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 Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. Reports Results For Fiscal 2017 Third Quarter
   Wednesday, December 20, 2017 4:15:00 PM ET

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (BBBY ) today reported financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2017 ended November 25, 2017.

Third Quarter Results

For the fiscal 2017 third quarter, the Company reported net earnings of $.44 per diluted share ($61.3 million) compared with $.85 per diluted share ($126.4 million) for the fiscal 2016 third quarter. Net sales for the fiscal 2017 third quarter were approximately $3.0 billion, relatively flat to the prior year quarter. Comparable sales in the fiscal 2017 third quarter decreased by approximately 0.3%. Comparable sales from customer-facing digital channels continued to have strong growth while comparable sales from stores declined in the low-single-digit percentage range during the fiscal 2017 third quarter.

Capital Allocation

The Company’s Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $.15 per share, to be paid on April 17, 2018 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 16, 2018.

During the fiscal 2017 third quarter, the Company repurchased approximately $24 million of its common stock, representing approximately 929,000 shares, under its existing $2.5 billion share repurchase program. As of November 25, 2017, the program had a remaining balance of approximately $1.5 billion.

Fiscal 2017

During the conference call with analysts and investors, the Company plans to review its quarterly results and its financial planning assumptions for fiscal 2017, which is a 53-week year.

The Company’s planning assumptions reflect actual results through the fiscal third quarter and the current trends the Company has been experiencing. Based upon its planning assumptions, the Company continues to model net earnings per diluted share for the full year to be about $3.00.

Fiscal 2017 Third Quarter Conference Call

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.’s conference call with analysts and investors will be held today at 5:00 pm ET and may be accessed by dialing 1-800-446-1671, or if international, 1-847-413-3362, using conference ID number 46090929. The replay of the call can be accessed by dialing 1-888-843-7419, using conference ID number 46090929. 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 an omnichannel 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 either in-store, online, with a mobile device or through a customer 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, andthat.com, harmondiscount.com, facevalues.com, ofakind.com, onekingslane.com, personalizationmall.com, chefcentral.com, decorist.com, harborlinen.com, and t-ygroup.com. As of November 25, 2017, the Company had a total of 1,558 stores, including 1,020 Bed Bath & Beyond stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada, 280 stores under the names of World Market, Cost Plus World Market or Cost Plus, 118 buybuy BABY stores, 83 stores under the names Christmas Tree Shops, Christmas Tree Shops andThat! or andThat!, and 57 stores under the names Harmon, Harmon Face Values or Face Values. During the fiscal third quarter, the Company opened two Bed Bath & Beyond stores, three World Market stores, five buybuy BABY stores, two andThat! stores, and two Harmon stores, and closed five Bed Bath & Beyond stores and one buybuy Baby store. The joint venture, to which the Company is a partner, 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 across all channels; pricing pressures; liquidity; the ability to achieve anticipated cost savings, and to not exceed anticipated costs, associated with organizational changes; 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 establish and profitably maintain the appropriate mix of digital and physical presence in the markets it serves; the ability to assess and implement technologies in support of the Company’s development of its omnichannel capabilities; uncertainty in financial markets; volatility in the price of the Company’s common stock and its effect, and the effect of other factors, on the Company’s capital allocation strategy; 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; 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                  Nine Months Ended
                                                            November 25,      November 26,      November 25,      November 26,
                                                            2017              2016              2017              2016
Net sales                                                   $      2,954,539  $      2,955,484  $      8,633,037  $      8,681,803
Cost of sales                                                      1,913,478         1,862,710         5,523,302         5,448,544
                 Gross profit                                      1,041,061         1,092,774         3,109,735         3,233,259
Selling, general and administrative expenses                       932,701           881,491           2,685,517         2,527,977
                 Operating profit                                  108,360           211,283           424,218           705,282
Interest expense, net                                              13,621            18,254            49,367            52,768
                 Earnings before provision for income taxes        94,739            193,029           374,851           652,514
Provision for income taxes                                         33,438            66,605            144,037           236,136
                 Net earnings                               $      61,301     $      126,424    $      230,814    $      416,378
Net earnings per share - Basic                              $      0.44       $      0.86       $      1.65       $      2.78
Net earnings per share - Diluted                            $      0.44       $      0.85       $      1.64       $      2.76
Weighted average shares outstanding - Basic                        138,418           147,643           139,872           149,842
Weighted average shares outstanding - Diluted                      138,790           148,583           140,381           150,950
Dividends declared per share                                $      0.150      $      0.125      $      0.450      $      0.375
BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)
                                                                                                                                                                               November 25,         November 26,
                                                                                                                                                                               2017                 2016
Assets
Current assets:
                   Cash and cash equivalents                                                                                                                                   $      453,103       $      473,006
                   Merchandise inventories                                                                                                                                            3,199,669            3,268,569
                   Other current assets                                                                                                                                               287,719              318,725
                   Total current assets                                                                                                                                               3,940,491            4,060,300
Long term investment securities                                                                                                                                                       107,709              86,404
Property and equipment, net                                                                                                                                                           1,840,959            1,769,061
Goodwill                                                                                                                                                                              716,283              709,400
Other assets                                                                                                                                                                          583,436              580,306
                                                                                                                                                                               $      7,188,878     $      7,205,471
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
Current liabilities:
                   Accounts payable                                                                                                                                            $      1,455,355     $      1,621,432
                   Accrued expenses and other current liabilities                                                                                                                     584,121              581,640
                   Merchandise credit and gift card liabilities                                                                                                                       321,591              304,319
                   Total current liabilities                                                                                                                                          2,361,067            2,507,391
Deferred rent and other liabilities                                                                                                                                                   520,952              515,294
Income taxes payable                                                                                                                                                                  66,061               76,316
Long term debt                                                                                                                                                                        1,491,952            1,491,487
                   Total liabilities                                                                                                                                                  4,440,032            4,590,488
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 341,682 and 339,524, respectively; outstanding 142,413 and 150,315 shares, respectively        3,417                3,395
                   Additional paid-in capital                                                                                                                                         2,039,213            1,956,594
                   Retained earnings                                                                                                                                                  11,170,287           10,753,801
                   Treasury stock, at cost; 199,269 and 189,209 shares, respectively                                                                                                  (10,422,816)         (10,044,058)
                   Accumulated other comprehensive loss                                                                                                                               (41,255)             (54,749)
Total shareholders’ equity                                                                                                                                                            2,748,846            2,614,983
                                                                                                                                                                               $      7,188,878     $      7,205,471
Certain reclassifications have been made to the Fiscal Year 2016 consolidated balance sheet to conform to the Fiscal Year 2017 consolidated balance sheet presentation.
BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands, unaudited)
                                                                                                                          Nine Months Ended
                                                                                                                          November 25,      November 26,
                                                                                                                          2017              2016
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:
             Net earnings                                                                                                 $      230,814    $      416,378
             Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:
                                                       Depreciation and amortization                                             227,407           215,164
                                                       Stock-based compensation                                                  52,833            54,298
                                                       Deferred income taxes                                                     17,114            36,857
                                                       Other                                                                     (273)             (1,090)
                                                       Increase in assets, net of effect of acquisitions:
                                                       Merchandise inventories                                                   (290,576)         (405,198)
                                                       Trading investment securities                                             (17,806)          (15,345)
                                                       Other current assets                                                      (89,425)          (127,487)
                                                       Other assets                                                              (5,034)           (10,289)
                                                       Increase (decrease) in liabilities, net of effect of acquisitions:
                                                       Accounts payable                                                          311,430           536,577
                                                       Accrued expenses and other current liabilities                            90,947            90,595
                                                       Merchandise credit and gift card liabilities                              11,926            6,408
                                                       Income taxes payable                                                      (61,626)          (73,055)
                                                       Deferred rent and other liabilities                                       14,111            20,367
             Net cash provided by operating activities                                                                           491,842           744,180
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:
             Redemption of held-to-maturity investment securities                                                                -                 86,240
             Capital expenditures                                                                                                (263,963)         (276,436)
             Investment in unconsolidated joint venture                                                                          -                 (3,318)
             Payment for acquisition, net of cash acquired                                                                       (6,097)           (200,477)
             Net cash used in investing activities                                                                               (270,060)         (393,991)
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:
             Proceeds from exercise of stock options                                                                             10,161            20,258
             Payment of deferred financing costs                                                                                 (430)             -
             Payment of dividends                                                                                                (60,058)          (37,358)
             Repurchase of common stock, including fees                                                                          (207,277)         (375,541)
             Net cash used in financing activities                                                                               (257,604)         (392,641)
             Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents                                                        596               (115)
             Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents                                                                           (35,226)          (42,567)
Cash and cash equivalents:
             Beginning of period                                                                                                 488,329           515,573
             End of period                                                                                                $      453,103    $      473,006
Certain reclassifications have been made to the Fiscal Year 2016 consolidated statement of cash flows to conform to the Fiscal Year 2017 consolidated cash flows presentation.

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