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Kohl's Corporation Reports Third Quarter Financial Results

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE:KSS) today reported results for the three and nine month periods ended October 28, 2017.

Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
($ in millions) 2017 2016 Change 2017 2016 Change
Total sales $ 4,332 $ 4,327 0.1% $ 12,319 $ 12,481 (1.3)%
Comparable sales 0.1 % (1.7 )% (1.0 )% (2.4 )%
Gross margin 36.8 % 37.1 % (30) bp 37.6 % 37.4 % 15 bp
Selling, general, and administrative expenses $ 1,095 $ 1,080 1.4% $ 3,053 $ 3,074 (0.7)%
Reported
Net income $ 117 $ 146 (20)% $ 391 $ 303 29%
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.70 $ 0.83 (16)% $

2.32

$ 1.68 39%
Excluding non-recurring items*
Net income $ 117 $ 142 (18)% $ 391 $ 420 (7)%
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.70 $ 0.80 (13)% $

2.32

$ 2.33 0%

*Excludes Impairments, store closing and other costs in 2016.

Kevin Mansell, Kohl's chairman, chief executive officer and president, said, "We are pleased to report an increase in comp sales for the quarter as the traffic momentum we saw in the first half of the year continued. We saw strong results during the back-to-school season, achieving a low single-digit positive comp. The middle of the quarter was soft as we experienced disruptions from the hurricanes and other unseasonal weather. The quarter closed with strong sales in the second half of October."

Dividend

On November 8, 2017, the Kohl's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend on the Company's common stock of $0.55 per share. The dividend is payable December 20, 2017 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 6, 2017.

Store Update

Kohl’s ended the quarter with 1,156 Kohl's stores in 49 states compared with 1,155 Kohl's stores at the same time last year. Kohl's also operates 12 FILA Outlets and four Off/Aisle clearance centers.

Earnings Guidance Update

The Company now expects fiscal 2017 diluted earnings per share of $3.72 to $3.92, which includes the impact of a fourth quarter tax settlement. The Company expects to receive a pre-tax benefit of $30 million from this state tax settlement which will be recorded through its tax rate. Excluding the impact of the tax settlement, the Company expects diluted earnings per share of $3.60 to $3.80, compared to its prior guidance of $3.50 to $3.80 per diluted share.

Third Quarter 2017 Earnings Conference Call

Kohl's will host its quarterly earnings conference call at 8:30 am ET on November 9, 2017. The phone number for the conference call is (800) 230-1085. Replays of the call will be available for 30 days by dialing (800) 475-6701. The conference ID for both the live call and the replay is 413291. The conference call and replays are also accessible via the Company's web site at http://corporate.kohls.com/investors/events-and-presentations.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Kohl's intends forward-looking terminology such as “believes,” “expects,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “anticipates,” “plans,” or similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, which could cause Kohl's actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those described in Item 1A in Kohl's Annual Report on Form 10-K, which is expressly incorporated herein by reference, and other factors as may periodically be described in Kohl's filings with the SEC.

About Kohl's

Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading omnichannel retailer with more than 1,100 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, Kohl’s offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and an easy shopping experience in our stores, online at Kohls.com and on Kohl's mobile app. Throughout its history, Kohl's has given nearly $600 million to support communities nationwide. For a list of store locations or to shop online, visit Kohls.com. For more information about Kohl’s impact in the community and how to join our winning team, visit Corporate.Kohls.com.

KOHL’S CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
(Dollars in Millions, Except per Share Data) October 28,
2017
October 29,
2016
October 28,
2017
October 29,
2016
Net sales $4,332 $4,327 $12,319 $12,481
Cost of merchandise sold 2,737 2,720 7,693 7,812
Gross margin 1,595 1,607 4,626 4,669
As a percent of net sales 36.8% 37.1% 37.6% 37.4%
Operating expenses:
Selling, general, and administrative 1,095 1,080 3,053 3,074
As a percent of net sales 25.3% 25.0% 24.8% 24.6%
Depreciation and amortization 243 232 724 700
Impairments, store closing and other costs (6) 186
Operating income 257 301 849 709
Interest expense, net 74 76 225 233
Income before income taxes 183 225 624 476
Provision for income taxes 66 79 233 173
Net income $117 $146 $391 $303
Average number of shares:
Basic 166 177 168 180
Diluted 166 177 168 180
Net income per share:
Basic $0.70 $0.83 $2.33 $1.68
Diluted $0.70 $0.83

$2.32

$1.68
Excluding non-recurring items*
Net income $117 $142

$391

$420
Diluted net income per share $0.70 $0.80

$2.32

$2.33

*Excludes Impairments, store closing and other costs in 2016.

KOHL’S CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

(Dollars in Millions) October 28,
2017
October 29,
2016
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $736 $597
Merchandise inventories 4,632 4,721
Other 332 336
Total current assets 5,700 5,654
Property and equipment, net 7,974 8,203
Other assets 226 219
Total assets $13,900 $14,076
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $2,113 $2,097
Accrued liabilities 1,237 1,235
Income taxes payable 24 66
Current portion of capital lease and financing obligations 131 128
Total current liabilities 3,505 3,526
Long-term debt 2,796 2,794
Capital lease and financing obligations 1,622 1,702
Deferred income taxes 275 298
Other long-term liabilities 673 649
Shareholders' equity 5,029 5,107
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $13,900 $14,076

KOHL’S CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

Nine Months Ended
(Dollars in Millions) October 28,
2017
October 29,
2016
Operating activities
Net income $391 $303
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash
provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 724 700
Share-based compensation 34 31
Deferred income taxes 2 40
Impairments, store closing and other costs 57
Other non-cash revenues and expenses (4) 20
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Merchandise inventories (829) (679)
Other current and long-term assets 47 20
Accounts payable 606 846
Accrued and other long-term liabilities (11) 23
Income taxes (91) (77)
Net cash provided by operating activities 869 1,284
Investing activities
Acquisition of property and equipment (547) (591)
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment 18 7
Net cash used in investing activities (529) (584)
Financing activities
Treasury stock purchases (288) (441)
Shares withheld for taxes on vested restricted shares (12) (15)
Dividends paid (277) (270)
Capital lease and financing obligation payments (101) (95)
Proceeds from stock option exercises 6
Proceeds from financing obligations 5
Net cash used in financing activities (678) (810)
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (338) (110)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 1,074 707
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $736 $597

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