This excerpt taken from the SWY 8-K filed Dec 4, 2008.
Safeway Inc. Holds 2008 Investor Conference
Company Provides 2009 Earnings Guidance and Announces 2009 Capital Expenditure Plans and Cash Flow Expectations
PLEASANTON, Calif.(BUSINESS WIRE)Dec. 4, 2008Safeway Inc. (NYSE:SWY) will hold a conference today for analysts and institutional investors. Management will review Safeways recent performance and establish its 2009 financial guidance.
For the year 2009, the company is initiating earnings per share guidance of $2.34$2.44 per diluted share. This guidance contemplates non fuel ID sales growth in a range of 2.03.0% in 2009, cash capital expenditures of approximately $1.2 billion (down from $1.6 billion in 2008) and a near doubling of free cash flow, resulting in a range of $1.0$1.2 billion. These results will be supported by an aggressive cost reduction effort, coupled with price reductions, to further the companys effort to lower everyday pricing.
We are focused on growing our business in this tough economic environment, as well as in the long run, said Steve Burd, Chairman, President & CEO. With the freshest asset base in the supermarket industry, a differentiated offering, and ongoing investments in everyday price, we believe we are very well positioned to improve our sales momentum in 2009.
Safeway Inc. is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America. The company operates 1,738 stores in the United States and Canada and had sales of $40.2 billion in 2007. The companys common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SWY.
The investor conference will be broadcast live over the Internet from 8:00 AM (PST) to approximately 11:30 AM (PST) at http://www.safeway.com/investor_relations. Click on Webcast Events to access the event. The presentation will be available in an archived format for approximately one week after the meeting.
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such statements relate to, among other things, estimates of diluted earnings per share, identical-store sales growth, capital expenditures, free cash flow, and financial and operating results. Forward-looking statements are indicated by words or phrases such as guidance, believes, expects, anticipates, estimates, continuing, ongoing, and similar words or phrases and the negative of such words and phrases. Forward-looking statements are based on our current plans and expectations and involve risks and uncertainties which are, in many instances, beyond our control, and which could cause actual results to differ materially from those included in or contemplated or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include the following: general business and economic conditions in our operating regions, including the rate of inflation, consumer spending levels, currency valuations, population, employment and job growth in our markets; pricing pressures and competitive factors, which could include pricing strategies, store openings, remodels or acquisitions by our competitors; results of our programs to control or reduce costs, improve buying practices and control shrink; results of our programs to increase sales; results of our continuing efforts to improve corporate brands; results of our programs to improve our perishables departments; results of our promotional programs; results of our capital program; results of our efforts to improve working capital; results of any on-going litigation in which we are involved or any litigation in which we may become involved; the resolution of uncertain tax positions; the ability to achieve satisfactory operating results in all geographic areas where we operate; changes in the financial performance of our equity investments; labor costs, including benefit plan costs and severance payments, or labor disputes that may arise from time to time and work stoppages that could occur in areas where certain collective bargaining agreements have expired or are on indefinite extensions or are scheduled to expire in the near future; failure to fully realize or delay in realizing growth prospects for new business ventures, including Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc. (Blackhawk); legislative, regulatory, tax, accounting or judicial developments, including with respect to Blackhawk; the cost and stability of fuel, energy and other power sources; the impact of the cost of fuel on gross margins and identical-store sales; adverse developments with regard to food and drug safety and quality issues or concerns that may arise; loss of a key member of senior management; data security or other information technology issues that may arise; unanticipated events or changes in real estate matters, including acquisitions, dispositions and impairments; adverse weather conditions; performance in new business ventures or other opportunities that we pursue, including Blackhawk; the capital investment in and financial results from our Lifestyle stores; the rate of return on our pension assets; and the availability and terms of financing, including interest rates and our ability to issue commercial paper or public debt or to borrow under our lines of credit as a result of current financial market conditions. We undertake no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect developments or information obtained after the date hereof and disclaim any obligation to do so. Please refer to our reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and subsequent Current Reports on Form 8-K, for a further discussion of these risks and uncertainties.
CONTACT: for Safeway Inc.
Christiane Pelz, 925-467-3832
Melissa Plaisance, 925-467-3136
SOURCE: Safeway Inc.