Target Announces Closing of Credit Card Portfolio Sale to TD Bank Group

Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:05pm EDT

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MINNEAPOLIS--(Business Wire)--
Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) announced today that it has completed the sale of
its entire consumer credit card portfolio to TD Bank Group (TSX and NYSE: TD)
for $5.7 billion, the gross value of the outstanding receivables ("par") at the
time of closing. As previously announced, the two companies have entered into a
seven-year program agreement under which TD will also underwrite, fund and own
future Target Credit Card and Target Visa receivables in the United States.
Under the program agreement, TD will control risk management policies and
oversee regulatory compliance and Target will continue to perform account
servicing functions. 

"We`re pleased that we`ve completed the sale of our credit card portfolio," said
Gregg Steinhafel, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Target
Corporation. "We look forward to working with TD Bank Group, a premier financial
institution, to provide innovative financial products to our guests and
profitably grow the portfolio over time." 

Under the seven-year program agreement, which applies to Target`s U.S. credit
card operations, Target will maintain the current deep integration between its
financial services operations and its retail operations. The agreement does not
have any impact on Target`s 5% REDcard Rewards program. Target team members will
continue to provide all servicing for Target Credit Card and Target Visa
accounts. The portfolio sale and program agreement are designed to have minimal
impact on Target's current cardholders, guests and the Target team members who
support financial products and services. 

Accounting Considerations, Earnings Impacts and Deployment of Proceeds
As previously announced, Target`s fiscal 2012 GAAP earnings per share reflected
a pre-tax gain of $161 million related to the accounting treatment of the
consumer credit card receivables as "held for sale" assets. In addition, in
first quarter 2013 Target estimates it will recognize an additional pre-tax gain
of approximately $393 million on the sale of its portfolio. At the time of the
company`s October 23, 2012 announcement of the sale agreement with TD, Target
posted details on the accounting aspects of this transaction on its investor
relations website, available at 

Target expects to deploy proceeds from the sale in a manner that will preserve
its strong investment-grade credit ratings. Specifically, the company expects to
apply approximately 90 percent of net transaction proceeds to reduce the
company`s net debt position, with the remainder applied to share repurchase over
time. Concurrent with this release Target announced that it has commenced tender
offers to apply cash proceeds of up to $1.2 billion to retire certain long-term
debt securities. 

Under the terms of the program agreement, Target will continue to earn a
substantial portion of the profits generated by the credit card portfolio.
Beginning with first quarter 2013, Target will no longer report a Credit Card
segment and the income from the profit-sharing arrangement, net of account
servicing expenses, will be recognized as an offset to SG&A expense in a new
U.S. Segment. 

Target continues to expect that net income from the portfolio profit-sharing
arrangement, combined with the benefit of debt reduction and share repurchase
resulting from deployment of proceeds from the sale, will result in mild
dilution to Target`s adjusted earnings per share in the first 12 months
following closing*. Specifically, Target expects that in the 12 months following
closing its adjusted earnings per share will be approximately 10 cents lower
compared with a scenario in which Target continued to fund its portfolio. Based
on its forecast for income from profit sharing combined with the expected
benefit from share repurchase and interest savings, Target expects that the
adjusted EPS impact of this transaction will become neutral over time. The
company expects to provide additional detail on the impact of the sale and debt
tender offers on its 2013 financial results following final settlement of the
debt tender offers, which is expected to occur in first quarter 2013.

 *Target calculates adjusted earnings per share to measure the results from operations in its U.S. businesses. Accordingly, adjusted earnings per share excludes the impact of Target`s Canadian Segment and other non-segment expenses related to its Canadian market entry.  

For additional details on Target`s credit card portfolio transaction with TD
please refer to Target`s October 23, 2012 press release, which is available on
the company`s website at 

Statements in this release related to the deployment of proceeds and the
transaction`s expected impact on earnings performance are forward-looking
statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995. Such statements speak only as of the date they are made and are subject to
risks and uncertainties which could cause the company's actual results to differ
materially. The most important risks and uncertainties are described in Item 1A
of the company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 28, 2012 and Form
10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended July 28, 2012. 

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,787 stores -
1,784 in the United States and three in Canada -- and at Since 1946,
Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs;
today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information
about Target`s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit 

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Target Contacts:
John Hulbert, Investors, 612-761-6627
Stacey Wempen, Financial Media, 612-761-6785
Target Media Hotline, 612-696-3400 

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