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L Brands Reports December 2018 Sales and Updates Fourth Quarter Earnings Guidance

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- L Brands, Inc. (LB) reported net sales of $2.477 billion for the five weeks ended Jan. 5, 2019, compared to net sales of $2.516 billion for the five weeks ended Dec. 30, 2017.  Comparable sales were flat for the five weeks ended Jan. 5, 2019, compared to the five weeks ended Jan. 6, 2018. 

The company reported net sales of $12.457 billion for the 48 weeks ended Jan. 5, 2019, compared to net sales of $11.592 billion for the 48 weeks ended Dec. 30, 2017.  Comparable sales increased 3 percent for the 48 weeks ended Jan. 5, 2019, compared to the 48 weeks ended Jan. 6, 2018. 

The company expects to report adjusted fourth quarter earnings per share towards the higher end of its previous guidance of $1.90 to $2.10, not including a preliminary estimated pretax charge, principally non-cash, related to the sale of La Senza of approximately $80 million, or $0.15 per share.  The company closed on the previously announced sale of the La Senza business to an affiliate of Regent LP on Jan. 6, 2019.

To hear further commentary provided on L Brands’ prerecorded December sales message, call 1-866-639-7583 or log onto www.LB.com for an audio replay.

ABOUT L BRANDS:
L Brands, through Victoria’s Secret, PINK, Bath & Body Works and Henri Bendel, is an international company.  The company operates company-owned specialty stores in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Greater China, and its brands are also sold in franchised locations worldwide.  The company’s products are also available online at www.VictoriasSecret.com, www.BathandBodyWorks.com and www.HenriBendel.com.

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

We caution that any forward-looking statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) contained in this press release or the December sales call or made by our company or our management involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various factors, many of which are beyond our control. Accordingly, our future performance and financial results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in any such forward-looking statements. Words such as “estimate,” “project,” “plan,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “planned,” “potential” and any similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements. Risks associated with the following factors, among others, in some cases have affected and in the future could affect our financial performance and actual results and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements included in this press release or the December sales call or otherwise made by our company or our management:

  • general economic conditions, consumer confidence, consumer spending patterns and market disruptions including severe weather conditions, natural disasters, health hazards, terrorist activities, financial crises, political crises or other major events, or the prospect of these events;
  • the seasonality of our business;
  • the dependence on mall traffic and the availability of suitable store locations on appropriate terms;
  • our ability to grow through new store openings and existing store remodels and expansions;
  • our ability to successfully expand internationally and related risks;
  • our independent franchise, license and wholesale partners;
  • our direct channel businesses;
  • our ability to protect our reputation and our brand images;
  • our ability to attract customers with marketing, advertising and promotional programs;
  • our ability to protect our trade names, trademarks and patents;
  • the highly competitive nature of the retail industry and the segments in which we operate;
  • consumer acceptance of our products and our ability to manage the life cycle of our brands, keep up with fashion trends, develop new merchandise and launch new product lines successfully;
  • our ability to source, distribute and sell goods and materials on a global basis, including risks related to:
    • political instability, significant health hazards, environmental hazards or natural disasters;
    • duties, taxes and other charges;
    • legal and regulatory matters;
    • volatility in currency exchange rates;
    • local business practices and political issues;
    • potential delays or disruptions in shipping and transportation and related pricing impacts;
    • disruption due to labor disputes; and
    • changing expectations regarding product safety due to new legislation;
  • our geographic concentration of vendor and distribution facilities in central Ohio;
  • fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates;
  • stock price volatility;
  • our ability to pay dividends and related effects;
  • our ability to maintain our credit rating;
  • our ability to service or refinance our debt;
  • our ability to retain key personnel;
  • our ability to attract, develop and retain qualified associates and manage labor-related costs;
  • the ability of our vendors to deliver products in a timely manner, meet quality standards and comply with applicable laws and regulations;
  • fluctuations in product input costs;
  • our ability to adequately protect our assets from loss and theft;
  • fluctuations in energy costs;
  • increases in the costs of mailing, paper and printing;
  • claims arising from our self-insurance;
  • our ability to implement and maintain information technology systems and to protect associated data;
  • our ability to maintain the security of customer, associate, third-party or company information;
  • our ability to comply with regulatory requirements;
  • legal and compliance matters; and
  • tax, trade and other regulatory matters.

We are not under any obligation and do not intend to make publicly available any update or other revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release or the December sales call to reflect circumstances existing after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of future events even if experience or future events make it clear that any expected results expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements will not be realized. Additional information regarding these and other factors can be found in Item 1A. Risk Factors in our 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

For further information, please contact:          
L Brands:          
Investor Relations         Media Relations
Amie Preston         Tammy Roberts Myers
(614) 415-6704         (614) 415-7072
apreston@lb.com         communications@lb.com


L BRANDS        
DECEMBER 2018        
           
Comparable Sales Increase (Decrease) (Stores and Direct):
           
  December     Year-to-Date  
  2018     2017       2018     2017    
                   
Victoria’s Secret1 (6%)     (1%)       (2%)     (9%)    
Bath & Body Works1 11%     4%       12%     4%    
                           
L Brands2  0%      1%        3%      (4%)    

1 – Results include company-owned stores in the U.S. and Canada and direct sales.
2 – Results include company-owned stores in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Greater China and direct sales.

Comparable Sales Increase (Decrease) (Stores Only):
         
  December     Year-to-Date
  2018     2017       2018     2017  
                 
Victoria’s Secret1 (8%)     (6%)       (6%)     (9%)  
Bath & Body Works1 7%)     2%       8%     2%  
                         
L Brands2  (2%)      (3%)        (1%)      (5%)  

1 – Results include company-owned stores in the U.S. and Canada.
2 – Results include company-owned stores in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Greater China.

Total Company-Owned Stores:
           
    Stores  

 
  Stores
    Operating   Operating
    at 2/3/18 Opened   Closed at 1/5/19
           
Victoria's Secret U.S.   984 2 (8 ) 978
PINK U.S.   140 1 -   141
Victoria's Secret Canada   39 - -   39
PINK Canada   7 - (1 ) 6
  Total Victoria’s Secret   1,170 3 (9 ) 1,164
           
Bath & Body Works U.S.   1,592 54 (19 ) 1,627
Bath & Body Works Canada    102 1 -   103
  Total Bath & Body Works   1,694 55 (19 ) 1,730
           
Victoria’s Secret U.K./Ireland   19 2 -   21
PINK U.K.   5 - -   5
Victoria’s Secret Beauty and Accessories   29 8 (4 ) 33
Victoria’s Secret China   7 8 -   15
  Total International   60 18 (4 ) 74
           
Henri Bendel1   27 - (4 ) 23
La Senza U.S.2   5 7 -   12
La Senza Canada2   119 - (1 ) 118
Total L Brands Stores   3,075 83 (37 ) 3,121

1 – As previously announced, all stores are expected to be closed by Feb. 2, 2019.
2 – Stores were sold to an affiliate of Regent LP on Jan. 6, 2019.