Ingles Markets, Incorporated Reports Results for Third Quarter and First Nine Months of Fiscal 2021

Aug 5, 2021 | 7:30 am

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Ingles Markets, Incorporated (NASDAQ: IMKTA) today reported increased sales and net income for the three and nine months ended June 26, 2021.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic was declared a national emergency on March 13, 2020. The pandemic has had a significant impact on the Company’s operations since then. At this time the Company cannot predict the impact of the pandemic on future periods.

Robert P. Ingle II, Chairman of the Board, stated, "We continue to respond well to ongoing challenges with labor supply as well as some disruptions to product availability and distribution. We appreciate the hard work and dedication of our associates to maintain high levels of customer service in the face of these challenges."

 

Third Quarter Results

Net sales totaled $1.28 billion for the quarter ended June 26, 2021, an increase of 7.4% compared with $1.19 billion for the quarter ended June 27, 2020.

Gross profit for the June 2021 quarter totaled $337.5 million, or 26.4% of sales. Gross profit for the June 2020 quarter was $324.7 million, or 27.3% of sales.

Operating and administrative expenses for the June 2021 quarter totaled $239.4 million compared with $234.6 million for the June 2020 quarter. Most of the increase was due to higher costs incurred to support increased sales.

Interest expense totaled $5.5 million for the three-month period ended June 26, 2021, compared with $9.7 million for the three-month period ended June 27, 2020. In June 2021, the Company issued $350 million of 4.00% Senior Notes due in 2031. Proceeds were used to redeem in July 2021 the remaining $295 million of 5.75% Senior Notes due in 2023. The Company continues to reduce higher rate debt and has refinanced debt at lower rates over the past twelve months.

Net income totaled $72.0 million for the three-month period ended June 26, 2021, compared with $62.8 million for the three-month period ended June 27, 2020. Basic and diluted earnings per share for Class A Common Stock were $3.88 and $3.79, respectively, for the quarter ended June 26, 2021, compared with $3.18 and $3.10, respectively, for the quarter ended June 27, 2020. Basic and diluted earnings per share for Class B Common Stock were each $3.52 for the quarter ended June 26, 2021, and $2.89 for the quarter ended June 27, 2020.

 

Nine Month Results

Net sales totaled $3.65 billion for the nine months ended June 26, 2021, an increase of 7.0% compared with $3.41 billion for the nine months ended June 27, 2020.

Gross profit for the nine months ended June 26, 2021, totaled $962.2 million, or 26.3% of sales. Gross profit for the nine months ended June 27, 2020, totaled $873.8 million, or 25.6% of sales.

Operating and administrative expenses totaled $714.5 million for the nine months ended June 26, 2021, and $685.0 million for the nine months ended June 27, 2020. Increased labor and other pandemic-related costs accounted for most of the increase.

Interest expense decreased to $18.1 million for the nine-month period ended June 26, 2021, compared with $31.8 million for the nine-month period ended June 27, 2020. Over the past twelve months the Company has reduced or refinanced higher rate debt. Market interest rates have also decreased, reducing the cost of some of the Company’s debt.

Net income totaled $178.0 million for the nine-month period ended June 26, 2021, compared with $120.7 million for the nine-month period ended June 27, 2020. Basic and diluted earnings per share for Class A Common Stock were $9.22 and $8.98, respectively, for the nine months ended June 26, 2021, compared with $6.13 and $5.96, respectively, for the nine months ended June 27, 2020. Basic and diluted earnings per share for Class B Common Stock were each $8.38 for the nine months ended June 26, 2021, compared with $5.57 of basic and diluted earnings per share for the nine months ended June 27, 2020.

Capital expenditures for the June 2021 nine-month period totaled $108.0 million, compared with $78.9 million for the June 2020 nine-month period. Capital expenditures are focused on stores that have already opened this fiscal year as well as stores scheduled to open later. The Company also continues to make ongoing improvements to the existing store base. Capital expenditures for the entire fiscal year are expected to be approximately $120 million to $140 million.

The Company currently has full availability under its $150.0 million line of credit. The Company believes its financial resources, including the line of credit and other internal and anticipated external sources of funds, will be sufficient to meet planned capital expenditures, debt service and working capital requirements for the foreseeable future.

Ingles continues to provide additional pandemic support to its communities, including increased donations to local food banks and purchases from local vendors.

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The comments in this press release contain certain forward-looking statements. Ingles undertakes no obligation to publicly release any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law. Ingles’ actual results may differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of, Ingles. Factors that may affect results include changes in business and economic conditions generally in Ingles’ operating area, pricing pressures, increased competitive efforts by others in Ingles’ marketing areas and the availability of financing for capital improvements. A more detailed discussion of these factors may be found in reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its 2020 Form 10-K and 2021 Forms 10-Q.

Ingles Markets, Incorporated is a leading supermarket chain with operations in six southeastern states. Headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, the Company operates 198 supermarkets. In conjunction with its supermarket operations, the Company operates neighborhood shopping centers, most of which contain an Ingles supermarket. The Company also owns a fluid dairy facility that supplies Company supermarkets and unaffiliated customers. The Company's Class A Common Stock is traded on The NASDAQ Stock Market's Global Select Market under the symbol IMKTA. For more information, visit Ingles' website at www.ingles-markets.com.