The Buckle, Inc. ( BKE Quick Quote BKE - Free Report) delivered mixed results in first-quarter fiscal 2022 wherein the top line missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate but the bottom line surpassed the same. Also, sales improved year over year on increased online sales and comparable store net sales. This Kearney, NE-based player delivered earnings of $1.12 a share, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.10. The bottom line fell 3.4% from the last fiscal year quarter’s tally. Buckle generated net sales of $309.1 million that rose 3.3% from the year-ago figure but missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $339 million. Comparable store net sales for the 13-week period ended Apr 30, 2022, grew 3.7% year over year. Additionally, online sales inched up 1.1% to $54.3 million in the reported quarter.
Gross profit increased to $152.2 million from $147.6 million in the year-earlier quarter. Also, gross margin dipped 10 basis points from the year-ago quarter’s tally to 49.2%.
Further, selling expenses rose to $67.2 million from $60 million recorded in the year-earlier quarter. Also, general and administrative expenses increased to $11.9 million from $11.8 million reported in the same quarter of fiscal 2021. BKE reported an operating income of $73.1 million, down from the operating income of $75.8 million recorded in the year-ago quarter. Buckle ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $250.1 million and a total stockholders’ equity of $353.6 million. Further, inventory increased 36.2% to $121.2 million. BKE presently operated 440 retail outlets across 42 states. This includes opening a new store this week in Spanish Fork, UT. At the end of the fiscal first quarter, Buckle operated 439 stores across 42 states compared with 442 stores in 42 states at the end of the earlier fiscal year’s comparable quarter.
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