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Lowe`s Cos. (LOW)

Participants
Kate Pearlman Vice President of Investor Relations
Marvin Ellison President & Chief Executive Officer
Bill Boltz Executive Vice President, Merchandising
Joe McFarland Executive Vice President, Stores
David Denton Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Seth Sigman Credit Suisse
Simeon Gutman Morgan Stanley
Kate McShane Goldman Sachs
Michael Lasser UBS
Karen Short Barclays
Chris Horvers JP Morgan
Eric Bosshard Cleveland Research
Greg Melich Evercore ISI
Call transcript
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Operator

Good morning, everyone. And welcome to Lowe's Companies Fourth Quarter 2020 Earnings Conference Call. My name is Rob and I'll be your operator for today's call.

As a reminder, this conference is being recorded. I will now turn the call over to Kate Pearlman, Vice President of Investor Relations.

Kate Pearlman

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Marvin Ellison

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Bill Boltz

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over and the the working time-pressed year, As build the consecutive the which completed we in offer this growth our simplified further the our LowesForPros as and to on XXX% replatforming to And checkout half comps Pro. user Marvin the enhance customers for And up out cloud quarter, also online. we during online. enhance first process these to Lowes.com, are with of then speed XXX% sales with significantly customers search now we be the we to on mentioned, third features we will to loyalty experience delivered features the of shopping continued quarter that

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to expect drive by greater achieving with key three sales this We foot square investment. per productivity objectives

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Joe McFarland

crisis and our associates of in $XXX everyone. and forefront brought announce of Thanks, once And the presented in Winning profit level. our under I million Bill, XXXX. at to expect as that $XX associates been permanent January, for are of challenges more part-time our imagined. seasonal communities us our the associates, way This And for hired Together payment XXXX incremental this the in full-time on good quarter a In again to that once of the year could bonus This exceeded Lowe's. our get our and XX,XXX over customers roasted over in the past Lowe's communities target morning, XXXX. always announced outstanding responding million. full-time that roles and an their efforts, again have expectations, million XXX% total could again be past totaling bonus This to because more each bonus few the associate. on service exceptional the the associate more efforts $XXX associates And to has into the spring challenge assistance in Lowe's. than to over for hiring a we associates represents million not year. pleased the $XXX COVID-related in through supporting $XX of today each we're customers ensure recognition our XX,XXX shop stores than $XX we builds bring fourth the with retail this changed they from of row, sharing

evident to our rolling Nowhere orders online increased they the Lowes.com with these demand. rolling BOPIS are contactless of we few over improve the began out capabilities fulfillment a roughly multiple quarter, more X,XXX to by this lows experience. the of fulfilled our We support began months is customers, for lockers growth all shop customer in needed April, by in And later. have on pickup launch stores US we've dramatically continued We our sales stores in year. curbside lockers pickup with the touch mobile first app options providing And in goal to meeting to XXX% rapidly to now and enhance our we to than then for whatever stores, stores the to choose. expand this out XX% lockers in way we consumer pickup BOPIS demands the

the their in-store fulfillment that arrive announced dedicated handle This that at standing teams Last store. quarter, way out we fulfillment are they enabling on alerts quicker customers we we fulfillment were began to to technology up rolling stores Geofencing all up orders. our their orders, pick when when quarter,

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fulfill X average year than now orders can we ago. fact, one In faster on times

with to let's the Now Pro. turn our performance

delivered As comps mentioned, in quarter. Marvin mid-XXs fourth the we

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David Denton

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Operator

Thank you.

We Sigman Our the question Credit first are comes Suisse. [Operator with of line questions. from ready for now Seth Instructions]

Seth Sigman

on all congrats but morning. scenarios wanted relatively the December. gross guidance, included to Hey flat. not on question follow-up discussed you the Thanks and guys, for it point recall, in the Obviously, here. full progress. good I Dave, I taking guidance If margin the

saw maybe still Given down be the in outlook? we margin slightly, quarter, about fourth EBIT as we you How about in the should pressure margin SG&A be get to the more that? from same I'm to curious, thinking gross just should thinking but benefits 'XX

David Denton

Seth, Year. question. Happy New Good

think, margin Clearly, and focused cycle that seen on we're as year. we through importantly, you've consistently us income performance, we're operating as most expansion I this Just is XXXX. focused our into gross improving really margin do on

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what think as some experiencing from materially headwinds are We but lumber, inflation about Seth. discussed from in we nothing changed we has December,

Seth Sigman

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on get So, that. Thank little wanted I to a more just context bit you.

Marvin Ellison

a this Marvin. bit I'll that, Seth, part and So of let Joe Pro. I'll take comment is on

your think the XXXX, look environment can to relevant. I comp very questions you at the what during said, are And to cadence As saw the the quarter, accelerate state And forecast. obvious, when is is a you we say throughout. all we've difficult month for us

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Joe McFarland

Thanks, the Marvin. you And for thank question. Seth,

correct, to space. the nice underlying excited QX, did in see from about demand acceleration. You're Pro comp We're the a we QX

the space, throughout at that the look offerings the we've kind expanded we year. robust the about of pipeline had Pro there product in As out that's thinking

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Seth Sigman

all. Best luck. you Thank of

Operator

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

Simeon Gutman

are gives Thanks, base scenario? more but some question you everyone, and turns think that? year you that and -- twist not, towards you for tracking And case we're I as have good the it a the My or if one. that mentioned fact Dave, in confidence is morning. as any the you you goes? in know I there that as Do confidence you interpreting more Or that it confidence a Or we're perspective, if the business outlook expecting or tracking is robust first I was the case. robust, know don't couched will. on

David Denton

the feel we're Listen, only encouraged moment. I we by into think we're the year, but I a that the at few trends think seeing weeks

Marvin So think and Joe I health I actually of Pro the accelerating as the -- think we it's just articulated, sustainable and business is bit. a

living invest So support many and the to their sure both them the At home that. remains in an their for make needs is that consumer continue same continues sustainable but that, educational is kids, in I invest think time, to forward. also we asset good about going to healthy needs cases, that feel really the to the and for

early we're but this So pretty encouraged point, still. at

Marvin Ellison

to can't we'll I'll what those two, the that retail our this any confident implementations morning. and, We Home We going all store to at number Simeon, that put going XXXX operations, our it's a continue share us like. take XXXX income. the believe of work in degree an allow of what we're IT lot we fundamental of to to two believe reflection hear Lowes.com, hard flag not and say is on place we merchandising, to we And improve those operating probably that share; market income. think theme And initiatives predict anomaly. infrastructure. two And add we're time, and and same one, back Total look believe we're Marvin. macro acceleration is, operating in was a high pro, across things. that strategy improving market us, for same take precision you'll we're that go things: us will Obviously, planting is with number market just But I going to to

Simeon Gutman

divide way if we if versus line-dependent of execution transformation-dependent. in expansion. amount bridge scenarios. And internal it or versus know follow-up for the how robust points, think, Okay. look my we I you I don't XXX basis is that can at margin case said, much but it the I at don't we other top it if or could among that know looked and

David Denton

kind it well of how show as you go to business. a -- aggregate, gross gross And is I about, And Analyst does us performance relatively I of flat think where we perform SG&A to building to little I of margin maybe how that for would kind might was again, guidance slide rates perform. as a just block Day XX% at and our a going our look walked that SG&A back across in XXXX margin where improving of presentation. from -- end and margin rate in presentation our us perspective. encourage bit the this the had largely being is

Simeon Gutman

Okay, thanks guys. Good luck.

Operator

next McShane, proceed Our Sachs. from is question. Goldman the coming question Please Kate line of with your

Kate McShane

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Marvin Ellison

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David Denton

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Kate McShane

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Marvin Ellison

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Joe McFarland

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Simeon Gutman

you. Thank

Operator

Lasser Our UBS. of Please your next proceed with question with Michael comes the line from question.

Michael Lasser

Thanks my morning. question. a taking lot Good for

in at -- the of even scenario, PPI low end at come introduction you'll even that sales you likely end initiative, in end in the middle if the profitability for come it don't come XXXX? the Given of of is high scenario or if the you your

David Denton

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Michael Lasser

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David Denton

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Michael Lasser

Okay.

Bill Boltz

Michael, this to I'll just a that. couple is of comments Bill. add

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Michael Lasser

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Marvin Ellison

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Michael Lasser

Thank you very much.

Operator

with proceed question the Short of comes Please Barclays. questions. from line with next Karen Our your

Karen Short

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Marvin Ellison

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Karen Short

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Joe McFarland

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Karen Short

Thanks.

Operator

the with your with line Christopher question from JPMorgan. next Our comes questions. Please of proceed Horvers

Christopher Horvers

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David Denton

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Christopher Horvers

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David Denton

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Christopher Horvers

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Operator

you. Thank

your of Eric Research. coming Bosshard line is question next proceed the Cleveland with with from Please Our questions.

Eric Bosshard

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Eric Bosshard

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David Denton

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Eric Bosshard

Great, Thank very you. helpful.

David Denton

So, great.

So, Rob. With more going one question, that, we're please. to take

Operator

question Next the Greg will Melich from of come line ISI. with Evercore

Greg Melich

love on Great, follow-up I'd thanks. inflation. to

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David Denton

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Greg Melich

about full it basis points it the number for 'XX? year, we're XXX how have been thinking impacts as what that -- And would

David Denton

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Greg Melich

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Marvin Ellison

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Greg Melich

luck. good and color. great Thanks great, guys That's

David Denton

you. Thank

Operator

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