Foot Locker, Inc. Reports 2017 Third Quarter Results
Foot Locker, Inc. (FL), the New York-based specialty athletic retailer, today reported financial results for its third quarter ended October 28, 2017.
Third Quarter Results Net income for the Companys third quarter ended October 28, 2017 was $102 million, or $0.81 per share, compared with net income of $157 million, or $1.17 per share in the same period of 2016.
Third quarter comparable-store sales decreased 3.7 percent. Total sales decreased 0.8 percent, to $1,870 million this quarter, compared with sales of $1,886 million for the corresponding prior-year period. Excluding the effect of foreign currency fluctuations, total sales for the third quarter decreased 2.3 percent. The Companys gross margin rate decreased to 31.0 percent of sales from 33.9 percent a year ago, and the selling, general, and administrative expense rate increased 30 basis points to 19.7 percent of sales. Within SG&A, the Company incurred $7 million of hurricane-related costs, the majority of which related to damaged or lost inventory.
The third quarter results included a $13 million pre-tax charge related to reducing and reorganizing corporate and division staff. Excluding this charge, which reduced after-tax earnings by 6 cents per share, non-GAAP earnings were $0.87 per share, compared to non-GAAP earnings of $1.13 per share in the comparable period of 2016.
"The Companys results in the quarter were broadly in line with our expectations," said Richard Johnson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Despite the highly promotional environment we still see in the marketplace, the availability of premium product is gradually improving compared to the first half of the year, and we believe we can achieve, and perhaps modestly exceed, the top- and bottom-line guidance we gave for the fourth quarter back in August."
Mr. Johnson continued, "The reduction and reorganization of our corporate and division staff during the quarter, while a difficult decision, was a critical step in positioning us for success as we navigate through the tremendous disruption affecting our customers and the retail industry in general. We are adjusting our course proactively, including creating new initiatives with key vendors and making critical investments in our digital platforms and supply chain, to ensure that Foot Locker will continue to thrive at the center of sneaker culture and, more broadly, youth culture."
Lauren Peters, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, added, "In addition to taking meaningful steps to create an even more flexible and efficient organization, we maintained our solid management of inventory in the third quarter, which is enabling us to flow improving merchandise assortments into the business for the holiday season. We also significantly accelerated the pace of share repurchases in the quarter given the value we perceived in the price of the Companys shares."
Year-To-Date Results Net income for the Companys first nine months of the year decreased to $333 million, or $2.55 per share on a GAAP basis, compared to net income of $475 million, or $3.50 per share, for the corresponding period in 2016. Year-to-date sales were $5,572 million, a decrease of 1.4 percent compared to sales of $5,653 million in the corresponding nine-month period of 2016. Year-to-date, comparable store sales decreased 2.9 percent, while total year-to-date sales, excluding the effect of foreign currency fluctuations, decreased by 1.5 percent.
Year-To-Date Non-GAAP Adjustments On a non-GAAP basis, earnings per share for the nine-month period totaled $2.84, an 18 percent decrease compared to the same period in 2016. In addition to the $13 million reorganization charge in the third quarter of this year, the Companys results in the second quarter included a $50 million pre-tax litigation charge. Combined, these two charges reduced GAAP earnings by 29 cents per share, compared with non-GAAP items which increased GAAP earnings 4 cents per share in the first nine months of 2016.
Financial Position At October 28, 2017, the Companys merchandise inventories were $1,315 million, 3.4 percent lower than at the end of the third quarter last year. Using constant currencies, inventory decreased 4.9 percent. The Companys cash totaled $890 million, while the debt on its balance sheet was $126 million. The Company spent $304 million to repurchase 8.69 million shares during the quarter and paid a quarterly dividend of $0.31 per share for $38 million.
Store Base Update During the third quarter, the Company opened 12 new stores, remodeled or relocated 41 stores, and closed 22 stores. As of October 28, 2017, the Company operated 3,349 stores in 23 countries in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. In addition, 83 franchised Foot Locker stores were operating in the Middle East, as well as 14 franchised Runners Point stores in Germany.
The Company is hosting a live conference call at 9:00 a.m. (EST) today, November 17, 2017, to review these results and discuss the outlook for the remainder of 2017. This conference call may be accessed live by dialing 1-800-763-5545 (U.S. and Canada) or +44 208-196-2877 (International), or via the Investor Relations section of the Foot Locker, Inc. website at http://www.footlocker-inc.com. Please log on to the website 15 minutes prior to the call in order to register. A replay of the call will be available via webcast from the same Investor Relations section of the Foot Locker, Inc. website at http://www.footlocker-inc.com through December 1, 2017.
Disclosure Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This report contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Other than statements of historical facts, all statements which address activities, events, or developments that the Company anticipates will or may occur in the future, including, but not limited to, such things as future capital expenditures, expansion, strategic plans, financial objectives, dividend payments, stock repurchases, growth of the Companys business and operations, including future cash flows, revenues, and earnings, and other such matters, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on many assumptions and factors which are detailed in the Companys filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the effects of currency fluctuations, customer demand, fashion trends, competitive market forces, uncertainties related to the effect of competitive products and pricing, customer acceptance of the Companys merchandise mix and retail locations, the Companys reliance on a few key vendors for a majority of its merchandise purchases (including a significant portion from one key vendor), cybersecurity breaches, pandemics and similar major health concerns, unseasonable weather, deterioration of global financial markets, economic conditions worldwide, deterioration of business and economic conditions, any changes in business, political and economic conditions due to the threat of future terrorist activities in the United States or in other parts of the world and related U.S. military action overseas, the ability of the Company to execute its business and strategic plans effectively with regard to each of its business units, and risks associated with global product sourcing, including political instability, changes in import regulations, and disruptions to transportation services and distribution.
For additional discussion on risks and uncertainties that may affect forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" disclosed in the 2016 Annual Report on Form 10-K. Any changes in such assumptions or factors could produce significantly different results. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
Periods ended October 28, 2017 and October 29, 2016
(In millions, except per share amounts)
Cost of sales (1)
Depreciation and amortization
Income from operations
Litigation and other charges
Interest (income)/expense, net
Income before income taxes
Income tax expense
Weighted-average diluted shares outstanding
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Results:
GAAP net income
Reorganization costs (2)
Litigation charge (3)
Impairment charge (4)
Tax benefit related to intellectual
property reassessment (5)
Cost of sales includes: the cost of merchandise, freight, distribution costs (including related depreciation expense), shipping and handling, occupancy, and buyers compensation. Occupancy costs include rent, common area maintenance charges, real estate taxes, general maintenance, and utilities.
During the third quarter of 2017, the Company reduced and reorganized its division and corporate staff.
The Company recorded a pre-tax charge of $13 million ($8 million after-tax applying a marginal tax rate) or $0.06 per diluted share.
The substantial majority of the charge is for severance and related costs.
During the second quarter of 2017, the Company recorded a pre-tax charge of $50 million ($30 million after-tax, applying a marginal tax rate, or $0.23 per diluted share) in connection with its U.S. retirement plan litigation. The Company had previously recorded a pre-tax charge for $100 million during 2015. This charge reflects the Companys revised estimate of its exposure for this matter, bringing the total pre-tax amount accrued to $150 million. The Company will continue to vigorously defend itself in this case. In light of the uncertainties involved in this matter, there is no assurance that the ultimate resolution will not differ from the amount currently accrued by the Company.
In the third quarter of 2016, the Company recorded a $6 million impairment charge ($5 million after tax, applying a marginal tax rate) associated with underperforming store assets of Runners Point and Sidestep.
During the third quarter of 2016, the Companys scheduled triennial reassessment of the value of the intellectual property provided to our European business by Foot Locker in the U.S. resulted in a $10 million tax reduction.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
Cash and cash equivalents
Other current assets
Property and equipment, net
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS EQUITY
Accrued and other liabilities
Current portion of capital lease obligations
Long-term debt and obligations under capital leases
Total shareholders equity
Store activity is as follows:
October 28, Relocations/
Opened Closed 2017
Foot Locker US
Foot Locker Europe
Foot Locker Canada
Foot Locker Asia Pacific
Kids Foot Locker
Lady Foot Locker
Selling and gross square footage are as follows:
January 28, 2017
October 28, 2017
Foot Locker US
Foot Locker Europe
Foot Locker Canada
Foot Locker Asia Pacific
Kids Foot Locker
Lady Foot Locker
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