Home Depot, Inc. Declares Quarterly Dividend Payable on March 26, 2015; Provides Dividend Guidance; Expects to Open Six New Stores in Fiscal 2015
Feb 24 15
The Home Depot, Inc. announced that its board of directors declared a 26% increase in its quarterly dividend to $0.59 per share. The dividend is payable on March 26, 2015, to shareholders of record on the close of business on March 12, 2015.
The company is targeting a dividend payout ratio of approximately 50%.
The company expects to open six new stores in fiscal 2015.
The Home Depot, Inc. Reports Unaudited Consolidated Earnings Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year Ended February 1, 2015; Provides Earnings Guidance for the Full Year of 2015
Feb 24 15
The Home Depot, Inc. reported unaudited consolidated earnings results for the fourth quarter and full year ended February 1, 2015. For the quarter, the company’s net sales were $19,162 million compared to $17,696 million a year ago. Operating income was $2,191 million compared to $1,761 million a year ago. Earnings before provision for income taxes were $2,093 million compared to $1,583 million a year ago. Net earnings were $1,379 million or $1.05 per diluted share, compared to $1,013 million or $0.73 per diluted share, a year ago. For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, diluted earnings per share increased 43.8% from the same period in the prior year. Comparable store sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 were positive 7.9%, and comp sales for U.S. stores were positive 8.9%. Fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 results reflect a pretax gain on sale of $111 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, related to the sale of a portion of the company's equity ownership in HD Supply Holdings, Inc. Adjusting for the gain on sale, diluted earnings per share were $1.00 for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, up 37.0% from the same period in the prior year.
For the full year, the company’s net sales were $83,176 million compared to $78,812 million a year ago. Operating income was $10,469 million compared to $9,166 million a year ago. Earnings before provision for income taxes were $9,976 million compared to $8,467 million a year ago. Net earnings were $6,345 million or $4.71 per diluted share, compared to $5,385 million or $3.76 per diluted share, a year ago. Net cash provided by operating activities was $8,242 million compared to $7,628 million a year ago. Capital expenditures were $1,442 million compared to $1,389 million a year ago. Total company comparable store sales for fiscal year 2014 increased 5.3%, and comp sales for U.S. stores were positive 6.1% for the year. Fiscal 2014 results reflect a pretax gain on sale of $323 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, related to the sale of a portion of the company's equity ownership in HD Supply Holdings, Inc. Fiscal 2014 results also reflect a pretax net expense of $33 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, related to the company's 2014 data breach, of which $5 million was recognized in the fourth quarter.
The company provided earnings guidance for the full year of 2015. Given the significant strengthening 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 2014 average exchange rates and current exchange rates. If currency exchange rates remain where they are today, this would cause a negative impact to fiscal 2015 net sales growth of approximately $1 billion, as well as a negative impact on diluted earnings per share 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. The company is expecting its sales growth of approximately 3.5% to 4.7%; comparable store sales growth of approximately 3.3% to 4.5%; flat gross margin; operating margin expansion of approximately 60 basis points; tax rate of approximately 37%; diluted earnings-per-share growth after anticipated share repurchases of approximately 8.5% to 10%, or $5.11 to $5.17; capital spending of approximately $1.6 billion; depreciation and amortization of approximately $1.8 billion; cash flow from the business of approximately $9.0 billion. The company's fiscal 2015 diluted earnings-per-share guidance does not include an accrual for other reasonably possible losses related to the data breach.
Zep Unveils Timemist Microtech Fragrance System at The Home Depot Stores
Feb 13 15
Zep Inc. has announced the availability of the TimeMist Microtech Fragrance System at The Home Depot stores. TimeMist Microtech Fragrance System sets a fresh new standard in air care into retail. Easy to use, compact, and durable the Microtech System delivers effortless freshness in the customer business, office or home. The attractive, professional-grade dispenser features an adjustable 7.5, 15, and 30-minute timer, an indicator light that flashes when the battery is low or a refill is needed, and comes with a one-year limited warranty. The fragrance refills, available in the company’s two most popular scents, Mangotini and Crisp+Clean, last up to 60 days or 3,000 sprays and are concentrated with essential oils and odor counteractants that neutralize stubborn odors. The starter kit contains one dispenser that is 50% smaller than standard dispensers, a fragrance refill, 2 AA batteries and mounting hardware. TimeMist Microtech Fragrance System launches in the cleaning aisle of The Home Depot stores beginning in January.