Kohl's fiscal Q1 earnings fell 15% year-over-year to US$125M as sales fell 3.1% to US$4.1B, comparable-store sales declined 3.4%; results did not meet goals, but sales improved over course of quarter, says CEO

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wisconsin , May 15, 2014 (press release) – Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE:KSS). Kohl’s Corporation today reported results for the quarter ended May 3, 2014.

     
    Quarter
($ in millions)   2014     2013     Change
Sales   $ 4,070     $ 4,199     (3.1)%
Comparable store sales   (3.4 )%   (1.9 )%   -
Net income   $ 125     $ 147     (15)%
Diluted earnings per share   $ 0.60     $ 0.66     (9)%
                     
Kevin Mansell, Kohl's chairman, president and chief executive officer, said, “We did not achieve our first quarter sales goals, but we were encouraged by the improvement in sales as the quarter progressed. Our teams managed our inventory levels appropriately and expenses were controlled throughout the organization during the quarter."

Guidance

The Company expects diluted earnings per share of $4.05 to $4.45 for fiscal 2014, which is consistent with its previous guidance.

Dividend

On May 14, 2014, Kohl's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend on the Company's common stock of $0.39 per share. The dividend is payable June 25, 2014 to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 11, 2014.

Store Update

Kohl’s ended the quarter with 1,160 stores in 49 states, compared with 1,155 stores at the same time last year. The Company opened four new store locations, relocated one existing store and permanently closed two stores during the first quarter of 2014.

Credit Card Agreement with Capital One

The Company extended its current credit card agreement with Capital One for an additional five years until March 31, 2023.

First Quarter 2014 Earnings Conference Call

Kohl's will host its quarterly earnings conference call at 8:30 am ET on May 15, 2014. The phone number for the conference call is (706) 902-0486. Replays of the call will be available for 30 days by dialing (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406. The conference ID for both the live call and the replay is 24989593. The conference call and replays are also accessible via the Company's web site at http://www.kohlscorporation.com/InvestorRelations/event-calendar.htm.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including guidance on the Company's targeted sales and earnings. Kohl's intends forward-looking terminology such as “believes,” “expects,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “anticipates,” “plans,” or similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, which could cause Kohl's actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those described in Item 1A in Kohl's Annual Report on Form 10-K, which is expressly incorporated herein by reference, and other factors as may periodically be described in Kohl's filings with the SEC.

About Kohl's

Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with 1,160 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store, online at Kohls.com and via mobile devices. Committed to our communities, Kohl’s has raised more than $257 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl's Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl's Department Stores, Inc. For additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental initiatives, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com.

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KOHL'S CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(In Millions, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
     
    Three Months Ended
    May 3,   May 4,
    2014   2013
Net sales   $ 4,070     $ 4,199  
Cost of merchandise sold   2,574     2,671  
             
Gross margin   1,496     1,528  
             
Operating expenses:            
Selling, general, and administrative   1,000     997  
Depreciation and amortization   216     214  
             
Operating income   280     317  
             
Interest expense, net   85     83  
             
Income before income taxes   195     234  
Provision for income taxes   70     87  
             
Net income   $ 125     $ 147  
             
Basic net income per share   $ 0.60     $ 0.66  
Average number of shares   206     222  
             
Diluted net income per share   $ 0.60     $ 0.66  
Average number of shares   208     223  
             
As a percent of net sales:            
Gross margin   36.8 %   36.4 %
Selling, general and            
administrative expenses   24.6 %   23.7 %
Operating income   6.9 %   7.6 %
Net income   3.1 %   3.5 %
 
KOHL'S CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In Millions)
(Unaudited)
           
    May 3,     May 4,
    2014     2013

Assets

         
Current assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 717     $ 518
Merchandise inventories   3,981     3,961
Deferred income taxes   137     138
Other   280     294
           
Total current assets   5,115     4,911
           
Property and equipment, net   8,677     8,822
Other assets   341     317
           
Total assets   $ 14,133     $ 14,050
           

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

         
Current liabilities:          
Accounts payable   $ 1,382     $ 1,452
Accrued liabilities   1,078     1,023
Income taxes payable   49     117
Current portion of capital lease          
and financing obligations   112     107
           
Total current liabilities   2,621     2,699
           
Long-term debt   2,792     2,492
Capital lease and financing obligations   1,919     1,938
Deferred income taxes   382     368
Other long-term liabilities   562     532
Shareholders' equity   5,857     6,021
           
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity   $ 14,133     $ 14,050
 
KOHL'S CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In Millions)
(Unaudited)
 
    Three Months Ended
    May 3,   May 4,
    2014   2013
Operating activities            
Net income   $ 125     $ 147  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash            
provided by operating activities:            
Depreciation and amortization   216     214  
Share-based compensation   11     9  
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation   (2 )   (1 )
Deferred income taxes   5     (13 )
Other non-cash revenues and expenses   5     11  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:            
Merchandise inventories   (105 )   (210 )
Other current and long-term assets   17     21  
Accounts payable   17     145  
Accrued and other long-term liabilities   (44 )   11  
Income taxes   (66 )   (29 )
             
Net cash provided by operating activities   179     305  
             
Investing activities            
Acquisition of property and equipment   (176 )   (135 )
Other   4     12  
             
Net cash used in investing activities   (172 )   (123 )
             
Financing activities            
Treasury stock purchases   (167 )   (101 )
Shares withheld for taxes on vested restricted shares   (14 )   (8 )
Dividends paid   (80 )   (77 )
Proceeds from financing obligations   3      
Capital lease and financing obligation payments   (29 )   (24 )
Proceeds from stock option exercises   24     8  
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation   2     1  
             
Net cash used in financing activities   (261 )   (201 )
             
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents   (254 )   (19 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   971     537  
             
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 717     $ 518  
                 

 

Contacts

Kohl’s Corporation
Investor Relations:
Wes McDonald, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
(262) 703-1893
or
Media:
Bevin Bailis, SVP, PR and Communications
(262) 703-1464

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