Limited Brands Reports Third Quarter 2012 Earnings -- Provides Fourth Quarter And Raises Full Year 2012 Earnings Guidance --

-- Authorizes $250 Million Share Repurchase Program --

-- Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend --

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Limited Brands, Inc. (NYSE: LTD) today reported 2012 third quarter results and increased its 2012 full-year earnings guidance.

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Third Quarter Results

Adjusted earnings per share for the third quarter ended Oct. 27, 2012 were $0.26 compared to $0.25 for the third quarter ended Oct. 29, 2011.  2011 earnings per share included approximately $0.03 attributable to the third party apparel sourcing business, which was sold in November 2011.  Excluding this amount from last year, adjusted earnings per share increased 18%. 

Adjusted third quarter operating income was $197.4 million compared to operating income of $186.1 million last year, and adjusted net income was $75.6 million compared to $77.6 million last year. Adjusted results exclude certain significant items as detailed below:

  • In 2012 (totaling to a charge of $0.01 per share): 
    • A pre-tax charge of $10.4 million, or $0.04 per share, related to La Senza store closures which were previously announced; and
    • A pre-tax gain of $12.7 million, or $0.03 per share, from cash distributions related to the company's Easton investments.
  •  In 2011:
    • An income tax benefit, primarily due to the resolution of certain tax matters, of $16.7 million, or $0.06 per share. 

Including the significant items above, reported third quarter earnings per share were $0.25 compared to $0.31 last year; operating income was $186.9 million compared to $186.1 million last year; and net income was $73.4 million compared to $94.3 million last year.

The company reported a comparable store sales increase of 5 percent for the third quarter ended Oct. 27, 2012, compared to the third quarter ended Oct. 29, 2011.  The company reported net sales of $2.050 billion for the third quarter ended Oct. 27, 2012, compared to net sales of $2.173 billion last year.

Third quarter 2011 net sales included $258.7 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 fourth quarter earnings of $1.62 to $1.77 per share.  For 2012, the company increased its adjusted earnings per share forecast to $2.78 to $2.93.

Share Repurchase Program and Regular Quarterly Dividend

The company's board of directors has authorized a $250 million share repurchase program, which includes $49.6 million remaining under the previous $500 million program.  The company said it may repurchase shares from time to time in the open market or through privately negotiated transactions, depending on prevailing market conditions, alternative uses of capital and other factors.

The company also declared its regular quarterly dividend of $0.25 per share payable on Dec. 10, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Nov. 26, 2012.

Earnings Call Information

Limited Brands will conduct its third quarter earnings call at 9 a.m. Eastern time on Thursday, Nov. 15.  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 third 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 2,626 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 third 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 third 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 third 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 OCTOBER 27, 2012 AND OCTOBER 29, 2011

(Unaudited)

(In thousands except per share amounts) 




2012


2011
















Reported


Adjustments


Adjusted


Reported


Adjustments


Adjusted

Net Sales

$       2,050,189


$                    -


$       2,050,189


$       2,173,420


$                    -


$       2,173,420

Cost of Goods Sold,













Buying & Occupancy

(1,225,063)


10,437


(1,214,626)


(1,388,143)


-


(1,388,143)

Gross Profit

825,126


10,437


835,563


785,277


-


785,277

General, Administrative and













Store Operating Expenses

(638,178)




(638,178)


(599,175)




(599,175)

Operating Income

186,948


10,437


197,385


186,102


-


186,102

Interest Expense

(77,155)


-


(77,155)


(63,860)


-


(63,860)

Other (Loss) Income

17,603


(12,745)


4,858


(368)




(368)














Income Before Income Taxes

127,396


(2,308)


125,088


121,874


-


121,874

Provision for Income Taxes

54,036


(4,588)


49,448


27,597


16,691


44,288



























Net Income 

$           73,360


$             2,280


$           75,640


$           94,277


$          (16,691)


$           77,586














Net Income Per Diluted Share

$               0.25




$               0.26


$               0.31




$               0.25














Weighted Average Shares Outstanding

294,386




294,386


307,928




307,928



























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

 

LIMITED BRANDS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME 

THIRTY NINE WEEKS ENDED OCTOBER 27, 2012 AND OCTOBER 29, 2011

(Unaudited)

(In thousands except per share amounts) 




2012


2011
















Reported


Adjustments


Adjusted


Reported


Adjustments


Adjusted

Net Sales

$       6,603,068


$                    -


$       6,603,068


$       6,848,572


$                    -


$       6,848,572

Cost of Goods Sold,













Buying & Occupancy

(3,933,506)


13,237


(3,920,269)


(4,319,469)


-


(4,319,469)

Gross Profit

2,669,562


13,237


2,682,799


2,529,103


-


2,529,103

General, Administrative and













Store Operating Expenses

(1,884,050)


800


(1,883,250)


(1,932,645)


163,428


(1,769,217)

Operating Income

785,512


14,037


799,549


596,458


163,428


759,886

Interest Expense

(234,473)


-


(234,473)


(182,788)


-


(182,788)

Other (Loss) Income

19,041


(12,745)


6,296


232,868


(233,478)


(610)














Income Before Income Taxes

570,080


1,292


571,372


646,538


(70,050)


576,488

Provision for Income Taxes

228,513


(4,588)


223,925


155,897


62,456


218,353














Net Income 

$          341,567


$             5,880


$          347,447


$          490,641


$         (132,506)


$          358,135














Net Income Per Diluted Share

$               1.15




$               1.17


$               1.55




$               1.13














Weighted Average Shares Outstanding

297,218




297,218


317,067




317,067








































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 third quarter of 2012, adjusted results exclude the following:

  • $10.4 million ($10.4 million net of tax) of store closure costs at La Senza.
  • A $12.7 million pre-tax gain ($8.2 million net of tax), included in other income, from $13.4 million of cash distributions related to the company's Easton investments.

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 third quarter of 2011, adjusted results exclude the following:

  • A $16.7 million tax benefit related to the favorable resolution of certain discrete income tax matters.

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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