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 Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. Reports Results For Fiscal 2016 Fourth Quarter And Full Year
   Wednesday, April 05, 2017 4:15:00 PM ET

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (BBBY ) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of fiscal 2016 ended February 25, 2017.

Fiscal 2016 Fourth Quarter Results

For the fiscal fourth quarter, the Company reported net earnings of $1.84 per diluted share ($268.7 million) compared with $1.91 per diluted share ($303.5 million) for the fiscal 2015 fourth quarter, which included approximately $.06 per diluted share of a net benefit for certain non-recurring items. Net sales for the fiscal 2016 fourth quarter were approximately $3.5 billion, an increase of approximately 3.4% from net sales of approximately $3.4 billion reported in the fiscal 2015 fourth quarter. Comparable sales in the fiscal 2016 fourth quarter increased by approximately 0.4%, compared with an increase of approximately 1.7% in last year’s fiscal fourth quarter. Comparable sales from customer-facing digital channels grew in excess of 20% while comparable sales from stores declined in the low single-digit percentage range during the fiscal 2016 fourth quarter.

Fiscal 2016 Full Year Results

For the fiscal full year, the Company reported net earnings of $4.58 per diluted share ($685.1 million) compared with $5.10 per diluted share ($841.5 million) in the corresponding period a year ago which included approximately $.06 per diluted share of a net benefit for certain non-recurring items. Net sales for fiscal 2016 were approximately $12.2 billion, an increase of approximately 0.9% from net sales of approximately $12.1 billion in fiscal 2015. Comparable sales for the fiscal full year decreased by approximately 0.6% for fiscal 2016 compared with an increase of approximately 1.0% in fiscal 2015. Comparable sales from customer-facing digital channels grew in excess of 20% while comparable sales from stores declined in the low single-digit percentage range for the fiscal full year.

Steven H. Temares, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. stated, "During fiscal 2016, we made significant investments to evolve our Company and advance our mission to be trusted by our customers as the expert for the home and ’heart-related’ life events by continuing to build and deliver a strong foundation of differentiated products, and services and solutions for customers, while driving operational excellence."

Capital Allocation

As a reflection of the long-term health of the business, and commitment to creating shareholder value, the Company’s Board of Directors today declared an increase in the quarterly dividend to $.15 per share. The increased quarterly dividend is payable on July 18, 2017 to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 16, 2017.

During the fiscal 2016 fourth quarter, the Company repurchased approximately $171 million of its common stock, representing approximately 4.1 million shares, under its existing $2.5 billion share repurchase program. As of February 25, 2017, the program had a remaining balance of approximately $1.7 billion, and is expected to be completed sometime in fiscal 2020.

Fiscal 2017 Outlook

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.’s conference call with analysts and investors will be held today at 5:00 pm EDT. During this call, the Company plans to review certain of its financial planning assumptions for fiscal 2017.

Based on these planning assumptions, Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. is modeling a decline in net earnings per diluted share in the percentage range of low-single digits to 10 percent for fiscal 2017.

Fiscal 2016 Fourth Quarter Conference Call

The Company’s fiscal 2016 fourth quarter conference call may be accessed by dialing 1-888-771-4371, or if international, 847-585-4405, using conference ID number 44538918. The replay of the call can be accessed by dialing 1-888-843-7419, using conference ID number 44538918. The call and replay can also be accessed via audio webcast on the investor relations section of our website at 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, Harmon Face Values or 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 generally has the 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; One Kings Lane, an authority in home d?cor and design offering a unique collection of select home goods, designer and vintage items; PersonalizationMall.com, an industry-leading online retailer of personalized products; Chef Central, an online retailer of kitchenware, cookware and homeware items catering to cooking and baking enthusiasts; and Decorist, an online interior design platform that provides personalized home design services. 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, bedbathandbeyond.ca, worldmarket.com, buybuybaby.com, buybuybaby.ca, christmastreeshops.com, harmondiscount.com, ofakind.com, onekingslane.com, personalizationmall.com, chefcentral.com, decorist.com, harborlinen.com and t-ygroup.com. As of February 25, 2017, the Company had a total of 1,546 stores, including 1,023 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, 113 buybuy BABY stores, 80 stores under the names Christmas Tree Shops, Christmas Tree Shops andThat! or andThat!, and 54 stores under the names Harmon, Harmon Face Values or Face Values. During the fiscal fourth quarter, the Company opened two Bed Bath & Beyond stores, two World Market stores, two buybuy BABY stores, two Harmon Face Values stores, and one andThat! store, and closed four World Market stores. In addition, the Company is a partner in a joint venture which operates eight stores in Mexico under the name Bed Bath & Beyond.

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 trade restrictions, 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; the ability to establish and profitably maintain the appropriate mix of digital and physical presence in the markets it serves; 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, including without limitation proposed changes affecting international trade; changes to, or new, tax laws or interpretation of existing tax laws, including without limitation the proposed border adjustment tax; new, or developments in existing, litigation, claims or assessments; 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)
(unaudited)
                                                                  Three Months Ended                  Twelve Months Ended
                                                                  February 25,      February 27,      February 25,       February 27,
                                                                  2017              2016              2017               2016
Net sales                                                         $      3,533,954  $      3,417,892  $      12,215,757  $      12,103,887
Cost of sales                                                            2,190,863         2,097,976         7,639,407          7,483,577
                       Gross profit                                      1,343,091         1,319,916         4,576,350          4,620,310
Selling, general and administrative expenses                             913,163           821,334           3,441,140          3,205,407
                       Operating profit                                  429,928           498,582           1,135,210          1,414,903
Interest expense, net                                                    16,787            24,452            69,555             87,458
                       Earnings before provision for income taxes        413,141           474,130           1,065,655          1,327,445
Provision for income taxes                                               144,411           170,586           380,547            485,956
                       Net earnings                               $      268,730    $      303,544    $      685,108     $      841,489
Net earnings per share - Basic                                    $      1.86       $      1.93       $      4.61        $      5.15
Net earnings per share - Diluted                                  $      1.84       $      1.91       $      4.58        $      5.10
Weighted average shares outstanding - Basic                              144,835           157,228           148,590            163,257
Weighted average shares outstanding - Diluted                            145,981           158,717           149,708            165,016
Dividends declared per share                                      $      0.125      $      -          $      0.500       $      -
BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, unaudited)
                                                                                     February 25,                                         February 27,
                                                                                     2017                                                 2016
Assets
Current assets:
                   Cash and cash equivalents                                         $                         488,329                    $                         515,573
                   Short term investment securities                                                            -                                                    86,197
                   Merchandise inventories                                                                     2,905,660                                            2,848,119
                   Other current assets                                                                        416,755                                              376,073
                   Total current assets                                                                        3,810,744                                            3,825,962
Long term investment securities                                                                                89,592                                               71,289
Property and equipment, net                                                                                    1,837,129                                            1,725,043
Goodwill                                                                                                       655,085                                              487,169
Other assets                                                                                                   453,479                                              380,614
                                                                                     $                         6,846,029                  $                         6,490,077
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
Current liabilities:
                   Accounts payable                                                  $                         1,179,088                  $                         1,100,958
                   Accrued expenses and other current liabilities                                              484,114                                              409,445
                   Merchandise credit and gift card liabilities                                                309,478                                              297,930
                   Current income taxes payable                                                                59,821                                               58,892
                   Total current liabilities                                                                   2,032,501                                            1,867,225
Deferred rent and other liabilities                                                                            534,677                                              499,368
Income taxes payable                                                                                           67,971                                               72,807
Long term debt                                                                                                 1,491,603                                            1,491,137
                   Total liabilities                                                                           4,126,752                                            3,930,537
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 339,533 and 337,613 shares, respectively;
                   outstanding 146,274 and 156,690 shares, respectively                                        3,395                                                3,377
                   Additional paid-in capital                                                                  1,974,781                                            1,884,813
                   Retained earnings                                                                           11,003,890                                           10,394,865
                   Treasury stock, at cost; 193,259 and 180,923 shares, respectively                           (10,215,539)                                         (9,668,517)
                   Accumulated other comprehensive loss                                                        (47,250)                                             (54,998)
Total shareholders’ equity                                                                                     2,719,277                                            2,559,540
                                                                                     $                         6,846,029                  $                         6,490,077
                   Certain reclassifications have been made to the Fiscal Year 2015 balance sheet to conform to the Fiscal Year 2016 consolidated balance sheet presentation.
BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands, unaudited)
                                                                                                               Twelve Months Ended
                                                                                                               February 25,      February 27,
                                                                                                               2017              2016
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:
             Net earnings                                                                                      $      685,108    $      841,489
             Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash
                                            provided by operating activities:
                                            Depreciation and amortization                                             290,914           273,947
                                            Stock-based compensation                                                  71,911            66,965
                                            Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation                          (1,483)           (10,370)
                                            Deferred income taxes                                                     24,878            56,997
                                            Other                                                                     (1,032)           398
                                            Increase in assets, net of effect of acquisitions:
                                            Merchandise inventories                                                   (38,493)          (121,748)
                                            Trading investment securities                                             (18,780)          (2,270)
                                            Other current assets                                                      (18,464)          (16,171)
                                            Other assets                                                              (14,480)          (27,904)
                                            Increase (decrease) in liabilities, net of effect of acquisitions:
                                            Accounts payable                                                          49,458            (48,148)
                                            Accrued expenses and other current liabilities                            (8,586)           6,694
                                            Merchandise credit and gift card liabilities                              11,390            (7,872)
                                            Income taxes payable                                                      (8,307)           (15,036)
                                            Deferred rent and other liabilities                                       17,754            15,213
             Net cash provided by operating activities                                                                1,041,788         1,012,184
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:
             Purchase of held-to-maturity investment securities                                                       -                 (103,017)
             Redemption of held-to-maturity investment securities                                                     86,240            126,875
             Redemption of available-for-sale investment securities                                                   -                 28,905
             Capital expenditures                                                                                     (373,574)         (328,395)
             Investment in unconsolidated joint venture                                                               (3,318)           -
             Payment for acquisitions, net of cash acquired                                                           (201,277)         -
             Net cash used in investing activities                                                                    (491,929)         (275,632)
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:
             Proceeds from exercise of stock options                                                                  20,424            9,109
             Payment of other liabilities                                                                             -                 (7,646)
             Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation                                                         1,483             10,370
             Payment of dividends                                                                                     (55,612)          -
             Repurchase of common stock, including fees                                                               (547,022)         (1,100,585)
             Net cash used in financing activities                                                                    (580,727)         (1,088,752)
             Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents                                             3,624             (7,801)
             Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents                                                                (27,244)          (360,001)
Cash and cash equivalents:
             Beginning of period                                                                                      515,573           875,574
             End of period                                                                                     $      488,329    $      515,573

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