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Vitamin Shoppe, Inc. Announces Fiscal Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Results
Company Promotes Truesdale to CEO and Archbold to President
Fourth Quarter Highlights:
- Comparable store sales grew 6.5%
- Net sales increased 11.0%
- Income from operations increased 54.0%
- Net income more than tripled
- Opened 12 stores during the quarter
PR Newswire
NORTH BERGEN, N.J.

Commenting on the record results, Rick Markee, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company stated, "I am very pleased with our overall performance as we continue to build momentum in the business through new-unit expansion, driving comparable store sales growth and maximizing our direct sales opportunities.  The fact that we have consistently delivered positive same store growth is an indication of the strength of the Vitamin Shoppe brand and reflects our relentless focus on optimizing the opportunities in our core business."

Added Mr. Markee, "We are optimistic about the outlook for the current year, and are encouraged by the healthy trends in consumer demand and foot traffic in our stores.  In 2011, we plan to increase our store base by 10% and drive 4 to 5 percent comparable store sales growth through consistent focus on our growth strategy.  Strategically and financially, many initiatives were undertaken in 2010, our first full year as a public company.  We believe these initiatives have positioned Vitamin Shoppe to deliver ongoing positive comparable store sales and profitable growth."

Management Changes

The Company also announced executive management promotions which will become effective April 4, 2011. Rick Markee will continue to be Executive Chairman of the Company as well as maintain his position as Chairman of the Board, while Anthony Truesdale will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer. Michael Archbold has been named President of the Company and will maintain his position as Chief Operating Officer. In addition, Brenda Galgano has been appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and will join the Company April 4, 2011. Ms. Galgano was most recently CFO and Treasurer at the grocer The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. (A&P).

"It is a great testament to the strength and depth of our management bench that we can promote Tony and Mike, as well as attract a candidate like Brenda to join the Vitamin Shoppe team," added Markee.

Fiscal Fourth Quarter 2010 Results

Net sales increased $17.9 million, or 11.0%, to $180.3 million for the three months ended December 25, 2010, compared with $162.4 million for the three months ended December 26, 2009.  The increase was the result of the growth in comparable store sales predominantly driven by traffic, continued strong performance from new stores and a 6.1% increase in direct sales driven by further expansion in Vitamin Shoppe's online business.

Overall store sales for the three months ended December 25, 2010 grew as a result of an increase in non-comparable store sales of $7.4 million and an increase in comparable store sales of $9.3 million, or 6.5%.  The Company opened 12 stores in the quarter and 47 for the full year.  Total store count was 484 as of December 25, 2010, compared with 438 as of December 26, 2009.

Cost of goods sold, which includes product, warehouse, distribution and occupancy costs, increased $10.0 million, or 9.0%, to $120.6 million for the three months ended December 25, 2010, compared with $110.6 million for the three months ended December 26, 2009.

Gross profit increased $7.9 million, or 15.3%, to $59.7 million for the three months ended December 25, 2010, compared with $51.8 million for the three months ended December 26, 2009.  Gross profit as a percentage of sales was 33.1% for the quarter ended December 25, 2010, compared with 31.9% for the comparable prior year period.  The improvement reflects improved purchasing, effective inventory management and leverage on occupancy driven by the strong comparable sales performance.

Selling, general and administrative expenses ("SG&A"), including operating payroll and related benefits, advertising and promotion expense, depreciation and amortization, and other SG&A, increased $4.8 million, or 11.2%, to $47.4 million for the three months ended December 25, 2010, compared with $42.6 million for the three months ended December 26, 2009.  SG&A as a percentage of net sales was 26.3% for the quarter compared to 26.2% for the comparable prior year period.

Fiscal fourth quarter 2010 SG&A includes $0.3 million of expenses incurred in connection with the secondary stock offering completed in the fourth quarter which equates to approximately $0.01 per share.

Income from operations increased $4.3 million, or 54.0%, to $12.3 million for the three months ended December 25, 2010, compared with $8.0 million for the three months ended December 26, 2009.  Income from operations as a percentage of net sales increased to 6.8% for the 2010 quarter, compared with 4.9% for the comparable prior year period. Net income increased $4.1 million to $6.0 million for the three months ended December 25, 2010, compared with $1.9 million for the three months ended December 26, 2009.  Net income also benefited from significantly lower interest expense versus the same period in 2009.

Earnings per diluted share increased to $0.21 in fiscal fourth quarter 2010 from $0.04 per share in the comparable period of the prior year.  Excluding the one-time costs associated with the secondary offering, earnings per diluted share for the quarter would have been $0.22.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

During the fourth quarter 2010, the Company repurchased $20.0 million of outstanding floating rate notes.  For the full year, the Company reduced its outstanding debt by $47.0 million, and ended the year with total outstanding debt of $73.1 million. Cash and equivalents at December 25, 2010 were $26.0 million, up from $8.8 million at December 26, 2009.

Subsequent to year end, the Company announced two finance-related transactions.  Vitamin Shoppe, Inc. amended and restated its Loan and Security Agreement with J.P. Morgan Chase dated September 25, 2009, providing for a term loan of $25.0 million, with a maturity date of January 18, 2013, and extending the maturity date of the existing $70.0 million revolving credit facility an additional two years to September 25, 2015.

Utilizing the proceeds from the new term loan, cash available on the balance sheet and the available credit facility the Company's subsidiary, Vitamin Shoppe Industries, Inc., announced the planned redemption on February 22, 2011 (the "Redemption Date") of the remaining $55.1 million  of its Second Priority Senior Secured Floating Rate Notes due 2012.  The redemption price for the Notes will be 100% of the principal amount of the redeemed Notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest to the Redemption Date.  As a result of the planned redemption, the Company expects to report a pretax loss on extinguishment of debt of approximately $0.6 million in the first quarter of 2011.

Capital expenditures were $4.2 million for the fiscal fourth quarter and $18.4 million for the year.  The majority of these funds were expended on new store openings.

Fiscal Year 2010 Highlights

  • Comparable store sales grew 7.1% for the fiscal year
  • Net sales increased 11.4%
  • Income from operations increased 44.3%
  • Net income more than doubled
  • Opened 47 stores during the year
 

2011 Outlook

For the current fiscal year, management is confirming its previously issued outlook and expects:

  • 10% new-store growth (approximately 48 new stores)
  • Approximately $23 million in capital expenditures
  • A 4% to 5% increase in comparable store sales
  • Continued improvement in EBIT margin reflecting continuing maturation of the store base, leverage on depreciation and amortization and corporate expenses
 

Webcast

The Company will webcast a conference call at 10:00 am Eastern Time today to discuss its fiscal fourth quarter 2010 results. Interested investors and other parties may listen to the simultaneous webcast of the conference call by logging onto the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.vitaminshoppe.com.  The on-line replay will be available immediately following the call.  A telephonic replay will be available approximately one hour after the call's completion and can be accessed by dialing 1-888-286-8010 or for international callers, 1-617-801-6888. The passcode for the replay is 59310372. The replay will be available until February 23, 2011.

About Vitamin Shoppe, Inc. (NYSE: VSI)

Vitamin Shoppe is a leading specialty retailer and direct marketer of nutritional products based in North Bergen, New Jersey. The Company sells vitamins, minerals, nutritional supplements, herbs, sports nutrition formulas, homeopathic remedies, green living products, and health and beauty aids to customers located primarily in the United States. The Company carries national brand products as well as exclusive products under the Vitamin Shoppe, MD Select, and VS Basics proprietary brands. The Vitamin Shoppe conducts business through more than 480 Company-owned retail stores, national mail order catalogs, and websites, www.VitaminShoppe.com and www.EcoShoppe.com, and has a social community site at www.VSconnect.com.

Forward Looking Statement

Certain statements in this press release are "forward-looking statements". Such forward-looking statements reflect the Company's current expectations or beliefs concerning future events and actual results of operations may differ materially from historical results or current expectations. Any such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including the strength of the economy, changes in the overall level of consumer spending, the performance of the Company's products within the prevailing retail environment, trade restrictions, availability of suitable store locations at appropriate terms and other factors which are described  in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 26, 2009 and in all filings with the Securities Exchange Commission made by the Company subsequent to the filing of the Form 10-K. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required by law.

VITAMIN SHOPPE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

($ in thousands, except share and per share data)

(Unaudited)

 
   
         
 

Three Months Ended

 

Fiscal Year Ended

 
 

December 25,

December 26,

 

December 25,

December 26,

 
 

2010

2009

 

2010

2009

 
             

Net sales

$                   180,276

$                   162,398

 

$                  751,482

$                  674,495

 

Cost of goods sold

120,618

110,639

 

501,948

457,573

 

Gross profit

59,658

51,759

 

249,534

216,922

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

47,368

42,592

 

189,872

173,144

 

Related party expenses

-

1,186

 

-

2,446

 

Income from operations

12,290

7,981

 

59,662

41,332

 

Loss on extinguishment of debt

229

1,753

 

1,349

2,016

 

Interest expense

1,847

4,131

 

9,517

18,636

 

Income before provision for income taxes

10,214

2,097

 

48,796

20,680

 

Provision for income taxes

4,252

234

 

19,550

8,014

 

Net income

5,962

1,863

 

29,246

12,666

 
             

Preferred stock dividends in arrears

-

893

 

-

7,692

 

Net income applicable to common shareholders

$                       5,962

$                          970

 

$                    29,246

$                      4,974

 
             

Earnings per share:

           

Weighted average shares outstanding:

           

  Basic

28,026,972

22,455,694

 

27,390,419

16,238,338

 

  Diluted

28,889,861

23,607,922

 

28,338,788

17,748,371

 

Net income per share

           

  Basic

$                         0.21

$                         0.04

 

$                        1.07

$                        0.31

 

  Diluted

$                         0.21

$                         0.04

 

$                        1.03

$                        0.28

 
           

 

SEGMENT DATA, KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS AND STORE INFO

($ in thousands)

(unaudited)

 
   
   

Three Months Ended

 

Fiscal Year Ended

 
   

December 25,

December 26,

 

December 25,

December 26,

 
   

2010

2009

 

2010

2009

 

Sales:

           
 

Retail

$                  159,991

$                143,272

 

$               668,008

$                596,253

 
 

Direct

20,285

19,126

 

83,474

78,242

 

Net sales

180,276

162,398

 

751,482

674,495

 
               

Income from operations:

           
 

Retail

$                    27,872

$                  22,732

 

118,319

94,494

 
 

Direct

3,282

3,817

 

14,863

15,126

 
 

Corporate Costs

(18,864)

(18,568)

 

(73,520)

(68,288)

 

Income from operations

$                    12,290

$                    7,981

 

$                 59,662

$                  41,332

 
               

Increase in comparable store net sales

6.5%

7.0%

 

7.1%

5.2%

 

Depreciation and Amortization

$                      4,987

$                    4,615

 

$                 21,112

$                  21,095

 

Impairment charge on fixed assets

$                              -

$                            -

 

$                   1,326

$                           -

 

Amortization of deferred financing fees

$                         128

$                       350

 

$                      740

$                    1,227

 
               

Gross profit as a percent of net sales

33.1%

31.9%

 

33.2%

32.2%

 

Income from operations as a percent of net sales

6.8%

4.9%

 

7.9%

6.1%

 
               

Store Data:

           
 

Stores open at beginning of period

472

434

 

438

401

 
 

  Stores opened

12

5

 

47

39

 
 

  Stores closed

-

(1)

 

(1)

(2)

 
 

Stores open at end of period

484

438

 

484

438

 
             

 

VITAMIN SHOPPE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

($ in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 
   
 

December 25,

 

December 26,

 
 

2010

 

2009

 

ASSETS

       

Current assets:

       

 Cash and cash equivalents

$                   25,968

 

$                   8,797

 

 Inventories

111,305

 

106,091

 

 Prepaid expenses and other current assets

13,612

 

13,401

 

 Deferred income taxes

4,033

 

5,145

 

          Total current assets

154,918

 

133,434

 

Property and equipment, net

80,949

 

83,960

 

Goodwill

177,248

 

177,248

 

Other intangibles, net

69,718

 

70,356

 

Other assets:

       

  Deferred financing fees, net of accumulated amortization of $1,961 and $2,856, respectively

816

 

2,384

 

 Other

2,068

 

1,875

 

    Total other assets

2,884

 

4,259

 

Total assets

$                 485,717

 

$               469,257

 
         

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

       

Current liabilities:

       

 Current portion of long-term debt

$                           -

 

$                 20,000

 

 Current portion of capital lease obligations

1,711

 

1,537

 

 Revolving credit facility

18,000

 

-

 

 Accounts payable

18,994

 

25,075

 

 Deferred sales

15,929

 

14,386

 

 Accrued salaries and related expenses

9,573

 

7,551

 

 Other accrued expenses

14,752

 

14,469

 

        Total current liabilities

78,959

 

83,018

 

Long-term debt

55,106

 

100,106

 

Capital lease obligations, net of current portion

977

 

2,303

 

Deferred income taxes

20,595

 

19,945

 

Other long-term liabilities

5,304

 

4,766

 

Deferred rent

27,080

 

24,768

 
         

Commitments and contingencies

       
         

Stockholders' equity:

       

Preferred stock $0.01 par value; 250,000,000 shares authorized and no shares issued

       

   and outstanding at December 25, 2010 and  December 26, 2009.

-

 

-

 

Common stock, $0.01 par value; 400,000,000 shares authorized, 28,627,897 shares issued and

       

   outstanding at December 25, 2010, and 26,750,423 shares outstanding at December 26, 2009

286

 

268

 

Additional paid-in capital

243,558

 

210,359

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

-

 

(882)

 

Retained earnings

53,852

 

24,606

 

      Total stockholders’ equity

297,696

 

234,351

 

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$                 485,717

 

$               469,257

 
       

 

SOURCE Vitamin Shoppe, Inc.


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