Dillard Company. (tuck – Free report) reported impressive results for the first quarter of fiscal 2022, with the bottom and top lines exceeding Zacks’ consensus estimate and advancing year after year. This represents the fifth consecutive quarter of top and bottom wins. Results gained from continued momentum in consumer demand and better inventory management.
Adjusted earnings of $13.37 per share significantly exceeded Zacks Consensus’ estimate of $5.36. Net profit more than doubled last year’s $6.37 per share. This increase can be attributed to strong sales, improved profit margins, and lower operating expenses as a percentage of sales.
Total revenue of $1,612 million was up 21.3% from the prior year quarter and beat the Zacks consensus estimate of $1,548 million. Total retail sales (excluding CDI Contractors, LLC) increased 22% year over year to $1,581 million. Similar store sales increased 23% year over year. The company has seen strong sales in men’s and women’s and children’s apparel and accessories.
Total retail margin expanded 470 basis points to 47.3% compared to the same quarter last year. The increase can be attributed to improved consumer demand and better inventory management, which led to lower write-offs in the first quarter of the fiscal year. On a consolidated basis, gross margin of 46.5% reflects an improvement of 480 basis points from 41.7% in the prior year quarter.
Dillard SG&A consolidated expenses (as a percentage of sales) contracted 40 basis points to 24.9% from 25.3% in the prior year quarter. In dollar terms, SG&A (operating expenses) grew 19.1% to $400.8 million.
Retail operating expenses contracted 60 basis points to 25.2%. In dollar terms, retail operating expenses grew 19% to $398.9 million due to higher payroll and payroll-related expenses amid the current competitive pay environment.
Zacks’ No. 3 (Hold) stock has gained 28.6% in the past three months versus the industry’s 9.7% decline.
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Dillard closed the quarter in cash and cash equivalents of $862.2 million, long-term debt of $321.3 million, and total equity of $1,512.3 million. The company generated $365.2 million in cash from operating activities.
In the first quarter of fiscal year 2022, it repurchased $186.5 million of shares of Class A common stock under its existing stock buyback program. As of April 30, 2022, Dillard had a mandate of $425.5 million remaining under the February 2022 plan.
This quarter, Dillards opened a 160,000-square-foot store at University Place in Orem, Utah, which will replace the 200,000-square-foot Provo Town Center store in the same market. In the fall of 2022, it plans to replace the Westgate Mall store in a rented building in Amarillo, Texas. The store will be replaced by a newly renovated owned facility. It also closed a customs clearance center located on the University Mall in Tampa, Florida.
However, DDS currently operates 251 full Dillards stores and 29 clearance stores in 29 states and on dillards.com.
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