Limited Brands Reports Second Quarter 2012 Earnings

— PROVIDES THIRD QUARTER AND RAISES FULL YEAR 2012 EARNINGS GUIDANCE —

15 Aug, 2012, 16:30 ET from Limited Brands, Inc.

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Limited Brands, Inc. (NYSE: LTD) today reported 2012 second quarter results.

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Second Quarter Results

Adjusted earnings per share for the second quarter ended July 28, 2012, were $0.50 compared to adjusted earnings per share of $0.48 for the quarter ended July 30, 2011.  Second quarter adjusted operating income was $308.9 million compared to $307.0 million last year, and adjusted net income was $147.2 million compared to $150.7 million last year.  Adjusted results exclude certain significant items as detailed below:

  • In 2012:  A pre-tax charge of $3.6 million, or $0.01 per share, related to La Senza store closures.
  • In 2011 (totaling to a benefit of $0.25 per share):  A non-taxable gain of $147.1 million, or $0.47 per share, and a pre-tax expense of $113.4 million, or $0.22 per share, related to the charitable contribution of all of the company's remaining shares of Express (NYSE: EXPR) to the Limited Brands Foundation.

Including the significant items above, reported second quarter earnings per share were $0.49 compared to $0.73 last year; operating income was $305.3 million compared to $193.5 million last year; and net income was $143.6 million compared to $231.2 million last year.

Comparable store sales for the second quarter increased 8 percent, and net sales were $2.399 billion compared to $2.458 billion last year.  Second quarter 2011 sales included $216.6 million attributable to the third party apparel sourcing business, which was sold in November 2011.

At the conclusion of this press release is a reconciliation of reported to adjusted results.

2012 Outlook

The company stated that it expects 2012 third quarter adjusted earnings per share to be $0.15 to $0.20 compared to adjusted earnings per share of $0.25 per share last year. 

For 2012, the company expects earnings per share of $2.73 to $2.88 versus its previous guidance of $2.63 to $2.83.

Earnings Call Information

Limited Brands will conduct its second quarter earnings call at 9 a.m. Eastern on Thursday, Aug. 16.  To listen, call 1-866-583-6618 (international dial-in number: 1-937-200-3978).  For an audio replay, call 1-866-NEWS-LTD (international replay number: 1-706-902-3452) or log onto www.Limitedbrands.com.  Additional second quarter financial information is also available at www.Limitedbrands.com.

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 second quarter earnings 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 second quarter earnings 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 second quarter earnings 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, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME 

THIRTEEN WEEKS ENDED JULY 28, 2012 AND JULY 30, 2011

(Unaudited)

(In thousands except per share amounts) 

2012

2011

Net Sales

$       2,399,095

$       2,458,135

Cost of Goods Sold, Buying and Occupancy

(1,456,621)

(1,556,037)

Gross Profit

942,474

902,098

General, Administrative and Store Operating Expenses

(637,136)

(708,565)

Operating Income

305,338

193,533

Interest Expense

(79,526)

(64,260)

Other (Expense) Income

3,747

146,749

Income Before Income Taxes

229,559

276,022

Provision for Income Taxes

85,910

44,828

Net Income 

$          143,649

$          231,194

Net Income Per Diluted Share

$               0.49

$               0.73

Weighted Average Shares Outstanding

296,030

314,800

LIMITED BRANDS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME 

THIRTEEN WEEKS ENDED JULY 28, 2012 AND JULY 30, 2011

(Unaudited)

(In thousands except per share amounts) 

2012

2011

Reported

Adjustments

Adjusted

Reported

Adjustments

Adjusted

Net Sales

$       2,399,095

$                    -

$       2,399,095

$       2,458,135

$                    -

$       2,458,135

Cost of Goods Sold,

Buying & Occupancy

(1,456,621)

2,800

(1,453,821)

(1,556,037)

-

(1,556,037)

Gross Profit

942,474

2,800

945,274

902,098

-

902,098

General, Administrative and

Store Operating Expenses

(637,136)

800

(636,336)

(708,565)

113,428

(595,137)

Operating Income

305,338

3,600

308,938

193,533

113,428

306,961

Interest Expense

(79,526)

-

(79,526)

(64,260)

-

(64,260)

Other (Expense) Income

3,747

-

3,747

146,749

(147,053)

(304)

Income Before Income Taxes

229,559

3,600

233,159

276,022

(33,625)

242,397

Provision for Income Taxes

85,910

-

85,910

44,828

46,850

91,678

Net Income 

$          143,649

$             3,600

$          147,249

$          231,194

$          (80,475)

$          150,719

Net Income Per Diluted Share

$               0.49

$               0.50

$               0.73

$               0.48

Weighted Average Shares Outstanding

296,030

296,030

314,800

314,800

See Notes to Consolidated Statements of Income and Reconciliation of Adjusted Results for additional information.

LIMITED BRANDS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME 

TWENTY SIX WEEKS ENDED JULY 28, 2012 AND JULY 30, 2011

(Unaudited)

(In thousands except per share amounts) 

2012

2011

Net Sales

$       4,552,879

$       4,675,152

Cost of Goods Sold, Buying and Occupancy

(2,708,442)

(2,931,326)

Gross Profit

1,844,437

1,743,826

General, Administrative and Store Operating Expenses

(1,245,873)

(1,333,470)

Operating Income

598,564

410,356

Interest Expense

(157,318)

(118,928)

Other (Expense) Income

1,438

233,237

Income Before Income Taxes

442,684

524,665

Provision for Income Taxes

174,477

128,300

Net Income 

$          268,207

$          396,365

Net Income Per Diluted Share

$               0.90

$               1.23

Weighted Average Shares Outstanding

298,634

321,636

LIMITED BRANDS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME 

TWENTY SIX WEEKS ENDED JULY 28, 2012 AND JULY 30, 2011

(Unaudited)

(In thousands except per share amounts) 

2012

2011

Reported

Adjustments

Adjusted

Reported

Adjustments

Adjusted

Net Sales

$       4,552,879

$                    -

$       4,552,879

$       4,675,152

$                    -

$       4,675,152

Cost of Goods Sold,

Buying & Occupancy

(2,708,442)

2,800

(2,705,642)

(2,931,326)

-

(2,931,326)

Gross Profit

1,844,437

2,800

1,847,237

1,743,826

-

1,743,826

General, Administrative and

Store Operating Expenses

(1,245,873)

800

(1,245,073)

(1,333,470)

163,428

(1,170,042)

Operating Income

598,564

3,600

602,164

410,356

163,428

573,784

Interest Expense

(157,318)

-

(157,318)

(118,928)

-

(118,928)

Other (Expense) Income

1,438

-

1,438

233,237

(233,478)

(241)

Income Before Income Taxes

442,684

3,600

446,284

524,665

(70,050)

454,615

Provision for Income Taxes

174,477

-

174,477

128,300

45,765

174,065

Net Income 

$          268,207

$             3,600

$          271,807

$          396,365

$         (115,815)

$          280,550

Net Income Per Diluted Share

$               0.90

$               0.91

$               1.23

$               0.87

Weighted Average Shares Outstanding

298,634

298,634

321,636

321,636

See Notes to Consolidated Statements of Income and Reconciliation of Adjusted Results for additional information.

LIMITED BRANDS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED RESULTS (Unaudited)

The "Adjusted Results" provided in the attached unaudited Consolidated Statements of Income and Reconciliation of Adjusted Results are non-GAAP financial measures and reflect the following:

Fiscal 2012

In the second quarter of 2012, adjusted results exclude the following:

  • $3.6 million ($3.6 million net of tax) of store closure costs at La Senza.

In the first quarter of 2012, there were no adjustments to results.

Fiscal 2011

In the second quarter of 2011, adjusted results exclude the following:

  • A $147.1 million non-taxable gain, included in other income and expense, and associated pre-tax expense of $113.4 million, included in general, administrative and store operating expenses, associated with our charitable contribution of Express, Inc. common stock to The Limited Brands Foundation.

In the first quarter of 2011, adjusted results exclude the following:

  • An $86.4 million pre-tax gain ($55.6 million net of tax), included in other income and expense, related to the sale of shares of Express, Inc. common stock.
  • A $50.0 million pre-tax expense ($31.2 million net of tax), included in general, administrative and store operating expenses, related to a pledge to The Limited Brands Foundation.
  • An $11.0 million tax benefit primarily related to the favorable resolution of certain discrete income tax matters.

The Unaudited Adjusted Consolidated Statements of Income should not be construed as an alternative to the reported results determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.  Further, the Company's definition of adjusted income information may differ from similarly titled measures used by other companies.  While it is not possible to predict future results, management believes the adjusted information is useful for the assessment of the ongoing operations of the Company. The Unaudited Adjusted Consolidated Statements of Income should be read in conjunction with the Company's historical financial statements and notes thereto contained in the Company's quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and annual report on Form 10-K.

SOURCE Limited Brands, Inc.



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