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Thursday, November 1, 2012
Blue Nile Sales Up 19.8 Percent
Blue Nile said Thursday its net sales increased 19.8%, year-over-year, to $89.8 million for the third quarter due to a increases in all its product categories, including its new focus on fashion jewelry, and a large increase in new customers. However, international sales fell for the period ended September 30. Operating income for the diamonds and jewelry Internet retailer totaled $2.7 million, representing an operating margin of 3 percent of net sales. Net income totaled $1.7 million, or $0.14 per diluted share. Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA for the quarter totaled $4.8 million. "We are excited to report solid results in the third quarter, with accelerating revenue growth and expanding earnings per share, said Harvey Kanter, president and CEO of the Seattle-based company. “The execution of our strategy is clearly on track. Investments we made in marketing and pricing are working and building momentum behind the strength of our diamond engagement products. Sales of our non-engagement products also improved this quarter, and we are only beginning to launch an assortment of new jewelry aimed to further accelerate our growth. With continued steady execution of our strategy coupled with exciting product offerings for the holiday season, we believe we are well positioned to achieve our goals for 2012.” Among the highlights for the third quarter: * U.S. engagement net sales increased 31.5 percent to $54.1 million. * U.S. non-engagement net sales (a new focus for the company) increased 12 percent to $21.8 million. * International net sales fell 3.3 percent to $14.4 million for the third quarter 2011. Excluding the impact from changes in foreign exchange rates, international net sales decreased 1.5 percent. * Gross profit totaled $16.9 million. As a percent of net sales, gross profit was 18.8 percent compared to 19.8 percent for the third quarter of 2011. * New customers grew 22.4 percent. * Selling, general and administrative expenses were $14.3 million, compared to $12 million in the third quarter of 2011. * At the end of the third quarter, cash and cash equivalents totaled $30.2 million. In its financial guidance, the company said it expects fourth quarter net sales to be between $140 million and $153 million, with earnings per diluted share are projected at $0.44 to $0.50. For the fiscal year it expects net sales to be between $404 million and $417 million, with earnings per diluted share are projected at $0.70 to $0.75.
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