SOURCE: PriceSmart, Inc.

June 10, 2005 08:00 ET

PriceSmart Announces May Sales

SAN DIEGO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 10, 2005 -- PriceSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ: PSMT) today announced that for the month of May 2005, net sales increased 15.8% to $56.0 million from $48.4 million in May a year earlier. For the nine months ended May 31, 2005, net sales increased 11.0% to $497.8 million from $448.4 million in the same period last year.

For the five weeks ended June 5, 2005, comparable warehouse sales for warehouse clubs open at least 12 full months increased 15.5% compared to the same five-week period last year. For the thirty-nine weeks ended June 5, 2005, comparable warehouse sales for warehouse clubs open at least 12 full months increased 10.5%.

About PriceSmart

PriceSmart, headquartered in San Diego, owns and operates U.S.-style membership shopping warehouse clubs in Central America, the Caribbean, and the Philippines, selling high quality merchandise at low prices to PriceSmart members. PriceSmart now operates 26 warehouse clubs in 12 countries and one U.S. territory (four each in Panama and the Philippines; three in Costa Rica; two each in Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Trinidad; 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 and related matters. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements containing the words "expect," "believe," "will," "may," "should," "project," "estimate," "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: the Company had a substantial net loss in fiscal 2004, a net loss in the first six months of 2005, and may continue to incur losses in future periods; if the Company fails to comply with covenants governing its indebtedness, the lenders may elect to accelerate the Company's indebtedness and foreclosure on the collateral pledged to secure the indebtedness; the Company's financial performance is dependent on international operations which exposes the Company to various risks; any failure by the Company to manage its widely dispersed operations could adversely affect the Company's business; although the Company has taken and continues to take steps to improve significantly its internal controls, there may be material weaknesses or significant deficiencies that the Company has not yet identified; the Company is currently defending litigation relating to its financial restatement; the Company faces significant competition; the Company faces difficulties in the shipment of and inherent risks in the importation of merchandise to its warehouse clubs; the success of the Company's business requires effective assistance from local business people and, as a result, existing disputes with minority interest shareholders or other disputes with local business people upon whom the Company depends could adversely affect the Company's business; the Company is exposed to weather and other risks associated with international operations; declines in the economies of the countries in which the Company operates its warehouse clubs would harm its business; a few of the Company's stockholders have control over the Company's voting stock, which will make it difficult to complete some corporate transactions without their support and may prevent a change in control; the loss of key personnel could harm the Company's business; the Company is subject to volatility in foreign currency exchange; the Company faces the risk of exposure to product liability claims, a product recall and adverse publicity; a determination that the Company's long-lived or intangible assets have been impaired could adversely affect the Company's future results of operations and financial position; and the Company faces increased costs and compliance risks associated with compliance with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002; as well as the other risks detailed in the Company's SEC reports, including the Company's Form 10-Q filed pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 on April 14, 2005. 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. Certain prior period amounts may have been reclassified to confirm to the current period presentation.

Contact Information

  • For further information, please contact
    Robert E. Price
    Interim Chief Executive Officer
    (858) 551-2336

    John M. Heffner
    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
    (858) 404-8826.