Rite Aid Reports Fiscal 2019 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results


  • Fourth Quarter Net Loss from Continuing Operations of $255.6 Million or $0.24 Per Share, Compared to the Prior Year Fourth Quarter Net Loss of $483.7 Million or $0.46 Per Share
  • Fourth Quarter Net Loss from Continuing Operations Includes $197 Million, or $0.19 Per Share of Income Tax Expense Related to an Increase in the Valuation Allowance Against the Company's Deferred Tax Assets
  • Fourth Quarter Adjusted Net Loss from Continuing Operations of $13.3 Million or $0.01 Per Share, Compared to the Prior Year Fourth Quarter Adjusted Net Loss of $7.8 Million or $0.01 Per Share
  • Fourth Quarter Adjusted EBITDA from Continuing Operations of $134.1 Million, Compared to the Prior Year Fourth Quarter Adjusted EBITDA of $154.8 Million
  • Completed Refinancing of Senior Secured Credit Facility in the Fourth Quarter Which Extends Debt Maturities and Improves Liquidity
  • Provides Outlook for Fiscal 2020
  • Rite Aid Board Approves 1-for-20 Stock Split Ratio

CAMP HILL, Pa. (Apr. 11, 2019) - Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) today reported operating results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 2, 2019.

For the fourth quarter, the company reported net loss from continuing operations of $255.6 million, or $0.24 per share, Adjusted net loss from continuing operations of $13.3 million, or $0.01 per share, and Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations of $134.1 million, or 2.5 percent of revenues.

"In the fourth quarter, we continued generating critical momentum in key areas of our business while taking important steps to position Rite Aid for future growth" said Rite Aid CEO John Standley. "Despite a mild flu season, we delivered our third consecutive quarter of same-store pharmacy sales and prescription count growth thanks to a record number of immunizations and other script growth initiatives. We also increased Medicare Part D membership within our EnvisionRxOptions PBM, which helped drive revenue growth and a $4.5 million increase in Pharmacy Services Segment Adjusted EBITDA. As we begin our new fiscal year, we'll look to build on this momentum as we continue transforming our business to better align with our new operational footprint and deliver greater value in the emerging value-based care marketplace. These efforts will include a strong focus on driving positive patient health outcomes, evolving our front-end business, expanding our omni-channel capabilities and controlling costs to become a more efficient and profitable company."

Fourth Quarter Summary

Revenues from continuing operations for the fourth quarter were $5.38 billion compared to revenues from continuing operations of $5.39 billion in the prior year's fourth quarter. Retail Pharmacy Segment revenues were $3.97 billion and were flat compared to the prior year period. Revenues in the Pharmacy Services Segment were $1.46 billion, an increase of 1.2 percent compared to the prior year period, which was due to an increase in Medicare Part D membership.

Same store sales from Retail Pharmacy continuing operations for the fourth quarter increased 0.7 percent over the prior year, consisting of a 2.1 percent increase in pharmacy sales and a 1.9 percent decrease in front-end sales. Pharmacy sales were negatively impacted by approximately 100 basis points as a result of new generic introductions. The number of prescriptions filled in same stores, adjusted to 30-day equivalents, increased 0.8 percent over the prior year period as the company's initiatives to drive script growth more than offset the benefit of last year's strong flu season. Prescription sales from continuing operations accounted for 65.9 percent of total drugstore sales.

Net loss from continuing operations was $255.6 million or $0.24 per share compared to last year's fourth quarter net loss from continuing operations of $483.7 million or $0.46 per share. The improvement in operating results was due primarily to a prior year charge of $191.0 million, net of tax, for the impairment of goodwill related to the Pharmacy Services Segment and lower income tax expense. Income tax expense in the current year's fourth quarter was impacted by a $197.0 million charge related to an increase in the valuation allowance against the company's deferred tax asset, while income tax expense in the prior year's fourth quarter included a charge of $325.0 million relating to the revaluation of the company's deferred tax assets as a result of the 2017 Tax Act. Other items impacting net loss from continuing operations included a LIFO charge in the current year compared to a LIFO credit in the prior year, and a decline in Adjusted EBITDA.

Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations was $134.1 million or 2.5 percent of revenues for the fourth quarter compared to Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations of $154.8 million or 2.9 percent of revenues for the same period last year, a decrease of $20.8 million. The Retail Pharmacy Segment Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations decreased $25.3 million compared to the prior year due primarily to weaker pharmacy gross profit caused by reimbursement rate pressure that the company was not able to fully offset with generic drug purchasing efficiencies and increases in prescriptions filled in comparable stores. Also contributing to the reduction in Adjusted EBITDA was a decline in front end same store sales and increases in distribution costs caused partially by the realignment of stores within Rite Aid's distribution network. These negative variances were partially offset by lower salaries and benefits, a reduction in advertising expense and an increase in Transition Services Agreement ("TSA") fee income from Walgreens Boots Alliance ("WBA"). The Pharmacy Services Segment Adjusted EBITDA increased $4.5 million over the prior year due to an increase in Medicare Part D membership.

In the fourth quarter, the company remodeled 30 stores, bringing the total number of wellness stores chainwide to 1,765. Additionally, the company closed 56 stores, resulting in a total store count of 2,469 at the end of the fourth quarter.
 
Full Year Results

For the fiscal year ended March 2, 2019, revenues from continuing operations were $21.6 billion compared to revenues of $21.5 billion in the prior year, an increase of $0.1 billion or 0.5 percent. Retail Pharmacy Segment revenues were $15.8 billion and were flat compared to the prior year period. Revenues in the Pharmacy Services Segment were $6.1 billion, an increase of 3.3 percent compared to the prior year, which was due to an increase in Medicare Part D membership.

Same store sales from continuing operations for the year increased 0.6 percent, consisting of a 1.7 percent increase in pharmacy sales and a 1.4 percent decrease in front end sales. Pharmacy sales were negatively impacted by approximately 112 basis points as a result of new generic introductions. The number of prescriptions filled in same stores, adjusted to 30-day equivalents, increased 0.7 percent over the prior year due to an increase in immunizations and other initiatives to drive prescription growth. Prescription sales from continuing operations accounted for 66.6 percent of total drugstore sales.

Net loss from continuing operations for fiscal 2019 was $667.0 million or $0.63 per share compared to last year's net loss from continuing operations of $349.5 million or $0.33 per share. The increase in net loss is due to increased goodwill and intangible asset charges, increased lease termination and impairment charges, increased LIFO expense and a prior year gain caused by the receipt of a merger termination fee from WBA. These items were partially offset by a decrease in income tax expense.

Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations was $563.4 million or 2.6 percent of revenues for the year compared to $559.9 million or 2.6 percent of revenues for last year. The increase in Adjusted EBITDA is due to an increase of $16.9 million in the Retail Pharmacy Segment, partially offset by a $13.3 million decrease in the Pharmacy Services Segment. The increase in the Retail Pharmacy Segment EBITDA was primarily driven by the receipt of $80.2 million of fees under the TSA and lower salaries and benefits, partially offset by lower front end and pharmacy gross profit and increases in distribution costs caused partially by the realignment of stores within Rite Aid's distribution network. The decline in the Pharmacy Services Segment EBITDA was due to compression in the company's commercial business and other operating investments to support current year and future growth.

For the year, the company relocated one store, remodeled 134 stores, opened one store, and closed 82 stores.

Senior Secured Credit Facility Refinancing

As previously announced, Rite Aid completed the refinancing of a new senior secured credit agreement, consisting of a $2.7 billion senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility and a $450 million "first in, last out" senior secured term loan facility on December 20, 2018. The new $3.15 billion credit facility refinanced Rite Aid's existing $2.7 billion senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility that was scheduled to mature in January 2020. As a result of this refinancing, Rite Aid has no debt maturing until 2023 and has increased liquidity by $450 million.

Outlook for Fiscal 2020

The company's outlook for fiscal 2020 assumes a decline in reimbursement rates consistent with the decline experienced in fiscal 2019. However, based upon conditions in the generic drug market, the company does not expect to be able to as effectively offset these declines with generic drug purchasing savings as in the prior year. The company's outlook also assumes a reduction of approximately $40 million in TSA fee income from WBA, which the company expects to offset by the reduction in corporate SG&A costs that was disclosed last month. The Company also has factored into the outlook an increase in rent expense of $11 million as a result of the adoption of the new lease accounting standard.

Rite Aid said it expects sales to be between $21.5 billion and $21.9 billion in fiscal 2020 with same store sales expected to range from an increase of 0.0 percent to an increase of 1.0 percent over fiscal 2019.

Net loss is expected to be between $170.0 million and $220.0 million.

Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be between $500.0 million and $560.0 million.

Adjusted net (loss) income per share is expected to be between a loss of $0.01 and income of $0.04.

Capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $250 million.

Rite Aid Board Approves 1-for-20 Stock Split Ratio

As previously announced on March 21, 2019, Rite Aid's stockholders approved a reverse stock split of the company's outstanding shares of common stock, at a reverse stock split ratio of 1-for-10, 1-for-15 or 1-for-20. On April 10, 2019, Rite Aid's Board approved the implementation of the Reverse Stock Split at a ratio of 1-for-20. Once effective, the reverse stock split will reduce the number of shares of common stock issued and outstanding from approximately 1.08 billion to approximately 54 million. Rite Aid's common stock will begin trading on a split-adjusted basis on the New York Stock Exchange at the market open on April 22, 2019.

Conference Call Broadcast

Rite Aid will hold an analyst call at 8:30 a.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. A playback of the call will also be available by telephone beginning at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time today until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 13, 2019. 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 reservation number 9067846.

Rite Aid is one of the nation's leading drugstore chains with 2,469 stores in 18 states. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through Rite Aid's website at www.riteaid.com.

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 Rite Aid's outlook for fiscal 2020; Rite Aid's competitive position and ability to implement new strategies; the timing of the reverse stock split; 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, the possibility that the reverse stock split may not have its intended effects and that factors unrelated to the reverse stock split may impact the per share trading price of our common stock; our ability to successfully execute and achieve benefits from our leadership transition plan and organizational restructuring, including our chief executive officer search process, and to manage the transition to a new chief executive officer and other management; the potential for operational disruptions due to, among other things, concerns of management, employees, current and potential customers, other third parties with whom we do business and shareholders; the success of any changes to our business strategy that may be implemented under our new chief executive officer and other management; our ability to achieve cost savings through the organizational restructurings within the anticipated timeframe, if at all; possible changes in the and components of the expected costs and charges associated with the organizational restructuring plan and the outlook for and future growth of the Company; 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; and our ability to achieve the benefits of our efforts to reduce the costs of our generic and other drugs; risks related to the pending sale of the remaining Rite Aid distribution centers and related assets to WBA, including the possibility that the transactions may not close, or the business of Rite Aid may suffer as a result of uncertainty surrounding the pending transactions. 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

Rite Aid 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 expense, merger and acquisition-related costs, non-recurring litigation settlement, loss on debt retirements, LIFO adjustments, goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges and the WBA merger termination fee. The current calculations of Adjusted Net Income (Loss) and Adjusted Net Income (Loss) per Diluted Share reflect a modification made in the second quarter of fiscal 2019 to add back all amortization expenses rather than the amortization of EnvisionRx intangible assets only. 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, goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges, inventory write-downs related to store closings, loss on debt retirements, the WBA merger termination fee, and other items (including stock-based compensation expense, merger and acquisition-related costs, non-recurring litigation settlement, severance and costs related to facility closures and gain or loss on sale of assets). The current calculation of Adjusted EBITDA reflects a modification made in the second quarter of fiscal 2019 to eliminate the add back of revenue deferrals related to our customer loyalty program and to present amounts previously included within other as separate reconciling items. We further note that the add back of LIFO (credit) charge when calculating Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income (Loss) and Adjusted Net Income (Loss) per Diluted Share removes the entire impact of LIFO (credits) charges, and effectively reflects Rite Aid's results as if the company was on a FIFO inventory basis.

 

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