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Participants
Christiane Pelz Vice President, Investor Relations
Joel Anderson President and Chief Executive Officer
Kenneth Bull Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Edward Kelly Wells Fargo
Matthew Boss JPMorgan
John Heinbockel Guggenheim Securities
Chuck Grom Gordon Haskett
Sean Kras Barclays
Kelly Crago Citigroup
Brad Thomas KeyBanc Capital Markets
Michael Lasser UBS
Judah Frommer Credit Suisse
Michael Kessler Morgan Stanley
Scot Ciccarelli RBC Capital Markets
Patrick McKeever MKM Partners
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Operator

Good day, and welcome to the Five Below Second Quarter Fiscal 2018 Earnings Conference Call. All participants will be in listen-only mode. [Operator Instructions] After today’s presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions. [Operator Instructions] Please note, this event is being recorded. I would now like to turn the conference over to Christiane Pelz, VP of Investor Relations. ahead. go Please

Christiane Pelz

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Joel Anderson

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Kenneth Bull

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

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the the quarter second tax Our compared XXXX of XXXX. of effective quarter to rate second in for was XX.X% XX.X%,

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expected margins $X.XX by future we QX points diluted margins to I we split decline income our in assets over investments that the While driven to basis reform-related per operating comp. and want on is to range or single-digit out XXX million, is QX million on fixed delever $X.XX a margin $XX.X a between tax QX basis. in point quarters, low for expected comment XXXX to not operating implied continue do and $X.X on by roughly The certain to an be deleveraging expect typically Net SG&A. in gross of evenly share to

raising of XX-week basis. to the X%. sales range For be increase we guidance year Comp XX% to the which guidance to $X,XXX the comparable for XX% in an our XXXX, a to of we to increases XXXX full $X,XXX billion year are on X.X% billion, range full over expect of a

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million compared to with outlook EPS center, infrastructure. spend $X.XX. in reflecting XXX million store spent distribution gross and Southeast to stores we basis, $X.XX and in previous increased new million XXXX $XXX.X net approximately base range the over to respect on XX% be $X.XX a With a income of to basis. Our our or projected to $XXX expected $X.XX on growth in XX% expected plan expenditures of over of approximately is of growth be our CapEx, corporate the to new existing Diluted XX-week a has XX-week remainder the on XX% in outlook is XX% to range our now to to to or $XXX.X XXXX EPS be to XXXX, of total

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the options and products, to tariffs mitigate changing with We closely potential pricing have our of these including vendor partners been sourcing. on impact working

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before help will up provide closing turn and mitigate it questions. we And comments Joel? call monitor developments to would impact. closely Joel with some to like over We to to open that, continue pursue I any back the opportunities for to

Joel Anderson

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Operator

go Our question with from Instructions] comes first Kelly ahead. Edward Fargo. Please [Operator Wells

Edward Kelly

younger guys, in acceleration of acceleration underlying I is brand about comp question a some half the that continuing momentum of I ask have three conservatism? a to we we about obviously you the year quarter, macro of imply How mentioned gain particularly the QX. part good and strong, the think stack is start, And things how other the to you and attribute year very deceleration consumer guidance the and underlying business numbers pretty or Joel, do holiday back guess? around consumer. remarkable you I your to wondering you ask is, about like basis. the the around a you seems but versus that the period? you And am just I feeling and a on The much then, two momentum could want toys Hi, generally quarter. in to fourth afternoon, as this nice the are to wanted for second outlook about

Joel Anderson

appreciate Ed. comments Thanks, the and thoughts. I

to would to spinners It’s that lapped year. doing in are we just allude hard comp is shared so acceleration relevant. what with would what lead five that to I last really we really relates you Ed, internally. as comp, began is that QX honestly, shared teams doing chasing versus are to for estimate drove you. tell with us what we that is macro it merchandize into see that, can trends business obviously I our to it’s different as And guidance keeping the great QX As you and much we you a But worlds by that, the the believe the from how and continued now of job

say what in half are a off times, our said the really our center. believe living business. I many about of is feel momentum overall, strong, is we traffic that’s vibrant and So, to doing is would half we we drive sector retail and traffic the self-generated while great We’ve

strong it. now. driving right lost probably we the not it’s But are that retail of So, us majority is on

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Edward Kelly

Thank you. helpful. Very

Joel Anderson

Yes, I appreciate it.

Operator

Your Matthew JPMorgan. comes from Boss go with next question Please ahead.

Matthew Boss

a on quarter. nice Congrats Great.

Joel Anderson

you do I Matt. for What can today? Thanks,

Matthew Boss

your On guys that – tailwinds at you relatively flat just headwinds the margin forecast the the the margin best beginning gross was back I update and about think side, guess embedded half? year that to in gross to the versus of any gave how

Kenneth Bull

our year. Yes, at Matt, you beginning guidance as provided we the the of remember,

key actually tax in in this the the which reinvestments of where are are One investments elements was SG&A. at year down our

the you relatively then But in and expect overall to we against as are being and and again, gets in did California to we So we that’s margin end some implied pretty the have you some flat beats then saw, is QX operating year move lever overall. guiding year. significant to gross driving some and this around year. we for and we overall you margin remember much between leverage, had leverage last the if evenly not really the kind full QX, gross what we entry we split I comp quarter year deleverage forward, had some out the a pretty that able comps QX. didn’t margin regards that in where QX to in And to With that’s SG&A. flat that of margin again, QX I of that delever for you X.X margin, up then mentioned incentive this And that were think operating gross

Matthew Boss

Great.

Joel Anderson

Thanks, Matt.

Matthew Boss

Thanks.

Operator

Heinbockel Your John from go next Guggenheim ahead. Please with comes question Securities.

Joel Anderson

John. Hey,

John Heinbockel

to into the – Joel, dig I hey, Hey, dig I how toy to a bit. wanted opportunity are wanted you? little

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Joel Anderson

like we remarks. opportunity question, our trend. it why great we think other and John of prepared yes, to in any it’s just Honestly, toy We think alluded the of

displacement of are new Toys"R"Us. there to for this resources. out while trend And there so, customers It’s largely the emerged toy – looking due certainly

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John Heinbockel

Yes. Yes. you. Thank

Joel Anderson

thanks, Hey, sport. the John. Appreciate

Operator

with go Bank. Trussell Paul Please Deutsche question ahead. comes next from Your

Paul Trussell

give I’ll well. congratulations, my afternoon. Good as

months XQ drove if about that your led XQ the to as well you as in the results you could guidance? prior there summer versus the speak and the categories wanted how outperformance to on products and particular that on if comps any that, of through has the approach is strong expectations cadence Just season, versus and back-to-school, years your that or comp ask

Joel Anderson

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trend continued when people emerge done expect – the As the that spinner go, usually and our you the surveys through last would were since trend, Swishy peak The we getting Many improve. trends get a through obviously, far got department, several this of the of new don’t then. to for trend customers. asked trends, we in as Slime affectionately see marketing for QX craze. as attracted spinner that and through given did QX just Spa, with lot continue. of bring and our those quarter, we tell guidance into we We’ve and spinner a known but here year we’ve we had the just cadence we you or comps one in all new customers as the we several S through to of

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Paul Trussell

Thanks.

Joel Anderson

focused Paul, you asked that’s needs-based traditional dorm-related really and about and the year who products on This yes, we are. Oh, than back-to-school. we more product

really treasure We responded are hunt kids new we customers to are brought Thanks, that assortment we’ve for store, a trend a and Paul. the in. nicely

Operator

Grom Chuck comes Gordon ahead. go Haskett. question with next Please from Your

Chuck Grom

Hey, quarter. guys. Great thanks

question, the it a prepared spoke on awareness brand you Just to remarks. in your

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Joel Anderson

Chuck. thanks, Yes,

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Operator

comes question from with our And next Kras Barclays. go ahead. Please Sean

Sean Kras

perhaps with considering Hi indicated you TV level advertising quarter? guys. it question. just a is fourth Joel, I – just you that Thanks in at small of testing And guess, year. on questions have plans did too this year? low beyond pleased ROI the this thinking for some first TV your expanding of my taking the like XX% for Are the an coverage last you're point? I I quarter about guess, you you quarter. Are secondly, in Or the advertising. third TV the quarter

Joel Anderson

thanks, Yes, Sean.

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is markets all largely We We going at studying how in Sean. for our A of through in it number. advertising-to-sales And be really a and will on marketing and then enough look ROI growth. the last the disciplined TV higher we’ve Appreciated. ratios, ratios. to S very are team do than kind determine will year’s we QX. Thanks, many But grown that DMAs which stores DMA-by-DMA

Sean Kras

Okay, thanks, Joel.

Joel Anderson

You bet.

Operator

question from Paul will Next with Citi. ahead. come Please Lejuez go

Kelly Crago

is on circle taking for toy Kelly Paul. I Crago just opportunity. the question. this back to Thanks Hi, to wanted for my

the of upgrades a toy across over pretty couple seen You’ve last years. assortment nice the

price $X a they seeing any to could you Are sell by typically willingness Just you there the you bit products that point? vendors would assortment? mean So, elaborate at what wouldn’t great. more on be expanded color offer for more

Joel Anderson

combination thanks, both. Yes, a It’s Kelly. of

seeing for those with sell as the and certainly – couple expansion range, XX broader toy had opportunity but the to continue I are year. that. we we largely there But be vendor getting on both it goes, the the in sees at day, products lot are we on before, to alluded every the over toys year. of see products. goods calls as we collectibles. pick real XXX to foot the But licensed as with in are in probably have on expand community space It’s us vendors closeout a opportunity, last And bigger lot and plan as we an price a last closeout regular excited opportunities solution may are we the goods a are excited to and for toy as now far opportunity, about as about business in are where and as side, the forever that. us seeing, market well closeouts We the us stores, And of also up lot of

Kelly Crago

is questions excluding that in quantify including Thank should second thanks. new half productivity you will second Could shifts also excluding and how benefit the then Ken. the back you. we question store quarter the like about just, Great, productivity my for be in housekeeping of look thinking store calendar the shift calendar the what and new year? and then And shift both

Kenneth Bull

Sure. Thanks Kelly.

we XXrd for that’s back the occur half XXrd it of, get and the number probably, productivity consideration guided weeks to and of then XX%. your in – north in and for number close if a to to you the math, that probably will it for the adjustment a back of the half the you shift a above finished there will half a in the year, still then, But XXX%. store in you we kind up mid-XXs. come of probably of look QX, in applies and take will For north And going QX, you QX XXX%, you that adjust north week the of QX, if came operating both if operating And lower numbers a if XXX%. into come for XX% shift you entire did shows back the weeks, with the week you to

Joel Anderson

keep to We got Kelly. right. All moving. Thanks,

Operator

with next The question Brad go Please from comes Thomas KeyBanc ahead. Markets. Capital

Joel Anderson

Brad. Hi,

Brad Thomas

here. I little margins I tuning on for our know it’s good new afternoon hey the for models, Great are early, we any you. but everybody. hoping distribution with Yes, was fine as quarter opening. thoughts XXXX particularly Thank center

Kenneth Bull

that, to there XXXX. XXXX Brad I remarks I the our still mean, level there top-line to I detail the certain closer year up that puts But – Joel on we’ll the new and is end guidance as in the takes thing will obviously Yes, later. one it certain it But, well, the prepared and of is, going distribution in a end for growth XXXX. provide our growth implies we in can did give out be talk of mentioned think that We call. coming his level for on that we and But center about years get say the to year and is and in color a get and we that’s more XXXX. until obviously but early and bottom-line. on provide of

Joel Anderson

be Thanks, Brad. great. That’d

Brad Thomas

Thanks, Ken.

Kenneth Bull

Thanks.

Operator

question Lasser Michael next UBS. with from ahead comes go Please The

Michael Lasser

a Thanks for question. evening. taking Good my lot

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Joel Anderson

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Michael Lasser

Thank very you much. Okay.

Joel Anderson

bet. You

Operator

question Please go Frommer Suisse. Next Credit ahead. comes from Judah with

Judah Frommer

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Joel Anderson

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Judah Frommer

Well, it’s freight.

Joel Anderson

freight Oh, yes. margin,

Kenneth Bull

are we in – it. closely. is, trends Joel’s we just the Yes, increased Judah, but the to the of yes, it inflationary everybody have of ability mitigate scale. point, some to with freight that seeing we do as piece freight watch our But else

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Joel Anderson

Thanks, Judah.

Judah Frommer

Thanks.

Operator

with from go Please is Sinisi question Vincent Morgan next ahead. The Stanley.

Michael Kessler

great and Thanks for a Hi guys. my on actually on for This quarter Vinnie. Kessler question is Michael taking here. congrats

So, about… to I ask wanted

Joel Anderson

Michael. Hi,

Michael Kessler

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Joel Anderson

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and we So it’s Michael. market to continue us a grow. will Thanks, strong for

Operator

Next Capital Markets. Ciccarelli Please comes from Scot go ahead. RBC question with

Scot Ciccarelli

Good afternoon guys. How are you?

Joel Anderson

Scot. Thanks,

Scot Ciccarelli

talked I process know if guys it. early cost about might remodel to So the coming wondering et talk about I in I cetera. because on side, had – know in guys early side results was trying the something was on, work that to the of you you the able too you are be

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Joel Anderson

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Scot Ciccarelli

Understood, thank you.

Joel Anderson

thanks, Yes, Scot.

Operator

question go And Partners. ahead. from comes Please our Patrick McKeever MKM with next

Patrick McKeever

toy about square feet? the that the for are feet talking linear I of The footage, the year. XX. trying am or that thanks. you visualize Joel, little just think opportunity additional Is you a I half said, linear to back Okay, square better

Joel Anderson

Yes.

Patrick McKeever

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Operator

back like closing the session. this for conclude Anderson question remarks. would to answer our to turn Joel And over and any conference I will

Joel Anderson

seeing a you Thanks It’s a to your joining looking look and we been and great are of bringing truly forward have half of appreciate Thanks great Five today. of great support a the Below. for forward day. We stores. I all in us the everyone year XXXX. first on really to

Operator

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