Sears Holdings Reports First Quarter 2013 Results

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sears Holdings Corporation ("Holdings," "we," "us," "our" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: SHLD) today reported its first quarter 2013 results. In summary, we reported:

  • Net loss attributable to Holdings' shareholders of $279 million, or $2.63 loss per diluted share, compared to net income of $189 million, or $1.78 earnings per diluted share, in the prior year quarter;
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $(8) million for the first quarter of 2013 compared to $160 million in the prior year quarter;
  • Adjusted loss per diluted share for the quarter of $1.29 and $0.51 in 2013 and 2012, respectively;
  • Domestic comparable store sales declined 3.6% in the first quarter of 2013, as much of the country experienced a cooler spring than last year. Sears Canada's comparable store sales declined 2.6% in the quarter;
  • Our online business on sears.com and kmart.com grew 20% over the prior year first quarter;
  • SHOP YOUR WAY members generated over 60% of our revenues at Sears Domestic and Kmart;
  • Gross margin rate decreased 220 basis points for the first quarter of 2013 compared to the prior year first quarter; and
  • Continued discipline of our investment in inventory with Domestic inventory declining $903 million from the prior year first quarter. Excluding the inventory related to the Sears Hometown and Outlet businesses, Domestic inventory declined approximately $500 million.

"Our recent financial performance has not been acceptable, although we have seen some positive momentum as sales per member increased and our online business grew 20% in the quarter," said Eddie Lampert, Sears Holdings' Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "During the quarter, we have accelerated our activity to transform Sears Holdings into a leading Integrated Retailer that fosters relationships with members through our SHOP YOUR WAY platform. We launched new mobile capabilities, like Member Assist, which allows our members to communicate directly with our consultative store sales staff remotely in a manner most convenient for our members. We believe that if we leverage technology to provide our members with the easiest, most seamless shopping experience possible, we will be successful."

First Quarter Revenues and Comparable Store Sales

Revenues decreased $818 million to $8.5 billion for the quarter ended May 4, 2013, as compared to revenues of $9.3 billion for the quarter ended April 28, 2012. The decrease in revenue was primarily due to the effect of having fewer Kmart and Sears Full-line stores in operation, lower comparable store sales and the separation of the Sears Hometown and Outlet businesses which occurred in the third quarter of 2012. We recorded revenues from Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. ("SHO") of approximately $430 million, primarily related to merchandise sold to SHO for resale, in the first quarter of 2013. The prior year quarter included revenues of approximately $620 million related to the Sears Hometown and Outlet businesses' merchandise sales to its customers. Domestic store closures accounted for approximately $375 million of the decrease from the prior year quarter. First quarter revenues also included a decrease of $19 million due to foreign currency exchange rates.

For the quarter, domestic comparable store sales declined 3.6%, comprised of decreases of 4.6% at Kmart and 2.4% at Sears Domestic. The decline at Kmart reflects decreases in most categories, with the largest declines occurring in our highly competitive transactional categories such as grocery & household, pharmacy and drugstore. The decline at Sears Domestic of 2.4% predominately was driven by weather related declines in the lawn & garden category. Excluding lawn & garden, comparable store sales would have increased 0.3%. This slight increase was due to increases in the apparel and home categories, which were partially offset by declines in the consumer electronics and tools categories. The Sears Domestic apparel category has achieved comparable store sales increases for seven consecutive quarters.

Operating Performance

For the quarter, our gross margin decreased $411 million to $2.2 billion in 2013 due to the above noted decline in sales as well as a decline in gross margin rate for the quarter. Gross margin included expense of $8 million in the first quarter of 2013 related to store closings while the first quarter of 2012 included gross margin of $159 million from the Sears Hometown and Outlet businesses. Excluding these items, gross margin decreased $244 million.

As compared to the prior year, Kmart's gross margin rate for the first quarter declined 220 basis points primarily due to decreases in the apparel and grocery & household categories, resulting from increased clearance markdowns and timing of vendor allowances, respectively. Sears Domestic's gross margin rate declined 250 basis points for the quarter primarily due to selling merchandise to SHO at cost pursuant to the terms of the separation, which accounted for approximately 160 basis points of the decline. We also experienced a decrease in the automotive category due to increased commodity costs. Sears Canada's gross margin rate declined 90 basis points for the first quarter due to an increase in inventory reserve requirements.

Selling and administrative expenses decreased $227 million in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the prior year quarter and included expenses related to domestic pension plans, store closings and severance of $46 million and $75 million for 2013 and 2012, respectively. The first quarter of 2012 also included selling and administrative expenses of $122 million related to the Sears Hometown and Outlet businesses. Excluding these items, selling and administrative expenses declined $76 million due to decreases in payroll and advertising expenses.

We reported an operating loss of $247 million for the first quarter of 2013 which compares to operating income of $315 million for the first quarter of 2012. Operating loss for the first quarter of 2013 included expenses related to domestic pension plans, store closings, store impairments and severance, which aggregated to $63 million. Operating income for the first quarter of 2012 included expenses related to domestic pension plans, store closings and severance, as well as gains on sales of assets and operating income from the Sears Hometown and Outlet businesses which aggregated to operating income of $346 million. Excluding these items, we would have had an operating loss of $184 million and $31 million in the first quarter of 2013 and 2012, respectively. See the attached schedule, "Adjusted Earnings per Share," for a reconciliation from GAAP to as adjusted amounts, including adjusted earnings per diluted share.

Our effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2013 was a benefit of 3.0% compared with an expense rate of 25.7% in 2012. Our tax rate continues to reflect the effect of not recognizing the benefit of current period losses in certain domestic jurisdictions where it is not more likely than not that such benefits would be realized. In addition, the first quarter of 2013 benefited from favorable audit settlements.

Our fiscal 2013 first quarter was comprised of the 13-week period ended May 4, 2013, while our fiscal 2012 first quarter was comprised of the 13-week period ended April 28, 2012. This one week shift in sales had no impact on the domestic comparable store sales results reported herein due to the fact that for purposes of reporting domestic comparable store sales for the first quarter, weeks one through 13 for fiscal 2013 have been compared to weeks two through 14 of fiscal year 2012, thereby eliminating the impact of the one week shift.

Financial Position

"Last November, we announced that we would be considering actions to raise at least $500 million of additional liquidity in 2013," said Rob Schriesheim, Sears Holdings' Chief Financial Officer. "As one of a number of options available to us, we are currently in the process of evaluating strategic alternatives for our Protection Agreement business, including a possible sale, joint venture or recapitalization of the business, or some combination of these alternatives. These alternatives could, if successful, create additional liquidity, in excess of our minimum target of $500 million, but there is of course no assurance that we will complete any transaction relating to the Protection Agreement business in 2013. Regardless of the outcome of this process, Protection Agreements are and will continue to be an integral part of our value proposition for our members, particularly in our Home Appliance business. Sears of course will continue to service all existing agreements as well as continue to sell and service protection agreements going forward."

We had cash balances of $481 million at May 4, 2013 ($378 million domestic and $103 million at Sears Canada) as compared to $618 million ($380 million domestic and $238 million at Sears Canada) at February 2, 2013. The decrease in cash during the first quarter of 2013 was primarily due to higher working capital needs at Sears Canada.

Merchandise inventories at May 4, 2013 were $7.9 billion, as compared to $8.8 billion at April 28, 2012. Domestic inventory decreased $903 million to $7.1 billion at May 4, 2013. Excluding the inventory related to the Sears Hometown and Outlet businesses, domestic inventory decreased approximately $500 million from the prior year's first quarter driven by both improved productivity and store closures. Sears Domestic inventory decreased in virtually all categories, with the most notable decreases in the tools, consumer electronics and apparel categories. Kmart inventory also decreased in virtually all categories with the most notable decreases in the consumer electronics, grocery & household, drugstore and apparel categories.

Total debt (consisting of short-term borrowings, long-term debt and capital lease obligations) was $3.8 billion at May 4, 2013, compared to $3.1 billion at February 2, 2013. The increase in borrowings funded the quarterly operations, including the loss for the period, seasonal inventory build, pension contributions and capital expenditures. Availability under our credit facilities was $1.8 billion ($1.2 billion domestic and $0.6 billion at Sears Canada, prior to taking into consideration possible reserves) at May 4, 2013.

Adjusted EBITDA

In addition to our net income (loss) determined in accordance with GAAP, for purposes of evaluating operating performance, we use an Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA") measurement. Adjusted EBITDA is computed as net income (loss) attributable to Sears Holdings Corporation appearing on the statements of operations excluding income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests, income tax (expense) benefit, interest expense, interest and investment income, depreciation and amortization and gain on sales of assets. In addition, it is adjusted to exclude certain significant items as set forth below. Our management uses Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate the operating performance of our businesses, as well as executive compensation metrics, for comparable periods. Adjusted EBITDA should not be used by investors or other third parties as the sole basis for formulating investment decisions as it excludes a number of important cash and non-cash recurring items. While Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measurement, management believes that it is an important indicator of operating performance because:

  • EBITDA excludes the effects of financing and investing activities by eliminating the effects of interest and depreciation costs;
  • Management considers gains/(losses) on the sale of assets to result from investing decisions rather than ongoing operations; and
  • Other significant items, while periodically affecting our results, may vary significantly from period to period and have a disproportionate effect in a given period, which affects the comparability of results, including the results of the Sears Hometown and Outlet businesses that were included in our results of operations prior to the separation.

Adjusted EBITDA was determined as follows:



13 Weeks Ended

millions


May 4,

2013


April 28,

2012

Net income (loss) attributable to SHC per statement of operations


$

(279)


$

189

Income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests


(13)


5

Income tax expense (benefit)


(9)


67

Interest expense


61


66

Interest and investment income


(7)


(12)

Operating income (loss)


(247)


315

Depreciation and amortization


191


202

Gain on sales of assets


(14)


(395)

Before excluded items


(70)


122






Closed store reserve and severance


13


34

Domestic pension expense


41


41

Impairment charges


8


Adjusted EBITDA


$

(8)


$

197






SHO separation



(37)

Adjusted EBITDA as defined


$

(8)


$

160

% to revenues


(0.1)%


1.8%

Adjusted EBITDA for our segments was as follows:



13 Weeks Ended



Adjusted EBITDA


% To Revenues

millions


May 4,

2013



April 28,

2012


May 4,

2013


April 28,

2012

Kmart

$


$

101


—%


3.0%

Sears Domestic


3



71


0.1%


1.6%

Sears Canada


(11)



(12)


(1.3)%


(1.3)%

Total Adjusted EBITDA as defined

$

(8)


$

160


(0.1)%


1.8%

Forward-Looking Statements

Results are preliminary and unaudited. This press release contains forward-looking statements about our expectations for the first quarter of fiscal 2013. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of our management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements: our ability to offer merchandise and services that our customers want, including our proprietary brand products; our ability to successfully implement our integrated retail strategy; our ability to successfully implement initiatives to improve our liquidity through inventory management and other actions; competitive conditions in the retail and related services industries; worldwide economic conditions and business uncertainty, including the availability of consumer and commercial credit, changes in consumer confidence and spending, the impact of rising fuel prices, and changes in vendor relationships; possible limits on our access to capital markets and other financing sources, including incremental financings under the accordion feature of our domestic credit agreement and additional second lien financings, with respect to which we do not have commitments from our lenders; our ability to successfully achieve our plans to generate liquidity, reduce inventory and reduce fixed costs; whether we choose to pursue, and, if so, our ability to complete, possible strategic alternatives we are exploring, including with respect to our protection agreement business on terms that are favorable to us, on intended timetables or at all; vendors' lack of willingness to provide acceptable payment terms or otherwise restricting financing to purchase inventory or services; the impact of seasonal buying patterns, including seasonal fluctuations due to weather conditions, which are difficult to forecast with certainty; our dependence on sources outside the United States for significant amounts of our merchandise; our extensive reliance on computer systems, including legacy systems, to implement our integrated retail strategy, process transactions, summarize results and manage our business, which may be subject to disruptions or security breaches; our reliance on third parties to provide us with services in connection with the administration of certain aspects of our business and the transfer of significant internal historical knowledge of such parties; impairment charges for goodwill and intangible assets or fixed-asset impairment for long-lived assets; our ability to attract, motivate and retain key executives and other associates; our ability to protect or preserve the image of our brands; the outcome of pending and/or future legal proceedings, including product liability claims and proceedings with respect to which the parties have reached a preliminary settlement; and the timing and amount of required pension plan funding; and other risks, uncertainties and factors discussed in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We intend the forward-looking statements to speak only as of the time made and do not undertake to update or revise them as more information becomes available.

About Sears Holdings Corporation

Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) is a leading integrated retailer with more than 2,500 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada and the home of SHOP YOUR WAY, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through ShopYourWay.com. Sears Holdings is the leading home appliance retailer as well as a leader in tools, lawn and garden, fitness equipment and automotive repair and maintenance. Key proprietary brands include Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard, with a broad apparel offering, including such well-known labels as Lands' End, the Kardashian Kollection, Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer, as well as Sofia by Sofia Vergara and The Country Living Home Collection. We are the nation's largest provider of home services, with more than 14 million service and installation calls made annually, and have a long-established commitment to those who serve in the military through initiatives like the Heroes at Home program. We have been named the 2011 Mobile Retailer of the Year, Recipient of the 2013 ENERGY STAR® " Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award" for Product Retailing and Energy Management and one of the Top 20 Best Places to Work for Recent Grads. Sears Holdings Corporation operates through its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation. For more information, visit Sears Holdings' website at www.searsholdings.com. Twitter: @searsholdings || Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SHCCareers

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Sears Holdings Corporation

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)





Amounts are Preliminary and Subject to Change





13 Weeks Ended

millions, except per share data


May 4,

2013


April 28,

2012

REVENUES





Merchandise sales and services


$

8,452


$

9,270

COSTS AND EXPENSES





Cost of sales, buying and occupancy


6,296


6,703

Gross margin dollars


2,156


2,567

Gross margin rate


25.5%


27.7%

Selling and administrative


2,218


2,445

Selling and administrative expense as a percentage of total revenues


26.2%


26.4%

Depreciation and amortization


191


202

Impairment charges


8


Gain on sales of assets


(14)


(395)

Total costs and expenses


8,699


8,955

Operating income (loss)


(247)


315

Interest expense


(61)


(66)

Interest and investment income


7


12

Income (loss) before income taxes


(301)


261

Income tax (expense) benefit


9


(67)

Net income (loss)


(292)


194

(Income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests


13


(5)

NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO HOLDINGS' SHAREHOLDERS


$

(279)


$

189






NET INCOME (LOSS) PER COMMON SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO HOLDINGS' SHAREHOLDERS





Diluted earnings (loss) per share


$

(2.63)


$

1.78

Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding


106.0


106.1






Sears Holdings Corporation

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets


Amounts are Preliminary and Subject to Change









(Unaudited)










millions


May 4,

2013


April 28,

2012


February 2,

2013

ASSETS







Current assets







Cash and cash equivalents


$

471


$

777


$

609

Restricted cash


10


7


9

Accounts receivable


608


644


635

Merchandise inventories


7,900


8,817


7,558

Prepaid expenses and other current assets


462


383


454

Total current assets


9,451


10,628


9,265

Property and equipment, net


5,910


6,436


6,053

Goodwill


379


841


379

Trade names and other intangible assets


2,871


2,922


2,881

Other assets


785


780


762

TOTAL ASSETS


$

19,396


$

21,607


$

19,340








LIABILITIES







Current liabilities







Short-term borrowings


$

1,754


$

1,103


$

1,094

Current portion of long-term debt and capitalized lease obligations


72


151


83

Merchandise payables


2,862


3,258


2,761

Other current liabilities


2,403


2,885


2,683

Unearned revenues


922


961


931

Other taxes


440


511


480

Short-term deferred tax liabilities


382


518


382

Total current liabilities


8,835


9,387


8,414

Long-term debt and capitalized lease obligations


1,929


1,975


1,943

Pension and postretirement benefits


2,638


2,666


2,730

Other long-term liabilities


2,107


2,134


2,126

Long-term deferred tax liabilities


966


867


955

Total Liabilities


16,475


17,029


16,168

EQUITY







Total Equity


2,921


4,578


3,172

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY


$

19,396


$

21,607


$

19,340








Total common shares outstanding


106.4


106.4


106.4

 


Sears Holdings Corporation

Segment Results

(Unaudited)









Amounts are Preliminary and Subject to Change











13 Weeks Ended May 4, 2013

millions, except store data

Kmart


Sears
Domestic


Sears
Canada


Sears
Holdings

Merchandise sales and services

$

3,103


$

4,507


$

842


$

8,452









Cost of sales, buying and occupancy

2,398


3,293


605


6,296

Gross margin dollars

705


1,214


237


2,156

Gross margin rate

22.7%


26.9%


28.1%


25.5%









Selling and administrative

713


1,255


250


2,218

Selling and administrative expense as a percentage of total revenues

23.0%


27.8%


29.7%


26.2%

Depreciation and amortization

33


133


25


191

Impairment charges


8



8

Gain on sales of assets

(13)


(1)



(14)

Total costs and expenses

3,131


4,688


880


8,699

Operating loss

$

(28)


$

(181)


$

(38)


$

(247)









Number of:








Kmart Stores

1,211




1,211

Full-Line Stores


798


118


916

Specialty Stores


53


343


396

Total Stores

1,211


851


461


2,523


















13 Weeks Ended April 28, 2012

millions, except store data

Kmart


Sears
Domestic


Sears
Canada


Sears
Holdings

Merchandise sales and services

$

3,415


$

4,938


$

917


$

9,270









Cost of sales, buying and occupancy

2,565


3,487


651


6,703

Gross margin dollars

850


1,451


266


2,567

Gross margin rate

24.9%


29.4%


29.0%


27.7%









Selling and administrative

752


1,415


278


2,445

Selling and administrative expense as a percentage of total revenues

22.0%


28.7%


30.3%


26.4%

Depreciation and amortization

33


143


26


202

Gain on sales of assets

(5)


(228)


(162)


(395)

Total costs and expenses

3,345


4,817


793


8,955

Operating income

$

70


$

121


$

124


$

315









Number of:








Kmart Stores

1,290




1,290

Full-Line Stores


831


122


953

Specialty Stores


1,302


371


1,673

Total Stores

1,290


2,133


493


3,916

 

 


Sears Holdings Corporation

Adjusted EBITDA




Amounts are Preliminary and Subject to Change



13 Weeks Ended



May 4, 2013


April 28, 2012

millions


Kmart


Sears Domestic


Sears Canada


Sears Holdings


Kmart


Sears Domestic


Sears Canada


Sears Holdings

Operating income (loss) per statement of operations


$

(28)


$

(181)


$

(38)


$

(247)


$

70


$

121


$

124


$

315

Depreciation and amortization


33


133


25


191


33


143


26


202

Gain on sales of assets


(13)


(1)



(14)


(5)


(228)


(162)


(395)

Before excluded items


(8)


(49)


(13)


(70)


98


36


(12)


122



















Closed store reserve and severance


8


3


2


13


3


31



34

Domestic pension expense



41



41



41



41

Impairment charges



8



8





Adjusted EBITDA


$


$

3


$

(11)


$

(8)


$

101


$

108


$

(12)


$

197

















SHO separation







(37)



(37)

Adjusted EBITDA as defined


$


$

3


$

(11)


$

(8)


$

101


$

71


$

(12)


$

160

% to  revenues


—%


0.1%


(1.3)%


(0.1)%


3.0%


1.6%

%

(1.3)%


1.8%



































Sears Holdings Corporation

Adjusted Earnings per Share



Amounts are Preliminary and Subject to Change





13 Weeks Ended May 4, 2013




Adjustments


millions, except per share data

GAAP


Domestic

Pension

Expense


Closed Store
Reserve, Store
Impairments
and Severance


Tax Matters


As
Adjusted

Gross margin impact

$

2,156


$


$

8


$


$

2,164

Selling and administrative impact

2,218


(41)


(5)



2,172

Depreciation and amortization impact

191



(1)



190

Impairment charges impact

8



(8)



Operating loss impact

(247)


41


22



(184)

Income tax benefit impact

9


(15)


(9)


104


89

Loss attributable to noncontrolling interest impact

13



(1)



12

After tax and noncontrolling interest impact

(279)


26


12


104


(137)

Diluted loss per share impact

$

(2.63)


$

0.25


$

0.11


$

0.98


$

(1.29)

 




 



13 Weeks Ended April 28, 2012




Adjustments


millions, except per share data

GAAP


Domestic

Pension

Expense


Closed Store

Reserve and

Severance


Gain on Sales of Assets


Mark-to-Market Gains


Tax Matters


As Adjusted - Reported


SHO Separation


As Adjusted (1)

Gross margin impact

$

2,567


$


$


$


$


$


$

2,567


$

(159)


$

2,408

Selling and administrative impact

2,445


(41)


(34)





2,370


(122)


2,248

Depreciation and amortization impact

202







202


(2)


200

Gain on sales of assets impact

(395)




386




(9)



(9)

Operating income impact

315


41


34


(386)




4


(35)


(31)

Interest expense impact

(66)







(66)


1


(65)

Other income impact





1



1



1

Income tax expense impact

(67)


(15)


(13)


145



(37)


13


13


26

Income attributable to noncontrolling interest impact

(5)




8




3



3

After tax and noncontrolling interest impact

189


26


21


(233)


1


(37)


(33)


(21)


(54)

Diluted earnings per share impact

$

1.78


$

0.25


$

0.20


$

(2.20)


$

0.01


$

(0.35)


$

(0.31)


$

(0.20)


$

(0.51)

 

(1)

Adjusted to reflect the results of the Sears Hometown and Outlet businesses that were included in our results of operations prior to the separation.

 

SOURCE Sears Holdings Corporation



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