CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) today announced that its comparable sales on an owned plus licensed basis rose by 2.7 percent in the months of November and December 2014 combined, compared with the same period last year. This tracks within the company’s guidance, provided on Nov. 12, 2014, for a comparable sales increase of 2 percent to 3 percent on an owned plus licensed basis in the full fourth quarter of 2014.
On an owned basis, comparable sales rose by 2.1 percent in the combined November/December period, consistent with the company’s guidance for an increase of 1.8 percent to 2.8 percent in the full fourth quarter.
(Editor’s Note: Macy’s, Inc. this afternoon also issued a separate news release outlining the evolution of the company’s business model and reinvestment for continued growth.)
“We feel very good about our performance in the November/December period as we reversed trend from a soft third quarter and set the stage for continued progress going forward. Our success was rooted in the ability of our exceptional team to thoroughly execute our M.O.M. strategies (My Macy’s localization, Omnichannel integration and Magic Selling customer engagement), and our passion for delivering the right combination of fashion, freshness, value and service to our customers,” said Terry J. Lundgren, Macy’s, Inc. chairman and chief executive officer. “Our digital strategies represent an increasingly important driver of the business. Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s websites, apps and fulfillment systems performed exceptionally well in the holiday season. Moreover, we are pleased with the convenience and customer access provided by the full companywide rollout of Buy Online Pickup in Store, as well as the initial positive results from our pilot of Same Day Delivery in eight selected markets. These innovations demonstrated the power of the stores working in collaboration with online and mobile to satisfy customer demand no matter how the customer is shopping.”
Please see the last page of this news release for important information regarding the calculation of the company’s comparable sales on an owned basis and comparable sales on an owned plus licensed basis.
Macy’s, Inc. is narrowing its guidance to the upside for comparable sales growth on an owned plus licensed basis in the fourth quarter of 2014 to a range of 2.5 percent to 3 percent (from previous guidance of up between 2 percent and 3 percent) – which calculates to guidance for comparable sales on an owned plus licensed basis in the full-year 2014 to grow by approximately 1.4 percent to 1.5 percent (from previous guidance of up 1.2 percent to 1.5 percent).
On an owned basis, fourth quarter comparable sales are now expected in the range of 1.9 percent to 2.4 percent (from previous guidance of up between 1.8 percent to 2.8 percent) – which calculates to guidance for comparable sales on an owned basis in the full-year 2014 to grow by approximately 0.7 percent to 0.8 percent (from previous guidance of up 0.7 percent to 1 percent).
The company is maintaining its full-year 2014 earnings guidance (revised on Nov. 12, 2014) in the range of $4.25 to $4.35 per diluted share. This guidance excludes estimated charges of $100 million to $110 million related to today’s announcement of merchandising and marketing restructuring, store and field adjustments, store closings and asset impairment charges, as well as approximately $17 million of interest expense related to the make-whole premium for the previously announced early retirement of debt. Please see the last page of this news release for additional information.
Fourth Quarter Announcement
Macy’s, Inc. is scheduled to report fourth quarter sales and earnings on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Additional detail on financial performance will be provided at that time. The company will webcast a call with financial analysts and investors at 10:30 a.m. ET on Feb. 24. Macy’s, Inc.’s webcast is accessible to the media and general public via the company's website at www.macysinc.com. Analysts and investors may call in on 1-800-835-9927, passcode 8920673. A replay of the conference call can be accessed on the website or by calling 1-888-203-1112 (same passcode) about two hours after the conclusion of the call.
Macy’s, Inc., with corporate offices in Cincinnati and New York, is one of the nation’s premier retailers, with fiscal 2013 sales of $27.931 billion. The company operates about 840 stores in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico under the names of Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, as well as the macys.com and bloomingdales.com websites. The company also operates 13 Bloomingdale’s Outlet stores. Bloomingdale’s in Dubai is operated by Al Tayer Group LLC under a license agreement.
All statements in this press release that are not statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Macy’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this release because of a variety of factors, including conditions to, or changes in the timing of, proposed transactions, prevailing interest rates and non-recurring charges, competitive pressures from specialty stores, general merchandise stores, off-price and discount stores, manufacturers’ outlets, the Internet, mail-order catalogs and television shopping and general consumer spending levels, including the impact of the availability and level of consumer debt, the effect of weather and other factors identified in documents filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Important Information Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The Company reports its financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). However, management believes that certain non-GAAP financial measures provide users of the Company's financial information with additional useful information in evaluating operating performance. See below for supplemental financial data and a corresponding reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed as supplementing, and not as an alternative or substitute for, the Company's financial results prepared in accordance with GAAP. Certain of the items that may be excluded or included in this non-GAAP financial measure may be significant items that could impact the Company's financial position, results of operations and cash flows and should therefore be considered in assessing the Company's actual financial condition and performance. Additionally, the amounts received by the Company on account of sales of departments licensed to third parties are limited to commissions received on such sales. The methods used by the Company to calculate its non-GAAP financial measures may differ significantly from methods used by other companies to compute similar measures. As a result, any non-GAAP financial measures presented herein may not be comparable to similar measures provided by other companies.
Macy's, Inc. believes that providing changes in comparable sales on an owned plus licensed basis, which includes the impact of growth in comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties supplementally to its results of operations calculated in accordance with GAAP, assists in evaluating the Company's ability to generate sales growth, whether through owned businesses or departments licensed to third parties, on a comparable basis, and in evaluating the impact of changes in the manner in which certain departments are operated (e.g. the conversion in 2013 of most of the Company's previously owned athletic footwear business to licensed Finish Line shops).
Increase in comparable sales on an owned basis (Note 1)
|2.1%||1.9% to 2.4%||0.7% to 0.8%|
Impact of growth in comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties (Note 2)
Increase in comparable sales on an owned plus licensed basis
|2.7%||2.5% to 3.0%||1.4% to 1.5%|
|(1)||Represents the period-to-period change in net sales from stores in operation throughout 2014 and 2013 and all net Internet sales, excluding commissions from departments licensed to third parties.|
|(2)||Represents the impact of including the sales of departments licensed to third parties occurring in stores in operation throughout 2014 and 2013 and via the Internet in the calculation of comparable sales. The Company licenses third parties to operate certain departments in its stores and online and receives commissions from these third parties based on a percentage of their net sales. In its financial statements prepared in conformity with GAAP, the Company includes these commissions (rather than sales of the departments licensed to third parties) in its net sales. The Company does not, however, include any amounts in respect of licensed department sales (or any commissions earned on such sales) in its comparable sales in accordance with GAAP (i.e. on an owned basis).|
|(3)||See the cautionary statements set forth under the caption “Looking Ahead” in this press release and in the documents referred to therein for important information regarding the risks and uncertainties associated with forward-looking statements. Amounts shown for the 13 weeks ended January 31, 2015 supersede previous guidance of 1.8% to 2.8% increase in comparable sales on an owned basis, 0.2% impact of growth in comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties and 2.0% to 3.0% increase in comparable sales on an owned plus licensed basis. Amounts shown for the 52 weeks ended January 31, 2015 supersede previous guidance of 0.7% to 1.0% increase in comparable sales on an owned basis, 0.5% impact of growth in comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties and 1.2% to 1.5% increase in comparable sales on an owned plus licensed basis.|
Additional Information Regarding Guidance
As noted above, the full-year 2014 earnings guidance of $4.25 to $4.35 per diluted share, which is presented on a basis comparable to the guidance provided on November 12, 2014, excludes estimated charges of $100 million to $110 million (approximately $.17 to $.19 per diluted share) related to today’s announcement of merchandising and marketing restructuring, store and field adjustments, store closings and asset impairment charges, as well as approximately $17 million of interest expense (approximately $.03 per diluted share) related to the make-whole premium for the previously announced early retirement of debt. In the aggregate, these charges and expenses would reduce the guidance amounts by approximately $.20 to $.22 per diluted share.