Arden Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:ARDNA) today released its sales and income figures for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012. Arden Group, Inc. is the parent company of Gelson’s Markets which currently operates 17 full-service supermarkets in Southern California carrying both perishable and grocery products.
|ARDEN GROUP, INC. AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES FIRST QUARTER EARNINGS RELEASE (UNAUDITED)|
|Thirteen Weeks Ended (a)|
|March 31, 2012||April 2, 2011|
|Interest, dividend and other income (expense), net||(d)||23,000||2,204,000|
|Income before income taxes||4,920,000||9,566,000|
|Income tax provision||2,004,000||3,897,000|
|Basic and diluted net income per common share||(e)||$||0.95||$||1.79|
|Basic and diluted weighted average common shares outstanding||(e)||3,071,000||3,161,098|
(b) Same store sales from the Company’s 17 supermarkets (excluding the Northridge location), were $104,527,000 during the first quarter of 2012 compared to $100,822,000 in the first quarter of 2011. The 3.7% increase in sales is the result of inflation as well as an increase in the number of transactions in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the same period of the prior year.(c) Operating income in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the first quarter of 2011 was negatively impacted by the loss incurred from the closing of the Northridge location which was accrued and is reflected in the operating results for the first quarter of 2012. The accrued loss of $1,841,000 reflects the lease assignment fee discussed above and other closing costs offset by the reversal of a deferred rent liability previously recorded for the Northridge location. In addition, operating income reflects an increase in the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) health and welfare contribution rate at the beginning of February 2011, September 2011 and March 2012 and a pension increase in January 2012. The majority of the Company’s employees belong to the UFCW. These costs were partially offset by a decrease in stock appreciation rights (SARs) compensation expense in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the same period of the prior year. During the first quarter of 2012, the Company reversed SARs compensation expense of $264,000. Conversely, in the first quarter of 2011, the Company recognized SARs compensation expense of $10,000. (d) Other income reflects a gain of approximately $2,129,000 from the sale of an undeveloped parcel of land during the first quarter of 2011. (e) In April 2011, the Company purchased 90,098 shares of its Class A Common Stock in an unsolicited private transaction which had the effect of reducing weighted average common shares outstanding and increasing basic and diluted net income per common share for the first quarter of 2012 compared to the first quarter of 2011.