UNION, N.J., Jan. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBY) today reported financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 ended November 30, 2019.

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead this iconic company," stated Mark J. Tritton, Bed Bath & Beyond's President and CEO.  "Our performance in the third quarter was unsatisfactory and underscores the imperative for change and strengthens our sense of priorities and purpose.  We must respond to the challenges we face as a business, including pressured sales and profitability, and reconstruct a modern, durable model for long-term profitable growth.  Fortunately, the foundation of the Company's transformation is well underway, due in large part to the direction and support of the Board.  We will be finalizing the details of our strategic plan over the next few months and appreciate your patience as we embark and pursue this journey to position Bed Bath & Beyond to deliver long-term, sustainable growth."

Fiscal 2019 Third Quarter Results

For the fiscal 2019 third quarter, the Company reported a net loss of $(0.31) per diluted share ($(38.6) million), which included a net benefit of $0.07 from the favorable impact from an adjustment to the incremental inventory reserve for future markdowns associated with its inventory initiative, that was partially offset by a non-cash charge for the impairment of certain store-level assets.  This compares to net earnings of $0.18 per diluted share ($24.4 million) for the fiscal 2018 third quarter, which included the favorable impact of $0.16 per diluted share from the gain on the sale of a building.  Excluding these net favorable impacts in both periods, the Company reported an adjusted net loss of $(0.38) per diluted share ($(46.9) million) for the fiscal 2019 third quarter, compared to adjusted net earnings of $0.02 per diluted share ($2.7 million) for the fiscal 2018 third quarter.  Net sales for the fiscal 2019 third quarter were $2.8 billion, a decrease of 9.0% compared to the prior year period.  Comparable sales in the fiscal 2019 third quarter declined 8.3%.

The Company's fiscal 2019 third quarter was significantly impacted by the calendar shift of the Thanksgiving holiday this year resulting in one less week of holiday sales compared to the prior year period.  Adjusting for this calendar shift to include Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday weeks in both periods, comparable sales for the fiscal 2019 third quarter declined 3.6%.  During the key five-day shopping period from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday for both this year and last year, comparable sales on a shifted basis increased 7.1%.

Capital Allocation

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

The Company repurchased $1.2 million of its common stock, representing 87,000 shares, during the fiscal 2019 third quarter.

The Company ended the fiscal 2019 third quarter with $920 million in cash and investments, compared with $1.0 billion in cash and investments at the end of the fiscal 2018 third quarter.

Outlook

The Company expects its sales and profitability to remain pressured during the fiscal 2019 fourth quarter.  Considering these headwinds reflected in the Company's results to date, and the ongoing work by recently appointed President & CEO Mark Tritton to assess the business and finalize the details of the Company's go-forward strategic plan as well as the extensive senior leadership changes within the past month, the Company believes it is appropriate to withdraw its fiscal 2019 full year financial guidance.

Fiscal 2019 Third Quarter Conference Call and Investor Presentation

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.'s fiscal 2019 third quarter conference call with analysts and investors will be held today at 5:00pm ET and may be accessed by dialing 1-888-771-4371, or if international, 1-847-585-4405, using conference ID number 49249207. The replay of the call will be available beginning today at 8:00pm ET through 8:00pm ET on Friday, January 10th, 2020, and can be accessed by dialing 1-888-843-7419, using conference ID number 49249207.  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 makes it easy for our customers to feel at home.  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, onekingslane.com, personalizationmall.com, decorist.com, harborlinen.com, and t-ygroup.com.  As of November 30, 2019, the Company had a total of 1,524 stores, including 981 Bed Bath & Beyond stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada, 278 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 three stores under the name One Kings Lane.  During the fiscal third quarter, the Company opened four stores including one Bed Bath & Beyond store, two Cost Plus World Market stores and one One Kings Lane store.  Also during the fiscal third quarter, the Company closed 14 stores including 13 Bed Bath & Beyond stores and one Cost Plus World Market store.  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, incremental inventory reserve for future markdowns, and the gain on the sale of a building.  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 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; 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; and foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update its forward-looking statements.

BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)



Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended


November 30,
2019


December 1,
2018


November 30,
2019


December 1,
2018









Net sales

$

2,759,322


$

3,032,231


$

8,051,758


$

8,720,916









Cost of sales

1,845,485


2,028,521


5,523,754


5,763,797









    Gross profit

913,837


1,003,710


2,528,004


2,957,119









Selling, general and administrative expenses

931,814


954,197


2,705,457


2,747,519









Goodwill and other impairments

11,781



441,405










    Operating (loss) profit

(29,758)


49,513


(618,858)


209,600









Interest expense, net

17,179


22,691


49,419


54,034









    (Loss) earnings before provision for income taxes

(46,937)


26,822


(668,277)


155,566









(Benefit) provision for income taxes

(8,385)


2,468


(119,875)


38,997









    Net (loss) earnings

$

(38,552)


$

24,354


$

(548,402)


$

116,569









Net (loss) earnings per share - Basic

$

(0.31)


$

0.18


$

(4.40)


$

0.86

Net (loss) earnings per share - Diluted

$

(0.31)


$

0.18


$

(4.40)


$

0.86









Weighted average shares outstanding - Basic

123,099


133,811


124,688


135,070

Weighted average shares outstanding - Diluted

123,099


133,998


124,688


135,425









Dividends declared per share

$

0.17


$

0.16


$

0.51


$

0.48

 

 

BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)



November 30,
2019


December 1,
2018

Assets








Current assets:




    Cash and cash equivalents

$

900,077


$

762,513

    Short term investment securities


238,267

    Merchandise inventories

2,543,247


3,005,548

    Prepaid expenses and other current assets

361,116


474,285





        Total current assets

3,804,440


4,480,613





Long term investment securities

20,103


19,817

Property and equipment, net

1,749,543


1,866,086

Operating lease assets

1,947,008


Goodwill


716,283

Other assets

490,894


453,945






$

8,011,988


$

7,536,744





Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity








Current liabilities:




    Accounts payable

$

1,210,274


$

1,554,353

    Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

690,890


793,916

    Merchandise credit and gift card liabilities

337,515


330,759

    Current operating lease liabilities

459,364






        Total current liabilities

2,698,043


2,679,028





Other liabilities

185,247


407,953

Income taxes payable

41,856


54,061

Operating lease liabilities

1,750,353


Long term debt

1,488,284


1,492,427





        Total liabilities

6,163,783


4,633,469





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 344,077 and 342,657 shares, respectively; outstanding 126,961 and 137,472 shares, respectively

3,440


3,427

Additional paid-in capital

2,155,500


2,108,790

Retained earnings

10,460,810


11,388,910

Treasury stock, at cost; 217,116 and 205,185 shares, respectively

(10,715,177)


(10,538,430)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(56,368)


(59,422)





Total shareholders' equity

1,848,205


2,903,275






$

8,011,988


$

7,536,744

 

 

BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(in thousands, unaudited)



Nine Months Ended


November 30,
2019


December 1,
2018

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:








Net (loss) earnings

$

(548,402)


$

116,569

Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:




Depreciation and amortization

255,121


246,482

Goodwill and other impairments

441,405


Gain on sale of a building


(29,690)

Stock-based compensation

36,112


49,268

Deferred income taxes

(85,626)


(214)

Other

(3,671)


(2,162)

Decrease (increase) in assets:




Merchandise inventories

75,787


(279,837)

Trading investment securities

21


1,651

Other current assets

(113,476)


88,220

Other assets

(4,029)


872

Increase (decrease) in liabilities:




Accounts payable

145,988


401,785

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

69,831


96,702

Merchandise credit and gift card liabilities

(1,817)


7,449

Income taxes payable

(27,872)


(7,266)

Operating lease assets and liabilities, net

14,240


Other liabilities

3,515


(24,394)





Net cash provided by operating activities

257,127


665,435





Cash Flows from Investing Activities:








Purchase of held-to-maturity investment securities

(57,000)


(246,425)

Redemption of held-to-maturity investment securities

545,000


385,125

Capital expenditures

(188,352)


(256,490)

Proceeds from sale of a building


11,183





Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

299,648


(106,607)





Cash Flows from Financing Activities:








Payment of dividends

(64,340)


(64,877)

Repurchase of common stock, including fees

(99,132)


(70,458)





Net cash used in financing activities

(163,472)


(135,335)





Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

113


(7,120)





Net increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

393,416


416,373





Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash:




Beginning of period

529,971


367,140

End of period

$

923,387


$

783,513

The Fiscal Year 2018 consolidated statement of cash flows was revised to include restricted cash due to the adoption of Accounting Standards Update 2016-18 Statement of Cash Flows (Topic 230) in Fiscal Year 2018.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The following table reconciles non-GAAP financial measures presented in this press release or that may be presented on the Company's third quarter conference call with analysts and investors.  The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide management, analysts, investors and other users of the Company's financial information with meaningful supplemental information regarding the performance of the Company's business.  These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered superior to, but in addition to other financial measures prepared by the Company in accordance with GAAP, including the year-to-year results.  The Company's method of determining these non-GAAP financial measures may be different from other companies' methods and, therefore, may not be comparable to those used by other companies and the Company does not recommend the sole use of this non-GAAP measure to assess its financial and earnings performance.  The Company has not previously presented non-GAAP financial measures regarding its results for its fiscal 2018 third quarter.  For reasons noted above, the Company is presenting certain non-GAAP financial measures for its fiscal 2019 third quarter.  In order for investors to be able to more easily compare the Company's performance across periods, the Company has included comparable reconciliations for the 2018 period in the reconciliation tables below.

Non-GAAP Reconciliation

(in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)




Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended



November 30,
2019


December 1,
2018


November 30,
2019


December 1,
2018

Reconciliation of Adjusted Gross Profit


















Reported gross profit


$

913,837



$

1,003,710



$

2,528,004



$

2,957,119











Adjustments:









Incremental inventory reserve for future markdowns


(23,915)





169,820




Total adjustments


(23,915)





169,820













Adjusted gross profit


$

889,922



$

1,003,710



$

2,697,824



$

2,957,119











Reconciliation of Adjusted Gross Margin


















Reported gross margin


33.1

%


33.1

%


31.4

%


33.9

%










Adjustments:









Incremental inventory reserve for future markdowns


(0.8)

%


%


2.1

%


%

Total adjustments


(0.8)

%


%


2.1

%


%










Adjusted gross margin


32.3

%


33.1

%


33.5

%


33.9

%










Reconciliation of Adjusted Selling, General and Administrative Expenses














Reported selling, general and administrative expenses


$

931,814



$

954,197



$

2,705,457



$

2,747,519











Adjustments:









Severance costs






(61,199)



(13,892)


Shareholder activity costs






(8,000)




Gain on sale of a building




28,281





28,281


Total adjustments




28,281



(69,199)



14,389











Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses


$

931,814



$

982,478



$

2,636,258



$

2,761,908






















Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended



November 30,
2019


December 1,
2018


November 30,
2019


December 1,
2018










Reconciliation of Adjusted Selling, General and Administrative Expenses as a Percent of Net Sales












Reported selling, general and administrative expenses as a percent of net sales


33.8

%


31.5

%


33.6

%


31.5

%










Adjustments:









Severance costs


%


%


(0.8)

%


(0.1)

%

Shareholder activity costs


%


%


(0.1)

%


%

Gain on sale of a building


%


0.9

%


%


0.3

%

Total adjustments


%


0.9

%


(0.9)

%


0.2

%










Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses as a percent of net sales


33.8

%


32.4

%


32.7

%


31.7

%










Reconciliation of Adjusted Effective Income Tax Rate












Reported effective income tax rate


17.9

%







Impact on operating loss and benefit for income taxes of goodwill and other impairments and incremental inventory reserve for future markdowns


2.7

%







Adjusted effective income tax rate


20.6

%
















Reconciliation of Adjusted Net (Loss) Earnings


















Reported net (loss) earnings


$

(38,552)



$

24,354



$

(548,402)



$

116,569











Pre-tax Adjustments:









Incremental inventory reserve for future markdowns


(23,915)





169,820




Severance costs






61,199



13,892


Goodwill and other impairments (a)


11,781





441,405




Shareholder activity costs






8,000




Gain on sale of a building




(28,281)





(28,281)


Total pre-tax adjustments


(12,134)



(28,281)



680,424



(14,389)











Tax impact of adjustments


3,786



6,598



(121,565)



3,830











Total adjustments, after tax


(8,348)



(21,683)



558,859



(10,559)











Adjusted net (loss) earnings


$

(46,900)



$

2,671



$

10,457



$

106,010











Reconciliation of Adjusted Net (Loss) Earnings per Diluted Share
















Reported net (loss) earnings per diluted share


$

(0.31)



$

0.18



$

(4.40)



$

0.86


Goodwill and other impairments, severance, shareholder activity costs, incremental inventory reserve for future markdowns and gain on sale of a building


(0.07)



(0.16)



4.48



(0.08)


Adjusted net (loss) earnings per diluted share


$

(0.38)



$

0.02



$

0.08



$

0.78




(a)

Goodwill and other impairments include: (1) goodwill, tradename and store asset impairments related to the North American Retail reporting unit; and (2) tradename impairments related to the Institutional Sales reporting unit.

 

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