Casey’s Reports Record Diluted Earnings Per Share In First Quarter
ANKENY, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 9, 2019--
Casey’s General Stores, Inc. (“Casey’s” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq symbol CASY) today reported diluted earnings per share of $2.31 for the first quarter of fiscal year 2020 ended July 31, 2019, compared to $1.90 per share for the same quarter a year ago, representing 22% growth compared to last year. “Quarterly results were positively impacted by our fuel price optimization initiative, store growth, and a continued focus on controlling operating expenses,” said Darren Rebelez, President and Chief Executive Officer. “As we look ahead, we remain optimistic our long-term strategy, including the value creation plan initiatives, will generate additional shareholder value.”
Fuel - For the quarter, average fuel margin was 24.4 cents per gallon, while same-store gallons sold were down 2.0%. “The combination of our price optimization efforts along with a favorable fuel margin environment allowed us to grow gross profit dollars by over 22% for the quarter,” said Rebelez. “We are excited about the advancements made with the fuel price optimization tool. We have gained significant agility to capture additional fuel margin while maintaining a competitive pricing structure.” Total gallons sold for the quarter were up 2.9% to 619.1 million gallons while gross profit dollars increased to $151.0 million.
Grocery and Other Merchandise - For the quarter, same-store sales were up 3.2% with average margin of 31.3%. Average margin was adversely impacted by a $6.6 million out-of-period inventory adjustment, which, if excluded, would have resulted in average margin of 32.3%. “We are encouraged by the momentum in this category and are optimistic about the expected impact of our current roll out of the inside store price optimization tool,” said Rebelez. For the first quarter, total grocery and other merchandise revenue increased 6.7% to $687.9 million, and gross profit dollars increased to $215.5 million.
Prepared Food and Fountain - Same-store sales for the quarter were up 1.6% with average margin of 62.2%. “As we continue our digital transformation journey, we are highly focused on the pricing and promotional capabilities we are adding,” said Rebelez. “We believe the previously launched e-commerce website and new mobile app, when combined with our future loyalty program, will significantly enhance the overall guest experience.” Total prepared food and fountain revenue increased 5.3% to $295.9 million in the first quarter while gross profit dollars grew to $184.0 million.
Operating Expenses - For the first quarter, total operating expenses increased 5.7% to $379.8 million. The increase in total operating expenses was primarily attributable to operating 76 more stores than the same quarter in the prior year. Same-store operating expenses excluding credit card fees were up 2.5% for the quarter. “We continue to emphasize at all levels of the company the importance of maintaining strong discipline over operating expenses,” noted Rebelez. “We will remain focused on identifying additional opportunities to improve expense management throughout the fiscal year.”
Depreciation for the quarter was up 1.6%, which was significantly lower than our annual guidance, due to an adjustment related to the useful lives of our underground storage tanks. Without the adjustment, depreciation would have been up 8.6%.
Expansion - The following table represents the roll forward of store growth through the first quarter of fiscal 2020:
The Company has 11 acquisition stores under agreement to purchase and a new store pipeline of 107 sites, including 35 under construction as of July 31, 2019. “Development plans are underway for a third distribution center, which is scheduled to break ground in the southwest part of our territory later this year,” said Rebelez. “Upon completion, this will provide immediate cost savings and support our future expansion strategy.”
Share Repurchase Program- The Company has $300 million remaining on its authorization from March 2018. There were no repurchases made against that authorization in the first quarter.
Dividend - At its September meeting, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.32 per share. The dividend is payable November 15, 2019 to shareholders of record on November 1, 2019.
Fiscal 2020 Guidance - No changes have been made to the current fiscal 2020 guidance:
Certain statements in this news release, including any discussion of management expectations for future periods, constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by those statements, including our ability to execute our value creation plan or to realize benefits therefrom. Casey’s disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
Corporate information is available at this website: https://www.caseys.com. Earnings will be reported during a conference call on September 10, 2019. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet at 9:30 a.m. CDT. To access the call, go to the Events and Presentations section of our website at https://investor.caseys.com/events-and-presentations/default.aspx. No access code is required. A webcast replay of the call will remain available in an archived format on the Events and Presentations section of our website at https://investor.caseys.com/events-and-presentations/default.aspx for one year after the call.
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KEYWORD: IOWA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA
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SOURCE: Casey’s General Stores, Inc.
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