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Feb. 27, 2020, 7:30 a.m. EST

J. C. Penney Company, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Financial Results

Delivers Fourth Quarter Net Income of $0.08 Per Share; Inventory Reduced 11.1% From Prior Year; Meets Full Year Financial Guidance

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PLANO, Texas, Feb 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) -- J. C. Penney Company, Inc. /zigman2/quotes/204684963/composite JCP +13.27% today announced financial results for its fiscal quarter and full year period ended Feb. 1, 2020:

Fourth Quarter:

-- Comparable store sales decreased 7.0%

-- Adjusted comparable store sales decreased 4.7%

-- Cost of goods sold, as a rate of net sales, improved approximately 200 basis points over prior year

-- Net income of $0.08 per share; Adjusted net income of $0.13 per share

Full Year:

-- Comparable store sales decreased 7.7%

-- Adjusted comparable store sales decreased 5.6%

-- Cost of goods sold, as a rate of net sales, improved approximately 210 basis points over prior year

-- Adjusted EBITDA of $583 million, 2.6% growth over prior year

-- Free Cash Flow of $145 million

-- Inventory declined 11.1% to $2.17 billion

-- Strong liquidity position of approximately $1.8 billion at year-end

"In Fiscal 2019, we met or exceeded all five financial guidance metrics for the year, and we delivered our third consecutive quarter of meaningful gross-margin improvement in the fourth quarter," said Jill Soltau, chief executive officer of JCPenney. "I am encouraged by our progress, especially in our women's apparel businesses. We knew it would take time to restore discipline and return growth to JCPenney. As we move into Fiscal 2020, we remain focused on the key tenets of retail as we continue rebuilding the Company and implementing our Plan for Renewal."

Fourth Quarter 2019 Results

The following financial results reflect the 13 weeks ended Feb. 1, 2020 for fiscal 2019 and Feb. 2, 2019 for fiscal 2018.

Total net sales for the 2019 fourth quarter decreased 7.7% to $3.38 billion compared to $3.67 billion for the fourth quarter last year. Comparable store sales decreased 7.0% for the quarter. Adjusted comparable store sales, which exclude the impact of the Company's exit from major appliance and in-store furniture categories, decreased 4.7% for the quarter. Credit income was $109 million for the fourth quarter this year compared to $121 million in the fourth quarter last year.

Cost of goods sold, which excludes depreciation and amortization, was $2.26 billion, or 66.7% of net sales, in the fourth quarter this year compared to $2.52 billion, or 68.7% of net sales, in the same period last year. The 200-basis point improvement as a rate of net sales was primarily driven by improved enterprise clearance selling margins from lower permanent markdowns, the exit from the major appliance and in-store furniture categories earlier this year and improved shrink results.

SG&A expenses for the quarter were $1.01 billion, or 29.7% of net sales, this year compared to $1.01 billion, or 27.5% of net sales, last year. While SG&A dollars were flat to last year, lower advertising and store controllable expenses helped offset higher incentive compensation. Additionally, in connection with the adoption of the new Lease Accounting Standard at the beginning of fiscal 2019, SG&A expenses in the fourth quarter this year included approximately $5 million related to the Company's home office lease. Last year, the home office lease related expense was recorded as elements of depreciation and amortization and interest expense.

Net income for the fourth quarter was $27 million, or $0.08 per share, compared to net income of $75 million, or $0.24 per share, in the same period last year.

Adjusted net income was $43 million, or $0.13 per share, this year compared to adjusted net income of $57 million, or $0.18 per share, last year.

A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures is included in the schedules accompanying the consolidated financial statements in this release.

Full Year 2019 Results

The following financial results reflect the 52 weeks ended Feb. 1, 2020 for fiscal 2019 and Feb. 2, 2019 for fiscal 2018.

For fiscal 2019, total net sales decreased 8.1% to $10.72 billion compared to $11.66 billion for fiscal 2018. Comparable store sales decreased 7.7% for the year. Adjusted comparable store sales, which exclude the impact of the Company's exit from major appliance and in-store furniture categories, decreased 5.6% for the year. Credit income was $451 million this year compared to $355 million last year.

Cost of goods sold, which excludes depreciation and amortization, was $7.01 billion, or 65.4% of net sales, this year compared to $7.87 billion, or 67.5% of net sales, last year. The 210-basis point improvement as a rate of net sales was primarily driven by an increase in both store and online selling margins, improved shrink results and the exit from the major appliance and in-store furniture categories earlier this year.

SG&A expenses for the year were $3.59 billion, or 33.5% of net sales, this year compared to $3.60 billion, or 30.8% of net sales, last year. The decrease in SG&A dollars this year was primarily due to lower advertising and store controllable expenses, which were offset by slightly higher incentive compensation. Last year, the Company recorded an approximate $70 million benefit in SG&A expenses primarily related to the buyout of two store leasehold interests. Additionally, in connection with the adoption of the new Lease Accounting Standard at the beginning of fiscal 2019, SG&A expenses this year included approximately $20 million related to the Company's home office lease. Last year, the home office lease related expense was recorded as elements of depreciation and amortization and interest expense.

For the year, the Company's net loss was $268 million, or ($0.84) per share, compared to a net loss of $255 million, or ($0.81) per share, last year.

Adjusted net loss improved to $257 million, or ($0.80) per share, this year compared to an adjusted net loss of $296 million, or ($0.94) per share, last year.

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of fiscal 2019 were $386 million. Free cash flow was $145 million for fiscal 2019, an increase of $34 million compared to the same period last year.

Inventory at the end of the fiscal year was $2.17 billion, down 11.1% compared to the end of fiscal 2018 and down 22.7% when compared to the end of the fiscal 2017.

The Company ended fiscal 2019 with liquidity of approximately $1.8 billion.

2020 Store Closures Update

The Company expects to close at least six store locations in fiscal 2020. The Company will share more details of future real estate plans during its Analyst Day on April 7, 2020.

2020 Financial Guidance

The Company has provided financial guidance for full year fiscal 2020, which does not include any potential impact from the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, as follows:

-- Comparable store sales: expected to be in a range of (3.5)% to (4.5)%;

-- Cost of goods sold, as a rate of net sales: expected to improve 100 to 130 basis points compared to last year;

-- Adjusted EBITDA dollars: expected to increase 5% to 10% compared to last year; and

-- Free Cash Flow: expected to be positive

A reconciliation of non-GAAP forward-looking projections to GAAP financial measures is not available as the nature or amount of potential adjustments, which may be significant, cannot be determined now.

2019 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Earnings Conference Call Details

At 8:30 a.m. ET today, the Company will webcast a live conference call conducted by chief executive officer Jill Soltau and chief financial officer Bill Wafford. Management will discuss the Company's performance. To access the webcast and related slide presentation, visit the Company's investor relations website at www.jcpennney.com/investors . Analysts and investors may call in on (844) 243-9275, or (225) 283-0394 for international callers, and reference conference ID 3526039.

Telephone playback will be available for seven days beginning approximately two hours after the conclusion of the conference call by dialing (855) 859-2056, or (404) 537-3406 for international callers, and referencing 3526039 conference ID.

Investors and others should note that the Company currently announces material information using SEC filings, press releases, public conference calls and webcasts. In the future, the Company will continue to use these channels to distribute material information about the Company and may also utilize its website and/or various social media to communicate important information about the Company, key personnel, new brands and services, trends, new marketing campaigns, corporate initiatives and other matters. Information that is posted on its website or on social media channels could be deemed material; therefore, the Company encourages investors, the media, our customers, business partners and others interested in the Company to review the information posted on its website as well as the following social media channels:

Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/jcp ) and Twitter ( https://twitter.com/jcpnews ).

Any updates to the list of social media channels the Company may use to communicate material information will be posted on the Investor Relations page of the Company's website at www.jcpenney.com .

/zigman2/quotes/204684963/composite
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May 29, 2020 3:59p
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