Dick’s Sporting Goods expects more profit momentum after solid holiday quarter

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Signage outside a Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. store in Clarksville, Indiana, on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020.
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Dick’s Sporting Goods on Tuesday reported profits and sales growth in its holiday quarter that topped analysts’ estimates, as the company laps massive gains from the prior year that were fueled by pandemic purchases of outdoor equipment and fitness accessories.

The sporting goods giant offered a better-than-expected forecast for 2022 earnings and same-store sales, which it says sets a baseline for future growth coming out of Covid-19.

Chief Executive Lauren Hobart said Dick’s continues to see robust consumer demand. “Our 2022 sales and earnings outlook establishes a new foundation for us to build on in the future,” she said in a press release.

Dick’s shares rose more than 5% in premarket trading on the news.

Yet even with pandemic restrictions easing around the country and shoppers returning to stores, it’s still a tricky time for retailers to forecast future growth. Businesses are navigating against a backdrop of sky-high inflation and surging oil prices due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

It’s unclear what kind of impact the war’s ripple effects will have on consumer demand in the U.S. But it’s likely to become a larger concern if rapid price growth persists. Companies from Kohl’s to Victoria’s Secret have mentioned this uncertainty in recent days, as they still project strong earnings this year once supply chain obstacles moderate.

Here’s how Dick’s did in its fourth quarter compared with what Wall Street was anticipating, based on a survey of analysts by Refinitiv:

  • Earnings per share: $3.64 adjusted vs. $3.43 expected
  • Revenue: $3.35 billion vs. $3.31 billion expected

Dick’s reported net income for the three-month period ended Jan. 29 of $346.1 million, or $3.16 per share, compared with income of $219.6 million, or $2.21 a share, a year earlier.

Excluding one-time items, Dick’s earned $3.64 per share, topping estimates for per-share earnings of $3.43.

Revenue grew 7.3% to $3.35 billion from $3.13 billion a year earlier. That topped estimates for $3.31 billion. On a two-year basis, Dick’s said it sales climbed 28.5%.

Same-store sales, a key metric that tracks revenue online and at stores open for at least 12 months, rose 5.9%, better than the 4.3% increase that analysts had been looking for, according to StreetAccount.

The same-store sales gain consisted of a 14% year-over-year increase at Dick’s retail stores, and an 11% decline in online revenue, the company said. A year ago, e-commerce sales had surged 57%, as consumers flocked to Dick’s website over the holiday months to buy kayaks, golf clubs, athletic apparel and other accessories for physical activities.

For the full year, Dick’s sees adjusted earnings per share in a range of $11.70 to $13.10, while analysts had been looking for $11.31, according to Refinitiv.

It sees same-store sales for the year down 4% to flat, while analysts had been looking for a 3.6% decline from the prior year, during which Dick’s reported a 26.5% increase.

Dick’s also announced Tuesday that its board approved an 11% increase to its quarterly dividend.

As of Monday’s market close, Dick’s shares are down 14% year to date, bringing its market cap to $8.9 billion.

Find the full earnings press release from Dick’s here.

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

Sophie Tremblay

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