Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. Reports Results for Fiscal Second Quarter

- Net Earnings per Diluted Share of $.93

- Quarterly Net Sales Increase by Approximately 8.3%

- Quarterly Comparable Store Sales Increase by Approximately 5.6%

- Modeling Fiscal Third Quarter 2011 Net Earnings per Diluted Share of Approximately $.82 to $.87

- Full Year Net Earnings per Diluted Share Modeled to Increase Approximately 22% to 25%; Previously Modeled at Approximately 15% to 20%

Sep 21, 2011, 16:15 ET from Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.

UNION, N.J., Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBY) today reported net earnings of $.93 per diluted share ($229.4 million) in the fiscal second quarter ended August 27, 2011, an increase of approximately 33% versus net earnings of $.70 per diluted share ($181.8 million) in the same quarter a year ago.  Net sales for the fiscal second quarter of 2011 were approximately $2.314 billion, an increase of approximately 8.3% from net sales of approximately $2.137 billion reported in the fiscal second quarter of 2010.  Comparable store sales in the fiscal second quarter of 2011 increased by approximately 5.6%, compared with an increase of approximately 7.4% in last year's fiscal second quarter.

During the fiscal second quarter of 2011, the Company repurchased approximately $287 million of its common stock representing approximately 5.2 million shares.  As of August 27, 2011, the remaining balance of the current share repurchase program authorized in December 2010 was approximately $1.6 billion.

For the fiscal first half ended August 27, 2011, the Company reported net earnings of $1.65 per diluted share ($410.0 million), an increase of approximately 35% over net earnings of $1.22 per diluted share ($319.3 million) in the corresponding period a year ago.  Net sales for the fiscal first half of 2011 were approximately $4.424 billion, an increase of approximately 9.0% from net sales of approximately $4.060 billion in the corresponding period a year ago.  Comparable store sales for the fiscal first half of 2011 increased by approximately 6.3%, compared with an increase of approximately 7.9% in last year's fiscal first half.

The Company is now modeling net earnings per diluted share to be approximately $.82 to $.87 for the fiscal third quarter of 2011 and to increase by approximately 22% to 25% for all of fiscal 2011.  

As of August 27, 2011, the Company had a total of 1,155 stores, including 986 Bed Bath & Beyond stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada, 70 Christmas Tree Shops stores, 54 buybuy BABY stores and 45 stores under the names of Harmon or Harmon Face Values.  During the fiscal second quarter, the Company opened three Bed Bath & Beyond stores, seven buybuy BABY stores and four Christmas Tree Shops stores and closed one Bed Bath & Beyond store. Consolidated store space as of August 27, 2011 was approximately 35.6 million square feet. Since the beginning of the third quarter of fiscal 2011 on August 28, 2011, an additional three Bed Bath & Beyond stores and two buybuy BABY stores have been opened.  In addition, the Company is a partner in a joint venture which operates two stores in the Mexico City market under the name "Home & More."

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Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. and subsidiaries (the "Company") is a chain of retail stores, operating under the names of Bed Bath & Beyond, Christmas Tree Shops, Harmon, Harmon Face Values and buybuy BABY.  In addition, the Company is a partner in a joint venture which operates retail stores in Mexico under the name "Home & More."  The Company sells a wide assortment of domestics merchandise and home furnishings.  Domestics merchandise includes categories such as bed linens and related items, bath items and kitchen textiles.  Home furnishings include categories such as kitchen and tabletop items, fine tabletop, basic housewares, general home furnishings, consumables and certain juvenile products.  Shares of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. are traded on NASDAQ under the symbol "BBBY" and are included in the Standard and Poor's 500 and Global 1200 Indices and the NASDAQ-100 Index.  The Company is counted among the Fortune 500 and the Forbes 2000.    

This press release may contain forward-looking statements.  Many of these forward-looking statements can be identified by use of words such as may, will, expect, anticipate, approximate, estimate, assume, continue, model, project, plan, and similar words and phrases.  The Company's actual results and future financial condition may differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements as a result of many factors that may be outside the Company's control. Such factors include, without limitation: general economic conditions including the housing market, a challenging overall macroeconomic environment and related changes in the retailing environment, consumer preferences and spending habits; demographics and other macroeconomic factors that may impact the level of spending for the types of merchandise sold by the Company; unusual weather patterns; competition from existing and potential competitors; competition from other channels of distribution; pricing pressures; the ability to attract and retain associates in all areas of the organization; the cost of labor, merchandise and other costs and expenses; the ability to find suitable locations at acceptable occupancy costs to support the Company's expansion program; the impact of failed auctions for auction rate securities held by the Company; disruptions to the Company's information technology systems including but not limited to security breaches of the Company's systems protecting consumer and employee information; changes to statutory, regulatory and legal requirements; changes to, or new, tax laws or interpretation of existing tax laws; and changes to, or new, accounting standards including, without limitation, changes to lease accounting standards.  The Company does not undertake any obligation to update its forward-looking statements.  

BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Earnings

(in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

August 27,

August 28,

August 27,

August 28,

2011

2010

2011

2010

Net sales

$   2,314,064

$   2,136,730

$   4,424,015

$   4,059,781

Cost of sales

1,363,065

1,261,812

2,615,444

2,409,827

   Gross profit

950,999

874,918

1,808,571

1,649,954

Selling, general and administrative expenses

579,363

578,016

1,147,987

1,127,658

   Operating profit

371,636

296,902

660,584

522,296

Interest (expense) income, net

(1,872)

327

(1,320)

843

   Earnings before provision for income taxes

369,764

297,229

659,264

523,139

Provision for income taxes

140,392

115,474

249,314

203,831

   Net earnings

$     229,372

$     181,755

$     409,950

$     319,308

Net earnings per share - Basic

$           0.94

$           0.71

$           1.68

$           1.24

Net earnings per share - Diluted

$           0.93

$           0.70

$           1.65

$           1.22

Weighted average shares outstanding - Basic

242,751

257,013

244,148

258,207

Weighted average shares outstanding - Diluted

246,539

259,928

248,169

261,783

BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, unaudited)

August 27,

August 28,

2011

2010

Assets

Current assets:

   Cash and cash equivalents

$   1,017,990

$   1,040,504

   Short term investment securities

724,911

602,223

   Merchandise inventories

2,117,414

1,903,096

   Other current assets

334,261

306,571

     Total current assets

4,194,576

3,852,394

Long term investment securities

113,705

132,242

Property and equipment, net

1,128,998

1,105,297

Other assets

311,197

350,079

$   5,748,476

$   5,440,012

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

Current liabilities:

   Accounts payable

$      848,063

$      771,752

   Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

328,680

306,316

   Merchandise credit and gift card liabilities

195,688

179,119

   Current income taxes payable

19,265

25,244

     Total current liabilities

1,391,696

1,282,431

Deferred rent and other liabilities

312,584

262,198

Income taxes payable

133,150

110,642

   Total liabilities

1,837,430

1,655,271

   Total shareholders' equity

3,911,046

3,784,741

$   5,748,476

$   5,440,012

BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(in thousands, unaudited)

Six Months Ended

August 27,

August 28,

2011

2010

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:

 Net earnings

$   409,950

$   319,308

 Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash

     provided by operating activities:

     Depreciation

88,110

89,882

     Stock-based compensation

24,268

22,636

     Tax benefit from stock-based compensation

(2,736)

(2,660)

     Deferred income taxes

(11,946)

(11,281)

     Other

(915)

(694)

     (Increase) decrease in assets:

         Merchandise inventories

(148,507)

(143,393)

         Trading investment securities

(557)

(1,859)

         Other current assets

16,284

(29,525)

         Other assets

685

(2,562)

     Increase (decrease) in liabilities:

         Accounts payable

141,161

168,903

         Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

21,195

24,322

         Merchandise credit and gift card liabilities

2,627

6,315

         Income taxes payable

(60,297)

(51,370)

         Deferred rent and other liabilities

6,831

16,080

 Net cash provided by operating activities

486,153

404,102

Cash Flows from Investing Activities:

 Purchase of held-to-maturity investment securities

(856,012)

(780,750)

 Redemption of held-to-maturity investment securities

731,250

555,020

 Redemption of available-for-sale investment securities

15,550

14,025

 Redemption of trading investment securities

-

42,825

 Capital expenditures

(89,598)

(83,574)

 Net cash used in investing activities

(198,810)

(252,454)

Cash Flows from Financing Activities:

 Proceeds from exercise of stock options

77,703

70,054

 Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation

923

1,038

 Repurchase of common stock, including fees

(531,566)

(278,336)

 Net cash used in financing activities

(452,940)

(207,244)

 Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(165,597)

(55,596)

Cash and cash equivalents:

 Beginning of period

1,183,587

1,096,100

 End of period

$   1,017,990

$   1,040,504

SOURCE Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.