L Brands Reports Record First Quarter Adjusted Earnings

-- RAISES 2015 EARNINGS GUIDANCE --

COLUMBUS, Ohio , May 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- L Brands, Inc. (NYSE: LB) today reported first quarter earnings results.

Adjusted earnings per share for the first quarter ended May 2, 2015 , which exclude a $78.1 million ( $0.23 per share) pre-tax gain on the sale of the company's remaining interest in the third-party apparel sourcing business, increased 15 percent to $0.61 compared to $0.53 for the quarter ended May 3 , 2014.  First quarter operating income increased 11 percent to $371.8 million compared to $336.1 million last year, and adjusted net income was $181.5 million compared to $157.0 million last year.

Including the gain from the sale of the sourcing business mentioned above, reported first quarter earnings per share were $0.84 compared to $0.53 last year, and net income was $250.5 million compared to $157.0 million last year.

Net sales of $2.512 billion for the first quarter ended May 2, 2015 , increased 5 percent compared to sales of $2.391 billion for the quarter ended May 3 , 2014.  Comparable store sales for the first quarter ended May 2, 2015 , increased 5 percent.

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

2015 Outlook

The company increased its guidance for 2015 full-year adjusted earnings per share to $3.50 to $3.70 from $3.45 to $3.65 previously, and issued guidance for second quarter earnings per share between $0.60 and $0.65 .

Earnings Call and Additional Information

L Brands will conduct its first quarter earnings call at 9:15 a.m. Eastern on May 21.  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 2,966 company-owned specialty stores in the United States , Canada and the United Kingdom , and its brands are sold in more than 600 additional noncompany-owned 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

L Brands, Inc. cautions 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 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:

  • 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 a high volume of 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 into global markets and related risks;
  • our relationships with independent franchise, license and wholesale partners;
  • our direct channel businesses;
  • our failure to protect our reputation and our brand images;
  • our failure to protect our trade names, trademarks and patents;
  • the highly competitive nature of the retail industry generally and the segments in which we operate particularly;
  • 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;
    • 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;
  • fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates;
  • stock price volatility;
  • our failure 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 inability of our manufacturers to deliver products in a timely manner and meet quality standards;
  • 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 failure to maintain the security of customer, associate, supplier or company information;
  • our failure to comply with regulatory requirements;
  • tax matters; and
  • legal and compliance 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 the first quarter earnings call 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 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

L BRANDS

FIRST QUARTER 2015

Comparable Store Sales Increase (Decrease):


 

 

First

Quarter

2015


 

 

First

Quarter

2014





Victoria's Secret1

5%


2%

Bath & Body Works1

4%


2%

L Brands

5%


2%

Victoria's Secret

Direct Sales

(6%)


0%


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

 

Total Sales (Millions):


First

Quarter

2015


First

Quarter

2014





Victoria's Secret Stores1

$ 1,345.6


$ 1,245.3

Victoria's Secret Direct

338.3


358.3

  Total Victoria's Secret

$ 1,683.9


$ 1,603.6

Bath & Body Works Stores1

$ 554.0


$ 530.2

Bath & Body Works Direct

59.3


51.4

  Total Bath & Body Works

$ 613.3


$ 581.6

VS & BBW International2

$ 91.5


$ 71.0

Other3

$ 123.2


$ 135.0

L Brands

$ 2,511.9


$ 2,391.2


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 
      and royalty and wholesale sales associated with partner-operated stores.

3 – Results include La Senza, Henri Bendel and Mast external sales.

 

Total Company-Owned Stores:



Stores


Stores



Operating

Operating



at 1/31/15

Opened

  Closed

at 5/2/15







Victoria's Secret U.S.


983

2

(1)

984

PINK U.S.


115

5

-

120

Victoria's Secret Canada


31

1

-

32

PINK Canada


10

-

-

10

   Total Victoria's Secret


1,139

8

(1)

1,146







Bath & Body Works U.S.


1,558

3

(2)

1,559

Bath & Body Works Canada 


88

1

-

89

   Total Bath & Body Works


1,646

4

(2)

1,648







Victoria's Secret U.K.


8

-

-

8

PINK U.K.


2

-

-

2

Henri Bendel


29

-

-

29

La Senza Canada


145

-

(12)

133

Total L Brands Stores


2,969

12

(15)

2,966

 

Total Noncompany-Owned Stores:



Stores


Stores



Operating

Operating



at 1/31/15

Opened

  Closed

at 5/2/15







Victoria's Secret Beauty & Accessories


290

15

(1)

304

Victoria's Secret


13

1

-

14

PINK


1

-

-

1

Bath & Body Works


80

13

(2)

91

La Senza


266

-

(8)

258

Total      


650

29

(11)

668

 

L BRANDS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME 

THIRTEEN WEEKS ENDED MAY 2, 2015 AND MAY 3, 2014

(Unaudited)

(In thousands except per share amounts) 




2015


2014

Net Sales

$       2,511,939


$       2,391,230

Costs of Goods Sold, Buying and Occupancy

(1,455,980)


(1,409,138)

Gross Profit

1,055,959


982,092

General, Administrative and Store Operating Expenses

(684,116)


(645,981)

Operating Income

371,843


336,111

Interest Expense

(79,948)


(84,323)

Other Income

77,694


3,654






Income Before Income Taxes

369,589


255,442

Provision for Income Taxes

119,123


98,460






Net Income 

$          250,466


$          156,982






Net Income Per Diluted Share

$               0.84


$               0.53






Weighted Average Shares Outstanding

299,143


297,324

 

L BRANDS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME 

THIRTEEN WEEKS ENDED MAY 2, 2015 AND MAY 3, 2014

(Unaudited)

(In thousands except per share amounts) 




2015


2014












Reported


Adjustments


Adjusted


Reported

Net Sales

$       2,511,939


$                    -


$       2,511,939


$       2,391,230

Costs of Goods Sold, Buying & Occupancy

(1,455,980)


-


(1,455,980)


(1,409,138)

Gross Profit

1,055,959


-


1,055,959


982,092

General, Administrative and Store Operating Expenses

(684,116)




(684,116)


(645,981)

Operating Income

371,843


-


371,843


336,111

Interest Expense

(79,948)


-


(79,948)


(84,323)

Other Income

77,694


(78,057)


(363)


3,654










Income Before Income Taxes

369,589


(78,057)


291,532


255,442

Provision for Income Taxes

119,123


(9,079)


110,044


98,460



















Net Income 

$          250,466


$          (68,978)


$          181,488


$          156,982










Net Income Per Diluted Share

$               0.84




$               0.61


$               0.53










Weighted Average Shares Outstanding

299,143




299,143


297,324



















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 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.

Fiscal 2014

In the first quarter of 2014, there were no adjustments to results.

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.

 

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