~ Comparable Store Sales Expected to Increase Approximately 40% ~
HARRISBURG, Pa., July 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: OLLI) today announced its outlook for the second quarter ending August 1, 2020.
Based on quarter-to-date trends, for the second quarter of fiscal 2020 the Company expects the following:
- Total net sales of approximately $515 million;
- Comparable store sales growth of approximately 40%;
- Gross margin of approximately 39%, returning to historical second quarter levels;
- Operating margin1 of approximately 16%
John Swygert, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are excited about the strength in our business and comparable sales during the second quarter. Our ability to keep pace with the spike in demand and deliver outstanding comparable store sales growth and operating margins is a testament to our organization’s ability to execute at extraordinary levels. I am extremely proud of and thankful for the efforts put forth by our entire organization. Our buyers worked quickly to secure great deals for our customers, our distribution center teams did an amazing job moving product through the supply chain and our store employees worked tirelessly to stock our shelves and serve our customers while maintaining a safe environment. The robust comparable store sales growth has decelerated in recent weeks, tracking in the positive mid-teens, and we expect growth to continue to moderate in the third and fourth quarters. Overall, we believe our performance demonstrates the strength and resiliency of our business model.
Mr. Swygert continued, “Looking ahead, we remain very well positioned to benefit from the continued disruption in the marketplace. Deal flow is strong and while we can’t control the continued uncertainties related to the impact of COVID-19 or the associated economic stimulus, we will keep doing what we do best; buy cheap and sell cheap, while maintaining discipline in how we operate our business. We remain excited about our long-term opportunities as we continue to leverage the agility of our unique closeout business model and execute our strategic growth plans.”
1 Operating margin is operating income as a percent of net sales.
Conference Call Information
The Company has not completed its quarter-end review process and the final results for the second quarter of fiscal 2020 may differ from the statements made in this press release. Further commentary will be provided when the Company releases its final financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2020 on Thursday, August 27, 2020 after the market closes. Following the release, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time the Company’s management will host a conference call to discuss the results.
Investors and analysts can participate on the conference call by dialing (800) 219-7052 or (574) 990-1029 and using conference ID #1174635. Interested parties can also listen to a live webcast or replay of the conference call by logging on to the Investor Relations section on the Company’s website at http://investors.ollies.us/.
We are a highly differentiated and fast growing, extreme value retailer of brand name merchandise at drastically reduced prices. We are known for our assortment of merchandise offered as Good Stuff Cheap®. We offer name brand products, Real Brands! Real Bargains!®, in every department, including housewares, food, books and stationery, bed and bath, floor coverings, toys, health and beauty aids and other categories. We currently operate 366 stores in 25 states throughout half of the United States. For more information, visit www.ollies.us.
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