Financial News Release

Target Reports Third Quarter 2013 Earnings
11/21/13
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Adjusted EPS of $0.84; GAAP EPS of $0.54

  • While Target’s third quarter U.S. comparable sales increase of 0.9 percent was near the low end of prior guidance, adjusted earnings per share of $0.84 were near the mid-point of the expected range
  • Third quarter GAAP earnings per share of $0.54 were below expectations as a result of higher-than-expected dilution of (29) cents related to the Canadian Segment
  • Target opened 32 stores in the third quarter - 23 in Canada and 9 in the U.S.; the Company remains on track to have 124 Canadian Target stores open by year end

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 21, 2013-- Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) today reported third quarter net earnings of $341 million, or $0.54 per share, which includes EPS dilution related to the Canadian Segment of (29) cents per share. Adjusted earnings per share, a measure the Company believes is useful in providing period-to-period comparisons of the results of its U.S. operations, were $0.84 in third quarter 2013, down 6.0 percent from $0.90 in 2012. A reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP measures is provided in the tables attached to this press release. All earnings per share figures refer to diluted earnings per share.

“Target’s third quarter financial results reflect continued strong execution in our U.S. Segment in an environment where consumer spending remains constrained,” said Gregg Steinhafel, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Target Corporation. “As our focus shifts to the fourth quarter, we are intently focused on delivering outstanding merchandise, an easy, fun shopping experience and an unbeatable combination of everyday low prices, weekly ad discounts, 5% REDcard Rewards and price match policies throughout the U.S. and Canada. And, in our Canadian Segment, we are also focused on improving performance as we transition from opening to operating our 124 stores.”

Fiscal 2013 Earnings Guidance

In fourth quarter 2013, the Company expects adjusted EPS of $1.50 to $1.60, Canadian Segment dilution of (22) to (32) cents and (2) cents related to the expected reduction in the beneficial interest asset1. This performance would lead to fourth quarter GAAP EPS in a range centered around $1.26.

For full-year 2013, Target now expects adjusted EPS of $4.59 to $4.69, Canadian Segment dilution of ($0.95) to ($1.05) and a net impact of approximately (12) cents related to:

  • Losses related to the early retirement of debt of (42) cents per share, and;
  • Net accounting gains of approximately 28 cents associated with the sale of Target’s entire consumer credit card receivables portfolio to TD Bank Group, and;
  • Non-recurring tax benefits of approximately 2 cents.

This performance would lead to full-year 2013 GAAP EPS in a range centered around $3.52.

1See the “Accounting Considerations” section of this release for more information related to the beneficial interest asset.

U.S. Segment Results

As a reminder, following the sale of the U.S. credit card portfolio in March 2013, Target’s historical U.S. Retail Segment and U.S. Credit Card Segment results were combined to form a new U.S. Segment. Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) expenses in the new U.S. Segment include income from the profit-sharing arrangement with TD Bank Group, net of servicing expenses. In prior periods, credit card revenues, net of credit card expenses, from the historical U.S. Credit Card Segment have been classified within U.S. Segment SG&A expenses.2

In addition, beginning with fiscal 2013, Target made changes to certain vendor agreements regarding payments received in support of marketing programs. As a result, these payments are being recorded as a reduction to U.S. Segment cost of sales rather than a reduction to SG&A expenses, creating equivalent year-over-year increases in both gross margin and SG&A expense rates. This change has no effect on U.S. Segment EBITDA and EBIT margin rates.

In third quarter 2013, sales increased 2.0 percent to $16.9 billion from $16.6 billion last year, reflecting a 0.9 percent increase in comparable sales combined with the contribution from new stores. Segment earnings before interest expense and income taxes (EBIT) were $977 million in the third quarter of 2013, a decrease of 11.4 percent from $1,104 million in 2012.

Third quarter EBITDA margin rate was 8.7 percent, compared with 9.8 percent in the revised U.S. Segment and 8.9 percent in the historical U.S. Retail Segment in third quarter 2012. Third quarter EBIT margin rate was 5.8 percent, compared with 6.6 percent in the revised U.S. Segment and 5.8 percent in the historical U.S. Retail Segment in third quarter 2012.

Third quarter gross margin rate decreased to 30.0 percent in 2013 from 30.3 percent in 2012, reflecting category rate pressure from seasonal markdowns combined with the impact of Target’s integrated growth strategies, partially offset by approximately 0.2 percentage-points of benefit from changes to the Company’s vendor agreements. Third quarter SG&A expense rate was 21.2 percent in 2013, compared with 2012 rates of 20.5 percent in the revised U.S. Segment and 21.4 percent in the historical U.S. Retail Segment. Compared with the revised U.S. Segment in third quarter 2012, the increase was driven by a smaller contribution from the credit card portfolio, which raised the SG&A rate by approximately 0.6 percentage points, continued investments in technology and supply chain in support of multichannel initiatives and the change to Target’s vendor agreements. These pressures were partially offset by favorable leverage of compensation expenses and the continued benefit of the Company’s expense optimization efforts.

2Quarterly and full-year historical information for the three most recently completed years reflecting the impact of the reclassification, and the results for our two segments, U.S. and Canadian, are attached as Exhibit (99) to our current report on Form 8-K filed April 16, 2013.

Canadian Segment Results

In third quarter 2013 the Canadian Segment generated sales of $333 million at a gross margin rate of 14.8 percent, driven by efforts to clear excess inventory. Canadian Segment EBIT for the third quarter was $(238) million, as gross margin of $49 million was offset by $221 million of start-up and operating expenses and $66 million of depreciation and amortization. Canadian operations reduced Target’s GAAP earnings per share by (29) cents in third quarter 20133.

3This amount includes interest expense and tax expense that are not included in the segment measure of profit. A reconciliation of non-GAAP measures is included in the tables attached to this release.

Interest Expense and Taxes

In third quarter 2013, net interest expense decreased to $165 million from $192 million in 2012, benefiting from debt retirement resulting from the use of proceeds from the sale of the credit card portfolio.

The Company’s effective income tax rate was 36.6 percent in the third quarter, compared with 34.5 percent in third quarter 2012. The increase of 2.1 percentage points was driven by a lower year-over-year benefit associated with the favorable resolution of various income tax matters combined with the net effect of increased losses related to Canadian operations.

Capital Returned to Shareholders

In third quarter 2013, the Company paid dividends of $271 million. Target did not repurchase any shares of its common stock during the quarter, reflecting current performance and the Company’s commitment to maintain its strong investment-grade credit ratings.

Year-to-date, the Company has repurchased approximately 21.9 million shares of its common stock at an average price of $67.41 for a total investment of $1.47 billion, and paid dividends of $734 million.

Accounting Considerations

At the close of the sale of its entire U.S. consumer credit card receivables portfolio to TD Bank Group in first quarter 2013, Target recognized a $225 million beneficial interest asset, which effectively represented a receivable for the present value of future profit-sharing Target expected to receive on the receivables sold. The Company estimates the asset will be reduced over the four-year period following the close of the transaction, with larger reductions in the early years. The beneficial interest asset was reduced by $36 million in the third quarter 2013 and $82 million year-to-date 2013.

The Company’s third quarter 2012 GAAP EPS included a benefit of approximately 15 cents related to the agreement to sell the entire U.S. consumer credit card receivables portfolio to TD Bank Group. The benefit was driven by a change in the accounting treatment of Target’s receivables from “held for investment” to “held for sale” at the time of the announcement.

Miscellaneous

Target Corporation will webcast its third quarter earnings conference call at 9:30 a.m. CST today. Investors and the media are invited to listen to the call through the Company’s website at www.target.com/investors (click on “events & presentations”). A telephone replay of the call will be available beginning at approximately 11:30 a.m. CST today through the end of business on November 23, 2013. The replay number is (855) 859-2056 (passcode: 78421689).

Statements in this release regarding fourth quarter and full year 2013 earnings guidance are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements speak only as of the date they are made and are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially. The most important risks and uncertainties are described in Item 1A of the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 2, 2013.

In addition to the GAAP results provided in this release, the Company provides adjusted diluted earnings per share for the three- and nine-month periods ended November 2, 2013 and October 27, 2012, respectively. This measure is not in accordance with, or an alternative for, generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. The most comparable GAAP measure is diluted earnings per share. Management believes adjusted EPS is useful in providing period-to-period comparisons of the results of the Company’s U.S. operations. Adjusted EPS should not be considered in isolation or as a substitution for analysis of the Company’s results as reported under GAAP. Other companies may calculate adjusted EPS differently than the Company does, limiting the usefulness of the measure for comparisons with other companies.

About Target

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,919 stores - 1,797 in the United States and 122 in Canada - and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit target.com/corporateresponsibility.

 

TARGET CORPORATION

 

Consolidated Statements of Operations

    Three Months Ended         Nine Months Ended    

 

November 2,     October 27, November 2,     October 27,

(millions, except per share data) (unaudited)

    2013     2012     Change     2013     2012     Change
Sales $ 17,258 $ 16,601 4.0 % $ 51,081 $ 49,589 3.0 %
Credit card revenues           328       (100.0 )           986       (100.0 )
Total revenues 17,258 16,929 1.9 51,081 50,575 1.0
Cost of sales 12,133 11,569 4.9 35,441 34,406 3.0
Selling, general and administrative expenses 3,853 3,704 4.0 11,140 10,686 4.3
Credit card expenses 106 (100.0 ) 333 (100.0 )
Depreciation and amortization 569 542 4.8 1,648 1,603 2.8
Gain on receivables transaction           (156 )     (100.0 )     (391 )     (156 )     149.9  
Earnings before interest expense and income taxes 703 1,164 (39.6 ) 3,243 3,703 (12.4 )
Net interest expense     165       192       (14.1 )     965       558       72.9  
Earnings before income taxes 538 972 (44.6 ) 2,278 3,145 (27.6 )
Provision for income taxes     197       335       (41.3 )     827       1,107       (25.3 )
Net earnings     $ 341       $ 637       (46.4 )%     $ 1,451       $ 2,038       (28.8 )%
Basic earnings per share     $ 0.54       $ 0.97       (44.4 )%     $ 2.28       $ 3.09       (26.2 )%
Diluted earnings per share     $ 0.54       $ 0.96       (44.3 )%     $ 2.26       $ 3.06       (26.3 )%
Weighted average common shares outstanding
Basic 631.3 654.8 (3.6 )% 636.0 659.3 (3.5 )%
Dilutive impact of share-based awards(a)     6.1       7.4             7.0       6.5        
Diluted     637.4       662.2       (3.7 )%     643.0       665.8       (3.4 )%

(a) Excludes 2.4 million and 2.3 million share-based awards for the three and nine months ended November 2, 2013, respectively, and 0.6 million and 6.0 million share-based awards for the three and nine months ended October 27, 2012, respectively, because their effects were antidilutive.

 

Subject to reclassification

 
 
TARGET CORPORATION
 
Consolidated Statements of Financial Position
    November 2,     February 2,     October 27,
(millions) 2013 2013 2012
(unaudited) (unaudited)
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents, including short-term investments of $3, $130 and $800 $ 706 $ 784 $ 1,469
Inventory 10,376 7,903 9,533
Other current assets 2,071 1,860 1,846
Credit card receivables, held for sale           5,841       5,647  
Total current assets 13,153 16,388 18,495
Property and equipment
Land 6,241 6,206 6,188
Buildings and improvements 30,257 28,653 27,800
Fixtures and equipment 5,535 5,362 5,280
Computer hardware and software 2,644 2,567 2,418
Construction-in-progress 958 1,176 1,365
Accumulated depreciation     (13,909 )     (13,311 )     (12,982 )
Property and equipment, net 31,726 30,653 30,069
Other noncurrent assets     1,494       1,122       1,015  
Total assets     $ 46,373       $ 48,163       $ 49,579  
Liabilities and shareholders’ investment
Accounts payable $ 8,806 $ 7,056 $ 8,050
Accrued and other current liabilities 3,623 3,981 3,631
Current portion of long-term debt and other borrowings     2,122       2,994       4,028  
Total current liabilities 14,551 14,031 15,709
Long-term debt and other borrowings 12,665 14,654 14,526
Deferred income taxes 1,466 1,311 1,279
Other noncurrent liabilities     1,535       1,609       1,713  
Total noncurrent liabilities 15,666 17,574 17,518
Shareholders’ investment
Common stock 53 54 55
Additional paid-in capital 4,403 3,925 3,854
Retained earnings 12,353 13,155 13,069
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
Pension and other benefit liabilities (468 ) (532 ) (581 )
Currency translation adjustment and cash flow hedges     (185 )     (44 )     (45 )
Total shareholders’ investment     16,156       16,558       16,352  
Total liabilities and shareholders’ investment     $ 46,373       $ 48,163       $ 49,579  
 

Common Stock Authorized 6,000,000,000 shares, $.0833 par value; 631,759,510, 645,294,423 and 654,465,209 shares issued and outstanding at November 2, 2013, February 2, 2013 and October 27, 2012, respectively.

 

Preferred Stock Authorized 5,000,000 shares, $.01 par value; no shares were issued or outstanding at November 2, 2013, February 2, 2013 or October 27, 2012.

 

Subject to reclassification

 
 
TARGET CORPORATION
 
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
    Nine Months Ended
November 2,     October 27,
(millions) (unaudited)     2013     2012
Operating activities
Net earnings $ 1,451 $ 2,038
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to cash provided by operations
Depreciation and amortization 1,648 1,603
Share-based compensation expense 81 74
Deferred income taxes 73

Bad debt expense(a)

41 141
Gain on receivables transaction (391 ) (156 )
Loss on debt extinguishment 445
Noncash losses/(gains) and other, net 3 (15 )
Changes in operating accounts:
Accounts receivable originated at Target 157 97
Proceeds on sale of accounts receivable originated at Target 2,703
Inventory (2,461 ) (1,615 )
Other current assets (210 ) (98 )
Other noncurrent assets 32
Accounts payable 1,744 1,193
Accrued and other current liabilities (463 ) (109 )
Other noncurrent liabilities     (27 )     122  
Cash provided by operations     4,753       3,348  
Investing activities
Expenditures for property and equipment (2,839 ) (2,338 )
Proceeds from disposal of property and equipment 73 35
Change in accounts receivable originated at third parties 121 192
Proceeds from sale of accounts receivable originated at third parties 3,002
Cash paid for acquisitions, net of cash assumed (157 )
Other investments     111       86  
Cash provided by/(required for) investing activities     311       (2,025 )
Financing activities
Change in commercial paper, net 107
Additions to long-term debt 1,971
Reductions of long-term debt (3,453 ) (1,024 )
Dividends paid (734 ) (635 )
Repurchase of stock (1,461 ) (1,230 )
Stock option exercises and related tax benefit 395 279
Other           (16 )
Cash required for financing activities     (5,146 )     (655 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents     4       7  
Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents (78 ) 675
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period     784       794  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period     $ 706       $ 1,469  

(a) Includes net write-offs of credit card receivables prior to the sale of receivables on March 13, 2013, and bad debt expense on credit card receivables during the nine months ended October 27, 2012.

 

Subject to reclassification

 
 
TARGET CORPORATION
 
U.S. Segment
    Three Months Ended         Nine Months Ended    
U.S. Segment Results November 2,     October 27, November 2,     October 27,
(millions) (unaudited)     2013     2012     Change     2013     2012     Change
Sales $ 16,925 $ 16,601 2.0 % $ 50,387 $ 49,589 1.6 %
Cost of sales     11,849       11,569       2.4       34,916       34,406       1.5  
Gross margin 5,076 5,032 0.9 15,471 15,183 1.9
SG&A expenses(a)     3,595       3,409       5.4       10,437       9,879       5.6  
EBITDA 1,481 1,623 (8.8 ) 5,034 5,304 (5.1 )
Depreciation and amortization     504       519       (3.1 )     1,488       1,537       (3.2 )
EBIT     $ 977       $ 1,104       (11.4 )%     $ 3,546       $ 3,767       (5.9 )%

Note: Prior period results have been revised to reflect the combination of our historical U.S. Retail Segment and U.S. Credit Card Segment into one U.S. Segment.

(a)SG&A includes credit card revenues and expenses for all periods presented prior to the March 2013 sale of our U.S. consumer credit card portfolio to TD Bank. For the three and nine months ended November 2, 2013, SG&A also includes $184 million and $471 million, respectively, of profit sharing income from the arrangement with TD Bank.

EBITDA is earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization.

EBIT is earnings before interest expense and income taxes.

 
                   
        Three Months Ended October 27, 2012     2013 U.S. Segment Change vs. 2012

 

   

 

     

Three Months

Impact of

 

Ended

 

Historical U.S.

Historical

 

Historical
U.S. Segment Rate Analysis

November 2,

U.S. Segment,

Credit Card

U.S. Retail

U.S. Segment,

U.S. Retail
(unaudited)    

2013

    as revised    

Segment(a)

    Segment     as revised     Segment
Gross margin rate 30.0 % 30.3 % pp 30.3 % (0.3 )pp (0.3 )pp
SG&A expense rate 21.2 20.5 (0.9 ) 21.4 0.7 (0.2 )
EBITDA margin rate 8.7 9.8 0.9 8.9 (1.1 ) (0.2 )
Depreciation and amortization expense rate 3.0 3.1 3.1 (0.1 ) (0.1 )
EBIT margin rate     5.8       6.6       0.8       5.8       (0.8 )      
 
                   
Nine Months Ended October 27, 2012 2013 U.S. Segment Change vs. 2012

 

Nine Months

Impact of

 

Ended

 

Historical U.S.

Historical

 

Historical
U.S. Segment Rate Analysis

November 2,

U.S. Segment,

Credit Card

U.S. Retail

U.S. Segment,

U.S. Retail
(unaudited)    

2013

    as revised    

Segment(a)

    Segment     as revised     Segment
Gross margin rate 30.7 % 30.6 % pp 30.6 % 0.1 pp 0.1 pp
SG&A expense rate 20.7 19.9 (0.9 ) 20.8 0.8 (0.1 )
EBITDA margin rate 10.0 10.7 0.9 9.8 (0.7 ) 0.2

Depreciation and amortization expense rate

3.0 3.1 3.1 (0.1 ) (0.1 )
EBIT margin rate     7.0       7.6       0.9       6.7       (0.6 )     0.3  

Rate analysis metrics are computed by dividing the applicable amount by sales.

(a) Represents the impact of combining the historical U.S. Credit Card Segment and the U.S. Retail Segment into one U.S. Segment. Compared with the historical U.S. Retail Segment results for the same period, segment results, as revised, reflect lower SG&A rates and increased EBIT and EBITDA margin rates resulting from the inclusion of credit card profits, net of expenses, within SG&A compared with historical U.S. Segment results for the same period.

 
             
    Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended
Comparable Sales November 2,     October 27, November 2,     October 27,
(unaudited)     2013     2012     2013     2012
Comparable sales change 0.9 % 2.9 % 0.5 % 3.7 %
Drivers of change in comparable sales:
Number of transactions (1.3 ) 0.5 (1.5 ) 1.0
Average transaction amount 2.2 2.4 2.1 2.7
Selling price per unit 3.3 1.2 1.5 1.6
Units per transaction     (1.1 )     1.2       0.6       1.0  

The comparable sales increases or decreases above are calculated by comparing sales in fiscal year periods with comparable prior-year periods of equivalent length.

 
             
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
REDcard Penetration November 2,     October 27, November 2,     October 27,
(unaudited)     2013     2012     2013     2012
Target Credit Cards 9.5 % 8.0 % 9.1 % 7.6 %
Target Debit Card     10.4       6.0       9.5       5.2  
Total REDcard Penetration     19.9 %     14.0 %     18.6 %     12.8 %

Represents the percentage of Target sales that are paid for using REDcards.

 
             
    Number of Stores     Retail Square Feet(a)

Number of Stores and Retail Square Feet

November 2,

   

February 2,

    October 27,

November 2,

   

February 2,

    October 27,
(unaudited)     2013     2013     2012     2013     2013     2012
General merchandise stores 293 391 395 34,273 46,584 47,038
Expanded food assortment stores 1,245 1,131 1,130 160,891 146,249 146,087
SuperTarget stores 251 251 251 44,500 44,500 44,500
CityTarget stores     8       5       5       820       514       514
Total     1,797       1,778       1,781       240,484       237,847       238,139

(a) In thousands: reflects total square feet, less office, distribution center and vacant space.

 

Subject to reclassification

 
 
TARGET CORPORATION
 
Canadian Segment
    Three Months Ended         Nine Months Ended    
Canadian Segment Results

November 2,

   

October 27,

November 2,

   

October 27,

(millions)(unaudited)     2013     2012     Change       2013     2012     Change  
Sales $ 333 $ n/a % $ 694 $ n/a %
Cost of sales     284             n/a       525             n/a  
Gross margin 49 n/a 169 n/a
SG&A expenses(a)     221       72       206.2         621       154       304.1    
EBITDA (172 ) (72 ) 138.2 (452 ) (154 ) 194.1
Depreciation and amortization(b)     66       24       177.5         160       67       138.8    
EBIT     $ (238 )     $ (96 )     147.9   %     $ (612 )     $ (221 )     177.3   %

(a)SG&A expenses include start-up and operating expenses.

(b)Depreciation and amortization results from depreciation of capital lease assets and leasehold interests. The lease payment obligation gave rise to interest expense of $20 million for the three months ended both November 2, 2013 and October 27, 2012, and $59 million and $58 million of interest expense for the nine months ended November 2, 2013 and October 27, 2012, respectively.

 
             
Canadian Segment Rate Analysis    

Three Months Ended

   

Nine Months Ended

(unaudited)    

November 2, 2013

   

November 2, 2013

Gross margin rate 14.8 % 24.4 %
SG&A expense rate 66.6 89.5
EBITDA margin rate (51.8 ) (65.1 )
Depreciation and amortization expense rate 19.7 23.1
EBIT margin rate     (71.5 )     (88.2 )
             
REDcard Penetration Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
(unaudited)     November 2, 2013     November 2, 2013
Target Credit Cards 1.4 % 1.2 %
Target Debit Card     1.5       1.4  
Total REDcard Penetration     2.9 %     2.6 %

 

Represents the percentage of Target sales that are paid for using REDcards.

 
       
      Number of Stores     Retail Square Feet(a)
Number of Stores and Retail Square Feet November 2,     October 27, November 2,     October 27,
(unaudited)     2013     2012     2013     2012
General merchandise stores     91             10,325      

(a) In thousands; reflects total square feet, less office, distribution center and vacant space.

 

Subject to reclassification

 
 
TARGET CORPORATION
 
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
    Three Months Ended         Nine Months Ended    
November 2,     October 27, November 2,     October 27,
(unaudited)     2013     2012     Change     2013     2012     Change
GAAP diluted earnings per share $ 0.54 $ 0.96 (44.3 )% $ 2.26 $ 3.06 (26.3 )%
Adjustments     0.30       (0.06 )           0.82       0.06        
Adjusted diluted earnings per share     $ 0.84       $ 0.90       (6.0 )%     $ 3.08       $ 3.12       (1.3 )%
 

A detailed reconciliation is provided below.

 
                               

 

                    Consolidated

(millions, except per share data) (unaudited)

    U.S.     Canadian     Other           GAAP Total
Three Months Ended November 2, 2013
Segment profit $ 977 $ (238 ) $ $ 739
Net interest expense 145 20 165
Reduction of beneficial interest asset             36             36  
Earnings before income taxes 832 (258 ) (36 ) 538
Provision for income taxes(b) 294       (76 )     (21 )     (e)     197  
Net earnings $ 538       $ (182 )     $ (15 )           $ 341  
Diluted earnings per share(c)     $ 0.84       $ (0.29 )     $ (0.02 )           $ 0.54  
Three Months Ended October 27, 2012
Segment profit $ 1,104 $ (96 ) $ $ 1,008
Net interest expense 172 20 192
Gain on receivables held for sale             (156 )           (156 )
Earnings before income taxes 932 (116 ) 156 972
Provision for income taxes(b) 337       (33 )     31       (e)     335  
Net earnings $ 595       $ (83 )     $ 125             $ 637  
Diluted earnings per share(c)     $ 0.90       $ (0.13 )     $ 0.19             $ 0.96  
 
Nine Months Ended November 2, 2013
Segment profit $ 3,546 $ (612 ) $ $ 2,934
Net interest expense 462 59 445 (d) 965
Gain on receivables transaction(a) (391 ) (391 )
Reduction of beneficial interest asset             82             82  
Earnings before income taxes 3,084 $ (671 ) $ (136 ) $ 2,278
Provision for income taxes(b) 1,101       $ (201 )     $ (74 )     (e)     $ 827  
Net earnings $ 1,983       (470 )     (62 )           1,451  
Diluted earnings per share(c)     $ 3.08       $ (0.73 )     $ (0.10 )           $ 2.26  
Nine Months Ended October 27, 2012
Segment profit 3,767 (221 ) 3,547
Net interest expense 499 58 558
Gain on receivables held for sale             (156 )           (156 )
Earnings before income taxes 3,268 (279 ) 156 3,145
Provision for income taxes(b) 1,187       (80 )           (e)     1,107  
Net earnings $ 2,081       $ (199 )     $ 156             $ 2,038  
Diluted earnings per share(c)     $ 3.12       $ (0.30 )     $ 0.23             $ 3.06  
 

Note: Our segment measure of profit is used by management to evaluate the return on our investment and to make operating decisions. To provide additional transparency, we have disclosed non-GAAP adjusted diluted earnings per share, which excludes the impact of our 2013 Canadian market entry, adjustments related to the sale of our U.S. credit card receivables portfolio, favorable resolution of various income tax matters and the loss on early retirement of debt. We believe this information is useful in providing period-to-period comparisons of the results of our U.S. operations. The sum of the non-GAAP adjustments may not equal the total adjustment amounts due to rounding.

 

(a) Represents consideration received from the sale of our U.S. credit card receivables in the first quarter of 2013 in excess of the recorded amount of the receivables. Consideration included a beneficial interest asset of $225 million.

(b) Taxes are allocated to our business segments based on estimated income tax rates applicable to the operations of the segment for the period.

(c) For the three and nine months ended November 2, 2013, average diluted shares outstanding were 637.4 million and 643.0 million, respectively, and for the three and nine months ended October 27, 2012, average diluted shares outstanding were 662.2 million and 665.8 million, respectively.

(d) Represents the loss on early retirement of debt.

(e) Includes the effect of resolution of income tax matters. The results for the three and nine months ended November 2, 2013 include a $14 million and $31 million tax benefit, respectively, for the reduction of the beneficial interest asset. The results for the nine months ended November 2, 2013 also include a $144 million tax expense for the gain on receivables transaction and a $176 million tax benefit related to the loss on early retirement of debt. The results for the three and nine months ended October 27, 2012 also include a $57 million tax effect related to the gain on receivables held for sale.

 

Subject to reclassification

 

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