Nordstrom is winding down its operations in Canada — and expanding its outlet banner.
The upscale department retailer revealed the move in its fourth-quarter earnings release. As of January 38, there were six full-line Nordstrom stores and seven Nordstrom Rack stores in Canada, as well as a dedicated website.
Nordstrom Canada will wind down its stores across the country with the help of a third-party liquidator and its Canadian e-commerce platform. The in-store wind-down is expected to be completed by late June 2023.
Nordstrom Canada represents less than 3% of total company sales. The retailer said it expects to see a $400 million decline in total net sales as a result of leaving Canada.
“We entered Canada in 2014 with a plan to build and sustain a long-term business there,” stated CEO Eric Nordstrom. “Despite our best efforts, we do not see a realistic path to profitability for the Canadian business. This decision will simplify our structure, intensify focus on our growth and profitability goals and position us to create greater value for our shareholders."
Nordstrom reported net earnings of $119 million, or $0.74 per diluted share, for the quarter ended January 28, from $200 million, or $1.23 per share, in the year-ago period. Analysts had expected earnings per share of $0.66.
Net sales fell to $4.200 billion from $4.382 billion. Net sales decreased 2.4% at Nordstrom and 8.1% at Nordstrom Rack. Digital sales decreased 13.1%.
“We took decisive actions to right-size our inventory as we entered the new year, positioning us for greater agility amidst continuing macroeconomic uncertainty,” said Eric Nordstrom. “As we enter fiscal 2023, we are focused on enhancing the customer experience, improving Nordstrom Rack performance, increasing inventory productivity and continuing to advance our supply chain optimization initiatives.”
The retailer attributed Rack’s recent declines to its decision to end its policy of fulfilling online orders from stores. On the company's earnings call, Eric Nordstrom said the company is committed to improving Rack's performance via efforts that include prioritizing 100 nationally recognized brands to help drive sales and grow market share and opening 20 new stores.
"Rack stores continued to be our largest source of new-customer acquisition, accounting for more than 40% of newly acquired customers in 2022,” he told analysts.
As previously announced on February 28, the board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.19 per share to be paid to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 14, 2023, payable on March 29, 2023.
During fiscal 2022, Nordstrom repurchased 2.8 million shares of its common stock for $62 million under its existing $500 million share repurchase program. A total capacity of $438 million remains available under this share repurchase authorization.