Weis Markets Announces Fourth Quarter Results

Year-to-Date Net Income Increases 9.1%

Mar 10, 2016, 17:00 ET from Weis Markets, Inc.

SUNBURY, Pa., March 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Weis Markets, Inc. (NYSE: WMK) today announced its fourth quarter sales increased 2.8% to $734.1 million while its comparable store sales increased 2.8% compared to the same period a year ago.  

For the thirteen week period ended December 26, 2015, the Company's net income increased 21.0% to $16.6 million compared to the same period in 2014. Fourth quarter earnings per share increased 19.6% to $0.61 per share compared to fourth quarter 2014. During the same period, the Company's operating income increased 24.5% to $25.8 million.

Year-to-Date Results

For the 52-week period ended December 26, 2015, the Company's sales increased 3.6% to $2.9 billion while comparable store sales increased 3.7% compared to the 52-week period ended December 27, 2014. Year-to-date net income increased 9.1% to $59.3 million while earnings per share increased 9.4% compared to 2014. The Company's year-to-date operating income increased 11.6% to $90.8 million compared to 2014.

"In 2015, our overall results benefited from strategic pricing investments and the ongoing improvement of our store assortments by market," said Weis Markets Chairman and CEO Jonathan Weis. "In addition, improved store level, supply chain and store support efficiencies helped us deliver a better customer experience, which helped us increase customer traffic and our overall market share."   

About Weis Markets

Founded in 1912, Weis Markets, Inc. is a Mid Atlantic food retailer operating 163 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. For more information, please visit: WeisMarkets.com or Facebook.com/WeisMarkets.

In addition to historical information, this news release may contain forward-looking statements, which are included pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Any forward-looking statements contained herein are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected.  For example, risks and uncertainties can arise with changes in: general economic conditions, including their impact on capital expenditures; business conditions in the retail industry; the regulatory environment; rapidly changing technology and competitive factors, including increased competition with regional and national retailers; and price pressures.  Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which reflect management's analysis only as of the date hereof.  The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise or update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date hereof.  Readers should carefully review the risk factors described in other documents the Company files periodically with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

                

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COMPARATIVE SUMMARY OF SALES & EARNINGS

 

Fourth Quarter – 2015

(Unaudited)

13 Week

13 Week

Period Ended

Period Ended 

Increase

December 26, 2015

December 27, 2014

 (Decrease)

Net Sales  

$         734,063,000

$         713,788,000

2.8%

Income Before Income Taxes   

26,624,000

21,213,000

25.5%

Provision for Income Taxes 

10,049,000

7,515,000

33.7%

Net Income    

$           16,575,000

$           13,698,000

21.0%

Weighted-Average Shares Outstanding  

26,898,000

26,898,000

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Basic and Diluted Earnings Per Share   

$0.61

$0.51

$0.10

 52 Week

52 Week

Period Ended 

Period Ended

 Increase

December 26, 2015 

December 27, 2014

(Decrease)

Net Sales   

$       2,876,748,000

$      2,776,683,000

3.6%

Income Before Income Taxes  

92,331,000

83,662,000

10.4%

Provision for Income Taxes    

33,001,000

29,281,000

12.7%

Net Income    

$           59,330,000

$           54,381,000

9.1%

Weighted-Average Shares Outstanding  

26,898,000

26,898,000

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Basic and Diluted Earnings Per Share   

$2.21

$2.02

$0.19

              

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