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Macy’s, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2018 Earnings

November 14, 2018

CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 14, 2018--Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) today reported results for the third quarter of 2018 and provided updated annual sales and earnings guidance for fiscal 2018.

Financial Highlights

*As adjusted reflects the exclusion of certain items from the respective financial measures. Please see the final pages of this news release for important information regarding the nature of such excluded amounts and calculation of the company’s non-GAAP financial measures.

“We are pleased with Macy’s, Inc. performance in the third quarter, marking our fourth consecutive quarter of comparable sales growth. Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Bluemercury all performed well. Our strategic initiatives are gaining momentum and delivering results. Another double-digit quarter from our digital business and a strong stores performance combined to help us exceed expectations. We continue to see an improved trend in brick and mortar across the fleet with particularly strong results from our Growth50 stores,” said Jeff Gennette, Macy’s, Inc. chairman and chief executive officer. “The holiday season is when Macy’s truly shines. We have the right merchandise, the right marketing and the right customer experiences in place to deliver a strong fourth quarter.”

Asset Sale Gains

Asset sale gains for the third quarter of 2018 totaled $42 million pre-tax, or $31 million after-tax and $0.10 per diluted share attributable to Macy’s, Inc. This compares to the third quarter of 2017 when asset sale gains totaled $65 million pre-tax, or $40 million after-tax and $0.13 per diluted share attributable to Macy’s, Inc.

Asset sale gains for the 39 weeks ended November 3, 2018 totaled $111 million pre-tax, or $84 million after-tax and $0.27 per diluted share attributable to Macy’s, Inc. This compares to the 39 weeks ended October 28, 2017 when asset sale gains totaled $176 million pre-tax, or $109 million after-tax and $0.36 per diluted share attributable to Macy’s, Inc.

Looking Ahead - Revising Annual Sales and Earnings Guidance

Macy’s, Inc. is updating its guidance for fiscal 2018.

Net sales guidance is provided on a 52-week basis in 2018 compared to a 53-week basis in 2017. Comparable sales guidance is provided on a 52-week basis in both 2018 and 2017.

Important Information

The company’s 2018 results, 2017 results and guidance for fiscal 2018 reflect the new accounting standards related to revenue recognition and retirement benefits. Macy’s, Inc. has recast its quarterly income statements and balance sheets for 2016 and 2017 to reflect adoption of these new standards. These documents can be found on the investor relations page at www.macysinc.com.

About Macy’s, Inc.

Macy’s, Inc. is one of the nation’s premier retailers. With fiscal 2017 sales of $24.837 billion and approximately 130,000 employees, the company operates approximately 690 department stores under the nameplates Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, and more than 180 specialty stores that include Bloomingdale’s The Outlet, Bluemercury, Macy’s Backstage and STORY. Macy’s, Inc. operates stores in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico, as well as macys.com, bloomingdales.com and bluemercury.com. Bloomingdale’s stores in Dubai and Kuwait are operated by Al Tayer Group LLC under license agreements. Macy’s, Inc. has corporate offices in Cincinnati, Ohio, and New York, New York.

All statements in this press release that are not statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Macy’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this release because of a variety of factors, including conditions to, or changes in the timing of, proposed real estate and other transactions, prevailing interest rates and non-recurring charges, the effect of federal tax reform, store closings, competitive pressures from specialty stores, general merchandise stores, off-price and discount stores, manufacturers’ outlets, the Internet, mail-order catalogs and television shopping and general consumer spending levels, including the impact of the availability and level of consumer debt, the effect of weather and other factors identified in documents filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Macy’s disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

NOTE: Additional information on Macy’s, Inc., including past news releases, is available at www.macysinc.com/pressroom. A webcast of Macy’s, Inc.’s call with analysts and investors will be held today (November 14, 2018) at 9:30 a.m. ET. The webcast is accessible to the media and general public via the company’s website at www.macysinc.com. Analysts and investors may call in on 1-800-289-0438, passcode 8502584. A replay of the conference call can be accessed on the website or by calling 1-888-203-1112 (same passcode) about two hours after the conclusion of the call.

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