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Ross Stores 10-Q 2012

Documents found in this filing:

  1. 10-Q
  2. Ex-10.1
  3. Ex-15
  4. Ex-31.1
  5. Ex-31.2
  6. Ex-32.1
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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q

(Mark one)

  X       QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
For the quarterly period ended April 28, 2012
     
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 number: 0-14678

Ross Stores, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware      94-1390387
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
organization)
 
4440 Rosewood Drive, Pleasanton, California 94588-3050
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
 
Registrant's telephone number, including area code (925) 965-4400
 
Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if N/A
changed since last report.

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 Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation 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 whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filer     X       
Accelerated filer              Non-accelerated filer              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     

The number of shares of Common Stock, with $.01 par value, outstanding on May 17, 2012 was 225,578,030.

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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

ITEM 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings

Three Months Ended
April 28, April 30,
($000, except stores and per share data, unaudited)       2012       2011
Sales 2,356,841 2,074,576
 
Costs and Expenses
     Costs of goods sold 1,679,127 1,481,206
     Selling, general and administrative 337,811 309,160
     Interest expense, net 2,232 2,495
          Total costs and expenses 2,019,170 1,792,861
 
Earnings before taxes 337,671   281,715
Provision for taxes on earnings 129,058 108,742
Net earnings $ 208,613 $ 172,973
 
Earnings per share  
     Basic $ 0.94 $ 0.75
     Diluted $ 0.93 $ 0.74
 
 
Weighted average shares outstanding (000)
     Basic 221,104 229,528
     Diluted 224,929 233,547
 
 
Dividends
     Cash dividends declared per share $ - $ -
 
 
Stores open at end of period 1,146 1,068
 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

Three Months Ended
April 28, April 30,
($000, unaudited)       2012       2011
Net earnings 208,613 172,973
 
Other comprehensive income:    
     Change in unrealized loss on investments, net of tax     (9 )   (3 )
Comprehensive income $ 208,604 $ 172,970  
 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

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Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

      April 28,       January 28,       April 30,
($000, unaudited) 2012 2012 2011
Assets
Current Assets
     Cash and cash equivalents 741,117 649,835 671,005
     Short-term investments 463 658 3,275
     Accounts receivable 66,632 50,848 61,683
     Merchandise inventory 1,134,703 1,130,070 1,172,716
     Prepaid expenses and other 104,216 87,362 72,900
     Deferred income taxes 11,854 5,598 15,662
          Total current assets 2,058,985 1,924,371 1,997,241
 
Property and Equipment
     Land and buildings 342,356 338,027 241,184
     Fixtures and equipment 1,471,471 1,408,647 1,281,902
     Leasehold improvements 675,796 657,312 595,050
     Construction-in-progress 83,291 131,881 85,609
  2,572,914 2,535,867 2,203,745
     Less accumulated depreciation and amortization 1,326,313 1,294,145 1,198,071
          Property and equipment, net 1,246,601 1,241,722 1,005,674
  
Long-term investments 5,614 5,602 12,191
Other long-term assets 146,286 129,514 86,888
Total assets $ 3,457,486 $ 3,301,209 $ 3,101,994
 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
Current Liabilities  
     Accounts payable $ 830,044   $ 761,717 $ 742,600
     Accrued expenses and other 284,108 304,654   265,586
     Accrued payroll and benefits   148,770 248,552 141,268
     Income taxes payable 107,715 31,129 89,340
          Total current liabilities 1,370,637   1,346,052     1,238,794
 
Long-term debt 150,000 150,000 150,000
Other long-term liabilities 211,777 203,625 200,575
Deferred income taxes 114,437 108,520 106,519
 
Commitments and contingencies
 
Stockholders’ Equity
     Common stock 2,258 2,269 1,171
     Additional paid-in capital 826,388 788,895 759,048
     Treasury stock (85,385 ) (62,262 ) (59,245 )
     Accumulated other comprehensive income 626 635 485
     Retained earnings 866,748 763,475 704,647
Total stockholders’ equity 1,610,635 1,493,012 1,406,106
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 3,457,486 $ 3,301,209 $ 3,101,994
 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

Three Months Ended
April 28, April 30,
($000, unaudited)       2012       2011
Cash Flows From Operating Activities
Net earnings 208,613 172,973
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided
by operating activities:
     Depreciation and amortization 43,136 39,934
     Stock-based compensation 11,587 9,894
     Deferred income taxes (339 ) 9,657
     Tax benefit from equity issuance 23,123 10,021
     Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation (22,662 ) (9,727 )
     Change in assets and liabilities:
          Merchandise inventory (4,633 ) (85,799 )
          Other current assets (28,890 ) (25,392 )
          Accounts payable 100,177 1,120
          Other current liabilities (33,792 ) (80,429 )
          Other long-term, net 1,010 (1,201 )
          Net cash provided by operating activities 297,330 41,051
 
Cash Flows From Investing Activities
Additions to property and equipment (57,993 ) (70,096 )
Increase in restricted cash and investments (13,410 ) -
Purchases of investments (424 ) -
Proceeds from investments 618 1,814
          Net cash used in investing activities (71,209 ) (68,282 )
 
Cash Flows From Financing Activities
Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation 22,662 9,727
Issuance of common stock related to stock plans 7,955 5,827
Treasury stock purchased (23,123 ) (12,837 )
Repurchase of common stock   (110,614 )   (112,500 )
Dividends paid   (31,719 )   (25,905 )
          Net cash used in financing activities (134,839 ) (135,688 )
 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 91,282 (162,919 )
 
Cash and cash equivalents:
          Beginning of period 649,835 833,924
          End of period $ 741,117 $ 671,005
 
Supplemental Cash Flow Disclosures
Interest paid $ - $ -
Income taxes paid $ 30,258 $ 54,705
 
Non-Cash Investing Activities
Decrease in fair value of investment securities $ (13 ) $ (4 )
 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

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Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

Three months ended April 28, 2012 and April 30, 2011
(Unaudited)

Note A: Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Basis of presentation. The accompanying unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared from the records of Ross Stores, Inc. and subsidiaries (the “Company”) without audit and, in the opinion of management, include all adjustments (consisting of only normal, recurring adjustments) necessary to present fairly the Company’s financial position as of April 28, 2012 and April 30, 2011, and the results of operations, comprehensive income, and cash flows for the three month periods then ended. The Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet as of January 28, 2012, presented herein, has been derived from the Company’s audited consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year then ended.

Accounting policies followed by the Company are described in Note A to the audited consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended January 28, 2012. Certain information and disclosures normally included in the notes to annual consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America have been condensed or omitted for purposes of these interim condensed consolidated financial statements. The interim condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements, including notes thereto, contained in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 28, 2012.

The results of operations for the three month periods ended April 28, 2012 and April 30, 2011 presented herein are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the full fiscal year.

Stock dividend. On December 15, 2011 the Company issued a two-for-one stock split in the form of a 100 percent stock dividend. All share and per share amounts have been adjusted for the two-for-one stock split effective December 15, 2011.

Restricted cash, cash equivalents, and investments. The Company has restricted cash, cash equivalents, and investments to serve as collateral for certain of the Company’s insurance obligations. These restricted funds are invested in bank deposits, money market mutual funds, U.S. Government and agency securities, and corporate securities and cannot be withdrawn from the Company’s account without the prior written consent of the secured parties. As of April 28, 2012, the Company had total restricted cash, cash equivalents, and investments of $80.1 million of which $22.4 million and $57.7 million were included in prepaid expenses and other and other long-term assets, respectively, in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet. The classification between current and long-term is based on the timing of expected payments of the secured insurance obligations.

Estimated fair value of financial instruments. The carrying value of cash and cash equivalents, short- and long-term investments, restricted cash and cash equivalents, restricted investments, accounts receivable, other long-term assets, accounts payable, and other long-term liabilities approximates their estimated fair value. Cash and cash equivalents were $741.1 million, $649.8 million, and $671.0 million at April 28, 2012, January 28, 2012, and April 30, 2011, respectively, and include bank deposits and money market funds for which the fair value was determined using quoted prices for identical assets in active markets, which are considered to be Level 1 inputs under the fair value measurements and disclosures guidance.

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Sales Mix. The Company’s sales mix is shown below for the three month periods ended April 28, 2012 and April 30, 2011:

Three Months Ended
      April 28, 2012       April 30, 2011
Ladies 31 % 31 %
Home accents and bed and bath 23 % 24 %
Shoes   14 % 14 %
Accessories, lingerie, fine jewelry, and fragrances 12 % 12 %
Men's 12 %   11 %
Children's 8 % 8 %
Total              100 %              100 %

Dividends. Dividends included in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows reflect dividends paid during the periods shown. Dividends per share reported on the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings reflect dividends declared during the periods shown. In January 2012, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $.14 per common share that was paid in March 2012. In January 2011, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $.11 per common share that was paid in March 2011.

In May 2012, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $.14 per common share, payable on June 29, 2012.

Revenue recognition. The Company recognizes revenue at the point of sale and maintains an allowance for estimated future returns. Sales of gift cards are deferred until they are redeemed for the purchase of Company merchandise. The Company’s gift cards do not have expiration dates. Based upon historical redemption rates, a small percentage of gift cards will never be redeemed, which represents breakage. The Company recognizes income from gift card breakage as a reduction of operating expenses when redemption by a customer is considered to be remote. Income recognized from breakage was not significant for the three month periods ended April 28, 2012 and April 30, 2011. Sales tax collected is not recognized as revenue and is included in accrued expenses and other.

Provision for litigation costs and other legal proceedings. Like many California retailers, the Company has been named in class action lawsuits alleging violation of wage and hour matters and other employment laws. Class action litigation remains pending as of April 28, 2012.

The Company is also party to various other legal proceedings arising in the normal course of business. Actions filed against the Company include commercial, product, customer, intellectual property, and labor and employment-related claims, including lawsuits in which plaintiffs allege that the Company violated state or federal laws. Actions against the Company are in various procedural stages. Many of these proceedings raise factual and legal issues and are subject to uncertainties.

In the opinion of management, the resolution of pending class action litigation and other currently pending legal proceedings is not expected to have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial condition, results of operations, or cash flows.

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Note B: Investments and Restricted Investments

The amortized cost and fair value of the Company’s available-for-sale securities as of April 28, 2012 were:

 
   Amortized Unrealized Unrealized   
($000) cost gains losses Fair value Short-term Long-term
Investments                                 
Corporate securities $ 5,105 $ 484 $ (51 ) $ 5,538 $ 397 $ 5,141
Mortgage-backed securities 510 29 - 539 66 473
Total investments 5,615 513 (51 ) 6,077 463 5,614
 
Restricted Investments
Corporate securities 1,358 81 - 1,439 258 1,181
U.S. government and agency
securities 3,763 421 - 4,184 - 4,184
Total restricted investments 5,121 502 - 5,623 258 5,365
  
Total $ 10,736 $ 1,015 $ (51 ) $ 11,700 $ 721 $ 10,979
 
 

The amortized cost and fair value of the Company’s available-for-sale securities as of January 28, 2012 were:

 
                                         
Amortized Unrealized Unrealized
($000) cost gains losses Fair value Short-term Long-term
Investments
Corporate securities $ 5,080 $ 501 $ (78 ) $ 5,503 $ 401 $ 5,102
Mortgage-backed securities 728 29 - 757 257 500
Total investments 5,808 530 (78 ) 6,260 658 5,602
 
Restricted Investments
Corporate securities 1,357 94 - 1,451 - 1,451
U.S. government and agency    
securities 3,769 431 - 4,200 - 4,200
Total restricted investments 5,126 525 - 5,651   - 5,651
 
Total   $  10,934 $  1,055   $  (78 )   $  11,911 $  658 $  11,253
 

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The amortized cost and fair value of the Company’s available-for-sale securities as of April 30, 2011 were:

 
Amortized Unrealized Unrealized
   ($000)     cost     gains     losses     Fair value       Short-term     Long-term   
Corporate securities $ 7,170 $ 608   $ (33 ) $ 7,745 $ - $ 7,745
U.S. Government and agency        
securities 6,589 80 -   6,669   2,809 3,860
Mortgage-backed securities 961     91   -   1,052     466     586
Total $  14,720 $  779 $  (33 ) $  15,466 $  3,275 $  12,191
 

Accounting standards pertaining to fair value measurements establish a three-tier fair value hierarchy, which prioritizes the inputs used in measuring fair value. These tiers include: Level 1, defined as observable inputs such as quoted prices in active markets; Level 2, defined as inputs other than quoted prices in active markets that are either directly or indirectly observable; and Level 3, defined as unobservable inputs in which little or no market data exists, therefore requiring an entity to develop its own assumptions. This fair value hierarchy also requires the Company to maximize the use of observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs when measuring fair value. Corporate, U.S. government and agency, and mortgage-backed securities are classified within Level 1 or Level 2 because these securities are valued using quoted market prices or alternative pricing sources and models utilizing market observable inputs.

Investments and restricted investments measured at fair value at April 28, 2012 are summarized below:

       
Fair Value Measurements at Reporting Date
Quoted
prices in
active Significant
markets for other Significant
identical observable unobservable
April 28, assets inputs inputs
($000)       2012       (Level 1)       (Level 2)       (Level 3)
Investments  
Corporate securities $ 5,538 $ - $ 5,538 $ -
Mortgage-backed securities 539 539 -
Total investments 6,077 - 6,077 -
 
Restricted Investments
Corporate securities 1,439 - 1,439 -
U.S. government and agency securities 4,184 4,184 - -
Total restricted investments 5,623 4,184 1,439 -
 
Total assets measured at fair value   $  11,700   $  4,184 $  7,516   $       -
 

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Investments and restricted investments measured at fair value at January 28, 2012 are summarized below:

       
      Fair Value Measurements at Reporting Date
Quoted
prices in
active Significant
markets for other Significant
identical observable unobservable
January 28,       assets       inputs inputs
($000) 2012 (Level 1) (Level 2)       (Level 3)
Investments
Corporate securities $ 5,503 $ - $ 5,503 $ -
Mortgage-backed securities 757 - 757 -
Total investments 6,260 - 6,260 -
 
Restricted Investments
Corporate securities 1,451 - 1,451 -
U.S. government and agency securities 4,200 4,200 - -
Total restricted investments 5,651 4,200 1,451 -
 
Total assets measured at fair value $ 11,911 $ 4,200 $ 7,711 $ -
 
 
Investments measured at fair value at April 30, 2011 are summarized below:
 
 
Fair Value Measurements at Reporting Date
  Quoted
prices in
active Significant
markets for other Significant
identical observable unobservable
April 30,   assets inputs inputs
($000) 2011 (Level 1) (Level 2) (Level 3)
Corporate securities $ 7,745 $ - $ 7,745 $ -  
U.S. Government and agency securities 6,669 6,669 - -
Mortgage-backed securities   1,052 -   1,052 -
Total assets measured at fair value $  15,466 $  6,669 $  8,797   $        -
 

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The future maturities of investment securities at April 28, 2012 were:

Investments Restricted Investments
Estimated Estimated
($000) Cost basis      fair value      Cost basis      fair value
Maturing in one year or less      $ 450      $ 463      $ 248      $ 258
Maturing after one year through five years    4,066   4,274     1,954   2,138
Maturing after five years through ten years   1,099   1,340 2,919 3,227
$ 5,615 $  6,077 $  5,121 $  5,623

The underlying assets in the Company’s non-qualified deferred compensation program totaling $75.3 million and $72.7 million as of April 28, 2012 and April 30, 2011, respectively (included in other long-term assets and in other long-term liabilities) primarily consist of participant-directed money market, stable value, stock, and bond funds. The fair value measurement for funds with quoted market prices in active markets (Level 1) totaled $63.8 million and $62.9 million as of April 28, 2012 and April 30, 2011, respectively. The fair value measurement for funds without quoted market prices in active markets (Level 2) totaled $11.5 million and $9.8 million as of April 28, 2012 and April 30, 2011, respectively. Fair market value for these Level 2 funds is considered to be the sum of participant funds invested under a group annuity contract plus accrued interest.

Note C: Stock-Based Compensation

Stock-based compensation. For the three month periods ended April 28, 2012 and April 30, 2011, the Company recognized stock-based compensation expense as follows:

Three Months Ended
April 28,       April 30,
($000) 2012 2011
Restricted stock       $ 6,748     $  5,478
Performance awards   4,396 4,074
ESPP 443   342
Total $  11,587 $ 9,894

Total stock-based compensation recognized in the Company’s Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings for the three month periods ended April 28, 2012 and April 30, 2011 is as follows:

Three Months Ended
April 28,       April 30,
Statements of Earnings Classification ($000) 2012 2011
Cost of goods sold     $ 4,991       $ 4,529
Selling, general and administrative 6,596 5,365
Total $  11,587 $  9,894

Restricted stock. The Company grants restricted shares to directors, officers, and key employees. The market value of restricted shares at the date of grant is amortized to expense ratably over the vesting period of generally three to five years.

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During the quarter ended April 28, 2012, shares purchased by the Company for tax withholding totaled approximately 406,000 shares and are considered treasury shares which are available for reissuance. As of April 28, 2012, shares subject to repurchase related to unvested restricted stock totaled 4.9 million shares.

Weighted
average
Number of grant date
(000, except per share data) shares       fair value
Unvested at January 28, 2012 5,353     $ 23.23
     Awarded 771 47.02
     Released        (1,216 ) 18.69
     Forfeited (7 )   20.38
Unvested at April 28, 2012 4,901 $  28.13

The unamortized compensation expense for all plans at April 28, 2012 was $93.4 million which is expected to be recognized over a weighted-average remaining period of 2.3 years. The unamortized compensation expense for all plans at April 30, 2011 was $80.0 million which is expected to be recognized over a weighted-average remaining period of 2.4 years.

Performance shares. The Company has a performance share award program for senior executives. A performance share award represents a right to receive shares of restricted stock or restricted stock units on a specified settlement date based on the Company’s attainment of a profitability-based performance goal during the performance period, which is the Company’s fiscal year. If attained, the restricted stock or units then issued vest over a service period, generally two to three years from the date the performance award was granted. Shares related to restricted stock units earned are deferred for release generally one year from the date earned. During the quarter ended April 28, 2012, the Company issued approximately 467,000 restricted shares and 151,000 restricted stock units in settlement of the fiscal 2011 awards. The Company issued approximately 656,000 restricted shares during the quarter ended April 30, 2011 in settlement of the fiscal 2010 awards.

Employee stock purchase plan. Under the Employee Stock Purchase Plan (“ESPP”), eligible employees participating in the quarterly offering period can choose to have up to the lesser of 10% or $21,250 of their annual base earnings withheld to purchase the Company’s common stock. The purchase price of the stock is 85% of the closing market price on the date of purchase. In addition, purchases occur on a quarterly basis (on the last trading day of each calendar quarter). The Company recognizes expense for ESPP purchase rights equal to the value of the 15% discount given on the purchase date.

Stock option activity. The following table summarizes stock option activity for the three month period ended April 28, 2012:

Weighted
Weighted average
average remaining Aggregate
Number of exercise contractual intrinsic
(000, except per share data) shares      price      term      value
Outstanding at January 28, 2012         2,418 $ 13.24
     Granted -   -  
     Exercised (459 )   11.86        
     Forfeited - -
 
Outstanding at April 28, 2012, all vested 1,959     $  13.56 2.74     $  95,322

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No stock options were granted during the three month periods ended April 28, 2012 and April 30, 2011.

The following table summarizes information about the weighted average remaining contractual life (in years) and the weighted average exercise prices for stock options both outstanding and exercisable as of April 28, 2012 (number of shares in thousands):

Options outstanding and exercisable
Number of Remaining Exercise
Exercise price range shares       life       price
$ 8.19     to     $  13.36 499 1.72     $ 11.29
 13.37 to   13.91 493 3.55  13.84
13.92 to 14.35 513   2.78 14.29
14.36 to   16.43 454 2.95     14.94
$ 8.19 to $ 16.43 1,959 2.74 $ 13.56

Note D: Earnings Per Share

Basic Earnings Per Share (“EPS”) is computed by dividing net earnings by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding for the period. Diluted EPS is computed by dividing net earnings by the sum of the weighted average number of common shares and dilutive common stock equivalents outstanding during the period. Diluted EPS reflects the total potential dilution that could occur from outstanding equity plan awards, including unexercised stock options, and unvested shares of both performance and non-performance based awards of restricted stock and restricted stock units.

For the three month period ended April 28, 2012, 4,000 weighted average shares were excluded from the calculation of diluted EPS because their effect would have been anti-dilutive in the period presented. For the three month period ended April 30, 2011 no shares were excluded.

The following is a reconciliation of the number of shares (denominator) used in the basic and diluted EPS computations:

Three Months Ended
Effect of
dilutive
common stock Diluted
Shares in (000s) Basic EPS       equivalents       EPS
April 28, 2012
     Shares 221,104 3,825 224,929
     Amount      $ 0.94             $ (0.01 )     $ 0.93
 
April 30, 2011
     Shares    229,528  4,019      233,547
     Amount $ 0.75   $ (0.01 ) $ 0.74

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Note E: Debt

The Company has two series of unsecured senior notes with various institutional investors for $150 million. The Series A notes totaling $85 million are due in December 2018 and bear interest at a rate of 6.38%. The Series B notes totaling $65 million are due in December 2021 and bear interest at a rate of 6.53%. The fair value of these notes as of April 28, 2012 of approximately $186 million is estimated by obtaining comparable market quotes which are considered to be Level 1 inputs under the fair value measurements and disclosures guidance. The senior notes are subject to prepayment penalties for early payment of principal.

The Company has a $600 million unsecured, revolving credit facility with an expiration date of March 2016. This credit facility contains a $300 million sublimit for issuance of standby letters of credit. Interest on this facility is based on LIBOR plus an applicable margin (currently 150 basis points) and is payable upon maturity but not less than quarterly. The Company had no borrowings outstanding or letters of credit issued under this facility as of April 28, 2012. As of April 28, 2012, the Company’s $600 million credit facility remains in place and available.

Borrowings under the credit facility and the senior notes are subject to certain covenants, including interest coverage and other financial ratios. In addition, the interest rates under the revolving credit facility may vary depending on actual interest coverage ratios achieved. As of April 28, 2012, the Company was in compliance with these covenants.

Note F: Taxes on Earnings

As of April 28, 2012 and April 30, 2011, the reserves for unrecognized tax benefits (net of federal tax benefits) were $53.0 million and $44.5 million inclusive of $10.8 million and $12.5 million of related interest, respectively. The Company accounts for interest and penalties related to unrecognized tax benefits as a part of its provision for taxes on earnings. If recognized, $35.9 million would impact the Company’s effective tax rate. The difference between the total amount of unrecognized tax benefits and the amounts that would impact the effective tax rate relates to amounts attributable to deferred income tax assets and liabilities. These amounts are net of federal and state income taxes.

During the next twelve months, it is reasonably possible that the statute of limitations may lapse pertaining to positions taken by the Company in prior year tax returns. If this occurs, the total amount of unrecognized tax benefits may decrease, reducing the provision for taxes on earnings by up to $1.1 million.

The Company is generally open to audit by the Internal Revenue Service under the statute of limitations for fiscal years 2008 through 2011. The Company’s state income tax returns are generally open to audit under the various statutes of limitations for fiscal years 2007 through 2011. Certain state tax returns are currently under audit by state tax authorities. The Company does not expect the results of these audits to have a material impact on the condensed consolidated financial statements.

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

To the Board of Directors and Stockholders of
Ross Stores, Inc.
Pleasanton, California

We have reviewed the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheets of Ross Stores, Inc. and subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of April 28, 2012 and April 30, 2011, and the related condensed consolidated statements of earnings, comprehensive income and cash flows for the three-month periods then ended. These condensed consolidated interim financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management.

We conducted our reviews in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). A review of interim financial information consists principally of applying analytical procedures and making inquiries of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters. It is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), the objective of which is the expression of an opinion regarding the financial statements taken as a whole. Accordingly, we do not express such an opinion.

Based on our reviews, we are not aware of any material modifications that should be made to such condensed consolidated interim financial statements for them to be in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

We have previously audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), the consolidated balance sheet of Ross Stores, Inc. and subsidiaries as of January 28, 2012, and the related consolidated statements of earnings, stockholders’ equity, and cash flows for the year then ended (not presented herein); and in our report dated March 27, 2012, we expressed an unqualified opinion on those consolidated financial statements. In our opinion, the information set forth in the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheet as of January 28, 2012, is fairly stated, in all material respects, in relation to the consolidated balance sheet from which it has been derived.

/s/Deloitte & Touche LLP

San Francisco, California
June 6, 2012

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ITEM 2. 

MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

This section and other parts of this Form 10-Q contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Our actual results may differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, those discussed in Part II, Item 1A (Risk Factors) below. The following discussion should be read in conjunction with the condensed consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included elsewhere in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2011. All information is based on our fiscal calendar.

Overview

Ross Stores, Inc. operates two brands of off-price retail apparel and home fashion stores -- Ross Dress for Less® (“Ross”) and dd’s DISCOUNTS®. Ross is the largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States with 1,051 locations in 30 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam as of April 28, 2012. Ross offers first-quality, in-season, name brand and designer apparel, accessories, footwear, and home fashions for the entire family at everyday savings of 20% to 60% off department and specialty store regular prices. We also operate 95 dd’s DISCOUNTS stores in eight states that feature a more moderately-priced assortment of first-quality, in-season, name brand apparel, accessories, footwear, and home fashions for the entire family at everyday savings of 20% to 70% off moderate department and discount store regular prices as of April 28, 2012.

Results of Operations

The following table summarizes the financial results for the three month periods ended April 28, 2012 and April 30, 2011:

Three Months Ended
April 28, 2012 April 30, 2011
Sales       
     Sales (millions)             $ 2,357           $ 2,075
     Sales growth  13.6% 7.2%
     Comparable store sales growth 9% 3%
 
Costs and expenses (as a percent of sales)
     Cost of goods sold 71.3% 71.4%
     Selling, general and administrative   14.3%    14.9%
     Interest expense, net 0.1% 0.1%
  
Earnings before taxes (as a percent of sales) 14.3% 13.6%
 
Net earnings (as a percent of sales) 8.9% 8.3%

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Stores. Our expansion strategy is to open additional stores based on market penetration, local demographic characteristics, competition, expected store profitability, and the ability to leverage overhead expenses. We continually evaluate opportunistic real estate acquisitions and opportunities for potential new store locations. We also evaluate our current store locations and determine store closures based on similar criteria.

Three Months Ended
April 28,       April 30,
2012 2011
Stores at the beginning of the period         1,125         1,055
Stores opened in the period 23 16
Stores closed in the period (2 )   (3 )
Stores at the end of the period 1,146 1,068

Sales. Sales for the three month period ended April 28, 2012 increased $282.3 million, or 14%, compared to the three month period ended April 30, 2011, due to the opening of 78 net new stores between April 30, 2011 and April 28, 2012 and a 9% increase in “comparable” store sales (defined as stores that have been open for more than 14 complete months).

Our sales mix for the three month periods ended April 28, 2012 and April 30, 2011 is shown below:

Three Months Ended
April 28, 2012       April 30, 2011
Ladies 31% 31%
Home accents and bed and bath 23% 24%
Shoes 14% 14%
Accessories, lingerie, fine jewelry, and fragrances 12% 12%
Men's 12%   11%
Children's 8% 8%
Total 100% 100%

We intend to address the competitive climate for off-price apparel and home goods by pursuing and refining our existing strategies and by continuing to strengthen our organization, to diversify our merchandise mix, and to more fully develop our organization and systems to improve regional and local merchandise offerings. Although our strategies and store expansion program contributed to sales gains for the three month period ended April 28, 2012, we cannot be sure that they will result in a continuation of sales growth or in an increase in net earnings.

Cost of goods sold. Cost of goods sold for the three month period ended April 28, 2012 increased $197.9 million compared to the same period in the prior year mainly due to increased sales from the opening of 78 net new stores between April 30, 2011 and April 28, 2012 and a 9% increase in comparable store sales.

Cost of goods sold as a percentage of sales for the three month period ended April 28, 2012 decreased approximately 15 basis points from the same period in the prior year. This improvement was driven primarily by a 35 basis point increase in merchandise gross margin, which included a 10 basis point benefit from a lower shrink accrual. In addition, occupancy expense improved by approximately 20 basis points. These favorable trends more than offset higher distribution costs of 20 basis points related to packaway timing and 10 basis point increases each in freight and buying costs.

We cannot be sure that the gross profit margins realized for the three month period ended April 28, 2012 will continue in the future.

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Selling, general and administrative expenses. For the three month period ended April 28, 2012, selling, general and administrative expenses increased $28.7 million compared to the same period in the prior year, mainly due to increased store operating costs reflecting the opening of 78 net new stores between April 30, 2011 and April 28, 2012.

Selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of sales for the three month period ended April 28, 2012 decreased by approximately 55 basis points over the same period in the prior year primarily due to leverage on both store operating costs and general and administrative expenses from the 9% increase in comparable store sales.

Interest expense, net. Net interest expense remained flat for the three month period ended April 28, 2012 compared to the same period in the prior year.

Taxes on earnings. Our effective tax rate for the three month periods ended April 28, 2012 and April 30, 2011 was approximately 38% and 39%, respectively, and represents the applicable combined federal and state statutory rates reduced by the federal benefit of state taxes deductible on federal returns. The effective rate is impacted by changes in law, location of new stores, level of earnings, and the resolution of tax positions with various taxing authorities. We anticipate that our effective tax rate for fiscal 2012 will be approximately 38%.

Earnings per share. Diluted earnings per share for the three month period ended April 28, 2012 was $0.93 compared to $0.74 in the prior year period. The 26% increase in diluted earnings per share is attributable to a 21% increase in net earnings and a 4% reduction in weighted average diluted shares outstanding, largely due to the repurchase of common stock under our stock repurchase program.

All share and per share amounts have been adjusted for the two-for-one stock split effective December 15, 2011.

Financial Condition

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Our primary sources of funds for our business activities are cash flows from operations and short-term trade credit. Our primary ongoing cash requirements are for merchandise inventory purchases, payroll, rent, taxes, capital expenditures in connection with opening new stores, and investments in distribution centers and information systems. We also use cash to repurchase stock under our stock repurchase program and to pay dividends.

Three Months Ended
($000) April 28, 2012       April 30, 2011
Cash provided by operating activities          $ 297,330        $ 41,051
Cash used in investing activities   (71,209 ) (68,282 )
Cash used in financing activities  (134,839 ) (135,688 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents $ 91,282 $  (162,919 )

Operating Activities

Net cash provided by operating activities was $297.3 million and $41.1 million for the three month periods ended April 28, 2012 and April 30, 2011, respectively. The primary sources of cash provided by operating activities for the three month periods ended April 28, 2012 and April 30, 2011 were net earnings excluding non-cash expenses for depreciation and amortization. Our primary source of operating cash flow is the sale of our merchandise inventory. We regularly review the age and condition of our merchandise and are able to maintain current merchandise inventory in our stores through replenishment processes and liquidation of slower-moving merchandise through clearance markdowns.

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The increase in cash flow from operating activities for the three month period ended April 28, 2012, compared to the prior year was primarily due to higher accounts payable leverage. The change in total merchandise inventory, net of the related change in accounts payable, resulted in a source of cash of approximately $96 million for the three months ended April 28, 2012 compared to a use of cash of approximately $85 million for the three months ended April 30, 2011. Accounts payable leverage (defined as accounts payable divided by merchandise inventory) increased to 73% as of April 28, 2012 from 67% as of January 28, 2012 as a result of lower packaway inventory.

We expect to continue to take advantage of packaway inventory opportunities to deliver bargains to our customers. As a regular part of our business, packaway inventory levels will vary over time based on availability of compelling opportunities in the marketplace. Packaway merchandise is purchased with the intent that it will be stored in our warehouses until a later date. The timing of the release of packaway inventory to our stores is principally driven by the product mix and seasonality of the merchandise, and its relation to the Company’s store merchandise assortment plans. As such, the aging of packaway varies by merchandise category and seasonality of purchase, but typically packaway remains in storage less than six months.

Changes in packaway inventory levels impact our operating cash flow. As of April 28, 2012, packaway inventory had decreased to 45% of total inventory from 49% at the end of fiscal 2011. At the end of the first quarter for fiscal 2011, packaway inventory was 48% of inventory compared to 47% at the end of fiscal 2010.

Investing Activities

Net cash used in investing activities was $71.2 million and $68.3 million for the three month periods ended April 28, 2012 and April 30, 2011, respectively. The increase in cash used for investing activities for the three month period ended April 28, 2012, compared to the three month period ended April 30, 2011 was primarily due to an increase in restricted accounts to serve as collateral for our insurance obligations, partially offset by a decrease in capital expenditures.

Our capital expenditures were approximately $58.0 million and $70.1 million, for the three month periods ended April 28, 2012 and April 30, 2011, respectively. Our capital expenditures include costs for fixtures and leasehold improvements to open new stores, costs to implement information technology systems, build, or expand distribution centers, and various other expenditures related to our stores, buying, and corporate offices. We opened 23 and 16 new stores during the three month periods ended April 28, 2012 and April 30, 2011, respectively. Our buying offices, our corporate headquarters, one distribution center, one trailer parking lot, three warehouse facilities, and all but three of our store locations are leased and, except for certain leasehold improvements and equipment, do not represent capital investments.

We are forecasting between $480 million to $490 million in capital expenditures in fiscal year 2012 to fund expenditures for fixtures and leasehold improvements to open both new Ross and dd’s DISCOUNTS stores, for the relocation or upgrade of existing stores, for investments in store and merchandising systems, buildings and equipment, for building distribution centers and implementing material handling equipment and related systems, and for various buying and corporate office expenditures. Our planned capital expenditures, as compared to our prior forecast, increased for the year primarily due to additional investments in our distribution network capacity. We expect to fund these expenditures with available cash and cash flows from operations.

We had purchases of investments of $0.4 million for the three month period ended April 28, 2012. We had no purchases of investments for the three month period ended April 30, 2011. We had proceeds from investments of $0.6 million and $1.8 million for the three month periods ended April 28, 2012 and April 30, 2011, respectively.

Financing Activities

Net cash used in financing activities was $134.8 million and $135.7 million for the three month periods ended April 28, 2012 and April 30, 2011. For the three month periods ended April 28, 2012 and April 30, 2011, our liquidity and capital requirements were provided by available cash and cash flows from operations.

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We repurchased 2.0 million and 3.2 million shares of common stock for aggregate purchase prices of approximately $110.6 million and $112.5 million during the three month periods ended April 28, 2012, and April 30, 2011, respectively. In January 2011, our Board of Directors approved a two-year $900 million stock repurchase program for fiscal 2011 and 2012.

For the three month periods ended April 28, 2012 and April 30, 2011, we paid dividends of $31.7 million and $25.9 million, respectively.

Short-term trade credit represents a significant source of financing for merchandise inventory. Trade credit arises from customary payment terms and trade practices with our vendors. We regularly review the adequacy of credit available to us from all sources and expect to be able to maintain adequate trade, bank, and other credit lines to meet our capital and liquidity requirements, including lease payment obligations in 2012.

At April 28, 2012, we had a $600 million unsecured, revolving credit facility which expires in March 2016. Interest on this facility is based on LIBOR plus an applicable margin (currently 150 basis points) and is payable upon maturity but not less than quarterly. We had no borrowings outstanding on this facility as of April 28, 2012 and April 30, 2011, respectively. As of April 28, 2012, our $600 million credit facility remains in place and available.

We estimate that existing cash balances, cash flows from operations, bank credit lines, and trade credit are adequate to meet our operating cash needs and to fund our planned capital investments, common stock repurchases, and quarterly dividend payments for at least the next twelve months.

Contractual Obligations

The table below presents our significant contractual obligations as of April 28, 2012:

Less than 1 - 3 3 - 5 After 5
($000) one year years years years Total¹
Senior notes          $ -          $ -          $ -          $ 150,000          $ 150,000
Interest payment obligations   9,668 19,335 19,335 30,860 79,198
Operating leases:  
     Rent obligations   368,234   711,784   492,238 458,378   2,030,634
     Synthetic leases 4,861 682   - - 5,543
     Other synthetic lease obligations 1,172 56,000 -   - 57,172
Purchase obligations 1,690,982 30,561 141 - 1,721,684
Total contractual obligations $  2,074,917 $  818,362 $  511,714   $  639,238   $  4,044,231

1We have a $53.0 million liability for unrecognized tax benefits that is included in other long-term liabilities on our interim condensed consolidated balance sheet. This liability is excluded from the schedule above as the timing of payments cannot be reasonably estimated.

Senior notes. We have two series of unsecured senior notes with various institutional investors for $150 million. The Series A notes totaling $85 million are due in December 2018 and bear interest at a rate of 6.38%. The Series B notes totaling $65 million are due in December 2021 and bear interest at a rate of 6.53%. Interest on these notes is included in Interest payment obligations in the table above. These notes are subject to prepayment penalties for early payment of principal.

Borrowings under these notes are subject to certain operating and financial covenants, including interest coverage and other financial ratios. As of April 28, 2012, we were in compliance with these covenants.

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Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

Operating leases. We lease our buying offices, corporate headquarters, one distribution center, one trailer parking lot, three warehouse facilities, and all but three of our store locations. Except for certain leasehold improvements and equipment, these leased locations do not represent long-term capital investments.

We have lease arrangements for certain equipment in our stores for our point-of-sale (“POS”) hardware and software systems. These leases are accounted for as operating leases for financial reporting purposes. The initial terms of these leases are either two or three years, and we typically have options to renew the leases for two to three one-year periods. Alternatively, we may purchase or return the equipment at the end of the initial or each renewal term. We have guaranteed the value of the equipment of $1.2 million at the end of the respective initial lease terms, which is included in Other synthetic lease obligations in the table above.

We lease a 1.3 million square foot distribution center in Perris, California. The land and building for this distribution center are financed by the lessor under a $70 million ten-year synthetic lease that expires in July 2013. Rent expense on this center is payable monthly at a fixed annual rate of 5.8% on the lease balance of $70 million. At the end of the lease term, we have the option to either refinance the $70 million synthetic lease facility, purchase the distribution center at the amount of the then-outstanding lease obligation, or arrange a sale of the distribution center to a third party. If the distribution center is sold to a third party for less than $70 million, we have agreed under a residual value guarantee to pay the lessor any shortfall amount up to $56 million. As of April 28, 2012, we have accrued approximately $4.6 million related to an estimated shortfall in the residual value guarantee recorded in accrued expenses and other in the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheets. The synthetic lease agreement includes a prepayment penalty for early payoff of the lease. Our contractual obligation of $56 million is included in Other synthetic lease obligations in the above table.

We have also recognized a liability and corresponding asset for the inception date estimated fair values of the distribution center and POS synthetic lease residual value guarantees. As of April 28, 2012, we have approximately $1.2 million of residual value guarantee asset and liability. These residual value guarantees are amortized on a straight-line basis over the original terms of the leases. The current portion of the related asset and liability is recorded in prepaid expenses and accrued expenses, respectively, and the long-term portion of the related assets and liabilities is recorded in other long-term assets and other long-term liabilities, respectively, in the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheets.

We lease three warehouses. Two of the warehouses are in Carlisle, Pennsylvania with leases expiring in 2013 and 2014. The third warehouse is in Fort Mill, South Carolina, with a lease expiring in 2016. The leases for all three of these warehouses contain renewal provisions. We also own a 423,000 square foot warehouse in Fort Mill, South Carolina and a 449,000 square foot warehouse in Riverside, California. All five of these warehouses are used to store our packaway inventory. We also lease a 10-acre parcel that has been developed for trailer parking adjacent to our Perris, California distribution center.

We lease approximately 188,000 square feet of office space for our corporate headquarters in Pleasanton, California, under several facility leases. The terms for these leases expire between 2014 and 2015 and contain renewal provisions.

We lease approximately 230,000 and 26,000 square feet of office space for our New York City and Los Angeles buying offices, respectively. The lease terms for these facilities expire in 2021 and 2014, respectively, and contain renewal provisions.

Purchase obligations. As of April 28, 2012 we had purchase obligations of approximately $1,722 million. These purchase obligations primarily consist of merchandise inventory purchase orders, commitments related to store fixtures and supplies, and information technology service and maintenance contracts. Merchandise inventory purchase orders of $1,532 million represent purchase obligations of less than one year as of April 28, 2012.

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Commercial Credit Facilities

The table below presents our significant available commercial credit facilities at April 28, 2012:

Amount of Commitment Expiration Per Period
($000) Less than 1
year
      1 - 3 years 3 - 5 years After 5 years Total amount
committed
Revolving credit facility         $       -   $       -       $ 600,000 $       - $ 600,000
Total commercial commitments $       - $       - $ 600,000         $       -       $ 600,000
  
For additional information relating to this credit facility, refer to note E of Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

Revolving credit facility. At April 28, 2012, we had available a $600 million unsecured, revolving credit facility with our banks. This credit facility expires in March 2016 and contains a $300 million sublimit for issuance of standby letters of credit. Interest on this facility is based on LIBOR plus an applicable margin (currently 150 basis points) and is payable upon maturity but not less than quarterly. Our borrowing ability under this credit facility is subject to our maintaining certain financial ratios. As of April 28, 2012 we had no borrowings outstanding or letters of credits issued under this facility and were in compliance with the covenants.

The synthetic lease facilities described above, as well as our revolving credit facility and senior notes, have covenant restrictions requiring us to maintain certain interest coverage and other financial ratios. In addition, the interest rates under the revolving credit facility may vary depending on actual interest coverage ratios achieved. As of April 28, 2012 we were in compliance with these covenants.

Standby letters of credit and collateral trust. We use standby letters of credit outside of our revolving credit facility and a trust to collateralize our insurance obligations. As of April 28, 2012, we had $45.3 million in standby letters of credit outstanding which are collateralized by restricted cash and cash equivalents and $34.8 million in a collateral trust consisting of restricted cash, cash equivalents, and investments.

At April 30, 2011, we had $80.6 million in standby letters of credit outstanding issued under our revolving credit facility.

Trade letters of credit. We had $43.1 million and $41.3 million in trade letters of credit outstanding at April 28, 2012 and April 30, 2011, respectively.

Dividends. In May 2012, our Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $.14 per common share, payable on June 29, 2012.

Critical Accounting Policies

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations is based on our condensed consolidated financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. The preparation of our condensed consolidated financial statements requires our management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts. These estimates and assumptions are evaluated on an ongoing basis and are based on historical experience and on various other factors that management believes to be reasonable. Actual results may differ significantly from these estimates. During the first quarter of fiscal 2012, there have been no significant changes to the policies discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 28, 2012.

Effects of inflation or deflation. We do not consider the effects of inflation or deflation to be material to our financial position and results of operations.

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Forward-Looking Statements

This report may contain a number of forward-looking statements regarding, without limitation, planned store growth, new markets, expected sales, projected earnings levels, capital expenditures, and other matters. These forward-looking statements reflect our then current beliefs, projections, and estimates with respect to future events and our projected financial performance, operations, and competitive position. The words “plan,” “expect,” “target,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “believe,” “forecast,” “projected,” “guidance,” “looking ahead” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.

Future economic and industry trends that could potentially impact revenue, profitability, and growth remain difficult to predict. As a result, our forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause our actual results to differ materially from those forward-looking statements and our previous expectations and projections. Refer to Part II, Item 1A in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for a more complete discussion of risk factors for Ross and dd’s DISCOUNTS. The factors underlying our forecasts are dynamic and subject to change. As a result, any forecasts or forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are given and do not necessarily reflect our outlook at any other point in time. We disclaim any obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements.

Other risk factors are detailed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including, without limitation, our Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2011.

ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

We are exposed to market risks, which primarily include changes in interest rates. We do not engage in financial transactions for trading or speculative purposes.

We occasionally use forward contracts to hedge against fluctuations in foreign currency prices. We had no outstanding forward contracts as of April 28, 2012.

Interest that is payable on our revolving credit facility is based on variable interest rates and is, therefore, affected by changes in market interest rates. As of April 28, 2012, we had no borrowings outstanding under our revolving credit facility. In addition, lease payments under certain of our synthetic lease agreements are determined based on variable interest rates and are, therefore, affected by changes in market interest rates.

In addition, we have two outstanding series of unsecured notes held by institutional investors: Series A for $85 million accrues interest at 6.38% and Series B for $65 million accrues interest at 6.53%. The amount outstanding under these notes as of April 28, 2012 was $150 million.

Interest is receivable on our short- and long-term investments. Changes in interest rates may impact interest income recognized in the future, or the fair value of our investment portfolio.

A hypothetical 100 basis point increase or decrease in prevailing market interest rates would not have a material impact on our consolidated financial position, results of operations, cash flows, or the fair values of our short- and long-term investments as of and for the three month period ended April 28, 2012. We do not consider the potential losses in future earnings and cash flows from reasonably possible, near-term changes in interest rates to be material.

ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

Disclosure Controls and Procedures

Our management, with the participation of our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of our “disclosure controls and procedures” (as defined in Exchange Act Rule 13a-15(e)) as of the end of the period covered by this report. Our disclosure controls and procedures are designed to provide reasonable assurance of achieving their objectives. Based on that evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were effective at that reasonable assurance level as of the end of the period covered by this report.

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It should be noted that any system of controls, however well designed and operated, can provide only reasonable, and not absolute, assurance that the objectives of the system will be met. In addition, the design of any control system is based in part upon certain assumptions about the likelihood of future events.

Quarterly Evaluation of Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

Our management, with the participation of our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, also conducted an evaluation of our internal control over financial reporting to determine whether any change occurred during the first fiscal quarter of 2012 that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting. Based on that evaluation, our management concluded that there was no such change during the 2012 first fiscal quarter.

PART II – OTHER INFORMATION

ITEM 1. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

The matters under the caption “Provision for litigation costs and other legal proceedings” in Note A of Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements are incorporated herein by reference.

ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS

Our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for our first fiscal quarter of 2012, and information we provide in our press releases, telephonic reports, and other investor communications, including those on our corporate website, may contain forward-looking statements with respect to anticipated future events and our projected financial performance, operations, and competitive position that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those forward-looking statements and our prior expectations and projections. Refer to Management’s Discussion and Analysis for a more complete identification and discussion of “Forward-Looking Statements.”

Our financial condition, results of operations, cash flows, and the performance of our common stock may be adversely affected by a number of risk factors. Risks and uncertainties that apply to both Ross and dd’s DISCOUNTS include, without limitation, the following:

We are subject to the economic and industry risks that affect large retailers operating in the United States.

Our business is exposed to the risks of a large, multi-store retailer, which must continually and efficiently obtain and distribute a supply of fresh merchandise throughout a large and growing network of stores. These risk factors include:

  • An increase in the level of competitive pressures in the apparel or home-related merchandise industry.
     
  • Changes in the level of consumer spending on or preferences for apparel or home-related merchandise.
     
  • The impact from the macro-economic environment and financial and credit markets including but not limited to interest rates, recession, inflation, deflation, energy costs, tax rates and policy, unemployment trends, and fluctuating commodity costs.
     
  • Changes in geopolitical and geoeconomic conditions.
     
  • Unseasonable weather trends that could affect consumer demand for seasonal apparel and apparel-related products.

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  • A change in the availability, quantity, or quality of attractive brand name merchandise at desirable discounts that could impact our ability to purchase product and continue to offer customers a wide assortment of merchandise at competitive prices.
     
  • Potential disruptions in the supply chain that could impact our ability to deliver product to our stores in a timely and cost-effective manner.
     
  • A change in the availability, quality, or cost of new store real estate locations.
     
  • A downturn in the economy or a natural disaster in California or in another region where we have a concentration of stores or a distribution center. Our corporate headquarters, Los Angeles buying office, two distribution centers, one warehouse, and 26% of our stores are located in California.

We are subject to operating risks as we attempt to execute on our merchandising and growth strategies.

The continued success of our business depends, in part, upon our ability to increase sales at our existing store locations, to open new stores, and to operate stores on a profitable basis. Our existing strategies and store expansion programs may not result in a continuation of our anticipated revenue or profit growth. In executing our off-price retail strategies and working to improve efficiencies, expand our store network, and reduce our costs, we face a number of operational risks, including:

  • Our ability to attract and retain personnel with the retail talent necessary to execute our strategies.
     
  • Our ability to effectively operate our various supply chain, core merchandising, and other information systems.
     
  • Our ability to improve our merchandising capabilities through implementation of new processes and systems enhancements.
     
  • Our ability to improve new store sales and profitability, especially in newer regions and markets.
     
  • Our ability to achieve and maintain targeted levels of productivity and efficiency in our distribution centers.
     
  • Our ability to lease or acquire acceptable new store sites with favorable demographics and long-term financial returns.
     
  • Our ability to identify and to successfully enter new geographic markets.
     
  • Our ability to achieve planned gross margins, by effectively managing inventories, markdowns, and shrink.
     
  • Our ability to effectively manage all operating costs of the business, the largest of which are payroll and benefit costs for store and distribution center employees.

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ITEM 2. UNREGISTERED SALES OF EQUITY SECURITIES AND USE OF PROCEEDS

Information regarding shares of common stock we repurchased during the first quarter of fiscal 2012 is as follows:

Total number of Maximum number
shares (or approximate
(or units) dollar value) of
purchased as shares (or units)
Total number of part of publicly that may yet be
shares Average price announced purchased under
(or units) paid per share plans or the plans or
Period purchased1, 2 (or unit) programs programs ($000)3
February
(1/29/2012-2/25/2012) 687,522   $ 51.95 677,443 $ 414,800
March  
(2/26/2012-3/31/2012) 954,386   $ 56.64 663,943 $ 377,100
April
(4/01/2012-4/28/2012) 738,080   $ 59.57 632,298 $ 339,400
 
Total       2,379,988       $ 56.19       1,973,684       $ 339,400

1All share and per share amounts have been adjusted for the two-for-one stock split effective December 15, 2011.

2We purchased 406,304 of these shares during the quarter ended April 28, 2012 from employees for tax withholding purposes related to vesting of restricted stock grants. All remaining shares were repurchased under our publicly announced stock repurchase program.

3In January 2011 our Board of Directors approved a two-year $900 million stock repurchase program for fiscal 2011 and 2012.

ITEM 6. EXHIBITS

Incorporated herein by reference to the list of exhibits contained in the Index to Exhibits within this Report.

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements 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.

       ROSS STORES, INC.
  (Registrant)
    
  Date:  June 6, 2012 By:   /s/ J. Call
  John G. Call
    Group Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and
  Principal Accounting Officer

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INDEX TO EXHIBITS

Exhibit
Number       Exhibit
3.1

Amendment of Certificate of Incorporation dated May 21, 2004 and Amendment of Certificate of Incorporation dated June 5, 2002 and Corrected First Restated Certificate of Incorporation, incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Form 10-Q filed by Ross Stores for its quarter ended July 31, 2004.

 
3.2 Amended and Restated By-laws, as last amended November 16, 2011, incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.2 to the Form 10-Q filed by Ross Stores, Inc. for its quarter ended October 29, 2011.
 
3.3

Amendment of Certificate of Incorporation dated July 18, 2011 incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.3 to the Form 10-Q filed by Ross Stores, Inc. for its quarter ended July 30, 2011.

 
10.1 Executive Employment Agreement effective February 6, 2012 between John G. Call and Ross Stores, Inc.
 
15 Letter re: Unaudited Interim Financial Information from Deloitte & Touche LLP dated June 6, 2012.
 
31.1 Certification of Chief Executive Officer Pursuant to Sarbanes-Oxley Act Section 302(a).
 
31.2 Certification of Chief Financial Officer Pursuant to Sarbanes-Oxley Act Section 302(a).
 
32.1 Certification of Chief Executive Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350.
 
32.2 Certification of Chief Financial Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350.
 
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

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