income, net(977) 143 
Income (loss) before income taxes62,710  (72,053)
Income tax expense (benefit)13,114  (21,471)
Net income (loss)$49,596  $(50,582)
Basic income (loss) per common share$0.89  $(0.91)
Diluted income (loss) per common share$0.88  $(0.91)
Weighted average shares outstanding:   
Basic shares55,970,620  55,723,045 
Diluted shares56,274,491  55,723,045 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
  Thirteen Weeks Ended
  May 1, 2021 May 2, 2020
Operating activities:    
Net income (loss) $49,596  $(50,582)
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:    
Depreciation and amortization 19,237  16,188 
Share-based compensation expense (benefit) 5,797  (3,526)
Deferred income tax expense (benefit) 2,766  (13,107)
Other non-cash expenses 176  225 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:    
Inventories (45,443) (43,488)
Prepaid income taxes and tax receivable 4,102  (7,911)
Prepaid expenses and other assets 3,333  21,417 
Accounts payable 30,863  (342)
Income taxes payable 5,806  (455)
Accrued salaries and wages (16,503) (14,661)
Operating leases 3,594  32,242 
Other accrued expenses 3,418  (1,253)
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 66,742  (65,253)
Investing activities:    
Purchases of investment securities and other investments (232,437) (43,344)
Sales, maturities, and redemptions of investment securities 64,142  33,353 
Capital expenditures (76,444) (40,028)
Net cash used in investing activities (244,739) (50,019)
Financing activities:    
Borrowing on note payable under Revolving Credit Facility   50,000 
Repayment of note payable under Revolving Credit Facility   (50,000)
Cash paid for Revolving Credit Facility financing costs   (1,563)
Repurchase and retirement of common stock   (12,663)
Proceeds from exercise of options to purchase common stock and vesting of restricted and performance-based restricted stock units 7  67 
Common shares withheld for taxes (6,623) (3,299)
Net cash used in financing activities (6,616) (17,458)
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (184,613) (132,730)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 268,783  202,490 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $84,170  $69,760