L Brands, Inc. (NYSE: LB) reported first quarter 2021 earnings results. The company reported earnings per share of $0.97 for the first quarter ended May 1, 2021 compared to a loss per share of $1.07 for the first quarter ended May 2, 2020. First quarter operating income was $572.1 million compared to $317.7 million last year, and net income was $276.6 million compared to $296.9 million last year.
Adjusted Q1 earnings per share were $1.25 compared to an adjusted loss per share of $0.99 last year, operating income was $572.1 million compared to an adjusted loss of $220.9 million last year, and adjusted net income was $356.7 million compared to an adjusted net loss of $275.2 million last year.
“L Brands delivered record first quarter earnings, driven by continued strength and exceptional performance at Bath & Body Works and Victoria’s Secret. We are pleased that the momentum in both businesses has continued, driven by positive customer responses to our assortments, which allowed us to reduce promotional activity and deliver substantial increases in our merchandise margin rates. We’d like to express our appreciation to our associates and partners who have made these record results possible. Grounded in the strength of the two businesses, we look forward with confidence to the separation of Bath & Body Works and Victoria’s Secret into two industry-leading, publicly traded companies,” said Andrew Meslow, Chief Executive Officer.
Recently, L Brands separated Bath & Body Works and Victoria’s Secrets as two entities to enhance each retailer’s long-term value and growth in today’s evolving industry.
About L Brands
L Brands, through Bath & Body Works, Victoria’s Secret and PINK, is an international company. The company operates 2,681 company-operated specialty stores in the United States, Canada and Greater China, in more than 700 franchised locations worldwide and through its websites worldwide.