-- Net Earnings per Share for Quarter Increase to $.55
-- Quarterly Net Sales Increase by 10.0%
-- Quarterly Comparable Store Sales Increase by 2.2%
-- Board of Directors Authorizes a New $1 Billion Share Repurchase Program
UNION, N.J., Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. today reported net earnings of $.55 per diluted share ($147.0 million) in the fiscal second quarter ended September 1, 2007, compared with net earnings of approximately $.51 per diluted share ($145.5 million) in the same quarter a year ago. Net earnings in this year's second quarter included a net $5.8 million benefit due to discrete tax items recorded in the quarter. Net sales for the fiscal second quarter of 2007 were approximately $1.768 billion, an increase of approximately 10.0% from net sales of approximately $1.607 billion reported in the fiscal second quarter of 2006. Comparable store sales in the fiscal second quarter of 2007 grew by approximately 2.2%, compared with an increase of approximately 4.8% in last year's fiscal second quarter.
For the fiscal first half ended September 1, 2007, the Company reported net earnings of $.92 per diluted share ($251.7 million) compared with net earnings of $.86 per diluted share ($246.0 million) in the corresponding period a year ago. Net sales for the fiscal first half of 2007 were approximately $3.321 billion, an increase of approximately 10.6% from net sales of approximately $3.003 billion in the corresponding period a year ago. Comparable store sales for the fiscal first half of 2007 increased by approximately 1.9%, compared with an increase of approximately 4.8% in last year's fiscal first half.
During the fiscal second quarter of 2007, the Company repurchased approximately 6.7 million shares of its common stock for an aggregate cost of approximately $239 million. Through September 1, 2007, including repurchases made during its fiscal second quarter, the Company has repurchased approximately 21.2 million shares, for an aggregate cost of approximately $826 million, under the $1 billion share repurchase program authorized in December 2006.
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. also announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a new $1 billion share repurchase program, which will commence after the completion of the current share repurchase program. This is the fourth share repurchase program authorized by the Company's Board of Directors since 2004, and upon the completion of the new $1 billion share repurchase program, the Company will have purchased almost $3 billion of its common shares. No date has been established for the completion of the new 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. "It is currently anticipated that this new $1 billion share repurchase program will be funded from present and expected future free cash flows. That said, our Company's Board of Directors continues to review our capital structure on an ongoing basis. In addition to providing value to our shareholders through share repurchase programs, 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 September 1, 2007, the Company operated a total of 914 stores, including 831 Bed Bath & Beyond stores (10 of which were opened during the fiscal second quarter) in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In addition, as of that date, Christmas Tree Shops, Inc. operated 36 stores in 10 states (1 of which was opened during the fiscal second quarter), buybuy BABY operated 8 stores in 4 states and Harmon Stores, Inc. operated 39 stores in 3 states. Consolidated store space as of September 1, 2007 was approximately 28.6 million square feet. Since the beginning of the fiscal third quarter on September 2, 2007, 8 additional Bed Bath & Beyond stores have been opened, including the Company's first store in the state of Wyoming.
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 Six Months Ended September 1, August 26, September 1, August 26, 2007 2006 2007 2006 Net sales $1,767,716 $1,607,239 $3,321,009 $3,003,202 Cost of sales 1,035,558 928,990 1,942,742 1,734,855 Gross profit 732,158 678,249 1,378,267 1,268,347 Selling, general and administrative expenses 511,121 458,627 1,002,839 899,975 Operating profit 221,037 219,622 375,428 368,372 Interest income 6,717 9,928 16,607 19,587 Earnings before provision for income taxes 227,754 229,550 392,035 387,959 Provision for income taxes 80,746 84,015 140,380 141,993 Net earnings $147,008 $145,535 $251,655 $245,966 Net earnings per share - Basic $0.55 $0.52 $0.93 $0.88 Net earnings per share - Diluted $0.55 $0.51 $0.92 $0.86 Weighted average shares outstanding - Basic 266,069 280,567 269,817 280,385 Weighted average shares outstanding - Diluted 269,531 284,654 273,890 284,903 BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Consolidated Balance Sheets (in thousands, unaudited) September 1, August 26, 2007 2006 (1) Assets Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 122,963 $ 167,994 Short term investment securities 460,771 649,253 Merchandise inventories 1,602,677 1,421,922 Other current assets 288,621 143,854 Total current assets 2,475,032 2,383,023 Long term investment securities 32,152 332,980 Property and equipment, net 994,344 801,438 Other assets 316,203 209,339 $3,817,731 $3,726,780 Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity Current liabilities: Accounts payable $ 649,052 $ 592,210 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 255,904 242,487 Merchandise credit and gift card liabilities 151,557 123,510 Current income taxes payable 49,518 92,670 Total current liabilities 1,106,031 1,050,877 Deferred rent and other liabilities 175,107 161,007 Income taxes payable 115,926 - Total liabilities 1,397,064 1,211,884 Total shareholders' equity 2,420,667 2,514,896 $ 3,817,731 $ 3,726,780 (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) Six Months Ended September 1, August 26, 2007 2006 Cash Flows from Operating Activities: Net earnings $ 251,655 $ 245,966 Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation 75,177 62,603 Amortization of bond premium 1,123 2,007 Stock-based compensation 20,562 24,287 Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation 470 1,775 Deferred income taxes (30,227) (20,135) Increase in assets, net of effect of acquisition: Merchandise inventories (82,369) (120,202) Trading investment securities (2,117) (1,392) Other current assets (31,180) (20,792) Other assets (312) (291) Increase (decrease) in liabilities, net of effect of acquisition: Accounts payable 51,824 68,734 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 8,556 (1) Merchandise credit and gift card liabilities 4,280 9,996 Income taxes payable 2,027 (34,107) Deferred rent and other liabilities 8,437 15,275 Net cash provided by operating activities 277,906 233,723 Cash Flows from Investing Activities: Purchase of held-to-maturity investment securities - (124,124) Redemption of held-to-maturity investment securities 188,669 138,011 Purchase of available-for-sale investment securities (644,330) (670,425) Redemption of available-for-sale investment securities 841,305 471,665 Capital expenditures (153,296) (135,760) Payment for acquisition, net of cash acquired (85,893) - Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities 146,455 (320,633) Cash Flows from Financing Activities: Proceeds from exercise of stock options 10,576 10,225 Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation 2,971 4,504 Repurchase of common stock, including fees (528,326) (855) Payment of deferred purchase price for acquisition - (6,667) Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities (514,779) 7,207 Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (90,418) (79,703) Cash and cash equivalents: Beginning of period 213,381 247,697 End of period $ 122,963 $ 167,994
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