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Publix Reports Second Quarter 2019 Results and Stock Price

LAKELAND, Fla., Aug. 1, 2019 — Publix’s sales for the three months ended June 29, 2019 were $9.3 billion, a 6.8% increase from $8.8 billion in 2018. Comparable store sales for the three months ended June 29, 2019 increased 4.8%. The company estimates the increase in sales for the three months ended June 29, 2019 compared to the three months ended June 30, 2018 was 1.2% higher due to the effect of the Easter holiday being in the second quarter in 2019 and in the first quarter in 2018.

Net earnings for the three months ended June 29, 2019 were $661.1 million, compared to $616.2 million in 2018, an increase of 7.3%. Earnings per share for the three months ended June 29, 2019 increased to $0.92 per share, up from $0.84 per share in 2018. Net earnings and earnings per share were impacted by net unrealized gains on equity securities. Excluding the impact of net unrealized gains on equity securities in 2019 and 2018, net earnings for the three months ended June 29, 2019 would have been $637 million, compared to $571 million in 2018, an increase of 11.6%. Earnings per share would have been $0.89 per share, compared to $0.78 per share in 2018.

Publix’s sales for the six months ended June 29, 2019 were $19 billion, a 5.5% increase from $18 billion in 2018. Comparable store sales for the six months ended June 29, 2019 increased 3.3%.

Net earnings for the six months ended June 29, 2019 were $1.6 billion, compared to $1.3 billion in 2018, an increase of 26.7%. Earnings per share for the six months ended June 29, 2019 increased to $2.29, up from $1.77 per share in 2018. Net earnings and earnings per share were impacted by net unrealized gains on equity securities. Excluding the impact of net unrealized gains on equity securities in 2019 and 2018, net earnings for the six months ended June 29, 2019 would have been $1.4 billion, compared to $1.3 billion in 2018, an increase of 8.1%. Earnings per share would have been $1.92 per share, compared to $1.74 per share in 2018.

The company adopted a new accounting standard in the first quarter of 2019 that changed the accounting for operating leases. The new standard required the company to recognize $2.9 billion of operating lease rights and obligations as assets and liabilities on the balance sheet.

These amounts are based on unaudited financial statements that will be filed today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and made available on the company’s website at corporate.publix.com/stock.

Effective Aug. 1, 2019, Publix’s stock price decreased from $44.75 per share to $44.10 per share. Publix stock is not publicly traded and is made available for sale only to current Publix associates and members of its board of directors.

“I’m pleased that our Publix associates delivered good operating results,” said Publix CEO Todd Jones. “We continue to provide premier service to help offset the challenges in the stock market.”

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to reporting financial results for the three and six months ended June 29, 2019 and June 30, 2018 in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the company presents net earnings and earnings per share excluding the impact of equity securities being measured at fair value with net unrealized gains and losses from changes in the fair value recognized in earnings (fair value adjustment). These measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative to, GAAP. The company excludes the impact of the fair value adjustment since it is primarily due to temporary equity market fluctuations that do not reflect the company’s operations. The company believes this information is useful in providing period-to-period comparisons of the results of operations.

Following is a reconciliation of net earnings to net earnings excluding the impact of the fair value adjustment for the three months ended June 29, 2019 and June 30, 2018 (amounts are in millions, except per share amounts):

Three Months Ended
June 29, 2019
Three Months Ended
June 30, 2018
Net earnings $661.1 616.2
Fair value adjustment, due to net unrealized gain, on equity securities held at end of period (5.0) (76.8)
Net (loss) gain on sale of equity securities previously recognized through fair value adjustment (27.2) 16.2
Income tax expense (1) 8.1 15.4
Net earnings excluding impact of fair value adjustment $637.0 571.0
Weighted average shares outstanding 716.5 730.9
Earnings per share excluding impact of fair value adjustment $   0.89    0.78

 

Following is a reconciliation of net earnings to net earnings excluding the impact of the fair value adjustment for the six months ended June 29, 2019 and June 30, 2018 (amounts are in millions, except per share amounts):

Six Months Ended
June 29, 2019
Six Months Ended
June 30, 2018
Net earnings $1,642.0 1,296.4
Fair value adjustment, due to net unrealized gain, on equity securities held at end of period (319.3) (51.0)
Net (loss) gain on sale of equity securities previously recognized through fair value adjustment (33.8) 22.4
Income tax expense (1) 89.8 7.3
Net earnings excluding impact of fair value adjustment $1,378.7 1,275.1
Weighted average shares outstanding 716.3 732.5
Earnings per share excluding impact of fair value adjustment $   1.92    1.74

 

(1) Income tax expense is based on the company’s combined federal and state statutory income tax rates.