UNION, N.J., Jun 18, 2003 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. today reported net earnings of $57.5 million ($.19 per share) in the fiscal first quarter ended May 31, 2003, an increase of approximately 24.2% from the $46.3 million ($.15 per share) earned in the fiscal first quarter of 2002. Net sales for the fiscal first quarter of 2003 were $893.9 million, an increase of approximately 15.1% from net sales of $776.8 million in the fiscal first quarter of 2002. Comparable store sales in the fiscal first quarter of 2003 grew by approximately 4.4%, compared with an increase of approximately 13.2% in last year's fiscal first quarter (the largest quarterly increase in comparable store sales in eight years).
As of May 31, 2003, there were 498 Bed Bath & Beyond stores operating in 44 states and Puerto Rico, including 8 new stores opened during the fiscal first quarter. Total store space of the Bed Bath & Beyond stores at the end of the fiscal first quarter was approximately 17,423,000 square feet, an increase of approximately 15.5% over total store space of approximately 15,081,000 square feet of the 409 Bed Bath & Beyond stores operating at the end of the corresponding period last year. Since the beginning of the fiscal second quarter on June 1, 2003, 5 new Bed Bath & Beyond stores have been opened, bringing the total number of stores now operating to 503 stores in 44 states and Puerto Rico. Including those already opened year-to-date, the Company plans to open 80 to 90 stores, in both new and existing markets, during fiscal 2003 (which ends on February 28, 2004).
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. is a nationwide chain of retail stores. The Company's Bed Bath & Beyond stores sell better quality domestics merchandise and home furnishings. Shares of Bed Bath & Beyond are traded on NASDAQ under the symbol "BBBY" and are included in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index, the NASDAQ-100 Index and the Forbes 500.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements. Many of these forward-looking statements can be identified by use of words such as may, will, expect, anticipate, estimate, assume, continue, project, plan and similar words and phrases. The Company's actual results and future financial condition may differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements as a result of many factors that may be outside the Company's control. Such factors include, without limitation: general economic conditions, changes in the retailing environment and consumer spending habits; demographics and other macroeconomic factors that may impact the level of spending for the types of merchandise sold by the Company; unusual weather patterns; competition from existing and potential competitors; competition from other channels of distribution; pricing pressures; the ability to find suitable locations at reasonable occupancy costs to support the Company's expansion program; and the cost of labor, merchandise and other costs and expenses. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update its forward-looking statements.
BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Consolidated Statements of Earnings (in thousands, except per share data) (unaudited) Three Months Ended May 31, June 1, 2003 2002 Net sales $893,868 $776,798 Cost of sales 526,688 458,436 Gross profit 367,180 318,362 Selling, general and administrative expenses 276,730 245,661 Operating profit 90,450 72,701 Interest income 3,059 2,582 Earnings before provision for income taxes 93,509 75,283 Provision for income taxes 36,001 28,984 Net earnings $57,508 $46,299 Net earnings per share - Basic $0.19 $0.16 Net earnings per share - Diluted $0.19 $0.15 Weighted average shares outstanding - Basic 294,963 291,726 Weighted average shares outstanding - Diluted 303,038 300,674 BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Consolidated Balance Sheets (in thousands, unaudited) May 31, June 1, 2003 2002 Assets Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $683,745 $380,435 Short term investment securities 50,682 - Merchandise inventories 926,906 850,041 Other current assets 72,477 50,935 Total current assets 1,733,810 1,281,411 Long term investment securities 140,756 146,673 Property and equipment, net 412,883 357,914 Other assets 22,522 23,951 $2,309,971 $1,809,949 Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity Current liabilities: Accounts payable $379,240 $329,317 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 267,793 225,813 Income taxes payable 68,010 58,327 Total current liabilities 715,043 613,457 Deferred rent and other liabilities 60,395 45,232 Total liabilities 775,438 658,689 Total shareholders' equity 1,534,533 1,151,260 $2,309,971 $1,809,949 BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (in thousands, unaudited) Three Months Ended May 31, June 1, 2003 2002 Cash Flows from Operating Activities: Net earnings $57,508 $46,299 Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 19,781 17,195 Amortization of bond premium 306 - Tax benefit from exercise of stock options 13,129 6,947 Deferred income taxes (1,462) (3,177) (Increase) decrease in assets, net of effect of acquisition: Merchandise inventories (11,235) (80,159) Other current assets (8,736) (3,961) Other assets 17 (1) Increase (decrease) in liabilities, net of effect of acquisition: Accounts payable 16,275 52,496 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 21,595 30,771 Income taxes payable (2,998) 7,139 Deferred rent and other liabilities 3,489 4,218 Net cash provided by operating activities 107,669 77,767 Cash Flows from Investing Activities: Purchase of investment securities (67,812) (94,764) Redemption of investment securities 125,000 - Acquisition, net of cash acquired - (24,097) Capital expenditures (8,757) (11,631) Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities 48,431 (130,492) Cash Flows from Financing Activities: Proceeds from exercise of stock options 11,975 3,664 Net cash provided by financing activities 11,975 3,664 Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 168,075 (49,061) Cash and cash equivalents: Beginning of period 515,670 429,496 End of period $683,745 $380,435
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