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Gap Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter Earnings Per Share Increase of 66 Percent

<p class='bwalignc'> <i><b>Full Year Net Sales Grow by Over $1 Billion to $15.7 Billion</b></i> </p>

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Gap Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter Earnings Per Share Increase of 66 Percent16:00 EST Thursday, February 28, 2013 SAN FRANCISCO (Business Wire) -- Gap Inc. (NYSE:GPS) today reported fourth quarter and full year results for fiscal year 2012 and provided guidance for fiscal year 2013. Improved product performance and continued global expansion helped drive an 8 percent increase in net sales for the full year. The company reported earnings per share for the 53 weeks ended February 2, 2013 increased 49 percent to $2.33 on a diluted basis, compared with $1.56 for the 52 weeks ended January 28, 2012. “Our results in 2012 were stellar in many ways, and I'm very pleased with how well our product resonated with customers,” said Glenn Murphy, chairman and chief executive officer of Gap Inc. “We enter 2013 focused on leveraging our global brands to gain more market share and continuing to increase shareholder value.” Fiscal Year 2012 Financial and Business Highlights In North America, Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy each delivered positive comparable sales for four consecutive quarters. Fiscal year 2012 gross margin increased 320 basis points to 39.4 percent; operating margin increased 250 basis points to 12.4 percent. Fiscal year 2012 diluted earnings per share increased 49 percent to $2.33 compared with $1.56 last year. The Gap Inc. Direct division delivered $1.9 billion in net sales – representing a 24 percent increase over fiscal year 2011. Franchise net sales grew by 17% and franchisees entered nine new countries. The company returned about $1.3 billion in cash to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends for the full year. On December 31, 2012, the company acquired Intermix, a multi-brand specialty retailer of luxury and contemporary women's apparel and accessories, based in New York. In addition, the company successfully executed on key real estate and expansion initiatives in fiscal year 2012: In North America, the company made significant progress toward optimizing its Gap and Old Navy store fleet through store closures, consolidations, and downsizing. The company opened 25 Athleta stores, for a total of 35, and expects to open about 30 stores in fiscal year 2013. Old Navy opened its first store in Japan and plans to open as many as 20 more stores in fiscal year 2013. The company opened net 33 Gap and outlet stores in China and expects to open an additional 35 stores in fiscal year 2013. Gap Inc.'s franchise partners opened net 85 Gap and Banana Republic stores, reaching a total of 312 franchise stores. The company expects its franchise partners will open as many as 75 additional franchise stores in fiscal year 2013. The company noted that fiscal year 2012 had 53 weeks versus 52 weeks in fiscal year 2011. As a result, the company's results for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012 and for the fiscal year 2012 include the additional week, while comparable sales calculations exclude the 53rd week. Fourth Quarter Results Net sales for the 14 weeks ended February 2, 2013 were $4.73 billion, compared with $4.28 billion for the 13 weeks ended January 28, 2012. The company's fourth quarter comparable sales were up 5 percent compared with a 4 percent decrease in the fourth quarter last year. Net income for the 14 weeks ended February 2, 2013 was $351 million, or $0.73 per share on a diluted basis. This compares with net income of $218 million, or $0.44 per share on a diluted basis, for the 13 weeks ended January 28, 2012. Fourth Quarter Comparable Sales Results Comparable sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012 were as follows: Gap North America: positive 4 percent versus negative 3 percent last year Banana Republic North America: positive 3 percent versus flat last year Old Navy North America: positive 8 percent versus negative 6 percent last year International: negative 2 percent versus negative 8 percent last year Fiscal Year 2012 Results Net sales for the 53 weeks ended February 2, 2013, were $15.7 billion compared with net sales of $14.5 billion for the 52 weeks ended January 28, 2012. The company's fiscal year 2012 comparable sales were up 5 percent compared with a 4 percent decrease last year. For the 53 weeks ended February 2, 2013, the company reported net income of $1.1 billion, or $2.33 per share on a diluted basis, compared with net income of $833 million, or $1.56 per share on a diluted basis, for the 52 weeks ended January 28, 2012. Fiscal Year 2012 Comparable Sales Results Comparable sales for fiscal year 2012 were as follows: Gap North America: positive 6 percent versus negative 4 percent last year Banana Republic North America: positive 5 percent versus negative 1 percent last year Old Navy North America: positive 6 percent versus negative 3 percent last year International: negative 3 percent versus negative 7 percent last year Net Sales Results The following tables detail the company's fourth quarter and fiscal year net sales:               ($ in millions)14 Weeks Ended February 2, 2013GapOld NavyBananaRepublicFranchise (3)Other (4)Total (5)Percentage ofNet Sales U.S. (1) $ 972 $ 1,459 $ 655 $ - $ - $ 3,086 65 % Canada 108 125 69 - - 302 7 Europe 217 - 19 15 - 251 5 Asia 346 4 44 23 - 417 9 Other regions   -   -   -   45   -   45 1   Total Stores reportable segment 1,643 1,588 787 83 - 4,101 87 Direct reportable segment (2)   185   237   85   -   117   624 13   Total $ 1,828 $ 1,825 $ 872 $ 83 $ 117 $ 4,725 100 %   ($ in millions)13 Weeks Ended January 28, 2012GapOld NavyBananaRepublicFranchise (3)Other (4)Total (5)Percentage ofNet Sales U.S. (1) $ 935 $ 1,309 $ 616 $ - $ - $ 2,860 67 % Canada 98 109 59 - - 266 6 Europe 201 - 17 16 - 234 6 Asia 331 - 41 23 - 395 9 Other regions   -   -   -   39   -   39 1   Total Stores reportable segment 1,565 1,418 733 78 - 3,794 89 Direct reportable segment (2)   139   198   63   -   89   489 11   Total $ 1,704 $ 1,616 $ 796 $ 78 $ 89 $ 4,283 100 %     ($ in millions)53 Weeks Ended February 2, 2013GapOld NavyBananaRepublicFranchise (3)Other (4)Total (5)Percentage ofNet Sales U.S. (1) $ 3,323 $ 4,945 $ 2,171 $ - $ - $ 10,439 67 % Canada 352 410 216 - - 978 6 Europe 691 - 66 63 - 820 5 Asia 1,062 9 148 86 - 1,305 9 Other regions   -   -   -   182   -   182 1   Total Stores reportable segment 5,428 5,364 2,601 331 - 13,724 88 Direct reportable segment (2)   537   748   247   -   395   1,927 12   Total $ 5,965 $ 6,112 $ 2,848 $ 331 $ 395 $ 15,651 100 %   ($ in millions)52 Weeks Ended January 28, 2012GapOld NavyBananaRepublicFranchise (3)Other (4)Total (5)Percentage ofNet Sales U.S. (1) $ 3,231 $ 4,644 $ 2,060 $ - $ - $ 9,935 68 % Canada 333 392 193 - - 918 6 Europe 702 - 54 69 - 825 6 Asia 966 - 131 79 - 1,176 8 Other regions   -   -   -   135   -   135 1   Total Stores reportable segment 5,232 5,036 2,438 283 - 12,989 89 Direct reportable segment (2)   433   638   188   -   301   1,560 11   Total $ 5,665 $ 5,674 $ 2,626 $ 283 $ 301 $ 14,549 100 % _________ (1) U.S. includes the United States and Puerto Rico. (2) Online sales shipped from distribution centers located outside the U.S. were $64 million ($41 million for Canada, $18 million for Europe, and $5 million for Japan) and $43 million ($31 million for Canada and $12 million for Europe) for the 14 weeks ended February 2, 2013 and the 13 weeks ended January 28, 2012, respectively. Online sales shipped from distribution centers located outside the U.S. were $172 million ($117 million for Canada, $50 million for Europe, and $5 million for Japan) and $127 million ($89 million for Canada and $38 million for Europe) for the 53 weeks ended February 2, 2013 and the 52 weeks ended January 28, 2012, respectively. (3) Franchise sales were $83 million ($72 million for Gap and $11 million for Banana Republic) and $78 million ($68 million for Gap and $10 million for Banana Republic) for the 14 weeks ended February 2, 2013 and the 13 weeks ended January 28, 2012, respectively. Franchise sales were $331 million ($289 million for Gap and $42 million for Banana Republic) and $283 million ($247 million for Gap and $36 million for Banana Republic) for the 53 weeks ended February 2, 2013 and the 52 weeks ended January 28, 2012, respectively. (4) Includes Piperlime and Athleta. (5) Net sales outside of the U.S. and Canada (including Direct and Franchise) were $736 million and $680 million for the 14 weeks ended February 2, 2013 and the 13 weeks ended January 28, 2012, respectively. Net sales outside of the U.S. and Canada (including Direct and Franchise) were $2.4 billion and $2.2 billion for the 53 weeks ended February 2, 2013 and the 52 weeks ended January 28, 2012, respectively. Additional Fiscal Year 2012 Results and 2013 OutlookEarnings per Share The company expects diluted earnings per share to be in the range of $2.52 to $2.60 for fiscal year 2013, or an 8 to 12 percent increase from the prior year. The guidance contemplates some of the impact from the weakening Japanese Yen. The average rate in fiscal year 2012 for the Japanese Yen was about 80. Current spot rate of the Japanese Yen has weakened by about 15 percent, which means the company's Japanese Yen-based net sales and earnings translate to fewer U.S. dollars. Further, the company noted that the 53rd week in fiscal year 2012 creates a timing shift in the calendar for fiscal year 2013. For example, the first quarter of fiscal year 2013 begins on February 3, 2013 and ends on May 4, 2013. In fiscal year 2012, the first quarter began a week earlier on January 29, 2012, and ended on April 28, 2012. Therefore, the first quarter of fiscal year 2013 excludes January 29 through February 2 and now includes April 29 through May 4, a week that was part of the second quarter last year. Depreciation and Amortization Fiscal year 2012 depreciation and amortization expense, net of amortization of lease incentives, was $483 million. For fiscal year 2013, the company expects depreciation and amortization expense, net of amortization of lease incentives, to be about $475 million. Operating Expenses Fourth quarter operating expenses were $1.2 billion, up $141 million compared with last year. Full year operating expenses were $4.2 billion, up $393 million from the prior year. Marketing expenses for the full year were $653 million, up $105 million compared with last year. Operating Margin The company's operating margin in fiscal year 2012 was 12.4 percent. The company expects that operating margin for fiscal year 2013 will be about 13 percent. Effective Tax Rate The effective tax rate was 39.9 percent for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012. The effective tax rate for fiscal year 2012 was 39.0 percent. For fiscal year 2013, the company expects the effective tax rate to be about 39 percent. Inventory On a year-over-year basis, inventory dollars per store were up 5 percent at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012, which is in line with comparable sales. For fiscal year 2013, the company expects inventory dollars per store at the end of the first quarter to be up in the mid-single digits on a year-over-year basis over last year's negative 7 percent. Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Short-Term Investments The company ended the year with $1.5 billion in cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments. For fiscal year 2012, free cash flow, defined as net cash provided by operating activities less purchases of property and equipment, was $1.3 billion compared with $815 million in fiscal year 2011. 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. Share Repurchases During the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012, the company repurchased about 18 million shares for $563 million. For fiscal year 2012, the company repurchased about 34 million shares for a total of $1 billion. As announced in January, the company completed its previous $1 billion authorization and announced a new $1 billion share repurchase authorization, underscoring its continued commitment to returning excess cash to shareholders. Dividends The company paid a dividend of $0.125 per share during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012, which was an increase of 11 percent compared with the fourth quarter last year. In a separate press release today, the company announced that its Board of Directors approved a plan to increase the company's annual dividend per share by 20 percent to $0.60 per share for fiscal year 2013. This is the fourth consecutive year Gap Inc. has increased its dividend. Capital Expenditures Fiscal year 2012 capital expenditures were $659 million. For fiscal year 2013, the company expects capital spending to be approximately $675 million in support of its outlined strategies. Real Estate The company ended fiscal year 2012 with 3,407 store locations in 47 countries, 3,095 of which are company-operated. Square footage of company-operated stores decreased 1 percent from the end of fiscal year 2011. In fiscal year 2013, the company expects to open about 160 company-operated stores, focused on Athleta, Gap China, Old Navy Japan, and global outlet stores. The company expects that it will close about 80 company-operated stores. The closures are weighted towards Gap North America, consistent with the company's previously stated strategy. Given its focus on growing through new channels and geographies, the company expects square footage to increase about 1 percent in fiscal year 2013. Store count, openings, closings, and square footage for our stores are as follows:   14 Weeks Ended February 2, 2013Store LocationsBeginning of Q4   Store LocationsOpened   Store LocationsClosed   Store LocationsEnd of Q4   Square Feet(millions) Gap North America 1,016 15 41 990 10.2 Gap Europe 196 2 - 198 1.7 Gap Asia 175 19 3 191 1.9 Old Navy North America 1,013 9 12 1,010 17.6 Old Navy Asia 1 - - 1 - Banana Republic North America 589 7 6 590 4.9 Banana Republic Asia 37 1 - 38 0.2 Banana Republic Europe 10 - - 10 0.1 Athleta North America 30 5 - 35 0.2 Piperlime North America 1 - - 1 - Intermix North America (1) - - - 31 0.1 Company-operated stores total 3,068 58 62 3,095 36.9 Franchise 271 43 2 312 N/A Total 3,339 101 64 3,407 36.9 __________ (1) On December 31, 2012, the company acquired Intermix. The 31 stores acquired were not included as store openings for the fourth quarter; however, they are included in the ending number of store locations as of February 2, 2013. 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 fourth quarter fiscal year 2012 results during a live conference call and webcast at approximately 2:00 p.m. Pacific 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. The conference call can be accessed by calling 1-855-5000-GPS or 1-855-500-0477 (participant passcode: 2364809). International callers may dial 913-643-0954. The webcast can be accessed at www.gapinc.com. February Sales and Future Sales Reporting Format As previously announced, the company will begin reporting monthly sales results after market close. As such, February sales will be released via press release on March 7, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Beginning with February 2013 sales, additional insight into Gap Inc.'s sales performance can be obtained by calling 1-800-GAP-NEWS (1-800-427-6397). International callers may call 706-902-4949. The recording will be available at approximately 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time on March 7, 2013 and available for replay until 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time on March 15, 2013. Given Gap Inc.'s new global brands structure and as outlined in the January sales press release, the company will shift from its current reporting format of Gap Inc., Gap North America, Banana Republic North America, Old Navy North America, and International comparable sales results to the following format: Gap Inc., Gap Global, Banana Republic Global, and Old Navy Global. Each global brand's comparable sales results will now include the respective International results, in addition to the associated comparable online and outlet sales. The fiscal year 2012 and fiscal year 2011 historical comparable sales results in this new global structure can be accessed at www.gapinc.com. 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: gaining market share; increasing shareholder value; optimizing store fleet; expected company-operated and franchise store openings; earnings per share for fiscal year 2013; depreciation and amortization for fiscal year 2013; operating margin for fiscal year 2013; effective tax rate for fiscal year 2013; inventory dollars per store at the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2013 commitment to returning excess cash to shareholders; dividends per share for fiscal year 2013; capital expenditures for fiscal year 2013; store openings and closings for fiscal year 2013, and weightings by brand; real estate square footage for fiscal year 2013; expanding through new channels and geographies; growing sales with healthy merchandise margins; managing expenses in a disciplined manner; delivering operating margin expansion and earnings per share growth; modest positive comps; increase in total expense dollars and operating expenses as a rate to sales; foreign currency headwinds; and sales in Asia. 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 adjustments to the company's unaudited financial statements may be identified through the course of the company's independent registered public accounting firm completing its integrated audit of the company's financial statements and financial controls; 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 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 information technology (“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 February 28, 2013. 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, Athleta, and Intermix brands. Fiscal year 2012 net sales were $15.7 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in more than 90 countries worldwide through about 3,000 company-operated stores, over 300 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.   The Gap, Inc.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETSUNAUDITED     ($ in millions)February 2, 2013   January 28, 2012 ASSETS Current assets: Cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments $ 1,510 $ 1,885 Merchandise inventory 1,758 1,615 Other current assets   864   809 Total current assets 4,132 4,309 Property and equipment, net 2,619 2,523 Other long-term assets   719   590 Total assets $ 7,470 $ 7,422   LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Current maturities of debt $ - $ 59 Accounts payable 1,144 1,066 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 1,092 998 Income taxes payable   108   5 Total current liabilities   2,344   2,128 Long-term liabilities: Long-term debt 1,246 1,606 Lease incentives and other long-term liabilities   986   933 Total long-term liabilities   2,232   2,539 Total stockholders' equity   2,894   2,755 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 7,470 $ 7,422   The Gap, Inc.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOMEUNAUDITED         14 Weeks Ended13 Weeks Ended53 Weeks Ended52 Weeks Ended($ and shares in millions except per share amounts)February 2, 2013January 28, 2012February 2, 2013January 28, 2012 Net sales $ 4,725 $ 4,283 $ 15,651 $ 14,549 Cost of goods sold and occupancy expenses   2,949   2,878   9,480   9,275 Gross profit 1,776 1,405 6,171 5,274 Operating expenses   1,174   1,033   4,229   3,836 Operating income 602 372 1,942 1,438 Interest, net   18   22   81   69 Income before income taxes 584 350 1,861 1,369 Income taxes   233   132   726   536 Net income $ 351 $ 218 $ 1,135 $ 833   Weighted-average number of shares - basic 472 488 482 529 Weighted-average number of shares - diluted 479 492 488 533   Earnings per share - basic $ 0.74 $ 0.45 $ 2.35 $ 1.57 Earnings per share - diluted $ 0.73 $ 0.44 $ 2.33 $ 1.56   The Gap, Inc.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWSUNAUDITED     53 Weeks Ended52 Weeks Ended($ in millions)February 2, 2013January 28, 2012 Cash flows from operating activities: Net income $ 1,135 $ 833 Depreciation and amortization (a) 483 506 Change in merchandise inventory (143 ) 4 Other, net   461     20   Net cash provided by operating activities   1,936     1,363     Cash flows from investing activities: Purchases of property and equipment (659 ) (548 ) Purchases of short-term investments (200 ) (50 ) Maturities of short-term investments 150 150 Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired (129 ) - Other   (6 )   (6 ) Net cash used for investing activities   (844 )   (454 )   Cash flows from financing activities: Proceeds from issuance of short-term debt - 16 Payments of short-term debt (19 ) - Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt - 1,646 Payments of long-term debt issuance costs - (11 ) Payments of long-term debt (400 ) - Proceeds from issuances under share-based compensation plans, net of withholding tax payments 174 62 Repurchases of common stock (1,030 ) (2,092 ) Excess tax benefit from exercise of stock options and vesting of stock units 34 13 Cash dividends paid   (240 )   (236 ) Net cash used for financing activities   (1,481 )   (602 )   Effect of foreign exchange rate fluctuations on cash and cash equivalents   (36 )   17   Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (425 ) 324 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   1,885     1,561   Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 1,460   $ 1,885     (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   53 Weeks Ended52 Weeks Ended($ in millions)February 2, 2013January 28, 2012 Net cash provided by operating activities $ 1,936 $ 1,363 Less: purchases of property and equipment   (659 )   (548 ) Free cash flow (a) $ 1,277   $ 815   _________ (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.Katrina O'Connell, 415-427-2832 (Investor Relations)Investor_relations@gap.comStacy Rollo, 415-427-3543 (Media Relations)press@gap.com