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Target Reports First Quarter 2017 Earnings

Source: Business Wire

GAAP EPS from continuing operations of $1.22 and Adjusted EPS 1 of $1.21 were above the Company’s guidance of $0.80 to $1.00

  • First quarter GAAP EPS from continuing operations of $1.22 was 20.0 percent higher than first quarter 2016. First quarter 2016 performance included $0.26 of debt-retirement costs.
  • Adjusted EPS was $1.21, 6.1 percent below first quarter 2016.
  • First quarter comparable sales decreased 1.3 percent, driven by small declines in both traffic and basket size.
  • Comparable digital channel sales increased 22 percent, on top of 23 percent growth in first quarter 2016.
  • Target returned $637 million to shareholders in the first quarter through dividends and share repurchases.
  • For additional media materials, please visit: https://corporate.target.com/article/2017/05/q1-2017-earnings .

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 17, 2017-- TargetCorporation (NYSE: TGT) today reported a first quarter 2017 comparable sales decline of 1.3 percent. First quarter GAAP earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations were $1.22, compared with $1.02 in first quarter 2016, which included $261 million of pre-tax early debt retirement losses. The Company reported Adjusted EPS of $1.21, down 6.1 percent from $1.29 in 2016. The attached tables provide a reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP measures. All earnings per share figures refer to diluted EPS.

 

1 Adjusted EPS, a non-GAAP financial measure, excludes the impact of certain discretely managed items. See the “Miscellaneous” section of this release, as well as the tables of this release, for additional information about the items that have been excluded from Adjusted EPS.

 

“Target’s first quarter financial performance was better than our expectations, reflecting strong execution by our team as they delivered for our guests in a very choppy environment. After starting the quarter with very soft trends, we saw improvement later in the quarter, particularly in March,” said Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO of Target. “We are in the early stage of a multi-year effort to position Target for profitable, consistent long-term growth, and while we are confident in our plans, we are facing multiple headwinds in the current landscape. As a result, we will continue to plan our business prudently while preparing our team to chase business when we have an opportunity.”

Fiscal 2017 Earnings Guidance

In second quarter 2017, Target expects a low single digit decline in comparable sales, and both GAAP EPS from continuing operations and Adjusted EPS of $0.95 to $1.15.

For full-year 2017, the Company continues to expect a low single digit decline in comparable sales.

Target did not update its full year guidance for GAAP EPS from continuing operations and Adjusted EPS, but acknowledged that better-than-expected first quarter performance increases the probability that the Company will finish the year above the midpoint of its prior guidance.

Segment Results

First quarter 2017 sales decreased 1.1 percent to $16.0 billion from $16.2 billion last year, reflecting a comparable sales decline of 1.3 percent, partially offset by the contribution from new stores. Digital channel sales grew 22 percent and contributed 0.8 percentage points of comparable sales growth. Segment earnings before interest expense and income taxes (EBIT), which is Target’s measure of segment profit, were $1,178 million in first quarter 2017, a decrease of 11.0 percent from $1,323 million in 2016.

First quarter EBITDA and EBIT margin rates were 10.9 percent and 7.4 percent, respectively, compared with 2016 results of 11.5 percent and 8.2 percent, respectively. First quarter gross margin rate was 30.5 percent, compared with 30.9 percent in 2016, reflecting increased digital channel fulfillment costs. First quarter SG&A expense rate was 19.6 percent in 2017, compared with 19.4 percent in 2016, reflecting the impact of higher compensation and marketing expenses, partially offset by continued expense discipline across the organization.

Interest Expense and Taxes from Continuing Operations

The Company’s first quarter 2017 net interest expense was $144 million, compared with $415 million last year. This decrease was driven almost entirely by a $261 million charge related to the early retirement of debt in first quarter 2016.

First quarter 2017 effective income tax rate from continuing operations was 34.5 percent, compared with 31.6 percent last year. The increase was primarily due to the recognition of $17 million of excess tax benefits related to share-based payments for the three months ended April 30, 2016, and the net tax effect of our global sourcing operations.

Capital Returned to Shareholders

In first quarter 2017, primarily under a pre-existing trading plan implemented in 2016, the Company repurchased 4.9 million shares of common stock at an average price of $61.68, for a total investment of $305 million. The Company also paid dividends of $332 million, compared with $336 million in first quarter 2016.

For the trailing twelve months through first quarter 2017, after-tax return on invested capital (ROIC) was 14.2 percent, compared with 16.0 percent for the twelve months through first quarter 2016. Excluding the net gain on the sale of the pharmacy and clinic businesses, ROIC for the trailing twelve months through first quarter 2016 was 14.0 percent. See the “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section of this release for additional information about the Company’s ROIC calculation.

Conference Call Details

Target will webcast its first quarter earnings conference call at 7:00 a.m. CDT today. Investors and the media are invited to listen to the call at investors.target.com (hover over “company” then click on “events & presentations” in the “investors” column). A telephone replay of the call will be available beginning at approximately 10:30 a.m. CDT today through the end of business on May 19, 2017. The replay number is (800) 568-3554.

Miscellaneous

Statements in this release regarding second quarter and full-year 2017 earnings per share guidance are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially. The most important risks and uncertainties are described in Item 1A of the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Jan. 28, 2017. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement.

In addition to the GAAP results provided in this release, the Company provides Adjusted EPS for the three-month periods ended April 29, 2017 and April 30, 2016. The Company also provides ROIC for the twelve-month periods ended April 29, 2017 and April 30, 2016, which is a ratio based on GAAP information, with the exception of adjustments made to capitalize operating leases. Operating leases are capitalized as part of the ROIC calculation to control for differences in capital structure between the Company and its competitors. Adjusted EPS, capitalized operating lease obligations and operating lease interest are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP). Management believes Adjusted EPS is useful in providing period-to-period comparisons of the results of the Company’s ongoing retail operations. Management believes ROIC is useful in assessing the effectiveness of its capital allocation over time. The most comparable GAAP measure for Adjusted EPS is diluted EPS from continuing operations. The most comparable GAAP measure for capitalized operating lease obligations and operating lease interest is total rent expense. Adjusted EPS, capitalized operating lease obligations and operating lease interest should not be considered in isolation or as a substitution for analysis of the Company’s results as reported under GAAP. Other companies may calculate Adjusted EPS and ROIC differently than the Company does, limiting the usefulness of the measure for comparisons with other companies.

About Target

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,807 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals millions of dollars a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit Target.com/abullseyeview or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

TARGET CORPORATION

Consolidated Statements of Operations

 
  Three Months Ended  
(millions, except per share data) (unaudited)   April 29,
2017
  April 30,
2016
  Change
Sales $ 16,017   $ 16,196 (1.1 )%
Cost of sales     11,134       11,185     (0.5 )
Gross margin 4,883 5,011 (2.5 )
Selling, general and administrative expenses 3,132 3,153 (0.7 )
Depreciation and amortization     573       546     5.0  
Earnings from continuing operations before interest expense and income taxes 1,178 1,312 (10.2 )
Net interest expense     144       415     (65.3 )
Earnings from continuing operations before income taxes 1,034 897 15.2
Provision for income taxes     357       283     25.8  
Net earnings from continuing operations 677 614 10.4
Discontinued operations, net of tax     4       18      
Net earnings   $ 681     $ 632     7.7

 %

Basic earnings per share
Continuing operations $ 1.23 $ 1.03 19.5

 %

Discontinued operations     0.01       0.03      
Net earnings per share   $ 1.23     $ 1.06     16.7

 %

Diluted earnings per share
Continuing operations $ 1.22 $ 1.02 20.0

 %

Discontinued operations     0.01       0.03      
Net earnings per share   $ 1.23     $ 1.05     17.1

 %

Weighted average common shares outstanding
Basic 552.4 598.3 (7.7 )%
Dilutive impact of share-based awards     2.8       5.5    

 

 
Diluted     555.2       603.8     (8.0 )%
Antidilutive shares     3.0            
Dividends declared per share   $ 0.60     $ 0.56     7.1

 %

Note: Per share amounts may not foot due to rounding.
 

Subject to reclassification

 

TARGET CORPORATION

Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

 
(millions) (unaudited)   April 29,
2017
  January 28,
2017
  April 30,
2016
Assets      
Cash and cash equivalents, including short term investments of $1,135, $1,110 and $2,931 $ 2,680 $ 2,512 $ 4,036
Inventory 7,986 8,309 8,459
Assets of discontinued operations 26 69 354
Other current assets     1,047       1,100       1,099  
Total current assets 11,739 11,990 13,948
Property and equipment
Land 6,105 6,106 6,120
Buildings and improvements 27,740 27,611 27,198
Fixtures and equipment 5,177 5,503 5,112
Computer hardware and software 2,546 2,651 2,437
Construction-in-progress 379 200 242
Accumulated depreciation     (17,265 )     (17,413 )     (16,060 )
Property and equipment, net 24,682 24,658 25,049
Noncurrent assets of discontinued operations 10 12 81
Other noncurrent assets     787       771       830  
Total assets   $ 37,218     $ 37,431     $ 39,908  
Liabilities and shareholders’ investment
Accounts payable $ 6,537 $ 7,252 $ 6,391
Accrued and other current liabilities 4,137 3,737 3,833
Current portion of long-term debt and other borrowings 1,717 1,718 1,627
Liabilities of discontinued operations     1       1       168  
Total current liabilities 12,392 12,708 12,019
Long-term debt and other borrowings 11,086 11,031 12,596
Deferred income taxes 869 861 841
Noncurrent liabilities of discontinued operations 18 18 18
Other noncurrent liabilities     1,832       1,860       1,889  
Total noncurrent liabilities 13,805 13,770 15,344
Shareholders’ investment
Common stock 46 46 49
Additional paid-in capital 5,674 5,661 5,520
Retained earnings 5,927 5,884 7,593
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (626 )     (638 )     (617 )
Total shareholders’ investment     11,021       10,953       12,545  
Total liabilities and shareholders’ investment   $ 37,218     $ 37,431     $ 39,908  

Common Stock Authorized 6,000,000,000 shares, $.0833 par value; 551,657,501, 556,156,228 and 593,583,619 shares issued and outstanding at April 29, 2017, January 28, 2017 and April 30, 2016, respectively.

 

Preferred Stock Authorized 5,000,000 shares, $.01 par value; no shares were issued or outstanding at April 29, 2017, January 28, 2017 or April 30, 2016.

 

Subject to reclassification

 

TARGET CORPORATION

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

 
  Three Months Ended
(millions) (unaudited)   April 29,
2017
  April 30,
2016
Operating activities  
Net earnings $ 681 $ 632
Earnings from discontinued operations, net of tax     4       18  
Net earnings from continuing operations 677 614
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to cash provided by operations
Depreciation and amortization 573 546
Share-based compensation expense 16 35
Deferred income taxes 3 12
Loss on debt extinguishment 261
Noncash (gains) / losses and other, net (28 ) (29 )
Changes in operating accounts
Inventory 323 142
Other assets 22 99
Accounts payable (715 ) (1,024 )
Accrued and other liabilities     384       (403 )
Cash provided by operating activities—continuing operations 1,255 253
Cash provided by / (required for) operating activities—discontinued operations     48       (6 )
Cash provided by operations     1,303       247  
Investing activities
Expenditures for property and equipment (486 ) (285 )
Proceeds from disposal of property and equipment 13 3
Other investments     (9 )     3  
Cash required for investing activities     (482 )     (279 )
Financing activities
Additions to long-term debt 1,979
Reductions of long-term debt (8 ) (863 )
Dividends paid (332 ) (336 )
Repurchase of stock (317 ) (898 )
Stock option exercises     4       140  
Cash (required for) / provided by financing activities     (653 )     22  
Net increase / (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 168 (10 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period     2,512       4,046  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 2,680     $ 4,036  
 

Subject to reclassification

 

TARGET CORPORATION

Segment Results

 
  Three Months Ended  

(millions) (unaudited)

  April 29,
2017
  April 30,
2016
  Change
Sales $ 16,017   $ 16,196 (1.1 )%
Cost of sales     11,134       11,185     (0.5 )
Gross margin 4,883 5,011 (2.5 )
SG&A expenses (a)     3,132       3,142     (0.3 )
EBITDA 1,751 1,869 (6.3 )
Depreciation and amortization     573       546     5.0  
EBIT   $ 1,178     $ 1,323     (11.0 )%

(a) For the three months ended April 29, 2017 and April 30, 2016, SG&A includes $171 million and $158 million, respectively, of net profit-sharing income under our credit card program agreement.

 
 
  Three Months Ended
Rate Analysis

(unaudited)

 

April 29,
2017

  April 30,
2016
Gross margin rate 30.5 %   30.9 %
SG&A expense rate 19.6 19.4
EBITDA margin rate 10.9 11.5
Depreciation and amortization expense rate 3.6 3.4
EBIT margin rate   7.4     8.2  

Note: Rate analysis metrics are computed by dividing the applicable amount by sales.

 
 
  Three Months Ended
Sales by Channel

(unaudited)

  April 29,
2017
  April 30,
2016
Stores 95.7 %   96.5 %
Digital   4.3     3.5  
Total   100 %   100 %
 
 
  Three Months Ended
Comparable Sales

(unaudited)

  April 29,
2017
  April 30,
2016
Comparable sales change (1.3 )%   1.2 %
Drivers of change in comparable sales
Number of transactions (0.8 ) 0.3
Average transaction amount   (0.6 )   0.9  

Note: Amounts may not foot due to rounding.

 
 
Contribution to Comparable Sales Change

(unaudited)

  Three Months Ended
  April 29,
2017
  April 30,
2016
Stores channel comparable sales change (2.2 )%   0.6 %
Digital channel contribution to comparable sales change  

0.8

    0.6  
Total comparable sales change   (1.3 )%   1.2 %

Note: Amounts may not foot due to rounding.

 
 
  Three Months Ended
REDcard Penetration

(unaudited)

  April 29,
2017
  April 30,
2016
Target Debit Card 13.5 %   13.0 %
Target Credit Cards   11.0     10.4  
Total REDcard Penetration   24.5 %   23.4 %

Note: Amounts may not foot due to rounding.

 
 
Number of Stores and Retail Square Feet

(unaudited)

  Number of Stores   Retail Square Feet(a)
  April 29,
2017
  January 28,
2017
  April 30,
2016
  April 29,
2017
  January 28,
2017
  April 30,
2016
170,000 or more sq. ft. 276   276   278 49,328   49,328   49,688
50,000 to 169,999 sq. ft. 1,505 1,504 1,505 189,746 189,620 189,677
49,999 or less sq. ft.   26     22     10     709     554     211  
Total   1,807     1,802     1,793     239,783     239,502     239,576  

(a) In thousands, reflects total square feet less office, distribution center, and vacant space.

 

Subject to reclassification

 

TARGET CORPORATION

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To provide additional transparency, we have disclosed non-GAAP adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations (Adjusted EPS). This metric excludes certain items presented below. We believe this information is useful in providing period-to-period comparisons of the results of our continuing operations. This measure is not in accordance with, or an alternative for, generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP). The most comparable GAAP measure is diluted earnings per share from continuing operations. Adjusted EPS should not be considered in isolation or as a substitution for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Other companies may calculate Adjusted EPS differently than we do, limiting the usefulness of the measure for comparisons with other companies.

 
  Three Months Ended  
April 29, 2017   April 30, 2016
(millions, except per share data) (unaudited)   Pretax  

Net of
Tax

 

Per Share
Amounts

  Pretax  

Net of
Tax

 

Per Share
Amounts

  Change
GAAP diluted earnings per share from continuing operations     $ 1.22     $ 1.02 20.0

 %

Adjustments
Loss on early retirement of debt $ $ $ $ 261 $ 159 $ 0.26
Pharmacy Transaction-related costs (a) 11 7 0.01
Resolution of income tax matters         (7 )     (0.01 )       (2 )        
Adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations           $ 1.21             $ 1.29   (6.1 )%

Note:Amounts may not foot due to rounding.

(a) Represents costs related to the December 2015 sale of our pharmacy and clinic businesses to CVS (Pharmacy Transaction).

 

We have also disclosed after-tax return on invested capital from continuing operations (ROIC), which is a ratio based on GAAP information, with the exception of adjustments made to capitalize operating leases. Operating leases are capitalized as part of the ROIC calculation to control for differences in capital structure between us and our competitors. We believe this metric provides a meaningful measure of the effectiveness of our capital allocation over time. Other companies may calculate ROIC differently than we do, limiting the usefulness of the measure for comparisons with other companies.

 
After-Tax Return on Invested Capital  
     
Numerator   Trailing Twelve Months
(dollars in millions) (unaudited)   April 29,
2017
  April 30,
2016
Earnings from continuing operations before interest expense and income taxes $ 4,835   $ 5,688
+ Operating lease interest (a)(b)     72       82  
Adjusted earnings from continuing operations before interest expense and income taxes 4,907 5,770
- Income taxes (c)     1,638       1,840  
Net operating profit after taxes   $ 3,269     $ 3,930  
 
 
Denominator

(dollars in millions) (unaudited)

  April 29,
2017
  April 30,
2016
  May 2,
2015
Current portion of long-term debt and other borrowings $ 1,717 $ 1,627 $ 112
+ Noncurrent portion of long-term debt 11,086 12,596 12,585
+ Shareholders' equity 11,021 12,545 14,174
+ Capitalized operating lease obligations (b)(d) 1,210 1,367 1,495
- Cash and cash equivalents 2,680 4,036 2,768
- Net assets of discontinued operations     17       249       335  
Invested capital   $ 22,337     $ 23,850     $ 25,263  
Average invested capital (e)   $ 23,093     $ 24,556  
             
After-tax return on invested capital (f)   14.2%   16.0%    

(a) Represents the add-back to operating income to reflect the hypothetical interest expense we would incur if the property under our operating leases were owned or accounted for as capital leases, using eight times our trailing twelve months rent expense and an estimated interest rate of six percent.

(b) See the following Reconciliation of Capitalized Operating Leases table for the adjustments to our GAAP total rent expense to obtain the hypothetical capitalization of operating leases and related operating lease interest.

(c) Calculated using the effective tax rate for continuing operations, which was 33.4 percent and 31.9 percent for the trailing twelve months ended April 29, 2017 and April 30, 2016, respectively. For the trailing twelve months ended April 29, 2017 and April 30, 2016, includes tax effect of $1,614 million and $1,814 million, respectively, related to EBIT and $24 million and $26 million, respectively, related to operating lease interest.

(d) Calculated as eight times our trailing twelve months rent expense.

(e) Average based on the invested capital at the end of the current period and the invested capital at the end of the comparable prior period.

(f) Excluding the net gain on the Pharmacy Transaction, ROIC was 14.0 percent for the trailing twelve months ended April 30, 2016.

 

Capitalized operating lease obligations and operating lease interest are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, GAAP. The most comparable GAAP measure is total rent expense. Capitalized operating lease obligations and operating lease interest should not be considered in isolation or as a substitution for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP.

     
Reconciliation of Capitalized Operating Leases   Trailing Twelve Months
(dollars in millions) (unaudited)   April 29,
2017
  April 30,
2016
  May 2,
2015
Total rent expense $ 151   $ 171   $ 187
Capitalized operating lease obligations (total rent expense x 8) 1,210 1,367 1,495
Operating lease interest (capitalized operating lease obligations x 6%)     72       82       n/a
 

Subject to reclassification

Source: Target Corporation

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