SOURCE: PriceSmart, Inc.

July 15, 2005 08:00 ET

PriceSmart Announces Third Quarter Results

SAN DIEGO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 15, 2005 -- PriceSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ: PSMT) (www.pricesmart.com) today announced its results of operations for the third quarter of fiscal year 2005 which ended on May 31, 2005.

For the third quarter of fiscal 2005, total revenues increased 16.2% to $169.6 million from $146.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2004. Net warehouse club sales increased 16.7% to $165.9 million in the current quarter from $142.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2004. The Company had an operating loss of $9.1 million in the quarter compared to an operating loss of $6.0 million in the same period last year. Third quarter fiscal 2005 net loss attributable to common shareholders was $13.1 million or ($0.53) per diluted share compared to a net loss attributable to common shareholders of $7.5 million or ($1.01) per diluted share in the third quarter of fiscal 2004.

Reviewing the results, PriceSmart recorded its highest third quarter sales in the Company's history. The Company's gross margin percentage for the third quarter was less than a year ago primarily due to the reduction of licensing fees from the Company's former China licensee, but warehouse operating expenses as a percent of sales were less than last year. The Company's cash position remains strong, ending the quarter with $30.3 million in cash and cash equivalents. During the third quarter, the Company paid down $32.3 million in long and short-term debt and ended the quarter with a current ratio (current assets divided by current liabilities) of 1.29.

Regarding noteworthy charges recognized in the period, the Company incurred $8.2 million of asset impairment and closure costs, including a non-cash charge of $7.1 million to write-down the value of the long-lived assets (leasehold improvements and furniture and equipment) at the Company's U.S. Virgin Islands warehouse club location. The USVI operation has shown strong sales growth during the past few months, but the projected operating cash flows were insufficient to maintain the carrying value of those assets, necessitating the write-down. Also included in asset impairment and closure costs are charges totaling $633,000 related to the Company's previously closed locations in Guatemala and the Philippines. The Company reached agreements to sublease both of these locations in the quarter.

The Company also recognized a $603,000 charge related to the planned issuance of 75,212 shares of the Company's common stock as consideration for the termination of an option to purchase certain parcels of land previously granted to a related party in 2001.

For the first nine months of fiscal 2005, total revenues increased 10.8% to $509.0 million from $459.5 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2004 and net warehouse sales increased 11.2% during that same period. For the first nine months of fiscal 2005, the Company recorded an operating loss of $6.5 million and a net loss attributable to common shareholders of $18.9 million or ($1.02) per diluted share. During the same nine month period in fiscal 2004, the Company recorded an operating loss of $11.3 million and a net loss attributable to common shareholders of $18.9 million, or ($2.61) per diluted share.

The Company had 26 warehouse clubs in operation at the end of the third quarter (excluding 3 unconsolidated warehouse clubs in Mexico that are owned through a 50/50 joint venture, which were closed effective February 28, 2005). In the comparable period a year ago, the Company ended with 25 warehouse clubs in operation (excluding 3 unconsolidated warehouse clubs in Mexico) with the closure of its Guam location in December of 2003. The Company is the process of constructing its fourth warehouse club in San Jose, Costa Rica, which is planned to be open in fiscal year 2006.

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 nine 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.

                          PRICESMART, INC.
                CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
      (UNAUDITED -- AMOUNTS IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)

                             Three Months Ended       Nine Months Ended
                                   May 31,                 May 31,
                              2005        2004         2005        2004
                           ----------  ----------   ----------  ----------
Revenues:
  Sales:
    Net warehouse          $  165,902  $  142,170   $  497,390  $  447,379
    Export                         23         169          394         978
  Membership income             2,647       2,232        7,533       6,512
  Other income                    998       1,423        3,669       4,671
                           ----------  ----------   ----------  ----------

Total revenues                169,570     145,994      508,986     459,540
                           ----------  ----------   ----------  ----------

Operating expenses:
  Cost of goods sold:
    Net warehouse             142,808     122,521      426,370     386,994
    Export                         35         167          396         998
  Selling, general and
   administrative:
    Warehouse operations       21,387      19,831       62,326      60,478
    General and
     administrative             6,162       5,490       17,549      16,510
  Preopening expenses              40         322           42         488
  Asset impairment and
   closure costs                8,190       3,684        8,768       5,416
                           ----------  ----------   ----------  ----------

Total operating expenses      178,622     152,015      515,451     470,884
                           ----------  ----------   ----------  ----------

Operating loss                 (9,052)     (6,021)      (6,465)    (11,344)
                           ----------  ----------   ----------  ----------

Other income (expense):
  Interest income                 474         581        1,766       1,849
  Interest expense             (1,313)     (2,702)      (6,411)     (8,398)
  Other expense, net             (185)        (25)        (427)       (117)
  Income from related
   party                            -         500            -         500
                           ----------  ----------   ----------  ----------

Total other expense            (1,024)     (1,646)      (5,072)     (6,166)
                           ----------  ----------   ----------  ----------

Loss before provision for
 income taxes, losses of
 unconsolidated affiliate
 and minority interest        (10,076)     (7,667)     (11,537)    (17,510)
Provision for income
 taxes                         (3,020)       (991)      (4,041)     (1,180)
Losses of unconsolidated
 affiliate                       (617)       (565)      (3,034)     (1,346)
Minority interest                 568       2,601          402       3,610
                           ----------  ----------   ----------  ----------


Net loss                      (13,145)     (6,622)     (18,210)    (16,426)
Preferred dividends                 -         840          648       2,520
                           ----------  ----------   ----------  ----------

Net loss attributable to
 common stockholders       $  (13,145) $   (7,462)  $  (18,858) $  (18,946)
                           ----------  ----------   ----------  ----------

Loss per share - common
 stockholders:
   Basic                   $    (0.53) $    (1.01)  $    (1.02) $    (2.61)
   Diluted                 $    (0.53) $    (1.01)  $    (1.02) $    (2.61)

Shares used in per
 share computation:
   Basic                       24,850       7,362       18,409       7,268
   Diluted                     24,850       7,362       18,409       7,268



                            PRICESMART, INC.
                     CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
               (AMOUNTS IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE DATA)

                                                   May 31,     August 31,
                                                    2005           2004
                                                ----------     ---------
                                                (Unaudited)
ASSETS
Current Assets:
   Cash and cash equivalents                    $   30,269     $  34,410
   Short-term restricted cash                        7,279         7,255
   Receivables, net of allowance
    for doubtful accounts of
    $2,825 and $1,550, respectively                  3,590         2,196
   Merchandise inventories                          65,460        62,820
   Prepaid expenses and other
    current assets                                  10,740        10,185
                                                ----------     ---------
Total current assets                               117,338       116,866

   Long-term restricted cash                        10,798        28,422
   Property and equipment, net                     165,184       173,420
   Goodwill                                         29,733        23,071
   Deferred tax assets                              14,475        16,009
   Other assets                                      7,692         7,650
   Long-term receivables from
    unconsolidated affiliate                         1,586         1,316
   Investment in unconsolidated affiliate            7,394         9,254
                                                ----------     ---------
Total Assets                                    $  354,200     $ 376,008
                                                ==========     =========

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current Liabilities:
   Short-term borrowings                        $    1,932     $  13,412
   Accounts payable                                 54,663        56,148
   Accounts payable to and advances
    received from related party                          -        20,273
   Accrued salaries and benefits                     4,724         4,496
   Deferred membership income                        4,894         4,173
   Income taxes payable                              1,396           747
   Deferred tax liabilities                            743           592
   Other accrued expenses                           13,963        15,972
   Long-term debt, current portion                   8,727        16,503
                                                ----------     ---------
Total current liabilities                           91,042       132,316
Deferred rent                                        1,593         1,260
Accrued closure costs,
 net of current portion                              3,634         3,932
Long-term debt, related party                            -        25,000
Long-term debt, net of current portion              37,856        82,138
                                                ----------     ---------
Total liabilities                                  134,125       244,646

Minority interest                                    2,717         3,483
Commitments and contingencies                            -             -

Stockholders' Equity:
   Preferred stock, $.0001 par value
   (stated at cost), 2,000,000 shares
    authorized;
       Series A convertible preferred
        stock-20,000 shares designated,
        0 and 20,000 shares issued and
        outstanding, respectively
       (liquidation preference of $0 and
        $21,867, respectively)                           -        19,914
       Series B convertible preferred
        stock-30,000 shares designated,
        0 and 22,000 shares issued and
        outstanding, respectively
       (liquidation preference  of $0 and
        $24,014, respectively)                           -        21,975
   Common stock, $.0001 par value,
    45,000,000 shares authorized;
    25,814,689 and 7,775,655 shares issued,
    respectively; and 25,380,264 and
    7,339,810 shares outstanding
   (net of treasury shares), respectively                3             1
   Additional paid-in capital                      318,235       170,255
   Tax benefit from exercise of stock options        3,379         3,379
   Notes receivable from stockholders                  (29)          (33)
   Deferred compensation                            (1,247)       (1,932)
   Accumulated other comprehensive loss            (16,790)      (18,314)
   Accumulated deficit                             (76,760)      (57,902)
   Less: treasury stock at cost; 434,425
    and 435,845 shares, respectively                (9,433)       (9,464)
                                                ----------     ---------
Total stockholders' equity                         217,358       127,879
                                                ----------     ---------
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity      $  354,200     $ 376,008
                                                ==========     =========

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