Weis Markets, Inc. (NYSE: WMK) today reported its financial results for the 13-week first quarter ended March 26, 2022.
“We continued to build on our momentum in the first quarter, when we generated strong comparable store sales and net income increases. Despite significant inflationary pressures, we were able to maintain stable gross profit margins and effectively manage expenses,” said Weis Markets’ Chairman, President and CEO Jonathan H. Weis.
“These results reflect the hard work and dedication of associates at every level of our company. They have helped us navigate the challenges of a pandemic-impacted marketplace while generating first quarter results that exceeded last year’s performance and our current year expectations.”
First Quarter 2022 Results
Net sales totaled $1.1 billion for the 13-week first quarter ended March 26, 2022, compared to $1.0 billion for the same period in 2021, up 9.7 percent. First quarter comparable store sales increased 9.4 percent on an individual year-over-year basis (accelerating sequentially from the fourth quarter 2021 increase of 6.9 percent) and increased 10.8 percent on a two-year stacked basis.
The Company’s first quarter net income totaled $31.4 million compared to $24.3 million in 2021, up 29.4 percent. First quarter earnings per share totaled $1.17 compared to $0.90 per share for the same period in 2021.
About Weis Markets
Founded in 1912, Weis Markets, Inc. is a Mid-Atlantic food retailer operating 197 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, West Virginia and Virginia. For more information, please visit: WeisMarkets.com or Facebook.com/WeisMarkets.
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