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Office Depot, Inc. Reiterates 2014 Outlook

The Company to Present Today at the Goldman Sachs Annual Global Retailing Conference

BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 3, 2014-- Office Depot, Inc. (NYSE: ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions formed by the merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax in November 2013, announced that as part of its participation today at the Goldman Sachs 21st Annual Global Retailing Conference in New York City, it plans to reiterate its outlook for 2014.

In line with the company’s guidance previously announced on August 5, 2014, Office Depot, Inc. expects to generate adjusted operating income(1) of not less than $200 million in 2014, and anticipates that total company sales in 2014 will be lower than 2013 combined pro forma sales. Additionally, the company expects total adjusted year-over-year sales(1) for the third quarter of 2014 to be similar to the first half 2014 trend.

Steve Hare, executive vice present and chief financial officer, will present at the conference today at approximately 8:05 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. An audio webcast of the presentation will be broadcast simultaneously through the Investor Relations portion of the Office Depot website. To access the webcast, visit investor.officedepot.com.

(1) Adjusted sales and adjusted operating income are non-GAAP measures. Adjusted sales exclude sales from the Grupo OfficeMax consolidated joint venture, as the Office Depot interest in the joint venture was sold on August 5, 2014. Adjusted operating income is defined as operating income less charges or credits not indicative of our core operations, which may include but not be limited to merger integration expenses, restructuring charges, asset impairments, and significant legal accruals. Adjusted operating income also excludes results from the Grupo OfficeMax consolidated joint venture. Reconciliations from GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures can be found on our Investor Relations website at investor.officedepot.com. Additional information is provided in our Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 28, 2014.

About Office Depot, Inc.

Formed by the merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax, Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace - whether your workplace is an office, home, school, or car.

Office Depot, Inc. is a resource and a catalyst to help customers work better. We are a single source for everything customers need to be more productive, including the latest technology, core office supplies, print and document services, business services, facilities products, furniture, and school essentials.

The company has combined pro forma annual sales of approximately $17 billion, employs more than 60,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in 57 countries with more than 2,000 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization - all delivered through a global network of wholly owned operations, joint ventures, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax, OfficeMax Grand & Toy, Reliable and Viking. The company's portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, DiVOGA, Ativa, WorkPRO, RealSpace and HighMark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at news.officedepot.com.

All trademarks, service marks and trade names of Office Depot, Inc. and OfficeMax Incorporated used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Office Depot, Inc. and OfficeMax Incorporated, respectively. Any other product or company names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This communication may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements or disclosures may discuss goals, intentions and expectations as to future trends, plans, events, results of operations or financial condition, or state other information relating to, among other things, the company, based on current beliefs and assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management. Forward-looking statements generally will be accompanied by words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “plan,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “guidance,” “intend,” “may,” “possible,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “propose” or other similar words, phrases or expressions, or other variations of such words. These forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of the company’s control. There can be no assurances that the company will realize these expectations or that these beliefs will prove correct, and therefore investors and shareholders should not place undue reliance on such statements.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include adverse regulatory decisions; the risks that the combined company will not realize the estimated accretive effects of the merger or the estimated cost savings and synergies; the businesses of Office Depot and OfficeMax may not be integrated successfully or such integration may take longer, be more difficult, time-consuming or costly to accomplish than expected; the business disruption following the merger, including adverse effects on employee retention; the combined company’s ability to maintain its long-term credit rating; unanticipated changes in the markets for the combined company’s business segments; unanticipated downturns in business relationships with customers; competitive pressures on the combined company’s sales and pricing; increases in the cost of material, energy and other production costs, or unexpected costs that cannot be recouped in product pricing; the introduction of competing technologies; unexpected technical or marketing difficulties; unexpected claims, charges, litigation, dispute resolutions or settlement expenses; new laws and governmental regulations. The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Investors and shareholders should carefully consider the foregoing factors and the other risks and uncertainties described in Office Depot’s Annual Reports on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company does not assume any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

Office Depot, Inc.
Investor Relations
Mike Steele, 561-438-3657
Michael.Steele@officedepot.com
or
Media Relations:
Karen Denning, 630-864-6050
Karen.Denning@officedepot.com

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