Macy's reports Q1 net income up 470% to US$131M, citing strong topline sales, expense management, improved credit performance, lower interest expense; sales up 5.7% to US$5.89B, same-store sales up 5.4%

CINCINNATI, Ohio , May 11, 2011 (press release) – Macy's, Inc. (NYSE:M) today reported strong sales, earnings and cash flow for the first quarter of 2011. Earnings for the quarter were 30 cents per diluted share, compared with 5 cents per diluted share last year.

The company also announced today that its board of directors has doubled the quarterly dividend on Macy's common stock to 10 cents per share. The dividend of 10 cents per share is payable July 1, 2011, to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 15, 2011. The company's previous dividend had been 5 cents per quarter.

"We are building a culture of growth at Macy's, Inc. Our performance cannot be attributed to a single factor, but rather to the coordinated execution of a series of complementary customer-centric strategies. In the first quarter, we benefitted from strong topline sales, disciplined margin and expense management, improved credit performance and lower interest expense," said Terry J. Lundgren, Macy's, Inc. chairman, president and chief executive officer.

"Based on the strength, momentum and confidence in our business, we are doubling the dividend as a step in returning value directly to our shareholders," Lundgren said. "Our confidence derives from our belief that we remain in the early innings of implementation of our current strategies - My Macy's localization, enhanced sales training, exclusive and differentiated merchandise, and omnichannel integration that positions Macy's and Bloomingdale's to serve customer needs seamlessly in stores, online and via mobile technology. We also are developing and testing a wide range of new ideas and innovations that will allow us to evolve with our customers and continue to improve our performance."

Earnings of 30 cents per diluted share for the 13-week first quarter of 2011, ended April 30, compared to 5 cents per diluted share of the 13-week first quarter of 2010, ended May 1. The year-ago first quarter results included $27 million ($17 million after tax; 4 cents per diluted share) in premium and fees related to debt repurchase activity. Excluding these charges, the company earned 9 cents per diluted share in the first quarter of 2010.

Sales

Sales in the first quarter of 2011 totaled $5.889 billion, an increase of 5.7 percent, compared with sales of $5.574 billion in the same period last year. On a same-store basis, Macy's, Inc.'s first quarter sales were up 5.4 percent.

Online sales (macys.com and bloomingdales.com combined) were up 38.3 percent in the first quarter. Online sales positively affected the company's same-store sales by 1.3 percentage points in the first quarter. Online sales are included in the same-store sales calculation for Macy's, Inc.

In the first quarter of 2011, a Macy's store in Warwick, RI, was reopened following repairs from flood damage in 2010.

Operating Income

Macy's, Inc.'s operating income totaled $330 million or 5.6 percent of sales for the first quarter of 2011, compared with $203 million or 3.6 percent of sales for the same period in 2010.

Industry Intelligence Editor's note: In an omitted table Macy's reported a Q1 net income of US$131 million.  For the same period last year the company reported a net income of US$23 million.

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