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Target Reports First Quarter 2019 Earnings

05/22/19
Results Include Better-Than-Expected Comparable Sales, Operating Income and EPS

MINNEAPOLIS, May 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --

  • First quarter comparable sales grew 4.8 percent on traffic growth of 4.3 percent.
  • First quarter comparable digital channel sales grew 42 percent, on top of 28 percent last year.
    • Comparable digital sales contributed 2.1 percentage points to Target's overall comparable sales growth.
    • Same-day fulfillment services (Order Pick Up, Drive Up and Shipt) drove well over half of the Company's digital sales growth.
  • First-quarter operating income of $1.135 billion was 9.0 percent higher than a year ago.
  • GAAP EPS from continuing operations were $1.53, up 15.1 percent from last year. Adjusted EPS were $1.53, up 15.9 percent from last year.
  • In the second quarter, Target expects low- to mid-single digit growth in its comparable sales.
  • The midpoint of Target's second quarter EPS guidance of $1.52 to $1.72 represents high single digit growth compared with prior year GAAP EPS from continuing operations and double-digit growth compared with prior year Adjusted EPS.
  • For the fiscal year, Target continues to expect a low- to mid-single digit increase in comparable sales and both GAAP EPS and Adjusted EPS of $5.75 to $6.05.
  • For additional media materials, please visit:
    https://corporate.target.com/article/2019/05/q1-2019-earnings

Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) today announced its first quarter 2019 performance, including first quarter comparable sales growth of 4.8 percent driven by a 4.3 percent increase in comparable traffic.  The Company reported GAAP earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations of $1.53 in first quarter 2019, up 15.1 percent from $1.33 in first quarter 2018.  First quarter Adjusted EPS were $1.53, up 15.9 percent from $1.32 in first quarter 2018. The attached tables provide a reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP measures. All earnings per share figures refer to diluted EPS.

"Target had an outstanding first quarter, as our team delivered a great experience for our guests and drove strong growth in traffic, comparable sales, operating income and earnings per share," said Brian Cornell, Chairman and CEO of Target Corporation. "Over the last two years we have made important investments to build a durable operating and financial model that drives consumer relevance and sustainable growth. Target's first quarter performance and market-share gains demonstrate that the model is working. Throughout this year, we will continue to extend the reach of our same-day fulfillment options, strengthen our portfolio of owned and exclusive brands, remodel and open more stores and invest in our team. We're confident that we're well-positioned to deliver strong financial performance in 2019 and beyond."

Second Quarter and Full-Year 2019 Guidance

Target expects second quarter comparable sales growth in the low- to mid-single digit range, mid-single digit growth in operating income dollars and both GAAP EPS from continuing operations and Adjusted EPS of $1.52 to $1.72.

For full-year 2019, Target continues to expect a low- to mid-single digit increase in comparable sales, a mid-single digit increase in operating income, and both GAAP EPS from continuing operations and Adjusted EPS of $5.75 to $6.05.

Second quarter and full-year 2019 GAAP EPS from continuing operations may include the impact of certain discrete items which will be excluded in calculating Adjusted EPS. The Company is not currently aware of any such discrete items.

Operating Results

Total revenue of $17.6 billion increased 5.0 percent from $16.8 billion last year, reflecting sales growth of 5.1 percent combined with a 0.5 percent increase in other revenue.

First quarter sales growth of 5.1 percent reflected comparable sales growth of 4.8 percent combined with the contribution from non-mature stores. Comparable digital sales grew 42 percent, contributing 2.1 percentage points to comparable sales growth.  Operating income was $1,135 million in first quarter 2019, up 9.0 percent from $1,041 million in 2018.

First quarter operating income margin rate was 6.4 percent in 2019, compared with 6.2 percent in 2018. First quarter gross margin rate was 29.6 percent, compared with 29.8 percent in 2018, reflecting higher digital fulfillment and supply chain costs, partially offset by the benefit of merchandising strategies. First quarter SG&A expense rate was 20.8 percent in 2019, compared with 21.1 percent in 2018. This performance reflected cost savings in technology and a year-over-year timing benefit in marketing expenses, combined with strong expense control across the Company which offset continued pressure from wage growth.

Interest Expense and Taxes from Continuing Operations

The Company's first quarter 2019 net interest expense was $126 million, compared with $121 million last year. First quarter 2019 effective income tax rate from continuing operations was 22.4 percent, compared with 22.6 percent last year.

Shareholder Returns

The Company returned $608 million to shareholders in first quarter 2019, including:

  • Dividends of $330 million, compared with $334 million in first quarter 2018, reflecting a decline in share count partially offset by a 3.2 percent increase in the dividend per share.
  • Share repurchases totaling $277 million that retired 3.6 million shares of common stock at an average price of $76.98.

At the end of the first quarter, the Company had approximately $1.0 billion of remaining capacity under its current $5 billion share repurchase program.

For the trailing twelve months through first quarter 2019, after-tax return on invested capital (ROIC) was 14.3 percent, compared with 15.2 percent for the twelve months through first quarter 2018. Excluding the discrete impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, ROIC was 14.1 percent for the trailing twelve months ended May 4, 2019, compared with 13.5 percent in the comparable prior-year period.  See the tables of this release for additional information about the Company's ROIC calculation.

Conference Call Details

Target will webcast its first quarter earnings conference call at 7:00 a.m. CDT today. Investors and the media are invited to listen to the call at investors.target.com (hover over "investors" then click on "events & presentations"). A telephone replay of the call will be available beginning at approximately 10:30 a.m. CDT today through the end of business on May 24, 2019. The replay number is 866-419-8652.

Miscellaneous

Statements in this release regarding second quarter and full-year 2019 earnings per share, operating income and comparable sales guidance 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 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, 2019. 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 more than 1,800 stores and at Target.com. 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 for more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit Target.com/abullseyeview or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

TARGET CORPORATION

 

Consolidated Statements of Operations

 
   

Three Months Ended

   

(millions, except per share data) (unaudited)

 

May 4,
 2019

 

May 5,
 2018

 

Change

Sales

 

$

17,401

   

$

16,556

   

5.1

%

Other revenue

 

226

   

225

   

0.5

 

Total revenue

 

17,627

   

16,781

   

5.0

 

Cost of sales

 

12,248

   

11,625

   

5.4

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

3,663

   

3,545

   

3.3

 

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

 

581

   

570

   

1.9

 

Operating income

 

1,135

   

1,041

   

9.0

 

Net interest expense

 

126

   

121

   

3.3

 

Net other (income) / expense

 

(12)

   

(7)

   

67.0

 

Earnings from continuing operations before income taxes

 

1,021

   

927

   

10.2

 

Provision for income taxes

 

229

   

210

   

9.2

 

Net earnings from continuing operations

 

792

   

717

   

10.5

 

Discontinued operations, net of tax

 

3

   

1

     

Net earnings

 

$

795

   

$

718

   

10.8

%

Basic earnings per share

           

Continuing operations

 

$

1.54

   

$

1.34

   

15.1

%

Discontinued operations

 

   

     

Net earnings per share

 

$

1.54

   

$

1.34

   

15.4

%

Diluted earnings per share

           

Continuing operations

 

$

1.53

   

$

1.33

   

15.1

%

Discontinued operations

 

   

     

Net earnings per share

 

$

1.53

   

$

1.33

   

15.4

%

Weighted average common shares outstanding

           

Basic

 

515.7

   

536.9

   

(4.0)

%

Diluted

 

519.5

   

541.0

   

(4.0)

%

Antidilutive shares

 

0.1

   

2.2

     

Dividends declared per share

 

$

0.64

   

$

0.62

   

3.2

%

Note: Per share amounts may not foot due to rounding.

 

TARGET CORPORATION

 

Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

 

(millions) (unaudited)

 

May 4,
2019

 

February 2,
2019

 

May 5,
2018

Assets

           

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

1,173

   

$

1,556

   

$

1,060

 

Inventory

 

9,060

   

9,497

   

8,652

 

Other current assets

 

1,374

   

1,466

   

1,164

 

Total current assets

 

11,607

   

12,519

   

10,876

 

Property and equipment

           

Land

 

6,061

   

6,064

   

6,090

 

Buildings and improvements

 

29,573

   

29,240

   

28,363

 

Fixtures and equipment

 

5,401

   

5,912

   

5,135

 

Computer hardware and software

 

2,553

   

2,544

   

2,511

 

Construction-in-progress

 

574

   

460

   

639

 

Accumulated depreciation

 

(18,456)

   

(18,687)

   

(17,971)

 

Property and equipment, net

 

25,706

   

25,533

   

24,767

 

Operating lease assets

 

2,019

   

1,965

   

1,958

 

Other noncurrent assets

 

1,287

   

1,273

   

1,328

 

Total assets

 

$

40,619

   

$

41,290

   

$

38,929

 

Liabilities and shareholders' investment

           

Accounts payable

 

$

8,360

   

$

9,761

   

$

8,131

 

Accrued and other current liabilities

 

3,823

   

4,201

   

3,630

 

Current portion of long-term debt and other borrowings

 

1,056

   

1,052

   

283

 

Total current liabilities

 

13,239

   

15,014

   

12,044

 

Long-term debt and other borrowings

 

11,357

   

10,223

   

11,107

 

Noncurrent operating lease liabilities

 

2,064

   

2,004

   

2,007

 

Deferred income taxes

 

1,034

   

972

   

744

 

Other noncurrent liabilities

 

1,808

   

1,780

   

1,869

 

Total noncurrent liabilities

 

16,263

   

14,979

   

15,727

 

Shareholders' investment

           

Common stock

 

43

   

43

   

44

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

5,908

   

6,042

   

5,664

 

Retained earnings

 

5,958

   

6,017

   

6,187

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(792)

   

(805)

   

(737)

 

Total shareholders' investment

 

11,117

   

11,297

   

11,158

 

Total liabilities and shareholders' investment

 

$

40,619

   

$

41,290

   

$

38,929

 

Common Stock Authorized 6,000,000,000 shares, $0.0833 par value; 512,312,434, 517,761,600 and 532,916,612 shares issued and outstanding at May 4, 2019, February 2, 2019, and May 5, 2018, 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)

 

May 4,
2019

 

May 5,
2018

Operating activities

       

Net earnings

 

$

795

   

$

718

 

Earnings from discontinued operations, net of tax

 

3

   

1

 

Net earnings from continuing operations

 

792

   

717

 

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to cash provided by operations

       

Depreciation and amortization

 

644

   

631

 

Share-based compensation expense

 

46

   

42

 

Deferred income taxes

 

59

   

48

 

Noncash losses / (gains) and other, net

 

10

   

40

 

Changes in operating accounts

       

Inventory

 

438

   

(55)

 

Other assets

 

17

   

26

 

Accounts payable

 

(1,402)

   

(604)

 

Accrued and other liabilities

 

(281)

   

(333)

 

Cash provided by operating activities—continuing operations

 

323

   

512

 

Cash provided by operating activities—discontinued operations

 

   

2

 

Cash provided by operations

 

323

   

514

 

Investing activities

       

Expenditures for property and equipment

 

(655)

   

(827)

 

Proceeds from disposal of property and equipment

 

5

   

4

 

Other investments

 

1

   

5

 

Cash required for investing activities

 

(649)

   

(818)

 

Financing activities

       

Additions to long-term debt

 

994

   

 

Reductions of long-term debt

 

(13)

   

(12)

 

Dividends paid

 

(330)

   

(334)

 

Repurchase of stock

 

(320)

   

(524)

 

Accelerated share repurchase pending final settlement

 

(400)

   

(425)

 

Stock option exercises

 

12

   

16

 

Cash required for financing activities

 

(57)

   

(1,279)

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

 

(383)

   

(1,583)

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

1,556

   

2,643

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

$

1,173

   

$

1,060

 
 

 

TARGET CORPORATION

 

Operating Results

 
 

Three Months Ended

Rate Analysis

(unaudited)

May 4,
2019

 

May 5,
2018

Gross margin rate

29.6

%

 

29.8

%

SG&A expense rate

20.8

   

21.1

 

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

3.3

   

3.4

 

Operating income margin rate

6.4

   

6.2

 

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 $160 million and $167 million of profit-sharing income under our credit card program agreement for the three months ended May 4, 2019, and May 5, 2018, respectively.

 
 
 

Three Months Ended

Comparable Sales

(unaudited)

May 4,
 2019

 

May 5,
 2018

Comparable sales change

4.8

%

 

3.0

%

Drivers of change in comparable sales

     

Number of transactions

4.3

   

3.7

 

Average transaction amount

0.5

   

(0.6)

 

Note: Amounts may not foot due to rounding.

 
 

Contribution to Comparable Sales Change

(unaudited)

Three Months Ended

May 4,
2019

 

May 5,
2018

Stores channel comparable sales change

2.7

%

 

1.9

%

Digital channel contribution to comparable sales change

2.1

   

1.1

 

Total comparable sales change

4.8

%

 

3.0

%

Note: Amounts may not foot due to rounding.

 
 
 

Three Months Ended

Sales by Channel

(unaudited)

May 4,
 2019

 

May 5,
 2018

Stores originated

92.9

%

 

94.8

%

Digitally originated

7.1

   

5.2

 

Total

100

%

 

100

%

 
 
 

Three Months Ended

REDcard Penetration

(unaudited)

May 4,
 2019

 

May 5,
 2018

Target Debit Card

13.1

%

 

13.5

%

Target Credit Cards

10.4

   

10.6

 

Total REDcard Penetration

23.5

%

 

24.1

%

Note: Amounts may not foot due to rounding.

 
 

Number of Stores and Retail Square Feet

(unaudited)

Number of Stores

 

Retail Square Feet(a)

May 4,
 2019

February 2,
 2019

May 5,
 2018

 

May 4,
 2019

February 2,
 2019

May 5,
 2018

170,000 or more sq. ft.

272

 

272

 

274

   

48,603

 

48,604

 

48,951

 

50,000 to 169,999 sq. ft.

1,501

 

1,501

 

1,502

   

188,918

 

188,900

 

189,258

 

49,999 or less sq. ft.

78

 

71

 

53

   

2,276

 

2,077

 

1,477

 

Total

1,851

 

1,844

 

1,829

   

239,797

 

239,581

 

239,686

 

(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 from continuing operations (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 continuing operations. This measure is not in accordance with, or an alternative to, generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP). The most comparable GAAP measure is diluted earnings per share from continuing operations (GAAP EPS). Adjusted EPS should not be considered in isolation or as a substitution for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Other companies may calculate Adjusted EPS differently, limiting the usefulness of the measure for comparisons with other companies.

   

Three Months Ended

   
   

May 4, 2019

 

May 5, 2018

   

(millions, except per share data) (unaudited)

 

Pretax

 

Net of Tax

 

Per Share Amounts

 

Pretax

 

Net of Tax

 

Per Share Amounts

 

Change

GAAP diluted earnings per share from continuing operations

         

$

1.53

           

$

1.33

   

15.1

%

Adjustments

                           

Income tax matters (a)

 

$

   

$

   

$

   

$

   

$

(5)

   

$

(0.01)

     

Adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations

         

$

1.53

           

$

1.32

   

15.9

%

Note: Amounts may not foot due to rounding.

(a)

Represents certain income tax matters not related to current period operations.

Earnings from continuing operations before interest expense and income taxes (EBIT) and earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) are non-GAAP financial measures which we believe 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 from continuing operations. EBIT and EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitution for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Other companies may calculate EBIT and EBITDA differently, limiting the usefulness of the measure for comparisons with other companies.

EBIT and EBITDA

 

Three Months Ended

   

 

(millions) (unaudited)

 

May 4,
 2019

 

May 5,
 2018

 

Change

Net earnings from continuing operations

 

$

792

   

$

717

   

10.5

%

+ Provision for income taxes

 

229

   

210

   

9.2

 

+ Net interest expense

 

126

   

121

   

3.3

 

EBIT

 

$

1,147

   

$

1,048

   

9.4

%

+ Total depreciation and amortization (a)

 

644

   

631

   

2.0

 

EBITDA

 

$

1,791

   

$

1,679

   

6.6

%

(a)

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

We have also disclosed after-tax return on invested capital from continuing operations (ROIC), which is a ratio based on GAAP information. 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

 

May 4,
2019

 

May 5,
2018 (a)

       

Operating income

 

$

4,204

   

$

4,110

         

+ Net other income / (expense)

 

33

   

51

         

EBIT

 

4,237

   

4,161

         

+ Operating lease interest (b)

 

84

   

80

         

- Income taxes (c)(d)

 

878

   

692

         

Net operating profit after taxes

 

$

3,443

   

$

3,549

         
             
             

Denominator

 

May 4,
2019

 

May 5,
2018

 

April 29,
2017

Current portion of long-term debt and other borrowings

 

$

1,056

   

$

283

   

$

1,729

 

+ Noncurrent portion of long-term debt

 

11,357

   

11,107

   

10,916

 

+ Shareholders' equity

 

11,117

   

11,158

   

10,979

 

+ Operating lease liabilities (e)

 

2,231

   

2,157

   

2,049

 

- Cash and cash equivalents

 

1,173

   

1,060

   

2,680

 

- Net assets of discontinued operations (f)

 

   

   

17

 

Invested capital

 

$

24,588

   

$

23,645

   

$

22,976

 

Average invested capital (g)

 

$

24,116

   

$

23,310

     
                         

After-tax return on invested capital (d)

   

14.3

%

   

15.2

%

       

After-tax return on invested capital excluding discrete impacts of Tax Act (d)

   

14.1

%

   

13.5

%

       

(a) 

Consisted of 53 weeks.

(b)

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 Expenses. 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.

(c)

Calculated using the effective tax rates for continuing operations, which were 20.3 percent and 16.3 percent for the trailing twelve months ended May 4, 2019, and May 5, 2018, respectively. For the trailing twelve months ended May 4, 2019, and May 5, 2018, includes tax effect of $861 million and $679 million, respectively, related to EBIT, and $17 million and $13 million, respectively, related to operating lease interest.

(d)

The effective tax rate for the trailing twelve months ended May 4, 2019, and May 5, 2018, includes discrete tax benefits of $36 million and $343 million related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Tax Act).

(e)

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

(f)

Included in Other Assets and Liabilities.

(g) 

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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