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May 22, 2014
06:04 EDTSHLDSears reports Q1 EPS ($3.79), consensus ($1.87)
Reports Q1 revenue $7.88B, consensus $7.71B. Sears Domestic experienced comparable store sales growth of 0.2% as compared to a 2.4% decline last year, despite the continuing impact of consumer electronics industry trends. Excluding the impact of consumer electronics, comparable store sales growth would have been 0.8%. Kmart comparable stores sales were down 2.2% as compared to a 4.6% decline last year, also despite the continuing impact of consumer electronics industry trends, as well as the impact of our grocery & household goods business. Excluding the impact of both, comparable store sales would have declined 0.4%. Edward S. Lampert, Sears Holdings' chairman and CEO, stated, "Sears is undergoing a significant transformation, and we fundamentally are changing the way we do business," said Edward S. Lampert, Sears Holdings' Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Our performance in Q1 highlights the challenges we are facing as well as the progress we are making in this transformation. We are moving away from a company that was heavily based on selling products solely through a store-based network to a member-centric business model focused on providing benefits to our members anytime and anyplace. We are seeing progress in our transformation to a member-centric, integrated retailer, as we continue to invest heavily in driving our Shop Your Way program. Member sales for Q1 represented their highest level ever, representing 74% of eligible sales. Points redemptions also increased substantially, demonstrating that our members are becoming more engaged with the program and taking advantage of the points that they are earning. While this progress continued, the biggest negative contributor to sales has been from our consumer electronics business at both Sears and Kmart. Without the poor performance of the consumer electronics business, our Sears Domestic comparable store sales would have been positive 0.8%, as compared to positive 0.2%. Finally, as we invest in our new program and platforms, we are continuing to bear the costs of two promotional models, which adversely impacts our margins."
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06:44 EDTSHLDSears says targeting REIT formation in May or June
Sears said "We are continuing our efforts to develop Sears Holdings as a membership company, without the significant asset intensity of its traditional retail business. To this end, we announced in November that we have been exploring the formation of a Real Estate Investment Trust to purchase some of our properties and to manage them like a pure real estate company. While we can offer no assurances that such a transaction will be consummated, we have made progress and are proceeding towards its formation and separation, which is projected to occur in May or June of this year. We are currently targeting between 200 and 300 Sears and Kmart stores to be sold to the REIT with expected proceeds to Sears Holdings in excess of $2B. The REIT itself would be funded by equity and debt with the equity raised through a rights offering. The subscription rights would be distributed pro rata to all stockholders of record of the company, and every stockholder would have the right to participate, except that holders of the company's restricted stock that is unvested as of the record date would be expected to receive cash awards in lieu of subscription rights."
06:09 EDTSHLDSears reports Q4 EPS ($1.50), one estimate ($1.89)
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