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This excerpt taken from the WMT DEF 14A filed Apr 20, 2009.

Overview

In the following pages, we discuss how our CEO, CFO, and certain other current Executive Officers (our “Named Executive Officers” or “NEOs”) were compensated in fiscal 2009, and describe how this compensation fits within our executive compensation philosophy.

During fiscal 2009, under the leadership of our senior executive team, our company performed well, especially relative to our competitors. We reported strong financial results for the fiscal year, despite some very challenging economic conditions worldwide. While many retailers experienced disappointing sales and earnings and other financial challenges, our earnings for fiscal 2009 were within the range of guidance we provided at the beginning of the fiscal year, we recorded increased comparable store sales growth over fiscal 2008, our free cash flow was more than double what it was in fiscal 2008, and we finished the fiscal year with a strong balance sheet. Walmart US differentiated itself from its competitors with its price leadership and improved store operations and inventory management. Walmart US continues to be well positioned in the current economic environment. International continues to be our fastest-growing division, with sales growing by more than 9 percent in fiscal 2009. Factoring out the lower value of international currencies against the U.S. dollar, that growth would have been 11.6 percent. Sam’s Club also experienced continued growth, with comparable club sales, excluding fuel, increasing by 3.6 percent. Our stock price decreased slightly during fiscal 2009, but outperformed the broader stock market and the retail sector in particular. These accomplishments resulted in the compensation described below for fiscal 2009 and were considered by the CNGC when establishing the compensation of our NEOs for fiscal 2010.

This excerpt taken from the WMT 10-Q filed Dec 9, 2008.

Overview

Cash flows provided by operating activities supply us with a significant source of liquidity. The increase in cash flows provided by operating activities for the nine months ended October 31, 2008, was primarily attributable to increased net income and improved inventory management. Selected cash flow data for the nine month periods ended October 31, 2008 and 2007 and current assets and liabilities for the periods then ended, are as follows:

 

(Amounts in millions)    Nine Months Ended
October 31,
 
   2008     2007  

Net cash provided by operating activities

   $ 10,173     $ 9,623  

Purchase of Company stock

     (3,521 )     (5,279 )

Dividends paid

     (2,814 )     (2,707 )

Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt

     5,568       7,967  

Payment of long-term debt

     (5,064 )     (6,671 )

Increase in commercial paper, net

     2,949       6,481  

Current assets

   $ 52,856     $ 51,506  

Current liabilities

     60,600       60,942  

 

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This excerpt taken from the WMT 10-Q filed Jun 9, 2008.

Overview

Cash flows provided by operating activities supply us with a significant source of liquidity. The increase in cash flows provided by operating activities for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 was primarily attributable to increased net income and improved inventory management.

 

(Amounts in millions)    Three Months Ended
April 30,
 
   2008     2007  

Net cash provided by operating activities

   $ 3,705     $ 1,847  

Purchase of Company stock

     (1,375 )     (943 )

Dividends paid

     (940 )     (908 )

Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt

     2,521       3,170  

Payment of long-term debt

     (361 )     (2,232 )

Increase in commercial paper, net

     892       1,988  

Current assets

   $ 50,295     $ 47,579  

Current liabilities

     61,102       54,700  
This excerpt taken from the WMT DEF 14A filed Apr 22, 2008.

Overview

In the following pages, we discuss how our CEO, CFO, and three other most highly compensated Executive Officers (our “Named Executive Officers” or “NEOs”) were compensated in fiscal 2008, and describe how this compensation fits within our executive compensation philosophy. We also describe certain changes to our executive compensation programs for fiscal 2009.

Under our company’s leadership team, our company performed well in fiscal 2008, with record sales and earnings, despite the fact that our customers faced higher energy prices and other economic challenges, particularly in the U.S. In this environment, our company emphasized price leadership, better inventory management and operational improvements. We also focused on customer service and enhancing our customer’s experience in our stores and clubs. In addition, we undertook groundbreaking initiatives in healthcare, such as expanding our $4 prescription program, and we advanced our sustainability efforts by building energy efficient stores and reducing packaging in the products we sell. Our company also returned more than $11 billion to our shareholders in the form of share repurchases and dividends. Our stock price increased moderately during fiscal 2008. These accomplishments and other criteria were considered by the CNGC when establishing the compensation of our NEOs.

These excerpts taken from the WMT 10-K filed Mar 31, 2008.

Overview

Cash flows provided by operating activities of continuing operations supply us with a significant source of liquidity. The increases in cash flows provided by operating activities of continuing operations for each fiscal year were primarily attributable to increased income from continuing operations.

Overview

SIZE="2">Cash flows provided by operating activities of continuing operations supply us with a significant source of liquidity. The increases in cash flows provided by operating activities of continuing operations for each fiscal year were primarily
attributable to increased income from continuing operations.

This excerpt taken from the WMT 10-Q filed Sep 10, 2007.

Overview

Cash flows from operating activities of continuing operations provide us with a significant source of liquidity. Cash flows provided by continuing operating activities in the six months ended July 31, 2007 were $6.6 billion, compared with $7.3 billion for the six months ended July 31, 2006. Operating cash flows from continuing operations in the first half of fiscal 2008 declined primarily due to the timing of payments in our accounts payable cycle from shorter payment terms based upon the mix of inventory purchases.

During the first six months of fiscal 2008 we paid $2.5 billion in cash to repurchase shares of our common stock and paid dividends of $1.8 billion, issued $3.8 billion in long-term debt, repaid $5.4 billion of long-term debt and increased our outstanding commercial paper by $5.5 billion (net of repayments).

During the first six months of fiscal 2008, the Company issued $500 million of 5.000% Notes Due 2012, $1 billion of 5.375% Notes Due 2017 and $750 million of 5.875% Notes Due 2027. Beginning on October 5, 2007, the Company will pay interest on the notes of each series on April 5 and October 5 of each year. Interest started accruing on such notes on April 5, 2007. The 2012 notes will mature on April 5, 2012; the 2017 notes will mature on April 5, 2017; and the 2027 notes will mature on April 5, 2027. Additionally, the Company repaid $4 billion in principal for certain notes that matured during the first six months of fiscal 2008.

This excerpt taken from the WMT 10-Q filed Jun 1, 2007.

Overview

Cash flows from operating activities of continuing operations provide us with a significant source of liquidity. Cash flows provided by continuing operating activities in the three months ended April 30, 2007 were $1.8 billion, compared with $3.8 billion for the three months ended April 30, 2006. The decrease in operating cash flow from continuing operations was primarily attributable to our period over period increase in inventory levels and the timing of payments in our accounts payable cycle. As compared to the prior year period, our inventory levels increased during the first quarter of 2008 as our purchasing volumes were higher than our achieved net sales results, which were lower than planned.

Additionally, in the first quarter of fiscal 2008 we paid $943 million in cash to repurchase our common stock and paid dividends of $908 million, issued $3.2 billion in long-term debt, repaid $2.2 billion of long-term debt and funded an increase in commercial paper of $2.0 billion (net of issuances).

During the first three months of fiscal 2008, we issued $500 million of 5.000% Notes Due 2012, $1 billion of 5.375% Notes Due 2017 and $750 million of 5.875% Notes Due 2027. Beginning on October 5, 2007, we will pay interest on the notes of each series on April 5 and October 5 of each year. Interest started accruing on such notes on April 5, 2007. The 2012 notes will mature on April 5, 2012; the 2017 notes will mature on April 5, 2017; and the 2027 notes will mature on April 5, 2027. Additionally, we paid $1.5 billion to pay in full the principal amount of certain notes that matured during the first quarter of fiscal 2008.

This excerpt taken from the WMT 10-K filed Mar 27, 2007.

Overview

Cash flows provided by operating activities supply us with a significant source of liquidity. Our cash flows from operating activities of continuing operations were $20.2 billion, $17.7 billion and $15.2 billion in fiscal 2007, 2006 and 2005, respectively. The increases in cash flows provided by operating activities for each fiscal year were primarily attributable to improved income from continuing operations and improved management of inventory procurement resulting in accounts payable growing at a faster rate than inventory.

In fiscal 2007, we paid dividends of $2.8 billion, made $15.7 billion in capital expenditures, paid $1.7 billion in cash to repurchase shares of our common stock, received $7.2 billion from the issuance of long-term debt, repaid $5.8 billion of long-term debt and repaid $1.2 million of commercial paper (net of issuances).

This excerpt taken from the WMT 10-K filed Mar 29, 2006.

Overview

Cash flows provided by operating activities supply us with a significant source of liquidity. Our cash flows from operating activities were $17.6 billion in fiscal 2006 compared with $15.0 billion in fiscal 2005. The increase in cash flows provided by operating activities was primarily attributable to improved income from operations and improved inventory management resulting in accounts payable growing at a faster rate than inventory.

Our cash flows from operating activities of continuing operations were $15.0 billion in fiscal 2005, compared with $15.9 billion in fiscal 2004. This decrease was primarily attributable to differences in the timing of payroll, income and other taxes, supplier payments and the timing of the collection of receivables in fiscal 2005 compared with fiscal 2004.

In fiscal 2006, we paid dividends of $2.5 billion, made $14.6 billion in capital expenditures, paid $3.6 billion to repurchase shares of our common stock, received $7.7 billion from the issuance of long-term debt, repaid $2.7 billion of long-term debt and repaid $704 million of commercial paper (net of issuances).

This excerpt taken from the WMT 10-K filed Mar 31, 2005.

Overview

 

Cash flows provided by operating activities of continuing operations provide us with a significant source of liquidity. Our cash flows from operating activities of continuing operations were $15.0 billion in fiscal 2005, compared with $15.9 billion in fiscal 2004. The decrease in cash flows provided by operating activities of continuing operations is primarily attributable to differences in the timing of payroll, income and other taxes, supplier payments and the timing of the collection of receivables in fiscal 2005 compared with fiscal 2004.

 

Operating cash flows provided by continuing operations increased during fiscal 2004 compared with fiscal 2003 primarily due to improved operations and inventory management, accounts payable growing at a faster rate than inventories and the timing of payroll and the collection of receivables.

 

In fiscal 2005, we paid dividends of $2.2 billion, made $12.9 billion in capital expenditures, paid $4.5 billion to repurchase shares of our common stock, received $5.8 billion from the issuance of long-term debt and repaid $2.1 billion of long-term debt.

 

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