Ross Stores Reports First Quarter Results
PLEASANTON, Calif., May 18, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Ross Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq: ROST) today reported earnings per share for the 13 weeks ended April 30, 2005 of $.34, compared to $.31, as restated, for the 13 weeks ended May 1, 2004. Net earnings in the first quarter of 2005 were $50.1 million, compared to $48.1 million in the prior year period. Sales for the first quarter ended April 30, 2005 increased 13% to $1.124 billion, from $992 million for the quarter ended May 1, 2004. Comparable store sales for the same period grew 3% on top of a 3% gain in the prior year.
Michael Balmuth, Vice Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Sales for the first quarter performed in line with expectations. The strongest major markets during the quarter were Florida and Texas, and the best performing merchandise categories were Juniors, Accessories and Shoes. As expected, a combination of higher markdowns and higher distribution center costs contributed to lower gross margin, which declined about 75 basis points during the quarter."
Mr. Balmuth continued, "Our balance sheet and cash flows remain strong and healthy. We continue to return capital to stockholders through our stock repurchase and dividend programs. During the first three months of 2005, we repurchased 1.5 million shares of common stock for an aggregate of $42.6 million under the two-year $350 million program authorized by our Board of Directors in early 2004. Approximately $132 million remains available for future repurchases under the program, which we expect to complete by the end of 2005."
The Company will provide additional details concerning its first quarter results and management's outlook for the balance of 2005 on a conference call to be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern daylight time. Participants may listen to a real time audio webcast of the conference call by visiting the Company's website located at www.rossstores.com. A recorded version of the call will also be available until the end of June at the website address and via a telephone recording through Thursday, June 2, 2005 at 402-220-5900, PIN #2342.
Forward-Looking Statements: This press release and the recorded comments and transcript on the Company's website contain forward-looking statements regarding planned new store growth and expected sales and earnings levels and forward-looking statements concerning the Company's distribution centers and information systems, all of which are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from management's current expectations. The words "plan," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "believe," "forecast," "projected," "guidance," "looking ahead" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Risk factors for Ross Stores and dd's DISCOUNTS(SM) include, without limitation, the Company's ability to effectively operate and integrate various new supply chain and core merchandising systems, including generation of all necessary information in a timely and cost effective manner; migrating the Company's data center from Newark, California to Pleasanton, California in the first half of 2005 without unexpected delays or interruption in system availability; achieving and maintaining targeted levels of productivity and efficiency in its distribution centers; obtaining acceptable new store locations; competitive pressures in the apparel industry; changes in the level of consumer spending on or preferences for apparel or home-related merchandise; changes in geopolitical and general economic conditions; unseasonable weather trends; disruptions in supply chain; lower than planned gross margin and greater than planned operating costs. Other risk factors are detailed in the Company's Form 10-K for fiscal 2004. The factors underlying our forecasts are dynamic and subject to change. As a result, our forecasts speak only as of the date they are given and do not necessarily reflect the Company's outlook at any other point in time. The Company does not undertake to update or revise these forward-looking statements.
Ross Stores, Inc., a Fortune 500 and Nasdaq 100 (ROST) company headquartered in Pleasanton, California, is the nation's second largest off-price company with fiscal 2004 revenues of $4.2 billion. As of April 30, 2005, the Company operated 663 Ross stores and ten dd's DISCOUNTS(SM) stores, compared to 599 Ross locations at the end of the same period last year. Ross Stores offers first-quality, in-season, name brand and designer apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions for the entire family at everyday savings of 20 to 60 percent off department and specialty store regular prices. dd's DISCOUNTS(SM) features a more moderately-priced assortment of first-quality, in-season, name brand apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions for the entire family at everyday savings of 20 to 70 percent off moderate department and discount store regular prices. Additional information is available on the Company's website at www.rossstores.com.
ROSS STORES, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS Three Months Ended April 30, May 1, 2005 2004 ($000, except stores and per share data, As Restated unaudited) Sales $1,123,937 $991,892 Costs and Expenses Cost of goods sold, including related buying, distribution and occupancy costs 859,316 751,166 Selling, general and administrative 182,736 161,496 Interest (income) expense, net (298) 170 Total costs and expenses 1,041,754 912,832 Earnings before taxes 82,183 79,060 Provision for taxes on earnings 32,133 30,913 Net earnings $50,050 $48,147 Earnings per share Basic $0.34 $0.32 Diluted $0.34 $0.31 Weighted average shares outstanding (000) Basic 146,007 149,890 Diluted 148,464 153,371 Stores open end of period 673 599 ROSS STORES, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS April 30, May 1, 2005 2004 ($000, unaudited) As Restated ASSETS Current Assets Cash and cash equivalents $144,381 $184,951 Short-term investments 84,350 -- Accounts receivable 35,277 32,242 Merchandise inventory 964,694 859,379 Prepaid expenses and other 38,098 35,477 Deferred income taxes 8,968 24,815 Total current assets $1,275,768 $1,136,864 Property and equipment, net 550,581 526,207 Other long-term assets 54,080 58,126 Total assets $1,880,429 $1,721,197 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current Liabilities Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other $809,363 $708,766 Income taxes payable 4,773 20,981 Total current liabilities $814,136 $729,747 Long-term debt 50,000 50,000 Other long-term liabilities 114,381 105,067 Deferred income taxes 94,510 82,119 Stockholders' equity 807,402 754,264 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $1,880,429 $1,721,197 ROSS STORES, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS Three Months Ended April 30, May 1, 2005 2004 ($000, unaudited) As Restated CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES Net earnings $50,050 $48,147 Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 26,053 21,227 Deferred income taxes 2,309 2,172 Tax benefit from equity issuance 13,708 6,638 Change in assets and liabilities: Merchandise inventory (111,582) (17,888) Other current assets, net 4,535 (12,960) Accounts payable 110,408 21,967 Other current liabilities (498) 1,340 Other long-term, net 263 1,373 Net cash provided by operating activities 95,246 72,016 CASH FLOWS USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES Additions to property and equipment (16,025) (25,503) Purchases of short-term investments, net (16,950) -- Net cash used in investing activities (32,975) (25,503) CASH FLOWS USED IN FINANCING ACTIVITIES Issuance of common stock related to stock plans 22,630 6,051 Treasury stock related to tax withholding (5,833) (3,750) Repurchase of common stock (42,637) (58,988) Dividends paid (7,381) (6,421) Net cash used in financing activities (33,221) (63,108) Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 29,050 (16,595) Cash and cash equivalents: Beginning of period 115,331 201,546 End of period $144,381 $184,951 NON-CASH INVESTING ACTIVITIES Straight-line rent capitalization in build-out period $611 $2,023
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