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Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. Reports Results For Fiscal 2018 Third Quarter

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UNION, N.J., Jan. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ:BBBY) today reported financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 ended December 1, 2018.

Fiscal 2018 Third Quarter Results

For the fiscal 2018 third quarter, the Company reported net earnings of $.18 per diluted share ($24.4 million), compared with $.44 per diluted share ($61.3 million) for the fiscal 2017 third quarter.  Net sales for the fiscal 2018 third quarter were approximately $3.0 billion, an increase of approximately 2.6% compared to the prior year period.  Comparable sales in the fiscal 2018 third quarter declined approximately 1.8%, and included strong sales growth from the Company's customer-facing digital channels, and sales from stores that declined in the mid-single-digit percentage range.

Capital Allocation

The Company's Board of Directors today declared a quarterly dividend of $.16 per share payable on April 16, 2019 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 15, 2019.

During the fiscal 2018 third quarter, the Company repurchased approximately $8 million of its common stock, representing approximately 527,000 shares.

The Company ended the fiscal 2018 third quarter with approximately $1.0 billion in cash and investments, an increase of approximately $460 million, compared with approximately $561 million in cash and investments at the end of the fiscal 2017 third quarter.

Fiscal 2018

During the conference call with analysts and investors, the Company plans to review its quarterly financial results, share its updated financial planning assumptions for fiscal 2018, and provide some high-level, directional information for fiscal 2019.

The Company's modeling assumptions for fiscal 2018 have been updated to consider its results to date, including the holiday selling season; the continuation of trends it has been experiencing; and actions being taken in support of the Company's stronger bias towards prioritizing long-term profitability over near-term sales growth.  The Company continues to model net earnings per diluted share for the full year to be about $2.00.

The Company is ahead of plan with respect to its longer-term financial goals to moderate the declines in its operating profit and net earnings per diluted share, this year and next, and grow net earnings per diluted share by 2020, and based on its preliminary assumptions, believes that its fiscal 2019 net earnings per diluted share will be about the same as fiscal 2018.

Fiscal 2018 Third Quarter Conference Call and Investor Presentation

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.'s fiscal 2018 third quarter conference call may be accessed by dialing 1-888-771-4371, or if international, 1-847-585-4405, using conference ID number 47947100. The replay of the call can be accessed by dialing 1-888-843-7419, using conference ID number 47947100.  The call and replay can also be accessed via audio webcast on the investor relations section of our website at www.bedbathandbeyond.com.

The Company has also made available an Investor Presentation on the investor relations section of its website that provides information related to its strategic initiatives, fiscal third quarter financial results, and modeling assumptions for fiscal 2018 and fiscal 2019.

About the Company

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. and subsidiaries (the "Company") is an omnichannel retailer selling a wide assortment of domestics merchandise and home furnishings which operates under the names Bed Bath & Beyond, Christmas Tree Shops, Christmas Tree Shops andThat! or andThat!, Harmon, Harmon Face Values or Face Values, buybuy BABY and World Market, Cost Plus World Market or Cost Plus. Customers can purchase products either in-store, online, with a mobile device or through a customer contact center. The Company generally has the ability to have customer purchases picked up in-store or shipped direct to the customer from the Company's distribution facilities, stores or vendors. In addition, the Company operates Of a Kind, an e-commerce website that features specially commissioned, limited edition items from emerging fashion and home designers; One Kings Lane, an authority in home décor and design, offering a unique collection of select home goods, designer and vintage items; PersonalizationMall.com, an industry-leading online retailer of personalized products; Chef Central, an online retailer of kitchenware, cookware and homeware items catering to cooking and baking enthusiasts; and Decorist, an online interior design platform that provides personalized home design services. The Company also operates Linen Holdings, a provider of a variety of textile products, amenities and other goods to institutional customers in the hospitality, cruise line, healthcare and other industries. Additionally, the Company is a partner in a joint venture which operates retail stores in Mexico under the name Bed Bath & Beyond.

The Company operates websites at bedbathandbeyond.com, bedbathandbeyond.ca, worldmarket.com, buybuybaby.com, buybuybaby.ca, christmastreeshops.com, andthat.com, harmondiscount.com, facevalues.com, ofakind.com, onekingslane.com, personalizationmall.com, chefcentral.com, decorist.com, harborlinen.com, and t-ygroup.com.  As of December 1, 2018, the Company had a total of 1,550 stores, including 1,005 Bed Bath & Beyond stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada, 282 stores under the names of World Market, Cost Plus World Market or Cost Plus, 122 buybuy BABY stores, 82 stores under the names Christmas Tree Shops, Christmas Tree Shops andThat! or andThat!, 57 stores under the names Harmon, Harmon Face Values or Face Values, and two retail stores under the name One  Kings  Lane.  During the fiscal third quarter, the Company opened four stores including two World Market stores, one buybuyBABY store, and one One Kings Lane store; and closed 15 stores including 13 Bed Bath & Beyond stores, one World Market store, and one Christmas Tree Shops store. The joint venture, to which the Company is a partner, operates ten stores in Mexico under the name Bed Bath & Beyond.

Forward-Looking Statements

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, approximate, estimate, assume, continue, model, project, plan, goal, 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. Such factors include, without limitation: general economic conditions including the housing market, a challenging overall macroeconomic environment and related changes in the retailing environment; consumer preferences, spending habits and adoption of new technologies; demographics and other macroeconomic factors that may impact the level of spending for the types of merchandise sold by the Company; civil disturbances and terrorist acts; unusual weather patterns and natural disasters; competition from existing and potential competitors across all channels; pricing pressures; liquidity; the ability to achieve anticipated cost savings, and to not exceed anticipated costs, associated with organizational changes and investments; the ability to attract and retain qualified employees in all areas of the organization; the cost of labor, merchandise and other costs and expenses; potential supply chain disruption due to trade restrictions, political instability, labor disturbances, product recalls, financial or operational instability of suppliers or carriers, and other items; the ability to find suitable locations at acceptable occupancy costs and other terms to support the Company's plans for new stores; the ability to establish and profitably maintain the appropriate mix of digital and physical presence in the markets it serves; the ability to assess and implement technologies in support of the Company's development of its omnichannel capabilities; uncertainty in financial markets; volatility in the price of the Company's common stock and its effect, and the effect of other factors, on the Company's capital allocation strategy; the impact of goodwill and intangible asset impairments; disruptions to the Company's information technology systems including but not limited to security breaches of systems protecting consumer and employee information or other types of cybercrimes or cybersecurity attacks; reputational risk arising from challenges to the Company's or a third party product or service supplier's compliance with various laws, regulations or standards, including those related to labor, health, safety, privacy or the environment; reputational risk arising from third-party merchandise or service vendor performance in direct home delivery or assembly of product for customers; changes to statutory, regulatory and legal requirements, including without limitation proposed changes affecting international trade; changes to, or new, tax laws or interpretation of existing tax laws; new, or developments in existing, litigation, claims or assessments; changes to, or new, accounting standards; foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; and the integration of acquired businesses.  The Company does not undertake any obligation to update its forward-looking statements.

 

BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

 Consolidated Statements of Earnings

 (in thousands, except per share data)

  (unaudited)























 Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended
























 December 1,


 November 25,


 December 1,


 November 25,







2018


2017


2018


2017


































Net sales


$

3,032,231


$

2,954,539


$

8,720,916


$

8,633,037




















Cost of sales



2,028,521



1,913,478



5,763,797



5,523,302






















Gross profit



1,003,710



1,041,061



2,957,119



3,109,735




















Selling, general and administrative expenses


954,197



932,701



2,747,519



2,685,517






















Operating profit



49,513



108,360



209,600



424,218




















Interest expense, net



22,691



13,621



54,034



49,367






















Earnings before provision for income taxes


26,822



94,739



155,566



374,851




















Provision for income taxes


2,468



33,438



38,997



144,037






















Net earnings


$

24,354


$

61,301


$

116,569


$

230,814




















Net earnings per share - Basic

$

0.18


$

0.44


$

0.86


$

1.65



Net earnings per share - Diluted

$

0.18


$

0.44


$

0.86


$

1.64




















Weighted average shares outstanding - Basic


133,811



138,418



135,070



139,872



Weighted average shares outstanding - Diluted


133,998



138,790



135,425



140,381




















Dividends declared per share

$

0.16


$

0.15


$

0.48


$

0.45


 

BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)







 December 1,


 November 25,






2018


2017











Assets



















Current assets:










 Cash and cash equivalents



$

762,513


$

453,103


 Short term investment securities



238,267



-


 Merchandise inventories




3,005,548



3,199,669


 Prepaid expenses and other current assets



474,285



287,719












        Total current assets




4,480,613



3,940,491











Long term investment securities




19,817



107,709

Property and equipment, net




1,866,086



1,840,959

Goodwill





716,283



716,283

Other assets





453,945



583,436
















$

7,536,744


$

7,188,878











Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

















Current liabilities:










Accounts payable



$

1,554,353


$

1,455,355


Accrued expenses and other current liabilities



793,916



584,121


Merchandise credit and gift card liabilities



330,759



321,591












       Total current liabilities




2,679,028



2,361,067











Deferred rent and other liabilities




407,953



520,952

Income taxes payable




54,061



66,061

Long term debt





1,492,427



1,491,952












       Total liabilities




4,633,469



4,440,032











Shareholders' equity:









Preferred stock - $0.01 par value; authorized - 1,000







  shares; no shares issued or outstanding



-



-












Common stock - $0.01 par value; authorized - 900,000 shares;







  issued 342,657 and 341,682, respectively;








  outstanding 137,472 and 142,413 shares, respectively


3,427



3,417


Additional paid-in capital




2,108,790



2,039,213


Retained earnings




11,388,910



11,170,287


Treasury stock, at cost; 205,185 and 199,269 shares, respectively


(10,538,430)



(10,422,816)


Accumulated other comprehensive loss



(59,422)



(41,255)











Total shareholders' equity




2,903,275



2,748,846











Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


$

7,536,744


$

7,188,878

 

BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(in thousands, unaudited)






















 Nine Months Ended






















 December 1,


 November 25,









2018


2017



























Cash Flows from Operating Activities:























Net earnings





$

116,569


$

230,814



Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash










provided by operating activities:










Depreciation and amortization




246,482



227,407




Gain on sale of a building




(29,690)



-




Stock-based compensation




49,268



52,833




Deferred income taxes





(214)



17,114




Other






(2,162)



(273)




(Increase) decrease in assets, net of effect of acquisitions:












     Merchandise inventories




(279,837)



(290,576)




     Trading investment securities



1,651



(17,806)




     Other current assets




88,220



(89,425)




     Other assets





872



(5,034)




Increase (decrease) in liabilities, net of effect of acquisitions:












     Accounts payable





401,785



311,430




     Accrued expenses and other current liabilities



96,702



90,947




     Merchandise credit and gift card liabilities



7,449



11,926




     Income taxes payable




(7,266)



(61,626)




     Deferred rent and other liabilities



(24,394)



14,111
















Net cash provided by operating activities



665,435



491,842















Cash Flows from Investing Activities:























Purchase of held-to-maturity investment securities



(246,425)



-



Redemption of held-to-maturity investment securities



385,125



-



Capital expenditures





(256,490)



(263,963)



Proceeds from sale of a building




11,183



-



Payment for acquisition, net of cash acquired



-



(6,097)
















Net cash used in investing activities




(106,607)



(270,060)















Cash Flows from Financing Activities:























Payment of dividends





(64,877)



(60,058)



Repurchase of common stock, including fees



(70,458)



(207,277)



Proceeds from exercise of stock options



-



10,161



Payment of deferred financing costs




-



(430)
















Net cash used in financing activities




(135,335)



(257,604)
















Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents


(7,120)



596
















Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents



416,373



(35,226)















Cash and cash equivalents:











Beginning of period





346,140



488,329



End of period





$

762,513


$

453,103

 

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