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Revolve Group Announces Third Quarter 2023 Financial Results

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Revolve Group, Inc. (NYSE: RVLV), the next-generation fashion retailer for Millennial and Generation Z consumers, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023.

"We achieved a key 2023 objective of rebalancing our inventory as the spread between our year-over-year inventory and sales trends was favorable in the third quarter for the first time in more than two years," said co-founder and co-CEO Mike Karanikolas.  "This important accomplishment contributed to our strong and increased cash flows year-over-year, even in an environment where spending on discretionary products by our consumer demographic continues to be pressured."

"A key highlight of the third quarter was surpassing 2.5 million active customers, an increase of 12% year-over-year, and over one million more active customers than the third quarter of 2019," said co-founder and co-CEO Michael Mente.  "While average spend per active customer has decreased year-over-year in this very challenging environment, we view this as a temporary dynamic that will normalize as the environment improves.  As we look ahead, our team is energized by the opportunity to drive improved results across a wide range of longer-term initiatives that leverage our core competencies of technology innovation, operating efficiency and brand building that have served us well for the past 20 years."

Third Quarter 2023 Financial Summary




Three Months Ended September 30,



2023



2022



YoY Change



(in thousands, except percentages)

Net sales


$

257,603



$

268,711



(4 %)

Gross profit


$

133,232



$

142,382



(6 %)

Gross margin



51.7

%



53.0

%



Net income


$

3,178



$

11,988



(73 %)

Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP financial measure)


$

9,484



$

17,676



(46 %)

Net cash provided by operating activities


$

12,486



$

10,006



25 %

Free cash flow (non-GAAP financial measure)


$

11,492



$

8,618



33 %

 

Operational Metrics




Three Months Ended September 30,



2023



2022



YoY Change



(in thousands, except average order value and percentages)

Active customers (trailing 12 months)



2,510




2,249



12 %

Total orders placed



2,133




1,951



9 %

Average order value


$

299



$

320



(7 %)

 

Additional Third Quarter 2023 Metrics and Results Commentary 

  • Trailing 12-month Active customers increased by 52,000 during the third quarter of 2023, growing to 2,510,000 as of September 30, 2023, an increase of 12% year-over-year.

  • Net sales were $257.6 million, a year-over-year decrease of 4%.

  • Gross profit was $133.2 million, a year-over-year decrease of 6%.

  • Gross margin was 51.7%, a year-over-year decrease of 127 basis points, primarily reflecting a lower mix of net sales at full price and a lower mix of owned brands as a percentage of Revolve segment net sales in the third quarter of 2023 as compared to the third quarter of 2022.

  • Operating expenses increased year over year, despite the year-over-year decline in net sales, due to a $6.6 million accrual for a pending legal matter included in general and administrative expenses and continued pressure on selling and distribution expenses and fulfillment expenses primarily due to a higher return rate year-over-year, partially offset by increased marketing efficiency in the third quarter of 2023.

  • Net income was $3.2 million, a year-over-year decrease of 73%, primarily due to the decline in net sales, reduction in gross profit year-over-year, continued pressure on certain operating expenses, and the $6.6 million accrual for a pending legal matter.

  • Adjusted EBITDA was $9.5 million, a year-over-year decrease of 46%.

  • Diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $0.04, a year-over-year decrease of 75% that was negatively impacted by the accrual for a pending legal matter of $6.6 million, or $0.07 per diluted share.

Additional Net Sales Commentary

  • REVOLVE segment net sales were $217.7 million, a year-over-year decrease of 2%.

  • FWRD segment net sales were $39.9 million, a year-over-year decrease of 14%.

  • Domestic net sales were $207.2 million, a year-over-year decrease of 5%.

  • International net sales were $50.4 million, a year-over-year decrease of 1%.

Cash Flow and Balance Sheet

  • Net cash provided by operating activities was $12.5 million in the third quarter and $47.2 million in the nine-month year-to-date period, a year-over-year increase of 25% and 37%, respectively.

  • Free cash flow was $11.5 million in the third quarter and $44.1 million in the nine-month year-to-date period, a year-over-year increase of 33% and 44%, respectively.

  • The company repurchased 907,219 shares of its Class A common stock during the third quarter of 2023, at an average cost of $13.87 per share. $87.4 million remained available under the company's $100 million stock repurchase program as of September 30, 2023.

  • Cash and cash equivalents as of September 30, 2023 were $266.9 million, an increase of $22.9 million, or 9%, from September 30, 2022 and a decrease of $2.4 million, or 1%, from $269.3 million as of June 30, 2023. Our balance sheet as of September 30, 2023 remains debt free.

  • Inventory as of September 30, 2023 was $202.9 million, a decrease of $10.5 million, or 5%, from $213.3 million as of September 30, 2022.

Additional trend information regarding Revolve Group's third quarter of 2023 financial results and operating metrics is available in the Q3 2023 Financial Highlights presentation available on our investor relations website: https://investors.revolve.com/events-and-presentations/default.aspx

Results Since the End of the Third Quarter of 2023
Net sales in October 2023 decreased by a low-single digit percentage year-over-year amidst ongoing uncertainty in the macroeconomic and geopolitical environment that we believe continues to pressure consumer spending on discretionary products.

2023 Business Outlook
Based on information available to us as of November 1, 2023, we are providing the following guidance for the full year ending December 31, 2023 and the fourth quarter ending December 31, 2023.


Updated FY 2023 Outlook

Prior FY 2023 Outlook

Gross margin

51.8% to 51.9%

52% to 52.5%

Fulfillment expenses

3.5% of net sales

3.3% of net sales

Selling and distribution expenses

18.7% of net sales

18.3% of net sales

Marketing expenses

16.2% to 16.3% of net sales

16% to 16.5% of net sales

General and administrative expenses

$121.5 million, including the $6.6 million 
accrual for a pending legal matter in Q3 2023

$115 million

Effective tax rate

24% to 26%

24% to 26%





Fourth Quarter 2023 Outlook


Gross margin

51.7% to 52.0%


Fulfillment expenses

3.6% of net sales


Selling and distribution expenses

19.0% of net sales


Marketing expenses

17.0% to 17.2% of net sales


General and administrative expenses

$29.6 million


 

Conference Call Information
Revolve Group management will host a call today at 4:30 pm ET / 1:30 pm PT to discuss today's results in more detail.  To participate, please dial (888) 330-2454 within the United States or (240) 789-2714 outside the United States approximately 10 minutes before the scheduled start of the call. The conference ID for the call is 3102771. The conference call will also be accessible, live via audio broadcast, on the Investor Relations section of the Revolve Group website at investors.revolve.com. A replay of the conference call will be available online at investors.revolve.com. In addition, an audio replay of the call will be available for one week following the call and can be accessed by dialing (800) 770-2030 within the United States or (647) 362-9199 outside the United States. The replay conference ID is 3102771.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains ''forward-looking statements'' within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S.  Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical or current fact included in this press release are forward-looking statements, including but not limited to our expectations regarding average spending per active customer, our financial performance for the fourth quarter and full year of 2023 and statements regarding macroeconomic conditions. Forward-looking statements include statements containing words such as "expect," "anticipate," "believe," "project," "will" and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Our actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of these risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation, risks related to changing economic conditions and their impact on consumer demand and our business, operating results and financial condition; demand for our products; supply chain challenges; inflation; the war in Israel; Russia's war against Ukraine; our fluctuating operating results; seasonality in our business; our ability to acquire products on reasonable terms; our e-commerce business model; our ability to attract customers in a cost effective manner; the strength of our brand; competition; fraud; system interruptions; our ability to fulfill orders; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and other health crises on our business, operations and financial results; the effect of pending or threatened claims, lawsuits, government investigations, other legal or regulatory proceedings or commercial or contractual disputes; and other risks and uncertainties included under the caption "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, including, without limitation, our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022 and our subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, including for the quarter ended September 30, 2023, which we expect to file with the SEC on November 1, 2023. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement, and we undertake no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Other Operating Metrics
To supplement our condensed consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States of America (GAAP), we reference in this press release and the accompanying tables the following non-GAAP financial measures: Adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow. 

The presentation of this 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, and our non-GAAP measures may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies.

We use these non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate our operating performance, generate future operating plans and make strategic decisions regarding the allocation of capital. Our management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our performance and liquidity by excluding certain expenses that may not be indicative of our ongoing core operating performance. We believe that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing our performance and when analyzing historical performance and liquidity and when planning, forecasting, and analyzing future periods.

For a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP measures, please see the tables captioned "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" included at the end of this release.

Definitions of our non-GAAP financial measures and other operating metrics are presented below.

Adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure that we calculate as net income before other (income) expense, net; taxes; and depreciation and amortization; adjusted to exclude the effects of equity-based compensation expense and certain non-routine items. Adjusted EBITDA is a key measure used by management to evaluate our operating performance, generate future operating plans and make strategic decisions regarding the allocation of capital. In particular, the exclusion of certain expenses in calculating Adjusted EBITDA facilitates operating performance comparisons on a period-to-period basis and, in the case of exclusion of the impact of equity-based compensation, excludes an item that we do not consider to be indicative of our core operating performance.

Free Cash Flow
Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure that we calculate as net cash provided by operating activities less cash used in purchases of property and equipment. We view free cash flow as an important indicator of our liquidity because it measures the amount of cash we generate. Free cash flow also reflects changes in working capital.

Active Customers
We define an active customer as a unique customer account from which a purchase was made across our platform at least once in the preceding 12-month period. In any particular period, we determine our number of active customers by counting the total number of customers who have made at least one purchase in the preceding 12-month period, measured from the last date of such period. We view the number of active customers as a key indicator of our growth, the reach of our sites, the value proposition and consumer awareness of our brand, the continued use of our sites by our customers and their desire to purchase our products.

Total Orders Placed
We define total orders placed as the total number of orders placed by our customers, prior to product returns, across our platform in any given period.  We view total orders placed as a key indicator of the velocity of our business and an indication of the desirability of our products and sites to our customers. Total orders placed, together with average order value, is an indicator of the net sales we expect to recognize in a given period.

Average Order Value
We define average order value as the sum of the total gross sales from our sites in a given period, prior to product returns, divided by the total orders placed in that period. We believe our high average order value demonstrates the premium nature of our product assortment. Average order value varies depending on the site through which we sell merchandise, the mix of product categories sold, the number of units in each order, the percentage of sales at full price, and for sales at less than full price, the level of markdowns.

About Revolve Group, Inc.
Revolve Group, Inc. (NYSE: RVLV) is the next-generation fashion retailer for Millennial and Generation Z consumers. As a trusted premium lifestyle brand and a go-to online source for discovery and inspiration, we deliver an engaging customer experience from a vast yet curated offering of apparel, footwear, accessories, beauty and home products. Our dynamic platform connects a deeply engaged community of millions of consumers, thousands of global fashion influencers and more than 1,000 emerging, established and owned brands.

We were founded in 2003 by our co-CEOs, Michael Mente and Mike Karanikolas. We sell merchandise through two complementary segments, REVOLVE and FWRD, that leverage one platform. Through REVOLVE, we offer an assortment of premium apparel, footwear, accessories and beauty products from emerging, established and owned brands. Through FWRD, we offer an assortment of curated and elevated iconic and emerging luxury brands.  For more information, visit www.revolve.com.

Contacts:

Investors:

Erik Randerson, CFA
562.677.9513
IR@revolve.com

Media:

Jennifer Walker
revolve@walkerdrawas.com

 

REVOLVE GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share data)




Three Months Ended
September 30,



Nine Months Ended
September 30,




2023



2022



2023



2022


Net sales


$

257,603



$

268,711



$

810,941



$

842,263


Cost of sales



124,371




126,329




390,791




383,228


Gross profit



133,232




142,382




420,150




459,035


Operating expenses:













Fulfillment



9,185




8,072




27,657




23,272


Selling and distribution



48,925




46,477




151,276




145,030


Marketing



39,581




44,584




129,421




141,755


General and administrative



35,217




28,498




91,861




86,497


Total operating expenses



132,908




127,631




400,215




396,554


Income from operations



324




14,751




19,935




62,481


Other income, net



(3,984)




(1,440)




(12,950)




(3,769)


Income before income taxes



4,308




16,191




32,885




66,250


Provision for income taxes



1,130




4,203




8,232




15,421


Net income


$

3,178



$

11,988



$

24,653



$

50,829


Earnings per share of Class A and Class B
   common stock:













Basic


$

0.04



$

0.16



$

0.34



$

0.69


Diluted


$

0.04



$

0.16



$

0.33



$

0.68


Weighted average number of shares of Class A and
   Class B common stock outstanding:













Basic



73,262




73,328




73,358




73,302


Diluted



73,716




74,354




74,058




74,598


 

REVOLVE GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except share and per share data)




September 30,



December 31,




2023



2022


Assets







Current assets:







Cash and cash equivalents


$

266,899



$

234,724


Accounts receivable, net



12,614




5,421


Inventory



202,877




215,224


Income taxes receivable



7,555




2,974


Prepaid expenses and other current assets



63,578




59,874


Total current assets



553,523




518,217


Property and equipment (net of accumulated depreciation of $16,697 and $13,081 as of
   September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively)



8,062




8,934


Right-of-use lease assets



38,041




22,964


Intangible assets, net



1,834




1,600


Goodwill



2,042




2,042


Other assets



1,241




807


Deferred income taxes



24,754




24,754


Total assets


$

629,497



$

579,318


Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity







Current liabilities:







Accounts payable


$

44,479



$

50,789


Income taxes payable



1,435




229


Accrued expenses



42,639




38,266


Returns reserve



72,137




63,381


Current lease liabilities



6,249




5,844


Other current liabilities



30,465




22,577


Total current liabilities



197,404




181,086


Non-current lease liabilities



35,567




18,659


Total liabilities



232,971




199,745


Stockholders' equity:







Class A common stock, $0.001 par value; 1,000,000,000 shares authorized as of
   September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022; 39,979,289 and 40,766,510 shares
   issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022,
   respectively



40




41


Class B common stock, $0.001 par value; 125,000,000 shares authorized as of
   September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022; 32,597,119 and 32,597,119 shares
   issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022,
   respectively



33




33


Additional paid-in capital



115,053




110,338


Retained earnings



281,400




269,161


Total stockholders' equity



396,526




379,573


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

629,497



$

579,318


 

REVOLVE GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)




Nine Months Ended September 30,




2023



2022


Operating activities:







Net income


$

24,653



$

50,829


Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating
   activities:







Depreciation and amortization



3,752




3,519


Equity-based compensation



4,229




4,410


Changes in operating assets and liabilities:







Accounts receivable



(7,193)




(2,081)


Inventories



12,347




(42,069)


Income taxes receivable



(4,581)




(758)


Prepaid expenses and other current assets



(3,704)




(16,989)


Other assets



(434)




(349)


Accounts payable



(6,310)




(1,156)


Income taxes payable



1,206




439


Accrued expenses



4,373




10,592


Returns reserve



8,756




23,015


Right-of-use lease assets and current and non-current lease liabilities



2,236




825


Other current liabilities



7,888




4,224


Net cash provided by operating activities



47,218




34,451


Investing activities:







Purchases of property and equipment



(3,114)




(3,904)


Net cash used in investing activities



(3,114)




(3,904)


Financing activities:







Proceeds from the exercise of stock options, net



486




496


Repurchases of Class A common stock



(12,584)





Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities



(12,098)




496


Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents



169




(5,452)


Net increase in cash and cash equivalents



32,175




25,591


Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period



234,724




218,455


Cash and cash equivalents, end of period


$

266,899



$

244,046


Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:







Cash paid during the period for:







Income taxes, net of refund


$

11,580



$

15,909


Operating leases


$

5,649



$

4,033


Supplemental disclosure of non-cash activities:







Lease assets obtained in exchange for new operating lease liabilities


$

20,452



$

21,938


 

REVOLVE GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
SEGMENT INFORMATION
(Unaudited)


The following table summarizes our net sales and gross profit for each of our reportable segments (in thousands):




Three Months Ended September 30,



Nine Months Ended September 30,


Net sales


2023



2022



2023



2022


REVOLVE


$

217,698



$

222,069



$

684,500



$

704,538


FWRD



39,905




46,642




126,441




137,725


Total


$

257,603



$

268,711



$

810,941



$

842,263



Gross profit













REVOLVE


$

119,003



$

123,622



$

370,474



$

398,140


FWRD



14,229




18,760




49,676




60,895


Total


$

133,232



$

142,382



$

420,150



$

459,035


 

The following table lists net sales by geographic area (in thousands):




Three Months Ended September 30,



Nine Months Ended September 30,




2023



2022



2023



2022


United States


$

207,171



$

217,591



$

656,747



$

696,375


Rest of the world



50,432




51,120




154,194




145,888


Total


$

257,603



$

268,711



$

810,941



$

842,263


 

REVOLVE GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
KEY OPERATING AND FINANCIAL METRICS
(Unaudited)




Three Months Ended September 30,



Nine Months Ended September 30,




2023



2022



2023



2022




(in thousands, except average order value and percentages)


Gross margin



51.7

%



53.0

%



51.8

%



54.5

%

Adjusted EBITDA


$

9,484



$

17,676



$

34,871



$

76,097


Free cash flow


$

11,492



$

8,618



$

44,104



$

30,547


Active customers



2,510




2,249




2,510




2,249


Total orders placed



2,133




1,951




6,679




6,350


Average order value


$

299



$

320



$

296



$

303


 

REVOLVE GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(Unaudited)


A reconciliation of non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA to net income for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2023 and 2022 is as follows:




Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,




2023



2022



2023



2022




(in thousands)


Net income


$

3,178



$

11,988



$

24,653



$

50,829


Excluding:













Other income, net



(3,984)




(1,440)




(12,950)




(3,769)


Provision for income taxes



1,130




4,203




8,232




15,421


Depreciation and amortization



1,293




1,214




3,752




3,519


Equity-based compensation



1,228




1,524




4,229




4,410


Non-routine items(1)



6,639




187




6,955




5,687


Adjusted EBITDA


$

9,484



$

17,676



$

34,871



$

76,097




(1)

Non-routine items in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2023 and 2022 included an accrual for a pending legal matter and an accrual and a charge for a separate settled legal matter.

 

A reconciliation of non-GAAP free cash flow to net cash provided by operating activities for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2023 and 2022 is as follows:




Three Months Ended September 30,



Nine Months Ended September 30,




2023



2022



2023



2022




(in thousands)


Net cash provided by operating activities


$

12,486



$

10,006



$

47,218



$

34,451


Purchases of property and equipment



(994)



$

(1,388)




(3,114)




(3,904)


Free cash flow


$

11,492



$

8,618



$

44,104



$

30,547


Net cash used in investing activities


$

(994)



$

(1,388)



$

(3,114)



$

(3,904)


Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities


$

(12,508)



$

128



$

(12,098)



$

496


 

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