L Brands, Inc.reported a loss per share of $1.07 for the first quarter ended 2nd May, 2020.
As part of its strategy, the company remains committed to establishing Bath & Body Works as a pure-play public company and is taking the necessary steps to prepare the Victoria’s Secret Lingerie, Victoria’s Secret Beauty and PINK businesses to operate as a separate, standalone company.
The company reported net sales of $1.654 billion for the first quarter ended 2nd May, 2020, compared to sales of $2.629 billion for the quarter ended 4th May, 2019. Almost all of the company’s stores have been closed since 17th March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Total Bath & Body Works first quarter sales in the United States and Canada were $712.7 million compared to $870.7 million last year. Sales at the Bath & Body Works direct business, which remained open throughout the quarter, increased by 85 percent to $288.9 million compared to $156.4 million last year. Bath & Body Works first quarter store comparable sales increased 20 percent during the period in which stores were open.
The company reported a loss per share of $1.07 for the first quarter ended 2nd May, 2020, compared to earnings per share of $0.14 for the quarter ended 4th May, 2019. First quarter operating loss was $317.7 million compared to operating income of $153.3 million last year, and net loss was $296.9 million compared to net income of $40.3 million last year.
In 2020, net charges of $0.08 per share as follows:
$96.8 million ($0.26 per share) non-cash pre-tax impairment charges related to certain Victoria’s Secret store assets, and a tax benefit of approximately $50.4 million ($0.18 per share), related to the favorable resolution of certain tax matters.
Excluding the above charges, adjusted first quarter loss per share was $0.99 compared to earnings per share of $0.14 last year, adjusted operating loss was $220.9 million compared to operating income of $153.3 million last year, and adjusted net loss was $275.2 million compared to net income of $40.3 million last year.