Kmart Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: KMRT) announced today results for the fourth quarter and full year of Fiscal 2004. For the 13 weeks ended January 26, 2005, the Company reported net income of $309 million, or $3.09 per diluted share compared to $270 million or $2.78 per diluted share for the same period in Fiscal 2003. Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share, excluding gains on sales of assets and bankruptcy-related recoveries, were $259 million or $2.59 per diluted share, an increase of 20% and 16% over the prior year, respectively.
Following is a reconciliation of adjusted results to GAAP results: 13-Weeks Ended (dollars in millions) January 26, 2005 January 28, 2004 Adjusted operating income $437 $411 Gain on sales of assets 35 86 GAAP Operating income $472 $497 Adjusted net income $259 $215 Gain on sales of assets 21 53 Bankruptcy-related recoveries 29 2 GAAP Net income $309 $270 Adjusted diluted earnings per share $2.59 $2.23 Gain on sales of assets 0.21 0.53 Bankruptcy-related recoveries 0.29 0.02 GAAP diluted earnings per share $3.09 $2.78
Same-store sales declined by 4.5% during the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2004, which represents a significant improvement compared to the two previous quarters in which the decline was 12.8% and 14.9% and compared to the prior year fourth quarter in which the decline was 13.5%.
Aylwin Lewis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kmart, said, "After a strong first two months of the fourth quarter, we continued to deliver solid financial results through the close of 2004. While we are pleased with our performance, our return to solid, profitable operations is only the first stage in our effort to revitalize this organization. We look forward to what still needs to be accomplished and plan to continue our momentum by further improving our operations and the customer shopping experience in 2005."
Operating income for the 13-weeks ended January 26, 2005 was $472 million compared to $497 million in the prior year. Adjusted operating income, excluding gains on sales of assets, was $437 million in the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2004 compared to $411 million in the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2003.
Net income for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2004 includes a charge of approximately $7 million after-tax or $0.07 per diluted share for the early amortization of debt issuance costs associated with the Company's decision to terminate its credit facility in January, 2005. Net income for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2003 includes a charge of approximately $8 million after-tax or $0.08 per diluted share for the early amortization of the debt issuance costs associated with the Company's decision to reduce the size of the credit facility.
Adjusted operating income, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share are non-GAAP measures. The Company has provided these adjusted figures to provide a more meaningful comparison of ongoing results and analysis of the Company's operating performance, as they reflect core operations excluding significant gains realized on sales of assets. Non-GAAP measures should be evaluated in conjunction with, and are not a substitute for, GAAP financial measures.
Net income and diluted earnings per share for Fiscal 2004 were $1,106 million and $11.00 per share, respectively. Gains on sales of assets and bankruptcy-related recoveries contributed $579 million and $37 million, respectively, after-tax to net income in Fiscal 2004. Included in Net income is a charge of $14 million after-tax or $0.14 per diluted share for the early amortization of debt issuance costs associated with the Company's decision to reduce the size, amend, restate and then terminate the credit facility.
Operating activities provided net cash of approximately $1.1 billion in Fiscal 2004. Net income after gains on sales of assets of $579 after-tax and bankruptcy related items of $37 million after-tax provided $490 million of operating cash flow in the current year. Cash flows were positively impacted by improvements in working capital, including incremental accounts payable due to improved terms with our vendors and timing of receipts.
Investing activities generated $332 million in Fiscal 2004 due largely from proceeds of $444 million from the sale of owned and assignment of leased properties to Sears and Home Depot. An additional $118 million was received for the sale of non-core assets. Proceeds from the sale of assets during the current year were offset by capital expenditures of $230 million.
Kmart's cash balance on January 26, 2005 was approximately $3.4 billion, exceeding prior expectations of $3.2 billion and an increase of approximately $1.3 billion over the prior year. The $3.4 billion excludes approximately $400 million related to the sale of stores to Sears, recorded in accounts receivable, pursuant to the previously announced store sale transaction. Inventory levels were $3.3 billion at the end of Fiscal 2004, consistent with prior year-end inventory of $3.2 billion.
As previously announced, a special meeting will be held on March 24, 2005 to vote on the proposed merger of Kmart and Sears, Roebuck.
For further information regarding Kmart's results, please refer to the Company's Fiscal 2004 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 9, 2005 at www.sec.gov .
Discussion of Year-to-date adjusted EBITDA
Year-to-date adjusted EBITDA (Year-to-date earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, net gain on sales of assets, bankruptcy- related recoveries and certain other items) is a non-GAAP financial measure. Year-to-date adjusted EBITDA is not the same as EBITDA defined in Kmart's Credit Facility. Year-to-date adjusted EBITDA is a Company-defined metric used by Kmart's management for the administration of the Company's incentive compensation program for eligible employees. Year-to-date adjusted EBITDA is not a measure or indicator of the overall financial condition or performance of Kmart and should not be used by investors as a basis for formulating investment decisions as it excludes a number of important cash and non-cash recurring items. Management compensates for this limitation by using GAAP measures, as well, in managing the business.
Fiscal 2004 Net income $1,106 Adjustments to reconcile to Year-to-date Adjusted EBITDA: Income tax provision 669 Interest expense, net 108 Depreciation and amortization 26 Net gain on sales of assets (946) Bankruptcy-related recoveries (59) Other 38 Year-to-date Adjusted EBITDA $942 Comparability of Financial Statements:
Upon emergence from bankruptcy on May 6, 2003, Kmart Corporation (Predecessor Company) applied the provisions of Fresh-Start accounting effective as of April 30, 2003, at which time a new reporting entity, Kmart Holding Corporation (Kmart), was created. As a result of applying Fresh-Start accounting, the reported historical financial statements of the Predecessor Company for periods ended prior to May 1, 2003 generally are not comparable to those of Kmart. Therefore, comparisons of earnings per share data to Predecessor Company results are not included herein. As referenced within this news release, results of operations for the period ended April 30, 2003 refer to the Predecessor Company.
About Kmart Holding Corporation
Kmart Holding Corporation and its subsidiaries (together, "Kmart") is a mass merchandising company that offers customers quality products through a portfolio of exclusive brands that include Thalia Sodi, Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer, Martha Stewart Everyday, and Route 66. For more information visit the Company's website at http://www.kmart.com/ .
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information and Other Matters:
Statements or reports made by or on behalf of Kmart, which address activities, events or developments that we expect or anticipate may occur in the future are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, that reflect, when made, Kmart's current views with respect to current events and financial performance. The words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "project," and similar expressions, among others, generally identify "forward-looking statements," which articulate our position as of the date the statement was made. Such forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions concerning future conditions that may ultimately prove to be inaccurate and involve risks, uncertainties and factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from any anticipated future results, express or implied by such forward-looking statements.
Kmart undertakes no obligation to release publicly the results of any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date such statements were made. Consequently, all of the forward-looking statements are qualified by these cautionary statements and there can be no assurance that the results or developments anticipated will be realized or that they will have the expected effects on our business or operations. The forward-looking statements contained herein or otherwise that we make or are made on our behalf speak only as of the date of this report, or if not contained herein, as of the date when made, and we do not undertake to update these risk factors or such forward-looking statements.
Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, factors relating to Kmart's internal operations and the external environment in which it operates; Kmart's ability to successfully implement business strategies and otherwise fund and execute planned changes in various aspects of the business; the successful integration of Kmart's and Sears' business and operations if the merger is approved by the shareholders; marketplace demand for the products of Kmart's key brand partners, as well as the engagement of appropriate new brand partners; changes in consumer spending and Kmart's ability to anticipate buying patterns and implement appropriate inventory strategies; Kmart's ability to reverse its negative same-store sales trend; competitive pressures and other third party actions, including pressures from pricing and other promotional activities of competitors, as well as new competitive store openings; Kmart's ability to properly monitor its inventory needs in order to timely acquire desired goods in appropriate quantities and/or fulfill labor needs at planned costs; Kmart's ability to attract and retain customers; Kmart's ability to maintain contracts, including leases, that are critical to its operations; Kmart's ability to develop a market niche; regulatory and legal developments; general economic conditions; changes in consumer confidence, tastes, preferences and spending; the availability and level of consumer debt; the possibility that new business and strategic options will be identified, potentially including selective acquisitions, dispositions, restructurings, joint ventures and partnerships; trade restrictions, tariffs, and other factors potentially affecting the ability to find qualified vendors and access products in an efficient manner; the outcome of pending legal proceedings; social and political conditions such as war, political unrest and terrorism or natural disasters; the possibility of negative investment returns in Kmart's pension plan; changes in interest rates; other factors affecting business beyond Kmart's control; the effect of seasonable buying patterns, which are difficult to forecast with certainty; and Kmart's ability to attract, motivate and/or retain key executives and associates. Additional factors that could cause Kmart's results to differ materially in connection with the pending business combination with Sears, Roebuck and Co. can be found in Sears Holding Corporation's Registration Statement on Form S-4 (Registration No. 333-120954) filed with the SEC and available at the SEC's Internet site www.sec.gov .
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Dollars in millions, except per share data) Fiscal 4th Quarter January 26, 2005 January 28, 2004 Sales $5,909 $6,328 Cost of sales, buying and occupancy 4,402 4,740 Gross margin 1,507 1,588 Selling, general and administrative expenses 1,070 1,177 Net gain on sales of assets (35) (86) Operating income 472 497 Interest expense, net 23 69 Bankruptcy-related recoveries (46) (4) Equity income in unconsolidated subsidiaries - (2) Income before income taxes 495 434 Provision for income taxes 186 164 Net income $309 $270 Basic net income per common share $3.48 $3.02 Diluted net income per common share $3.09 $2.78 Basic weighted average shares (millions) 88.7 89.5 Diluted weighted average shares (millions) 101.1 99.6 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Dollars in millions, except per share data) Predecessor Successor Company Company 39-Weeks 13-Weeks Fiscal Year Ended Ended January 28, April 30, 2004 2004 2003 Sales $19,701 $17,072 $6,181 Cost of sales, buying and occupancy 14,670 13,084 4,762 Gross margin 5,031 3,988 1,419 Selling, general and administrative expenses 4,156 3,581 1,421 Net gain on sales of assets (946) (89) - Restructuring, impairment and other charges - - 37 Operating income (loss) 1,821 496 (39) Interest expense, net 108 127 57 Bankruptcy-related recoveries (59) (4) - Equity income in unconsolidated subsidiaries (3) (5) (7) Reorganization items, net - - 769 Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes 1,775 378 (858) Provision for (benefit from) income taxes 669 144 (6) Income (loss) from continuing operations 1,106 234 (852) Discontinued operations (net of income taxes of $0) - - (10) Net income (loss) $1,106 $234 $(862) Basic income (loss) per common share from continuing operations $12.39 $2.61 $(1.63) Discontinued operations - - (0.02) Basic net income (loss) per common share $12.39 $2.61 $(1.65) Diluted income (loss) per common share from continuing operations $11.00 $2.51 $(1.63) Discontinued operations - - (0.02) Diluted net income (loss) per common share $11.00 $2.51 $(1.65) Basic weighted average shares (millions) 89.3 89.6 522.7 Diluted weighted average shares (millions) 101.4 93.3 522.7 CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Dollars in millions, except per share data) January 26, 2005 January 28, 2004 ASSETS Current Assets Cash and cash equivalents $3,435 $2,088 Merchandise inventories 3,281 3,238 Accounts receivable, net 646 301 Other current assets 179 184 Total current assets 7,541 5,811 Property and equipment, net 315 153 Deferred tax asset 726 33 Other assets and deferred charges 69 77 Total Assets $8,651 $6,074 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Current Liabilities Mortgages payable due within one year $4 $4 Accounts payable 1,092 820 Accrued expenses and other liabilities 717 671 Taxes other than income taxes 273 281 Total current liabilities 2,086 1,776 Long-term Liabilities Long-term debt and mortgages payable 91 76 Capital lease obligations 276 374 Pension obligations 1,004 873 Unfavorable operating leases 294 342 Other long-term liabilities 431 424 Total liabilities 4,182 3,865 Shareholders' Equity Preferred stock 20,000,000 shares authorized; no shares outstanding - - Common stock $0.01 par value, 500,000,000 shares authorized; 88,693,006 and 89,633,760 shares issued, respectively 1 1 Treasury stock, at cost (86) (1) Capital in excess of par value 3,291 1,974 Retained earnings 1,340 234 Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income (77) 1 Total shareholders' equity 4,469 2,209 Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $8,651 $6,074 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Dollars in millions) Predecessor Successor Company Company 39-Weeks 13-Weeks Fiscal Year Ended Ended January 28, April 30, 2004 2004 2003 Cash Flows From Operating Activities Net income (loss) $1,106 $234 $(862) Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 69 53 177 Store closings inventory charges 14 - - Net gain on sales of assets (946) (89) - Net gain on bankruptcy-related settlements (59) (4) - Deferred income taxes 597 137 - Equity income in unconsolidated subsidiaries (3) (5) (7) Restructuring, impairments and other charges - - 44 Reorganization items, net - - 769 Net cash received from bankruptcy- related settlements 10 4 - Dividends received from Meldisco 3 - 36 Cash used for store closings and other charges - (15) (64) Cash used for payments of exit costs and other reorganization items - (481) (19) Change in: Merchandise inventories (57) 1,193 480 Accounts receivable 44 86 114 Accounts payable 272 (340) (117) Taxes payable 77 (197) (16) Other assets 53 34 9 Other liabilities (112) 126 32 Net cash provided by operating activities 1,068 736 576 Cash Flows From Investing Activities Proceeds from sales of assets 562 182 64 Capital expenditures (230) (108) (4) Net cash provided by investing activities 332 74 60 Cash Flows From Financing Activities Payments on capital lease obligations (49) (75) (16) Payments on debt (4) (37) (1) Debt issuance costs - (48) - Fees paid to Plan Investors - (13) - Purchase of treasury stock - (4) - Issuance of common shares - 140 - Proceeds from issuance of debt - 83 - Net cash (used for) provided by financing activities (53) 46 (17) Net change in cash and cash equivalents 1,347 856 619 Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 2,088 1,232 613 Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $3,435 $2,088 $1,232
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