The Pantry Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2012 Financial Results

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The Pantry Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2012 Financial Results

CARY, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Pantry, Inc. (NAS: PTRY) , a leading independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern U.S., today announced financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and year ended September 27, 2012.

Fourth Quarter Summary:

  • Net loss was $4.8million or $0.21per share. This compares to net income of $3.3 million or $0.15 per diluted share in last year's fourth quarter. Excluding the impact of impairment charges and loss on extinguishment of debt, net loss for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 was $2.0 million or $0.09 per share, compared to earnings per share of $0.37 in the prior year (see reconciliation below).
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $52.8 million, compared to $64.4 million a year ago.
  • Fuel gross profit was $44.0 million, compared to $64.4 million a year ago; retail fuel margin per gallon was $0.095 compared to $0.135 a year ago; comparable store fuel gallons sold decreased 2.6%.
  • Comparable store merchandise revenue increased 3.3%; excluding cigarettes,comparable store merchandise revenue increased 6.1%.
  • Merchandise gross margin was 34.6%, compared to 33.8% a year ago.
  • Store operating and general and administrative expenses were $153.7 million, compared to $157.7 million a year ago.
  • Net cash provided by operating activities was $28.5 million, compared to $71.6 million a year ago.

Fiscal Year 2012 Summary:

  • Net loss was $2.5million or $0.11per share. This compares to net income of $9.8 million or $0.44 per diluted share last year. Excluding the impact of impairment charges and loss on extinguishment of debt, net income for fiscal 2012 was $4.7 million or $0.21 per share, compared to earnings per share of $0.78 in the prior year (see reconciliation below).
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $210.1 million, compared to $231.7 million in fiscal 2011.
  • Fuel gross profit was $210.3 million, compared to $257.1 million a year ago; retail fuel margin per gallon was $0.115 compared to $0.135 a year ago; comparable store fuel gallons sold decreased 3.1%.
  • Comparable store merchandise revenue increased 3.3%; excluding cigarettes, comparable store merchandise revenue increased 5.9%.
  • Merchandise gross margin was 33.7% compared to 33.9% in fiscal 2011.
  • Store operating and general and administrative expenses were $610.0 million, compared to $628.5 million a year ago.
  • Net cash provided by operating activities was $144.0 million, compared to $178.7 million in fiscal 2011.
  • Long-term debt was $563.4 million as of September 27, 2012, down $183.8 million since the end of fiscal 2011.

President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis G. Hatchell said, "We generated approximately $53 million of adjusted EBITDA during the fourth fiscal quarter of 2012, which was above the mid-range of our expectations. Our team continued to deliver strong store operating results aided by the 13% foodservice sales growth in comparable stores, which helped offset the challenging fuel cost environment."

Mr. Hatchell continued by saying, "For fiscal 2012, our comparable store merchandise sales were up 3.3%, up 5.9% excluding cigarettes, and we achieved our objective of bringing our fuel gallon volume more in line with industry trends. We are pleased to have completed a successful refinancing in August and to have reduced debt $184 million in fiscal 2012. As a result of the refinancing, we have addressed all of the company's significant near term debt maturities. We are also excited that Joe Venezia has joined us as Senior Vice President of Operations to focus on growing sales and improving store operations."

The Company believes its liquidity position will allow it to continue to execute its core strategic initiatives given the $89.2 million in cash on hand and $116.6 million in available capacity under its revolving credit facilities as of September 27, 2012.

Fiscal 2013 Outlook

The Company announced the following guidance ranges for its expected performance in fiscal 2013, which is a 52-week fiscal year:

        
   Q1 FY12  Q1 FY13 Guidance  FY12  FY13 Guidance
   

Actual

  

Low

 

High

  

Actual

  

Low

 

High

                 
Merchandise sales ($B)(1)  $0.428  $0.423 $0.433  $1.81  $1.83 $1.87
                 
Merchandise gross margin  33.2%  33.7% 34.2%  33.7%  33.7% 34.2%
                 
Retail fuel gallons (B)(1)  0.455  0.422 0.432  1.81  1.71 1.77
                 
Retail fuel margin per gallon  $0.122  $0.107 $0.127  $0.115  $0.115 $0.125
                 
Store operating and general and administrative expenses ($M)  $154  $148 $152  $610  $613 $625
                 
Depreciation & amortization ($M)  $27  $29 $30  $120  $115 $120
                 
Interest expense ($M) (2)  $21  $23 $24  $84  $89 $92
                 
Capital expenditures, net ($M)  $22  $17 $20  $55  $80 $95
                 
(1)Fiscal 2013 guidance assumes closure of 35 - 40 stores             
(2)Excludes loss on extinguishment of debt             
  

Conference Call

Interested parties are invited to listen to the fourth quarter earnings conference call scheduled for Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet and will be accessible through either the Investors section of the Company's website at www.thepantry.com or www.companyboardroom.com. An online archive will be available immediately following the call and will be accessible for 30 days.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA is defined by the Company as net income (loss) before interest expense, net, gain/loss on extinguishment of debt, income taxes, impairment charges and depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of operating performance or liquidity under generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America ("GAAP") and should not be considered as a substitute for net income, cash flows from operating activities or other income or cash flow statement data. The Company has included information concerning Adjusted EBITDA because it believes investors find this information useful as a reflection of the resources available for strategic opportunities including, among others, to invest in the Company's business, make strategic acquisitions and to service debt. Management also uses Adjusted EBITDA to review the performance of the Company's business directly resulting from its retail operations and for budgeting and compensation targets. Adjusted EBITDA does not include impairment of long-lived assets and other charges. The Company excluded the effect of impairment losses because it believes that including them in Adjusted EBITDA is not consistent with reflecting the ongoing performance of its remaining assets. Adjusted EBITDA does not include gain/loss on extinguishment of debt because it represents financing activities and is not indicative of the ongoing performance of the Company's remaining stores.

Net Income and Net Income Per Share Excluding Certain Items

In addition to net income and net income per share presented in accordance with GAAP, the Company has also presented net income and net income per share for the three and twelve months ended September 27, 2012 and September 29, 2011 excluding the after-tax impact of non-cash charges related to impairment and loss on extinguishment of debt. Management believes that investors find this information useful as a reflection of the Company's underlying operating performance and that this information facilitates comparisons between the Company and other companies in its industry. Management uses these measures as part of its preparation of operating plans, budgets and forecasts and in its assessment of the Company's historical performance.

Additional Information Regarding Non-GAAP Measures

Any measure that excludes interest expense, gain/loss on extinguishment of debt, depreciation and amortization, impairment charges, or income taxes has material limitations because the Company uses debt and lease financing in order to finance its operations and acquisitions, uses capital and intangible assets in its business and must pay income taxes as a necessary element of its operations. Due to these limitations, the Company uses non-GAAP measures in addition to and in conjunction with results and cash flows presented in accordance with GAAP. The Company strongly encourages investors to review its consolidated financial statements and publicly filed reports in their entirety and not to rely on any single financial measure.

Because non-GAAP financial measures are not standardized, the measures referenced above, each as defined by the Company, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. It therefore may not be possible to compare the Company's use of these measures with non-GAAP financial measures having the same or similar names used by other companies.

About The Pantry

Headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, The Pantry, Inc. is a leading independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern United States and one of the largest independently operated convenience store chains in the country. As of December 11, 2012, the Company operated 1,573 stores in thirteen states under select banners, including Kangaroo Express®, its primary operating banner. The Pantry's stores offer a broad selection of merchandise, as well as fuel and other ancillary services designed to appeal to the convenience needs of its customers.

Safe Harbor Statement

Statements made by the Company in this press release relating to future plans, events, or financial condition or performance are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can generally be identified by the use of words such as "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "intend," "outlook," "guidance," "believes," "should," "target," "goal," "forecast," "will," "may" or words of similar meaning. Forward-looking statements are likely to address matters such as the Company's anticipated sales, expenses, margins, tax rates, capital expenditures, profits, cash flows, liquidity and debt levels, as well as our pricing strategies and their anticipated impact and our expectations relating to the costs and benefits of our merchandising and store remodel initiatives. These forward-looking statements are based on the Company's current plans and expectations and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to vary materially from the results and events anticipated or implied by such forward-looking statements. Any number of factors could affect actual results and events, including, without limitation; the Company's ability to enhance its operating performance through its in-store initiatives and its store remodel program; fluctuations in domestic and global petroleum and fuel markets; realizing expected benefits from the Company's fuel supply agreements; changes in the competitive landscape of the convenience store industry, including fuel stations and other non-traditional retailers located in the Company's markets; the effect of national and regional economic conditions on the convenience store industry and the Company's markets; the global financial crisis and uncertainty in global economic conditions; wholesale cost increases of, and tax increases on, tobacco products; the effect of regional weather conditions and climate change on customer traffic and spending; legal, technological, political and scientific developments regarding climate change; financial difficulties of suppliers, including the Company's principal suppliers of fuel and merchandise, and their ability to continue to supply its stores; the Company's financial leverage and debt covenants; a disruption of our IT systems or a failure to protect sensitive customer, employee or vendor data; the ability of the Company to take advantage of expected synergies in connection with acquisitions; the actual operating results of new or acquired stores; the ability of the Company to divest non-core assets; environmental risks associated with selling petroleum products; and governmental laws and regulations, including those relating to the environment and the impact of mandated health care laws. These and other risk factors are discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and in its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release are based on the Company's estimates and plans as of December 11, 2012. While the Company may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, it specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.

 
The Pantry, Inc.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Selected Financial Data
(In thousands, except per share and per gallon amounts, margin data and store count)
    
Three Months EndedTwelve Months Ended
September 27, 2012September 29, 2011September 27, 2012September 29, 2011
(13 weeks)(13 weeks)(26 weeks)(26 weeks)
Revenues:
Merchandise$469,537$466,308$1,809,288$1,778,819
Fuel 1,621,443  1,712,907  6,443,955  6,359,681 
Total revenues 2,090,980  2,179,215  8,253,243  8,138,500 
Costs and operating expenses:
Merchandise cost of goods sold307,028308,6191,199,4531,175,630
Fuel cost of goods sold1,577,3961,648,5076,233,6386,102,607
Store operating129,698134,987512,782524,357
General and administrative24,05322,72997,244104,178
Asset impairment1,5148,3386,25712,555
Depreciation and amortization 33,231  29,265  119,672  117,025 
Total costs and operating expenses 2,072,920  2,152,445  8,169,046  8,036,352 
Income from operations 18,060  26,770  84,197  102,148 
Other expenses:
Loss on extinguishment of debt2,993155,53215
Interest expense, net 22,936  22,177  84,219  87,491 
Total other expenses 25,929  22,192  89,751  87,506 
Income (loss) before income taxes(7,869)4,578(5,554)14,642
Income tax (expense) benefit 3,094  (1,249) 3,007  (4,827)
Net income (loss)$(4,775)$3,329 $(2,547)$9,815 
Loss per share:
Earnings (loss) per diluted share$(0.21)$0.15$(0.11)$0.44
Shares outstanding22,60022,56122,56922,529
 
Selected financial data:
Adjusted EBITDA$52,805$64,373$210,126$231,728
Payments made for lease finance obligations$13,272$12,669$51,797$49,208
Merchandise gross profit$162,509$157,689$609,835$603,189
Merchandise margin34.6%33.8%33.7%33.9%
Retail fuel data:
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