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Revolve Group Announces First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

05/03/2022

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Revolve Group, Inc. (NYSE: RVLV), the next-generation fashion retailer for Millennial and Generation Z consumers, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

“We’ve had an exceptional start to the year, highlighted by 58% net sales growth year-over-year in the first quarter, record quarterly growth in active customers, and record levels of net income and operating cash flow for any first quarter,” said co-founder and co-CEO Mike Karanikolas. “These impressive results and our consistent delivery of profitable growth reflect outstanding performance across the REVOLVE and FWRD segments, underscoring our team’s ability to execute and navigate through what continues to be a very challenging macro environment.”

“Our customer engagement is stronger than ever, driving incredible momentum in the business, and the return of our impactful, in-person events – such as REVOLVE Festival – is further strengthening our connection with the next-generation consumer,” said co-founder and co-CEO Michael Mente. “With our team and operational excellence as the foundation, combined with our strong brand momentum and connection with the consumer, we believe we are very well positioned for continued market and wallet share gains to capitalize on the exciting opportunities ahead.”

First Quarter 2022 Financial Summary

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

 

YoY Change

 

 

(in thousands, except percentages)

Net sales

 

$

283,498

 

 

$

178,907

 

 

58%

Gross profit

 

$

154,411

 

 

$

96,665

 

 

60%

Gross margin

 

 

54.5

%

 

 

54.0

%

 

 

Net income

 

$

22,568

 

 

$

22,252

 

 

1%

Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP financial measure)

 

$

31,543

 

 

$

23,340

 

 

35%

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

$

53,797

 

 

$

33,209

 

 

62%

Free cash flow (non-GAAP financial measure)

 

$

52,727

 

 

$

32,473

 

 

62%

Operational Metrics

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

 

YoY Change

 

 

(in thousands, except average order value and percentages)

Active customers (trailing 12 months)

 

 

2,041

 

 

 

1,477

 

 

38%

Total orders placed

 

 

2,156

 

 

 

1,282

 

 

68%

Average order value

 

$

288

 

 

$

256

 

 

13%

Additional First Quarter 2022 Metrics and Results Commentary

  • Accelerated growth in active customers was a key driver of our strong results, highlighted by record quarterly growth of 201,000 active customers during the first quarter of 2022. Total active customers grew to 2.0 million, an increase of 38% year-over-year, illustrating the strong consumer appeal of our offerings.
  • Total net sales were a record $283.5 million, an increase of 58% year-over-year.
  • Gross margin was 54.5%, an increase of 44 basis points year-over-year, and our highest-ever gross margin for a first quarter.
  • Income before income taxes was $29.0 million, an increase of 38% year-over-year.
  • Tax rate: Our effective tax rate of 22% for the first quarter of 2022 is broadly consistent with our outlook provided last quarter. However, our effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2021 was an unusually low (6%), primarily due to excess tax benefits realized as a result of the exercise of non-qualified stock options. Absent such discrete tax items in future quarters, we expect our effective tax rate to be around 25%.
  • Net income was $22.6 million, a year-over-year increase of 1%, a comparison that was impacted by the meaningful differences in our effective tax rate. Our effective tax rate was 28 points higher in the first quarter of 2022 than in the prior-year comparable period.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $31.5 million, a year-over-year increase of 35%.
  • Diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $0.30, consistent with the prior-year comparable period, a comparison that was impacted by the meaningful differences in our effective tax rate. Our effective tax rate in the first quarter of 2022 was 28 points higher than in the prior-year comparable period. If our effective tax rate in 2022 had been consistent with the prior-year comparable period, earnings per share would have increased 37% year-over-year.

Additional Net Sales Commentary

  • REVOLVE segment net sales were $237.7 million, an increase of 56% year-over-year.
  • FWRD segment net sales were $45.8 million, an increase of 71% year-over-year. FWRD net sales have more than tripled in the past three years compared to the first quarter of 2019, delivering a compound annual growth rate during this three-year period of 46%.
  • Domestic net sales increased 66% year-over-year and international net sales increased 28% year-over-year. The international expansion was broad-based with all of our major regions contributing to net sales growth during the quarter.

Cash Flow and Balance Sheet

  • We generated record net cash provided by operating activities and free cash flow for a first quarter of $53.8 million and $52.7 million, respectively, an exceptional increase of 62% year-over-year for each measure. Free cash flow has increased by nearly 400% in the past three years compared to the first quarter of 2019.
  • Balance sheet: The strong cash flow generation has further strengthened our balance sheet and liquidity. Cash and cash equivalents as of March 31, 2022 were $270.6 million, an increase of $52.2 million, or 24%, from December 31, 2021 and an increase of $87.7 million, or 48%, from $182.9 million as of March 31, 2021. Cash and cash equivalents, net of borrowings, were more than 250% higher than just two years earlier as of March 31, 2020. Our balance sheet as of March 31, 2022 remains debt free.
  • Inventory as of March 31, 2022 was $179.2 million, an increase of $8.0 million, or 5%, from December 31, 2021. Inventory balance increased $78.8 million year-over-year, or 78%, from the inventory balance of $100.5 million as of March 31, 2021. The current inventory balance reflects our strong business momentum heading into our anticipated peak season in the second quarter of 2022 and our ongoing efforts to successfully navigate the industrywide supply chains challenges.

Additional trend information regarding REVOLVE’s first quarter of 2022 financial results and operating metrics is available in the Q1 2022 Financial Highlights presentation available on REVOLVE’s investor relations website. https://investors.revolve.com/events-and-presentations/default.aspx

Results Since the End of the First Quarter of 2022

Our growth trajectory continued strong into the beginning of the second quarter of 2022, with net sales in April 2022 growing more than 30% year-over-year against a more elevated prior-year comparison than we faced in the first quarter of 2022. Consistent with prior commentary, we continue to expect the second quarter ending June 30, 2022 to be our largest sales quarter of the year as our core customer gears up for a busy travel and event calendar in the warm summer months ahead. We also believe the consumer excitement and anticipation regarding the return of festival season, including our REVOLVE Festival held last month for the first time in three years, was a key driver of our exceptional first quarter results and our opportunity in the second quarter.

For the full year 2022, we continue to expect our year-over-year growth rate to be highest in the first quarter of 2022 and lowest in the fourth quarter of 2022, considering that our growth rate meaningfully accelerated throughout 2021. We believe our business momentum and market share gains illustrate that our brands are truly resonating with next generation consumers globally across both the REVOLVE and FWRD segments, highlighted by strong customer engagement and record growth in active customers for the third consecutive quarter. While we are mindful of the macroeconomic, geopolitical and other uncertainties in the global markets we serve, we are confident in our competitive advantages, demonstrated agility and talented data-driven team that we believe will help us continue to navigate through the challenges ahead and capitalize on the exciting opportunities in front of us.

Conference Call Information

Revolve Group management will host a call today at 4:30 pm ET / 1:30 pm PT to discuss today’s results in more detail. To participate, please dial (888) 330-2454 within the United States or (240) 789-2714 outside the United States approximately 10 minutes before the scheduled start of the call. The conference ID for the call is 3102771. The conference call will also be accessible, live via audio broadcast, on the Investor Relations section of the Revolve Group website at investors.revolve.com. A replay of the conference call will be available online at investors.revolve.com. In addition, an audio replay of the call will be available for one week following the call and can be accessed by dialing (800) 770-2030 within the United States or (647) 362-9199 outside the United States. The replay conference ID is 3102771.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical or current fact included in this press release are forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements regarding our expected future effective tax rate, and our operating results and year-over-year growth for the second quarter ending June 30, 2022 and the full year 2022. Forward-looking statements include statements containing words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “project,” “will” and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Our actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of these risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation, risks related to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business, operations and financial results; demand for our products; macroeconomic conditions; supply chain challenges, inflation, Russia’s war against Ukraine, our fluctuating operating results; seasonality in our business; our ability to acquire products on reasonable terms; our e-commerce business model; our ability to attract customers in a cost effective manner; the strength of our brand; competition; fraud; system interruptions; our ability to fulfill orders; and other risks and uncertainties included under the caption “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, including, without limitation, our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 and our subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, including for the quarter ended March 31, 2022, which we expect to file with the SEC on May 3, 2022. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement, and we undertake no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Other Operating Metrics

To supplement our condensed consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States of America (GAAP), we reference in this press release and the accompanying tables the following non-GAAP financial measures: Adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow.

The presentation of this non-GAAP financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP, and our non-GAAP measures may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies.

We use these non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate our operating performance, generate future operating plans and make strategic decisions regarding the allocation of capital. Our management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our performance and liquidity by excluding certain expenses that may not be indicative of our ongoing core operating performance. We believe that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing our performance and when analyzing historical performance and liquidity and when planning, forecasting, and analyzing future periods.

For a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP measures, please see the tables captioned “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” included at the end of this release.

Definitions of our non-GAAP financial measures and other operating metrics are presented below.

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure that we calculate as net income before other expense (income), net; taxes; and depreciation and amortization; adjusted to exclude the effects of equity-based compensation expense and certain non-routine items. Adjusted EBITDA is a key measure used by management to evaluate our operating performance, generate future operating plans and make strategic decisions regarding the allocation of capital. In particular, the exclusion of certain expenses in calculating Adjusted EBITDA facilitates operating performance comparisons on a period-to-period basis and, in the case of exclusion of the impact of equity-based compensation, excludes an item that we do not consider to be indicative of our core operating performance.

Free Cash Flow

Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure that we calculate as net cash provided by operating activities less cash used in purchases of property and equipment. We view free cash flow as an important indicator of our liquidity because it measures the amount of cash we generate. Free cash flow also reflects changes in working capital.

Active Customers

We define an active customer as a unique customer account from which a purchase was made across our platform at least once in the preceding 12-month period. In any particular period, we determine our number of active customers by counting the total number of customers who have made at least one purchase in the preceding 12-month period, measured from the last date of such period. We view the number of active customers as a key indicator of our growth, the reach of our sites, the value proposition and consumer awareness of our brand, the continued use of our sites by our customers and their desire to purchase our products.

Total Orders Placed

We define total orders placed as the total number of customer orders placed by our customers across our platform in any period. We view total orders placed as a key indicator of the velocity of our business and an indication of the desirability of our products and sites to our customers. Total orders placed, together with average order value, is an indicator of the net sales we expect to recognize in a given period.

Average Order Value

We define average order value as the sum of the total gross sales from our sites in a given period, prior to product returns, divided by the total orders placed in that period. We believe our high average order value demonstrates the premium nature of our product. Average order value varies depending on the site through which we sell merchandise, the mix of product categories sold, the number of units in each order, the percentage of sales at full price, and for sales at less than full price, the level of markdowns.

About Revolve Group, Inc.

Revolve Group, Inc. (RVLV) is the next-generation fashion retailer for Millennial and Generation Z consumers. As a trusted premium lifestyle brand and a go-to online source for discovery and inspiration, we deliver an engaging customer experience from a vast, yet curated, offering of apparel, footwear, accessories and beauty styles. Our dynamic platform connects a deeply engaged community of millions of consumers, thousands of global fashion influencers, and more than 1,000 emerging, established and owned brands.

We were founded in 2003 by our co-CEOs, Michael Mente and Mike Karanikolas. We sell merchandise through two complementary segments, REVOLVE and FWRD, that leverage one platform. Through REVOLVE we offer an assortment of premium apparel, footwear, accessories and beauty products from emerging, established and owned brands. Through FWRD, we offer a highly curated assortment of iconic and emerging luxury brands. For more information, visit www.revolve.com.

REVOLVE GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share data)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

Net sales

 

$

283,498

 

 

$

178,907

 

Cost of sales

 

 

129,087

 

 

 

82,242

 

Gross profit

 

 

154,411

 

 

 

96,665

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fulfillment

 

 

7,290

 

 

 

4,367

 

Selling and distribution

 

 

46,586

 

 

 

24,977

 

Marketing

 

 

45,250

 

 

 

26,228

 

General and administrative

 

 

26,835

 

 

 

19,878

 

Total operating expenses

 

 

125,961

 

 

 

75,450

 

Income from operations

 

 

28,450

 

 

 

21,215

 

Other (income) expense, net

 

 

(516

)

 

 

233

 

Income before income taxes

 

 

28,966

 

 

 

20,982

 

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

 

 

6,398

 

 

 

(1,270

)

Net income

 

$

22,568

 

 

$

22,252

 

Earnings per share of Class A and Class B common stock:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

0.31

 

 

$

0.31

 

Diluted

 

$

0.30

 

 

$

0.30

 

Weighted average number of shares of Class A and Class B common stock outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

73,264

 

 

 

71,782

 

Diluted

 

 

74,803

 

 

 

74,033

 

 

REVOLVE GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except share and per share data)

 

 

 

March 31,

 

 

December 31,

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

270,607

 

 

$

218,455

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

 

11,386

 

 

 

4,639

 

Inventory

 

 

179,245

 

 

 

171,259

 

Income taxes receivable

 

 

466

 

 

 

3,375

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

 

58,127

 

 

 

42,114

 

Total current assets

 

 

519,831

 

 

 

439,842

 

Property and equipment (net of accumulated depreciation of $10,418 and $9,347 as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively)

 

 

8,867

 

 

 

8,946

 

Right-of-use lease assets

 

 

16,618

 

 

 

6,566

 

Intangible assets, net

 

 

1,259

 

 

 

1,212

 

Goodwill

 

 

2,042

 

 

 

2,042

 

Other assets

 

 

3,107

 

 

 

2,746

 

Deferred income taxes

 

 

19,059

 

 

 

19,059

 

Total assets

 

$

570,783

 

 

$

480,413

 

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

75,126

 

 

$

54,345

 

Income taxes payable

 

 

2,761

 

 

 

 

Accrued expenses

 

 

40,622

 

 

 

33,899

 

Returns reserve

 

 

69,626

 

 

 

49,296

 

Current lease liabilities

 

 

3,829

 

 

 

3,766

 

Other current liabilities

 

 

25,207

 

 

 

18,916

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

217,171

 

 

 

160,222

 

Non-current lease liabilities

 

 

13,114

 

 

 

3,177

 

Total liabilities

 

 

230,285

 

 

 

163,399

 

Stockholders' equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class A common stock, $0.001 par value; 1,000,000,000 shares authorized as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021; 40,538,314 and 40,276,417 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively

 

 

41

 

 

 

40

 

Class B common stock, $0.001 par value; 125,000,000 shares authorized as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021; 32,760,535 and 32,956,904 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively

 

 

33

 

 

 

33

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

105,206

 

 

 

103,590

 

Retained earnings

 

 

235,218

 

 

 

213,351

 

Total stockholders' equity

 

 

340,498

 

 

 

317,014

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

$

570,783

 

 

$

480,413

 

 

REVOLVE GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

Operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

22,568

 

 

$

22,252

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

1,102

 

 

 

1,149

 

Equity-based compensation

 

 

1,491

 

 

 

976

 

Deferred income taxes

 

 

 

 

 

2,423

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

 

 

(6,747

)

 

 

(1,963

)

Inventories

 

 

(7,986

)

 

 

(5,183

)

Income taxes receivable

 

 

2,909

 

 

 

(4,700

)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

 

(16,013

)

 

 

(5,813

)

Other assets

 

 

(361

)

 

 

(2,346

)

Accounts payable

 

 

20,781

 

 

 

10,349

 

Income taxes payable

 

 

2,761

 

 

 

637

 

Accrued expenses

 

 

6,723

 

 

 

1,016

 

Returns reserve

 

 

20,330

 

 

 

11,869

 

Right-of-use lease assets and current and non-current lease liabilities

 

 

(52

)

 

 

(222

)

Other current liabilities

 

 

6,291

 

 

 

2,765

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

 

53,797

 

 

 

33,209

 

Investing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment

 

 

(1,070

)

 

 

(736

)

Net cash used in investing activities

 

 

(1,070

)

 

 

(736

)

Financing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from the exercise of stock options, net

 

 

126

 

 

 

4,317

 

Net cash provided by financing activities

 

 

126

 

 

 

4,317

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

 

 

(701

)

 

 

104

 

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

52,152

 

 

 

36,894

 

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

 

 

218,455

 

 

 

146,013

 

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

 

$

270,607

 

 

$

182,907

 

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash paid during the period for:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income taxes, net of refund

 

$

713

 

 

$

364

 

Operating leases

 

$

1,369

 

 

$

1,397

 

Supplemental disclosure of non-cash activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lease assets obtained in exchange for new operating lease liabilities

 

$

11,105

 

 

$

1,440

 

 

REVOLVE GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SEGMENT INFORMATION

(Unaudited)

 

The following table summarizes our net sales and gross profit for each of our reportable segments (in thousands):

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

Net sales

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

REVOLVE

 

$

237,740

 

 

$

152,160

 

FWRD

 

 

45,758

 

 

 

26,747

 

Total

 

$

283,498

 

 

$

178,907

 

Gross profit

 

 

 

 

 

 

REVOLVE

 

$

133,693

 

 

$

84,213

 

FWRD

 

 

20,718

 

 

 

12,452

 

Total

 

$

154,411

 

 

$

96,665

 

The following table lists net sales by geographic area (in thousands):

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

United States

 

$

237,875

 

 

$

143,285

 

Rest of the world

 

 

45,623

 

 

 

35,622

 

Total

 

$

283,498

 

 

$

178,907

 

 

REVOLVE GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

KEY OPERATING AND FINANCIAL METRICS

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

 

 

(in thousands, except average order value and percentages)

 

Gross margin

 

 

54.5

%

 

 

54.0

%

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

31,543

 

 

$

23,340

 

Free cash flow

 

$

52,727

 

 

$

32,473

 

Active customers

 

 

2,041

 

 

 

1,477

 

Total orders placed

 

 

2,156

 

 

 

1,282

 

Average order value

 

$

288

 

 

$

256

 

 

REVOLVE GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

(Unaudited)

 

A reconciliation of non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA to net income for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021 is as follows:

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Net income

 

$

22,568

 

 

$

22,252

 

Excluding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other (income) expense, net

 

 

(516

)

 

 

233

 

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

 

 

6,398

 

 

 

(1,270

)

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

1,102

 

 

 

1,149

 

Equity-based compensation

 

 

1,491

 

 

 

976

 

Non-routine items(1)

 

 

500

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

31,543

 

 

$

23,340

 

(1)

 

Non-routine items in the three months ended March 31, 2022 relate to a self-insured retention payable under our insurance policy.

A reconciliation of non-GAAP free cash flow to net cash provided by operating activities for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021 is as follows:

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

$

53,797

 

 

$

33,209

 

Purchases of property and equipment

 

 

(1,070

)

 

 

(736

)

Free cash flow

 

$

52,727

 

 

$

32,473

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

$

(1,070

)

 

$

(736

)

Net cash provided by financing activities

 

$

126

 

 

$

4,317

 

 

Investors:
Erik Randerson, CFA
562.677.9513
IR@revolve.com

Media:
Meghan Murray-Merriman
meghan.murraymerriman@revolve.com

Source: Revolve Group, Inc.

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