Abercrombie & Fitch Co. Reports First Quarter Results

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) today announced results for the first quarter ended April 30, 2022. These compare to results for the first quarter ended May 1, 2021. Descriptions of the use of non-GAAP financial measures and reconciliations of GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures accompany this release.

Fran Horowitz, Chief Executive Officer, said, “First quarter net sales exceeded expectations, rising 4% to $813 million, our highest first quarter level since 2014. Results were driven by ongoing strength at the Abercrombie & Fitch brand, where global sales were above plan. Net sales at Hollister were in line with expectations. By region, the U.S. continued to outperform, EMEA net sales returned to positive territory, and APAC was impacted by COVID lockdowns in China. We continued to reduce our promotional activity, contributing to our eighth consecutive quarter of AUR improvement. This was more than offset by higher-than-expected freight and product costs.

A summary of results for the first quarter ended April 30, 2022 as compared to the first quarter ended May 1, 2021:
*Net sales of $813 million, up 4% as compared to last year.
*Gross profit rate of 55.3%, down approximately 810 basis points as compared to last year. The year-over-year decline is driven by approximately $80 million of higher freight costs, partially offset by higher average unit retail on lower promotions.
*Operating expense, excluding other operating income, net, was up 5% compared to last year. Approximately half of the increase was due to the lapping of COVID-related rent abatements and payroll credits last year, and the other half due to an increase in marketing and digital fulfillment expenses. Operating expense as a percentage of sales increased to 56.9% from 56.2% last year.
*Operating loss of $10 million and $6 million on a reported and adjusted non-GAAP basis, respectively, as compared to operating income of $57 million and $60 million last year, on a reported and adjusted non-GAAP basis, respectively.
details at: https://corporate.abercrombie.com/investors/newsevents/press-releases

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