Zumiez Inc. reported sales for the third quarter ended Oct. 29, increased 13.3 percent to $154.0 million from $135.9 million a year ago. Comparable store sales increased 6.0 percent on top of a comparable store sales increase of 14.4 percent in the third quarter of fiscal 2010.
Net income in the third quarter of fiscal 2011 increased 14.8 percent to $14.1 million, or 45 cents per diluted share from net income of $12.3 million, or 40 cents per diluted share in the third quarter of the prior fiscal year.
Total net sales for the nine months (39 weeks) ended October 29, 2011 increased 15.3 percent to $372.0 million from $322.7 million reported for the nine months (39 weeks) ended October 30, 2010. The Company reported net income of $18.6 million, or 60 cents per diluted share in the first nine months of fiscal 2011 compared to net income in the first nine months of the prior fiscal year of $9.2 million, or 30 cents per diluted share. Results for the first nine months of fiscal 2010 include costs of $2.4 million, or approximately 5 cents per diluted share, associated with the relocation of the company's distribution center, and $2.1 million, or approximately 4 cents per diluted share, for the settlement of a previously disclosed lawsuit. Comparable store sales increased 8.3 percent in the first nine months of fiscal 2011 on top of a comparable store sales increase of 11.3 percent in the first nine months of fiscal 2010.
At October 29, 2011, the company had cash and current marketable securities of $137.1 million compared to cash and current marketable securities of $98.9 million at October 30, 2010.
Rick Brooks, Chief Executive Officer of Zumiez Inc., stated, “Our merchandise, new store opening, and ecommerce strategies once again allowed us to deliver on our goal of consistent sales and earnings growth. During the third quarter we continued to execute on key initiatives aimed at driving productivity, expanding our geographic footprint, and bringing our unique in-store experience to the internet. We are pleased with the current pace of growth for our business and believe our product assortment has us well positioned for the remainder of the holiday selling period.”
November 2011 Sales
Total sales for the four-week period ended November 26, 2011 increased 16.2 percent to $46.9 million, compared to $40.4 million for the four-week period ended November 27, 2010. The Company's comparable store sales increased 8.4 percent for the four-week period on top of a comparable store sales increase of 20.7 percent increase in the year ago period.
Fourth Quarter 2011 Outlook
The Company is introducing guidance for the three months ending January 28, 2012 of net income per diluted share of approximately $0.52 to $0.54. This guidance is based on an anticipated comparable store sales increase in the mid single digit range and total sales in the range of $174 to $177 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011.
We have opened all 45 new stores planned in fiscal 2011, including our first stores in Canada.