The Home Depot Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2009 Results; Declares
Dividend Increase and Provides Fiscal 2010 Outlook


    


    
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<p><span class="xn-location">ATLANTA</span>, <span class="xn-chron">Feb. 23</span> /CNW/ -- The Home Depot®, the world's largest home improvement retailer, today reported sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 of <span class="xn-money">$14.6 billion</span>, a 0.3 percent decrease from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008. Total company comparable store sales for the fourth quarter grew 1.2 percent. Comparable store sales for U.S. stores were negative 1.1 percent.</p>
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<p>Earnings per diluted share from continuing operations for the fourth quarter were <span class="xn-money">$0.18</span>, compared to earnings per diluted share from continuing operations of <span class="xn-money">$0.00</span> in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008.  Fourth quarter 2009 earnings per diluted share from continuing operations reflect a <span class="xn-money">$163 million</span> pre-tax write-down of the Company's investment in HD Supply.</p>
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<p>Excluding the write-down of the Company's investment in HD Supply, earnings from continuing operations were <span class="xn-money">$402 million</span> for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009, an increase of 22.9 percent from adjusted earnings from continuing operations of <span class="xn-money">$327 million</span> in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008.  On an adjusted basis, earnings per diluted share from continuing operations were <span class="xn-money">$0.24</span> for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009, an increase of 26.3 percent from the same period in 2008.</p>
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<p>Fiscal 2009 fourth quarter consolidated net earnings were <span class="xn-money">$342 million</span>, or <span class="xn-money">$0.20</span> per diluted share, compared with a net loss of <span class="xn-money">$54 million</span>, or a <span class="xn-money">$0.03</span> loss per diluted share, for the same period in fiscal 2008. Consolidated net earnings include <span class="xn-money">$41 million</span> of earnings from discontinued operations arising from the Company's working capital settlement agreement with HD Supply.</p>
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    Fiscal 2009

    
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<p>Sales for fiscal 2009 were <span class="xn-money">$66.2 billion</span>, a decline of 7.2 percent from fiscal 2008. Total company comparable store sales for the year declined 6.6 percent, and comps for U.S. stores were negative 6.2 percent for the year.</p>
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<p>Earnings per diluted share from continuing operations in fiscal 2009 were <span class="xn-money">$1.55</span>, compared to <span class="xn-money">$1.37</span> per diluted share from continuing operations in fiscal 2008, an increase of 13.1 percent. Excluding strategic charges recorded earlier in the year and the write-down of the Company's investment in HD Supply, adjusted earnings per diluted share from continuing operations for fiscal 2009 were <span class="xn-money">$1.66</span>.  (Editors' Note:  See attached chart for full explanation of charges.)</p>
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<p>For fiscal 2009, consolidated net earnings per diluted share increased 17.2 percent to <span class="xn-money">$1.57</span> on consolidated net earnings of <span class="xn-money">$2.7 billion</span>, compared to consolidated earnings per diluted share of <span class="xn-money">$1.34</span> on net earnings of <span class="xn-money">$2.3 billion</span> in fiscal 2008.</p>
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<p>"Despite the tough economic environment, we were able to make solid progress against our key initiatives in 2009," said <span class="xn-person">Frank Blake</span>, chairman & CEO. "For the year, we grew U.S. share by more than 100 basis points; we continued to restructure our distribution network, with our Rapid Deployment Centers now serving more than 65 percent of our U.S. store base; and we enhanced overall customer service as measured by third party surveys."</p>
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<p>In the fourth quarter, the Company's sales performance was driven by gains in kitchen and bath, paint, flooring and plumbing as well as its international businesses.</p>
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<p>"In the face of a very tough selling environment, our associates did an amazing job in 2009," said Blake.  "Their hard work and dedication made these accomplishments possible."</p>
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    Fourth Quarter Dividend Increase

    
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<p>The Company today announced that its board of directors declared a 5 percent increase in its quarterly cash dividend to 23.625 cents per share. "For the first time since 2006, the board has increased the dividend, a testament to our confidence in the Company's strategic initiatives and our commitment to returning capital to our shareholders," said Blake. "It is our intent to increase our dividend every year. Our longer-term targeted dividend payout ratio is 40 percent." The dividend is payable on <span class="xn-chron">March 25, 2010</span>, to shareholders of record on the close of business on <span class="xn-chron">March 11, 2010</span>. This is the 92nd consecutive quarter the Company has paid a cash dividend.</p>
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    2010 Financial Outlook (based on GAAP)

    The Company gave the following guidance for fiscal 2010:

    Fiscal 2010 Guidance (based on GAAP results):
    --  Sales growth: approximately 2.5 percent
    --  Comparable store sales growth: approximately 2.5 percent
    --  New stores: 6 net new
    --  Gross margin expansion: modest
    --  Expense leverage: modest
    --  Operating margin: approximately 8 percent
    --  Tax rate: approximately 37 percent
    --  EPS from continuing operations growth: approximately 15.5 percent to
        $1.79
        --  Does not include the impact of share repurchases
    --  Capital expenditures: approximately $1.25 billion
    --  Depreciation and amortization expense: approximately $1.75 billion
    --  Cash flow from the business: approximately $5.4 billion
    --  Share repurchases: intend to use excess cash to repurchase shares

    
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<p>The Home Depot will conduct a conference call today at <span class="xn-chron">9 a.m. ET</span> 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.</p>
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<p>At the end of the fourth quarter, the Company operated a total of 2,244 retail stores, which included 1,976 The Home Depot stores in the <span class="xn-location">United States</span> (including the Commonwealth of <span class="xn-location">Puerto Rico</span>, the territory of the <span class="xn-location">U.S. Virgin Islands</span> and the territory of <span class="xn-location">Guam</span>), 179 stores in <span class="xn-location">Canada</span>, 79 stores in <span class="xn-location">Mexico</span> and 10 stores in <span class="xn-location">China</span>.  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.</p>
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<p>To provide clarity, internally and externally, about the Company's operating performance for the recently completed fiscal quarter and year, the Company supplemented its reporting with non-GAAP financial measures to reflect the impact of the store rationalization charges, business rationalization charges, related restructuring charges and investment impairment charges.  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.  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 corresponding GAAP measures can be found in the attached press release and at earnings.homedepot.com.</p>
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<p>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, state of the credit markets, including mortgages, home equity loans and consumer credit, commodity price inflation and deflation, implementation of store initiatives, continuation of reinvestment plans, net earnings performance, earnings per share, stock-based compensation expense, capital allocation and expenditures, liquidity, the effect of adopting certain accounting standards, return on invested capital, management of our purchasing or customer credit policies, the effect of accounting charges, the planned recapitalization of the Company, timing of the completion of the recapitalization, the ability to issue debt securities on terms and at rates acceptable to us, impact of cannibalization, store openings and closures and financial outlook.  Forward-looking statements are based on currently available information and our current assumptions, expectations and projections about future events. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance 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 <span class="xn-chron">February 1, 2009</span>, and in Part II, Item 1A, "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended <span class="xn-chron">November 1, 2009</span>.</p>
<p>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.</p>
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                      THE HOME DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                       CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS
    FOR THE THREE MONTHS AND YEARS ENDED JANUARY 31, 2010 AND FEBRUARY 1, 2009
                                   (Unaudited)
       (Amounts in Millions Except Per Share Data and as Otherwise Noted)
    
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                  Three Months                                              
                      Ended        % Increase      Years Ended     % Increase 
                1-31-10    2-1-09   (Decrease)   1-31-10   2-1-09   (Decrease)
                --------  ---------  --------    -------   --------  -------- 
    NET SALES    $14,569    $14,607    (0.3)%    $66,176    $71,288    (7.2)%
    Cost of 
     Sales         9,556     9,647     (0.9)      43,764     47,298    (7.5)
                --------  ---------              -------   --------
      GROSS 
       PROFIT      5,013     4,960      1.1       22,412     23,990    (6.6)
    Operating 
     Expenses:                
       Selling, 
        General 
        and 
        Adminis
        -trative   3,869     4,251     (9.0)      15,902     17,846   (10.9) 
       Depreciation 
        and 
        Amort-
        ization      417       443     (5.9)       1,707      1,785    (4.4) 
                --------  ---------              -------   --------
         Total 
          Operating 
          Expenses 4,286     4,694     (8.7)      17,609     19,631   (10.3) 
                --------  ---------              -------   --------
      OPERATING 
       INCOME        727       266    173.3        4,803      4,359    10.2
    Interest and 
     Other 
     (Income) 
     Expense:                
      Interest 
       and Investment 
       Income         (3)       (5)   (40.0)         (18)       (18)      - 
      Interest 
       Expense       161       139     15.8          676        624     8.3 
      Other          163       163        -          163        163       - 
                --------  ---------              -------   --------
         Interest 
          and Other, 
          net        321       297      8.1          821        769     6.8 
                --------  ---------              -------   --------
    EARNINGS (LOSS) 
     FROM CONTINUING 
     OPERATIONS BEFORE 
     PROVISION (CREDIT) 
     FOR INCOME 
     TAXES           406       (31)     N/M        3,982      3,590    10.9 
    Provision 
     (Credit) 
     for Income 
     Taxes           105       (29)     N/M        1,362      1,278     6.6 
                --------  ---------              -------   --------
    EARNINGS (LOSS) 
     FROM 
     CONTINUING                                                             
     OPERATIONS      301        (2)     N/M        2,620      2,312    13.3 
    EARNINGS (LOSS) 
     FROM 
     DISCONTINUED                                                           
     OPERATIONS, 
     NET OF TAX       41       (52)     N/M           41        (52)    N/M 
      NET 
      EARNINGS  --------  ---------              -------   --------
      (LOSS)        $342      $(54)     N/M%      $2,661     $2,260    17.7%
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    Weighted 
     Average 
     Common 
     Shares        1,679     1,681     (0.1)%      1,683      1,682     0.1% 
    BASIC EARNINGS 
     PER SHARE 
     FROM                                                                
     CONTINUING 
     OPERATIONS    $0.18        $-      N/M        $1.56      $1.37    13.9 
    BASIC EARNINGS
     (LOSS) PER 
     SHARE FROM                                                           
     DISCONTINUED 
     OPERATIONS    $0.02    $(0.03)     N/M        $0.02     $(0.03)    N/M 
    BASIC EARNINGS 
     (LOSS) PER 
     SHARE         $0.20    $(0.03)     N/M        $1.58      $1.34    17.9 
    Diluted Weighted 
     Average Common 
     Shares        1,691     1,686      0.3%       1,692      1,686     0.4% 
    DILUTED EARNINGS 
     PER SHARE FROM                                   
     CONTINUING 
     OPERATIONS    $0.18        $-      N/M        $1.55      $1.37    13.1 
    DILUTED EARNINGS 
     (LOSS) PER 
     SHARE FROM                                                              
     DISCONTINUED 
     OPERATIONS    $0.02    $(0.03)     N/M        $0.02     $(0.03)    N/M 
    DILUTED EARNINGS 
     (LOSS) PER 
     SHARE         $0.20    $(0.03)     N/M        $1.57      $1.34    17.2
    
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    SELECTED 
     HIGHLIGHTS (1) 
                  Three Months                                              
                      Ended        % Increase      Years Ended     % Increase 
                1-31-10    2-1-09   (Decrease)   1-31-10   2-1-09   (Decrease)
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    Number of 
     Customer 
     Transactions    288     282        2.1%       1,274      1,272     0.2% 
    Average 
     Ticket 
     (actual)     $50.01  $50.87       (1.7)      $51.76     $55.61    (6.9) 
    Weighted 
     Average 
     Weekly 
     Sales per 
     Operating 
     Store 
     (in 
     thousands)     $494    $485        1.9         $563       $601    (6.3) 
    Square Footage 
     at End of 
     Period          235     238       (1.3)         235        238    (1.3) 
    Capital 
     Expenditures   $398    $436       (8.7)        $966     $1,847   (47.7) 
    Depreciation 
     and 
     Amort-
    ization (2)     $442    $470       (6.0)%     $1,806     $1,902    (5.0)%
    
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<p>(1) Includes continuing operations only.     </p>
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    (2) Includes depreciation of distribution centers and tool rental  
        equipment included in Cost of Sales and amortization of deferred
        financing costs included in Interest Expense.
    
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<p>N/M - Not Meaningful</p>
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                 THE HOME DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES             
                      CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS                  
              AS OF JANUARY 31, 2010 AND FEBRUARY 1, 2009          
                         (Amounts in Millions)                     
                                                                   
                                                1-31-10     2-1-09 
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                                              (Unaudited) (Audited)
                                                                   
     ASSETS                                                        
       Cash and Short-Term Investments             $1,427      $525
       Receivables, net                               964       972
       Merchandise Inventories                     10,188    10,673
       Other Current Assets                         1,321     1,192
                                                    -----     -----
          Total Current Assets                     13,900    13,362
                                                   ------    ------
                                                                   
       Property and Equipment, net                 25,550    26,234
       Goodwill                                     1,171     1,134
       Other Assets                                   256       434
                                                      ---       ---
          TOTAL ASSETS                            $40,877   $41,164
                                                  =======   =======
                                                                   
     LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                          
       Accounts Payable                            $4,863    $4,822
       Accrued Salaries and Related Expenses        1,263     1,129
       Current Installments of Long-Term                           
        Debt                                        1,020     1,767
       Other Current Liabilities                    3,217     3,435
                                                    -----     -----
          Total Current Liabilities                10,363    11,153
                                                   ------    ------
                                                                   
       Long-Term Debt                               8,662     9,667
       Other Long-Term Liabilities                  2,459     2,567
                                                    -----     -----
          Total Liabilities                        21,484    23,387
                                                   ------    ------
                                                                   
       Total Stockholders' Equity                  19,393    17,777
                                                   ------    ------
          TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS'                      
           EQUITY                                 $40,877   $41,164
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                     THE HOME DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
          CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS ITEMS EXCLUDING CERTAIN   
     ADJUSTMENTS (NON-GAAP) FOR THE THREE MONTHS AND YEARS ENDED JANUARY 31,
                          2010 AND FEBRUARY 1, 2009  
                                 (Unaudited)
                 (Amounts in Millions Except Per Share Data) 
    
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                 Three Months Ended 1-31-10         Year Ended 1-31-10
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                                   As                                 As
                        Adjust-  Adjusted                Adjust-   Adjusted 
               Actuals   ment(1) (Non-GAAP)    Actuals    ments(2) (Non-GAAP)
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      Net 
       Sales   $14,569        $-    $14,569    $66,176     $221    $65,955
      Gross 
       Profit    5,013         -      5,013     22,412       28     22,384
      Total 
       Operating                                                      
       Ex-
       penses    4,286         -      4,286     17,609      174     17,435
      Operating 
       Income      727         -        727      4,803     (146)     4,949
      Interest 
       and Other,                                                     
       net         321       163        158        821      163        658
      Earnings from                                                   
       Continuing 
       Oper
       -ations     301      (101)       402      2,620     (191)     2,811
      Earnings from                                                   
       Discontinued                                                   
       Operations, 
       Net of                                                         
       Tax          41         -         41         41        -         41
      Net 
       Earnings   $342     $(101)      $443     $2,661    $(191)    $2,852
      Diluted 
       Earnings Per                                            
       Share from 
       Continuing                                          
       Oper-
       ations    $0.18    $(0.06)     $0.24      $1.55   $(0.11)     $1.66
      Diluted 
       Earnings Per                                                  
       Share 
       from 
       Discontinued                                                  
       Oper-
       ations    $0.02        $-      $0.02      $0.02       $-      $0.02
      Diluted 
       Earnings 
       Per                                                            
       Share     $0.20    $(0.06)     $0.26      $1.57   $(0.11)     $1.69
                                                                              
                                                                              
                                                                              
                 Three Months Ended 2-1-09         Year Ended 2-1-09 
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                                     As                              As
                         Adjust    Adjusted              Adjust-  Adjusted 
               Actuals   ments(2) (Non-GAAP)  Actuals    ments(2) (Non-GAAP)
               -------   -------- ----------  --------   --------- ----------
    Net 
     Sales    $14,607       $-    $14,607     $71,288        $-     $71,288
    Gross 
     Profit     4,960      (20)     4,980      23,990       (30)     24,020
    Total 
     Operating                                                        
     Expenses   4,694      367      4,327      19,631       921      18,710
    Operating 
     Income       266     (387)       653       4,359      (951)      5,310 
    Interest 
     and Other,                                                        
     net          297      163        134         769       163         606 
    Earnings
     (Loss)
     from                                                              
     Continuing 
     Operations    (2)    (329)       327       2,312      (684)      2,996
    Loss from 
     Discontinued                                                      
     Operations, 
     Net of Tax   (52)       -        (52)        (52)        -         (52)
    Net Earnings
     (Loss)      $(54)   $(329)      $275      $2,260     $(684)     $2,944
    Diluted 
     Earnings 
     Per Share 
     from 
     Continuing                                                       
     Operations    $-   $(0.20)     $0.19       $1.37    $(0.41)      $1.78
    Diluted Loss 
     Per Share                                                        
     from 
     Discontinued                                                     
     Oper-
     ations    $(0.03)      $-     $(0.03)     $(0.03)       $-      $(0.03)
    Diluted 
     Earnings
     (Loss)                                                          
     Per 
     Share     $(0.03)  $(0.20)     $0.16       $1.34    $(0.41)      $1.75
    
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    Note: Certain amounts in Diluted Earnings Per Share may not foot due to
    rounding.    
    
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    (1) Adjustment is comprised of a charge to write-down the Company's 
    investment in HD Supply.
    
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    (2) Adjustments are comprised of store rationalization charges related
    to the closing of 15 stores and the removal of 50 stores from our future
    growth pipeline, business rationalization charges related to the exit of
    EXPO, THD Design Center, Yardbirds and HD Bath businesses, as well as net
    sales, gross profit and operating expenses of those exited businesses
    during the period from closing announcement to actual closing, 
    charges related to restructuring of support functions and investment
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