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|Best Buy's Second Quarter Diluted EPS Grows 62% Year-Over-Year to $0.60|
Company Significantly Increased Operating Margin in the Quarter
MINNEAPOLIS, Sep 14, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY):
1 Our comparable store sales is comprised of revenue at stores, call centers, and Web sites operating for at least 14 full months as well as revenue related to other comparable sales channels. Relocated, remodeled and expanded stores are excluded from the comparable store sales calculation until at least 14 full months after reopening. Acquired stores are included in the comparable store sales calculation beginning with the first full quarter following the first anniversary of the date of the acquisition. The portion of our calculation of the comparable store sales percentage change attributable to our International segment excludes the effect of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates. The method of calculating comparable store sales varies across the retail industry. As a result, our method of calculating comparable store sales may not be the same as other retailers' methods.
Fiscal Second Quarter 2011 Company Highlights:
Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY), the world's leading retailer of consumer electronics, today reported net earnings of $254 million, or $0.60 per diluted share, for its fiscal second quarter ended August 28, 2010, compared with $158 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, for the prior-year period, up 61% and 62%, respectively.
"We're still in the early stages of our Connected World strategy, but this quarter's results give me continued confidence that we're making progress in driving value through growth in connections for our customers, vendors and shareholders," said Brian Dunn, CEO of Best Buy. "I want to thank our employees for delivering these strong results - especially a significant expansion in operating margin and earnings growth in a quarter with constrained consumer spending."
Company Reports Significant Operating Margin Improvement and Strong Earnings Growth
During the second fiscal quarter of 2011, Best Buy's revenue increased 3 percent to $11.3 billion, compared with revenue of $11.0 billion for the second fiscal quarter of 2010. The increase reflected the impact of net new stores in the past 12 months and essentially flat comparable store sales. The Domestic segment's fiscal second quarter revenue totaled $8.4 billion, an increase of 2 percent versus the prior-year period. This increase was driven by the addition of net new stores, partially offset by a comparable store sales decline of 1 percent. The comparable store sales results were driven primarily by a decline in customer traffic, partially offset by an increase in average ticket. The Domestic segment experienced a low double-digit comparable store sales increase in mobile phones, a high single-digit comparable store sales increase in appliances and a mid single-digit comparable store sales increase in mobile computers, which includes tablet computers. These gains were more than offset by comparable store sales decreases in TVs and entertainment hardware and software. The company noted that the low-double digit comparable store sales decline in TVs was driven by a low double-digit decline in unit sales and moderating price declines. The decline in TV unit sales was driven primarily by weaker overall consumer demand in the TV industry as well as the digital conversion that occurred during the second quarter of fiscal 2010. The company also noted that its online revenue increased approximately 16 percent in the second fiscal quarter versus the prior-year period.
The company believes that its domestic market share declined 50 basis points versus the comparable period last year for the three months ended July 2010. The decline was primarily driven by the impact of lost traffic associated with constrained inventory during the initial iPad launch which adversely impacted traditional mobile computing traffic, the continued decline in entertainment software and moderating market share gains in home theater due to last year's digital conversion. The company noted that it continues to expect to increase its market share for the full fiscal year.
The International segment's fiscal second quarter revenue totaled $2.9 billion, an increase of 6 percent versus the prior-year period. The revenue gain was driven primarily by a 4 percent increase in comparable store sales and the impact of net new stores in the past 12 months. Best Buy Europe reported a comparable store sales gain of approximately 4 percent for the fiscal second quarter on strong demand for smart phones. China reported a comparable store sales gain of approximately 20 percent in the fiscal second quarter as the Five Star brand continued to benefit from growth in consumer spending and government stimulus programs which the company will begin to anniversary in the second half of the fiscal year. Canada reported a comparable store sales decline of approximately 1 percent in the fiscal second quarter on soft consumer spending.
Best Buy reported that gross profit dollars increased significantly faster than revenue, growing 9 percent in the fiscal second quarter versus the prior-year period. The company's gross profit rate for the fiscal second quarter was 25.7 percent of revenue, an increase of 130 basis points when compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2010. The Domestic segment gross profit rate for the fiscal second quarter was 25.8 percent, compared to 24.3 percent for the prior-year period. The 150 basis point year-over-year increase in the gross profit rate was due primarily to the growth and improved gross profit rate of Best Buy Mobile and continued lower promotional and loyalty program costs driven by changes in key categories like home theater, portable electronics and appliances. Consistent with the first quarter, the classification of certain vendor support dollars from selling, general and administrative expense (SG&A) also contributed to the margin rate gain. The International segment gross profit rate for the fiscal second quarter was 25.6 percent, compared to 24.5 percent for the prior-year period. The 110 basis point year-over-year increase was driven by strength in Canada due to promotion effectiveness in several key back-to-school programs and strong store execution and a higher post-pay mix of sales in Best Buy Europe.
The company's SG&A rate for the fiscal second quarter was 22.1 percent of revenue, an increase of 30 basis points when compared to the prior-year period. The rate increase was driven primarily by lower sales leverage partially offset by reduced spending. SG&A dollar growth was driven primarily by the addition of new stores. The company noted, as expected, that its fiscal second quarter SG&A dollar growth rate of 4 percent declined sequentially versus its fiscal first quarter SG&A dollar growth rate of 12 percent.
During the second quarter of fiscal 2011, Best Buy's operating income increased 47 percent to $411 million compared with operating income of $280 million in the prior-year period. The Domestic segment reported fiscal second quarter operating income of $407 million, an increase of 29 percent when compared with operating income in the prior-year period. The International segment generated operating income of $4 million for the fiscal second quarter, an increase of $39 million when compared with the prior-year period operating loss. The company noted that its International operating income improved in Canada, Best Buy Europe and the Five Star business in China when compared to the prior-year period.
For the fiscal second quarter, the company recorded an effective income tax rate of 36.1 percent. The rate reflected a less significant effect of foreign losses compared to the prior year and the tax favorable attributes resulting from the previously announced sale of the company's Speakeasy business which was completed during the quarter. The company continues to anticipate that its annual effective income tax rate will fall in the original guidance range of 38.0 to 38.5 percent.
Connected World Initiatives
The company continues to advance its strategy to sell more mobile phone, broadband and TV connections to customers through the evolution of its selling model supported by the completion of various in-store projects. During the fiscal second quarter, the company improved the home theater and mobile computing experiences in its stores in an effort to better demonstrate and educate customers how technology can empower them to connect to the content, networks and people they care most about - anywhere, at any time, on any device. The company increased sales from connection solutions and attached connections at a low double-digit rate for customers purchasing connectable devices such as mobile phones, computers, and TVs during the fiscal second quarter. The company noted that the growth in connections drove a meaningful increase in its Domestic gross profit dollar growth for the quarter. While Best Buy Mobile comprises the largest share of the company's current connections business, its mobile computing and TV categories experienced strong connections growth during the quarter. The company also noted that its connections business is a significant component of its future growth strategy and the company believes that it has the potential to significantly enhance the company's operating margin.
Stock Repurchase and Dividend
During the second quarter of fiscal 2011, the company repurchased approximately $600 million, or 17 million shares of its common stock at an average price of $34 per share. For the first half of fiscal 2011, the company repurchased approximately $700 million, or 20 million shares of its common stock at an average price of $36 per share. The company also noted that it has $1.8 billion remaining capacity under its $5.5 billion share repurchase authorization. On July 27, 2010, the company paid a dividend of 14 cents per common share, or $58 million in the aggregate.
Fiscal 2011 Annual Guidance Increased
"We have focused our efforts on improving operating margins and driving profitable growth in the business and are pleased with the progress we have made fiscal year-to-date in a challenging consumer spending environment," said Jim Muehlbauer, Best Buy's executive vice president and CFO. "Based on the strong operating margin performance in the first half and share repurchases made year-to-date through the fiscal second quarter, we are raising our earnings per share guidance by 10 cents to $3.55 to $3.70."
Based on the performance to date and the company's outlook for the year, guidance for the fiscal year ending on Feb. 26, 2011, includes the following assumptions:
More details regarding Best Buy's fiscal 2011 guidance is available on the company's Web site at http://www.bby.com under "Investor Relations." More details regarding historical store counts and square footage are available on the company's Web site at http://www.bby.com under "Investor Relations." Best Buy is scheduled to conduct an earnings conference call at 10 a.m. Eastern Time (9 a.m. Central Time) on September 14, 2010. The call is expected to be available on its Web site http://www.bby.comboth live and after the call. The public may access the call by clicking on "Investor Relations."
Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements:
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 as contained in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that reflect management's current views and estimates regarding future market conditions, company performance and financial results, business prospects, new strategies, the competitive environment and other events. You can identify these statements by the fact that they use words such as "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "project," "plan," "outlook," and other words and terms of similar meaning. These statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the potential results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Among the factors that could cause actual results and outcomes to differ materially from those contained in such forward-looking statements are the following: general economic conditions, changes in consumer preferences, credit market constraints, acquisitions and development of new businesses, divestitures, product availability, sales volumes, pricing actions and promotional activities of competitors, profit margins, weather, changes in law or regulations, foreign currency fluctuation, availability of suitable real estate locations, the company's ability to react to a disaster recovery situation, the impact of labor markets and new product introductions on overall profitability, failure to achieve anticipated benefits of announced transactions and integration challenges relating to new ventures. A further list and description of these risks, uncertainties and other matters can be found in the company's annual report and other reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, Best Buy's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on April 28, 2010. Best Buy cautions that the foregoing list of important factors is not complete and assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement that it may make.
About Best Buy Co., Inc.
With operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, China, Mexico and Turkey, Best Buy is a multinational retailer of technology and entertainment products and services with a commitment to growth and innovation. The Best Buy family of brands and partnerships collectively generates more than $49 billion in annual revenue and includes brands such as Best Buy, Audiovisions, Best Buy Mobile, The Carphone Warehouse, Five Star, Future Shop, Geek Squad, Magnolia Audio Video, Napster, Pacific Sales, and The Phone House. Approximately 180,000 employees apply their talents to help bring the benefits of these brands to life for customers through retail locations, multiple call centers and Web sites, in-home solutions, product delivery and activities in our communities. Community partnership is central to the way we do business at Best Buy. In fiscal 2010, the company donated $25.2 million to improve the vitality of the communities where its employees and customers live and work. For more information about Best Buy, visit http://www.bby.com.
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