Exhibit 99.1


Ingles Markets, Incorporated Reports Results for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2020

ASHEVILLE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--December 8, 2020--Ingles Markets, Incorporated (NASDAQ: IMKTA) today reported increased sales and net income for the three and twelve months ended September 26, 2020.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic was declared a national emergency on March 13, 2020. The pandemic has had a significant impact on the Company’s operations since then. At this time the Company cannot predict the impact of the pandemic on future periods.

Robert P. Ingle II, Chairman of the Board, stated, “We take seriously the safety of our customers and associates and continue to do our best to provide them a safe and clean environment.”

Fourth Quarter Results

Net sales totaled $1.20 billion for the quarter ended September 26, 2020, an increase of 11.3% compared with $1.08 billion for the quarter ended September 28, 2019.

Gross profit for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 totaled $324.5 million, or 27.1% of sales. Gross profit for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 was $260.3 million, or 24.2% of sales.

Operating and administrative expenses for the September 2020 quarter totaled $236.8 million compared with $222.2 million for the September 2019 quarter. Most of the increase was due to higher personnel costs incurred to support additional safety measures related to the pandemic, including a third appreciation bonus payment to full and part-time associates.

Interest expense totaled $8.7 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 compared with $11.6 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019. Total debt at the end of fiscal 2020 was $605.5 million compared with $852.2 million at the end of fiscal 2019. The Company continues to reduce debt and has refinanced debt at lower rates over the past twelve months. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, the Company incurred $3.4 million of debt extinguishment costs associated with $250 million of early repayment of debt.

Net income totaled $57.9 million for the September 2020 quarter compared with $20.9 million for the September 2019 quarter. Basic and diluted earnings per share for Class A Common Stock were $2.94 and $2.86, respectively, for the quarter ended September 26, 2020, compared with $1.07 and $1.04, respectively, for the quarter ended September 28, 2019. Basic and diluted earnings per share for Class B Common Stock were each $2.67 for the quarter ended September 26, 2020, and $0.97 for the quarter ended September 28, 2019.


The following information was filed by Ingles Markets Inc (IMKTA) on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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