|J. C. Penney Company, Inc. Reports 2013 Fiscal Second Quarter Results|
Provides Update on Progress of Turnaround
PLANO, Texas, August 20, 2013 -- J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) today announced financial results for its fiscal second quarter ended August 3, 2013. The Company also reported on its initiatives to fix and stabilize the business and return to profitable growth. Financial results for the quarter include:
Adjusted net loss for the quarter was $477 million, or $2.16 per share, excluding the impact from the loss on retirement of debt, restructuring and management transition charges, primary pension plan expense, and the net gain on the sale of a non-operating asset. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures is included in the schedules accompanying the consolidated financial statements in this release. The adjusted net loss of $2.16 per share has not been adjusted for, and therefore does not exclude, the ($0.99) of loss associated with the tax valuation allowance.
Myron E. (Mike) Ullman, III, chief executive officer of jcpenney, said, "Since I returned to jcpenney four months ago, we have moved quickly to stabilize our business - both financially and operationally - and we have made meaningful progress in important areas of the business. There are no quick fixes to correct the errors of the past. That said, we have identified the challenges, put solid plans in place to address them and have experienced and capable people in key roles to do so."
The Company also said that the early weeks of the Back to School shopping period were encouraging, especially during the important tax-free holidays and promotional weekend periods. Customers are choosing jcpenney as their shopping destination for private brands such as The Original Arizona Jean Co.®, Xersion(TM) and Total Girl®, as well as sought after national brands like Nike, Levi's and Vans.
Ullman continued, "Moving forward, we're focusing our efforts on regaining customer loyalty by offering trusted brands, award winning service and affordability that families can depend on. We are encouraged by our early performance this Back to School season, which reflects customers' growing confidence in the brands and styles we offer. Our associates across the country are working tirelessly to serve our customers and I am proud of their efforts."
The Company reported on its progress in the following areas:
jcp.com also reclaimed its position among the most visited retail websites, based on aggregated traffic. Back to School traffic online was also encouraging, with good performances from private brands like Arizona and Xersion, and national brands such as Levi's, Nike and Carter's.
For the quarter, jcpenney reported net sales of $2.66 billion compared to $3.02 billion in the fiscal second quarter of 2012. Comparable store sales declined 11.9% in the quarter, and were negatively impacted by the Company's failed prior merchandising and promotional strategies, which resulted in unusually high markdowns and clearance levels in the second quarter. The lengthy renovation and disappointing re-merchandising of its Home departments also had an impact on comparable store sales for the quarter. Overall, the performance of the Company's Home division had a 240 basis point impact on its comparable store sales for the second quarter.
Comparable store sales, however, experienced a sequential improvement of 470 basis points compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2013. In addition, sales results improved sequentially each month within the second quarter. This is a trend the Company expects to continue through the second half of the year. Online sales through jcp.com were $215 million for the quarter.
For the quarter, gross margin was 29.6 percent of sales, compared to 33.2 percent in the same period last year. Gross margin was negatively impacted by lower than expected sales, and a higher level of clearance sales during the quarter, which included the clearance of merchandise carried over from the first quarter of the year. SG&A expenses were approximately $1.02 billion, down 4.8% from previous quarter and 2.3% from the second quarter of 2012.
The Company reported an operating loss of $395 million in the fiscal second quarter of 2013 compared to an operating loss of $183 million in the same period last year. Primary pension expense was $25 million compared to $48 million in second quarter of 2012. Depreciation and amortization was $143 million compared to $128 million last year reflecting higher depreciation from capital investments in the stores. Real estate and other was $68 million reflecting a net gain on the sale of a partnership interest of $62 million.
The Company also incurred $47 million in restructuring and management transition charges, as follows:
In connection with the cash tender offer and consent solicitation for its 2023 debentures, the Company recognized a loss on extinguishment of debt of $114 million including $110 million in premium paid over face value of the debentures and $4 million in other related costs.
In the second quarter, the Company's recognized tax benefit was $18 million reflecting a significant reduction in tax benefits typically recognized from federal and state loss carry-forwards due to the recognition of a tax valuation allowance of $218 million during the quarter. This resulted in an effective tax rate of only 3.0% for the second quarter compared to 39.0% in the second quarter of 2012 and negatively impacted earnings per share by $0.99.
The net loss for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 was $586 million or $2.66 per share. Excluding the impact from restructuring and management charges of ($0.21) per share, primary pension plan expense of ($0.04) per share, a net gain on the sale of a non-operating asset of $0.28 per share and the loss on extinguishment of debt of ($0.52) per share, adjusted net loss for the quarter was $477 million, or $2.16 per share. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures is included in the schedules accompanying the consolidated financial statements in this release.
Cash Flow and Financial Condition
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the second quarter of 2013 were $1.535 billion, an increase of $714 million from the end of the first quarter of 2013. The Company's total available liquidity is currently $1.85 billion. Total debt at the end of the quarter was $5.82 billion, including $850 million outstanding on the Company's revolving credit facility, the $2.25 billion senior secured term loan, $2.62 billion of outstanding unsecured debt, and $98 million in capital lease obligations and note payable.
Operating cash flow was a use of $708 million, reflecting net operating losses and an increase of $357 million in inventory, which includes re-stocking of basics and private branded categories, in anticipation of the Back to School and holiday season. Financing cash flow was a source of $1.8 billion, reflecting the net proceeds of $2.18 billion from its senior secured term loan facility and the completion of the cash tender offer and consent solicitation with respect to its outstanding 7 1/8% Debentures due 2023 for $355 million.
In the second fiscal quarter, the Company paid $439 million in capital expenditures. For the second half of the year, the Company expects to expend approximately $300 million in additional capital expenditures, including accrued and unpaid expenditures of $156 million at the end of the second quarter, primarily related to the renovation of its Home departments. The Company is planning capital expenditures of approximately $300 million for fiscal year 2014.
Second Quarter 2013 Earnings Conference Call Details
At 8:30 a.m. ET today, the Company will host a live conference call conducted by Chief Executive Officer Myron E. (Mike) Ullman, III, and Chief Financial Officer Ken Hannah. Management will discuss the Company's performance during the quarter and take questions from participants. To access the conference call, please dial (877) 546-5020, or (857) 244-7552 for international callers, and reference 10998831 participant code or visit the Company's investor relations website at http://ir.jcpenney.com.
Telephone playback will be available for 90 days beginning approximately two hours after the conclusion of the meeting by dialing (888) 286-8010, or (617) 801-6888 for international callers and referencing 74648757 participant code.
For further information, contact:
Investor Relations: (972) 431-5500
Media Relations & Corporate Affairs: (972) 431-3400
This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements, which reflect the Company's current views of future events and financial performance, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the Company's actual results to be materially different from planned or expected results. Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, including inflation, recession, unemployment levels, consumer spending patterns, credit availability and debt levels, changes in store traffic trends, the cost of goods, trade restrictions, the impact of changes designed to transform our business, customer acceptance of our new strategies, the impact of cost reduction initiatives, implementation of new systems and platforms, changes in tariff, freight and shipping rates, changes in the cost of fuel and other energy and transportation costs, increases in wage and benefit costs, competition and retail industry consolidations, interest rate fluctuations, dollar and other currency valuations, the impact of weather conditions, risks associated with war, an act of terrorism or pandemic, a systems failure and/or security breach that results in the theft, transfer or unauthorized disclosure of customer, employee or Company information and legal and regulatory proceedings. Please refer to the Company's most recent Form 10-K and subsequent filings for a further discussion of risks and uncertainties. Investors should take such risks into account when making investment decisions. We do not undertake to update these forward-looking statements as of any future date.
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(1) In the second quarter of 2013, the Company recognized a valuation allowance of $218 million against certain federal and state net operating loss carry forward assets.
We report our financial information in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP). However, we present certain financial measures and ratios identified as non-GAAP under the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to assess our results. We believe the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures and ratios is useful in order to better understand our financial performance as well as to facilitate the comparison of our results to the results of our peer companies. In addition, management uses these non-GAAP financial measures and ratios to assess the results of our operations. It is important to view non-GAAP financial measures in addition to, rather than as a substitute for, those measures and ratios prepared in accordance with GAAP. We have provided reconciliations of the most directly comparable GAAP measures to our non-GAAP financial measures presented.
The following non-GAAP financial measures are adjusted to exclude the impact of markdowns related to the alignment of inventory with our 2012 strategy, restructuring and management transition charges, the impact of our Primary Pension Plan expense, the loss on extinguishment of debt and the net gain on sale or redemption of non-operating assets. Unlike other operating expenses, markdowns related to the alignment of inventory with our 2012 strategy, restructuring and management transition, loss on extinguishment of debt and the net gain on the sale or redemption of non-operating assets are not directly related to our ongoing core business operations. Primary Pension Plan expense is determined using numerous complex assumptions about changes in pension assets and liabilities that are subject to factors beyond our control, such as market volatility. Accordingly, we eliminate our Primary Pension Plan expense in its entirety as we view all components of net periodic benefit expense as a single, net amount, consistent with its presentation in our Consolidated Financial Statements. We believe it is useful for investors to understand the impact of markdowns related to the alignment of inventory with our 2012 strategy, restructuring and management transition charges, the impact of our Primary Pension Plan expense, the loss on extinguishment of debt and the net gain on the sale or redemption of non-operating assets on our financial results and therefore are presenting the following non-GAAP financial measures: (1) adjusted operating income/(loss); (2) adjusted net income/(loss); and (3) adjusted diluted EPS.
ADJUSTED OPERATING INCOME/(LOSS), NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURE
ADJUSTED NET INCOME/(LOSS) AND ADJUSTED EARNINGS/(LOSS) PER SHARE - DILUTED, NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
The following table reconciles net income/(loss) and earnings/(loss) per share-diluted, the most directly comparable GAAP measures, to adjusted net income/(loss) and adjusted earnings/(loss) per share - diluted, non-GAAP financial measures:
Free cash flow is a key financial measure of our ability to generate additional cash from operating our business and in evaluating our financial performance. We define free cash flow as cash flow from operating activities, less capital expenditures and dividends paid, plus the proceeds from the sale of operating assets. Free cash flow is a relevant indicator of our ability to repay maturing debt, revise our dividend policy or fund other uses of capital that we believe will enhance stockholder value. Free cash flow is considered a non-GAAP financial measure under the rules of the SEC. Free cash flow is limited and does not represent remaining cash flow available for discretionary expenditures due to the fact that the measure does not deduct payments required for debt maturities, pay-down of off-balance sheet pension debt, and other obligations or payments made for business acquisitions. Therefore, it is important to view free cash flow in addition to, rather than as a substitute for, our entire statement of cash flows and those measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.
FREE CASH FLOW, NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURE
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