Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Results

Thursday, 24. February 2022 22:02

PHOENIX, Feb. 24, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. (Nasdaq: SFM) today reported results for the 13-week fourth quarter and 52-week year ending January 2, 2022.Period-over-period comparison stated herein reflect 13 and 52 weeks in the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2021 to 14 and 53 weeks in the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2020, respectively, unless otherwise noted(1).

"We are pleased that results for both sales and earnings exceeded our expectations for the quarter and are encouraged by the fact that we experienced quarterly positive comp transactions,” said Jack Sinclair, chief executive officer of Sprouts Farmers Market. "We made progress in 2021 on our strategic roadmap, which sets us up for continued growth and financial success in the years to come. More importantly, I am amazed each and every day by the incredible contribution and dedication of our approximately 31,000 team members, who are committed to providing a broad array of healthy options at great prices for Sprouts' customers."

Fourth Quarter Highlights(2):

  • Net sales totaled $1.49 billion; a 7% decrease from the same period in 2020, primarily due to the $122 million in sales during the extra week of the fourth quarter of 2020. Net sales increased 9% from the same period in 2019
  • Comparable store sales growth of -1.1% and two-year comparable store sales growth of 2.7%(3)
  • Gross margin of 35.7%, a decrease of approximately 100 basis points to the same period in 2020 and an increase of approximately 135 basis points from the same period in 2019
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses ("SG&A") totaled $449 million, a decrease of $15 million primarily due to the $29 million of SG&A costs for the extra week in 2020. SG&A increased 15.8% compared to the same period in 2019
  • Net income of $36 million; compared to net income of $68 million and adjusted net income(4) of $70 million in the same period in 2020; and compared to net income of $32 million from the same period in 2019
  • Diluted earnings per share of $0.32; compared to $0.58 diluted earnings per share and adjusted diluted earnings per share(4) of $0.59 in the same period in 2020; and compared to $0.27 diluted earnings per share from the same period in 2019

Fiscal Year 2021 Highlights(2):

  • Net sales of $6.1 billion; a 6% decrease from 2020, primarily due to cycling the demand from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the 53rd week in 2020. Net sales increased 8% from the same period 2019
  • Comparable store sales growth of -6.7% and two-year comparable store sales growth of 0.4%(3)
  • Gross margin of 36.2%, a decrease of approximately 55 basis points compared to the same period in 2020 and an increase of approximately 260 basis points from the same period in 2019
  • SG&A totaled $1.75 billion, a decrease of $116 million, reflective of lower COVID-19 pandemic response costs in 2021 and the 53rd week in 2020. SG&A increased 12.8% compared to the same period in 2019
  • Net income of $244 million; compared to net income of $287 million and adjusted net income(4) of $294 million in 2020; and compared to net income of $150 million in 2019
  • Diluted earnings per share of $2.10; compared to $2.43 diluted earnings per share and adjusted diluted earnings per share(4) of $2.49 in 2020; and compared to $1.25 diluted earnings per share in 2019
  • Sprouts opened 12 new stores and relocated one, resulting in 374 stores in 23 states as of January 2, 2022

Leverage and Liquidity in 2021

  • Generated cash from operations of $365 million
  • Invested $81 million in capital expenditures net of landlord reimbursement, primarily for new stores
  • Repurchased 7.4 million shares of common stock for a total investment of $188 million.
  • Sprouts ended the year with:
    • $250 million balance on its revolving credit facility
    • $28 million of letters of credit outstanding under the facility
    • $245 million in cash and cash equivalents
    • $112 million available under the current share repurchase authorization.

1 2020 included a 14th week in the fourth quarter. This extra week added approximately $122 million to sales, $16 million to EBIT and $0.10 to diluted earnings per share in the fourth quarter of 2020.

2 The Company’s results for the fourth quarter of 2020 and FY 2020 were significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Accordingly, this presentation also includes certain comparisons to results in the fourth quarter of 2019 and FY 2019.

3 To account for the 53rd week in fiscal 2020 we shifted each week back one week, thereby ignoring the first week of fiscal 2020 to better align holidays for comparison purposes. More information can be found at investors.sprouts.com under additional reports.

4 Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share, non-GAAP financial measures, exclude the impact of certain special items. There were no such adjustments for the quarter or fiscal year ended January 2, 2022 or the quarter ended December 29, 2019. See the “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section of this release for additional information about these items.

Outlook

The following provides our expected outlook for first quarter and full-year 2022:

    
 First Quarter and Full Year 2022 Outlook   
  Q1 2022Full-Year 2022 Outlook
 Net sales growth 4.0% to 6.0%
 Unit growth 15 to 20 new stores
 Comparable store sales growth0.0% to 2.0%0.0% to 2.0%
 Adjusted EBIT $330M to $345M
 Adjusted diluted earnings per share$0.69 to $0.73$2.14 to $2.24
 Effective tax rate Approximately 25%
 Capital expenditures $150M to $170M
 (net of landlord reimbursements)  

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Conference Call

Sprouts will hold a conference call at 3 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time) on Thursday, February 24, 2022, during which Sprouts executives will further discuss fourth quarter and fiscal year 2021 financial results.

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

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: 6589237.

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; equipment 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 31,000 team members and operates more than 370 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 Livingstonmedia@sprouts.com 
(602) 682-1584 
susannahlivingston@sprouts.com  


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

  Thirteen weeks ended  Fourteen weeks ended  Fifty-two weeks ended  Fifty-three weeks ended 
  January 2,
2022
  January 3,
2021
  January 2,
2022
  January 3,
2021
 
Net sales $1,492,796  $1,601,834  $6,099,869  $6,468,759 
Cost of sales  959,568   1,013,805   3,890,657   4,089,470 
Gross profit  533,228   588,029   2,209,212   2,379,289 
Selling, general and administrative expenses  448,707   463,635   1,748,205   1,863,869 
Depreciation and amortization (exclusive of depreciation included
in cost of sales)
  30,222   31,487   122,258   124,124 
Store closure and other costs, net  2,916   (25)  4,673   (369)
Income from operations  51,383   92,932   334,076   391,665 
Interest expense, net  2,844   3,106   11,684   14,787 
Income before income taxes  48,539   89,826   322,392   376,878 
Income tax provision  12,311   21,429   78,235   89,428 
Net income $36,228  $68,397  $244,157  $287,450 
Net income per share:            
Basic $0.32  $0.58  $2.12  $2.44 
Diluted $0.32  $0.58  $2.10  $2.43 
Weighted average shares outstanding:            
Basic  112,019   117,951   115,377   117,821 
Diluted  112,786   118,315   116,077   118,224 


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

  January 2,
2022
  January 3,
2021
 
ASSETS      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $245,287  $169,697 
Accounts receivable, net  21,574   14,815 
Inventories  265,387   254,224 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  35,468   27,224 
Total current assets  567,716   465,960 
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation  716,029   726,500 
Operating lease assets, net  1,072,019   1,045,408 
Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization  184,960   184,960 
Goodwill  368,878   368,878 
Other assets  13,513   14,698 
Total assets $2,923,115  $2,806,404 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $145,901  $139,337 
Accrued liabilities  155,996   143,402 
Accrued salaries and benefits  58,743   76,695 
Current portion of operating lease liabilities  151,755   135,739 
Current portion of finance lease liabilities  1,078   959 
Total current liabilities  513,473   496,132 
Long-term operating lease liabilities  1,095,909   1,069,535 
Long-term debt and finance lease liabilities  259,656   260,459 
Other long-term liabilities  36,306   40,912 
Deferred income tax liability  57,895   58,073 
Total liabilities  1,963,239   1,925,111 
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,
111,114,374 shares issued and outstanding, January 2, 2022;
117,953,435 shares issued and outstanding, January 3, 2021
  111   118 
Additional paid-in capital  704,701   686,648 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (3,758)  (8,474)
Retained earnings  258,822   203,001 
Total stockholders’ equity  959,876   881,293 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $2,923,115  $2,806,404 


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

  Fifty-two
weeks ended
  Fifty-three
weeks ended
 
  January 2,
2022
  January 3,
2021
 
Operating activities      
Net income $244,157  $287,450 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:      
Depreciation and amortization expense  125,541   126,507 
Operating lease asset amortization  108,517   99,276 
Store closure and other costs, net  4,762   (321)
Share-based compensation  15,883   14,339 
Deferred income taxes  (178)  3,717 
Other non-cash items  1,167   3,683 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
Accounts receivable  16,928   25,977 
Inventories  (11,417)  21,754 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  (5,879)  (14,970)
Other assets  (1,782)  (5,461)
Accounts payable  4,523   20,184 
Accrued liabilities  610   4,296 
Accrued salaries and benefits  (17,951)  28,116 
Accrued income tax     (2,005)
Operating lease liabilities  (120,483)  (120,085)
Other long-term liabilities  401   1,578 
     Cash flows from operating activities  364,799   494,035 
Investing activities      
Purchases of property and equipment  (102,378)  (121,968)
     Cash flows used in investing activities  (102,378)  (121,968)
Financing activities      
Payments on revolving credit facilities     (288,000)
Payments on finance lease obligations  (685)  (754)
Repurchase of common stock  (188,343)   
Proceeds from exercise of stock options  2,170   1,343 
     Cash flows used in financing activities  (186,858)  (287,411)
     Increase in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash  75,563   84,656 
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of the period  171,441   86,785 
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at the end of the period $247,004  $171,441 

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 thirteen and fifty-two weeks ended January 2, 2022 and for the fourteen and fifty-three weeks ended January 3, 2021 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 thirteen and fifty-two weeks ended January 2, 2022 and for the fourteen and fifty-three weeks ended January 3, 2021:

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

  Thirteen
weeks ended
  Fourteen
weeks ended
  Fifty-two
weeks ended
  Fifty-three
weeks ended
 
  January 2,
2022
  January 3,
2021
  January 2,
2022
  January 3,
2021
 
Net income $36,228  $68,397  $244,157  $287,450 
Income tax provision  12,311   21,429   78,235   89,428 
Interest expense, net  2,844   3,106   11,684   14,787 
Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT)  51,383   92,932   334,076   391,665 
Special Items:            
Strategic initiatives (1)     1,802      8,835 
Adjusted EBIT  51,383   94,734   334,076   400,500 
             
Depreciation, amortization and accretion  31,119   32,080   125,541   126,508 
Adjusted EBITDA $82,502  $126,814  $459,617  $527,008 
             
Net income  36,228   68,397   244,157   287,450 
Special Items:            
Strategic initiatives, net of tax (1)     1,339      6,565 
Adjusted Net income $36,228  $69,736  $244,157  $294,015 
Diluted earnings per share $0.32  $0.58  $2.10  $2.43 
Adjusted diluted earnings per share $0.32  $0.59  $2.10  $2.49 
             
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding  112,786   118,315   116,077   118,224 

(1) Includes professional fees related to strategic initiatives. After-tax impact includes the tax benefit on the pre-tax charge.

Source: Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc
Phoenix, AZ
2/24/22


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