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Safeway 8-K 2005

Documents found in this filing:

  1. 8-K
  2. Ex-99.1
  3. Graphic
  4. Graphic
Form 8-K



Washington, D. C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of

The Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):

February 24, 2005




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)



Delaware   1-00041   94-3019135

(State or other jurisdiction

of Incorporation)

  (Commission File Number)  

(IRS Employer

Identification Number)


5918 Stoneridge Mall Road, Pleasanton, California   94588-3229
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)


(925) 467-3000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)



(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)



Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):


¨   Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)


¨   Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)


¨   Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))


¨   Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))


Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition.


The information in this Form 8-K, including the exhibit, shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and is not incorporated by reference into any filing of the Company, whether made before or after the date hereof, regardless of any general incorporation language in such filing.


On February 24, 2005, we issued our fourth quarter 2004 earnings press release. A copy of our press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.


In the press release and our other public statements in connection with the press release, we use the following financial measures that are not measures of financial performance under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (non-GAAP financial measures):


    “adjusted earnings per share” for the full year 2004 and 2003, and the fourth quarters of 2004 and 2003, which is defined as reported earnings per share, excluding the following:


    Impact of Southern California labor strike (in 2004 and 2003);


    Health and welfare benefit plan contribution (in 2004);


    Accrual for rent holidays (in 2004);


    Dominick’s store closures (in 2004);


    Dominick’s goodwill impairment, asset impairment and reversal of tax benefit (in 2003);


    Randall’s impairment charges (in 2003);


    Miscellaneous investments write-off (in 2003);


    Inventory adjustments (in 2003); and


    Certain restructuring and other expenses (in 2003).


    “free cash flow” which is calculated as net cash flow from operating activities less net cash flow used by investing activities.


    “Adjusted EBITDA” which is defined by our bank credit agreement as EBITDA (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization), excluding the following:


    LIFO (income) expense; and


    equity in losses (earnings) of unconsolidated affiliates, net.


  “Adjusted EBITDA as a multiple of interest expense” which is calculated by dividing Adjusted EBITDA by interest expense.


  “Debt to Adjusted EBITDA” which is calculated by dividing total debt at January 1, 2005 by Adjusted EBITDA.



Reconciliations of “adjusted earnings per share” to GAAP earnings per share and “free cash flow” to GAAP cash flow are provided in the press release. Reconciliations of “Adjusted EBITDA” to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures – net income and net cash flow from operating activities – also are provided in the press release. Each of these non-GAAP financial measures provide information regarding various aspects of the cash that our business generates, which management believes is useful to understanding our business.


Management believes that “Adjusted EBITDA” and the related ratios are useful measures of operating performance that facilitate management’s evaluation of our ability to service debt and our capability to incur more debt to generate the cash needed to grow the business (including at times when interest rates fluctuate). Omitting interest, taxes and the enumerated non-cash items provides a financial measure that is useful to management in assessing operating performance because the cash our business operations generate enables us to incur debt and thus to grow.


Management believes that “Adjusted EBITDA” and the related ratios also facilitate comparisons of our results of operations with those of companies having different capital structures. Since the levels of indebtedness, tax structures, methodologies in calculating LIFO expense and unconsolidated affiliates that other companies have are different from ours, we omit these amounts to facilitate investors’ ability to make these comparisons. Similarly, we omit depreciation and amortization because other companies may employ a greater or lesser amount of owned property, and because, in management’s experience, whether a store is new or one that is fully or mostly depreciated does not necessarily correlate to the contribution that that store makes to operating performance.


Management also believes that investors, analysts and other interested parties view our ability to generate “Adjusted EBITDA” as an important measure of our operating performance and that of other companies in our industry.


The non-cash charges included in “adjusted earnings per share” relate to (i) goodwill and asset impairment charges at Dominick’s and Randall’s, (ii) an expense adjustment for lease rent holidays, (iii) miscellaneous investments write-off, and (iv) inventory adjustments. These non-cash and all other adjustments are described in the press release. Management believes that excluding these items provides a useful financial measure that will facilitate comparisons of our operating results before, during and after such expenses are incurred, as well as facilitating comparisons of our performance with that of other companies that might not have the non-cash charges, store closures, health and welfare plan contribution and strike effects that we have experienced.


Management also believes that investors, analysts and other interested parties view our “adjusted earnings per share” as an indicator of our ongoing operating performance.


“Free cash flow”, Adjusted EBITDA and the related ratios are useful indicators of Safeway’s ability to service debt and fund share repurchases that management believes will enhance stockholder value. Adjusted EBITDA also is a useful indicator of cash available for investing



activities. A portion of the free cash flow that the Company generates in 2005 is expected to be spent on mandatory debt service requirements or other non-discretionary expenditures. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as an alternative to GAAP earnings per share as a measure of performance, or as an alternative to net cash from operating activities or other increases and decreases in cash as shown on Safeway’s Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows for the periods indicated as a measure of liquidity. These measures have limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider them in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Other companies in our industry may calculate “adjusted earnings per share”, “free cash flow” and “Adjusted EBITDA” differently than we do, limiting their usefulness as comparative measures.


Additional limitations include:


    “Adjusted EBITDA” does not reflect our cash expenditures for capital expenditures;


    “Adjusted EBITDA” does not reflect the significant interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, on our debts;


    “Adjusted EBITDA” does not reflect cash requirements for income taxes paid; and


    Although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and “Adjusted EBITDA” does not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements.


Because of these limitations, our non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as measures of discretionary cash available to us to invest in the growth of our business. We compensate for these limitations by relying primarily on our GAAP results and use our non-GAAP financial measures supplementally.



Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(c) Exhibits.


The following exhibit is furnished pursuant to Item 2.02 of Form 8-K:


99.1    Press Release dated February 24, 2005.





Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.






Date:   February 24, 2005   By:  

/s/ Robert A. Gordon

        Name:   Robert A. Gordon
        Title:   Senior Vice President
            & General Counsel





Exhibit No.


Press Release dated February 24, 2005 of Safeway Inc.



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