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Casey’s Reports Record Earnings And Projects Further Growth In Fiscal 2013

Casey’s General Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq: CASY) today reported $0.61 in basic earnings per share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 ended April 30, 2012 compared to $0.60 for the same period a year ago. For the year, basic earnings per share were $3.07 versus $2.24. After adjusting for the $17.6 million post-tax impact of the costs associated with the hostile takeover attempt by Alimentation Couche-Tard, Inc., basic earnings per share last year would have been $2.65.

“In the fourth quarter, the gas margin was down nearly 2 cents per gallon from the same period a year ago, which reduced basic earnings per share by approximately 12 cents,” said President and CEO Robert J Myers. “We were pleased with our ability to offset this decline with strong sales and margin gains inside our stores. Inside gross profit dollars for the quarter were up nearly 19% and we are optimistic about our growth potential in fiscal 2013 with the various operational initiatives we are implementing.”

Gasoline—In the fourth quarter, same-store gallons sold rose 2.5% with an average margin of 13.7 cents per gallon. “Same store gallons improved in the fourth quarter as we experienced more favorable weather compared to a year ago.” said Myers. The Company’s annual goal was to increase same-store gasoline gallons sold 1% with an average margin of 13.5 cents per gallon. For the fiscal year, same-store gallons sold were down 1.5% with an average margin of 15.3 cents. Total gallons sold for the year were up 5.9% and gross profit dollars rose 6.8%.

Grocery & Other Merchandise—For the quarter, same-store sales rose 8.5% from the same period a year ago with an average margin of 33.0%. “We continued to benefit from major remodels and stores converted to 24-hour operations,” stated Myers. “These initiatives, along with favorable weather, helped increase same store customer count 7.4% and drove total sales for the quarter up 12.7% from a year ago.” Gross profit dollars increased 15.9% for the fourth quarter and 15.1% for the fiscal year compared to prior periods. Casey’s annual goal was to increase same-store sales 5.8% with an average margin of 32.8%. Same-store sales finished up 6.7% for fiscal 2012, with an average margin of 32.5%. Fiscal 2012 total sales were $1.4 billion, up 14.2% from a year ago.

Prepared Food & Fountain—Same-store sales for the quarter were up 16.8% from the same period a year ago. The average margin for the quarter was 60.8%, up 60 basis points from last year’s fourth quarter, primarily due to lower commodity costs. “The same-store sales lift in the quarter was impressive considering it was compared to an 11.8% increase last year,” said Myers. “Major remodels and 24-hour conversions are having a significant impact on sales in this category, as is the expansion of our pizza delivery program.” The goal for fiscal 2012 was to increase same-store sales 7.7% with an average margin of 61.8%. Same-store sales for fiscal 2012 were up 14.3% with an average margin of 60.7%. Total sales for the fiscal year were $499.7 million, up 20.3% from the previous year.

Operating Expenses—For the fiscal year, operating expenses increased 13.3% to $688.4 million. For the quarter, operating expenses were up 16.9%. After adjusting for the $16 million in expenses associated with the unsolicited offer by Couche-Tard in the prior year, expenses increased 16.4% for the fiscal year. “Approximately $61 million of the operating expense increase for the year resulted from stores newly constructed, acquired or replaced in the past two fiscal years, along with the stores impacted by major remodels, 24-hour conversion, and pizza delivery,” stated Myers. “We are excited about the profitability of all of these initiatives and we will remain disciplined with their implementation.” Store level operating expenses for the fiscal year increased less than 5% for the remaining store base.

Expansion—The annual goal was to increase the total number of stores 4-6%. For the fiscal year, the Company achieved this goal by acquiring 35 stores and completing 30 new-store constructions, bringing the year-end store count to 1,699. In addition to this activity, the Company also replaced 10 stores during the year. “We look forward to opening our first stores in Kentucky and Tennessee in fiscal 2013 and remain optimistic about future growth opportunities as we expand our market,” said Myers.

Fiscal 2013 Goals—The corporate performance goals for fiscal 2013 are as follows:
  • Increase same-store gasoline gallons sold 1% with an average margin of 14 cents per gallon
  • Increase same-store grocery and other merchandise sales 6.2% with an average margin of 32.7%
  • Increase same-store prepared food and fountain sales 11% with an average margin of 61.1%
  • Increase the total number of stores 4-6%. In addition, replace 20 stores and complete 50-75 major remodels

Dividends—At its June meeting, the Board of Directors increased the quarterly dividend to $0.165 per share. The dividend is payable August 15, 2012 to shareholders of record on August 1, 2012.
Casey’s General Stores, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)
 
  Three months ended April 30,   Year ended April 30,
2012   2011 2012   2011
Total revenue $ 1,752,504 $ 1,549,495 $ 6,987,804 $ 5,635,240

Cost of goods sold (exclusive of  depreciation and amortization, shown  separately below)

1,507,264

1,332,307

5,984,114

4,754,173
Gross profit 245,240 217,188 1,003,690 881,067
Operating expenses 175,952 150,473 688,431 607,628
Depreciation and amortization 25,609 21,982 96,552 82,355
Interest, net 8,751 8,867 35,192 28,497
Loss on early retirement of debt ----------- ----------- ----------- 11,350
Earnings before income taxes 34,928 35,866 183,515 151,237
Federal and state income taxes 11,859 13,096 66,724 56,614
Net earnings $ 23,069 $ 22,770 $ 116,791 $ 94,623
 
Basic earnings per share $ .61 $ .60 $ 3.07 $ 2.24

Weighted average shares outstanding
38,120 37,956

38,068

42,285
 
Diluted earnings per share $ .60 $ .60 $ 3.04 $ 2.22

Weighted average shares outstanding

38,481
38,257

38,392

42,567
 

Casey’s General Stores, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Dollars in thousands)

(Unaudited)
   

April 30,

April 30,
2012 2011
Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 55,919 $ 59,572
Receivables 21,700 20,154
Inventories 170,794 159,200
Prepaid expenses 1,298 1,180
Deferred income taxes 13,143 10,405
Income taxes receivable 16,424 43,376
Total current assets     279,278     293,887
Other assets, net of amortization 12,403 11,721
Goodwill 104,385 88,042
Property and equipment, net of
accumulated depreciation of $860,998 at
April 30, 2012, and of $777,342 at April 30, 2011 1,378,749 1,217,305
Total assets   $ 1,774,815   $ 1,610,955
 
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
Current liabilities
Notes payable to bank $ ------------ $ 600
Current maturities of long-term debt 10,737 1,167
Accounts payable 211,165 215,675
Accrued expenses 84,739 77,058
Total current liabilities     306,641     294,500
Long-term debt, net of current maturities 667,930 678,680
Deferred income taxes 260,405 203,078
Deferred compensation 14,698 13,858
Other long-term liabilities 19,100 16,943
Total liabilities 1,268,774 1,207,059
 
Total shareholders' equity 506,041 403,896
   
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity   $ 1,774,815   $ 1,610,955
 
 
Sales and Gross Profit by Product

(Amounts in thousands)

Year ended 4/30/12
 

Gasoline
 

Grocery & Other Merchandise
 

Prepared Food & Fountain
 

Other
 

Total
 
Sales $ 5,092,311 $ 1,364,995 $ 499,712 $ 30,786 $ 6,987,804
Gross profit $ 226,559 $ 443,245 $ 303,159 $ 30,727 $ 1,003,690
Margin 4.4% 32.5% 60.7% 99.8% 14.4%
 
Gasoline gallons 1,476,154
 

Year ended4/30/11
 
Sales $ 3,998,702 $ 1,195,613 $ 415,240 $ 25,685 $ 5,635,240
Gross profit $ 212,038 $ 385,250 $ 258,151 $ 25,628 $ 881,067
Margin 5.3% 32.2% 62.2% 99.8% 15.6%
 
Gasoline gallons     1,394,457                
 
                 
Gasoline Gallons Gasoline Margin
Same-store Sales Growth (Cents per gallon, excluding credit card fees)
          Fiscal           Fiscal

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Year

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Year
F2012 -2.7 % -2.9 % -2.4 % 2.5 % -1.5 % F2012

17.2

¢

16.7

¢

13.6

¢

13.7

¢

15.3

¢
F2011 1.5 3.6 3.5 -1.9 1.6 F2011 16.4 14.9 13.9 15.6 15.2
F2010   3.2     -0.7     -2.9     0.2     -0.1   F2010   15.7     14.3     12.4     13.1     13.9  
             
Grocery & Other Merchandise Grocery & Other Merchandise
Same-store Sales Growth Margin
Fiscal Fiscal

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Year

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Year
F2012 6.2 % 5.8 % 6.3 % 8.5 % 6.7 % F2012 32.5 % 32.5 % 31.8 % 33.0 % 32.5 %
F2011 2.0 6.9 5.8 4.8 4.6 F2011 32.8 32.9 30.9 32.1 32.2
F2010   6.4     1.9     1.7     3.1     3.3   F2010   34.3     34.1     32.7     33.1     33.6  
             
Prepared Food & Fountain Prepared Food & Fountain
Same-store Sales Growth Margin
Fiscal Fiscal

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Year

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Year
F2012 15.3 % 14.2 % 12.6 % 16.8 % 14.3 % F2012 61.2 % 59.5 % 61.2 % 60.8 % 60.7 %
F2011 2.4 7.2 10.5 11.8 7.7 F2011 63.8 62.7 62.1 60.2 62.2
F2010   6.6     3.4     1.4     5.3     4.2   F2010   63.8     64.6     62.8     64.1     63.8  
 

Corporate information is available at this Web site: http://www.caseys.com . Earnings will be reported during a conference call on June 13, 2012. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet at 9:30 a.m. CDT via the Investor Relations section of our Web site and will be available in an archived format.

Copyright Business Wire 2010

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