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 Weis Markets Announces Fourth Quarter Results
   Thursday, March 10, 2016 5:00:00 PM ET

Weis Markets, Inc. (WMK ) today announced its fourth quarter sales increased 2.8% to $734.1 million while its comparable store sales increased 2.8% compared to the same period a year ago.

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For the thirteen week period ended December 26, 2015, the Company’s net income increased 21.0% to $16.6 million compared to the same period in 2014. Fourth quarter earnings per share increased 19.6% to $0.61 per share compared to fourth quarter 2014. During the same period, the Company’s operating income increased 24.5% to $25.8 million.

Year-to-Date Results

For the 52-week period ended December 26, 2015, the Company’s sales increased 3.6% to $2.9 billion while comparable store sales increased 3.7% compared to the 52-week period ended December 27, 2014. Year-to-date net income increased 9.1% to $59.3 million while earnings per share increased 9.4% compared to 2014. The Company’s year-to-date operating income increased 11.6% to $90.8 million compared to 2014.

"In 2015, our overall results benefited from strategic pricing investments and the ongoing improvement of our store assortments by market," said Weis Markets Chairman and CEO Jonathan Weis. "In addition, improved store level, supply chain and store support efficiencies helped us deliver a better customer experience, which helped us increase customer traffic and our overall market share."

About Weis Markets

Founded in 1912, Weis Markets, Inc. is a Mid Atlantic food retailer operating 163 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. For more information, please visit: WeisMarkets.com or Facebook.com/WeisMarkets.

In addition to historical information, this news release may contain forward-looking statements, which are included pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any forward-looking statements contained herein are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. For example, risks and uncertainties can arise with changes in: general economic conditions, including their impact on capital expenditures; business conditions in the retail industry; the regulatory environment; rapidly changing technology and competitive factors, including increased competition with regional and national retailers; and price pressures. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which reflect management’s analysis only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise or update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date hereof. Readers should carefully review the risk factors described in other documents the Company files periodically with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

WEIS MARKETS, INC.
COMPARATIVE SUMMARY OF SALES & EARNINGS
Fourth Quarter - 2015
(Unaudited)
                                     13 Week                 13 Week
                                     Period Ended            Period Ended            Increase
                                     December 26, 2015       December 27, 2014       (Decrease)
Net Sales                            $         734,063,000   $         713,788,000   2.8%
Income Before Income Taxes           26,624,000              21,213,000              25.5%
Provision for Income Taxes           10,049,000              7,515,000               33.7%
Net Income                           $           16,575,000  $           13,698,000  21.0%
Weighted-Average Shares Outstanding  26,898,000              26,898,000              ---
Basic and Diluted Earnings Per Share $0.61                   $0.51                   $0.10
                                     52 Week                 52 Week
                                     Period Ended            Period Ended            Increase
                                     December 26, 2015       December 27, 2014       (Decrease)
Net Sales                            $       2,876,748,000   $      2,776,683,000    3.6%
Income Before Income Taxes           92,331,000              83,662,000              10.4%
Provision for Income Taxes           33,001,000              29,281,000              12.7%
Net Income                           $           59,330,000  $           54,381,000  9.1%
Weighted-Average Shares Outstanding  26,898,000              26,898,000              ---
Basic and Diluted Earnings Per Share $2.21                   $2.02                   $0.19

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