Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results

Company Release - 10/28/2020

PHOENIX, Oct. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. (Nasdaq: SFM) today reported results for the 13-week third quarter ended September 27, 2020.

Third Quarter Highlights:

  • Net sales of $1.6 billion; a 9.5% increase from the same period in 2019
  • Comparable store sales growth of 4.2% and two-year comparable store sales growth of 5.7%
  • Net income of $60 million and adjusted net income(1) of $62 million; compared to net income and adjusted net income of $26 million from the same period in 2019
  • Diluted earnings per share of $0.51 and adjusted diluted earnings per share(1) of $0.52; compared to $0.22 diluted and adjusted diluted earnings per share from the same period in 2019

“Sprouts continues to prioritize the wellbeing of our team members and customers through our safe store operations and the wholesome foods we offer,” said Jack Sinclair, chief executive officer of Sprouts Farmers Market. “Our strong financial performance in the third quarter was driven by our curation of healthy offerings, coupled with ongoing strategic changes. With each passing quarter, the progression of our strategy strengthens our conviction in our long-term growth and our ability to provide exceptional returns for years to come.”

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1  Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share, non-GAAP financial measures, exclude the impact of certain special items.  See the “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section of this release for additional information about these items. 

Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Net sales for the third quarter of 2020 were $1.6 billion, a 9.5% increase compared to the same period in 2019. Net sales growth was driven by continued demand from the COVID-19 pandemic, contributing to a 4.2% increase in comparable store sales and strong performance in new stores opened.

Gross profit for the quarter increased 23% to $585 million, resulting in a gross profit margin of 37.1%, an increase of 400 basis points compared to the same period in 2019. A number of sustainable strategic changes contributed to this increase, from promotional activities to shrink initiatives, partially accelerated by the COVID-19 landscape, as well as positive leverage from additional sales.

Selling, general and administrative expenses (“SG&A”) for the quarter increased $71 million to $475 million, or 30.1% of sales, a deleverage of 200 basis points compared to the same period in 2019. Increased team member bonuses and store operational expenses from COVID-19 were approximately $34 million for the third quarter, driving the deleverage.  Additionally, with our elevated ecommerce sales, we realized increased ecommerce fees, which were offset by other efficiencies and leveraging fixed costs on our higher sales.

Depreciation and amortization for the quarter increased 1.0% to $31 million, or 2.0% of sales, a decrease of 10 basis points compared to the same period in 2019.

Store closure and other costs, net for the quarter were $0.3 million compared to $2.1 million in the same period of 2019.

Net income for the quarter was $60 million and diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) was $0.51, compared with $26 million and $0.22, respectively, in 2019. Excluding the impact of special items, adjusted net income was $62 million and adjusted diluted EPS was $0.52; an increase of 136% from the same period in 2019 (see “Non-GAAP Financial Measures”).

Unit Growth and Development

During the third quarter of 2020, Sprouts opened six new stores, resulting in a total of 356 stores in 23 states as of September 27, 2020.

Leverage and Liquidity

Sprouts generated cash from operations of $410 million year-to-date through September 27, 2020 and invested $76 million in capital expenditures net of landlord reimbursements, primarily for new stores. After paying down $176 million of outstanding debt, Sprouts ended the quarter with $275 million in loans and $34 million of letters of credit outstanding under its revolving credit facility, and $138 million in cash and cash equivalents.

Fourth Quarter 2020 and Full Year 2021 Outlook

As customers continue to consume much of their food at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, grocery spend and ecommerce penetration have remained at elevated levels, as do additional company expenses.  For the fourth quarter we expect our comparable store sales to be in the low single digits and inclusive of the 53rd week, adjusted diluted EPS to be between $0.36 to $0.40, which translates into a full-year adjusted diluted EPS range of $2.26 to $2.30, on a 53-week basis.

“We remain confident in executing our long-term unit growth plans, winning with our target customer, maintaining our strong balance sheet and delivering sustainable superior returns,” said Denise Paulonis, chief financial officer of Sprouts Farmers Market. “As we build out our 2021 plans, we are more focused than ever on maintaining the momentum we have captured in 2020, giving us confidence that our earnings before interest and taxes in 2021 will be in the range of $285 to $305 million.” 

Third Quarter 2020 Conference Call

Sprouts will hold a conference call at 2 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time) on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, during which Sprouts executives will further discuss third quarter 2020 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 15 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: 5589871

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: 5589871.

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, opportunities and long-term strategy. 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 impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; the Company’s ability to execute on its long-term strategy; 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; accounting standard changes; 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 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. 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 is the place where goodness grows. True to its farm-stand heritage, Sprouts offers a unique grocery experience featuring an open layout with fresh produce at the heart of the store. Sprouts inspires wellness naturally with a carefully curated assortment of better-for-you products paired with purpose-driven people. The healthy grocer continues to bring the latest in wholesome, innovative products made with lifestyle-friendly ingredients such as organic, plant-based and gluten-free. Headquartered in Phoenix, and one of the fastest growing retailers in the country, Sprouts employs approximately 35,000 team members and operates more than 350 stores in 23 states nationwide. To learn more about Sprouts, and the good it brings communities, visit about.sprouts.com

   
Investor Contact: Media Contact:
Susannah Livingston Diego Romero
(602) 682-1584 (602) 682-3173
susannahlivingston@sprouts.com media@sprouts.com

 

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


    Thirteen
Weeks Ended
    Thirteen
Weeks Ended
    Thirty-nine
Weeks Ended
    Thirty-nine
Weeks Ended
 
    September 27, 2020     September 29, 2019     September 27, 2020     September 29, 2019  
Net sales   $ 1,577,598     $ 1,440,222     $ 4,866,925     $ 4,269,844  
Cost of sales     992,829       963,497       3,075,665       2,843,989  
Gross profit     584,769       476,725       1,791,260       1,425,855  
Selling, general and administrative expenses     475,053       404,285       1,400,234       1,162,226  
Depreciation and amortization (exclusive of depreciation included in cost of sales)     31,067       30,764       92,637       89,788  
Store closure and other costs, net     268       2,119       (344 )     3,396  
Income from operations     78,381       39,557       298,733       170,445  
Interest expense, net     3,117       5,557       11,681       15,997  
Income before income taxes     75,264       34,000       287,052       154,448  
Income tax provision     15,023       7,740       67,999       36,453  
Net income   $ 60,241     $ 26,260     $ 219,053     $ 117,995  
Net income per share:                                
Basic   $ 0.51     $ 0.22     $ 1.86     $ 0.98  
Diluted   $ 0.51     $ 0.22     $ 1.85     $ 0.98  
Weighted average shares outstanding:                                
Basic     117,947       118,029       117,775       119,846  
Diluted     118,450       118,174       118,157       120,227  
                                 

 

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


    September   27,
2020
    December 29,
2019
 
ASSETS                
Current assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 137,518     $ 85,314  
Accounts receivable, net     24,258       15,713  
Inventories     257,255       275,979  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     18,948       10,833  
Total current assets     437,979       387,839  
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation     735,670       741,508  
Operating lease assets, net     1,040,329       1,028,436  
Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization     184,960       185,395  
Goodwill     368,878       368,078  
Other assets     14,407       11,727  
Total assets   $ 2,782,223     $ 2,722,983  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS EQUITY                
Current liabilities:                
Accounts payable   $ 163,259     $ 122,839  
Accrued liabilities     138,996       136,482  
Accrued salaries and benefits     72,155       48,579  
Accrued income tax     4,089       2,005  
Current portion of operating lease liabilities     130,088       106,153  
Current portion of finance lease liabilities     994       754  
Total current liabilities     509,581       416,812  
Long-term operating lease liabilities     1,074,267       1,078,927  
Long-term debt and finance lease liabilities     285,704       549,419  
Other long-term liabilities     50,140       41,517  
Deferred income tax liability     54,585       54,356  
Total liabilities     1,974,277       2,141,031  
Commitments and contingencies (Note 6)                
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, 117,950,276 shares issued and outstanding, September 27, 2020;
  117,543,668 shares issued and outstanding, December 29, 2019
    117       117  
Additional paid-in capital     682,709       670,966  
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)     (9,484 )     (4,682 )
Retained earnings (Accumulated deficit)     134,604       (84,449 )
Total stockholders’ equity     807,946       581,952  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 2,782,223     $ 2,722,983  
                 

 

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


    Thirty-nine
Weeks Ended
    Thirty-nine
Weeks Ended
 
    September 27, 2020     September 29, 2019  
Cash flows from operating activities                
Net income   $ 219,053     $ 117,995  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:                
Depreciation and amortization expense     94,748       91,546  
Operating lease asset amortization     71,765       62,251  
Store closure and other costs, net     (321 )     850  
Share-based compensation     10,400       6,901  
Deferred income taxes     228       (245 )
Other non-cash items     1,996       (2,873 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:                
Accounts receivable     7,372       28,978  
Inventories     18,724       (21,348 )
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     (8,937 )     (2,379 )
Other assets     (2,575 )     (762 )
Accounts payable     45,806       63,947  
Accrued liabilities     (7 )     32,963  
Accrued salaries and benefits     23,577       (4,054 )
Accrued income tax     2,083       3,764  
Operating lease liabilities     (79,602 )     (52,209 )
Other long-term liabilities     5,954       (2,013 )
     Cash flows from operating activities     410,264       323,312  
Cash flows used in investing activities                
Purchases of property and equipment     (95,874 )     (146,480 )
     Cash flows used in investing activities     (95,874 )     (146,480 )
Cash flows used in financing activities                
Proceeds from revolving credit facilities           187,405  
Payments on revolving credit facilities     (263,000 )     (125,405 )
Payments on finance lease obligations     (474 )     (536 )
Repurchase of common stock           (163,310 )
Proceeds from exercise of stock options     1,343       4,483  
Other           (320 )
     Cash flows used in financing activities     (262,131 )     (97,683 )
     Increase in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash     52,259       79,149  
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of the period     86,785       2,248  
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at the end of the period   $ 139,044     $ 81,397  
                 

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 EBIT, 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 EBIT, 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 adjusted EBITDA to net income for the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended September 27, 2020 and September 29, 2019 and a reconciliation of EBIT, net income and diluted earnings per share to adjusted EBIT, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share for the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended September 27, 2020 and September 29, 2019:

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


    Thirteen
Weeks Ended
        Thirteen
Weeks Ended
        Thirty-nine
Weeks Ended
        Thirty-nine
Weeks Ended
 
    September 27, 2020         September 29, 2019         September 27, 2020         September 29, 2019  
Net income   $ 60,241         $ 26,260         $ 219,053         $ 117,995  
Income tax provision     15,023           7,740           67,999           36,453  
Interest expense, net     3,117           5,557           11,681           15,997  
Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT)     78,381           39,557           298,733           170,445  
Special items:                                            
Strategic initiatives (1)     2,416                     7,033            
Store closures (2)                                   508  
Adjusted EBIT     80,797           39,557           305,766           170,953  
                                             
Depreciation, amortization and accretion     31,647           31,335           94,428           91,546  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 112,444         $ 70,892         $ 400,194         $ 262,499  
                                             
Net income   $ 60,241         $ 26,260         $ 219,053         $ 117,995  
Special Items:                                            
Strategic initiatives, net of tax (1)     1,795                     5,226            
Store closures, net of tax (2)                                   377  
Adjusted Net income   $ 62,036         $ 26,260         $ 224,279         $ 118,372  
Diluted earnings per share   $ 0.51         $ 0.22         $ 1.85         $ 0.98  
Adjusted diluted earnings per share   $ 0.52         $ 0.22         $ 1.90         $ 0.98  
                                             
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding     118,450           118,174           118,157           120,227  

(1) Includes professional fees related to our ongoing strategic initiatives. After-tax impact includes the tax benefit on the pre-tax charge.
(2) Includes the direct costs associated with store closures and relocation.  After-tax impact includes the tax benefit on the pre-tax charge.

Source: Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc.
Phoenix, AZ
10/28/20


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Source: Sprouts Farmers Market