Limited Brands Reports July 2012 Sales, Raises Second Quarter Earnings Guidance and Declares $1 Per Share Special Dividend - Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend -

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Limited Brands, Inc. (NYSE: LTD) reported a comparable store sales increase of 12 percent for the four weeks ended July 28, 2012, compared to the four weeks ended July 30, 2011.  The company reported net sales of $649.8 million for the four weeks ended July 28, 2012, compared to net sales of $660.4 million last year.

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The company reported a comparable store sales increase of 8 percent for the second quarter ended July 28, 2012, compared to the second quarter ended July 30, 2011.  The company reported net sales of $2.399 billion for the second quarter ended July 28, 2012, compared to sales of $2.458 billion last year.

The company reported a comparable store sales increase of 8 percent for the 26 weeks ended July 28, 2012, compared to the 26 weeks ended July 30, 2011.  The company reported net sales of $4.553 billion for the 26 weeks ended July 28, 2012, compared to sales of $4.675 billion last year.

July 2011, 2011 second quarter and 2011 year-to-date sales included $67.7 million, $216.6 million and $430.6 million, respectively, attributable to the third party apparel sourcing business, which was sold in November 2011.

The company now expects to report second quarter adjusted earnings per share of $0.46 to $0.48 cents versus its previous guidance of $0.40 to $0.45 cents.  

Special and Regular Dividend

Consistent with its ongoing commitment to return value to shareholders, the company announced that its Board of Directors has declared a special dividend of $1 per share and its regular quarterly dividend of $0.25 per share, both of which will be paid on Sept. 7, 2012, to shareholders of record at the close of business on Aug. 23, 2012.  With this distribution, the company will have returned over $13 billion to shareholders since 2000.  This is the company's 151st consecutive quarterly dividend.

To hear further commentary provided on Limited Brands' prerecorded July sales message, call 1-866-639-7583 (1-866-NEWS-LTD), or log onto www.Limitedbrands.com for an audio replay.  The company will report its second quarter earnings results after the close of the market on Aug. 15 and will conduct its second quarter earnings call at 9 a.m. Eastern on Aug. 16.  

ABOUT LIMITED BRANDS:

Limited Brands, through Victoria's Secret, Pink, Bath & Body Works, La Senza and Henri Bendel, is an international company.  The company operates 2,619 specialty stores in the United States and its brands are sold in more than 700 company-operated and franchised additional locations world-wide.  The company's products are also available online at www.VictoriasSecret.com, www.BathandBodyWorks.com, www.HenriBendel.com and www.LaSenza.com.

Limited Brands b-roll footage of stores is available through our online newsroom.

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

Limited Brands, Inc. cautions 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 the July sales call 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 the July sales call:

  • 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 a high volume of mall traffic and the possible lack of 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 into international markets and related risks;
  • our independent licensees and franchisees;
  • our direct channel business;
  • our failure to protect our reputation and our brand images;
  • our failure to protect our trade names, trademarks and patents;
  • the highly competitive nature of the retail industry generally and the segments in which we operate particularly;
  • consumer acceptance of our products and our ability to keep up with fashion trends, develop new merchandise and launch new product lines successfully;
  • our reliance on foreign sources of production, including risks related to:
    • political instability;
    • duties, taxes and other charges on imports;
    • legal and regulatory matters;
    • volatility in currency exchange rates;
    • local business practices and political issues;
    • potential delays or disruptions in shipping and related pricing impacts;
    • the disruption of imports by labor disputes; and
    • changing expectations regarding product safety due to new legislation;
  • stock price volatility;
  • our failure to maintain our credit rating;
  • our ability to service our debt;
  • our ability to retain key personnel;
  • our ability to attract, develop and retain qualified employees and manage labor costs;
  • the inability of our manufacturers to deliver products in a timely manner and meet quality standards;
  • fluctuations in product input costs;
  • fluctuations in energy costs;
  • increases in the costs of mailing, paper and printing;
  • claims arising from our self-insurance;
  • our ability to implement and maintain information technology systems;
  • our failure to comply with regulatory requirements;
  • tax matters; and
  • legal and compliance 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 or the July sales call 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. Additional information regarding these and other factors can be found in "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in our 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

LIMITED BRANDS
JULY 2012

Comparable Store Sales Increase (Decrease):


 

July

2012

 

July

 2011

Second

Quarter 2012

Second

Quarter 2011

Year to Date

2012

Year to Date

2011








Victoria's Secret Stores

12%

9%

10%

12%

10%

15%

Bath & Body Works

17%

2%

7%

4%

7%

7%

La Senza

(5%)

2%

(3%)

1%

(2%)

(1%)

Limited Brands

12%

6%

8%

9%

8%

12%

Victoria's Secret Direct Sales

 

1%

 

5%

 

3%

 

0%

 

4%

 

3%

 

Total Sales (Millions):


Second
Quarter 2012


Second
Quarter 2011


Year-to-date

 2012


Year-to-date

2011









Victoria's Secret Stores

$ 1,170.1


$ 1,063.6


$ 2,257.9


$ 2,050.1

Victoria's Secret Direct

406.6


392.9


788.6


761.9

Total Victoria's Secret

$ 1,576.7


$ 1,456.5


$ 3,046.5


$ 2,812.0

Bath & Body Works

$ 609.1


$ 563.0


$ 1,114.1


$ 1,042.7

La Senza

$ 94.9


$ 114.2


$ 170.2


$ 202.5

Total Other

$ 118.4


$ 324.4


$ 222.1


$ 617.9

Limited Brands

$ 2,399.1


$ 2,458.1


$ 4,552.9


$ 4,675.1


Total Company-Operated Stores:


Stores

 

Year-to-date

Stores


Operating

Operating


at 1/28/12

Opened

Closed

at 7/28/12






Victoria's Secret Stores

1,017

12

(14)

1,015

Bath & Body Works

1,587

3

(9)

1,581

Henri Bendel

19

4

-

23

   Total United States

2,623

19

(23)

2,619






La Senza Canada

230

-

(33)

197

Bath & Body Works Canada

69

1

(1)

69

Victoria's Secret Canada

19

1

-

20

Total Limited Brands

2,941

22

(57)

2,906

 

 

SOURCE Limited Brands, Inc.



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