* Earnings per Share of $.72 for Q4; $2.09 for Full Year, Including Q4 Non-Recurring $.07 Charge ($.79 for Q4; $2.15 for Full Year, Excluding Non-Recurring Charge) * Quarterly Comparable Store Sales Increase by 5.2% * 15th Consecutive Year of Record Earnings Since 1992 IPO
UNION, N.J., April 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. today reported net earnings of $.72 per diluted share, including the previously announced fourth quarter non-recurring charge relating to Internal Revenue Code Section 409A, which resulted in approximately $.07 per diluted share, in the fiscal fourth quarter (fourteen weeks) ended March 3, 2007. Excluding the non-recurring charge, net earnings were $.79 per diluted share in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2006, an increase of approximately 17.9% from the $.67 per diluted share earned in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2005 (thirteen weeks). Net sales for the fiscal fourth quarter (fourteen weeks) ended March 3, 2007 were approximately $1.995 billion, an increase of approximately 18.4% from the fiscal fourth quarter (thirteen weeks) of 2005. Comparable store sales for the fiscal fourth quarter of 2006 increased by approximately 5.2%, on top of an increase of approximately 6.3% in last year's fiscal fourth quarter.
Net earnings for the fiscal year (fifty-three weeks) ended March 3, 2007 were $2.09 per diluted share, including the non-recurring charge relating to Internal Revenue Code Section 409A of approximately $.07 per diluted share. Excluding the non-recurring charge, net earnings were $2.15 per diluted share for fiscal 2006, exceeding fiscal 2005 (fifty-two weeks) net earnings of $1.92 per diluted share by approximately 12.0%. Fiscal 2006 was the 15th consecutive year of record earnings since the Company's 1992 IPO. Net sales for fiscal 2006 (fifty-three weeks) were approximately $6.617 billion, an increase of approximately 13.9% from the prior fiscal year (fifty-two weeks). Comparable store sales for fiscal 2006 increased by approximately 4.9%, on top of an increase of approximately 4.6% in fiscal 2005. Comparable store sales percentage increases are calculated based on an equivalent number of weeks for each quarter and annual period.
Effective December 20, 2006, the Board of Directors of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. approved a $1 billion share repurchase program which authorized the Company to purchase shares of its common stock. The Company intends to fund the program from present and expected future excess cash flows. Through the end of fiscal 2006 (March 3, 2007), the Company repurchased approximately 7.5 million shares for an aggregate cost of approximately $300 million.
During the fiscal fourth quarter, the Company incurred a previously announced non-recurring charge primarily resulting from payments made to over 1,600 employees, excluding senior management, to protect them from certain potential adverse tax consequences arising pursuant to Internal Revenue Code Section 409A. This non-recurring pre-tax charge in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2006 was approximately $30 million, equivalent to approximately $.07 per diluted share.
As of March 3, 2007, the Company operated a total of 888 stores, including 815 Bed Bath & Beyond stores (20 of which were opened during the fiscal fourth quarter, including the first store in the state of Alaska), in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In addition, as of March 3, 2007, Christmas Tree Shops, Inc. operated 34 stores in 8 states and Harmon Stores, Inc. operated 39 stores in 3 states (one of which was opened during the fiscal fourth quarter). Consolidated store space as of March 3, 2007 was approximately 27.8 million square feet.
On March 22, 2007, subsequent to the end of fiscal 2006, Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. completed and announced the acquisition of buybuy BABY, a retailer of infant and toddler merchandise. Since this acquisition occurred after the conclusion of fiscal 2006, it had no effect on Bed Bath & Beyond's fiscal 2006 results.
Since the beginning of the current fiscal year on March 4, 2007, 1 additional Bed Bath & Beyond store has been opened, and 2 existing stores were relocated. There are presently 816 Bed Bath & Beyond stores in operation, in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In addition, a new Christmas Tree Shops store was opened in March.
As previously disclosed, the Company continues to cooperate with the informal inquiry of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the inquiry of the United States Attorney's office for the District of New Jersey regarding the Company's stock option grant practices.
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.
INVESTOR CONTACTS (at 908/688-0888): Ronald Curwin Ext: 4550 Kenneth C. Frankel Ext: 4554 Paula J. Marbach Ext: 4552 BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Consolidated Statements of Earnings (in thousands, except per share data) Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended March 3, February 25, March 3, February 25, 2007 2006 2007 2006 (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) Net sales $1,994,987 $1,685,279 $6,617,429 $5,809,562 Cost of sales 1,132,005 937,459 3,782,027 3,323,814 Gross profit 862,982 747,820 2,835,402 2,485,748 Selling, general and administrative expenses 553,087 442,903 1,946,001 1,606,577 Operating profit 309,895 304,917 889,401 879,171 Interest income 13,248 11,252 43,478 35,920 Earnings before provision for income taxes 323,143 316,169 932,879 915,091 Provision for income taxes 117,301 118,247 338,635 342,244 Net earnings $205,842 $197,922 $594,244 $572,847 Net earnings per share - Basic $0.74 $0.68 $2.12 $1.95 Net earnings per share - Diluted $0.72 $0.67 $2.09 $1.92 Weighted average shares outstanding - Basic 279,079 289,683 280,199 293,899 Weighted average shares outstanding - Diluted 284,431 294,401 284,956 298,973 BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Consolidated Balance Sheets (in thousands) March 3, February 25, 2007 2006 (unaudited) Assets Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $213,381 $247,697 Short term investment securities 774,881 404,113 Merchandise inventories 1,505,800 1,301,720 Other current assets 204,552 118,415 Total current assets 2,698,614 2,071,945 Long term investment securities 102,692 393,862 Property and equipment, net 929,507 738,742 Other assets 228,491 177,591 $3,959,304 $3,382,140 Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity Current liabilities: Accounts payable $615,156 $534,910 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 245,267 249,092 Merchandise credit and gift card liabilities 143,737 113,514 Income taxes payable 140,913 92,030 Total current liabilities 1,145,073 989,546 Deferred rent and other liabilities 165,080 130,144 Total liabilities 1,310,153 1,119,690 Total shareholders' equity 2,649,151 2,262,450 $3,959,304 $3,382,140 BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (in thousands) Twelve Months Ended March 3, February 25, 2007 2006 (unaudited) Cash Flows from Operating Activities: Net earnings $594,244 $572,847 Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation 132,955 111,111 Amortization of bond premium 3,532 3,172 Stock-based compensation 52,596 26,439 Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation 6,691 20,011 Deferred income taxes (56,191) (25,874) Increase in assets: Merchandise inventories (204,080) (149,692) Trading investment securities (2,958) (423) Other current assets (38,241) (23,543) Other assets (695) (307) Increase (decrease) in liabilities: Accounts payable 75,883 64,892 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 9,784 (5,742) Merchandise credit and gift card liabilities 30,223 26,453 Income taxes payable (9,459) 10,666 Deferred rent and other liabilities 19,348 30,425 Net cash provided by operating activities 613,632 660,435 Cash Flows from Investing Activities: Purchase of held-to-maturity investment securities (124,125) (442,356) Redemption of held-to-maturity investment securities 309,818 331,565 Purchase of available-for-sale investment securities (1,443,115) (1,524,835) Redemption of available-for-sale investment securities 1,177,250 1,788,450 Capital expenditures (317,501) (220,394) Net cash used in investing activities (397,673) (67,570) Cash Flows from Financing Activities: Proceeds from exercise of stock options 43,393 34,953 Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation 14,001 2,682 Repurchase of common stock (301,002) (598,244) Payment of deferred purchase price for acquisition (6,667) (6,667) Net cash used in financing activities (250,275) (567,276) Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (34,316) 25,589 Cash and cash equivalents: Beginning of period 247,697 222,108 End of period $213,381 $247,697
SOURCE Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. -0- 04/11/2007 /CONTACT: Investor - Ronald Curwin, x. 4550, Kenneth C. Frankel, x. 4554, Paula J. Marbach, x. 4552, all of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., +1-908-688-0888/ /Web site: http://www.bedbath.com/ (BBBY) CO: Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. ST: New Jersey IN: REA FIN SU: ERN BS-AA -- NYW106 -- 4227 04/11/2007 16:15 EDT http://www.prnewswire.com