Ingles Chairman Robert P. Ingle II thanked the company's employees for their contribution to its successful quarter
Ingles Markets Inc. has reported strong quarter-one results for its fiscal 2019, and that it is moving ahead into the year backed by "significant" corporate investments.
For its first quarter ended Dec. 29, 2018, Ingles reported a total sales rise of 4.7 percent over the year-ago period, while pretax income totaled $28.1 million for the quarter ended Dec. 29, 2018, a 10.9 percent increase from the $25.4 million logged last year.
“We had a successful first quarter and holiday season due to the dedication and hard work from all our associates,” noted Chairman of the Board Robert P. Ingle II. “We also made significant investments in our company that will benefit many future periods.”
Ingles’ net sales came to $1.06 billion for the December 2018 quarter, compared with $1.01 in the year-ago period, a $48.1 million increase. The grocer’s store comps, excluding gasoline, rose 3.9 percent.
However, the company’s December 2018 quarter net income was $22.2 million, down from $45.1 million last year, due to a $26.7 million deferred tax benefit from the December 2017 reduction in the federal income tax rate, while this year’s quarter contains no such benefit.
Asheville, N.C.-based Ingles operates 200 supermarkets, in addition to neighborhood shopping centers, most of which contain an Ingles supermarket. The company also owns a fluid-dairy facility that supplies company supermarkets and unaffiliated customers. Ingles is No. 30 on Progressive Grocer’s 2018 Super 50 list of the top grocers in the United States.