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Gap Inc. Reports Second Quarter Earnings Per Share of 49 Cents, a 40 Percent Increase over Last Year

<p class='bwalignc'> <b>Net Sales up 6 Percent, Comparable Sales up 4 Percent</b> </p>

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Gap Inc. Reports Second Quarter Earnings Per Share of 49 Cents, a 40 Percent Increase over Last Year16:00 EDT Thursday, August 16, 2012 SAN FRANCISCO (Business Wire) -- Gap Inc. (NYSE:GPS) today reported that net sales for the second quarter, which ended July 28, 2012, increased 6 percent to $3.58 billion compared with $3.39 billion for the second quarter last year. The company's second quarter comparable sales increased 4 percent. Net income for the second quarter was $243 million, up 29 percent compared with the second quarter last year. Second quarter diluted earnings per share increased 40 percent to $0.49 compared with $0.35 last year. “Customers responded well to our product offerings across our brands, driving a healthy increase in sales and earnings per share during the quarter,” said Glenn Murphy, chairman and chief executive officer of Gap Inc. “Our continued focus on product and store execution are helping to drive positive momentum and we're committed to sustaining solid performance for the remainder of the year.” Given second quarter performance, the company has raised its estimate for fiscal year 2012 diluted earnings per share to be in the range of $1.95 to $2.00, compared with $1.56 in fiscal year 2011. Second Quarter Financial and Business Highlights In North America, Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy each delivered positive comparable sales for the second consecutive quarter. Total net sales for the Gap Inc. Direct division increased 24 percent to $384 million compared with $309 million last year. Net sales outside of the U.S. and Canada (including Gap Inc. Direct and Franchise) increased 7 percent; the company opened its first Old Navy store outside of North America in Tokyo and continued to expand its Gap brand store base in China. Franchise net sales increased 25 percent compared with last year and the company opened its 250th franchise store. The company opened 11 Athleta stores, doubling its fleet to 22 stores across North America. Second Quarter Comparable Sales Results The company's second quarter comparable sales were up 4 percent compared with the second quarter last year. Comparable sales for the second quarter of fiscal year 2012 were as follows: Gap North America: positive 7 percent versus negative 3 percent last year Banana Republic North America: positive 7 percent versus negative 2 percent last year Old Navy North America: positive 3 percent versus flat last year International: negative 5 percent versus negative 4 percent last year Second Quarter Net Sales Results The following tables detail the company's second quarter net sales:               ($ in millions)Quarter Ended July 28, 2012GapOld NavyBananaRepublicFranchise (3)Piperlimeand AthletaTotal (4)Percentageof Net Sales U.S. (1) $ 756 $ 1,156 $ 517 $ - $ - $ 2,429 68 % Canada 78 95 47 - - 220 6 Europe 156 - 17 15 - 188 5 Asia 248 2 39 20 - 309 9 Other regions   -   -   -   45   -   45 1   Total Stores reportable segment 1,238 1,253 620 80 - 3,191 89 Direct reportable segment (2)   96   138   50   -   100   384 11   Total $ 1,334 $ 1,391 $ 670 $ 80 $ 100 $ 3,575 100 %     ($ in millions)Quarter Ended July 30, 2011GapOld NavyBananaRepublicFranchise (3)Piperlimeand AthletaTotal (4)Percentageof Net Sales U.S. (1) $ 734 $ 1,133 $ 489 $ - $ - $ 2,356 70 % Canada 76 95 43 - - 214 6 Europe 169 - 13 16 - 198 6 Asia 226 - 35 19 - 280 8 Other regions   -   -   -   29   -   29 1   Total Stores reportable segment 1,205 1,228 580 64 - 3,077 91 Direct reportable segment (2)   77   122   37   -   73   309 9   Total $ 1,282 $ 1,350 $ 617 $ 64 $ 73 $ 3,386 100 % (1)   U.S. includes the United States and Puerto Rico.   (2) Online sales shipped from distribution centers located outside the U.S. were $30 million ($21 million for Canada and $9 million for Europe) and $24 million ($16 million for Canada and $8 million for Europe) for the thirteen weeks ended July 28, 2012 and July 30, 2011, respectively.   (3) Franchise sales were $80 million ($70 million for Gap and $10 million for Banana Republic) and $64 million ($55 million for Gap and $9 million for Banana Republic) for the thirteen weeks ended July 28, 2012 and July 30, 2011, respectively.   (4) Net sales outside of the U.S. and Canada (including Direct and franchise) were $551 million and $515 million for the thirteen weeks ended July 28, 2012 and July 30, 2011, respectively.   Additional Results and 2012 OutlookEarnings per Share Second quarter diluted earnings per share of $0.49 increased 40 percent compared with $0.35 for the second quarter last year. The company raised its guidance for fiscal year 2012 diluted earnings per share to be in the range of $1.95 to $2.00, compared with $1.56 in fiscal year 2011. Depreciation and Amortization The company continues to expect depreciation and amortization expense, net of amortization of lease incentives, for fiscal year 2012 to be about $475 million. Operating Expenses Second quarter operating expenses were approximately $1 billion, up $85 million compared with the second quarter last year, due primarily to investments in marketing and store payroll. Marketing expenses for the quarter were $147 million, up $33 million compared with the second quarter last year, driven primarily by investments at Gap brand. The company plans to continue investing in its businesses and expects operating expenses in each of the remaining quarters of fiscal year 2012 to increase, on a year-over-year basis, by at least as much as the increase in the second quarter. As a result, the company continues to expect operating expense deleverage in the second half of fiscal year 2012. Operating Margin The company now expects operating margin for fiscal year 2012 to be about 11 percent, up from previous guidance of about 10 percent. Effective Tax Rate The effective tax rate was 40 percent for the second quarter of fiscal year 2012. The company continues to expect the full year effective tax rate to be about 39.5 percent for fiscal year 2012. Inventory On a year-over-year basis, inventory dollars per store were down 6 percent at the end of the second quarter of fiscal year 2012. The company expects inventory dollars per store to be down in the low single digits at the end of the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 compared with the end of the third quarter last year. Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Short-term Investments The company ended the second quarter of fiscal year 2012 with $2.1 billion in cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments. Year to date, free cash flow, defined as net cash provided by operating activities less purchases of property and equipment, was an inflow of $673 million compared with an inflow of $298 million last year. Please see the reconciliation of free cash flow, a non-GAAP financial measure, from the GAAP financial measure in the tables at the end of this press release. The company plans to repay the remaining $360 million balance on its term loan during the third quarter of fiscal year 2012. Share Repurchases Second quarter share repurchases were $349 million, and the company ended the second quarter of fiscal year 2012 with 479 million shares outstanding. Dividends The company paid a dividend of $0.125 per share during the second quarter of fiscal year 2012, which was an increase of 11 percent compared with the second quarter last year. The company expects to pay a total of $0.50 per share in dividends for fiscal year 2012. Capital Expenditures Year to date, capital expenditures were $297 million. The company now expects fiscal year 2012 capital spending of up to $675 million, up from previous guidance of approximately $600 million. Real Estate The company ended the second quarter of fiscal year 2012 with a total of 3,285 store locations in 42 countries, 3,035 of which were company-operated. During the second quarter of fiscal year 2012, the company opened 29 and closed 20 company-operated store locations. Square footage of company-operated stores was 36.8 million at the end of the second quarter, a decrease of 2 percent from 37.7 million at the end of the second quarter of fiscal year 2011. This decrease reflects Gap Inc.'s strategy to optimize square footage in North America. The company continues to expect net openings of about 15 company-operated stores and about 50 to 75 franchise stores during fiscal year 2012. Square footage for company-operated stores is expected to decrease by about 1 percent by the end of fiscal year 2012 compared with the end of fiscal year 2011. Store count, openings, closings, and square footage for our stores are as follows:             Quarter Ended July 28, 2012Store LocationsBeginning of Q2Store LocationsOpenedStore LocationsClosedStore LocationsEnd of Q2Square Feet(millions) Gap North America 1,022 4 12 1,014 10.4 Gap Europe 192 2 - 194 1.7 Gap Asia 161 4 - 165 1.6 Old Navy North America 1,014 2 6 1,010 17.8 Old Navy Asia - 1 - 1 - Banana Republic North America 584 4 2 586 4.9 Banana Republic Asia 32 1 - 33 0.2 Banana Republic Europe 10 - - 10 0.1 Athleta North America 11 11 - 22 0.1 Company-operated stores total 3,026 29 20 3,035 36.8 Franchise 244 8 2 250 N/A Total 3,270 37 22 3,285 36.8   Webcast and Conference Call Information Katrina O'Connell, vice president of Corporate Finance and Investor Relations at Gap Inc., will host a summary of the company's second quarter fiscal year 2012 results during a live conference call and real-time webcast at approximately 5 p.m. Eastern Time today. Ms. O'Connell will be joined by Glenn Murphy, Gap Inc. chairman and chief executive officer, and Sabrina Simmons, Gap Inc. chief financial officer. To access the conference call, please dial (800) 374-1731, or (706) 679-5876 for international callers. The webcast can be accessed from the Financial News and Events page of the Investors section at www.gapinc.com. A replay of the call will be available on www.gapinc.com. August Sales The company will report August sales on August 30, 2012. Forward-Looking Statements This press release and related conference call and webcast contain forward-looking statements within the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than those that are purely historical are forward-looking statements. Words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” “project,” and similar expressions also identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding the following: sustaining solid performance for the remainder of the year; earnings per share for fiscal year 2012; depreciation and amortization for fiscal year 2012; operating expenses in each of the remaining quarters of fiscal year 2012; operating expense deleverage in the second half of fiscal year 2012; operating margin for fiscal year 2012; effective tax rate for fiscal year 2012; inventory dollars per store at the end of the third quarter of fiscal year 2012; repayment of the company's term loan; annual dividend per share for fiscal year 2012; capital expenditures for fiscal year 2012; optimizing square footage; store openings and closings for fiscal year 2012; real estate square footage for fiscal year 2012; driving top line growth and healthy merchandise margins; average unit cost and average unit retail in the second half of fiscal year 2012; and cash distributions via dividends and share repurchases. Because these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause the company's actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These factors include, without limitation, the following: the risk that additional information may arise during the company's close process or as a result of subsequent events that would require the company to make adjustments to the financial information; the risk that adoption of new accounting pronouncements will impact future results; the risk that changes in general economic conditions or consumer spending patterns could adversely impact the company's results of operations; the highly competitive nature of the company's business in the United States and internationally; the risk that the company or its franchisees will be unsuccessful in gauging apparel trends and changing consumer preferences; the risk to the company's business associated with global sourcing and manufacturing, including sourcing costs, events causing disruptions in product shipment, or an inability to secure sufficient manufacturing capacity; the risk that the company's efforts to expand internationally may not be successful; the risk that the company's franchisees will be unable to successfully open, operate, and grow their franchised stores in a manner consistent with the company's requirements regarding its brand identities and customer experience standards; the risk that the company or its franchisees will be unsuccessful in identifying, negotiating, and securing new store locations and renewing, modifying or terminating leases for existing store locations effectively; the risk that comparable sales and margins will experience fluctuations; the risk that changes in the company's credit profile or deterioration in market conditions may limit its access to the capital markets and adversely impact its financial results and its ability to service its debt while maintaining other initiatives; the risk that trade matters could increase the cost or reduce the supply of apparel available to the company and adversely affect its business, financial condition, and results of operations; the risk that updates or changes to the company's IT systems may disrupt its operations; the risk that actual or anticipated cyber attacks, and other cybersecurity risks, may cause the company to incur increasing costs; the risk that natural disasters, public health crises, political crises, or other catastrophic events could adversely affect the company's operations and financial results; the risk that acts or omissions by the company's third-party vendors, including a failure to comply with the company's code of vendor conduct, could have a negative impact on its reputation or operations; the risk that the company does not repurchase some or all of the shares it anticipates purchasing pursuant to its repurchase program; the risk that the company will not be successful in defending various proceedings, lawsuits, disputes, claims, and audits; and the risk that changes in the regulatory or administrative landscape could adversely affect the company's financial condition, strategies, and results of operations. Additional information regarding factors that could cause results to differ can be found in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 28, 2012, as well as the company's subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements are based on information as of August 16, 2012. The company assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied therein will not be realized. About Gap Inc. Gap Inc. is a leading global specialty retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, children, and babies under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, and Athleta brands. Fiscal 2011 net sales were $14.5 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in about 90 countries worldwide through about 3,000 company-operated stores, over 200 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com. The Gap, Inc.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETSUNAUDITED     ($ in millions)July 28,2012July 30,2011 ASSETS Current assets: Cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments $ 2,114 $ 2,179 Merchandise inventory 1,668 1,750 Other current assets   758   752 Total current assets 4,540 4,681 Property and equipment, net 2,521 2,560 Other long-term assets   600   565 Total assets $ 7,661 $ 7,806   LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Current maturities of debt $ 48 $ 43 Accounts payable 1,201 1,161 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 977 952 Income taxes payable   12   2 Total current liabilities   2,238   2,158 Long-term liabilities: Long-term debt 1,566 1,606 Lease incentives and other long-term liabilities   959   918 Total long-term liabilities   2,525   2,524 Total stockholders' equity   2,898   3,124 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 7,661 $ 7,806   The Gap, Inc.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOMEUNAUDITED         13 Weeks Ended26 Weeks Ended($ and shares in millions except per share amounts)July 28,2012July 30,2011July 28,2012July 30,2011 Net sales $ 3,575 $ 3,386 $ 7,062 $ 6,681 Cost of goods sold and occupancy expenses   2,148   2,135   4,260   4,126 Gross profit 1,427 1,251 2,802 2,555 Operating expenses   1,002   917   1,982   1,835 Operating income 425 334 820 720 Interest, net   20   21   42   26 Income before income taxes 405 313 778 694 Income taxes   162   124   302   272 Net income $ 243 $ 189 $ 476 $ 422   Weighted-average number of shares - basic 486 542 487 562 Weighted-average number of shares - diluted 491 545 493 567   Earnings per share - basic $ 0.50 $ 0.35 $ 0.98 $ 0.75 Earnings per share - diluted $ 0.49 $ 0.35 $ 0.97 $ 0.74   The Gap, Inc.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWSUNAUDITED     26 Weeks Ended($ in millions)July 28,2012July 30,2011 Cash flows from operating activities: Net income $ 476 $ 422 Depreciation and amortization (a) 245 255 Change in merchandise inventory (56 ) (115 ) Other, net   305     (3 ) Net cash provided by operating activities   970     559     Cash flows from investing activities: Purchases of property and equipment (297 ) (261 ) Purchases of short-term investments (125 ) (50 ) Maturities of short-term investments 50 75 Change in other assets   (6 )   (3 ) Net cash used for investing activities   (378 )   (239 )   Cash flows from financing activities: Payments of short-term debt (11 ) - Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt - 1,646 Payments of long-term debt issuance costs - (11 ) Payments of long-term debt (40 ) - Proceeds from issuances under share-based compensation plans, net of withholding tax payments 91 40 Repurchases of common stock (369 ) (1,360 ) Excess tax benefit from exercise of stock options and vesting of stock units 17 11 Cash dividends paid   (121 )   (126 ) Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities   (433 )   200     Effect of foreign exchange rate fluctuations on cash   (5 )   23   Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 154 543 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   1,885     1,561   Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 2,039   $ 2,104       (a) Depreciation and amortization is net of amortization of lease incentives.   The Gap, Inc.     SEC REGULATION GUNAUDITED   RECONCILIATION OF NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES TO FREE CASH FLOW   26 Weeks Ended($ in millions)July 28,2012July 30,2011 Net cash provided by operating activities $ 970 $ 559 Less: purchases of property and equipment   (297 )   (261 ) Free cash flow (a) $ 673   $ 298     (a) Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure. We believe free cash flow is an important metric because it represents a measure of how much cash a company has available for discretionary and non-discretionary items after the deduction of capital expenditures, as we require regular capital expenditures to build and maintain stores and purchase new equipment to improve our business. We use this metric internally, as we believe our sustained ability to generate free cash flow is an important driver of value creation. However, this non-GAAP financial measure is not intended to supersede or replace our GAAP results. Gap Inc.Investor Relations:Mike Jenkins, 415-427-4454investor_relations@gap.comMedia Relations:Emily Russel, 415-427-6230press@gap.com