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Ross Stores 10-Q 2013
ROST-2013.5.4-10Q


UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
FORM 10-Q
(Mark one)
ý
   
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
 
 
 
 
For the quarterly period ended May 4, 2013
 
 
or
o
 
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 ý No o
          
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 ý    No o
          
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 ý Accelerated filer o Non-accelerated filer o Smaller reporting company o
          
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).
Yes o No ý

The number of shares of Common Stock, with $.01 par value, outstanding on May 23, 2013 was 218,677,597.

1



PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

ITEM 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings

 
Three Months Ended
($000, except stores and per share data, unaudited)
May 4, 2013

 
April 28, 2012

Sales
$
2,539,914

 
$
2,356,841

 
 
 
 
Costs and Expenses
 
 
 
Costs of goods sold
1,798,811

 
1,679,127

Selling, general and administrative
361,968

 
337,811

Interest expense, net
209

 
2,232

Total costs and expenses
2,160,988

 
2,019,170

 
 
 
 
Earnings before taxes
378,926

 
337,671

Provision for taxes on earnings
144,314

 
129,058

Net earnings
$
234,612

 
$
208,613

 
 
 
 
Earnings per share
 
 
 
Basic
$
1.09

 
$
0.94

Diluted
$
1.07

 
$
0.93

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted average shares outstanding (000)
 
 
 
Basic
215,408

 
221,104

Diluted
218,496

 
224,929

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dividends
 
 
 
Cash dividends declared per share
$

 
$

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stores open at end of period
1,227

 
1,146

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

2



Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

 
Three Months Ended
($000, unaudited)
May 4, 2013

 
April 28, 2012

Net earnings
$
234,612

 
$
208,613

 
 
 
 
Other comprehensive income:
 
 
 
Change in unrealized gain (loss) on investments, net of tax
1

 
(9
)
Comprehensive income
$
234,613

 
$
208,604

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

3



Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

($000, unaudited)
May 4, 2013

 
February 2, 2013

 
April 28, 2012

Assets
 
 
 
 
 
Current Assets
 
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
714,174

 
$
646,761

 
$
741,117

Short-term investments
1,038

 
1,087

 
463

Accounts receivable
77,284

 
59,617

 
66,632

Merchandise inventory
1,226,449

 
1,209,237

 
1,134,703

Prepaid expenses and other
111,405

 
94,318

 
104,216

Deferred income taxes
22,846

 
20,407

 
11,854

Total current assets
2,153,196

 
2,031,427

 
2,058,985

 
 
 
 
 
 
Property and Equipment
 
 
 
 
 
Land and buildings
373,073

 
372,659

 
342,356

Fixtures and equipment
1,575,927

 
1,551,590

 
1,471,471

Leasehold improvements
759,232

 
732,671

 
675,796

Construction-in-progress
280,062

 
258,691

 
83,291

  
2,988,294

 
2,915,611

 
2,572,914

Less accumulated depreciation and amortization
1,461,730

 
1,422,327

 
1,326,313

Property and equipment, net
1,526,564

 
1,493,284

 
1,246,601

 
 
 
 
 
 
Long-term investments
4,302

 
4,374

 
5,614

Other long-term assets
158,699

 
141,476

 
146,286

Total assets
$
3,842,761

 
$
3,670,561

 
$
3,457,486

 
 
 
 
 
 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
 
 
 
 
 
Current Liabilities
 
 
 
 
 
Accounts payable
$
859,595

 
$
807,534

 
$
830,044

Accrued expenses and other
328,690

 
320,415

 
284,108

Accrued payroll and benefits
168,088

 
241,129

 
148,770

Income taxes payable
110,829

 
53,504

 
107,715

Total current liabilities
1,467,202

 
1,422,582

 
1,370,637

 
 
 
 
 
 
Long-term debt
150,000

 
150,000

 
150,000

Other long-term liabilities
261,301

 
246,815

 
211,777

Deferred income taxes
88,997

 
84,301

 
114,437

 
 
 
 
 
 
Commitments and contingencies


 


 


 
 
 
 
 
 
Stockholders’ Equity
 
 
 
 
 
Common stock
2,189

 
2,207

 
2,258

Additional paid-in capital
897,789

 
866,519

 
826,388

Treasury stock
(117,556
)
 
(91,708
)
 
(85,385
)
Accumulated other comprehensive income
586

 
585

 
626

Retained earnings
1,092,253

 
989,260

 
866,748

Total stockholders’ equity
1,875,261

 
1,766,863

 
1,610,635

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity
$
3,842,761

 
$
3,670,561

 
$
3,457,486

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

4



Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

 
Three Months Ended
($000, unaudited)
May 4, 2013

 
April 28, 2012

Cash Flows From Operating Activities
 
 
 
Net earnings
$
234,612

 
$
208,613

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided
by operating activities
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
48,726

 
43,136

Stock-based compensation
11,788

 
11,587

Deferred income taxes
2,257

 
(339
)
Tax benefit from equity issuance
20,341

 
23,123

Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation
(20,114
)
 
(22,662
)
Change in assets and liabilities:
 
 
 
Merchandise inventory
(17,212
)
 
(4,633
)
Other current assets
(31,197
)
 
(28,890
)
Accounts payable
89,620

 
100,177

Other current liabilities
8,077

 
(33,792
)
Other long-term, net
5,961

 
1,010

Net cash provided by operating activities
352,859

 
297,330

 
 
 
 
Cash Flows From Investing Activities
 
 
 
Additions to property and equipment
(97,552
)
 
(57,993
)
Increase in restricted cash and investments
(12,254
)
 
(13,410
)
Purchases of investments

 
(424
)
Proceeds from investments
107

 
618

Net cash used in investing activities
(109,699
)
 
(71,209
)
 
 
 
 
Cash Flows From Financing Activities
 
 
 
Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation
20,114

 
22,662

Issuance of common stock related to stock plans
5,766

 
7,955

Treasury stock purchased
(25,848
)
 
(23,123
)
Repurchase of common stock
(138,304
)
 
(110,614
)
Dividends paid
(37,475
)
 
(31,719
)
Net cash used in financing activities
(175,747
)
 
(134,839
)
 
 
 
 
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents
67,413

 
91,282

 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents:
 
 
 
Beginning of period
646,761

 
649,835

End of period
$
714,174

 
$
741,117

 
 
 
 
Supplemental Cash Flow Disclosures
 
 
 
Interest paid
$

 
$

Income taxes paid
$
59,232

 
$
30,258

 
 
 
 
Non-Cash Investing Activities
 
 
 
Increase (decrease) in fair value of investment securities
$
2

 
$
(13
)
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.


5



Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

Three Months Ended May 4, 2013 and April 28, 2012
(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 May 4, 2013 and April 28, 2012, the results of operations, comprehensive income, and cash flows for the three month periods then ended. The Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet as of February 2, 2013, 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 February 2, 2013. 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 February 2, 2013.

The results of operations and comprehensive income for the three month periods ended May 4, 2013 and April 28, 2012 presented herein are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the full fiscal year.

Restricted cash, cash equivalents, and investments. The Company has restricted cash, cash equivalents, and investments that serve as collateral for certain insurance obligations of the Company. 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. The following table summarizes total restricted cash, cash equivalents, and investments which were included in prepaid expenses and other and other long-term assets in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet as of May 4, 2013, February 2, 2013, and April 28, 2012:

Restricted Assets ($000)
May 4, 2013

 
February 2, 2013

 
April 28, 2012

Prepaid expenses and other
$
23,499

 
$
19,941

 
$
22,438

Other long-term assets
57,533

 
48,821

 
57,698

Total
$
81,032

 
$
68,762

 
$
80,136


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, and other long-term liabilities approximates their estimated fair value.

Cash and cash equivalents were $714.2 million, $646.8 million, and $741.1 million at May 4, 2013, February 2, 2013, and April 28, 2012, 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.


6



Sales mix. The Company’s sales mix is shown below for the three month periods ended May 4, 2013 and April 28, 2012:

 
Three Months Ended
 
May 4, 2013

 
April 28, 2012

Ladies
31
%
 
31
%
Home accents and bed and bath
22
%
 
23
%
Shoes
14
%
 
14
%
Accessories, lingerie, fine jewelry, and fragrances
13
%
 
12
%
Men's
12
%
 
12
%
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 2013, the Company's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.17 per common share, that was paid in March 2013. The Company’s Board of Directors declared cash dividends of $0.14 per common share in January, May, August, and November 2012, respectively.

In May 2013, the Company's Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.17 per common share, payable on June 28, 2013.

Revenue recognition. The Company recognizes revenue at the point of sale and maintains an allowance for estimated future returns. Sales of stored value cards are deferred until they are redeemed for the purchase of Company merchandise. The Company’s stored value cards do not have expiration dates. Based upon historical redemption rates, a small percentage of stored value cards will never be redeemed, which represents breakage. The Company recognizes income from stored value 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 May 4, 2013 and April 28, 2012.

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 and other employment laws. Class action litigation remains pending as of May 4, 2013.

The Company is also party to various other legal and regulatory proceedings arising in the normal course of business. Actions filed against the Company include commercial, product and product safety, customer, intellectual property, and labor and employment-related claims, including lawsuits in which private plaintiffs or governmental agencies 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 and regulatory proceedings is not expected to have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial condition, results of operations, or cash flows.

7




Note B: Investments and Restricted Investments

The amortized cost and fair value of the Company’s available-for-sale securities as of May 4, 2013 were:
($000)
Amortized
cost

 
Unrealized
gains

 
Unrealized
losses

 
Fair value

 
 
Short-term

 
Long-term

Investments
 

 
 

 


 
 

 
 
 

 
 

Corporate securities
$
4,713

 
$
455

 
$
(10
)
 
$
5,158

 
 
$
1,002

 
$
4,156

Mortgage-backed securities
171

 
11

 

 
182

 
 
36

 
146

Total investments
4,884

 
466

 
(10
)
 
5,340

 
 
1,038

 
4,302

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Restricted Investments
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Corporate securities
1,110

 
20

 

 
1,130

 
 
1,012

 
118

U.S. government and agency securities
3,743

 
427

 

 
4,170

 
 
146

 
4,024

Total restricted investments
4,853

 
447

 

 
5,300

 
 
1,158

 
4,142

Total
$
9,737

 
$
913

 
$
(10
)
 
$
10,640

 
 
$
2,196

 
$
8,444


The amortized cost and fair value of the Company's available-for-sale securities as of February 2, 2013 were:

($000)
Amortized
cost

 
Unrealized
gains

 
Unrealized
losses

 
Fair value
 
 
Short-term
 
Long-term
Investments
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Corporate securities
$
4,715

 
$
468

 
$
(14
)
 
$
5,169

 
 
$
1,013

 
$
4,156

Mortgage-backed securities
276

 
16

 

 
292

 
 
74

 
218

Total investments
4,991

 
484

 
(14
)
 
5,461

 
 
1,087

 
4,374

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Restricted Investments
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Corporate securities
1,360

 
34

 

 
1,394

 
 
1,275

 
119

U.S. government and agency securities
3,748

 
397

 

 
4,145

 
 

 
4,145

Total restricted investments
5,108

 
431

 

 
5,539

 
 
1,275

 
4,264

Total
$
10,099

 
$
915

 
$
(14
)
 
$
11,000

 
 
$
2,362

 
$
8,638



8



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

($000)
Amortized
cost

 
Unrealized
gains

 
Unrealized
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


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 May 4, 2013 are summarized below:

 
Fair Value Measurements at Reporting Date
($000)
May 4, 2013

 
Quoted prices in
active markets for
identical assets (Level 1)

 
Significant
other
observable
inputs (Level 2)

 
Significant
unobservable
inputs (Level 3)

Investments
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Corporate securities
$
5,158

 
$

 
$
5,158

 
$

Mortgage-backed securities
182

 

 
182

 

Total investments
5,340

 

 
5,340

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Restricted Investments
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Corporate securities
1,130

 

 
1,130

 

U.S. government and agency securities
4,170

 
4,170

 

 

Total restricted investments
5,300

 
4,170

 
1,130

 

Total
$
10,640

 
$
4,170

 
$
6,470

 
$



9



Investments and restricted investments measured at fair value at February 2, 2013 are summarized below:

 
Fair Value Measurements at Reporting Date
($000)
February 2, 2013

 
Quoted prices in
active markets for
identical assets (Level 1)

 
Significant
other
observable
inputs (Level 2)

 
Significant
unobservable
inputs (Level 3)

Investments
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Corporate securities
$
5,169

 
$

 
$
5,169

 
$

Mortgage-backed securities
292

 

 
292

 

Total investments
5,461

 

 
5,461

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Restricted Investments
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Corporate securities
1,394

 

 
1,394

 

U.S. government and agency securities
4,145

 
4,145

 

 

Total restricted investments
5,539

 
4,145

 
1,394

 

Total
$
11,000

 
$
4,145

 
$
6,855

 
$


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

 
Fair Value Measurements at Reporting Date
($000)
April 28, 2012

 
Quoted prices in
active markets for
identical assets (Level 1)

 
Significant
other
observable
inputs (Level 2)

 
Significant
unobservable
inputs (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
$
11,700

 
$
4,184

 
$
7,516

 
$


The future maturities of investment and restricted investment securities at May 4, 2013 were:

 
Investments
 
Restricted Investments
($000)
Cost basis

 
Estimated fair value

 
Cost basis

 
Estimated fair value

Maturing in one year or less
$
1,036

 
$
1,038

 
$
1,144

 
$
1,158

Maturing after one year through five years
2,749

 
2,965

 
809

 
917

Maturing after five years through ten years
1,099

 
1,337

 
2,900

 
3,225

Total
$
4,884

 
$
5,340

 
$
4,853

 
$
5,300



10



The underlying assets in the Company’s non-qualified deferred compensation program totaling $85.1 million, $76.9 million and $75.3 million as of May 4, 2013, February 2, 2013, and April 28, 2012, 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 $73.1 million, $65.9 million, and $63.8 million as of May 4, 2013, February 2, 2013, and April 28, 2012, respectively. The fair value measurement for funds without quoted market prices in active markets (Level 2) totaled $12.0 million, $11.0 million, and $11.5 million as of May 4, 2013, February 2, 2013, and April 28, 2012, 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 May 4, 2013 and April 28, 2012, the Company recognized stock-based compensation expense as follows:

 
Three Months Ended
($000)
May 4, 2013

 
April 28, 2012

Restricted stock
$
7,728

 
$
6,748

Performance awards
3,529

 
4,396

ESPP
531

 
443

Total
$
11,788

 
$
11,587


Total stock-based compensation recognized in the Company's Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings for the three month periods ended May 4, 2013 and April 28, 2012 is as follows:

 
Three Months Ended
Statements of Earnings Classification ($000)
May 4, 2013

 
April 28, 2012

Cost of goods sold
$
6,298

 
$
4,991

Selling, general and administrative
5,490

 
6,596

Total
$
11,788

 
$
11,587


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

During the three month period ended May 4, 2013, shares acquired by the Company for tax withholding totaled 438,098 shares and are considered treasury shares which are available for reissuance. As of May 4, 2013, shares subject to repurchase related to unvested restricted stock totaled 4.1 million shares.

(000, except per share data)
Number of
shares

 
Weighted
average
grant date
fair value

Unvested at February 2, 2013
4,560

 
$
29.96

Awarded
661

 
56.69

Released
(1,110
)
 
23.36

Forfeited
(20
)
 
30.39

Unvested at May 4, 2013
4,091

 
$
36.10



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The unamortized compensation expense at May 4, 2013 was $101.9 million, which is expected to be recognized over a weighted-average remaining period of 2.3 years. The unamortized compensation expense at April 28, 2012 was $93.4 million, which was expected to be recognized over a weighted-average remaining period of 2.3 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 vest over a service period, generally two to three years from the date the performance award was granted. The release of shares related to restricted stock units earned are deferred generally for one year from the date earned.

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. 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 May 4, 2013:
(000, except per share data)
Number of
shares

 
Weighted average
exercise price

 
Weighted average remaining contractual term
 
Aggregate intrinsic value

Outstanding at February 2, 2013
1,715

 
$
13.79

 
 
 
 
Granted

 

 
 
 
 
Exercised
(225
)
 
12.36

 
 
 
 
Forfeited

 

 
 
 
 
Outstanding at May 4, 2013, all vested
1,490

 
$
14.00

 
1.99
 
$
77,060


No stock options were granted during the three month periods ended May 4, 2013 and April 28, 2012.

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 May 4, 2013 (number of shares in thousands):

 
 
 
 
Options outstanding and exercisable
Exercise price range
 
Number of shares

 
Remaining life
 
Exercise price

$
10.42

to
$
13.85

 
408

 
1.71
 
$
12.88

13.89

to
14.31

 
471

 
2.36
 
14.07

14.32

to
14.71

 
483

 
1.61
 
14.49

14.80

to
16.39

 
128

 
2.97
 
15.46

$
10.42

to
$
16.39

 
1,490

 
1.99
 
$
14.00




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Note D: Earnings Per Share

The Company computes and reports both basic earnings per share ("EPS") and diluted EPS. Basic 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 periods ended May 4, 2013 and April 28, 2012 approximately 1,800 and 4,000 weighted average shares, respectively, were excluded from the calculation of diluted EPS because their effect would have been anti-dilutive in the period presented.

The following is a reconciliation of the number of shares (denominator) used in the basic and diluted EPS computations:
 
Three Months Ended
Shares in (000s)
Basic EPS

 
Effect of
dilutive
common stock
equivalents

 
Diluted
EPS

May 4, 2013
 
 
 
 
 
Shares
215,408

 
3,088

 
218,496

Amount
$
1.09

 
$
(0.02
)
 
$
1.07

 
 
 
 
 
 
April 28, 2012
 
 
 
 
 
     Shares
221,104

 
3,825

 
224,929

     Amount
$
0.94

 
$
(0.01
)
 
$
0.93


Note E: Debt

Senior notes. The Company has two series of unsecured senior notes held by 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 May 4, 2013 of approximately $190 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.

Revolving credit facility. The Company's $600 million unsecured revolving credit facility, as amended in June 2012, expires in June 2017 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 112.5 basis points) and is payable quarterly and upon maturity. The Company had no borrowings outstanding or letters of credit issued under this facility as of May 4, 2013. As of May 4, 2013, 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 May 4, 2013, the Company was in compliance with these covenants.



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Note F: Taxes on Earnings

As of May 4, 2013 and April 28, 2012, the reserves for unrecognized tax benefits were $87.6 million and $68.0 million inclusive of $18.4 million and $16.7 million of related interest and penalties, 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, $44.2 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 $2.1 million.

The Company is generally open to audit by the Internal Revenue Service under the statute of limitations for fiscal years 2009 through 2012. The Company’s state income tax returns are generally open to audit under the various statutes of limitations for fiscal years 2008 through 2012. 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 May 4, 2013 and April 28, 2012, and the related condensed consolidated statements of earnings, comprehensive income and cash flows for the three-month periods ended May 4, 2013 and April 28, 2012. These interim consolidated 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 February 2, 2013, 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 April 2, 2013, 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 February 2, 2013, 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 12, 2013

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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 2012. 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 1,112 locations in 33 states, the District of Columbia and Guam as of May 4, 2013. 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 115 dd’s DISCOUNTS stores in nine 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 May 4, 2013.

Results of Operations

The following table summarizes the financial results for the three month periods ended May 4, 2013 and April 28, 2012:
 
Three Months Ended
 
May 4, 2013

 
April 28, 2012

Sales
 
 
 
Sales (millions)
$
2,540

 
$
2,357

Sales growth
7.8
%
 
13.6
%
Comparable store sales growth
3
%
 
9
%
 
 
 
 
Costs and expenses (as a percent of sales)
 
 
 
Cost of goods sold
70.8
%
 
71.3
%
Selling, general and administrative
14.3
%
 
14.3
%
Interest expense, net
0.0
%
 
0.1
%
 
 
 
 
Earnings before taxes (as a percent of sales)
14.9
%
 
14.3
%

 
 
 
Net earnings (as a percent of sales)
9.2
%
 
8.9
%


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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
Store Count
May 4, 2013

 
April 28, 2012

Beginning of the period
1,199

 
1,125

Opened in the period
28

 
23

Closed in the period

 
(2
)
End of the period
1,227

 
1,146


Sales. Sales for the three month period ended May 4, 2013 increased $183.1 million, or 8%, compared to the three month period ended April 28, 2012, due to the opening of 81 net new stores between April 28, 2012 and May 4, 2013 and a 3% 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 May 4, 2013 and April 28, 2012 is shown below:
 
Three Months Ended
 
May 4, 2013

 
April 28, 2012

Ladies
31
%
 
31
%
Home accents and bed and bath
22
%
 
23
%
Shoes
14
%
 
14
%
Accessories, lingerie, fine jewelry, and fragrances
13
%
 
12
%
Men's
12
%
 
12
%
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, diversify our merchandise mix, and 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 May 4, 2013, 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 May 4, 2013 increased $120 million compared to the same period in the prior year mainly due to increased sales from the opening of 81 net new stores between April 28, 2012 and May 4, 2013 and a 3% increase in comparable store sales.

Cost of goods sold as a percentage of sales for the three month period ended May 4, 2013 decreased about 45 basis points from the same period in the prior year.  This improvement was driven primarily by a 50 basis point increase in merchandise margin, which included a five basis point benefit from a lower inventory shortage accrual. In addition, freight and distribution expenses improved by approximately 10 basis points each. These favorable trends were partially offset by 15 basis points in higher buying costs and an increase in occupancy expense of 10 basis points.

We cannot be sure that the gross profit margins realized for the three month period ended May 4, 2013 will continue in the future.

Selling, general and administrative expenses. For the three month period ended May 4, 2013, selling, general and administrative expenses ("SG&A") increased $24 million compared to the same period in the prior year, mainly due to increased store operating costs reflecting the opening of 81 net new stores between April 28, 2012 and May 4, 2013.


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Selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of sales for the three month period ended May 4, 2013 decreased by approximately 5 basis points compared to the same period in the prior year, primarily due to leverage on store operating costs from the 3% increase in comparable store sales.

Interest expense, net. Net interest expense as a percentage of sales decreased by approximately 10 basis points for the three month period ended May 4, 2013 compared to the same period in the prior year, primarily due to higher capitalization of construction interest.

Taxes on earnings. Our effective tax rate for the three month periods ended May 4, 2013 and April 28, 2012 was approximately 38%, which 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 2013 will be about 38%.

Net earnings. Net earnings as a percentage of sales for the three month period ended May 4, 2013 was higher compared to the same period in the prior year, primarily due to lower cost of goods sold, lower interest expense, and lower SG&A expenses as a percentage of sales.

Earnings per share. Diluted earnings per share for the three month period ended May 4, 2013 was $1.07 compared to $0.93 in the prior year period. The 15% increase in diluted earnings per share is attributable to a 12% increase in net earnings and a 3% reduction in weighted average diluted shares outstanding, due to the stock repurchase program.

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, and capital expenditures in connection with new and existing stores, and investments in distribution centers, information systems, and buying and corporate offices. We also use cash to repurchase stock under our stock repurchase program and to pay dividends.

 
Three Months Ended
($000)
May 4, 2013

 
April 28, 2012

Cash provided by operating activities
$
352,859

 
$
297,330

Cash used in investing activities
(109,699
)
 
(71,209
)
Cash used in financing activities
(175,747
)
 
(134,839
)
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents
$
67,413

 
$
91,282


Operating Activities

Net cash provided by operating activities was $352.9 million and $297.3 million for the three month periods ended May 4, 2013 and April 28, 2012, respectively, and was primarily driven by 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.

The increase in cash flow from operating activities for the three month periods ended May 4, 2013, compared to the prior year was primarily due to higher net earnings and the timing of payments of certain expenses. The change in total merchandise inventory, net of the change in accounts payable, resulted in a source of cash of approximately $72 million for the three months ended May 4, 2013, compared to a source of cash of approximately $96 million for the three months ended April 28, 2012. Accounts payable leverage (defined as accounts payable divided by merchandise inventory) was 70%, 67%, and 73% as of May 4, 2013, February 2, 2013, and April 28, 2012, respectively. Changes in accounts payable leverage are primarily driven by timing of packaway receipts.


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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 our 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. We expect to continue to take advantage of packaway inventory opportunities to deliver bargains to our customers.

Changes in packaway inventory levels impact our operating cash flow. As of May 4, 2013, packaway inventory was 45% of total inventory compared to 47% at the end of fiscal 2012. At the end of the first quarter for fiscal 2012, packaway inventory was 45% of total inventory compared to 49% at the end of fiscal 2011.

Investing Activities

Net cash used in investing activities was $109.7 million and $71.2 million for the three month periods ended May 4, 2013 and April 28, 2012, respectively. The increase in cash used for investing activities for the three month period ended May 4, 2013, compared to the three month period ended April 28, 2012 was primarily due to an increase in our capital expenditures.

Our capital expenditures were $97.6 million and $58.0 million for the three month periods ended May 4, 2013 and April 28, 2012, respectively. Our capital expenditures include costs to build or expand distribution centers, development of our new data center, open new stores and improve existing stores, and for various other expenditures related to our information technology systems, buying, and corporate offices. We opened 28 and 23 new stores during the three month periods ended May 4, 2013 and April 28, 2012, respectively. Our buying offices, our current 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 forecast approximately $670 million in capital expenditures for fiscal year 2013. In addition to funding costs for fixtures and leasehold improvements to open both new Ross and dd’s DISCOUNTS stores, the upgrade or relocation of existing stores, investments in information technology systems, and for various other expenditures related to our stores, distribution centers, buying and corporate offices, the expected growth in capital expenditures in 2013 is mainly due to our investment over the next two years in two new distribution centers, the purchase of one of our existing leased distribution centers, the relocation of our corporate headquarters and the development of our new data center. We expect to fund these expenditures with available cash and cash flows from operations.

We had no purchases of investments for the three month period ended May 4, 2013. We had purchases of investments of $0.4 million for the three month period ended April 28, 2012. We had proceeds from investments of $0.1 million and $0.6 million for the three month periods ended May 4, 2013 and April 28, 2012, respectively.

Financing Activities

Net cash used in financing activities was $175.7 million and $134.8 million for the three month periods ended May 4, 2013 and April 28, 2012, respectively. For the three month periods ended May 4, 2013 and April 28, 2012, our liquidity and capital requirements were provided by available cash and cash flows from operations.

In January 2013, our Board of Directors approved a two-year $1.1 billion stock repurchase program for fiscal 2013 and 2014.

We repurchased 2.3 million and 2.0 million shares of common stock for aggregate purchase prices of approximately $138.3 million and $110.6 million during the three month periods ended May 4, 2013, and April 28, 2012, respectively. We also acquired 438,098 and 406,304 shares of treasury stock from our employee stock equity compensation programs for aggregate purchase prices of approximately $25.8 million and $23.1 million during the three month periods ended May 4, 2013, and April 28, 2012, respectively.

For the three month periods ended May 4, 2013 and April 28, 2012, we paid dividends of $37.5 million and $31.7 million, respectively.


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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 2013.

Our existing $600 million unsecured revolving credit facility, as amended in June 2012, expires in June 2017 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 112.5 basis points) and is payable quarterly and upon maturity. As of May 4, 2013 we had no borrowings or standby letters of credit outstanding on this facility and 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 May 4, 2013:
($000)
Less than
one year

 
1 - 3
years

 
3 - 5
years

 
After 5
years

 
Total¹

 
 
 
 
Senior notes
$

 
$

 
$

 
$
150,000

 
$
150,000

Interest payment obligations
9,668

 
19,335

 
19,335

 
21,192

 
69,530

Operating leases:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rent obligations
395,727

 
760,195

 
531,186

 
496,135

 
2,183,243

Synthetic leases
1,449

 

 

 

 
1,449

Other synthetic lease obligations
70,619

 

 

 

 
70,619

Purchase obligations
1,915,140

 
66,038

 
14

 

 
1,981,192

Total contractual obligations
$
2,392,603

 
$
845,568

 
$
550,535

 
$
667,327

 
$
4,456,033


1We have an $87.6 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 held by 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 May 4, 2013, we were in compliance with these covenants.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

Operating leases. We lease our buying offices, our current 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 $0.6 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

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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. We have exercised our option to purchase this distribution center at the expiration of the lease in July 2013. Our $70 million obligation 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 May 4, 2013, we have approximately $0.3 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 2014 and 2016. 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 expiring in 2017.

We lease approximately 192,000 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 311,000 and 52,000 square feet of office space for our New York City and Los Angeles buying offices, respectively. The lease terms for these facilities expire in 2022 and 2017, respectively, and contain renewal provisions.

Purchase obligations. As of May 4, 2013 we had purchase obligations of approximately $1,981 million. These purchase obligations primarily consist of merchandise inventory purchase orders, commitments related to construction projects, store fixtures and supplies, and information technology service and maintenance contracts. Merchandise inventory purchase orders of $1,688 million represent purchase obligations of less than one year as of May 4, 2013.

Commercial Credit Facilities

The table below presents our significant available commercial credit facilities at May 4, 2013:

 
Amount of Commitment Expiration Per Period
 
 
 
Less than 1
year

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total amount
committed

($000)
 
1 - 3 years

 
3 - 5 years

 
After 5 years

 
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. Our existing $600 million unsecured revolving credit facility, as amended in June 2012, expires in June 2017 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 112.5 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 May 4, 2013 we had no borrowings outstanding or standby letters of credit 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 May 4, 2013 we were in compliance with these covenants.


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Standby letters of credit and collateral trust. We use standby letters of credit outside of our revolving credit facility in addition to a funded trust to collateralize our insurance obligations. As of May 4, 2013 and April 28, 2012, we had $33.8 million and $45.3 million, respectively, in standby letters of credit outstanding and $47.2 million and $34.8 million, respectively, in a collateral trust. The standby letters of credit are collateralized by restricted cash and cash equivalents, and the collateral trust consists of restricted cash, cash equivalents, and investments.

Trade letters of credit. We had $41.7 million and $43.1 million in trade letters of credit outstanding at May 4, 2013 and April 28, 2012, respectively.

Dividends. In May 2013, our Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $.17 per common share, payable on June 28, 2013.

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 2013, there have been no significant changes to the policies discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended February 2, 2013.

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.

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 2012.


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 May 4, 2013.

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 May 4, 2013, 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.

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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 May 4, 2013 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 May 4, 2013. 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.

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 2013 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 2013 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 2013, 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:


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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 and distribution centers. These risk factors include:

An increase in the level of competitive pressures in the apparel or home-related merchandise retailing industry.
Changes in the level of consumer spending on or preferences for apparel or home-related merchandise.
The impacts from the macro-economic environment and financial and credit markets that affect consumer disposable income and consumer confidence, 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.
Changes 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 or in information systems 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 25% 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 and distribution center 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.
Effectively operate and continually upgrade our various supply chain, store, core merchandising, and other information systems.
Improve our merchandising and transaction processing capabilities through implementation of new processes and systems enhancements.
Manage our planned data center and headquarters moves without disruption or unanticipated cost.
Improve new store sales and profitability, especially in newer regions and markets.
Add capacity to our existing distribution centers, find new distribution center sites, and build out planned additional distribution centers timely and cost effectively.
Achieve and maintain targeted levels of productivity and efficiency in our existing and future new distribution centers.
Lease or acquire acceptable new store sites with favorable demographics and long-term financial returns.
Identify and successfully enter new geographic markets.
Achieve planned gross margins, by effectively managing inventories, markdowns, and inventory shortage.
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 2013 is as follows:
 
Total number of
shares
(or units)
purchased1

 
Average price
paid per share
(or unit)
 
Total number of
shares
(or units)
purchased as
part of publicly
announced
plans or
programs

 
Maximum number
(or approximate
dollar value) of
shares (or units)
that may yet be
purchased under
the plans or
programs ($000)2
Period
 
 
 
February
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(2/03/2013 - 3/02/2013)
765,084

 
$58.94
 
764,065

 
$1,055,000
March
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(3/03/2013 - 4/06/2013)
1,204,134

 
$58.55
 
771,981

 
$1,010,000
April
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(4/07/2013 - 5/04/2013)
755,872

 
$64.24
 
750,946

 
$961,700
Total
2,725,090

 
$60.24
 
2,286,992

 
$961,700

1We acquired 438,098 shares of treasury stock during the quarter ended May 4, 2013. Treasury stock includes shares purchased 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.

2In January 2013 our Board of Directors approved a two-year $1.1 billion stock repurchase program for fiscal 2013 and 2014.

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.