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Earnings Details
1st Quarter April 2019
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 6:30:00 AM
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Target Beats

Target (TGT) reported 1st Quarter April 2019 earnings of $1.53 per share on revenue of $17.6 billion. The consensus earnings estimate was $1.43 per share on revenue of $17.5 billion. The Earnings Whisper number was $1.45 per share. Revenue grew 5.0% on a year-over-year basis.

The company said it expects second quarter earnings of $1.52 to $1.72 per share and continues to expect fiscal year earnings of $5.75 to $6.05 per share. The current consensus earnings estimate is $1.58 per share for the quarter ending July 31, 2019 and $5.82 per share for the year ending January 31, 2020.

Target Corp is engaged in operating general merchandise discount stores in the United States.

Results
Reported Earnings
$1.53
Earnings Whisper
$1.45
Consensus Estimate
$1.43
Reported Revenue
$17.63 Bil
Revenue Estimate
$17.54 Bil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
Power Rating
Grade
Earnings Release

Target Reports First Quarter 2019 Earnings

MINNEAPOLIS, May 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --

  • First quarter comparable sales grew 4.8 percent on traffic growth of 4.3 percent.
  • First quarter comparable digital channel sales grew 42 percent, on top of 28 percent last year.
    • Comparable digital sales contributed 2.1 percentage points to Target's overall comparable sales growth.
    • Same-day fulfillment services (Order Pick Up, Drive Up and Shipt) drove well over half of the Company's digital sales growth.
  • First-quarter operating income of $1.135 billion was 9.0 percent higher than a year ago.
  • GAAP EPS from continuing operations were $1.53, up 15.1 percent from last year. Adjusted EPS were $1.53, up 15.9 percent from last year.
  • In the second quarter, Target expects low- to mid-single digit growth in its comparable sales.
  • The midpoint of Target's second quarter EPS guidance of $1.52 to $1.72 represents high single digit growth compared with prior year GAAP EPS from continuing operations and double-digit growth compared with prior year Adjusted EPS.
  • For the fiscal year, Target continues to expect a low- to mid-single digit increase in comparable sales and both GAAP EPS and Adjusted EPS of $5.75 to $6.05.
  • For additional media materials, please visit:
    https://corporate.target.com/article/2019/05/q1-2019-earnings

Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) today announced its first quarter 2019 performance, including first quarter comparable sales growth of 4.8 percent driven by a 4.3 percent increase in comparable traffic.  The Company reported GAAP earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations of $1.53 in first quarter 2019, up 15.1 percent from $1.33 in first quarter 2018.  First quarter Adjusted EPS were $1.53, up 15.9 percent from $1.32 in first quarter 2018. The attached tables provide a reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP measures. All earnings per share figures refer to diluted EPS.

"Target had an outstanding first quarter, as our team delivered a great experience for our guests and drove strong growth in traffic, comparable sales, operating income and earnings per share," said Brian Cornell, Chairman and CEO of Target Corporation. "Over the last two years we have made important investments to build a durable operating and financial model that drives consumer relevance and sustainable growth. Target's first quarter performance and market-share gains demonstrate that the model is working. Throughout this year, we will continue to extend the reach of our same-day fulfillment options, strengthen our portfolio of owned and exclusive brands, remodel and open more stores and invest in our team. We're confident that we're well-positioned to deliver strong financial performance in 2019 and beyond."

Second Quarter and Full-Year 2019 Guidance

Target expects second quarter comparable sales growth in the low- to mid-single digit range, mid-single digit growth in operating income dollars and both GAAP EPS from continuing operations and Adjusted EPS of $1.52 to $1.72.

For full-year 2019, Target continues to expect a low- to mid-single digit increase in comparable sales, a mid-single digit increase in operating income, and both GAAP EPS from continuing operations and Adjusted EPS of $5.75 to $6.05.

Second quarter and full-year 2019 GAAP EPS from continuing operations may include the impact of certain discrete items which will be excluded in calculating Adjusted EPS. The Company is not currently aware of any such discrete items.

Operating Results

Total revenue of $17.6 billion increased 5.0 percent from $16.8 billion last year, reflecting sales growth of 5.1 percent combined with a 0.5 percent increase in other revenue.

First quarter sales growth of 5.1 percent reflected comparable sales growth of 4.8 percent combined with the contribution from non-mature stores. Comparable digital sales grew 42 percent, contributing 2.1 percentage points to comparable sales growth.  Operating income was $1,135 million in first quarter 2019, up 9.0 percent from $1,041 million in 2018.

First quarter operating income margin rate was 6.4 percent in 2019, compared with 6.2 percent in 2018. First quarter gross margin rate was 29.6 percent, compared with 29.8 percent in 2018, reflecting higher digital fulfillment and supply chain costs, partially offset by the benefit of merchandising strategies. First quarter SG&A expense rate was 20.8 percent in 2019, compared with 21.1 percent in 2018. This performance reflected cost savings in technology and a year-over-year timing benefit in marketing expenses, combined with strong expense control across the Company which offset continued pressure from wage growth.

Interest Expense and Taxes from Continuing Operations

The Company's first quarter 2019 net interest expense was $126 million, compared with $121 million last year. First quarter 2019 effective income tax rate from continuing operations was 22.4 percent, compared with 22.6 percent last year.

Shareholder Returns

The Company returned $608 million to shareholders in first quarter 2019, including:

  • Dividends of $330 million, compared with $334 million in first quarter 2018, reflecting a decline in share count partially offset by a 3.2 percent increase in the dividend per share.
  • Share repurchases totaling $277 million that retired 3.6 million shares of common stock at an average price of $76.98.

At the end of the first quarter, the Company had approximately $1.0 billion of remaining capacity under its current $5 billion share repurchase program.

For the trailing twelve months through first quarter 2019, after-tax return on invested capital (ROIC) was 14.3 percent, compared with 15.2 percent for the twelve months through first quarter 2018. Excluding the discrete impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, ROIC was 14.1 percent for the trailing twelve months ended May 4, 2019, compared with 13.5 percent in the comparable prior-year period.  See the tables of this release for additional information about the Company's ROIC calculation.

Conference Call Details

Target will webcast its first quarter earnings conference call at 7:00 a.m. CDT today. Investors and the media are invited to listen to the call at investors.target.com (hover over "investors" then click on "events & presentations"). A telephone replay of the call will be available beginning at approximately 10:30 a.m. CDT today through the end of business on May 24, 2019. The replay number is 866-419-8652.

Miscellaneous

Statements in this release regarding second quarter and full-year 2019 earnings per share, operating income and comparable sales guidance are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially. The most important risks and uncertainties are described in Item 1A of the Company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 2, 2019. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement.

About Target

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at more than 1,800 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5% of its profit to communities, which today equals millions of dollars a week. For the latest store count or for more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit Target.com/abullseyeview or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

TARGET CORPORATION


Consolidated Statements of Operations




Three Months Ended



(millions, except per share data) (unaudited)


May 4,
 2019


May 5,
 2018


Change

Sales


$

17,401



$

16,556



5.1

%

Other revenue


226



225



0.5


Total revenue


17,627



16,781



5.0


Cost of sales


12,248



11,625



5.4


Selling, general and administrative expenses


3,663



3,545



3.3


Depreciation and amortization (exclusive of depreciation included in cost of sales)


581



570



1.9


Operating income


1,135



1,041



9.0


Net interest expense


126



121



3.3


Net other (income) / expense


(12)



(7)



67.0


Earnings from continuing operations before income taxes


1,021



927



10.2


Provision for income taxes


229



210



9.2


Net earnings from continuing operations


792



717



10.5


Discontinued operations, net of tax


3



1




Net earnings


$

795



$

718



10.8

%

Basic earnings per share







Continuing operations


$

1.54



$

1.34



15.1

%

Discontinued operations







Net earnings per share


$

1.54



$

1.34



15.4

%

Diluted earnings per share







Continuing operations


$

1.53



$

1.33



15.1

%

Discontinued operations







Net earnings per share


$

1.53



$

1.33



15.4

%

Weighted average common shares outstanding







Basic


515.7



536.9



(4.0)

%

Diluted


519.5



541.0



(4.0)

%

Antidilutive shares


0.1



2.2




Dividends declared per share


$

0.64



$

0.62



3.2

%

Note: Per share amounts may not foot due to rounding.

 

TARGET CORPORATION


Consolidated Statements of Financial Position


(millions) (unaudited)


May 4,
2019


February 2,
2019


May 5,
2018

Assets







Cash and cash equivalents


$

1,173



$

1,556



$

1,060


Inventory


9,060



9,497



8,652


Other current assets


1,374



1,466



1,164


Total current assets


11,607



12,519



10,876


Property and equipment







Land


6,061



6,064



6,090


Buildings and improvements


29,573



29,240



28,363


Fixtures and equipment


5,401



5,912



5,135


Computer hardware and software


2,553



2,544



2,511


Construction-in-progress


574



460



639


Accumulated depreciation


(18,456)



(18,687)



(17,971)


Property and equipment, net


25,706



25,533



24,767


Operating lease assets


2,019



1,965



1,958


Other noncurrent assets


1,287



1,273



1,328


Total assets


$

40,619



$

41,290



$

38,929


Liabilities and shareholders' investment







Accounts payable


$

8,360



$

9,761



$

8,131


Accrued and other current liabilities


3,823



4,201



3,630


Current portion of long-term debt and other borrowings


1,056



1,052



283


Total current liabilities


13,239



15,014



12,044


Long-term debt and other borrowings


11,357



10,223



11,107


Noncurrent operating lease liabilities


2,064



2,004



2,007


Deferred income taxes


1,034



972



744


Other noncurrent liabilities


1,808



1,780



1,869


Total noncurrent liabilities


16,263



14,979



15,727


Shareholders' investment







Common stock


43



43



44


Additional paid-in capital


5,908



6,042



5,664


Retained earnings


5,958



6,017



6,187


Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(792)



(805)



(737)


Total shareholders' investment


11,117



11,297



11,158


Total liabilities and shareholders' investment


$

40,619



$

41,290



$

38,929


Common Stock Authorized 6,000,000,000 shares, $0.0833 par value; 512,312,434, 517,761,600 and 532,916,612 shares issued and outstanding at May 4, 2019, February 2, 2019, and May 5, 2018, respectively.


Preferred Stock Authorized 5,000,000 shares, $0.01 par value; no shares were issued or outstanding during any period presented.


 

TARGET CORPORATION


Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows




Three Months Ended

(millions) (unaudited)


May 4,
2019


May 5,
2018

Operating activities





Net earnings


$

795



$

718


Earnings from discontinued operations, net of tax


3



1


Net earnings from continuing operations


792



717


Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to cash provided by operations





Depreciation and amortization


644



631


Share-based compensation expense


46



42


Deferred income taxes


59



48


Noncash losses / (gains) and other, net


10



40


Changes in operating accounts





Inventory


438



(55)


Other assets


17



26


Accounts payable


(1,402)



(604)


Accrued and other liabilities


(281)



(333)


Cash provided by operating activities—continuing operations


323



512


Cash provided by operating activities—discontinued operations




2


Cash provided by operations


323



514


Investing activities





Expenditures for property and equipment


(655)



(827)


Proceeds from disposal of property and equipment


5



4


Other investments


1



5


Cash required for investing activities


(649)



(818)


Financing activities





Additions to long-term debt


994




Reductions of long-term debt


(13)



(12)


Dividends paid


(330)



(334)


Repurchase of stock


(320)



(524)


Accelerated share repurchase pending final settlement


(400)



(425)


Stock option exercises


12



16


Cash required for financing activities


(57)



(1,279)


Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents


(383)



(1,583)


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


1,556



2,643


Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$

1,173



$

1,060



 

TARGET CORPORATION


Operating Results



Three Months Ended

Rate Analysis

(unaudited)

May 4,
2019


May 5,
2018

Gross margin rate

29.6

%


29.8

%

SG&A expense rate

20.8



21.1


Depreciation and amortization (exclusive of depreciation included in cost of sales) expense rate

3.3



3.4


Operating income margin rate

6.4



6.2


Note:  Gross margin rate is calculated as gross margin (sales less cost of sales) divided by sales. All other rates are calculated by dividing the applicable amount by total revenue. Other revenue includes $160 million and $167 million of profit-sharing income under our credit card program agreement for the three months ended May 4, 2019, and May 5, 2018, respectively.




Three Months Ended

Comparable Sales

(unaudited)

May 4,
 2019


May 5,
 2018

Comparable sales change

4.8

%


3.0

%

Drivers of change in comparable sales




Number of transactions

4.3



3.7


Average transaction amount

0.5



(0.6)


Note: Amounts may not foot due to rounding.



Contribution to Comparable Sales Change

(unaudited)

Three Months Ended

May 4,
2019


May 5,
2018

Stores channel comparable sales change

2.7

%


1.9

%

Digital channel contribution to comparable sales change

2.1



1.1


Total comparable sales change

4.8

%


3.0

%

Note: Amounts may not foot due to rounding.




Three Months Ended

Sales by Channel

(unaudited)

May 4,
 2019


May 5,
 2018

Stores originated

92.9

%


94.8

%

Digitally originated

7.1



5.2


Total

100

%


100

%




Three Months Ended

REDcard Penetration

(unaudited)

May 4,
 2019


May 5,
 2018

Target Debit Card

13.1

%


13.5

%

Target Credit Cards

10.4



10.6


Total REDcard Penetration

23.5

%


24.1

%

Note: Amounts may not foot due to rounding.



Number of Stores and Retail Square Feet

(unaudited)

Number of Stores


Retail Square Feet (a)

May 4,
 2019

February 2,
 2019

May 5,
 2018


May 4,
 2019

February 2,
 2019

May 5,
 2018

170,000 or more sq. ft.

272


272


274



48,603


48,604


48,951


50,000 to 169,999 sq. ft.

1,501


1,501


1,502



188,918


188,900


189,258


49,999 or less sq. ft.

78


71


53



2,276


2,077


1,477


Total

1,851


1,844


1,829



239,797


239,581


239,686


(a)

In thousands, reflects total square feet less office, distribution center, and vacant space.

TARGET CORPORATION

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To provide additional transparency, we have disclosed non-GAAP adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations (Adjusted EPS). This metric excludes certain items presented below. We believe this information is useful in providing period-to-period comparisons of the results of our continuing operations. This measure is not in accordance with, or an alternative to, generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP). The most comparable GAAP measure is diluted earnings per share from continuing operations (GAAP EPS). Adjusted EPS should not be considered in isolation or as a substitution for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Other companies may calculate Adjusted EPS differently, limiting the usefulness of the measure for comparisons with other companies.



Three Months Ended





May 4, 2019


May 5, 2018



(millions, except per share data) (unaudited)


Pretax


Net of Tax


Per Share Amounts


Pretax


Net of Tax


Per Share Amounts


Change

GAAP diluted earnings per share from continuing operations






$

1.53







$

1.33



15.1

%

Adjustments















Income tax matters (a)


$



$



$



$



$

(5)



$

(0.01)




Adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations






$

1.53







$

1.32



15.9

%

Note: Amounts may not foot due to rounding.

(a)

Represents certain income tax matters not related to current period operations.

Earnings from continuing operations before interest expense and income taxes (EBIT) and earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) are non-GAAP financial measures which we believe provide meaningful information about our operational efficiency compared with our competitors by excluding the impact of differences in tax jurisdictions and structures, debt levels, and for EBITDA, capital investment. These measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative to, GAAP. The most comparable GAAP measure is net earnings from continuing operations. EBIT and EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitution for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Other companies may calculate EBIT and EBITDA differently, limiting the usefulness of the measure for comparisons with other companies.

EBIT and EBITDA


Three Months Ended



 

(millions) (unaudited)


May 4,
 2019


May 5,
 2018


Change

Net earnings from continuing operations


$

792



$

717



10.5

%

+ Provision for income taxes


229



210



9.2


+ Net interest expense


126



121



3.3


EBIT


$

1,147



$

1,048



9.4

%

+ Total depreciation and amortization (a)


644



631



2.0


EBITDA


$

1,791



$

1,679



6.6

%

(a)

Represents total depreciation and amortization, including amounts classified within Depreciation and Amortization and within Cost of Sales.

We have also disclosed after-tax return on invested capital from continuing operations (ROIC), which is a ratio based on GAAP information. We believe this metric is useful in assessing the effectiveness of our capital allocation over time. Other companies may calculate ROIC differently, limiting the usefulness of the measure for comparisons with other companies.

After-Tax Return on Invested Capital





(dollars in millions) (unaudited)









Trailing Twelve Months





Numerator


May 4,
2019


May 5,
2018 (a)





Operating income


$

4,204



$

4,110






+ Net other income / (expense)


33



51






EBIT


4,237



4,161






+ Operating lease interest (b)


84



80






- Income taxes (c)(d)


878



692






Net operating profit after taxes


$

3,443



$

3,549




















Denominator


May 4,
2019


May 5,
2018


April 29,
2017

Current portion of long-term debt and other borrowings


$

1,056



$

283



$

1,729


+ Noncurrent portion of long-term debt


11,357



11,107



10,916


+ Shareholders' equity


11,117



11,158



10,979


+ Operating lease liabilities (e)


2,231



2,157



2,049


- Cash and cash equivalents


1,173



1,060



2,680


- Net assets of discontinued operations (f)






17


Invested capital


$

24,588



$

23,645



$

22,976


Average invested capital (g)


$

24,116



$

23,310

















After-tax return on invested capital (d)



14.3

%



15.2

%





After-tax return on invested capital excluding discrete impacts of Tax Act (d)



14.1

%



13.5

%





(a) 

Consisted of 53 weeks.

(b)

Represents the add-back to operating income driven by the hypothetical interest expense we would incur if the property under our operating leases were owned or accounted for as finance leases. Calculated using the discount rate for each lease and recorded as a component of rent expense within SG&A Expenses. Operating lease interest is added back to Operating Income in the ROIC calculation to control for differences in capital structure between us and our competitors.

(c)

Calculated using the effective tax rates for continuing operations, which were 20.3 percent and 16.3 percent for the trailing twelve months ended May 4, 2019, and May 5, 2018, respectively. For the trailing twelve months ended May 4, 2019, and May 5, 2018, includes tax effect of $861 million and $679 million, respectively, related to EBIT, and $17 million and $13 million, respectively, related to operating lease interest.

(d)

The effective tax rate for the trailing twelve months ended May 4, 2019, and May 5, 2018, includes discrete tax benefits of $36 million and $343 million related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Tax Act).

(e)

Total short-term and long-term operating lease liabilities included within Accrued and Other Current Liabilities and Noncurrent Operating Lease Liabilities.

(f)

Included in Other Assets and Liabilities.

(g) 

Average based on the invested capital at the end of the current period and the invested capital at the end of the comparable prior period.

 

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