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Tilly's files to go public

Tilly's Co-founder Hezy
Tilly's Co-founder Hezy Shaked. Photo courtesy of Tilly's.
By Tiffany Montgomery
July 01, 2011 10:20 AM

 

One of the industry’s biggest retail customers, Tilly’s, filed to go public this morning.

 

Tilly’s, founded by Hezy Shaked and Tilly Levine in 1982, operated 126 stores in 11 states as of April 30.

 

The company has been on a major expansion streak, more than doubling its size in the past five years, according to the filing.

 

The company invested $20 million during that time to upgrade its distribution center and information systems and thinks it can grow to more than 500 stores with little additional capital investments.

 

Tilly’s mainly uses cash from existing operations to open new stores, and it has no borrowings against its $15 million credit line with Wells Fargo.

 

New stores typically generate $2.2 million in net sales in their first year.

 

Tilly’s average store size is 7,800 square feet.

 

Here are some more details about Tilly’s business:

 

2010 

Net sales: $332.6 million, up 17.6% from 2009

 

Same store sales: up 17.6%

 

Operating income: $24.9 million, up 16.4%

 

Net income: $24.4 million, up 17%

 

Gross margin: 30.9%

 

Ecommerce sales: up 46% from prior year to $32.8 million, accounting for 10% of total net sales.

 

Average net sales per square foot: $326

 

Cash and equivalents (at fiscal year end): $29.3 million

 

Long term debt: $5.2 million (a capital lease on corporate headquarters and distribution center)

 

Percentage of sales from third party brands: 70%

 

New store plans

2011: 13 new stores

 

2012: 20 new stores

 

After that: grow 15% each year

 

Quarter ended May 1, 2011

Net sales: up 29%, to $83.1 million

 

Operating income: 178 to $5.0 million

 

Same stores sales: up 18.2%

 

Notable

Seth Johnson, who briefly served as CEO of PacSun and also spent several years at Abercrombie & Fitch as COO, is on Tilly's board of directors.

 

 

 

 


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