Bed Bath & Beyond announces Fiscal 2021 Fourth Quarter Financial Results

Apr 13, 2022 By MarketDepth

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Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY) has announced financial results for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2021 ended February 26th, 2022.  Net sales of $2,051M fell 22%, reflecting a 8% fall related to planned reduction from non-core banner divestitures and a core sales decline of 14%.  Comparable sales dropped 12% compared to the same period last year and a decline of 8% compared to Q4 2019.

“We are disappointed that our sales and gross margin performance does not reflect our team’s hard work and execution against both strategic and transformation efforts in 2021.  Macroeconomic factors, such as the disruption of the global supply chain, the Omicron variant, as well as the geopolitical turbulence weighing on consumer confidence, have uncovered more vulnerabilities than we could have foreseen at this stage of our transformation, as we completely rebuild the foundation of our business.”

Mark Tritton, Bed Bath & Beyond’s President and CEO

“The lack of available inventory to sell proved to be a continuing impediment to sales through the remainder of the fourth quarter and into the early part of fiscal 2022.  Specifically, despite our overall inventory levels, product in transit, not available for sale or held at port remained abnormally high, particularly in key items.  We estimate an impact of approximately $175 million to our fourth quarter sales, or a high-single digit deficit, as a result of a lack of in-stock availability in our Bed Bath banner. Positive product-related margin expansion associated with our Owned Brands, pricing and promo optimization were offset by escalating supply chain costs. “

“Encouragingly, buybuy BABY delivered its sales goal for the quarter which led to $1.4 billion in sales for the full year, growing double digit, at an estimated mid-single digit adjusted EBITDA margin. Our buybuy BABY and Harmon banners demonstrate our ability to achieve stabilization and growth when there is strength in the face of macroeconomic factors given its domestic supply chain, as well as different key product demand such as apparel and gear versus our Bed Bath banner.”

Mark Tritton, Bed Bath & Beyond’s President and CEO

“Fiscal 2021 was a year of rebuilding in the face of substantial industry and operational headwinds during the first year of our transformation.  While our operational execution may have thwarted our near-term efforts, our focus also remains on our long-term strategy and transformation.  The extraordinary circumstances we face today, burdened by the lingering effects of our previous infrastructure, have continued to impact our near-term visibility and performance.  As we progress through 2022, the investments we are making in our supply chain and technological foundation are designed to greatly improve our proficiencies, enabling us to overcome the types of challenges we are facing currently.  The core tenets of our strategy are sound, and we will improve our operational deficits by learning from our experiences and leveraging the strength of our dedicated teams to renew our business for long-term growth,” concluded Mr. Tritton.