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EX-99.1 - WHOLE FOODS MARKET INCv164817_ex99-1.htm
Washington, D.C.  20549


Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 4, 2009

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

(State of
(Commission File
(IRS Employer
Identification Number)

550 Bowie St.
Austin, Texas 78703
(Address of principal executive offices)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code:
(512) 477-4455

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Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
On November 4, 2009, the Company issued a press release announcing its results of operations for its fourth fiscal quarter ended September 27, 2009. A copy of the press release is furnished herewith as Exhibit 99.1.

In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, the Company provides information regarding Economic Value Added (“EVA”), Earnings before interest, taxes and non-cash expenses ("EBITANCE"), Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”), Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow in the press release as additional information about its operating results.  These measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative to, GAAP. The Company’s management believes that these presentations provide useful information to management, analysts and investors regarding certain additional financial and business trends relating to its results of operations and financial condition. In addition, management uses these measures for reviewing the financial results of the Company as well as for incentive compensation and capital planning purposes. Management believes EBITANCE is a useful non-GAAP measure of financial performance, helping investors more meaningfully evaluate the Company’s cash flow results by adjusting for certain non-cash expenses.  These expenses include depreciation, amortization, fixed asset impairment charges, non-cash share-based payments expense, deferred rent, and LIFO charge. Similar to EBITDA, this measure goes further by including other non-cash expenses, primarily those which have arisen since the use of EBITDA became common practice and because of accounting changes due to recent accounting pronouncements. Management uses EBITANCE as a supplement to cash flows from operations to assess the cash generated from our business available for capital expenditures and the servicing of other requirements including working capital. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA plus non-cash asset impairment charges. The Company defines Free Cash Flow as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures.

The information contained in this Item 2.02, including Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto, is being furnished and shall not be deemed to be "filed" for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that Section.  Furthermore, the information contained in this Item 2.02 or Exhibit 99.1 shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference into any registration statement or other document filed pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.

Item 9.01              Financial Statements and Exhibits
(d)          Exhibits

Press release dated November 4, 2009, regarding fourth fiscal quarter results of operations.


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.

Date: November 4, 2009
/s/ Glenda Chamberlain
Glenda Chamberlain
Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer