Walmart Corporate: Financial News http://news.walmart.com/rss?feedName=financial Press Releases and Featured Topics News from corporate.walmart.com (c) 2015 Wal-Mart Stores, Inc (c) 2015 Wal-Mart Stores, Inc Walmart reports Q1 FY 16 EPS of $1.03 http://es.news.walmart.com/news-archive/investors/2015/05/19/walmart-reports-q1-fy-16-eps-of-103 Q1 diluted EPS from continuing operations was $1.03, within guidance of $0.95 - $1.10. Currency negatively impacted EPS by approximately $0.03. Walmart U.S. 1.1% comp includes positive traffic for the second consecutive quarter. Customer experience scores improved in all formats. Customers be... Tue, 19 May 2015 12:02:00 GMT http://es.news.walmart.com/news-archive/investors/2015/05/19/walmart-reports-q1-fy-16-eps-of-103 2015-05-19T12:02:00Z
  • Q1 diluted EPS from continuing operations was $1.03, within guidance of $0.95 - $1.10.
  • Currency negatively impacted EPS by approximately $0.03.
  • Walmart U.S. 1.1% comp includes positive traffic for the second consecutive quarter. Customer experience scores improved in all formats. Customers benefited from lower gas prices.
  • E-commerce sales globally increased approximately 17%.
  • Consolidated operating income declined 8.3%, due to impacts from currency fluctuations and investments in associate wages & training and e-commerce.



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BENTONVILLE, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better - anytime and anywhere - in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 260 million customers and members visit our 11,489 stores under 72 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 revenue of $485.7 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

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Walmart Releases 2015 Annual Shareholders' Meeting Materials http://es.news.walmart.com/news-archive/2015/04/22/walmart-releases-2015-annual-shareholders-meeting-materials BENTONVILLE, Ark. April 22, 2015 — Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) today filed its Proxy Statement in preparation for its upcoming Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on Friday, June 5. In addition, the company issued its 2015 Annual Report along with its Global Responsibility Report and Global Compli... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:42:00 GMT http://es.news.walmart.com/news-archive/2015/04/22/walmart-releases-2015-annual-shareholders-meeting-materials 2015-04-22T16:42:00Z BENTONVILLE, Ark. April 22, 2015 — Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) today filed its Proxy Statement in preparation for its upcoming Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on Friday, June 5. In addition, the company issued its 2015 Annual Report along with its Global Responsibility Report and Global Compliance Program Report.

"Walmart has a bright future," commented Wal-Mart Stores Inc., President and Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon in his letter to shareholders. "We have a real and meaningful purpose - to save people money so they can live better. We're embracing change so we can deliver that promise more effectively. We are investing to run better stores and e-commerce globally and excel at the integration of digital and physical retail, providing our customers with a seamless shopping experience."

Annual Report: “Winning the Future of Retail – One Customer at a Time”
The 2015 Annual Report provides shareholders with an overview of Walmart's performance in the last fiscal year and the key strategies that management is executing to serve customers and shareholders. The enhanced digital report contains expanded content, including video messages from McMillon, Chairman of the Board of Directors Rob Walton, as well as the CEOs of each business segment and e-commerce. The report can be accessed here.

In the report, McMillon reviews how the company’s framework for growth leverages four dimensions of its customer value proposition – price, access, assortment and experience.

  • Price: The company is focused on expanding everyday low prices to more markets globally. To deliver price leadership, Walmart continues to underscore everyday low cost through improvements in supply chain, processes and other efficiencies.
  • Access: The future of retail is integrating stores and online together seamlessly. The company is investing globally to improve mobile capabilities and test alternative access points.
  • Assortment: Customers increasingly want more variety and Walmart provides quality merchandise, desirable national brands and great private label options. The company expects to surpass 10 million items available on walmart.com in the U.S. this year.
  • Experience: Walmart is investing in increased associate wages, training and development, which it believes will also improve the store and club experience for customers.
The Annual Report also includes comments on strong shareholder governance from Walton, who states, "Walmart has an exceptional Board that is highly diverse, from ethnicity and gender to business experience and tenure. Underscoring the Board's commitment to its leadership structure, we have added a healthy mix of directors with fresh perspectives over the past few years. Their views have complemented the vision and work of our longer-serving directors and demonstrate how we are strengthening the Board's oversight to keep pace with the changing retail dynamics. This is especially true as the Board oversees management's execution of Walmart's enterprise strategy."

2015 Annual Shareholders’ Meeting and Proxy Statement
The company began distributing its Proxy Statement today with details of its Annual Shareholders' Meeting. The meeting will be held on Friday, June 5, at 7:30 a.m. (CDT) in Bud Walton Arena on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville, Ark. Only shareholders of record as of the close of business on April 10, 2015, are entitled to vote their shares in advance of or at this year's meeting.

Shareholders will vote on 15 director nominees, three company proposals and five shareholder proposals. Douglas N. Daft, a member of Walmart's Board since 2005, is retiring from the board and will not stand for reelection.

"I'd like to thank Doug for 10 years of service to Walmart's Board and to our shareholders," said Walton. "He brought us more than four decades of business experience and perspective on markets around the world. His long tenure with a global beverage company and international business acumen provided us with unique insights into brand management, marketing and strategic planning. We also appreciate the key insights Doug provided through two successful CEO transitions and the many valuable contributions he made to our Compensation, Nominating and Governance Committee."

Walmart has continued to enhance the format of the Proxy Statement to provide a clear and detailed overview of the topics that will be covered at the Shareholders’ Meeting. The changes were influenced by feedback from investors who provided input during the year. The company’s Proxy Statement can be read online. Shareholders unable to attend the 2015 Annual Shareholders' Meeting in person may view a live webcast on the company’s Investor Relations site.

Global Responsibility Report
Walmart’s 2015 Global Responsibility Report (“GRR”), the company’s eighth, outlines the company’s major milestones in fiscal year 2015 tied to social and environmental responsibility, specifically highlighting Walmart’s achievements to create economic opportunity for associates, enhance the sustainability of its operations and supply chains, and serve the communities in which it operates.  The report is available digitally and can be viewed online.

Global Compliance Program Report
The company’s second annual report on its global compliance program highlights significant strides being made to elevate Walmart’s compliance program globally against a defined set of objectives in three key categories: people; policies and processes; and systems and analytics.

Jay Jorgensen, executive vice president, global chief ethics and compliance officer said, "From hiring and realigning our compliance staff to utilizing technologies and measuring the effectiveness of our processes and controls, Walmart is making ongoing progress to enhance our compliance and corporate governance procedures through a unified program around the globe. We have accomplished a great deal this past year to strengthen our continued commitment to doing business the right way."

As explained in the report, the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors concluded the company had achieved significant progress towards its goals in enhancing its compliance program. The detailed report is available here.
 
Investor Relations App
This year's Shareholders’ Meeting materials are also available through the redesigned Walmart Investor Relations App, which is available free on the company’s website. The app is available on iPad®, iPhone®, and Android™ mobile devices.

About Walmart 
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, we serve nearly 260 million customers who visit our 11,462 stores under 72 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 revenue of $486 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

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Walton Enterprises, LLC Statement http://es.news.walmart.com/news-archive/2015/04/10/walton-enterprises-llc-statement BENTONVILLE, Ark., April 10, 2015 - As a result of Walmart's stock buyback programs over the last several years, the percentage of common stock owned by Walton Enterprises, LLC has risen to approximately 50 percent.  Given the prospect that Walmart may continue to buy back shares, the ... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 20:01:00 GMT http://es.news.walmart.com/news-archive/2015/04/10/walton-enterprises-llc-statement 2015-04-10T20:01:00Z BENTONVILLE, Ark., April 10, 2015 - As a result of Walmart’s stock buyback programs over the last several years, the percentage of common stock owned by Walton Enterprises, LLC has risen to approximately 50 percent. 

Given the prospect that Walmart may continue to buy back shares, the Walton family has informed Walmart that it currently expects to sell Walmart shares from time to time in order to help offset possible further increases in its ownership percentage and to help fund charitable contributions. The family believes that this is consistent with an appropriate balance of family and non-family ownership that supports the goals of all Walmart shareholders and long term business success. 

In order to facilitate these sales, the Walton family has informed Walmart that approximately 6 percent of Walmart’s outstanding shares are being distributed to a newly formed entity, the Walton Family Holdings Trust.  The Walton family has informed Walmart that the Trust has no set timetable for the sale of shares and anticipates this may take place over a period of years.
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Walmart U.S. Strategic Update http://es.news.walmart.com/news-archive/2015/03/25/walmart-us-strategic-update BENTONVILLE, Ark., March 25, 2015 - Walmart U.S. President and CEO Greg Foran will host investors and analysts at the NYSE on Wed., April 1 to discuss his strategic priorities for the business.  Joining Foran will be Judith McKenna, Walmart U.S. Chief Operating Officer and Jeff Davis, Walmar... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:10:00 GMT http://es.news.walmart.com/news-archive/2015/03/25/walmart-us-strategic-update 2015-03-25T18:10:00Z BENTONVILLE, Ark., March 25, 2015 – Walmart U.S. President and CEO Greg Foran will host investors and analysts at the NYSE on Wed., April 1 to discuss his strategic priorities for the business.  Joining Foran will be Judith McKenna, Walmart U.S. Chief Operating Officer and Jeff Davis, Walmart U.S. Chief Financial Officer.  Charles Holley, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. will also attend. 

The session will be informal, with remarks and Q&A, and will be webcast live through links at http://news.walmart.com/events/.  It will begin at 10:00 a.m. EST.  A transcript will be available later in the week.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live    better - anytime and anywhere - in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 260 million customers visit our 11,462 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 revenue of $485.7 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, and on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

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Walmart Will Hold Annual Shareholders Meeting On June 5 http://es.news.walmart.com/news-archive/2015/03/17/walmart-will-hold-annual-shareholders-meeting-on-june-5 BENTONVILLE, Ark., March 17, 2015 -- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) today announced that the company’s 2015 Annual Shareholders Meeting will be held on Fri., June 5, 2015, at 7 a.m. CDT in the Bud Walton Arena at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark. The meeting will be webcast on t... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:21:00 GMT http://es.news.walmart.com/news-archive/2015/03/17/walmart-will-hold-annual-shareholders-meeting-on-june-5 2015-03-17T13:21:00Z BENTONVILLE, Ark., March 17, 2015 -- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) today announced that the company’s 2015 Annual Shareholders Meeting will be held on Fri., June 5, 2015, at 7 a.m. CDT in the Bud Walton Arena at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark. The meeting will be webcast on the company’s website at http://stock.walmart.com.

The company also announced that April 10, 2015, is the record date for that meeting.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better -- anytime and anywhere -- in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 250 million customers and members visit our 11,453 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 revenue of over $485 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. to participate at the Bank of America 2015 Consumer & Retail Conference http://es.news.walmart.com/news-archive/2015/02/25/wal-mart-stores-inc-to-participate-at-the-bank-of-america-2015-consumer-retail-conference BENTONVILLE, Ark., Feb. 25, 2015 – Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) will participate in the Bank of America 2015 Consumer & Retail Conference on Wed., March 4. Chief Financial Officer Charles Holley will participate in a fireside chat about the company’s full year results reported on Feb. 19... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:54:00 GMT http://es.news.walmart.com/news-archive/2015/02/25/wal-mart-stores-inc-to-participate-at-the-bank-of-america-2015-consumer-retail-conference 2015-02-25T13:54:00Z
The session will be webcast live through links at http://news.walmart.com/events/ and will begin at approximately 12:00 p.m. EDT.  A transcript will be available later in the week, and the materials will be archived on the company’s website.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live    better - anytime and anywhere - in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 250 million customers and members visit our 11,453 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 revenue of $485.7 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, and on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

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Walmart announces Q4 underlying EPS of $1.61 and additional strategic investments in people & e-commerce; Walmart U.S. comp sales increased 1.5 percent http://es.news.walmart.com/news-archive/investors/2015/02/19/walmart-announces-q4-underlying-eps-of-161-and-additional-strategic-investments-in-people-e-commerce-walmart-us-comp-sales-increased-15-percent Fourth quarter highlights Underlying1 EPS: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Walmart) reported fourth quarter fiscal year 2015 underlying1 diluted earnings per share from continuing operations (EPS) of $1.61, compared to last year's underlying1 EPS of $1.60. Reported EPS: Reported EPS was $1.53, which ... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:33:00 GMT http://es.news.walmart.com/news-archive/investors/2015/02/19/walmart-announces-q4-underlying-eps-of-161-and-additional-strategic-investments-in-people-e-commerce-walmart-us-comp-sales-increased-15-percent 2015-02-19T14:33:00Z
Fourth quarter highlights

  • Underlying1 EPS: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Walmart) reported fourth quarter fiscal year 2015 underlying1 diluted earnings per share from continuing operations (EPS) of $1.61, compared to last year's underlying1 EPS of $1.60.
  • Reported EPS: Reported EPS was $1.53, which includes a negative impact of $0.08 per share from certain discrete items. The company incurred a charge of $0.05 for a wage and hour litigation matter, and a charge of $0.03 for Walmart Japan store closures, both previously disclosed. Last year's EPS was $1.34, which includes a negative impact from discrete items totaling $0.26.
  • Comps: Walmart U.S. comp sales increased 1.5 percent for the 13-week period ended Jan. 30, 2015. Comp sales for the Neighborhood Market format increased approximately 7.7 percent. Sam's Club comp sales, without fuel,1 increased 2.0 percent for the same 13-week period.
  • Revenue: Consolidated revenue reached $131.6 billion, an increase of $1.9 billion, or 1.4 percent. Currency exchange rate fluctuations negatively impacted revenue by approximately $2.6 billion.
Full year fiscal 2015 highlights

  • EPS: Walmart's underlying1 EPS was $5.07, and reported EPS was $4.99, which includes the negative impact of $0.08 from the discrete items noted above.
  • Revenue: Consolidated revenue reached $485.7 billion, an increase of $9.4 billion, or 2.0 percent. Currency exchange rate fluctuations negatively impacted revenue by approximately $5.3 billion. Constant currency revenue was almost $491 billion. E-commerce sales globally rose approximately 22 percent for the year, to $12.2 billion.
  • New store growth: The company added nearly 33 million square feet of retail space in fiscal 2015, with 511 net new units globally.
  • Shareholder returns: The company returned $7.2 billion to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases. [Note: Please see separate Feb. 19, 2015 news release on FY 16 dividend.]
  • Guidance: The company issued full fiscal 2016 EPS guidance range of $4.70 to $5.05, and a first quarter forecast of $0.95 to $1.10. This guidance reflects additional strategic wage and training investments for U.S. associates that were announced today, as well as incremental investments for Global eCommerce initiatives, totaling between $0.26 and $0.29 per share.
1 See additional information at the end of this release regarding non-GAAP financial measures.

BENTONVILLE, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 19, 2015-- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2015. The company also announced a significant investment in its people and e-commerce businesses for the new fiscal year, along with its annual shareholder dividend.

Fourth quarter
Consolidated net sales for the fourth quarter were $130.7 billion, an increase of 1.4 percent over last year. This quarter included the negative impact of approximately $2.6 billion from currency exchange rate fluctuations. On a constant currency basis,1 net sales increased 3.5 percent to $133.2 billion. Membership and other income decreased 0.5 percent. Total revenue was $131.6 billion, an increase of approximately $1.9 billion, or 1.4 percent.

Consolidated net income attributable to Walmart was $5.0 billion, a 12.1 percent increase. Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to Walmart were $1.53, compared to last year's $1.34. Underlying1 diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to Walmart were $1.61, compared to $1.60 last year.

Fiscal year 2015
Consolidated net sales for the year were $482.2 billion, an increase of 1.9 percent over fiscal year 2014. Net sales included approximately $5.3 billion of negative impact from currency exchange rate fluctuations. Membership and other income increased 6.3 percent. Total revenue was $485.7 billion, an increase of approximately $9.4 billion, or 2.0 percent. Constant currency revenue was almost $491 billion.

Consolidated net income attributable to Walmart was $16.4 billion, up 2.1 percent. Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to Walmart were $4.99, or 2.9 percent above last year's $4.85. Underlying1 diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to Walmart were $5.07, compared to $5.11 last year.

The EPS impact of certain discrete items on the company's reported fourth quarter and fiscal year results from continuing operations was $0.08 per share. The discrete items, both of which were previously disclosed, and the respective EPS impact was as follows:

 


Wage and hour litigation matter $0.05


Closure of approximately 30 underperforming stores in Japan $0.03
 
Last year, the total EPS impact of discrete items on the company's reported fourth quarter and full year results from continuing operations was $0.26 per share. [Note: Details provided in press release issued Feb. 20, 2014.]

Investing for FY 2016
"We had a good fourth quarter to close out our fiscal year, with underlying EPS of $1.61. Walmart U.S. delivered better than expected comp sales. Sam's Club had its best performance of the year, and Walmart International had solid sales and profitability," said Doug McMillon, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. president and CEO. "Like many other global companies, we faced significant headwinds from currency exchange rate fluctuations, so I'm pleased that we delivered fiscal year revenue of $486 billion. But, we're not satisfied."

1 See additional information at the end of this release regarding non-GAAP financial measures.

According to McMillon, the leadership teams are very focused on improving customer experiences through various investments and program initiatives, and for several months, developed and tested new ideas to reward associates for serving customers.

"We have work to do to grow the business. We know what customers want from a shopping experience, and we're investing strategically to exceed their expectations and better position Walmart for the future," said McMillon. "Our first priority is to run great stores and clubs. We will continue to integrate our physical locations with a great e-commerce and mobile commerce business. We're strengthening investments in our people to engage and inspire them to deliver superior customer experiences. We will earn the trust of all Walmart stakeholders by operating great retail businesses, ensuring world-class compliance, and doing good in the world through social and environmental programs in our communities."

McMillon announced a bold new initiative on pay and training for U.S. associates. Approximately 500,000 full-time and part-time associates at Walmart U.S. stores and Sam's Clubs will receive pay raises in the first half of the current fiscal year. Current and future associates will benefit from this initiative, which ensures that Walmart hourly associates earn at least $1.75 above today's federal minimum wage, or $9.00 per hour, in April. The following year, by Feb. 1, 2016, current associates will earn at least $10.00 per hour.

"Today, we announced comprehensive changes to our hiring, training, compensation and scheduling programs, as well as to our store management structure. These changes will give our U.S. associates the opportunity to earn higher pay and advance in their careers. We're pursuing a comprehensive approach that is sustainable over the long term," explained McMillon. "By realigning our store operational structure, associates can enjoy a closer relationship with their supervisors. In addition, associates will have more control over their schedules. The investment in these initiatives is more than $1 billion for this fiscal year."

Walmart associates already have the opportunity for competitive health-care and 401(k) benefits, sick leave, and access to bonus incentive opportunities, discounts and educational programs. These benefits and programs will continue to be available to current and future associates.

"Sam Walton knew that an inspired, dedicated team of associates was the way to exceed our customers' expectations," said McMillon. "He often said 'Our people make the difference.' I feel a big responsibility to carry on what that phrase represents: the care and commitment that Sam had for Walmart associates."

As part of today's announcement, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation also committed $100 million over five years to help increase the economic mobility for entry level workers by advancing their careers. This initiative will benefit the retail and service industries. The Walmart Foundation will work with other foundations, employers, community colleges and non-profit organizations to address a fundamental challenge in America -- how to better train and advance workers in the retail and adjacent sectors. Today, more than 15 million people, including 7 million women, work in retail.

"Beyond this commitment, Walmart is also piloting a new, comprehensive on-boarding and training program to create clear career pathways for associates, so they can earn more and seek promotions," McMillon explained. "We're encouraging our associates to continue their education by providing no-cost access for them to complete their high school diploma or GED, as well as free and low-cost college credit to reduce the time and cost of earning a college degree. The skills and training that an associate receives through this program will be transferable outside of Walmart."

"Walmart has represented a ladder of opportunity since Sam started the business, and we want to make sure that's the case going forward everywhere we operate, including here in the United States," added McMillon. "Globally, we have ongoing efforts in place to review our associates' compensation on a yearly basis in each of our markets. We're also proud of the growth opportunities we provide our associates around the world through training and career advancement programs."

Guidance
The company provided guidance for EPS and updated its estimate for fiscal year 2016 sales growth.

"Given the investments we're making in our worldwide e-commerce initiatives and in our associates through higher wages and training, we expect operating income to be pressured in fiscal 2016," said Charles Holley, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. chief financial officer. "We will invest approximately $0.02 per share in the first quarter and approximately $0.20 per share for the full year in the new wage structure, comprehensive associate training and educational programs. Our incremental investment in global e-commerce initiatives will range between $0.06 and $0.09 per share this year. Together, we're investing between $0.26 and $0.29 per share for these initiatives in fiscal year 2016.

"Along with these significant investments, we expect ongoing headwinds from currency exchange rates during the year. We also consider economic conditions in our various markets and our estimated tax rate in establishing our guidance ranges for the year," added Holley. "After evaluating these factors, we are forecasting earnings per share for the full year of fiscal 2016 to range between $4.70 and $5.05. For the first quarter, EPS will range from $0.95 to $1.10."

This guidance compares to $1.10 per share Walmart reported for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 and $4.99 per share for the full year. In addition, Holley said that if currency exchange rates remain where they are today, this would cause a negative impact to fiscal year 2016 net sales of approximately $10 billion, as well as a negative impact on operating income of around $0.10 per share.

"Given the potential impact of currency headwinds, we expect that our fiscal year 2016 sales growth will be between 1 and 2 percent, versus the 2 to 4 percent we provided at our October investor conference," said Holley. "Our capital expenditure guidance of $11.6 billion to $12.9 billion, which includes investments for stores and e-commerce, remains unchanged. Our net square footage store growth target, excluding future acquisitions, remains unchanged at 26 to 30 million square feet for this year."

Returns
The company paid $6.2 billion in dividends and repurchased approximately 13.4 million shares for $1.0 billion during the year. In total, the company returned $7.2 billion to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases.

Return on investment1 (ROI) for the trailing 12-months ended Jan. 31, 2015 was 16.9 percent, which was relatively flat compared to ROI for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2014. The slight change in ROI was primarily due to continued investments in store growth and e-commerce initiatives, offset by currency exchange rate fluctuations.

Free cash flow1 was $16.4 billion for the 12-months ended Jan. 31, 2015, compared to $10.1 billion in the prior year. The increase in free cash flow was primarily due to the timing of payments for accounts payable and accrued liabilities, as well as the timing of income tax payments, combined with lower capital expenditures.

1 See additional information at the end of this release regarding non-GAAP financial measures.

U.S. comparable store sales results
The company reported U.S. comparable store sales based on its 13-week and 52-week retail calendar for the period ended Jan. 30, 2015 and its 14-week and 53-week retail calendar for the period ended Jan. 31, 2014 as follows:

     
Without Fuel With Fuel Fuel Impact
13 Weeks Ended* 13 Weeks Ended* 13 Weeks Ended*
1/30/2015     1/31/2014   1/30/2015     1/31/2014   1/30/2015     1/31/2014  
Walmart U.S. 1.5 %   -0.4 % 1.5 %   -0.4 % 0.0 %   0.0 %
Sam's Club 2.0 %   -0.1 % -0.4 %   -0.1 % -2.4 %   0.0 %
Total U.S. 1.6 %   -0.4 % 1.2 %   -0.4 % -0.4 %   0.0 %
 
     
Without Fuel With Fuel Fuel Impact
52 Weeks Ended* 52 Weeks Ended* 52 Weeks Ended*
1/30/2015   1/31/2014 1/30/2015   1/31/2014 1/30/2015   1/31/2014
Walmart U.S. 0.5%   -0.6% 0.5%   -0.6% 0.0%   0.0%
Sam's Club 0.5%   0.7% -0.1%   0.4% -0.6%   -0.3%
Total U.S. 0.5%   -0.4% 0.4%   -0.4% -0.1%   0.0%
 
*The retail sales calendar for the year ended January 31, 2014 included 53 weeks. As such, fiscal year 2014 comparable store sales presented above are for the 14 weeks and 53 weeks ended January 31, 2014.

During the 13-week period, Walmart U.S. comp traffic rose 1.4 percent, while average ticket increased 0.1 percent.

Excluding fuel,1 for the 13-week period, Sam's Club comp traffic was up 1.5 percent, and average ticket increased 0.5 percent.

The company's e-commerce sales impact includes those sales initiated through the company's websites and fulfilled through the company's dedicated e-commerce distribution facilities, as well as an estimate for sales initiated online, but fulfilled through the company's stores and clubs. For the 13-week period, e-commerce sales positively impacted comp sales in Walmart U.S. by approximately 30 basis points, and positively impacted Sam's Club comp sales by approximately 40 basis points.

"Our fourth quarter was the first positive traffic comp we've had since the third quarter of fiscal year 2013," said Greg Foran, Walmart U.S. president and CEO. "Walmart U.S. had increased traffic during the six-week holiday season, with strong sales in seasonal, toys, home and apparel. We completed almost 1 billion total transactions during the holiday season, including our largest online day ever on Cyber Monday. We are also pleased to deliver positive comp sales for the full year."

Foran also noted the strong comp sales of Neighborhood Market stores.

"Neighborhood Markets delivered approximately a 7.7 percent comp during the quarter," he said. "We opened 233 Neighborhood Markets during the year, and customers like their easy and convenient access to fresh foods, pharmacy and services."

"Throughout the year, we've seen meaningful acceleration culminating in comp sales, without fuel, of 2.0 percent for the 13-week period," said Rosalind Brewer, Sam's Club president and CEO. "Strong holiday execution, combined with our strategic investments in member value, merchandise relevance and the integration of digital and physical boosted our performance."

1 See additional information at the end of this release regarding non-GAAP financial measures.

Net sales results
Net sales, including fuel, were as follows:

    Three Months Ended       Fiscal Years Ended
January 31, January 31,
(dollars in billions) 2015       2014     Percent Change 2015       2014       Percent Change
Walmart U.S. $ 79.571   $ 76.433   4.1 % $ 288.049   $ 279.406   3.1 %
Walmart International 36.205 37.674 -3.9 % 136.160 136.513 -0.3 %
Sam's Club 14.874   14.679   1.3 % 58.020   57.157   1.5 %
Consolidated $ 130.650   $ 128.786   1.4 % $ 482.229   $ 473.076   1.9 %
The following explanations provide additional context to the above table for the fiscal year.

  • On a constant currency basis,1 Walmart International's net sales for the year were $141.4 billion, an increase of 3.6 percent over last year. Currency exchange rate fluctuations negatively impacted net sales by $5.3 billion.
  • Sam's Club net sales, excluding fuel,1 were $51.6 billion, an increase of 2.1 percent over last year.
  • On a constant currency basis,1 consolidated net sales increased 3.0 percent to $487.5 billion.
"I'm pleased with our International performance, as we've remained committed to our strategic priorities," said David Cheesewright, Walmart International president and CEO. "We've produced solid sales and operating income growth, despite operating in a challenging, competitive retail environment and with significant currency headwinds. Our teams continue to drive innovation in e-commerce by expanding our online presence and offering multiple ways for our customers to shop."

E-commerce sales globally rose approximately 22 percent for the year, outpacing the market.

"Our investments started to enhance our customer experience during the fourth quarter across digital and physical, and we saw good sales in markets around the world. We made great progress on our priorities, including our global technology platform, next generation fulfillment network and the integration of digital and physical," said Neil Ashe, Global eCommerce president and CEO. "We have significant opportunities to grow, as our core capabilities continue rolling out to customers around the world, and we further expand mobile offerings and our fulfillment centers. Fiscal year 2016 will continue to be a building year, and we expect sales to grow globally in the mid 20s."

Segment operating income
Segment operating income was as follows:

      Three Months Ended       Fiscal Years Ended
January 31, January 31,
(dollars in billions) 2015       2014   Percent Change 2015       2014       Percent Change
Walmart U.S. $ 6.177   $ 6.216   -0.6 % $ 21.336   $ 21.787   -2.1 %
Walmart International 2.050 1.232 66.4 % 6.171 5.153 19.8 %
Sam's Club 0.510   0.395   29.1 % 1.976   1.843   7.2 %
Sam's Club (excluding fuel) 0.456   0.382   19.4 % 1.854   1.817   2.0 %
1 See additional information at the end of this release regarding non-GAAP financial measures.

For the year, Walmart U.S. operating income was impacted primarily by increased health-care costs from higher enrollment rates and medical cost inflation.

Last year's operating income for Walmart International was impacted by a number of discrete charges. The result is that year-over-year comparisons show improvement. Excluding these items from last year, Walmart International grew operating income on a reported and on a constant currency basis.

U.S. comparable store sales review and guidance
For the 13-week period ending May 1, 2015, Walmart U.S. expects comp store sales to increase between 1 and 2 percent. Last year, Walmart's comp sales were relatively flat for the 13-week period ended May 2, 2014.

Sam's Club expects comp sales, excluding fuel,1 for the 13-week period ending May 1, 2015 to rise between 1 and 2 percent. Last year, comp sales, excluding fuel,1 decreased 0.5 percent for the 13-week period ended May 2, 2014.

Walmart U.S. and Sam's Club will report comparable sales for the 13-week period ending May 1, 2015 on May 19, when the company reports first quarter results.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better -- anytime and anywhere -- in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 250 million customers and members visit our 11,453 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 revenue of $485.7 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

Notes
After this earnings release has been furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), a pre- recorded call offering additional comments on the quarter and the full year will be available to all investors. Information included in this release, including reconciliations, and the pre-recorded phone call and related information can be accessed via webcast by visiting the investor information area on the company's website at www.stock.walmart.com. Callers within the U.S. and Canada may dial 877-523-5612 and enter pass code 9256278. All other callers can access the call by dialing 201-689-8483 and entering pass code 9256278.

Note to media
More information on Walmart's associate pay structure and training announcement for its U.S. associates, including a blog and video from Walmart CEO Doug McMillon, letter to associates and infographics, is available at blog.walmart.com. High resolution photos of stores and customers, along with an infographic of financial highlights, are available for download at stock.walmart.com.

1 See additional information at the end of this release regarding non-GAAP financial measures.

Forward Looking Statements
This release contains statements as to Walmart management's guidance regarding: (1) Walmart's diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to Walmart for the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2016 and the three months ending Apr. 30, 2015; (2) the range of the per share amount of investment Walmart will make in its additional strategic wage structure and training investments for U.S. associates in the first quarter of, and for all of, the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2016 and the aggregate amount of that investment in the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2016; (3) the range of the per share amount of the incremental investment Walmart will make in e-commerce in the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2016; (4) the range of the total of the investment per share to be made in Walmart's additional strategic wage structure and training investments for U.S. associates in the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2016 and the incremental investment Walmart will make in e-commerce in the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2016; (5) the comparable store sales of the Walmart U.S. segment and the comparable club sales, excluding fuel, of the Sam's Club segment for the 13-week period ending May 1, 2015; (6) the growth in consolidated net sales and the possible negative impact of currency exchange rates on consolidated net sales for the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2016; (7) the expected global growth in e-commerce sales in the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2016; and (8) the range of aggregate capital expenditures and the range of growth in square footage for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2015, as well as management's expectations that Walmart's operating income will be pressured in the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2016 and that Walmart will continue to integrate Walmart's physical locations with its e-commerce and mobile commerce business (and assumptions underlying certain of such guidance and expectations), that Walmart believes are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended.

These statements are intended to enjoy the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements provided by that act and can be identified by the use of the word or phrase "expect," "expects," "forecasting," "growth target," "guidance," "will invest," "will continue," "will range" or "would cause" in or relating to such statements. Walmart's actual results may differ materially from the guidance provided and the expected results discussed in such forward-looking statements as a result of changes in facts, assumptions not being realized or other risks, uncertainties and factors, including:

  • economic, geo-political, capital markets and business conditions, trends and events around the world and in the markets in which Walmart operates, including unemployment and underemployment levels;
  • competitive initiatives of other retailers and other competitive pressures;
  • inflation or deflation, generally and in particular product categories;
  • consumer confidence, disposable income, credit availability, spending levels, shopping patterns, debt levels and demand for certain merchandise;
  • customer traffic and average ticket in Walmart's stores and clubs and on its e-commerce websites;
  • the mix of merchandise Walmart sells;
  • availability of attractive opportunities for investment in e-commerce acquisitions and initiatives;
  • consumer acceptance of Walmart's stores and clubs, e-commerce websites, mobile apps, initiatives, programs and merchandise offerings;
  • disruption of and changes in seasonal buying patterns in Walmart's markets;
  • changes in the level of public assistance payments;
  • effects of weather conditions and events, catastrophes, natural disasters, public health emergencies, civil disturbances, and terrorist attacks;
  • commodity prices and the cost of goods Walmart sells;
  • transportation, energy and utility costs;
  • selling prices of gasoline and diesel fuel;
  • disruption of Walmart's supply chain, including disruption of the transport of goods from foreign suppliers to Walmart’s facilities;
  • information security events and information security-related costs;
  • trade restrictions, changes in tariff and freight rates;
  • the size and turnover of Walmart’s hourly workforce in the U.S.;
  • labor costs, including healthcare and other benefit costs;
  • casualty and accident-related costs and insurance costs;
  • the availability and cost of appropriate locations for new and relocated stores, clubs and other facilities;
  • local real estate, zoning, land use and other laws, ordinances, legal restrictions and initiatives that impose limitations on Walmart's ability to build, relocate or expand stores in certain locations;
  • delays in construction or opening of new, expanded or relocated units;
  • the availability of persons with the necessary skills and abilities necessary to meet the company's needs for managing and staffing new units and conducting their operations and to meet seasonal associate hiring needs;
  • the availability of necessary utilities for new units;
  • the availability of skilled labor in areas in which new units are to be constructed or existing units are to be relocated, expanded or remodeled;
  • changes in tax and other laws, including changes in individual or corporate tax rates and labor laws;
  • developments in, outcomes of, and costs incurred in legal proceedings to which Walmart is a party;
  • Walmart’s expenditures for FCPA- and compliance-related matters;
  • currency exchange rate fluctuations and changes in market interest rates;
  • the amount of Walmart's net sales denominated in particular currencies other than the U.S. dollar;
  • Walmart's effective tax rate and factors affecting that rate; and
  • changes in generally accepted accounting principles and unanticipated changes in accounting estimates or judgments.
Walmart discusses certain of the foregoing factors more fully and other risks relating to its operations and financial performance in its most recent annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC and certain of its other filings with the SEC. You should read this release in conjunction with that annual report on Form 10-K and Walmart’s quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K filed with the SEC through this release's date. Walmart urges you to consider all of these risks, uncertainties and other factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements in this release. Walmart cannot assure you that the results reflected or implied by any forward-looking statement will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that those results will have the forecast or expected consequences and effects for or on Walmart's operations or financial performance. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are as of the date of this release. Walmart undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

 
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Consolidated Statements of Income

(Unaudited)

                           
 
 
Quarters Ended Fiscal Years Ended
SUBJECT TO RECLASSIFICATION January 31,   January 31,    
(Dollars in millions, except share data)   2015     2014   Percent Change   2015     2014   Percent Change
Revenues:
Net sales $ 130,650 $ 128,786 1.4 % $ 482,229 $ 473,076 1.9 %
Membership and other income   915     920   (0.5 )%   3,422     3,218   6.3 %
Total revenues 131,565 129,706 1.4 % 485,651 476,294 2.0 %
Costs and expenses:
Cost of sales 99,115 97,971 1.2 % 365,086 358,069 2.0 %
Operating, selling, general and administrative expenses   24,501     24,388   0.5 %   93,418     91,353   2.3 %
Operating income 7,949 7,347 8.2 % 27,147 26,872 1.0 %
Interest:
Debt 560 516 8.5 % 2,161 2,072 4.3 %
Capital leases 63 65 (3.1 )% 300 263 14.1 %
Interest income   (37 )   (27 ) 37.0 %   (113 )   (119 ) (5.0 )%
Interest, net   586     554   5.8 %   2,348     2,216   6.0 %
Income from continuing operations before income taxes

7,363 6,793 8.4 % 24,799 24,656 0.6 %
Provision for income taxes

  2,175     2,249   (3.3 )%   7,985     8,105   (1.5 )%
Income from continuing operations 5,188 4,544 14.2 % 16,814 16,551 1.6 %
Income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes       106   -100.0 %   285     144   97.9 %
Consolidated net income 5,188 4,650 11.6 % 17,099 16,695 2.4 %
Less consolidated net income attributable to noncontrolling interest   (222 )   (219 ) 1.4 %   (736 )   (673 ) 9.4 %
Consolidated net income attributable to Walmart $ 4,966   $ 4,431   12.1 % $ 16,363   $ 16,022   2.1 %
 
Income from continuing operations attributable to Walmart:
Income from continuing operations $ 5,188 $ 4,544 14.2 % $ 16,814 $ 16,551 1.6 %
Less income from continuing operations attributable to noncontrolling interest   (222 )   (190 ) 16.8 %   (632 )   (633 ) (0.2 )%
Income from continuing operations attributable to Walmart $ 4,966   $ 4,354   14.1 % $ 16,182   $ 15,918   1.7 %
 
 
Basic net income per common share:
Basic income per common share from continuing operations attributable to Walmart $ 1.54 $ 1.35 14.1 % $ 5.01 $ 4.87 2.9 %
Basic income per common share from discontinued operations attributable to Walmart       0.02   -100.0 %   0.06     0.03   100.0 %
Basic net income per common share attributable to Walmart $ 1.54   $ 1.37   12.4 % $ 5.07   $ 4.90   3.5 %
 
Diluted net income per common share:
Diluted income per common share from continuing operations attributable to Walmart $ 1.53 $ 1.34 14.2 % $ 4.99 $ 4.85 2.9 %
Diluted income per common share from discontinued operations attributable to Walmart       0.02   (100.0 )%   0.06     0.03   100.0 %
Diluted net income per common share attributable to Walmart $ 1.53   $ 1.36   12.5 % $ 5.05   $ 4.88   3.5 %
 
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:
Basic 3,230 3,240 3,230 3,269
Diluted 3,242 3,254 3,243 3,283
 
 
Dividends declared per common share $ 1.92 $ 1.88
 
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)

   
 
SUBJECT TO RECLASSIFICATION
(Dollars in millions) January 31, January 31,
ASSETS   2015     2014  
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 9,135 $ 7,281
Receivables, net 6,778 6,677
Inventories 45,141 44,858
Prepaid expenses and other 2,224 1,909
Current assets of discontinued operations       460  
Total current assets 63,278 61,185
Property and equipment:
Property and equipment 177,395 173,089
Less accumulated depreciation   (63,115 )   (57,725 )
Property and equipment, net 114,280 115,364
Property under capital leases:
Property under capital leases 5,239 5,589
Less accumulated amortization   (2,864 )   (3,046 )
Property under capital leases, net 2,375 2,543
 
Goodwill 18,102 19,510
Other assets and deferred charges   5,671     6,149  
Total assets $ 203,706   $ 204,751  
 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Short-term borrowings $ 1,592 $ 7,670
Accounts payable 38,410 37,415
Accrued liabilities 19,152 18,793
Accrued income taxes 1,021 966
Long-term debt due within one year 4,810 4,103
Obligations under capital leases due within one year 287 309
Current liabilities of discontinued operations       89  
Total current liabilities 65,272 69,345
 
Long-term debt 41,086 41,771
Long-term obligations under capital leases 2,606 2,788
Deferred income taxes and other 8,805 8,017
Redeemable noncontrolling interest 1,491
 
Commitments and contingencies
 
Equity:
Common stock 323 323
Capital in excess of par value 2,462 2,362
Retained earnings 85,777 76,566
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)   (7,168 )   (2,996 )
Total Walmart shareholders’ equity 81,394 76,255
Nonredeemable noncontrolling interest   4,543     5,084  
Total equity   85,937     81,339  
Total liabilities and equity $ 203,706   $ 204,751  
 
   
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Unaudited)

 
 
Fiscal Years Ended
SUBJECT TO RECLASSIFICATION January 31,
(Dollars in millions)   2015     2014  
Cash flows from operating activities:
Consolidated net income $ 17,099 $ 16,695
(Income) loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes   (285 )   (144 )
Income from continuing operations 16,814 16,551
Adjustments to reconcile consolidated net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 9,173 8,870
Deferred income taxes (503 ) (279 )
Other operating activities 785 938
Changes in certain assets and liabilities:
Receivables, net (569 ) (566 )
Inventories (1,229 ) (1,667 )
Accounts payable 2,678 531
Accrued liabilities 1,249 103
Accrued income taxes   166     (1,224 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 28,564 23,257
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Payments for property and equipment (12,174 ) (13,115 )
Proceeds from the disposal of property and equipment 570 727
Proceeds from disposal of certain operations 671
Other investing activities   (192 )   (138 )
Net cash used in investing activities (11,125 ) (12,526 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Net change in short-term borrowings (6,288 ) 911
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt 5,174 7,072
Payments of long-term debt (3,904 ) (4,968 )
Dividends paid (6,185 ) (6,139 )
Purchase of Company stock (1,015 ) (6,683 )
Dividends paid to noncontrolling interest (600 ) (426 )
Purchase of noncontrolling interest (1,844 ) (296 )
Other financing activities   (409 )   (260 )
Net cash used in financing activities (15,071 ) (10,789 )
 
Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents   (514 )   (442 )
 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 1,854 (500 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year   7,281     7,781  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year $ 9,135   $ 7,281  
 
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Reconciliations of and Other Information Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(Unaudited)
(In millions, except per share data)

The following information provides reconciliations of certain non-GAAP financial measures presented in the press release to which this reconciliation is attached to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). The company has provided the non-GAAP financial information presented in the press release, which is not calculated or presented in accordance with GAAP, as information supplemental and in addition to the financial measures presented in the press release that are calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Such non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered superior to, as a substitute for or alternative to, and should be considered in conjunction with the GAAP financial measures presented in the press release. The non-GAAP financial measures in the press release may differ from similar measures used by other companies.

Calculation of Return on Investment and Return on Assets

Management believes return on investment (ROI) is a meaningful metric to share with investors because it helps investors assess how effectively Walmart is deploying its assets. Trends in ROI can fluctuate over time as management balances long-term potential strategic initiatives with possible short-term impacts.

ROI was 16.9 percent for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2015, which was relatively flat compared to ROI for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2014. The slight change in ROI was primarily due to continued investments in store growth and e-commerce initiatives, offset by currency exchange rate fluctuations.

We define ROI as adjusted operating income (operating income plus interest income, depreciation and amortization, and rent expense) for the trailing 12 months divided by average invested capital during that period. We consider average invested capital to be the average of our beginning and ending total assets, plus average accumulated depreciation and average amortization, less average accounts payable and average accrued liabilities for that period, plus a rent factor equal to the rent for the fiscal year or trailing 12 months multiplied by a factor of 8. When we have discontinued operations, we exclude the impact of the discontinued operations.

Our calculation of ROI is considered a non-GAAP financial measure because we calculate ROI using financial measures that exclude and include amounts that are included and excluded in the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. For example, we exclude the impact of depreciation and amortization from our reported operating income in calculating the numerator of our calculation of ROI. In addition, we include a factor of 8 for rent expense that estimates the hypothetical capitalization of our operating leases. We consider return on assets (ROA) to be the financial measure computed in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) that is the most directly comparable financial measure to our calculation of ROI. ROI differs from ROA (which is consolidated income from continuing operations for the period divided by average total assets of continuing operations for the period) because ROI: adjusts operating income to exclude certain expense items and adds interest income; adjusts total assets of continuing operations for the impact of accumulated depreciation and amortization, accounts payable and accrued liabilities; and incorporates a factor of rent to arrive at total invested capital.

Although ROI is a standard financial metric, numerous methods exist for calculating a company's ROI. As a result, the method used by management to calculate our ROI may differ from the methods used by other companies to calculate their ROI. We urge you to understand the methods used by other companies to calculate their ROI before comparing our ROI to that of such other companies.

The calculation of ROI, along with a reconciliation to the calculation of ROA, the most comparable GAAP financial measure, is as follows:

         
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Return on Investment and Return on Assets
Fiscal Years Ended
January 31,
(Dollars in millions)   2015     2014  
CALCULATION OF RETURN ON INVESTMENT
Numerator
Operating income $ 27,147 $ 26,872
+ Interest income 113 119
+ Depreciation and amortization 9,173 8,870
+ Rent   2,777     2,828  
Adjusted operating income $ 39,210   $ 38,689  
 
Denominator
Average total assets of continuing operations1 $ 203,999 $ 203,680
+ Average accumulated depreciation and amortization1 63,375 57,907
- Average accounts payable1 37,913 37,748
- Average accrued liabilities1 18,973 18,802
+ Rent x 8   22,216     22,624  
Average invested capital $ 232,704   $ 227,661  
Return on investment (ROI)   16.9 %   17.0 %
 
CALCULATION OF RETURN ON ASSETS
Numerator
Income from continuing operations $ 16,814   $ 16,551  
Denominator
Average total assets of continuing operations1 $ 203,999   $ 203,680  
Return on assets (ROA)   8.2 %   8.1 %
 
As of January 31,
Certain Balance Sheet Data   2015   2014     2013  
Total assets of continuing operations $ 203,706 $ 204,291 $ 203,068
Accumulated depreciation and amortization 65,979 60,771 55,043
Accounts payable 38,410 37,415 38,080
Accrued liabilities 19,152 18,793 18,808
 
1 The average is based on the addition of the account balance at the end of the current period to the account balance at the end of the prior period and dividing by 2.
 
Free Cash Flow

We define free cash flow as net cash provided by operating activities in a period minus payments for property and equipment made in that period. Free cash flow was $16.4 billion and $10.1 billion for the fiscal years ended Jan. 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively. The increase in free cash flow was primarily due to the timing of payments for accounts payable and accrued liabilities, as well as the timing of income tax payments, combined with lower capital expenditures.

Free cash flow is considered a non-GAAP financial measure. Management believes, however, that free cash flow, which measures our ability to generate additional cash from our business operations, is an important financial measure for use in evaluating the company's financial performance. Free cash flow should be considered in addition to, rather than as a substitute for, consolidated income from continuing operations as a measure of our performance and net cash provided by operating activities as a measure of our liquidity.

Additionally, Walmart's definition of free cash flow is limited, in that it does not represent residual cash flows available for discretionary expenditures, due to the fact that the measure does not deduct the payments required for debt service and other contractual obligations or payments made for business acquisitions. Therefore, we believe it is important to view free cash flow as a measure that provides supplemental information to our Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows.

Although other companies report their free cash flow, numerous methods may exist for calculating a company's free cash flow. As a result, the method used by Walmart's management to calculate our free cash flow may differ from the methods used by other companies to calculate their free cash flow. We urge you to understand the methods used by other companies to calculate their free cash flow before comparing our free cash flow to that of such other companies.

The following table sets forth a reconciliation of free cash flow, a non-GAAP financial measure, to net cash provided by operating activities, which we believe to be the GAAP financial measure most directly comparable to free cash flow, as well as information regarding net cash used in investing activities and net cash used in financing activities.

 
Fiscal Years Ended
January 31,
(Dollars in millions) 2015     2014  
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 28,564 $ 23,257
Payments for property and equipment (12,174 ) (13,115 )
Free cash flow $ 16,390   $ 10,142  
 
Net cash used in investing activities1 $ (11,125 ) $ (12,526 )
Net cash used in financing activities $ (15,071 ) $ (10,789 )
 
1 "Net cash used in investing activities" includes payments for property and equipment, which is also included in our computation of free cash flow.

Constant Currency

In discussing our operating results, the term currency exchange rates refers to the currency exchange rates we use to convert the operating results for all countries where the functional currency is not the U.S. dollar. We calculate the effect of changes in currency exchange rates as the difference between current period activity translated using the current period's currency exchange rates, and the comparable prior year period's currency exchange rates. Throughout our discussion, we refer to the results of this calculation as the impact of currency exchange rate fluctuations. When we refer to constant currency operating results, this means operating results without the impact of the currency exchange rate fluctuations and without the impact of acquisitions, if any, until the acquisitions are included in both comparable periods. The disclosure of constant currency amounts or results permits investors to understand better Walmart's underlying performance without the effects of currency exchange rate fluctuations or acquisitions.

The table below reflects the calculation of constant currency for total revenues, net sales and operating income for the three months and fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2015.

     
Three Months Ended January 31, 2015 Fiscal Year Ended January 31, 2015
Walmart International     Consolidated Walmart International     Consolidated
(Dollars in millions) 2015     Percent Change 2015   Percent Change 2015     Percent Change 2015     Percent Change
Total revenues:        
As reported $ 36,537 (3.8 )% $ 131,565 1.4 % $ 137,424 (0.1 )% $ 485,651 2.0 %
Currency exchange rate fluctuations1 2,626       2,626       5,323       5,323      
39,163 134,191 142,747 490,974
Total revenues from acquisitions                        
Constant currency total revenues $ 39,163   3.1 %   $ 134,191   3.5 %   $ 142,747   3.7 %   $ 490,974   3.1 %
 
Net sales:
As reported $ 36,205 (3.9 )% $ 130,650 1.4 % $ 136,160 (0.3 )% $ 482,229 1.9 %
Currency exchange rate fluctuations1 2,599       2,599       5,267       5,267      
38,804 133,249 141,427 487,496
Net sales from acquisitions                        
Constant currency net sales $ 38,804   3.0 %   $ 133,249   3.5 %   $ 141,427   3.6 %   $ 487,496   3.0 %
 
Operating income:
As reported $ 2,050 66.4 % $ 7,949 8.2 % $ 6,171 19.8 % $ 27,147 1.0 %
Currency exchange rate fluctuations1 163       163       225       225      
2,213 8,112 6,396 27,372
Operating income (loss) from acquisitions                        
Constant currency operating income $ 2,213   79.6 %   $ 8,112   10.4 %   $ 6,396   24.1 %   $ 27,372   1.9 %
 
1 Excludes currency exchange rate fluctuations related to acquisitions until the acquisitions are included in both comparable periods.

 
Underlying EPS

The underlying diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to Walmart (Underlying EPS) for each of the three-month periods and fiscal years ended Jan. 31, 2015 and 2014 is considered a non-GAAP financial measure under the SEC's rules because the Underlying EPS for each such period includes certain amounts not included in the diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to Walmart calculated in accordance with GAAP (EPS) for each of the three-month periods and fiscal years ended Jan. 31, 2015 and 2014. Management believes that the Underlying EPS for each of the three-month periods and fiscal years ended Jan. 31, 2015 and 2014 is a meaningful metric to share with investors because that metric, which adjusts EPS for such period for certain items recorded in such period, is the metric that best allows comparison of the performance for the comparable period. In addition, the metric affords investors a view of what management considers Walmart's core earnings performance for each of the three-month periods and fiscal years ended Jan. 31, 2015 and 2014 and also affords investors the ability to make a more informed assessment of such core earnings performance for the comparable period.

We have calculated the Underlying EPS for the three months and the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2015 by adjusting the EPS for each period for the amount of the dilutive impact of: (1) the effect of the wage and hour litigation matter (Wage and Hour Litigation Matter) and (2) the closure of approximately 30 underperforming stores in Japan (Japan Store Closures).

Underlying EPS for each of the three months and the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2015 is a non-GAAP financial measure. The most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP is EPS for the three months and the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2015, respectively.

 
Underlying EPS - Fiscal 2015
        Three Months Ended
January 31, 2015

      Fiscal Year Ended
January 31, 2015

Diluted net income per common share:
 
Underlying EPS $ 1.61 $ 5.07
Adjustments to Underlying EPS
 
Wage and Hour Litigation Matter (0.05 ) (0.05 )
Japan Store Closures (0.03 ) (0.03 )
 
EPS $ 1.53 $ 4.99
 
As previously disclosed in our fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2014 press release, we have calculated the Underlying EPS for the three months and the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2014 by adjusting the EPS for each period for the amount of the dilutive impact of: (1) Brazil non-income tax contingencies (Brazil Taxes); (2) Brazil employment claim contingencies (Brazil Employment Matters); (3) the closure of 54 underperforming Brazil and China stores (Store Closures); (4) China store lease expense charges (Lease Matters); (5) the India transaction (India Transaction); and (6) Sam's Club U.S. staff restructuring and club closure (Sam's Restructuring).

Underlying EPS for the three months and the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2014 is a non-GAAP financial measure. The most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP is EPS for the three months and the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2014.

 
Underlying EPS - Fiscal 2014
      Three Months Ended
January 31, 2014

      Fiscal Year Ended
January 31, 2014

Diluted net income per common share:
 
Underlying EPS $ 1.60 $ 5.11
Adjustments to Underlying EPS
 
Brazil Taxes (0.06 ) (0.06 )
Brazil Employment Matters (0.05 ) (0.05 )
Store Closures (0.06 ) (0.06 )
Lease Matters (0.03 ) (0.03 )
India Transaction (0.05 ) (0.05 )
Sam's Restructuring (0.01 ) (0.01 )
 
EPS $ 1.34 $ 4.85
 
Comparable Sales Measures and Sam's Club Measures

The following financial measures presented in the press release to which this reconciliation is attached are non-GAAP financial measures as defined by the SEC's rules:

  • the comparable club sales of the company's Sam's Club operating segment (Sam's Club) for the 13-week and 52-week period ended Jan. 30, 2015 and the 14-week and 53 week period ended Jan. 31, 2014, the projected comparable club sales of Sam's Club for the 13 weeks ending May 1, 2015 and the comparable club sales of Sam's Club for the 13 weeks ended May 2, 2014, in each case calculated by excluding Sam's Club's fuel sales for such periods (the "Sam's Club Comparable Sales Measures");
  • the net sales of Sam's Club for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2015 and the percentage increase in the net sales of Sam's Club for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2015 over the net sales of Sam's Club for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2014 in each case calculated by excluding Sam's Club's fuel sales for the relevant period; and
  • the segment operating income of Sam's Club for the three month periods and fiscal years Jan. 31, 2015 and 2014, the percentage increase in the segment operating income of Sam's Club for the three months or fiscal year Jan. 31, 2015 over the segment operating income of Sam's Club for the three months or fiscal year Jan. 31, 2014, in each case calculated by excluding Sam's Club's fuel sales for the relevant period (collectively with the financial measures described in the immediately preceding bullet point, the "Sam's Club Measures").
We believe the Sam's Club comparable club sales for the historical periods for which the corresponding Sam's Club Comparable Sales Measures are presented calculated by including fuel sales are the financial measures computed in accordance with GAAP most directly comparable to the respective Sam's Club Comparable Sales Measures. We believe Sam's Club's projected comparable club sales for the 13-week period ending May 1, 2015 calculated by including fuel sales is the financial measure computed in accordance with GAAP most directly comparable to the projected comparable club sales of Sam's Club for the 13-week period ending May 1, 2015 calculated by excluding fuel sales. We believe the reported Sam's Club's net sales, percentage increase in net sales, segment operating income and percentage increase in segment operating income for the periods for which the corresponding Sam's Club Measures are presented are the most directly comparable financial measures computed in accordance with GAAP to the respective Sam’s Club Measures.

We believe that the presentation of the Sam's Club Comparable Sales Measures and the Sam's Club Measures provides useful information to investors regarding the company's financial condition and results of operations because that information permits investors to understand the effect of the fuel sales of Sam's Club, which are affected by the volatility of fuel prices, on Sam's Club's comparable club sales and on Sam's Club's net sales and operating income for the periods presented.





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Walmart raises annual dividend to $1.96 per share, representing the 42nd consecutive year of dividend increases http://es.news.walmart.com/news-archive/2015/02/19/walmart-raises-annual-dividend-to-196-per-share-representing-the-42nd-consecutive-year-of-dividend-increases BENTONVILLE, Ark., February 19, 2015 - The Board of Directors of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) approved an annual cash dividend for fiscal year 2016 of $1.96 per share, an increase of two percent from the $1.92 per share paid for the last fiscal year. The fiscal year 2016 annual dividend of $... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:14:00 GMT http://es.news.walmart.com/news-archive/2015/02/19/walmart-raises-annual-dividend-to-196-per-share-representing-the-42nd-consecutive-year-of-dividend-increases 2015-02-19T14:14:00Z BENTONVILLE, Ark., February 19, 2015 – The Board of Directors of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) approved an annual cash dividend for fiscal year 2016 of $1.96 per share, an increase of two percent from the $1.92 per share paid for the last fiscal year. The fiscal year 2016 annual dividend of $1.96 per share will be paid in four quarterly installments of $0.49 per share, according to the following record and payable dates:


Record Dates
Payable Dates
March 13, 2015
April 6, 2015
May 8, 2015
June 1, 2015
August 7, 2015
September 8, 2015
December 4, 2015
January 4, 2016

"We are proud of our history of consistent shareholder returns.  This will mark 42 consecutive years of increasing dividends for our shareholders," said Charles Holley, executive vice president and chief financial officer.  "The strength of our balance sheet and strong free cash flow continues to enable a dividend increase, even as we invest more to strategically position Walmart to better serve our customers."   

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better -- anytime and anywhere -- in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices.  Each week, more than 250 million customers and members visit our 11,453 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries.  With fiscal year 2015 revenues of nearly $486 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.2 million associates worldwide.  Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity.  Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting stock.walmart.com.

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Walmart announces Q4 underlying EPS of $1.61 and additional strategic investments in people & e-commerce; Walmart U.S. comp sales increased 1.5 percent http://es.news.walmart.com/news-archive/investors/2015/02/19/walmart-announces-q4-underlying-eps-of-161-and-additional-strategic-investments-in-people-e-commerce-walmart-us-comp-sales-increased-15-percent-2 Fourth quarter highlights Underlying1 EPS: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Walmart) reported fourth quarter fiscal year 2015 underlying1 diluted earnings per share from continuing operations (EPS) of $1.61, compared to last year's underlying1 EPS of$1.60. Reported EPS: Repor... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:30:00 GMT http://es.news.walmart.com/news-archive/investors/2015/02/19/walmart-announces-q4-underlying-eps-of-161-and-additional-strategic-investments-in-people-e-commerce-walmart-us-comp-sales-increased-15-percent-2 2015-02-19T13:30:00Z

Fourth quarter highlights

  • Underlying1 EPSWal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Walmart) reported fourth quarter fiscal year 2015 underlying1 diluted earnings per share from continuing operations (EPS) of $1.61, compared to last year's underlying1 EPS of$1.60.
  • Reported EPS: Reported EPS was $1.53, which includes a negative impact of $0.08 per share from certain discrete items. The company incurred a charge of $0.05 for a wage and hour litigation matter, and a charge of $0.03 for Walmart Japan store closures, both previously disclosed. Last year's EPS was $1.34, which includes a negative impact from discrete items totaling $0.26.
  • Comps: Walmart U.S. comp sales increased 1.5 percent for the 13-week period ended Jan. 30, 2015. Comp sales for the Neighborhood Market format increased approximately 7.7 percent. Sam's Club comp sales, without fuel,1 increased 2.0 percent for the same 13-week period.
  • Revenue: Consolidated revenue reached $131.6 billion, an increase of$1.9 billion, or 1.4 percent. Currency exchange rate fluctuations negatively impacted revenue by approximately $2.6 billion.

Full year fiscal 2015 highlights

  • EPS: Walmart's underlying1 EPS was $5.07, and reported EPS was$4.99, which includes the negative impact of $0.08 from the discrete items noted above.
  • Revenue: Consolidated revenue reached $485.7 billion, an increase of$9.4 billion, or 2.0 percent. Currency exchange rate fluctuations negatively impacted revenue by approximately $5.3 billion. Constant currency revenue was almost $491 billion. E-commerce sales globally rose approximately 22 percent for the year, to $12.2 billion.
  • New store growth: The company added nearly 33 million square feet of retail space in fiscal 2015, with 511 net new units globally.
  • Shareholder returns: The company returned $7.2 billion to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases. [Note: Please see separateFeb. 19, 2015 news release on FY 16 dividend.]
  • Guidance: The company issued full fiscal 2016 EPS guidance range of$4.70 to $5.05, and a first quarter forecast of $0.95 to $1.10. This guidance reflects additional strategic wage and training investments for U.S. associates that were announced today, as well as incremental investments for Global eCommerce initiatives, totaling between $0.26 and $0.29 per share.

See additional information at the end of this release regarding non-GAAP financial measures.

BENTONVILLE, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 19, 2015-- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2015. The company also announced a significant investment in its people and e-commerce businesses for the new fiscal year, along with its annual shareholder dividend.

Fourth quarter

Consolidated net sales for the fourth quarter were $130.7 billion, an increase of 1.4 percent over last year. This quarter included the negative impact of approximately $2.6 billion from currency exchange rate fluctuations. On a constant currency basis,1 net sales increased 3.5 percent to $133.2 billion. Membership and other income decreased 0.5 percent. Total revenue was $131.6 billion, an increase of approximately $1.9 billion, or 1.4 percent.

Consolidated net income attributable to Walmart was $5.0 billion, a 12.1 percent increase. Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to Walmart were $1.53, compared to last year's $1.34. Underlying1 diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to Walmart were $1.61, compared to $1.60 last year.

Fiscal year 2015

Consolidated net sales for the year were $482.2 billion, an increase of 1.9 percent over fiscal year 2014. Net sales included approximately $5.3 billion of negative impact from currency exchange rate fluctuations. Membership and other income increased 6.3 percent. Total revenue was $485.7 billion, an increase of approximately $9.4 billion, or 2.0 percent. Constant currency revenue was almost $491 billion.

Consolidated net income attributable to Walmart was $16.4 billion, up 2.1 percent. Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to Walmart were $4.99, or 2.9 percent above last year's $4.85. Underlying1 diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to Walmart were $5.07, compared to $5.11 last year.

The EPS impact of certain discrete items on the company's reported fourth quarter and fiscal year results from continuing operations was $0.08 per share. The discrete items, both of which were previously disclosed, and the respective EPS impact was as follows:

Wage and hour litigation matter $0.05

Closure of approximately 30 underperforming stores in Japan $0.03

Last year, the total EPS impact of discrete items on the company's reported fourth quarter and full year results from continuing operations was $0.26 per share. [Note: Details provided in press release issued Feb. 20, 2014.]

Investing for FY 2016

"We had a good fourth quarter to close out our fiscal year, with underlying EPS of $1.61. Walmart U.S. delivered better than expected comp sales. Sam's Club had its best performance of the year, and Walmart International had solid sales and profitability," said  Doug McMillonWal-Mart Stores, Inc. president and CEO. "Like many other global companies, we faced significant headwinds from currency exchange rate fluctuations, so I'm pleased that we delivered fiscal year revenue of $486 billion. But, we're not satisfied."

See additional information at the end of this release regarding non-GAAP financial measures.

According to McMillon, the leadership teams are very focused on improving customer experiences through various investments and program initiatives, and for several months, developed and tested new ideas to reward associates for serving customers.

"We have work to do to grow the business. We know what customers want from a shopping experience, and we're investing strategically to exceed their expectations and better position Walmart for the future," said McMillon. "Our first priority is to run great stores and clubs. We will continue to integrate our physical locations with a great e-commerce and mobile commerce business. We're strengthening investments in our people to engage and inspire them to deliver superior customer experiences. We will earn the trust of all Walmart stakeholders by operating great retail businesses, ensuring world-class compliance, and doing good in the world through social and environmental programs in our communities."

McMillon announced a bold new initiative on pay and training for U.S. associates. Approximately 500,000 full-time and part-time associates at Walmart U.S. stores and Sam's Clubs will receive pay raises in the first half of the current fiscal year. Current and future associates will benefit from this initiative, which ensures that Walmart hourly associates earn at least $1.75 above today's federal minimum wage, or $9.00 per hour, in April. The following year, by Feb. 1, 2016, current associates will earn at least$10.00 per hour.

"Today, we announced comprehensive changes to our hiring, training, compensation and scheduling programs, as well as to our store management structure. These changes will give our U.S. associates the opportunity to earn higher pay and advance in their careers. We're pursuing a comprehensive approach that is sustainable over the long term," explained McMillon. "By realigning our store operational structure, associates can enjoy a closer relationship with their supervisors. In addition, associates will have more control over their schedules. The investment in these initiatives is more than $1 billion for this fiscal year."

Walmart associates already have the opportunity for competitive health-care and 401(k) benefits, sick leave, and access to bonus incentive opportunities, discounts and educational programs. These benefits and programs will continue to be available to current and future associates.

" Sam Walton  knew that an inspired, dedicated team of associates was the way to exceed our customers' expectations," said McMillon. "He often said 'Our people make the difference.' I feel a big responsibility to carry on what that phrase represents: the care and commitment that Sam had for Walmart associates."

As part of today's announcement, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation also committed $100 million over five years to help increase the economic mobility for entry level workers by advancing their careers. This initiative will benefit the retail and service industries. The Walmart Foundation will work with other foundations, employers, community colleges and non-profit organizations to address a fundamental challenge in America -- how to better train and advance workers in the retail and adjacent sectors. Today, more than 15 million people, including 7 million women, work in retail.

"Beyond this commitment, Walmart is also piloting a new, comprehensive on-boarding and training program to create clear career pathways for associates, so they can earn more and seek promotions," McMillon explained. "We're encouraging our associates to continue their education by providing no-cost access for them to complete their high school diploma or GED, as well as free and low-cost college credit to reduce the time and cost of earning a college degree. The skills and training that an associate receives through this program will be transferable outside of Walmart."

"Walmart has represented a ladder of opportunity since Sam started the business, and we want to make sure that's the case going forward everywhere we operate, including here in the United States," added McMillon. "Globally, we have ongoing efforts in place to review our associates' compensation on a yearly basis in each of our markets. We're also proud of the growth opportunities we provide our associates around the world through training and career advancement programs."

Guidance

The company provided guidance for EPS and updated its estimate for fiscal year 2016 sales growth.

"Given the investments we're making in our worldwide e-commerce initiatives and in our associates through higher wages and training, we expect operating income to be pressured in fiscal 2016," said  Charles HolleyWal-Mart Stores, Inc. chief financial officer. "We will invest approximately $0.02 per share in the first quarter and approximately $0.20 per share for the full year in the new wage structure, comprehensive associate training and educational programs. Our incremental investment in global e-commerce initiatives will range between $0.06 and $0.09 per share this year. Together, we're investing between $0.26 and $0.29 per share for these initiatives in fiscal year 2016.

"Along with these significant investments, we expect ongoing headwinds from currency exchange rates during the year. We also consider economic conditions in our various markets and our estimated tax rate in establishing our guidance ranges for the year," added Holley. "After evaluating these factors, we are forecasting earnings per share for the full year of fiscal 2016 to range between $4.70 and $5.05. For the first quarter, EPS will range from $0.95 to $1.10."

This guidance compares to $1.10 per share Walmart reported for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 and $4.99 per share for the full year. In addition, Holley said that if currency exchange rates remain where they are today, this would cause a negative impact to fiscal year 2016 net sales of approximately $10 billion, as well as a negative impact on operating income of around $0.10 per share.

"Given the potential impact of currency headwinds, we expect that our fiscal year 2016 sales growth will be between 1 and 2 percent, versus the 2 to 4 percent we provided at our October investor conference," said Holley. "Our capital expenditure guidance of $11.6 billion to $12.9 billion, which includes investments for stores and e-commerce, remains unchanged. Our net square footage store growth target, excluding future acquisitions, remains unchanged at 26 to 30 million square feet for this year."

Returns

The company paid $6.2 billion in dividends and repurchased approximately 13.4 million shares for $1.0 billion during the year. In total, the company returned $7.2 billion to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases.

Return on investment1 (ROI) for the trailing 12-months ended Jan. 31, 2015 was 16.9 percent, which was relatively flat compared to ROI for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2014. The slight change in ROI was primarily due to continued investments in store growth and e-commerce initiatives, offset by currency exchange rate fluctuations.

Free cash flow1 was $16.4 billion for the 12-months ended Jan. 31, 2015, compared to $10.1 billion in the prior year. The increase in free cash flow was primarily due to the timing of payments for accounts payable and accrued liabilities, as well as the timing of income tax payments, combined with lower capital expenditures.

See additional information at the end of this release regarding non-GAAP financial measures.

U.S. comparable store sales results

The company reported U.S. comparable store sales based on its 13-week and 52-week retail calendar for the period ended Jan. 30, 2015 and its 14-week and 53-week retail calendar for the period ended Jan. 31, 2014 as follows:

Without Fuel With Fuel Fuel Impact
13 Weeks Ended* 13 Weeks Ended* 13 Weeks Ended*
1/30/2015 1/31/2014 1/30/2015 1/31/2014 1/30/2015 1/31/2014
Walmart U.S. 1.5 % -0.4 % 1.5 % -0.4 % 0.0 % 0.0 %
Sam's Club 2.0 % -0.1 % -0.4 % -0.1 % -2.4 % 0.0 %
Total U.S. 1.6 % -0.4 % 1.2 % -0.4 % -0.4 % 0.0 %
Without Fuel With Fuel Fuel Impact
52 Weeks Ended* 52 Weeks Ended* 52 Weeks Ended*
1/30/2015 1/31/2014 1/30/2015 1/31/2014 1/30/2015 1/31/2014
Walmart U.S. 0.5% -0.6% 0.5% -0.6% 0.0% 0.0%
Sam's Club 0.5% 0.7% -0.1% 0.4% -0.6% -0.3%
Total U.S. 0.5% -0.4% 0.4% -0.4% -0.1% 0.0%

*The retail sales calendar for the year ended January 31, 2014 included 53 weeks. As such, fiscal year 2014 comparable store sales presented above are for the 14 weeks and 53 weeks ended January 31, 2014.

During the 13-week period, Walmart U.S. comp traffic rose 1.4 percent, while average ticket increased 0.1 percent.

Excluding fuel,1 for the 13-week period, Sam's Club comp traffic was up 1.5 percent, and average ticket increased 0.5 percent.

The company's e-commerce sales impact includes those sales initiated through the company's websites and fulfilled through the company's dedicated e-commerce distribution facilities, as well as an estimate for sales initiated online, but fulfilled through the company's stores and clubs. For the 13-week period, e-commerce sales positively impacted comp sales in Walmart U.S. by approximately 30 basis points, and positively impacted Sam's Club comp sales by approximately 40 basis points.

"Our fourth quarter was the first positive traffic comp we've had since the third quarter of fiscal year 2013," said  Greg Foran , Walmart U.S. president and CEO. "Walmart U.S. had increased traffic during the six-week holiday season, with strong sales in seasonal, toys, home and apparel. We completed almost 1 billion total transactions during the holiday season, including our largest online day ever on Cyber Monday. We are also pleased to deliver positive comp sales for the full year."

Foran also noted the strong comp sales of Neighborhood Market stores.

"Neighborhood Markets delivered approximately a 7.7 percent comp during the quarter," he said. "We opened 233 Neighborhood Markets during the year, and customers like their easy and convenient access to fresh foods, pharmacy and services."

"Throughout the year, we've seen meaningful acceleration culminating in comp sales, without fuel, of 2.0 percent for the 13-week period," said  Rosalind BrewerSam's Club president and CEO. "Strong holiday execution, combined with our strategic investments in member value, merchandise relevance and the integration of digital and physical boosted our performance."

See additional information at the end of this release regarding non-GAAP financial measures.

Net sales results

Net sales, including fuel, were as follows:

Three Months Ended Fiscal Years Ended
January 31, January 31,
(dollars in billions) 2015 2014 Percent Change 2015 2014 Percent Change
Walmart U.S. $ 79.571 $ 76.433 4.1 % $ 288.049 $ 279.406 3.1 %
Walmart International 36.205 37.674 -3.9 % 136.160 136.513 -0.3 %
Sam's Club 14.874 14.679 1.3 % 58.020 57.157 1.5 %
Consolidated $ 130.650 $ 128.786 1.4 % $ 482.229 $ 473.076 1.9 %

The following explanations provide additional context to the above table for the fiscal year.

  • On a constant currency basis,1 Walmart International's net sales for the year were $141.4 billion, an increase of 3.6 percent over last year. Currency exchange rate fluctuations negatively impacted net sales by $5.3 billion.
  • Sam's Club net sales, excluding fuel,1 were $51.6 billion, an increase of 2.1 percent over last year.
  • On a constant currency basis,1 consolidated net sales increased 3.0 percent to $487.5 billion.

"I'm pleased with our International performance, as we've remained committed to our strategic priorities," said  David CheesewrightWalmart International president and CEO. "We've produced solid sales and operating income growth, despite operating in a challenging, competitive retail environment and with significant currency headwinds. Our teams continue to drive innovation in e-commerce by expanding our online presence and offering multiple ways for our customers to shop."

E-commerce sales globally rose approximately 22 percent for the year, outpacing the market.

"Our investments started to enhance our customer experience during the fourth quarter across digital and physical, and we saw good sales in markets around the world. We made great progress on our priorities, including our global technology platform, next generation fulfillment network and the integration of digital and physical," said  Neil Ashe , Global eCommerce president and CEO. "We have significant opportunities to grow, as our core capabilities continue rolling out to customers around the world, and we further expand mobile offerings and our fulfillment centers. Fiscal year 2016 will continue to be a building year, and we expect sales to grow globally in the mid 20s."

Segment operating income

Segment operating income was as follows:

Three Months Ended Fiscal Years Ended
January 31, January 31,
(dollars in billions) 2015 2014 Percent Change 2015 2014 Percent Change
Walmart U.S. $ 6.177 $ 6.216 -0.6 % $ 21.336 $ 21.787 -2.1 %
Walmart International 2.050 1.232 66.4 % 6.171 5.153 19.8 %
Sam's Club 0.510 0.395 29.1 % 1.976 1.843 7.2 %
Sam's Club (excluding fuel) 0.456 0.382 19.4 % 1.854 1.817 2.0 %

See additional information at the end of this release regarding non-GAAP financial measures.

For the year, Walmart U.S. operating income was impacted primarily by increased health-care costs from higher enrollment rates and medical cost inflation.

Last year's operating income for Walmart International was impacted by a number of discrete charges. The result is that year-over-year comparisons show improvement. Excluding these items from last year, Walmart International grew operating income on a reported and on a constant currency basis.

U.S. comparable store sales review and guidance

For the 13-week period ending May 1, 2015, Walmart U.S. expects comp store sales to increase between 1 and 2 percent. Last year, Walmart's comp sales were relatively flat for the 13-week period ended May 2, 2014.

Sam's Club expects comp sales, excluding fuel,1 for the 13-week period ending May 1, 2015 to rise between 1 and 2 percent. Last year, comp sales, excluding fuel,1 decreased 0.5 percent for the 13-week period ended May 2, 2014.

Walmart U.S. and Sam's Club will report comparable sales for the 13-week period ending May 1, 2015 on May 19, when the company reports first quarter results.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better -- anytime and anywhere -- in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 250 million customers and members visit our 11,453 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 revenue of$485.7 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

Notes

After this earnings release has been furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), a pre- recorded call offering additional comments on the quarter and the full year will be available to all investors. Information included in this release, including reconciliations, and the pre-recorded phone call and related information can be accessed via webcast by visiting the investor information area on the company's website at www.stock.walmart.com. Callers within the U.S. and Canada may dial 877-523-5612 and enter pass code 9256278. All other callers can access the call by dialing 201-689-8483 and entering pass code 9256278.

Note to media

More information on Walmart's associate pay structure and training announcement for its U.S. associates, including a blog and video from Walmart CEO  Doug McMillon , letter to associates and infographics, is available at blog.walmart.com. High resolution photos of stores and customers, along with an infographic of financial highlights, are available for download at stock.walmart.com.

See additional information at the end of this release regarding non-GAAP financial measures.

Forward Looking Statements

This release contains statements as to Walmart management's guidance regarding: (1) Walmart's diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to Walmart for the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2016 and the three months ending Apr. 30, 2015; (2) the range of the per share amount of investment Walmart will make in its additional strategic wage structure and training investments for U.S. associates in the first quarter of, and for all of, the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2016 and the aggregate amount of that investment in the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2016; (3) the range of the per share amount of the incremental investment Walmart will make in e-commerce in the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2016; (4) the range of the total of the investment per share to be made in Walmart's additional strategic wage structure and training investments for U.S. associates in the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2016 and the incremental investment Walmart will make in e-commerce in the fiscal year endingJan. 31, 2016; (5) the comparable store sales of the Walmart U.S. segment and the comparable club sales, excluding fuel, of theSam's Club segment for the 13-week period ending May 1, 2015; (6) the growth in consolidated net sales and the possible negative impact of currency exchange rates on consolidated net sales for the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2016; (7) the expected global growth in e-commerce sales in the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2016; and (8) the range of aggregate capital expenditures and the range of growth in square footage for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2015, as well as management's expectations that Walmart's operating income will be pressured in the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2016 and that Walmart will continue to integrate Walmart's physical locations with its e-commerce and mobile commerce business (and assumptions underlying certain of such guidance and expectations), that Walmart believes are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended.

These statements are intended to enjoy the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements provided by that act and can be identified by the use of the word or phrase "expect," "expects," "forecasting," "growth target," "guidance," "will invest," "will continue," "will range" or "would cause" in or relating to such statements. Walmart's actual results may differ materially from the guidance provided and the expected results discussed in such forward-looking statements as a result of changes in facts, assumptions not being realized or other risks, uncertainties and factors, including:

  • economic, geo-political, capital markets and business conditions, trends and events around the world and in the markets in which Walmart operates, including unemployment and underemployment levels;
  • competitive initiatives of other retailers and other competitive pressures;
  • inflation or deflation, generally and in particular product categories;
  • consumer confidence, disposable income, credit availability, spending levels, shopping patterns, debt levels and demand for certain merchandise;
  • customer traffic and average ticket in Walmart's stores and clubs and on its e-commerce websites;
  • the mix of merchandise Walmart sells;
  • availability of attractive opportunities for investment in e-commerce acquisitions and initiatives;
  • consumer acceptance of Walmart's stores and clubs, e-commerce websites, mobile apps, initiatives, programs and merchandise offerings;
  • disruption of and changes in seasonal buying patterns in Walmart's markets;
  • changes in the level of public assistance payments;
  • effects of weather conditions and events, catastrophes, natural disasters, public health emergencies, civil disturbances, and terrorist attacks;
  • commodity prices and the cost of goods Walmart sells;
  • transportation, energy and utility costs;
  • selling prices of gasoline and diesel fuel;
  • disruption of Walmart's supply chain, including disruption of the transport of goods from foreign suppliers to Walmart’s facilities;
  • information security events and information security-related costs;
  • trade restrictions, changes in tariff and freight rates;
  • the size and turnover of Walmart’s hourly workforce in the U.S.;
  • labor costs, including healthcare and other benefit costs;
  • casualty and accident-related costs and insurance costs;
  • the availability and cost of appropriate locations for new and relocated stores, clubs and other facilities;
  • local real estate, zoning, land use and other laws, ordinances, legal restrictions and initiatives that impose limitations on Walmart's ability to build, relocate or expand stores in certain locations;
  • delays in construction or opening of new, expanded or relocated units;
  • the availability of persons with the necessary skills and abilities necessary to meet the company's needs for managing and staffing new units and conducting their operations and to meet seasonal associate hiring needs;
  • the availability of necessary utilities for new units;
  • the availability of skilled labor in areas in which new units are to be constructed or existing units are to be relocated, expanded or remodeled;
  • changes in tax and other laws, including changes in individual or corporate tax rates and labor laws;
  • developments in, outcomes of, and costs incurred in legal proceedings to which Walmart is a party;
  • Walmart’s expenditures for FCPA- and compliance-related matters;
  • currency exchange rate fluctuations and changes in market interest rates;
  • the amount of Walmart's net sales denominated in particular currencies other than the U.S. dollar;
  • Walmart's effective tax rate and factors affecting that rate; and
  • changes in generally accepted accounting principles and unanticipated changes in accounting estimates or judgments.

Walmart discusses certain of the foregoing factors more fully and other risks relating to its operations and financial performance in its most recent annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC and certain of its other filings with the SEC. You should read this release in conjunction with that annual report on Form 10-K and Walmart’s quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K filed with the SEC through this release's date. Walmart urges you to consider all of these risks, uncertainties and other factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements in this release. Walmart cannot assure you that the results reflected or implied by any forward-looking statement will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that those results will have the forecast or expected consequences and effects for or on Walmart's operations or financial performance. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are as of the date of this release. Walmart undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

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Consolidated Statements of Income

(Unaudited)

Quarters Ended Fiscal Years Ended
SUBJECT TO RECLASSIFICATION January 31, January 31,
(Dollars in millions, except share data) 2015 2014 Percent Change 2015 2014 Percent Change
Revenues:
Net sales $ 130,650 $ 128,786 1.4 % $ 482,229 $ 473,076 1.9 %
Membership and other income 915 920 (0.5 )% 3,422 3,218 6.3 %
Total revenues 131,565 129,706 1.4 % 485,651 476,294 2.0 %
Costs and expenses:
Cost of sales 99,115 97,971 1.2 % 365,086 358,069 2.0 %
Operating, selling, general and administrative expenses 24,501 24,388 0.5 % 93,418 91,353 2.3 %
Operating income 7,949 7,347 8.2 % 27,147 26,872 1.0 %
Interest:
Debt 560 516 8.5 % 2,161 2,072 4.3 %
Capital leases 63 65 (3.1 )% 300 263 14.1 %
Interest income (37 ) (27 ) 37.0 % (113 ) (119 ) (5.0 )%
Interest, net 586 554 5.8 % 2,348 2,216 6.0 %

Income from continuing operations before income taxes

7,363 6,793 8.4 % 24,799 24,656 0.6 %

Provision for income taxes

2,175 2,249 (3.3 )% 7,985 8,105 (1.5 )%
Income from continuing operations 5,188 4,544 14.2 % 16,814 16,551 1.6 %
Income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes 106 -100.0 % 285 144 97.9 %
Consolidated net income 5,188 4,650 11.6 % 17,099 16,695 2.4 %
Less consolidated net income attributable to noncontrolling interest (222 ) (219 ) 1.4 % (736 ) (673 ) 9.4 %
Consolidated net income attributable to Walmart $ 4,966 $ 4,431 12.1 % $ 16,363 $ 16,022 2.1 %
Income from continuing operations attributable to Walmart:
Income from continuing operations $ 5,188 $ 4,544 14.2 % $ 16,814 $ 16,551 1.6 %
Less income from continuing operations attributable to noncontrolling interest (222 ) (190 ) 16.8 % (632 ) (633 ) (0.2 )%
Income from continuing operations attributable to Walmart $ 4,966 $ 4,354 14.1 % $ 16,182 $ 15,918 1.7 %
Basic net income per common share:
Basic income per common share from continuing operations attributable to Walmart $ 1.54 $ 1.35 14.1 % $ 5.01 $ 4.87 2.9 %
Basic income per common share from discontinued operations attributable to Walmart 0.02 -100.0 % 0.06 0.03 100.0 %
Basic net income per common share attributable to Walmart $ 1.54 $ 1.37 12.4 % $ 5.07 $ 4.90 3.5 %
Diluted net income per common share:
Diluted income per common share from continuing operations attributable to Walmart $ 1.53 $ 1.34 14.2 % $ 4.99 $ 4.85 2.9 %
Diluted income per common share from discontinued operations attributable to Walmart 0.02 (100.0 )% 0.06 0.03 100.0 %
Diluted net income per common share attributable to Walmart $ 1.53 $ 1.36 12.5 % $ 5.05 $ 4.88 3.5 %
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:
Basic 3,230 3,240 3,230 3,269
Diluted 3,242 3,254 3,243 3,283
Dividends declared per common share $ 1.92 $ 1.88
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)

SUBJECT TO RECLASSIFICATION
(Dollars in millions) January 31, January 31,
ASSETS 2015 2014
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 9,135 $ 7,281
Receivables, net 6,778 6,677
Inventories 45,141 44,858
Prepaid expenses and other 2,224 1,909
Current assets of discontinued operations 460
Total current assets 63,278 61,185
Property and equipment:
Property and equipment 177,395 173,089
Less accumulated depreciation (63,115 ) (57,725 )
Property and equipment, net 114,280 115,364
Property under capital leases:
Property under capital leases 5,239 5,589
Less accumulated amortization (2,864 ) (3,046 )
Property under capital leases, net 2,375 2,543
Goodwill 18,102 19,510
Other assets and deferred charges 5,671 6,149
Total assets $ 203,706 $ 204,751
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Short-term borrowings $ 1,592 $ 7,670
Accounts payable 38,410 37,415
Accrued liabilities 19,152 18,793
Accrued income taxes 1,021 966
Long-term debt due within one year 4,810 4,103
Obligations under capital leases due within one year 287 309
Current liabilities of discontinued operations 89
Total current liabilities 65,272 69,345
Long-term debt 41,086 41,771
Long-term obligations under capital leases 2,606 2,788
Deferred income taxes and other 8,805 8,017
Redeemable noncontrolling interest 1,491
Commitments and contingencies
Equity:
Common stock 323 323
Capital in excess of par value 2,462 2,362
Retained earnings 85,777 76,566
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (7,168 ) (2,996 )
Total Walmart shareholders’ equity 81,394 76,255
Nonredeemable noncontrolling interest 4,543 5,084
Total equity 85,937 81,339
Total liabilities and equity $ 203,706 $ 204,751
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Unaudited)

Fiscal Years Ended
SUBJECT TO RECLASSIFICATION January 31,
(Dollars in millions) 2015 2014
Cash flows from operating activities:
Consolidated net income $ 17,099 $ 16,695
(Income) loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes (285 ) (144 )
Income from continuing operations 16,814 16,551
Adjustments to reconcile consolidated net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 9,173 8,870
Deferred income taxes (503 ) (279 )
Other operating activities 785 938
Changes in certain assets and liabilities:
Receivables, net (569 ) (566 )
Inventories (1,229 ) (1,667 )
Accounts payable 2,678 531
Accrued liabilities 1,249 103
Accrued income taxes 166 (1,224 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 28,564 23,257
Cash flows from investing activities:
Payments for property and equipment (12,174 ) (13,115 )
Proceeds from the disposal of property and equipment 570 727
Proceeds from disposal of certain operations 671
Other investing activities (192 ) (138 )
Net cash used in investing activities (11,125 ) (12,526 )
Cash flows from financing activities:
Net change in short-term borrowings (6,288 ) 911
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt 5,174 7,072
Payments of long-term debt (3,904 ) (4,968 )
Dividends paid (6,185 ) (6,139 )
Purchase of Company stock (1,015 ) (6,683 )
Dividends paid to noncontrolling interest (600 ) (426 )
Purchase of noncontrolling interest (1,844 ) (296 )
Other financing activities (409 ) (260 )
Net cash used in financing activities (15,071 ) (10,789 )
Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents (514 ) (442 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 1,854 (500 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year 7,281 7,781
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year $ 9,135 $ 7,281

 

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Reconciliations of and Other Information Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(Unaudited)
(In millions, except per share data)

The following information provides reconciliations of certain non-GAAP financial measures presented in the press release to which this reconciliation is attached to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). The company has provided the non-GAAP financial information presented in the press release, which is not calculated or presented in accordance with GAAP, as information supplemental and in addition to the financial measures presented in the press release that are calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Such non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered superior to, as a substitute for or alternative to, and should be considered in conjunction with the GAAP financial measures presented in the press release. The non-GAAP financial measures in the press release may differ from similar measures used by other companies.

 

Calculation of Return on Investment and Return on Assets

Management believes return on investment (ROI) is a meaningful metric to share with investors because it helps investors assess how effectively Walmart is deploying its assets. Trends in ROI can fluctuate over time as management balances long-term potential strategic initiatives with possible short-term impacts.

ROI was 16.9 percent for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2015, which was relatively flat compared to ROI for the fiscal year endedJan. 31, 2014. The slight change in ROI was primarily due to continued investments in store growth and e-commerce initiatives, offset by currency exchange rate fluctuations.

We define ROI as adjusted operating income (operating income plus interest income, depreciation and amortization, and rent expense) for the trailing 12 months divided by average invested capital during that period. We consider average invested capital to be the average of our beginning and ending total assets, plus average accumulated depreciation and average amortization, less average accounts payable and average accrued liabilities for that period, plus a rent factor equal to the rent for the fiscal year or trailing 12 months multiplied by a factor of 8. When we have discontinued operations, we exclude the impact of the discontinued operations.

Our calculation of ROI is considered a non-GAAP financial measure because we calculate ROI using financial measures that exclude and include amounts that are included and excluded in the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. For example, we exclude the impact of depreciation and amortization from our reported operating income in calculating the numerator of our calculation of ROI. In addition, we include a factor of 8 for rent expense that estimates the hypothetical capitalization of our operating leases. We consider return on assets (ROA) to be the financial measure computed in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) that is the most directly comparable financial measure to our calculation of ROI. ROI differs from ROA (which is consolidated income from continuing operations for the period divided by average total assets of continuing operations for the period) because ROI: adjusts operating income to exclude certain expense items and adds interest income; adjusts total assets of continuing operations for the impact of accumulated depreciation and amortization, accounts payable and accrued liabilities; and incorporates a factor of rent to arrive at total invested capital.

Although ROI is a standard financial metric, numerous methods exist for calculating a company's ROI. As a result, the method used by management to calculate our ROI may differ from the methods used by other companies to calculate their ROI. We urge you to understand the methods used by other companies to calculate their ROI before comparing our ROI to that of such other companies.

The calculation of ROI, along with a reconciliation to the calculation of ROA, the most comparable GAAP financial measure, is as follows:

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Return on Investment and Return on Assets
Fiscal Years Ended
January 31,
(Dollars in millions) 2015 2014
CALCULATION OF RETURN ON INVESTMENT
Numerator
Operating income $ 27,147 $ 26,872
+ Interest income 113 119
+ Depreciation and amortization 9,173 8,870
+ Rent 2,777 2,828
Adjusted operating income $ 39,210 $ 38,689
Denominator
Average total assets of continuing operations1 $ 203,999 $ 203,680
+ Average accumulated depreciation and amortization1 63,375 57,907
- Average accounts payable1 37,913 37,748
- Average accrued liabilities1 18,973 18,802
+ Rent x 8 22,216 22,624
Average invested capital $ 232,704 $ 227,661
Return on investment (ROI) 16.9 % 17.0 %
CALCULATION OF RETURN ON ASSETS
Numerator
Income from continuing operations $ 16,814 $ 16,551
Denominator
Average total assets of continuing operations1 $ 203,999 $ 203,680
Return on assets (ROA) 8.2 % 8.1 %
As of January 31,
Certain Balance Sheet Data 2015 2014 2013
Total assets of continuing operations $ 203,706 $ 204,291 $ 203,068
Accumulated depreciation and amortization 65,979 60,771 55,043
Accounts payable 38,410 37,415 38,080
Accrued liabilities 19,152 18,793 18,808
1The average is based on the addition of the account balance at the end of the current period to the account balance at the end of the prior period and dividing by 2.

Free Cash Flow

We define free cash flow as net cash provided by operating activities in a period minus payments for property and equipment made in that period. Free cash flow was $16.4 billion and $10.1 billion for the fiscal years ended Jan. 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively. The increase in free cash flow was primarily due to the timing of payments for accounts payable and accrued liabilities, as well as the timing of income tax payments, combined with lower capital expenditures.

Free cash flow is considered a non-GAAP financial measure. Management believes, however, that free cash flow, which measures our ability to generate additional cash from our business operations, is an important financial measure for use in evaluating the company's financial performance. Free cash flow should be considered in addition to, rather than as a substitute for, consolidated income from continuing operations as a measure of our performance and net cash provided by operating activities as a measure of our liquidity.

Additionally, Walmart's definition of free cash flow is limited, in that it does not represent residual cash flows available for discretionary expenditures, due to the fact that the measure does not deduct the payments required for debt service and other contractual obligations or payments made for business acquisitions. Therefore, we believe it is important to view free cash flow as a measure that provides supplemental information to our Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows.

Although other companies report their free cash flow, numerous methods may exist for calculating a company's free cash flow. As a result, the method used by Walmart's management to calculate our free cash flow may differ from the methods used by other companies to calculate their free cash flow. We urge you to understand the methods used by other companies to calculate their free cash flow before comparing our free cash flow to that of such other companies.

The following table sets forth a reconciliation of free cash flow, a non-GAAP financial measure, to net cash provided by operating activities, which we believe to be the GAAP financial measure most directly comparable to free cash flow, as well as information regarding net cash used in investing activities and net cash used in financing activities.

Fiscal Years Ended
January 31,
(Dollars in millions) 2015 2014
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 28,564 $ 23,257
Payments for property and equipment (12,174 ) (13,115 )
Free cash flow $ 16,390 $ 10,142
Net cash used in investing activities1 $ (11,125 ) $ (12,526 )
Net cash used in financing activities $ (15,071 ) $ (10,789 )

1 "Net cash used in investing activities" includes payments for property and equipment, which is also included in our computation of free cash flow.

Constant Currency

In discussing our operating results, the term currency exchange rates refers to the currency exchange rates we use to convert the operating results for all countries where the functional currency is not the U.S. dollar. We calculate the effect of changes in currency exchange rates as the difference between current period activity translated using the current period's currency exchange rates, and the comparable prior year period's currency exchange rates. Throughout our discussion, we refer to the results of this calculation as the impact of currency exchange rate fluctuations. When we refer to constant currency operating results, this means operating results without the impact of the currency exchange rate fluctuations and without the impact of acquisitions, if any, until the acquisitions are included in both comparable periods. The disclosure of constant currency amounts or results permits investors to understand better Walmart's underlying performance without the effects of currency exchange rate fluctuations or acquisitions.

The table below reflects the calculation of constant currency for total revenues, net sales and operating income for the three months and fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2015.

Three Months Ended January 31, 2015 Fiscal Year Ended January 31, 2015
Walmart International Consolidated Walmart International Consolidated
(Dollars in millions) 2015 Percent Change 2015 Percent Change 2015 Percent Change 2015 Percent Change
Total revenues:
As reported $ 36,537 (3.8 )% $ 131,565 1.4 % $ 137,424 (0.1 )% $ 485,651 2.0 %
Currency exchange rate fluctuations1 2,626 2,626 5,323 5,323
39,163 134,191 142,747 490,974
Total revenues from acquisitions
Constant currency total revenues $ 39,163 3.1 % $ 134,191 3.5 % $ 142,747 3.7 % $ 490,974 3.1 %
Net sales:
As reported $ 36,205 (3.9 )% $ 130,650 1.4 % $ 136,160 (0.3 )% $ 482,229 1.9 %
Currency exchange rate fluctuations1 2,599 2,599 5,267 5,267
38,804 133,249 141,427 487,496
Net sales from acquisitions
Constant currency net sales $ 38,804 3.0 % $ 133,249 3.5 % $ 141,427 3.6 % $ 487,496 3.0 %
Operating income:
As reported $ 2,050 66.4 % $ 7,949 8.2 % $ 6,171 19.8 % $ 27,147 1.0 %
Currency exchange rate fluctuations1 163 163 225 225
2,213 8,112 6,396 27,372
Operating income (loss) from acquisitions
Constant currency operating income $ 2,213 79.6 % $ 8,112 10.4 % $ 6,396 24.1 % $ 27,372 1.9 %

1 Excludes currency exchange rate fluctuations related to acquisitions until the acquisitions are included in both comparable periods.

Underlying EPS

The underlying diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to Walmart (Underlying EPS) for each of the three-month periods and fiscal years ended Jan. 31, 2015 and 2014 is considered a non-GAAP financial measure under theSEC's rules because the Underlying EPS for each such period includes certain amounts not included in the diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to Walmart calculated in accordance with GAAP (EPS) for each of the three-month periods and fiscal years ended Jan. 31, 2015 and 2014. Management believes that the Underlying EPS for each of the three-month periods and fiscal years ended Jan. 31, 2015 and 2014 is a meaningful metric to share with investors because that metric, which adjusts EPS for such period for certain items recorded in such period, is the metric that best allows comparison of the performance for the comparable period. In addition, the metric affords investors a view of what management considers Walmart's core earnings performance for each of the three-month periods and fiscal years ended Jan. 31, 2015 and 2014 and also affords investors the ability to make a more informed assessment of such core earnings performance for the comparable period.

We have calculated the Underlying EPS for the three months and the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2015 by adjusting the EPS for each period for the amount of the dilutive impact of: (1) the effect of the wage and hour litigation matter (Wage and Hour Litigation Matter) and (2) the closure of approximately 30 underperforming stores in Japan (Japan Store Closures).

Underlying EPS for each of the three months and the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2015 is a non-GAAP financial measure. The most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP is EPS for the three months and the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2015, respectively.

Underlying EPS - Fiscal 2015

Three Months Ended
January 31, 2015

Fiscal Year Ended
January 31, 2015

Diluted net income per common share:
Underlying EPS $ 1.61 $ 5.07
Adjustments to Underlying EPS
Wage and Hour Litigation Matter (0.05 ) (0.05 )
Japan Store Closures (0.03 ) (0.03 )
EPS $ 1.53 $ 4.99

As previously disclosed in our fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2014 press release, we have calculated the Underlying EPS for the three months and the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2014 by adjusting the EPS for each period for the amount of the dilutive impact of: (1) Brazil non-income tax contingencies (Brazil Taxes); (2) Brazil employment claim contingencies (Brazil Employment Matters); (3) the closure of 54 underperforming Brazil and China stores (Store Closures); (4) China store lease expense charges (Lease Matters); (5) the India transaction (India Transaction); and (6) Sam's Club U.S. staff restructuring and club closure (Sam's Restructuring).

Underlying EPS for the three months and the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2014 is a non-GAAP financial measure. The most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP is EPS for the three months and the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2014.

Underlying EPS - Fiscal 2014

Three Months Ended
January 31, 2014

Fiscal Year Ended
January 31, 2014

Diluted net income per common share:
Underlying EPS $ 1.60 $ 5.11
Adjustments to Underlying EPS
Brazil Taxes (0.06 ) (0.06 )
Brazil Employment Matters (0.05 ) (0.05 )
Store Closures (0.06 ) (0.06 )
Lease Matters (0.03 ) (0.03 )
India Transaction (0.05 ) (0.05 )
Sam's Restructuring (0.01 ) (0.01 )
EPS $ 1.34 $ 4.85

Comparable Sales Measures and Sam's Club Measures

The following financial measures presented in the press release to which this reconciliation is attached are non-GAAP financial measures as defined by the SEC's rules:

  • the comparable club sales of the company's Sam's Club operating segment (Sam's Club) for the 13-week and 52-week period ended Jan. 30, 2015 and the 14-week and 53 week period ended Jan. 31, 2014, the projected comparable club sales of Sam's Club for the 13 weeks ending May 1, 2015 and the comparable club sales of Sam's Club for the 13 weeks ended May 2, 2014, in each case calculated by excluding Sam's Club's fuel sales for such periods (the "Sam's Club Comparable Sales Measures");
  • the net sales of Sam's Club for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2015 and the percentage increase in the net sales of Sam's Club for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2015 over the net sales of Sam's Club for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2014 in each case calculated by excluding Sam's Club's fuel sales for the relevant period; and
  • the segment operating income of Sam's Club for the three month periods and fiscal years Jan. 31, 2015 and 2014, the percentage increase in the segment operating income of Sam's Club for the three months or fiscal year Jan. 31, 2015 over the segment operating income of Sam's Club for the three months or fiscal year Jan. 31, 2014, in each case calculated by excluding Sam's Club's fuel sales for the relevant period (collectively with the financial measures described in the immediately preceding bullet point, the "Sam's Club Measures").

We believe the Sam's Club comparable club sales for the historical periods for which the corresponding Sam's Club Comparable Sales Measures are presented calculated by including fuel sales are the financial measures computed in accordance with GAAP most directly comparable to the respective Sam's Club Comparable Sales Measures. We believe Sam's Club's projected comparable club sales for the 13-week period ending May 1, 2015 calculated by including fuel sales is the financial measure computed in accordance with GAAP most directly comparable to the projected comparable club sales ofSam's Club for the 13-week period ending May 1, 2015 calculated by excluding fuel sales. We believe the reported Sam's Club's net sales, percentage increase in net sales, segment operating income and percentage increase in segment operating income for the periods for which the corresponding Sam's Club Measures are presented are the most directly comparable financial measures computed in accordance with GAAP to the respective Sam’s Club Measures.

We believe that the presentation of the Sam's Club Comparable Sales Measures and the Sam's Club Measures provides useful information to investors regarding the company's financial condition and results of operations because that information permits investors to understand the effect of the fuel sales of Sam's Club, which are affected by the volatility of fuel prices, on Sam's Club's comparable club sales and on Sam's Club's net sales and operating income for the periods presented.

 

Source: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

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Walmart de México y Centroamérica Appoints Enrique Ostalé President and CEO http://es.news.walmart.com/news-archive/2014/12/19/walmart-de-mexico-y-centroamerica-appoints-enrique-ostale-president-and-ceo Mexico City - Dec 19, 2014 - The Board of Director of Walmart de México y Centroamérica (BMV:Walmex) informs its shareholders, as well as the public in general, that Enrique Ostalé will assume the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the company, in addit... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:26:00 GMT http://es.news.walmart.com/news-archive/2014/12/19/walmart-de-mexico-y-centroamerica-appoints-enrique-ostale-president-and-ceo 2014-12-19T15:26:00Z Mexico City - Dec 19, 2014 - The Board of Director of Walmart de México y Centroamérica (BMV:Walmex) informs its shareholders, as well as the public in general, that Enrique Ostalé will assume the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the company, in addition to fulfilling his role as Chairman of the Board. This designation is effective January 1, 2015.

Ostalé joined Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in 2009 as part of Walmart's acquisition of the Chilean retailer D&S, now Walmart Chile, where he held several positions in merchandising, operations and finance from 1989, and from 1997 to 2000 served as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He served as President and CEO of Walmart Chile from 2006 until March 1, 2013, when he was appointed President and CEO for Latin America. In addition to leading Walmex, Ostalé will continue to oversee Walmart's operations in Latin America.

"Mexico and Central America is a priority market for Walmart. Enrique has excellent global experience within the retail industry and will drive growth opportunities throughout the region, both in stores and through our growing e-commerce business," said David Cheesewright, President and CEO of Walmart International and Walmart de Mexico y Centroamérica board member. "He is a strong leader, and his cross functional experience will ensure that we remain well positioned to serve the 2 billion customers that count on Walmex every year."

“The dual role of CEO for both Walmex and Walmart Latin America will give Enrique the unique ability to leverage our expertise and capability across nine markets, taking advantage of the growth opportunities that the whole region has to offer.”

Enrique holds an undergraduate degree in economics and business administration from the Adolfo Ibáñez University and a Master Degree from the London School of Economics. Between 2002 and 2006, he was Dean of the Business School of the Adolfo Ibáñez University in Santiago de Chile.

Walmart de México y Centroamérica also announced that Scot Rank will be leaving his position on the Board of Directors. "We appreciate the leadership role that Scot played in the Walmex business for 14 years and wish him success in his new endeavors," said Ostalé.

 

 

 

 

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Walmart Announces Senior Management Changes http://es.news.walmart.com/news-archive/2014/12/10/walmart-announces-senior-management-changes Bentonville, Ark., Dec. 10, 2014 - Today, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) announced that Judith McKenna has been promoted to chief operating officer for Walmart U.S. McKenna succeeds Gisel Ruiz, who has been appointed executive vice president of Walmart's International People Division. McKenna... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 18:50:00 GMT http://es.news.walmart.com/news-archive/2014/12/10/walmart-announces-senior-management-changes 2014-12-10T18:50:00Z Bentonville, Ark., Dec. 10, 2014 – Today, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) announced that Judith McKenna has been promoted to chief operating officer for Walmart U.S. McKenna succeeds Gisel Ruiz, who has been appointed executive vice president of Walmart’s International People Division.

McKenna will assume her responsibilities immediately and will continue to report directly to Walmart U.S. president and chief executive officer, Greg Foran. Ruiz will also assume her responsibilities immediately and will report to Walmart International president and chief executive officer, David Cheesewright.

"One of the great things about Walmart is the depth and breadth of talent at all levels of our organization. Around the globe, we have some of the best leaders in retail because of our focus on developing talent and our commitment to creating opportunities for diverse experiences," said Foran. "The announcements we're making today are examples of just that."

McKenna joined Walmart nearly 20 years ago as part of its Asda leadership team in the U.K., where she served as the chief financial officer and chief operating officer. She moved to Walmart International as executive vice president of strategy and international development, and most recently served as chief development officer for Walmart U.S.  As chief operating officer, McKenna will lead a team of 1.3 million associates. She will also continue to lead Walmart's small format stores, development of new formats, expansion of Walmart services and the integration of digital commerce into the retailer's existing U.S. stores.

"At her core and by experience, Judith is a retailer who has made major contributions to our business throughout her career," said Foran. "It's exciting to bring her skills in managing store operations, small format growth, logistics and e-commerce to an expanded role in our U.S. operations. Her knowledge of global best practices and her success in leading our associates around the world will help drive our Walmart U.S. business forward."

Ruiz started as a management trainee and gained a depth of experience across key roles in labor relations, operations and human resources. Most recently as chief operating officer for Walmart U.S., Ruiz led the retailer's focus on improving operational efficiencies, opened more than 400 new U.S. stores, and increased representation of women and people of color across operations leadership roles. As executive vice president of Walmart's International People Division, Ruiz will be a key member of Cheesewright's leadership team and the retailer's Global People leadership team. She will also drive Walmart's human resources strategy and priorities that reach more than one million associates in 26 countries around the world.

"Gisel is an inspirational leader who has consistently contributed to Walmart's growth and success throughout her 22 years with the company. Her proven track record and unwavering commitment to our associates make her the perfect choice for this new role," said Cheesewright. "The expertise and leadership that Gisel brings are needed as we take our International Division to the next level. I'm looking forward to the impact she'll have on our associates and business around the world."

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About Walmart 
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better - anytime and anywhere - in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 250 million customers and members visit our 11,156 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2014 sales of over $473 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com

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Walmart Board of Directors Adds Former American Airlines Chairman and CEO Tom Horton http://es.news.walmart.com/news-archive/2014/11/24/walmart-board-of-directors-adds-former-american-airlines-chairman-and-ceo-tom-horton BENTONVILLE, Ark., Nov. 24, 2014 -- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Tom Horton, former chairman and CEO of American Airlines, as a new member of the company's Board, effective Nov. 21. Horton became the 16th member of the Board and will ... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:30:00 GMT http://es.news.walmart.com/news-archive/2014/11/24/walmart-board-of-directors-adds-former-american-airlines-chairman-and-ceo-tom-horton 2014-11-24T13:30:00Z BENTONVILLE, Ark., Nov. 24, 2014 -- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Tom Horton, former chairman and CEO of American Airlines, as a new member of the company’s Board, effective Nov. 21. Horton became the 16th member of the Board and will also serve as a member of the company’s Audit Committee.

"Tom's management and business experience and, in particular, his roles in operational and financial management at American Airlines will bring valuable insights to the Board," said Walmart Chairman Rob Walton. "His broad leadership roles combined with his global insights and understanding of the corporate issues a multinational company manages will benefit the Board, our management team and our shareholders."

"I've long admired Walmart's values and its successful record of improving people's lives around the world," said Horton. "Walmart has a strong leadership team backed by a solid business plan and is building new and innovative ways to serve customers. I look forward to working with my new colleagues on the Board."

Horton, 53, has more than 30 years of business and finance experience. He joined American Airlines in 1985 from international accounting partnership firm Peat Marwick & Company, now KPMG, and continued with American until 2002, rising to the role of Senior Vice President, Finance and CFO. He left American in 2002 for AT&T, where he served as CFO and later was appointed Vice Chairman. In 2005, Horton led the evaluation of strategic alternatives that ultimately led to the combination with SBC Communications, which formed the new AT&T.

In March 2006, Horton returned to American as Executive Vice President of Finance and Planning. He was named President in 2010 and Chairman and CEO in 2011, where he led American through a successful restructuring and turnaround which culminated in the merger with US Airways, creating the world's largest airline. He stepped down as President and CEO of American in December 2013 and remained non-executive Chairman of the board until June 2014.

Horton holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University (SMU) and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, magna cum laude, from Baylor University. He serves on the Board of Directors of Qualcomm, Inc., a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Cox School of Business at SMU.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere -- in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 250 million customers and members visit our 11,156 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and ecommerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2014 sales of over $473 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.    
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Walmart reports FY 15 Q3 EPS of $1.15; Walmart U.S. delivers positive comp sales http://es.news.walmart.com/news-archive/investors/2014/11/13/walmart-reports-fy-15-q3-eps-of-115-walmart-us-delivers-positive-comp-sales-2 Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Walmart) reported third quarter diluted earnings per share from continuing operations (EPS) of $1.15, within guidance of $1.10 to $1.20. This compared to last year's $1.14. Walmart U.S. comp sales increased 0.5 percent for the 13-week period ended O... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:00:00 GMT http://es.news.walmart.com/news-archive/investors/2014/11/13/walmart-reports-fy-15-q3-eps-of-115-walmart-us-delivers-positive-comp-sales-2 2014-11-13T14:00:00Z
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Walmart) reported third quarter diluted earnings per share from continuing operations (EPS) of $1.15, within guidance of $1.10 to $1.20. This compared to last year's $1.14.
  • Walmart U.S. comp sales increased 0.5 percent for the 13-week period ended Oct. 31, 2014. Comp sales for the Neighborhood Market format increased approximately 5.5 percent. Walmart U.S. net sales increased$2.3 billion, or 3.4 percent, to approximately $70.0 billion.
  • Consolidated net sales increased $3.2 billion, or 2.8 percent, to $118.1 billion.
  • Walmart updated its full year EPS guidance to a range of $4.92 to $5.02, which includes an estimated negative impact of approximately $0.03 per share related to the future closure of underperforming stores in Walmart Japan. The company's previous guidance was $4.90 to $5.15. Last year, Walmart reported full year EPS of $4.85, which included approximately$0.26 in certain discrete items that impacted the fourth quarter. Last year's underlying1 EPS was $5.11.
  • Walmart forecasts fourth quarter EPS between $1.46 and $1.56, which includes an estimated negative impact of approximately $0.03 per share related to the future closure of underperforming stores in Walmart Japan. Last year, Walmart reported fourth quarter EPS of $1.34, which included approximately $0.26 in discrete items. Last year's underlying1 EPS was$1.60.
  • Walmart International grew net sales 1.7 percent to $33.7 billion. On a constant currency basis,1 net sales would have increased 2.9 percent to$34.1 billion.
  • Sam's Club comp sales, without fuel,1 increased 0.4 percent for the 13-week period ended Oct. 31Sam's Club increased membership income 10.1 percent for the quarter, and grew operating income more than twice the rate of sales growth.
  • E-commerce sales globally increased approximately 21 percent on a constant currency basis.

See additional information at the end of this release regarding non-GAAP financial measures.

BENTONVILLE, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 13, 2014-- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) today reported financial results for the third quarter ended October 31, 2014. Consolidated net sales for the third quarter were $118.1 billion, an increase of 2.8 percent over last year. This quarter included the negative impact of approximately $396 million from currency exchange rate fluctuations. On a constant currency basis,1 net sales would have increased 3.1 percent to $118.5 billion. Membership and other income increased 13.9 percent versus last year. Total revenue was $119.0 billion, an increase of approximately $3.3 billion, or 2.9 percent.

Consolidated net income attributable to Walmart was $3.7 billion, a decrease of 0.7 percent. Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to Walmart were $1.15, or 0.9 percent above last year's $1.14. Additionally, the company's effective tax rate was 31.8 percent, below the previous guidance of around 34 percent, due to certain discrete tax matters. While the company benefited in the quarter from a lower than anticipated tax rate, the benefit was offset by a number of discrete charges. Operating expenses were impacted by an organizational restructuring in the U.K. and the Hurricane Odile losses inMexico. Net interest expense was impacted as a result of reclassifying certain store leases from operating leases to capital leases.

Solid EPS performance

"Walmart reported solid earnings per share of $1.15 in the third quarter," said  Doug McMillonWal-Mart Stores, Inc. president and CEO. "The highlights for the quarter include the positive comp in Walmart U.S., including the strong performance from Neighborhood Markets, the 21 percent increase in e-commerce sales globally and the profit performances from Sam's Club and our International business."

McMillon stressed the need to strengthen Walmart's sales growth and improve the customer experience, both in stores and online.

"We're investing in key areas of our business, including wages in our U.S. stores and in e-commerce and mobile capabilities. We continue to see opportunities to improve our business," he added. "Being the price leader is an ongoing priority for us and a commitment to customers. As with every year, that is even more important during the holiday season. We have some things in our favor this fourth quarter, including lower fuel prices in the U.S. and other key markets, and we're set to deliver for customers during this time."

Guidance

"Our earnings per share guidance assumes several important factors, including the economic conditions in several of our largest markets, and a highly promotional holiday season," said  Charles Holley , executive vice president and chief financial officer. "As a reminder, our full year EPS guidance includes the four factors we discussed last quarter, which were higher U.S. health-care costs, incremental investments in e-commerce, ongoing investments in Sam's Club, and our effective tax rate. We anticipate our full year effective tax rate will range between 32 and 34 percent.

See additional information at the end of this release regarding non-GAAP financial measures.

"While historically our tax rate tends to moderate toward the end of the fiscal year, it is important to remember that assessments of certain tax contingencies, valuation allowances, changes in tax law, outcomes of administrative audits and the impact of discrete items could affect our rate," added Holley. "We are monitoring progress in Congress with respect to the extension of certain U.S. income tax legislation that expired at the end of calendar year 2013, which if not passed, could drive our effective tax rate toward the high end of our estimated range for the full year.

"Taking all of these factors into account, we are forecasting EPS for the fourth quarter between $1.46 and $1.56," said Holley," and EPS for the full year to range between $4.92 and $5.02, which compares to our previous guidance of $4.90 to $5.15. These ranges include our estimate of approximately $0.03 per share in charges related to the previously announced future closure of underperforming stores in Walmart Japan."

Returns

The company paid $1.5 billion in dividends and repurchased approximately 1.1 million shares for $82 million in the third quarter. In total, the company returned approximately $1.6 billion to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases.

Return on investment1 (ROI) for the trailing 12-months ended Oct. 31, 2014 was 16.4 percent, compared to 17.5 percent for the prior comparable period. The decrease in ROI was primarily due to lower operating income, as well as ongoing capital investment in store growth and e-commerce initiatives.

Free cash flow1 was $7.2 billion for the nine months ended Oct. 31, 2014, compared to $3.8 billion in the prior year. The increase in free cash flow was primarily due to the timing of income tax payments and capital expenditures.

U.S. comparable store sales results

The company reported U.S. comparable store sales based on its 13-week and 39-week retail calendar for the periods endedOct. 31, 2014 and Oct. 25, 2013 as follows:

Without Fuel With Fuel Fuel Impact
13 Weeks Ended 13 Weeks Ended 13 Weeks Ended
10/31/2014 10/25/2013 10/31/2014 10/25/2013 10/31/2014 10/25/2013
Walmart U.S. 0.5% -0.3% 0.5% -0.3% 0.0% 0.0%
Sam's Club 0.4% 1.1% 0.3% 0.1% -0.1% -1.0%
Total U.S. 0.5% -0.1% 0.5% -0.2% 0.0% -0.1%
Without Fuel With Fuel Fuel Impact
39 Weeks Ended 39 Weeks Ended 39 Weeks Ended
10/31/2014 10/25/2013 10/31/2014 10/25/2013 10/31/2014 10/25/2013
Walmart U.S. 0.1% -0.7% 0.1% -0.7% 0.0% 0.0%
Sam's Club 0.0% 1.0% 0.0% 0.5% 0.0% -0.5%
Total U.S. 0.1% -0.4% 0.1% -0.5% 0.0% -0.1%

See additional information at the end of this release regarding non-GAAP financial measures.

During the 13-week period, Walmart U.S. comp traffic decreased 0.7 percent, while average ticket increased 1.2 percent.

Excluding fuel,Sam's Club comp traffic was up 0.2 percent, and average ticket increased 0.2 percent.

The company's e-commerce sales impact includes those sales initiated through the company's websites and fulfilled through the company's dedicated e-commerce distribution facilities, as well as an estimate for sales initiated online, but fulfilled through the company's stores and clubs. E-commerce sales positively impacted comp sales in Walmart U.S. by approximately 20 basis points, and positively impacted Sam's Club comp sales by approximately 20 basis points for the 13-week period.

Net sales results

Net sales, including fuel, were as follows:

Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
October 31, October 31,
(dollars in billions) 2014 2013 Percent Change 2014 2013 Percent Change
Walmart U.S. $ 70.025 $ 67.692 3.4 % $ 208.478 $ 202.973 2.7 %
Walmart International 33.659 33.109 1.7 % 99.955 98.839 1.1 %
Sam's Club 14.392 14.075 2.3 % 43.146 42.478 1.6 %
Consolidated $ 118.076 $ 114.876 2.8 % $ 351.579 $ 344.290 2.1 %

The following explanations provide additional context to the above table.

  • On a constant currency basis,1 Walmart International's net sales for the quarter would have been $34.1 billion, an increase of 2.9 percent over last year. Currency exchange rate fluctuations negatively impacted net sales by $396 million.
  • Sam's Club net sales, excluding fuel,1 were $12.7 billion, an increase of 2.3 percent over last year.
  • On a constant currency basis,1 consolidated net sales would have increased 3.1 percent to $118.5 billion.

"We had several merchandise categories driving top-line growth," said  Greg Foran , Walmart U.S. president and CEO. "I'm encouraged by our performance during key seasonal events. We had strong back-to-school results in apparel, home and school supplies, and we ended the quarter well by executing a strong Halloween event."

See additional information at the end of this release regarding non-GAAP financial measures.

Segment operating income

Segment operating income was as follows:

Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
October 31, October 31,
(dollars in billions) 2014 2013 Percent Change 2014 2013 Percent Change
Walmart U.S. $ 4.932 $ 4.991 -1.2 % $ 15.159 $ 15.571 -2.6 %
Walmart International 1.430 1.379 3.7 % 4.121 3.921 5.1 %
Sam's Club 0.493 0.440 12.0 % 1.466 1.448 1.2 %
Sam's Club (excluding fuel) 0.455 0.432 5.3 % 1.398 1.435 -2.6 %

"We're being purposeful to have the right balance of wages to serve customers. We're focused on improving customer service, particularly for the holiday season," said Foran. "Overall, operating expenses deleveraged 10 basis points, and coupled with the decline in gross margin rate, led to a 1.2 percent decrease in operating income."

"We had a solid third quarter, once again growing operating income faster than sales, and we gained share in most of our largest markets," said  David CheesewrightWalmart International president and CEO. "I'm excited about the steps we've taken to accelerate growth in e-commerce, including the launch of new expanded assortments and services in Mexico and China. We also expanded the number of collection points for online customers in the U.K. and China."

"Although we lapped the fee increase from last year, our membership income growth remained strong at 10.1 percent," said Rosalind BrewerSam's Club president and CEO. "Clearly, our members responded positively to our efforts to enhance membership value."

U.S. comparable store sales review and guidance

"Our 0.5 percent comp was the first positive comp in seven quarters. Our overall grocery comp, which includes food and consumables, was relatively flat," Foran said. "Comp sales were positively impacted by net inflation, but were negatively affected by SNAP-related headwinds.

"I'm pleased by our Neighborhood Market performance, which reported an approximately 5.5 percent comp for the quarter," explained Foran. "We continued to see sales increases in Neighborhood Market pharmacy and strong growth in consumables, as we focused on in-stock and optimizing the store with relevant offerings for the customer."

For the 13-week period ending Jan. 30, 2015, Walmart U.S. expects comp store sales to be between flat and 1 percent. Last year, Walmart's comp sales declined 0.4 percent for the 14-week period ended Jan. 31, 2014.

"In the third quarter, comps increased 0.4 percent, driven by relatively balanced growth in traffic and ticket," said Brewer. "We were pleased to see a cumulative comp improvement of 90 basis points over the 39-week period, and we are working even faster to infuse newness in our business to drive membership value."

Sam's Club expects comp sales, excluding fuel,1 for the 13-week period ending Jan. 30, 2015 to be between flat and 2 percent. Last year, comp sales, excluding fuel,1 decreased 0.1 percent for the 14-week period ended Jan. 31, 2014.

Walmart U.S. and Sam's Club will report comparable sales for the 13-week period ending Jan. 30, 2015 on Feb. 19, when the company reports fourth quarter and fiscal year results.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better -- anytime and anywhere -- in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 250 million customers and members visit our 11,156 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2014 sales of over$473 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

Notes

After this earnings release has been furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), a pre- recorded call offering additional comments on the quarter will be available to all investors. Information included in this release, including reconciliations, and the pre-recorded phone call and related information can be accessed via webcast by visiting the investor information area on the company's website at www.stock.walmart.com. Callers within the U.S. and Canada may dial 877-523-5612 and enter passcode 9256278. All other callers can access the call by dialing 201-689-8483 and entering passcode 9256278.

Editor's Note

High resolution photos of Walmart U.S. and International operations are available for download at stock.walmart.com.

See additional information at the end of this release regarding non-GAAP financial measures.

Forward Looking Statements

This release contains statements as to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. management's forecasts and projections of the company's diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to Walmart for the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2015 and the three months ending Jan. 31, 2015, the effect on such earnings per share for such periods of charges expected to be taken by the company in connection with the closure of underperforming stores in Walmart Japan, the company's effective tax rate for the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2015, and the comparable store sales of the Walmart U.S. segment and the comparable club sales, excluding fuel, of the Sam's Club segment for the 13-week period from Nov. 1, 2014 through Jan. 30, 2015 (and assumptions underlying those forecasts), and other statements concerning Walmart's objectives and plans that the company believes are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. These statements are intended to enjoy the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements provided by that act. Those statements can be identified by the use of the word or phrase "anticipate," "EPS guidance," "estimate," "estimated," "expects," "forecasting," "forecasts," "guidance," in the statements or relating to such statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, domestically and internationally, including general economic conditions; business trends in the company's markets; economic conditions affecting specific markets in which the company operates, including unemployment and underemployment in those markets; competitive initiatives of other retailers and competitive pressures; the amount of inflation or deflation that occurs, both generally and in certain product categories; consumer confidence, disposable income, credit availability, spending levels, spending patterns and debt levels; consumer demand for certain merchandise; customer traffic in the company's stores and clubs and on the company's e-commerce websites and average ticket size; consumer acceptance of the company's e-commerce websites in various markets; consumer acceptance of the company's merchandise offerings in its stores and clubs and on the company's e-commerce websites; consumer acceptance of the company's stores and merchandise in the markets in which new units are opened; consumer shopping patterns in the markets in which the small store expansion of the Walmart U.S. operating segment occurs; the disruption of seasonal buying patterns in the United States and other markets; geo-political conditions and events; changes in the level of public assistance payments; customer acceptance of new initiatives and programs of the company and its operating segments; weather conditions and events and their effects; catastrophic events and natural disasters and their effects; public health emergencies; civil unrest and disturbances and terrorist attacks; commodity prices; the cost of goods Walmart sells; transportation costs; the cost of diesel fuel, gasoline, natural gas and electricity; the selling prices of gasoline and diesel fuel; disruption of Walmart's supply chain, including transport of goods from foreign suppliers; trade restrictions; changes in tariff and freight rates; labor costs; the availability of qualified labor pools in Walmart's markets; changes in employment laws and regulations; the cost of health-care and other benefits; the number of associates enrolling in Walmart's health-care plans; delays in the opening of new, expanded or relocated units planned to be opened during the three months ending Jan. 31, 2015; any unanticipated pre-opening costs incurred in connection with the opening of new stores in the three months ending Jan. 31, 2015; unanticipated costs associated with the closure of underperforming stores in Walmart Japan and the number of such stores that are closed in the three months ending Jan. 31, 2015; casualty and other insurance costs; accident- related costs; adoption of or changes in tax and other laws and regulations that affect Walmart's business, including changes in corporate tax rates; developments in, and the outcome of, legal and regulatory proceedings to which Walmart is a party or is subject and the costs associated therewith; the requirements for expenditures in connection with FCPA- and compliance-related matters, including enhancements to Walmart's compliance program and ongoing investigations; currency exchange rate fluctuations; changes in market interest rates; conditions and events affecting domestic and global financial and capital markets; factors that may affect the company's effective tax rate, including the company's performance, changes in the company's assessment of certain tax contingencies, valuation allowances, changes in law, including the outcome of pending U.S. Congressional actions regarding the extension of certain tax legislation, outcomes of administrative audits, the impact of discrete items, and the mix of earnings among the company's U.S. and international operations; changes in generally accepted accounting principles; unanticipated changes in accounting estimates or judgments; and other risks. The company discusses certain of the factors described above more fully in certain of its filings with the SEC, including its most recent annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC (in which the company also discusses other factors that may affect its operations, results of operations and comparable store and club sales), and this release should be read in conjunction with that annual report on Form 10-K, together with all of the company's other filings, including its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K, made with the SEC through the date of this release. The company urges readers to consider all of these risks, uncertainties and other factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements contained in this release. The company cannot assure you that the results or developments anticipated by the company and reflected or implied by any forward-looking statement will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that those results or developments will result in the expected, forecast or projected consequences for us or affect us, our operations or our financial performance as we have expected, forecasted or projected. As a result of the matters discussed above, changes in facts, assumptions not being realized or other circumstances, the company's actual results may differ materially from the expected results discussed in the forward-looking statements contained in this release. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are as of the date of this release, and Walmart undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
SUBJECT TO RECLASSIFICATION October 31, October 31,
(Dollars in millions, except share data) 2014 2013 Percent Change 2014 2013 Percent Change
Revenues:
Net sales $ 118,076 $ 114,876 2.8 % $ 351,579 $ 344,290 2.1 %
Membership and other income 925 812 13.9 % 2,507 2,298 9.1 %
Total revenues 119,001 115,688 2.9 % 354,086 346,588 2.2 %
Costs and expenses: