TJX reported earnings that were hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. But its CEO hinted at early signs of optimism from store re-openings.
In the fiscal first quarter ended May 2, the off-price department store company's revenue of $4.409 billion was less than half the year-ago level of $9.278 billion. The figure came in lower than the $5.82 billion predicted by analysts polled by Investing.com .
The company reported a net loss of - 74 cents a share, compared to analysts’ expectation of a loss of -2 cents a share. In the year-ago quarter, earnings were a positive 57 cents a share.
TJX temporarily stopped operating three online retail sites and its distribution centers, while drawing $1 billion from its credit lines and halting buybacks.
But TJX CEO Ernie Herrman sees some sanguine signs, as he mentioned that the company has witnessed “very strong sales” with their initial re-openings. But he did mention that retail environment remains uncertain. The company has opened more than 1,600 of its 4,500 stores globally so far.
The company said there will be no dividend for the first quarter, and also does not expect to pay out any in the current quarter.