Crocs, Inc. ( CROX Quick Quote CROX - Free Report) continued with its impressive performance in first-quarter 2022, wherein the top and bottom lines not only surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate but also improved year over year. Solid consumer demand, as well as strength in the Crocs and HEYDUDE brands, contributed to the quarterly results. The company also noted that the HEYDUDE integration is progressing well. Management remains optimistic about the Crocs and HEYDUDE brands. Notably, the Crocs brand is likely to reach $5 billion in revenues by 2026 and the HEYDUDE brand is expected to attain $1 billion of revenues by 2024. Q1 in Detail
Crocs’ adjusted earnings were $2.05 per share, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.56. The figure also advanced 37.6% significantly from earnings of $1.49 in the year-ago period.
Revenues advanced 43.5% (or 46.7% on a constant-currency basis) year over year to $660.1 million in the reported quarter and handily beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $623 million. The top line witnessed growth across all regions and channels. The average selling price was $21.1 for the quarter, reflecting a year-over-year increase of 19.6%. Direct-to-consumer revenues rose 34.6% year over year to $229 million, while Wholesale revenues rallied 48.7% to $431.2 million in the quarter under review. This was mainly driven by higher pricing, positive product mix and reduced promotions. Digital sales advanced 20.3% year over year and accounted for 32.8% of revenues. Increased focus on the Crocs mobile app and global social platforms aided digital sales. Total revenues in the Americas region were up 19.5% (19.5% at constant currency) to $319.5 million. Revenues in the Asia-Pacific region amounted to $95.8 million, reflecting a year-over-year increase of 16% (22.1% at constant currency). The EMEA region witnessed revenue growth of 17.9% (26.8% at constant currency) to $129.9 million. The adjusted gross profit soared 40% to $355.8 million. However, the adjusted gross margin contracted 130 basis points (bps) to 53.9% on the back of price increases, fewer promotional activities, and a positive product mix. Meanwhile, adjusted SG&A expenses, as a percentage of revenues, declined 60 bps to 27.3%. Adjusted operating income grew 39.6% year over year to $175.5 million. Adjusted operating margin contracted 70 bps to 26.6% from the prior-year quarter’s 21.1%. The downside can be attributable to the dismal gross margin, which somewhat offset the SG&A decline. Financial Details
Crocs ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $172 million, long-term borrowings of $2,876.4 million, and stockholders’ equity of $349.2 million. The company’s liquidity position remains strong, with $371.1 million in available borrowing capacity.
Management incurred a capital expenditure of $39.8 million in the first quarter. The company anticipates a capital expenditure of $170-$200 million for supply-chain investments in 2022. Outlook
Management updated the guidance for the second quarter and 2022. Revenues related to the HEYDUDE buyout are likely to be $750-$800 million on a reported basis, up from $620-$670 stated earlier. The company expects revenue growth (excluding HEYDUDE) of more than 20% for 2022. Consolidated revenues are projected to be $3.5 billion, suggesting growth of 52-55% year over year.
Adjusted earnings are envisioned to be $10.05-$10.65, up from the prior stated $9.7-$10.25. The adjusted operating margin is anticipated to be 26-27% compared with the aforementioned 26%. However, air freight costs of $75 million are likely to hurt the gross margin in the first half of 2022. For second-quarter 2022, revenues are projected to grow 43-49% to $918-$957 million. In the prior-year quarter, it reported revenues of $641 million. The adjusted operating margin is estimated to be 26%, including air freight expenses of $50 million. Price Performance
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