Village Super Market, Inc. Reports Results for the Fourth Quarter Ended July 25, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, N.J., Oct. 06, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Village Super Market, Inc. (Nasdaq:VLGEA) today reported its results of operations for the fourth quarter ended July 25, 2015.

Net income was $6,932,000 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 compared to $5,870,000 in the fourth quarter of the prior year.  The fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 includes a $316,000 (net of tax) impairment charge related to the property of a closed store that is under contract to be sold in fiscal 2016, while the fourth quarter of the prior year includes a charge for future lease obligations due to the closure of the Union, New Jersey store of $539,000 (net of tax), pre-opening costs for the replacement store in Union of $126,000 (net of tax) and a higher tax rate due to $393,000 of accrued interest and penalties related to the New Jersey Tax dispute.   Excluding these items from both fiscal years, net income increased 5% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 compared to the fourth quarter of the prior year due the impact of the Union replacement store, the 2.3% same store sales increase and higher gross margin percentages.

Sales were $405,754,000 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, an increase of 2.3% compared to the fourth quarter of the prior year.  Same store sales increased 2.3% due to improved sales in the greater Morristown replacement store and the expanded Stirling store, higher average transaction size and increased customer counts.  The Company expects same store sales in fiscal 2016 to range from a 1.0% to 3.0% increase.

Net income was $30,620,000 in fiscal 2015 as compared to $5,045,000 in the prior year.  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 that is under contract to be sold in fiscal 2016, and a tax benefit of $6,452,000 related to settlement of the New Jersey tax dispute, net of interest and penalties accrued in fiscal 2015 prior to settlement.  Fiscal 2014 includes a $10,052,000 charge related to tax positions taken in prior years as a result of the unfavorable ruling by the New Jersey Tax Court, a higher tax rate due to $1,557,000 of accrued interest and penalties related to the New Jersey tax dispute, a charge for future lease obligations due to the closure of the Morris Plains and Union stores of $2,551,000 (net of tax) and pre-opening costs for the replacement stores in greater Morristown and Union of $1,141,000 (net of tax).  Excluding these items from both fiscal years, net income in fiscal 2015 increased 27% compared to the prior year primarily due to the impact of the greater Morristown and Union replacement stores, the 2.1% same store sales increase and higher gross margin percentages.

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: local economic conditions; uninsured losses; 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 higher energy prices; increased cost of goods sold, including increased costs from the Company’s principal supplier, Wakefern; 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   52 Weeks Ended
  July 25, 
2015
  July 26,
 2014
  July 25,
 2015
  July 26,
 2014
               
Sales $ 405,754     $ 396,838     $ 1,583,789     $ 1,518,636  
               
Cost of sales 293,666     287,841     1,150,674     1,110,138  
               
Gross profit 112,088     108,997     433,115     408,498  
               
Operating and administrative expense 93,946     91,436     366,254     356,396  
               
Depreciation and amortization 5,758     6,236     23,330     22,274  
               
Operating income 12,384     11,325     43,531     29,828  
               
Interest expense (1,130 )   (929 )   (4,535 )   (3,602 )
               
Interest income 570     614     2,399     2,622  
               
Income before income taxes 11,824     11,010     41,395     28,848  
               
Income taxes 4,892     5,140     10,775     23,803  
               
Net income $ 6,932     $ 5,870     $ 30,620     $ 5,045  
               
Net income per share:            
Class A common stock:              
Basic $ 0.55     $ 0.47     $ 2.44     $ 0.41  
Diluted $ 0.49     $ 0.42     $ 2.16     $ 0.36  
               
Class B common stock:              
Basic $ 0.36     $ 0.30     $ 1.58     $ 0.26  
Diluted $ 0.36     $ 0.30     $ 1.58     $ 0.26  
               
Gross profit as a % of sales 27.62 %   27.47 %   27.35 %   26.90 %
               
Operating and administrative expense as a % of sales 23.15 %   23.04 %   23.13 %   23.47 %
 

 

CONTACT: Contact:

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

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