- Quarterly Net Sales Increase by 11.8% - Quarterly Net Earnings Increase to $.50 Per Diluted Share - Quarterly Comparable Store Sales Increase by 4.6% - Company to Commence $1 Billion Share Repurchase Program - Fourth Quarter Charge Being Considered to Protect Employees Against - Internal Revenue Code Section 409A Adverse Tax Consequences
UNION, N.J., Dec. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --- Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. today reported net earnings of $.50 per diluted share ($142.4 million) in the fiscal third quarter ended November 25, 2006. In the fiscal third quarter of 2005, the Company reported net earnings of $.45 per diluted share ($134.6 million). Net sales for the fiscal third quarter of 2006 were approximately $1.619 billion, an increase of approximately 11.8% from net sales of approximately $1.449 billion reported in the fiscal third quarter of 2005. Comparable store sales for the fiscal third quarter of 2006 grew by approximately 4.6%, compared with an increase of approximately 3.1% in last year's fiscal third quarter.
For the fiscal nine months ended November 25, 2006, the Company reported net earnings of $1.36 per diluted share ($388.4 million). In the comparable nine months a year ago, the Company reported net earnings of $1.25 per diluted share ($374.9 million). Net sales for the fiscal nine months of 2006 were approximately $4.622 billion, an increase of approximately 12.1% from net sales of approximately $4.124 billion reported in the corresponding period of the prior year. Comparable store sales for the fiscal nine months increased by approximately 4.8% compared with an increase of approximately 4.0% in last year's fiscal nine months.
The Company adopted Statement of Financial Accounting Standards 123(R) at the beginning of the fiscal third quarter of 2005. Results for the nine months of 2006 include non-comparable stock-based compensation expenses for the first half of fiscal 2006.
In addition, the Company's Board of Directors is reviewing a program intended to protect over 1,600 employees from certain potential adverse tax consequences. These adverse tax consequences arise pursuant to Internal Revenue Code Section 409A as a result of historical issues associated with some of the Company's stock option grants that were disclosed through the Company's stock option review. Although no final determination has been reached by the Board of Directors, the Company anticipates it will incur a non-recurring charge in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2006 related to this program. The Company anticipates the potential cash payments pursuant to the program to be approximately $40 million. While the Company is currently reviewing the accounting treatment related to the potential program, the Company anticipates the pre-tax income statement impact in the fourth quarter to be slightly more than the cash payments, with any difference between the cash payments and the associated pre-tax expense to be recorded as an adjustment to Additional Paid-In Capital in the Shareholders' Equity section of the Company's Balance Sheet. The potential cash outlay primarily represents payments to employees in connection with increasing the exercise prices on certain stock option grants so as to protect them from certain potential adverse tax consequences. The Company believes it is likely the Company would recoup a substantial portion of any such cash outlay over the next several years through higher proceeds from future stock option exercises, although this recovery would not flow through the income statement. The Company's two Co-Chairmen and CEO have informed the Board that they decline to be considered for payments.
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. also announced that its Board of Directors has approved a $1 billion share repurchase program, effective today, which authorizes the Company to repurchase shares of its common stock. The Company intends to fund the program from present and expected future excess cash flows. No date has been established for the completion of the program.
"Our Board took this action based upon its continued confidence in our Company's long-term growth potential, financial outlook and excess cash flow generation" said Steven Temares, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors. "In addition to providing value to our shareholders through the $1 billion share repurchase program, our strong operations should allow us to continue to invest in our infrastructure and maintain our flexibility to take advantage of opportunities as they may arise."
As of November 25, 2006, the Company operated a total of 868 stores, including 795 Bed Bath & Beyond stores (33 of which were opened during the fiscal third quarter) in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In addition, as of that date, Christmas Tree Shops, Inc. operated 35 stores in 8 states (four of which were opened during the fiscal third quarter) and Harmon Stores, Inc. operated 38 stores in 3 states. Consolidated store space as of November 25, 2006 was approximately 27.3 million square feet.
During the fiscal fourth quarter of 2006, the Company plans to open approximately 18 Bed Bath & Beyond stores, one of which has already opened, in both new and existing markets. These additional openings will bring to approximately 72 the total number of new Bed Bath & Beyond stores opened in fiscal 2006 and to approximately 813 the number of Bed Bath & Beyond stores expected to be in operation at fiscal year-end.
As previously disclosed, the Company continues to cooperate fully with the informal inquiry of the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the Company's stock option grant practices. In addition, the Company is also cooperating fully with the United States Attorney's office for the District of New Jersey in connection with its inquiry into such matters.
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. and subsidiaries (the "Company") is a nationwide chain of retail stores, operating under the names of Bed Bath & Beyond, Christmas Tree Shops and Harmon. The Company sells a wide assortment of merchandise principally including domestics merchandise and home furnishings as well as food, giftware and health and beauty care items. Shares of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. are traded on NASDAQ under the symbol "BBBY" and are included in the Standard and Poor's 500 and Global 1200 Indices and the NASDAQ-100 Index. The Company is counted among the Fortune 500 and the Forbes 2000.
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: changes in the retailing environment and consumer preferences and spending habits; demographics and other macroeconomic factors that may impact the level of spending for the types of merchandise sold by the Company; general economic conditions; unusual weather patterns; competition from existing and potential competitors; competition from other channels of distribution; pricing pressures; the cost of labor, merchandise and other costs and expenses; the ability to find suitable locations at acceptable occupancy costs to support the Company's expansion program; and matters arising out of or related to the Company's stock option grants and procedures and related matters, including the outcome of the informal inquiry commenced by the SEC, the possibility that the SEC may not agree with all of the special committee's findings and recommendations and may require additional or different remediation, any other proceedings which may be brought against the Company by the SEC or other governmental agencies, any matters arising out of the inquiry commenced by the US Attorney for the District of New Jersey relating to the Company's stock option grants, any tax implications relating to the Company's stock option grants, the outcome of the shareholder derivative actions filed against certain of the Company's officers and directors, and the possibility of other private litigation relating to such stock option grants and related matters. 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 Nine Months Ended November 25, November 26, November 25, November 26, 2006 2005 2006 2005 Net sales $1,619,240 $1,448,680 $4,622,442 $4,124,283 Cost of sales 915,167 833,317 2,650,022 2,386,355 Gross profit 704,073 615,363 1,972,420 1,737,928 Selling, general and administrative expenses 492,939 409,870 1,392,914 1,163,674 Operating profit 211,134 205,493 579,506 574,254 Interest income 10,643 9,555 30,230 24,668 Earnings before provision for income taxes 221,777 215,048 609,736 598,922 Provision for income taxes 79,341 80,428 221,334 223,997 Net earnings $142,436 $134,620 $388,402 $374,925 Net earnings per share - Basic $0.51 $0.45 $1.38 $1.27 Net earnings per share - Diluted $0.50 $0.45 $1.36 $1.25 Weighted average shares outstanding - Basic 281,097 296,041 280,629 295,304 Weighted average shares outstanding - Diluted 285,664 301,075 285,112 300,497 BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Consolidated Balance Sheets (in thousands, unaudited) November 25, November 26, 2006 2005 (1) Assets Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $300,324 $368,612 Short term investment securities 517,230 572,420 Merchandise inventories 1,639,355 1,424,730 Other current assets 203,582 145,282 Total current assets 2,660,491 2,511,044 Long term investment securities 232,820 405,518 Property and equipment, net 878,006 696,683 Other assets 201,600 169,234 $3,972,917 $3,782,479 Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity Current liabilities: Accounts payable $668,727 $602,421 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 262,464 267,261 Merchandise credit and gift card liabilities 125,385 97,133 Income taxes payable 35,888 33,511 Total current liabilities 1,092,464 1,000,326 Deferred rent and other liabilities 152,148 134,576 Total liabilities 1,244,612 1,134,902 Total shareholders' equity 2,728,305 2,647,577 $3,972,917 $3,782,479 (1) Certain reclassifications have been made to the consolidated financial statements to conform with current presentation. BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (in thousands, unaudited) Nine Months Ended November 25, November 26, 2006 2005 (1) Cash Flows from Operating Activities: Net earnings $388,402 $374,925 Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation 95,634 80,440 Amortization of bond premium 2,774 2,265 Stock-based compensation 43,085 14,595 Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation 3,773 19,653 Deferred income taxes (28,664) (3,815) Increase in assets: Merchandise inventories (337,635) (272,702) Trading investment securities (2,295) - Other current assets (80,251) (49,833) Other assets (323) (159) Increase (decrease) in liabilities: Accounts payable 135,506 151,896 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 19,976 12,474 Merchandise credit and gift card liabilities 11,871 10,072 Income taxes payable (56,142) (47,853) Deferred rent and other liabilities 22,004 20,450 Net cash provided by operating activities 217,715 312,408 Cash Flows from Investing Activities: Purchase of held-to-maturity investment securities (124,125) (348,149) Redemption of held-to-maturity investment securities 212,586 206,729 Purchase of available-for-sale investment securities (824,830) (1,167,210) Redemption of available-for-sale investment securities 783,815 1,281,975 Capital expenditures (235,187) (167,224) Net cash used in investing activities (187,741) (193,879) Cash Flows from Financing Activities: Proceeds from exercise of stock options 23,701 33,037 Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation 6,607 2,225 Repurchase of common stock (988) (620) Payment of deferred purchase price for acquisition (6,667) (6,667) Net cash provided by financing activities 22,653 27,975 Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 52,627 146,504 Cash and cash equivalents: Beginning of period 247,697 222,108 End of period $300,324 $368,612 (1) Certain reclassifications have been made to the consolidated financial statements to conform with current presentation.
SOURCE Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. -0- 12/20/2006 /CONTACT: Investors: +1-908-688-0888, Ronald Curwin, Ext: 4550, Kenneth C. Frankel, Ext: 4554, Paula J. Marbach, Ext: 4552, all for Bed Bath & Beyond Inc./ /Web site: http://www.bedbath.com / (BBBY) CO: Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. ST: New Jersey IN: REA SU: ERN MJ -- NYW139 -- 9360 12/20/2006 16:15 EST http://www.prnewswire.com