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The TJX Companies, Inc. Reports 63% Increase in First Quarter EPS

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The TJX Companies, Inc. Reports 63% Increase in First Quarter EPS08:38 EDT Tuesday, May 18, 2010 FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (Business Wire) -- The TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TJX), the leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S. and worldwide, today announced sales and earnings results for the first quarter ended May 1, 2010. Net sales for the first quarter of Fiscal 2011 increased 15% to $5.0 billion and consolidated comparable store sales increased 9% over last year. Net income for the first quarter was $331 million, and diluted earnings per share were $.80, a 63% increase over last year's $.49. Carol Meyrowitz, President and Chief Executive Officer of The TJX Companies, Inc., stated, “I am very pleased with our first quarter results, which underscore our ability to deliver consistent profitable growth. Our 9% consolidated comparable store sales increase and 63% increase in earnings per share far exceeded our expectations for the quarter. The momentum in our business was driven by continued increases in customer traffic, reinforcing the appeal of our great values and indicating to us that consumers will remain focused on value in both weak and strong economic environments. Going forward, with our wide demographic reach, we are reinvesting in our stores and heightening our marketing campaigns to attract and retain more new customers, and we are sourcing new, exciting product in the marketplace. As always, we will run our business conservatively, with lean inventories as well as a focus on cost reduction initiatives. We have confidence in TJX sustaining strong top- and bottom-line performance as we grow as a global off-price value retailer.” Sales by Business Segment The Company's comparable store sales and net sales by division, in the first quarter, were as follows:   First Quarter   First QuarterComparable Store Sales1   Net Sales ($ in millions) 2,3     FY2011   FY2010   FY2011   FY2010 In the U.S.:                 Marmaxx4   +10%   +1%   $3,278   $2,938 HomeGoods   +15%   -1%   $457   $392 A.J. Wright   +7%   +12%   $211   $179 Outside the U.S.:                 TJX Canada   +6%   0%   $555   $424 TJX Europe   +1%   +6%   $515   $421                   TJX   +9%   +2%   $5,017   $4,354 1 Comparable store sales outside the U.S. calculated on a constant currency basis, which removes the effect of changes in currency exchange rates. 2 Sales in Canada and Europe were impacted by foreign currency exchange rates. See below. 3 Figures may not foot due to rounding. 4 Combination of T.J. Maxx and Marshalls. Impact of Foreign Currency Exchange Rates Changes in foreign exchange rates affect the translation of sales and earnings of the Company's businesses in Europe and Canada into U.S. dollars for financial reporting purposes. In addition, for accounting purposes, ordinary course inventory-related hedging instruments are marked to market at the end of each quarter. Changes in currency exchange rates affect the magnitude of these translations and adjustments, and can have a material impact when there is significant volatility in currency exchange rates. The movement in foreign currency exchange rates had a three percentage-point favorable impact on consolidated net sales in the first quarter of Fiscal 2011. The overall net impact of foreign currency exchange rates benefited first quarter Fiscal 2011 earnings per share by $.01, compared with a $.02 per share negative impact last year. A table detailing the impact of foreign currency on TJX pretax earnings and margins, as well as those of its international businesses, is on the Company's website, www.tjx.com. The Company encourages investors to refer to its website for details on the differences between results in U.S. dollars and local currency for the Company's international businesses. Margins For the first quarter of Fiscal 2011, the Company's consolidated pretax profit margin from continuing operations was 10.7%, up 2.9 percentage points over the prior year. The increase in pretax margin was driven by continued strong merchandise margins combined with expense leverage. The gross profit margin for the Fiscal 2011 first quarter was 27.3%, up 2.5 percentage points above the prior year primarily due to strong merchandise margins combined with buying and occupancy expense leverage. Selling, general and administrative costs as a percent of sales were 16.4%, a 0.5 percentage point improvement over the prior year. Overall, expense ratios benefited from both cost reduction initiatives as well as the leverage benefit from the 9% same store sales increase. Inventory Total inventories as of May 1, 2010, were $2.6 billion compared with $2.8 billion at the end of the prior year's first quarter. Consolidated inventories on a per-store basis, including the warehouses, at May 1, 2010, were down 12% versus being down 4% at the end of the first quarter last year. At the Marmaxx division, the total inventory commitment, including the warehouses, stores and merchandise on order, was up versus last year on a per-store basis. The Company remains very comfortable with the liquidity within its inventories, which positions it very well entering the second quarter to continue to take advantage of the excellent buying opportunities in the marketplace. Share Repurchases During the first quarter, the Company spent a total of $234 million in repurchases of TJX stock, retiring 5.5 million shares. The Company continues to expect to repurchase $900 million to $1 billion of TJX stock in Fiscal 2011. Additionally, the Company increased its dividend 25% during the quarter, as it continues to balance growth investments in its businesses with cash distributions to its shareholders through the dividend and share repurchase programs. Second Quarter Fiscal 2011 Outlook For the second quarter of Fiscal 2011, the Company expects earnings per share in the range of $.67 to $.72, which represents a 10% - 18% increase over $.61 per share in the prior year. This range is based upon estimated consolidated comparable store sales growth of approximately 2% to 4%. For the full year Fiscal 2011, the Company now expects earnings per share in the range of $3.21 to $3.32, which represents a 13% to 17% increase over $2.84 per share in the prior year. This range is based upon estimated consolidated comparable store sales growth of approximately 2% to 3%. The Company's earnings guidance assumes that currency exchange rates will remain at current levels. Stores by Concept During the first quarter ended May 1, 2010, the Company added a net of 23 stores. TJX increased square footage by 3% over the same period last year.   Store Locations   Gross Square Feet*First QuarterFirst Quarter         (in millions)     Beginning   End   Beginning   EndIn the U.S.:                 T.J. Maxx   890   896   26.4   26.4 Marshalls   813   817   25.7   25.8 HomeGoods   323   325   8.0   8.1 A.J. Wright   150   152   3.8   3.9 In Canada:                 Winners   211   211   6.1   6.2 HomeSense   79   79   1.9   1.9 In Europe:                 T.K. Maxx   263   272   8.5   8.7 HomeSense   14   14   0.3   0.3                   TJX   2,743   2,766   80.7   81.1     * Figures may not foot due to rounding. About The TJX Companies, Inc. The TJX Companies, Inc. is the leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S. and worldwide. The Company operates 896 T.J. Maxx, 817 Marshalls, 325 HomeGoods, and 152 A.J. Wright stores in the United States. In Canada, the Company operates 208 Winners, 79 HomeSense and 3 STYLESENSE stores, and in Europe, 272 T.K. Maxx and 14 HomeSense stores. TJX's press releases and financial information are also available on the Internet at www.tjx.com. Fiscal 2011 First Quarter Earnings Conference Call At 11:00 a.m. ET today, Carol Meyrowitz, President and Chief Executive Officer of TJX, will hold a conference call with stock analysts to discuss the Company's first quarter Fiscal 2011 results, operations and business trends. A real-time webcast of the call will be available at www.tjx.com. A replay of the call will also be available by dialing (866) 367-5577 through Tuesday, May 25, 2010 or at www.tjx.com. May Fiscal 2011 Sales Recording Additionally, the Company expects to release its May 2010 sales results on Thursday, June 3, 2010, at approximately 8:15 a.m. ET. Concurrent with that press release, a recorded message with more detailed information regarding TJX's May sales results, operations and business trends will be available via the Internet at www.tjx.com, or by calling (703) 736-7248 through Thursday, June 10, 2010. Important Information at Website Archived versions of the Company's recorded messages and conference calls, reconciliations of non-GAAP to GAAP measures, and other financial information are available at www.tjx.com after they are no longer available by telephone. The Company routinely posts information that may be important to investors in the Investor Information section at www.tjx.com. The Company encourages investors to consult that section of its website regularly. Forward-looking Statement SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995: Various statements made in this release are forward-looking and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. All statements that address activities, events or developments that we intend, expect or believe may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. The following are some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements: global economies and credit and financial markets; foreign currency exchange rates; buying and inventory management; customer trends and preferences; market, geographic and category expansion; quarterly operating results; marketing, advertising and promotional programs; data security; seasonal influences; large size and scale; unseasonable weather; serious disruptions and catastrophic events; competition; personnel recruitment and retention; acquisitions and divestitures; information systems and technology; cash flows; consumer spending; merchandise quality and safety; merchandise importing; international operations; oil prices; compliance with laws, regulations and orders; changes in laws and regulations; outcomes of litigation and proceedings; real estate leasing; market expectations; tax matters and other factors that may be described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We do not undertake to publicly update or revise our forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied in such statements will not be realized.   The TJX Companies, Inc. and Consolidated Subsidiaries Financial Summary (Unaudited) (Dollars In Thousands Except Per Share Amounts)     13 Weeks Ended May 1, 2010   May 2, 2009   Net sales $5,016,540$4,354,224   Cost of sales, including buying and occupancy costs 3,648,674 3,273,346 Selling, general and administrative expenses 821,363 735,057 Interest expense, net   10,202   6,601   Income from before provision for income taxes 536,301 339,220 Provision for income taxes   204,867   130,006   Net income $331,434$209,214   Diluted earnings per share $ 0.80 $ 0.49   Cash dividends declared per share $ 0.15 $ 0.12   Weighted average common shares – diluted (in thousands) 414,400 431,920   The TJX Companies, Inc. and Consolidated Subsidiaries Condensed Balance Sheets (Unaudited) (In Millions)     May 1, 2010 May 2, 2009   ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,833.3 $ 1,012.5 Short-term investments 126.1 56.7 Accounts receivable and other current assets 408.4 381.5 Current deferred income taxes, net 122.5 138.5 Merchandise inventories   2,615.1   2,817.7   Total current assets   5,105.4   4,406.9   Property and capital leases, net of depreciation 2,267.0 2,167.7 Other assets 202.2 184.7 Goodwill and tradename, net of amortization   179.9   179.6   TOTAL ASSETS $7,754.5$6,938.9   LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Current installments of long-term debt $ - $ 742.2 Accounts payable 1,685.0 1,551.4 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities   1,329.6   1,034.6   Total current liabilities   3,014.6   3,328.2   Other long-term liabilities 703.4 752.0 Non-current deferred income taxes, net 222.8 148.9 Long-term debt 774.3 374.3   Shareholders' equity   3,039.4   2,335.5   TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY $7,754.5$6,938.9   The TJX Companies, Inc. and Consolidated Subsidiaries Condensed Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited) (In Millions)     13 Weeks Ended May 1,2010 May 2,2009   CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES: Net income $ 331.4 $ 209.2 Depreciation and amortization 113.6 104.1 Deferred income tax provision 18.2 18.3 Amortization of stock compensation expense 13.3 12.4 (Increase) decrease in accounts receivable and other assets (12.4 ) 31.8 (Increase) in merchandise inventories (79.3 ) (183.8 ) Increase in accounts payable 175.2 267.5 (Decrease) in accrued expenses and other liabilities (13.5 ) (100.8 ) Other   (19.1 )   2.3   Net cash provided by operating activities   527.4   361.0   CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES: Property additions (149.1 ) (66.4 ) Purchases of short-term investments (29.2 ) (56.7 ) Sales and maturities of short-term investments 39.9 - Other   0.2   0.1 Net cash (used in) investing activities   (138.2)   (123.0 )   CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES: Payments for repurchase of common stock (230.2 ) (32.4 ) Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt - 374.3 Proceeds from sale and issuance of common stock 88.1 10.2 Cash dividends paid (49.1 ) (45.4 ) Other   15.0   (3.5 ) Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities   (176.2 )   303.2   Effect of exchange rate changes on cash   5.7   17.8   Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 218.7 559.0 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   1,614.6   453.5   Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $1,833.3$1,012.5   The TJX Companies, Inc. and Consolidated Subsidiaries Selected Information by Major Business Segment (Unaudited) (In Thousands)     13 Weeks Ended May 1, 2010   May 2, 2009 Net sales: U.S. segments: Marmaxx $ 3,277,864 $ 2,938,309 HomeGoods 457,059 391,895 A.J. Wright 211,379 179,394 International segments: TJX Canada 554,998 424,092 TJX Europe   515,240   420,534 Total net sales $5,016,540$4,354,224   Segment profit: U.S. segments: Marmaxx $ 468,480 $ 330,670 HomeGoods 40,593 15,573 A.J. Wright 9,786 4,413 International segments: TJX Canada 54,359 19,727 TJX Europe   5,842   9,293 Total segment profit 579,060 379,676   General corporate expenses 32,557 33,855 Interest expense, net   10,202   6,601 Income before provision for income taxes $536,301$339,220 The TJX Companies, Inc. and Consolidated SubsidiariesNotes to Consolidated Condensed Statements During the first quarter ended May 1, 2010, TJX repurchased 5.5 million shares of its common stock at a cost of $234 million. These repurchases were made under the $1 billion stock repurchase plan announced in September 2009. In February, 2010, the Board of Directors approved an additional $1 billion stock repurchase plan. TJX records the repurchase of its stock on a cash basis, and the amounts reflected in the financial statements may vary from the above amounts due to the timing of settlement of repurchases. In April 2009, TJX issued $375 million of 6.950% ten year notes and shortly thereafter called for the redemption of its zero coupon convertible subordinated notes, originally due in 2021. The subordinated notes were reported as current installments of long-term debt as of May 2, 2009 and virtually all of these notes were converted into 15.1 million shares of TJX common stock during the second quarter of fiscal 2010. The Company used the proceeds from the notes offering to repurchase TJX common stock under its stock repurchase program. In July 2009, TJX issued $400 million of 4.200% six year notes. TJX used the proceeds of this offering to pay its 7.45% notes due December 15, 2009 at maturity and refinanced substantially all of its C$235 million term credit facility, which was repaid on August 10, 2009.