CANADA: Loblaw H1 profit climbs, ups outlook

By Michelle Russell | 24 July 2013

  • Net profit up 25.5%
  • Operating profit climbs 19.3%
  • Net sales increase 2.9%
Loblaw sees stronger-than-anticipated growth for the full year

Loblaw sees stronger-than-anticipated growth for the full year

Canadian supermarket giant Loblaw said today (24 July) earnings climbed in the first half and that it sees stronger-than-anticipated growth for the full year.

In the six months ended 15 June, earnings were up 25.5% to C$349m (US$339.4m). That compared to a profit of C$278m last year.

Loblaw said the increase in earnings was primarily due to a 19.3% increase in operating income to C$631m, partially offset by an increase in the company's effective income tax rate.

Sales were up 2.9% to C$14.72bn. Same-store sales were up 1.9%.

Loblaw said improvements from the successful execution of its strategy in the first half should result in mid-single digit growth in operating income for the full year, up from an earlier outlook of modest, low-single digit growth.

Show the press release

Loblaw Companies Limited Reports 2013 Second Quarter Results(1)

BRAMPTON, ON, July 24, 2013 /CNW/ - Loblaw Companies Limited (TSX: L) ("Loblaw" or the "Company") today announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 15, 2013. The Company's second quarter report will be available in the Investor Centre section of the Company's website at loblaw.ca and will be filed with SEDAR and available at sedar.com.

2013 Second Quarter Summary(1)

  • Basic net earnings per common share up14.5% to $0.63 compared to $0.55 in the second quarter of 2012.
  • EBITDA margin(2) of 6.8% compared to 6.4% in the second quarter of 2012.
  • Revenue of $7,520 million, an increase of 2.0% over the second quarter of 2012.
  • Retail sales growth of 1.9% and same-store sales(3) growth of 1.1%, compared to the second quarter of 2012.

"Earlier this month, we announced the successful IPO of Choice Properties REIT. In doing so, we unlocked significant value for shareholders, and established an attractive new growth platform for Loblaw.  Last week we announced a transformational combination with Shoppers Drug Mart.  These two transactions mark the beginning of a powerful new chapter for Loblaw," said Galen G. Weston, Executive Chairman, Loblaw Companies Limited. "Combining Loblaw and Shoppers Drug Mart will build on the strong base Vicente and his team have developed over the last two years, providing an excellent strategic complement to our existing assets, and setting the stage for further shareholder value creation."

"We are also pleased with our progress during this quarter. The investments we have made to advance our customer proposition once again translated into improved same-store sales performance in an intense competitive environment," continued Mr. Weston.  "At the same time, better mix and good expense management delivered improved earnings. To reflect our year-to-date performance, we are raising our outlook to expect mid-single digit operating income growth for fiscal 2013."

Consolidated Quarterly Results of Operations

                                                                           
For the periods ended June 15, 2013                                      
  and June 16, 2012 (unaudited)                                      
(millions of Canadian dollars except   2013       2012(4)           2013       2012(4)      
  where otherwise indicated)   (12 weeks)       (12 weeks)   $ Change % Change     (24 weeks)       (24 weeks)   $ Change % Change
Revenue   $ 7,520       $ 7,375   $ 145   2.0%       $ 14,722       $ 14,312   $ 410   2.9%
Operating income   322       290   32   11.0%       631       529   102   19.3%
Net earnings   178       156   22   14.1%       349       278   71   25.5%
Basic net earnings per common share ($)   0.63       0.55   0.08   14.5%       1.24       0.99   0.25   25.3%
Operating margin(3)   4.3%         3.9%             4.3%         3.7%        
EBITDA(2)   $ 513       $ 469   $ 44   9.4%       $ 1,005       $ 878   $ 127   14.5%
EBITDA margin(2)   6.8%         6.4%             6.8%         6.1%        
                                       

 

 

 

(1) 
This News Release contains forward-looking information. See Forward-Looking Statements in this News Release for a discussion of material factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forecasts and projections herein and of the material factors and assumptions that were used when making these statements. This News Release should be read in conjunction with Loblaw Companies Limited's filings with securities regulators made from time to time, all of which can be found at sedar.com and at loblaw.ca.
(2) 
See Non-GAAP Financial Measures in this News Release.
(3) 
For financial definitions and ratios refer to the Glossary of Terms on page 103 of the 2012 Annual Report.
(4)  Certain 2012 figures have been restated due to the implementation of revised IAS 19, "Employee Benefits". See the "Accounting Standards Implemented in 2013 and Changes in Significant Accounting Policies" section on page 20 of the Company's 2013 Second Quarter Management's Discussion and Analysis.

 

  • The $145 million increase in revenue compared to the second quarter of 2012 was primarily driven by an increase in the Company's Retail segment.
  • Operating income increased by $32 million compared to the second quarter of 2012 as a result of an increase in Retail operating income of $19 million and an increase in Financial Services operating income of $13 million. Operating income included the following notable items:
    • An $8 million charge (2012 - $10 million) related to the transition of certain Ontario conventional stores to the more cost effective and efficient operating terms under collective agreements ratified in 2010; and
    • A $6 million charge (2012 - $5 million) related to the effect of share-based compensation net of equity forwards.
  • Operating margin(1) was 4.3% for the second quarter of 2013 compared to 3.9% in the same quarter in 2012.
  • The increase in net earnings of $22 million compared to the second quarter of 2012 was primarily due to the increase in operating income, partially offset by an increase in the Company's effective income tax rate.
  • Basic net earnings per common share were impacted by the following notable items:
    • A charge of $0.02 (2012 - $0.02) in the second quarter related to the transition of certain Ontario conventional stores to the operating terms under collective agreements ratified in 2010; and
    • A charge of $0.02 (2012 - $0.02) in the second quarter for the effect of share-based compensation net of equity forwards.
  • In the second quarter of 2013, the Company invested $190 million in capital expenditures.

Retail Results of Operations

                                                                             
For the periods ended June 15, 2013                                        
  and June 16, 2012 (unaudited)                                        
(millions of Canadian dollars except   2013       2012           2013       2012        
  where otherwise indicated)   (12 weeks)       (12 weeks)   $ Change % Change     (24 weeks)       (24 weeks)   $ Change % Change
Sales   $ 7,372       $ 7,236   $ 136   1.9%       $ 14,409       $ 14,044   $ 365   2.6%
Gross profit   1,643       1,611   32   2.0%       3,219       3,140   79   2.5%
Operating income   294       275   19   6.9%       573       500   73   14.6%
Same-store sales(1) growth (decline)   1.1%         0.2%             1.9%         (0.3)%        
Gross profit percentage   22.3%         22.3%             22.3%         22.4%        
Operating margin(1)   4.0%         3.8%             4.0%         3.6%        
                                         

 

  • In the second quarter of 2013, the increase in Retail sales of $136 million, or 1.9%, over the same period in the prior year was impacted by the following factors:
    • Same-store sales(1) growth was 1.1% (2012 - 0.2%) and excluding gas bar was 1.0% (2012 - 0.3%);
    • Sales growth in food was modest;
    • Sales in drugstore were flat;
    • Sales growth in gas bar was strong;
    • Sales in general merchandise, excluding apparel, declined marginally;
    • Sales growth in apparel was strong;
    • The Company's average quarterly internal food price index was flat during the second quarter of 2013 (2012 - modest inflation), which was lower than the average quarterly national food price inflation of 1.5% (2012 - 2.5%) as measured by "The Consumer Price Index for Food Purchased from Stores" ("CPI"). CPI does not necessarily reflect the effect of inflation on the specific mix of goods sold in Loblaw stores; and
    • 23 corporate and franchise stores were opened and 13 corporate and franchise stores were closed in the last 12 months, resulting in a net increase of 0.4 million square feet, or 0.8%.
  • In the second quarter of 2013, gross profit increased by $32 million compared to the second quarter of 2012 primarily driven by higher sales. In the second quarter of 2013, gross profit percentage was 22.3%, flat compared to the second quarter of 2012 and included a change in sales mix and continued investments in food margins, offset by margin improvements in general merchandise, including apparel, lower transportation costs and improved shrink.
  • Operating income increased by $19 million compared to the second quarter of 2012, positively impacted by increased gross profit and the impact of foreign exchange, partially offset by increased operating costs, including depreciation and amortization. Operating margin(1) was 4.0% for the second quarter of 2013 compared to 3.8% in the same period in 2012.

 

(1)  For financial definitions and ratios refer to the Glossary of Terms on page 103 of the 2012 Annual Report.

 

Financial Services Results of Operations

                                                                   
For the periods ended June 15, 2013                                  
  and June 16, 2012 (unaudited)                                  
(millions of Canadian dollars except   2013     2012           2013     2012      
  where otherwise indicated)   (12 weeks)     (12 weeks)   $ Change % Change     (24 weeks)     (24 weeks)   $ Change % Change
Revenue   $ 148       $ 139     $ 9   6.5%       $ 313       $ 268     $ 45   16.8%
Operating income   28       15     13   86.7%       58       29     29   100.0%
Earnings before income taxes   18       4     14   350.0%       37       8     29   362.5%
                                   

 

 

                                       
                                       
(millions of Canadian dollars except where otherwise indicated)   As at       As at        
(unaudited)   June 15, 2013       June 16, 2012     $ Change % Change
Average quarterly net credit card receivables   $ 2,253       $ 2,049     $ 204   10.0%
Credit card receivables   2,279       2,058     221   10.7%
Allowance for credit card receivables   43       36     7   19.4%
Annualized yield on average quarterly gross credit card receivables(1)   13.5%         12.7%          
Annualized credit loss rate on average quarterly gross credit card receivables(1)   4.3%         4.4%          
                     

 

  • Revenue for the second quarter of 2013 increased 6.5% compared to the second quarter of 2012.  This increase was primarily driven by higherPC Telecom revenues resulting from growth in the Mobile Shop business and higher interest income from increased credit card receivable balances.
  • Operating income and earnings before income taxes increased by $13 million and $14 million respectively compared to the second quarter of 2012.  These increases were mainly attributable to the higher revenue described above, operational efficiencies and lower costs related to the renegotiation of vendor contracts, partially offset by investments in the Mobile Shop business.

 

(1)  For financial definitions and ratios refer to the Glossary of Terms on page 103 of the 2012 Annual Report.

 

Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust

Subsequent to the end of the quarter, in connection with its acquisition of approximately $7 billion of properties and related assets from Loblaw, Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust ("Choice Properties") completed a $460 million Initial Public Offering ("IPO") of its trust units (the "Units"), which included the exercise of a $60 million over-allotment option. In addition, Choice Properties also completed a $200 million offering of its Units to George Weston Limited. The Units were issued at a price of $10.00 per unit and gross proceeds were $660 million. After the exercise of the over-allotment option, Loblaw held an 81.7% effective interest in Choice Properties through ownership of 21,500,000 Units and 272,497,871 Class B Limited Partnership units, which are economically equivalent to and exchangeable for Units. At closing, the Company recorded transaction costs of approximately $40 million in net interest expense and other financing charges related to the completion of the IPO.

Concurrently, with the offering of the Units, Choice Properties completed a public offering of $600 million aggregate principal amount of senior unsecured debentures (the "Debentures"). The Debentures were comprised of $400 million Series A Debentures with a 5-year term and a coupon of 3.554% per annum and $200 million Series B Debentures with a 10-year term and a coupon of 4.903% per annum. A portion of the debt offering proceeds were used to replenish the cash used to repay the United States dollar ("USD") $150 million US Private Placement ("USPP") note that matured during the second quarter of 2013 and to early-settle the remaining USD $150 million USPP note during the third quarter of 2013, including the associated early-settlement costs of approximately $18 million, which will be recorded in net interest expense and other financing charges.

Agreement to Acquire Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation

Subsequent to the end of the quarter, the Company entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation ("Shoppers Drug Mart") for $33.18 in cash plus 0.5965 of a Loblaw common share per each Shoppers Drug Mart common share, on a fully pro-rated basis.  Based on Loblaw's closing common share price on July 12, 2013, this would represent a purchase price of approximately $12.4 billion. The Company anticipates that the transaction will be completed within six to seven months. Completion is subject to various approvals, including Shoppers Drug Mart shareholder and court approvals, compliance with the Competition Act (Canada) and other regulatory approvals as well as certain other closing conditions customary in transactions of this nature.

In connection with this agreement the Company entered into committed bank facilities. These committed facilities consist of a $3.5 billion term loan and a$1.6 billion bridge loan that will only be utilized upon completion of the acquisition. As a result of the agreement and related commitments, Dominion Bond Rating Service ("DBRS") placed the credit ratings of Loblaw and Choice Properties under review with developing implications and Standard and Poor's("S&P") placed Loblaw and Choice Properties on credit watch with negative implications. The Company expects DBRS and S&P to complete their reviews in the upcoming weeks.

Outlook(1)

The Company continued to make progress in executing its strategy in the second quarter. The resulting improvement in year-to-date financial performance compared to the first half of 2012, in addition to updated expectations for the remainder of the year, has led management to expect mid-single digit growth in operating income in 2013. This revised outlook compares to the prior expectation for modest, or low-single digit growth in operating income for the year(i).

The Company's information technology ("IT") infrastructure implementation and related costs, as well as investments in price, assortment and labour, are expected to be offset by operating efficiencies.

The Canadian retail environment remains competitive and the Company continues to expect sales growth in 2013 to be moderated by ongoing competitor square footage expansions, a new competitor's entry into the market and generic drug deflation.

The Company also expects the following for full-year 2013:

  • an effective tax rate in the range of 26% - 27%, compared to 24.9% in 2012;
  • the adoption of amendments to the accounting standard related to employee benefits will result in a restatement of the 2012 consolidated financial statements to reflect a reduction in net earnings in that year by approximately $16 million or $0.06 per share; and
  • capital expenditures to be approximately $1 billion, unchanged from 2012, with net new retail square footage growth of approximately 1%.

____________________________________

(i)      Items excluded for the calculation of operating income are: the $61 million restructuring charge recorded in the fourth quarter of 2012; the $51 million gain recorded in the first quarter associated with amendments to certain defined benefit plans; and the costs associated with the creation and recently completed IPO of Choice Properties and the recently announced Shoppers Drug Mart agreement.
   
(1) See Forward-Looking Statements in this News Release.

 

Forward-Looking Statements

This News Release for Loblaw Companies Limited contains forward-looking statements about the Company's objectives, plans, goals, aspirations, strategies, financial condition, results of operations, cash flows, performance, prospects and opportunities. Specific forward-looking statements in this News Release include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the Company's anticipated future results, planned capital expenditures, status and impact of IT systems implementation, the Canadian retail environment and future plans. These specific forward-looking statements are contained throughout this News Release including, without limitation, in the Outlook section of this News Release. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as "expect", "anticipate", "believe", "foresee", "could", "estimate", "goal", "intend", "plan", "seek", "strive", "will", "may" and "should" and similar expressions, as they relate to the Company and its management.

Forward-looking statements reflect the Company's current estimates, beliefs and assumptions, which are based on management's perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances. The Company's expectation of operating and financial performance in 2013 is based on certain assumptions including assumptions about revenue growth, anticipated cost savings and operating efficiencies, no unanticipated changes in the effective income tax rates, the Company's plan to increase net retail square footage by 1% and no unexpected adverse events or costs related to the Company's investments in IT and supply chain. The Company's estimates, beliefs and assumptions are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive and other uncertainties and contingencies regarding future events and as such, are subject to change. The Company can give no assurance that such estimates, beliefs and assumptions will prove to be correct.

Numerous risks and uncertainties could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from the estimates, beliefs and assumptions expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to:

  • failure to realize anticipated results, including revenue growth, anticipated cost savings or operating efficiencies from the Company's major initiatives, including those from restructuring;
  • failure to realize benefits from investments in the Company's IT systems, including the Company's IT systems implementation, or unanticipated results from these initiatives;
  • the inability of the Company's IT infrastructure to support the requirements of the Company's business;
  • heightened competition, whether from current competitors or new entrants to the marketplace;
  • changes in economic conditions including the rate of inflation or deflation, changes in interest and currency exchange rates and derivative and commodity prices;
  • public health events including those related to food safety;
  • failure to achieve desired results in labour negotiations, including the terms of future collective bargaining agreements, which could lead to work stoppages;
  • the inability of the Company to manage inventory to minimize the impact of obsolete or excess inventory and to control shrink;
  • the impact of potential environmental liabilities;
  • failure to respond to changes in consumer tastes and buying patterns;
  • reliance on the performance and retention of third-party service providers including those associated with the Company's supply chain and apparel business;
  • supply and quality control issues with vendors;
  • changes to the regulation of generic prescription drug prices and the reduction of reimbursement under public drug benefit plans and the elimination or reduction of professional allowances paid by drug manufacturers;
  • changes in the Company's income, commodity, other tax and regulatory liabilities including changes in tax laws, regulations or future assessments;
  • any requirement of the Company to make contributions to its registered funded defined benefit pension plans or the multi-employer pension plans in which it participates in excess of those currently contemplated;
  • the risk that the Company would experience a financial loss if its counterparties fail to meet their obligations in accordance with the terms and conditions of their contracts with the Company;
  • the inability of the Company to collect on its credit card receivables;
  • failure of Choice Properties to execute its plan and realize its forecasted results; and
  • failure by the Company to complete the acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart or to realize the anticipated strategic benefits or operational, competitive or cost synergies.

This is not an exhaustive list of the factors that may affect the Company's forward-looking statements. Other risks and uncertainties not presently known to the Company or that the Company presently believes are not material could also cause actual results or events to differ materially from those expressed in its forward-looking statements. Additional risks and uncertainties are discussed in the Company's materials filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities from time to time, including the Enterprise Risks and Risk Management section of the Management's Discussion and Analysis and the Enterprise Risks and Risk Management section on pages 23 to 31 of the Company's 2012 Annual Report - Financial Review ("2012 Annual Report"). Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect the Company's expectations only as of the date of this News Release. Except as required by law, the Company does not undertake to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company uses the following non-GAAP financial measures: EBITDA and EBITDA margin. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to both management and investors in measuring the financial performance and financial condition of the Company for the reasons outlined below. These measures do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and therefore they may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other publicly traded companies, and should not be construed as an alternative to other financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP.

EBITDA and EBITDA Margin The following table reconciles earnings before income taxes, net interest expense and other financing charges and depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") to operating income, which is reconciled to GAAP net earnings measures reported in the condensed consolidated statements of earnings for the12 and 24 week periods ended June 15, 2013 and June 16, 2012. EBITDA is useful to management in assessing the performance of its ongoing operations and its ability to generate cash flows to fund its cash requirements, including the Company's capital investment program.

Original source: Loblaw

Sectors: Financials, Retail

Companies: Loblaw

View next/previous articles

Currently reading -

CANADA: Loblaw H1 profit climbs, ups outlook

There are currently no comments on this article

Be the first to comment on this article

Related research

Loblaw Companies Limited (L) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

Loblaw Companies Limited (L) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review provides you an in-depth strategic SWOT analysis of the company’s businesses and operations. The profile has been compiled by GlobalData to bring to you a clear and an unbias...

Food Retail in Canada

Food Retail in Canada industry profile provides top-line qualitative and quantitative summary information including: market size (value 2007-11, and forecast to 2016). The profile also contains descriptions of the leading players including key financ...

Food Retail - North America (NAFTA) Industry Guide

Food Retail - North America (NAFTA) Industry Guide is an essential resource for top-level data and analysis covering the Food Retail industry in each of the North American Free Trade Agreement (United States, Canada, and Mexico) countries. The report...

Related articles

In the spotlight: Hain Celestial eyes US, global growth with Tilda acquisition

Hain Celestial believes its acquisition of UK-based Basmati rice firm Tilda will work to the benefit of both businesses. The US group has identified a number of areas where it intends to drive Tilda's growth. Hain also intends to capitalise on Tilda's international presence by feeding its existing product portfolio into markets such as India and the Middle East. Katy Askew reports.

CANADA: Metro closes produce DC

Canadian retailer Metro Inc is to shut a distribution site in Quebec, with the loss of over 110 jobs.

CANADA: George Weston Q3 earnings slide

Canadian food manufacturer and retailer George Weston saw its earnings fall in the third quarter as investments in its domestic business, a competitive grocery sector and a higher tax rate all hit its bottom line.

Welcome to the home of food information, insight & intelligence

Not a member? Join here

Decrease font sizeDecrease font sizeDecrease font size Increase font sizeIncrease font sizeIncrease font size Comment on this article Email this to a friend Print this page