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L Brands Reports Second Quarter 2019 Results


COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 21, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- L Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LB) today reported second quarter earnings results.

Reported earnings per share for the second quarter ended Aug. 3, 2019, were $0.14 compared to $0.36 for the quarter ended Aug. 4, 2018.  Second quarter operating income was $174.6 million compared to $228.1 million last year, and net income was $37.6 million compared to $99.0 million last year.

The second quarter 2019 reported results include a $39.6 million pretax charge ($0.11 per share) related to the early extinguishment of debt. In June and July, the company redeemed $764 million in outstanding notes maturing between 2020 and 2022 through the issuance of $500 million of new notes maturing in 2029 and the use of $315 million in cash, lowering the company's total debt by $264 million. Excluding this charge, adjusted earnings per share were $0.24 and adjusted net income was $67.6 million.

At the conclusion of this press release is a reconciliation of reported-to-adjusted results, including a description of the above charge.

The company reported net sales of $2.902 billion for the quarter ended Aug. 3, 2019, compared to sales of $2.984 billion for the quarter ended Aug. 4, 2018.  Comparable sales for the 13 weeks ended Aug. 3, 2019, decreased 1 percent compared to the 13 weeks ended Aug. 4, 2018.

The company is projecting a third quarter earnings per share result between ($0.05) and $0.05 and reiterates its guidance for 2019 full-year adjusted earnings per share of $2.30 to $2.60.

Earnings Call and Additional Information
Additional second quarter financial information, including management commentary, is currently available at  L Brands will conduct its second quarter earnings call at 9:00 a.m. eastern on Aug. 22.  To listen, call 1-866-363-4673 (international dial-in number: 1-973-200-3978); conference ID 4969364.  For an audio replay, call 1-855-859-2056 (international replay number: 1-404-537-3406); conference ID 4969364 or log onto

L Brands, through Victoria's Secret, PINK and Bath & Body Works, is an international company.  The company operates 2,927 company-owned specialty stores in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Greater China, and its brands are also sold in more than 650 franchised locations worldwide.  The company's products are also available online at and

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
We caution that any forward-looking statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) contained in this press release or made by our company or our management involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various factors, many of which are beyond our control. Accordingly, our future performance and financial results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in any such forward-looking statements. Words such as "estimate," "project," "plan," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "planned," "potential" and any similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements. Risks associated with the following factors, among others, in some cases have affected and in the future could affect our financial performance and actual results and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements included in this press release or otherwise made by our company or our management:

  • general economic conditions, consumer confidence, consumer spending patterns and market disruptions including severe weather conditions, natural disasters, health hazards, terrorist activities, financial crises, political crises or other major events, or the prospect of these events;
  • the seasonality of our business;
  • the dependence on mall traffic and the availability of suitable store locations on appropriate terms;
  • our ability to grow through new store openings and existing store remodels and expansions;
  • our ability to successfully expand internationally and related risks;
  • our independent franchise, license and wholesale partners;
  • our direct channel businesses;
  • our ability to protect our reputation and our brand images;
  • our ability to attract customers with marketing, advertising and promotional programs;
  • our ability to protect our trade names, trademarks and patents;
  • the highly competitive nature of the retail industry and the segments in which we operate;
  • consumer acceptance of our products and our ability to manage the life cycle of our brands, keep up with fashion trends, develop new merchandise and launch new product lines successfully;
  • our ability to source, distribute and sell goods and materials on a global basis, including risks related to:
    • political instability, significant health hazards, environmental hazards or natural disasters;
    • duties, taxes and other charges;
    • legal and regulatory matters;
    • volatility in currency exchange rates;
    • local business practices and political issues;
    • potential delays or disruptions in shipping and transportation and related pricing impacts;
    • disruption due to labor disputes; and
    • changing expectations regarding product safety due to new legislation;
  • our geographic concentration of vendor and distribution facilities in central Ohio;
  • fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates;
  • stock price volatility;
  • our ability to pay dividends and related effects;
  • our ability to maintain our credit rating;
  • our ability to service or refinance our debt;
  • shareholder activism matters;
  • our ability to retain key personnel;
  • our ability to attract, develop and retain qualified associates and manage labor-related costs;
  • the ability of our vendors to deliver products in a timely manner, meet quality standards and comply with applicable laws and regulations;
  • fluctuations in product input costs;
  • our ability to adequately protect our assets from loss and theft;
  • fluctuations in energy costs;
  • increases in the costs of mailing, paper and printing;
  • claims arising from our self-insurance;
  • liabilities arising from divested businesses;
  • our ability to implement and maintain information technology systems and to protect associated data;
  • our ability to maintain the security of customer, associate, third-party or company information;
  • our ability to comply with regulatory requirements;
  • legal and compliance matters; and
  • tax, trade and other regulatory matters.

We are not under any obligation and do not intend to make publicly available any update or other revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release to reflect circumstances existing after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of future events even if experience or future events make it clear that any expected results expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements will not be realized.

For further information, please contact:

L Brands:  
Investor Relations Media Relations
Amie Preston Tammy Roberts Myers
(614) 415-6704 (614) 415-7072


Comparable Sales Increase (Decrease) (Stores and Direct):

Victoria's Secret1   (6%)   (1%)   (6%)   0%  
Bath & Body Works1   8%   10%   10%   9%  
L Brands2    (1%)    3%    (1%)    3%  
1 – Results include company-owned stores in the U.S. and Canada and direct sales.  
2 – Results include company-owned stores in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Greater China and direct sales.  

Comparable Sales Increase (Decrease) (Stores Only):

Victoria's Secret1   (9%)   (5%)   (8%)   (5%)  
Bath & Body Works1   4%   7%   6%   6%  
L Brands2    (4%)    (1%)   (3%)   (2%)  
1 – Results include company-owned stores in the U.S. and Canada.  
2 – Results include company-owned stores in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Greater China.  

Total Sales (Millions):

Victoria's Secret1 $ 1,232.5   $ 1,364.8   $ 2,381.3   $ 2,600.6
Victoria's Secret Direct   373.1     360.0     735.2     713.6
Total Victoria's Secret $ 1,605.6   $ 1,724.8   $ 3,116.5   $ 3,314.2
Bath & Body Works1 $ 882.5   $ 824.3   $ 1,596.8   $ 1,472.9
Bath & Body Works Direct   178.4     139.3     334.8     251.1
Total Bath & Body Works $ 1,060.9   $ 963.6   $ 1
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