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 PriceSmart Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Results of Operations
   Thursday, October 26, 2017 4:00:00 PM ET

PriceSmart, Inc. (PSMT ) today announced its results of operations for the fourth quarter and the twelve months of fiscal year 2017 which ended on August 31, 2017.

For the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017, net warehouse club sales increased 3.6% to $711.0 million from $686.4 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2016. Total revenues for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017 were $733.5 million compared to $711.1 million in the comparable period of the prior year. The Company had 39 warehouse clubs in operation as of August 2017 compared to 38 warehouse clubs in operation as of August 2016.

The Company recorded operating income during the quarter of $30.8 million, as compared to operating income of $32.8 million in the prior year. Net income was $19.8 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017 as compared to $22.3 million, or $0.74 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2016.

For the twelve months ended August 31, 2017, net warehouse club sales increased 3.2% to $2.9 billion, from $2.8 billion for the twelve months ended August 31, 2016. Total revenues for the twelve months ended August 31, 2017 increased 3.1% to $3.0 billion from $2.9 billion in the same period of the prior year. For the twelve months ended August 31, 2017, the Company recorded operating income of $136.2 million and net income of $90.7 million, or $2.98 per diluted share. During the twelve months ended August 31, 2016, the Company recorded operating income of $136.7 million and net income of $88.7 million, or $2.92 per diluted share.

The Company filed its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended August 31, 2017 on October 26, 2017.

PriceSmart management will host a conference call at 12:00 p.m. Eastern time (9:00a.m. Pacific time) on Friday, October 27, 2017, to discuss the financial results. Individuals interested in participating in the conference call may do so by dialing (855) 209-8211 toll free, or (412) 317-5214 for international callers and asking to join the PriceSmart, Inc. call. A digital replay will be available through November 3, 2017, following the conclusion of the call by dialing (877) 344-7529 for domestic callers, or (412) 317-0088 for international callers, and entering replay passcode 10112016.

About PriceSmart

PriceSmart, headquartered in San Diego, owns and operates U.S.-style membership shopping warehouse clubs in Latin America and the Caribbean, selling high quality merchandise at low prices to PriceSmart members. PriceSmart now operates 40 warehouse clubs in 12 countries and one U.S. territory (seven each in Colombia and Costa Rica; five in Panama; four in Trinidad; three each in Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Honduras; two each in El Salvador and Nicaragua; and one each in Aruba, Barbados, Jamaica and the United States Virgin Islands).

This press release may contain forward-looking statements concerning the Company’s anticipated future revenues and earnings, adequacy of future cash flow, proposed warehouse club openings, the Company’s performance relative to competitors, the outcome of tax proceedings and related matters. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements containing the words "expect," "believe," "will," "may," "should," "project," "estimate," "anticipated," "scheduled," and like expressions, and the negative thereof. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, including the following risks: our financial performance is dependent on international operations, which exposes us to various risks; any failure by us to manage our widely dispersed operations could adversely affect our business; we face significant competition; future sales growth depends, in part, on our ability to successfully open new warehouse clubs and grow sales in our existing locations; we might not identify in a timely manner or effectively respond to changes in consumer preferences for merchandise, which could adversely affect our relationship with members, demand for our products and market share; although we offer limited online shopping to our members in certain markets, our sales could be adversely affected if one or more major international online retailers were to enter our markets or if other competitors were to offer a superior online experience; failure to grow our e-commerce business through the integration of physical and digital retail or otherwise, and the cost of our increasing e-commerce investments, may materially adversely affect our market position, net sales and financial performance; our profitability is vulnerable to cost increases; we face difficulties in the shipment of, and risks inherent in the importation of, merchandise to our warehouse clubs; we are exposed to weather and other natural disaster risks that might not be adequately compensated by insurance; negative economic conditions could adversely impact our business in various respects; our failure to maintain our brand and reputation could adversely affect our results of operations; we face the risk of exposure to product liability claims, a product recall and adverse publicity; we are subject to risks associated with possible changes in our relationships with third parties with which we do business, as well as the performance of such third parties; we could be subject to additional tax liabilities or subject to reserves on the recoverability of tax receivables; we face the possibility of operational interruptions related to union work stoppages; we are subject to volatility in foreign currency exchange rates and limits on our ability to convert foreign currencies into U.S. dollars; we face compliance risks related to our international operations; we rely extensively on computer systems to process transactions, summarize results and manage our business. Failure to adequately maintain our systems and disruptions in our systems could harm our business and adversely affect our results of operations; we may experience difficulties implementing our new global enterprise resource planning system; any failure by us to maintain the security of the information that we hold relating to our company, members, employees and vendors, whether as a result of cybersecurity attacks on our information systems, failure of internal controls, employee negligence or malfeasance or otherwise, could damage our reputation with members, employees, vendors and others, could disrupt our operations, could cause us to incur substantial additional costs and to become subject to litigation and could materially adversely affect our operating results; we are subject to payment related risks; failure to attract and retain qualified employees, increases in wage and benefit costs, changes in laws and other labor issues could materially adversely affect our financial performance; changes in accounting standards and assumptions, projections, estimates and judgments by management related to complex accounting matters could significantly affect our financial condition and results of operations; a few of our stockholders own approximately 25.3% of our voting stock as of August 31, 2017, which may make it difficult to complete some corporate transactions without their support and may impede a change in control. The risks described above as well as the other risks detailed in the Company’s U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") reports, including the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10- K filed for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2017 filed on October 26, 2017 pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. We assume no obligation and expressly disclaim any duty to update any forward- looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this presentation or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

For further information, please contact John M. Heffner, Principal Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer (858) 404-8826.

                                                  Three Months Ended           Twelve Months Ended
                                                  August 31,                   August 31,
                                                  2017           2016          2017            2016
Net warehouse club sales                          $    711,011   $    686,375  $    2,910,062  $    2,820,740
Export sales                                           8,863          11,941        34,244          33,813
Membership income                                      12,162         11,555        47,743          45,781
Other income                                           1,466          1,181         4,579           4,842
Total revenues                                         733,502        711,052       2,996,628       2,905,176
Operating expenses:
Cost of goods sold:
Net warehouse club                                     607,399        585,183       2,487,146       2,417,366
Export                                                 8,521          11,461        32,606          32,260
Selling, general and administrative:
Warehouse club operations                              67,665         63,782        268,629         252,130
General and administrative                             18,092         16,258        70,013          64,344
Pre-opening expenses                                   855            802           44              1,191
Loss/(gain) on disposal of assets                      148            763           1,961           1,162
Total operating expenses                               702,680        678,249       2,860,399       2,768,453
Operating income                                       30,822         32,803        136,229         136,723
Other income (expense):
Interest income                                        365            527           1,809           1,307
Interest expense                                       (1,651)        (1,411)       (6,777)         (5,891)
Other income (expense), net                            394            119           1,482           (899)
Total other income (expense)                           (892)          (765)         (3,486)         (5,483)
Income before provision for income taxes and           29,930         32,038        132,743         131,240
income (loss) of unconsolidated affiliates
Provision for income taxes                             (10,133)       (9,736)       (42,018)        (42,849)
Income (loss) of unconsolidated affiliates             1              (30)          (1)             332
Net income                                        $    19,798    $    22,272   $    90,724     $    88,723
Net income per share available for distribution:
Basic net income per share                        $    0.64      $    0.74     $    2.98       $    2.92
Diluted net income per share                      $    0.64      $    0.74     $    2.98       $    2.92
Shares used in per share computations:
Basic                                                  30,043         29,956        30,020          29,928
Diluted                                                30,044         29,961        30,023          29,933
Dividends per share                               $    0.35      $    0.35     $    0.70       $    0.70
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         August 31,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         2017             2016
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents                                                                                                                                                                                                                $     162,434    $     199,522
Short-term restricted cash                                                                                                                                                                                                                     460              518
Receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $7 as of August 31, 2017 and $7 as of August 31, 2016, respectively                                                                                                                     6,460            7,464
Merchandise inventories                                                                                                                                                                                                                        310,946          282,907
Prepaid expenses and other current assets                                                                                                                                                                                                      30,070           22,143
Total current assets                                                                                                                                                                                                                           510,370          512,554
Long-term restricted cash                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2,818            2,676
Property and equipment, net                                                                                                                                                                                                                    557,829          473,045
Goodwill                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       35,642           35,637
Deferred tax assets                                                                                                                                                                                                                            15,412           12,258
Other non-current assets (includes $2,547 and $3,224 as of August 31, 2017 and August 31, 2016, respectively, for the fair value of derivative instruments)                                                                                    44,678           49,798
Investment in unconsolidated affiliates                                                                                                                                                                                                        10,765           10,767
Total Assets                                                                                                                                                                                                                             $     1,177,514  $     1,096,735
Current Liabilities:
Short-term borrowings                                                                                                                                                                                                                    $     --         $     16,534
Accounts payable                                                                                                                                                                                                                               272,248          267,173
Accrued salaries and benefits                                                                                                                                                                                                                  19,151           19,606
Deferred membership income                                                                                                                                                                                                                     22,100           20,920
Income taxes payable                                                                                                                                                                                                                           5,044            4,226
Other accrued expenses (includes $0 and $110 as of August 31, 2017 and August 31, 2016, respectively, for the fair value of foreign currency forward contracts)                                                                                26,483           24,880
Long-term debt, current portion                                                                                                                                                                                                                18,358           14,565
Total current liabilities                                                                                                                                                                                                                      363,384          367,904
Deferred tax liability                                                                                                                                                                                                                         1,812            1,760
Long-term portion of deferred rent                                                                                                                                                                                                             8,914            8,961
Long-term income taxes payable, net of current portion                                                                                                                                                                                         909              970
Long-term debt, net of current portion                                                                                                                                                                                                         87,939           73,542
Other long-term liabilities (includes $682 and $1,514 for the fair value of derivative instruments and $5,051 and $4,013 for post employment plans as of August 31, 2017 and August 31, 2016, respectively)                                    5,789            5,527
Total Liabilities                                                                                                                                                                                                                              468,747          458,664
Common stock $0.0001 par value, 45,000,000 shares authorized; 31,275,727 and 31,237,658 shares issued and 30,400,742 and 30,401,307 shares outstanding (net of treasury shares) as of August 31, 2017 and August 31, 2016, respectively        3                3
Additional paid-in capital                                                                                                                                                                                                                     422,762          412,369
Tax benefit from stock-based compensation                                                                                                                                                                                                      11,486           11,321
Accumulated other comprehensive loss                                                                                                                                                                                                           (110,059)        (103,951)
Retained earnings                                                                                                                                                                                                                              420,499          351,060
Less: treasury stock at cost, 874,985 and 836,531 shares as of August 31, 2017 and August 31, 2016, respectively                                                                                                                               (35,924)         (32,731)
Total Equity                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   708,767          638,071
Total Liabilities and Equity                                                                                                                                                                                                             $     1,177,514  $     1,096,735

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