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|PetSmart Reports Results for the First Quarter 2011|
PHOENIX, May 18, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
PetSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETM) today reported earnings of $0.61 per share, up 33% compared to $0.46 per share in the first quarter of 2010. Net income totaled $71 million in the first quarter of 2011, compared to $56 million in the first quarter of 2010.
Total sales for the first quarter of 2011 increased 6.8% to $1.5 billion. The increase in net sales was partially impacted by $4 million in favorable foreign currency fluctuations. Comparable store sales, or sales in stores open at least a year, grew 5.0%, benefitting from comparable transactions growth of 2.7%. Services sales, which are included in total sales, grew 9.0% to $167 million.
During the first quarter, the company generated $96 million in operating cash flow, spent $31 million in capital expenditures, distributed $14 million in dividends, and repurchased $102 million of PetSmart stock. The Company ended the quarter with $290 million in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash and zero borrowings on its credit facility.
"We are pleased to report another quarter of solid earnings growth," said Bob Moran, Chief Executive Officer and President. "Our performance in the first quarter reflects the continued momentum in our business and represents another step forward on our journey to becoming a best-in-class specialty retailer."
"For all of 2011, we expect comparable store sales growth in the low- to mid-single digit range, and total sales growth in the mid-single digit range. We are raising our earnings per share guidance from a previous range of $2.23 to $2.35 to our current expectations of $2.32 to $2.42," said Chip Molloy, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "For the second quarter of 2011, we are expecting comparable store sales growth in the mid-single digit range, and earnings per share between $0.47 and $0.51."
Conference call information
PetSmart management has scheduled a teleconference for 4:30 p.m. EDT on May 18, 2011 to discuss results for the first quarter 2011. This teleconference will be webcast live for all investors at www.petm.com or www.streetevents.com. The webcast will be available until the company announces results for the second quarter of 2011. In addition, you can listen to the call live by dialing 866-253-5757 (within the United States and Canada) or 703-639-1206 (for international callers), code 1525559.
A phone replay will be available through June 18, 2011, 11:59 p.m. EDT, at 888-266-2081 in the United States and Canada, or at 703-925-2533 for international callers, code 1525559.
PetSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETM) is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. The company employs approximately 48,000 associates and operates more than 1,192 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, over 184 in-store PetSmart(R) PetsHotel(R) dog and cat boarding facilities and is a leading online provider of pet supplies and pet care information (http://www.petsmart.com). PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products; and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Campâ" day care services and pet adoption services. Since 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc., an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit animal welfare organization and the largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America, has provided more than $134 million in grants and programs benefiting animal welfare organizations. Through its in-store pet adoption partnership with PetSmart Charities(R), PetSmart has helped save the lives of more than 4.4 million pets.
This news release contains forward-looking statements concerning our expectations for future performance, including the statements comprising our 2011 guidance. These "forward-looking statements" are based on currently available information, operating plans and projections about future events and trends. They inherently involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted in such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: changes in general economic conditions; conditions affecting customer transactions and average ticket including, but not limited to, weather conditions or other seasonal events; our ability to compete effectively; disruption of our supply chain; our ability to effectively manage our growth and operations; changes in our cost structure; and changes in the legal or regulatory environment. Undue reliance should not be placed on such forward-looking statements as they speak only as of the date hereof, and we undertake no obligation to update these statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances except as may be required by law. For additional information on these and other factors that arise when investing in PetSmart, please see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and subsequent reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K.
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