São Paulo, May 4, 2021 - Assaí Atacadista announces its results for the 1st quarter of 2021. The numbers presented and commented in this earnings release reflect the pure cash & carry business, except where otherwise indicated. All comments related to adjusted EBITDA are excluding the non-recurring effects in the periods. Moreover, the results include the effects of IFRS 16/CPC 06 (R2) - Leases, which eliminates the distinction between operating and financial leases, except where otherwise indicated.
In the quarter, total sales reached R$ 10.4 billion, growing 21.1%, which represents important market share gains considering total stores and same stores. This sales performance results in a 49.9% growth from the same period in 2019.
Same-store sales grew 11.4% in the quarter, reflecting the strong resilience of the business model and the capacity to rapidly adapt to a challenging scenario resulting from the worsening pandemic during which most of our stores faced restrictions on customer traffic and business hours, including closure of some stores during the weekends. This result was also affected by the strong comparison base of 1Q20, when we did not have the negative impacts of the pandemic and the food processors (restaurants, bars, hotels) and users (schools, churches, associations), which account for a sizeable share of our client base, functioned normally. Moreover, 1Q20 was positively impacted by the strong buildup of inventories in the second half of March.
The sales growth was also fueled by the inauguration of 18 stores in the last 12 months, reflecting the successful expansion marked by the rapid maturation of stores, continued growth in the share of end customers and inflation. Our expansion plan remains on course, with 25 to 28 store openings expected this year.
Continuation of sales growth above 21% in 1Q21, reflecting the successful organic expansion and the consistency of same store sales despite a challenging scenario
For the third straight quarter, Assaí's gross revenue surpassed R$ 10 billion, growing strongly by 21.1%, adding up R$ 1.8 billion, reflecting the solid same-store performance, despite the challenging scenario and the strong comparison base of 1Q20, as well as the excellent performance by the stores inaugurated in the last 12 months.
Gross profit totaled R$ 1.5 billion, with gross margin of 16.0%, up +0.4pp. This growth is the result of the rapid maturation of the stores opened and the higher share of end customers.
Expenses corresponded to -9.5% of net revenue, reflecting the addition of sanitary protocols as a result of the pandemic, as well as the reinforcement of corporate back office teams on account of the spin-off from GPA.
After the conclusion of the spin-off process, we now hold approximately 18% interest in FIC (Financeira Itaú CBD) and recognize the equity income from this stake in our results. During the quarter, we had a positive impact of R$ 15 million.
Other operational expenses totaled only R$ 1 million, returning to pre-2020 levels.
Adjusted EBITDA totaled R$ 641 million, up 27.2%, and above gross revenue growth. Adjusted EBITDA margin stood at 6.8%, up +0.3pp, underlining the consistency of our operations and the successful expansion marked by the accelerated maturation of the new store base.
Growth with consistent profitability in the last 5 years
Net financial expense, excluding the impact of interest on lease liabilities, was R$ 70 million, equivalent to -0.7% of net revenue, down 0.7pp year over year. Net financial result after IFRS 16 was an expense of R$ 134 million in the quarter, equivalent to -1.4% of net revenue.
This result is mainly due to the improvement in debt cost, which declined -41.4% (R$ 55 million). This decline, in turn, is due to the reduction of R$ 1 billion in average gross debt in 1Q21 compared to 1Q20 and the lower variation of CDI (0.48% in 1Q21 compared to 1.01% in 1Q20).
Net income came to R$ 240 million, more than double the net income registered in the first quarter of 2020. Net margin reached 2.5%, an increase of +1.1pp from the same period last year, confirming the acceptance of the strategies adopted by the Company and the consistent operating and financial performance despite the challenging scenario.
Net income more than doubled in 1Q21 in relation to the same period last year
To calculate the indicators in the table, the Company does not consider the lease liabilities related to IFRS 16.
Net debt, which includes a balance of unsold receivables of R$ 75 million, totaled R$ 4.7 billion in the quarter, down R$ 2.7 billion (-36%) in relation to the same period in 2020. The net debt/Adjusted EBITDA ratio stood at -1.93x, reflecting the significant improvement in relation to the previous year (-4.01x).
Assaí's business model enables strong operating cash flows and ensures its solid financial position, with cash balance of R$ 2.8 billion, equivalent to 1.48x its short-term gross debt.
Gross investments in the quarter totaled R$ 165 million, reflecting the store expansion calendar, with a higher concentration of openings in the second half of the year. At present, 14 stores are under construction.
In the quarter, we issued over 150,000 Passaí cards, with total cards issued reaching over 1.35 million. Passaí card offers a special value proposition, enabling consumers to buy products at our stores at the wholesale price right from the first unit. Moreover, we have noticed that the average ticket of purchases made using Passaí card is around 40% higher than the average ticket of purchases made using other payment methods.
We now recognize the equity income from our interest of about 18% in FIC in our results. In the quarter, we registered a positive impact of R$ 15 million, equivalent to 0.2% of net revenue.
ESG STRATEGY: COMMITMENT OF OUR BUSINESS TO OUR SOCIETY
For Assaí Atacadista, sustainability is a strategic premise of its business model, driven by its commitment to being an agent of change, as well as improving and innovating the way of doing business in order to build a more responsible and inclusive society. Our operations are guided by Assaí's Sustainability and Governance Committee, one of the advisory committees to the Board of Directors entrusted with recommending the Company's medium- and long-term sustainability strategy, which is sustained by 6 pillars:
Management of Environmental Impacts: combat climate change, innovating and improving the environmental management of our businesses;
Transformation in the Value Chain: co-build value chains committed to the environment and people;
Conscientious Consumption and Supply: support the supply and raise awareness among consumers in choosing more sustainable products and behavior;
Engagement with Society: be a mobilizing agent to promote more inclusive and fair opportunities;
Integrated Management and Transparency: consolidate social, environmental and governance practices based on ethical and transparent relations with our stakeholders; and
Valuing our People: be a reference in promoting diversity, inclusion and sustainability through employees.
This medium-term strategy resulted in the following notable initiatives in 1Q21:
Integrated Management and Transparency: socio-environmental strategy and materiality of Assaí, prioritizing the following issues: (i) Combat climate change and food waste; (ii) Offer sustainable and safe products; (iii) Positive work environment with opportunities for development; (iv) Diversity, inclusion and combating discrimination; (v) Development of sustainable practices across the supply chain; (vi) Strengthening of small entrepreneurs; and (vii) Governance, ethics, transparency and combating corruption.
Valuing our People: over 29% of our top management positions are held by women. Moreover, Assaí became a signatory to the Women Empowerment Principles, promoted by UN Women Brazil. With regard to inclusion and representativeness in terms of racial equality, currently 64% of our employees declare themselves as black and/or brown and 42% of them hold leadership positions (increase of +5.2pp comparing to 1Q20).
Management of Environmental Impacts: aligning our growth and expansion strategy with sustainable development, from 28 stores migrated to the free energy market in March 2020, we increased to 168 at the end of March this year (89% of total energy consumed). Moreover, we officialized the reduction of scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions (according to the GHG Protocol methodology) as one of the ESG indicators of variable compensation of our executives.
Engagement with Society: in light of the challenging scenario we are still facing and as a way to serve the communities where we operate, since the outbreak of the pandemic we have already donated over 1,000 tons of staple products to social institutions in all the regions across Brazil. Assaí reiterates its commitment and support to families in highly socially vulnerable situations, also implementing in 2021 food distribution initiatives in partnership with over 150 social institutions, which will total R$ 5.5 million and benefit over 100,000 families across Brazil.
ABOUT SENDAS S.A.
Assaí has been in the market since 1974 and, since March 2021, is the only pure cash & carry player listed on the São Paulo Stock Exchange (B3), under the ticker ASAI3. It is also listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker ASAI. It currently operates in all the five regions of Brazil through 185 stores distributed across 23 states (including the Federal District), which represents sales area of over 813,000 m2. It is one of Brazil's largest employers, employing more than 50,000 people, and welcomes 30 million customers at its stores every month. Assaí is one of the 20 most valuable brands in Brazil according to the annual ranking compiled by Interbrand and ranks 17th among the highest net revenue earners in the country.
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