SUPERVALU Reports Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2014 Results

Diluted EPS from continuing operations of $0.15; adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations of $0.18; Retail Food ID sales positive 0.2%; Save-A-Lot corporate store ID sales positive 3.5% and Save-A-Lot network ID sales positive 2.1%

MINNEAPOLIS--()--SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU) today reported fourth quarter fiscal 2014 net sales of $3.95 billion and net earnings of $26 million, or $0.10 per diluted share.

Net earnings from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 were $40 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, and included $8 million in after-tax net costs and charges primarily for employee severance and debt financing activities. When adjusted for these items, fourth quarter fiscal 2014 net earnings from continuing operations were $48 million, or $0.18 per diluted share. Net loss from continuing operations for last year’s fourth quarter was $174 million, or $0.82 per diluted share, and included $149 million in after-tax costs and charges primarily for non-cash asset impairments and employee severance. When adjusted for these items, fourth quarter fiscal 2013 net loss from continuing operations was $25 million, or $0.11 per diluted share. Net loss from discontinued operations in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 was $14 million. [See tables 1-4 for a reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP (adjusted) results appearing in this release.]

"Fiscal 2014 was an important transition year for SUPERVALU as we stabilized the organization and set the foundation for our future,” said President and CEO Sam Duncan. “I am pleased with the direction of our business segments and look forward to the new fiscal year where we can focus our attention on driving sales growth across the organization.”

Fourth Quarter Results – Continuing Operations

Fourth quarter net sales were $3.95 billion compared to $3.90 billion last year, an increase of 1.4 percent. Identical store sales in the Save-A-Lot network were positive 2.1 percent. Identical store sales for corporate stores within the Save-A-Lot network were positive 3.5 percent. Identical store sales in the Retail Food segment were positive 0.2 percent. Total sales within the Independent Business segment decreased 0.6 percent. Fees earned under the Transition Services Agreements (“TSA”) in the fourth quarter were $46 million compared to $9 million last year.

Gross profit for the fourth quarter was $590 million, or 14.9 percent of net sales. Last year’s fourth quarter gross profit was $557 million, or 14.3 percent of net sales. The increase in gross profit compared to last year was primarily driven by incremental fees earned under the TSA and the benefits of lower infrastructure costs partly offset by incremental investments to lower prices to customers.

Selling and administrative expenses in the fourth quarter were $471 million, or 11.9 percent of net sales, and included $8 million in pre-tax employee severance costs. When adjusted for these costs, selling and administrative expenses were $463 million, or 11.7 percent of net sales. Selling and administrative expenses in last year’s fourth quarter were $760 million, or 19.5 percent of net sales, and included $238 million in pre-tax asset impairment charges and employee severance costs. When adjusted for these items, selling and administrative expenses in last year’s fourth quarter were $522 million, or 13.4 percent of net sales. The decline in selling and administrative expenses compared to last year was primarily driven by the benefits of cost reduction initiatives and lower surplus property charges.

Last year’s fourth quarter also included a $6 million pre-tax impairment charge for tradenames with indefinite useful lives.

Net interest expense for the fourth quarter was $55 million and included $5 million in pre-tax debt financing costs related to the Company’s term loan re-pricing. When adjusted for this item, net interest expense was $50 million compared to $58 million last year. The decrease in interest expense was primarily driven by lower average rates and lower outstanding balances on the Company’s senior notes.

SUPERVALU’s income tax expense was $24 million, or 38.2 percent of pre-tax earnings, for the fourth quarter, compared to an income tax benefit of $93 million, or 35.0 percent of pre-tax loss in last year’s fourth quarter.

Independent Business

Fourth quarter Independent Business net sales were $1.82 billion compared to $1.83 billion last year, a decrease of 0.6 percent, primarily due to the continued impact of losing two large customers and lower military sales partially offset by net new business.

Independent Business operating earnings in the fourth quarter were $54 million, or 3.0 percent of net sales, and included $4 million of pre-tax employee severance costs. When adjusted for this item, Independent Business operating earnings in the fourth quarter were $58 million, or 3.2 percent of net sales. Last year’s Independent Business operating earnings in the fourth quarter were $28 million, or 1.5 percent of net sales, and included $22 million in pre-tax asset and tradename impairment charges and employee severance costs. When adjusted for these items, Independent Business operating earnings in last year’s fourth quarter were $50 million, or 2.7 percent of net sales. The increase in Independent Business adjusted operating earnings was primarily attributable to lower bad debt expense and cost reduction initiatives.

Save-A-Lot

Fourth quarter Save-A-Lot net sales were $999 million compared to $969 million last year, an increase of 3.1 percent, reflecting the impact from network identical store sales of positive 2.1 percent. Identical store sales for corporate stores within the Save-A-Lot network were positive 3.5 percent.

Save-A-Lot operating earnings in the fourth quarter were $43 million, or 4.3 percent of net sales. Last year’s Save-A-Lot operating earnings in the fourth quarter were $40 million, or 4.2 percent of net sales, and included $9 million in pre-tax asset impairment charges. When adjusted for this item, Save-A-Lot operating earnings in last year’s fourth quarter were $49 million, or 5.0 percent of net sales. The decrease in Save-A-Lot adjusted operating earnings was primarily attributable to incremental investments to lower prices to customers offset in part by the benefits of cost reduction initiatives.

Retail Food

Fourth quarter Retail Food net sales were $1.09 billion compared to $1.09 billion last year. Identical store sales were positive 0.2 percent.

Retail Food operating earnings in the fourth quarter were $36 million, or 3.4 percent of net sales, and included $2 million in pre-tax employee severance costs. When adjusted for this item, Retail Food operating earnings in the fourth quarter were $38 million, or 3.5 percent of net sales. Last year’s Retail Food operating loss was $181 million, or 16.7 percent of net sales, and included $195 million in pre-tax charges primarily related to asset impairments. When adjusted for this item, last year’s retail food operating earnings were $14 million, or 1.3 percent of net sales. The increase in Retail Food adjusted operating earnings was primarily driven by the benefit of cost reduction initiatives, including lower depreciation expense.

Corporate

Fourth quarter fees earned under the TSA were $46 million compared to $9 million last year, reflecting a higher number of stores and distribution centers covered under the agreements.

Net Corporate operating loss in the fourth quarter was $14 million and included $2 million in pre-tax employee severance costs. When adjusted for this item, net Corporate operating loss in the fourth quarter was $12 million. Last year’s net Corporate operating loss in the fourth quarter was $96 million and included $18 million in pre-tax employee severance costs and asset impairment charges. When adjusted for these items, last year’s net Corporate operating loss in the fourth quarter was $78 million. The reduction in Corporate operating loss was primarily driven by incremental fees received under the TSA and cost reduction initiatives. Last year’s loss included administrative costs of the five retail grocery banners that were divested and which were not covered by the previous TSA.

Cash flows – Continuing Operations

Full year fiscal 2014 net cash flows from operating activities were $120 million compared to $417 million last year, reflecting higher cash tax payments and working capital investment in the current year. Full year net cash flows used in investing activities were $86 million compared to $189 million last year, reflecting lower levels of capital expenditures. Full year net cash flows used in financing activities were $98 million compared to $496 million last year, reflecting lower net debt payments and proceeds received from the issuance of common stock to Symphony Investors.

Discontinued Operations

On March 21, 2013, the Company completed the sale of five retail grocery banners (Albertsons, Acme, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s and Star Market). The results from these banners are presented as discontinued operations for all periods and include the operating results and charges related to these stores.

Conference Call

A conference call to review the fourth quarter results is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. central time today. The call will be webcast live at www.supervaluinvestors.com (click on microphone icon). A replay of the call will be archived at www.supervaluinvestors.com. To access the website replay go to the "Investors" link and click on "Presentations and Webcasts."

About SUPERVALU INC.
SUPERVALU Inc. is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $17 billion. SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of 3,339 stores composed of 1,819 independent stores serviced primarily by the Company’s food distribution business, 1,330 Save-A-Lot stores, of which 948 are operated by licensee owners; and 190 traditional retail grocery stores. Headquartered in Minnesota, SUPERVALU has approximately 35,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit www.supervalu.com.

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Except for the historical and factual information contained herein, the matters set forth in this news release, particularly those pertaining to SUPERVALU’s expectations, guidance, or future operating results, and other statements identified by words such as "estimates," "expects," "projects," "plans," and similar expressions are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including competition, ability to execute initiatives, substantial indebtedness, impact of economic conditions, labor relations issues, escalating costs of providing employee benefits, relationships with Albertson’s LLC and New Albertson’s Inc., disruption of information technology systems, governmental regulation, food and drug safety issues, legal proceedings, severe weather, natural disasters and adverse climate changes, disruption to supply chain and distribution network, changes in military business, adequacy of insurance, volatility in fuel and energy costs, asset impairment charges, fluctuations in our common stock price and other risk factors relating to our business or industry as detailed from time to time in SUPERVALU's reports filed with the SEC. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this news release. Unless legally required, SUPERVALU undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

SUPERVALU INC. and Subsidiaries        
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
 
 
Fiscal Quarter Ended Fiscal Quarter Ended
February 22, 2014 February 23, 2013
(In millions, except per share data)   (12 weeks)   % of Net sales   (12 weeks)   % of Net sales
 
Net sales(1) $ 3,953 100.0

 %

$ 3,899 100.0

 %

Cost of sales     3,363     85.1

 %

    3,342     85.7

 %

Gross profit(1) 590 14.9

 %

557 14.3

 %

Selling and administrative expenses(1) 471 11.9

 %

760 19.5

 %

Goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges     -     0.0

 %

    6     0.2

 %

Operating earnings (loss) 119 3.0

 %

(209 ) (5.4 )%
Interest expense, net     55     1.4

 %

    58     1.5

 %

Earnings (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes(2) 64 1.6

 %

(267 ) (6.9 )%
Income tax provision (benefit)     24     0.6

 %

    (93 )   (2.4 )%
Net earnings (loss) from continuing operations(2) 40 1.0

 %

(174 ) (4.5 )%
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax     (14 )   (0.3 )%     (1,238 )   (31.7 )%
Net earnings (loss)   $ 26     0.7

 %

  $ (1,412 )   (36.2 )%
 
Basic net earnings per share:
Net earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations $ 0.15 $ (0.82 )
Net loss per share from discontinued operations $ (0.05 ) $ (5.83 )
Net earnings (loss) per share $ 0.10 $ (6.65 )
 
Diluted net earnings per share:
Net earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations(2) $ 0.15 $ (0.82 )
Net loss per share from discontinued operations $ (0.05 ) $ (5.83 )
Net earnings (loss) per share $ 0.10 $ (6.65 )
 
Dividends declared per share $ - $ -
 
Weighted average number of shares outstanding:
Basic 259 212
Diluted 261 212
 
(1)   During the second quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company revised its presentation of fees earned under its transition services agreements. The Company historically presented fees earned under its transition services agreements as a reduction of Selling and administrative expenses. The presentation of such fees earned has been revised and are now reflected as revenue, within Net sales of Corporate, for all periods. The revision had the effect of increasing both Net sales and Gross profit, with a corresponding increase in Selling and administrative expenses. These revisions did not impact Operating earnings (loss), Earnings (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes, Net earnings (loss), cash flows, or financial position for any period reported.
 
(2) Results from continuing operations for the fourth quarter ended February 22, 2014 include net costs and charges of $13 before tax ($8 after tax, or $0.03 per diluted share), comprised of severance costs of $8 before tax ($5 after tax, or $0.02 per diluted share), debt refinancing costs of $4 before tax ($3 after tax, or $0.01 per diluted share) and unamortized financing cost charges of $1 before tax ($0 after tax, or $0.00 per diluted share).
 
Results from continuing operations for the fourth quarter ended February 23, 2013 included net charges and costs of $244 before tax ($149 after tax, or $0.71 per diluted share), comprised of asset impairment and other charges of $210 before tax ($129 after tax, or $0.61 per diluted share), severance costs of $28 before tax ($17 after tax, or $0.08 per diluted share) and intangible asset impairment charges of $6 before tax ($3 after tax, or $0.02 per diluted share).
 

SUPERVALU INC. and Subsidiaries        
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
 
 
Fiscal Ended Fiscal Ended
February 22, 2014 February 23, 2013
(In millions, except per share data)   (52 weeks)   % of Net sales   (52 weeks)   % of Net sales
 
Net sales(1) $ 17,155 100.0

 %

$ 17,139 100.0

 %

Cost of sales     14,623   85.2

 %

    14,803     86.4

 %

Gross profit(1) 2,532 14.8

 %

2,336 13.6

 %

Selling and administrative expenses(1) 2,114 12.3

 %

2,487 14.5

 %

Goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges     -   0.0

 %

    6     0.0

 %

Operating earnings (loss) 418 2.4

 %

(157 ) (0.9 )%
Interest expense, net     407   2.4

 %

    269     1.6

 %

Earnings (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes(2) 11 0.1

 %

(426 ) (2.5 )%
Income tax provision (benefit)     5   0.0

 %

    (163 )   (1.0 )%
Net earnings (loss) from continuing operations(2) 6 0.0

 %

(263 ) (1.5 )%
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax     176   1.0

 %

    (1,203 )   (7.0 )%
Net earnings (loss)   $ 182   1.1

 %

  $ (1,466 )   (8.6 )%
 
Basic net earnings (loss) per share:
Net earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations $ 0.02 $ (1.24 )
Net earnings (loss) per share from discontinued operations $ 0.69 $ (5.67 )
Net earnings (loss) per share $ 0.71 $ (6.91 )
 
Diluted net earnings (loss) per share:
Net earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations(2) $ 0.02 $ (1.24 )
Net earnings (loss) per share from discontinued operations $ 0.68 $ (5.67 )
Net earnings (loss) per share $ 0.70 $ (6.91 )
 
Dividends declared per share $ - $ 0.0875
 
Weighted average number of shares outstanding:
Basic 255 212
Diluted 258 212
 
(1)   During the second quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company revised its presentation of fees earned under its transition services agreements. The Company historically presented fees earned under its transition services agreements as a reduction of Selling and administrative expenses. The presentation of such fees earned has been revised and are now reflected as revenue, within Net sales of Corporate, for all periods. The revision had the effect of increasing both Net sales and Gross profit, with a corresponding increase in Selling and administrative expenses. These revisions did not impact Operating earnings (loss), Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes, Net earnings (loss), cash flows, or financial position for any period reported.
 
(2) Results from continuing operations for the fiscal year ended February 22, 2014 include net costs and charges of $235 before tax ($144 after tax, or $0.56 per diluted share), comprised of charges for the write-off of non-cash unamortized financing costs and original issue discount acceleration of $99 before tax ($60 after tax, or $0.24 per diluted share) and debt refinancing costs of $75 before tax ($47 after tax, or $0.18 per diluted share) recorded in Interest expense, net, severance costs and accelerated stock-based compensation charges of $46 before tax ($29 after tax, or $0.11 per diluted share), non-cash asset impairment and other charges of $16 before tax ($11 after tax, or $0.04 per diluted share), contract breakage and other costs of $6 before tax ($2 after tax, or $0.01 per diluted share) and a legal settlement charge of $5 before tax ($3 after tax, or $0.01 per diluted share) recorded in Selling and administrative expenses, and multi-employer pension withdrawal charge of $3 before tax ($2 after tax, or $0.01 per diluted share) recorded in Gross profit, offset in part by a gain on sale of property of $15 before tax ($10 after tax, or $0.04 per diluted share) recorded in Selling and administrative expenses.
 
Results from continuing operations for the fiscal year ended February 23, 2013 included net charges and costs of $303 before tax ($187 after tax, or $0.88 per diluted share), comprised of non-cash asset impairment and other charges of $227 before tax ($140 after tax, or $0.66 per diluted share) and severance costs and a multi-employer pension withdrawal charge of $36 before tax ($23 after tax, or $0.10 per diluted share) recorded in Selling and administrative expenses, a non-cash charge for the write-off unamortized financing costs of $22 before tax ($14 after tax, or $0.07 per diluted share) recorded in Interest expense, net, and store closure impairment charges of $22 before tax ($13 after tax, or $0.06 per diluted share) and intangible asset impairment charges of $6 before tax ($3 after tax, or $0.02 per diluted share), offset in part by a cash settlement received from credit card companies of $10 before tax ($6 after tax or, $0.03 per diluted share) recorded in Selling and administrative expenses.
 

SUPERVALU INC. and Subsidiaries    
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED SEGMENT FINANCIAL INFORMATION
(Unaudited)
 
Fiscal Quarter Ended Fiscal Quarter Ended
February 22, 2014 February 23, 2013
(In millions)   (12 weeks)   (12 weeks)
 
Net sales
Independent Business $ 1,821 $ 1,832
% of total 46.1 % 47.0 %
Save-A-Lot 999 969
% of total 25.2 % 24.9 %
Retail Food 1,087 1,089
% of total 27.5 % 27.9 %
Corporate 46 9
% of total     1.2 %     0.2 %
Total net sales $ 3,953 $ 3,899
      100.0 %     100.0 %
 
Operating earnings (loss)
Independent Business(1) $ 54 $ 28
% of Independent Business sales 3.0 % 1.5 %
Save-A-Lot(2) 43 40
% of Save-A-Lot sales 4.3 % 4.2 %
Retail Food(3) 36 (181 )
% of Retail Food sales 3.4 % (16.7 )%
Corporate(4)     (14 )     (96 )
Total operating earnings (loss) 119 (209 )
% of total net sales 3.0 % (5.4 )%
Interest expense, net     55       58  
Earnings (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes 64 (267 )
Income tax provision (benefit)     24       (93 )
Net earnings (loss) from continuing operations 40 (174 )
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax     (14 )     (1,238 )
Net earnings (loss)   $ 26     $ (1,412 )
 
 
LIFO credit
Independent Business $ (4 ) $ (2 )
Retail Food     (3 )     1  
Total LIFO credit   $ (7 )   $ (1 )
 
Depreciation and amortization
Independent Business $ 11 $ 14
Save-A-Lot 14 16
Retail Food     42       52  
Total depreciation and amortization   $ 67     $ 82  
 
  During the first quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company reclassified the segment presentation of certain corporate administrative expenses and related fees earned under the Company’s transition services agreements, pension and other postretirement plan expenses for inactive and corporate participants in the SUPERVALU Retirement Plan and certain other corporate costs to properly reflect the structure under which the Company is now managed. These changes primarily resulted in the recast of net expenses from Retail Food to Corporate for all periods presented and as previously reported in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fourth quarter ended February 23, 2013. These changes did not revise or restate information previously reported in the Company's Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations, Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income, Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets, Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity or Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for any period.
 
(1) Independent Business operating earnings for the fourth quarter ended February 22, 2014 include severance costs of $4. Independent Business operating earnings for the fourth quarter ended February 23, 2013 included severance costs of $11, intangible asset impairment charges of $6 and asset impairment and other charges of $5.
 
(2) Save-A-Lot operating earnings for the fourth quarter ended February 23, 2013 included asset impairment and other charges of $9.
 
(3) Retail food operating earnings for the fourth quarter ended February 22, 2014 include severance costs of $2. Retail Food operating loss for the fourth quarter ended February 23, 2013 included asset impairment and other charges of $190 and severance costs of $5.
 
(4) Corporate operating loss for the fourth quarter ended February 22, 2014 includes severance costs of $2. Corporate operating loss for the fourth quarter ended February 23, 2013 included severance costs of $12 and asset impairment and other charges of $6.
 
(5) Interest expense, net for the fourth quarter ended February 22, 2014 includes debt refinancing costs of $4 and the write-off of unamortized financing charges of $1 related to the January 2014 term loan amendment.
 

SUPERVALU INC. and Subsidiaries    
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED SEGMENT FINANCIAL INFORMATION
(Unaudited)
 
Fiscal Year Ended Fiscal Year Ended
February 22, 2014 February 23, 2013
(In millions)   (52 weeks)   (52 weeks)
 
Net sales
Independent Business $ 8,036 $ 8,166
% of total 46.8 % 47.6 %
Save-A-Lot 4,228 4,195
% of total 24.6 % 24.5 %
Retail Food 4,651 4,736
% of total 27.1 % 27.7 %
Corporate 240 42
% of total     1.5 %     0.2 %
Total net sales $ 17,155 $ 17,139
      100.0 %     100.0 %
 
Operating earnings (loss)
Independent Business(1) $ 235 $ 199
% of Independent Business sales 2.9 % 2.4 %
Save-A-Lot(2) 167 143
% of Save-A-Lot sales 3.9 % 3.4 %
Retail Food(3)(4) 72 (160 )
% of Retail Food sales 1.6 % (3.4 )%
Corporate(4)(5)     (56 )     (339 )
Total operating earnings (loss) 418 (157 )
% of total net sales 2.4 % (0.9 )%
Interest expense, net(6)     407       269  
Earnings (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes 11 (426 )
Income tax provision (benefit)     5       (163 )
Net earnings (loss) from continuing operations 6 (263 )
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax     176       (1,203 )
Net earnings (loss)   $ 182     $ (1,466 )
 
 
LIFO (credit) charge
Independent Business $ (3 ) $ (1 )
Retail Food     (6 )     5  
Total LIFO (credit) charge   $ (9 )   $ 4  
 
Depreciation and amortization
Independent Business $ 51 $ 64
Save-A-Lot 64 68
Retail Food     187       233  
Total depreciation and amortization   $ 302     $ 365  
 
  During the first quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company reclassified the segment presentation of certain corporate administrative expenses and related fees earned under the Company’s transition services agreements, pension and other postretirement plan expenses for inactive and corporate participants in the SUPERVALU Retirement Plan and certain other corporate costs to properly reflect the structure under which the Company is now managed. These changes primarily resulted in the recast of net expenses from Retail Food to Corporate for all periods presented and as previously reported in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fourth quarter ended February 23, 2013. These changes did not revise or restate information previously reported in the Company's Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations, Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income, Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets, Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity or Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for any period.
 
(1) Independent Business operating earnings for the fiscal year ended February 22, 2014 include severance costs of $17, a multi-employer pension withdrawal charge of $3, non-cash asset impairment and other charges of $2 and contract breakage and other costs of $1, offset in part by a gain on sale of property of $15. Independent Business operating earnings for the fiscal year ended February 23, 2013 include a severance costs and accelerated stock-based compensation charges of $12, intangible asset impairment and other charges of $6 and asset impairment and other charges of $5.
 
(2) Save-A-Lot operating earnings for the fiscal year ended February 22, 2014 include a legal settlement charge of $5, non-cash asset impairment and other charges of $3 and severance costs and accelerated stock-based compensation charges of $2. Save-A-Lot operating earnings for the fiscal year ended February 23, 2013 include charges for store closures of $22 and non-cash asset impairment charges of $13.
 
(3) Retail Food operating earnings for the fiscal year ended February 22, 2014 include non-cash asset impairment charges related to software projects abandoned during the period of $9, severance costs and accelerated stock-based compensation charges of $8 and contract breakage costs of $2. Retail Food operating earnings for the fiscal year ended February 23, 2013 include non-cash asset impairment and other charges of $203, severance costs and accelerated stock-based compensation charges of $5 and multi-employer pension withdrawal costs of $4, offset in part by a cash settlement received from credit card companies of $10.
 
(4) The fiscal year ended February 22, 2014 segment presentation of Operating earnings for Retail Food and Corporate was revised for results previously reported in the first quarter of fiscal 2014 to reflect certain allocated administrative costs as Retail Food costs. The revision had the effect of decreasing Retail Food’s operating earnings by $20 as reported for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 and the year-to-date presentation of the results in the second and third quarters of fiscal 2014. A corresponding increase in Corporate operating earnings of $20 also occurred. Refer to Note 1 - Summary of Significant Accounting Policies within Part II, Item 8 of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for additional information.
 
(5) Corporate operating loss for the fiscal year ended February 22, 2014 includes severance costs of $19, contract breakage and other costs of $3 and non-cash asset impairment charges of $2. Corporate operating loss for the fiscal year ended February 23, 2013 includes severance costs and accelerated stock-based compensation charges of $15 and asset impairment and other charges of $6.
 
(6) Interest expense, net for the fiscal year ended February 22, 2014 includes charges for the write-off of unamortized financing costs and original issue discount acceleration of $99 and debt refinancing costs of $75 related to the Company's March 2013 refinancing, the amendment to the $1,500 term loan and the $372 modified "Dutch Auction" tender offer for its senior secured notes due 2016. Interest expense, net for the fiscal year ended February 23, 2013 includes a non-cash charge for the write-off unamortized financing costs of $22 related to debt which was replaced as a result of debt refinancing.
 

SUPERVALU INC. and Subsidiaries    
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 
(In millions)   February 22, 2014   February 23, 2013
(Unaudited)
ASSETS
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 83 $ 72
Receivables, net 493 466
Inventories, net 861 854
Other current assets 106 84
Current assets of discontinued operations     -       1,494  
Total current assets 1,543 2,970
Property, plant and equipment, net 1,497 1,700
Goodwill 847 847
Intangible assets, net 43 51
Deferred tax assets 287 345
Other assets 157 144
Long-term assets of discontinued operations     -       4,977  
 
Total assets   $ 4,374     $ 11,034  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT
Current liabilities
Accounts payable $ 1,043 $ 1,089
Accrued vacation, compensation and benefits 190 275
Current maturities of long-term debt and capital lease obligations 45 74
Other current liabilities 213 211
Current liabilities of discontinued operations     -       2,701  
Total current liabilities 1,491 4,350
Long-term debt 2,486 2,540
Long-term capital lease obligations 246 275
Pension and other postretirement benefit obligations 536 962
Long-term tax liabilities 140 308
Other long-term liabilities 213 223
Long-term liabilities of discontinued operations - 3,791
Commitments and contingencies
Total stockholders' deficit     (738 )     (1,415 )
 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit   $ 4,374     $ 11,034  
 

SUPERVALU INC. and Subsidiaries    
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
      Fiscal Year Ended Fiscal Year Ended
February 22, 2014 February 23, 2013
(In millions)   (52 weeks)   (52 weeks)
 
Cash flows from operating activities
Net earnings (loss) $ 182 $ (1,466 )
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax   176       (1,203 )
Net earnings (loss) from continuing operations 6 (263 )

Adjustments to reconcile Net earnings (loss) from continuing operations to Net cash provided by operating activities - continuing operations:

Goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges - 6
Asset impairment and other charges 194 283
Net gain on sale of assets and exits of surplus leases (17 ) (6 )
Depreciation and amortization 302 365
LIFO (credit) charge (9 ) 4
Deferred income taxes (39 ) (50 )
Stock-based compensation 22 13
Net pension and other postretirement benefits cost 79 102
Contributions to pension and other postretirement benefit plans (124 ) (98 )
Other adjustments 32 26
Changes in operating assets and liabilities
Receivables (54 ) 30
Inventories 2 51
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (127 ) (69 )
Income taxes (79 ) 75
      Other changes in operating assets and liabilities     (68 )     (52 )
Net cash provided by operating activities - continuing operations 120 417
Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities - discontinued operations     (101 )     481  
Net cash provided by operating activities     19       898  
 
Cash flows from investing activities
Proceeds from sale of assets 14 38
Purchases of property, plant and equipment (111 ) (228 )
  Other     11       1  
Net cash used in investing activities - continuing operations (86 ) (189 )
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities - discontinued operations     135       (175 )
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities     49       (364 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities
Proceeds from issuance of debt 2,098 1,713
Proceeds from sale of common stock 177 -
Payments of debt and capital lease obligations (2,221 ) (2,099 )
Payments of debt financing costs (151 ) (66 )
Dividends paid - (37 )
  Other     (1 )     (7 )
Net cash used in financing activities - continuing operations (98 ) (496 )
Net cash used in financing activities - discontinued operations     (36 )     (46 )
Net cash used in financing activities     (134 )     (542 )
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (66 ) (8 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year     149       157  
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of year   $ 83     $ 149  
Less cash and cash equivalents of discontinued operations at end of year     -       (77 )
Cash and cash equivalents of continuing operations at end of year   $ 83     $ 72  
 
SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOW INFORMATION

The Company’s non-cash activities were as follows:

 

Capital lease asset additions and related obligations

$ 2 $ 13

 

Purchases of property, plant and equipment included in Accounts payable

$ 19 $ 10
Interest and income taxes paid:

 

Interest paid (net of amounts capitalized)

$ 227 $ 232

 

Income taxes paid (net of refunds)

$ 118 $ 31
 

SUPERVALU INC. and Subsidiaries
SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION
(Unaudited)

SUPERVALU INC.'s consolidated financial statements are prepared and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). The measures and items identified below are provided as a supplement to our consolidated financial statements and should not be considered an alternative to any GAAP measure of performance or liquidity. The presentation of these financial measures and items is not intended to be a substitute for or be superior to any financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. Investors are cautioned that there are material limitations associated with the use of non-GAAP financial measures as an analytical tool. Certain adjustments to our GAAP financial measures reflected below exclude certain items that are occasionally recurring in nature and may be reflected in our financial results for the foreseeable future. These measurements and items may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. All measurements are provided as a reconciliation from a GAAP measurement. Management believes the measurements and items identified below are important measures of business performance that provide investors with useful supplemental information. SUPERVALU utilizes certain non-GAAP measures to analyze underlying core business trends to understand operating performance. In addition, management utilizes certain non-GAAP measures as a compensation performance measure. The items below should be reviewed in conjunction with SUPERVALU INC.'s financial results reported in accordance with GAAP, as reported in SUPERVALU's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 22, 2014 and Current Report on Form 8-K filed September 6, 2013.

TABLE 1: FOURTH QUARTER FISCAL 2014 RECONCILIATION OF EARNINGS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS TO EARNINGS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS AFTER ADJUSTMENTS
   
Fiscal Quarter Ended February 22, 2014
Diluted

Earnings Per

(In millions, except per share data) Before Tax After Tax

Share

 
Earnings from continuing operations $ 64 $ 40 $ 0.15
Adjustments:
Severance costs 8 5 0.02
Debt refinancing costs 4 3 0.01
Unamortized financing cost charges 1 - -
     
Earnings from continuing operations after adjustments $ 77   $ 48   $ 0.18  
 
TABLE 2: FISCAL 2014 RECONCILIATION OF EARNINGS (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS TO EARNINGS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS AFTER ADJUSTMENTS
 
Fiscal Year Ended February 22, 2014
Diluted
Earnings Per
(In millions, except per share data) Before Tax After Tax Share
 
Earnings from continuing operations $ 11 $ 6 $ 0.02
Adjustments:
Unamortized financing cost charges and original issue discount acceleration 99 60 0.24
Debt refinancing costs 75 47 0.18
Severance costs and accelerated stock-based compensation charges 46 29 0.11
Asset impairment and other charges 16 11 0.04
Contract breakage and other costs 6 2 0.01
Legal settlement charge 5 3 0.01
Multi-employer pension withdrawal charge 3 2 0.01
Gain on sale of property (15 ) (10 ) (0.04 )
     
Earnings from continuing operations after adjustments $ 246   $ 150   $ 0.58  
 
TABLE 3: FOURTH QUARTER FISCAL 2013 RECONCILIATION OF LOSS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS TO LOSS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS AFTER ADJUSTMENTS
 
 
Fiscal Quarter Ended February 23, 2013
Diluted
Earnings Per
(In millions, except per share data) Before Tax After Tax Share
 
Loss from continuing operations $ (267 ) $ (174 ) $ (0.82 )
Adjustments:
Asset impairment and other charges 210 129 0.61
Severance costs 28 17 0.08
Intangible asset impairment charges 6 3 0.02
     
Loss from continuing operations after adjustments $ (23 ) $ (25 ) $ (0.11 )
 
 
TABLE 4: FISCAL 2013 YEAR-TO-DATE RECONCILIATION OF LOSS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS TO LOSS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS AFTER ADJUSTMENTS
 
 
Fiscal Year Ended February 23, 2013
Diluted
Earnings Per
(In millions, except per share data) Before Tax After Tax Share
 
Loss from continuing operations $ (426 ) $ (263 ) $ (1.24 )
Adjustments:
Asset impairment and other charges 227 140 0.66
Severance costs and a multi-employer pension withdrawal charge 36 23 0.10
Unamortized financing cost charge 22 14 0.07
Store closure impairment charges 22 13 0.06
Intangible asset impairment charges 6 3 0.02
Cash settlement received from credit card companies (10 ) (6 ) (0.03 )
     
Loss from continuing operations after adjustments $ (123 ) $ (76 ) $ (0.36 )
 

TABLE 5: RECONCILIATION OF OPERATING EARNINGS (LOSS) FROM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED SEGMENT FINANCIAL INFORMATION AS REPORTED TO SUPPLEMENTALLY PROVIDED ADJUSTED EBITDA AND PRO FORMA ADJUSTED EBITDA
       
Fiscal Quarter Ended Fiscal Quarter Ended Fiscal Year Ended Fiscal Year Ended
February 22, 2014 February 23, 2013 February 22, 2014 February 23, 2013
(In millions) (12 weeks) (12 weeks) (52 weeks) (52 weeks)
 
Independent Business operating earnings, as reported $ 54 $ 28 $ 235 $ 199
Adjustments:
 
Severance costs and accelerated stock-based compensation charges 4 11 17 12
Asset impairment and other charges - 5 2 5
Multi-employer pension withdrawal charge - - 3 -
Contract breakage and other costs - - 1 -
Intangible asset impairment charges - 6 - 6
Gain on sale of property   -     -     (15 )   -  
Independent Business operating earnings, as adjusted 58 50 243 222
Independent Business depreciation and amortization 11 14 51 64
LIFO credit   (4 )   (2 )   (3 )   (1 )
Independent Business adjusted EBITDA(1) $ 65   $ 62   $ 291   $ 285  
 
Save-A-Lot operating earnings, as reported $ 43 $ 40 $ 167 $ 143
Adjustments:
Severance costs - - 2 -
Store closure impairment charges - - - 22
Asset impairment and other charges - 9 3 13
Legal settlement charge   -     -     5     -  
Save-A-Lot operating earnings, as adjusted 43 49 177 178
Save-A-Lot depreciation and amortization   14     16     64     68  
Save-A-Lot adjusted EBITDA(1) $ 57   $ 65   $ 241   $ 246  
 
Retail Food operating earnings (loss), as reported(2) $ 36 $ (181 ) $ 72 $ (160 )
Adjustments:
Severance costs and accelerated stock-based compensation charges 2 5 8 5
Asset impairment and other charges - 190 9 203
Multi-employer pension withdrawal charge - - - 4
Contract breakage and other costs - - 2 -
Cash settlement received from credit card companies   -     -     -     (10 )
Retail Food operating earnings, as adjusted 38

 

14 91 42
Retail Food depreciation and amortization 42 52 187 233
LIFO (credit) charge   (3 )   1     (6 )   5  
Retail Food adjusted EBITDA(1) $ 77   $ 67   $ 272   $ 280  
 
Corporate operating loss, as reported(2) $ (14 ) $ (96 ) $ (56 ) $ (339 )
Adjustments:
Severance costs and accelerated stock-based compensation charges 2 12 19 15
Contract breakage and other costs - - 3 -
Asset impairment and other charges   -     6     2     6  
Corporate operating loss, as adjusted (12 ) (78 ) (32 ) (318 )
Corporate depreciation and amortization   -     -     -     -  
Corporate adjusted EBITDA(1) $ (12 ) $ (78 ) $ (32 ) $ (318 )
         
Total adjusted EBITDA(1) $ 187   $ 116   $ 772   $ 493  
 
Pro forma adjustment:
Incremental administrative expense reimbursements(3) - 35 11 151
         
Total pro forma adjusted EBITDA(1)(3) $ 187   $ 151  

 

$ 783   $ 644  
 
(1)   The Company's measure of adjusted EBITDA includes SUPERVALU INC.'s segment operating earnings (loss), as reported, plus depreciation and amortization, LIFO (credit) charge and any unusual items.
(2) The fiscal year ended February 22, 2014 segment presentation of Operating earnings for Retail Food and Corporate was revised for results previously reported in the first quarter of fiscal 2014 to reflect certain allocated administrative costs as Retail Food costs. The revision had the effect of decreasing Retail Food’s operating earnings by $20 as reported for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 and the year-to-date presentation of the results in the second and third quarters of fiscal 2014. A corresponding increase in Corporate operating earnings of $20 also occurred. Refer to Note 1 - Summary of Significant Accounting Policies within Part II, Item 8 of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for additional information.
(3) Incremental administrative expense reimbursements represents additional fees that the Company would have received under the Transition Services Agreements between SUPERVALU INC. and New Albertson's, Inc. ("NAI") and between SUPERVALU INC. and Albertson's LLC ("ABS") entered into in connection with the sale of the NAI retail banners to AB Acquisition, LLC (the "NAI TSA") on March 21, 2013 (the "NAI Banner Sale"), net of the fees recognized under the previous agreement between SUPERVALU INC. and ABS, which was terminated on the closing of the NAI Banner Sale. The NAI TSA provides NAI and ABS with certain administrative and other services following the closing of the NAI Banner Sale for an initial term of two and a half years following the sale and is subject to certain adjustments under the terms of the agreement, such as a decrease in the number of stores and distribution centers operated by NAI and ABS. Upon commencement of discontinued operations presentation in accordance with GAAP, SUPERVALU INC. retained certain administrative functions for which SUPERVALU INC. agreed to provide transitional services to NAI similar to those previously provided to ABS. This pro forma adjustment is intended to provide investors an understanding as to the effects of administrative expenses reported by SUPERVALU INC. under discontinued operations presentation in accordance with GAAP, which subsequent to the NAI Banner Sale are covered under the NAI TSA. This pro forma adjustment is directly attributable to the NAI Banner Sale and the presentation of reporting thereon, is derived from the terms of the NAI TSA, and will have a continuing impact on SUPERVALU INC.'s results.

Contacts

SUPERVALU INC.
Investor Contact
Steve Bloomquist, 952-828-4144
steve.j.bloomquist@supervalu.com
or
Media Contact
Jeff Swanson, 952-903-1645
jeffrey.s.swanson@supervalu.com

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SUPERVALU INC.
Investor Contact
Steve Bloomquist, 952-828-4144
steve.j.bloomquist@supervalu.com
or
Media Contact
Jeff Swanson, 952-903-1645
jeffrey.s.swanson@supervalu.com