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UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
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Form 8-K

CURRENT REPORT
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

Date of report (date of earliest event reported):
August 23, 2018

ROSS STORES, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
 
 
 
 
Delaware
 
0-14678 
 
94-1390387
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
 
(Commission File No.)
 
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

5130 Hacienda Drive, Dublin, California 94568
(Address of principal executive offices)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:
(925) 965-4400
 
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):
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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

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






Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
On August 23, 2018, the Company issued a press release regarding the Company’s financial results for its fiscal quarter ended August 4, 2018. The full text of the Company’s press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.
The information furnished with this Item 2.02, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed "filed" for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d)    Exhibits.
Exhibit
 No.

 
Description

99.1
 
 




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 hereunto duly authorized.

Date: August 23, 2018


ROSS STORES, INC.
Registrant


By: /s/Michael J. Hartshorn    
Michael Hartshorn
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
and Principal Accounting Officer



Exhibit
    

Exhibit 99.1
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Michael Hartshorn
 
Connie Kao
 
 
Executive Vice President,
 
Vice President, Investor Relations
 
 
Chief Financial Officer
 
(925) 965-4668
 
 
(925) 965-4503
 
connie.kao@ros.com
 


ROSS STORES REPORTS SECOND QUARTER EARNINGS,
PROVIDES SECOND HALF 2018 GUIDANCE AND
INCREASES LONG-TERM STORE GROWTH POTENTIAL


Dublin, California, August 23, 2018 -- Ross Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq: ROST) today reported earnings per share for the second quarter ended August 4, 2018 of $1.04, up from $.82 last year. Net earnings grew to $389 million, compared to $317 million in the prior year. Sales rose 9% to $3.7 billion, with comparable store sales up 5% over the 13 weeks ended August 5, 2017. This is on top of a 4% increase in same store sales for the 13 weeks ended July 29, 2017.

For the six months ended August 4, 2018, earnings per share were $2.15, up from $1.64 last year. Net earnings were $808 million versus $638 million in the first half of 2017. Sales for the first six months of 2018 rose 9% to $7.3 billion, with comparable store sales up 4% over the 26 weeks ended August 5, 2017. This compares to a same store sales gain of 4% for the 26 weeks ended July 29, 2017. Both the second quarter and year-to-date earnings results include the benefit of tax reform legislation.

Barbara Rentler, Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are pleased with the above-plan growth we delivered in both sales and earnings in the second quarter. Though better than expected, operating margin of 13.8% was down from last year as higher merchandise margin and leverage on occupancy and buying costs were more than offset by a combination of unfavorable timing of packaway-related expenses, higher freight costs, and this year’s wage investments.”

Ms. Rentler continued, “During the second quarter and first six months of fiscal 2018, we repurchased 3.2 million and 6.5 million shares of common stock, respectively, for an aggregate price of $273 million in the quarter and $529 million year-to-date. As planned, we expect to buy back a total of $1.075 billion in common stock during fiscal 2018.”







Looking ahead to the second half, Ms. Rentler said, “While we hope to do better, given our robust multi-year comparisons, we continue to forecast same store sales to grow 1% to 2% for both third and fourth quarters. If sales perform in line with this guidance, earnings per share for the third quarter ending November 3, 2018 are forecasted to be $.84 to $.88, up from $.72 a year ago. For the 13 weeks ending February 2, 2019, earnings per share are projected to be $1.02 to $1.07 versus $1.19 for the 14 weeks ended February 3, 2018. Last year’s fourth quarter included a per share benefit of $.14 from a one-time revaluation of deferred taxes and $.10 from the 53rd week. Based on our first half results and second half guidance, earnings per share for the 52 weeks ending February 2, 2019 are now planned to be in the range of $4.01 to $4.10.”

Commenting on the Company’s future expansion prospects, Ms. Rentler said, “We are excited to announce that we have raised our long-term projected store potential to 3,000 locations, up from the previous target of 2,500. This is based on our research that indicates we can now further increase penetration in both existing and new markets. As a result, we believe that Ross Dress for Less can grow to about 2,400 locations across the country, up from our prior target of 2,000, and that dd’s DISCOUNTS can ultimately become a chain of approximately 600 stores, versus our previous projection of 500. This higher store potential provides us with a considerable amount of long-term growth opportunities given our current store base of 1,453 Ross Dress for Less and 227 dd’s DISCOUNTS.”

The Company will host a conference call on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 4:15 p.m. Eastern time to provide additional details concerning its second quarter results and management’s outlook for the remainder of the year. A real-time audio webcast of the conference call will be available in the Investors section of the Company’s website, located at www.rossstores.com. An audio playback will be available at 404-537-3406, PIN #6066259 until 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on August 30, 2018, as well as on the Company’s website.
















Forward-Looking Statements:  This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding expected sales, earnings levels, new store growth opportunity, and other financial results in future periods that are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause our actual results to differ materially from management’s current expectations. The words “plan,” “expect,” “target,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “believe,” “forecast,” “projected,” “guidance,” “outlook,” “looking ahead” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Risk factors for Ross Dress for Less® (“Ross”) and dd’s DISCOUNTS® include without limitation, competitive pressures in the apparel or home-related merchandise retailing industry; changes in the level of consumer spending on or preferences for apparel and home-related merchandise; market availability, quantity, and quality of attractive brand name merchandise at desirable discounts and our buyers’ ability to purchase merchandise that enables us to offer customers a wide assortment of merchandise at competitive prices; impacts from the macro-economic environment, financial and credit markets, and geopolitical conditions that affect consumer confidence and consumer disposable income; our ability to continually attract, train, and retain associates to execute our off-price strategies; unseasonable weather that may affect shopping patterns and consumer demand for seasonal apparel and other merchandise, and may result in temporary store closures and disruptions in deliveries of merchandise to our stores; potential 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; potential disruptions in our supply chain or information systems; 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; our ability to effectively manage our inventories, markdowns, and inventory shortage to achieve planned gross margin; changes in U.S. tax or tariff policy regarding apparel and home-related merchandise produced in other countries that could adversely affect our business; volatility in revenues and earnings; an adverse outcome in various legal, regulatory, or tax matters; a natural or man-made disaster in California or in another region where we have a concentration of stores, offices, or a distribution center; unexpected issues or costs from expanding in existing markets and entering new geographic markets; obtaining acceptable new store sites with favorable consumer demographics; damage to our corporate reputation or brands; effectively advertising and marketing our brands; issues from selling and importing merchandise produced in other countries; and maintaining sufficient liquidity to support our continuing operations, new store and distribution center growth plans, and stock repurchase and dividend programs. Other risk factors are set forth in our SEC filings including without limitation, the Form 10-K for fiscal 2017, and Form 10-Q and Form 8-Ks for fiscal 2018.  The factors underlying our forecasts are dynamic and subject to change.  As a result, our forecasts speak only as of the date they are given and do not necessarily reflect our outlook at any other point in time.  We do not undertake to update or revise these forward-looking statements.


Ross Stores, Inc. is an S&P 500, Fortune 500, and Nasdaq 100 (ROST) company headquartered in Dublin, California, with fiscal 2017 revenues of $14.1 billion. The Company operates Ross Dress for Less® (“Ross”), the largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States with 1,453 locations in 38 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam as of August 4, 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. The Company also operates 227 dd’s DISCOUNTS® in 18 states as of August 4, 2018 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. Additional information is available at www.rossstores.com.


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Ross Stores, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
Six Months Ended
($000, except stores and per share data, unaudited)
 
 
August 4, 2018

 
July 29, 2017

 
August 4, 2018

 
July 29, 2017

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sales
 
 
$
3,737,926

 
$
3,431,603

 
$
7,326,545

 
$
6,738,032

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Costs and Expenses
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cost of goods sold
 
 
2,666,983

 
2,420,942

 
5,189,202

 
4,750,908

 
Selling, general and administrative
 
 
554,581

 
498,276

 
1,079,004

 
973,095

 
Interest (income) expense, net
 
 
(1,393
)
 
2,341

 
(1,896
)
 
5,510

 
 
Total costs and expenses
 
 
3,220,171

 
2,921,559

 
6,266,310

 
5,729,513

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Earnings before taxes
 
 
517,755

 
510,044

 
1,060,235

 
1,008,519

Provision for taxes on earnings
 
 
128,351

 
193,505

 
252,579

 
370,962

Net earnings
 
 
$
389,404

 
$
316,539

 
$
807,656

 
$
637,557

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Earnings per share
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
 
$
1.05

 
$
0.83

 
$
2.17

 
$
1.66

 
Diluted
 
 
$
1.04

 
$
0.82

 
$
2.15

 
$
1.64

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted average shares outstanding (000)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
 
371,031

 
383,011

 
372,414

 
384,722

 
Diluted
 
 
373,717

 
385,571

 
375,336

 
387,657

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dividends
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash dividends declared per share
 
 
$
0.225

 
$
0.160

 
$
0.450

 
$
0.320

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stores open at end of period
 
 
1,680

 
1,589

 
1,680

 
1,589

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 






Ross Stores, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
($000, unaudited)
 
August 4, 2018

 
July 29, 2017

Assets
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Current Assets
 
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
1,386,935

 
$
1,150,932

 
Accounts receivable
 
121,508

 
103,359

 
Merchandise inventory
 
1,698,390

 
1,608,333

 
Prepaid expenses and other
 
172,822

 
141,793

 
 
Total current assets
 
3,379,655

 
3,004,417

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Property and equipment, net
 
2,384,301

 
2,327,113

Long-term investments
 
709

 
1,259

Other long-term assets
 
199,091

 
181,690

Total assets
 
$
5,963,756

 
$
5,514,479

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Current Liabilities
 
 
 
 
 
Accounts payable
 
$
1,184,422

 
$
1,172,847

 
Accrued expenses and other
 
427,875

 
411,083

 
Accrued payroll and benefits
 
280,861

 
245,031

 
Current portion of long-term debt
 
84,989

 

 
 
Total current liabilities
 
1,978,147

 
1,828,961

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Long-term debt
 
312,217

 
396,729

Other long-term liabilities
 
374,587

 
319,770

Deferred income taxes
 
114,195

 
129,135

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Commitments and contingencies
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stockholders’ Equity
 
3,184,610

 
2,839,884

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity
 
$
5,963,756

 
$
5,514,479

 
 
 
 
 
 
 






Ross Stores, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Six Months Ended
($000, unaudited)
 
August 4, 2018

 
July 29, 2017 1

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash Flows From Operating Activities
 
 
 
 
Net earnings
 
$
807,656

 
$
637,557

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash
 
 
 
 
provided by operating activities:
 
 
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
 
162,403

 
150,905

 
Stock-based compensation
 
47,580

 
42,719

 
Deferred income taxes
 
21,664

 
8,426

 
Change in assets and liabilities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Merchandise inventory
 
(56,654
)
 
(95,447
)
 
 
Other current assets
 
(75,762
)
 
(56,520
)
 
 
Accounts payable
 
122,008

 
154,828

 
 
Other current liabilities
 
(29,348
)
 
(59,104
)
 
 
Other long-term, net
 
14,637

 
14,595

 
 
Net cash provided by operating activities
 
1,014,184

 
797,959

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash Flows From Investing Activities
 
 
 
 
Additions to property and equipment
 
(178,635
)
 
(169,316
)
Proceeds from investments
 
505

 

 
 
Net cash used in investing activities
 
(178,130
)
 
(169,316
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash Flows From Financing Activities
 
 
 
 
Issuance of common stock related to stock plans
 
9,817

 
9,157

Treasury stock purchased
 
(51,061
)
 
(43,163
)
Repurchase of common stock
 
(528,580
)
 
(430,085
)
Dividends paid
 
(169,971
)
 
(124,962
)
 
 
Net cash used in financing activities
 
(739,795
)
 
(589,053
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net increase in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash and cash equivalents
 
96,259

 
39,590

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

 
1,176,180

 
 
End of period
 
$
1,449,531

 
$
1,215,770

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reconciliations:
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
1,386,935

 
$
1,150,932

Restricted cash and cash equivalents included in prepaid expenses and other
 
8,961

 
12,990

Restricted cash and cash equivalents included in other long-term assets
 
53,635

 
51,848

Total cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash and cash equivalents:

 
$
1,449,531

 
$
1,215,770

 
 
 
 
 
Supplemental Cash Flow Disclosures
 
 
 
 
Interest paid
 
$
9,053

 
$
9,053

Income taxes paid
 
$
232,528

 
$
379,154

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.