Treasurer and Investor Relations
Foot Locker, Inc.
FOOT LOCKER, INC. REPORTS THIRD QUARTER RESULTS
- Net Income of $0.43 Per Share, 30% Above Last Year
- Comparable-Store Sales Increased 7.4 Percent
- Seventh Consecutive Quarter of Sales and Profit Growth
- Gross Margin Increased 220 Basis Points
NEW YORK, NY, November 17, 2011 – Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL), the New York-based specialty athletic retailer, today reported financial results for its third quarter ended October 29, 2011.
Third Quarter Results
Net income for the Company’s third quarter ended October 29, 2011 was $66 million, or $0.43 per share, compared with net income of $52 million, or $0.33 per share, last year. Third quarter sales increased 8.9 percent, to $1,394 million this year, compared with sales of $1,280 million for the corresponding prior-year period. Third quarter comparable-store sales increased 7.4 percent. Excluding the effect of foreign currency fluctuations, total sales for the third quarter increased 7.3 percent.
"I am pleased to report our seventh consecutive quarter of strong sales and profit growth,” said Ken Hicks, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Foot Locker, Inc. “We continue to diversify and strengthen many aspects of our business, including our product mix, our banner differentiation, and the integration of our distribution channels. We believe the ongoing focus of all our associates on these initiatives will continue to create shareholder value both in the short run and longer term."
Net income for the Company’s first nine months of the year increased 75.9 percent to $197 million, or $1.27 per share, compared with net income of $112 million, or $0.71 per share, for the corresponding period last year. Year-to-date sales increased 12.7 percent, to $4,121 million, compared with sales of $3,657 million last year. Year-to-date comparable-store sales increased 10.6 percent. Excluding the effect of foreign currency fluctuations, total sales year-to-date increased 10.3 percent.
The Company’s merchandise inventory at the end of the third quarter was $1,204 million, essentially flat with the end of the third quarter last year.
During the third quarter of 2011, the Company repurchased 1.85 million shares of its common stock for approximately $38 million under the Company’s $250 million share repurchase program. Year-to-date, the Company has repurchased approximately 4.6 million shares for $97 million.
At October 29, 2011, the Company’s cash and short-term investments totaled $698 million, while the debt on its balance sheet was $136 million. The Company’s total cash position, net of debt, was $158 million higher than the same time last year.
Store Base Update
During the first nine months of the year, the Company opened 52 new stores, remodeled or relocated 147 stores, and closed 76 stores. At October 29, 2011, the Company operated 3,402 stores in 22 countries in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. In addition, 32 franchised stores were operating in the Middle East and South Korea.
The Company is hosting a live conference call at 9:00 a.m. (ET) on Friday, November 18, 2011 to discuss these results and provide comments on the current business environment and trends. 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, December 2, 2011.
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.