Five Below heads 10% lower after earnings double but sales come up short

This article previously included an incorrect figure for Five Below’s year-over-year same-store-sales growth, which was 39.2%. The company’s same-store-sales growth from the same quarter in 2019 was 21%.

Five Below Inc. shares headed more than 9% lower in after-hours trading Wednesday, after the youth-focused retailer’s earnings more than doubled but sales came in a little short of expectations.

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reported second-quarter earnings of $64.8 million, or $1.15 a share, up from 53 cents a share a year ago. Revenue increased to $646.6 million from $426.1 million in the same quarter in 2020. Same-store sales — an important metric in retail that removes the effect of new stores, which Five Below is adding at a record rate for the company — grew 39.2%.

Analysts on average expected earnings of $1.11 a share on sales of $658 million with same-store sales growth of more than 36%, according to FactSet. Shares closed with a 1.5% gain Wednesday at $216.05, but then plunged more than 10% in the extended session following the announcement.

For the third quarter, executives projected earnings of 23 cents to 30 cents a share on sales of $550 million to $565 million. Analysts on average were forecasting earnings of 27 cents a share on sales of $550 million.

Five Below stock has increased 23.5% so far this year, as the S&P 500 index
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has gained 20.4%. The retailer had a market cap of more than $12 billion at Wednesday’s close, according to FactSet.

Harry Byrne

Harry Byrne

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