Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY) today announced that its Board of Directors approved a plan to return excess capital to shareholders as follows: •A new $3 billion share repurchase plan expected to be completed over the next two years; and •A 21% increase in the regular quarterly dividend to $0.34 per share, effective immediately. This updated capital return plan is consistent with the company’s long-term capital allocation strategy to first fund operations and investments in growth, including potential acquisitions, and then to return excess free cash flow over time to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases, while maintaining investment grade credit metrics. The company is targeting a non-GAAP dividend payout ratio1 between 35% and 45%. click Read More below for additional detail
Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) is announcing sales results for the months of November and December 2018. The company is also providing updated annual guidance and additional detail on anticipated fiscal 2018 performance.
“We delivered our second consecutive year of positive holiday comparable sales, driven largely by the traction of our strategic initiatives: Backstage, Vendor Direct, Store Pickup, Loyalty and Growth50. We experienced another period of double-digit growth in our digital business and continued strength in the Growth50 stores. The holiday season began strong – particularly during Black Friday and the following Cyber Week, but weakened in the mid-December period and did not return to expected patterns until the week of Christmas,” said Jeff Gennette, chairman and chief executive officer of Macy’s, Inc. “In the holiday period, we saw strong performance across a number of categories (fine jewelry, women’s shoes, fragrance, dresses, outerwear, active and home). This sales growth was largely offset by: underperformance of other categories (women’s sportswear, seasonal sleepwear, fashion jewelry, fashion watches and cosmetics); temporary fulfillment challenges following the fire in our West Virginia distribution center; and underestimation of the impact of changes to our pre-Christmas earn & redeem promotional event.”
“We are revising the guidance we provided in November and will continue to take the necessary steps in January to ensure a clean inventory position as we enter fiscal 2019,” Gennette continued. “Looking back at 2018, we met our goal of returning the company to growth. Our revised guidance is above the expectations we set at the start of the fiscal year, and we expect to deliver our fifth consecutive quarter of positive comparable sales, including ‘comping the comp’ of the 2017 holiday season. The North Star Strategy is gaining traction, and the entire organization is engaged and motivated to continue improving our performance in 2019.”
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