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KOHLS CORPORATION 10-K 2011
Form 10-K
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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-K

(Mark One)

x Annual Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 For the fiscal year ended January 29, 2011

or

 

¨ Transition Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 For the Transition period from                  to                     

Commission File No. 1-11084

LOGO

KOHL’S CORPORATION

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

WISCONSIN   39-1630919

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

  (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

N56 W17000 Ridgewood Drive,

Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

  53051
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (262) 703-7000

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $.01 Par Value   New York Stock Exchange
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:   NONE

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Yes    X        No             .

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act. Yes                No    X    .

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes    X        No             .

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Website, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulations S-T (232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes    X        No             .

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer or a smaller reporting company. See definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

Large accelerated filer    X     Accelerated filer              Non-accelerated filer              (Do not check if a smaller reporting company) Smaller reporting company             

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).

Yes                 No     X    .

At July 31, 2010, the aggregate market value of the voting stock of the Registrant held by stockholders who were not affiliates of the Registrant was approximately $14.7 billion (based upon the closing price of Registrant’s Common Stock on the New York Stock Exchange on such date). At March 9, 2011, the Registrant had outstanding an aggregate of 290,417,880 shares of its Common Stock.

Documents Incorporated by Reference:

Portions of the Proxy Statement for the Registrant’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on May 12, 2011 are incorporated into Parts II and III.


Table of Contents

Table of Contents

 

PART I

     3   

Item 1.

  

Business

     3   

Item 1A.

  

Risk Factors

     7   

Item 1B.

  

Unresolved Staff Comments

     12   

Item 2.

  

Properties

     12   

Item 3.

  

Legal Proceedings

     16   

Item 4.

  

Reserved

     16   

PART II

     17   

Item 5.

  

Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

     17   

Item 6.

  

Selected Consolidated Financial Data

     20   

Item 7.

  

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

     21   

Item 7A.

  

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

     34   

Item 8.

  

Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

     34   

Item 9.

  

Changes In and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosures

     34   

Item 9A.

  

Controls and Procedures

     34   

Item 9B.

  

Other Information

     36   

PART III

     37   

Item 10.

  

Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

     37   

Item 11.

  

Executive Compensation

     38   

Item 12.

  

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

     39   

Item 13.

  

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

     39   

Item 14.

  

Principal Accountant Fees and Services

     39   

PART IV

     40   

Item 15.

  

Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules

     40   
  

Signatures

     41   
  

Exhibit Index

     42   
  

Index to Consolidated Financial Statements

     F-1   


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PART I

 

Item 1. Business

Kohl’s Corporation (the “Company” or “Kohl’s”) was organized in 1988 and is a Wisconsin corporation. We operate family-oriented department stores that sell moderately priced apparel, footwear and accessories for women, men and children; soft home products such as sheets and pillows; and housewares. Our stores generally carry a consistent merchandise assortment with some differences attributable to regional preferences. Our stores feature quality private and exclusive brands which are found “Only at Kohl’s” as well as national brands. Our apparel and home fashions appeal to classic, modern classic and contemporary customers. As of January 29, 2011, we operated 1,089 stores in 49 states.

Our merchandise mix over the last three years is reflected in the table below:

 

Women’s

     32

Men’s

     19   

Home

     18   

Children’s

     12-13   

Accessories

     10   

Footwear

     8-9   

In addition, Kohl’s offers on-line shopping on our website at www.Kohls.com. Originally designed as an added service for customers who prefer to shop using the internet, the website has grown to include a selection of items and categories beyond what is available in stores, with a primary focus on extended sizes, product line extensions, and web-exclusive product lines. The website is designed to provide a convenient, easy-to-navigate, on-line shopping environment that complements our in-store focus.

An important aspect of our pricing strategy and overall profitability is a culture focused on maintaining a low-cost structure. Critical elements of this low-cost structure are our unique store format, lean staffing levels, sophisticated management information systems and operating efficiencies which are the result of centralized buying, advertising and distribution.

Our fiscal year ends on the Saturday closest to January 31. Unless otherwise noted, references to years in this report relate to fiscal years, rather than to calendar years. Fiscal year 2010 (“2010”) ended on January 29, 2011. Fiscal year 2009 (“2009”) ended on January 30, 2010. Fiscal year 2008 (“2008”) ended on January 31, 2009. Fiscal 2010, 2009, and 2008 were 52-week years.

Primary Initiatives

We have two key committees which focus on opportunities to drive our overall profitability. The mission of the Regional Assortment Committee is to accelerate sales growth by varying merchandise assortment, marketing and store presentation by region to reflect the lifestyle preferences and climate needs of our customers. The mission of the In-Store Experience Committee is to consistently deliver an improved store experience that generates loyalty and grows market share.

The following initiatives have been designed to achieve the goals of these committees:

 

   

Our merchandise content initiatives are focused on increasing market share by expanding Kohl’s appeal to a broader range of customers and by creating value and differentiation with private and

 

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exclusive brands which are available “Only at Kohl’s.” New brand launches and announcements in 2010— all of which are exclusive to Kohl’s—included:

 

   

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, the first celebrity couple to simultaneously design collections for one retailer, are expected to launch their new brands in Kohl’s stores nationwide and Kohls.com beginning Fall 2011. Both brands are expected to initially launch in women’s and men’s apparel and accessories and may expand into home. The Jennifer Lopez collection is expected to include sportswear, dresses, handbags, jewelry, shoes and sleepwear. Marc Anthony is expected to include sportswear, dress shirts, neckwear, accessories, suit separates, sportcoats and shoes.

 

   

ELLE Décor, which currently includes contemporary home and home decor products, including decorative pillows, frames, candles and accent items, launched in approximately 350 stores and Kohls.com in September 2010.

 

   

Aldo Group, International will design and produce exclusive footwear products expected to be sold at Kohl’s and Kohls.com under select private and exclusive brands beginning in Spring 2011.

 

   

Several new accessories lines:

 

   

FLIRT! Cosmetics teamed with Heather Morris, actress, dancer, singer and star of the hit television show, Glee, as their new Celebrity Style Ambassador in support of the brand’s Spring 2011 product collection. The campaign is expected to launch in Spring 2011.

 

   

The ELLE BIJOUX jewelry and ELLE-branded line of cosmetics is expected to launch in Spring 2012.

 

   

Simply Vera Vera Wang cosmetics are expected to launch in Spring 2012.

In December 2010, we also announced the early renewal of our long-term license agreement to be the exclusive provider and marketer in the United States of all Simply Vera Vera Wang merchandise. First licensed in 2006, the Simply Vera Vera Wang contemporary lifestyle collection also includes all apparel, intimates and sleepwear, handbags, leather accessories, jewelry, footwear, bedding and bath.

The success of our recently-launched brands, as well as our other exclusive and private brands, continue to drive increased penetration of our exclusive and private labels. Exclusive and private brand sales as a percentage of total sales increased approximately 290 basis points to 48% for 2010.

 

   

Our marketing initiatives are designed to differentiate Kohl’s in the marketplace while maximizing the return on our marketing investment. Our 2010 marketing efforts used “The More You Know, The More You Kohl’s” platform to focus on the value of shopping at Kohl’s. Our marketing emphasized the power of Kohl’s savings tools that allow our customer to save more money – like compelling sale events, savings for Kohl’s Charge cardholders, sale events with no exclusions, and unique “Only at Kohl’s” events such as Kohl’s Cash and Power Hours. Our marketing also emphasized our flexible, no questions asked, return policy.

We used all media types to communicate our marketing message including print advertising, direct mail, e-mail, digital and social media, Kohls.com, television, radio, in-store and – new for the holiday 2010 season – mobile access to Kohls.com.

 

   

Our inventory management initiatives are designed to ensure that we have the right inventory, in the right stores, at the right time. Size optimization is focused on ensuring that each of our individual stores has inventory in the correct style, color and size. Markdown optimization is focused on pricing clearance items at the appropriate price for each location’s inventory and sales history. Increasing our speed-to-market through our concept-to-customer strategy is also an important inventory management initiative.

 

   

The objective of our in-store shopping experience initiatives are to satisfy the changing needs and expectations of our customers. Practical, easy shopping is about convenience. At Kohl’s, convenience

 

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includes a neighborhood location close to home, convenient parking, easily accessible entry, knowledgeable and friendly associates, wide aisles, a functional store layout, shopping carts/strollers and fast, centralized checkouts. Though our stores have fewer departments than traditional, full-line department stores, the physical layout of the store and our focus on strong in-stock positions in style, color and size is aimed at providing a convenient shopping experience for an increasingly time-starved customer.

Remodels are also an important part of our in-store shopping experience initiatives as we believe it is extremely important to maintain our existing store base. We completed 85 store remodels in 2010—an increase from the 51 stores which were remodeled in 2009 — and currently plan to remodel approximately 100 stores in 2011. We have effectively compressed the remodel duration period which minimizes costs and disruption to our stores and benefits our sales and customer experience. We expect a typical remodel in 2011 will take seven weeks; a reduction of approximately 50 percent since 2007.

As a result of our in-store experience and other initiatives, we continue to see improvement in our customer service scorecard results. Customer service scores are derived from direct customer surveys conducted by an independent research firm.

For discussion of our financial results, see Item 7, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.”

Expansion

Our expansion strategy has been, and will continue to be, designed to achieve profitable growth. At the time of our initial public offering in 1992, we had 79 stores in the Midwest. As of year-end 2010, we operated 1,089 stores. We have stores in 49 states and in every large and intermediate sized market in the United States.

 

     2009      Additions      2010      Estimated  
            Additions      2011  

Number of stores

     1,058         31         1,089         40         1,129   

Gross square footage (in millions)

     93         3         96         3         99   

Retail selling square footage (in millions)

     78         2         80         2         82   

We expect approximately two-thirds of our new stores in 2011 to be what we consider “small” stores (approximately 64,000 square feet of retail space). Though our expansion rate has slowed in recent years, we will continue to focus our future expansion efforts on opportunistic acquisitions as well as fill-in stores in our better performing markets.

The Kohl’s concept has proven to be transferable to markets across the country. New market entries are supported by extensive advertising and promotions which are designed to introduce new customers to the Kohl’s concept of brands, value and convenience. Additionally, we have been successful in acquiring, refurbishing and operating locations previously operated by other retailers. Approximately one-fourth of our current stores are take-over locations, which facilitated our initial entry into several markets. Once a new market is established, we add additional stores to further strengthen market share and enhance profitability.

We remain focused on providing the solid infrastructure needed to ensure consistent, low-cost execution. We proactively invest in distribution capacity and regional management to facilitate growth in new and existing markets. Our central merchandising organization tailors merchandise assortments to reflect regional climates and preferences. Management information systems support our low-cost culture by enhancing productivity and providing the information needed to make key merchandising decisions.

 

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We believe the transferability of the Kohl’s retailing strategy, our experience in acquiring and converting pre-existing stores and in building new stores, combined with our substantial investment in management information systems, centralized distribution and headquarters functions provide a solid foundation for further expansion.

Distribution

We receive substantially all of our merchandise at nine retail distribution centers. A small amount of our merchandise is delivered directly to the stores by vendors or their distributors. The retail distribution centers, which are strategically located through the United Sates, ship merchandise to each store by contract carrier several times a week. We also operate fulfillment centers in Monroe, Ohio and San Bernardino, California that service our E-Commerce business.

See Item 2, “Properties,” for additional information about our distribution centers.

Employees

As of January 29, 2011, we employed approximately 136,000 associates, including approximately 29,000 full-time and 107,000 part-time associates. The number of associates varies during the year, peaking during the back-to-school and holiday seasons. None of our associates are represented by a collective bargaining unit. We believe our relations with our associates are very good.

Competition

The retail industry is highly competitive. Management considers style, quality and price to be the most significant competitive factors in the industry. Merchandise mix, service and convenience are also key competitive factors. Our primary competitors are traditional department stores, upscale mass merchandisers and specialty stores. Our specific competitors vary from market to market.

Merchandise Vendors

We purchase merchandise from numerous domestic and foreign suppliers. We have Terms of Engagement requirements which set forth the basic minimum requirements all business partners must meet in order to do business with Kohl’s. Our Terms of Engagement include provisions regarding laws and regulations, employment practices, ethical standards, environmental and legal requirements, communication, monitoring/compliance, record keeping, subcontracting and corrective action. Our expectation is that all business partners will comply with these Terms of Engagement and quickly remediate any deficiencies, if noted, in order to maintain our business relationship.

None of our vendors accounted for more than 5% of our net purchases during 2010. We have no significant long-term purchase commitments or arrangements with any of our suppliers, and believe that we are not dependent on any one supplier. We believe we have good working relationships with our suppliers.

Seasonality

Our business, like that of most retailers, is subject to seasonal influences. The majority of our sales and income are typically realized during the second half of each fiscal year. The back-to-school season extends from August through September and represents approximately 15% of our annual sales. Approximately 30% of our sales occur during the holiday season in the months of November and December. Because of the seasonality of our business, results for any quarter are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be achieved for the fiscal year. In addition, quarterly results of operations depend upon the timing and amount of revenues and costs associated with the opening of new stores.

 

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Trademarks and Service Marks

The name “Kohl’s” is a registered service mark of one of our wholly-owned subsidiaries. We consider this mark and the accompanying name recognition to be valuable to our business. This subsidiary has over 130 additional registered trademarks, trade names and service marks, most of which are used in our private label program.

Available Information

Our internet website is www.Kohls.com. Through the “Investor Relations” portion of this website, we make available, free of charge, our proxy statements, Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, SEC Forms 3, 4 and 5 and any amendments to those reports as soon as reasonably practicable after such material has been filed with, or furnished to, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

The following have also been posted on our website, under the caption “Investor Relations-Corporate Governance:”

 

   

Committee charters of our Board of Directors’ Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Governance & Nominating Committee

 

   

Report to Shareholders on Social Responsibility

 

   

Corporate Governance Guidelines

 

   

Code of Ethics

Any amendment to or waiver from the provisions of the Code of Ethics that is applicable to our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer or other key finance associates will be disclosed on the “Corporate Governance” portion of the website.

Information contained on our website is not part of this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Paper copies of any of the materials listed above will be provided without charge to any shareholder submitting a written request to our Investor Relations Department at N56 W17000 Ridgewood Drive, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin 53051 or via e-mail to Investor.Relations@Kohls.com.

 

Item 1A. Risk Factors

Forward Looking Statements

Items 1, 3, 5, 7 and 7A of this Form 10-K contain “forward-looking statements,” made within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “may,” “intends,” “will,” “should,” “expects” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In addition, statements covering our future sales or financial performance and our plans, performance and other objectives, expectations or intentions are forward-looking statements, such as statements regarding our liquidity, debt service requirements, planned capital expenditures, future store openings and adequacy of capital resources and reserves. There are a number of important factors that could cause our results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements, including among others, those risk factors described below. Forward-looking statements relate to the date made, and we undertake no obligations to update them.

Declines in general economic conditions, consumer spending levels and other conditions could lead to reduced consumer demand for our merchandise and cause reductions in our sales and/or gross margin.

Consumer spending habits, including spending for the merchandise that we sell, are affected by, among other things, prevailing economic conditions, levels of employment, salaries and wage rates, prevailing interest rates, housing costs, energy costs, income tax rates and policies, consumer confidence and consumer perception of economic conditions. In addition, consumer purchasing patterns may be influenced by consumers’ disposable income, credit availability and debt levels.

 

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Recent economic conditions have caused disruptions and significant volatility in financial markets, increased rates of default and bankruptcy and declining consumer and business confidence, which has led to decreased levels of consumer spending, particularly on discretionary items. A continued or incremental slowdown in the U.S. economy and the uncertain economic outlook could continue to adversely affect consumer spending habits resulting in lower net sales and profits than expected on a quarterly or annual basis. As all of our stores are located in the United States, we are especially susceptible to deteriorations in the U.S. economy.

Consumer confidence is also affected by the domestic and international political situation. The outbreak or escalation of war, or the occurrence of terrorist acts or other hostilities in or affecting the United States, could lead to a decrease in spending by consumers.

Actions by our competitors could adversely affect our operating results.

The retail business is highly competitive. We compete for customers, associates, locations, merchandise, services and other important aspects of our business with many other local, regional and national retailers. Those competitors, some of which have a greater market presence than Kohl’s, include traditional store-based retailers, internet and catalog businesses and other forms of retail commerce. Unanticipated changes in the pricing and other practices of those competitors may adversely affect our performance.

Product safety concerns could adversely affect our sales and operating results.

If our merchandise offerings do not meet applicable safety standards or our customers’ expectations regarding safety, we could experience lost sales, experience increased costs and/or be exposed to legal and reputational risk. Events that give rise to actual, potential or perceived product safety concerns could expose us to government enforcement action and/or private litigation. Reputational damage caused by real or perceived product safety concerns, could have a negative impact on our sales.

If we do not offer merchandise our customers want and fail to successfully manage our inventory levels, our sales and/or gross margin may be adversely impacted.

Our business is dependent on our ability to anticipate fluctuations in consumer demand for a wide variety of merchandise. Failure to accurately predict constantly changing consumer tastes, preferences, spending patterns and other lifestyle decisions could create inventory imbalances and adversely affect our performance and long-term relationships with our customers. Additionally, failure to accurately predict changing consumer tastes may result in excess inventory, which could result in additional markdowns and adversely affect our operating results.

Ineffective marketing could adversely affect our sales and profitability.

In 2010, advertising costs, net of related vendor allowances, were $869 million. We believe that differentiating Kohl’s in the marketplace is critical to our success. We design our marketing programs to increase awareness of our brands, which we expect will create and maintain customer loyalty, increase the number of customers that shop our stores and increase our sales. If our marketing programs are not successful, our sales and profitability could be adversely affected.

We may be unable to raise additional capital, if needed, or to raise capital on favorable terms.

In recent years, the general economic and capital market conditions in the United States and other parts of the world have deteriorated significantly and have adversely affected access to capital and increased the cost of capital. If our existing cash, cash generated from operations and funds available on our lines of credit are insufficient to fund our future activities, including capital expenditures, or repay debt when it becomes due, we may need to raise additional funds through public or private equity or debt financing. If unfavorable capital market conditions exist if and when we were to seek additional financing, we may not be able to raise sufficient capital on favorable terms and on a timely basis (if at all). Failure to obtain capital on acceptable terms, or at all,

 

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when required by our business circumstances could have a material adverse effect on us including an inability to fund new growth and other capital expenditures.

In 2010, we entered into a derivative product to manage our exposure to interest rates on debt that we expect to issue in late 2011. Disruptions or turmoil in the financial markets could lead to losses on this derivative position resulting from counterparty failures.

Inefficient or ineffective allocation of capital could adversely affect our operating results and/or shareholder value.

Our goal is to invest capital to maximize our overall long-term returns. This includes spending on inventory, capital projects and expenses, managing debt levels, and periodically returning value to our shareholders through share repurchases and dividends. To a large degree, capital efficiency reflects how well we manage our other key risks. The actions taken to address other specific risks may affect how well we manage the more general risk of capital efficiency. If we do not properly allocate our capital to maximize returns, we may fail to produce optimal financial results and we may experience a reduction in shareholder value.

Changes in our credit card operations could adversely affect our sales and/or profitability.

Our credit card operations facilitate sales in our stores and generate additional revenue from fees related to extending credit. The proprietary Kohl’s credit card accounts have been sold to an unrelated third-party, but we share in the net revenues of the program according to a fixed percentage. Net revenues are settled monthly and include finance charge and late fee revenues, less write-offs of uncollectible accounts and other expenses.

In August 2010, we entered into a Private Label Credit Card Program Agreement with Capital One, National Association (“Capital One”), which will be effective upon transition of the outstanding receivables from our former partner to Capital One. We currently expect this transition to occur in the first fiscal quarter of 2011. Kohl’s and Capital One will share in the net risk-adjusted revenue of the portfolio, which is defined as the sum of finance charges, late fees and other revenue less write-offs of uncollectible accounts. Changes in funding costs related to interest rate fluctuations will be shared similar to the revenue. Though management currently believes that increases in funding costs will be largely offset by increases in finance charge revenue, increases in funding costs could adversely impact the profitability of this program.

Changes in credit card use, payment patterns and default rates may also result from a variety of economic, legal, social and other factors that we cannot control or predict with certainty. Changes that adversely impact our ability to extend credit and collect payments could negatively affect our results.

Weather conditions could adversely affect our sales and/or profitability by affecting consumer shopping patterns.

Because a significant portion of our business is apparel and subject to weather conditions in our markets, our operating results may be adversely affected by severe or unexpected weather conditions. Frequent or unusually heavy snow, ice or rain storms or extended periods of unseasonable temperatures in our markets could adversely affect our performance by affecting consumer shopping patterns or diminishing demand for seasonal merchandise.

Our business is seasonal, which could adversely affect the market price of our common stock.

Our business is subject to seasonal influences, with a major portion of sales and income historically realized during the second half of the fiscal year, which includes the back-to-school and holiday seasons. This seasonality causes our operating results to vary considerably from quarter to quarter and could materially adversely affect the market price of our common stock.

 

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We may be unable to source merchandise in a timely and cost-effective manner, which could adversely affect our sales and operating results.

Approximately 23% of the merchandise we sell is sourced through a third party purchasing agent. The remaining merchandise is sourced from a wide variety of domestic and international vendors. All of our vendors must comply with applicable laws and our required Terms of Engagement. Our ability to find qualified vendors and access products in a timely and efficient manner is a significant challenge which is typically even more difficult with respect to goods sourced outside the United States. Political or financial instability, trade restrictions, tariffs, currency exchange rates, transport capacity and costs and other factors relating to foreign trade, and the ability to access suitable merchandise on acceptable terms are beyond our control and could adversely impact our performance.

If any of our vendors were to become subject to bankruptcy, receivership or similar proceedings, we may be unable to arrange for alternate or replacement contracts, transactions or business relationships on terms as favorable as current terms, which could adversely affect our sales and operating results.

Increases in the price of merchandise, raw materials, fuel and labor or their reduced availability could increase our cost of goods and negatively impact our financial results.

We are beginning to experience inflation in our merchandise, raw materials, fuel and labor costs. The cost of cotton, which is a key raw material in many of our products, has had the most dramatic increases. The price and availability of cotton may fluctuate substantially, depending on a variety of factors, including demand, acreage devoted to cotton crops and crop yields, weather, supply conditions, transportation costs, energy prices, work stoppages, government regulation and government policy, economic climates, market speculation and other unpredictable factors. Fluctuations in the price and availability of fuel, labor and raw materials, such as cotton, have not materially affected our cost of goods in recent years, but an inability to mitigate these cost increases, unless sufficiently offset with our pricing actions, might cause a decrease in our profitability; while any related pricing actions might cause a decline in our sales volume. Additionally, any decrease in the availability of raw materials could impair our ability to meet our production or purchasing requirements in a timely manner. Both the increased cost and lower availability of merchandise, raw materials, fuel and labor may also have an adverse impact on our cash and working capital needs as well as those of our suppliers.

An inability to attract and retain quality employees could result in higher payroll costs and adversely affect our operating results.

Our performance is dependent on attracting and retaining a large and growing number of quality associates. Many of those associates are in entry level or part-time positions with historically high rates of turnover. Our ability to meet our labor needs while controlling costs is subject to external factors such as unemployment levels, prevailing wage rates, minimum wage legislation and changing demographics. Changes that adversely impact our ability to attract and retain quality associates could adversely affect our performance.

An inability to open new stores could adversely affect our financial performance.

Our plan to continue to increase the number of our stores will depend in part upon the availability of existing retail stores or store sites on acceptable terms. Increases in real estate, construction and development costs could limit our growth opportunities and affect our return on investment. There can be no assurance that such stores or sites will be available for purchase or lease, or that they will be available on acceptable terms. If we are unable to grow our retail business, our financial performance could be adversely affected.

Regulatory and litigation developments could adversely affect our business operations and financial performance.

Various aspects of our operations are subject to federal, state or local laws, rules and regulations, any of which may change from time to time. We continually monitor the state and federal employment law environment

 

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for developments that may adversely impact us. Failure to detect changes and comply with such laws and regulations may result in an erosion of our reputation, disruption of business and/or loss of employee morale. Additionally, we are regularly involved in various litigation matters that arise in the ordinary course of our business. Litigation or regulatory developments could adversely affect our business operations and financial performance.

Damage to the reputation of the Kohl’s brand or our private and exclusive brands could adversely affect our sales.

We believe the Kohl’s brand name and many of our private and exclusive brand names are powerful sales and marketing tools and we devote significant resources to promoting and protecting them. We develop and promote private and exclusive brands that have generated national recognition. In some cases, the brands or the marketing of such brands are tied to or affiliated with well-known individuals. Damage to the reputations (whether or not justified) of our brand names or any affiliated individuals, could arise from product failures, litigation or various forms of adverse publicity, especially in social media outlets, and may generate negative customer sentiment, potentially resulting in a reduction in sales, earnings, and shareholder value.

Disruptions in our information systems could adversely affect our sales and profitability.

The efficient operation of our business is dependent on our information systems. In particular, we rely on our information systems to effectively manage sales, distribution, merchandise planning and allocation functions. We also generate sales though the operations of our Kohls.com website. The failure of our information systems to perform as designed could disrupt our business and harm sales and profitability.

Unauthorized disclosure of sensitive or confidential customer information could severely damage our reputation, expose us to risks of litigation and liability, disrupt our operations and harm our business.

As part of our normal course of business, we collect, process and retain sensitive and confidential customer information. Despite the security measures we have in place, our facilities and systems, and those of our third party service providers, may be vulnerable to security breaches, acts of vandalism, computer viruses, misplaced or lost data, programming and/or human errors, or other similar events. Any security breach involving the misappropriation, loss or other unauthorized disclosure of confidential information, whether by us or our vendors, could severely damage our reputation, expose us to risks of litigation and liability, disrupt our operations and harm our business.

New legal requirements could adversely affect our operating results.

Our sales and results of operations may be adversely affected by new legal requirements, including health care reform and proposed climate change and other environmental legislation and regulations.

In March 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 were signed into law in the U.S. This legislation expands health care coverage to many uninsured individuals and expands coverage to those already insured. The changes required by this legislation could cause us to incur additional health care and other costs, but we do not expect any material short-term impact on our financial results as a result of the legislation and are currently assessing the extent of any long-term impact.

The Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 (the “CARD Act”) mandated fundamental changes in 2010 to many of our current business credit card practices, including marketing, underwriting, pricing and billing (specifically restrictions on late and other penalty fees). While we have made numerous changes designed to lessen the impact of the changes required by the CARD Act, there is no assurance that we will be successful. If we are not able to lessen the impact of the changes required by the CARD Act, the

 

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changes could adversely impact the profitability of our credit operations and make it more difficult to extend credit to our customers and collect payments which would have a material adverse effect on our results of operations.

The costs and other effects of other new legal requirements cannot be determined with certainty. For example, new legislation or regulations may result in increased costs directly for our compliance or indirectly to the extent such requirements increase prices of goods and services because of increased compliance costs or reduced availability of raw materials.

 

Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments

Not applicable

 

Item 2. Properties

Stores

As of January 29, 2011, we operated 1,089 stores in 49 states. Our typical, or “prototype,” store has 88,000 gross square feet of retail space and serves trade areas of 150,000 to 200,000 people. Most “small” stores are 64,000 to 68,000 square feet and serve trade areas of 100,000 to 150,000 people. Our “urban” stores, currently located in the New York and Chicago markets, serve very densely populated areas of up to 500,000 people and average approximately 125,000 gross square feet of retail space.

Our typical lease has an initial term of 20-25 years and four to eight renewal options for consecutive five-year extension terms. Substantially all of our leases provide for a minimum annual rent that is fixed or adjusts to set levels during the lease term, including renewals. Approximately one-fourth of the leases provide for additional rent based on a percentage of sales over designated levels.

The following tables summarize key information about our stores.

 

     Number of Stores      Retail  Square
Footage

2010
 
     2009      Additions      2010     
                          (In thousands)  

Mid-Atlantic Region:

           

Delaware

     5         —           5         399   

Maryland

     17         4         21         1,547   

Pennsylvania

     43         3         46         3,336   

Virginia

     26         1         27         1,972   

West Virginia

     7         —           7         500   
                                   

Total Mid-Atlantic

     98         8         106         7,754   
                                   

Midwest Region:

           

Illinois

     61         1         62         4,733   

Indiana

     37         —           37         2,704   

Iowa

     14         —           14         950   

Michigan

     45         —           45         3,347   

Minnesota

     25         1         26         1,976   

Nebraska

     7         —           7         479   

North Dakota

     3         —           3         217   

Ohio

     56         1         57         4,239   

South Dakota

     2         —           2         169   

Wisconsin

     39         —           39         2,841   
                                   

Total Midwest

     289         3         292         21,655   
                                   

 

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     Number of Stores      Retail  Square
Footage

2010
 
     2009      Additions      2010     
                          (In thousands)  

Northeast Region:

           

Connecticut

     18         —           18         1,339   

Maine

     5         —           5         388   

Massachusetts

     21         —           21         1,682   

New Hampshire

     9         —           9         640   

New Jersey

     38         —           38         2,901   

New York

     45         3         48         3,697   

Rhode Island

     3         —           3         227   

Vermont

     1         —           1         77   
                                   

Total Northeast

     140         3         143         10,951   
                                   

South Central Region:

           

Arkansas

     8         —           8         572   

Kansas

     10         1         11         765   

Louisiana

     5         1         6         421   

Missouri

     23         1         24         1,770   

Oklahoma

     9         —           9         668   

Texas

     80         —           80         5,889   
                                   

Total South Central

     135         3         138         10,085   
                                   

Southeast Region:

           

Alabama

     10         2         12         830   

Florida

     48         1         49         3,635   

Georgia

     33         —           33         2,443   

Kentucky

     15         1         16         1,127   

Mississippi

     4         1         5         378   

North Carolina

     27         —           27         1,978   

South Carolina

     12         —           12         880   

Tennessee

     19         —           19         1,345   
                                   

Total Southeast

     168         5         173         12,616   
                                   

West Region:

           

Alaska

     1         —           1         73   

Arizona

     26         —           26         1,953   

California

     121         5         126         9,108   

Colorado

     23         1         24         1,835   

Idaho

     4         —           4         269   

Montana

     1         —           1         72   

Nevada

     11         1         12         851   

New Mexico

     4         1         5         326   

Oregon

     9         1         10         649   

Utah

     12         —           12         874   

Washington

     15         —           15         1,016   

Wyoming

     1         —           1         52   
                                   

Total West

     228         9         237         17,078   
                                   

Total Kohl’s

     1,058         31         1,089         80,139   
                                   

 

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     Number of Stores by Greater
Metropolitan Area
 
     2009      Additions      2010  

New York City

     63         2         65   

Los Angeles

     53         1         54   

Chicago

     50         —           50   

Philadelphia

     33         —           33   

Atlanta

     27         —           27   

Dallas/Fort Worth

     25         —           25   

Boston

     24         —           24   

Detroit

     24         —           24   

San Francisco

     24         —           24   

Washington DC

     23         1         24   

Minneapolis/St. Paul

     22         1         23   

Milwaukee

     22         —           22   

Phoenix

     22         —           22   

Cleveland/Akron

     18         1         19   

Houston

     19         —           19   

Denver

     18         —           18   

Sacramento

     17         1         18   

Indianapolis

     17         —           17   

Columbus

     15         —           15   

Orlando

     15         —           15   

St. Louis

     14         1         15   

Hartford/New Haven

     13         —           13   

Cincinnati

     12         —           12   

Kansas City

     10         2         12   

Salt Lake City

     12         —           12   

Baltimore

     8         3         11   

Miami

     11         —           11   

Pittsburgh

     10         1         11   

Charlotte

     10         —           10   

Raleigh/Durham

     10         —           10   

San Diego

     10         —           10   

Seattle/Tacoma

     10         —           10   

Other

     397         17         414   
                          
     1,058         31         1,089   
                          

 

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     Number of Stores
by Store Type
 
     2009      Additions      2010  

Prototype

     962         16         978   

Small

     92         14         106   

Urban

     4         1         5   
                          
     1,058         31         1,089   
                          
     Number of Stores
by Ownership
 
     2009      Additions      2010  

Owned

     372         10         382   

Leased*

     686         21         707   
                          
     1,058         31         1,089   
                          

 

*  Leased includes locations where we lease the land and/or building

     

     Number of Stores
by Location
 
     2009      Additions      2010  

Strip centers

     746         5         751   

Community & regional malls

     73         5         78   

Free standing

     239         21         260   
                          
     1,058         31         1,089   
                          
     Number of Stores
by Building Type
 
     2009      Additions      2010  

One-story

     971         29         1,000   

Multi-story

     87         2         89   
                          
     1,058         31         1,089   
                          

 

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Distribution Centers

The following table summarizes key information about each of our distribution centers.

 

Location

  Year
Opened
    Square
Footage
   

States Serviced

    Approximate
Store
Capacity
 

Retail:

       

Findlay, Ohio

    1994        780,000        Ohio, Michigan, Indiana        130   

Winchester, Virginia

    1997        420,000       
 
Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland,
Delaware, West Virginia
  
  
    115   

Blue Springs, Missouri

    1999        540,000       

 
 

Minnesota, Colorado, Missouri, Iowa,

Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North
Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming

  

  
  

    110   

Corsicana, Texas

    2001        540,000       
 
Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas,
Mississippi, Louisiana
  
  
    115   

Mamakating, New York

    2002        605,000       

 
 

New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts,

Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode
Island, Maine, Vermont

  

  
  

    140   

San Bernardino, California

    2002        575,000       
 
California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah,
New Mexico
  
  
    110   

Macon, Georgia

    2005        560,000       
 
 
Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, South
Carolina, Florida, Kentucky, North
Carolina
  
  
  
    150   

Patterson, California

    2006        360,000       
 
Alaska, California, Oregon,
Washington, Idaho
  
  
    100   

Ottawa, Illinois

    2008        328,000        Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin        160   

E-Commerce:

       

Monroe, Ohio

    2001        940,000        —          —     

San Bernardino, California

    2010        970,000        —          —     

We own all of the distribution centers except Corsicana, Texas, which is leased.

Corporate Facilities

We own our corporate headquarters and several small office buildings used by various corporate departments, including our credit operations, in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. Our product development business has leased office space in New York City. We also lease a credit card servicing facility in Texas.

 

Item 3. Legal Proceedings

We are not currently a party to any material legal proceedings, but are subject to certain legal proceedings and claims from time to time that are incidental to our ordinary course of business.

 

Item 4. Reserved

 

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PART II

 

Item 5. Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

(a) Market information

Our Common Stock has been traded on the New York Stock Exchange since May 19, 1992, under the symbol “KSS.” The prices in the table set forth below indicate the high and low sales prices of our Common Stock per the New York Stock Exchange Composite Price History for each quarter in 2010 and 2009.

 

     Price Range  
     High      Low  

Fiscal 2010

     

Fourth Quarter

   $ 58.00       $ 49.00   

Third Quarter

   $ 54.22       $ 44.07   

Second Quarter

   $ 57.35       $ 45.29   

First Quarter

   $ 58.99       $ 48.40   

Fiscal 2009

     

Fourth Quarter

   $ 58.07       $ 49.87   

Third Quarter

   $ 60.89       $ 48.43   

Second Quarter

   $ 50.39       $ 40.64   

First Quarter

   $ 46.50       $ 32.50   

We have filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), as Exhibits 31.1 and 31.2 to this Annual Report on Form 10-K, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act Section 302 certifications. In 2010, Kevin Mansell, our Chief Executive Officer, submitted a certification with the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) in accordance with Section 303A.12 of the NYSE Listed Company Manual stating that, as of the date of the certification, he was not aware of any violation by us of the NYSE’s corporate governance listing standards.

(b) Holders

At March 9, 2011, there were approximately 4,700 record holders of our Common Stock.

(c) Dividends

On February 23, 2011, our Board of Directors declared our first dividend. The $0.25 per share quarterly cash dividend will be paid on March 30, 2011 to shareholders of record as of March 9, 2011.

(d) Securities Authorized For Issuance Under Equity Compensation Plans

See the information provided in the “Equity Compensation Plan Information” section of the Proxy Statement for our May 12, 2011 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which information is incorporated herein by reference.

 

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(e) Performance Graph

The graph below compares our cumulative five-year stockholder return to that of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and the S&P 500 Department Stores Index. The S&P 500 Department Stores Index was calculated by Capital IQ, a Standard & Poor’s business and includes Kohl’s; JCPenney Company, Inc.; Dillard’s, Inc.; Macy’s, Inc.; Nordstrom Inc.; and Sears Holding Corporation. The graph assumes investment of $100 on January 28, 2006 and reinvestment of dividends. The calculations exclude trading commissions and taxes.

LOGO

 

     2005      2006      2007      2008      2009      2010  

Kohl's Corporation

   $ 100.00       $ 165.50       $ 103.91       $ 83.05       $ 113.96       $ 115.84   

S&P 500 Index

     100.00         114.99         112.92         68.47         91.16         110.53   

S&P 500 Department Stores Index

     100.00         143.82         91.83         43.38         72.51         83.17   

(f) Recent Sales of Unregistered Securities; Use of Proceeds from Registered Securities

We did not sell any equity securities during 2010 which were not registered under the Securities Act.

(g) Purchases of Equity Securities by the Issuer and Affiliated Purchasers

On November 17, 2010, we entered into an accelerated share repurchase transaction with Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated (“Morgan Stanley”) to repurchase $1.0 billion of Kohl’s common stock on an accelerated basis. This accelerated share repurchase was part of the $2.5 billion share repurchase program authorized by our Board of Directors in September 2007. On November 18, 2010, we paid $1.0 billion to Morgan Stanley from cash on hand. We received 17.9 million shares of Kohl’s common stock during the fiscal year ended January 29, 2011. The final 900,000 shares due under the transaction were received in March 2011.

 

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In February 2011, our Board of Directors increased the remaining share repurchase authorization under our existing share repurchase program by $2.6 billion, from $900 million to $3.5 billion. Purchases under the repurchase program may be made in the open market, through block trades and other negotiated transactions. We expect to execute the share repurchase program primarily in open market transactions, subject to market conditions and to complete the program by the end of Fiscal 2013. There is no fixed termination date for the repurchase program, and the program may be suspended, discontinued or accelerated at any time.

The following table contains information for shares repurchased and shares acquired from employees in lieu of amounts required to satisfy minimum tax withholding requirements upon the vesting of the employees’ restricted stock during the three fiscal months ended January 29, 2011:

 

Period

   Total
Number

of Shares
Purchased
During
Period
     Average
Price
Paid Per
Share
     Total Number
of Shares
Purchased as
Part of
Publicly
Announced
Plans or
Programs
     Approximate
Dollar Value  of
Shares that May
Yet Be Purchased
Under the Plans
or Programs
 
                          (In millions)  

Oct. 31 – Nov. 27, 2010

     12,564,961       $ 53.10         12,563,942       $ 866   

Nov. 28, 2010 – Jan. 1, 2011

     3,849,395         53.10         3,849,088         866   

Jan. 2 – Jan. 29, 2011

     1,513,978         53.10         1,513,978         866   
                                   

Total

     17,928,334       $ 53.10         17,927,008       $ 3,500 (1) 
                                   

 

(1) Includes additional repurchases authorized in February 2011

 

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Item 6. Selected Consolidated Financial Data

The selected consolidated financial data presented below should be read in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements and related notes included elsewhere in this document. The Statement of Income and Balance Sheet Data have been derived from our audited consolidated financial statements.

 

        2010             2009             2008             2007             2006      
   

(Dollars in Millions, Except Per Share and

Per Square Foot Data)

 

Statement of Income Data:

         

Net sales

  $ 18,391      $ 17,178      $ 16,389      $ 16,474      $ 15,597   

Cost of merchandise sold

    11,359        10,680        10,334        10,460        9,922   
                                       

Gross margin

    7,032        6,498        6,055        6,014        5,675   

Selling, general and administrative expenses

    4,462        4,196        3,978        3,758        3,472   

Depreciation and amortization

    656        590        541        452        388   
                                       

Operating income

    1,914        1,712        1,536        1,804        1,815   

Interest expense, net

    132        124        111        62        41   
                                       

Income before income taxes

    1,782        1,588        1,425        1,742        1,774   

Provision for income taxes

    668        597        540        658        665   
                                       

Net income

  $ 1,114      $ 991      $ 885      $ 1,084      $ 1,109   
                                       

Net income per share:

         

Basic

  $ 3.67      $ 3.25      $ 2.89      $ 3.41      $ 3.34   

Diluted

  $ 3.65      $ 3.23      $ 2.89      $ 3.39      $ 3.31   

Operating Data:

         

Comparable store sales growth (a)

    4.4     0.4     (6.9 %)      (0.8 %)      5.9

Net sales per selling square foot (b)

  $ 222      $ 217      $ 222      $ 249      $ 256   

Total square feet of selling space (end of period, in thousands)

    80,139        78,396        74,992        69,889        62,357   

Number of stores open (end of period)

    1,089        1,058        1,004        929        817   

Return on average shareholders' equity (c)

    13.6     13.8     14.0     18.5     19.5

Balance Sheet Data (end of period):

         

Working capital

  $ 2,935      $ 3,095      $ 1,884      $ 1,952      $ 1,481   

Property and equipment, net

    7,256        7,018        6,984        6,510        5,353   

Total assets

    13,564        13,160        11,363        10,575        9,046   

Long-term debt and capital leases

    1,678        2,052        2,053        2,052        1,040   

Shareholders’ equity

    8,102        7,853        6,739        6,102        5,603   

 

(a)

Comparable store sales growth is based on sales for stores (including E-Commerce sales and relocated or remodeled stores) which were open throughout both the full current and prior year periods. Fiscal 2006 was a 53-week year. Comparable store sales growth for 2006 is presented for the 52-weeks ended January 27, 2007 and excludes approximately $200 million in sales which were earned in the 53rd week of that year.

(b)

Net sales per selling square foot is based on stores open for the full current period, excluding E-Commerce. Fiscal 2006 excludes the impact of the 53rd week.

(c) Average shareholders’ equity is based on a 5-quarter average.

 

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Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Executive Summary

Total net sales for 2010 were $18.4 billion, a 7.1% increase over 2009. Comparable store sales increased 4.4% over 2009. The Southeast region and the Footwear business reported the strongest comparable store sales growth.

Gross margin as a percent of net sales for the year increased approximately 40 basis points over the 2009 rate to 38.2%. Strong inventory management as well as increased penetration of private and exclusive brands contributed to the margin strength.

Selling, general and administrative expenses (“SG&A”) increased 6% compared to the prior year. SG&A as a percentage of net sales, decreased, or “leveraged” primarily driven by store payroll, advertising, and preopening costs.

Net income increased 12% for 2010 to $1.1 billion, or $3.65 per diluted share, compared to $991 million, or $3.23 per diluted share for 2009.

We ended the year with 1,089 stores in 49 states, including 31 which were successfully opened in 2010. We expect to open approximately 40 stores in fiscal 2011. Remodels remain a critical part of our long-term strategy as we believe it is important to maintain our existing store base. We completed 85 remodels in 2010, compared to 51 in 2009, and expect to remodel approximately 100 stores in 2011.

In February 2011, our Board of Directors approved our first ever dividend. The 25 cent per share quarterly dividend will be paid on March 30, 2011 to all shareholders of record as of March 9, 2011. The dividend reflects the Board’s confidence in our long-term cash flow. We expect to use a portion of future free cash flow to continue to pay quarterly dividends. Our Board of Directors also increased the remaining share repurchase authorization under our existing share repurchase program by $2.6 billion, from $900 million to $3.5 billion. We expect to execute the share repurchase program primarily in open market transactions, subject to market conditions and to complete the program by the end of Fiscal 2013.

On November 17, 2010, we entered into an accelerated share repurchase transaction with Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated (“Morgan Stanley”) to repurchase $1.0 billion of Kohl’s common stock on an accelerated basis. This accelerated share repurchase was part of the $2.5 billion share repurchase program authorized by our Board of Directors in September 2007. On November 18, 2010, we paid $1.0 billion to Morgan Stanley from cash on hand. We received a total of 18.8 million shares under the program: 12.6 million shares on November 18, 2010, 3.8 million shares on December 7, 2010, 1.5 million on January 11, 2011, and a final delivery of 0.9 million shares on March 3, 2011.

We installed electronic signs in approximately 100 stores in 2010. We expect to have installed the signs in all stores by Holiday 2012. In-store kiosks were effectively rolled-out to all stores in August 2010. The kiosks allow customers to order items which are not available in the store and have them delivered to their home with no shipping costs. Preliminary results from the kiosks have exceeded our plans and we expect to add an additional kiosk in approximately 100 stores in 2011.

We believe that consumers will remain focused on value in 2011. We intend to continue to be flexible in our sales and inventory planning and in our expense management in order to react to changes in consumer demand. Additionally, merchandise costs in all apparel categories are expected to be up approximately 10% to 15% overall for Fall 2011 due to inflation in the cost of raw materials, labor and fuel. Specific increases are dependent on the category and the related fabric content. We have been preparing for these cost increases for some time and are working diligently to minimize the impact of these higher costs on a consumer that is still buying cautiously and, therefore, less open to paying higher prices for discretionary goods.

 

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Our current expectations for the first quarter and fiscal 2011 compared to the comparable prior year periods are as follows:

 

            First Quarter      Fiscal 2011  

Total sales

     Increase         4% - 6%         4% - 6%   

Comparable store sales

     Increase         2% - 4%         2% - 4%   

Gross margin as a percent of sales

     Increase         10 - 30 bp         0 - 20 bp   

SG&A

     Increase         5% - 6.5%         3% - 4.5%   

Earnings per diluted share

        $0.68 - $0.73         $4.05 - $4.25   

This guidance does not reflect any additional share repurchases in fiscal 2011.

Results of Operations

Our fiscal year ends on the Saturday closest to January 31. Unless otherwise noted, references to years in this report relate to fiscal years, rather than to calendar years. Fiscal year 2010 (“2010”) ended on January 29, 2011, fiscal year 2009 (“2009”) ended on January 30, 2010, and fiscal year 2008 (“2008”) ended on January 31, 2009. All three years were 52-week years.

Net sales.

 

     2010     2009     2008  

Net sales (in millions)

   $ 18,391      $ 17,178      $ 16,389   

Number of stores:

      

Opened during the year

     31        56        75   

Open at end of year

     1,089        1,058        1,004   

Comparable stores (a)

     1,003        929        817   

Sales growth:

      

Total

     7.1     4.8     (0.5 %) 

Comparable stores (a)

     4.4     0.4     (6.9 %) 

Net sales per selling square foot (b)

   $ 222      $ 217      $ 222   

 

(a) Comparable store sales growth is based on sales for stores (including E-Commerce sales and relocated or remodeled stores) which were open throughout both the full current and prior year periods
(b) Net sales per selling square foot is based on stores open for the full current period, excluding E-Commerce.

The changes in net sales were due to the following:

 

     2010     2009     2008  
   (Dollars in millions)  

Comparable store sales:

     $         %        $        %        $        %   
                                                 

Stores

   $ 500         3.1   $ (62     (0.4 )%    $ (1,209     (7.8 )% 

E-commerce

     244         51.7        132        38.7        116        51.8   
                                                 

Total

     744         4.4        70        0.4        (1,093     (6.9

Sales from new stores

     469         —          719        —          1,008        —     
                                                 

Total net sales increase (decrease)

   $ 1,213         7.1   $ 789        4.8   $ (85     (0.5)%   
                                                 

 

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Drivers of the changes in comparable store sales were as follows:

 

    2010     2009     2008

Selling price per unit

    (1.5 )%      2.3   1.9%

Units per transaction

    (1.5     (4.3   (2.9)
                   

Average transaction value

    (3.0     (2.0   (1.0)

Number of transactions

    7.4        2.4      (5.9)
                   

Comparable store sales

    4.4     0.4   (6.9)%
                   

The Southeast region reported the strongest 2010 sales growth with comparable store sales increases in the mid-single digits. In 2010, the Southeast region benefited from implementing merchandising and marketing tactics similar to those that were implemented in the West region in 2009. All other regions reported comparable store sales increases of two to three percent for the year.

By line of business, Footwear, Men’s and Home outperformed our total company comparable store sales growth for the year. Footwear was led by strength in women’s and juniors’ shoes. Men’s was led by active and basics. Home was strong in electronics and small electrics. Women’s was similar to the company average and was led by Sonoma, juniors, active and updated sportswear. Accessories and Children’s were below the company average. Accessories was strongest in watches, fashion jewelry and sterling silver jewelry. The Children’s business had strength in toys.

E-Commerce sales, which exclude shipping and other revenues, increased 51.7% to $717 million for 2010. The number of E-Commerce transactions increased almost 60% due to increased customer traffic, increased style and size selections offered on-line compared with our in-store selection and the expansion of product categories not available in our stores.

Net sales per selling square foot increased $5 to $222 in 2010. The increase is primarily due to higher comparable store sales.

Net sales for 2009 increased 4.8% over 2008 and comparable store sales increased 0.4%. From a line of business perspective, Accessories reported the strongest comparable store sales in 2009 with strength in sterling silver jewelry, fashion jewelry and handbags. Footwear and Home outperformed the comparable store sales for the year, while Women’s and Children’s trailed the company. Men’s was similar to the company average. The West region, which was favorably impacted by the closure of Mervyn’s department stores, reported the strongest comparable store sales for 2009. E-Commerce sales increased approximately 40% to $473 million for 2009.

Our merchandise mix over the last three years is reflected in the table below:

 

Women’s

     32

Men’s

     19   

Home

     18   

Children’s

     12-13   

Accessories

     10   

Footwear

     8-9   

 

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Gross margin.

 

     2010     2009     2008  
     (Dollars in millions)  

Gross margin

   $ 7,032      $ 6,498      $ 6,055   

As a percent of net sales

     38.2     37.8     36.9

Gross margin includes the total cost of products sold, including product development costs, net of vendor payments other than reimbursement of specific, incremental and identifiable costs; inventory shrink; markdowns; freight expenses associated with moving merchandise from our vendors to our distribution centers; shipping and handling expenses of E-Commerce sales; and terms cash discount. Our gross margin may not be comparable with that of other retailers because we include distribution center costs in selling, general and administrative expenses while other retailers may include these expenses in cost of merchandise sold.

Gross margin increased $534 million, or 8.2%, in 2010 compared to 2009. Gross margin as a percentage of sales increased 41 basis points to 38.2 % for 2010. Strong inventory management and increased penetration of private and exclusive brands contributed to the margin strength. Average inventory per store at year-end 2010 is approximately one percent higher than 2009. Clearance inventory units per store are approximately 12% lower this year than in 2009. Sales of private and exclusive brands reached 48% of net sales for 2010, an increase of approximately 290 basis points over 2009. Approximately 80 percent of our merchandise receipts are now subject to our size-optimization programs which has also had a positive impact on our gross margin rate.

Merchandise costs across all apparel categories are expected to be up approximately 10 to 15% overall for Fall 2011 due to inflation in the cost of raw materials, labor and fuel. Specific increases are dependent on the category and the related fabric content. We have been preparing for these cost increases for some time and are working diligently to minimize the impact of these higher costs on a consumer that is still buying cautiously and, therefore, less open to paying higher prices for discretionary goods.

Gross margin for 2009 increased $443 million, or 7.3%, over 2008. The improvement in gross margin as a percent of net sales for 2009 compared to 2008 was driven by strong merchandise and inventory management and increased penetration of private and exclusive brands. Sales of private and exclusive brands reached 44% of net sales in 2009, an increase of 220 basis points over 2008.

Selling, general and administrative expenses.

 

     2010     2009     2008  
     (Dollars in millions)  

Selling, general, and administrative expenses

   $ 4,462      $ 4,196      $ 3,978   

As a percent of net sales

     24.2     24.4     24.3

Selling, general and administrative expenses (“SG&A”) include compensation and benefit costs (including stores, headquarters, buying and merchandising and distribution centers); occupancy and operating costs of our retail, distribution and corporate facilities; freight expenses associated with moving merchandise from our distribution centers to our retail stores and among distribution and retail facilities; advertising expenses, offset by vendor payments for reimbursement of specific, incremental and identifiable costs; net revenues from our Kohl’s credit card operations; and other administrative costs. SG&A also includes the costs incurred prior to new store openings, such as advertising, hiring and training costs for new employees, processing and transporting initial merchandise, and rent expense. We do not include depreciation and amortization in SG&A. The classification of these expenses varies across the retail industry.

SG&A for 2010 increased $266 million, or 6.3%, over 2009, but decreased as a percentage of net sales, or “leveraged.” SG&A increased primarily due to store growth, higher sales, and investments in technology and infrastructure related to our E-Commerce business.

 

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Hourly store payroll costs leveraged in 2010 and continue to be driven by sustainable productivity improvements, such as the rollout of electronic signs. Advertising leveraged in 2010 as we intentionally grew this expense less than sales. We continue to modify our media mix to utilize the most cost effective methods. In 2010, we increased direct mail and digital marketing efforts and decreased print media. Preopening expenses leveraged in 2010 as we opened fewer stores. Additionally, a significant number of the stores which opened in 2009 were leased stores which had higher rent expenses during the preopening period. Information services expenses increased as a percentage of net sales, or “deleveraged,” in 2010, primarily due to planned incremental investments in technology and infrastructure related to our E-Commerce business. Distribution costs, which are included in SG&A, totaled $187 million for 2010, $168 million for 2009 and $166 million for 2008.

Net revenues from the credit card program also deleveraged in 2010 due to reductions in late fee revenue as a result of legislative changes. In connection with the April 2006 sale of our proprietary credit card accounts to JPMorgan Chase & Co. (“JPMorgan Chase”), we entered into a service and revenue-sharing agreement. Pursuant to this agreement, JPMorgan Chase issues Kohl’s branded private label credit cards to new and existing Kohl’s customers. Since we do not own the receivables, the receivables and the related allowance for bad debt reserve are not reported on our balance sheets. Risk-management decisions are jointly managed by JPMorgan Chase and us. We handle all customer service functions and are responsible for all advertising and marketing related to credit card customers and the majority of the associated expenses. Net revenues of the program are shared with JPMorgan Chase according to a fixed percentage and are settled monthly. Net revenues include finance charge and late fee revenues, less write-offs of uncollectible accounts and other expenses.

In August 2010, we entered into a Private Label Credit Card Program Agreement with Capital One, National Association (“Capital One”), which will be effective upon transition of the outstanding receivables from JPMorgan Chase to Capital One. We currently expect this transition to happen in the first fiscal quarter of 2011. Kohl’s and Capital One will share in the net risk-adjusted revenue of the portfolio as defined by the sum of finance charges, late fees and other revenue less write-offs of uncollectible accounts. Changes in funding costs related to interest rate fluctuations will be shared similar to the revenue. Though management currently believes that increases in funding costs will be largely offset by increases in finance charge revenue, increases in funding costs could adversely impact the profitability of this program.

SG&A for 2009 increased $218 million, or 5.5%, over 2008. SG&A increased primarily due to store growth and increased incentive compensation and changes made to our non-management compensation structure.

Depreciation and amortization.

 

     2010      2009      2008  
     (In millions)  

Depreciation and amortization

   $ 656       $ 590       $ 541   

The increases in depreciation and amortization are primarily due to the addition of new stores and remodels.

Operating income.

 

     2010     2009     2008  
     (Dollars in millions)  

Operating income

   $ 1,914      $ 1,712      $ 1,536   

As a percent of net sales

     10.4     10.0     9.4

 

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The changes in operating income and operating income as a percent of net sales are due to the factors discussed above.

Interest expense.

 

     2010      2009      2008  
     (In millions)  

Interest expense, net

   $ 132       $ 124       $ 111   

Net interest expense for 2010 increased $8 million, or 6%, over 2009. The increase is attributable to higher interest on our capital leases in 2010.

Net interest expense for 2009 increased $13 million, or 12%, over 2008. The increase is attributable to lower interest income due to lower interest rates on our investments, partially offset by higher average investments. A reduction in capitalized interest due to lower capital expenditures in 2009 also contributed to the increase in interest expense.

Income taxes.

 

     2010     2009     2008  
     (Dollars in millions)  

Provision for income taxes

   $ 668      $ 597      $ 540   

Effective tax rate

     37.5     37.6     37.9

The effective tax rate for 2010 was comparable to the 2009 and 2008 tax rates.

Inflation

Although we expect that our operations will be influenced by general economic conditions, including rising food, fuel and energy prices, we do not believe that inflation has had a material effect on our results of operations. However, there can be no assurance that our business will not be affected by such factors in the future.

We are beginning to experience inflation in our merchandise, raw material, labor and fuel costs. Such cost increases were not significant in 2010, but we do expect to see low to mid single-digit cost increases in the first six months of 2011 and low double-digit increases in the last six months of 2011. In our private and exclusive brands, where we have more control over the production and manufacture of the merchandise, we have historically been able to minimize inflationary pressures through measures such as committing earlier for fabric and certain other raw materials and shifting production to lower cost markets. Our third-party brand vendors are also facing the same inflationary pressures. We will continue to work with these vendors in our efforts to minimize the impact of inflation on our merchandise costs and our selling prices.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Our primary ongoing cash requirements are for capital expenditures in connection with our expansion and remodeling programs and seasonal and new store inventory purchases. Our primary sources of funds are cash flow provided by operations, short-term trade credit and our lines of credit. Short-term trade credit, in the form of extended payment terms for inventory purchases, often represents a significant source of financing for merchandise inventories. Seasonal cash needs may be met by cash on hand and/or the line of credit available under our revolving credit facility. Our working capital and inventory levels typically build throughout the fall, peaking during the November and December holiday selling season.

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sources of financing. We expect to generate adequate cash flow from operating activities to sustain current levels of operations.

As of January 29, 2011, we had cash and cash equivalents of $2.3 billion. We generated $915 million of free cash flow in 2010 and expect to generate $1 billion in 2011. (See the Free Cash Flow discussion later in this Liquidity and Capital Resources section for additional discussion of free cash flow, a non-GAAP financial measure.)

 

     2010     2009     2008  
     (In millions)  

Net cash provided by (used in):

      

Operating activities

   $ 1,676      $ 2,234      $ 1,698   

Investing activities

     (717     (640     (963

Financing activities

     (949     30        (273

Operating activities.

Cash provided by operations decreased 25% in 2010 to $1.7 billion.

At January 29, 2011, total merchandise inventories increased $113 million, or 4%, from year-end 2009. On a dollars per store basis, merchandise inventories at January 29, 2011 increased 0.9% from year-end 2009. Clearance inventory units per store are down approximately 12%. These changes reflect our various inventory management initiatives, including our conservative sales and receipt planning and lower clearance levels.

Accounts payable at January 29, 2011 decreased $50 million from year-end 2009, compared to increasing $306 million from year-end 2008 to 2009. The change is primarily due to vendor finance initiatives which are now fully implemented. In prior years, we rolled out a receivable financing program whereby a financial institution provides our vendors with financing, at a rate which is below what the vendors could normally obtain on their own. We offer this program to vendors in exchange for extended payment terms. We do not incur any costs or expenses or forfeit any portion of our receivables in connection with this program. Timing of inventory purchases also contributed to the change.

Accounts payable as a percent of inventory was 37.5% at January 29, 2011, compared to 40.6% at year-end 2009. It has been more than a year since we implemented our vendor finance initiatives, so we no longer expect to see the significant improvement in this metric that we have seen in the past. Lower inventory turn also contributed to the decrease.

Cash provided by operations increased 32% over 2008 to $2.2 billion in 2009, primarily due to a $258 million increase in cash flows from accounts payable activities. Accounts payable at January 30, 2010 increased $306 million from year-end 2008. Accounts payable as a percent of inventory was 40.6% at January 30, 2010, compared to 31.5% at year-end 2008, primarily due to strong inventory management, our cycle time reduction initiatives and improved vendor financing management. Short-term trade credit, in the form of extended payment terms for inventory purchases, represents a significant source of financing for merchandise inventories. Compared to year-end 2008, total merchandise inventories at January 30, 2010 increased 4% and inventory per store decreased 0.9%. Clearance inventory units per store were down approximately 14%. These reductions were the result of inventory management initiatives, including our conservative sales and receipt planning and lower clearance levels.

Investing activities.

Net cash used in investing activities increased $77 million to $717 million in 2010, primarily due to an increase in capital expenditures.

Capital expenditures totaled $761 million for 2010, a $95 million increase over 2009. This increase is primarily due to higher capital spending as a result of increased remodels, the opening of our second E-Commerce fulfillment center and planned incremental IT investments to support our E-Commerce business. These increases were partially offset by reductions in capital spending for new stores.

 

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Capital expenditures, including favorable lease rights, by major category were as follows:

 

     2011
Estimate
    2010     2009     2008  

New stores

     29     25     54     68   

Remodels/relocations

     25        32        16        12   

Distribution centers

     13        11        —          4   

Capitalized software

     15        13        9        5   

Fixtures and store improvements

     12        12        9        4   

Other

     6        7        12        7   
                                

Total

     100 %      100     100     100   
                                

We expect total capital expenditures of approximately $1 billion in fiscal 2011 due primarily to an increase in new store openings (40 expected in 2011 compared to 31 in 2010). An increase in store remodels (approximately 100 expected in 2011 compared to 85 in 2010), construction of a third fulfillment center to support our E-Commerce business and the roll out of electronic signs to additional stores will also contribute to the increase. The actual amount of our future capital expenditures will depend primarily on the number of new stores opened, the mix of owned, leased or acquired stores, the number of stores remodeled and the timing of distribution center openings. We do not anticipate that our expansion plans will be limited by any restrictive covenants in our financing agreements. We believe that our capital structure is well positioned to support our expansion plans. We anticipate that internally generated cash flows will be the primary source of funding for future growth.

Sales of long-term investments generated cash of $42 million in 2010 and $28 million in 2009. As of January 29, 2011, we had investments in auction rate securities (“ARS”) with a par value of $337 million and an estimated fair value of $276 million. ARS are long-term debt instruments with interest rates reset through periodic short term auctions, which are typically held every 35 days. Beginning in February 2008, liquidity issues in the global credit markets resulted in the failure of auctions for all of our ARS. A “failed” auction occurs when the amount of securities submitted for sale in the auction exceeds the amount of purchase bids. As a result, holders are unable to liquidate their investment through the auction. A failed auction is not a default of the debt instrument, but does set a new interest rate in accordance with the terms of the debt instrument. A failed auction limits liquidity for holders until there is a successful auction or until such time as another market for ARS develops. ARS are generally callable by the issuer at any time. Scheduled auctions continue to be held until the ARS matures or is called.

To date, we have collected all interest payable on outstanding ARS when due and expect to continue to do so in the future. Substantially all redemptions to date were made at par. At this time, we have no reason to believe that any of the underlying issuers of our ARS or their insurers are presently at risk or that the reduced liquidity has had a significant impact on the underlying credit quality of the assets backing our ARS. While the auction failures limit our ability to liquidate these investments, we believe that the ARS failures will have no significant impact on our ability to fund ongoing operations and growth initiatives.

Net cash used in investing activities decreased $323 million to $640 million in 2009, primarily due to a decrease in capital expenditures. Capital expenditures totaled $666 million for 2009, a $348 million decrease from 2008. This decrease is primarily due to a decrease in the number of new store openings from 75 in 2008 to 56 in 2009.

Financing activities.

Our financing activities used cash of $949 million in 2010 and provided cash of $30 million in 2009. The change is primarily due to treasury stock purchases in the fourth quarter of 2010.

 

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On November 17, 2010, we entered into an accelerated share repurchase transaction with Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated (“Morgan Stanley”) to repurchase $1.0 billion of Kohl’s common stock on an accelerated basis. This accelerated share repurchase was part of the $2.5 billion share repurchase program authorized by our Board of Directors in September 2007. On November 18, 2010, we paid $1.0 billion to Morgan Stanley from cash on hand. We received a total of 18.8 million shares under the program: 12.6 million shares on November 18, 2010, 3.8 million shares on December 7, 2010, 1.5 million on January 11, 2011, and a final delivery of 0.9 million shares on March 3, 2011. The total number of shares received was generally determined by the discounted average of the daily volume weighted average price of shares traded during the relevant pricing periods.

We have $300 million of long-term debt which was due in March 2011 and $100 million of long-term debt which is due in October 2011. We expect to replace this debt in the second half of 2011. In anticipation of the debt refinancing, we entered into an interest rate swap in December 2010 to hedge our exposure to interest rate risk on the first $200 million of debt issued. Amounts related to this financial instrument were not material. We also expect to refinance our $900 million senior unsecured revolving facility which will expire in October 2011.

In February 2011, our Board of Directors approved our first ever dividend. The 25 cent per share quarterly dividend will be paid on March 30, 2011 to all shareholders of record as of March 9, 2011. The dividend reflects the Board’s confidence in our long-term cash flow. We expect to use a portion of future free cash flow to continue to pay quarterly dividends. Our Board of Directors also increased the remaining share repurchase authorization under our existing share repurchase program by $2.6 billion, from $900 million to $3.5 billion. We expect to execute the share repurchase program primarily in open market transactions, subject to market conditions and to complete the program by the end of Fiscal 2013.

Our credit ratings have been unchanged since September 2007 when we issued $1 billion in debt. Our ratings are currently as follows:

 

     Moody’s      Standard & Poor’s      Fitch  

Long-term debt

     Baa1         BBB+         BBB+   

We may from time to time seek to retire or purchase our outstanding debt through open market cash purchases, privately negotiated transactions or otherwise. Such repurchases, if any, will depend on prevailing market conditions, our liquidity requirements, contractual restrictions and other factors. The amounts involved could be material.

Our financing activities provided cash of $30 million in 2009 and used cash of $273 million in 2008. The change is primarily due to treasury stock purchases in the first six months of 2008.

Key financial ratios.

Key financial ratios that provide certain measures of our liquidity are as follows:

 

     2010     2009     2008  

Working capital (In Millions)

   $ 2,935      $ 3,095      $ 1,884   

Current ratio

     2.08:1        2.29:1        2.02:1   

Debt/capitalization

     20.6     20.8     23.5

Ratio of earnings to fixed charges

     4.5        4.4        4.5   

Return on gross investment*

     18.6     17.6     16.9

 

* Return on gross investment is a non-GAAP financial measure.

The decrease in working capital and the current ratio as of year-end 2010 compared to year-end 2009 was primarily due to the reclassification of $400 million of debt maturing in 2011 from long-term to short-term and the $1.0 billion purchase of Kohl’s common stock pursuant to the accelerated stock repurchase program. The

 

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debt/capitalization ratio was comparable to 2009, as share repurchases offset earnings in equity. The ratio of earnings to fixed charges was consistent with prior years. See Exhibit 12.1 to this Annual Report on Form 10-K for the calculation of this ratio.

The increase in working capital and the current ratio as of year-end 2009 compared to year-end 2008 was primarily due to higher cash and cash equivalents. The decrease in the debt/capitalization ratio reflects higher capitalization, primarily due to earnings. The 2009 ratio of earnings to fixed charges was comparable to 2008.

Our Return on Gross Investment (“ROI”) was 18.7% for 2010, 17.7% for 2009 and 16.9% for 2008. The increases were primarily due to higher earnings. ROI is a non-GAAP financial measure which we define as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and rent (“EBITDAR”) divided by average gross investment. Our ROI calculation may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. ROI should be evaluated in addition to, and not considered a substitute for, other financial measures such as return on assets. We believe that ROI measures how effectively we utilize our assets, excluding cash equivalents and long-term investments, to generate earnings.

The following table includes our ROI and return on assets (the most comparable GAAP measure) calculations:

 

     2010     2009     2008  
     (Dollar in millions)  

Net income

   $ 1,114      $ 991      $ 885   

Rent expense

     533        498        448   

Depreciation and amortization

     656        590        541   

Net interest

     132        124        111   

Provision for income taxes

     668        597        540   
                        

EBITDAR

   $ 3,103      $ 2,800      $ 2,525   
                        

Average: (1)

      

Total assets

   $ 13,726      $ 12,299      $ 11,066   

Cash equivalents and long-term investments (2)

     (2,472     (1,434     (513

Goodwill

     (9     (9     (9

Deferred tax assets

     (86     (72     (71

Accumulated depreciation (3)

     3,264        2,824        2,364   

Capitalized rent (4)

     5,157        4,832        4,306   

Accounts payable

     (1,441     (1,259     (1,066

Accrued liabilities

     (969     (888     (786

Other long-term liabilities

     (557     (443     (383
                        

Gross Investment (“AGI”)

   $ 16,613      $ 15,850      $ 14,908   
                        

Return on Assets (“ROA”) (5)

     8.1     8.1     8.0

Return on Gross Investment (“ROI”) (6)

     18.7     17.7     16.9

 

(1) Represents average of 5 most recent quarter end balances
(2) Represents excess cash not required for operations
(3) Includes property and equipment and favorable lease rights
(4) Represents 10 times store rent expense and 5 times equipment/other rent
(5) Net income divided by Average total assets
(6) EBITDAR divided by Gross Investment

 

 

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Debt Covenant Compliance. Our debt agreements contain various covenants including limitations on additional indebtedness and the following leverage ratio:

 

     (Dollars in Millions)  

Total Debt per Balance Sheet

   $ 2,096   

Other Debt

     —     
        

Subtotal

     2,096   

Rent x 8

     4,263   
        

A    Included Indebtedness

   $ 6,359   
        

Net Worth

   $ 8,102   

Investments (accounted for under equity method)

     —     
        

Subtotal

     8,102   

Included Indebtedness

     6,359   
        

B    Capitalization

   $ 14,461   
        

Leverage Ratio (A/B)

     0.44   

Maximum permitted Leverage Ratio

     0.70   

As of January 29, 2011, we were in compliance with all debt covenants and expect to remain in compliance during fiscal 2011.

Free Cash Flow. We generated free cash flow of $915 million in 2010 and $1.6 billion in 2009. The decrease in free cash flow is primarily a result of lower cash provided by operating activities, as discussed above. Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure which we define as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures. Free cash flow should be evaluated in addition to, and not considered a substitute for, other financial measures such as net income and cash flow provided by operations. We believe that free cash flow represents our ability to generate additional cash flow from our business operations.

The following table reconciles net cash provided by operating activities (a GAAP measure) to free cash flow (a non-GAAP measure).

 

     2010     2009     2008  
     (In Millions)  

Net cash provided by operating activities

   $ 1,676      $ 2,234      $ 1,698   

Acquisition of property and equipment and favorable lease rights

     (761     (666     (1,014
                        

Free cash flow

   $ 915      $ 1,568      $ 684   
                        

We expect to generate $1 billion of free cash flow in fiscal 2011.

 

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Contractual Obligations

Our contractual obligations as of January 29, 2011 were as follows:

 

     Total      Less
Than 1
Year
     1 - 3
Years
     3 - 5
Years
     More
than 5
Years
 
     (In Millions)  

Recorded contractual obligations:

              

Long-term debt

   $ 1,900       $ 400       $ —         $ —         $ 1,500   

Capital leases

     202         18         32         20         132   
                                            
     2,102         418         32         20         1,632   
                                            

Unrecorded contractual obligations:

              

Interest payments:

              

Long-term debt

     1,615         114         194         194         1,113   

Capital leases

     140         14         26         22         78   

Operating leases (a)

     11,280         482         947         931         8,920   

Royalties

     429         67         143         129         90   

Purchase obligations (b)

     4,088         4,058         30         —           —     
                                            
     17,552         4,735         1,340         1,276         10,201   
                                            

Total

   $ 19,654       $ 5,153       $ 1,372       $ 1,296       $ 11,833   
                                            

 

(a) Our leases typically require that we pay real estate taxes, insurance and maintenance costs in addition to the minimum rental payments included in the table above. Such costs vary from period to period and totaled $168 million for 2010, $157 million for 2009 and $148 million for 2008.
(b) Our purchase obligations consist mainly of purchase orders for merchandise. Amounts committed under open purchase orders for merchandise are cancelable without penalty prior to a date that precedes the vendors’ scheduled shipment date.

It is reasonably possible that our unrecognized tax positions may change within the next 12 months, primarily as a result of ongoing audits. While it is possible that one or more of these audits may be resolved in the next year, it is not anticipated that payment of any such amounts in future periods will materially affect liquidity and cash flows.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

We have not provided any financial guarantees as of year-end 2010.

We have not created, and are not party to, any special-purpose or off-balance sheet entities for the purpose of raising capital, incurring debt or operating our business. We do not have any arrangements or relationships with entities that are not consolidated into the financial statements that are reasonably likely to materially affect our liquidity or the availability of capital resources.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States requires us to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts. A discussion of the more significant estimates follows. Management has discussed the development, selection and disclosure of these estimates and assumptions with the Audit Committee of our Board of Directors.

Retail Inventory Method and Inventory Valuation

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used in the retail industry due to its practicality. Under RIM, the valuation of inventories at cost and the resulting gross margins are calculated by applying a cost-to-retail ratio to the retail value of the inventories. The use of RIM will result in inventories being valued at the lower of cost or market as markdowns are currently taken as a reduction of the retail value of inventories.

Based on a review of historical clearance markdowns, current business trends, expected vendor funding and discontinued merchandise categories, an adjustment to inventory is recorded to reflect additional markdowns which are estimated to be necessary to liquidate existing clearance inventories and reduce inventories to the lower of cost or market. Management believes that our inventory valuation approximates the net realizable value of clearance inventory and results in carrying inventory at the lower of cost or market.

Vendor Allowances

We record vendor allowances and discounts in the income statement when the purpose for which those monies were designated is fulfilled. Allowances provided by vendors generally relate to profitability of inventory recently sold and, accordingly, are reflected as reductions to cost of merchandise sold as negotiated. Vendor allowances received for advertising or fixture programs reduce our expense or expenditure for the related advertising or fixture program when appropriate. Vendor allowances will fluctuate based on the amount of promotional and clearance markdowns necessary to liquidate the inventory. See also Note 1 to the consolidated financial statements, “Business and Summary of Accounting Policies.”

Insurance Reserve Estimates

We use a combination of insurance and self-insurance for a number of risks including workers’ compensation, general liability and employee-related health care benefits, a portion of which is paid by our associates. We use a third-party actuary, which considers historical claims experience, demographic factors, severity factors and other actuarial assumptions, to estimate the liabilities associated with these risks. A change in claims frequency and severity of claims from historical experience as well as changes in state statutes and the mix of states in which we operate could result in a change to the required reserve levels. We retain the initial risk of $500,000 per occurrence under our workers’ compensation insurance policy and $250,000 per occurrence under our general liability policy. The lifetime medical payment limit of $1.5 million per plan participant was eliminated on December 31, 2010.

Impairment of Assets and Closed Store Reserves

We have a significant investment in property and equipment and favorable lease rights. The related depreciation and amortization is computed using estimated useful lives of up to 50 years. We review our long-lived assets held for use (including favorable lease rights, goodwill and trademarks) for impairment whenever an event or change in circumstances, such as decisions to close a store, indicates the carrying value of the asset may not be recoverable. We have historically not experienced any significant impairment of long-lived assets or closed store reserves. Decisions to close a store can also result in accelerated depreciation over the revised useful life. When operations at a leased store are discontinued, a reserve is established for the discounted difference between the rent and the expected sublease rental income. A significant change in cash flows, market valuation, demand for real estate or other factors, could result in an increase or decrease in the reserve requirement or impairment charge.

Income Taxes

We pay income taxes based on tax statutes, regulations and case law of the various jurisdictions in which we operate. At any one time, multiple tax years are subject to audit by the various taxing authorities. Our effective income tax rate was 37.5% in 2010, 37.6% in 2009 and 37.9% in 2008. The effective rate is impacted by changes in law, location of new stores, level of earnings and the result of tax audits.

 

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Operating Leases

As of January 29, 2011, we leased 707 of our 1,089 retail stores. Many lease agreements contain rent holidays, rent escalation clauses and/or contingent rent provisions. We recognize rent expense on a straight-line basis over the expected lease term, including cancelable option periods where failure to exercise such options would result in an economic penalty. We use a time period for our straight-line rent expense calculation that equals or exceeds the time period used for depreciation. In addition, the commencement date of the lease term is the earlier of the date when we become legally obligated for the rent payments or the date when we take possession of the building or land.

 

Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

All of our long-term debt at year-end 2010 is at fixed interest rates and, therefore, is not affected by changes in interest rates. When our long-term debt instruments mature, we may refinance them at then existing market interest rates, which may be more or less than interest rates on the maturing debt.

Cash equivalents and long-term investments earn interest at variable rates and are affected by changes in interest rates. During 2010, average investments were $2.7 billion and average yield was 0.3%. If interest rates on the average 2010 variable rate cash equivalents and long-term investments increased by 100 basis points, our annual interest income would also increase by approximately $27 million assuming comparable investment levels.

We entered into an interest rate swap in December 2010 to hedge our exposure to interest rate risk on the first $200 million of debt that we expect to issue in 2011. Amounts related to this financial instrument were not material and we were not a party to any other material derivative financial instruments in 2010, 2009 or 2008.

 

Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

The financial statements are included in this report beginning on page F-3.

 

Item 9. Changes In and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosures

None

 

Item 9A. Controls and Procedures

(a) Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

Under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, we carried out an evaluation of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures (the “Evaluation”) at a reasonable assurance level as of the last day of the period covered by this Report.

Based upon the Evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures are effective at the reasonable assurance level. Disclosure controls and procedures are defined by Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) as controls and other procedures that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in the reports that we file or submit under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified by the SEC’s rules and forms. Disclosure controls and procedures include, without limitation, controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in the reports that we file or submit under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosures.

 

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It should be noted that the design of any system of controls is based in part upon certain assumptions about the likelihood of future events, and there can be no assurance that any design will succeed in achieving our stated goals under all potential future conditions, regardless of how remote.

(b) Management’s Annual Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting

Our management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting. Our internal control system was designed to provide reasonable assurance to our management and Board of Directors regarding the preparation and fair presentation of our published financial statements.

All internal control systems, no matter how well designed, have inherent limitations. Therefore, even those systems determined to be effective can provide only reasonable assurance with respect to financial statement preparation and presentation.

Our management assessed the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of January 29, 2011. In making this assessment, it used the criteria set forth by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (“COSO”) in Internal Control -–Integrated Framework. Based on our assessment, management believes that, as of January 29, 2011, our internal control over financial reporting is effective based on those criteria.

Ernst & Young LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, has audited the Consolidated Financial Statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K and, as part of its audit, has issued an attestation report, included herein, on the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting.

(c) Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

During the last fiscal quarter, there were no changes in our internal controls that have materially affected or are reasonably likely to materially affect such controls, including any corrective actions with regard to significant deficiencies and material weaknesses.

 

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

The Board of Directors and Shareholders of

Kohl’s Corporation

We have audited Kohl’s Corporation’s internal control over financial reporting as of January 29, 2011, based on criteria established in Internal Control—Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (the COSO criteria). Kohl’s Corporation’s management is responsible for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting, and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting included in the accompanying Management’s Annual Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the company’s internal control over financial reporting based on our audit.

We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audit included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk, and performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

In our opinion, Kohl’s Corporation maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of January 29, 2011 based on the COSO criteria.

We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), the consolidated balance sheets of Kohl’s Corporation as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, and the related consolidated statements of income, changes in shareholders’ equity, and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended January 29, 2011 and our report dated March 18, 2011 expressed an unqualified opinion thereon.

/s/ ERNST & YOUNG LLP

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

March 18, 2011

 

Item 9B. Other Information

None

 

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PART III

 

Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

For information with respect to our Directors, the Board of Directors’ Audit Committee and our written code of ethics, see the applicable portions of the “Questions and Answers About our Board of Directors and Corporate Governance Matters” and “Item 1: Election of Directors” sections of the Proxy Statement for our May 12, 2011 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (“our 2011 Proxy”), which information is incorporated herein by reference. For information with respect to Section 16 reports, see the information provided in the “Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance” section of our 2011 Proxy, which information is incorporated herein by reference.

Our executive officers as of March 9, 2011 are as follows:

 

Name

   Age     

Position

Kevin Mansell

     58       Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, President and Director

Don Brennan

     50       Chief Merchandising Officer

John Worthington

     47       Chief Administrative Officer

Wesley S. McDonald

     48       Senior Executive Vice President — Chief Financial Officer

Peggy Eskenasi

     55       Senior Executive Vice President

Mr. Mansell is responsible for Kohl’s long-term growth and profitability along with strategic direction. He has served as Chairman since September 2009, Chief Executive Officer since August 2008 and President and Director since February 1999. He served as Executive Vice President — General Merchandise Manager from 1987 to 1998. Mr. Mansell joined Kohl’s as a Divisional Merchandise Manager in 1982. Mr. Mansell began his retail career in 1975.

Mr. Brennan was promoted to Chief Merchandising Officer in November 2010 and is responsible for all merchandising divisions, product development, merchandise planning and allocation, as well as E-Commerce. Previously, he had served as Senior Executive Vice President since September 2007. He joined Kohl’s in April 2001 as Executive Vice President, Merchandise Planning and Allocation, and also served as Executive Vice President, General Merchandise Manager Men’s and Children’s from April 2004 to September 2007. Prior to joining Kohl’s, Mr. Brennan served in a variety of management positions with Burdines Department Stores, a division of Federated Department Stores, Inc. since 1982. Mr. Brennan has almost 30 years of experience in the retail industry.

Mr. Worthington was promoted to Chief Administrative Officer in November 2010 and is responsible for store operations, store administration, merchandise presentation, loss prevention, real estate, information services and purchasing. Previously, he had served as Senior Executive Vice President since September 2007. Prior to this assignment, Mr. Worthington served in a variety of positions with Kohl’s, including Executive Vice President, Director of Stores from 2005 to 2007, Senior Vice President of Stores from 2004 to 2005 and Vice President, Regional Manager from 2002 to 2004. Mr. Worthington was with May Department Stores, Inc. before joining Kohl’s and has over 20 years of experience in the retail industry.

Mr. McDonald was promoted to Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer in November 2010 and is responsible for financial planning and analysis, investor relations, financial reporting, accounting operations, tax, treasury, corporate governance, credit and capital investment. Previously, he had served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer since August 2003. Prior to joining Kohl’s, Mr. McDonald was Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Abercrombie & Fitch since June 2000. Mr. McDonald served in a variety of management positions with Target Corporation from 1988 to 2000, most recently as Director, Target Corporation IS Finance & Administration. Mr. McDonald has over 20 years of experience in the retail industry.

 

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Ms. Eskenasi was promoted to Senior Executive Vice President in November 2010 and oversees all product development. Previously, she had served as Executive Vice President – Product Development since October 2004. Prior to joining Kohl’s, Ms. Eskenasi served as President of Private Label Brand Development for Saks Inc. and Vice President—General Manager for Frederick Atkins.

Members of our Board of Directors as of March 9, 2011 were as follows:

 

Kevin Mansell

Chairman, President and Chief Executive
Officer,

Kohl’s Corporation

  

Frank V. Sica (b)*(c)

Managing Partner,

Tailwind Capital

Peter Boneparth (a)(c)

Senior Advisor,

Irving Capital Partners

  

Peter M. Sommerhauser

Shareholder,

Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. Law Firm

Steven A. Burd (b)(c)

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer,

Safeway Inc.

  

Stephanie A. Streeter(a)(c)

Former Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer,

Banta Corporation

John F. Herma (a)(c)

Former Chief Operating Officer and Secretary,

Kohl’s Corporation

  

Nina G. Vaca(c)

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer,

Pinnacle Technical Resources, Inc.

Dale E. Jones (b)(c)

Vice Chairman and Partner of the CEO and Board Practice in the Americas,

Heidrick and Struggles

  

Stephen E. Watson(a)*(c)*

Former President, Chief Executive Officer of Gander Mountain, L.L.C.

 

Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Department Store Division of Dayton-Hudson Corporation

William S. Kellogg

Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,

Kohl’s Corporation

  

 

(a) 2010 Audit Committee member
(b) 2010 Compensation Committee member
(c) 2010 Governance & Nominating Committee member
* Denotes Chair

 

Item 11. Executive Compensation

See the information provided in the applicable portions of the “Questions and Answers About our Board of Directors and Corporate Governance Matters” and “Item 1: Election of Directors” sections of our 2011 Proxy, which information is incorporated herein by reference.

 

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Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

See the information provided in the “Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners, Directors and Management” and “Equity Compensation Plan Information” sections of our 2011 Proxy, which information is incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

See the information provided in the “Independence Determinations & Related Party Transactions” section of our 2011 Proxy, which information is incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 14. Principal Accountant Fees and Services

See the information provided in the “Fees Paid to Ernst & Young” section of our 2011 Proxy, which information is incorporated herein by reference.

 

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PART IV

 

Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules

(a) Documents filed as part of this report:

1. Consolidated Financial Statements:

See “Index to Consolidated Financial Statements” on page F-1, the Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm on page F-2 and the Consolidated Financial Statements beginning on page F-3, all of which are incorporated herein by reference.

2. Financial Statement Schedule:

All schedules have been omitted as they are not applicable.

3. Exhibits:

See “Exhibit Index” of this Form 10-K, which is incorporated herein by reference.

 

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Signatures

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15 (d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

Kohl’s Corporation
By:  

/S/    KEVIN MANSELL

  Kevin Mansell
  Chairman, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
  (Principal Executive Officer)
 

/S/    WESLEY S. MCDONALD

  Wesley S. McDonald
 

Senior Executive Vice President,

Chief Financial Officer

  (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)

Dated: March 17, 2011

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the Registrant and in the capacities and on the date indicated above:

 

/S/    KEVIN MANSELL

Kevin Mansell

Chairman, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director (Principal Executive Officer)

  

/S/    PETER BONEPARTH

Peter Boneparth

Director

  

/S/    FRANK SICA

Frank Sica

Director

/S/    STEVEN A. BURD

Steven A. Burd

Director

  

/S/    PETER M. SOMMERHAUSER

Peter M. Sommerhauser

Director

/S/    JOHN F. HERMA

John F. Herma

Director

  

/S/    STEPHANIE A. STREETER

Stephanie A. Streeter

Director

/S/    DALE E. JONES

Dale E. Jones

Director

  

/S/    NINA VACA

Nina Vaca

Director

/S/    WILLIAM S. KELLOGG

William S. Kellogg

Director

  

/S/    STEPHEN E. WATSON

Stephen E. Watson

Director

 

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Exhibit Index

 

Exhibit
Number

  

Description

3.1    Articles of Incorporation of the Company, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 3.1 of the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended July 31, 1999.
3.2    Amendment to Articles of Incorporation of the Company, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 3.1 of the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended April 29, 2006.
3.3    Amendment to Articles of Incorporation of the Company, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 3.1 of the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended May 5, 2007.
3.4    Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Company, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 3.1 of the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on February 27, 2009.
4.1    Credit Agreement dated as of October 12, 2006 by and among the Company, the Lenders party thereto, Bank of America, N.A., as an Issuing Bank and Syndication Agent, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., US Bank National Association and Wachovia Bank National Association, as Co-Documentation Agents and The Bank of New York, as an Issuing Bank, the Swing Line Lender and the Administrative Agent, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.1 of the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended October 28, 2006.
4.2    Certain other long-term debt is described in Note 3 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements. The Company agrees to furnish to the Commission, upon request, copies of any instruments defining the rights of holders of any such long-term debt described in Note 3 and not filed herewith.
10.1    Private Label Credit Card Program Agreement dated as of March 5, 2006, by and between Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc., and Chase Bank USA, National Association, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.2 of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 28, 2006.
10.2    Private Label Credit Card Program Agreement dated as of August 11, 2010 by and between Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc and Capital One, National Association, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.1 of the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2010.
10.3    Amended and Restated Executive Deferred Compensation Plan, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.1 of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 1, 2003.*
10.4    Kohl’s Corporation 2005 Deferred Compensation Plan, as amended and restated effective January 1, 2005, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.4 of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 28, 2006.*
10.5    Summary of Executive Medical Plan, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.6 of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2005.*
10.6    Summary of Executive Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Plans, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.7 of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2005.*
10.7    Kohl’s Corporation Executive Bonus Plan, incorporated herein by reference to the Company’s Schedule 14A (File No. 001-11084) filed on March 27, 2007.*
10.8    1992 Long-Term Compensation Plan, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.13 of the Company’s registration statement on Form S-1 (File No. 33-46883).*

 

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Exhibit
Number

  

Description

10.9    1994 Long-Term Compensation Plan, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.15 of the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended May 4, 1996.*
10.10    1997 Stock Option Plan for Outside Directors, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 4.4 of the Company’s registration statement on Form S-8 (File No. 333-26409), filed on May 2, 1997.*
10.11    Amended and Restated 2003 Long-Term Compensation Plan, incorporated herein by reference to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended August 2, 2008.*
10.12    Kohl’s Corporation 2010 Long Term Compensation Plan, incorporated by reference to Annex A to the Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A filed on March 26, 2010 in connection with the Company’s 2010 Annual Meeting.*
10.13    Form of Executive Stock Option Agreement pursuant to the Kohl’s Corporation 2010 Long Term Compensation Plan, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.1 of the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended May 1, 2010.*
10.14    Form of Executive Restricted Stock Agreement pursuant to the Kohl’s Corporation 2010 Long Term Compensation Plan, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.2 of the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended May 1, 2010.*
10.15    Form of Outside Director Stock Option Agreement pursuant to the Kohl’s Corporation 2010 Long Term Compensation Plan, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.3 of the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended May 1, 2010.*
10.16    Form of Outside Director Restricted Stock Agreement pursuant to the Kohl’s Corporation 2010 Long Term Compensation Plan, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.4 of the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended May 1, 2010.*
10.17    Summary of Outside Director Compensation.*
10.18    Amended and Restated Employment Agreement between Kohl’s Corporation and Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. and Kevin Mansell dated as of September 1, 2009, incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 of the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K dated August 26, 2009.*
10.19    Amended and Restated Employment Agreement between Kohl’s Corporation and Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. and Donald Brennan dated as of December 1, 2010, incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 of the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K dated January 6, 2011.*
10.20    Amended and Restated Employment Agreement between Kohl’s Corporation and Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. and John Worthington dated as of December 1, 2010, incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.2 of the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K dated January 6, 2011.*
10.21    Employment Agreement between the Company and Peggy Eskenasi dated as of December 1, 2010, incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.3 of the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K dated January 6, 2011.*
10.22    Employment Agreement between the Company and Wesley S. McDonald dated as of December 1, 2010, incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.4 of the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K dated January 6, 2011.*
10.23    Form of Executive Compensation Agreement between the Company and various key executives incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.31 of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 3, 2007.*
10.24    Summary of Strategic Action Committee Incentive Program incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.25 of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 30, 2010.*
12.1    Ratio of Earnings to Fixed Charges.

 

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Exhibit
Number

  

Description

21.1    Subsidiaries of the Registrant.
23.1    Consent of Ernst & Young LLP.
31.1    Certification of the Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
31.2    Certification of the Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
32.1    Certification of the Chief Executive Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
32.2    Certification of the Chief Financial Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
101.INS    XBRL Instance Document
101.SCH    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema
101.CAL    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase
101.DEF    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase
101.LAB    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase
101.PRE    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase

 

* A management contract or compensatory plan or arrangement.

 

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Index to Consolidated Financial Statements

 

     Page  

Consolidated Financial Statements

  

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

     F-2   

Consolidated Balance Sheets

     F-3   

Consolidated Statements of Income

     F-4   

Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity

     F-5   

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

     F-6   

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

     F-7   

Schedules have been omitted as they are not applicable.

 

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

The Board of Directors and Shareholders of

Kohl’s Corporation

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Kohl’s Corporation (the Company) as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, and the related consolidated statements of income, changes in shareholders’ equity, and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended January 29, 2011. These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audits.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the consolidated financial position of Kohl’s Corporation at January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, and the consolidated results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended January 29, 2011, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.

We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), Kohl’s Corporation’s internal control over financial reporting as of January 29, 2011, based on criteria established in Internal Control-Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission and our report dated March 18, 2011, expressed an unqualified opinion thereon.

/s/ ERNST & YOUNG LLP

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

March 18, 2011

 

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KOHL’S CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars In Millions, Except Per Share Data)

 

     January 29,
2011
    January 30,
2010
 
Assets     

Current assets:

    

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 2,277      $ 2,267   

Merchandise inventories

     3,036        2,923   

Deferred income taxes

     77        73   

Other

     255        222   
                

Total current assets

     5,645        5,485   

Property and equipment, net

     7,256        7,018   

Long-term investments

     277        321   

Favorable lease rights, net

     193        204   

Other assets

     193        132   
                

Total assets

   $ 13,564      $ 13,160   
                
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity     

Current liabilities:

    

Accounts payable

   $ 1,138      $ 1,188   

Accrued liabilities

     1,027        1,002   

Income taxes payable

     127        184   

Current portion of long-term debt and capital leases

     418        16   
                

Total current liabilities

     2,710        2,390   

Long-term debt and capital leases

     1,678        2,052   

Deferred income taxes

     418        377   

Other long-term liabilities

     656        488   

Shareholders’ equity:

    

Common stock—$0.01 par value, 800 million shares authorized, 355 and 353 million shares issued

     4        4   

Paid-in capital

     2,225        2,085   

Treasury stock, at cost, 64 and 46 million shares

     (3,643     (2,639

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

     (37     (36

Retained earnings

     9,553        8,439   
                

Total shareholders’ equity

     8,102        7,853   
                

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

   $ 13,564      $ 13,160   
                

See accompanying Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

 

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KOHL’S CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(In Millions, Except Per Share Data)

 

     2010     2009     2008  

Net sales

   $ 18,391      $ 17,178      $ 16,389   

Cost of merchandise sold (exclusive of depreciation shown separately below)

     11,359        10,680        10,334   
                        

Gross margin

     7,032        6,498        6,055   

Operating expenses:

      

Selling, general, and administrative

     4,462        4,196        3,978   

Depreciation and amortization

     656        590        541   
                        

Operating income

     1,914        1,712        1,536   

Other expense (income):

      

Interest expense

     141        134        132   

Interest income

     (9     (10     (21
                        

Income before income taxes

     1,782        1,588        1,425   

Provision for income taxes

     668        597        540   
                        

Net income

   $ 1,114      $ 991      $ 885   
                        

Net income per share:

      

Basic

   $ 3.67      $ 3.25      $ 2.89   

Diluted

   $ 3.65      $ 3.23      $ 2.89   

 

 

See accompanying Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

 

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KOHL’S CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

(In Millions)

 

    Common Stock     Paid-In
Capital
    Treasury Stock     Accumulated
Other

Comprehensive
Gain (Loss)
    Retained
Earnings
    Total  
           
  Shares     Amount       Shares     Amount        

Balance at February 2, 2008

    351      $ 4      $ 1,911        (40   $ (2,376   $ —        $ 6,563      $ 6,102   

Net income

    —          —          —          —          —          —          885        885   

Other comprehensive loss:

               

Unrealized loss on investments, net of tax of $29

    —          —          —          —          —          (46     —          (46
                     

Total comprehensive income

                  839   

Stock options and awards

    —          —          66        —          —          —          —          66   

Net income tax impact from stock option activity

    —          —          (6     —          —          —          —          (6

Treasury stock purchases

    —          —          —          (6     (262     —          —          (262
                                                               

Balance at January 31, 2009

    351        4        1,971        (46     (2,638     (46     7,448        6,739   

Net income

    —          —          —          —          —          —          991        991   

Other comprehensive income:

               

Unrealized gain on investments, net of tax of $6

    —          —          —          —          —          10        —          10   
                     

Total comprehensive income

                  1,001   

Stock options and awards

    2        —          120        —          —          —          —          120   

Net income tax impact from stock option activity

    —          —          (6     —          —          —          —          (6

Treasury stock purchases

    —          —          —          —          (1     —          —          (1
                                                               

Balance at January 30, 2010

    353        4        2,085        (46     (2,639     (36     8,439        7,853   

Net income

    —          —          —          —          —          —          1,114        1,114   

Other comprehensive loss:

               

Unrealized loss on investments, net of tax of $1

    —          —          —          —          —          (1     —          (1
                     

Total comprehensive income

                  1,113   

Stock options and awards

    2        —          145        —          —          —          —          145   

Net income tax impact from stock option activity

    —          —          (5     —          —          —          —          (5

Treasury stock purchases

    —          —          —          (18     (1,004     —          —          (1,004
                                                               

Balance at January 29, 2011

    355      $ 4      $ 2,225        (64   $ (3,643   $ (37   $ 9,553      $ 8,102   
                                                               

See accompanying Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

 

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KOHL’S CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In Millions)

 

     2010     2009     2008  

Operating activities

      

Net income

   $ 1,114      $ 991      $ 885   

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

      

Depreciation and amortization

     656        590        541   

Share-based compensation

     66        64        55