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FOOT LOCKER, INC. REPORTS 2013 FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR RESULTS

-- Fourth Quarter Net Income of $0.81 Per Share, 19 Percent Above Last Year

NEW YORK, March 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL), the New York-based specialty athletic retailer, today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and full year ended on February 1, 2014. 

Fourth Quarter Results
The Company reported net income of $121 million, or $0.81 per share, for the 13 weeks ended February 1, 2014.  This represents an increase of 19 percent over earnings per share of $0.68 for the 14-week period ended February 2, 2013.  On a non-GAAP basis, the Company earned $0.82 cents per share, a 28 percent increase over the comparable 13-week non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.64 in 2012.

A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results is included in the tables below.

Total fourth quarter sales increased 4.6 percent, to $1,791 million this year, compared with sales of $1,713 million in 2012, which included $81 million of sales in the extra week last year.  Fourth quarter comparable-store sales increased 5.3 percent.

Fiscal Year Results
For fiscal year 2013, the Company reported net income of $429 million, or $2.85 per share.  In the 53-week period in 2012, the Company reported net income of $397 million, or $2.58 per share.  On a non-GAAP basis, earnings were $2.87 per share in 2013, an increase of 16 percent over the $2.47 per share earned on a comparable basis in 2012.  In 2013 the Company generated its fourth consecutive double digit percentage increase in annual earnings per share.  It is also the third consecutive year in which the Company achieved record earnings as Foot Locker, Inc.

Total sales increased 5.2 percent in 2013 to $6,505 million, the highest level of sales ever recorded by the Company as Foot Locker, Inc., compared with sales of $6,182 million last year.  Comparable-store sales increased 4.2 percent in 2013.   

"The driver in achieving our best-ever financial results was the excellent execution by our team of the many initiatives we have underway," said Ken C. Hicks, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Foot Locker, Inc.  "I am very proud of the progress that the entire team at Foot Locker, Inc. is making towards reaching our long term goals and objectives.  While we accomplished a great deal in 2013, we have many more opportunities to improve the business further.  We believe these opportunities, such as the children's business, our store banner.com development, the expansion of shop-in-shops in partnership with our vendors, and the improvements we are making in our assortments, should continue to drive our performance to new heights for the next few years.  Specifically for 2014, we believe we can build on our momentum and generate a mid-single digit comparable sales gain and another double digit percentage increase in earnings per share.

"Looking out longer term, we have opportunities such as our store remodel programs, expansion in Europe, technology investments, a growing team sales and services business, and our women's business that we believe will enable us to reach our long-range financial and operational objectives."

"The team at Foot Locker, Inc. worked hard to improve our productivity measures in 2013," added Lauren B. Peters, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  "Despite a challenging retail environment, we maintained our gross margin rate at the record high set last year, and we improved our SG&A expense rate to 20.4 percent.  Our sales per gross square foot increased to $460, our EBIT margin improved to 10.4 percent, and our net income margin came in at 6.6 percent, all of which were record-best performances for our Company."

Financial Position
The Company's merchandise inventory at February 1, 2014 was $1,220 million, which was $53 million, or 4.5 percent, higher than at the end of last year.

At year-end 2013, the Company's cash and short-term investments totaled $867 million, while the debt on its balance sheet was $139 million.  During the fourth quarter of 2013, the Company repurchased approximately 1.6 million shares of its common stock for $63 million.  For the full year, the Company repurchased 6.4 million shares for $229 million.

"Our strong financial position enabled our Board of Directors in February to authorize another double digit percentage increase in our quarterly dividend, to 22 cents per share," said Ms. Peters.  "The Board has also authorized a capital expenditure program in 2014 of $220 million, based on the successful results to date of the store remodel and other capital initiatives we have underway."

Store Base Update
The Company opened 84 new stores, remodeled or relocated 320 stores, and closed 140 stores during fiscal 2013.  Including 193 Runners Point Group stores, the Company operated 3,473 stores in 23 countries in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand as of February 1, 2014.  In addition, 46 franchised stores were operating in the Middle East and South Korea, as well as 27 franchised Runners Point and Sidestep stores in Germany and Switzerland. 

The Company is hosting a live conference call at 9:00 a.m. (EST) today to discuss these results and provide its current outlook for 2014, comment on the status of its current initiatives, and discuss trends in its business and the athletic industry.  This conference call may be accessed live from the Investor Relations section of the Foot Locker, Inc. website at http://www.footlocker-inc.com, and following the link for webcasts. The conference call will be available for webcast replay until 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, March 21, 2014.

Disclosure Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This 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, deterioration of global financial markets, economic conditions worldwide, 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.
For additional discussion on risks and uncertainties that may affect forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" disclosed in the 2012 Annual Report on Form 10-K. 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.

Contact:
John A. Maurer
Vice President,
Treasurer and Investor Relations
Foot Locker, Inc.
(212) 720-4092

 

FOOT LOCKER, INC.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(unaudited)

Periods ended February 1, 2014 and February 2, 2013

(In millions, except per share amounts)

 



Fourth Quarter



Full Year





2013



2012(3)



2013



2012(3)



Sales


$

1,791



$

1,713



$

6,505



$

6,182





















Cost of sales



1,209




1,149




4,372




4,148



SG&A



365




363




1,334




1,294



Depreciation & amortization



36




30




133




118



Impairment and other charges(1)



-




12




2




12



Interest expense, net



1




2




5




5



Other income



(1)




(1)




(4)




(2)






1,610




1,555




5,842




5,575





















Income before taxes


$

181



$

158



$

663



$

607



Income tax expense



60




54




234




210



Net income


$

121



$

104



$

429



$

397





















Diluted EPS


$

0.81



$

0.68



$

2.85



$

2.58





















Weighted-average diluted shares outstanding



 

148.4




 

153.2




 

150.5




 

154.0







































 

Reconciliation of GAAP

Fourth Quarter


Full Year

to Non-GAAP results

2013


2012


2013

2012


After tax

EPS


After tax

EPS


After tax

EPS


After tax

EPS

GAAP results

$ 121

$0.81


$ 104

$ 0.68


$ 429

$  2.85


$ 397

$  2.58










Add back:








CCS charges(1)

-

-


7

0.05


1

0.01


7

0.05

RPG acquisition/integration costs (2)

1

$0.01


-

-


5

0.03


-

-









Deduct:








53rd week(3)

-

-


14

0.09


-

-


14

0.09

Tax items(4)

-

-


-

-


3

0.02


10

0.07

Non-GAAP results

$ 122

$0.82


$   97

$ 0.64


$ 432

$  2.87


$ 380

$  2.47









 

Footnote to explain adjustments



(1)

Includes store closing costs related to CCS in 2013, and impairment of CCS trade names and fixed assets in 2012.  

(2)

Integration and transaction costs associated with the acquisition of Runners Point Group, after tax.

(3)

2012 represents the 14 and 53 weeks ended February 2, 2013.

(4)

In the third quarter of 2013, the Company recorded a tax benefit of $3 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, related to the conclusion of a foreign tax audit that resulted in a reduction of tax reserves established in prior periods. Included in the third quarter of 2012 is a similar tax benefit of $9 million, or $0.06 per diluted share.  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)

 






February 1,

2014


February 2,

2013

Assets








CURRENT ASSETS




Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments

$        867


$        928

Merchandise inventories

1,220


1,167

Other current assets

263


268


2,350


2,363





Property and equipment, net

590


490

Deferred tax assets

241


257

Other assets

306


257


$     3,487


$     3,367





Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity








CURRENT LIABILITIES




Accounts payable

$       263


$       298

Accrued and other liabilities

360


338

Current portion of capital lease obligations

3


-


626


636





Long-term debt and obligations under capital leases

136


133

Other liabilities

229


221

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

2,496


2,377


$    3,487


$    3,367

 

 

FOOT LOCKER, INC.

Store and Square Footage

(unaudited)

 

Store activity is as follows:








February 2,

2013

 

Opened

 

Closed

February 1,

2014

Relocations/
Remodels

Foot Locker US

1,072

7

35

1,044

153

Foot Locker Europe

590

26

12

604

23

Foot Locker Canada

129

1

128

15

Foot Locker Asia Pacific                       

92

3

3

92

9

Lady Foot Locker

303

8

54

257

3

Kids Foot Locker

305

31

336

24

Footaction

283

1

7

277

24

Champs Sports

539

6

3

542

69

CCS

22

22

Runners Point Group (1) 

196

3

193

Total

3,335

278

140

3,473

320

 

(1)

The Company acquired 194 existing Runners Point Group stores in July 2013; subsequently, the Company opened 2 additional stores in 2013.

 

Selling and gross square footage is as follows:






February 2, 2013


February 1, 2014

(in thousands)

Selling

Gross


Selling

Gross

Foot Locker US

2,515

4,311


2,492

4,301

Foot Locker Europe

808

1,770


836

1,815

Foot Locker Canada

262

404


270

423

Foot Locker Asia Pacific                      

128

206


126

205

Lady Foot Locker

398

685


351

592

Kids Foot Locker

423

729


477

830

Footaction

817

1,299


811

1,287

Champs Sports

1,876

2,861


1,894

2,886

CCS

34

51


Runners Point Group


214

366

Total

7,261

12,316


7,471

12,705

 

 

SOURCE Foot Locker, Inc.

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