|SUPERVALU Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2011 Earnings|
MINNEAPOLIS, Jul 27, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU) today reported first quarter fiscal 2011 net sales of $11.5 billion and net earnings of $67 million, or $0.31 per diluted share. When adjusted for $25 million in net after-tax charges, or $0.12 per diluted share, primarily related to retail market exits in Connecticut and Cincinnati and the impact of the labor dispute at Shaw's, first quarter net earnings were $92 million, or $0.43 per diluted share. Craig Herkert, SUPERVALU's chief executive officer and president said, "While we are putting in place the right programs to best serve our customers, we are disappointed with our first quarter sales performance. We continue to control our margins well and take costs out of the business and are pleased to reaffirm our full-year earnings guidance before one-time items."
In the first quarter of fiscal 2010, the company reported net sales of $12.7 billion and net earnings of $113 million, or $0.53 per diluted share, including after-tax costs related to store closures of $3 million, or $0.02 per diluted share.
First Quarter Results
First quarter retail food net sales were $9.0 billion compared to $9.9 billion last year, a decrease of 9.6 percent, primarily reflecting the impact of identical store sales of negative 7.2 percent and previously announced market exits. Excluding Shaw's, which was impacted by a labor dispute during the quarter, identical store sales were negative 6.5 percent. The identical store sales performance resulted primarily from a challenging economic environment and heightened competitive activity. Retail square footage decreased 6.1 percent from the first quarter of fiscal 2010. Excluding the impact of market exits and store closures, total retail square footage increased 0.8 percent compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2010.
First quarter supply chain services net sales were $2.6 billion compared to $2.8 billion last year, a decrease of 7.9 percent, primarily reflecting Target's transition to self-distribution.
Retail food net sales in the first quarter of fiscal 2011 represented 77.5 percent of net sales compared to 77.9 percent last year. Supply chain services net sales in the first quarter of fiscal 2011 represented 22.5 percent of net sales compared to 22.1 percent last year.
Gross profit margin in the first quarter was $2.6 billion, or 22.5 percent of net sales, compared to $2.8 billion or 22.4 percent last year. The increase in gross margin as a percent of net sales primarily reflects more effective promotional spending partially offset by investments in price.
Selling and administrative expenses in the first quarter was $2.3 billion, or 19.9 percent of net sales, compared to $2.5 billion, or 19.6 percent last year. The increase in selling and administrative expenses as a percent of net sales was primarily the result of reduced sales leverage that more than offset the savings achieved from ongoing cost reduction initiatives.
Reported operating earnings for the first quarter were $301 million, or 2.6 percent of net sales, compared to $362 million, or 2.8 percent last year. Retail food operating earnings were $251 million, or 2.8 percent of net sales, which included $21 million in net pre-tax charges primarily related to retail market exits in Connecticut and Cincinnati, as well as the impact of the labor dispute at Shaw's. When adjusting for these items, retail food operating earnings were $272 million, or 3.0 percent of net sales. Last year's retail food operating earnings were $311 million, or 3.1 percent of net sales. Supply chain services operating earnings were $79 million, or 3.0 percent of sales, compared to $82 million, or 2.9 percent of sales last year.
Net interest expense for the first quarter was $174 million compared to $177 million last year primarily reflecting reduced borrowing levels. The company remains in compliance with all debt covenants.
SUPERVALU's income tax expense was $60 million, or 47.5 percent of pre-tax income, in the first quarter compared to $72 million, or 38.7 percent of pre-tax income in last year's first quarter. The current year includes $12 million of tax expense, reflecting the impact of non-deductible goodwill related to retail market exits in Connecticut and Cincinnati.
Total debt to capital was 72 percent at quarter end compared to 73 percent at fiscal 2010 year-end. This ratio is calculated as total debt, including current and long-term debt and obligations under capital leases, divided by the sum of total debt and total stockholders' equity.
Diluted weighted-average shares outstanding for the first quarter were 213 million shares compared to 212 million shares last year. As of June 19, 2010, SUPERVALU had 212 million shares outstanding.
First quarter net cash flows from operating activities were $337 million compared to $492 million in the prior year, primarily reflecting changes in working capital, as well as reduced net earnings. First quarter net cash flows used in investing activities were $83 million compared to $223 million last year, reflecting higher proceeds from asset sales and lower capital spending in the current year. First quarter capital spending was $173 million, including approximately $0.7 million in capital leases, compared to $238 million last year, including approximately $0.1 million in capital leases. Capital spending in the first quarter primarily reflects store remodeling activity and technology expenditures. During the quarter, the company completed 19 major remodels and 3 minor remodels. Net cash flows used in financing activities were $267 million in the first quarter compared to $234 million last year.
Fiscal 2011 Guidance
Fiscal 2011 net earnings on a GAAP basis are now expected to be in the range of $1.61 to $1.81, which has been revised to reflect our current estimate of the impact of non-GAAP adjustments for the previously announced market exits and including the labor dispute at Shaw's. Guidance on a non-GAAP basis remains $1.75 to $1.95. Identical store sales, excluding fuel, are now projected to be approximately negative 5 percent for the year.
(1) Comparison of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Non-GAAP financial measurements in this release are provided to assist in understanding the impact of certain one-time costs. We believe that adjusting for certain one-time costs will assist investors in making an evaluation of our performance. This information should not be construed as an alternative to the reported results, which have been determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.
SUPERVALU's fiscal 2011 guidance includes the following assumptions:
A conference call to review the first quarter results is scheduled for today at 9:00 a.m. (CDT). A live Web cast of the call will be available at http://investor.supervalu.com. An archive of the call is accessible via telephone by dialing (706) 645-9291 with passcode 86941825 and through the company's Web site at http://www.supervalu.com. The conference call archive will be available through August 10, 2010.
About SUPERVALU INC.
SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest companies in the U.S. grocery channel with estimated annual sales of $38 billion. SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of approximately 4,270 stores composed of approximately 1,160 traditional retail stores, including 820 in-store pharmacies; 1,190 hard-discount stores, of which 870 are operated by licensee owners; and 1,920 independent stores serviced primarily by the company's traditional food distribution business. SUPERVALU has approximately 154,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit http://www.supervalu.com.
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(1) Retail food operating earnings for the first quarter ended June 19, 2010 included charges of $21 for retail market exits and the impact of the labor dispute at Shaw's.
(2) Corporate operating earnings for the first quarter ended June 20, 2009 included charges of $5 related to store closures announced in the fourth quarter ended February 28, 2009.
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