L Brands Reports First Quarter Earnings

— Updates Earnings Guidance —

COLUMBUS, Ohio , May 18, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- L Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LB) today reported first quarter earnings results.

Adjusted earnings per share for the first quarter ended April 30, 2016 were $0.59 compared to $0.61 for the quarter ended May 2 , 2015.  First quarter adjusted operating income decreased 4 percent to $357.9 million compared to $371.8 million last year, and adjusted net income was $173.7 million compared to $181.5 million last year. Adjusted results exclude certain significant items as detailed below:

  • In 2016:
    • Pre-tax charges of $34.5 million ( $0.07 per share) related to previously announced actions at Victoria’s Secret, including severance charges, fabric cancellations and the write-off of catalogue paper
       
  • In 2015:
    • A pre-tax gain of $78.1 million ( $0.23 per share) on the sale of the company’s remaining interest in the third-party apparel sourcing business  

Including the significant items mentioned above, reported first quarter earnings per share were $0.52 compared to $0.84 last year, operating income was $323.4 million compared to $371.8 million last year and net income was $152.3 million compared to $250.5 million last year.

The company reported net sales of $2.614 billion for the first quarter ended April 30, 2016 , an increase of 4% compared to sales of $2.512 billion for the quarter ended May 2 , 2015.  Comparable sales for the first quarter ended April 30, 2016 , increased 3%.

At the conclusion of this press release is a reconciliation of reported to adjusted results, including a description of the significant items.

2016 Outlook


The company decreased its guidance for 2016 full-year adjusted earnings per share to $3.60 to $3.80 from $3.90 to $4.10 previously, and issued guidance for second quarter earnings per share between $0.50 and $0.60 .

The company also indicated that it expects to report a May comparable sales result that is down low to mid-single digits versus last year.

Earnings Call and Additional Information


L Brands will conduct its first quarter earnings call at 9:15 a.m. Eastern on May 19.  To listen, call 1-866-363-4673 (international dial-in number: 1-973-200-3978).  For an audio replay, call 1-855-859-2056 (conference ID 33156271) (international replay number: 1-404-537-3406 (conference ID 33156271)) or log onto www.LB.com.  Additional first quarter financial information is also available at www.LB.com.

ABOUT L BRANDS :


L Brands , through Victoria’s Secret, PINK, Bath & Body Works, La Senza and Henri Bendel , is an international company.  The company operates 3,038 company-owned specialty stores in the United States , Canada , the United Kingdom and China , and its brands are sold in more than 700 additional franchised locations worldwide.  The company’s products are also available online at www.VictoriasSecret.com, www.BathandBodyWorks.com, www.HenriBendel.com and www.LaSenza.com.

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

We caution that any forward-looking statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) contained in this press release or the first quarter earnings call or made by our company or our management involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various factors, many of which are beyond our control. Accordingly, our future performance and financial results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in any such forward-looking statements. Words such as “estimate,” “project,” “plan,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “planned,” “potential” and any similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements. Risks associated with the following factors, among others, in some cases have affected and in the future could affect our financial performance and actual results and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements included in this press release or the first quarter earnings call or otherwise made by our company or our management:

  • general economic conditions, consumer confidence, consumer spending patterns and market disruptions including severe weather conditions, natural disasters, health hazards, terrorist activities, financial crises, political crises or other major events, or the prospect of these events;
  • the seasonality of our business;
  • the dependence on mall traffic and the availability of suitable store locations on appropriate terms;
  • our ability to grow through new store openings and existing store remodels and expansions;
  • our ability to successfully expand internationally and related risks;
  • our relationships with independent franchise, license and wholesale partners;
  • our direct channel businesses;
  • our ability to protect our reputation and our brand images;
  • our ability to attract customers with marketing, advertising and promotional programs;
  • our ability to protect our trade names, trademarks and patents;
  • the highly competitive nature of the retail industry and the segments in which we operate;
  • consumer acceptance of our products and our ability to keep up with fashion trends, develop new merchandise and launch new product lines successfully;
  • our ability to source, distribute and sell goods and materials on a global basis, including risks related to:
    • political instability, significant health hazards, environmental hazards or natural disasters;
    • duties, taxes and other charges;
    • legal and regulatory matters;
    • volatility in currency exchange rates;
    • local business practices and political issues;
    • potential delays or disruptions in shipping and transportation and related pricing impacts;
    • disruption due to labor disputes; and
    • changing expectations regarding product safety due to new legislation;
  • our geographic concentration of supplier and distribution facilities in central Ohio ;
  • fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates;
  • stock price volatility;
  • our ability to pay dividends and related effects;
  • our ability to maintain our credit rating;
  • our ability to service or refinance our debt;
  • our ability to retain key personnel;
  • our ability to attract, develop and retain qualified employees and manage labor-related costs;
  • the ability of our manufacturers to deliver products in a timely manner, meet quality standards and comply with applicable laws and regulations;
  • fluctuations in product input costs;
  • fluctuations in energy costs;
  • increases in the costs of mailing, paper and printing;
  • claims arising from our self-insurance;
  • our ability to implement and maintain information technology systems and to protect associated data;
  • our ability to maintain the security of customer, associate, supplier or company information;
  • our ability to comply with regulatory requirements;
  • legal and compliance matters; and
  • tax matters.

We are not under any obligation and do not intend to make publicly available any update or other revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release or the first quarter earnings call to reflect circumstances existing after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of future events even if experience or future events make it clear that any expected results expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements will not be realized. Additional information regarding these and other factors can be found in Item 1A. Risk Factors in our 2015 Annual Report on Form 10-K.


L BRANDS

FIRST QUARTER 2016


Comparable Sales Increase (Decrease):

    First Quarter
Total company comps
(including direct sales)
     2016     2015 
         
Victoria’s Secret1     2 %     3 %
Bath & Body Works1     6 %     5 %
L Brands2     3 %     3 %
                 

1 – Results include company-owned stores in the United States and Canada and direct sales.
2 – Results include company-owned stores in the United States , Canada and the UK and direct sales.

     
    First Quarter
Store only comps
     2016     2015 
         
Victoria’s Secret1     1 %     5 %
Bath & Body Works1     4 %     4 %
L Brands2     2 %     5 %
                 

1 – Results include company-owned stores in the United States and Canada .
2 – Results include company-owned stores in the United States , Canada and the UK .


Total Sales (Millions):

   First
Quarter
 2016
  First
Quarter
 2015
       
Victoria’s Secret Stores1 $ 1,381.2     $ 1,345.6  
Victoria’s Secret Direct   359.7       338.3  
  Total Victoria’s Secret $ 1,740.9     $ 1,683.9  
Bath & Body Works Stores1 $ 586.7     $ 554.0  
Bath & Body Works Direct   73.5       59.3  
  Total Bath & Body Works $ 660.2     $ 613.3  
VS & BBW International2 $   95.2     $ 91.5  
Other $ 117.5     $ 123.2  
L Brands $ 2,613.8     $   2,511.9  
               

1 – Results include company-owned stores in the United States and Canada .
2 – Results include retail sales from company-owned stores outside of the United States and Canada , royalties associated with franchised stores and wholesale sales.


Total Company-Owned Stores:

    Stores               Stores
    Operating               Operating
    at 1/30/16   Opened     Acquired     Closed    at 4/30/16
             
Victoria's Secret U.S.   990 4 -   (2 ) 992
PINK U.S.   128 1 -   -   129
Victoria's Secret Canada   37 - -   -   37
PINK Canada   9 - -   -   9
  Total Victoria’s Secret   1,164 5 -   (2 ) 1,167
             
Bath & Body Works U.S.   1,574 3 -   (1 ) 1,576
Bath & Body Works Canada    98 1 -   -   99
  Total Bath & Body Works   1,672 4     (1 ) 1,675
             
Victoria’s Secret U.K.   12 - -   -   12
PINK U.K.   2 1 -   -   3
Victoria’s Secret Beauty and Accessories   - 1 26   -   27
Henri Bendel   29 - -   -   29
La Senza Canada   126 - -   (1 ) 125
Total L Brands Stores   3,005 11 26   (4 ) 3,038
                 

Total Noncompany-Owned Stores:

    Stores             Stores
    Operating             Operating
    at 1/30/16   Opened     Closed     Transferred   at 4/30/16
             
Victoria’s Secret Beauty & Accessories   373 14   (5 )   (26 ) 356
Victoria’s Secret   16 1   -     -   17
PINK   3 -   -     -   3
Bath & Body Works   125 7   (1 )   -   131
La Senza   221 -   (4 )   -   217
Total    738 22   (10 )   (26 ) 724
             


             
L BRANDS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME   
THIRTEEN WEEKS ENDED APRIL 30, 2016 AND MAY 2, 2015  
(Unaudited)  
(In thousands except per share amounts)   
             
             
      2016       2015      
Net Sales $   2,613,815     $   2,511,939      
Costs of Goods Sold, Buying and Occupancy     (1,570,861 )       (1,455,980 )    
Gross Profit     1,042,954         1,055,959      
General, Administrative and Store Operating Expenses     (719,566 )       (684,116 )    
Operating Income     323,388         371,843      
Interest Expense     (97,328 )       (79,948 )    
Other Income     6,918         77,694      
             
Income Before Income Taxes     232,978         369,589      
Provision for Income Taxes     80,672         119,123      
             
Net Income  $   152,306     $   250,466      
             
Net Income Per Diluted Share $   0.52     $   0.84      
             
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding     292,778         299,143      
             

 

                           
L BRANDS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME   
THIRTEEN WEEKS ENDED APRIL 30, 2016 AND MAY 2, 2015  
(Unaudited)  
(In thousands except per share amounts)    
                           
      2016       2015    
                           
    Reported   Adjustments   Adjusted   Reported   Adjustments   Adjusted  
Net Sales $   2,613,815     $   -     $   2,613,815     $   2,511,939     $   -     $   2,511,939    
Costs of Goods Sold, Buying & Occupancy     (1,570,861 )       11,103         (1,559,758 )       (1,455,980 )       -         (1,455,980 )  
Gross Profit     1,042,954         11,103         1,054,057         1,055,959         -         1,055,959    
General, Administrative and Store Operating Expenses     (719,566 )       23,442         (696,124 )       (684,116 )       -         (684,116 )  
Operating Income     323,388         34,545         357,933         371,843         -         371,843    
Interest Expense     (97,328 )       -         (97,328 )       (79,948 )       -         (79,948 )  
Other Income     6,918         -         6,918         77,694         (78,057 )       (363 )  
                           
Income Before Income Taxes     232,978         34,545         267,523         369,589         (78,057 )       291,532    
Provision for Income Taxes     80,672         13,175         93,847         119,123         (9,079 )       110,044    
                           
Net Income  $   152,306     $   21,370     $   173,676     $   250,466     $   (68,978 )   $   181,488    
                           
Net Income Per Diluted Share $   0.52         $   0.59     $   0.84         $   0.61    
                           
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding     292,778             292,778         299,143             299,143    
                           
See Notes to Consolidated Statements of Income and Reconciliation of Adjusted Results for additional information.  
                           


L BRANDS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND 

RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED RESULTS 

(Unaudited)

The “Adjusted Results” provided in the attached unaudited Consolidated Statements of Income and Reconciliation of Adjusted Results are non-GAAP financial measures and reflect the following:

Fiscal 2016

In the first quarter of 2016, adjusted results exclude the following:

  • Pre-tax charges of $34.5 million ( $21.4 million net of tax) related to previously announced actions at Victoria’s Secret, including severance charges, fabric cancellations and the write-off of catalogue paper.

Fiscal 2015

In the first quarter of 2015, adjusted results exclude the following:

  • A $78.1 million pre-tax gain ( $69.0 million net of tax) included in other income, related to the sale of our remaining interest in the third-party apparel sourcing business.

The Unaudited Adjusted Consolidated Statements of Income should not be construed as an alternative to the reported results determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.  Further, the Company’s definition of adjusted income information may differ from similarly titled measures used by other companies.  While it is not possible to predict future results, management believes the adjusted information is useful for the assessment of the ongoing operations of the Company. The Unaudited Adjusted Consolidated Statements of Income should be read in conjunction with the Company’s historical financial statements and notes thereto contained in the Company’s quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and annual report on Form 10-K.

For further information, please contact:

L Brands:
Investor Relations
Amie Preston
(614) 415-6704
apreston@lb.com

Media Relations
Tammy Roberts Myers
(614) 415-7072
communications@lb.com

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