Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) today reported improved financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended Dec. 1, 2012. The company reported revenues of $6.2 billion, net income of $61.9 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, and Adjusted EBITDA of $295.3 million, or 4.7 percent of revenues.
“We have reached a significant milestone in our turnaround efforts by returning to profitability,” said Rite Aid Chairman, President and CEO John Standley. “We have now increased Adjusted EBITDA and same store prescription counts for eight consecutive quarters. Our third quarter performance is the result of our entire team’s continued efforts to fundamentally improve our business.”
“Our record Adjusted EBITDA was driven by strong prescription count growth, an increase in front-end same store sales and higher pharmacy gross margin resulting from the introduction of new generic medications. While we are pleased with our third quarter results, we remain focused on sustaining our positive momentum and achieving long-term success,” Standley added.
Third Quarter Summary
Revenues for the 13-week quarter were $6.2 billion versus revenues of $6.3 billion in the prior year third quarter. Revenues decreased 1.2 percent primarily due to the impact of the introduction of lower cost generics on pharmacy same store sales as well as store closings.
Same store sales for the quarter decreased 1.5 percent over the prior year 13-week period, consisting of a 1.1 percent increase in front end sales offset by a 2.7 percent decrease in pharmacy sales. Pharmacy sales included an approximate 924 basis point negative impact from new generic introductions. The number of prescriptions filled in same stores increased 3.6 percent over the prior year period, which includes the benefit of additional prescriptions resulting from the Walgreens/Express Scripts dispute. Prescription sales accounted for 67.8 percent of total drugstore sales, and third party prescription revenue was 96.5 percent of pharmacy sales.