Rite Aid Corporation announces operating results for its second fiscal quarter ended August 27, 2016

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2016-Sep-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the second quarter, the company reported revenues of $8.0 billion, net income of $14.8 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, Adjusted net income of $35.5 million, or $0.03 per diluted share and Adjusted EBITDA of $312.7 million, or 3.9 percent of revenues.

“In the second quarter, we continued to drive positive results in our Pharmacy Services Segment, which includes our EnvisionRx PBM, and had strong performance in our front-end business,” said Chairman and CEO John Standley. “We also saw improvements in prescription drug costs, but these improvements were more than offset by the challenging reimbursement rate environment, which we expect to continue through the remainder of the fiscal year. Heading forward, we will remain focused on operating our business as efficiently as possible while pursuing key growth opportunities such as our flu immunization campaign and converting additional stores to the Wellness format, which continue to perform well and now represent nearly half of our chain.”

Second Quarter Summary

Revenues for the quarter were $8.0 billion compared to revenues of $7.7 billion in the prior year’s second quarter, an increase of $365.0 million or 4.8 percent. Retail Pharmacy Segment revenues were $6.5 billion and decreased  2.4 percent compared to the prior year period primarily as a result of a decrease in same store sales. Revenues in the company’s Pharmacy Services Segment, which was acquired on June 24, 2015, were $1.6 billion.

Same store sales for the quarter decreased 2.5 percent over the prior year, consisting of a 3.6 percent decrease in pharmacy sales, partially offset by a 0.1 percent increase in front-end sales. Pharmacy sales included an approximate 101 basis point negative impact from new generic introductions. The number of prescriptions filled in same stores decreased 1.8 percent over the prior year period. Prescription sales accounted for 68.5 percent of total drugstore sales, and third party prescription revenue was 98.1 percent of pharmacy sales.

Net income was $14.8 million or $0.01 per diluted share compared to last year’s second quarter net income of $21.5 million or $0.02 per diluted share. The decline in operating results is due primarily to a higher LIFO charge, and a decline in Adjusted net income, partially offset by a $33.2 million loss on debt retirement in the prior year related to the redemption of the company’s 8.00% senior secured notes.

Adjusted net income and Adjusted net income per diluted share (which is reconciled to net income on the attached table) was $35.5 million or $0.03 per diluted share compared to last year’s second quarter Adjusted net income of $58.7 million or $0.06 per diluted share. The decline in Adjusted net income and Adjusted net income per share is due to a decrease in Adjusted EBITDA, partially offset by lower income tax and interest expenses.

Adjusted EBITDA (which is reconciled to net income on the attached table) was $312.7 million or 3.9 percent of revenues for the second quarter compared to $346.8 million or 4.5 percent of revenues for the same period last year. The decline in Adjusted EBITDA is due to a decrease of $51.0 million in the Retail Pharmacy Segment, resulting from lower gross profit and higher SG&A expense. Gross profit declined due to lower pharmacy gross profit partially offset by an increase in front end gross profit. Pharmacy gross profit decreased because of lower reimbursement rates and script count, partially offset by improvements in prescription drug costs. SG&A expense increased due to a shift in the timing of Memorial Day holiday pay and increased benefit costs. The decline in Retail Pharmacy Segment Adjusted EBITDA was partially offset by an increase of $16.8 million of Pharmacy Services Segment Adjusted EBITDA. This increase was due to strong operating results in the current year and the fact that prior year’s Pharmacy Services Segment results do not reflect a full quarter’s ownership of Envision Rx.

In the second quarter, the company opened 3 stores, relocated 6 stores, and remodeled 85 stores, bringing the total number of wellness stores chainwide to 2,214. The company also acquired 1 store and closed 14 stores, resulting in a total store count of 4,550 at the end of the second quarter. The company also opened 10 clinics in the second quarter, bringing the total to 90.

As previously announced on October 27, 2015, Rite Aid and Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (“WBA”) entered into a definitive agreement under which WBA will acquire all outstanding shares of Rite Aid for $9.00 per share in cash. The board of directors of both companies and Rite Aid’s shareholders have approved the transaction, which is subject to certain conditions, including, among others, the receipt of approval under applicable antitrust laws and other customary closing conditions. The company continues to believe that the transaction will close in the second half of calendar year 2016.

Rite Aid is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with 4,550 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through Rite Aid’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements

Statements in this release that are not historical and statements regarding the expected timing of the closing of the proposed merger with WBA and the ability of the parties to complete such transaction considering the various closing conditions and any assumptions underlying any of the foregoing, are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” and “will” and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, our high level of indebtedness and our ability to make interest and principal payments on our debt and satisfy the other covenants contained in our debt agreements, general economic, market and competitive conditions, our ability to improve the operating performance of our stores in accordance with our long term strategy, the impact of private and public third-party payers continued reduction in prescription drug reimbursements and efforts to encourage mail order, our ability to manage expenses and our investments in working capital, outcomes of legal and regulatory matters, changes in legislation or regulations, including healthcare reform, our ability to achieve the benefits of our efforts to reduce the costs of our generic and other drugs and risks related to the proposed merger. These and other risks, assumptions and uncertainties are more fully described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, in the definitive proxy statement that we filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 21, 2015 in connection with the proposed merger, and in other documents that we file or furnish with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which you are encouraged to read. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or anticipated by such forward-looking statements. Additionally, there can be no assurance that the proposed merger will be completed, or if it is completed, that it will close within the anticipated time period or that the expected benefits of the proposed merger will be realized. Accordingly, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Rite Aid expressly disclaims any current intention to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the distribution of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The company separately reports financial results on the basis of Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Net Income per diluted share, and Adjusted EBITDA, which are non-GAAP financial measures. See the attached tables for a reconciliation of Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Net Income per diluted share and Adjusted EBITDA to net income, and net income per diluted share, which are the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income per diluted share exclude amortization of EnvisionRx intangible assets, merger and acquisition-related costs, loss on debt retirements and LIFO adjustments. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income excluding the impact of income taxes, interest expense, depreciation and amortization, LIFO adjustments, charges or credits for facility closing and impairment, inventory write-downs related to store closings, debt retirements and other items (including stock-based compensation expense, merger and acquisition-related costs, severance and costs related to distribution center closures, gain or loss on sale of assets and revenue deferrals related to our customer loyalty program).

Contact:

Investors:
Matt Schroeder
717-214-8867
investor@riteaid.com

Media:
Susan Henderson
717-730-7766

Source:  Rite Aid Corporation

Dollar Tree, Inc. announces results for its second fiscal quarter ended July 30, 2016

CHESAPEAKE, Va., 2016-Aug-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores, today (August 25, 2016) reported results for its second fiscal quarter ended July 30, 2016.

Second Quarter Results

Second quarter fiscal 2016 results include nine additional weeks of operations for the Family Dollar segment when compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2015, which included four weeks of operations following the acquisition on July 6, 2015.

Net sales increased 65.9% to $5.00 billion from $3.01 billion in the prior year’s second quarter. The $1.99 billion increase was the result of an incremental $1.80 billion in net sales from Family Dollar stores, sales from new Dollar Tree stores, and a 1.2% same-store sales increase, on a constant currency basis. Same-store sales increased 2.7%, on a constant currency basis, in the prior-year period. Adjusted for the impact of Canadian currency fluctuations, the same-store sales increase was 1.1%. The positive same-store sales growth was driven by increases in customer count and average ticket.

Gross profit increased by $657.2 million, or 76.8%, to $1.51 billion in the second quarter compared to $855.2 million in the prior year’s second quarter. The increase included an incremental $588.4 million of gross profit for Family Dollar and a 9.2% increase in Dollar Tree’s gross profit for the quarter. As a percent of sales, gross margin increased to 30.3% compared to 28.4% in the prior year. The prior year’s second quarter included $60.0 million of markdown expense related to product assortment rationalization and planned liquidations at Family Dollar.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were 23.1% of sales compared to 24.3% of sales in the prior year’s second quarter. Excluding $17.7 million of acquisition-related costs from the prior year’s period, selling, general and administrative expenses, as a percent of sales, improved to 23.1% from 23.7%. This 60 basis point improvement was the result of lower payroll and operating and corporate expenses, as a percent of sales, partially offset by higher store repairs and maintenance expenses and depreciation expense.

Operating income increased 189.5% to $357.2 million compared with $123.4 million in the same period last year. Operating income margin increased to 7.1% in the current quarter from 4.1% in last year’s quarter. This increase in operating income is the result of an incremental $189.7 million of operating income in the Family Dollar segment, and a $44.1 million increase in operating income in the Dollar Treesegment.

The Company’s effective tax rate for the quarter was 36.9% compared to a benefit of 31.1% in the prior year period. The increase is primarily attributable to a pre-tax loss in the second quarter of 2015.

Net income compared to the prior year’s second quarter increased $268.2 million to $170.2 million, and diluted earnings per share increased to $0.72.

Bob Sasser, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “I am very pleased with the Company’s overall performance in our second quarter. Through what continues to be a challenging retail sales environment, we delivered gross margin improvement and managed expenses effectively to deliver earnings at the top end of our guidance range. In our Dollar Tree segment, we improved our operating margin and delivered our 34th consecutive quarter of positive same-store sales.”

Sasser added, “Just over a year ago, we completed our acquisition of Family Dollar and our integration continues to progress as planned. The stores are cleaner, the values are greater and our merchandise assortments are improving. Additionally, we are taking the necessary steps to develop our shared services support model, and are continuing our focus on cost-related synergy capture. As a combined organization, we are well-positioned to better serve more customers, generate significant cash flows and deliver long-term value to our shareholders.”

During the quarter, the Company opened 156 stores, expanded or relocated 52 stores, and closed 17 stores. Additionally, as part of its re-banner initiative, the Company opened 47 former Family Dollar store locations as new Dollar Tree stores. The Company also converted the remaining 32 Deals stores to Dollar Tree stores. Retail selling square footage at the end of the quarter was approximately 110.8 million square feet.

First Six Months Results

Consolidated net sales increased 94.3% to $10.08 billion from $5.19 billion in the first six months of 2015. The $4.89 billion increase was the result of $4.50 billion in incremental net sales from Family Dollar stores, sales from new Dollar Tree stores, and a 1.7% same-store sales increase, on a constant currency basis. Adjusted for the impact of Canadian currency fluctuations, the same-store sales increase was 1.6%.

Gross profit increased $1.46 billion, or 91.2%, to $3.07 billion from $1.60 billion in the first six months of 2015. As a percent of sales, gross margin decreased by 50 basis points to 30.4% compared to the prior year period.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were 22.7% of sales compared to 24.1% of sales in the first six months of 2015. Excluding $28.1 million of acquisition-related costs from the first six months of 2015, selling, general and administrative expenses, as a percent of sales, improved to 22.7% from 23.5%.

Net income increased $431.3 million compared to the prior year’s first six months, resulting in net income of $1.70 per diluted share.

Company Outlook

The Company estimates consolidated net sales for the third quarter of 2016 to range from $5.02 billion to $5.10 billion, based on a low single-digit increase in same-store sales. Diluted earnings per share are estimated to be in the range of $0.76 to $0.82.

Consolidated net sales for full-year 2016 are now expected to range between $20.69 billion and $20.87 billion compared to the Company’s previously expected range of $20.79 billion to $21.08 billion. This estimate is based on a low single-digit increase in same-store sales, and 4.0% square footage growth. The Company now anticipates net income per diluted share for full-year 2016 will range between $3.67and $3.82. This compares to its previous EPS guidance range of $3.58 to $3.80.

Conference Call Information

On Thursday, August 25, 2016, the Company will host a conference call to discuss its earnings results at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The telephone number for the call is 888-427-9376. A recorded version of the call will be available until midnight Thursday, September 1, 2016 and may be accessed by dialing 888-203-1112. The access code is 1772942. A webcast of the call is accessible through Dollar Tree’s website, and will remain online until Thursday, September 1, 2016.

Dollar Tree, a Fortune 200 Company, operated 14,129 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces as of July 30, 2016. Stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and Dollar Tree Canada. To learn more about the Company, visit www.DollarTree.com.

A WARNING ABOUT FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: Our press release contains “forward-looking statements” as that term is used in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements address future events, developments or results and typically use words such as believe, anticipate, expect, intend, plan, forecast, or estimate. For example, our forward-looking statements include statements regarding third quarter 2016 and full-year 2016 net sales and same-store sales, third quarter 2016 and full-year 2016 diluted earnings per share, square footage growth, the benefits, results, and effects of the merger including synergies, and future financial and operating results and shareholder value. For a discussion of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could affect our future events, developments or results, you should carefully review the “Risk Factors,” “Business” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed March 28, 2016 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We are not obligated to release publicly any revisions to any forward- looking statements contained in this press release to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this report and you should not expect us to do so.

Contact:
Randy Guiler
757-321-5284
Vice President, Investor Relations
www.DollarTree.com

Source: Dollar Tree, Inc.