ACE HARDWARE REPORTS RECORD FIRST QUARTER 2022 RESULTS

  • Record first quarter revenues of $2.2 billion, an increase of 8.9 percent on top of last year’s increase of 42.0 percent

  • Record first quarter net income of $119.8 million, an increase of 13.7 percent on top of last year’s increase of 191.2 percent

  • Accrued patronage dividend to shareholders of $135.6 million, an increase of 24.4 percent on top of last year’s increase of 104.1 percent

  • Ranked No. 1 in its category on Entrepreneur’s 2022 Annual Franchise 500®

OAK BROOK, Ill., May 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Ace Hardware Corporation (“Ace” or the “Company”) today reported record first quarter 2022 revenues of $2.2 billion, an increase of $181.8 million, or 8.9 percent, from the first quarter of 2021. Net income was $119.8 million for the first quarter of 2022, an increase of $14.4 million from the first quarter of 2021. The increase in net income includes a $21.4 million gain on the sale of the former Gainesville, Georgia retail support center (“RSC”). Excluding this gain, net income for the quarter was $98.4 million, a decrease of $7.0 million from the first quarter of 2021.

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“Our first quarter increases in revenue and income brings our two-year stacked growth to nearly 51 percent and 205 percent, respectively,” said John Venhuizen, President & CEO. “Revenue growth from the 54 new stores we added in the first quarter was real and incremental. The remainder of the first quarter revenue growth, however, was not as it was the result of ongoing inflation.”

The approximately 3,500 Ace retailers who share daily retail sales data reported a 1.4 percent increase in U.S. retail same-store-sales during the first quarter of 2022. Estimated retail price inflation of 9.5 percent helped drive a 10.0 percent increase in average ticket. Same-store transactions were down 7.8 percent.

Revenues

Consolidated revenues for the quarter ended April 2, 2022 totaled $2.2 billion. Total wholesale revenues were $2.1 billion, an increase of $187.9 million, or 10.1 percent, as compared to the prior year first quarter. Increases were seen across most departments with outdoor power equipment, lawn and garden and plumbing showing the largest gains. Wholesale merchandise revenues to new domestic stores activated from January 2021 through March 2022 contributed $57.3 million of incremental revenues during the first quarter of 2022, while wholesale merchandise revenues decreased $11.9 million during the first quarter due to domestic stores whose memberships were cancelled. Wholesale merchandise revenues to comparable domestic stores increased $136.0 million for the quarter. All of this increase was the result of estimated wholesale price inflation of 13.0 percent. The Company’s Ace International Holdings, Ltd. subsidiary experienced a $10.3 million decrease in wholesale revenue versus the first quarter of 2021, while Ace Wholesale Holdings LLC reported a $13.8 million increase in wholesale revenues from the first quarter of 2021.

Total retail revenues for the quarter were $156.6 million, a decrease of $6.1 million, or 3.7 percent, as compared to the prior year first quarter. Retail revenues from Ace Retail Holdings LLC (“ARH”) were $153.0 million in the first quarter of 2022, a decrease of $4.1 million, or 2.6 percent, from the first quarter of 2021. The Westlake Ace Hardware (“Westlake”) chain experienced a 5.7 percent decrease in same-store-sales while the Great Lakes Ace Hardware (“GLA”) chain experienced a 6.4 percent decrease in same-store-sales in the quarter. The new stores opened by Westlake and GLA in the prior year contributed $5.0 million of incremental revenues during the first quarter of 2022, partially offsetting the decrease in same-store-sales. Westlake and GLA together operated 210 stores at the end of the first quarter of 2022 compared to 209 stores at the end of the first quarter of 2021. Retail revenues from Ace Ecommerce Holdings LLC were $3.6 million in the first quarter of 2022, a decrease of $2.0 million, or 35.7 percent, from the first quarter of 2021.

Ace added 50 new domestic stores in the first quarter of 2022 and cancelled 11 stores. The Company’s total domestic store count was 4,790 at the end of the first quarter of 2022 which was an increase of 110 stores from the first quarter of 2021. On a worldwide basis, Ace added 54 stores in the first quarter of 2022 and cancelled 11, bringing the worldwide store count to 5,626 at the end of the first quarter of 2022.

Gross Profit

Wholesale gross profit for the three months ended April 2, 2022 was $262.0 million, an increase of $18.4 million from the first quarter of 2021. The wholesale gross margin percentage was 12.7 percent of wholesale revenues in the first quarter of 2022, down from 13.0 percent in the first quarter of 2021. The decrease in wholesale gross margin percentage was primarily due to an increase in LIFO expense which was driven by increased vendor prices due to inflation and a decrease in vendor funds earned.

Retail gross profit for the three months ended April 2, 2022 was $73.0 million, a decrease of $3.1 million from the first quarter of 2021. The retail gross margin percentage was 46.6 percent of retail revenues in the first quarter of 2022, down slightly from 46.8 percent in the first quarter of 2021. The decline in retail gross margin percentage primarily resulted from product mix and the liquidation of personal protective equipment. For ARH, retail gross profit is based on the Company’s wholesale acquisition cost of product, not ARH’s acquisition cost which includes a markup from the Company.

Expenses and Other

Wholesale operating expenses increased $15.8 million, or 10.9 percent, from the first quarter of 2021. The increase is due to higher warehouse labor costs as a result of higher headcount in anticipation of the spring selling season. Wholesale operating expenses as a percent of wholesale revenue was unchanged at 7.8 percent in both the first quarter of 2022 and 2021.

Retail operating expenses increased $6.1 million, or 9.9 percent, from the first quarter of 2021. This increase was primarily driven by a planned increase in store payroll along with expenses incurred related to the new stores opened in 2021. Retail operating expenses as a percent of retail revenue increased to 43.3 percent in the first quarter of 2022 from 37.9 percent in the first quarter of 2021.

During the first quarter, the Company sold its RSC located in Gainesville, Georgia and recorded a gain of $21.7 million which is classified as Other income, net.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

Receivables increased $116.5 million from the first quarter of 2021 due to higher sales volumes.

Inventories increased $216.5 million from the first quarter of 2021 due to the intentional build-up of inventory as a hedge against supplier shortages and to increase fill rates to our Ace owners.

Long-term debt, including current maturities, decreased $4.8 million versus the first quarter of 2021. At the end of the first quarter of 2022, long term debt consisted of $121.9 million outstanding on the revolving credit facility, $37.6 million outstanding on the Westlake credit facility, and $32.9 million owed to former retailers.

About Ace Hardware

Ace Hardware is the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world with over 5,600 locally owned and operated hardware stores in approximately 65 countries. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries operate an expansive network of distribution centers in the U.S. and have distribution capabilities in Ningbo, China; Santa Catarina, Mexico; Colon, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Since 1924, Ace has become a part of local communities around the world and known as the place with the helpful hardware folks. For more information, visit acehardware.com or newsroom.acehardware.com.

Contacts:

Shareholders’/Investors’ Inquiries:
William Guzik, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Risk Officer
630-990-3325, guzik@acehardware.com

Media Inquiries:
Jeff Gooding, Vice President, Consumer Marketing
630-990-3600, media@acehardware.com

ACE HARDWARE CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(Unaudited, in millions)

Three Months Ended

April 2,

April 3,

2022

2021

(13 Weeks)

(13 Weeks)

Revenues:

Wholesale revenues

$ 2,057.0

$ 1,869.1

Retail revenues

156.6

162.7

Total revenues

2,213.6

2,031.8

Cost of revenues:

Wholesale cost of revenues

1,795.0

1,625.5

Retail cost of revenues

83.6

86.6

Total cost of revenues

1,878.6

1,712.1

Gross profit:

Wholesale gross profit

262.0

243.6

Retail gross profit

73.0

76.1

Total gross profit

335.0

319.7

Wholesale operating expenses:

Distribution operations expenses

61.5

54.4

Selling, general and administrative expenses

57.2

52.6

Retailer success and development expenses

42.7

38.6

Retail operating expenses

67.8

61.7

Retail pre-opening expenses

0.2

0.6

Total operating expenses

229.4

207.9

Operating income

105.6

111.8

Interest expense

(4.0)

(4.0)

Interest income

1.6

1.2

Other income, net

21.7

0.5

Income tax expense

(5.1)

(4.1)

Net income

119.8

105.4

Less: net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

(0.3)

(0.1)

Net income attributable to Ace Hardware Corporation

$ 120.1

$ 105.5

Patronage distributions accrued

$ 135.6

$ 109.0

Patronage distributions accrued for third party retailers

$ 130.9

$ 106.1

ACE HARDWARE CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In millions, except share data)

April 2,

January 1,

April 3,

2022

2022

2021

Assets

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

(Unaudited)

Cash and cash equivalents

$ 47.5

$ 37.6

$ 37.4

Marketable securities

56.3

58.0

59.8

Receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $5.8, $4.3 and $6.1, respectively

853.6

533.6

737.1

Inventories

1,520.0

1,224.3

1,303.5

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

68.4

63.9

62.1

Total current assets

2,545.8

1,917.4

2,199.9

Property and equipment, net

453.7

453.4

433.1

Operating lease right-of-use assets, net

493.4

497.3

485.4

Finance lease right-of-use assets, net

73.9

68.1

35.9

Goodwill and other intangible assets, net

99.1

99.5

100.8

Other assets

118.3

105.7

119.1

Total assets

$ 3,784.2

$ 3,141.4

$ 3,374.2

Liabilities and Equity

Current maturities of long-term debt

$ 50.1

$ 17.1

$ 41.5

Accounts payable

1,586.1

1,095.2

1,407.9

Patronage distributions payable in cash

174.4

120.6

138.9

Patronage refund certificates payable

27.2

27.2

26.5

Current operating lease liabilities

68.0

64.3

65.7

Current finance lease liabilities

12.3

10.9

5.4

Accrued expenses

184.4

282.9

145.9

Total current liabilities

2,102.5

1,618.2

1,831.8

Long-term debt

142.3

18.6

155.7

Patronage refund certificates payable

103.5

92.8

102.6

Long-term operating lease liabilities

448.4

456.3

441.0

Long-term finance lease liabilities

60.7

56.4

30.0

Other long-term liabilities

94.2

91.0

76.0

Total liabilities

2,951.6

2,333.3

2,637.1

Member Retailers’ Equity:

Class A voting common stock, $1,000 par value, 10,000 shares authorized, 2,680, 2,681 and 2,686 issued and outstanding, respectively

2.7

2.7

2.7

Class C nonvoting common stock, $100 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized, 5,672,347, 5,838,265 and 4,921,646 issued and outstanding, respectively

567.2

583.8

492.2

Class C nonvoting common stock, $100 par value, issuable to retailers for patronage distributions, 1,752,589, 1,209,075 and 1,779,506 shares issuable, respectively

175.2

120.9

178.0

Contributed capital

19.0

19.1

18.9

Retained earnings

58.1

68.9

31.6

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income

(1.2)

1.0

1.3

Equity attributable to Ace member retailers

821.0

796.4

724.7

Equity attributable to noncontrolling interests

11.6

11.7

12.4

Total equity

832.6

808.1

737.1

Total liabilities and equity

$ 3,784.2

$ 3,141.4

$ 3,374.2

ACE HARDWARE CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited, in millions)

Three Months Ended

April 2,

April 3,

2022

2021

(13 Weeks)

(13 Weeks)

Operating Activities

Net income

$ 119.8

$ 105.4

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash used in operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

19.0

17.4

Amortization of deferred financing costs

0.1

0.1

Gain on the disposal of assets, net

(21.8)

(0.1)

Provision for doubtful accounts

1.1

1.0

Other, net

3.8

1.8

Changes in operating assets and liabilities, exclusive of effects of acquisitions:

Receivables

(346.7)

(241.5)

Inventories

(295.7)

(168.9)

Other current assets

(4.6)

(6.9)

Other long-term assets

(3.4)

4.0

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

419.5

222.6

Other long-term liabilities

3.3

2.4

Deferred taxes

(1.0)

0.1

Net cash used in operating activities

(106.6)

(62.6)

Investing Activities

Purchases of investment securities

(3.3)

(22.2)

Proceeds from sale of investment securities

1.8

7.4

Purchases of property and equipment

(25.5)

(25.4)

Cash paid for acquired businesses, net of cash received

(2.6)

Increase in notes receivable, net

(3.6)

(4.6)

Proceeds from sale of assets

27.2

Other, net

(0.7)

(0.2)

Net cash used in investing activities

(4.1)

(47.6)

Financing Activities

Net borrowings under revolving lines of credit

154.6

141.8

Principal payments on long-term debt

(3.6)

(2.6)

Payments of patronage refund certificates

(25.9)

(16.9)

Repurchase of stock

(1.1)

(2.3)

Purchase of noncontrolling interests

(0.2)

(0.1)

Other, net

(3.2)

(1.2)

Net cash provided by financing activities

120.6

118.7

Increase in cash and cash equivalents

9.9

8.5

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

37.6

28.9

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$ 47.5

$ 37.4

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:

Interest paid

$ 6.6

$ 7.1

Income taxes paid

$ 0.3

$ 0.3

Cision

Cision

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