Form 10-Q DOLLAR GENERAL CORP For: Nov 03

December 7, 2017 7:32 AM

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C.  20549

 

FORM 10-Q

 

QUARTERLY REPORT

PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)

OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the quarterly period ended November 3, 2017

 

Commission File Number: 001-11421

 

DOLLAR GENERAL CORPORATION

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

 

TENNESSEE

 

61-0502302

(State or other jurisdiction of

 

(I.R.S. Employer

incorporation or organization)

 

Identification No.)

 

100 MISSION RIDGE

GOODLETTSVILLE, TN  37072

(Address of principal executive offices, zip code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:  (615) 855-4000

 

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 ☒  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 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the Registrant was required to submit and post such files).  Yes ☒  No ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer ☒

 

Accelerated filer ☐

Non-accelerated filer ☐

 

Smaller reporting company ☐

(Do not check if a smaller reporting company)

 

Emerging growth company ☐

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the Registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).  Yes ☐  No ☒

 

The registrant had 271,563,597 shares of common stock outstanding on December 1, 2017.

 

 

 


 

 

PART I—FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1.FINANCIAL STATEMENTS.

 

DOLLAR GENERAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

November 3,

    

February 3,

 

 

 

2017

 

2017

 

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

(see Note 1)

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

226,192

 

$

187,915

 

Merchandise inventories

 

 

3,597,195

 

 

3,258,785

 

Income taxes receivable

 

 

99,678

 

 

11,050

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

 

230,269

 

 

220,021

 

Total current assets

 

 

4,153,334

 

 

3,677,771

 

Net property and equipment

 

 

2,654,936

 

 

2,434,456

 

Goodwill

 

 

4,338,589

 

 

4,338,589

 

Other intangible assets, net

 

 

1,200,481

 

 

1,200,659

 

Other assets, net

 

 

27,416

 

 

20,823

 

Total assets

 

$

12,374,756

 

$

11,672,298

 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current portion of long-term obligations

 

$

401,532

 

$

500,950

 

Accounts payable

 

 

1,978,032

 

 

1,557,596

 

Accrued expenses and other

 

 

553,596

 

 

500,866

 

Income taxes payable

 

 

4,646

 

 

63,393

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

2,937,806

 

 

2,622,805

 

Long-term obligations

 

 

2,719,568

 

 

2,710,576

 

Deferred income taxes

 

 

690,795

 

 

652,841

 

Other liabilities

 

 

282,432

 

 

279,782

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shareholders’ equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preferred stock

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

Common stock

 

 

237,598

 

 

240,811

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

3,176,406

 

 

3,154,606

 

Retained earnings

 

 

2,334,534

 

 

2,015,867

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

 

(4,383)

 

 

(4,990)

 

Total shareholders’ equity

 

 

5,744,155

 

 

5,406,294

 

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

 

$

12,374,756

 

$

11,672,298

 

 

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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DOLLAR GENERAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the 13 weeks ended

 

For the 39 weeks ended

 

 

    

November 3,

    

October 28,

    

November 3,

    

October 28,

 

 

 

2017

 

2016

 

2017

 

2016

 

Net sales

 

$

5,903,606

 

$

5,320,029

 

$

17,341,536

 

$

15,977,352

 

Cost of goods sold

 

 

4,137,150

 

 

3,732,519

 

 

12,085,575

 

 

11,095,461

 

Gross profit

 

 

1,766,456

 

 

1,587,510

 

 

5,255,961

 

 

4,881,891

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

 

1,349,025

 

 

1,194,519

 

 

3,871,589

 

 

3,499,060

 

Operating profit

 

 

417,431

 

 

392,991

 

 

1,384,372

 

 

1,382,831

 

Interest expense

 

 

23,995

 

 

23,877

 

 

72,747

 

 

72,310

 

Other (income) expense

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

3,502

 

 

 —

 

Income before income taxes

 

 

393,436

 

 

369,114

 

 

1,308,123

 

 

1,310,521

 

Income tax expense

 

 

140,903

 

 

133,799

 

 

481,318

 

 

473,564

 

Net income

 

$

252,533

 

$

235,315

 

$

826,805

 

$

836,957

 

Earnings per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

0.93

 

$

0.84

 

$

3.02

 

$

2.96

 

Diluted

 

$

0.93

 

$

0.84

 

$

3.02

 

$

2.95

 

Weighted average shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

272,319

 

 

280,441

 

 

273,567

 

 

283,152

 

Diluted

 

 

272,881

 

 

281,283

 

 

274,076

 

 

284,126

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends per share

 

$

0.26

 

$

0.25

 

$

0.78

 

$

0.75

 

 

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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DOLLAR GENERAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the 13 weeks ended

 

For the 39 weeks ended

 

 

 

November 3,

 

October 28,

 

November 3,

 

October 28,

 

 

    

2017

    

2016

    

2017

    

2016

 

Net income

 

$

252,533

 

$

235,315

    

$

826,805

 

$

836,957

 

Unrealized net gain (loss) on hedged transactions, net of related income tax expense (benefit) of $128, $129, $381 and $387, respectively

 

 

201

 

 

200

    

 

607

 

 

601

 

Comprehensive income

 

$

252,734

 

$

235,515

    

$

827,412

 

$

837,558

 

 

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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DOLLAR GENERAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the 39 weeks ended

 

 

    

November 3,

    

October 28,

     

 

 

2017

 

2016

 

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

826,805

 

$

836,957

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash from operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

298,571

 

 

282,386

 

Deferred income taxes

 

 

37,573

 

 

(3,207)

 

Loss on debt retirement

 

 

3,502

 

 

 —

 

Noncash share-based compensation

 

 

24,948

 

 

27,676

 

Other noncash (gains) and losses

 

 

12,787

 

 

1,935

 

Change in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merchandise inventories

 

 

(340,090)

 

 

(405,456)

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

 

(15,198)

 

 

(30,471)

 

Accounts payable

 

 

384,101

 

 

439,259

 

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

 

 

58,901

 

 

50,683

 

Income taxes

 

 

(147,375)

 

 

(74,892)

 

Other

 

 

(1,645)

 

 

(456)

 

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

 

 

1,142,880

 

 

1,124,414

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment

 

 

(488,616)

 

 

(405,899)

 

Proceeds from sales of property and equipment

 

 

1,005

 

 

4,333

 

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

 

 

(487,611)

 

 

(401,566)

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issuance of long-term obligations

 

 

599,556

 

 

 —

 

Repayments of long-term obligations

 

 

(751,927)

 

 

(1,302)

 

Net increase (decrease) in commercial paper outstanding

 

 

59,400

 

 

453,000

 

Borrowings under revolving credit facilities

 

 

 —

 

 

1,584,000

 

Repayments of borrowings under revolving credit facilities

 

 

 —

 

 

(1,835,000)

 

Costs associated with issuance and retirement of debt

 

 

(9,524)

 

 

 —

 

Repurchases of common stock

 

 

(298,735)

 

 

(679,416)

 

Payments of cash dividends

 

 

(212,934)

 

 

(212,249)

 

Other equity and related transactions

 

 

(2,828)

 

 

10,408

 

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

 

 

(616,992)

 

 

(680,559)

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

38,277

 

 

42,289

 

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

 

 

187,915

 

 

157,947

 

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

 

$

226,192

 

$

200,236

 

Supplemental schedule of noncash investing and financing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment awaiting processing for payment, included in Accounts payable

 

$

75,249

 

$

46,647

 

 

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

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DOLLAR GENERAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

1.Basis of presentation

 

The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements of Dollar General Corporation and its subsidiaries (the “Company”) have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”) for interim financial information and are presented in accordance with the requirements of Form 10-Q and Rule 10-01 of Regulation S-X. Such financial statements consequently do not include all of the disclosures normally required by U.S. GAAP for annual financial statements or those normally made in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, including the condensed consolidated balance sheet as of February 3, 2017 which was derived from the audited consolidated financial statements at that date. Accordingly, readers of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q should refer to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 3, 2017 for additional information.

 

The Company’s fiscal year ends on the Friday closest to January 31. Unless the context requires otherwise, references to years contained herein pertain to the Company’s fiscal year. The Company’s 2017 fiscal year is scheduled to be a 52-week accounting period ending on February 2, 2018, and the 2016 fiscal year was a 53-week accounting period that ended on February 3, 2017.

 

The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the Company’s customary accounting practices. In management’s opinion, all adjustments (which are of a normal recurring nature) necessary for a fair presentation of the consolidated financial position as of November 3, 2017 and results of operations for the 13-week and 39-week accounting periods ended November 3, 2017 and October 28, 2016 have been made.

 

The preparation of financial statements and related disclosures in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the condensed consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting periods. Actual results could differ from those estimates. Because the Company’s business is moderately seasonal, the results for interim periods are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the entire year.

 

The Company uses the last-in, first-out (“LIFO”) method of valuing inventory. An actual valuation of inventory under the LIFO method is made at the end of each year based on the inventory levels and costs at that time. Accordingly, interim LIFO calculations are based on management’s estimates of expected year-end inventory levels, sales for the year and the expected rate of inflation or deflation for the year. The interim LIFO calculations are subject to adjustment in the final year-end LIFO inventory valuation. The Company recorded a LIFO provision (benefit) of $0.5 million and $(3.8) million in the respective 13-week periods, and $0.8 million and $(8.1) million in the respective 39-week periods, ended November 3, 2017 and October 28, 2016. In addition, ongoing estimates of inventory shrinkage and initial markups and markdowns are included in the interim cost of goods sold calculation.

 

In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued comprehensive new accounting standards related to the recognition of revenue, which specified an effective date for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2016, with early adoption not permitted. In August 2015, the FASB deferred the effective date to annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017, with earlier adoption permitted only for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2016. The new guidance allows companies to use either a full retrospective or a modified retrospective approach in the adoption of this guidance. The Company formed a project team to assess and implement the standard by compiling a list of the applicable revenue streams, evaluating relevant contracts and comparing the Company’s current accounting policies to the new standard. As a result of the efforts of this project team, the Company has identified customer incentives and gross versus net considerations as the areas in which it would most likely be affected by the new guidance. The Company is continuing to assess all the impacts of the new standard and the design of internal control over financial reporting, but based upon the terms of the Company’s agreements and an evaluation of the materiality of these transactions related to customer incentives and gross versus net considerations, the Company does not expect the adoption to have a material effect on the Company’s consolidated results of operations,

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financial position or cash flows. The Company currently expects to complete this work in 2017 and to adopt this guidance on February 3, 2018 using the modified retrospective approach.

 

In February 2016, the FASB issued new guidance related to lease accounting, which when effective will require a dual approach for lessee accounting under which a lessee will account for leases as finance leases or operating leases. Both finance leases and operating leases will result in the lessee recognizing a right-of-use asset and a corresponding lease liability on its balance sheet, with differing methodology for income statement recognition. This guidance is effective for public business entities for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2018, and early adoption is permitted. A modified retrospective approach is required for all leases existing or entered into after the beginning of the earliest comparative period in the consolidated financial statements. The Company is currently assessing the impact that adoption of this guidance will have on its consolidated financial statements.  Specifically, the Company has formed a project team that is developing test plans for its lease accounting system, identifying and evaluating existing contracts for embedded leases, and discussing implementation plans with its lease accounting software vendor, among other activities. The Company anticipates a material impact to its consolidated financial statements as it is party to a significant number of lease contracts.

 

In October 2016, the FASB issued amendments to existing guidance related to accounting for intra-entity transfers of assets other than inventory. These amendments require an entity to recognize the income tax consequences of such transfers when the transfer occurs and affects the Company’s historical accounting for intra-entity transfers of certain intangible assets. This guidance is effective for public business entities for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2017, and early adoption is permitted subject to certain guidelines. The amendments should be applied on a modified retrospective basis through a cumulative-effect adjustment directly to retained earnings as of the beginning of the period of adoption. The Company is assessing the impact that adoption of this guidance will have on its consolidated financial statements, and currently expects such adoption would result in an increase in deferred income tax liabilities and a decrease in retained earnings of approximately $32 million to $36 million under existing tax legislation.

 

2. Earnings per share

 

Earnings per share is computed as follows (in thousands, except per share data):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 Weeks Ended November 3, 2017

 

 

13 Weeks Ended October 28, 2016

 

 

   

 

   

Weighted

   

 

  

  

 

   

Weighted

   

 

 

 

 

Net

 

Average

 

Per Share

 

 

Net

 

Average

 

Per Share

 

 

 

Income

 

Shares

 

Amount

 

 

Income

 

Shares

 

Amount

 

Basic earnings per share

 

$

252,533

 

272,319

 

$

0.93

 

 

$

235,315

 

280,441

 

$

0.84

 

Effect of dilutive share-based awards

 

 

 

 

562

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

842

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share

 

$

252,533

 

272,881

 

$

0.93

 

 

$

235,315

 

281,283

 

$

0.84

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

39 Weeks Ended November 3, 2017

 

 

39 Weeks Ended October 28, 2016

 

 

    

 

    

Weighted

    

 

  

  

 

    

Weighted

    

 

 

 

 

Net

 

Average

 

Per Share

 

 

Net

 

Average

 

Per Share

 

 

 

Income

 

Shares

 

Amount

 

 

Income

 

Shares

 

Amount

 

Basic earnings per share

 

$

826,805

 

273,567

 

$

3.02

 

 

$

836,957

 

283,152

 

$

2.96

 

Effect of dilutive share-based awards

 

 

 

 

509

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

974

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share

 

$

826,805

 

274,076

 

$

3.02

 

 

$

836,957

 

284,126

 

$

2.95

 

 

Basic earnings per share is computed by dividing net income by the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding during the period. Diluted earnings per share is determined based on the dilutive effect of share-based awards using the treasury stock method.

 

Share-based awards that were outstanding at the end of the respective periods, but were not included in the computation of diluted earnings per share because the effect of exercising such awards would be antidilutive, were 2.5 million and 1.9 million in the respective 2017 and 2016 13-week periods, and 2.6 million and 1.6 million in the respective 2017 and 2016 39-week periods.

 

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3.Income taxes

 

Under the accounting standards for income taxes, the asset and liability method is used for computing the future income tax consequences of events that have been recognized in the Company’s consolidated financial statements or income tax returns.

 

Income tax reserves are determined using the methodology established by accounting standards for income taxes which require companies to assess each income tax position taken using the following two-step approach. A determination is first made as to whether it is more likely than not that the position will be sustained, based upon the technical merits, upon examination by the taxing authorities. If the tax position is expected to meet the more likely than not criteria, the benefit recorded for the tax position equals the largest amount that is greater than 50% likely to be realized upon ultimate settlement of the respective tax position.

 

The Company’s 2013 and earlier tax years are not open for further examination by the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”). The IRS, at its discretion, may choose to examine the Company’s 2014 through 2016 fiscal year income tax filings. The Company has various state income tax examinations that are currently in progress. Generally, the Company’s 2012 and later tax years remain open for examination by the various state taxing authorities.

 

As of November 3, 2017, the total reserves for uncertain tax benefits, interest expense related to income taxes and potential income tax penalties were $1.3 million, $0.8 million and $0.8 million, respectively, for a total of $2.9 million. This total amount is reflected in noncurrent Other liabilities in the condensed consolidated balance sheet.

 

The Company believes it is reasonably possible that the reserve for uncertain tax positions may be reduced by approximately $0.3 million in the coming twelve months principally as a result of the effective settlement of uncertain tax positions. As of November 3, 2017, approximately $1.3 million of the reserve for uncertain tax positions would impact the Company’s effective income tax rate if the Company were to recognize the tax benefit for these positions.

 

The effective income tax rates for each of the 13-week and 39-week periods ended November 3, 2017 were 35.8% and 36.8%, respectively, compared to rates of 36.2% and 36.1%, respectively, for the 13-week and 39-week periods ended October 28, 2016.  The tax rate for the 2017 13-week period was lower than the 13-week comparable 2016 period primarily due to the recognition of greater federal Work Opportunity Tax Credits in the 2017 period.  The tax rate for the 2017 39-week period was higher than the comparable 2016 period primarily due to recognition of a tax benefit in the 2016 period associated with stock based compensation that did not reoccur, to the same extent, in the 2017 period. 

 

4.Current and long-term obligations

 

Current and long-term obligations consist of the following:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

November 3,

    

February 3,

 

(In thousands)

 

2017

 

2017

 

Senior unsecured credit facilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Term Facility

 

$

175,000

 

$

425,000

 

Revolving Facility

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

4.125% Senior Notes due July 15, 2017

 

 

 —

 

 

500,000

 

1.875% Senior Notes due April 15, 2018 (net of discount of $40 and $111)

 

 

399,960

 

 

399,889

 

3.250% Senior Notes due April 15, 2023 (net of discount of $1,380 and $1,552)

 

 

898,620

 

 

898,448

 

4.150% Senior Notes due November 1, 2025 (net of discount of $649 and $700)

 

 

499,351

 

 

499,300

 

3.875% Senior Notes due April 15, 2027 (net of discount of $423)

 

 

599,577

 

 

 —

 

Unsecured commercial paper notes

 

 

549,900

 

 

490,500

 

Capital lease obligations

 

 

8,261

 

 

3,643

 

Tax increment financing due February 1, 2035

 

 

7,765

 

 

8,840

 

Debt issuance costs, net

 

 

(17,334)

 

 

(14,094)

 

 

 

 

3,121,100

 

 

3,211,526

 

Less: current portion

 

 

(401,532)

 

 

(500,950)

 

Long-term portion

 

$

2,719,568

 

$

2,710,576

 

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On February 22, 2017, the Company entered into an unsecured amended and restated credit agreement for a $175.0 million senior unsecured term loan facility (the “Term Facility”) and a $1.25 billion senior unsecured revolving credit facility (the “Revolving Facility”) (collectively, the “Facilities”) that provides for the issuance of letters of credit up to $175.0 million. The Term Facility is scheduled to mature on October 20, 2020, and the Revolving Facility is scheduled to mature on February 22, 2022.

 

Borrowings under the Facilities bear interest at a rate equal to an applicable interest rate margin plus, at the Company’s option, either (a) LIBOR or (b) a base rate (which is usually equal to the prime rate). The applicable interest rate margin for borrowings as of November 3, 2017 was 1.10% for LIBOR borrowings and 0.10% for base-rate borrowings. The Company is also required to pay a facility fee, payable on any used and unused commitment amounts of the Facilities, and customary fees on letters of credit issued under the Revolving Facility.  As of November 3, 2017, the commitment fee rate was 0.15%. The applicable interest rate margins for borrowings, the facility fees and the letter of credit fees under the Facilities are subject to adjustment from time to time based on the Company’s long-term senior unsecured debt ratings. The weighted average all-in interest rate for borrowings under the Facilities was 2.3% as of November 3, 2017.

 

The Facilities can be voluntarily prepaid in whole or in part at any time without penalty. There is no required principal amortization under the Facilities.  The Facilities contain a number of customary affirmative and negative covenants that, among other things, restrict, subject to certain exceptions, the Company’s ability to: incur additional liens; sell all or substantially all of the Company’s assets; consummate certain fundamental changes or change in the Company’s lines of business; and incur additional subsidiary indebtedness. The Facilities also contain financial covenants which require the maintenance of a minimum fixed charge coverage ratio and a maximum leverage ratio. As of November 3, 2017, the Company was in compliance with all such covenants.  The Facilities also contain customary events of default.

 

As of November 3, 2017, the entire balance of the Term Facility was outstanding and, under the Revolving Facility, the Company had no outstanding borrowings, outstanding letters of credit of $9.5 million, and borrowing availability of $1.24 billion that, due to its intention to maintain borrowing availability related to the commercial paper program described below, could contribute incremental liquidity of $690.6 million. In addition, as of November 3, 2017, the Company had outstanding letters of credit of $40.0 million which were issued pursuant to separate agreements.

 

As of November 3, 2017, the Company had outstanding unsecured commercial paper notes (the “CP Notes”) of $549.9 million classified as long-term obligations on the condensed consolidated balance sheet due to its intent and ability to refinance these obligations as long-term debt. Under this program, the Company may issue the CP Notes from time to time in an aggregate amount not to exceed $1.0 billion outstanding at any time.  The CP Notes may have maturities of up to 364 days from the date of issue and rank equal in right of payment with all of the Company’s other unsecured and unsubordinated indebtedness.  The Company intends to maintain available commitments under the Revolving Facility in an amount at least equal to the amount of CP Notes outstanding at any time. As of November 3, 2017, the outstanding CP Notes had a weighted average borrowing rate of 1.4%. 

 

On April 11, 2017, the Company issued $600.0 million aggregate principal amount of 3.875% senior notes due 2027 (the “2027 Senior Notes”), net of discount of $0.4 million, which are scheduled to mature on April 15, 2027. Interest on the 2027 Senior Notes is payable in cash on April 15 and October 15 of each year, with the first payment commencing on October 15, 2017. The Company incurred $5.2 million of debt issuance costs associated with the issuance of the 2027 Senior Notes. The net proceeds from the offering of the 2027 Senior Notes were used to repay all of the Company’s outstanding senior notes due in 2017 as discussed below and for general corporate purposes.

 

On April 27, 2017, the Company redeemed $500.0 million aggregate principal amount of outstanding 4.125% senior notes due 2017 (the “2017 Senior Notes”), resulting in a pretax loss of $3.4 million which is reflected in Other (income) expense in the condensed consolidated statement of income for the 39-weeks ended November 3, 2017. The Company funded the redemption price for the 2017 Senior Notes with proceeds from the issuance of the 2027 Senior Notes.

 

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5.Assets and liabilities measured at fair value

 

Fair value is a market-based measurement, not an entity-specific measurement. Therefore, a fair value measurement should be determined based on the assumptions that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability. As a basis for considering market participant assumptions in fair value measurements, fair value accounting standards establish a fair value hierarchy that distinguishes between market participant assumptions based on market data obtained from sources independent of the reporting entity (observable inputs that are classified within Levels 1 and 2 of the hierarchy) and the reporting entity’s own assumptions about market participant assumptions (unobservable inputs classified within Level 3 of the hierarchy). The Company does not have any fair value measurements categorized within Level 3 as of November 3, 2017.

 

The following table presents the Company’s assets and liabilities disclosed at fair value as of November 3, 2017, aggregated by the level in the fair value hierarchy within which those measurements are classified.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

Quoted Prices

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

in Active

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Markets

 

Significant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

for Identical

 

Other

 

Significant

 

Total Fair

 

 

 

Assets and

 

Observable

 

Unobservable

 

Value at

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

Inputs

 

Inputs

 

November 3,

 

(In thousands)

 

(Level 1)

 

(Level 2)

 

(Level 3)

 

2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term obligations (a)

 

$

2,480,290

 

$

740,271

 

$

 —

 

$

3,220,561

 

Deferred compensation (b)

 

 

23,532

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

23,532

 


(a)

Included in the condensed consolidated balance sheet at book value as Current portion of long-term obligations of $401,532 and Long-term obligations of $2,719,568.

(b)

Reflected at fair value in the condensed consolidated balance sheet as Accrued expenses and other current liabilities of $1,441 and noncurrent Other liabilities of $22,091.

 

 

6.Commitments and contingencies

 

Legal proceedings

 

From time to time, the Company is a party to various legal matters involving claims incidental to the conduct of its business, including actions by employees, consumers, suppliers, government agencies, or others.  The Company has recorded accruals with respect to these matters, where appropriate, which are reflected in the Company’s consolidated financial statements. For some matters, a liability is not probable or the amount cannot be reasonably estimated and therefore an accrual has not been made.

Except as described below, the Company believes, based upon information currently available, that such matters, both individually and in the aggregate, will be resolved without a material adverse effect on the Company’s consolidated financial statements as a whole. However, litigation and other legal matters involve an element of uncertainty. Future developments could cause these actions or claims to have a material adverse effect on the Company’s results of operations, cash flows, or financial position. In addition, certain of these matters, if decided adversely to the Company or settled by the Company, may result in liability material to the Company’s financial position or may negatively affect operating results if changes to the Company’s business operation are required.

Wage and Hour Litigation

The Company is defending the following wage and hour matters (collectively the “Wage/Hour Litigation”):

·

California Wage/Hour Litigation: Plaintiffs allege that they and a putative statewide class of other “key carriers” were not provided with meal and rest periods and were provided inaccurate wage statements and termination pay in violation of California law, including California’s Private Attorney General Act (the “PAGA”). The plaintiffs seek to proceed on a statewide class basis and to recover alleged unpaid wages, injunctive relief, consequential damages, pre-judgment interest, statutory penalties and attorneys’ fees and costs.

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·

Pennsylvania Wage/Hour Litigation: Plaintiff alleges that he and other similarly situated current and former hourly employees were subjected to unlawful policies and practices and were denied regular and overtime wages in violation of federal and Pennsylvania law. The plaintiff seeks to proceed on a nationwide collective basis under federal law and a statewide class basis under Pennsylvania law and to recover alleged unpaid wages, liquidated damages, statutory damages, and attorneys’ fees and costs.

 

·

Tennessee Wage/Hour Litigation: Plaintiffs allege that they and other similarly situated current and former “key holders” were not paid for all hours worked in violation of federal, Illinois and Tennessee law. The plaintiffs seek to proceed on a nationwide collective basis under federal law and a statewide class basis under Tennessee and Illinois law and to recover alleged unpaid wages, statutory and common law damages, liquidated damages, pre- and post-judgment interest and attorneys’ fees and costs. 

 

The Company is vigorously defending the Wage/Hour Litigation and believes that its policies and practices comply with federal and state laws and that these actions are not appropriate for class or similar treatment.  At this time, it is not possible to predict whether these matters will be permitted to proceed as a class or other similar action, or the size of any putative class or classes. Likewise, at this time it is not possible to estimate the value of the claims asserted, and no assurances can be given that the Company will be successful in its defense of these matters on the merits or otherwise.  For these reasons, the Company is unable to estimate any potential loss or range of loss in these matters; however, if the Company is not successful in its defense efforts, the resolution of these actions could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s consolidated financial statements as a whole.

 

Other Employment Litigation

 

The Company is defending the following employment-related matters (collectively the “Employment Litigation”):

 

·

California Suitable Seating Litigation: The plaintiff alleges that the Company failed to provide her and other current and former California store employees with suitable seats in violation of California law.  The plaintiff seeks to recover penalties under the PAGA, injunctive relief, and attorneys’ fees and costs. 

 

·

EEOC Litigation:  The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) filed suit against the Company alleging the Company’s use of post offer, pre-employment physical assessments, as applied to candidates for the general warehouse position in the Bessemer, Alabama distribution center, violates the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. 

 

The Company is vigorously defending the Employment Litigation and believes that its employment policies and practices comply with federal and state law and that these matters are not appropriate for class or similar treatment.  At this time, it is not possible to predict whether these matters will be permitted to proceed as a class or in a similar fashion, or the size of any putative class or classes.  Likewise, at this time, it is not possible to estimate the value of the claims asserted, and no assurances can be given that the Company will be successful in its defense of these matters on the merits or otherwise.  For these reasons, the Company is unable to estimate any potential loss or range of loss in these matters; however if the Company is not successful in its defense efforts, the resolution of these matters could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s consolidated financial statements as a whole.

 

Consumer/Product Litigation

 

In December 2015 the Company was first notified of several lawsuits in which the plaintiffs allege violation of state consumer protection laws relating to the labeling, marketing and sale of Dollar General private-label motor oil. Each of these lawsuits, as well as additional, similar lawsuits filed after December 2015, was filed in, or removed to, various federal district courts of the United States (collectively “the Motor Oil Lawsuits”).

 

On June 2, 2016, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (“JPML”) granted the Company’s motion to centralize the Motor Oil Lawsuits in a matter styled In re Dollar General Corp. Motor Oil Litigation, Case MDL No. 2709, before the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri (“Motor Oil MDL”).  Subsequently, the plaintiffs in the Motor Oil MDL filed a consolidated amended complaint, in which they seek to certify two nationwide classes and multiple statewide sub-classes and for each putative class member some or all of the following relief: compensatory damages, injunctive relief, statutory damages, punitive damages and attorneys’ fees.  The court recently granted in part and denied in part the Company’s motion to dismiss the allegations raised in the consolidated amended complaint. To the extent additional consumer lawsuits alleging violation of laws relating to the

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labeling, marketing and sale of Dollar General private-label motor oil have been or will be filed, the Company expects that such lawsuits will be transferred to the Motor Oil MDL.

 

In May 2017, the Company received a Notice of Proposed Action from the Office of the New Mexico Attorney General (the “New Mexico AG” or “Attorney General”) which alleges that the Company’s labeling, marketing and sale of Dollar General private-label motor oil violated New Mexico law (the “New Mexico Motor Oil Matter”).  The State is represented in connection with this matter by counsel for the plaintiffs in the Motor Oil MDL.

 

On May 25, 2017, in response to the Notice of Proposed Action, the Company filed an action in New Mexico federal court seeking a declaratory judgment that the Attorney General is prohibited by, among other things, the United States Constitution, from pursuing the New Mexico Motor Oil Matter and an order enjoining the Attorney General from pursuing such an action.  (Dollar General Corporation v. Hector H. Balderas, D.N.M., Case No. 1:17-cv-00588). Thereafter, on June 20, 2017, the New Mexico Attorney General filed an action in the First Judicial District Court, County of Santa Fe, New Mexico pertaining to the New Mexico Motor Oil Matter.  (Hector H. Balderas v. Dolgencorp, LLC, Case No. D-101-cv-2017-01562).  The Company removed this matter to New Mexico federal court on July 26, 2017, and filed a motion to dismiss the action. The matter was transferred to the Motor Oil MDL and the State has moved to remand it to state court. (Hector H. Balderas v. Dolgencorp, LLC, D.N.M., Case No. 1:17-cv-772).

 

On September 1, 2017, the Mississippi Attorney General, who also is represented by the counsel for the plaintiffs in the Motor Oil MDL, filed an action in the Chancery Court of the First Judicial District of Hinds County, Mississippi which alleges that the Company’s labeling, marketing and sale of Dollar General private-label motor oil violated Mississippi law. (Jim Hood v. Dollar General Corporation, Case No. G2017-1229 T/1) (the “Mississippi Motor Oil Matter”). The Company removed this matter to Mississippi federal court on October 5, 2017, and filed a motion to dismiss the action. The matter was conditionally transferred to the Motor Oil MDL and the State moved to vacate the JPML’s conditional transfer order. The State also moved to remand it to state court. (Jim Hood v. Dollar General Corporation, N.D. Miss., Case No. 3:17-cv-801-LG-LRA).

 

The Company is vigorously defending these matters and believes that the labeling, marketing and sale of its private-label motor oil comply with applicable federal and state requirements and are not misleading.  The Company further believes that these matters are not appropriate for class or similar treatment.  At this time, however, it is not possible to predict whether these matters will be permitted to proceed as a class or in a similar fashion, whether on a statewide or nationwide basis, or the size of any putative class or classes.  Likewise, at this time, it is not possible to estimate the value of the claims asserted, and no assurances can be given that the Company will be successful in its defense of these matters on the merits or otherwise.  For these reasons, the Company is unable to estimate the potential loss or range of loss in these matters; however, if the Company is not successful in its defense efforts, the resolution of the Motor Oil MDL, the New Mexico Motor Oil Matter or the Mississippi Motor Oil Matter could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s consolidated financial statements as a whole.

Shareholder Litigation

 

The Company is defending litigation filed in January and February 2017 in which the plaintiffs, on behalf of themselves and a putative class of shareholders, allege that between March 10, 2016 and December 1, 2016, the Company and certain of its officers (the “Individual Defendants”) violated federal securities laws by misrepresenting the impact to sales of changes to certain federal programs that provide supplemental nutritional assistance to individuals. (Iron Workers Local Union No. 405 Annuity Fund v. Dollar General Corporation, et al., M.D. Tenn. Case No. 3:17-cv-00063; Julia Askins v. Dollar General Corporation, et al., M.D. Tenn., Case No. 3:17-cv-00276; Bruce Velan v. Dollar General Corporation, et al., M.D. Tenn., Case No. 3:17-cv-00275) (collectively “the Shareholder Litigation”).  The plaintiffs in the Shareholder Litigation seek the following relief: compensatory damages, unspecified equitable relief, pre- and post-judgment interest and attorneys’ fees and expenses. The court has consolidated the cases, appointed a lead plaintiff and entered a preliminary scheduling order. A motion to dismiss filed by the Company and the Individual Defendants is pending.

 

The Company believes that the statements at issue in the Shareholder Litigation complied with the federal securities laws and intends to vigorously defend this matter.  At this time, it is not possible to predict whether the Shareholder Litigation will be permitted to proceed as a class or the size of any putative class.  Likewise, at this time, it is not possible to estimate the value of the claims asserted in this action, and no assurances can be given that the Company will be successful in its defense on the merits or otherwise.  For these reasons, the Company is unable to estimate the potential loss or range of loss in this matter; however if the Company is not successful in its defense efforts, the resolution of the Shareholder Litigation could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s consolidated financial statements as a whole.

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The Company is also defending shareholder derivative actions filed in April, July and August 2017, in which each plaintiff asserts, purportedly on behalf of the Company, some or all of the following claims against the Company’s board of directors and certain of its officers based upon factual allegations substantially similar to those in the Shareholder Litigation: alleged breach of fiduciary duties, unjust enrichment, violation of federal securities laws, abuse of control, and gross mismanagement.  (Robert Anderson v. Todd Vasos, et al., M.D. Tenn. Case No. 3:17-cv-00693; Sharon Shaver v. Todd J. Vasos, et al., Chancery Court for the Twentieth Judicial District of Davidson County, Tennessee, Case No. 17-797-I; Glenn Saito v. Todd Vasos, et al., M.D. Tenn., Case No. 3:17-cv-01138) (collectively “the Derivative Litigation”). The plaintiffs in the Derivative Litigation seek, purportedly on behalf of the Company, some or all of the following relief: compensatory damages, injunctive relief, disgorgement, restitution and attorneys’ fees and expenses. The Anderson and Saito cases have been consolidated and stayed pending resolution of the motion to dismiss in the Shareholder Litigation, and a similar stay has been ordered in the Shaver action.

 

7.Segment reporting

 

The Company manages its business on the basis of one reportable operating segment. As of November 3, 2017, all of the Company’s operations were located within the United States with the exception of certain subsidiaries in Hong Kong and China and a liaison office in India, which collectively are not material with regard to assets, results of operations or otherwise to the condensed consolidated financial statements. The following net sales data is presented in accordance with accounting standards related to disclosures about segments of an enterprise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 Weeks Ended

 

39 Weeks Ended

 

 

 

November 3,

 

October 28,

 

November 3,

 

October 28,

 

(in thousands)

    

2017

    

2016

    

2017

    

2016

 

Classes of similar products:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consumables

 

$

4,625,401

 

$

4,137,748

 

$

13,425,273

 

$

12,293,395

 

Seasonal

 

 

636,519

 

 

575,912

 

 

2,017,150

 

 

1,873,715

 

Home products

 

 

346,339

 

 

329,715

 

 

1,007,137

 

 

968,161

 

Apparel

 

 

295,347

 

 

276,654

 

 

891,976

 

 

842,081

 

Net sales

 

$

5,903,606

 

$

5,320,029

 

$

17,341,536

 

$

15,977,352

 

 

 

8.Common stock transactions

 

On August 29, 2012, the Company’s Board of Directors authorized a common stock repurchase program, which the Board has since increased on several occasions. Most recently, on August 24, 2016, the Company’s Board of Directors authorized a $1.0 billion increase to the existing common stock repurchase program. As of November 3, 2017, a cumulative total of $5.0 billion had been authorized under the program since its inception and approximately $634.6 million remained available for repurchase. The repurchase authorization has no expiration date and allows repurchases from time to time in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions.  The timing and number of shares purchased depends on a variety of factors, such as price, market conditions, compliance with the covenants and restrictions under the Company’s debt agreements and other factors.  Repurchases under the program may be funded from available cash or borrowings including under the Facilities and issuance of CP Notes discussed in further detail in Note 4.

 

Pursuant to its common stock repurchase program, during the 39-week periods ended November 3, 2017, and October 28, 2016, the Company repurchased in the open market approximately 4.0 million shares of its common stock at a total cost of $298.7 million and approximately 8.2 million shares at a total cost of $679.4 million, respectively.

 

The Company paid quarterly cash dividends of $0.26 per share during each of the first three quarters of 2017.  On December 5, 2017, the Company’s Board of Directors approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.26 per share payable on January 23, 2018 to shareholders of record at the close of business on January 9, 2018. The declaration of future cash dividends is subject to the discretion of the Company’s Board of Directors and will depend upon, among other things, the Company’s results of operations, cash requirements, financial condition, contractual restrictions and other factors that the Board may deem relevant in its sole discretion.

 

 

 

 

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Review Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

 

To the Board of Directors and Shareholders of

Dollar General Corporation

 

We have reviewed the condensed consolidated balance sheet of Dollar General Corporation and subsidiaries (the Company) as of November 3, 2017, and the related condensed consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income for the thirteen week and thirty-nine week periods ended November 3, 2017 and October 28, 2016, and the condensed consolidated statements of cash flows for the thirty-nine week periods ended November 3, 2017 and October 28, 2016.  These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management.

 

We conducted our review 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 review, we are not aware of any material modifications that should be made to the condensed consolidated financial statements referred to above for them to be in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.

 

We have previously audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), the consolidated balance sheet of Dollar General Corporation and subsidiaries as of February 3, 2017, and the related consolidated statements of income, comprehensive income, shareholders’ equity, and cash flows for the fiscal year then ended (not presented herein) and we expressed an unqualified opinion on those consolidated financial statements in our report dated March 24, 2017. In our opinion, the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheet of Dollar General Corporation and subsidiaries as of February 3, 2017, is fairly stated, in all material respects, in relation to the consolidated balance sheet from which it has been derived.

 

 

 

 

/s/ Ernst & Young LLP

 

 

December 7, 2017

 

Nashville, Tennessee

 

 

 

 

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ITEM 2.            MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS.

 

General

 

This discussion and analysis is based on, should be read with, and is qualified in its entirety by, the accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and related notes, as well as our consolidated financial statements and the related Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations as contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 3, 2017. It also should be read in conjunction with the disclosure under “Cautionary Disclosure Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” in this report.

 

Executive Overview

 

We are among the largest discount retailers in the United States by number of stores, with 14,321 stores located in 44 states as of November 3, 2017, with the greatest concentration of stores in the southern, southwestern, midwestern and eastern United States. We offer a broad selection of merchandise, including consumable products such as food, paper and cleaning products, health and beauty aid products and pet supplies, and non-consumable products such as seasonal merchandise, home decor and domestics, and basic apparel. Our merchandise includes national brands from leading manufacturers, as well as our own private brand selections with prices at substantial discounts to national brands. We offer our customers these national brand and private brand products at everyday low prices (typically $10 or less) in our convenient small-box locations.

 

Because the customers we serve are value-conscious, many with low or fixed incomes, we are intensely focused on helping them make the most of their spending dollars. We believe our convenient store formats, locations, and broad selection of high-quality products at compelling values have driven our substantial growth and financial success over the years and through a variety of macroeconomic environments. Like other retailers, we have been operating for several years in an environment with ongoing macroeconomic challenges and uncertainties. Our core customers are often among the first to be affected by negative or uncertain economic conditions and are among the last to feel the effects of improving economic conditions particularly when, as in the recent past, economic trends are inconsistent and their duration unknown. The primary macroeconomic factors that affect our core customers include the unemployment and underemployment rates, wage growth, fuel prices and changes to certain government assistance programs, such as the 2016 changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which has had the effect of not only reducing benefit levels but also eliminating benefit eligibility for certain individuals. Additionally, our customers are impacted by increases in those expenses that generally comprise a large portion of their budget, such as rent and healthcare, which have increased during 2016 and the first three quarters of 2017 at a rate greater than many of our core customers’ growth in income.

 

Our same-store sales performance in the second and third quarters suggests that the negative effect of the above macroeconomic factors as a whole may have moderated slightly as compared to previous quarters. However, we continue to believe the overall net effect of the macroeconomic factors listed above has negatively impacted our customer traffic and, along with deflationary pressures, including both lower commodity costs and pricing actions on our products, has adversely affected same-store sales for the past several quarters. We continue to monitor these factors as they continue to have the potential to negatively affect our sales results.

 

During 2017 we have continued to make progress on our initiatives as we continue to pursue long-term growth opportunities. At the same time, we remain committed to the following long-term operating priorities as we consistently strive to improve our performance while retaining our customer-centric focus: 1) driving profitable sales growth, 2) capturing growth opportunities, 3) enhancing our position as a low-cost operator, and 4) investing in our people as a competitive advantage.

 

We seek to drive profitable sales growth through initiatives aimed at increasing customer traffic and average transaction amount, as well as an ongoing focus on enhancing our margins while maintaining both everyday low price and affordability.

 

For the first three quarters of 2017, consistent with historical performance, our sales of consumables, which tend to have lower gross margins, have been the key drivers of net sales and customer traffic, while sales of

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non-consumables, which tend to have higher gross margins, have contributed to profitable sales growth.  In addition, during the first three quarters of 2017, our mix of consumables sales has continued to shift somewhat toward lower margin consumable departments such as perishables and tobacco. We expect the trends of consumables, and lower margin consumables, comprising a larger percentage of our sales to continue throughout at least the remainder of the year and potentially into 2018. Our initiatives target these trends, although there can be no assurance we will be successful in their reversal.

 

Our initiatives are designed to increase customer traffic and average transaction amounts as we believe same-store sales growth is key to achieving our financial objectives.  During the first three quarters of 2017, we have made significant progress on many of these initiatives, which include the continued expansion of coolers, the rollout of additional strategies across each of our merchandise departments, including a redesign of our Health and Beauty department to drive further product awareness and market share, a continued focus on improving our in-stock position and the addition of a queue line in a portion of our existing store base.  We will continue to utilize our customer segmentation information and other tools, which have provided us with deeper insights into the spending habits of each of our core customer segments, to refine these initiatives and drive our category management process as we optimize our merchandise assortment and expand into those products that we believe are most likely to drive customer traffic to our stores.  We also continue to enhance our advertising effectiveness by expanding our digital capabilities and further integrating our traditional and digital media mix to reach our customers where, when and how they decide to engage with us while also targeting a higher return on investment. These efforts are now being led by our Chief Digital and Customer Engagement Officer, a new position created to help drive these initiatives. Many of these initiatives support our plans to continue investing in our existing store base, with a goal to drive increased customer traffic and average transaction amount and as a result our same-store sales.

 

We demonstrate our commitment to the affordability needs of our core customer by pricing more than 80% of our stock-keeping units at $5 or less as of the end of the third quarter of 2017.  Even as we work to provide everyday low prices and meet our customers’ affordability needs, we also remain focused on enhancing our margins through effective category management, inventory shrink reduction initiatives, private brands penetration, distribution and transportation efficiencies, global sourcing and pricing and markdown optimization. With respect to category management, we strive to maintain an appropriate mix of consumables and non-consumables sales because, as noted above, the mix of sales affects profitability due to the varying gross margins between, and even within, the consumables and non-consumables categories. To support our efforts to reduce inventory shrink, we expect to continue to implement additional in-store defensive merchandising and technology-based tools, such as Electronic Article Surveillance and video-enabled exception-based reporting into 2018, as the results suggest these measures help reduce shrink and improve our in-stock position. Increasing carrier and fuel rates pressured our overall gross margin in the third quarter of 2017, and we anticipate these negative effects continuing for at least the remainder of the year and into early 2018. However, we continue to seek to reduce our stem miles and optimize loads to improve distribution and transportation efficiencies. 

 

To support our other operating priorities, we remain focused on capturing growth opportunities. In 2017, we intend to open approximately 1,285 stores, which includes our originally planned 1,000 new stores as well as store locations acquired in June 2017 in 35 states from a small-box multi-price point retailer.  As of the end of the third quarter, we have converted 263 of the acquired store sites to the Dollar General banner. Additionally, we intend to relocate or remodel approximately 760 stores in 2017. For the 2018 fiscal year, we plan to open approximately 900 new stores, remodel approximately 1,000 mature store locations, and relocate approximately 100 stores for an approximate total of 2,000 real estate projects.

 

We continue to innovate within our channel and are able to utilize the most productive of our various store formats based on the specific market opportunity.  As has been the case throughout the first three quarters of 2017, we expect that our traditional 7,300 square foot store format will continue to be the primary store layout for new stores, relocations and remodels in the remainder of 2017. In addition, our smaller format store (less than 6,000 square feet) allows us to capture growth opportunities in metropolitan areas as well as rural areas with a low number of households. We continue to incorporate into our existing store base lessons learned from our various store formats and layouts with a goal of driving increased customer traffic, average transaction amount, same-store sales and overall store productivity.

 

To support our new store growth and drive productivity, we continue to make investments in our distribution center network. Our fifteenth distribution center in Jackson, Georgia began shipping in October 2017. We began construction on our sixteenth distribution center in Amsterdam, New York in June 2017 to support our northeast growth.

 

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We have established a position as a low-cost operator, continuously seeking ways to reduce or control costs that do not affect our customers’ shopping experience. We plan to continue enhancing this position over time as we aim to continually streamline our business while also employing ongoing cost discipline to reduce certain expenses as a percentage of sales. We believe these actions will assist in maintaining our ability to leverage Selling, General & Administrative (“SG&A”) expenses at a lower same-store sales growth percentage over the long term.  In addition, we remain committed to simplifying or eliminating store-level tasks and processes so that those time savings can be reinvested by our store managers and their teams in important areas such as enhanced customer service, higher in-stock levels and improved store standards. 

 

Our employees are a competitive advantage, and we are always searching for ways to continue investing in them.  We invest in our employees in an effort to create an environment that attracts and retains talented personnel, as we believe that, particularly at the store level, employees who are promoted from within generally have longer tenures and are greater contributors to improvements in our financial performance.  Our store managers play a critical role in our customer experience and individual store profitability, and beginning in March 2017 we implemented certain investments in compensation and training for this position in the form of increased SG&A expenses that we believe have already contributed to improved customer experience scores, higher sales and improved turnover metrics. 

 

To further enhance shareholder return, we continued to repurchase shares of our common stock during the first three quarters of 2017, although at a lower amount than in 2016, and we continued to pay quarterly cash dividends. We plan to continue both of these activities in the fourth quarter of 2017, subject to Board discretion and approval.

 

During the third quarter of 2017, multiple hurricanes made landfall in the southern United States. The storms resulted in extensive damage and flooding throughout the South and Southeast, especially in the coastal areas. We estimate these storms resulted in a positive impact to same-store sales for the 2017 third quarter of approximately 30-35 basis points. Conversely, the storms and accompanying flooding resulted in $24.8 million of expense, and an estimated overall net negative impact of approximately $0.05 to diluted earnings per share in the 2017 third quarter.

 

Both the U.S. House and Senate have passed bills related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“Act”) with both versions now headed to conference to attempt to resolve differences between the bills.  As currently drafted, the bills are expected to have a favorable, material impact on the Company’s effective tax rate and net income as reported under generally accepted accounting principles both in the quarter in which the Act is passed and subsequent reporting periods to which the Act is effective.  The likelihood, timing, and details of a final, reconciled bill and whether such a bill will ultimately be enacted are uncertain. There can be no assurances that a final, reconciled bill, if enacted, would have the same impact as either the current House or Senate bill.

 

Highlights of our 2017 third quarter results of operations compared to the 2016 third quarter and our financial condition at November 3, 2017 are set forth below. Basis points amounts referred to below are equal to 0.01% as a percentage of net sales.

 

·

Net sales increased 11.0% to $5.9 billion. Sales in same-stores increased 4.3% due to increases in average transaction amount and customer traffic. Average sales per square foot for all stores over the 53-week period ended November 3, 2017 was $230.

 

·

Gross profit, as a percentage of net sales, was 29.9% in the 2017 period compared to 29.8% in the 2016 period, an increase of 8 basis points, primarily reflecting higher initial markups on inventory purchases and an improved rate of inventory shrinkage, among other factors discussed below.

 

·

SG&A expense, as a percentage of net sales, was 22.9% in the 2017 period compared to 22.5% in the 2016 period, an increase of 40 basis points, reflecting increased retail labor, incentive compensation and occupancy costs as well as hurricane-related costs, among other factors discussed below.

 

·

Interest expense increased by $0.1 million to $24.0 million in the 2017 period.

 

·

Net income was $252.5 million, or $0.93 per diluted share, in the 2017 period compared to net income of $235.3 million, or $0.84 per diluted share, in the 2016 period.

 

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Highlights of the year-to-date period of 2017 include:

 

·

Cash generated from operating activities was $1.14 billion for the 2017 period compared to $1.12 billion in the comparable 2016 period.

 

·

Total cash dividends of $212.9 million, or $0.78 per share, were paid during the 2017 period, compared to $212.2 million, or $0.75 per share, in the comparable 2016 period.

 

·

Inventory turnover was 4.7 times on a rolling four-quarter basis. On a per store basis, inventories at November 3, 2017 decreased by 4.9% over the balances at October 28, 2016.

 

The above discussion is a summary only. Readers should refer to the detailed discussion of our results of operations below in the current year periods as compared with the prior year periods as well as our financial condition at November 3, 2017.

 

Results of Operations

 

Accounting Periods. We utilize a 52-53 week fiscal year convention that ends on the Friday nearest to January 31. The following text contains references to years 2017 and 2016, which represent the 52-week fiscal year ending February 2, 2018 and the 53-week fiscal year ended February 3, 2017, respectively. References to the third quarter accounting periods for 2017 and 2016 contained herein refer to the 13-week accounting periods ended November 3, 2017 and October 28, 2016, respectively. References to the year-to-date accounting periods for 2017 and 2016 contained herein refer to the 39-week accounting periods ended November 3, 2017 and October 28, 2016, respectively.

 

Seasonality. The nature of our business is seasonal to a certain extent. Primarily because of sales of Christmas-related merchandise, sales in our fourth quarter (November, December and January) have historically been higher than sales achieved in each of the first three quarters of the fiscal year. Expenses, and to a greater extent operating profit, vary by quarter. Results of a period shorter than a full year may not be indicative of results expected for the entire year. Furthermore, the seasonal nature of our business may affect comparisons between periods.

 

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The following table contains results of operations data for the third 13-week and first 39-week periods of 2017 and 2016, and the dollar and percentage variances among those periods:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 Weeks Ended

 

2017 vs. 2016

 

39 Weeks Ended

2017 vs. 2016

 

 

(amounts in millions, except

    

November 3,

    

October 28,

    

Amount

 

%

    

November 3,

    

October 28,

    

Amount

    

%

 

  

per share amounts)

 

2017

 

2016

 

Change

 

Change

 

2017

 

2016

 

Change

 

Change

 

 

Net sales by category:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consumables

 

$

4,625.4

 

$

4,137.7

 

$

487.7

 

11.8

%  

$

13,425.3

 

$

12,293.4

 

$

1,131.9

 

9.2

%

 

% of net sales

 

 

78.35

%  

 

77.78

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

77.42

%  

 

76.94

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seasonal

 

 

636.5

 

 

575.9

 

 

60.6

 

10.5

 

 

2,017.2

 

 

1,873.7

 

 

143.4

 

7.7

 

 

% of net sales

 

 

10.78

%  

 

10.83

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

11.63

%  

 

11.73

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home products

 

 

346.3

 

 

329.7

 

 

16.6

 

5.0

 

 

1,007.1

 

 

968.2

 

 

39.0

 

4.0

 

 

% of net sales

 

 

5.87

%  

 

6.20

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.81

%  

 

6.06

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apparel

 

 

295.3

 

 

276.7

 

 

18.7

 

6.8

 

 

892.0

 

 

842.1

 

 

49.9

 

5.9

 

 

% of net sales

 

 

5.00

%  

 

5.20

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.14

%  

 

5.27

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net sales

 

$

5,903.6

 

$

5,320.0

 

$

583.6

 

11.0

%  

$

17,341.5

 

$

15,977.4

 

$

1,364.2

 

8.5

%

 

Cost of goods sold

 

 

4,137.2

 

 

3,732.5

 

 

404.6

 

10.8

 

 

12,085.6

 

 

11,095.5

 

 

990.1

 

8.9

 

 

% of net sales

 

 

70.08

%  

 

70.16

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

69.69

%  

 

69.44

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

 

 

1,766.5

 

 

1,587.5

 

 

178.9

 

11.3

 

 

5,256.0

 

 

4,881.9

 

 

374.1

 

7.7

 

 

% of net sales

 

 

29.92

%  

 

29.84

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

30.31

%  

 

30.56

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

 

1,349.0

 

 

1,194.5

 

 

154.5

 

12.9

 

 

3,871.6

 

 

3,499.1

 

 

372.5

 

10.6

 

 

% of net sales

 

 

22.85

%  

 

22.45

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

22.33

%  

 

21.90

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

 

 

417.4

 

 

393.0

 

 

24.4

 

6.2

 

 

1,384.4

 

 

1,382.8

 

 

1.5

 

0.1

 

 

% of net sales

 

 

7.07

%  

 

7.39

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.98

%  

 

8.65

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

 

 

24.0

 

 

23.9

 

 

0.1

 

0.5

 

 

72.7

 

 

72.3

 

 

0.4

 

0.6

 

 

% of net sales

 

 

0.41

%  

 

0.45

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

0.42

%  

 

0.45

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other (income) expense

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 —

 

 

3.5

 

 

 —

 

 

3.5

 

 —

 

 

% of net sales

 

 

0.00

%  

 

0.00

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

0.02

%  

 

0.00

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income before income taxes

 

 

393.4

 

 

369.1

 

 

24.3

 

6.6

 

 

1,308.1

 

 

1,310.5

 

 

(2.4)

 

(0.2)

 

 

% of net sales

 

 

6.66

%  

 

6.94

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.54

%  

 

8.20

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax expense

 

 

140.9

 

 

133.8

 

 

7.1

 

5.3

 

 

481.3

 

 

473.6

 

 

7.8

 

1.6

 

 

% of net sales

 

 

2.39

%  

 

2.52

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.78

%  

 

2.96

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

252.5

 

$

235.3

 

$

17.2

 

7.3

%  

$

826.8

 

$

837.0

 

$

(10.2)

 

(1.2)

%

 

% of net sales

 

 

4.28

%  

 

4.42

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.77

%  

 

5.24

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share

 

$

0.93

 

$

0.84

 

$

0.09

 

10.7

%  

$

3.02

 

$

2.95

 

$

0.07

 

2.4

%

 

 

13 WEEKS ENDED NOVEMBER 3, 2017 AND OCTOBER 28, 2016

 

Net Sales. The net sales increase in the 2017 period reflects a same-store sales increase of 4.3% compared to the 2016 period. Same-stores include stores that have been open for at least 13 months and remain open at the end of the reporting period. For the 2017 period, there were 12,971 same-stores which accounted for sales of $5.5 billion. The increase in same-store sales reflects increases in average transaction amount and customer traffic as discussed above in the Executive Overview, as well as hurricane-related impacts.  Same-store sales increased in the consumables, seasonal and apparel categories, and declined in the home products category. Same-store sales results in the three non-consumables categories, when aggregated, were positive. The net sales increase was positively affected by sales from new stores, modestly offset by sales from closed stores.

 

Gross Profit. For the 2017 period, gross profit increased by 11.3%, and as a percentage of net sales increased by 8 basis points to 29.9% compared to the 2016 period.  Higher initial markups on inventory purchases and an improved rate of inventory shrinkage contributed to the increase in the gross profit rate. These factors were partially offset by a greater proportion of sales of consumables, which generally have a lower gross profit rate than our other product categories, the sales of lower margin products comprising a higher proportion of consumables sales, and increased transportation costs.

SG&A Expense. SG&A expense was 22.9% as a percentage of net sales in the 2017 period compared to 22.5% in the comparable 2016 period, an increase of 40 basis points. The 2017 period results reflect increased retail labor expenses, primarily due to our investment in store manager compensation, and increases in incentive compensation and occupancy costs, each of which increased at a rate greater than the increase in net sales. Partially offsetting these increased expenses were lower utilities costs and a reduction in advertising costs. The 2017 period results include

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approximately $24.8 million of hurricane-related costs, the majority of which were store inventory and property losses. In the 2016 period, we incurred charges of $13.0 million associated with the acquisition of former Walmart Express store locations and related closure of existing stores plus an incremental $7.7 million of expenses primarily related to natural disasters. 

Income Taxes. The effective income tax rate for the 2017 period was 35.8% compared to a rate of 36.2% for the 2016 period which represents a net decrease of 0.4 percentage points. The tax rate for the 2017 period was lower than the comparable 2016 period primarily due to the recognition of greater federal Work Opportunity Tax Credits in the 2017 period.

 

39 WEEKS ENDED NOVEMBER 3, 2017 AND OCTOBER 28, 2016

Net Sales. The net sales increase in the 2017 period reflects a same-store sales increase of 2.6% compared to the 2016 period. In the 2017 period, our 12,971 same-stores accounted for sales of $16.2 billion. The increase in same-store sales was primarily due to increases in average transaction amount and customer traffic relative to the comparable 2016 period, as same-store sales increased in the consumables, seasonal and apparel categories, and declined in the home products category. Same-store sales results in the three non-consumables categories, when aggregated, were positive. The net sales increase was positively affected by new stores, modestly offset by sales from closed stores.

 

Gross Profit. For the 2017 period, gross profit increased by 7.7%, and as a percentage of net sales decreased by 25 basis points to 30.3% compared to the 2016 period. Higher markdowns, which were primarily for promotional activities, a greater proportion of sales of consumables, which generally have a lower gross profit rate than our other product categories, and sales of lower margin products comprising a higher proportion of consumables sales, each reduced the gross profit rate. These factors were partially offset by higher initial markups on inventory purchases and an improved rate of inventory shrinkage.

SG&A Expense. SG&A expense was 22.3% as a percentage of net sales in the 2017 period compared to 21.9% in the 2016 period, an increase of 43 basis points. The 2017 period results reflect increased retail labor expenses, primarily as a result of our investment in store manager compensation, and increased occupancy costs, each of which increased at a rate greater than the increase in net sales. Partially offsetting these increased expenses were reduced advertising costs as well as lower utilities and lower waste management costs primarily resulting from our recycling efforts. We incurred charges associated with hurricanes and other natural disasters as well as costs associated with the acquisition of store locations in both the 2017 and 2016 periods. See the Executive Overview and the 13-week period discussion above for more information regarding the hurricanes, other natural disasters and acquisitions of store locations.

Other (income) expense. Other (income) expense in the 2017 period reflects expenses associated with the issuance and refinancing of long-term debt during the first quarter of 2017.

Income Taxes. The effective income tax rate for the 2017 period was 36.8% compared to 36.1% for the 2016 period which represents a net increase of 0.7 percentage points. The tax rate for the 2017 period was higher than for the 2016 period primarily due to the recognition of a tax benefit of approximately $10.9 million in the 2016 period associated with stock based compensation that did not reoccur to the same extent in the 2017 period.

Accounting Standards

 

In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued comprehensive new accounting standards related to the recognition of revenue, which specified an effective date for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2016, with early adoption not permitted. In August 2015, the FASB deferred the effective date to annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017, with earlier adoption permitted only for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2016. The new guidance allows companies to use either a full retrospective or a modified retrospective approach in the adoption of this guidance. We have formed a project team to assess and implement the standard by compiling a list of the applicable revenue streams, evaluating relevant contracts and comparing our current accounting policies to the new standard. As a result of the efforts of this project team, we have identified customer incentives and gross versus net considerations as the areas in which we would most likely be affected by the new guidance. We are continuing to assess all the impacts of the new standard and the design of internal control over financial reporting, but based upon the terms of our agreements and an evaluation of the materiality of the

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transactions related to customer incentives and gross versus net considerations, we do not expect the adoption to have a material effect on our consolidated results of operations, financial position or cash flows. We currently expect to complete this work in 2017 and to adopt this guidance on February 3, 2018 using the modified retrospective approach.

 

In February 2016, the FASB issued new guidance related to lease accounting, which when effective will require a dual approach for lessee accounting under which a lessee will account for leases as finance leases or operating leases. Both finance leases and operating leases will result in the lessee recognizing a right-of-use asset and a corresponding lease liability on its balance sheet, with differing methodology for income statement recognition. This guidance is effective for public business entities for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2018, and early adoption is permitted. A modified retrospective approach is required for all leases existing or entered into after the beginning of the earliest comparative period in the consolidated financial statements. We are currently assessing the impact that adoption of this guidance will have on our consolidated financial statements. Specifically, we have formed a project team that is developing test plans for our lease accounting system, we are identifying and evaluating existing contracts for embedded leases, and discussing implementation plans with our lease accounting software vendor, among other activities. We anticipate a material impact to our consolidated financial statements due to our significant number of lease contracts.

 

In October 2016, the FASB issued amendments to existing guidance related to accounting for intra-entity transfers of assets other than inventory. These amendments require an entity to recognize the income tax consequences of such transfers when the transfer occurs and affects our historical accounting for intra-entity transfers of certain intangible assets. This guidance is effective for public business entities for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2017, and early adoption is permitted subject to certain guidelines. The amendments should be applied on a modified retrospective basis through a cumulative-effect adjustment directly to retained earnings as of the beginning of the period of adoption. We are assessing the impact that adoption of this guidance will have on our consolidated financial statements, and currently expect such adoption would result in an increase in deferred income tax liabilities and a decrease in retained earnings of approximately $32 million to $36 million under existing tax legislation.

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

We have an unsecured credit agreement that provides for total loans and commitments equal to $1.425 billion (the “Facilities”), and we have outstanding $2.4 billion aggregate principal amount of senior notes. We have a commercial paper program that may provide borrowing availability of up to $1.0 billion. At November 3, 2017, we had total outstanding debt (including the current portion of long-term obligations) of approximately $3.1 billion, which includes balances under the Facilities, commercial paper and senior notes, all of which are described in greater detail below.

 

We believe our cash flow from operations and existing cash balances, combined with availability under the Facilities, the commercial paper program and access to the debt markets will provide sufficient liquidity to fund our current obligations, projected working capital requirements, capital spending and anticipated dividend payments for a period that includes the next twelve months as well as the next several years.  However, our ability to maintain sufficient liquidity may be affected by numerous factors, many of which are outside of our control.  Depending on our liquidity levels, conditions in the capital markets and other factors, we may from time to time consider the issuance of debt, equity or other securities, the proceeds of which could provide additional liquidity for our operations.

 

For the remainder of fiscal 2017, we anticipate potential combined borrowings under the Revolving Facility (defined below) and our commercial paper program to be a maximum of approximately $600 million outstanding at any one time, including any anticipated borrowings to fund repurchases of common stock.

 

Credit Facilities

 

On February 22, 2017, we entered into the Facilities, which consist of a $175.0 million senior unsecured term loan facility (the “Term Facility”) and a $1.25 billion senior unsecured revolving credit facility (the “Revolving Facility”) of which up to $175.0 million is available for the issuance of letters of credit. The Term Facility is scheduled to mature on October 20, 2020, and the Revolving Facility is scheduled to mature on February 22, 2022.

 

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Borrowings under the Facilities bear interest at a rate equal to an applicable interest rate margin plus, at our option, either (a) LIBOR or (b) a base rate (which is usually equal to the prime rate). The applicable interest rate margin for borrowings as of November 3, 2017 was 1.10% for LIBOR borrowings and 0.10% for base-rate borrowings. We must also pay a facility fee, payable on any used and unused commitment amounts of the Facilities, and customary fees on letters of credit issued under the Revolving Facility. As of November 3, 2017, the commitment fee rate was 0.15%. The applicable interest rate margins for borrowings, the facility fees and the letter of credit fees under the Facilities are subject to adjustment from time to time based on our long-term senior unsecured debt ratings. The weighted average all-in interest rate for borrowings under the Facilities was 2.3% as of November 3, 2017.

 

The Facilities can be voluntarily prepaid in whole or in part at any time without penalty. There is no required principal amortization under the Facilities. The Facilities contain a number of customary affirmative and negative covenants that, among other things, restrict, subject to certain exceptions, our (including our subsidiaries’) ability to: incur additional liens; sell all or substantially all of our assets; consummate certain fundamental changes or change in our lines of business; and incur additional subsidiary indebtedness. The Facilities also contain financial covenants that require the maintenance of a minimum fixed charge coverage ratio and a maximum leverage ratio.  As of November 3, 2017, we were in compliance with all such covenants.  The Facilities also contain customary events of default.

 

As of November 3, 2017, the entire balance of the Term Facility was outstanding, and under the Revolving Facility, we had no outstanding borrowings, outstanding letters of credit of $9.5 million, and borrowing availability of $1.24 billion that, due to our intention to maintain borrowing availability related to the commercial paper program described below, could contribute incremental liquidity of $690.6 million at November 3, 2017. In addition, as of November 3, 2017 we had outstanding letters of credit of $40.0 million which were issued pursuant to separate agreements.

 

Commercial Paper

 

As of November 3, 2017, we had outstanding unsecured commercial paper notes (the “CP Notes”) of $549.9 million classified as long-term obligations on the condensed consolidated balance sheet due to our intent and ability to refinance these obligations as long-term debt. Under this program, we may issue the CP Notes from time to time in an aggregate amount not to exceed $1.0 billion outstanding at any time.  The CP Notes may have maturities of up to 364 days from the date of issue and rank equal in right of payment with all of our other unsecured and unsubordinated indebtedness.  We intend to maintain available commitments under the Revolving Facility in a