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Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Results

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PHOENIX, Ariz., Feb. 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. (Nasdaq: SFM) today reported results for the 14-week fourth quarter and 53-week year ended January 3, 2021. Period-over-period increases stated herein reflect the comparison of 14 and 53 weeks in fourth quarter and fiscal year 2020 to 13 and 52 weeks in fourth quarter and fiscal year 2019, respectively, unless otherwise noted.

Fourth Quarter Highlights:

  • Net sales of $1.6 billion; a 17% increase from the same period in 2019

  • Comparable store sales growth of 3.7% and two-year comparable store sales growth of 5.2%, both on a 13-week basis

  • Net income of $68 million and adjusted net income(1) of $70 million; compared to net income and adjusted net income of $32 million from the same period in 2019; adjusted net income increased 119% from the same period in 2019

  • Diluted earnings per share of $0.58 and adjusted diluted earnings per share(1) of $0.59; compared to diluted and adjusted diluted earnings of $0.27 per share from the same period in 2019

  • Adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.49, estimated on a 13-week basis, an 81% increase from the same period in 2019

Fiscal Year 2020 Highlights:

  • Net sales of $6.5 billion; a 15% increase from 2019

  • Comparable store sales growth of 6.9% and two-year comparable store sales growth of 8.0%, both on a 52-week basis

  • Net income of $287 million and adjusted net income(1) of $294 million; compared to net income and adjusted net income of $150 million from 2019; adjusted net income increased 96% from 2019

  • Diluted earnings per share of $2.43 and adjusted diluted earnings per share(1) of $2.49; compared to diluted and adjusted diluted earnings per share of $1.25 from 2019

  • Adjusted diluted earnings per share of $2.39, estimated on a 52-week basis, a 91% increase from 2019

“In 2020, we generated record earnings and cash flow from a 15% increase in sales while absorbing costs associated with a 340% increase in ecommerce sales, paying record bonuses to our frontline team members, and opening 22 new stores,” said Jack Sinclair, chief executive officer of Sprouts Farmers Market. “Executing our strategic initiatives at a more rapid pace than we originally planned is fueling these encouraging results and establishing a solid base from which we can invest and grow. I want to thank not only our dedicated team members at Sprouts, but also our supply chain partners, vendors, farmers and growers, who worked collectively to make healthy food accessible to our customers in this extraordinary year.”

________________________________________________________________________________________
1 Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share, non-GAAP financial measures, exclude the impact of certain special items. See the “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section of this release for additional information about these items.

Fourth Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Net sales for the fourth quarter 2020 were $1.6 billion, a 17% increase compared to the same period in 2019. On a 13-week comparable basis, net sales increased 8% to $1.5 billion. Net sales growth was driven by a 3.7% increase in comparable store sales, the 53rd week in 2020, continued demand from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as solid performance in new stores opened.

Gross profit for the quarter increased 25% to $588 million, resulting in a gross profit margin of 36.7%, an increase of 235 basis points compared to the same period 2019. A number of sustainable strategic changes contributed to this increase, from promotional activities started in the fourth quarter of 2019 to shrink initiatives, as well as positive leverage from additional sales, partially accelerated by the COVID-19 landscape. The impact of the 53rd week on gross profit margin was insignificant.

Selling, general and administrative expenses (“SG&A”) for the quarter increased $76 million to $464 million, or 28.9% of sales, a deleverage of 56 basis points compared to the same period in 2019. This deleverage was primarily driven by increased ecommerce fees and higher quarterly store performance bonuses, partially offset by leveraging fixed costs on increased sales and the 53rd week in 2020. Store operational expenses from COVID-19 were approximately $36 million for the fourth quarter.

Depreciation and amortization for the quarter increased 2.6% to $31 million, or 2.0% of sales, a decrease of 30 basis points compared to the same period 2019.

Net income for the quarter was $68 million and diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) was $0.58, compared with $32 million and $0.27 respectively, in 2019. Excluding the impact of special items, adjusted net income was $70 million and adjusted diluted EPS was $0.59; an increase of 119% compared to the same period in 2019 (see “Non-GAAP Financial Measures”). On an estimated 13-week comparable basis, adjusted diluted earnings per share increased 81% to $0.49.

Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Results

Net sales for fiscal year 2020 were $6.5 billion, a 15% increase compared to 2019. On a 52-week comparable basis, net sales increased 13% to $6.3 billion. Net sales growth was driven by demand from the COVID-19 pandemic, contributing to a 6.9% increase in comparable store sales, strong performance in new stores opened as well as the 53rd week in 2020.

Gross profit for the year increased 26% to $2.4 billion, resulting in a gross profit margin of 36.8%, an increase of 315 basis points compared to 2019. A number of sustainable strategic changes contributed to this increase, from promotional activities to shrink initiatives, as well as positive leverage from additional sales, partially accelerated by the COVID-19 landscape. The impact of the 53rd week on gross profit margin was insignificant.

SG&A for the year increased $314 million to $1.9 billion, or 28.8% of sales, a deleverage of 130 basis points compared to 2019. Increased operational expenses from COVID-19 were approximately $176 million for the year, driving the majority of the deleverage. Additionally, we realized increased ecommerce fees from higher online sales, partially offset by leveraging fixed costs. The impact of the 53rd week on the SG&A rate was insignificant.

Depreciation and amortization for the year increased 3.0% to $124 million, or 1.9% of sales, a decrease of 20 basis points compared to 2019.

Store closure and other costs, net for the year were a credit of $0.4 million compared to a cost of $7.3 million in 2019.

Net income for the year was $287 million and diluted EPS was $2.43, compared with $150 million and $1.25, respectively, in 2019. Excluding the impact of special items, adjusted net income was $294 million and adjusted diluted EPS was $2.49; an increase of 99% compared to 2019 (see “Non-GAAP Financial Measures”). On an estimated 52-week comparable basis, adjusted diluted earnings per share increased 91% to $2.39.

Unit Growth and Development

During the fourth quarter of 2020, Sprouts opened six new stores, resulting in a total of 362 stores in 23 states as of January 3, 2021.

Leverage and Liquidity

Sprouts generated cash from operations of $494 million in fiscal 2020 and invested $96 million in capital expenditures net of landlord reimbursements, primarily for new stores. During fiscal year 2020, we paid down $288 million of outstanding debt. We ended the year with $250 million in loans and $34 million of letters of credit under our revolving credit facility, as well as $170 million in cash and cash equivalents.

Full Year 2021 Outlook

The impact that the COVID-19 pandemic will have on the U.S. economy and the Company’s fiscal 2021 results remain uncertain. Given the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic on food at home demand and consumer spending, the Company is planning for fiscal 2021 based on a range of potential outcomes. The following provides information on our expected outlook for 2021:

Full-year 2021 Guidance

52-week to 52-week

Net sales growth

Flat to up slightly

Unit growth

Approximately 20 new stores

Comparable store sales growth

Down low to mid-single digits

Adjusted EBIT

$295M to $315M

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

$1.78 to $1.91

Effective tax rate

Approximately 26%

Capital expenditures

$140M to $160M

(net of landlord reimbursements)

The company’s adjusted diluted earnings per share and adjusted EBIT outlook for the year do not include charges and costs which are expected to be similar to those charges and costs excluded from adjusted diluted earnings per share and adjusted EBIT in prior periods. Please see the explanation and reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to the comparable GAAP measures for the 14 and 53 weeks ended January 3, 2021 and the 13 and 52 weeks ended December 29, 2019 in the tables included below.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Conference Call

Sprouts will hold a conference call at 3 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time) on Thursday, February 25, 2021, during which Sprouts executives will further discuss fourth quarter and fiscal year 2020 financial results.

A webcast of the conference call will be available through Sprouts’ investor webpage located at investors.sprouts.com. Participants should register on the website approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the webcast.

The conference call will be available via the following dial-in numbers:

  • U.S. Participants: 877-398-9481

  • International Participants: +1-408-337-0130

  • Conference ID: 1285113

The audio replay will remain available for 72 hours and can be accessed by dialing 855-859-2056 (toll-free) or 404-537-3406 (international) and entering the confirmation code: 1285113.

Important Information Regarding Outlook

There is no guarantee that Sprouts will achieve its projected financial expectations, which are based on management estimates, currently available information and assumptions that management believes to be reasonable. These expectations are inherently subject to significant economic, competitive and other uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of management. See “Forward-Looking Statements” below.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical fact (including, but not limited to, statements to the effect that Sprouts Farmers Market or its management "anticipates," "plans," "estimates," "expects," or "believes," or the negative of these terms and other similar expressions) should be considered forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements regarding the company’s outlook, growth, opportunities and long-term strategy. These statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from expectations as of the date of this release. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks associated with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; the company’s ability to execute on its long-term strategy; the company’s ability to successfully compete in its competitive industry; the company’s ability to successfully open new stores; the company’s ability to manage its growth; the company’s ability to maintain or improve its operating margins; the company’s ability to identify and react to trends in consumer preferences; product supply disruptions; general economic conditions; accounting standard changes; and other factors as set forth from time to time in the company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including, without limitation, the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. The company intends these forward-looking statements to speak only as of the time of this release and does not undertake to update or revise them as more information becomes available, except as required by law.

Corporate Profile
Sprouts is the place where goodness grows. True to its farm-stand heritage, Sprouts offers a unique grocery experience featuring an open layout with fresh produce at the heart of the store. Sprouts inspires wellness naturally with a carefully curated assortment of better-for-you products paired with purpose-driven people. The healthy grocer continues to bring the latest in wholesome, innovative products made with lifestyle-friendly ingredients such as organic, plant-based and gluten-free. Headquartered in Phoenix, and one of the fastest growing retailers in the country, Sprouts employs approximately 35,000 team members and operates more than 360 stores in 23 states nationwide. To learn more about Sprouts, and the good it brings communities, visit about.sprouts.com.

Investor Contact:

Media Contact:

Susannah Livingston

Diego Romero

(602) 682-1584

(602) 682-3173

susannahlivingston@sprouts.com

media@sprouts.com


SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE AMOUNTS)

Fourteen weeks ended

Thirteen weeks ended

Fifty-three weeks ended

Fifty-two weeks ended

January 3,
2021

December 29,
2019

January 3,
2021

December 29,
2019

Net sales

$

1,601,834

$

1,364,991

$

6,468,759

$

5,634,835

Cost of sales

1,013,805

896,028

4,089,470

3,740,017

Gross profit

588,029

468,963

2,379,289

1,894,818

Selling, general and administrative expenses

463,635

387,481

1,863,869

1,549,707

Depreciation and amortization (exclusive of depreciation included in cost of sales)

31,487

30,703

124,124

120,491

Store closure and other costs, net

(25

)

3,864

(369

)

7,260

Income from operations

92,932

46,915

391,665

217,360

Interest expense, net

3,106

5,195

14,787

21,192

Income before income taxes

89,826

41,720

376,878

196,168

Income tax provision

21,429

10,086

89,428

46,539

Net income

$

68,397

$

31,634

$

287,450

$

149,629

Net income per share:

Basic

$

0.58

$

0.27

$

2.44

$

1.25

Diluted

$

0.58

$

0.27

$

2.43

$

1.25

Weighted average shares outstanding:

Basic

117,951

117,934

117,821

119,368

Diluted

118,315

118,219

118,224

119,742


SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE AMOUNTS)

January 3,
2021

December 29,
2019

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

169,697

$

85,314

Accounts receivable, net

14,815

15,713

Inventories

254,224

275,979

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

27,224

10,833

Total current assets

465,960

387,839

Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation

726,500

741,508

Operating lease assets, net

1,045,408

1,028,436

Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization

184,960

185,395

Goodwill

368,878

368,078

Other assets

14,698

11,727

Total assets

$

2,806,404

$

2,722,983

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

139,337

$

122,839

Accrued liabilities

143,402

136,482

Accrued salaries and benefits

76,695

48,579

Accrued income tax

2,005

Current portion of operating lease liabilities

135,739

106,153

Current portion of finance lease liabilities

959

754

Total current liabilities

496,132

416,812

Long-term operating lease liabilities

1,069,535

1,078,927

Long-term debt and finance lease liabilities

260,459

549,419

Other long-term liabilities

40,912

41,517

Deferred income tax liability

58,073

54,356

Total liabilities

1,925,111

2,141,031

Commitments and contingencies

Stockholders’ equity:

Undesignated preferred stock; $0.001 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding

Common stock, $0.001 par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized, 117,953,435 shares issued and outstanding, January 3, 2021; 117,543,668 shares issued and outstanding, December 29, 2019

118

117

Additional paid-in capital

686,648

670,966

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(8,474

)

(4,682

)

Retained earnings (Accumulated deficit)

203,001

(84,449

)

Total stockholders’ equity

881,293

581,952

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

2,806,404

$

2,722,983


SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(IN THOUSANDS)

Fifty-three
weeks ended

Fifty-two
weeks ended

January 3,
2021

December 29,
2019

Cash flows from operating activities

Net income

$

287,450

$

149,629

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

Depreciation and amortization expense

126,507

122,804

Operating lease asset amortization

99,276

81,842

Store closure and other costs, net

(321

)

4,113

Share-based compensation

14,339

8,949

Deferred income taxes

3,717

(216

)

Other non-cash items

3,683

4,136

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

25,977

36,062

Inventories

21,754

(11,612

)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

(14,970

)

19,208

Other assets

(5,461

)

(1,275

)

Accounts payable

20,184

9,420

Accrued liabilities

4,296

17,274

Accrued salaries and benefits

28,116

295

Accrued income tax

(2,005

)

2,005

Operating lease liabilities

(120,085

)

(88,002

)

Other long-term liabilities

1,578

578

Cash flows from operating activities

494,035

355,210

Cash flows used in investing activities

Purchases of property and equipment

(121,968

)

(183,232

)

Cash flows used in investing activities

(121,968

)

(183,232

)

Cash flows used in financing activities

Proceeds from revolving credit facilities

265,405

Payments on revolving credit facilities

(288,000

)

(180,405

)

Payments on finance lease obligations

(754

)

(690

)

Repurchase of common stock

(176,310

)

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

1,343

4,878

Other

(319

)

Cash flows used in financing activities

(287,411

)

(87,441

)

Increase in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

84,656

84,537

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of the period

86,785

2,248

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at the end of the period

$

171,441

$

86,785


Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”), the company presents EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBIT, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share. These measures are not in accordance with, and are not intended as alternatives to, GAAP. The company's management believes that this presentation provides useful information to management, analysts and investors regarding certain additional financial and business trends relating to its results of operations and financial condition. In addition, management uses these measures for reviewing the financial results of the company, and certain of these measures may be used as components of incentive compensation.

The company defines EBITDA as net income before interest expense, provision for income tax, and depreciation, amortization and accretion and adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA excluding the impact of special items. The company defines adjusted EBIT, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share by adjusting the applicable GAAP measure to remove the impact of special items.

Non-GAAP measures are intended to provide additional information only and do not have any standard meanings prescribed by GAAP. Use of these terms may differ from similar measures reported by other companies. Because of their limitations, non-GAAP measures should not be considered as a measure of discretionary cash available to use to reinvest in the growth of the company’s business, or as a measure of cash that will be available to meet the company’s obligations. Each non-GAAP measure has its limitations as an analytical tool, and they should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the company’s results as reported under GAAP.

The following table shows a reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to net income for the fourteen and fifty-three weeks ended January 3, 2021 and for the thirteen and fifty-two weeks ended December 29, 2019 and a reconciliation of EBIT, net income and diluted earnings per share to adjusted EBIT, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share for the fourteen and fifty-three weeks ended January 3, 2021 and for the thirteen and fifty-two weeks ended December 29, 2019:

SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NON-GAAP MEASURE RECONCILIATION
(UNAUDITED)
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE AMOUNTS)

Fourteen
weeks ended

Thirteen
weeks ended

Fifty-three
weeks ended

Fifty-two
weeks ended

January 3,
2021

December 29,
2019

January 3,
2021

December 29,
2019

Net income

$

68,397

$

31,634

$

287,450

$

149,629

Income tax provision

21,429

10,086

89,428

46,539

Interest expense, net

3,106

5,195

14,787

21,192

Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT)

92,932

46,915

391,665

217,360

Special Items:

Strategic initiatives (1)

1,802

8,835

Store closures (2)

508

Adjusted EBIT

94,734

46,915

400,500

217,868

Depreciation, amortization and accretion

32,080

31,258

126,508

122,804

Adjusted EBITDA

$

126,814

$

78,173

$

527,008

$

340,672

Net income

68,397

31,634

287,450

149,629

Special Items:

Strategic initiatives, net of tax (1)

1,339

6,565

Store closures, net of tax (2)

377

Adjusted Net income

$

69,736

$

31,634

$

294,015

$

150,006

Diluted earnings per share

$

0.58

$

0.27

$

2.43

$

1.25

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

$

0.59

$

0.27

$

2.49

$

1.25

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

118,315

118,219

118,224

119,742

(1) Includes professional fees related to our ongoing strategic initiatives. After-tax impact includes the tax benefit on the pre-tax charge.
(2) Includes the direct costs associated with store closures and relocation. After-tax impact includes the tax benefit on the pre-tax charge.

Source: Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc.
Phoenix, AZ
2/25/2021