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Big Lots Reports Second Quarter Earnings

COMPARABLE STORE SALES INCREASE 1.6%

COMPANY UPDATES OUTLOOK FOR FISCAL 2018

COMPANY EXTENDS CURRENT $700 MILLION UNSECURED CREDIT FACILITY

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COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG) today reported income of $24.2 million, or $0.59 per diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2018 ended August 4, 2018. This result compares to our guidance of income in the range of $0.60 to $0.70 per diluted share, and to last year's second quarter income of $29.1 million, or $0.67 per diluted share. Comparable store sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2018 increased 1.6% compared to our guidance of flat to +2%. Net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2018 were $1,222.2 million compared to $1,219.6 million for the same period last year with the increase in comparable store sales partially offset by a lower store count year-over-year.

Inventory ended the second quarter of fiscal 2018 at $854 million, compared to $810 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2017, with the increase driven by the timing of receipts of early fall and seasonal-related merchandise into our distribution centers.

We ended the second quarter of fiscal 2018 with $58 million of Cash and Cash Equivalents and $325 million of borrowings under our credit facility compared to $56 million of Cash and Cash Equivalents and $227 million of borrowings under our credit facility as of the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2017. Cash flow (cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures) over the last 12 months has been focused on returning cash to our shareholders and investing in strategic initiatives designed to support future growth.

Total Cash Returned To Shareholders
As a reminder, on March 7, 2018, our Board of Directors approved a share repurchase program ("2018 Share Repurchase Program") providing for the repurchase of up to $100 million of our common shares in open market and/or privately negotiated transactions at our discretion, subject to market conditions and other factors. Common shares acquired through the 2018 Share Repurchase Program will be available to meet obligations under our equity compensation plans and for general corporate purposes. In the second quarter, we invested $100 million to repurchase 2.4 million shares at an average price of $42.11, or approximately 12% below yesterday's closing price. Our activity was completed through our Accelerated Share Repurchase as communicated on June 5, 2018, and fully exhausted our $100 million Share Repurchase Authorization approved by the Board in March of this year.

In the second quarter of fiscal 2018, the combination of share repurchase activity and our quarterly dividend payment represents approximately $112 million returned to shareholders. Year to date, approximately $127 million has been returned to shareholders in the form of share repurchases and dividend payments.

As announced in a separate press release earlier today, on August 29, 2018, our Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.30 per common share. This dividend payment of approximately $12 million is payable on September 28, 2018 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on September 14, 2018.

As part of our ongoing focus on capital structure, we have extended our current $700 million five year unsecured credit facility. The strength of our credit profile, operations, balance sheet and cash flow generation enabled us to work collaboratively with our existing banking group to extend the term of our current credit facility by approximately five years. The credit facility now covers a new five year period (expiration August 2023) and maintains a similar structure and financial covenants as our previous facility.

FISCAL Q3 2018 GUIDANCE

  • Provides initial Q3 guidance for comparable store sales increase of +2% to +4%
  • Provides initial Q3 guidance for income of $0.04 per diluted share to a loss of $0.06 per share, compared to adjusted income of $0.06 per diluted share (non-GAAP, refer to detailed reconciliation included later in this release) for the same period last year

For the third quarter of fiscal 2018, we estimate income of $0.04 per diluted share to a loss of $0.06 per share, compared to adjusted income of $0.06 per diluted share (non-GAAP) for the third quarter of fiscal 2017. This guidance is based on a comparable store sales increase of +2% to +4%.

FISCAL Q4 2018 GUIDANCE

  • Provides initial Q4 guidance for comparable store sales increase in the low single digits
  • Provides initial Q4 guidance for income of $2.90 to $3.00 per diluted share, compared to adjusted income of $2.57 per diluted share (non-GAAP) for the same period last year

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, we estimate income will be in the range of $2.90 to $3.00 per diluted share, compared to adjusted income of $2.57 per diluted share (non-GAAP) for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. This guidance is based on a comparable store sales increase in the low single digit range.

FISCAL 2018 GUIDANCE

  • Affirms guidance for fiscal 2018 comparable store sales increase of approximately 1%
  • Updates guidance for fiscal 2018 adjusted income to be in the range of $4.40 to $4.55 per diluted share (non-GAAP), compared to fiscal 2017 adjusted income of $4.45 per diluted share (non-GAAP)
  • Updates guidance for fiscal 2018 cash flow in the range of $100 to $110 million

Based on the actual results for the first two quarters and our expectations for the third and fourth quarters of fiscal 2018 noted above, we are updating our guidance of fiscal 2018 income in the range of $4.40 to $4.55 per diluted share. This compares to adjusted income of $4.45 per diluted share (non-GAAP) for fiscal 2017. This annual guidance is based on a comparable store sales increase of approximately 1%. We estimate this financial performance will result in cash flow in the range of $100 to $110 million.

 



Full Year










2018 Guidance 


2017







Earnings per diluted share - adjusted basis (1)

$4.40  -  $4.55


$4.45








(1)  Non-GAAP detailed reconciliation provided in our statements below.

 

Conference Call/Webcast
We will host a conference call today at 8:00 a.m. to discuss our financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2018 and provide commentary on our outlook for fiscal 2018. We invite you to listen to the webcast of the conference call through the Investor Relations section of our website http://www.biglots.com. If you are unable to join the live webcast, an archive of the call will be available through the Investor Relations section of our website after 12:00 noon today and will remain available through midnight on Friday, September 14, 2018. A replay of this call will also be available beginning today at 12:00 noon through September 14 by dialing 1.888.203.1112 (Toll Free USA and Canada) or 1.719.457.0820 (International) and entering Replay Passcode 3966855. All times are Eastern Time.

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG) is a community retailer operating 1,416 BIG LOTS stores in 47 states, dedicated to friendly service, trustworthy value, and affordable solutions in every season and category – furniture, food, décor, and more. We exist to serve everyone like family, providing a better shopping experience for our customers, valuing and developing our associates, and creating growth for our shareholders. Big Lots supports the communities it serves through the Big Lots Foundation, a charitable organization focused on four areas of need: hunger, housing, healthcare, and education. For more information about the Company, visit www.biglots.com.

 

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and such statements are intended to qualify for the protection of the safe harbor provided by the Act. The words "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "objective," "goal," "project," "intend," "plan," "believe," "will," "should," "may," "target," "forecast," "guidance," "outlook" and similar expressions generally identify forward-looking statements. Similarly, descriptions of our objectives, strategies, plans, goals or targets are also forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements relate to the expectations of management as to future occurrences and trends, including statements expressing optimism or pessimism about future operating results or events and projected sales, earnings, capital expenditures and business strategy. Forward-looking statements are based upon a number of assumptions concerning future conditions that may ultimately prove to be inaccurate. Forward-looking statements are and will be based upon management's then-current views and assumptions regarding future events and operating performance, and are applicable only as of the dates of such statements. Although we believe the expectations expressed in forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions within the bounds of our knowledge, forward-looking statements, by their nature, involve risks, uncertainties and other factors, any one or a combination of which could materially affect our business, financial condition, results of operations or liquidity.

Forward-looking statements that we make herein and in other reports and releases are not guarantees of future performance and actual results may differ materially from those discussed in such forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including, but not limited to, current economic and credit conditions, the cost of goods, our inability to successfully execute strategic initiatives, competitive pressures, economic pressures on our customers and us, the availability of brand name closeout merchandise, trade restrictions, freight costs, the risks discussed in the Risk Factors section of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, and other factors discussed from time to time in our other filings with the SEC, including Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. This release should be read in conjunction with such filings, and you should consider all of these risks, uncertainties and other factors carefully in evaluating forward-looking statements.

You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date thereof. We undertake no obligation to publicly update forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. You are advised, however, to consult any further disclosures we make on related subjects in our public announcements and SEC filings.

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BIG LOTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)










AUGUST 4


JULY 29




2018


2017




(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)








ASSETS











Current assets:






Cash and cash equivalents


$58,457


$56,009


Inventories


854,192


810,485


Other current assets


140,393


107,899


   Total current assets


1,053,042


974,393







Property and equipment - net


701,672


523,719







Deferred income taxes


23,664


47,084

Other assets


50,352


46,268




$1,828,730


$1,591,464














LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY











Current liabilities:






Accounts payable


$355,721


$363,276


Property, payroll and other taxes


84,008


84,625


Accrued operating expenses


120,761


70,092


Insurance reserves


37,787


47,710


Accrued salaries and wages


22,942


32,419


Income taxes payable


1,266


2,072


   Total current liabilities


622,485


600,194







Long-term obligations under bank credit facility


324,700


226,600







Deferred rent


58,296


57,640

Insurance reserves


56,321


57,687

Unrecognized tax benefits


15,451


17,480

Synthetic lease obligation


98,213


-

Other liabilities


47,539


46,925







Shareholders' equity


605,725


584,938




$1,828,730


$1,591,464

 

 

BIG LOTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share data)












13 WEEKS ENDED


13 WEEKS ENDED




AUGUST 4, 2018


JULY 29, 2017





%



%




(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)

















Net sales


$1,222,169

100.0


$1,219,597

100.0










Gross margin


491,419

40.2


492,500

40.4










Selling and administrative expenses


426,605

34.9


415,154

34.0










Depreciation expense


30,496

2.5


29,386

2.4









Operating profit


34,318

2.8


47,960

3.9










Interest expense


(2,407)

(0.2)


(1,619)

(0.1)










Other income (expense)


149

0.0


435

0.0









Income before income taxes


32,060

2.6


46,776

3.8










Income tax expense


7,896

0.6


17,656

1.4









Net income


$24,164

2.0


$29,120

2.4

















Earnings per common share
















Basic


$0.59



$0.68











Diluted


$0.59



$0.67


















Weighted average common shares outstanding
















Basic


41,061



43,136











Dilutive effect of share-based awards


220



428











Diluted


41,281



43,564










Cash dividends declared per common share


$0.30



$0.25


 

 

BIG LOTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share data)












26 WEEKS ENDED


26 WEEKS ENDED




AUGUST 4, 2018


JULY 29, 2017





%



%




(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)

















Net sales


$2,490,152

100.0


$2,514,567

100.0










Gross margin


1,003,377

40.3


1,016,775

40.4










Selling and administrative expenses 


864,697

34.7


831,126

33.1










Depreciation expense


59,025

2.4


57,981

2.3









Operating profit


79,655

3.2


127,668

5.1










Interest expense


(3,983)

(0.2)


(2,628)

(0.1)










Other income (expense)


657

0.0


(82)

(0.0)









Income before income taxes


76,329

3.1


124,958

5.0










Income tax expense 


20,926

0.8


44,326

1.8









Net income 


$55,403

2.2


$80,632

3.2

















Earnings per common share
















Basic


$1.33



$1.84











Diluted


$1.33



$1.83


















Weighted average common shares outstanding
















Basic


41,587



43,749











Dilutive effect of share-based awards


106



373











Diluted


41,693



44,122










Cash dividends declared per common share


$0.60



$0.50


 

 

BIG LOTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS


(In thousands)












13 WEEKS ENDED


13 WEEKS ENDED






AUGUST 4, 2018


JULY 29, 2017






 (Unaudited) 


 (Unaudited) 












  Net cash provided by operating activities 


$13,675


$14,508












  Net cash used in investing activities


(105,989)


(29,681)












  Net cash provided by financing activities


85,941


5,451











Decrease in cash and cash equivalents


(6,373)


(9,722)




Cash and cash equivalents:








  Beginning of period


64,830


65,731












  End of period


$58,457


$56,009



 

 

BIG LOTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS


(In thousands)












26 WEEKS ENDED


26 WEEKS ENDED






AUGUST 4, 2018


JULY 29, 2017






 (Unaudited) 


 (Unaudited) 












  Net cash provided by operating activities 


$110,560


$99,962












  Net cash used in investing activities


(171,426)


(51,691)












  Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities


68,147


(43,426)











Increase in cash and cash equivalents


7,281


4,845




Cash and cash equivalents:








  Beginning of period


51,176


51,164












  End of period


$58,457


$56,009



 

BIG LOTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

The following tables reconcile: selling and administrative expenses, selling and administrative expense rate, operating profit, operating profit rate, income tax expense (benefit), effective income tax rate, net income, and diluted earnings per share for the year-to-date 2018, third quarter of 2017, fourth quarter of 2017 and the full year 2017 (GAAP financial measures) to adjusted selling and administrative expenses, adjusted selling and administrative expense rate, adjusted operating profit, adjusted operating profit rate, adjusted income tax expense (benefit), adjusted effective income tax rate, adjusted net income, and adjusted diluted earnings per share (non-GAAP financial measures).

 Year-to-date 2018 - Twenty-six weeks ended August 4, 2018 





















As Reported


 Adjustment to
exclude CEO
retirement costs 


 Adjustment to
exclude
shareholder
litigation matter 


 As Adjusted
(non-GAAP) 

 Selling and administrative expenses 

$             864,697


$                     (7,018)


$                     (3,500)


$             854,179

 Selling and administrative expense rate 

34.7%


(0.3%)


(0.1%)


34.3%

 Operating profit 


79,655


7,018


3,500


90,173

 Operating profit rate 


3.2%


0.3%


0.1%


3.6%

 Income tax expense 


20,926


895


879


22,700

 Effective income tax rate 


27.4%


(1.0%)


(0.3%)


26.1%

 Net income 


55,403


6,123


2,621


64,147

 Diluted earnings per share  


$                    1.33


$                         0.15


$                         0.06


$                    1.54

The above adjusted selling and administrative expenses, adjusted selling and administrative expense rate, adjusted operating profit, adjusted operating profit rate, adjusted income tax expense, adjusted effective income tax rate, adjusted net income, and adjusted diluted earnings per share are "non-GAAP financial measures" as that term is defined by Rule 101 of Regulation G (17 CFR Part 244) and Item 10 of Regulation S-K (17 CFR Part 229). These non-GAAP financial measures exclude from the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP (1) the costs associated with the retirement of our former CEO of $7,018 ($6,123, net of tax); and (2) a pretax charge related to the settlement in principle of shareholder litigation matters of $3,500 ($2,621, net of tax).

 Third quarter of 2017 - Thirteen weeks ended October 28, 2017 
















As Reported


 Adjustment to
exclude insurance
recoveries 


 As Adjusted
(non-GAAP) 

 Selling and administrative expenses 

$             408,314


$                      3,000


$             411,314

 Selling and administrative expense rate 

36.8%


0.3%


37.1%

 Operating profit 


5,804


(3,000)


2,804

 Operating profit rate 


0.5%


(0.3%)


0.3%

 Income tax benefit 


(240)


(1,149)


(1,389)

 Effective income tax rate 


(5.8%)


(116.9%)


(122.7%)

 Net income 


4,372


(1,851)


2,521

 Diluted earnings per share  


$                    0.10


$                       (0.04)


$                    0.06

The above adjusted selling and administrative expenses, adjusted selling and administrative expense rate, adjusted operating profit, adjusted operating profit rate, adjusted income tax benefit, adjusted effective income tax rate, adjusted net income, and adjusted diluted earnings per share are "non-GAAP financial measures" as that term is defined by Rule 101 of Regulation G (17 CFR Part 244) and Item 10 of Regulation S-K (17 CFR Part 229). These non-GAAP financial measures exclude from the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP") a pretax gain on insurance recoveries associated with merchandise-related legal matters of $3,000 ($1,851, net of tax).

 Fourth quarter of 2017 - Fourteen weeks ended February 3, 2018 
















As Reported


 Impact on deferred
taxes resulting
from U.S. tax
reform 


 As Adjusted
(non-GAAP) 

 Selling and administrative expenses 

$             484,556


$                             -


$             484,556

 Selling and administrative expense rate 

29.5%


-


29.5%

 Operating profit 


167,881


-


167,881

 Operating profit rate 


10.2%


-


10.2%

 Income tax expense 


61,436


(4,517)


56,919

 Effective income tax rate 


37.0%


(2.7%)


34.2%

 Net income 


104,828


4,517


109,345

 Diluted earnings per share  


$                    2.46


$                         0.11


$                    2.57

The above adjusted selling and administrative expenses, adjusted selling and administrative expense rate, adjusted operating profit, adjusted operating profit rate, adjusted income tax expense, adjusted effective income tax rate, adjusted net income, and adjusted diluted earnings per share are "non-GAAP financial measures" as that term is defined by Rule 101 of Regulation G (17 CFR Part 244) and Item 10 of Regulation S-K (17 CFR Part 229). These non-GAAP financial measures exclude from the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP") the impact to deferred taxes resulting from the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 of $4,517.

 Full Year 2017 - Fifty-three weeks ended February 3, 2018 





















As Reported 


 Adjustment to
exclude gain on
insurance
recoveries 


 Impact on deferred
taxes resulting
from U.S. tax
reform 


 As Adjusted
(non-GAAP) 

 Selling and administrative expenses 

$          1,723,996


$                      3,000


$                             -


$          1,726,996

 Selling and administrative expense rate 

32.7%


0.1%


-


32.8%

 Operating profit 


301,353


(3,000)


-


298,353

 Operating profit rate 


5.7%


(0.1%)


-


5.7%

 Income tax expense 


105,522


(1,149)


(4,517)


99,856

 Effective income tax rate 


35.7%


(0.0%)


(1.5%)


34.2%

 Net income 


189,832


(1,851)


4,517


192,498

 Diluted earnings per share  


$                    4.38


$                       (0.04)


$                         0.10


$                    4.45

The above adjusted selling and administrative expenses, adjusted selling and administrative expense rate, adjusted operating profit, adjusted operating profit rate, adjusted income tax expense, adjusted effective income tax rate, adjusted net income, and adjusted diluted earnings per share are "non-GAAP financial measures" as that term is defined by Rule 101 of Regulation G (17 CFR Part 244) and Item 10 of Regulation S-K (17 CFR Part 229). These non-GAAP financial measures exclude from the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP (1) a pretax gain on insurance recoveries associated with merchandise-related legal matters of $3,000 ($1,851, net of tax); and (2) the impact to deferred taxes resulting from the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 of $4,517.

Our management believes that the disclosure of these non-GAAP financial measures provides useful information to investors because the non-GAAP financial measures present an alternative and more relevant method for measuring our operating performance, excluding special items included in the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, that management believes is more indicative of our on-going operating results and financial condition. Our management uses these non-GAAP financial measures, along with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, in evaluating our operating performance.

 

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