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The Home Depot Announces First Quarter Results; Updates Fiscal Year 2011 Guidance

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Home Depot Announces First Quarter Results; Updates Fiscal Year 2011 Guidance06:00 EDT Tuesday, May 17, 2011ATLANTA, May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Home Depot®, the world's largest home improvement retailer, today reported first quarter of fiscal 2011 net earnings of $812 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, compared with net earnings of $725 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, in the same period of fiscal 2010. For the first quarter of fiscal 2011, diluted earnings per share increased 16.3 percent from the prior year.  (Logo: )Sales for the first quarter totaled $16.8 billion, a 0.2 percent decrease from the first quarter of fiscal 2010. Comparable store sales for the first quarter were negative 0.6 percent, and comp sales for U.S. stores were negative 0.7 percent. "We continued to improve our business and delivered double-digit earnings growth," said Frank Blake, chairman & CEO. "Our sales declined slightly due to a slow spring selling season, but for the year we expect sales to grow in line with the guidance we previously provided. We will maintain our focus on providing great customer service and product and project values. I would like to thank our associates for their hard work and dedication."Updated Fiscal 2011 GuidanceThe Company confirmed that it expects fiscal 2011 sales will be up approximately 2.5 percent from fiscal 2010. Based on its year-to-date performance, the Company raised its fiscal 2011 diluted earnings-per-share guidance and now expects diluted earnings per share to be up approximately 11.4 percent to $2.24 for the year. This earnings-per-share guidance includes the benefit of the Company's year-to-date share repurchases, but excludes the impact of future share repurchases.The Home Depot will conduct a conference call today at 9 a.m. ET to discuss information included in this news release and related matters. The conference call will be available in its entirety through a webcast and replay at At the end of the first quarter, the Company operated a total of 2,245 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces, Mexico and China. The Company employs more than 300,000 associates. The Home Depot's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index.To provide clarity, internally and externally, about the Company's operating performance for recently completed fiscal periods, the Company supplemented its reporting with non-GAAP financial measures to reflect a prior year charge related to the extension of the Company's guarantee of the HD Supply senior secured loan. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures better enable management and investors to understand and analyze the Company's performance by providing them with meaningful information relevant to events of unusual nature or frequency that impact the comparability of underlying business results from period to period. However, this supplemental information should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the related GAAP measures.A reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP measures can be found attached to this press release and at statements contained herein constitute "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may relate to, among other things, the demand for our products and services, net sales growth, comparable store sales, state of the economy, state of the residential construction, housing and home improvement markets, state of the credit markets, including mortgages, home equity loans and consumer credit, inventory and in-stock positions, commodity price inflation and deflation, implementation of store and supply chain initiatives, continuation of reinvestment plans, net earnings performance, earnings per share, stock-based compensation expense, capital allocation and expenditures, liquidity, the effect of adopting certain accounting standards, return on invested capital, management of our purchasing or customer credit policies, the effect of accounting charges, the planned recapitalization of the Company and the timing of its completion, the ability to issue debt on terms and at rates acceptable to us, store openings and closures, expense leverage, fiscal 2011 guidance and financial outlook. Forward-looking statements are based on currently available information and our current assumptions, expectations and projections about future events. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to future events, risks and uncertainties ? many of which are beyond our control or are currently unknown to us ? as well as potentially inaccurate assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations and projections. These risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to those described in Item 1A, "Risk Factors," and elsewhere in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for our fiscal year ended January 30, 2011. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we do not undertake to update these statements other than as required by law. You are advised, however, to review any further disclosures we make on related subjects in our periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. THE HOME DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MAY 1, 2011 AND MAY 2, 2010(Unaudited)(Amounts in Millions Except Per Share Data and as Otherwise Noted)Three Months Ended% Increase 5-1-115-2-10(Decrease) NET SALES$ 16,823$ 16,863(0.2)%Cost of Sales10,99511,069(0.7)  GROSS PROFIT5,8285,7940.6Operating Expenses:   Selling, General and Administrative4,0094,078(1.7)   Depreciation and Amortization397411(3.4)     Total Operating Expenses4,4064,489(1.8)  OPERATING INCOME1,4221,3059.0Interest and Other (Income) Expense:  Interest and Investment Income(2) (4) (50.0)  Interest Expense141142(0.7)  Other-51(100.0)     Interest and Other, net139189(26.5)EARNINGS BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES1,2831,11615.0Provision for Income Taxes47139120.5  NET EARNINGS $       812$       72512.0 %Weighted Average Common Shares1,5991,677(4.7) %BASIC EARNINGS PER SHARE$      0.51$      0.4318.6Diluted Weighted Average Common Shares1,6111,688(4.6) %DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE$      0.50$      0.4316.3SELECTED HIGHLIGHTSThree Months Ended % Increase 5-1-115-2-10(Decrease) Number of Customer Transactions 317323(1.9)%Average Ticket (actual)$   53.35$   52.541.5Weighted Average Weekly Sales    per Operating Store (in thousands)$       578$       581(0.5)Square Footage at End of Period 235235-Capital Expenditures$       199$       16719.2Depreciation and Amortization (1)$       424$       438(3.2)%_________________________(1) Includes depreciation of distribution centers and tool rental equipment included in Cost of Sales and amortization of deferred financing costs included in Interest Expense.THE HOME DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS ITEMS EXCLUDING CERTAIN ADJUSTMENTS (NON-GAAP)FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MAY 1, 2011 AND MAY 2, 2010(Unaudited)(Amounts in Millions Except Per Share Data)Three Months Ended 5-1-11ActualsAdjustmentAs Adjusted(Non-GAAP)  Operating Income$  1,422$             -$   1,422  Interest and Other, net139-139  Net Earnings $     812$             -$      812  Diluted Earnings Per Share$    0.50$             -$     0.50Three Months Ended 5-2-10ActualsAdjustment(1)As Adjusted(Non-GAAP)  Operating Income$  1,305$             -$   1,305  Interest and Other, net18951138  Net Earnings $     725$          (33)$      758  Diluted Earnings Per Share$    0.43$       (0.02)$     0.45_______________________(1) Adjustment is comprised of a charge related to the extension of the Company's guarantee of the HD Supply senior secured loan. THE HOME DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS AS OF MAY 1, 2011, MAY 2, 2010 AND JANUARY 30, 2011 (Unaudited) (Amounts in Millions) 5-1-115-2-101-30-11 ASSETS   Cash and Cash Equivalents $       1,806$       2,436$         545   Receivables, net 1,4561,3421,085   Merchandise Inventories  11,69411,47910,625   Other Current Assets 1,2051,3891,224      Total Current Assets 16,16116,64613,479   Property and Equipment, net 24,99325,40425,060   Goodwill 1,2091,1921,187   Other Assets 434377399      TOTAL ASSETS $     42,797$     43,619$   40,125 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   Accounts Payable $       6,543$       7,051$     4,717   Accrued Salaries and Related Expenses 1,1951,1541,290   Current Installments of Long-Term Debt 432,0211,042   Other Current Liabilities 3,6773,7513,073      Total Current Liabilities 11,45813,97710,122   Long-Term Debt 10,7207,6768,707   Other Long-Term Liabilities 2,4212,5952,407      Total Liabilities 24,59924,24821,236   Total Stockholders' Equity   18,19819,37118,889      TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $     42,797$     43,619$   40,125THE HOME DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES   CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MAY 1, 2011 AND MAY 2, 2010 (Unaudited) (Amounts in Millions) Three Months Ended5-1-115-2-10CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:Net Earnings $         812$         725Reconciliation of Net Earnings to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities:     Depreciation and Amortization  424438     Stock-Based Compensation Expense 6064     Changes in Working Capital and Other 802812     Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities 2,0982,039CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:Capital Expenditures(199)(167)Other1527     Net Cash Used in Investing Activities (184)(140)CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:Proceeds from Long-Term Borrowings, net of discount1,994-Repayments of Long-Term Debt(1,007)(5)Repurchases of Common Stock(1,301)(508)Cash Dividends Paid to Stockholders(403)(399)Other 5319    Net Cash Used in Financing Activities(664)(893)Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents1,2501,006Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash and Cash Equivalents119Cash and Cash Equivalents at the Beginning of the Period5451,421Cash and Cash Equivalents at the End of the Period$      1,806$      2,436SOURCE The Home DepotFor further information: Financial Community: Diane Dayhoff, Vice President of Investor Relations, 770-384-2666,; News Media: Ron DeFeo, Senior Director of Corporate Communications, +1-770-384-3179,