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Foot Locker, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results

Friday, November 16, 2012

Foot Locker, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results07:00 EST Friday, November 16, 2012- Net Income of $0.69 Per Share, Up 60 Percent Compared to Last Year - Comparable-Store Sales Increased 10.2 Percent - SG&A Rate Improved 210 Basis PointsNEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL), the New York-based specialty athletic retailer, today reported financial results for its third quarter ended October 27, 2012. Third Quarter Results  Net income for the Company's third quarter ended October 27, 2012 was $106 million, or $0.69 per share, compared with net income last year of $66 million, or $0.43 per share. Third quarter sales increased 9.3 percent, to $1,524 million this year, compared with sales of $1,394 million for the corresponding prior-year period. Third quarter comparable-store sales increased 10.2 percent, which consisted of a 9.4 percent increase in store sales and an 18.3 percent increase in direct-to-customer sales.  Excluding the effect of foreign currency fluctuations, total sales for the third quarter increased 11.0 percent. Year-to-Date Results  Net income for the Company's first nine months of the year increased 48.7 percent to $293 million, or $1.90 per share, compared with net income of $197 million, or $1.27 per share, for the corresponding period last year.  Year-to-date sales increased 8.4 percent, to $4,469 million, compared with sales of $4,121 million last year. Year-to-date comparable-store sales increased 9.9 percent. Excluding the effect of foreign currency fluctuations, total sales year-to-date increased 10.4 percent. "Our team put together another outstanding quarter, delivering a double digit sales gain and controlling expenses to drive our bottom line earnings to new heights," said Ken C. Hicks, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "The ongoing focus of all of our associates on the strategies and initiatives we updated at the beginning of the year continues to enhance the productivity of our key assets.  Inventory turns are improving; sales per square foot are increasing; and by investing in our people and giving them the best tools to succeed with the customer, our associates are becoming even more productive, too."Non-GAAP Adjustment  Included in the Company's third quarter and year-to-date results is a tax benefit of $9 million, or $0.06 per share.  This benefit is the result of a settlement of a foreign tax audit, resulting in a reduction of tax reserves established in prior periods.  On a non-GAAP basis, Foot Locker's third quarter earnings were $0.63 per share.  A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results for the third quarter of 2012 is provided in the table below.Financial Position  At October 27, 2012, the Company's merchandise inventory was $1,240 million, 3.0 percent higher than at the end of the third quarter last year.  The Company's cash and short-term investments totaled $853 million, while the debt on its balance sheet was $133 million.  The Company's total cash position, net of debt, was $158 million higher than the same time last year.During the third quarter of 2012, the Company repurchased approximately 841 thousand shares of its common stock for $29.7 million.  Year-to-date, the Company has repurchased just under 3 million shares of its common stock for $94.3 million under the Company's $400 million share repurchase program.Store Base Update  During the first nine months of the year, the Company opened 70 new stores, remodeled/relocated 159 stores and closed 72 stores.  At October 27, 2012, the Company operated 3,367 stores in 23 countries in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.  In addition, 40 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) today, November 16, 2012, to discuss these results and provide comments on the current business environment and trends.  This conference call may be accessed live by dialing 888-446-3850 (U.S. and Canada) or 630-691-2739 (International) using the passcode 33645015, or via the Investor Relations section of the Foot Locker, Inc. website at  Please log on to the website 15 minutes prior to the call in order to download any necessary software.  A replay of the call will be available via webcast from the same Investor Relations section of the Foot Locker, Inc. website at through November 30, 2012.   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 global product 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 27, 2012 and October 29, 2011 (In millions, except per share amounts)  Third Quarter 2012Third Quarter 2011  YTD 2012  YTD 2011Sales$1,524$1,394$4,469$4,121Cost of sales1,0199412,9992,805SG&A319320931919Depreciation and amortization30278882Other income--(1)(1)Interest expense, net11341,3691,2894,0203,809Income before taxes$155$105$449$312Income tax expense (1)4939156115Net income$106$66$293$197Diluted EPS$0.69$0.43$1.90$1.27Weighted-average diluted shares outstanding 153.9 153.6 154.0 154.8Third Quarter 2012Third Quarter 2011  YTD 2012  YTD 2011Non GAAP ResultsExclude tax benefit (1)$9$-$10$-Non GAAP Net Income$97$66$283$197Non GAAP Diluted EPS$0.63$0.43$1.83$1.27 Footnote to explain adjustments(1)  Included in the third quarter of 2012 is a tax benefit of $9 million, or $0.06 per diluted share. This benefit is the result of a settlement of a foreign tax audit, which resulted in a reduction of tax reserves established in prior periods.  Also included in the 2012 year-to-date results is a benefit of $1 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, which represented Canadian provincial tax rate changes. FOOT LOCKER, INC.Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets(unaudited)(In millions) October 27, 2012October 29, 2011AssetsCURRENT ASSETSCash, cash equivalents and short-term investments$        853$        698Merchandise inventories1,2401,204Other current assets2021572,2952,059Property and equipment, net462421Deferred tax assets 285295Other assets257270$     3,299$     3,045Liabilities and Shareholders' EquityCURRENT LIABILITIESAccounts payable $       327$       284Accrued and other liabilities298284625568Long-term debt and obligations under capital leases133136Other liabilities252248SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY2,2892,093$    3,299$    3,045  FOOT LOCKER, INC.Store and Estimated Square Footage(unaudited)(Square footage in thousands) October 27, 2012October 29, 2011October  30, 2010Foot Locker U.S.   Number of stores1,0901,1291,152   Gross square footage4,3784,5494,633   Selling square footage2,5582,6892,744Footaction   Number of stores287299312   Gross square footage1,3291,3801,439   Selling square footage832864904Lady Foot Locker   Number of stores319347399   Gross square footage711773882   Selling square footage411447506Kids Foot Locker   Number of stores295292302   Gross square footage709699724   Selling square footage412407421Champs Sports   Number of stores540537547   Gross square footage2,8702,8572,919   Selling square footage1,8821,8721,938CCS   Number of stores222212   Gross square footage515431   Selling square footage343620 Foot Locker International   Number of stores814776750   Gross square footage2,3722,2622,168   Selling square footage1,1971,1451,099Total Stores Operated   Number of stores3,3673,4023,474   Gross square footage12,42012,57412,796   Selling square footage7,3267,4607,632Total Franchised Stores   Number of stores403224   Gross square footage918187   Selling square footage625657  SOURCE Foot Locker, Inc.For further information: John A. Maurer, Vice President, Treasurer and Investor Relations, Foot Locker, Inc., +1-212-720-4092