Best Buy Reports Fiscal Second Quarter Results

Domestic Segment Revenue Increased 3.9%

Non-GAAP Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations Increased 17% to $0.49

GAAP Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations Increased 18% to $0.46

MINNEAPOLIS, August 25, 2015 — Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY) today announced results for the second quarter (“Q2 FY16”) ended August 1, 2015 as compared to the second quarter (“Q2 FY15”) ended August 2, 2014.

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Q2 FY16 Q2 FY15
Enterprise Revenue ($ in millions)1 $8,528 $8,459
Domestic segment $7,878 $7,585
International segment1 $650 $874
Enterprise Comparable Sales % Change:
Excluding the estimated benefit of installment billing2,3 2.7% (2.2%)4
Estimated benefit of installment billing3 1.1%
Comparable sales % change2 3.8% (2.2%)4
Domestic Comparable Sales % Change:
Excluding the estimated benefit of installment billing2,3 2.7% (2.0%)
Estimated benefit of installment billing3 1.1%
Comparable sales % change2 3.8% (2.0%)
Comparable online sales % change2 17.0% 22.0%
     
  Q2 FY16 Q2 FY15
Operating Income:
GAAP operating income as a % of revenue 3.4% 2.7%
Non-GAAP operating income as a % of revenue5 3.4% 2.9%
Diluted Earnings per Share (EPS):
GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations $0.46 $0.39
Impact of cathode ray tube (CRT) settlements6 ($0.03) $0.00
Impact of non-restructuring SG&A charges7 $0.03 $0.02
Impact of restructuring charges7 $0.03 $0.01
Non-GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations5 $0.49 $0.42

 

Hubert Joly, Best Buy chairman and CEO, commented, “We believe these better-than-expected second quarter results are affirmation that our strategy of offering advice, service and convenience at competitive prices is paying off. Enterprise revenue grew 0.8% to $8.5 billion driven by a 3.9% increase in the Domestic segment, partially offset by the impact of the Canadian brand consolidation and 120 basis points of pressure from foreign currency. Better year-over-year performance in the Domestic segment drove a 50-basis point increase in the Enterprise non-GAAP operating income rate to 3.4% and a 17% increase in non-GAAP diluted EPS to $0.49. We also returned $321 million in cash to shareholders through share repurchases in addition to $81 million in regular dividends.”

Joly continued, “In the Domestic business, our comparable sales increased 2.7%, excluding the impact of installment billing3, driven by continued strong performance in major appliances, large screen televisions and mobile phones. Online comparable sales increased 17.0% as our investments in new capabilities continued to drive increased traffic and higher conversion rates. We also saw industry revenue in the NPD-tracked categories, representing 65% of our revenue, improve from a decline of 5.3% in Q1 to a decline of 1.3%8 in Q2.”

Joly concluded, “As we look forward, while we are cognizant of the recent financial market turbulence, we believe the combination of an opportunity-rich environment and the strength of our competitive advantages leads us to have a positive outlook about our future prospects, starting with the important back-to-school third quarter. We would like to thank all of our associates for their hard work and contributions to our success. The opportunities we have before us today are possible because of the talent and engagement of our entire team – and I am extremely proud of their performance and ability to win.”

Sharon McCollam, Best Buy EVP, CAO and CFO, commented, “As Hubert said, our competitive advantages and strong execution provide us a positive outlook on our Domestic performance versus the industry, which bodes well for us as we enter the third quarter. It is difficult to know, though, if the recent volatility in the financial markets will affect overall consumer spending. To date, however, we have not seen a measurable impact versus our original expectations. As such, our outlook assumes there will be no material changes in consumer spending in the third quarter. With that said, our year-over-year non-GAAP outlook for Q3 FY16 is as follows. In the Domestic business we are expecting (1) flat to low-single digit revenue growth; and (2) an approximately flat operating income rate change driven by a higher gross profit rate offset by increased SG&A due to inflation and growth-related investments. In the International business, due to the ongoing impacts of the Canadian brand consolidation and foreign currency, we are expecting (1) an International revenue decline of approximately 30% and (2) an International non-GAAP operating income rate in the range of negative 2.5% to negative 3.5%.

“With these expectations, which assume continued strength in our Domestic business offset by the near-term impacts of Canada, at the Enterprise level we expect (1) a flat to negative low-single digit revenue growth rate and (2) an operating income rate growth of flat to negative 20 basis points. Additionally, we expect the non-GAAP continuing operations effective income tax rate to be in the range of 39% to 40%, versus 38.1% last year, which could result in a negative $0.01 year-over-year non-GAAP diluted EPS impact in Q3 FY16.”

 

Domestic Segment Second Quarter Results

Domestic Revenue

Domestic revenue of $7.9 billion increased 3.9% versus last year. This increase was primarily driven by (1) a comparable sales increase of 2.7%, excluding the estimated 110-basis point benefit associated with the classification of revenue for the mobile carrier installment billing plans3; (2) an estimated 110-basis point benefit associated with installment billing3; and (3) a 30-basis point impact from a periodic profit sharing payment based on the performance of the company’s externally managed extended service plan portfolio and an extended warranty deferred revenue adjustment.

From a merchandising perspective, comparable sales growth in major appliances, televisions, mobile phones (excluding the impact of installment billing3) and health and fitness was partially offset by a decline in tablets. The growth in mobile phones was primarily driven by higher year-over-year selling prices. The company also saw continued revenue declines in services. This decline of 13.1% was primarily driven by the reduction of frequency and severity of claims on extended warranties, which has reduced repair revenue, and to a much lesser extent, declining attach rates.

Domestic online revenue of $676 million increased 17.0% on a comparable basis primarily due to increased traffic and higher conversion rates. As a percentage of total Domestic revenue, online revenue increased 90 basis points to 8.6% versus 7.7% last year.

 

Domestic Gross Profit Rate

Domestic gross profit rate was 24.7% versus 23.4% last year. On a non-GAAP basis, gross profit rate was 24.6% versus 23.4% last year. This 120-basis point increase was primarily due to (1) the positive impact of changes in mobile warranty plans which resulted in lower costs due to lower claim frequency and severity; (2) rate improvements in computing hardware; (3) an increased mix of higher-margin large screen televisions; (4) a 25-basis point impact from a periodic profit sharing payment based on the performance of the company’s externally managed extended service plan portfolio and an extended warranty deferred revenue adjustment; and (5) an additional positive mix shift due to significantly decreased revenue in the lower-margin tablet category. These increases were partially offset by a lower rate in the mobile category driven by increased sales of higher priced iconic mobile phones, which have higher gross profit dollars but carry a lower gross profit rate.

 

Domestic Selling, General and Administrative Expenses (“SG&A”)

Domestic SG&A expenses were $1.64 billion, or 20.8% of revenue, versus $1.52 billion, or 20.1% of revenue, last year. On a non-GAAP basis, SG&A expenses were $1.62 billion, or 20.6% of revenue, versus $1.51 billion, or 19.9% of revenue, last year. This $114 million, or 70 basis-point, increase in non-GAAP SG&A was primarily driven by investments in future growth initiatives, SG&A inflation and higher incentive compensation.

 

International Segment Second Quarter Results

International Revenue 

International revenue of $650 million declined 25.6% versus last year. This decline was primarily driven by (1) the loss of revenue associated with closed stores as part of the Canadian brand consolidation; (2) a negative foreign currency impact of approximately 1,200 basis points; and (3) ongoing softness in the Canadian consumer electronics industry.

 

International Gross Profit Rate

International gross profit rate was 23.4% versus 22.9% last year. On a non-GAAP basis, gross profit rate was flat year-over-year at 22.9%.

 

International SG&A

International SG&A expenses were $175 million, or 26.9% of revenue, versus $227 million, or 26.0% of revenue, last year. On a non-GAAP basis, SG&A expenses were $170 million, or 26.2% of revenue, versus $227 million, or 26.0% of revenue, last year. In dollars, non-GAAP SG&A decreased $57 million primarily driven by the elimination of expenses associated with closed stores as part of the Canadian brand consolidation and the positive impact of foreign exchange rates. From a rate perspective, non-GAAP SG&A increased 20 basis point driven by year-over-year sales deleverage.

 

Income Taxes

In Q2 FY16, the non-GAAP continuing operations effective income tax rate increased 250 basis points to 37.1% versus 34.6% last year due to a discrete income tax benefit recognized in Q2 FY15.

For Q3 FY16, the non-GAAP continuing operations effective income tax rate is expected to be in the range of 39% to 40%, versus 38.1% last year, which could result in a negative $0.01 year-over-year non-GAAP diluted EPS impact in Q3 FY16.

 

Dividends and Share Repurchases

On July 2, 2015, the company paid a quarterly dividend of $0.23 per common share outstanding, or $81 million.
On March 3, 2015, the company announced the intent to repurchase $1 billion worth of its shares over a three-year period. Under this program, the company repurchased a total of 9.4 million shares of its common stock for $321 million during Q2 FY16.

Conference Call

Best Buy is scheduled to conduct an earnings conference call at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time (7:00 a.m. Central Time) on August 25, 2015. A webcast of the call is expected to be available at www.investors.bestbuy.com both live and after the call.

(1) On February 13, 2015, Best Buy completed the sale of its Five Star business in China and as a result Five Star’s Q2 FY15 financial results are reflected in discontinued operations. Q2 FY15 Enterprise revenue and International revenue, respectively, as reported on August 26, 2014, was $8.90 billion and $1.31 billion. Additionally, on March 28, 2015, the company consolidated the Future Shop and Best Buy stores and websites in Canada under the Best Buy brand. This resulted in the permanent closure of 66 Future Shop stores and the conversion of the remaining 65 Future Shop stores to the Best Buy brand.

(2) Best Buy’s comparable sales is comprised of revenue at stores, websites and call centers operating for at least 14 full months, as well as revenue related to certain other comparable sales channels. Relocated stores, as well as remodeled, expanded and downsized stores closed more than 14 days, are excluded from the comparable sales calculation until at least 14 full months after reopening. Acquisitions are included in the comparable sales calculation beginning with the first full quarter following the first anniversary of the date of the acquisition. The calculation of comparable sales excludes the impact of revenue from discontinued operations.
The Canadian brand consolidation, which includes the permanent closure of 66 Future Shop stores, the conversion of 65 Future Shop stores to Best Buy stores and the elimination of the Future Shop website, is expected to have a material impact on a year-over-year basis on the Canadian retail stores and the website. As such, all store and website revenue has been removed from the comparable sales base and International (comprised of Canada and Mexico) no longer has a comparable metric.  Therefore, Enterprise comparable sales will be equal to Domestic comparable sales until International revenue is again comparable on a year-over-year basis.

(3) In April of 2014, Best Buy began offering mobile carrier installment billing plans to its Domestic customers in addition to two-year contract plans. While the two types of contracts have broadly similar overall economics, installment billing plans typically generate higher revenues due to higher proceeds for devices and higher cost of sales due to lower device subsidies. As the mix of installment billing plans increases, there is an associated increase in revenue and cost of goods sold, and a decrease in gross profit rate, with gross profit dollars relatively unaffected. The company estimates that its Q2 FY16 Enterprise and Domestic comparable sales of 3.8% include approximately 110 basis points of impact from this classification difference. The impact on the gross profit rate at the Enterprise and Domestic levels for the quarter was immaterial. The company believes that providing information regarding this impact of installment billing and an estimate of the company’s comparable sales absent this impact assists investors in understanding the company’s underlying operating performance in relation to periods prior to the introduction of installment billing.

(4) Enterprise comparable sales for Q2 FY15 include revenue from continuing operations in the International segment.  Excluding the International segment, Enterprise comparable sales for Q2 FY15 would have been negative 2.0%, or equal to Domestic comparable sales, for the same period.

(5) The company defines non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP SG&A, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net earnings and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share for the periods presented as its gross profit, SG&A, operating income, net earnings and diluted earnings per share for those periods calculated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. (“GAAP”), adjusted to exclude CRT Litigation settlements, restructuring charges, non-restructuring asset impairments, other Canadian brand consolidation charges, gains on investments and the acceleration of a non-cash tax benefit as a result of reorganizing certain European legal entities.

These non-GAAP financial measures provide investors with an understanding of the company’s financial performance adjusted to exclude the effect of the items described above. These non-GAAP financial measures assist investors in making a ready comparison of the company’s financial results for its fiscal quarter ended August 1, 2015, against the company’s results for the respective prior-year periods and against third-party estimates of the company’s financial results for those periods that may not have included the effect of such items. Additionally, management uses these non-GAAP financial measures as an internal measure to analyze trends, allocate resources and analyze underlying operating performance. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered superior to, as a substitute for, or as an alternative to, and should be considered in conjunction with, GAAP financial measures and may differ from similar measures used by other companies. Please see the table titled “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” at the end of this release for more detail.

(6) On November 14, 2011, Best Buy filed a lawsuit captioned In re Cathode Ray Tube Antitrust Litigation in the United States District

Court for the Northern District of California (“CRT Litigation”). The company alleges that the defendants engaged in price fixing in violation of antitrust regulations relating to cathode ray tubes for the time period between March 1, 1995 and November 25, 2007. No trial date has been set. In connection with this action, the company received settlement proceeds net of legal expenses and costs in the amount of $8 million in Q2 FY16. Best Buy will continue to litigate against the remaining defendants and expect further settlement discussions as this matter proceeds; however, it is uncertain whether the company will recover additional settlement sums or a favorable verdict at trial.

(7) The company has consolidated certain line items from the Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures schedule included at the back of this earnings release. The impact of non-restructuring SG&A charges line includes (1) non-restructuring asset impairments and (2) other Canadian brand consolidation charges. The impact of restructuring charges line includes (1) restructuring charges and (2) restructuring charges – COGS.

(8) According to The NPD Group’s Weekly Tracking Service as published August 10, 2015, revenue for the CE (Consumer Electronics) industry declined 1.3% during the 13 weeks ended August 1, 2015 compared to the 13 weeks ended August 2, 2014. The CE industry, as defined by The NPD Group, includes TVs, desktop and notebook computers, tablets not including Kindle, digital imaging and other categories. Sales of these products represent approximately 65% of the company’s Domestic revenue. The CE industry, as defined by The NPD Group, does not include mobile phones, gaming, movies, music, appliances or services.

Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements:

This earnings release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 as contained in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that reflect management’s current views and estimates regarding future market conditions, company performance and financial results, business prospects, new strategies, the competitive environment and other events. You can identify these statements by the fact that they use words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” ”assume,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “project,” “guidance,” “plan,” “outlook,” and other words and terms of similar meaning. These statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the potential results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Among the factors that could cause actual results and outcomes to differ materially from those contained in such forward-looking statements are the following: macro-economic conditions (including fluctuations in housing prices, oil markets and jobless rates), conditions in the industries and categories in which we operate, changes in consumer preferences, changes in consumer confidence, consumer spending and debt levels, online sales levels and trends, average ticket size, the mix of products and services offered for sale in our physical stores and online, credit market changes and constraints, product availability, competitive initiatives of competitors (including pricing actions and promotional activities of competitors), strategic and business decisions of our vendors (including actions that could impact product margin or supply), the success of new product launches, the impact of pricing investments and promotional activity, weather, natural or man-made disasters, attacks on our data systems, the company’s ability to prevent or react to a disaster recovery situation, changes in law or regulations, changes in tax rates, changes in taxable income in each jurisdiction, tax audit developments and resolution of other discrete tax matters, foreign currency fluctuation, availability of suitable real estate locations, the company’s ability to manage its property portfolio, the impact of labor markets,  the company’s ability to retain qualified employees, failure to achieve anticipated expense and cost reductions from operational and restructuring changes, disruptions in our supply chain, the costs of procuring goods the company sells, failure to achieve anticipated revenue and profitability increases from operational and restructuring changes (including investments in our multi-channel capabilities and brand consolidations), failure to accurately predict the duration over which we will incur costs, acquisitions and development of new businesses, divestitures of existing businesses, failure to complete or achieve anticipated benefits of announced transactions, integration challenges relating to new ventures, and our ability to protect information relating to our employees and customers.  A further list and description of these risks, uncertainties and other matters can be found in the company’s annual report and other reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including, but not limited to, Best Buy’s Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 31, 2015. Best Buy cautions that the foregoing list of important factors is not complete, and any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and Best Buy assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement that it may make.

Investor Contact:
Mollie O’Brien, Investor Relations
(612) 291-7735 or mollie.obrien@bestbuy.com


Media Contact:
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