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Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter Results

November 8, 2018

DENTON, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 8, 2018--Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SBH) (“the Company”) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 2018. The Company will hold a conference call today at 7:30 a.m. Central Time to discuss these results.

Fiscal 2018 Fourth Quarter Overview

Consolidated same store sales decreased 0.2% in the quarter. Consolidated net sales were $966.0 million in the fourth quarter, a decrease of 0.8% compared to the prior year. Foreign currency translation had an unfavorable impact of approximately 50 basis points on reported sales.

GAAP diluted earnings per share in the fourth quarter were $0.46 compared to $0.27 in the prior year, growth of 70.4%. Adjusted diluted earnings per share, excluding charges related to the Company’s transformation efforts and the adjustment of the one-time net benefits of U.S. tax reform, were $0.51 in the fourth quarter compared to $0.45 in the prior year, growth of 13.3%. The increase was driven primarily by lower income tax expense as a result of U.S. tax reform and a reduced share count.

“As our quarterly results demonstrate, we are making solid progress on our transformation plan. Sally Beauty Supply launched box color across the U.S., while Beauty Systems Group signed distribution agreements with additional prestigious hair color and care brands, efforts which further enhance our differentiated categories of hair color and care,” said Chris Brickman, president and chief executive officer.

“We are playing to win by re-focusing our business around our differentiated core of hair color and care, improving our execution of basic retail fundamentals and advancing our digital commerce capabilities. We are continuing to drive costs out of the business, which is enabling investment in our transformation. We recognize that we still have work to do. With our key accomplishments from the quarter and the recent management changes we have implemented, we are confident that we are moving in the right direction,” Brickman concluded.

Update on Transformation Plan

In terms of transformation activities during the fourth quarter, and so far in the first quarter, we:

Launched the new Sally Beauty Loyalty Program in all Sally Beauty Supply stores; Launched box color across all U.S. Sally Beauty Supply stores; Launched the Company’s private label brand “ion” electrical appliances across the entire Beauty Systems Group network; Rolled out the prestigious hair color and care brand, Pravana, to shelves in all Beauty Systems Group stores in the U.S.; Signed an exclusive distribution agreement between Beauty Systems Group and Swedish vegan hair care brand, Maria Nila; Executed a complete pricing reset in the Sally Beauty Supply stores, including the change from a three-tier to two-tier pricing model related to the rollout of the new Sally Beauty Loyalty Program; Completed the rollout of store wage increases, offset in part by store labor hour optimization, within Beauty Systems Group; Completed the first cycle of the Sally Beauty Cultivate innovation program and merchandised the winning product on-shelf and online; Expanded the implementation of our sourcing, store labor and G&A optimization to our European and Mexican operations; and Made good progress in resolving supply-chain issues with some key vendors.

As we move through the remainder of first quarter fiscal year 2019, our team will remain focused on:

Progressing the design work for the e-commerce site redesigns in both business segments; Training of store associates, education of customers and marketing of the Sally Beauty Loyalty Program and new brand and product launches; Testing new point-of-sale systems in both Sally Beauty Supply and Beauty Systems Group; Building out the infrastructure to support the testing of the first phase of a multi-year JDA merchandising and supply chain platform; Expanding the test of our digital “endless aisle” in Sally Beauty Supply stores; Integrating our operations in Mexico and South America into one Latin American team to drive greater efficiencies; and Implementing further optimization projects with respect to our vendors, our promotional structures and our supply chain.

As we move further into fiscal year 2019, we will continue our transformation efforts by:

Launching updated e-commerce and mobile commerce capabilities and experiences for customers in all businesses; Building awareness of our new product launches across our U.S. Sally Beauty Supply network; Expanding distribution rights for existing and new brands within the Beauty Systems Group; Piloting the first phase of the JDA platform implementation; and Seeking to achieve additional selling, general and administrative expense savings to fund our investments.

Fiscal 2018 Fourth Quarter Financial Detail

Gross margin for the fourth quarter was 49.5%, flat compared to the prior year. Selling, general and administrative expenses, as a percentage of sales, for the fourth quarter were 37.9%, a modest increase driven by investments in marketing, wages and technology, partially offset by cost savings efforts.

GAAP operating earnings and operating margin in the fourth quarter were $103.1 million and 10.7%, respectively, compared to $111.8 million and 11.5%, respectively, in the prior year. Adjusted operating earnings and operating margin (excluding charges related to the Company’s transformation efforts in both years) were $112.2 million and 11.6%, respectively, compared to $120.2 million and 12.3%, respectively, in the prior year.

The Company’s effective tax rate for the fourth quarter was 29.9% compared to 39.9% in the prior year, with the significant reduction driven by the impact of U.S. tax reform.

GAAP net earnings in the fourth quarter were $55.2 million, an increase of $19.5 million, or 54.5%, from the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA in the fourth quarter was $141.9 million, a decrease of $8.5 million, or 5.7%, from the prior year, and Adjusted EBITDA margin was 14.7%, a decline of approximately 70 basis points from the prior year.

At the end of the quarter, inventory was $944.3 million, up 1.4% from the prior year. The increase was driven by the impact of inventory related to the H. Chalut Ltée acquisition that closed in the first quarter and the expansion of distribution rights for Beauty Systems Group, partially offset by a stronger U.S. dollar on reported inventory levels.

Capital expenditures in the quarter totaled $24.0 million, primarily for information technology projects, store remodels and maintenance, and distribution facility upgrades.

As a result of our focus on reducing levels of indebtedness, the outstanding balance on the asset-based revolving line of credit was paid to zero at the end of the fourth quarter (balance of $63.5 million at the end of the third quarter).

Fiscal 2018 Fourth Quarter Segment Results

Sally Beauty Supply

Net sales were $576.6 million in the quarter, a decrease of 1.3% compared to the prior year. Foreign currency translation had an unfavorable impact on the segment’s revenue growth in the quarter by approximately 50 basis points. Same store sales were flat for the quarter. At the end of the quarter, net store count was 3,761, a decrease of 21 from the prior year. Gross margin increased 80 basis points to 55.9% in the quarter, driven in the U.S. by targeted price increases in core categories and optimization of promotional activity and in Europe via retail mix and price increases on owned brands. GAAP operating earnings were $91.0 million in the quarter, a decrease of 0.2% versus the prior year. GAAP operating margin was 15.8%, a 20 basis point increase from the prior year.

Beauty Systems Group

Net sales were $389.4 million in the quarter, a decrease of 0.1% compared to the prior year. Foreign currency translation decreased the segment’s revenue growth in the quarter by approximately 40 basis points. Same store sales declined 0.8%, with continuing vendor supply issues contributing approximately 60 basis points of headwind. At the end of the quarter, net store count was 1,395, up 27 from the prior year, driven by the H. Chalut Ltée acquisition and the net increase in CosmoProf stores. Gross margin decreased 120 basis points to 40.0% in the quarter, driven primarily by a category mix shift and timing of vendor allowances. GAAP operating earnings were $53.7 million in the quarter, a decrease of 12.1% versus the prior year. GAAP operating margin in the quarter was 13.8%, a 190 basis point decrease from the prior year. At the end of the quarter, total distributor sales consultants were 820 compared to 829 in the prior year.

Fiscal 2018 Full Year Financial Highlights

For the full fiscal year, consolidated same store sales declined 1.5%. Consolidated net sales were $3.93 billion, a decrease of 0.1%. Foreign currency translation had a favorable impact of approximately 80 basis points on full year consolidated sales growth.

Full year gross margin was 49.4%, a decrease of 50 basis points as compared to the prior year. In the Sally segment, margin decreases were driven by a geographic revenue mix shift towards the segment’s lower margin international business and increased coupon redemptions. In the Beauty Systems Group segment, margin declines were driven by opportunistic purchases that were not repeated from the prior year and lower vendor allowances.

GAAP operating earnings and operating margin for the full fiscal year were $426.6 million and 10.8%, respectively, compared to $478.6 million and 12.2%, respectively, in the prior year. Adjusted operating earnings and operating margin (excluding charges related to the Company’s transformation efforts in both years and expenses related to the previously disclosed data security incidents from the current year) were $468.1 million and 11.9%, respectively, compared to $501.3 million and 12.7%, respectively, in the prior fiscal year.

The Company’s effective tax rate for the full fiscal year was 21.4% compared to 37.8% in the prior year, with the significant reduction driven by the impact of U.S. tax reform. Excluding the one-time adjustments from the net impact of the revaluation of deferred income taxes partially offset by a deemed repatriation tax on previously undistributed foreign earnings, the full fiscal year effective tax rate was 28.5%.

GAAP net earnings for the full fiscal year were $258.0 million, an increase of $43.0 million, or 20.0%, from the prior year. Full year Adjusted EBITDA was $587.5 million, a decrease of 5.9% from the prior year, and Adjusted EBITDA margin was 14.9%, a decline of approximately 90 basis points from the prior year.

GAAP diluted earnings per share for the full fiscal year were $2.08, growth of 33.3% compared to the prior year. Adjusted diluted earnings per share in fiscal year 2018 were $2.16, growth of 20.0% compared to the prior year.

Full year capital expenditures were $86.1 million, primarily for information technology projects, store remodels and maintenance and distribution facility upgrades.

Cash flow from operations for the full fiscal year was $372.7 million, an increase of 8.6% as compared to the prior year. Operating free cash flow for the full fiscal year was $286.5 million, an increase of 13.0% as compared to the prior year.

The Company repurchased (and subsequently retired) a total of 10.0 million shares of common stock during the full fiscal year, at an aggregate cost of $165.9 million.

Fiscal 2018 Full Year Segment Results

Sally Beauty Supply

Net sales were $2.33 billion in fiscal year 2018, a decrease of 0.5% versus the prior fiscal year. Foreign currency translation boosted full year revenue growth by approximately 130 basis points. Same store sales decreased 1.5%. Gross margin decreased 20 basis points to 55.4% in fiscal year 2018. Gross margin declines were driven by a geographic revenue mix shift towards the segment’s lower margin international business and increased coupon redemptions. GAAP operating earnings were $362.9 million in fiscal year 2018, a decrease of 5.9% versus the prior fiscal year. GAAP operating margin was 15.5%, a 90 basis point decrease from the prior fiscal year.

Beauty Systems Group

Net sales were $1.60 billion in fiscal year 2018, an increase of 0.3% versus the prior fiscal year. Foreign currency translation boosted full year revenue growth by approximately 20 basis points. Same store sales declined 1.5%. Gross margin decreased 70 basis points to 40.8% in fiscal year 2018. Gross margin declines were driven by opportunistic purchases that were not repeated from the prior year and lower vendor allowances. GAAP operating earnings were $240.2 million in fiscal year 2018, a decrease of 5.7% versus the prior fiscal year. GAAP operating margin was 15.0%, a decline of approximately 100 basis points from the prior fiscal year.

Fiscal Year 2019 Guidance

The Company’s guidance reflects the impact of our significant transformation agenda, including making key investments to drive long-term growth and reaping the benefits of cost-savings initiatives already underway that are expected to offset the majority of these investments.

The Company expects full year consolidated same store sales to be approximately flat. Full year gross margin is expected to be approximately flat compared to the prior year. Full year selling, general and administrative expenses (including depreciation and amortization expense) are expected to be down slightly due to lower restructuring charges as compared to the prior year. Full year adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses (including depreciation and amortization expense) are expected to be up slightly versus the prior year, as a result of timing of investments being made in the business, partially offset as operating efficiencies start to reach full run rate status toward the second half of fiscal year 2019. Full year GAAP operating earnings and operating margin are expected to increase by mid-single digits, primarily due to an improvement in sales and lower restructuring costs as compared to the prior year. Full year adjusted operating earnings and operating margin are expected to decline slightly as compared to the prior year, driven primarily by an improvement in same store sales offset by the slightly higher adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses referred to above. The Company expects the consolidated effective tax rate for the year to be approximately 27%. Lower average share count and lower interest expense from reduced indebtedness should result in mid-single digit growth in both full year GAAP diluted earnings per share and full year adjusted diluted earnings per share. Capital expenditures for the full year are expected to be approximately $120 million. Cash flow from operations for the full year is expected to be approximately $340 million, reflecting an effort to speed payments to vendors to achieve cost of good savings. Free cash flow is expected to be approximately $220 million.

Conference Call and Where You Can Find Additional Information

The Company will hold a conference call and audio webcast today to discuss its financial results and its business at approximately 7:30 a.m. Central Time. During the conference call, the Company may discuss and answer one or more questions concerning business and financial matters and trends affecting the Company. The Company’s responses to these questions, as well as other matters discussed during the conference call, may contain or constitute material information that has not been previously disclosed. Simultaneous to the conference call, an audio webcast of the call will be available via a link on the Company’s website, investor.sallybeautyholdings.com. The conference call can be accessed by dialing (800) 230-1059 (International: (612) 234-9959). The teleconference will be held in a “listen-only” mode for all participants other than the Company’s current sell-side and buy-side investment professionals. A replay of the earnings conference call will be available starting at 9:30 a.m. Central Time, November 8, 2018, through November 15, 2018, by dialing (800) 475-6701 or if international, dial (320) 365-3844 and reference the conference ID number 454860. Also, a website replay will be available on investor.sallybeautyholdings.com

About Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc.

Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SBH) is an international specialty retailer and distributor of professional beauty supplies with revenues of approximately $3.9 billion annually. Through the Sally Beauty Supply and Beauty Systems Group businesses, the Company sells and distributes through 5,156 stores, including 184 franchised units, and has operations throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Peru, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Spain and Germany. Sally Beauty Supply stores offer up to 8,000 products for hair, skin, and nails through professional lines such as OPI ®, China Glaze ®, Wella ®, Clairol ®, Conair ® and Hot Shot Tools ®, as well as an extensive selection of proprietary merchandise. Beauty Systems Group stores, branded as CosmoProf or Armstrong McCall stores, along with its outside sales consultants, sell up to 10,500 professionally branded products including Paul Mitchell ®, Wella ®, Matrix ®, Schwarzkopf ®, Kenra ®, Goldwell ®, Joico ® and CHI ®, intended for use in salons and for resale by salons to retail consumers. For more information about Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc., please visit sallybeautyholdings.com.

Cautionary Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this news release and the schedules hereto which are not purely historical facts or which depend upon future events may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements, as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “believes,” “projects,” “expects,” “can,” “may,” “estimates,” “should,” “plans,” “targets,” “intends,” “could,” “will,” “would,” “anticipates,” “potential,” “confident,” “optimistic,” or the negative thereof, or other variations thereon, or comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy, objectives, estimates, guidance, expectations and future plans. Forward-looking statements can also be identified by the fact these statements do not relate strictly to historical or current matters.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as such statements speak only as of the date they were made. Any forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the events or results described in the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the risks and uncertainties described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2017, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Consequently, all forward-looking statements in this release are qualified by the factors, risks and uncertainties contained therein. We assume no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This news release and the schedules hereto include the following financial measures that have not been calculated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, or GAAP, and are therefore referred to as non-GAAP financial measures: (1) Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA Margin; (2) Adjusted Operating Earnings and Operating Margin; (3) Adjusted Diluted Net Earnings Per Share and (4) Operating Free Cash Flow. We have provided definitions below for these non-GAAP financial measures and have provided tables in the schedules hereto to reconcile these non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures.

Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA Margin - We define the measure Adjusted EBITDA as GAAP net earnings before depreciation and amortization, interest expense, income taxes, share-based compensation, costs related to the Company’s previously announced restructuring plans and costs related to the previously disclosed data security incidents for the relevant time periods as indicated in the accompanying non-GAAP reconciliations to the comparable GAAP financial measures. Adjusted EBITDA Margin is Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of net sales.

Adjusted Operating Earnings and Operating Margin – Adjusted operating earnings are GAAP operating earnings that exclude costs related to the Company’s previously announced restructuring plans and costs related to the previously disclosed data security incidents for the relevant time periods as indicated in the accompanying non-GAAP reconciliations to the comparable GAAP financial measures. Adjusted Operating Margin is Adjusted Operating Earnings as a percentage of net sales.

Adjusted Diluted Net Earnings Per Share – Adjusted diluted net earnings per share is GAAP diluted earnings per share that exclude tax-effected costs related to the Company’s previously announced restructuring plans, tax-effected costs related to the previously disclosed data security incidents, tax-effected costs related to the loss on extinguishment of debt, and the net benefits of the revaluation of deferred income taxes and a deemed repatriation on previously undistributed foreign earnings as a result of U.S. tax reform for the relevant time periods as indicated in the accompanying non-GAAP reconciliations to the comparable GAAP financial measures.

Operating Free Cash Flow – We define the measure Operating Free Cash Flow as GAAP net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures. We believe Operating Free Cash Flow is an important liquidity measure that provides useful information to investors about the amount of cash generated from operations after taking into account capital expenditures.

We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures provide valuable information regarding our earnings and business trends by excluding specific items that we believe are not indicative of the ongoing operating results of our businesses; providing a useful way for investors to make a comparison of our performance over time and against other companies in our industry.

We have provided these non-GAAP financial measures as supplemental information to our GAAP financial measures and believe these non-GAAP measures provide investors with additional meaningful financial information regarding our operating performance and cash flows. Our management and Board of Directors also use these non-GAAP measures as supplemental measures to evaluate our businesses and the performance of management, including the determination of performance-based compensation, to make operating and strategic decisions, and to allocate financial resources. We believe that these non-GAAP measures also provide meaningful information for investors and securities analysts to evaluate our historical and prospective financial performance. These non-GAAP measures should not be considered a substitute for or superior to GAAP results. Furthermore, the non-GAAP measures presented by us may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

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Investor Relations

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