The Buckle, Inc. (NYSE: BKE) announced today a net loss for the fiscal quarter ended May 2, 2020 of $11.8 million, or $0.24 per share ($0.24 per share on a diluted basis).
Net sales for the 13-week fiscal quarter ended May 2, 2020 decreased 42.7 percent to $115.4 million from net sales of $201.3 million for the prior year 13-week fiscal quarter ended May 4, 2019. Online sales for the quarter increased 31.5 percent to $32.1 million for the 13-week period ended May 2, 2020, compared to net sales of $24.4 million for the 13-week period ended May 4, 2019.
As previously announced, Buckle closed all brick and mortar stores due to the COVID-19 pandemic for an indefinite period beginning March 18, 2020. The Company began the process of reopening certain stores the week of April 26, 2020, following state and local reopening guidelines. As of May 2, 2020, 37 stores had reopened. The Company has continued to reopen stores each week in May, with 331 total stores currently reopened. The Company's online store has remained open without interruption. As a result of the store closures, the Company plans to only report total net sales and does not plan to separately report comparable store sales during this time.
As a result of the store closures, Buckle reported a net loss for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 of $11.8 million, or $0.24 per share ($0.24 per share on a diluted basis), compared with net income of $15.1 million, or $0.31 per share ($0.31 per share on a diluted basis) for the first quarter of fiscal 2019.
Management will hold a conference call at 10:00 a.m. EDT today to discuss results for the quarter. To participate in the call, please call (877) 336-4441 for domestic calls or (409) 207-6985 for international calls and reference the conference code 7167680. A replay of the call will be available for a two-week period beginning today at 2:00 p.m. EDT by calling (866) 207-1041 for domestic calls or (402) 970-0847 for international calls and entering the conference code 8302590.
Offering a unique mix of high-quality, on-trend apparel, accessories, and footwear, Buckle caters to fashion-conscious young men and women. Known as a denim destination, each store carries a wide selection of fits, styles, and finishes from leading denim brands, including the Company's exclusive brand, BKE. Headquartered in Kearney, Nebraska, Buckle currently operates 446 retail stores in 42 states. As of the end of the fiscal quarter, it operated 446 stores in 42 states compared with 449 stores in 42 states at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2019.
SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995: All forward-looking statements made by the Company involve material risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on factors which may be beyond the Company's control. Accordingly, the Company's future performance and financial results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in any such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, those described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied therein will not be realized.
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