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L Brands (NYSE: LB) 4Q18 Results: Mixed Results, Victoria’s Secret to Close 53 Stores in 2019

Executive Summary

  • L Brands 4Q18 revenues were $4.85 billion, up 0.6% year over year and lower than the consensus estimate of $4.91 billion. The company reported 4Q18 adjusted EPS of $2.14, higher than the consensus estimate of $2.08.
  • Comparable sales increased 3% for the 13-week quarter. By brand, Victoria’s Secret comparable sales decreased 3% in the fourth quarter, compared to a 1% decrease in the fourth quarter in the year ago period. Bath & Body Works comparable sales for stores and direct sales increased 12% in the quarter, compared to a 6% increase in the year ago period.
  • The company expects 2019 full-year earnings per share (EPS) to be $2.20-2.60, including breakeven EPS in 1Q19.

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