Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2021 Results

PHOENIX, May 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. (Nasdaq: SFM) today reported results for the 13-week first quarter ended April 4, 2021.

First Quarter Highlights:

  • Net sales of $1.6 billion; a 4% decrease from the same period in 2020
  • Comparable store sales growth of -9.4% and two-year comparable store sales growth of 2.2%
  • Net income and adjusted net income(1) of $83 million; compared to net income of $92 million and adjusted net income of $93 million from the same period in 2020
  • Diluted and adjusted diluted earnings per share(1) of $0.70; compared to $0.78 diluted earnings per share and adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.79 from the same period in 2020

“I am pleased with how Sprouts has navigated the current environment as we begin to cycle the onset of the COVID-19 impact from last year,” said Jack Sinclair, chief executive officer of Sprouts Farmers Market. “Sprouts achieved strong financial results in the first quarter, building on our successful strategic improvements from 2020, which enhanced our profitability to support our long-term growth. We continued to move our strategy forward with the opening of our sixth fresh distribution center, providing our customers with even more affordable, local and organic produce, rooted in Sprouts’ unique farmer’s market heritage. As we look forward, I am confident we will continue to enhance our position as a fast-growing health-focused specialty retailer.”

1 Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share, non-GAAP financial measures, exclude the impact of certain special items. There were no such adjustments for the quarter ended April 4, 2021. See the “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section of this release for additional information about these items.

First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Net sales for the first quarter of 2021 were $1.6 billion, a 4% decrease compared to the same period in 2020. Net sales were driven by solid performance in new stores opened, offset by a decrease of 9.4% in comparable store sales due to the impact from the onset of COVID-19 during the first quarter of last year.

Gross profit for the quarter decreased 1.3% to $586 million, resulting in a gross profit margin of 37.2%, an increase of 114 basis points compared to the same period in 2020.This increase is attributed to sustainable strategic changes, including promotional activities and shrink initiatives.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the quarter increased $3 million to $440 million, or 27.9% of sales, a deleverage of 141 basis points compared to the same period in 2020. This primarily reflects sales deleverage and increased ecommerce fees due to higher omni channel sales as more customer have continued to rely on home delivery and curbside pickup. This was partially offset by lower bonus expense due to COVID-19 in the prior year.         

Depreciation and amortization for the quarter decreased 0.7% to $31 million, or 2.0% of sales, an increase of 10 basis points compared to the same period in 2020.

Store closure and other costs, net for the quarter were $2 million compared to a credit of $1 million in the same period of 2020.

Net income for the quarter was $83 million and diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) was $0.70, compared with $92 million and $0.78, respectively, in 2020. Diluted EPS in 2020 included an estimated $0.22 benefit from the COVID-19 impact.

Unit Growth and Development

As planned, Sprouts did not open any new stores in the first quarter of 2021, ending the quarter with a total of 362 stores in 23 states.

Leverage and Liquidity

Sprouts generated cash from operations of $105 million in the first quarter of 2021 and invested $9 million in capital expenditures net of landlord reimbursement, primarily for new stores. Sprouts ended the quarter with a $250 million balance on its revolving credit facility, $39 million of letters of credit outstanding under the facility, $256 million in cash and cash equivalents, and $297 million available under our current share repurchase authorization. Through April 4, 2021, we have repurchased 130,000 shares of common stock under this authorization for a total investment of $3 million.

Full Year 2021 Outlook

The impact that the COVID-19 pandemic will have on the U.S. economy and the company’s fiscal 2021 results is still uncertain. We have adjusted our fiscal 2021 outlook, reflecting our year-to-date performance and our expectations for the remainder of the year:

 Full-year 2021 Guidance
 52-week to 52-week
Net sales growthFlat to up slightly
Unit growthApproximately 20 new stores
Comparable store sales growthDown low to mid-single digits
Adjusted EBIT$305M to $325M
Adjusted diluted earnings per share$1.87 to $2.00
Effective tax rateApproximately 25%
Capital expenditures$140M to $160M
(net of landlord reimbursements) 

First Quarter 2021 Conference Call

Sprouts will hold a conference call at 2 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time) on Thursday, May 6, 2021, during which Sprouts executives will further discuss first quarter 2021 financial results.

A webcast of the conference call will be available through Sprouts’ investor relations webpage located at investors.sprouts.com. Participants should register on the website approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the webcast.

The conference call will be available via the following dial-in numbers:

  • U.S. Participants: 877-398-9481
  • International Participants: Dial +1-408-337-0130
  • Conference ID: 9758223

The audio replay will remain available for 72 hours and can be accessed by dialing 855-859-2056 (toll-free) or 404-537-3406 (international) and entering the confirmation code: 9758223.

Important Information Regarding Outlook

There is no guarantee that Sprouts will achieve its projected financial expectations, which are based on management estimates, currently available information and assumptions that management believes to be reasonable. These expectations are inherently subject to significant economic, competitive and other uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of management. See “Forward-Looking Statements” below.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical fact (including, but not limited to, statements to the effect that Sprouts Farmers Market or its management "anticipates," "plans," "estimates," "expects," or "believes," or the negative of these terms and other similar expressions) should be considered forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements regarding the company’s outlook, growth, opportunities and long-term strategy. These statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from expectations as of the date of this release. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks associated with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; the company’s ability to execute on its long-term strategy; the company’s ability to successfully compete in its competitive industry; the company’s ability to successfully open new stores; the company’s ability to manage its growth; the company’s ability to maintain or improve its operating margins; the company’s ability to identify and react to trends in consumer preferences; product supply disruptions; general economic conditions; accounting standard changes; and other factors as set forth from time to time in the company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including, without limitation, the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. The company intends these forward-looking statements to speak only as of the time of this release and does not undertake to update or revise them as more information becomes available, except as required by law.

Corporate Profile

Sprouts is the place where goodness grows. True to its farm-stand heritage, Sprouts offers a unique grocery experience featuring an open layout with fresh produce at the heart of the store. Sprouts inspires wellness naturally with a carefully curated assortment of better-for-you products paired with purpose-driven people. The healthy grocer continues to bring the latest in wholesome, innovative products made with lifestyle-friendly ingredients such as organic, plant-based and gluten-free. Headquartered in Phoenix, and one of the fastest growing retailers in the country, Sprouts employs approximately 35,000 team members and operates more than 360 stores in 23 states nationwide. To learn more about Sprouts, and the good it brings communities, visit about.sprouts.com.

Investor Contact: Media Contact: 
Susannah LivingstonDiego Romero 
(602) 682-1584(602) 682-3173 


Weeks Ended
Weeks Ended
  April 4, 2021  March 29, 2020 
Net sales $1,575,447  $1,646,539 
Cost of sales  989,273   1,052,707 
Gross profit  586,174   593,832 
Selling, general and administrative expenses  439,662   436,304 
Depreciation and amortization (exclusive of depreciation included in cost of sales)  31,229   31,021 
Store closure and other costs, net  2,048   (1,082)
Income from operations  113,235   127,589 
Interest expense, net  2,991   4,827 
Income before income taxes  110,244   122,762 
Income tax provision  27,196   30,952 
Net income $83,048  $91,810 
Net income per share:        
Basic $0.70  $0.78 
Diluted $0.70  $0.78 
Weighted average shares outstanding:        
Basic  118,044   117,545 
Diluted  118,607   117,748 


  April 4, 2021  January 3, 2021 
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents $256,019  $169,697 
Accounts receivable, net  14,488   14,815 
Inventories  270,958   254,224 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  35,862   27,224 
Total current assets  577,327   465,960 
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation  707,039   726,500 
Operating lease assets, net  1,043,455   1,045,408 
Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization  184,960   184,960 
Goodwill  368,878   368,878 
Other assets  15,079   14,698 
Total assets $2,896,738  $2,806,404 
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable $160,596  $139,337 
Accrued liabilities  133,026   143,402 
Accrued salaries and benefits  43,735   76,695 
Accrued income tax  16,251    
Current portion of operating lease liabilities  135,797   135,739 
Current portion of finance lease liabilities  968   959 
Total current liabilities  490,373   496,132 
Long-term operating lease liabilities  1,072,897   1,069,535 
Long-term debt and finance lease liabilities  260,287   260,459 
Other long-term liabilities  45,481   40,912 
Deferred income tax liability  60,830   58,073 
Total liabilities  1,929,868   1,925,111 
Commitments and contingencies        
Stockholders' equity:        
Undesignated preferred stock; $0.001 par value; 10,000,000 shares
authorized, no shares issued and outstanding
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized,
118,194,576 shares issued and outstanding, April 4, 2021;
117,953,435 shares issued and outstanding, January 3, 2021
  118   118 
Additional paid-in capital  691,142   686,648 
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)  (7,230)  (8,474)
Retained earnings  282,840   203,001 
Total stockholders' equity  966,870   881,293 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $2,896,738  $2,806,404 


Weeks Ended
Weeks Ended
  April 4, 2021  March 29, 2020 
Cash flows from operating activities        
Net income $83,048  $91,810 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:        
Depreciation and amortization expense  31,841   31,600 
Operating lease asset amortization  25,816   23,137 
Share-based compensation  3,613   2,400 
Deferred income taxes  2,757   232 
Other non-cash items  207   (768)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
Accounts receivable  8,795   12,652 
Inventories  (16,733)  22,787 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  (7,747)  (8,652)
Other assets  (1,078)  656 
Accounts payable  27,004   80,669 
Accrued liabilities  (10,568)  16,492 
Accrued salaries and benefits  (32,959)  2,984 
Accrued income tax  16,251   28,906 
Operating lease liabilities  (28,719)  (30,107)
Other long-term liabilities  3,910   2,274 
   Cash flows from operating activities  105,438   277,072 
Cash flows used in investing activities        
Purchases of property and equipment  (16,605)  (28,036)
   Cash flows used in investing activities  (16,605)  (28,036)
Cash flows used in financing activities        
Payments on revolving credit facilities     (87,000)
Payments on finance lease obligations  (163)  (154)
Repurchase of common stock  (3,209)   
Proceeds from exercise of stock options  881    
   Cash flows used in financing activities  (2,491)  (87,154)
   Increase in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash  86,342   161,882 
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of the period  171,441   86,785 
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at the end of the period $257,783  $248,667 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”), the company presents EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBIT, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share. These measures are not in accordance with, and are not intended as alternatives to, GAAP. The company's management believes that this presentation provides useful information to management, analysts and investors regarding certain additional financial and business trends relating to its results of operations and financial condition. In addition, management uses these measures for reviewing the financial results of the company, and certain of these measures may be used as components of incentive compensation.

The company defines EBITDA as net income before interest expense, provision for income tax, and depreciation, amortization and accretion and adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA excluding the impact of special items. The company defines adjusted EBIT, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share by adjusting the applicable GAAP measure to remove the impact of special items.

Non-GAAP measures are intended to provide additional information only and do not have any standard meanings prescribed by GAAP. Use of these terms may differ from similar measures reported by other companies. Because of their limitations, non-GAAP measures should not be considered as a measure of discretionary cash available to use to reinvest in the growth of the company’s business, or as a measure of cash that will be available to meet the company’s obligations. Each non-GAAP measure has its limitations as an analytical tool, and they should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the company’s results as reported under GAAP.

The following table shows a reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to net income for the thirteen weeks ended April 4, 2021 and March 29, 2020 and a reconciliation of EBIT, net income and diluted earnings per share to adjusted EBIT, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share for the thirteen weeks ended April 4, 2021 and March 29, 2020:


Weeks Ended
Weeks Ended
  April 4, 2021 March 29, 2020
Net income $83,048 $91,810
Income tax provision  27,196  30,952
Interest expense, net  2,991  4,827
Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT)  113,235  127,589
Special items:      
Strategic initiatives (1)    1,200
Adjusted EBIT  113,235  128,789
Depreciation, amortization and accretion  31,841  31,600
Adjusted EBITDA $145,076 $160,389
Net income $83,048 $91,810
Special Items:      
Strategic initiatives, net of tax (1)    892
Adjusted Net income $83,048 $92,702
Diluted earnings per share $0.70 $0.78
Adjusted diluted earnings per share $0.70 $0.79
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding  118,607  117,748

(1) Includes professional fees related to strategic initiatives. After-tax impact includes the tax benefit on the pre-tax charge.

Source: Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc
Phoenix, AZ


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