Village Super Market, Inc. Reports Results For The First Quarter Ended October 28, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, N.J., Dec. 05, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Village Super Market, Inc. (NASDAQ:VLGEA) today reported its results of operations for the first quarter ended October 28, 2017.

Net income was $3,016,000 in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to $4,109,000 in the first quarter of the prior year.  Net income decreased 27% in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to the prior year due primarily to a same store sales decrease and higher operating and administrative expenses. 

Sales were $386,474,000 in the first quarter of fiscal 2018, a decrease of 0.8% compared to the first quarter of the prior year.  Same store sales decreased 0.8% due primarily to four competitor store openings. Although the Company cannot accurately determine the precise impact of inflation or deflation on operations due to changes in product mix, customer buying patterns and competitive factors, we estimate that product prices experienced slight inflation as increases in most departments were offset partially by deflation in the pharmacy and meat departments. The Company expects same store sales in fiscal 2018 to range from a 2.0% decrease to flat. 

Gross profit as a percentage of sales increased to 26.88% in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to 26.85% in the first quarter of the prior year primarily due to a favorable change in product mix and increased departmental gross margin percentages partially offset by increased warehouse assessment charges from Wakefern and increased promotional spending.

Operating and administrative expense as a percentage of sales increased to 23.88% in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to 23.39% in the first quarter of the prior year due primarily to increased payroll costs. Payroll costs increased due primarily to reduced operating leverage as a result of the same store sales decrease and investments in service departments and training initiatives. 

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
  October 28,  2017   October 29,  2016
       
Sales $ 386,474     $ 389,692  
       
Cost of sales 282,595     285,044  
       
Gross profit 103,879     104,648  
       
Operating and administrative expense 92,292     91,131  
       
Depreciation and amortization 6,235     6,063  
       
Operating income 5,352     7,454  
       
Interest expense (1,105 )   (1,117 )
       
Interest income 900     688  
       
Income before income taxes 5,147     7,025  
       
Income taxes 2,131     2,916  
       
Net income $ 3,016     $ 4,109  
       
Net income per share:    
Class A common stock:      
Basic $ 0.23     $ 0.32  
Diluted $ 0.21     $ 0.29  
       
Class B common stock:      
Basic $ 0.15     $ 0.21  
Diluted $ 0.15     $ 0.21  
       
Gross profit as a % of sales 26.88 %   26.85 %
Operating and administrative expense as a % of sales 23.88 %   23.39 %

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

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