whole foods market inc (WFM) Key Developments
Whole Foods Provides Capital Spending Guidance for the Full Year of 2015
May 26 15
Whole Foods provided capital spending guidance for the full year of 2015. For the year, the company's capital spending is estimated at $800 million, up from $710 million in 2014.
Whole Foods Market Signs on Lease for New Store at the Boro
May 7 15
Whole Foods Market has signed a lease for a new store at The Boro, a new development in Tysons Corner near the Greensboro Metro station. The company announced the 70,000-square-foot store will be a location in the D.C. area both in terms of size and innovative concepts. Tysons Corner is truly a growing hub for the D.C. area. An opening date for the store has been set. It will help anchor a blend of retail and dining options at The Boro, where the Meridian Group is redeveloping SAIC's former 18-acre campus at Tysons. The Boro is within walking distance of the new Greensboro Metro station and is near the intersection of Route 7 and Route 123 in Fairfax County. The Boro will offer a mix of offices, apartments, condominiums, retail stores, restaurants and entertainment. When complete, it will consist of roughly 1.8 million square feet of residential space, 1.3 million square feet of office, 316,000 square feet of retail, and 250,000 square feet of hotel space.
Whole Foods Market, Inc. Announces Unaudited Consolidated Earnings Results for the 12 Weeks, 28 Weeks and 52 Weeks Ended April 12, 2015; Provides Sales Guidance for Third Quarter and Earnings Guidance for the Full Year of Fiscal 2015
May 6 15
Whole Foods Market, Inc. announced unaudited consolidated earnings results for the 12 weeks, 28 weeks and 52 weeks ended April 12, 2015. For the 12 weeks, the company reported sales of $3,647 million against $3,322 million a year ago. Operating income was $255 million against $231 million a year ago. Income before income taxes was $259 million against $233 million a year ago. Net income was $158 million against $142 million a year ago. Diluted earnings per share were $0.44 against $0.38 a year ago. EBITDA was $355 million against $318 million a year ago. Adjusted EBITDA was $379 million against $343 million a year ago. Free cash flow was $116 million against $139 million a year ago. Net cash provided by operating activities was $322 million against $282 million a year ago. Other property and equipment expenditures were $63 million against $58 million a year ago.
For the 28 weeks, the company reported sales of $8,319 million against $7,561 million a year ago. Operating income was $526 million against $486 million a year ago. Income before income taxes was $534 million against $492 million a year ago. Net income was $326 million against $300 million a year ago. Diluted earnings per share were $0.90 against $0.80 a year ago. EBITDA was $751 million against $684 million a year ago. Adjusted EBITDA was $807 million against $737 million a year ago. Free cash flow was $251 million against $257 million a year ago. Net cash provided by operating activities was $709 million against $619 million a year ago. Other property and equipment expenditures were $163 million against $155 million a year ago. Purchases of intangible assets were $1 million against $18 million a year ago. Comparable store sales increased 4.2%, including an estimated 20 basis point positive impact from Easter shifting from the third quarter last year to the second quarter this year.
For the 52 weeks, the company reported net income of $604 million against $563 million a year ago. Adjusted earnings were $604 million against $563 million a year ago. Adjusted earnings, including the effect of capitalized operating leases was $689 million against $640 million a year ago.
The company expects comparable store sales growth in the third quarter to be negatively impacted by approximately 100 basis points from the Easter shift and cycling over Team Member Appreciation Double Discount Day in the prior year.
For the fiscal year 2015, the company expects sales growth over 9%, comparable store sales growth in the low to middle single digits, square footage growth of 9% to 10% based on 38 to 42 new stores, including five to six relocations, EBITDA margin of approximately 9% and ROIC greater than 14%. For the fiscal year, the company still expects a greater year-over-year decline in gross margin excluding LIFO than the last year.
Whole Foods Market to Open Newest Store in University Place on May 7, 2015
May 6 15
Whole Foods Market will open its doors in University Place, Washington on May 7, 2015. This is the first Whole Foods Market store in Pierce County, and the eighth location in Washington state. Located at 3515 Bridgeport Way W. in the Village at Chambers Bay, the new store will serve as a gathering place for local residents and provide an unmatched selection of high quality natural and organic goods, as well as a wide variety of locally sourced products and delicious dining options. Select store highlights include: The Lumberyard, a made-in-house, wood-fired pizza eatery, offers a full menu of antipasti, salads, thin crust and deep dish signature pizzas, vegan pizzas, baked pastas and desserts. Wheat free, rice crust pizza dough is also available upon request. People can enjoy wines by the bottle, or choose from the 10 beers on tap, including local brews, as well as ginger beer and cider. With seating for 29, customers can dine in or order pizzas and more to go. Top local brewers collaborated with Whole Foods Market Team Members to introduce a highly curated set of beers exclusively available at the Chambers Bay store. These include a Wingman Black Currant Saison, Narrows Diver Down IPA and an English-style IPA from 7 Seas. In addition, Whole Foods Market'sChambers Bay store is the only retail partner selling the Chambers Bay Summer Open Ale from Harmon Brewing. Beer enthusiasts can follow the changing selections on the TapHunter app. A covered patio with seating for 50 around a cozy indoor/outdoor fireplace. A custom-ordered fish fry basket in the seafood department made with beer batter from a brew specially created by Narrows Brewing for the Chambers Bay store. Custom burger bar in the Meat Department allowing shoppers to order their own stuffed burger creation. A community art installation, created by students at Curtis High School, will greet shoppers as they approach the store. Abundant storefront parking, in addition to convenient under-store parking directly off of Drexler Drive. The first 75 visitors to the store on May 7, 2015 will receive a Whole Foods Market gift card with a mystery value between $10 and $100.
NuZee Inc. Announces Partnership With Whole Foods Market
Apr 23 15
NuZee Inc. announced their first retail partnership with Whole Foods Market. They will be on-site at the Olathe, Kansas store opening on April 22, 2015. Their product line Coffee Blenders will be actively supporting the launch, performing product demos for consumers. The goal of NuZee Inc., is to expand within Whole Foods Market (Rocky Mountain Region) as the first 'Functional Coffee' offered in their stores. Coffee Blenders will launch three 10-count single serve cup offerings including: Lean Cup, Relax Cup and Think Cup.