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PetSmart Reports Results for the Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2012

<p class='bwalignc'> <b>Q4 Earnings up 36% to $1.24 per Share; Comp Sales of 4.6%; Total Sales up 15%; Comp Transactions up 1.2%; FY12 Earnings up 39% to $3.55 per Share; Comp Sales of 6.3%; Total Sales up 11%; Comp Transactions up 2.4%</b> </p>

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

PetSmart Reports Results for the Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 201216:02 EST Wednesday, March 06, 2013 PHOENIX (Business Wire) -- PetSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETM) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012, and provided guidance for 2013. The fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012 results include an extra week in 2012 compared to 2011. The fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012 was a 14-week quarter versus the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011 which was a 13-week quarter. Fiscal year 2012 was a 53-week year versus fiscal year 2011 which was a 52-week year. Both the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012 ended on February 3, 2013. The fourth quarter and fiscal year 2011 ended on January 29, 2012. Comparable store sales and transactions are calculated on an equivalent basis and are versus the 14 and 53 weeks ended February 5, 2012. For the quarter, earnings per share were up 36% to $1.24. Comparable store sales, or sales in stores open at least a year, grew 4.6%, benefitting from comparable transactions growth of 1.2%. Total sales for the quarter were up 15% to $1.9 billion, partially impacted by $3 million in favorable foreign currency fluctuations. Services sales, which are included in total sales, grew 15% to $194 million. For the year, the company delivered earnings per share of $3.55, up 39% compared to $2.55 last year. Comparable store sales grew 6.3%, benefitting from comparable transactions growth of 2.4%. Total sales for the year were $6.8 billion, up 11%, including an unfavorable impact from foreign currency fluctuations of $2 million, and services sales grew 10% to $740 million. The impact of the extra week was $126 million in sales and $0.17 in earnings per share. During the year, the company generated $696 million in operating cash flow and spent $138 million in capital expenditures. In addition, the company repurchased $457 million of PetSmart stock during 2012, with $175 million repurchased during the fourth quarter. The company also distributed $84 million in dividends during 2012, ending the year with $407 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, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Our unique portfolio of solutions centered on our merchandise and service offerings is further strengthened by our culture of innovation and differentiation and truly sets us apart from the competition.” “Guidance for 2013 will be on a GAAP basis; therefore all comparisons will be 52 weeks for fiscal year 2013 versus 53 weeks for fiscal year 2012. For 2013, we anticipate comparable store sales growth of 2% to 4% and total sales growth of 2% to 4%. We expect earnings per share between $3.76 to $3.92, and spending for capital expenditures projects to be between $140 million to $150 million,” said Chip Molloy, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “For the first quarter of 2013, we are expecting comparable store sales growth of 2% to 4%, and earnings per share between $0.92 to $0.98.” Conference call information PetSmart management has scheduled a teleconference for 4:30 p.m. EST on March 6, 2013 to discuss results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012. This teleconference will be webcast live for all investors at www.petm.com. The webcast will be available until the company announces results for the first quarter of 2013. In addition, you can listen to the call live by dialing 866-814-1933 (within the United States and Canada) or 703-639-1365 (for international callers), code 1606485. A phone replay will be available through April 6, 2013, 11:59 p.m. EDT, at 888-266-2081 in the United States and Canada, or at 703-925-2533 for international callers, code 1606485. About PetSmart PetSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETM) is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. The company employs approximately 52,000 associates and operates more than 1,278 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, over 196 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® 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 CampSM 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 $165 million in grants and programs benefiting animal welfare organizations. Through its in-store pet adoption partnership with PetSmart Charities®, PetSmart has helped save the lives of nearly 5 million pets. Forward-looking statements This news release contains forward-looking statements concerning our expectations for future performance, including the statements comprising our 2013 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. Follow PetSmart on Twitter www.twitter.com/PetSmartTLCFind PetSmart on Facebook www.facebook.com/PetSmart                                         PetSmart, Inc. and SubsidiariesConsolidated Statements of Operations (in thousands, except per share and store data) (Unaudited)   Fourteen Weeks Ended Thirteen Weeks Ended Fifty-three Weeks Ended Fifty-two Weeks Ended February 3, 2013     % of Sales January 29, 2012     % of Sales February 3, 2013     % of Sales January 29, 2012     % of Sales   Merchandise sales $ 1,675,979 89.2 % $ 1,460,090 89.1 % $ 5,979,604 88.4 % $ 5,401,731 88.4 % Services sales 193,572 10.3 % 168,479 10.3 % 740,471 11.0 % 674,859 11.0 % Other revenue   9,615       0.5 %   9,259       0.6 %   38,162       0.6 %   36,714       0.6 %   Net sales   1,879,166       100.0 %   1,637,828       100.0 %   6,758,237       100.0 %   6,113,304       100.0 %   Cost of merchandise sales 1,134,761 60.4 % 1,006,779 61.5 % 4,124,432 61.0 % 3,783,951 61.9 % Cost of services sales 141,352 7.5 % 123,926 7.5 % 533,504 7.9 % 488,216 8.0 % Cost of other revenue   9,615       0.5 %   9,259       0.6 %   38,162       0.6 %   36,714       0.6 %   Total cost of sales   1,285,728       68.4 %     1,139,964       69.6 %   4,696,098       69.5 %     4,308,881       70.5 %   Gross profit 593,438 31.6 % 497,864 30.4 % 2,062,139 30.5 % 1,804,423 29.5 %   Operating, general and administrative expenses   372,186       19.8 %   327,900       20.0 %   1,410,922       20.9 %   1,301,304       21.3 %   Operating income 221,252 11.8 % 169,964 10.4 % 651,217 9.6 % 503,119 8.2 %   Interest expense, net   (13,275 )     -0.7 %   (14,102 )     -0.9 %   (54,329 )     -0.8 %   (56,842 )     -0.9 %   Income before income tax expense and equity income from Banfield 207,977 11.1 % 155,862 9.5 % 596,888 8.8 % 446,277 7.3 %   Income tax expense (78,489 ) -4.2 % (56,604 ) -3.5 % (223,329 ) -3.3 % (166,960 ) -2.7 %   Equity income from Banfield   4,522       0.2 %   2,742       0.2 %   15,970       0.2 %   10,926       0.2 %   Net income $ 134,010       7.1 % $ 102,000       6.2 % $ 389,529       5.7 % $ 290,243       4.7 %   Earnings per common share: Basic $ 1.26   $ 0.92   $ 3.61   $ 2.59   Diluted $ 1.24   $ 0.91   $ 3.55   $ 2.55     Weighted average shares outstanding: Basic 106,470 110,364 107,819 111,909 Diluted 108,071 112,100 109,611 113,993                                                           Stores open at beginning of each period 1,269 1,210 1,232 1,187 Stores opened during each period 11 25 60 53 Stores closed during each period   (2 )   (3 )   (14 )   (8 ) Stores open at end of each period         1,278                 1,232                 1,278                 1,232                       PetSmart, Inc. and SubsidiariesConsolidated Balance Sheets (In thousands, except par value) (Unaudited)   February 3,January 29,20132012   Assets Cash and cash equivalents $ 335,155 $ 342,892 Short-term investments 9,150 20,311 Restricted cash 71,916 70,189 Receivables, net 72,198 53,899 Merchandise inventories 679,090 644,864 Deferred income taxes 62,859 51,381 Prepaid expenses and other current assets   86,768     80,352     Total current assets 1,317,136 1,263,888   Property and equipment, net 985,707 1,067,028 Equity investment in Banfield 39,934 37,824 Deferred income taxes 102,992 93,485 Goodwill 44,242 44,084 Other noncurrent assets   46,970     37,775     Total assets $ 2,536,981   $ 2,544,084     Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity Accounts payable and bank overdraft $ 202,122 $ 199,177 Accrued payroll, bonus and employee benefits 176,082 158,079 Accrued occupancy expenses and deferred rents 70,671 68,584 Current maturities of capital lease obligations 61,581 54,219 Other current liabilities   244,436     201,247     Total current liabilities 754,892 681,306   Capital lease obligations 464,578 505,273 Deferred rents 73,855 81,403 Other noncurrent liabilities   120,064     122,273     Total liabilities   1,413,389     1,390,255     Stockholders' Equity: Preferred stock; $.0001 par value - - Common stock; $.0001 par value 17 16 Additional paid-in capital 1,418,411 1,312,996 Retained earnings 1,827,996 1,507,054 Accumulated other comprehensive income 5,506 5,490 Less: Treasury stock   (2,128,338 )   (1,671,727 )   Total stockholders' equity   1,123,592     1,153,829     Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 2,536,981   $ 2,544,084   PetSmart, Inc.Investor Relations, 623-587-2025