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Why Express Shares Are Gaining Today

  • Express Inc EXPR reported first-quarter FY22 sales growth of 30% year-over-year to $450.79 million, beating the consensus of $435.74 million.
  • Consolidated comparable sales increased 31% versus last year. E-commerce demand grew 21% Y/Y.
  • Comparable retail sales, including Express stores and eCommerce, rose 32%, and comparable outlet store sales increased 30%.
  • Operating expenses rose 17.8% Y/Y to $140.6 million. The gross margin expanded 640 basis points to 29.2%.
  • The operating loss for the quarter was $(9.1) million versus a loss of $(40.6) million last year.
  • Inventory at the end of the quarter climbed 40% Y/Y to $371.2 million.
  • EBITDA was $5.8 million versus $(23.8) million last year. Adjusted EPS loss was $(0.10).
  • The company held $37.1 million in cash and equivalents as of April 30, 2022.
  • Outlook: Express sees FY22 comparable sales to increase 8% – 10% (prior view  7% – 9%). It expects FY22 Adjusted EPS of $0.14 – $0.20, versus the consensus of $0.17.
  • Express sees Q2 comparable sales to increase mid-single digits.
  • Price Action: EXPR shares are trading higher by 9.66% at $2.61 in premarket on the last check Wednesday.

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