SOURCE: PriceSmart, Inc.

PriceSmart, Inc.

January 08, 2015 16:00 ET

PriceSmart Announces First Quarter Results of Operations for Fiscal Year 2015 and December Sales

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - Jan 8, 2015) - PriceSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ: PSMT) today announced its results of operations for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 which ended on November 30, 2014.

For the first quarter of fiscal year 2015, net warehouse club sales increased 7.9% to $636.4 million from $589.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2014. Total revenues for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 was $656.0 million compared to $605.6 million in the first quarter of the prior year. The Company had 36 clubs in operation as of November 30, 2014, compared to 32 warehouse clubs in operation as of November 30, 2013.

The Company recorded operating income for the first quarter of $36.3 million, compared to operating income of $32.4 million for the first quarter of the prior year. Net income was $20.6 million, or $0.68 per diluted share, in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015. Net income in the first quarter of fiscal year 2014 was $21.4 million, or $0.71 per diluted share.

For the month of December 2014, net sales increased 9.6% to $307.8 million from $280.8 million in December a year earlier. For the four months ended December 31, 2014, net sales increased 8.5% to $944.2 million from $870.5 million in the same period last year. There were 36 warehouse clubs in operation at the end of December 2014 compared to 32 warehouse clubs in operation in December 2013.

For the four weeks ended December 28, 2014, comparable warehouse sales for the 31 warehouse clubs open at least 13 1/2 full months increased 0.3% compared to the same four-week period last year. For the seventeen-week period ended December 28, 2014, comparable warehouse sales increased 1.5% compared to the comparable seventeen-week period a year ago.

PriceSmart management plans to host a conference call at 12:00 p.m. Eastern time (9:00 a.m. Pacific time) on Friday, January 9, 2015, to discuss the financial results. Individuals interested in participating in the conference call may do so by dialing (888) 466-4447 toll free, or (719) 325-2310 for international callers, and entering participant code 1818608. A digital replay will be available through January 31, 2015, following the conclusion of the call by dialing (888) 203-1112 for domestic callers, or (719) 457-0820 for international callers, and entering relay passcode 1818608.

About PriceSmart

PriceSmart, headquartered in San Diego, owns and operates U.S.-style membership shopping warehouse clubs in Latin America and the Caribbean, selling high quality merchandise at low prices to PriceSmart members. PriceSmart now operates 36 warehouse clubs in 12 countries and one U.S. territory (six each in Costa Rica, and Colombia; four each in Panama, and Trinidad; three each in Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, and Honduras; two in El Salvador; and one each in Aruba, Barbados, Jamaica, Nicaragua and the United States Virgin Islands).

This press release may contain forward-looking statements concerning the Company's anticipated future revenues and earnings, adequacy of future cash flow, proposed warehouse club openings, the Company's performance relative to competitors, the outcome of tax proceedings and related matters. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements containing the words expect, believe, will, may, should, project, estimate, anticipated, scheduled, and like expressions, and the negative thereof. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, including the following risks: our financial performance is dependent on international operations, which exposes us to various risks; any failure by us to manage our widely dispersed operations could adversely affect our business; we face significant competition; future sales growth depends, in part, on our ability to successfully open new warehouse clubs; we might not identify in a timely manner or effectively respond to changes in consumer preferences for merchandise, which could adversely affect our relationship with members, demand for our products and market share; although we have begun to offer limited online shopping to our members, our sales could be adversely affected if one or more major international online retailers were to enter our markets or if other competitors were to offer a superior online experience; we face difficulties in the shipment of, and inherent risks in the importation of, merchandise to our warehouse clubs; we are exposed to weather and other natural disaster risks; general economic conditions could adversely impact our business in various respects; we are subject to risks associated with possible changes in our relationships with third parties with which we do business, as well as the performance of such third parties; we rely extensively on computer systems to process transactions, summarize results and manage our business, and failure to adequately maintain our systems or disruptions in our systems could harm our business and adversely affect our results of operations; we could be subject to additional tax liabilities; a few of our stockholders own approximately 28.1% of our voting stock as of August 31, 2014,which ma y make it difficult to complete some corporate transactions without their support and may impede a change in control; our inability to develop and retain existing key personnel or to attract highly qualified employees could adversely impact our business, financial condition and results of operations; we are subject to volatility in foreign currency exchange rates; we face the risk of exposure to product liability claims, a product recall and adverse publicity; if we do not maintain the privacy and security of confidential information, we could damage our reputation, incur substantial additional costs and become subject to litigation; we are subject to payment related risks; changes in accounting standards and assumptions, estimates and judgments by management related to complex accounting matters could significantly affect our financial condition and results of operations; we face increased public company compliance risks and compliance risks related to our international operations; we face increased compliance risks associated with compliance with Section 404 of the Sarbanes- Oxley Act of 2002; and if remediation costs or hazardous substance contamination levels at certain properties for which we maintain financial responsibility exceed management's current expectations, our financial condition and results of operations could be adversely impacted. In addition to the risks described above, these statements are also subject to other risks detailed in the Company's U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reports, including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2014 filed on October 30, 2014 pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. We assume no obligation and expressly disclaim any duty to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this presentation or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

    Three Months Ended November 30,  
    2014     2013  
Net warehouse club sales   $ 636,415     $ 589,694  
Export sales     8,431       5,721  
Membership income     10,115       9,268  
Other income     1,060       918  
Total revenues     656,021       605,601  
Operating expenses:                
Cost of goods sold:                
Net warehouse club     539,028       504,287  
Export     8,027       5,441  
Selling, general and administrative:                
Warehouse club operations     56,210       51,772  
General and administrative     13,350       11,184  
Pre-opening expenses     3,149       474  
Loss/(gain) on disposal of assets     (28 )     84  
Total operating expenses     619,736       573,242  
Operating income     36,285       32,359  
Other income (expense):                
Interest income     264       181  
Interest expense     (1,174 )     (1,038 )
Other income (expense), net     (2,632 )     311  
Total other expense     (3,542 )     (546 )
Income before provision for income taxes and income (loss) of unconsolidated affiliates     32,743       31,813  
Provision for income taxes     (12,102 )     (10,385 )
Income (loss) of unconsolidated affiliates     6       4  
Net income     20,647     $ 21,432  
Net income per share available for distribution:                
Basic net income per share   $ 0.68     $ 0.71  
Diluted net income per share   $ 0.68     $ 0.71  
Shares used in per share computations:                
Basic     29,791       29,690  
Diluted     29,799       29,702  
Dividends per share   $ --     $ --  
November 30,

August 31, 2014  
Current Assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 119,213     $ 137,098  
Short-term restricted cash     4,376       2,353  
Receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $3 and $0 as of November 30, 2014 and August 31, 2014, respectively     6,467       7,910  
Merchandise inventories     323,408       226,383  
Deferred tax assets - current     7,121       6,177  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets (includes $1,493 and $495 as of November 30, 2014 and August 31, 2014, respectively, for the fair value of derivative instruments and $1,484 as of November 30, 2014 for the fair value of foreign currency forward contracts)     25,189       17,260  
Total current assets     485,774       397,181  
Long-term restricted cash     27,062       27,013  
Property and equipment, net     432,872       426,325  
Goodwill     36,162       36,108  
Deferred tax assets - long term     9,449       11,825  
Other non-current assets (includes $3,926 and $1,095 as of November 30, 2014 and August 31, 2014, respectively, for the fair value of derivative instruments)     35,744       30,755  
Investment in unconsolidated affiliates     10,069       8,863  
Total Assets   $ 1,037,132     $ 938,070  
Current Liabilities:                
Short-term borrowings   $ 17,066     $ --  
Accounts payable     282,435       223,559  
Accrued salaries and benefits     16,221       17,799  
Deferred membership income     20,190       17,932  
Income taxes payable     7,577       7,718  
Other accrued expenses (includes $7 and $14 as of November 30, 2014 and August 31, 2014, respectively, for the fair value of foreign currency forward contracts)     25,052       21,030  
Long-term debt, current portion     10,932       11,848  
Deferred tax liability - current     162       157  
Total current liabilities     379,635       300,043  
Deferred tax liability - long-term     2,398       2,290  
Long-term portion of deferred rent     5,951       5,591  
Long-term income taxes payable, net of current portion     1,816       1,918  
Long-term debt, net of current portion     85,378       79,591  
Other long-term liabilities (includes $535 and $0 for the fair value of derivative instruments and $370 and $372 for the defined benefit plan as of November 30, 2014 and August 31, 2014, respectively)     905       372  
Total liabilities     476,083       389,805  
Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 45,000,000 shares authorized; 30,950,701 shares issued and 30,209,917 shares outstanding (net of treasury shares) as of November 30, 2014 and August 31, 2014, respectively     3       3  
Preferred stock $0.0001 par value; 2,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued and outstanding as of November 30, 2014 and August 31, 2014     --       --  
Additional paid-in capital     398,706       397,150  
Tax benefit from stock-based compensation     9,505       9,505  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (58,705 )     (49,286 )
Retained earnings     236,260       215,613  
Less: treasury stock at cost; 740,784 shares as of November 30, 2014 and August 31, 2014, respectively     (24,720 )     (24,720 )
Total equity     561,049       548,265  
Total Liabilities and Equity   $ 1,037,132     $ 938,070  

Contact Information

  • For further information, please contact
    John M. Heffner
    Principal Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer
    (858) 404-8826