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SpartanNash Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2022 Financial Results

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Reiterates Recently Announced Fiscal 2022 Guidance Raise and Long-Term Financial Targets

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., June 02, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Food solutions company SpartanNash (the "Company") (Nasdaq: SPTN) today reported full financial results for its 16-week first quarter ended April 23, 2022. The Company reiterated its previously raised fiscal year 2022 guidance and long-term financial targets, which were recently announced in a May 12 press release. The Company also announced updated guidance with respect to certain items not included in the May 12 press release.

First Quarter Fiscal 2022 Highlights

  • Net sales of $2.76 billion, an increase of 4.0% from the prior year quarter’s net sales of $2.66 billion.

  • Net earnings of $19.3 million, compared to $19.5 million in the prior year quarter.

  • Record first quarter adjusted EBITDA(1) of $76.6 million, an increase of 18.2% from $64.8 million in the prior year quarter.

  • EPS of $0.53, compared to $0.54 in the prior year quarter. Adjusted EPS(2) of $0.83, a 41% increase compared to $0.59 in the prior year quarter.

  • Military segment operating margin of 0.24% and Military adjusted EBITDA margin(3) of 1.58%, surpassing the Company’s original turnaround target of 1%.

  • The Company made significant progress on its supply chain transformation initiative, securing more than $15 million in run-rate cost savings and meeting its initial full-year commitment of $15 million to $30 million of annualized savings, while delivering an approximate 7% improvement in throughput rate year-over-year.

  • Comparable store sales increased to 7.2%, continuing the Company’s strong momentum in its Retail segment.

"Our first quarter results reflect the significant momentum underway at SpartanNash, driven by Our Winning Recipe™ plan," said SpartanNash President and CEO Tony Sarsam. "Our team’s keen focus on operational excellence helped deliver on our supply chain transformation initiative. During the quarter, we achieved more than $15 million in run-rate cost savings, already meeting our full-year 2022 run-rate goal of $15 million to $30 million annualized supply chain savings. Because we achieved this significant milestone ahead of schedule, we are now updating our commitment to an annualized savings range of $25 million to $35 million by year-end. In addition, our full-year outlook and long-term financial targets show a clear path for growth for the next several years."

First Quarter Consolidated Financial Results

Consolidated net sales increased $105.9 million, or 4.0%, to $2.76 billion from $2.66 billion in the prior year quarter. The variance to the prior year was driven by increases in net sales in all three segments each of which were favorably impacted by the current inflationary environment.

Gross profit was $450.6 million, or 16.3% of net sales, compared to $418.0 million, or 15.7% of net sales, in the prior year quarter. Gross profit rate growth was driven by improvements in margin rates within the Food Distribution and Military segments, partially offset by an increase in LIFO expense of $8.5 million.

Reported operating expenses were $422.4 million, or 15.3% of net sales, compared to $387.8 million, or 14.6% of net sales, in the prior year quarter. The increase in expenses as a rate of sales was due to higher costs in retail store and supply chain labor, increased fuel prices, higher incentive compensation, and costs related to shareholder activism. Within the Food Distribution and Military segments, the increased supply chain labor costs were partially offset by supply chain efficiencies realized from the supply chain transformation initiative.

The Company reported operating earnings of $28.1 million, compared to $30.2 million in the prior year quarter, due to the changes in net sales, gross profit and operating expenses discussed above. Adjusted operating earnings(4) were $43.3 million, an increase of 33% compared to $32.5 million in the prior year quarter, which were adjusted for the items detailed in Table 3.

Interest expense decreased by $0.4 million from the prior year quarter due to the Company’s paydown of long-term debt. The income tax rate decreased from the prior year quarter due to discrete tax benefits realized in the current year quarter.

The Company reported net earnings of $19.3 million, or $0.53 per diluted share, compared to $19.5 million, or $0.54 per diluted share in the prior year quarter. Adjusted earnings from continuing operations(5) were $30.3 million, or $0.83 per diluted share, compared to $21.3 million, or $0.59 per diluted share in the prior year quarter. A reconciliation of net earnings to adjusted earnings from continuing operations is included in Table 4.

Adjusted EBITDA(1) increased $11.8 million to a first-quarter record of $76.6 million, compared to $64.8 million in the prior year quarter, due to the factors mentioned above.

Please see the financial tables at the end of this press release for a reconciliation of each non-GAAP financial measure to the most directly comparable measure, prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP.

First Quarter Segment Financial Results

Food Distribution
Net sales for Food Distribution increased $36.8 million, or 2.8%, to $1.37 billion from $1.33 billion in the prior year quarter. The increase in net sales was due primarily to the inflationary impact on pricing.

Reported operating earnings for Food Distribution were $26.7 million, compared to $21.1 million in the prior year quarter. The increase was due to a higher gross margin rate, offset by an increase in supply chain wages and incentive compensation. Adjusted operating earnings(4) were $34.6 million, compared to $22.3 million in the prior year quarter. Adjusted operating earnings exclude, among other items, LIFO expense in both years and costs related to shareholder activism in the current year.

Retail
Net sales for Retail increased $41.8 million, or 5.7%, to $781.3 million from $739.4 million in the prior year quarter, primarily due to inflationary pricing. Retail comparable store sales were 7.2% for the quarter.

Reported operating earnings for Retail were $0.03 million, compared to $14.19 million in the prior year quarter. The decrease was due to increases in wages and the impacts of market-competitive pricing on Retail’s gross margin rate, along with increased corporate administrative, utilities and supplies costs. Adjusted operating earnings(4) was $4.0 million, compared to $14.8 million in the prior year. Adjusted operating earnings exclude, among other items, LIFO expense in both years and costs related to shareholder activism in the current year.

Military
Net sales for Military increased $27.2 million, or 4.7%, to $611.5 million from $584.3 million in the prior year quarter. The increase was driven by inflationary pricing and was partially offset by reduced case volumes. Although Military’s case volumes declined in the first quarter, the rate of the decline slowed compared to the trend experienced over the previous year.

Reported operating earnings for Military were $1.4 million, compared to a loss of $5.1 million in the prior year quarter. The increase was due to a higher gross margin rate, partially offset by an increase in higher supply chain wages and incentive compensation. Adjusted operating earnings(4) were $4.7 million compared to a loss of $4.6 million in the prior year quarter. Adjusted operating earnings exclude, among other items, LIFO expense in both years and costs related to shareholder activism in the current year.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

Cash flows provided by operating activities were $10.0 million, compared to $31.8 million of cash used in operating activities in the prior year quarter. The increase in cash flows compared to the prior year quarter was due primarily to effective working capital management. Long-term debt and finance lease liabilities increased $44.9 million during the quarter to fund strategic inventory purchases. The Company’s ratio of net long-term debt(6) to adjusted EBITDA(1) increased slightly from 1.8x at the end of fiscal 2021 to 1.9x.

Purchases of property and equipment were $29.9 million, while capital expenditures and IT capital(7) totaled $30.3 million for the current year quarter compared to $24.1 million in the prior year quarter.

During the first quarter, the Company declared $7.7 million in cash dividends, equal to $0.21 per common share. The Company did not repurchase shares during the quarter and currently has approximately $80 million remaining on its share repurchase programs. The Company remains committed to returning value to shareholders through share repurchases under its current program, as well as continuing regular dividends.

Fiscal Year 2022 Guidance Update

As announced on May 12, given the strength of its first quarter results, the Company raised its fiscal year 2022 guidance. These updates included increasing:

  • Net sales to a range of $9.0 billion to $9.3 billion, compared to the prior guidance of $8.9 billion to $9.1 billion.

  • Adjusted EBITDA to a range of $224 million to $239 million, compared to the prior guidance of $214 million to $229 million.

In addition, the Company has updated its guidance with respect to certain other items, as noted in the table below.

Previous Full Year 2022 Outlook

Updated Full Year 2022 Outlook

Low

High

Low

High

Total net sales (millions)

$

8,900

$

9,100

$

9,000

$

9,300

Segment sales % increase (decrease)

Retail comp sales

0.0%

2.0%

1.0%

3.0%

Food Distribution sales

2.0%

4.0%

3.0%

5.0%

Military sales

(7.0%)

(3.0%)

(4.0%)

0.0%

Adjusted EBITDA(1) (millions)

$

214

$

229

$

224

$

239

Adjusted EPS(2)

$

2.10

$

2.25

$

2.17

$

2.32

Capital expenditures and IT capital(7) (thousands)

$

100,000

$

110,000

$

100,000

$

110,000

Depreciation and amortization (thousands)

$

90,000

$

100,000

$

90,000

$

100,000

Interest expense (thousands)

$

15,000

$

17,000

$

17,500

$

19,500

Income tax rate

24.0

%

25.5%

24.0

%

25.5%

The Company also expects a steady earnings pace across the remaining three quarters in fiscal 2022.

Long-Term Financial Targets

On May 12, the Company also provided new long-term financial targets it expects to achieve by 2025. These included growing:

  • Net sales to more than $10 billion, an increase of at least 12% from net sales in fiscal 2021.

  • Adjusted EBITDA to more than $300 million, an increase of at least 40% from adjusted EBITDA in fiscal 2021.

  • Adjusted EBITDA margin to 3% of net sales, an increase of 25% from adjusted EBITDA margin in fiscal 2021.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call to discuss its quarterly results with additional comments and details today, Thursday, June 2, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. ET. There will also be a simultaneous, live webcast made available at SpartanNash's website at www.spartannash.com/webcasts under the "Investor Relations" section and will remain archived on the Company's website.

A supplemental earnings presentation is available at the Company’s website at www.spartannash.com/investor-presentations.

About SpartanNash

SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) is a food solutions company that delivers the ingredients for a better life. As a distributor, wholesaler and retailer with a global supply chain network, SpartanNash customers span a diverse group of national accounts, independent and chain grocers, e-commerce retailers, U.S. military commissaries and exchanges, and the Company's own brick-and-mortar grocery stores, pharmacies and fuel centers. SpartanNash distributes grocery and household goods, including fresh produce and its Our Family® portfolio of products, to locations in all 50 states, in addition to distributing to the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Honduras, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Djibouti, Korea and Japan. In addition, the Company owns and operates 145 supermarkets – primarily under the banners of Family Fare, Martin's Super Markets and D&W Fresh Market – and shares its operational insights to drive innovative solutions for SpartanNash food retail customers. Committed to fostering a People First culture, the SpartanNash family of Associates is 17,500 strong and growing. For more information, visit spartannash.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

The matters discussed in this press release and in the Company's website-accessible conference calls with analysts and investor presentations include "forward-looking statements" about the plans, strategies, objectives, goals or expectations of the Company. These forward-looking statements are identifiable by words or phrases indicating that the Company or management "expects," "anticipates," "plans," "believes," or "estimates," or that a particular occurrence or event "may," "could," "should," "will" or "will likely" result, occur or be pursued or "continue" in the future, that the "outlook", "trend", "guidance" or "target" is toward a particular result or occurrence, that a development is an "opportunity," "priority," "strategy," "focus," that the Company is "positioned" for a particular result, or similarly stated expectations. Undue reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. There are many important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include the Company's ability to compete in the highly competitive grocery distribution, retail grocery and military distribution industries; disruptions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic; the Company's ability to manage its private brand program for U.S. military commissaries; the Company's ability to implement its growth strategy; the ability of customers to fulfill their obligations to the Company; the Company's dependence on certain major customers, suppliers and vendors; disruptions to the Company's information security network; instances of security threats, severe weather conditions and natural disasters; impairment charges for goodwill and other long-lived assets; the Company's ability to successfully manage leadership transitions; the Company's ability to service its debt and to comply with debt covenants; interest rate fluctuations; changes in the military commissary system, including its supply chain, or in the level of governmental funding; product recalls and other product-related safety concerns; labor relations issues and rising labor costs; changes in government regulations; and other risks and uncertainties listed under "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Additional risks and uncertainties not currently known to the Company or that the Company currently believes are immaterial also may impair its business, operations, liquidity, financial condition and prospects. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise its forward-looking statements to reflect developments that occur or information obtained after the date of this press release.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes information regarding adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("adjusted EBITDA"), adjusted EBITDA margin, and military adjusted EBITDA margin. These are non-GAAP financial measures, as defined below, and are used by management to allocate resources, assess performance against its peers and evaluate overall performance. The Company believes these measures provide useful information for both management and its investors. The Company believes these non-GAAP measures are useful to investors because they provide additional understanding of the trends and special circumstances that affect its business. These measures provide useful supplemental information that helps investors to establish a basis for expected performance and the ability to evaluate actual results against that expectation. These measures, when considered in connection with GAAP results, can be used to assess the overall performance of the Company as well as assess the Company's performance against its peers. Certain of these measures are also used as a basis for certain compensation programs sponsored by the Company. In addition, securities analysts, fund managers and other shareholders and stakeholders that communicate with the Company request its financial results in these adjusted formats.

The Company is unable to provide a full reconciliation of the GAAP to non-GAAP measures used in the fiscal 2022 outlook and long-term targets disclosed in this press release without unreasonable effort because it is not possible to predict certain adjustment items with a reasonable degree of certainty since they are not yet known or quantifiable, and do not relate to the Company's routine activities. These adjustments may include, among other items, restructuring and asset impairment activity, acquisition and integration costs, severance and organizational realignment costs, and the impact of adjustments to the last-in-first-out (LIFO) inventory reserve. This information is dependent upon future events, which may be outside of the Company's control and could have a significant impact on its GAAP financial results for fiscal 2022 or fiscal 2025, respectively.

(1)

A reconciliation of net earnings to Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, is provided in Table 2 below.

(2)

A reconciliation of net earnings per share ("EPS") to adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations ("Adjusted EPS"), a non-GAAP financial measure, is provided in Table 4 below.

(3)

A reconciliation of Military adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, to Military operating earnings (loss) is provided in Table 2 below. Military operating margin and Military adjusted EBITDA margin are calculated by dividing Military operating earnings (loss) and Military adjusted EBITDA into Military net sales, respectively.

(4)

A reconciliation of operating earnings to adjusted operating earnings, a non-GAAP financial measure, is provided in Table 3 below.

(5)

A reconciliation of net earnings to adjusted earnings from continuing operations, a non-GAAP financial measure, is provided in Table 4 below.

(6)

A reconciliation of long-term debt and finance lease obligations to net long-term debt, a non-GAAP financial measure, is provided in Table 5 below.

(7)

A reconciliation of purchases of property and equipment to capital expenditures and IT capital, a non-GAAP financial measure, is provided in Table 7 below.

SPARTANNASH COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

(Unaudited)

16 Weeks Ended

April 23,

April 24,

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

2022

2021

Net sales

$

2,763,658

$

2,657,799

Cost of sales

2,313,075

2,239,769

Gross profit

450,583

418,030

Operating expenses

Selling, general and administrative

422,182

387,937

Acquisition and integration

239

59

Restructuring and asset impairment, net

13

(161

)

Total operating expenses

422,434

387,835

Operating earnings

28,149

30,195

Other expenses and (income)

Interest expense

4,185

4,589

Other, net

(216

)

(266

)

Total other expenses, net

3,969

4,323

Earnings before income taxes

24,180

25,872

Income tax expense

4,891

6,356

Net earnings

$

19,289

$

19,516

Basic net earnings per share:

$

0.54

$

0.55

Diluted net earnings per share:

$

0.53

$

0.54

Weighted average shares outstanding:

Basic

35,566

35,765

Diluted

36,381

35,876

SPARTANNASH COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

April 23,

January 1,

(In thousands)

2022

2022

Assets

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

16,330

$

10,666

Accounts and notes receivable, net

395,467

361,686

Inventories, net

556,322

522,324

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

63,772

62,517

Total current assets

1,031,891

957,193

Property and equipment, net

575,666

577,359

Goodwill

181,035

181,035

Intangible assets, net

109,400

110,960

Operating lease assets

269,278

283,040

Other assets, net

96,963

97,195

Total assets

$

2,264,233

$

2,206,782

Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

Current liabilities

Accounts payable

$

478,964

$

447,451

Accrued payroll and benefits

66,316

86,315

Other accrued expenses

63,164

67,893

Current portion of operating lease liabilities

47,375

47,845

Current portion of long-term debt and finance lease liabilities

5,806

6,334

Total current liabilities

661,625

655,838

Long-term liabilities

Deferred income taxes

74,396

63,692

Operating lease liabilities

252,126

266,701

Other long-term liabilities

36,483

38,292

Long-term debt and finance lease liabilities

444,299

399,390

Total long-term liabilities

807,304

768,075

Commitments and contingencies

Shareholders’ equity

Common stock, voting, no par value; 100,000 shares authorized; 36,140 and 35,948 shares outstanding

494,571

493,783

Preferred stock, no par value, 10,000 shares authorized; no shares outstanding

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(1,432

)

(1,455

)

Retained earnings

302,165

290,541

Total shareholders’ equity

795,304

782,869

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

$

2,264,233

$

2,206,782

SPARTANNASH COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

16 Weeks Ended

(In thousands)

April 23, 2022

April 24, 2021

Cash flow activities

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

$

9,970

$

(31,778

)

Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities

(26,945

)

4,257

Net cash provided by financing activities

22,639

30,910

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

5,664

3,389

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period

10,666

19,903

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period

$

16,330

$

23,292

SPARTANNASH COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA


T
able 1: Sales and Operating Earnings (Loss) by Segment

(Unaudited)

16 Weeks Ended

(In thousands)

April 23, 2022

April 24, 2021

Food Distribution Segment:

Net sales

$

1,370,857

49.6

%

$

1,334,082

50.2

%

Operating earnings

26,684

21,146

Retail Segment:

Net sales

781,279

28.3

%

739,444

27.8

%

Operating earnings

27

14,192

Military Segment:

Net sales

611,522

22.1

%

584,273

22.0

%

Operating earnings (loss)

1,438

(5,143

)

Total:

Net sales

$

2,763,658

100.0

%

$

2,657,799

100.0

%

Operating earnings

28,149

30,195

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with GAAP, the Company also provides information regarding adjusted operating earnings, adjusted earnings from continuing operations, net long-term debt, capital expenditures and IT capital, and adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("adjusted EBITDA"). These are non-GAAP financial measures, as defined below, and are used by management to allocate resources, assess performance against its peers and evaluate overall performance. The Company believes these measures provide useful information for both management and its investors. The Company believes these non-GAAP measures are useful to investors because they provide additional understanding of the trends and special circumstances that affect its business. These measures provide useful supplemental information that helps investors to establish a basis for expected performance and the ability to evaluate actual results against that expectation. The measures, when considered in connection with GAAP results, can be used to assess the overall performance of the Company as well as assess the Company’s performance against its peers. These measures are also used as a basis for certain compensation programs sponsored by the Company. In addition, securities analysts, fund managers and other shareholders and stakeholders that communicate with the Company request its financial results in these adjusted formats.

At the beginning of 2022, the Company made a change to the adjusted operating earnings and adjusted earnings from continuing operations measures to exclude the impact of LIFO expense or benefit. The Company believes the change reduces volatility associated with temporary fluctuations in inflation, enabling investors to best establish a basis for expected performance and the ability to evaluate actual results against that expectation and the industry in which the Company operates. Prior year adjusted operating earnings and adjusted earnings from continuing operations figures have been restated to align with this change in presentation. Current year adjusted operating earnings, adjusted earnings from continuing operations, and adjusted EBITDA exclude LIFO expense, costs related to shareholder activism, organizational realignment and severance associated with cost reduction initiatives. Costs related to shareholder activism include consulting, legal, and other expenses incurred in relation to shareholder activism activities. Organizational realignment includes benefits for associates terminated as part of leadership transition plans, which do not meet the definition of a reduction-in-force. Prior year adjusted operating earnings, adjusted earnings from continuing operations, and adjusted EBITDA exclude LIFO expense, organizational realignment and severance associated with cost reduction initiatives.

Each of these items are considered "non-operational" or "non-core" in nature.

Table 2: Reconciliation of Net Earnings to Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization

(Adjusted EBITDA)

(A Non-GAAP Financial Measure)

(Unaudited)

16 Weeks Ended

(In thousands)

April 23, 2022

April 24, 2021

Net earnings

$

19,289

$

19,516

Income tax expense

4,891

6,356

Other expenses, net

3,969

4,323

Operating earnings

28,149

30,195

Adjustments:

LIFO expense

10,187

1,655

Depreciation and amortization

28,473

28,091

Acquisition and integration

239

59

Restructuring and asset impairment, net