SPRINGFIELD, N.J., June 02, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Village Super Market, Inc. (Nasdaq:VLGEA) today reported its results of operations for the third quarter ended April 23, 2016.

Net income was $5,882,000 in the third quarter of fiscal 2016 compared to $13,206,000 in the third quarter of the prior year. The third quarter of fiscal 2016 includes a $545,000 (net of tax) gain due to the recovery of insurance receivables related to Superstorm Sandy, while the third quarter of the prior year includes a tax benefit of $7,293,000 as a result of the settlement reached with the New Jersey Division of Taxation.  Excluding these items from both fiscal quarters, net income decreased 10% in the third quarter of fiscal 2016 compared to the third quarter of the prior year due primarily to lower sales in the first week of the third quarter of fiscal 2016 due to the impact of Winter Storm Jonas, a lower gross profit percentage and higher operating and administrative expenses.

Sales were $387,905,000 in the third quarter of fiscal 2016, an increase of 0.2% compared to the third quarter of the prior year.  Same store sales also increased 0.2% primarily due to the closing of two competitor stores and continued sales growth in the expanded or replaced stores in Stirling and Greater Morristown.  These increases were partially offset by lower sales in the first week of the third quarter of fiscal 2016 due to Winter Storm Jonas, and six new competitor store openings, including stores formerly operated by A&P. The Company expects same store sales in fiscal 2016 to range from a 0.5% to 1.5% increase.  

Gross profit as a percentage of sales decreased to 27.52% in the third quarter of fiscal 2016 compared to 27.67% in the third quarter of the prior year.

Operating and administrative expense as a percentage of sales decreased to 23.42% in the third quarter of fiscal 2016 compared to 23.47% in the third quarter of the prior year.  In the third quarter of fiscal 2016, Operating and administrative expense includes a gain for Superstorm Sandy insurance proceeds received.  Excluding this gain, Operating and administrative expense as a percentage of sales increased .19% due primarily to increased healthcare costs partially offset by lower payroll.  The increase in healthcare costs is due primarily to higher claim costs in our self-insured medical plan.

Net income was $16,596,000 in the nine-month period of fiscal 2016 compared to $23,688,000 in the nine-month period of the prior year. Fiscal 2016 includes a $545,000 (net of tax) gain due to the recovery of insurance receivables related to Superstorm Sandy. Fiscal 2015 includes a charge to write-off all remaining insurance receivables related to Superstorm Sandy of $1,340,000 (net of tax) and a tax benefit of $6,452,000 related to settlement of the New Jersey tax dispute, net of interest and penalties accrued in fiscal 2015 prior to settlement.  Excluding these items from both periods, net income decreased 14% in the nine-month period of fiscal 2016 compared to the prior year primarily due to a lower gross profit percentage and higher operating and administrative expense.

Village Super Market operates a chain of 29 supermarkets under the ShopRite name in New Jersey, Maryland and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Forward Looking Statements

All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included in this Press Release are or may be considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities law. The Company cautions the reader that there is no assurance that actual results or business conditions will not differ materially from future results, whether expressed, suggested or implied by such forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect developments or information obtained after the date hereof. The following are among the principal factors that could cause actual results to differ from the forward-looking statements: economic conditions; competitive pressures from the Company's operating environment; the ability of the Company to maintain and improve its sales and margins; the ability to attract and retain qualified associates; the availability of new store locations; the availability of capital; the liquidity of the Company; the success of operating initiatives; consumer spending patterns; the impact of changing energy prices; increased cost of goods sold, including increased costs from the Company's principal supplier, Wakefern; disruptions or changes in Wakefern's operations; the results of litigation; the results of tax examinations; the results of union contract negotiations; competitive store openings and closings; the rate of return on pension assets; the success of establishing ShopRite's presence in the Maryland market; and other factors detailed herein and in the Company's filings with the SEC.

VILLAGE SUPER MARKET, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share amounts) (Unaudited)
 
  13 Weeks Ended   39 Weeks Ended
  April 23,  2016   April 25,  2015   April 23,  2016   April 25,  2015
               
Sales $ 387,905     $ 387,100     $ 1,197,603     $ 1,178,035  
               
Cost of sales 281,167     280,002     872,653     857,008  
               
Gross profit 106,738     107,098     324,950     321,027  
               
Operating and administrative expense 90,851     90,848     277,432     272,307  
               
Depreciation and amortization 5,822     5,676     17,840     17,573  
               
Operating income 10,065     10,574     29,678     31,147  
               
Interest expense (1,122 )   (1,133 )   (3,375 )   (3,404 )
               
Interest income 659     603     1,788     1,829  
               
Income before income taxes 9,602     10,044     28,091     29,572  
               
Income taxes 3,720     (3,162 )   11,495     5,884  
               
Net income $ 5,882     $ 13,206     $ 16,596     $ 23,688  
               
Net income per share:            
Class A common stock:              
Basic $ 0.47     $ 1.05     $ 1.31     $ 1.89  
Diluted $ 0.42     $ 0.93     $ 1.17     $ 1.68  
               
Class B common stock:              
Basic $ 0.30     $ 0.68     $ 0.85     $ 1.23  
Diluted $ 0.30     $ 0.68     $ 0.85     $ 1.22  
               
Gross profit as a % of sales 27.52 %   27.67 %   27.13 %   27.25 %
Operating and administrative expense as a % of sales 23.42 %   23.47 %   23.17 %   23.12 %

Contact:John Van Orden, CFO(973) 467-2200john.vanorden@wakefern.com