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Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results

(August 07, 2014)

PHOENIX, Aug. 7, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq:SFM) today reported results for its 13-week second quarter ended June 29, 2014.



Second Quarter Highlights:




  • Net sales of $743.8 million; a 20% increase from the same period in 2013


  • Comparable store sales growth of 9.5% and two-year combined pro forma comparable store sales growth of 20.3%


  • Net income increased to $30.2 million with diluted earnings per share of $0.20


  • Adjusted net income increased 68% to $30.2 million; compared to $18.0 million from the same period in 2013


  • Adjusted diluted earnings per share increased 43% to $0.20; compared to $0.14 from the same period in 2013


  • Adjusted EBITDA of $69.1 million; a 31% increase from adjusted EBITDA from the same period in 2013


  • Increased the Company's guidance for 2014



"We are very proud of our continuing strong sales growth during the quarter and ability to leverage those sales into outstanding earnings improvement," said Doug Sanders, president and chief executive officer of Sprouts Farmers Market. "These results give us confidence to increase our financial outlook for the year. During the quarter, we opened our first store in the Southeast with tremendous response from customers. The early positive reception reinforces the broad appeal of our healthy, value-focused model and demonstrates our ability to deliver on our growth strategy."


In order to aid understanding of the Company's business performance, it has presented results in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP") and has also presented adjusted net income, adjusted diluted earnings per share and adjusted EBITDA, which are non-GAAP measures that are explained and reconciled to the comparable GAAP measures in the tables included in this release. Where applicable, the numbers below are first presented on a GAAP basis and then on an adjusted basis.




Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results



Net sales in the second quarter of 2014 were $743.8 million, or a 20% increase compared to the same period in 2013. Net sales growth was driven by strong performance in new stores opened, including the Company's first new store in the Atlanta market, and a 9.5% increase in comparable store sales growth.



Gross profit for the quarter increased 20% to $224.0 million resulting in a gross profit margin of 30.1% of sales, consistent with the same period in 2013. Leverage in occupancy, utilities and buying costs were offset by lower merchandise margins from increased promotional activities and higher inflation in certain categories.



Direct store expenses as a percentage of sales for the quarter decreased 60 basis points to 19.2% compared to the same period in 2013. This was primarily due to leverage in labor and depreciation, and also a decrease in insurance expense.



Selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of sales for the quarter decreased 20 basis points to 3.1% compared to the same period in 2013. This was primarily due to leverage in advertising.



Net income for the quarter was $30.2 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.20, up $17.7 million from the same period in 2013. Net income for the second quarter of 2013 included a pre-tax loss on extinguishment of debt of $8.2 million. Excluding adjustments for the quarter, adjusted net income increased 68% to $30.2 million, compared to $18.0 million in the same period in 2013, and adjusted EBITDA totaled $69.1 million, up $16.4 million, or 31%, from the same period in 2013. These increases were driven by higher sales and operating leverage. In addition, net income benefited from lower interest expense due to a lower principal balance on our term loan and a decrease of interest expense from our April 2013 refinancing. Adjusted diluted earnings per share was $0.20, a 43% increase from adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.14 from the same period in 2013.



Fiscal Year-to-Date Financial Results



For the 26-week period ended June 29, 2014, net sales were $1.5 billion, or a 23% increase compared to the same period in 2013. Growth was driven by an 11.1% increase in comparable store sales growth and strong performance in new stores opened. Net income was $63.9 million, up $33.3 million from the same period in 2013. Net income year-to-date included $1.4 million pre-tax secondary offering expenses; $0.3 million pre-tax store closure and exit costs; and $1.0 million pre-tax loss on disposal of assets. Net income for 2013 included $1.7 million pre-tax store closure and exit costs, and a pre-tax loss on extinguishment of debt of $8.2 million.   Excluding these items, adjusted net income increased 79% to $65.6 million compared to $36.5 million in the same period in 2013. Adjusted EBITDA totaled $146.6 million, up $41.8 million or 40% from the same period in 2013. Adjusted diluted earnings per share was $0.43, a 54% increase from adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.28 from the same period in 2013.



Growth and Development



During the second quarter of 2014, the Company opened six new stores – two in Nevada, and one each in Arizona, California, Colorado and Georgia. Five additional stores, including the Company's second store in Atlanta, have been opened in the third quarter to date, bringing 2014 new store openings to 15 for a total of 182 stores in ten states as of August 7, 2014. The Company expects to open a total of 24 stores during 2014.



Leverage and Liquidity



The Company generated cash from operations of $137.9 million year-to-date through June 29, 2014 and invested $57.8 million in capital expenditures, primarily for new stores. The Company ended the quarter with a principal balance on its term loan of $314.8 million, $184.3 million in cash and cash equivalents and $52.6 million available under its revolving credit facility.  



2014 Outlook



The following provides updated information on the Company's guidance for 2014:






















 

Q3 2014

 

Guidance

Comparable store sales growth

8.5% to 9.5%

Two-year combined pro forma comparable store sales growth

18.5% to 19.5%

































































 

 

 

 

Full-year 2014

Full-year 2014

 

Current Guidance

Prior Guidance

Net sales growth

19% to 20%

18% to 20%

Unit growth

24 new stores

23 to 24 new sores

Comparable store sales growth 

8.5% to 9.5%

8.5% to 9.5%

Adjusted EBITDA growth

25% to 27%

23% to 25%

Adjusted net income growth

45% plus

40% plus

Adjusted diluted earnings per share (1)

$0.65 to $0.67

$0.63 to $0.65 

Adjusted diluted earnings per share growth (1)

35% to 40%

31% to 35%

Capital expenditures 

$110M to $120M

$110M to $120M

(net of landlord reimbursements) 

 

 


The Company's adjusted diluted earnings per share, adjusted net income and adjusted EBITDA guidance for the year do not include charges and costs which are expected to be similar to those charges and costs excluded from adjusted diluted earnings per share, adjusted net income and adjusted EBITDA in prior periods. Please see the explanation and reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to the comparable GAAP measures for the thirteen weeks ended June 29, 2014 and June 30, 2013 in the tables included below. 



(1)  Based on a weighted average share count of approximately 154 million shares for 2014.



Second Quarter 2014 Conference Call



The Company will hold a conference call at 2 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time) on Thursday, August 7, 2014, during which Sprouts' executives will further discuss the Company's second quarter 2014 financial results. 



A webcast of the conference call will be available through Sprouts' investor webpage located at http://investors.sprouts.com. For those participating via teleconference, the phone number for the call is 1-877-398-9481 (U.S.) or 1-408-337-0130 (international), and the passcode is 70930427. Participants are encouraged to dial in 10 minutes early. A replay of the event will remain available for two weeks and can be accessed by dialing 1-855-859-2056 (toll-free) or 1-404-537-3406 (international) and entering the confirmation code: 70930427. An archive of the webcast will be available for one year at http://investors.sprouts.com, under "Events and Presentations."



Important Information Regarding Outlook



There is no guarantee that Sprouts will achieve its projected financial expectations, which are based on management estimates, currently available information and assumptions that management believes to be reasonable. These expectations are inherently subject to significant economic, competitive and other uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of management. See "Forward-Looking Statements" below.



Forward-Looking Statements



Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical fact (including, but not limited to, statements to the effect that Sprouts Farmers Market or its management "anticipates," "plans," "estimates," "expects," or "believes," or the negative of these terms and other similar expressions) should be considered forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements to the effect that the Company believes that the early positive reception to its expansion reinforces the broad appeal of the Company's healthy, value-focused model and demonstrates its ability to deliver on its growth strategy, the Company's expected new store openings and the Company's guidance and outlook for 2014. These statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from expectations as of the date of this release. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks associated with the Company's ability to successfully compete in its intensely competitive industry; the Company's ability to successfully open new stores; the Company's ability to manage its rapid growth; the Company's ability to maintain or improve its operating margins; the Company's ability to identify and react to trends in consumer preferences; product supply disruptions; general economic conditions; and other factors as set forth from time to time in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings. The Company intends these forward-looking statements to speak only as of the time of this release and does not undertake to update or revise them as more information becomes available, except as required by law.



Corporate Profile



Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. is a healthy grocery store offering fresh, natural and organic foods at great prices. We offer a complete shopping experience that includes fresh produce, bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, packaged groceries, meat and seafood, baked goods, dairy products, frozen foods, natural body care and household items catering to consumers' growing interest in health and wellness. Recently named one of the top five supermarket chains by Consumer Reports and headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Sprouts employs more than 17,000 team members and operates more than 180 stores in ten states. For more information, visit www.sprouts.com or @sproutsfm on Twitter.































































































































































































SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(UNAUDITED)

(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE AMOUNTS) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thirteen Weeks Ended

Twenty-Six Weeks Ended

 

June 29, 2014

June 30, 2013

June 29, 2014

June 30, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Net sales

 $ 743,810

 $ 622,367

 $ 1,466,416

 $ 1,196,061

Cost of sales, buying and occupancy

 519,762

 435,340

 1,018,509

 835,114

Gross profit

 224,048

 187,027

 447,907

 360,947

Direct store expenses

 143,155

 122,985

 281,386

 237,646

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 23,100

 20,728

 45,579

 37,452

Store pre-opening costs

 2,420

 2,303

 3,367

 4,017

Store closure and exit costs

 (200)

 933

 333

 1,708

Income from operations

 55,573

 40,078

 117,242

 80,124

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

 (6,520)

 (11,391)

 (12,987)

 (21,556)

Other income

 100

 111

 196

 244

Loss on extinguishment of debt

 -

 (8,175)

 -

 (8,175)

Income before income taxes

 49,153

 20,623

 104,451

 50,637

Income tax provision

 (19,002)

 (8,155)

 (40,567)

 (20,052)

Net income

 $ 30,151

 $ 12,468

 $ 63,884

 $ 30,585

Net income per share:

 

 

 

 

Basic

 $ 0.20

 $ 0.10

 $ 0.43

 $ 0.24

Diluted

 $ 0.20

 $ 0.10

 $ 0.42

 $ 0.24

Weighted average shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

Basic

 149,681

 125,958

 148,720

 125,963

Diluted

 154,039

 129,716

 153,670

 129,438



































































































































































































 

SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(UNAUDITED)

(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AMOUNTS)

 

June 29,

 2014

December 29,

2013

ASSETS

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 $ 184,273

 $ 77,652

Accounts receivable, net

 11,283

 9,524

Inventories

 134,655

 118,256

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 2,523

 8,049

Deferred income tax asset

 8,038

 18,146

Total current assets

 340,772

 231,627

Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation

 399,328

 348,830

Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization

 194,821

 195,467

Goodwill

 368,078

 368,078

Deferred income tax asset

 14,349

 15,267

Other assets

 13,580

 13,135

Total assets

 $ 1,330,928

 $ 1,172,404

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

 

Accounts payable

 $ 159,267

 $ 111,159

Accrued salaries and benefits

 23,146

 22,287

Other accrued liabilities

 33,552

 32,958

Current portion of capital and financing lease obligations

 5,097

 3,395

Current portion of long-term debt

 5,837

 5,822

Total current liabilities

 226,899

 175,621

Long-term capital and financing lease obligations

 119,130

 116,177

Long-term debt

 302,495

 305,418

Other long-term liabilities

 70,754

 61,417

Total liabilities

 719,278

 658,633

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

Stockholders' equity:

 

 

Undesignated preferred stock; $0.001 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding

 -

 -

Common stock, $0.001 par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized, 149,743,668 and 147,616,560 shares issued and outstanding, June 29, 2014 and December 29, 2013, respectively

 149

 147

Additional paid-in capital

 513,120

 479,127

Retained earnings

 98,381

 34,497

Total stockholders' equity

 611,650

 513,771

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

 $ 1,330,928

 $ 1,172,404






























































































































































































































































 

SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(UNAUDITED)

(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE AMOUNTS)

 

Twenty-Six Weeks Ended

 

June 29, 2014

June 30, 2013

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

Net income

 $ 63,884

 $ 30,585

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

 

 

Depreciation and amortization expense

 26,071

 22,639

Accretion of asset retirement obligation

 83

 71

Amortization of financing fees and debt issuance costs

 785

 1,479

Loss on disposal of property and equipment

 994

 8

Gain on sale of intangible assets

 -

 (19)

Equity-based compensation

 2,995

 2,665

Non-cash loss on extinguishment of debt

 -

 7,976

Deferred income taxes

 11,025

 14,070

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

Accounts receivable

 (1,860)

 (792)

Inventories

 (16,399)

 (10,761)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 5,524

 922

Other assets

 (636)

 163

Accounts payable

 34,012

 28,383

Accrued salaries and benefits

 859

 (2,404)

Other accrued liabilities

 594

 (4,939)

Other long-term liabilities

 9,958

 6,503

Net cash provided by operating activities

 137,889

 96,549

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment

 (57,793)

 (51,676)

Proceeds from sale of intangible assets

 -

 172

Proceeds from sale of property and equipment

 115

 2

Net cash used in investing activities

 (57,678)

 (51,502)

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

Borrowings on term loan, net of financing costs

 -

 688,127

Payments on term loan

 (3,500)

 (405,100)

Payments on senior subordinated notes

 -

 (35,000)

Payments on capital lease obligations

 (244)

 (243)

Payments on financing lease obligations

 (1,423)

 (1,398)

Payments on deferred financing costs

 -

 (1,370)

Payments on prepaid IPO costs

 -

 (970)

Cash from landlords related to financing lease obligations

 577

 881

Payment to stockholders and optionholders

 -

 (295,921)

Excess tax benefit for exercise of stock options and antidilution payment to optionholders

 26,214

 4,402

Repurchase of shares

 -

 (113)

Proceeds from the exercise of stock options

 4,786

 75

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

 26,410

 (46,630)

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 106,621

 (1,583)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period

 77,652

 67,211

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

 $ 184,273

 $ 65,628


Non-GAAP Financial Measures



In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with GAAP, the Company has presented adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per share and adjusted EBITDA. These measures are not in accordance with, and are not intended as an alternative to, GAAP. The Company's management believes that these presentations provide useful information to management, analysts and investors regarding certain additional financial and business trends relating to its results of operations and financial condition. In addition, management uses these measures for reviewing the financial results of the Company, and they are a component of incentive compensation. The Company defines adjusted net income as net income excluding store closure and exit costs, one-time costs associated with its combination with Henry's Holdings, LLC (the "Henry's Transaction") and its acquisition of Sunflower Farmers Market, Inc. (the "Sunflower Transaction," and together with the Henry's Transaction, the "Transactions"), gain and losses from disposal of assets and the loss of extinguishment of debt. The Company defines adjusted diluted earnings per share as adjusted net income divided by the weighted average diluted shares outstanding. The Company defines EBITDA as net income before interest expense, provision for income tax, and depreciation and amortization, and defines adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA excluding store closure and exit costs, one-time costs associated with the Transactions, gains and losses from disposal of assets and the loss on extinguishment of debt.



These non-GAAP measures are intended to provide additional information only and do not have any standard meanings prescribed by GAAP. Use of these terms may differ from similar measures reported by other companies. Because of their limitations, none of these non-GAAP measures should be considered as a measure of discretionary cash available to use to reinvest in growth of the Company's business, or as a measure of cash that will be available to meet the Company's obligations. Each of these non-GAAP measures has its limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider them in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the Company's results as reported under GAAP.



The following table shows a reconciliation of adjusted net income and adjusted EBITDA to net income, and adjusted earnings per share to net income per share, for the thirteen and twenty-six weeks ended June 29, 2014 and net income for the thirteen and twenty-six weeks ended June 30, 2013:















































































































































































































 

Thirteen Weeks Ended

Twenty-Six Weeks Ended

 

June 29, 2014

June 30, 2013

June 29, 2014

June 30, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 $ 30,151

 $ 12,468

 $ 63,884

 $ 30,585

Income tax provision

 19,002

 8,155

 40,567

 20,052

Net income before income taxes

 49,153

 20,623

 104,451

 50,637

Store closure and exit costs (a)

 (200)

 933

 333

 1,708

Costs associated with acquisitions and integration

 -

 -

 -

 (16)

Loss/(gain) on disposal of assets (b)

 267

 (2)

 994

 6

Secondary offering expenses including employment taxes on options exercises (c)

 42

 -

 1,446

 -

Loss on extinguishment of debt (d)

 -

 8,175

 -

 8,175

Adjusted income tax provision (e)

 (19,044)

 (11,756)

 (41,644)

 (23,962)

Adjusted net income

 30,218

 17,973

 65,580

 36,548

Interest expense, net

 6,520

 11,390

 12,987

 21,550

Adjusted income tax provision (e)

 19,044

 11,756

 41,644

 23,962

Adjusted earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT)

 55,782

 41,119

 120,211

 82,060

Depreciation, amortization and accretion

 13,322

 11,598

 26,357

 22,710

Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA)

 $ 69,104

 $ 52,717

 $ 146,568

 $ 104,770

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted Net Income Per Share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income per share - basic

 $ 0.20

 $ 0.10

 $ 0.43

 $ 0.24

Per share impact of net income adjustments

 $ -

 $ 0.04

 $ 0.01

 $ 0.05

Adjusted net income per share - basic

 $ 0.20

 $ 0.14

 $ 0.44

 $ 0.29

 

 

 

 

 

Net income per share - diluted

 $ 0.20

 $ 0.10

 $ 0.42

 $ 0.24

Per share impact of net income adjustments

 $ -

 $ 0.04

 $ 0.01

 $ 0.04

Adjusted net income per share - diluted

 $ 0.20

 $ 0.14

 $ 0.43

 $ 0.28


(a) Store closure and exit costs have been excluded from adjusted EBITDA, and from adjusted net income. For the thirteen weeks ended June 29, 2014 these costs included the benefit of a write-off of a liability related to our former warehouse and ongoing expenses related to prior closures. For the twenty-six weeks ended June 29, 2014, these costs included relocation of one store, the benefit of the write-off of a liability related to our former warehouse and ongoing expenses related to prior closures. For the thirteen and twenty-six weeks ended June 30, 2013 these consist primarily of the costs to close a former Sunflower warehouse following the Sunflower Transaction and adjustments to sublease estimates for stores and facilities already closed.



(b) Loss/(gain) on disposal of assets represents the gains and losses recorded in connection with the disposal of property and equipment. The Company excludes losses on disposals of assets from its adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income to provide period-to-period comparability of its operating results because management believes these costs do not directly reflect the ongoing performance of its store operations.



(c) Secondary offering expenses including employment taxes on options exercises represents expenses the Company incurred in its secondary public offerings and employment taxes paid by the Company in connection with options exercised in those offerings. The Company has excluded these items from its adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income to provide period-to-period comparability of its operating results because management believes these costs do not directly reflect the performance of its store operations.



(d) Loss on extinguishment of debt represents expenses the Company recorded in connection with its April 2013 refinancing including write-off of deferred financing costs and original issue discounts associated with former credit agreement. The Company has excluded this item from its adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income to provide period-to-period comparability of its operating results because management believes these costs do not directly reflect the performance of its store operations.



(e) Adjusted income tax provision for all periods presented represents the income tax provision plus the tax effect of the adjustments described in notes (a) through (d) above based on statutory tax rates for the period. The Company has excluded these items from its adjusted income tax provision because management believes they do not directly reflect the ongoing performance of its store operations and are not reflective of its ongoing income tax provision.


CONTACT: Investor Contact:
Susannah Livingston
(602) 682-1584
susannahlivingston@sprouts.com

Media Contact:
Donna Egan
(602) 682-3152
donnaegan@sprouts.com



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