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Village Super Market, Inc. Reports Results for the Fourth Quarter Ended July 25, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, N.J., Oct. 06, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Village Super Market, Inc. (Nasdaq:VLGEA) today reported its results of operations for the fourth quarter ended July 25, 2015.

Net income was $6,932,000 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 compared to $5,870,000 in the fourth quarter of the prior year. The fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 includes a $316,000 (net of tax) impairment charge related to the property of a closed store that is under contract to be sold in fiscal 2016, while the fourth quarter of the prior year includes a charge for future lease obligations due to the closure of the Union, New Jersey store of $539,000 (net of tax), pre-opening costs for the replacement store in Union of $126,000 (net of tax) and a higher tax rate due to $393,000 of accrued interest and penalties related to the New Jersey Tax dispute. Excluding these items from both fiscal years, net income increased 5% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 compared to the fourth quarter of the prior year due the impact of the Union replacement store, the 2.3% same store sales increase and higher gross margin percentages.

Sales were $405,754,000 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, an increase of 2.3% compared to the fourth quarter of the prior year. Same store sales increased 2.3% due to improved sales in the greater Morristown replacement store and the expanded Stirling store, higher average transaction size and increased customer counts. The Company expects same store sales in fiscal 2016 to range from a 1.0% to 3.0% increase.

Net income was $30,620,000 in fiscal 2015 as compared to $5,045,000 in the prior year. Fiscal 2015 includes a charge to write-off all remaining insurance receivables related to Superstorm Sandy of $1,340,000 (net of tax), a $316,000 (net of tax) impairment charge related to the property of a closed store that is under contract to be sold in fiscal 2016, and a tax benefit of $6,452,000 related to settlement of the New Jersey tax dispute, net of interest and penalties accrued in fiscal 2015 prior to settlement. Fiscal 2014 includes a $10,052,000 charge related to tax positions taken in prior years as a result of the unfavorable ruling by the New Jersey Tax Court, a higher tax rate due to $1,557,000 of accrued interest and penalties related to the New Jersey tax dispute, a charge for future lease obligations due to the closure of the Morris Plains and Union stores of $2,551,000 (net of tax) and pre-opening costs for the replacement stores in greater Morristown and Union of $1,141,000 (net of tax). Excluding these items from both fiscal years, net income in fiscal 2015 increased 27% compared to the prior year primarily due to the impact of the greater Morristown and Union replacement stores, the 2.1% same store sales increase and higher gross margin percentages.

Village Super Market operates a chain of 29 supermarkets under the ShopRite name in New Jersey, Maryland and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Forward Looking Statements

All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included in this Press Release are or may be considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities law. The Company cautions the reader that there is no assurance that actual results or business conditions will not differ materially from future results, whether expressed, suggested or implied by such forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect developments or information obtained after the date hereof. The following are among the principal factors that could cause actual results to differ from the forward-looking statements: local economic conditions; uninsured losses; competitive pressures from the Company’s operating environment; the ability of the Company to maintain and improve its sales and margins; the ability to attract and retain qualified associates; the availability of new store locations; the availability of capital; the liquidity of the Company; the success of operating initiatives; consumer spending patterns; the impact of higher energy prices; increased cost of goods sold, including increased costs from the Company’s principal supplier, Wakefern; the results of litigation; the results of tax examinations; the results of union contract negotiations; competitive store openings and closings; the rate of return on pension assets; the success of establishing ShopRite’s presence in the Maryland market; and other factors detailed herein and in the Company’s filings with the SEC.

VILLAGE SUPER MARKET, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share amounts) (Unaudited)
13 Weeks Ended 52 Weeks Ended
July 25,
2015
July 26,
2014
July 25,
2015
July 26,
2014
Sales$405,754 $396,838 $1,583,789 $1,518,636
Cost of sales293,666 287,841 1,150,674 1,110,138
Gross profit112,088 108,997 433,115 408,498
Operating and administrative expense93,946 91,436 366,254 356,396
Depreciation and amortization5,758 6,236 23,330 22,274
Operating income12,384 11,325 43,531 29,828
Interest expense(1,130) (929) (4,535) (3,602)
Interest income570 614 2,399 2,622
Income before income taxes11,824 11,010 41,395 28,848
Income taxes4,892 5,140 10,775 23,803
Net income$6,932 $5,870 $30,620 $5,045
Net income per share:
Class A common stock:
Basic$0.55 $0.47 $2.44 $0.41
Diluted$0.49 $0.42 $2.16 $0.36
Class B common stock:
Basic$0.36 $0.30 $1.58 $0.26
Diluted$0.36 $0.30 $1.58 $0.26
Gross profit as a % of sales27.62% 27.47% 27.35% 26.90%
Operating and administrative expense as a % of sales23.15% 23.04% 23.13% 23.47%


Contact: John Van Orden, CFO (973) 467-2200 john.vanorden@wakefern.com

Source:Village Super Market, Inc.