BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc. Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2018 Results
WESTBOROUGH, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 20, 2018--BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BJ) today announced its financial results for the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended November 3, 2018.
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“We’re pleased with our third quarter performance, which exceeded our expectations for sales and earnings,” said Christopher J. Baldwin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BJ’s Wholesale Club. “We continue to execute against our strategic priorities and have now delivered eleven consecutive quarters of improved profitability and five quarters of positive comp sales. We are still in the very early stages of our transformation and have significant opportunities ahead. We are optimistic our approach will deliver benefits to our members, shareholders and team members over the long term.”
Key Measures for the Thirteen Weeks (Q3 FY18) and Thirty-Nine Weeks (YTD FY18) Ended November 3, 2018:
a) See “Note Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Information” beginning on Page 8 b) EPS represents earnings per diluted share c) See “Note Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Information” beginning on Page 8
Additional Highlights:Comparable club sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 increased 3.6% compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2017. Excluding the impact of gasoline sales, merchandise comparable sales increased 1.9% representing the fifth consecutive quarter of positive merchandise comparable sales. For the first nine months of fiscal 2018, comparable sales increased 4.1% compared to the first nine months of fiscal 2017. Excluding the impact of gasoline sales, merchandise comparable sales for the first nine months of fiscal 2018 increased 2.0%. Gross profit increased to $592.1 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2018 from $560.9 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2017 and increased to $1.73 billion from $1.62 billion the first nine months of fiscal 2017. Excluding the impact of gasoline sales, merchandise gross margin rate increased by approximately 60 basis points over the third quarter of fiscal 2017 and by approximately 80 basis points over the first nine months of fiscal 2017. The improvement was driven by continued progress in our category profitability improvement program. Selling, general and administrative expenses (“SG&A”) increased to $500.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2018 from $480.3 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2017 and to $1.53 billion from $1.49 billion in the first nine months of fiscal 2017. SG&A, excluding charges associated with stock-based compensation related to the Company’s initial public offering (“IPO”), IPO and secondary offering costs, club asset impairment charges, management fees and compensatory payments related to stock options, was $496.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2018, compared to $474.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2017 and $1.47 billion in the first nine months of fiscal 2018 up from $1.41 billion in the nine month comparable period of fiscal 2017. This increase in SG&A reflects continued investments in membership acquisition and talent to continue to drive the Company’s strategic priorities. Operating income increased to $90.3 million or 2.8% of total revenue in the third quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to $80.5 million or 2.6% of total revenue in the third quarter of fiscal 2017. In the first nine months of fiscal 2018, operating income increased to $193.6 million from $127.5 million in the prior year period. Operating income excluding charges associated with stock-based compensation related to the Company’s initial public offering (“IPO”), IPO and secondary offering costs, club asset impairment charges, management fees and compensatory payments related to stock options was $93.7 million or 2.9% of total revenue, up from $86.8 million or 2.8% of total revenue in the third quarter of fiscal 2017 and increased to $252.9 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2018 from $211.6 million in the prior year period. Interest expense, net, decreased to $33.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to $42.3 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2017 and decreased to $137.8 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2018 from $150.2 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2017. During the third quarter of fiscal 2018, the Company repriced its first lien term loan and ABL facility. Excluding the fees and write-off of deferred financing fees associated with the repricing, interest expense would have been $26.8 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2018. Excluding the expenses associated with the 2018 repricing, the expenses associated with the paydown of our second lien in the second quarter and interest expense incurred on our second lien prior to the paydown, interest expense would have been $88.0 million for the first nine months of fiscal 2018. Income tax expense was $2.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to $15.3 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2017 and income tax benefit was $7.6 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2018 compared to a benefit of $6.6 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2017. Fiscal 2018 income tax expense benefited from the windfall tax benefit recorded in the second and third quarter.
Recent DevelopmentsOn October 1, 2018, certain selling stockholders completed the registered sale of 32.2 million shares of the Company’s common stock at a public offering price of $26.00 per share. Of the 32.2 million shares sold, 4.2 million represented the underwriters’ exercise of their overallotment option. The Company did not receive any proceeds from this offering and incurred the costs associated with the sale, other than underwriting discounts and commissions. On November 1, 2018, the Company announced that Judy Werthauser, Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer, Domino’s Pizza, Inc., was appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors and that Christopher J. Stadler, a managing partner at CVC, stepped down from the Board. On November 13, 2018, the Company entered into a series of interest rate swap transactions that fix $1.2 billion or approximately 60% of its floating rate debt at a rate of 3.00%, effective February 13, 2019.
Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Outlook
a) Merchandise comparable store sales excludes gasoline b) Interest expense includes the anticipated benefit of the 2018 repricing transactions and excludes the expenses associated with the 2018 repricing, the expenses associated with the paydown of our second lien in the second quarter and interest expense incurred on our second lien prior to the paydown c) Tax rate excludes any benefit from future windfall stock benefits d) Per share metrics are based on estimated diluted weighted average shares outstanding of approximately 121.0 million and adjusted diluted weighted average shares outstanding of approximately 139.9 million, respectively.
Conference Call Details
A conference call to discuss the third quarter fiscal 2018 financial results is scheduled for today, November 20, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial 877-274-0290 (international callers please dial 647-689-5405) approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available online at https://investors.bjs.com.
A recorded replay of the conference call will be available within two hours of the conclusion of the call and can be accessed both online at https://investors.bjs.com and by dialing 416-621-4642 and entering the access code 7493058. The recorded replay will be available until November 27, 2018 and an online archive of the webcast will be available for one year.
About BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc.
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiaries, is a leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 216 clubs and 136 BJ’s Gas® locations in 16 states.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements contained in this press release that do not relate to matters of historical fact should be considered forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements regarding our strategic priorities; our anticipated fiscal 2018 outlook; and our future progress, as well as statements that include the words “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “project,” “forecast,” “estimate,” “may,” “should,” “anticipate” and similar statements of a future or forward-looking nature. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to: uncertainties in the financial markets, consumer and small business spending patterns and debt levels; our dependence on having a large and loyal membership; domestic and international economic conditions, including exchange rates; our ability to procure the merchandise we sell at the best possible prices; the effects of competition and regulation; our dependence on vendors to supply us with quality merchandise at the right time and at the right price; breaches of security or privacy of member or business information; conditions affecting the acquisition, development, ownership or use of real estate; our capital spending; actions of vendors; our ability to attract and retain a qualified management team and other team members; costs associated with employees (generally including health care costs), energy and certain commodities, geopolitical conditions (including tariffs); changes in our product mix or in our revenues from gasoline sales; our failure to successfully maintain a relevant omnichannel experience for our members; risks related to our growth strategy to open new clubs; risks related to our e-commerce business; and other important factors discussed under the caption “Risk Factors” in our final prospectus under Rule 424(b) filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on September 27, 2018 in connection with the selling stockholders’ offering, as such factors may be updated from time to time in our other filings with the SEC, which are accessible on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. These and other important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements made in this press release. Any such forward-looking statements represent management’s estimates as of the date of this press release. While we may elect to update such forward-looking statements at some point in the future, unless required by law, we disclaim any obligation to do so, even if subsequent events cause our views to change. Thus, one should not assume that our silence over time means that actual events are bearing out as expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
We refer to certain financial measures that are not recognized under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). Please see “Note Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Information and “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Information” below for additional information and a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable GAAP financial measures.
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