lowe's cos inc (LOW) Key Developments
Lowe's Plan to Open New Stores Between 2015 and 2017
Dec 11 14
Lowe's announced that between 2015 and 2017, the company plan to open a total of 25 stores. To this end, the joint venture is planning to slow the pace of expansion over the next few years, with approximately 10 stores planned each year between 2015 and 2017. The intent is to strategically fill in gaps where Masters stores are already located. Over the next 3 years, the company will continue this balance of remodeling the existing fleet and opening new stores, remodeling up to 35 locations and opening up to 40 new stores. In addition to the comp growth, The company expects to open approximately 30 stores annually in North America, split evenly between home improvement and Orchard stores with a few city center stores sprinkled in. The company plan to open 5 stores over the next 3 years.
Lowe's Companies Affirms Earnings Guidance for the Fiscal 2014
Dec 11 14
Lowe's Companies (LOW) has reiterated sales and earnings guidance for the 2014 fiscal year. GAAP diluted earnings per share of approximately $2.68 are expected for the fiscal year. Total sales for the year are expected to increase 4.5% to 5%, while comparable sales are expected to increase 3.5 to 4%. Earnings before interest and taxes as a percentage of sales are expected to increase 70 basis points to 75 basis points. The effective income tax rate is expected to be approximately 37.2%.
Lowe's Companies Inc. Reports Unaudited Consolidated Earnings Results for the Third Quarter and Nine Months Ended November 1, 2014; Provides Earnings Guidance for the Fiscal Year 2014
Nov 19 14
Lowe's Companies Inc. reported unaudited consolidated earnings results for the third quarter and nine months ended Nov. 1, 2014. For the quarter, the company reported net sales of USD 13,681 million compared to USD 12,957 million a year ago. Pre tax earnings were USD 954 million compared to USD 799 million a year ago. Net earnings were USD 585 million compared to USD 499 million a year ago. Basic and diluted earnings per share were USD 0.59 compared to USD 0.47 a year ago.
For the nine months, the company reported net sales of USD 43,682 million compared to USD 41,757 million a year ago. Pre-tax earnings were USD 3,589 million compared to USD 3,174 million a year ago. Net earnings were USD 2,248 million compared to USD 1,980 million a year ago. Basic and diluted earnings per share were USD 2.24 compared to USD 1.84 per diluted share a year ago. Net cash provided by operating activities was USD 4,684 million compared to USD 3,859 million a year ago. Capital expenditures were USD 587 million compared to USD 610 million a year ago.
Fiscal year 2014, the company total sales are expected to increase 4.5% to 5%. Comparable sales are expected to increase 3.5% to 4%. Earnings before interest and taxes as a percentage of sales are expected to increase 70 to 75 basis points. The effective income tax rate is expected to be approximately 37.2%. Diluted earnings per share of approximately USD 2.68 are expected for the fiscal year ending January 30, 2015. The company is forecasting cash flows from operations to be approximately USD 4.2 billion. CapEx forecast for 2014 is approximately USD 1 billion. This will result in estimated free cash flow of USD 3.2 billion for 2014. CapEx forecast for 2014 is less than originally planned.
Lowe's Companies Inc. Announces Executive Changes
Nov 18 14
Lowe's Companies Inc. announced that Ross W. (Bill) McCanless will be joining the company as general counsel, secretary and chief compliance officer, effective January 12, 2015. McCanless will replace Gaither M. Keener, who announced plans to retire from the company following 30 years of service. McCanless is returning to Lowe's top legal role, a position he held from 2003 to 2006, after serving as chief legal officer, general counsel and secretary for Extended Stay America Inc. and ESH Hospitality Inc. In his new role, McCanless will be responsible for directing all legal matters for Lowe's and its subsidiaries as well as advising the chairman and board of directors on corporate governance matters. In addition to his previous legal experience, McCanless served in a number of executive management positions with Delhaize/Food Lion, including SVP, general counsel, secretary and chief administrative officer. Gaither Keener began his career at Lowe's in 1985 as corporate counsel after serving as a member of a private law firm for which Lowe's was a client. He served as chief legal officer, chief compliance officer and secretary since 2006. Keener has served on the board of directors of the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation since 2005.
Lowe's Companies, Inc. Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend, Payable February 4, 2015
Nov 14 14
The Board of Directors for Lowe's Companies Inc. has declared a quarterly cash dividend of twenty three cents ($0.23) per share, payable February 4, 2015, to shareholders of record as of January 21, 2015.