EX-99.1 6 village10q042608ex99-1.htm PRESS RELEASE DATED JUNE 4, 2008 village10q042608ex99-1.htm

Exhibit 99.1
April 26, 2008

Kevin Begley, CFO
(973) 467-2200 – Ext. 220

Springfield, New Jersey – June 4, 2008 – Village Super Market, Inc. (NSD-VLGEA) today reported its results of operations for the third quarter ended April 26, 2008.

Net income was $4,915,000 in the third quarter of fiscal 2008 compared to $4,888,000 in the third quarter of the prior year.  Net income was flat due primarily to low same store sales growth, increased operating expenses as a percentage of sales, increased depreciation and lower interest income, partially offset by improved gross profit percentages.

Sales were $273,406,000 in the third quarter of fiscal 2008, an increase of 7.1% from the third quarter of the prior year.  Sales increased primarily due to the opening of new stores in Galloway, New Jersey on October 3, 2007 and Franklin, New Jersey on November 7, 2007.  Same store sales increased .4% in the third quarter of fiscal 2008.   Same stores sales increased due to improved sales in one store due to the closing of a store by a competitor and food inflation.  These improvements were offset by reduced sales in four stores due to two competitive store openings and cannibalization from the opening of the Galloway and Franklin stores.  In addition, sales were negatively impacted by increased sale item penetration and trading down as consumers appeared to be more cautious due to concerns about the economy, and rising fuel and food prices.  Average transaction size declined slightly and customer count increased slightly, excluding the two new stores, in the third quarter of fiscal 2008.  Based on improved sales in May, we expect a same store sales increase of 1% to 3% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008. 

Net income was $15,652,000 in the nine-month period of fiscal 2008, an increase of 10% from the prior year.  Sales for the nine-month period of fiscal 2008 were $829,794,000, an increase of 6.8% from the prior year.  Same store sales increased 2.1%.

During the third quarter of fiscal 2008, the Company paid $16,578,000 of special dividends, consisting of $3.00 per Class A common share and $1.95 per Class B common share.

Village Super Market operates a chain of 25 supermarkets under the Shop Rite name in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.

All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included in this Press Release are or may be considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities law.  The Company cautions the reader that there is no assurance that actual results or business conditions will not differ materially from future results, whether expressed, suggested or implied by such forward-looking statements.  The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect developments or information obtained after the date hereof. The following are among the principal factors that could cause actual results to differ from the forward-looking statements: local economic conditions; competitive pressures from the Company’s operating environment; the ability of the Company to maintain and improve its sales and margins; the ability to attract and retain qualified associates; the availability of new store locations; the availability of capital; the liquidity of the Company; the success of operating initiatives; consumer spending patterns; the impact of higher energy prices; increased cost of goods sold, including increased costs from the Company’s principal supplier, Wakefern; the results of litigation; the results of tax examinations; the results of union contract negotiations; competitive store openings; the rate of return on pension assets; and other factors detailed herein and in the Company’s filings with the SEC.


(in Thousands Except Per Share Amounts)(Unaudited)

13 Wks. Ended
13 Wks. Ended
39 Wks. Ended
39 Wks. Ended
Apr. 26, 2008
Apr. 28, 2007
Apr. 26, 2008
Apr. 28, 2007
  $ 273,406     $ 255,314     $ 829,794     $ 777,179  
Cost of sales
    197,865       185,635       604,625       568,550  
Gross profit
    75,541       69,679       225,169       208,629  
Operating and administrative expense
    63,439       58,487       188,152       175,603  
Depreciation and amortization expense
    3,534       3,137       10,160       9,211  
Operating income
    8,568       8,055       26,857       23,815  
Interest expense
    (758 )     (655 )     (2,197 )     (2,036 )
Interest income
    707       1,013       2,465       2,612  
Income before income taxes
    8,517       8,413       27,125       24,391  
Income taxes
    3,602       3,525    
Net income
  $ 4,915     $ 4,888     $ 15,652     $ 14,171  
Net income per share:
Class A common stock:
  $ .92     $ .93     $ 2.95     $ 2.70  
  $ .75     $ .75     $ 2.38     $ 2.17  
Class B common stock:
  $ .60     $ .60     $ 1.92     $ 1.75  
  $ .60     $ .59     $ 1.92     $ 1.71  
 Gross profit as a % of sales     27.6      27.3  %     27.1      26.8 
 Operating and admin expense as a % of sales      23.2  %     22.9      22.7   %     22.6   %