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Participants
Christiane Pelz Vice President, Investor Relations
Joel Anderson President and Chief Executive Officer
Ken Bull Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Chuck Grom Gordon Haskett
Sean Kras Barclays
John Heinbockel Guggenheim
Paul Trussell Deutsche Bank
Michael Lasser UBS
Alan Rifkin BTIG
Dan Binder Jefferies
Jeremy Hamblin Dougherty & Company
Vincent Tennessee Morgan Stanley
Alvin Concepcion Citi
Chris Prykull Goldman Sachs
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Operator

Good day, everyone and welcome to the Five Below Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2017 Earnings Conference Call. All participants will be in listen-only mode. [Operator Instructions] And please note that today’s event is being recorded. I would now like to turn the conference over to Christiane Pelz, Vice President of Investor Relations. Please go ahead.

Christiane Pelz

William. you, Thank and Five everyone financial for us joining conference Good fourth thank quarter for Below’s XXXX and today call. afternoon, you fiscal results year

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Joel Anderson

the before Ken and it end review then outlook on year joining the as Christiane for year our call and open quarter questions. for will and our the quarter earnings to handing and up XXXX as fiscal I you, financials thoughts everyone well call. to for will discuss we and over discuss us Thank thanks highlights of fourth

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growth remains As with runway XXX we stores, finished the XXXX for long.

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and positive customers resources marketing into overall increase the to new with brand. brand given will engagement targeted Additionally, be response to better efforts, our reach awareness we our investing more customer

initiatives also to within Finally, we are an Five launch is $X pleased investment of announce to approximately Below funding initial our that Foundation. the million

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focused the stores new trend-right opportunities are distribution more beyond with provide our to to plans color innovative will Ken fresh, turn financials. over continue people. Below marketing see more efficient from us in executing We as tremendous to it as well on and technology for and we grow hiring amazing XXXX With to on more to I Five merchandise, as Ken? to that,

Ken Bull

quarter XXXX then everyone. quarter Joel I outlook discuss with and my good a the remarks first fiscal of our fourth and full will XXXX. year our afternoon, for Thanks, begin and fiscal review and results

fourth to As versus week income the share. included fiscal fiscal extra $X fiscal XXXX million per the XXrd earnings This the sales, year to an XXXX million of diluted upcoming week XXXX. the reminder, approximately to $X.XX XX-week $XX.X extra operating a quarter added and and and year year

costs The comp increase up comp X% offset with of week. increased leverage in the sales the fourth Comparable of increased XXXX in the expense the a profit XXXX of fourth quarter XXXX comp comp ended fourth Gross million compensation fourth XXXX. million XXXX. XXX stores from quarter higher Our quarter higher a $XXX.X transactions. sales fixed leverage the the of the for for on part by compensation. year-over-year margin driven from Gross X.X% flat XX% of XXX of primarily We fourth in versus higher quarter last quarter XX.X%. X% of quarter at XX.X% XX.X% quarter $XXX.X or comp a was million, excluding offset percentage reported in was from XXrd year with sales new incentive the $XXX.X the stores, by fourth of to SG&A XX.X% by increase of of to increase XXXX increase occupancy net were the incentive as up finished the in a in higher costs. or the the impact

to margin to Our approximately basis Operating million. XX operating increased income sales. XX.X% $XXX.X increased of points XX.X%

net included the from tax our in per The included XX.X% rate per and fourth million from XX.X% the benefit benefit of or XXrd effective to share was share was the year. as guidance. tax week a share by the XX.X% in $XX.X the tax diluted lower $X.XX rate $X.XX share accounting deferred effective based Our rate in compensation for to increased or quarter quarter fourth included from from million reflecting benefit of our tax the compensation tax of driven $X.XX tax XXXX benefit diluted the earnings earnings per per write-down fourth which $X.XX a reform diluted Also based well net benefit reform. XXXX. net accounting Net was extra and $X.XX quarter for last was compared the from decrease asset. share income blended as Diluted in a $XX.X share from

sales. a total sales XXXX increase Gross Comparable basis. the an XXXX. spinner sales XX was comp $XXX.X operating increase of basis increase expenses $X.XXX last increased XX.X% on points of XX-week margins due points decreased comparable the finished XX X.X% of XX.X% reported a as sale basis $XXX.X weeks in were driven of for million of fixed basis sales to in by X% a at XX.X% costs XXXX. margin profit Operating income SG&A increased by primarily leverage comp Gross on comp XX.X% million transactions. billion, from by as for the of from fiscal the year’s high in from a XX.X% XX or an increased operating XX occupancy increased This improved higher approximately leverage full year margin percentage merchandise our points the in sales XXXX increased to on XXXX. increase Operating year for basis XX.X% $XXX XX.X%. the net compared XX-week to XX.X% sales the margin for For of of and XX.X%. primarily driven margin from out-performance. in On margins XX.X% of million to

XX.X% increase Diluted the was with rate week earnings Also the increase extra versus investment on an securities tax based fiscal benefit per to with based earnings reform the of in was approximately net was Earnings and XXXX. XXXX. from tax tax year $XXX in XXXX, net effective included year that no $XXX decrease for cash I primarily was of benefit increase of of included respect due earnings per for million share per Our fiscal $X.XX fourth an and or reform. for million This discussed XXrd XX.X% the the benefit earlier long-term accounting share $X.XX short-term The the and includes versus compensation approximately quarter. benefit a of compared from diluted debt. from equivalents to the impact We share from XXXX. compensation share was rate the is in and effective $X.XX to per XX.X% in a XX-week net $X.XX $X.XX share in and end accounting the XX.X% our share benefit cash, basis ended for of guidance. the which year tax fiscal

on cash We from our payback economic than flow new generate average strong that investment delivers continue model less powerful year. X free of store to of our a

$XXX Ending the in today million compared $XXX and if the As on from as announced we repurchases will million year our Inventory basis made earnings. store XXXX. on end at maybe we million increased year-over-year. next report the open was repurchase of quarter’s the to program, fiscal $XXX.X the mentioned, any shares a end with X% inventory time at Joel time quarter to approximately during conjunction per of share purchased the market

guidance. Now, I would turn to like to our

$X.XXX X%. XX.X% sales For to to count approximately X% increase XX-week billion of $X.XXX and be be to of fiscal are with The stores on billion, the to end expected we the XXXX, a comparable open sales of plan to to range basis. XXX. expected an XXXX, to in is store XX.X% increase new XXX year In a expect

stores half open of stores the of of XX% half We The our in new expect majority the XXXX new opened to of XX% XXXX. approximately compared of to in first first and new of Columbia. stores in expect existing we the in will finish Arkansas states XXXX operating be state markets to states add and XX and will our and District to footprint

year, operating reform margins full approximate XX to our reinvestment partial our benefits. the For impact assumes the basis an from of guidance related point tax

income As Joel infrastructure and the mentioned, in benefit Below reinvest reform the through Foundation. communities we customer plan experience and of the to well use our a portion from Five systems associates, of funding as tax the to tax as

SG&A. of these investments impact All

over in year XX-week expect to XXXX basis, reform. be full $X.XX which with rate of We in income to XX.X% earnings to of tax compared is the to approximately XX share rate XX.X% lower range the points of a XX.X%, rate expected representing the percentage $X.XX. to the tax effective on range due of per is normalized our benefit to growth approximately $XXX diluted of a tax $XXX million approximately million comparable Net

XXX the through excluding plan impact the of in earlier. We in approximately from in we as new This approximately investing of reform shareholders and to CapEx remainder $XXX be stores, benefit are With reinvested reflects benefiting of and center gross in a tax in the the to flowing our to discussed CapEx, million distribution systems infrastructure. EPS new the to with we respect spend XXXX business XX% Southeast in allowances. the opening total approximately building tenant

net million XX.X%. in $XXX in March opened X.X% to increase per QX expected to year this assuming diluted to first an the sales per of $X.XX in are XX.X% the versus range year and XXXX comp quarter approximately compared last to the For earnings the earnings plan comp open range quarter to quarter of a XXXX, $XXX quarter for of share in the increase expected fiscal stores first QX versus sales X% XXXX. the X% as are in to to new million, to $X.XX of be XX in $X.XX the in ending We be XX, increase first stores first XXXX. XX share are Diluted of QX

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out, year. guide one to directional provide practice thinking our and remains some quarter the about full will year comments are it how While the on we I currently for

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to questions. Joel Joel? it and our comments our the open refer up we would to to please release. before for to like closing I that provide with call some over details related results For guidance all earnings And press other turn back to

Joel Anderson

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Operator

Thank you.

question-and-answer be Please today questioner Kelly Wells will the session. with Instructions] [Operator will We now And our begin first Edward go ahead. Fargo.

Unidentified Analyst

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Joel Anderson

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Ken Bull

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Unidentified Analyst

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Ken Bull

Anthony, are Yes, XXXX? when you think you I – about asking

Unidentified Analyst

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Ken Bull

Yes.

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to continue that go as So expect will we to forward. see we

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Joel Anderson

caller, had about and pretty and be Joel, some next before can to operator could question it that ‘XX lengthy we And everybody. would go for great, so you remind just through just we to hold to plans get everyone we pretty gave our it’s if we detailed one information

Operator

And Gordon Please Haskett. our next ahead. with go today questioner will Chuck Grom be

Chuck Grom

done brand called have first you never awareness but the before, am everything. been XX% the I a nice I am for improvement XX just in top time front, time sounded XX%, from have that first bit and Hey. you. talked what reflect on the that you back to is think perspective Thank awareness think improve going guys much From brand about ahead? you wondering back I awareness in you from a the XXXX markets, think we performance about helped sure it looking I out, I said that. seen year-over-year to a Joel, which it’s And I how I think disclosed have look have and stepping how at you could little brand you the when spinner just but stronger am what if you your comp certainly wondering comps has obviously sustainable

Joel Anderson

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Chuck Grom

luck. and Great. Thanks good

Joel Anderson

Yes. Thanks, Chuck.

Operator

Please with will ahead. today questioner next go our Kras Sean Barclays. And be

Sean Kras

my in Hey, performance pretty details so guys. categories. all on just to been far you quarter of fourth across the for are what I Last you Thanks seeing and the are extent guidance. taking saw willing in to question the and in the am what the quarters couple had comment quarter? wondering robust first that you the

Ken Bull

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Sean Kras

That’s for helpful thanks the and color.

Joel Anderson

day. Good

Operator

And our go Guggenheim. Please next will John with be questioner Heinbockel today ahead.

John Heinbockel

in secondly – any about that for hours you and what’s think So, Ken, maybe and benefits. in store, increase and forward? the process thought leasing two now things, Joel wages going on might then maybe to And when in you between what do is disaggregate and that increase ownership so investments your you DCs versus labor

Joel Anderson

it I to the one Thanks Yes. first John. over hand Ken. and take will

In terms the of of wages. that is of increased investment the in majority the in the form stores, investment

the productivity we programs a in big However, if on give is in tick-up comments will there stores. and the improving did effort my training you

from material and through of gotten last the amount organization, us a With addition has year joining of having he stores, is people his dollars making training in the really DCs? we are consistency so tax are we a our arms George and training development there. the Ken and our on of been the around in delivering, holiday wages, now the he are that aspect effort the is reform impact doing in the

Ken Bull

terms very then quickly you we in more purchase I from bit sense for you bigger, presence growing mean us stages helped resources we come. on for those the is where have flexibility especially for then of placed company and have distribution seeing make that that control feeling strategically now and us earlier the and of in in good past have and didn’t allocating we It are sense more we will it’s stable, comfortable And known decision property to the also make. on especially our little more grew experience, a Yes. us a are a to a around John from many also years center the to and financially are areas we of DC, one where really are

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John Heinbockel

Thanks. Thank you.

Joel Anderson

John. Thanks

Operator

question next Paul ahead. the with go will be Please Bank. Deutsche Trussell And

Paul Trussell

afternoon. Good

Joel Anderson

Hi Paul.

Paul Trussell

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Joel Anderson

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Paul Trussell

quarter second think growth, think That’s be very will to said helpful. is Really I you to the or negative that be you still is a have quarter flattish? said made, Ken, you I EPS follow-up comment the third positive quick given that clarify lowest to just

Ken Bull

Yes, it in that lowest mention there, but out growth QX to negative not and deliver lowest assume growth around the was growth, didn’t of more the have QX just we word QX. would EPS the the I

Paul Trussell

it. Got

Just good and luck. wanted to you clarify. Thank

Joel Anderson

Paul. Thanks, you. thank Yes,

Ken Bull

Thanks, Paul.

Operator

our Please will UBS. Michael with ahead. next Lasser be go questioner And

Michael Lasser

and thanks a taking for Good my question. evening lot

a how the operating just implies much and are of The guidance earlier flat first to And so year spinner trend the ago quarter substantial be from Easter you to quarter in the anniversary we near and increase comp that mentioned flat as the then to margin a expect is negative clarify third rate, potentially? expecting because or a add? Ken, should second your in you Easter comp, earlier you

Ken Bull

Yes, from that’s X% I comps, QX recorded we last incentive-based compensation providing take operating first around margin thanks, on, Michael. some and margin for year some you two leverage and cost one have costs. entry X% costs then on the the things Really, against California are around also that so there, have you was our will going operating the drivers fixed up the QX. to

flat those I second around leverage question, was to are comp? drivers regards in the are seeing significant key QX. really terms that So, a the your mentioned guess, overall With you comps, of in you the

Michael Lasser

and be think so I near said negative flat, XQ you Yes, imply, XQ? it in flat or does that could

Ken Bull

that that range to the provides And some guidance we it QX a the assume X% and does are and year a QX. comp to through move significant the annual and provided it than and a the giving in of for to is would we we QX X%, be assume understand guidance X% comp. you as within of negative able potential assumed includes Yes, for obviously QX comps potential out are outcomes, it we of in both X% outcomes range hit against forward up QX

Joel Anderson

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Michael Lasser

the luck good and with you year. Thank

Joel Anderson

Thanks.

Ken Bull

Thanks, Michael.

Operator

the Rifkin BTIG. will Alan And next questioner go with Please ahead. be

Alan Rifkin

I year the what great both for metrics the the are and of how on Congratulations each one corporate those setting those you. much relative and will to like have averages look and foundation. up Thank to contributing XXXX? for average, question Joel, the California refreshes

Joel Anderson

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Alan Rifkin

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Joel Anderson

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Alan Rifkin

Okay, you much. thank very luck. Best of

Joel Anderson

Hey, appreciate bet. thanks You it. Alan,

Operator

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Dan Binder

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Dan Binder

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Joel Anderson

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Dan Binder

Great, thank you.

Joel Anderson

Thanks, it. Dan. Appreciate

Operator

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Jeremy Hamblin

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Joel Anderson

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Jeremy Hamblin

a on year. Great. to the great and Congrats you team

Joel Anderson

Thanks, Jeremy.

Operator

Scott Capital will ahead. RBC be with next questioner Ciccarelli today Please our go Markets. And

Unidentified Analyst

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Joel Anderson

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Ken Bull

mean, I whether Beth stores just deliveries then to it’s whether add it’s or we that, costs, period obviously And Yes. inflationary of in to to are here import a through freight container costs.

that estimates move factored really our offset the we for increases to provided point, our benefit and this. year this have forward to scale they as continue like guidance We will into past to and have the as Joel’s and we have growth us they in

Unidentified Analyst

you. Thank it. Got

Joel Anderson

Thanks, Beth.

Ken Bull

Beth. Thanks,

Operator

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Vincent Tennessee

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Joel Anderson

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Operator

from questioner be next our And ahead. Citi. Alvin Please will go Concepcion today

Alvin Concepcion

Thanks for my guys. Hi, taking question.

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Joel Anderson

Alvin. Thanks, Yes.

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Alvin Concepcion

much. Thank it. you very Got

Joel Anderson

Alvin. Thanks,

Ken Bull

Thanks Alvin.

Operator

Goldman with Please Prykull Chris be will questioner Sachs. ahead. next the And go

Chris Prykull

taking I questions. follow-ups had just the two Hey, guys. for Thanks questions. earlier quick to

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Ken Bull

provided obviously Chris guidance margin we from the both a guide levels, margin but gross relatively normally And flat was there year on we Sure. don’t that and full margin and the QX, That in leverage SG&A then for significant levels. provided driving to operating margin guidance guidance is implied that again, gross And the the investment overall gross we implied margin to leverage. operating our then as X% and as comp go through years. the we full way and are comps the year, it’s for which QX of year QX up the two comps, go obviously work through the there, QX really from really QX through in things we X% the we ramping getting us the to as – rest tax-free guide the

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Chris Prykull

buyback? your just does account Great, not that’s one take share helpful. into And accretion clarification guidance, any then EPS from

Ken Bull

that our the we in timing announced we the but of those going forward not today, Obviously, is know authorization not. or included is don’t so that guidance. amount It the

Chris Prykull

for Thanks and clarification Great. good luck.

Joel Anderson

Chris. Thanks

Ken Bull

Thanks Chris.

Operator

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Joel Anderson

today. speaking Appreciate quarter less operator you on the all everybody our We first out weather call. support. look forward have We with thanks Yes, evening. you again and for windows. flakes a for everybody night. Thanks great respective joining thank us and look warmer and Good our white to

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