Nordstrom Reports First Quarter 2013 Earnings

Nordstrom Reports First Quarter 2013 Earnings

Affirms Full-Year EPS Guidance

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nordstrom, Inc. (NYS: JWN) today reported earnings per diluted share of $0.73 for the first quarter ended May 4, 2013, representing a 4.3 percent increase from $0.70 for the same quarter last year. Net earnings were $145 million compared with $149 million for the same quarter last year.

Total Company net sales of $2.7 billion for the first quarter increased 4.8 percent compared with net sales of $2.5 billion during the same period in fiscal 2012. Total Company same-store sales increased 2.7 percent compared with the same period in fiscal 2012, on top of last year's same-store sales increase of 8.5 percent.

First quarter performance was consistent with the lower end of the Company's expectations as lower than planned sales volume was mitigated by the Company's management of inventory and expenses. While in the first two months of the quarter the Company experienced particularly soft sales trends in seasonal merchandise and geographically in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions, overall sales trends showed improvement in April.

The Company continues to expect annual earnings per diluted share consistent with the previous outlook of $3.65 to $3.80. This reflects full-year same-store sales increases of 3 to 5 percent and incorporates the performance of the first quarter. It also includes the impact of share repurchases in the first quarter, which is expected to increase earnings per diluted share by approximately $0.05.


  • Nordstrom same-store sales, which consist of the full-line and Direct businesses, increased 3.1 percent. Top-performing merchandise categories included Cosmetics, Women's Apparel and Handbags. Women's Apparel outpaced the multi-channel average for the third consecutive quarter.
  • Full-line same-store sales were flat compared with last year's same-store sales increase of 5.6 percent. The Northern California and Southwest regions were the top-performing geographic areas relative to the first quarter of 2012.
  • Direct continued to generate strong sales growth with an increase of 25 percent in the first quarter on top of last year's increase of 44 percent.
  • Nordstrom Rack net sales increased $58 million, or 10 percent, compared with the same period in fiscal 2012, reflecting 16 new store openings since the first quarter of fiscal 2012. Same-store sales increased 0.8 percent for the Rack on top of last year's same-store sales increase of 6.8 percent.
  • Gross profit, as a percentage of net sales, decreased 50 basis points compared with the same period in fiscal 2012. The decrease reflected higher occupancy costs related to the accelerated Rack store expansion, combined with lower than planned sales volume. The decrease was also due to higher expenses associated with the growth in the Fashion Rewards program.
  • Ending inventory per square foot increased 5.9 percent compared with the same period in fiscal 2012. This outpaced sales per square foot growth of 2.3 percent for the quarter and was attributable to the planned investment in pack and hold inventory at Nordstrom Rack.
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses, as a percentage of net sales, increased 14 basis points compared with the same period in fiscal 2012. The increase included incremental costs related to the planned entry into Canada and accelerated Rack store expansion, coupled with a $10 million reduction in the reserve for bad debt taken in the first quarter of 2012. The Company continued to invest in technology and e-commerce to support its accelerated online growth.
  • Earnings before interest and taxes of $275 million decreased 1.8 percent compared to $280 million for the same quarter last year.
  • During the quarter, the Company repurchased 3.0 million shares for $166 million. A total of $1.0 billion remains under existing share repurchase board authorizations. The actual number and timing of future share repurchases, if any, will be subject to market and economic conditions and applicable Securities and Exchange Commission rules.
  • Return on invested capital (ROIC) for the 12 months ended May 4, 2013 of 14.0 percent increased from 13.1 percent in the prior 12-month period. A reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to the closest GAAP measure is included below.


Beginning in the first quarter of 2013, Nordstrom reclassified amounts in its financial statements to reflect the way the Company views and measures its business. As the Company continues to execute its long-term growth strategy and make investments across operating segments, aligning expenses with the associated benefits enhances the ability to evaluate segment performance. These reclassifications did not impact net earnings, earnings per share, financial position or cash flows.

The Company reclassified Fashion Rewards expenses and technology expenses between our Retail Business and Credit segment. In addition, the Company previously presented bad debt expense associated with finance charges and fees as part of selling, general and administrative expenses. The Company now presents this as a reduction of credit card revenue. For additional detail, see the Form 8-K filed on May 16, 2013 and the Investor Relations section of the Company's corporate website at


Nordstrom opened the following stores in the first quarter of 2013:

Location Store Name Square



Nordstrom Rack   
Boston, MassachusettsThe Newbry39March 14
Upland, CaliforniaColonies Crossroads35March 14
Ann Arbor, MichiganArborland Center30April 18
Lake Orion, MichiganBaldwin Commons35April 18
Washington, D.C. L Street 34 April 18

Additionally, today the Company opened Rack stores in Alabama, Maine and Maryland.



The Company's earnings per diluted share expectations for fiscal 2013 are unchanged. The Company's expectations for fiscal 2013, shown in comparison to the reclassified 53-week fiscal 2012 where applicable, are as follows:

 Prior Outlook Current Outlook
Total sales4.5 to 6.5 percent increase4 to 6 percent increase
Same-store sales3.5 to 5.5 percent increase3 to 5 percent increase
Credit card revenues1$0 to $5 million increase$0 to $5 million increase
Gross profit (%)10 to 30 basis point decrease10 to 30 basis point decrease
Selling, general and administrative expenses (%)10 to 10 basis point decrease0 to 10 basis point decrease
Interest expense, net$5 million decrease$5 million decrease
Effective tax rate39.0 percent39.0 percent
Earnings per diluted share, excluding the impact of any future share repurchases

$3.65 to $3.80

$3.65 to $3.80

Diluted shares outstandingApproximately 203 millionApproximately 200 million

1 Impacted by financial statement reclassifications as described above. These reclassifications did not result in a change to the current outlook relative to the prior outlook.


The 53rd week in fiscal 2012 creates a timing shift in the 4-5-4 calendar for fiscal 2013 that is expected to impact comparisons of performance to the prior year. Same-store sales are compared with the first 52 weeks of 2012. In 2013, the Anniversary Sale, which is the Company's largest sale event of the year, will occur in the second quarter, while in fiscal 2012 it overlapped the second and third quarters.

The Company is providing the following view of quarterly trends, relative to annual fiscal 2013 expectations:

 Annual Fiscal

2013 Guidance

 Compared to Annual Fiscal 2013 Guidance Range

Second Quarter 2013

 Second Half 2013
Same-store sales3 to 5 percent increaseAbove Below
Earnings per diluted share 3 to 7 percent increase Above Below


The Company's senior management will host a conference call to discuss first quarter 2013 results and 2013 outlook at 4:45 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time today. To listen to the live call online and view the speakers' slides and Performance Summary document, visit the Investor Relations section of the Company's corporate website at An archived webcast with the speakers' slides and Performance Summary document will be available in the Earnings section for one year. Interested parties may also dial 415-228-4850 (passcode: NORD). A telephone replay will be available beginning approximately one hour after the conclusion of the call by dialing 203-369-0544 (a passcode is not required) until the close of business on May 23, 2013.


Nordstrom, Inc. is one of the nation's leading fashion specialty retailers. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 248 stores in 33 states, including 117 full-line stores, 127 Nordstrom Racks, two Jeffrey boutiques, one treasure&bond store and one clearance store. Nordstrom also serves customers through and through its catalogs. Additionally, the Company operates in the online private sale marketplace through its subsidiary HauteLook. Nordstrom, Inc.'s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

Certain statements in this news release contain or may suggest "forward-looking" information (as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) that involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, anticipated financial outlook for the fiscal year ending February 1, 2014, anticipated annual same-store sales rate, anticipated Return on Invested Capital, anticipated store openings and trends in our operations. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the company's management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual future results may differ materially from historical results or current expectations depending upon factors including, but not limited to: successful execution of our growth strategy, including expansion into new markets, technological investments and acquisitions, our ability to realize the anticipated benefits from such growth initiatives, and the timely completion of construction associated with newly planned stores, relocations and remodels, all of which may be impacted by the financial health of third parties; our ability to manage the transformation of our business/financial model as we increase our investments in growth opportunities, including our online business and our ability to manage related organizational changes; our ability to maintain relationships with our employees and to effectively attract, develop and retain our future leaders; effective inventory management, disruptions in our supply chain and our ability to control costs; the impact of any systems failures, cybersecurity and/or security breaches, including any security breach that results in the theft, transfer or unauthorized disclosure of customer, employee or company information or our compliance with information security and privacy laws and regulations in the event of such an incident; successful execution of our information technology strategy; efficient and proper allocation of our capital resources; our ability to safeguard our reputation and maintain our vendor relationships; the impact of economic and market conditions and the resultant impact on consumer spending patterns; our ability to respond to the business environment, fashion trends and consumer preferences, including changing expectations of service and experience in stores and online; the effectiveness of planned advertising, marketing and promotional campaigns in the highly competitive retail industry; weather conditions, natural disasters, health hazards, national security or other market disruptions, or the prospects of these events and the impact on consumer spending patterns; our compliance with applicable banking related laws and regulations impacting our ability to extend credit to our customers, employment laws and regulations, certain international laws and regulations, other laws and regulations applicable to us, including the outcome of claims and litigation and resolution of tax matters, and ethical standards; impact of the current regulatory environment and financial system and health care reforms; compliance with debt covenants, availability and cost of credit, changes in interest rates, and trends in personal bankruptcies and bad debt write-offs; and the timing and amounts of share repurchases by the company, if any, or any share issuances by the company, including issuances associated with option exercises or other matters. Our SEC reports, including our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 2, 2013, contain other information on these and other factors that could affect our financial results and cause actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking information we may provide. The company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events, new information or future circumstances.



(unaudited; amounts in millions, except per share amounts)


Quarter Ended
   5/4/13   4/28/12 
Net sales$2,657$2,535
Credit card revenues 92  90 
Total revenues2,7492,625
Cost of sales and related buying and occupancy costs(1,673)(1,584)
Selling, general and administrative expenses (801) (761)
Earnings before interest and income taxes275280
Interest expense, net (39) (40)
Earnings before income taxes236240
Income tax expense (91) (91)
Net earnings$145 $149 
Earnings per share:
Weighted-average shares outstanding:


(unaudited; amounts in millions)


 5/4/13  2/2/13  4/28/12 
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$1,190$1,285$1,647
Accounts receivable, net2,0872,1292,008
Merchandise inventories1,4851,3601,372
Current deferred tax assets, net226227215
Prepaid expenses and other 84  80  79 
Total current assets5,0725,0815,321

Land, buildings and equipment (net of accumulated depreciation of $4,164, $4,064 and $3,865)

Other assets 264  254  290 
Total assets$8,135 $8,089 $8,258 
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable$1,206$1,011$1,176
Accrued salaries, wages and related benefits230404232
Other current liabilities856804793
Current portion of long-term debt 7  7  6 
Total current liabilities2,2992,2262,207
Long-term debt, net3,1193,1243,137
Deferred property incentives, net482485503
Other liabilities347341328
Commitments and contingencies
Shareholders' equity:

Common stock, no par value: 1,000 shares authorized; 195.0, 197.0 and 208.6 shares issued and outstanding




Retained earnings235315570
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (45) (47) (44)
Total shareholders' equity 1,888  1,913  2,083 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$8,135 $8,089 $8,258 
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(unaudited; amounts in millions)


Quarter Ended
 5/4/13   4/28/12 
Operating Activities
Net earnings$145$149

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

Depreciation and amortization expenses109101
Amortization of deferred property incentives and other, net(16)(18)
Deferred income taxes, net(11)-
Stock-based compensation expense1713
Tax benefit from stock-based compensation613
Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation(7)(14)
Provision for bad debt expense149
Change in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable8(2)
Merchandise inventories(143)(204)
Prepaid expenses and other assets(5)2
Accounts payable141203
Accrued salaries, wages and related benefits(174)(156)
Other current liabilities5433
Deferred property incentives1621
Other liabilities 7  9 
Net cash provided by operating activities 161