ANKENY, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Casey’s General Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq symbol CASY) today reported diluted earnings per share of $1.34 for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 ended July 31, 2014, compared to $1.43 for the same quarter a year ago. “Strong sales helped offset a $7.2 million reduction in renewable fuel credit values, which impacted diluted earnings per share by almost 12 cents,” said Chairman and CEO Robert J. Myers. “We are off to a great start on our annual goals, and we were able to grow inside gross profit dollars by 12.9% compared to the first quarter of last year.”
Fuel – The Company’s annual goal is to increase same-store gallons sold 1% with an average margin of 15.3 cents per gallon. For the first quarter, same-store gallons sold were up 3% with an average margin of 19.6 cents per gallon. “We continue to experience a lift in gallons sold due to the fuel saver program,” said Myers. “Despite the reduction in renewal credit values, fuel margins are ahead of our expectations so far this year.” The Company sold 12.5 million renewable fuel credits for $5.7 million during the first three months of the year. Total gallons sold for the quarter were up 8.8% to 464.2 million gallons.
Grocery and Other Merchandise – Casey’s annual goal is to increase same-store sales 5.3% with an average margin of 32.1%. For the quarter, same-store sales were up 7.7% with an average margin of 32.5%. “Sales were strong throughout the entire category during the first quarter,” stated Myers. “We experienced slight margin pressure compared to the prior year due to cigarettes, but still grew gross profit dollars by 12.5%.” Gross profit for the quarter was $155.7 million and total sales were $478.6 million.
Prepared Food & Fountain – The goal for fiscal 2015 is to increase same-store sales 9.5% with an average margin of 60%. For the first quarter, same-store sales were up 11.1% with an average margin of 59.9%. “The strategic price increases we implemented at the start of the fiscal year, along with various operational initiatives, are having a positive impact on sales,” said Myers. “Commodity cost pressures, such as cheese and meat, pulled down margin relative to last year, but overall, we are pleased with the gross profit dollar gains made in this category.” Gross profit increased 13.4% to $116.5 million, and total sales for the category were up 17.1% to $194.6 million.
Operating Expenses – For the first quarter, operating expenses were $244.3 million compared to $216 million for the first quarter a year ago, up 13.1%. “The majority of the operating expense increase is related to new and replaced stores, recent store acquisitions, and the various initiatives the Company continues to roll out to drive inside sales,” said Myers.
Expansion – The Company’s annual goal is to build or acquire 72 to 108 stores and replace 25 existing stores. As of the end of the quarter, the Company had opened 7 new stores and acquired 25 stores. The Company also completed 4 replacements. “We completed the Stop-N-Go transaction in May and the integration of that chain is going very well,” said Myers. “We will continue our disciplined approach to acquisitions as the industry continues to consolidate.” The Company currently has 35 new and 17 replacement stores under construction. Additionally, the Company has 8 store acquisitions, 35 new sites, and 35 replacement sites under contract to purchase. Casey’s recently broke ground on the construction of the second distribution center in Terre Haute, Indiana. It is expected to be operational by the end of fiscal 2016.
Dividend – At its September meeting, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.20 per share. The dividend is payable November 17, 2014 to shareholders of record on November 3, 2014.
|Casey’s General Stores, Inc.|
|Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income|
(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
Three months ended July 31,
Cost of goods sold (exclusive of depreciation and amortization, shown separately below)
|Depreciation and amortization||36,249||30,501|
|Income before income taxes||83,352||89,579|
|Federal and state income taxes||31,062||33,869|
|Net income per common share|
|Basic weighted average shares outstanding||38,616,340||38,393,076|
|Plus effect of stock options and restricted stock||390,121||434,809|
|Diluted weighted average shares outstanding||39,006,461||38,827,885|
|Casey’s General Stores, Inc.|
|Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets|
(Dollars in thousands)
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||116,747||$||121,641|
|Deferred income taxes||12,225||11,878|
|Income taxes receivable||--------||12,473|
|Total current assets||380,454||378,144|
|Other assets, net of amortization||16,395||15,947|
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $1,093,305 at July 31, 2014, and of $1,062,278 at April 30, 2014
|Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity|
|Notes payable to bank||$||--------||$||--------|
|Current maturities of long-term debt||427||553|
|Income taxes payable||19,900||--------|
|Total current liabilities||395,981||362,943|
|Long-term debt, net of current maturities||853,545||853,642|
|Deferred income taxes||320,136||317,953|
|Other long-term liabilities||19,033||22,500|
|Total shareholders' equity||770,954||719,866|
|Total liabilities and shareholders' equity||$||2,376,587||$||2,293,462|
Certain statements in this news release, including any discussion of management expectations for future periods, constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by those statements. Casey’s disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
|Sales and Gross Profit by Product|
(Amounts in thousands)
|Three months ended||Grocery & Other||Prepared Food|
|Three months ended|
|Fuel Gallons||Fuel Margin|
|Same-store Sales Growth||(Cents per gallon, excluding credit card fees)|
|Grocery & Other Merchandise||Grocery & Other Merchandise|
|Same-store Sales Growth||Margin|
|Prepared Food & Fountain||Prepared Food & Fountain|
|Same-store Sales Growth||Margin|
Corporate information is available at this Web site: http://www.caseys.com. Earnings will be reported during a conference call on September 9, 2014. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet at 9:30 a.m. CDT via the Investor Relations section of our Web site and will be available in an archived format.