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Foot Locker, Inc. Reports 2018 Second Quarter Results

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Foot Locker, Inc. Reports 2018 Second Quarter Results

- Net Income of $88 Million, or $0.75 Per Share

- Comparable-Store Sales Increased 0.5 Percent

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NEW YORK, Aug. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE:FL), the New York-based specialty athletic retailer, reported today financial results for its second quarter ended August 4, 2018.

Second Quarter Results 
Net income for the Company's second quarter ended August 4, 2018 was $88 million, or $0.75 per share, compared to net income of $51 million, or $0.39 per share in the same period of fiscal 2017. 

Second quarter comparable store sales increased 0.5 percent.  Total second quarter sales increased 4.8 percent, to $1,782 million this year, compared to sales of $1,701 million for the corresponding prior-year period.  Excluding the effect of foreign exchange rate fluctuations, total sales for the second quarter increased 3.9 percent.  The Company's gross margin rate increased to 30.2 percent from 29.6 percent a year ago, while the SG&A expense rate increased to 21.3 percent from 19.9 percent in the second quarter of 2017.

"Our performance reflects the work we are doing on several fronts to position the Company to succeed in a rapidly evolving retail environment," said Richard Johnson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  "We remain optimistic that our improving product flow and depth in premium styles positions us to deliver stronger comparable sales growth in the second half of 2018."

Lauren Peters, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, added "We are encouraged by the results we delivered, including a return to growth on the top line combined with gross margin expansion. We maintained our disciplined approach to inventory management in the second quarter, which is enabling us to flow improving merchandise assortments into the business for back-to-school and the holidays." 

Non-GAAP Adjustments 
During the second quarter, the Company recorded an incremental $3 million pre-tax charge related to the Company's previously-disclosed pension litigation.  The Company also recorded $2 million of tax benefits related to 1) an adjustment to the levy for the deemed repatriation of offshore earnings, and 2) changes in regulations which required the Company to record a reduction in tax expense related to foreign currency translation gains and losses of foreign businesses operated as branches.  Excluding these items, the Company earned $0.75 per share during the second quarter on a non-GAAP basis, a 21 percent increase over the non-GAAP earnings of $0.62 per share in the comparable 13-week period in 2017.  A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results is included in the tables below.

Year-To-Date Results 
Net income for the Company's first six months of the year increased to $253 million, or $2.14 per share on a GAAP basis, compared to net income of $231 million, or $1.74 per share, for the corresponding period in 2017.  On a non-GAAP basis, earnings per share for the six-month period totaled $2.21, a 12 percent increase compared to the same period in 2017.  Year-to-date sales were $3,807 million, an increase of 2.8 percent compared to sales of $3,702 million in the corresponding six-month period of 2017.  Year-to-date comparable store sales decreased 1.2 percent, while total year-to-date sales, excluding the effect of foreign currency fluctuations, increased 0.9 percent.

Financial Position 
As of August 4, 2018, the Company's merchandise inventories were $1,254 million, 2.8 percent lower than at the end of the second quarter last year.  Using constant currencies, inventory decreased 2.4 percent. 

The Company's cash totaled $950 million, while the debt on its balance sheet was $124 million.  The Company repurchased approximately 1.8 million shares for $93 million during the quarter and paid a quarterly dividend of $0.345 per share, spending $40 million.

Store Base Update 
During the second quarter, the Company opened 13 new stores, remodeled or relocated 33 stores, and closed 21 stores.  As of August 4, 2018, the Company operated 3,276 stores in 24 countries in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.  In addition, 107 franchised Foot Locker stores were operating in the Middle East, as well as 10 franchised Runners Point stores in Germany.

The Company is hosting a live conference call at 9:00 a.m. (EDT) today, August 24, 2018, to review these results and discuss the outlook for the remainder of 2018. This conference call may be accessed live by dialing 1-800-936-2724 (U.S. and Canada) or +44 203-107-0289 (International), with the passcode 2282987, 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. An archived replay of the conference call can be accessed approximately two hours following the end of the call at 1-855-859-2056 (U.S. and Canada) or +1 404-537-3406 (International) with passcode 2282987 through September 7, 2018. A replay of the call will also be available via webcast from the same Investor Relations section of the Foot Locker, Inc. website at http://www.footlocker-inc.com.

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 Company's 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 Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

These forward-looking statements are based largely on our expectations and judgments and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are unforeseeable and beyond our control. For additional discussion on risks and uncertainties that may affect forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" disclosed in the 2017 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.

 

Foot Locker, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(unaudited)

Periods ended August 4, 2018 and July 29, 2017

(In millions, except per share amounts)



















Second Quarter



Year-to-Date





2018



2017



2018



2017

Sales 



$

1,782


$

1,701


$

3,807


$

3,702















Cost of sales




1,243



1,198



2,602



2,519

SG&A




380



339



765



710

Depreciation and amortization




44



42



89



83

Litigation and other charges




3



50



15



50

Income from operations




112



72



336



340















Interest income, net




(1)



(1)



(3)



(1)

Other income




(2)





(5)



(1)

Income before income taxes




115



73



344



342

Income tax expense




27



22



91



111

Net income 



$

88


$

51


$

253


$

231















Diluted EPS



$

0.75


$

0.39


$

2.14


$

1.74

Weighted-average diluted shares outstanding




117.1



132.0



118.1



132.3

 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to reporting the Company's financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), the Company reports certain financial results that differ from what is reported under GAAP. In the following table, we have presented certain financial measures identified as non-GAAP, such as adjusted income before income taxes, adjusted net income, and adjusted diluted earnings per share. We present these non-GAAP measures because we believe they assist investors in comparing our performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that we do not believe are indicative of our core business or which affect comparability. In addition, these non-GAAP measures are useful in assessing our progress in achieving our long-term financial objectives.

Also, we present certain amounts as excluding the effects of foreign currency fluctuations, which are also considered non-GAAP measures. Where amounts are expressed as excluding the effects of foreign currency fluctuations, such changes are determined by translating all amounts in both years using the prior-year average foreign exchange rates. Presenting amounts on a constant currency basis is useful to investors because it enables them to better understand the changes in our businesses that are not related to currency movements.

The non-GAAP financial information is provided in addition to, and not as an alternative to, our reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP.

 

Foot Locker, Inc.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures

(unaudited)

Periods ended August 4, 2018 and July 29, 2017

(In millions, except per share amounts)


Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results:















Second Quarter


Year-to-Date


2018


2017


2018


2017



Sales

$

1,782


$

1,701


$

3,807


$

3,702













Pre-tax income:












Income before income taxes

$

115


$

73


$

344


$

342

Pre-tax adjustments excluded from GAAP:












Litigation and other charges (1)


3



50



15



50

Adjusted income before income taxes (non-GAAP)

$

118


$

123


$

359


$

392













After-tax income:












Net income

$

88


$

51


$

253


$

231

After-tax adjustments excluded from GAAP:












Litigation and other charges, net of income tax benefit of $1, $20, $4 and $20
million, respectively (1)


2



30



11



30

U.S. tax reform (2)


(1)





(1)



Tax benefit related to enacted change in foreign branch currency regulations (3)


(1)





(1)



Adjusted net income (non-GAAP)

$

88


$

81


$

262


$

261













Earnings per share:












Diluted EPS

$

0.75


$

0.39


$

2.14


$

1.74

Diluted EPS amounts excluded from GAAP:












Litigation and other charges (1)


0.02



0.23



0.09



0.23

U.S. tax reform (2)


(0.01)





(0.01)



Tax benefit related to enacted change in foreign branch currency regulations (3)


(0.01)





(0.01)



Adjusted diluted EPS (non-GAAP)

$

0.75


$

0.62


$

2.21


$

1.97

 

Notes on Non-GAAP Adjustments:



(1)

The Company recorded pre-tax charges of $3 million and $15 million in the thirteen and twenty-six weeks ended August 4, 2018, respectively, in connection with its U.S. retirement plan litigation and required plan reformation.  A pre-tax charge of $50 million was recorded in the thirteen and twenty-six weeks ended July 29, 2017 related to the same matter. As disclosed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, the Company must reform the pension plan and the amount accrued will continue to increase with interest until paid, as mandated by the provisions of the required plan reformation. Accordingly, during the twenty-six weeks ended August 4, 2018, the Company recorded charges totaling $6 million representing this increase. Additionally, the amount accrued was increased during the first quarter of 2018 by $7 million reflecting updated estimates of the cost of reformation.  Finally, we incurred $2 million in administrative costs associated with the reformation during the twenty-six weeks ended August 4, 2018.

 

The Company applied a marginal tax rate on the non-GAAP adjustment.

 

(2)

On December 22, 2017, the United States enacted tax reform legislation that included a broad range of business tax provisions. The Company recognized, during the fourth quarter of 2017, a $99 million provisional charge for the mandatory deemed repatriation of foreign sourced net earnings and a corresponding change in our permanent reinvestment assertion under ASC 740-30. During the second quarter of 2018, the Company revised its provisional amount by approximately $1 million. Our accounting for the new legislation is not complete and we have made reasonable estimates for some tax provisions and will continue to make and refine calculations as additional analysis is completed.

 

We exclude the discrete U.S. tax reform effect from our adjusted diluted EPS as it does not reflect our ongoing tax obligations under U.S. tax reform.

 

(3)

During the second quarter of 2018, the U.S. Treasury issued a notice that delayed the effective date of regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 987. These regulations, which were promulgated in December 2016, changed our method for determining the tax effects of foreign currency translation gains and losses for our foreign businesses that are operated as branches and are reported in a currency other than the currency of their parent. As a result of the delay in the effective date, the Company updated its calculations for the effect of these regulations, which resulted in an increase to deferred tax assets and a corresponding reduction in our income tax provision in the amount of $1 million.

 

 

Foot Locker, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(unaudited)

(In millions)











August 4,


July 29,



2018


2017

ASSETS














Current assets:







Cash and cash equivalents


$

950


$

1,043

Merchandise inventories



1,254



1,290

Other current assets



320



311




2,524



2,644

Property and equipment, net



842



821

Deferred taxes



108



167

Other assets



358



314



$

3,832


$

3,946








LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY














Current liabilities:







Accounts payable


$

408


$

162

Accrued and other liabilities



313



308




721



470

Long-term debt



124



126

Other liabilities



505



456

Total liabilities



1,350



1,052

Total shareholders' equity



2,482



2,894



$

3,832


$

3,946

 

 

Foot Locker, Inc.
Store and Square Footage

(unaudited)


Store activity is as follows:











February 3,



August 4,

Relocations/



2018

Opened

Closed

2018

Remodels

Foot Locker US


910

1

10

901

24

Foot Locker Europe


636

11

4

643

23

Foot Locker Canada


111

4

107

7

Foot Locker Asia Pacific


98

2

3

97

5

Kids Foot Locker


436

2

7

431

4

Lady Foot Locker


85

11

74

Champs Sports


541

3

7

537

7

Footaction


260

2

6

256

4

Runners Point


118

3

3

118

1

Sidestep


83

2

81

1

SIX:02


32

1

31

Total


3,310

24

58

3,276

76


Selling and gross square footage are as follows:











February 3, 2018


August 4, 2018

(in thousands)


Selling

Gross


Selling

Gross

Foot Locker US


2,430

4,225


2,431

4,221

Foot Locker Europe


957

2,071


985

2,149

Foot Locker Canada


264

431


263

426

Foot Locker Asia Pacific


140

230


142

233

Kids Foot Locker


747

1,285


744

1,277

Lady Foot Locker


115

195


101

172

Champs Sports


1,934

2,994


1,917

2,978

Footaction


829

1,374


809

1,353

Runners Point


150

258


148

258

Sidestep


76

131


74

129

SIX:02


65

109


63

106

Total


7,707

13,303


7,677

13,302

 

 

Contact:

James R. Lance


Vice President,


Corporate Finance and Investor Relations


Foot Locker, Inc.


(212) 720-3882

 

 

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