The Home Depot Announces Third Quarter Results

ATLANTA, Nov. 15, 2016 /CNW/ -- The Home Depot®, the world's largest home improvement retailer, today reported sales of $23.2 billion for the third quarter of fiscal 2016, a 6.1 percent increase from the third quarter of fiscal 2015. Comparable store sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 were positive 5.5 percent, and comp sales for U.S. stores were positive 5.9 percent.

Net earnings for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 were $2.0 billion, or $1.60 per diluted share, compared with net earnings of $1.7 billion, or $1.35 per diluted share, in the same period of fiscal 2015. For the third quarter of fiscal 2016, diluted earnings per share increased 18.5 percent from the same period in the prior year.

"We experienced balanced sales growth in the quarter driven by an increase in both ticket and transactions, and our continued focus on productivity drove double-digit earnings-per-share growth," said Craig Menear, chairman, CEO and president. "I would like to thank our associates and suppliers for their hard work and dedication to our customers throughout the quarter, and particularly in the face of Hurricane Matthew and the flooding in Louisiana."

Updated Fiscal 2016 Guidance

The Company reaffirmed its fiscal 2016 sales guidance and expects sales will be up approximately 6.3 percent and comp sales will be up approximately 4.9 percent. The Company raised its diluted earnings-per-share guidance for the year and now expects diluted earnings per share to grow approximately 15.9 percent from fiscal 2015 to $6.33.

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 third quarter, the Company operated a total of 2,276 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 January 31, 2016 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 AND NINE MONTHS ENDED OCTOBER 30, 2016 AND NOVEMBER 1, 2015

(Unaudited)

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

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

October 30, 2016

November 1, 2015

% Increase

(Decrease)

October 30, 2016

November 1, 2015

% Increase (Decrease)

NET SALES

$

23,154

$

21,819

6.1

%

$

72,388

$

67,539

7.2

%

Cost of Sales

15,112

14,254

6.0

47,628

44,430

7.2

GROSS PROFIT

8,042

7,565

6.3

24,760

23,109

7.1

Operating Expenses:

Selling, General and Administrative

4,280

4,161

2.9

12,949

12,623

2.6

Depreciation and Amortization

442

423

4.5

1,311

1,261

4.0

Total Operating Expenses

4,722

4,584

3.0

14,260

13,884

2.7

OPERATING INCOME

3,320

2,981

11.4

10,500

9,225

13.8

Interest and Other (Income) Expense:

Interest and Investment Income

(10)

(7)

42.9

(25)

(160)

(84.4)

Interest Expense

246

247

(0.4)

726

677

7.2

Interest and Other, net

236

240

(1.7)

701

517

35.6

EARNINGS BEFORE PROVISION FOR

INCOME TAXES

3,084

2,741

12.5

9,799

8,708

12.5

Provision for Income Taxes

1,115

1,016

9.7

3,586

3,170

13.1

NET EARNINGS

$

1,969

$

1,725

14.1

%

$

6,213

$

5,538

12.2

%

Weighted Average Common Shares

1,224

1,268

(3.5)

%

1,236

1,284

(3.7)

%

BASIC EARNINGS PER SHARE

$

1.61

$

1.36

18.4

$

5.03

$

4.31

16.7

Diluted Weighted Average Common Shares

1,229

1,274

(3.5)

%

1,242

1,290

(3.7)

%

DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE

$

1.60

$

1.35

18.5

$

5.00

$

4.29

16.6

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

SELECTED SALES DATA(1)

October 30, 2016

November 1, 2015

% Increase

(Decrease)

October 30, 2016

November 1, 2015

% Increase

(Decrease)

Number of Customer Transactions

380.0

371.1

2.4

%

1,184.8

1,151.7

2.9

%

Average Ticket (actual)

$

59.78

$

58.03

3.0

$

60.26

$

58.72

2.6

Sales per Square Foot (actual)

$

382.18

$

366.37

4.3

$

399.12

$

380.12

5.0

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

THE HOME DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

AS OF OCTOBER 30, 2016, NOVEMBER 1, 2015 AND JANUARY 31, 2016

(Unaudited)

(Amounts in Millions)

October 30, 2016

November 1,

2015 (1)

January 31,

2016 (1)

ASSETS

Cash and Cash Equivalents

$

3,589

$

3,040

$

2,216

Receivables, net

1,995

1,942

1,890

Merchandise Inventories

13,241

12,495

11,809

Other Current Assets

523

527

569

Total Current Assets

19,348

18,004

16,484

Property and Equipment, net

21,840

22,194

22,191

Goodwill

2,095

2,111

2,102

Other Assets

1,219

1,167

1,196

TOTAL ASSETS

$

44,502

$

43,476

$

41,973

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Short-Term Debt

$

$

$

350

Accounts Payable

8,054

7,236

6,565

Accrued Salaries and Related Expenses

1,398

1,354

1,515

Current Installments of Long-Term Debt

543

3,047

77

Other Current Liabilities

4,436

4,338

4,017

Total Current Liabilities

14,431

15,975

12,524

Long-Term Debt, excluding current installments

22,338

17,713

20,789

Other Long-Term Liabilities

2,111

2,169

2,344

Total Liabilities

38,880

35,857

35,657

Total Stockholders' Equity

5,622

7,619

6,316

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

$

44,502

$

43,476

$

41,973

(1) The Consolidated Balance Sheets as of November 1, 2015 and January 31, 2016 were retrospectively adjusted to reflect the adoption of Accounting Standards Update ("ASU") No. 2015-03, "Interest - Imputation of Interest (Subtopic 835-30): Simplifying the Presentation of Debt Issuance Costs" and ASU No. 2015-17, "Income Taxes (Topic 740): Balance Sheet Classification of Deferred Taxes" in the first quarter of fiscal 2016.

THE HOME DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED OCTOBER 30, 2016 AND NOVEMBER 1, 2015

(Unaudited)

(Amounts in Millions)

Nine Months Ended

October 30, 2016

November 1, 2015

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

Net Earnings

$

6,213

$

5,538

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

Depreciation and Amortization

1,474

1,384

Stock-Based Compensation Expense

199

177

Gain on Sales of Investments

(144)

Changes in Working Capital and Other

33

411

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

7,919

7,366

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

Capital Expenditures

(1,145)

(1,083)

Proceeds from Sales of Investments

144

Payments for Businesses Acquired, net

(1,662)

Proceeds from Sales of Property and Equipment

30

24

Net Cash Used in Investing Activities

(1,115)

(2,577)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

Repayments of Short-Term Borrowings, net

(350)

(290)

Proceeds from Long-Term Borrowings, net of discounts

4,959

3,991

Repayments of Long-Term Debt

(3,034)

(29)

Repurchases of Common Stock

(4,535)

(5,043)

Proceeds from Sales of Common Stock

136

149

Cash Dividends Paid to Stockholders

(2,567)

(2,287)

Other Financing Activities

(33)

86

Net Cash Used in Financing Activities

(5,424)

(3,423)

Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents

1,380

1,366

Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash and Cash Equivalents

(7)

(49)

Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Period

2,216

1,723

Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period

$

3,589

$

3,040

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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, http://www.homedepot.com


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