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Williams-Sonoma Announces First Quarter Financial Results

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. announced operating results for the first quarter ended April 30 versus the first quarter ended May 1, 2022.

“Despite a challenging macro backdrop, we delivered another solid quarter of earnings. With our focus on compelling product, customer service, and profitability, we achieved our financial expectations,” said Laura Alber, president and CEO.

Alber concluded, “We have a culture of innovation and an experienced team who knows how to increase operational efficiencies, control costs, deliver world-class customer service, and drive new growth opportunities. We are confident that we will continue to deliver on our commitment to our customers, our employees, and our shareholders.”


~  Comparable brand revenue declined 6.0% with a 2-year comp growth of 3.5% and a 4-year comp growth of 46.5%.

~  Delivered a gross margin of 38.5%, or 38.6% on a non-GAAP basis, deleveraging 520bps on a non-GAAP basis, primarily driven by higher inbound and outbound shipping and freight costs with occupancy deleverage of 170bps. Occupancy costs increased 8.7% to $203 million or increased 8.6% to $202 million on a non-GAAP basis.

~  SG&A as a percentage of revenues was 27.1%, or 25.7% on a non-GAAP basis, leveraging 100bps on a non-GAAP basis driven by advertising leverage with employment rate flat.

~  Delivered operating income of $199 million, with an operating margin of 11.4%, on a GAAP basis; or $226 million, with an operating margin of 12.9%, on a non-GAAP basis.

~  Delivered GAAP diluted EPS of $2.35 per share, or $2.64 per share on a non-GAAP basis.

~  Maintained strong liquidity position of $297 million in cash at the end of the quarter, with no borrowings outstanding, and $343 million in operating cash flow enabling the company to deliver strong returns to stockholders of $358 million through stock repurchases of $300 million and dividends of $58 million.

~  Recorded a non-recurring charge of $26.2 million for (i) exit costs associated with our West Coast manufacturing facility of $9.3 million, (ii) exit costs associated with Aperture of $8.6 million, and (iii) company-wide reduction-in-force actions of $8.3 million, right-sizing our teams domestically and internationally, primarily focused on corporate non-customer facing positions. Combined, we expect these changes will result in a pre-tax, annualized savings of $40 million.


~  We are reiterating our fiscal 2023 and long-term guidance.

~  In fiscal 2023, we expect net revenue growth in the range of -3% to +3% with an operating margin between 14% to 15%.

~  In the long-term, we expect mid-to-high single-digit annual net revenue growth with operating margin above 15%.


Williams-Sonoma, Inc. will replay the webcast of the conference call of their results at

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