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Limited Brands Raises 2012 Full Year Guidance


(Filed Under Financial and General Interest News). Limited Brands, parent to Victoria’s Secret, raised its full year guidance for 2012 as it reported its second quarter earnings.

In a statement, the company reported “it expects 2012 third quarter adjusted earnings per share to be $0.15 to $0.20 compared to adjusted earnings per share of $0.25 per share last year. For 2012, the company expects earnings per share of $2.73 to $2.88 versus its previous guidance of $2.63 to $2.83.”

Explaining its second quarter results, the company stated, “Adjusted earnings per share for the second quarter ended July 28, 2012, were $0.50 compared to adjusted earnings per share of $0.48 for the quarter ended July 30, 2011. Second quarter adjusted operating income was $308.9 million compared to $307.0 million last year, and adjusted net income was $147.2 million compared to $150.7 million last year. Adjusted results exclude certain significant items as detailed below:

In 2012: A pre-tax charge of $3.6 million, or $0.01 per share, related to La Senza store closures.

In 2011 (totaling to a benefit of $0.25 per share): A non-taxable gain of $147.1 million, or $0.47 per share, and a pre-tax expense of $113.4 million, or $0.22 per share, related to the charitable contribution of all of the company’s remaining shares of Express (NYSE: EXPR) to the Limited Brands Foundation.

Including the significant items above, reported second quarter earnings per share were $0.49 compared to $0.73 last year; operating income was $305.3 million compared to $193.5 million last year; and net income was $143.6 million compared to $231.2 million last year.

Comparable store sales for the second quarter increased 8 percent, and net sales were $2.399 billion compared to $2.458 billion last year. Second quarter 2011 sales included $216.6 million attributable to the third party apparel sourcing business, which was sold in November 2011.”


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Published 08-29-2012 by -

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