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TJX Companies: Get In For The Long Haul

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Detroit Bear


  • TJX posted an excellent Q4 buoyed by a major increase in returns of capital to shareholders.
  • The company continues to source inventory from diverse places, including e-commerce.
  • I'm increasing my fair value to $92, but I can see further upside if TJX's guidance proves to be conservative.

TJX Companies (NYSE:TJX) reported another fantastic quarter late last week with revenue and earnings surging higher. With the company feeling the benefits of tax reform leading to higher free cash flow, a stronger dividend and even more share repurchases, I am increasing my fair value to $92 per share. I believe the company looks like an excellent opportunity, even after its recent increase. Let's take a look at quarterly financials, why e-commerce is good for TJX and the new increases in shareholder returns.

Q4 - A Strong Comp Recovery

Skeptics were starting to say that the long reign that TJX had growing comps was coming to an end. Q3 comps were basically flat, including a decline of 1% at the flagship Marmaxx and up just 3% at Homegoods. TJX recovered nicely, as overall comps were up 4% y/y on top of a 3% increase in Q4 of 2017. Strength was broad-based, with Marmaxx, Homegoods and International all up 3% y/y, while Canada grew a robust 7% y/y.

All told, FY18 sales were up 8%y/y to $35.9 billion, which drove adjusted EPS of $3.85 per share, an increase of 9% y/y.

TJX experienced a number of one-time expenses, including paying out bonuses to associates, funding charitable contributions, extra retirement contributions and impairment to Sierra Trading Post. If we exclude all of these one-time events as well as the extra selling week, which makes sense given the one-time tax windfall and the odd calendar occurrence, operating margin was about 0.1% lower y/y at 11.5% of sales.

Adjusted SG&A was actually down 0.3 percentage points due to comp leverage, so the margin decline actually came from a rare decline in gross margin, which fell 0.4 percentage points y/y to 27.9% of sales. Management attributed this decline to some issues with freight at Homegoods that created late holiday

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Random Logic profile picture
TJX is an LT hold for me. A strong indicator for retail business's model is its asset turnover ratio and TJX excels here (as does ROST). They're both recession and Amazon resistant. I view TJX as being especially undervalued. Nice to see a piece recognizing this.
I added shares to my wife’s IRA and she had a big smile when I told her about the buy. She said she might as well pay herself on all those shopping trips to TJ Max & Home Goods.

Was amazed when tjx put a blurb in their letter saying they will have paid a dividend for 23 years now and the avg yearly increase has been 23% . . . . . . Wowza!
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