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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
Simeon Gutman Morgan Stanley
Elizabeth Suzuki Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Michael Baker D.A. Davidson & Co.
Christopher Horvers J.P. Morgan
Chuck Grom Gordon Haskett
Scott Mushkin R5 Capital
Brian Nagel Oppenheimer & Co.
Steven Forbes Guggenheim Securities LLC
Call transcript
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Operator

Good morning, everyone and welcome to Lowe's Companies First Quarter 2021 Earnings Conference Call. My name is Melisa and I'll be your operator for today's call.

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

Kate Pearlman

Thank you, and good morning, everyone.

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Marvin Ellison

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Bill Boltz

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Joe McFarland

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David Denton

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Operator

Our Instructions] from question. Please Morgan with with proceed comes your of [Operator first line question the Gutman Stanley. Simeon

Simeon Gutman

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Marvin Ellison

purposely this have target penetration. Simeon, set for Pro We is Marvin. not a Hey,

comments, And I really elevating Pro. phase in As now strategic prepared we're a to on started in more my we basics. focusing mentioned the

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Simeon Gutman

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Marvin Ellison

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David Denton

Simeon, the that that would only migrate begin that would over next ownership we millennial customer home into years, I the anticipated the the other several position. thing is to obviously add

trend think macro I that is is happened probably has through what that COVID accelerated.

segment tailwinds the industry So think probably we more bit given several next about years. the a as

Simeon Gutman

luck. you. Okay. Good Thank

Operator

you. Thank

proceed Our Suzuki the with from next of America. your question. question comes Bank of line Please with Liz

Elizabeth Suzuki

Thank Great. you.

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David Denton

up but I'll to Liz, holds really if in is fact robust, there, be I two, and start you're very think we you macro our XXXX And a looking I as year, we're with the margin. and here the and think, going like to if robust investment thesis all business of our focus this what that. we're half operating around market we And is That launched we 'XX. a year. we're on that And at we very are things. performance. expect committed question this have the priorities this that we can't do right that at to above making back to to really I our focused we is investments that Dave. long-term, grow we very our the thesis Hey, think year; with this also operating market improve look have two into we that's predict do feel One the the in improve well-positioned, for I very share grow the we're doing XX% specific performance. or going margin operating think have,

Elizabeth Suzuki

follow-up, growth one Right. And what is two of quick XX%? there? the which which comps the was below And categories X-year just

Bill Boltz

this is Liz, Yes, Bill.

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Elizabeth Suzuki

Thank you. great. Okay,

Operator

Thank you.

from comes with with Our of next question proceed D.A. line the your question. Michael Baker Please Davidson.

Michael Baker

rest if quarter. the March? about of X-year May for of to that Okay, stimulus a versus thanks. But take focused be off short-term Do because that fair quarter? occurred April And versus that think bit. the couple way May then playing should be -- you in basis and expectations on the trend flat the did A the first for the all, that's of to the quarter, forward fall hate X-year in a out and -- little Is you here. a think we March into about second

David Denton

at at think a through I'll as you you Yes, -- somewhat you look well tech the Texas by performance hitting stack inflated if recovery as quarter, was March about first, look on period. that in as I month it our if basis, X-year stimulus guess, yes, storm the from other and states

trends that how continued kind the think May I making specifically focused as perspective. we're think, sales cycle I service. quarter not We've and into for listen, we be about great from sure And the of So guidance ended have quarter. we've feel giving to on very a the we we good

right have in in gaining supporting our cycle we We marketplace. feel as consumers and XXXX we're as I our momentum like the 'XX. our about here both across we're business in -- think And we into stocks categories, we're and

Marvin Ellison

of add Michael, against this only we Marvin. up I'll the a U.S., and is in XX% comped of to The April we top on XX.X% were is that month comp that. point almost in the

really that. we've to high exceeded perform even So our going demand internal demonstrates we against year, exceeded still And our plan. from feel we can spiked at good the us of a expectations, level. about also some that it last up That

great demonstrates to surge significant So we performance April, expected. against our actually in felt pressure, be you're you're it comp that's to demand, when and sales but in about going up see

Michael Baker

sure. Yes,

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Marvin Ellison

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Michael Baker

enough. Yes, Thank Appreciate fair you. the time.

Operator

you. Thank

proceed Our question. from your with Please of Christopher line J.P. Morgan. comes next the question Horvers with

Christopher Horvers

everybody. morning, Good Thanks.

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David Denton

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Christopher Horvers

Got it. Understood.

Marvin Ellison

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Christopher Horvers

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David Denton

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Christopher Horvers

guys. luck, of Best Understood.

Marvin Ellison

Thanks.

Operator

Thank you.

Please Haskett. with line from proceed your Gordon the Chuck with question. comes Grom question next of Our

Chuck Grom

quarter. Hey, good morning. Great

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Marvin Ellison

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Bill Boltz

preparation I done enabled that rest to All needs of focus year the and that's to to demand I what as of first. the Marvin, fulfill that continue the can in to being that quantity of market. care coming work and that's to we done we're through us that's manage maintain continues Chuck, was All Yes, been think on right remain forward. certainly the go the is of the focused making them now by going strong. Make year, echo that job last demand lot the take think sure that of the has customer. I mean, really we right that Pro we're team. sure And off

Chuck Grom

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David Denton

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Joe McFarland

a just comments. Yes. make Thanks, few Dave. I'll

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Chuck Grom

Thank Great. you.

Operator

you. Thank

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Scott Mushkin

Hey, question. taking Thanks my guys. for

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Scott Mushkin

are you crimping out you're any seeing? great. level seeing that is high guys very all? And year, is inflation just at is this that half Or That's this demand signs the then back of like not something of looking

Marvin Ellison

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David Denton

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Scott Mushkin

Thanks, guys. Appreciate it.

Operator

you. Thank

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Brian Nagel

Hi, a good morning. on nice Congrats quarter.

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David Denton

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Joe McFarland

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Brian Nagel

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Bill Boltz

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Brian Nagel

the all you. color. Appreciate Right. Thank

Kate Pearlman

question, please. going to take We're more one

Operator

Thank you.

Guggenheim with Our this morning question. proceed of Steven final line question comes Forbes from with Securities. the Please your

Steven Forbes

the for on to I focus thanks and morning, Good Pro. wanted taking the question.

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Marvin Ellison

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Joe McFarland

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Steven Forbes

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Marvin Ellison

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Steven Forbes

Thank you.

Marvin Ellison

Thanks.

Operator

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