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The TJX Companies, Inc. Reports Above-Plan Q4 FY15 EPS Growth of 15% and Full Year FY15 Adjusted EPS Growth of 12%; Announces Plans to Increase Dividend 20% and Stock Buyback to $1.8B to $1.9B; Provides FY16 Guidance and Reiterates Long-Term Growth Model
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--February 25, 2015--The TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TJX), the leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S. and worldwide, today announced sales and earnings results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 31, 2015. Net sales for the fourth quarter were $8.3 billion, a 6% increase over last year. Consolidated comparable store sales increased 4% over last year’s 3% increase. Net income was $648 million and diluted earnings per share were $.93, a 15% increase over last year’s $.81 per share.
For the 52-week fiscal year ended January 31, 2015, net sales were $29.1 billion, a 6% increase over last year. Consolidated comparable store sales increased 2% over last year’s 3% increase. Net income for the fiscal year was $2.2 billion, and diluted earnings per share were $3.15. Excluding a second quarter debt extinguishment charge of $.01 per share, adjusted diluted earnings per share were $3.16, a 12% increase over last year’s adjusted $2.83, which excluded an $.11 tax benefit from reported diluted earnings per share of $2.94.
Carol Meyrowitz, Chief Executive Officer of The TJX Companies, Inc., stated, “We are very pleased to end 2014 with excellent results in the fourth quarter! Our EPS growth of 15% and comp increase of 4% significantly exceeded our expectations. We are particularly pleased our comps were almost entirely driven by customer traffic, as consumers responded to our exciting merchandise assortments, amazing values and effective marketing. Merchandise margins were also very strong. We are also very pleased with our full year 2014 performance. Our adjusted earnings per share growth of 12% over last year’s 15% increase marks our sixth consecutive year of double-digit EPS increases.”
Meyrowitz continued, “As always, we’re pursuing many initiatives to drive sales and customer traffic, and we have numerous growth vehicles that are working well. In 2015, we are taking a prudent approach to planning our earnings per share growth. We are continuing to plan comp sales increases conservatively while we simultaneously strive to surpass our goals. Further, we will continue to reinvest in our growth initiatives for today and the future, and we are making additional investments in our store Associates to maintain our focus on offering our customers an excellent shopping experience. Like other major international retailers, our 2015 plans also reflect an expected negative impact from foreign currency exchange rates. Our underlying business remains very strong and we are reiterating our 10% to 13% long-term annual EPS growth model. We see tremendous U.S. and international potential for our Company. We are excited to be entering our seventh country, Austria, this spring, and to announce our plans to expand into our eighth country, The Netherlands, later this year. We are growing TJX as a global, value retailer and are well on our way to becoming a $40 billion company and beyond!”
The following information was filed by Tjx Companies Inc (TJX) on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.
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