Kohl’s shares jump as quarterly sales hold up better than expected in pandemic

A view outside a Kohl’s store on July 16, 2020 in Miramar, Florida.

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Kohl’s revenue fell 23% during the fiscal second quarter, the retailer said Tuesday, which wasn’t as bad as analysts feared as the coronavirus pandemic forced stores to close across the U.S. and many shoppers stayed home. 

Its shares were up more than 4% in premarket trading on the news. 

Here’s how the retailer did during its fiscal second quarter compared with what analysts were expecting, based on Refinitv data: 

  • Adjusted EPS: a loss of 25 cents vs. a loss of 83 cents, expected 
  • Revenue: $3.21 billion vs. $3.09 billion, expected 

“As we look ahead, we are planning for the crisis to continue to impact our business in the near-term,” Chief Executive Michelle Gass said in a statement. “We are well-positioned to capitalize on evolving customer behaviors and the retail industry disruption, which we believe will drive long-term growth and increased market share.” 

Kohl’s net income fell 80% to $47 million, or 30 cents per share, from $241 million, or $1.51 a share, a year ago. 

Excluding one-time charges, the retailer lost 25 cents a share, which was better than the 83-cent loss forecast by analysts. 

Net sales fell to $3.21 billion from $4.17 billion. That was better than the $3.09 billion expected by analysts. 

Kohl’s did not report same-store sales, which track revenue at stores open for at least 12 months, due to the pandemic. 

Kohl’s, which was forced during the quarter to temporarily shut stores along with other retailers to try to help curb the spread of Covid-19, said it’s has since reopened all locations “with new safety and operating procedures, accelerated digital growth, and showed great discipline in managing inventory and expenses meaningfully lower.” 

Kohl’s shares have fallen nearly 54% so far this year as of Monday’s market close. The company has a market cap of $3.7 billion. 

Find the full earnings press release here.  

This story is developing. Please check back for updates. 

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