RH (NYSE:RH) today announced revisions to its outlook for fiscal 2022.
Gary Friedman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “The deteriorating macro-economic environment has resulted in lower than expected demand since our prior forecast, and we are updating our outlook, particularly for the second half of the year.”
Taking into account the macro-economic conditions and our current business trends, we are providing the following outlook for the second quarter and full year, which assumes demand will continue to soften during the remainder of fiscal 2022:
Fiscal 2022 net revenue growth in the range of (2%) to (5%), with adjusted operating margin in the range of 21.0% to 22.0%.
Second quarter net revenue growth in the range of (1%) to (3%), with adjusted operating margin in the range of 23.0% to 23.5%. The second quarter outlook remains unchanged versus our prior forecast due to faster backlog relief offsetting lower than expected demand.
Mr. Friedman continued, “With mortgage rates double last year’s levels, luxury home sales down 18% in the first quarter, and the Federal Reserve’s forecast for another 175 basis point increase to the Fed Funds Rate by year end, our expectation is that demand will continue to slow throughout the year.”
Mr. Friedman concluded, “While we anticipate the next several quarters will pose a short-term challenge as we cycle the extraordinary growth from the COVID-driven spending shift, shed less valuable market share as we continue to raise our quality, and choose not to promote our business while we navigate through the multiple macro headwinds, we continue to believe our long-term investments will enable us to drive industry-leading performance over a longer term horizon.”
The Company also noted that it has not repurchased any shares since announcing the expansion of its common stock repurchase authorization on June 2, 2022.
RH (NYSE: RH) is a curator of design, taste and style in the luxury lifestyle market. The Company offers collections through its retail galleries, source books, and online at RH.com, RHModern.com, RHBabyandChild.com, RHTEEN.com and Waterworks.com.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
The Company’s adjusted operating margin outlook does not include certain charges and costs. The adjustments to operating margin in future periods are generally expected to be similar to the kinds of charges and costs excluded from adjusted operating margin in prior periods. The exclusion of these charges and costs in future periods will have a significant impact on the Company’s adjusted operating margin. The Company is not able to provide a reconciliation of the Company’s non-GAAP financial outlook to the corresponding GAAP measures without unreasonable effort because of the uncertainty and variability of the nature and amount of these future charges and costs.
To supplement its condensed consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”), RH uses certain non-GAAP financial measures including adjusted net revenue, adjusted operating income, adjusted net income or adjusted net earnings, adjusted diluted earnings per share, adjusted diluted net income per share, ROIC or return on invested capital, free cash flow, adjusted operating margin, adjusted gross margin, adjusted gross profit, adjusted SG&A, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, EBITDA margin and adjusted EBITDA margin (collectively, “non-GAAP financial measures”). We compute these measures by adjusting the applicable GAAP measures to remove the impact of certain recurring and non-recurring charges and gains and the tax effect of these adjustments. The presentation of 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. RH uses these non-GAAP financial measures for financial and operational decision making and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. RH believes that they provide useful information about operating results, enhance the overall understanding of past financial performance and future prospects, and allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by senior leadership in its financial and operational decision making. The non-GAAP financial measures used by RH in this release may be different from the non-GAAP financial measures, including similarly titled measures, used by other companies.
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including without limitation, our outlook for the second quarter and fiscal 2022, including with respect to net revenue growth and adjusted operating margin; RH’s expectation that demand will continue to slow throughout the year in light of mortgage rates being double last year’s levels, luxury home sales being down 18% in the first quarter, and the Federal Reserve’s forecast for another 175 basis point increase to the Fed Fund’s Rate by year end; RH’s expectation that faster backlog relief is offsetting lower than expected demand; the fact that RH has not to date repurchased any shares since announcing the expansion of its common stock repurchase authorization on June 2, 2022; the next several quarters posing a short-term challenge as we cycle the extraordinary growth from the COVID-driven spending shift, our plans to shed less valuable market share and raise our quality and our choice not to promote our business while we navigate through the multiple macro headwinds; the statement that we continue to believe that our long-term investments will enable us to drive industry-leading performance over a longer time horizon; and any statements or assumptions underlying any of the foregoing.
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