Rite Aid reports losses in Q3


CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid on Thursday posted a net loss of $83.9 million on revenues of $6.4 billion for the third quarter ended Nov. 28. Revenues declined 1.8%, primarily as a result of store closings and a decline in front-end same-store sales, the chain stated.

Same-store sales for the quarter decreased 0.5%, consisting of a 2.5% decrease on the front end. Both pharmacy same-store sales and the number of prescriptions filled continued to increase by 0.4% and 1.5%, respectively.

"Our results demonstrate the significant progress we've made to strengthen our company since last year's third quarter," stated Mary Sammons, Rite Aid chairman and CEO. "Liquidity at the end of the quarter more than doubled, and we've refinanced all of our 2010 debt maturities to give more time for our growth initiatives to work."

Heading into the 2009 holiday season, liquidity totaled $903.2 million of availability from the company's credit facility and invested cash.

Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $254.2 million, or 4% of revenues. Prescription sales accounted for 68.6% of total drug store sales, and third-party prescription revenue represented 96.2% of pharmacy sales.

In the third quarter, the company opened 3 stores, relocated 13 stores, remodeled 3 stores and closed 14 stores. Stores in operation at the end of the third quarter totaled 4,801.

Rite Aid also announced into an extension of its pharmaceutical supply agreement with McKesson Corp., which was completed Dec. 10. McKesson will continue to supply Rite Aid with primarily all of its branded drugs, some of its generic drugs and specialty pharmaceuticals through April 1, 2013.

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