UNION, N.J., June 22, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. today reported net earnings of $98.9 million ($.33 per share) in the fiscal first quarter ended May 28, 2005, an increase of approximately 20.5% from the $82.0 million ($.27 per share) earned in the fiscal first quarter of 2004. Net sales for the fiscal first quarter of 2005 were approximately $1.244 billion, an increase of approximately 13.0% from net sales of approximately $1.101 billion in the fiscal first quarter of 2004. Comparable store sales in the fiscal first quarter of 2005 grew by approximately 4.4%, compared with an increase of approximately 5.1% in last year's fiscal first quarter.
As of May 28, 2005, the Company operated a total of 732 stores including 671 Bed Bath & Beyond stores (11 of which were opened during the fiscal first quarter) in 44 states and Puerto Rico. As of that date, Christmas Tree Shops, Inc. operated 26 stores in 7 states, and Harmon Stores, Inc. operated 35 stores in 3 states. Consolidated store space as of May 28, 2005 was approximately 23.2 million square feet.
Since the beginning of the fiscal second quarter on May 29, 2005, four new Bed Bath & Beyond stores have been opened, bringing the total number of Bed Bath & Beyond stores now in operation to 675 in 44 states and Puerto Rico. Including those already opened year-to-date, the Company plans to open approximately 85 new Bed Bath & Beyond stores during fiscal 2005 (which ends on February 25, 2006). One Christmas Tree Shop and one Harmon Store are expected to open during the fiscal second quarter and several others are planned to open before the end of the current fiscal year.
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. The Company's Christmas Tree Shops and Harmon Stores sell giftware and household items and health and beauty care items, respectively. Shares of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. are traded on NASDAQ under the symbol "BBBY" and are included in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index 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: 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 28, May 29, 2005 2004 Net sales $1,244,421 $1,100,917 Cost of sales 723,640 644,143 Gross profit 520,781 456,774 Selling, general and administrative expenses 369,897 328,067 Operating profit 150,884 128,707 Interest income 7,108 3,098 Earnings before provision for income taxes 157,992 131,805 Provision for income taxes 59,089 49,756 Net earnings $98,903 $82,049 Net earnings per share - Basic $0.34 $0.27 Net earnings per share - Diluted $0.33 $0.27 Weighted average shares outstanding - Basic 294,413 300,417 Weighted average shares outstanding - Diluted 299,055 306,584 BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Consolidated Balance Sheets (in thousands, unaudited) May 28, May 29, 2005 2004(1) Assets Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $224,528 $260,720 Short term investment securities 651,983 554,062 Merchandise inventories 1,238,976 1,065,519 Other current assets 108,943 106,492 Total current assets 2,224,430 1,986,793 Long term investment securities 362,436 303,833 Property and equipment, net 616,315 516,583 Goodwill 147,559 147,269 Other assets 21,602 21,462 $3,372,342 $2,975,940 Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity Current liabilities: Accounts payable $481,949 $428,294 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 255,429 256,253 Merchandise credit and gift card liabilities 92,660 67,815 Income taxes payable 89,955 32,422 Total current liabilities 919,993 784,784 Deferred rent and other liabilities 132,046 111,562 Total liabilities 1,052,039 896,346 Total shareholders' equity 2,320,303 2,079,594 $3,372,342 $2,975,940 (1) Reflects the classification of investments in auction rate securities as investments rather than as cash and cash equivalents to conform with current presentation. BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (in thousands, unaudited) Three Months Ended May 28, May 29, 2005 2004(1) Cash Flows from Operating Activities: Net earnings $98,903 $82,049 Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation 25,760 22,427 Amortization 1,787 270 Tax benefit from exercise of stock options 7,873 2,707 Deferred income taxes (325) 535 Increase in assets: Merchandise inventories (86,948) (53,185) Other current assets (13,847) (14,513) Other assets (45) (30) Increase (decrease) in liabilities: Accounts payable 31,424 29,644 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 738 (17,646) Merchandise credit and gift card liabilities 5,599 4,627 Income taxes payable 8,591 (1,423) Deferred rent and other liabilities 8,130 4,640 Net cash provided by operating activities 87,640 60,102 Cash Flows from Investing Activities: Purchase of held-to-maturity investment securities (102,736) (143,145) Redemption of held-to-maturity investment securities 10,715 50,000 Purchase of available-for-sale investment securities (515,975) (530,102) Redemption of available-for-sale investment securities 546,300 547,965 Capital expenditures (32,327) (22,618) Net cash used in investing activities (94,023) (97,900) Cash Flows from Financing Activities: Proceeds from exercise of stock options 8,803 4,018 Net cash provided by financing activities 8,803 4,018 Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 2,420 (33,780) Cash and cash equivalents: Beginning of period 222,108 294,500 End of period $224,528 $260,720 (1) Reflects the classification of investments in auction rate securities as investments rather than as cash and cash equivalents to conform with current presentation.
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