EX-99.1 2 d566719dex991.htm EX-99.1 EX-99.1

Exhibit 99.1




May 23, 2018    

For 6:00 am ET Release




Shareholders’/Analysts’ Inquiries:


Media Inquiries:


Tiffany Mason


Colleen Penhall

   704-758-2033    704-758-2958   






— Reaffirms Fiscal Year 2018 Guidance —

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) today reported net earnings of $988 million and diluted earnings per share of $1.19 for the quarter ended May 4, 2018, compared to net earnings of $602 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.70 in the first quarter of 2017. Diluted earnings per share increased 15.5 percent from adjusted diluted earnings per share1 of $1.03 in the same period a year ago.

Sales for the first quarter increased 3.0 percent to $17.4 billion from $16.9 billion in the first quarter of 2017, and comparable sales increased 0.6 percent. Comparable sales for the U.S. home improvement business increased 0.5 percent.

During the quarter, the company adopted the new revenue recognition accounting standard ASU No. 2014-09. As a result, the company reclassified certain items within operating income. This change resulted in an increase to sales of approximately $130 million in the first quarter, driven primarily by the reclassification of the profit sharing income from the company’s proprietary credit program from selling, general and administrative expense. This accounting standard had no impact on comparable sales or diluted earnings per share in the first quarter of 2018. It has been adopted on a modified retrospective basis, therefore the prior year has not been adjusted.

“We drove solid performance in indoor categories and continued to grow our sales to Pro customers. However, prolonged unfavorable weather across geographies led to a delayed spring selling season which impacted results in outdoor categories,” commented Robert A. Niblock, Lowe’s chairman, president and CEO. “Spring has now arrived and we are encouraged by strong sales in the month of May.

“We continue to work diligently to improve conversion, better manage inventory and stabilize gross margin, while investing in the capabilities required to deliver simple and seamless customer experiences,” Niblock added. “I’d like to thank our employees for their commitment and dedication to helping people love where they live.”

Delivering on its commitment to return excess cash to shareholders, the company repurchased $750 million of stock under its share repurchase program and paid $340 million in dividends in the first quarter.

As of May 4, 2018, Lowe’s operated 2,154 home improvement and hardware stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico representing 215.1 million square feet of retail selling space.


1  Adjusted diluted earnings per share is a non-GAAP financial measure. Refer to the “Non-GAAP Financial Measures Reconciliation” section of this release for additional information as well as a reconciliation between the Company’s GAAP and non-GAAP financial results.

A conference call to discuss first quarter 2018 operating results is scheduled for today (Wednesday, May 23) at 9:00 am ET. The conference call will be available by webcast and can be accessed by visiting Lowe’s website at www.Lowes.com/investor and clicking on Lowe’s First Quarter 2018 Earnings Conference Call Webcast. Supplemental slides will be available fifteen minutes prior to the start of the conference call. A replay of the call will be archived on Lowes.com/investor until August 21, 2018.


 Lowe’s Business Outlook

The company has reflected the impact of its adoption of the new revenue recognition accounting standard in its Business Outlook, which resulted in the reclassification of certain items within operating income. Although this change has no effect on operating income, it does positively impact total sales growth by approximately 1 percent and negatively impact operating margin by approximately 10 basis points.

Fiscal Year 2018 (comparisons to fiscal year 2017; based on U.S. GAAP)

    Total sales are expected to increase approximately 5 percent.


    Comparable sales are expected to increase approximately 3.5 percent.


    The company expects to add approximately 10 home improvement and hardware stores.


    Operating income as a percentage of sales (operating margin) is expected to decrease approximately 40 basis points.2


    The effective income tax rate is expected to be approximately 25.5%.


    Diluted earnings per share of $5.40 to $5.50 are expected for the fiscal year ending Feb. 1, 2019.


2  Includes 4 basis point net negative impact from the gain on the sale of the company’s interest in its Australian joint venture (2Q 2017) and the one-time bonus paid to eligible hourly U.S. employees (4Q 2017).


 Disclosure Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements including words such as “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “plan”, “desire”, “project”, “estimate”, “intend”, “will”, “should”, “could”, “would”, “may”, “strategy”, “potential”, “opportunity” and similar expressions are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve estimates, expectations, projections, goals, forecasts, assumptions, risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about future financial and operating results, Lowe’s plans, objectives, business outlook, priorities, expectations and intentions, expectations for sales growth, comparable sales, earnings and performance, shareholder value, capital expenditures, cash flows, the housing market, the home improvement industry, demand for services, share repurchases, Lowe’s strategic initiatives, including those relating to acquisitions by Lowe’s and the expected impact of such transactions on our strategic and operational plans and financial results, and any statement of an assumption underlying any of the foregoing and other statements that are not historical facts. Although we believe that the expectations, opinions, projections and comments reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements involve risks and uncertainties and we can give no assurance that such statements will prove to be correct. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements.

A wide variety of potential risks, uncertainties and other factors could materially affect our ability to achieve the results either expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, management and key personnel change, changes in general economic conditions, such as the rate of unemployment, interest rate and currency fluctuations, changes to tax laws applicable to corporate multinationals, such as the recently enacted U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, fuel and other energy costs, slower growth in personal income, changes in consumer spending, changes in the rate of housing turnover, the availability of consumer credit and of mortgage financing, inflation or deflation of commodity prices, and other factors that can negatively affect our customers, as well as our ability to: (i) respond to adverse trends in the housing industry, a reduced rate of growth in household formation, and slower rates of growth in housing renovation and repair activity, as well as uneven recovery in commercial building

activity; (ii) secure, develop, and otherwise implement new technologies and processes necessary to realize the benefits of our strategic initiatives focused on omni-channel sales and marketing presence and enhance our efficiency; (iii) attract, train, and retain highly-qualified associates; (iv) manage our business effectively as we adapt our operating model to meet the changing expectations of our customers; (v) maintain, improve, upgrade and protect our critical information systems from data security breaches, ransomware and other cyber threats; (vi) respond to fluctuations in the prices and availability of services, supplies, and products; (vii) respond to the growth and impact of competition; (viii) address changes in existing or new laws or regulations that affect consumer credit, employment/labor, trade, product safety, transportation/logistics, energy costs, health care, tax or environmental issues; (ix) positively and effectively manage our public image and reputation and respond appropriately to unanticipated failures to maintain a high level of product and service quality that could result in a negative impact on customer confidence and adversely affect sales; and (x) effectively manage our relationships with selected suppliers of brand name products and key vendors and service providers, including third party installers. In addition, we could experience impairment losses if either the actual results of our operating stores are not consistent with the assumptions and judgments we have made in estimating future cash flows and determining asset fair values, or we are required to reduce the carrying amount of our investment in certain unconsolidated entities. With respect to acquisitions, potential risks include the effect of such transactions on Lowe’s and the target company’s strategic relationships, operating results and businesses generally; our ability to integrate personnel, labor models, financial, IT and other systems successfully; disruption of our ongoing business and distraction of management; hiring additional management and other critical personnel; increasing the scope, geographic diversity and complexity of our operations; significant integration costs or unknown liabilities; and failure to realize the expected benefits of the transaction. For more information about these and other risks and uncertainties that we are exposed to, you should read the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates” included in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the description of material changes thereto, if any, included in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or subsequent filings with the SEC.

The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements. The foregoing list of important factors that may affect future results is not exhaustive. When relying on forward-looking statements to make decisions, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events. All such forward-looking statements are based upon data available as of the date of this release or other specified date and speak only as of such date. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or any person acting on our behalf about any of the matters covered in this release are qualified by these cautionary statements and in the “Risk Factors” included in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and the description of material changes thereto, if any, included in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or subsequent filings with the SEC. We expressly disclaim any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, change in circumstances, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law.


 Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 18 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2017 sales of $68.6 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,390 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 310,000 people. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit Lowes.com.


Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Current and Retained Earnings (Unaudited)

In Millions, Except Per Share and Percentage Data


     Three Months Ended  
     May 4, 2018      May 5, 2017  

Current Earnings

   Amount     % Sales      Amount     % Sales  

Net sales

   $ 17,360       100.00      $ 16,860       100.00  

Cost of sales

     11,348       65.37        11,060       65.60  

Gross margin

     6,012       34.63        5,800       34.40  



Selling, general and administrative

     4,187       24.12        3,876       22.99  

Depreciation and amortization

     360       2.07        365       2.16  

Operating income

     1,465       8.44        1,559       9.25  

Interest - net

     160       0.92        161       0.96  

Loss on extinguishment of debt

     —         —          464       2.75  

Pre-tax earnings

     1,305       7.52        934       5.54  

Income tax provision

     317       1.83        332       1.97  

Net earnings

   $ 988       5.69      $ 602       3.57  













Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic

     825          857    

Basic earnings per common share (1)

   $ 1.19        $ 0.70    

Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted

     826          858    

Diluted earnings per common share (1)

   $ 1.19        $ 0.70    

Cash dividends per share

   $ 0.41        $ 0.35    







Retained Earnings








Balance at beginning of period

   $ 5,425        $ 6,241    

Cumulative effect of accounting change

     33          —      

Net earnings

     988          602    

Cash dividends declared

     (338        (299  

Share repurchases

     (703        (1,198  

Balance at end of period

   $ 5,405        $ 5,346    


(1) Under the two-class method, earnings per share is calculated using net earnings allocable to common shares, which is derived by reducing net earnings by the earnings allocable to participating securities. Net earnings allocable to common shares used in the basic and diluted earnings per share calculation were $985 million for the three months ended May 4, 2018 and $600 million for the three months ended May 5, 2017.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Unaudited)

In Millions, Except Percentage Data


     Three Months Ended  
     May 4, 2018     May 5, 2017  
     Amount     % Sales     Amount     % Sales  

Net earnings

   $ 988       5.69     $ 602       3.57  

Foreign currency translation adjustments - net of tax

     (83     (0.48     (1     —    

Other comprehensive loss

     (83     (0.48     (1     —    

Comprehensive income

   $ 905       5.21     $ 601       3.57  

Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

In Millions, Except Par Value Data


            (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)        
            May 4, 2018     May 5, 2017     February 2, 2018  



Current assets:


Cash and cash equivalents

      $ 1,565     $ 1,963     $ 588  

Short-term investments

        205       84       102  

Merchandise inventory - net

        13,204       12,254       11,393  

Other current assets

        1,059       975       689  










Total current assets

        16,033       15,276       12,772  

Property, less accumulated depreciation

        19,500       19,748       19,721  

Long-term investments

        321       477       408  

Deferred income taxes - net

        199       272       168  


        1,288       1,081       1,307  

Other assets

        896       759       915  










Total assets

      $ 38,237     $ 37,613     $ 35,291  










Liabilities and shareholders’ equity


Current liabilities:


Short-term borrowings

      $ —       $ —       $ 1,137  

Current maturities of long-term debt

        896       295       294  

Accounts payable

        10,104       9,905       6,590  

Accrued compensation and employee benefits

        715       725       747  

Deferred revenue

        1,439       1,415       1,378  

Other current liabilities

        2,620       2,346       1,950  










Total current liabilities

        15,774       14,686       12,096  

Long-term debt, excluding current maturities

        14,948       15,770       15,564  

Deferred revenue - extended protection plans

        808       769       803  

Other liabilities

        962       857       955  










Total liabilities

        32,492       32,082       29,418  










Shareholders’ equity:


Preferred stock - $5 par value, none issued

        —         —         —    

Common stock - $0.50 par value;


Shares issued and outstanding


May 4, 2018


May 5, 2017


February 2, 2018

     830        411       426       415  

Capital in excess of par value

        —         —         22  

Retained earnings

        5,405       5,346       5,425  

Accumulated other comprehensive income/(loss)

        (71     (241     11  










Total shareholders’ equity

        5,745       5,531       5,873  










Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

      $ 38,237     $ 37,613     $ 35,291  










Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

In Millions


     Three Months Ended  
     May 4, 2018      May 5, 2017  

Cash flows from operating activities:


Net earnings

   $ 988      $ 602  

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:


Depreciation and amortization

     387        389  

Deferred income taxes

     (21      (64

Loss on property and other assets - net

     6        11  

Loss on extinguishment of debt

     —          464  

Loss on cost method and equity method investments

     —          7  

Share-based payment expense

     24        26  

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:


Merchandise inventory - net

     (1,846      (1,808

Other operating assets

     (234      (64

Accounts payable

     3,521        3,291  

Other operating liabilities

     604        441  

Net cash provided by operating activities

     3,429        3,295  

Cash flows from investing activities:


Purchases of investments

     (573      (153

Proceeds from sale/maturity of investments

     556        59  

Capital expenditures

     (224      (202

Proceeds from sale of property and other long-term assets

     5        6  

Other - net

     —          (1

Net cash used in investing activities

     (236      (291

Cash flows from financing activities:


Net change in short-term borrowings

     (1,140      (511

Net proceeds from issuance of long-term debt

     —          2,968  

Repayment of long-term debt

     (13      (2,558

Proceeds from issuance of common stock under share-based payment plans

     8        38  

Cash dividend payments

     (340      (304

Repurchase of common stock

     (728      (1,237

Other - net

     (2      (1

Net cash used in financing activities

     (2,215      (1,605

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

     (1      6  

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

     977        1,405  

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

     588        558  

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

   $ 1,565      $ 1,963  

Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures Reconciliation

To provide additional transparency, the company has presented the non-GAAP financial measure of adjusted earnings per share to exclude the impact of certain discrete items, as further described below, not contemplated in Lowe’s original Business Outlook for 2017 to assist the user in understanding performance relative to that Business Outlook. The company believes this non-GAAP financial measure provides useful insight for analysts and investors in evaluating the company’s operational performance.

In the first quarter of 2017, the company recognized a $464 million or $0.33 per share loss on extinguishment of debt in connection with a $1.6 billion cash tender offer.

Adjusted diluted earnings per share should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful indicator of, the company’s diluted earnings per share as prepared in accordance with GAAP. The company’s methods of determining this non-GAAP financial measure may differ from the method used by other companies for this or similar non-GAAP financial measures. Accordingly, this non-GAAP measure may not be comparable to the measures used by other companies.

Detailed reconciliations between the company’s GAAP and non-GAAP financial results are shown below and available on the company’s website at www.lowes.com/investor.


     Three Months Ended  
     (Unaudited)      (Unaudited)  
     May 4, 2018      May 5, 2017  

(millions, except per share data)

     Tax      Net
     Tax     Net

Diluted earnings per share, as reported

         $ 1.19           $ 0.70  

Non-GAAP Adjustments


Loss on extinguishment of debt

     —          —          —          0.54        (0.21     0.33  

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

         $ 1.19           $ 1.03