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Publix Reports Second Quarter 2018 Results and Stock Price

LAKELAND, Fla., Aug. 1, 2018 — Publix’s sales for the three months ended June 30, 2018 were $8.8 billion, a 4 percent increase from $8.4 billion in 2017. Comparable store sales for the three months ended June 30, 2018 increased 1.7 percent. The company estimates sales were negatively impacted by 1.2 percent due to the effect of the Easter holiday being in the first quarter in 2018. In 2017, the effect of the Easter holiday was in the second quarter.

Net earnings for the three months ended June 30, 2018 were $616.2 million, compared to $495.1 million in 2017, an increase of 24.5 percent. Earnings per share for the three months ended June 30, 2018 increased to $0.84, up from $0.65 per share in 2017. Net earnings and earnings per share for the three months ended June 30, 2018 were positively impacted by the decrease in the federal statutory income tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent effective in 2018 due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (Tax Act). Net earnings and earnings per share also were impacted by a new accounting standard requiring equity securities be measured at fair value with net unrealized gains and losses from changes in the fair value recognized in earnings. Excluding the impact of the new accounting standard, net earnings would have been $571 million, an increase of 15.3 percent, and earnings per share would have been $0.78 for the three months ended June 30, 2018.

Publix’s sales for the six months ended June 30, 2018 were $18 billion, a 5.4 percent increase from $17.1 billion in 2017. Comparable store sales for the six months ended June 30, 2018 increased 3.4 percent.

Net earnings for the six months ended June 30, 2018 were $1.3 billion, compared to $1.05 billion in 2017, an increase of 23.4 percent. Earnings per share for the six months ended June 30, 2018 increased to $1.77, up from $1.37 per share in 2017. Net earnings and earnings per share for the six months ended June 30, 2018 were positively impacted by the Tax Act. Net earnings and earnings per share also were impacted by the new accounting standard. Excluding the impact of the new accounting standard, net earnings would have been $1.28 billion, an increase of 21.4 percent, and earnings per share would have been $1.74 for the six months ended June 30, 2018.

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, 2018, Publix’s stock price increased from $41.75 per share to $42.55 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.

“Since the beginning of the year, our stock price has increased from $36.85 to $42.55, over 15 percent,” said Publix CEO & President Todd Jones. “Our associates deserve the credit for continuing to make us a leader in customer service.”

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to reporting financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018 in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the company presented net earnings and earnings per share excluding the impact of the new accounting standard requiring equity securities be 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 fair value adjustment on equity securities since they are 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 and six months ended June 30, 2018 (amounts are in millions, except per share amounts):

Three Months Ended
June 30, 2018
Six Months Ended
June 30, 2018
Net earnings $616.2 1,296.4
Fair value adjustment (net unrealized gain) on equity securities held at end of period (76.8) (51.0)
Net gain on sale of equity securities previously recognized through fair value adjustment 16.2 22.4
Income tax expense(1) 15.4 7.3
Net earnings excluding impact of fair value adjustment $571.0 1,275.1
Weighted average shares outstanding 730.9 732.5
Earnings per share excluding impact of fair value adjustment $   0.78    1.74

 

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