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The Home Depot Announces First Quarter Results; Updates Fiscal Year 2012 Guidance

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Home Depot Announces First Quarter Results; Updates Fiscal Year 2012 Guidance06:04 EDT Tuesday, May 15, 2012ATLANTA, May 15, 2012 /CNW/ - The Home Depot®, the world's largest home improvement retailer, today reported sales of $17.8 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2012, a 5.9 percent increase from the first quarter of fiscal 2011. Comparable store sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 were positive 5.8 percent, and comp sales for U.S. stores were positive 6.1 percent.(Logo: )Net earnings for the first quarter were $1.0 billion, or $0.68 per diluted share, compared with net earnings of $812 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, in the same period of fiscal 2011. For the first quarter of fiscal 2012, diluted earnings per share increased 36.0 percent from the same period in the prior year. First quarter of fiscal 2012 results reflect a benefit to earnings, net of tax, of $43 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, related to the termination of the Company's guarantee of a senior secured loan. "We saw a stronger-than-expected start to the year, driven by record warm weather and continued demand for core products," said Frank Blake, chairman & CEO. "I would like to thank our associates for their hard work and dedication."Updated Fiscal 2012 GuidanceBased on its year-to-date performance, the Company updated its fiscal 2012 guidance and now expects sales to be up approximately 4.6 percent for the year on a 53-week basis. The Company raised its fiscal 2012 diluted earnings-per-share guidance and now expects diluted earnings per share to be up approximately 17 percent to $2.90 for the year. This earnings-per-share guidance includes the $0.03 per diluted share benefit related to the termination of the Company's guarantee of a senior secured loan, the benefit of the Company's year-to-date share repurchases and the Company's intent to repurchase $2.4 billion in additional shares over the remainder of the year. On June 6 at 9 a.m. ET, the Company will hold its Investor and Analyst Conference to update the investment community on the long range outlook of the business. All presentations will be webcast live at in the Events & Presentations section.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 2,254 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 the impact of the benefit related to the termination of the Company's guarantee of a third-party 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 ability to issue debt on terms and at rates acceptable to us, store openings and closures, expense leverage, guidance for fiscal 2012 and financial outlook. Forward-looking statements are based on currently available information and our current assumptions, expectations and projections about future events. You should not 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 29, 2012. 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 EARNINGSFOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED APRIL 29, 2012 AND MAY 1, 2011 (Unaudited)(Amounts in Millions Except Per Share Data and as Otherwise Noted)Three Months EndedApril 29, 2012May 1, 2011% Increase(Decrease)NET SALES$17,808$16,8235.9%Cost of Sales11,62510,9955.7GROSS PROFIT6,1835,8286.1Operating Expenses:Selling, General and Administrative4,0864,0091.9Depreciation and Amortization383397(3.5)Total Operating Expenses4,4694,4061.4OPERATING INCOME1,7141,42220.5Interest and Other (Income) Expense:Interest and Investment Income(5)(2)150.0Interest Expense15614110.6Other(67)—N/A Interest and Other, net84139(39.6)EARNINGS BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES1,6301,28327.0Provision for Income Taxes59547126.3NET EARNINGS$1,035$81227.5%Weighted Average Common Shares1,5221,599(4.8)%BASIC EARNINGS PER SHARE$0.68$0.5133.3Diluted Weighted Average Common Shares1,5311,611(5.0)%DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE$0.68$0.5036.0Three Months EndedSELECTED HIGHLIGHTSApril 29, 2012May 1, 2011% Increase(Decrease)Number of Customer Transactions328.9316.53.9%Average Ticket (actual)$54.51$53.352.2Weighted Average Weekly Sales per Operating Store (in thousands)$612$5785.9Square Footage at End of Period2362350.4Capital Expenditures$228$19914.6Depreciation and Amortization (1)$410$424(3.3)%—————(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.N/A - Not ApplicableTHE HOME DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS ITEMS EXCLUDING CERTAIN ADJUSTMENTS (NON-GAAP)FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED APRIL 29, 2012 AND MAY 1, 2011 (Unaudited)(Amounts in Millions Except Per Share Data)Three Months Ended April 29, 2012ActualsAdjustment(1)As Adjusted (Non-GAAP)Operating Income$1,714$—$1,714Interest and Other, net84(67)151Net Earnings$1,035$43$992Diluted Earnings Per Share$0.68$0.03$0.65Three Months Ended May 1, 2011ActualsAdjustmentAs Adjusted (Non-GAAP)Operating Income$1,422$—$1,422Interest and Other, net139—139Net Earnings$812$—$812Diluted Earnings Per Share$0.50$—$0.50—————(1) The Company recognized a benefit in the first quarter of fiscal 2012 resulting from the termination of its guarantee of the HD Supply senior secured loan.THE HOME DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETSAS OF APRIL 29, 2012, MAY 1, 2011 AND JANUARY 29, 2012 (Unaudited)(Amounts in Millions)April 29, 2012May 1, 2011January 29, 2012ASSETSCash and Cash Equivalents$3,191$1,806$1,987Receivables, net1,5191,4561,245Merchandise Inventories11,58211,69410,325Other Current Assets1,0601,205963Total Current Assets17,35216,16114,520Property and Equipment, net24,37124,99324,448Goodwill1,1391,2091,120Other Assets438434430TOTAL ASSETS$43,300$42,797$40,518LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITYAccounts Payable$7,135$6,543$4,856Accrued Salaries and Related Expenses1,2631,1951,372Current Installments of Long-Term Debt334330Other Current Liabilities3,6683,6773,118Total Current Liabilities12,09911,4589,376Long-Term Debt10,79210,72010,758Other Long-Term Liabilities2,4342,4212,486Total Liabilities25,32524,59922,620Total Stockholders' Equity17,97518,19817,898TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY$43,300$42,797$40,518THE HOME DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWSFOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED APRIL 29, 2012 AND MAY 1, 2011 (Unaudited)(Amounts in Millions)Three Months EndedApril 29, 2012May 1, 2011CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:Net Earnings$1,035$812Reconciliation of Net Earnings to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities:Depreciation and Amortization410424Stock-Based Compensation Expense5860Changes in Working Capital and Other987802Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities2,4902,098CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:Capital Expenditures(228)(199)Other715Net Cash Used in Investing Activities(221)(184)CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:Proceeds from Long-Term Borrowings, net of discount—1,994Repayments of Long-Term Debt(7)(1,007)Repurchases of Common Stock(1,131)(1,301)Proceeds from Sales of Common Stock41234Cash Dividends Paid to Stockholders(444)(403)Other8719Net Cash Used in Financing Activities(1,083)(664)Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents1,1861,250Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash and Cash Equivalents1811Cash and Cash Equivalents at the Beginning of the Period1,987545Cash and Cash Equivalents at the End of the Period$3,191$1,806SOURCE The Home DepotFor further information: Financial Community, Diane Dayhoff, Vice President of Investor Relations, +1-770-384-2666, or News Media, Paula Drake, Senior Manager of Corporate Communications, +1-770-384-3439, paula_drake@homedepot.com Photo Desk,