As you may have heard, effective January 1, 2016, the state of Alabama has begun noticing all remote marketers doing >$250,000 in annual sales in Alabama (effectively, $25 million-plus companies) that they must begin collecting and remitting sales tax on all sales of tangible goods made to Alabama residents. This is a direct challenge to the Quill precedent tested in the Supreme Court twice. Currently, no group or organization is stepping forward to oppose this. ACMA is willing to take on this fight to preserve the Quill precedent, but currently lacks the resources to mount a legal challenge without securing additional funding. Our Ask We need 20 companies to each pledge $20,000 to fund this specific legal action. If $20,000 is too steep for your company, make a fractional pledge. Funds collected will be held in a special account and will not support ACMA personnel or association costs. No Action = Enormous Risk If this money cannot be raised, the Alabama action will be left unchallenged; inaction could have severe effect on your business. As we have seen with other creative ways to pierce nexus, other states will rapidly adopt the Alabama example. Soon enough, the Quill precedent will be effectively destroyed and remote marketers will have to do battle with virtually every state seeking sales tax on out-of-state marketers. This unconstitutional act should not go unchallenged! No Time to Lose If we receive the number of written pledges required to fund this challenge, we will initiate legal action using one of the best legal experts in this field. ACMA will be the named plaintiff, keeping your company out of the public eye and not subject to consumer or regulatory blow-back. ACMA will keep all donors completely anonymous, and our attorneys advise us they see no grounds under which we can be required to disclose our supporters.
Cabela’s Incorporated (NYSE:CAB) today reported financial results for first quarter fiscal 2015.
For the quarter, total revenue increased 14.0% to $827.1 million; Retail store revenue increased 18.9% to $524.4 million; Direct revenue decreased 3.3% to $173.5 million; and Financial Services revenue increased 24.7% to $122.9 million. During the period, consolidated comparable store sales decreased 1.3%.
For the quarter, adjusted for certain items, net income increased 6.9% to $27.5 million compared to $25.7 million in the year ago quarter, and earnings per diluted share were $0.38 compared to $0.36 in the year ago quarter. The Company reported GAAP net income of $26.8 million and earnings per diluted share of $0.37 as compared to GAAP net income of $25.7 million and earnings per diluted share of $0.36 in the year ago quarter. First quarter 2015 GAAP results include incremental expenses related to the relocation of our distribution center in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, of $0.01 per diluted share. See the supporting schedules to this earnings release labeled “Reconciliation of GAAP Reported to Non-GAAP Adjusted Financial Measures” for a reconciliation of the GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures.
“We have started the year well and are pleased that the extreme volatility in firearms and ammunition over the past two years seems to have normalized,” said Tommy Millner, Cabela’s Chief Executive Officer. “We experienced strong growth in merchandise sales, sequential improvement in comparable store sales, and excellent performance from Cabela’s CLUB® and our new format stores. We were particularly pleased with the continued improvement in comparable store sales as hunting equipment, optics, camping, fishing, shooting, and powersports all comped positively in the quarter.”
“Our new format stores continue to significantly outperform our legacy stores in sales and profit per square foot,” Millner said. “As our business grows, we are excited as we accelerate the pace of our new store openings. During the first quarter, we opened two new stores and plan to open a total of five stores in the second quarter, four stores in the third quarter, and two stores in the fourth quarter.”
U.S. comparable store sales decreased 0.4%. Consolidated comparable store sales decreased 1.3% largely due to currency declines in Canada. U.S. comparable store sales increased in six of thirteen merchandise subcategories and benefited from a 2.2% increase in average ticket.