Shares of PriceSmart, Inc. PSMT increased more than 5% after the close of the trading session on Jul 9, following its third-quarter fiscal 2020 results, wherein the top line grew year over year while the bottom line declined. Notably, the company reported quarterly earnings of 41 cents a share as compared to 46 cents a share in the year-ago quarter.
Total revenues grew 1.4% to $799.9 million from $788.6 million reported in the prior-year quarter. Net merchandise sales rose 1.8% to $768.4 million, including adverse currency impacts of about 2.5%. Export sales inched up 0.5% to $8.3 million, with membership income improving 3% to $13.5 million. Meanwhile, other revenues and income fell 19.9% to $9.7 million in the quarter under review.
Comparable net merchandise sales for the 46 warehouse clubs declined 3.6%. The metric was adversely impacted by currency rate fluctuations to the tune of $18.4 million or 2.5%.
Warehouse club and other operations expenses came in at $78.4 million, up 0.3% from the year-ago quarter. General and administrative expenses dropped 0.5% to roughly $24.4 million. Pre-opening expenses came in at $257,000, significantly down from $1,647,000 in the year-ago quarter.
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Other Financial Aspects
PriceSmart, which operates 46 warehouse clubs, ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $261.8 million and long-term debt (including current portion) of $117 million. The company’s shareholders’ equity was $818.7 million, excluding non-controlling interests.
Further, the company deferred capital expenditures and discretionary expenses in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.
With consumers shifting to the online mode because of rising fears concerning this ongoing crisis, management launched the Click & Go program, which provides curbside pick-up and contactless delivery facilities. Post the launch, it witnessed positive customer feedback for the same. Encouragingly, it is working toward expediting the rollout of this facility across all stores. Apart from this, it is now offering online payment options, online visibility of inventory along with online signup and renewal of memberships.
Moving on, the company restarted various projects and launched its 46th Club in Liberia, Costa Rica, toward the start of the reported quarter. Further, it intends to open the 47th club in Bogota, Colombia, in the second quarter of fiscal 2021.
Notably, shares of this operator of membership warehouse clubs have lost 7.1% in the past three months against the industry’s growth of 6.9%.
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