Dillard’s, Inc. (NYSE:DDS) (the “Company” or “Dillard’s”) announced operating results for the 13 weeks ended April 28, 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.” First Quarter Results Dillard’s reported net income for the 13 weeks ended April 28, 2012 of $95.0 million, or $1.89 per share compared to net income of $76.7 million or $1.31 per share for the 13 weeks ended April 30, 2011. Highlights of the 13 weeks ended April 28, 2012 included:
A 5% increase in comparable store sales
Control of advertising, selling, administrative and general expenses (“operating expenses”) which declined 110 basis points of sales
Repurchase of $27.5 million (0.4 million shares) of Class A Common Stock
Dillard’s Chief Executive Officer, William T. Dillard, II, stated, “We are happy to report a very strong start to 2012 with our seventh consecutive quarter of increased same store sales as well as record setting earnings and earnings per share performances.” Included in net income for the prior year first quarter is a $3.0 million net pretax gain ($1.9 million after tax or $0.04 per diluted share) consisting of a distribution from a mall joint venture and asset impairment and store closing charges. Net Sales – 13 Weeks Net sales for the 13 weeks ended April 28, 2012 were $1.549 billion compared to net sales for the 13 weeks ended April 30, 2011 of $1.469 billion. Net sales include the operations of the Company’s construction business, CDI Contractors, LLC (“CDI”). Total merchandise sales (which exclude CDI) for the 13-week period ended April 28, 2012 were $1.522 billion compared to $1.456 billion for the 13-week period ended April 30, 2011. Total merchandise sales increased 5% during the first quarter. Sales in comparable stores increased 5%. Sales performances were strong in all merchandise categories with the exception of the home and furniture and juniors’ and children’s apparel categories, which were below trend for the quarter. Sales trends were strongest in ladies’ accessories and lingerie, followed by shoes, men’s apparel and accessories, and cosmetics. Sales trends were strongest in the Central region, followed by the Eastern and Western regions.