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Publix Reports Second Quarter 2018 Results and Stock Price

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Publix's sales for the three months ended June 30, 2018 were
$8.8 billion, a 4 percent increase from $8.4 billion in 2017. Comparable
store sales for the three months ended June 30, 2018 increased 1.7
percent. The company estimates sales were negatively impacted by 1.2
percent due to the effect of the Easter holiday being in the first
quarter in 2018. In 2017, the effect of the Easter holiday was in the
second quarter.

Net earnings for the three months ended June 30, 2018 were $616.2
million, compared to $495.1 million in 2017, an increase of 24.5
percent. Earnings per share for the three months ended June 30, 2018
increased to $0.84, up from $0.65 per share in 2017. Net earnings and
earnings per share for the three months ended June 30, 2018 were
positively impacted by the decrease in the federal statutory income tax
rate from 35 percent to 21 percent effective in 2018 due to the Tax Cuts
and Jobs Act of 2017 (Tax Act). Net earnings and earnings per share also
were impacted by a new accounting standard requiring equity securities
be measured at fair value with net unrealized gains and losses from
changes in the fair value recognized in earnings. Excluding the impact
of the new accounting standard, net earnings would have been $571
million, an increase of 15.3 percent, and earnings per share would have
been $0.78 for the three months ended June 30, 2018.

Publix's sales for the six months ended June 30, 2018 were $18 billion,
a 5.4 percent increase from $17.1 billion in 2017. Comparable store
sales for the six months ended June 30, 2018 increased 3.4 percent.

Net earnings for the six months ended June 30, 2018 were $1.3 billion,
compared to $1.05 billion in 2017, an increase of 23.4 percent. Earnings
per share for the six months ended June 30, 2018 increased to $1.77, up
from $1.37 per share in 2017. Net earnings and earnings per share for
the six months ended June 30, 2018 were positively impacted by the Tax
Act. Net earnings and earnings per share also were impacted by the new
accounting standard. Excluding the impact of the new accounting
standard, net earnings would have been $1.28 billion, an increase of
21.4 percent, and earnings per share would have been $1.74 for the six
months ended June 30, 2018.

These amounts are based on unaudited financial statements that will be
filed today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and made
available on the company's website at corporate.publix.com/stock.

Effective Aug. 1, 2018, Publix's stock price increased from $41.75 per
share to $42.55 per share. Publix stock is not publicly traded and is
made available for sale only to current Publix associates and members of
its board of directors.

"Since the beginning of the year, our stock price has increased from
$36.85 to $42.55, over 15 percent," said Publix CEO & President Todd
Jones. "Our associates deserve the credit for continuing to make us a
leader in customer service."

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to reporting financial results for the three and six months
ended June 30, 2018 in accordance with U.S. generally accepted
accounting principles (GAAP), the company presented net earnings and
earnings per share excluding the impact of the new accounting standard
requiring equity securities be measured at fair value with net
unrealized gains and losses from changes in the fair value recognized in
earnings (fair value adjustment). These measures are not in accordance
with, or an alternative to, GAAP. The company excludes the fair value
adjustment on equity securities since they are primarily due to
temporary equity market fluctuations that do not reflect the company's
operations. The company believes this information is useful in providing
period-to-period comparisons of the results of operations. Following is
a reconciliation of net earnings to net earnings excluding the impact of
the fair value adjustment for the three and six months ended June 30,
2018 (amounts are in millions, except per share amounts):

   

Three Months Ended

June 30, 2018

Six Months Ended

June 30, 2018

Net earnings

$

616.2

 

1,296.4

Fair value adjustment (net unrealized gain) on equity securities
held at end of period

(76.8

)

(51.0

)

Net gain on sale of equity securities previously recognized through
fair value adjustment

16.2

22.4

Income tax expense (1)

15.4

7.3

Net earnings excluding impact of fair value adjustment

$

571.0

1,275.1

Weighted average shares outstanding

730.9

732.5

Earnings per share excluding impact of fair value adjustment

$

0.78

1.74

 

(1) Income tax expense is based on the company's combined
federal and state statutory income tax rates.

Publix is privately owned and operated by its more than 190,000
employees, with 2017 sales of $34.6 billion. Currently Publix has 1,190
stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North
Carolina and Virginia. The company has been named one of Fortune's
"100 Best Companies to Work For in America" for 21 consecutive years. In
addition, Publix's dedication to superior quality and customer service
is recognized among the top in the grocery business. For more
information, visit the company's website, corporate.publix.com.

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