The Company believes that cash flow from operating activities and the $163.4 million of availability under its revolving credit facility will support the redemption of the Convertible Senior Notes and its capital requirements for the remainder of fiscal 2013 and the coming year.
Mr. Eidson continued, “While the Michigan economy has stabilized, we continue to believe consumer discretionary spending will be pressured and that the competitive environment will remain robust. We are steadfastly committed to focusing our efforts on the initiatives that will help drive our business forward in a tough operating environment. We are encouraged by recent investments in our retail segment as, contrary to industry trends, we experienced slightly positive volume in our West Michigan stores when eliminating the impact of the calendar shift. We will continue to refine our private label offerings, marketing and loyalty programs, and Valu Land store format, while operating our business as diligently and prudently as possible. On the distribution side of the business, the contract recently signed with a significant new customer in the strategically important Ohio market is a testament to the strength of our operating model. Shipments to this customer are expected to begin late in the fourth quarter.”
The Company anticipates that comparable store sales will be flat to slightly positive in the fourth quarter as it continues to benefit from the maturation of the YES Rewards loyalty program and a favorable Easter calendar. Distribution sales are expected to return to flat to slightly positive compared to the prior year as a result of new business gains and the Easter calendar shift. The Company believes adjusted earnings per diluted share from continuing operations, which excludes the impact of the anticipated fourth quarter charge related to the convertible debt redemption, will slightly exceed the prior year fourth quarter when excluding the 53rd week and non-recurring benefits previously disclosed last year. The net effect of the 53rd week and the non-recurring items in the prior year’s fourth quarter was a benefit of $0.11 to $0.12 per diluted share.The Company currently expects capital expenditures for fiscal year 2013 to be in the range of $43.5 million to $44.5 million, with depreciation and amortization in the range of $39.0 million to $40.0 million and total interest expense in the range of $13.0 to $13.5 million, excluding the debt extinguishment charges.