Cabela’s Inc Experienced Challenging Traffic Patterns In Release of First Quarter 2017 Results

  • First Quarter GAAP Diluted EPS of $0.28 and Non-GAAP Diluted EPS of $0.40
  • Cabela’s CLUB® Avg. Receivables Grew 11.0%
  • Consolidated Retail Comparable Store Sales Decreased 8.9%
  • SD&A Expenses Decreased $1.3 Million to $327.9 Million on a GAAP Basis and Decreased $3.1 Million to $318.6 Million on a Non-GAAP Basis

SIDNEY, Neb., 2017-May-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Cabela’s Incorporated (NYSE:CAB) today (May 4, 2017) reported financial results for the first quarter fiscal 2017.

For the quarter, on a GAAP basis, total revenue decreased 3.4% to $834.9 million, revenue from retail store sales decreased 3.9% to $542.0 million, Internet and catalog sales decreased 12.6% to $136.1 million, and Financial Services revenue increased 6.5% to $150.0 million. For the quarter, U.S. comparable store sales decreased 9.1% and consolidated comparable store sales decreased 8.9%.

For the quarter, net income decreased 16.7% to $19.1 million compared to $22.9 million in the year ago quarter, and earnings per diluted share were $0.28 compared to $0.33 in the year ago quarter. Adjusted for certain items, the Company reported first quarter net income of $27.6 million and earnings per diluted share of $0.40 as compared to net income of $29.5 million and earnings per diluted share of $0.43 in the year ago quarter. First quarter 2017 GAAP results included impairment and restructuring charges and other items totaling a $0.12 reduction in earnings per diluted share. See the supporting schedules to this earnings release labeled “Reconciliation of GAAP Reported to Non-GAAP Adjusted Financial Measures” for a reconciliation of the GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures.

“While we were disappointed with our merchandise sales in the first quarter, we were very pleased with the excellent performance of our Cabela’s CLUB Visa program and our focus on expense management, which continued to provide meaningful contributions to profitability,” said Tommy Millner, Cabela’s Chief Executive Officer. “Similar to broader retail industry trends, we continued to experience challenging traffic patterns in the first quarter. Our growth in average ticket was more than offset by continued decreases in transactions.”

For the quarter, consolidated comparable store sales decreased 8.9% and U.S. comparable store sales decreased 9.1% as compared to the same quarter a year ago. The decrease in comparable store sales was attributable to several specific events. Firearms and ammunition have faced several headwinds including the election and the tough comparisons from the San Bernardino tragedy a year ago. The home and gifts category was challenged by difficult comparisons related to a significant spike in demand for specific items in the first quarter a year ago. While apparel categories comped negatively for the quarter, they have shown signs of improvement and were down less than the consolidated comp.

Merchandise gross margin decreased by 80 basis points in the quarter to 31.4% compared to 32.2% in the same quarter a year ago. This decrease was primarily attributable to the impacts of increased sales discounts and promotional activity as well as merchandise mix. Sales discounts and promotional activity were responsible for approximately 70 basis points of the decrease and the merchandise mix impact was approximately 10 basis points of the overall decrease for the quarter.

Expense management initiatives continued to generate meaningful contributions to profitability. For the quarter, GAAP basis SD&A expenses decreased by $1.3 million to $327.9 million as compared to $329.2 million in the same quarter a year ago. On a non-GAAP basis, SD&A expenses decreased $3.1 million to $318.6 million as compared to $321.7 millionin the same quarter a year ago. Expense reductions were primarily related to efficiencies in labor and a decrease in certain marketing expenses.

“We continue to be very pleased with the results of our expense and process improvement initiatives,” Millner said. “We are particularly encouraged by the sustainable impact of these initiatives from their implementation in 2015 through the first quarter. I commend our teams for executing these profitability enhancing improvements throughout the business.”

The Cabela’s CLUB Visa program had another excellent quarter. For the quarter, growth in the average number of active credit card accounts was 2.4% and growth in average balance per active credit card account was 8.3% as compared to the same period a year ago. The average balance of credit card loans grew 11.0% to approximately $5.4 billion as compared to $4.9 billion in the year ago quarter. For the quarter, net charge-offs were 3.18%. First quarter Financial Services revenue increased 6.5% over the year ago quarter. This increase was primarily driven by increases in interest and fee income, which was largely offset by increases in the provision for loan losses as well as interest expense. During the quarter, the allowance for loan losses was reduced by $6.2 million as compared to a reduction of $1.2 million in the same quarter a year ago. For the quarter, the reduction in the allowance for loan losses was due to improvements in the roll rates for early stage delinquencies from the end of the fourth quarter of 2016 to the end of the first quarter of 2017.

As a reminder, Cabela’s will not host a conference call with analysts and investors or provide guidance in connection with the results and does not plan to do so for future quarters while the acquisition of the Company by Bass Pro Shops is pending.

About Cabela’s Incorporated

Cabela’s Incorporated, headquartered in Sidney, Nebraska, is a leading specialty omni-channel retailer of hunting, fishing, camping, shooting sports, and related outdoor merchandise. Since the Company’s founding in 1961, Cabela’s® has grown to become one of the most well-known outdoor recreation brands in the world, and has long been recognized as the World’s Foremost Outfitter®. Cabela’s offers a wide and distinctive selection of high-quality outdoor products at competitive prices while providing superior customer service. Cabela’s also issues the Cabela’s CLUB® Visa credit card, which serves as its primary customer loyalty rewards program. Cabela’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchangeunder the symbol “CAB”.

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