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AutoZone, Inc. retails and distributes automotive replacement parts and accessories. It offers various products for cars, sport utility vehicles, vans, and light trucks, including new and remanufactured automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories, and non-automotive products. The company also provides A/C compressors, batteries and accessories, belts and hoses, calipers, carburetors, chassis, clutches, CV axles, engines, fuel pumps, fuses, ignition and lighting products, mufflers, radiators, thermostats, starters and alternators, and water pumps. In addition, it offers maintenance products comprising antifreeze and windshield washer fluids; brake drums, rotors, shoes, and pads; brake and power steering fluids, and oil and fuel additives; oil and transmission fluids; oil, air, fuel, and transmission filters; oxygen sensors; paints and accessories; refrigerants and accessories; shock absorbers and struts; spark plugs and wires; and windshield wipers, as well as discretionary products, such as air fresheners, cell phone accessories, drinks and snacks, floor mats and seat covers, interior and exterior accessories, mirrors, performance products, protectants and cleaners, sealants and adhesives, steering wheel covers, stereos and radios, tools, and wash and wax products. Further, the company provides a sales program that offers commercial credit and delivery of parts and other products. Additionally, it sells automotive diagnostic and repair software under the ALLDATA brand through alldata.com and alldatadiy.com; automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories, and non-automotive products through autozone.com; and accessories, performance, and replacement parts through autoanything.com. As of February 28, 2017, the company operated 5,346 stores in the United States, including Puerto Rico; 491 stores in Mexico; 9 stores in Brazil; and 26 Interamerican Motor Corporation branches. AutoZone, Inc. was founded in 1979 and is based in Memphis, Tennessee.
2023-02-28 12:55:17

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb. 28, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE: AZO) today reported net sales of $3.7 billion for its second quarter (12 weeks) ended February 11, 2023, an increase of 9.5% from the second quarter of fiscal 2022 (12 weeks). Domestic same store sales, or sales for stores open at least one year, increased 5.3% for the quarter.

“We are proud to report solid same store sales growth on top of last year’s 13.8%. We could not have achieved these results without phenomenal contributions from across the organization. Once again, our AutoZoners’ efforts generated double digit domestic Commercial growth and single digit domestic Retail sales growth. We continue to believe the initiatives we have in place position us well for the remainder of our fiscal year,” said Bill Rhodes, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

For the quarter, gross profit, as a percentage of sales, was 52.3%, a decrease of 69 basis points versus the prior year. The decrease in gross margin was impacted by a 27 basis point ($10 million) non-cash LIFO charge driven primarily by freight costs. The remaining deleverage was driven by supply chain costs and accelerated growth in our Commercial business. Operating expenses, as a percentage of sales, were 34.1% versus last year at 34.4%.

Operating profit increased 6.9% to $670.0 million. Net income for the quarter increased 1.0% over the same period last year to $476.5 million, while diluted earnings per share increased 10.5% to $24.64 from $22.30 in the year-ago quarter.

Under its share repurchase program, AutoZone repurchased 372 thousand shares of its common stock for $906.0 million during the second quarter, at an average price of $2,434 per share. At the end of the second quarter, the Company had $1.8 billion remaining under its current share repurchase authorization.

The Company’s inventory increased 13.9% over the same period last year, driven by inflation and its growth initiatives. Net inventory, defined as merchandise inventories less accounts payable, on a per store basis, was negative $227 thousand versus negative $198 thousand last year and negative $249 thousand last quarter.

“We remain committed to providing the best place for our customers to shop while being an exceptional place for our AutoZoners to build their careers. For the remainder of fiscal 2023, we will be laser focused on relentless execution, and we will continue to focus our capital on projects that meet or exceed our return on capital targets. We will take nothing for granted as we will continue to focus on our long-term approach of increasing operating earnings and free cash flows while using our balance sheet effectively,” said Rhodes.

During the quarter ended February 11, 2023, AutoZone opened 30 new stores in the U.S., one in Mexico and five in Brazil. As of February 11, 2023, the Company had 6,226 stores in the U.S., 707 in Mexico and 81 in Brazil for a total store count of 7,014.
AutoZone is the leading retailer and distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories in the Americas. Each store carries an extensive product line for cars, sport utility vehicles, vans and light trucks, including new and remanufactured automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories, and non-automotive products. Many stores also have a commercial sales program that provides commercial credit and prompt delivery of parts and other products to local, regional and national repair garages, dealers, service stations and public sector accounts. We also have commercial programs in the majority of our stores in Mexico and Brazil. AutoZone also sells the ALLDATA brand automotive diagnostic, repair and shop management software through www.alldata.com. Additionally, we sell automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories and non-automotive products through www.autozone.com, and our commercial customers can make purchases through www.autozonepro.com. We also provide product information on our Duralast branded products through www.duralastparts.com. AutoZone does not derive revenue from automotive repair or installation services.

AutoZone will host a conference call this morning, Tuesday, February 28, 2023, beginning at 10:00 a.m. (ET) to discuss its second quarter results. This call is being web cast and can be accessed, along with supporting slides, at AutoZone’s website at www.autozone.com and clicking on Investor Relations. Investors may also listen to the call by dialing (888) 506-0062, passcode AUTOZONE. In addition, a telephone replay will be available by dialing (877) 481-4010, replay passcode 47607 through March 14, 2023.

This release includes certain financial information not derived in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). These non-GAAP measures include adjustments to reflect return on invested capital, adjusted debt and adjusted debt to EBITDAR. The Company believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP measures provides information that is useful to investors as it indicates more clearly the Company’s comparative year-to-year operating results, but this information should not be considered a substitute for any measures derived in accordance with GAAP. Management targets the Company’s capital structure in order to maintain its investment grade credit ratings. The Company believes this is important information for the management of its debt levels and share repurchases. We have included a reconciliation of this additional information to the most comparable GAAP measures in the accompanying reconciliation tables.

Certain statements contained herein constitute forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements typically use words such as “believe,” “anticipate,” “should,” “intend,” “plan,” “will,” “expect,” “estimate,” “project,” “positioned,” “strategy,” “seek,” “may,” “could” and similar expressions. These are based on assumptions and assessments made by our management in light of experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors that we believe to be appropriate. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including without limitation: product demand, due to changes in fuel prices, miles driven or otherwise; energy prices; weather; competition; credit market conditions; cash flows; access to available and feasible financing; future stock repurchases; the impact of recessionary conditions; consumer debt levels; changes in laws or regulations; risks associated with self-insurance; war and the prospect of war, including terrorist activity; the impact of public health issues, such as the ongoing global coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic; inflation; the ability to hire, train and retain qualified employees; construction delays; failure or interruption of our information technology systems; issues relating to the confidentiality, integrity or availability of information, including due to cyber-attacks; historic growth rate sustainability; downgrade of our credit ratings; damage to our reputation; challenges in international markets; origin and raw material costs of suppliers; inventory availability; disruption in our supply chain; impact of tariffs; impact of new accounting standards; and business interruptions. Certain of these risks and uncertainties are discussed in more detail in the “Risk Factors” section contained in Item 1A under Part 1 of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended August 27, 2022, and these Risk Factors should be read carefully. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results, developments and business decisions may differ from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements. Events described above and in the “Risk Factors” could materially and adversely affect our business. However, it should be understood that it is not possible to identify or predict all such risks and other factors that could affect these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made. Except as required by applicable law, we undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact Information:
Financial: Brian Campbell at (901) 495-7005, brian.campbell@autozone.com
Media: David McKinney at (901) 495-7951, david.mckinney@autozone.com

AutoZone's 2nd Quarter Highlights - Fiscal 2023   
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations     
2nd Quarter, FY2023       
(in thousands, except per share data)       
  GAAP Results   
  12 Weeks Ended 12 Weeks Ended   
  February 11, 2023 February 12, 2022   
Net sales $3,690,982  $3,369,750    
Cost of sales  1,760,979   1,584,524    
Gross profit  1,930,003   1,785,226    
Operating, SG&A expenses  1,260,026   1,158,466    
Operating profit (EBIT)  669,977   626,760    
Interest expense, net  65,609   42,471    
Income before taxes  604,368   584,289    
Income tax expense  127,824   112,534    
Net income $476,544  $471,755    
Net income per share:       
Basic $25.48  $23.00    
Diluted $24.64  $22.30    
Weighted average shares outstanding:       
Basic  18,705   20,513    
Diluted  19,337   21,158    
Year-To-Date 2nd Quarter, FY2023       
(in thousands, except per share data)       
  GAAP Results   
  24 Weeks Ended 24 Weeks Ended   
  February 11, 2023 February 12, 2022   
Net sales $7,676,049  $7,038,653    
Cost of sales  3,751,424   3,328,267    
Gross profit  3,924,625   3,710,386    
Operating, SG&A expenses  2,531,615   2,329,141    
Operating profit (EBIT)  1,393,010   1,381,245    
Interest expense, net  123,332   85,755    
Income before taxes  1,269,678   1,295,490    
Income taxes  253,816   268,500    
Net income $1,015,862  $1,026,990    
Net income per share:       
Basic $53.87  $49.49    
Diluted $52.12  $48.03    
Weighted average shares outstanding:       
Basic  18,856   20,750    
Diluted  19,491   21,383    
Selected Balance Sheet Information       
(in thousands)       
  February 11, 2023 February 12, 2022 August 27, 2022 
Cash and cash equivalents $301,286  $239,423  $264,380  
Merchandise inventories  5,731,255   5,031,222   5,638,004  
Current assets  6,794,805   5,903,770   6,627,984  
Property and equipment, net  5,236,129   4,879,079   5,170,419  
Operating lease right-of-use assets  2,943,844   2,743,771   2,918,817  
Total assets  15,545,142   14,078,473   15,275,043  
Accounts payable  7,321,551   6,378,606   7,301,347  
Current liabilities  8,614,618   7,684,645   8,588,393  
Operating lease liabilities, less current portion  2,854,227   2,641,555   2,837,973  
Total debt  7,042,302   5,840,884   6,122,092  
Stockholders' deficit  (4,184,170)  (3,137,477)  (3,538,913) 
Working capital  (1,819,813)  (1,780,875)  (1,960,409) 

AutoZone's 2nd Quarter Highlights - Fiscal 2023           
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations            
Adjusted Debt / EBITDAR           
(in thousands, except adjusted debt to EBITDAR ratio) Trailing 4 Quarters       
  February 11, 2023 February 12, 2022       
Net income $2,418,476  $2,408,925        
Add: Interest expense  229,215   188,901        
Income tax expense  634,803   630,954        
EBIT  3,282,494   3,228,780        
Add: Depreciation and amortization  465,905   422,938        
Rent expense(1)  394,298   354,410        
Share-based expense  82,253   62,672        
EBITDAR $4,224,950  $4,068,800        
Debt $7,042,302  $5,840,884        
Financing lease liabilities  290,858   272,719        
Add: Rent x 6(1)  2,365,788   2,126,460        
Adjusted debt $9,698,948  $8,240,063        
Adjusted debt to EBITDAR  2.3   2.0        
Adjusted Return on Invested Capital (ROIC)           
(in thousands, except ROIC)           
  Trailing 4 Quarters       
  February 11, 2023 February 12, 2022       
Net income $2,418,476  $2,408,925        
Interest expense  229,215   188,901        
Rent expense(1)  394,298   354,410        
Tax effect(2)  (129,691)  (113,008)       
Adjusted after-tax return $2,912,298  $2,839,228        
Average debt(3) $6,278,213  $5,433,252        
Average stockholders' deficit(3)  (3,617,143)  (2,069,346)       
Add: Rent x 6(1)  2,365,788   2,126,460        
Average financing lease liabilities(3)  294,337   255,497        
Invested capital $5,321,195  $5,745,863        
Adjusted After-Tax ROIC  54.7%  49.4%       
(1) The table below outlines the calculation of rent expense and reconciles rent expense to total lease cost, per ASC 842, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, for the trailing four quarters ended February 11, 2023 and February 12, 2022       
  Trailing 4 Quarters       
(in thousands) February 11, 2023 February 12, 2022       
Total lease cost, per ASC 842, for the trailing four quarters $498,970  $442,950        
Less: Financing lease interest and amortization  (77,302)  (62,607)       
Less: Variable operating lease components, related to insurance and common area maintenance  (27,370)  (25,933)       
Rent expense for the trailing four quarters $394,298  $354,410        
(2) Effective tax rate over trailing four quarters ended February 11, 2023 and February 12, 2022 was 20.8%        
(3)All averages are computed based on trailing five quarter balances       
Other Selected Financial Information           
(in thousands)           
  February 11, 2023 February 12, 2022       
Cumulative share repurchases ($ since fiscal 1998) $31,898,212  $28,192,426        
Remaining share repurchase authorization ($)  1,751,788   957,574        
Cumulative share repurchases (shares since fiscal 1998)  153,273   151,586        
Shares outstanding, end of quarter  18,467   19,967        
  12 Weeks Ended 12 Weeks Ended   24 Weeks Ended 24 Weeks Ended 
  February 11, 2023 February 12, 2022   February 11, 2023 February 12, 2022 
Depreciation and amortization $113,711  $99,692    $222,964 $199,282 
Cash flow from operations  354,474   361,816     1,148,061  1,139,746 
Capital spending  144,837   105,874     259,234  208,143 

AutoZone's 2nd Quarter Highlights - Fiscal 2023            
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations          
Selected Operating Highlights            
Store Count & Square Footage            
  12 Weeks Ended  12 Weeks Ended  24 Weeks Ended  24 Weeks Ended 
  February 11, 2023  February 12, 2022  February 11, 2023  February 12, 2022 
Beginning stores  6,196    6,066    6,168    6,051  
Stores opened  30    26    58    41  
Stores closed  -    (1)   -    (1) 
Ending domestic stores  6,226    6,091    6,226    6,091  
Relocated stores  1    1    4    4  
Stores with commercial programs  5,500    5,233    5,500    5,233  
Square footage (in thousands)  41,103    40,037    41,103    40,037  
Beginning stores  706    666    703    664  
Stores opened  1    3    4    5  
Ending Mexico stores  707    669    707    669  
Beginning stores  76    53    72    52  
Stores opened  5    2    9    3  
Ending Brazil stores  81    55    81    55  
Total   7,014    6,815    7,014    6,815  
Square footage (in thousands)  46,982    45,433    46,982    45,433  
Square footage per store  6,698    6,667    6,698    6,667  
Sales Statistics            
($ in thousands, except sales per average square foot)            
  12 Weeks Ended  12 Weeks Ended  Trailing 4 Quarters  Trailing 4 Quarters 
Total AutoZone Stores (Domestic, Mexico and Brazil)February 11, 2023  February 12, 2022  February 11, 2023  February 12, 2022 
Sales per average store $518   $486   $2,399   $2,282  
Sales per average square foot $77   $73   $359   $343  
Total Auto Parts (Domestic, Mexico and Brazil)             
Total auto parts sales $3,623,110   $3,306,223   $16,590,483   $15,332,148  
% Increase vs. LY  9.6%    15.6%    8.2%    16.5%  
Domestic Commercial             
Total domestic commercial sales $954,584   $843,889   $4,475,546   $3,755,003  
% Increase vs. LY  13.1%    32.1%    19.2%    30.2%  
Average sales per program per week $14.5   $13.5   $16.0   $14.0  
% Increase vs. LY  7.4%    28.6%    14.3%    26.1%  
All Other, including ALLDATA            
All other sales $67,872   $63,527   $299,144   $271,012  
% Increase vs. LY  6.8%    24.3%    10.4%    17.1%  
  12 Weeks Ended  12 Weeks Ended  24 Weeks Ended  24 Weeks Ended 
  February 11, 2023  February 12, 2022  February 11, 2023  February 12, 2022 
Domestic same store sales  5.3%    13.8%    5.5%    13.7%  
Inventory Statistics (Total Stores)            
  as of  as of       
  February 11, 2023  February 12, 2022       
Accounts payable/inventory  127.7%    126.8%        
($ in thousands)            
Inventory $5,731,255   $5,031,222        
Inventory per store  817    738        
Net inventory (net of payables)  (1,590,296)   (1,347,384)       
Net inventory / per store  (227)   (198)       
  Trailing 5 Quarters       
  February 11, 2023  February 12, 2022       
Inventory turns  1.5x  1.6x