Price Chopper/Market 32 celebrates successful campaign for Wish Teen Kacey and her family’s trip to Hawaii

Schenectady, NY, 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — In a twist on traditional Price Chopper/Market 32 charitable giving, a challenge was issued to Golub Headquarters staff and Price Chopper/Market 32 Distribution staff to participate in a campaign to help fund a local Make-A-Wish wish.

“We’re proud that our stores and main office host campaigns throughout the year to raise awareness and funds for various charitable organizations that do tremendous work for individuals and causes across our six-state footprint. The generosity of our customers and teammates in response to neighbors in need never ceases to amaze me,” said Mona Golub, Price Chopper/Market 32 vice president of public relations and consumer services. “This Make A-Wish campaign for Kacey was special because our teammates knew her story, had heard about her struggles and her progress, and wanted to help fulfill her wish to visit Hawaii. Knowing that wish is coming true, gives us all cause to celebrate.”

At a luau-themed reception, Price Chopper/Market 32 teammates met Wish Teen Kacey and her family and celebrated the successful campaign that raised $10,000 toward Kacey and her family’s trip to Hawaii. Kacey was given oversized “boarding passes” to help serve as inspiration in her ongoing battle with leukemia.

“Price Chopper has long been a supporter of the Make-A-Wish mission, but this campaign adds a personal touch,” said Dr. William C. Trigg, III, CEO of Make-A-Wish Northeast New York. “The staff and employees right here at the Price Chopper headquarters and warehouse should be proud of their efforts in making Kacey’s wish come true. We are deeply grateful for their commitment in helping us to grant wishes for local children with life-threatening medical conditions.”

About The Golub Corporation:

Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 136 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 20,000 teammates collectively own more than 47% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employee-owned. For additional information, visit www.pricechopper.com

About Make-A-Wish® Northeast New York:

Make-A-Wish Northeast New York grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, and is marking its 30th year of serving the 15 counties of the 518 area code. The chapter grants about 100 wishes each year, and more than 1,700 since 1987. Visit www.neny.wish.org and share the power of a wish®.

Contact:
Tim Riley
Make-A-Wish NENY
518-744-6884

Penny Vavura
Pierce Communication
518-339-6042

Source: Price Chopper/Market 32

J. C. Penney Company reports comparable store sales grew 4.4 percent for both the fourth quarter and full fiscal 2014

• Gross margin improved 540 basis points for the fourth quarter and full year
• SG&A savings of $121 million; 210 basis points improvement for the year
• Positive free cash flow of $57 million for the year, a $2.8 billion improvement

PLANO, Texas, 2015-3-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) today announced financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and full year ended Jan. 31, 2015. Comparable store sales grew 4.4 percent for both the fourth quarter and full fiscal year. The combination of this sales improvement, stronger gross margins and decreasing SG&A expense resulted in a $1.1 billion increase in EBITDA for the year.

Myron E. (Mike) Ullman, III, chief executive officer, said, “2014 was a successful year for JCPenney. Thanks to the hard work and outstanding execution by our teams, we significantly grew sales and gross margin and delivered on our goal to generate positive free cash flow, representing a $2.8 billion improvement over last year. I am extremely proud of all that has been accomplished to restore this great Company. We are back in the eyes of our customers, back running the business effectively and back on solid financial footing. We fully intend to build on this momentum and continue to significantly improve our business in 2015.”

Marvin Ellison, president and CEO-designee, said, “I have been very impressed by what I have seen in my first few months at JCPenney. The passion and knowledge of our associates and their dedication to customer service is helping us take back share from our competitors, as we continue to find new ways to put the customer first. I believe 2015 will be an important year for JCPenney, and the team is focused on profitably executing our business.”

Fourth Quarter Results

For the fourth quarter, which included a successful holiday season, JCPenney reported net sales of $3.89 billion compared to $3.78 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013. Comparable store sales rose 4.4 percent for the quarter. Online sales through jcpenney.com were $428 million for the quarter, up 12.5 percent versus the same period last year.

Men’s apparel, Home and Fine Jewelry were the Company’s top performing merchandise divisions during the quarter. Sephora inside JCPenney, now in 492 locations, also continued its strong performance. Geographically, all regions delivered sales gains over the same period last year with the best performance in the central and western regions of the country.

For the fourth quarter, gross margin improved 540 basis points to 33.8 percent of sales, compared to 28.4 percent in the same quarter last year. Gross margin was positively impacted by significant improvement in the Company’s merchandise mix and margin on clearance sales over the prior year quarter.

SG&A expenses for the quarter were up $28 million to $1.032 billion, or 26.5 percent of sales.

Operating income for the quarter was $63 million, which represents a $201 million increase over last year. EBITDA was $220 million, a $197 million improvement from the same period last year.

Adjusted net income for the fourth quarter improved $206 million to breakeven. Net income for the quarter was a loss of $59 million, compared to a gain of $35 million in last year’s fourth quarter, which benefitted from a one-time $270 million non-cash tax credit. These income tax changes resulted in a negative year over year impact of $292 million on the Company’s reported net income.

A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures is included in the schedules accompanying the consolidated financial statements in this release.

Full Year Results

For the full year 2014, comparable store sales increased 4.4 percent. Total sales increased 3.4 percent for the year. Internet sales through jcpenney.com grew $145 million to $1.22 billion for the year, increasing 13.4 percent over last year.

For the year, gross margin increased 540 basis points to 34.8 percent from 29.4 percent in the prior year. SG&A decreased $121 million or 210 basis points compared to the prior year.

EBITDA was $323 million, a more than $1.1 billion improvement from last year.

Free cash flow was $57 million, a positive increase of over $2.8 billion.

The Company ended the year with liquidity of approximately $2.1 billion.

In 2014, the Company opened its first ever store in Brooklyn, N.Y., giving JCPenney a location in all five boroughs of New York City. The Company opened 46 Sephora inside JCPenney boutiques, bringing the total to 492 locations, and announced plans to open 25 additional locations in 2015. In addition, JCPenney, which carries an exclusive assortment of Disney merchandise, is capitalizing on the success of its Disney-branded Shops inside JCPenney by opening an additional 100 locations by back-to-school 2015, bringing the total to nearly 700 locations.

Outlook

Building on the success of 2014, the Company’s 2015 full year guidance is as follows:

• Comparable store sales: expected to increase 3 percent to 5 percent;
• Gross margin: expected to improve 50 to 100 basis points versus 2014;
• SG&A: expected to decrease $50 to $100 million versus 2014;
• Primary pension plan expense: approximately $19 million;
• Depreciation and amortization: approximately $615 million;
• Interest expense: approximately $415 million; and
• Free cash flow: expected to be flat.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Earnings Conference Call Details

At 4:30 p.m. ET today, the Company will host a live conference call conducted by Chief Executive Officer Myron E. (Mike) Ullman, III, President and CEO-Designee Marvin Ellison and Chief Financial Officer Ed Record. Management will discuss the Company’s performance during the quarter and take questions from participants. To access the conference call, please dial (877) 415-3179, or (857) 244-7322 for international callers, and reference 49326884 participant code or visit the Company’s investor relations website at http://ir.jcpenney.com.

Telephone playback will be available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the meeting by dialing (888) 286-8010, or (617) 801-6888 for international callers and referencing 46764699 participant code.

Investors and others should note that we currently announce material information using SEC filings, press releases, public conference calls and webcasts. In the future, we will continue to use these channels to distribute material information about the Company and may also utilize our website and/or various social media to communicate important information about the Company, key personnel, new brands and services, trends, new marketing campaigns, corporate initiatives and other matters. Information that we post on our website or on social media channels could be deemed material; therefore, we encourage investors, the media, our customers, business partners and others interested in our Company to review the information we post on our website as well as the following social media channels:

Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/jcp) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/jcpnews).

Any updates to the list of social media channels we may use to communicate material information will be posted on the Investor Relations page of the Company’s website at www.jcpenney.com.

Media Relations:
(972) 431-3400 or jcpnews@jcp.com

Investor Relations:
(972) 431-5500 or jcpinvestorrelations@jcpenney.com

About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishing retailers, is dedicated to fitting the diversity of America with unparalleled style, quality and value. Across approximately 1,060 stores and at jcpenney.com, customers will discover a broad assortment of national, private and exclusive brands to fit all shapes, sizes, colors and wallets. For more information, please visit jcpenney.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “expect” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which include, but are not limited to, statements regarding sales, gross margin, selling, general and administrative expenses, and cash flows. Forward-looking statements are based only on the Company’s current assumptions and views of future events and financial performance. They are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of the Company’s control that may cause the Company’s actual results to be materially different from planned or expected results. Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, including inflation, recession, unemployment levels, consumer confidence and spending patterns, credit availability and debt levels, changes in store traffic trends, the cost of goods, more stringent or costly payment terms and/or the decision by a significant number of vendors not to sell us merchandise on a timely basis or at all, trade restrictions, the ability to monetize non-core assets on acceptable terms, the ability to implement our strategic plan, customer acceptance of our strategies, our ability to attract, motivate and retain key executives and other associates, the impact of cost reduction initiatives, our ability to generate or maintain liquidity, implementation of new systems and platforms, changes in tariff, freight and shipping rates, changes in the cost of fuel and other energy and transportation costs, disruptions and congestion at ports through which we import goods, increases in wage and benefit costs, competition and retail industry consolidations, interest rate fluctuations, dollar and other currency valuations, the impact of weather conditions, risks associated with war, an act of terrorism or pandemic, the ability of the federal government to fund and conduct its operations, a systems failure and/or security breach that results in the theft, transfer or unauthorized disclosure of customer, employee or Company information, legal and regulatory proceedings and the Company’s ability to access the debt or equity markets on favorable terms or at all. There can be no assurances that the Company will achieve expected results, and actual results may be materially less than expectations. Please refer to the Company’s most recent Form 10-Q for a further discussion of risks and uncertainties. Investors should take such risks into account and should not rely on forward-looking statements when making investment decisions. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release is based only on information currently available to us and speaks only as of the date on which it is made. We do not undertake to update these forward-looking statements as of any future date.

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FINAL November and December J. C. Penney Holiday sales update

Same store sales for the combined November/December period up 3.7 percent; Company narrows fourth quarter sales guidance to upper end of range

PLANO, Texas,  2015-1-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) today provided a preliminary update on the Company’s performance for the combined nine-week November and December period. The Company reported comparable store sales growth of 3.7 percent over the same period last year.

“Our highest priority over the last year has been to restore profitable sales growth at JCPenney. This holiday season was instrumental in that effort – and our teams delivered. I would like to thank our associates for their hard work, warrior spirit and commitment to delivering an exceptional customer experience every day,’ said Myron E. (Mike) Ullman, III, chief executive officer. “Customers clearly responded to our combination of great merchandise and compelling promotions this holiday season. We are proud of these results, and believe the work we are doing will fuel the continued growth of our business.’

The Company also announced that it now expects to report fourth quarter comparable store sales at the upper end of its previous guidance range of 2 to 4 %.

Media Relations:
(972) 431-3400 or jcpnews@jcp.com

Investor Relations:
(972) 431-5500 or jcpinvestorrelations@jcpenney.com

Investors and others should note that we currently announce material information using SEC filings, press releases, public conference calls and webcasts. In the future, we will continue to use these channels to distribute material information about the Company and may also utilize our website and/or various social media to communicate important information about the Company, key personnel, new brands and services, trends, new marketing campaigns, corporate initiatives and other matters. Information that we post on our website or on social media channels could be deemed material; therefore, we encourage investors, the media, our customers, business partners and others interested in our Company to review the information we post on our website as well as the following social media channels:

Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/jcp) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/jcpnews).

Any updates to the list of social media channels we may use to communicate material information will be posted on the Investor Relations page of the Company’s website at www.jcpenney.com

About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishing retailers, is dedicated to fitting the diversity of America with unparalleled style, quality and value. Across approximately 1,060 stores and at jcpenney.com, customers will discover a broad assortment of national, private and exclusive brands to fit all shapes, sizes, colors and wallets. For more information, please visit jcpenney.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “expect” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which include, but are not limited to, statements regarding sales trends, gross margin, liquidity and cost savings. Forward-looking statements are based only on the Company’s current assumptions and views of future events and financial performance. They are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of the Company’s control that may cause the Company’s actual results to be materially different from planned or expected results. Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, including inflation, recession, unemployment levels, consumer confidence and spending patterns, credit availability and debt levels, changes in store traffic trends, the cost of goods, more stringent or costly payment terms and/or the decision by a significant number of vendors not to sell us merchandise on a timely basis or at all, trade restrictions, the ability to monetize non-core assets on acceptable terms, the ability to implement our turnaround strategy, customer acceptance of our strategies, our ability to attract, motivate and retain key executives and other associates, the impact of cost reduction initiatives, our ability to generate or maintain liquidity, implementation of new systems and platforms, changes in tariff, freight and shipping rates, changes in the cost of fuel and other energy and transportation costs, increases in wage and benefit costs, competition and retail industry consolidations, interest rate fluctuations, dollar and other currency valuations, the impact of weather conditions, risks associated with war, an act of terrorism or pandemic, the ability of the federal government to fund and conduct its operations, a systems failure and/or security breach that results in the theft, transfer or unauthorized disclosure of customer, employee or Company information, legal and regulatory proceedings and the Company’s ability to access the debt or equity markets on favorable terms or at all. There can be no assurances that the Company will achieve expected results, and actual results may be materially less than expectations. Please refer to the Company’s most recent Form 10-K and subsequent filings for a further discussion of risks and uncertainties. Investors should take such risks into account and should not rely on forward-looking statements when making investment decisions. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release is based only on information currently available to us and speaks only as of the date on which it is made. We do not undertake to update these forward-looking statements as of any future date.

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J. C. Penney Company, Inc. announces the appointment of Marvin Ellison as President and CEO-Designee effective November 1, 2014

  • Home Depot U.S. Stores Head to Succeed Myron E. (Mike) Ullman as JCPenney CEO on August 1, 2015
  • Ullman to Become Executive Chairman of the Board

PLANO, Texas, 2014-10-15— /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of Directors of J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) today announced the appointment of Marvin Ellison, currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot, as President and CEO-Designee, effective November 1, 2014. Mr. Ellison will also join the Board of Directors. He will then succeed Myron E. (Mike) Ullman, III as CEO of JCPenney on August 1, 2015. At that time, Mr. Ullman will become Executive Chairman of the Board for a period of one year. Prior to his 12-year tenure at Home Depot, Mr. Ellison served for 15 years in various positions at Target.

Thomas J. Engibous, Chairman of JCPenney’s Board of Directors, said, “The Board has completed its search for the right CEO to lead the next stage of JCPenney’s growth. We are delighted to have found that person in Marvin Ellison, a highly accomplished retail executive with a history of delivering top and bottom line results at major American retailers. He brings to the role, among other assets, an extensive knowledge of store operations and supply chain management as well as a demonstrated ability to successfully run large retail organizations. In light of these attributes, we believe he is well equipped to return the Company to profitable growth.

I would like to express the Board’s deep gratitude to Mike Ullman for all he has done, and will continue to do, for JCPenney. After agreeing to return to the Company during the most difficult period in its history, he has stabilized the business, improved performance across the board, and placed the Company on a course for profitable growth. His dedicated service has been invaluable to the Company, and we look forward to his continued contributions as CEO during the transition and as Executive Chairman thereafter.”

Mr. Ullman said, “It is a great pleasure to welcome Marvin Ellison to JCPenney. Over the course of his career, he has proven his ability to produce results by improving operations, building customer loyalty, and motivating his teams. His experience and leadership are exactly what we need to accelerate the progress we have made over the last 18 months. I look forward to working closely with him and the rest of our outstanding team in the coming months to ensure a smooth transition and a successful future for JCPenney.”

Mr. Ellison said, “I am honored by this appointment and excited about the opportunity to help lead the continued resurgence of JCPenney. This Company has been an important part of the American retail landscape for over one hundred years. Today, it is moving in the right direction and there is an extraordinary passion to win at every level of the organization. As President and, ultimately, CEO, I will be focused on positioning the Company to compete in a rapidly changing retail environment for the benefit of our customers, shareholders, suppliers and associates. I am confident that we have the customer proposition, the brand, and the talent to make JCPenney successful over the long term.”

About Marvin Ellison
Marvin Ellison, 49, has nearly 30 years of experience in the retail industry. He has spent the last 12 years at Home Depot. As executive vice president of U.S. stores since August 2008, he has been the senior-most operations leader for Home Depot’s approximately 2,000 stores. Prior to that, he was president of the Northern Division, a role in which he had responsibility for the sales and operations of more than 700 stores in 21 states and led a team of more than 150,000 associates. Previously, he was senior vice president of global logistics, with oversight of all domestic distribution, transportation, store and appliance delivery, import distribution and international logistics throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, China and more than 35 other countries. Before joining Home Depot, Mr. Ellison spent 15 years with Target in a variety of operational roles, including Corporate Director of Asset Protection.

Mr. Ellison serves on the board of directors of FedEx. He is actively involved in philanthropic efforts including inner-city school renovations, as well as mentoring programs aimed at developing inner-city youth. He earned a business administration degree in marketing from the University of Memphis and a Master of Business Administration from Emory University.

For further information, contact:

Media Relations
jcpnews@jcp.com; 972.431.3400

Investor Relations
jcpinvestorrelations@jcpenney.com; 972.431.5500

About JCPenney
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishing retailers, is dedicated to fitting the diversity of America with unparalleled style, quality and value. Across approximately 1,060 stores and at jcpenney.com, customers will discover a broad assortment of national, private and exclusive brands to fit all shapes, sizes, colors and wallets. For more information, please visit jcpenney.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “expect” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which include, but are not limited to, statements regarding sales trends, gross margin, liquidity and cost savings. Forward-looking statements are based only on the Company’s current assumptions and views of future events and financial performance. They are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of the Company’s control that may cause the Company’s actual results to be materially different from planned or expected results. Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, including inflation, recession, unemployment levels, consumer confidence and spending patterns, credit availability and debt levels, changes in store traffic trends, the cost of goods, more stringent or costly payment terms and/or the decision by a significant number of vendors not to sell us merchandise on a timely basis or at all, trade restrictions, the ability to monetize non-core assets on acceptable terms, the ability to implement our turnaround strategy, customer acceptance of our new strategies, our ability to attract, motivate and retain key executives and other associates, the impact of cost reduction initiatives, our ability to generate or maintain liquidity, implementation of new systems and platforms, changes in tariff, freight and shipping rates, changes in the cost of fuel and other energy and transportation costs, increases in wage and benefit costs, competition and retail industry consolidations, interest rate fluctuations, dollar and other currency valuations, the impact of weather conditions, risks associated with war, an act of terrorism or pandemic, the ability of the federal government to fund and conduct its operations, a systems failure and/or security breach that results in the theft, transfer or unauthorized disclosure of customer, employee or Company information, legal and regulatory proceedings and the Company’s ability to access the debt or equity markets on favorable terms or at all. There can be no assurances that the Company will achieve expected results, and actual results may be materially less than expectations. Please refer to the Company’s most recent Form 10-Q and subsequent filings for a further discussion of risks and uncertainties. Investors should take such risks into account and should not rely on forward-looking statements when making investment decisions. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release is based only on information currently available to us and speaks only as of the date on which it is made. We do not undertake to update these forward-looking statements as of any future date.

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