* Net Earnings Increase 54.3% to $46.3 million ($.15 per share) * Net Sales Rise 34.9%; Comparable Store Sales Grow by 13.2%Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBY) today reported net earnings of $46.3 million ($.15 per share) in the fiscal first quarter ended June 1, 2002, an increase of approximately 54.3% from the $30.0 million ($.10 per share) earned in the fiscal first quarter of 2001. Net sales for the fiscal first quarter of 2002 were $776.8 million, an increase of approximately 34.9% from net sales of $575.8 million in the fiscal first quarter of 2001. Comparable store sales of the Bed Bath & Beyond stores in the fiscal first quarter of 2002 grew by approximately 13.2%, compared with an increase of approximately 4.4% in last year's fiscal first quarter.
As of June 1, 2002, there were 409 Bed Bath & Beyond stores operating in 44 states and Puerto Rico, including 13 new stores opened during the fiscal first quarter. Including approximately 357,000 square feet added by the new units, total store space of the Bed Bath & Beyond stores at the end of the fiscal first quarter was approximately 15,081,000 square feet, an increase of approximately 20.3% over total store space of the Bed Bath & Beyond stores of approximately 12,533,000 square feet at the end of the corresponding period last year. Since the beginning of the fiscal second quarter on June 2, 2002, 6 new Bed Bath & Beyond stores have been opened, bringing the total number of stores now operating to 415 stores in 44 states and Puerto Rico. Including those already opened year-to-date, the Company plans to open approximately 88 stores, in both new and existing markets, during fiscal 2002, (which ends on March 1, 2003).
In addition, during the fiscal first quarter the Company acquired Harmon Stores, Inc., a health and beauty care retailer.
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. Its stock is traded on NASDAQ under the symbol "BBBY" and is 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.
The accompanying consolidated tables include the accounts of the Company and its subsidiaries, all of which are wholly owned. The accounts of Harmon Stores, Inc. are included from the date of acquisition (March 5, 2002).
BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Consolidated Statements of Earnings (in thousands, except per share data) (unaudited) Three Months Ended June 1, June 2, 2002 2001 Net sales $776,798 $575,833 Cost of sales 458,436 340,874 Gross profit 318,362 234,959 Selling, general and administrative expenses 245,661 189,357 Operating profit 72,701 45,602 Interest income 2,582 3,190 Earnings before provision for income taxes 75,283 48,792 Provision for income taxes 28,984 18,785 Net earnings $46,299 $30,007 Net earnings per share - Basic $ 0.16 $ 0.10 Net earnings per share - Diluted $ 0.15 $ 0.10 Weighted average shares outstanding - Basic 291,726 288,467 Weighted average shares outstanding - Diluted 300,674 297,479 BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Consolidated Balance Sheets (in thousands, unaudited) June 1, June 2, 2002 2001 Assets Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $380,435 $275,966 Merchandise inventories 850,041 696,896 Other current assets 50,935 44,960 Total current assets 1,281,411 1,017,822 Investment securities 146,673 -- Property and equipment, net 357,914 312,659 Other assets 23,951 7,309 $1,809,949 $1,337,790 Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity Current liabilities: Accounts payable $329,317 $260,121 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 225,813 145,432 Income taxes payable 58,327 35,252 Total current liabilities 613,457 440,805 Deferred rent and other liabilities 45,232 27,992 Total liabilities 658,689 468,797 Total shareholders' equity 1,151,260 868,993 $1,809,949 $1,337,790 BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (in thousands, unaudited) Three Months Ended June 1, June 2, 2002 2001 Cash Flows from Operating Activities: Net earnings $46,299 $30,007 Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 17,195 14,418 Tax benefit from exercise of stock options 6,947 13,113 Deferred income taxes (3,177) (288) (Increase) decrease in assets, net of effect of acquisition: Merchandise inventories (80,159) (90,192) Other current assets (3,961) (3,360) Other assets (1) 47 Increase in liabilities, net of effect of acquisition: Accounts payable 52,496 67,720 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 30,771 16,632 Income taxes payable 7,139 3,264 Deferred rent and other liabilities 4,218 843 Net cash provided by operating activities 77,767 52,204 Cash Flows from Investing Activities: Purchase of investment securities (94,764) -- Acquisition, net of cash acquired (24,097) -- Capital expenditures (11,631) (24,421) Net cash used in investing activities (130,492) (24,421) Cash Flows from Financing Activities: Proceeds from exercise of stock options 3,664 8,855 Net cash provided by financing activities 3,664 8,855 Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (49,061) 36,638 Cash and cash equivalents: Beginning of period 429,496 239,328 End of period $380,435 $275,966SOURCE Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.
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