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Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. Reports Results For Fiscal 2019 Second Quarter

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UNION, N.J., Oct. 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ:BBBY) today reported financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 ended August 31, 2019.

Mary A. Winston, Interim CEO, stated, "We are making good progress against our four key near-term priorities, including: (1) stabilizing sales and driving top-line growth; (2) resetting the cost structure; (3) reviewing and optimizing the Company's asset base, including the portfolio of retail banners; and (4) refining our organization structure.  Our second quarter financial results reflect the relentless effort of our teams and our progress in driving the Company's transformation efforts to delight our customers, enhance our competitive position, improve our financial performance, and drive shareholder value."

Fiscal 2019 Second Quarter Results

For the fiscal 2019 second quarter, the Company reported a net loss of $(1.12) per diluted share ($(138.8) million), which included an unfavorable impact of approximately $1.46 per diluted share from charges related to the first wave of transformation initiatives including, severance costs associated with the corporate workforce reduction and decision to outsource certain functions, and an inventory write down.  In addition, non-cash store impairment charges were incurred during the quarter. This compares to net earnings of $0.36 per diluted share ($48.6 million) for the fiscal 2018 second quarter.  Excluding the severance costs, inventory write down, and store impairment charges, the Company reported adjusted net earnings of $0.34 per diluted share ($41.9 million) for the fiscal 2019 second quarter, compared to adjusted net earnings of $0.38 per diluted share ($52.0 million) for the fiscal 2018 second quarter, excluding severance costs.  Net sales for the fiscal 2019 second quarter were approximately $2.7 billion, a decrease of approximately 7.3% compared to the prior year period.  Comparable sales in the fiscal 2019 second quarter declined approximately 6.7%.

Capital Allocation

Today, the Company's Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.17 per share payable on January 14, 2020 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 13, 2019.

During the fiscal 2019 second quarter, the Company repurchased approximately $16.5 million of its common stock, representing approximately 1.4 million shares.

The Company ended the fiscal 2019 second quarter with approximately $1.0 billion in cash and investments, compared with approximately $1.1 billion in cash and investments at the end of the fiscal 2018 second quarter.

Fiscal 2019 Updated Financial Outlook

Fiscal 2019 full-year results continue to be in line with the Company's most recent guidance and assumes current investment plans to drive top-line performance in the back half, as well as its comp sales trends year to date, and excludes goodwill and other impairments, severance costs, shareholder activity costs, the inventory write down, and any incremental impact from tariffs. Fiscal 2019 full-year net sales are estimated to be around $11.4 billion and net earnings per diluted share are estimated to be between $2.08 and $2.13.

Due to the inherent difficulty of forecasting the timing or amount of items that have not yet occurred and are out of the Company's control, and that would impact its net earnings per diluted share, for fiscal 2019 on a GAAP basis, the Company has not provided a reconciliation of its adjusted net earnings per diluted share for its fiscal 2019 full-year outlook on a GAAP basis. For the same reasons, the Company is unable to address the probable significance of the unavailable information. Forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures provided without the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures may vary materially from the corresponding GAAP financial measures.

CEO Search
The Company has made substantial progress toward identifying a permanent CEO. The Company remains on track with its expectation that it will make an announcement soon.

Fiscal 2019 Second Quarter Conference Call and Investor Presentation

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.'s fiscal 2019 second quarter conference call with analysts and investors will be held today at 5:00pm EDT and may be accessed by dialing 1-888-771-4371, or if international, 1-847-585-4405, using conference ID number 49010664. The replay of the call will be available beginning today at 8:00pm EDT through 8:00pm EDT on Friday, October 4th, 2019, and can be accessed by dialing 1-888-843-7419, using conference ID number 49010664.  The call and replay can also be accessed via audio webcast on the investor relations section of the Company's website at www.bedbathandbeyond.com.

The Company has also made available an Investor Presentation on the investor relations section of the Company's website at www.bedbathandbeyond.com.

About the Company

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. and subsidiaries (the "Company") is an omnichannel retailer that is the trusted expert for the home and heart-felt life events. The Company sells a wide assortment of domestics merchandise and home furnishings. The Company also provides 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, decorist.com, harborlinen.com, and t-ygroup.com.  As of August 31, 2019, the Company had a total of 1,534 stores, including 993 Bed Bath & Beyond stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada, 277 stores under the names of World Market, Cost Plus World Market or Cost Plus, 126 buybuy BABY stores, 81 stores under the names Christmas Tree Shops, Christmas Tree Shops andThat! or andThat!, 55 stores under the names Harmon, Harmon Face Values or Face Values, and two stores under the name One Kings Lane.  During the fiscal second quarter, the Company closed two Bed Bath & Beyond stores.  The joint venture to which the Company is a partner operates ten stores in Mexico under the name Bed Bath & Beyond.

Non-GAAP Information

This press release contains certain non-GAAP information, such as adjusted net earnings per diluted share, which is intended to provide visibility into the Company's core operations by excluding the effects of the goodwill and other impairments, severance costs, shareholder activity costs, and inventory write down.  The Company's definition and calculation of non-GAAP measures may differ from that of other companies.  Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, the Company's reported GAAP financial results.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the Company's outlook for its net sales and adjusted net earnings per diluted share and its progress and anticipated progress towards its long-term objectives.  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, including a permanent Chief Executive Officer; 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; risks associated with the ability to achieve a successful outcome for its business concepts and to otherwise achieve its business strategies; the impact of intangible asset and other 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 

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2,719,447


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1,946,457



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