Target Reports Second Quarter 2013 Earnings

MINNEAPOLIS - August 21, 2013
  • Target’s second quarter adjusted earnings per share of $1.19 were at the top of the expected range, despite a softer-than-expected U.S. comparable sales increase of 1.2 percent
  • Second quarter GAAP earnings per share of $0.95 were at the mid-point of the expected range, including (21) cents of dilution related to the Canadian Segment
  • Target opened 44 Canadian stores in the second quarter, bringing the total store count to 68 and passing the half-way mark to the goal of operating 124 stores in Canada by year-end
  • In the second quarter, the Company returned more than $1.1 billion to shareholders through dividends and share repurchase

Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) today reported second quarter net earnings of $611 million, or $0.95 per share, which includes EPS dilution related to the Canadian Segment of (21) cents per share. Adjusted earnings per share, a measure the Company believes is useful in providing period-to-period comparisons of the results of its U.S. operations, were $1.19 in second quarter 2013, up 6.1 percent from $1.12 in 2012. A reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP measures is provided in the tables attached to this press release. All earnings per share figures refer to diluted earnings per share.

“Target’s second quarter financial results benefited from disciplined execution of our strategy and strong expense control, offsetting softer-than-expected sales,” said Gregg Steinhafel, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Target Corporation. “For the balance of this year, our U.S. outlook envisions continued cautious spending by consumers in the face of ongoing household budget pressures. In Canada, where we are only five months into our market launch, we continue to learn, adjust and refine operations in our existing stores as we prepare to open another 56 stores by year-end.”

Fiscal 2013 Earnings Guidance
In third quarter 2013, the Company expects adjusted EPS of $0.80 to $0.90 and GAAP EPS of $0.55 to $0.65. The 25-cent difference between the adjusted and GAAP EPS ranges reflects expected dilution of approximately (22) cents related to Canadian operations and (3) cents related to the expected reduction in the beneficial interest asset1.

For full-year 2013, Target now expects adjusted EPS will be near the low end of its previous guidance of $4.70 to $4.90. GAAP EPS is expected to be approximately 95 cents lower than adjusted EPS, due to:

  • Expected EPS dilution related to the Canadian Segment of approximately (82) cents;
  • Losses related to the early retirement of debt of (42) cents per share, and;
  • Net accounting gains of approximately 29 cents associated with the sale of Target’s entire consumer credit card receivables portfolio to TD Bank Group.

1See the “Accounting Considerations” section of this release for more information related to the beneficial interest asset.

U.S. Segment Results
As a reminder, following the sale of the U.S. credit card portfolio in March 2013, Target’s historical U.S. Retail Segment and U.S. Credit Card Segment results were combined to form a new U.S. Segment. Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) expenses in the new U.S. Segment include income from the profit-sharing arrangement with TD Bank Group, net of servicing expenses. In prior periods, credit card revenues, net of credit card expenses, from the historical U.S. Credit Card Segment have been classified within U.S. Segment SG&A expenses.2

In addition, beginning with fiscal 2013, Target made changes to certain vendor agreements regarding payments received in support of marketing programs. As a result, these payments are being recorded as a reduction to U.S. Segment cost of sales rather than a reduction to SG&A expenses, creating equivalent year-over-year increases in both gross margin and SG&A expense rates. This change has no effect on U.S. Segment EBITDA and EBIT margin rates.

In second quarter 2013, sales increased 2.4 percent to $16.8 billion from $16.5 billion last year, reflecting a 1.2 percent increase in comparable sales combined with the contribution from new stores. Segment earnings before interest expense and income taxes (EBIT) were $1,330 million in the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 0.4 percent from $1,324 million in 2012.

Second quarter EBITDA margin rate was 10.8 percent, compared with 11.1 percent in the revised U.S. Segment and 10.2 percent in the historical U.S. Retail Segment in second quarter 2012. Second quarter EBIT margin rate was 7.9 percent, compared with 8.0 percent in the revised U.S. Segment and 7.2 percent in the historical U.S. Retail Segment in second quarter 2012.

Second quarter gross margin rate increased to 31.4 percent in 2013 from 31.3 percent in 2012, reflecting approximately 0.2 percentage-points of benefit from changes to the Company’s vendor agreements combined with underlying category rate improvements, partially offset by the impact of the Company’s integrated growth strategies. Second quarter SG&A expense rate was 20.6 percent in 2013, compared with 2012 rates of 20.2 percent in the revised U.S. Segment and 21.1 percent in the historical U.S. Retail Segment. Compared with the revised U.S. Segment in second quarter 2012, the increase was driven by a smaller contribution from the credit card portfolio, which raised the SG&A rate by approximately 0.6 percentage points, continued investments in technology and supply chain in support of multichannel initiatives and the change to Target’s vendor agreements. These pressures were partially offset by favorable leverage of compensation expenses and the continued benefit of the Company’s expense optimization efforts.

2Quarterly and full-year historical information for the three most recently completed years reflecting the impact of the reclassification, and
the results for our two segments, U.S. and Canadian, are attached as Exhibit (99) to our current report on Form 8-K filed April 16, 2013.

Canadian Segment Results
The Canadian Segment generated sales of $275 million at a gross margin rate of 31.6 percent in second quarter 2013. Canadian Segment EBIT for the second quarter was $(169) million, as gross margin of $87 million was offset by $207 million of start-up and operating expenses and $49 million of depreciation and amortization. Canadian operations reduced Target’s GAAP earnings per share by (21) cents in second quarter 20133.

3This amount includes interest expense and tax expense that are not included in the segment measure of profit. A reconciliation of non-
GAAP measures is included in the tables attached to this release.

Interest Expense and Taxes
In second quarter 2013, net interest expense decreased to $171 million from $184 million in 2012, benefiting from debt retirement resulting from the use of proceeds from the sale of the credit card portfolio.

The Company’s effective income tax rate was 36.4 percent in the second quarter, compared with 34.3 percent in second quarter 2012. The 2012 effective income tax rate benefited by approximately 2.2 percentage points from the favorable resolution of various income tax matters.

Capital Returned to Shareholders
In second quarter 2013, the Company repurchased approximately 13.3 million shares of its common stock at an average price of $69.57 for a total investment of $927 million. Target also paid dividends of $231 million during the quarter.

Year-to-date, the Company has repurchased approximately 21.9 million shares of its common stock at an average price of $67.41 for a total investment of $1.47 billion, and paid dividends of $463 million.

Accounting Considerations
At the close of the sale of its entire U.S. consumer credit card receivables portfolio to TD Bank Group in first quarter 2013, Target recognized a $225 million beneficial interest asset, which effectively represented a receivable for the present value of future profit-sharing Target expected to receive on the receivables sold. The Company estimates the asset will be reduced over the four-year period following the close of the transaction, with larger reductions in the early years. The beneficial interest asset was reduced by $29 million in the second quarter 2013 and $45 million year-to-date 2013.

Target Corporation will webcast its second quarter earnings conference call at 9:30 a.m. CDT today. Investors and the media are invited to listen to the call through the Company’s website at (click on “events & presentations”). A telephone replay of the call will be available beginning at approximately 11:30 a.m. CDT today through the end of business on August 23, 2013. The replay number is (855) 859-2056 (passcode: 78419579).

Statements in this release regarding third quarter and full year 2013 earnings guidance are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements speak only as of the date they are made and are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially. The most important risks and uncertainties are described in Item 1A of the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 2, 2013.

In addition to the GAAP results provided in this release, the Company provides adjusted diluted earnings per share for the three- and six-month periods ended August 3, 2013 and July 28, 2012, respectively. This measure is not in accordance with, or an alternative for, generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. The most comparable GAAP measure is diluted earnings per share. Management believes adjusted EPS is useful in providing period-to-period comparisons of the results of the Company’s U.S. operations. Adjusted EPS should not be considered in isolation or as a substitution for analysis of the Company’s results as reported under GAAP. Other companies may calculate adjusted EPS differently than the Company does, limiting the usefulness of the measure for comparisons with other companies.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,856 stores – 1,788 in the United States and 68 in Canada – and at Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit For more information, visit

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