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Target Corporation Reports First Quarter Earnings

05/18/22

MINNEAPOLIS, May 18, 2022  /PRNewswire/ --

  • Comparable sales grew 3.3 percent, on top of 22.9 percent growth last year.
    • Comparable sales growth reflected traffic growth of 3.9 percent.
    • Store comparable sales increased 3.4 percent, on top of 18.0 percent growth last year.
    • Digital comparable sales grew 3.2 percent, following growth of 50.2 percent last year.
    • Same-day services (Order Pickup, Drive Up and Shipt) grew 8 percent this year, led by Drive Up, which grew in the mid-teens on top of more than 120 percent last year.
    • More than 95 percent of Target's first quarter sales were fulfilled by its stores.
  • Sales growth was led by frequently-purchased categories, including Food & Beverage, Beauty, and Household Essentials.
  • Operating margin rate of 5.3 percent was well below expectations, driven primarily by gross margin pressure reflecting actions to reduce excess inventory as well as higher freight and transportation costs.

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Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) today announced its first quarter 2022 financial results, which reflected continued topline growth on top of unprecedented increases over the last two years. The Company reported first quarter GAAP earnings per share (EPS) of $2.16, down 48.2 percent from $4.17 in 2021. First quarter Adjusted EPS1 of $2.19 decreased 40.7 percent compared with $3.69 in 2021. The attached tables provide a reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP measures. All earnings per share figures refer to diluted EPS. 

"Our first-quarter results mark Target's 20th-consecutive quarter of sales growth, with comp sales growing more than 3 percent on top of a 23 percent increase one year ago," said Brian Cornell, chairman and chief executive officer of Target Corporation.  "Guests continue to depend on Target for our broad and affordable product assortment, as reflected in Q1 guest traffic growth of nearly 4 percent. Throughout the quarter, we faced unexpectedly high costs, driven by a number of factors, resulting in profitability that came in well below our expectations, and well below where we expect to operate over time. Despite these near-term challenges, our team remains passionately dedicated to our guests and serving their needs, giving us continued confidence in our long-term financial algorithm, which anticipates mid-single digit revenue growth, and an operating margin rate of 8 percent or higher over time."

Fiscal 2022 Guidance

For second quarter 2022, the Company expects its operating income margin rate will be in a wide range centered around first quarter's operating margin rate of 5.3 percent.

For full-year 2022, the Company continues to expect low- to mid- single digit revenue growth. The Company now expects its full-year operating income margin rate will be in a range centered around 6 percent.

Operating Results

Comparable sales grew 3.3 percent in the first quarter, reflecting comparable store sales growth of 3.4 percent and comparable digital sales growth of 3.2 percent. Total revenue of $25.2 billion grew 4.0 percent compared with last year, reflecting total sales growth of 4.0 percent and a 6.7 percent increase in other revenue. Operating income was $1.3 billion in first quarter 2022, down 43.3 percent from $2.4 billion in 2021, driven primarily by a decline in the Company's gross margin rate.

First quarter operating income margin rate was 5.3 percent in 2022, compared with 9.8 percent in 2021. First quarter gross margin rate was 25.7 percent, compared with 30.0 percent in 2021. This year's gross margin rate reflected higher markdown rates, driven largely by inventory impairments and actions taken to address lower-than-expected sales in discretionary categories, as well as costs related to freight, supply chain disruptions, and increased compensation and headcount in our distribution centers. First quarter SG&A expense rate was 18.9 percent in 2022, compared with 18.6 percent in 2021, reflecting the net impact of cost increases across our business, including investments in hourly team member wages, partially offset by lower incentive compensation expense.

Interest Expense and Taxes

The Company's first quarter 2022 net interest expense was $112 million, in line with $108 million last year.

First quarter 2022 effective income tax rate was 19.2 percent, in line with the prior year rate of 19.6 percent.

Capital Deployment and Return on Invested Capital

The Company paid dividends of $424 million in the first quarter, compared with $340 million last year, reflecting a 32.4 percent increase in the dividend per share, partially offset by a decline in average share count.

During the first quarter of 2022, the Company entered into an Accelerated Share Repurchase (ASR) arrangement for up to $2.75 billion of common stock, with final settlement outstanding as of the end of the first quarter.

Additionally, the Company repurchased $10.0 million worth of its shares in first quarter 2022, retiring 0.1 million shares of common stock at an average price of $208.60.  As of the end of the first quarter, excluding the outstanding ASR of $2.75 billion, the Company had approximately $12.3 billion of remaining capacity under the repurchase program approved by Target's Board of Directors in August 2021.

For the trailing twelve months through first quarter 2022, after-tax return on invested capital (ROIC) was 25.3 percent, compared with 30.7 percent for the trailing twelve months through first quarter 2021. The decrease in ROIC was driven primarily by lower profitability in first quarter 2022. The tables in this release provide additional information about the Company's ROIC calculation.

Webcast Details

Target will webcast its first quarter earnings conference call at 7:00 a.m. CT today. Investors and the media are invited to listen to the meeting at Investors.Target.com (click on link under "Upcoming Events"). A replay of the webcast will be provided when available. The replay number is 1-800-391-9853.

Miscellaneous

Statements in this release regarding second quarter and full year comparable sales growth and operating margin rates are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause the Company's actions 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 January 29, 2022. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement.

About Target

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at nearly 2,000 stores and at Target.com, with the purpose of helping all families discover the joy of everyday life. Since 1946, Target has given 5% of its profit to communities, which today equals millions of dollars a week. For the latest store count or more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit Target.com/abullseyeview or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

(1)

Adjusted EPS, a non-GAAP financial measure, excludes the impact of certain discretely managed items. See the tables of this release for additional information about the items that have been excluded from Adjusted EPS.

 

TARGET CORPORATION
 

Consolidated Statements of Operations

 
   

Three Months Ended

   

(millions, except per share data) (unaudited)

 

April 30, 2022

 

May 1, 2021

 

Change

Sales

 

$       24,830

 

$       23,879

 

4.0%

Other revenue

 

340

 

318

 

6.7

Total revenue

 

25,170

 

24,197

 

4.0

Cost of sales

 

18,461

 

16,716

 

10.4

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

4,762

 

4,509

 

5.6

Depreciation and amortization (exclusive of depreciation included in cost of sales)

 

601

 

598

 

0.3

Operating income

 

1,346

 

2,374

 

(43.3)

Net interest expense

 

112

 

108

 

3.8

Net other (income) / expense

 

(15)

 

(343)

 

(95.7)

Earnings before income taxes

 

1,249

 

2,609

 

(52.1)

Provision for income taxes

 

240

 

512

 

(53.1)

Net earnings

 

$         1,009

 

$         2,097

 

(51.9)%

Basic earnings per share

 

$           2.17

 

$           4.20

 

(48.3)%

Diluted earnings per share

 

$           2.16

 

$           4.17

 

(48.2)%

Weighted average common shares outstanding

           

     Basic

 

464.0

 

498.6

 

(6.9)%

     Diluted

 

467.8

 

503.4

 

(7.1)%

Antidilutive shares

 

 

   

Dividends declared per share

 

$           0.90

 

$           0.68

 

32.4%

 

TARGET CORPORATION

 

Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

 

(millions, except footnotes) (unaudited)

 

April 30, 2022

 

January 29, 2022

 

May 1, 2021

Assets

           

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$             1,112

 

$             5,911

 

$             7,816

Inventory

 

15,083

 

13,902

 

10,539

Other current assets

 

1,758

 

1,760

 

1,576

     Total current assets

 

17,953

 

21,573

 

19,931

Property and equipment

           

     Land

 

6,164

 

6,164

 

6,146

     Buildings and improvements

 

33,300

 

32,985

 

31,710

     Fixtures and equipment

 

6,459

 

6,407

 

5,496

     Computer hardware and software

 

2,588

 

2,505

 

2,256

     Construction-in-progress

 

1,444

 

1,257

 

973

     Accumulated depreciation

 

(21,285)

 

(21,137)

 

(19,777)

     Property and equipment, net

 

28,670

 

28,181

 

26,804

Operating lease assets

 

2,571

 

2,556

 

2,362

Other noncurrent assets

 

1,648

 

1,501

 

1,374

Total assets

 

$          50,842

 

$          53,811

 

$          50,471

Liabilities and shareholders' investment

           

Accounts payable

 

$          14,053

 

$          15,478

 

$          11,637

Accrued and other current liabilities

 

5,582

 

6,098

 

5,788

Current portion of long-term debt and other borrowings

 

1,089

 

171

 

1,173

     Total current liabilities

 

20,724

 

21,747

 

18,598

Long-term debt and other borrowings

 

13,379

 

13,549

 

11,509

Noncurrent operating lease liabilities

 

2,581

 

2,493

 

2,337

Deferred income taxes

 

1,752

 

1,566

 

1,169

Other noncurrent liabilities

 

1,632

 

1,629

 

1,899

     Total noncurrent liabilities

 

19,344

 

19,237

 

16,914

Shareholders' investment

           

     Common stock

 

39

 

39

 

41

     Additional paid-in capital

 

5,592

 

6,421

 

6,271

     Retained earnings

 

5,495

 

6,920

 

9,372

     Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(352)

 

(553)

 

(725)

     Total shareholders' investment

 

10,774

 

12,827

 

14,959

Total liabilities and shareholders' investment

 

$          50,842

 

$          53,811

 

$          50,471

 
 

Common Stock Authorized 6,000,000,000 shares, $0.0833 par value; 463,683,711, 471,274,073 and 496,093,160 shares issued and outstanding as of April 30, 2022, January 29, 2022, and May 1, 2021, respectively.

 

Preferred Stock Authorized 5,000,000 shares, $0.01 par value; no shares were issued or outstanding during any period presented.

 

TARGET CORPORATION

 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

   

Three Months Ended

(millions) (unaudited)

 

April 30, 2022

 

May 1, 2021

Operating activities

       

Net earnings

 

$           1,009

 

$           2,097

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to cash (required for) provided by operating activities:

       

     Depreciation and amortization

 

679

 

667

     Share-based compensation expense

 

83

 

79

     Deferred income taxes

 

115

 

170

     Gain on Dermstore sale

 

 

(335)

     Noncash losses / (gains) and other, net

 

52

 

(30)

     Changes in operating accounts:

       

          Inventory

 

(1,181)

 

114

          Other assets

 

(86)

 

(5)

          Accounts payable

 

(1,560)

 

(1,205)

          Accrued and other liabilities

 

(505)

 

(413)

Cash (required for) provided by operating activities

 

(1,394)

 

1,139

Investing activities

       

     Expenditures for property and equipment

 

(952)

 

(540)

     Proceeds from disposal of property and equipment

 

2

 

12

     Proceeds from Dermstore sale

 

 

356

     Other investments

 

2

 

7

Cash required for investing activities

 

(948)

 

(165)

Financing activities

       

     Change in commercial paper, net

 

945

 

     Reductions of long-term debt

 

(48)

 

(21)

     Dividends paid

 

(424)

 

(340)

     Repurchase of stock

 

(181)

 

(1,310)

     Accelerated share repurchase pending final settlement

 

(2,750)

 

     Stock option exercises

 

1

 

2

Cash required for financing activities

 

(2,457)

 

(1,669)

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

 

(4,799)

 

(695)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

5,911

 

8,511

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

$           1,112

 

$           7,816

 

TARGET CORPORATION

 

Operating Results

Rate Analysis

 

Three Months Ended

(unaudited)

 

April 30, 2022

 

May 1, 2021

Gross margin rate

 

25.7%

 

30.0%

SG&A expense rate

 

18.9

 

18.6

Depreciation and amortization expense rate (exclusive of depreciation included in cost of sales)

 

2.4

 

2.5

Operating income margin rate

 

5.3

 

9.8

 

Note: Gross margin rate is calculated as gross margin (sales less cost of sales) divided by sales. All other rates are calculated by dividing the applicable amount by total revenue. Other revenue includes $185 million and $171 million of profit-sharing income under our credit card program agreement for the three months ended April 30, 2022 and May 1, 2021, respectively.

 

Comparable Sales

 

Three Months Ended

(unaudited)

 

April 30, 2022

 

May 1, 2021

Comparable sales change

 

3.3%

 

22.9%

Drivers of change in comparable sales

       

     Number of transactions (traffic)

 

3.9

 

17.1

     Average transaction amount

 

(0.6)

 

5.0

 

Comparable Sales by Channel

Three Months Ended

(unaudited)

April 30, 2022

 

May 1, 2021

Stores originated comparable sales change

3.4%

 

18.0%

Digitally originated comparable sales change

3.2

 

50.2

 

Sales by Channel

 

Three Months Ended

(unaudited)

 

April 30, 2022

 

May 1, 2021

Stores originated

 

81.8%

 

81.7%

Digitally originated

 

18.2

 

18.3

Total

 

100%

 

100%

 

Sales by Fulfillment Channel

 

Three Months Ended

(unaudited)

 

April 30, 2022

 

May 1, 2021

Stores

 

96.5%

 

96.3%

Other

 

3.5

 

3.7

Total

 

100%

 

100%

 

Note: Sales fulfilled by stores include in-store purchases and digitally originated sales fulfilled by shipping merchandise from stores to guests, Order Pickup, Drive Up, and Shipt.

 

RedCard Penetration

 

Three Months Ended

(unaudited)

 

April 30, 2022

 

May 1, 2021

Target Debit Card

 

11.6%

 

12.1%

Target Credit Cards

 

8.7

 

8.4

Total RedCard Penetration

 

20.3%

 

20.5%

 

Note: Amounts may not foot due to rounding.

 

Number of Stores and Retail Square Feet

 

Number of Stores

 

Retail Square Feet (a)

(unaudited)

 

April 30,
2022

 

January 29,
2022

 

May 1,
2021

 

April 30,
2022

 

January 29,
2022

 

May 1,
2021

170,000 or more sq. ft.

 

274

 

274

 

273

 

49,071

 

49,071

 

48,798

50,000 to 169,999 sq. ft.

 

1,519

 

1,516

 

1,510

 

190,461

 

190,205

 

189,618

49,999 or less sq. ft.

 

140

 

136

 

126

 

4,147

 

4,008

 

3,690

Total

 

1,933

 

1,926

 

1,909

 

243,679

 

243,284

 

242,106

   

(a)

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

 

TARGET CORPORATION

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To provide additional transparency, we have disclosed non-GAAP adjusted diluted earnings per share (Adjusted EPS). This metric excludes certain items presented below. We believe this information is useful in providing period-to-period comparisons of the results of our operations. This measure is not in accordance with, or an alternative to, GAAP. The most comparable GAAP measure is diluted earnings per share. Adjusted EPS should not be considered in isolation or as a substitution for analysis of our results as reported in accordance with GAAP. Other companies may calculate Adjusted EPS differently, limiting the usefulness of the measure for comparisons with other companies.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP

Adjusted EPS

 

Three Months Ended

   
 

April 30, 2022

 

May 1, 2021

   

(millions, except per share data) (unaudited)

 

Pretax

 

Net of Tax

 

Per Share

 

Pretax

 

Net of Tax

 

Per Share

 

Change

GAAP diluted earnings per share

         

$     2.16

         

$     4.17

 

(48.2)%

Adjustments

                           

     Gain on Dermstore sale

 

$        —

 

$         —

 

$        —

 

$    (335)

 

$     (269)

 

$   (0.53)

   

     Other (a)

 

20

 

15

 

0.03

 

41

 

30

 

0.06

   

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

         

$     2.19

         

$     3.69

 

(40.7)%

 

Note: Amounts may not foot due to rounding.

(a)

Other items unrelated to current period operations, none of which were individually significant.

 

Earnings before interest expense and income taxes (EBIT) and earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) are non-GAAP financial measures. We believe these measures provide meaningful information about our operational efficiency compared with our competitors by excluding the impact of differences in tax jurisdictions and structures, debt levels, and, for EBITDA, capital investment. These measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative to, GAAP. The most comparable GAAP measure is net earnings. EBIT and EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitution for analysis of our results as reported in accordance with GAAP. Other companies may calculate EBIT and EBITDA differently, limiting the usefulness of the measures for comparisons with other companies.

EBIT and EBITDA

 

Three Months Ended

   

(dollars in millions) (unaudited)

 

April 30, 2022

 

May 1, 2021

 

Change

Net earnings

 

$         1,009

 

$         2,097

 

(51.9)%

     + Provision for income taxes

 

240

 

512

 

(53.1)

     + Net interest expense

 

112

 

108

 

3.8

EBIT

 

$         1,361

 

$         2,717

 

(49.9)%

     + Total depreciation and amortization (a)

 

679

 

667

 

1.8

EBITDA

 

$         2,040

 

$         3,384

 

(39.7)%

   

(a)

Represents total depreciation and amortization, including amounts classified within Depreciation and Amortization and within Cost of Sales.

 

We have also disclosed after-tax ROIC, which is a ratio based on GAAP information, with the exception of the add-back of operating lease interest to operating income. We believe this metric is useful in assessing the effectiveness of our capital allocation over time. Other companies may calculate ROIC differently, limiting the usefulness of the measure for comparisons with other companies.

After-Tax Return on Invested Capital 

   

(dollars in millions) (unaudited)

       
   

Trailing Twelve Months

   

Numerator

 

April 30, 2022

 

May 1, 2021

   

Operating income

 

$         7,918

 

$           8,444

   

     + Net other income / (expense)

 

55

 

350

   

EBIT

 

7,973

 

8,794

   

     + Operating lease interest (a)

 

87

 

85

   

     - Income taxes (b)

 

1,804

 

1,864

   

Net operating profit after taxes

 

$         6,256

 

$           7,015

   

 

Denominator

 

April 30, 2022

 

May 1, 2021

 

May 2, 2020

Current portion of long-term debt and other borrowings

 

$         1,089

 

$           1,173

 

$            168

     + Noncurrent portion of long-term debt

 

13,379

 

11,509

 

14,073

     + Shareholders' investment

 

10,774

 

14,959

 

11,169

     + Operating lease liabilities (c)

 

2,854

 

2,563

 

2,448

     - Cash and cash equivalents

 

1,112

 

7,816

 

4,566

Invested capital

 

$       26,984

 

$         22,388

 

$       23,292

Average invested capital (d)

 

$       24,686

 

$         22,840

   
             

After-tax return on invested capital

 

25.3%

 

30.7%

   
   

(a)

Represents the add-back to operating income driven by the hypothetical interest expense we would incur if the property under our operating leases were owned or accounted for as finance leases. Calculated using the discount rate for each lease and recorded as a component of rent expense within SG&A. Operating lease interest is added back to Operating Income in the ROIC calculation to control for differences in capital structure between us and our competitors.

(b)

Calculated using the effective tax rates, which were 22.4 percent and 21.0 percent for the trailing twelve months ended April 30, 2022, and May 1, 2021, respectively. For the twelve months ended April 30, 2022, and May 1, 2021, includes tax effect of $1.8 billion related to EBIT, and $19 million and $18 million, respectively, related to operating lease interest.

(c)

Total short-term and long-term operating lease liabilities included within Accrued and Other Current Liabilities and Noncurrent Operating Lease Liabilities, respectively.

(d)

Average based on the invested capital at the end of the current period and the invested capital at the end of the comparable prior period.

 

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