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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549 
FORM 10-K
(Mark One)
ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the fiscal year ended January 29, 2022
OR
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Commission File Number: 001-35535
TILLY’S, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
Delaware 45-2164791
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
 (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
10 Whatney, Irvine, CA
 92618
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
(949) 609-5599
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code) 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of Each ClassTrading SymbolName of Each Exchange on Which Registered
Class A Common Stock, $0.001 par value per shareTLYSNew York Stock Exchange
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.     Yes  ¨    No  x
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.     Yes  ¨    No  x
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.     Yes  x    No  ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).     Yes  x    No  ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “small reporting company,” and "emerging growth company" in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act: 
Large accelerated filer:¨
Accelerated filer:
x
Nonaccelerated filer:
¨ 
Smaller reporting company:
Emerging growth company:
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐    
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has filed a report on and attestation to its management's assessment of the effectiveness of its internal control over financial reporting under Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (15 U.S.C. 7262(b)) by the registered public accounting firm that prepared or issued its audit report.
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act).     Yes      No  x
As of July 30, 2021, the last trading day of the registrant's most recently completed second quarter, the aggregate market value of voting stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant was $346,017,935 based on the closing price of the registrant's common stock of $14.83 per share.
As of April 12, 2022, the registrant had 23,214,620 shares of Class A common stock, par value $0.001 per share, outstanding, and 7,306,108 shares of Class B common stock, par value $0.001 per share, outstanding.


DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE
Portions of the registrant's proxy statement (the "Proxy Statement") for its Annual Meeting of Stockholders anticipated to be held June 15, 2022 are incorporated by reference into Part III of this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Only those portions of the Proxy Statement which are specifically incorporated by reference herein shall constitute a part of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.



TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
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EXPLANATORY NOTE
As of the date of filing of this Annual Report on Form 10-K (this “Report”), the COVID-19 pandemic (the "pandemic") and the impacts therefrom have continued to adversely impact our business, financial condition and results of operations. As we have seen over the past two years, there remain many uncertainties about the pandemic, including the anticipated duration and severity of the pandemic, particularly in light of ongoing vaccination efforts and potential emerging variant strains of the virus. To date, the pandemic has had far-reaching impacts on many aspects of the operations of Tilly's, Inc. (the "Company"), directly and indirectly, including on consumer behavior, store traffic, operational capabilities and our operations generally, timing of deliveries, demands on our information technology and e-commerce capabilities, inventory and expense management, managing our workforce, our storefront configurations and operations upon reopening, and our people, which have materially disrupted our business and the market generally. The scope and nature of these impacts continue to evolve. We may experience adverse impacts in the future, including similar impacts to those we have previously experienced during the pandemic, such as regional quarantines, labor stoppages and shortages, changes in consumer purchasing patterns, mandatory or elective shut-downs of retail locations, disruptions to supply chains, including the inability of our suppliers and service providers to deliver materials and services on a timely basis, or at all, severe market volatility, liquidity disruptions, and overall economic instability, which, in many cases, had, and may in the future continue to have, material adverse impacts on our business, financial condition and results of operations. This situation is continually evolving, and additional impacts may arise that we are not aware of currently, or current impacts may become magnified.
In light of these uncertainties, for purposes of this Report, except where otherwise indicated, the descriptions of our business, our strategies, our risk factors, and any other forward-looking statements, including regarding us, our business and the market generally, do not reflect the potential impact of the pandemic or our responses thereto. In addition, the disclosures contained in this Report are made only as of the date hereof, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law. For further information, please see “Risk Factors” and “Forward-Looking Statements.”
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Forward-Looking Statements
This Report contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. All statements other than statements of historical or current fact included in this Report are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements refer to our current expectations and projections relating to our financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, strategies, future performance and business. You can identify forward-looking statements by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. These statements may include words such as “anticipate”, “estimate”, “expect”, “project”, “plan”, “intend”, “believe”, “may”, “might”, “will”, “should”, “can have”, “likely” and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of the timing or nature of future operating or financial performance or other events. For example, all statements we make relating to our estimated and projected earnings, revenues, comparable store sales, operating income, earnings per share, costs, expenditures, cash flows, growth rates and financial results, our plans and objectives for future operations, growth or initiatives, strategies or the expected outcome or impact of pending or threatened litigation are forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those that we expected, including:
the impacts of the pandemic generally and on our operations, future financial or operational results, including with respect to our ability to keep stores open and e-commerce operational, cash and liquidity management, expense management, our ability to reduce costs, and our ability to procure sufficient quantities of inventory in line with our sales plans, or to effectively manage inventory levels on an ongoing basis relative to net sales performance and changing market conditions, particularly in light of ongoing supply chain disruptions that have significantly altered historical product flows both in terms of timing and amount of inventory available;
our ability to adapt to downward trends in traffic for our stores and changes in our customers' purchasing patterns;
our ability to successfully open new stores and profitably operate our existing stores;
our ability to attract customers to our e-commerce website and generate acceptable levels of return from our digital marketing efforts and other e-commerce growth initiatives;
our ability to efficiently utilize our e-commerce fulfillment center;
effectively adapting to new challenges associated with our expansion into new geographic markets;
our ability to establish, maintain and enhance a strong brand image;
generating adequate cash from our existing stores and e-commerce to support our growth;
identifying and responding to new and changing customer fashion preferences and fashion-related trends;
competing effectively in an environment of intense competition both in stores and online;
adjusting to increasing costs of mailing catalogs, paper and printing;
the success of the malls, power centers, neighborhood and lifestyle centers, outlet centers and street-front locations in which our stores are located;
our ability to attract customers in the various retail venues and geographies in which our stores are located;
adapting to declines in consumer confidence and decreases in consumer spending;
our ability to adapt to significant changes in sales due to the seasonality of our business;
our ability to compete in social media marketing platforms;
natural disasters, unusually adverse weather conditions, port delays, boycotts, epidemics, pandemics, acts of war, terrorism, civil unrest, and other unanticipated events;
our dependence on third-party vendors to provide us with sufficient quantities of merchandise at acceptable prices;
increases in costs of energy, transportation or utility costs and in the costs of labor and employment;
our ability to balance proprietary branded merchandise with the third-party branded merchandise we sell;
most of our merchandise is made in foreign countries, making price and availability of our merchandise susceptible to international trade conditions;
failure of our vendors and their manufacturing sources to use acceptable labor or other practices;
our dependence upon key executive management or our inability to hire or retain the talent required for our business;
our ability to effectively adapt to our planned expansion;
failure of our information technology systems to support our current and growing business, before and after our planned upgrades;
disruptions in our supply chain and distribution center;
our indebtedness and lease obligations, including restrictions on our operations contained therein;
our reliance upon independent third-party transportation providers for certain of our product shipments;
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our ability to increase comparable store sales or sales per square foot, which may cause our operations and stock price to be volatile;
disruptions to our information systems in the ordinary course of business or as a result of systems upgrades;
our inability to protect our trademarks or other intellectual property rights;
the impact of governmental laws and regulations and the outcomes of legal proceedings;
our ability to secure our data and comply with the security standards for the credit card industry;
our failure to maintain adequate internal controls over our financial and management systems; and
continuing costs incurred as a result of being a public company.
We derive many of our forward-looking statements from our operating budgets and forecasts, which are based upon detailed assumptions. While we believe that our assumptions are reasonable, we caution that it is very difficult to predict the impact of known factors, and it is impossible for us to anticipate all factors that could affect our actual results.
See “Risk Factors” for a more complete discussion of the risks and uncertainties mentioned above and for discussion of other risks and uncertainties. All forward-looking statements attributable to us are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements as well as others made in this Report and hereafter in our other SEC filings and public communications. You should evaluate all forward-looking statements made by us in the context of these risks and uncertainties.
We caution you that the risks and uncertainties identified by us may not be all of the factors that are important to you. Furthermore, the disclosures and forward-looking statements included in this Report are made only as of the date hereof. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law.

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PART I
 
Item 1. Business
Tillys is a leading destination specialty retailer of casual apparel, footwear, accessories, and hardgoods for young men, young women, boys and girls with an extensive assortment of iconic global, emerging, and proprietary brands rooted in an active and social lifestyle. Tillys is headquartered in Irvine, California and operated 241 stores in 33 states as of January 29, 2022. Our stores are located in a variety of retail centers, including malls, lifestyle centers, "power" centers, community centers, outlet centers, and street-front locations. Customers may also shop online, where we feature substantially the same assortment of products as is carried in our brick-and-mortar stores, supplemented by additional online-only styles. Our goal is to serve as a destination for the latest, most relevant merchandise and brands important to our customers.
The Tillys concept began in 1982 when our co-founders, Hezy Shaked and Tilly Levine, opened their first store in Orange County, California. Since 1984, the business has been conducted through World of Jeans & Tops, a California corporation, or "WOJT", which operates under the name "Tillys". In May 2011, Tilly's, Inc., a Delaware corporation, was formed solely for the purpose of reorganizing the corporate structure of WOJT in preparation for an initial public offering. As part of the initial public offering in May 2012, WOJT became a wholly owned subsidiary of Tilly's, Inc.
As used in this Report, except where the context otherwise requires or where otherwise indicated, the terms "the Company", "we", "our", "us", and "Tillys" refer to Tilly's, Inc. and its subsidiary, WOJT.
Our fiscal year ends on the Saturday closest to January 31. For example, "fiscal 2021" refers to the fiscal year ended January 29, 2022; "fiscal 2020" refers to the fiscal year ended January 30, 2021; and "fiscal 2019" refers to the fiscal year ended February 1, 2020.
Our Strengths
We believe that the following strengths contribute to our success and distinguish us from our competitors:
Destination retailer with a broad and differentiated assortment. We believe the combined depth and breadth of apparel, footwear and accessories offered at our stores exceeds the selection offered at many other specialty retailers. We offer an extensive selection of lifestyle and emerging third-party brands, as well as proprietary brands. Our merchandise includes a wide assortment of relevant brands, styles, colors, sizes, and price points to ensure our customers have a variety of choices every time they visit our stores. We offer a balanced mix of merchandise across the apparel, footwear and accessories categories serving young men, young women, boys, and girls. We believe that by combining proven and emerging fashion trends and core style products with a vibrant blend of carefully selected music and visuals, we provide an in-store experience that is authentic, fun, and engaging for our core customers. We believe that our differentiated in-store environment, evolving selection of relevant brands, and broader and deeper assortment positions us as a retail destination that appeals to a larger demographic than many other specialty retailers.
Dynamic merchandise model. We believe our extensive selection of third-party and proprietary merchandise allows us to identify and offer several trends simultaneously, offer a greater range of price points, and manage our inventories more dynamically. By closely monitoring trends and shipping product to our stores multiple times per week, we are able to adjust our merchandise mix based on store size and location. We also keep our merchandise mix relevant by introducing emerging brands and new merchandise from established brands not available at many other retailers. Our merchandising capabilities enable us to adjust our merchandise mix with a frequency that promotes a current look to our stores and website.
Flexible real estate strategy across real estate venues and geographies. Our stores have proven to be successful in a variety of retail centers and geographies. We operate stores in malls, lifestyle centers, power centers, community centers, outlet centers, and street-front locations across 87 markets in 33 states. We believe our success operating in these different retail venues and geographies demonstrates the portability of the Tillys brand.
Multi-pronged marketing approach. We utilize a multi-pronged marketing strategy to connect with our customers and drive traffic to our stores and online platforms. We offer an integrated digital platform for our customers to shop how and when they like, and to drive further connection with them. We partner and collaborate with our vendors on exclusive, compelling in-store events, digital new customer acquisition, and contests to build credibility with our target customers, actively involve them in our brands, and enhance the connection between Tillys and our customers' active lifestyle. We have a growing customer loyalty program, “Tilly’s Rewards”, to further engage with our customers, reward our most loyal customers, provide loyalty only events, and gain valuable customer insights. From time to time, we distribute catalogs and postcards to potential and existing customers to familiarize them with the Tillys brand, our products, and to drive traffic to our stores and website. We use social media to communicate directly with our customers while also encouraging customers to interact with one another and provide feedback on our events and products. We also look to partner with
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social media stars and influencers to drive brand awareness. All of these programs are complemented by digital and email marketing, as well as print advertising, to build customer awareness and loyalty, highlight key merchandise offerings, drive traffic to our stores and online platforms, and promote the Tillys brand. We also seek to maintain a connection with our local communities through our various community outreach initiatives.
Systems and distribution/fulfillment infrastructure to support growth. We believe our existing distribution, fulfillment and allocation infrastructure is adequate to support continued growth for the next few years. Our distribution center allows us to quickly sort and process merchandise and deliver it to our stores in a floor-ready format for immediate display. We also have a dedicated e-commerce fulfillment center to support our online growth potential. Our systems enable us to respond to changing fashion trends, manage inventory in real time, and provide a customized selection of merchandise at each location. We have begun to explore potential additional investment options in our distribution function to improve efficiency and position ourselves for longer-term anticipated growth in our business.
Experienced management team. Our senior management team, led by Hezy Shaked and Edmond Thomas, has extensive experience across a wide range of disciplines in the specialty retail and direct-to-consumer industries, including store operations, merchandising, distribution, real estate, and finance. Mr. Shaked, our Co-Founder, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Chief Strategy Officer, plays an important role in developing our long-term growth initiatives and cultivating our unique culture. Mr. Thomas, our President and Chief Executive Officer, has over 30 years of retail industry experience.
Growth Strategy
Subject to our ongoing evaluation of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on our business (as further described elsewhere in this Report), we are pursuing several strategies to drive long-term sales and profitability, including:
Drive Comparable Store Sales Growth. We seek to maximize our comparable store sales by consistently offering new, on-trend and relevant merchandise, including exclusive and proprietary branded merchandise, across a broad assortment of categories, increasing our brand awareness through our multi-pronged marketing approach, providing an authentic in-store and online experience for our core customers, and maintaining a high level of customer service. We continue to seek new opportunities to enhance our existing loyalty program to further reward our most loyal customers. We believe the combination of these factors, together with the operating strategies described below, will improve our comparable store sales results over time.
Increase Our Operating Margins. We believe we have the opportunity to drive operating margin expansion through scaled efficiencies and continued process improvements. We believe comparable store sales increases will permit us to generate more favorable buying costs from larger volume purchases, and better leverage largely fixed occupancy costs, labor costs for store management and corporate overhead, as well as the fixed portion of shipping and handling costs over higher sales volumes. In addition, we expect to improve operating margins and support growth by leveraging previous investments in infrastructure, including our dedicated fulfillment center for e-commerce, upgraded e-commerce platform, and in-store point-of-sale system. We also will continue to use established business processes to identify and execute initiatives focused on lowering our unit costs and improving operational efficiency throughout our organization.
Continue Growing E-Commerce. Our e-commerce net sales represented approximately 21% of our total net sales for fiscal 2021. In fiscal 2020, our e-commerce net sales grew to 33% of our total net sales, which was significantly accelerated as a result of pandemic-related store shutdowns, restrictions on store operating hours and customer occupancy limits, and pandemic-related changes in consumer behaviors. In fiscal 2021, upon the reopening of stores and removal or reduction in pandemic-related restrictions, there was a resurgence in our customers' preference for shopping in stores relative to e-commerce which resulted in a reduced level of e-commerce net sales while we generated Company-record net sales overall in fiscal 2021. Notwithstanding the impacts of the pandemic, we believe that significant growth opportunities continue to exist for our e-commerce business and, relative to fiscal 2021, we believe it may continue to grow as a percentage of total net sales in the future. We believe our e-commerce platform is an extension of our brand and retail stores, and we seek to maintain an extensive selection of our newest and best merchandise assortment online, providing our customers with a seamless shopping experience. Our e-commerce platform allows us to reach new customers, and build our brand in markets where we currently do not have stores. For example, we generate e-commerce sales in all 50 states and the District of Columbia although we have physical stores in only 33 states. Our target customer regularly shops online and via mobile devices in addition to visiting stores, giving us a continued opportunity to grow our e-commerce platform over time. In recent years, we have invested in a new point-of-sale system in stores, an upgraded e-commerce website platform, and a new order management system that is integrated with our stores and website to allow for certain omni-channel capabilities, including fulfilling e-commerce orders from stores when items are out of stock in our e-commerce distribution center, allowing customers to place orders online for in-store or curbside pickup, or to have items shipped to them from our stores. We have also partnered with Afterpay and Uber Eats to offer our customers greater flexibility in payment options and delivery convenience. We plan to continue to invest in additional customer-facing technologies to improve customer
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convenience and engagement over time. Key factors we expect to drive growth may include online and mobile application marketing efforts, including greater customer personalization based on their shopping patterns, enhancing the efficiency and responsiveness of our digital capabilities, continuing our catalog program, and supplementing the assortment available in our brick-and-mortar stores with additional online-only styles and print-on-demand offerings. We also expect to continue to expand digital marketing efforts, customer loyalty, and build brand awareness in the communities surrounding our existing stores to drive growth in net sales from both brick-and-mortar stores and e-commerce.
Improve Inventory Allocation and Management. We continue to improve our operating results through more refined micro-merchandising tactics based on specific store and online characteristics. We regularly update individual store profiles for every store to highlight the differences in brand performance, gender penetrations, and customer interests that exist within our fleet of stores. We also monitor sell-through rates online versus stores to identify opportunities for inventory efficiencies. By adapting allocation strategies to capitalize on these individual store and online differences, we believe we can continue to improve our net sales results.
Enhancing Omni-Channel Capabilities. We have a direct-to-consumer program that allows online orders to be fulfilled and shipped directly to our customers from our brick-and-mortar stores when inventory is otherwise unavailable in our e-commerce fulfillment center. In addition, our omni-channel capabilities allow customer online orders to be picked up in our stores at our customers' discretion, allowing us to satisfy an order from existing inventories within our stores as well as shipping product from our e-commerce fulfillment center to our stores. We also offer buy online pick-up in store, same-day delivery, curbside pickup and ship-to-store ordering options from a large majority of our stores. We plan to upgrade our mobile application and our website platform to a more mobile-responsive version in fiscal 2022. We believe these omni-channel capabilities and investments will drive additional traffic to our stores, increase sales opportunities with customers who come to the store to pick up their online orders, and improve our online conversion rates overall.
Reinvest in Existing Stores. We believe that re-investing in our existing stores is strategically important to enhance customer loyalty, elevate the customer experience and, in turn, drive additional comparable store sales. We regularly remodel or refresh the appearance of our stores and intend to continue to do so in the future to keep the shopping experience associated with the Tillys brand updated and compelling for our customers.
Real Estate Opportunities. With 241 total stores at the end of fiscal 2021, we believe there are numerous attractive opportunities for Tillys to continue to open new stores in the future. We currently expect to open approximately 15 to 20 new stores during fiscal 2022 within existing markets, primarily in California, Texas and the Northeast, assuming we are able to negotiate what we believe to be acceptable lease economics. We intend to continue to maintain a disciplined approach to store growth in the future by targeting existing markets with room for growth and new markets with high population density, and clustering stores within key markets to build brand awareness. With regard to existing stores, we have approximately 70 lease decisions to make during fiscal 2022, covering a range of stores in a variety of markets. These lease decisions include lease extension options, lease kick-out options, and lease expirations that require negotiated renewals. In each case, our real estate decisions will be driven by the overarching goal of improving our profitability. As a result, we may close a limited number of stores from time to time if acceptable levels of profitability cannot be obtained through lease negotiations with landlords.
Merchandising, Purchasing, and Planning and Allocation
Merchandising
We seek to be viewed by our customers as the destination for the apparel, footwear, accessories and hardgoods that best represent their active, outdoor and social lifestyles. We believe we offer an unparalleled selection of relevant brands, styles, colors, sizes and price points to ensure our customers have a variety of choices every time they visit our stores. Our extensive selection of third-party and proprietary merchandise allows us to identify and address trends more quickly, offer a greater range of price points, and manage our inventories more dynamically. We offer a mix of merchandise for young men, young women, boys and girls across the apparel, footwear, accessories and hardgoods categories. We believe this category mix contributes to our broad demographic appeal. Our apparel merchandise includes branded, fashion, and core styles for tops, outerwear, bottoms, and dresses. Accessories merchandise includes backpacks, hydration bottles, hats, sunglasses, small electronics and accessories, handbags, watches, jewelry, and more. Hardgoods includes skateboards, longboards, bikes, roller-skates and equipment for snowboarding and surfing. We focus on our merchandise presentation and vary the visual displays in our stores and windows and website throughout the month, presenting new looks and fashion combinations to our customers.
Our ability to maintain an image consistent with our customers' lifestyles is important to our branded vendors and provides us better access to a wide assortment of products and styles. Our third-party and proprietary branded merchandise includes a broad selection of lifestyle and emerging brands. We strive to keep our merchandise mix current by continuously introducing emerging brands and styles not available at many other specialty retailers in order to identify and respond to the evolving desires of our customers. Our third-party brands represented approximately 70%, 74% and 75% of our total net sales in fiscal 2021, 2020 and 2019, respectively. In fiscal 2021, our proprietary RSQ brand was our top selling brand overall and accounted for approximately 16% of our total net sales, while our proprietary Full Tilt brand and Vans (a third-party brand) accounted for
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9% and 7% of our total net sales, respectively. No other brand, whether third-party or proprietary, reached 4% of our total net sales during fiscal 2021.
Selected third-party brands (in alphabetical order) include:
Adidas            BDG            Billabong        Birkenstock        Brixton
Champion        Converse        Diamond Supply        Dickies            Dr. Martens
Ethika            Free People        G-Shock            Herschel Supply Co.    HUF            Hurley            Hydro Flask        Jansport            Levi's            New Balance
Nike SB            O'Neill            Obey            Primitive        RayBan            Riot Society        Rip Curl            Roxy            RVCA            Salty Crew        Santa Cruz        Spy            Stance            The North Face        Vans            Volcom            

We supplement our third-party merchandise assortment with our own proprietary brands across many of our product categories. We utilize our own proprietary, branded merchandise to expand our price point range, identify and respond to changing fashion trends quickly, fill merchandise gaps and provide a deeper selection of styles and colors for proven fashion items. Our proprietary brands represented approximately 30%, 26% and 25% of our total net sales in fiscal 2021, 2020 and 2019, respectively. We continue to further enhance our product offerings by establishing print-on-demand offerings and vendor drop-ship capabilities.
Examples of our proprietary brands, ranked by total net sales generated in fiscal 2021, include:
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Denim, apparel and fragrance brand for young men, young women and kids
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Apparel and accessories brand for young women and girls
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Apparel, beauty and fragrance brand for young women
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Apparel for young women
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Apparel and accessories for young women
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Apparel for girls
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Apparel and accessories brand for young men and boys
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Fragrance brand for young men
We believe that our extensive selection of merchandise, from established global, specialty and emerging third-party brands as well as our proprietary brands, caters to a wide demographic of core customers and enhances our image as a destination for the most sought-after apparel, footwear, accessories and hardgoods.
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Merchandise Purchasing
Our merchandising team is organized by category and product type under our Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager and includes divisional merchandise managers, a technical design and fashion trend team, buyers, associate buyers and assistant buyers. We believe a key element of our success is our team’s ability to identify and source the proven and emerging fashion trends and core styles that are most relevant to our customers.
Our purchasing approach focuses on product relevance, quality, fit, availability, cost and speed of production in order to provide timely frequent delivery of merchandise to our stores. Our purchasing group and planning and allocation team are highly coordinated and maintain a disciplined buying strategy.
To ensure a relevant assortment, our teams: 
perform comprehensive analysis of sales trends for both stores and e-commerce;
constantly seek out new emerging brands, while maintaining close partnerships with existing brands;
utilize trend and color forecasting services;
attend trade shows and youth culture events;
conduct store visits to gather feedback from our customers and staff; and
maintain market and consumer insight through shopping trends of leading retailers, direct competitors and relevant social media influencers.
We have developed and maintained strong and, in many cases, long-standing relationships with our third-party vendors and we have a history of identifying and growing with emerging brands. We believe the Tillys brand, shopping experience and core customer lifestyle is highly consistent with the image and philosophy of our key vendors. This, in addition to our customer connectivity, facilitates a partnership culture with our key vendors and provides us access to an extensive variety of products and styles, as well as certain merchandise that is exclusive to our stores and website. Our merchandise purchasing group also works closely with independent third parties who design and procure merchandise for our proprietary brands. Our proprietary brand capabilities enhance our ability to rapidly identify and respond to trends and consistently offer proven fashion items that provide a broader demographic appeal. We work with numerous vendors based in the United States to supply us with our proprietary branded product. These vendors source from both domestic and international markets and either have their own factories or contract with owners of factories to source finished product. By sourcing merchandise for our proprietary brands both domestically and internationally, we have the flexibility to benefit from shorter lead times associated with domestic manufacturing and lower costs associated with international manufacturing.
Planning and Allocation
We have developed inventory planning and allocation processes to support our merchandising strategies. Working closely with our merchandise purchasing team, the planning and allocation team utilizes a disciplined approach to buying, forecasting, inventory control and allocation. Our planning and allocation team continually analyzes inventory levels and sell-through data to regularly adjust the assortment at each store and the inventory levels for our company as a whole. Our broad third-party vendor base allows us to shift merchandise purchases to react quickly to changing consumer preferences and market conditions. Furthermore, the vendor base for our proprietary products provides us flexibility to develop our own branded products to quickly address emerging fashion trends and provide a deeper selection of styles, colors, and price points for proven fashion items. We modify our merchandising mix based upon store size, the season, and consumer preferences in different parts of the country. We are also able to react quickly to changing customer needs because we ship merchandise to our stores multiple times per week. Finally, we coordinate closely with our visual merchandise managers and marketing group in order to manage inventory levels in connection with our promotions and seasonality.
Stores
As of January 29, 2022, we operated 241 stores in 33 states averaging approximately 7,300 square feet per store. Our stores are located in regional mall, off-mall and outlet locations. Our stores generated average net sales of $2.5 million per store, or $342 per square foot, in fiscal 2021.
The table below shows our number of stores by type of retail center as of the end of each of the last three fiscal years:
202120202019
Regional Mall137 136 139 
Off-Mall (1)
90 87 86 
Outlet14 15 15 
241 238 240 
(1)Includes lifestyle centers, "power" centers, community centers, and street-front locations.
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The table below shows the total number of stores by state as of January 29, 2022:
StateNumber of
Stores
StateNumber of
Stores
Arizona18New Jersey7
California97New Mexico1
Colorado5New York4
Delaware1North Carolina2
Florida19Ohio3
Georgia2Oklahoma2
Illinois7Oregon3
Indiana5Pennsylvania4
Kansas1Rhode Island2
Maryland1South Dakota1
Massachusetts4Tennessee3
Michigan3Texas16
Minnesota2Utah5
Missouri1Virginia3
Nebraska1Washington6
New Hampshire2Wisconsin3
Nevada7
Distinctive Store Experience
Tillys is a customer-driven lifestyle brand. We are energized and inspired by our customers’ individuality and passion for an active, outdoor and social lifestyle. Our stores bring these interests together in a vibrant, stimulating and authentic environment that is an extension of our customers’ multitasking lifestyles. We do this by blending the most relevant brands and styles with music videos, product-related visuals, and a dedicated team of store associates. Our associates share the same passion as our customers for action sports, music, art and fashion, enabling them to easily engage with our customers and make shopping at Tillys a fun, social experience. Outside of our stores, we connect with our consumers using the same authentic approach, including social media, community outreach and sponsorship of contests, demos, and other events. We believe the Tillys experience drives customer awareness, loyalty and repeat visits while generating excitement for our brand.
Store Expansion Opportunities and Site Selection
The following table shows the number of stores opened and closed in each of our last five fiscal years:
 
Fiscal YearStores
Opened
Stores
Closed
Total Number
of Stores at
End of Period
201726219
2018166229
2019143240
202024238
202196241
4325
We currently expect to open approximately 15 to 20 new stores during fiscal 2022 within existing markets, primarily in California, Texas and the Northeast, assuming we are able to negotiate what we believe to be acceptable lease economics. We intend to continue to maintain a disciplined approach to store growth in the future by targeting existing markets with room for growth and new markets with high population density, clustering our stores to build better brand awareness in key markets. We focus on opening new stores in locations that have above-average incomes and an ability to draw from a sufficient population. We may also close a limited number of stores in any given year based on market conditions, under-performance, or lease negotiations with landlords.
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Store Management, Culture and Training
We believe that a key to our success is our ability to attract, train, retain and motivate qualified employees at all levels of our organization. Each of our stores typically operates with a three to five member store management team. In addition, each store typically has 10 or more full time equivalent store associates who reflect our customers' lifestyles and promote the Tillys brand not only inside the store, but also in their schools and communities. The number of store associates we employ generally increases during peak selling seasons, particularly the back-to-school and the winter holiday seasons, and will increase to the extent that we open new stores.
We have developed a corporate culture that we believe empowers the individual store managers to make store-level business decisions and we reward them when they exceed sales targets. We are committed to improving the skills and careers of our workforce and providing advancement opportunities for employees. We evaluate our store associates weekly on measures such as sales per hour, units per transaction and dollars per transaction to ensure productivity, to recognize top performers and to identify potential training opportunities. We endeavor to design incentive programs for store associates that promote a competitive, yet fun, culture that is consistent with our image.
We provide our managers with the knowledge and tools to succeed through comprehensive training programs, focusing on both operational expertise and supervisory skills. Our training programs and workshops are offered at the store, district and regional levels, allowing managers from multiple locations to interact with each other and exchange ideas to better operate stores. Store associates receive training from their managers to improve their product expertise and selling skills.
We believe Tillys is a place where people have a voice, will be heard, and have bias-free opportunities. Accordingly, our workplace is built upon the foundation of equity and inclusion where its people are diverse in their backgrounds, communities, and points of view, yet all share the same core cultural values of working hard, giving back, and empowering others. In this regard, the Company aims to be an inclusive reflection of its customers, employees, and business partners. Pay equity, without regard for race or gender, is a base line component of this focus on equity and inclusion.
As a result of the pandemic, we have health and safety measures and new operating standards and procedures in place in order to promote a safe environment for our employees and customers. For example, we have established safety protocols and daily wellness screenings for all employees. All employees are provided with personal protective equipment as needed. Employees that are not needed on-site, including certain corporate employees, may work remotely with additional technical support and resources provided as needed.
E-Commerce
Our e-commerce platform generated total net sales of $166 million during fiscal 2021, or 21.4% of our total net sales. We believe our digital platform is an extension of our brand and retail stores and we seek to maintain an extensive selection of our newest and best merchandise assortments online at any point in time, providing our customers a seamless shopping experience. We believe that our target customer regularly shops online through various digital channels and mobile applications in addition to visiting stores. Our website serves both as a sales channel and a marketing tool to our extended customer base, including those customers in markets where we do not currently have stores. For example, we sell merchandise to customers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia even though we have brick-and-mortar stores in only 33 states. We also believe our fully-integrated digital platform reinforces the Tillys brand image and serves as an effective advertising vehicle for our retail stores. Our digital platform provides substantially the same assortment available in our brick-and-mortar stores, supplemented by additional online-only styles and print-on-demand product offerings. Similar to the merchandising approach in our stores, we frequently change the look of our website to highlight new brands and products. We utilize multiple tools to drive traffic online, including our catalog, postcards, marketing materials in our retail stores, search engine marketing, paid social media marketing, online ad placement, shopping site partnerships, third-party affiliations, email marketing, digital marketing and direct mail. In addition, we utilize the website to offer current information on our upcoming events, promotions and store locations. We plan to continue to enhance our customers' experience by upgrading our website platform to a more mobile-responsive version, upgrading our mobile application, enhancing product information features on our website, and increasing online personalization for our customers.
Marketing and Advertising
Our marketing approach is designed to create an authentic connection with our customers by consistently generating excitement for our brand and the active, outdoor and social lifestyle we represent. We utilize a multi-pronged marketing strategy to connect with our customers and drive traffic to our stores and online platform, comprised of the following:
Loyalty Program. We have a customer loyalty program wherein customers accumulate points based on purchase activity. Once a loyalty member achieves a certain point level, the member earns awards that may be used towards purchase of merchandise. Once an award is earned, our loyalty program allows customers to redeem their award instantly towards the purchase of merchandise or to continue to build up to additional awards over time. We currently expire unredeemed awards and accumulated partial points 365 days after the last purchase activity. This program is designed to interact with
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our customers in a more direct and targeted manner, and to provide more insight into their shopping behaviors and preferences. We are actively engaging with customers through Tilly's Rewards by offering early access to product launches, events and promotional deals to loyalty members. We are also using the data and information provided by loyalty members to personalize the experience to the user and improve the communication and offering. We plan to continue to further enhance this program during fiscal 2022.
Email Marketing. We utilize email marketing to build awareness, drive traffic to our stores and online platform and to promote local in-store promotions and events. We periodically send emails to the customers in our proprietary database to introduce new brands and products, offer promotions on select merchandise, highlight key events and announce new store openings. We personalize emails and communications to customers and audiences.
Digital Marketing. We use digital marketing to drive new customers to Tillys.com and the Tillys stores. We use multiple forms of digital advertising, including pay per click, display, retargeting, paid social and affiliate marketing. We continue to invest in digital marketing to grow our digital business. We are also partnering with brands in co-op marketing to grow awareness and increase brand sales.
Social Media. Our customers rely heavily on the opinions of their peers, often expressed through social media. We engage on a variety of social media platforms to communicate directly with our customers, while allowing customers to interact with one another, and provide feedback on the products they care about and our company. Our influencer strategy, in support of driving brand awareness and growth, is designed to connect customers to key categories, trends, and activities in an authentic way.
Brand Partnerships. We partner and collaborate with our vendors for exclusive events such as autograph signings, in-store performances, contests, demos, online marketing, giveaways, shopping sprees and VIP trips. We organize a variety of events, many involving musicians, celebrities and athletes in the entertainment, music and action sports industries. Through brand partnerships such as these, we are able to connect with and engage our customers in an exciting, authentic way.
Catalog and Postcards. We view our print-format catalog and postcards and our digital-format catalog primarily as sales and marketing tools to drive online and store traffic from both existing and new customers. We also believe our marketing materials reinforce the Tillys brand and showcase our comprehensive selection of products in settings designed to reflect our brand’s lifestyle image. We send these marketing materials, which include coupons that can be redeemed at stores or online, to the customers in our database several times a year, primarily around key shopping periods such as spring break, back-to-school, and the winter holidays.
Community Outreach. We support the Tilly’s Life Center Foundation ("TLC"), a non-profit foundation started by our co-founder, Tilly Levine, which provides underprivileged youth a healthy and caring environment to help create a well-defined sense of self, cultivate community mindedness, and release negative emotional stress. We have given our customers the opportunity to support TLC with point-of-sale donations by allowing them to elect to "round up" their purchases to the nearest dollar and donate the rounded up portion to TLC. Through our “We Care Program” and in partnership with our vendors, we routinely support and participate in various academic, art, and athletic programs at local schools and other organizations in communities surrounding our stores.
Distribution
We distribute all of our store merchandise through a 126,000 square foot distribution facility co-located with our headquarters in Irvine, California. Our lease expires in December 2027. Our distribution center infrastructure includes material-handling equipment, radio frequency technologies, and automated sorters in order to enhance our processing speed and support our business needs. We ship merchandise to our stores multiple times per week, providing them with a steady flow of both new and replenishment products. Merchandise is shipped in a floor-ready format (carrying price tickets, sensor tags and with hangers where appropriate) which allows store employees to spend less time processing the merchandise and more time with our customers. We use our own fleet of trucks to transport merchandise to our Southern California stores and third-party distributors to transport merchandise to stores outside of our local area.
We also operate a 81,000 square foot e-commerce fulfillment center in Irvine, California to handle all e-commerce orders in a highly automated environment that leverages material-handling equipment, automated systems and other technologies consistent with our current distribution facility in order to support our e-commerce growth initiatives.
We believe our distribution and fulfillment infrastructure is adequate to support our current business needs and growth strategies over the next few years. However, in order to position ourselves for longer-term anticipated growth, we have begun exploring additional potential distribution investments to support that future growth.
Information Technology
Our information technology systems provide a full range of business process support and information to our store, merchandising, financial, real estate and other business teams. We selected, customized and integrated our information systems
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to enable and support our dynamic merchandise model. We believe our systems provide us with improved operational efficiencies, scalability, management control and timely reporting that allow us to identify and quickly respond to changes in our business. We believe that our information systems are scalable, flexible and have the capacity to accommodate our current growth plans.
We have recently implemented new point-of-sale, order management, and customer relationship management systems through an end-to-end, cloud-based suite of technology additions, which included a re-platforming of our e-commerce website to a cloud-based, more cost-effective solution. We believe that these enhancements have improved customer engagement, increased sales opportunities, enhanced our real-time inventory visibility and order management, facilitated seamless omni-channel execution integrated across mobile devices and stores, and allowed for effective customer relations management capabilities. We plan to further upgrade our e-commerce platform and mobile application during fiscal 2022.
Competition
The teenage and young adult retail apparel, accessories and footwear industry is highly competitive. We compete with various publicly-traded and privately-held teen-oriented apparel retailers for customers, store locations, store associates and management personnel, including but not limited to Abercrombie & Fitch, Aeropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, The Buckle, Forever 21, Hot Topic, Pacific Sunwear, Urban Outfitters, and Zumiez. In addition, we compete with independent specialty shops, department stores, off-price retailers, online marketplaces such as Amazon, online retailers such as Sheen and Fashion Nova, stores and websites operated by our third-party brands, and direct marketers that sell similar lines of merchandise and that target customers through catalogs and e-commerce. Further, we may face new competitors and increased competition from existing competitors as we expand into new markets and increase our presence in existing markets. Given the extensive number and types of retailers with which Tillys competes for customers, we believe that our target market is highly fragmented and we do not believe we have a significant share of this market.
Competition in our sector is based, among other things, upon merchandise offerings, store location, price and the ability to identify with the customer. We believe that we compete favorably with many of our competitors based on our differentiated merchandising strategy, store environment, flexible real estate strategy and company culture. However, many of our competitors are larger, have significantly more stores, and have substantially greater financial, marketing and other resources than we do. Moreover, we recognize that we do not possess exclusive rights to many of the elements that comprise our in-store experience and product offerings. Our competitors can emulate facets of our business strategy and in-store experience, which could result in a reduction of any competitive advantage or special appeal that we might possess. For more details, see Item 1A. “Risk Factors—Risks Related to Our Business. We face intense competition in our industry and we may not be able to compete effectively.”
Trademarks
“Ambitious”, “Blue Crown”, "Destined", “Eldon”, “Full Tilt”, “Full Tilt Sport”, “If it’s not here...it’s not happening”, "Infamous", “Ivy + Main”, “RSQ”, "RSQ by Tillys", “#RSQME”, “Sky and Sparrow”, “Tilly's”, “Tilly’s Clothing & Shoes”, "Tilly's Clothing Shoes Accessories, “Vindicated”, “West of Melrose”, “White Fawn”, and "2/Second Saturdays" and logos related to some of these names, are among our trademarks registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. We regard our trademarks as valuable and intend to maintain such marks and any related registrations. We are not aware of any claims of infringement or other challenges to our right to use our marks in the United States. We vigorously protect our trademarks.
Employees
As of January 29, 2022, we employed approximately 1,450 full-time and approximately 4,250 part-time employees, of which approximately 475 were employed at our corporate office and distribution facilities and approximately 5,225 were employed at our store locations. However, the number of total employees, especially part-time employees, fluctuates depending upon our seasonal needs and, in fiscal 2021, varied between approximately 4,800 and 7,400 employees. None of our employees are represented by a labor union and we consider our relationship with our employees to be good.
Government Regulation
We are subject to labor and employment laws, laws governing advertising and promotions, privacy laws, safety regulations, consumer protection regulations, intellectual property laws, accessibility laws, and other laws that regulate retailers and govern the promotion and sale of merchandise and the operation of stores and warehouse facilities, as well as laws governing public companies. We monitor changes in these laws and believe that we are in material compliance with applicable laws.
Insurance
We use insurance to address or reduce our exposure to actual or potential enterprise risks, including but not limited to workers’ compensation claims, property damage or loss, directors' and officers' liability, cyber/data security risks, fiduciary liability, general liability claims, automobile liability, employment practices liability, and employee-related health care, a portion of
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which is paid by the employees. We evaluate our insurance requirements on an ongoing basis to maintain what we believe to be adequate levels of coverage for these risks.
Seasonality
Due to the seasonal nature of the retail industry, we have historically experienced and expect to continue to experience fluctuations in our revenues and net income. Net revenues are typically smallest in the first quarter and largest during the fourth quarter of a given fiscal year. Our net sales fluctuate significantly in relation to various holidays and other peak shopping periods, including but not limited to the Thanksgiving and year-end holiday season, the back-to-school season, spring break periods, and other holidays. If, for any reason, our revenues were below seasonal norms or expectations during these quarters, particularly during peak selling periods, our annual results of operations could be adversely affected. The level of our working capital reflects the seasonality of our business. We expect inventory levels, along with an increase in accounts payable and accrued expenses, generally to reach their highest levels in anticipation of the increased revenues during these periods.
Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) Matters
Environmental Matters
From a merchandising perspective in fiscal 2021, we launched an online sustainability program in partnership with a variety of nationally and globally recognized third-party brands to curate a collection of what is now over 1,600 product choices that have a reduced impact on the environment as a result of the use of recycled or reusable materials, organic cotton, and/or are certified by third-party organizations to specific sustainability standards. Selected brands involved in our sustainability program partnership include, among others, HydroFlask, Jansport, The North Face, Billabong, adidas, Birkenstock, Teva, Columbia, Vans, Levi’s, Obey, Vissla, Brixton, Katin, RVCA, Santa Cruz, and O’Neill, as well as our own RSQ proprietary brand. We also launched a sustainable collection of vintage and upcycled product with over 200 unique pieces online and in 25 of our stores. We ended fiscal 2021 with an aggregate of approximately 6% of our total inventory composed of products containing at least one of the sustainability features noted above. In early 2022, we joined the Better Cotton Initiative ("BCI"), which is a global cotton sustainability organization that helps ensure clothing manufacturers are sourcing more sustainable cotton that has a lower environmental and social impact, including crop protection, water stewardship, soil health, and decent working conditions. During fiscal 2022, we have committed to sourcing Better Cotton for at least 10% of the cotton used in our proprietary products. We plan to highlight our participation in BCI in certain of our online and in-store marketing materials and to incorporate BCI product labeling on our relevant proprietary brands. For Spring 2022, 80% of our Men’s RSQ shorts and swim have sustainable attributes. For example, all chino shorts and swim use 20% to 30% Repreve fabric (recycled plastic bottles turned into polyester yarn). We are also building similar eco-friendly features into our long bottoms that are expected to go on sale during Spring 2022. In late fiscal 2021, we launched a print-on-demand initiative for screened t-shirts which not only drives our choice count and offering from a merchandising perspective, but it also helps reduce markdowns and waste as garments are not printed until ordered by customers. As supported by consumer demand, we plan to continue to advocate with our merchants and brand partners to support eco-friendly product stories to continue to build the percentage of our product offering that have sustainable features.
From a distribution perspective, all purchased corrugated boxes utilized in shipping products from our distribution center to our stores are made from previously used materials. We reuse approximately 70% of those corrugated boxes for future shipping needs. We recycle the remaining 30% of corrugated boxes. We recycle all plastics received with garments from our product suppliers. Our distribution centers are equipped with 80% DesignLights Consortium (“DLC”) classified LED lamps. We also recycle bottles and cans used by our staff in our distribution break rooms and corporate offices.
In our stores, our shopping bags, as well as all poly bags used to ship e-commerce orders to customers, are comprised of at least 90% recycled materials. Since 2018, we have specified the use of air conditioning equipment with energy efficiency ratings well above the minimum required rating by The International Energy Conservation Code and Building Energy Efficiency Standards. Over 80% of all lighting utilized in our stores are LED lamps, which reduce energy consumption both in terms of watts per lumen and reduced air conditioning usage as a result of the lower heat produced by LEDs compared to other lighting sources. All stores are equipped with UN-tested and approved lighting recycling boxes. In constructing our stores, we utilize reclaimed wood in various design elements that is 100% certified by the Forest Stewardship Council as coming from responsibly managed forests. All wall coverings utilized in our stores are manufactured with FSC-certified recycled fiber. We require the use of zero or low volatile organic compounds materials in our new store construction, which includes adhesives, primers, paints, sealers, caulks and other coatings. All stores are provided with biodegradable cleaning solvents for cleaning and disinfection. In our restrooms at all locations, we use toilets that are certified as water-efficient by Watersense and comply with the California Green Building Code, utilizing less water than standard toilets. In certain locations, we also use water-conserving metering faucets that prevent excess water usage and/or on-demand water heaters to reduce energy consumption.
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In our corporate offices, all buildings are equipped with lighting sensors to ensure occupancy before energy usage occurs. All facilities are equipped with exterior LED lighting, including wall packs and parking light poles, with a Premium DLC classification rating that provide an estimated annual energy consumption savings of approximately 144,000 kWh compared to standard lighting. We have recycling bins for paper products, bottles and cans throughout our facilities. Biodegradable cleaning solvents are used throughout our facilities for cleaning and disinfecting purposes. We also currently sponsor 26 adopt-a-highway locations in Southern California and Arizona to help fund trash removal from the local highways in the markets within which we operate our stores.
From a technology perspective, in fiscal 2021, we migrated our data center located in Irvine, CA to Las Vegas, NV, which is operated with 100% renewable energy. We also recycle e-waste from certain computer and other electronic components.
Social Matters
We support a variety of programs to assist the communities in which we operate, including but not limited to:
We provide significant financial and other support to the Tilly’s Life Center Foundation ("TLC"), a non-profit charitable organization managed by our co-founder, Tilly Levine, which seeks to empower our youth and improve their self-confidence through a variety of educational programs. Our support of TLC includes customer donations at our store registers (round-up for charity), cash donations by the Company, use of a portion of our e-commerce distribution center office space for their operations, and use of Company staff to aid in event planning.
We are members of the Orange County Racial Justice Group, an organization comprised of several leading employers in Orange County, CA committed to education and awareness to combat unconscious bias and racism, and drive respect and empathy for everyone in our local community.
We provide direct financial support to a variety of school-based programs in the communities within which we operate our stores.
We donate end of season products to certain charitable organizations for their use in supporting their respective missions.
Human Capital Management
We provide a variety of health and wellness programs for our corporate employees to promote healthy lifestyles, including periodic onsite health fairs, blood drives, breast cancer screenings, flu shots, among other items.
In order to help ensure we provide a healthy, respectful and safe working environment for all employees, we provide periodic diversity and anti-harassment training for all employees to improve workplace sensitivity.
We distribute monthly health tips and guidelines to encourage healthy living habits, and we provide weekly fruit deliveries to our corporate office and distribution center break rooms to promote healthier eating choices.
We provide one paid day off per year to all employees to be utilized for volunteer work of their choosing.
Governance Matters
Although we are a controlled company as a result of the Company stock held by our Co-Founder, Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer, Hezy Shaked, six of the eight members of our Board of Directors are independent under applicable NYSE rules. Each of our Board committees (Audit, Compensation, and Nominating/Governance) are chaired by, and comprised of, only the independent members of our Board of Directors, consistent with NYSE requirements. Our Board of Directors is comprised of five individuals who self-identify as men and three individuals who self-identify as women. Two of our Board members have self-identified as underrepresented minorities, as such term is defined under the California board diversity rules.
We maintain a Code of Ethical Business Conduct which can be found on our website at www.tillys.com under the Investor Relations link. We require all employees to periodically certify their reading, understanding, and compliance with such policy.
We maintain a whistleblower hotline wherein employees, customers and/or vendors can confidentially report unethical or illegal behavior by Company management or other employees.
As a publicly-traded company, we maintain an Insider Trading Policy that limits the time periods during which Company employees may trade in Company stock to avoid potential insider trading issues. This policy is distributed to all employees in advance of each quarterly trading window. Each trading window is only allowed to open after two full trading days have taken place following each of our quarterly earnings announcements. Each trading window is typically closed for the final month of each quarter and until the next quarterly earnings announcement has taken place.

We maintain a Regulation FD-compliant Investor Relations policy which limits the time periods during which Company management is authorized to discuss business matters with external stock analysts and stockholders. Company management is precluded from communicating with such external parties for the final two weeks of each quarter and until the next quarterly earnings release has taken place.
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Additional Information
We make available free of charge on our internet website, www.tillys.com, copies of our Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and all amendments to these reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or the Exchange Act, as soon as reasonably practicable after filing such material electronically with, or otherwise furnishing it to, the Securities and Exchange Commission, or the SEC. In addition, these materials may be obtained at the web site maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. The reference to our website address does not constitute incorporation by reference of the information contained on the website, and the information contained on the website is not part of this document.

Item 1A. Risk Factors
Our business faces significant risks and uncertainties. Certain important factors may have a material adverse effect on our business, prospects, financial condition and results of operations, any of which could subsequently have an adverse effect on the trading price of our Class A common stock, and you should carefully consider them. Accordingly, in evaluating our business, we encourage you to consider the following discussion of risk factors in its entirety, in addition to other information contained in or incorporated by reference into this Annual Report on Form 10-K and our other public filings with the SEC. Additional risks not currently known to us or that we currently deem to be immaterial also may materially adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations in future periods.
Risks Related to our Business
The COVID-19 pandemic has materially disrupted our operations and may have an adverse effect on our business.
To date, the COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching impacts on many aspects of our operations, directly and indirectly, including on consumer behavior, our people, store traffic, operational capabilities and our operations generally, timing of deliveries, demands on our information technology and e-commerce capabilities, expense management, managing our workforce, our store configurations and operations upon reopening, as well as our ability to procure sufficient quantities of inventory in line with our sales plans, or to effectively manage inventory levels on an ongoing basis relative to net sales performance and changing market conditions, in light of ongoing supply chain disruptions that have significantly altered historical product flows both in terms of timing and amount of inventory available, which have materially disrupted our business and the market generally. The scope and nature of these impacts continue to evolve. For example, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in, and may continue to result in, regional quarantines, labor stoppages and shortages, changes in consumer purchasing patterns, mandatory or elective shut-downs of retail locations, disruptions to supply chains, including the inability of our suppliers and service providers to deliver materials and services on a timely basis, or at all, severe market volatility, liquidity disruptions and overall economic instability, which, in many cases, have had, and we expect will continue to have, material adverse impacts on our business, financial condition and results of operations.
Beginning in March 2020, we took several precautionary actions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to protect our longer-term business prospects and help minimize risk to our Company, employees, customers, and the communities in which we operate. Those actions included the temporary closure of all 239 of our stores across the United States and our store distribution center, establishing remote work capabilities for all corporate employees, drawing down 100% of our available borrowings under our prior credit facility, furloughing 91% of our entire employee population, implementing significant temporary corporate management pay cuts, temporarily withholding store lease payments, significantly reducing future inventory commitments, and eliminating or reducing a variety of expenses. As our stores, corporate offices and distribution centers reopened later in 2020, furloughed employees were brought back to work, management pay cuts were reversed, and amounts borrowed under our prior credit facility were repaid. We ended fiscal 2021 with all 241 of our stores in operation, but there can be no guarantee that all of our stores, our e-commerce business, or our distribution centers will remain in operation at any time as a result of COVID-19 cases among our employee population, particularly if there is another broad-based resurgence of the pandemic.
There remain many uncertainties regarding the anticipated duration and severity of the current COVID-19 pandemic. We cannot predict the specific extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic may impact our business, financial condition and results of operations (including our near-term and long-term revenues, earnings, liquidity and cash flows), as such impacts will depend on how the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts continue to develop, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted at this time. This situation is changing rapidly, and additional impacts may arise that we are not aware of currently, or current impacts may become magnified. Any future actions we take in response to the COVID-19 pandemic could further negatively impact our business, financial condition and results of operations.
Our sales could be severely impacted by decreases in consumer spending.
We depend upon consumers feeling confident to spend discretionary income on our product offerings to drive our sales. Consumer spending may be adversely impacted by economic conditions such as consumer confidence in future economic conditions, inflation in housing, energy, gasoline and food costs, interest and tax rates, employment levels, salary and wage
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levels, general business conditions, and the availability of consumer credit. In addition, consumer spending can be impacted by non-economic factors, including geopolitical issues, trade restrictions, unseasonable weather, pandemics/epidemics, including the current COVID-19 pandemic, and other factors that are outside of our control. These risks may be exacerbated for retailers like us who focus on specialty apparel, footwear and accessories. Our financial performance is particularly susceptible to economic and other conditions in regions or states where we have a significant number of stores, such as the southwestern and northeastern United States and Florida. We experienced significant decreases in consumer spending during certain periods of fiscal 2021 as a result of COVID-19, and similar impacts may occur in the future, both as a result of the pandemic or in connection with other events. If periods of decreased consumer spending persist, our sales could decrease, and our financial condition and results of operations could be adversely affected.
We are required to make significant lease payments for our store leases, corporate offices, and distribution centers, which may strain our cash flow. In addition, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken, and in the future, we may need to take certain actions with respect to some or all of our existing leases to preserve our cash position during periods wherein stores are unable to operate, which may create legal and financial risk for us.
We lease all of our retail store locations as well as our corporate headquarters, warehouses, distribution and e-commerce fulfillment centers. We do not own any real estate. Leases for our stores are typically for terms of ten years and many can be extended in five-year increments. Many of our leases have early cancellation clauses which permit us to terminate the lease if certain sales thresholds are not met in certain periods of time. Our costs under these leases are a significant amount of our expenses and are growing rapidly as we expand the number of locations and existing locations experience expense increases. We are required to pay additional rent under many of our lease agreements based upon achieving certain sales plateaus for each store location. In addition, we must make significant payments for common area maintenance and real estate taxes. Many of our lease agreements also contain provisions which increase the rent payments on a set time schedule, causing the cash rent paid for a location to escalate over the term of the lease. In addition, rent costs could escalate when multi-year leases are renewed at the expiration of their lease term. These costs are significant, recurring and increasing, which places a consistent strain on our cash flows.
We depend on cash flows from operations to pay our lease expenses and to fulfill our other cash needs. If our business does not generate sufficient cash flows from operating activities, and sufficient funds are not otherwise available to us from borrowings under our available revolving credit facility or from other sources, we may not be able to service our operating lease expenses, grow our business, respond to competitive challenges or to fund our other liquidity and capital needs, which would harm our business. The COVID-19 pandemic had a material, negative impact on our cash flows from operations during periods of 2020 in which stores were temporarily shut down, which placed further pressure on our ability to service our operating lease expenses, and such adverse impacts could potentially happen again. As a result of these pressures, we withheld nearly all store lease payments during the periods in which our stores were shut down. While we generally negotiated with our landlords to share the impact of those withheld payments, any future withheld payments may result in additional costs or liability to the Company in the future. In addition, any future store closures arising from federal, state and local instructions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic or any other pandemic or other situations outside of our control may again require us to take certain actions with respect to some or all of our existing leases, including negotiating with landlords for rent abatement, terminating certain leases, or discontinuing payment, which may subject us to legal, reputational and financial risks. We can provide no assurances that any forbearance of our lease obligations will be provided to us in the future.
Additional sites that we lease are likely to be subject to similar long-term leases. If an existing or future store is not profitable, and we decide to close it, we may nonetheless be committed to perform our obligations under the applicable lease including, among other things, paying the base rent for the balance of the lease term. In addition, as our leases expire, we may fail to negotiate renewals, either on commercially acceptable terms or at all, which could cause us to close stores in desirable locations. If we are unable to enter into new leases or renew existing leases on terms acceptable to us or be released from our obligations under leases for stores that we close, our business, profitability and results of operations may be harmed.
We face intense competition in our industry and we may not be able to compete effectively.
The retail industry is highly competitive. We currently compete with a variety of publicly-traded and privately-held specialty apparel retail chains such as, but not limited to, Abercrombie & Fitch, Aeropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, The Buckle, Forever 21, Hot Topic, Pacific Sunwear, Urban Outfitters, and Zumiez. In addition, we compete with independent specialty shops, department stores, off-price retailers, online marketplaces such as Amazon, stores and websites operated by our third-party brands, and direct marketers that sell similar lines of merchandise and target customers through catalogs and e-commerce. Moreover, the internet and other new technologies facilitate competitive entry and comparison shopping in our retail market. While we offer a multichannel shopping experience and use social media as a way to interact with our customers and enhance their shopping experiences, multichannel retailing is rapidly evolving, and we must keep pace with changing customer expectations and new developments by our competitors. Competition with some or all of these retailers noted above could require us to lower our prices or risk losing customers. In addition, significant or unusual promotional activities by our
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competitors may cause us to respond in-kind and adversely impact our operating cash flow. Because of these factors, current and future competition could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations.
Furthermore, many of our competitors have greater financial, marketing and other resources than we currently do, and therefore may be able to devote greater resources to the marketing and sale of their products, generate national brand recognition or adopt more aggressive pricing policies than we can, which would put us at a competitive disadvantage. Moreover, we do not possess exclusive rights to many of the elements that comprise our in-store experience and product offerings. Our competitors may seek to emulate facets of our business strategy and in-store experience, which could result in a reduction of any competitive advantage or special appeal that we might possess. In addition, most of the third-party branded products we sell are sold to us on a non-exclusive basis. As a result, our current and future competitors may be able to duplicate or improve on some or all of our in-store experience or product offerings that we believe are important in differentiating our stores and our customers’ shopping experience. If our competitors were to duplicate or improve on some or all of our in-store experience or product offerings, our competitive position and our business could suffer.
We may experience comparable store sales or sales per square foot declines, which may cause our results of operations to decline.
The investing public may use comparable store sales or net store sales per square foot projections or results, over a certain period of time, such as on a quarterly or yearly basis, as an indicator of our profitability growth. Our comparable store sales can vary significantly from period to period for a variety of reasons, such as the age of stores, changing economic factors, unseasonable weather, continued declines in mall and retail foot traffic, changing fashion trends, pricing, the timing of the release of new merchandise and promotional events and increased competition. These factors could cause comparable store sales or net store sales per square foot to decline or fail to grow at expected rates, which could adversely affect our results of operations and stock price during such periods.
Our business depends upon identifying and responding to changing customer fashion preferences and fashion-related trends. If we cannot identify trends in advance or we select the wrong fashion trends, our sales could be adversely affected.
Fashion trends in the apparel, footwear and accessories market can change rapidly. We need to anticipate, identify and respond quickly to changing trends and consumer demands in order to provide the merchandise our customers seek and maintain our brand image. If we cannot identify changing trends in advance, fail to react to changing trends or misjudge the market for a trend, our sales could be adversely affected, and we may be faced with a substantial amount of unsold inventory or missed opportunities. As a result, we may be forced to mark down our merchandise in order to dispose of slow moving inventory, which may result in lower profit margins, negatively impacting our financial condition and results of operations.
Our continued growth depends upon our ability to successfully open profitable new stores and improve the performance of our existing stores, which is subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties.
We have grown our store count and improved the profitability of our existing stores in recent years. However, there can be no assurance that we will continue to be able to open new stores that are profitable or to continue to improve the performance of our existing stores sufficiently to continue to improve our profitability.
Our ability to successfully open and operate new stores is subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, such as:
identifying suitable store locations, the availability of which is beyond our control;
obtaining acceptable lease terms;
sourcing sufficient levels of inventory;
selecting the appropriate merchandise that appeals to our customers;
hiring and retaining store employees;
assimilating new store employees into our corporate culture;
effectively marketing new store locations;
avoiding construction delays and cost overruns in connection with the build-out of new stores;
managing and expanding our infrastructure to accommodate growth;
integrating the new stores with our existing buying, distribution and other support operations; and
pandemics or other outbreaks of illness, disease or virus (such as COVID-19) that affect countries or regions in which our stores are located.
Additionally, some of our new stores may open in locations close enough to our existing stores that a segment of customers will stop shopping at our existing locations and prefer to shop at the new locations, and therefore sales and profitability at those existing stores may decline. Any failure to continue to open profitable new stores or improve the performance of existing stores could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations, and stock price.
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Our continued growth depends upon our ability to continue to grow our e-commerce business and improve its profitability, which is subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties.
We sell merchandise over the internet through our e-commerce website, www.tillys.com. In fiscal 2019, e-commerce generated nearly $98 million in total net sales, or approximately 15.9% of our total net sales for the year. In fiscal 2020, e-commerce generated $173 million in total net sales, or approximately 32.6% of our total net sales for the year, aided by the pandemic's impact on store operations during fiscal 2020. In fiscal 2021, e-commerce generated $166 million in total net sales, or approximately 21.4% of our total net sales for the year. The e-commerce retail market continues to rapidly evolve, creating new competition and increasing cost pressures from shipping charges and online marketing costs. As a result, there can be no guarantee that we will be able to continue to grow our e-commerce net sales or to improve the profitability of our e-commerce operations. Our e-commerce platform and its continued growth subjects us to certain risks that could have an adverse effect on our results of operations, including:
diversion of traffic from our stores;
liability for online content;
government regulation impacting the Internet; and
risks related to the computer systems that operate our website and related support systems, including computer viruses, electronic break-ins, system errors or failures, or similar disruptions.
Our failure to address and respond to these risks successfully could reduce e-commerce net sales, increase costs and damage the reputation of our brand. Any failure to continue to grow e-commerce net sales or improve the profitability of e-commerce operations could have a material adverse impact on our financial condition, results of operations, and stock price.
We may not be able to implement our business strategies on the timelines we anticipate, in a cost-effective manner, or at all.
At any point in time, we are in the process of implementing new merchandising strategies, customer-facing technology enhancements, new systems or upgrades to existing systems, and cost reduction or containment plans. The implementation of these strategies or plans may not be completed or achieve the anticipated results within the expected timeframe, which may result in declines in net sales or unanticipated cost increases. Even if implemented, we cannot assure that our strategies or plans will be successful to meet our current and future business needs or that they will operate as designed. If the implementation of our business strategies and plans are not executed efficiently and effectively, our business, financial condition, and our operating results could be adversely affected.
Our ability to attract customers to our stores depends significantly on the success of the retail centers where our stores are located.
We have historically depended on the location of our stores to generate a large amount of traffic for our stores. We try to select well-known and popular malls, power centers, neighborhood and lifestyle centers, outlet centers and street-front locations, usually near prominent retailers, to generate traffic to our stores. Traffic at these retail centers, and consequently our stores, could be adversely affected by economic downturns nationally or regionally, competition from Internet retailers, changes in consumer demographics, the closing or decrease in popularity of other retailers in the retail centers in which our stores are located, our inability to obtain or maintain prominent store locations within retail centers or the selection by prominent retailers and businesses of other locations. Over the last few years, the retail industry has experienced continued declines in consumer traffic to retail centers as consumer purchasing behaviors have shifted toward online purchases and this trend may continue in the future. Additionally, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have experienced mandatory and elective temporary closures of certain retail centers in which our stores are located (in addition to our own election to temporarily close all of our stores, as further described elsewhere in this Report). In addition, prior to such closures, we experienced significant declines in traffic to our stores as consumer purchasing behaviors shifted toward online purchases, and we may experience similar further declines in the future. A continuing reduction in traffic to retail centers may likely lead to a decrease in our net sales and results of operations, which could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations and stock price.
We buy and stock merchandise based upon seasonal weather patterns and therefore unseasonable weather could negatively impact our sales.
We buy select merchandise for sale based upon expected weather patterns during the seasons of winter, spring, summer and fall. If we encounter untimely aberrations in weather conditions, such as warmer winters or cooler summers than would be considered typical, these weather variations could cause some of our merchandise to be inconsistent with what consumers wish to purchase, causing our sales to decline. Furthermore, extended unseasonable weather conditions in regions such as in the southwestern United States, particularly in California, Arizona, Nevada, Florida and the northeastern United States will likely have a greater impact on our sales because of our store concentration in those regions.
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Our sales can significantly fluctuate based upon shopping seasons, which may cause our operating results to fluctuate disproportionately on a quarterly basis.
Because of a traditionally higher level of sales during the back-to-school and winter holiday shopping seasons, our sales are typically higher in the third and fourth fiscal quarters than they are in the first and second fiscal quarters. Accordingly, the results of a single fiscal quarter, particularly the third and fourth fiscal quarters, should not be relied on as an indication of our annual results or future performance. In addition, any factors that harm our third and fourth fiscal quarter operating results could have a disproportionate effect on our results of operations for the entire fiscal year.
We purchase merchandise in advance of the season in which it will be sold and if we purchase too much inventory we may need to reduce prices in order to sell it, which may adversely affect our overall profitability.
We must actively manage our purchase of inventory. Generally, we order merchandise months in advance of it being received and offered for sale. If there is a significant decrease in demand for our products or if we fail to accurately predict fashion trends or consumer demands, or unseasonable weather impacts the anticipated demand for certain product categories, we may be forced to rely on markdowns or promotional sales to dispose of excess inventory. In addition, seasonal fluctuations also affect our inventory levels, as we usually order and carry a significant amount of inventory before the back-to-school and winter holiday shopping seasons. If we are not successful in selling our inventory during these periods, we may be forced to rely on markdowns or promotional sales to dispose of the inventory, or we may not be able to sell the inventory at all, which could have an adverse effect on our margins and operating income.
If we fail to maintain good relationships with our suppliers or if our suppliers are unable or unwilling to provide us with sufficient quantities of merchandise at acceptable prices, our business and operations may be adversely affected.
Our business is largely dependent on continued good relations with our suppliers, including vendors for our third-party branded products and manufacturers for our proprietary branded products. We operate on a purchase order basis for our proprietary branded and third-party branded merchandise and do not have long-term contractual relationships with our suppliers. Accordingly, our suppliers can refuse to sell us merchandise, limit the type or quantity of merchandise they sell us or raise prices at any time, which can have an adverse impact on our business. Deterioration in our relationships with our suppliers, supply chain disruption, or increased demand for their products could have a material adverse impact on our business, and there can be no assurance that we will be able to acquire desired merchandise in sufficient quantities on terms acceptable to us in the future. Also, some of our vendors are vertically integrated, selling products directly from their own retail stores, and therefore are in direct competition with us. These vendors may decide at some point in the future to reduce or discontinue supplying their merchandise to us, supply us less desirable merchandise or raise prices on the products they do sell us. Additionally, in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic and other global events, we have experienced delays in certain new product receipts and may likely continue to receive similar notices in the future. Instances of supply chain disruptions and delays, as well as continued heightened inflation, could lead to inefficiencies and heightened costs that could negatively impact our performance and our results of operations. Further, if we lose key vendors or are unable to find alternative vendors to supply us with substitute merchandise for lost products, our business may be adversely affected.
If we cannot retain or find qualified employees to meet our staffing needs in our stores, our distribution and e-commerce fulfillment centers, or our corporate offices, our business could be adversely affected.
Our success depends upon the quality of the employees we hire. We seek employees who are motivated, represent our corporate culture and brand image and, for many positions, have knowledge of our merchandise and the skill necessary to excel in a customer service environment. The turnover rate in the retail industry is high and finding qualified candidates to fill positions may be difficult. If we cannot attract and retain corporate employees, district managers, store managers and store associates with the qualifications we deem necessary at requisite cost, our ability to effectively operate and expand may be adversely affected. In addition, we rely on temporary personnel to staff our distribution and fulfillment centers, as well as seasonal part-time employees to provide incremental staffing to our stores in busy selling seasons such as the back-to-school and winter holiday seasons. In addition, as described elsewhere in this Report, we furloughed certain of our employees in response to the store closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic and, thereafter, have experienced challenges in finding temporary or seasonal staffing, which may create additional challenges in attracting and retaining quality employees in the future. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to find adequate temporary or seasonal personnel to staff our operations when needed, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, which may strain our existing personnel or increase costs, and negatively impact our operations.
Our business largely depends on a strong brand image, and if we are not able to maintain and enhance our brand, particularly in new markets where we have limited brand recognition, we may be unable to increase or maintain our level of sales.
We believe that our brand image and brand awareness has contributed significantly to the success of our business. We also believe that maintaining and enhancing our brand image, particularly in new markets where we have limited brand recognition, is important to maintaining and expanding our customer base. As we execute our growth strategy, our ability to successfully
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integrate new stores into their surrounding communities, to expand into new markets or to maintain the strength and distinctiveness of our brand image in our existing markets will be adversely impacted if we fail to connect with our target customer. Maintaining and enhancing our brand image may require us to make substantial investments in areas such as merchandising, marketing, store operations, e-commerce, social-media, community relations, store graphics, catalog distribution and employee training, which could adversely affect our cash flow and which may not ultimately be successful. Failure to successfully market our brand in new and existing markets could harm our business, results of operations and financial condition.
A rise in the cost of raw materials, labor and transportation could increase our cost of sales and cause our results of operations and margins to decline.
Fluctuations in the price, availability and quality of fabrics or other raw materials used to manufacture our products, as well as the price for transportation and labor, including the impact of federal or state minimum wage rate increases, could have adverse impacts on our cost of sales and our ability to meet our customers’ demands. In particular, because a key component of our clothing is cotton, increases in the cost of cotton may significantly affect the cost of our products and could have an adverse impact on our cost of sales. We may not be able to pass all or a portion of these higher costs on to our customers, which could have a material adverse effect on our profitability.
Any inability to balance merchandise bearing our proprietary brands with the third-party branded merchandise we sell may have an adverse effect on our sales and gross margin.
Our proprietary branded merchandise represents a significant portion of our net sales. Our proprietary branded merchandise generally has a higher gross margin than the third-party branded merchandise we offer. As a result, we may determine that it is best for us to continue to hold or increase the penetration of our proprietary brands in the future. However, carrying our proprietary brands limits the amount of third-party branded merchandise we can carry and, therefore, there is a risk that the customers’ perception that we offer many major brands will decline. By maintaining or increasing the amount of our proprietary branded merchandise, we are also exposed to greater fashion risk, as we may fail to anticipate fashion trends correctly. These risks, if they occur, could have a material adverse effect on sales and profitability.
Most of our merchandise is produced in foreign countries, making the price and availability of our merchandise susceptible to international trade and other international conditions.
Although we purchase our merchandise from domestic suppliers, these suppliers have a majority of their merchandise made in foreign countries. Some foreign countries can be, and have been, affected by political and economic instability and natural disasters, negatively impacting trade, including as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic which we have been informed has already had a material adverse impact on the operations of our suppliers and the manufacturers with whom they work, and has resulted in material delays in the delivery of certain merchandise to us from foreign manufacturers. The countries in which our merchandise currently is manufactured or may be manufactured in the future could become subject to new trade restrictions imposed by the United States or other foreign governments. Trade restrictions, including increased tariffs or quotas, embargoes and customs restrictions, against apparel items, as well as United States or foreign labor strikes, work stoppages or boycotts (including as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic) could increase the cost or reduce the supply of apparel available to us and have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations. In addition, our merchandise supply could be impacted if our suppliers’ imports become subject to existing or future duties and quotas, or if our suppliers face increased competition from other companies for production facilities, import quota capacity and shipping capacity. Any increase in the cost of our merchandise or limitation on the amount of merchandise we are able to purchase could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations.
Our corporate headquarters, distribution and e-commerce fulfillment centers and information technology systems are in Irvine, California, and if their operations are disrupted, we may not be able to operate our store support functions, ship merchandise to our stores, or fulfill e-commerce orders, which would adversely affect our business.
Our corporate headquarters, distribution centers and certain information technology systems are in two locations in Irvine, California. If we encounter any disruptions to our operations within these buildings or if they were to shut down for any reason, including by fire or other natural disaster, or as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, then we may be prevented from effectively operating our stores, shipping and processing our merchandise and operating our e-commerce platform. As discussed previously in this Report, in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, we discontinued the operations of the distribution center for our stores and implemented other precautions in our corporate offices and distribution centers that materially disrupted our operations in Irvine, California, and elsewhere, and we may need to do so again in the future. Furthermore, the risk of disruption or shut down at these buildings is greater than it might be if they were located in another region, as southern California is prone to certain natural disasters such as earthquakes and wildfires. Any disruption or shut down at these locations could significantly impact our operations and have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations.
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Our stores are mostly located in the southwestern and northeastern United States and in Florida, with a significant number of stores located in California, putting us at risk to region-specific disruptions.
The majority of our stores are located in California, Arizona, Nevada, Florida and the northeastern United States. Sales in these states could be more susceptible to disruptions than other parts of the country, such as from economic and weather conditions, demographic and population changes and changes in fashion tastes, and consequently, we may be more susceptible to these factors than more geographically diversified competitors. For example, because of the negative economic impact caused by the downturn in the housing market that occurred several years ago, sales in these states have slowed more than sales in other regions. Compared to the country as a whole, stores in California are exposed to a relatively high risk of damage from a major earthquake or wildfires, while stores in Florida are exposed to a relatively high risk from hurricane damage. Any negative impact upon or disruption to the operations of stores in these states could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations.
Litigation costs and the outcome of litigation could have a material adverse effect on our business.
From time to time we may be subject to litigation claims through the ordinary course of our business operations regarding, but not limited to, employment matters, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, apparel, footwear and accessory safety standards, security of customer and employee personal information, contractual relations with vendors, marketing and infringement of trademarks and other intellectual property rights. For example, we are currently engaged in several legal proceedings described elsewhere in this Report. In addition, as described elsewhere in this Report, the COVID-19 pandemic, and our responses thereto, may subject us to further litigation, including with respect to employment matters, contract disputes, and other matters. Litigation to defend ourselves against claims by third parties, or to enforce any rights that we may have against third parties, may continue to be necessary, which could result in substantial costs and diversion of our resources, causing a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.
If our vendors and manufacturing sources fail to use acceptable labor or other practices our reputation may be harmed, which could negatively impact our business.
We purchase merchandise from independent third-party vendors and manufacturers. If any of these suppliers have practices that are not legal or accepted in the United States, consumers may develop a negative view of us, our brand image could be damaged, and we could become the subject of boycotts by our customers and/or interest groups. Further, if the suppliers violate labor or other laws of their own country, these violations could cause disruptions or delays in their shipments of merchandise. For example, much of our merchandise is manufactured in China and Mexico, which have different labor practices than the United States. We do not independently investigate whether our suppliers are operating in compliance with all applicable laws and therefore we rely upon the suppliers’ representations set forth in our purchase orders and vendor agreements concerning the suppliers’ compliance with such laws. If our goods are manufactured using illegal or unacceptable labor practices in these countries, or other countries from which our suppliers source the product we purchase, our ability to supply merchandise for our stores without interruption, our brand image and, consequently, our sales may be adversely affected.
If we lose key management personnel our operations could be negatively impacted.
Our business and growth depends upon the leadership and experience of our key executive management team, including our co-founder, Hezy Shaked, who currently serves as our Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Chairman of our Board of Directors, and Edmond Thomas, our President and Chief Executive Officer, and we may be unable to retain their services. We also may be unable to retain other existing management personnel that are critical to our success, which could result in harm to our vendor and employee relationships, loss of key information, expertise or know-how and unanticipated recruitment and training costs. The loss of services of any of our key personnel could have a material adverse effect on our business and prospects, and could be viewed in a negative light by investors and analysts, which could cause our Class A common stock price to decline. Except for Mr. Thomas, none of our employees has an employment agreement and we do not intend to purchase key person life insurance covering any employee. If we lose the services of any of our key personnel or we are not able to attract additional qualified personnel, we may not be able to successfully manage our business.
We rely on third parties to deliver merchandise to our stores located outside of southern California and therefore our business could be negatively impacted by disruptions in the operations of these third-party providers.
We rely on third parties to ship our merchandise from our distribution center in Irvine, California to our stores located across the United States, as well as to ship e-commerce sales packages directly to our customers. Relying on these third-party delivery services puts us at risk from disruptions in their operations, such as employee strikes, inclement weather and their ability to meet our shipping demands (including as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic which we have been informed has already disrupted the operations of many of our third-party service providers). If we are forced to use other delivery services, our costs could increase, and we may not be able to meet shipment deadlines. Moreover, we may not be able to obtain delivery terms as favorable as those received from the transportation providers we currently use, which would further increase our costs. These circumstances may negatively impact our financial condition and results of operations.
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We rely on print and online marketing services.
We use the U.S. Postal Service to mail printed marketing materials several times each year to inform our customers about our products, acquire new customers, drive customers into our stores, and promote our website and stores.  As a result, postal rates and paper and printing costs affect the cost of our mailings.  We also use third-party online services to market our website and stores and to distribute promotions to attract new customers and encourage existing customers to purchase from us. Any significant or unanticipated increase in postage, reduction in postal service, or slow-down in postal delivery, increases in paper and printing costs, increases in the cost of our online marketing services or any service interruption or failure on the part of such service providers could impair our ability to deliver printed marketing materials or our online marketing in a timely or economically efficient manner.  This could also adversely impact our sales and earnings if we are unable to pass such increases on to our customers or are unable to implement more efficient printing, mailing, delivery and order fulfillment systems or, in the case of our online marketing, to find alternative providers in a timely manner and on terms that are not significantly more costly to us.
Risks Related to Information Technology, Data Privacy and Intellectual Property
If our information technology fails to operate or are unable to support our growth, our operations could be disrupted.
We rely upon our management information systems in almost every aspect of our daily business operations. For example, our management information systems serve an integral part in enabling us to order merchandise, process merchandise at our distribution center and retail stores, perform and track sales transactions, manage personnel, pay vendors and employees, operate our e-commerce platform and report financial and accounting information to management. In addition, we rely on our management information systems to enable us to leverage our costs as we grow. If our management information systems fail to operate (including as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic) or are unable to support our growth, our store operations and e-commerce platform could be severely disrupted, and we could be required to make significant additional expenditures to remediate any such failure.
Our business is subject to a variety of laws, rules, and other obligations regarding data protection, which could result in additional compliance costs, subject us to enforcement actions, or cause us to change our platform or business practices.
We are subject to a complex array of federal, state, and international laws relating to the collection, use, retention, disclosure, security, and transfer of personal data. Many jurisdictions have passed laws in this area, and other jurisdictions are considering imposing additional restrictions, including regulating the level of notice and consent required to collect and process end-user data. The data protection landscape is rapidly evolving, and implementation standards and enforcement practices are likely to remain uncertain for the foreseeable future. Complying with emerging and changing laws and requirements may cause us to incur substantial costs or require us to change our business practices.
For example, in June 2018, California passed the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”), which grants California residents certain rights with respect to their personal information. Under the CCPA, businesses are required to grant expansive access, deletion and portability rights to consumers in the United States. The law may also impose burdensome retention and compliance obligations on publishers and advertising technology companies. The CCPA also provides for civil penalties for violations, as well as a private right of action for data breaches that is expected to increase data breach litigation. Interpretation of the requirements remains unclear due to the recent passage of the regulation. The law took effect on January 1, 2020.
The cost of compliance with these laws, regulations, policies, legal obligations and industry standards is high and is likely to increase in the future. If our privacy or data security measures fail or are perceived to fail to comply with current or future laws, regulations, policies, legal obligations or industry standards, or any changed interpretations of the foregoing, we may be subject to litigation, regulatory investigations, enforcement actions, inquiries, prosecutions, fines or other liabilities, as well as negative publicity and a potential loss of business. Moreover, if future laws, regulations, industry standards, or other legal obligations, or any changed interpretations of the foregoing, limit the ability of our customers, partners or service providers to use and share personally identifiable information or other data or our ability to store, process and share personally identifiable information or other data, our costs could increase and our business, financial condition and operating results could be harmed. Even the perception of privacy or data protection concerns, whether or not valid, may inhibit market adoption, effectiveness or use of our technology services that rely on consumer data. Any failure or perceived failure by us to comply with federal, state, or foreign laws or self-regulatory standards could result in negative publicity, significant fines and expenses for remediation, diversion of management time and effort and proceedings against us by governmental entities, individuals or others.
Our internal operations, management information systems and databases containing the personal information of our employees and customers could be disrupted by system security or operational failures or breached by intentional attacks. These disruptions or attacks could negatively impact our sales, increase our expenses, and harm our reputation.
Database privacy, network security and identity theft are matters of growing public concern. Hackers, computer programmers and internal users may be able to penetrate our network security and create system disruptions, cause shutdowns and misappropriate our confidential information or that of third parties, including our employees and customers. We may incur
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significant costs related to prevention of breaches of our cyber-security and to comply with laws regarding the unauthorized disclosure of confidential information, including customer payment information, and we could incur significant expenses addressing problems created by security breaches to our network. This risk is heightened because we collect and store customer information for marketing purposes, and use credit card information to process transactions. We must, and do, take precautions to secure customer information and prevent unauthorized access to our database of confidential information. However, if unauthorized parties, including external hackers or computer programmers, gain access to our database, they may be able to steal this confidential information. Our failure to secure this information could result in costly litigation, adverse publicity or regulatory action that could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations. In addition, sophisticated hardware and operating system software and applications that we procure from third parties may contain defects in design or manufacture that could unexpectedly interfere with our operations, including potentially unintentionally sharing personal information retained by us. The cost to alleviate security risks, defects in software and hardware and address any problems that occur could negatively impact our sales, distribution and other critical functions, as well as our financial results.
If we are unable to protect our intellectual property rights, our financial results may be negatively impacted.
Our success depends in large part on our brand image. Our company’s name, logo, domain name and our proprietary brands and our registered and unregistered trademarks and copyrights are valuable assets that serve to differentiate us from our competitors. We currently rely on a combination of copyright, trademark, trade dress and unfair competition laws to establish and protect our intellectual property rights. We cannot assure you that the steps taken by us to protect our proprietary rights will be adequate to prevent infringement of our trademarks and proprietary rights by others, including imitation and misappropriation of our brand. We cannot assure you that obstacles will not arise as we expand our product lines and geographic scope. The unauthorized use or misappropriation of our intellectual property could damage our brand identity and the goodwill we created for our company, which could cause our sales to decline. Moreover, litigation may be necessary to protect or enforce these intellectual property rights, which could result in substantial costs and diversion of our resources, causing a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or cash flows. If we cannot protect our intellectual property rights, our brand identity and the goodwill we created for our company may diminish, causing our sales to decline.
Most of our intellectual property has not been registered outside of the United States and we cannot prohibit other companies from using our unregistered trademarks in foreign countries. Use of our trademarks in foreign countries could negatively impact our identity in the United States and cause our sales to decline.
We may be subject to liability if we, or our vendors, infringe upon the intellectual property rights of third parties.
We may be subject to liability if we infringe upon the intellectual property rights of third parties. If we were to be found liable for any such infringement, we could be required to pay substantial damages and could be subject to injunctions preventing further infringement. Such infringement claims could harm our brand image. In addition, any payments we are required to make and any injunction with which we are required to comply as a result of such infringement actions could adversely affect our financial results.
We purchase merchandise from vendors that may utilize design copyrights, or design patents, or that may otherwise incorporate protected intellectual property. We are not involved in the manufacture of any of the merchandise we purchase from our vendors for sale to our customers, and we do not independently investigate whether these vendors legally hold intellectual property rights to merchandise that they are manufacturing or distributing. As a result, we rely upon vendors’ representations set forth in our purchase orders and vendor agreements concerning their right to sell us the products that we purchase from them. If a third-party claims to have licensing rights with respect to merchandise we purchased from a vendor, or we acquire unlicensed merchandise, we could be obligated to remove such merchandise from our stores, incur costs associated with destruction of such merchandise if the distributor or vendor is unwilling or unable to reimburse us and be subject to liability under various civil and criminal causes of action, including actions to recover unpaid royalties and other damages and injunctions. Although our purchase orders and vendor agreement with each vendor require the vendor to indemnify us against such claims, a vendor may not have the financial resources to defend itself or us against such claims, in which case we may have to pay the costs and expenses associated with defending such claim. Any of these results could harm our brand image and have a material adverse effect on our business and growth.
Risks Related to Our Ownership Structure and Ownership of Our Common Stock
Our founders control a majority of the voting power of our common stock, which may prevent other stockholders from influencing corporate decisions and may result in conflicts of interest.
Our common stock consists of two classes: Class A and Class B. Holders of Class A common stock are entitled to one vote per share, and holders of Class B common stock are entitled to 10 votes per share, on all matters to be voted on by our common stockholders. All of the shares of Class B common stock are beneficially owned by Hezy Shaked and Tilly Levine. As a result, Mr. Shaked and Ms. Levine own a significant economic interest in the company and substantial majority of the total voting power of our outstanding common stock. In addition, Mr. Shaked serves as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, and
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is the voting trustee, pursuant to a voting trust agreement, covering the shares owned by Ms. Levine. As a result, Mr. Shaked may dictate the outcome of most corporate actions requiring stockholder approval, including the election of directors and mergers, acquisitions and other significant corporate transactions. Mr. Shaked may delay or prevent a change of control from occurring, even if the change of control could appear to benefit the stockholders. Mr. Shaked may also have interests that differ from yours and may vote in a way with which you disagree and which may be adverse to your interests. This ownership concentration may adversely impact the trading of our Class A common stock because of a perceived conflict of interest that may exist, thereby depressing the value of our Class A common stock.
We are a controlled company within the meaning of the NYSE rules, and, as a result, we may rely on exemptions from certain corporate governance requirements that provide protection to stockholders of other companies.
Mr. Shaked controls more than 50% of the total voting power of our common stock and we are considered a controlled company under the NYSE corporate governance listing standards. As a controlled company, certain exemptions under the NYSE listing standards will exempt us from the obligation to comply with certain NYSE corporate governance requirements, including the requirements:
that a majority of our Board of Directors consist of independent directors, as defined under the rules of the NYSE;
that we have a corporate governance and nominating committee that is composed entirely of independent directors with a written charter addressing the committee’s purpose and responsibilities; and
that we have a compensation committee that is composed entirely of independent directors with a written charter addressing the committee’s purpose and responsibilities.
Although we intend to continue to comply with these listing requirements even though we are a controlled company, there is no guarantee that we will not take advantage of these exemptions in the future. Accordingly, so long as we are a controlled company, holders of our Class A common stock may not have the same protections afforded to stockholders of companies that are subject to all of the NYSE corporate governance requirements.
If securities or industry analysts publish inaccurate or unfavorable research about our business, the price and trading volume of our Class A common stock could decline.
The trading market for our Class A common stock depends in part on the research and reports that securities or industry analysts publish about us or our business. If one or more of the analysts who covers us downgrades our Class A common stock or publishes inaccurate or unfavorable research about our business, the price of our Class A common stock would likely decline. If one or more of these analysts ceases coverage of us or fails to publish reports on us regularly, demand for our Class A common stock could decrease, which could cause the price of our Class A common stock and trading volume to decline.
Financial forecasting by us and financial analysts who may publish estimates of our performance may differ materially from actual results.
Given the dynamic nature of our business, the current uncertain economic climate and the inherent limitations in predicting the future, forecasts of our revenues, comparable sales, margins, net income and other financial and operating forecasts may differ materially from actual results. Such discrepancies could cause a decline in the trading price of our Class A common stock.
We have a small public float compared to other larger publicly-traded companies, which may result in price swings in our Class A common stock or make it difficult to acquire or dispose of our Class A common stock.
This small public float can result in large swings in our stock price with relatively low trading volume. In addition, a purchaser that seeks to acquire a significant number of shares may be unable to do so without increasing our common stock price, and conversely, a seller that seeks to dispose of a significant number of shares may experience a decreasing stock price.
We cannot guarantee that we will repurchase our common stock pursuant to our share repurchase program or that our share repurchase program will enhance long-term shareholder value. Share repurchases could also increase the volatility of the price of our common stock and could diminish our cash reserves.
On March 14, 2022, our Board authorized a share repurchase program (the "Repurchase Program"), pursuant to which we may repurchase up to 2,000,000 shares of our Class A common stock through March 14, 2023. The timing and amount of repurchases of shares of our Class A common stock, if any, will depend upon several factors, such as the market price of Class A common stock, corporate requirements, general market economic conditions and applicable legal requirements. The Company is not obligated to repurchase any specific number or amount of shares of Class A common stock pursuant to the Program, and it may modify, suspend or discontinue the Repurchase Program at any time. Repurchases of our Class A common stock pursuant to the Repurchase Program could affect our stock price and increase its volatility. The existence of the Repurchase Program could cause our stock price to be higher than it would be in the absence of such a program and, if shares are repurchased in the Repurchase Program, it will reduce the market liquidity for our Class A common stock. Additionally, the Repurchase Program could diminish our cash reserves, which may impact our ability to finance future growth and to pursue possible future strategic opportunities. There can be no assurance that any share repurchases will enhance long-term stockholder
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value, and the market price of our Class A common stock may decline below the levels at which we repurchased shares of stock.
The price of our Class A common stock has been, and may continue to be, volatile and may decline in value.
The market for retail apparel stocks can be highly volatile. As a result, the market price of our Class A common stock is likely to be volatile and investors may experience a decrease in the value of the Class A common stock, unrelated to our operations. The price of our Class A common stock has, and could in the future, fluctuate significantly in response to a number of factors, as discussed in this “Risk Factors” section. Further, securities class action litigation has often been initiated against companies following periods of volatility in their stock price. This type of litigation could result in substantial costs and divert our management’s attention and resources, and could also require us to make substantial payments to satisfy judgments or to settle litigation. The threat or filing of class action litigation lawsuits could cause the price of our Class A common stock to decline.
Future sales of our common stock by us or by existing stockholders could cause the price of our Class A common stock to decline.
Any sales of a substantial number of shares of our common stock in the public market, or the perception that such sales might occur, may cause the market price for our Class A common stock to decline. Most of these are freely tradable without restriction under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or Securities Act. The shares of Class A common stock and Class B common stock held by Mr. Shaked and Ms. Levine, and the shares of Class A common stock held by our directors, officers and other affiliates, are restricted securities under the Securities Act, and may not be sold in the public market unless the sale is registered under the Securities Act or an exemption from registration is available.
While we have paid special cash dividends in the past, there can be no assurance that we will pay dividends in the future, which may make our Class A common stock less desirable to investors and decrease its value.
While we have paid aggregate special cash dividends of $5.70 per share to all holders of record of issued and outstanding shares of our common stock across six separate special cash dividends since February 2017, there can be no assurance that we will pay additional cash dividends on our common stock in the future. We do not currently have any formal plans for paying any additional cash dividends on our common stock at this time. Therefore, capital appreciation, if any, of our Class A common stock could be the sole source of gain for our Class A common stockholders for the foreseeable future.
Our corporate organizational documents and Delaware law have anti-takeover provisions that may inhibit or prohibit a takeover of us and the replacement or removal of our management.
In addition to the concentration of ownership and voting power held by Mr. Shaked and Ms. Levine, the anti-takeover provisions under Delaware law, as well as the provisions contained in our corporate organizational documents, may make an acquisition of us more difficult. For example:
our certificate of incorporation includes a provision authorizing our Board of Directors to issue blank check preferred stock without stockholder approval, which, if issued, would increase the number of outstanding shares of our capital stock and could make it more difficult for a stockholder to acquire us;
our certificate of incorporation provides that if all shares of our Class B common stock are converted into Class A common stock or otherwise cease to be outstanding, our Board of Directors will be divided into three classes in the manner provided by our certificate of incorporation. After the directors in each class serve for the initial terms provided in our certificate of incorporation, each class will serve for a staggered three-year term;
our certificate of incorporation permits removal of a director only for cause by the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the voting power of the company once the Board of Directors is divided into three classes and provides that director vacancies can only be filled by an affirmative vote of a majority of directors then in office;
our amended and restated bylaws require advance notice of stockholder proposals and director nominations; and
Section 203 of the Delaware General Corporation Law may prevent large stockholders from completing a merger or acquisition of us.
These provisions may prevent a merger or acquisition of us which could limit the price investors would pay for our common stock in the future.
Our amended and restated bylaws designate the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware as the sole and exclusive forum for certain types of actions and proceedings that may be initiated by our stockholders, which could limit our stockholders’ ability to obtain a favorable judicial forum for disputes with us or our directors, officers or other employees.
Our amended and restated bylaws provide that, unless we consent in writing to an alternative forum, the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware will be the sole and exclusive forum for (i) any derivative action or proceeding brought on our behalf, (ii) any action asserting a claim of breach of a fiduciary duty owed by any director, officer or other employee to us or our stockholders, (iii) any action asserting a claim arising pursuant to any provision of the Delaware General Corporation Law, or (iv) any action asserting a claim that is governed by the internal affairs doctrine. Any person purchasing or otherwise acquiring
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any interest in any shares of our capital stock shall be deemed to have notice of and to have consented to this provision of our amended and restated bylaws. This choice-of-forum provision may limit our stockholders’ ability to bring a claim in a judicial forum that it finds favorable for disputes with us or our directors, officers or other employees, which may discourage such lawsuits. Alternatively, if a court were to find this provision of our amended and restated bylaws inapplicable or unenforceable with respect to one or more of the specified types of actions or proceedings, we may incur additional costs associated with resolving such matters in other jurisdictions, which could adversely affect our business and financial condition.
General Risks
Epidemics, pandemics, war, terrorism, civil unrest or other public disruptions could negatively affect our business.
All of our stores are located in public areas where large numbers of people typically gather. Epidemics or pandemics, including COVID-19, terrorist attacks or threats thereof, civil unrest, and/or acts or threats of violence involving public areas could cause people not to visit areas where our stores are located, including with respect to the current mandatory and elective closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These and other potential impacts of pandemics or other outbreaks of an illness, disease or virus could therefore adversely affect our results of operations and financial condition. Further, armed conflicts or acts of war throughout the world may create uncertainty, causing consumers to spend less on discretionary purchases, including on apparel and accessories, and disrupting our ability to obtain merchandise for our stores. Such decreases in consumer spending or disruptions in our ability to obtain merchandise would likely decrease our sales and materially adversely affect our financial condition and results of operations. Other types of violence, such as shootings in malls or in public areas, could lead to lower traffic in shopping malls or centers in which we operate stores. In addition, local authorities or management from the mall or shopping center could close the mall or shopping center in response to security concerns. Such closures, as well as lower traffic due to security concerns, could result in decreased sales.
We may be subject to unionization, work stoppages, slowdowns or increased labor costs.
Currently, none of our employees are represented by a union. However, our employees have the right under the National Labor Relations Act to form or affiliate with a union. If some or all of our workforce were to become unionized and the terms of the collective bargaining agreement were significantly different from our current compensation arrangements, it could increase our costs and adversely impact our profitability. Moreover, participation in labor unions could put us at increased risk of labor strikes and disruption of our operations.
Violations of and/or changes in laws, including employment laws and laws related to our merchandise, could make conducting our business more expensive or change the way we do business.
We are subject to numerous regulations, including labor and employment, customs, truth-in-advertising, consumer protection, health and safety, and zoning and occupancy laws and ordinances that regulate retailers generally and/or govern the importation, promotion and sale of merchandise and the operation of stores and warehouse facilities. If these regulations were violated by our management, employees or vendors, the costs of certain goods could increase, or we could experience delays in shipments of our goods, be subject to fines or penalties or suffer reputational harm, which could reduce demand for our merchandise and hurt our business and results of operations. Similarly, changes in laws could make operating our business more expensive or require us to change the way we do business. For example, changes in laws related to employee health care, hours, wages, job classification and benefits could significantly increase operating costs and adversely impact our results of operations. In addition, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many state and local governments have enacted, and continue to enact, ordinances and laws temporarily limiting the operations of certain businesses, including with respect to aspects of our business and those of our vendors. Furthermore, changes in product safety or other consumer protection laws could lead to increased costs for certain merchandise, or additional labor costs associated with readying merchandise for sale. It may be difficult for us to foresee regulatory changes impacting our business and our actions needed to respond to changes in the law could be costly and may negatively impact our operations.
As a result of being a publicly traded company, our management is required to devote substantial time to complying with public company regulations.
As a result of being a publicly traded company, we are obligated to file periodic reports with the SEC under the Exchange Act. We are also subject to other reporting and corporate governance requirements, including certain requirements of the New York Stock Exchange, or NYSE, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or FINRA, and certain provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, or SOX, and the regulations promulgated thereunder, which impose significant compliance obligations on us. SOX, as well as rules subsequently implemented by the SEC, NYSE and FINRA, have imposed increased regulation and disclosure and have required enhanced corporate governance practices of public companies. Our efforts to comply with evolving laws, regulations and standards result in increased administrative expenses and a diversion of management’s time and attention from revenue-generating activities. In addition, if we fail to implement or maintain the requirements with respect to our internal accounting and audit functions, our ability to continue to report our operating results on a timely and accurate basis could be impaired and we could be subject to sanctions or investigation by regulatory authorities, such as the SEC, NYSE or
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FINRA. Any such action could harm our reputation and the confidence of investors and customers in our company and could materially adversely affect our business.
Our failure to maintain adequate internal controls over our financial and management systems may cause errors in our financial reporting, which could in turn cause a loss of investor confidence.
Our public company reporting obligations and our anticipated growth will likely strain our financial and management systems, internal controls and our employees. In addition, pursuant to Section 404 of SOX, we are required to provide annually an assessment of the effectiveness of our internal controls over financial reporting and our independent registered public accounting firm will be required to provide an attestation on our assessment of our internal controls over financial reporting. The process required to comply with Section 404 of SOX is time consuming and costly. If during this process we identify one or more material weaknesses in our internal controls, it is possible that our management may not be able to certify that our internal controls are effective by the certification deadline. Moreover, if we identify any material weaknesses or significant deficiencies in our internal controls we will have to implement appropriate changes to these controls, which may require specific compliance training for our directors, officers and employees, require the hiring of additional finance, accounting, legal and other personnel, entail substantial costs to modify our existing accounting systems and take a significant period of time to complete. Such changes may not, however, be effective in maintaining the adequacy of our internal controls, and any failure to maintain that adequacy, or consequent inability to produce accurate financial statements on a timely basis, could increase our operating costs and could materially impair our ability to operate our business. Effective internal controls are necessary for us to produce reliable financial reports and are important to prevent fraud. As a result, our failure to satisfy the requirements of Section 404 on a timely basis could result in us being subject to regulatory action and a loss of investor confidence in the reliability of our financial statements, both of which in turn could cause the market value of our Class A common stock to decline.
We depend on cash generated from our operations to support our growth, which could strain our cash flow.
We primarily rely on cash flows generated from existing stores to fund our current operations and our growth plans. An increase in our net cash outflow for new stores or remodels of existing stores could adversely affect our operations by reducing the amount of cash available to address other aspects of our business. In addition, as we expand our business, we will need significant amounts of cash from operations to pay our existing and future lease obligations, build out new store space, remodel existing stores, purchase inventory, create new marketing and advertising initiatives, fund the expansion of our e-commerce business, pay personnel, pay for the increased costs associated with operating as a public company, and, if necessary, further invest in our infrastructure and facilities. If our business does not generate sufficient cash flows from operations to fund these activities and sufficient funds are not otherwise available from our existing revolving credit facility or future credit facilities, we may need additional equity or debt financing. If such financing is not available to us on satisfactory terms, our ability to operate and expand our business or to respond to competitive pressures would be limited and we could be required to delay, curtail or eliminate planned store openings or investment in existing stores. Moreover, if we raise additional capital by issuing equity securities or securities convertible into equity securities, your ownership may be diluted. Any debt financing we may incur may impose covenants on us that restrict our operations or require interest payments that would create additional cash demands and financial risk for us.
We may experience fluctuations in our tax obligations and effective tax rate.
We are subject to income taxes in federal and applicable state and local tax jurisdictions in the U.S. We record tax expense based on our estimates of current and future payments based on the income tax laws currently in effect. At any time, many tax years are subject to audit by various taxing jurisdictions. The results of these audits and negotiations with taxing authorities may impact the ultimate settlement of these tax positions. As a result, there could be ongoing variability in our tax rates as taxable events occur and exposures are re-evaluated. Further, our effective tax rate in any financial statement period may be materially affected by changes in the mix and level of earnings, or changes in tax laws in any relevant jurisdiction.
Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments
None.
Item 2. Properties
We lease approximately 172,000 square feet for our corporate headquarters and retail support and distribution center located at 10 Whatney and 12 Whatney, Irvine, California. Our lease began on January 1, 2003 and terminates on December 31, 2027.
We lease approximately 26,000 square feet of office and warehouse space located at 11 Whatney, Irvine, California. The lease began on June 29, 2012 and terminates on June 30, 2022. We expect to have a fully negotiated renewal completed in advance of lease expiration.
We lease approximately 81,000 square feet for our e-commerce fulfillment center located at 17 Pasteur, Irvine, California. The lease began on November 1, 2021 and terminates on October 31, 2031.
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All of our 241 stores, encompassing a total of approximately 1.8 million total square feet as of January 29, 2022, are occupied under operating leases. The store leases generally have a base lease term of 10 years and many have renewal option periods, and we are generally responsible for payment of property taxes and utilities, common area maintenance and mall marketing fees.
We consider all of our properties adequate for our present and anticipated future needs.
Item 3. Legal Proceedings
The information under the subheading "Legal Proceedings" contained in "Note 10: Commitments and Contingencies" to our consolidated financial statements included in this Report is incorporated by reference into this Item.
Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures
Not applicable.
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PART II
 
Item 5. Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
Our Class A common stock is traded on the NYSE under the symbol “TLYS”. There is no established trading market for our Class B common stock. As of April 12, 2022, we had approximately seven stockholders of record, five of whom were holders of our Class A common stock and two of whom were holders of our Class B common stock. The number of stockholders of record is based upon the actual number of stockholders registered at such date and does not include holders of shares in “street names” or persons, partnerships, associates, corporations or other entities identified in security position listings maintained by depositories.
Dividends on Common Stock
We paid special cash dividends of $1.00 per share in each of July and December of 2021, and in February of each of 2020, 2019 and 2018, and $0.70 per share in February 2017 to all holders of record of issued and outstanding shares of our common stock. There can be no assurance that we will pay additional cash dividends on our common stock in the future, and we do not currently have any formal plans to issue dividends in the future at this time.
Securities Authorized for Issuance under Equity Compensation Plans
The information required by this Item is incorporated herein by reference to our Proxy Statement for the 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which will be filed with the SEC no later than 120 days after the end of the fiscal year ended January 29, 2022 (the "2022 Proxy Statement").
Stock Performance Graph
The following graph compares the cumulative stockholder return on our Class A common stock for the five years ended January 29, 2022 to the cumulative return of (i) the S&P Midcap 400 Index and (ii) the S&P 400 Apparel Retail Index over the same period. This graph assumes an initial investment of $100 on January 28, 2017 in our Class A common stock, the S&P Midcap 400 Index and the S&P 400 Apparel Retail Index and assumes the reinvestment of dividends, if any.
Comparison of 5-Year Cumulative Total Return as of January 29, 2022
Among Tilly's, Inc., the S&P Midcap 400 Index and the S&P 400 Apparel Retail Index
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Recent Sales of Unregistered Securities
We did not sell any unregistered equity securities or purchase any of our securities during the fiscal year ended January 29, 2022.

Item 6. Reserved
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Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
You should read the following discussion in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and the accompanying notes and the information contained in other sections of this report, particularly under the headings “Risk Factors” and “Business”. This discussion and analysis is based on the beliefs of our management, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, our management. The statements in this discussion and analysis concerning expectations regarding our future performance, liquidity and capital resources, as well as other non-historical statements in this discussion and analysis, are forward-looking statements. See “Forward-Looking Statements”. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including those described under “Risk Factors”. Our actual results could differ materially from those suggested or implied by any forward-looking statements.
We operate on a fiscal calendar widely used by the retail industry that results in a given fiscal year consisting of a 52- or 53-week period ending on the Saturday closest to January 31 of the following year. References to "fiscal year 2021" or "fiscal 2021" refer to the fiscal year ended January 29, 2022, references to "fiscal year 2020" or "fiscal 2020" refer to the fiscal year ended January 30, 2021 and references to "fiscal year 2019” or "fiscal 2019” refer to the fiscal year ended February 1, 2020. Fiscal years 2021, 2020, and 2019 each consisted of a 52-week period.
The discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations for fiscal 2021 compared to fiscal 2020 appears below. As permitted by SEC rules, we have omitted the discussion and analysis of our financial condition, cash flows and results of operations for fiscal 2020 compared to fiscal 2019. See Item 7,“Management’s Discussions and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations”, in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 30, 2021, for this discussion.
Overview
Tillys is a leading destination specialty retailer of casual apparel, footwear, accessories and hardgoods for young men, young women, boys and girls. We believe we bring together an unparalleled selection of iconic global, emerging and proprietary brands rooted in an active and outdoor lifestyle. The Tillys concept began in 1982 when our co-founders, Hezy Shaked and Tilly Levine, opened our first store in Orange County, California. As of January 29, 2022, we operated 241 stores in 33 states, averaging approximately 7,300 square feet. We also sell our products through our e-commerce website, www.tillys.com.
Known or Anticipated Trends
COVID-19 Pandemic
As of the date of filing this Report, there remain many uncertainties regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic (the "pandemic"), including the anticipated duration and severity of the pandemic. To date, the pandemic has had far-reaching impacts on many aspects of the operations of the Company, directly and indirectly, including on consumer behavior, store traffic, operational capabilities and our operations generally, timing of deliveries, demands on our information technology and e-commerce capabilities, inventory and expense management, managing our workforce, our storefront configurations and operations upon reopening, and our people, which have materially disrupted our business and the market generally. The scope and nature of these impacts continue to evolve. With the continued challenges posed by the pandemic, we may experience adverse impacts in the future, including similar impacts to those we have previously experienced during the pandemic, such as regional quarantines, labor stoppages and shortages, changes in consumer purchasing patterns, mandatory or elective shut-downs of retail locations, disruptions to supply chains, including the inability of our suppliers and service providers to deliver materials and services on a timely basis, or at all, severe market volatility, liquidity disruptions, and overall economic instability, which, in many cases, had, and may in the future continue to have, material adverse impacts on our business, financial condition and results of operations. This situation is continually evolving, and additional impacts may arise that we are not aware of currently, or current impacts may become magnified. We believe our operating results for fiscal 2021 were significantly aided by the considerable pent-up consumer demand exiting 2020 pandemic restrictions and the impact of federal stimulus payments. As a result, we cannot reliably predict future business trends relative to fiscal 2021 with any certainty at this time.
Supply Chain Disruptions
We source a significant portion of our merchandise assortment from third parties who manufacture their products in countries that have experienced widespread issues with the pandemic, thereby significantly impacting the global supply chain for merchandise inventories. Additionally, disruptions in the global transportation network remain prevalent, particularly in certain Southern California receiving ports which handle a significant portion of United States merchandise imports. These issues are resulting in shipping delays and increased shipping costs throughout the retail industry, including for us. Any untimely delivery of merchandise could have a negative impact on our ability to serve our customers with the specific merchandise they want in the quantities they wish to purchase in a timely manner, thereby potentially resulting in lost sales. These supply chain issues, and the media attention surrounding them, appear to have changed consumer shopping patterns to some extent, and have caused us to adjust our merchandise planning, allocation and pricing strategies from historical practices, among other impacts. We
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have been monitoring the situation very closely and have been in frequent contact with our key brand partners to assess delivery delays. However, we are unable to predict the specific effects these factors will have on our fiscal 2022 net sales, results of operations, and our inventory position at any point in time during fiscal 2022.
Inflationary Cost Pressures
As of the date of this filing, certain geo-political matters and supply chain disruptions have resulted in significant price increases for gasoline, food and other consumables in early 2022. While we do not believe that these price increases have had a material adverse impact on our business to date, we believe that these price increases may have a negative impact on consumer behavior at some point in the future which, by extension, could have a material negative impact on our results of operations and financial condition at any point during fiscal 2022.
Preliminary Fiscal 2022 New Store Openings and Capital Expenditure Plans
During fiscal 2022, we currently plan to open approximately 15 to 20 new stores within existing markets, primarily in California, Texas and the Northeast, assuming we are able to negotiate what we believe to be acceptable lease economics. We expect our total capital expenditures for fiscal 2022 to be in the range of approximately $25 million to $30 million, inclusive of our new store plans, investments in website and mobile app upgrades, distribution efficiencies, and other information technology infrastructure investments. We believe our distribution and fulfillment infrastructure is adequate to support our current business needs and growth strategies over the next few years. However, in order to position ourselves for longer-term anticipated growth, we have begun exploring additional potential distribution investments to support that future growth. These potential additional investments in distribution capacity are not yet determinable and are, therefore, not included in the capital expenditure range noted above.
How We Assess the Performance of Our Business
In assessing the performance of our business, we consider a variety of performance and financial measures. The key indicators of the financial condition and operating performance of our business are net sales, comparable store sales, gross profit, selling, general and administrative expenses and operating income.
Net Sales
Net sales reflect revenue from the sale of our merchandise at store locations and through e-commerce, net of sales taxes. Store sales are reflected in sales when the merchandise is received by the customer. For e-commerce sales, we recognize revenue, and the related cost of goods sold at the time the merchandise is shipped to the customer. Net sales also include shipping and handling fees for e-commerce shipments that have been shipped to the customer. Net sales are net of returns on sales during the period as well as an estimate of returns expected in the future stemming from current period sales. We recognize revenue from gift cards as they are redeemed for merchandise. Prior to redemption, we maintain a current liability for unredeemed gift card balances. Our gift cards do not have expiration dates and in most cases there is no legal obligation to remit unredeemed gift cards to relevant jurisdictions. Based on actual historical redemption patterns, we determined that a small percentage of gift cards are unlikely to be redeemed (which we refer to as gift card “breakage”). Based on our historical gift card breakage rate, we recognize breakage revenue over the redemption period in proportion to actual gift card redemptions.
Our business is seasonal and as a result our revenues fluctuate from quarter to quarter. In addition, our revenues in any given quarter can be affected by a number of factors including the timing of holidays and weather patterns. The third and fourth quarters of the fiscal year, which include the back-to-school and holiday sales seasons, have historically produced stronger sales and disproportionately stronger operating results than have the first two quarters of the fiscal year.
Comparable Store Sales
Comparable store sales is a measure that indicates the change in year-over-year comparable store sales, which allows us to evaluate how our store base is performing. Numerous factors affect our comparable store sales, including: 
overall economic trends;
our ability to attract traffic to our stores and online platform;
our ability to identify and respond effectively to consumer preferences and fashion trends;
competition;
the timing of our releases of new and seasonal styles;
changes in our product mix;
pricing;
the level of customer service that we provide in stores;
our ability to source and distribute products efficiently;
calendar shifts of holiday or seasonal periods;
the number and timing of store openings and the relative proportion of new stores to mature stores; and
the timing and success of promotional and advertising efforts.
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Historically, our comparable store sales are sales from our e-commerce platform and stores open at least 12 full fiscal months as of the end of the current reporting period. However, as a result of the pandemic, our comparable store sales for fiscal 2020 and 2021 are defined as sales from our e-commerce platform and stores open on a daily basis compared to the same respective fiscal dates of last year in light of the varying periods of pandemic-related store closures that took place during fiscal 2020 and 2021. A remodeled, relocated or refreshed store is included in comparable store sales, both during and after construction, if the square footage of the store used to sell merchandise was not changed by more than 20% and the store was not closed for remodel for more than five days in any fiscal month. We include sales from our e-commerce platform as part of comparable store sales as we manage and analyze our business on a single omni-channel basis and have substantially integrated our investments and operations for our stores and e-commerce platform to give our customers seamless access and increased ease of shopping. Comparable store sales exclude gift card breakage income and e-commerce shipping and handling fee revenue. Some of our competitors and other retailers may calculate comparable or “same store” sales differently than we do. As a result, data in this report regarding our comparable store sales may not be comparable to similar data made available by other retailers.
Gross Profit
Gross profit is equal to our net sales less our cost of goods sold. Cost of goods sold reflects the direct cost of purchased merchandise as well as buying, distribution and occupancy costs. Buying costs include compensation and benefit expense for our internal buying organization. Distribution costs include costs for receiving, processing and warehousing our store merchandise, and shipping of merchandise to or from our distribution and e-commerce fulfillment centers and to our e-commerce customers and between store locations. Occupancy costs include the rent, common area maintenance, utilities, property taxes, security and depreciation costs of all store locations. These costs are significant and can be expected to continue to increase as our company grows. The components of our reported cost of goods sold may not be comparable to those of other retail companies.
We regularly analyze the components of gross profit as well as gross profit as a percentage of net sales. Specifically we look at the initial markup on purchases, markdowns and reserves, shrinkage, buying costs, distribution costs and occupancy costs. Any inability to obtain acceptable levels of initial markups, a significant increase in our use of markdowns or a significant increase in inventory shrinkage or inability to generate sufficient sales leverage on the buying, distribution and occupancy components of cost of goods sold could have an adverse impact on our gross profit and results of operations.
Gross profit is also impacted by shifts in the proportion of sales of proprietary branded products compared to third-party branded products, as well as by sales mix shifts within and between brands and between major product departments such as young men's and women's apparel, footwear or accessories. A substantial shift in the mix of products could have a material impact on our results of operations. In addition, gross profit and gross profit as a percent of sales have historically been higher in the third and fourth quarters of the fiscal year, as these periods include the back-to-school and winter holiday selling seasons. This reflects that various costs, including occupancy costs, generally do not increase in proportion to the seasonal sales increase.
Selling, General and Administrative Expenses
Our selling, general and administrative, or SG&A, expenses are comprised of store selling expenses and corporate-level general and administrative expenses. Store selling expenses include store and regional support costs, including personnel, advertising and debit and credit card processing costs, e-commerce receiving and processing costs and store supplies costs. General and administrative expenses include the payroll and support costs of corporate functions such as executive management, legal, accounting, information systems, human resources, impairment charges and other centralized services. Store selling expenses generally vary proportionately with net sales and store growth. In contrast, general and administrative expenses are generally not directly proportional to net sales and store growth, but will be expected to increase over time to support the needs of our growing company. SG&A expenses as a percentage of net sales are usually higher in lower volume periods and lower in higher volume periods.
Operating Income (Loss)
Operating income (loss) equals gross profit less SG&A expenses. Operating (loss) income excludes interest income, interest expense and income taxes. Operating income (loss) percentage measures operating income as a percentage of our net sales.
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Results of Operations
The following tables summarize key components of our results of operations for the periods indicated, both in dollars and as a percentage of our net sales:
 Fiscal Year Ended
 January 29,
2022
January 30,
2021
February 1,
2020
 (in thousands)
Statements of Operations Data:
Net sales$775,694 $531,329 $619,300 
Cost of goods sold 499,031 389,139 432,592 
Gross profit 276,663 142,190 186,708 
Selling, general and administrative expenses185,575 141,953 154,748 
Rent expense, related party3,493 3,277 3,505 
Total selling, general and administrative expenses189,068 145,230 158,253 
Operating income (loss)87,595 (3,040)28,455 
Other (expense) income, net(594)581 2,901 
Income (loss) before income taxes87,001 (2,459)31,356 
Income tax expense (benefit)22,752 (1,314)8,734 
Net income (loss)$64,249 $(1,145)$22,622 
Percentage of Net Sales:
Net sales100.0 %100.0 %100.0 %
Cost of goods sold64.3 %73.2 %69.9 %
Gross profit35.7 %26.8 %30.1 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses23.9 %26.7 %25.0 %
Rent expense, related party0.5 %0.6 %0.6 %
Total selling, general and administrative expenses24.4 %27.3 %25.6 %
Operating income (loss)11.3 %(0.6)%4.6 %
Other (expense) income, net(0.1)%0.1 %0.5 %
Income (loss) before income taxes11.2 %(0.5)%5.1 %
Income tax expense (benefit)2.9 %(0.3)%1.4 %
Net income (loss)8.3 %(0.2)%3.7 %
The following table presents store operating data for the periods indicated:
 Fiscal Year Ended
 January 29,
2022
January 30,
2021
February 1,
2020
Store Operating Data:
Stores operating at end of period241238240
Comparable store sales change (1)
16.3%3.7%0.8%
Total square feet at end of period (in thousands)1,7641,7511,776
Average net sales per brick-and-mortar store (in thousands) (2)
$2,511$1,494$2,240
Average net sales per square foot (2)
$342$202$301
E-commerce revenues (in thousands) (3)
$165,950$173,433$98,457
E-commerce revenues as a percentage of net sales21.4%32.6%15.9%
(1)During fiscal 2019, our comparable store sales were sales from our e-commerce platform and stores open at least 12 full fiscal months as of the end of the current period. However, as a result of the pandemic and related periods of store closures during 2020, our comparable store sales for fiscal 2021 and 2020 are defined as sales from our e-commerce and stores open on a daily basis compared to the same respective fiscal dates of the prior year. A remodeled or relocated store is included in comparable store sales, both during and after construction, if the square footage of the store used to sell merchandise was not change by more than 20% and the store was not closed for remodel for more than five days in any fiscal month. Comparable store sales include sales through our e-commerce platform but exclude gift card breakage income, deferred revenue from the loyalty program and e-commerce shipping and handling fee revenue.
(2)E-commerce sales, e-commerce shipping and handling fee revenue and gift card breakage income are excluded from net sales in deriving average net sales per brick-and-mortar store.
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(3)E-commerce revenues include e-commerce sales and e-commerce shipping fee revenue.
Fiscal Year 2021 Compared to Fiscal Year 2020
Net Sales
Net sales were $775.7 million in fiscal 2021 compared to $531.3 million in fiscal 2020, an increase of $244.4 million, or 46.0%, primarily due to significant pent-up consumer demand coming out of 2020's pandemic restrictions and the impact of federal stimulus payments during fiscal 2021, and the various periods of government-mandated store closures, reduced store operating hours, and restrictions on customer traffic into physical stores resulting from the pandemic during fiscal 2020. The components of our net sales increase were as follows:
$ millionsAttributable to
$85.2Increase in comparable net sales of 16.3%, including e-commerce
159.2Increase in non-comparable store net sales, including increases from physical stores during periods of pandemic-related store closures last year
$244.4Total
Net sales from physical stores were $609.7 million, an increase of $251.8 million or 70.4%, compared to $357.9 million last year. Net sales from stores represented 78.6% of total net sales compared to 67.4% of total net sales last year. The significant increase was primarily attributable to physical stores being open for the entirety of fiscal 2021 compared to various periods of government-mandated store closures amid the pandemic during fiscal 2020.
Net sales from e-commerce were $165.9 million, a decrease of $(7.5) million or (4.3)%, compared to $173.4 million last year. E-commerce net sales represented 21.4% of total net sales compared to 32.6% last year. We believe the decline in net sales from e-commerce was primarily attributable to a shift in consumer behavior exiting 2020 pandemic-related restrictions that resulted in a shift in consumer preference for shopping in physical stores relative to online.
Gross Profit
Gross profit was $276.7 million in fiscal 2021 compared to $142.2 million in fiscal 2020, an increase of $134.5 million, or 94.6%. Gross margin, or gross profit as a percentage of net sales, increased to 35.7% in fiscal 2021 from 26.8% in fiscal 2020. Product margins improved 130 basis points as a percentage of net sales, primarily due to reduced total markdowns overall compared to last year. Buying, distribution, and occupancy costs improved by 760 basis points, collectively, due to leveraging these costs against higher total net sales. Occupancy costs leveraged 560 basis points as a percentage of net sales despite increasing by $1.2 million and having three more stores open compared to last year. Distribution costs leveraged 180 basis points as a percentage of net sales primarily due to a decrease in e-commerce shipping costs of $0.6 million consistent with the decrease in overall e-commerce net sales. Buying costs leveraged 20 basis points as a percentage of net sales.
Selling, General and Administrative Expenses ("SG&A")
SG&A was $189.1 million in fiscal 2021 compared to $145.2 million in fiscal 2020, an increase of $43.8 million. As a percentage of net sales, SG&A was 24.4% for fiscal 2021 compared to 27.3% for fiscal 2020, a decrease of (2.9)%, due to leveraging these expenses against higher total net sales. The components of the changes in SG&A, both in terms of percentage of net sales and total dollars, were as follows:
% $ millionsAttributable to
0.3%$28.5Increase in store payroll and related benefits due to operating all stores for the entirety of fiscal 2021 and serving higher net sales.
0.8%6.6Corporate bonus accruals due to strong operating performance in fiscal 2021.
(0.7)%3.9Increase in marketing expenses, primarily due to increased e-commerce marketing.
(0.1)%2.7Increase in credit card fees associated with higher net sales.
(0.9)%2.5Increase in corporate payroll and related benefits due to increased staffing this year compared to significant pandemic-related furloughs enacted during fiscal 2020.
(0.5)%(3.4)Net year-to-year decrease attributable to a $1.7 million disputed California sales tax assessment originally recorded in the third quarter of fiscal 2020 which was subsequently resolved in the Company's favor and reversed in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
(1.8)%3.0Net change in all other SG&A expenses
(2.9)%$43.8Total
Operating Income (Loss)
Operating income was $87.6 million in fiscal 2021 compared to an operating loss of $(3.0) million for fiscal 2020, an improvement of $90.6 million. As a percentage of net sales, operating income was 11.3% for fiscal 2021 compared to an
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operating loss of (0.6)% for fiscal 2020. The $90.6 million increase in operating income was primarily due to the combined impact of the factors described above.
Income Tax Expense (Benefit)
Income tax expense was $22.8 million for fiscal 2021 compared to income tax benefit of $(1.3) million for fiscal 2020. Our effective tax rates were 26.2% for fiscal 2021 and 53.5% of pre-tax loss for fiscal 2020. The decrease in the effective income tax rate was primarily due to a normalization of the tax rate after last year’s effective tax rate was distorted by low pre-tax losses for the year.
Net Income (Loss) and Earnings (Loss) Per Share
Net income was $64.2 million for fiscal 2021 compared to a net loss of $(1.1) million for fiscal 2020, an improvement of $65.4 million. Income per diluted share was $2.06 for fiscal 2021 compared to loss per basic share of $(0.04) for fiscal 2020.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
Our business relies on cash flows from operating activities as well as cash on hand as our primary sources of liquidity. We currently expect to finance company operations, store growth and remodels, and all of our planned capital expenditures with existing cash on hand, marketable securities and cash flows from operations.
In addition to cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities, the most significant components of our working capital are merchandise inventories, accounts payable and accrued expenses. We believe that cash flows from operating activities, our cash and marketable securities on hand, and credit facility availability will be sufficient to cover our working capital requirements and anticipated capital expenditures for the next 12 months from the filing of this Report. If cash flows from operations are not sufficient or available to meet our capital requirements, then we will be required to obtain additional equity or debt financing in the future. There can be no assurance that equity or debt financing will be available to us when we need it or, if available, that the terms will be satisfactory to us and not dilutive to our stockholders.
Working Capital
Working capital at January 29, 2022, was $91.8 million compared to $77.5 million at January 30, 2021, an increase of $14.3 million. The changes in our working capital during fiscal 2021 were as follows:
$ millionsDescription
$77.5Working capital at January 30, 2021
59.7Increase in cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities, primarily due to higher net income.
16.3Increase primarily due to timing of income tax payments.
6.8Increase in merchandise inventories, net of accounts payable.
(61.6)Payments of special cash dividends.
(7.2)Decrease primarily due to corporate bonus accruals and timing of accrued compensation and benefits.
0.3Net changes in all other assets and liabilities
$91.8Working capital at January 29, 2022
Cash Flow Analysis
A summary of operating, investing and financing activities is shown in the following table: 
 Fiscal Year Ended
 January 29,
2022
January 30,
2021
February 1,
2020
 (in thousands)
Net cash provided by operating activities$63,402 $38,897 $36,434 
Net cash used in investing activities(45,328)(3,197)(6,509)
Net cash used in financing activities(52,057)(29,653)(27,948)
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities
Operating activities consist primarily of net income adjusted for non-cash items that include depreciation, asset impairment write-downs, deferred income taxes and share-based compensation expense, plus the effect on cash of changes during the year in our assets and liabilities.
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Net cash provided by operating activities increased in fiscal 2021 as compared to fiscal 2020 primarily due to higher net sales in fiscal 2021, which was primarily attributable to the closure of all stores from mid-March to mid-May in fiscal 2020 as a result of the pandemic and the varying periods of ongoing store closures for certain stores that continued into October 2020.
Net Cash Used in Investing Activities
Investing activities consist of capital expenditures for growth related to new store openings as well as for remodels and changes in fixtures and equipment at existing stores, investments in information technology, distribution center enhancements, assets at our corporate headquarters and the addition or replacement of company vehicles. Investing activities also consist of the purchase and maturing of marketable securities.
Net cash used in investing activities was $45.3 million in fiscal 2021. Capital expenditures totaled $13.4 million, primarily related to new and remodeled stores and other improvements in our existing stores and information technology systems. We purchased $162.3 million of marketable securities and received proceeds of $130.4 million from the maturing of marketable securities during fiscal 2021.
Net cash used in investing activities was $3.2 million in fiscal 2020. Capital expenditures totaled $8.5 million, primarily related to new and remodeled stores and other improvements in our existing stores and information technology systems. We purchased $80.9 million of marketable securities and received proceeds of $86.2 million from the maturing of marketable securities during fiscal 2020.
Net Cash Used in Financing Activities
Financing activities consist of proceeds from the exercise of stock options, cash dividends paid, borrowings and repayments of our line of credit, and employee taxes paid as a result of the net settlement of issued restricted stock.
Net cash used in financing activities was $52.1 million in fiscal 2021. This included $61.6 million of cash dividends paid, partially offset by $9.6 million of proceeds from the exercise of stock options.
Net cash used in financing activities was $29.7 million in fiscal 2020. This included $29.7 million of cash dividends paid and $23.7 million in both borrowings and repayments under our line of credit.
Line of Credit
On January 20, 2022, we entered into a senior unsecured credit agreement (the "Credit Agreement") and revolving line of credit note (the "Note") with Wells Fargo Bank, National Association (the “Bank”). The Credit Agreement replaced our previously existing asset-backed credit agreement (the “Prior Credit Agreement”), dated as of November 9, 2020, as amended, with the Bank, which had revolving commitments of up to $65.0 million, a sub-limit on letters of credit of $10.0 million and a sub-limit for swing-line loans of $7.5 million. The Prior Credit Agreement was terminated concurrently with the entry into the Credit Agreement. No borrowings were outstanding under the Prior Credit Agreement as of the closing date.
The Credit Agreement provides for a senior secured revolving credit facility (“Revolving Facility”) of up to $25.0 million (“Revolving Commitment”) consisting of revolving loans, letters of credit and swing line loans, with a sub-limit on letters of credit outstanding at any time of $15.0 million. The Revolving Facility matures on January 20, 2024. The payment and performance in full of the secured obligations under the Revolving Facility are secured by a lien on and security interest in all of the assets of our company.
The payment and performance in full of the obligations under the credit agreement are guaranteed by the Company pursuant to a continuing guaranty granted by the Company in favor of the Bank. The payment and performance of the Company’s obligations under the Guaranty are secured by a lien on, and pledge of, all of the equity interests owned by the Company.
Borrowings under the Revolving Facility bear interest at a rate per annum equal to the daily simple Secured Overnight Financing Rate ("SOFR") plus 0.75%. Amounts available to be drawn under outstanding letters of credit accrue fees in an amount equal to 1.00% per annum. The unused portion of the Revolving Commitment is not subject to a commitment fee.
Under the Credit Agreement, we are subject to a variety of affirmative and negative covenants of types customary in a cash-flow-based lending facility, including financial covenants that require maintenance of (1) a ratio of total funded debt to earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and annual rent expenses no greater than 4.00 to 1.00 and (2) a fixed charge coverage ratio of not less than 1.25 to 1.00 (calculation of which takes into account dividends, distributions, redemptions and repurchases of the equity interests of the Company only if the Company’s cash on hand, net of any amounts outstanding under the Credit Agreement, is less than $50.0 million after giving effect to such dividends, distributions, redemptions or repurchases).
Events of default under the Credit Agreement include, among other things, failure to pay principal, interest, fees or other amounts; covenant defaults; material inaccuracy of representations and warranties; bankruptcy events with respect to the Company; actual or asserted invalidity of any of the loan documents; or a change of control of the Company.
In connection with the entry into the Credit Agreement, on January 20, 2022, we entered into certain ancillary agreements,
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including (i) a security agreement in favor of the Bank, (ii) a guaranty entered into by the Company, and (iii) a third party pledge agreement entered into by the Company in favor of the Bank. The security agreement, the guaranty and the pledge agreement replaced (i) the guaranty by the Company in favor of the Bank, dated November 9, 2020, and (ii) the security agreement dated as of November 9, 2020, among the Company and the Bank, which were both terminated concurrently with the termination of the Prior Credit Agreement.
As of January 29, 2022, we were in compliance with all of our covenants and had no outstanding borrowings under the New Credit Agreement.
The Prior Credit Agreement was terminated concurrently with the entry into the New Credit Agreement. No borrowings were outstanding under the Prior Credit Agreement as of the closing date. The maximum borrowings permitted under the prior credit agreement was equal to the lesser of (x) the revolving commitment and (y) the borrowing base. The borrowing base was equal to (a) 90% of the borrower's eligible credit card receivables, plus (b) 90% of the cost of the borrower's eligible inventory, less inventory reserves established by the agent, and adjusted by the appraised value of such eligible inventory, plus (c) 90% of the cost of the borrower's eligible in-transit inventory, less inventory reserves established by the agent, and adjusted by the appraised value of such eligible in-transit inventory (not to exceed 10% of the total amount of all eligible inventory included in the borrowing base) less (d) reserves established by the agent. As of the closing date, we had no outstanding borrowings under the Credit Agreement and the only utilization of the letters of credit sub-limit under the Credit Agreement was a $2.025 million irrevocable standby letter of credit, which was previously issued under the Prior Credit Agreement and was transferred on the closing date to the Credit Agreement.
The unused portion of the revolving commitment under the Prior Credit Agreement accrued a commitment fee, which ranged from 0.375% to 0.50% per annum, based on the average daily borrowing capacity under the revolving facility over the applicable fiscal quarter. Borrowings under the prior credit agreement bear interest at a rate per annum that ranged from the LIBOR rate plus 2.0% to the LIBOR rate plus 2.25%, or the base rate plus 1.0% to the base rate plus 1.25%, based on the average daily borrowing capacity under the prior credit agreement over the applicable fiscal quarter. We were allowed to elect to apply either the LIBOR rate or base rate interest to borrowings at our discretion, other than in the case of swing line loans, to which the base rate shall apply.
Under the Prior Credit Agreement, we were subject to a variety of affirmative and negative covenants of types customary in an asset-based lending facility, including a financial covenant relating to availability, and customary events of default. Prior to the first anniversary of the closing date, we were prohibited from declaring or paying any cash dividends to our respective stockholders or repurchasing of our own common stock. After the first anniversary of the closing date, we were allowed to declare and pay cash dividends to our respective stockholders and repurchase our own common stock, provided, among other things, no default or event of default exists as of the date of any such payment and after giving effect thereto and certain minimum availability and minimum projected availability tests are satisfied.
Contractual Obligations
We enter into long-term contractual obligations and commitments in the normal course of business, primarily non-cancellable operating leases.
We lease approximately 172,000 square feet for our corporate headquarters and distribution center from a company that is owned by the co-founders of Tillys. These buildings are located at 10 and 12 Whatney, Irvine, California. The lease is accounted for as an operating lease and expires on December 31, 2027.
We lease approximately 26,000 square feet of office and warehouse space with a company that is owned by one of the co-founders of Tillys. This building is located at 11 Whatney, Irvine, California. The lease is accounted for as an operating lease and expires on June 30, 2022.We expect to have a fully negotiated renewal completed in advance of this lease expiration.
We lease approximately 81,000 square feet for our e-commerce distribution center from a company that is owned by one of the co-founders of Tillys. This building is located at 17 Pasteur, Irvine, California. The lease is accounted for as an operating lease and expires on October 31, 2031.
Our leases are generally non-cancellable operating leases expiring at various dates through fiscal year 2032. Certain leases provide for additional rent based on a percentage of sales and annual rent increases based upon the Consumer Price Index. In addition, many of our store leases contain certain co-tenancy provisions that permit us to pay rent based on a pre-determined percentage of sales when the occupancy of the retail center falls below minimums established in such lease.
Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates
The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States requires the appropriate application of accounting policies, some of which require us to make estimates and assumptions about future events and their impact on amounts reported in our consolidated financial statements. Since future events and their impact cannot be determined with absolute certainty, the actual results will inevitably differ from our estimates.
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We believe the application of our accounting policies, and the estimates inherently required therein, are reasonable. Our accounting policies and estimates are reevaluated on an ongoing basis and adjustments are made when facts and circumstances dictate a change.
The policies and estimates discussed below involve the selection or application of alternative accounting policies that are material to our consolidated financial statements. With respect to critical accounting policies, even a relatively minor variance between actual and expected experience can potentially have a materially favorable or unfavorable impact on subsequent results of operations. However, our historical results for the periods presented in the consolidated financial statements have not been materially impacted by such variances. Our accounting policies are more fully described in "Note 2: Summary of Significant Accounting Policies” in the notes to our consolidated financial statements. Management has discussed the development and selection of these critical accounting policies and estimates with our Board of Directors.
We have certain accounting policies that require more significant management judgment and estimates than others. These include our accounting policies with respect to revenue recognition, loyalty program, merchandise inventories, long-lived assets, operating leases, share-based compensation and accounting for income taxes, which are more fully described below.
Revenue Recognition
Revenue is recognized for store sales when the customer receives and pays for the merchandise at the register, net of estimated returns. Taxes collected from our customers are recorded on a net basis. For e-commerce sales, we recognize revenue, net of sales taxes and estimated sales returns, and the related cost of goods sold at the time the merchandise is shipped to the customer. Amounts related to shipping and handling that are billed to customers are reflected in net sales, and the related costs are reflected in cost of goods sold in the Consolidated Statements Operations.
Our business is seasonal and as a result our revenues fluctuate from quarter to quarter. In addition, our revenues in any given quarter can be affected by a number of factors including the timing of holidays and weather patterns. The third and fourth quarters of the fiscal year, which include the back-to-school and holiday sales seasons, have historically produced stronger sales and disproportionately stronger operating results than have the first two quarters of the fiscal year.
Gift Cards
We estimate and record breakage revenue in proportion to actual redemptions on unredeemed gift cards based on historical and expected customer redemption trends. Actual customer redemptions may vary from our estimates. Based on actual historical redemption patterns, we determined that a small percentage of gift cards are unlikely to be redeemed.
Loyalty Program
Based on historical redemption patterns, unredeemed awards and accumulated partial points are accrued as deferred revenue with a corresponding impact to net sales. A liability is estimated based on estimated redemptions and the standalone selling price of awards and partial points earned. Actual customer redemptions may vary from our estimates.
Merchandise Inventories
Merchandise inventories are stated at the lower of cost or net realizable value using the retail inventory method. Under the retail inventory method, inventory is stated at its current retail selling value and then is converted to a cost basis by applying a cost-to-retail ratio based on beginning inventory and the fiscal year purchase activity. The retail inventory method inherently requires management judgments and estimates, such as the amount and timing of markdowns needed in order to sell through slow-moving inventories.
Markdowns are recorded when the sales value of the inventory has diminished. Factors considered in the determination of markdowns include current and anticipated demand, customer preferences, age of the merchandise and fashion trends. When a decision is made to mark down merchandise, the resulting gross margin reduction is recognized in the period in which the markdown is recorded. During each accounting period we record adjustments to our inventories, which are reflected in cost of goods sold, if the cost of specific inventory items on hand exceeds the amount we expect to realize from the ultimate sale or disposal of the inventory. This adjustment calculation requires us to develop assumptions and estimates, which are based on factors such as merchandise seasonality, historical trends and inventory levels, including estimated sell-through rates of remaining units.
To the extent that management’s estimates differ from actual results, additional markdowns may be required that could reduce our gross margin, operating income and the carrying value of inventories. Our success is largely dependent upon our ability to anticipate the changing fashion tastes of our customers and to respond to those changing tastes in a timely manner. If we fail to anticipate, identify or react appropriately to changing styles, trends or brand preferences of our customers, we may experience lower sales, excessive inventories and more frequent and extensive markdowns, which would adversely affect our operating results.
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We also record an inventory shrinkage reserve calculated as a percentage of net sales for estimated merchandise losses for the period between the last physical inventory count and the balance sheet date. These estimates are based on historical percentages and can be affected by changes in merchandise mix and changes in shrinkage trends. We perform physical inventory counts at least once per year for the entire chain of stores and our distribution center and adjust the inventory shrinkage reserve accordingly. If actual physical inventory losses differ significantly from the estimate, our results of operations could be adversely impacted. The inventory shrinkage reserve reduces the value of total inventory and is a component of inventories on the Consolidated Balance Sheets. The inventory shrinkage reserve at January 29, 2022 and January 30, 2021 was not material.
Long-Lived Assets
We evaluate the carrying value of our long-lived assets, consisting largely of leasehold improvements, furniture and fixtures and equipment at store, distribution center and corporate office locations, for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value of such assets may not be recoverable. Factors that are considered important that could result in the necessity to perform an impairment review include a current-period operating or cash flow loss combined with a history of operating or cash flow losses and a forecast that indicates continuing losses or insufficient income associated with the realization of a long-lived asset or asset group. Other factors include a significant change in the manner of the use of the asset or a significant negative industry or economic trend. This evaluation is performed based on estimated undiscounted future cash flows from operating activities compared with the carrying value of the related assets. If the undiscounted future cash flows are less than the carrying value, an impairment loss is recognized, measured by the difference between the carrying value and the estimated fair value of the assets, based on discounted cash flows using our weighted-average cost of capital, with such estimated fair values determined using the best information available. Quarterly, we assess whether events or changes in circumstances have occurred that potentially indicate the carrying value of long-lived assets may not be recoverable.
The estimation of future cash flows from operating activities requires significant estimates of factors that include future sales and gross margin performance. Factors used in the valuation of long-lived assets with finite lives include, but are not limited to, discount rates, management’s plans for future operations, recent operating results and projected future cash flows. If our net sales or gross profit performance or other estimated operating results are not achieved at or above our forecasted level, or inflation exceeds our forecast and we are unable to recover such costs through price increases, the carrying value of certain of our retail stores may prove to be unrecoverable and we may incur additional impairment charges in the future.
Operating Leases
During the first quarter of 2019, we adopted ASC 842, Leases (the "Lease Standard"), using the transition method provided in ASU 2018-11 (refer to "Note 2: Summary of Significant Accounting Policies" in Item 8). As a result, reporting periods beginning in the first quarter of 2019 are presented under the Lease Standard.
Upon adoption of the Lease Standard, we recorded our operating leases on the consolidated balance sheet as operating lease assets, current portion of operating lease liabilities and non-current operating lease liabilities. Operating lease liabilities are initially recognized based on the net present value of the fixed portion of our lease components through the lease term. To calculate the net present value, we apply an incremental borrowing rate ("IBR"). The determination of the IBR requires complex judgment, and it involves using a portfolio approach based on the rate of interest we would pay to borrow an amount equal to the lease payments on a collateralized basis over a similar term. We recognize operating lease assets based on lease liabilities and initial direct costs, less any tenant allowance incentives. We test operating lease assets for impairment in the same manner as long-lived assets, and include the related operating lease liability and operating lease payments in our analysis.
Share-based Compensation
We account for share-based compensation in accordance with the provisions of ASC Topic 718, Compensation-Stock Compensation, or ASC 718, which establishes accounting for equity instruments exchanged for employee services. Under the provisions of this standard, share-based compensation expense is measured at the grant date, based on the calculated fair value of the award, and is recognized as an expense on a straight-line basis over the employee’s requisite service period (generally the vesting period of the equity grant). Changes in these inputs and assumptions can materially affect the measurement of the estimated fair value of the award and related share-based compensation expense.
Determining the fair value of share-based awards at the grant date requires judgment. We use the Black-Scholes option-pricing model to determine the fair value of stock options. The determination of the grant date fair value of options using an option-pricing model is affected by a number of assumptions, such as the fair value of the common stock, our expected stock price volatility over the expected term of the options, stock option exercise and cancellation behaviors, risk-free interest rates, and expected dividends, which we estimate as follows: 
Fair Value of Our Common Stock. We use the closing price of our Class A common stock on the date of grant.
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Expected Term. We have limited historical information regarding expected option term. Accordingly, we determined the expected stock option term of the awards using the latest historical data available from comparable public companies and our expectation of exercise behavior.
Volatility. Our stock volatility for each grant is measured using the weighted average of historical daily price changes of our common stock over the most recent period equal to the expected option term of the awards.
Risk-Free Rate. The risk-free interest rate is based on the yields of United States Treasury securities with maturities similar to the expected term of the stock options for each stock option group.
Dividend Yield. We do not currently have any policy with respect to recurring dividends in place. However, we have declared and paid special cash dividends in each of the prior five years, including $0.70 per share in early 2017 and $1.00 per share in each of early 2018, 2019 and 2020 and in July and December 2021 to all holders of record of issued and outstanding shares of Class A common stock and Class B common stock. There can be no guarantee that we will continue to pay special cash dividends in the future. Consequently, we used an expected dividend yield of zero in the valuation of our share-based compensation.
If any of the assumptions used in the Black-Scholes model change significantly, share-based compensation expense for future awards may differ materially compared with the expense for awards granted previously.
Accounting for Income Taxes
We account for income taxes and the related accounts in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 740, Income Taxes, or ASC 740. Under this method, we accrue income taxes payable or refundable and recognize deferred tax assets and liabilities based on differences between GAAP and tax bases of assets and liabilities. We measure deferred tax assets and liabilities using enacted tax rates in effect for the years in which the differences are expected to reverse, and recognize the effect of a change in enacted rates in the period of enactment.
We record net deferred tax assets to the extent we believe these assets will more likely than not be realized. In making such determination, we consider all available positive and negative evidence, including future reversals of existing taxable temporary differences, projected future taxable income, tax planning strategies and recent financial operations.
We establish assets and liabilities for uncertain positions taken or expected to be taken in income tax returns, using a more-likely-than-not recognition threshold. We include in income tax expense any interest and penalties related to uncertain tax positions.
Recent Accounting Pronouncements
For a description of recently issued accounting standards not yet adopted, refer to Note 2 to our financial statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risks
Interest Rate Risk
We are subject to interest rate risk in connection with borrowings, if any, under our credit facility, which bears interest at variable rates. As of January 29, 2022 and January 30, 2021, we had no outstanding borrowings under our credit facility.
Impact of Inflation
Our results of operations and financial condition are presented based on historical cost. While it is difficult to accurately measure the impact of inflation due to the imprecise nature of the estimates required, we believe the effects of inflation, if any, on our results of operations and financial condition have been immaterial as of the date of this filing. However, the impact of inflationary cost pressures on gasoline, food, and other consumables in early fiscal 2022 may have a material adverse impact on consumer behavior at any point in time, which may by extension have a material adverse affect on our results of operations and financial condition.
Foreign Exchange Rate Risk
We currently source all merchandise through domestic vendors. We source certain fixtures and materials from various suppliers in other countries. All purchases are denominated in U.S. dollars, and therefore we do not hedge using any derivative instruments. Historically, we have not been impacted by changes in exchange rates.
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Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data
Tilly’s, Inc.
Index to Consolidated Financial Statements
 

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

Shareholders and Board of Directors
Tilly’s, Inc.
Irvine, California

Opinion on the Consolidated Financial Statements

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Tilly’s, Inc. (the “Company”) as of January 29, 2022 and January 30, 2021, the related consolidated statements of operations, comprehensive income (loss), stockholders’ equity, and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended January 29, 2022, and the related notes (collectively referred to as the “consolidated financial statements”). In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company at January 29, 2022 and January 30, 2021, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended January 29, 2022, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (“PCAOB”), the Company's internal control over financial reporting as of January 29, 2022, based on criteria established in Internal Control - Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (“COSO”) and our report dated April 13, 2022 expressed an unqualified opinion thereon.

Basis for Opinion

These consolidated financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s consolidated financial statements based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the PCAOB and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the consolidated financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud.

Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the consolidated financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the consolidated financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the consolidated financial statements. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

Critical Audit Matter

The critical audit matter communicated below is a matter arising from the current period audit of the consolidated financial statements that was communicated or required to be communicated to the audit committee and that: (1) relates to accounts or disclosures that are material to the consolidated financial statements and (2) involved our especially challenging, subjective, or complex judgments. The communication of the critical audit matter does not alter in any way our opinion on the consolidated financial statements, taken as a whole, and we are not, by communicating the critical audit matter below, providing separate opinions on the critical audit matter or on the accounts or disclosures to which it relates.

Determination of Incremental Borrowing Rates for Leases

As described in Notes 2 and 9 to the consolidated financial statements, the Company establishes operating lease assets and operating lease liabilities for new and renegotiated lease contracts. The measurement of the operating lease asset and operating lease liability requires the determination of an incremental borrowing rate, which involves complex judgment by management.

We identified the determination of the incremental borrowing rates for new and renegotiated lease contracts as a critical audit matter. Significant judgment is required by management to develop inputs and assumptions used to determine the incremental borrowing rate for new and renegotiated lease contracts, which include developing synthetic credit ratings for the Company and identifying market interest rates based on such rating and applicable lease terms. Auditing the reasonableness of these inputs and assumptions involved
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especially challenging auditor judgment due to the nature and extent of audit effort required to address these matters including the extent of specialized skill or knowledge needed.

The primary procedures we performed to address this critical audit matter included: 

Testing the design and operating effectiveness of certain controls over the Company’s accounting for leases. These procedures included testing controls over management’s review of the inputs and assumptions used to determine the incremental borrowing rates.
Developing independent estimates of fully collateralized incremental borrowing rates for newly executed and renegotiated lease contracts, by utilizing personnel with specialized knowledge and skill in valuation to assist in (i) developing synthetic credit ratings for the Company; and (ii) identifying market interest rates based on the determined rating and applicable lease terms.

/s/ BDO USA, LLP

We have served as the Company's auditor since 2015.
Costa Mesa, California
April 13, 2022
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Tilly’s, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except per share data)
 
January 29,
2022
January 30,
2021
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$42,201 $76,184 
Marketable securities97,027 64,955 
Receivables6,705 8,724 
Merchandise inventories65,645 55,698 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets16,400 6,170 
Total current assets227,978 211,731 
Operating lease assets216,508 229,864 
Property and equipment, net47,530 52,639 
Deferred tax assets11,446 11,949 
Other assets1,361 1,273 
Total assets$504,823 $507,456 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable$28,144 $24,983 
Accrued expenses19,073 30,682 
Deferred revenue17,096 13,492 
Accrued compensation and benefits17,056 9,899 
Current portion of operating lease liabilities51,504 51,879 
Current portion of operating lease liabilities, related party2,533 2,624 
Other liabilities761 632 
Total current liabilities136,167 134,191 
Noncurrent portion of operating lease liabilities171,965 199,503 
Noncurrent portion of operating lease liabilities, related party21,000 11,789 
Other978 1,351 
Total long-term liabilities193,943 212,643 
Total liabilities330,110 346,834 
Commitments and contingencies (Note 10)
Stockholders’ equity:
Common stock (Class A), $0.001 par value; 100,000 shares authorized; 23,719 and 22,477 shares issued and outstanding, respectively
24 22 
Common stock (Class B), $0.001 par value; 35,000 shares authorized; 7,306 and 7,306 shares issued and outstanding, respectively
7 8 
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 10,000 shares authorized, no shares issued or outstanding
  
Additional paid-in capital166,929 155,437 
Retained earnings7,754 5,135 
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss)/income(1)20 
Total stockholders’ equity174,713 160,622 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$504,823 $507,456 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.
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Tilly’s, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)
 
 Fiscal Year Ended
 January 29,
2022
January 30,
2021
February 1,
2020
Net sales$775,694 $531,329 $619,300 
Cost of goods sold (includes buying, distribution, and occupancy costs) 499,031 389,139 432,592 
Gross profit276,663 142,190 186,708 
Selling, general and administrative expenses 185,575 141,953 154,748 
Rent expense, related party3,493 3,277 3,505 
Total selling, general and administrative expenses189,068 145,230 158,253 
Operating income (loss)87,595 (3,040)28,455 
Other (expense) income, net(594)581 2,901 
Income (loss) before income taxes87,001 (2,459)31,356 
Income tax expense (benefit)22,752 (1,314)8,734 
Net income (loss) $64,249 $(1,145)$22,622 
Basic earnings (loss) per share of Class A and Class B common stock$2.10 $(0.04)$0.77 
Diluted earnings (loss) per share of Class A and Class B common stock$2.06 $(0.04)$0.76 
Weighted average basic shares outstanding30,560 29,697 29,533 
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding31,118 29,697 29,788 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

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Tilly’s, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)
(In thousands)
 
 For the Fiscal Years Ended
 January 29,
2022
January 30,
2021
February 1,
2020
Net income (loss) $64,249 $(1,145)$22,622 
Other comprehensive loss, net of tax:
Net change in unrealized losses on available-for-sale securities(21)(194)(12)
Other comprehensive loss, net of tax(21)(194)(12)
Comprehensive income (loss) $64,228 $(1,339)$22,610 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

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Tilly’s, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity
(In thousands)
 
 Number of SharesCommon
Stock
Additional
Paid-in
Capital
Retained
Earnings
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income (Loss)
Total
Stockholders’
Equity
 Common
Stock
(Class A)
Common
Stock
(Class B)
Balance at February 2, 2019
21,642 7,844 $29 $149,737 $13,335 $226 $163,327 
Net income— — — — 22,622 — 22,622 
Dividends declared ($1.00 per share)
— — — — (29,677)— (29,677)
Class B common stock converted to Class A common stock438 (438)— — — — — 
Share-based compensation expense— — — 2,136 — — 2,136 
Restricted stock70 — — — — — — 
Exercise of stock options181 — 1 1,589 — — 1,590 
Taxes paid in lieu of shares issued for share-based compensation(8)— — (85)— — (85)
Net change in unrealized losses on available-for-sale securities— — — — — (12)(12)
Balance at February 1, 2020
22,323 7,406 30 153,377 6,280 214 159,901 
Net loss— — — — (1,145)— (1,145)
Class B common stock converted to Class A common stock100 (100)— — — — — 
Share-based compensation expense— — — 2,036 — — 2,036 
Restricted stock51 — — — — — — 
Exercise of stock options3 — — 24 — — 24 
Net change in unrealized losses on available-for-sale securities— — — — — (194)(194)
Balance at January 30, 202122,477 7,306 30 155,437 5,135 20 160,622 
Net income— — — — 64,249 — 64,249 
Dividends paid ($2.00 per share)
— — — — (61,630)— (61,630)
Share-based compensation expense— — — 1,920 — — 1,920 
Restricted stock20 — — — — — — 
Exercise of stock options1,222 — 1 9,572 — — 9,573 
Net change in unrealized losses on available-for-sale securities— — — — — (21)(21)
Balance at January 29, 202223,719 7,306 $31 $166,929 $7,754 $(1)$174,713 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

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Tilly’s, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)
 Fiscal Year Ended
 January 29,
2022
January 30,
2021
February 1,
2020
Cash flows from operating activities
Net income (loss)$64,249 $(1,145)$22,622 
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization16,836 19,055 20,948 
Insurance proceeds from casualty loss117   
Share-based compensation expense1,920 2,036 2,136 
Impairment of assets136 955 282 
Loss on disposal of assets74 87 908 
Gain on sales and maturities of marketable securities(132)(714)(1,660)
Deferred income taxes503 (4,949)(5,720)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Receivables4,023 96 3,204 
Merchandise inventories(10,064)1,203 (1,092)
Prepaid expenses and other assets(10,275)(1,722)557 
Accounts payable3,168 5,020 (4,227)
Accrued expenses(10,194)10,600 1,369 
Accrued compensation and benefits7,157 2,709 (1,740)
Operating lease liabilities(7,008)3,141 (3,730)
Deferred revenue3,604 1,731