Why Five Below Inc. Stock Popped Today

By Steve Symington Markets Fool.com

Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

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What's happening: Shares of Five Below Inc were up 10% as of 12:30 p.m. Thursday after the discount retailer posted better-than-expected fourth-quarter results.

Quarterly net revenue rose 24.4% year over year to $263.8 million, helped both by a 20% increase in Five Below's store base, and a 3.2% jump in comparable-store sales. Adjusted net income came in at $33.8 million, or a 29.8% increase to $0.61 per diluted share. Analysts, on average, were only expecting adjusted earnings of $0.60 per share on sales of $262.2 million.

In addition, Five Below CEO Joel Anderson stated they intend to increase Five Below's store base by another 19% in 2015 by opening 70 more new locations. Meanwhile, same-store sales are expected to be up another 3% this year, all while Five Below plans to continue investing in future growth.

As a result, Five Below expects current-quarter revenue of $150 million to $152 million, with GAAP income per share of $0.06 to $0.07. Wall Street was modeling higher earnings of $0.08 per share on sales of $154.2 million. For the full year, Five Below sees net sales of $816 million to $824 million, with GAAP income per share of $1.02 to $1.05. Once again, analysts' consensus called for slightly higher 2015 sales and earnings of $835.3 million and $1.08 per share, respectively.

Why it's happening: Keep in mind back in January, Five Below stock plunged after the company not onlyannounced underwhelming results following its crucial holiday season, but also revised guidance downward for its full fourth quarter. Today's official numbers came in slightly ahead of that guidance. As it stands, that's why its unsurprising the stock is recouping some of its earlier losses despite Five Below's light outlook.

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