Dick’s Sporting Goods delivers record earnings, sales as coronavirus fuels home-fitness boom

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The NPD Group chief retail analyst Marshal Cohen on how retailers are being impacted by the coronavirus, specifically missing out on the back-to-school shopping season, which used to be the second-biggest retail period of the year for many brands. Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. reported record earnings and sales in the […]

Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. reported record earnings and sales in the three months through June amid strong demand for health and fitness products as customers sheltered at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Coraopolis, Penn.-based sporting goods retailer earned $276.8 million, or an adjusted $3.21 per share, recouping $28 million of inventory write-downs recorded in the first quarter. Net sales rose 20{5667a53774e7bc9e4190cccc01624aae270829869c681dac1da167613dca7d05} year over year to $2.71 billion.

The results outpaced the adjusted earnings of $1.30 per share and revenue of $2.46 billion that Wall Street analysts surveyed by Refinitiv were expecting.

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“During this pandemic, the importance of health and fitness has accelerated and participation in socially distant, outdoor activities has increased,” CEO Edward Stack said in a statement. “There has also been a greater shift toward athletic and active lifestyle product with people spending more time working and exercising at home.”

Sales at stores opened at least 12 months jumped 21{5667a53774e7bc9e4190cccc01624aae270829869c681dac1da167613dca7d05} from a year ago as online sales soared 194{5667a53774e7bc9e4190cccc01624aae270829869c681dac1da167613dca7d05}, including curbside pickup. Both average ticket and transactions grew versus last year, as did sales in three primary categories of hardlines, apparel and footwear.

About 15{5667a53774e7bc9e4190cccc01624aae270829869c681dac1da167613dca7d05} of locations were closed during the quarter.

Dick’s ended the second quarter with $1.1 billion cash and zero outstanding borrowings under its $1.855 billion credit facility.

The company withdrew its 2020 outlook in March due to uncertainty caused by COVID-19 and did not provide an update.

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Dick’s shares fell 5.7{5667a53774e7bc9e4190cccc01624aae270829869c681dac1da167613dca7d05} year-to-date through Tuesday, lagging the S&P 500’s 6.59{5667a53774e7bc9e4190cccc01624aae270829869c681dac1da167613dca7d05} gain.

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