Kohl's Corporation Reports Financial Results

  • Comparable sales decrease 3.4%
  • Diluted earnings per share of $0.38
  • Adjusted diluted earnings per share(1) of $0.61

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)—May 21, 2019-- Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE:KSS) today reported results for the quarter ended May 4, 2019.

Michelle Gass, Kohl's chief executive officer, said, "The year has started off slower than we’d like, with our first quarter sales coming in below our expectation.  We are actively addressing the opportunities that impacted our first quarter sales and we have strong initiatives that will enhance our sales performance in the second half.  We are incredibly excited about our nationwide rollout of the Amazon returns program as well as several important brand launches and program expansions.  Operationally, the team reacted appropriately throughout the quarter by managing expenses in line with our expectations.  While we are planning the year more conservatively, we continue to invest in our business and operate with a view on our long-term success." 

On May 15, 2019, Kohl's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend on the Company's common stock of $0.67 per share. The dividend is payable June 26, 2019 to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 12, 2019.

Guidance Update
The Company now expects adjusted annual earnings per diluted share to be $5.15 to $5.45, compared to its prior guidance of $5.80 to $6.15.

First Quarter 2019 Earnings Conference Call
Kohl's will host its quarterly earnings conference call at 9:00 am ET on May 21, 2019. The phone number for the conference call is (800) 230-1085. Replays of the call will be available for 30 days by dialing (800) 475-6701.  The conference ID is 465049. The conference call and replays are also accessible via the Company's web site at https://corporate.kohls.com/investors/events-and-presentations.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including 2019 earnings guidance. Kohl's intends forward-looking terminology such as “believes,” “expects,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “anticipates,” “plans,” or similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, which could cause Kohl's actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those described in Item 1A in Kohl's Annual Report on Form 10-K, which is expressly incorporated herein by reference, and other factors as may periodically be described in Kohl's filings with the SEC. Forward-looking statements relate to the date initially made, and Kohl’s undertakes no obligation to update them.

About Kohl's
Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading omnichannel retailer with more than 1,100 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, Kohl’s offers amazing​​national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and an easy shopping experience in our stores, online at Kohls.com and on Kohl's mobile app. ​Since its founding, Kohl's has given more than $700 million to support communities nationwide, with a focus on family health and wellness. For a list of store locations or to shop online, visit Kohls.com. For more information about Kohl’s impact in the community or how to join our winning team, visit Corporate.Kohls.com or follow @KohlsNews on Twitter.


Investor Relations:

Mark Rupe, (262) 703-1266, mark.rupe@kohls.com


Jen Johnson, (262) 703-5241, jen.johnson@kohls.com