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L Brands Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Earnings

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 24, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- L Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LB) today reported record 2015 fourth quarter and full-year results.

Leslie H. Wexner, chairman and chief executive officer, commented, “We delivered record results in a year when many retailers struggled. These results are a reflection of the strength of our brands and were driven by tremendous focus and execution across the enterprise. I am very optimistic heading into 2016 and confident in our growth opportunities.”

Fourth Quarter Results
Earnings per share for the fourth quarter ended Jan. 30, 2016, increased 14% to $2.15 from $1.89 for the quarter ended Jan. 31, 2015. Fourth quarter operating income increased 13% to $1.078 billion from $957.0 million last year. Net income increased 13% to $636.0 million compared to $564.8 million last year.

Net sales for the fourth quarter ended Jan. 30, 2016, were $4.395 billion, an increase of 8% compared to $4.069 billion for the quarter ended Jan. 31, 2015. Comparable store sales for the fourth quarter ended Jan. 30, 2016, increased 6%.

Full-Year Results
Adjusted earnings per share for the year ended Jan. 30, 2016, which exclude a $78.1 million ($0.23 per share) first quarter pre-tax gain on the sale of the company’s remaining interest in the third-party apparel sourcing business, increased 14% to $3.99 compared to $3.50 for the year ended Jan. 31, 2015. Full-year operating income increased 12% to $2.192 billion compared to $1.953 billion last year, and adjusted net income was $1.184 billion compared to $1.042 billion last year.

Including the gain from the sale of the sourcing business mentioned above, reported full-year earnings per share were $4.22 compared to $3.50 last year, and net income was $1.253 billion compared to $1.042 billion last year.

Net sales for the year ended Jan. 30, 2016, were $12.154 billion, an increase of 6% compared to $11.454 billion for the year ended Jan. 31, 2015. Comparable store sales for the year ended Jan. 30, 2016, increased 5%.

2016 Outlook
The company currently expects 2016 full-year earnings per share to be between $3.90 and $4.10, including earnings per share between $0.50 and $0.55 in the first quarter. The 2016 earnings per share forecast includes negative impacts related to continued pressure from foreign currency exchange rates and incremental interest expense related to the $1 billion October 2015 note issuance.

The company expects to report a mid-single digit increase in February comparable store sales, above expectations for a low-single digit increase, reflecting a mid-single digit increase at both Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works.

Beginning with the February 2016 sales report, the company will include direct sales in comparable store sales results, consistent with industry practice.

Earnings Call and Additional Information
L Brands will conduct its fourth quarter earnings call at 9 a.m. Eastern on Feb. 25. To listen, call 1-866-363-4673 (international dial-in number: 1-973-200-3978). For an audio replay, call 1-855-859-2056 (conference ID 33156271) (international replay number: 1-404-537-3406 (conference ID 33156271)) or log onto www.LB.com. Additional fourth quarter and full-year financial information is also available at www.LB.com.

ABOUT L BRANDS:
L Brands, through Victoria’s Secret, PINK, Bath & Body Works, La Senza and Henri Bendel, is an international company. The company operates 3,005 company-owned specialty stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, and its brands are sold in more than 700 additional noncompany-owned locations worldwide. The company’s products are also available online at www.VictoriasSecret.com, www.BathandBodyWorks.com, www.HenriBendel.com and www.LaSenza.com.

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

L Brands, Inc. cautions that any forward-looking statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) contained in this press release or the fourth quarter earnings call involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various factors, many of which are beyond our control. Accordingly, our future performance and financial results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in any such forward-looking statements. Words such as “estimate,” “project,” “plan,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “planned,” “potential” and any similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements. Risks associated with the following factors, among others, in some cases have affected and in the future could affect our financial performance and actual results and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements included in this press release or the fourth quarter earnings call:

  • general economic conditions, consumer confidence, consumer spending patterns and market disruptions including severe weather conditions, natural disasters, health hazards, terrorist activities, financial crises, political crises or other major events, or the prospect of these events;
  • the seasonality of our business;
  • the dependence on a high volume of mall traffic and the availability of suitable store locations on appropriate terms;
  • our ability to grow through new store openings and existing store remodels and expansions;
  • our ability to successfully expand into global markets and related risks;
  • our relationships with independent franchise, license and wholesale partners;
  • our direct channel businesses;
  • our failure to protect our reputation and our brand images;
  • our failure to protect our trade names, trademarks and patents;
  • the highly competitive nature of the retail industry generally and the segments in which we operate particularly;
  • consumer acceptance of our products and our ability to keep up with fashion trends, develop new merchandise and launch new product lines successfully;
  • our ability to source, distribute and sell goods and materials on a global basis, including risks related to:
    • political instability;
    • duties, taxes and other charges;
    • legal and regulatory matters;
    • volatility in currency exchange rates;
    • local business practices and political issues;
    • potential delays or disruptions in shipping and transportation and related pricing impacts;
    • disruption due to labor disputes; and
    • changing expectations regarding product safety due to new legislation;
  • fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates;
  • stock price volatility;
  • our failure to maintain our credit rating;
  • our ability to service or refinance our debt;
  • our ability to retain key personnel;
  • our ability to attract, develop and retain qualified employees and manage labor-related costs;
  • the inability of our manufacturers to deliver products in a timely manner and meet quality standards;
  • fluctuations in product input costs;
  • fluctuations in energy costs;
  • increases in the costs of mailing, paper and printing;
  • claims arising from our self-insurance;
  • our ability to implement and maintain information technology systems and to protect associated data;
  • our failure to maintain the security of customer, associate, supplier or company information;
  • our failure to comply with regulatory requirements;
  • tax matters; and
  • legal and compliance matters.

We are not under any obligation and do not intend to make publicly available any update or other revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release or the fourth quarter earnings call to reflect circumstances existing after the date of this press release or the fourth quarter earnings call or to reflect the occurrence of future events even if experience or future events make it clear that any expected results expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements will not be realized. Additional information regarding these and other factors can be found in Item 1A. Risk Factors in our 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

L BRANDS
FOURTH QUARTER 2015

Comparable Store Sales Increase (Decrease):

Fourth Quarter Year
2015 2014 2015 2014
Victoria’s Secret Stores1 5% 4% 5% 3%
Bath & Body Works1 6% 8% 5% 6%
L Brands 6% 6% 5% 4%
Victoria’s Secret Direct Sales 15% (2%) 3% (1%)

1 – Results include company-owned stores in the United States and Canada.


Total Sales (Millions):

Fourth Quarter Year-to-Date
2015 2014 2015 2014
Victoria’s Secret Stores1$2,047.2 $1,914.2 $6,112.5 $5,700.2
Victoria’s Secret Direct 567.1 492.1 1,559.6 1,507.4
Total Victoria’s Secret$2,614.3 $2,406.3 $7,672.1 $7,207.6
Bath & Body Works1$1,361.8 $1,276.7 $3,225.0 $3,047.8
Bath & Body Works Direct 157.8 127.3 361.6 301.8
Total Bath & Body Works$1,519.6 $1,404.0 $3,586.6 $3,349.6
VS & BBW International2$ 112.3 $ 105.5 $ 385.2 $ 335.9
Other3$148.8 $152.9 $509.9 $561.0
L Brands$ 4,395.0 $ 4,068.7 $ 12,153.8 $ 11,454.1

1 – Results include company-owned stores in the United States and Canada.
2 – Results include retail sales from company-owned stores outside of the United States and Canada and royalty and wholesale sales associated with partner-operated stores.
3 – Results include La Senza, Henri Bendel and Mast external sales.


Total Company-Owned Stores:

Stores Stores
Operating Operating
at 1/31/15 Opened Closed at 1/30/16
Victoria's Secret U.S. 98312 (5)990
PINK U.S. 11516 (3)128
Victoria's Secret Canada 316 - 37
PINK Canada 10- (1)9
Total Victoria’s Secret 1,13934 (9)1,164
Bath & Body Works U.S. 1,55823 (7)1,574
Bath & Body Works Canada 8810 - 98
Total Bath & Body Works 1,64633 (7)1,672
Victoria’s Secret U.K. 84 - 12
PINK U.K. 2- - 2
Henri Bendel 29- - 29
La Senza Canada 1451 (20)126
Total L Brands Stores 2,96972 (36)3,005


Total Noncompany-Owned Stores:

Stores Stores
Operating Operating
at 1/31/15 Opened Closed at 1/30/16
Victoria’s Secret Beauty & Accessories 29088 (5)373
Victoria’s Secret 133 - 16
PINK 12 - 3
Bath & Body Works 8047 (2)125
La Senza 2665 (50)221
Total 650145 (57)738


L BRANDS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
THIRTEEN WEEKS ENDED JANUARY 30, 2016 AND JANUARY 31, 2015
(Unaudited)
(In thousands except per share amounts)
2015 2014
Net Sales$ 4,395,039 $ 4,068,685
Costs of Goods Sold, Buying and Occupancy (2,392,626) (2,233,914)
Gross Profit 2,002,413 1,834,771
General, Administrative and Store Operating Expenses (924,435) (877,818)
Operating Income 1,077,978 956,953
Interest Expense (97,151) (77,744)
Other Income 1,274 337
Income Before Income Taxes 982,101 879,546
Provision for Income Taxes 346,084 314,733
Net Income $ 636,017 $ 564,813
Net Income Per Diluted Share$ 2.15 $ 1.89
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding 295,174 299,040

L BRANDS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
FIFTY-TWO WEEKS ENDED JANUARY 30, 2016 AND JANUARY 31, 2015
(Unaudited)
(In thousands except per share amounts)
2015 2014
Net Sales$ 12,153,789 $ 11,454,078
Costs of Goods Sold, Buying and Occupancy (6,950,299) (6,646,427)
Gross Profit 5,203,490 4,807,651
General, Administrative and Store Operating Expenses (3,011,981) (2,854,531)
Operating Income 2,191,509 1,953,120
Interest Expense (333,739) (324,042)
Other Income 76,609 6,653
Income Before Income Taxes 1,934,379 1,635,731
Provision for Income Taxes 681,387 593,771
Net Income $ 1,252,992 $ 1,041,960
Net Income Per Diluted Share$ 4.22 $ 3.50
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding 296,788 297,960

L BRANDS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
FIFTY-TWO WEEKS ENDED JANUARY 30, 2016 AND JANUARY 31, 2015
(Unaudited)
(In thousands except per share amounts)
2015 2014
Reported Adjustments Adjusted Reported
Net Sales$ 12,153,789 $ - $ 12,153,789 $ 11,454,078
Costs of Goods Sold, Buying & Occupancy (6,950,299) (6,950,299) (6,646,427)
Gross Profit 5,203,490 - 5,203,490 4,807,651
General, Administrative and Store Operating Expenses (3,011,981) (3,011,981) (2,854,531)
Operating Income 2,191,509 - 2,191,509 1,953,120
Interest Expense (333,739) - (333,739) (324,042)
Other Income 76,609 (78,057) (1,448) 6,653
Income Before Income Taxes 1,934,379 (78,057) 1,856,322 1,635,731
Provision for Income Taxes 681,387 (9,079) 672,308 593,771
Net Income $ 1,252,992 $ (68,978) $ 1,184,014 $ 1,041,960
Net Income Per Diluted Share$ 4.22 $ 3.99 $ 3.50
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding 296,788 296,788 297,960
See Notes to Consolidated Statements of Income and Reconciliation of Adjusted Results for additional information.


L BRANDS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND
RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED RESULTS
(Unaudited)

The “Adjusted Results” provided in the attached unaudited Consolidated Statements of Income and Reconciliation of Adjusted Results are non-GAAP financial measures and reflect the following:

Fiscal 2015

In the second, third and fourth quarters of 2015, there were no adjustments to results.

In the first quarter of 2015, adjusted results exclude the following:

  • A $78.1 million pre-tax gain ($69.0 million net of tax) included in other income, related to the sale of our remaining interest in the third-party apparel sourcing business.

Fiscal 2014

In the first, second, third and fourth quarters of 2014, there were no adjustments to results.

The Unaudited Adjusted Consolidated Statements of Income should not be construed as an alternative to the reported results determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Further, the Company’s definition of adjusted income information may differ from similarly titled measures used by other companies. While it is not possible to predict future results, management believes the adjusted information is useful for the assessment of the ongoing operations of the Company. The Unaudited Adjusted Consolidated Statements of Income should be read in conjunction with the Company’s historical financial statements and notes thereto contained in the Company’s quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and annual report on Form 10-K.


For further information, please contact: L Brands: Investor Relations Amie Preston (614) 415-6704 apreston@lb.com Media Relations Tammy Roberts Myers (614) 415-7072 communications@lb.com

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