PSMT
$65.39
Pricesmart
($.54)
(.82%)
Earnings Details
1st Quarter November 2018
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 4:00:00 PM
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Pricesmart (PSMT) Recent Earnings

Pricesmart (PSMT) reported 1st Quarter November 2018 earnings of $0.69 per share on revenue of $779.6 million. The consensus earnings estimate was $0.52 per share on revenue of $795.3 million. Revenue grew 1.6% on a year-over-year basis.

Pricesmart Inc Pricesmart Inc, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the ownership and operation of membership shopping warehouse clubs under the trade name PriceSmart in Central America and the Caribbean.

Results
Reported Earnings
$0.69
Earnings Whisper
-
Consensus Estimate
$0.52
Reported Revenue
$779.6 Mil
Revenue Estimate
$795.3 Mil
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PriceSmart Announces Fiscal 2019 First Quarter Operating Results

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- PriceSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ: PSMT), operator of 41 warehouse clubs in 12 countries and one U.S. territory, today announced its results of operations for the first quarter of fiscal year 2019 which ended on November 30, 2018.

PriceSmart, Inc.

Total revenues for the first quarter of fiscal year 2019 increased 1.6% to $779.6 million compared to $767.1 million in the first quarter of the prior year. For the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, net merchandise sales increased 0.3% to $747.4 million from $745.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2018. Foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations impacted net merchandise sales negatively by $19.3 million or 2.6% versus the same period in the prior year.

The Company had 41 clubs in operation as of November 30, 2018, compared to 40 warehouse clubs in operation as of November 30, 2017.

Comparable net merchandise sales, for warehouse clubs that have been open for greater than 13 ½ calendar months, decreased 2.1% for the 13-week period ended December 2, 2018 compared to the same period in the prior year. Foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations impacted comparable net merchandise sales negatively by $18.7 million or 2.5% versus the same period in the prior year.

The Company recorded operating income for the first quarter of fiscal year 2019 of $24.7 million, as compared to operating income of $33.2 million in the prior year. Net income attributable to PriceSmart was $14.6 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019. Net income in the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 was $22.5 million, or $0.74 per diluted share. The first quarter fiscal 2019 earnings were negatively impacted by $3.9 million or $0.13 per share from costs associated with Aeropost and omni-channel development initiatives in addition to being negatively impacted by $3.6 million or $0.13 per share from the separation related costs associated with the resignation of our former Chief Executive Officer by mutual agreement with the Company's board. U.S. Tax reform positively impacted earnings by $1.7 million or $0.05 per share.

The Company reports comparable net merchandise sales on a "same week" basis with 13 weeks in each quarter beginning on a Monday and ending on a Sunday.  The periods are established at the beginning of the fiscal year to provide as close a match as possible to the calendar month and quarter that is used for financial reporting purposes.  This approach equalizes the number of weekend days and weekdays in each period for improved sales comparison, as we experience higher merchandise club sales on the weekends.  Each of the warehouse clubs used in the calculations was open for at least 13 ½ calendar months before its results for the current period were compared with its results for the prior period. 

The term "currency exchange rates" refers to the currency exchange rates we use to convert net merchandise and comparable net merchandise sales for all countries where the functional currency is not the U.S. dollar into U.S. dollars. We calculate the effect of changes in currency exchange rates as the difference between current period activities translated using the current period's currency exchange rates, and current period activities translated using the comparable prior year period's currency exchange rates. The disclosure of the effects of currency exchange rate fluctuations on the Company's results permits investors to understand better our underlying performance.

PriceSmart management plans to host a conference call at 12:00 p.m. Eastern time (9:00 a.m. Pacific time) on Thursday, January 10, 2019, to discuss the financial results. Individuals interested in participating in the conference call may do so by dialing (855) 209-8211 toll free, or (412) 317-5214 for international callers, and ask to join the PriceSmart, Inc. earnings call. A digital replay will be available through January 17, 2019, following the conclusion of the call by dialing (877) 344-7529 for domestic callers, or (412) 317-0088 for international callers, and entering replay access code 10126894.

About PriceSmart

PriceSmart, headquartered in San Diego, owns and operates U.S.-style membership shopping warehouse clubs in Latin America and the Caribbean, selling high quality merchandise at low prices to PriceSmart members. PriceSmart now operates 41 warehouse clubs in 12 countries and one U.S. territory (seven each in Colombia and Costa Rica; five in Panama; four each in Trinidad and Dominican Republic; three each in Guatemala and Honduras; two each in El Salvador and Nicaragua; and one each in Aruba, Barbados, Jamaica and the United States Virgin Islands). The Company has acquired property and is currently constructing warehouse clubs in Santiago, Panama and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic that are expected to open in the spring of 2019.  The Company also plans to open warehouse clubs in San Cristobal, Guatemala and an additional club in Panama City, Panama, in the fall of 2019. Once these four new clubs are open, the Company will operate 45 warehouse clubs.  PriceSmart also operates a cross-border logistics and e-commerce business through Aeropost, Inc. ("Aeropost"), which was purchased in March 2018PriceSmart is utilizing and building on the technology and talent it acquired through Aeropost to invest in and further develop omni-channel capabilities to allow its members alternative ways to shop. Aeropost operates certain segments of its business directly or via agency relationships in 38 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, many of which overlap with markets where PriceSmart operates its warehouse clubs, and has distribution and administration facilities in Miami, Florida.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements concerning the Company's future performance. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements containing the words "expect," "believe," "will," "may," "should," "project," "estimate," "anticipated," "scheduled," and like expressions, and the negative thereof. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially including, but not limited to, the following risks:

  • International operations, which exposes us to various risks;
  • Significant weather events and other natural disasters that might cause damages that might not be adequately compensated by insurance;
  • Negative macroeconomic conditions;
  • Additional tax liabilities or increased reserves on the recoverability of tax receivables:
  • Operational interruptions related to union work stoppages;
  • Volatility in foreign currency exchange rates and limitations on our ability to convert foreign currency to U.S. dollars;
  • Changes in, and inconsistent enforcement of, laws and regulations in countries where we operate, including those related to tariffs and taxes;
  • Compliance risks;
  • Crime and security concerns, which can adversely affect the economies of the countries in which we operate and which require us to incur additional costs to provide additional security at our warehouse clubs;
  • Recoverability of moneys owed to PriceSmart from governments in countries where we do business;
  • The possibility of operational interruptions related to union work stoppages;
  • Political instability, such as recent unrest in Honduras, the ongoing anti-government protests in Nicaragua that have disrupted our operations there, and a general strike in Costa Rica led by public-sector unions that disrupted normal commerce in September 2018;
  • Any substantial reduction by the U.S. government of aid to Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador or Nicaragua could adversely impact our sales and our ability to receive timely tax refunds owed to us by some of these countries and could lead to further political instability.
  • A failure to timely identify and respond to changes in consumer shopping preferences could adversely affect our sales and market share;
  • Significant competition, including from international online retailers;
  • Limitations on the availability of appropriate sites for new warehouse clubs could adversely affect growth;
  • Delays in the opening of planned new warehouse clubs could adversely affect growth;
  • Increased costs due to delays or failure in our efforts to integrate our online commerce with our traditional brick and mortar business;
  • Acquisitions, such as our acquisition of Aeropost, Inc. in March 2018, may expose us to additional risks, such as retention of key personnel, previously undisclosed liabilities or compliance issues, integration challenges, impairment of goodwill or intangible assets, and diversion of management resources;
  • Cost increases from product and service providers;
  • Interruption of supply chains, which might adversely impact on our ability to import merchandise;
  • Failure to maintain our brand's reputation;
  • Exposure to product liability claims and product recalls;
  • Failure to maintain our computer systems and/or disruption in those systems;
  • Cybersecurity risks, such as a failure to maintain the security of the information we hold relating to our company, our members, employees and suppliers;
  • Risks associated with executive leadership and organizational transition, failure to attract and/or retain other qualified employees, increases in wage and benefit costs, changes in laws and other labor issues;
  • Changes in accounting standards affecting management's financial assumptions, projections, estimates and judgments; and
  • A few of our stockholders own approximately 24.7% of our voting stock as of November 30, 2018, which may make it difficult to complete some corporate transactions without their support and may impede a change in control.

The risks described above as well as the other risks detailed in the Company's U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") reports, including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2018 filed on October 25, 2018, pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, see "Part I - Item 1A - Risk Factors," could materially and adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations. These risks are not the only risks that the Company faces. The Company could also be affected by additional factors that apply to all companies operating globally and in the U.S., as well as other risks that are not presently known to the Company or that the Company currently considers to be immaterial.

For further information, please contact Maarten O. Jager, Principal Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer (858) 404-8826.

PRICESMART, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(UNAUDITED—AMOUNTS IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)



Three Months Ended


November 30,


November 30,


2018


2017

Revenues:






Net merchandise sales

$

747,443


$

745,401

Export sales


8,189



8,147

Membership income


12,740



12,375

Other revenue and income


11,265



1,149

Total revenues


779,637



767,072

Operating expenses:






Cost of goods sold:






Net merchandise sales


641,155



637,236

Export sales


7,778



7,749

Non-merchandise


4,247



Selling, general and administrative:






Warehouse club and other operations


74,222



69,502

General and administrative


27,335



18,830

Pre-opening expenses


15



430

Loss/(gain) on disposal of assets


215



159

Total operating expenses


754,967



733,906

Operating income


24,670



33,166

Other income (expense):






Interest income


391



400

Interest expense


(1,033)



(1,255)

Other income (expense), net


(1,819)



278

Total other income (expense)


(2,461)



(577)

Income before provision for income taxes and

income (loss) of unconsolidated affiliates


22,209



32,589

Provision for income taxes


(7,540)



(10,115)

Income (loss) of unconsolidated affiliates


(24)



16

Net income

$

14,645


$

22,490

Less: (net income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interest


(33)



Net income attributable to PriceSmart, Inc.

$

14,612


$

22,490

Net income attributable to PriceSmart, Inc. per share available for distribution:






Basic

$

0.48


$

0.74

Diluted

$

0.48


$

0.74

Shares used in per share computations:






Basic


30,172



30,078

Diluted


30,189



30,079

 

PRICESMART, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(AMOUNTS IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE DATA)



November 30,





2018


August 31,


(Unaudited)


2018

ASSETS






Current Assets:






Cash and cash equivalents

$

81,047


$

93,460

Short-term restricted cash


4,164



405

Short-term investments


25,986



32,304

Receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $104 as of November 30, 2018 and $97 as of August 31, 2018, respectively.


9,830



8,859

Merchandise inventories


380,079



321,025

Prepaid expenses and other current assets


33,642



31,800

Total current assets


534,748



487,853

Long-term restricted cash


3,175



3,049

Property and equipment, net


605,612



594,403

Goodwill


46,248



46,329

Other intangibles, net


14,381



14,980

Deferred tax assets


10,877



10,166

Other non-current assets (includes $4,885 and $4,364 as of November 30, 2018 and August 31, 2018, respectively, for the fair value of derivative instruments)


51,468



48,854

Investment in unconsolidated affiliates


10,734



10,758

Total Assets

$

1,277,243


$

1,216,392

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY






Current Liabilities:






Accounts payable


312,390



255,739

Accrued salaries and benefits


21,733



22,836

Deferred income


22,584



23,018

Income taxes payable


2,211



4,636

Other accrued expenses


32,267



28,281

Long-term debt, current portion


19,376



14,855

Total current liabilities


410,561



349,365

Deferred tax liability


1,923



1,894

Long-term portion of deferred rent


8,817



8,885

Long-term income taxes payable, net of current portion


4,610



4,622

Long-term debt, net of current portion


79,877



87,720

Other long-term liabilities (includes $392 and $502 for the fair value of derivative instruments and $4,962 and $4,715 for post-employment plans as of November 30, 2018 and August 31, 2018, respectively)


5,371



5,268

Total Liabilities


511,159



457,754













Stockholders' Equity:






Common stock $0.0001 par value, 45,000,000 shares authorized; 31,405,023 and 31,372,752 shares issued and 30,492,624 and 30,460,353 shares outstanding (net of treasury shares) as of November 30, 2018 and August 31, 2018, respectively


3



3

Additional paid-in capital


438,928



432,882

Tax benefit from stock-based compensation


11,486



11,486

Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(134,462)



(121,216)

Retained earnings


488,566



473,954

Less: treasury stock at cost, 912,399 shares as of both November 30, 2018 and August 31, 2018


(39,107)



(39,107)

Total stockholders' equity attributable to PriceSmart, Inc. stockholders


765,414



758,002

Noncontrolling interest in consolidated subsidiaries


670



636

Total stockholders' equity 


766,084



758,638

Total Liabilities and Equity

$

1,277,243


$

1,216,392

 

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