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Dick’s Sporting Goods Q4 Earnings Call Highlights
Edward Stack, Chairman & CEO
- eCommerce business – for the full year increased approximately 19% to over $748 million.
- The results for the quarter were significantly impacted negatively by performance of cold weather-related categories…they were down double digits.
- Looking outside the cold weather categories, the balance of our business performed very well, topping up nearly 3%.
- …guns and ammunition comped positively.
- CALIA will be expanded to all doors and it remains well positioned to become our third largest women’s Athletic Apparel brand by the end of this year.
- On footwear: we’ve got more of an elevated presentation and assortment than Kohl’s does
- On Sports Authority: we are going to be very aggressive to go after that displaced market share so it comes to us versus another competitor.
- On Field & Stream: we’re very comfortable with the growth rate right now, and don’t see that accelerating any time in the next year or two.
- We think the Golf business has stabilized.
- Would you consider taking any of the leases over that are coming up for auction from TSA? Well, we’re certainly going to take a look at some of those.
- If we’re playing golf in Pittsburgh on December 15, it’s going to be a relatively tough quarter. And they were playing golf in December in Pittsburgh.
- How many Field & Stream stores can market support? We’re not sure yet, but I can tell you that it’ll be well north of 55 stores.
Teri List-Stoll, CFO
- Our eCommerce business grew 13% (in Q4)
- In 2016, we expect to open up approximately 36 new DICK’S stores and relocate approximately nine DICK’S stores.
- We also expect to open approximately two new Golf Galaxy stores and nine new Field & Stream stores with all but one of those in the combo store format.
- For the first quarter…consolidated same-store sales are expected to be approximately flat to up 1%.
- Due to the fact that Golf Galaxy is only approximately 3% of our total sales, 2016 will be the final year we will disclose Golf Galaxy same-store sales.