Victoria’s Secret & Co. Plans $125 Million Accelerated Share Repurchase Program
REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio, Jan. 31, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Victoria’s Secret & Co. (“Victoria’s Secret” or the “Company”) (NYSE: VSCO) announced today that it plans to enter into an accelerated share repurchase agreement (” ASR”) with Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC (“Goldman Sachs”) to repurchase $125 million of the Company’s common stock.
Under the terms of the ASR, the Company will make an initial payment of $125 million to Goldman Sachs and will receive an initial delivery of approximately 2.5 million shares of the Company’s common stock on February 3, 2023. The final number of shares to be repurchased will be based on the volume weighted average price of the Company’s common shares over the life of the OSR, less a discount, and will be subject to adjustment under the terms of the OSR. The final settlement of the ASR is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2023. The proposed ASR is part of a broader stock repurchase program announced on January 11, 2023 (“January 2023 Stock Repurchase Program”) and up to $250 million repurchase of the Company’s common stock. Shares purchased under the January 2023 share repurchase program are available for fulfillment of stock compensation plan obligations and for general corporate purposes.
Concurrent with the announcement of planned ASR, the Company is increasing its guidance for revenue, operating income and earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2022. Operating income is now expected to be in the range of $265 million to $275 million, or approximately 13% to 14% of revenue and above the previously communicated target range of $245 million to $265 million. The Company now expects fourth quarter 2022 net income to be in the range of $2.25 to $2.35 per diluted share, up from the previously communicated target range of $2.05 to $2.25. dollars per diluted share. Consistent with this level of profitability, the company expects net sales to decline in the range of 7% to 8%, or better than the previous guidance of a high-single-digit decline, compared to last year’s fourth quarter net sales of $2.175 billion. All updated fourth quarter 2022 guidance excludes the financial impact of the recent acquisition of AdoreMe, Inc. (“Adore Me”) as well as transaction costs and accounting related to this transaction.
CEO Martin Waters commented, “Our teams executed our strategies very well during the holiday quarter despite a challenging economic environment for our client. Our sales performance was at the better end of our guidance with margins solidly in line with our expectations despite our reaction to a very supportive environment during the holiday season. With careful focus we have achieved this result and will end the year with inventory levels in the low double digits including modal mix shifts and expect a cost result at the better end of our range. Our teams clearly control what we can control and I am proud of their efforts during these difficult times.”
Martin continued, “As we move into the new year, we recognize that the economic environment is less than ideal and may result in 2023 results looking similar to the year we just completed. However, we are developing and innovating our business and have organic growth strategies and new customer experiences well identified and ready to hit the market in 2023. We have a recently acquired business in Adore Me with double digit growth plans and technology that we plan to leverage across our core Victoria’s Secret and Victoria’s Secret PINK brands. We have an international business also growing at double digits with partnering plans for new stores and new countries planned over the next two years. And most importantly, we are leaders in the lingerie category and are positioned for future growth, both at our core and with Adore Me now in the family. I couldn’t be prouder of this team and what we have achieved together in unprecedented times over the past 18 months, and I firmly believe we are well positioned for many more years to come.”
About Victoria’s Secret & Co.
Victoria’s Secret & Co. (NYSE: VSCO) is a Fortune 500 specialty retailer of contemporary, fashion-inspired collections, including signature bras, briefs, lingerie, relaxed nightwear, athleisure and swim, as well as award-winning prestige fragrance and body care. VS&Co consists of market-leading brands Victoria’s Secret and Victoria’s Secret PINK, who share a common goal to inspire and uplift our consumers at every stage of life, and Adore Me, a tech-enabled, digitally-focused, innovative lingerie brand for women of all sizes and budgets in all phases of life. We are committed to empowering our more than 30,000 associates across a global footprint of approximately 1,350 retail stores in approximately 70 countries. We provide our customers with products and experiences that make them feel good inside and out while driving positive change through the power of our products, platform and advocacy.
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