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Lowe`s Cos. (LOW)

Participants
Marvin Ellison President and Chief Executive Officer
Bill Boltz Executive Vice President, Merchandising
Joe McFarland Executive Vice President, Stores
Dave Denton Chief Financial Officer
Christopher Horvers JP Morgan
Simeon Gutman Morgan Stanley
Michael Lasser UBS
Brian Nagel Oppenheimer
Scot Ciccarelli RBC
Steve Forbes Guggenheim Securities
Eric Bosshard Cleveland Research
Peter Benedict Baird
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Operator

Good morning, everyone, and welcome to Lowe's Companies Fourth Quarter 2018 Earnings Conference Call. This call is being recorded. [Operator Instructions] Also, supplemental reference slides are available on Lowe's Investor Relations website within the investor packet.

While management will not be speaking directly to the slides, these slides are meant to facilitate your review of the company's results and to be used as a reference document following the call.

During this call, management will be using certain non-GAAP financial measures. include most these measures. directly slides reconciliation and reference the to comparable supplemental information measures about a The GAAP financial made Litigation will in call during statements Statements defined as include the Act Reform forward-looking Securities of XXXX. Private this those correct. reflected and can assurance and no subject will they company are in expectations to statements Management's prove give that opinions risks, the to be with the are earnings release filings described its Commission. Exchange in company's the risks and Those in Securities and be will Mr. conference today's Hosting Officer; Mr. Executive Ellison, Chief Marvin President and Bill President, Vice Boltz, Executive Mr. Merchandising; Joe Vice Stores; Mr. and McFarland, President, Executive Dave Denton, Chief Financial Officer. over I turn the will now to program Mr. Ellison for opening remarks. Please go ahead, sir.

Marvin Ellison

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Bill Boltz

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Joe McFarland

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Dave Denton

good morning, everyone. and Joe Thanks

the during with incurred morning that review notes charges Let me begin quarter. the major this housekeeping and we

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ready that, now with we're for operator questions. So

Operator

Morgan. comes from of JP [Operator with first the Christopher Horvers line our Instructions] question

Christopher Horvers

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Marvin Ellison

comp improvement Overall, a pro factors. it driven sequential whether both was Marvin. quite by and and DIY is improvement few we this Chris saw is in

throughout quarter progression we transaction the Dave's DIY First transactions and of I reflected comments the and on pro saw that. think in

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Bill Boltz

them. on most hit You of

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south just getting and from and stores that. saw ready South earlier, Where spring come remarks. prepared payback Deep as the we earlier saying in to for addition my I by these In said

encouraged signs we're So in by early the that.

Marvin Ellison

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Christopher Horvers

you about talk quarters think And look do you. such the you look the can you Dave structure? the comp as inventory the And margin is you clean stores Thank anything for, the on then or little the and haves forward cadence as closed. a as that follow-up, and around bit the a are

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Dave Denton

there. couple keep that maybe in So questions

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take half second from related more initiatives specifically to to our programs. driven to beginning beginning financially see some or The progress those hold

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we'll don't on So any program we see focus to major going that. that perspective forward. But from continue

Christopher Horvers

Thank you.

Operator

next question Morgan Stanley. of line from comes the Your Gutman with Simeon

Simeon Gutman

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Dave Denton

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versus numbers the back will to So that step re-baseline our you gap. adjusted and that if bridge do compare you

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Simeon Gutman

on gross is margin. follow-up my the and QX Okay

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Dave Denton

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Marvin Ellison

is this Marvin. Simeon,

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spring is for that And you as prior underway know, well timeframe. so to planning

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businesses We for able of that is leaders new be the lot think upon. that, have we'll a to we big guidance and Dave deliver margin outlined running something

Simeon Gutman

Thanks.

Operator

Lasser Michael with of line the from UBS. come will question next Your

Michael Lasser

us clearance be aggressive for to seems more you expected bit give how taking activity a is the It sense store. a like little than to promotional to but year, Can not only that reengage we'll upcoming posture be and with longer this what extend in going your also into is customers your XXXX? you going

Marvin Ellison

to versus have us of about We're we material and job our We XXXX think that any a products then going changes allow don't and get do converting bringing that traffic. think brand. promotional great to to excited we in traffic much Michael, see we cadence prior to we're year. market better that's the a

Michael Lasser

basis I would what points you Okay that rate to embed follow-up tax want and did because for you below previously XXX outlook income XXXX expected. the

did through prompted of how model? rest flow the what change that that So and the

Dave Denton

think income and we looking we're tweak Clearly just constantly continue our for at XXXX, to status I that there. so nothing as tax dramatic expectations look at our we'll

Michael Lasser

much. very Okay, thank you

Operator

Your of the Oppenheimer. Brian line comes next question with from Nagel

Brian Nagel

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stores of with see could make in of some you initiatives. we the So progress the evidence the

Marvin Ellison

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Bill Boltz

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Marvin Ellison

department this Brian, at mobile training we've lot out plans in in really rolling feel we're been stages in supervisors Actually and devices one about at forward. happening pro I today quantities. have We're job The in feel thing QX. good early QX. good about out the we moving about where the where new rolls in just think smart recovery that's that the we're from place, about other - talk as about and talking you January.

Brian Nagel

helpful. follow-up. thank real One And maybe you. That's quick -

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Marvin Ellison

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Brian Nagel

Thank you.

Operator

of Scot the line Your comes from Ciccarelli RBC. with next question

Scot Ciccarelli

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Marvin Ellison

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Joe McFarland

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Marvin Ellison

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Scot Ciccarelli

Appreciate the help, guys. thanks

Operator

the line of Securities. Forbes from with Your next Guggenheim question Steve comes

Steve Forbes

start wanted the XXXX. with EBIT margin to guidance for I adjusted

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should a of in you relates you quarter. right Specifically in bunch as impacting those called to it we headwinds, out XXXX? fourth impacting think you the about How

Dave Denton

most is outlook. kind essentially Steve, gross as get feel for XXXX on part. of really and flat baked importantly effectiveness. but about both and our we that into that, SG&A with And an on at focused this margin through what of leverage forward we Dave. the think look like behind I going operational in flat would focused that occurred the store advertising plan We're productivity, year to is we essentially had of as us as much going is I for QX

Steve Forbes

follow-up Any the a via as planned incremental models the much the or flow share here? of then of repurchase capital the versus activity? activity timing quick to just fine regarding fund you deployment the plans debt cash anticipated year. how free business color And we the the for regarding And just tune profile

Dave Denton

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Steve Forbes

you. Thank

Operator

next of Your comes question with from Eric Cleveland Bosshard line the Research.

Eric Bosshard

things. Two

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Marvin Ellison

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Bill Boltz

couple of things. so Marvin, Thanks

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Marvin Ellison

before handing Dave. Eric, And to

business us get today some that other long-term and store that picked begging right. and one difference a and short-term of the our our up And this online so this some Just plans to we will think our of in in in make you with are XX% the investor with of order point, even the data challenges community and true update have we strategic on and to I'll making. we're forward in calls subsequent over Dave to Pleased we're direction talk coming we leaders Bill position. clearance. kind looking earnings that side pleased we're have providing let about is to the the with progress, the customers back

Dave Denton

January. influence inflows. January. material had comment your very Clearance sales any Eric, not last on around It immaterial affecting clearance the drive in did

performance So not driver our month. a that was in the of

Eric Bosshard

Great.

Dave Denton

you. With you. Thank more Thank take we'll that, question. one

Operator

Peter of the Our final question Baird. will Benedict come line from with

Peter Benedict

pressures guys, here I on Hi guess.

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Marvin Ellison

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Peter Benedict

be, and all would follow-up you as talking about. Okay, to execute related my been helpful with your basically you've working that's then are how you guys stuff vendors the

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Bill Boltz

history we're of of take they I focused of then, Yes being first more our we've - think all, so had sure that vendor all being we're transparent with partners, that. some And understand with way we're them. I'll what inconsistent so first on. making

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Marvin Ellison

eager it's want one because And was want and willing to have of our win Peter with here I'll number partners and Boltz true vendor success. Lowe's to Bill are someone the they us. value as win vendor are is, add we work a comments a Lowe's. only to in our of partners to to who secondly, each They And two ton entity

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Peter Benedict

so Great, guys. much thanks luck. Good

Marvin Ellison

you. Thank

Operator

will may this conference. disconnect. Thank all you now joining conclude you gentlemen, today's and and Ladies for