Company Announcements

Gap Inc. Reports Second Quarter Results

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 22, 2019-- Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today reported diluted earnings per share of $0.44 on a reported basis, and $0.63 on an adjusted basis, excluding costs associated with the company’s planned separation, tax impacts related to new guidance regarding the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, and costs related to the previously announced specialty fleet restructuring. Please see the reconciliation of adjusted diluted earnings per share, a non-GAAP financial measure, from the GAAP financial measure in the table at the end of this press release.

“We are operating in a challenging environment, but I remain confident in the strength of our brands and our plans for the future as we work to launch two independent, public companies,” said Art Peck, president and chief executive officer, Gap Inc. “Heading into the second half of the year, we remain highly focused on inventory and expense discipline to improve results, as well as delivering exceptional product supported by powerful marketing to drive customer engagement.”

Second Quarter 2019 Comparable Sales Results

The company’s second quarter fiscal year 2019 comparable sales were down 4% compared with a 2% increase last year. Comparable sales by global brand for the second quarter were as follows:

  • Old Navy Global: negative 5% versus positive 5% last year
  • Gap Global: negative 7% versus negative 5% last year
  • Banana Republic Global: negative 3% versus positive 2% last year

For the second quarter ended August 3, 2019:

  • Net sales were $4.0 billion, a decrease of 2% compared with last year.
    • The translation of foreign currencies into U.S. dollars negatively impacted the company’s net sales for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019 by about $22 million.1
    • Second quarter net sales details appear in the tables at the end of this press release.
  • Gross profit was $1.56 billion, a decrease of 4% compared with last year.
  • Gross margin was 38.9%, a decrease of 90 basis points compared with last year.
  • Operating margin was 7.0%, a decrease of 270 basis points compared with last year. Adjusted operating margin was 8.3%, a decrease of 140 basis points compared with last year. Please see the reconciliation of adjusted operating margin, a non-GAAP financial measure, from the GAAP financial measure in the tables at the end of this press release.
  • The effective tax rate was 38.0% for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019. The second quarter effective tax rate reflects adjustments to our fiscal year 2017 tax liability for additional guidance issued by the U.S. Treasury Department regarding the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“TCJA”) and non-cash tax impacts related to restructuring charges incurred in the quarter. These items resulted in an increase to the effective tax rate of approximately 12 percentage points.
  • Diluted earnings per share were $0.44 compared to $0.76 last year. Adjusted diluted earnings per share were $0.63 for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019. Please see the reconciliation of adjusted diluted earnings per share, a non-GAAP financial measure, from the GAAP financial measure in the table at the end of this press release.
    • The company noted that foreign currency fluctuations negatively impacted earnings per share for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019 by an estimated $0.01.2
  • The company ended the second quarter of fiscal year 2019 with $2.33 billion in merchandise inventory, up about 6% year over year. The company noted that the increase in merchandise inventory was impacted by increases in in-transit times, the acquisition of Janie and Jack, which occurred in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, and net store growth year over year.
  • During the quarter, the company repurchased 2.7 million shares for $50 million and ended the second quarter of fiscal year 2019 with 376 million shares outstanding.
  • The company paid a dividend of $0.2425 per share during the second quarter of fiscal year 2019. In addition, on August 14, 2019, the company announced that its Board of Directors authorized a third quarter dividend of $0.2425 per share.

The company ended the second quarter of fiscal year 2019 with $1.5 billion in cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments. Year-to-date free cash flow, defined as net cash from operating activities less purchases of property and equipment, was $259 million compared with $220 million last year. Please see the reconciliation of free cash flow, a non-GAAP financial measure, from the GAAP financial measure in the tables at the end of this press release.

Fiscal year-to-date 2019 capital expenditures were $324 million.

The company ended the second quarter of fiscal year 2019 with 3,877 store locations in 44 countries, of which 3,356 were company-operated.

2019 Outlook

Earnings per Share
The company updated its reported diluted earnings per share guidance for fiscal year 2019 to be in the range of $1.88 to $2.08. The company affirmed its fiscal year 2019 adjusted diluted earnings per share guidance range of $2.05 to $2.15.

Comparable Sales
The company continues to expect comparable sales for fiscal year 2019 to be down low single digits.

Effective Tax Rate
The company now expects its reported fiscal year 2019 effective tax rate to be about 30%. Excluding the current quarter adjustments to our fiscal year 2017 tax liability for additional tax reform guidance and certain non-cash tax impacts related to expected restructuring charges, the company continues to expect its adjusted fiscal year 2019 effective tax rate to be about 26%.

Share Repurchases
The company continues to expect to repurchase approximately $50 million per quarter through the end of fiscal year 2019.

Capital Expenditures
The company continues to expect capital spending to be approximately $675 million for fiscal year 2019, which includes about $100 million of expansion costs related to a headquarters building and a buildout of its Ohio distribution center. The company noted that it is assessing the amount of capital spending that will be needed to execute its planned separation and noted its capital expenditures guidance does not include separation-related capital spend.

Real Estate
The company continues to expect to close about 30 company-operated stores, net of openings and repositions in fiscal year 2019. This guidance also includes about 130 closures related to the Gap brand fleet restructuring, the majority of which are expected to close in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019. The company continues to expect store openings to be focused on Old Navy, Athleta and Gap China locations.

Webcast and Conference Call Information

Tina Romani, senior director of investor relations at Gap Inc., will host a summary of the company’s second quarter fiscal year 2019 results during a conference call and webcast from approximately 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time today. Ms. Romani will be joined by Art Peck, Gap Inc. president and chief executive officer, and Teri List-Stoll, Gap Inc. executive vice president and chief financial officer.

The conference call can be accessed by calling 1-855-5000-GPS or 1-855-500-0477 (participant passcode: 210830). International callers may dial 1-323-794-2078. The webcast can be accessed at www.gapinc.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release and related conference call and webcast contain forward-looking statements within the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than those that are purely historical are forward-looking statements. Words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” “project,” and similar expressions also identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding the following: earnings per share for fiscal year 2019; comparable sales for fiscal year 2019; effective tax rate for fiscal year 2019; share repurchases per quarter through fiscal year 2019; capital expenditures for fiscal year 2019; store openings and closings, net of closures and repositions, and weighting by brand in fiscal year 2019; inventory levels in the back half of fiscal year 2019; impact of foreign exchange; inventory growth versus net sales growth; impact of improved inventory allocations based on channel demand and localization; capital investments needed to facilitate the separation transaction; restructuring related costs, including costs related to specialty store closures, in fiscal year 2019; costs associated with preparing for and executing the separation transaction; and gross margin trends in the back half of fiscal year 2019.

Because these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause the company’s actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These factors include, without limitation, the following risks, any of which could have an adverse effect on the company’s financial condition, results of operations, and reputation: the risk that additional information may arise during the company’s close process or as a result of subsequent events that would require the company to make adjustments to its financial information; the risks associated with our plan to separate into two independent publicly-traded companies, including that the separation may not be completed in accordance with the expected plans or anticipated timeframe, or at all; the risk that our plan to separate into two publicly-traded companies may not achieve some or all of the anticipated benefits; the risk that the company or its franchisees will be unsuccessful in gauging apparel trends and changing consumer preferences; the highly competitive nature of the company’s business in the United States and internationally; the risk of failure to maintain, enhance and protect the company’s brand image; the risk of failure to attract and retain key personnel, or effectively manage succession; the risk that the company’s investments in customer, digital, and omni-channel shopping initiatives may not deliver the results the company anticipates; the risk if the company is unable to manage its inventory effectively; the risk that the company is subject to data or other security breaches that may result in increased costs, violations of law, significant legal and financial exposure, and a loss of confidence in the company’s security measures; the risk that a failure of, or updates or changes to, the company’s information technology systems may disrupt its operations; the risks to the company’s business, including its costs and supply chain, associated with global sourcing and manufacturing; the risk of changes in global economic conditions or consumer spending patterns; the risks to the company’s efforts to expand internationally, including its ability to operate in regions where it has less experience; the risks to the company’s reputation or operations associated with importing merchandise from foreign countries, including failure of the company’s vendors to adhere to its Code of Vendor Conduct; the risk that the company’s franchisees’ operation of franchise stores is not directly within the company’s control and could impair the value of its brands; the risk that the company or its franchisees will be unsuccessful in identifying, negotiating, and securing new store locations and renewing, modifying, or terminating leases for existing store locations effectively; the risk of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; the risk that comparable sales and margins will experience fluctuations; the risk that changes in the company’s credit profile or deterioration in market conditions may limit the company’s access to the capital markets; the risk that trade matters could increase the cost or reduce the supply of apparel available to the company; the risk of changes in the regulatory or administrative landscape; the risk of natural disasters, public health crises, political crises, negative global climate patterns, or other catastrophic events; the risk of reductions in income and cash flow from the company’s credit card arrangement related to its private label and co-branded credit cards; the risk that the adoption of new accounting pronouncements will impact future results; the risk that the company does not repurchase some or all of the shares it anticipates purchasing pursuant to its repurchase program; and the risk that the company will not be successful in defending various proceedings, lawsuits, disputes, and claims.

Additional information regarding factors that could cause results to differ can be found in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 2, 2019, as well as the company’s subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

These forward-looking statements are based on information as of August 22, 2019. The company assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied therein will not be realized.

About Gap Inc.

Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic, Athleta, Intermix, Janie and Jack, and Hill City brands. Fiscal year 2018 net sales were $16.6 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in more than 90 countries worldwide through company-operated stores, franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.


1 The translation impact on net sales is calculated by applying foreign exchange rates applicable for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019 to net sales for the second quarter of fiscal year 2018. This is done to enhance the visibility of underlying sales trends, excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations.

2 In estimating the earnings per share impact from foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, the company estimates current gross margins using the appropriate prior year rates (including the impact of merchandise-related hedges), translates current period foreign earnings at prior year rates, and excludes the year-over-year earnings impact of balance sheet remeasurement and gains or losses from non-merchandise-related foreign currency hedges. This is done in order to enhance the visibility of business results excluding the direct impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations.

The Gap, Inc.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
UNAUDITED
 
($ in millions) August 3,
2019
August 4,
2018
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents

$

1,177

$

1,322

Short-term investments

 

294

 

286

Merchandise inventory

 

2,326

 

2,202

Other current assets

 

770

 

780

Total current assets

 

4,567

 

4,590

Property and equipment, net

 

3,141

 

2,832

Operating lease assets

 

5,807

 

-

Other long-term assets

 

528

 

588

Total assets

$

14,043

$

8,010

 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable

$

1,246

$

1,297

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

 

908

 

1,026

Current portion of operating lease liabilities

 

946

 

-

Income taxes payable

 

34

 

18

Total current liabilities

 

3,134

 

2,341

Long-term liabilities:
Long-term debt

 

1,249

 

1,249

Long-term operating lease liabilities

 

5,644

 

-

Lease incentives and other long-term liabilities (a)

 

391

 

1,080

Total long-term liabilities

 

7,284

 

2,329

Total stockholders' equity

 

3,625

 

3,340

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

14,043

$

8,010

____________________
(a) Beginning in fiscal 2019, lease incentives and other long-term liabilities no longer reflects lease incentives due to the adoption of the new lease accounting standard.
The Gap, Inc.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
UNAUDITED
 
13 Weeks Ended 26 Weeks Ended
($ and shares in millions except per share amounts) August 3,
2019
August 4,
2018
August 3,
2019
August 4,
2018
Net sales

$

4,005

$

4,085

$

7,711

$

7,868

Cost of goods sold and occupancy expenses

 

2,449

 

2,458

 

4,811

 

4,814

Gross profit

 

1,556

 

1,627

 

2,900

 

3,054

Operating expenses

 

1,274

 

1,229

 

2,302

 

2,427

Operating income

 

282

 

398

 

598

 

627

Interest, net

 

11

 

10

 

25

 

20

Income before income taxes

 

271

 

388

 

573

 

607

Income taxes

 

103

 

91

 

178

 

146

Net income

$

168

$

297

$

395

$

461

 
Weighted-average number of shares - basic

 

378

 

387

 

378

 

388

Weighted-average number of shares - diluted

 

379

 

390

 

380

 

391

 
Earnings per share - basic

$

0.44

$

0.77

$

1.04

$

1.19

Earnings per share - diluted

$

0.44

$

0.76

$

1.04

$

1.18

 
Cash dividends declared and paid per share

$

0.2425

$

0.2425

$

0.485

$

0.485

 
The Gap, Inc.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
UNAUDITED
 
26 Weeks Ended
($ in millions) August 3,
2019 (b)
August 4,
2018 (b)
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income

$

395

 

$

461

 

Depreciation and amortization (a)

 

277

 

 

251

 

Gain on sale of building

 

(191

)

 

-

 

Change in merchandise inventory

 

(166

)

 

(224

)

Other, net

 

268

 

 

58

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

583

 

 

546

 

 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchases of property and equipment

 

(324

)

 

(326

)

Purchase of building

 

(343

)

 

-

 

Purchases of short-term investments

 

(150

)

 

(322

)

Proceeds from sales and maturities of short-term investments

 

146

 

 

36

 

Proceeds from sale of building

 

220

 

 

-

 

Purchase of Janie and Jack

 

(69

)

 

-

 

Other

 

-

 

 

(6

)

Net cash used for investing activities

 

(520

)

 

(618

)

 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from issuances under share-based compensation plans

 

17

 

 

33

 

Withholding tax payments related to vesting of stock units

 

(20

)

 

(20

)

Repurchases of common stock

 

(100

)

 

(200

)

Cash dividends paid

 

(183

)

 

(188

)

Other

 

-

 

 

(1

)

Net cash used for financing activities

 

(286

)

 

(376

)

 
Effect of foreign exchange rate fluctuations on cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

 

(2

)

 

(11

)

Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

 

(225

)

 

(459

)

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of period

 

1,420

 

 

1,799

 

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period

$

1,195

 

$

1,340

 

____________________
(a) Fiscal 2018 depreciation and amortization is net of amortization of lease incentives. Beginning in fiscal 2019, amortization of lease incentives is no longer reflected due to the adoption of the new lease accounting standard.
(b) For the twenty-six weeks ended August 3, 2019 and August 4, 2018, respectively, total cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash includes $18 million of restricted cash primarily recorded in other current assets and long-term assets on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.
The Gap, Inc.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
UNAUDITED
 
FREE CASH FLOW
 
Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure. We believe free cash flow is an important metric because it represents a measure of how much cash a company has available for discretionary and non-discretionary items after the deduction of capital expenditures as we require regular capital expenditures to build and maintain stores and purchase new equipment to improve our business. We use this metric internally, as we believe our sustained ability to generate free cash flow is an important driver of value creation. However, this non-GAAP financial measure is not intended to supersede or replace our GAAP results.
 
26 Weeks Ended
($ in millions) August 3,
2019
August 4,
2018
Net cash provided by operating activities

$

583

 

$

546

 

Less: Purchases of property and equipment (a)

 

(324

)

 

(326

)

Free cash flow

$

259

 

$

220

 

____________________
(a) Excludes purchase of building in the first quarter of fiscal 2019.
The Gap, Inc.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
UNAUDITED
 
ADJUSTED INCOME STATEMENT METRICS FOR THE SECOND QUARTER OF FISCAL YEAR 2019
 
The following adjusted income statement metrics are non-GAAP financial measures. These measures are provided to enhance visibility into the Company's underlying results for the period excluding the impacts of separation-related costs, specialty fleet restructuring costs, and the impact of an adjustment to our fiscal 2017 tax liability for additional guidance issued by the U.S. Treasury Department regarding the TCJA. Management believes the adjusted metrics are useful for the assessment of ongoing operations as we believe the adjusted items are not part of our ongoing operations due to the nature of the adjustments, and management believes that the presentation of adjusted financial information provides additional information to investors to facilitate the comparison of results against prior years. However, these non-GAAP financial measures are not intended to supersede or replace the GAAP measures.
 

($ in millions)

 

13 Weeks Ended August 3, 2019

Operating
Expenses
Operating
Expenses as a %
of Net Sales (d)
Operating
Income
Operating
Income as a %
of Net Sales (d)
Income
Taxes
Net
Income
Earnings per
Share -
Diluted
GAAP metrics, as reported

$ 1,274

31.8%

$ 282

7.0%

$ 103

$ 168

$ 0.44

Adjustments for:
Separation-related costs (a)

(38)

(0.9)%

38

0.9%

9

29

0.08

Specialty fleet restructuring costs (b)

(14)

(0.3)%

14

0.3%

3

11

0.03

U.S. federal tax reform adjustment (c)

-

0.0%

-

0.0%

(30)

30

0.08

Non-GAAP metrics

$ 1,222

30.5%

$ 334

8.3%

$ 85

$ 238

$ 0.63

____________________
(a) Represents the impact of costs related to the planned Old Navy spin-off transaction. These costs primarily consist of external adviser and consulting fees related to the separation.
(b) Represents the impact of costs related to previously announced plans to restructure the specialty fleet and revitalize the Gap brand. These costs are expected to become more significant throughout the fiscal year and primarily include lease and employee-related costs.
(c) Represents the impact of an adjustment to our fiscal 2017 tax liability for additional guidance issued by the U.S. Treasury Department regarding the TCJA.
(d) Operating expense and operating income as a percentage of net sales were computed individually for each line item; therefore, the sum of the percentages may not equal the total.
The Gap, Inc.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
UNAUDITED
 
EXPECTED ADJUSTED EARNINGS PER SHARE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019
 
Expected adjusted diluted earnings per share is a non-GAAP financial measure. Expected adjusted diluted earnings per share for fiscal year 2019 is provided to enhance visibility into the Company's expected underlying results for the period excluding the estimated impact of specialty fleet restructuring costs and related tax, separation-related costs, a gain on the sale of a building, and the impact of an adjustment to our fiscal 2017 tax liability for additional guidance issued by the U.S. Treasury Department regarding the TCJA. However, this non-GAAP financial measure is not intended to supersede or replace the GAAP measure.
 
52 Weeks Ending
February 1, 2020
Low End High End
Expected earnings per share - diluted

$

1.88

 

$

2.08

 

Add: Estimated impact of specialty fleet restructuring costs (a)

 

0.14

 

 

0.14

 

Add: Estimated incremental tax on restructuring costs (b)

 

0.02

 

 

0.02

 

Add: Estimated impact of separation-related costs (c)

 

0.30

 

 

0.20

 

Less: Gain on sale of building (d)

 

(0.37

)

 

(0.37

)

Add: U.S. Federal tax reform adjustment (e)

 

0.08

 

 

0.08

 

Expected adjusted earnings per share - diluted

$

2.05

 

$

2.15

 

____________________
(a) Represents the estimated earnings per share impact of estimated costs related to previously announced plans to restructure the specialty fleet and revitalize Gap brand, calculated net of tax at the expected adjusted effective tax rate.
(b) Represents certain non-cash tax impacts related to expected restructuring charges discussed above.
(c) Represents the estimated earnings per share impact of estimated costs associated with the planned Old Navy spin-off transaction, calculated net of tax at the expected adjusted effective tax rate.
(d) The estimated earnings per share impact of the gain on the sale of a building in the first quarter of fiscal 2019, calculated net of tax at the expected adjusted effective tax rate.
(e) Represents the impact of an adjustment to our fiscal 2017 tax liability for additional guidance issued by the U.S. Treasury Department regarding the TCJA.
The Gap, Inc.
NET SALES RESULTS
UNAUDITED
 
The following table details the Company’s second quarter net sales (unaudited):
 
($ in millions) Old Navy
Global
Gap Global Banana
Republic
Global (2)
Other (3) Total Percentage
of Net Sales
13 Weeks Ended August 3, 2019
U.S. (1)

$

1,794

$

645

$

530

$

331

$

3,300

83%

Canada

 

148

 

85

 

53

 

-

 

286

7%

Europe

 

-

 

131

 

4

 

-

 

135

3%

Asia

 

11

 

201

 

23

 

-

 

235

6%

Other regions

 

19

 

24

 

6

 

-

 

49

1%

Total

$

1,972

$

1,086

$

616

$

331

$

4,005

100%

 
($ in millions) Old Navy
Global
Gap Global Banana
Republic
Global
Other (3) Total Percentage
of Net Sales
13 Weeks Ended August 4, 2018
U.S. (1)

$

1,816

$

728

$

514

$

264

$

3,322

82%

Canada

 

151

 

94

 

58

 

-

 

303

7%

Europe

 

-

 

145

 

3

 

-

 

148

4%

Asia

 

11

 

229

 

22

 

-

 

262

6%

Other regions

 

14

 

29

 

7

 

-

 

50

1%

Total

$

1,992

$

1,225

$

604

$

264

$

4,085

100%

____________________
(1) U.S. includes the United States, Puerto Rico, and Guam.
(2) Beginning on March 4, 2019, Banana Republic Global includes net sales for the Janie and Jack brand.
(3) Primarily consists of net sales for the Athleta and Intermix brands, as well as a portion of income related to our credit card agreement. Beginning in the third quarter of fiscal year 2018, the Hill City brand is also included.
The Gap, Inc.
REAL ESTATE
 
Store count, openings, closings, and square footage for our stores are as follows:
 
February 2, 2019 26 Weeks Ended August 3, 2019 August 3, 2019
Store Locations Store Locations
Opened
Store Locations
Closed
Store Locations Square Feet
(millions)
 
Old Navy North America

1,139

28

1

1,166

19.0

Old Navy Asia

15

2

-

17

0.2

Gap North America

758

3

28

733

7.6

Gap Asia

332

29

19

342

3.1

Gap Europe

152

1

2

151

1.3

Banana Republic North America

556

5

7

554

4.7

Banana Republic Asia

45

3

1

47

0.2

Athleta North America

161

10

-

171

0.7

Intermix North America

36

-

1

35

0.1

Janie and Jack North America (1)

-

-

-

140

0.2

Company-operated stores total

3,194

 

81

 

59

 

3,356

 

37.1

Franchise

472

66

17

521

N/A

Total

3,666

147

76

3,877

37.1

____________________
(1) On March 4, 2019, we acquired select assets of Gymboree, Inc. related to Janie and Jack. The 140 stores acquired were not included as store openings for fiscal 2019; however, they are included in the ending number of store locations as of August 3, 2019.

 

Source: Gap Inc.

Investor Relations Contact:
Tina Romani
(415) 427-5264
Investor_relations@gap.com

Media Relations Contact:
Trina Somera
(415) 427-3145
Press@gap.com