The Container Store Group, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Fiscal Year 2021 Financial Results
May 17, 2022 at 16:05 PM EDT
Highest full-year sales in history, with consolidated net sales of $1.1 billion, up 10.5%† compared to fiscal 2020 and up 19.5% compared to fiscal 2019;
Highest full-year earnings per diluted share in history, with earnings per diluted share of $1.62 compared to $1.17† in fiscal 2020 and $0.30 in fiscal 2019; Adjusted earnings per diluted share* of $1.65 compared to $1.24† in fiscal 2020 and $0.30 in fiscal 2019;
Fourth quarter consolidated net sales of $305.5 million, down 2.9%† compared to fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 (decrease driven by 580 basis points impact of 53rd week in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020) and up 26.6% compared to fourth quarter of fiscal 2019;
Earnings per diluted share of $0.46 compared to $0.69† in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 and $0.26 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019; Adjusted earnings per diluted share* of $0.46 compared to $0.71† in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 and $0.26 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019
The Container Store Group, Inc. (NYSE: TCS) (the “Company”), today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended April 2, 2022, outlook for fiscal 2022, and long-term targets. The fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2021 consisted of 13 weeks and 52 weeks, respectively. The fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2020 consisted of 14 weeks and 53 weeks, respectively. The fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2019 consisted of 13 weeks and 52 weeks, respectively.
Satish Malhotra, Chief Executive Officer and President of The Container Store, commented, “We are very pleased with our stronger than expected fourth quarter performance which capped off the best year of sales and profitability in company history. The results demonstrate the progress we are making toward our goal of doubling our sales to $2 billion, and in fiscal 2021 we proudly exceeded $1 billion in sales for the first time. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, custom closet sales were up 3.6%† when compared to fiscal 2020 driven by our successful Transform with Elfa event, despite limiting the depth and breadth of the promotions. On 2/22/22, we launched our new branding campaign, Welcome to The Organization, with a 22% off welcome offer that drove a record-breaking single-day sales. We followed up the branding campaign with the launch of a reimagined loyalty program, Organized Insider, and our first mobile app. Fiscal 2021 was a banner year that we believe has established a solid foundation for growth at The Container Store.”
Mr. Malhotra concluded, “While fiscal 2022 will be a unique year as we contend with a dynamic macro backdrop, we will focus on our strategic initiatives to drive growth and market share gains. We will continue to emphasize the power of organization and demonstrate The Container Store’s leadership within the $20 billion addressable market of home storage and organization. With only 5% of total market share today, we are confident in the opportunity ahead to grow sales to $2 billion by fiscal 2027. We are excited to return to store growth with a plan to open two new stores in fiscal 2022, and a plan for an additional 74 new stores by fiscal 2027. This growth coupled with our more productive store base, and disciplined expense management is expected to result in low double digit operating margins over time as inflationary headwinds abate.”
Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2021 Results
For the fourth quarter (thirteen weeks) ended April 2, 2022:
For the fiscal year (fifty-two weeks) ended April 2, 2022:
* See Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures table.
New and Existing Stores
During fiscal 2021, the Company opened one new store in Annapolis, Maryland. As of April 2, 2022, the Company store base was 94 compared to 93 stores as of April 3, 2021.
Balance sheet and liquidity highlights:
The Company today provided the following financial outlook for the fiscal year ending on April 1, 2023:
The Company also provided the following financial outlook for the fiscal first quarter ending on July 2, 2022:
(1) Planned smaller footprint store openings in fiscal 2022 are as follows:
Long-Term Financial Targets
As part of today’s enhanced earnings event, the Company provided long-term financial targets. The Company expects to achieve $2 billion in consolidated net sales and more than double our earnings per diluted share by the end of fiscal 2027. Over this period of time, the Company expects to drive low double-digit annual sales growth, which encompasses low-single digit comparable store sales growth, combined with the expectation to open 76 new stores by the end of fiscal 2027. Additionally, the Company expects to spend approximately 5.5% to 6.0% of annual net sales on capital expenditures during this timeframe.
Conference Call Information
A conference call to discuss fourth quarter and full year fiscal 2021 financial results is scheduled for today, May 17, 2022, at 4:30 PM Eastern Time. Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial (877) 407-3982 (international callers please dial (201) 493-6780) approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available online at investor.containerstore.com.
A taped replay of the conference call will be available within two hours of the conclusion of the call and can be accessed both online and by dialing (844) 512-2921 (international callers please dial (412) 317-6671). The pin number to access the telephone replay is 13728571. The replay will be available until June 17, 2022.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements contained in this press release that do not relate to matters of historical fact should be considered forward-looking statements, including statements regarding our future opportunities; our goals, strategies, priorities and initiatives; sales trends, momentum and targets; and our anticipated financial performance and long term targets.
These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the following: the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated impact on our business, results of operations and financial condition; our ability to continue to lease space on favorable terms; costs and risks relating to new store openings; quarterly and seasonal fluctuations in our operating results; cost increases that are beyond our control; our inability to protect our brand; our failure or inability to protect our intellectual property rights; overall decline in the health of the economy, consumer spending, and the housing market; our inability to source and market new products to meet consumer preferences; failure to successfully anticipate consumer preferences and demand; competition from other stores and internet-based competition; vendors may sell similar or identical products to our competitors; our and our vendors’ vulnerability to natural disasters and other unexpected events; disruptions at our Elfa manufacturing facilities; deterioration or change in vendor relationships or events that adversely affect our vendors or their ability to obtain financing for their operations, including COVID-19; product recalls and/or product liability, as well as changes in product safety and other consumer protection laws; risks relating to operating multiple distribution centers; our dependence on foreign imports for our merchandise; our reliance upon independent third party transportation providers; our inability to effectively manage our online sales; effects of a security breach or cyber-attack of our website or information technology systems, including relating to our use of third-party web service providers; damage to, or interruptions in, our information systems as a result of external factors, working from home arrangements, staffing shortages and difficulties in updating our existing software or developing or implementing new software; our indebtedness may restrict our current and future operations, and we may not be able to refinance our debt on favorable terms, or at all; fluctuations in currency exchange rates; our inability to maintain sufficient levels of cash flow to meet growth expectations; our fixed lease obligations; disruptions in the global financial markets leading to difficulty in borrowing sufficient amounts of capital to finance the carrying costs of inventory to pay for capital expenditures and operating costs; changes to global markets and inability to predict future interest expenses; our reliance on key executive management; our inability to find, train and retain key personnel; labor relations difficulties; increases in health care costs and labor costs; violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and similar worldwide anti-bribery and anti-kickback laws; impairment charges and effects of changes in estimates or projections used to assess the fair value of our assets; effects of tax reform and other tax fluctuations; significant fluctuations in the price of our common stock; substantial future sales of our common stock, or the perception that such sales may occur, which could depress the price of our common stock; risks related to being a public company; our performance meeting guidance provided to the public; anti-takeover provisions in our governing documents, which could delay or prevent a change in control; acquisition-related risks and our failure to establish and maintain effective internal controls.
These and other important factors discussed under the caption “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, (the “SEC”) on June 3, 2021 and our other reports filed with the SEC could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements made in this press release. Any such forward-looking statements represent management’s estimates as of the date of this press release. While we may elect to update such forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we disclaim any obligation to do so, even if subsequent events cause our views to change. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.
About The Container Store
The Container Store Group, Inc. (NYSE: TCS) is the nation’s leading specialty retailer of storage and organization products and solutions and custom closets – a concept they originated in 1978. Today, with locations nationwide, the retailer offers more than 11,000 products designed to transform lives through the power of organization.
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Note Regarding Non-GAAP Information
This press release includes financial measures that are not calculated in accordance with GAAP, including adjusted net income, adjusted net income per common share - diluted, Adjusted EBITDA, and free cash flow. The Company has reconciled these non-GAAP financial measures with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures in a table accompanying this release. These non-GAAP measures should not be considered as alternatives to net income as a measure of financial performance or cash flows from operations as a measure of liquidity, or any other performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP and they should not be construed as an inference that the Company’s future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items. These non-GAAP measures are key metrics used by management, the Company’s board of directors, and Leonard Green and Partners, L.P., to assess its financial performance.
The Company presents adjusted net income, adjusted net income per common share - diluted, and Adjusted EBITDA because it believes they assist investors in comparing the Company’s performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that the Company does not believe are indicative of its core operating performance and because the Company believes it is useful for investors to see the measures that management uses to evaluate the Company. These non-GAAP measures are also frequently used by analysts, investors and other interested parties to evaluate companies in the Company’s industry. In evaluating these non-GAAP measures, you should be aware that in the future the Company will incur expenses that are the same as or similar to some of the adjustments in this presentation. The Company’s presentation of these non-GAAP measures should not be construed to imply that its future results will be unaffected by any such adjustments. Management compensates for these limitations by relying on our GAAP results in addition to using non-GAAP measures supplementally. These non-GAAP measures are not necessarily comparable to other similarly titled captions of other companies due to different methods of calculation.
The Company defines adjusted net income as net income before restructuring charges, charges related to the impact of COVID-19 on business operations, credits pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act, severance charges associated with COVID-19, acquisition-related costs, charges related to the closure of Elfa France operations, impairment charges related to intangible assets, loss on extinguishment of debt, certain (gains) losses on disposal of assets, certain management transition costs incurred and benefits realized, and the tax impact of these adjustments and other unusual or infrequent tax items. We define adjusted net income per common share - diluted as adjusted net income divided by the diluted weighted average common shares outstanding. We use adjusted net income and adjusted net income per common share - diluted to supplement GAAP measures of performance to evaluate the effectiveness of our business strategies, to make budgeting decisions and to compare our performance against that of other peer companies using similar measures. We present adjusted net income and adjusted net income per common share - diluted because we believe they assist investors in comparing our performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that we do not believe are indicative of our core operating performance and because we believe it is useful for investors to see the measures that management uses to evaluate the Company.
The Company defines EBITDA as net income before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is calculated in accordance with its credit facilities and is one of the components for performance evaluation under its executive compensation programs. Adjusted EBITDA reflects further adjustments to EBITDA to eliminate the impact of certain items, including certain non-cash and other items that the Company does not consider in its evaluation of ongoing operating performance from period to period as discussed further below. The Company uses Adjusted EBITDA in connection with covenant compliance and executive performance evaluations, and to supplement GAAP measures of performance to evaluate the effectiveness of its business strategies, to make budgeting decisions and to compare its performance against that of other peer companies using similar measures. The Company believes it is useful for investors to see the measures that management uses to evaluate the Company, its executives and its covenant compliance. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are also frequently used by analysts, investors and other interested parties to evaluate companies in the Company’s industry.
The Company presents free cash flow, which the Company defines as net cash provided by operating activities in a period minus payments for property and equipment made in that period, because it believes it is a useful indicator of the Company’s overall liquidity, as the amount of free cash flow generated in any period is representative of cash that is available for debt repayment, investment, and other discretionary and non-discretionary cash uses. Accordingly, we believe that free cash flow provides useful information to investors in understanding and evaluating our liquidity in the same manner as management. Our definition of free cash flow is limited in that it does not solely represent residual cash flows available for discretionary expenditures due to the fact that the measure does not deduct the payments required for debt service and other contractual obligations. Therefore, we believe it is important to view free cash flow as a measure that provides supplemental information to our Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows. Although other companies report their free cash flow, numerous methods may exist for calculating a company’s free cash flow. As a result, the method used by our management to calculate our free cash flow may differ from the methods used by other companies to calculate their free cash flow.
Additionally, this press release refers to the change in Elfa third-party net sales after the conversion of Elfa’s net sales from Swedish krona to U.S. dollars using the prior year’s conversion rate, which is a financial measure not calculated in accordance with GAAP. The Company believes the disclosure of the change in Elfa third-party net sales without the effects of currency exchange rate fluctuations helps investors understand the Company’s underlying performance.
The Container Store Group, Inc. Supplemental Information - Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The table below reconciles the non-GAAP financial measures of adjusted net income and adjusted net income per common share - diluted with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures of GAAP net income and GAAP net income per common share - diluted.
The table below reconciles the non-GAAP financial measure Adjusted EBITDA with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure of GAAP net income.
The table below reconciles the non-GAAP financial measure of free cash flow with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure of net cash provided by operating activities.
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