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Foot Locker, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Foot Locker, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results16:45 EST Thursday, November 17, 2011- Net Income of $0.43 Per Share, 30% Above Last Year - Comparable-Store Sales Increased 7.4 Percent - Seventh Consecutive Quarter of Sales and Profit Growth - Gross Margin Increased 220 Basis PointsNEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL), the New York-based specialty athletic retailer, today reported financial results for its third quarter ended October 29, 2011. Third Quarter ResultsNet income for the Company's third quarter ended October 29, 2011 was $66 million, or $0.43 per share, compared with net income of $52 million, or $0.33 per share, last year.  Third quarter sales increased 8.9 percent, to $1,394 million this year, compared with sales of $1,280 million for the corresponding prior-year period.  Third quarter comparable-store sales increased 7.4 percent.  Excluding the effect of foreign currency fluctuations, total sales for the third quarter increased 7.3 percent. "I am pleased to report our seventh consecutive quarter of strong sales and profit growth," said Ken Hicks, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Foot Locker, Inc.  "We continue to diversify and strengthen many aspects of our business, including our product mix, our banner differentiation, and the integration of our distribution channels.  We believe the ongoing focus of all our associates on these initiatives will continue to create shareholder value both in the short run and longer term."  Year-to-Date ResultsNet income for the Company's first nine months of the year increased 75.9 percent to $197 million, or $1.27 per share, compared with net income of $112 million, or $0.71 per share, for the corresponding period last year.  Year-to-date sales increased 12.7 percent, to $4,121 million, compared with sales of $3,657 million last year. Year-to-date comparable-store sales increased 10.6 percent. Excluding the effect of foreign currency fluctuations, total sales year-to-date increased 10.3 percent. Financial PositionThe Company's merchandise inventory at the end of the third quarter was $1,204 million, essentially flat with the end of the third quarter last year.During the third quarter of 2011, the Company repurchased 1.85 million shares of its common stock for approximately $38 million under the Company's $250 million share repurchase program.  Year-to-date, the Company has repurchased approximately 4.6 million shares for $97 million.At October 29, 2011, the Company's cash and short-term investments totaled $698 million, while the debt on its balance sheet was $136 million.  The Company's total cash position, net of debt, was $158 million higher than the same time last year.Store Base UpdateDuring the first nine months of the year, the Company opened 52 new stores, remodeled or relocated 147 stores, and closed 76 stores.  At October 29, 2011, the Company operated 3,402 stores in 22 countries in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.  In addition, 32 franchised stores were operating in the Middle East and South Korea.  The Company is hosting a live conference call at 9:00 a.m. (EST) on Friday, November 18, 2011 to discuss these results and provide comments on the current business environment and trends.  This conference call may be accessed live from the Investor Relations section of the Foot Locker, Inc. website at http://www.footlocker-inc.com.  The conference call will be available for webcast replay until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 2, 2011.Disclosure Regarding Forward-Looking StatementsThis report contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Other than statements of historical facts, all statements which address activities, events, or developments that the Company anticipates will or may occur in the future, including, but not limited to, such things as future capital expenditures, expansion, strategic plans, financial objectives, dividend payments, stock repurchases, growth of the Company's business and operations, including future cash flows, revenues, and earnings, and other such matters, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on many assumptions and factors which are detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the effects of currency fluctuations, customer demand, fashion trends, competitive market forces, uncertainties related to the effect of competitive products and pricing, customer acceptance of the Company's merchandise mix and retail locations, the Company's reliance on a few key vendors for a majority of its merchandise purchases (including a significant portion from one key vendor), pandemics and similar major health concerns, unseasonable weather, further deterioration of global financial markets, economic conditions worldwide, further deterioration of business and economic conditions, any changes in business, political and economic conditions due to the threat of future terrorist activities in the United States or in other parts of the world and related U.S. military action overseas, the ability of the Company to execute its business and strategic plans effectively with regard to each of its business units, and risks associated with foreign global sourcing, including political instability, changes in import regulations, and disruptions to transportation services and distribution. Any changes in such assumptions or factors could produce significantly different results. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.FOOT LOCKER, INC.Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations(unaudited)Periods ended October 29, 2011 and October 30, 2010(In millions, except per share amounts)ThirdQuarter2011ThirdQuarter2010Sales$    1,394$    1,280Cost of sales941892Selling, general and administrative expenses320287Depreciation and amortization2727Interest expense, net12Other income--(1)1,2891,207Income before income taxes 10573Income tax expense3921Net Income$         66$         52Diluted EPS:Net Income$      0.43$      0.33Weighted-average diluted shares outstanding153.6156.2Year-To-Date2011Year-To-Date2010Sales$    4,121$    3,657Cost of sales2,8052,571Selling, general and administrative expenses919835Depreciation and amortization8279Interest expense, net47Other income  (1)(2)3,8093,490Income before income taxes 312167Income tax expense 11555Net Income$      197$      112Diluted EPS:Net Income$     1.27$     0.71Weighted-average diluted shares outstanding154.8156.8FOOT LOCKER, INC.Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets(unaudited)(In millions)October 29, 2011October 30, 2010AssetsCURRENT ASSETSCash, cash equivalents and short-term investments$        698$        541Merchandise inventories1,2041,202Other current assets1571622,0591,905Property and equipment, net421387Deferred tax assets 295324Other assets270296$     3,045$     2,912Liabilities and Shareholders' EquityCURRENT LIABILITIESAccounts payable $       284$       286Accrued and other liabilities284263568549Long-term debt and obligations under capital leases136137Other liabilities248248SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY2,0931,978$    3,045$    2,912FOOT LOCKER, INC.Store and Estimated Square Footage(unaudited)(Square footage in thousands)October 29, 2011October 30, 2010October 31, 2009Foot Locker U.S.   Number of stores1,1291,1521,198   Gross square footage4,5494,6334,860   Selling square footage2,6892,7442,878Footaction   Number of stores299312323   Gross square footage1,3801,4391,498   Selling square footage864904940Lady Foot Locker   Number of stores347399466   Gross square footage7738821,028   Selling square footage447506588Kids Foot Locker   Number of stores292302304   Gross square footage699724725   Selling square footage407421426Champs Sports   Number of stores537547564   Gross square footage2,8572,9193,016   Selling square footage1,8721,9382,002CCS   Number of stores22122   Gross square footage54316   Selling square footage36204Foot Locker International   Number of stores776750744   Gross square footage2,2622,1682,161   Selling square footage1,1451,0991,098Total Stores Operated   Number of stores3,4023,4743,601   Gross square footage12,57412,79613,294   Selling square footage7,4607,6327,936Total Franchised Stores   Number of stores322420   Gross square footage818774   Selling square footage565750SOURCE Foot Locker, Inc.For further information: John A. Maurer, Vice President, Treasurer and Investor Relations, Foot Locker, Inc., +1-212-720-4092