From a cash flow perspective, the Company continues to anticipate significant improvement over 2011, and has upwardly revised its anticipated 2012 free cash flow to be in the range of $45 million to $50 million, as compared with the previously announced guidance of $40 million to $45 million. This new guidance range represents annualized growth of 211% to 245%.
The Company’s anticipated ranges for net sales, adjusted earnings per share, non-cash stock-based compensation charges and free cash flow are forward-looking statements, as are any other statements which anticipate or aspire to future performance against key metrics. They are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially from the anticipated targets. The anticipated targets are not predictions of the Company’s actual performance. See the cautionary information about forward-looking statements in the “Safe-Harbor Statement” section of this press release.
As previously announced, the Company will host a conference call starting at 3:30 p.m. Central Time today. The live dial-in number for the call is 800-688-0836 (U.S.) / 617-614-4072 (International). The participant passcode for the call is “Wright.” To access a simultaneous webcast of the conference call via the internet, go to the “Corporate - Investor Information” section of the Company’s website located at www.wmt.com.A replay of the conference call by telephone will be available starting at 5:30 p.m. Central Time today and continuing until November 12, 2012. To hear this replay, dial 888-286-8010 (U.S.) or 617-801-6888 (International) and enter the passcode 67114673. A replay of the conference call will also be available via the internet starting today and continuing for at least 12 months. To access a replay of the conference call via the internet, go to the “Corporate - Investor Information - Audio Archives” section of the Company’s website located at www.wmt.com. The conference call may include a discussion of non-GAAP financial measures. Reference is made to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, the reconciliation of the differences between the two financial measures, and the other information included in this press release, the Form 8-K filed with the SEC today, or otherwise available in the “Corporate - Investor Information - Supplemental Financial Information” section of the Company’s website located at www.wmt.com. The conference call may include forward-looking statements. See the cautionary information about forward-looking statements in the “Safe-Harbor Statement” section of this press release.