Macy’s, like many retailers, has taken several actions to position the company for financial flexibility in response to the continued spread and impact of COVID-19.
The company noted that it has access to a revolving credit facility that provides for borrowings and letters of credit in an aggregate amount of $1.5 billion. As a proactive measure, on March 19, the company elected to access the $1.5 billion available under this facility. The credit agreement is scheduled to expire on May 9, 2024.
The company is also suspending its regular quarterly cash dividend payout beginning in the second quarter of fiscal 2020. The company’s previously announced dividend payment occurring on April 1, 2020, is not affected by the suspension. Shareholders of record as of March 13, 2020, will receive the first quarter dividend payment as scheduled.
Additionally, the company is reviewing all non-essential operating expenses for opportunities to lower spending and is reducing its capital expenditures in 2020.
Macy’s is also withdrawing its 2020 sales and earnings guidance issued on February 5, 2020. The company is not currently providing an updated outlook.
“The retail environment has deteriorated rapidly since we last provided guidance. And while February results met our expectations, we are now operating in an environment with a high degree of uncertainty. The actions we are announcing give us additional financial flexibility to address the disruption we are seeing in our business, which we anticipate will continue into the foreseeable future,” said Jeff Gennette, chairman and CEO, Macy’s. “We are navigating this unprecedented situation thoughtfully and have a cross-functional senior team that is fully dedicated to managing our response and ensuring we make the right decisions quickly. We will continue to take the necessary actions to ensure that Macy’s, Inc. and our brands— Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Bluemercury— emerge from the other side of this crisis ready to serve our customers and welcome back our colleagues.”
The retailer previously said that it was temporarily closing all stores as of March 18 through March 31, 2020.