Nordstrom, Inc. announces net sales for 3Q 2016 increased 7.2 percent vs same period last year

Continued Improvements in the Company’s Operating Model

SEATTLE, 2016-Nov-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) today (Nov. 10, 2016) reported third quarter results on an operational basis that exceeded expectations, reflecting continued strength in inventory and expense execution. Total Company net sales for the third quarter increased 7.2 percent and comparable sales increased 2.4 percent, compared with the same period last year. This includes a favorable comparison resulting from one week of the Anniversary Sale, historically the Company’s largest event of the year, shifting into the third quarter. Combined second and third quarter comparable sales, which removes the impact of the event shift, increased 0.4 percent compared with the same period last year.

“We’ve made considerable changes in the way we operate to improve the customer experience while increasing our productivity,” said Blake Nordstrom, co-president, Nordstrom, Inc. “We are particularly proud of our team’s efforts to align inventories and improve our operating efficiencies. These outcomes have positively impacted our operating results.”

Third quarter results included a non-cash goodwill impairment of $197 million related to Trunk Club, which the Company acquired in 2014. While this business continues to deliver outsized top-line growth, current expectations for future growth and profitability are lower than initial estimates. To further improve the customer experience and better position Trunk Club’s business for profitable growth, the Company is making a number of operational changes.

The Company reported loss per diluted share for the third quarter ended October 29, 2016 of $0.06 and revised its fiscal year 2016 outlook to $1.70 to $1.80. Excluding the impairment charge, the Company reported third quarter adjusted earnings per diluted share of $0.84 and raised its fiscal year 2016 outlook for adjusted earnings per diluted share to $2.85 to $2.95 to incorporate third quarter results.

THIRD QUARTER SUMMARY

  • Third quarter net loss was $10 million and earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) was $55 million, or 1.6 percent of net sales, compared with net earnings of $81 million and EBIT of $155 million, or 4.8 percent of net sales, during the same period in fiscal 2015.
    • Retail EBIT decreased $126 million compared with the same quarter last year due to the impairment charge of $197 million, partially offset by continued sales growth.
    • Credit EBIT increased $26 million, which primarily reflected transaction costs incurred in 2015 associated with the sale of the credit card portfolio.
  • Total Company net sales of $3.5 billion for the third quarter increased 7.2 percent compared with net sales of $3.2 billion during the same period in fiscal 2015. Total Company comparable sales for the third quarter increased 2.4 percent.
    • In the Nordstrom brand, including U.S. and Canada full-line stores and Nordstrom.com, net sales when combined with Trunk Club, increased 2.4 percent and comparable sales increased 0.9 percent.
    • Across U.S. full-line stores and Nordstrom.com, the top-performing merchandise categories were Women’s Apparel and Men’s Apparel. The younger customer-focused departments in Women’s Apparel continued to outperform, reflecting strength in denim and collaborations with new and emerging limited distribution brands. The West was the top-performing geographic region.
    • In the Nordstrom Rack brand, which consists of Nordstrom Rack stores and Nordstromrack.com/HauteLook, net sales increased 10.1 percent and comparable sales increased 3.9 percent. The East was the top-performing geographic region.
  • Retail gross profit, as a percentage of net sales, of 34.8 percent increased 93 basis points compared with the same period in fiscal 2015. This reflected strong inventory execution, which resulted in net sales growth outpacing inventory growth, in addition to leverage of buying and occupancy costs.
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses, as a percentage of net sales, of 29.6 percent decreased 218 basis points compared with the same period in fiscal 2015. This was primarily due to transaction costs incurred in 2015 associated with the sale of the credit card portfolio in addition to the shift in sales volume from the Anniversary Sale resulting in expense leverage. Expense performance exceeded the Company’s expectations by approximately 70 basis points, reflecting ongoing progress to improve operational efficiencies.
  • During the quarter ended October 29, 2016, the Company recognized approximately $10 million in tax benefits related to the resolution of certain federal income tax issues. The impact to the quarter is estimated to be $0.06 per share.
  • To build on the success of the Nordstrom Rewards loyalty program, the Company expanded its program in the second quarter to enable all customers to earn benefits regardless of how they choose to pay. Through this expanded program, the Company has more than 7 million active Rewards customers in the U.S. and Canada, up over 40 percent, from approximately 5 million a year ago. Sales from Nordstrom Rewards customers represented 45 percent of third quarter sales, compared with 39 percent a year ago.
  • During the nine months ended October 29, 2016, the Company repurchased 1.9 million shares of its common stock for $93 million. A total capacity of $718 million remains available under its existing share repurchase board authorization. The actual number, price, manner and timing of future share repurchases, if any, will be subject to market and economic conditions and applicable Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) rules.
  • Return on invested capital (“ROIC”) for the 12 fiscal months ended October 29, 2016 was 7.2 percent compared with 11.4 percent in the prior 12-month period. This decrease was primarily due to a 340 basis point impact from the non-cash goodwill impairment of Trunk Club. A reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to the closest GAAP measure is included below. Additionally, the impact of the impairment on ROIC is quantified.

CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

The Company’s senior management will host a conference call to discuss third quarter 2016 results and fiscal 2016 outlook at 4:45 p.m. Eastern Standard Time today. To listen to the live call online and view the speakers’ prepared remarks and the conference call slides, visit the Investor Relations section of the Company’s corporate website at http://investor.nordstrom.com. An archived webcast with the speakers’ prepared remarks and the conference call slides will be available in the Quarterly Earnings section for one year. Interested parties may also dial 201-689-8354. A telephone replay will be available beginning approximately three hours after the conclusion of the call by dialing 877-660-6853 or 201-612-7415 and entering Conference ID 13648454, until the close of business on November 17, 2016.

ABOUT NORDSTROM

Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 348 stores in 40 states, including 123 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 215 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and two clearance stores. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The Company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its six clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSEunder the symbol JWN.

Certain statements in this news release contain or may suggest “forward-looking” information (as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) that involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, anticipated financial outlook for the fiscal year ending January 28, 2017, anticipated annual total and comparable sales rates, anticipated new store openings in existing, new and international markets, anticipated Return on Invested Capital and trends in our operations. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the Company’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual future results may differ materially from historical results or current expectations depending upon factors including, but not limited to: successful execution of our customer strategy, including expansion into new domestic and international markets, acquisitions, investments in our stores and online as well as investments in technology, our ability to realize the anticipated benefits from growth initiatives and our ability to provide a seamless experience across all channels; timely and effective execution of our ecommerce initiatives and ability to manage the costs and organizational changes associated with this evolving business model; timely completion of construction associated with newly planned stores, relocations and remodels, all of which may be impacted by the financial health of third parties; our ability to maintain relationships with our employees and to effectively attract, develop and retain our future leaders; effective inventory management processes and systems, fulfillment processes and systems, disruptions in our supply chain and our ability to control costs; the impact of any systems failures, cybersecurity and/or security breaches, including any security breach of our systems or those of a third-party provider that results in the theft, transfer or unauthorized disclosure of customer, employee or Company information or compliance with information security and privacy laws and regulations in the event of such an incident; successful execution of our information technology strategy; our ability to effectively utilize data in strategic planning and decision making; efficient and proper allocation of our capital resources; our ability to realize the expected benefits, respond to potential risks and appropriately manage costs associated with our program agreement with TD; our ability to safeguard our reputation and maintain our vendor relationships; our ability to respond to the business environment, fashion trends and consumer preferences, including changing expectations of service and experience in stores and online, and evolve our business model; the effectiveness of planned advertising, marketing and promotional campaigns in the highly competitive retail industry; the timing, price, manner and amounts of share repurchases by the Company, if any, or any share issuances by the Company, including issuances associated with option exercises or other matters; the impact of economic and market conditions and the resultant impact on consumer spending patterns; weather conditions, natural disasters, health hazards, national security or other market disruptions, or the prospects of these events and the resulting impact on consumer spending patterns; our compliance with applicable domestic and international laws, regulations and ethical standards, including those related to banking, employment and tax and the outcome of claims and litigation and resolution of such matters; the impact of the current regulatory environment and financial system and health care reforms; and compliance with debt covenants, availability and cost of credit, changes in our credit rating, changes in interest rates, debt repayment patterns and personal bankruptcies. Our SEC reports, including our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 30, 2016, and our Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarters ended April 30, 2016 and July 30, 2016, contain other information on these and other factors that could affect our financial results and cause actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking information we may provide. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events, new information or future circumstances.

INVESTOR CONTACT:
Trina Schurman
206-303-6503

MEDIA CONTACT:
Tara Darrow
206-303-3016

Source: Nordstrom, Inc.

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