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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
FORM 10-Q
(Mark one)
ý
 
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended May 5, 2018
o
 
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
 
 
 
 
For the transition period from __________ to __________
 
 
 
 
 
Commission file number: 0-14678

Ross Stores, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Delaware
    
94-1390387
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or
 
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
organization)
 
 
 
5130 Hacienda Drive, Dublin, California
 
94568-7579
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
 
Registrant's telephone number, including area code
 
(925) 965-4400
 
Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if
 
N/A
changed since last report.
 
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.
Yes ý No o
    
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).
Yes ý    No o
     
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, 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 ý Accelerated filer o Non-accelerated filer o (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)
Smaller reporting company o Emerging growth company o

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. o

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

The number of shares of Common Stock, with $.01 par value, outstanding on May 23, 2018 was 376,540,575.

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Ross Stores, Inc.
Form 10-Q
Table of Contents

 
 
Page
 
 
 
 
 
Item 1.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 2.
 
 
Item 3.
 
 
Item 4.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 1.
 
 
 
 
 
Item 1A.
 
 
 
 
 
Item 2.
 
 
 
 
 
Item 6.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

ITEM 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings

 
Three Months Ended
($000, except stores and per share data, unaudited)
May 5, 2018

 
April 29, 2017

Sales
$
3,588,619

 
$
3,306,429

 
 
 
 
Costs and Expenses
 
 
 
Cost of goods sold
2,522,219

 
2,329,966

Selling, general and administrative
524,423

 
474,819

Interest (income) expense, net
(503
)
 
3,169

Total costs and expenses
3,046,139

 
2,807,954

 
 
 
 
Earnings before taxes
542,480

 
498,475

Provision for taxes on earnings
124,228

 
177,457

Net earnings
$
418,252

 
$
321,018

 
 
 
 
Earnings per share
 
 
 
Basic
$
1.12

 
$
0.83

Diluted
$
1.11

 
$
0.82

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted average shares outstanding (000)
 
 
 
Basic
373,797

 
386,433

Diluted
377,062

 
389,730

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dividends
 
 
 
Cash dividends declared per share
$
0.225

 
$
0.160

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stores open at end of period
1,651

 
1,561

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

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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

 
Three Months Ended
($000, unaudited)
May 5, 2018

 
April 29, 2017

Net earnings
$
418,252

 
$
321,018

 
 
 
 
Other comprehensive (loss) income:
 
 
 
Change in unrealized loss on investments, net of tax
(20
)
 
(16
)
Comprehensive income
$
418,232

 
$
321,002

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

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Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

($000, except share data, unaudited)
May 5, 2018

 
February 3, 2018

 
April 29, 2017

Assets
 
 
 
 
 
Current Assets
 
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
1,302,836

 
$
1,290,294

 
$
1,244,219

Short-term investments

 
512

 

Accounts receivable
109,425

 
87,868

 
100,840

Merchandise inventory
1,895,456

 
1,641,735

 
1,594,760

Prepaid expenses and other
146,362

 
130,748

 
124,916

Total current assets
3,454,079

 
3,151,157

 
3,064,735

 
 
 
 
 
 
Property and Equipment
 
 
 
 
 
Land and buildings
1,110,278

 
1,109,173

 
1,102,815

Fixtures and equipment
2,621,211

 
2,603,318

 
2,460,765

Leasehold improvements
1,103,712

 
1,093,634

 
1,012,016

Construction-in-progress
116,495

 
102,054

 
63,759

  
4,951,696

 
4,908,179

 
4,639,355

Less accumulated depreciation and amortization
2,582,481

 
2,525,715

 
2,330,666

Property and equipment, net
2,369,215

 
2,382,464

 
2,308,689

 
 
 
 
 
 
Long-term investments
709

 
712

 
1,267

Other long-term assets
196,833

 
187,718

 
178,284

Total assets
$
6,020,836

 
$
5,722,051

 
$
5,552,975

 
 
 
 
 
 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
 
 
 
 
 
Current Liabilities
 
 
 
 
 
Accounts payable
$
1,299,145

 
$
1,059,844

 
$
1,178,029

Accrued expenses and other
435,606

 
431,706

 
418,846

Accrued payroll and benefits
209,570

 
349,879

 
209,138

Income taxes payable
77,323

 

 
131,710

Current portion of long-term debt
84,981

 
84,973

 

Total current liabilities
2,106,625

 
1,926,402

 
1,937,723

 
 
 
 
 
 
Long-term debt
312,105

 
311,994

 
396,611

Other long-term liabilities
362,445

 
348,541

 
309,339

Deferred income taxes
109,373

 
85,806

 
131,556

 
 
 
 
 
 
Commitments and contingencies


 


 


 
 
 
 
 
 
Stockholders’ Equity
 
 
 
 
 
Common stock, par value $.01 per share
Authorized 1,000,000,000 shares
Issued and outstanding 377,079,000, 379,618,000
and 389,431,000 shares, respectively
3,771

 
3,796

 
3,894

Additional paid-in capital
1,312,705

 
1,292,364

 
1,234,828

Treasury stock
(363,077
)
 
(318,279
)
 
(311,594
)
Accumulated other comprehensive income
7

 
27

 
75

Retained earnings
2,176,882

 
2,071,400

 
1,850,543

Total stockholders’ equity
3,130,288

 
3,049,308

 
2,777,746

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity
$
6,020,836

 
$
5,722,051

 
$
5,552,975

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

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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
 
Three Months Ended
($000, unaudited)
May 5, 2018

 
April 29, 20171

Cash Flows From Operating Activities
 
 
 
Net earnings
$
418,252

 
$
321,018

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided
by operating activities:
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
79,797

 
75,820

Stock-based compensation
23,760

 
20,238

Deferred income taxes
16,842

 
10,847

Change in assets and liabilities:
 
 
 
Merchandise inventory
(253,721
)
 
(81,874
)
Other current assets
(37,283
)
 
(37,168
)
Accounts payable
238,677

 
162,788

Other current liabilities
(18,643
)
 
41,900

Other long-term, net
4,369

 
7,292

Net cash provided by operating activities
472,050

 
520,861

 
 
 
 
Cash Flows From Investing Activities
 
 
 
Additions to property and equipment
(79,793
)
 
(75,971
)
Proceeds from investments
505

 

Net cash used in investing activities
(79,288
)
 
(75,971
)
 
 
 
 
Cash Flows From Financing Activities
 
 
 
Issuance of common stock related to stock plans
4,682

 
4,404

Treasury stock purchased
(44,798
)
 
(38,754
)
Repurchase of common stock
(255,370
)
 
(215,042
)
Dividends paid
(85,410
)
 
(62,795
)
Net cash used in financing activities
(380,896
)
 
(312,187
)
 
 
 
 
Net increase in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash and cash equivalents
11,866

 
132,703

 
 
 
 
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash and cash equivalents:
 
 
 
Beginning of period1
1,353,272

 
1,176,180

End of period
$
1,365,138

 
$
1,308,883

 
 
 
 
Supplemental Cash Flow Disclosures
 
 
 
Interest paid
$
4,219

 
$
4,219

Income taxes paid
$
17,058

 
$
46,519


1 As the result of the adoption of ASU 2016-18, Statement of Cash Flow (Topic 230): Restricted Cash, the prior year amounts were retrospectively adjusted to include restricted cash and cash equivalents. See Note A.

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

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Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

Three Months Ended May 5, 2018 and April 29, 2017
(Unaudited)

Note A: Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Basis of presentation. The accompanying unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared from the records of Ross Stores, Inc. and subsidiaries (the “Company”) without audit and, in the opinion of management, include all adjustments (consisting of only normal, recurring adjustments) necessary to present fairly the Company’s financial position as of May 5, 2018 and April 29, 2017, the results of operations and comprehensive income, and cash flows for the three month periods ended May 5, 2018 and April 29, 2017. The Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet as of February 3, 2018, presented herein, has been derived from the Company’s audited consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year then ended.

Certain information and disclosures normally included in the notes to annual consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America have been condensed or omitted for purposes of these interim condensed consolidated financial statements. The interim condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements, including notes thereto, contained in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended February 3, 2018.

The results of operations and comprehensive income for the three month periods ended May 5, 2018 and April 29, 2017 presented herein are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the full fiscal year.

Recently adopted accounting standards. In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") issued Accounting Standards Update ("ASU") No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Accounting Standards Codification "ASC" 606) which, along with subsequent amendments, supersedes the revenue recognition requirements in “Revenue Recognition (ASC 605).” This guidance provides a five-step analysis of transactions to determine when and how revenue is recognized and requires entities to recognize revenue when the customer obtains control of promised goods or services in an amount that reflects the consideration the entity expects to receive in exchange for those goods or services. The Company adopted ASC 606 as of February 4, 2018, using the modified retrospective method. Results for reporting periods beginning on or after February 4, 2018 are presented under ASC 606, while prior period amounts were not adjusted and continue to be reported in accordance with ASC 605. Upon adoption of ASC 606, the Company recorded a cumulative-effect adjustment to increase beginning retained earnings by $20 million as of February 4, 2018, primarily due to the change in the timing of the recognition of stored value card breakage. The impact of applying ASC 606 was not material to the Company's condensed consolidated financial statements for the three months ended May 5, 2018.

In November 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-18, Statement of Cash Flows (Topic 230): Restricted Cash. ASU 2016-18 requires restricted cash and restricted cash equivalents be included with cash and cash equivalents when reconciling the total beginning and ending amounts on the statement of cash flows. The standard also requires companies who report cash and restricted cash separately on the balance sheet to reconcile those amounts to the statement of cash flows. The Company adopted ASU 2016-18 as of February 4, 2018, using the retrospective method.
Significant accounting policies. Except for the updates to accounting policies for revenue recognition and allowance for sales returns as a result of adopting ASC 606 described below, there have been no significant changes to the accounting policies followed by the Company as described in Note A to the audited consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended February 3, 2018.
Revenue recognition. The Company recognizes revenue at the point of sale, net of sales taxes collected and an allowance for estimated future returns. Sales taxes collected that are outstanding and the allowance for estimated future returns are included in Accrued expenses and other in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.
Sales of stored value cards are deferred until they are redeemed for the purchase of Company merchandise. The Company’s stored value cards do not have expiration dates. Based upon historical redemption rates, a small percentage of stored value cards will never be redeemed, which represents breakage. As a result of adopting ASC 606, breakage is estimated and recognized as revenue based upon the historical pattern of customer redemptions. In prior periods, breakage was recorded as a reduction of operating expense when customer redemption was considered remote. Breakage was not material to the condensed consolidated financial statements for the three month periods ended May 5, 2018 and April 29, 2017.

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The following sales mix table disaggregates revenue by merchandise category for the three month periods ended May 5, 2018 and April 29, 2017:

 
Three Months Ended
 
May 5, 2018

 
April 29, 2017

Ladies
28
%
 
29
%
Home Accents and Bed and Bath
25
%
 
25
%
Shoes
14
%
 
14
%
Accessories, Lingerie, Fine Jewelry, and Fragrances
13
%
 
12
%
Men's
12
%
 
12
%
Children's
8
%
 
8
%
Total
100
%
 
100
%


Allowance for sales returns. As a result of the adoption of ASC 606, the Company recognizes allowances for estimated sales returns on a gross basis. This results in (i) an asset recorded for the expected recovery of merchandise inventory and a liability recorded for the refund due to the customer and (ii) a change in sales and related cost of goods sold based on the required reserve for estimated returns. In prior periods, the Company recognized allowances for sales returns on a net basis.
Cash, restricted cash, and restricted investments. Restricted cash, cash equivalents, and investments serve as collateral for certain insurance obligations of the Company. These restricted funds are invested in bank deposits, money market mutual funds, U.S. Government and agency securities, and corporate securities and cannot be withdrawn from the Company’s account without the prior written consent of the secured parties. The classification between current and long-term is based on the timing of expected payments of the insurance obligations.
The following table provides a reconciliation of cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and equivalents in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets that reconcile to the amounts shown on the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows:
($000)
May 5, 2018

 
February 3, 2018

 
April 29, 2017

Cash and cash equivalents
$
1,302,836

 
$
1,290,294

 
$
1,244,219

Restricted cash and cash equivalents included in:
 
 
 
 
 
  Prepaid expenses and other
8,900

 
9,412

 
12,954

  Other long-term assets
53,402

 
53,566

 
51,710

Total restricted cash and cash equivalents
62,302

 
62,978

 
64,664

Total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash and equivalents
$
1,365,138

 
$
1,353,272

 
$
1,308,883

In addition to the restricted cash and equivalents in the table above, the Company had restricted investments included in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets as shown below:
($000)
May 5, 2018

 
February 3, 2018

 
April 29, 2017

Prepaid expenses and other
$
2,822

 
$
2,435

 
$
699

Other long-term assets

 
403

 
2,902

Total restricted investments
$
2,822

 
$
2,838

 
$
3,601


Property and equipment. As of May 5, 2018 and April 29, 2017, the Company had $11.1 million and $6.3 million, respectively, of property and equipment purchased but not yet paid. These purchases are included in Property and Equipment, Accounts payable, and Accrued expenses and other in the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.

Cash dividends. Dividends included in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows reflect cash dividends paid during the periods shown. Dividends per share reported on the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings reflect cash dividends declared during the periods shown.


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The Company’s Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.225 per common share in March 2018 and $0.160 per common share in February, May, August, and November 2017, respectively.

In May 2018, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.225 per common share, payable on June 29, 2018.

Litigation, claims, and assessments. Like many retailers, the Company has been named in class action lawsuits, primarily in California, alleging violation of wage and hour/employment laws and consumer protection laws. Class action litigation remains pending as of May 5, 2018.

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

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

Recently issued accounting standards. The Company considers the applicability and impact of all ASUs issued by the FASB. ASUs not listed below were assessed and determined to be either not applicable or are expected to have minimal impact on the Company's condensed consolidated financial results.

In February 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842). The ASU requires balance sheet recognition for all leases with lease terms greater than one year including a lease liability, which is a lessee's obligation to make lease payments arising from a lease, measured on a discounted basis; and a right-of-use asset, which is an asset that represents the lessee’s right to use, or control the use of, a specified asset for the lease term. ASU 2016-02 is effective for the Company’s annual and interim reporting periods beginning in fiscal 2019. The Company is currently working on the adoption, and evaluating the effect adoption of this new guidance will have on its consolidated financial statements. Due to the substantial number of leases that it has, the Company believes this ASU will increase assets and liabilities by a material amount on its consolidated balance sheet. The Company’s current undiscounted minimum commitments under noncancelable operating leases is approximately $3.8 billion. The Company does not believe adoption of this ASU will have a significant impact to its consolidated statements of earnings, stockholders’ equity, and cash flows.


Note B: Fair Value Measurements

The carrying value of cash and cash equivalents, short- and long-term investments, restricted cash and cash equivalents, restricted investments, accounts receivable, other long-term assets, accounts payable, and other long-term liabilities approximates their estimated fair value.

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

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There were no transfers between Level 1 and Level 2 categories during the three month periods ended May 5, 2018. The fair value of the Company’s financial instruments are as follows:

($000)
 
May 5, 2018

 
February 3, 2018

 
April 29, 2017

Cash and cash equivalents (Level 1)
 
$
1,302,836

 
$
1,290,294

 
$
1,244,219

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Restricted cash and cash equivalents (Level 1)
 
$
62,302

 
$
62,978

 
$
64,664

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Investments (Level 2)
 
$
709

 
$
1,224

 
$
1,267

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Restricted investments (Level 2)
 
$
2,822

 
$
2,838

 
$
3,601


The underlying assets in the Company’s non-qualified deferred compensation program as of May 5, 2018, February 3, 2018, and April 29, 2017 (included in Other long-term assets and in Other long-term liabilities) primarily consist of participant-directed money market, stable value, stock, and bond funds. The fair value measurement for funds with quoted market prices in active markets (Level 1) and for funds without quoted market prices in active markets (Level 2) are as follows:
($000)
May 5, 2018

 
February 3, 2018

 
April 29, 2017

Level 1
$
112,073

 
$
104,590

 
$
95,359

Level 2
16,339

 
16,023

 
16,345

Total
$
128,412

 
$
120,613

 
$
111,704



Note C: Stock-Based Compensation

Stock-based compensation. For the three month periods ended May 5, 2018 and April 29, 2017, the Company recognized stock-based compensation expense as follows:

 
 
Three Months Ended
($000)
 
May 5, 2018

 
April 29, 2017

Restricted stock
 
$
11,508

 
$
10,701

Performance awards
 
11,424

 
8,783

Employee stock purchase plan
 
828

 
754

Total
 
$
23,760

 
$
20,238


Total stock-based compensation expense recognized in the Company’s Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings for the three month periods ended May 5, 2018 and April 29, 2017, is as follows:

 
 
Three Months Ended
Statements of Earnings Classification ($000)
 
May 5, 2018

 
April 29, 2017

Cost of goods sold
 
$
11,036

 
$
9,795

Selling, general and administrative
 
12,724

 
10,443

Total
 
$
23,760

 
$
20,238


The tax benefits related to stock-based compensation expense for the three month periods ended May 5, 2018 and April 29, 2017 were $4.9 million and $7.0 million, respectively.


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

During the three month periods ended May 5, 2018 and April 29, 2017, shares purchased by the Company for tax withholding totaled 583,228 and 576,813, respectively, and are considered treasury shares which are available for reissuance.

Performance share awards. The Company has a performance share award program for senior executives. A performance share award represents a right to receive shares of restricted stock on a specified settlement date based on the Company’s attainment of a profitability-based performance goal during the performance period, which is the Company’s fiscal year. If attained, the restricted stock then vests over a service period, generally two to three years from the date the performance award was granted.
 
As of May 5, 2018, shares related to unvested restricted stock and performance share awards totaled 5.1 million shares. A summary of restricted stock and performance share award activity for the three month period ended May 5, 2018, is presented below:

(000, except per share data)
Number of
shares

 
Weighted
average
grant date
fair value

Unvested at February 3, 2018
5,483

 
$
51.19

Awarded
1,070

 
74.72

Released
(1,460
)
 
44.70

Forfeited
(41
)
 
57.55

Unvested at May 5, 2018
5,052

 
$
59.13


The unamortized compensation expense at May 5, 2018, was $162.5 million, which is expected to be recognized over a weighted-average remaining period of 2.2 years. The unamortized compensation expense at April 29, 2017, was $144.6 million, which was expected to be recognized over a weighted-average remaining period of 2.4 years.

Employee stock purchase plan. Under the Employee Stock Purchase Plan (“ESPP”), eligible employees participating in the quarterly offering period can choose to have up to the lesser of 10% of their annual base earnings or the IRS annual share purchase limit of $25,000 in aggregate market value to purchase the Company’s common stock. The purchase price of the stock is 85% of the closing market price on the date of purchase. Purchases occur on a quarterly basis (on the last trading day of each calendar quarter). The Company recognizes expense for ESPP purchase rights equal to the value of the 15% discount given on the purchase date.


Note D: Earnings Per Share

The Company computes and reports both basic earnings per share ("EPS") and diluted EPS. Basic EPS is computed by dividing net earnings by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding for the period. Diluted EPS is computed by dividing net earnings by the sum of the weighted average number of common shares and dilutive common stock equivalents outstanding during the period. Diluted EPS reflects the total potential dilution that could occur from outstanding equity plan awards, including unexercised stock options, and unvested shares of both performance and non-performance based awards of restricted stock.

For the three month period ended May 5, 2018, approximately 19,300 weighted average shares were excluded from the calculation of diluted EPS because their effect would have been anti-dilutive for the period presented. For the three month period ended April 29, 2017, no weighted average shares were excluded from the calculation of diluted EPS because none would have been anti-dilutive for the period presented.


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

 
Three Months Ended
Shares in (000s)
Basic EPS

 
Effect of
dilutive
common
stock
equivalents

 
Diluted
EPS

May 5, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
Shares
373,797

 
3,265

 
377,062

Amount
$
1.12

 
$
(0.01
)
 
$
1.11

 
 
 
 
 
 
April 29, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
     Shares
386,433

 
3,297

 
389,730

     Amount
$
0.83

 
$
(0.01
)
 
$
0.82



Note E: Debt

Senior notes. Unsecured senior debt, net of unamortized discounts and debt issuance costs, consisted of the following:

($000)
 
May 5, 2018

 
February 3, 2018

 
April 29, 2017

6.38% Series A Senior Notes due 2018
 
$
84,981

 
$
84,973

 
$
84,947

6.53% Series B Senior Notes due 2021
 
64,927

 
64,922

 
64,907

3.375% Senior Notes due 2024
 
247,178

 
247,072

 
246,757

Total long-term debt
 
$
397,086

 
$
396,967

 
$
396,611

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Less: current portion
 
84,981

 
84,973

 

Total due beyond one year
 
$
312,105

 
$
311,994


$
396,611



As of May 5, 2018, the Company had outstanding unsecured 3.375% Senior Notes due September 2024 (the “2024 Notes”) with an aggregate principal amount of $250 million. Interest on the 2024 Notes is payable semi-annually.

As of May 5, 2018, the Company also had outstanding two other series of unsecured senior notes in the aggregate principal amount of $150 million, held by various institutional investors. The Series A notes totaling $85 million are due in December 2018, and bear interest at 6.38%. The Series B notes totaling $65 million are due in December 2021, and bear interest at 6.53%. Borrowings under these senior notes are subject to certain financial covenants, including interest coverage and other financial ratios. As of May 5, 2018, the Company was in compliance with these covenants.

As of May 5, 2018, February 3, 2018, and April 29, 2017, total unamortized discount and debt issuance costs were $2.9 million, $3.0 million, and $3.4 million, respectively, and were classified as a reduction of Long-term debt.

The 2024 Notes, Series A, and Series B senior notes are all subject to prepayment penalties for early payment of principal.

The aggregate fair value of the three outstanding senior note issuances was approximately $407 million, $411 million, and $421 million as of May 5, 2018, February 3, 2018, and April 29, 2017, respectively. The fair value is estimated by obtaining comparable market quotes which are considered to be Level 1 inputs under the fair value measurements and disclosures guidance.


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The table below shows the components of interest expense and income for the three month periods ended May 5, 2018 and April 29, 2017:
 
Three Months Ended
($000)
May 5, 2018

 
April 29, 2017

Interest expense on long-term debt
$
4,645

 
$
4,644

Other interest expense
302

 
269

Capitalized interest
(498
)
 
(62
)
Interest income
(4,952
)
 
(1,682
)
Interest (income) expense, net
$
(503
)
 
$
3,169


Revolving credit facility. The Company’s $600 million unsecured revolving credit facility expires in April 2021 and contains a $300 million sublimit for issuance of standby letters of credit (subject to increase in proportion to any increase in the size of the credit facility). The facility also contains an option allowing the Company to increase the size of its credit facility by up to an additional $200 million, with the agreement of the lenders. Interest on any borrowings under this facility is based on LIBOR plus an applicable margin (currently 100 basis points) and is payable quarterly and upon maturity. As of May 5, 2018, the Company had no borrowings or standby letters of credit outstanding under this facility and the $600 million credit facility remains in place and available.
 
The revolving credit facility is subject to a financial leverage ratio covenant. As of May 5, 2018, the Company was in compliance with this covenant.

Note F: Taxes on Earnings

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Tax Act” or "tax reform") was signed into law on December 22, 2017. The Tax Act made significant changes to U.S. corporate taxation, including reducing the U.S. federal corporate income tax rate from 35% to 21% effective January 1, 2018. For the three months ended May 5, 2018, the Company’s provision for taxes on earnings differed from the Company’s federal corporate income tax rate of 21%, primarily because of the effects of state and local taxes, the net tax benefit associated with share-based compensation, and resolution of tax positions with taxing authorities. These items resulted in an effective tax rate for the three months ended May 5, 2018 of 23% as compared to 36% for the three months ended April 29, 2017.

Also on December 22, 2017, the SEC staff issued Staff Accounting Bulletin 118, Income Tax Accounting Implications of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“SAB 118”), which provides guidance on accounting for the impact of the Tax Act. As permitted by SAB 118, the Company recorded provisional amounts for both current and deferred income taxes related to the reduced U.S. federal corporate income tax rate in fiscal 2017. The recorded provisional amounts totaling $80.1 million of tax benefit, reflect assumptions made based upon the Company’s current interpretation of the Tax Act, and may change as the Company receives additional clarification and guidance in the form of technical corrections to the Tax Act or regulations issued by the U.S. Treasury. As of May 5, 2018, the Company has not recorded any adjustment to the provisional amounts recorded in fiscal 2017.

As of May 5, 2018, February 3, 2018, and April 29, 2017, the reserves for unrecognized tax benefits were $125.6 million, $121.3 million, and $103.2 million inclusive of $24.0 million, $22.6 million, and $18.7 million of related interest and penalties, respectively. The Company accounts for interest and penalties related to unrecognized tax benefits as a part of its provision for taxes on earnings. If recognized, $84.4 million would impact the Company’s effective tax rate. The difference between the total amount of unrecognized tax benefits and the amounts that would impact the effective tax rate relates to amounts attributable to deferred income tax assets and liabilities. These amounts are net of federal and state income taxes.

It is reasonably possible that certain federal and state tax matters may be concluded or statutes of limitations may lapse during the next twelve months. Accordingly, the total amount of unrecognized tax benefits may decrease by up to $8.6 million.

The Company is open to audit by the Internal Revenue Service under the statute of limitations for fiscal years 2013 through 2017. The Company’s state income tax returns are generally open to audit under the various statutes of limitations for fiscal years 2013 through 2017. Certain federal and state tax returns are currently under audit by various tax authorities. The Company does not expect the results of these audits to have a material impact on the consolidated financial statements.



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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

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

Results of Review of Interim Financial Information
We have reviewed the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheets of Ross Stores, Inc. and subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of May 5, 2018 and April 29, 2017, the related condensed consolidated statements of earnings, comprehensive income and cash flows for the three-month periods ended May 5, 2018 and April 29, 2017, and the related notes (collectively referred to as the "interim financial information"). Based on our reviews, we are not aware of any material modifications that should be made to the accompanying condensed consolidated interim financial information for it to be in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.
We have previously audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB), the consolidated balance sheet of the Company as of February 3, 2018, and the related consolidated statements of earnings, comprehensive income, stockholders’ equity, and cash flows for the year then ended (not presented herein); and in our report dated April 3, 2018, we expressed an unqualified opinion on those consolidated financial statements. In our opinion, the information set forth in the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheet as of February 3, 2018 is fairly stated, in all material respects, in relation to the consolidated balance sheet from which it has been derived.
Basis for Review Results
This interim financial information is the responsibility of the Company's management. We are a public accounting firm registered with the PCAOB and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.
We conducted our reviews in accordance with standards of the PCAOB. 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 PCAOB, 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.


/s/ Deloitte & Touche LLP

San Francisco, California
June 13, 2018

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

This section and other parts of this Form 10-Q contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Our actual results may differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, those discussed below under the caption "Forward-Looking Statements" and in Part I, Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2017. The following discussion should be read in conjunction with the condensed consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included elsewhere in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2017. All information is based on our fiscal calendar.

Overview

Ross Stores, Inc. operates two brands of off-price retail apparel and home fashion stores -- Ross Dress for Less® (“Ross”) and dd’s DISCOUNTS®. Ross is the largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States with 1,432 locations in 38 states, the District of Columbia and Guam as of May 5, 2018. Ross offers first-quality, in-season, name brand and designer apparel, accessories, footwear, and home fashions for the entire family at savings of 20% to 60% off department and specialty store regular prices every day. We also operate 219 dd’s DISCOUNTS stores in 17 states that feature a more moderately-priced assortment of first-quality, in-season, name brand apparel, accessories, footwear, and home fashions for the entire family at savings of 20% to 70% off moderate department and discount store regular prices every day.

Results of Operations

The following table summarizes the financial results for the three month periods ended May 5, 2018 and April 29, 2017:

 
Three Months Ended
 
May 5, 2018

 
April 29, 2017

Sales
 
 
 
Sales (millions)
$
3,589

 
$
3,306

Sales growth
8.5
%
 
7.0
%
Comparable store sales growth
3
%
 
3
%
 
 
 
 
Costs and expenses (as a percent of sales)
 
 
 
Cost of goods sold
70.3
%
 
70.5
%
Selling, general and administrative
14.6
%
 
14.3
%
Interest (income) expense, net
(0.0
%)
 
0.1
%
 
 
 
 
Earnings before taxes (as a percent of sales)
15.1
%
 
15.1
%

 
 
 
Net earnings (as a percent of sales)
11.7
%
 
9.7
%



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

 
Three Months Ended
Store Count
May 5, 2018

 
April 29, 2017

Beginning of the period
1,622

 
1,533

Opened in the period
29

 
28

Closed in the period

 

End of the period
1,651

 
1,561


Sales. Sales for the three month period ended May 5, 2018, increased $282 million, or 8.5%, compared to the three month period ended April 29, 2017, due to the opening of 90 net new stores between April 29, 2017 and May 5, 2018, and a 3% increase in “comparable” store sales (defined as stores that have been open for more than 14 complete months).

Our sales mix for the three month periods ended May 5, 2018 and April 29, 2017 is shown below:

 
Three Months Ended
 
May 5, 2018

 
April 29, 2017

Ladies
28
%
 
29
%
Home Accents and Bed and Bath
25
%
 
25
%
Shoes
14
%
 
14
%
Accessories, Lingerie, Fine Jewelry, and Fragrances
13
%
 
12
%
Men's
12
%
 
12
%
Children's
8
%
 
8
%
Total
100
%
 
100
%

We intend to address the competitive climate for off-price apparel and home goods by pursuing and refining our existing strategies and by continuing to strengthen our organization, diversify our merchandise mix, and more fully develop our systems to improve regional and local merchandise offerings. Although our strategies and store expansion program contributed to sales gains for the three month periods ended May 5, 2018, we cannot be sure that they will result in a continuation of sales growth or in an increase in net earnings.

Cost of goods sold. Cost of goods sold for the three month period ended May 5, 2018, increased $192 million compared to the same period in the prior year, mainly due to increased sales from the opening of 90 net new stores and a 3% increase in comparable store sales for both periods.

Cost of goods sold as a percentage of sales for the three month period ended May 5, 2018, improved approximately 20 basis points from the same period in the prior year, primarily due to a 30 basis point increase in merchandise margin, a 15 basis point decline in distribution costs due to the favorable timing of packaway-related expenses, and a 15 basis point decline in occupancy costs. These improvements were partially offset by a 20 basis point increase in freight costs and a 20 basis point increase in buying expenses.

We cannot be sure that the gross profit margins realized for the three month period ended May 5, 2018, will continue in the future.

Selling, general and administrative expenses. For the three month period ended May 5, 2018, selling, general and administrative expenses ("SG&A") increased $50 million compared to the same period in the prior year, mainly due to increased store operating costs reflecting the opening of 90 net new stores between April 29, 2017 and May 5, 2018.


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Selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of sales for the three month period ended May 5, 2018, increased approximately 25 basis points from the same period in the prior year primarily due to higher wage-related costs.

Interest (income) expense, net. Interest (income) expense, net was income for the three month period ended May 5, 2018 compared to expense for the three month period ended April 29, 2017, primarily due to an increase in interest income. Interest (income) expense, net for the three month periods ended May 5, 2018 and April 29, 2017, consists of the following:

 
Three Months Ended
($000)
May 5, 2018

 
April 29, 2017

Interest expense on long-term debt
$
4,645

 
$
4,644

Other interest expense
302

 
269

Capitalized interest
(498
)
 
(62
)
Interest income
(4,952
)
 
(1,682
)
Interest (income) expense, net
$
(503
)
 
$
3,169


Taxes on earnings. Our effective tax rates for the three month periods ended May 5, 2018 and April 29, 2017, were approximately 23% and 36%, respectively. The decrease in effective tax rate was primarily due to the reduced U.S. federal corporate income tax rate from 35% to 21%. The effective tax rate represents the applicable combined federal and state statutory rates reduced by the federal benefit of state taxes deductible on federal returns. The effective tax rate is impacted by changes in tax law and accounting guidance, location of new stores, level of earnings, and the resolution of tax positions with various taxing authorities. We anticipate that our effective tax rate for fiscal 2018 will be between 24% and 25%.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Tax Act” or "tax reform") was signed into law on December 22, 2017. The Tax Act made significant changes to U.S. corporate taxation, including reducing the U.S. federal corporate income tax rate from 35% to 21% effective January 1, 2018. For the three months ended May 5, 2018, our provision for taxes on earnings differed from the federal corporate income tax rate of 21%, primarily because of the effects of state and local taxes, the net tax benefit associated with share-based compensation, and resolution of tax positions with taxing authorities. These items resulted in an effective tax rate for the three months ended May 5, 2018 of 23% as compared to 36% for the three months ended April 29, 2017.
Also on December 22, 2017, the SEC staff issued Staff Accounting Bulletin 118, Income Tax Accounting Implications of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“SAB 118”), which provides guidance on accounting for the impact of the Tax Act. As permitted by SAB 118, our recorded provisional amounts for both current and deferred income taxes related to the reduced U.S. federal corporate income tax rate in fiscal 2017. The recorded provisional amounts totaling $80.1 million of tax benefit, reflect assumptions made based upon our current interpretation of the Tax Act, and may change as we receive additional clarification and guidance in the form of technical corrections to the Tax Act or regulations issued by the U.S. Treasury. As of May 5, 2018, we have not recorded any adjustment to the provisional amounts recorded in fiscal 2017.
Net earnings. Net earnings as a percentage of sales for the three month period ended May 5, 2018, was higher compared to the same period in the prior year primarily due to the decrease in the effective tax rate from the Tax Act.

Earnings per share. Diluted earnings per share for the three month period ended May 5, 2018, was $1.11, which included a $0.17 per share benefit from recently enacted tax legislation, compared to $0.82 for the three month period ended April 29, 2017. The 35% increase in diluted earnings per share was attributable to a 30% increase in net earnings (inclusive of the reduction in tax rates) and 4% from the reduction in weighted average diluted shares outstanding due to stock repurchases under our stock repurchase program.


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Financial Condition

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Our primary sources of funds for our business activities are cash flows from operations and short-term trade credit. Our primary ongoing cash requirements are for merchandise inventory purchases, payroll, rent, taxes, and capital expenditures in connection with new and existing stores, and investments in distribution centers, information systems, and buying and corporate offices. We also use cash to repurchase stock under our stock repurchase program and to pay dividends, and we may use cash for the repayment of debt as it becomes due.

 
Three Months Ended
($000)
May 5, 2018

 
April 29, 20171

Cash provided by operating activities
$
472,050

 
$
520,861

Cash used in investing activities
(79,288
)
 
(75,971
)
Cash used in financing activities
(380,896
)
 
(312,187
)
Net increase in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash and cash equivalents
$
11,866

 
$
132,703


1 As the result of the adoption of ASU 2016-18, Statement of Cash Flow (Topic 230): Restricted Cash, the prior year amounts were retrospectively adjusted. See Note A.


Operating Activities

Net cash provided by operating activities was $472.1 million and $520.9 million for the three month periods ended May 5, 2018 and April 29, 2017, respectively, and was primarily driven by net earnings excluding non-cash expenses for depreciation and amortization. Our primary source of operating cash flow is the sale of our merchandise inventory. We regularly review the age and condition of our merchandise and are able to maintain current merchandise inventory in our stores through replenishment processes and liquidation of slower-moving merchandise through clearance markdowns.

The decrease in cash flow from operating activities for the three month period ended May 5, 2018, compared to the same period in the prior year was primarily driven by higher packaway purchases. The timing of inventory receipts and related payments versus last year resulted in lower accounts payable leverage (defined as accounts payable divided by merchandise inventory), which was 69%, 65%, and 74% as of May 5, 2018, February 3, 2018, and April 29, 2017, respectively.

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

Changes in packaway inventory levels impact our operating cash flow. As of May 5, 2018, packaway inventory was 49% of total inventory compared to 49% at the end of fiscal 2017. As of April 29, 2017, packaway inventory was 46% of total inventory compared to 49% at the end of fiscal 2016.

Investing Activities

Net cash used in investing activities was $79.3 million and $76.0 million for the three month periods ended May 5, 2018 and April 29, 2017, respectively. The increase in cash used for investing activities for the three month period ended May 5, 2018, compared to the three month period ended April 29, 2017, was primarily due to an increase in our capital expenditures.

Our capital expenditures were $79.8 million and $76.0 million for the three month periods ended May 5, 2018 and April 29, 2017, respectively. Our capital expenditures include costs to open new stores and improve existing stores; build, expand, and improve distribution centers; and for various other expenditures related to our information technology systems, and our buying and corporate offices.


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We are forecasting approximately $475 million in capital expenditures for fiscal year 2018 to fund costs for fixtures and leasehold improvements to open new Ross and dd’s DISCOUNTS stores, the upgrade or relocation of existing stores, investments in information technology systems, and for various other expenditures related to our stores, distribution centers, buying and corporate offices. We expect to fund capital expenditures with available cash and cash equivalents, and cash flows from operations.

Financing Activities

Net cash used in financing activities was $380.9 million and $312.2 million for the three month periods ended May 5, 2018 and April 29, 2017, respectively. For the three month periods ended May 5, 2018 and April 29, 2017, our liquidity and capital requirements were provided by available cash and cash equivalents, and cash flows from operations. The increase in cash used for financing activities for the three month period ended May 5, 2018, compared to the three month period ended April 29, 2017, was primarily due to an increase in the repurchase of our common stock under our stock repurchase program and higher cash dividends.

We repurchased 3.3 million and 3.3 million shares of common stock for aggregate purchase prices of approximately $255.4 million and $215.0 million during the three month periods ended May 5, 2018 and April 29, 2017, respectively. We also acquired 0.6 million and 0.6 million shares of treasury stock under our employee stock equity compensation programs, for aggregate purchase prices of approximately $44.8 million and $38.8 million during the three month periods ended May 5, 2018 and April 29, 2017, respectively. In March 2018, our Board of Directors approved an increase in the stock repurchase authorization for fiscal 2018 by $200 million to $1.075 billion, up from the previously available $875 million.

For the three month periods ended May 5, 2018 and April 29, 2017, we paid cash dividends of $85.4 million and $62.8 million, respectively.

Short-term trade credit represents a significant source of financing for merchandise inventory. Trade credit arises from customary payment terms and trade practices with our vendors. We regularly review the adequacy of credit available to us from all sources and expect to be able to maintain adequate trade credit, bank lines, and other credit sources to meet our capital and liquidity requirements, including lease payment obligations, in 2018.

We have a $600 million unsecured revolving credit facility which expires in April 2021, and contains a $300 million sublimit for issuance of standby letters of credit (subject to increase in proportion to any increase in the size of the credit facility). The facility also contains an option allowing us to increase the size of our credit facility by up to an additional $200 million, with the agreement of the lenders. Interest on any borrowings under this facility is based on LIBOR plus an applicable margin (currently 100 basis points) and is payable quarterly and upon maturity. As of May 5, 2018, we had no borrowings or standby letters of credit outstanding under this facility and the $600 million credit facility remains in place and available.

The revolving credit facility is subject to a financial leverage ratio covenant. As of May 5, 2018, we were in compliance with this covenant.

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



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Contractual Obligations

The table below presents our significant contractual obligations as of May 5, 2018:

($000)
Less than
one year

 
1 - 3
years

 
3 - 5
years

 
After 5
years

 
Total¹

 
 
 
 
Senior notes
$
85,000

 
$

 
$
65,000

 
$
250,000

 
$
400,000

Interest payment obligations
18,105

 
25,364

 
21,120

 
12,656

 
77,245

Operating leases (rent obligations)
521,758

 
1,007,417

 
687,649

 
590,192

 
2,807,016

New York buying office ground lease²
6,418

 
12,835

 
13,370

 
937,594

 
970,217

Purchase obligations
2,684,670

 
31,145

 
13,216

 
2,637

 
2,731,668

Total contractual obligations
$
3,315,951

 
$
1,076,761

 
$
800,355

 
$
1,793,079

 
$
6,986,146


1We have a $124.9 million liability for unrecognized tax benefits that is included in Other long-term liabilities on our interim Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet. This liability is excluded from the schedule above as the timing of payments cannot be reasonably estimated.

²Our New York buying office building is subject to a 99-year ground lease.

Senior notes. As of May 5, 2018, we had outstanding unsecured 3.375% Senior Notes due September 2024 with an aggregate principal amount of $250 million. Interest on the 2024 Notes is payable semi-annually.

As of May 5, 2018, we also had outstanding two other series of unsecured senior notes in the aggregate principal amount of $150 million, held by various institutional investors. The Series A notes totaling $85 million are due in December 2018, and bear interest at 6.38%. The Series B notes totaling $65 million are due in December 2021, and bear interest at 6.53%. Borrowings under these senior notes are subject to certain financial covenants, including interest coverage and other financial ratios. As of May 5, 2018, we were in compliance with these covenants.

The 2024 Notes, Series A, and Series B senior notes are all subject to prepayment penalties for early payment of principal.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

Operating leases. We currently lease all but two of our store locations. We also lease four warehouse facilities and two buying offices. In addition, we have a ground lease related to our New York buying office. Except for certain leasehold improvements and equipment, these leased locations do not represent long-term capital investments.

Two of our leased warehouses are in Carlisle, Pennsylvania with leases expiring in 2019 and 2020. The third warehouse is in Fort Mill, South Carolina, with a lease expiring in 2024. The fourth warehouse is in Rock Hill, South Carolina, with a lease expiring in 2028. All of the warehouse leases contain renewal provisions.

We currently lease approximately 87,000 and 5,000 square feet of office space for our Los Angeles and Boston buying offices, respectively. The lease terms for these facilities expire in 2022 and 2020, respectively, and contain renewal provisions.

Purchase obligations. As of May 5, 2018, we had purchase obligations of approximately $2.7 billion. These purchase obligations primarily consist of merchandise inventory purchase orders, commitments related to construction projects, store fixtures and supplies, and information technology services, transportation, and maintenance contracts.

Standby letters of credit and collateral trust. We use standby letters of credit outside of our revolving credit facility in addition to a funded trust to collateralize our insurance obligations. As of May 5, 2018, February 3, 2018, and April 29, 2017, we had $7.8 million, $8.7 million, and $11.6 million, respectively, in standby letters of credit outstanding and $57.3 million, $57.1 million and $56.7 million, respectively, in a collateral trust. The standby letters of credit are collateralized by restricted cash and the collateral trust consists of restricted cash, cash equivalents, and investments.

Trade letters of credit. We had $17.6 million, $20.7 million, and $18.1 million in trade letters of credit outstanding at May 5, 2018, February 3, 2018, and April 29, 2017, respectively.


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Dividends. In May 2018, our Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.225 per common share, payable on June 29, 2018.

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

Critical Accounting Policies

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations is based on our condensed consolidated financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. The preparation of our condensed consolidated financial statements requires our management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts. These estimates and assumptions are evaluated on an ongoing basis and are based on historical experience and on various other factors that management believes to be reasonable. Actual results may differ significantly from these estimates. During the first quarter of fiscal 2018, there have been no significant changes to the critical accounting policies discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended February 3, 2018.

Effective February 4, 2018, the Company adopted the requirements of Accounting Standards Update ("ASU") No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (ASC 606) and ASU No. 2016-18, Statement of Cash Flows, Restricted Cash. See Note A - Summary of Significant Accounting Policies in the notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements included in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for additional information regarding the adoption of ASC 606 and ASU No. 2016-18 and recently issued accounting standards.


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Forward-Looking Statements

This report may contain a number of forward-looking statements regarding planned store growth, new markets, expected sales, projected earnings levels, capital expenditures, and other matters. These forward-looking statements reflect our then-current beliefs, projections, and estimates with respect to future events and our projected financial performance, operations, and competitive position. The words “plan,” “expect,” “target,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “believe,” “forecast,” “projected,” “guidance,” "outlook," “looking ahead” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.

Future economic and industry trends that could potentially impact revenue, profitability, and growth are difficult to predict. Our forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause our actual results to differ materially from those forward-looking statements and our previous expectations and projections. Such risks are not limited to but may include:

Competitive pressures in the apparel and home-related merchandise retailing industry, which are high.
Unexpected changes in the level of consumer spending on or preferences for apparel and home-related merchandise, which could adversely affect us.
Unseasonable weather that may affect shopping patterns and consumer demand for seasonal apparel and other merchandise.
Impacts from the macro-economic environment, financial and credit markets, and geopolitical conditions that affect consumer confidence and consumer disposable income.
Our need to effectively manage our inventories, markdowns, and inventory shortage in order to achieve our planned gross margins.
Our dependence on the market availability, quantity, and quality of attractive brand name merchandise at desirable discounts, and on the ability of our buyers to purchase merchandise to enable us to offer customers a wide assortment of merchandise at competitive prices.
Information or data security breaches, including cyber-attacks on our transaction processing and computer information systems, which could result in theft or unauthorized disclosure of customer, credit card, employee, or other private and valuable information that we handle in the ordinary course of our business.
Disruptions in our supply chain or in our information systems that could impact our ability to process sales and to deliver product to our stores in a timely and cost-effective manner.
Our need to obtain acceptable new store sites with favorable consumer demographics to achieve our planned growth.
Our need to expand in existing markets and enter new geographic markets in order to achieve growth.
Consumer problems or legal issues involving the quality, safety, or authenticity of products we sell, which could harm our reputation, result in lost sales, and/or increase our costs.
An adverse outcome in various legal, regulatory, or tax matters that could increase our costs.
Damage to our corporate reputation or brands that could adversely affect our sales and operating results.
Our need to continually attract, train, and retain associates with the retail talent necessary to execute our off-price retail strategies.
Our need to effectively advertise and market our business.
Risks associated with selling and importing merchandise produced in other countries.
Changes in U.S. tax or tariff policy regarding apparel and home-related merchandise produced in other countries, which could adversely affect our business.
Possible volatility in our revenues and earnings.
A natural or man-made disaster in California or in another region where we have a concentration of stores, offices, or a distribution center that could harm our business.
Our need to maintain sufficient liquidity to support our continuing operations, our new store and distribution center growth plans, and our stock repurchase program and quarterly dividends.

The factors underlying our forecasts are dynamic and subject to change. As a result, any forecasts or forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are given and do not necessarily reflect our outlook at any other point in time. We disclaim any obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements.




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ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

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

We may occasionally use forward contracts to hedge against fluctuations in foreign currency prices. We had no outstanding forward contracts as of May 5, 2018.

Interest that is payable on our revolving credit facility is based on variable interest rates and is, therefore, affected by changes in market interest rates. As of May 5, 2018, we had no borrowings outstanding under our revolving credit facility.

We have two outstanding series of unsecured notes held by institutional investors: Series A Senior Notes due December 2018 for $85 million accrue interest at 6.38% and Series B Senior Notes due December 2021 for $65 million accrue interest at 6.53%. The amount outstanding under these notes as of May 5, 2018 was $150 million. We also have unsecured 3.375% Senior Notes due September 2024 with an aggregate principal amount of $250 million. Interest that is payable on our senior notes is based on fixed interest rates, and is therefore unaffected by changes in market interest rates.

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

A hypothetical 100 basis point increase or decrease in prevailing market interest rates would not have a material impact on our consolidated financial position, results of operations, cash flows, or the fair values of our short- and long-term investments as of and for the three month period ended May 5, 2018. We do not consider the potential losses in future earnings and cash flows from reasonably possible, near-term changes in interest rates to be material.

ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

Disclosure Controls and Procedures

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

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

Quarterly Evaluation of Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

Our management, with the participation of our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, also conducted an evaluation of our internal control over financial reporting to determine whether any change occurred during the first fiscal quarter of 2018 that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting. Based on that evaluation, our management concluded that there was no such change during the 2018 first fiscal quarter.


PART II – OTHER INFORMATION

ITEM 1. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

The matters under the caption “Litigation, claims, and assessments” in Note A of Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements are incorporated herein by reference.

ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS

See Part I, Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 3, 2018 for a description of the risks and uncertainties associated with our business.

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

Information regarding shares of common stock we repurchased during the first quarter of fiscal 2018 is as follows:
 
Total number of
shares
(or units)
purchased1

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

 
Maximum number
(or approximate
dollar value) of
shares (or units)
that may yet be
purchased under
the plans or
programs ($000)2
Period
 
 
 
February
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(2/04/2018 - 3/03/2018)
914,338

 
$78.42
 
913,811

 
$803,341
March
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(3/04/2018 - 4/07/2018)
1,743,150

 
$77.00
 
1,161,024

 
$913,841
April
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(4/08/2018 - 5/05/2018)
1,196,265

 
$78.79
 
1,195,690

 
$819,630
Total
3,853,753

 
$77.89
 
3,270,525

 
$819,630

1We acquired 583,228 shares of treasury stock during the quarter ended May 5, 2018. Treasury stock includes shares acquired from employees for tax withholding purposes related to vesting of restricted stock grants. All remaining shares were repurchased under our publicly announced stock repurchase program.

2In February 2017, our Board of Directors approved a two-year $1.75 billion stock repurchase program through fiscal 2018. Repurchases of $875 million were completed during fiscal 2017. In March 2018, our Board of Directors approved a $200 million increase in the stock repurchase authorization, bringing the authorization for fiscal 2018 to $1.075 billion.

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ITEM 6. EXHIBITS
Exhibit
 
Number
Exhibit
3.1
 
 
3.2
 
 
10.1
 
 
10.2
 
 
10.3
 
 
10.4
 
 
10.5
 
 
15
 
 
31.1
 
 
31.2
 
 
32.1
 
 
32.2
 
 
101.INS
XBRL Instance Document
 
 
101.SCH
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema
 
 
101.CAL
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase
 
 
101.DEF
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase
 
 
101.LAB
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase
 
 
101.PRE
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this Report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

 
 
ROSS STORES, INC.
 
 
(Registrant)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Date:
June 13, 2018
By: 
/s/Michael J. Hartshorn
 
 
 
Michael J. Hartshorn
 
 
 
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Principal Accounting Officer

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Exhibit
Exhibit 10.1    


Notice of Grant of
Restricted Stock Award

ROSS STORES, INC.
ID: 94-1390387
5130 Hacienda Drive
Dublin, CA 94568


 
 
NAME
Award Number:
ADDRESS
Plan: 20XX
CITY, STATE ZIPCODE
ID:
 
 

Effective [AWARD DATE], you have been granted an award of [AWARD QUANTITY] shares of ROSS STORES, INC. (the “Company”) common stock. These shares are restricted until the vest date(s) shown below.
The award will vest in increments on the date(s) shown:
Shares
Full Vest
SHARE AMOUNT VEST 1
VEST DATE 1
SHARE AMOUNT VEST 2
VEST DATE 2
SHARE AMOUNT VEST 3
VEST DATE 3
SHARE AMOUNT VEST 4
VEST DATE 4



 
By your electronic acceptance, you agree that this Award is granted under and governed by the terms of the Plan, as amended, and the Agreement, all of which are made a part of this document.
 



Exhibit 10.1    

ROSS STORES, INC.
RESTRICTED STOCK AGREEMENT

Ross Stores, Inc. (the Company) has granted to the Participant named in the Notice of Grant of Award (the Grant Notice) to which this Restricted Stock Agreement (the Agreement) is attached an award (the “Award”) consisting of certain shares of Stock (the Shares) subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Grant Notice and this Agreement. The Award has been granted pursuant to and shall in all respects be subject to the terms and conditions of the Ross Stores, Inc. 2017 Equity Incentive Plan (the Plan), as amended to the Grant Date, the provisions of which are incorporated herein by reference. By signing the Grant Notice, the Participant: (a) acknowledges receipt of and represents that the Participant has read and is familiar with the Grant Notice, this Agreement, the Plan and a prospectus for the Plan prepared in connection with the registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission of the Shares (the Plan Prospectus), (b) accepts the Award subject to all of the terms and conditions of the Grant Notice, this Agreement and the Plan and (c) agrees to accept as binding, conclusive and final all decisions or interpretations of the Committee upon any questions arising under the Grant Notice, this Agreement or the Plan.
1.DEFINITIONS AND CONSTRUCTION.
1.1    Definitions. Unless otherwise defined herein, capitalized terms shall have the meanings assigned to such terms in the Grant Notice or the Plan.
(a)    Cause” means (i) if the Participant is a party to an Employment Agreement, the meaning of such term or a similar term as defined by the Employment Agreement, or (ii) if the Participant is not a party to an Employment Agreement, the occurrence of any of the following: (1) the Participant’s continuous failure to substantially perform the duties of the Participant’s Service; (2) the Participant’s theft, dishonesty, breach of fiduciary duty for personal profit or falsification of any documents of the Company; (3) the Participant’s material failure to abide by the applicable code(s) of conduct or other policies (including, without limitation, policies relating to confidentiality and reasonable workplace conduct) of the Company; (4) knowing or intentional misconduct by the Participant as a result of which the Company is required to prepare an accounting restatement; (5) the Participant’s unauthorized use, misappropriation, destruction or diversion of any tangible or intangible asset or corporate opportunity of the Company (including, without limitation, the Participant’s improper use or disclosure of confidential or proprietary information of the Company); (6) any intentional misconduct or illegal or grossly negligent conduct by the Participant which is materially injurious to the Company monetarily or otherwise; (7) any material breach by the Participant of any agreement between the Participant and the Company; or (8) the Participant’s conviction (including any plea of guilty or nolo contendere) of any criminal act involving fraud, dishonesty, misappropriation or moral turpitude, or which materially impairs the Participant’s ability to perform his or her duties with the Company.
(b)    Change in Control Termination” means (i) if the Participant is a party to an Employment Agreement, the Participant’s Termination Without Cause or Termination for Good Reason determined to occur upon or in connection with a Change in Control in accordance with the terms of the Employment Agreement, or (ii) if the Participant is not a party to an Employment Agreement, the Participant’s Termination Without Cause or Termination for

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Exhibit 10.1    

Good Reason, in either case within the period commencing one (1) month prior to, and ending twelve (12) months following, a Change in Control.
(c)    Disability” means (i) if the Participant is a party to an Employment Agreement, the meaning of such term or a similar term as defined by the Employment Agreement, or (ii) if the Participant is not a party to an Employment Agreement, “disability” as defined under the Company's long-term disability plan in which the Participant is participating; provided that in the absence of such plan (or the absence of the Participant's participation in such plan), Disability shall mean the Participant’s inability to substantially perform his or her duties due to a medically determinable physical or mental impairment which has lasted for a period of not less than one hundred twenty (120) consecutive days.
(d)    Employment Agreement” means a separate, written employment agreement between a Participating Company and the Participant.
(e)    Grant Date means the effective Grant Date of the Award as set forth in the Grant Notice.
(f)    Termination for Good Reason” means (i) if the Participant is a party to an Employment Agreement, the meaning of such term or a similar term as defined by the Employment Agreement, or (ii) if the Participant is not a party to an Employment Agreement, the Participant’s effective resignation from Service within one hundred twenty (120) days following the initial existence of any of the following conditions, provided that the Participant delivered written notice to the Company of such condition within sixty (60) days after its initial existence and the Company failed to cure such condition within sixty (60) days following such written notice: (1) a reduction of the Participant’s salary, target annual bonus opportunity or any other incentive opportunity, in each case as in effect immediately prior to the Change in Control; (2) a change in title, the nature or scope of the authority, power, function, responsibilities, reporting relationships or duty attached to the position which the Participant currently maintains without the express written consent of the Participant; (3) the relocation of the Participant’s principal place of Service as of the Grant Date to a location that increases the regular one-way commute distance between the Participant’s residence and principal place of Service by more than 25 miles without the Participant’s prior written consent; or (4) a change in the benefits to which the Participant is entitled immediately prior to the Change in Control.
(g)    Termination Without Cause means (i) if the Participant is a party to an Employment Agreement, the meaning of such term or a similar term as defined by the Employment Agreement, or (ii) if the Participant is not a party to an Employment Agreement, the Company’s termination of the Participant’s Service for any reason other than (1) death, (2) Disability or (3) Cause.
(h)    Total Number of Shares means the total number of Shares subject to the Award as set forth in the Grant Notice and as adjusted from time to time pursuant to Section 9.
(i)    Vested Shares mean, on any relevant date, that portion of the Total Number of Shares which has vested in accordance with the vesting schedule set forth in the Grant Notice or as otherwise provided by this Agreement. Provided that the Participant’s Service

2

Exhibit 10.1    

has not terminated prior to the relevant vesting date described in the Grant Notice, the number of Shares as provided by the Grant Notice shall become Vested Shares on such date.
1.2    Construction. Captions and titles contained herein are for convenience only and shall not affect the meaning or interpretation of any provision of this Agreement. Except when otherwise indicated by the context, the singular shall include the plural and the plural shall include the singular. Use of the term “or” is not intended to be exclusive, unless the context clearly requires otherwise.
2.    ADMINISTRATION.
All questions of interpretation concerning the Grant Notice, this Agreement, the Plan or any other form of agreement or other document employed by the Company in the administration of the Plan or the Award shall be determined by the Committee. All such determinations by the Committee shall be final, binding and conclusive upon all persons having an interest in the Award, unless fraudulent or made in bad faith. Any and all actions, decisions and determinations taken or made by the Committee in the exercise of its discretion pursuant to the Plan or the Award or other agreement thereunder (other than determining questions of interpretation pursuant to the preceding sentence) shall be final, binding and conclusive upon all persons having an interest in the Award. Any Officer shall have the authority to act on behalf of the Company with respect to any matter, right, obligation, or election which is the responsibility of or which is allocated to the Company herein, provided the Officer has apparent authority with respect to such matter, right, obligation, or election.
3.    THE AWARD.
3.1    Grant and Issuance of Shares. On the Grant Date, the Participant shall acquire and the Company shall issue, subject to the provisions of this Agreement, a number of Shares equal to the Total Number of Shares, subject to adjustment as provided in Section 9. As a condition to the issuance of the Shares, the Participant shall execute and deliver the Grant Notice to the Company, and, if required by the Company, an Assignment Separate from Certificate duly endorsed (with date and number of shares blank) in the form provided by the Company.
3.2    No Monetary Payment Required. The Participant is not required to make any monetary payment (other than to satisfy applicable tax withholding, if any, with respect to the issuance or vesting of the Shares) as a condition to receiving the Shares, the consideration for which shall be past services actually rendered or future services to be rendered to a Participating Company or for its benefit. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if required by applicable law, the Participant shall furnish consideration in the form of cash or past services rendered to a Participating Company or for its benefit having a value not less than the par value of the Shares issued pursuant to the Award.
3.3    Beneficial Ownership of Shares; Certificate Registration. The Participant hereby authorizes the Company, in its sole discretion, to deposit the Shares with the Company’s transfer agent, including any successor transfer agent, to be held in book entry form during the term of the Escrow pursuant to Section 6. Furthermore, the Participant hereby authorizes the Company, in its sole discretion, to deposit, following the term of such Escrow, for the benefit of the Participant with any broker with which the Participant has an account relationship of which the Company has notice any or all Shares which are no longer subject to such Escrow. Except as provided by the

3

Exhibit 10.1    

foregoing, a certificate for the Shares shall be registered in the name of the Participant, or, if applicable, in the names of the heirs of the Participant.
3.4    Restrictions on Issuance of Shares. The issuance of the Shares shall be subject to compliance with all applicable requirements of federal, state or foreign law with respect to such securities. No Shares shall be issued hereunder if their issuance would constitute a violation of any applicable federal, state or foreign securities laws or other law or regulations or the requirements of any stock exchange or market system upon which the Stock may then be listed. The inability of the Company to obtain from any regulatory body having jurisdiction the authority, if any, deemed by the Company’s legal counsel to be necessary to the lawful issuance of any Shares shall relieve the Company of any liability in respect of the failure to issue such Shares as to which such requisite authority shall not have been obtained. As a condition to the issuance of the Shares, the Company may require the Participant to satisfy any qualifications that may be necessary or appropriate, to evidence compliance with any applicable law or regulation and to make any representation or warranty with respect thereto as may be requested by the Company.
4.    VESTING OF SHARES.
4.1    Normal Vesting. Except as provided in Section 4.2, the Shares shall vest and become Vested Shares as provided in the Grant Notice; provided however, that Shares that would otherwise become Vested Shares on a date on which a sale of such Shares by the Participant would violate the Trading Compliance Policy shall, notwithstanding the vesting schedule set forth in the Grant Notice, become Vested Shares on the next day on which such sale would not violate the Trading Compliance Policy. Except as provided by the Employment Agreement, if any, no additional Shares will become Vested Shares following the Participant’s termination of Service for any reason.
4.2    Acceleration of Vesting Upon a Change in Control Termination. If the Participant is a party to an Employment Agreement, then, in the event of the Participant’s Change in Control Termination, the Shares shall be subject to accelerated vesting and become Vested Shares to the extent provided by the Employment Agreement, if at all, effective as of the later of the date of the Change in Control or the date of the Participant’s termination of Service. If the Participant is not a party to an Employment Agreement, then, in the event of the Participant’s Change in Control Termination, the vesting of the Shares shall be accelerated in full, and the Total Number of Shares shall be deemed Vested Shares effective as of the later of the date of the Change in Control or the date of the Participant’s termination of Service.
4.3    Acceleration of Vesting Upon Death. Without regard to any contrary provision of the Employment Agreement, if any, in the event of the death of the Participant on or after the 12-month anniversary of the Grant Date, the vesting of the Shares shall be accelerated in full, and the Total Number of Shares shall be deemed Vested Shares effective as of the date of the Participant’s death.
4.4    Federal Excise Tax Under Section 4999 of the Code.
(a)    Excess Parachute Payment. In the event that any acceleration of vesting pursuant to this Agreement and any other payment or benefit received or to be received by the Participant would subject the Participant to any excise tax pursuant to Section 4999 of the

4

Exhibit 10.1    

Code due to the characterization of such acceleration of vesting, payment or benefit as an “excess parachute payment” under Section 280G of the Code, the amount of any acceleration of vesting called for by this Agreement shall not exceed the amount which produces the greatest after-tax benefit to the Participant.
(b)    Determination by Tax Firm. Upon the occurrence of any event that might reasonably be anticipated to result in an “excess parachute payment” to the Participant as described in Section 4.4(a) (an Event), the Company shall request a determination in writing by the professional firm engaged by the Company for general tax purposes, or, if the tax firm so engaged by the Company is serving as accountant or auditor for the Acquiror, the Company will appoint a nationally recognized tax firm to make the determination required by this Section (the Tax Firm). Unless the Company and the Participant otherwise agree in writing, the Tax Firm shall determine and report to the Company and the Participant within twenty (20) days of the date of the Event the amount of such acceleration of vesting, payments and benefits which would produce the greatest after-tax benefit to the Participant. For the purposes of such determination, the Tax Firm may rely on reasonable, good faith interpretations concerning the application of Sections 280G and 4999 of the Code. The Company and the Participant shall furnish to the Tax Firm such information and documents as the Tax Firm may reasonably request in order to make their required determination. The Company shall bear all fees and expenses the Tax Firm may reasonably charge in connection with their services contemplated by this Section.
5.    COMPANY REACQUISITION RIGHT.
5.1    Grant of Company Reacquisition Right. Except to the extent otherwise provided by the Employment Agreement, if any, in the event that (a) the Participant’s Service terminates for any reason or no reason, with or without cause, or (b) the Participant, the Participant’s legal representative, or other holder of the Shares, attempts to sell, exchange, transfer, pledge, or otherwise dispose of (other than pursuant to an Ownership Change Event), including, without limitation, any transfer to a nominee or agent of the Participant, any Shares which are not Vested Shares (Unvested Shares), the Participant shall forfeit and the Company shall automatically reacquire the Unvested Shares, and the Participant shall not be entitled to any payment therefor (the Company Reacquisition Right).
5.2    Ownership Change Event, Non-Cash Dividends, Distributions and Adjustments. Upon the occurrence of an Ownership Change Event, a dividend or distribution to the stockholders of the Company paid in shares of Stock or other property, or any other adjustment upon a change in the capital structure of the Company as described in Section 9, any and all new, substituted or additional securities or other property (other than regular, periodic cash dividends paid on Stock pursuant to the Company’s dividend policy) to which the Participant is entitled by reason of the Participant’s ownership of Unvested Shares shall be immediately subject to the Company Reacquisition Right and included in the terms “Shares,” “Stock” and “Unvested Shares” for all purposes of the Company Reacquisition Right with the same force and effect as the Unvested Shares immediately prior to the Ownership Change Event, dividend, distribution or adjustment, as the case may be. For purposes of determining the number of Vested Shares following an Ownership Change Event, dividend, distribution or adjustment, credited Service shall include all Service with any corporation which is a Participating Company at the time the Service is rendered, whether or not such corporation is a Participating Company both before and after any such event.

5

Exhibit 10.1    

5.3    Obligation to Repay Certain Cash Dividends and Distributions. The Participant shall, at the discretion of the Company, be obligated to promptly repay to the Company upon termination of the Participant’s Service any dividends and other distributions paid to the Participant in cash with respect to Unvested Shares reacquired by the Company pursuant to the Company Reacquisition Right.
6.    ESCROW.
6.1    Appointment of Agent. To ensure that Shares subject to the Company Reacquisition Right will be available for reacquisition, the Participant and the Company hereby appoint the Secretary of the Company, or any other person designated by the Company, as their agent and as attorney-in-fact for the Participant (the Agent) to hold any and all Unvested Shares and to sell, assign and transfer to the Company any such Unvested Shares reacquired by the Company pursuant to the Company Reacquisition Right. The Participant understands that appointment of the Agent is a material inducement to make this Agreement and that such appointment is coupled with an interest and is irrevocable. The Agent shall not be personally liable for any act the Agent may do or omit to do hereunder as escrow agent, agent for the Company, or attorney in fact for the Participant while acting in good faith and in the exercise of the Agent’s own good judgment, and any act done or omitted by the Agent pursuant to the advice of the Agent’s own attorneys shall be conclusive evidence of such good faith. The Agent may rely upon any letter, notice or other document executed by any signature purporting to be genuine and may resign at any time.
6.2    Establishment of Escrow. The Participant authorizes the Company to deposit the Unvested Shares with the Company’s transfer agent to be held in book entry form, as provided in Section 3.3, and the Participant agrees to deliver to and deposit with the Agent each certificate, if any, evidencing the Shares and, if required by the Company, an Assignment Separate from Certificate with respect to such book entry shares and each such certificate duly endorsed (with date and number of Shares blank) in the form attached to this Agreement, to be held by the Agent under the terms and conditions of this Section 6 (the Escrow). Upon the occurrence of an Ownership Change Event, a dividend or distribution to the stockholders of the Company paid in shares of Stock or other property (other than regular, periodic dividends paid on Stock pursuant to the Company’s dividend policy) or any other adjustment upon a change in the capital structure of the Company, as described in Section 9, any and all new, substituted or additional securities or other property to which the Participant is entitled by reason of his or her ownership of the Shares that remain, following such Ownership Change Event, dividend, distribution or change described in Section 9, subject to the Company Reacquisition Right shall be immediately subject to the Escrow to the same extent as the Shares immediately before such event. The Company shall bear the expenses of the Escrow.
6.3    Delivery of Shares to Participant. The Escrow shall continue with respect to any Shares for so long as such Shares remain subject to the Company Reacquisition Right. Upon termination of the Company Reacquisition Right with respect to Shares, the Company shall so notify the Agent and direct the Agent to deliver such number of Shares to the Participant. As soon as practicable after receipt of such notice, the Agent shall cause the Shares specified by such notice to be delivered to the Participant, and the Escrow shall terminate with respect to such Shares.

6

Exhibit 10.1    

7.    TAX MATTERS.
7.1    Tax Withholding.
(a)    In General. At the time the Grant Notice is executed, or at any time thereafter as requested by a Participating Company, the Participant hereby authorizes withholding from payroll and any other amounts payable to the Participant, and otherwise agrees to make adequate provision for, any sums required to satisfy the federal, state, local and foreign tax (including any social insurance) withholding obligations of the Participating Company, if any, which arise in connection with the Award, including, without limitation, obligations arising upon (a) the transfer of Shares to the Participant, (b) the lapsing of any restriction with respect to any Shares, (c) the filing of an election to recognize tax liability, or (d) the transfer by the Participant of any Shares. The Company shall have no obligation to deliver the Shares or to release any Shares from the Escrow established pursuant to Section 6 until the tax withholding obligations of the Participating Company have been satisfied by the Participant.
(b)    Assignment of Sale Proceeds; Payment of Tax Withholding by Check. Subject to compliance with applicable law and the Company’s Trading Compliance Policy, the Company may permit the Participant to satisfy the Participating Company’s tax withholding obligations in accordance with procedures established by the Company providing for either (i) delivery by the Participant to the Company or a broker approved by the Company of properly executed instructions, in a form approved by the Company, providing for the assignment to the Company of the proceeds of a sale with respect to some or all of the Vested Shares, or (ii) payment by check. The Participant shall deliver written notice of any such permitted election to the Company on a form specified by the Company for this purpose at least thirty (30) days (or such other period established by the Company) prior to the date on which the Company’s tax withholding obligation arises (the Withholding Date). If the Participant elects payment by check, the Participant agrees to deliver a check for the full amount of the required tax withholding to the applicable Participating Company on or before the third business day following the Withholding Date. If the Participant elects payment by check but fails to make such payment as required by the preceding sentence, the Company is hereby authorized, at its discretion, to satisfy the tax withholding obligations through any means authorized by this Section 7.1, including by directing a sale for the account of the Participant of some or all of the Vested Shares from which the required taxes shall be withheld, by withholding from payroll and any other amounts payable to the Participant or by withholding shares in accordance with Section 7.1(c).
(c)    Withholding in Shares. The Company shall have the right, but not the obligation, to require the Participant to satisfy all or any portion of a Participating Company’s tax withholding obligations by withholding a number of whole, Vested Shares otherwise deliverable to the Participant or by the Participant’s tender to the Company of a number of whole, Vested Shares or vested shares acquired otherwise than pursuant to the Award having, in any such case, a fair market value, as determined by the Company as of the date on which the tax withholding obligations arise, not in excess of the amount of such tax withholding obligations determined by the applicable minimum statutory withholding rates.



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Exhibit 10.1    

7.2    Election Under Section 83(b) of the Code.
(a)    The Participant understands that Section 83 of the Code taxes as ordinary income the difference between the amount paid for the Shares, if anything, and the fair market value of the Shares as of the date on which the Shares are “substantially vested,” within the meaning of Section 83. In this context, “substantially vested” means that the right of the Company to reacquire the Shares pursuant to the Company Reacquisition Right has lapsed. The Participant understands that he or she may elect to have his or her taxable income determined at the time he or she acquires the Shares rather than when and as the Company Reacquisition Right lapses by filing an election under Section 83(b) of the Code with the Internal Revenue Service no later than thirty (30) days after the date of acquisition of the Shares. The Participant understands that failure to make a timely filing under Section 83(b) will result in his or her recognition of ordinary income, as the Company Reacquisition Right lapses, on the difference between the purchase price, if anything, and the fair market value of the Shares at the time such restrictions lapse. The Participant further understands, however, that if Shares with respect to which an election under Section 83(b) has been made are forfeited to the Company pursuant to its Company Reacquisition Right, such forfeiture will be treated as a sale on which there is realized a loss equal to the excess (if any) of the amount paid (if any) by the Participant for the forfeited Shares over the amount realized (if any) upon their forfeiture. If the Participant has paid nothing for the forfeited Shares and has received no payment upon their forfeiture, the Participant understands that he or she will be unable to recognize any loss on the forfeiture of the Shares even though the Participant incurred a tax liability by making an election under Section 83(b).
(b)    The Participant understands that he or she should consult with his or her tax advisor regarding the advisability of filing with the Internal Revenue Service an election under Section 83(b) of the Code, which must be filed no later than thirty (30) days after the date of the acquisition of the Shares pursuant to this Agreement. Failure to file an election under Section 83(b), if appropriate, may result in adverse tax consequences to the Participant. The Participant acknowledges that he or she has been advised to consult with a tax advisor regarding the tax consequences to the Participant of the acquisition of Shares hereunder. ANY ELECTION UNDER SECTION 83(b) THE PARTICIPANT WISHES TO MAKE MUST BE FILED NO LATER THAN 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE ON WHICH THE PARTICIPANT ACQUIRES THE SHARES. THIS TIME PERIOD CANNOT BE EXTENDED. THE PARTICIPANT ACKNOWLEDGES THAT TIMELY FILING OF A SECTION 83(b) ELECTION IS THE PARTICIPANT’S SOLE RESPONSIBILITY, EVEN IF THE PARTICIPANT REQUESTS THE COMPANY OR ITS REPRESENTATIVE TO FILE SUCH ELECTION ON HIS OR HER BEHALF.
(c)    The Participant will notify the Company in writing if the Participant files an election pursuant to Section 83(b) of the Code. The Company intends, in the event it does not receive from the Participant evidence of such filing, to claim a tax deduction for any amount which would otherwise be taxable to the Participant in the absence of such an election.
8.    EFFECT OF CHANGE IN CONTROL.
In the event of a Change in Control, the Award shall be subject to the definitive agreement entered into by the Company in connection with the Change in Control. Except to the extent that the Committee determines to cash out the Award in accordance with Section 13.1(c) of

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the Plan, the surviving, continuing, successor, or purchasing corporation or other business entity or parent thereof, as the case may be (the Acquiror), may, without the consent of the Participant, assume or continue in full force and effect the Company’s rights and obligations under the Award or substitute for the Award a substantially equivalent award for the Acquiror’s stock. For purposes of this Section, the Award shall be deemed assumed if, following the Change in Control, the Award confers the right to receive, subject to the terms and conditions of the Plan and this Agreement, for each Share subject to the Award immediately prior to the Change in Control, the consideration (whether stock, cash, other securities or property or a combination thereof) to which a holder of a share of Stock on the effective date of the Change in Control was entitled. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Shares acquired pursuant to the Award prior to the Change in Control and any consideration received pursuant to the Change in Control with respect to such Shares shall continue to be subject to all applicable provisions of this Agreement, including the Company Reacquisition Right with respect to Unvested Shares, except as otherwise provided by this Agreement or the Employment Agreement. In the event that the Acquiror elects not to assume, continue or substitute for the outstanding Award in connection with a Change in Control, the vesting of the Shares shall be accelerated in full, and the Total Number of Shares shall be deemed Vested Shares as of the effective date of the Change in Control, provided that the Participant’s Service has not terminated prior to such date other than as provided by Section 4.2 or Section 4.3
9.    ADJUSTMENTS FOR CHANGES IN CAPITAL STRUCTURE.
Subject to any required action by the stockholders of the Company, in the event of any change in the Stock effected without receipt of consideration by the Company, whether through merger, consolidation, reorganization, reincorporation, recapitalization, reclassification, stock dividend, stock split, reverse stock split, split-up, split-off, spin-off, combination of shares, exchange of shares, or similar change in the capital structure of the Company, or in the event of payment of a dividend or distribution to the stockholders of the Company in a form other than Stock (other than regular, periodic cash dividends paid on Stock pursuant to the Company’s dividend policy) that has a material effect on the Fair Market Value of shares of Stock, appropriate and proportionate adjustments shall be made in the number and kind of shares of stock or other property subject to the Award, in order to prevent dilution or enlargement of the Participant’s rights under the Award. For purposes of the foregoing, conversion of any convertible securities of the Company shall not be treated as “effected without receipt of consideration by the Company.” Any and all new, substituted or additional securities or other property (other than regular, periodic cash dividends paid on Stock pursuant to the Company’s dividend policy, subject to Section 5.3) to which Participant is entitled by reason of ownership of shares acquired pursuant to this Award will be immediately subject to the provisions of this Award on the same basis as all shares originally acquired hereunder. Any fractional share resulting from an adjustment pursuant to this Section shall be rounded down to the nearest whole number. Such adjustments shall be determined by the Committee, and its determination shall be final, binding and conclusive.
10. RIGHTS AS A STOCKHOLDER, DIRECTOR, EMPLOYEE OR CONSULTANT.
The Participant shall have no rights as a stockholder with respect to any Shares subject to the Award until the date of the issuance of the Shares (as evidenced by the appropriate entry on the books of the Company or of a duly authorized transfer agent of the Company). No adjustment shall be made for dividends, distributions or other rights for which the record date is

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prior to the date the Shares are issued, except as provided in Section 9. Subject to the provisions of this Agreement, the Participant shall exercise all rights and privileges of a stockholder of the Company with respect to Shares deposited in the Escrow pursuant to Section 6, including the right to vote such Shares and to receive all dividends and other distributions paid with respect to such Shares, subject to Section 5.3. If the Participant is an Employee, the Participant understands and acknowledges that, except as otherwise provided in a separate, written employment agreement between a Participating Company and the Participant, the Participant’s employment is “at will” and is for no specified term. Nothing in this Agreement shall confer upon the Participant any right to continue in the Service of a Participating Company or interfere in any way with any right of the Participating Company Group to terminate the Participant’s Service at any time.
11.    LEGENDS.
The Company may at any time place legends referencing the Company Reacquisition Right and any applicable federal, state or foreign securities law restrictions on all certificates representing the Shares. The Participant shall, at the request of the Company, promptly present to the Company any and all certificates representing the Shares in the possession of the Participant in order to carry out the provisions of this Section. Unless otherwise specified by the Company, legends placed on such certificates may include, but shall not be limited to, the following:
“THE SECURITIES REPRESENTED BY THIS CERTIFICATE ARE SUBJECT TO RESTRICTIONS SET FORTH IN AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THIS CORPORATION AND THE REGISTERED HOLDER, OR HIS PREDECESSOR IN INTEREST, A COPY OF WHICH IS ON FILE AT THE PRINCIPAL OFFICE OF THIS CORPORATION.”
12.    RESTRICTIONS ON TRANSFER OF SHARES.
No Shares may be sold, exchanged, transferred, assigned, pledged, hypothecated or otherwise disposed of, including by operation of law, in any manner which violates any of the provisions of this Agreement and, except pursuant to an Ownership Change Event, until the date on which such shares become Vested Shares, and any such attempted disposition shall be void. The Company shall not be required (a) to transfer on its books any Shares which will have been transferred in violation of any of the provisions set forth in this Agreement or (b) to treat as owner of such Shares or to accord the right to vote as such owner or to pay dividends to any transferee to whom such Shares will have been so transferred. In order to enforce its rights under this Section, the Company shall be authorized to give a stop transfer instruction with respect to the Shares to the Company’s transfer agent.
13.    MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS.
13.1    Termination or Amendment. The Committee may terminate or amend the Plan or this Agreement at any time; provided, however, that no such termination or amendment may have a materially adverse effect on the Participant’s rights under this Agreement without the consent of the Participant unless such termination or amendment is necessary to comply with applicable law or government regulation. No amendment or addition to this Agreement shall be effective unless in writing.

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13.2    Nontransferability of the Award. The right to acquire Shares pursuant to the Award shall not be subject in any manner to anticipation, alienation, sale, exchange, transfer, assignment, pledge, encumbrance, or garnishment by creditors of the Participant or the Participant’s beneficiary, except transfer by will or by the laws of descent and distribution. All rights with respect to the Award shall be exercisable during the Participant’s lifetime only by the Participant or the Participant’s guardian or legal representative.
13.3    Further Instruments. The parties hereto agree to execute such further instruments and to take such further action as may reasonably be necessary to carry out the intent of this Agreement.
13.4    Binding Effect. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of the successors and assigns of the Company and, subject to the restrictions on transfer set forth herein, be binding upon the Participant and the Participant’s heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns.
13.5    Delivery of Documents and Notices. Any document relating to participation in the Plan or any notice required or permitted hereunder shall be given in writing and shall be deemed effectively given (except to the extent that this Agreement provides for effectiveness only upon actual receipt of such notice) upon personal delivery, electronic delivery at the e-mail address, if any, provided for the Participant by a Participating Company, or upon deposit in the U.S. Post Office or foreign postal service, by registered or certified mail, or with a nationally recognized overnight courier service, with postage and fees prepaid, addressed to the other party at the address of such party set forth in the Grant Notice or at such other address as such party may designate in writing from time to time to the other party.
(a)    Description of Electronic Delivery and Signature. The Plan documents, which may include but do not necessarily include: the Plan, the Grant Notice, this Agreement, the Plan Prospectus, and any reports of the Company provided generally to the Company’s stockholders, may be delivered to the Participant electronically. In addition, if permitted by the Company, the parties may deliver electronically any notices called for in connection with the Escrow and the Participant may deliver electronically the Grant Notice to the Company or to such third party involved in administering the Plan as the Company may designate from time to time. Such means of electronic delivery may include but do not necessarily include the delivery of a link to a Company intranet or the Internet site of a third party involved in administering the Plan, the delivery of the document via e-mail or such other means of electronic delivery specified by the Company. Any and all such documents and notices may be electronically signed.
(b)    Consent to Electronic Delivery and Signature. The Participant acknowledges that the Participant has read Section 13.5(a) of this Agreement and consents to the electronic delivery of the Plan documents and, if permitted by the Company, the delivery of the Grant Notice and notices in connection with the Escrow, as described in Section 13.5(a). The Participant agrees that any and all such documents requiring a signature may be electronically signed and that such electronic signature shall have the same effect as handwritten signature for the purposes of validity, enforceability and admissibility. The Participant acknowledges that he or she may receive from the Company a paper copy of any documents delivered electronically at no cost to the Participant by contacting the Company by telephone or in writing. The Participant further acknowledges that the Participant will be provided with a paper copy of any documents if the attempted electronic delivery of such documents fails. Similarly, the Participant understands that

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the Participant must provide the Company or any designated third party administrator with a paper copy of any documents if the attempted electronic delivery of such documents fails. The Participant may revoke his or her consent to the electronic delivery of documents described in Section 13.5(a) or may change the electronic mail address to which such documents are to be delivered (if Participant has provided an electronic mail address) at any time by notifying the Company of such revoked consent or revised e-mail address by telephone, postal service or electronic mail. Finally, the Participant understands that he or she is not required to consent to electronic delivery of documents described in Section 13.5(a).
13.6    Integrated Agreement. The Grant Notice, this Agreement and the Plan, together with the Employment Agreement, if any, shall constitute the entire understanding and agreement of the Participant and the Participating Company Group with respect to the subject matter contained herein or therein and supersede any prior agreements, understandings, restrictions, representations, or warranties among the Participant and the Participating Company Group with respect to such subject matter. To the extent contemplated herein or therein, the provisions of the Grant Notice, this Agreement and the Plan shall survive any settlement of the Award and shall remain in full force and effect.
13.7    Applicable Law. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of California as such laws are applied to agreements between California residents entered into and to be performed entirely within the State of California.
13.8    Counterparts. The Grant Notice may be executed in counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument.


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Exhibit
Exhibit 10.2

ROSS STORES, INC.
NOTICE OF GRANT OF PERFORMANCE SHARES

The Participant has been granted an award of Performance Shares (the Award) pursuant to the Ross Stores, Inc. 2017 Equity Incentive Plan (the Plan) and the Performance Share Agreement attached hereto (the Agreement), as follows:

Participant:
[]
Employee ID: []
Award/Grant #: []
Grant Date:
[]
 
 
Target Number of Performance Shares:

[], subject to adjustment as provided by the Agreement.
Maximum Number of Performance Shares:

200% of the percentage of adjusted pre-tax profit target achieved.
Adjusted Pre-Tax Profit Target:
 
$[]
Performance Period:
Company fiscal year beginning [] and ending [].
Performance Share Vesting Date:
 
[], except as provided by the Agreement.
Vested Performance Shares:
Provided that the Participant’s Service has not terminated prior to the Performance Share Vesting Date, except as provided by the Agreement, on the Performance Share Vesting Date the number of Vested Performance Shares (not to exceed the Maximum Number of Performance Shares) shall be determined by multiplying the Target Number of Performance Shares by the Adjusted Pre-Tax Profit Multiplier (as defined by the Agreement).
Settlement Date:
The Performance Share Vesting Date, except as otherwise provided by the Agreement.
Vested Common Shares:
Except as provided by the Agreement and provided that the Participant’s Service has not terminated prior to the relevant date, the number of Vested Common Shares shall cumulatively increase on each respective date set forth below by the Vested Percentage set forth opposite such date, as follows:
Common Share Vesting Date
Vested Percentage
Settlement Date
30%
[]
30%
[]
40%
Employment Agreement:
Executive Employment Agreement between the Company and the Participant, as in effect at any applicable time.


By your electronic acceptance, you agree that this Award is granted under and governed by the terms of the Plan, as amended, and the Agreement, all of which are made a part of this document.




Exhibit 10.2

ROSS STORES, INC.
PERFORMANCE SHARE AGREEMENT

Ross Stores, Inc. has granted to the Participant named in the Notice of Grant of Performance Shares (the Grant Notice) to which this Performance Share Agreement (the Agreement) is attached an Award consisting of Performance Shares subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Grant Notice and this Agreement. The Award has been granted pursuant to and shall in all respects be subject to the terms and conditions of the Ross Stores, Inc. 2017 Equity Incentive Plan (the Plan), as amended to the Grant Date, the provisions of which are incorporated herein by reference. By signing the Grant Notice, the Participant: (a) acknowledges receipt of and represents that the Participant has read and is familiar with the Grant Notice, this Agreement, the Plan and a prospectus for the Plan prepared in connection with the registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission of the shares issuable pursuant to the Award (the Plan Prospectus), (b) accepts the Award subject to all of the terms and conditions of the Grant Notice, this Agreement and the Plan and (c) agrees to accept as binding, conclusive and final all decisions or interpretations of the Committee upon any questions arising under the Grant Notice, this Agreement or the Plan.
1.DEFINITIONS AND CONSTRUCTION.
1.1    Definitions. Unless otherwise defined herein, capitalized terms shall have the meanings assigned to such terms in the Grant Notice or the Plan.
(a)    Adjusted Pre-Tax Profit means the earnings before taxes as reported in the Consolidated Statements of Earnings of the Company for the fiscal year of the Company coinciding with the Performance Period, adjusted to exclude from the determination of such amount the reduction in earnings resulting from the accrual of compensation expense for Performance Awards under the Plan and incentive awards under the Second Amended and Restated Ross Stores, Inc. Incentive Compensation Plan or any successor to such plan, granted in each case, with respect to the Performance Period.
(b)    Adjusted Pre-Tax Profit Multiplier means a number determined as follows:
Percentage of Adjusted Pre-Tax Profit Target Achieved
 
Adjusted Pre-Tax Profit Multiplier
Less than 90%
 
0.00%
90%
 
66.70%
95%
 
83.33%
100%
 
100.00%
105%
 
125.00%
110%
 
150.00%
115%
 
175.00%
Equal to or greater than 120%
 
200.00%


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The Adjusted Pre-Tax Profit Multiplier for percentages of Adjusted Pre-Tax Profit Target achieved falling between the percentages set forth in the table above shall be determined by linear interpolation.
(c)    Cause” means (i) if the Participant is a party to an Employment Agreement, the meaning of such term or a similar term as defined by the Employment Agreement, or (ii) if the Participant is not a party to an Employment Agreement, the occurrence of any of the following: (1) the Participant’s continuous failure to substantially perform the duties of the Participant’s Service; (2) the Participant’s theft, dishonesty, breach of fiduciary duty for personal profit or falsification of any documents of the Company; (3) the Participant’s material failure to abide by the applicable code(s) of conduct or other policies (including, without limitation, policies relating to confidentiality and reasonable workplace conduct) of the Company; (4) knowing or intentional misconduct by the Participant as a result of which the Company is required to prepare an accounting restatement; (5) the Participant’s unauthorized use, misappropriation, destruction or diversion of any tangible or intangible asset or corporate opportunity of the Company (including, without limitation, the Participant’s improper use or disclosure of confidential or proprietary information of the Company); (6) any intentional misconduct or illegal or grossly negligent conduct by the Participant which is materially injurious to the Company monetarily or otherwise; (7) any material breach by the Participant of any agreement between the Participant and the Company; or (8) the Participant’s conviction (including any plea of guilty or nolo contendere) of any criminal act involving fraud, dishonesty, misappropriation or moral turpitude, or which materially impairs the Participant’s ability to perform his or her duties with the Company.
(d)    Change in Control Termination” means (i) if the Participant is a party to an Employment Agreement, the Participant’s Termination Without Cause or Termination for Good Reason determined to occur upon or in connection with a Change in Control in accordance with the terms of the Employment Agreement, or (ii) if the Participant is not a party to an Employment Agreement, the Participant’s Termination Without Cause or Termination for Good Reason, in either case within the period commencing one (1) month prior to, and ending twelve (12) months following, a Change in Control.
(e)    Common Share means a share of Stock issued in settlement of the Award.
(f)    Disability” means (i) if the Participant is a party to an Employment Agreement, the meaning of such term or a similar term as defined by the Employment Agreement, or (ii) if the Participant is not a party to an Employment Agreement, “disability” as defined under the Company's long-term disability plan in which the Participant is participating; provided that in the absence of such plan (or the absence of the Participant's participation in such plan), Disability shall mean the Participant’s inability to substantially perform his or her duties due to a medically determinable physical or mental impairment which has lasted for a period of not less than one hundred twenty (120) consecutive days.
(g)    Employment Agreement Non-Renewal” means, if the Participant is a party to an Employment Agreement as set forth in the Grant Notice, the expiration of the Employment Agreement due to its “Non-Renewal,” as provided by the Employment Agreement.
(h)    Performance Share means a right to receive on the Settlement Date one (1) Common Share, subject to further restrictions as provided by this Agreement, if such Performance Share is then a Vested Performance Share.

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(i)    Qualified Termination” means the termination of the Participant’s Service as a result of the Participant’s death, Disability, Termination Without Cause, Termination for Good Reason or Employment Agreement Non-Renewal (but only if the Participant is a party to an Employment Agreement as set forth in the Grant Notice).
(j)    Termination for Cause means the termination of the Participant’s Service for Cause.
(k)    Termination for Good Reason means (i) if the Participant is a party to an Employment Agreement, the meaning of such term or a similar term as defined by the Employment Agreement, or (ii) if the Participant is not a party to an Employment Agreement, the Participant’s effective resignation from Service within one hundred twenty (120) days following the initial existence of any of the following conditions, provided that the Participant delivered written notice to the Company of such condition within sixty (60) days after its initial existence and the Company failed to cure such condition within sixty (60) days following such written notice: (1) a reduction of the Participant’s salary, target annual bonus opportunity or any other incentive opportunity, in each case as in effect immediately prior to the Change in Control; (2) a change in title, the nature or scope of the authority, power, function, responsibilities, reporting relationships or duty attached to the position which the Participant currently maintains without the express written consent of the Participant; (3) the relocation of the Participant’s principal place of Service as of the Grant Date to a location that increases the regular one-way commute distance between the Participant’s residence and principal place of Service by more than 25 miles without the Participant’s prior written consent; or (4) a change in the benefits to which the Participant is entitled immediately prior to the Change in Control.
(l)    Termination Without Cause means (i) if the Participant is a party to an Employment Agreement, the meaning of such term or a similar term as defined by the Employment Agreement, or (ii) if the Participant is not a party to an Employment Agreement, the Company’s termination of the Participant’s Service for any reason other than (1) death, (2) Disability or (3) Cause.
(m)    Voluntary Termination means (i) if the Participant is a party to an Employment Agreement, the meaning of such term or a similar term as defined by the Employment Agreement, or (ii) if the Participant is not a party to an Employment Agreement, the Participant’s effective resignation from Service other than a Termination for Good Reason.
1.2    Construction. Captions and titles contained herein are for convenience only and shall not affect the meaning or interpretation of any provision of this Agreement. Except when otherwise indicated by the context, the singular shall include the plural and the plural shall include the singular. Use of the term “or” is not intended to be exclusive, unless the context clearly requires otherwise.
2.    ADMINISTRATION.
All questions of interpretation concerning the Grant Notice, this Agreement, the Plan or any other form of agreement or other document employed by the Company in the administration of the Plan or the Award shall be determined by the Committee. All such determinations by the Committee shall be final, binding and conclusive upon all persons having an interest in the Award, unless fraudulent or made in bad faith. Any and all actions, decisions and determinations taken or made by the Committee in the exercise of its discretion pursuant to the Plan or the Award or other

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agreement thereunder (other than determining questions of interpretation pursuant to the preceding sentence) shall be final, binding and conclusive upon all persons having an interest in the Award. Any Officer shall have the authority to act on behalf of the Company with respect to any matter, right, obligation, or election which is the responsibility of or which is allocated to the Company herein, provided the Officer has apparent authority with respect to such matter, right, obligation, or election.
3.    THE AWARD.
3.1    Grant of Performance Shares. On the Grant Date, the Participant shall acquire, subject to the provisions of this Agreement, a right to receive a number of Performance Shares which shall not exceed the Maximum Number of Performance Shares set forth in the Grant Notice, subject to adjustment as provided in Section 11. The number of Performance Shares, if any, ultimately earned by the Participant, shall be that number of Performance Shares which become Vested Performance Shares.
3.2    No Monetary Payment Required. The Participant is not required to make any monetary payment (other than applicable tax withholding, if any) as a condition to receiving the Performance Shares or Common Shares issued upon settlement of the Performance Shares, the consideration for which shall be past services actually rendered or future services to be rendered to a Participating Company or for its benefit. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if required by applicable law, the Participant shall furnish consideration in the form of cash or past services rendered to a Participating Company or for its benefit having a value not less than the par value of the Common Shares issued upon settlement of the Performance Shares.
3.3    Restrictions on Grant of the Award and Issuance of Common Shares. The grant of the Award and issuance of Common Shares upon settlement of the Award shall be subject to compliance with all applicable requirements of federal, state or foreign law with respect to such securities. No Common Shares may be issued hereunder if the issuance of such shares would constitute a violation of any applicable federal, state or foreign securities laws or other law or regulations or the requirements of any stock exchange or market system upon which the Stock may then be listed. The inability of the Company to obtain from any regulatory body having jurisdiction the authority, if any, deemed by the Company’s legal counsel to be necessary to the lawful issuance of any shares subject to the Award shall relieve the Company of any liability in respect of the failure to issue such shares as to which such requisite authority shall not have been obtained. As a condition to the settlement of the Award, the Company may require the Participant to satisfy any qualifications that may be necessary or appropriate, to evidence compliance with any applicable law or regulation and to make any representation or warranty with respect thereto as may be requested by the Company.
4.    VESTING OF PERFORMANCE SHARES.
4.1    In General. Except as provided by this Section 4 and Section 10, Performance Shares shall vest and become Vested Performance Shares as provided in the Grant Notice and certified by the Committee.
4.2    Certification by the Committee.
(a)    Level of Adjusted Pre-Tax Profit Attained. As soon as practicable following completion of the Performance Period, and in any event prior to the Performance Share

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Vesting Date, the Committee shall certify in writing the level of attainment of Adjusted Pre-Tax Profit during the Performance Period and the resulting number of Performance Shares which shall become Vested Performance Shares on the Performance Share Vesting Date, subject to the Participant’s continued Service until the Performance Share Vesting Date, except as otherwise provided by this Section 4. The Company shall promptly notify the Participant of the determination by the Committee.
(b)    Adjustments to Adjusted Pre-Tax Profit. The Committee shall adjust Adjusted Pre-Tax Profit, as it deems appropriate, to exclude the effect (whether positive or negative) of any of the following occurring after the grant of the Award: (i) a change in accounting standards required by generally accepted accounting principles or (b) any unusual or infrequently occurring event or transaction. Each such adjustment, if any, shall be made solely for the purpose of providing a consistent basis from period to period for the calculation of Adjusted Pre-Tax Profit in order to prevent the dilution or enlargement of the Participant’s rights with respect to the Award.
4.3    Effect of Termination for Cause or Voluntary Termination. In the event of the Termination for Cause or Voluntary Termination of the Participant prior to the Performance Share Vesting Date, the Participant shall forfeit and the Company shall automatically reacquire all of the Performance Shares subject to the Award. The Participant shall not be entitled to any payment for such forfeited Performance Shares.
4.4    Effect of Qualified Termination. In the event of the Participant’s Qualified Termination prior to the Performance Share Vesting Date, then on the Performance Share Vesting Date the following number of Performance Shares shall become Vested Performance Shares: (a) the number of Performance Shares that would have become Vested Performance Shares had the Participant’s Service not terminated before the Performance Share Vesting Date (but in no event more than 100% of the Target Number of Performance Shares), multiplied by (b) the ratio of the number of full months of the Participant’s Service during the Performance Period to the number of full months contained in the Performance Period. The Vested Performance Shares determined in accordance with this Section 4.4 shall be settled in full for Vested Common Shares on the Performance Share Vesting Date (which shall be the Settlement Date) in accordance with Section 5.
4.5    Forfeiture of Unvested Performance Shares. Except as otherwise provided by this Section 4 or Section 10, on the Performance Share Vesting Date, the Participant shall forfeit and the Company shall automatically reacquire all Performance Shares subject to the Award which have not become Vested Performance Shares (Unvested Performance Shares). The Participant shall not be entitled to any payment for such forfeited Unvested Performance Shares.
4.6    Ownership Change Event, Non-Cash Dividends, Distributions and Adjustments. Upon the occurrence of an Ownership Change Event, a dividend or distribution to the stockholders of the Company paid in Common Shares or other property, or any other adjustment upon a change in the capital structure of the Company as described in Section 11, any and all new, substituted or additional securities or other property (other than regular, periodic cash dividends paid on Common Shares pursuant to the Company’s dividend policy) to which the Participant is entitled by reason of the Participant’s ownership of Unvested Performance Shares shall be immediately subject to this Section 4 and the Company Reacquisition Right (as defined below) and included in the terms “Performance Shares” and “Unvested Performance Shares” for all purposes of this Section 4 and Company Reacquisition Right with the same force and effect as the Unvested Performance Shares immediately prior to the Ownership Change Event, dividend, distribution or

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adjustment, as the case may be. For purposes of determining the number of Vested Performance Shares following an Ownership Change Event, dividend, distribution or adjustment, credited Service shall include all Service with any corporation which is a Participating Company at the time the Service is rendered, whether or not such corporation is a Participating Company both before and after any such event.
5.    SETTLEMENT OF VESTED PERFORMANCE SHARES.
5.1    Issuance of Common Shares. Subject to the provisions of Section 3.3, the Company shall issue to the Participant on the Settlement Date with respect to each Vested Performance Share one (1) Common Share. Common Shares issued in settlement of Performance Shares shall be subject to the vesting conditions, Company Reacquisition Right and other restrictions on transfer set forth in Section 6, Section 7 and Section 14, respectively, and any other restrictions as may be required by Section 3.3, Section 9 or the Company’s Trading Compliance Policy.
5.2    Beneficial Ownership of Common Shares; Certificate Registration. The Participant hereby authorizes the Company, in its sole discretion, to deposit any or all shares acquired by the Participant pursuant to the settlement of the Award with the Company’s transfer agent, including any successor transfer agent, to be held in book entry form, or to deposit such shares for the benefit of the Participant with any broker with which the Participant has an account relationship of which the Company has notice. Except as provided by the foregoing, a certificate for the shares acquired by the Participant shall be registered in the name of the Participant, or, if applicable, in the names of the heirs of the Participant.
5.3    Fractional Shares. The Company shall not be required to issue fractional shares upon the settlement of the Award. Any fractional share resulting from the determination of the number of Vested Performance Shares shall be rounded up to the nearest whole number.
6.    VESTING OF COMMON SHARES.
6.1    In General. Except as provided by this Section 6 and Section 10, the Common Shares issued in settlement of the Award shall vest and become Vested Common Shares as provided in the Grant Notice; provided however, that Common Shares that would otherwise become Vested Common Shares on a date (the Original Vesting Date) on which a sale of such shares by the Participant would violate the Trading Compliance Policy shall, notwithstanding the vesting schedule set forth in the Grant Notice, become Vested Common Shares on the first to occur of (a) the next business day on which such sale would not violate the Trading Compliance Policy or (b) the later of (i) the last day of the calendar year in which the Original Vesting Date occurred or (ii) the last day of the Company’s taxable year in which the Original Vesting Date occurred.
6.2    Effect of Termination for Cause or Voluntary Termination. In the event of the Termination for Cause or Voluntary Termination of the Participant on or after the Settlement Date, no additional Common Shares shall become Vested Common Shares.
6.3    Effect of Qualified Termination. In the event of the Participant’s Qualified Termination prior to the Performance Share Vesting Date, then on the Performance Share Vesting Date (which shall be the Settlement Date) the Company shall issue to the Participant one (1) Vested Common Share for each Vested Performance Share determined in accordance with Section 4.4. In the event of the Participant’s Qualified Termination on or after the Settlement Date, then the vesting

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of all Unvested Common Shares (as defined below) issued in settlement of the Award shall be accelerated in full effective as of the date of such Qualified Termination.
7.    COMPANY REACQUISITION RIGHT.
7.1    Grant of Company Reacquisition Right. Except to the extent otherwise provided by this Agreement, in the event that (a) the Participant’s Service terminates or (b) the Participant, the Participant’s legal representative, or other holder of the shares, attempts to sell, exchange, transfer, pledge, or otherwise dispose of (other than pursuant to an Ownership Change Event), including, without limitation, any transfer to a nominee or agent of the Participant, any Common Shares which are not Vested Common Shares (Unvested Common Shares), the Company shall automatically reacquire the Unvested Common Shares, and the Participant shall not be entitled to any payment therefor (the Company Reacquisition Right).
7.2    Ownership Change Event, Dividends, Distributions and Adjustments. Upon the occurrence of an Ownership Change Event, a dividend or distribution to the stockholders of the Company paid in Common Shares or other property, or any other adjustment upon a change in the capital structure of the Company as described in Section 11, any and all new, substituted or additional securities or other property (other than regular, periodic dividends paid on Common Shares pursuant to the Company’s dividend policy) to which the Participant is entitled by reason of the Participant’s ownership of Unvested Common Shares shall be immediately subject to the Company Reacquisition Right and included in the terms “Common Shares,” “Stock” and “Unvested Common Shares” for all purposes of the Company Reacquisition Right with the same force and effect as the Unvested Common Shares immediately prior to the Ownership Change Event, dividend, distribution or adjustment, as the case may be. For purposes of determining the number of Vested Common Shares following an Ownership Change Event, dividend, distribution or adjustment, credited Service shall include all Service with any corporation which is a Participating Company at the time the Service is rendered, whether or not such corporation is a Participating Company both before and after any such event.
7.3    Obligation to Repay Certain Cash Dividends and Distributions. The Participant shall, at the discretion of the Company, be obligated to promptly repay to the Company upon termination of the Participant’s Service any dividends and other distributions paid to the Participant in cash with respect to Unvested Common Shares reacquired by the Company pursuant to the Company Reacquisition Right.
8.    ESCROW.
8.1    Appointment of Agent. To ensure that Common Shares subject to the Company Reacquisition Right will be available for reacquisition, the Participant and the Company hereby appoint the Secretary of the Company, or any other person designated by the Company, as their agent and as attorney-in-fact for the Participant (the Agent) to hold any and all Unvested Common Shares and to sell, assign and transfer to the Company any such Unvested Common Shares reacquired by the Company pursuant to the Company Reacquisition Right. The Participant understands that appointment of the Agent is a material inducement to make this Agreement and that such appointment is coupled with an interest and is irrevocable. The Agent shall not be personally liable for any act the Agent may do or omit to do hereunder as escrow agent, agent for the Company, or attorney in fact for the Participant while acting in good faith and in the exercise of the Agent’s own good judgment, and any act done or omitted by the Agent pursuant to the advice of the Agent’s own attorneys shall be conclusive evidence of such good faith. The Agent may rely

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upon any letter, notice or other document executed by any signature purporting to be genuine and may resign at any time.
8.2    Establishment of Escrow. The Participant authorizes the Company to deposit the Unvested Common Shares with the Company’s transfer agent to be held in book entry form, as provided in Section 5.2, and the Participant agrees to deliver to and deposit with the Agent each certificate, if any, evidencing the Unvested Common Shares and, if required by the Company, an Assignment Separate from Certificate with respect to such book entry shares and each such certificate duly endorsed (with date and number of Common Shares blank) in the form attached to the Notice, to be held by the Agent under the terms and conditions of this Section 8 (the Escrow). Upon the occurrence of a Change in Control or a change, as described in Section 11, in the character or amount of any outstanding stock of the corporation the stock of which is subject to the provisions of this Agreement, any and all new, substituted or additional securities or other property to which the Participant is entitled by reason of his or her ownership of the Unvested Common Shares that remain, following such Change in Control or change described in Section 11, subject to the Company Reacquisition Right shall be immediately subject to the Escrow to the same extent as the Unvested Common Shares immediately before such event. The Company shall bear the expenses of the Escrow.
8.3    Delivery of Common Shares to Participant. The Escrow shall continue with respect to any Common Shares for so long as such Common Shares remain subject to the Company Reacquisition Right. Upon termination of the Company Reacquisition Right with respect to Common Shares, the Company shall so notify the Agent and direct the Agent to deliver such number of Common Shares to the Participant. As soon as practicable after receipt of such notice, the Agent shall cause to be delivered to the Participant the Common Shares specified by such notice, and the Escrow shall terminate with respect to such Common Shares.
9.    TAX MATTERS.
9.1    Tax Withholding.
(a)    In General. At the time the Grant Notice is executed, or at any time thereafter as requested by a Participating Company, the Participant hereby authorizes withholding from payroll and any other amounts payable to the Participant, and otherwise agrees to make adequate provision for, any sums required to satisfy the federal, state, local and foreign tax (including any social insurance) withholding obligations of the Participating Company, if any, which arise in connection with the Award, the vesting of Performance Shares or the issuance of Common Shares in settlement thereof. The Company shall have no obligation to deliver Common Shares until the tax withholding obligations of the Participating Company have been satisfied by the Participant.
(b)    Assignment of Sale Proceeds; Payment of Tax Withholding by Check. Subject to compliance with applicable law and the Company’s Trading Compliance Policy, the Company may permit the Participant to satisfy the Participating Company’s tax withholding obligations in accordance with procedures established by the Company providing for either (i) delivery by the Participant to the Company or a broker approved by the Company of properly executed instructions, in a form approved by the Company, providing for the assignment to the Company of the proceeds of a sale with respect to some or all of the Vested Shares, or (ii) payment by check. The Participant shall deliver written notice of any such permitted election to the Company on a form specified by the Company for this purpose at least thirty (30) days (or such other period established by the Company) prior to the date on which the Company’s tax withholding obligation

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arises (the Withholding Date). If the Participant elects payment by check, the Participant agrees to deliver a check for the full amount of the required tax withholding to the applicable Participating Company on or before the third business day following the Withholding Date. If the Participant elects payment by check but fails to make such payment as required by the preceding sentence, the Company is hereby authorized, at its discretion, to satisfy the tax withholding obligations through any means authorized by this Section 9.1, including by directing a sale for the account of the Participant of some or all of the Vested Shares from which the required taxes shall be withheld, by withholding from payroll and any other amounts payable to the Participant or by withholding Common Shares in accordance with Section 9.1(c).
(c)    Withholding in Common Shares. The Company shall have the right, but not the obligation, to require the Participant to satisfy all or any portion of a Participating Company’s tax withholding obligations by deducting from the Common Shares otherwise deliverable to the Participant in settlement of the Award or from the Common Shares otherwise to be released from the Company Reacquisition Right a number of whole, Vested Common Shares having a fair market value, as determined by the Company as of the date on which the tax withholding obligations arise, not in excess of the amount of such tax withholding obligations determined by the applicable minimum statutory withholding rates.
9.2    Election Under Section 83(b) of the Code.
(a)    The Participant understands that Section 83 of the Code taxes as ordinary income the difference between the amount paid for the Common Shares, if anything, and the fair market value of the Common Shares as of the date on which the Common Shares are “substantially vested,” within the meaning of Section 83. In this context, “substantially vested” means that the right of the Company to reacquire the Common Shares pursuant to the Company Reacquisition Right has lapsed. The Participant understands that he or she may elect to have his or her taxable income determined at the time he or she acquires the Common Shares rather than when and as the Company Reacquisition Right lapses by filing an election under Section 83(b) of the Code with the Internal Revenue Service no later than thirty (30) days after the date of acquisition of the Common Shares. The Participant understands that failure to make a timely filing under Section 83(b) will result in his or her recognition of ordinary income, as the Company Reacquisition Right lapses, on the difference between the purchase price, if anything, and the fair market value of the Common Shares at the time such restrictions lapse. The Participant further understands, however, that if Common Shares with respect to which an election under Section 83(b) has been made are forfeited to the Company pursuant to its Company Reacquisition Right, such forfeiture will be treated as a sale on which there is realized a loss equal to the excess (if any) of the amount paid (if any) by the Participant for the forfeited Common Shares over the amount realized (if any) upon their forfeiture. If the Participant has paid nothing for the forfeited Common Shares and has received no payment upon their forfeiture, the Participant understands that he or she will be unable to recognize any loss on the forfeiture of the Common Shares even though the Participant incurred a tax liability by making an election under Section 83(b).
(b)    The Participant understands that he or she should consult with his or her tax advisor regarding the advisability of filing with the Internal Revenue Service an election under Section 83(b) of the Code, which must be filed no later than thirty (30) days after the date of the acquisition of the Common Shares pursuant to this Agreement. Failure to file an election under Section 83(b), if appropriate, may result in adverse tax consequences to the Participant. The Participant acknowledges that he or she has been advised to consult with a tax advisor regarding

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the tax consequences to the Participant of the acquisition of Common Shares hereunder. ANY ELECTION UNDER SECTION 83(b) THE PARTICIPANT WISHES TO MAKE MUST BE FILED NO LATER THAN 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE ON WHICH THE PARTICIPANT ACQUIRES THE COMMON SHARES. THIS TIME PERIOD CANNOT BE EXTENDED. THE PARTICIPANT ACKNOWLEDGES THAT TIMELY FILING OF A SECTION 83(b) ELECTION IS THE PARTICIPANT’S SOLE RESPONSIBILITY, EVEN IF THE PARTICIPANT REQUESTS THE COMPANY OR ITS REPRESENTATIVE TO FILE SUCH ELECTION ON HIS OR HER BEHALF.
(c)    The Participant will notify the Company in writing if the Participant files an election pursuant to Section 83(b) of the Code. The Company intends, in the event it does not receive from the Participant evidence of such filing, to claim a tax deduction for any amount which would otherwise be taxable to the Participant in the absence of such an election.
10.    CHANGE IN CONTROL.
10.1    Effect of Change in Control on Performance Shares. In the event of a Change in Control, the Award shall be subject to the definitive agreement entered into by the Company in connection with the Change in Control. Except to the extent that the Committee determines to cash out the Award in accordance with Section 13.1(c) of the Plan, the surviving, continuing, successor, or purchasing corporation or other business entity or parent thereof, as the case may be (the Acquiror), may, without the consent of the Participant, assume or continue in full force and effect the Company’s rights and obligations under the Award or substitute for the Award a substantially equivalent award for the Acquiror’s stock. For purposes of this Section, the Award shall be deemed assumed if, following the Change in Control, the Award confers the right to receive, subject to the terms and conditions of the Plan and this Agreement, for each Performance Share or Unvested Common Share subject to the Award immediately prior to the Change in Control, the consideration (whether stock, cash, other securities or property or a combination thereof) to which a holder of a share of Stock on the effective date of the Change in Control was entitled. If the Acquiror elects not to assume, continue or substitute for the outstanding Awards in connection with a Change in Control occurring prior to the Performance Share Vesting Date, then, provided that the Participant’s Service has not terminated prior to the Change in Control except as otherwise provided by Section 10.3, (a) the vesting of 100% of the Target Number of Performance Shares shall be accelerated and such Performance Shares shall be deemed Vested Performance Shares effective immediately prior to the Change in Control, (b) the Award shall be settled in full with respect to such Vested Performance Shares in accordance with Section 5 immediately prior to the Change in Control (which shall be the Settlement Date) and (c) the portion of the Award in excess of such Vested Performance Shares shall terminate and cease to be outstanding effective as of the time of consummation of the Change in Control. In settlement of the Award, the Company shall issue to the Participant one (1) Vested Common Share for each Vested Performance Share determined in accordance with this Section. The vesting of Performance Shares and settlement of the Award that was permissible solely by reason of this Section shall be conditioned upon the consummation of the Change in Control.
10.2    Effect of Change in Control on Common Shares. In the event that the Acquiror elects not to assume, continue or substitute for the Company’s rights and obligations under the outstanding Award in connection with a Change in Control occurring on or after the Settlement Date, the vesting of all Unvested Common Shares issued in settlement of the Award shall be accelerated in full effective as of the date of the Change in Control.

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10.3    Termination of Service in Connection with a Change in Control.
(a)    Participant with Employment Agreement. Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, if the Participant is a party to an Employment Agreement, then, in the event of the Participant’s Change in Control Termination, the vesting of the Participant’s Performance Shares and/or Common Shares will be accelerated to the extent, if at all, as determined by the terms of the Employment Agreement and at the times specified by this Section 10.3(a). The vesting of Performance Shares and/or Common Shares that was permissible solely by reason of this Section 10.3(a) shall be conditioned upon the consummation of the Change in Control.
(i)    Effect of Change in Control Termination on Performance Shares. If the Change in Control Termination occurs prior to the Performance Share Vesting Date, then the vesting of the Performance Shares shall be accelerated to the extent provided by the Employment Agreement, if at all, and such accelerated Performance Shares shall be deemed Vested Performance Shares effective as of the later of the date of the Change in Control or the date of the Participant’s termination of Service. The Award shall be settled in full with respect to such Vested Performance Shares in accordance with Section 5 as of the date of such accelerated vesting (which shall be the Settlement Date). In settlement of the Award, the Company shall issue to the Participant one (1) Vested Common Share for each Vested Performance Share determined in accordance with this Section.
(ii)    Effect of Change in Control Termination on Common Shares. If the Change in Control Termination occurs on or after the Settlement Date, then the vesting of Unvested Common Shares issued in settlement of the Award shall be accelerated to the extent provided by the Employment Agreement, if at all, effective as of the later of the date of the Change in Control or the date of the Participant’s termination of Service.
(b)    Participant without Employment Agreement. Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, if the Participant is not a party to an Employment Agreement, then, in the event of the Participant’s Change in Control Termination, the vesting of Performance Shares and Common Shares will be accelerated in accordance with this Section 10.3(b). The vesting of Performance Shares and/or Common Shares that was permissible solely by reason of this Section 10.3(b) shall be conditioned upon the consummation of the Change in Control.
(i)    Effect of Change in Control Termination on Performance Shares. If the Change in Control Termination occurs prior to the Performance Share Vesting Date, then the vesting of 100% of the Target Number of Performance Shares shall be accelerated and such Performance Shares shall be deemed Vested Performance Shares effective as of the later of the date of the Change in Control or the date of the Participant’s termination of Service. The Award shall be settled in full with respect to such Vested Performance Shares in accordance with Section 5 as of the date of such accelerated vesting (which shall be the Settlement Date). In settlement of the Award, the Company shall issue to the Participant one (1) Vested Common Share for each Vested Performance Share determined in accordance with this Section.

(ii)    Effect of Change in Control Termination on Common Shares. If the Change in Control Termination occurs on or after the Settlement Date, then the vesting of all Unvested Common Shares issued in settlement of the Award shall be accelerated in

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full effective as of the later of the date of the Change in Control or the date of the Participant’s termination of Service.
10.4    Federal Excise Tax Under Section 4999 of the Code.
(a)    Excess Parachute Payment. In the event that any acceleration of vesting the Performance Shares or the Common Shares and any other payment or benefit received or to be received by the Participant would subject the Participant to any excise tax pursuant to Section 4999 of the Code due to the characterization of such acceleration of vesting, payment or benefit as an “excess parachute payment” under Section 280G of the Code, the amount of any acceleration of vesting called for by this Agreement shall not exceed the amount which produces the greatest after-tax benefit to the Participant.
(b)    Determination by Tax Firm. Upon the occurrence of any event that might reasonably be anticipated to result in an “excess parachute payment” to the Participant as described in Section 10.4(a) (an Event), the Company shall request a determination in writing by the professional firm engaged by the Company for general tax purposes, or, if the tax firm so engaged by the Company is serving as accountant or auditor for the Acquiror, the Company will appoint a nationally recognized tax firm to make the determination required by this Section (the Tax Firm). Unless the Company and the Participant otherwise agree in writing, the Tax Firm shall determine and report to the Company and the Participant within twenty (20) days of the date of the Event the amount of such acceleration of vesting, payments and benefits which would produce the greatest after-tax benefit to the Participant. For the purposes of such determination, the Tax Firm may rely on reasonable, good faith interpretations concerning the application of Sections 280G and 4999 of the Code. The Company and the Participant shall furnish to the Tax Firm such information and documents as the Tax Firm may reasonably request in order to make their required determination. The Company shall bear all fees and expenses the Tax Firm may reasonably charge in connection with their services contemplated by this Section.
11.    ADJUSTMENTS FOR CHANGES IN CAPITAL STRUCTURE.
Subject to any required action by the stockholders of the Company and the requirements of Section 409A of the Code to the extent applicable, in the event of any change in the Stock effected without receipt of consideration by the Company, whether through merger, consolidation, reorganization, reincorporation, recapitalization, reclassification, stock dividend, stock split, reverse stock split, split-up, split-off, spin-off, combination of shares, exchange of shares, or similar change in the capital structure of the Company, or in the event of payment of a dividend or distribution to the stockholders of the Company in a form other than Stock (other than regular, periodic cash dividends paid on Stock pursuant to the Company’s dividend policy) that has a material effect on the Fair Market Value of Common Shares, appropriate and proportionate adjustments shall be made in the number of Performance Shares subject to the Award and/or the number and kind of shares or other property to be issued in settlement of the Award, in order to prevent dilution or enlargement of the Participant’s rights under the Award. For purposes of the foregoing, conversion of any convertible securities of the Company shall not be treated as “effected without receipt of consideration by the Company.” Any and all new, substituted or additional securities or other property (other than regular, periodic cash dividends paid on Stock pursuant to the Company’s dividend policy, subject to Section 7.3) to which Participant is entitled by reason of ownership of Performance Shares acquired pursuant to this Award will be immediately subject to the provisions

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of this Award on the same basis as all Performance Shares originally acquired hereunder. Any fractional Performance Share or Common Share resulting from an adjustment pursuant to this Section shall be rounded down to the nearest whole number. Such adjustments shall be determined by the Committee, and its determination shall be final, binding and conclusive.
12.    RIGHTS AS A STOCKHOLDER, DIRECTOR, EMPLOYEE OR CONSULTANT.
The Participant shall have no rights as a stockholder with respect to any Common Shares which may be issued in settlement of this Award until the date of the issuance of such shares (as evidenced by the appropriate entry on the books of the Company or of a duly authorized transfer agent of the Company). No adjustment shall be made for dividends, distributions or other rights for which the record date is prior to the date the Common Shares are issued, except as provided in Section 11. Subject to the provisions of this Agreement, the Participant shall exercise all rights and privileges of a stockholder of the Company with respect to Common Shares deposited in the Escrow pursuant to Section 8, including the right to vote such Common Shares and to receive all dividends and other distributions paid with respect to such Common Shares, subject to Section 7.3. If the Participant is an Employee, the Participant understands and acknowledges that, except as otherwise provided in a separate, written employment agreement between a Participating Company and the Participant, the Participant’s employment is “at will” and is for no specified term. Nothing in this Agreement shall confer upon the Participant any right to continue in the Service of a Participating Company or interfere in any way with any right of the Participating Company Group to terminate the Participant’s Service at any time.
13.    LEGENDS.
The Company may at any time place legends referencing any applicable federal, state or foreign securities law restrictions on all certificates representing Common Shares issued pursuant to this Agreement. The Participant shall, at the request of the Company, promptly present to the Company any and all certificates representing shares acquired pursuant to this Award in the possession of the Participant in order to carry out the provisions of this Section. Unless otherwise specified by the Company, legends placed on such certificates may include, but shall not be limited to, the following:
“THE SECURITIES REPRESENTED BY THIS CERTIFICATE ARE SUBJECT TO RESTRICTIONS SET FORTH IN AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THIS CORPORATION AND THE REGISTERED HOLDER, OR HIS PREDECESSOR IN INTEREST, A COPY OF WHICH IS ON FILE AT THE PRINCIPAL OFFICE OF THIS CORPORATION.”
14.    RESTRICTIONS ON TRANSFER OF COMMON SHARES.
No Common Shares may be sold, exchanged, transferred (including, without limitation, any transfer to a nominee or agent of the Participant), assigned, pledged, hypothecated or otherwise disposed of, including by operation of law, in any manner which violates any of the provisions of this Agreement and, except pursuant to an Ownership Change Event, until the date on which such shares become Vested Common Shares, and any such attempted disposition shall be void. The Company shall not be required (a) to transfer on its books any Common Shares which will have been transferred in violation of any of the provisions set forth in this Agreement or (b) to treat as owner of such Common Shares or to accord the right to vote as such owner or to

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pay dividends to any transferee to whom such Common Shares will have been so transferred. In order to enforce its rights under this Section, the Company shall be authorized to give a stop transfer instruction with respect to the Common Shares to the Company’s transfer agent.
15.    COMPLIANCE WITH SECTION 409A.
It is intended that any election, payment or benefit which is made or provided pursuant to or in connection with this Award that may result in Section 409A Deferred Compensation shall comply in all respects with the applicable requirements of Section 409A (including applicable regulations or other administrative guidance thereunder, as determined by the Committee in good faith) to avoid the unfavorable tax consequences provided therein for non‑compliance. In connection with effecting such compliance with Section 409A, the following shall apply:
15.1    Separation from Service; Required Delay in Payment to Specified Employee. Notwithstanding anything set forth herein to the contrary, no amount payable pursuant to this Agreement on account of the Participant’s termination of Service which constitutes a “deferral of compensation” within the meaning of the Treasury Regulations issued pursuant to Section 409A of the Code (the Section 409A Regulations) shall be paid unless and until the Participant has incurred a “separation from service” within the meaning of the Section 409A Regulations. Furthermore, to the extent that the Participant is a “specified employee” within the meaning of the Section 409A Regulations as of the date of the Participant’s separation from service, no amount that constitutes a deferral of compensation which is payable on account of the Participant’s separation from service shall paid to the Participant before the date (the Delayed Payment Date) which is first day of the seventh month after the date of the Participant’s separation from service or, if earlier, the date of the Participant’s death following such separation from service. All such amounts that would, but for this Section, become payable prior to the Delayed Payment Date will be accumulated and paid on the Delayed Payment Date.
15.2    Other Changes in Time of Payment. Neither the Participant nor the Company shall take any action to accelerate or delay the payment of any benefits under this Agreement in any manner which would not be in compliance with the Section 409A Regulations.
15.3    Amendments to Comply with Section 409A; Indemnification. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement to the contrary, the Company is authorized to amend this Agreement, to void or amend any election made by the Participant under this Agreement and/or to delay the payment of any monies and/or provision of any benefits in such manner as may be determined by the Company, in its discretion, to be necessary or appropriate to comply with the Section 409A Regulations without prior notice to or consent of the Participant. The Participant hereby releases and holds harmless the Company, its directors, officers and stockholders from any and all claims that may arise from or relate to any tax liability, penalties, interest, costs, fees or other liability incurred by the Participant in connection with the Award, including as a result of the application of Section 409A.
15.4    Advice of Independent Tax Advisor. The Company has not obtained a tax ruling or other confirmation from the Internal Revenue Service with regard to the application of Section 409A to the Award, and the Company does not represent or warrant that this Agreement will avoid adverse tax consequences to the Participant, including as a result of the application of Section 409A to the Award. The Participant hereby acknowledges that he or she has been advised to seek the advice of his or her own independent tax advisor prior to entering into this Agreement

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and is not relying upon any representations of the Company or any of its agents as to the effect of or the advisability of entering into this Agreement.
16.    MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS.
16.1    Termination or Amendment. The Committee may terminate or amend the Plan or this Agreement at any time; provided, however, that except as provided in Section 10 in connection with a Change in Control, no such termination or amendment may have a materially adverse effect on the Participant’s rights under this Agreement without the consent of the Participant unless such termination or amendment is necessary to comply with applicable law or government regulation, including, but not limited to, Section 409A. No amendment or addition to this Agreement shall be effective unless in writing.
16.2    Nontransferability of the Award. Prior to the issuance of Common Shares on the applicable Settlement Date, neither this Award nor any Performance Shares subject to this Award shall be subject in any manner to anticipation, alienation, sale, exchange, transfer, assignment, pledge, encumbrance, or garnishment by creditors of the Participant or the Participant’s beneficiary, except transfer by will or by the laws of descent and distribution. All rights with respect to the Award shall be exercisable during the Participant’s lifetime only by the Participant or the Participant’s guardian or legal representative.
16.3    Unfunded Obligation. The Participant shall have the status of a general unsecured creditor of the Company. Any amounts payable to the Participant pursuant to the Award shall be an unfunded and unsecured obligation for all purposes, including, without limitation, Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. The Company shall not be required to segregate any monies from its general funds, or to create any trusts, or establish any special accounts with respect to such obligations. The Company shall retain at all times beneficial ownership of any investments, including trust investments, which the Company may make to fulfill its payment obligations hereunder. Any investments or the creation or maintenance of any trust or any Participant account shall not create or constitute a trust or fiduciary relationship between the Committee or the Company and the Participant, or otherwise create any vested or beneficial interest in the Participant or the Participant’s creditors in any assets of the Company. The Participant shall have no claim against the Company for any changes in the value of any assets which may be invested or reinvested by the Company with respect to the Award.
16.4    Further Instruments. The parties hereto agree to execute such further instruments and to take such further action as may reasonably be necessary to carry out the intent of this Agreement.
16.5    Binding Effect. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of the successors and assigns of the Company and, subject to the restrictions on transfer set forth herein, be binding upon the Participant and the Participant’s heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns.
16.6    Delivery of Documents and Notices. Any document relating to participation in the Plan or any notice required or permitted hereunder shall be given in writing and shall be deemed effectively given (except to the extent that this Agreement provides for effectiveness only upon actual receipt of such notice) upon personal delivery, electronic delivery at the e-mail address, if any, provided for the Participant by a Participating Company or a Parent or Subsidiary, or upon deposit in the U.S. Post Office or foreign postal service, by registered or certified mail, or with a nationally recognized overnight courier service, with postage and fees prepaid, addressed to the

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other party at the address of such party set forth in the Grant Notice or at such other address as such party may designate in writing from time to time to the other party.
(a)    Description of Electronic Delivery and Signature. The Plan documents, which may include but do not necessarily include: the Plan, the Grant Notice, this Agreement, the Plan Prospectus, and any reports of the Company provided generally to the Company’s stockholders, may be delivered to the Participant electronically. In addition, if permitted by the Company, the Participant may deliver electronically the Grant Notice to the Company or to such third party involved in administering the Plan as the Company may designate from time to time. Such means of electronic delivery may include but do not necessarily include the delivery of a link to a Company intranet or the Internet site of a third party involved in administering the Plan, the delivery of the document via e-mail or such other means of electronic delivery specified by the Company. Any and all such documents and notices may be electronically signed.
(b)    Consent to Electronic Delivery and Signature. The Participant acknowledges that the Participant has read Section 16.6(a) of this Agreement and consents to the electronic delivery of the Plan documents and, if permitted by the Company, the delivery of the Grant Notice, as described in Section 16.6(a). The Participant agrees that any and all such documents requiring a signature may be electronically signed and that such electronic signature shall have the same effect as handwritten signature for the purposes of validity, enforceability and admissibility. The Participant acknowledges that he or she may receive from the Company a paper copy of any documents delivered electronically at no cost to the Participant by contacting the Company by telephone or in writing. The Participant further acknowledges that the Participant will be provided with a paper copy of any documents if the attempted electronic delivery of such documents fails. Similarly, the Participant understands that the Participant must provide the Company or any designated third party administrator with a paper copy of any documents if the attempted electronic delivery of such documents fails. The Participant may revoke his or her consent to the electronic delivery of documents described in Section 16.6(a) or may change the electronic mail address to which such documents are to be delivered (if Participant has provided an electronic mail address) at any time by notifying the Company of such revoked consent or revised e-mail address by telephone, postal service or electronic mail. Finally, the Participant understands that he or she is not required to consent to electronic delivery of documents described in Section 16.6(a).
16.7    Integrated Agreement. The Grant Notice, this Agreement and the Plan, together with the Employment Agreement, if any, shall constitute the entire understanding and agreement of the Participant and the Participating Company Group with respect to the subject matter contained herein or therein and supersede any prior agreements, understandings, restrictions, representations, or warranties among the Participant and the Participating Company Group with respect to such subject matter. To the extent contemplated herein or therein, the provisions of the Grant Notice, this Agreement and the Plan shall survive any settlement of the Award and shall remain in full force and effect.
16.8    Applicable Law. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of California as such laws are applied to agreements between California residents entered into and to be performed entirely within the State of California.
16.9    Counterparts. The Grant Notice may be executed in counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument.

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16.10    Recoupment Policy. Subject to the discretion and approval of the Board, the Company may, to the extent permitted by governing law, require reimbursement and/or cancellation of any Performance Share or Common Share issued in settlement of a Performance Share where all of the following factors are present: (a) the award was predicated upon the achievement of certain financial results that were subsequently the subject of a material restatement, (b) the Board determines that the Participant engaged in fraud or intentional misconduct that was a substantial contributing cause to the need for the restatement, and (c) a lesser award would have been made to the Participant based upon the restated financial results.


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EXECUTIVE EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

THIS EXECUTIVE EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (this “Agreement”) is made effective __________, ____ (the “Effective Date”) by and between Ross Stores, Inc., a Delaware corporation, and ____________ (the “Executive”). References herein to the “Company” shall mean Ross Stores, Inc. and, where appropriate, Ross Stores, Inc. and each and any of its divisions, affiliates or subsidiaries.
RECITALS
A.    The Company wishes to employ the Executive, and the Executive is willing to accept such employment, as ______________________.
B.    It is now the mutual desire of the Company and the Executive to enter into a written employment agreement to govern the terms of the Executive’s employment by the Company as of and following the Effective Date on the terms and conditions set forth below.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
In consideration for the promises of the parties set forth below, the Company and the Executive hereby agree as follows:
1.Term. Subject to the provisions of Section 6 of this Agreement, the term of employment of the Executive by the Company under this Agreement shall be as follows:
(a)    Initial Term. The initial term of employment of the Executive by the Company under this Agreement shall begin on the Effective Date and end on _____________ (the “Initial Term”), unless extended or terminated earlier in accordance with this Agreement. The Initial Term plus any Extension (as defined in Section 1(c) hereof) thereof shall be the “Term of Employment.”
(b)    Extension Intent Notice. By December 31, 2019, the Executive shall advise the CEO of the Company or their designee whether the Executive would like the Term of Employment extended. If the Executive does not timely notify the Company of his/her desire to extend (or not to extend) the Term of Employment, then such action shall be deemed to result in the Executive’s Voluntary Termination as of the Term of Employment end date unless the Company determines otherwise in its sole and absolute discretion.
(c)    New Agreement. Provided that, in accordance with Section 1(b) hereof, the Executive has timely notified the CEO of the Executive’s desire to extend the Executive’s employment, the Company will consider whether to offer the Executive an extension under this Agreement or a new Employment Agreement. If the Company decides in its sole and absolute discretion to offer the Executive an extension or a new Employment Agreement, the Company will notify the Executive accordingly (an "Extension Notice") not less than one hundred eighty (180) days prior to the expiration of the Term of Employment. If the Company timely provides


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an Extension Notice and the Executive and the Company enter into such extension (or a new Employment Agreement), the Initial Term hereof will be extended by such additional period of time set forth in the Extension Notice (each an "Extension"). If the Company timely provides an Extension Notice and offers the Executive an extension or a new Employment Agreement providing at least comparable terms to the Executive’s then current Employment Agreement but the Executive does not agree to enter into such extension or new Employment Agreement, such action shall be deemed to result in Executive’s Voluntary Termination as of the Term of Employment end date unless the Company determines otherwise in its sole and absolute discretion.
2.    Position and Duties. During the Term of Employment, the Executive shall serve as ___________________________. During the Term of Employment, the Executive may engage in outside activities provided (i) such activities (including but not limited to membership on boards of directors of not-for-profit and for-profit organizations) do not conflict with the Executive’s duties and responsibilities hereunder and (ii) the Executive obtains written approval from the Company’s Chief Executive Officer of any significant outside business activity in which the Executive plans to become involved, whether or not such activity is pursued for profit.
3.    Principal Place of Employment. The Executive shall be employed at the Company’s offices in ______________, CA, except for required travel on the Company’s business to an extent substantially consistent with present business travel obligations of the Executive’s position.
4.    Compensation and Related Matters.
(a)    Salary. During the Term of Employment, the Company shall pay to the Executive a salary at a rate of not less than ________________ ($_________) per annum. The Executive’s salary shall be payable in substantially equal installments in accordance with the Company’s normal payroll practices applicable to senior executives. Subject to the first sentence of this Section 4(a), the Executive’s salary may be adjusted from time to time in accordance with normal business practices of the Company.
(b)    Bonus. During the Term of Employment, the Executive shall be eligible to receive an annual bonus paid under the Company’s existing incentive bonus plan under which the Executive is eligible (which is currently the Incentive Compensation Plan) or any replacement plan that may subsequently be established and in effect during the Term of Employment. The current target annual bonus the Executive is eligible to earn upon achievement of 100% of all applicable performance targets under such incentive bonus plan is __% of the Executive’s then effective annual salary rate. Annual bonuses are not earned until the date any such bonus is paid in accordance with the terms of the applicable bonus plan. As such, the Executive’s termination for Cause or Voluntary Termination (as described in Sections 6(c) and 6(f), respectively) prior to the Company’s payment of the bonus for a fiscal year of the Company will cause the Executive to be ineligible for any annual bonus for that fiscal year or any pro-rata portion of such bonus.
(c) Expenses. During the Term of Employment, the Executive shall be entitled to receive prompt reimbursement for all reasonable expenses incurred by the Executive in performing


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services hereunder, including all reasonable expenses of travel and living while away from home, provided that such expenses are incurred and accounted for in accordance with the policies and procedures established by the Company.
(d) Benefits. During the Term of Employment, the Executive shall be entitled to participate in all of the Company’s employee benefit plans and arrangements in which senior executives of the Company are eligible to participate. The Company shall not make any changes in such plans or arrangements which would adversely affect the Executive’s rights or benefits thereunder, unless such change occurs pursuant to a program applicable to all senior executives of the Company and does not result in a proportionately greater reduction in the rights or benefits of the Executive as compared with any other similarly situated senior executive of the Company. The Executive shall be entitled to participate in, or receive benefits under, any employee benefit plan or arrangement made available by the Company in the future to its senior executives, subject to, and on a basis consistent with, the terms, conditions and overall administration of such plans and arrangements. Except as otherwise specifically provided herein, nothing paid to the Executive under any plan or arrangement presently in effect or made available in the future shall be in lieu of the salary or bonus otherwise payable under this Agreement.
(e) Vacations. During the Term of Employment, the Executive shall be entitled to __________ vacation days in each calendar year, determined in accordance with the Company’s vacation plan. The Executive shall also be entitled to all paid holidays given by the Company to its senior executives. Unused vacation days shall not be forfeited once they have been earned and, if still unused at the time of the Executive’s termination of employment with the Company, shall be promptly paid to the Executive at their then-current value, based on the Executive’s daily salary rate at the time of the Executive’s termination of employment.
(f)    Services Furnished. The Company shall furnish the Executive with office space and such services as are suitable to the Executive’s position and adequate for the performance of the Executive’s duties during the Term of Employment.
5.    Confidential Information and Intellectual Property.
(a)    Other than in the performance of the Executive’s duties hereunder, the Executive agrees not to use in any manner or disclose, distribute, publish, communicate or in any way cause to be used, disclosed, distributed, published, or communicated in any way or at any time, either while in the Company's employ or at any time thereafter, to any person not employed by the Company, or not engaged to render services to the Company, any Confidential Information (as defined below) obtained while in the employ of the Company.
(b)    Confidential Information includes any written or unwritten information which relates to and/or is used by the Company or its subsidiaries, affiliates or divisions, including, without limitation: (i) the names, addresses, buying habits and other special information regarding past, present and potential customers, employees and suppliers of the Company; (ii) customer and supplier contracts and transactions or price lists of the Company and suppliers; (iii) methods of distribution; (iv) all agreements, files, books, logs, charts, records, studies,


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reports, processes, schedules and statistical information; (v) data, figures, projections, estimates, pricing data, customer lists, buying manuals or procedures, distribution manuals or procedures, and other policy and procedure manuals or handbooks; (vi) supplier information, tax records, personnel histories and records, sales information and property information; (vii) information regarding the present or future phases of business; (viii) ideas, inventions, trademarks, business information, know-how, processes, techniques, improvements, designs, redesigns, creations, discoveries, trade secrets, and developments; (ix) all computer software licensed or developed by the Company or its subsidiaries, affiliates or divisions, computer programs, computer-based and web-based training programs, and systems; and (x) finances and financial information. However, Confidential Information will not include information of the Company or its subsidiaries, affiliates or divisions that (1) became or becomes a matter of public knowledge through sources independent of the Executive, (2) has been or is disclosed by the Company or its subsidiaries, affiliates or divisions without restriction on its use, or (3) has been or is required or specifically permitted to be disclosed by law or governmental order or regulation, provided that the disclosure does not exceed the extent of disclosure required by such law, order or regulation. The Executive shall provide prompt written notice of any such order to the Company’s CEO or his or her designee sufficiently in advance of making any disclosure to permit the Company to contest the order or seek confidentiality protections, as determined in the Company’s sole and absolute discretion. The Executive agrees that, if there is any reasonable doubt whether an item is public knowledge, the Executive will not regard the item as public knowledge until and unless the Company’s CEO confirms to the Executive that the information is public knowledge.
(c)    The provisions of this Section 5 shall not preclude the Executive from disclosing such information to the Executive's professional tax advisor or legal counsel solely to the extent necessary to the rendering of their professional services to the Executive if such individuals agree to keep such information confidential.
(d)    The Executive agrees that upon leaving the Company’s employ the Executive will remain reasonably available to answer questions from Company officers regarding the Executive’s former duties and responsibilities and the knowledge the Executive obtained in connection therewith.
(e)    The Executive agrees that upon leaving the Company's employ the Executive will not communicate directly or indirectly with, or give statements to, any member of the media (including print, television, radio or social media) relating to any matter (including pending or threatened lawsuits or administrative investigations) about which the Executive has knowledge or information (other than knowledge or information that is not Confidential Information) as a result of employment with the Company. The Executive further agrees to notify the CEO or his or her designee immediately after being contacted by any member of the media with respect to any matter affected by this section.
(f)    The Executive agrees that all information, inventions and discoveries, whether or not patented or patentable, protected by a copyright or copyrightable, or registered as a trademark or eligible to be registered as a trademark, made or conceived by the Executive, either alone or with others, at any time while employed by the Company, which arise out of such


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employment or is pertinent to any field of business or research in which, during such employment, the Company, its subsidiaries, affiliates or divisions is engaged or (if such is known to or ascertainable by the Executive) is considering engaging (“Intellectual Property”) shall (i) be and remain the sole property of the Company and the Executive shall not seek a patent or copyright or trademark protection with respect to such Intellectual Property without the prior consent of an authorized representative of the Company and (ii) be disclosed promptly to an authorized representative of the Company along with all information the Executive possesses with regard to possible applications and uses. Further, at the request of the Company, and without expense or additional compensation to the Executive, the Executive agrees to, during and after his or her employment, execute such documents and perform such other acts as the Company deems necessary to obtain, perfect, maintain, protect and enforce patents on such Intellectual Property in a jurisdiction or jurisdictions designated by the Company, and to assign and transfer to the Company or its designee all such Intellectual Property rights and all patent applications and patents relating thereto. The Executive hereby irrevocably grants the Company power of attorney to execute and deliver any such documents on the Executive’s behalf in his or her name and to do all other lawfully permitted acts to transfer the work product to the Company and further the transfer, issuance, prosecution, and maintenance of all Intellectual Property rights therein, to the full extent permitted by law, if the Executive does not promptly cooperate with the Company’s request (without limiting the rights of the Company shall have in such circumstances by operation of law). The power of attorney is coupled with an interest and shall not be affected by the Executive’s subsequent incapacity.
(g)    The Executive and the Company agree that the Executive intends all original works of authorship within the purview of the copyright laws of the United States authored or created by the Executive in the course of the Executive’s employment with the Company will be works for hire within the meaning of such copyright law.
(h)    Upon termination of the Executive’s employment, or at any time upon request of the Company, the Executive will (i) promptly return to the Company all Confidential Information and Intellectual Property, in any form, including but not limited to letters, memoranda, reports, notes, notebooks, books of account, drawings, prints, specifications, formulae, data printouts, microfilms, magnetic tapes, disks, recordings, documents, and all copies thereof, and (ii) delete or destroy all copies of any such documents and materials not returned to the Company that remain in the Executive’s possession or control, including those stored on any non-Company devices, networks, storage locations, and media in the Executive’s possession or control.
6.    Termination. The Executive’s employment may be terminated during the Term of Employment only as follows:
(a)    Death. The Executive’s employment shall terminate upon the Executive’s death.
(b)    Disability. If, as a result of the Executive’s Disability (as defined below), the Executive shall have been absent from the Executive’s duties hereunder on a full-time basis for the entire period of six consecutive months, and, within thirty days after written notice of termination


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is given by the Company (which may occur before or after the end of such six-month period), the Executive shall not have returned to the performance of the Executive’s duties hereunder on a full-time basis, the Executive’s employment shall terminate. For purposes of this Agreement, the term “Disability” shall have the same meaning as ascribed to such term under the Company's long-term disability plan in which Executive is participating; provided that in the absence of such plan (or the absence of Executive's participation in such plan), Disability shall mean Executive’s inability to substantially perform his or her duties hereunder due to a medically determinable physical or mental impairment which has lasted for a period of not less than one hundred twenty (120) consecutive days.
(c)    For Cause. The Company may terminate the Executive’s employment for Cause. For this purpose, “Cause” means the occurrence of any of the following (i) the Executive’s continuous failure to substantially perform the Executive’s duties hereunder (unless such failure is a result of a Disability as defined in Section 6(b)); (ii) the Executive’s theft, dishonesty, breach of fiduciary duty for personal profit or falsification of any documents of the Company; (iii) the Executive’s material failure to abide by the applicable code(s) of conduct or other policies (including, without limitation, policies relating to confidentiality and reasonable workplace conduct) of the Company; (iv) knowing or intentional misconduct by the Executive as a result of which the Company is required to prepare an accounting restatement; (v) the Executive’s unauthorized use, misappropriation, destruction or diversion of any tangible or intangible asset or corporate opportunity of the Company (including, without limitation, the Executive’s improper use or disclosure of confidential or proprietary information of the Company); (vi) any intentional misconduct or illegal or grossly negligent conduct by the Executive which is materially injurious to the Company monetarily or otherwise; (vii) any material breach by the Executive of the provisions of Section 9 [Certain Employment Obligations] of this Agreement; or (viii) the Executive’s conviction (including any plea of guilty or nolo contendere) of any criminal act involving fraud, dishonesty, misappropriation or moral turpitude, or which materially impairs the Executive’s ability to perform his or her duties with the Company. A termination for Cause shall not take effect unless: (1) the Executive is given written notice by the Company of its intention to terminate the Executive for Cause; (2) the notice specifically identifies the particular act or acts or failure or failures to act which are the basis for such termination; and (3) where practicable, the notice is given within sixty days of the Company’s learning of such act or acts or failure or failures to act.
(d)    Without Cause. The Company may terminate the Executive’s employment at any time Without Cause. A termination “Without Cause” is a termination by the Company of the Executive’s employment with the Company for any reasons other than the death or Disability of the Executive or the termination by the Company of the Executive for Cause as described in Section 6(c).
(e)    Termination by the Executive for Good Reason.
(i)    Termination Not in Connection with a Change in Control. At any time during the Term of Employment, other than within the period commencing one month prior to and ending twelve months following a Change in Control (as defined below in Section 8(e)(ii)), the Executive may terminate the Executive’s employment with the Company for “Good Reason,”


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which shall be deemed to occur if, within sixty days after receipt of written notice to the Company by the Executive of the occurrence of one or more of the following conditions, any of the following conditions have not been cured: (i) a failure by the Company to comply with any material provision of this Agreement (including but not limited to the reduction of the Executive’s salary or the target annual bonus opportunity set forth in Section 4(b)); (ii) a significant diminishment in the nature or scope of the authority, power, function or duty attached to the position which the Executive currently maintains without the express written consent of the Executive; provided, that the Executive’s employment may be transferred, assigned, or re-assigned to Ross Stores, Inc. or a division, affiliate or subsidiary of Ross Stores, Inc.; the division, affiliate or subsidiary with respect to which the Executive is performing services may be reorganized; and the Executive’s direct reports or the person or title of the person to whom the Executive reports may be changed; and no such transfer, assignment, re-assignment, reorganization or change shall constitute “Good Reason” for the Executive’s termination of employment under this Section 6(e)(i); or (iii) the relocation of the Executive’s Principal Place of Employment as described in Section 3 to a location that increases the regular one-way commute distance between the Executive’s residence and Principal Place of Employment by more than 25 miles without the Executive’s prior written consent. In order to constitute a termination of employment for Good Reason, the Executive must provide written notice to the Company of the existence of the condition giving rise to the Good Reason termination within sixty days of the initial existence of the condition, and in the event such condition is cured by the Company within sixty days from its receipt of such written notice, the termination shall not constitute a termination for Good Reason.
(ii)    Termination in Connection with a Change in Control. Within the period commencing a month prior to and ending twelve months following a Change in Control, the Executive may terminate the Executive’s employment with the Company for “Good Reason,” which shall be deemed to occur if, within sixty days after receipt of written notice to the Company by the Executive of the occurrence of one or more of the following conditions, any of the following conditions have not been cured: (i) a failure by the Company to comply with any provision of this Agreement (including, but not limited to, the reduction of the Executive’s salary, the target annual bonus opportunity or any other incentive opportunity, in each case, as of immediately prior to the Change in Control); (ii) a change in title, the nature or scope of the authority, power, function, responsibilities, reporting relationships or duty attached to the position which the Executive currently maintains without the express written consent of the Executive; (iii) the relocation of the Executive’s Principal Place of Employment as described in Section 3 to a location that increases the regular one-way commute distance between the Executive’s residence and Principal Place of Employment by more than 25 miles without the Executive’s prior written consent; (iv) a change in the benefits to which the Executive is entitled to immediately prior to the Change in Control; or (v) the failure of the Company to assign this Agreement to any successor to the Company. In order to constitute a termination of employment for Good Reason, the Executive must provide written notice to the Company of the existence of the condition giving rise to the Good Reason termination within sixty days of the initial existence of the condition, and in the event such condition is cured by the Company within sixty days from its receipt of such written notice, the termination shall not constitute a termination for Good Reason.


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(f)    Voluntary Termination. The Executive may voluntarily resign from the Executive’s employment with the Company at any time (a “Voluntary Termination”). A voluntary resignation from employment by the Executive for Good Reason pursuant to Section 6(e) shall not be deemed a Voluntary Termination.
(g)    Non-Renewal Termination. If the Company does not provide Executive an Extension Notice in accordance with Section 1(c), this Agreement shall automatically expire at the end of the then current Term of Employment (a “Non-Renewal Termination”).
7.    Notice and Effective Date of Termination.
(a)    Notice. Any termination of the Executive’s employment by the Company or by the Executive during the Term of Employment (other than as a result of the death of the Executive or a Non-Renewal Termination described in Section 6(g)) shall be communicated by written notice of termination to the other party hereto. Such notice shall indicate the specific termination provision in this Agreement relied upon and, except in the case of termination Without Cause and Voluntary Termination as described in Sections 6(d) and 6(f), respectively, shall set forth in reasonable detail the facts and circumstances claimed to provide a basis for termination of the Executive’s employment under that provision.
(b)    Date of Termination. The date of termination of the Executive’s employment shall be:
(i)    if the Executive’s employment is terminated due to the Executive’s death, the date of the Executive’s death;
(ii)    if the Executive’s employment is terminated due to Disability pursuant to Section 6(b), the date of termination shall be the last to occur of the 31st day following delivery of the notice of termination to the Executive by the Company or the end of the consecutive six-month period referred to in Section 6(b);
(iii)    if the Executive’s employment is terminated for any other reason by either party, the date on which a notice of termination is delivered to the other party or, in the event of the Company’s termination of the Executive, such date as the Company may specify in such notice; and
(iv)    if the Agreement expires pursuant to a Non-Renewal Termination described in Section 6(g), the parties’ employment relationship shall terminate on the last day of the then current Term of Employment without any notice.
8.    Compensation and Benefits Upon Termination.
(a)    Termination Due To Disability, Without Cause or For Good Reason. If the Executive’s employment terminates pursuant to Section 6(b) [Disability], Section 6(d) [Without Cause], or Section 6(e)(i) [Termination by Executive for Good Reason Not in Connection with a Change in Control], then, subject to Section 22 [Compliance with Section 409A], in addition to all


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salary, annual bonuses, expense reimbursements, benefits and accrued vacation days earned by the Executive pursuant to Section 4 through the date of the Executive’s termination of employment, the Executive shall be entitled to the compensation and benefits set forth in Sections 8(a)(i) through (vii), provided that within sixty days following the Executive’s termination of employment (i) the Executive has executed and delivered to the Company a general release of claims against the Company and its subsidiaries, affiliates, stockholders, directors, officers, employees, agents, successors and assigns in the current form approved by the Company and attached as Exhibit A (subject to any amendments required by law or regulation) (the “Release”), and (ii) the Release has become irrevocable:
(i)    Salary. Commencing on the sixtieth day after the date of the Executive's termination of employment, the Company shall continue to pay to the Executive the Executive’s salary, at the rate in effect immediately prior to such termination of employment, through the remainder of the Term of Employment then in effect; provided, however, that any such salary otherwise payable during the 60-day period immediately following the date of such termination of employment shall be paid to the Executive sixty days following such termination of employment.
(ii)    Bonus. The Company shall continue to pay to the Executive an annual bonus through the remainder of the Term of Employment then in effect; provided, however, that the amount of the annual bonus determined in accordance with this Section 8(a) (ii) for the fiscal year of the Company in which such Term of Employment ends shall be prorated on the basis of the number of days of such Term of Employment occurring within such fiscal year. The amount of each annual bonus payable pursuant to this Section 8(a)(ii), prior to any proration, shall be equal to the annual bonus that the Executive would have earned had no such termination under Section 8(a) occurred, contingent on the relevant annual bonus plan performance goals for the respective year having been obtained. However, in no case shall any such post-termination annual bonus exceed 100% of the Executive's target bonus for the fiscal year of the Company in which the Executive's termination of employment occurs. Such bonuses shall be paid on the later of the date they would otherwise be paid in accordance with the applicable Company bonus plan or sixty days after the date of the Executive's termination of employment.
(iii)    Stock Options. Stock options granted to the Executive by the Company and which remain outstanding immediately prior to the date of termination of the Executive’s employment, as provided in Section 7(b), shall remain outstanding until and shall immediately become vested in full upon the Release becoming irrevocable.
(iv)    Restricted Stock. Shares of restricted stock granted to the Executive by the Company, according to the terms of the Ross Stores, Inc. Restricted Stock Agreement, which have not become vested as of the date of termination of the Executive’s employment, as provided in Section 7(b), shall immediately become vested on a pro rata basis upon the Release becoming irrevocable. The number of such additional shares of restricted stock that shall become vested as of the date of the Executive’s termination of employment shall be that number of additional shares that would have become vested through the date of such termination of employment at the rate(s) determined under the vesting schedule applicable to such shares had such vesting schedule provided for the accrual of vesting on a daily basis (based on a 365 day year). The pro rata amount of shares


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vesting through the date of termination shall be calculated by multiplying the number of unvested shares scheduled to vest in each respective vesting year by the ratio of the number of days from the date of grant through the date of termination and the number of days from the date of grant through the original vesting date of the respective vesting tranche. Any shares of restricted stock remaining unvested after such pro rata acceleration of vesting shall automatically be reacquired by the Company in accordance with the provisions of the applicable restricted stock agreement, and the Executive shall have no further rights in such unvested portion of the restricted stock. In addition, the Company shall waive any reacquisition or repayment rights for dividends paid on restricted stock prior to Executive’s termination of employment.
(v)    Performance Share Awards. On the Performance Share Vesting Date (as defined in the Executive's Notice of Grant of Performance Shares and Performance Share Agreement from the Company (collectively the "Performance Share Agreement")) next following the Executive's date of termination of employment, the number of Performance Shares that shall become Vested Performance Shares (as defined in the Performance Share Agreement) shall be determined by multiplying (a) that number of shares of Company Common Stock subject to the Performance Share Agreement that would have become Vested Performance Shares had no such termination occurred; provided, however, in no case shall the number of Performance Shares that become Vested Performance Shares exceed 100% of the Target Number of Performance Shares set forth in the Performance Share Agreement by (b) the ratio of the number of full months of the Executive's employment with the Company during the Performance Period (as defined in the Performance Share Agreement) to the number of full months contained in the Performance Period. Vested Common Shares shall be issued in settlement of such Vested Performance Shares on the Settlement Date next following the date of the Executive’s termination of employment.
(vi)    Unvested Common Shares Issued in Settlement of Performance Share Awards. If the Executive terminates employment pursuant to Sections 6(b), 6(d) or 6(e)(i) after the Performance Share Vesting Date, the vesting of all Unvested Common Shares (as defined in the Performance Share Agreement) issued in settlement of the Performance Share Award shall be accelerated in full effective as of the date of such termination.
(vii)    Health Care Coverage. The Company shall continue to provide Executive with medical, dental, vision and mental health care coverage at or equivalent to the level of coverage that the Executive had at the time of the termination of employment (including coverage for the Executive’s dependents to the extent such dependents were covered immediately prior to such termination of employment) for the remainder of the Term of Employment, provided, however that in the event such coverage may no longer be extended to Executive following termination of Executive’s employment either by the terms of the Company’s health care plans or under then applicable law, the Company shall instead reimburse Executive for the amount equivalent to the Company’s cost of substantially equivalent health care coverage to Executive under ERISA Section 601 and thereafter and Section 4980B of the Internal Revenue Code (i.e., COBRA coverage) for a period not to exceed the lesser of (A) 18 months after the termination of Executive’s employment or (B) the remainder of the Term of Employment, and provided further that (1) any such health care coverage or reimbursement for health care coverage shall cease at such time that Executive


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becomes eligible for health care coverage through another employer and (2) any such reimbursement shall be made no later than the last day of the calendar year following the end of the calendar year with respect to which such coverage or reimbursement is provided. The Executive must notify the Company within five business days of becoming eligible for such other coverage and promptly repay the Company any benefits he or she received in error.
The Company shall have no further obligations to the Executive as a result of termination of employment described in this Section 8(a) except as set forth in Section 12.
(b)    Termination for Cause or Voluntary Termination. If the Executive’s employment terminates pursuant to Section 6(c) [For Cause] or Section 6(f) [Voluntary Termination], the Executive shall be entitled to receive only the salary, annual bonuses, expense reimbursements, benefits and accrued vacation days earned by the Executive pursuant to Section 4 through the date of the Executive’s termination of employment. Annual bonuses are not earned until the date any such bonus is paid in accordance with the terms of the applicable bonus plan. As such, the Executive shall not be entitled to any bonus not paid prior to the date of the Executive’s termination of employment, and the Executive shall not be entitled to any prorated bonus payment for the year in which the Executive’s employment terminates. Any stock options granted to the Executive by the Company shall continue to vest only through the date on which the Executive’s employment terminates, and unless otherwise provided by their terms, any restricted stock, performance share awards or other equity awards that were granted to the Executive by the Company that remain unvested as of the date on which the Executive’s employment terminates shall automatically be forfeited and the Executive shall have no further rights with respect to such awards. The Company shall have no further obligations to the Executive as a result of termination of employment described in this Section 8(b) except as set forth in Section 12.
(c)    Death. If the Executive’s employment terminates pursuant to Section 6(a) [Death], (i) the Executive’s designated beneficiary or the Executive’s estate shall be entitled to receive only the salary, expense reimbursements, benefits and accrued vacation earned by the Executive pursuant to Section 4 through the date of the Executive’s death; (ii) at the time payable under the applicable Company bonus plan, an annual bonus shall be paid to the Executive’s designated beneficiary or the Executive’s estate for the fiscal year of the Executive’s death based on the annual bonus that the Executive would have earned under the Company’s bonus plan for such fiscal year had the Executive not died, contingent on the relevant annual bonus plan performance goals for said year having been obtained, capped at 100% of the Executive’s target bonus for such fiscal year and pro-rated for the number of days the Executive is employed during such fiscal year until the Executive’s death; (iii) any restricted stock granted to the Executive by the Company on or after January 22, 2014 and at least 12 months before the date of the Executive’s death, and which remains unvested as of the date of the Executive’s death shall become fully vested as of such date of death and any restricted stock granted to the Executive by the Company prior to January 22, 2014 or within the 12-month period ending on the date of the Executive’s death that remains unvested as of the date of the Executive’s death shall automatically be forfeited and the Executive shall have no further rights with respect to such


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restricted stock; and (iv) the Company shall waive any reacquisition or repayment rights for dividends paid on restricted stock prior to the Executive’s death.
(i)    Performance Share Awards. On the Performance Share Vesting Date next following the Executive's date of death, the number of Performance Shares that shall become Vested Performance Shares shall be determined by multiplying (a) that number of shares of Company Common Stock subject to the Performance Share Agreement that would have become Vested Performance Shares had no such termination occurred; provided, however, in no case shall the number of Performance Shares that become Vested Performance Shares exceed 100% of the Target Number of Performance Shares set forth in the Performance Share Agreement, by (b) the ratio of the number of full months of the Executive's employment with the Company during the Performance Period (as defined in the Performance Share Agreement) to the number of full months contained in the Performance Period. Vested Common Shares shall be issued in settlement of such Vested Performance Shares on the Settlement Date next following the Executive’s date of death.
(ii)    Unvested Common Shares Issued in Settlement of Performance Share Awards. If the Executive dies after the Performance Share Vesting Date, the vesting of all Unvested Common Shares issued in settlement of the Performance Share Award shall be accelerated in full effective as of the date of such termination.
(d)    Non-Renewal Termination. If the Agreement expires as set forth in Section 6(g) [Non-Renewal Termination], then, subject to Section 22 [Compliance with Section 409A], in addition to all salary, annual bonuses, expense reimbursements, benefits and accrued vacation days earned by the Executive pursuant to Section 4 through the date of the Executive’s termination of employment, the Executive shall be entitled to the compensation set forth in Sections 8(d)(i) through (v), provided that within sixty days following the Executive’s termination of employment (i) the Executive has executed and delivered the Release to the Company, and (ii) the Release has become irrevocable:
(i)    Bonus. The Company shall pay the Executive an annual bonus for the fiscal year of the Company in which the date of the Executive’s termination of employment occurs, which shall be prorated for the number of days of such fiscal year that the Executive is employed by the Company. The amount of such annual bonus, prior to proration, shall be equal to the annual bonus that the Executive would have earned under the Company’s bonus plan for the fiscal year of the Company in which the Executive’s termination of employment occurs had the Executive remained in its employment, contingent on the relevant annual bonus plan performance goals for the year in which Executive terminates having been obtained. However, in no case shall any such post-termination annual bonus exceed 100% of the Executive's target bonus for the fiscal year of the Company in which the Executive's termination of employment occurs. Such bonus shall be paid on the later of the date they would otherwise be paid in accordance with the applicable Company bonus plan or sixty days after the date of the Executive's termination of employment.
(ii)    Stock Options. Stock options granted to the Executive by the Company and which remain outstanding immediately prior to the date of termination of the


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Executive’s employment, as provided in Section 7(b), shall remain outstanding until and shall immediately become vested in full upon the Release becoming irrevocable.
(iii)    Restricted Stock. Shares of restricted stock granted to the Executive by the Company which have not become vested as of the date of termination of the Executive’s employment, as provided in Section 7(b), shall immediately become vested on a pro rata basis upon the Release becoming irrevocable. The number of such additional shares of restricted stock that shall become vested as of the date of the Executive’s termination of employment shall be that number of additional shares that would have become vested through the date of such termination of employment at the rate(s) determined under the vesting schedule applicable to such shares had such vesting schedule provided for the accrual of vesting on a daily basis (based on a 365-day year). The pro rata amount of shares vesting through the date of non-renewal shall be calculated by multiplying the number of unvested shares scheduled to vest in each respective vesting year by the ratio of the number of days from the date of grant through the date of non-renewal, and the number of days from the date of grant through the original vesting date of the respective vesting tranche. Any shares of restricted stock remaining unvested after such pro rata acceleration of vesting shall automatically be reacquired by the Company in accordance with the provisions of the applicable restricted stock agreement, and the Executive shall have no further rights in such unvested portion of the restricted stock. In addition, the Company shall waive any reacquisition or repayment rights for dividends paid on restricted stock prior to Executive’s termination of employment.
(iv)    Performance Share Awards. On the Performance Share Vesting Date on or next following the Executive's date of termination of employment, the number of Performance Shares that shall become Vested Performance Shares shall be determined by multiplying (a) that number of shares of Company Common Stock subject to the Performance Share Agreement that would have become Vested Performance Shares had no such termination occurred; provided, however, in no case shall the number of Performance Shares that become Vested Performance Shares exceed 100% of the Target Number of Performance Shares set forth in the Performance Share Agreement, by (b) the ratio of the number of full months of the Executive's employment with the Company during the Performance Period (as defined in the Performance Share Agreement) to the number of full months contained in the Performance Period. Vested Common Shares shall be issued in settlement of such Vested Performance Shares on the Settlement Date next following the date of the Executive’s termination of employment.
(v)    Unvested Common Shares Issued in Settlement of Performance Share Awards. If the Executive terminates employment pursuant to Section 6(g) after the Performance Share Vesting Date, the vesting of all Unvested Common Shares issued in settlement of the Performance Share Award shall be accelerated in full effective as of the date of such termination.
(e)    Special Change in Control Provisions.
(i)    Termination of Employment in Connection with a Change in Control. If the Executive’s employment is terminated either by the Company Without Cause (as defined in Section 6(d)) or by the Executive for Good Reason (as defined in Section 6(e)(ii)), in


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either case within the period commencing one month prior to and ending twelve months following a Change in Control, then, subject to Section 22 [Compliance with Section 409A], the Executive shall be entitled to the compensation and benefits set forth in Sections 8(e)(i)(a) through (e) (in addition to any other payments or benefits provided under this Agreement), provided that within sixty days following the Executive’s termination of employment (i) the Executive has executed and delivered the Release to the Company, and (ii) the Release has become irrevocable:
a.    Salary. The Executive shall be entitled to a cash payment equal to 2.99 times the Executive’s then-current annual base salary, which shall be paid to the Executive sixty days following such termination of employment. The payment under this Section 8(e)(i)(a) shall take the place of any payment under Section 8(a)(i) and the Executive shall not be entitled to receive a payment under Section 8(a)(i) if the Executive is entitled to a payment under this Section 8(e)(i)(a).
b.    Bonus. The Executive shall be entitled to a cash payment equal to 2.99 times the Executive’s target annual bonus for the Company’s fiscal year then in effect on the date termination of employment occurs, which shall be paid to the Executive sixty days following such termination of employment. The payment under this Section 8(e)(i)(b) shall take the place of any payment under Section 8(a)(ii) and the Executive shall not be entitled to receive a payment under Section 8(a)(ii) if the Executive is entitled to a payment under this Section 8(e)(i)(b).     
c.    Equity. All shares of restricted stock granted to the Executive by the Company shall become vested in full upon the termination. Additionally, if the termination occurs prior to the Performance Share Vesting Date, the vesting of 100% of the Target Number of Performance Shares shall be accelerated and such Performance Shares shall be deemed Vested Performance Shares effective as of the date of the termination. The vesting of all Unvested Common Shares issued in settlement of the Performance Share Award shall be accelerated in full effective as of the date of such termination. Except as set forth in this Section 8(e)(i)(c), the treatment of stock options, performance share awards and all other equity awards granted to the Executive by the Company that remain outstanding immediately prior to the date of such Change in Control shall be determined in accordance with their terms.
d.    Estate Planning. The Executive shall be entitled to reimbursement of the Executive’s estate planning expenses (including attorneys’ fees) on the same basis, if any, as to which the Executive was entitled to such reimbursements immediately prior to such termination of employment for the remainder of the Term of Employment then in effect.
e.    Health Care Coverage. The Company shall continue to provide Executive with medical, dental, vision and mental health care coverage at or equivalent to the level of coverage which the Executive had at the time of the termination of employment (including coverage for the Executive’s dependents to the extent such dependents were covered immediately prior to such termination of employment) for the remainder of the Term of Employment; provided, however that in the event such coverage may no longer be extended to Executive following termination of Executive’s employment either by the terms of the Company’s health care


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plans or under then applicable law, the Company shall instead reimburse Executive for Executive’s cost of substantially equivalent health care coverage available to Executive under ERISA Section 601 and thereafter and Section 4980B of the Internal Revenue Code (i.e., COBRA coverage) for a period not to exceed 18 months after the termination of Executive’s employment; and provided further that (1) any such health care coverage or reimbursement for health care coverage shall cease at such time that Executive becomes eligible for health care coverage through another employer and (2) any such reimbursement shall be made by the last day of the calendar year following the end of the calendar year with respect to which such coverage or reimbursement is provided. The Executive must notify the Company within five business days of becoming eligible for such other coverage and promptly repay the Company any benefits he or she received in error.
(ii)    Change in Control Defined.Change in Control” means the occurrence of any one or more of the following with respect to the Company:
(1)    any “person” (as such term is used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (“Exchange Act”)) acquires during a twelve-month period ending on the date of the most recent acquisition by such person, in one or a series of transactions, “beneficial ownership” (as such term is defined in Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act), directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing thirty-five percent (35%) or more of the total combined voting power of the Company’s then-outstanding securities entitled to vote generally in the election of directors; provided, however, that a Change in Control shall not be deemed to have occurred if such degree of beneficial ownership results from any of the following: (A) an acquisition by any person who, on the Effective Date of the then current Equity Incentive Plan, is the beneficial owner of thirty-five percent (35%) or more of such voting power; (B) any acquisition directly from the Company, including, without limitation, pursuant to or in connection with a public offering of securities; (C) any acquisition by the Company; (D) any acquisition by a trustee or other fiduciary under an employee benefit plan of the Company; or (E) any acquisition by an entity owned directly or indirectly by the stockholders of the Company in substantially the same proportions as their ownership of the voting securities of the Company; or    
(2)    any of the following events (“Ownership Change Event”) or series of related Ownership Change Events (collectively, a “Transaction”): (A) the direct or indirect sale or exchange in a single or series of related transactions by the stockholders of the Company of securities of the Company representing more than fifty percent (50%) of the combined voting power of the Company’s then outstanding securities then entitled to vote generally in the election of directors; (B) a merger or consolidation in which the Company is a party; or (C) the sale, exchange, or transfer of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company (other than a sale, exchange, or transfer to one or more subsidiaries of the Company), provided that with respect to any such Transaction the stockholders of the Company immediately before the Transaction do not retain immediately after such Transaction direct or indirect beneficial ownership of more than fifty percent (50%) of the total combined voting power of the outstanding securities entitled to vote generally in the election of directors or, in the Ownership Change Event described in clause (C), the entity to which the assets of the Company were transferred (the “Transferee”), as the case may be; or


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(3)    a date specified by the Compensation Committee of the Board following approval by the stockholders of a plan of complete liquidation or dissolution of the Company. For purposes of the preceding sentence, indirect beneficial ownership shall include, without limitation, an interest resulting from ownership of the voting securities of one or more corporations or other business entities which own the Company or the Transferee, as the case may be, either directly or indirectly or through one or more subsidiary corporations or other business entities. The Committee shall determine whether multiple events described in clauses (1), (2), or (3) are related and to be treated in the aggregate as a single Change in Control, and its determination shall be final, binding and conclusive.
(iii)    Excise Tax - Best After-Tax Result. In the event that any payment or benefit received or to be received by Executive pursuant to this Agreement or otherwise (“Payments”) would (a) constitute a “parachute payment” within the meaning of Section 280G of the Code and (b) but for this section, be subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code, any successor provisions, or any comparable federal, state, local or foreign excise tax (“Excise Tax”), then, subject to the provisions of Section 8(e)(iv), such Payments shall be either (1) provided in full pursuant to the terms of this Agreement or any other applicable agreement, or (2) provided as to such lesser extent which would result in no portion of such Payments being subject to the Excise Tax (“Reduced Amount”), whichever of the foregoing amounts, taking into account the applicable federal, state, local and foreign income, employment and other taxes and the Excise Tax (including, without limitation, any interest or penalties on such taxes), results in the receipt by Executive, on an after-tax basis, of the greatest amount of payments and benefits provided for hereunder or otherwise, notwithstanding that all or some portion of such Payments may be subject to the Excise Tax. If Executive’s payments or benefits are delivered to a lesser extent in accordance with this clause (2) above, then Executive’s aggregate benefits shall be reduced in the following order: (i) cash severance pay that is exempt from Section 409A; (ii) any other cash severance pay; (iii) reimbursement payments under Section 4(c), above; (iv) any restricted stock; (v) any equity awards other than restricted stock and stock options; and (vi) stock options. Unless the Company and Executive otherwise agree in writing, any determination required under this Section shall be made by an independent advisor designated by the Company and reasonably acceptable to Executive (“Independent Advisor”), whose determination shall be conclusive and binding upon Executive and the Company for all purposes. For purposes of making the calculations required under this Section, Independent Advisor may make reasonable assumptions and approximations concerning applicable taxes and may rely on reasonable, good faith interpretations concerning the application of Sections 280G and 4999 of the Code; provided that Independent Advisor shall assume that Executive pays all taxes at the highest marginal rate. The Company and Executive shall furnish to Independent Advisor such information and documents as Independent Advisor may reasonably request in order to make a determination under this Section. The Company shall bear all costs that Independent Advisor may incur in connection with any calculations contemplated by this Section. In the event that this Section 8(e)(iii) applies, then based on the information provided to Executive and the Company by Independent Advisor, Executive may, in Executive’s sole discretion and within thirty days of the date on which Executive is provided with the information prepared by Independent Advisor, determine which and how much of the Payments (including the accelerated vesting of equity compensation awards) to be otherwise received by Executive shall be eliminated or reduced


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