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Village Super Market, Inc. Reports Results for the Third Quarter Ended April 28, 2018

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SPRINGFIELD, N.J., June 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Village Super Market, Inc. (NASDAQ:VLGEA) today reported its results of operations for the third quarter ended April 28, 2018.

Net income was $6,542,000 in the third quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to $6,015,000 in the third quarter of the prior year.  The third quarter of fiscal 2018 includes a $574,000 reduction in deferred tax expense as a result of the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Tax Act") on return to provision adjustments. Excluding this item from the third quarter of fiscal 2018, net income decreased 1% in the third quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to the prior year primarily due to higher operating and administrative expenses partially offset by the favorable impact of a reduction in the fiscal 2018 estimated effective tax rate to 33.3% as a result of the Tax Act.

Sales were $394,608,000 in the third quarter of fiscal 2018, an increase of .7% compared to the third quarter of the prior year.  Same store sales increased .7% due primarily to sales growth in recently remodeled and expanded stores, inflation and increased promotional spending.  Same store sales were negatively impacted by two competitor store openings. The Company expects same store sales in fiscal 2018 to range from a .25% decrease to a .75% increase.  New stores and replacement stores are included in same store sales in the quarter after the store has been in operation for four full quarters.  Store renovations and expansions are included in same store sales immediately. 

Gross profit as a percentage of sales decreased to 27.59% in the third quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to 27.64% in the third quarter of the prior year primarily due to increased promotional spending and decreased patronage dividends from Wakefern partially offset by increased departmental gross margin and a favorable change in product mix.

Operating and administrative expense as a percentage of sales increased to 23.77% in the third quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to 23.35% in the third quarter of the prior year due primarily to payroll investments in service departments, training and other initiatives, increased occupancy costs including snow removal, higher legal and consulting fees and pre-opening costs for the Bronx, NY store.   Both the third quarter of fiscal 2018 and 2017 included credits received related to multi-employer health and welfare benefits of .22% and .20%, respectively.

Net income was $19,070,000 in the nine-month period of fiscal 2018 compared to $16,117,000 in the nine-month period of the prior year.  Fiscal 2018 includes a $3,300,000 reduction in deferred tax expense as a result of the Tax Act and related return to provision adjustments. Excluding this item, net income decreased 2% in the nine-month period of fiscal 2018 compared to the prior year primarily due to higher operating and administrative expenses partially offset by the favorable impact of a reduction in the fiscal 2018 estimated effective tax rate to 33.3% as a result of the Tax Act.

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)

  13 Weeks Ended   39 Weeks Ended
  April 28,
 2018
  April 29,
 2017
  April 28,
 2018
  April 29,
 2017
               
Sales $ 394,608     $ 391,984     $ 1,198,464     $ 1,193,891  
               
Cost of sales 285,731     283,648     873,422     869,668  
               
Gross profit 108,877     108,336     325,042     324,223  
               
Operating and administrative expense 93,780     91,536     282,138     277,060  
               
Depreciation and amortization 6,083     6,062     18,704     18,358  
               
Operating income 9,014     10,738     24,200     28,805  
               
Interest expense (1,133 )   (1,111 )   (3,340 )   (3,343 )
               
Interest income 1,012     726     2,776     2,063  
               
Income before income taxes 8,893     10,353     23,636     27,525  
               
Income taxes 2,351     4,338     4,566     11,408  
               
Net income $ 6,542     $ 6,015     $ 19,070     $ 16,117  
               
Net income per share:            
Class A common stock:              
Basic $ 0.51     $ 0.47     $ 1.48     $ 1.27  
Diluted $ 0.45     $ 0.42     $ 1.32     $ 1.13  
               
Class B common stock:              
Basic $ 0.33     $ 0.30     $ 0.96     $ 0.82  
Diluted $ 0.33     $ 0.30     $ 0.96     $ 0.82  
               
Gross profit as a % of sales 27.59 %   27.64 %   27.12 %   27.16 %
Operating and administrative expense as a % of sales 23.77 %   23.35 %   23.54 %   23.21 %


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

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