The Home Depot Announces Record Fourth Quarter And Fiscal 2015 Results; Increases Quarterly Dividend By 17 Percent And Provides Fiscal 2016 Guidance

ATLANTA, Feb. 23, 2016 /CNW/ -- The Home Depot®, the world's largest home improvement retailer, today reported sales of $21.0 billion for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, a 9.5 percent increase from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014. Comparable store sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 were positive 7.1 percent, and comp sales for U.S. stores were positive 8.9 percent.

Net earnings for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 were $1.5 billion, or $1.17 per diluted share, compared with net earnings of $1.4 billion, or $1.05 per diluted share, in the same period of fiscal 2014. For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, diluted earnings per share increased 11.4 percent from the same period in the prior year.

Fiscal 2015

Sales for fiscal 2015 were $88.5 billion, an increase of 6.4 percent from fiscal 2014. Total company comparable store sales for fiscal 2015 increased 5.6 percent, and comp sales for U.S. stores were positive 7.1 percent for the year.

Earnings per diluted share in fiscal 2015 were $5.46, compared to $4.71 per diluted share in fiscal 2014, an increase of 15.9 percent.

Fiscal 2015 results include a pretax net expense of $128 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, related to the Company's 2014 data breach, of which $9 million, or $0.00 per diluted share, was recognized in the fourth quarter.

"Our focus on improving the interconnected customer experience, along with solid execution and continued recovery in the U.S. housing market, resulted in record sales and net earnings for 2015," said Craig Menear, chairman, CEO and president. "I'd like to thank our associates for their hard work and dedication to our customers."

Capital Allocation Strategy

The Company today announced that its board of directors declared a 17 percent increase in its quarterly dividend to $0.69 per share. "As a testament to our commitment to create value for our shareholders, the board has increased the dividend for the seventh consecutive year," said Menear.

The dividend is payable on March 24, 2016, to shareholders of record on the close of business on March 10, 2016. This is the 116th consecutive quarter the Company has paid a cash dividend.

Combined with today's announcements, the Company reiterated its capital allocation principles:

  • Dividend Principle: Targeting a dividend payout ratio of approximately 50 percent of net earnings.
  • Share Repurchase Principle: After meeting the needs of the business, use excess cash to repurchase shares, with the intent of completing its remaining $11.0 billion share repurchase authorization by the end of fiscal 2017.
  • Return on Invested Capital Principle: Maintain a high return on invested capital, with a goal of reaching 35 percent by the end of fiscal 2018.

Fiscal 2016 Guidance

Given the strength of the U.S. dollar, the Company provided a range of sales, comp sales and diluted earnings-per-share growth to reflect the difference between 2015 average exchange rates and current exchange rates. If currency exchange rates remain where they are today, this would cause a negative impact to fiscal 2016 net sales growth of approximately $800 million, as well as a negative impact on diluted earnings-per-share growth of approximately $0.06 per share. The low-end of the Company's sales and diluted earnings-per-share growth guidance reflects this currency impact.

  • Sales growth of approximately 5.1 to 6.0 percent
  • Comparable store sales growth of approximately 3.7 to 4.5 percent
  • Five new stores in Mexico
  • Flat gross margin rate
  • Operating margin rate expansion of approximately 70 basis points
  • Tax rate of approximately 37 percent
  • Share repurchases of approximately $5.0 billion
  • Diluted earnings-per-share growth after anticipated share repurchases of approximately 12 percent to 13 percent, or $6.12 to $6.18
  • Capital spending of approximately $1.64 billion
  • Depreciation and amortization expense of approximately $1.9 billion
  • Cash flow from the business of approximately $10.0 billion

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 2,274 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 385,000 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.

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; effects of competition; 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; demand for credit offerings; inventory and in-stock positions; implementation of store, interconnected retail and supply chain initiatives; management of relationships with our suppliers and vendors; the impact and expected outcome of investigations, inquiries, claims and litigation, including those related to the 2014 data breach; issues related to the payment methods we accept; continuation of share repurchase programs; net earnings performance; earnings per share; dividend targets; capital allocation and expenditures; liquidity; return on invested capital; expense leverage; stock-based compensation expense; commodity price inflation and deflation; the ability to issue debt on terms and at rates acceptable to us; the effect of accounting charges; the effect of adopting certain accounting standards; store openings and closures; guidance for fiscal 2016 and beyond; financial outlook; and the integration of Interline Brands, Inc. into our organization and the ability to recognize the anticipated synergies and benefits of the acquisition. 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 1, 2015 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.

 

THE HOME DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

FOR THE THREE MONTHS AND FISCAL YEARS ENDED JANUARY 31, 2016 AND FEBRUARY 1, 2015

(Unaudited)

(Amounts in Millions Except Per Share Data and as Otherwise Noted)










Three Months Ended




Fiscal Year Ended




January 31,
2016


February 1,
 2015


% Increase

(Decrease)


January 31,
2016


February 1,
 2015


% Increase
(Decrease)

NET SALES

$

20,980


$

19,162


9.5%


$

88,519


$

83,176


6.4%

Cost of Sales

13,824


12,580


9.9


58,254


54,787


6.3

GROSS PROFIT

7,156


6,582


8.7


30,265


28,389


6.6

 

Operating Expenses:
















Selling, General and Administrative

4,178


3,987


4.8


16,801


16,280


3.2

Depreciation and Amortization

429


404


6.2


1,690


1,640


3.0

Total Operating Expenses

4,607


4,391


4.9


18,491


17,920


3.2

OPERATING INCOME

2,549


2,191


16.3


11,774


10,469


12.5

Interest and Other (Income) Expense:










Interest and Investment Income

(6)


(115)


(94.8)


(166)


(337)


(50.7)

Interest Expense

242


213


13.6


919


830


10.7

Interest and Other, net

236


98


N/M


753


493


52.7

EARNINGS BEFORE PROVISION FOR

INCOME TAXES

2,313


2,093


10.5


11,021


9,976


10.5

Provision for Income Taxes

842


714


17.9


4,012


3,631


10.5












NET EARNINGS

$

1,471


$

1,379


6.7%


$

7,009


$

6,345


10.5%











Weighted Average Common Shares

1,252


1,306


(4.1)%


1,277


1,338


(4.6)%

BASIC EARNINGS PER SHARE

$

1.17


$

1.06


10.4


$

5.49


$

4.74


15.8











Diluted Weighted Average Common Shares

1,259


1,314


(4.2)%


1,283


1,346


(4.7)%

DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE

$

1.17


$

1.05


11.4


$

5.46


$

4.71


15.9












Three Months Ended




Fiscal Year Ended



SELECTED SALES DATA(1)

January 31,
2016


February 1,
 2015


% Increase

(Decrease)


January 31,
2016


February 1,
2015


% Increase

(Decrease)

Number of Customer Transactions

349.1


332.1


5.1%


1,500.8


1,441.6


4.1%

Average Ticket (actual)

$

58.96


$

57.79


2.0


$

58.77


$

57.87


1.6

Sales per Square Foot (actual)

$

346.55


$

324.58


6.8


$

370.55


$

352.22


5.2

(1)     Selected Sales Data does not include results for the Interline acquisition that was completed in the third quarter of fiscal 2015.

N/M – Not Meaningful


THE HOME DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

AS OF JANUARY 31, 2016 AND FEBRUARY 1, 2015

(Unaudited)

(Amounts in Millions)






January 31,
2016


February 1,
 2015

ASSETS




Cash and Cash Equivalents

$

2,216



$

1,723


Receivables, net

1,890



1,484


Merchandise Inventories

11,809



11,079


Other Current Assets

1,078



1,016


Total Current Assets

16,993



15,302


 

Property and Equipment, net

22,191



22,720


Goodwill

2,102



1,353


Other Assets

1,263



571


TOTAL ASSETS

$

42,549



$

39,946






LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Short-Term Debt

$

350



$

290


Accounts Payable

6,565



5,807


Accrued Salaries and Related Expenses

1,515



1,391


Current Installments of Long-Term Debt

3,052



38


Other Current Liabilities

4,019



3,743


Total Current Liabilities

15,501



11,269


 

Long-Term Debt, excluding current installments

17,913



16,869


Other Long-Term Liabilities

2,819



2,486


Total Liabilities

36,233



30,624


 

Total Stockholders' Equity

6,316



9,322


TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

$

42,549



$

39,946


 

 

THE HOME DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE FISCAL YEARS ENDED JANUARY 31, 2016 AND FEBRUARY 1, 2015

(Unaudited)

(Amounts in Millions)



Fiscal Year Ended


January 31,
2016


February 1,
 2015

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:



Net Earnings

$

7,009


$

6,345

Reconciliation of Net Earnings to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities:



Depreciation and Amortization

1,863


1,786

Stock-Based Compensation Expense

244


225

Gain on Sales of Investments

(144)


(323)

Changes in Working Capital and Other

401


209

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

9,373


8,242




CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:



Capital Expenditures

(1,503)


(1,442)

Proceeds from Sales of Investments

144


323

Payments for Businesses Acquired, net

(1,666)


(200)

Proceeds from Sales of Property and Equipment

43


48

Net Cash Used in Investing Activities

(2,982)


(1,271)




CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:



Proceeds from Short-Term Borrowings, net

60


290

Proceeds from Long-Term Borrowings, net of discount

3,991


1,981

Repayments of Long-Term Debt

(39)


(39)

Repurchases of Common Stock

(7,000)


(7,000)

Proceeds from Sales of Common Stock

228


252

Cash Dividends Paid to Stockholders

(3,031)


(2,530)

Other Financing Activities

4


(25)

Net Cash Used in Financing Activities

(5,787)


(7,071)

Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents

604


(100)

Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash and Cash Equivalents

(111)


(106)

Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Period

1,723


1,929

Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period

$

2,216


$

1,723

 

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SOURCE The Home Depot

For further information: Financial Community: Diane Dayhoff, Vice President of Investor Relations, 770-384-2666, diane_dayhoff@homedepot.com; News Media: Stephen Holmes, Director of Corporate Communications, 770-384-5075, stephen_holmes@homedepot.com


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