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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

 

FORM 10-Q

 

 

  

xQUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the quarterly period ended April 29, 2012

 

OR

 

¨TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the transition period from                      to

 

Commission File Number: 1-34940

 

 

THE FRESH MARKET, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware 56-1311233

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation or organization)

(I.R.S. Employer

identification number)

 

628 Green Valley Road, Suite 500

Greensboro, North Carolina 27408

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

(336) 272-1338

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  x    No   ¨

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes  x    No  ¨

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer x Accelerated filer ¨
       
Non-accelerated filer ¨  (Do not check if a smaller reporting company) Smaller reporting company ¨

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.)    Yes  ¨    No  x

 

The number of shares of the registrant’s common stock, $0.01 par value, outstanding as of June 5, 2012 was 48,058,036 shares.

 

 

 

 
 

 

The Fresh Market, Inc.

 

Form 10-Q

Table of Contents

 

PART I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION  
   
Item 1. Consolidated Financial Statements (unaudited)  
   
Consolidated Balance Sheets as of April 29, 2012 and January 29, 2012 4
   
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income for the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2012 and May 1, 2011 5
   
Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity for the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2012 and the fifty-two weeks ended January 29, 2012 6
   
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2012 and May 1, 2011 7
   
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements 8
   
Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations 15
   
Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk 24
   
Item 4. Controls and Procedures 25
   
PART II – OTHER INFORMATION  
   
Item 1. Legal Proceedings 26
   
Item 6. Exhibits 26
   
Signature 27

  

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Forward Looking Statements

 

This Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q includes forward-looking statements in addition to historical information. The forward-looking statements relate to matters such as our industry, business strategy, goals and expectations concerning our market position, future operations, margins, profitability, capital expenditures, liquidity and capital resources and other financial and operating information. We use words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “intend,” “looking forward,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “project,” “should,” “target,” “will” and “would” or any variations of these words or other words with similar meanings. All statements that address activities, events or developments that we intend, expect or believe may occur in the future are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These “forward looking statements” may relate to such matters as our industry, business strategy, goals and expectations concerning our market position, future operations, future performance or results, margins, profitability, capital expenditures, liquidity and capital resources, interest rates and other financial and operating information and the outcome of contingencies such as legal and administrative proceedings.

 

Our forward-looking statements contained in this Form 10-Q are based on management’s current expectations and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. We cannot guarantee that the results and other expectations expressed, anticipated or implied in any forward-looking statement will be realized. Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to unexpected expenses and risks associated with our business; our ability to remain competitive in the areas of merchandise quality, price, breadth of selection, customer service and convenience; the effective management of our merchandise buying and inventory levels; the quality and safety of food products and other items that we may sell; our ability to anticipate and/or react to changes in customer demand; changes in consumer confidence and spending; unexpected consumer responses to promotional programs; unusual, unpredictable and/or severe weather conditions; the effectiveness of our logistics and supply chain model, including the ability of our third-party logistics providers to meet our product demands and restocking needs on a cost competitive basis; the execution and management of our store growth including the availability and cost of acceptable real estate locations for new store openings, the capital that we utilize in connection with new store development and the anticipated time between lease execution and store opening; the mix of our new store openings as between build to suit sites and second-generation, as-is sites; the actions of third parties involved in our store growth activities, including property owners, landlords, property managers, those involved in the construction of our new store locations and current tenants who occupy one or more of our proposed new store locations, all of whom may be impacted by their financial condition, their lenders, their activities outside of those focused on our new store growth and other tenants, customers and business partners of theirs; global economies and credit and financial markets; our ability to maintain the security of electronic and other confidential information; serious disruptions and catastrophic events; competition; personnel recruitment and retention; acquisitions and divestitures including the ability to integrate successfully any such acquisitions; information systems and technology; commodity, energy and fuel cost increases; compliance with laws, regulations and orders; changes in laws and regulations; outcomes of litigation and proceedings and the availability of insurance, indemnification and other third-party coverage of any losses suffered in connection therewith; tax matters and other factors, many of which are beyond our control. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of our assumptions prove incorrect, our actual results may vary in material respects from those projected in these forward-looking statements. You should bear this in mind as you consider forward-looking statements.

 

Any forward-looking statement made by us in this Form 10-Q speaks only as of the date on which we make it. Factors or events that could cause our actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of them. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by any applicable securities laws. You are advised, however, to consult any further disclosures we may make in our future reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), on our website, or otherwise.  

 

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Part 1

Item 1. Financial Information

 

The Fresh Market, Inc.

 

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except share amounts)

(unaudited)

 

   April 29,   January 29, 
   2012   2012 
         
Assets          
Current assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents  $11,231   $10,681 
Accounts receivable, net   3,776    4,550 
Inventories   34,689    37,796 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   6,000    5,595 
Deferred income taxes   4,305    4,445 
           
Total current assets   60,001    63,067 
           
Property and equipment:          
Land   2,846    5,451 
Buildings   14,861    15,077 
Store fixtures and equipment   245,888    237,678 
Leasehold improvements   147,337    141,391 
Office furniture, fixtures, and equipment   10,744    10,175 
Automobiles   1,212    1,211 
Construction in progress   13,750    14,347 
           
Total property and equipment   436,638    425,330 
Accumulated depreciation   (178,879)   (168,518)
           
Total property and equipment, net   257,759    256,812 
Other assets   6,711    3,461 
           
Total assets  $324,471   $323,340 
           
Liabilities and stockholders' equity          
Current liabilities:          
Accounts payable  $31,491   $34,788 
Accrued liabilities   53,179    46,354 
           
Total current liabilities   84,670    81,142 
           
Long-term debt   39,100    64,000 
Closed store reserves   2,275    1,969 
Deferred income taxes   30,120    31,053 
Other long-term liabilities   20,781    18,260 
           
Total noncurrent liabilities   92,276    115,282 
           
Commitments and contingencies (Notes 2 and 7)          
           
Stockholders' equity:          
Preferred stock – $0.01 par value; 40,000,000 shares authorized, none issued   -    - 
Common stock – $0.01 par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized, 48,051,038 and 48,040,083 shares issued and outstanding at April 29, 2012 and January 29, 2012, respectively   481    481 
Additional paid-in capital   99,961    98,622 
Retained earnings   47,083    27,813 
           
Total stockholders' equity   147,525    126,916 
           
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $324,471   $323,340 

 

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

(unaudited)

 

   For the Thirteen Weeks Ended 
   April 29,   May 1, 
   2012   2011 
         
Sales  $324,784   $264,459 
Cost of goods sold   212,093    174,886 
Gross profit   112,691    89,573 
           
Operating expenses:          
Selling, general and administrative expenses   70,465    58,974 
Store closure and exit costs   573    130 
Depreciation   10,569    8,340 
Income from operations   31,084    22,129 
Other expense:          
Interest expense   356    483 
Income before provision for income taxes   30,728    21,646 
Tax provision   11,458    8,166 
           
Net income  $19,270   $13,480 
           
Net income per share:          
Basic and diluted  $0.40   $0.28 
           
Weighted average common shares outstanding:          
Basic   48,046,251    47,991,045 
           
Diluted   48,255,646    48,121,916 
           
Other comprehensive income          
Net income  $19,270   $13,480 
Interest rate swaps, net of tax expense of $0 and $7, respectively   -    139 
           
Total comprehensive income  $19,270   $13,619 

 

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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The Fresh Market, Inc.

 

Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity

(In thousands, except share amounts)

(unaudited)

 

               Accumulated   (Accumulated     
   Common Stock, $0.01 par value   Additional   Other   Deficit)   Total 
   Common Shares   Common   Paid-in   Comprehensive   Retained   Stockholders’ 
   Outstanding   Stock   Capital   (Loss) Income   Earnings   Equity 
                         
Balance at January 30, 2011   47,991,045   $481   $95,852   $(674)  $(23,582)  $72,077 
                               
Exercise of share-based awards   23,502    -    517    -    -    517 
Issuance of common stock pursuant to restricted stock units   18,408    -    -    -    -    - 
Issuance of common stock pursuant to employee stock purchase plan   1,674    -    62    -    -    62 
Issuance of restricted stock awards   5,454    -    -    -    -    - 
Withholding tax on restricted stock unit vesting   -    -    (367)   -    -    (367)
Share-based compensation associated with equity based  awards   -    -    2,269    -    -    2,269 
Tax benefit related to exercise of share-based awards   -    -    289    -    -    289 
Net income   -    -    -    -    51,395    51,395 
Other comprehensive income - interest rate swaps, net of  tax benefit of $(129)        -    -    674    -    674 
                               
Balance at January 29, 2012   48,040,083   $481   $98,622   $-   $27,813   $126,916 
                               
Exercise of share-based awards   9,948    -    219    -    -    219 
Issuance of common stock pursuant to employee  stock purchase plan   1,007    -    46    -    -    46 
Share-based compensation associated with equity based Awards   -    -    1,016    -    -    1,016 
Tax benefit related to exercise of share-based awards   -    -    58    -    -    58 
Net income   -    -    -    -    19,270    19,270 
                               
Balance at April 29, 2012   48,051,038   $481   $99,961   $-   $47,083   $147,525 

 

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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The Fresh Market, Inc.

 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands)

(unaudited)

 

   For the Thirteen Weeks Ended 
   April 29,   May 1, 
   2012   2011 
Operating activities          
           
Net income  $19,270   $13,480 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:          
Depreciation and amortization   10,624    8,383 
Loss on disposal of property and equipment   32    192 
Share-based compensation associated with equity awards   1,016    551 
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation   (58)   - 
Deferred income taxes   (793)   3,001 
Change in assets and liabilities:          
Accounts receivable   773    (635)
Inventories   3,107    1,683 
Prepaid expenses and other assets   (3,710)   (258)
Accounts payable   (3,297)   3,685 
Accrued liabilities and other long-term liabilities   8,639    1,512 
Net cash provided by operating activities   35,603    31,594 
           
Investing activities          
Purchases of property and equipment   (17,106)   (12,961)
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment   6,630    77 
Net cash used in investing activities   (10,476)   (12,884)
           
Financing activities          
Borrowings on revolving credit note   110,517    160,682 
Payments made on revolving credit note   (135,417)   (176,532)
Debt issuance costs   -    (1,056)
Proceeds from issuance of common stock pursuant to employee stock purchase plan   46    - 
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation   58    - 
Proceeds from exercise of share-based compensation awards   219    - 
Net cash used in financing activities   (24,577)   (16,906)
           
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents   550    1,804 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   10,681    7,867 
           
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period  $11,231   $9,671 
           
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:          
Cash paid during the period for interest  $338   $391 
           
Cash paid during the period for taxes  $5,037   $907 

 

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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The Fresh Market, Inc.

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

April 29, 2012

(In thousands, except share and per share data)

(unaudited)

 

1. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

 

Basis of Presentation

 

The accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) for interim financial statements and are in the form prescribed by the Securities and Exchange Commission in instructions to the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and Rule 10-01 of Regulation S-X. These unaudited consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements and the accompanying notes thereto in the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2012. In the opinion of management, these unaudited consolidated financial statements include all adjustments, consisting of normal recurring adjustments, considered necessary for a fair presentation. Interim results are not necessarily indicative of results that may be expected for any other interim period or for a full fiscal year.

 

The Company’s wholly-owned subsidiaries are consolidated on a line-by-line basis and all significant intercompany accounts and transactions are eliminated upon consolidation.

 

The Company reports its results of operations on a 52 or 53 week fiscal year ending on the last Sunday in January. Fiscal years 2012 and 2011 are 52 week fiscal years and each fiscal quarter consists of 13 weeks.

 

The Company has determined that it has only one reportable segment. All of the Company’s revenues come from the sale of items at its specialty food stores. The Company’s primary focus is on perishable food categories, which include meat, seafood, produce, deli, bakery, floral, sushi and prepared foods. Non-perishable categories consist of traditional grocery and dairy products as well as specialty foods, including bulk, coffee, candy, beer and wine. The following is a summary of the percentage for the sales of perishable and non-perishable items:

 

   For the Thirteen Weeks Ended 
   April 29,   May 1, 
   2012   2011 
         
Perishable   66.0%   66.5%
Non-perishable   34.0%   33.5%

 

2. Long-Term Debt

 

Long-term debt is as follows:  

 

   April 29,
2012
   January 29,
2012
 
Unsecured revolving credit note, with maximum available borrowings of $175,000, interest payable monthly at one-month LIBOR plus a margin, weighted-average annual interest rate of 2.9% and 3.1% for the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2012 and the fifty-two weeks ended January 29, 2012, respectively  $39,100   $64,000 

 

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The Fresh Market, Inc.

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (continued)

(unaudited)

 

2. Long-Term Debt (continued)

 

On February 22, 2011, the Company terminated its existing revolving credit facility and entered into a credit agreement with Bank of America, N.A. as Administrative Agent, Swing Line Lender, and Letter of Credit Issuer, and several other lending institutions (the “2011 Credit Facility”). The 2011 Credit Facility refinanced and replaced the Company’s credit agreement dated February 27, 2007 by and among the Company, Bank of America, N.A. as Administrative Agent, Swing Line Lender, and Letter of Credit Issuer, and several other lending institutions (the “2007 Credit Facility”). The 2011 Credit Facility matures February 22, 2016, and is available to provide support for working capital, capital expenditures and other general corporate purposes, including permitted acquisitions, issuance of letters of credit, refinancing and payment of fees. While the Company currently has no material domestic subsidiaries, other entities will guarantee the Company’s obligations under the 2011 Credit Facility if and when they become material domestic subsidiaries of the Company during the term of the 2011 Credit Facility.

 

The 2011 Credit Facility provides for total borrowings of up to $175,000. Under the terms of the 2011 Credit Facility, the Company is entitled to request an increase in the size of the facility by an amount not exceeding $75,000 in the aggregate. If the existing lenders elect not to provide the full amount of a requested increase, or in lieu of accepting offers from existing lenders to increase their commitments, the Company may designate one or more other lender(s) to become a party to the 2011 Credit Facility, subject to the approval of the Administrative Agent. The 2011 Credit Facility includes a letter of credit sublimit of $25,000 and a swing line sublimit of $10,000.

 

At the Company’s option, outstanding borrowings bear interest at (i) the London Interbank Offered Rate plus an applicable margin that ranges from 1.00% to 2.25%, (ii) the Eurodollar rate plus an applicable margin that ranges from 1.00% to 2.25%, or (iii) the base rate plus an applicable margin that ranges from 0% to 1.25%, where the base rate is defined as the greatest of: (a) the federal funds rate plus 0.50%, (b) Bank of America’s prime rate, and (c) the Eurodollar rate plus 1.00%. The commitment fee calculated on unused portions of the credit facility ranges from 0.30% to 0.45% per annum. As of April 29, 2012 and January 29, 2012, all outstanding borrowings bear interest at LIBOR plus an applicable margin.

 

The loan agreement also provides the Company with standby letter of credit facilities up to $25,000, of which $11,481 was outstanding at April 29, 2012 and January 29, 2012. The beneficiaries of these letters of credit are the Company’s workers’ compensation insurance carriers.

 

3. Fair Value Measurements

 

Effective January 30, 2012, the Company adopted Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2011-04, Fair Value Measurement (Topic 820): Amendments to Achieve Common Fair Value Measurement and Disclosure Requirements in U.S. GAAP (“ASU 2011-04”), which establishes common requirements for measuring fair value and related disclosures in accordance with GAAP. The adoption of ASU No. 2011-04, which primarily consists of clarification and wording changes to existing fair value measurement and disclosure requirements, did not have an impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

 

The carrying amounts including cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivable, accounts payable, accrued liabilities and other accrued expenses approximate fair value because of the short maturity of those instruments. The carrying amount of long-term debt approximates fair value because the advances under this instrument bear variable interest rates which reflect market changes to interest rates and contain variable risk premiums based on certain financial ratios achieved by the Company. The Company did not elect to report any of its nonfinancial assets or nonfinancial liabilities at fair value.

 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (continued)

(unaudited)

 

4. Employee Benefits

 

Long-Term Cash Incentive Program

 

In March 2012, the Company adopted The Fresh Market, Inc. Long-Term Cash Incentive Program for Select Employees (the “Program”), in which the Company’s executive officers do not participate. The purpose of the Program is to provide incentives and reward employees for achieving specified performance goals over a performance period.

 

The Program awards cash bonuses to participants based upon the Company’s achievement of specified performance goals encompassing a three year fiscal performance period. Under the Program, a maximum award amount is established based upon the specific measurement criteria as defined by the Program. Following the completion of a performance period, the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company shall certify to what extent the performance goals for the performance period have been achieved in order to calculate the applicable award payment for each participant. At each reporting period, the Company assesses the probability of achieving the performance goals required for payment of the target amounts for the performance period. These awards are expensed over the respective vesting period on a straight-line basis. Cumulative adjustments are recorded quarterly to reflect subsequent changes in the estimated outcome of performance-related conditions.

 

Each participant receives a percentage of the applicable target amount for the performance period based on achievement of the performance goals and formulas. The Program’s award payouts will vary based on the achievement of the pre-established target and can range from 33% to 150% of the target award. Each participant is entitled to a minimum of one-third the total grant amount, which will be paid in three annual payments over the three year vesting period. At the end of the three year period, the participant is eligible for a final payout based upon the Company’s specific measurement criteria. After calculating the actual amount of the award, it will be reduced by the minimum amount paid to date and the participant will receive the net amount of the cash incentive award. There will be no additional payout unless the threshold for the applicable performance goal is reached and the participant must be employed by the Company at the end of the performance period to be eligible for payment of an award.

 

The Company has determined that the achievement of the performance goal for the 2012 Program is probable and, accordingly, recorded expense of $58 for the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2012.

 

5. Share-based Compensation

 

The Company grants share-based awards to purchase common stock under The Fresh Market, Inc. 2010 Omnibus Incentive Compensation Plan. At April 29, 2012 approximately 2,400,000 shares of the Company’s common stock were available for share-based awards.

 

Stock Options – 2010 Omnibus Incentive Compensation Plan

 

In March 2012 and April 2012, respectively, the Company awarded approximately 192,000 and 1,500 shares of non-qualifying stock options to employees. The Company uses the Black-Scholes option pricing model to estimate the fair value of stock options at grant date. Options vest ratably over a four-year period beginning on the grant date and expire ten years from the date of grant.

 

As of April 29, 2012 and January 29, 2012, respectively, there were approximately 882,000 and 702,000 nonvested stock options outstanding and approximately $9,100 and $6,200 of unrecognized share-based compensation expense. The Company anticipates this expense to be recognized over a weighted-average service period of approximately 3.5 years.

  

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (continued)

(unaudited)

 

5. Share-based Compensation (continued)

 

Share-based compensation expense related to stock options recognized during the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2012 and May 1, 2011 totaled $673 and $368, respectively, and is included in the “Selling, general and administrative expenses” line item on the Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income.

 

Restricted Stock Units – 2010 Omnibus Incentive Compensation Plan

 

In March 2012 and April 2012, respectively, the Company awarded approximately 17,000 and 600 shares of restricted stock units (RSUs) to employees. The RSUs vest in 25% annual increments on each of the first four anniversaries of the date of the grant and the fair value is based on the fair market value of the Company’s common stock on the date of grant.

 

As of April 29, 2012 and January 29, 2012, total remaining unearned compensation cost related to nonvested RSUs was approximately $2,200 and $1,665, respectively, which will be amortized over the weighted-average remaining service period of approximately 3.5 years.  

 

The Company recorded $226 and $137 of share-based compensation expense related to all the outstanding RSUs for the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2012 and May 1, 2011, respectively, which is included in the “Selling, general and administrative expenses” line item on the Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income.

 

Restricted Stock Awards - 2010 Omnibus Incentive Compensation Plan

  

In March 2012, the Company granted approximately 200 restricted stock awards (RSAs) , which had total grant date fair value of approximately $10, to a non-employee director. RSAs vest at the earlier of one year from the date of grant or the next annual meeting of the stockholders. The fair value of the RSAs is based on the fair market value of the Company’s common stock on the date of grant.

 

As of April 29, 2012, total remaining unearned compensation cost related to nonvested RSAs was $34, which will be amortized over the weighted-average remaining service period of approximately 0.1 years.  

 

The Company recorded $75 and $46 of share-based compensation expense related to all RSAs outstanding for the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2012 and May 1, 2011, respectively, which is included in the "Selling, general and administrative expenses” line item on the Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income.

 

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The Fresh Market, Inc.

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (continued)

(unaudited)

 

5. Share-based Compensation (continued)

 

Performance Share Awards

 

In March 2012, the Compensation Committee (the “Committee”) of the Board of Directors of the Company approved a Performance Share Award Agreement under the 2010 Omnibus Incentive Compensation Plan. The Company awarded approximately 38,000 performance share awards to certain employees.

 

The Performance Share Award Agreement provides for the award of performance-vesting restricted shares of the Company’s common stock based on the attainment of defined performance goals. At the end of the defined performance period, the extent to which the performance goals have been attained determines the number of shares that vest, except as otherwise determined by the Committee, and subject to conditions including the employment of the recipient with the Company or its affiliates throughout the performance period, except to the extent provided in cases of retirement, death, disability, or change of control, or as otherwise determined by the Committee.

 

The Company recognizes the estimated fair value of performance-based awards as share-based compensation expense over the performance period based upon its determination of whether it is probable that the performance targets will be achieved. At each reporting period, the Company assesses the probability of achieving the performance targets for the performance period required to meet those targets. Cumulative adjustments are recorded quarterly to reflect subsequent changes in the estimated outcome of performance-related conditions. The fair value of the performance-based awards is based on the fair market value of the Company’s common stock on the date of grant.

 

The Company recorded share-based compensation expense related to the performance-based awards of approximately $42 for the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2012, which is included in the "Selling, general and administrative expenses” line item on the Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income.

 

Employee Stock Purchase Plan

 

In November 2010, the Employee Stock Purchase Plan (“ESPP”) was adopted and approved by the Company’s Board of Directors and stockholders. As of July 1, 2011, eligible employees may purchase shares of the Company’s common stock at a 5% discount from the market price through a payroll deduction. The number of shares of common stock that are available for issuance under the ESPP is approximately 997,000.

 

During the thirteen week period ended April 29, 2012, 1,007 shares of the Company’s common stock were purchased under the ESPP, which resulted in proceeds of approximately $46.

 

6. Earnings per Share

 

The computation of basic earnings per share is based on the number of weighted-average common shares outstanding during the period. The computation of diluted earnings per share for the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2012 and May 1, 2011, respectively, includes the dilutive effect of common stock equivalents consisting of incremental common shares deemed outstanding from the assumed exercise of stock options, RSUs, RSAs and performance shares.

 

A reconciliation of the numerators and denominators of the basic and diluted earnings per share calculations follows (in thousands, except share and per share amounts):  

 

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The Fresh Market, Inc.

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements – (continued)

(unaudited)

 

6. Earnings per Share (continued)

 

   For the Thirteen Weeks Ended 
   April 29,   May 1, 
   2012   2011 
         
Net income available to common stockholders (numerator for basic earnings per share)  $19,270   $13,480 
           
Weighted average common shares outstanding (denominator for basic earnings per share)   48,046,251    47,991,045 
Potential common shares outstanding:          
Incremental shares from share-based awards   209,395    130,871 
Weighted average common shares outstanding and potential additional common shares outstanding (denominator for diluted earnings per share)   48,255,646    48,121,916 
           
Basic and diluted earnings per share  $0.40   $0.28 

 

The diluted net income per common share computations exclude share-based awards which are antidilutive. The weighted average shares outstanding for the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2012 exclude the effect of approximately 125,000 options because such options are considered antidilutive. There were no antidilutive shares for the thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2011.

 

7. Commitments and Contingencies

 

Litigation

 

From time to time, the Company is involved in various legal proceedings encountered in the normal course of business, including claims related to commercial and leasing matters, as well as labor and employment, premises, personal injury, product liability and general liability claims. In the opinion of management, the resolution of these matters will not have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial condition or results of operations. The Company reviews the status of its legal proceedings and records a provision for a liability when it is considered probable that both a liability has been incurred and the amount of the loss can be reasonably estimated. This review is updated periodically as additional information becomes available. If either or both of the criteria are not met, the Company reassesses whether there is at least a reasonable possibility that a loss, or additional losses, may be incurred. If there is a reasonable possibility that a loss may be incurred, the Company discloses the estimate of the amount of the loss or range of losses, discloses that the amount is not material, if true, or discloses that an estimate of loss cannot be made. The Company expenses its legal fees as incurred.

 

In assessing potential loss contingencies, the Company considers a number of factors, including those listed in the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 450-20, Contingencies – Loss Contingencies, regarding assessing the probability of a loss and assessing whether a loss is reasonably estimable. Litigation can be expensive and disruptive to normal business operations. Moreover, the results of litigation are difficult to predict and the Company’s view of these matters may change as the litigation and events unfold over time. An unfavorable outcome in any legal matter, if material, could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s results of operations in the period in which the unfavorable outcome occurs and potentially in future periods.

 

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The Fresh Market, Inc.

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (continued)

(unaudited)

 

7. Commitments and Contingencies (continued)

 

The Company is currently party to a legal proceeding with a former landlord surrounding the condition in which the premises that the Company formerly occupied were yielded over to the former landlord at the end of the lease term, citing estimated damages ranging from approximately $475 to $1,400, plus lost rent (or lost profit) for a limited repair period of less than a year, pre-judgment interest and attorney’s fees. The Company disputes the claim, believes it has meritorious defenses and intends to continue to vigorously defend this action. Management believes that any potential loss associated with this legal proceeding is neither probable nor reasonably estimable at this time and accordingly has not accrued any amounts for any potential loss. Management further believes that, as this legal proceeding has advanced, there is now a reasonable possibility that a loss could occur, but that any loss is not estimable at this time, and could range from no loss to a loss equal to the damages claimed by the former landlord as described above. Management further believes that an adverse outcome in the legal proceeding, if one were to occur, would not have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial condition, although there may be a material adverse impact on the Company’s results of operations for the period in which the loss, if any, is recognized.

 

The Company is currently party to two lawsuits that were filed against it and other parties in the state of South Carolina in connection with certain outdoor candle products that were sold at certain of the Company’s stores and alleged to have caused personal injury.  The lawsuits seek damages from the Company, as well as from one or more manufacturers and the packager.  The Company is unable to predict the outcome of these lawsuits or the amount of damages, if any, that may be awarded.  The Company believes that it is fully covered by its current insurance policies (subject to customary deductibles) for any liability resulting from these lawsuits and any others concerning this product to which the Company may become a party and, furthermore, that any such liability, even if not fully covered by its current insurance policies, will not have a material adverse effect on our business, prospects, financial condition, cash flows or results of operations.  One of the Company’s insurance carriers has reserved its rights as to coverage with respect to the losses that may be incurred in connection with these lawsuits and the manufacturers of the candle product and the fuel gel used in the candle have each filed for bankruptcy and such bankruptcies are currently pending. If the liability for these claims is greater than the Company anticipates (which could be the case if one or more of the other parties to the lawsuit is incapable of paying its share of any damages), or if insurance is not available or coverage is denied in connection therewith, liability resulting from these lawsuits and any others concerning this product to which the Company may become a party could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s results of operations for the period or periods in which it is incurred.

  

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Item 2 – Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

 

Overview

 

The Fresh Market is a high-growth specialty retailer focused on creating an extraordinary food shopping experience for our customers. Since opening our first store in 1982, we have offered high-quality food products, with an emphasis on fresh, premium perishables and an uncompromising commitment to customer service. We seek to provide an attractive, convenient shopping environment while offering our customers a compelling price-value combination. As of April 29, 2012, we operated 116 stores in 21 states, primarily in the Southeast, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic United States.

 

We believe several key differentiating elements of our business have enabled us to execute our strategy consistently and profitably across our expanding store base. We believe the differentiated shopping experience we provide has helped us to expand our business primarily through favorable word-of-mouth publicity. Within our smaller-box format, we focus on higher-margin food categories and strive to deliver a more personal level of service and a more enjoyable shopping experience. Further, our smaller-box format is adaptable to different retail sites and configurations and has facilitated our successful growth. Additionally, we believe our disciplined, comprehensive approach to planning and merchandising and the support we provide our stores allow us to deliver a consistent shopping experience and financial performance across our growing store base.

 

In addition to presenting our financial results in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), we have presented our first quarter of fiscal 2011 results on an adjusted basis in order to exclude the impact of certain charges related to our 2011 public offering of common stock. Adjusted results are non-GAAP financial measures. For a reconciliation of adjusted results to GAAP results and a discussion of why we use non-GAAP financial measures, see “Non-GAAP Financial Measures”, and the “Thirteen Weeks Ended April 29, 2012 Compared to the Thirteen Weeks Ended May 1, 2011.”

 

How We Assess the Performance of Our Business

 

In assessing our performance, we consider a variety of performance and financial measures. The key measures that we assess to evaluate the performance of our business are set forth below:

 

Sales

 

Our sales comprise gross sales net of coupons, commissions and discounts. Sales include sales from all of our stores.

 

The food retail industry and our sales are affected by general economic conditions and seasonality, as well as the other factors, discussed below, that affect our comparable store sales. Consumer purchases of specialty food products are particularly sensitive to a number of factors that influence the levels of consumer spending, including economic conditions, the level of disposable consumer income, consumer debt, interest rates and consumer confidence. In addition, our business is seasonal and, as a result, our average weekly sales fluctuate during the year and are usually highest in the fourth quarter when customers make holiday purchases.

 

Comparable Store Sales

 

Our practice is to include sales from a store in comparable store sales beginning on the first day of the sixteenth full month following the store’s opening. We believe that comparability is achieved approximately fifteen months after opening. When a store that is included in comparable store sales is remodeled or relocated, we continue to consider sales from that store to be comparable store sales. There may be variations in the way that our competitors calculate comparable or “same store” sales. As a result, data in this Form 10-Q regarding our comparable store sales may not be comparable to similar data made available by our competitors.

 

Various factors may affect comparable store sales, including:

 

overall economic trends and conditions, including general price levels in the economy;

 

consumer preferences and buying trends;

 

our competition, including competitor store openings or closings near our stores;

 

our competitors expanding their offerings of premium/perishable products;

 

the pricing of our products, including the effects of inflation or deflation;

 

the number of customer transactions at our stores;

 

our ability to provide an assortment of distinctive, high-quality product offerings to generate new and repeat visits to our stores;

 

the level of customer service that we provide in our stores;

 

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our in-store merchandising-related activities;

 

our ability to source products efficiently;

 

our opening of new stores in the vicinity of our existing stores; and

 

the number of stores we open, remodel or relocate in any period.

 

As we continue to pursue our growth strategy, we expect that a significant percentage of our sales growth will continue to come from new stores not included in comparable store sales. Accordingly, comparable store sales is only one measure we use to assess our performance.

 

Gross Profit

 

Gross profit is equal to our sales minus our cost of goods sold. Gross margin rate measures gross profit as a percentage of our sales. Cost of goods sold is directly correlated with sales and includes the direct costs of purchased merchandise, distribution and supply chain costs, buying costs, store supplies and store occupancy costs. Store occupancy costs include rent, common area maintenance, real estate taxes, personal property taxes, insurance, licenses and utilities. The components of our cost of goods sold may not be identical to those of our competitors. As a result, data in this Form 10-Q regarding our gross profit and gross margin rate may not be comparable to similar data made available by our competitors.

 

Gross margin rate enhancements are driven by:

 

economies of scale resulting from expanding our store base;

 

leverage achieved from increased comparable store sales;

 

reduced shrinkage as a percentage of sales; and

 

productivity gains through process and program improvements.

 

Changes in the mix of products sold may also impact our gross margin rate.

 

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses include certain retail store and corporate costs, including compensation (both cash and share-based), pre-opening expenses, and other corporate administrative costs. Pre-opening expenses are costs associated with the opening of new stores, including costs associated with recruiting, relocating and training personnel and other miscellaneous costs. Pre-opening costs are expensed as incurred.

 

Labor and corporate administrative costs generally decrease as a percentage of sales as a result of an increase in our sales. Accordingly, selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of sales are usually higher in lower-volume quarters and lower in higher-volume quarters. Store-level labor costs are the largest component of our selling, general and administrative expenses. The components of our selling, general and administrative expenses may not be identical to those of our competitors. As a result, data in this Form 10-Q regarding our selling, general and administrative expenses may not be comparable to similar data made available by our competitors. We expect that our selling, general and administrative expenses will increase in future periods due to our continuing store growth and increased corporate general and administrative expenses to support that growth.

 

Income from Operations

 

Income from operations consists of gross profit minus selling, general and administrative expenses, store closure and exit costs and depreciation.

 

Taxes

 

We account for income taxes under the asset and liability method. Under this method, the amount of taxes currently payable or refundable is accrued, and deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the estimated future tax consequences attributable to differences between the financial statement carrying amount of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax bases. Deferred tax assets are also recognized for realizable loss and tax credit carryforwards. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates in effect for the year in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities of a change in income tax rates is recognized in our Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income in the period that includes the enactment date.

 

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Non-GAAP Financial Measures

 

In addition to presenting our financial results in conformity with GAAP within this Form 10-Q, we are also presenting results on an “adjusted” basis in order to exclude the impact of certain charges related to our 2011 public offering of common stock. Specifically, results for the unaudited thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2011 include all costs related to the 2011 public offering, which we were obligated to bear, except for underwriting discounts and commissions. Our adjusted results exclude the impact of these charges. Except where the context otherwise requires, the use of the term “adjusted” or “as adjusted” with reference to the financial results discussed herein refers to the adjusted results described in this paragraph. These adjusted financial results are non-GAAP financial measures. We believe that the presentation of adjusted financial results facilitates an understanding of our operations without the one-time impact associated with the 2011 public offering. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP.

 

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Results of Operations

 

The following tables summarize key components of our results of operations for the periods indicated, both in dollars and as a percentage of sales.  

 

   For the Thirteen Weeks Ended 
   April 29,
2012
   May 1,
2011
 
                 
   (dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts) 
                 
Statement of Income Data:                    
Sales  $324,784    100.0%  $264,459    100.0%
Cost of goods sold   212,093    65.3%   174,886    66.1%
Gross profit   112,691    34.7%   89,573    33.9%
Selling, general and administrative expenses   70,465    21.7%   58,974    22.3%
Store closure and exit costs   573    0.2%   130    0.0%
Depreciation   10,569    3.3%   8,340    3.2%
Income from operations   31,084    9.6%   22,129    8.4%
Interest expense   356    0.1%   483    0.2%
Income before provision for income taxes   30,728    9.5%   21,646    8.2%
Tax provision   11,458    3.5%   8,166    3.1%
Net income  $19,270    5.9%  $13,480    5.1%
                     
Net income per share                    
Basic and diluted  $0.40        $0.28      
Shares used in computation of net income per share,                    
Basic   48,046,251         47,991,045      
Diluted   48,255,646         48,121,916      

 

Percentage totals in the above table may not equal the sum of the components due to rounding.

 

   For the Thirteen Weeks Ended 
   April 29,
2012
   May 1,
2011
 
         
Other Operating Data:          
Number of stores at end of period   116    101 
Comparable store sales growth (1)   8.2%   4.1%
Gross square footage at end of period (in thousands)   2,439    2,148 
Average comparable store size (gross square feet) (2)   21,223    21,282 
Comparable store sales per gross square foot during period (2)  $134   $125 

 

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(1)Our practice is to include sales from a store in comparable store sales beginning on the first day of the sixteenth full month following the store’s opening. When a store that is included in comparable store sales is remodeled or relocated, we continue to consider sales from that store to be comparable store sales. There may be variations in the way that our competitors calculate comparable or “same store” sales. As a result, data in this Form 10-Q regarding our comparable store sales may not be comparable to similar data made available by our competitors.
(2)Average comparable store size and comparable store sales per gross square foot are calculated using the gross square footage and sales for stores included within our comparable store base for each month during the given period.

 

Thirteen Weeks Ended April 29, 2012 Compared to the Thirteen Weeks Ended May 1, 2011

 

Sales

 

Sales increased 22.8%, or $60.3 million, to $324.8 million for the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2012, resulting from a $21.5 million increase in comparable store sales and a $38.8 million increase in non-comparable store sales. There were 100 comparable stores and 16 non-comparable stores open at April 29, 2012.

 

Comparable store sales increased 8.2% for the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2012, compared to the thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2011, driven by a 5.7% increase in the number of transactions and a 2.5% increase in the average transaction size at our comparable stores. Average customer transaction size for comparable stores increased to $31.21 for the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2012, compared to $30.50 for the thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2011.

 

Gross Profit

 

Gross profit increased 25.8%, or $23.1 million, to $112.7 million for the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2012, compared to the same period of the prior fiscal year. The amount of the increase in gross profit attributable to increased sales was $20.4 million and the amount of the increase in gross profit attributable to increased gross margin rate was $2.7 million. Our cost of goods sold increased by $37.2 million for the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2012, compared to the thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2011. Gross margin rate increased 80 basis points to 34.7% for the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2012, from 33.9% for the thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2011. The increase in our gross margin rate was almost entirely attributable to an increase in the merchandise margin rate, which largely resulted from operational and merchandising execution that drove sales and reduced merchandise shrink as well as from benefits achieved through the recent renewal of our primary distributor agreement. The gross margin rate for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 also benefited from leverage in occupancy costs, which was mostly offset by an increase in supplies expense as a percentage of sales.

 

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased 19.5%, or $11.5 million, to $70.5 million for the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2012, compared to the thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2011. The increase in selling, general and administrative expenses was primarily attributable to an increase in the number of stores in operation during the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2012, compared to the thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2011, which led to higher overall store-level labor expenses and other costs to operate our stores. With more stores in operation during the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2012, our store-level compensation expenses increased $8.7 million, our other store operating expenses increased $1.9 million and our corporate administrative expenses increased $1.8 million, compared to the thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2011. The increase in corporate administrative expenses was primarily attributable to our investment in headcount and employee related expenses associated with our growth as well as increased share-based compensation expense. In addition to employee related expenses, professional fees accounted for an increase in corporate administrative expense with the main drivers coming from additional accounting, tax and legal expenses, which were primarily related to being a publicly held company.

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of sales for the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2012 decreased by 60 basis points to 21.7% from 22.3% for the thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2011. The decrease in selling, general and administrative expense rate was primarily driven by higher sales and a decrease in store level compensation expense as a percentage of sales. Excluding the 2011 equity offering costs of $1.1 million, the decrease in the adjusted selling, general and administrative expense rate was 20 basis points. The following table provides an unaudited reconciliation of adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, to U.S. GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses:

 

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   For the Thirteen Weeks Ended 
   May 1, 2011 
   (amounts in thousands) 
   (unaudited) 
     
Selling, general and administrative expenses  $58,974 
Certain charges related to the 2011 public offering of common stock   (1,091)
      
Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses  $57,883 

 

Income from Operations

 

Income from operations increased 40.5%, or $9.0 million, to $31.1 million for the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2012, compared to the same period of the prior fiscal year. Excluding the 2011 equity offering costs of $1.1 million, operating income increased 33.9%, or $7.9 million, from $23.2 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2011. Income from operations as a percentage of sales for the thirteen weeks ended April 1, 2012 increased 120 basis points to 9.6% from 8.4% for the thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2011. Excluding the 2011 equity offering costs, operating income as a percentage of sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 increased 80 basis points from an adjusted percentage rate of 8.8% for the first quarter of fiscal 2011. The following table provides an unaudited reconciliation of adjusted income from operations, a non-GAAP financial measure, to U.S. GAAP income from operations: 

 

   For the Thirteen Weeks Ended 
   May 1, 2011 
   (amounts in thousands) 
   (unaudited) 
     
Income from operations  $22,129 
Certain charges related to the 2011 public offering of common stock   1,091 
      
Adjusted income from operations  $23,220 

 

Depreciation increased 26.7% or $2.2 million, to $10.6 million for the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2012, compared to the same period of the prior fiscal year, which was, principally attributable to store growth over that time. The primary driver of the increase in operating margin for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 was the increase in gross margin rate.

 

Interest Expense

 

Interest expense decreased 26.3%, or $0.1 million, to $0.4 million for the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2012, compared to the same period of the prior fiscal year, which was due primarily to reduced weighted-average borrowings under our revolving credit facility. We also benefited from the expiration of an interest rate swap in the latter part of fiscal 2011 for which we paid a fixed rate of 4.91% on the notional amount of $15.0 million.

 

Income Tax Expense

 

Income taxes for the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2012 resulted in an effective tax rate of approximately 37.3%, compared to approximately 37.7% for the thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2011. The decline in the effective tax rate is primarily due to the use in 2011 of a lower estimate of the benefit from food donations to charitable organizations.

 

Net Income

 

As a result of the foregoing, net income increased 43.0%, or $5.8 million, to $19.3 million for the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2012, compared to the same period of the prior fiscal year. Net income as a percentage of sales for the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2012 increased to 5.9% from 5.1% for the thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2011. Issuance costs associated with the 2011 equity offering, which are not deductible for income tax purposes, reduced our net income as a percentage of sales by approximately 40 basis points for the thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2011. The following table provides an unaudited reconciliation of adjusted net income, a non-GAAP financial measure, to U.S. GAAP net income:

 

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   For the Thirteen Weeks Ended 
   May 1, 2011 
   (amounts in thousands, except 
   per share amounts) 
   (unaudited) 
         
   Net   Diluted Earnings 
   Income   Per Share 
Net income  $13,480   $0.28 
Certain charges related to the 2011 public offering of common stock (not tax deductible)   1,091    0.02 
Adjusted net income  $14,571   $0.30 

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

Our primary sources of liquidity are cash generated from operations and borrowings under our revolving credit facility. Our primary uses of cash are purchases of inventory, operating expenses, capital expenditures primarily for opening new stores and relocating and remodeling existing stores, debt service and corporate taxes. We believe that the cash generated from operations, together with the borrowing availability under our revolving credit facility, will be sufficient to meet our working capital needs for at least the next twelve months, including investments made, and expenses incurred, in connection with opening new stores and relocating and remodeling existing stores and other strategic initiatives. These strategic initiatives include the replacement of store equipment and product display fixtures, and investments in information technology and merchandising enhancements. Our working capital position benefits from the fact that we generally collect cash from sales to customers the same day or, in the case of credit or debit card transactions, within a few days of the related sale.

 

At April 29, 2012, we had $11.2 million in cash and cash equivalents and $124.4 million in borrowing availability under our revolving credit facility.

 

While we believe we have sufficient liquidity and capital resources to meet our current operating requirements and expansion plans, we may elect to pursue additional expansion opportunities within the next year which could require additional debt or equity financing. If we are unable to secure additional financing at favorable terms in order to pursue such additional expansion opportunities, our ability to pursue such opportunities could be materially adversely affected.

 

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A summary of our operating, investing and financing activities is shown in the following table:

 

   For the Thirteen Weeks Ended 
   April 29,
2012
   May 1,
2011
 
         
Net cash provided by operating activities  $35,603   $31,594 
Net cash used in investing activities   (10,476)   (12,884)
Net cash used in financing activities   (24,577)   (16,906)
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents  $550   $1,804 

 

Operating Activities

 

Cash provided by operating activities consists primarily of net income adjusted for non-cash items, including depreciation, realized loss on disposal of property and equipment, share-based compensation, changes in deferred taxes, and the effect of working capital changes.

 

   For the Thirteen Weeks Ended 
   April 29,
2012
   May 1,
2011
 
     
Net income  $19,270   $13,480 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:          
Depreciation and amortization   10,624    8,383 
Loss on disposal of property and equipment   32    192 
Share-based compensation   1,016    551 
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation   (58)   - 
Deferred income taxes   (793)   3,001 
Change in working capital   5,512    5,987 
Net cash provided by operating activities  $35,603   $31,594 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities increased 12.7%, or $4.0 million, to $35.6 million for the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2012 over the same period of the prior fiscal year. The increase in net cash provided by operating activities was primarily due to an increase in net income adjusted for non-cash items.

 

Investing Activities

 

Cash used in investing activities consists primarily of capital expenditures for opening new stores and relocating and remodeling existing stores, as well as investments in information technology and merchandising enhancements.  

 

   For the Thirteen Weeks Ended 
   April 29,
2012
   May 1,
2011
 
         
Purchases of property and equipment  $(17,106)  $(12,961)
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment   6,630    77 
Net cash used in investing activities  $(10,476)  $(12,884)

 

Capital expenditures increased 32.0%, or $4.1 million, to $17.1 million for the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2012 over the same period of the prior fiscal year. The increase in capital expenditures was primarily due to an increase in new store construction and additional expenditures related to information technology during the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2012, compared to the thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2011. In April 2012, we received proceeds of $6.6 million from a land and building sale-leaseback transaction.

 

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We plan to spend approximately $95.0 million to $105.0 million on capital expenditures during fiscal 2012, primarily related to real estate investments.

 

We plan to open 14 to 16 new stores during fiscal 2012, three of which were open as of April 29, 2012. Our working capital requirements for inventory will continue to increase as we continue to open additional stores.

 

Financing Activities

 

Cash used in financing activities consists principally of borrowings and payments under our revolving credit facility. We currently do not intend to pay cash dividends on our common stock.

 

   For the Thirteen Weeks Ended 
   April 29,
2012
   May 1,
2011
 
         
Borrowings on revolving credit note  $110,517   $160,682 
Payments made on revolving credit note   (135,417)   (176,532)
Debt issuance costs   -    (1,056)
Proceeds from issuance of common stock pursuant to employee stock purchase plan   46    - 
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation   58    - 
Proceeds from exercise of share-based compensation awards   219    - 
Net cash used in financing activities  $(24,577)  $(16,906)

 

Net cash used in financing activities during the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2012 increased $7.7 million to $24.6 million mostly due to a net paydown of our debt compared to the thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2011. We reduced the debt balance by $24.9 million or 39.0% for the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2012, compared to a net paydown of $15.9 million during the thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2011.

 

As of February 22, 2011, we terminated our 2007 Credit Facility and entered into a new 2011 Credit Facility. At closing, approximately $74.7 million was drawn under the 2011 Credit Facility to repay borrowings under the 2007 Credit Facility, which is included in both borrowings and payments on the revolving credit note during the thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2011. In connection with the new credit agreement we incurred approximately $1.1 million in debt issuance costs.

 

Revolving Credit Facility

 

On February 22, 2011, we terminated our revolving credit facility and entered into a credit agreement with Bank of America, N.A. as Administrative Agent, Swing Line Lender, and Letter of Credit Issuer, and several other lending institutions (the “2011 Credit Facility”). The 2011 Credit Facility refinanced and replaced our credit agreement dated February 27, 2007 by and among the Company, Bank of America, N.A. as Administrative Agent, Swing Line Lender, and Letter of Credit Issuer, and the several other lending institutions (the “2007 Credit Facility”). The 2011 Credit Facility matures February 22, 2016, and is available to provide support for working capital, capital expenditures and other general corporate purposes, including permitted acquisitions, issuance of letters of credit, refinancing and payment of fees. While we currently have no material domestic subsidiaries, other entities will guarantee our obligations under the 2011 Credit Facility if and when they become material domestic subsidiaries during the term of the 2011 Credit Facility.

 

The 2011 Credit Facility provides for total borrowings of up to $175 million. Under the terms of the 2011 Credit Facility, we are entitled to request an increase in the size of the facility by an amount not exceeding $75 million in the aggregate. If the existing lenders elect not to provide the full amount of a requested increase, or in lieu of accepting offers from existing lenders to increase their commitments, we may designate one or more other lender(s) to become a party to the 2011 Credit Facility, subject to the approval of the Administrative Agent. The 2011 Credit Facility includes a letter of credit sublimit of $25 million and a swing line sublimit of $10 million.

 

At our option, outstanding borrowings bear interest at (i) the London Interbank Offered Rate plus an applicable margin that ranges from 1.00% to 2.25%, (ii) the Eurodollar rate plus an applicable margin that ranges from 1.00% to 2.25%, or (iii) the base rate plus an applicable margin that ranges from 0% to 1.25%, where the base rate is defined as the greatest of: (a) the federal funds rate plus 0.50%, (b) Bank of America’s prime rate, and (c) the Eurodollar rate plus 1.00%. The commitment fee calculated on unused portions of the credit facility ranges from 0.30% to 0.45% per annum.

 

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The 2011 Credit Facility contains a number of affirmative and restrictive covenants, including limitations on our ability to grant liens, incur additional debt, pay dividends, redeem our common stock, make certain investments and engage in certain merger, consolidation or asset sale transactions.

 

In addition, the 2011 Credit Facility provides that we will be required to maintain the following financial ratios as of the last day of each fiscal quarter:

 

a consolidated maximum leverage ratio as of the end of any quarter of not more than 4.25 to 1.00, based upon the ratio of (i) adjusted funded debt (as defined in the 2011 Credit Facility) to (ii) EBITDAR (as defined in the 2011 Credit Facility) over the period consisting of the four fiscal quarters ending on the determination date, and

 

a consolidated fixed charge coverage ratio of not less than 1.70 to 1.00, based upon the ratio of (i) EBITDAR (as defined in the 2011 Credit Facility) less cash taxes paid by the company and certain discretionary distributions over the period consisting of the four fiscal quarters ending on the determination date to (ii) the sum of interest expense, lease expense, rent expense and the current portion of capitalized lease obligations for such period and the current portion of long-term liabilities for the four fiscal quarters ending on the determination date.

 

We were in compliance with all debt covenants under our revolving credit facility as of April 29, 2012.

 

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

We are not party to any off-balance sheet arrangements.

 

Critical Accounting Policies

 

Our financial statements and accompanying notes are prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, as we are required to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, sales, costs and expenses and related disclosures. Preparing financial statements requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of sales and expenses during the reporting period. These estimates and assumptions are affected by management’s application of accounting policies. On an on-going basis, management evaluates its estimates and judgments. Critical accounting policies that affect our more significant judgment and estimates used in the preparation of our financial statements include, accounting for inventories, accounting for impairment of long-lived assets, accounting for closed store reserves, accounting for insurance reserves, accounting for income taxes and accounting for share-based compensation, which are discussed in more detail under the caption “Critical Accounting Policies” in Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, set forth in Part II Item 7, of our Annual Report on Form 10-K, as amended by our Form 10-K/A, for the year ended January 29, 2012.

 

Seasonality

 

The food retail industry and our sales are affected by seasonality. Our average weekly sales fluctuate during the year and are usually highest in the fourth quarter when customers make holiday purchases.  

 

Inflation

 

While inflation may impact our sales and cost of goods sold, we believe the effects of inflation on our results of operations and financial condition were not significant for the thirteen weeks ended April 29, 2012. We cannot assure you, however, that our results of operations and financial condition will not be materially impacted by inflation in the future.

 

Item 3 – Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

 

We do not utilize financial instruments for trading or other speculative purposes, nor do we utilize leveraged financial instruments. Our exposure to market risks results primarily from changes in interest rates and there have been no material changes regarding our market risk position from the information provided under Item 7A, "Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk" in our Form 10-K, as amended by our Form 10-K/A, for the year ended January 29, 2012.

 

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Item 4 – Controls and Procedures

 

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

 

Our management, with the participation of our chief executive officer and chief financial officer, evaluated the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures pursuant to Rule 13a-15 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) as of the end of the period covered by this Form 10-Q. The evaluation included certain internal control areas in which we have made and are continuing to make changes to improve and enhance controls. In designing and evaluating the disclosure controls and procedures, management recognized that any controls and procedures, no matter how well designed and operated, can provide only reasonable assurance of achieving the desired control objectives. In addition, the design of disclosure controls and procedures must reflect the fact that there are resource constraints and that management is required to apply its judgment in evaluating the benefits of possible controls and procedures relative to their costs.

 

Based on that evaluation, our chief executive officer and chief financial officer concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures are effective to provide reasonable assurance that information we are required to disclose in reports that we file or submit under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in Securities and Exchange Commission rules and forms, and that such information is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our chief executive officer and chief financial officer, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

 

Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting

 

There were no changes in our internal control over financial reporting during the most recent fiscal quarter period that may have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.  

 

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Part II – Other Information

 

Item 1 – Legal Proceedings

 

In the ordinary course of our business, we are subject to periodic lawsuits, investigations and claims, including, but not limited to, intellectual property disputes, contractual disputes, premises claims and employment, environmental, health, product liability and safety matters. Although we cannot predict with certainty the ultimate resolution of any lawsuits, investigations and claims asserted against us, we do not believe any currently pending legal proceeding to which we are a party will have a material adverse effect on our business, prospects, financial condition, cash flows or results of operations, except for the proceedings described in the immediately succeeding paragraph, which could have a material adverse effect on us.

 

We are party to two lawsuits that were filed against us and other parties in the state of South Carolina in connection with certain outdoor candle products that were sold at certain of our stores and alleged to have caused personal injury.  The lawsuits seek damages from us, as well as from one or more manufacturers and the packager.  We cannot predict the outcome of these lawsuits or the amount of damages, if any, that may be awarded, although we intend to defend it vigorously.  We believe that we are fully covered by our current insurance policies (subject to customary deductibles) for any liability resulting from these lawsuits and any others concerning this product to which we may become a party and, furthermore, that any such liability, even if not fully covered by our current insurance policies, will not have a material adverse effect on our business, prospects, financial condition, cash flows or results of operations. One of our insurance carriers has reserved its rights as to coverage with respect to the losses that may be incurred in connection with these lawsuits and the manufacturers of the candle product and the fuel gel used in the candle have each filed for bankruptcy and such bankruptcies are currently pending. If the liability for these claims is greater than we anticipate (which could be the case if one or more of the other parties to the lawsuit is incapable of paying its share of any damages), or if insurance is not available or coverage is denied in connection therewith, liability resulting from these lawsuits and any others concerning this product to which we may become a party could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations for the period or periods in which it is incurred.  

 

Item 6 – Exhibits

 

Exhibit 10.1+   Letter Agreement dated May 4, 2012 between The Fresh Market, Inc. and Burris Logistics
Exhibit 31.1   Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
Exhibit 31.2   Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
Exhibit 32.1   Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
Exhibit 32.2   Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
Exhibit 101   The following financial information from the Company’s Quarterly Report of Form 10-Q, for the period ended April 29, 2012, formatted in eXtensible Business Reporting Language: (i) Consolidated Balance Sheets, (ii) Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income, (iii) Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity, (iv) Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows, (v) Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (1)
     
  + Confidential treatment has been requested for certain portions which are omitted in the copy of the exhibit electronically filed with the SEC. The omitted information has been filed separately with the SEC pursuant to our application for confidential treatment.
     
  (1)   Pursuant to Rule 406T of Regulation S-T, the Interactive Data Files hereto are deemed not filed or part of a registration statement or prospectus for purposes of Sections 11 or 12 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, are deemed not filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and otherwise are not subject to liability under those sections.

 

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SIGNATURE

 

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

 

Date: June 7, 2012 THE FRESH MARKET, INC.
     
  By: /s/    Lisa K. Klinger
    Lisa K. Klinger
    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
    (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)

 

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