Urban Outfitters Q3 net income $47 millionStaff writer ▼ | November 19, 2014
Urban Outfitters announced third quarter net income of $47 million and $152 million for the three and nine months ended October 31, 2014, respectively.
Record sale Earning per diluted share was $0.35
Total company net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 increased to a record $814 million or 5% over the same quarter last year. Comparable Retail segment net sales, which include our comparable direct-to-consumer channel, decreased 1%.
Comparable Retail segment net sales increased 15% at Free People and 2% at the Anthropologie Group and decreased 7% at Urban Outfitters. Wholesale segment net sales rose 26%.
For the three and nine months ended October 31, 2014, the gross profit rate declined by 295 basis points and 233 basis points versus the prior year's comparable periods, respectively.
The deleverage in both periods occurred primarily due to lower initial merchandise markup followed by higher markdowns at the stores and store occupancy expense deleverage due to negative store comparable net sales, which were all primarily driven by the poor performance at the Urban Outfitters brand.
As of October 31, 2014, total inventories increased by $60 million, or 15%, on a year-over-year basis. The growth in total inventories is primarily related to the acquisition of inventory to stock new and non-comparable stores as well as an increase in comparable Retail segment inventories. Comparable Retail segment inventories increased 8% at cost while decreasing 7% in units.
For the three and nine months ended October 31, 2014, selling, general and administrative expenses, expressed as a percentage of net sales, increased by 128 basis points and 88 basis points compared to the prior year's comparable periods, respectively. The increase in both periods was primarily due to increased marketing and technology expenses which drove higher direct-to-consumer traffic.
The company's effective tax rate for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 was 37.8% compared to 33.3% in the prior year's comparable period. The increase in rate is primarily due to state tax adjustments in both periods.
During the third quarter of fiscal 2014, the Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of 10 million common shares under a share repurchase program. During the first quarter of fiscal 2015, the company repurchased and retired 9.7 million common shares for approximately $353 million completing the share repurchase authorization.
During the second quarter of fiscal 2015, the Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of an additional 10 million common shares under a share repurchase program. As of October 31, 2014, the company repurchased and retired 3.9 million common shares for approximately $132 million, leaving 6.1 million shares available for repurchase under the current authorization.
During the nine months ended October 31, 2014, the company opened a total of 29 new stores including: 12 Free People stores, 10 Anthropologie Group stores and 7 Urban Outfitters stores; and closed 1 Urban Outfitters store. ■