Arden Group, Inc. Announces Second Quarter Earnings Business Wire LOS ANGELES -- August 8, 2013 Arden Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:ARDNA) today released its sales and income figures for the second quarter ended June 29, 2013. Arden Group, Inc. is the parent company of Gelson’s Markets which currently operates 16 full-service supermarkets in Southern California carrying both perishable and grocery products. ARDEN GROUP, INC. AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES SECOND QUARTER EARNINGS RELEASE (UNAUDITED) Thirteen Weeks Ended Twenty-Six Weeks Ended June 29, June 30, June 29, June 30, (In Thousands, Except Share, Per 2013 2012 2013 2012 Share & Footnote Data) Sales (a) $ 111,031 $ 107,699 $ 224,686 $ 214,926 Operating (b) 8,185 8,236 15,528 13,133 income Interest, dividend and (7 ) 25 (2 ) 48 other income (expense), net Income before 8,178 8,261 15,526 13,181 income taxes Income tax 3,332 3,366 6,326 5,370 provision Net income $ 4,846 $ 4,895 $ 9,200 $ 7,811 Basic and diluted net $ 1.58 $ 1.59 $ 3.00 $ 2.54 income per common share Basic and diluted weighted 3,071,000 3,071,000 3,071,000 3,071,000 average common shares outstanding Same store sales from the Company’s 16 supermarkets (excluding the Pasadena location which was closed June 15, 2013) were $107,994,000 during the second quarter of 2013 compared to $104,207,000 in the second quarter of 2012, an increase of 3.6%. The increase in same store sales is due to an increase in the number of transactions, as well as inflation, but was partially offset by a shift in holiday sales. Easter (a) and Passover sales occurred in the second quarter of 2012 but fell into the first quarter of 2013. For the twenty-six weeks ended June 29, 2013, same store sales (which also excludes the Northridge location which was closed on February 25, 2012, in addition to the Pasadena store mentioned above) were $218,050,000 compared to $206,294,000 in the same period of 2012, an increase of 5.7%. The year-to-date increase in same store sales is the result of inflation, as well as an increase in the number of transactions in 2013 compared to the prior year. In September 2012, Gelson’s entered into a lease for a supermarket location in the marina area of Long Beach, California. Gelson’s took possession of the property on March 1, 2013. Gelson’s is in the process of extensively remodeling the site and currently anticipates opening a new Gelson’s supermarket at that location in late 2013. Operating income in the second quarter of 2013 decreased slightly primarily due to higher stock appreciation rights (SARs) compensation expense and the timing of the Easter and Passover holidays as described above. The Company recorded SARs compensation expense of $670,000 in the second quarter of 2013 due to an increase in SARs fair value since the beginning of the quarter and additional vesting. Conversely, in the (b) second quarter of 2012, the Company reversed $170,000 of SARs compensation expense recognized in prior periods. Operating income also decreased due to an increase in the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) health and welfare and pension contribution rates at various times throughout 2012 and 2013. The negative impact of higher SARs compensation expense and union benefits costs on operating income was offset by the positive impact of higher sales. Operating income in the first half of 2013 and 2012 reflects the impact of two store closures – the Pasadena and Northridge locations. Closing costs of $170,000 and $1,906,000 related to the closing of the Pasadena and Northridge stores were accrued in the first half of 2013 and 2012, respectively. Excluding the costs related to store closings, operating income increased by 4.4% in the first half of 2013 compared to the same period of 2012. This increase is the result of higher sales, slightly improved gross margins and a decrease in store expense as a percent of sales. The decrease in store expense as a percent of sales is due to an increase in sales without a comparable increase in expense, as well as the closing of unprofitable locations. The increase in operating income was partially offset by an increase in SARs compensation expense, increased UFCW benefit contribution rates and a UFCW bonus of approximately $768,000 paid in March 2013. The Company recorded SARs compensation expense of $1,110,000 in the first half of 2013. Conversely, in the first half of 2012, the Company reversed $434,000 of SARs compensation expense recognized in prior periods. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a safe harbor for forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of the Company. Certain statements contained in this Current Report on Form 8-K are forward-looking statements. These statements discuss, among other things, the opening of a new location which may or may not be accomplished. These forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s current plans and expectations and are based on information currently known to the Company. The Company cautions readers that any forward-looking statements contained in this Current Report involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements. Contact: Arden Group, Inc. Patricia S. Betance Assistant Secretary 310-638-2842
Arden Group, Inc. Announces Second Quarter Earnings
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