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SUPERVALU Announces Decision to Close Underperforming Stores
  • Closures expected to generate $35 million in cash within 12 months; $80-$90 million expected over next 3 years
  • Company anticipates closures to result in non-cash charges of $80-$90 million (pre-tax) and gains on sale of departmental assets of approximately $10 million in fiscal 2013

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 5, 2012-- SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU) today announced it will close approximately 60 underperforming or non-strategic stores this fiscal year including 38 in its retail food reporting segment and 22 Save-A-Lot locations. The majority of the stores are expected to close before December 1, 2012, the end of the Company’s fiscal 2013 third quarter.

“These decisions are never easy because of the impact a store closure has on our team members, our customers, and our communities,” said Wayne Sales, SUPERVALU’s president, chief executive officer, and chairman. “Today’s announcement reflects our commitment to move with a greater sense of urgency to reduce costs and improve shareholder value.”

As a result of the closures, SUPERVALU expects to record a pre-tax charge of $80-$90 million in fiscal 2013, with all but $3 million in estimated severance costs being non-cash. Of these amounts, $50-$55 million is expected in the Company’s fiscal 2013 second quarter (ending September 8, 2012) with the majority of the remainder anticipated to be recorded in its fiscal 2013 third quarter. In addition, a pre-tax gain of approximately $10 million from the sale of departmental assets is expected in fiscal 2013 second quarter.

Over the next three years, the Company estimates that closing these locations will generate between $80- $90 million in cash from monetizing owned real estate, eliminating cash operating losses, and selling departmental assets. The Company owns the real estate for approximately one-third of the retail food stores being closed. Cash generated from these actions will be used to reduce outstanding debt and for other general corporate purposes. These closures will also be accretive to net earnings.

The closures in the retail food segment include 27 Albertsons stores (19 in Southern California, including one previously announced location, and eight in the Intermountain West region), four ACME stores, and one previously announced Jewel-Osco location.

Eight additional stores are included in this announcement but due to ongoing contractual discussions the specific details of each store are not being disclosed at this time. All eight are expected to close by the end of SUPERVALU’s fiscal year which is February 23, 2013.

About SUPERVALU INC.

SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest companies in the U.S. grocery channel with annual sales of approximately $35 billion. SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of approximately 4,400 stores composed of 1,101 traditional retail stores, including 798 in-store pharmacies; 1,336 hard discount stores, of which 939 are operated by licensee owners; and 1,950 independent stores serviced primarily by the Company's food distribution business. SUPERVALU has approximately 130,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit www.supervalu.com.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENTS RELEVANT TO FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF “SAFE HARBOR” PROVISIONS OF THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995.

Except for the historical and factual information contained herein, the matters set forth in this news release, particularly those pertaining to SUPERVALU’s expectations, guidance, or future operating results, and other statements identified by words such as "estimates," "expects," "projects," "plans," and similar expressions are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including competition, ability to execute initiatives, substantial indebtedness, impact of economic conditions, labor relations issues, escalating costs of providing employee benefits, regulatory matters, food and drug safety issues, self-insurance, legal and administrative proceedings, information technology, severe weather, natural disasters and adverse climate changes, the continuing review of goodwill and other intangible assets, accounting matters and other risk factors relating to our business or industry as detailed from time to time in SUPERVALU's reports filed with the SEC. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this news release. Unless legally required, SUPERVALU undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Source: SUPERVALU INC.

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