Kohl's Corporation Reports Financial Results

  • Comparable sales increase 0.4%
  • Diluted earnings per share of $0.78
  • Adjusted diluted earnings per share(1) of $0.74
  • Updates adjusted annual diluted earnings per share(1) guidance to $4.75 to $4.95

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)—November 19, 2019-- Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE:KSS) today reported results for the quarter ended November 2, 2019.

Michelle Gass, Kohl's chief executive officer, said, "We are pleased to report that our business returned to growth during the third quarter, with a comparable sales increase of 0.4%.  The quarter started off positive in August with another successful back-to-school season and ended strong in October.  We enter the holiday period with momentum and are strategically increasing our investments to take advantage of the unique opportunity to fuel growth and customer acquisition.  We believe that investing in the short-term will support our strategies to drive profitable growth over the long-term.”

On November 13, 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 December 24, 2019 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 11, 2019.

The Company now expects adjusted annual earnings per diluted share to be $4.75 to $4.95, which excludes $0.22 per diluted share related to the extinguishment of debt and impairments, store closing and other costs recognized in the first nine months of 2019, compared to its prior guidance of $5.15 to $5.45.

Third Quarter 2019 Earnings Conference Call
Kohl's will host its quarterly earnings conference call at 9:00 am ET on November 19, 2019. The phone number for the conference call is (800) 398-9397. Replays of the call will be available for 30 days by dialing (800) 475-6701.  The conference ID is 468137. The conference call and replays are also accessible via the Company's web site at 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