BJ Wholesale Membership: WHOLESALE CLUB HOLDINGS, INC. Dialogue and evaluation by administration of the monetary place and working outcomes. (type 10-Q)

The next dialogue and evaluation ought to be learn at the side of our
consolidated monetary statements and associated notes thereto included elsewhere
on this Quarterly Report on Type 10-Q, in addition to the audited consolidated
monetary statements and the associated notes thereto in our Annual Report on Type
10-Okay for the fiscal yr 2020. Our precise outcomes might differ materially from
these mentioned within the forward-looking statements. Elements that would trigger such
variations are mentioned within the sections of this Quarterly Report on Type 10-Q
titled "Ahead-Trying Statements" and in Half I. "Merchandise 1A. Danger Elements" in
our Annual Report on Type 10-Okay for the fiscal yr 2020.
We report on the premise of a 52- or 53-week fiscal yr, which ends on the
Saturday closest to the final day of January. Accordingly, references herein to
"fiscal yr 2021" relate to the 52 weeks ending January 29, 2022, and
references herein to "fiscal yr 2020" relate to the 52 weeks ended January 30,
2021. The second quarter of fiscal yr 2021 ended on July 31, 2021, and the
second quarter of fiscal yr 2020 ended on August 1, 2020, and each embrace
13 weeks.
Overview
BJ's Wholesale Membership Holdings, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries is a
main warehouse membership operator totally on the east coast of the United
States. We ship vital worth to our members, persistently providing 25%
or extra financial savings on a consultant basket of manufacturer-branded groceries
in comparison with conventional grocery store rivals. We offer a curated assortment
centered on perishable merchandise, constantly refreshed common merchandise,
providers and gasoline to ship a differentiated procuring expertise that's
additional enhanced by our omnichannel capabilities.
Since pioneering the warehouse membership mannequin in New England in 1984, now we have grown
our footprint to 222 large-format, excessive quantity warehouse golf equipment spanning
17 states. In our core New England markets, which have excessive inhabitants density
and generate a disproportionate a part of U.S. gross home product, we function
virtually 3 times the variety of golf equipment in comparison with the following largest warehouse
membership competitor. Along with procuring in our golf equipment, members are capable of store
when and the way they need via our web site, www.bjs.com, and our extremely rated
cell app, which permits them to make use of our buy-online-pickup-in-club ("BOPIC")
service, curbside supply, similar day supply to their residence or conventional
ship-to-home service.
Our management workforce has applied vital cultural and operational adjustments
to our enterprise, together with reworking how we use information to enhance member
expertise, instilling a tradition of price self-discipline, adopting a extra proactive
strategy to rising our membership base and constructing an omnichannel providing
oriented in direction of making procuring at BJ's extra handy.
Our purpose is to supply our members vital worth and a significant return in
financial savings on their annual membership charge. As of the top of the second quarter of
fiscal yr 2021, we had greater than six million members paying annual charges to
achieve entry to financial savings on groceries, consumables, common merchandise, providers
and gasoline. The annual membership charge for our Internal Circle® membership is $55
and the annual membership charge for our BJ's Perks Rewards® membership, which
affords extra value-enhancing options, is $110. We imagine that members can
save over ten occasions the value of their $55Internal Circle membership charge versus
what they might in any other case pay at conventional grocery store rivals once they
spend $2,500 or extra per yr at BJ's on manufacturer-branded groceries. In
addition to offering vital financial savings on a consultant basket of
manufacturer-branded groceries, we settle for all producer coupons and likewise
carry our personal unique manufacturers that allow members to avoid wasting on value with out
compromising on high quality. Our two non-public label manufacturers, Wellesley Farms® and
Berkley Jensen®, represented over $2.5 billion in annual gross sales for fiscal yr
2020 and are the most important manufacturers we promote. Our prospects acknowledge the relevance
of our worth proposition throughout financial environments, as demonstrated by over
20 consecutive years of membership charge revenue development. Our membership charge revenue
was $333.1 million for fiscal yr 2020.
Our enterprise is reasonably seasonal in nature. Traditionally, our enterprise has
realized a barely larger portion of web gross sales, working revenue and money flows
from operations within the second and fourth fiscal quarters, attributable primarily
to the impression of the summer time and year-end vacation season, respectively.
Elements Affecting Our Enterprise
COVID-19 Influence. Because the impression of the COVID-19 pandemic has advanced, now we have
continued to expertise robust gross sales at a fee reflective of the nationwide pattern.
The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented and demand might change sooner or later if
client buying habits adjustments because the COVID-19 pandemic continues to
evolve, and the long-term impacts to our monetary situation and outcomes of
operations are nonetheless unsure.
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The COVID-19 pandemic might impression lots of the elements mentioned on this part,
together with, amongst others, general financial tendencies, client preferences and
demand, product combine, quarterly fluctuations, sourcing and labor shortages, which
in flip might adversely have an effect on our enterprise, monetary situation and outcomes of
operations.
Total financial tendencies. The general financial surroundings and associated adjustments in
client habits have a major impression on our enterprise. Normally,
optimistic situations within the broader economic system promote buyer spending in our
golf equipment, whereas financial weak spot, which usually ends in a discount of
buyer spending, might have a distinct or extra excessive impact on spending at
our golf equipment. Macroeconomic elements that may have an effect on buyer spending patterns, and
thereby our outcomes of operations, embrace employment charges, adjustments to the
Supplemental Vitamin Help Program (SNAP), authorities stimulus applications,
tax laws, enterprise situations, adjustments within the housing market, the
availability of credit score, rates of interest, tax charges and gasoline and power prices. In
addition, unemployment charges and advantages might trigger us to expertise larger
labor prices.
Dimension and loyalty of membership base. The membership mannequin is a essential ingredient
of our enterprise. Members drive our outcomes of operations via their
membership charge revenue and their purchases. The vast majority of members renew inside
six months following their renewal date. Due to this fact, our renewal fee is a
trailing calculation that captures renewals in the course of the interval seven to eighteen
months previous to the reporting date. We now have grown our membership charge revenue every
yr for the previous 20 years. Our membership charge revenue totaled $333.1 million
in fiscal yr 2020. Our membership renewal fee, a key indicator of membership
engagement, satisfaction and loyalty, was 88% on the finish of fiscal yr 2020.
Client preferences and demand. Our potential to take care of our attraction to current
prospects and entice new prospects primarily is determined by our potential to
originate, develop and provide a compelling product assortment conscious of
buyer preferences. If we misjudge the marketplace for our merchandise, fail to regulate
to adjustments in our member wants, or there may be in any other case a lower in client
spending, together with in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we could also be confronted with
extra inventories for some merchandise and could also be required to develop into extra
promotional in our promoting actions, which might impression our web gross sales and
gross revenue.
Infrastructure funding. Our historic working outcomes replicate the impression
of our ongoing investments to assist our development. We now have made vital
investments in our enterprise that we imagine have laid the inspiration for
continued worthwhile development. We imagine that strengthening our administration workforce
and enhancing our info methods, together with our distribution heart
administration and point-of-sale methods and funding in {hardware} and digitally
enabled procuring capabilities for comfort, comparable to BOPIC and curbside
pickup, will allow us to copy our worthwhile membership format and supply a
differentiated procuring expertise. We anticipate these infrastructure investments
to assist our profitable working mannequin throughout our membership operations.
Product combine. Adjustments in our product combine have an effect on our efficiency. For instance, we
have continued so as to add non-public label merchandise to our assortment of product
choices at our golf equipment, which we usually value decrease than the producer
branded merchandise of comparable high quality that we additionally provide. Accordingly, a shift
in our gross sales combine wherein we promote extra items of our non-public label merchandise and
fewer items of our producer branded merchandise would usually have a optimistic
impression on our revenue margins however an hostile impression on our general web gross sales.
Adjustments in our revenues from gasoline gross sales may negatively have an effect on our
efficiency. Since gasoline generates decrease revenue margins than the rest of
our enterprise, we might anticipate to see our general gross revenue margin charges
decline as gross sales of gasoline enhance.
Efficient sourcing and distribution of merchandise. Our web gross sales and gross revenue
are affected by our potential to buy our merchandise in ample portions at
aggressive costs. Not too long ago, now we have skilled challenges within the world
provide chain, which we anticipate to proceed for the foreseeable future. As a
consequence, our degree of web gross sales may very well be adversely affected because of constraints in
our provide chain, together with our lack of ability to acquire and inventory ample
portions of some merchandise in a fashion that is ready to match market demand
from our prospects.
Gasoline costs. The market value of gasoline impacts our web gross sales and
comparable membership gross sales, and enormous fluctuations within the value of gasoline might
produce a short-term impression on our margins. Retail gasoline costs are pushed by
each day crude oil and wholesale commodity market adjustments and are risky, as they
are influenced by elements that embrace adjustments in demand and provide of oil and
refined merchandise, world geopolitical occasions, regional market situations and
provide interruptions brought on by extreme climate situations. Usually, the change
in crude oil costs impression the acquisition value of wholesale petroleum gasoline
merchandise, which in flip impacts retail gasoline costs on the pump. Throughout occasions
when costs are notably risky, variations in pricing and procurement
methods between the Firm and its rivals might result in momentary margin
contraction or growth relying on whether or not costs are rising or falling, and
this impression might have an effect on our general outcomes for a fiscal quarter.
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As well as, the relative degree of gasoline costs from interval to interval might
result in variations in our web gross sales between these durations. Additional, as a result of we
usually try to take care of a reasonably steady gross revenue per gallon, this
variance in web gross sales, which can be substantial, might or might not have a
vital impression on our working revenue.
Fluctuation in quarterly outcomes. Our quarterly outcomes have traditionally different
relying upon quite a lot of elements, together with our product choices,
promotional occasions, membership openings, climate associated occasions and shifts within the
timing of holidays, amongst different issues. Because of these elements, our
working capital necessities and calls for on our product distribution and
supply community might fluctuate in the course of the yr.
Inflation and deflation tendencies. Our monetary outcomes may be straight impacted
by substantial will increase in product prices because of commodity price will increase or
common inflation, which might result in a discount in our gross sales, in addition to
larger margin strain, as prices might not be capable of be handed on to customers.
Adjustments in commodity costs and common inflation have impacted a number of
classes of our enterprise. In response to growing commodity costs or
common inflation, we search to reduce the impression of such occasions by sourcing our
merchandise from totally different distributors, altering our product combine or growing our
pricing when vital.
Tariffs. We now have applied quite a lot of mitigation measures with the intention to cut back
the danger related to our direct publicity to tariffs. We proceed to work on
diversifying our world provide chain to scale back our reliance on China by sourcing
high-quality merchandise from different markets in each Asia and Africa.
Chinese language-sourced items signify roughly 4% of our price of gross sales in the course of the
first half of fiscal yr 2021.
How We Assess the Efficiency of Our Enterprise
In assessing our efficiency, we take into account quite a lot of efficiency and monetary
measures. The important thing usually accepted accounting rules in the US
of America ("GAAP") measures embrace web gross sales, membership charge revenue, price of
gross sales, SG&A and web revenue. As well as, we additionally evaluation different essential metrics
comparable to Adjusted EBITDA, comparable membership gross sales and merchandise comparable membership
gross sales.
Web gross sales
Web gross sales are derived from direct retail gross sales to prospects in our golf equipment and
on-line, web of merchandise returns and reductions. Development in web gross sales is
impacted by opening new golf equipment and will increase in comparable membership gross sales.
Comparable membership gross sales
Comparable membership gross sales, also referred to as same-store gross sales, is a vital measure
all through the retail business. In figuring out comparable membership gross sales, we embrace
all golf equipment that have been open for a minimum of 13 months firstly of the
interval and have been in operation in the course of the entirety of each durations being in contrast,
together with relocated golf equipment and expansions. There could also be variations in the best way in
which a few of our rivals and different retailers calculate comparable membership or
similar retailer gross sales. Because of this, information on this Quarterly Report on
Type 10-Q relating to our comparable membership gross sales might not be corresponding to related
information made out there by different retailers.
Comparable membership gross sales permit us to judge how our membership base is performing by
measuring the change in period-over-period web gross sales in golf equipment which have been
open for the relevant interval. Varied elements have an effect on comparable membership gross sales,
together with client preferences and tendencies, product sourcing, promotional
choices and pricing, buyer expertise and buy quantities, climate and
vacation procuring interval timing and size.
Merchandise comparable membership gross sales
Merchandise comparable membership gross sales represents comparable membership gross sales from all
merchandise aside from our gasoline operations for the relevant interval.
Membership charge revenue
Membership charge revenue displays the quantity collected from our prospects to be a
member of our golf equipment. Membership charge revenue is acknowledged in income on a
straight-line foundation over the lifetime of the membership, which is often twelve
months.
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Price of gross sales
Price of gross sales consists primarily of the direct price of merchandise and gasoline
bought at our golf equipment, together with the next:
•prices related to working our distribution facilities, together with payroll,
payroll advantages, occupancy prices and depreciation;
•freight bills related to transferring merchandise from distributors to our
distribution facilities and from our distribution facilities to our golf equipment; and
•vendor allowances, rebates and money reductions.
Promoting, common and administrative bills ("SG&A")
SG&A consists of varied bills associated to supporting and facilitating the
sale of merchandise in our golf equipment, together with the next:
•payroll and payroll advantages for membership and company workers;
•lease, depreciation and different occupancy prices for retail and company
areas;
•promoting bills;
•tender prices, together with credit score and debit card charges;
•amortization of intangible belongings; and
•consulting, authorized, insurance coverage and different skilled providers bills.
SG&A consists of each mounted and variable parts and, due to this fact, will not be straight
correlated with web gross sales. As well as, the parts of our SG&A might not be
corresponding to these of different retailers. We anticipate that our SG&A will enhance in
future durations because of investments to spur comparable membership gross sales development and our
persevering with membership development. As well as, any enhance in future inventory choice or
different stock-based grants or modifications will enhance our stock-based
compensation expense included in SG&A.
Web Earnings
Web revenue displays the Firm's web gross sales, much less price of gross sales, SG&A, curiosity,
taxes and different bills.
Adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA is outlined as revenue from persevering with operations earlier than curiosity
expense, web, provision for revenue taxes and depreciation and amortization,
adjusted for the impression of sure different gadgets, together with stock-based
compensation expense, pre-opening bills, non-cash lease, severance and different
changes. For a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to revenue from persevering with
operations, probably the most straight comparable GAAP measure, see "Non-GAAP Monetary
Measures."
Non-GAAP Monetary Measures
Adjusted EBITDA
We current Adjusted EBITDA, which isn't a acknowledged monetary measure underneath
GAAP, as a result of we imagine it assists buyers and analysts in evaluating our
working efficiency throughout reporting durations on a constant foundation by
excluding gadgets that we don't imagine are indicative of our core working
efficiency, together with pre-opening bills. The quantity and timing of
pre-opening bills are depending on, amongst different issues, the scale and quantity
of recent golf equipment opening throughout any given interval. In evaluating Adjusted EBITDA, you
ought to be conscious that sooner or later we might incur bills which can be the identical as or
just like among the changes in our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA. Our
presentation of Adjusted EBITDA shouldn't be thought-about as an alternative choice to
some other efficiency measures derived in accordance with GAAP and shouldn't be
construed as an inference that our future outcomes will likely be unaffected by uncommon
or non-recurring gadgets. There may be no assurance that we'll not modify the
presentation of Adjusted EBITDA sooner or later, and any such modification could also be
materials. As well as, Adjusted EBITDA might not be corresponding to equally titled
measures utilized by different firms in our business or throughout totally different industries.
Additional, Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical software, and mustn't
be thought-about in isolation or as an alternative choice to any evaluation of our outcomes as
reported underneath GAAP.
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Administration believes Adjusted EBITDA is useful in highlighting tendencies in our
core working efficiency in comparison with different measures, which may differ
considerably relying on long-term strategic choices relating to capital
construction, the tax jurisdictions wherein our firm function and capital
investments. We use Adjusted EBITDA in reference to establishing
discretionary annual incentive compensation, to complement GAAP measures of
efficiency within the analysis of the effectiveness of our enterprise methods,
to make budgeting choices and to match our efficiency in opposition to that of different
peer firms utilizing related measures.
The next is a reconciliation of our revenue from persevering with operations to
Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a proportion of web gross sales for the durations
offered:
                                                    13 Weeks Ended                         Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
                                           July 31, 2021          August 1, 2020          July 31, 2021         August 1, 2020
({dollars} in hundreds)
Earnings from persevering with operations         $     110,997$      106,668$    192,583$      202,410
Curiosity expense, web                            16,428                  20,741                35,713                  42,585
Provision for revenue taxes                       36,359                  36,186                61,742                  62,350
Depreciation and amortization                    45,448                  41,332                89,834                  82,171
Inventory-based compensation expense (a)              7,334                   9,064                34,634                  14,578
Pre-opening bills (b)                          1,633                   1,969                 2,194                   4,570
Non-cash lease (c)                                 1,765                     511                 3,182                   2,015
Severance prices (d)                                 -                       -                 2,300                       -
Different changes (e)                               176                     379                   367                      86
Adjusted EBITDA                           $     220,140          $     

216,850 $ 422,549$ 410,765
Adjusted EBITDA as a proportion of web gross sales

                                               5.4  %                  5.6  %                5.4  %                  5.4  %


(a)Represents complete stock-based compensation expense.
(b)Represents direct incremental prices of opening or relocating a facility that
are charged to operations as incurred.
(c)Consists of an adjustment to take away the non-cash portion of lease expense.
(d)Represents severance prices related to labor reductions that resulted
from the realignment of our area operations.
(e)Different non-cash gadgets, together with non-cash accretion on asset retirement
obligations and obligations related to our post-retirement medical plan.
Free money move
We current free money move, which isn't a acknowledged monetary measure underneath
GAAP, as we imagine it assists buyers and analysts in evaluating our
liquidity. Free money move shouldn't be thought-about as an alternative choice to money
flows from operations as a liquidity measure. We outline free money move as web
money supplied by working actions much less additions to property and tools,
web of disposals, plus proceeds from sale leaseback transactions.
Our presentation of free money move shouldn't be thought-about as an alternative choice to
some other measure derived in accordance with GAAP and shouldn't be construed as
an inference that the Firm's future outcomes will likely be unaffected by uncommon
or non-recurring gadgets. As well as, free money move might not be corresponding to
equally titled measures utilized by different firms in our business or throughout
totally different industries. Additional, free money move has limitations as an analytical
software, and you shouldn't take into account it in isolation or as an alternative choice to
evaluation of our outcomes as reported underneath GAAP.
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The next is a reconciliation of our free money move from working actions to free money move for the durations offered:

                                                     13 Weeks Ended                            Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
(in hundreds)                              July 31, 2021           August 1, 2020           July 31, 2021            August 1, 2020

Web money move generated by working actions $ 310,348$ 263,790$ 559,313

             $       733,692
Much less: Additions to property and
tools, web of disposals                       73,118                   47,750               147,808                      82,962
Plus: Proceeds from sale leaseback
transactions                                       2,450                    4,061                19,080                       4,061
Free money move                            $      239,680$       220,101$    430,585$       654,791

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