Ross Stores Reports January 2013 Same Store Sales Gain Of 4% And Raises Fourth
Quarter 2012 EPS Estimate
ANNOUNCES NEW $1.1 BILLION STOCK REPURCHASE PROGRAM AND
21% INCREASE IN QUARTERLY CASH DIVIDEND
ISSUES 2013 FISCAL YEAR GUIDANCE
PLEASANTON, Calif., Feb. 7, 2013
PLEASANTON, Calif., Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Ross Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:
ROST) today reported sales for the five weeks ended February 2, 2013 of $672
million, an increase of 39% over the $483 million in sales for the four weeks
ended January 28, 2012. Same store sales for the four weeks ended January 26,
2013 grew 4% on top of a 5% gain for the four weeks ended January 28, 2012.
For the 14 weeks ended February 2, 2013, sales rose 15% to $2.761 billion,
from $2.398 billion for the 13 weeks ended January 28, 2012. Comparable store
sales for the 13 weeks ended January 26, 2013 were up 5% over a 7% increase
for the 13 weeks ended January 28, 2012.
For the 53 weeks ended February 2, 2013, sales grew 13% to $9.721 billion,
compared to $8.608 billion in sales for the 52 weeks ended January 28, 2012.
Comparable store sales for the 52 weeks ended January 26, 2013 rose 6% on top
of a 5% increase for the 52 weeks ended January 28, 2012.
Michael Balmuth, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Sales
for both January and the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 were ahead of our
expectations as we continue to drive solid revenue growth by offering terrific
assortments of compelling name brand bargains that resonate with today's
Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2012 Estimates
Based on January sales and margin results, the Company is raising its earnings
per share estimates for the 14 and 53 weeks ended February 2, 2013 to be in
the range of $1.06 to $1.07 and $3.52 to $3.53, respectively. The projected
results for both periods include an estimated per share benefit of
approximately $.10 from the 53^rd week. Earnings per share for the 13 and 52
weeks ended January 28, 2012 were $.85 and $2.86, respectively.
New $1.1 Billion Stock Repurchase Authorization and 21% Increase in Cash
The Company announced that its Board of Directors recently approved the
repurchase of up to $1.1 billion of its common stock over the next two years
through fiscal 2014. At recent stock prices, this new authorization
represents about 8% of the Company's total market value and a 22% increase
over the prior two-year $900 million authorization that was completed in
The Board also raised the quarterly cash dividend to $.17 per share, up 21% on
top of a 27% increase in the prior year. This higher quarterly dividend is
payable on March 29, 2013 to stockholders of record as of February 22, 2013.
In commenting on these actions, Mr. Balmuth said, "Our larger two-year $1.1
billion stock repurchase authorization and substantial increase in the
quarterly cash dividend demonstrate our confidence in the Company's ongoing
ability to generate significant amounts of cash after self-funding our growth
and the other capital needs of our business. We have repurchased stock as
planned every year since 1993 and have also raised our quarterly cash dividend
annually since 1994. This consistent record reflects our unwavering commitment
to enhancing stockholder value and returns."
Fiscal 2013 Guidance
For the 52 weeks ending February 1, 2014, the Company is forecasting same
store sales to grow 1% to 2% on top of robust 6% and 5% increases in the prior
two years, respectively. Fiscal 2013 earnings per share for the 52 weeks
ending February 1, 2014 are projected to be $3.65 to $3.80. Excluding the
estimated $.10 per share from the 53^rd week in fiscal 2012, this guidance
represents forecasted earnings per share growth of 6% to 11% on top of an
estimated 20% increase in 2012 and a 24% gain in 2011.
For the 13 weeks ending May 4, 2013, comparable store sales are forecast to
increase 1% to 2% on top of 9% and 3% gains in 2012 and 2011, respectively.
Earnings per share for the first quarter of 2013 are projected to be in the
range of $1.00 to $1.04, up from $.93 for the 13 weeks ended April 28, 2012.
This guidance reflects forecasted EPS growth of 8% to 12% following a 26% and
28% increase in the first quarters of 2012 and 2011, respectively.
In conclusion, Mr. Balmuth noted, "We are extremely pleased with our
outstanding sales and estimated earnings growth for 2012 that continues to be
driven by the strong execution of our off-price business strategies. Looking
ahead, we believe our initial guidance for 2013 reflects respectable increases
in both comparable store sales and earnings per share on top of exceptional
gains over the past several years."
Additional recorded information concerning today's press release and the
Company's future outlook can be accessed by calling 203-369-3267, PIN # 261313
from 8:30 a.m. Eastern time on February 7, 2013 through 8:00 p.m. Eastern time
on February 8, 2013. A transcript of these comments will also be available in
the Investors section of the Company's website at www.rossstores.com.
The Company expects to report February 2013 sales on Thursday, March 7, 2013
and final fourth quarter 2012 earnings results on Thursday, March 21, 2013.
Forward-Looking Statements: This press release and the recorded comments on
our corporate website contain forward-looking statements regarding expected
sales, earnings levels and other financial results in future periods that are
subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause our actual results to
differ materially from management's current expectations. The estimated
earnings per share for the fourth quarter and 53 weeks ended February 2, 2013
are preliminary and subject to adjustments. The words "plan," "expect,"
"target," "anticipate," "estimate," "believe," "forecast," "projected,"
"guidance," "looking ahead" and similar expressions identify forward-looking
statements. Risk factors for Ross Dress for Less^® ("Ross") and dd's
DISCOUNTS^® include without limitation, competitive pressures in the apparel
or home-related retailing merchandise industry; changes in the level of
consumer spending on or preferences for apparel or home-related merchandise;
the impact from the macro-economic environment and financial and credit
markets including but not limited tointerest rates, recession, inflation,
deflation,energy costs, tax rates and policy, unemployment trends, and
fluctuating commodity costs; changes in geopolitical and geo-economic
conditions; unseasonable weather trends; disruptions in supply chain; lower
than planned gross margin, including higher than planned markdowns and higher
than expected inventory shortage; greater than planned operating costs; our
ability to continue to purchase attractive brand-name merchandise at desirable
discounts; our ability to attract and retain personnel with the retail talent
necessary to execute our strategies; our ability to effectively operate our
various supply chain, core merchandising and other information systems; our
ability to improve our merchandising capabilities through the implementation
of new processes and systems enhancements; achieving and maintaining targeted
levels of productivity and efficiency in our distribution centers; and
obtaining acceptable new store locations. Other risk factors are set forth in
our SEC filings including without limitation, the Form 10-K for fiscal 2011
and Form 10-Qs and 8-Ks for fiscal 2012. The factors underlying our forecasts
are dynamic and subject to change. As a result, our forecasts speak only as
of the date they are given and do not necessarily reflect our outlook at any
other point in time. We do not undertake to update or revise these
Ross Stores, Inc. is an S&P 500, Fortune 500 and Nasdaq 100 (ROST) company
headquartered in Pleasanton, California, with fiscal 2012 revenues of $9.7
billion. The Company operates Ross Dress for Less^® ("Ross"), the largest
off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States with 1,091
locations in 33 states, the District of Columbia and Guam. Ross offers
first-quality, in-season, name brand and designer apparel, accessories,
footwear and home fashions for the entire family at everyday savings of 20% to
60% off department and specialty store regular prices. The Company also
operates 108 dd's DISCOUNTS^® in eight states that feature a more
moderately-priced assortment of first-quality, in-season, name brand apparel,
accessories, footwear and home fashions for the entire family at everyday
savings of 20% to 70% off moderate department and discount store regular
prices. Additional information is available at www.rossstores.com.
Contact: Michael Hartshorn Connie Wong
Senior Vice President, Senior Manager, Investor Relations
Deputy Chief Financial Officer (925) 965-4668
(925) 965-4503 email@example.com
SOURCE Ross Stores, Inc.
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