|The Home Depot Announces Fourth Quarter & Fiscal 2013 Results; Increases Quarterly Dividend By 21 Percent And Provides Fiscal Year 2014 Guidance|
ATLANTA, Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Home Depot®, the world's largest home improvement retailer, today reported that comparable store sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 increased 4.4 percent, and comp sales for U.S. stores were positive 4.9 percent.
Total sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 were $17.7 billion, a 3.0 percent decrease from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. The fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 consisted of 13 weeks compared with 14 weeks of sales in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. The 14th week added approximately $1.2 billion in sales for the fourth quarter and fiscal year in 2012. Excluding the additional week in 2012, sales for the fourth quarter were up 3.9 percent from the prior year.
Net earnings for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 were $1.0 billion, or $0.73 per diluted share, compared with net earnings of $1.0 billion, or $0.68 per diluted share, in the same period of fiscal 2012, reflecting a 7.4 percent increase in diluted earnings per share. The 14th week in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 increased earnings per diluted share by approximately $0.07 in the fourth quarter and fiscal year in 2012. Excluding the 14th week in the prior year, earnings per diluted share increased by 19.7 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013.
Sales for fiscal year 2013 were $78.8 billion, an increase of 5.4 percent from fiscal year 2012. Excluding the 53rd week in the prior fiscal year, sales for fiscal year 2013 increased 7.2 percent from fiscal 2012. Total company comparable store sales for fiscal year 2013 increased 6.8 percent, and comp sales for U.S. stores were positive 7.5 percent for the year.
Earnings per diluted share in fiscal year 2013 were $3.76, compared to $3.00 per diluted share in fiscal year 2012, an increase of 25.3 percent. Excluding the 53rd week in the prior fiscal year, earnings per diluted share increased by 28.3 percent.
"In 2013, we posted our strongest comp sales growth in 14 years as solid execution and the recovering housing market aided our performance," said Frank Blake, chairman & CEO. "I'd like to thank our associates for their hard work and commitment to our customers."
The Company today announced that its board of directors declared a 21 percent increase in its quarterly dividend to $0.47 cents per share. "As a testament to our commitment to create value for our shareholders, the board increased the dividend for the fifth time in as many years," said Blake. "Increasing the dividend reflects our continued strategy to target a dividend payout ratio of 50 percent." The dividend is payable on March 27, 2014, to shareholders of record on the close of business on March 13, 2014. This is the 108th consecutive quarter the Company has paid a cash dividend.
Fiscal 2014 Guidance
The Company provided the following guidance for fiscal year 2014:
The Home Depot will conduct a conference call today at 9 a.m. ET to discuss information included in this news release and related matters. The conference call will be available in its entirety through a webcast and replay at earnings.homedepot.com.
At the end of the fourth quarter, the Company operated a total of 2,263 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. The Company employs more than 300,000 associates. The Home Depot's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index.
To provide clarity, internally and externally, about the Company's operating performance for recently completed fiscal periods, the Company has supplemented its reporting with non-GAAP financial measures to reflect the impact of the closing of seven stores in China in fiscal 2012. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures better enable management and investors to understand and analyze the Company's performance by providing them with meaningful information relevant to events of unusual nature or frequency that impact the comparability of underlying business results from period to period. However, this supplemental information should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the related GAAP measures. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP measures can be found attached to this press release and at http://earnings.homedepot.com.
Certain statements contained herein constitute "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may relate to, among other things, the demand for our products and services, net sales growth, comparable store sales, state of the economy, state of the residential construction, housing and home improvement markets, effects of competition, state of the credit markets, including mortgages, home equity loans and consumer credit, inventory and in-stock positions, commodity price inflation and deflation, implementation of store, interconnected retail and supply chain initiatives, continuation of share repurchase programs, net earnings performance, earnings per share, dividend targets, capital allocation and expenditures, liquidity, return on invested capital, management of relationships with our suppliers and vendors, stock-based compensation expense, the effect of accounting charges, the effect of adopting certain accounting standards, the ability to issue debt on terms and at rates acceptable to us, store openings and closures, expense leverage, guidance for fiscal 2014 and beyond and financial outlook. Forward-looking statements are based on currently available information and our current assumptions, expectations and projections about future events. You should not rely on our forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to future events, risks and uncertainties – many of which are beyond our control or are currently unknown to us – as well as potentially inaccurate assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations and projections. These risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to those described in Item 1A, "Risk Factors," and elsewhere in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for our fiscal year ended February 3, 2013 and in our subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.
Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we do not undertake to update these statements other than as required by law. You are advised, however, to review any further disclosures we make on related subjects in our periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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