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Ayr Wellness Inc. is a vertically integrated, United States (U.S) multi-state cannabis operator. The Company cultivates and manufactures branded cannabis products for distribution through its network of retail outlets and through third party stores. Its products include marijuana flower, concentrates, cartridges, vapes, seltzers, tinctures, topicals and edibles. Its flower product is a smokable part of the cannabis plant. Its concentrates are cannabis products that have been processed to remove extraneous components, leaving only the active compounds, primarily cannabinoids and terpenes. The vapes are devices that is pre-filled with extracted cannabis oils. Its tinctures are an alcohol or glycerol-based liquid cannabis extracts. Its topicals is a cannabis-infused skin product, such as lotions, creams and balms. Its brands include Kynd, Origyn, Stix Preroll Co. and Levia. Through Herbal Remedies Dispensaries, LLC, it operates two licensed retail dispensaries in Quincy, Illinois.

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6:00 am ET November 16, 2022 (PR Newswire) Print

—U.S. Comparable Sales Increased 3.0% — — Third Quarter Diluted EPS of $0.25; Adjusted Diluted EPS1 of $3.27— — Raises Full Year 2022 Outlook—

Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) today reported net earnings of $154 million and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.25 for the quarter ended Oct. 28, 2022, which included a pre-tax non-cash asset impairment charge of $2.1 billion related to its Canadian retail business, compared to diluted EPS of $2.73 in the third quarter of 2021. Excluding the impairment charge, third quarter adjusted diluted EPS1increased 19.8% to $3.27 compared to the prior year.


Total sales for the third quarter were $23.5 billion compared to $22.9 billion in the third quarter of 2021, and comparable sales increased 2.2%. Comparable sales for the U.S. home improvement business increased 3.0% for the third quarter.

"We delivered better-than-expected results this quarter, with U.S. comps up 3%, driven by Pro growth of 19% and improved DIY sales trends. Sales on Lowes.com grew 12%, on top of 25% growth last year. We also drove substantial improvement in adjusted operating margin through disciplined execution and cost management. This enabled us to award $200 million in bonuses to our front-line hourly associates, while also announcing $170 million in permanent wage increases," commented Marvin R. Ellison, Lowe's chairman, president and CEO. "I am pleased that we are once again able to share the success of the company with our hard-working front-line associates, and I look forward to discussing our next chapter of growth at our Analyst & Investor Conference in December."

Capital Allocation With a disciplined focus on its leading capital allocation program, the company continues to generate long-term shareholder value. During the quarter, the company repurchased approximately 20.5 million shares for $4.0 billion, and it paid $666 million in dividends.

As of Oct. 28, 2022, Lowe's operated1,969home improvement and hardware stores in the U.S. and Canada representing 208 million square feet of retail selling space, and it serviced approximately 212dealer-owned stores.

Lowe's Business Outlook

The company is increasing its full year 2022 financial outlook reflecting stronger-than-expected operating results.

All Adjusted measures exclude asset impairment and expected transaction costs associated with the sale of our Canadian retail business, which is currently expected to close in early 2023.

Full Year 2022 Outlook -- a 53-week Year (comparisons to full year 2021 -- a 52-week year)

-- Total sales of approximately $97 - $98 billion, including the 53rd week

-- 53rd week expected to increase total sales by approximately $1.0 billion to $1.5 billion

-- Comparable sales expected to be flat to down -1% as compared to prior year

-- Gross margin rate up slightly compared to prior year

-- Depreciation and amortization of approximately $1.75 billion

-- Adjusted operating income2 as a percentage of sales (adjusted operating margin2) of 13.0%

-- Interest expense of $1.1 to $1.2 billion

-- Adjusted effective income tax rate2 of approximately 25%

-- Adjusted diluted earnings per share2 of $13.65 to $13.80 (previously $13.10 to $13.60)

-- Total share repurchases of approximately $13 billion (previously $12 billion)

-- Adjusted ROIC2 of over 37%

-- Capital expenditures of up to $2 billion

The Canadian retail business represents less than 6% of consolidated full year 2022 sales outlook, and approximately 60 basis points of dilution on the consolidated full year 2022 operating margin outlook.

A conference call to discuss third quarter 2022 operating results is scheduled for today, Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 9 a.m. ET. The conference call will be available by webcast and can be accessed by visiting Lowe's website at ir.lowes.com and clicking on Lowe's Third Quarter 2022 Earnings Conference Call Webcast. Supplemental slides will be available approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the conference call. A replay of the call will be archived at ir.lowes.com.

Lowe's Companies, Inc.

Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE(R) 50 home improvement company serving approximately 19 million customer transactions a week in the United States and Canada. With fiscal year 2021 sales of over $96 billion, Lowe's and its related businesses operate or service nearly 2,200 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 300,000 associates. Based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe's supports the communities it serves through programs focused on creating safe, affordable housing and helping to develop the next generation of skilled trade experts. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

Disclosure Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements including words such as "believe", "expect", "anticipate", "plan", "desire", "project", "estimate", "intend", "will", "should", "could", "would", "may", "strategy", "potential", "opportunity", "outlook","scenario", "guidance", and similar expressions are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve, among other things, expectations, projections, and assumptions about future financial and operating results, objectives, business outlook, priorities, sales growth, shareholder value, capital expenditures, cash flows, the housing market, the home improvement industry, demand for products and services, share repurchases, Lowe's strategic initiatives, including those relating to acquisitions and dispositions and the impact of such transactions on our strategic and operational plans and financial results. Such statements involve risks and uncertainties and we can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements.

A wide variety of potential risks, uncertainties, and other factors could materially affect our ability to achieve the results either expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, changes in general economic conditions, such as volatility and/or lack of liquidity from time to time in U.S. and world financial markets and the consequent reduced availability and/or higher cost of borrowing to Lowe's and its customers, the risk that asset impairment and deal-related transaction costs on the divestiture of the Canadian retail business could ultimately be greater than what we currently expect, slower rates of growth in real disposable personal income that could affect the rate of growth in consumer spending, inflation and its impacts on discretionary spending and on our costs, shortages, and other disruptions in the labor supply, interest rate and currency fluctuations, home price appreciation or decreasing housing turnover, the availability of consumer credit and of mortgage financing, trade policy changes or additional tariffs, outbreaks of pandemics, fluctuations in fuel and energy costs, inflation or deflation of commodity prices, natural disasters, armed conflicts, acts of both domestic and international terrorism, and other factors that can negatively affect our customers.

Investors and others should carefully consider the foregoingfactors and other uncertainties, risks and potential events including, but not limited to, those described in "Item 1A - Risk Factors" in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and as may be updated from time to time in Item 1A in our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q or other subsequent filings with the SEC. All such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we do not undertake any obligation to update these statements other than as required by law.


Contacts: Shareholder/Analyst Inquiries:  Media Inquiries:
          Kate Pearlman                   Steve Salazar
          704-775-3856                    704-881-4272
          kate.pearlman@lowes.com         steve.j.salazar@lowes.com

1 Adjusted diluted earnings per share is a non-GAAP financial measure. Refer to the "Non-GAAP Financial Measures Reconciliation" section of this release for additional information as well as reconciliations between the Company's GAAP and non-GAAP financial results.

2 Adjusted operating income, adjusted operating margin, adjusted diluted earnings per share, and adjusted effective income tax rate are non-GAAP financial measures. In addition, adjusted Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) is calculated using a non-GAAP financial measure. The Company does not provide a reconciliation for non-GAAP estimates on a forward-looking basis where it is unable to provide a meaningful or accurate calculation or estimation of reconciling items without unreasonable effort, including timing of and deal-related transaction costs associated with the sale of our Canadian retail business.

Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Current Earnings and (Accumulated Deficit)/Retained Earnings (Unaudited)
In Millions, Except Per Share and Percentage Data
                                             Three Months Ended                       Nine Months Ended
                                             October 28, 2022     October 29, 2021    October 28, 2022     October 29, 2021
Current Earnings                             Amount      % Sales  Amount     % Sales  Amount      % Sales  Amount     % Sales
Net sales                                    $ 23,479    100.00   $ 22,918   100.00   $ 74,614    100.00   $ 74,911   100.00
Cost of sales                                15,661      66.70    15,331     66.90    49,614      66.49    49,882     66.59
Gross margin                                 7,818       33.30    7,587      33.10    25,000      33.51    25,029     33.41
Selling, general and administrative          6,443       27.45    4,373      19.08    15,200      20.38    13,559     18.10
Depreciation and amortization                451         1.92     425        1.85     1,345       1.80     1,226      1.64
Operating income                             924         3.93     2,789      12.17    8,455       11.33    10,244     13.67
Interest - net                               295         1.25     223        0.97     802         1.07     650        0.86
Pre-tax earnings                             629         2.68     2,566      11.20    7,653       10.26    9,594      12.81
Income tax provision                         475         2.02     670        2.93     2,174       2.92     2,359      3.15
Net earnings                                 $ 154       0.66     $ 1,896    8.27     $ 5,479     7.34     $ 7,235    9.66
Weighted average common shares outstanding - 618                  690                 638                  704
Basic earnings per common share (1)          $ 0.25               $ 2.74              $ 8.56               $ 10.23
Weighted average common shares outstanding - 620                  692                 640                  706
Diluted earnings per common share (1)        $ 0.25               $ 2.73              $ 8.53               $ 10.21
Cash dividends per share                     $ 1.05               $ 0.80              $ 2.90               $ 2.20
(Accumulated Deficit)/Retained Earnings
Balance at beginning of period               $ (8,895)            $ (460)             $ (5,115)            $ 1,117
Net earnings                                 154                  1,896               5,479                7,235
Cash dividends declared                      (643)                (551)               (1,833)              (1,544)
Share repurchases                            (3,929)              (2,798)             (11,844)             (8,721)
Balance at end of period                     $ (13,313)           $ (1,913)           $ (13,313)           $ (1,913)
(1) Under the two-class method, earnings per share is calculated using net earnings allocable to common shares, which is derived by reducing net earnings by the earnings allocable to participating securities. Net earnings allocable to common shares used in the basic and diluted earnings per share calculation were $152 million for the three months ended October28, 2022, and $1,889 million for the three months ended October29, 2021. Net earnings allocable to common shares used in the basic and diluted earnings per share calculation were $5,462 million for the nine months ended October28, 2022, and $7,207 million for the nine months ended October29, 2021.
Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Unaudited)
In Millions, Except Percentage Data
                                               Three Months Ended                 Nine Months Ended
                                               October 28, 2022 October 29, 2021  October 28, 2022  October 29, 2021
                                               Amount  % Sales  Amount   % Sales  Amount   % Sales  Amount   % Sales
Net earnings                                   $ 154   0.66     $ 1,896  8.27     $ 5,479  7.34     $ 7,235  9.66
Foreign currency translation adjustments - net (168)   (0.72)   19       0.08     (173)    (0.23)   78       0.10
of tax
Cash flow hedges - net of tax                  170     0.72     41       0.18     352      0.47     56       0.07
Other                                          1       —  (1)      —  (3)      —  (4)      —
Other comprehensive income                     3       —  59       0.26     176      0.24     130      0.17
Comprehensive income                           $ 157   0.66     $ 1,955  8.53     $ 5,655  7.58     $ 7,365  9.83
Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
In Millions, Except Par Value Data
                                                                            October 28, 2022  October 29, 2021  January 28, 2022
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents                                                   $ 3,192           $ 6,121           $ 1,133
Short-term investments                                                      464               552               271
Merchandise inventory - net                                                 19,817            16,685            17,605
Other current assets                                                        1,518             1,491             1,051
Total current assets                                                        24,991            24,849            20,060
Property, less accumulated depreciation                                     17,275            18,925            19,071
Operating lease right-of-use assets                                         3,512             4,161             4,108
Long-term investments                                                       63                213               199
Deferred income taxes - net                                                 301               220               164
Other assets                                                                831               1,032             1,038
Total assets                                                                $ 46,973          $ 49,400          $ 44,640
Liabilities and shareholders' deficit
Current liabilities:
Short-term borrowings                                                       $ —         $ 1,000           $ —
Current maturities of long-term debt                                        609               1,352             868
Current operating lease liabilities                                         651               573               636
Accounts payable                                                            12,249            11,334            11,354
Accrued compensation and employee benefits                                  1,405             1,353             1,561
Deferred revenue                                                            1,736             1,954             1,914
Other current liabilities                                                   4,226             3,268             3,335
Total current liabilities                                                   20,876            20,834            19,668
Long-term debt, excluding current maturities                                32,904            23,881            23,859
Noncurrent operating lease liabilities                                      4,048             4,136             4,021
Deferred revenue - Lowe's protection plans                                  1,184             1,119             1,127
Other liabilities                                                           829               1,006             781
Total liabilities                                                           59,841            50,976            49,456
Shareholders' deficit:
Preferred stock, $5 par value: Authorized - 5.0 million shares; Issued and  —           —           —
outstanding - none
Common stock, $0.50 par value: Authorized - 5.6 billion shares; Issued      305               343               335
and outstanding - 611 million, 686 million, and 670 million shares,
Capital in excess of par value                                              —           —           —
Accumulated deficit                                                         (13,313)          (1,913)           (5,115)
Accumulated other comprehensive income/(loss)                               140               (6)               (36)
Total shareholders' deficit                                                 (12,868)          (1,576)           (4,816)
Total liabilities and shareholders' deficit                                 $ 46,973          $ 49,400          $ 44,640
Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
In Millions
                                                                                    Nine Months Ended
                                                                                    October 28, 2022  October 29, 2021
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net earnings                                                                        $ 5,479           $ 7,235
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization                                                       1,509             1,388
Noncash lease expense                                                               403               383
Deferred income taxes                                                               (252)             96
Asset impairment and loss on property - net                                         2,113             25
Share-based payment expense                                                         165               169
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Merchandise inventory - net                                                         (2,308)           (446)
Other operating assets                                                              20                (130)
Accounts payable                                                                    921               436
Deferred revenue                                                                    (117)             444
Other operating liabilities                                                         205               (421)
Net cash provided by operating activities                                           8,138             9,179
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchases of investments                                                            (659)             (2,325)
Proceeds from sale/maturity of investments                                          597               2,261
Capital expenditures                                                                (1,090)           (1,256)
Proceeds from sale of property and other long-term assets                           37                94
Other - net                                                                         —           (134)
Net cash used in investing activities                                               (1,115)           (1,360)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Net proceeds from issuance of debt                                                  9,667             4,972
Repayment of debt                                                                   (831)             (595)
Proceeds from issuance of common stock under share-based payment plans              86                72
Cash dividend payments                                                              (1,727)           (1,433)
Repurchases of common stock                                                         (12,127)          (8,999)
Other - net                                                                         —           (408)
Net cash used in financing activities                                               (4,932)           (6,391)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash                                             (32)              3
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents                                           2,059             1,431
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period                                      1,133             4,690
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period                                            $ 3,192           $ 6,121

Lowe's Companies, Inc. Non-GAAP Financial Measure Reconciliation (Unaudited)

To provide additional transparency, the Company has presented a comparison to the non-GAAP financial measure of adjusted diluted earnings per share for the three months ended October28, 2022. This measure excludes the impact of a discrete item, further described below, not contemplated in Lowe's Business Outlook to assist analysts and investors in understanding operational performance for the third quarter of fiscal 2022.

Fiscal 2022 Impacts

During the third quarter, the Company recognized financial impacts from the following discrete item, not contemplated in the Company's Business Outlook for fiscal 2022:

-- In the third quarter of fiscal 2022, the Company recognized a pre-tax $2.1 billion long-lived asset impairment of the Canadian retail business (Canadian retail business transaction costs).

Adjusted diluted earnings per share should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful indicator of, the Company's diluted earnings per share as prepared in accordance with GAAP. The Company's methods of determining non-GAAP financial measures may differ from the method used by other companies and may not be comparable.

The Company does not provide a reconciliation for non-GAAP estimates on a forward-looking basis where it is unable to provide a meaningful or accurate calculation or estimation of reconciling items without unreasonable effort, including timing of and deal-related transaction costs associated with the sale of our Canadian retail business.

A reconciliation between the Company's GAAP and non-GAAP financial results is shown below and available on the Company's website at ir.lowes.com.

                                         Three Months Ended
                                         October 28, 2022
                                         Pre-Tax   Tax1    Net
                                         Earnings          Earnings
Diluted earnings per share, as reported                    $ 0.25
Non-GAAP adjustments - per share impacts
Canada retail business transaction costs 3.32      (0.30)  3.02
Adjusted diluted earnings per share                        $ 3.27
1 Represents the corresponding tax benefit or expense related to the item excluded from adjusted diluted earnings per share.


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