PetSmart Reaffirms Annual Guidance for Full Year 2013

 Reaffirms Third Quarter 2013 Earnings Per Share Guidance of $0.83 to $0.87 Per Share

Reaffirms Third Quarter 2013 Earnings Before Tax Margin Expansion of 30 to 40 Basis Points


Updates Third Quarter 2013 Comparable Store Sales Growth Guidance to 2.2 to 2.5%

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- PetSmart, Inc. (NAS: PETM) , the leader in pet specialty retail, today announced, in connection with its 2013 Analyst Day to be held at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, that it is reaffirming its full year 2013 annual guidance for the following results:

  • Total sales growth in the range of 3 to 4 percent.
  • Earnings per share in the range of $3.88 to $3.98.
  • Earnings before tax margin expansion of 20 to 40 basis points.
  • Comparable store sales growth in the range of 3 to 4 percent.

Third Quarter 2013 Guidance

The Company today also provided an update on its guidance for the third quarter of 2013. For the third quarter, PetSmart continues to expect the following:

  • Earnings per share in the range of $0.83 to $0.87.
  • Earnings before tax margin expansion of 30 to 40 basis points.

For the third quarter of 2013, PetSmart now expects:

  • Comparable store sales growth to be in the range of 2.2 to 2.5 percent, compared with its previous guidance of 3 to 4 percent.

"In light of our 2013 Analyst Day, we wanted to provide an update on our expected results for the third quarter and full year," said David Lenhardt, Chief Executive Officer. "We are pleased to be able to reaffirm our annual guidance for 2013, along with our third quarter 2013 guidance for most of our key metrics, including EPS and EBT margin expansion. While we are still in the quarter, we now expect comparable same store sales growth in the range of 2.2 to 2.5 percent, as a result of a challenged consumer environment and lower customer traffic. Our reaffirmation of third quarter EPS guidance and all full year 2013 guidance metrics reflects our solid execution and the strength and the stability of our business."

The Company will provide more detailed information about its third quarter 2013 results on Friday, November 22, 2013, when its regularly scheduled earnings release and conference call will occur.

About PetSmart

PetSmart, Inc. (NAS: PETM) is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets and is a leading online provider of pet supplies and pet care information (http://www.petsmart.com). The company employs approximately 53,000 associates and operates more than 1,301 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, and over 196 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products; and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day CampSM day care services and pet adoption services. Through its in-store pet adoption partnership with PetSmart Charities®, PetSmart has helped save the lives of more than 5 million pets since 1994. PetSmart Charities, Inc. and PetSmart Charities of Canada, Inc. ("PetSmart Charities") are independent, nonprofit organizations that save the lives of homeless pets and reduce shelter intake through spay/neuter efforts. In 2012, nearly 450,000 dogs and cats found homes through PetSmart Charities' adoption centers in all PetSmart stores and by sponsoring community adoption events. PetSmart Charities is the leader in granting money to help pets in need, with more than $28 million given in 2012 throughout North America.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws. Any statements made in this news release that are not statements of historical fact, including the statements comprising regarding our guidance for the third quarter and full year of 2013 and other statements concerning our expectations for future performance, are forward-looking statements. These "forward-looking statements" are based on currently available information, operating plans and projections about future events and trends. They involve inherent risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted in such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: changes in general economic conditions; conditions affecting customer traffic, transactions and average ticket including, but not limited to, adverse changes in consumer sentiment, weather conditions or other seasonal events; our ability to compete effectively; disruption of our supply chain; our ability to effectively manage our growth and operations; changes in our cost structure; and changes in the legal or regulatory environment. For additional information on these and other risk factors that could cause our actual results to differ from the results predicted in these forward-looking statements, please see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent annual report on Form 10-K (including the disclosures under the section entitled "Risk Factors") and subsequent reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K. Investors should not place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements as they speak only as of the date hereof. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, subsequent events or circumstances or otherwise, except as may be required by law.



PetSmart, Inc.
Investor Relations, 623-587-2025

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