0000060667-11-000173.txt : 20111017 0000060667-11-000173.hdr.sgml : 20111017 20111017091305 ACCESSION NUMBER: 0000060667-11-000173 CONFORMED SUBMISSION TYPE: 8-K PUBLIC DOCUMENT COUNT: 3 CONFORMED PERIOD OF REPORT: 20111014 ITEM INFORMATION: Cost Associated with Exit or Disposal Activities ITEM INFORMATION: Material Impairments ITEM INFORMATION: Other Events ITEM INFORMATION: Financial Statements and Exhibits FILED AS OF DATE: 20111017 DATE AS OF CHANGE: 20111017 FILER: COMPANY DATA: COMPANY CONFORMED NAME: LOWES COMPANIES INC CENTRAL INDEX KEY: 0000060667 STANDARD INDUSTRIAL CLASSIFICATION: RETAIL-LUMBER & OTHER BUILDING MATERIALS DEALERS [5211] IRS NUMBER: 560578072 STATE OF INCORPORATION: NC FISCAL YEAR END: 0128 FILING VALUES: FORM TYPE: 8-K SEC ACT: 1934 Act SEC FILE NUMBER: 001-07898 FILM NUMBER: 111142954 BUSINESS ADDRESS: STREET 1: 1000 LOWE'S BLVD. CITY: MOORESVILLE STATE: NC ZIP: 28117 BUSINESS PHONE: 7047581000 MAIL ADDRESS: STREET 1: P.O. BOX 1000 CITY: MOORESVILLE STATE: NC ZIP: 28115 8-K 1 lowes8k10172011.htm LOWE'S COMPANIES, INC. FORM 8-K 10-17-2011 lowes8k10172011.htm
 


 
UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
FORM 8-K
 
CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant To Section 13 or 15 (d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
 
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)
October 14, 2011
 
 
LOWE'S LOGO
 
LOWE'S COMPANIES, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
 
North Carolina
   
1-7898
   
56-0578072
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
 
(Commission File
Number)
 
(IRS Employer
 Identification No.)
 
1000 Lowe's Blvd., Mooresville, NC
28117
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)
   
Registrant's telephone number, including area code
(704) 758-1000
 
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:
 
o
Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
 
o
Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)
 
o
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))
 
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Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))



 
 

 

Item 2.05.   Costs Associated with Exit or Disposal Activities.

On October 14, 2011, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (the Company) approved plans to close 20 underperforming stores across the U.S.  Ten of these locations closed at the end of business Sunday, October 16, 2011.  The remaining 10 locations will close within approximately one month.  The decision to close stores is the result of the Company’s realignment of its store operations structure and its efforts to focus resources in a manner that will generate the greatest shareholder value.

The Company expects to recognize total exit costs related to the store closings of $100 to $130 million, including costs associated with lease obligations, employee terminations and inventory adjustments.    Charges associated with lease obligations, net of estimated sublease income, are estimated to range from $80 to $100 million.  Charges associated with employee termination costs are estimated to range from $10 to $15 million.  Charges associated with the lower of cost or market adjustments to inventory are expected to range from $10 to $15 million.  All estimated amounts are subject to change until finalized.  Charges for these exit costs are expected to be recorded in the third and fourth quarters of fiscal 2011.  Total future cash outflows associated with these charges, consisting of net payments on the lease obligations over remaining lease terms and employee termination costs, are expected to be $90 to $115 million.

Item 2.06.  Material Impairments.

As disclosed in Item 2.05 above, on October 14, 2011, the Company approved plans to close 20 underperforming stores across the U.S.  In addition, after completing a comprehensive review of its pipeline of proposed new stores, the Company approved plans on October 14, 2011, to discontinue a number of planned new store projects.  The Company now expects to open 10 to 15 stores per year in North America from 2012 forward, compared to a prior assumption of approximately 30 stores per year.   The store closings and discontinued projects are expected to result in non-cash charges ranging from $245 to $285 million for impairment of the Company’s long-lived assets associated with these locations and the write-off of discontinued project costs.  These non-cash charges are expected to be recognized entirely in the third quarter of fiscal 2011.

Item 8.01.   Other Events.

On October 17, 2011, the Company issued a press release announcing the store closings and discontinued new projects discussed in Items 2.05 and 2.06.  The Company stated in its press release that it expects the financial impacts associated with these store closings and discontinued projects to be $0.17 to $0.20 per diluted share for fiscal 2011.  This expected impact reflects the anticipated charges of $345 to $415 million, as described in Items 2.05 and 2.06 above.

Item 9.01.  Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(c) Exhibits

99.1           Press release dated October 17, 2011, announcing the Company’s closing of 20 underperforming stores.
 
 
 

 
 
SIGNATURE
 
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 
  LOWE'S COMPANIES, INC.  
       
Date: October 17, 2011
By:
/s/ Matthew V. Hollifield  
    Matthew V. Hollifield  
    Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer  
       
EX-99.1 2 exhibit991.htm LOWE'S PRESS RELEASE 10-17-2011 exhibit991.htm
Exhibit 99.1
LOWE'S LOGO

October 17, 2011
 
 
Contacts: Shareholders’/Analysts’ Inquiries: Media Inquiries:
  Tiffany Mason          Chris Ahearn
  704-758-2033           704-758-2304
 
 
LOWE'S CLOSING 20 UNDERPERFORMING STORES

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) announced today the company is closing 20 underperforming stores in 15 states. Ten locations closed at the end of business Sunday, October 16.  The remaining 10 locations will close within approximately one month, following an inventory sell-through.

In addition, after completing a comprehensive review of its pipeline of proposed new stores, the company announced it has discontinued a number of planned new store projects.  Lowe’s now expects to open 10 to 15 stores per year in North America from 2012 forward, compared to a prior assumption of approximately 30 stores per year.  The company is on track to open approximately 25 stores in 2011, as planned.

The expected financial impact of today’s announcements of $0.17 to $0.20 per diluted share was not contemplated in the business outlook for fiscal 2011 which the company provided on August 15 when it released its second quarter earnings.  Additional details regarding the impact of the store closings will be provided in the next quarterly earnings release on November 14.

“Closing stores is never easy, given the impact on hard-working employees and local communities,” said Robert A. Niblock, chairman, president and CEO. “However, we have an obligation to make tough decisions when necessary to improve profitability and strengthen our financial position.

“Lowe’s remains committed to making strategic investments and focusing resources in a manner that will generate the greatest shareholder value, enhance the customer shopping experience and create sustained customer loyalty over the long term,” added Niblock.

Approximately 1,950 employees will be affected by these closing. Employees will receive pay and benefits for 60-90 days.  In addition, Lowe’s will be working with local government agencies to help employees with outplacement assistance.

The stores affected by today’s announcement are located in:
Los Banos, CA
Biddeford, ME
Old Bridge, NJ
Westminster, CA
Ellsworth, ME
Batavia, NY
Denver, CO
Ionia, MI
N. Kingstown, RI
Aurora, IL
Rogers, MN
Emporia, VA
Oswego, IL
Claremont, NH
S. Tacoma, WA
Chalmette, LA
Hooksett, NH
Brown Deer, WI
Haverhill, MA
Manchester, NH
 
 
For additional facts about these announcements, visit store closings and discontinued projects fact sheet.
 
 
With fiscal year 2010 sales of $48.8 billion, Lowe's Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE® 50 company that serves approximately 15 million customers a week at more than 1,725 home improvement stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe's is the second-largest home improvement retailer in the world. For more information, visit Lowes.com.
 

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