Sears Holdings Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

Sears Holdings Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

Sears Holdings Corporation (“Holdings,” “we,” “us,” “our” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: SHLD) today reported its third quarter 2012 results. In summary, we reported:

Adjusted EBITDA increased $34 million for the quarter to a loss of $156 million in 2012 versus a loss of $190 million in 2011. Domestic Adjusted EBITDA increased $18 million (a loss of $164 million in 2012 versus a loss of $182 million in 2011). Sears Canada’s Adjusted EBITDA improved $16 million ($8 million in 2012 versus a loss of $8 million in 2011);
Net loss from continuing operations attributable to Holdings’ shareholders for the third quarter of $498 million ($4.70 loss per diluted share) and $410 million ($3.85 loss per diluted share), in 2012 and 2011, respectively. The third quarter included an effective tax rate of 2.3% in 2012 versus a benefit rate of 18.0% in 2011;
Adjusted loss per diluted share from continuing operations for the third quarter of $1.99 in 2012 and $2.55 in 2011;
For the quarter, selling and administrative expenses declined $139 million;
Sears Domestic’s comparable store sales declined 1.6% in the third quarter of 2012, Kmart’s comparable store sales declined 4.8%, and Sears Canada’s comparable store sales declined 5.7%;
Continued discipline of our investment in inventory with domestic inventory declining $1.4 billion from the prior year balance ($972 million excluding the inventory related to the Sears Hometown and Outlet businesses);
Completed the separation of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. on October 11, 2012 which raised $446.5 million in gross proceeds; and
Partial spin-off to our shareholders of 45% of the outstanding common shares of Sears Canada closed on November 13, 2012.
Lou D’Ambrosio, Sears Holdings’ Chief Executive Officer and President, said, “For the 3rd quarter and year-to-date, we improved EBITDA, accelerated our strategic actions and generated significant cash by delivering on the actions we outlined at our Annual meeting. Our EBITDA improvement in the quarter came from some of our most important categories like Appliances, Apparel, and Home Services as we introduced new offers, honed pricing, effectively managed costs and implemented better inventory management. We did experience shortfalls, however, in categories like Grocery and Household and Consumer Electronics, and are taking actions to improve that performance.

We will continue to take the actions necessary to create value and retain the flexibility to invest in the strategic priorities of our company. We are rapidly moving to a member based business model. Our investments are focused on our members and their experience — at the store, online, and mobile — which is why we are investing in Integrated Retail and our SHOP YOUR WAY membership program. Over half of our revenues at Sears Domestic and Kmart now come from SHOP YOUR WAY membership.

As we commence the holidays, I also want to thank our associates for their hard work and commitment and for most recently their incredible support to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Associates across Sears Holdings worked tirelessly to bring essential goods — from water to blankets to generators – to the people hit hardest by the storm.”

Third Quarter Revenues and Comparable Store Sales

Revenues decreased $548 million to $8.9 billion for the quarter ended October 27, 2012 compared to the prior year quarter. The decline in revenue was primarily due to the effect of having fewer Kmart and Sears Full-line stores in operation and lower domestic comparable store sales for the quarter. Sears Canada’s comparable store sales also decreased and included an increase of $15 million due to changes in foreign currency exchange rates.

Domestic comparable store sales declined 3.1%, comprised of declines of 1.6% at Sears Domestic and 4.8% at Kmart. During the quarter, we saw increased comparable store sales in our apparel and home appliance categories at Sears Domestic. These increases were offset by four primary factors. The largest impact at both Sears Domestic and Kmart was in consumer electronics, which continues to be negatively impacted by price compression, as well as market shifts such as moves to smartphone technology and away from digital cameras, GPS devices, MP3 Players and camcorders in addition to transitions to online gaming and applications. Adjusting for the decline in consumer electronics, Sears Domestic comparable store sales were up over the prior year. Grocery and household declined at Kmart partly due to the intensely competitive nature of that industry. Lawn and garden declined at Sears Domestic due to strong preseason sales of snow clean-up product in the third quarter of 2011 as a result of product shortages during the prior year winter season. Lastly, pharmacy sales declined at Kmart due to a conversion of brand name drugs to equivalent generic drugs. Sears Canada’s comparable store sales decreased 5.7% for the quarter primarily due to sales decreases in snow throwers, women’s apparel, electronics, men’s apparel and home decor partially offset by improved performance in home appliances and mattresses.

Operating Loss

Operating loss was $428 million and $447 million for the quarters ended October 27, 2012 and October 29, 2011, respectively. The improvement in operating loss of $19 million was primarily due to the reduction in selling and administrative expenses, which was offset by a decline in gross margin dollars driven by lower overall sales and a slight decline in margin rate.

For the quarter, our gross margin decreased $141 million to $2.3 billion in 2012, predominately due to the above noted decline in overall sales. Gross margin included charges of $32 million and $14 million related to store closures for 2012 and 2011, respectively. In addition, Sears Canada’s gross margin included an increase of $5 million related to the impact of foreign currency exchange rates.

Sears Canada’s gross margin rate improved 220 basis points for the third quarter as the prior year included activity related to clearing excess inventory. Sears Domestic’s gross margin rate improved 10 basis points during the third quarter mainly due to improvements in apparel, home appliances and home services, which were partially offset by declines in consumer electronics, fine jewelry, lawn and garden, and our Lands’ End customer direct business. These improvements were offset by a 110 basis point decline in Kmart’s gross margin rate during the third quarter as improvements in pharmacy and apparel were more than offset by declines in consumer electronics and grocery and household.

Domestic selling and administrative expenses decreased $132 million in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the third quarter of 2011 predominately due to decreases in payroll and advertising expenses, which were partially offset by higher pension expense. Selling and administrative expenses at Sears Canada for the quarter decreased $7 million compared to the prior year quarter, and included an increase of $4 million related to the impact of foreign currency exchange rates. On a Canadian dollar basis, selling and administrative expenses decreased $11 million primarily due to decreases in advertising and payroll expenses. Selling and administrative expenses included expenses related to domestic pension plans, store closings and severance of $48 million and $28 million for 2012 and 2011, respectively. The third quarter of 2012 also included $7 million of transaction costs associated with strategic initiatives while the third quarter of 2011 included expense of $9 million related to hurricane Irene losses.

Operating loss for both the third quarter of 2012 and 2011 included expenses related to domestic pension plans, store closings and severance which aggregated to $89 million and $42 million, respectively. Operating loss for the third quarter of 2012 also included the $7 million of transaction costs associated with strategic initiatives as well as a gain on sales of assets of $12 million related to the sale of a store in Texas operated under The Great Indoors format, while the third quarter of 2011 also included $9 million of expense related to hurricane Irene losses. See the attached schedule, “Adjusted Earnings per Share,” for a reconciliation from GAAP to as adjusted amounts, including adjusted earnings per diluted share from continuing operations.

Our effective tax rate provision was 2.3% for the third quarter of 2012 as compared to an effective tax benefit rate of 18.0% in 2011. The current year tax rate was impacted by the establishment of a valuation allowance in 2011 against certain deferred income tax assets and the utilization of part of our net operating loss deferred tax asset in 2012. In addition, the current year tax rate reflects the effect of not recognizing the benefit of current period losses in certain domestic jurisdictions where it is not more likely than not that such benefits will be realized. The amount of the deferred tax asset considered realizable, however, could be adjusted in the future if estimates of future taxable income during the carryforward period are reduced or increased, or if objective negative evidence in the form of cumulative losses is no longer present and additional weight may be given to subjective evidence such as our projections for growth. The third quarter of 2011 included a non-cash charge of $100 million to establish a valuation allowance against certain state income deferred tax assets.

Financial Position

Rob Schriesheim, Sears Holdings’ Chief Financial Officer, said, “In February, we laid out a number of actions intended to generate more than $1 billion of additional liquidity, improve our financial performance and unlock value. We have executed against these goals, are on track to generate $1.8 billion of additional liquidity and improved our EBITDA by $271 million through the first three quarters of this fiscal year as compared to the same period last year. In addition to generating liquidity, these actions served to de-risk our operations and balance sheet as we transform the Company to a member-centric business model that is less asset-intensive. Specifically, we reduced our risk related to our lease obligations, investment in inventory, fixed cost base, as well as began the process of settling a portion of our legacy pension obligations. We intend to continue to be proactive in generating at least $500 million in additional liquidity over the next 12 months through selective actions that are consistent with our focus on creating long term value. The exact form and amount will depend on specific circumstances and opportunities, including market conditions.”

We had cash balances of $633 million at October 27, 2012 ($406 million domestic and $227 million at Sears Canada) as compared to $754 million at January 28, 2012. The decrease in cash during the first nine months of 2012 was primarily due to uses of cash for contributions to our pension and post-retirement benefit plans of $493 million, capital expenditures of $257 million, repayments of long-term debt of $247 million and other working capital needs, partially offset by cash generated from the dividend from and sale of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. of $447 million and from the sales of properties of $511 million.

Merchandise inventories at October 27, 2012 were $9.6 billion, as compared to $10.9 billion at October 29, 2011. Domestic inventory decreased $1.4 billion to $8.6 billion at October 27, 2012. Excluding the inventory related to the Sears Hometown and Outlet businesses, domestic inventory decreased $972 million from the prior year third quarter driven by both improved productivity and store closures. Sears Domestic inventory decreased in all categories, with the most notable decreases in the home appliances, apparel and consumer electronics categories. Kmart inventory also decreased in all categories with the most notable decreases in apparel, consumer electronics and pharmacy and drug. Sears Canada’s inventory levels increased $16 million to $941 million at October 27, 2012, primarily due to the timing of merchandise receipts.

Total debt (consisting of short-term borrowings, long-term debt and capital lease obligations) was $4.0 billion at October 27, 2012, compared to $3.5 billion at January 28, 2012 and $4.2 billion at October 29, 2011. Availability under our credit facilities was approximately $1.4 billion as of October 27, 2012 ($1.0 billion domestic and approximately $0.4 billion at Sears Canada, after taking into account possible reserves).

On September 14, 2012 the Company voluntarily elected to contribute an additional $203 million to its domestic pension plan (“Plan”) bringing the Plan to the 80% funded level under applicable law thereby allowing the Plan to offer lump-sum settlements to former associates who have vested pension benefits. The Company believes that it is beneficial to settle pension obligations through lump-sum payments to Plan participants so as to reduce the Company’s exposure to the gross pension obligation (which was $6.1 billion as reported in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 28, 2012). Specific risks of the gross pension obligation that the Company would expect to be mitigated through settlement of a portion of the gross pension obligation include:

Investment return risk on pension assets;
Interest rate risk on pension liabilities;
Mortality risk on pension participants; and
Regulatory risk from changes in applicable laws and associated fees.
This voluntary offer was made to approximately 86,000 former associates with vested pension benefits, representing approximately $2.0 billion of the Company’s total qualified pension plan liabilities. Eligible participants will have until November 19, 2012 to make their election. The Company expects to make the payments in December 2012 and will fund the payments from existing pension plan assets. The Company currently estimates that it will incur a non-cash charge to operations of approximately $300 million to $400 million pre-tax in the fourth quarter as a result of the requirement to expense the unrealized actuarial losses. The charge will have no effect on equity because the unrealized actuarial losses are already recognized in accumulated other comprehensive income/(loss). Accordingly, the effect on retained earnings will be offset by a corresponding reduction in accumulated other comprehensive loss. Actual participation rates and payout amounts will not be known until December 2012. The Company now estimates that its minimum contribution to its domestic pension plan for fiscal 2013 will be approximately $350 million.

Adjusted EBITDA

In addition to our net loss determined in accordance with GAAP, for purposes of evaluating operating performance, we use an Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (“Adjusted EBITDA”) measurement.

Adjusted EBITDA is computed as net loss attributable to Sears Holdings Corporation appearing on the statements of operations excluding income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest, loss from discontinued operations, net of tax, income tax (expense) benefit, interest expense, interest and investment income, other income (loss), depreciation and amortization and gain on sales of assets. In addition, it is adjusted to exclude certain significant items as set forth below. Our management uses Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate the operating performance of our businesses, as well as executive compensation metrics, for comparable periods. Adjusted EBITDA should not be used by investors or other third parties as the sole basis for formulating investment decisions as it excludes a number of important cash and non-cash recurring items.

While Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measurement, management believes that it is an important indicator of operating performance because:

EBITDA excludes the effects of financing and investing activities by eliminating the effects of interest and depreciation costs;
Management considers gains/(losses) on the sale of assets to result from investing decisions rather than ongoing operations; and
Other significant items, while periodically affecting our results, may vary significantly from period to period and have a disproportionate effect in a given period, which affects the comparability of results.
Adjusted EBITDA was determined as follows:
 13 Weeks Ended
 
 39 Weeks Ended
 
millions
 October 27,

2012
 
 October 29,

2011
 
 October 27,

2012
 
 October 29,

2011
 
Net loss attributable to SHC per statement of operations
 $
 (498)
 
 $
 (421)
 
 $
 (441)
 
 $
 (737)
 
Income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest
 —
 
 (4)
 
 4
 
 (6)
 
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax
 —
 
 11
 
 —
 
 10
 
Income tax expense (benefit)
 11
 
 (91)
 
 53
 
 (264)
 
Interest expense
 68
 
 70
 
 199
 
 216
 
Interest and investment income
 (7)
 
 (6)
 
 (28)
 
 (31)
 
Other (income) loss
 (2)
 
 (6)
 
 (3)
 
 2
 
Operating loss
 (428)
 
 (447)
 
 (216)
 
 (810)
 
Depreciation and amortization
 211
 
 210
 
 625
 
 641
 
Gain on sales of assets
 (26)
 
 (4)
 
 (436)
 
 (35)
 
Before excluded items
 (243)
 
 (241)
 
 (27)
 
 (204)
 
Domestic pension expense
 42
 
 19
 
 124
 
 56
 
Closed store reserve and severance
 38
 
 23
 
 90
 
 65
 
Transaction costs
 7
 
 —
 
 10
 
 —
 
Hurricane losses
 —
 
 9
 
 —
 
 9
 
Adjusted EBITDA as defined
 $
 (156)
 
 $
 (190)
 
 $
 197
 
 $
 (74)
 
% to revenues
 (1.8)%
 
 (2.0)%
 
 0.7%
 
 (0.3)%
 
Adjusted EBITDA for our segments was as follows:
 13 Weeks Ended
 

 Adjusted EBITDA
 
 % To Revenues
 
millions
 October 27,

2012
 
 October 29,

2011
 
 October 27,

2012
 
 October 29,

2011
 
Kmart
 (101)
 
 (68)
 
 (3.3)%
 
 (2.0)%
 
Sears Domestic
 (63)
 
 (114)
 
 (1.3)%
 
 (2.3)%
 
Sears Canada
 8
 
 (8)
 
 0.8%
 
 (0.7)%
 
Total Adjusted EBITDA
 (156)
 
 (190)
 
 (1.8)%
 
 (2.0)%
 
 
 

 39 Weeks Ended
 

 Adjusted EBITDA
 
 % To Revenues
 
millions
 October 27,

2012
 
 October 29,

2011
 
 October 27,

2012
 
 October 29,

2011
 
Kmart
 33
 
 14
 
 0.3%
 
 0.1%
 
Sears Domestic
 159
 
 (93)
 
 1.1%
 
 (0.6)%
 
Sears Canada
 5
 
 5
 
 0.2%
 
 0.2%
 
Total Adjusted EBITDA
 197
 
 (74)
 
 0.7%
 
 (0.3)%
 
Forward-Looking Statements

Results are preliminary and unaudited. This press release contains forward-looking statements about our expectations for the third quarter of fiscal 2012. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of our management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements: our ability to offer merchandise and services that our customers want, including our proprietary brand products; our ability to successfully implement initiatives to improve our liquidity through inventory management and other actions; competitive conditions in the retail and related services industries; worldwide economic conditions and business uncertainty, including the availability of consumer and commercial credit, changes in consumer confidence and spending, the impact of rising fuel prices, and changes in vendor relationships, including the impact of increases in the cost of raw materials experienced by certain of our vendors; vendors’ lack of willingness to provide acceptable payment terms or otherwise restricting financing to purchase inventory or services; the impact of seasonal buying patterns, including seasonal fluctuations due to weather conditions, which are difficult to forecast with certainty; our dependence on sources outside the United States for significant amounts of our merchandise; our extensive reliance on computer systems to process transactions, summarize results and manage our business, which may be subject to disruptions or security breaches; our reliance on third parties to provide us with services in connection with the administration of certain aspects of our business; impairment charges for goodwill and intangible assets or fixed-asset impairment for long-lived assets; our ability to attract, motivate and retain key executives and other associates; our ability to protect or preserve the image of our brands; the outcome of pending and/or future legal proceedings, including product liability claims and proceedings with respect to which the parties have reached a preliminary settlement; and the timing and amount of required pension plan funding; and other risks, uncertainties and factors discussed in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We intend the forward-looking statements to speak only as of the time made and do not undertake to update or revise them as more information becomes available.

About Sears Holdings Corporation

Sears Holdings Corporation is a leading integrated retailer with over 2,600 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada and the home of SHOP YOUR WAY, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through ShopYourWay.com. Sears Holdings is the leading home appliance retailer as well as a leader in tools, lawn and garden, fitness equipment and automotive repair and maintenance. Key proprietary brands include Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard, with a broad apparel offering, including such well-known labels as Lands’ End, the Kardashian Kollection, Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer, as well as Sofia by Sofia Vergara and The Country Living Home Collection. We are the nation’s largest provider of home services, with more than 15 million service and installation calls made annually and have a long-established commitment to those who serve in the military through initiatives like the Heroes at Home program. We have been named the 2011 Mobile Retailer of the Year, Recipient of the 2012 ENERGY STAR® “Corporate Commitment Award” for Product Retailing and Energy Management and one of the Top 20 Best Places to Work for Recent Grads. Sears Holdings Corporation operates through its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation. For more information, visit Sears Holdings’ website at www.searsholdings.com. Twitter: @searsholdings | |Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SHCCareers

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Sears Holdings Corporation
 
Consolidated Statements of Operations
 
(Unaudited)
 

 
 
 
 

 Amounts are Preliminary and Subject to Change
 
 
 
 

 
 
 13 Weeks Ended
 
 39 Weeks Ended
 

 millions, except per share data
 
 October 27,

2012
 
 October 29,

2011
 
 October 27,

2012
 
 October 29,

2011
 
REVENUES
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 Merchandise sales and services
 
 $
 8,857
 
 $
 9,405
 
 $
 27,594
 
 $
 29,083
 
COSTS AND EXPENSES
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 Cost of sales, buying and occupancy
 
 6,604
 
 7,011
 
 20,243
 
 21,544
 

 Gross margin dollars
 
 2,253
 
 2,394
 
 7,351
 
 7,539
 

 Gross margin rate
 
 25.4%
 
 25.5%
 
 26.6%
 
 25.9%
 

 Selling and administrative
 
 2,496
 
 2,635
 
 7,378
 
 7,743
 

 Selling and administrative expense as a percentage of total revenues
 
 28.2%
 
 28.0%
 
 26.7%
 
 26.6%
 

 Depreciation and amortization
 
 211
 
 210
 
 625
 
 641
 

 Gain on sales of assets
 
 (26)
 
 (4)
 
 (436)
 
 (35)
 

 Total costs and expenses
 
 9,285
 
 9,852
 
 27,810
 
 29,893
 
Operating loss
 
 (428)
 
 (447)
 
 (216)
 
 (810)
 
Interest expense
 
 (68)
 
 (70)
 
 (199)
 
 (216)
 
Interest and investment income
 
 7
 
 6
 
 28
 
 31
 
Other income (loss)
 
 2
 
 6
 
 3
 
 (2)
 
Loss from continuing operations before income taxes
 
 (487)
 
 (505)
 
 (384)
 
 (997)
 
Income tax (expense) benefit
 
 (11)
 
 91
 
 (53)
 
 264
 
Loss from continuing operations
 
 (498)
 
 (414)
 
 (437)
 
 (733)
 
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax
 
 —
 
 (11)
 
 —
 
 (10)
 
Net loss
 
 (498)
 
 (425)
 
 (437)
 
 (743)
 
(Income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interest
 
 —
 
 4
 
 (4)
 
 6
 
NET LOSS ATTRIBUTABLE TO HOLDINGS’ SHAREHOLDERS
 
 (498)
 
 $
 (421)
 
 (441)
 
 $
 (737)
 
Amounts attributable to Holdings’ shareholders:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Loss from continuing operations, net of tax
 
 (498)
 
 $
 (410)
 
 (441)
 
 $
 (727)
 
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax
 
 —
 
 (11)
 
 —
 
 (10)
 
Net loss
 
 (498)
 
 $
 (421)
 
 (441)
 
 $
 (737)
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NET LOSS PER COMMON SHARE:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 Diluted:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 Continuing operations
 
 $
 (4.70)
 
 $
 (3.85)
 
 $
 (4.16)
 
 $
 (6.80)
 

 Discontinued operations
 
 —
 
 (0.10)
 
 —
 
 (0.09)
 

 
 
 $
 (4.70)
 
 $
 (3.95)
 
 $
 (4.16)
 
 $
 (6.89)
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding
 
 105.9
 
 106.5
 
 105.9
 
 107.0
 
 

 
 

 

 

 
Sears Holdings Corporation
 
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Amounts are Preliminary and Subject to Change
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 (Unaudited)
 
 
 
millions
 
 October 27,

2012
 
 October 29,

2011
 
 January 28,

2012
 
ASSETS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Current assets
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
 
 $
 622
 
 $
 591
 
 $
 747
 
Restricted cash
 
 11
 
 8
 
 7
 
Accounts receivable
 
 665
 
 653
 
 695
 
Merchandise inventories
 
 9,567
 
 10,941
 
 8,407
 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
 
 413
 
 617
 
 388
 
Current assets of discontinued operations
 
 —
 
 226
 
 —
 
Total current assets
 
 11,278
 
 13,036
 
 10,244
 
Property and equipment, net
 
 6,174
 
 6,796
 
 6,577
 
Goodwill
 
 674
 
 1,392
 
 841
 
Trade names and other intangible assets
 
 2,894
 
 2,950
 
 2,937
 
Other assets
 
 782
 
 1,056
 
 782
 
Non-current assets of discontinued operations
 
 —
 
 376
 
 —
 
TOTAL ASSETS
 
 $
 21,802
 
 $
 25,606
 
 $
 21,381
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LIABILITIES
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Current liabilities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Short-term borrowings
 
 $
 1,890
 
 $
 2,002
 
 $
 1,175
 
Current portion of long-term debt and capitalized lease obligations
 
 154
 
 157
 
 230
 
Merchandise payables
 
 3,851
 
 4,471
 
 2,912
 
Other current liabilities
 
 2,818
 
 2,927
 
 2,892
 
Unearned revenues
 
 940
 
 948
 
 964
 
Other taxes
 
 516
 
 502
 
 523
 
Short-term deferred tax liabilities
 
 506
 
 214
 
 516
 
Current liabilities of discontinued operations
 
 —
 
 148
 
 —
 
Total current liabilities
 
 10,675
 
 11,369
 
 9,212
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Long-term debt and capitalized lease obligations
 
 1,960
 
 2,073
 
 2,088
 
Pension and post-retirement benefits
 
 2,260
 
 1,859
 
 2,738
 
Other long-term liabilities
 
 2,137
 
 2,227
 
 2,186
 

Long-term deferred tax liabilities
 
 869
 
 —
 
 816
 
Non-current liabilities of discontinued operations
 
 —
 
 362
 
 —
 
Total Liabilities
 
 17,901
 
 17,890
 
 17,040
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total Equity
 
 3,901
 
 7,716
 
 4,341
 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
 
 $
 21,802
 
 $
 25,606
 
 $
 21,381
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total common shares outstanding
 
 106.4
 
 106.9
 
 106.3
 
 

 
 

 

 

 

 
Sears Holdings Corporation
 
Segment Results
 
(Unaudited)
 

 
 
 
Amounts are Preliminary and Subject to Change
 
 

 
 
 

 
 13 Weeks Ended October 27, 2012
 
millions, except store data
 
 Kmart
 
 Sears Domestic
 
 Sears Canada
 
 Sears Holdings
 
Merchandise sales and services
 
 $
 3,081
 
 $
 4,724
 
 $
 1,052
 
 $
 8,857
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cost of sales, buying and occupancy
 
 2,409
 
 3,448
 
 747
 
 6,604
 
Gross margin dollars
 
 672
 
 1,276
 
 305
 
 2,253
 
Gross margin rate
 
 21.8%
 
 27.0%
 
 29.0%
 
 25.4%
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Selling and administrative
 
 800
 
 1,393
 
 303
 
 2,496
 
Selling and administrative expense as a percentage of total revenues
 
 26.0%
 
 29.5%
 
 28.8%
 
 28.2%
 
Depreciation and amortization
 
 39
 
 145
 
 27
 
 211
 
Gain on sales of assets
 
 (3)
 
 (17)
 
 (6)
 
 (26)
 
Total costs and expenses
 
 3,245
 
 4,969
 
 1,071
 
 9,285
 
Operating loss
 
 $
 (164)
 
 $
 (245)
 
 $
 (19)
 
 $
 (428)
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Number of:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kmart Stores
 
 1,252
 
 —
 
 —
 
 1,252
 
Full-Line Stores
 
 —
 
 814
 
 118
 
 932
 
Specialty Stores
 
 —
 
 52
 
 365
 
 417
 
Total Stores
 
 1,252
 
 866
 
 483
 
 2,601
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 13 Weeks Ended October 29, 2011
 
millions, except store data
 
 Kmart
 
 Sears Domestic
 
 Sears Canada
 
 Sears Holdings
 
Merchandise sales and services
 
 $
 3,343
 
 $
 4,954
 
 $
 1,108
 
 $
 9,405
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cost of sales, buying and occupancy
 
 2,578
 
 3,622
 
 811
 
 7,011
 
Gross margin dollars
 
 765
 
 1,332
 
 297
 
 2,394
 
Gross margin rate
 
 22.9%
 
 26.9%
 
 26.8%
 
 25.5%
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Selling and administrative
 
 838
 
 1,487
 
 310
 
 2,635
 
Selling and administrative expense as a percentage of total revenues
 
 25.1%
 
 30.0%
 
 28.0%
 
 28.0%
 
Depreciation and amortization
 
 37
 
 146
 
 27
 
 210
 
Gain on sales of assets
 
 (2)
 
 (2)
 
 —
 
 (4)
 
Total costs and expenses
 
 3,451
 
 5,253
 
 1,148
 
 9,852
 
Operating loss
 
 $
 (108)
 
 $
 (299)
 
 $
 (40)
 
 $
 (447)
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Number of:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kmart Stores
 
 1,309
 
 —
 
 —
 
 1,309
 
Full-Line Stores
 
 —
 
 868
 
 122
 
 990
 
Specialty Stores
 
 —
 
 1,295
 
 378
 
 1,673
 
Total Stores
 
 1,309
 
 2,163
 
 500
 
 3,972
 

 
 

 

 

 
Sears Holdings Corporation
 
Segment Results
 
(Unaudited)
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Amounts are Preliminary and Subject to Change
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 39 Weeks Ended October 27, 2012
 
millions, except store data
 
 Kmart
 
 Sears Domestic
 
 Sears Canada
 
 Sears Holdings
 
Merchandise sales and services
 
 $
 9,870
 
 $
 14,724
 
 $
 3,000
 
 $
 27,594
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cost of sales, buying and occupancy
 
 7,560
 
 10,546
 
 2,137
 
 20,243
 
Gross margin dollars
 
 2,310
 
 4,178
 
 863
 
 7,351
 
Gross margin rate
 
 23.4%
 
 28.4%
 
 28.8%
 
 26.6%
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Selling and administrative
 
 2,315
 
 4,197
 
 866
 
 7,378
 
Selling and administrative expense as a percentage of total revenues
 
 23.5%
 
 28.5%
 
 28.9%
 
 26.7%
 
Depreciation and amortization
 
 110
 
 437
 
 78
 
 625
 
Gain on sales of assets
 
 (17)
 
 (250)
 
 (169)
 
 (436)
 
Total costs and expenses
 
 9,968
 
 14,930
 
 2,912
 
 27,810
 
Operating income (loss)
 
 $
 (98)
 
 $
 (206)
 
 $
 88
 
 $
 (216)
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Number of:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kmart Stores
 
 1,252
 
 —
 
 —
 
 1,252
 
Full-Line Stores
 
 —
 
 814
 
 118
 
 932
 
Specialty Stores
 
 —
 
 52
 
 365
 
 417
 
Total Stores
 
 1,252
 
 866
 
 483
 
 2,601
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 39 Weeks Ended October 29, 2011
 
millions, except store data
 
 Kmart
 
 Sears Domestic
 
 Sears Canada
 
 Sears Holdings
 
Merchandise sales and services
 
 $
 10,446
 
 $
 15,340
 
 $
 3,297
 
 $
 29,083
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cost of sales, buying and occupancy
 
 8,011
 
 11,175
 
 2,358
 
 21,544
 
Gross margin dollars
 
 2,435
 
 4,165
 
 939
 
 7,539
 
Gross margin rate
 
 23.3%
 
 27.2%
 
 28.5%
 
 25.9%
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Selling and administrative
 
 2,436
 
 4,368
 
 939
 
 7,743
 
Selling and administrative expense as a percentage of total revenues
 
 23.3%
 
 28.5%
 
 28.5%
 
 26.6%
 
Depreciation and amortization
 
 111
 
 452
 
 78
 
 641
 
Gain on sales of assets
 
 (9)
 
 (26)
 
 —
 
 (35)
 
Total costs and expenses
 
 10,549
 
 15,969
 
 3,375
 
 29,893
 
Operating loss
 
 $
 (103)
 
 $
 (629)
 
 $
 (78)
 
 $
 (810)
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Number of:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kmart Stores
 
 1,309
 
 —
 
 —
 
 1,309
 
Full-Line Stores
 
 —
 
 868
 
 122
 
 990
 
Specialty Stores
 
 —
 
 1,295
 
 378
 
 1,673
 
Total Stores
 
 1,309
 
 2,163
 
 500
 
 3,972
 
 

 
 

 

 
Sears Holdings Corporation
 
Adjusted EBITDA
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Amounts are Preliminary and Subject to Change
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 13 Weeks Ended
 
millions
 
 October 27, 2012
 
 October 29, 2011
 

 
 Kmart
 Sears Domestic
 Sears Canada
 Sears Holdings
 
 Kmart
 Sears Domestic
 Sears Canada
 Sears Holdings
 
Operating loss per statement of operations
 
 $
 (164)
 $
 (245)
 $
 (19)
 $
 (428)
 
 $
 (108)
 $
 (299)
 $
 (40)
 $
 (447)
 
Depreciation and amortization
 
 39
 145
 27
 211
 
 37
 146
 27
 210
 
Gain on sales of assets
 
 (3)
 (17)
 (6)
 (26)
 
 (2)
 (2)
 —
 (4)
 
Before excluded items
 
 (128)
 (117)
 2
 (243)
 
 (73)
 (155)
 (13)
 (241)
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Closed store reserve and severance
 
 27
 8
 3
 38
 
 5
 13
 5
 23
 
Domestic pension expense
 
 —
 42
 —
 42
 
 —
 19
 —
 19
 
Transaction costs
 
 —
 4
 3
 7
 
 —
 —
 —
 —
 
Hurricane losses
 
 —
 —
 —
 —
 
 —
 9
 —
 9
 
Adjusted EBITDA as defined
 
 $
 (101)
 $
 (63)
 $
 8
 $
 (156)
 
 $
 (68)
 $
 (114)
 $
 (8)
 $
 (190)
 
% to revenues
 
 (3.3)%
 (1.3)%
 0.8%
 (1.8)%
 
 (2.0)%
 (2.3)%
 (0.7)%
 (2.0)%
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 39 Weeks Ended
 
millions
 
 October 27, 2012
 
 October 29, 2011
 

 
 Kmart
 Sears Domestic
 Sears Canada
 Sears Holdings
 
 Kmart
 Sears Domestic
 Sears Canada
 Sears Holdings
 
Operating income (loss) per statement of operations
 
 $
 (98)
 $
 (206)
 $
 88
 $
 (216)
 
 $
 (103)
 $
 (629)
 $
 (78)
 $
 (810)
 
Depreciation and amortization
 
 110
 437
 78
 625
 
 111
 452
 78
 641
 
Gain on sales of assets
 
 (17)
 (250)
 (169)
 (436)
 
 (9)
 (26)
 —
 (35)
 
Before excluded items
 
 (5)
 (19)
 (3)
 (27)
 
 (1)
 (203)
 —
 (204)
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Closed store reserve and severance
 
 38
 47
 5
 90
 
 15
 45
 5
 65
 
Domestic pension expense
 
 —
 124
 —
 124
 
 —
 56
 —
 56
 
Transaction costs
 
 —
 7
 3
 10
 
 —
 —
 —
 —
 
Hurricane losses
 
 —
 —
 —
 —
 
 —
 9
 —
 9
 
Adjusted EBITDA as defined
 
 $
 33
 $
 159
 $
 5
 $
 197
 
 $
 14
 $
 (93)
 $
 5
 $
 (74)
 
% to revenues
 
 0.3%
 1.1%
 0.2%
 0.7%
 
 0.1%
 (0.6)%
 0.2%
 (0.3)%
 

 

 

 
Sears Holdings Corporation
 
Adjusted Earnings per Share
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Amounts are Preliminary and Subject to Change
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 13 Weeks Ended October 27, 2012
 
 
 
millions, except per share data
 GAAP
 Domestic

Pension

Expense
 Closed Store

Reserve and

Severance
 Gain on Sales of Assets
 Transaction Costs
 Tax Matters
 As

Adjusted
 
 
Cost of sales, buying and occupancy impact
 $
 6,604
 $
 —
 $
 (32)
 $
 —
 $
 —
 $
 —
 $
 6,572
 
 
Selling and administrative impact
 2,496
 (42)
 (6)
 —
 (7)
 —
 2,441
 
 
Depreciation and amortization impact
 211
 —
 (9)
 —
 —
 —
 202
 
 
Gain on sales of assets impact
 (26)
 —
 —
 12
 —
 —
 (14)
 
 
Operating loss impact
 (428)
 42
 47
 (12)
 7
 —
 (344)
 
 
Income tax expense impact
 (11)
 (16)
 (18)
 5
 (3)
 235
 192
 
 
After tax and noncontrolling interest impact
 (498)
 26
 29
 (7)
 4
 235
 (211)
 
 
Diluted loss per share impact
 $
 (4.70)
 $
 0.25
 $
 0.27
 $
 (0.07)
 $
 0.04
 $
 2.22
 $
 (1.99)
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 13 Weeks Ended October 29, 2011
 
millions, except per share data
 GAAP
 Domestic

Pension

Expense
 Closed Store

Reserve and

Severance
 Mark-to-Market

Gains
 Hurricane Losses
 Tax Matters
 Discontinued

Operations
 As

Adjusted
 
Cost of sales, buying and occupancy impact
 $
 7,011
 $
 —
 $
 (14)
 $
 —
 $
 —
 $
 —
 $
 —
 $
 6,997
 
Selling and administrative impact
 2,635
 (19)
 (9)
 —
 (9)
 —
 —
 2,598
 
Operating loss impact
 (447)
 19
 23
 —
 9
 —
 —
 (396)
 
Other income impact
 6
 —
 —
 (4)
 —
 —
 —
 2
 
Income tax benefit impact
 91
 (4)
 (4)
 1
 (2)
 100
 —
 182
 
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax impact
 (11)
 —
 —
 —
 —
 —
 11
 —
 
After tax and noncontrolling interest impact
 (421)
 15
 19
 (3)
 7
 100
 11
 (272)
 
Diluted loss per share impact
 $
 (3.95)
 $
 0.14
 $
 0.18
 $
 (0.03)
 $
 0.07
 $
 0.94
 $
 0.10
 $
 (2.55)
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Sears Holdings Corporation
 
Adjusted Earnings per Share
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Amounts are Preliminary and Subject to Change
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 39 Weeks Ended October 27, 2012
 
 
 
millions, except per share data
 GAAP
 Domestic
Pension
Expense
 Closed Store
Reserve and
Severance
 Gain on
Sales of
Assets
 Transaction Costs
 Tax
Matters
 As
Adjusted
 
 
 
Cost of sales, buying and occupancy impact
 $
 20,243
 $
 —
 $
 (32)
 $
 —
 $
 —
 $
 —
 $
 20,211
 
 
 
Selling and administrative impact
 7,378
 (124)
 (58)
 —
 (10)
 —
 7,186
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization impact
 625
 —
 (16)
 —
 —
 —
 609
 
 
 
Gain on sales of assets impact
 (436)
 —
 —
 398
 —
 —
 (38)
 
 
 
Operating loss impact
 (216)
 124
 106
 (398)
 10
 —
 (374)
 
 
 
Income tax expense impact
 (53)
 (47)
 (40)
 149
 (4)
 198
 203
 
 
 
Income attributable to noncontrolling interest impact
 (4)
 —
 —
 8
 —
 —
 4
 
 
 
After tax and noncontrolling interest impact
 (441)
 77
 66
 (241)
 6
 198
 (335)
 
 
 
Diluted loss per share impact
 $
 (4.16)
 $
 0.73
 $
 0.62
 $
 (2.28)
 $
 0.06
 $
 1.87
 $
 (3.16)
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 39 Weeks Ended October 29, 2011
 
millions, except per share data
 GAAP
 Domestic
Pension
Expense
 Closed Store
Reserve and
Severance
 Gain on
Sales of
Assets
 Mark-to-Market
Losses
 Hurricane Losses
 Tax Matters
 Discontinued
Operations
 As
Adjusted
 
Cost of sales, buying and occupancy impact
 $
 21,544
 $
 —
 $
 (37)
 $
 —
 $
 —
 $
 —
 $
 —
 —
 $
 21,507
 
Selling and administrative impact
 7,743
 (56)
 (28)
 —
 —
 (9)
 —
 —
 7,650
 
Depreciation and amortization impact
 641
 —
 (8)
 —
 —
 —
 —
 —
 633
 
Gain on sales of assets impact
 (35)
 —
 —
 21
 —
 —
 —
 —
 (14)
 
Operating loss impact
 (810)
 56
 73
 (21)
 —
 9
 —
 —
 (693)
 
Other loss impact
 (2)
 —
 —
 —
 6
 —
 —
 —
 4
 
Income tax benefit impact
 264
 (15)
 (19)
 7
 (2)
 (2)
 100
 —
 333
 
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax impact
 (10)
 —
 —
 —
 —
 —
 —
 10
 —
 
After tax and noncontrolling interest impact
 (737)
 41
 54
 (14)
 4
 7
 100
 10
 (535)
 
Diluted loss per share impact
 $
 (6.89)
 $
 0.38
 $
 0.51
 $
 (0.13)
 $
 0.04
 $
 0.07
 $
 0.93
 0.09
 $
 (5.00)
 

 

 

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