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DLTH earnings call for the period ending March 31, 2021.

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Duluth Holdings (DLTH 2.47%)
Q1 2021 Earnings Call
Jun 03, 2021, 9:30 a.m. ET


  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:


Good morning, and welcome to the Duluth Holdings first-quarter 2021 conference call. All participants will be in listen-only mode. [Operator instructions] Please note today's event is being recorded. I would now like to turn the conference over to Donni Case, investor relations for Duluth Holdings.

Please go ahead. 

Donni Case -- Investor Relations

Thank you, and welcome to today's call to discuss the Duluth Trading's first-quarter financial results. Our earnings release, which we issued this morning is available at our investor relations website at under press releases. I am here today with Steve Schlecht, non-executive chairman; Sam Sato, president, and chief executive officer; and Dave Loretta, chief financial officer. On today's call, management will provide prepared remarks, and then we'll open the call to your questions.

Before we begin, I would like to remind you that the comments on today's call will include forward-looking statements, which can be identified by the use of words such as estimate, anticipate, expect, and similar phrases. Forward-looking statements by their nature involve estimates, projections, goals, forecasts, and assumptions and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those that are described in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and other SEC filings as applicable. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this conference call and should not be relied upon as predictions of future events.

And with that, I'll turn the call over to Steve Schlecht, non-executive chair of Duluth Trading. Steve?

Steve Schlecht -- Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Thank you for joining today's call. We are pleased to report a solid first quarter with net sales growing more than 21% to $133 million year over year. Operating income was positive at $2 million, and adjusted EBITDA was $10 million. We also reduced inventory by $31 million compared to the prior-year period.

Also, our balance sheet is as strong as it has been in recent years, which positions us well to execute our strategic initiatives. Direct channel sales increased almost 2% against tough direct channel comps in the first quarter of last year. Retail store sales were up 93%, a significant increase from the comparable period when all stores were closed for roughly half of the quarter. It looks like consumer shopping patterns are beginning to normalize as COVID fears moderated.

While these are encouraging signs, it's still too early to know what the new normal will be post-pandemic. What we do know is that our strong omnichannel model will serve our customers well, regardless of how they want to shop, and that our customers are responding very favorable to our spring/summer collections as they head outdoors. Dave will fill in the details in this -- in his commentary on this. Over the past 20 months, I've had the privilege of leading our incredible Duluth team during some challenging times, and I couldn't be prouder of their dedication to our brand and customers.

When we started to see some light at the end of the tunnel, my No. 1 priority was to find the right person who has a proven track record in retail and who shares our core values. I'm delighted to introduce you to that person, Sam Sato, our new president, and chief executive officer. He's only the third CEO in Duluth Trading's 21-year history.

Many of you may have met Sam while he was CEO of Finish Line, a leading specialty retailer that had over 900 branded U.S. locations and achieved 1.8 billion in net sales under his leadership. With over three decades of retail industry experience and proven results and omnichannel growth, Sam brings more than 15 years of applied executive leadership, working across business divisions and product categories. During his tenure at Finish Line, he spearheaded a successful merger with JD Sports, developed business extension strategies, including a key partnership with Macy's, and created a roadmap for digital and mobile-first evolution, all of which contributed to a significant top-line sales growth.

Sam started his career at Nordstrom, climbing the ranks from store sales associate to vice president, corporate merchandising, which speaks volumes to his talent and work ethic. I will now turn the call over to Sam to share his thoughts on what attracted him to Duluth and what he has observed during the first month on the job. Sam?

Sam Sato -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Steve. I'm honored to have joined Duluth, a company with such a rich heritage in delivering an unmatched brand experience and exceptional customer service. I have spent the last few weeks getting to know our people, and I'm very impressed with the talent and energy throughout the ranks of the company. And I want to thank everyone for being so welcoming.

I also want to thank our directors for electing me to the board on May 27. They are an impressive group with complementary background, and I look forward to their expert guidance. Duluth has great potential, and I'm excited about our future. Over the past month, I have been meeting with as many folks within the organization as I can, as well as the senior leadership team and division head to fully understand how specific initiatives can help us scale and grow the business.

I believe partnering with our talented team, along with my past experiences, will enable us to drive top-line growth, increase profitability and unlock our full potential. From my early observation, there has already been a lot of heavy lifting and the building blocks are in place: strong omnichannel position, a deep and engaging relationship with our customers, a commitment to new product innovation, and a customer-centric culture that informs and drives our decision. What I'm thinking about now is how to leverage assets, how to broaden the brand reach while maintaining its integrity and how to enable a digital forward business to meet the evolving needs of our customers. While all retail CEOs are thinking about many of the same things, I want to engage our team to think holistically about the enterprise and how their contributions can make one plus one equal three.

To me, that's how we create long-term value. Over the next 90 days, we plan to dig in deep and evolve our long-term strategic plan, and I look forward to sharing our thoughts on the next conference call. Now I'll turn the call over to Dave to provide an overview of first-quarter results. Dave?

Dave Loretta -- Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Sam, and good morning, everyone. Before jumping into the results for the quarter, I also want to welcome Sam. Ironically, we both spent significant time at Nordstrom early in our careers, and we now share an appreciation for the future potential of delivery. Turning to the first-quarter results.

We reported net sales of 133.4 million, up 21.4% compared to the prior year, with both our store and digital channels delivering growth this quarter. Retail store sales were up 93%, a significant increase from the comparable period when all stores were closed roughly half of the quarter. In addition, the combined store and digital sales in our store markets grew 33% over last year as many customers, who shifted their spend last year to direct during the early stages of the pandemic, now shifted back to the stores. As we move through the second quarter and lap the period when stores were gradually reopening under COVID precautions, we expect the retail channel will land roughly 50% up from last year.

Our direct channel was up 2%, topping last year's growth rate of 32% when most consumers were under stay-at-home orders and online shopping surge. In Q1 2020, our deep promotional actions and digital prospecting drove record high online orders at new buyers. This year, the number of new buyers was less than last year by 29%, but sales per customer was up 20% overall. Breaking down Q1 direct sales month by month, momentum accelerated in February through mid-March, with sales up 50% year over year in that channel, but then flipped below last year by the end of March as we lap the heavy promotional offers.

During April, the direct channel was down 38% versus last year. In May, comparable direct sales were down 20%, and our outlook for the second quarter is that direct channel sales will land down in the mid-teens range. Regardless of the sales shift between channels, we continue to see broad growth momentum in our seasonal and year-round assortment, as well as our emerging brands. Our men's business overall was up 25% compared to last year, and women's business was up 15%.

In both men's and women's, we are receiving favorable response to our spring and summer collections, especially for outdoor activities that play to our strengths, like gardening, hiking, and fishing. In men's, seasonal outerwear, outdoor active, and underwear led the way. New incremental sales from 40 Grit and Best Made contributed 500 basis points of the men's total growth rate. We relaunched 40 Grit in April with an enhanced creative and copy approach to drive steady volume each week.

Customers are responding well to seasonal basics, accounting for 40% of the 40 Grit business. We've also introduced a handful of core 40 Grit styles on Amazon to further test and learn alternative channels of distribution. Sales for our new premium Best Made brand were above our expectations. We reinstated the brand's traditional red sale event to exit acquired inventory prior to our planned relaunch later this summer.

In Alaskan Hardgear, sales were up 79%, driven by clearance of winter outerwear items and healthy full-price selling on the lightweight spring and summer collection. In women's, we had a strong response to woven bottoms, line extensions, and core fabrication such as Dang Soft for underwear and seasonal goods such as shorts, skirts, and capris. We continued our commitment to newness with the launch of our women's swimwear line, which has been well-received. On April 7th, we launched a women's line for 40 Grit, a no-frills workwear line that appeals to younger more price-sensitive customers.

Early results are positive with 40 Grit shorts, overalls, and knit tops, as the most popular items. We also have plans to unlike -- unlock the potential of our Alaskan Hardgear and Best Made brands with the addition of a women's line for both of those brands. As we mentioned on our last call, we entered into a pilot test with Tractor Supply Co. to have Duluth Trading displays of Buck Naked underwear in 13 of their stores.

Early results of the pilot support a rollout to an additional 100 Tractor Supply stores during July. We see this as a great opportunity to expand our brand awareness with a top-tier partner and we'll continue to monitor progress for future expansion. The initiatives we undertook throughout last year to make the company stronger and more competitive are producing results and generating investment capital. In addition to the investments in our customer data platform, which deepens our ability to personalize the marketing outreach, our decision to pause and reevaluate new store growth and getting inventory levels under control has strengthened our balance sheet and sources of growth capital.

Also, by reallocating marketing dollars out of the first quarter and into the second, third, and fourth quarters, we have the flexibility to go on the offense with our emerging brands while still driving deeper customer penetration in our core diluted brands. As I'll share shortly, the quarterly shifts and certain expenses may flex bottom-line results up or down. But our commitment to realize operating margin expansion in 2021, overall, is very much intact. Last quarter, we mentioned the likelihood of near-term delays in inventory receipts due to shipping channel disruptions and congestion caused by record-high imports.

Certain core items and seasonal resets were impacted due to the delays. To help offset the inventory strains, we shifted the timing of some marketing events that drove full-price selling out of Q1 and into Q2. Even with these actions, we achieved a first-quarter gross profit margin improvement of 230 basis points to 49.9%, reflecting a higher mix of full-price sales overall. To mitigate ongoing supply disruptions, we are pulling key fall and winter inventory receipts forward where we can, and we'll be flexing our promotional events in the later quarters as needed if inventory flows continue to be constrained.

That said, we do expect the year-over-year gross margin rate to increase in the second and third quarters although less than the increase just realized in the first quarter. Turning to expenses, SG&A for the first quarter decreased 9.3% to $64.6 million, compared to $71.3 million last year. As a percentage of net sales, SG&A expense decreased to 48.5%, compared to 64.9% last year. This included an increase of $2.5 million in general and administrative expenses, offset by a $9 million decrease in advertising and marketing expenses, and $200,000 of selling expenses.

Selling expenses as a percentage of net sales decreased 330 basis points to 15%, compared to 18.3% last year driven by shipping costs leverage from a lower percentage of direct sales versus store sales combined with higher average order size in direct. Within our distribution centers, we are experiencing challenges in hiring as competition for hourly staff has been extremely tough. Our plans beginning this summer are to increase hourly wage rates and our distribution network in order to attract and retain quality team members and better positions of company competitively. Factoring in the wage rate increases, we still expect to gain operating leverage on selling costs through the balance of 2021 due to the efficiency gains we're realizing and direct fulfillment activities, higher average order size compared to last year, and productivity gains from the capital investments and expansion of our distribution network.

On the advertising front, we considerably decreased our spend compared to last year largely due to pulling out of national TV media in the quarter, reduced digital prospecting spend, and shifting some catalog releases from Q1 into Q2. Advertising and marketing costs as a percentage of net sales decreased 1,000 basis points to 8.4%, compared to 18.4% last year. As I mentioned earlier, our plans for ad spend in 2021 is to shift dollars to periods where spend can make a greater impact on either driving sales or building brand awareness. Also, investing deeper in the brand development of Alaskan Hardgear,40 Grit, and Best Made will likely offset the efficiencies we're gaining on-court Duluth advertising.

As a result, we expect the next three quarters, we will see deleverage on our advertising expense, but the full year will be flat to last year on a percentage sales basis. General and administrative expenses as a percentage of net sales decreased 310 basis points to 25.1%, compared to 28.2% last year due to higher sales volume. Our current store count of 64 reflects the closing of our Mall of America pilot store in April. As we discussed before, we have paused our retail store expansion until there's more clarity around consumer buying patterns post-pandemic.

Right now, we have only one signed lease in Cherry Hill, New Jersey for 2021. Looking beyond this year, we'll be studying several new store concepts in conjunction with a deeper strategic growth assessment led by Sam. Over the next two quarters, we will see incremental workforce costs that represent new skills and talent in our product development, creative, marketing, and digital areas. We will also see added expenses related to recovering the short-term cost savings we took last year on staff and leadership compensation.

As such, we don't expect to realize leverage on G&A expenses in the second and third quarters. Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter was $10.1 million, an increase from the negative adjusted EBITDA of $11.6 million in Q1 2020. Our net income was $500,000 or $0.02 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $50 million, or a loss of $0.47 per share reported in the first quarter last year. Moving on to the balance sheet.

As Steve stated, we are in the strongest position in recent years. We ended the quarter with a networking capital of $73.5 million, including $26.1 million in cash and $17.6 million outstanding on our term line of credit. We enhanced our liquidity position with the renewal of our credit facility that extends to a new five-year term, liquidity is now an all-revolver structure of $150 million-plus an optional $50 million accordion feature if we need to expand for strategic growth opportunities. On a side note, this facility is the first corporate syndicated loan facility to include the new Bloomberg benchmark BSBY rate as a replacement to LIBOR.

The improved loan structure and loan pricing tiers lower our borrowing costs by over 100 basis points. Before the facility renewal and subsequent to quarter-end, we paid off the term loan balance and currently have $5 million outstanding on the new revolver. We expect our peak borrowing needs will be between $30 million to $40 million in the fall, which comparison $92 million at its peak last fall. Our overall inventory position is back in sync with our sales demand, which led to improved inventory turns and free cash flow generation of $10.4 million in Q1.

As I mentioned before, the strong positive cash flow and increased liquidity position will allow us to fund growth initiatives such as scaling our emerging bland brand platform, investing in core category extensions, and new product innovations, as well as investing in greater automation in our distribution center network. Given our first-quarter financial results, the current business trends by channel, and the potential for elevated inventory flow disruptions and inflationary pressures, we are updating our guidance for fiscal year 2021. We now expect to deliver the following: net sales in the range of $695 million to $710 million, gross profit percentage improvement of 50 basis points to 100 basis points, operating margin improvement of at least 100 basis points, depreciation and amortization is estimated at $31 million to $32 million, adjusted EBITDA is expected to be $68 million to $71 million, EPS in the range of $0.66 to $0.72 per diluted share, and capital expenditures including the software hosting implementation cost of $50 million to $60 million. In closing, we're pleased with the momentum in the business today yet cautious about uneven consumer recovery and supply chain challenges.

Where we're most optimistic is the power of our brand development capabilities and potential to scale the emerging brands to digital capabilities, widen our customer base, and cement Duluth as the premier can-do lifestyle brand. Sam and I look forward to sharing more on our next call about the strategic initiatives that will enable this growth and realize our value-creation mandate. And finally, I'd like to thank Steve on behalf of the entire organization for his years of dedicated service, especially over the last 20 months as he led the company to some very challenging times. With that, I'll open the call for questions.

Questions & Answers:


Thank you. We will now begin the question-and-answer session. [Operator instructions] And today's first question comes from Jonathan Komp with Baird. Please go ahead. 

Jonathan Komp -- Robert W. Baird -- Analyst

Yeah, hi. Thank you. I've got a couple of bigger picture questions, but first maybe, Dave, to start on the topic of really the near-term momentum in the business. It was helpful that you outlined the direct sales trends by month and some expectations.

But could you maybe first just talk about the total sales trends you saw during the quarter and then any near-term expectations for the total sales growth? 

Dave Loretta -- Chief Financial Officer

Yeah, Jon. How are you doing? Can you hear me here? 

Jonathan Komp -- Robert W. Baird -- Analyst

I can, yeah. 

Dave Loretta -- Chief Financial Officer

Great. Yes. Well, in total, you know, we were trending very close to where we landed on the full quarter. It was really quite a shift between direct and the retail stores through that period of time.

But we were trending higher than 20% early in the quarter. And then one going against last year's comps on direct, we, you know, we started to see that impact on that channel, but the stores were making up for it. So throughout the quarter, we were really seeing some pretty healthy total growth rate. The one period in mid-March where we saw significant growth was during our global event.

And we also had a significant amount of clearance that we pushed through in that period of time. But overall, it was fairly consistent. 

Jonathan Komp -- Robert W. Baird -- Analyst

And any perspective when you look for it, obviously, tougher total comparisons in Q2 and Q3. But it sounds like from an advertising perspective and maybe even a product availability perspective, you didn't have all of the tools at your disposal in the first quarter. So how do you think about near-term cycling those tougher total sales growth comparisons?

Dave Loretta -- Chief Financial Officer

Well, we're prepared with the marketing plan to do that, and that's where we refer to shifting ad dollars out of the first quarter into the second quarter, and that's going to energize our period that we're in right now. But, you know, we're still going against at this moment some pretty healthy offers from a free ship no men perspective and discounts. But we're -- we feel like we're well-armed to see growth. Although, I, you know, we're not going to expect to see sales growth at 20% in the second quarter because of the tougher direct comps.

But we'll see that start to moderate as we go through second and third quarter. 

Jonathan Komp -- Robert W. Baird -- Analyst

OK. Thanks for that. And then, Sam, welcome, had a bigger picture question as you've obviously had a limited time in the business today, but curious to hear a little bit more about your initial assessment really of the store base and how you're viewing the omnichannel capabilities, including the systems in place and the stores in terms of the bigger picture initiatives that you laid out, especially the ability to leverage the current assets and broaden the brand reach. Just curious to hear your initial assessment there.

Sam Sato -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. Jonathan, how are you? It's been a little while since we've spoken. Yeah. So it's been just about a month now, and as I said in my prepared remarks, spending the majority of my time getting to know the team and better understanding where we are relative to many of those topics you just mentioned.

So when I think about -- you know, currently, there's significant work that's been done in terms of the strategic initiatives and key priorities for the enterprise. Certainly, the company is in a really good position from an omnichannel perspective. You know, the -- really, the next step is twofold. One is really starting to identify where we can leverage some of the current things we're doing really well.

How do we leverage that to better scale the business? Second is to identify within the omnichannel framework, and specifically, the customer journey and customer experiences is what role each touchpoint plays, as well as each support mechanism, plays. So where does our digital marketing, digital channel, brand voice, target consumer voice play in our forward-looking strategy, and how does that support each of our unique brands? What role specifically does digital play beyond commerce? Equally important, what role do stores play? And I believe, you know, the physical plant has an extremely important role in our omnichannel ecosystem. We're going to assess the needs of the stores, and specifically, how they help impact and broaden our brand reach within certain DMAs. But suffice it to say, we're going to be very strategic in how we assess the role of the stores and ensure that as we do start to make decisions around the future of the physical plant that, you know, we've got data to support. 

Jonathan Komp -- Robert W. Baird -- Analyst

Great. I look forward to spending more time on each of those topics. Thanks again and welcome. 

Sam Sato -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you.


And our next question today comes from Jim Duffy at Stifel. Please go ahead.

Jim Duffy -- Stifel Financial Corp. -- Analyst

Thank you. Good morning, everyone. Sam, welcome to the team. 

Sam Sato -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you. 

Jim Duffy -- Stifel Financial Corp. -- Analyst

I have a couple of questions. Dave, I'll start with you just on near-term dynamics. I think you mentioned you see inventory and think of sales demand, but a lot of the comments suggest that was not the case in the first quarter and that's the reason for the marketing dollar shift to latter quarters. Do you indeed have the inventory that you need right now in seasonally appropriate categories? And can you talk a little bit about, you know, how you see that playing out as we get into 3Q, 4Q? And then as it relates to the guidance, you just had really nice upside to EBITDA in the first quarter but didn't pass that through, I guess, due to the marketing dollar shift, would you expect the marketing dollar shift to indeed drive sales as well?

Dave Loretta -- Chief Financial Officer

Yeah, I guess let me start there, Jim. You know, we do think that the marketing dollars are going to drive -- support the top line, but we're reallocating it into -- a portion of that into our emerging brands, which does take a bit of heavier lifting to build the brand awareness, and the efficiencies that you can gain aren't as great with our core Duluth brand. So it will be a bit of investing for the longer term to get those brands up to a larger scale. You know, on the inventory front, we did come into the year feeling very heavy in inventory.

You know, our clearance position was as high as it's ever been. And we used, you know, clearance marks a little steeper in the middle of March to clear through that and get us back into position going forward. So, you know, compared to last year, Jim, if you recall, we were running significantly high inventory levels over prior years and we're way out of whack with our sales growth. So, you know, at this point, we do feel like we're well-positioned, our seasonal goods were clearing through as we're marking in the season.

But our year-round is still a bigger majority of our inventory position. And, you know, that's where we're feeling good today. But inventory flows heading into August and September could, you know, could delay some of those being in the right place at the right time, you know, not in a significant way, but we want to be very nimble in how we address the inventory position relative to events we might have. So I'd say we're feeling good about the inventory position and we're going to end the year, and in an aggregate, have that right size to the sales plans that we've got in front of us. 

Jim Duffy -- Stifel Financial Corp. -- Analyst

Very clear. Thanks for that, Dave. Then, Sam, I wanted to ask a bigger picture question of you, I recognize it's early days in your tenure there, but you did make a comment about exploring opportunities to broaden brand reach while maintaining integrity. I remember with Finish Line, you had the initiative with Macy's.

Can you just speak about it, you know, how you're thinking about that relative to potential opportunities for the Duluth brand? How this Tractor Supply pilot fits in with that and any initial thoughts there? I think investors would appreciate. Thank you.

Sam Sato -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, sure. Thanks, Jim. Yeah. So a couple of things I'd say.

One is, as Dave just mentioned, you know, we're starting to I believe transition and appropriately beyond just Duluth Trading Company brand and really into multibrand. And so, you know, today, we've now got four different brands that we're beginning to focus our efforts around in Duluth, Alaskan Hardgear, 40 Grit, and Best Made. And so much of our internal discussions have been around how do we develop and grow those brands independent of each other without losing some of the core values of what's made Duluth what it is today. And that's really around, you know, product innovation, quality performance, and benefit attributes of the products that we make.

The opportunity to expand our broad -- our brand reach is really about expanding the groups of consumers we speak with. And so, you know, we're doing some work now on how we frame that up, and ultimately, how we start to -- as I said in my prepared remarks, make one plus one equals three. As it relates to other potential growth opportunities like Tractor Supply, you know, we're in the very, very early stages there. And while we're pleased with the results and we're going to continue to partner closely with them and learn more about how that business might work, you know, much of our time and effort is going to be around developing these unique brand propositions and really building out our ability to scale multi-brands, not only currently but into the future as well.

Jim Duffy -- Stifel Financial Corp. -- Analyst

Thank you, Sam.

Sam Sato -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yep. You bet.


[Operator instructions] Today's next question comes from Dylan Carden with William Blair. Please go ahead.

Dylan Carden -- William Blair & Company -- Analyst

Great. Thank you very much. Just curious, the sort of the scale back in marketing was pretty profound in this quarter and you kind of came in ahead of sales expectations. You made a comment there about sales per customer.

I'm just curious if there any learnings as it relates to, you know, channels of advertising, capacity to pull back on advertising, you know, it sounds like you're going to ramp it back up, but, you know, so what -- just what you took away from the quarter as it relates to, you know, the overall lower marketing budget.

Steve Schlecht -- Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Yes. Sure, Dylan. You know, this quarter is typically a quarter that, you know, allows us to address any overhang of inventory and it's our lowest gross margin quarter. So, you know, despite the improvement in gross margin year over year, you really -- if you go back a couple of years, we're still at a low -- lower gross margin rate.

And the way -- the reason I'm talking about that is because that was a heavy driver of the sales in this period relative to the marketing spend, you know, full-price selling is where we really like to see our second quarter, and certainly, third quarters carry the day on that front. So, the marketing shift from pulling out of national TV, you know, wasn't as impactful because we replaced it with some very compelling offers. And I think a larger buyer file just coming into this fiscal year. So, I think our learning is, you know, now that we've got tools in our toolbox to be more personalized with the outreach and target customers, there'll be less of a need to spend money on the broad national TV media and use that just during the periods when we can really, you know, carry a larger, you know, really address a larger area.

But most of the market is going to be more targeted, even some of the streaming and, you know, connected TV channels, that's -- and digital channels, that's where we're going to see the marketing allocation go to. So, that, you know, that gives us confidence that it's -- that we'll see, you know, down the road more of the leverage there. But hopefully, that kind of addresses your question, Dylan.

Dylan Carden -- William Blair & Company -- Analyst

Yeah. No, it does. Thank you. And then, I guess, just kind of curious about, you know, maybe this is a question for everyone on the call.

But, you know, you mentioned there -- which is why I feel I can ask about it, sort of rethinking the retail strategy, it's early days but kind of maybe what points you think you can address or change longer term in the retail strategy. And then some of the body languages here is kind of moving maybe more toward a wholesale distribution model and you have mentioned sort of Tractor Supply 100-plus opportunity. Does that mean you'll actually expand to 100-plus tractor supplies? Just kind of curious how you're viewing these two channels of distribution going forward.

Steve Schlecht -- Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Yeah. I'll start and maybe Sam can add some points on that. The Tractor Supply expansion to 100 points is that we'll have a display in 100 of their stores in the next, you know, in the next month. And, you know, they're, you know, they're not large displays, there's still, you know, four items of our Buck Naked with the size range and color display.

So, it's a -- it fits within their apparel -- within their apparel category and we're going to learn more from that. We're going to be in markets that we haven't been, in fact, markets where we haven't had any brick-and-mortar presence in. So, that's going to be an interesting learning for us as well. But, you know, I can't say that that -- that's going to inform our retail strategy.

We still are going to wait and see how the balance of the year plays out with shopping behavior through the holidays. Obviously, holidays are a big part of our business and giving us time to really rethink our version of a store. So, that -- that's still to come, Dylan and, you know, sure -- turn it over to Sam for some thoughts.

Sam Sato -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, Dylan, I would just add that the Tractor Supply piece, while it is going -- it's going well, we're pleased with it. It's a -- at this stage, it's a slow burn, the whole subject around wholesaling. Our real focus is going to be on some really powerful opportunities we have right now, and that's in investing in and developing our owned brands. We've got four powerful brands that we believe have the makings for long-term growth initiatives.

And as we develop and build those businesses out, certainly, you know, wholesale becomes a consideration, but, you know, that's down the road. Our current focus is going to be around creating these unique brand propositions so that we can grow each of those brands independent of each other, but then start to get some leverage on some of those core support mechanisms be it logistics or infrastructure. And as Dave talked earlier about, you know, our brand marketing spend, we'll start to get some leverage by building the top line on those four brands. So, that's really going to be our focus.

Specific to retail, so our stores, as I said earlier, it's a really important part of an omnichannel strategy, certainly critical from a consumer journey perspective, as well as brand building. And so, by no means, are we suggesting we're going to stop opening stores? We're just pausing until we can do more work, get better strategic insight into the role of stores, and importantly, better understand the opportunities by market and where those stores should be open in support of our bigger enterprise strategy. So, more to come on that.

Dylan Carden -- William Blair & Company -- Analyst

No, that's much clearer. Thank you for that. I guess it sort of leads into a question and if I -- if I'm allowed here one more. Just around sort of the product launches for this year, you know, as you kind of lean into the success you're having with some of these 40 Grit and Alaskan Hardgear.

Are there more further product launches in those verticals to kind of look forward to in this year?

Steve Schlecht -- Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Yeah, Dylan, we've got, you know, in our core Duluth category, we've got some product launches, a new underwear line coming out. And, you know, and really, where we're seeing a lot of success is taking, you know, taking some of our core fabrication and applying it into new items. And that's playing out within our women's line, we've got new items coming in in the fall season there, Alaskan Hardgear, some new outerwear configurations that we're going to be releasing in the fall season. So, you know, 40 Grit and Alaskan Hardgear, we -- I mentioned on my remarks that we're going to introduce, you know, a women's component to that that's coming next year.

But we're in development now there, too, because we think, really, across all four of these brands, there's the long-term potential to serve, you know, the whole family and individuals, not just men. So, look forward to that.

Sam Sato -- President and Chief Executive Officer

I would add -- I would add, Dylan, this fall, we're launching Best Made. So, up until this point, the products we've been selling are really products that we acquired, you know, with Best Made. But this fall will actually be our launch of the offer that was designed and created by our team here. So, we're really excited about the Best Made launch coming up August -- August-ish, I believe.

Dylan Carden -- William Blair & Company -- Analyst

That's great. Does the Best Made launch come with any sort of change? I -- sort of back to my original question, change in marketing. I mean, one of the things about that brand was always its catalog and how successful they were with that. Are you kind of thinking about how you message that brand a little bit differently than maybe how you speak to the Duluth core customer?

Steve Schlecht -- Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Yeah, we're talking about that. Obviously, you know, the digital will play a critical role in that. But at this stage, I don't believe we're talking too much about catalog. I think, certainly, I think in totality, there's a significant digital opportunity for us.

And certainly, within Best Made, I think that there -- there's a nice fit given the quality and the premium price points we're selling there.

Dylan Carden -- William Blair & Company -- Analyst

Got you. Thanks for indulging in all those. Sam, nice to have you on board.

Sam Sato -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. Thank you. Appreciate it.

Dylan Carden -- William Blair & Company -- Analyst

Take care.


And ladies and gentlemen, this concludes today's question-and-answer session and today's conference. [Operator signoff]

Duration: 47 minutes

Call participants:

Donni Case -- Investor Relations

Steve Schlecht -- Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Sam Sato -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Dave Loretta -- Chief Financial Officer

Jonathan Komp -- Robert W. Baird -- Analyst

Jim Duffy -- Stifel Financial Corp. -- Analyst

Dylan Carden -- William Blair & Company -- Analyst

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