ASHEVILLE, N.C. – (February 6, 2015) – Ingles Markets, Incorporated (NASDAQ: IMKTA) today reported higher sales and net income for the three months ended December 27, 2014 compared with the three months ended December 28, 2013. First quarter net sales rose 2.1% to $964.5 million, an increase of $19.4 million over last year’s first quarter. Net income rose 57.7% and totaled $15.0 million for the quarter ended December 27, 2014.
Robert P. Ingle II, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “This year’s December quarter was stronger than last year’s in sales and profitability. We would like to thank all of our associates for their commitment and hard work in helping the Company achieve these results."
First Quarter Results
Net sales increased by 2.1% to $964.5 million for the three months ended December 27, 2014, from $945.1 million for the three months ended December 28, 2013. Comparable store sales (excluding gasoline), increased 2.3%. The number of customer transactions (excluding gasoline) decreased slightly, while the comparable average transaction size (excluding gasoline) increased 3.1% compared with the same quarter last year.
Gross profit for the December 2014 quarter was $224.4 million, or 23.3% of sales. Excluding gasoline sales, grocery segment gross profit as a percentage of sales increased 58 basis points in the first quarter of fiscal 2015 compared with the same fiscal 2014 period.
Operating and administrative expenses for the December 2014 quarter totaled $187.0 million. Operating expenses as a percentage of sales (excluding gasoline) were 22.8% and 21.9% for the December 2014 and December 2013 quarters, respectively.
Interest expense totaled $12.0 million for the three-month period ended December 27, 2014 compared with $11.8 million for the three-month period ended December 28, 2013. Total debt at the end of December 2014 was $970.4 million compared with $925.1 million at the end of December 2013.
Basic and diluted earnings per share for Class A Common Stock were $0.77 and $0.74, respectively, for the quarter ended December 27, 2014, compared with $0.44 and $0.42 per share, respectively, for the quarter ended December 28, 2013. Basic and diluted earnings per share for Class B Common Stock were each $0.70 for the quarter ended December 27, 2014, compared with $0.40 per basic and diluted Class B share for the quarter ended December 28, 2013.
Capital expenditures totaled $27.6 million for the December 2014 quarter, compared with $30.8 million for the December 2013 quarter. During the twelve months ended December 2014, the Company opened one new store, closed two stores, added five pharmacies and added 10 fuel centers. Total fiscal 2015 capital expenditures are expected to be between $100 million and $140 million.
The Company currently has lines of credit totaling $175.0 million, of which $98.5 million is currently available. The Company believes its financial resources, including these lines 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.
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 2014 Form 10-K.
Ingles Markets, Incorporated is a leading supermarket chain with operations in six southeastern states. Headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, the Company operates 202 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 www.ingles-markets.com.
Ingles Markets, Incorporated - Post Office Box 6676, Asheville, NC 28816