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Sears Canada falls to loss in Q2

Staff Writer |
Sears Canada reported that its second-quarter net loss was C$91.6 million or 90 cents per share, compared to net earnings of C$13.5 million or 13 cents per share last year.

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The latest results included transformation expenses of C$14.4 million primarily related to severance incurred, while prior-year's results included a one-time gain on sale and leaseback transactions of C$67.2 million.

Revenue was C$648.5 million in the second quarter, a decline of 15.6% compared to the same quarter last year.

Same store sales decreased 5.5% compared to the same quarter last year and core retail same store sales decreased 6.2%.

Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of C$66.1 million for the quarter this year. Excluding the impact of the termination of the credit card agreement, the effect of a weaker Canadian dollar, and the launch costs of Initium, Adjusted EBITDA would have improved by approximately C$11.6 million.

Brandon Stranzl, executive chairman, said, "The current performance of the business is unacceptable, but it was not entirely unexpected. The current management team has set about amassing a substantial cash position and significantly reducing operating expenses in order to create the runway to establish and execute a business plan to reinvent Sears Canada."

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