Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. Announces Third Quarter Results

  • Transformation Plan and Supply Chain Modernization on Track
  • GAAP Diluted EPS of $0.59; Adjusted Diluted EPS of $0.60
  • Consolidated Same Store Sales Increased 0.1%
  • Beauty Systems Group Same Store Sales Increased 1.4%
  • Global Sally Beauty Same Store Sales Decreased (0.6%)
  • E-Commerce Sales Increased by 25.9% versus Prior Year
  • Strong Cash Flow from Operations Used to Reduce Indebtedness by $105 Million
  • Company Maintains Fiscal Year 2019 Financial Guidance

 

DENTON, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SBH) (“the Company”) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended June 30, 2019. The Company will hold a conference call today at 7:30 a.m. Central Time to discuss these results.

Fiscal 2019 Third Quarter Overview

Consolidated same store sales increased 0.1% in the quarter. Consolidated net sales were $975.2 million in the third quarter, a decrease of 2.1% compared to the prior year, largely driven by 81 fewer stores as compared to the prior year. Foreign currency translation had an unfavorable impact of approximately 80 basis points on reported sales.

GAAP diluted earnings per share in the third quarter were $0.59 compared to $0.48 in the prior year, an increase of 22.9%, driven primarily by reduced selling, general and administrative expenses and lower restructuring charges as compared to the prior year. Adjusted diluted earnings per share, excluding charges related to the Company’s transformation efforts in both years and expenses associated with previously disclosed data security incidents in the prior year, were $0.60 in the third quarter, or flat compared to the prior year.

We continued to deliver against our transformation plan and objectives in the third quarter,” said Chris Brickman, president and chief executive officer. “We launched innovative and exclusive brands at both Sally and Beauty Systems Group, advanced our digital agenda by completing the launch of Sally Beauty’s new integrated app and introducing sales transaction capabilities on our refreshed BSG app. Our supply chain modernization efforts are accelerating, as we streamlined our distribution node footprint and moved ahead on a new multi-business distribution center that will enable us to further optimize our operations and serve both digital clients and our stores. Additionally, we reduced our debt levels by over $100 million.”

Looking ahead, we remain focused on taking meaningful actions to position the Company for sustainable growth and value creation, including building on our market leadership and expertise in hair color and care, improving our retail fundamentals, advancing our digital commerce capabilities and continuing to reduce our cost base. While we have work to do, we are confident in both our strategic position and direction,” Brickman concluded.

Update on Transformation Plan

Based on our four key objectives, during the third quarter and so far this quarter, we have:

Playing to Win with Our Customers

  • Enhanced our innovation pipeline with the launch of additional exclusive brands within Beauty Systems Group such as Elegance and No Nothing, and the launch of exciting and exclusive brands like My Black is Beautiful and Iroiro within Sally Beauty Supply;
  • Increased the color palette for Ion box color/pro color kits to 30 shades in the U.S. and Canada;

Improving Our Retail Fundamentals

  • Reached Sally Beauty Rewards Membership of more than 15.3 million active members;
  • Completed the testing of our new concept stores in Las Vegas and planned for further expansion for both Sally Beauty Supply and CosmoProf, featuring enhanced technology and improved focus on the customer experience;
  • Rolled out the new Oracle-based point-of-sale systems to over 600 stores;
  • Tested the fifth module (perpetual inventory) of the JDA merchandising and supply chain platform, which now includes SKU setup, space planning, EDI, demand planning and perpetual inventory;
  • Executed the lease for our new multi-business 500,000 square foot distribution center in North Texas, with operations to begin during the second quarter of fiscal year 2020;

Advancing Our Digital Commerce Capabilities

  • Launched the Sally Beauty integrated mobile app nationwide, which was downloaded by a younger mix of customers more than 255,000 times in the first few months of availability;
  • Launched the first phase of our new order management system which will, when fully implemented, enable ‘buy online, pick up in store’ and ‘ship from store’ digital capabilities to better leverage our inventory positions;

Continue to Drive Costs out of the Business

  • Launched a digital work force management solution in stores to optimize and track store labor; and
  • Closed and contracted the sale of our Beauty Systems Group distribution node in Marinette, Wisconsin, while consolidating operations elsewhere. This represents the fourth distribution building closure in six months across the network.

As we close out the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019, we will continue our transformation efforts by:

  • Preparing for the launch of the new Sally Beauty brand campaign nationwide;
  • Continuing to build momentum and awareness of successful launches of key brands like Pravana, Maria Nila, My Black is Beautiful and Arctic Fox while adding new, innovative brands to the pipeline;
  • Launching our concept stores for Sally Beauty in a second territory, Charlotte, North Carolina, with all new stores and nationwide relocations designed consistent with learnings from Las Vegas;
  • Launching the sixth module of the JDA merchandising and supply chain platform, store fulfillment, on a test basis within Beauty Systems Group;
  • Continuing our Supply Chain Modernization efforts;
  • Accelerating the national rollout of the new Oracle-based point-of-sale systems at both Sally Beauty Supply and Beauty Systems Group, which is on-track to exceed 1,400 stores by the end of the fiscal year; and
  • Refreshing Beauty Systems Group’s e-commerce site, including enhanced search and navigation features and a stronger focus on key monthly priorities and promotions.

Fiscal 2019 Third Quarter Financial Detail

Consolidated gross margin for the third quarter was 49.5%, flat compared to the prior year, with increases in the North American business of Sally Beauty Supply offset by continuing margin challenges in Europe and within Beauty Systems Group. Selling, general and administrative expenses, after adjusting for restructuring charges in both years and other previously disclosed adjustments in the prior year, decreased by $10.5 million, and were 36.9% as a percentage of sales, as compared to 37.2% as a percentage of sales in the prior year.

GAAP operating earnings and operating margin in the third quarter were $120.1 million and 12.3%, respectively, compared to $102.2 million and 10.3%, respectively, in the prior year. Adjusted operating earnings and operating margin were $122.0 million and 12.5%, respectively, compared to $122.7 million and 12.3%, respectively, in the prior year.

GAAP net earnings in the third quarter were $71.2 million, an increase of $12.9 million, or 22.2%, from the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter was $151.0 million, a decrease of $1.5 million, or 1.0%, from the prior year, and adjusted EBITDA margin was 15.5%, an increase of approximately 20 basis points from the prior year.

During the third quarter, cash flow from operations was $93.7 million. Capital expenditures totaled $20.4 million, primarily for information technology projects related to the new Sally Beauty e-commerce platform, the new Oracle-based point-of-sale system, the JDA merchandising and supply chain platform and store remodels and maintenance. Operating free cash flow was $73.4 million and was used to help reduce the Company’s debt levels by an additional $105 million. At the end of the third quarter, the Company’s leverage ratio was 2.69x, as a result of actions to reduce our year-to-date debt levels by $168 million.

Fiscal 2019 Third Quarter Segment Results

Sally Beauty Supply

  • Global segment same store sales decreased by 0.6% for the quarter; same store sales in the U.S. and Canada were down 0.2%.
  • Net sales were $575.0 million in the quarter, a decrease of 2.8% compared to the prior year, driven primarily by 70 fewer stores, an unfavorable foreign exchange impact of approximately 120 basis points and continued challenges in Europe.
  • The Sally Beauty businesses in the U.S. and Canada represented 78% of the segment sales for the quarter.
  • At the end of the quarter, net store count was 3,705, a decrease of 70 from the prior year.
  • Gross margin increased 40 basis points to 55.8% in the quarter; U.S. and Canada delivered significant gross margin improvements of 80 basis points.
  • GAAP operating earnings were $95.8 million in the quarter, an increase of 0.9% versus the prior year. GAAP operating margin was 16.7% as compared to 16.0% in the prior year.

Beauty Systems Group

  • Same store sales increased by 1.4%.
  • Net sales were $400.1 million in the quarter, a decrease of 1.1% compared to the prior year, driven primarily by declines in the full service business. Foreign currency translation had an unfavorable impact in the quarter of approximately 30 basis points.
  • At the end of the quarter, net store count was 1,384, a decrease of 11 from the prior year.
  • Gross margin decreased 60 basis points to 40.3% in the quarter. While improvements were made from last quarter, the gross margin decrease was driven primarily by continued challenges attributable to the ongoing merchandising transformation.
  • GAAP operating earnings were $61.6 million in the quarter, a decrease of 0.8% versus the prior year. GAAP operating margin in the quarter was 15.4% as compared to 15.3% in the prior year.
  • At the end of the quarter, there were 791 distributor sales consultants, compared to 837 in the prior year.

Fiscal Year 2019 Guidance

The Company remains on track with its transformation plan for the remainder of the fiscal year and is maintaining its full-year financial guidance.

Conference Call and Where You Can Find Additional Information

The Company will hold a conference call and audio webcast today to discuss its financial results and its business at approximately 7:30 a.m. Central Time. During the conference call, the Company may discuss and answer one or more questions concerning business and financial matters and trends affecting the Company. The Company’s responses to these questions, as well as other matters discussed during the conference call, may contain or constitute material information that has not been previously disclosed. Simultaneous to the conference call, an audio webcast of the call will be available via a link on the Company’s website, investor.sallybeautyholdings.com. The conference call can be accessed by dialing (800) 230-1074 (International: (612) 234-9960). The teleconference will be held in a “listen-only” mode for all participants other than the Company’s current sell-side and buy-side investment professionals. In addition, a supplemental slide presentation may be viewed during the call at the following link SBH Q3 Earnings Presentation. A replay of the earnings conference call will be available starting at 9:30 a.m. Central Time, July 31, 2019, through August 7, 2019, by dialing (800) 475-6701 or if international, dial (320) 365-3844 and reference the conference ID number 469312. Also, a website replay will be available on investor.sallybeautyholdings.com

About Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc.

Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SBH) is an international specialty retailer and distributor of professional beauty supplies with revenues of approximately $3.9 billion annually. Through the Sally Beauty Supply and Beauty Systems Group businesses, the Company sells and distributes through 5,089 stores, including 179 franchised units, and has operations throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Peru, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Spain and Germany. Sally Beauty Supply stores offer up to 8,000 products for hair color, hair care, skin care, and nails through proprietary brands such as Ion®, Generic Value Products®, Beyond the Zone® and Silk Elements® as well as professional lines such as Wella®, Clairol®, OPI®, Conair® and Hot Shot Tools®. Beauty Systems Group stores, branded as CosmoProf or Armstrong McCall stores, along with its outside sales consultants, sell up to 10,500 professionally branded products including Paul Mitchell®, Wella®, Matrix®, Schwarzkopf®, Kenra®, Goldwell®, Joico® and CHI®, intended for use in salons and for resale by salons to retail consumers. For more information about Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc., please visit sallybeautyholdings.com.

Cautionary Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this news release and the schedules hereto which are not purely historical facts or which depend upon future events may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements, as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “believes,” “projects,” “expects,” “can,” “may,” “estimates,” “should,” “plans,” “targets,” “intends,” “could,” “will,” “would,” “anticipates,” “potential,” “confident,” “optimistic,” or the negative thereof, or other variations thereon, or comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy, objectives, estimates, guidance, expectations and future plans. Forward-looking statements can also be identified by the fact these statements do not relate strictly to historical or current matters.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as such statements speak only as of the date they were made. Any forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the events or results described in the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the risks and uncertainties described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2018, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Consequently, all forward-looking statements in this release are qualified by the factors, risks and uncertainties contained therein. We assume no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This news release and the schedules hereto include the following financial measures that have not been calculated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, or GAAP, and are therefore referred to as non-GAAP financial measures: (1) Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA Margin; (2) Adjusted Operating Earnings and Operating Margin; (3) Adjusted Diluted Net Earnings Per Share; and (4) Operating Free Cash Flow. We have provided definitions below for these non-GAAP financial measures and have provided tables in the schedules hereto to reconcile these non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures.

Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA Margin – We define the measure Adjusted EBITDA as GAAP net earnings before depreciation and amortization, interest expense, income taxes, share-based compensation, costs related to the Company’s previously announced restructuring plans and costs related to the previously disclosed data security incidents for the relevant time periods as indicated in the accompanying non-GAAP reconciliations to the comparable GAAP financial measures. Adjusted EBITDA Margin is Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of net sales.

Adjusted Operating Earnings and Operating Margin – Adjusted operating earnings are GAAP operating earnings that exclude costs related to the Company’s previously announced restructuring plans and costs related to the previously disclosed data security incidents for the relevant time periods as indicated in the accompanying non-GAAP reconciliations to the comparable GAAP financial measures. Adjusted Operating Margin is Adjusted Operating Earnings as a percentage of net sales.

Adjusted Diluted Net Earnings Per Share – Adjusted diluted net earnings per share is GAAP diluted earnings per share that exclude tax-effected costs related to the Company’s previously announced restructuring plans and tax-effected costs related to the previously disclosed data security incidents for the relevant time periods as indicated in the accompanying non-GAAP reconciliations to the comparable GAAP financial measures.

Operating Free Cash Flow – We define the measure Operating Free Cash Flow as GAAP net cash provided by operating activities less payments for capital expenditures (net). We believe Operating Free Cash Flow is an important liquidity measure that provides useful information to investors about the amount of cash generated from operations after taking into account payments for capital expenditures (net).

We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures provide valuable information regarding our earnings and business trends by excluding specific items that we believe are not indicative of the ongoing operating results of our businesses; providing a useful way for investors to make a comparison of our performance over time and against other companies in our industry.

We have provided these non-GAAP financial measures as supplemental information to our GAAP financial measures and believe these non-GAAP measures provide investors with additional meaningful financial information regarding our operating performance and cash flows. Our management and Board of Directors also use these non-GAAP measures as supplemental measures to evaluate our businesses and the performance of management, including the determination of performance-based compensation, to make operating and strategic decisions, and to allocate financial resources. We believe that these non-GAAP measures also provide meaningful information for investors and securities analysts to evaluate our historical and prospective financial performance. These non-GAAP measures should not be considered a substitute for or superior to GAAP results. Furthermore, the non-GAAP measures presented by us may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

Supplemental Schedules

 

 

Segment Information

1

Non-GAAP Financial Measures Reconciliations

2-3

Non-GAAP Financial Measures Reconciliations; Adjusted EBITDA and Operating Free Cash Flow

4

Store Count and Same Store Sales

5

 
SALLY BEAUTY HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

Nine Months Ended June 30,

 

2019

 

 

 

2018

 

Percentage

Change

 

 

2019

 

 

 

2018

 

Percentage

Change

 
Net sales

$

975,169

 

$

996,283

 

-2.1

%

$

2,910,474

 

$

2,966,568

 

-1.9

%

Cost of products sold

 

492,947

 

 

502,913

 

-2.0

%

 

1,479,222

 

 

1,500,247

 

-1.4

%

Gross profit

 

482,222

 

 

493,370

 

-2.3

%

 

1,431,252

 

 

1,466,321

 

-2.4

%

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

360,183

 

 

378,598

 

-4.9

%

 

1,088,797

 

 

1,118,345

 

-2.6

%

Restructuring

 

1,908

 

 

12,544

 

-84.8

%

 

74

 

 

24,513

 

-99.7

%

Operating earnings

 

120,131

 

 

102,228

 

17.5

%

 

342,381

 

 

323,463

 

5.8

%

Interest expense

 

25,781

 

 

24,501

 

5.2

%

 

74,092

 

 

73,779

 

0.4

%

Earnings before provision for income taxes

 

94,350

 

 

77,727

 

21.4

%

 

268,289

 

 

249,684

 

7.5

%

Provision for income taxes

 

23,186

 

 

19,501

 

18.9

%

 

65,673

 

 

46,823

 

40.3

%

Net earnings

$

71,164

 

$

58,226

 

22.2

%

$

202,616

 

$

202,861

 

-0.1

%

 
Earnings per share:
Basic

$

0.59

 

$

0.48

 

22.9

%

$

1.69

 

$

1.63

 

3.7

%

Diluted

$

0.59

 

$

0.48

 

22.9

%

$

1.68

 

$

1.62

 

3.7

%

 
Weighted average shares:
Basic

 

120,119

 

 

120,901

 

 

120,062

 

 

124,331

 

Diluted

 

120,977

 

 

121,673

 

 

120,928

 

 

125,111

 

Basis Point

Change

Basis Point

Change

Comparison as a percentage of net sales:
Consolidated gross margin

 

49.5

%

 

49.5

%

 

49.2

%

 

49.4

%

(20

)

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

36.9

%

 

38.0

%

(110

)

 

37.4

%

 

37.7

%

(30

)

Consolidated operating margin

 

12.3

%

 

10.3

%

200

 

 

11.8

%

 

10.9

%

90

 

 
Effective tax rate

 

24.6

%

 

25.1

%

(50

)

 

24.5

%

 

18.8

%

570

 

 

SALLY BEAUTY HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

June 30,

2019

 

September 30,

2018

 
Cash and cash equivalents

$

57,855

 

$

77,295

 

Trade and other accounts receivable

 

96,996

 

 

90,490

 

Inventory

 

967,744

 

 

944,338

 

Other current assets

 

37,853

 

 

42,960

 

Total current assets

 

1,160,448

 

 

1,155,083

 

Property and equipment, net

 

292,371

 

 

308,357

 

Goodwill and other intangible assets

 

599,405

 

 

608,623

 

Other assets

 

20,047

 

 

25,351

 

Total assets

$

2,072,271

 

$

2,097,414

 

 
Current maturities of long-term debt

$

21,002

 

$

5,501

 

Accounts payable

 

272,629

 

 

303,241

 

Accrued liabilities

 

146,209

 

 

180,287

 

Income taxes payable

 

1,214

 

 

2,144

 

Total current liabilities

 

441,054

 

 

491,173

 

Long-term debt, including capital leases

 

1,589,663

 

 

1,768,808

 

Other liabilities

 

25,709

 

 

30,022

 

Deferred income tax liabilities

 

86,310

 

 

75,967

 

Total liabilities

 

2,142,736

 

 

2,365,970

 

Total stockholders’ deficit

 

(70,465

)

 

(268,556

)

Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit

$

2,072,271

 

$

2,097,414

 

 

Supplemental Schedule 1

 

SALLY BEAUTY HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Segment Information

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 
 

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

Nine Months Ended June 30,

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

Percentage

Change

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

Percentage

Change

Net sales:
Sally Beauty Supply (“SBS”)

$

575,025

 

$

591,583

 

-2.8

%

$

1,721,238

 

$

1,757,272

 

-2.1

%

Beauty Systems Group (“BSG”)

 

400,144

 

 

404,700

 

-1.1

%

 

1,189,236

 

 

1,209,296

 

-1.7

%

Total net sales

$

975,169

 

$

996,283

 

-2.1

%

$

2,910,474

 

$

2,966,568

 

-1.9

%

 
Operating earnings:
SBS

$

95,763

 

$

94,912

 

0.9

%

$

272,470

 

$

271,834

 

0.2

%

BSG

 

61,552

 

 

62,039

 

-0.8

%

 

180,401

 

 

186,553

 

-3.3

%

Segment operating earnings

 

157,315

 

 

156,951

 

0.2

%

 

452,871

 

 

458,387

 

-1.2

%

 
Unallocated expenses (1)

 

(35,276

)

 

(42,179

)

-16.4

%

 

(110,416

)

 

(110,411

)

0.0

%

Restructuring

 

(1,908

)

 

(12,544

)

-84.8

%

 

(74

)

 

(24,513

)

-99.7

%

Interest expense

 

(25,781

)

 

(24,501

)

5.2

%

 

(74,092

)

 

(73,779

)

0.4

%

Earnings before provision for income taxes

$

94,350

 

$

77,727

 

21.4

%

$

268,289

 

$

249,684

 

7.5

%

 
 
Segment gross margin:

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

Basis Point

Change

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

Basis Point

Change

SBS

 

55.8

%

 

55.4

%

40

 

 

55.4

%

 

55.2

%

20

 

BSG

 

40.3

%

 

40.9

%

(60

)

 

40.2

%

 

41.0

%

(80

)

 
Segment operating margin:
SBS

 

16.7

%

 

16.0

%

70

 

 

15.8

%

 

15.5

%

30

 

BSG

 

15.4

%

 

15.3

%

10

 

 

15.2

%

 

15.4

%

(20

)

Consolidated operating margin

 

12.3

%

 

10.3

%

200

 

 

11.8

%

 

10.9

%

90

 

 
(1) Unallocated expenses, including share-based compensation expense, consist of corporate and shared costs and are included in selling, general and administrative expenses.
Supplemental Schedule 2
 

SALLY BEAUTY HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Non-GAAP Financial Measures Reconciliations, Continued

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 
 

Three Months Ended June 30, 2019

As Reported

(GAAP)

 

Restructuring (1)

 

 

 

As Adjusted

(Non-GAAP)

 
Selling, general and administrative expenses

$

360,183

 

$

$

360,183

 

SG&A expenses, as a percentage of sales

 

36.9

%

 

36.9

%

Operating earnings

 

120,131

 

 

1,908

 

122,039

 

Operating margin

 

12.3

%

 

12.5

%

Earnings before provision for income taxes

 

94,350

 

 

1,908

 

96,258

 

Provision for income taxes (3)

 

23,186

 

 

469

 

23,655

 

Net earnings

$

71,164

 

$

1,439

$

72,603

 

 
Earnings per share:
Basic

$

0.59

 

$

0.01

$

0.60

 

Diluted

$

0.59

 

$

0.01

$

0.60

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30, 2018

As Reported

(GAAP)

 

Restructuring (1)

 

Charges from

Data Security

Incidents (2)

 

As Adjusted

(Non-GAAP)

 
Selling, general and administrative expenses

$

378,598

 

$

$

(7,935

)

$

370,663

 

SG&A expenses, as a percentage of sales

 

38.0

%

 

37.2

%

Operating earnings

 

102,228

 

 

12,544

 

7,935

 

 

122,707

 

Operating margin

 

10.3

%

 

12.3

%

Earnings before provision for income taxes

 

77,727

 

 

12,544

 

7,935

 

 

98,206

 

Provision for income taxes (3)

 

19,501

 

 

3,324

 

2,301

 

 

25,126

 

Net earnings

$

58,226

 

$

9,220

$

5,634

 

$

73,080

 

 
Earnings per share:
Basic

$

0.48

 

$

0.08

$

0.05

 

$

0.60

 

Diluted

$

0.48

 

$

0.08

$

0.05

 

$

0.60

 

 

Contacts

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Investor Relations

940-297-3877

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