The Home Depot Announces Fourth Quarter Results; Updates Fiscal Year 2011 Guidance

The Home Depot Announces Fourth Quarter Results; Updates Fiscal Year 2011 Guidance



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ATLANTA, Feb. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today reported sales of $15.1 billion for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010, a 3.8 percent increase from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009. Comparable store sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 were positive 3.9 percent, and comp sales for U.S. stores were positive 4.8 percent.

Net earnings from continuing operations for the fourth quarter were $587 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, compared with net earnings from continuing operations of $301 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, in the same period of fiscal 2009. On an adjusted basis, net earnings from
continuing operations for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 were $402 million or $0.24 per diluted share.  

Fourth quarter fiscal 2009 consolidated net earnings of $342 million include $41 million of net earnings from discontinued operations.  

Fiscal 2010

Sales for fiscal 2010 were $68.0 billion, an increase of 2.8 percent from fiscal 2009. Total company comparable store sales for the year increased 2.9 percent, and comps for U.S. stores were positive 2.5 percent for the year.

Earnings per diluted share from continuing operations in fiscal 2010 were $2.01, compared to $1.55 per diluted share from continuing operations in fiscal 2009, an increase of 29.7 percent.

Fiscal 2010 results reflect a first quarter net impact to earnings of $33 million related to the extension of the Company’s guarantee of an HD Supply senior secured loan. In
fiscal 2009, results include strategic charges recorded earlier in the year and the write-down of the Company’s investment in HD Supply. On an adjusted basis, the Company reported fiscal 2010 net earnings from continuing operations of $3.4 billion, or $2.03 per diluted share, compared with adjusted net earnings from continuing operations of $2.8 billion, or $1.66 per diluted share, for fiscal 2009.

For fiscal 2010, consolidated net earnings per diluted share were $2.01 on consolidated net earnings of $3.3 billion, compared to consolidated net earnings per diluted share of $1.57 on net earnings of $2.7 billion in fiscal 2009.  

“In 2010, we continued to invest in our business and made solid progress against our key initiatives,” said Frank Blake, chairman & CEO. “We completed the rollout of our Rapid Deployment Centers, an important part of our
distribution network; we saw year-over-year improvement in customer service ratings; and we continued progress on our merchandising transformation. Our actions, coupled with an improving economy, resulted in positive sales growth for the year, the first time since 2006.

“Our associates did an outstanding job in 2010,” said Blake.  “Their hard work and dedication made these accomplishments possible.”  

Dividend Increase

The Company today announced that its board of directors declared a 6 percent increase in its quarterly cash dividend to 25 cents per share. “As a testament to our confidence in the Company’s strategic initiatives and our commitment to returning capital to our shareholders, the board increased the dividend for the second consecutive year,” said Blake. “It is our intent to increase our dividend every year.
Our longer-term targeted dividend payout ratio is 40 percent.” The dividend is payable on March 24, 2011, to shareholders of record on the close of business on March 10, 2011. This is the 96th consecutive quarter the Company has paid a cash dividend.

Updated Fiscal 2011 Guidance

Today the Company updated its fiscal 2011 guidance and now expects sales to be up approximately 2.5 percent for the year. The Company expects diluted earnings per share from continuing operations to be up approximately 9.5 percent to $2.20, excluding the impact of future share repurchases. Using excess cash, the Company intends to repurchase approximately $2.5 billion of outstanding shares throughout the year.  

The Company gave the following additional guidance for fiscal 2011, in-line with the guidance it provided to investors and analysts in December 2010:

  • Positive low single digit comparable store sales growth
  • 10 new stores
  • Moderate gross margin expansion
  • Modest expense leverage
  • Operating margin expansion of approximately 40 basis points
  • Tax rate of approximately 37%
  • Capital spending of approximately $1.35 billion
  • Depreciation and amortization expense of approximately $1.7 billion
  • Cash flow from the business of approximately $5.7 billion

The Home Depot will conduct a conference call today at 9 a.m. ET to discuss information included in this news release and related matters. The conference call will be available in its entirety through a webcast and replay at earnings.homedepot.com.

At the end of the fourth quarter, the Company operated a total of 2,248 retail stores, which included 1,976 The Home Depot stores in the United States (including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands and the territory of Guam), 179 stores in Canada, 85 stores in Mexico and 8 stores in China.  The Company employs more than 300,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

To provide
clarity, internally and externally, about the Company’s operating performance for recently completed fiscal periods, the Company supplemented its reporting with non-GAAP financial measures to reflect the impact of the store rationalization charges, business rationalization charges, related restructuring charges, an investment impairment charge related to HD Supply and the charge related to the extension of the Company’s guarantee of the HD Supply senior secured loan.  The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures better enable management and investors to understand and analyze the Company’s performance by providing them with meaningful information relevant to events of unusual nature or frequency that impact the comparability of underlying business results from period to period.  However, this supplemental information should not be considered in
isolation or as a substitute for the related GAAP measures. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP measures can be found attached to this press release and at
earnings.homedepot.com.

Certain statements contained herein constitute “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may relate to, among other things, the demand for our products and services, net sales growth, comparable store sales, state of the economy, state of the residential construction, housing and home improvement markets, state of the credit markets, including mortgages, home equity loans and consumer credit, inventory and in-stock positions, commodity price inflation and deflation, implementation of store initiatives,
implementation of supply chain initiatives, continuation of reinvestment plans, net earnings performance, earnings per share, stock-based compensation expense, capital allocation and expenditures, liquidity, the effect of adopting certain accounting standards, return on invested capital, management of our purchasing or customer credit policies, the effect of accounting charges, the planned recapitalization of the Company and the timing of its completion, the ability to issue debt on terms and at rates acceptable to us, store openings and closures, expense leverage, fiscal 2011 guidance and financial outlook.  Forward-looking statements are based on currently available information and our current assumptions, expectations and projections about future events. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future
performance and are subject to future events, risks and uncertainties – many of which are beyond our control or are currently unknown to us – as well as potentially inaccurate assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations and projections. These risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to those described in Item 1A, “Risk Factors,” and elsewhere in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for our fiscal year ended January 31, 2010, and in Part II, Item 1A, “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended October 31, 2010.

Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we do not undertake to update these statements other than as required by law. You are advised, however, to review any further disclosures we make on related subjects
in our periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

THE HOME DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

FOR THE THREE
MONTHS AND FISCAL YEARS ENDED JANUARY 30, 2011 AND JANUARY 31, 2010

(Unaudited)

(Amounts in Millions Except Per Share Data and as Otherwise Noted)

Three Months Ended

% Increase

Fiscal Year Ended

% Increase

1-30-11

1-31-10

(Decrease)

1-30-11

1-31-10

(Decrease)

NET SALES

$   15,126

$  14,569

3.8

%

$   67,997

$  66,176

2.8

%

Cost of Sales

9,883

9,556

3.4

44,693

43,764

2.1

 GROSS PROFIT

5,243

5,013

4.6

23,304

22,412

4.0

Operating Expenses:

  Selling, General and Administrative

3,807

3,869

(1.6)

15,849

15,902

(0.3)

  Depreciation and Amortization

399

417

(4.3)

1,616

1,707

(5.3)

    Total Operating Expenses

4,206

4,286

(1.9)

17,465

17,609

(0.8)

 OPERATING INCOME

1,037

727

42.6

5,839

4,803

21.6

Interest and Other (Income) Expense:

 Interest and Investment Income

(4)

(3)

33.3

(15)

(18)

(16.7)

 Interest Expense

91

161

(43.5)

530

676

(21.6)

 Other

163

(100.0)

51

163

(68.7)

    Interest and Other, net

87

321

(72.9)

566

821

(31.1)

EARNINGS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

  BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES

950

406

134.0

5,273

3,982

32.4

Provision for Income Taxes

363

105

245.7

1,935

1,362

42.1

EARNINGS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

587

301

95.0

3,338

2,620

27.4

EARNINGS FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS, NET OF TAX

41

(100.0)

41

(100.0)

 NET EARNINGS

$         587

$        342

71.6

%

$     3,338

$     2,661

25.4

%

Weighted Average Common Shares

1,614

1,679

(3.9)

%

1,648

1,683

(2.1)

%

BASIC EARNINGS PER SHARE FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

$        0.36

$       0.18

100.0

$        2.03

$       1.56

30.1

BASIC EARNINGS PER SHARE FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

$              –

$       0.02

(100.0)

$              –

$       0.02

(100.0)

BASIC EARNINGS PER SHARE

$        0.36

$       0.20

80.0

$        2.03

$       1.58

28.5

Diluted Weighted Average Common Shares

1,626

1,691

(3.8)

%

1,658

1,692

(2.0)

%

DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

$        0.36

$       0.18

100.0

$        2.01

$       1.55

29.7

DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

$              –

$       0.02

(100.0)

$              –

$       0.02

(100.0)

DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE

$        0.36

$       0.20

80.0

$        2.01

$       1.57

28.0

SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS (1)

Three Months Ended

% Increase

Fiscal Year Ended

% Increase

1-30-11

1-31-10

(Decrease)

1-30-11

1-31-10

(Decrease)

Number of Customer Transactions

292

288

1.4

%

1,306

1,274

2.5

%

Average Ticket (actual)

$      51.31

$     50.01

2.6

$     51.93

$     51.76

0.3

Weighted Average Weekly Sales per

   Operating Store (in thousands)

$         514

$        494

4.0

$        581

$        563

3.2

Square Footage at End of Period

235

235

235

235

Capital Expenditures

$         407

$        398

2.3

$     1,096

$        966

13.5

Depreciation and Amortization (2)

$         426

$        442

(3.6)

%

$     1,718

$     1,806

(4.9)

%

(1) Includes continuing operations only.

(2) Includes depreciation of distribution centers and tool rental equipment included in Cost of Sales and amortization of deferred financing costs included in Interest Expense.

THE HOME DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS ITEMS EXCLUDING CERTAIN ADJUSTMENTS (NON-GAAP)

FOR THE THREE MONTHS AND FISCAL YEARS ENDED
JANUARY 30, 2011 AND JANUARY 31, 2010

(Unaudited)

(Amounts in Millions Except Per Share Data)

Three Months Ended 1-30-11

Fiscal Year Ended 1-30-11

Actuals

Adjustment

As Adjusted

(Non-GAAP)

Actuals

Adjustment(1)

As Adjusted

(Non-GAAP)

 Net Sales

$                       15,126

$                              –

$                15,126

$                     67,997

$                               –

$              67,997

 Gross Profit

5,243

5,243

23,304

23,304

 Total Operating Expenses

4,206

4,206

17,465

17,465

 Operating Income

1,037

1,037

5,839

5,839

 Interest and Other, net

87

87

566

51

515

 Earnings from Continuing

   Operations

587

587

3,338

(33)

3,371

 Earnings from Discontinued Operations,

   net of tax

 Net Earnings

$                           587

$                              –

$                    587

$                        3,338

$                           (33)

$                 3,371

 Diluted Earnings Per Share

   From Continuing Operations

$                          0.36

$                              –

$                   0.36

$                          2.01

$                        (0.02)

$                   2.03

 Diluted Earnings Per Share

   from Discontinued Operations

$                                –

$                              –

$                         –

$                                –

$                               –

$                         –

 Diluted Earnings Per Share

$                          0.36

$                              –

$                   0.36

$                          2.01

$                        (0.02)

$                   2.03

Three Months Ended 1-31-10

Fiscal Year Ended 1-31-10

Actuals

Adjustment(2)

As Adjusted

(Non-GAAP)

Actuals

Adjustments(3)

As Adjusted

(Non-GAAP)

 Net Sales

$                      14,569

$                              –

$               14,569

$                      66,176

$                            221

$              65,955

 Gross Profit

5,013

5,013

22,412

28

22,384

 Total Operating Expenses

4,286

4,286

17,609

174

17,435

 Operating Income

727

727

4,803

(146)

4,949

 Interest and Other, net

321

163

158

821

163

658

 Earnings from Continuing Operations

301

(101)

402

2,620

(191)

2,811

 Earnings from Discontinued Operations,

   net of tax

41

41

41

41

 Net Earnings

$                           342

$                        (101)

$                    443

$                         2,661

$                           (191)

$                  2,852

 Diluted Earnings Per Share from

   Continuing Operations

$                          0.18

$                       (0.06)

$                   0.24

$                           1.55

$                          (0.11)

$                    1.66

 Diluted Earnings Per Share from

   Discontinued Operations

$                          0.02

$                              –

$                   0.02

$                           0.02

$                                 –

$                    0.02

 Diluted Earnings Per Share

$                          0.20

$                       (0.06)

$                   0.26

$                           1.57

$                          (0.11)

$                    1.69

Note: Certain amounts in Diluted Earnings Per Share may not foot due to rounding.

(1) Adjustment is comprised of a charge related to the extension of the Company’s guarantee of a third-party senior secured loan.

(2) Adjustment is comprised of a charge to write-down the Company’s investment in HD Supply.

(3) Adjustments are comprised of store rationalization charges related to the closing of 15 stores and the removal of 50 stores
from our future growth pipeline, business rationalization charges related to the exit of EXPO, THD Design Center, Yardbirds and HD Bath businesses, as well as net sales, gross profit and operating expenses of those exited businesses during the period from closing announcement to actual closing, charges related to restructuring of support functions and investment impairment charges.

THE HOME DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

AS OF JANUARY 30, 2011 AND JANUARY 31, 2010

(Unaudited)

(Amounts in Millions)

1-30-11

1-31-10

ASSETS

  Cash and Cash Equivalents

$            545

$       1,421

  Receivables, net

1,085

964

  Merchandise Inventories  

10,625

10,188

  Other Current Assets

1,224

1,327

     Total Current Assets

13,479

13,900

  Property and Equipment, net

25,060

25,550

  Goodwill

1,187

1,171

  Other Assets

399

256

     TOTAL ASSETS

$       40,125

$     40,877

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

  Accounts Payable

$         4,717

$       4,863

  Accrued Salaries and Related Expenses

1,290

1,263

  Current Installments of Long-Term Debt

1,042

1,020

  Other Current Liabilities

3,073

3,217

     Total Current Liabilities

10,122

10,363

  Long-Term Debt

8,707

8,662

  Other Long-Term Liabilities

2,407

2,459

     Total Liabilities

21,236

21,484

  Total Stockholders’ Equity  

18,889

19,393

     TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

$       40,125

$     40,877

THE HOME DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

FOR FISCAL YEARS ENDED JANUARY 30, 2011 AND JANUARY 31, 2010

(Unaudited)

(Amounts in Millions)

Fiscal Year Ended

1-30-11

1-31-10

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

Net Earnings

$      3,338

$      2,661

Reconciliation of Net Earnings to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities:

    Depreciation and Amortization  

1,718

1,806

    Impairment of Investment

163

    Stock-Based Compensation Expense

214

201

    Changes in Working Capital and Other

(685)

294

    Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

4,585

5,125

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

Capital Expenditures

(1,096)

(966)

Other

84

211

    Net Cash Used in Investing Activities

(1,012)

(755)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

Proceeds from Long-Term Borrowings, net of discount

998

Repayments of Long-Term Debt

(1,029)

(1,774)

Repurchases of Common Stock

(2,608)

(213)

Cash Dividends Paid to Stockholders

(1,569)

(1,525)

Other

(243)

9

   Net Cash Used in Financing Activities

(4,451)

(3,503)

(Decrease) Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents

(878)

867

Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash and Cash Equivalents

2

35

Cash and Cash Equivalents at the Beginning of the Period

1,421

519

Cash and Cash Equivalents at the End of the Period

$         545

$      1,421

SOURCE  The Home Depot

 

The Home Depot Announces Fourth Quarter Results; Updates Fiscal Year 2011 Guidance