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July 8, 2020, 4:30 p.m. EDT

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. Reports Results For Fiscal 2020 First Quarter

- Increased Liquidity and Financial Flexibility; Quarter-End Cash and Investments of Approximately $1.2 Billion; $850 Million Asset-Based Credit Facility Secured in Early June- Swift and Decisive Actions Taken in Response to COVID-19; Investments in Omni-Channel Capabilities Supported Surge in Online Demand- First Quarter Net Sales Decreased 49% Due to Temporary Store Closures; Net Sales from Digital Channels Grew 82% and Represented Nearly Two-Thirds of Total Net Sales- First Quarter Net Loss Per Diluted Share of ($2.44); Adjusted Net Loss Per Diluted Share of ($1.96)- Company Plans to Close Approximately 200 Mostly Bed Bath & Beyond Stores Over the Next Two Years Under its Real Estate and Fleet Optimization Strategies- The Company Expects Actions from Cost Restructuring Program, Including Planned Store Closures, to Generate Future Annualized Savings of Between $250 and $350 Million, Excluding Related One-Time Costs

UNION, N.J., July 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. /zigman2/quotes/209801102/composite BBBY +1.59% today reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 ended May 30, 2020.

Three Months Ended
(in millions, except per share data)
June 1,2019
May 30,2020

June 1,2019
May 30,2020

Total Net Sales(1)
Gross Margin
-780 bps
-780 bps
Adjusted EBITDA
EPS - Diluted

(1) Not reporting comparable sales due to temporary store closures.
(2) Adjusted items refer to financial measures that are derived from measures calculated in accordance with GAAP, but which have been adjusted to exclude certain items.  All of these adjusted items are Non-GAAP financial measures as described under "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Fiscal 2020 First Quarter Highlights

  • The Company's fiscal first quarter spanned the most critical months to date of the COVID-19 pandemic – March, April and May. Net sales were approximately $1.3 billion, a decrease of 49% compared to the prior year period due to temporary store closures.

  • Gross margin decreased 780 basis points to 26.7%, unfavorably impacted by channel and product mix related to the substantial shift in sales to digital channels, including higher fulfillment costs, lower margin, COVID-essential products sold during the quarter, and the deleverage of fixed expenses.

  • SG&A expenses decreased $169 million or 19% compared to the prior year period, driven by cost reduction interventions and COVID-19 impacts. Excluding charges related to severance costs, adjusted SG&A expenses decreased $123 million or 15% compared to adjusted SG&A in the prior year period.

  • Net loss per diluted share of $(2.44) included an unfavorable impact of approximately $0.48 from special items including non-cash charges related to impairments of certain store-level assets and tradenames and severance costs. This compares with a net loss of $(2.91) per diluted share for the fiscal 2019 first quarter. Excluding special items from both quarters, the Company reported an adjusted net loss of $(1.96) per diluted share for the fiscal 2020 first quarter, and adjusted net earnings of $0.12 per diluted share for the fiscal 2019 first quarter.

Mark Tritton, Bed Bath & Beyond's President and CEO said, "The impact of the COVID-19 situation was felt across our business during our fiscal first quarter, including loss of sales due to temporary store closures and margin pressure from the substantial channel shift to digital.  From the beginning of this crisis, we have taken measured, purposeful steps to help keep our people safe and our customers serviced, and we are proud of the way our teams have navigated this unprecedented challenge with speed and agility.  At the same time, our actions to strengthen our financial position and liquidity are enhancing our flexibility and capacity to invest and rebuild our business for long-term success.

"With nearly all stores now open, we are delighted to welcome back our customers and drive an enhanced omni-always shopping experience.  We are encouraged by early customer response, including continued strong demand, in excess of 80%, across our digital channels during the month of June, bolstered by the expansion of our Buy-Online-Pick-Up-In-Store (BOPIS) and Curbside Pickup services.  We believe Bed Bath & Beyond will emerge from this crisis even stronger, given the strength of our brand, our people and our balance sheet," Tritton added.

Financial Position Update

An important focus of the Company during the fiscal 2020 first quarter was to increase liquidity and optimize costs.  The Company had a fiscal 2019 year-end cash and investments balance of approximately $1.4 billion, and through well-controlled cash management strategies and other cost reduction interventions, ended the first quarter with approximately $1.2 billion in cash and investments.  Subsequent to the end of the fiscal 2020 first quarter, on June 22, 2020, the Company announced a new $850 million three-year secured asset-based revolving credit facility (ABL Facility), which provides substantial additional liquidity if needed.  The ABL Facility expires in June 2023 and replaces the Company's unsecured revolving credit facility (Revolver) that allowed for borrowings up to $250 million. In connection with entering into the ABL Facility, the Company refinanced the outstanding balance on the Revolver with proceeds of $236 million borrowed under the ABL Facility.


The Company is not providing financial guidance for 2020 due to the continued uncertainty related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The COVID-19 pandemic remains volatile and the impact continues to evolve, and it could adversely affect the Company's store re-opening plans and other measures intended to address its impact and/or the current expectations of its future business performance.

During the fiscal 2020 first quarter, the Company took decisive action to proactively manage the unprecedented financial and operational impacts of COVID-19, while prioritizing the investments designed to rebuild and grow the business.  In prioritizing investments such as the accelerated launch of BOPIS and Curbside Pickup services, the Company rapidly evolved to meet the changing needs of its customers during this time.  The Company is taking measured steps to re-open stores to the public, including the launch of its Store Safety Plan to help ensure customers can shop confidently.  The Company believes it has a strong financial position to manage through these uncertain times.

In addition, as part of the extensive business transformation underway, the Company continues to drive strong actions as part of its ongoing restructuring program.  These include, among other things, efforts to reduce cost of goods and drive supply chain transformation to address gross margin pressures related to the substantial shift of sales to digital channels.  Furthermore, the Company plans to right-size its real estate portfolio by closing approximately 200 mostly Bed Bath & Beyond stores over the next two years and focus on other SG&A expense reductions.

The Company expects the aggregate benefit from these actions will generate future annualized savings of between $250 and $350 million, excluding related one-time costs.

Fiscal 2020 First Quarter Conference Call and Investor Presentation

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.'s fiscal 2020 first quarter conference call with analysts and investors will be held today at 5:00 pm EDT and may be accessed by dialing 1-888-424-8151, or if international, 1-847-585-4422, using conference ID number 9348989#.  A live audio webcast of the conference call, along with the sales and earnings press release and supplemental financial disclosures, will also be available on the investor relations section of the Company's website at www.bedbathandbeyond.com .  The webcast will be available for replay after the call.

The Company has also made available an Investor Presentation on the investor relations section of the Company's website at www.bedbathandbeyond.com .

About the Company

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. and subsidiaries (the "Company") is an omnichannel retailer that makes it easy for its customers to feel at home.  The Company sells a wide assortment of domestics merchandise and home furnishings.  The Company also provides a variety of textile products, amenities and other goods to institutional customers in the hospitality, cruise line, healthcare and other industries.  Additionally, the Company is a partner in a joint venture which operates retail stores in Mexico under the name Bed Bath & Beyond.

The Company operates websites at bedbathandbeyond.com, bedbathandbeyond.ca, worldmarket.com, buybuybaby.com, buybuybaby.ca, christmastreeshops.com, andthat.com, harmondiscount.com, facevalues.com, personalizationmall.com, decorist.com, harborlinen.com, and t-ygroup.com.  As of May 30, 2020, the Company had a total of 1,478 stores, including 955 Bed Bath & Beyond stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada, 262 stores under the names of World Market, Cost Plus World Market or Cost Plus, 127 buybuy BABY stores, 81 stores under the names Christmas Tree Shops, Christmas Tree Shops andThat! or andThat!, and 53 stores under the names Harmon, Harmon Face Values or Face Values.  During the fiscal 2020 first quarter, the Company opened one buybuy BABY store and one Cost Plus World Market Store.  Also, during the fiscal first quarter, the Company closed 21 Bed Bath & Beyond stores.  The joint venture to which the Company is a partner operates ten stores in Mexico under the name Bed Bath & Beyond.

Non-GAAP Information

This press release contains certain non-GAAP information, including adjusted earnings (loss) before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA"), adjusted SG&A and adjusted net loss per diluted share, which is intended to provide visibility into the Company's core operations by excluding the effects of the goodwill, tradename and other impairments, including impairments of certain store-level assets, severance costs and shareholder activity costs.  The Company's definition and calculation of non-GAAP measures may differ from that of other companies.  Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, the Company's reported GAAP financial results.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the Company's progress and anticipated progress towards its long-term objectives and the success of its plans in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), as well as the status of its future liquidity and financial condition and potential impact and success of its strategic restructuring program.  Many of these forward-looking statements can be identified by use of words such as may, will, expect, anticipate, approximate, estimate, assume, continue, model, project, plan, goal, and similar words and phrases, although the absence of those words does not necessarily mean that statements are not forward-looking.  The Company's actual results and future financial condition may differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements as a result of many factors.  Such factors include, without limitation: general economic conditions including the housing market, a challenging overall macroeconomic environment and related changes in the retailing environment; risks associated with COVID-19 and the governmental responses to it, including its impacts across the Company's businesses on demand and operations, as well as on the operations of the Company's suppliers and other business partners, and the effectiveness of the Company's actions taken in response to these risks; consumer preferences, spending habits and adoption of new technologies; demographics and other macroeconomic factors that may impact the level of spending for the types of merchandise sold by the Company; civil disturbances and terrorist acts; unusual weather patterns and natural disasters; competition from existing and potential competitors across all channels; pricing pressures; liquidity; the ability to achieve anticipated cost savings, and to not exceed anticipated costs, associated with organizational changes and investments, including the Company's strategic restructuring program; the ability to attract and retain qualified employees in all areas of the organization; the cost of labor, merchandise and other costs and expenses; potential supply chain disruption due to trade restrictions, and other factors such as natural disasters, such as pandemics, including the COVID-19 pandemic, political instability, labor disturbances, product recalls, financial or operational instability of suppliers or carriers, and other items; the ability to find suitable locations at acceptable occupancy costs and other terms to support the Company's plans for new stores; the ability to establish and profitably maintain the appropriate mix of digital and physical presence in the markets it serves; the ability to assess and implement technologies in support of the Company's development of its omnichannel capabilities; the ability to effectively and timely adjust the Company's plans in the face of the rapidly changing retail and economic environment, including in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; uncertainty in financial markets; volatility in the price of the Company's common stock and its effect, and the effect of other factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic, on the Company's capital allocation strategy; risks associated with the ability to achieve a successful outcome for its business concepts and to otherwise achieve its business strategies; the impact of intangible asset and other impairments; disruptions to the Company's information technology systems including but not limited to security breaches of systems protecting consumer and employee information or other types of cybercrimes or cybersecurity attacks; reputational risk arising from challenges to the Company's or a third party product or service supplier's compliance with various laws, regulations or standards, including those related to labor, health, safety, privacy or the environment; reputational risk arising from third-party merchandise or service vendor performance in direct home delivery or assembly of product for customers; changes to statutory, regulatory and legal requirements, including without limitation proposed changes affecting international trade; changes to, or new, tax laws or interpretation of existing tax laws; new, or developments in existing, litigation, claims or assessments; changes to, or new, accounting standards; and foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations.  The Company does not undertake any obligation to update its forward-looking statements.


Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended

May 30, 2020
June 1, 2019

Net sales $ 1,307,447

$ 2,572,989

Cost of sales 958,958


    Gross profit 348,489


Selling, general and administrative expenses 724,157


Goodwill and other impairments 85,261


    Operating loss (460,929)


Interest expense, net 17,171


    Loss before provision for income taxes (478,100)


Benefit for income taxes (175,809)


    Net loss $ (302,291)

$ (371,085)

Net loss per share - Basic $ (2.44)

$ (2.91)
Net loss per share - Diluted $ (2.44)

$ (2.91)

Weighted average shares outstanding - Basic 123,697

Weighted average shares outstanding - Diluted 123,697


Dividends declared per share $

$ 0.17

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The following table reconciles non-GAAP financial measures presented in this press release or that may be presented on the Company's first quarter conference call with analysts and investors.  The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide management, analysts, investors and other users of the Company's financial information with meaningful supplemental information regarding the performance of the Company's business.  These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered superior to, but in addition to other financial measures prepared by the Company in accordance with GAAP, including the year-to-year results.  The Company's method of determining these non-GAAP financial measures may be different from other companies' methods and, therefore, may not be comparable to those used by other companies and the Company does not recommend the sole use of this non-GAAP measure to assess its financial and earnings performance.  For reasons noted above, the Company is presenting certain non-GAAP financial measures for its fiscal 2020 first quarter.  In order for investors to be able to more easily compare the Company's performance across periods, the Company has included comparable reconciliations for the 2019 period in the reconciliation tables below.

Non-GAAP Reconciliation
(in thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended

May 30, 2020
June 1, 2019
Reconciliation of Adjusted Net (Loss) Earnings per Diluted Share

Reported net loss per diluted share
$ (2.44)

$ (2.91)
Goodwill and other impairments, severance costs and shareholder activity costs

Adjusted net (loss) earnings per diluted share
$ (1.96)

$ 0.12

Reconciliation of Adjusted Selling, General and Administrative Expenses
Reported selling, general and administrative expenses
$ 724,157

$ 892,754


Severance costs

Shareholder activity costs

Total adjustments


Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses
$ 723,218

$ 846,092

Reconciliation of Adjusted Selling, General and Administrative Expenses as a Percentage of Net Sales
Reported selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of net sales
55.4 %
34.7 %


Severance costs
(0.1) %
(1.5) %
Shareholder activity costs
(0.3) %
Total adjustments
(0.1) %
(1.8) %

Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of net sales
55.3 %
32.9 %

Three Months Ended

May 30, 2020
June 1, 2019
Reconciliation of Net Loss to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

Reported net loss
$ (302,291)

$ (371,085)
Depreciation and amortization

Interest expense, net

Benefit for income taxes

$ (377,328)

$ (323,300)
Pre-tax Adjustments:

Goodwill and other impairments (a)

Severance costs

Shareholder activity costs

Total pre-tax adjustments

Adjusted EBITDA
$ (291,128)

$ 124,629

Reconciliation of Adjusted Effective Income Tax Rate
Reported effective income tax rate
36.8 %
12.2 %
Impact on operating loss and benefit for income taxes of goodwill and other impairments, severance costs, and shareholder activity costs
1.2 %
26.4 %
Adjusted effective income tax rate
38.0 %
38.6 %

Reconciliation of Adjusted Net (Loss) Earnings
Reported net loss
$ (302,291)

$ (371,085)

Pre-tax Adjustments:

Goodwill and other impairments (a)

Severance costs

Shareholder activity costs

Total pre-tax adjustments

Tax impact of adjustments

Total adjustments, after tax

Adjusted net (loss) earnings
$ (242,829)

$ 15,457

(a)  Goodwill and other impairments include: (1) goodwill, tradename and store asset and other impairments related to the North American Retail reporting unit; and (2) tradename impairments related to the Institutional Sales reporting unit.


Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except per share data)

May 30, 2020
February 29, 2020

Current assets:

    Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,120,974

$ 1,000,340
    Short term investment securities 29,485

    Merchandise inventories 2,240,449

    Prepaid expenses and other current assets 354,796

    Assets held-for-sale 70,530


        Total current assets 3,816,234


Long term investment securities 19,928

Property and equipment, net 1,362,110

Operating lease assets 1,903,380

Other assets 592,695


        Total assets $ 7,694,347

$ 7,790,515

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

Current liabilities:

    Accounts payable $ 954,745

$ 944,194
    Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 609,930

    Merchandise credit and gift card liabilities 327,512

    Current operating lease liabilities 545,547

    Liabilities related to assets held-for-sale 26,303


        Total current liabilities 2,464,037


Other liabilities 203,998

Income taxes payable 48,119

Operating lease liabilities 1,792,187

Long term debt 1,724,916


        Total liabilities 6,233,257


Shareholders' equity:

Preferred stock - $0.01 par value; authorized - 1,000 shares; no shares issued or outstanding

Common stock - $0.01 par value; authorized - 900,000 shares; issued  343,918 and 343,683 shares, respectively; outstanding 126,307 and 126,528 shares, respectively 3,439

Additional paid-in capital 2,175,225

Retained earnings 10,072,535

Treasury stock, at cost; 217,611 and 217,155, respectively (10,718,292)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss (71,817)


        Total shareholders' equity 1,461,090


        Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 7,694,347

$ 7,790,515


Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands, unaudited)

Three Months Ended

May 30, 2020
June 1, 2019
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:

    Net loss $ (302,291)

$ (371,085)
    Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities:

        Depreciation and amortization 83,601

        Goodwill and other impairments 85,261

        Stock-based compensation 7,702

        Deferred income taxes (82,357)

        Other (1,373)

        (Increase) decrease in assets:

           Merchandise inventories (138,503)

           Trading investment securities

           Other current assets (105,193)

           Other assets 828

        Increase (decrease) in liabilities:

           Accounts payable 20,874

           Accrued expenses and other current liabilities (47,075)

           Merchandise credit and gift card liabilities (9,794)

           Income taxes payable 1,145

           Operating lease assets and liabilities, net 94,127

           Other liabilities (1,576)


    Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities (394,624)


Cash Flows from Investing Activities:

    Purchase of held-to-maturity investment securities

    Redemption of held-to-maturity investment securities 357,000

    Capital expenditures (42,351)


    Net cash provided by investing activities 314,649


Cash Flows from Financing Activities:

    Payment of dividends (21,192)

    Repurchase of common stock, including fees (2,537)

    Borrowing of long term debt 236,400

    Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 212,671


    Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash (3,462)


    Net increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, including cash balances classified as assets held-for-sale 129,234


    Less: Change in cash balances classified as assets held-for-sale 2,270

    Net increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash 131,504


Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash:

    Beginning of period 1,023,650

    End of period $ 1,155,154

$ 732,199


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