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 UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
FORM 8-K
 
CURRENT REPORT
 
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
 
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): August 23, 2022
 
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ADVANCE AUTO PARTS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
Delaware001-1679754-2049910
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)(Commission File Number)(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
 
4200 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, North Carolina 27609
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
 
(540) 362-4911
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)
 
Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
 
Securities Registered Pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each classTrading symbolName of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.0001 par valueAAPNew York Stock Exchange

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
 
Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)
 
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))
 
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.



INFORMATION TO BE INCLUDED IN THE REPORT

Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

On August 23, 2022, the Company issued a press release setting forth its financial results for its second quarter ended July 16, 2022. The press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Report and is hereby incorporated by reference in this Item 2.02.

As provided in General Instruction B.2 of Form 8-K, the information and exhibit contained in this Current Report on Form 8-K shall not be deemed to be “filed” for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, nor shall it be deemed to be incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.

Exhibit No.Exhibit Description
101.1Pursuant to Rule 406 of Regulation S-T, the cover page to this Current Report on Form 8-K is formatted in Inline XBRL.
104.1Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document included in Exhibit 101.1)






SIGNATURES
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS, INC.
Date: August 23, 2022/s/ William J. Pellicciotti Jr.
William J. Pellicciotti Jr.
Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer


Exhibit 99.1
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Advance Auto Parts Reports Second Quarter 2022 Results
Net Sales Increased 0.6% to $2.7 Billion
Diluted Earnings Per Share Decreased 13.1%; Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share Increased 10.0%
Returned $291 Million to Shareholders



RALEIGH, N.C., August 23, 2022 - Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, that serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers, announced its financial results for the second quarter ended July 16, 2022.

"In Q2 we delivered another quarter of growth in net sales and adjusted operating income, underscored by adjusted operating income margin expansion," said Tom Greco, president and chief executive officer. "Our adjusted operating income margin rate of 11.7% was the highest-level AAP has achieved in seven years. This helped enable a quarterly record for adjusted diluted earnings per share of $3.74, which increased 10.0% compared with Q2 2021 and 72% compared with Q2 2019. Additionally, we returned $291 million dollars to our shareholders through a combination of share repurchases and our quarterly cash dividend. This was despite a more challenging quarter on the topline than we expected, with net sales growing 0.6% and comparable store sales declining 0.6%. Our deliberate move to increase owned brand penetration reduced both net and comp sales by approximately one full point. Our DIY omnichannel sales were particularly challenged in the quarter and we expect that high inflation and significant year over year increases in fuel prices will continue to pressure DIY consumers in the back half of the year. As a result, we are updating our 2022 full year guidance.

“While our industry is not immune to the inflationary pressures consumers and broader retail have been experiencing, we believe our industry is well positioned for the long-term within the broader retail space to withstand these headwinds. In addition, our team continues to make progress on our strategic initiatives to drive long-term shareholder value. We remain relentlessly focused on customer service, parts availability and reliability of delivery. We're confident this will help enable sustainable sales growth, margin expansion and strong cash returns."
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Second Quarter 2022 Results (1)
Net sales increased 0.6% to $2.7 billion
Comparable store sales (2) decreased 0.6%
Gross profit decreased 0.3% to $1.2 billion; Adjusted gross profit (3) increased 4.2% to $1.3 billion
Gross profit margin decreased 40 basis points to 44.5% of Net sales; Adjusted gross profit margin (3) increased 166 basis points to 48.0% of Net sales
SG&A increased 4.2% to $984.0 million; Adjusted SG&A (3) increased 4.4% to $967.2 million
SG&A was 36.9% of Net sales compared with 35.6% of Net sales; Adjusted SG&A (3) was 36.3% of Net sales compared with 35.0% of Net sales
Operating income decreased 17.7% to $201.7 million; Adjusted operating income (3) increased 3.6% to $312.8 million
Operating income margin decreased by 168 basis points to 7.6%; Adjusted operating income margin (3) increased 34 basis points to 11.7%
Diluted EPS decreased 13.1% to $2.38; Adjusted diluted EPS (3) increased 10.0% to $3.74
Net cash provided by operating activities was $308.5 million; Free cash flow (3) was an inflow of $97.3 million
Opened 43 new store and branch locations

Second quarter of 2022 Net sales totaled $2.7 billion, a 0.6% increase compared with the second quarter of the prior year. This was driven primarily by year over year growth in our professional business. Comparable store sales for the second quarter of 2022 decreased 0.6%. This was primarily driven by a decrease in consumer demand within DIY omnichannel and an increase in owned brands, partially offset by an increase in professional.

The company's GAAP Gross profit margin of 44.5% of Net sales decreased 40 basis points compared with the second quarter of the prior year. Adjusted gross profit increased 4.2% to $1.3 billion. Adjusted gross profit margin increased 166 basis points to 48.0% of Net sales, compared with 46.4% in the second quarter of 2021. This was primarily driven by improvements in strategic pricing and owned brand expansion. These improvements were partially offset by continued inflationary product costs, unfavorable channel and product mix as well as supply chain deleverage due to wage and transportation inflationary pressures.

The company's GAAP SG&A was 36.9% of Net sales compared with 35.6% in the second quarter of 2021. Adjusted SG&A increased to $967.2 million from $926.4 million in the second quarter of the prior year. As a percent of Net sales, Adjusted SG&A was 36.3% of Net sales, which deleveraged 132 basis points compared with the second quarter of 2021. This was primarily driven by inflation in store labor and fuel costs as well as costs related with new store openings. These costs were partially offset by a year over year decrease in incentive compensation and COVID-19 related expenses.
(1) All comparisons are based on the same time period in the prior year.
(2) Comparable store sales include locations open for 13 complete accounting periods and excludes sales to independently owned Carquest locations.
(3) For a better understanding of the company's adjusted results, refer to the reconciliation of non-GAAP adjustments in the accompanying financial tables included herein.
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On a GAAP basis, the company's Operating income was $201.7 million, or 7.6% of Net sales, compared with 9.2% in the second quarter of 2021. The company's Adjusted operating income was $312.8 million, an increase of 3.6% versus the second quarter of the prior year. Adjusted operating income margin increased 34 basis points to 11.7% of Net sales compared with 11.4% of Net sales in the second quarter of the prior year.

The company's effective tax rate was 24.3%, compared with 24.8% in the second quarter of 2021. On a GAAP basis, the company's Diluted EPS was $2.38, a decrease of 13.1% from $2.74 in the second quarter of 2021. The company's Adjusted Diluted EPS was $3.74, an increase of 10.0% from $3.40 in the second quarter of the prior year.

Net cash provided by operating activities was $308.5 million through the second quarter of 2022 versus $776.2 million in the same period of the prior year. The decrease was primarily driven by lower Net income and working capital. Free cash flow through the second quarter of 2022 was $97.3 million compared with $646.6 million in the same period of the prior year.

Capital Allocation
During the second quarter of 2022, the company repurchased 1.0 million shares of its common stock at an aggregate cost of $200.0 million, or an average price of $199.02 per share, in connection with its share repurchase program. At the end of the second quarter of 2022, the company had $1.1 billion remaining under the share repurchase program.

On August 16, 2022 the company declared a regular cash dividend of $1.50 per share to be paid on September 30, 2022 to all common stockholders of record as of September 16, 2022.

Full Year 2022 Guidance
Jeff Shepherd, executive vice president and chief financial officer said, "Although the external environment has changed significantly since our 2021 strategic update and volatility remains, we believe we are well positioned to create long-term value for shareholders, including delivering on the long-term goals shared in that strategic update. In consideration of how macroeconomic factors have developed in recent months and our expectations for the balance of year, we are providing updated guidance for full year 2022 as outlined below."

Prior OutlookUpdated Outlook
As of May 23, 2022As of August 24, 2022
 Full Year 2022Full Year 2022
($ in millions, except per share data)LowHighLowHigh
Net sales$11,200 $11,500 $11,000 $11,200 
Comparable store sales1.0 %3.0 %(1.0)%0.0 %
Adjusted operating income margin (1)
10.0 %10.2 %9.8 %10.0 %
Income tax rate24.0 %26.0 %24.0 %26.0 %
Adjusted diluted EPS (1, 2)
$13.30 $13.85 $12.75 $13.25 
Capital expenditures$300 $350 $300 $350 
Free cash flow (1)
Minimum $775Minimum $700
Share repurchases$500 $700 $500 $600 
New store and branch openings125 150 125 150 
(1)    For a better understanding of the company's adjusted results, refer to the reconciliation of non-GAAP adjustments in the accompanying financial tables included herein. Because of the forward-looking nature of the 2022 non-GAAP financial measures, specific quantification of the amounts that would be required to reconcile these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are not available at this time.
(2)    Assumes weighted-average shares outstanding as of July 16, 2022.
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Investor Conference Call
The company will detail its results for the second quarter ended July 16, 2022 via a webcast scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, August 24, 2022. The webcast will be accessible via the Investor Relations page of the company's website (ir.AdvanceAutoParts.com).

To join by phone, please pre-register online for dial-in and passcode information. Upon registering, participants will receive a confirmation with call details and a registrant ID. While registration is open through the live call, the company suggests registering a day in advance or at minimum 10 minutes before the start of the call. A replay of the conference call will be available on the company's Investor Relations website for one year.

About Advance Auto Parts
Advance Auto Parts, Inc. is a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider that serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers. As of July 16, 2022 Advance operated 4,724 stores and 312 Worldpac branches primarily within the United States, with additional locations in Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The company also served 1,329 independently owned Carquest branded stores across these locations in addition to Mexico and various Caribbean islands. Additional information about Advance, including employment opportunities, customer services, and online shopping for parts, accessories and other offerings can be found at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com.

Investor Relations Contact:
Media Contact:
Elisabeth EislebenDarryl Carr
T: (919) 227-5466T: (984) 389-7207
E: invrelations@advanceautoparts.com
E: AAPCommunications@advance-auto.com

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements herein are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are usually identifiable by words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "guidance," "intend," "likely," "may," "plan," "position," "possible," "potential," "probable," "project," "should," "strategy," "will" or similar language. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, statements about the company's strategic initiatives, operational plans and objectives, expectations for economic conditions and recovery and future business and financial performance, as well as statements regarding underlying assumptions related thereto. Forward-looking statements reflect the company's views based on historical results, current information and assumptions related to future developments. Except as may be required by law, the company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements made herein. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied by the forward-looking statements. They include, among others, factors related to the timing and implementation of strategic initiatives, including with respect to labor shortages or disruptions and the impact on our ability to complete store openings, deterioration of general macroeconomic conditions, the highly competitive nature of the company's industry, demand for the company's products and services, complexities in its inventory and supply chain, challenges with transforming and growing its business and factors related to the current global COVID-19 pandemic. Please refer to "Item 1A. Risk Factors." of the company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, as updated by other filings made by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, for a description of these and other risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied by the forward-looking statements.
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Advance Auto Parts, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands) (unaudited)
July 16, 2022 (1)
January 1, 2022 (2)
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$240,551 $601,428 
Receivables, net930,452 782,785 
Inventories4,830,101 4,659,018 
Other current assets182,061 232,245 
Total current assets6,183,165 6,275,476 
Property and equipment, net1,611,119 1,528,311 
Operating lease right-of-use assets2,661,743 2,671,810 
Goodwill992,401 993,744 
Other intangible assets, net634,262 651,217 
Other assets55,273 73,651 
Total assets$12,137,963 $12,194,209 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable$4,086,826 $3,922,007 
Accrued expenses674,100 777,051 
Current portion of long-term debt100,056 — 
Other current liabilities480,836 481,249 
Total current liabilities5,341,818 5,180,307 
Long-term debt1,187,583 1,034,320 
Noncurrent operating lease liabilities2,296,003 2,337,651 
Deferred income taxes419,052 410,606 
Other long-term liabilities98,698 103,034 
Total stockholders' equity2,794,809 3,128,291 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$12,137,963 $12,194,209 

(1)This preliminary condensed consolidated balance sheet has been prepared on a basis consistent with the company's previously prepared consolidated balance sheets filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), but does not include the footnotes required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”).
(2)The balance sheet at January 1, 2022 has been derived from the audited consolidated financial statements at that date, but does not include the footnotes required by GAAP.
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Advance Auto Parts, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data) (unaudited)
Twelve Weeks EndedTwenty-Eight Weeks Ended
July 16, 2022 (1)
July 17, 2021 (1)
July 16, 2022 (1)
July 17, 2021 (1)
Net sales$2,665,426 $2,649,415 $6,039,636 $5,979,785 
Cost of sales, including purchasing and warehousing costs
1,479,707 1,460,164 3,347,397 3,305,608 
Gross profit1,185,719 1,189,251 2,692,239 2,674,177 
Selling, general and administrative expenses
984,037 944,323 2,287,287 2,177,120 
Operating income201,682 244,928 404,952 497,057 
Other, net: 
Interest expense(10,207)(8,306)(23,075)(19,497)
Loss on early redemptions of senior unsecured notes— — (7,408)— 
Other (expense) income, net(711)1,143 (575)5,979 
Total other, net(10,918)(7,163)(31,058)(13,518)
Income before provision for income taxes190,764 237,765 373,894 483,539 
Provision for income taxes46,362 59,069 89,701 118,913 
Net income$144,402 $178,696 $284,193 $364,626 
Basic earnings per common share $2.39 $2.76 $4.67 $5.59 
Weighted-average common shares outstanding60,452 64,745 60,914 65,284 
Diluted earnings per common share$2.38 $2.74 $4.63 $5.55 
Weighted-average common shares outstanding60,782 65,210 61,328 65,720 

(1)These preliminary condensed consolidated statements of operations have been prepared on a basis consistent with the company's previously prepared consolidated statements of operations filed with the SEC, but do not include the footnotes required by GAAP.
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Advance Auto Parts, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands) (unaudited)
Twenty-Eight Weeks Ended
July 16, 2022 (1)
July 17, 2021 (1)
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income$284,193 $364,626 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization148,691 135,311 
Share-based compensation29,345 33,591 
Loss on early redemptions of senior unsecured notes7,408 — 
Provision for deferred income taxes8,779 23,425 
Other, net4,545 6,857 
Net change in:
Receivables, net(149,255)(53,301)
Inventories(176,300)111,952 
Accounts payable168,219 165,666 
Accrued expenses(46,887)17,041 
Other assets and liabilities, net29,805 (29,009)
Net cash provided by operating activities308,543 776,159 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchases of property and equipment(211,212)(129,573)
Proceeds from sales of property and equipment830 1,857 
Net cash used in investing activities(210,382)(127,716)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Borrowings under credit facilities743,000 — 
Payments on credit facilities(643,000)— 
Borrowings on senior unsecured notes348,618 — 
Payments on senior unsecured notes(201,081)— 
Dividends paid(245,599)(97,971)
Repurchases of common stock(466,169)(579,291)
Other, net(1,329)821 
Net cash used in financing activities(465,560)(676,441)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash6,522 2,293 
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents(360,877)(25,705)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period
601,428 834,992 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period
$240,551 $809,287 

(1)These preliminary condensed consolidated statements of cash flows have been prepared on a consistent basis with the company's previously prepared statements of cash flows filed with the SEC, but do not include the footnotes required by GAAP.
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Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The company's financial results include certain financial measures not derived in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”). Non-GAAP financial measures should not be used as a substitute for GAAP financial measures, or considered in isolation, for the purpose of analyzing the company's operating performance, financial position or cash flows. The company has presented these non-GAAP financial measures as it believes that the presentation of its financial results that exclude (1) LIFO impacts; (2) transformation expenses under the company's strategic business plan; (3) non-cash amortization related to the acquired General Parts International, Inc. (“GPI”) intangible assets; and (4) other non-recurring adjustments is useful and indicative of the company's base operations because the expenses vary from period to period in terms of size, nature and significance and/or relate to store closure and consolidation activity in excess of historical levels. These measures assist in comparing the company's current operating results with past periods and with the operational performance of other companies in its industry. The disclosure of these measures allows investors to evaluate the company's performance using the same measures management uses in developing internal budgets and forecasts and in evaluating management’s compensation. Included below is a description of the expenses that the company has determined are not normal, recurring cash operating expenses necessary to operate its business and the rationale for why providing these measures is useful to investors as a supplement to the GAAP measures.

LIFO impacts — To assist in comparing the company's current operating results with the operational performance of other companies in the industry, the impact of LIFO on the company's results of operations is a reconciling item to arrive at non-GAAP financial measures.

Transformation expenses — Costs incurred in connection with the company's business plan that focuses on specific transformative activities that relate to the integration and streamlining of its operating structure across the enterprise, that the company does not view to be normal cash operating expenses. These expenses include, but are not limited to the following:

Restructuring costs - Costs primarily relating to the early termination of lease obligations, asset impairment charges, other facility closure costs and team member severance in connection with our voluntary retirement program and continued optimization of our organization.
Third-party professional services - Costs primarily relating to services rendered by vendors for assisting the company with the development of various information technology and supply chain projects in connection with the company's enterprise integration initiatives.
Other significant costs - Costs primarily relating to accelerated depreciation of various legacy information technology and supply chain systems in connection with the company's enterprise integration initiatives and temporary off-site workspace for project teams who are primarily working on the development of specific transformative activities that relate to the integration and streamlining of the company's operating structure across the enterprise.

GPI amortization of acquired intangible assets — As part of the company's acquisition of GPI, the company obtained various intangible assets, including customer relationships, non-compete contracts and favorable lease agreements, which they expect to be subject to amortization through 2025.
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Reconciliation of Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS:
Twelve Weeks EndedTwenty-Eight Weeks Ended
(in thousands, except per share data)July 16, 2022July 17, 2021July 16, 2022July 17, 2021
Net income (GAAP)$144,402 $178,696 $284,193 $364,626 
Cost of sales adjustments:
Transformation expenses2,516 165 2,572 2,468 
LIFO impacts91,792 39,042 173,267 42,189 
SG&A adjustments:
GPI amortization of acquired intangible assets6,318 6,358 14,757 14,905 
Transformation expenses:
Restructuring costs816 3,961 2,306 24,703 
Third-party professional services8,628 5,537 15,552 13,571 
Other significant costs1,097 2,032 3,076 5,914 
Other income adjustment (1)
— — 7,408 (36)
Provision for income taxes on adjustments (2)
(27,792)(14,274)(54,735)(25,928)
Adjusted net income (Non-GAAP)$227,777 $221,517 $448,396 $442,412 
Diluted earnings per share (GAAP)$2.38 $2.74 $4.63 $5.55 
Adjustments, net of tax1.36 0.66 2.69 1.18 
Adjusted EPS (Non-GAAP)$3.74 $3.40 $7.32 $6.73 

(1)During the twenty-eight weeks ended July 16, 2022, we incurred charges relating to a make-whole provision and debt issuance costs of $7.0 million and $0.4 million, in connection with the early redemption of our 4.50% senior unsecured notes due December 1, 2023 ("2023 Notes").
(2)The income tax impact of non-GAAP adjustments is calculated using the estimated tax rate in effect for the respective non-GAAP adjustments.

Reconciliation of Adjusted Gross Profit:
Twelve Weeks EndedTwenty-Eight Weeks Ended
(in thousands)July 16, 2022July 17, 2021July 16, 2022July 17, 2021
Gross profit (GAAP)$1,185,719 $1,189,251 $2,692,239 $2,674,177 
Gross profit adjustments
94,308 39,207 175,839 44,657 
Adjusted gross profit (Non-GAAP)$1,280,027 $1,228,458 $2,868,078 $2,718,834 

Reconciliation of Adjusted Selling, General and Administrative Expenses:
Twelve Weeks EndedTwenty-Eight Weeks Ended
(in thousands)July 16, 2022July 17, 2021July 16, 2022July 17, 2021
SG&A (GAAP)$984,037 $944,323 $2,287,287 $2,177,120 
SG&A adjustments
(16,859)(17,888)(35,691)(59,093)
Adjusted SG&A (Non-GAAP)$967,178 $926,435 $2,251,596 $2,118,027 

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Reconciliation of Adjusted Operating Income:
Twelve Weeks EndedTwenty-Eight Weeks Ended
(in thousands)July 16, 2022July 17, 2021July 16, 2022July 17, 2021
Operating income (GAAP)$201,682 $244,928 $404,952 $497,057 
Cost of sales and SG&A adjustments111,167 57,095 211,530 103,750 
Adjusted operating income (Non-GAAP)$312,849 $302,023 $616,482 $600,807 

NOTE: Adjusted gross profit, Adjusted gross profit margin (calculated by dividing Adjusted gross profit by Net sales), Adjusted SG&A, Adjusted SG&A as a percentage of Net sales, Adjusted operating income and Adjusted operating income margin (calculated by dividing Adjusted operating income by Net sales) are non-GAAP measures. Management believes these non-GAAP measures are important metrics in assessing the overall performance of the business and utilizes these metrics in its ongoing reporting. On that basis, management believes it is useful to provide these metrics to investors and prospective investors to evaluate the company’s operating performance across periods adjusting for these items (refer to the reconciliations of non-GAAP adjustments above). These non-GAAP measures might not be calculated in the same manner as, and thus might not be comparable to, similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Non-GAAP measures should not be used by investors or third parties as the sole basis for formulating investment decisions, as they may exclude a number of important cash and non-cash recurring items.

Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow:
Twenty-Eight Weeks Ended
(in thousands)July 16, 2022July 17, 2021
Cash flows provided by operating activities$308,543 $776,159 
Purchases of property and equipment(211,212)(129,573)
Free cash flow$97,331 $646,586 

NOTE: Management uses Free cash flow as a measure of its liquidity and believes it is a useful indicator to investors or potential investors of the company's ability to implement growth strategies and service debt. Free cash flow is a non-GAAP measure and should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, information contained in the company's condensed consolidated statement of cash flows as a measure of liquidity.
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Adjusted Debt to Adjusted EBITDAR:
Four Quarters Ended
(In thousands, except adjusted debt to adjusted EBITDAR ratio)July 16, 2022January 1, 2022
Total GAAP debt$1,287,639 $1,034,320 
Add: Operating lease liabilities2,760,660 2,802,772 
Adjusted debt4,048,299 3,837,092 
GAAP Net income510,046 616,108 
Depreciation and amortization273,313 259,933 
Interest expense41,368 37,791 
Other income (expense), net1,520 (4,999)
Provision for income taxes160,605 189,817 
Restructuring costs4,910 27,307 
Third-party professional services26,080 24,099 
Other significant costs8,669 11,404 
Transformation expenses39,659 62,810 
Other adjustments (1)
7,444 — 
Total net adjustments523,909 545,352 
Adjusted EBITDA1,033,955 1,161,460 
Rent expense588,131 565,945 
Share-based compensation58,821 63,067 
Adjusted EBITDAR$1,680,907 $1,790,472 
Adjusted Debt to Adjusted EBITDAR 2.4 2.1 
(1)The adjustments to the four quarters ended July 16, 2022 represent charges incurred resulting from the early redemption of the company's 2023 Notes.

NOTE: Management believes its Adjusted Debt to Adjusted EBITDAR ratio (“leverage ratio”) is a key financial metric for debt securities, as reviewed by rating agencies, and believes its debt levels are best analyzed using this measure. The company’s goal is to maintain an investment grade rating. The company's credit rating directly impacts the interest rates on borrowings under its existing credit facility and could impact the company's ability to obtain additional funding. If the company was unable to maintain its investment grade rating this could negatively impact future performance and limit growth opportunities. Similar measures are utilized in the calculation of the financial covenants and ratios contained in the company's financing arrangements. The leverage ratio calculated by the company is a non-GAAP measure and should not be considered a substitute for debt to net earnings, net earnings or debt as determined in accordance with GAAP. The company adjusts the calculation to remove rent expense and to add back the company’s existing operating lease liabilities related to their right-of-use assets to provide a more meaningful comparison with the company’s peers and to account for differences in debt structures and leasing arrangements. The company’s calculation of its leverage ratio might not be calculated in the same manner as, and thus might not be comparable to, similarly titled measures by other companies.
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Store Information

During the twenty-eight weeks ended July 16, 2022, 78 stores and branches were opened and 14 were closed or consolidated, resulting in a total of 5,036 stores and branches as of July 16, 2022, compared with a total of 4,972 stores and branches as of January 1, 2022.

The below table summarizes the changes in the number of company-operated store and branch locations during the twelve and twenty-eight weeks ended July 16, 2022:

Twelve Weeks Ended
AAPAICARQUEST
WORLDPAC (1)
Total
April 23, 20224,344  343 311 4,998 
New41 — 43 
Closed(3)— (2)— (5)
Consolidated— — — — — 
Converted— — — — — 
Relocated— — — — — 
July 16, 20224,382  342 312 5,036 

Twenty-Eight Weeks Ended
AAPAICARQUEST
WORLDPAC (1)
Total
January 1, 20224,308 51 347 266 4,972 
New76 — 78 
Closed(3)(2)(5)(3)(13)
Consolidated— (1)— — (1)
Converted— (48)— 48 — 
Relocated— (1)— — 
July 16, 20224,382  342 312 5,036 

(1) Certain converted Autopart International ("AI") locations will remain branded as AI going forward.
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