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Participants
Kiley Rawlins Vice President-Investor Relations
Mary Dillon Chief Executive Officer
Scott Settersten Chief Financial Officer
Dave Kimbell President
Adrienne Yih Barclays
Lauren Frasch Wells Fargo
Steven Forbes Guggenheim Securities
Michael Binetti Credit Suisse
Paul Trussell Deutsche Bank
Simeon Gutman Morgan Stanley
Steph Wissink Jefferies
Call transcript
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Operator

Greetings and welcome to the Ulta Beauty Second Quarter 2020 Earnings Results Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this conference is being recorded. It is now my pleasure to introduce your host, Ms. Kiley Rawlins, Vice President, Investor Relations. Please proceed.

Kiley Rawlins

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Mary Dillon

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Scott Settersten

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Operator

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Adrienne Yih

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Mary Dillon

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Scott Settersten

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Mary Dillon

you take you. would Dave, And the first part of Thank question? the

Dave Kimbell

absolutely. Yes,

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Operator

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your question. next Boruchow Ike with comes from Our state Fargo. Please question Wells

Lauren Frasch

taking on for is Lauren Ike. question. Thanks for Frasch our Hi, This everyone.

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Dave Kimbell

start the all that teams, the guess, question. by spectacular really with how we deliver, and year-over-year let to proud outcome work great But I people mean, support a distribution them. expansion, out e-comm just, first that’s digital store broad teams, centers, our outcome just that it like XXX% a a comp associates, was reiterating the overall. of Yes, a are I me our saying

average than Higher than the thought the at quarter, that, some the point quarter with higher for right? during being that’s With XXX%. the

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to as years what that’s in So business. been doing the going for very well. happy future be support to trend we’ve And obviously that recent the

what future, guide our to XX to be about a continue again, to is, space. When time going historical in headwind. that’s we’ll this and there. it that, profile be it basis point margin focused think So we was the not in XX Obviously, the overall was

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profile overall. that about again, have better that are and typically, those we’ve margin to transactions curbside available ticket been So and us. BOPIS, things we talking higher And now like

are then optimization. about of And DCs Mary other pointed right? headwind. of business, helps to we’re Our the more some operating efficiently thinking now, so cost parts that that offset

business, overall it. the of of e-comm e-commerce the not So of to overall piece help It’s else optimize not at just looking for more what margin the the it’s enterprise profile we question. are just

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Operator

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next comes with Our your Please Guggenheim Steven question Securities. Forbes from question. state

Steven Forbes

Good for evening. Mary, maybe you. a question

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Mary Dillon

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continue was think we strategically to will it’s think, watch a but for our and closely, it I we great pivot thing it good So a business.

Operator

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question. Suisse. with state next Credit your Our Please comes from Binetti question Michael

Michael Binetti

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you would You that half a I back customers’ those go walk seem opportunity, away doors and share. are to then have path – to new like to a apparent willing you that if I ahead. see the do in they be for from close customer mean, start

Mary Dillon

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becomes we at there’s we that sticky. we of like that will. efficient really we know or opportunity the especially mean, times And to program. holiday, we’re more the our we – get certainly, well with compete things to see strategic And for work how this. do be do if understand promotions and people opportunities just not to, is more So need to still idea as us very loyalty an we that into I convert aggressive convert, peak

add would that but think there a to it. we’re to this, didn’t So you think Is Dave, keeping way I a it’s good hit about obviously balanced eye on I or… on close anything that

Dave Kimbell

approach idea our promotional strategic this reinforce, we towards promotions. to not pulling, more in optimization. all But much Just eliminating being are of just yes,

Days fact, year. a event. and first of it introducing but strategic example biggest our call one be a events of many a the our of – has brand. more new It in driving promotional, an the is In most Beauty, times we good role strategic of important a to mass it’s this guests And for of what migration, XX will time Sunday prestige starting program

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Michael Binetti

follow-up, help mean, If to to you. could margins ask think a in the the I connect you us as progression multi-year. Got I that

heard was I today labor model. incremental, what think, efficient I it more more promotions, heard I efficient

online efficient. be should have coming coming back more or again, You so e-comm online Jacksonville

other the we’re XXXX to I should talked as we’re orient here. looking since rent several think about try reasons for guess ESG you I XXXX think some margin forget initiatives. What and about we headwinds be trying ourselves. at would offset are negotiations, that about we

Scott Settersten

Yes.

to looking business in looking we’re at So throes of embedded costs when mean, it I right plan now, at Michael, – overall. operating new the XXXX and headwinds the we

might historically some of like the headwinds us. and we’ve some be payroll new, So mix things headwinds and store implications and how cost that talked with channel long about around PP&E

in which the minimum lots levers us We of there’s for pull for ones part operating to to base a that’s to focused on model. now, that so there’s focused And out we���re this double-digit And right of still the business. on. year. making team the speak to oars just of we’re trying Again, for the kind now, the of we’re focused it. going We think got on pull So decisions on push margins, over operating margins margins, is financial operating the threshold And healthy as lot water, overall of and next longer-term. results. we’re overall squeeze still best product our

further to year. more along have say on we’ll this So we get as that

Operator

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Deutsche Our Paul next Trussell question Please question. comes Bank. state from with your

Paul Trussell

the job about to good Wanted in and afternoon ask quarter. stores. Good

of You reopened, your cadence digits. fleet? Canada? we different basis of remain store opening you going and the approach in on about strong target online to productivity the annual should an the store your in And up forward openings while triple mentioned do both stores U.S. How the your remains that think intact, view any still and very potentially as profitability long-term

Scott Settersten

Well, I guess, I’ll start.

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kind down of So are the far these decisions. road

more feel some So least good our pandemic maybe for and next of new across the right on the in U.S. about stores hopefully, impacts we depending at other now. XX how retailers centers year

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Operator

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question. comes Gutman next Stanley. Simeon from question your state with Our Please Morgan

Simeon Gutman

Hi, follow-up is you’re My everyone. financial related. and Hope one in good. question

inclusive And about the as they’re that then talk as that the what XX we or leverage mix you result per mentioned was able pure And can you to channel business to to can business. the so something to They like that in Scott, going or e-commerce overall costs business? got that that impact Are quantify asked penetration happening to or First, up, number the exclusive a related to overall basis lower. earlier, fixed of went margins hit. store? sound sense. was was was Was forward? understand, was going that Hopefully points to the the that that that made store deleverage increased, XX channel even comment only the you

Scott Settersten

Yes.

we’re about question of first question, as second But Simeon. the So the there. thinking part far your as

already. we cost focused a of for overall years that on been fixed is couple have something So

real in about talk do is growth or there. work estate a EFG, we we the that pillar efficiencies core when So for

when not future stores. again, we’re thinking further individual out the overall and whole with to looking into or portfolio just So economics landlords, those on reposition on renegotiate stores and stores the opportunities about dealing renewals

So a of underway time. that’s for been now period

really we’re we’re – in got process good so we’ve about the embedded feeling business And an doing. and we’re

put So that steroids kind the near-term. of on COVID-XX just in here

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getting will over up that the scale benefits continue And We’re now. we long-term. to

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Simeon Gutman

Thank you.

Operator

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Steph Wissink

Good you. everyone. afternoon, Thank

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I mentioned retention credits, you million. around think $XX

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I pulling unaided despite think was Mary, you back your awareness mentioned that marketing. pretty on significantly stable

better how selected on wondering about spend forward. brand, you’re the how going today. And to marketing if that Thank if you’ve been Ulta you. you’re you much thinking saying in that reshaping, I’m the known So you’re that’s if need past, changes better and you marketing think

Mary Dillon

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efficient I So marketing continue more investments wrong, think to over It’ll time. so. do I’m if our tell gotten, me

Scott. okay, So,

Scott Settersten

Yes.

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Mary Dillon

Thanks joining today. So, for thank us everybody you.

and are report quarter we with in speaking again ones I all I want just associates to Thank all as And appreciation We’re results. efforts, navigate you colleagues my to December when we forward their our environment. Beauty our time. out can to that look third of this healthy. loved you express unprecedented well see sincere you. and of and safe Ulta hope your for through they we your just of

Operator

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