Of late, there was a gentle enhance in spending on magnificence and self-care merchandise, amid rising consciousness in regards to the significance of well being and wellness. Shoppers’ continued engagement in that space, even when the financial slowdown necessitated a discount in discretionary spending, enabled wellness firms like Ulta Magnificence, Inc. (NASDAQ: ULTA) to successfully navigate the virus-induced disaster.
The Bolingbrook-based magnificence merchandise retailer’s inventory is among the least affected by the market downturn this yr — it regained energy after each fall and principally outperformed the broad market. Apparently, the inventory reached a file excessive a number of months in the past regardless of excessive volatility, and stayed close to the height since then.
The underlying energy of Ulta Magnificence and constructive outlook on the enterprise justify the comparatively excessive valuation. ULTA is unlikely to get cheaper within the close to future however the inventory won’t disappoint traders who go for it now. The consensus estimate is for continued features within the coming months, which might elevate the inventory near $500.
Ulta Magnificence Q2 2022 Earnings Name Transcript
The sweetness division has remained surprisingly resilient to market headwinds and gained additional momentum in latest months reflecting the comfort of COVID restrictions and enchancment in client sentiment. The corporate’s management is optimistic about future efficiency and just lately raised its full-year steering for internet gross sales, comparable gross sales, and margins.
On the core of the administration’s development technique is sustained funding within the enterprise — due to the robust liquidity place — with concentrate on ramping up the digital channel by the adoption of superior applied sciences like synthetic intelligence. In the long run, in the meantime, the underside line is prone to come below stress from moderation in merchandise margins and better logistics and different prices, reflecting elevated inflation.
From Ulta Magnificence’s Q2 2022 earnings convention name:
“We have interaction and delight magnificence lovers with a curated differentiated assortment centered on inclusivity and main traits. And this method continues to ship outcomes. From a class perspective perfume and bathtub, skincare, hair care, and make-up all exceeded expectations, delivering double-digit comp development towards the second quarter of final yr. We’re inspired that the overwhelming majority of our comparable gross sales development was fueled by development from each core and newness with a modest profit from just lately executed value will increase.”
Sturdy Gross sales
At present, the corporate is flourishing on the constructive momentum seen throughout all areas of the enterprise, primarily because of secure buyer demand. In the newest quarter, each gross sales and earnings benefitted from double-digit development in comparable-store gross sales. Common ticket moved up round 6% within the second quarter, benefiting from an enchancment in promoting costs. That, along with an 8% enhance in transactions, pushed up same-store gross sales by 14.4%.
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Consequently, whole gross sales climbed 17% yearly to $2.3 billion, exceeding consensus estimates. Internet revenue moved up 25% to $5.70 per share, which additionally got here in above the forecast. The continued energy of magnificence and skincare divisions and shift of demand in the direction of premium make-up merchandise added to the expansion.
ULTA has principally stayed above its 52-week common up to now this yr, although it skilled weak spot at instances. The current value is broadly unchanged from the worth seen initially of the yr. The inventory traded greater on Monday afternoon.