Rite Aid Reports Fiscal 2018 Third Quarter Results
• Third Quarter Net Income of $81.0 Million or $0.08 Per Diluted Share, Compared to the Prior Year Third Quarter Net Income of $15.0 Million or $0.01 Per Diluted Share
• Third Quarter Adjusted EBITDA of $214.2 Million, Compared to the Prior Year Third Quarter Adjusted EBITDA of $274.1 Million
• Company Presents Operating Results of the 1,932 Stores and 3 Distribution Centers in the Process of Being Sold to WBA as a Discontinued Operation
• Results from Continuing Operations are Fully Burdened for Corporate Administration Costs that Support Both Continuing and Discontinued Operations
o Quarterly and Year to Date Results from Continuing Operations For Both Years Do Not Include $24 Million and $72 Million of Fees, Respectively that Would be Earned
If All Stores Were Being Supported Under the TSA Agreement with WBA
•Third Quarter Net Loss from Continuing Operations of $18.2 Million or $0.02 Per Diluted Share, Compared to the Prior Year Third Quarter Net Income from Continuing Operations of $23.6 Million or $0.02 Per Diluted Share
• Third Quarter Adjusted Net Income from Continuing Operations Per Diluted Share of $0.00, Compared to the Prior Year Third Quarter Adjusted Net Income from Continuing Operations Per Diluted Share of $0.03
CAMP HILL, Pa. (Jan. 3, 2018) - Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) today reported operating results for its third fiscal quarter ended December 2, 2017.
For the third quarter, the company reported net income of $81.0 million, or $0.08 per diluted share and Adjusted EBITDA of $214.2 million. The company reported net loss from continuing operations of $18.2 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, Adjusted net income from continuing operations of $1.6 million, or $0.00 per share, and Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations of $129.2 million, or 2.4 percent of revenues. Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations in both quarters does not include $24 million of fees that would be earned if all of the stores to be sold to WBA were being supported under the TSA Agreement.
"Our pro-forma Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations for the third quarter of $153 million, which includes $24 million in fees that would have been received if all of the divested stores were being managed under the TSA Agreement as of the beginning of the period, was in line with our expectations," said Rite Aid Chairman and CEO John Standley.
"The third quarter was a busy time for our team in preparing for and beginning the transfer of stores and related assets to Walgreens Boots Alliance," Standley added. "I would like to thank our entire Rite Aid team for their dedication and efforts in accomplishing this important business initiative for our company and our shareholders. To date, we have transferred 357 stores and have received approximately $715 million in proceeds, which we have used to pay down debt. Looking forward, in addition to completing the transfer process, we will continue to focus on our most significant business-building opportunities as we work together to deliver a great experience to our customers and patients."
As previously announced on November 27, 2017, the company completed the pilot closing and first subsequent closing under the amended and restated asset purchase agreement with Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), resulting in the transfer of 97 Rite Aid stores and related assets to WBA during the third quarter. Under the amended and restated agreement, WBA will purchase a total of 1,932 stores, three distribution centers and related inventory from Rite Aid for an all-cash purchase price of $4.375 billion. Rite Aid and WBA expect to continue to transfer ownership of the stores in phases over the coming months. Since the majority of the closing conditions have been satisfied, and the subsequent transfers of Rite Aid stores and related assets remain subject to minimal customary closing conditions applicable only to the stores being transferred in those phases, the company classified the assets and liabilities to be sold to WBA-1,932 stores and three distribution centers- as held for sale and the corresponding operating results and cash flows of those stores as discontinued operations in its financial statements in accordance with GAAP.
Third Quarter Summary
Revenues from continuing operations for the quarter were $5.4 billion compared to revenues from continuing operations of $5.7 billion in the prior year's third quarter, a decrease of $315.9 million or 5.6 percent. Retail Pharmacy Segment revenues were $4.0 billion and decreased 3.0 percent compared to the prior year period primarily as a result of a decrease in same store sales and reimbursement rates. Revenues in the company's Pharmacy Services Segment were $1.4 billion and decreased 12.2 percent compared to the prior year period, due to an election to participate in fewer Medicare Part D regions and a decline in commercial business.
Same store sales from continuing operations for the quarter decreased 2.5 percent from the prior year, consisting of a 3.5 percent decrease in pharmacy sales and a 0.5 percent decrease in front-end sales. Pharmacy sales included an approximate 198 basis point negative impact from new generic introductions. The number of prescriptions filled in same stores, adjusted to 30-day equivalents, decreased 2.4 percent from the prior year period due in part to exclusion from certain pharmacy networks that Rite Aid participated in the prior year. Prescription sales from continuing operations accounted for 66.5 percent of total drugstore sales.
Net loss from continuing operations was $18.2 million or $0.02 per diluted share compared to last year's third quarter net income from continuing operations of $23.6 million or $0.02 per diluted share. The decline in operating results was due primarily to a decline in Adjusted EBITDA, partially offset by a higher income tax benefit.
Adjusted net income from continuing operations was $1.6 million or $0.00 per diluted share compared to last year's third quarter adjusted net income from continuing operations of $26.8 million or $0.03 per diluted share. The decline in Adjusted net income was due to a decline in Adjusted EBITDA, partially offset by a reduction in adjusted income tax expense.
Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations (which is reconciled to net loss from continuing operations in the attached tables) was $129.2 million or 2.4 percent of revenues for the third quarter compared to $191.3 million or 3.4 percent of revenues for the same period last year. The decline in Adjusted EBITDA was due to a decrease of $50.0 million in the Retail Pharmacy Segment and $12.1 million in the Pharmacy Services Segment. The decrease in the Retail Pharmacy Segment EBITDA was primarily driven by a decline in pharmacy gross profit, due to a continued decline in reimbursement rates which the company was unable to fully offset with generic purchasing efficiencies, as well as lower script counts. Also impacting the decrease was lower net favorable legal settlements of approximately $15 million as compared to the prior year. These items were partially offset by an improvement in front-end gross profit dollars and effective cost control. The decrease in the Pharmacy Services Segment EBITDA was primarily driven by the decline in revenues described above. Results from continuing operations are fully burdened for corporate administration costs that support both continuing and discontinued operations. As the sale of stores to WBA occurs, the Company will perform certain back-office functions under a Transition Services Agreement (TSA) for these stores and will receive a fee for those services. This fee would be $96 million on an annualized basis, assuming all of the divested stores are covered under this agreement. Quarterly and year-to-date results from continuing operations for both years do not include $24 million and $72 million of fees, respectively, that would be earned if all stores were being supported under the TSA Agreement.
In the third quarter, the company opened 1 store, relocated 9 stores, remodeled 20 stores and expanded 1 store, bringing the total number of wellness stores chainwide to 2,505. The company sold 97 stores to WBA and closed 7 stores, resulting in a total store count of 4,404 at the end of the third quarter.
Rite Aid is one of the nation's leading drugstore chains with 4,404 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through Rite Aid's website at www.riteaid.com.
Conference Call Broadcast
Rite Aid will hold an analyst call at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time today with remarks by Rite Aid's management team. The call will be simulcast via the internet and can be accessed at www.riteaid.com in the conference call section of investor information. Slides related to materials discussed on the call will also be available. A playback of the call will also be available by telephone beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern Time today until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Jan. 4, 2018. The playback number is 1-855-859-2056 from within the U.S. and Canada or 1-404-537-3406 from outside the U.S. and Canada with the eight-digit reservation number 72531386.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements
Statements in this release that are not historical, are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the expected timing of the closing of the sale of stores and assets to WBA; the ability of the parties to complete the sale and related transactions considering the various closing conditions; the outcome of legal and regulatory matters in connection with the sale of store and assets of Rite Aid to WBA; the expected benefits of the transactions such as improved operations, growth potential, market profile and financial strength; the competitive ability and position of Rite Aid following completion of the proposed transactions; the ability of Rite Aid to implement new business strategies following the completion of the proposed transactions and any assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Words such as "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "predict," "project," "should," and "will" and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, our high level of indebtedness and our ability to make interest and principal payments on our debt and satisfy the other covenants contained in our debt agreements; general economic, industry, market, competitive, regulatory and political conditions; our ability to improve the operating performance of our stores in accordance with our long term strategy; the impact of private and public third-party payers continued reduction in prescription drug reimbursements and efforts to encourage mail order; our ability to manage expenses and our investments in working capital; outcomes of legal and regulatory matters; changes in legislation or regulations, including healthcare reform; our ability to achieve the benefits of our efforts to reduce the costs of our generic and other drugs; risks related to the proposed asset sale transactions with WBA, including the possibility that the remaining transactions may not close, or the business of Rite Aid may suffer as a result of uncertainty surrounding the proposed transactions; risks related to the ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the proposed transactions; disruption from the proposed transaction making it more difficult to maintain business and operational relationships; the effect of the pending sale on Rite Aid's business relationships (including, without limitation, customers and suppliers) operating results and business generally; risks related to diverting management's or employees' attention from ongoing business operations; the risk that Rite Aid's stock price may decline significantly if the remaining proposed transactions are not completed; significant transaction costs; unknown liabilities; the risk of litigation and/or regulatory actions related to the proposed transactions; potential changes to our strategy in the event the remaining proposed transactions do not close, which may include delaying or reducing capital or other expenditures, selling assets or other operations, attempting to restructure or refinance our debt, or seeking additional capital, and other business effects. These and other risks, assumptions and uncertainties are more fully described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, and in other documents that we file or furnish with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which you are encouraged to read. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or anticipated by such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward- looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Rite Aid expressly disclaims any current intention to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the distribution of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The company separately reports financial results on the basis of Adjusted Net Income (Loss), Adjusted Net Income (Loss) per Diluted Share, and Adjusted EBITDA, which are non-GAAP financial measures. See the attached tables for a reconciliation of Adjusted Net Income (Loss), Adjusted Net Income (Loss) per Diluted Share and Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss), and net income (loss) per diluted share, which are the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. Adjusted Net Income (Loss) and Adjusted Net Income (Loss) per Diluted Share exclude amortization of EnvisionRx intangible assets, merger and acquisition-related costs, loss on debt retirements, LIFO adjustments, and the Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. termination fee. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) excluding the impact of income taxes, interest expense, depreciation and amortization, LIFO adjustments, charges or credits for facility closing and impairment, inventory write-downs related to store closings, debt retirements, the Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. termination fee, and other items (including stock-based compensation expense, merger and acquisition-related costs, severance and costs related to distribution center closures, gain or loss on sale of assets and revenue deferrals related to our customer loyalty program).
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