Ulta Magnificence, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULTA) Q2 2023 Earnings Convention Name August 24, 2023 4:30 PM ET
Kiley Rawlins – Vice President, Investor Relations
Dave Kimbell – Chief Govt Officer
Scott Settersten – Chief Monetary Officer, Treasurer and Assistant Secretary
Kecia Steelman – Chief Working Officer
Convention Name Individuals
Ashley Helgans – Jefferies
Michael Baker – D.A. Davidson
Olivia Tong – Raymond James
Anthony Chukumba – Loop Capital Markets
Christopher Horvers – JPMorgan
Adrienne Yih – Barclays
Kelly Crago – Citi
Kate McShane – Goldman Sachs
Steven Forbes – Guggenheim Securities
Good afternoon and welcome to Ulta Magnificence’s Convention Name to debate Outcomes for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2023. At the moment, all individuals are in a listen-only mode. A quick question-and-answer session will observe the formal presentation. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this convention is being recorded.
It’s now my pleasure to introduce Ms. Kiley Rawlins, Vice President of Investor Relations. Ms. Rawlins, chances are you’ll proceed.
Thanks, Paul. Good afternoon, everybody, and thanks for becoming a member of us for a dialogue of Ulta Magnificence’s outcomes for the second quarter of fiscal 2023. Internet hosting our name in the present day are Dave Kimbell, Chief Govt Officer; and Scott Settersten, Chief Monetary Officer; Kecia Steelman, Chief Working Officer, will be part of us for the Q&A session.
Earlier than we start, I would wish to remind you of the corporate’s Secure Harbor language. The statements contained on this convention name, which aren’t historic information, could also be deemed to represent forward-looking statements inside the that means of the Personal Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
Precise outcomes might differ materially from these projected in such statements as a result of plenty of dangers and uncertainties, all of that are described within the firm’s filings with the SEC. We warning you to not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which converse solely as of in the present day, August twenty fourth, 2023. We’ve no obligation to replace or revise our forward-looking statements besides as required by regulation, and you shouldn’t anticipate us to take action.
We’ll start this afternoon with ready remarks from Dave and Scott. Following our feedback, we’ll open up the decision for questions. To permit us to accommodate as many questions as attainable through the hour scheduled for this name, we respectfully ask that you just restrict your time to 1 query. When you have further questions, please re-queue. As all the time, the IR group shall be obtainable for any follow-up questions after the decision.
Now I am going to flip the decision over to Dave. Dave?
Thanks, Kiley, and good afternoon. We recognize your curiosity in Ulta Magnificence. The Ulta Magnificence group delivered robust efficiency once more this quarter with gross sales, gross revenue and SG&A bills all higher than deliberate.
Internet gross sales elevated 10.1% to $2.5 billion and comparable gross sales elevated 8%. Working revenue was 15.5% of gross sales and diluted EPS elevated 5.6% to $6.02 per share. Along with delivering nice monetary outcomes, our groups executed in opposition to our operational priorities.
In the course of the quarter, we drove progress throughout all main classes, elevated the variety of loyalty members, strengthened our model engagement and achieved essential milestones inside our multiyear transformation initiatives.
By way of the primary half, our monetary outcomes are forward of our inside expectations and I stay assured we are able to ship in opposition to our up to date steerage for fiscal 2023. I wish to categorical my honest appreciation to all Ulta Magnificence associates for his or her continued dedication to delivering nice visitor experiences whereas working collaboratively to execute our bold transformational agenda.
Beginning with the dialogue of our operational outcomes, we noticed robust stable gross sales efficiency throughout each our retailer and digital channels, pushed by double-digit site visitors progress. All main classes delivered comp progress for the quarter, supported by robust engagement with the general magnificence class, compelling product newness and innovation and profitable execution of cross-category promotional occasions, together with our reimagined Large Summer season Magnificence Sale.
Constructing on final yr’s promotional occasions, we consolidated key summer season occasions like our common Jumbo Love and Combine and Match Minis right into a broader, extra cohesive occasion with holistic storytelling and impactful messaging. The three-week lengthy Large Summer season Magnificence Sale drove market disruption, member conversion and robust gross sales throughout our Hair Care, Make-up and Pores and skin Care classes.
Turning to efficiency by class. Pores and skin Care continues to be one in every of our strongest classes at the same time as we lap unprecedented progress through the pandemic. For the quarter, each Status and Mass skincare delivered double-digit progress.
Newer manufacturers, together with Bubble, BYOMA and Beautycounter and innovation from present manufacturers like The Bizarre, Drunk Elephant and Supergoop! contributed to the robust gross sales outcomes. Reflecting client curiosity in dermatologist advisable manufacturers, La Roche-Posay and CeraVe continued to carry out effectively and types like Good Molecules, Hero Cosmetics and Peach Slices proceed to profit from social virality.
The Perfume and Bathtub class delivered double-digit comp progress once more this quarter. Layering and wardrobing scents as a type of self-expression particularly amongst Gen Z shoppers, continues to drive class engagement. Newness from Ariana Grande, Valentino and Burberry contributed to the class’s efficiency and key gift-giving occasions like Mom’s Day and Father’s Day drove progress for luxurious manufacturers like Carolina Herrera, Chanel and YSL.
The Hair Care class delivered mid-single-digit comp progress pushed by newness and visitor engagement with our strategic occasions. Hair Care centered on bonding, scalp remedies and different restore options in addition to merchandise that supply wholesome warmth styling choices proceed to drive client engagement.
Development-relevant merchandise from skilled manufacturers of Redken, Biolage and Matrix in addition to newness from status manufacturers Manner and IGK resonated strongly. New manufacturers, together with unique manufacturers LolaVie created by Jennifer Anderson, and Donna’s Recipe additionally contributed to progress this quarter. Whereas nonetheless challenged as we lap a number of years of robust progress, gross sales traits in hair instruments improved from the primary quarter, pushed by compelling newness from Dyson and innovation from Bio Ionic.
Lastly, make-up delivered low single-digit comp progress, pushed by robust efficiency in mass cosmetics. New manufacturers like Dior, NATASHA DENONA and Beautycounter drove progress through the quarter, whereas new and unique merchandise from a variety of manufacturers, together with e.l.f, NYX and OPI additionally contributed positively. Compelling occasions, together with our Large Summer season Magnificence Sale, Nationwide Lipstick Week and our basis occasion in addition to profitable Barbie and Little Mermaid collaborations drove visitor engagement. Whereas the efficiency of mass cosmetics benefited from partaking newness in social content material, our status make-up enterprise was challenged as we lapped the numerous impression of the Fenty launch final yr.
Our Providers enterprise delivered double-digit comp progress once more this quarter, primarily pushed by elevated appointments. Friends are partaking in core minimize, shade and blowout providers in addition to newer providers, together with extensions and scalp and hair remedies. We proceed to reinforce our service providing, and this quarter, we launched ear piercings chain-wide and launched a brand new Keratin Categorical remedy.
The Magnificence class progress stays wholesome throughout each Status and Mass value tiers as shoppers keep their post-pandemic routines and increase their definition of magnificence. After we take a look at the full magnificence market, our evaluation demonstrates we proceed to realize market share.
In Mass Magnificence, we gained share this quarter throughout all main classes. In Status, we proceed to drive stable features in pores and skin and perfume however noticed strain in make-up and hair primarily based on Circana’s magnificence gross sales knowledge. Our proprietary insights counsel shoppers have gotten much less centered on product pricing tiers and are buying and selling round, selecting to interact with manufacturers that supply on-trend newness and compelling social media content material.
As the one magnificence retailer to supply a curated assortment of merchandise from entry-level mass to luxurious and all the pieces in between, we’re uniquely positioned to seize share of the full magnificence market as shoppers shift. We stay assured within the resilience of magnificence. Our strategic framework guides our priorities and positions us to increase our market management and drive long-term worthwhile progress.
Let me share some highlights of the progress we made in opposition to this framework within the second quarter. Beginning with our efforts to drive progress with an expanded definition of All Issues Magnificence. Newness and Innovation are important progress drivers for Magnificence. Newness involves life within the type of new manufacturers, merchandise and product strains, shade extensions and reformulations, and fuels discovery and drive journeys and engagement. As we search to repeatedly delight company with All Issues Magnificence, we proceed to increase our assortment and innovate — with modern and rising manufacturers.
Constructing on newness launched within the first half, now we have a number of thrilling launches deliberate for the third quarter, together with Half Magic, a vegan and cruelty-free make-up model created by Euphoria make-up artist Donni Davy unique to Ulta Magnificence. Well mannered Society, a status make-up model unique to Ulta Magnificence created by the founders of Too Confronted Cosmetics.
Rabanne, a up to date and related Spanish trend model launching cosmetics completely at Ulta Magnificence. Hair styling instruments at accessible value factors from Shark Magnificence. PanOxyl, a dermatologist advisable model common with Gen Z and Sniph, an rising perfume band providing gender impartial sense obtainable solely at Ulta Magnificence.
Reflecting the expansion and recognition of luxurious merchandise with youthful generations, final quarter, we launched Luxurious at Ulta Magnificence in 200 shops and on ulta.com. This system has exceeded our expectations and we proceed to see robust visitor engagement with our choices throughout all classes. Constructing on this success, we’re excited to launch Pat McGrath Labs, a BIPOC, LUXE Artistry make-up model. Pat McGrath is a trusted skilled who has formed and disrupted the beauty class.
Now let me share an replace on our key cross-category platforms which lean into broader rising traits in magnificence, merchandise which are good for the world, inclusivity and wellness. As we search to supply company with a various assortment that displays their private values and particular person wants, we proceed to increase our assortment of manufacturers that includes clear, cruelty-free and vegan components, leveraging sustainable packaging and driving optimistic impression by our Acutely aware Magnificence platform.
On the finish of the quarter, 314 manufacturers have been licensed in at the very least one pillar, with greater than 270 manufacturers licensed in a number of pillars. To make sure all company really feel related and mirrored at Ulta Magnificence, we proceed our essential efforts to drive inclusivity.
Along with amplifying our portfolio of BIPOC manufacturers by informative advertising and marketing and in-store shows, this quarter, we hosted a summit for our BIPOC manufacturers, offering them with alternatives to community with friends whereas studying extra concerning the magnificence trade and operational greatest practices.
Lastly, because the significance of magnificence as a type of self-care and wellness continues to construct, we enhanced the wellness store assortment with the launch of two thrilling dietary supplements. Lemme Gummies created by Kourtney Kardashian and the introduction of Large Mind Probiotics from Love Wellness.
Turning now to our second strategic pillar, All in Your World. We’re enhancing visitor experiences throughout all of our contact factors. Friends proceed to shift effortlessly between bodily and digital channels, relying on their particular person wants, and we’re dedicated to assembly them wherever they’re of their magnificence journey.
Reflecting our efforts to reinforce our Purchase Wherever, Invoice Wherever capabilities, now we have expanded our same-day supply choice to primarily each retailer and improved our retailer fulfilment course of to drive larger effectivity and velocity. Between BOPIS, same-day supply and ship from retailer capabilities, 31% of our e-commerce gross sales and 39% of our digital orders have been fulfilled by our retailer groups this quarter.
Our client insights and member knowledge affirm the significance of bodily purchasing in magnificence. Greater than 75% of our members select to transact with us solely in shops, and but we all know many of those members use our digital platforms for discovery, try-on and inspiration. Changing these members to omni-channel members is a significant alternative to extend engagement and spend per member as omni-channel customers spend 2.5 instances to three instances greater than single channel customers. Importantly, the rise in spend is essentially incremental.
Expanded engagement with our cell app is a technique we’re driving omni-channel conversion. By way of our digital retailer refresh, we enhanced the consumer search and discovery expertise, seamlessly mixing commerce and content material for a extra customized expertise.
We additionally proceed to increase and improve our digital try-on capabilities. This quarter, we launched a digital try-on instrument that allows company to attempt a number of nail appears concurrently, and we upgraded our digital hair try-on expertise with expanded shade choices and enhanced switch high quality and velocity. These enhancements, mixed with consciousness campaigns, distinctive affords to drive utilization and elevated affiliate schooling have delivered significant progress. Over the past 12 months, 9 million energetic members have engaged with our cell app, double the variety of members who engaged with the app earlier than the pandemic. And we’re seeing stronger engagement, with greater than 55% of e-commerce gross sales coming by our cell app.
Turning to our partnership with Goal. We opened 62 Ulta Magnificence at Goal outlets through the quarter, ending the quarter with 421 outlets. Our advertising and marketing groups work carefully with our goal companions to construct consciousness for newer manufacturers, together with Billie Eilish and Ariana Grande Fragrances, Glamnetic and Dwelling Proof, whereas additionally amplifying Summer season Status must-haves and minis.
Because the partnership scales, we’re studying extra concerning the Ulta Magnificence at Goal company and the function this touchpoint performs of their magnificence journey and we are going to proceed to leverage our experience to develop distinctive assortments that replicate the preferences of the Ulta Magnificence at Goal company.
Shifting to our third strategic pillar, working on the Coronary heart of the Magnificence neighborhood, we’re centered on driving larger love, loyalty and emotional reference to Ulta Magnificence. We started this quarter with a Mom’s Day marketing campaign that highlighted unique cross-category presents, together with our luxurious assortment and hero fragrances.
Shifting into June, we positioned Ulta Magnificence because the vacation spot for Summer season Magnificence, driving top-of-mind consciousness and site visitors with compelling factors affords and particular offers throughout the assortment to have a good time our members.
Lastly, we closed the quarter with our Large Summer season Magnificence Sale, a daring and disruptive occasion that provided alternatives to avoid wasting on fan favorite magnificence objects throughout all classes and value factors from quite a lot of established and rising manufacturers. These key occasions, paired with our culturally-relevant content material amplifications, drove record-level highs in unaided consciousness, with our best features amongst Gen Z shoppers.
Turning to our loyalty program. We ended the quarter with 41.7 million energetic members, 9% larger than final yr, pushed by robust member acquisition and reactivation mixed with wholesome retention of present members. Spend per member additionally elevated, pushed by larger shopper frequency. The power of our loyalty program continues to be a strong and differentiated strategic asset for Ulta Magnificence and we’re happy with its elevated progress and efficiency.
Our continued efforts to nurture the member life cycle is driving outcomes. We accelerated new member acquisition and proceed to interact and retain members with significant occasions, compelling factors affords, customized content material and particular company. These methods additionally delivered progress in our Diamond and Platinum tiers, which elevated almost 30% in comparison with the identical interval final yr, reflecting robust loyalty and engagement with all Ulta Magnificence affords.
Turning now to our efforts to drive operational excellence and optimization. We’re executing an bold multiyear street map of transformation initiatives supposed to unlock new capabilities and efficiencies to gas our future progress. As now we have mentioned on earlier calls, we’re increasing and optimizing our provide chain, upgrading our enterprise useful resource planning platform, transitioning our digital retailer to a brand new platform, enhancing our knowledge administration programs and upgrading retailer POS programs.
I’m happy to share that our groups have delivered a number of key milestones. Our new Greer, South Carolina market success middle started receiving stock final month, and we anticipate to begin transport to shops subsequent week. We accomplished the set up of a brand new automated storage and retrieval system in our Greenwood distribution middle, which is able to enhance capability and allow larger productiveness.
We expanded our ship-from-store capabilities to a further 276 shops. As we speak, we fulfill e-commerce orders from 400 strategically-located shops, enabling sooner, less expensive supply to the visitor. We efficiently transitioned two distribution facilities, Jacksonville and Greer, to our new ERP platform.
As a part of our digital retailer transformation, we efficiently accomplished a large-scale improve of our end-to-end e-commerce platform and migrated to a brand new, modernized platform that features a new promotion engine, visitor account, cart and checkout. This can be a important milestone in our multiyear effort to raise our digital expertise in a method that positions us for long-term progress on this important channel.
Lastly, we accomplished the POS improve in all shops. Whereas our transformation agenda shouldn’t be completed, now we have made important progress, and I’m pleased with how our groups have labored to execute our plans whereas limiting disruption to company and associates.
Wanting ahead, we proceed to function in a dynamic setting. Whereas client confidence has strengthened, there are indicators pointing to moderating progress going ahead. Many shoppers have begun to scale back total spending, bank card debt stays excessive and the restart of pupil mortgage repayments is approaching. It’s unclear how these elements will impression client habits within the close to time period, however regardless of these elements, Magnificence has remained a shiny spot.
Primarily based on Circana’s magnificence gross sales knowledge, complete US magnificence gross sales for the primary half of 2023 elevated double-digits in comparison with the identical interval final yr with Status magnificence channels delivering larger progress than Mass magnificence channels. Trying to the remainder of the yr, we consider progress for the US magnificence market will stay wholesome however normalize into the mid-single digits as we lap two years of robust progress, expertise much less impression from pricing and face extra financial uncertainty.
As class progress normalizes, we proceed to anticipate promotional exercise inside the class may also normalize. Over the past two years, unprecedented class progress and robust demand restricted promotional exercise. Consequently, the promotional setting in 2021 and 2022 was unsustainably low. Reflecting these elements, we deliberate for larger promotional exercise this yr however proceed to anticipate promotions will stay effectively beneath 2019 ranges.
In closing, we function in a gorgeous and rising class. We’ve a robust, confirmed enterprise mannequin and a successful tradition and excellent groups. By way of the primary half of fiscal 2023, now we have exceeded our inside monetary expectations and we stay assured we are able to ship our up to date expectations for the remainder of the yr.
And now I’ll flip the decision over to Scott for a dialogue of the monetary outcomes. Scott?
Thanks, Dave, and good afternoon, everybody. As Dave shared, we delivered second quarter monetary outcomes that have been forward of our expectations. Robust gross sales progress supported by wholesome visitor engagement and robust in-store gross sales efficiency drove better-than-expected gross margin. SG&A spend was additionally decrease than deliberate, leading to an working margin of 15.5%.
Turning to the P&L. Internet gross sales for the quarter elevated 10.1%, pushed by 8% progress in comp gross sales, robust new retailer efficiency and stable progress in different revenues. Transactions for the quarter elevated 9%, primarily pushed by wholesome site visitors throughout each channels. Common ticket decreased 1% because the decline in common models per transaction greater than offset the impression of upper common promoting value.
The rise in common promoting value was primarily pushed by the impression of retail value will increase, a lot of which have been executed final yr. We estimate value will increase contributed about 300 foundation factors to the general comp. In the course of the quarter, we opened three new shops and relocated two shops. As well as, we re-modeled three shops.
Second quarter gross margin decreased 110 foundation factors to 39.3% in comparison with 40.4% final yr. The lower was pushed by decrease merchandise margin, a rise in stock shrink and better provide chain prices. General merchandise margin was decrease due primarily to elevated promotional exercise, unfavorable class combine and fewer profit from the timing of retail value adjustments. Whereas promotional exercise continues to normalize, you will need to word that total promotions stay effectively beneath 2019 ranges.
Stock shrink continued to be a headwind this quarter. Our efforts to deal with shrink are having an impression, however the total setting stays difficult. As we speak, now we have the brand new perfume fixtures in additional than 50% of our shops and anticipate to have these put in in 70% of the fleet by year-end.
We stay centered on taking motion in areas we are able to management, together with continued funding in fixtures, affiliate coaching, staffing in addition to operational enhancements and leveraging our affect to enact broader adjustments that can disincentivize illegal habits.
Provide chain prices have been larger, primarily pushed by ongoing investments in our provide chain transformation, as we made progress on the retrofit of our Dallas and Greenwood distribution facilities and ready to open our new market success middle in Greer, South Carolina. These gross margin pressures have been partially offset by robust progress in different income and leverage of retailer fastened prices as a result of high line gross sales progress.
SG&A elevated 12.4% to $600.7 million. SG&A elevated 40 foundation factors to 23.7% in comparison with 23.3% final yr. The rise in SG&A as a proportion of gross sales was pushed by deleverage of company overhead as a result of strategic investments, deliberate will increase in retailer payroll and advantages and better retailer bills, which greater than offset decrease incentive compensation.
Company overhead expense deleveraged within the quarter primarily as a result of investments associated to our strategic priorities, together with Venture SOAR, different IT capabilities and UB Media. Yr-to-date by the second quarter, now we have invested rather less than half of our deliberate $60 million to $70 million of incremental spend to assist our strategic initiatives.
The rise in retailer payroll and advantages was primarily because of the impression of deliberate progress in common wage charges and elevated staffing ranges in comparison with the identical interval final yr. Incentive compensation was a tailwind within the quarter, reflecting operational efficiency that’s extra according to our inside targets in comparison with final yr’s important outperformance.
Working revenue for the quarter was $391.6 million, flat to final yr. As a proportion of gross sales, working margin decreased 150 foundation factors to fifteen.5% in comparison with 17% final yr. Diluted GAAP earnings per share elevated 5.6% to $6.02 per share in comparison with $5.70 per share final yr.
Turning to the steadiness sheet and money circulate assertion. Whole stock elevated 9% to $1.82 billion in comparison with $1.67 billion final yr. Along with the impression of 37 further shops, the rise displays stock to assist larger demand, will increase in product prices and new model launches.
Capital expenditures have been $95 million for the quarter in comparison with $49.4 million final yr. The rise in capital expenditures was primarily associated to investments in IT and provide chain to assist our transformational agenda in addition to merchandising investments to assist the rollout of our luxurious assortment and model expansions.
Depreciation was $61.9 million within the quarter in comparison with $60.9 million final yr. We ended the quarter with $388.6 million in money and money equivalents. In the course of the quarter, we repurchased roughly 594,000 shares at a price of $275.5 million. Yr-to-date, now we have repurchased 1.1 million shares at a price of $559 million. On the finish of the second quarter, we had $541 million remaining below our present $2 billion repurchase authorization.
Shifting to our outlook. We’re updating our steerage for fiscal 2023 to replicate our better-than-expected second quarter efficiency. We’ve raised our high line expectations and now undertaking web gross sales shall be between $11.05 billion and $11.15 billion, with comp gross sales progress between 4.5% and 5.5%.
Our up to date outlook displays our robust first half efficiency whereas persevering with to contemplate dangers and uncertainties that would impression demand within the second half of the yr, together with rising client debt ranges and the anticipated resumption of pupil mortgage repayments. We proceed to anticipate comps will reasonable to the low single-digits within the second half of the yr, and we stay on monitor to open 25 to 30 new shops and renovate or relocate 20 to 30 shops this yr.
Reflecting our year-to-date efficiency, we have raised the low finish of the vary of working margin and now anticipate working margins for the yr shall be between 14.6% and 14.8% of gross sales, with deleverage to return pretty evenly from each gross margin and SG&A.
Our expectations replicate the continuation of the traits we skilled by the primary half of the yr round shrink, promotional exercise and provide chain prices, in addition to larger headwind from lapping the merchandise margin advantages from the timing of retail value will increase final yr.
For modeling functions, we anticipate third quarter working margin shall be meaningfully extra pressured than what we noticed within the second quarter as we lap larger pricing advantages within the third quarter final yr, in addition to a shift of funding spending from Q2 to Q3. Consequently, we anticipate earnings per share for the third quarter shall be decrease than final yr.
Reflecting these up to date assumptions, we now anticipate diluted earnings per share for the yr shall be between $25.10 and $25.60. As a reminder, fiscal 2023 is a 53-week yr. We anticipate the extra week will add between $165 million to $175 million in gross sales and roughly $0.40 of earnings per share.
In closing, our outcomes by the primary six months of fiscal 2023 highlights the continuing energy and resilience of our enterprise mannequin. I would wish to thank our associates for his or her dedication and dedication to maintaining our company on the middle of all we do and giving them extra causes to buy Ulta Magnificence.
As we glance to the long run, we’re centered on capitalizing on the expansion alternatives within the magnificence class and executing our strategic framework to ship long-term sustainable progress for all our stakeholders.
And now I am going to flip the decision again over to our operator to reasonable the Q&A session.
Thanks. We’ll now be conducting a question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions] Our first query is from Ashley Helgans with Jefferies. Please proceed together with your query.
Hello. Thanks for taking my query. To begin, possibly any particulars you may share on how site visitors progressed all through the quarter and what you are seeing now in August? After which additionally on the fragrances being locked up, have you ever seen any opposed results on gross sales? Thanks.
Sure. Ashley, for the quarter, we noticed robust site visitors all through the quarter with double-digit site visitors. And we proceed to be happy with the engagement that we’re seeing, and we noticed precise comp efficiency sequentially speed up by the quarter as effectively. And all of these traits are mirrored into our up to date and elevated steerage for the complete yr. On Perfume, the — I am going to let Kecia form of talk about what we’re doing in Perfume and the way that is impacting our enterprise.
Sure. Truly, we have locked up about 50% of our shops proper now. And what we’re seeing is within the preliminary shops that we rolled out the locked perfume instances for, we truly noticed gross sales enchancment as a result of we have been in inventory with the product and we had it obtainable to the company. So we’re staying very near that. We’re additionally investing in labor as a result of we do not wish to be gross sales preventative from the company having the ability to buy. In order that’s a bit of little bit of the funding in labor that you just heard earlier from Scott, is that in these shops, we’re upping our labor a bit as a result of we wish to make it possible for we’re in a position to care for the company. So we’re staying near it. The underside line is that we’re happy that we’re in a position to keep our in-stock for our company, and fairly frankly, hold the dangerous actors from coming into our shops.
Thanks. Our subsequent query is from Michael Baker with D.A. Davidson. Please proceed together with your query.
Thanks. I am simply curious, you stated you anticipate the wonder trade to develop mid-single digits, but you are solely anticipating comps to be up low single digits. And even should you add in retailer progress, you are still anticipating to develop possibly up, however seemingly beneath the trade. I do not suppose you guys suppose you are dropping share, so I am simply questioning should you will help flesh that out a bit of bit?
Sure, I would say, sure, we do anticipate persevering with to realize share. We have performed so by the primary half of the yr, and that’s our outlook. The commentary is de facto as we glance into the second half of the yr, we see some power. Engagement continues to be excessive. Actually, our enterprise is performing very effectively. We’re attracting new members. We’re rising throughout all key classes, each after which in each e-com and shops. However we additionally see some uncertainty as we get in later into the yr. So whereas we’re assured within the class, we’re simply incorporating into our outlook some full — a few of that. And for the complete yr, we’re income within the plus 8% to 9% vary, so we anticipate gaining share for the yr being forward of the full class progress. That shall be our plan.
Thanks. Our subsequent query is from Olivia Tong with Raymond James. Please proceed together with your query.
Thanks. My first query is round Status versus Mass breakout, since you talked about in Pores and skin that you just’re nonetheless seeing robust progress in each Status and Mass. However solely in Mass from make-up, however you talked about that the launch of Fenty a yr in the past was a giant contributor. So should you exclude that, are you seeing something completely different there? After which going ahead, as you consider your expectations on progress in Mass versus Status, what implications might which have on comp, in your view? Thanks.
What was the final a part of that query? What was — might you repeat the final?
Sure. Simply the implication on comp, if what you are pondering when it comes to progress of Mass versus Status throughout your shops? And what implications that may have when it comes to comp if Mass turns into a much bigger piece of the driving force of progress?
Nicely, sure, we — as I mentioned, we have seen robust efficiency actually throughout our complete assortment as we take a look at it, however Mass has been a bit stronger for a few quarters now in — throughout our enterprise. And that is pushed largely by robust client engagement throughout some key manufacturers in Make-up, Well being, Combine and a few others are actually hitting the market with nice innovation, nice advertising and marketing, nice client engagement. And the truth that we provide the complete assortment from Mass to Status is an actual profit. We’re in a position to capitalize on robust traits and robust engagements throughout all elements of that. In Pores and skin Care, we’re seeing manufacturers, notably within the dermatologist advisable space driving robust progress, and that is nice. We — robust participant for us. As we glance ahead, it is all the time our intent to proceed to adapt and modify and lean into the areas which are driving progress, discover methods to strengthen these that could be extra challenged, however we’re assured within the outlook going ahead. And the truth that now we have each is exclusive. In fact you understand that, however the truth that we’re the one ones that supply Mass, Masstige, Status and a rising established now enterprise in luxurious. We’re seeing robust factors throughout all. We’ll proceed to flex and adapt and incorporate it into our comp steerage is our skill to proceed to drive progress. However by the primary half of the yr, we’re actually happy with the Mass efficiency and several other manufacturers driving robust progress, and proceed to lean in and convey innovation into the Status aspect of the enterprise. And collectively, it is working to permit us to realize share throughout Ulta Magnificence.
Thanks. Our subsequent query is from Kate McShane with Goldman Sachs. Please proceed together with your query. Kate, is your line on mute.
We go to the subsequent particular person.
Thanks. Our subsequent query is from Anthony Chukumba with Loop Capital Markets. Please proceed together with your query.
Good afternoon. Congrats on the stable outcomes and thanks for taking my query. So only a actual fast one. You talked about Luxurious, and actually, it is exceeding your expectations. You talked about launching Pat McGrath Labs. It is all one associated query in simply two components. First off, what — is Luxurious — what proportion of your assortment, I suppose, is Luxurious within the shops that it is in? And is it sufficiently big at this level to be a comp driver?
Sure. Will not escape precise percentages. Once more, to reiterate, it is in 200 shops. We’re actually happy with it, a robust assortment throughout plenty of the easiest manufacturers in Luxurious. Chanel, Dior, NATASHA DENONA, HOURGLASS, an extension of Chanel with Chanel Numero Un, Lancome, Absolute , now Pat McGrath. A Luxurious perfume enterprise with manufacturers like YSL and Tom Ford and Viktor&Rolf. So we can’t get into precise percentages, however it is a crucial a part of our total technique. We all know there’s progress within the Luxurious aspect of the enterprise. We have been in Luxurious for some time, however now with this expanded residence, it’s a contributor to our complete comp. We’re excited concerning the addition of Pat McGrath and we’ll proceed to innovate and evolve and discover methods to drive additional progress down the street. So, sure, we predict it is — we all know it is contributing to our progress and we’re enthusiastic about our visitor response to an expanded luxurious expertise.
Thanks. Our subsequent query is from Christopher Horvers with JPMorgan. Please proceed together with your query.
Thanks. Good night. A layered gross margin query. So how did shrink within the promotional setting play out within the second quarter relative to your expectations? Have you ever modified any of your expectations round these line objects within the again half? And do you anticipate any enchancment maybe within the shrink line? After which Scott, might you remind us of the value price headwind that we confronted within the third quarter? As a result of I do know that was fairly important final yr. Thanks.
Positive, Chris. So, sure, versus — we did say, once more, versus our expectations for the quarter, we’re very proud of the general monetary outcomes we have been in a position to ship. So breaking it down a bit of bit extra, I would say merchandise margin was higher than what we anticipated and in order that speaks partially to the promotional lever that persons are centered on right here. So once more, usually higher than what we anticipated, so we are able to lean in and lean out. That is one of many nice strengths of our enterprise, having the ability to have real-time data and be capable of take fast motion and be agile. I would say shrink usually directionally about the identical as what we noticed within the first quarter. As we glance out to the remainder of the yr, we do not actually — we’re not anticipating a big flip in expectations there. We anticipate it to be robust the remainder of the best way. And we’ll say possibly the fourth quarter could also be barely much less unfavourable than it was early a part of the yr as a result of keep in mind, final yr within the fourth quarter was the primary time we actually referred to as out and quantified what the shrink impression was, so we did have a bit of little bit of a catch-up there. Over — after which fastened — retailer fastened prices we talked about, that was stronger than what we — stepping into expectation as a result of gross sales have been a bit stronger than what we thought. After which channel combine total helped us as effectively. As we glance to consider gross margin the second half of the yr, I would say the drivers, the headwinds are according to what we have seen within the first half of 2023. Once more, we’re taking a prudent strategy as we all the time do with our steerage, and we’ll work exhausting to do higher than that.
After which the value price in 3Q?
Sure. So there was — we — third quarter final yr is the place we noticed a big step-up within the pricing will increase throughout the portfolio, and actually, the margin profit began actually rolling by within the second quarter and into the again half of the yr. So that is actually the hardest anniversary level within the yr is forward of us proper now, and that is why we’re calling out third quarter. Third quarter is form of peak on plenty of completely different fronts. Once more, yearly is a bit of distinctive, however the third quarter now, we have got a bit of little bit of delays in a few of our undertaking work, which is shifting again a few of our IT expense into the third quarter. And numerous that flows by SG&A, so we’ll see extra strain there than we noticed earlier within the yr, after which likewise, with gross margin. And a bit of — extra reasonable gross sales progress expectations, coupled with biking over the margin advantages final yr from the value will increase step up within the again half of the yr, placing extra strain on third quarter than possibly some would anticipate. However once more, by the point we get within the fourth quarter and get again to specializing in gross sales within the vacation, we anticipate that to bounce again in a wholesome method.
Bought it. Thanks.
Our subsequent query is from Adrienne Yih with Barclays. Please proceed together with your query.
Nice. Thanks very a lot. Scott, I’ll keep on that subject with the third quarter. If I am not mistaken, it looks as if about $10 million to $12 million of the SG&A spend maybe is transferring into the third quarter. And if now we have a bit of bit extra gross margin strain, does that suggest that EPS may very well be down kind of excessive single-digit vary? Simply questioning if I am in the appropriate ballpark.
Sure. We do not wish to — into quantifying it particularly, Adrienne. However I would say directionally, you are in the appropriate zip code. So sure, on the SG&A aspect, that is roughly the shift again into the third quarter on a few of the IT spend. And sure, working margin goes to be down meaningfully versus what we noticed earlier this yr, and that is going to lead to unfavourable EPS progress year-over-year for the third quarter.
Tremendous useful. After which to simply observe by with the SG&A. So are you able to assist us stroll by the phases? I do know there’s 4 phases of Venture SOAR and all the different investments. It looks as if you are operating kind of twin buildings maybe on a few of the DCs after which the web site or, let’s name it, 1/3 or half of the yr. How ought to we take into consideration that rolling off? As a result of numerous this type of redundancy will go away subsequent yr. I do know you are not giving steerage, however simply to assist us form kind of what SG&A progress appears like final subsequent yr? As a result of it looks as if it comes down lots on the consensus. I simply wish to be sure now we have that appropriate in our thoughts. Thanks.
Adrienne, I am going to begin, after which I am going to kick it over to Scott. So sure, we’re in the course of an bold transformational agenda. That is for positive. And a part of that is actually positioning all components of the group for our future efforts, and now we’re actually happy with how our progress is working. However anybody who’s taken on this huge scale of a undertaking, we positively have timing shifts that occur as a result of we wish to make it possible for whereas we’re staying ahead, progressing and transferring, we’re actually restricted in our distraction and our disruption for our company and likewise for our associates. So we have adopted just a few of our time strains and have shifted a few the initiatives from Q2 into Q3, and we’d even see some shifting from Q3 into This autumn, however we’re nonetheless on monitor to spend the $60 million to $70 million incremental to the prior yr. And whereas we have got a few of these shifts, we nonetheless are very assured that we will stick with our total time line and the way issues wrapped up by the appropriate time line for subsequent yr, which is extra mid-2024. I am going to flip it over to Scott.
Sure, and also you’re precisely proper. We’re not offering steerage for 2024 right here in the present day, however sure, traders ought to anticipate that we are going to domesticate, recoup advantages from the numerous investments that we’re making in our core programs yr 2022 into ’23 and that we will see advantages materialized in 2024 and past. Once more, you have heard us discuss, these are main initiatives right here that we anticipate to see dividends for plenty of years into the long run, however I’d additionally warning traders simply to be ready. I imply there’s — we’re within the enterprise of rising Ulta Magnificence for the long run, and so there’s loads of different nice progress initiatives on the market that we have within the queue that we’re able to go deal with. As quickly as we get by a few of extra of this, I would name core transformation work right here in ’23 and early 2024.
Thanks. That is very useful. Better of luck.
Thanks. Our subsequent query is from Kelly Crago with Citi. Please proceed together with your query.
Hello. Thanks for taking my query. I simply have a few fast ones on classes. Simply on Make-up, it appears like Make-up’s progress decelerated from high-singles in 1Q to mid-singles in 2Q. Was that pushed by a slowdown — a subsequent slowdown in Status? Did each decelerate? And the way ought to we take into consideration Make-up rising in 2H? After which simply secondly on Pores and skin, we have heard from a few of the manufacturers that possibly there’s slowing progress in that class, however you do below index versus the class total. So simply curious whether or not that dynamic will help offset possibly some weaknesses that we’re seeing or beginning to see in Pores and skin? And any ideas on the expansion there could be nice. Thanks.
Sure. I would say on Make-up, the primary driver is whereas our — we’re bringing numerous innovation and newness throughout that Status portfolio, lapping — actually, one of many greatest launches within the historical past of Ulta Magnificence with Fenty, lapping that absolutely within the second quarter might be the most important driver. We’re excited although as we glance ahead. I discussed just a few launches that we that now we have popping out Rabanne, Pat McGrath, Well mannered Society, amongst others that a lot of that are unique to Ulta Magnificence and are coming into our enterprise within the second half of the yr. However we anticipate as we lap that launch, we’ll proceed to see strain on Status. Mass continues to drive progress behind nice innovation, nice engagement. And so we’re happy with the full Make-up aspect of the enterprise at the same time as we handle a few of the strain in lapping earlier launches. Within the Pores and skin Care aspect, sure, we’re — now we have considerably decrease share than we do in make-up, however our — now we have established over time a significant share place and the truth that we’re in a position to proceed to drive progress is, once more, a testomony to our mannequin, our skill, the power now we have throughout value factors. We’re seeing robust wholesome progress in each Mass and Status, actually leaning into dermatologist advisable area and consider that we are able to proceed to drive progress going ahead and proceed to drive share. The class, we predict, is wholesome. As I stated, with the full magnificence class, we do anticipate some moderation. It is unlikely to see double-digit progress eternally, however we’re leaning in. We have an excellent pores and skin enterprise. Our retailers proceed to carry robust innovation. Our retailer groups are doing an excellent job educating our company, and we’re delivering numerous progress and we see extra coming.
Thanks. Our subsequent query is from Kate McShane with Goldman Sachs. Please proceed together with your query.
Hello. Good afternoon. Thanks for giving me one other likelihood right here to ask our query. I puzzled should you might speak a bit of bit concerning the technique behind combining your promotional occasions such as you did this previous quarter? And did you see a much bigger carry because of that change versus final yr? Will there be any related approaches to a few of your promotional occasions being taken within the second half?
Nice. Sure, I nearly used your silence to reply any query that I wished to. Perhaps within the earlier case, however glad you bought again within the queue. Sure, we’re excited. We — I believe what we did within the second quarter, what our groups did, our service provider advertising and marketing, digital, retailer groups, our go-to-market groups, actually, we — they’re frequently evaluating how we are able to get higher and the way we are able to elevate the impression, and the summer season sale is an instance of that. We had robust occasions, stable occasions that have been delivering for years, however the group, by nice client insights, continued understanding of visitor habits and full understanding of what distinctive strengths we carry to the desk, re-evaluated that. And we’re happy with the outcomes of that occasion, the Large Summer season Sale in addition to, actually, our complete promotional technique. It was not an enormous acceleration in promotional depth as a lot as a better technique and it labored. Our company engaged, we attracted new members, it delivered robust comp progress, we noticed power in each shops and on our e-commerce enterprise, site visitors was wholesome. So it is — frankly, did not shock me as a result of I understand how the group continues to search for methods to raise, and it is one other instance of nice technique resulting in a robust execution. As we glance into the second half of the yr, we’re evaluating, as we all the time do, each facet of our go-to-market technique. We proceed to evolve our efforts. We’ll adapt to aggressive adjustments, client insights and ensure we’re delivering at a excessive stage. Sunday, Kate, begins 21 Days of Magnificence, one in every of our greatest occasions of the yr. And I believe you will see as that rolls out, a program that is been round for some time, continued innovation and methods to interact our company in new methods, so we’re excited to get that going.
Thanks. Our subsequent query is from Oliver Chen with TD Cowen. Please proceed together with your query.
Hello. That is Neil right here on for Oliver. I’d love to listen to extra about your ideas on the broader magnificence client. Somebody made a remark about shoppers are being much less centered on pricing and form of buying and selling round completely different value factors, so simply curious how that habits holds in opposition to the completely different macro headwinds you talked about, notably pupil loans? What’s your publicity to that? Or how do you quantify that impression as we get nearer to the October timeframe when that turns into extra materials? Thanks.
Sure. Nicely, I would say initially, we’re simply happy total with the continued engagement that magnificence lovers are exhibiting for this class. Popping out of the pandemic for these final a few years now, only a excessive stage of engagement. You understand how over the long-term, final 50 years, this has been a robust develop — constantly rising class due to the emotional connection that it performs in our visitor lives, the significance it has and the way they categorical themselves to the world, and that’s extra true now than ever. And a few of the behaviours and engagement instruments that emerge popping out of the pandemic proceed to gas the class. Robust innovation, robust connection by advertising and marketing and client instruments and an elevated understanding of the function of magnificence to wellness and self-care. So after we take a look at the patron going ahead, we stay assured within the long-term outlook for this class and the power of the wonder fanatic to gas it going ahead. As I discussed within the — in my feedback, there’s numerous uncertainty, and there was, frankly, for the final couple of years. However we glance into the rest of this yr, we all know we’re lapping. We proceed to lap robust progress. We have been on this robust class progress for some time now. We’ve extra adjustments coming, together with pupil loans. So we’re cautious and positively watching rigorously how that evolves. Traditionally, it has been tough to tease out any form of financial or stimulus shift and the way instantly that impacts the class or our enterprise, and our enterprise and the class itself has been largely resilient. Not immune, however largely resilient. So after we look out, I suppose I would say we’re optimistic however watching carefully and thoroughly. Staying actually near our company, understanding what’s taking place of their lives and what’s influencing their selections and ensuring we’re adapting. Very last thing I would say and I do know I’ve stated this many instances, however our place, our distinctive mannequin of getting all value factors and a extremely accessible expertise, each in-store and on-line positions us effectively. So even when there’s shifts, even when there are pressures on shoppers, historical past says we’re in a position to adapt, and I do know that is the technique that we’re implementing to ensure we’re right here for our company to ship no matter what goes on within the broader setting round them.
Paul, I believe now we have time for possibly another query.
Thanks. Our closing query is from Steven Forbes with Guggenheim Securities. Please proceed together with your queen.
Good afternoon. Dave, Scott, you each talked about in your ready remarks the expectation for promotions to stay effectively beneath 2019 ranges. And I hoped you possibly can simply possibly make clear that assertion? Is it remoted in 2023? Or is it meant to be a longer-term remark? And as we take into consideration merchandise margin danger within the mannequin, is there any strategy to body what the kind of structural change in promotional exercise within the class means for the margin profile in and of itself?
Sure. So after we’re speaking — once more, this has been an evergreen subject, I believe, with traders now for fairly some time, pointing again to 2019. So the enterprise is in a a lot completely different place in the present day than it was again in 2019. Once more, for these which have been following 2019, we had some main disruption in the course of the yr within the Make-up class, surprising deceleration there. There have been channel combine headwinds that we have been coping with as a enterprise. There was some funding in some worldwide enlargement that was inflicting some important deleverage on the enterprise. And so through the course of the pandemic, some initiatives which have been began pre-pandemic. However through the pandemic, we have been in a position to reap the benefits of ensuring that we absolutely leverage a few of our price optimization initiatives by the use of ESG, and now steady enchancment initiatives layered on high of that. I’d say the dimensions of the enterprise, a lot bigger in the present day than it was again in 2019. So we will get the advantage of the fastened retailer price leverage within the base enterprise far and above what we have been pre-pandemic. Issues round our capabilities like ship-from-store and focus capabilities that actually didn’t exist in any significant method again in 2019 that now you heard us say once more in the present day. 30% of these digital gross sales are being serviced out of our retailer fleet, so a way more environment friendly supply to the patron and a a lot better total margin profile of these gross sales. Issues like our bank card program, our Ulta Magnificence and Goal relationship. UB Media, new enterprise for us, simply actually out of the beginning gate right here over the course of the final yr, places us in a a lot better place total than we have been again in these days. So once more, that is not promotion instantly, however these — all these parts play a job in gross margin and working margin and increasing that over the course of time. So we really feel assured that the promotion ranges, once more, they will reasonable. We have been speaking during the last couple of years that extraordinary setting that we noticed in ’21 in ’22 was not sustainable for the long run. And that — as folks obtained again within the enterprise and other people have been again in malls and different stores that the promotion stage was in all probability going to return again to us a bit of bit, and that is form of how — what we’re seeing play out in the present day. So once more, there’s nothing surprising right here. It was in our forecast, our plans for the yr. We’re moderating and navigating our method by that in an efficient method, and once more, nothing — I do not suppose something that needs to be overly regarding to traders. Once more, we’re assured that we’re going to have the ability to handle our method by that with new capabilities, new strains of enterprise, our loyalty program and CRM capabilities being rather more mature in the present day than they have been again within the pre-pandemic days. So we’re assured we’re going to have the ability to ship wholesome working margins in that 14% to fifteen% vary and a really reasonable progress expectation of three% to five%. So feeling good about our place and the place we’re headed for the long run.
Thanks for that.
Nice. Thanks all for becoming a member of us in the present day. I recognize your curiosity and engagement in Ulta Magnificence. I wish to shut by thanking all of our Ulta Magnificence associates for his or her continued look after our company whereas delivering one other quarter of robust monetary outcomes. We sit up for talking to all of you once more after we report outcomes for the third quarter on November 30. Thanks once more, and have an excellent night.
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