AP NEWS
ADVERTISEMENT
PRESS RELEASE: Paid content from Globe Newswire
Press release content from Globe Newswire. The AP news staff was not involved in its creation.

AutoZone 2nd Quarter Same Store Sales Increase 15.2%; EPS Increases to $14.93

March 2, 2021 GMT

MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE: AZO) today reported net sales of $2.9 billion for its second quarter (12 weeks) ended February 13, 2021, an increase of 15.8% from the second quarter of fiscal 2020 (12 weeks). Domestic same store sales, or sales for stores open at least one year, increased 15.2% for the quarter.

For the quarter, gross profit, as a percentage of sales, was 53.6%, a decrease of 77 basis points versus the prior year. The decrease in gross margin was attributable to increased supply chain costs, pricing initiatives, accelerated loyalty program participation and a shift in mix. Operating expenses, as a percentage of sales, improved to 37.0% versus 38.1% for last year’s quarter, with leverage primarily due to higher sales volumes, offset by additional emergency time-off benefits and other pandemic-related expenses totaling approximately $40 million (137 basis points).

ADVERTISEMENT

Operating profit increased 18.1% to $481.8 million. Net income for the quarter increased 15.6% over the same period last year to $345.9 million, while diluted earnings per share increased 20.5% to $14.93 per share from $12.39 per share in the year-ago quarter. The increase in net income was driven by strong topline growth.

AutoZone repurchased 752,004 shares of its common stock for $900 million during the second quarter, at an average price of $1,197 per share. At the end of the second quarter, the Company had $717.6 million remaining under its current share repurchase authorization.

The Company’s inventory increased 2.8% over the same period last year, driven by new stores and improved product assortment. Net inventory, defined as merchandise inventories less accounts payable, on a per store basis, was approximately negative $93 thousand versus negative $41 thousand last year and negative $99 thousand last quarter.

“This quarter, we were again able to deliver exceptionally strong same store sales and earnings growth, and many performance metrics remained at historically high levels. While our strong (DIY) sales have been aided by government stimulus and changes to consumer behavior as a result of the pandemic, our growth initiatives continue to deliver strong share gains with both DIY and Commercial customers. In Commercial, our business was up 15% this quarter as the investments we are making in pricing, service and assortment are strengthening our competitive position in this large, fragmented market. We intend to accelerate our Company’s historical growth rate as we increase our penetration in this market.

ADVERTISEMENT

Our outstanding performance is also driven by the exceptional and heroic efforts of our AutoZoners, particularly those in our stores and distribution centers who have been there every day for our customers during these extraordinary times. We recently announced a financial incentive for our employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and we will continue to invest appropriately in a safe and productive work environment for our people,” said Bill Rhodes, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

During the quarter ended February 13, 2021, AutoZone opened 27 new stores in the U.S., seven in Mexico and one in Brazil. As of February 13, 2021, the Company had 5,951 stores in the U.S., 628 stores in Mexico, and 46 stores in Brazil for a total store count of 6,625.

AutoZone is the leading retailer and a leading distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories in the Americas. Each AutoZone store carries an extensive product line for cars, sport utility vehicles, vans and light trucks, including new and remanufactured automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories, and non-automotive products. Many stores also have a commercial sales program that provides commercial credit and prompt delivery of parts and other products to local, regional and national repair garages, dealers, service stations and public sector accounts. We also have commercial programs in all stores in Mexico and Brazil. AutoZone also sells the ALLDATA brand diagnostic and repair software through www.alldata.com and www.alldatadiy.com. Additionally, we sell automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories and non-automotive products through www.autozone.com and our commercial customers can make purchases through www.autozonepro.com. We also provide product information on our Duralast branded products through www.duralastparts.com. AutoZone does not derive revenue from automotive repair or installation.

AutoZone will host a conference call this morning, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, beginning at 10:00 a.m. (EST) to discuss its second quarter results. This call is being web cast and can be accessed, along with supporting slides, at AutoZone’s website at www.autozone.com and clicking on Investor Relations. Investors may also listen to the call by dialing (210) 839-8923 and entering the participant passcode 9697984. In addition, a telephone replay will be available by dialing (203) 369-1211 through April 2, 2021, 11:59 pm (EST).

This release includes certain financial information not derived in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). These non-GAAP measures include adjustments to reflect return on invested capital, adjusted debt and adjusted debit to EBITDAR. The Company believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP measures provides information that is useful to investors as it indicates more clearly the Company’s comparative year-to-year operating results, but this information should not be considered a substitute for any measures derived in accordance with GAAP. Management targets the Company’s capital structure in order to maintain its investment grade credit ratings. The Company believes this is important information for the management of its debt levels and share repurchases. We have included a reconciliation of this additional information to the most comparable GAAP measures in the accompanying reconciliation tables.

Certain statements contained in this press release constitute forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements typically use words such as “believe,” “anticipate,” “should,” “intend,” “plan,” “will,” “expect,” “estimate,” “project,” “positioned,” “strategy,” “seek,” “may,” “could,” and similar expressions. These are based on assumptions and assessments made by our management in light of experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors that we believe to be appropriate. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including without limitation: product demand; energy prices; weather; competition; credit market conditions; cash flows; access to available and feasible financing; future stock repurchases; the impact of recessionary conditions; consumer debt levels; changes in laws or regulations; risks associated with self-insurance; war and the prospect of war, including terrorist activity; the impact of public health issues, such as the ongoing global pandemic of a novel strain of the coronavirus (“COVID-19”); inflation; the ability to hire, train and retain qualified employees; construction delays; the compromising of confidentiality, availability or integrity of information, including cyber-attacks; historic growth rate sustainability; downgrade of our credit ratings; damages to our reputation; challenges in international markets; failure or interruption of our information technology systems; origin and raw material costs of suppliers; disruption in our supply chain, due to public health epidemics or otherwise; impact of tariffs; anticipated impact of new accounting standards; and business interruptions. Certain of these risks and uncertainties are discussed in more detail in the “Risk Factors” section contained in Item 1A under Part 1 of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended August 29, 2020, and these Risk Factors should be read carefully. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results, developments and business decisions may differ from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements, and events described above and in the “Risk Factors” could materially and adversely affect our business. However, it should be understood that it is not possible to identify or predict all such risks and other factors that could affect these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made. Except as required by applicable law, we undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact Information:
Financial: Brian Campbell at (901) 495-7005, brian.campbell@autozone.com
Media: David McKinney at (901) 495-7951, david.mckinney@autozone.com

AutoZone's 2nd Quarter Highlights - Fiscal 2021  
                   
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations  
2nd Quarter, FY2021  
(in thousands, except per share data)  
        GAAP Results      
        12 Weeks Ended   12 Weeks Ended      
        February 13, 2021(2)   February 15, 2020      
                   
Net sales   $ 2,910,818     $ 2,513,663        
Cost of sales     1,351,435       1,147,600        
Gross profit     1,559,383       1,366,063        
Operating, SG&A expenses     1,077,616       958,125        
Operating profit (EBIT)     481,767       407,938        
Interest expense, net     46,012       44,335        
Income before taxes     435,755       363,603        
Income taxes(1)     89,809       64,321        
Net income   $ 345,946     $ 299,282        
Net income per share:              
  Basic   $ 15.27     $ 12.70        
  Diluted   $ 14.93     $ 12.39        
Weighted average shares outstanding:              
  Basic     22,648       23,570        
  Diluted     23,168       24,160        
                   
(1) The twelve weeks ended February 13, 2021 and the comparable prior year period include $11.6M and $15.0M in tax benefits from stock option exercises, respectively      
     
(2) The twelve weeks ended February 13, 2021 was negatively impacted by charges for Emergency Time-Off benefits and other Pandemic related expenses in response to COVID-19, approximately $40M (pre-tax)      
     
                   
Year-To-Date 2nd Quarter, FY2021  
(in thousands, except per share data)  
        GAAP Results      
        24 Weeks Ended   24 Weeks Ended      
        February 13, 2021(2)   February 15, 2020      
                   
Net sales   $ 6,065,078     $ 5,306,700        
Cost of sales     2,830,078       2,439,569        
Gross profit     3,235,000       2,867,131        
Operating, SG&A expenses     2,138,008       1,959,170        
Operating profit (EBIT)     1,096,992       907,961        
Interest expense, net     92,191       88,078        
Income before taxes     1,004,801       819,883        
Income taxes(1)     216,422       170,263        
Net income   $ 788,379     $ 649,620        
Net income per share:              
  Basic   $ 34.37     $ 27.38        
  Diluted   $ 33.59     $ 26.70        
Weighted average shares outstanding:              
  Basic     22,935       23,722        
  Diluted     23,473       24,326        
                   
(1) The twenty-four weeks ended February 13, 2021 and the comparable prior year period include $19.2M and $16.5M in tax benefits from stock option exercises, respectively      
     
(2) The twenty-four weeks ended February 13, 2021 was negatively impacted by charges for Emergency Time-Off benefits and other Pandemic related expenses in response to COVID-19, approximately $45M (pre-tax)      
     
                   
Selected Balance Sheet Information  
(in thousands)  
        February 13, 2021   February 15, 2020   August 29, 2020  
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 1,026,164     $ 152,970     $ 1,750,815    
Merchandise inventories     4,736,826       4,606,211       4,473,282    
Current assets     6,326,845       5,300,547       6,811,872    
Property and equipment, net     4,627,993       4,476,426       4,509,221    
Operating lease right-of-use assets     2,660,667       2,579,217       2,581,677    
Total assets     14,159,993       12,863,749       14,423,872    
Accounts payable     5,351,096       4,869,914       5,156,324    
Current liabilities     6,554,271       5,779,560       6,283,091    
Operating lease liabilities, less current portion     2,566,974       2,494,840       2,501,560    
Total debt     5,516,396       5,451,471       5,513,371    
Stockholders' deficit     (1,523,573 )     (1,711,119 )     (877,977 )  
Working capital     (227,426 )     (479,013 )     528,781    
                   
AutoZone's 2nd Quarter Highlights - Fiscal 2021  
                         
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations  
                         
Adjusted Debt / EBITDAR  
(in thousands, except adjusted debt to EBITDAR ratio)   Trailing 4 Quarters          
          February 13, 2021   February 15, 2020          
Net income     $ 1,871,731     $ 1,620,797            
Add: Interest expense     205,278       192,513            
Income tax expense     529,701       422,949            
EBIT         2,606,710       2,236,259            
                         
Add: Depreciation and amortization     401,073       384,147            
Rent expense(1)     335,969       339,117            
Share-based expense     46,906       43,804            
EBITDAR     $ 3,390,658     $ 3,003,327            
                         
Debt(2)     $ 4,684,979     $ 5,451,471            
Financing lease liabilities     225,411       196,047            
Add: rent x 6(1)     2,015,814       2,034,702            
Adjusted debt   $ 6,926,204     $ 7,682,220            
                         
Adjusted debt to EBITDAR     2.0       2.6            
                         
Adjusted Return on Invested Capital (ROIC)  
(in thousands, except ROIC)  
          Trailing 4 Quarters          
          February 13, 2021   February 15, 2020          
Net income     $ 1,871,731     $ 1,620,797            
Adjustments:                  
Interest expense     205,278       192,513            
Rent expense(1)     335,969       339,117            
Tax effect(3)     (119,616 )     (110,048 )          
Adjusted after-tax return   $ 2,293,362     $ 2,042,379            
                         
Average debt(4)(5)   $ 4,648,593     $ 5,241,651            
Average stockholders' deficit(5)     (1,354,477 )     (1,676,987 )          
Add: Rent x 6(1)     2,015,814       2,034,702            
Average financing lease liabilities(5)     220,550       178,416            
Invested capital   $ 5,530,480     $ 5,777,782            
                         
Adjusted After-Tax ROIC     41.5 %     35.3 %          
                         
(1) The table below outlines the calculation of rent expense and reconciles rent expense to total lease cost, per ASC 842, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, for the trailing four quarters ended February 13, 2021 and February 15, 2020 (in thousands):        
       
       
       
                         
    Total lease cost, per ASC 842, for the trailing four quarters ended February 13, 2021   $ 418,100            
    Less: Financing lease interest and amortization     (55,880 )          
    Less: Variable operating lease components, related to insurance and common area maintenance     (26,251 )          
               
    Rent expense for the trailing four quarters ended February 13, 2021   $ 335,969            
                             
    Total lease cost, per ASC 842, for the 24 weeks ended February 15, 2020   $ 190,390            
    Less: Financing lease interest and amortization         (28,195 )          
    Less: Variable operating lease components, related to insurance and common area maintenance     (11,444 )          
               
    Rent expense for the 24 weeks ended February 15, 2020   $ 150,751            
    Add: Rent expense for the 29 weeks ended August 31, 2019 as previously reported prior to the adoption of ASC 842     188,366            
               
    Rent expense for the trailing four quarters ended February 15, 2020   $ 339,117            
                         
(2) The Company ended Q2 FY21 with excess cash of $831.4M. Debt is presented net of excess cash        
(3) Effective tax rate over trailing four quarters ended February 13, 2021 and February 15, 2020 is 22.1% and 20.7%, respectively        
(4) Average debt for the trailing four quarters ended February 13, 2021 is presented net of average excess cash of $834.3M        
(5) All averages are computed based on trailing 5 quarter balances        
                         
Other Selected Financial Information  
(in thousands)          
          February 13, 2021   February 15, 2020          
Cumulative share repurchases ($ since fiscal 1998)   $ 23,932,433     $ 22,188,053            
Remaining share repurchase authorization ($)     717,567       961,947            
                         
Cumulative share repurchases (shares since fiscal 1998)     149,033       147,540            
                         
Shares outstanding, end of quarter     22,183       23,488            
                         
                         
                         
          12 Weeks Ended   12 Weeks Ended   24 Weeks Ended   24 Weeks Ended  
          February 13, 2021   February 15, 2020   February 13, 2021   February 15, 2020  
                         
Depreciation and amortization   $ 94,476     $ 90,671     $ 184,027   $ 180,420  
                         
Capital spending     125,608       89,156       238,644     190,563  
                         
AutoZone's 2nd Quarter Highlights - Fiscal 2021  
Selected Operating Highlights  
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations  
                               
Store Count & Square Footage  
                               
          12 Weeks Ended     12 Weeks Ended     24 Weeks Ended     24 Weeks Ended  
          February 13, 2021     February 15, 2020     February 13, 2021     February 15, 2020  
Domestic:                          
  Beginning stores     5,924         5,790         5,885         5,772    
  Stores opened     27         25         66         43    
  Ending domestic stores     5,951         5,815         5,951         5,815    
                               
  Relocated stores     1         -         5         -    
                               
  Stores with commercial programs     5,088         4,942         5,088         4,942    
                               
  Square footage (in thousands)     39,003         38,077         39,003         38,077    
                               
Mexico:                            
  Beginning stores     621         606         621         604    
  Stores opened     7         2         7         4    
  Ending Mexico stores     628         608         628         608    
                               
Brazil:                            
  Beginning stores     45         37         43         35    
  Stores opened     1         1         3         3    
  Ending Brazil stores     46         38         46         38    
                               
Total         6,625         6,461         6,625         6,461    
                               
  Square footage (in thousands)     44,021         42,885         44,021         42,885    
  Square footage per store     6,645         6,638         6,645         6,638    
                               
Sales Statistics                        
($ in thousands, except sales per average square foot)                        
          12 Weeks Ended     12 Weeks Ended     Trailing 4 Quarters     Trailing 4 Quarters(1)  
Total AutoZone Stores (Domestic, Mexico and Brazil) February 13, 2021     February 15, 2020     February 13, 2021     February 15, 2020  
  Sales per average store   $ 433       $ 382       $ 2,011       $ 1,867    
  Sales per average square foot   $ 65       $ 58       $ 303       $ 282    
                               
Total Auto Parts (Domestic, Mexico and Brazil)                        
  Total auto parts sales   $ 2,859,698       $ 2,464,988       $ 13,158,997       $ 11,857,188    
  % Increase vs. LY     16.0 %       2.6 %       11.0 %       6.8 %  
                               
Domestic Commercial                        
  Total domestic commercial sales   $ 638,913       $ 556,924       $ 2,883,615       $ 2,679,732    
  % Increase vs. LY     14.7 %       8.2 %       7.6 %       15.1 %  
                               
  Average sales per program per week   $ 10.5       $ 9.4       $ 11.1       $ 10.4    
  % Increase vs. LY     11.7 %       4.4 %       6.7 %       9.5 %  
                               
All Other, including ALLDATA                        
  All other sales   $ 51,120       $ 48,675       $ 231,348       $ 220,953    
  % Increase vs. LY     5.0 %       2.0 %       4.7 %       7.7 %  
                               
(1)  Fiscal 2019 results include an additional week of sales of approximately $234.5M for Total Auto Parts, $51.3M for Domestic Commercial and $4.1M for All Other. Sales per average store and sales per average square foot benefited from the additional week by $37K and $6K, respectively 
 
                 
                 
          12 Weeks Ended     12 Weeks Ended     24 Weeks Ended     24 Weeks Ended  
          February 13, 2021     February 15, 2020     February 13, 2021     February 15, 2020  
Domestic same store sales     15.2 %       (0.8 %)       13.6 %       1.4 %  
                               
Inventory Statistics (Total Stores)                        
          as of     as of              
          February 13, 2021     February 15, 2020              
  Accounts payable/inventory     113.0 %       105.7 %              
                               
  ($ in thousands)                          
  Inventory     $ 4,736,826       $ 4,606,211                
  Inventory per store     715         713                
  Net inventory (net of payables)     (614,270 )       (263,703 )              
  Net inventory / per store     (93 )       (41 )              
                               
          Trailing 5 Quarters              
          February 13, 2021     February 15, 2020              
  Inventory turns     1.4       1.3