In the news release, c6001, Strong Performance Across All Businesses Drives Q3 Growth at Canadian Tire Corporation, disseminated today at 07:56e, we are advised by the company that the dividend amount under the "Quarterly Dividend" section is "$0.525 per share" not "$2.10 per share". Complete, corrected release follows:
Strong Performance Across All Businesses Drives Q3 Growth at Canadian Tire Corporation
- Same store sales up 3.2% at Canadian Tire, 8.5% at FGL Sports and 6.8% at Mark's
- Diluted EPS up 21.2% or 16.5% after normalizing for one-time costs related to the formation of CT REIT in 2013
- Annual dividend increased 5% from $2.00 to $2.10 per share
TORONTO, Nov. 6, 2014 /CNW/ - Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited (TSX:CTC,TSX:CTC.a) today released third quarter results that demonstrate strong performance and growth in all of the Company's business units when compared to the third quarter of 2013.
"The strong performance this quarter is very rewarding given that it was achieved against a strong quarter last year and reflects the successful culmination of our recent efforts to strengthen our brand and improve the in-store experience across our retail businesses," said Stephen Wetmore, CEO, Canadian Tire Corporation. "Financial Services also delivered another excellent quarter of strong receivables growth and continued to execute well on integration efforts with the retail businesses."
- Third quarter consolidated retail sales increased 4.4% over the same period last year or $142.2 million to $3.4 billion.
- Consolidated revenue increased 3.9% or $113.9 million to $3.1 billion in the third quarter.
- Gross average credit card receivables grew 7.1% over the same period last year.
- Diluted EPS was $2.17 in the quarter, up 21.2% or 16.5% over the third quarter of 2013 after normalizing for the one-time costs associated with the formation of CT REIT last year, reflecting strong revenue and gross margin contribution from both the Retail and Financial Services segments.
RETAIL SEGMENT OVERVIEW
- Retail segment revenue increased 3.5% or $94.6 million to $2.8 billion in the quarter.
- Income before income taxes in the Retail segment was up 3.7% or $4.7 million to $130.8 million over the third quarter last year.
- Canadian Tire Retail delivered growth across its categories generating sales increases of 3.7% and same store sales of 3.2% over the third quarter last year.
- FGL Sports saw retail sales increase 13.0% and same store sales up 8.5% over the same quarter last year reflecting strong growth across key banners. Sport Chek, its largest banner, achieved its fourth quarter of double digit same store sales growth with an increase of 11.2% in the third quarter.
- Mark's retail sales grew 6.5% and same store sales were up 6.8%.
- Petroleum sales decreased 0.4% in the quarter largely related to a decline in gasoline volume, partially offset by higher gas prices and an increase in non-gasoline sales.
CT REIT OVERVIEW
- As disclosed in the Q3 2014 CT REIT release issued on November 3, 2014, CT REIT completed five previously announced acquisitions in the third quarter at a total cost of $124.2 million.
- In addition, the trustees of CT REIT approved an increase in the rate of monthly distributions beginning in January 2015, representing a 2% increase and a new annualized rate of $0.663.
FINANCIAL SERVICES OVERVIEW
- Financial Services posted third quarter gross average credit card receivables growth of 7.1%, driven by growth in active accounts and increased average account balances.
- Subsequent to the quarter, the Company's previously announced strategic partnership with Scotiabank was completed. Scotiabank acquired a 20% equity interest in the Company's financial services business for $500 million in cash and concluded a comprehensive co-marketing agreement expected to attract new customers to the Company's retail businesses, providing opportunities to drive significant growth for each partner.
- Operating capital expenditures of $152.8 million in the quarter include investments in network growth and digital technologies.
- Operating capital spending for 2014 is on track to be at the higher end of the previously stated range of $500.0 million to $525.0 million, excluding investments required for additional distribution capacity and to fund CT REIT's growth strategy.
- The Company announced earlier today that it has declared a 5% increase in the quarterly dividend to $0.525 per share on each Common and Class A Non-Voting share. The dividend is payable March 1, 2015 to Common and Class A Non-Voting shareholders of record as of January 31, 2015. The dividend is considered an "eligible dividend" for tax purposes.
NORMAL COURSE ISSUER BID UPDATE
- As at September 27, 2014, the Company had completed its previously announced share repurchase commitment and had repurchased 1,874,244 Class A Non-Voting Shares at a cost of $200.0 million under its normal course issuer bid.
- The Company will continue to acquire Class A Non-Voting Shares under its 2014 normal course issuer bid, up to the maximum amount permitted under the existing bid.
For additional information, refer to the Company's Q3 2014 Management's Discussion and Analysis.
To view a PDF version of Canadian Tire Corporation's full quarterly earnings report please see: http://files.newswire.ca/116/CantireQ3MDAFSNotes.pdf
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For more information on the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause the Company's actual results to differ from current expectations, refer to the "Risk Factors" section of our Annual Information Form for fiscal 2013 and to sections 18.104.22.168 (Retail segment business risks), 22.214.171.124 (CT REIT segment business risks), 126.96.36.199 (Financial Services segment business risks) and 11.0 (Enterprise Risk Management) and all subsections thereunder of our 2013 Management's Discussion and Analysis, as well as the Company's other public filings, available at www.sedar.com and at www.corp.canadiantire.ca.
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Canadian Tire will conduct a conference call to discuss information included in this news release and related matters at 12:00 p.m. ET on November 6, 2014. The conference call will be available simultaneously and in its entirety to all interested investors and the news media through a webcast at http://corp.canadiantire.ca/EN/investors, and will be available through replay at this website for 12 months.
About Canadian Tire Corporation
Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited, (TSX:CTC.A) (TSX:CTC) or "CTC," is a family of businesses that includes a retail segment, a financial services division and CT REIT. Our retail business is led by Canadian Tire, which was founded in 1922 and provides Canadians with products for life in Canada across its Living, Playing, Fixing, Automotive and Seasonal categories. PartSource and Gas+ are key parts of the Canadian Tire network. The retail segment also includes Mark's, a leading source for casual and industrial wear, and FGL Sports (Sport Chek, Hockey Experts, Sports Experts, National Sports, Intersport, Pro Hockey Life and Atmosphere), which offers the best active wear brands. The nearly 1,700 retail and gasoline outlets are supported and strengthened by our Financial Services division and the tens of thousands of people employed across the Company. For more information, visit Corp.CanadianTire.ca.
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