Dick’s Sporting Goods (DKS) earnings Q1 2024

A shopping cart sits in front of a Dick’s Sporting Goods store on August 26, 2020 in Daly City, California. 

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Dick’s Sporting Goods on Wednesday said customers are spending more on new sneakers and athletic gear, leading the retailer to raise its full-year earnings guidance. 

The big-box sports store’s comparable sales grew 5.3% during its fiscal first quarter, well ahead of the 2.4% growth that analysts had expected, according to StreetAccount. 

The company said that growth was driven by a 2.7% increase in transactions, meaning more customers are shopping at Dick’s, and a 2.6% jump in average ticket values, showing that shoppers are spending more, too. 

Dick’s said shrink, a retail industry term that refers to lost or stolen merchandise, increased less than the company expected, after it saw higher than anticipated shrink last year.

The company’s shares closed about 16% higher on Wednesday.

Here’s how Dick’s did in the period compared with what Wall Street was anticipating, based on a survey of analysts by LSEG:

  • Earnings per share: $3.30 vs. $2.95 expected
  • Revenue: $3.02 billion vs. $2.94 billion expected

The company’s reported net income for the three-month period that ended May 4 was $275 million, or $3.30 per share, compared with $305 million, or $3.40 per share, a year earlier. 

Sales rose to $3.02 billion, up about 6% from $2.84 billion a year earlier.

“We saw growth across all of the different areas of our business. Footwear, apparel, total hard lines, all grew,” CEO Lauren Hobart told analysts on an earnings call. “The consumer is absolutely putting a priority on a healthy and active lifestyle. You see people running and walking, being outdoors. But I think the most important thing is that we are providing them with an experience that they’re clearly choosing and that’s both through the products that we have in our stores, as well as the experience that we provide in-store and online.”

Hobart said the strong quarter led Dick’s to raise its full-year guidance, but the company is remaining cautious for the back half of the year.

The retailer is now expecting earnings per share to be between $13.35 and $13.75, up from its previous range of $12.85 to $13.25. That’s ahead of the $13.25 that analysts had expected, according to LSEG.

The retailer’s caution was reflected in its sales guidance, which fell a bit flat after its first-quarter revenue beat.

Dick’s now expects comparable sales to rise between 2% and 3%, compared with previous guidance of up 1% to 2%. The low end of that range is only in line with the 2% growth that analysts had expected, according to StreetAccount. 

Dick’s is expecting full-year revenue to be between $13.1 billion and $13.2 billion, which is also in line with estimates of $13.16 billion, according to LSEG. 

“What we have done today in terms of the full-year guidance, is it reflects the results that we posted here in Q1 and we maintained largely our expectations for Q2 through Q4,” finance chief Navdeep Gupta told analysts. “There’s a little bit of a disconnect with the external consensus expectation but I would say, you know, we are appropriately cautious as we think about Q2.”

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