Solo Brands, Inc.

Q1 2023 Earnings Conference Call


spk08: Hello, everyone, and welcome to Solo Brand's first quarter fiscal 2023 financial results. My name is Bruno, and I'll be the operator of today. During this presentation, you can register to ask a question by pressing star followed by one on your telephone keypad. I'll now hand over to your host, Bruce Williams. Please go ahead.
spk05: Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining the call to discuss Solo Brands' first quarter results, which we released this morning and can be found on the investor relations section of our website at Today's call will be hosted by Chief Executive Officer John Marris and Chief Financial Officer Summer Webb. Before we get started, I want to remind everyone that management's remarks on this call may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are based on current management expectations. These may include without limitation predictions, expectations, targets, or estimates, including regarding our anticipated financial performance, business plans, and objectives, Future events and developments and actual results could differ materially from those mentioned. These forward-looking statements also involve substantial risks and uncertainties, some of which may be outside of our control, and that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. These risks and uncertainties, among others, are discussed in our filings with the SEC. We encourage you to review these filings for a discussion of these risks including our soon-to-be-filed quarterly report on Form 10Q, and will be available on the Investors portion of our website at You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. These statements are made only as of today, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise them for any new information except as required by law. This call will also contain certain non-GAAP financial measures, including net income as adjusted, diluted earnings per share as adjusted, gross margin as adjusted, adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted EBITDA margin, which we believe are useful supplemental measures that assist evaluating our ability to generate earnings, provide consistency and comparability with our past performance, and facilitate period-to-period comparisons of our core operating results and the results of peer companies. Reconciliation of these nine gap measures to the most comparable gap measures and definitions of these indicators are included in our earnings release, which will be available to our investors portion of our website at Now, I turn the call over to John.
spk01: Thank you, Bruce, and thank you for joining the call to discuss our first quarter results. I will begin by reviewing our Q1 performance, then provide an update on our key operational strategies. Summer will review our first quarter financial results and provide an update to our outlook. We are extremely pleased with our performance this quarter. Despite a volatile macro environment, we managed our business prudently and generated solid gross profit and healthy EBITDA margins. These results are a reflection of our disciplined focus on profitable growth and positive free cash flow generation. We are still in the early stages of our story as our household penetration remains low, and we believe we have significant white space ahead. As such, even in a tougher economic environment, We believe that a renewed focus on customer experience and continued investment into product innovation, wholesale penetration, and international expansion are good strategic uses of capital that position us for long-term growth. During the first quarter, our sales grew 7.3% to 88.2 million, driven by strength in the wholesale channel. As we stated during our fourth quarter call, we expected to experience strong momentum during the quarter, and we were encouraged to see larger replenishment orders than we expected, reflecting earlier sell-through at retail. Even so, our first high season of the year is just kicking off, and we will know more about full sell-through as we get through the rest of Q2. Moving on to the direct-to-consumer, our D2C sales were $54.8 million, in line with our expectations for the first quarter. The strength in our wholesale channel allowed us to be less promotional than the same period in the prior year without negatively impacting overall new customer acquisition. Our new products and innovation continue to be a draw for both new and existing customers, which is reflected in our consistently high referral and repeat purchase rates. In addition to new products, our team also continues to delight customers with a differentiated experience and outstanding customer service that reinforces the great experiences customers have with our products and strengthens the referral and repeat purchase behaviors previously mentioned. Said differently, our unique ability to connect with and retain customers allows our business to better navigate through periods when consumers are making trade-offs. We delivered significant newness in 2022, and our new products have quickly become fan favorites. However, I want to highlight that our legacy products continue to provide a solid foundation for our company. They are the engine that creates a dynamic for strong repeat purchases and high referral rates. We will build on this momentum in 2023 as we execute on the playbook we laid out last quarter, elevate and innovate our products, broaden and deepen our wholesale partnerships and grow our business internationally. Starting with innovation, we are proud of the newness delivered over the past few months and we look to build on this success going forward. We have a history of continuous product innovation focused on delivering high quality products for our customers. Our deep connection with our customers provides a feedback loop that allows for a shortened product development timeline. As such, we continue to find new ways to innovate and expand our product line and we are excited that we will continue delivering a healthy lineup of new products in the remainder of this year. Continuous product development not only helps attract new customers, but it is also easily marketable to our existing customer database, which drives repeat purchases, increases lifetime value, and lowers our overall customer acquisition costs. Turning to wholesale, the conversations and feedback from our wholesale partners continue to be very positive. Our focus is on growing our market share with our existing partners by expanding into new doors and increasing shelf space with existing doors. While the wholesale channel is very exciting, we are in the early innings of its growth story. To that end, we are disciplined in managing our selling rate by keeping a close eye on our sell-throughs. As I discussed earlier, our D2C heritage allows for us to have strong engagement with our customers. We are finding that there are great ways to build direct connections with our customers and the wholesale channel as well. The strongest brands are those that are able to maintain and build upon their connection with their customers by providing a fluid experience and presentation with both the direct and wholesale channels. As such, we are excited about what our strategic partners are doing to build brand awareness and store where we can establish a direct relationship with that customer. We believe that working with our retailers to develop greater brand affinity will lead to stronger sell-throughs and increase shelf space and our existing customers, all while driving healthy merchandise margins. And finally, we are also pleased with the performance of our international business and believe we are in the beginning stages in our global expansion. We have invested in local leadership in Europe and are enthusiastic about capitalizing on a significant growth opportunity in the EU. Additionally, we are exploring new markets, including Asia, and will be strategic as we determine the right timing to open these markets. We continue to believe that our international business can grow to be the size of our domestic business. We are operating in an uncertain macro environment where consumers are being selective in their purchases. However, our direct connection to customers, combined with strong execution by our team in the three areas mentioned before, product innovation, channel expansion, and international growth, create a wide competitive mode around our business, and most importantly, create a foundation for years to come. Brands that are innovating and creating great products that lead to meaningful experiences will win. And that is our focus. Solo Brands is centered on a common mission to build a company that is great at facilitating moments that put smiles on faces across the globe. I'm grateful for our amazing team, which continues to execute at the highest level for each other and for our customers. We will maintain our disciplined approach to financial management, which we believe enables us to generate healthy growth, positive free cash flow, and strong returns on capital over the long term for our shareholders. I will now turn the call over to Summer to discuss the financials. Summer?
spk00: Thanks, John, and good morning, everyone. Today, I will walk you through our first quarter results and then provide our outlook for the remainder of 2023. We are pleased with our strong start to the year as we continue to execute on our growth strategy and deliver profitable results for our shareholders. Our first quarter results came in ahead of our expectations, driven by strong demand in our wholesale channel, continued success with new innovation, and high referral rates. The strength in our wholesale channel reflects the increasing demand for our products and the deepening relationships with our retail partners. During the quarter, we experienced stronger-than-expected reorder volume from our retail partners as replenishment orders occurred earlier than forecasted. Our wholesale momentum allowed for us to reduce promotions in our direct-to-consumer channel, where we saw inconsistent traffic trends. Furthermore, we are pleased by the flow-through of our revenue growth to EBITDA and our free cash flow generations during the quarter. Net sales increased 7.3% to $88.2 million compared to $82.2 million in the prior year period. Sales were driven by strong demand in the wholesale channel as we continued to increase our market penetration through increased shelf space and higher door count with existing customers. Wholesale net sales increased 52.3% to $33.5 million for the first quarter compared to $22 million in the prior year. Our direct-to-consumer net sales decreased 9.1% to $54.8 million for the first quarter, compared to $60.2 million in the same period in the prior year as consumer traffic was lighter but in line with our expectations. Moving to gross margin, our adjusted gross margin rate increased to 61.7% compared to 59.4% in the first quarter of 2022. The improvement was driven by lower promotions, primarily in our direct consumer channel. Selling general and administrative expenses for the first quarter decreased to 44.6 million or 50.6% of net sales as compared to 45.6 million or 55.5% of net sales in the same period last year. The variance was driven by 5.4 million decline in variable costs partially offset by 4.3 million of higher fixed costs. The decline in variable cost was due to lower marketing expense driven by benefits from our data investments. The fixed cost increase was primarily due to higher employee related expenses, including increased headcount from investments that were made in Q2 of 2022. Our first quarter net income was 0.9 million and net income per diluted share was one penny. First quarter adjusted net income was $10.3 million, and our adjusted EPS was $0.16 per diluted share. We continued to invest in our long-term strategic initiatives in data, product innovation, and international expansion, while delivering adjusted EBITDA of $15.4 million and an adjusted EBITDA margin of 17.4%. Now turning to the balance sheet. At the end of the period, we had $25.7 million in cash and cash equivalents. As of March 31st, we had $15 million of outstanding borrowings under the revolving credit facility and $95 million under the term loan agreement. The borrowing capacity on the revolving credit facility was $350 million as of March 31st, leaving $335 million of availability. We have a strong liquidity position and we believe we are able to take advantage of strategic opportunities with a net leverage that remains less than 1.5 times. Inventory at the end of the first quarter was 125 million, roughly in line with a year ago. Turning to our outlook, we are reaffirming our full year guidance of 520 million to 540 million. In light of the current environment, we are currently forecasting revenue at the midpoint of our range, an EBITDA margin in the range of 16.5 to 17.5%. Let me provide additional color to our forecast for the rest of the year. As we lean into wholesale, revenue shifts between quarters may occur based on buying and ordering differences between the channels. Q1 showed stronger than we forecasted because we experienced some pull forward from our wholesale channel from Q2 to Q1. We also recognize that the consumer remains selective in their discretionary purchases. Taking these items into account, while historically our quarterly revenue breakdowns have been 15%, 25%, 20%, and 40%, we now expect it to look more like roughly 17%, 23%, 20%, and 40% as our innovation pipeline is second half weighted. In summary, I believe we are off to a strong start to 2023. Our growth story is just beginning, and I continue to be excited about our long-term strategic initiatives and outlook. We will continue to focus on executing and delivering increased value to our shareholders with an emphasis on healthy growth, increased profitability, and strong free cash flow. I will now turn the call over to the operator to begin Q&A.
spk08: Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, if you'd like to ask a question, please press star followed by one on your telephone keypad. That's star followed by one on your telephone keypad. If you'd like to withdraw the question, press star followed by two. And please do also remember to unmute your microphone when it's your turn to speak. Our first question comes from Robbie Holmes from Bank of America. Robbie, your line is now open. Please go ahead.
spk03: Hey, good morning, guys.
spk01: Hey, good morning, Robbie.
spk03: Hey, John. So my question is kind of multi-part, but I was hoping you could talk a little bit more about the wholesale business. So one question would be, can you give us some color on how the opening up of Costco is contributing to wholesale strength and how we should see that playing out through the year? You mentioned that D2C was less promotional. Can you give us some color on how your partners in wholesale are being with the solo stove product? Are they being promotional or not promotional? And then maybe the third part of the question is, can you guys talk about Chubby's and how Chubby's performance was from a wholesale standpoint versus D2C? Thanks.
spk01: Thanks, Robbie. Appreciate the questions. So let me just kind of try to do this in order of those questions. And it kind of sounds like there's maybe three layered together, but they're all very similar. So just looking at wholesale holistically, you know, again, as we mentioned, sell in and sell through, you know, two obviously very different things. I know you guys pay a lot of attention to, and we are as well. We were encouraged to see faster replenishment. Obviously, you know, we don't have full line of sight, but we have pretty good line of sight, you know, based on the behaviors of what those replenishment orders look like. And I just say that the early feedback via that behavior, that replenishment behavior, is positive for wholesale. So we're encouraged by that. Moving to specific retailers, if you talk about Costco specifically for solar stove, We continue to have great conversations with them. I say we're going to continue to be careful and strategic with the SKUs specifically that we look at there. And we're thinking about our wholesale business in a full picture as we think about Costco specifically. So, you know, we're looking at, you know, Costco specific bundles, Costco specific exclusives on certain SKUs. things like that that don't disrupt the rest of our wholesale business for Stove. On the promotional front, I'd say that our retailers are in line with the way that the promotional activity that they would have had in the past. So if you think about 2022, probably very similar from a promotional standpoint. I think what's changed for us on the retail front is that we're more calculated and more planned in advance with our retailers than we've been in the past. So if you think historically, Solosub would often be running things on its site that might conflict with what's happening in store. I think what you're seeing more of is us leaning into partnerships with our retailers and giving them better line of sight to what we're running around certain promotional periods so that we can be consistent in what we're running. I think that that's been very favorably received by our retail partners and something that they're excited to see us continue to do in the future. With regards to Chubby's and Dick's, I'd say this has been a very bright spot for the company. If you've walked through a Dick's Sporting Goods store in the last couple of months, you've probably seen the men's feature swim wall, which is essentially a big, beautiful Chubby's display. That has been very successful. The feedback from Dick's has been positive, and we're excited and encouraged to see the lean-in happening there. Again, part of the replenishment activity that we're talking about that came earlier and bigger than expected is through that particular partnership and what's happening with Chevy's in part. So excited kind of across the board for all of that. But we're encouraged overall, I'd say, and excited for what's to come on the retail front.
spk03: Sounds great. Thanks so much, John.
spk02: Thanks, Robbie.
spk08: Our next question comes from Randy Koenig from Jefferies. Randy, your line's now open. Please go ahead.
spk06: Yeah, thanks a lot. I guess, John, maybe give us some perspective on, let's see, where the consumer is now in terms of are they changing customers? behavior and what they're buying within the solo stove product portfolio. Can you give us a little kind of color there if things are changing? Obviously, there's probably a good response to new products like pizza oven, et cetera. I just want to understand, you know, what changes you're seeing around the consumer as it relates specifically, more specifically to solo stove in the product portfolio.
spk01: Yeah, thanks, Randy. Good to hear your voice. You know, it's been – The consumer, the state of the consumer overall, you heard us talk about it a little bit, but trade-off seems to be a little bit of the theme. We view that more in people that are looking for experiences and how they're spending with us seems to be indicative of people wanting to invest in experiences. And so they may be trading off for something more expensive like a vacation and coming to SoloStove or one of our other brands to make purchases. But if you look within Soloso specifically, you know, we talked about it at the last couple of calls. We were really excited to launch Mesa last year in September. That's that tabletop fire pit product that has a price point under 100 bucks. And one of the things that we're really excited about is what that does to our overall addressable market. So we feel that we've attracted now, you know, people that have smaller spaces that may not have been able to participate with the larger products. And then as we've expanded, and you kind of mentioned this with pie and other products, as we've expanded categories within the sales of brand, we've also seen an ability to attract customers that aren't coming in necessarily initially through the fire pit ecosystem or category. And that's also been encouraging for us. So, We are attracting customers at a nice rate because of Mesa, so we're getting people to come in at a lower price point and then watching those customers, again, begin to participate in the solar stove ecosystem and either upgrade or cross-buy into other categories. So overall, I'm encouraged by that, but the number of customers coming in looks very consistent and growing. the average order value within SoloStove specifically you're seeing come down, but that's mostly driven by, again, a new cohort of customers coming in and having a lower price point product in the Mesa to enter in and start becoming kind of brand fans or brand favorites.
spk06: Super helpful. And then when you think about the expansion of wholesale, have you seen any, I don't know, meaningful benefit yet from maybe analyzing a shipping to certain zip codes where you have, you know, a wholesale presence impacting, possibly impacting the business. Have you started to see the kind of, you know, the positivity around wholesale driving up brand awareness and then thereby driving your more purchase behavior on the, you know, the or, but it's just anything there that you're seeing yet?
spk01: Yeah, good question. On the geography front, I would say, you know, too early to tell for us, not something that we've spent a lot of time on, but I'll say anecdotally what we are seeing and hearing from, you know, since we've leaned in and started seeing more momentum in wholesale, it's just a lot more, if you just go to, you know, social listening and what we're seeing commentary-wise by customers online, customers are actively talking about seeing our products in our retail partner stores at a much higher rate than they were previously. So we're encouraged. I think the signal is right. But, you know, as we continue to build more data and analyze that, I think in the future we'll have more insights into, you know, what, for instance, a Dick's or a Costco store in a specific region does for our overall online and overall kind of omnichannel approach to acquiring new customers.
spk06: Understood. I guess lastly, just a question for Summer. I think it's like the second quarter in a row where obviously we got the initial guide last quarter. We got a reiteration of the guide this quarter. It feels like you've got some good visibility around or decent visibility around where the top line is going to fall, but more importantly, the margin. So maybe just unpack that a little bit more on kind of how you think about any volatility or variability from that plan. around margin or top line because it does feel like there's a little bit more kind of visibility there as we kind of fade through the rest of the year and we start to build a base on these numbers. Thanks.
spk00: Yeah, absolutely. And I'll start with gross margin and I want to make my way down to EBITDA margin. So from a gross margin standpoint, you know, one of the things that I emphasize as we lean into retail partners and kind of go heavier on an omni-channel approach is The blend of wholesale to DTC is going to have some impact on gross margins. We still believe that we're going to be 60% plus. The one thing I do want to remind, and I mentioned last call, is the good news about wholesale or DTC is although a little bit of a shift on gross margin, they're consistent on EBITDA margin. So I feel good. I still feel good about the 60% plus guidance for the year. Obviously, it will fluctuate. In quarters, as we lean in either to wholesale or direct consumer, typically Q1 and Q3 are going to be our higher wholesale quarters. And Q2 and Q4, just the seasonality of our business, are going to be higher direct consumer. But overall, again, emphasizing that we should be 60% plus on gross margin. So making our way down to EBITDA margins, you know, obviously we had a really strong Q1 quarter. I mentioned probably several calls ago that because marketing is a variable expense and we have a lot of flexibility to shift that up or shift that down, what we saw in Q1 is the strength continued to grow on our retail partners and our wholesale channel. We actually pulled back on marketing spend. So if you think about the 17.4% EBITDA margins that we were able to generate About 400 basis points of that came from the fact that we were able to pull back on marketing spend. So the flexibility really showed in the first quarter. As we make it through the rest of the year, it's still a lever that we plan to use. And so there might be quarters that we actually lean into marketing spend even more when we want to promote new products, et cetera. And so right now, I'm still feeling confident in the 16.5% to 17.5% range. But we are seeing really strong signs both on the gross margin side and on the EBITDA margin standpoint.
spk06: Super helpful. Really appreciate it. Thanks, guys.
spk08: Our next question comes from Jason Bender from Citi. Jason, your line's now open. Please go ahead.
spk07: Great. Good morning, everyone. Thanks for taking the question. I just want to switch gears to the direct consumer side of the business. I know you said direct consumer sales came in line with your expectations, but you also mentioned that traffic is still a little bit challenged. So curious if the expectation is still that channel sales are still flat for this year and implied on that, do we have to see a reacceleration in website traffic to get you there, or do current trends kind of enough to get you to that run rate?
spk01: Yeah, thanks, Jason. Good question. So kind of another three-parter, and I'll try to kind of do this in order. So Remember that traffic is heavily influenced by advertising spend. We have the ability inside of our engine as we spend to drive traffic to our sites. This is something that we've been very good at really since the beginning. As Summer was just talking about, when we take that variable expense down, whether strategically or because of what we're seeing from a marketing efficiency standpoint, that's going to have impact on traffic. we did see inconsistent or a drop in traffic on our DSC channel. But when we say in line with expectations, it's not because we were expecting some massive decline in consumer traffic because of the macro, but more because of our own internal behaviors in the way that we were spending in advertising, which ultimately led to the decline in overall traffic on the site in Q1. In terms of what we're seeing now and and maybe just good color to add to that. As we look into Q2 and give just a peek into the early, you know, the early part or the front part of Q2, as this is a higher DTC quarter, you've heard us talk about this, Q1 and Q3 are generally higher wholesale quarters. Q2 and Q4 are higher direct-to-consumer quarters from an absolute revenue standpoint. These are the types of timeframes where you'll see us leaning into that variable expense that Summer was just talking about and spending more on marketing and driving more traffic. And we've seen that traffic trend reverse in the beginning parts of Q2. And so seeing stronger traffic on our D2C channel, the first part at least of this quarter. In terms of our overall outlook for the channel for the year, I think we're expecting for D to C just based on the strength of our wholesale and the way we're strategically thinking about balancing our advertising spend, we're actually expecting a slight decline in D to C for the year. But still, again, that rolls into the guidance we're providing at that midpoint of the range of 530 million. If you think about, you know, Summer on our last call talking about the channel split looking like a 75-25%, and you kind of run the math on that, you'll get to a number that has it slightly down on B2C as wholesale continues to strengthen. We think this is a really healthy thing for our business. It's allowing us to be more strategic and calculated in our advertising spend. which is ultimately helping strengthen our position and our line of sight into our profitability. So we like where we're at. It's in line, again, with our expectations. The variable nature of our ability to drive traffic is really important overall. And so that lever continues to be a big strength for us as we think about I don't know, Summer, you may want to layer on here a little bit as well, so I'll open it up for you to talk through anything that you have.
spk00: Yeah, the only thing that I'd add is, you know, as we lean into the omnichannel approach, we're really viewing the business as a whole. And so as we drive traffic from wholesale and as we drive traffic from the direct-to-consumer, although direct-to-consumer we're forecasting to be slightly down, We are very intentional about how we are growing the business with a focus on profitability, with a focus on driving the right traffic and putting our spend where we think it's most effective in 2023. Got it.
spk07: Super helpful color. So thank you for that. And then just in the press release, you guys called out lower distribution costs. I was hoping you could just unpack that a little bit more and Is the benefit you're getting on outbound distribution because you're relying more on the spot market versus on the ocean freight side that we talked about, you know, last quarter where those costs were going to be a headwind for you in the first half and then, you know, moderating and looking to begin the tailwind in the second half, which ostensibly is because you're still in the contract. Is your expectation that, you know, outbound will continue to be a tailwind for you for the year?
spk01: Yeah, so there's probably three components to this. So actually inbound ocean freight is in our COGS. It's not in our distribution costs. So that one, everything you just described is accurate, but that's actually in a different part of our P&L. But we are seeing the back half of the year, some tailwinds on the ocean freight side. A couple of things just to remind everybody on is, you know, because of our inventory positions, The majority of the front half of this year outside of new products are already on the books on earlier freight costs. So we had higher rates as we inbounded all of that inventory last year and the first part of this year. We actually are just kicking off a new carrier contract for Ocean Freight, and those rates are much more favorable than they've been in the past. The spot market is obviously something we continue to use as well. You can expect tailwinds in the back half of the year with regards to ocean freight. But again, that's not something that would show up in distribution costs as much as it will in COGS. And that's already kind of baked into our overall gross margin expectations on the year. On the distribution, the outbound distribution, it's really a combination of continuing to drive relationships with our small parcel carriers. So FedEx, UPS, DHL, We use all of them. But as we're increasing in volume and continue to negotiate those long-term contracts, we're seeing good rates come through. And then just overall, just managing the business, you know, more prudently getting better at it. You know, we built an internal, essentially an internal 3PL that we call FBS fulfilled by solo. And, you know, it's just a few years ago that we kicked that off. And we're finding more and more efficiencies In that, we're automating things. We're able to use less people and more automation and machining and equipment to do some of the fulfillment. So we're seeing some cost savings across those things. But really, it's just a holistic approach that we're using across our business to control costs and to be as efficient as we can and just continue to lean into opportunities to drive profitability.
spk08: Super. Thanks so much. As a reminder, to ask a question, please press star followed by one on the telephone keypad. That's star followed by one on the telephone keypad. Our next question comes from Peter Keat from Piper Sandler. Peter, your line's not open. Please go ahead.
spk04: Hi, this is Matt Egger on for Peter. Thanks for taking our question. First for me, I'm curious, you've already kind of talked, mentioned it on today's call, but you mentioned that You're planning more around your wholesale partners with your promotion. Just curious how you plan to navigate these promotions on your DTC sites now. It seems like it might give a little bit of pressure to your DTC sites. So just curious how you're thinking about that and any cannibalization you might be expecting.
spk01: Yeah, I think, you know, we've talked about this on prior calls. You know, good question and kicks off some important dialogue. One of the things that we're really excited about with our wholesale partners is the attraction of new eyeballs. I think one of the epiphanies or insights that we uncovered last year is that our retail partners are bringing new customers to us that we weren't reaching online. So not to say that there's zero cannibalization as we put more price parity on our website with our retail partners, but we do believe that we're seeing new sets of customers and retail partners that we're super excited about. Ultimately, there's some level of competition that's created. But again, Summer talked about this just a few minutes ago. We look at the business holistically. At the end of the day, whether it's coming through direct-to-consumer channel online or whether it's coming through one of our retail wholesale partners, we believe that it's a healthy balance. And remember, we're still forecasting 75% of our business coming through direct-to-consumer channels. You know, overall, we still think that's a very healthy place to be. And in addition to that, what we're doing with wholesale partners in terms of our intentionality to drive customers that are buying in store for the first time back to our site for accessory purchases and other purchases that still allow us to create that direct connection to the customer and capture that first part of data. So we like the strategy.
spk04: we feel very good about that balance between wholesale and retail or sorry between retail and indirectly consumer and the way we're driving that right now okay good that's good to hear and then second for me um you mentioned uh some international launches that you're looking at i think you you called out asia i mean would this be a 2024 story or can you give us any more color on the timing around these new international launches and then Also, would there be any difference in margin given like you would think lower ocean freight or no ocean freight? So, how would that impact the margins? Appreciate it.
spk01: Yeah, good question and good insight. I'll maybe answer the last question first and the first question last. So, yeah, obviously, if we were to launch Asia, you know, with our locations of manufacturing partners or most of our manufacturing partners, there would certainly be a decrease in overall transportation costs. Obviously, those costs have come down. not as impactful as it would have been a couple years ago when people were paying $15,000 a container or whatever it is. But overall, that would be an improvement. In terms of the timing of when you might expect, if we just look at our historical international launches, Canada may be less of a pertinent one, but Europe in particular and Australia, and we think about the timing of ramp, even if we were to launch tomorrow, which we're not, this would be something that would be impactful more into 24 and 25. So not something that we're counting on or expecting anything meaningful from in 2023, but certainly laying the groundwork for the future, and we're excited about the opportunity.
spk02: All right. Thank you.
spk08: We currently have no further questions, so I'd like to hand the call back to the management team for closing remarks. Thank you.
spk01: Great. Thank you all for being on the call with us today and for the questions. We always enjoy the opportunity to talk about the business. We're obviously excited to perform in this environment and to continue to stand out from the crowd. So appreciate it. We'll look forward to being with you guys in a few months, and we'll be available for follow-ups with some of you. So feel free to reach out through ICR and our IR team.
spk08: Ladies and gentlemen, this concludes today's call. Thank you for joining. You may now disconnect your lines. Thank you.

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