Lululemon Athletica Inc. stock fell more than 10% in the extended session Thursday after the athleisure-wear maker reported mixed quarterly results and saw inventories soar.
earned $735 million, or $2 a share, in the third quarter, compared with $541 million, or $1.44 a share, in the same quarter last year. Adjusted for one-time items, Lululemon
earned $1.62 a share.
Revenue rose 28% to $1.9 billion, the company said. Same-store sales were up 22%.
Analysts polled by FactSet expected Lululemon to earn $1.97 a share on revenue of $1.81 billion. Same-store sales were expected to rise 19.1%.
“We are proud to have delivered another quarter of strong sales and earnings growth, despite an operating environment that remains dynamic,” Chief Financial Officer Meghan Frank said in a statement.
The retailer said inventories ended the quarter up 85% to $1.7 billion, compared with $900 million at the end of the third quarter of 2021.
“The company believes its inventories are well-positioned to support its expected revenue growth in the fourth quarter,” it said.
Lululemon guided for fourth-quarter revenue between $2.605 billion and $2.655 billion, and adjusted EPS between $4.20 and $4.30.
For the full year, the company expects revenue between $7.944 billion and $7.994 billion, and adjusted EPS between $9.87 and $9.97. FactSet consensus calls for EPS of $9.92 on sales of $7.935 billion.
Analysts were relatively upbeat about Lululemon heading into the results, saying the company was able to keep its prices higher, even as other retailers cut their prices.
Retailers have slashed prices on clothing in an effort to clear shelves and entice customers, following an inflation-induced shift in consumer spending to necessities. But Raymond James analysts, in a note this week, said they found that Lululemon “didn’t have broad-based promotions” in the third quarter, or the fourth quarter so far.
They said that the company leaned on its “We Made Too Much” section to iron out its inventories. And they noted a jump in downloads for Lululemon’s app. However, they said business in China “could be a curveball” amid that nation’s COVID-19 restrictions.
Piper Sandler analysts, in October, also said that Lululemon remained more insulated than other clothing retailers from big markdowns.
Lululemon stock is down 4% so far this year. The S&P 500 Index
by comparison, has slid 17% over that time.
Claudia Assis in San Francisco contributed to this report.