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The TJX Companies, Inc. Reports Above-Plan Q2 FY17 Results with 4% Comp Sales Growth and 5% Increase in Earnings Per Share; Raises Full Year Guidance

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TJX), the leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S. and worldwide, today announced sales and earnings results for the second quarter ended July 30, 2016. Net sales for the second quarter of Fiscal 2017 increased 7% to $7.9 billion and consolidated comparable store sales increased 4% over last year’s 6% increase. Net income for the second quarter was $562 million and diluted earnings per share were $.84, a 5% increase over the prior year’s $.80.

For the first half of Fiscal 2017, net sales were $15.4 billion, an 8% increase over last year. Consolidated comparable store sales for the first half of Fiscal 2017 increased 6%. Net income for the first half of Fiscal 2017 was $1.1 billion. Diluted earnings per share were $1.60, a 7% increase over the prior year’s $1.49.

Ernie Herrman, Chief Executive Officer and President of The TJX Companies, Inc., stated, “It was terrific to see our strong customer traffic and comps continue in the second quarter. Our consolidated comparable store sales increase of 4%, over 6% growth last year, and our earnings per share increase of 5% both exceeded our expectations. Further, we are extremely pleased that our comp store sales growth was almost entirely driven by customer traffic. We are convinced that we are gaining consumer market share as our excellent values on a compelling selection of brands and fashions are drawing customers to our retail brands around the world. We also are very pleased that our apparel, including accessories, and home businesses both performed well. Further, we saw a strong merchandise margin increase. We believe our robust sales, customer traffic and merchandise margins all speak to the strength of our off-price retail model. With our above-plan second quarter results, we are raising our guidance for full year comp sales to increase 3% to 4% and earnings per share to be in the range of $3.39 to $3.43. The third quarter is off to a solid start, and we see plentiful opportunities for our business in the second half of the year and beyond. We remain laser focused on achieving our goals for 2016 and are passionate about surpassing them. We continue on the road to becoming a $40 billion-plus company!”

Sales by Business Segment

The Company’s comparable store sales and net sales by division, in the second quarter, were as follows:

Second Quarter Second Quarter
Comparable Store Sales1,2 Net Sales ($ in millions)3,4
FY2017 FY2016 FY2017 FY2016

Marmaxx (U.S.)5,6

+4% +4% $5,099 $4,806
HomeGoods (U.S.) +5% +9% $987 $895
TJX Canada +9% +12% $757 $699
TJX International (Europe & Australia)7 +2% +5% $1,040 $963
TJX +4% +6% $7,882 $7,364

1Comparable store sales outside the U.S. calculated on a constant currency basis, which removes the effect of changes in currency exchange rates. 2Comparable store sales exclude Sierra Trading Post, tjmaxx.com, tkmaxx.com and Trade Secret sales. 3Net sales in Canada, Europe and Australia include the impact of foreign currency exchange rates. See below. 4Figures may not foot due to rounding. 5Combination of T.J. Maxx and Marshalls. 6Net sales include Sierra Trading Post. 7FY2017 net sales include Trade Secret.

Impact of Foreign Currency Exchange Rates

Changes in foreign currency exchange rates affect the translation of sales and earnings of the Company’s international businesses into U.S. dollars for financial reporting purposes. In addition, ordinary course, inventory-related hedging instruments are marked to market at the end of each quarter. Changes in currency exchange rates can have a material effect on the magnitude of these translations and adjustments when there is significant volatility in currency exchange rates.

The movement in foreign currency exchange rates had a two percentage point negative impact on consolidated net sales growth in the second quarter of Fiscal 2017. The overall net impact of foreign currency exchange rates had a $.03 positive impact on second quarter Fiscal 2017 earnings per share, compared with a $.02 positive impact last year.

For the first six months of Fiscal 2017, the movement in foreign currency exchange rates had a two percentage point negative impact on consolidated net sales growth. The overall net impact of foreign currency exchange rates had a $.02 negative impact on earnings per share in the first six months of Fiscal 2017, compared with a $.01 negative impact last year.

A table detailing the impact of foreign currency on TJX pretax earnings and margins, as well as those of its international businesses, can be found in the Investor Information section of the Company’s website, tjx.com.

The foreign currency exchange rate impact to earnings per share does not include the impact currency exchange rates have on various transactions, which we refer to as “transactional foreign exchange.”

Margins

For the second quarter of Fiscal 2017, the Company’s consolidated pretax profit margin was 11.6%, a 0.4 percentage point decrease compared with the prior year.

Gross profit margin for the second quarter of Fiscal 2017 was 29.4%, up 0.3 percentage points versus the prior year, primarily due to a strong increase in merchandise margins and gains related to the Company’s inventory hedges.

Selling, general and administrative costs as a percent of sales were 17.7%, up 0.8 percentage points versus the prior year’s ratio, primarily due to wage increases and investments to support growth, as the Company had anticipated.

Inventory

Total inventories as of July 30, 2016, were $3.9 billion, compared with $3.7 billion at the end of the second quarter last year. Consolidated inventories on a per-store basis as of July 30, 2016, including the distribution centers, but excluding inventory in transit and the Company’s e-commerce businesses, were down 2% on a reported basis (flat on a constant currency basis). The Company enters the third quarter in an excellent inventory position to take advantage of the plentiful buying opportunities it sees in the marketplace and ship fresh, branded assortments throughout the...


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