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URBN Reports Q2 Results

/EIN News/ -- PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 20, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ:URBN), a leading lifestyle products and services company which operates a portfolio of global consumer brands comprised of Anthropologie, BHLDN, Free People, Terrain, Urban Outfitters and Nuuly brands and the Food and Beverage division, today announced net income of $60 million and $93 million for the three and six months ended July 31, 2019, respectively. Earnings per diluted share were $0.61 and $0.91 for the three and six months ended July 31, 2019, respectively.

Total Company net sales for the three months ended July 31, 2019, decreased 3.0% over the same period last year to $962 million. Comparable Retail segment net sales decreased 3%, driven by negative retail store sales, partially offset by growth in the digital channel. By brand, comparable Retail segment net sales increased 6% at Free People and decreased 3% at the Anthropologie Group and 5% at Urban Outfitters. Wholesale segment net sales decreased 8%.

“I am pleased to report that customer reaction to our early fall apparel assortments have improved significantly from our second quarter results,” said Richard A. Hayne, Chief Executive Officer. “Third quarter-to-date ‘comp’ sales are positive at all three brands,” finished Mr. Hayne.

Net sales by brand and segment for the three and six-month periods were as follows:

  Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended  
  July 31,     July 31,  
  2019     2018     2019     2018  
Net sales by brand                              
Anthropologie Group $ 394,280     $ 401,275     $ 749,268     $ 748,360  
Urban Outfitters   355,045       379,327       671,851       702,005  
Free People   205,940       206,413       392,131       387,720  
Food and Beverage   7,064       5,439       13,492       10,057  
Total Company $ 962,329     $ 992,454     $ 1,826,742     $ 1,848,142  
                               
Net sales by segment                              
Retail Segment $ 878,693     $ 902,027     $ 1,661,256     $ 1,677,591  
Wholesale Segment   83,636       90,427       165,486       170,551  
Total Company $ 962,329     $ 992,454     $ 1,826,742     $ 1,848,142  


For the three and six months ended July 31, 2019, the gross profit rate decreased by 304 basis points and 242 basis points versus the prior year’s comparable periods, respectively. The decrease in gross profit rate for both periods was driven by higher markdowns, deleverage in delivery and logistics expenses and store occupancy deleverage. The higher markdowns were largely driven by underperforming women’s apparel at the Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters brands. The deleverage in delivery and logistics expenses is primarily due to the increase in penetration of the digital channel. The deleverage in store occupancy was due to negative store and Retail segment comparable net sales.

As of July 31, 2019, total inventory increased by $64.4 million, or 17.2%, on a year-over-year basis. Comparable Retail segment inventory increased 5% at cost. The remainder of the increase was primarily related to an increase in inventory in transit.

Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased by $1.2 million, or 0.5%, during the three months ended July 31, 2019, compared to the prior year’s comparable period. Selling, general and administrative expenses increased by $1.1 million, or 0.2%, during the six months ended July 31, 2019, compared to the prior year’s comparable period. As a percentage of net sales, selling, general and administrative expenses deleveraged by 62 basis points and 36 basis points during the three and six months ended July 31, 2019, when compared to the prior year’s comparable periods, respectively. The deleverage in both periods was primarily driven by increased marketing expenses to support our digital sales growth as well as the launch of our new monthly women’s apparel subscription rental service, Nuuly.

The Company’s effective tax rate for the three months ended July 31, 2019, was 26.0% compared to 21.7% in the prior year period. The Company’s effective tax rate for the six months ended July 31, 2019, was 25.2% compared to 22.3% in the prior year period. The increase in the effective tax rate for the three and six-month periods was primarily due to the ratio of foreign taxable profits to global taxable profits and the prior year favorable impact of equity activity.

Net income for the three and six months ended July 31, 2019, was $60 million and $93 million, respectively, and earnings per diluted share was $0.61 and $0.91, respectively.

On February 1, 2019, the Company adopted an accounting standards update that amended the previous accounting standards for lease accounting. The adoption resulted in the recognition of approximately $1.3 billion of lease liabilities and corresponding right-of-use assets of approximately $1.1 billion, with the offsetting balance representing a reduction in the previously recognized deferred rent balance. The adoption did not result in a material impact on the Company’s Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income.

On August 22, 2017, the Company’s Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of 20 million common shares under a share repurchase program. During the six months ended July 31, 2019, the Company repurchased and subsequently retired 8.1 million common shares for approximately $217 million under this program. During the year ended January 31, 2019, the Company repurchased and subsequently retired 3.5 million common shares for approximately $121 million under this program. On June 4, 2019, the Company’s Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of 20 million common shares under a new share repurchase program. As of July 31, 2019, 26.3 million common shares were remaining under the programs.

During the six months ended July 31, 2019, the Company opened a total of seven new retail locations including: three Anthropologie Group stores, three Free People stores and one Urban Outfitters store; and closed five retail locations including: two Anthropologie Group stores, one Free People store and two Food and Beverage restaurants. During the six months ended July 31, 2019, one Anthropologie Group franchisee-owned store was opened.

Urban Outfitters, Inc., offers lifestyle-oriented general merchandise and consumer products and services through a portfolio of global consumer brands comprised of 246 Urban Outfitters stores in the United States, Canada and Europe and websites; 228 Anthropologie Group stores in the United States, Canada and Europe, catalogs and websites; 137 Free People stores in the United States, Canada and Europe, catalogs and websites, 11 Food and Beverage restaurants, 4 Urban Outfitters franchisee-owned stores, 1 Anthropologie Group franchisee-owned store and 1 Free People franchisee-owned store, as of July 31, 2019. Free People, Anthropologie Group and Urban Outfitters wholesale sell their products through approximately 2,200 department and specialty stores worldwide, digital businesses and the Company’s Retail segment.

A conference call will be held today to discuss second quarter results and will be webcast at 5:15 pm. ET at: https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/2bvghd8c

This news release is being made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Certain matters contained in this release may constitute forward-looking statements. When used in this release, the words “project,” “believe,” “plan,” “will,” “anticipate,” “expect” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Any one, or all, of the following factors could cause actual financial results to differ materially from those financial results mentioned in the forward-looking statements: the difficulty in predicting and responding to shifts in fashion trends, changes in the level of competitive pricing and promotional activity and other industry factors, overall economic and market conditions and worldwide political events and the resultant impact on consumer spending patterns, the effects of the implementation of the United Kingdom's referendum to withdraw membership from the European Union (commonly referred to as “Brexit”), including currency fluctuations, economic conditions, and legal or regulatory changes, any effects of war, terrorism and civil unrest, natural disasters or severe or unseasonable weather conditions, increases in labor costs, increases in raw material costs, availability of suitable retail space for expansion, timing of store openings, risks associated with international expansion, seasonal fluctuations in gross sales, the departure of one or more key senior executives, import risks, changes to U.S. and foreign trade policies, including the enactment of tariffs, border adjustment taxes or increases in duties or quotas, the closing or disruption of, or any damage to, any of our distribution centers, our ability to protect our intellectual property rights, risks associated with digital sales, our ability to maintain and expand our digital sales channels, response to new store concepts, our ability to integrate acquisitions, failure of our manufacturers and third-party vendors to comply with our social compliance program, changes in our effective income tax rate, the impact of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, changes in accounting standards and subjective assumptions, regulatory changes and legal matters and other risks identified in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that actual results may differ materially from any projected results expressed or implied therein.

(Tables follow)


URBAN OUTFITTERS, INC.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)
(unaudited)

  Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended  
  July 31,     July 31,  
  2019     2018     2019     2018  
                               
Net sales $ 962,329       $ 992,454       $ 1,826,742       $ 1,848,142    
Cost of sales   646,454         636,610         1,241,811         1,211,638    
Gross profit   315,875         355,844         584,931         636,504    
Selling, general and administrative expenses   237,814         238,992         466,850         465,756    
Income from operations   78,061         116,852         118,081         170,748    
Other income, net   3,498         1,746         6,178         1,826    
Income before income taxes   81,559         118,598         124,259         172,574    
Income tax expense   21,239         25,789         31,354         38,505    
Net income $ 60,320       $ 92,809       $ 92,905       $ 134,069    
                               
Net income per common share:                              
Basic $ 0.61       $ 0.85       $ 0.91       $ 1.23    
Diluted $ 0.61       $ 0.84       $ 0.91       $ 1.22    
                               
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:                              
Basic   99,095,562         108,831,399         101,722,244         108,663,990    
Diluted   99,602,465         110,433,840         102,427,040         110,091,586    
                               
                               
AS A PERCENTAGE OF NET SALES                              
Net sales 100.0 %     100.0 %     100.0 %     100.0 %  
Cost of sales 67.2 %     64.1 %     68.0 %     65.6 %  
Gross profit 32.8 %     35.9 %     32.0 %     34.4 %  
Selling, general and administrative expenses 24.7 %     24.1 %     25.5 %     25.2 %  
Income from operations 8.1 %     11.8 %     6.5 %     9.2 %  
Other income, net 0.4 %     0.1 %     0.3 %     0.1 %  
Income before income taxes 8.5 %     11.9 %     6.8 %     9.3 %  
Income tax expense 2.2 %     2.5 %     1.7 %     2.0 %  
Net income 6.3 %     9.4 %     5.1 %     7.3 %  
   


URBAN OUTFITTERS, INC.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(amounts in thousands, except share data)
(unaudited)

  July 31,     January 31,     July 31,  
  2019     2019     2018  
ASSETS                      
Current assets:                      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 162,018     $ 358,260     $ 405,727  
Marketable securities   171,398       279,232       198,166  
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts
  of $939, $1,499 and $1,613, respectively
  95,131       80,461       90,646  
Inventory   440,087       370,507       375,657  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   131,763       114,296       131,572  
Total current assets   1,000,397       1,202,756       1,201,768  
                       
Property and equipment, net   867,434       796,029       807,084  
Operating lease right-of-use assets   1,085,543              
Marketable securities   78,857       57,292       45,514  
Deferred income taxes and other assets   105,814       104,438       104,169  
Total Assets $ 3,138,045     $ 2,160,515     $ 2,158,535  
                       
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS EQUITY                      
Current liabilities:                      
Accounts payable $ 181,955     $ 144,414     $ 149,947  
Current portion of operating lease liabilities   209,072              
Accrued expenses, accrued compensation and other current liabilities   235,106       242,230       279,991  
Total current liabilities   626,133       386,644       429,938  
Non-current portion of operating lease liabilities   1,090,623              
Deferred rent and other liabilities   59,885       284,773       284,925  
Total Liabilities   1,776,641       671,417       714,863  
                       
Shareholders’ equity:                      
Preferred shares; $.0001 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized,
  none issued
               
Common shares; $.0001 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized,
  97,965,012, 105,642,283 and 108,951,308 issued and outstanding,
  respectively
10     11     11  
Additional paid-in-capital               18,770  
Retained earnings   1,398,681       1,516,190       1,451,492  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (37,287 )     (27,103 )     (26,601 )
Total Shareholders’ Equity   1,361,404       1,489,098       1,443,672  
Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity $ 3,138,045     $ 2,160,515     $ 2,158,535  


Contact:   Oona McCullough
    Director of Investor Relations
    (215) 454-4806

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