JWN
$21.32
Nordstrom
$2.32
12.21%
Earnings Details
Quarter January 2020
Tuesday, March 03, 2020 4:05:00 PM
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Nordstrom Misses

Nordstrom (JWN) reported Quarter January 2020 earnings of $1.42 per share on revenue of $4.5 billion. The consensus earnings estimate was $1.48 per share on revenue of $4.6 billion. The Earnings Whisper number was $1.52 per share. Revenue grew 1.2% on a year-over-year basis.

The company said it expects fiscal 2021 earnings of $3.25 to $3.50 per share on revenue of $15.76 billion to $15.91 billion. The current consensus earnings estimate is $3.48 per share on revenue of $15.82 billion for the year ending January 31, 2021.

Nordstrom Inc operates as a fashion specialty retailer, with 290 U.S. stores located in 38 states as well as a robust e-commerce business through Nordstrom.com and HauteLook. It has two reportable segments: Retail and Credit.

Results
Reported Earnings
$1.42
Earnings Whisper
$1.52
Consensus Estimate
$1.48
Reported Revenue
$4.54 Bil
Revenue Estimate
$4.57 Bil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
Power Rating
Grade
Earnings Release

Nordstrom Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2019 Earnings

Q4 net sales grew 1.3 percent, improving year-to-date trends by over 400 basis points
Full-year EPS excluding charges in-line with Company’s prior outlook

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) today reported fourth quarter results, excluding charges, in-line with the Company’s prior outlook, reflecting further sales momentum and continued operating discipline. Net sales growth of 1.3 percent improved by more than 400 basis points from year-to-date trends, with growth in Nordstrom’s Full-Price and Off-Price businesses.

Earnings per diluted share for the quarter ended February 1, 2020, of $1.23 included charges of $0.19, which were not reflected in the Company’s prior outlook. These charges primarily related to the integration of Trunk Club as part of Nordstrom’s market strategy in addition to debt refinancing costs.

For fiscal 2019, earnings per diluted share were $3.18. Excluding charges of $0.19, earnings per diluted share were in-line with the Company’s prior outlook of $3.30 to $3.50. Net sales decreased 2.2 percent compared with fiscal 2018, in-line with expectations.

“Through our customer focus, inventory efficiencies and expense discipline, we drove improvement in sales trends in Full-Price and Off-Price, and we increased profitability during the second half of the year. Our 2019 results reflected the accelerated roll out of our market strategy, our strength of Nordstrom Rack’s execution, improved merchandise margins and realized expense savings that were 10 percent above our plan,” said Erik Nordstrom, chief executive officer, Nordstrom, Inc. “As we move forward, we are further leveraging digital capabilities and scaling our market strategy to drive sales and earnings growth. The momentum from our investments and market strategy is enabling us to get closer to customers, transforming the way we’re serving them.”

Market Strategy

Nordstrom’s market strategy leverages physical and digital assets to offer customers a greater selection of merchandise available next-day and more convenient access to services. In 2019, the Company accelerated its strategy to five top markets — New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and San Francisco — resulting in outsized customer engagement and a lift in sales trends of 80 basis points relative to other markets in the fourth quarter.

Based on successful results, Nordstrom will further expand its market strategy through several key initiatives including:

  • Expanding to five additional markets — Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Boston, Seattle, and Toronto — for a total of 10 markets, which represent more than half of the Company’s sales
  • Adding convenience with additional Nordstrom Local service hubs in addition to express services of order pickup, returns and alterations at more than 50 Nordstrom Racks
  • Launching dedicated e-commerce in Canada to enable a seamless shopping experience across stores and online
  • Ramping its supply chain network to ultimately improve delivery speed on the West Coast, which represents 40 percent of customers
  • Integrating Trunk Club into Nordstrom full-line stores and Nordstrom.com to create a cohesive styling offering across Nordstrom and to gain efficiencies.

Board and Executive Management Update

The Company today announced changes to its Board of Directors. Current board members Kevin Turner and Gordon Smith have chosen not to seek re-election to the Board at the expiration of their respective terms at the Company’s Annual Shareholders Meeting on May 20, 2020. The Board is working with an external executive search firm for director candidates to fill their seats.

Additionally, the Board has announced planned changes designed to enhance its corporate governance. This will include reducing the maximum size of the Board from 11 to 10 over the next two years and introducing a 10-year term limit for independent directors.

“Kevin and Gordon each have made invaluable contributions to our Board, including through their important roles as Chairs of the Technology and Corporate Governance and Nominating Committees, respectively,” said Brad Smith, Chairman of Nordstrom’s Board of Directors.

The Company also announced today it will transition from its co-President structure to a sole Chief Executive Officer, with Erik Nordstrom to serve in this role. Pete Nordstrom has been named as the Company’s President of Nordstrom Inc. and Chief Brand Officer. The new titles reflect their current and ongoing responsibilities. Both Erik and Pete Nordstrom will remain on the Company’s Board of Directors.

Erik Nordstrom stated: “These titles help clarify our respective roles, as we strive to maximize our impact both as individual leaders and as a team. Pete and I continue to be partners in ensuring Nordstrom’s success, and we are both focused on executing our long-term plan. We look forward to continue working with our Board to deliver on our shared vision for the future of Nordstrom.”

FOURTH QUARTER SUMMARY

  • Fourth quarter net earnings were $193 million compared with $248 million during the same period in fiscal 2018. Fiscal 2019 included $29 million of charges, after tax, primarily representing non-cash asset write-downs resulting from the integration of Trunk Club in addition to debt refinancing costs.
  • Earnings before interest and taxes (“EBIT”) was $299 million, or 6.7 percent of net sales, compared with $333 million, or 7.6 percent of net sales for the same period in fiscal 2018. Excluding integration charges of $32 million, EBIT margin slightly decreased compared to prior year.
  • In Full-Price, net sales increased 1.0 percent. In Off-Price, net sales increased 1.8 percent. Digital sales grew 9 percent and represented 35 percent of sales. Online order pickup contributed more than half of digital sales growth in Full-Price.
  • Gross profit, as a percentage of net sales, of 35 percent decreased 9 basis points compared with the same period in fiscal 2018. This was primarily due to higher costs from growth of the loyalty program and planned occupancy costs related to the NYC flagship store, partially offset by increased merchandise margins. Ending inventory decreased 2.9 percent from last year, marking four consecutive quarters of sales growing faster than inventory.
  • Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses, as a percentage of net sales, of 30.5 percent increased 70 basis points compared with the same period in fiscal 2018. Excluding integration charges, SG&A rate was flat, reflecting realized expense savings of approximately $55 million from ongoing productivity initiatives.

FULL YEAR SUMMARY

  • Full year net earnings were $496 million compared with $564 million for fiscal 2018. Fiscal 2019 included integration charges and debt refinancing costs of $29 million, after tax. Fiscal 2018 net earnings included a credit-related charge of $49 million, after tax.
  • EBIT was $784 million, or 5.2 percent of net sales, compared with $837 million, or 5.4 percent of net sales, for fiscal 2018. Excluding integration charges of $32 million in 2019 and credit-related charges of $72 million in 2018, EBIT margin deleveraged by approximately 50 basis points.
  • In Full-Price, net sales decreased 3.5 percent. In Off-Price, net sales increased 0.2 percent. Nordstrom successfully executed plans to improve sales trends during the year through loyalty, digital marketing and merchandising initiatives. Digital sales grew 7 percent and represented 33 percent of sales.
  • Gross profit, as a percentage of net sales, of 34.4 percent was flat compared with fiscal 2018. This reflected increased merchandise margins, offset by higher costs from growth in the loyalty program and planned occupancy costs related to the NYC flagship store.
  • SG&A expenses, as a percentage of net sales, of 31.8 percent increased 32 basis points compared with fiscal 2018. Excluding integration charges in 2019 and a credit-related charge in 2018, SG&A rate increased by approximately 60 basis points, driven by deleverage of fixed costs from lower volume. Nordstrom achieved annual expense savings of $225 million, exceeding the high end of its plan by more than 10 percent and contributing to a reduction in expense dollars relative to last year.

FINANCIAL POSITION FULL YEAR SUMMARY

  • Operating cash flow was in excess of $1 billion for the eleventh consecutive year.
  • The Company’s debt leverage ratio, excluding charges, was in-line with expectations.
  • During the year, the Company repurchased 4.1 million shares of its common stock for $186 million. A total capacity of $707 million remains available under its existing share repurchase authorization.

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FISCAL YEAR 2020 OUTLOOK

Nordstrom remains committed to increasing total shareholder returns through three financial objectives: gaining market share; increasing profitability and return on invested capital; and maintaining disciplined capital allocation. The Company has provided financial expectations for fiscal 2020, which does not include any potential impact from the current coronavirus situation, as follows:

Net sales

 

1.5 to 2.5 percent increase

Credit card revenues, net

 

Mid-single-digit growth

EBIT

 

$815 to $855 million

EBIT margin

 

5.3 to 5.5 percent

Earnings per diluted share (assuming impact of future share repurchases)

 

$3.25 to $3.50

The Company completed its generational investment cycle with the opening of its NYC flagship store in 2019. Fiscal 2020 is a pivotal point in free cash flow inflection. The Company’s guidance also incorporates the following assumptions:

  • increase in free cash flow of approximately 2.5 times relative to fiscal 2019
  • capital expenditures of approximately 4 percent of sales
  • interest expense, net of approximately $120 million
  • effective tax rate of approximately 27 percent
  • earnings per diluted share outlook assumes impact of future share repurchases between $300 million to $400 million. The actual timing, price, manner and amounts of future share repurchases, if any, will be subject to market and economic conditions and applicable Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) rules.

     

EXPANSION UPDATE

Nordstrom has announced plans to open the following stores in fiscal 2020:

Location

 

Store Name

 

Square

Footage

(000’s)

 

Timing

Off-Price

 

 

 

 

 

 

Langley, British Columbia

 

Willowbrook Shopping Centre

 

30

 

Spring

Tacoma, Washington

 

Tacoma Mall

 

30

 

Fall

Number of stores

February 1, 2020

 

February 2, 2019

Full-Price

 

 

 

U.S.Nordstrom full-line

110

 

115

CanadaNordstrom full-line

6

 

6

CanadaNordstrom Rack

6

 

6

Other Full-Price1

14

 

12

Off-Price

 

 

 

U.S.Nordstrom Rack

242

 

238

Last Chance clearance stores

2

 

2

Total

380

 

379

1 Other Full-Price includes Trunk Club clubhouses, Jeffrey boutiques and Nordstrom Local service hubs.

 

 

 

 

Gross square footage

30,198,000

 

30,385,000

CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

The Company’s senior management will host a conference call to discuss fourth quarter and fiscal 2019 results and fiscal 2020 outlook at 4:45 p.m. Eastern Standard Time today. To listen to the live call online and view the speakers’ prepared remarks and the conference call slides, visit the Investor Relations section of the Company’s corporate website at http://investor.nordstrom.com. An archived webcast with the speakers’ prepared remarks and the conference call slides will be available in the Quarterly Results section for one year. Interested parties may also dial 201-689-8354. A telephone replay will be available beginning approximately three hours after the conclusion of the call by dialing 877-660-6853 or 201-612-7415 and entering Conference ID 13699077, until the close of business on March 10, 2020.

ABOUT NORDSTROM

Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 380 stores in 40 states, including 116 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 248 Nordstrom Rack stores; three Jeffrey boutiques; two clearance stores; six Trunk Club clubhouses; and five Nordstrom Local service hubs. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com, HauteLook and TrunkClub.com. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

Certain statements in this press release contain or may suggest “forward-looking” information (as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) that involves risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different from expectations. The words “will,” “may,” “designed to,” “outlook,” “believes,” “should,” “targets,” “anticipates,” “assumptions,” “plans,” “expects” or “expectations,” “intends,” “estimates,” “forecasts,” “guidance” and similar expressions identify certain of these forward-looking statements. The Company also may provide forward-looking statements in oral statements or other written materials released to the public. All statements contained or incorporated in this press release or in any other public statements that address such future events or expectations are forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements are detailed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 2, 2019. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and speak only as of the date hereof, and, except as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events, new information or future circumstances.

NORDSTROM, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

(unaudited; amounts in millions, except per share amounts)

  

 

 

Quarter Ended

 

Year Ended

 

 

February 1, 2020

 

February 2, 2019

 

February 1, 2020

 

February 2, 2019

Net sales

 

$

4,439

 

 

$

4,383

 

 

$

15,132

 

 

$

15,480

 

Credit card revenues, net

 

99

 

 

101

 

 

392

 

 

380

 

Total revenues

 

4,538

 

 

4,484

 

 

15,524

 

 

15,860

 

Cost of sales and related buying and occupancy costs

 

(2,884

)

 

(2,843

)

 

(9,932

)

 

(10,155

)

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

(1,355

)

 

(1,308

)

 

(4,808

)

 

(4,868

)

Earnings before interest and income taxes1

 

299

 

 

333

 

 

784

 

 

837

 

Interest expense, net1

 

(36

)

 

(23

)

 

(102

)

 

(104

)

Earnings before income taxes

 

263

 

 

310

 

 

682

 

 

733

 

Income tax expense

 

(70

)

 

(62

)

 

(186

)

 

(169

)

Net earnings1

 

$

193

 

 

$

248

 

 

$

496

 

 

$

564

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

1.24

 

 

$

1.50

 

 

$

3.20

 

 

$

3.37

 

Diluted1

 

$

1.23

 

 

$

1.48

 

 

$

3.18

 

 

$

3.32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted-average shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

155.5

 

 

164.8

 

 

155.2

 

 

167.3

 

Diluted

 

156.6

 

 

167.1

 

 

156.1

 

 

170.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Percent of net sales:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

 

35.0

%

 

35.1

%

 

34.4

%

 

34.4

%

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

30.5

%

 

29.8

%

 

31.8

%

 

31.5

%

Earnings before interest and income taxes

 

6.7

%

 

7.6

%

 

5.2

%

 

5.4

%

1

 

In the fourth quarter of 2019, we incurred charges related to the integration of Trunk Club as part of Nordstrom’s market strategy and debt refinancing costs, which reduced net earnings by $29 million or $0.19 per diluted share. The integration charges reduced earnings before interest and income taxes by $32 million and debt refinancing costs increased interest expense by $8 million. Results for the year ended February 2, 2019 were reduced by an estimated non-recurring credit-related charge of $72 million, or $49 million net of tax, and $0.28 per diluted share.

 

NORDSTROM, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(unaudited; amounts in millions)

  

 

 

February 1, 2020

 

February 2, 2019

Assets

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

853

 

 

$

957

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

179

 

 

148

 

Merchandise inventories

 

1,920

 

 

1,978

 

Prepaid expenses and other

 

278

 

 

291

 

Total current assets

 

3,230

 

 

3,374

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land, property and equipment, net

 

4,179

 

 

3,921

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

1,774

 

 

 

Goodwill

 

249

 

 

249

 

Other assets

 

305

 

 

342

 

Total assets

 

$

9,737

 

 

$

7,886

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

1,576

 

 

$

1,469

 

Accrued salaries, wages and related benefits

 

510

 

 

580

 

Current portion of operating lease liabilities

 

244

 

 

 

Other current liabilities

 

1,190

 

 

1,324

 

Current portion of long-term debt

 

 

 

8

 

Total current liabilities

 

3,520

 

 

3,381

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term debt, net

 

2,676

 

 

2,677

 

Deferred property incentives, net

 

4

 

 

457

 

Non-current operating lease liabilities

 

1,875

 

 

 

Other liabilities

 

683

 

 

498

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shareholders’ equity:

 

 

 

 

Common stock, no par value: 1,000 shares authorized; 155.6 and 157.6 shares issued and outstanding

 

3,129

 

 

3,048

 

Accumulated deficit

 

(2,082

)

 

(2,138

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(68

)

 

(37

)

Total shareholders’ equity

 

979

 

 

873

 

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

$

9,737

$

7,886

 

 

NORDSTROM, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(unaudited; amounts in millions)

  

 

 

Year Ended

 

 

February 1, 2020

 

February 2, 2019

Operating Activities

 

 

 

 

Net earnings

 

$

496

 

 

$

564

 

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization expenses and other, net

 

671

 

 

669

 

Amortization of deferred property incentives

 

 

 

(75

)

Right-of-use asset amortization

 

183

 

 

 

Deferred income taxes, net

 

52

 

 

(34

)

Stock-based compensation expense

 

69

 

 

90

 

Change in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

 

82

 

 

(4

)

Merchandise inventories

 

30

 

 

15

 

Prepaid expenses and other assets

 

(38

)

 

(8

)

Accounts payable

 

98

 

 

12

 

Accrued salaries, wages and related benefits

 

(71

)

 

1

 

Other current liabilities

 

(94

)

 

15

 

Deferred property incentives

 

6

 

 

53

 

Lease liabilities

 

(259

)

 

 

Other liabilities

 

11

 

 

(2

)

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

1,236

 

 

1,296

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investing Activities

 

 

 

 

Capital expenditures

 

(935

)

 

(654

)

Other, net

 

26

 

 

1

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(909

)

 

(653

)

 

 

 

 

 

Financing Activities

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from long-term borrowings, net of discounts

 

499

 

 

 

Principal payments on long-term borrowings

 

(500

)

 

(56

)

Increase in cash book overdrafts

 

8

 

 

 

Cash dividends paid

 

(229

)

 

(250

)

Payments for repurchase of common stock

 

(210

)

 

(678

)

Proceeds from issuances under stock compensation plans

 

29

 

 

163

 

Tax withholding on share-based awards

 

(17

)

 

(20

)

Other, net

 

(11

)

 

(26

)

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(431

)

 

(867

)

 

 

 

 

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

 

(104

)

 

(224

)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

 

957

 

 

1,181

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year

$

853

$

957

 

 

NORDSTROM, INC.
SUMMARY OF NET SALES
(unaudited; amounts in millions)

Our Full-Price business includes our Nordstrom U.S. full-line stores, Nordstrom.com, Canada, Trunk Club, Jeffrey and Nordstrom Local. Our Off-Price business includes Nordstrom U.S. Rack stores, Nordstromrack.com/HauteLook and Last Chance clearance stores. The following table summarizes net sales for the quarter and year ended February 1, 2020 compared with the same periods in fiscal 2018:

 

 

Quarter Ended

 

Year Ended

 

 

February 1, 2020

 

February 2, 2019

 

February 1, 2020

 

February 2, 2019

Net sales by business:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full-Price

 

$

3,015

 

 

$

2,985

 

 

$

9,943

 

 

$

10,299

 

Off-Price

 

1,424

 

 

1,398

 

 

5,189

 

 

5,181

 

Total net sales

 

$

4,439

 

 

$

4,383

 

 

$

15,132

 

 

$

15,480

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net sales increase (decrease) by business:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full-Price1

 

1.0

%

 

(8.8

%)

 

(3.5

%)

 

(1.5

%)

Off-Price2

 

1.8

%

 

(2.7

%)

 

0.2

%

 

4.5

%

Total Company3

 

1.3

%

 

(4.7

%)

 

(2.2

%)

 

2.3

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digital sales as % of total net sales4

 

35

%

 

33

%

 

33

%

 

30

%

1

 

Prior year Full-Price net sales included a decrease of approximately 800 basis points for the fourth quarter and 300 basis points for the year ended February 2, 2019, due primarily to the 53rd week and loyalty related adjustments in 2017.

2

 

Prior year Off-Price net sales included a decrease of approximately 800 basis points for the fourth quarter and 250 basis points for the year ended February 2, 2019, due primarily to the 53rd week and loyalty related adjustments in 2017.

3

 

Prior year net sales included a decrease of approximately 500 basis points in the fourth quarter and 150 basis points for the year ended February 2, 2019, due to the 53rd week in 2017.

4

 

Digital sales are online sales and digitally assisted store sales which include Online Order Pickup, Ship to Store and Style Board, a digital selling tool.

  

 NORDSTROM, INC.
ADJUSTED RETURN ON INVESTED CAPITAL (“ADJUSTED ROIC”)
(NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURE)
(unaudited; dollar amounts in millions)

We believe that Adjusted ROIC is a useful financial measure for investors and credit agencies in evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of the capital we have invested in our business to generate returns over time. In addition, we have incorporated it in our executive incentive measures and we believe it is an important indicator of shareholders’ return over the long term.

For 2019, income statement activity for adjusted net operating profit and balance sheet amounts for average invested capital are measured under the new lease standard (“Lease Standard”), while 2018 were measured under the previous lease standard. Under the previous lease standard, we estimated the value of our operating leases as if they met the criteria for capital leases or we had purchased the properties. This provided additional supplemental information that estimated the investment in our operating leases. Estimated depreciation on capitalized operating leases and average estimated asset base of capitalized operating leases are not calculated in accordance with, nor an alternative for, generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for our results as reported under GAAP.

Adjusted ROIC is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP and should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, return on assets, net earnings, total assets or other GAAP financial measures. Our method of determining non-GAAP financial measures may differ from other companies’ methods and therefore may not be comparable to those used by other companies. The financial measure calculated under GAAP which is most directly comparable to Adjusted ROIC is return on assets. The following is a reconciliation of return on assets to Adjusted ROIC:

 

 

Four Quarters Ended

 

 

February 1, 2020

 

February 2, 2019

Net earnings

 

$

496

 

 

$

564

 

Add: income tax expense

 

186

 

 

169

 

Add: interest expense

 

112

 

 

119

 

Earnings before interest and income tax expense

 

794

 

 

852

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add: operating lease interest1

 

101

 

 

 

Add: rent expense, net

 

 

 

251

 

Less: estimated depreciation on capitalized operating leases2

 

 

 

(134

)

Adjusted net operating profit

 

895

 

 

969

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less: estimated income tax expense

 

(244

)

 

(223

)

Adjusted net operating profit after tax

 

$

651

 

 

$

746

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average total assets

 

$

9,765

 

 

$

8,282

 

Add: average estimated asset base of capitalized operating leases2

 

 

 

2,018

 

Less: average deferred property incentives and deferred rent liability

 

 

 

(616

)

Less: average deferred property incentives in excess of ROU assets3

 

(307

)

 

 

Less: average non-interest-bearing current liabilities

 

(3,439

)

 

(3,479

)

Average invested capital

 

$

6,019

 

 

$

6,205

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return on assets4,5

 

5.1

%

 

6.8

%

Adjusted ROIC4,5

 

10.8

%

 

12.0

%

1

 

As a result of the adoption of the Lease Standard, we add back the operating lease interest to reflect how we manage our business. Operating lease interest is a component of operating lease cost recorded in occupancy costs and is calculated in accordance with the Lease Standard.

2

 

Capitalized operating leases is our best estimate of the asset base we would record for our leases that are classified as operating under the previous lease standard if they had met the criteria for a finance lease or we had purchased the property. The asset base for each quarter is calculated as the trailing four quarters of rent expense multiplied by eight, a commonly used method to estimate the asset base we would record for our capitalized operating leases.

3

 

For leases with property incentives that exceed the ROU assets, we reclassify the amount from assets to other current liabilities and other liabilities. As a result of the adoption of the Lease Standard, we reduce average total assets, as this better reflects how we manage our business.

4

 

For fiscal year 2018, results included a $72 unfavorable impact related to the estimated non-recurring credit-related charge which negatively impacted return on assets by approximately 60 basis points and Adjusted ROIC by approximately 80 basis points.

5

 

For fiscal year 2019, the adoption of the Lease Standard negatively impacted return on assets by approximately 120 basis points and Adjusted ROIC by approximately 40 basis points. Integration charges of $32 in fiscal year 2019, were primarily non-cash related and negatively impacted return on assets by approximately 30 basis points and Adjusted ROIC by approximately 40 basis points.

 

 NORDSTROM, INC.
ADJUSTED DEBT TO EBITDAR (NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURE)
(unaudited; dollar amounts in millions)

Adjusted Debt to earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization and rent (“EBITDAR”) is one of our key financial metrics and we believe using this measure is useful for analyzing our debt levels, as it provides a reflection of our credit worthiness that could impact our credit rating and borrowing costs. Our goal is to manage debt levels to maintain an investment-grade credit rating and operate with an efficient capital structure.

For 2019, income statement activity and balance sheet amounts are measured under the Lease Standard, while 2018 activity and amounts were measured under the previous lease standard. Under the previous lease standard, we estimated the value of our operating leases as if they met the criteria for capital leases or we had purchased the properties. This provided additional supplemental information that estimated the investment in our operating leases. Estimated capitalized operating lease liability is not calculated in accordance with, nor an alternative for, GAAP and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitution for our results as reported under GAAP.

Adjusted Debt to EBITDAR is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP and should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, debt to net earnings, net earnings, debt or other GAAP financial measures. Our method of determining non-GAAP financial measures may differ from other companies’ methods and therefore may not be comparable to those used by other companies.

The following is a reconciliation of debt to net earnings to Adjusted Debt to EBITDAR:

 

 

20191

 

20181

Debt

 

$

2,676

 

 

$

2,685

 

Add: operating lease liabilities

 

2,119

 

 

 

Add: estimated capitalized operating lease liability2

 

 

 

2,009

 

Adjusted Debt

 

$

4,795

 

 

$

4,694

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net earnings

 

$

496

 

 

$

564

 

Add: income tax expense

 

186

 

 

169

 

Add: interest expense, net

 

102

 

 

104

 

Earnings before interest and income taxes

 

784

 

 

837

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add: depreciation and amortization expenses

 

671

 

 

669

 

Add: lease costs, net3

 

274

 

 

 

Add: rent expense, net

 

 

 

251

 

Adjusted EBITDAR

 

$

1,729

 

 

$

1,757

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debt to Net Earnings4

 

5.4

 

 

4.8

 

Adjusted Debt to EBITDAR4

 

2.8

 

 

2.7

 

1

 

The components of Adjusted Debt are as of February 1, 2020 and February 2, 2019, while the components of Adjusted EBITDAR are for fiscal years 2019 and 2018.

2

 

Based upon the estimated lease liability as of the end of the period, calculated as the trailing four quarters of rent expense multiplied by eight, a commonly used method of estimating the debt we would record for our leases that are classified as operating if they had met the criteria for a capital lease or we had purchased the property.

3

 

As a result of the adoption of the Lease Standard, we add back lease costs, net to calculate Adjusted EBITDAR. Lease costs, net excludes variable common area maintenance charges and variable real estate taxes for comparability with how we presented rent expense, net in the prior year. This is how management views the measure internally.

4

 

For fiscal year 2019, integration charges of $32 were primarily non-cash related, and negatively impacted Debt to Net Earnings by approximately 0.3 and Adjusted Debt to EBITDAR by approximately 0.1. The adoption of the Lease Standard in fiscal year 2019 did not have a significant impact on Debt to Net Earnings or Adjusted Debt to EBITDAR. Results for fiscal year 2018 included the $72 impact related to the Estimated Non-recurring Charge, which negatively impacted Debt to Net Earnings by 0.4 and Adjusted Debt to EBITDAR by 0.1.

  

 NORDSTROM, INC.
FREE CASH FLOW (NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURE)
(unaudited; amounts in millions)

Free Cash Flow is one of our key liquidity measures, and when used in conjunction with GAAP measures, we believe it provides investors with a meaningful analysis of our ability to generate cash from our business.

Free Cash Flow is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP and should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, operating cash flows or other financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Our method of determining non-GAAP financial measures may differ from other companies’ methods and therefore may not be comparable to those used by other companies. The financial measure calculated under GAAP which is most directly comparable to Free Cash Flow is net cash provided by operating activities. The following is a reconciliation of net cash provided by operating activities to Free Cash Flow:

 

 

Year Ended

 

 

February 1, 2020

 

February 2, 2019

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

$

1,236

 

 

$

1,296

 

Less: capital expenditures1

 

(935

)

 

(654

)

Add: change in cash book overdrafts

 

8

 

 

 

Free Cash Flow

 

$

309

 

 

$

642

 

1

 

Capital expenditures does not include cash receipts from deferred property incentives of $85 and $53 in fiscal years 2019 and 2018. We operationally view the property incentives we receive from our developers and vendors as an offset to our capital expenditures.

  

 NORDSTROM, INC.
ADJUSTED EBITDA (NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURE)
(unaudited; amounts in millions)

Adjusted earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) is one of our key financial metrics to reflect our view of cash flow from net earnings. Adjusted EBITDA excludes significant items which are non-operating in nature in order to evaluate our core operating performance against prior periods. The financial measure calculated under GAAP which is most directly comparable to Adjusted EBITDA is net earnings.

Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP and should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for net earnings, overall change in cash or liquidity of the business as a whole. Our method of determining non-GAAP financial measures may differ from other companies’ methods and therefore may not be comparable to those used by other companies. The following is a reconciliation of net earnings to Adjusted EBITDA:

 

 

Year Ended

 

 

February 1, 2020

 

February 2, 2019

Net earnings

 

$

496

 

 

$

564

 

Add: income tax expense

 

186

 

 

169

 

Add: interest expense, net

 

102

 

 

104

 

Earnings before interest and income taxes

 

784

 

 

837

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add: depreciation and amortization expenses

 

671

 

 

669

 

Less: amortization of developer reimbursements

 

(75

)

 

(79

)

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

1,380

 

 

$

1,427

 

 

INVESTOR CONTACT:
Trina Schurman

Nordstrom, Inc.
(206) 303-6503

MEDIA CONTACT:
Gigi Ganatra Duff

Nordstrom, Inc.
(206) 303-3030

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