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Big Lots Reports Third Quarter Results

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Big Lots Reports Third Quarter Results06:00 EST Tuesday, December 04, 2012Company Updates Full Year GuidanceCOLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) today reported a loss from continuing operations of $6.0 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 ended October 27, 2012. This compares to guidance of a loss from continuing operations of $0.20 to $0.30 per diluted share for the third quarter of fiscal 2012, and income from continuing operations of $4.2 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2011.  (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20011026/BIGLOTSLOGO )For the year-to-date period ended October 27, 2012, income from continuing operations totaled $56.9 million, or $0.93 per diluted share. As previously disclosed in our March 2, 2012, press release, we incurred an after-tax charge of $3.4 million during the first quarter of fiscal 2012 related to an inventory accounting change associated with the successful implementation of new retail inventory systems. Excluding this non-recurring, non-cash charge, adjusted income from continuing operations for the year-to-date period ended October 27, 2012 totaled $60.3 million, or $0.98 per diluted share (non-GAAP), compared to income from continuing operations of $92.5 million, or $1.31 per diluted share, for the same period in fiscal 2011. Discontinued operations activity was minimal for the third quarter and year-to-date period of fiscal 2012 and the corresponding periods in fiscal 2011.     THIRD QUARTER HIGHLIGHTSLoss from continuing operations of $0.10 per diluted share versus income from continuing operations of $0.06 per diluted share last year Opened 27 new stores Invested $51 million to repurchase 1.6 million shares, completing the $200 million share repurchase program announced in May 2012 EPS From Continuing Operations (1)Q3 '12Q3 '11YTD '12YTD '11U.S. Operations($0.03)$0.17$1.15$1.42Add back: Inventory charge--$0.06-U.S. Operations - adjusted basis($0.03)$0.17$1.20$1.42Canada Operations (2)($0.07)($0.11)($0.22)($0.12)Consolidated - adjusted basis($0.10)$0.06$0.98$1.31(1)  Non-GAAP(2)  Canadian operations were acquired on July 18, 2011; YTD '11 results include ownership and financial results since that date.       Based on materiality, we have not provided pro forma financial results.       Note:  See detailed segment reporting attached. Third Quarter ResultsU.S. OperationsNet sales for U.S. operations for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 decreased 1.9% to $1,095.2 million, compared to $1,116.8 million for the same period of fiscal 2011. Comparable store sales for U.S. stores open at least fifteen months decreased 4.6% for the quarter. Loss from continuing U.S. operations totaled $1.7 million, or $0.03 per diluted share (non-GAAP), compared to income from continuing U.S. operations of $11.4 million, $0.17 per diluted share (non-GAAP), for the same period of fiscal 2011.Canadian OperationsNet sales for Canadian operations for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 totaled $39.0 million, while incurring a net loss of $4.3 million, or $0.07 per diluted share (non-GAAP), compared to net sales of $21.5 million and a net loss of $7.1 million, or $0.11 per diluted share (non-GAAP) for the same period of fiscal 2011. Inventory and Cash ManagementOn a consolidated basis, Inventory ended the third quarter of fiscal 2012 at $1,191 million compared to $1,100 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2011, an increase of 8%. The increase represents 3% growth in the number of U.S. stores, growth of 3% in inventory per store for our U.S. stores, and the balance of the increase is associated with growth and improvement of inventory content related to our Canadian operations.We ended the third quarter of fiscal 2012 with $66 million of Cash and Cash Equivalents and $463 million of borrowings under our credit facility compared to $60 million of Cash and Cash Equivalents and $285 million of borrowings under our credit facility as of the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2011. Our use of cash generated by our U.S. operations and debt incurred during the last 12 months was focused on share repurchase activity, and acquiring and funding our Canadian operations.      Share Repurchase ActivityDuring the third quarter of fiscal 2012, we invested $51 million to repurchase 1.6 million of our shares. This activity exhausted our May 2012 share repurchase program. On a year-to-date basis, we have invested $299 million to repurchase 8.1 million of our common shares, or approximately 13% of our outstanding share base as of the beginning of fiscal 2012. Common shares acquired through the repurchase program will be available to meet obligations under equity compensation plans and for general corporate purposes. 2012 OUTLOOKUpdates Q4 guidance for consolidated income from continuing operations to $1.91 to $2.10 per diluted share versus income from continuing operations of $1.75 per diluted share for fiscal 2011 Updates fiscal 2012 annual guidance for adjusted consolidated income from continuing operations to $2.86 to $3.05 per diluted share (non-GAAP) versus income from continuing operations of $2.99 per diluted share for fiscal 2011 Reiterates Cash Flow guidance of $125 millionWe update our guidance for fourth quarter fiscal 2012 consolidated income from continuing operations to be in the range of $1.91 to $2.10 per diluted share. This guidance assumes U.S. comparable store sales decline in the range of low to mid single digits and a total U.S. sales increase in the range of 3% to 7%.   For our Canadian operations, sales are expected to be in the range of $48 to $52 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012.  As a reminder, the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 includes 14 weeks of operations, compared to 13 weeks of operations in last year's fourth quarter results.Based on operating results for the first three quarters and our expectations for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, we update our guidance for fiscal 2012 consolidated adjusted income from continuing operations to be in the range of $2.86 to $3.05 per diluted share (non-GAAP). This guidance excludes the previously mentioned non-recurring, non-cash inventory charge and assumes U.S. comparable store sales decline in the low single digit range and a total U.S. sales increase in the range of 1% to 3%.   For our Canadian operations, sales are expected to be in the range of $154 to $158 million for fiscal 2012.  In addition, we reiterate our Cash Flow guidance (defined as operating activities less investing activities) of approximately $125 million for fiscal 2012.  As a reminder, fiscal 2012 includes 53 weeks of operations, compared to 52 weeks last year. EPS from Continuing Operations(non-GAAP)Q4Full Year2012 Guidance20112012 Guidance2011U.S. Operations$1.95 - $2.10$1.83$3.06 - $3.21$3.18Add back: Inventory charge--$0.06-U.S. Operations - adjusted basis$1.95 - $2.10$1.83$3.12 - $3.27$3.18Canada Operations (1)($0.04) - $0.00($0.08)($0.26) - ($0.22)($0.19)Consolidated - adjusted basis$1.91 - $2.10$1.75$2.86 - $3.05$2.99(1)  Canadian operations were acquired on July 18, 2011.  Full year fiscal 2011 results reflect performance from acquisition date through the end of fiscal 2011 (January 28, 2012).  Based on materiality, we are not required and have not provided pro forma fiscal 2011 results. Conference Call/WebcastWe will host a conference call today at 8:00 a.m. to discuss our financial results for the third quarter and provide commentary on our outlook for fiscal 2012. We invite you to listen to the webcast of the conference call through the Investor Relations section of our website (www.biglots.com).If you are unable to join the live webcast, an archive of the call will be available through the Investor Relations section of our website (www.biglots.com) beginning two hours after the call ends and will remain available through midnight on Tuesday, December 18. A replay of the call will be available beginning today at 12:00 noon through December 18 at midnight by dialing: 1.888.203.1112 (United States and Canada) or 1.719.457.0820 (International). The Replay Confirmation Code is 6404714.  All times are Eastern Time.Big Lots is North America's largest broadline closeout retailer. As of the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2012, we operated 1,482 BIG LOTS stores in the 48 contiguous United States and 79 LIQUIDATION WORLD and LW stores in Canada. Wholesale operations are conducted through BIG LOTS WHOLESALE, CONSOLIDATED INTERNATIONAL, and WISCONSIN TOY and with online sales at www.biglotswholesale.com.Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking StatementsCertain statements in this release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and such statements are intended to qualify for the protection of the safe harbor provided by the Act. The words "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "objective," "goal," "project," "intend," "plan," "believe," "will," "should," "may," "target," "forecast," "guidance," "outlook" and similar expressions generally identify forward-looking statements. Similarly, descriptions of our objectives, strategies, plans, goals or targets are also forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements relate to the expectations of management as to future occurrences and trends, including statements expressing optimism or pessimism about future operating results or events and projected sales, earnings, capital expenditures and business strategy. Forward-looking statements are based upon a number of assumptions concerning future conditions that may ultimately prove to be inaccurate. Forward-looking statements are and will be based upon management's then-current views and assumptions regarding future events and operating performance, and are applicable only as of the dates of such statements. Although we believe the  expectations expressed in forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions within the bounds of our knowledge, forward-looking statements, by their nature, involve risks, uncertainties and other factors, any one or a combination of which could materially affect our business, financial condition, results of operations or liquidity.Forward-looking statements that we make herein and in other reports and releases are not guarantees of future performance and actual results may differ materially from those discussed in such forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including, but not limited to, the current economic and credit crisis, the cost of goods, our inability to successfully execute strategic initiatives, competitive pressures, economic pressures on our customers and us, the availability of brand name closeout merchandise, trade restrictions, freight costs, the risks discussed in the Risk Factors section of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, and other factors discussed from time to time in our other filings with the SEC, including Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. This release should be read in conjunction with such filings, and you should consider all of these risks, uncertainties and other factors carefully in evaluating forward-looking statements.You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date thereof. We undertake no obligation to publicly update forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. You are advised, however, to consult any further disclosures we make on related subjects in our public announcements and SEC filings. BIG LOTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(In thousands)OCTOBER 27OCTOBER 2920122011(Unaudited)(Unaudited)ASSETSCurrent assets:Cash and cash equivalents$66,257$59,947Inventories1,190,7491,100,457Deferred income taxes45,59850,005Other current assets102,907101,465   Total current assets1,405,5111,311,874Property and equipment - net601,943578,856Deferred income taxes3,84510,480Goodwill13,51312,423Other assets40,09049,288$2,064,902$1,962,921LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY      Current liabilities:Accounts payable$574,183$549,724Property, payroll and other taxes81,27582,580Accrued operating expenses68,62869,116Insurance reserves36,78437,124KB bankruptcy lease obligation3,0693,233Accrued salaries and wages27,15526,115Income taxes payable372811   Total current liabilities791,466768,703Long-term obligations under bank credit facility463,100285,100Deferred rent72,49159,371Insurance reserves50,70247,415Unrecognized tax benefits15,79916,970Other liabilities38,55335,157Shareholders' equity632,791750,205$2,064,902$1,962,921  BIG LOTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS(In thousands, except per share data)13 WEEKS ENDED13 WEEKS ENDEDOCTOBER 27, 2012OCTOBER 29, 2011%%(Unaudited)(Unaudited)Net sales$1,134,205100.0$1,138,286100.0Gross margin432,59038.1444,36039.0Selling and administrative expenses 412,69236.4412,58136.2Depreciation expense26,5902.322,8732.0Operating profit (loss)(6,692)(0.6)8,9060.8Interest expense(1,491)(0.1)(922)(0.1)Other income (expense)460.0(219)(0.0)Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes(8,137)(0.7)7,7650.7Income tax expense (benefit)(2,149)(0.2)3,5240.3Income (loss) from continuing operations(5,988)(0.5)4,2410.4Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax expense (benefit) of $0 and $(33), respectively10.0(51)(0.0)Net income (loss)($5,987)(0.5)$4,1900.4Earnings (loss) per common share - basic (a)Continuing operations($0.10)$0.07Discontinued operations0.000.00Net income (loss)($0.10)$0.06Earnings (loss) per common share - diluted (a)Continuing operations($0.10)$0.06Discontinued operations0.000.00Net income (loss)($0.10)$0.06Weighted average common shares outstandingBasic57,75664,949Dilutive effect of share-based awards-982Diluted57,75665,931(a)The earnings (loss) per share for Continuing Operations, Discontinued Operations and Net Income are separately calculated in accordance with accounting pronouncements; therefore, the sum of earnings (loss) per share for Continuing Operations and Discontinued Operations may differ, due to rounding, from the calculated earnings (loss) per share of Net Income (loss).  BIG LOTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS(In thousands, except per share data)39 WEEKS ENDED39 WEEKS ENDEDOCTOBER 27, 2012OCTOBER 29, 2011%%(Unaudited)(Unaudited)Net sales$3,646,723100.0$3,532,695100.0Gross margin1,422,87339.01,399,02539.6Selling and administrative expenses 1,243,23034.11,179,09533.4Depreciation expense78,1492.164,9651.8Operating profit101,4942.8154,9654.4Interest expense(2,722)(0.1)(2,757)(0.1)Other income (expense)450.0(53)(0.0)Income from continuing operations before income taxes98,8172.7152,1554.3Income tax expense 41,9351.159,6691.7Income from continuing operations56,8821.692,4862.6Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax benefit of $32 and $93, respectively(48)(0.0)(142)(0.0)Net income $56,8341.6$92,3442.6Earnings per common share - basic (a)Continuing operations$0.94$1.33Discontinued operations0.000.00Net income $0.94$1.32Earnings per common share - diluted (a)Continuing operations$0.93$1.31Discontinued operations0.000.00Net income $0.92$1.30Weighted average common shares outstandingBasic60,78069,708Dilutive effect of share-based awards6981,058Diluted61,47870,766(a)The earnings per share for Continuing Operations, Discontinued Operations and Net Income are separately calculated in accordance with accounting pronouncements; therefore, the sum of earnings per share for Continuing Operations and Discontinued Operations may differ, due to rounding, from the calculated earnings per share of Net Income.  BIG LOTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESSEGMENT OPERATING PERFORMANCE(In thousands, except per share data)13 WEEKS ENDEDOCTOBER 27, 2012OCTOBER 29, 2011OCTOBER 27, 2012OCTOBER 29, 2011U.S.U.S.CanadaCanada(Unaudited)(Unaudited)(Unaudited)(Unaudited)Net sales$1,095,180$1,116,756$39,025$21,530Gross margin417,759435,41114,8318,949Selling and administrative expenses 394,136397,23918,55615,342Depreciation expense26,00622,384584489Operating profit (loss)(2,383)15,788(4,309)(6,882)Interest expense(1,490)(921)(1)(1)Other income (expense)2944(228)Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes(3,871)14,876(4,266)(7,111)Income tax expense (benefit)(2,149)3,524(0)0Income (loss) from continuing operations(1,722)11,352(4,266)(7,111)Diluted earnings (loss) per common share from continuing operations (b)($0.03)$0.17($0.07)($0.11)39 WEEKS ENDEDOCTOBER 27, 2012OCTOBER 29, 2011OCTOBER 27, 2012OCTOBER 29, 2011U.S.U.S.CanadaCanada(Unaudited)(Unaudited)(Unaudited)(Unaudited)Net sales$3,540,438$3,507,231$106,285$25,464Gross margin1,384,1251,388,58538,74810,440Selling and administrative expenses 1,192,9881,161,95450,24217,141Depreciation expense75,89864,3972,251568Operating profit (loss)115,239162,234(13,745)(7,269)Interest expense(2,721)(1,966)(1)(791)Other income (expense)216343(216)Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes112,520160,431(13,703)(8,276)Income tax expense (benefit)41,93559,669(0)0Income (loss) from continuing operations70,585100,762(13,703)(8,276)Diluted earnings (loss) per common share from continuing operations (b)$1.15$1.42($0.22)($0.12)(a)The results of the Canadian operating segment reflect activities from the date of acquisition (July 18, 2011) through the period end.(b)The diluted earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations by segment are separately calculated; therefore, the sum of diluted earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations by segment may differ, due to rounding, from the calculated consolidated diluted (loss) earnings per share from continuing operations.  Diluted earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations by segment is a "non-GAAP financial measure," as that term is defined by Rule 101 of Regulation G (17 CFR Part 244) and Item 10 of Regulation S-K (17 CFR Part 229), which our management believes is useful information to investors.  BIG LOTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS(In thousands)13 WEEKS ENDED13 WEEKS ENDEDOCTOBER 27, 2012OCTOBER 29, 2011 (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)   Net cash used in operating activities ($124,654)($91,061)  Net cash used in investing activities(39,341)(54,020)  Net cash provided by financing activities168,913147,610    Impact of foreign currency on cash(340)(411)Increase in cash and cash equivalents4,5782,118Cash and cash equivalents:  Beginning of period61,67957,829  End of period$66,257$59,947  BIG LOTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS(In thousands)39 WEEKS ENDED39 WEEKS ENDEDOCTOBER 27, 2012OCTOBER 29, 2011 (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)   Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities ($35,905)$19,564  Net cash used in investing activities(99,614)(91,915)  Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities133,718(44,830)    Impact of foreign currency on cash(489)(411)Decrease in cash and cash equivalents(2,290)(117,592)Cash and cash equivalents:  Beginning of period68,547177,539  End of period$66,257$59,947  BIG LOTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESRECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES(In thousands, except per share data)(Unaudited)The following table reconciles gross margin, gross margin rate, operating profit, operating profit rate, income tax expense, effective income tax rate, income from continuing operations, net income, diluted earnings per share from continuing operations, and diluted earnings per share for the year-to-date 2012 for our consolidated and U.S. segment results (GAAP financial measures) to adjusted gross margin, adjusted gross margin rate, adjusted operating profit, adjusted operating profit rate, adjusted income tax expense, adjusted effective income tax rate, adjusted income from continuing operations, adjusted net income, adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations, and adjusted diluted earnings per share (non-GAAP financial measures). Year-to-date 2012 - Thirty-Nine weeks ended October 27, 2012  Consolidated Results  As reported  Adjustment to exclude change in inventory accounting principle  As Adjusted (non-GAAP)  Gross margin $   1,422,873$                           5,574$       1,428,447 Gross margin rate 39.0%0.2%39.2% Operating profit 101,4945,574107,068 Operating profit rate 2.8%0.1%2.9% Income tax expense 41,9352,18644,121 Effective income tax rate 42.4%-0.1%42.3% Income from continuing operations 56,8823,38860,270 Net income 56,8343,38860,222 Diluted earnings per share from        continuing operations $             0.93$                             0.06$                  0.98 Diluted earnings per share  $             0.92$                             0.06$                  0.98 U.S. Segment Results  As reported  Adjustment to exclude change in inventory accounting principle  As Adjusted (non-GAAP)  Gross margin $   1,384,125$                           5,574$       1,389,699 Gross margin rate 39.1%0.2%39.3% Operating profit 115,2395,574120,813 Operating profit rate 3.3%0.2%3.4% Income tax expense 41,9352,18644,121 Effective income tax rate 37.3%0.1%37.4% Income from continuing operations 70,5853,38873,973 Diluted earnings per share from        continuing operations $             1.15$                             0.06$                  1.20 The adjusted gross margin, adjusted gross margin rate, adjusted operating profit, adjusted operating profit rate, adjusted income tax expense, adjusted effective income tax rate, adjusted income from continuing operations, adjusted net income, adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations, and adjusted diluted earnings per share are "non-GAAP financial measures" as that term is defined by Rule 101 of Regulation G (17 CFR Part 244) and Item 10 of Regulation S-K (17 CFR Part 229). These non-GAAP financial measures exclude from the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP") a pretax charge for a change in an accounting principle associated with our implementation of new inventory management information systems of $5,574 ($3,388, net of tax).Our management believes that the disclosure of these non-GAAP financial measures provides useful information to investors because the non-GAAP financial measures present an alternative and appropriate method for measuring our operating performance, excluding certain items included in the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.  Our management uses these non-GAAP financial measures, along with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, in evaluating our operating performance.SOURCE Big Lots, Inc.For further information: Andrew D. Regrut, Director, Investor Relations, +1-614-278-6622