American Eagle Outfitters Reports Record Third Quarter Results with Revenue Rising 24% and Operating Income More Than Doubling. This Reflects Strong Customer Demand and Excellent Execution on the “Real Power. Real Growth.” Value Creation Plan
November 23, 2021
Third Quarter 2021 Highlights Compared to Third Quarter 2020
- Record revenue of $1.27 billion increased 24%
- Operating income of $210 million more than doubled, reaching a new third quarter high
- Strong demand, higher full-priced sales, reduced promotions and controlled costs fueled gross margin expansion to 44.3% and operating margin to 16.5%
- American Eagle net revenue rose 21% and operating income was up 68%
- Aerie net revenue increased 28% and operating income rose 46%
PITTSBURGH — (BUSINESS WIRE) – American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (NYSE: AEO) today announced financial results for the third quarter ended October 30, 2021.
“As strong demand for our merchandise and brands continues, I’m very pleased to report another quarter of record revenue and profit. The work on our Real Power. Real Growth. value creation plan is driving meaningful improvements to our profitability through real estate and inventory optimization; omni-channel and customer focus; and our supply chain initiatives. The power of our brands, operations and talent are clearly evident and we are intensely focused on ensuring these strengths continue to take AEO to new heights,” said Jay Schottenstein, AEO’s Executive Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.
“This quarter, we took an important next step in our supply chain transformation with the planned acquisition of Quiet Logistics to ensure ongoing efficiencies and procure a state-of-the-art logistics platform with meaningful growth potential. With our customer-first focus, the teams did a great job bringing in goods to meet strong demand this holiday season. I am extremely proud of the team’s ability to execute with precision at a time of volatility and am confident that we will exceed $600 million of operating income for the year, well above the $550 million 2023 target,” Jay continued.
Third Quarter 2021 Results
- Total net revenue increased $242 million, or 24% to $1.27 billion, compared to $1.03 billion in the third quarter of 2020.
- Aerie revenue of $315 million rose 28% from third quarter 2020 on top of 34% growth last year. American Eagle revenue of $941 million rose 21% versus third quarter 2020 following an 11% decline last year.
- Consolidated store revenue increased 29%. Total digital revenue increased 10%. Compared to the pre- pandemic third quarter 2019 base, store revenue increased 9% and digital revenue increased 42%.
- Gross profit of $565 million rose 36% from $415 million in the third quarter of 2020.
- Gross margin of 44.3% expanded 410 basis points from 40.2% in the third quarter of 2020 and reflected the highest rate since 2007. The increase from 2020 largely reflected leverage on rent and delivery, as well as strong product demand, higher full-priced sales, lower promotions and inventory optimization initiatives, partially offset by higher freight costs.
- Selling, general and administrative expense leveraged 190 basis points as a rate to sales versus third quarter 2020 due to strong revenue growth and lower incentive compensation.
- Depreciation and amortization expense of $41 million compared to $39 million in the third quarter of 2020 and leveraged 60 basis points as a rate to sales due to strong revenue growth.
- Operating income was $210 million. This compared to operating income of $96 million in third quarter 2020 or $103 million on an adjusted basis. Aerie’s operating income of $52 million increased 46% from $36 million in the third quarter of 2020 and American Eagle’s operating income of $261 million increased 68% from $155 million in the third quarter of 2020.
- Operating margin of 16.5% reflected the highest rate since 2007. Aerie’s operating margin of 16.5% expanded 200 bps from 2020 and American Eagle’s operating margin of 27.8% expanded 780 bps from 2020.
- Average diluted shares outstanding were 205 million compared to 184 million in the third quarter of 2020. The increase primarily reflected 34 million shares of unrealized dilution associated with the company’s convertible notes.
- EPS of $0.74. Adjusted EPS of $0.76 this quarter excludes $0.02 of non-cash interest expense on the company’s convertible notes.
Total consolidated ending inventory at cost increased 32% to $740 million compared to a 13% decline last year. The increase was partially driven by higher air freight due to global supply chain disruptions.
In the third quarter of 2021, capital expenditures totaled $58 million, and year to date totaled $144 million. For fiscal 2021, the company now expects capital expenditures to be at the low end of our prior guidance range of $250 to $275 million.
Cash Flow and Balance Sheet
The company ended the period with total cash of $741 million. This compares to $692 million in third quarter 2020.
The company’s third quarter cash dividend of $30 million was paid during the quarter.
Conference Call and Supplemental Financial Information
Today, management will host a conference call and real time webcast at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time. To listen to the call, dial 1-877-407-0789 or internationally dial 1-201-689-8562 or go to www.aeo-inc.com to access the webcast and audio replay. Additionally, a financial results presentation is posted on the company’s website.
This press release includes information on non-GAAP financial measures (“non-GAAP” or “adjusted”), including consolidated adjusted operating income and earnings per share, excluding non-GAAP items. These financial measures are not based on any standardized methodology prescribed by U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) and are not necessarily comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Non-GAAP information is provided as a supplement to, not as a substitute for, or as superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. Management believes that this non-GAAP information is useful for an alternate presentation of the company’s performance, when reviewed in conjunction with the company’s GAAP consolidated financial statements, as it helps identify underlying trends in our business that could otherwise be masked by the effect of the items that we exclude in such non-GAAP measures. Accordingly, we believe that adjusted operating income provides useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating our operating results, enhancing the overall understanding of our past performance and future prospects, and allowing for greater transparency with respect to the key financial metrics used by our management in our financial and operational decision-making.
These amounts are not determined in accordance with GAAP and therefore, should not be used exclusively in evaluating the company’s business and operations. We encourage investors and others to review our financial information in its entirety, not to rely on any single financial measure and to view these non-GAAP financial measures in conjunction with the related GAAP financial measures.
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About American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.
American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (NYSE: AEO) is a leading global specialty retailer offering high-quality, on-trend clothing, accessories and personal care products at affordable prices under its American Eagle® and Aerie® brands. Our purpose is to show the world that there’s REAL power in the optimism of youth. The company operates stores in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Hong Kong, and ships to 81 countries worldwide through its websites. American Eagle and Aerie merchandise also is available at more than 200 international locations operated by licensees in 33 countries. For more information, please visit www.aeo-inc.com.
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This release and related statements by management contain forward-looking statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995), which represent our expectations or beliefs concerning future events, including fourth quarter and annual fiscal 2021 results. All forward-looking statements made by the company involve material risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on many important factors, some of which may be beyond the company’s control. Words such as “estimate,” “project,” “plan,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “potential,” and similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements. Except as may be required by applicable law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise and even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied therein will not be realized. The following factors, in addition to the risks disclosed in Item 1A., Risk Factors, of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 30, 2021 and in any other filings that we may make with the Securities and Exchange Commission in some cases have affected, and in the future could affect, the company’s financial performance and could cause actual results for fiscal 2021 and beyond to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any of the forward-looking statements included in this release or otherwise made by management: the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and related operational disruptions; the risk that the company’s operating, financial and capital plans may not be achieved; our inability to
anticipate customer demand and changing fashion trends and to manage our inventory commensurately; seasonality of our business; our inability to achieve planned store financial performance; our inability to react to raw material cost, labor and energy cost increases; our inability to gain market share in the face of declining shopping center traffic; our inability to respond to changes in e-commerce and leverage omni-channel demands; our inability to expand internationally; difficulty with our international merchandise sourcing strategies; challenges with information technology systems, including safeguarding against security breaches; and global economic, public health, social, political and financial conditions, and the resulting impact on consumer confidence and consumer spending, as well as other changes in consumer discretionary spending habits, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and liquidity.