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Dillard’s, Inc. Reports Record Third Quarter Earnings Per Share

Dillard’s, Inc. (NYSE: DDS) (the “Company” or “Dillard’s”) announced operating results for the 13 weeks ended October 27, 2012. This release contains certain forward-looking statements. Please refer to the Company’s cautionary statements regarding forward-looking information included below under “Forward-Looking Information.”

Highlights of the Company’s performance included:

  • A 100% increase in third quarter earnings per share compared to the prior year (excluding certain items described below)
  • A 5% increase in comparable store sales for the third quarter
  • Third quarter merchandise gross margin improvement of 40 basis points of sales
  • Operating expense leverage of 140 basis points of sales for the third quarter
  • Cash flow from operations of $219.9 million compared to $135.6 million for the year to date period

Third Quarter Results Dillard’s reported pretax income for the 13 weeks ended October 27, 2012 of $72.7 million, an 84% increase over the pretax income for the 13 weeks ended October 29, 2011 of $39.5 million.

Dillard’s reported net income for the 13 weeks ended October 27, 2012 of $48.5 million, or $1.01 per share. Included in net income are the following items:

  • a $0.7 million after tax gain ($0.01 per share) related to the sale of two former retail store locations
  • approximately $1.7 million ($0.04 per share) in tax benefit due to the reversal of a valuation allowance related to a deferred tax asset consisting of a capital loss carryforward

Excluding these items, Dillard’s would have reported $46.1 million ($0.96 per share) for the 13 weeks ended October 27, 2012.

Dillard’s reported net income for the prior year third quarter, the 13 weeks ended October 29, 2011, of $228.2 million, or $4.31 per share. Included in net income for the prior year third quarter is a net after-tax credit totaling $202.5 million ($3.83 per share) comprised of the following items:

  • approximately $201.6 million ($3.81 per share) in tax benefit due to the reversal of a valuation allowance related to a deferred tax asset consisting of a capital loss carryforward
  • a $0.9 million after tax gain ($0.02 per share) related to the sale of two former retail store locations

Excluding this net after-tax credit, the Company would have recorded net income of $25.7 million ($0.48 per share) for the prior year third quarter. Excluding all non-routine items, Dillard’s earnings per share for the 13-weeks ended October 27, 2012 increased 100% compared to the prior year third quarter.

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