Federated's 3Q income down more than 38%
November 19, 2001,
As the sluggish retail economy went in the third quarter, so went Federated Department Stores Inc.
Federated's third-quarter operating income totaled $149 million (not counting charges for restructuring and asset impairment). This was down nearly 12 percent from the $169 million in operating profit Federated managed a year ago.
Third-quarter sales came in at slightly less than $3.8 billion, down 10 percent from the $4.2 billion Federated checked out in last year's third quarter. The company's same-store sales fell 8.6 percent in the quarter, and the overall sales decline reflected the weak economy, its strategic downsizing of Fingerhut and the closing of its Stern's locations.
Federated was able to slice 10 percent from its selling, general and administrative expenses during the third quarter, to slightly more than $1.3 billion. As a percentage of sales, SG&A remained flat at 35.2 percent. Its average gross margin was also dead even with last year, at 39.2 percent.
James Zimmerman, Federated's chairman and ceo, said the company hopes that sales will strengthen in the fourth quarter with the onset of the holidays. However, he also repeated earlier statements expecting the company's same-store sales to fall another 7 percent to 10 percent in the fourth quarter.
Federated Department Stores
|QTR 11/3 (x000)||2001||2000||% CHG|
|( ): Denotes loss
a: Includes extraordinary items and restructuring charges for both years. Without those charges, Federated's third-quarter 2001 net income was $32 million, and its third-quarter 2000 net income was $52 million.
|Oper. income (EBIT)||149,000||169,000||-11.8|
|Per share (diluted)||0.02||3.32||—|
|Average gross margin||39.2%||39.2%||—|
|Oper. income (EBIT)||612,000||642,000||-4.7|
|Per share (diluted)||0.86||(2.50)||—|
|Average gross margin||39.4%||40.4%||—|