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Publix reports third quarter 2022 results and stock price

LAKELAND, Fla., Nov. 1, 2022 — Publix’s sales for the three months ended Sept. 24, 2022 were $13 billion, a 9.2% increase from $11.9 billion in 2021. Comparable store sales for the three months ended Sept. 24, 2022 increased 7.6%.

Net earnings for the three months ended Sept. 24, 2022 were $394.1 million, compared to $856.9 million in 2021, a decrease of 54%. Earnings per share for the three months ended Sept. 24, 2022 decreased to $0.12 per share, down from $0.25 per share in 2021, adjusted for the effect of the 5-for-1 stock split that occurred on April 14, 2022. Excluding the impact of net unrealized losses on equity securities in 2022 and net unrealized gains on equity securities in 2021, net earnings for the three months ended Sept. 24, 2022 would have been $808.9 million, compared to $802.5 million in 2021, an increase of 0.8%. Earnings per share would have been $0.24 per share, compared to $0.23 per share in 2021, adjusted for the effect of the stock split.

Publix’s sales for the nine months ended Sept. 24, 2022 were $39.2 billion, a 10.7% increase from $35.4 billion in 2021. Comparable store sales for the nine months ended Sept. 24, 2022 increased 9%.

Net earnings for the nine months ended Sept. 24, 2022 were $1.6 billion, compared to $3.4 billion in 2021, a decrease of 51.2%. Earnings per share for the nine months ended Sept, 24, 2022 decreased to $0.48 per share, down from $0.97 per share in 2021, adjusted for the effect of the stock split. Excluding the impact of net unrealized losses on equity securities in 2022 and net unrealized gains on equity securities in 2021, net earnings for the nine months ended Sept. 24, 2022 would have been $2.8 billion, compared to $2.6 billion in 2021, an increase of 4.7%. Earnings per share would have been $0.81 per share, compared to $0.76 per share in 2021, adjusted for the effect of the stock split.

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 Nov. 1, 2022, Publix’s stock price decreased from $13.84 per share to $13.19 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.

“Unfortunately the stock market continues to be a challenge, but I could not be more proud of Publix’s response to Hurricane Ian,” said Publix CEO Todd Jones. “Our associates’ efforts to serve our customers, our communities and each other during this difficult time have been amazing.”

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to reporting financial results for the three and nine months ended Sept. 24, 2022 and Sept. 25, 2021 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. All applicable share and per share amounts have been retroactively adjusted to give effect to the stock split.

Following is a reconciliation of net earnings to net earnings excluding the impact of the fair value adjustment for the three months ended Sept. 24, 2022 and Sept. 25, 2021:

Three Months Ended
Sept. 24, 2022
Three Months Ended
Sept. 25, 2021
(Amounts are in millions,
except per share amounts)
(Amounts are in millions,
except per share amounts)
Net earnings $394.1 856.9
Fair value adjustment, due to net unrealized loss (gain), on equity securities held at end of period 556.3 (72.9)
Income tax (benefit) expense (1)     (141.5)   18.5
Net earnings excluding impact of fair value adjustment $ 808.9 802.5
Weighted average shares outstanding 3,366.1 3,444.4
Earnings per share excluding impact of fair value adjustment $   0.24    0.23

 

Following is a reconciliation of net earnings to net earnings excluding the impact of the fair value adjustment for the nine months ended Sept. 24, 2022 and Sept. 25, 2021:

Nine Months Ended
Sept. 24, 2022
Nine Months Ended
Sept. 25, 2021
(Amounts are in millions,
except per share amounts)
(Amounts are in millions,
except per share amounts)
Net earnings $1,640.5 3,361.4
Fair value adjustment, due to net unrealized loss (gain), on equity securities held at end of period 1,495.3 (986.7)
Net gain on sale of equity securities previously recognized through fair value adjustment 9.4
Income tax (benefit) expense (1)    (380.2)  248.5
Net earnings excluding impact of fair value adjustment $2,755.6 2,632.6
Weighted average shares outstanding 3,394.4 3,453.6
Earnings per share excluding impact of fair value adjustment $   0.81    0.76

 

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

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