Treasurer and Investor Relations
Foot Locker, Inc.
FOOT LOCKER, INC. REPORTS 2011 FOURTH QUARTER RESULTS
- Net Income of $0.53 Per Share, 47 Percent Above Last Year
- Comparable-Store Sales Increased 7.5 Percent
- Eighth Consecutive Quarter of Sales and Profit Growth
NEW YORK, NY, November 17, 2011 – Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL), the New York-based specialty athletic retailer, today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and full year ended January 28, 2012.
Fourth Quarter Results
The Company reported net income of $81 million, or $0.53 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2011. These results included an after-tax charge of $3 million, or $0.02 per share, for the impairment of certain intangible assets. In the year-ago period, the Company reported net income of $57 million, or $0.36 per share, which included an after-tax charge of $4 million, or $0.03 per share, for the impairment of certain intangible assets, net of the partial recovery of a short-term investment that was written down in 2008.
Excluding the net charges in both years, fourth quarter non-GAAP net income was $84 million, or $0.55 per share, in 2011 versus $61 million, or $0.39 per share, in 2010. This represents a 41 percent increase in the adjusted net income per share amounts.
Fourth quarter comparable-store sales increased 7.5 percent. Total fourth quarter sales increased 7.9 percent, to $1,502 million this year, compared with sales of $1,392 million for the corresponding prior-year period. Excluding the effect of foreign currency fluctuations, total sales for the fourth quarter increased 8.2 percent.
“The strategies our team identified and began implementing two years ago have elevated our financial and operational performance to new heights,” said Ken C. Hicks, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Foot Locker, Inc. “As a result of the efforts of our entire team, we approached or surpassed many of the financial goals the organization set for ourselves in just the second year of our current five year plan.”
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.
Fiscal Year Result
For the fiscal year, the Company reported net income of $278 million, or $1.80 per share. These results included the fourth quarter after-tax charge of $3 million mentioned above. Last year, the Company reported net income of $169 million, or $1.07 per share, including the net charge of $4 million after-tax.
Excluding the net charges in both years, full year non-GAAP net income was $281 million, or $1.82 per share in 2011, an increase of 65 percent over the $1.10 per share recorded in 2010.
Comparable-store sales increased 9.8 percent in 2011, and total sales increased 11.4 percent to $5,623 million, compared with sales of $5,049 million last year. Excluding the effect of foreign currency fluctuations, total sales for the full year increased 9.7 percent.
The Company’s merchandise inventory at year end was $1,069 million, which was $10 million, or 0.9 percent higher than at the end of last year.
During the fourth quarter of 2011, the Company repurchased 289,100 shares of its common stock for approximately $7 million. For the full year, the Company repurchased approximately 4.9 million shares for $104 million. Last month, the Company announced a new, three-year $400 million share repurchase program extending through January 2015. At the same time, the Company announced a 9 percent increase in its quarterly dividend, to 18 cents per quarter.
At year end 2011, the Company’s cash and short-term investments totaled $851 million, while the debt on its balance sheet was $135 million. The Company’s total cash position, net of debt, was $157 million higher than the same time last year.
Store Base Update
The Company opened 70 new stores, remodeled or relocated 182 stores, and closed 127 stores during fiscal 2011. At January 28, 2012, the Company operated 3,369 stores in 23 countries in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. In addition, 34 franchised stores were operating in the Middle East and South Korea.
The Company is hosting a live conference call at 9:00 a.m. (EST) on Friday, March 2, 2012 to discuss these results and provide comments on the current business environment and our outlook for 2012. This conference call may be accessed live from the Investor Relations section of the Foot Locker, Inc. website at http://www.footlockerinc. com. The conference call will be available for webcast replay until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 9, 2012.
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.