CHARLOTTE, N.C.--()--Harris Teeter Supermarkets, Inc. (NYSE:HTSI) (the “Company”) today reported that sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 ended April 1, 2012 increased by 6.7% to $1.12 billion from $1.05 billion in the second quarter of fiscal 2011. For the 26 weeks ended April 1, 2012, sales increased by 7.6% to $2.24 billion from $2.08 billion for the comparable period of fiscal 2011. The increase in sales for the quarter and 26-week period was driven by an increase in comparable store sales and sales from new stores, partially offset by store closings. Comparable store sales increased by 3.91% for the quarter, and 4.62% for the 26-week period ended April 1, 2012, from the respective comparable periods of fiscal 2011. During the first half of fiscal 2012, the Company opened three new stores and closed one store. Since the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2011, the Company has opened six new stores and closed two stores, for a net addition of four stores. The Company operated 206 stores as of the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2012.
As previously disclosed, the Company sold all of its ownership interest in its wholly-owned industrial thread manufacturing company American & Efird, Inc. (“A&E”) on November 7, 2011. As such, A&E’s results of operations and financial position are reported as discontinued operations.
The Company reported net earnings of $30.3 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2012, compared to net earnings of $29.9 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2011. Net earnings for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 was comprised of earnings from continuing operations of $30.5 million, or $0.62 per diluted share, and a loss from discontinued operations of $0.2 million. Net earnings for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 was comprised of earnings from continuing operations of $26.2 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, and earnings from discontinued operations of $3.7 million.
Net earnings for the 26 weeks ended April 1, 2012 totaled $43.9 million and was comprised of earnings from continuing operations of $56.3 million, or $1.15 per diluted share and a loss from discontinued operations of $12.4 million. Net earnings for the 26 weeks ended April 3, 2011 totaled $68.0 million and was comprised of earnings from continuing operations of $60.6 million, or $1.24 per diluted share, and earnings from discontinued operations of $7.4 million. Earnings from continuing operations for fiscal 2012 was favorably impacted by a reversal of accrued interest amounting to $1.3 million that was associated with a reduction of the Company’s unrecognized tax liabilities. Fiscal 2011 earnings from continuing operations included a pre-tax gain of $19.5 million ($10.3 million after tax or $0.21 per diluted share) from the sale of the Company’s interest in a foreign investment.
Operating profit in the second quarter of fiscal 2012 increased by 10.1% to $52.5 million (4.68% of sales) from $47.7 million (4.54% of sales) in the first quarter of fiscal 2011. For the 26 weeks ended April 1, 2012, operating profit increased by 10.4% to $98.7 million (4.41% of sales) from $89.5 million (4.30% of sales) in the comparable period of fiscal 2011. The increase in operating profit was driven by increased gross profit that was offset, in part by increases in selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses.
Gross profit in the second quarter of fiscal 2012 increased by 8.4% to $343.6 million (30.66% of sales) from $317.1 million (30.19% of sales) in the second quarter of fiscal 2011. For the 26 weeks ended April 1, 2012, gross profit increased by 7.5% to $670.4 million (29.93% of sales) from $623.5 million (29.94% of sales) in the same period of fiscal 2011. The LIFO charge for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 was $2.3 million (0.20% of sales) as compared to $4.8 million (0.46% of sales) in the second quarter of fiscal 2011. The LIFO charge for the first half of fiscal 2012 was $5.9 million (0.26% of sales) as compared to $5.3 million (0.26% of sales) for the first half of fiscal 2011.
SG&A expenses for the second quarter and first half of fiscal 2012 increased from the respective prior year periods as a result of incremental store growth and its impact on associated operational costs. On a percent of sales basis, SG&A expenses increased by 32 basis points during the quarter and decreased 13 basis points for the 26 weeks ended April 1, 2012, as compared to the comparable periods of the prior year. The Company’s emphasis on cost controls and improved labor management has been effective in offsetting a portion of the increases in health and welfare costs, pension expense and other fringe benefit costs, as well as increased costs associated with the Company’s store remodeling program.
SG&A expenses included new store pre-opening costs of $1.4 million (0.13% of sales) and $1.9 million (0.18% of sales) in the second quarter of fiscal 2012 and fiscal 2011, respectively. Pre-opening costs for the 26-week periods ended April 1, 2012 and April 3, 2011 were $2.8 million (0.13% of sales) and $3.9 million (0.18% of sales), respectively. New store pre-opening costs fluctuate between reporting periods depending on the new store opening schedule and market location.
The pre-tax loss from discontinued operations for the 26 weeks ended April 1, 2012 amounted to $18.3 million, $12.4 million after tax benefits or $0.25 per diluted share. As disclosed last year, the Company expected to incur additional non-cash charges for the settlement of pension liabilities and other employee benefits in connection with the sale of A&E. Accordingly, the Company recorded non-cash charges of $26.3 million ($12.9 million after tax) during the first half of fiscal 2012 that related to these anticipated costs. The majority of these losses resulted from adjustments for the recognition of a pro-rata share of the pension plan’s accumulated unrecognized net actuarial losses that was previously included in Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income and the impact from allocating existing plan assets under pension regulations and was based upon preliminary actuarial estimates. Actuarial valuations and the final purchase price allocation are not expected to be finalized until the Company’s third quarter of fiscal 2012 and could result in additional adjustments.
Thomas W. Dickson, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer stated, “We are very pleased with our results for the quarter. Our pricing and promotional strategies continue to be effective in driving unit sales, customer visits and increasing market share. Our operating profit margin improvement for the year was driven by the reduction in our selling, general and administrative expense margin realized through the leverage created from the additional sales and our emphasis on cost controls. We believe these positive results are a result of our continuing commitment to our customers to deliver outstanding values and excellent customer service.”
The Company’s operating performance and strong financial position provides the flexibility to continue with its store development program for new and replacement stores along with the remodeling and expansion of existing stores. Capital expenditures for fiscal 2012 are planned to total approximately $215 million. During the remainder of fiscal 2012, the Company plans to open four new stores and complete major remodels on ten stores, five of which will be expanded in size. The remaining store openings for fiscal 2012 are expected to include three in the third quarter (one of which is a replacement for a store closed in the first quarter) and one in the fourth quarter. The new store development program for fiscal 2012 is expected to result in a 3.9% increase in retail square footage, as compared to a 3.2% increase in fiscal 2011. The Company routinely evaluates its existing store operations in regards to its overall business strategy and from time to time will close or divest underperforming stores.
The Company’s capital expenditure plans entail the continued expansion of its existing markets, including the Washington, D.C. metro market area which incorporates northern Virginia, the District of Columbia, southern Maryland and coastal Delaware. Real estate development by its nature is both unpredictable and subject to external factors including weather, construction schedules and costs. Any change in the amount and timing of new store development would impact the expected capital expenditures, sales and operating results.
The Company’s management remains cautious in its expectations for the remainder of fiscal 2012 due to the current economic environment and its impact on the Company’s customers. The Company will continue to refine its merchandising strategies to respond to the changing shopping demands. The retail grocery market remains intensely competitive, and any operating improvement will be dependent on the Company’s ability to increase its market share and to effectively execute the Company’s strategic expansion plans.
This news release may contain forward-looking statements that involve uncertainties. A discussion of various important factors that could cause results to differ materially from those expressed in such forward-looking statements is shown in reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission and include: generally adverse economic and industry conditions; changes in the competitive environment; economic or political changes; changes in federal, state or local regulations affecting the Company; the passage of future tax legislation, or any negative regulatory or judicial position which prevails; management's ability to predict the adequacy of the Company's liquidity to meet future requirements; volatility of financial and credit markets which would affect access to capital for the Company; changes in the Company's expansion plans and their effect on store openings, closings and other investments; the ability to predict the required contributions to the Company's pension and other retirement plans; the Company’s requirement to impair recorded long-lived assets; the cost and availability of energy and raw materials; the continued solvency of third parties on leases that the Company guarantees; the Company’s ability to recruit, train and retain effective employees; changes in labor and employer benefits costs, such as increased health care and other insurance costs; the Company’s ability to successfully integrate the operations of acquired businesses; the extent and speed of successful execution of strategic initiatives; and, unexpected outcomes of any legal proceedings arising in the normal course of business. Other factors not identified above could cause actual results to differ materially from those included, contemplated or implied by the forward-looking statements made in this news release.
Harris Teeter Supermarkets, Inc. operates a leading regional supermarket chain in eight states primarily in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic United States, and the District of Columbia.
Selected information regarding Harris Teeter Supermarkets, Inc. and its subsidiaries follows. For more information on Harris Teeter Supermarkets, Inc., visit our web site at: www.harristeeter.com.
|Harris Teeter Supermarkets, Inc.|
|Consolidated Condensed Statements of Earnings|
|(in thousands, except per share data)|
|13 Weeks Ended||26 Weeks Ended|
|April 1, 2012||April 3, 2011||April 1, 2012||April 3, 2011|
|Cost of Sales||776,822||69.34||%||733,070||69.81||%||1,569,568||70.07||%||1,458,928||70.06||%|
|Selling, General and Administrative|
|Other Expense (Income):|
|Net investment loss (gain)||-||0.00||%||114||0.01||%||-||0.00||%||(19,392||)||-0.93||%|
|Earnings From Continuing Operations|
|Before Income Taxes||49,186||4.39||%||42,506||4.05||%||90,758||4.05||%||99,374||4.77||%|
|Income Tax Expense||18,730||1.67||%||16,333||1.56||%||34,486||1.54||%||38,795||1.86||%|
|Earnings from Continuing|
|Operations, Net of Income Taxes||30,456||2.72||%||26,173||2.49||%||56,272||2.51||%||60,579||2.91||%|
|Earnings (Loss) from Operations of|
|Income Tax (Benefit) Expense||(142||)||2,771||(5,985||)||4,634|
|Earnings (Loss) from Discontinued|
|Operations, Net of Income Taxes||(202||)||3,733||(12,359||)||7,460|
|Net Earnings (Loss) Per Share - Basic:|
|Net Earnings (Loss) Per Share - Diluted:|
|Weighted Average Number of Shares of|
|Common Stock Outstanding:|
|Dividends Declared Per Common Share||$||0.14||$||0.13||$||0.27||$||0.26|
|Effective Tax Rate on Continuing Operations||38.1||%||38.4||%||38.0||%||39.0||%|
|Harris Teeter Supermarkets, Inc.|
|Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets|
|April 1,||October 2,||April 3,|
|Cash and Cash Equivalents||$||232,476||$||164,479||$||64,010|
|Accounts Receivable, Net||52,784||47,088||51,115|
|Refundable Income Taxes||10,042||15,055||-|
|Deferred Income Taxes||5,023||1,321||828|
|Prepaid Expenses and Other Current Assets||26,772||24,576||24,675|
|Current Assets of Discontinued Operations||-||220,017||270,739|
|Total Current Assets||617,756||759,673||681,435|
|Other Long-Term Assets||82,440||79,118||78,814|
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
|Current Portion of Long-Term Debt and Capital Lease Obligations||$||4,137||$||3,902||$||4,093|
|Income Taxes Payable||-||-||2,196|
|Other Current Liabilities||79,410||87,805||72,413|
|Current Liabilities of Discontinued Operations||-||71,571||68,469|
|Total Current Liabilities||386,651||479,373||412,719|
|Long-Term Debt and Capital Lease Obligations||210,702||283,428||285,880|
|Deferred Income Taxes||23,175||19,674||3,497|
|Other Long-Term Liabilities||111,397||113,250||111,785|
|Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss||(101,412||)||(100,423||)||(105,470||)|
|Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss of Discontinued Operations||-||(19,048||)||(17,939||)|
|Total Shareholders' Equity of Harris Teeter Supermarkets, Inc.||1,021,668||969,275||950,341|
|Noncontrolling Interest of Discontinued Operations||-||5,807||5,749|
|Total Shareholders' Equity||1,021,668||975,082||956,090|
|Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity||$||1,858,052||$||1,984,424||$||1,896,524|
|Harris Teeter Supermarkets, Inc.|
|Consolidated Condensed Statements of Cash Flows|
|26 Weeks Ended|
|April 1,||April 3,|
|Cash Flow From Operating Activities:|
|Loss (Earnings) from Discontinued Operations||12,359||(7,460||)|
|Non-Cash Items Included in Net Income|
|Depreciation and Amortization||66,885||63,652|
|Deferred Income Taxes||2,153||146|
|Net Gain on Sale of Property and Investments||(162||)||(19,343||)|
|Changes in Operating Accounts Providing (Utilizing) Cash|
|Prepaid Expenses and Other Current Assets||(1,304||)||4,268|
|Other Current Liabilities||(8,439||)||1,043|
|Other Long-Term Operating Accounts||(30,191||)||(32,571||)|
|Net Cash Used by Operating Activities of Discontinued Operations||-||(576||)|
|Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities||67,729||81,667|
|Purchase of Other Investments||(591||)||(14,402||)|
|Proceeds from Sale of Property and Investments||170,418||50,297|
|Investments in Company-Owned Life Insurance||(611||)||(1,073||)|
|Net Cash Used by Investing Activities of Discontinued Operations||-||(1,285||)|
|Net Cash Provided (Used) by Investing Activities||98,795||(38,143||)|
|Payments on Long-Term Debt and Capital Lease Obligations||(81,357||)||(28,267||)|
|Proceeds from Stock Issued||314||360|
|Share-Based Compensation Tax Benefits||1,838||762|
|Shares Effectively Purchased and Retired for Withholding Taxes||(5,129||)||(2,485||)|
Net Cash Used by Financing Activities of Discontinued Operations
|Net Cash Used by Financing Activities||(98,527||)||(42,906||)|
|Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents||67,997||618|
|Effect of Foreign Currency Fluctuations on Cash of Discontinued Operations||-||81|
|Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Period||164,479||73,612|
|Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period||$||232,476||$||74,311|
|Cash and Cash Equivalents of Continuing Operations||$||232,476||$||64,010|
|Cash and Cash Equivalents of Discontinued Operations||-||$||10,301|
|SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION|
|Cash Paid During the Year for:|
|Interest, Net of Amounts Capitalized||$||9,357||$||9,701|
|Assets Acquired Under Capital Leases||8,866||12,144|
|Note Received in Connection with Sale of Investments||-||2,855|
|Harris Teeter Supermarkets, Inc.|
|13 Weeks Ended||26 Weeks Ended|
|April 1,||April 3,||April 1,||April 3,|
|Comparable Store Sales Increase||3.91||%||1.42||%||4.62||%||1.81||%|
|Store Brand Penetration Based on Units||24.15||%||24.48||%||24.25||%||24.08||%|
|Store Brand Penetration Based on Sales||24.98||%||24.38||%||25.24||%||24.40||%|
|Beginning number of stores||206||201||204||199|
|Opened during the period||-||2||3||4|
|Closed during the period||-||(1||)||(1||)||(1||)|
|Stores in operation at end of period||206||202||206||202|
Definition of Comparable Store Sales:
|Comparable store sales are computed using corresponding calendar weeks to account for the occasional|
|extra week included in a fiscal year. A new store must be in operation for 14 months before it enters into|
|the calculation of comparable store sales. A closed store is removed from the calculation in the month|
|in which its closure is announced. A new store opening within an approximate two-mile radius of an|
|existing store that is to be closed upon the new store opening is included as a replacement store in|
|the comparable store sales measure as if it were the same store. Sales increases resulting from existing|
|comparable stores that are expanded in size are included in the calculations of comparable store sales, if|
|the store remains open during the construction period.|