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BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc. Announces First Quarter and Fiscal 2021 Results

·17 min read
  • Comparable club sales, excluding gasoline sales, decreased by 5.0% year-over-year, reflecting a two-year stacked comp club sales of 22.0% for the first quarter of fiscal 2021.

  • Digitally-enabled sales growth was 31%, reflecting a two-year stacked comp growth of 381% for the first quarter of fiscal 2021.

  • Income from continuing operations decreased 14.8% year-over-year to $81.6 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2021.

  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 4.4% year-over-year to $202.4 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2021.

  • Earnings per diluted share of $0.59 reflect 14.5% year-over-year decline.

  • Adjusted earnings per diluted share of $0.72 reflects 4.3% year-over-year growth.

  • Net cash provided by operating activities was $249.0 million and free cash flow was $190.9 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2021.

BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BJ) (the "Company") today announced its financial results for the thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2021.

"Our team members continue to execute at the highest levels and I’m proud of their hard work and dedication amid a difficult environment. We are pleased to start the year with strong first quarter results, powered by solid execution, market share retention and a continuation of elevated consumer spending," said Bob Eddy, President and Chief Executive Officer, BJ’s Wholesale Club. "As we look ahead, we are confident our business will continue to thrive over the long-term given structural shifts in consumer behavior, the progress we made over the last year and our continued investments in our strategic priorities."

Key Measures for the Thirteen Weeks Ended May 1, 2021 (First Quarter of Fiscal 2021):

BJ'S WHOLESALE CLUB HOLDINGS, INC.

(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

13 Weeks
Ended

13 Weeks
Ended

May 1, 2021

May 2, 2020

% Growth

Net sales

$

3,781,834

$

3,718,040

1.7

%

Membership fee income

86,388

79,565

8.6

%

Total revenues

3,868,222

3,797,605

1.9

%

Operating income

126,254

143,750

(12.2

)%

Income from continuing operations

81,586

95,742

(14.8

)%

Adjusted EBITDA (a)

202,410

193,915

4.4

%

Net income

81,579

95,734

(14.8

)%

EPS (b)

0.59

0.69

(14.5

)%

Adjusted net income (a)

99,694

95,734

4.1

%

Adjusted EPS (a)

0.72

0.69

4.3

%

Basic weighted average shares outstanding

135,709

136,090

(0.3

)%

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

138,662

138,428

0.2

%

(a)

See "Note Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Information."

(b)

EPS represents earnings per diluted share.

Additional Highlights:

  • Comparable club sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 increased 0.3% compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2020. Comparable club sales, excluding the impact of gasoline sales, for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 decreased 5.0% compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2020.

  • Gross profit decreased to $726.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021 from $736.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2020. Merchandise gross margin rate, which excludes gasoline sales and membership fee income, increased approximately 80 basis points over the first quarter of fiscal 2020. This increase was driven by the mix of our general merchandise sales and continued execution of our category profitability improvement initiative.

  • Selling, general and administrative expenses ("SG&A") increased to $599.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to $590.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2020. SG&A included $17.5 million of stock-based compensation expense related to the acceleration of stock awards associated with the passing of Lee Delaney ("acceleration of stock awards"). In addition, SG&A included $2.3 million of severance charges associated with labor reductions that resulted from the realignment of our field operations ("severance charges").

  • Operating income decreased to $126.3 million, or 3.3% of total revenues in the first quarter of fiscal 2021, compared to $143.8 million, or 3.8% of total revenues in the first quarter of fiscal 2020. Operating income included $17.5 million of stock-based compensation expense related to the acceleration of stock awards. In addition, operating income included $2.3 million of severance charges.

  • Interest expense, net, decreased to $19.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to $21.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2020. Interest expense in the first quarter of fiscal 2021 included $4.7 million write-off of accumulated other comprehensive income and $0.7 million write-off of deferred financing costs associated with the partial paydown of the Company’s First Lien Term Loan. The decrease in interest expense was driven by continued de-levering.

  • Income tax expense was $25.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to income tax expense of $26.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2020. The first quarter of fiscal 2021 included a benefit of $3.1 million from excess tax benefits related to stock-based compensation compared to $4.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2020.

  • Under our share repurchase program, we repurchased 315,000 shares of common stock, totaling $14.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.

Fiscal 2021 Ending January 29, 2022 Outlook

"Given the level of uncertainty associated with the evolution of the pandemic and consumer behavior, fiscal 2021 remains difficult to forecast," said Laura Felice, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, BJ's Wholesale Club. "As a result, we will continue to refrain from offering formal detailed guidance."

Conference Call Details

A conference call to discuss the first quarter of fiscal 2021 financial results is scheduled for today, May 20, 2021, at 8:30 A.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 and to reference conference ID 7581445. 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 7581445. The recorded replay will be available until May 28, 2021 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. is a leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 221 clubs and 151 BJ's Gas® locations in 17 states.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We refer to certain financial measures that are not recognized under United States 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.

BJ'S WHOLESALE CLUB HOLDINGS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

13 Weeks
Ended

13 Weeks
Ended

May 1, 2021

May 2, 2020

Net sales

$

3,781,834

$

3,718,040

Membership fee income

86,388

79,565

Total revenues

3,868,222

3,797,605

Cost of sales

3,141,497

3,060,893

Selling, general and administrative expenses

599,910

590,361

Pre-opening expense

561

2,601

Operating income

126,254

143,750

Interest expense, net

19,285

21,844

Income from continuing operations before income taxes

106,969

121,906

Provision for income taxes

25,383

26,164

Income from continuing operations

81,586

95,742

Loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes

(7

)

(8

)

Net income

$

81,579

$

95,734

Income per share attributable to common stockholders - basic:

Income from continuing operations

$

0.60

$

0.70

Loss from discontinued operations

Net income

$

0.60

$

0.70

Income per share attributable to common stockholders - diluted:

Income from continuing operations

$

0.59

$

0.69

Loss from discontinued operations

Net income

$

0.59

$

0.69

Weighted average number of shares outstanding:

Basic

135,709

136,090

Diluted

138,662

138,428

BJ'S WHOLESALE CLUB HOLDINGS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Amounts in thousands)

(Unaudited)

May 1, 2021

May 2, 2020

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

62,954

$

132,915

Accounts receivable, net

197,991

193,884

Merchandise inventories

1,120,334

1,024,937

Prepaid expense and other current assets

54,258

46,631

Total current assets

1,435,537

1,398,367

Operating lease right-of-use assets, net

2,119,629

2,087,902

Property and equipment, net

815,303

753,297

Goodwill

924,134

924,134

Intangibles, net

132,502

144,019

Deferred taxes

3,349

Other assets

18,752

20,350

Total assets

$

5,449,206

$

5,328,069

LIABILITIES

Current liabilities:

Current portion of long-term debt

$

210,000

$

15,377

Current portion of operating lease liabilities

132,869

125,976

Accounts payable

1,023,140

990,420

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

669,924

588,431

Total current liabilities

2,035,933

1,720,204

Long-term lease liabilities

2,050,950

2,016,206

Long-term debt

747,311

1,334,795

Deferred income taxes

45,529

42,369

Other noncurrent liabilities

155,959

181,998

STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

413,524

32,497

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

5,449,206

$

5,328,069

BJ'S WHOLESALE CLUB HOLDINGS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Amounts in thousands)

(Unaudited)

13 Weeks
Ended

13 Weeks
Ended

May 1, 2021

May 2, 2020

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES

Net income

$

81,579

$

95,734

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

44,386

40,839

Amortization of debt issuance costs and accretion of original issue discount

891

1,197

Changes in operating leases and other non-cash items

1,200

2,637

Debt extinguishment charges

657

Stock-based compensation expense

27,300

5,514

Deferred income tax provision (benefit)

(233

)

1,590

Increase (decrease) in cash due to changes in:

Accounts receivable

(25,272

)

12,469

Merchandise inventories

85,361

56,565

Accounts payable

35,066

204,008

Accrued expenses

13,127

40,983

Other operating assets and liabilities, net

(15,097

)

8,366

Net cash provided by operating activities

248,965

469,902

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES

Additions to property and equipment, net of disposals and proceeds from sale leaseback transactions

(58,060

)

(35,212

)

Net cash used in investing activities

(58,060

)

(35,212

)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES

Payments on long term debt

(100,000

)

(3,297

)

Paydown of ABL Facility

(50,000

)

(328,000

)

Net cash received from stock option exercises

1,497

5,608

Acquisition of treasury stock

(24,031

)

(6,073

)

Proceeds from financing obligations

1,333

Other financing activities

(268

)

(217

)

Net cash used in financing activities

(171,469

)

(331,979

)

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

19,436

102,711

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

43,518

30,204

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

62,954

$

132,915

Note Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Information

This press release includes financial measures that are not calculated in accordance with GAAP, including adjusted net income, adjusted net income per diluted share, adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow, net debt and net debt to LTM adjusted EBITDA.

We define adjusted net income as net income attributable to common stockholders adjusted for: stock-based compensation related to acceleration of stock awards; severance charges and write-offs related to debt paydowns; loss on cash flow hedge; and the tax impact of the foregoing adjustments on net income.

We define adjusted net income per diluted share as adjusted net income divided by the weighted-average diluted shares outstanding.

We define adjusted EBITDA as income from continuing operations before interest expense, net, provision for income taxes and depreciation and amortization, adjusted for the impact of certain other items, including: stock-based compensation expense; pre-opening expenses; non-cash rent; severance and other adjustments.

We define free cash flow as net cash provided by operating activities less additions to property and equipment, net of disposals, plus proceeds from sale leaseback transactions.

We define net debt as total debt outstanding less cash and cash equivalents.

We define net debt to LTM adjusted EBITDA as net debt at the balance sheet date divided by adjusted EBITDA for the trailing twelve-month period.

We present adjusted net income, adjusted net income per diluted share and adjusted EBITDA, which are not recognized financial measures under GAAP, because we believe such measures assists investors and analysts in comparing our operating performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that we do not believe are indicative of our core operating performance. In addition, adjusted EBITDA excludes pre-opening expenses, because we do not believe these expenses are indicative of the underlying operating performance of our clubs. The amount and timing of pre-opening expenses are dependent on, among other things, the size of new clubs opened and the number of new clubs opened during any given period.

Management believes that adjusted net income, adjusted net income per diluted share and adjusted EBITDA are helpful in highlighting trends in our core operating performance compared to other measures, which can differ significantly depending on long-term strategic decisions regarding capital structure, the tax jurisdictions in which companies operate and capital investments. We use adjusted net income, adjusted net income per diluted share and adjusted EBITDA to supplement GAAP measures of performance in the evaluation of the effectiveness of our business strategies; to make budgeting decisions; and to compare our performance against that of other peer companies using similar measures. We also use adjusted EBITDA in connection with establishing discretionary annual incentive compensation.

We present free cash flow, which is not a recognized financial measure under GAAP, because we use it to report to our Board of Directors and we believe it assists investors and analysts in evaluating our liquidity. Free cash flow should not be considered as an alternative to cash flows from operations as a liquidity measure. We present net debt and net debt to LTM adjusted EBITDA, which are not recognized as financial measures under GAAP, because we use them to report to our Board of Directors and we believe they assist investors and analysts in evaluating our borrowing capacity. Net debt to LTM adjusted EBITDA is a key financial measure that is used by management to assess the borrowing capacity of the Company.

You are encouraged to evaluate these adjustments and the reasons we consider them appropriate for supplemental analysis. In evaluating adjusted net income, adjusted net income per diluted share, adjusted EBITDA and net debt to LTM adjusted EBITDA, you should be aware that in the future we may incur expenses that are the same as or like some of the adjustments in our presentation of these metrics. Our presentation of adjusted net income, adjusted net income per diluted share, adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow, net debt and net debt to LTM adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as alternatives to any other measure derived in accordance with GAAP and they should not be construed as an inference that the Company’s future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items. There can be no assurance that we will not modify the presentation of adjusted net income, adjusted net income per diluted share, adjusted EBITDA or net debt to LTM adjusted EBITDA in the future, and any such modification may be material. In addition, adjusted net income, adjusted net income per diluted share, adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow, net debt and net debt to LTM adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies in our industry or across different industries. Additionally, adjusted net income, adjusted net income per diluted share, adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow, net debt and net debt to LTM adjusted EBITDA have limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider them in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP.

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Information

BJ'S WHOLESALE CLUB HOLDINGS, INC.

Reconciliation of net income to adjusted net income and adjusted net income per diluted share

(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

13 Weeks
Ended

13 Weeks
Ended

May 1, 2021

May 2, 2020

Net income as reported

$

81,579

$

95,734

Adjustments:

Stock-based compensation related to acceleration of stock awards (a)

17,494

Loss on cash flow hedge (b)

4,709

Charges and write-offs related to debt paydown (c)

657

Severance charges (d)

2,300

Tax impact of adjustments to net income (e)

(7,045

)

Adjusted net income

$

99,694

$

95,734

Weighted-average diluted shares outstanding

138,662

138,428

Adjusted net income per diluted share (f)

$

0.72

$

0.69

(a)

Represents accelerated vesting of equity awards, which were related to the passing of Lee Delaney.

(b)

Represents the reclassification into earnings of accumulated other comprehensive income associated with the de-designation of hedge accounting on one of our swap agreements due to the partial paydown of debt.

(c)

Represents the fees and write-off of deferred fees and original issue discount associated with the partial paydown of debt.

(d)

Represents severance charges associated with labor reductions that resulted from the realignment of our field operations.

(e)

Represents the tax effect of the above adjustments at a statutory tax rate of approximately 28%.

(f)

Adjusted net income per diluted share is measured using weighted average diluted shares outstanding.

BJ'S WHOLESALE CLUB HOLDINGS, INC.

Reconciliation to Adjusted EBITDA

(Amounts in thousands)

(Unaudited)

13 Weeks
Ended

13 Weeks
Ended

May 1, 2021

May 2, 2020

Income from continuing operations

$

81,586

$

95,742

Interest expense, net

19,285

21,844

Provision for income taxes

25,383

26,164

Depreciation and amortization

44,386

40,839

Stock-based compensation expense (a)

27,300

5,514

Pre-opening expenses (b)

561

2,601

Non-cash rent (c)

1,417

1,504

Severance charges (d)

2,300

Other adjustments (e)

192

(293

)

Adjusted EBITDA

$

202,410

$

193,915

(a)

Represents total stock-based compensation expense.

(b)

Represents direct incremental costs of opening or relocating a facility that are charged to operations as incurred.

(c)

Consists of an adjustment to remove the non-cash portion of rent expense.

(d)

Represents severance charges associated with labor reductions that resulted from the realignment of our field operations.

(e)

Other non-cash items, including non-cash accretion on asset retirement obligations and obligations associated with our post-retirement medical plan.

BJ'S WHOLESALE CLUB HOLDINGS, INC.

Reconciliation to Free Cash Flow

(Amounts in thousands)

(Unaudited)

13 Weeks
Ended

13 Weeks
Ended

May 1, 2021

May 2, 2020

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

248,965

$

469,902

Less: Additions to property and equipment, net of disposals

74,690

35,212

Plus: Proceeds from sale leaseback transactions

16,630

Free cash flow

$

190,905

$

434,690

BJ'S WHOLESALE CLUB HOLDINGS, INC.

Reconciliation of Net Debt and Net Debt to LTM adjusted EBITDA

(Amounts in thousands)

(Unaudited)

May 1, 2021

Total debt

$

957,311

Less: Cash and cash equivalents

62,954

Net Debt

$

894,357

Income from continuing operations

$

407,026

Interest expense, net

81,826

Provision for income taxes

136,044

Depreciation and amortization

171,001

Stock-based compensation expense (a)

53,936

Preopening expenses (b)

7,769

Noncash rent (c)

4,855

Severance (d)

2,300

Other adjustments (e)

1,230

Adjusted EBITDA

$

865,987

Net debt to LTM adjusted EBITDA

1.0x

(a)

Represents total stock-based compensation expense.

(b)

Represents direct incremental costs of opening or relocating a facility that are charged to operations as incurred.

(c)

Consists of an adjustment to remove the non-cash portion of rent expense.

(d)

Represents severance charges associated with labor reductions that resulted from the realignment of our field operations.

(e)

Other non-cash items, including non-cash accretion on asset retirement obligations and obligations associated with our post-retirement medical plan.

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Contacts

Investors:
Faten Freiha, BJ's Wholesale Club
(774) 512-6320
ffreiha@bjs.com

Media:
Jennie Hardin, BJ’s Wholesale Club
(774) 512-6978
jhardin@bjs.com