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Village Super Market, Inc. Reports Results for the Fourth Quarter Ended July 30, 2016

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SPRINGFIELD, N.J., Oct. 06, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Village Super Market, Inc. (Nasdaq: VLGEA) today reported its results of operations for the fourth quarter ended July 30, 2016.

Net income was $8,448,000 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 compared to $6,932,000 in the fourth quarter of the prior year.  Fiscal 2016 contains 53 weeks, with the additional week included in the fourth quarter.  Excluding the $280,000 (net of tax) estimated benefit of the additional week and a $316,000 (net of tax) impairment charge related to the property of a closed store in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, net income increased 13% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 compared to the fourth quarter of the prior year.  Net income increased due primarily to lower operating and administrative expenses, including lower workers compensation costs and reduced fringe benefits. 

Sales were $437,300,000 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, an increase of $31,546,000 or 7.8% from the prior year. Sales increased $29,233,000, or 7.2%, due to fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 containing an extra week.  Same store sales, excluding the impact of the extra week, increased .6%.  Same store sales increased due to the closing of two competitor stores and continued sales growth in the expanded or replaced stores in Stirling and Greater Morristown.   These increases were partially offset by six new competitor store openings, including stores formerly operated by A&P.

Net income was $25,044,000 in fiscal 2016 compared to $30,620,000 in fiscal 2015.  Fiscal 2016 includes estimated net income of $280,000 due to the fiscal year including a 53rd week and a $545,000 (net of tax) gain due to the recovery of insurance receivables related to Superstorm Sandy.  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 and a tax benefit of $6,452,000 related to settlement of the New Jersey tax dispute, net of interest and penalties accrued prior to settlement. Excluding these items from both years, net income decreased 6% in the fiscal 2016 compared to the prior year primarily due to a lower gross profit percentage and higher operating and administrative expense.

Sales were $1,634,904,000 in fiscal 2016, an increase of $51,115,000, or 3.2% from the prior year. Sales increased $29,233,000, or 1.8%, due to fiscal 2016 containing an extra week.  Same store sales, excluding the impact of the 53rd week, increased 1.4%.  Same store sales increased due to the closing of two competitor stores and continued sales growth in the expanded or replaced stores in Stirling, Greater Morristown and Union. These increases were partially offset by six new competitor store openings, including stores formerly operated by A&P.

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: economic conditions; 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 changing energy prices; increased cost of goods sold, including increased costs from the Company's principal supplier, Wakefern; disruptions or changes in Wakefern's operations; 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)
 
   14 Weeks
Ended
 13 Weeks
Ended
 53 Weeks
Ended
 52 Weeks
Ended
   July 30,
 2016
 July 25,
 2015
 July 30,
 2016
 July 25,
 2015
          
Sales  $437,300  $405,754  $1,634,904  $1,583,789 
          
Cost of sales  317,221  293,666  1,189,874  1,150,674 
          
Gross profit  120,079  112,088  445,030  433,115 
          
Operating and administrative expense  99,170  93,946  376,601  366,254 
          
Depreciation and amortization  6,259  5,758  24,101  23,330 
          
Operating income  14,650  12,384  44,328  43,531 
          
Interest expense  (1,121) (1,130) (4,495) (4,535)
          
Interest income  718  570  2,506  2,399 
          
Income before income taxes  14,247  11,824  42,339  41,395 
          
Income taxes  5,799  4,892  17,295  10,775 
          
Net income  $8,448  $6,932  $25,044  $30,620 
          
Net income per share:      
Class A common stock:         
Basic  $0.67  $0.55  $1.98  $2.44 
Diluted  $0.60  $0.49  $1.77  $2.16 
          
Class B common stock:         
Basic  $0.43  $0.36  $1.29  $1.58 
Diluted  $0.43  $0.36  $1.29  $1.58 
          
Gross profit as a % of sales  27.46% 27.62% 27.22% 27.35%
Operating and administrative expense as a % of sales  22.68% 23.15% 23.04% 23.13%
              

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