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FOOT LOCKER, INC. REPORTS FIRST QUARTER 2024 FINANCIAL RESULTS; REAFFIRMS 2024 OUTLOOK


NEW YORK, May 30, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL), the New York-based specialty athletic retailer, today reported financial results for its first quarter ended May 4, 2024.

Mary Dillon, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We had a solid start to the year, which demonstrates that our Lace Up Plan is working.  We delivered comparable sales results and gross margin in line with our expectations, while earnings per share outperformed due to disciplined expense management and some favorable shifts in expense timing.  Importantly, we are well-positioned with fresh assortments as we approach the summer and Back-to-School seasons, and we are pleased to be reaffirming our full-year outlook."

Ms. Dillon continued, "Through our Lace Up Plan, we are strengthening our brand partnerships, enhancing customer engagement through digital and loyalty investments, and solidifying our position at the intersection of basketball and sneaker culture.  In stores, we are elevating the customer experience through store refreshes and our newly unveiled retail concept, which recently opened in Wayne, New Jersey, with four more locations opening this year.  The upcoming launch of our reimagined FLX Rewards program in the U.S. in the second quarter will further strengthen our demand flywheel as we evolve into a modern, omni-channel retailer.  I remain confident that the Lace Up Plan is positioning the Company for sustainable growth and shareholder value creation."

First Quarter Results

See the tables below for the reconciliation of Non-GAAP measures.

Balance Sheet

At quarter-end, the Company's cash and cash equivalents totaled $282 million, while total debt was $446 million.

As of May 4, 2024, the Company's merchandise inventories were $1.7 billion, 5.6% lower than at the end of the first quarter last year.  Excluding the effect of foreign currency fluctuations, merchandise inventories decreased by 4.9% as compared with the first quarter of last year.

Store Base Update

During the first quarter, the Company opened 4 new stores and closed 37 stores. Also during the quarter, the Company remodeled or relocated 16 stores and updated 13 stores to our current design standards, which incorporate key elements of our current brand design specifications.

As of May 4, 2024, the Company operated 2,490 stores in 26 countries in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. In addition, 206 franchised stores were operating in the Middle East and Asia.

Reaffirming 2024 Financial Outlook

The Company's full year 2024 outlook, representing the 52 weeks ending February 1, 2025, is summarized in the table below. 

The full-year Non-GAAP EPS guidance of $1.50-$1.70 includes an approximate $0.10 non-recurring charge in the second quarter of 2024 from the anticipated rollout to the rest of North America of the Company's enhanced FLX loyalty program. This charge is anticipated as loyalty points will be converted into additional benefits for the Company's customers.

Metric

Full Year 2024 Guidance  

Commentary

Sales Change

-1.0% to +1.0%

~1% annual headwind from lapping 53rd week in 2023

Comparable Sales Change

+1.0 to +3.0%


Store Count Change

Down ~4%


Square Footage Change

Down ~1%


Licensing Revenue

~$17 million


Gross Margin

29.8% to 30.0%

Lower markdowns year-on-year

SG&A Rate

24.4% to 24.6%

Ongoing investment spending

D&A

$210 to $215 million


EBIT Margin

2.8% to 3.2%


Net Interest

~$12 million


Non-GAAP Tax Rate

 35.0%-36.0%


Non-GAAP EPS

$1.50-$1.70


Adj. Capital Expenditures*

$345 million


* Adjusted Capex includes capitalized Technology expense

The Company provides earnings guidance only on a non-GAAP basis and does not provide a reconciliation of the Company's forward-looking EBIT, capital expenditures, and diluted earnings per share guidance to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures because of the inherent difficulty in forecasting and quantifying certain amounts that are necessary for such reconciliations.

Conference Call and Webcast
The Company will host a conference call at 9:00 a.m. ET today, May 30, 2024, to review its first quarter 2024 results and provide an update on the business. An investor presentation will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company's corporate website before the start of the conference call. The call may be accessed live by calling toll-free 1-844-701-1163 or international toll 1-412-317-5490, or via footlocker-inc.com. Please log on to the website 15 minutes prior to the call to register. An archived replay of the conference call will be accessible approximately one hour following the end of the call through June 12, 2024, by calling 1-877-344-7529 in the U.S., 1-855-669-9658 in Canada, and 1-412-317-0088 internationally with passcode 3031102. A webcast replay will also be available at footlocker-inc.com.

Disclosure Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Other than statements of historical facts, all statements which address activities, events, or developments that the Company anticipates will or may occur in the future, including, but not limited to, such things as future capital expenditures, expansion, strategic plans, financial objectives, dividend payments, stock repurchases, financial outlook, and other such matters, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on many assumptions and factors, which are detailed in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

These forward-looking statements are based largely on our expectations and judgments and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are unforeseeable and beyond our control. For additional discussion regarding risks and uncertainties that may affect forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" disclosed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended February 3, 2024, filed on March 28, 2024. Any changes in such assumptions or factors could produce significantly different results. The Company undertakes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Foot Locker, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations 

(unaudited)

 

Periods ended May 4, 2024 and April 29, 2023

(In millions, except per share amounts)




First Quarter




2024



2023


Sales


$

1,874



$

1,927


Licensing revenue



5




4


Total revenue



1,879




1,931









Cost of sales



1,335




1,349


Selling, general and administrative expenses



461




431


Depreciation and amortization



51




51


Impairment and other



14




39


Income from operations



18




61









Interest expense, net



(1)




(1)


Other income / (expense), net



(4)




(3)


Income before income taxes



13




57


Income tax expense



5




21


Net income


$

8



$

36









Diluted earnings per share


$

0.09



$

0.38


Weighted-average diluted shares outstanding



95.3




95.1


Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to reporting the Company's financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), the Company reports certain financial results that differ from what is reported under GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures that will be presented will exclude (i) gains or losses related to our minority investments, (ii) impairments and other, and (iii) certain tax matters that we believe are nonrecurring or unusual in nature.

Certain financial measures are identified as non-GAAP, such as sales changes excluding foreign currency fluctuations, adjusted income before income taxes, adjusted net income, and adjusted diluted earnings per share. We present certain amounts as excluding the effects of foreign currency fluctuations, which are also considered non-GAAP measures. Where amounts are expressed as excluding the effects of foreign currency fluctuations, such changes are determined by translating all amounts in both years using the prior-year average foreign exchange rates. Presenting amounts on a constant currency basis is useful to investors because it enables them to better understand the changes in our business that are not related to currency movements.

These non-GAAP measures are presented because we believe they assist investors in allowing a more direct comparison of our performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that we do not believe are indicative of our core business or affect comparability. In addition, these non-GAAP measures are useful in assessing our progress in achieving our long-term financial objectives and are consistent with how executive compensation is determined.

We estimate the tax effect of all non-GAAP adjustments by applying a marginal tax rate to each item. The income tax items represent the discrete amount that affected the period. The non-GAAP financial information is provided in addition, and not as an alternative, to our reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP. The various non-GAAP adjustments are summarized in the tables below.

Foot Locker, Inc.

Non-GAAP Reconciliation

(unaudited)

 

Periods ended May 4, 2024 and April 29, 2023

(In millions, except per share amounts) 

 

Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results:



First Quarter




2024



2023


Pre-tax income:









Income before income taxes


$

13



$

57


Pre-tax adjustments excluded from GAAP:








Impairment and other (1)



14




39


Other income / expense (2)



2




1


Adjusted income before income taxes (non-GAAP)


$

29



$

97











After-tax income:









Net income


$

8



$

36


After-tax adjustments excluded from GAAP:








Impairment and other, net of income tax benefit of $3, and $6 million, respectively (1)



11




33


Other income / expense, net of income tax expense of $-, and $- million, respectively (2)



2




1


Tax reserves benefit (3)



?




(4)


Adjusted net income (non-GAAP)


$

21



$

66





First Quarter




2024



2023


Earnings per share:









Diluted earnings per share


$

0.09



$

0.38


Diluted EPS amounts excluded from GAAP:









Impairment and other (1)



0.11




0.36


Other income / expense (2)



0.02




?


Tax reserves benefit (3)



?




(0.04)


Adjusted diluted earnings per share (non-GAAP)


$

0.22



$

0.70



 Notes on Non-GAAP Adjustments:


(1)

For the first quarter of 2024, impairment and other included a loss accrual for legal claims of $7 million and a $7 million impairment of long-lived assets and right-of-use assets related to the Company's decision to no longer operate, and to sublease, one of its larger unprofitable stores in Europe.

 

For the first quarter of 2023, impairment and other included transformation consulting expense of $19 million, impairment charges of $18 million, primarily accelerated tenancy charges on right-of-use assets for the closures of the Sidestep banner and certain Foot Locker Asia stores, and $2 million of reorganizations costs, primarily related the closure of a North American distribution center, and other costs associated with the closures of the Sidestep banner and certain Foot Locker Asia stores.



(2)

For the first quarters of 2024 and 2023, other income / expense consisted of $2 million and $1 million, respectively, of our share of losses related to equity method investments.



(3)

In the first quarter of 2023, the Company recorded a $4 million benefit related to income tax reserves due to a statute of limitations release. 

 

Foot Locker, Inc.

Sales by Banner

(unaudited)

 

Periods ended May 4, 2024 and April 29, 2023

(In millions)




First Quarter




2024



2023



Constant
Currencies



Comparable
Sales


Foot Locker


$

759



$

744




2.0

%



0.8

%

Champs Sports



267




328




(18.6)




(13.4)


Kids Foot Locker



183




167




9.6




6.4


WSS



160




150




6.7




(5.8)


North America



1,369




1,389




(1.4)




(2.5)


Foot Locker



394




379




3.7




1.6


Sidestep



?




14




(100.0)




n.m.


EMEA



394




393




-




1.6


Foot Locker



72




98




(23.5)




(8.7)


atmos



39




47




(6.4)




0.3


Asia Pacific



111




145




(17.9)




(5.5)


Total


$

1,874



$

1,927




(2.4)

%



(1.8)

%

 

Foot Locker, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(unaudited)

(In millions)




May 4,



April 29,




2024



2023


ASSETS


















Current assets:









Cash and cash equivalents


$

282



$

313


Merchandise inventories



1,659




1,758


Other current assets



414




326





2,355




2,397


Property and equipment, net



910




901


Operating lease right-of-use assets



2,175




2,331


Deferred taxes



114




94


Goodwill



760




781


Other intangible assets, net



392




421


Minority investments



150




629


Other assets



91




89




$

6,947



$

7,643











LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY


















Current liabilities:









Accounts payable


$

515



$

474


Accrued and other liabilities



389




447


Current portion of long-term debt and obligations under finance leases



5




6


Current portion of lease obligations



496




533





1,405




1,460


Long-term debt and obligations under finance leases



441




445


Long-term lease obligations



1,984




2,132


Other liabilities



231




323


Total liabilities



4,061




4,360


Total shareholders' equity



2,886




3,283




$

6,947



$

7,643


 

Foot Locker, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

(unaudited)

(In millions)




Thirteen weeks ended




May 4,



April 29,


($ in millions)


2024



2023


From operating activities:









Net income


$

8



$

36


Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash from operating activities:









Non-cash impairment and other



7




18


Depreciation and amortization



51




51


Deferred income taxes



(5)




(4)


Share-based compensation expense



6




2


Change in assets and liabilities:









Merchandise inventories



(158)




(117)


Accounts payable



151




(16)


Accrued and other liabilities



(3)




(87)


Other, net



1




(1)


Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities



58




(118)


From investing activities:









Capital expenditures



(76)




(59)


Net cash used in investing activities



(76)




(59)


From financing activities:









Dividends paid on common stock



?




(38)


Shares of common stock repurchased to satisfy tax withholding obligations



(4)




(10)


Payment of obligations under finance leases



(2)




(2)


Proceeds from exercise of stock options



5




4


Net cash used in financing activities



(1)




(46)


Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash



2




?


Net change in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash



(17)




(223)


Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of year



334




582


Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period


$

317



$

359


 

Foot Locker, Inc.

Store Count and Square Footage

(unaudited)

 

Store activity is as follows:




February 3,











May 4,



Relocations/




2024



Opened



Closed



2024



Remodels


Foot Locker U.S.



723




?




12




711




4


Foot Locker Canada



85




?




1




84




?


Champs Sports



404




?




9




395




?


Kids Foot Locker



390




1




6




385




3


WSS



141




?




?




141




?


Footaction



1




?




?




1




?


North America



1,744




1




28




1,717




7


Foot Locker Europe (1)



637




3




9




631




16


EMEA



637




3




9




631




16


Foot Locker Pacific



98




?




?




98




4


Foot Locker Asia



13




?




?




13




?


atmos



31




?




?




31




2


Asia Pacific



142




?




?




142




6


Total



2,523




4




37




2,490




29


 

Selling and gross square footage are as follows:



April 29, 2023

May 4, 2024

(in thousands)

Selling

Gross

Selling

Gross

Foot Locker U.S.


2,351


4,025


2,386


4,049

Foot Locker Canada


251


413


257


423

Champs Sports


1,775


2,784


1,508


2,373

Kids Foot Locker


752


1,262


776


1,295

WSS


1,235


1,479


1,458


1,757

Footaction


6


11


3


6

North America


6,370


9,974


6,388


9,903

Foot Locker Europe (1)


1,155


2,372


1,210


2,459

Sidestep


93


179


-


-

EMEA


1,248


2,551


1,210


2,459

Foot Locker Pacific


216


331


246


371

Foot Locker Asia


126


233


52


98

atmos


36


62


28


48

Asia Pacific


378


626


326


517

Total


7,996


13,151


7,924


12,879


(1)  Includes 13 and 10 Kids Foot Locker stores, and the related square footage, operating in Europe for February 3, 2024 and May 4, 2024, respectively.

 

Contacts:

Kate Fitzsimons

Investor Relations

[email protected]

 

Dana Yacyk

Corporate Communications

[email protected] 

 

SOURCE Foot Locker IR


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