PriceSmart Announces Second Quarter Results of Operations and March Sales
PriceSmart, Inc. (PSMT) today announced its results of operations for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 which ended on February 28, 2017.
For the second quarter of fiscal year 2017, net warehouse club sales increased 1.8% to $772.3 million from $759.0 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2016. Total revenues for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 were $793.3 million compared to $777.9 million in the comparable period of the prior year. The Company had 39 warehouse clubs in operation as of February 2017 and 38 clubs in operation as of February 2016.
The Company recorded operating income during the quarter of $39.4 million, as compared to operating income of $39.1 million in the prior year. Net income was $27.2 million, or $0.90 per diluted share, in the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 as compared to $25.9 million, or $0.85 per diluted share, in the second quarter of fiscal year 2016.
For the first six months of fiscal year 2017, net warehouse club sales increased 2.7% to $1,488.4 million from $1,449.8 million in the first six months of fiscal year 2016. Total revenues for the first half of fiscal year 2017 increased 2.9% to $1,532.9 million from $1,489.9 million in the same period of the prior year. For the first six months of fiscal year 2017, the Company recorded operating income of $77.8 million and net income of $52.1 million, or $1.72 per diluted share. During the same six month period in fiscal year 2016, the Company recorded operating income of $76.4 million and net income of $49.6 million, or $1.63 per diluted share.
The Company also announced that for the month of March 2017, net warehouse club sales increased 5.3% to $239.9 million, from $227.8 million in March a year earlier. For the seven months ended March 31, 2017, net warehouse club sales increased 3.0% to $1,728.2 million from $1,677.6 million for the seven months ended March 31, 2016. There were 39 warehouse clubs in operation at the end of March 2017 and 38 warehouse clubs in operation at the end of March 2016.
For the four weeks ended April 2, 2017, comparable net warehouse club sales for the 38 warehouse clubs open at least 13 1/2 full months increased 2.9%, compared to the same four-week period last year. For the thirty-week period ended April 2, 2017, comparable net warehouse club sales increased 1.3%, compared to the comparable thirty-week period a year ago.
PriceSmart management plans to host a conference call at 12:00 p.m. Eastern time (9:00 a.m. Pacific time) on Friday, April 7, 2017, to discuss the financial results. Individuals interested in participating in the conference call may do so by dialing (877) 870-4263 for domestic callers or (412) 317-0790 for international callers, and asking to join the PriceSmart, Inc. call. A digital replay will be available through April 14, 2017, 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 10102319.
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 39 warehouse clubs in 12 countries and one U.S. territory (seven in Colombia; six in Costa Rica; five in Panama; four in Trinidad; three each in Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Honduras; two each in El Salvador and Nicaragua; and one each in Aruba, Barbados, Jamaica and the United States Virgin Islands).
This press release may contain forward-looking statements concerning the Companys anticipated future revenues and earnings, adequacy of future cash flow, proposed warehouse club openings, the Companys performance relative to competitors, the outcome of tax proceedings and related matters. 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 the following risks: our financial performance is dependent on international operations, which exposes us to various risks; any failure by us to manage our widely dispersed operations could adversely affect our business; we face significant competition; future sales growth depends, in part, on our ability to successfully open new warehouse clubs and grow sales in our existing locations; we might not identify in a timely manner or effectively respond to changes in consumer preferences for merchandise, which could adversely affect our relationship with members, demand for our products and market share; although we have begun to offer limited online shopping to our members, our sales could be adversely affected if one or more major international online retailers were to enter our markets or if other competitors were to offer a superior online experience; our profitability is vulnerable to cost increases; we face difficulties in the shipment of and risks inherent in the importation of, merchandise to our warehouse clubs; we are exposed to weather and other natural disaster risks that might not be adequately compensated by insurance; general economic conditions could adversely impact our business in various respects; our failure to maintain our brand and reputation could adversely affect our results of operations; we are subject to risks associated with possible changes in our relationships with third parties with which we do business, as well as the performance of such third parties; we rely extensively on computer systems to process transactions, summarize results and manage our business, and failure to adequately maintain our systems and disruptions in our systems could harm our business and adversely affect our results of operations; we could be subject to additional tax liabilities or subject to reserves on the recoverability of tax receivables; a few of our stockholders own approximately 25.3% of our voting stock as of August 31, 2016, which may make it difficult to complete some corporate transactions without their support and may impede a change in control; failure to attract and retain qualified employees, increases in wage and benefit costs, changes in laws and other labor issues could materially adversely affect our financial performance; we face the possibility of operational interruptions related to union work stoppages; we are subject to volatility in foreign currency exchange rates and limits on our ability to convert foreign currencies into U.S. dollars; we face the risk of exposure to product liability claims, a product recall and adverse publicity; any failure to maintain the security of the information relating to our company, members, employees and vendors that we hold, whether as a result of cybersecurity attacks on our information systems, failure of internal controls, employee negligence or malfeasance or otherwise, could damage our reputation with members, employees, vendors and others, could disrupt our operations, could cause us to incur substantial additional costs and to become subject to litigation and could materially adversely affect our operating results; we are subject to payment related risks; changes in accounting standards and assumptions, projections, estimates and judgments by management related to complex accounting matters could significantly affect our financial condition and results of operations; we face compliance risks related to our international operations; if remediation costs or hazardous substance contamination levels at certain properties for which we maintain financial responsibility exceed managements current expectations, our financial condition and results of operations could be adversely impacted. The risks described above as well as the other risks detailed in the Companys U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") reports, including the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K filed for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2016 filed on October 27, 2016 pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. We assume no obligation and expressly disclaim any duty to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this presentation or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
For further information, please contact John M. Heffner, Principal Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer (858) 404-8826.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(UNAUDITED--AMOUNTS IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)
Three Months Ended
Six Months Ended
Net warehouse club sales
Net warehouse club
Selling, general and administrative:
Warehouse club operations
General and administrative
Loss/(gain) on disposal of assets
Total operating expenses
Other income (expense), net
Total other income (expense)
Income before provision for income taxes and
income (loss) of unconsolidated affiliates
Provision for income taxes
Income (loss) of unconsolidated affiliates
Net income per share available for distribution:
Basic net income per share
Diluted net income per share
Shares used in per share computations:
Dividends per share
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(AMOUNTS IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE DATA)
Cash and cash equivalents
Short-term restricted cash
Receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $7 as of February 28, 2017 and August 31, 2016, respectively
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
Total current assets
Long-term restricted cash
Property and equipment, net
Deferred tax assets
Other non-current assets (includes $3,332 and $3,224 as of February 28, 2017 and August 31, 2016, respectively, for the fair value of derivative instruments)
Investment in unconsolidated affiliates
Accrued salaries and benefits
Deferred membership income
Income taxes payable
Other accrued expenses (includes $87 and $110 as of February 28, 2017 and August 31, 2016, respectively, for the fair value of foreign currency forward contracts)
Long-term debt, current portion
Total current liabilities
Deferred tax liability
Long-term portion of deferred rent
Long-term income taxes payable, net of current portion
Long-term debt, net of current portion
Other long-term liabilities (includes $665 and $1,514 for the fair value of derivative instruments and $4,868 and $4,013 for post employment plans as of February 28, 2017 and August 31, 2016, respectively)
Common stock $0.0001 par value, 45,000,000 shares authorized; 31,264,387 and 31,237,658 shares issued and 30,404,645 and 30,401,307 shares outstanding (net of treasury shares) as of February 28, 2017 and August 31, 2016, respectively
Additional paid-in capital
Tax benefit from stock-based compensation
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
Less: treasury stock at cost, 859,742 shares and 836,351 shares as of February 28, 2017 and August 31, 2016, respectively
Total Liabilities and Equity
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