TJX: Shopping for Value

Focus: DIVIDEND

Ingrid Hendershot Image Ingrid Hendershot Founder and President, Hendershot Investments, Inc.

Celebrating 40 years in business, The TJX Companies (TJX) posted record financial results in fiscal 2017 with sales topping $33 billion, states Ingrid Hendershot, editor of Hendershot Investments.

T.J. Maxx began operations with just two stores in Worchester, MA. In 1990, TJX acquired a five-store chain called Winners, which has grown into a winner by becoming Canada’s leading off-price retailer.

In 1992, HomeGoods was introduced to expand TJX’s presence in the booming home fashions market and in 1995, TJX acquired Marshalls, which doubled the company’s size.

TJX delivers a rapidly changing assortment of quality, brand name merchandise at prices that are 20%- 60% less than department and specialty store regular prices. TJX can offer these savings as a result of their opportunistic buying strategies.

As the largest off-price retailer, TJX has tremendous buying power and solid relationships with more than 18,000 merchandise vendors in 100 countries around the world. This retail recipe engenders strong brand loyalty from global consumers of all ages.

In fiscal 2017, TJX rang up $33.2 billion in sales from more than 3800 stores as comparable store sales increased in every major division.

Comparable store sales have increased each year for 21 consecutive years. Same store sales have risen each year over the last four decades with the exception of only one year, a truly remarkable retail achievement.

As part of its disciplined capital allocation policy, TJX announced a 20% increase in its dividend for fiscal 2018, marking the 21st consecutive year of dividend increases. Over this period, the dividend has grown at a 23% compound annual rate.

Management’s outlook for fiscal 2018 is for total revenues to increase 6% to 7% to $35.2 billion to $35.6 billion, with 1% to 2% comparable store sales growth.

The company expects EPS to be up 10%-12% in the range of $3.80 to $3.89 in fiscal 2018, which includes an $0.11 per share benefit from a 53rd week in 2018.

Long-term investors shopping for a bargain should consider The TJX Companies, a well-managed high quality business with strong brand loyalty, outstanding cash flows, steadily growing dividends and substantial share repurchases.

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