Kmart Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: KMRT) today reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2004. For the 13 weeks ended April 28, 2004, Kmart Holding Corporation (Kmart or the Successor Company) reported net income of $93 million, or $0.94 per diluted share. Kmart Corporation (the Predecessor Company) reported a net loss of $862 million for the same period in 2003. (1)
Operating income for the 13 weeks ended April 28, 2004 was $165 million, or 3.6% of sales, as compared to a loss of $39 million, or negative 0.6% of sales, for the same period in 2003. The improvement was primarily due to the decrease in selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses and the improvement in gross margin rate, as noted below, partially offset by an overall decline in gross margin dollars due to a reduced store base. Operating income was also impacted by net gains on sales of assets of $32 million in the current quarter, and restructuring, impairment and other charges of $37 million in the same period in 2003. Same-store sales and total sales decreased 12.9% and 25.3%, respectively, for the 13 weeks ended April 28, 2004, compared to the 13 weeks ended April 30, 2003.
Julian C. Day, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kmart, said: "We are delighted with the progress we've made in our business. For the fourth consecutive fiscal quarter, we have reported improved year-over-year profitability and liquidity through our consistent approach of focusing on profitable sales with an improved gross margin rate, reducing operating costs through operational execution, and working to improve the productivity of our assets. These initiatives, together with a renewed focus on communicating the benefits of the Kmart shopping experience to our customers, will continue to characterize our approach going forward."
Day added: "Our focus on the productivity of our asset base, exemplified by the diligent management of our inventories which ended the quarter at $3.4 billion, a reduction of over 23% from the prior year, has been a primary element of our improved liquidity position. We apply similar rigor to managing the productivity of our capital assets, focusing on the need to allocate those assets to their best use. Given our success, Kmart today is a financially strong company."
As of April 28, 2004, Kmart had approximately $2.2 billion in cash and cash equivalents.
Same-store sales include sales of all open stores that have been open for more than 13 full months. The decrease in same-store sales is due primarily to several Company-wide promotional events that occurred in the first quarter of fiscal 2003 along with a reduction in advertising, including the frequency of mid-week circulars in the current year. The decrease in total sales is attributable to the decrease in same-store sales and the closure of 316 stores in the first quarter of fiscal 2003.
Gross margin decreased $282 million to $1.14 billion, for the 13 weeks ended April 28, 2004, from $1.42 billion for the 13 weeks ended April 30, 2003. Gross margin, as a percentage of sales, increased to 24.6% for the 13 weeks ended April 28, 2004, from 23.0% for the comparable period a year ago. Favorably affecting the gross margin rate were fewer clearance markdowns and reduced depreciation expense as a result of the write-off of long-lived assets in conjunction with the application of Fresh-Start accounting.
SG&A expenses decreased $417 million to $1.0 billion, or 21.8% of sales for the 13 weeks ended April 28, 2004, from $1.42 billion, or 23.0% of sales, for the 13 weeks ended April 30, 2003. The decrease in SG&A resulted from reduced payroll and related expenses in stores during the current quarter, as well as the impact of store closings and the corporate cost reduction initiatives implemented in the first quarter of fiscal 2003. Also impacting the decline was a reduction in advertising expenses and lower depreciation as a result of the write-off of long-lived assets in conjunction with the application of Fresh-Start accounting.
Discussion of Non-GAAP Financial Information Year-to-date Adjusted EBITDA
Year-to-date Adjusted EBITDA (Year-to-date earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, net gains 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 solely 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.
13-Weeks Ended April 28, 2004 Net income $93 Adjustments to reconcile to Year-to-date Adjusted EBITDA: Income tax provision 56 Interest expense, net 26 Depreciation and amortization 3 Net gains on sales of assets (32) Bankruptcy-related recoveries (7) Other 14 Year-to-date Adjusted EBITDA $153 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Dollars in millions, except per share data) (Unaudited) Successor Company Predecessor Company 13-Weeks Ended 13-Weeks Ended April 28, 2004 April 30, 2003 Sales $4,615 $6,181 Cost of sales, buying and occupancy 3,478 4,762 Gross margin 1,137 1,419 Selling, general and administrative expenses 1,004 1,421 Net gains on sales of assets (32) - Restructuring, impairment and other charges - 37 Operating income (loss) 165 (39) Interest expense, net 26 57 Bankruptcy-related recoveries (7) - Equity income in unconsolidated subsidiaries (3) (7) Reorganization items, net - 769 Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes 149 (858) Provision for (benefit from) income taxes 56 (6) Income (loss) from continuing operations 93 (852) Discontinued operations (net of income taxes of $0) - (10) Net income (loss) $93 $(862) Basic income (loss) per common share from continuing operations $1.04 $(1.63) Discontinued operations - (0.02) Basic net income (loss) per common share $1.04 $(1.65) Diluted income (loss) per common share from continuing operations $0.94 $(1.63) Discontinued operations - (0.02) Diluted net income (loss) per common share $0.94 $(1.65) Basic weighted average shares (millions) 89.5 522.7 Diluted weighted average shares (millions) 100.3 522.7 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Dollars in millions, except share data) (Unaudited) Successor Company April 28, January 28, April 30, 2004 2004 2003 ASSETS Current Assets Cash and cash equivalents $2,228 $2,088 $1,232 Merchandise inventories 3,394 3,238 4,431 Accounts receivable, net 237 301 382 Other current assets 169 184 509 Total current assets 6,028 5,811 6,554 Property and equipment, net 190 153 10 Other assets and deferred charges 95 120 96 Total Assets $6,313 $6,084 $6,660 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Current Liabilities Mortgages payable due within one year $4 $4 $8 Accounts payable 985 820 1,160 Accrued payroll and other liabilities 660 671 1,321 Taxes other than income taxes 276 281 274 Total current liabilities 1,925 1,776 2,763 Long-term Liabilities Long-term debt and mortgages payable 102 103 108 Capital lease obligations 360 374 415 Pension obligation 877 873 854 Unfavorable operating leases 329 342 344 Other long-term liabilities 435 424 463 Total liabilities 4,028 3,892 4,947 Shareholders' Equity Preferred stock 20,000,000 shares authorized; no shares outstanding - - - Common stock $0.01 par value, 500,000,000 shares authorized; 89,638,293, 89,633,760 and 89,677,509 shares issued, respectively 1 1 1 Treasury stock, at cost (1) (1) - Capital in excess of par value 1,944 1,943 1,712 Retained earnings 341 248 - Accumulated other comprehensive income - 1 - Total shareholders' equity 2,285 2,192 1,713 Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $6,313 $6,084 $6,660 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Dollars in millions) (Unaudited) Successor Company Predecessor Company 13-Weeks 13-Weeks Ended Ended April 28, 2004 April 30, 2003 Cash Flows From Operating Activities Net income (loss) $93 $(862) Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 7 177 Net gains on sales of assets (32) - Deferred income taxes 19 - Equity income in unconsolidated subsidiaries (3) (7) Restructuring, impairments and other charges - 44 Reorganization items, net - 769 Dividends received from Meldisco 3 36 Cash used for store closings and other charges - (64) Cash used for payments of exit costs and other reorganization items - (19) Change in: Merchandise inventories (156) 480 Accounts receivable 26 114 Accounts payable 165 (117) Taxes payable 33 (16) Other assets 32 9 Other liabilities (45) 32 Net cash provided by operating activities 142 576 Cash Flows From Investing Activities Proceeds from sales of assets 66 64 Capital expenditures (55) (4) Net cash provided by investing activities 11 60 Cash Flows From Financing Activities Payments on capital lease obligations (12) (16) Payments on mortgages (1) (1) Net cash used for financing activities (13) (17) Net change in cash and cash equivalents 140 619 Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 2,088 613 Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $2,228 $1,232 Footnote 1:
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 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 (NASDAQ: KMRT) 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, Kathy Ireland, Martha Stewart Everyday, Route 66 and Sesame Street. Kmart operates more than 1,500 stores in 49 states. For more information visit the Company's website at 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 that reflect, when made, Kmart's current views with respect to current events and financial performance. 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. 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; 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; the resolution of allowed claims for which Kmart is obligated to pay cash under the Plan of Reorganization; 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 normal terms with vendors and service providers; 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; weather conditions, including those which affect buying patterns of Kmart's customers; other factors affecting business beyond Kmart's control; Kmart's ability to attract, motivate and/or retain key executives and associates; and other risks detailed in Kmart's Securities and Exchange Commission filings. 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.
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