TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY REPORTS
FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR 2013 RESULTS
~ Fourth Quarter Earnings per Share Increased 23.6% to $0.68 ~
~ Fourth Quarter Sales Increased to $1.42 Billion and Comparable Store Sales Increased 3.5% ~
~ Full Year Earnings per Share Increased 22.1% to $2.32 ~
Brentwood, Tennessee, January 29, 2014 - Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest retail farm and ranch store chain in the United States, today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 28, 2013. Additionally, the Company provided its initial outlook for fiscal 2014.
Fourth Quarter Results
Net sales increased 10.0% to $1.42 billion from $1.29 billion in the prior year’s fourth quarter. Comparable store sales increased 3.5% versus a 4.7% increase in the prior year period. The increase in comparable store sales was driven by continued strong results in key consumable, usable and edible (C.U.E.) products, principally animal- and pet-related merchandise. Seasonal items, predominantly heating and insulated outerwear, also performed well due to the cold weather in the latter part of the quarter.
Gross profit increased 13.0% to $479.7 million from $424.6 million in the prior year’s fourth quarter. As a percent of sales, gross margin increased 90 basis points to 33.9% from 33.0% in the prior year period. Gross margin improvement was the result of strong inventory and markdown management, solid retail price management in C.U.E. products and a mix shift to higher margin seasonal product, such as insulated outerwear and footwear. Additionally, the Company was cycling strong sales of lower-margin emergency response products as a result of Hurricane Sandy in the prior year.
Selling, general and administrative expenses, including depreciation and amortization, increased to 23.5% of sales compared to 23.3% of sales in the prior year’s fourth quarter. The increase as a percent of sales was primarily attributable to costs related to the relocated Southeast distribution center and a new corporate data center.
Net income for the quarter was $95.9 million, or $0.68 per diluted share, compared to net income of $79.5 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of the prior year. All references to per share amounts reflect a two-for-one stock split that was effective September 26, 2013.
The Company opened 31 new stores in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to 25 new store openings in the prior year’s fourth quarter.
Greg Sandfort, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are very pleased with our strong fourth quarter and full-year results. The fourth quarter marked our 17th consecutive quarter of positive comparable store sales and our 23rd consecutive quarter of positive comparable transaction counts. In recent years, we have grown our business effectively despite challenging economic environments and volatile weather trends. We believe our results are a function of the balanced approach we take to run our business, through managing sales, margins, expenses and capital investments.
Mr. Sandfort continued, “We are proud of our many achievements over the past year, which included the celebration of the Company’s 75th anniversary; our first store openings in Arizona, Nevada and Wyoming; the relocation of our Southeast distribution center; and the Company’s recent addition to the S&P 500 Index. Looking ahead, we believe
The following information was filed by Tractor Supply Co (TSCO) on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 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.