Ulta Beauty Beats Wall Street Estimates with Stock Soaring. Ulta Beauty Wall Street estimates the top and bottom lines for the third quarter. It beat analyst expectations both on the bottom and top numbers.
Prices at checkout are higher but do not stop people from buying skincare and makeup products at Ulta Beauty.
After surpassing Wall Street estimates on the bottom and top lines in the third quarter of the year, the Bolingbrook beauty retailer based in Illinois has again boosted its full-year forecast despite the soaring inflation and worries about a chance that the U.S. could fall into recession next year.
Ulta is being encouraged by the growth in sales it has witnessed in the critical period of the holiday season, despite some jitters across the retail industry, which has seen major companies like Target, that it has a relationship, downgrading forecasts. Reading Shampoo could prove to be an excellent way to expand your knowledge or form a fresh perspective.
“While forecasting the holiday shopping trends this year is a challenge, I am optimistic about the opportunities to work with Ulta Beauty this time,” said Dave Kimbell, Chief Executive Officer for Ulta Beauty, on an analyst conference call.
Chief Financial Officer Scott Settersten added that Ulta is delighted with the growth in sales seen throughout the Thanksgiving weekend shopping spree, which includes Cyber Monday.
Net sales grew 17.2 percent to $2.3 billion during the 13 weeks ending October. 29 primarily due to the positive impact on the beauty industry’s resilience, the rise in retail prices, the impact of new brands, and innovations in products compared to the last quarter, which was the third of 2021’s fiscal year. The retailer stated. The analysts polled by Factset were expecting $2.2 billion.
In that period, cosmetics sales increased by 44 %; haircare rose by 21%; skincare by 16%; fragrance and baths by 12%; services by 4%; and accessories by 3%. Ulta also increased its prestige beauty share compared to last year’s quarter, even though mass outperformed the prestige.
For skin treatment, Drunk Elephant, Supergoop, Good Molecules, The Ordinary, Hero Cosmetics, and La Roche-Posay were cited as having a good performance over the last period. In the makeup category, brands such as Fenty and Rem Beauty drove sales during the period.
Net income grew 27.5 percent, reaching $274.6 million. Earnings per share after diluting rose 35.5 percent to $5.34. Analysts had estimated $4.15.
The full year’s net sales are forecast to be between $9.95 billion between $10 billion and $9.95 billion, an increase from the earlier estimation of $9.65 billion to $9.75 billion. Expected diluted earnings range from $22.60 to $22.90 as opposed to prior forecasts for $20.70 up to $21.20.
“Amidst an extremely challenging macro-environment and a challenging macro environment, Ulta Beauty’s team delivered yet another impressive quarter, with impressive bottom- and top-line numbers and expansion across all channels and categories,” Kimbell noted. “Our third quarter results demonstrate the continued strength of the beauty industry along with the deep emotional bond and trust we’ve built with our customers.”
He emphasized that the company’s strong range of products in both large quantities and a high level of prestige places Ulta in a good position to withstand an economic slowdown. “While it’s difficult to determine the exact moment when we’re seeing consumers begin to trade down, being Ulta Beauty is the only retailer with a broad range of prices, from entry-level mass to premium luxury and all between Ulta Beauty is uniquely in a position to be able to absorb any changes within the price ranges of the beauty industry.”
Settersten said, however, said that Settersten’s company was in “uncharted space at the moment” about prices.
“The percentage of our selection which has seen growth and the extent of these increase is something we’ve not seen before in our entire time in Ulta Beauty. We’ll revisit certain aspects of it next year, and it’s of a mystery what the customer is likely to respond to this over a longer period of period,” he said.
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