TJX
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TJX Companies
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Earnings Details
3rd Quarter October 2020
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 7:30:00 AM
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TJX Companies Beats

TJX Companies (TJX) reported 3rd Quarter October 2020 earnings of $0.71 per share on revenue of $10.1 billion. The consensus earnings estimate was $0.41 per share on revenue of $9.3 billion. The Earnings Whisper number was $0.43 per share. Revenue fell 3.2% compared to the same quarter a year ago.

TJX Companies is an off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the United States and around the globe. Its stores offer family apparel, including footwear & accessories; home fashions, such as home basics, accent furniture, lamps, rugs, etc.

Results
Reported Earnings
$0.71
Earnings Whisper
$0.43
Consensus Estimate
$0.41
Reported Revenue
$10.12 Bil
Revenue Estimate
$9.30 Bil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
Power Rating
Grade
Earnings Release

The TJX Companies, Inc. Reports Q3 FY21 Results; Reports Above-Plan Overall Open-Only Comp Store Sales of Down 5%; Earnings Per Share of $.71; Plans to Reinstate Payment of Quarterly Dividend at Increased Rate of $.26 Per Share

  • Reported Q3 FY21 net sales of $10.1 billion
  • Q3 FY21 overall open-only comp store sales decreased 5%, which was well above the Company’s plans
  • Q3 FY21 diluted earnings per share were $.71, which was well above the Company’s plans
  • Generated $4.1 billion of operating cash flow and ended Q3 FY21 with $10.6 billion of cash
  • Plans to reinstate payment of its quarterly dividend, subject to approval by the Company’s Board of Directors, at an increased rate of $.26 per share

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TJX), the leading off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the U.S. and worldwide, today announced sales and operating results for the third quarter ended October 31, 2020. Net sales for the third quarter of Fiscal 2021 were $10.1 billion. Overall open-only comp store sales (defined below) were down 5% versus last year. Net income for the third quarter was $867 million and diluted earnings per share were $.71 versus $.68 in the prior year. The Company’s lower tax rate in the third quarter of Fiscal 2021 resulted in an increase in earnings per share of approximately $.09 compared to the prior year. The lower tax rate was primarily due to a true-up of the Company’s year-to-date tax rate as well as the shifting of income and loss positions across the Company’s operating jurisdictions.

For the first nine months of Fiscal 2021, net sales were $21.2 billion. Net loss was ($235) million and loss per share was ($.20). The Company’s results for the first nine months of Fiscal 2021 were negatively impacted by the temporary closure of its stores for approximately 27% of the first nine months of the year due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

CEO and President Comments

Ernie Herrman, Chief Executive Officer and President of The TJX Companies, Inc., stated, “Our third quarter results significantly exceeded our plans on both the top and bottom lines as consumers were drawn to our compelling brands and values. This is such a great testament to our global Associates. I am particularly proud of their dedication to our health and safety protocols for Associates and customers, and grateful to our store, distribution and fulfillment center Associates who are physically coming into work to keep our business open. All of our divisions drove sales above our plans, and our home, beauty, and activewear businesses outperformed at Marmaxx, TJX Canada, and TJX International. At HomeGoods, we delivered another quarter of double-digit open-only comp store sales growth. To both leverage our strength in the home category and capitalize on our market share growth opportunities, we are pleased to share that we plan to rollout e-commerce on HomeGoods.com later next year. As we begin the fourth quarter, while significant uncertainty around COVID-19 remains, we are as focused as ever on bringing consumers exciting gift selections at excellent values. We plan to ship fresh assortments to our stores and online throughout the holiday selling season. Longer term, when we are past this health crisis, we are very confident that we will continue to gain more customers and drive the successful growth of TJX well into the future.”

Margins

For the third quarter of Fiscal 2021, the Company’s consolidated pretax profit margin was 10.0%, a 0.7 percentage point decrease versus the prior year’s 10.7%. The Company’s very strong merchandise margin increase was more than offset by significant operating costs related to COVID-19 and expense deleverage on the year-over-year sales decline.

Cash and Dividend Update

During the third quarter, the Company generated $4.1 billion of operating cash flow and ended the quarter with $10.6 billion of cash. With the Company’s strong liquidity position, TJX announced today that it expects to reinstate a quarterly dividend in the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2021, subject to the approval of the Company’s Board of Directors. The Company expects a quarterly dividend on its common stock of $.26 per share to be declared in December 2020 and payable in March 2021. This would represent a 13% increase in the per share dividend compared to the Company’s previous dividend paid in March of 2020.

Temporary Store Closings

The Company currently has approximately 470 stores that are temporarily closed due to local government mandates in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The vast majority of these stores are located in Europe. The Company’s tkmaxx.com e-commerce business in the U.K. remains open.

Open-Only Comp Store Sales

Due to the temporary closing of stores as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Company’s historical definition of comp store sales is not applicable this quarter. In order to provide a performance indicator for its stores as they reopen, the Company is temporarily reporting a new sales measure: open-only comp store sales. Open-only comp store sales includes stores initially classified as comp stores at the beginning of Fiscal 2021 that have had to temporarily close due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This measure reports the sales increase or decrease of these stores for the days the stores were open in the current period against sales for the same days in the prior year.

Sales by Business Segment

The Company’s open-only comp store sales and net sales by division, in the third quarter, were as follows:

 

Third Quarter
Open-Only Comp
Store Sales
1,2

 

Third Quarter
Net Sales
($ in millions)3,4

 

 

FY2021

FY2020

 

 

 

 

Marmaxx (U.S.)5,6

-10%

$5,785

$6,354

HomeGoods (U.S.)7

+15%

$1,876

$1,582

TJX Canada

-7%

$1,028

$1,082

TJX International (Europe & Australia)

-6%

$1,429

$1,433

 

 

 

 

TJX

-5%

$10,117

$10,451

1Open-only comparable store sales outside the U.S. calculated on a constant currency basis, which removes the effect of changes in currency exchange rates. 2Open-only comparable store sales exclude e-commerce sites (tjmaxx.com, marshalls.com, sierra.com, and tkmaxx.com) and include Sierra stores. 3Net sales in TJX Canada and TJX International include the impact of foreign currency exchange rates. 4Figures may not foot due to rounding. 5Combination of T.J. Maxx and Marshalls. 6Net sales include Sierra’s e-commerce and store sales. 7Includes Homesense stores in the U.S.

Q3 FY21 Inventory

Total inventories as of October 31, 2020, were $5.0 billion, compared with $6.3 billion at the end of the third quarter last year. The year-over-year decline in balance sheet inventory was due to a combination of factors, including lower planned store inventory levels, stronger than expected third quarter sales, and merchandise delivery delays due to continued bottlenecks in the supply chain. Overall product availability in the marketplace remains excellent and the Company continues to shift its buying towards the categories that have had the strongest demand since reopening. The Company is well positioned to ship a fresh assortment of gifts to its stores and online throughout the holiday season.

Outlook

For the first two weeks of the fourth quarter, overall open-only comp store sales were down 7%, similar to the trend the Company saw during the last week of October. Due to the increasing uncertainty of the current environment and the difficulty in forecasting the impact of the global pandemic on temporary store closures and consumer behavior, demand, and traffic, the Company is not providing guidance at this time.

Stores by Concept

During the third quarter ended October 31, 2020, the Company increased its store count by 17 stores to a total of 4,574 stores and increased square footage by 1% over the same period last year.

 

Store Locations1

Gross Square Feet2

 

Third Quarter

Third Quarter

 

 

(in millions)

 

Beginning

End

Beginning

End

In the U.S.:

 

 

 

 

T.J. Maxx

1,271

1,272

34.8

34.8

Marshalls

1,134

1,134

32.5

32.4

HomeGoods

818

821

19.0

19.1

Sierra

46

48

1.0

1.0

Homesense

34

34

0.9

0.9

In Canada:

 

 

 

 

Winners

279

280

7.6

7.7

HomeSense

141

143

3.2

3.3

Marshalls

102

102

2.7

2.7

In Europe:

 

 

 

 

T.K. Maxx

597

602

16.8

16.9

Homesense

78

78

1.5

1.5

In Australia:

 

 

 

 

T.K. Maxx

57

60

1.2

1.3

 

 

 

 

 

TJX

4,557

4,574

121.3

121.7

1Store counts above include both banners within a combo or a superstore. Includes stores that were or are temporarily closed due to COVID-19.
2Square feet figures may not foot due to rounding.

About The TJX Companies, Inc.

The TJX Companies, Inc. is the leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S. and worldwide. As of October 31, 2020, the end of the Company’s third quarter, the Company operated a total of 4,574 stores in nine countries, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Austria, the Netherlands, and Australia, and four e-commerce sites. These include 1,272 T.J. Maxx, 1,134 Marshalls, 821 HomeGoods, 48 Sierra, and 34 Homesense stores, as well as tjmaxx.com, marshalls.com, and sierra.com in the United States; 280 Winners, 143 HomeSense, and 102 Marshalls stores in Canada; 602 T.K. Maxx and 78 Homesense stores, as well as tkmaxx.com, in Europe; and 60 T.K. Maxx stores in Australia. TJX’s press releases and financial information are available at TJX.com.

Fiscal 2021 Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call

At 11:00 a.m. ET today, Ernie Herrman, Chief Executive Officer and President of TJX, will hold a conference call to discuss the Company’s third quarter Fiscal 2021 results, operations, and business trends. A real-time webcast of the call will be available to the public at TJX.com. A replay of the call will also be available by dialing (866) 367-5577 (U.S. only) or (203) 369-0233 through Wednesday, November 25, 2020, or at TJX.com.

Important Information at Website

Archived versions of the Company’s conference calls are available in the Investors section of TJX.com after they are no longer available by telephone, as are reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP financial measures and other financial information. The Company routinely posts information that may be important to investors in the Investors section at TJX.com. The Company encourages investors to consult that section of its website regularly.

Forward-looking Statement

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995: Various statements made in this release are forward-looking and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. All statements that address activities, events or developments that we intend, expect or believe may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. The following are some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements: execution of buying strategy and inventory management; operational and business expansion and management of large size and scale; customer trends and preferences; various marketing efforts; competition; economic conditions and consumer spending; the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic and associated containment and remediation efforts; labor costs and workforce challenges; personnel recruitment, training and retention; data security and maintenance and development of information technology systems; corporate and retail banner reputation; quality, safety and other issues with our merchandise; compliance with laws, regulations and orders and changes in laws, regulations and applicable accounting standards; serious disruptions or catastrophic events and adverse or unseasonable weather; expanding international operations; merchandise sourcing and transport; commodity availability and pricing; fluctuations in currency exchange rates; fluctuations in quarterly operating results and market expectations; mergers, acquisitions, or business investments and divestitures, closings or business consolidations; outcomes of litigation, legal proceedings and other legal or regulatory matters; disproportionate impact of disruptions in the second half of the fiscal year; cash flow; inventory or asset loss; tax matters; real estate activities; and other factors that may be described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We do not undertake to publicly update or revise our forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied in such statements will not be realized.

The TJX Companies, Inc. and Consolidated Subsidiaries

Financial Summary

(Unaudited)

(In Thousands Except Per Share Amounts)

 

 

Thirteen Weeks Ended

 

Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended

 

October 31,
2020

 

November 2,
2019

 

October 31,
2020

 

November 2,
2019

 

 

 

 

 

Net sales

$

10,117,289

 

$

10,451,334

 

$

21,193,752

 

$

29,510,515

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales, including buying and occupancy costs

7,062,285

 

7,440,033

 

16,651,240

 

21,103,975

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

1,986,128

 

1,885,923

 

4,827,816

 

5,319,659

 

Interest expense, net

52,884

 

3,259

 

133,571

 

6,973

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

1,015,992

 

1,122,119

 

(418,875

)

3,079,908

 

(Provision) benefit for income taxes

(149,336

)

(293,856

)

183,822

 

(792,505

)

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

$

866,656

 

$

828,263

 

$

(235,053

)

$

2,287,403

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings (loss) per share

$

0.71

 

$

0.68

 

$

(0.20

)

$

1.86

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash dividends declared per share

$

 

$

0.23

 

$

 

$

0.69

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average common shares – diluted

1,214,195

 

1,224,288

 

1,198,798

 

1,228,903

 

The TJX Companies, Inc. and Consolidated Subsidiaries

Condensed Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)

(In Millions)

 

 

October 31,
2020

November 2,
2019

 

 

 

ASSETS

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

10,582.0

 

$

2,060.2

 

Accounts receivable and other current assets

888.8

 

857.2

 

Merchandise inventories

4,997.5

 

6,274.8

 

Federal, state and foreign income taxes recoverable

185.6

 

182.4

 

 

 

 

Total current assets

16,653.9

 

9,374.6

 

 

 

 

Net property at cost

5,004.8

 

5,251.0

 

 

 

 

Operating lease right of use assets

9,028.7

 

9,069.1

 

Goodwill

96.7

 

96.3

 

Other assets

781.4

 

497.7

 

 

 

 

TOTAL ASSETS

$

31,565.5

 

$

24,288.7

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

Accounts payable

$

6,142.5

 

$

3,447.4

 

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

3,275.1

 

2,827.4

 

Current portion of operating lease liabilities

1,650.2

 

1,412.3

 

Current portion of long-term debt

749.4

 

 

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

11,817.2

 

7,687.1

 

 

 

 

Other long-term liabilities

860.5

 

797.6

 

Non-current deferred income taxes, net

78.0

 

203.5

 

Long-term operating lease liabilities

7,795.8

 

7,822.1

 

Long-term debt

5,447.2

 

2,235.9

 

 

 

 

Shareholders’ equity

5,566.8

 

5,542.5

 

 

 

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

$

31,565.5

 

$

24,288.7

 

 

 

 

The TJX Companies, Inc. and Consolidated Subsidiaries

Condensed Statements of Cash Flows

(Unaudited)

(In Millions)

 

 

Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended

 

October 31,
2020

November 2,
2019

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

Net (loss) income

$

(235.1

)

$

2,287.4

 

Depreciation and amortization

658.5

 

647.4

 

Deferred income tax (benefit) provision

(113.0

)

42.1

 

Share-based compensation

58.9

 

86.6

 

(Increase) in accounts receivable and other assets

(130.3

)

(161.8

)

(Increase) in merchandise inventories

(134.9

)

(1,701.7

)

(Increase) in income taxes recoverable

(138.7

)

(169.6

)

Increase in accounts payable

3,464.3

 

805.8

 

Increase in accrued expenses and other liabilities

570.4

 

2.2

 

Increase in net operating lease liabilities

226.9

 

32.1

 

Other

49.8

 

3.1

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

4,276.8

 

1,873.6

 

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

Property additions

(433.6

)

(992.7

)

Purchase of investments

(24.5

)

(24.1

)

Sales and maturities of investments

13.9

 

11.6

 

Other

 

7.4

 

Net cash (used in) investing activities

(444.2

)

(997.8

)

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

Cash payments on revolving credit facilities

(1,000.0

)

 

Proceeds from long-term debt

4,988.5

 

 

Cash payments for debt issuance expenses

(33.9

)

 

Cash payments for repurchase of common stock

(201.5

)

(1,190.4

)

Cash dividends paid

(278.3

)

(795.1

)

Proceeds from issuance of common stock

87.7

 

175.3

 

Cash payments of employee tax withholdings for performance based stock awards

(21.8

)

(23.3

)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

3,540.7

 

(1,833.5

)

 

 

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

(8.1

)

(12.3

)

 

 

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

7,365.2

 

(970.0

)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

3,216.8

 

3,030.2

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

10,582.0

 

$

2,060.2

 

The TJX Companies, Inc. and Consolidated Subsidiaries

Selected Information by Major Business Segment

(Unaudited)

(In Thousands)

 

 

Thirteen Weeks Ended

 

Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended

 

October 31,
2020

 

November 2,
2019

 

October 31,
2020

 

November 2,
2019

Net sales:

 

 

 

 

In the United States:

 

 

 

 

Marmaxx

$

5,784,753

 

$

6,353,987

 

$

12,441,872

 

$

18,262,444

 

HomeGoods

1,875,641

 

1,582,411

 

3,871,479

 

4,404,112

 

TJX Canada

1,027,828

 

1,081,522

 

1,999,382

 

2,896,717

 

TJX International

1,429,067

 

1,433,414

 

2,881,019

 

3,947,242

 

Total net sales

$

10,117,289

 

$

10,451,334

 

$

21,193,752

 

$

29,510,515

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment profit (loss):

 

 

 

 

In the United States:

 

 

 

 

Marmaxx

$

665,070

 

$

820,430

 

$

55,872

 

$

2,471,622

 

HomeGoods

291,209

 

173,212

 

235,082

 

438,939

 

TJX Canada

176,520

 

170,264

 

101,304

 

385,513

 

TJX International

86,576

 

99,397

 

(303,303

)

178,343

 

Total segment profit

1,219,375

 

1,263,303

 

88,955

 

3,474,417

 

 

 

 

 

 

General corporate expense

150,499

 

137,925

 

374,259

 

387,536

 

Interest expense, net

52,884

 

3,259

 

133,571

 

6,973

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

$

1,015,992

 

$

1,122,119

 

$

(418,875

)

$

3,079,908

 

The TJX Companies, Inc. and Consolidated Subsidiaries
Notes to Consolidated Condensed Statements

  1. In December 2019, a novel coronavirus ("COVID-19") emerged and spread worldwide. The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic in March 2020, resulting in federal, state and local governments and private entities mandating various restrictions, including travel restrictions, restrictions on public gatherings, stay at home orders and advisories and quarantine or isolation protocols for those who may have been exposed to the virus. In March 2020, the Company temporarily closed all of its stores, its online businesses, its distribution centers and its offices, with Associates working remotely where possible. In May 2020, the Company began reopening stores and by the end of the second quarter, more than 4,500 of the Company’s worldwide stores, and each of its online businesses had reopened. As of November 18, 2020, the Company has approximately 470 stores that are temporarily closed due to local government mandates in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, primarily located in Europe. The Company’s tkmaxx.com e-commerce business in the U.K. remains open. These and other factors have had and may continue to have a material impact on our business, results of operations, financial position and cash flows.
  2. The Company has taken several steps to further strengthen our financial position and balance sheet, and maintain financial liquidity and flexibility, including suspending our share repurchase program, reviewing operating expenses, evaluating, and in some cases, extending merchandise payment terms, reducing capital expenditures, negotiating rent deferrals for a significant number of stores and not declaring a dividend in the first nine months of fiscal 2021. In April 2020 the Company issued $4.0 billion in aggregate principal long-term debt. In August 2020, the Company increased its borrowing capacity under revolving credit facilities with a new $500.0 million facility, making a total of $1.5 billion available to the Company.
  3. On November 18, 2020, TJX announced that it expects to reinstate a quarterly dividend in the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2021, subject to the approval of the Company’s Board of Directors. The Company expects a quarterly dividend on its common stock of $0.26 per share to be declared in December 2020 and payable in March 2021.
  4. Prior to the suspension of the share buyback program, TJX repurchased and retired 3.2 million shares of its common stock at a cost of $190 million on a "trade date" basis. TJX records the repurchase of its stock on a cash basis, and the amounts reflected in the financial statements may vary from the above amounts due to the timing of settlement of repurchases. In February 2020, the Company announced that its Board of Directors had approved a new stock repurchase program that authorizes the repurchase of up to an additional $1.5 billion of TJX common stock from time to time. As of October 31, 2020, the Company had approximately $3.0 billion available under this and previously announced stock repurchase programs.
  5. For the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2020, as a result of net losses, all options have been excluded from the calculation of diluted earnings per share and therefore there was no difference in the weighted average number of common shares for basic and diluted loss per share as the effect of all potentially dilutive shares outstanding would have been anti-dilutive.

 

Debra McConnell
Global Communications
(508) 390-2323

Source: The TJX Companies, Inc.