ULTA Earnings Cheat Sheet: Beats the Street on Profit Rise

Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULTA) reported net income above Wall Street’s expectations for the first quarter. Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances, Inc. is a beauty retailer that provides one-stop shopping for mass and salon products and salon services in the United States.

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Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance Earnings Cheat Sheet for the First Quarter

Results: Net income for Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. rose to $23.3 million (37 cents/share) vs. $13.7 million (23 cents/share) in the same quarter a year earlier. A rise of 70.5% from the year earlier quarter.

Revenue: Rose 20.6% to $386 million YoY.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: ULTA beat the mean analyst estimate of 31 cents/share. Estimates ranged from 30 cents per share to 31 cents per share.

Quoting Management: “We had a terrific start to the year with total sales, comparable store sales and net income per share solidly ahead of our guidance, demonstrating the ongoing preference of our beauty experience and the continued success of our growth strategies,” stated Chuck Rubin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ulta. “Our first quarter results included net sales growth of 20.6% driven by an 11.1% increase in comparable store sales and the expansion of our store base. Operating income grew faster than sales climbing 67.4% from the first quarter last year to 10.1% of net sales. During the quarter, we gained market share advancing each of the priorities we set at the beginning of the year. To this end, we were pleased with our new store performance and remain on track to expand square footage by 16% this year. We generated consumer excitement and heightened interest in Ulta with newness across categories, brands and services. In addition, we saw robust growth in guest count in our Ulta stores and at ulta.com as we leveraged our active eight million member loyalty base and delivered compelling social media, email and direct mail marketing campaigns. I am pleased with our positioning as we begin the second quarter and expect the continued implementation and strength of our strategies coupled with the focused execution of our team to result in a strong year of growth and significant accomplishments toward our long term goals.”

Key Stats:

The company has enjoyed double-digit year-over-year revenue growth for the past five quarters. Over that span, the company has averaged growth of 19.2%, with the biggest boost coming in the most recent quarter when revenue rose 20.6% from the year earlier quarter.

Last quarter marked the fifth consecutive quarter of gross margins expanding as the company’s gross margin expanded 2.3 percentage points to 34.9% from the year earlier quarter. Over that span, margins have grown on average 2.8 percentage points per quarter on a year-over-year basis.

The company has now seen net income rise in three-straight quarters. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, net income rose 48.8% and in the third quarter of the last fiscal year, the figure rose 67.9%.

Competitors to Watch: Sally Beauty Hldgs., Inc. (NYSE:SBH), Perfumania Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PERF), Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE:AVP), Alberto-Culver Company (NYSE:ACV), Revlon, Inc. (NYSE:REV), Elizabeth Arden, Inc. (NASDAQ:RDEN), Inter Parfums, Inc. (NASDAQ:IPAR), Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:NUS), The Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG), Parlux Fragrances, Inc. (NASDAQ:PARL), Physicians Formula Hldgs., Inc. (NASDAQ:FACE), Estee Lauder (NYSE:EL) and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ).

Stock Performance: Shares of ULTA are up over 13% to $56.25 per share this morning.

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(Sources: YahooFinance, Xignite Financials)