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 Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. Reports Results For Fiscal 2015 Fourth Quarter And Full Year
   Wednesday, April 06, 2016 4:15:00 PM ET

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (BBBY ) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of fiscal 2015 ended February 27, 2016.

Fourth Quarter Results

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company reported net earnings of $1.91 per diluted share ($303.5 million) compared with $1.80 per diluted share ($321.1 million) for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014. Net earnings per diluted share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 includes approximately $.06 per diluted share of a net benefit for certain non-recurring items, including a favorable state audit settlement. Net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 were approximately $3.4 billion, an increase of approximately 2.4% from net sales of approximately $3.3 billion reported in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014. Net sales on a constant currency basis (a non-GAAP measure) increased by approximately 2.8% for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015. Comparable sales in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 increased by approximately 1.7%, compared with an increase of approximately 3.7% in last year’s fiscal fourth quarter. Comparable sales on a constant currency basis (a non-GAAP measure) increased by 2.1% for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015. Comparable sales from customer-facing digital channels grew in excess of 25% while comparable sales from stores were relatively flat during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.

Fiscal 2015 Full Year Results

For the fiscal full year, the Company reported net earnings of $5.10 per diluted share ($841.5 million) compared with $5.07 per diluted share ($957.5 million) in the corresponding period a year ago. Net earnings per diluted share for the fiscal full year includes approximately $.06 per diluted share of a net benefit for certain non-recurring items. Net sales for fiscal 2015 were approximately $12.1 billion, an increase of approximately 1.9% from net sales of approximately $11.9 billion in fiscal 2014. Net sales on a constant currency basis increased by approximately 2.3% for fiscal 2015. Comparable sales increased by approximately 1.0% for fiscal 2015, compared with an increase of approximately 2.4% in fiscal 2014. Comparable sales on a constant currency basis increased by approximately 1.4% for fiscal 2015.

"We are pleased to have completed another successful year," said Steven H. Temares, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. "Our fiscal 2015 financial performance reflects the benefit of the significant investments in our business, steady progress on our strategic initiatives, and the return of more than $1.1 billion to our shareholders through share repurchase."

Temares added, "We reported fiscal 2015 net earnings per diluted share of $5.10 including a $.06 net benefit for certain non-recurring items. Excluding this net benefit, we were at $5.04, which marks the fourth year in a row that we have been in this four-and-a-half to just over five dollar range since we entered a heavy investment phase several years ago, and we believe we can again achieve earnings per share at the high end of this range this year and, in the event our comp is higher than the 1% to 2% range we’re modeling, exceed it."

Capital Allocation

In recognition of the Company’s strong cash flow generation, and confidence in the business, as well as to provide a more balanced approach to returning value to shareholders, the Company’s Board of Directors has authorized today a quarterly dividend program, and declared an initial quarterly dividend of $.125 per share, to be paid on July 19, 2016 to shareholders of record as of June 17, 2016.

During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company repurchased approximately $327 million of its common stock, representing approximately 7.0 million shares. The Company completed its $2.0 billion share repurchase program and began repurchasing shares under its new $2.5 billion authorization during the quarter. This new authorization was approved by the Board in September 2015, and had a remaining balance of approximately $2.3 billion as of February 27, 2016.

Fiscal 2016 Outlook

The Company provided fiscal 2016 full-year modeling assumptions during its fourth quarter and full year fiscal 2015 quarterly conference call. Information regarding access to the call is available in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website, www.bedbathandbeyond.com.

About the Company

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. and subsidiaries (the "Company") is a retailer selling a wide assortment of domestics merchandise and home furnishings which operates under the names Bed Bath & Beyond, Christmas Tree Shops, Christmas Tree Shops andThat! or andThat!, Harmon or Harmon Face Values, buybuy BABY and World Market, Cost Plus World Market or Cost Plus. Customers can purchase products from the Company either in-store, online, with a mobile device or through a contact center. The Company has the developing ability to have customer purchases picked up in-store or shipped direct to the customer from the Company’s distribution facilities, stores or vendors. In addition, the Company operates Of a Kind, an e-commerce website that features specially commissioned, limited edition items from emerging fashion and home designers. The Company also operates Linen Holdings, a provider of a variety of textile products, amenities and other goods to institutional customers in the hospitality, cruise line, healthcare and other industries. Additionally, the Company is a partner in a joint venture which operates retail stores in Mexico under the name Bed Bath & Beyond.

The Company operates websites at bedbathandbeyond.com, worldmarket.com, buybuybaby.com, christmastreeshops.com, harmondiscount.com, and ofakind.com. As of February 27, 2016, the Company had a total of 1,530 stores, including 1,020 Bed Bath & Beyond stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada, 276 stores under the names of World Market, Cost Plus World Market or Cost Plus, 105 buybuy BABY stores, 78 stores under the names Christmas Tree Shops, Christmas Tree Shops andThat! or andThat!, and 51 stores under the names Harmon or Harmon Face Values. During the fiscal fourth quarter, the Company opened one Bed Bath & Beyond store, five buybuy BABY stores, two Cost Plus World Market stores and one Harmon store, and closed three Bed Bath & Beyond stores and two Cost Plus World Market stores. In addition, the Company is a partner in a joint venture which operates seven stores in Mexico under the name Bed Bath & Beyond.

Non-GAAP Information

This press release contains certain non-GAAP information, such as net sales on a constant currency basis, which is intended to provide visibility into the Company’s operations by excluding the effects of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements. Many of these forward-looking statements can be identified by use of words such as may, will, expect, anticipate, approximate, estimate, assume, continue, model, project, plan, and similar words and phrases. The Company’s actual results and future financial condition may differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements as a result of many factors. Such factors include, without limitation: general economic conditions including the housing market, a challenging overall macroeconomic environment and related changes in the retailing environment; consumer preferences, spending habits and adoption of new technologies; demographics and other macroeconomic factors that may impact the level of spending for the types of merchandise sold by the Company; civil disturbances and terrorist acts; unusual weather patterns and natural disasters; competition from existing and potential competitors; competition from other channels of distribution; pricing pressures; liquidity; the ability to attract and retain qualified employees in all areas of the organization; the cost of labor, merchandise and other costs and expenses; potential supply chain disruption due to political instability, labor disturbances, product recalls, financial or operational instability of suppliers or carriers, and other items; the ability to find suitable locations at acceptable occupancy costs and other terms to support the Company’s plans for new stores; the ability to assess and implement technologies in support of the Company’s development of its omnichannel capabilities; uncertainty in financial markets; disruptions to the Company’s information technology systems including but not limited to security breaches of systems protecting consumer and employee information; reputational risk arising from challenges to the Company’s or a third party supplier’s compliance with various laws, regulations or standards, including those related to labor, health, safety, privacy or the environment; reputational risk arising from third-party merchandise or service vendor performance in direct home delivery or assembly of product for customers; changes to statutory, regulatory and legal requirements; new, or developments in existing, litigation, claims or assessments; changes to, or new, tax laws or interpretation of existing tax laws; changes to, or new, accounting standards; foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; and the integration of acquired businesses. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update its forward-looking statements.

BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Earnings
(in thousands, except per share data)
                                                           Three Months Ended                  Twelve Months Ended
                                                           February 27,      February 28,      February 27,       February 28,
                                                           2016              2015              2016               2015
                                                           (unaudited)       (unaudited)       (unaudited)
   Net sales                                               $      3,417,892  $      3,336,593  $      12,103,887  $      11,881,176
   Cost of sales                                                  2,097,976         2,010,718         7,483,577          7,261,397
                Gross profit                                      1,319,916         1,325,875         4,620,310          4,619,779
   Selling, general and administrative expenses                   821,334           793,707           3,205,407          3,065,486
                Operating profit                                  498,582           532,168           1,414,903          1,554,293
   Interest expense, net                                          24,452            19,267            87,458             50,458
                Earnings before provision for income taxes        474,130           512,901           1,327,445          1,503,835
   Provision for income taxes                                     170,586           191,840           485,956            546,361
                Net earnings                               $      303,544    $      321,061    $      841,489     $      957,474
   Net earnings per share - Basic                          $      1.93       $      1.83       $      5.15        $      5.13
   Net earnings per share - Diluted                        $      1.91       $      1.80       $      5.10        $      5.07
   Weighted average shares outstanding - Basic                    157,228           175,764           163,257            186,659
   Weighted average shares outstanding - Diluted                  158,717           178,135           165,016            188,880
BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
                                                                                  February 27,        February 28,
                                                                                  2016                2015
                                                                                  (unaudited)
    Assets
    Current assets:
                Cash and cash equivalents                                         $      515,573      $      875,574
                Short term investment securities                                         86,197              109,992
                Merchandise inventories                                                  2,848,119           2,731,881
                Other current assets                                                     376,073             366,156
                Total current assets                                                     3,825,962           4,083,603
    Long term investment securities                                                      71,289              97,160
    Property and equipment, net                                                          1,725,043           1,676,700
    Goodwill                                                                             487,169             486,279
    Other assets                                                                         389,477             415,251
                                                                                  $      6,498,940    $      6,758,993
    Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
    Current liabilities:
                Accounts payable                                                  $      1,100,958    $      1,156,368
                Accrued expenses and other current liabilities                           409,445             403,547
                Merchandise credit and gift card liabilities                             297,930             306,160
                Current income taxes payable                                             58,892              76,606
                Total current liabilities                                                1,867,225           1,942,681
    Deferred rent and other liabilities                                                  499,368             493,137
    Income taxes payable                                                                 72,807              79,985
    Long term debt                                                                       1,500,000           1,500,000
                Total liabilities                                                        3,939,400           4,015,803
    Shareholders’ equity:
                Preferred stock - $0.01 par value; authorized - 1,000
                shares; no shares issued or outstanding                                  -                   -
                Common stock - $0.01 par value; authorized - 900,000 shares;
                issued 337,613 and 336,667 shares, respectively;
                outstanding 156,690 and 174,178 shares, respectively                     3,377               3,367
                Additional paid-in capital                                               1,884,813           1,796,692
                Retained earnings                                                        10,394,865          9,553,376
                Treasury stock, at cost; 180,923 and 162,489 shares, respectively        (9,668,517)         (8,567,932)
                Accumulated other comprehensive loss                                     (54,998)            (42,313)
    Total shareholders’ equity                                                           2,559,540           2,743,190
                                                                                  $      6,498,940    $      6,758,993
BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
                                                                                     Twelve Months Ended
                                                                                     February 27,        February 28,
                                                                                     2016                2015
                                                                                     (unaudited)
       Cash Flows from Operating Activities:
               Net earnings                                                          $      841,489      $      957,474
               Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash
                          provided by operating activities:
                          Depreciation and amortization                                     273,947             239,193
                          Stock-based compensation                                          66,965              66,539
                          Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation                  (10,370)            (14,561)
                          Deferred income taxes                                             56,997              (22,295)
                          Other                                                             398                 (2,244)
                          (Increase) decrease in assets:
                          Merchandise inventories                                           (121,748)           (161,506)
                          Trading investment securities                                     (2,270)             (9,530)
                          Other current assets                                              (16,171)            19,012
                          Other assets                                                      (27,904)            (254)
                          (Decrease) increase in liabilities:
                          Accounts payable                                                  (48,148)            44,563
                          Accrued expenses and other current liabilities                    6,694               18,494
                          Merchandise credit and gift card liabilities                      (7,872)             22,520
                          Income taxes payable                                              (15,036)            17,656
                          Deferred rent and other liabilities                               15,213              3,428
               Net cash provided by operating activities                                    1,012,184           1,178,489
       Cash Flows from Investing Activities:
               Purchase of held-to-maturity investment securities                           (103,017)           (298,094)
               Redemption of held-to-maturity investment securities                         126,875             677,500
               Redemption of available-for-sale investment securities                       28,905              -
               Capital expenditures                                                         (328,395)           (330,637)
               Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities                          (275,632)           48,769
       Cash Flows from Financing Activities:
               Proceeds from exercise of stock options                                      9,109               41,197
               Proceeds from issuance of senior unsecured notes                             -                   1,500,000
               Payment of deferred financing costs                                          -                   (10,092)
               Payment of other liabilities                                                 (7,646)             -
               Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation                             10,370              14,561
               Repurchase of common stock, including fees                                   (1,100,585)         (2,250,597)
               Net cash used in financing activities                                        (1,088,752)         (704,931)
               Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents                 (7,801)             (13,269)
               Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents                         (360,001)           509,058
       Cash and cash equivalents:
               Beginning of period                                                          875,574             366,516
               End of period                                                         $      515,573      $      875,574
Certain reclassifications have been made to the fiscal 2014 cash flows to conform
to the fiscal 2015 consolidated cash flows presentation.

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