Net Earnings for Quarter Increase to $.38 per Share; Quarterly Net Sales Increase by 11.3%; Quarterly Comparable Store Sales Increase by 1.6%
UNION, N.J., June 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. today reported net earnings of $.38 per diluted share in the fiscal first quarter ended June 2, 2007. In the fiscal first quarter of 2006 the Company reported net earnings of $.35 per diluted share. Net sales for the fiscal first quarter of 2007 were approximately $1.553 billion, an increase of approximately 11.3% from net sales of $1.396 billion reported in the fiscal first quarter of 2006. Comparable store sales for the fiscal first quarter of 2007 increased by approximately 1.6%, on top of an increase of approximately 4.9% in last year's fiscal first quarter.
As of June 2, 2007, the Company operated a total of 903 stores, including 821 Bed Bath & Beyond stores (6 of which were opened during the fiscal first quarter), in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In addition, as of that date, Christmas Tree Shops operated 35 stores in 9 states (one of which was opened during the fiscal first quarter), buybuy BABY operated 8 stores in 4 states, and Harmon Stores operated 39 stores in 3 states. Consolidated store space as of June 2, 2007 was approximately 28.3 million square feet. Since the beginning of the fiscal second quarter on June 3, 2007, 2 additional Bed Bath & Beyond stores have opened.
Steven H. Temares, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. stated, "While we continue to see that the overall retailing environment, especially sales of merchandise related to the home, is challenging, we have taken a long-term approach to our business and work to continue to distance ourselves from our competitors by remaining focused on being our customers' first choice for the products we offer, domestically, interactively, and over the long-term, internationally. Consistent with this, we were very pleased to have recently executed a lease for our first international store, located in Richmond Hill, Ontario, north of Toronto."
Also during the fiscal first quarter of 2007, the Company repurchased approximately 7.0 million shares of its common stock for an aggregate price of approximately $287 million. At the end of the fiscal first quarter, the Company had repurchased approximately 14.5 million shares for an aggregate price of approximately $587 million under the $1 billion share repurchase program authorized in December 2006.
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, Harmon and buybuy BABY. The Company sells a wide assortment of merchandise principally including domestics merchandise and home furnishings as well as food, giftware, health and beauty care items and infant and toddler merchandise. Shares of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. are traded on NASDAQ under the symbol "BBBY" and are included in the Standard & 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 macro-economic 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 June 2, May 27, 2007 2006 Net sales $ 1,553,293 $ 1,395,963 Cost of sales 907,184 805,865 Gross profit 646,109 590,098 Selling, general and administrative expenses 491,718 441,348 Operating profit 154,391 148,750 Interest income 9,890 9,659 Earnings before provision for income taxes 164,281 158,409 Provision for income taxes 59,634 57,978 Net earnings $ 104,647 $ 100,431 Net earnings per share - Basic $ 0.38 $ 0.36 Net earnings per share - Diluted $ 0.38 $ 0.35 Weighted average shares outstanding - Basic 273,564 280,202 Weighted average shares outstanding - Diluted 278,249 285,153 BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Consolidated Balance Sheets (in thousands, unaudited) June 2, May 27, 2007 2006 (1) Assets Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 183,131 $ 87,795 Short term investment securities 512,022 554,472 Merchandise inventories 1,558,478 1,391,048 Other current assets 274,795 135,302 Total current assets 2,528,426 2,168,617 Long term investment securities 74,937 413,424 Property and equipment, net 954,620 765,101 Other assets 310,657 201,628 $ 3,868,640 $ 3,548,770 Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity Current liabilities: Accounts payable $ 608,982 $ 551,244 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 244,612 240,584 Merchandise credit and gift card liabilities 151,547 120,043 Income taxes payable 192,331 133,437 Total current liabilities 1,197,472 1,045,308 Deferred rent and other liabilities 170,203 153,315 Total liabilities 1,367,675 1,198,623 Total shareholders' equity 2,500,965 2,350,147 $ 3,868,640 $ 3,548,770 (1) Restated for the implementation of Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 108. BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (in thousands, unaudited) Three Months Ended June 2, May 27, 2007 2006 Cash Flows from Operating Activities: Net earnings $ 104,647 $ 100,431 Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation 37,339 30,775 Amortization of bond premium 671 1,037 Stock-based compensation 10,022 12,977 Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation 545 1,204 Deferred income taxes (15,551) (10,425) (Increase) decrease in assets, net of effect of acquisition: Merchandise inventories (38,169) (89,328) Trading investment securities (1,418) (754) Other current assets (26,782) (14,503) Other assets 13 (6) Increase (decrease) in liabilities, net of effect of acquisition: Accounts payable 12,180 38,419 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities (2,736) (8,555) Merchandise credit and gift card liabilities 4,270 6,529 Income taxes payable 28,913 6,660 Deferred rent and other liabilities 3,674 7,583 Net cash provided by operating activities 117,618 82,044 Cash Flows from Investing Activities: Purchase of held-to-maturity investment securities - (97,194) Redemption of held-to-maturity investment securities 94,665 55,715 Purchase of available-for-sale investment securities (315,780) (396,175) Redemption of available-for-sale investment securities 512,475 267,450 Capital expenditures (76,523) (78,722) Payment for acquisition, net of cash acquired (85,893) - Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities 128,944 (248,926) Cash Flows from Financing Activities: Proceeds from exercise of stock options 9,720 6,229 Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation 2,683 1,508 Repurchase of common stock, including fees (289,215) (757) Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities (276,812) 6,980 Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (30,250) (159,902) Cash and cash equivalents: Beginning of period 213,381 247,697 End of period $ 183,131 $ 87,795
SOURCE Bed Bath & Beyond
Investors, Ronald Curwin
1-908-688-0888, ext. 4550
Kenneth C. Frankel
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Lisa S. Kaplowitz
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Paula J. Marbach
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all of Bed Bath & Beyond
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