$FRED (Fred's, Inc.)

$FRED {{ '2016-05-26T14:48:20+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

Memphis, Tennessee-based company $FRED said total sales for 1Q16 increased 8% from last year. Consumables decreased to 25.8% while Pharmaceuticals increased to 49.5%. Franchise sales decreased to 1.3% from last year. Adjusted net income for 1Q16 increased to $1.5MM or $0.04 per share.

$FRED {{ '2017-09-06T19:17:11+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

Heading into holiday season this year, $FRED expects to take a little bit of a different approach, by trying to make it more of a total stores seasonal experience. The company is investing in the toy category again for Christmas as it have been great growth driver for the past two years.

$FRED {{ '2017-09-06T19:06:19+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$FRED rolled out  high traffic category of beer and wine to 29 stores in 2Q17 bringing number of stores to 40. $FRED is continuing this rollout in additional key markets with target of 168 stores by October and the rest of chain to be complete in early 2018. Early results show significant incremental sales lift combined with rise in basket size.

$FRED {{ '2017-09-06T19:05:49+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$FRED's retail pharmacy business continues to improve, delivering flat comp script year-to-date adjusted for 90 days and increases in its generic dispensing rate and overall gross profit dollar per script. In addition, the company's overall pharmacy gross margin improved over 200 basis points in 2Q17.

$FRED {{ '2017-09-06T12:36:29+0000' | timeago}} • Infographic

$FRED Fred's Earnings AlphaGraphic: Q2 2017 Highlights

$FRED {{ '2017-09-06T11:31:44+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$FRED appointed Heath Freeman as Chairman of the BoD. Freeman succeeds Tom Tashjian, who will be retiring from the Board. These changes are effective immediately.

$FRED {{ '2017-09-06T11:31:26+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$FRED's gross profit for 2Q17 fell to $126MM from $128.1MM last year, primarily explained by a decrease in sales resulting from the closure of 39 underperforming stores. Gross profit margin increased 60 basis points to 24.8% from 24.2%, reflecting the benefit of key turnaround initiatives intended to drive profitability and cash flow.

$FRED {{ '2017-09-06T11:30:58+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$FRED's comparable store sales for 2Q17 declined 0.3% compared to down 2% in the previous year quarter. The latest quarter comparable store sales included a negative 0.8% impact as a result of the sale of low productive discontinued inventory versus 2Q16.

$FRED {{ '2017-09-06T11:29:58+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$FRED reported a wider loss in 2Q17 due to valuation allowance against deferred tax asset, expenses related to the proposed acquisition of Rite Aid stores, and asset impairments expenses from store closure. Net loss widened to $29.52MM or $0.78 per share from $6.93MM or $0.18 per share last year. Net sales dropped to $507.84MM from $529.5MM.

$NLSN {{ '2017-06-26T12:43:44+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$NLSN and $FRED expanded their long-term relationship with the renewal of data insights and analytics services. With this agreement, Nielsen will become the exclusive data provider for all 601 fred's stores in 15 states across the southeastern US, as well as future stores.

$FRED {{ '2017-06-06T13:30:13+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$FRED remodeled 44 stores in 1Q17 and expects to accelerate that in back half of 2017. The company expects to remodel around 25 Front Stores in the back half of the year.

$FRED {{ '2017-06-06T12:57:05+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$FRED is collaboratively working with $WBA, $RAD and Federal Trade Commission to obtain the FTC's approval of the divestiture of certain Rite Aid assets to Fred's Pharmacy in connection with Walgreen's pending acquisition of Rite Aid. The company is committed to purchasing additional assets, including up to 1,200 Rite Aid stores.

$FRED {{ '2017-06-06T12:56:11+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$FRED, which agreed to acquire 865 $RAD stores and certain assets in an $950MM deal in Dec. 2016,  closed underperforming stores and write off discontinued merchandise in 1Q17. The company said that it is on track with 2017 plan and expects to be profitable on an operational basis by the end of FY17.

$FRED {{ '2017-06-06T11:24:32+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Comparable store sales for $FRED declined 1.2% in 1Q17 versus an increase of 1.0% last year. Comparable store sales in the first quarter included a negative 1.4% impact as a result of the sale of low productive discontinued inventory versus the first quarter of 2016.

$FRED {{ '2017-06-06T11:22:03+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Net sales for 1Q17 slipped 3.1% to $532.3MM for $FRED, with the pharmacy chain falling to a net loss of $36.5MM or $0.98 per share from last year's net profit of $1.3MM or $0.03 per share.

$FRED {{ '2017-06-01T15:28:50+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$FRED reported total sales for the month of May 2017 of $160.1MM, down 3.1% from $165.2MM last year. The decrease is related to the closure of 39 underperforming stores in 1Q17. Comparable store sales for the month increased 0.8%, which included a negative 1% impact as a result of sale of low productive discontinued inventory.

$FRED {{ '2017-05-04T18:34:24+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$FRED reported total sales for the month of April 2017 of $159.1MM, down 3% from $163.9MM last year. Comparable store sales for the month increased 1.2% and reflected double digit growth for Easter seasonal categories. For 1Q17, sales declined 3% to $532.9MM and comparable store sales decreased 1.2%.

$FRED {{ '2017-04-24T20:53:40+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$FRED appointed Steven Rossi, CEO of Digital First Media, and Timothy Barton, former CEO of Freightquote.com, to its BoD, effective immediately. As a result, following the conclusion of 2017 annual meeting the newly reconstituted board will be comprised of 9 directors, 8 of whom are independent.

$FRED {{ '2017-04-06T13:25:15+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$FRED appointed Linda Longo-Kazanova to its BoD, effective immediately. Steven Fitzpatrick will retire from the Board and not stand for reelection at the 2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. This announcement is part of the Board's ongoing reconstitution process, with the assistance of Spencer Stuart to add directors to the Board.

$FRED {{ '2017-04-06T13:02:22+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$FRED said that regarding the hires, the company is pleased with the hires it has made. Additionally, the company is always looking to upgraded talent and would continue to develop the talent. The company added that it won't be stopping on hiring, but will be upgrading on talent being a retailer.

$FRED {{ '2017-04-06T12:58:01+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

In specialty pharmacy, $FRED sales grew double digit in 2H16 vs. 1H16, which was driven mainly by internal reorganization and geographic expansion. In 2017, the company is focused on retail and specialty pharmacy, healthcare services, and reducing inventory and expenses through the business, which ultimately would help improve $FRED cash flow.

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