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Revolve Group Announces First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

·19-min read

LOS ANGELES, May 03, 2022--(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

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Contacts

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

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

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