Big Lots Reports Third Quarter Results Company Updates Full Year Guidance

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) today reported a loss from continuing operations of $6.0 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 ended October 27, 2012. This compares to guidance of a loss from continuing operations of $0.20 to $0.30 per diluted share for the third quarter of fiscal 2012, and income from continuing operations of $4.2 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2011. 

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For the year-to-date period ended October 27, 2012, income from continuing operations totaled $56.9 million, or $0.93 per diluted share. As previously disclosed in our March 2, 2012, press release, we incurred an after-tax charge of $3.4 million during the first quarter of fiscal 2012 related to an inventory accounting change associated with the successful implementation of new retail inventory systems. Excluding this non-recurring, non-cash charge, adjusted income from continuing operations for the year-to-date period ended October 27, 2012 totaled $60.3 million, or $0.98 per diluted share (non-GAAP), compared to income from continuing operations of $92.5 million, or $1.31 per diluted share, for the same period in fiscal 2011. Discontinued operations activity was minimal for the third quarter and year-to-date period of fiscal 2012 and the corresponding periods in fiscal 2011.     

THIRD QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Loss from continuing operations of $0.10 per diluted share versus income from continuing operations of $0.06 per diluted share last year
  • Opened 27 new stores
  • Invested $51 million to repurchase 1.6 million shares, completing the $200 million share repurchase program announced in May 2012

 


EPS From Continuing Operations (1)










Q3 '12


Q3 '11


YTD '12


YTD '11









U.S. Operations

($0.03)


$0.17


$1.15


$1.42

Add back: Inventory charge

-


-


$0.06


-









U.S. Operations - adjusted basis

($0.03)


$0.17


$1.20


$1.42









Canada Operations (2)

($0.07)


($0.11)


($0.22)


($0.12)









Consolidated - adjusted basis

($0.10)


$0.06


$0.98


$1.31









(1)  Non-GAAP



(2)  Canadian operations were acquired on July 18, 2011; YTD '11 results include ownership and financial results since that date.

       Based on materiality, we have not provided pro forma financial results.

       Note:  See detailed segment reporting attached.

 

Third Quarter Results

U.S. Operations

Net sales for U.S. operations for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 decreased 1.9% to $1,095.2 million, compared to $1,116.8 million for the same period of fiscal 2011. Comparable store sales for U.S. stores open at least fifteen months decreased 4.6% for the quarter. Loss from continuing U.S. operations totaled $1.7 million, or $0.03 per diluted share (non-GAAP), compared to income from continuing U.S. operations of $11.4 million, $0.17 per diluted share (non-GAAP), for the same period of fiscal 2011.

Canadian Operations

Net sales for Canadian operations for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 totaled $39.0 million, while incurring a net loss of $4.3 million, or $0.07 per diluted share (non-GAAP), compared to net sales of $21.5 million and a net loss of $7.1 million, or $0.11 per diluted share (non-GAAP) for the same period of fiscal 2011.

Inventory and Cash Management

On a consolidated basis, Inventory ended the third quarter of fiscal 2012 at $1,191 million compared to $1,100 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2011, an increase of 8%. The increase represents 3% growth in the number of U.S. stores, growth of 3% in inventory per store for our U.S. stores, and the balance of the increase is associated with growth and improvement of inventory content related to our Canadian operations.

We ended the third quarter of fiscal 2012 with $66 million of Cash and Cash Equivalents and $463 million of borrowings under our credit facility compared to $60 million of Cash and Cash Equivalents and $285 million of borrowings under our credit facility as of the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2011. Our use of cash generated by our U.S. operations and debt incurred during the last 12 months was focused on share repurchase activity, and acquiring and funding our Canadian operations.      

Share Repurchase Activity

During the third quarter of fiscal 2012, we invested $51 million to repurchase 1.6 million of our shares. This activity exhausted our May 2012 share repurchase program. On a year-to-date basis, we have invested $299 million to repurchase 8.1 million of our common shares, or approximately 13% of our outstanding share base as of the beginning of fiscal 2012. Common shares acquired through the repurchase program will be available to meet obligations under equity compensation plans and for general corporate purposes.

2012 OUTLOOK

  • Updates Q4 guidance for consolidated income from continuing operations to $1.91 to $2.10 per diluted share versus income from continuing operations of $1.75 per diluted share for fiscal 2011
  • Updates fiscal 2012 annual guidance for adjusted consolidated income from continuing operations to $2.86 to $3.05 per diluted share (non-GAAP) versus income from continuing operations of $2.99 per diluted share for fiscal 2011
  • Reiterates Cash Flow guidance of $125 million

We update our guidance for fourth quarter fiscal 2012 consolidated income from continuing operations to be in the range of $1.91 to $2.10 per diluted share. This guidance assumes U.S. comparable store sales decline in the range of low to mid single digits and a total U.S. sales increase in the range of 3% to 7%.   For our Canadian operations, sales are expected to be in the range of $48 to $52 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012.  As a reminder, the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 includes 14 weeks of operations, compared to 13 weeks of operations in last year's fourth quarter results.

Based on operating results for the first three quarters and our expectations for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, we update our guidance for fiscal 2012 consolidated adjusted income from continuing operations to be in the range of $2.86 to $3.05 per diluted share (non-GAAP). This guidance excludes the previously mentioned non-recurring, non-cash inventory charge and assumes U.S. comparable store sales decline in the low single digit range and a total U.S. sales increase in the range of 1% to 3%.   For our Canadian operations, sales are expected to be in the range of $154 to $158 million for fiscal 2012.  In addition, we reiterate our Cash Flow guidance (defined as operating activities less investing activities) of approximately $125 million for fiscal 2012.  As a reminder, fiscal 2012 includes 53 weeks of operations, compared to 52 weeks last year.

 

EPS from Continuing Operations(non-GAAP)


Q4


Full Year










2012 Guidance


2011


2012 Guidance


2011










U.S. Operations


$1.95 - $2.10


$1.83


$3.06 - $3.21


$3.18

Add back: Inventory charge


-


-


$0.06


-










U.S. Operations - adjusted basis


$1.95 - $2.10


$1.83


$3.12 - $3.27


$3.18










Canada Operations (1)


($0.04) - $0.00


($0.08)


($0.26) - ($0.22)


($0.19)










Consolidated - adjusted basis


$1.91 - $2.10


$1.75


$2.86 - $3.05


$2.99










(1)  Canadian operations were acquired on July 18, 2011.  Full year fiscal 2011 results reflect performance from acquisition date through the end of fiscal 2011 (January 28, 2012).  Based on materiality, we are not required and have not provided pro forma fiscal 2011 results.





 

Conference Call/Webcast

We will host a conference call today at 8:00 a.m. to discuss our financial results for the third quarter and provide commentary on our outlook for fiscal 2012. We invite you to listen to the webcast of the conference call through the Investor Relations section of our website (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 (www.biglots.com) beginning two hours after the call ends and will remain available through midnight on Tuesday, December 18. A replay of the call will be available beginning today at 12:00 noon through December 18 at midnight by dialing: 1.888.203.1112 (United States and Canada) or 1.719.457.0820 (International). The Replay Confirmation Code is 6404714.  All times are Eastern Time.

Big Lots is North America's largest broadline closeout retailer. As of the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2012, we operated 1,482 BIG LOTS stores in the 48 contiguous United States and 79 LIQUIDATION WORLD and LW stores in Canada. Wholesale operations are conducted through BIG LOTS WHOLESALE, CONSOLIDATED INTERNATIONAL, and WISCONSIN TOY and with online sales at www.biglotswholesale.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, the current economic and credit crisis, 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.

 

BIG LOTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)












OCTOBER 27


OCTOBER 29






2012


2011






(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)












ASSETS















Current assets:








Cash and cash equivalents


$66,257


$59,947




Inventories


1,190,749


1,100,457




Deferred income taxes


45,598


50,005




Other current assets


102,907


101,465




   Total current assets


1,405,511


1,311,874











Property and equipment - net


601,943


578,856











Deferred income taxes


3,845


10,480



Goodwill


13,513


12,423



Other assets


40,090


49,288






$2,064,902


$1,962,921




















LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY      















Current liabilities:








Accounts payable


$574,183


$549,724




Property, payroll and other taxes


81,275


82,580




Accrued operating expenses


68,628


69,116




Insurance reserves


36,784


37,124




KB bankruptcy lease obligation


3,069


3,233




Accrued salaries and wages


27,155


26,115




Income taxes payable


372


811




   Total current liabilities


791,466


768,703











Long-term obligations under bank credit facility


463,100


285,100











Deferred rent


72,491


59,371



Insurance reserves


50,702


47,415



Unrecognized tax benefits


15,799


16,970



Other liabilities


38,553


35,157











Shareholders' equity


632,791


750,205






$2,064,902


$1,962,921



 

 

BIG LOTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share data)












13 WEEKS ENDED


13 WEEKS ENDED




OCTOBER 27, 2012


OCTOBER 29, 2011





%



%




(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)

















Net sales


$1,134,205

100.0


$1,138,286

100.0










Gross margin


432,590

38.1


444,360

39.0










Selling and administrative expenses 


412,692

36.4


412,581

36.2










Depreciation expense


26,590

2.3


22,873

2.0









Operating profit (loss)


(6,692)

(0.6)


8,906

0.8










Interest expense


(1,491)

(0.1)


(922)

(0.1)










Other income (expense)


46

0.0


(219)

(0.0)









Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes


(8,137)

(0.7)


7,765

0.7










Income tax expense (benefit)


(2,149)

(0.2)


3,524

0.3









Income (loss) from continuing operations


(5,988)

(0.5)


4,241

0.4










Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax expense (benefit) of $0 and $(33), respectively


1

0.0


(51)

(0.0)









Net income (loss)


($5,987)

(0.5)


$4,190

0.4

















Earnings (loss) per common share - basic (a)
















Continuing operations


($0.10)



$0.07











Discontinued operations


0.00



0.00











Net income (loss)


($0.10)



$0.06


















Earnings (loss) per common share - diluted (a)
















Continuing operations


($0.10)



$0.06











Discontinued operations


0.00



0.00











Net income (loss)


($0.10)



$0.06


















Weighted average common shares outstanding
















Basic


57,756



64,949











Dilutive effect of share-based awards


-



982











Diluted


57,756



65,931










(a)

The earnings (loss) per share for Continuing Operations, Discontinued Operations and Net Income are separately calculated in accordance with accounting pronouncements; therefore, the sum of earnings (loss) per share for Continuing Operations and Discontinued Operations may differ, due to rounding, from the calculated earnings (loss) per share of Net Income (loss).

 

 

BIG LOTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share data)












39 WEEKS ENDED


39 WEEKS ENDED




OCTOBER 27, 2012


OCTOBER 29, 2011





%



%




(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)

















Net sales


$3,646,723

100.0


$3,532,695

100.0










Gross margin


1,422,873

39.0


1,399,025

39.6










Selling and administrative expenses 


1,243,230

34.1


1,179,095

33.4










Depreciation expense


78,149

2.1


64,965

1.8









Operating profit


101,494

2.8


154,965

4.4










Interest expense


(2,722)

(0.1)


(2,757)

(0.1)










Other income (expense)


45

0.0


(53)

(0.0)









Income from continuing operations before income taxes


98,817

2.7


152,155

4.3










Income tax expense 


41,935

1.1


59,669

1.7









Income from continuing operations


56,882

1.6


92,486

2.6










Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax benefit of $32 and $93, respectively


(48)

(0.0)


(142)

(0.0)









Net income 


$56,834

1.6


$92,344

2.6

















Earnings per common share - basic (a)
















Continuing operations


$0.94



$1.33











Discontinued operations


0.00



0.00











Net income 


$0.94



$1.32


















Earnings per common share - diluted (a)
















Continuing operations


$0.93



$1.31











Discontinued operations


0.00



0.00











Net income 


$0.92



$1.30


















Weighted average common shares outstanding
















Basic


60,780



69,708











Dilutive effect of share-based awards


698



1,058











Diluted


61,478



70,766










(a)

The earnings per share for Continuing Operations, Discontinued Operations and Net Income are separately calculated in accordance with accounting pronouncements; therefore, the sum of earnings per share for Continuing Operations and Discontinued Operations may differ, due to rounding, from the calculated earnings per share of Net Income.

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