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Sales And Customer Counts Up At Stater Bros. -- First Quarter 2013 Results

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Jack H. Brown, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Stater Bros. Holdings Inc. announced financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 which ended on December 30, 2012.

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The Company's sales increased 0.83% in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to the same period of the prior year.  Like store sales also increased $8.0 million or 0.83% for the thirteen weeks ended December 30, 2012 compared to the thirteen weeks ended December 25, 2011.  Consolidated sales in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 were $968.7 million compared to $960.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2012.

Customer counts increased over 250,000 in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to the same period of the prior year.

Gross profit margins for the thirteen weeks ended December 30, 2012 were 25.88% of sales compared to the thirteen weeks ended December 25, 2011 gross profit margin of 27.03% of sales.

The Company reported net income for the thirteen week first quarter ended December 30, 2012 of $5.4 million compared to net income for the thirteen week first quarter ended December 25, 2011 of $9.0 million.

Brown said, "The decline in net income was primarily due to a lower gross profit margin in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2012 as a result of our commitment to keep prices low, to the extent possible, to help our 'Valued Customers' weather these tough economic times which resulted in increasing our customer counts by 250,000 in the quarter. 

"The Company has made a conscious decision to not pass on all of the costs of inflation that we have experienced.

"The unemployment rate in our marketing area of 10.9% continues to be higher than the national average of 7.8% and State of California average of 9.8%. 

"Since the beginning of this economic crisis, we have maintained a policy of retaining and growing customer counts by providing value and superior service to our customers.  We feel it is important to retain our customers so when the economy does finally turn around they will still be shopping at their local Stater Bros. Supermarket."

Stater Bros. is the largest privately owned Supermarket Chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County, with annual sales in 2012 of $3.9 billion.  The Company currently operates 167 Supermarkets, and there are over 18,000 members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family. 

STATER BROS ... PROUDLY SERVING SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FAMILIES FOR 77 YEARS

CONTACT: Dave Harris, Senior Vice President Finance, Chief Financial Officer, +1-909-733-5080

 

STATER BROS. HOLDINGS INC.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

(In thousands)

Unaudited








13 Weeks


13 Weeks



Ended


Ended



12/25/11


12/30/12

Sales

$ 960,724


$ 968,744






Gross profit

259,681


250,729






Operating expenses:





Selling, general and administrative expenses

221,871


220,079


Gain on sale of property and equipment

(639)


(1,933)


Depreciation and amortization

11,412


11,683

Total operating expenses

232,644


229,829






Operating profit

27,037


20,900






Interest income

36


23

Interest expense

(11,949)


(11,809)






Income before income taxes

15,124


9,114






Income taxes

6,114


3,665






Net income

$     9,010


$     5,449

 

STATER BROS. HOLDINGS INC.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

Unaudited










09/30/12


12/30/12

Assets





Current assets






Cash and cash equivalents

$    219,800


$    189,018



Receivables, net

47,902


49,153



Inventories

229,117


254,073



Other

46,340


44,107








Total current assets

543,159


536,351








Property and equipment, net

607,504


600,223








Deferred debt issuance costs, net

8,397


7,838


Other

49,262


51,358







Total assets

$ 1,208,322


$ 1,195,770













Liabilities and stockholder's equity





Current liabilities






Accounts payable

$    147,544


$    153,008



Accrued expenses and other liabilities

165,951


146,383



Current portion of long-term debt

12,661


14,468








Total current liabilities

326,156


313,859








Long-term debt, less current portion

633,521


629,896


Capital lease obligations, less current portion

1,186


897


Other long-term liabilities

164,837


168,047








Total stockholder's equity

82,622


83,071







Total liabilities and stockholder's equity

$ 1,208,322


$ 1,195,770

SOURCE Stater Bros. Holdings Inc.

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