Press Release

Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results

Company Release - 10/30/2019 4:03 PM ET

PHOENIX, Oct. 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. (Nasdaq: SFM) today reported results for the 13-week third quarter ended September 29, 2019. 

Third Quarter Highlights:

  • Net sales of $1.4 billion; an 8% increase from the same period in 2018

  • Comparable store sales growth of 1.5% and two-year comparable store sales growth of 3.0%

  • Net income of $26 million, compared to $38 million from the same period in 2018

  • Diluted and adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.22; compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.29 and adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.27 in the same period in 2018

  • Increased EPS guidance for 2019

“Reflecting on my first 100 days at Sprouts, I am even more privileged to be part of this unique brand and excited about the opportunities that lie ahead,” said Jack Sinclair, chief executive officer of Sprouts Farmers Market.   “While we are in the early stages of assessing our strategy for long-term growth and value creation, I am encouraged by the commitment from the team and their dedication to improve the performance of the business.”

Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results

Net sales for the third quarter of 2019 were $1.4 billion, an 8% increase compared to the same period in 2018. Net sales growth was driven by strong performance in new stores opened and a 1.5% increase in comparable store sales.

Gross profit for the quarter increased 8% to $477 million, resulting in a gross profit margin of 33.1%, a decrease of 25 basis points compared to the same period in 2018.  This was primarily driven by increased distribution and transportation costs, along with sharper promotions early in the quarter, which was partially offset by our efforts to better balance the promotional mix in the back half.

Selling, general and administrative expenses (“SG&A”) for the quarter increased 12% to $404 million, or 28.1% of sales, compared to 27.3% in the same period in 2018. Thirty-five basis points of this deleverage was due to the adoption of the new lease accounting standard. The remaining deleverage was due to investments in new stores, expansion of our home delivery program and higher healthcare costs.

Depreciation and amortization for the quarter increased 12% to $31 million, or 2.1% of sales, an increase of five basis points as compared to the same period in 2018.

Store closure and other costs for the quarter increased to $2 million compared to $0.5 million in the same period in 2018, related to executive severance and hurricane preparedness.

Net income for the quarter was $26 million compared to $38 million for the same period in 2018. Diluted and adjusted diluted earnings per share was $0.22, compared to diluted earnings per share $0.29 and adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.27, for the same period in 2018.  This decrease was driven primarily by the deleverage of SG&A, including the impact of the adoption of the new lease accounting standard in 2019. This was partially offset by fewer shares outstanding due to our repurchase program.

Fiscal Year-to-Date Financial Results

For the 39-week period ended September 29, 2019, net sales were $4.3 billion, an 8% increase compared to the same period in 2018. Growth was driven by strong performance in new stores opened and a 1.0% increase in comparable store sales.  Net income was $118 million compared to $146 million for the same period in 2018.  Diluted and adjusted diluted earnings per share was $0.98, compared to diluted earnings per share of $1.12 and adjusted diluted earnings per share of $1.10 for the same period in 2018.

Growth and Development

During the third quarter of 2019, we opened 9 new stores resulting in a total of 335 stores in 21 states.

Leverage and Liquidity

We generated cash from operations of $323 million year-to-date through September 29, 2019 and invested $130 million in capital expenditures net of landlord reimbursement, primarily for new stores. We ended the quarter with a $515 million balance on our revolving credit facility, $27 million of letters of credit outstanding under the facility, $80 million in cash and cash equivalents, and $55 million available under our current share repurchase authorization.

Q4 2019 Outlook

We have adjusted our guidance for the remainder of 2019, reflecting our year-to-date performance and our expectation for the remainder of the year:

 Q4 2019 GuidanceFull Year 2019 Guidance
Net sales growth6.5% to 7.5%--
Comparable store sales growth0 to 1%--
Diluted earnings per share 1$0.12 to $0.15$1.10 to $1.13
Effective tax rate--Approximately 24%
Capital expenditures (net of landlord reimbursements)--$150M to $160M

Footnotes

1 The adoption of the new lease accounting standard will result in net incremental noncash rent expense of approximately $7 million pre-tax (or approximately $0.04 decrease in diluted earnings per share) for 2019.

Third Quarter 2019 Conference Call

We will hold a conference call at 2 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time) on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, during which Sprouts executives will further discuss our third quarter 2019 financial results.

A webcast of the conference call will be available through Sprouts’ investor webpage located at investors.sprouts.com. Participants should register on the website approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the webcast.

The conference call will be available via the following dial-in numbers:

  • U.S. Participants: 877-398-9481

  • International Participants: +1-408-337-0130

  • Conference ID: 3477067

The audio replay will remain available for 72 hours and can be accessed by dialing 855-859-2056 (toll-free) or 404-537-3406 (international) and entering the confirmation code: 3477067.

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 regarding the company’s guidance, outlook, growth and opportunities. 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 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; the company’s ability to manage its transition to a new CEO and a new CFO; accounting standard changes including the new lease accounting guidance; and other factors as set forth from time to time in the company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including, without limitation, the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K. 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., one the fastest-growing retailers in the country, has made healthy living accessible to shoppers for nearly two decades by offering affordable, fresh, natural and organic products. True to its farmers market heritage, Sprouts is known for pioneering its unique grocery model by offering a welcoming store layout featuring fresh produce at the center of the store, an expansive bulk foods section, and a vitamin department focused on overall wellness. Sprouts also offers a unique assortment of healthier products with special attributes, such as plant-based, gluten-free, keto-friendly, and grass-fed, to meet the growing and diverse needs of today’s consumer. Headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., Sprouts employs more than 30,000 team members and operates approximately 340 stores in 22 states from coast to coast. Visit https://about.sprouts.com/ for more information.

SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
 (IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE AMOUNTS)

  Thirteen weeks ended  Thirty-nine weeks ended 
  September 29, 
2019
  September 30,
2018
  September 29, 
2019
  September 30,
2018
 
Net sales $1,440,222  $1,329,109  $4,269,844  $3,937,998 
Cost of sales  963,497   885,693   2,843,989   2,611,492 
Gross profit  476,725   443,416   1,425,855   1,326,506 
Selling, general and administrative expenses  404,285   362,584   1,162,226   1,051,771 
Depreciation and amortization (exclusive of depreciation included in cost of sales)  30,764   27,593   89,788   80,079 
Store closure and other costs  2,119   461   3,396   497 
Income from operations  39,557   52,778   170,445   194,159 
Interest expense, net  (5,557)  (7,411)  (15,997)  (20,015)
Other income     -      320 
Income before income taxes  34,000   45,367   154,448   174,464 
Income tax provision  (7,740)  (7,867)  (36,453)  (28,631)
Net income $26,260  $37,500  $117,995  $145,833 
Net income per share:                
Basic $0.22  $0.30  $0.98  $1.13 
Diluted $0.22  $0.29  $0.98  $1.12 
Weighted average shares outstanding:                
Basic  118,029   126,855   119,846   129,572 
Diluted  118,174   127,627   120,227   130,537 
                 

SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE AMOUNTS)

  September 29, 2019  December 30, 2018 
ASSETS        
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents $79,912  $1,588 
Accounts receivable, net  14,212   40,564 
Inventories  285,715   264,366 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  32,111   27,323 
Total current assets  411,950   333,841 
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation  742,235   766,429 
Operating lease assets  1,045,144    
Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization  185,440   194,803 
Goodwill  368,078   368,078 
Other assets  12,020   12,463 
Total assets $2,764,867  $1,675,614 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable $184,893  $120,266 
Accrued liabilities  158,010   133,703 
Accrued salaries and benefits  44,229   48,603 
Current portion of capital and financing lease obligations     7,428 
Current portion of operating lease liabilities  84,356    
Current portion of finance lease obligations  628    
Total current liabilities  472,116   310,000 
Long-term capital and financing lease obligations     119,642 
Long-term operating lease liabilities  1,107,872    
Long-term debt and finance lease liabilities  526,699   453,000 
Other long-term liabilities  43,932   153,377 
Deferred income tax liability  54,327   50,399 
Total liabilities  2,204,946   1,086,418 
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,
  118,138,870 shares issued and outstanding, September 29, 2019;
  124,975,691 shares issued and outstanding, December 30, 2018
  118   124 
Additional paid-in capital  668,522   657,140 
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income  (5,635)  1,134 
Accumulated deficit  (103,084)  (69,202)
Total stockholders' equity  559,921   589,196 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $2,764,867  $1,675,614 
         

SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
 (IN THOUSANDS)

  Thirty-nine weeks ended 
  September 29, 
2019
  September 30,
2018
 
Cash flows from operating activities        
Net income $117,995  $145,833 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:        
Depreciation and amortization expense  91,546   81,959 
Operating lease asset amortization  62,251    
Store closure and other costs  850    
Share-based compensation  6,901   11,673 
Deferred income taxes  (245)  29,773 
Other non-cash items  (2,873)  1,281 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
Accounts receivable  28,978   (10,299)
Inventories  (21,348)  (23,503)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  (2,379)  (13,758)
Other assets  (762)  (3,945)
Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities  100,674   3,240 
Accrued salaries and benefits  (4,054)  (2,130)
Operating lease liabilities  (52,209)   
Other long-term liabilities  (2,013)  15,342 
Cash flows from operating activities  323,312   235,466 
Cash flows used in investing activities        
Purchases of property and equipment  (146,480)  (148,432)
Cash flows used in investing activities  (146,480)  (148,432)
Cash flows used in financing activities        
Proceeds from revolving credit facilities  187,405   180,000 
Payments on revolving credit facilities  (125,405)  (93,000)
Payments on capital and financing lease obligations     (3,349)
Payments on finance lease obligations  (536)   
Payments of deferred financing costs     (2,131)
Cash from landlords related to capital and financing lease obligations     2,113 
Repurchase of common stock  (163,310)  (193,307)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options  4,483   21,051 
Other  (320)  (59)
Cash flows used in financing activities  (97,683)  (88,682)
Increase in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash  79,149   (1,648)
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of the period  2,248   19,479 
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at the end of the period $81,397  $17,831 
         

Reclassification of Certain Income Statement Items

In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, we made a voluntary change to our consolidated statements of income presentation as follows:

  • Reclassified occupancy costs and buying costs from cost of sales to selling, general and administrative expenses (“SG&A”);

  • Reclassified depreciation and amortization (exclusive of depreciation related to supply chain which continues to be included in cost of sales) to a separate financial statement line item; and

  • Combined direct stores expense (“DSE”) and store pre-opening costs with SG&A.

These reclassifications had no impact on sales, income from operations, net income or earnings per share.  We made this voluntary change in presentation because we believe that the exclusion of occupancy and buying costs from cost of sales provides a more meaningful presentation of our gross margin. The changes also enhance the comparability of our financial statements with those of many of our industry peers and align with how we internally manage and review costs and margin. Prior years amounts have been reclassified to reflect this change. Updated financials for the five years prior have been posted on investors.sprouts.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”), the company presents EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share. These measures are not in accordance with, and are not intended as alternatives to, GAAP. The company's management believes that this presentation provides 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 certain of these measures may be used as components of incentive compensation.

The company defines EBITDA as net income before interest expense, provision for income tax, and depreciation, amortization and accretion and adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA excluding the impact of special items. The company defines adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share by adjusting the applicable GAAP measure to remove the impact of special items.

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, non-GAAP measures should not be considered as a measure of discretionary cash available to use to reinvest in the growth of the company’s business, or as a measure of cash that will be available to meet the company’s obligations. Each non-GAAP measure 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 EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA to net income for the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended September 29, 2019 and September 30, 2018 and a reconciliation of net income and diluted earnings per share to adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share for the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended September 29, 2019 and September 30, 2018:

SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NON-GAAP MEASURE RECONCILIATION
(UNAUDITED)
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE AMOUNTS)

  Thirteen weeks ended  Thirty-nine weeks ended 
  September 29, 
2019
  September 30,
2018
  September 29, 
2019
  September 30,
2018
 
Net income $26,260  $37,500  $117,995  $145,833 
Income tax provision (1)  7,740   7,867   36,453   28,631 
Interest expense, net  5,557   7,411   15,997   20,015 
Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT)  39,557   52,778   170,445   194,479 
Depreciation, amortization and accretion  31,335   28,202   91,546   82,178 
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and
  amortization (EBITDA)
 $70,892  $80,980  $261,991  $276,657 
Special Items:                
Store closures (2)        508    
Total Special Items - pre-tax        508    
Adjusted EBITDA $70,892  $80,980  $262,499  $276,657 
                 
Net income $26,260  $37,500  $117,995  $145,833 
Special Items:                
Store closures, net of tax (2)        377    
One time tax benefit (3)     (2,573)     (2,573)
Adjusted Net income $26,260  $34,927  $118,372  $143,260 
                 
Diluted earnings per share $0.22  $0.29  $0.98  $1.12 
Adjusted diluted earnings per share $0.22  $0.27  $0.98  $1.10 
                 
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding  118,174   127,627   120,227   130,537 
                 

(1) Income tax provision includes approximately a $12 million (or $0.09 per diluted share) benefit during the thirty-nine weeks ended September 30, 2018 in excess federal and state tax for share based compensation primarily associated with the exercise of expiring pre-IPO options.

(2) Special items include the direct costs associated with store closures or relocations.  After-tax impact includes the tax benefit on the pre-tax charge.

(3) During the quarter ended September 30, 2018, the Company adopted a tax calculation method change for the accelerated deduction of certain items, resulting in a discrete tax benefit of $3 million that was recognized in the third quarter of 2018.

Source: Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc.
Phoenix, AZ
10/30/2019

Investor Contact: Media Contact:
Susannah LivingstonDiego Romero
(602) 682-1584(602) 682-3173
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