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Foot Locker, Inc.
FOOT LOCKER, INC. REPORTS THIRD QUARTER RESULTS
NEW YORK, NY, November 20, 2007 – Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL), the New York-based specialty athletic retailer, today reported financial results for its third quarter ended November 3, 2007.
Third Quarter Results
The Company reported a net loss of $33 million, or $0.22 per share, for the third quarter this year compared with net income of $65 million, or $0.42 per share, last year. This year’s results included a non-cash impairment charge to write down long-lived assets for the Company’s U.S. store operations pursuant to SFAS No. 144 and expenses associated with closing unproductive stores, totaling $66 million, after tax, or $0.43 per share. Third quarter net income, before the non-cash impairment charge and the incremental expenses of closing stores, was $33 million, or $0.21 per share.
Third quarter sales decreased 5.2 percent, to $1,356 million this year compared with sales of $1,430 million for the corresponding prior year period. Third quarter comparable-store sales decreased 5.0 percent.
“Our third quarter sales were disappointing, reflecting a challenging external environment and the lack of exciting fashion trends in athletic footwear and apparel,” stated Matthew D. Serra, Foot Locker, Inc.’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “While our sales results fell short of our expectations, third quarter markdowns were approximately 12 percent lower than last year. Additionally, we continued to focus diligently on expense management.”
For the first nine months of the year, the Company reported a net loss of $34 million, or $0.22 per share, compared with net income of $138 million, or $0.88 per share, last year. This year’s results included a non-cash impairment charge pursuant to SFAS No. 144 and expenses associated with closing unproductive stores, totaling $66 million, after tax, or $0.43 per share. Last year’s results included an impairment charge pursuant to SFAS No. 144 of $12 million, after tax, or $0.08 per share. Year-to-date net income, before the non-cash impairment charges in 2006 and 2007, and the expenses of closing unproductive stores in 2007, was $32 million, or $0.21 per share this year, versus $150 million, or $0.96 per share, last year.
Year-to-date sales decreased 3.5 percent to $3,955 million compared with sales of $4,098 million last year. Comparable-store sales decreased 5.8 percent.
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At the end of the third quarter, the Company’s cash and short-term investments totaled $332 million. The Company’s total cash position, net of debt, at the end of the third quarter increased by $70 million versus last year. Merchandise inventory was slightly higher at the end of the third quarter versus the comparable period of last year (less than one percent). Stated in constant currency dollars, the Company’s merchandise inventory decreased by approximately three percent versus last year.
Store Base Update
Year-to-date, the Company has opened 112 new stores, and remodeled or relocated 179 stores. During the month of September, the Company opened its first store in Istanbul, Turkey. The Company also closed 158 stores during the first nine months of this year, including 13 unproductive stores during the third quarter prior to normal lease expiration. At November 3, 2007, the Company operated 3,896 stores in 21 countries in North America, Europe and Australia. In addition, 10 franchised stores are currently operating in the Middle East and South Korea.
During the fourth quarter of 2007, the Company currently expects to open eight new stores and close up to 142 unproductive stores. Approximately 53 of the stores are expected to close prior to normal lease expiration, depending on the Company’s success in negotiating agreements with its landlords. The cash impact of the 2007 store closings is expected to be minimal, as the related cash costs are expected to be offset by associated inventory reductions.
The Company is hosting a live conference call at 9:00 a.m. (ET) on Wednesday, November 21, 2007 to discuss these results. This conference call may be accessed live from the Investor Relations section of the Foot Locker, Inc. website at http://www.footlocker-inc.com. The conference call will be available for webcast replay until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 30, 2007.
Disclosure Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, which address activities, events or developments that the Company expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future, including, but not limited to, such things as future capital expenditures, expansion, strategic plans, 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 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), unseasonable weather, economic conditions worldwide, 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 plans effectively with regard to each of its business units, risks associated with foreign global 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.
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FOOT LOCKER, INC.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
Periods ended November 3, 2007 and October 28, 2006
(In millions, except per share amounts)
|First Quarter 2007||---||First Quarter 2006|
|Cost of sales||956||946|
|Seeling, general and administrative expenses||290||283|
|Depreciation and amoritzation||43||43|
|Interest expense, net||---||1|
|Income before income taxes and cumulative effect of accounting change||27||92|
Income tax expense
|Income before cumulative effect of accounting change||17||58|
|Cumulative effect of accounting change, net of income tax||---||1|
|Net income||$ 17||$ 59|
|Incomes before cumulative effect of accounting change||$ 0.11||$ 0.37|
|Cumulative effect of accounting change||---||0.01|
|Net income||$ 0.11||$ 0.38|
|Weighted-average diluted shares outstanding||156.5||156.7|
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FOOT LOCKER, INC.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
|May 5, 2007||---||April 29, 2006|
|Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments||$ 418||$370|
|Other current assest||265||172|
|Property and equipment, net||659||674|
|Deferred tax assets||118||159|
|$ 3,405||$ 3,250|
|Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity|
|Accounts payable||$ 403||$ 380|
|Accrued and other liabilities||252||226|
|Long-term debt and obligations under capital leases||221||272|
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FOOT LOCKER, INC.
Store and Estimated Square Footage
|May 5, 2007||April 29, 2006||April 30, 2005|
|Foot Locker U.S.|
|Number of stores||1,332||1,365||1,403|
|Gross square footage||5,391||5,498||5,705|
|Selling square footage||3,179||3,251||3,337|
|Number of stores||375||365||350|
|Gross square footage||1,748||1,721||1,685|
|Selling square footage||1,076||1,063||1,049|
|Lady Foot Locker|
|Number of stores||553||546||555|
|Gross square footage||1,234||1,220||1,242|
|Selling square footage||697||685||696|
|Kids Foot Locker|
|Number of stores||332||320||336|
|Gross square footage||800||777||812|
|Selling square footage||479||465||484|
|Number of stores||574||555||566|
|Gross square footage||3,127||3,037||3,149|
|Selling square footage||2,134||2,090||2,160|
|Number of stores||31||---||---|
|Gross square footage||182||---||---|
|Selling sqaure footage||164||---||---|
|Foot Locker International|
|Number of stores||733||726||718|
|Gross square footage||2,125||2,081||2,058|
|Selling square footage||1,090||1,083||1,094|
|Total Stores Operated|
|Number of stores||3,930||3,877||3,928|
|Gross square footage||14,607||14,334||14,651|
|Selling square footage||8,819||8,637||8,820|
|Total Franchised Stores|
|Number of stores||6||---||---|
|Gross square footage||18||---||---|
|Selling square footage||12||---||---|