These excerpts taken from the GPS 10-K filed Mar 27, 2009.
Changes in our credit profile or further deterioration in market conditions may limit our access to the capital markets.
Although we believe that our existing cash and cash equivalents combined with future cash flow from our operations will be adequate to satisfy our capital needs for the foreseeable future, we may require additional cash for unexpected contingencies.
The current unfavorable financial market conditions have resulted in diminished availability of external funding and increased the related costs. There can be no assurance that our current levels of liquidity will continue or that our ability to access the credit or capital markets will not be adversely affected by changes in the financial markets and the global economy.
Due to our long-term credit ratings, we do not have meaningful access to the commercial paper market. Any future reduction in our long-term senior unsecured credit rating could result in reduced access to the credit and capital markets and higher interest costs on future financings.
We repaid our $50 million, 6.25 percent notes payable in March 2009. The Company now has no debt. As a result, Moodys has withdrawn its credit ratings. As of January 31, 2009, the Company had $1.8 billion in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash.
For further information on our debt and credit facilities see the sections entitled Debt and Credit Facilities in our Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations included as Part II, Item 7 of this Form 10-K.
Changes in our credit profile or further deterioration in market conditions may limit our access to the capital markets.STYLE="margin-top:3px;margin-bottom:0px">Although we believe that our existing cash and cash equivalents combined with future cash flow from our operations will be adequate to satisfy our capital needs for the foreseeable
future, we may require additional cash for unexpected contingencies.
The current unfavorable financial market conditions
Due to our long-term credit ratings, we do not have meaningful access to the
2009, the Company had $1.8 billion in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash.
For further information on our debt and credit facilities see the sections
Trade restrictions, including
SIZE="2">Updates or changes to our IT systems may disrupt operations.
We continue to evaluate and implement upgrades to our IT systems. Upgrades involve
SIZE="2">Our IT services agreement with IBM could cause disruptions in our operations and have an adverse effect on our financial results.
We have entered
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STYLE="margin-top:14px;margin-bottom:0px">Our efforts to expand internationally through franchising and similar arrangements may not be successful and could impair the value of our brands. STYLE="margin-top:3px;margin-bottom:0px">We have entered into franchise agreements with unaffiliated franchisees to operate stores in many countries around the world. Under these agreements, third parties operate, or will
operate, stores that sell apparel, purchased from us, under our brand names. Prior to fiscal 2006, we had no experience operating through these types of third-party arrangements, and we can provide no assurance that these arrangements will be
successful. While we expect that this will be a small part of our business in the near future, we plan to continue to increase these types of arrangements over time as part of our efforts to expand internationally. The effect of these arrangements
on our business and results of operations is uncertain and will depend upon various factors, including the demand for our products in new markets internationally and our ability to successfully identify appropriate third parties to act as
franchisees, distributors, or in a similar capacity. In addition, certain aspects of these arrangements are not directly within our control, such as the ability of these third parties to meet their projections regarding store openings and sales.
Other risks that may affect these third parties include general economic conditions in specific countries or markets, changes in diplomatic and trade relationships, and political instability. Moreover, while the agreements we have entered into and
plan to enter into in the future provide us with certain termination rights, to the extent that these third parties do not operate their stores in a manner consistent with our requirements regarding our brand identities and customer experience
standards, the value of our brands could be impaired. A failure to protect the value of our brands or any other harmful acts or omissions by a franchisee, could have an adverse effect on our results of operations and our reputation. STYLE="margin-top:14px;margin-bottom:0px">Our products are subject to risks associated with overseas sourcing and manufacturing.
SIZE="2">The current unfavorable economic conditions, including the reduced ability to access credit, is having an adverse impact on businesses around the world, and its impact on our vendors cannot be predicted. Vendors reduced ability to
assurance that additional manufacturing capacity will be available when required on terms that are acceptable to us, or at all, or that any vendor would allocate sufficient capacity to us in order to meet our requirements. In addition, even if we
are able to expand existing or find new manufacturing sources, we may encounter delays in production and added costs as a result of the time it takes to train our vendors in our methods, products, quality control standards, and environmental, labor,
health, and safety standards. Moreover, in the event of a significant disruption in the supply of the fabrics or raw materials used by our vendors in the manufacture of our products, our vendors might not be able to locate alternative suppliers of
materials of comparable quality at an acceptable price, or at all. Any delays, interruption, or increased costs in the manufacture of our products could have an adverse effect on our ability to meet consumer demand for our products and result in
lower sales and net earnings.
Because independent vendors manufacture nearly all of our products outside of our principal sales markets, our products must be