A month has gone by since the last earnings report for Ollie's Bargain Outlet (OLLI). Shares have lost about 18.2% in that time frame, underperforming the S&P 500.
Will the recent negative trend continue leading up to its next earnings release, or is Ollie's Bargain Outlet due for a breakout? Before we dive into how investors and analysts have reacted as of late, let's take a quick look at the most recent earnings report in order to get a better handle on the important drivers.
Ollie's Bargain Q2 Earnings Top Estimates, Comps Rise
Ollie's Bargain Outlet Holdings, Inc. registered stellar performance in second-quarter fiscal 2020, wherein both the top and the bottom lines not only beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate but also grew year over year. It was the second straight quarter of sales and earnings beat. Notably, the company witnessed sturdy comparable store sales growth throughout the quarter.
Clearly, Ollie's Bargain business operating model of “buying cheap and selling cheap” and focus on value-driven merchandise assortment positioned it well to meet increased customer demand amid the ongoing pandemic. The company also benefited from consumer spending related with receipt of federal relief funds for the coronavirus crisis.
Ollie’s Bargain delivered adjusted earnings of $1.04 per share that beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 87 cents and surged from 35 cents reported in the year-ago quarter. The improvement can be attributed to higher net sales and better expense management.
Net sales improved 58.5% year over year to $529.3 million and surpassed the consensus mark of $515.9 million. The increase in the top line can be attributed to comparable store sales growth and robust new store performance. Comparable store sales increased 43.3% during the quarter driven by higher traffic levels and a significantly larger average basket. The company’s top-performing categories were health and beauty aids, housewares, bed and bath, flooring, and electronics.
Undeniably, the company efficiently responded to changing consumer demand during the quarter. Management highlighted that comparable store sales are currently tracking in the high teens owing to customers’ favorable response to great deals. However, it expects sales growth to continue to slow down through the second half of the year.
Meanwhile, gross profit soared 66.8% to $206.8 million during the quarter under review, while gross margin expanded 190 basis points to 39.1%. The increase in gross margin was due to improvement in merchandise margin owing to increased markup and leveraging of supply chain costs as a percentage of net sales.
SG&A expenses jumped to $109.1 million during the quarter under review from $87.4 million in the prior-year period on account of increased number of stores and higher store payroll and variable selling expenses. However, as a percentage of net sales, SG&A expenses decreased 560 basis points to 20.6%. The contraction was driven by significant leverage in payroll and occupancy as well as other fixed costs owing to comparable store sales growth and cost containment efforts.
Operating income grew to $92 million in the second quarter from $30.8 million in the prior-year period. Again, operating margin increased 820 basis points to 17.4% owing to top-line growth, gross margin expansion and tight cost controls. Adjusted EBITDA rose to $99.4 million during the quarter under review from $37.5 million in the year-ago period, while adjusted EBITDA margin expanded 760 basis points to 18.8%.
During the second quarter, Ollie’s Bargain opened six stores, taking the total count to 366 stores in 25 states. The company plans to open 46 store locations, including one relocation and one closure during fiscal 2020. So far in the third quarter, the company has opened four stores.
Ollie’s Bargain ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $305.1 million, reflecting significant growth from $78.5 million at the end of the prior-year quarter. The company’s liquidity position remained strong, with no borrowings under its $100-million revolving credit facility and $92 million of availability under the facility as of the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2020.
As of Aug 1, 2020, its total borrowings (comprised solely of finance lease obligations) were $0.9 million and shareholders’ equity was $1,218.1 million. Inventories as of the end of the quarter declined 7.7% to $327.2 million, principally due to higher sales productivity throughout the quarter.
Management incurred capital expenditures of $5.7 million in the second quarter. For fiscal 2020, the company expects capital expenditures of $30-$35 million directed toward store openings, IT projects and store-level initiatives.
How Have Estimates Been Moving Since Then?
In the past month, investors have witnessed an upward trend in estimates review. The consensus estimate has shifted 9.63% due to these changes.
Currently, Ollie's Bargain Outlet has a strong Growth Score of A, though it is lagging a lot on the Momentum Score front with an F. Charting a somewhat similar path, the stock was allocated a grade of D on the value side, putting it in the bottom 40% for this investment strategy.
Overall, the stock has an aggregate VGM Score of C. If you aren't focused on one strategy, this score is the one you should be interested in.
Estimates have been trending upward for the stock, and the magnitude of these revisions looks promising. It comes with little surprise Ollie's Bargain Outlet has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). We expect an above average return from the stock in the next few months.
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