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The Home Depot Announces Third Quarter Results; Increases Quarterly Dividend by 16%; Updates Capital Allocation Principles and Lifts Fiscal Year 2011 Guidance

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Home Depot Announces Third Quarter Results; Increases Quarterly Dividend by 16%; Updates Capital Allocation Principles and Lifts Fiscal Year 2011 Guidance06:00 EST Tuesday, November 15, 2011ATLANTA, Nov. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Home Depot®, the world's largest home improvement retailer, today reported third quarter of fiscal 2011 net earnings of $934 million, or $0.60 per diluted share, compared with net earnings of $834 million, or $0.51 per diluted share, in the same period of fiscal 2010. For the third quarter of fiscal 2011, diluted earnings per share increased 17.6 percent from the prior year.  (Logo: )Sales for the third quarter totaled $17.3 billion, a 4.4 percent increase from the third quarter of fiscal 2010. Comparable store sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 were positive 4.2 percent, and comp sales for U.S. stores were positive 3.8 percent."Our third quarter was driven by strength in our core categories and storm-related sales as well as strong operating performance," said Frank Blake, chairman & CEO. "We will continue to invest in our core initiatives to provide customers with exceptional customer service and great product values. I would like to thank our associates for their hard work and dedication."Dividend IncreaseThe Company today announced that its board of directors declared a 16 percent increase in its quarterly dividend to 29 cents per share. "As a reflection of our progress on the Company's strategic initiatives, the board increased the dividend for the second time this year and has established new capital allocation targets in support of our commitment to create value for our shareholders," said Blake. The dividend is payable on December 15, 2011, to shareholders of record on the close of business on December 1, 2011. This is the 99th consecutive quarter the Company has paid a cash dividend.Capital Allocation PrinciplesCombined with today's third quarter earnings announcement, the Company updated its capital allocation principles: Dividend Principle:  Targeting a dividend payout ratio of approximately 50 percent, up from a prior target of 40 percent.Share Repurchase Principle: After meeting the needs of the business, will use excess cash to repurchase shares, with the intent of completing the remaining $6.8 billion of share repurchases under its current authorization by the end of fiscal 2014.Return on Invested Capital Principle: Maintain a high return on invested capital, with a goal of reaching 15 percent (before share repurchases) by the end of fiscal 2013.  Targeted Capital StructureThe Company announced that it will target a total adjusted debt/EBITDAR ratio of 2.0x. Total adjusted debt includes debt on the balance sheet plus 8x operating rents and certain contingent liabilities, while EBITDAR is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and rent expense. 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 and outlook for the balance of the year, the Company raised its fiscal 2011 diluted earnings-per-share guidance and now expects diluted earnings-per-share to grow by approximately 18 percent to $2.38 for the year.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 third quarter, the Company operated a total of 2,246 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.Certain 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, guidance for fiscal 2011 and beyond 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 rely 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 AND NINE MONTHS ENDED OCTOBER 30, 2011 AND OCTOBER 31, 2010(Unaudited)(Amounts in Millions Except Per Share Data and as Otherwise Noted)Three Months Ended% IncreaseNine Months Ended% Increase10-30-1110-31-10(Decrease)10-30-1110-31-10(Decrease)NET SALES$     17,326$    16,5984.4  %$      54,381$      52,8712.9  %Cost of Sales11,36510,9134.135,71634,8102.6  GROSS PROFIT5,9615,6854.918,66518,0613.3Operating Expenses:   Selling, General and Administrative3,9563,8373.112,15112,0420.9   Depreciation and Amortization390400(2.5)1,1831,217(2.8)     Total Operating Expenses4,3464,2372.613,33413,2590.6  OPERATING INCOME1,6151,44811.55,3314,80211.0Interest and Other (Income) Expense:  Interest and Investment Income(4)(4)-(9)(11)(18.2)  Interest Expense16214611.04524393.0  Other----51(100.0)     Interest and Other, net15814211.3443479(7.5)EARNINGS BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES1,4571,30611.64,8884,32313.1Provision for Income Taxes52347210.81,7791,57213.2  NET EARNINGS $          934$         83412.0  %$        3,109$        2,75113.0  %Weighted Average Common Shares1,5401,637(5.9) %1,5721,657(5.1) %BASIC EARNINGS PER SHARE$         0.61$        0.5119.6$          1.98$          1.6619.3Diluted Weighted Average Common Shares1,5481,646(6.0) %1,5811,667(5.2) %DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE$         0.60$        0.5117.6$          1.97$          1.6519.4SELECTED HIGHLIGHTSThree Months Ended % Increase Nine Months Ended% Increase 10-30-1110-31-10(Decrease) 10-30-1110-31-10(Decrease) Number of Customer Transactions325.3321.61.2  %1,014.51,013.30.1 %Average Ticket (actual)$       53.03$      51.473.0$        53.50$        52.112.7Weighted Average Weekly Sales    per Operating Store (in thousands)$          590$         5674.1$           620$           6032.8Square Footage at End of Period 235235-235235-Capital Expenditures$          351$         28224.5$           820$           68919.0Depreciation and Amortization (1)$          416$         426(2.3) %$        1,265$        1,292(2.1) %(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 BALANCE SHEETSAS OF OCTOBER 30, 2011, OCTOBER 31, 2010 AND JANUARY 30, 2011(Unaudited)(Amounts in Millions)10-30-1110-31-101-30-11 ASSETS   Cash and Cash Equivalents $         2,234$         1,425$          545   Receivables, net 1,3841,2951,085   Merchandise Inventories  10,71710,99310,625   Other Current Assets 1,1431,3631,224      Total Current Assets 15,47815,07613,479   Property and Equipment, net 24,53225,05025,060   Goodwill 1,0721,1801,187   Other Assets 417435399      TOTAL ASSETS $       41,499$       41,741$     40,125 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   Accounts Payable $         5,669$         5,714$       4,717   Accrued Salaries and Related Expenses 1,2271,1681,290   Current Installments of Long-Term Debt 441,0231,042   Other Current Liabilities 3,6463,4553,073      Total Current Liabilities 10,58611,36010,122   Long-Term Debt 10,7398,7528,707   Other Long-Term Liabilities 2,4052,5142,407      Total Liabilities 23,73022,62621,236   Total Stockholders' Equity   17,76919,11518,889      TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $       41,499$       41,741$     40,125THE HOME DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWSFOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED OCTOBER 30, 2011 AND OCTOBER 31, 2010(Unaudited)(Amounts in Millions)Nine Months Ended10-30-1110-31-10CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:Net Earnings $        3,109$        2,751Reconciliation of Net Earnings to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities:     Depreciation and Amortization  1,2651,292     Stock-Based Compensation Expense 157161     Changes in Working Capital and Other 1,160(218)     Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities 5,6913,986CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:Capital Expenditures(820)(689)Proceeds from Sale of Business, net101-Other3665     Net Cash Used in Investing Activities (683)(624)CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:Proceeds from Long-Term Borrowings, net of discount1,994998Repayments of Long-Term Debt(1,021)(1,023)Repurchases of Common Stock(3,056)(1,974)Cash Dividends Paid to Stockholders(1,187)(1,184)Other (27)(183)    Net Cash Used in Financing Activities(3,297)(3,366)Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents1,711(4)Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash and Cash Equivalents(22)8Cash and Cash Equivalents at the Beginning of the Period5451,421Cash and Cash Equivalents at the End of the Period$        2,234$        1,425SOURCE The Home DepotFor further information: Financial Community, Diane Dayhoff, Vice President of Investor Relations, +1-770-384-2666,, News Media, Ron DeFeo Senior Director of Corporate Communications 770-384-3179,