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

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Home Depot Announces Third Quarter Results; Updates Fiscal Year 2012 Guidance06:00 EST Tuesday, November 13, 2012ATLANTA, Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Home Depot®, the world's largest home improvement retailer, today reported sales of $18.1 billion for the third quarter of fiscal 2012, a 4.6 percent increase from the third quarter of fiscal 2011. Comparable store sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 were positive 4.2 percent, and comp sales for U.S. stores were positive 4.3 percent.(Logo: earnings for the third quarter were $947 million, or $0.63 per diluted share, compared with net earnings of $934 million, or $0.60 per diluted share, in the same period of fiscal 2011. These results reflect a nonrecurring charge of approximately $165 million, net of tax, or $0.11 per diluted share due to the previously announced closing of seven stores in China. On an adjusted basis, the Company reported net earnings of $1.1 billion, or $0.74 per diluted share, a 23.3 percent increase from the same period in the prior year."Our third-quarter results were better than we expected and reflected, in part, what we believe is the start of the path toward the healing of the housing market," said Frank Blake, chairman & CEO. "I particularly want to thank all of our associates who are helping the communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. They are working under difficult circumstances, often with their own lives and homes disrupted by the storm, and their efforts exemplify our core values."                                                                                         Updated Fiscal 2012 GuidanceBased on its performance through the third quarter, the Company updated its fiscal 2012 guidance and raised its sales growth guidance to be up approximately 5.2 percent for the year on a 53-week basis. The Company expects fiscal 2012 diluted earnings per share to be up approximately 18 percent to $2.92 for the year. On an adjusted basis, the Company raised its diluted earnings per share growth guidance to be up approximately 23 percent to $3.03 excluding the $0.11 per diluted share impact related to the closing of seven stores in China. This earnings-per-share guidance includes the benefit of the Company's year-to-date share repurchases and the Company's intent to repurchase $700 million in additional shares in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, which will bring the total dollar amount of shares repurchased to $4 billion 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 2,250 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico.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 has supplemented its reporting with non-GAAP financial measures to reflect the impact of the charges related to the closing of seven stores in China. 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 share repurchase programs, net earnings performance, earnings per share, capital allocation and expenditures, liquidity, return on invested capital, management of relationships with our suppliers and vendors, stock-based compensation expense, the effect of accounting charges, the effect of adopting certain accounting standards, the ability to issue debt on terms and at rates acceptable to us, store openings and closures, expense leverage, guidance for fiscal 2012 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 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 and in our subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. 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 AND NINE MONTHS ENDED OCTOBER 28, 2012 AND OCTOBER 30, 2011 (Unaudited)(Amounts in Millions Except Per Share Data and as Otherwise Noted) Three Months EndedNine Months EndedOctober 28, 2012October 30, 2011% Increase(Decrease)October 28, 2012October 30, 2011% Increase(Decrease)NET SALES$18,130$17,3264.6%$56,508$54,3813.9%Cost of Sales11,86311,3654.437,03235,7163.7GROSS PROFIT6,2675,9615.119,47618,6654.3Operating Expenses:Selling, General and Administrative4,1393,9564.612,29112,1511.2Depreciation and Amortization3953901.31,1691,183(1.2)Total Operating Expenses4,5344,3464.313,46013,3340.9OPERATING INCOME1,7331,6157.36,0165,33112.8Interest and Other (Income) Expense:Interest and Investment Income(5)(4)25.0(14)(9)55.6Interest Expense155162(4.3)4664523.1Other???(67)?N/AInterest and Other, net150158(5.1)385443(13.1)EARNINGS BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES1,5831,4578.65,6314,88815.2Provision for Income Taxes63652321.62,1171,77919.0NET EARNINGS$947$9341.4%$3,514$3,10913.0%Weighted Average Common Shares1,4871,540(3.4)%1,5051,572(4.3)%BASIC EARNINGS PER SHARE$0.64$0.614.9$2.33$1.9817.7Diluted Weighted Average Common Shares1,4981,548(3.2)%1,5171,581(4.0)%DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE$0.63$0.605.0$2.32$1.9717.8Three Months EndedNine Months EndedSELECTED HIGHLIGHTSOctober 28, 2012October 30, 2011% Increase(Decrease)October 28, 2012October 30, 2011% Increase(Decrease)Number of Customer Transactions331.0325.31.7%1,034.81,014.52.0%Average Ticket (actual)$54.55$53.032.9$54.71$53.502.3Weighted Average Weekly Sales per Operating Store (in thousands)$616$5904.4$644$6203.9Square Footage at End of Period235235?235235?Capital Expenditures$336$351(4.3)$887$8208.2Depreciation and Amortization (1)$424$4161.9%$1,257$1,265(0.6)%__________(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 Applicable THE HOME DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS ITEMS EXCLUDING CERTAIN ADJUSTMENTS (NON-GAAP)FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED OCTOBER 28, 2012 AND OCTOBER 30, 2011 (Unaudited)(Amounts in Millions Except Per Share Data) Three Months Ended October 28, 2012ActualsAdjustments(1)As Adjusted (Non-GAAP)Cost of Sales$11,863$10$11,853Gross Profit$6,267$(10)$6,277Total Operating Expenses$4,534$155$4,379Operating Income$1,733$(165)$1,898Net Earnings$947$(165)$1,112Diluted Earnings Per Share$0.63$(0.11)$0.74Three Months Ended October 30, 2011ActualsAdjustmentsAs Adjusted (Non-GAAP)Cost of Sales$11,365$?$11,365Gross Profit$5,961$?$5,961Total Operating Expenses$4,346$?$4,346Operating Income$1,615$?$1,615Net Earnings$934$?$934Diluted Earnings Per Share$0.60$?$0.60__________(1)Adjustments are comprised of charges related to the closing of seven stores in China. THE HOME DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETSAS OF OCTOBER 28, 2012, OCTOBER 30, 2011 AND JANUARY 29, 2012 (Unaudited)(Amounts in Millions) October 28, 2012October 30, 2011January 29, 2012ASSETSCash and Cash Equivalents$2,554$2,234$1,987Receivables, net1,6451,3841,245Merchandise Inventories10,96010,71710,325Other Current Assets7961,143963Total Current Assets15,95515,47814,520 Property and Equipment, net24,12424,53224,448Goodwill1,1411,0721,120Other Assets441417430TOTAL ASSETS$41,661$41,499$40,518LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITYAccounts Payable$6,010$5,669$4,856Accrued Salaries and Related Expenses1,3111,2271,372Current Installments of Long-Term Debt344430Other Current Liabilities3,3113,6463,118Total Current Liabilities10,66610,5869,376 Long-Term Debt10,77910,73910,758Other Long-Term Liabilities2,4782,4052,486Total Liabilities23,92323,73022,620 Total Stockholders' Equity17,73817,76917,898TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY$41,661$41,499$40,518 THE HOME DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWSFOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED OCTOBER 28, 2012 AND OCTOBER 30, 2011 (Unaudited)(Amounts in Millions) Nine Months EndedOctober 28, 2012October 30, 2011CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:Net Earnings$3,514$3,109Reconciliation of Net Earnings to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities:Depreciation and Amortization1,2571,265Stock-Based Compensation Expense158157Changes in Working Capital and Other4551,160Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities5,3845,691 CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:Capital Expenditures(887)(820)Payments for Businesses Acquired, net(121)?Proceeds from Sale of Business, net?101Proceeds from Sales of Property and Equipment2136Net Cash Used in Investing Activities(987)(683) CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:Proceeds from Long-Term Borrowings, net of discount?1,994Repayments of Long-Term Debt(23)(1,021)Repurchases of Common Stock(3,330)(3,056)Proceeds from Sales of Common Stock69791Cash Dividends Paid to Stockholders(1,312)(1,187)Other133(118)Net Cash Used in Financing Activities(3,835)(3,297) Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents 5621,711Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash and Cash Equivalents5(22)Cash and Cash Equivalents at the Beginning of the Period1,987545 Cash and Cash Equivalents at the End of the Period$2,554$2,234  SOURCE The Home DepotFor further information: Financial Community,Diane Dayhoff, Vice President of Investor Relations, +1-770-384-2666,; News Media, Paula Drake, Director of Corporate Communications, +1-770-384-3439