Rite Aid Corporation Reports Fiscal 2021 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

Rite Aid Corporation Reports Fiscal 2021 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results




Rite Aid Corporation Reports Fiscal 2021 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

  • Fourth Quarter Net Loss from Continuing Operations of $18.5 Million or $0.34 Per Share, Compared to the Prior Year Fourth Quarter Net Loss of $343.5 Million or $6.43 Per Share
  • Fourth Quarter Adjusted EBITDA from Continuing Operations of $41.3 Million, Compared to the Prior Year Adjusted EBITDA of $135.6 Million
  • Completed Acquisition of Bartell Drugs
  • Company Provides First Quarter Fiscal 2022 Outlook
  • Over 2 Million COVID-19 Vaccines Administered in March and April to Date

CAMP HILL, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) today reported operating results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended February 27, 2021.

For the fourth quarter, the company reported net loss from continuing operations of $18.5 million, or $0.34 loss per share, Adjusted net loss from continuing operations of $41.8 million, or $0.78 loss per share, and Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations of $41.3 million, or 0.7 percent of revenues.

“We remain very optimistic about the direction of Rite Aid, despite a fourth quarter that was impacted by a historically soft cough, cold and flu season, the deferral of elective procedures and related acute prescription volume and the impact of COVID-19 on selling, general and administrative expenses,” said Heyward Donigan, president and chief executive officer, Rite Aid. “This past year, we made significant progress in bringing our RxEvolution strategy to life. We redefined the role of the pharmacist, rebranded both our retail pharmacy business and Elixir, completed the strategic acquisition of Bartell’s and moved quickly to deliver solutions to meet customer needs for COVID-19 testing and vaccine administration.”

“As we look ahead, our teams are continuing their heroic efforts to serve our communities and customers during this critical time. I am pleased to announce that we have administered over 2 million COVID-19 vaccines so far in the first quarter. We are also seeing prescription count trends, both acute and maintenance, return to positive levels. At Elixir, we are experiencing growth in our sales pipeline, and have recently been awarded over 200,000 new lives and over 6 million annualized scripts, with additional decisions pending in the current sales cycle. I am so proud of our 50,000 associates and the strategic progress we’re making in our journey to revitalize our brand and elevate the crucial role that pharmacy plays in the health of our customers.”

Consolidated Fourth Quarter and Full Year Summary

(dollars in thousands)

Thirteen Week Period Ended

 

Fifty-two Week Period Ended

 

February 27,

2021

 

February 29,

2020

 

February 27,

2021

 

February 29,

2020

Revenues from continuing operations

$

5,916,856

 

$

5,727,242

 

$

24,043,240

 

$

21,928,393

Net loss from continuing operations

 

(18,495)

 

 

(343,461)

 

 

(100,070)

 

 

(469,219)

Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations

 

41,265

 

 

135,584

 

 

437,665

 

 

538,211

Revenues from continuing operations increased 3.3 percent and 9.6 percent for the thirteen and fifty-two week periods ended February 27, 2021, respectively, compared to the prior year driven by growth at both the Retail Pharmacy and Pharmacy Services segments.

Fourth quarter net loss from continuing operations was $18.5 million, or $0.34 loss per share, compared to last year’s fourth quarter net loss from continuing operations of $343.5 million, or $6.43 loss per share. Income tax expense in the prior year’s fourth quarter was impacted by a $320.6 million charge to increase the valuation allowance against the company’s deferred tax asset. Other items impacting net loss from continuing operations in the current year’s fourth quarter included a decrease in Adjusted EBITDA and a lower LIFO credit, partially offset by a gain on the acquisition of Bartell Drugs and a gain on sale of assets resulting from the sale leasebacks of the company’s Lancaster, CA and Woodland, CA distribution centers.

Net loss from continuing operations for the fiscal year ended February 27, 2021 was $100.1 million, or $1.87 loss per share, compared to last year’s net loss of $469.2 million, or $8.82 loss per share. The reduction in net loss is due to lower income tax expense, a gain on sale of assets compared to a loss on sale of assets in the prior year, and a gain on the acquisition of Bartell Drugs. These items were partially offset by a decrease in Adjusted EBITDA, a lower gain on debt modifications and retirements, higher intangible asset impairment charges, and a lower LIFO credit.

Fourth quarter Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations was $41.3 million, or 0.7 percent of revenues, compared to last year’s fourth quarter Adjusted EBITDA of $135.6 million, or 2.4 percent of revenues. The decline in Adjusted EBITDA is due to a decrease in gross profit resulting from lower front-end same store sales, weather disruptions that impacted the supply chain and reimbursement rate pressure and an increase in selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses due to incremental costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations for the fiscal year ended February 27, 2021 was $437.7 million, or 1.8 percent of revenues, compared to last year’s Adjusted EBITDA of $538.2 million, or 2.5 percent of revenues. The decline in Adjusted EBITDA is due to a decrease in gross profit resulting from declines in acute scripts related to the pandemic, reimbursement rate pressure and an increase in SG&A expenses due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the completion of services provided under the Transition Services Agreement with Walgreens.

Retail Pharmacy Segment

(dollars in thousands)

Thirteen Week Period Ended

 

Fifty-two Week Period Ended

 

February 27,

2021

 

February 29,

2020

 

February 27,

2021

 

February 29,

2020

Revenues from continuing operations

$

4,114,485

 

$

3,993,328

 

$

16,365,260

 

$

15,616,186

Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations

6,017

 

 

85,175

 

 

279,896

 

 

370,435

Retail Pharmacy Segment revenues from continuing operations increased 3.0 percent over the prior year quarter due primarily to the acquisition of Bartell Drugs. Same store sales from continuing operations for the fourth quarter decreased 0.3 percent over the prior year period, consisting of a 5.6 percent decrease in front-end sales and a 2.0 percent increase in pharmacy sales. Front-end same store sales, excluding cigarettes and tobacco products, decreased 5.0 percent. The decline in front-end same store sales was driven by a decline of nearly 37 percent in cough, cold and flu related categories. Difficult weather conditions also had a negative impact on same store sales for the quarter. The number of prescriptions filled in same stores, adjusted to 30-day equivalents, decreased 0.9 percent over the prior year period driven by an over 14 percent decline in acute prescriptions, partially offset by increases in maintenance prescriptions, as well as the administration of the company’s first allocations of the COVID-19 vaccine. The company increased its front-end market share in both dollars and in unit sales1.

For the fiscal year ended February 27, 2021, Retail Pharmacy Segment revenues from continuing operations increased 4.8 percent over the prior year. Same store sales from continuing operations for the year increased 3.5 percent over the prior year, consisting of a 3.2 percent increase in pharmacy sales and a 3.1 percent increase in front-end sales. Front-end same store sales, excluding cigarettes and tobacco products, increased 4.2 percent. Front-end sales benefited from increases in immunity, first aid and paper products, offset by decreases in over-the-counter products related to cough, cold and flu. The number of prescriptions filled in same stores, adjusted to 30-day equivalents, increased 1.3 percent over the prior year driven by increases in maintenance prescriptions, supported by personalized Medication Therapy Management interventions and home deliveries, partially offset by a pandemic influenced reduction in acute prescriptions of 9.0 percent. Prescription sales from continuing operations accounted for 66.7 percent of total drugstore sales.

Retail Pharmacy Segment Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations was $6.0 million, or 0.2 percent of revenues, for the fourth quarter compared to last year’s fourth quarter Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations of $85.2 million, or 2.1 percent of revenues. The decline in Adjusted EBITDA is largely due to a soft cough, cold and flu season, ongoing impacts related to COVID-19 and challenging weather conditions. The Company estimates the following impacts on fourth quarter adjusted EBITDA:

  • $20 million to $24 million from lower incidence in cough, cold and flu related illnesses;
  • $20 million to $24 million due to difficult weather conditions; and
  • $10 million to $12 million related to continued effects of COVID-19.

The total unanticipated impact on the quarter results was approximately $50 million to $60 million.

For the fiscal year ended February 27, 2021, Retail Pharmacy Segment Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations was $279.9 million, or 1.7 percent of revenues, compared to $370.4 million, or 2.4 percent of revenues, for the prior year. The decline in Adjusted EBITDA is due to a decrease in gross profit resulting from declines in acute scripts resulting from the pandemic and reimbursement rate pressure and an increase in SG&A expenses due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the completion of services provided under the Transition Services Agreement with Walgreens.

Pharmacy Services Segment

(dollars in thousands)

Thirteen Week Period Ended

 

Fifty-two Week Period Ended

 

February 27,

2021

 

February 29,

2020

 

February 27,

2021

 

February 29,

2020

Revenues from continuing operations

$

1,870,111

 

$

1,801,090

 

$

7,970,137

 

$

6,559,560

Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations

 

35,248

 

 

50,409

 

 

157,769

 

 

167,776

Pharmacy Services Segment revenues were $1.9 billion for the quarter, an increase of 3.8 percent compared to the prior year quarter. The increase in revenues was primarily the result of higher claims revenue due to changes in member mix and benefit packages and Medicare Part D revenue with the new calendar year.

For the fiscal year ended February 27, 2021, Pharmacy Services Segment revenues were $8.0 billion, an increase of 21.5 percent compared to the prior year. The increase in revenues was primarily the result of an increase in Medicare Part D membership.

1 – Source: IRI. Excludes tobacco, cigarettes, greeting cards and online sales. For drug store channel during Rite Aid’s fourth fiscal quarter.

Pharmacy Services Segment Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations was $35.2 million, or 1.9 percent of revenues, for the fourth quarter compared to last year’s fourth quarter Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations of $50.4 million, or 2.8 percent of revenues. The decline in Adjusted EBITDA is due to a decrease in gross profit associated with contract renewals on our small group business. Going forward, the company expects margins to stabilize across the book of business along with membership growth in target segments.

For the fiscal year ended February 27, 2021, Pharmacy Services Segment Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations was $157.8 million, or 2.0 percent of revenues, compared to $167.8 million, or 2.6 percent of revenues, for the prior year. The decline in Adjusted EBITDA is due to increased drug costs within Medicare Part D, a decrease in gross profit within the segment’s small group business and SG&A spend related to an increase in Medicare Part D members.

Outlook for First Quarter 2022

The pandemic will continue to have an impact on several factors in Fiscal 2022. Those factors include the number of individuals that receive a COVID-19 vaccine, demand for COVID-19 testing, the timing and extent to which elective procedures increase to pre-pandemic levels, the demand for flu and other immunizations and the length and severity of this year’s cough cold and flu season. As a result, the company is currently only providing guidance for its first quarter of fiscal 2022.

The company’s results for the first quarter of fiscal 2022 will be significantly impacted by the number of COVID-19 vaccinations administered during the quarter, and the related benefit to revenues and gross profit, partially offset by incremental costs to administer these vaccines. Also included in our guidance assumptions are a meaningful reduction in front-end sales compared to last year’s pandemic driven surge and continued deferral of elective procedures and the related impact on acute scripts. The company also expects continued reimbursement rate pressure at retail, and a return of Elixir EBITDA to recent run rate levels due to good network management and expense control initiatives.

Total revenues are projected to be between $6.1 billion and $6.3 billion in the first quarter with Retail Pharmacy Segment same store sales expected to range from a decrease of 9.0 percent to a decrease of 7.0 percent compared to fiscal 2021.

Net income/loss is projected to be between a loss of $10 million and income of $10 million.

Adjusted EBITDA is projected to be between $115 million and $140 million.

Conference Call Broadcast

Rite Aid will hold an analyst call at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time today with remarks by Rite Aid’s management team. The call will be broadcast via the Internet at https://www.riteaid.com//investor-relations/presentations. The telephone replay will be available beginning at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, April 15, 2021 and ending at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 5, 2021. To access the replay of the call, telephone (800) 585-8367 or (416) 621-4642 and enter the seven-digit reservation number 2368577. The webcast replay of the call will also be available at https://www.riteaid.com/corporate/investor-relations/presentations starting at 12 p.m. Eastern Time today. The playback will be available until the company’s next conference call.

About Rite Aid Corporation

Rite Aid Corporation is on the front lines of delivering healthcare services and retail products to Americans 365 days a year. Our pharmacists are uniquely positioned to engage with customers and improve their health outcomes. We provide an array of whole being health products and services for the entire family through over 2,500 retail pharmacy locations across 17 states. Through Elixir, we provide pharmacy benefits and services to millions of members nationwide. For more information, www.riteaid.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this release that are not historical, are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding Rite Aid’s outlook and guidance for fiscal 2022 including under the heading “Outlook for First Quarter 2022”, the ability to generate positive free cash flows in fiscal 2022; the impact of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on Rite Aid’s business; the ability to accelerate key initiatives and improve the operating performance of our stores; and any assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” and “will” and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements.

These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties, including, but not limited to: risks related to the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic, such as the scope and duration of the outbreak, government actions and restrictive measures implemented in response, and other impacts to the business, or on the Company’s ability to execute business continuity plans, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; the impact of COVID-19 on our workforce, operations, stores, expenses, and supply chain, and the operations or behaviors of our customers, suppliers and business partners; our ability to successfully implement our RxEvolution and other strategies; the impact of our high level of indebtedness, the ability to refinance such indebtedness on acceptable terms and our ability to satisfy our obligations and the other covenants contained in our debt agreements; outcome of pending or new litigation including related to Opioids, “usual and customary” pricing or other matters; our ability to monetize the CMS receivable created in our Part D business; general competitive, economic, industry, market, political (including healthcare reform) and regulatory conditions (including changes to laws or regulations relating to labor or wages), civil unrest (including any resulting store closures, damage, or loss of inventory), as well as other factors that impact the markets in which we operate; the impact of private and public third-party payers continued reduction in prescription drug reimbursements and efforts to encourage mail order; our ability to manage expenses and our investments in working capital; our ability to achieve the benefits of our efforts to reduce the costs of our generic and other drugs; our ability to achieve cost savings and other benefits of our organizational restructuring within our anticipated timeframe, if at all; the outcome of our continuing efforts to monitor and comply with applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures; and our ability to partner and have relationships with health plans and health systems.

These and other risks, assumptions and uncertainties are more fully described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on July 2, 2020 and in other documents that we file or furnish with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), which you are encouraged to read. To the extent that COVID-19 adversely affects our business and financial results, it may also have the effect of heightening many of such risk factors.

Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or anticipated by such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, you are cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made.

The degree to which COVID-19 may adversely affect Rite Aid’s results and operations, including its ability to achieve its outlook for the first fiscal quarter of 2022 or fiscal 2022 guidance, will depend on numerous evolving factors and future developments, which are highly uncertain, including, but not limited to, the duration and spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, its severity, the actions to contain the virus or treat its impact (such as travel bans and restrictions, quarantines, shelter-in-place orders and shutdowns), including the reinstitution of more stringent regulations (including mandatory stay at home orders, the availability and rollout of vaccines to treat the virus), and how quickly and to what extent normal economic and operating conditions can resume. As a result, the impact on Rite Aid’s financial and operating results cannot be reasonably estimated with specificity at this time, but the impact could be material. Rite Aid expressly disclaims any current intention, and assumes no duty, to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the distribution of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

All references to “Company” and “Rite Aid” as used throughout this release refer to Rite Aid Corporation and its affiliates.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Rite Aid separately reports financial results on the basis of Adjusted Net Income (Loss), Adjusted Net Income (Loss) per Diluted Share and Adjusted EBITDA which are non-GAAP financial measures. See the attached tables for a reconciliation of Adjusted Net Income (Loss), Adjusted Net Income (Loss) per Diluted Share and Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss), and net income (loss) per diluted share, which are the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. Adjusted Net Income (Loss) and Adjusted Net Income (Loss) per Diluted Share exclude amortization expense, merger and acquisition-related costs, non-recurring litigation settlement, gains or losses on debt modifications and retirements, LIFO adjustments, goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges, restructuring-related costs, gain on Bartell acquisition, and the WBA merger termination fee.

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) excluding the impact of income taxes, interest expense, depreciation and amortization, LIFO adjustments, charges or credits for facility closing and impairment, goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges, inventory write-downs related to store closings, gains or losses on debt modifications and retirements, the WBA merger termination fee, and other items (including stock-based compensation expense, merger and acquisition-related costs, non-recurring litigation settlement, severance, restructuring-related costs and costs related to facility closures, gain or loss on sale of assets, and gain on Bartell acquisition). The add back of LIFO (credit) charge when calculating Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income (Loss) and Adjusted Net Income (Loss) per Diluted Share removes the entire impact of LIFO (credits) charges, and effectively reflects Rite Aid’s results as if the company was on a FIFO inventory basis.

RITE AID CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Dollars in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
 
 
February 27, 2021 February 29, 2020
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents

$

160,902

 

$

218,180

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

1,462,441

 

 

1,286,785

 

Inventories, net of LIFO reserve of $485,859 and $539,640

 

1,864,890

 

 

1,921,604

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

106,941

 

 

181,794

 

Current assets held for sale

 

 

 

92,278

 

Total current assets

 

3,595,174

 

 

3,700,641

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

1,080,499

 

 

1,215,838

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

3,064,077

 

 

2,903,256

 

Goodwill

 

1,108,136

 

 

1,108,136

 

Other intangibles, net

 

340,519

 

 

359,491

 

Deferred tax assets

 

14,964

 

 

16,680

 

Other assets

 

132,035

 

 

148,327

 

Total assets

$

9,335,404

 

$

9,452,369

 

 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Current maturities of long-term debt and lease financing obligations

$

6,409

 

$

8,840

 

Accounts payable

 

1,437,421

 

 

1,484,081

 

Accrued salaries, wages and other current liabilities

 

642,364

 

 

746,318

 

Current portion of operating lease liabilities

 

516,752

 

 

490,161

 

Current liabilities held for sale

 

 

 

37,063

 

Total current liabilities

 

2,602,946

 

 

2,766,463

 

Long-term debt, less current maturities

 

3,063,087

 

 

3,077,268

 

Long-term operating lease liabilities

 

2,829,293

 

 

2,710,347

 

Lease financing obligations, less current maturities

 

16,711

 

 

19,326

 

Other noncurrent liabilities

 

208,213

 

 

204,438

 

Total liabilities

 

8,720,250

 

 

8,777,842

 

 
Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

 

Stockholders’ equity:
Common stock

 

55,143

 

 

54,716

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

5,897,168

 

 

5,890,903

 

Accumulated deficit

 

(5,313,103

)

 

(5,222,194

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(24,054

)

 

(48,898

)

Total stockholders’ equity

 

615,154

 

 

674,527

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

9,335,404

 

$

9,452,369

 

Contacts

INVESTORS:

Trent Kruse

(717) 975-3710

investor@riteaid.com

MEDIA:

Christopher Savarese

(717) 975-5718

Christopher.Savarese@riteaid.com

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