10-K 1 d10k.htm FORM 10-K Form 10-K
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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 10-K

 

 

(Mark One)

 

x Annual Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 For the Fiscal Year Ended: January 29, 2011

or

 

¨ 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: 1-13113

 

SAKS INCORPORATED

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Tennessee   62-0331040
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)   (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

12 East 49th Street

New York, New York

  10017
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (212) 940-5305

 

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class

 

Name of each Exchange on which registered

Common Shares, par value $0.10   New York Stock Exchange

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None

 

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.    Yes  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.    Yes  ¨    No  x

Indicate by check mark if 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  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule-405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of the registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.    ¨

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

Large accelerated filer  x        Accelerated filer  ¨        Non-accelerated filer  ¨        Smaller reporting company  ¨

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

The aggregate market value of the voting stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant as of July 30, 2010 (the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter) was approximately $1,321,223,461.

As of March 11, 2011, the number of shares of the registrant’s Common Stock outstanding was 163,051,551.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

Applicable portions of the Saks Incorporated Proxy Statement for the 2011 Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on June 1, 2011 are incorporated by reference into Part III of this Form 10-K.

 

 

 


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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

PART I

  

Item 1.

 

Business

     2   

Item 1A.

 

Risk Factors

     7   

Item 1B.

 

Unresolved Staff Comments

     11   
 

Executive Officers of the Registrant

     12   

Item 2.

 

Properties

     13   

Item 3.

 

Legal Proceedings

     15   

PART II

  

Item 5.

 

Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

     16   

Item 6.

 

Selected Financial Data

     19   

Item 7.

 

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

     20   

Item 7A.

 

Quantitative And Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

     38   

Item 8.

 

Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

     38   

Item 9.

 

Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

     38   

Item 9A.

 

Controls and Procedures

     38   

Item 9B.

 

Other Information

     39   

PART III

  

Item 10.

 

Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

     40   

Item 11.

 

Executive Compensation

     40   

Item 12.

 

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

     40   

Item 13.

 

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

     40   

Item 14.

 

Principal Accounting Fees and Services

     40   

PART IV

  

Item 15.

 

Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules

     41   

SIGNATURES

     42   

EXHIBIT INDEX

     43   

INDEX TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

     F-1   

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

     F-2   

Consolidated Statements of Income

     F-3   

Consolidated Balance Sheets

     F-4   

Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity

     F-5   

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

     F-6   

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

     F-7   

Financial Statement Schedule

  

Schedule II—Valuation and Qualifying Accounts

     F-44   

 

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PART I

Item 1. Business.

General

The operations of Saks Incorporated, a Tennessee corporation first incorporated in 1919, and its subsidiaries (together the “Company”) consist of Saks Fifth Avenue (“SFA”), Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH (“OFF 5TH”), and SFA’s e-commerce operations (“Saks Direct”).

The Company is primarily a fashion retail organization offering a wide assortment of distinctive luxury fashion apparel, shoes, accessories, jewelry, cosmetics, and gifts. SFA stores are principally free-standing stores in exclusive shopping destinations or anchor stores in upscale regional malls. Customers may also purchase SFA products online at saks.com or by catalog. OFF 5TH is intended to be the premier luxury off-price retailer in the United States. OFF 5TH stores are primarily located in upscale mixed-use and off-price centers and offer luxury apparel, shoes, and accessories, targeting the value-conscious customer. As of January 29, 2011, the Company operated 47 SFA stores with a total of approximately 5.5 million square feet and 57 OFF 5TH stores with a total of approximately 1.6 million square feet.

Merchandising, sales promotion, and store operating support functions reside in New York, New York. The back office sales support functions for the Company, such as accounting, credit card administration, store planning, and information technology, are located principally in the Company’s operations center in Jackson, Mississippi or in the SFA corporate offices in New York City.

The Company’s fiscal year ends on the Saturday closest to January 31. Fiscal years 2010, 2009, and 2008 each contained 52 weeks and ended on January 29, 2011 (“2010”), January 30, 2010 (“2009”), and January 31, 2009 (“2008”), respectively.

Merchandising

The Company’s stores and e-commerce operations carry luxury merchandise from both core vendors and new and emerging designers, supplemented with select private brand offerings. The Company has key relationships with the leading American and European fashion houses, including Giorgio Armani, Chanel, Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, St. John, Zegna, Theory, Cartier, David Yurman, Hugo Boss, Elie Tahari, Tory Burch, Ralph Lauren, Akris and Burberry, among many others.

The Company has developed a knowledge of each of its trade areas and customer bases for its operations. This knowledge is gained through use of on-line merchandise information, store visits by senior management and merchandising personnel, and frequent communication between merchandising staff and store management. The Company strives to tailor each store’s merchandise assortment to the characteristics of its trade areas and customer bases and to the lifestyle needs of its local customers.

Certain departments in the Company’s SFA stores are leased to independent companies in order to provide high quality service and merchandise where specialization and expertise are critical. The leased departments are designed to complement the Company’s owned merchandising departments. The principal leased departments in the SFA stores are furs and certain designer handbags. The terms of the lease agreements typically are between one and seven years and may require the lessee to pay for a portion of the fixtures and provide its own employees. Management regularly evaluates the performance of the leased departments and requires compliance with established customer service guidelines.

 

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For the year ended January 29, 2011, the Company’s percentages of owned sales (exclusive of sales generated by leased departments) by major merchandise category were as follows:

 

Women's Apparel

     37.5

Accessories

     18.9

Cosmetics

     12.1

Men's Apparel

     15.2

Women's Shoes

     12.8

Other

     3.5
        

Total

     100.0
        

Inventory Purchasing and Distribution

Consistent with practices in the retail industry, the Company purchases merchandise assortments and volumes to coincide with the seasonality of the business and expected customer demand. Retailers typically purchase and receive larger amounts of merchandise in the fall as they prepare for the holiday shopping season (primarily November and December).

The Company purchases merchandise from many vendors. Management monitors profitability and sales history with vendors and believes it has alternative sources available for each category of merchandise it purchases. Management believes it maintains good relationships with its vendors.

The Company has two distribution facilities serving its stores. Refer to “Item 2. Properties” for additional information about these facilities.

The Company’s distribution facilities operate on a modern warehouse management system that leverages electronic data interchange (“EDI”) technology in conjunction with high-speed automated conveyor systems in order to receive and distribute merchandise as economically as possible to the Company’s stores. Many of the Company’s vendors also utilize EDI technology which permits merchandise to be ‘cross docked’ from the receiving department to the shipping department, with very little handling. The distribution centers also use efficient radio frequency hand-held devices to scan barcodes on merchandise that is too large or fragile for the conveyor system. The warehouse management system is interfaced to the Company’s mainframe to execute ‘booking’ of the merchandise to the stores and to pass the appropriate records to accounting for invoice payment and reconciliation.

In 2010, the Company installed an advanced robotics system for receiving and fulfilling Saks Direct orders in its primary distribution facility located in Aberdeen, Maryland. The automation provided by the robotics system has significantly increased productivity, improved space utilization, and improved customer service. Approximately 40% of Saks Direct’s orders were being fulfilled on the new system by the end of 2010; the system is expected to be fully operational by mid-2011.

Return Policy

The Company offers its customers a fair and liberal return policy, consistent with other luxury retailers, at SFA stores, OFF 5TH stores, and online at saks.com. Approximately 22% of merchandise sold is later returned, and a large percentage of merchandise returns occur within a matter of days of the selling transaction. The Company uses historical return patterns to estimate expected returns.

Information Technology

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improve efficiency and productivity. Between 2006 and 2009, the Company completed significant upgrades to its merchandising planning and allocation systems and installed new point-of-sale equipment and software with enhanced clienteling capabilities in each of its SFA stores. In 2010, the Company made significant investments in demand chain management systems, focused on improving the allocation of merchandise to the stores and also investing in an advanced robotics system for receiving and fulfilling Saks Direct orders.

The Company’s information systems provide information deemed necessary for management operating decisions, cost management programs, and customer service enhancements. Individual data processing systems include point-of-sale and sales reporting, purchase order management, receiving, merchandise planning and control, payroll, human resources, general ledger, and accounts payable systems. Bar code ticketing is used, and scanning is utilized at point-of-sale terminals. Information is made available on Company systems to merchandising staff and store management on a timely basis.

The use of EDI technology allows the Company to speed the flow of information and merchandise in an attempt to capitalize on emerging sales trends, maximize inventory turnover, and minimize out-of-stock conditions. EDI technology includes an advance shipping notice system (“ASN”). The ASN system identifies discrepancies between merchandise that is ready to be shipped from a supplier’s warehouse and that which was ordered from the supplier. This early identification provides the Company with a window of time to resolve any discrepancies in order to speed merchandise through the distribution facilities and into its stores.

Marketing

The Company’s marketing principally emphasizes the latest fashion trends in luxury merchandise and primarily utilizes direct mail (catalogs) and targeted email advertising, supplemented with national and local marketing efforts. To promote its image as one of the primary sources of luxury goods in its trade areas, the Company sponsors numerous fashion shows and in-store special events highlighting the designers represented in the Company’s stores. The Company also participates in “cause-related” marketing. This includes special in-store events and related advertising designed to drive store traffic, while raising funds for charitable organizations and causes such as women’s cancer research. The Company’s in-house marketing and sales promotion staff work with outside agencies to produce the Company’s marketing materials and campaigns.

The Company utilizes data captured through the use of proprietary credit cards offered by HSBC Bank Nevada, N.A. (“HSBC”) to develop advertising and promotional events targeted at specific customers who have purchasing patterns for certain brands, departments, and store locations.

Proprietary Credit Cards

HSBC offers proprietary credit card accounts to the Company’s customers. In April 2003, the Company entered into a program agreement with HSBC for a term of ten years expiring in 2013 pursuant to which HSBC owns and issues proprietary credit cards to the Company’s customers. Pursuant to a servicing agreement with HSBC with a ten-year term expiring in 2013, the Company continues to provide key customer service functions, including new account openings, transaction authorizations, billing adjustments and customer inquiries, and receives compensation from HSBC for the provision of these services.

Under the terms of the original program agreement, HSBC assumed substantially all risks while sharing with the Company certain revenue generated by interest and fees on the portfolio. The Company and HSBC have entered into several amendments to the program agreement since 2003. In October 2009, the Company and HSBC entered into a fifth amendment to the program agreement in response to macroeconomic conditions and portfolio performance, which provides for certain changes to the allocation of risk and revenue sharing between the parties. The fifth amendment, which became effective February 1, 2010, provides for HSBC to share with the Company certain credit losses of the card portfolio and also provides increased revenue sharing to the Company.

 

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In September of 2006, the Company entered into agreements with HSBC and MasterCard International Incorporated to issue co-branded MasterCard cards to new and existing proprietary credit card customers. Under this program, qualifying customers are issued an SFA and MasterCard co-branded credit card that functions as a traditional proprietary credit card when used at any SFA or OFF 5TH store and at Saks Direct or as a MasterCard card when used at any unaffiliated location that accepts MasterCard cards. HSBC establishes and owns the co-brand accounts, retains the benefits associated with the ownership of the accounts, receives the finance charge and other income from the accounts, and incurs the bad debts associated with the accounts.

Historically, proprietary credit card holders have shopped more frequently with the Company and purchased more merchandise than customers who pay with cash or third-party credit cards. The Company also makes frequent use of the names and addresses of the proprietary credit card holders in its direct marketing efforts.

The Company seeks to expand the number and use of the proprietary credit cards by, among other things, providing monetary incentives to sales associates to open new credit accounts, which generally can be opened while a customer is visiting one of the Company’s stores. Customers who open accounts are entitled to a discount on the first day’s purchases. Customers using the proprietary credit card are eligible for the SaksFirst loyalty program that rewards customers for spending on their proprietary charge cards. Additionally, co-brand card customers earn SaksFirst points for purchases made at unaffiliated locations. Increased spending on the proprietary cards is intended to result in an increased rate of reward. Rewards come in the form of electronic gift cards that are redeemable on future purchases. In addition, members of the loyalty program are eligible for other rewards and benefits including special shopping events and travel discounts.

As of January 29, 2011, there were approximately 633,000 proprietary credit accounts that were active within the prior twelve months, accounting for 37.6% of the Company’s 2010 sales.

Trademarks and Service Marks

The Company owns many trademarks and service marks including, but not limited to, “Saks Fifth Avenue,” “Saks & Company,” “SFA,” “S5A,” “The 5TH Avenue Club,” “SAKSFIRST,” “Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Collection,” and “OFF 5TH.” Management believes its trademarks and service marks are important and that the loss of certain of its trademarks or trade names, particularly the store nameplates, could have a material adverse effect on the Company. Many of the Company’s trademarks and service marks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The terms of these registrations are generally ten years, and they are renewable for additional ten-year periods indefinitely so long as the marks are in use at the time of renewal. The Company is not aware of any claims of infringement or other challenges to its right to use its marks that would have a material adverse effect on the Company’s consolidated financial position, results of operations, or liquidity.

Reliance on Fifth Avenue Store

The Company’s flagship SFA store located on Fifth Avenue in New York City accounted for approximately 22% of total Company sales in 2010 and plays a significant role in creating awareness for the Saks Fifth Avenue brand name.

Customer Service

The Company believes that good customer service contributes to increased store visits and purchases by its customers.

The Company’s goal is to deliver an inviting, customer-focused shopping experience to each customer. At SFA and OFF 5TH, the Company seeks to enable its customers to discover both accessible and high-end fashion in a warm, welcoming environment, guided by knowledgeable sales associates. Compensation for sales associates is generally a commission-based program. Sales associates undergo extensive service, selling, and

 

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product-knowledge training and are encouraged to maintain frequent, personal contact with their customers. Sales associates are encouraged to utilize detailed customer data available through the Company’s point-of-sale equipment and software for their clienteling efforts, send personalized thank-you notes, and routinely communicate with customers to advise them of new merchandise offerings and special promotions. Typical SFA stores also provide comfortable seating areas, and most SFA stores offer a complimentary personal shopping service called “The Fifth Avenue Club.”

Seasonality

The Company’s business, like that of many retailers, is subject to seasonal influences, with a significant portion of its sales and net income realized during the second half of the fiscal year, which includes the holiday selling season. Approximately 30% of the Company’s sales are generated during the fourth quarter, and normally a large portion of its operating income is generated during the fall season.

Competition

The retail business is highly competitive. The Company’s stores primarily compete with several national and regional department stores, specialty apparel stores, designer boutiques, outlet stores, and mail-order and e-commerce retailers. Management believes that its knowledge of its trade areas and customer base, combined with the Company’s high level of customer service, broad selection of quality fashion merchandise at appropriate prices, innovative marketing, and strategic store locations, positions the Company for a competitive advantage.

Associates

As of January 29, 2011, the Company employed approximately 12,900 associates, of which approximately 24% were employed on a part-time basis. The Company hires additional temporary associates and increases the hours of part-time associates during seasonal peak selling periods. Less than 1.0% of the Company’s associates are covered by collective bargaining agreements. The Company considers its relations with its associates to be good.

Inflation and Deflation

Inflation and deflation affect the costs incurred by the Company in its purchase of merchandise and in certain components of its selling, general and administrative expenses. The Company does not believe that inflation has had a material effect on its results of operations during the periods presented; however, there can be no assurance that the Company’s business will not be affected by inflation in the future.

Discontinued Operations

As of January 31, 2009, the Company discontinued the operations of its Club Libby Lu (“CLL”) business, the operations of which are presented as discontinued operations in the Consolidated Statements of Income and the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the current and prior year periods. CLL consisted of 98 leased, mall-based specialty stores, targeting girls aged 4-12 years old. CLL generated revenues of approximately $52.2 million for 2008 and was not profitable. The Company incurred nominal charges in 2010 and 2009 and charges of $44.5 million in 2008 associated with closing the stores.

Website Access to Information

The Company provides access, free of charge, to the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and all amendments to those reports as soon as reasonably practicable after the reports are electronically filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) through the Company’s website, www.saksincorporated.com.

 

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Certifications

The Company filed the certification of its Chief Executive Officer with the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) in fiscal 2010 as required pursuant to Section 303A.12(a) of the NYSE Listed Company Manual, and the Company has filed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act Section 302 and Section 906 certifications of its principal executive officer and principal financial officer with the SEC, which are attached hereto as Exhibits 31.1, 31.2, 32.1, and 32.2.

Item 1A. Risk Factors.

The following are risk factors that affect the Company’s business, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows, some of which are beyond the Company’s control. These risk factors should be considered in connection with evaluating the forward-looking statements contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. If any of the events described below were to actually occur, the Company’s business, financial condition, results of operations or cash flows could be adversely affected and results could differ materially from expected and historical results.

A decline in the demand for luxury goods due to difficult macroeconomic conditions has had and could continue to have an adverse impact on the Company’s results of operations.

The Company is focused on the luxury retail sector. SFA stores, OFF 5TH stores and Saks Direct offer a wide assortment of luxury fashion apparel, shoes, accessories, jewelry, cosmetics, and gift items. All of the goods that the Company sells are discretionary items. Changes in consumer confidence and fluctuations in financial markets can influence cyclical trends, particularly in the luxury sector. Consequently, starting in the fall of 2008, the downturn in the economy resulted in fewer customers shopping in the Company’s stores. In response, and in order to reduce inventory levels, the Company was required to take additional markdowns and to increase promotional events, which negatively impacted the Company’s profitability in 2008 and 2009. In addition, as a result of the decrease in consumer spending, the Company was forced to reduce costs. Although the luxury sector began to experience a recovery in 2010, there can be no assurance that the economy will continue to improve or that the Company will be successful in sustaining profitability. In addition, in the event that the Company is unsuccessful in sustaining profitability, the Company may not be able to realize its net deferred tax assets, which would require the Company to record a valuation allowance that could have a material impact on its results of operations in the period in which it is recorded.

Poor economic conditions have affected and may continue to affect consumer spending which has harmed and may continue to harm the Company’s business.

The retail industry is continuously subject to domestic and international economic trends. The success of the Company’s business depends to a significant extent upon the level of consumer spending. A number of factors affect the level of consumer spending on merchandise that the Company offers, including, among other things:

 

   

general economic, industry, and weather conditions;

 

   

the performance of the financial, equity, and credit markets;

 

   

current and expected unemployment levels;

 

   

crude oil prices that affect gasoline and heating oil prices;

 

   

the level of consumer debt;

 

   

the level of consumer savings;

 

   

interest rates;

 

   

tax rates and policies;

 

   

consumer confidence in future economic conditions; and

 

   

war, terrorism, and other hostilities.

 

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Additionally, several of the Company’s stores are in tourist markets, including the flagship SFA New York store. A downturn in economic conditions or other events such as terrorist activity could impact travel and thus negatively affect the results of operations for stores located within these tourist markets. Increases in transportation and fuel costs, the financial condition of the airline industry and its impact on air travel, and sustained recessionary periods in the U.S. and internationally could also unfavorably impact results of the stores located within these tourist markets.

The Company’s business and results of operations are also subject to uncertainties arising out of world events. These uncertainties may include a global economic slowdown, changes in consumer spending or travel, an increase in gasoline and commodity prices, epidemics, and the economic consequences of natural disasters, military action, political events or terrorist activity (including threats of terrorist activity). Any future events arising as a result of terrorist activity, natural disasters or other world events may have a material impact on the Company’s business, its ability to source products, results of operations, and financial condition.

The Company’s flagship SFA New York store is especially susceptible to volatility in the financial markets and employment and compensation trends in the financial sector.

The Company is restricted in its ability to incur additional debt which may affect its ability to adequately finance its operations.

The Company’s revolving credit facility, senior notes, and 2.0% convertible notes contain restrictions on liens, and sale/leaseback transactions, and its revolving credit facility also contains a restriction on additional indebtedness, in each case, subject to certain limited exceptions. These restrictions under the revolving credit agreement and the outstanding notes may affect the Company’s ability to obtain additional debt financing or financing on favorable terms if its cash flow from operations and funds available under its revolving credit facility are insufficient to satisfy its working capital requirements.

The Company is unable to predict the impact of potential disruptions in the credit markets and the resulting costs or constraints in obtaining financing on its business and financial results.

The Company’s principal sources of cash come from the Company’s operating activities and borrowings under its revolving credit facility. During certain periods in the past, disruptions in the credit markets have had a significant adverse impact on a number of financial institutions and have affected the cost of capital available to the Company. The Company cannot predict with any certainty the impact of any further disruption in the credit environment or any resulting material impact on its liquidity, future financing costs, or financial results.

The Company is dependent on its relationships with certain designers, vendors, and other sources of merchandise.

The Company’s relationships with established and emerging designers are a key factor in its position as a retailer of luxury merchandise, and a substantial portion of its revenues are attributable to its sales of designer merchandise. Many of the Company’s key vendors limit the number of retail outlets they use to sell their merchandise, and competition among luxury retailers to obtain and sell these goods is intense. The Company’s relationships with its designers have been a significant contributor to its past success. Although the Company has supply arrangements with some of its merchandising sources, there can be no assurance that such sources will continue to meet the Company’s quality, style, and volume requirements. Moreover, nearly all of the top designer brands sold by the Company are also sold by competing retailers, and many of these top designer brands also have their own dedicated retail stores. If one or more of these top designers were to cease providing the Company with adequate supplies of merchandise or, conversely, were to increase sales of merchandise through its own stores or to the stores of other competitors, the Company’s business could be adversely affected. In addition, any decline in the popularity or quality of any of these designer brands could adversely affect the Company’s business.

 

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The Company’s business and results of operations may be adversely affected by weather conditions and natural disasters.

The Company’s business is adversely affected by unseasonable weather conditions. Periods of unseasonably warm weather in the fall or winter or unseasonably cold or wet weather in the spring or summer affect consumer apparel purchases and could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s results of operations and financial condition. Additionally, severe weather conditions such as winter snowstorms or natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods may adversely affect the Company’s results of operations and financial condition.

The Company’s business is intensely competitive and increased or new competition could have a material adverse effect on the Company.

The retail industry is intensely competitive. As a retailer offering a broad selection of luxury fashion apparel, shoes, accessories, jewelry, cosmetics, and gift items, the Company currently competes with a diverse group of retailers, including e-commerce retailers, which sell, among other products, products similar to those of the Company. The Company also competes in particular markets with a substantial number of retailers that specialize in one or more types of products that the Company sells. A number of different competitive factors could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business, results of operations and financial condition including:

 

   

increased operational efficiencies of competitors;

 

   

competitive pricing strategies, including deep discount pricing by a broad range of retailers during periods of poor consumer confidence or economic instability;

 

   

expansion of product offerings by existing competitors;

 

   

entry by new competitors into markets in which the Company currently operates; and

 

   

adoption by existing competitors of innovative retail sales methods.

The Company may not be able to continue to compete successfully with its existing or new competitors, and prolonged periods of deep discount pricing by its competitors may have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business.

The Company faces risks associated with consumer preferences, demand, and fashion trends.

Changes in consumer preferences, demand and interest could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business. In addition, fashion trends could materially impact sales. Success in the retail business depends, in part, on the Company’s ability to anticipate consumer preferences and demand. Early order commitments often are made far in advance of consumer acceptance. If the Company fails to anticipate accurately and respond to consumer preferences and demand, it could experience lower sales, excess inventories, and lower profit margins, any of which could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s results of operations and financial condition.

The Company faces a number of risks in opening new stores.

As part of its growth strategy, the Company could potentially increase the total number of stores, which may include opening new stores in both new and existing markets. The Company may not be able to operate any new stores profitably. The success of any future store openings will depend upon numerous factors, many of which are beyond the Company’s control, including the following:

 

   

the ability of management to adequately analyze and identify suitable markets and individual store sites within those markets;

 

   

the ability to attract appropriate vendors;

 

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the competition for suitable store sites;

 

   

the ability to negotiate favorable lease terms with landlords;

 

   

the availability of employees to staff new stores and the Company’s ability to hire, train, motivate, and retain store personnel; and

 

   

the ability to attract customers and generate sales sufficient to operate new stores profitably.

In future years, the Company may enter into additional markets. These markets may have different competitive conditions, consumer trends, and discretionary spending patterns than its existing markets, which may cause new stores in these markets to be less successful than stores in existing markets.

The loss of, or disruption in, the Company’s centralized distribution centers would have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business and operations.

The Company depends on the orderly operation of the receiving and distribution process, which relies on adherence to shipping schedules and effective management of distribution centers. Although the Company believes that its receiving and distribution process is efficient and that the Company has appropriate contingency plans, unforeseen disruptions in operations due to fire, severe weather conditions, natural disasters, or other catastrophic events, labor disagreements, or other shipping problems may result in delays in the delivery of merchandise to the Company’s stores.

Additionally, freight cost is impacted by changes in fuel prices. Fuel prices affect freight cost both on inbound freight from vendors to the distribution centers and outbound freight from the distribution centers to the Company’s stores.

Although the Company maintains business interruption and property insurance, management cannot be assured that the Company’s insurance coverage will be sufficient, or that insurance proceeds will be timely paid to the Company, if any of the distribution centers are shut down for any reason.

Loss of the Company’s trademarks and service marks or damage to the Company’s brand could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s results of operations.

The Company owns many trademarks and service marks including, but not limited to, “Saks Fifth Avenue,” “Saks & Company,” “SFA,” “S5A,” “The 5TH Avenue Club,” “SAKSFIRST,” “Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Collection,” and “OFF 5TH.” Management believes its trademarks and service marks are important and that the loss of certain of its trademarks or trade names, particularly the store nameplates, could have a material adverse effect on the Company. Many of the Company’s trademarks and service marks are registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In addition, the Company has a well-recognized brand that it believes represents unsurpassed customer service and quality merchandise. Any significant damage to the Company’s brand or reputation may negatively impact same-store sales, lower employee morale and productivity, and diminish customer trust, resulting in a reduction in shareholder value.

Fluctuations in foreign currency could have an adverse impact on the Company’s business.

The Company purchases a substantial portion of its inventory from foreign suppliers whose functional currency is not the U.S. dollar. Although fluctuations in the Euro-U.S. dollar exchange rate have the largest impact on the Company’s business, the Company procures goods from many countries and, consequently, is affected by fluctuations in the U.S. dollar relative to the currencies of the countries from which the Company purchases goods. Accordingly, changes in the value of the dollar relative to foreign currencies may increase the Company’s cost of goods sold. If the Company is unable to pass such cost increases on to its customers or the higher cost of the products results in decreased consumption, gross margins and ultimately earnings would decrease.

 

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If the Company does not have the ability to successfully upgrade, maintain and secure our information systems to support the needs of the organization, it could have an adverse impact on the Company’s business.

The Company relies heavily on information systems to manage operations, including a full range of retail, financial, sourcing and merchandising systems, and regularly makes investments to upgrade, enhance or replace these systems. The reliability and capacity of information systems is critical. Despite the Company’s preventative efforts, its systems are vulnerable from time to time to damage or interruption from, among other things, security breaches, computer viruses, power outages and other technical malfunctions. Any disruptions affecting the Company’s information systems, or any delays or difficulties in transitioning to new systems or in integrating them with current systems, could have a material adverse impact on the Company’s business. In addition, the Company’s ability to continue to operate its business without significant interruption in the event of a disaster or other disruption depends in part on the ability of the Company’s information systems to operate in accordance with its disaster recovery and business continuity plans.

A privacy breach could adversely affect the Company’s business.

The protection of customer, employee, and company data is critical to the Company. The regulatory environment and industry standards surrounding information security and privacy continue to evolve in response to increased threats to information security. In addition, customers have a high expectation that the Company will adequately protect their personal information. A significant breach of customer, employee, or company data could damage the Company’s reputation and result in lost sales, fines, or litigation resulting in a decrease in the Company’s earnings.

Ownership and leasing of significant amounts of real estate exposes the Company to possible liabilities and losses.

A significant percentage of the Company’s SFA stores and one OFF 5TH store are owned. The remainder of the Company’s SFA and OFF 5TH stores are leased. Accordingly, the Company is subject to all of the risks associated with owning and leasing real estate. In particular, the value of the assets could decrease, and costs to operate stores could increase, because of changes in the investment climate for real estate, demographic trends, and supply or demand for the use of the store, which may result from competition from similar stores in the area, as well as liability for environmental conditions.

Store leases generally require the Company to pay a fixed minimum rent and a variable amount based on a percentage of annual sales at that location. The Company generally cannot terminate these leases. If a store is not profitable, and the Company decides to close it, the Company may be committed to perform certain obligations under the applicable lease including, among other things, paying rent for the balance of the applicable lease term. In addition, as each of the leases expires, the Company may be unable to negotiate renewals, either on commercially acceptable terms or at all, which could cause the Company to close stores in desirable locations.

If an existing owned store is not profitable, and the Company decides to close it, the Company may be required to record an impairment charge and/or exit costs associated with the disposal of the store.

In addition, the Company may not be able to close an unprofitable owned or leased store due to an existing operating covenant which may cause the Company to operate the location at a loss which could result in an impairment charge.

Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments.

None.

 

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Executive Officers of the Registrant.

The name, age, and position held with the Company for each of the executive officers of the Company are set forth below.

 

Name

   Age     

Position

Stephen I. Sadove

     59       Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer

Ronald L. Frasch

     61       President and Chief Merchandising Officer

Michael A. Brizel

     54       Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Jennifer S. de Winter

     50       Executive Vice President of Stores

Marc J. Metrick

     37       Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

Christine A. Morena

     55       Executive Vice President of Human Resources

Michael Rodgers

     46       Executive Vice President and Chief Information and Operations Officer

Robert T. Wallstrom

     45       President, OFF 5TH and Executive Vice President

Kevin G. Wills

     45       Executive Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Stephen I. Sadove was named Chief Executive Officer of the Company in January 2006 and assumed the additional role of Chairman of the Board of Directors in May 2007. Mr. Sadove joined the Company in January 2002 as Vice Chairman and assumed the additional responsibility of Chief Operating Officer in March 2004. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Sadove served as Senior Vice President of Bristol-Myers Squibb and President of Bristol-Myers Squibb Worldwide Beauty Care from 1996 until January 2002. From 1991 until 1996, Mr. Sadove held various other executive positions with Bristol-Myers Squibb. From 1975 until 1991, Mr. Sadove held various positions of increasing responsibility with General Foods USA.

Ronald L. Frasch was named President and Chief Merchandising Officer of the Company in February 2007. Mr. Frasch joined SFA in January 2004, served in a non-executive capacity through November 2004, and held the post of Vice Chairman and Chief Merchant of SFA from November 2004 until January 2007. Prior to joining the Company, he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Neiman Marcus Group’s Bergdorf Goodman from April 2000 until January 2004. Prior to that, he held merchandising and executive posts with other companies including GFT USA, Escada USA, Neiman Marcus, and SFA.

Michael A. Brizel joined the Company in April 2007 and was named to the post of Executive Vice President and General Counsel in May 2007. Mr. Brizel served in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility with The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc. between 1989 and April 2007, including Senior Vice President and General Counsel, a position he assumed in 2002. Mr. Brizel was a member of the legal department of General Foods Corporation from 1983 to 1989 and an associate with the New York law firm of Summit, Rovins and Feldesman (and its predecessors) from 1980 to 1983.

Jennifer S. de Winter was named Executive Vice President of Stores in June 2008. She joined Saks Fifth Avenue in 1995 and held various merchandising positions of increasing responsibility, including the post of Group Senior Vice President and General Merchandise Manager of Fashion and Fine Jewelry, Watches, Women’s Shoes, Handbags, and Soft Accessories from May 2001 until June 2008. Ms. de Winter began her retail career in 1983 at Macy’s, where she held various merchandising positions through 1995 including Vice President, Divisional Merchandise Manager.

Marc J. Metrick was named Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of the Company in June 2010. Mr. Metrick joined the Company in June 1995 as an executive trainee. From June 1997 until February 2007, he served in various planning roles, including Vice President—Merchandise Planning from March 2005 until February 2007. Mr. Metrick was promoted to Group Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer in February 2007, a post he held until June 2010.

 

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Christine A. Morena joined the Company in January 2007 as Executive Vice President of Human Resources. Ms. Morena spent her career from 1976 through 2006 with AT&T Inc., where she held various positions of increasing responsibility, including Senior Vice President of Human Resources for AT&T Corporation, a subsidiary of AT&T Inc., a position she held from 2002 through 2006.

Michael Rodgers was named Executive Vice President and Chief Information and Operations Officer for the Company in February 2008. Mr. Rodgers joined McRae’s, Inc. (acquired by the Company in 1994) in 1993 as Director of Credit. He was promoted to Vice President of Credit for the Company in 1996 and to Senior Vice President of Credit in 1997, a position he held until 2002. Mr. Rodgers served as Executive Vice President of Operations from 2002 until April 2007. Mr. Rodgers served as Executive Vice President of Information Technology, Operations and Credit for the Company from May 2007 through January 2008. Prior to joining the Company, he held credit management positions with Boscov’s and Woodward & Lothrop.

Robert T. Wallstrom was named President, OFF 5TH and Executive Vice President of the Company in June 2010. Mr. Wallstrom joined the Company in June 1995 and has held various leadership positions since that time, including Senior Vice President and General Manager of the SFA flagship store in New York City between May 2002 and January 2007. He served as President, OFF 5TH and Group Senior Vice President of the Company from February 2007 through May 2010. Prior to joining the Company, he was a store manager for Macy’s/Bullocks.

Kevin G. Wills was named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company in May 2007. Mr. Wills joined the Company in September 1997 and has served in the following capacities: Vice President of Financial Reporting from September 1997 to August 1998; Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning from September 1998 to August 1999; Senior Vice President of Planning and Administration of Saks Department Store Group from September 1999 to January 2003; Executive Vice President of Operations for Parisian from February 2003 to May 2005; and Executive Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer from May 2005 until May 2007. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Wills was Vice President and Controller for the Tennessee Valley Authority and before that, he was an audit manager with Coopers and Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP).

Item 2. Properties.

The Company currently operates two principal distribution facilities as follows:

 

Company Stores Served

   Location of Facility      Square Feet      Owned/Leased  

SFA, OFF 5TH and Saks Direct

     Aberdeen, Maryland         471,000         Leased   

SFA and OFF 5TH

     Ontario, California         120,000         Leased   

The Company’s principal administrative offices are as follows:

 

Office

   Location of Facility      Square Feet      Owned/Leased  

Corporate Operations Center

     Jackson, Mississippi         298,000         Owned   

Corporate Office Headquarters and SFA Offices

     New York, New York         277,000         Leased   

The majority of the SFA stores and one OFF 5TH store are owned or owned buildings on leased land. All other SFA and OFF 5TH stores are leased. Store leases generally require the Company to pay a fixed minimum rent and a variable amount based on a percentage of annual sales at that location. Generally, the Company is responsible under its store leases for a portion of mall promotion and common area maintenance expenses and for certain utility, property tax, and insurance expenses. Generally, store leases have initial terms ranging from 20 to 30 years and include renewal options ranging from 5 to 20 years. OFF 5TH leases typically have shorter terms.

 

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The following tables set forth information about the Company’s stores as of January 29, 2011:

 

     Owned Locations*      Leased Locations      Total  
     Number
Of Units
     Gross Square
Feet (in mil.)
     Number
Of Units
     Gross Square
Feet (in mil.)
     Number
Of Units
     Gross Square
Feet (in mil.)
 

SFA

     27         3.7         20         1.8         47         5.5   

OFF 5TH

     1         0.1         56         1.5         57         1.6   
                                                     

Total

     28         3.8         76         3.3         104         7.1   
                                                     

 

* Owned locations include owned stores and owned buildings on leased land.

 

     Number
of Stores
     Owned
Stores
     Leased
Stores
     Owned
Building on
Leased Land
 

Alabama

     1         1         —           —     

Arizona

     3         —           3         —     

California

     14         1         12         1   

Colorado

     3         —           2         1   

Connecticut

     3         —           2         1   

Florida

     17         —           14         3   

Georgia

     3         —           2         1   

Hawaii

     1         —           1         —     

Illinois

     4         —           3         1   

Indiana

     1         —           1         —     

Louisiana

     1         —           1         —     

Massachusetts

     2         —           2         —     

Maryland

     2         —           1         1   

Michigan

     2         1         1         —     

Minnesota

     1         —           —           1   

Missouri

     1         —           —           1   

North Carolina

     4         1         3         —     

New Jersey

     4         —           3         1   

New York

     7         1         5         1   

Nevada

     2         —           1         1   

Ohio

     5         1         2         2   

Oklahoma

     1         —           —           1   

Oregon

     1         —           1         —     

Pennsylvania

     4         —           4         —     

South Carolina

     1         —           1         —     

Texas

     12         1         9         2   

Virginia

     4         2         2         —     
                                   

Total

     104         9         76         19   
                                   

Store count activity for the year ended January 29, 2011 was as follows:

 

     SFA     OFF
5TH
    Total  

Store count as of January 30, 2010

     53        55        108   

New stores opened

     —          4        4   

Stores closed

     (6     (2     (8
                        

Store count as of January 29, 2011

     47        57        104   
                        

 

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Item 3. Legal Proceedings.

On February 2, 2011, the plaintiffs in Dawn Till and Mary Josephs v. Saks Incorporated et al, filed a complaint, with which the Company was served on March 10, 2011, in a purported class and collective action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The complaint alleges that the plaintiffs were improperly classified as exempt from the overtime pay requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and the California Labor Code and that the Company failed to pay overtime, provide itemized wage statements and provide meal and rest periods. On March 8, 2011, the plaintiffs filed an amended complaint adding a claim for penalties under the California Private Attorneys General Act of 2004. The plaintiffs seek to proceed collectively under the FLSA and as a class under the California statutes on behalf of individuals who have been employed by OFF 5TH as Selling and Service Managers, Merchandise Team Managers, or Department Managers. The Company believes that its managers at OFF 5TH have been properly classified as exempt under both Federal and state law and intends to defend the lawsuit vigorously. It is not possible to predict whether the court will permit this action to proceed collectively or as a class.

In addition to the litigation described in the preceding paragraph, the Company is involved in legal proceedings arising from its normal business activities and has accruals for losses where appropriate. Management believes that none of these legal proceedings will have a material adverse effect on the Company’s consolidated financial position, results of operations, or liquidity.

 

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PART II

 

Item 5. Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities.

Market Information

The Company’s common stock trades on the NYSE under the symbol SKS. The prices in the table below represent the high and low sales prices for the stock as reported by the NYSE.

 

     Year Ended
January 29, 2011
     Year Ended
January 30, 2010
 
     High      Low      High      Low  

First Quarter

   $ 10.65       $ 6.14       $ 5.40       $ 1.50   

Second Quarter

   $ 10.37       $ 7.06       $ 5.54       $ 3.25   

Third Quarter

   $ 11.49       $ 6.60       $ 7.45       $ 5.11   

Fourth Quarter

   $ 12.22       $ 10.52       $ 7.72       $ 5.37   

Holders

As of March 11, 2011, there were approximately 2,285 shareholders of record of the Company’s common stock.

Performance Graph

The following graph and table compare cumulative total shareholder return among the Company, the S&P Midcap 400 Index, the S&P 500 Department Stores Index, and a Retail Peer Group Index (weighted by market capitalization and consisting of Dillard’s, Inc.; Macy’s, Inc.; Nordstrom, Inc.; and J.C. Penney Company, Inc.) assuming an initial investment of $100 and reinvestment of dividends.

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Description

   Starting
Basis
1/28/06
     2/3/07      2/2/08      1/31/09      1/30/10      1/29/11  

Saks Incorporated

   $ 100.00       $ 158.04       $ 149.10       $ 20.49       $ 52.35       $ 92.27   

S&P Midcap 400

   $ 100.00       $ 110.06       $ 108.83       $ 67.03       $ 96.09       $ 127.27   

S&P 500 Department Stores

   $ 100.00       $ 143.82       $ 91.83       $ 43.38       $ 72.51       $ 83.17   

Retail Peer Group

   $ 100.00       $ 135.76       $ 88.68       $ 29.53       $ 59.86       $ 83.21   

This “Performance Graph” section shall not be deemed to be “soliciting material” or to be “filed” with the SEC or subject to Regulation 14A or 14C or to the liabilities of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”).

Dividends

During the fiscal years ended January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, the Company did not declare any dividends. Future dividends, if any, will be determined by the Company’s Board of Directors in light of circumstances then existing, including earnings, financial requirements, and general business conditions. The Company does not anticipate declaring dividends in the foreseeable future.

Purchases of Equity Securities by the Issuer and Affiliated Purchasers

The Company has a share repurchase program that authorizes it to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock. The Company did not repurchase any shares of common stock during 2010. The Company has remaining availability of approximately 32.7 million shares under its 70 million authorized share repurchase program.

Securities Authorized for Issuance under Equity Compensation Plans

The following table provides equity compensation plan information for all plans approved and not approved by the Company’s shareholders, as of January 29, 2011:

 

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

Plan Category (1)

   Number of securities
to be issued upon
exercise of outstanding
options, warrants and
rights (#) (a)
     Weighted-average
exercise price of
outstanding options,
warrants and

rights ($) (b)
     Number of securities
remaining available
for future issuance under
equity compensation
plans (excluding securities
in column (a)) (2) (c)
 

Equity compensation plans approved by security holders

     1,830       $ 16.34         3,731   

Equity compensation plans not approved by security holders (3)

     51       $ 6.34         —     

Total

     1,881       $ 16.06         3,731   

 

(1) In connection with the acquisition of its former Parisian business, the Company assumed then-outstanding stock options previously granted to employees and directors of the acquired corporation. No additional grants or awards may be made under the plan pursuant to which these stock options were granted. As of January 29, 2011, the total number of shares of common stock to be issued upon exercise of these stock options was 25 and the weighted-average exercise price of these stock options was $6.54. These stock options are not included in the table.

 

(2) This amount represents shares of common stock available for issuance under the 2009 Long-term Incentive Plan. Awards available for grant under the 2009 Long-term Incentive Plan include stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock, performance share awards and other forms of equity awards.

 

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(3) On April 9, 1997, the Board approved the Company’s 1997 Stock-Based Incentive Plan (the “1997 Plan”) to assist in attracting, retaining, and motivating employees and directors. The Board amended the 1997 Plan several times. The exercise price for all outstanding options awarded under the 1997 Plan equals the fair market value of the common stock on the date of grant. Most options vest in five installments over four years and expire after seven or ten years. Unvested options generally are forfeited if the executive’s employment is terminated. In the event of a change in control or a potential change in control, the Board of Directors may accelerate awards under the 1997 Plan or provide that such awards be cashed out in connection with the transaction. As of January 29, 2011, under the 1997 Plan, there were (i) options outstanding to purchase 51 shares, (ii) 12 shares of restricted stock outstanding, and (iii) no shares remaining available for issuance.

 

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Item 6. Selected Financial Data.

The selected financial data set forth below should be read in conjunction with Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements and notes thereto and the other information contained elsewhere in this Form 10-K.

 

    Year Ended  

(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE AMOUNTS)

  January 29,
2011
    January 30,
2010
    January 31,
2009
    February 2,
2008
    February 3,
2007*
 

CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT DATA:

         

Net sales

  $ 2,785,745      $ 2,631,532      $ 3,043,438      $ 3,237,275      $ 2,900,383   

Cost of sales (excluding depreciation and amortization)

    1,668,487        1,668,097        2,062,494        1,972,251        1,780,127   
                                       

Gross margin

    1,117,258        963,435        980,944        1,265,024        1,120,256   

Selling, general and administrative expenses

    715,951        674,306        784,510        840,823        811,248   

Other operating expenses

    298,124        314,266        320,683        317,046        312,486   

Impairments and dispositions

    13,085        29,348        11,139        4,279        11,775   
                                       

Operating income (loss)

    90,098        (54,485     (135,388     102,876        (15,253

Interest expense

    (56,725     (49,480     (45,739     (48,303     (55,693

Gain (loss) on extinguishment of debt

    (4     783        —          (5,634     7   

Other income, net

    117        1,019        5,600        24,912        28,407   
                                       

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

    33,486        (102,163     (175,527     73,851        (42,532

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

    (13,910     (44,501     (48,902     26,755        (34,947
                                       

Income (loss) from continuing operations

    47,396        (57,662     (126,625     47,096        (7,585

Discontinued operations:

         

Income (loss) from discontinued operations before income taxes

    693        (395     (52,727     (4,860     188,227   

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

    243        (138     (20,548     (1,646     130,536   
                                       

Income (loss) from discontinued operations

    450        (257     (32,179     (3,214     57,691   
                                       

Net Income (loss)

  $ 47,846      $ (57,919   $ (158,804   $ 43,882      $ 50,106   
                                       

Basic earnings per common share:

         

Income (loss) from continuing operations

  $ .31      $ (.40   $ (.93   $ .33      $ (.06

Income (loss) from discontinued operations

  $ —        $ —        $ (.23   $ (.02   $ .43   

Net income (loss)

  $ .31      $ (.40   $ (1.15   $ .31      $ .37   

Diluted earnings per common share:

         

Income (loss) from continuing operations

  $ .30      $ (.40   $ (.92   $ .31      $ (.06

Income (loss) from discontinued operations

  $ —        $ —        $ (.23   $ (.02   $ .43   

Net income (loss)

  $ .30      $ (.40   $ (1.15   $ .29      $ .37   

Weighted average common shares:

         

Basic

    154,325        143,194        138,384        140,402        135,880   

Diluted

    158,413        143,194        138,384        153,530        135,880   

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET DATA:

         

Working capital

  $ 578,862      $ 546,169      $ 503,952      $ 345,097      $ 388,061   

Total assets

  $ 2,143,100      $ 2,135,701      $ 2,147,677      $ 2,350,744      $ 2,521,211   

Long-term debt, less current portion

  $ 359,250      $ 493,330      $ 593,103      $ 204,238      $ 394,498   

Shareholders’ equity

  $ 1,163,565      $ 1,071,610      $ 990,586      $ 1,204,434      $ 1,128,559   

Cash dividends (per share)

  $ —        $ —        $ —        $ —        $ 8.00   

 

* The year ended February 3, 2007 includes an extra week, creating a 53-week fiscal year that occurs every six years in the accounting cycle.

 

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Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

Management’s Discussion and Analysis (“MD&A”) is intended to provide an analytical view of the business from management’s perspective of operating the business and is considered to have these major components:

 

   

Overview

 

   

Results of Operations

 

   

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

   

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

MD&A should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and related notes thereto contained elsewhere in this Form 10-K.

OVERVIEW

GENERAL

The operations of Saks Incorporated, a Tennessee corporation first incorporated in 1919, and its subsidiaries (together the “Company”) consist of Saks Fifth Avenue (“SFA”), Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH (“OFF 5TH”), and SFA’s e-commerce operations (“Saks Direct”). Previously, the Company also operated Club Libby Lu (“CLL”), the operations of which were discontinued in January 2009. The operations of CLL are presented as discontinued operations in the Consolidated Statements of Income and the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the current and prior year periods and are discussed below in “Discontinued Operations.”

The Company is primarily a fashion retail organization offering a wide assortment of distinctive luxury fashion apparel, shoes, accessories, jewelry, cosmetics, and gifts. SFA stores are principally free-standing stores in exclusive shopping destinations or anchor stores in upscale regional malls. Customers may also purchase SFA products by catalog or online at Saks Direct. OFF 5TH is intended to be the premier luxury off-price retailer in the United States. OFF 5TH stores are primarily located in upscale mixed-use and off-price centers and offer luxury apparel, shoes, and accessories, targeting the value-conscious customer. As of January 29, 2011, the Company operated 47 SFA stores with a total of approximately 5.5 million square feet and 57 OFF 5TH stores with a total of approximately 1.6 million square feet.

The Company is primarily focused on the luxury retail sector. All of the goods that the Company sells are discretionary items. Consequently, a downturn in the economy or difficult economic conditions may result in fewer customers shopping in the Company’s stores or online. In response, the Company may have to increase the duration and/or frequency of promotional events and offer larger discounts in order to attract customers, which would reduce gross margin and adversely affect results of operations.

The Company continues to make targeted investments in key areas to improve customer service and enhance merchandise assortment and allocation effectiveness. In addition, strategic investments are being made to remodel existing selling space with a heightened focus on return on investment. The Company believes that its long-term strategic plans can deliver additional operating margin expansion in future years.

The Company seeks to create value for its shareholders by improving returns on its invested capital. The Company attempts to generate improved operating margins by generating sales increases while improving merchandising margins and controlling expenses. The Company uses operating cash flows to reinvest in the business and to repurchase debt or equity. The Company actively manages its real estate portfolio by routinely evaluating opportunities to improve or close underproductive stores and open new stores.

 

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DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

As of January 31, 2009, the Company discontinued the operations of its CLL business, which consisted of 98 leased, mall-based specialty stores, targeting girls aged 4-12 years old. Charges incurred during 2008 associated with the closing of these stores totaled approximately $44.5 million and included inventory liquidation costs of approximately $7.0 million, asset impairment charges of $17.0 million, lease termination costs of $14.0 million, severance and personnel related costs of $5.1 million, and other closing costs of $1.4 million. These amounts are included in discontinued operations in the Consolidated Statement of Income and the Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows for fiscal year 2008. Discontinued operations include nominal charges (income) for 2009 and 2010 from residual CLL store closing activities.

FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE SUMMARY

On a consolidated basis, total net sales and comparable store sales for the year ended January 29, 2011 increased 5.9% and 6.4%, respectively. The Company recorded income from continuing operations of $47.4 million, or $0.30 per share compared to a loss from continuing operations of $57.7 million, or $0.40 per share, for the years ended January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, respectively. After recognition of the Company’s after-tax gain from discontinued operations of $0.4 million, net income totaled $47.8 million, or $0.30 per share for the year ended January 29, 2011. After recognition of the Company’s after-tax loss from discontinued operations of $0.3 million, net loss totaled $57.9 million, or $0.40 per share for the year ended January 30, 2010.

The year ended January 29, 2011 included a net after-tax gain totaling $17.2 million or $0.11 per share, primarily related to a $26.7 million or $0.17 per share gain related to the reversal of certain estimated income tax reserves deemed no longer necessary due to the expiration of the statute of limitations. This gain was partially offset by a net after-tax charge of $7.5 million or $0.05 per share, primarily related to store closings and asset impairments and a $2.0 million or $0.01 per share non-cash pension charge related to excess lump sum distributions during 2010.

The year ended January 30, 2010 included net after tax charges totaling $10.4 million or $0.07 per share, primarily related to $17.3 million or $0.12 per share of asset impairment charges incurred in the normal course of business and a $3.1 million or $0.02 per share non-cash pension charge related to excess lump sum distributions during 2009 primarily resulting from the Company’s 2009 reductions-in-force. The year ended January 30, 2010 also included a net gain of $10.0 million or $0.07 per share, related to federal and state tax adjustments. The net gain included income resulting from an increase in the state deferred tax rate, release of tax reserves due to the expiration of the statute of limitations and reversal of a portion of the valuation allowance against deferred tax assets.

The year ended January 31, 2009 included net after-tax charges totaling $26.2 million or $0.19 per share, primarily related to $7.0 million or $0.05 per share of asset impairment charges incurred in the normal course of business and approximately $6.7 million or $0.05 per share of severance costs related to the Company’s 2008 downsizing initiative and the Ft. Lauderdale store closing. The year ended January 31, 2009 also included a write-off and adjustment of $14.6 million or $0.11 per share of certain deferred tax assets primarily associated with federal net operating loss (“NOL”) tax credits that expired at the end of fiscal 2008. These expenses were partially offset by a net gain of $2.1 million or $0.02 per share related to the sale of three unutilized properties.

The Company believes that an understanding of its reported financial condition and results of operations is not complete without considering the effect of all other components of MD&A included herein.

 

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RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

The following table sets forth, for the periods indicated, selected items from the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Income, expressed as percentages of net sales (numbers may not total due to rounding):

 

     Year Ended  
     January 29,
2011
    January 30,
2010
    January 31,
2009
 

Net sales

     100     100     100

Cost of sales (excluding depreciation and amortization)

     59.9        63.4        67.8   
                        

Gross margin

     40.1        36.6        32.2   

Selling, general and administrative expenses

     25.7        25.6        25.8   

Other operating expenses

     10.7        12.0        10.5   

Impairments and dispositions

     0.5        1.1        0.4   
                        

Operating income (loss)

     3.2        (2.1     (4.4

Interest expense

     (2.0     (1.9     (1.5

Gain (loss) on extinguishment of debt

     (0.0     0.0        0.0   

Other income, net

     0.0        0.0        0.2   
                        

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

     1.2        (3.9     (5.8

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

     (0.5     (1.7     (1.6
                        

Income (loss) from continuing operations

     1.7        (2.2     (4.2

Discontinued operations:

      

Loss from discontinued operations

     0.0        (0.0     (1.7

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

     0.0        (0.0     (0.7
                        

Loss from discontinued operations

     0.0        (0.0     (1.1
                        

Net income (loss)

     1.7     (2.2 )%      (5.2 )% 
                        

FISCAL YEAR ENDED JANUARY 29, 2011 COMPARED TO FISCAL YEAR ENDED JANUARY 30, 2010

DISCUSSION OF OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)—CONTINUING OPERATIONS

The following table shows the changes in operating income (loss) from 2009 to 2010:

 

(In Millions)

   Total
Company
 
  

2009 Operating Loss—Continuing Operations

   $ (54.5

Store sales and margin

     153.8   

Operating expenses

     (25.5

Impairments and dispositions

     16.3   
        

Change

     144.6   

2010 Operating Income—Continuing Operations

   $ 90.1   
        

For the year ended January 29, 2011, the Company’s operating income totaled $90.1 million, a 530 basis point improvement as a percentage of net sales, from the operating loss of $54.5 million in the same period last year. The current year operating income was driven by a 6.4% increase in comparable store sales as well as a gross margin rate increase of 350 basis points for the year ended January 29, 2011. The year-over-year increase in the gross margin rate was principally due to increased full-price selling and a reduced level of promotional activity.

 

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NET SALES

For the year ended January 29, 2011, total net sales increased 5.9% to $2,785.7 million from $2,631.5 million for the year ended January 30, 2010. Consolidated comparable store sales increased $161.6 million, or 6.4%, from $2,531.6 million for the year ended January 30, 2010 to $2,693.2 million for the year ended January 29, 2011.

Comparable store sales are calculated on a rolling 13-month basis. Thus, to be included in the comparison, a store must be open for 13 months. The additional month is used to transition the first month impact of a new store opening. Correspondingly, closed stores are removed from the comparable store sales comparison when they begin liquidating merchandise. Expanded or remodeled stores are included in the comparable store sales comparison, except for the periods in which they are closed for remodeling and renovation.

GROSS MARGIN

For the year ended January 29, 2011, gross margin was $1,117.3 million, or 40.1% of net sales, compared to $963.4 million, or 36.6% of net sales, for the year ended January 30, 2010. The increase in gross margin dollars and gross margin rate was primarily the result of higher sales, increased full-price selling and a reduced level of promotional activity.

SELLING, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES (“SG&A”)

For the year ended January 29, 2011, SG&A was $716.0 million, or 25.7% of net sales, compared to $674.3 million, or 25.6% of net sales, for the year ended January 30, 2010. The increase of $41.6 million in expenses was primarily driven by higher variable costs associated with the $154.2 million sales increase for the year as well as incremental expenses incurred to support the growth in Saks Direct. Additionally, the Company experienced a reduction in proprietary credit card income related to the previously announced contract changes with HSBC.

OTHER OPERATING EXPENSES

For the year ended January 29, 2011, other operating expenses were $298.1 million, or 10.7% of net sales, compared to $314.3 million, or 12.0% of net sales, for the year ended January 30, 2010. The decrease of $16.2 million was principally driven by a decrease in depreciation and amortization expense of $16.5 million as a result of reduced capital expenditures over the past twelve months and asset impairment charges recorded during the year ended January 30, 2010. Additionally, the Company incurred lower property and equipment rentals of $3.3 million and a decrease in store pre-opening costs of $1.0 million. These decreases were partially offset by an increase in taxes other than income taxes of $4.6 million.

IMPAIRMENTS AND DISPOSITIONS

For the year ended January 29, 2011, Impairments and Dispositions included net charges of $13.1 million compared to net charges of $29.3 million for the year ended January 30, 2010. The current year charges included closing costs associated with the Plano, Texas; Mission Viejo, California; Southampton, New York; Portland, Oregon; San Diego, California; and Charleston, South Carolina SFA store closures, the Reno, Nevada OFF 5TH store closure, and the previously announced agreement to close the Denver, Colorado SFA store during the first quarter ending April 30, 2011. The Company incurred $12.1 million of store closing-related costs associated with those locations, including $10.1 million of net lease termination costs, $4.2 million of asset impairment and disposal costs, $2.5 million of severance costs, and $3.8 million of other store-closing related costs, all of which were offset in part by a deferred rent benefit of $8.5 million. Also included in Impairments and Dispositions for 2010 were $1.0 million of asset impairments and dispositions in the normal course of business. The prior year charges were primarily due to asset impairments and dispositions in the normal course of business.

 

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INTEREST EXPENSE

Interest expense increased to $56.7 million in 2010 from $49.5 million in 2009 and, as a percentage of net sales, was 2.0% in 2010 and 1.9% in 2009. The increase of $7.2 million was primarily due to the issuance of $120.0 million of convertible notes in May 2009 and the amortization of financing costs associated with these notes and the amended revolving credit facility. Noncash interest expense associated with the amortization of the debt discount on the Company’s convertible notes was $11.9 million and $9.8 million for the years ended January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, respectively.

GAIN ON EXTINGUISHMENT OF DEBT

During the year ended January 29, 2011, the Company repurchased $0.8 million of the 7.0% senior notes which resulted in a loss on extinguishment of debt of $4.0 thousand. During the year ended January 30, 2010, the Company extinguished approximately $23.0 million of senior notes. The repurchase of these notes resulted in a gain on extinguishment of debt of $0.8 million.

OTHER INCOME, NET

Other income decreased to $0.1 million in 2010 from $1.0 million in 2009. Other income in 2010 was primarily related to $0.7 million of interest income which was offset by $0.6 million of casualty losses relating to the May 2010 flood at the Nashville, Tennessee OFF 5TH store. Other income in 2009 was primarily attributable to interest income.

INCOME TAXES

For 2010 and 2009, the effective income tax rate for continuing operations differs from the federal statutory tax rate due to state income taxes and other items such as the change in the valuation allowance against state NOL carryforwards, the effect of concluding tax examinations and other tax reserve adjustments primarily relating to statute expirations, and the change in the overall state tax rate. Including the effect of these items, the Company’s effective income tax rate for continuing operations was (41.5%) and 43.6% in 2010 and 2009, respectively. The effective tax benefit rate for 2010 is primarily due to the reversal of an uncertain tax position relating to statute expirations.

FISCAL YEAR ENDED JANUARY 30, 2010 COMPARED TO FISCAL YEAR ENDED JANUARY 31, 2009

DISCUSSION OF OPERATING LOSS—CONTINUING OPERATIONS

The following table shows the changes in operating loss from 2008 to 2009:

 

(In Millions)

   Total
Company
 
  

2008 Operating Loss—Continuing Operations

   $ (135.4

Store sales and margin

     (17.5

Operating expenses

     116.6   

Impairments and dispositions

     (18.2
        

Change

     80.9   

2009 Operating Loss—Continuing Operations

   $ (54.5
        

For the year ended January 30, 2010, the Company’s operating loss totaled $54.5 million, a 240 basis point improvement as a percentage of net sales from the operating loss of $135.4 million for the year ended January 31, 2009. The operating loss was driven by a 14.7% decrease in comparable store sales partially offset by a gross margin rate increase of 440 basis points for the year ended January 30, 2010. The increase in the gross

 

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margin rate was principally due to fewer markdowns in the fourth quarter of 2009 compared to the aggressive markdowns taken in the fourth quarter of 2008 when the Company initiated promotional activities in an effort to stimulate consumer demand and reduce inventory levels. In addition, the Company achieved SG&A expense leverage of 20 basis points in 2009 despite a year-over-year sales decrease of $411.9 million.

NET SALES

For the year ended January 30, 2010, total net sales decreased 13.5% to $2,631.5 million from $3,043.4 million for the year ended January 31, 2009. Consolidated comparable store sales decreased $440.6 million, or 14.7%, from $2,987.3 million for the year ended January 31, 2009 to $2,546.7 million for the year ended January 30, 2010.

GROSS MARGIN

For the year ended January 30, 2010, gross margin was $963.4 million, or 36.6% of net sales, compared to $980.9 million, or 32.2% of net sales, for the year ended January 31, 2009. The increase in gross margin dollars and gross margin rate was primarily the result of controlled inventory levels and a more disciplined promotional and clearance cadence during the year. In 2008, gross margin was negatively impacted by aggressive markdowns as the Company reacted to the rapidly deteriorating economic conditions and worked to clear excess inventory.

SELLING, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES

For the year ended January 30, 2010, SG&A was $674.3 million, or 25.6% of net sales, compared to $784.5 million, or 25.8% of net sales, for the year ended January 31, 2009. The decrease of $110.2 million in expenses was primarily driven by lower variable expenses associated with the year-over-year sales decrease of $411.9 million, as well as other cost savings initiatives implemented by the Company. As a percentage of total net sales, SG&A decreased by 20 basis points over the prior year.

Amounts received from vendors in conjunction with compensation programs and cooperative advertising were consistent with the related gross compensation and cooperative advertising expenditures and therefore had no significant impact on SG&A expense, in dollars or as a percentage of net sales.

OTHER OPERATING EXPENSES

For the year ended January 30, 2010, other operating expenses were $314.3 million, or 12% of net sales, compared to $320.7 million, or 10.5% of net sales, for the year ended January 31, 2009. The decrease of $6.4 million was principally driven by a decrease in taxes other than income taxes of $7.3 million due to a decrease in payroll taxes primarily related to the Company’s reduction in force in January 2009 and a decrease in store pre-opening costs of $0.3 million. These decreases were partially offset by higher depreciation and amortization expense of $0.5 million and higher property and equipment rentals of $0.7 million.

IMPAIRMENTS AND DISPOSITIONS

For the year ended January 30, 2010, the Company recognized net charges from impairments and dispositions of $29.3 million compared to net charges of $11.1 million for the year ended January 31, 2009. These charges were primarily due to asset impairments in the normal course of business.

INTEREST EXPENSE

Interest expense increased to $49.5 million in 2009 from $45.7 million in 2008 and, as a percentage of net sales, was 1.9% in 2009 and 1.5% in 2008. The increase of $3.8 million was primarily due to the issuance of $120.0 million of convertible notes in May 2009 and the amortization of financing costs associated with these

 

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notes and the amended revolving credit facility offset in part by the extinguishment of $23.0 million of senior notes in July 2009 and the retirement of $84.1 million in principal amount of senior notes which matured in November 2008. Noncash interest expense associated with the adoption of the accounting standard related to accounting for convertible debt instruments that may be settled in cash upon conversion (including partial cash settlement) was $9.8 million and $6.8 million for the years ended January 30, 2010 and January 31, 2009, respectively.

GAIN ON EXTINGUISHMENT OF DEBT

During the year ended January 30, 2010, the Company extinguished approximately $23.0 million of senior notes. The repurchase of these notes resulted in a gain on extinguishment of debt of $0.8 million. There were no such gains recorded during the year ended January 31, 2009.

OTHER INCOME, NET

Other income decreased to $1.0 million in 2009 from $5.6 million in 2008. Other income in 2009 was primarily attributable to interest income. Other income in 2008 included a $3.4 million gain on the sale of three unutilized properties.

INCOME TAXES

For 2009 and 2008, the effective income tax rate for continuing operations differed from the federal statutory tax rate due to state income taxes and other items such as the change in the valuation allowance against state NOL carryforwards, the effect of concluding tax examinations and other tax reserve adjustments, the write-off of an expired federal NOL, and the change in the overall state tax rate. Including the effect of these items, the Company’s effective income tax rate for continuing operations was 43.6% and 27.9% in 2009 and 2008, respectively.

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

CASH FLOW

The primary needs for cash are to fund operations, acquire or construct new stores, renovate and expand existing stores, provide working capital for new and existing stores, invest in technology and distribution centers and service debt. The Company anticipates that cash on hand, cash generated from operating activities and borrowings under its revolving credit facility will be sufficient to sustain its current level of operations.

There are numerous general business and economic factors affecting the retail industry. These factors include consumer confidence levels, intense competition, global economic conditions and financial market stability. Significant changes in one or more of these factors could potentially have a material adverse impact on the Company’s ability to generate sufficient cash flows to operate its business. The Company expects to be able to manage its working capital and capital expenditure amounts so as to maintain sufficient levels of liquidity. Depending upon its actual and anticipated sources and uses of liquidity, conditions in the capital markets and other factors, the Company may from time to time consider the issuance of debt or other securities or other possible capital market transactions for the purpose of raising capital which could be used to refinance current indebtedness or for other corporate purposes.

Cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations was $124.4 million in 2010, $205.9 million in 2009 and $17.2 million in 2008. Cash provided by operating activities principally represents income before depreciation and non-cash charges and after changes in working capital. Working capital is significantly impacted by changes in inventory and accounts payable. Inventory levels typically increase or decrease to support expected sales levels, and accounts payable fluctuations are generally determined by the timing of

 

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merchandise purchases and payments. The $81.5 million decrease in cash flows from continuing operations in 2010 as compared to 2009 was primarily the result of changes in working capital, driven by the increase in inventory levels to support the increased sales for the period. The $188.7 million increase in cash flows from continuing operations in 2009 from 2008 was primarily driven by the loss from continuing operations of $57.7 million in 2009 compared to a loss from continuing operations of $126.6 million in 2008 and a reduction in working capital needs as a result of reduced inventory purchases in line with the 14.7% decrease in comparable store sales.

Cash used in investing activities from continuing operations was $55.2 million in 2010, $73.9 million in 2009, and $123.0 million in 2008. Cash used in investing activities primarily relates to construction of new stores, renovation and expansion of existing stores, and investments in support areas (e.g., technology and distribution centers). The $18.7 million decrease in cash used in 2010 was primarily related to a decrease in capital expenditures for the year. The $49.1 million decrease in cash used in 2009 was primarily related to a decrease in capital expenditures of approximately $52.7 million, partially offset by a decrease in proceeds from the sale of property and equipment of approximately $3.7 million.

Cash used in financing activities from continuing operations was $18.1 million in 2010, as compared to cash provided by financing activities of $18.8 million in 2009 and $35.5 million in 2008. During 2010, cash used in financing activities was primarily related to the payment of $22.9 million for the 7.5% senior notes that matured in December 2010 and $0.8 million repurchase of the 7.0% senior notes that mature in December 2013. During 2009, cash provided by financing activities related to $120.0 million of proceeds from the issuance of the 7.5% convertible notes and $95.1 million of proceeds, net of issuance costs, from the issuance of 14.9 million shares of the Company’s common stock. These inflows were partially offset by the repayment of borrowings under the revolving credit facility of $156.7 million, the early extinguishment of $23.0 million of 7.5% senior notes due in December 2010, the payment of $13.1 million of deferred financing costs related to the 7.5% convertible notes and the amended revolving credit facility agreement, and the payment on capital lease obligations of $4.7 million. The 2008 cash provided by financing activities related to proceeds of $156.7 million from the revolving credit facility and $4.1 million in proceeds from the issuance of common stock associated with stock option exercises partially offset by the repayments of long-term debt and capital lease obligations of approximately $89.2 million and $34.9 million of common stock repurchases.

During 2010 and 2009, there were no repurchases of common stock. During 2008, the Company repurchased approximately 2.9 million shares of its common stock at an average price of $11.83 per share and a total cost of approximately $34.9 million. As of January 29, 2011, there were 32.7 million shares remaining available for repurchase under the Company’s existing shares repurchase program.

CASH BALANCES AND LIQUIDITY

The Company’s primary sources of short-term liquidity are cash on hand and availability under its revolving credit facility. In November 2009, the Company entered into an amended and restated revolving credit agreement. The maximum borrowing capacity of the amended facility remains at $500.0 million, and the maturity date of the amended revolving credit agreement is November 2013. As of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, the Company maintained cash and cash equivalent balances of $197.9 million and $147.3 million, respectively. Exclusive of approximately $7.9 million and $11.0 million of store operating cash as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, respectively, cash was invested principally in money market funds, demand deposits, and time deposits.

As of January 29, 2011, the Company had no direct borrowings under its revolving credit facility, and had $18.9 million in unfunded letters of credit, which reduced the amount of availability under the facility. Borrowings are limited to a prescribed percentage of eligible inventories and receivables. There are no debt ratings-based provisions in the revolving credit facility. The facility includes a fixed-charge coverage ratio requirement of 1.0 to 1.0 that the Company is subject to only if availability under the facility becomes less than

 

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$87.5 million. The Company had $412.4 million of availability under the facility as of January 29, 2011. The availability is based primarily on current levels of inventory, less outstanding letters of credit. The amount of cash on hand and borrowings under the facility are influenced by a number of factors, including sales, inventory levels, vendor terms, the level of capital expenditures, cash requirements related to financing instruments, and the Company’s tax payment obligations, among others.

CAPITAL STRUCTURE

The Company continuously evaluates its debt-to-capitalization ratio in light of business and economic trends, interest rate levels, and the terms, conditions and availability of capital in the capital markets. As of January 29, 2011, the Company’s capital and financing structure was comprised of a revolving credit agreement, senior unsecured notes, convertible senior unsecured notes, and capital and operating leases. As of January 29, 2011, total funded debt (including the equity component of the convertible notes) was $549.3 million, representing a decrease of $26.4 million from the balance of $575.7 million at January 30, 2010. This decrease in debt was primarily the result of the payment of $22.9 million of senior notes that matured in December 2010, the repurchase of $0.8 million of the Company’s 7.0% senior notes that mature in 2013, and a net decrease in capital lease obligations of $2.7 million. Additionally, the debt-to-capitalization ratio decreased to 32.9% in 2010 from 36.1% in 2009.

Senior Revolving Credit Facility

As of January 29, 2011, the Company maintained a senior revolving credit facility maturing in 2013, which is secured by inventory and certain third party credit card accounts receivable. Borrowings are limited to a prescribed percentage of eligible inventories and receivables. There are no debt ratings-based provisions in the revolving credit facility. The facility includes a fixed-charge coverage ratio requirement of 1.0 to 1.0 that the Company is subject to only if availability under the facility becomes less than $87.5 million. As of January 29, 2011, the Company was not subject to the fixed charge coverage ratio requirement. The facility contains default provisions that are typical for this type of financing, including a provision that would trigger a default of the facility if a default were to occur in another debt instrument resulting in the acceleration of more than $20 million in principal of that other instrument. Borrowings under the facility bear interest at a per annum rate of either LIBOR plus a percentage ranging from 3.5% to 4.0%, or at the higher of the prime rate and federal funds rate plus a percentage ranging from 2.5% to 3.0%. Letters of credit are charged a per annum fee equal to the then applicable LIBOR borrowing spread (for standby letters of credit) or the applicable LIBOR spread minus 0.50% (for documentary or commercial letters of credit). The Company also pays an unused line fee ranging from 0.5% to 1.0% per annum on the average daily unused revolver.

As of January 29, 2011, the Company had no outstanding borrowings under the revolving credit facility. The senior revolving credit facility has a maximum capacity of $500 million.

Senior Notes

As of January 29, 2011, the Company had $145.6 million of senior notes outstanding, excluding the convertible notes, comprising three separate series having maturities ranging from 2011 to 2019 and interest rates ranging from 7.00% to 9.88%, of which $141.6 million mature in October 2011. The terms of each senior note call for all principal to be repaid at maturity. The senior notes have substantially identical terms except for the maturity dates and interest rates payable to investors. There are no financial covenants or debt-rating triggers associated with these notes and each senior note contains limitations on the amount of secured indebtedness the Company may incur.

In December 2010, the Company paid $22.9 million upon maturity of its 7.5% senior notes.

In May 2010, the Company repurchased $0.8 million of its 7% senior notes that mature in December 2013. The repurchase of these notes resulted in an immaterial loss on extinguishment of debt.

 

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In June and July 2009, the Company repurchased $23.0 million of its 7.5% senior notes that mature in December 2010. The repurchase of these notes resulted in a gain on extinguishment of debt of approximately $0.8 million.

7.5% Convertible Notes

As of January 29, 2011, the Company had $120 million of convertible notes outstanding that bear cash interest semiannually at an annual rate of 7.5% and mature in 2013. The provisions of the convertible notes allow the holder to convert the notes at any time to shares of the Company’s common stock at a conversion rate of 180.5869 shares per one thousand dollars in principal amount of notes. The Company can settle a conversion with shares, cash, or a combination thereof at its discretion. During 2009, the Company received net proceeds from the convertible notes of approximately $115.3 million after deducting initial purchasers’ discounts and offering expenses. The Company used the net proceeds to pay down amounts outstanding under its revolving credit facility and for general corporate purposes.

On February 1, 2009, the Company adopted a new standard related to accounting for convertible debt instruments that may be settled in cash upon conversion (including partial cash settlement), which specifies that issuers of such instruments should separately account for the liability and equity components in a manner that reflects the entity’s nonconvertible debt borrowing rate when interest cost is recognized in subsequent periods.

Upon issuance of the convertible notes, the Company estimated the fair value of the liability component of the 7.5% convertible notes, assuming a 13% non-convertible borrowing rate, to be $98.0 million. The difference between the fair value and the principal amount of the 7.5% convertible notes was $22.0 million. This amount was recorded as a debt discount and as an increase to additional paid-in capital as of the issuance date. The current unamortized discount of $15.2 million is being accreted to interest expense over the remaining 2.8 year period to the maturity date of the notes in December 2013 resulting in an increase in non-cash interest expense.

The convertible notes were classified within “long-term debt” on the Consolidated Balance Sheet as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010 because the Company can settle the principal amount of the notes with shares, cash, or a combination thereof at its discretion.

2.0% Convertible Senior Notes

As of January 30, 2010, the Company had $230 million of convertible senior notes outstanding that bear interest at a rate of 2.0% per annum and mature in 2024. The provisions of the convertible notes allow the holder to convert the notes to shares of the Company’s common stock at a conversion rate of 83.5609 shares per one thousand dollars in principal amount of notes (subject to an anti-dilution adjustment). The holder may put the debt back to the Company in 2014 or 2019 and the Company can call the debt on or after March 21, 2011. The Company can settle a conversion of the notes with shares, cash, or a combination thereof at its discretion. The holders may convert the notes at the following times, among others: if the Company’s share price is greater than 120% of the applicable conversion price for a certain trading period; if the credit ratings of the notes are below a certain threshold; or upon the occurrence of certain consolidations, mergers or share exchange transactions involving the Company. As of January 29, 2011, the conversion criteria with respect to the credit rating requirements were met.

The Company used approximately $25 million of the proceeds from the issuances to enter into a convertible note hedge and written call options on its common stock to reduce the exposure to dilution from the conversion of the notes.

Upon the February 1, 2009 adoption of the provisions of the standard related to accounting for convertible debt instruments that may be settled in cash upon conversion (including partial cash settlement), the Company estimated the fair value of the liability component, as of the date of issuance, of its 2.0% convertible senior notes

 

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assuming a 6.25% non-convertible borrowing rate to be $158.1 million. The difference between the fair value and the principal amount of the notes was $71.9 million. This amount was retrospectively recorded as a debt discount and as an increase to additional paid-in capital as of the issuance date. The discount is being accreted to interest expense over the ten-year period from the issuance date to the first put date of the notes in 2014 resulting in an increase in non-cash interest expense. The current unamortized discount of $27.4 million will be recognized over the remaining 3.1 year period.

The convertible notes were classified within “long-term debt” on the Consolidated Balance Sheet as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010 because the Company can settle the principal amount of the notes with shares, cash, or a combination thereof at its discretion.

The Company believes it will have sufficient cash on hand, availability under its revolving credit facility and access to various capital markets to repay both the senior notes and convertible notes at maturity.

Capital Leases

As of January 29, 2011, the Company had $53.7 million in capital leases covering various properties and pieces of equipment. The terms of the capital leases provide the lessor with a security interest in the asset being leased and require the Company to make periodic lease payments, aggregating between $6.0 million and $7.0 million per year.

CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS AND OFF-BALANCE SHEET ARRANGEMENTS

The contractual cash obligations at January 29, 2011 associated with the Company’s capital structure, as well as other contractual obligations, are illustrated in the following table:

 

      Payments Due by Period  

(Dollars in Millions)

   Within 1 year      Years 2-3      Years 4-5      After Year 5      Total  

Long-Term Debt, including interest

   $ 165       $ 148       $ 9       $ 270       $ 592   

Capital Lease Obligations, including interest

     12         23         20         35         90   

Operating Leases

     61         106         80         151         398   

Purchase Obligations

     451         17         18         —           486   

Other Long-Term Liabilities

     10         7         4         6         27   
                                            

Total Contractual Cash Obligations

   $ 699       $ 301       $ 131       $ 462       $ 1,593   
                                            

The Company’s purchase obligations principally consist of purchase orders for merchandise, store construction contract commitments, maintenance contracts, and services agreements and amounts due under employment agreements. Amounts committed under open purchase orders for merchandise inventory represent approximately $428 million of the purchase obligations within one year, a substantial portion of which are cancelable without penalty prior to a date that precedes the vendor’s scheduled shipment date.

Other long-term liabilities consist of the Company’s liabilities related to its supplemental executive retirement plan and long-term cash bonus plan. Additionally, the Company is obligated to fund a cash balance pension plan. The Company’s current policy is to maintain at least the minimum funding requirements specified by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. In November 2010, the Company voluntarily contributed approximately 1.8 million newly issued shares of the Company’s common stock, valued at approximately $20.0 million, in order to strengthen the funded status of the pension plan and reduce the amount of future funding requirements. The Company expects funding requirements of approximately $3.2 million in 2011, which is included within other long-term liabilities in the foregoing table.

 

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Other long-term liabilities excluded from the above table include deferred compensation obligations of $13.2 million as the timing of payments for this obligation is subject to employee elections and other employment factors. Other long-term liabilities also excluded from the above table include non-cash obligations for deferred rent and deferred property incentives. Other unrecorded obligations that have been excluded from the contractual obligations table include contingent rent payments, property taxes, insurance payments, amounts that might come due under change-in-control provisions of employment agreements, and common area maintenance costs.

Due to the uncertainty with respect to the timing of future cash flows associated with the Company’s unrecognized tax benefits at January 29, 2011, the Company is unable to make reasonably reliable estimates of the period of cash settlement with the respective taxing authority. Therefore, $14.3 million of unrecognized tax benefits have been excluded from the contractual obligations table above.

The Company has not entered into any off-balance sheet arrangements which would be reasonably likely to have a current or future material effect, such as obligations under certain guarantees or contracts, retained or contingent interests in assets transferred to an unconsolidated entity or similar arrangements, obligations under certain derivative arrangements, and obligations under material variable interests.

From time to time the Company has issued guarantees to landlords under leases of stores operated by its subsidiaries. Certain of these stores were sold in connection with the sale of the Saks Department Store Group to Belk, Inc. in 2005 and the sale of the Northern Department Store Group to The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. in 2006. If the purchasers fail to perform certain obligations under the leases guaranteed by the Company, the Company could have obligations to landlords under such guarantees. Based on the information currently available, management does not believe that its potential obligations under these lease guarantees would be material.

CREDIT CARDS

On April 15, 2003, the Company sold its proprietary credit card portfolio, consisting of the proprietary credit card accounts owned by the National Bank of the Great Lakes and the Company’s ownership interest in the assets of a trust, to HSBC, a third party financial institution.

As part of the transaction, for a term of ten years expiring in 2013 and pursuant to a program agreement, HSBC established and owns proprietary credit card accounts for customers of the Company’s operating subsidiaries, retains the benefits and risks associated with the ownership of the accounts, receives the finance charge income and incurs the bad debts associated with those accounts. During the ten-year term, pursuant to a servicing agreement, the Company continues to provide key customer service functions, including new account openings, transaction authorizations, billing adjustments and customer inquiries, and receives compensation from HSBC for these services.

At the end of the ten-year term expiring in 2013, the agreement can be renewed for two two-year terms. At the end of the agreement, the Company has the right to repurchase, at fair value, substantially all of the accounts and outstanding accounts receivable, negotiate a new agreement with HSBC or begin issuing private label credit cards itself or through others. The agreement allows the Company to terminate the agreement early following the occurrence of certain events, the most significant of which would be HSBC’s failure to pay owed amounts, bankruptcy, a change in control or a material adverse change in HSBC’s ability to perform under the agreement. The agreement also allows for HSBC to terminate the agreement if the Company fails to pay owed amounts or enters bankruptcy. Should either the Company or HSBC choose to terminate the agreement early, the Company has the right, but not the requirement, to repurchase substantially all credit card accounts and associated accounts receivable from HSBC at their fair value. The Company is contingently liable to pay monies to HSBC in the event of an early termination or a significant disposition of stores. The contingent payment is based upon a declining portion of an amount established at the beginning of the ten-year agreement and on a prorated portion of significant store closings. The maximum contingent payment had the agreement been terminated early on January 29, 2011 would have been approximately $10.9 million. Management believes the risk of incurring a contingent payment is remote.

 

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The Company and HSBC have entered into several amendments to the program agreement since 2003. In October 2009, the Company and HSBC entered into a fifth amendment to the program agreement in response to macroeconomic conditions and portfolio performance, which provided for certain changes to the allocation of risk and revenue sharing between the parties. The fifth amendment, which became effective February 1, 2010, provides for HSBC to share with the Company certain credit losses of the card portfolio and also provides increased revenue sharing to the Company.

In September 2006, the Company entered into agreements with HSBC and MasterCard International Incorporated to issue a co-branded MasterCard card to new and existing proprietary credit card customers. Under this program, qualifying customers are issued a SFA and MasterCard-branded credit card that functions as a traditional proprietary credit card when used at any SFA or OFF 5TH store and at Saks Direct or as a MasterCard card when used at any unaffiliated location that accepts MasterCard cards. HSBC establishes and owns the co-brand accounts, retains the benefits and sales associated with the ownership of the accounts, receives the finance charge and other income from the accounts, and incurs the bad-debts associated with the accounts.

CAPITAL NEEDS

The Company estimates capital expenditures for 2011 will be between $65 and $75 million, net of any proceeds including tenant allowances, primarily for store renovations, enhancements to management information systems, maintenance capital and replacement capital expenditures. The Company anticipates that working capital requirements related to existing stores, store renovations and capital expenditures will be funded through cash on hand, cash provided by operations, and the revolving credit facility.

CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES AND ESTIMATES

The Company’s critical accounting policies and estimates are discussed in the notes to the consolidated financial statements. Certain judgments and estimates utilized in implementing these accounting policies are likewise discussed in each of the notes to the consolidated financial statements. The following discussion sets forth the judgments and uncertainties affecting the application of these policies and estimates and the likelihood that materially different amounts would be reported under varying conditions and assumptions.

REVENUE RECOGNITION

Sales and the related gross margin are recorded at the time customers provide a satisfactory form of payment and take ownership of the merchandise or direct its shipment. Revenue associated with gift cards is recognized upon redemption of the card. There are minimal accounting judgments and uncertainties affecting the application of this policy. The Company estimates the amount of goods that will be returned for a refund based on historical trends and reduces sales and gross margin by that amount. However, given that approximately 22% of merchandise sold is later returned and that the vast majority of merchandise returns occur within a short time after the selling transaction, the risk of the Company realizing a materially different amount for sales and gross margin than reported in the consolidated financial statements is minimal.

COST OF SALES AND INVENTORY VALUATION

Merchandise inventories are stated at the lower of cost or market, with cost being determined using the first-in, first-out (“FIFO”) retail inventory method. Under the retail inventory method, the valuation of inventories at cost and the resulting gross margins are determined by applying a calculated cost-to-retail ratio to the retail value of inventories. The cost of the inventory reflected on the consolidated balance sheet is decreased with a charge to cost of sales contemporaneous with the lowering of the retail value of the inventory on the sales floor through the use of markdowns. Hence, earnings are negatively impacted as the merchandise is being devalued with markdowns prior to the sale of the merchandise. The areas requiring significant management judgment include (1) setting the original retail value for the merchandise held for sale, (2) recognizing

 

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merchandise for which the customer’s perception of value has declined and appropriately marking the retail value of the merchandise down to the perceived value, and (3) estimating the shrinkage that has occurred through theft during the period between physical inventory counts.

These judgments and estimates, coupled with the averaging processes within the retail method, can, under certain circumstances, produce varying financial results. Factors that can lead to different financial results include setting original retail prices for merchandise held for sale too high, failure to identify a decline in perceived value of inventories and process the appropriate retail value markdowns, and overly optimistic or overly conservative inventory shrinkage estimates. The Company believes it has the appropriate merchandise valuation and pricing controls in place to minimize the risk that its inventory values would be materially under or overvalued.

The Company regularly records a provision for estimated shrinkage, thereby reducing the carrying value of merchandise inventory. A complete physical inventory of all the Company’s stores and distribution facilities is performed annually, with the recorded amount of merchandise inventory being adjusted to coincide with this physical count. The differences between the estimated amount of shrinkage and the actual amount realized have been insignificant.

The Company receives vendor provided support in different forms. When the vendor provides support for inventory markdowns, the Company records the support as a reduction to cost of sales. Such support is recorded in the period that the corresponding markdowns are taken. When the Company receives inventory-related support that is not designated for markdowns, the Company includes this support as a reduction in cost purchases.

SELF-INSURANCE RESERVES

The Company self-insures a substantial portion of its exposure for costs related primarily to employee medical, workers’ compensation and general liability. Expenses are recorded based on estimates for reported and incurred but not reported claims considering a number of factors, including historical claims experience, severity factors, litigation costs, inflation and other assumptions. Although the Company does not expect the amount it will ultimately pay to differ significantly from its estimates, self-insurance reserves could be affected if future claims experience differs significantly from the historical trends and assumptions.

DEPRECIATION AND RECOVERABILITY OF CAPITAL ASSETS

Over forty percent of the Company’s assets at January 29, 2011 are represented by investments in property and equipment. Determining appropriate depreciable lives and reasonable assumptions for use in evaluating the carrying value of capital assets requires judgments and estimates.

 

   

Depreciation is computed using the straight-line method over the estimated useful lives of the assets. Land is not depreciated. Buildings and building improvements are depreciated over 20 to 40 years. Store fixtures are depreciated over 10 years. Equipment utilized in stores (e.g., escalators) and in support areas (e.g., distribution centers, technology) and fixtures in support areas are depreciated over 3 to 10 years. Leasehold improvements are amortized over the shorter of their estimated useful lives or their related lease terms, generally ranging from 10 to 20 years. Internally generated computer software is amortized over 3 to 7 years. Generally, there is no estimated salvage value at the end of the useful life of the assets.

 

   

Costs incurred when constructing stores, including interest expense, are capitalized. The Company may receive allowances from landlords related to the construction. If the landlord is determined to be the primary beneficiary of the property, then the portion of those allowances attributable to the property owned by the landlord is considered to be a deferred rent liability, whereas the corresponding capital expenditures related to that store are considered to be prepaid rent. Allowances in excess of the amounts attributable to the property owned by the landlord are considered improvement allowances and are recorded as deferred rent liabilities that are amortized over the life of the lease. Capital expenditures are also reduced when the Company receives cash and allowances from merchandise vendors to fund the construction of vendor shops.

 

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To the extent the Company remodels or otherwise replaces or disposes of property and equipment prior to the end of their assigned depreciable lives, the Company could realize a loss or gain on the disposition. To the extent assets continue to be used beyond their assigned depreciable lives, no depreciation expense is being realized. The Company reassesses the depreciable lives in an effort to reduce the risk of significant losses or gains at disposition and utilization of assets with no depreciation charges. The reassessment of depreciable lives involves utilizing historical remodel and disposition activity and forward-looking capital expenditure plans.

 

   

Long-lived assets are evaluated for recoverability whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of such assets may not be recoverable, such as opening a new store near an existing store, announcing plans for a store closure, a history of store operating losses, etc. The recoverability assessment requires judgments and estimates for future store generated cash flows. The underlying estimates of future cash flows include assumptions about key store variables, including sales, gross margin rates, and store expenses.

LEASES

The Company leases certain stores, its distribution centers, and its administrative facilities under operating leases. Store lease agreements generally include rent holidays, rent escalation clauses and contingent rent provisions for a percentage of sales in excess of specified levels. Most of the Company’s lease agreements include renewal periods at the Company’s option. The Company recognizes rent holiday periods and scheduled rent increases on a straight-line basis over the lease term beginning with the date the Company takes possession of the leased space. Rent expense incurred prior to the opening of a store is charged to Store Pre-Opening Costs. The Company records tenant improvement allowances and rent holidays as deferred rent liabilities on the Consolidated Balance Sheets and amortizes the deferred rent over the terms of the lease to rent expense in the Consolidated Statements of Income. The Company records rent liabilities on the Consolidated Balance Sheets for contingent percentage of sales lease provisions when the Company determines that it is probable that the specified levels will be reached during the fiscal year.

INCOME AND OTHER TAXES

The majority of the Company’s net deferred tax assets of $249.5 million at January 29, 2011 consist of federal and state NOL carryforwards that will expire between 2011 and 2030. The majority of the NOL carryforward is a result of the net operating losses incurred during the fiscal years ended January 30, 2010 and January 31, 2009 principally due to difficult market and macroeconomic conditions. We have concluded, based on the weight of all available positive and negative evidence that all but $30.1 million of these tax benefits relating to certain state losses are more likely than not to be realized in the future. Therefore, a valuation allowance for the $30.1 million has been established. The Company evaluates the realizability of its deferred tax assets on a quarterly basis. In 2010, this evaluation resulted in a net reduction to the reserve against state deferred tax assets of $2.2 million, impacting the Company’s results of operations. A similar analysis was performed in 2009, which resulted in an additional reserve against state deferred tax assets of $3.0 million. While the Company has incurred a cumulative loss over the three-year period ended January 29, 2011, after evaluating all available evidence including past operating results, current year operating income, the macroeconomic factors contributing to the 2008 and 2009 fiscal loss, the length of the carryforward periods available and the Company’s forecast of future taxable income, including the availability of prudent and feasible tax planning strategies, the Company concluded that it is more likely than not the deferred tax asset, net of the $30.1 million valuation allowance related to state NOLs, will be realized. The Company will continue to assess the need for additional valuation allowance in the future. If future results are less than projected or tax planning strategies are no longer viable, then additional valuation allowance may be required to reduce the deferred tax assets which could have a material impact on the Company’s results of operations in the period in which it is recorded.

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amount of deductions, the allocation of income among various tax jurisdictions and compliance with federal, state and local tax laws. In evaluating the exposure associated with various tax filing positions, the Company often accrues for exposures related to uncertain tax positions.

The Company had approximately $14.3 million and $40.4 million of gross unrecognized tax benefits as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, respectively. As of January 29, 2011, $7.8 million represents the amount of unrecognized tax benefits that, if recognized, would impact the effective income tax rate in any future periods. The Company continually evaluates its tax filing positions and to the extent the Company prevails on audits or statutes of limitation expire, the unrecognized tax benefits could be realized.

The Company files a consolidated U.S. Federal income tax return as well as state tax returns in multiple state jurisdictions. The Company has completed examinations by the Internal Revenue Service or the statute of limitations has expired for taxable years through February 3, 2007 with no significant adjustments. With respect to the state and local jurisdictions, the Company has completed examinations in many jurisdictions through the same period and beyond and currently has examinations in progress for several jurisdictions.

PENSION PLANS

The Company sponsors a funded defined-benefit cash balance pension plan (“Pension Plan”) and an unfunded supplemental executive retirement plan (“SERP”) for certain employees of the Company. The Company amended the Pension Plan during 2006, freezing benefit accruals for all participants except those who have attained age 55 and completed 10 years of credited service as of January 1, 2007, who are considered to be non-highly compensated employees. In January 2009, the Company amended the Pension Plan to suspend future benefit accruals for all remaining participants in the plan effective March 13, 2009. This curtailment resulted in a gain of approximately $0.6 million for the year ended January 31, 2009.

Pension expense is based on actuarial models used to estimate the total benefits ultimately payable to participants and is allocated to the respective service periods. The actuarial assumptions used to calculate pension costs are reviewed annually. The Company’s funding policy provides that contributions to the pension trusts shall be at least equal to the minimum funding requirement of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. The Company may provide additional contributions from time to time, generally not to exceed the maximum tax-deductible limitation. The Pension Plan and SERP are valued annually as of the Company’s fiscal year-end balance sheet date. The projected unit credit method is utilized in recognizing the pension liabilities.

Effective January 31, 2009, in accordance with a new accounting pronouncement, the Company changed its measurement date from November 1 to the date of its fiscal year end. The Company elected to adopt the change in measurement date using the alternative transition method. In accordance with the alternative transition method, the actuarial valuation provided a 15-month projection of net periodic benefit cost to January 31, 2009 that resulted in a $0.3 million decrease to 2008 ending retained earnings.

Pension assumptions are based upon management’s best estimates as of the annual measurement date.

 

   

The discount rate is primarily used in calculating the Company’s pension obligation, which is represented by the Accumulated Benefit Obligation (“ABO”) and the Projected Benefit Obligation (“PBO”) and in calculating net periodic benefit expense. The discount rate utilized is based upon pension discount curves and bond portfolio curves over a duration that is similar to the expected future cash flows of the plans as of the measurement date. As of January 29, 2011, the discount rate used to calculate the ABO and PBO was 4.8% and 5.1% for the Pension Plan and SERP, respectively. To the extent the discount rate increases or decreases, the Company’s PBO is decreased or increased, respectively. The estimated effect of a 0.25% change in the discount rate is approximately $2.5 million on the PBO and approximately $0.1 million on annual pension expense. To the extent the PBO increases, the after-tax effect of such increases would reduce Other Comprehensive Income and Shareholders’ Equity.

 

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The expected long-term rate of return on plan assets is used primarily in calculating the expected return on plan assets component of the Company’s net periodic benefit expense. The Company’s estimate of the expected long-term rate of return considers the historical returns on plan assets, as well as the future expectations of returns on classes of assets within the target asset allocation of the plan asset portfolio. The assumed expected long-term rate of return on plan assets is the weighted average rate of earnings expected on the funds invested or to be invested to provide for the benefits included in the PBO. The Company’s investment strategy is to maintain a diversified portfolio of asset classes with the primary goal of ensuring that funds are available to meet the Pension Plan’s benefit obligations when they become due, while maintaining an appropriate level of risk. The Pension Plan’s target asset allocation is determined by the Company’s Retirement Committee and for the year ended January 29, 2011, the Pension Plan’s target asset allocation was approximately 55% equity, 40% fixed income, and 5% real estate. To the extent the actual rate of return on assets realized is greater than or less than the assumed rate of return, that year’s annual pension expense is not affected. Rather, the gain or loss is recognized in Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income and would reduce or increase future pension expense over a period of approximately 10 years. The Company’s expected long-term rate of return on plan assets was 8.0% in 2010. The estimated effect of a 0.50% change in the long-term rate of return on plan assets is $0.6 million on the net periodic benefit expense.

 

   

The assumed average rate of compensation increase is the average annual compensation increase expected over the remaining employment periods for the participating employees and is primarily used in calculating the PBO and net periodic benefit expense. No assumption was used in 2010 as the Pension Plan was amended to suspend all future benefit accruals for all active participants.

RECENTLY ISSUED ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS

In January 2010, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued an accounting standard update related to improving disclosures about fair value measurements. The update requires reporting entities to make new disclosures about recurring or nonrecurring fair value measurements including significant transfers into and out of Level 1 and Level 2 fair value measurements and information on purchases, sales, issuances, and settlements on a gross basis in the reconciliation of Level 3 fair value measurements. The accounting standard update is effective for reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2009, except for Level 3 reconciliation disclosures which are effective for periods beginning after December 15, 2010. Adoption of this accounting standard update as it relates to Level 1 and Level 2 fair value disclosures did not impact the Company’s consolidated financial statements. The Company does not expect the adoption of the accounting standard update related to the Level 3 reconciliation disclosures to have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.

ADOPTION OF NEW ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS

On January 31, 2010, the Company adopted a new standard that changed the accounting for transfers of financial assets. This new standard eliminates the concept of a qualified special-purpose entity, removes the scope exception from applying the accounting standards that address the consolidation of variable interest entities to qualifying special-purpose entities, changes the standard for de-recognizing financial assets, and requires enhanced disclosure. The adoption of this new standard did not impact the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

On January 31, 2010, the Company adopted a new standard for determining whether to consolidate a variable interest entity. This new standard eliminated a mandatory quantitative approach to determine whether a variable interest gives the entity a controlling financial interest in a variable interest entity in favor of a qualitatively focused analysis and required an ongoing reassessment of whether an entity is the primary beneficiary. The adoption of this new standard did not impact the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

 

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On February 1, 2009, the Company retrospectively adopted a new standard related to accounting for convertible debt instruments that may be settled in cash upon conversion (including partial cash settlement). The standard specifies that issuers of such instruments should separately account for the liability and equity components in a manner that will reflect the entity’s nonconvertible debt borrowing rate when interest cost is recognized in subsequent periods. The effect of the adoption is disclosed in Note 6 to the consolidated financial statements.

In May 2009, the FASB issued guidance regarding subsequent events, which was subsequently updated in February 2010. This guidance established general standards of accounting for and disclosure of events that occur after the balance sheet date but before financial statements are issued or are available to be issued. In particular, this guidance sets forth the period after the balance sheet date during which management of a reporting entity should evaluate events or transactions that may occur for potential recognition or disclosure in the financial statements, the circumstances under which an entity should recognize events or transactions occurring after the balance sheet date in its financial statements, and the disclosures that an entity should make about events or transactions that occurred after the balance sheet date. This guidance was effective for financial statements issued for fiscal years and interim periods ending after June 15, 2009, and was therefore adopted by the Company for the second quarter 2009 reporting. The adoption did not have a significant impact on the subsequent events that the Company reports, either through recognition or disclosure, in the consolidated financial statements. In February 2010, the FASB amended its guidance on subsequent events to remove the requirement to disclose the date through which an entity has evaluated subsequent events, alleviating conflicts with SEC guidance.

In December 2008, the FASB issued additional guidance on employers’ disclosures about the plan assets of defined benefit pension or other postretirement plans. The new disclosure requirements include a description of how investment allocation decisions are made, major categories of plan assets, valuation techniques used to measure the fair value of plan assets, the impact of measurement using significant unobservable inputs and concentrations of risk within plan assets. The new disclosure requirements are effective for fiscal years ending after December 15, 2009. See Note 8 to the consolidated financial statements for the disclosures required in accordance with this accounting standard.

RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

See Item 13, Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, in this Form 10-K.

FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION

The information contained in this Form 10-K that addresses future results or expectations is considered “forward-looking” information within the definition of the Federal securities laws. Forward-looking information in this document can be identified through the use of words such as “may,” “will,” “intend,” “plan,” “project,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “should,” “would,” “believe,” “estimate,” “contemplate,” “possible,” and “point.” The forward-looking information is premised on many factors, some of which are outlined below. Actual consolidated results might differ materially from projected forward-looking information.

The forward-looking information and statements are or may be based on a series of projections and estimates and involve risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include such factors as: the level of consumer spending for luxury apparel and other merchandise carried by the Company and its ability to respond quickly to consumer trends; macroeconomic conditions and their effect on consumer spending; the Company’s ability to secure adequate financing; adequate and stable sources of merchandise; the competitive pricing environment within the retail sector; the effectiveness of planned advertising, marketing, and promotional campaigns; favorable customer response to relationship marketing efforts of proprietary credit card loyalty programs; appropriate inventory management; effective expense control; successful operation of the Company’s proprietary credit card strategic alliance with HSBC; geo-political risks; the performance of the financial markets; changes in interest rates; and fluctuations in foreign currency. For additional information regarding these and other risk factors, please refer to Item 1A of Part I in this Form 10-K.

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Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.

The Company’s exposure to market risk primarily arises from changes in interest rates and the U.S. equity and bond markets. The effects of changes in interest rates on earnings generally have been small relative to other factors that also affect earnings, such as sales and operating margins. The Company seeks to manage exposure to adverse interest rate changes through its normal operating and financing activities, and if appropriate, through the use of derivative financial instruments. Such derivative instruments can be used as part of an overall risk management program in order to manage the costs and risks associated with various financial exposures. The Company does not enter into derivative instruments for trading purposes. The Company is exposed to interest rate risk primarily through its borrowings under its revolving credit facility.

Based on the Company’s market risk sensitive instruments outstanding at January 29, 2011, the Company has determined that there was no material market risk exposure to the Company’s consolidated financial position, results of operations, or cash flows as of such date.

Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.

Information called for by this item is set forth in the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements and supplementary data contained in this report beginning on page F-1.

Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure.

None.

Item 9A. Controls and Procedures.

DISCLOSURE CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

Under the supervision and with the participation of the Company’s management, including the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, the Company conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of its disclosure controls and procedures (as such term is defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Exchange Act) as of the end of the period covered by this report. Based on this evaluation, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures were effective as of such date. The Company’s disclosure controls and procedures are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Company in the reports it files or submits under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms and that such information is accumulated and communicated to management, including the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

MANAGEMENT’S REPORT ON INTERNAL CONTROL OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING

Management of the Company is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting, as such term is defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(e). The Company’s internal control over financial reporting is designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A control system, no matter how well designed and operated, can provide only reasonable, not absolute, assurance that the control system’s objectives will be met. The design of a control system must reflect the fact that there are resource constraints, and the benefits of controls must be considered relative to their costs. Further, because of the inherent limitations in all control systems, no evaluation of controls can provide absolute assurance that misstatements due to error or fraud will not occur or that all control issues and instances of fraud, if any, within the Company have been detected. The design of any system of controls is based in part on certain assumptions about the likelihood of future events, and there can be no assurance that any design will succeed in achieving its stated goals under all potential future conditions.

 

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Under the supervision and with the participation of the Company’s management, including the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, management of the Company conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of the end of the period covered by this report based on the framework set forth in the Internal Control-Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission. Based on this evaluation, management concluded that, as of January 29, 2011, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting was effective based on those criteria.

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, the independent registered public accounting firm that audited the financial statements included in this report, has issued an attestation report on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting which appears in Item 15.

CHANGES IN INTERNAL CONTROL OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING

There were no changes in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the quarter ended January 29, 2011 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.

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PART III

Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance.

The information required by this Item with respect to the Company’s directors is incorporated by reference to the section entitled “Election of Directors” in the Company’s Proxy Statement to be filed in connection with the Company’s 2011 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the “Proxy Statement”). The information required by this Item with respect to the Company’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and Audit Committee (including the Company’s “audit committee financial expert”) is incorporated by reference to the section of the Proxy Statement entitled “Corporate Governance.”

The information required by this Item with respect to the Company’s executive officers is set forth under “Executive Officers of the Registrant” in this Form 10-K Report.

The information required by this Item with respect to Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act is incorporated by reference to the section of the Proxy Statement entitled “Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance.”

Item 11. Executive Compensation.

The information required by this Item with respect to director and executive officer compensation is incorporated by reference to the section of the Proxy Statement entitled “Executive Compensation.”

Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters.

The information required by this Item with respect to security ownership of certain beneficial owners and management is incorporated by reference to the section of the Proxy Statement entitled “Stock Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management.”

The remaining information called for by this item relating to “Securities Authorized for Issuance under Equity Compensation Plans” is provided in Part II, Item 5. “Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities” of this Form 10-K Report.

Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence.

The information required by this Item with respect to certain relationships and related transactions, and director independence is incorporated by reference to the sections of the Proxy Statement entitled “Certain Relationships and Related Transactions” and “Corporate Governance.”

Item 14. Principal Accounting Fees and Services.

The information required by this Item with respect to principal accountants fees and services is incorporated by reference to the section of the Proxy Statement entitled “Fees Paid to Auditors.”

 

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PART IV

Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules.

 

(a) The following documents are filed as part of this report:

 

  (1)-(2) Financial Statements and Schedules—The list of consolidated financial statements and schedules set forth in the Index to Consolidated Financial Statements on page F-1 herein is incorporated herein by reference. All other financial statement schedules are omitted since they are not required or are not applicable, or the required information is included in the consolidated financials statements or notes thereto.

 

  (2) Exhibits—The exhibits listed in the accompanying Index to Exhibits immediately following the signature page to this Report.

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) 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 on March 18, 2011.

 

SAKS INCORPORATED
By:   /S/    KEVIN G. WILLS
  Kevin G. Wills
  Executive Vice President and
  Chief Financial Officer

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant and in the capacities indicated on March 18, 2011.

 

/S/    STEPHEN I. SADOVE

Stephen I. Sadove
Chief Executive Officer
Chairman of the Board
Principal Executive Officer

/S/    KEVIN G. WILLS

Kevin G. Wills
Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer
Principal Financial and Accounting Officer

/S/    DONALD E. HESS

Donald E. Hess
Lead Director

/S/    ROBERT B. CARTER

Robert B. Carter
Director

/S/    MICHAEL S. GROSS

Michael S. Gross
Director

/S/    MARGUERITE W. KONDRACKE

Marguerite W. Kondracke
Director

/S/    JERRY W. LEVIN

Jerry W. Levin
Director

/S/    NORA P. MCANIFF

Nora P. McAniff
Director

/S/    C. WARREN NEEL

C. Warren Neel
Director

/S/    CHRISTOPHER J. STADLER

Christopher J. Stadler
Director

/S/    RONALD DE WAAL

Ronald de Waal
Director

 

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EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit No.

    

Description

  3.1       Composite of Charter of Saks Incorporated (the “Company”) (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3(i) to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on July 30, 2009)
  3.2       Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Company (as amended through December 9, 2009) (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on December 14, 2009)
  4.1       Indenture, dated as of December 2, 1998, among the Company, the Subsidiary Guarantors, and The First National Bank of Chicago, as Trustee, related to the 7 1/2% Notes due 2010 (the “2010 Notes”) (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.4 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on December 4, 1998)
  4.2       First Supplemental Indenture, dated as of February 17, 1999, among the Company, the Subsidiary Guarantors and The First National Bank of Chicago, as Trustee, related to the 2010 Notes (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.2.1 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2009 (the “2008 10-K”))
  4.3       Second Supplemental Indenture, dated as of May 18, 2000, among the Company, the Subsidiary Guarantors and Bank One Trust Company, National Association, successor-in-interest to The First National Bank of Chicago, as Trustee, related to the 2010 Notes (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.2.2 to the 2008 10-K)
  4.4       Third Supplemental Indenture, dated as of April 18, 2001, among the Company, the Subsidiary Guarantors and Bank One Trust Company, National Association, successor-in-interest to The First National Bank of Chicago, as Trustee, related to the 2010 Notes (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.2.3 to the 2008 10-K)
  4.5       Fourth Supplemental Indenture, dated as of November 19, 2001, among the Company, the Subsidiary Guarantors and Bank One Trust Company, National Association, successor-in-interest to The First National Bank of Chicago, as Trustee, related to the 2010 Notes (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.2.4 to 2008 10-K)
  4.6       Fifth Supplemental Indenture, dated as of February 12, 2002, among the Company, the Subsidiary Guarantors and Bank One Trust Company, National Association, successor-in-interest to The First National Bank of Chicago, as Trustee, related to the 2010 Notes (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.2.5 to the 2008 10-K)
  4.7       Sixth Supplemental Indenture, dated as of June 23, 2004, among the Company, the Subsidiary Guarantors and J.P. Morgan Trust Company, National Association, successor-in-interest to The First National Bank of Chicago, as Trustee, related to the 2010 Notes (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.2.6 to 2008 10-K)
  4.8       Seventh Supplemental Indenture, dated as of July 19, 2005, among the Company, the Subsidiary Guarantors named therein, and J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. as Trustee, related to the 2010 Notes (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on July 21, 2005)
  4.9       Eighth Supplemental Indenture, dated as of January 31, 2010, among the Company, the Subsidiary Guarantors named therein, and The Bank of New York Mellon (successor in interest to J.P. Morgan Trust Company, National Association), as Trustee, related to the 2010 Notes (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.9 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 30, 2010 (the “2009 10-K”))
  4.10       Indenture, dated as of February 17, 1999, among the Company, the Subsidiary Guarantors, and The First National Bank of Chicago, as trustee, related to the 7 3/8% Notes due 2019 (the “2019 Notes”) (incorporated by reference to the Exhibit 4.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on February 19, 1999)

 

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Exhibit No.

    

Description

  4.11       Second Supplemental Indenture, dated as of May 18, 2000, among the Company, the Subsidiary Guarantors and Bank One Trust Company, National Association, successor-in-interest to The First National Bank of Chicago, as Trustee, related to the 2019 Notes (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.3.1 to the 2008 10-K)
  4.12       Third Supplemental Indenture, dated as of April 18, 2001, among the Company, the Subsidiary Guarantors and Bank One Trust Company, National Association, successor-in-interest to The First National Bank of Chicago, as Trustee, related 2019 Notes (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.3.2 to the 2008 10-K)
  4.13       Fourth Supplemental Indenture, dated as of November 19, 2001, among the Company, the Subsidiary Guarantors and Bank One Trust Company, National Association, successor-in-interest to The First National Bank of Chicago, as Trustee, related to the 2019 Notes (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.3.3 to the 2008 10-K)
  4.14       Fifth Supplemental Indenture, dated as of February 12, 2002, among the Company, the Subsidiary Guarantors and Bank One Trust Company, National Association, successor-in-interest to The First National Bank of Chicago, as Trustee, related to the 2019 Notes (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.3.4 to the 2008 10-K)
  4.15       Sixth Supplemental Indenture, dated as of June 23, 2004, among the Company, the Subsidiary Guarantors and J.P. Morgan Trust Company, National Association, successor-in-interest to The First National Bank of Chicago, as Trustee, related to the 2019 Notes (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.3.5 to the 2008 10-K)
  4.16       Seventh Supplemental Indenture, dated as of July 19, 2005, among the Company, the Subsidiary Guarantors named therein, and J.P. Morgan Trust Company, National Association, as Trustee, related to the 2019 Notes (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.3 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on July 21, 2005)
  4.17       Eighth Supplemental Indenture, dated as of January 31, 2010, among the Company, the Subsidiary Guarantors named therein, and The Bank of New York Mellon (successor in interest to J.P. Morgan Trust Company, National Association), as Trustee, related to the 2019 Notes (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.17 to the 2009 10-K)
  4.18       Indenture, dated as of October 4, 2001, among the Company, the Subsidiary Guarantors, and Bank One Trust Company, National Association, as trustee, related to the 9 7/8% Notes due 2011 (the “2011 Notes”) (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on October 11, 2001)
  4.19       First Supplemental Indenture, dated as of November 19, 2001, among the Company, the Subsidiary Guarantors and Bank One Trust Company, National Association, as Trustee, related to the 2011 Notes (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.4.1 to the 2008 10-K)
  4.20       Second Supplemental Indenture, dated as of February 12, 2002, among the Company, the Subsidiary Guarantors and Bank One Trust Company, National Association, as Trustee, related to the 2011 Notes (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.4.2 to the 2008 10-K)
  4.21       Third Supplemental Indenture, dated as of June 23, 2004, among the Company, the Subsidiary Guarantors and J.P. Morgan Trust Company, National Association, successor-in-interest to Bank One Trust Company, National Association, as Trustee, related to the 2011 Notes (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.4.3 to the 2008 10-K)
  4.22       Fourth Supplemental Indenture, dated as of July 1, 2005, among the Company, the Subsidiary Guarantors named therein, and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as trustee, related to the 2011 Notes (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.2 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on July 6, 2005)

 

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Exhibit No.

    

Description

  4.23       Fifth Supplemental Indenture, dated as of January 31, 2010, among the Company, the Subsidiary Guarantors named therein, and The Bank of New York Mellon (successor in interest to J.P. Morgan Trust Company, National Association), as Trustee, related to the 2011 Notes (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.23 to the 2009 10-K)
  4.24       Indenture, dated as of December 8, 2003, among the Company, the Subsidiary Guarantors named therein, and the Bank of New York, as Trustee, related to the 7% Notes due 2013 (the “2013 Notes”) (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on December 11, 2003)
  4.25       First Supplemental Indenture, dated as of May 20, 2004, among the Company, the Subsidiary Guarantors and the Bank of New York, as Trustee, related to the 2013 Notes (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.8.1 to the 2008 10-K)
  4.26       Second Supplemental Indenture, dated as of July 19, 2005, among the Company, the Subsidiary Guarantors named therein, and The Bank of New York Trust Company, N.A., as trustee, related to the 2013 Notes (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.2 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on July 21, 2005)
  4.27       Third Supplemental Indenture, dated as of January 31, 2010, among the Company, the Subsidiary Guarantors named therein, and The Bank of New York Mellon (successor in interest to The Bank of New York Trust Company, N.A.), as Trustee, related to the 2013 Notes (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.27 to the 2009 10-K)
  4.28       Indenture, dated as of March 23, 2004, between the Company, the Subsidiary Guarantors named therein, and The Bank of New York Trust Company, N.A., as trustee, related to the 2.00% Convertible Senior Notes due 2024 (the “2024 Notes”) (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.1 to the Form 8-K of Saks Incorporated filed on March 26, 2004)
  4.29       Supplemental Indenture, dated as of July 1, 2005, among the Company, the Subsidiary Guarantors named therein, and The Bank of New York Trust Company, N.A., as trustee, related to the 2024 Notes (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on July 6, 2005)
  4.30       Second Supplemental Indenture, dated as of January 31, 2010, among the Company, the Subsidiary Guarantors named therein, and The Bank of New York Mellon (successor in interest to The Bank of New York Trust Company, N.A.), as Trustee, related to the 2024 Notes (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.30 to the 2009 10-K)
  4.31       Indenture, dated as of May 27, 2009, between the Company, the subsidiary guarantors named therein and The Bank of New York Mellon, as Trustee, related to the 7.50% Convertible Notes due 2013 (the “2013 Convertible Notes”) (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on May 27, 2009)
  4.32       Supplemental Indenture, dated as of January 31, 2010, among the Company, the Subsidiary Guarantors named therein, and The Bank of New York Mellon, as Trustee, related to the 2013 Convertible Notes (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.32 to the 2009 10-K)
  10.1       Supplemental Transaction Agreement, dated as of April 14, 2003, among the Company, National Bank of the Great Lakes, Saks Credit Corporation, Household Finance Corporation, and Household Bank (SB), N.A. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 2.2 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on April 29, 2003)
  10.2       Servicing Agreement, dated as of April 15, 2003, between Saks Fifth Avenue, Inc. (successor by merger to Jackson Office Properties, Inc., which was the successor to McRae’s, Inc.) and Household Corporation (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 2.3 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on April 29, 2003)

 

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Exhibit No.

    

Description

  10.3       First Amendment to Servicing Agreement, dated May 27, 2005, between Household Corporation and Saks Fifth Avenue, Inc. (successor by merger to Jackson Office Properties, Inc., which was the successor to McRae’s, Inc.) (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.6.1 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 2, 2008 (the “2007 10-K”))
  10.4       Amendment to Servicing Agreement, dated April 4, 2007, between Household Corporation and Saks Fifth Avenue, Inc. (successor by merger to Jackson Office Properties, Inc., which was the successor to McRae’s, Inc.) and Program Agreement between the Company, Saks Fifth Avenue, Inc. (successor by merger to Jackson Office Properties, Inc., which was the successor to McRae’s, Inc.), and HSBC Bank Nevada, National Association (incorporated by reference from the Exhibit 10.7.4 to the 2007 10-K)
  10.5       Program Agreement, dated as of April 15, 2003, among the Company, Saks Fifth Avenue, Inc. (successor by merger to Jackson Office Properties, Inc., which was the successor to McRae’s, Inc.) and Household Bank (SB), N.A. (incorporated by reference from the Exhibit 2.4 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on April 29, 2003)
  10.6       Second Amendment to Program Agreement, dated as of June 15, 2004, between Household Bank (SB), N.A., the Company and Saks Fifth Avenue, Inc. (successor by merger to Jackson Office Properties, Inc., which was the successor to McRae’s, Inc.) (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.7.1 to the 2007 10-K)
  10.7       Third Amendment to Program Agreement, dated as of August 24, 2005, between the Company, Saks Fifth Avenue, Inc. (successor by merger to Jackson Office Properties, Inc., which was the successor to McRae’s, Inc.), and HSBC Bank Nevada, National Association (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.7.2 to the 2007 10-K)
  10.8       Fourth Amendment to Program Agreement, dated as of November 28, 2007, between the Company, Saks Fifth Avenue, Inc. (successor by merger to Jackson Office Properties, Inc., which was the successor to McRae’s, Inc.), and HSBC Bank Nevada, National Association (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.7.3 to the 2007 10-K)
  10.9       Fifth Amendment to the Program Agreement, dated as of October 19, 2009, among the Company, Saks Fifth Avenue, Inc. (successor by merger to Jackson Office Properties, Inc.), and HSBC Bank Nevada, N.A. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 99.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on October 21, 2009)
  10.10       Second Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated as of November 23, 2009, among the Company, the other Borrowers named therein, the various financial institutions now or hereafter parties thereto, as Lenders, Wells Fargo Retail Finance, LLC, as Agent, Wells Fargo Retail Finance, LLC and General Electric Capital Corporation, as Co-Collateral Agents, Regions Bank, as Syndication Agent, and UBS Securities LLC and General Electric Capital Corporation, as Co-Documentation Agents (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 99.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on November 24, 2009)

 

MANAGEMENT CONTRACTS, COMPENSATORY PLANS OR ARRANGEMENTS, ETC.

  10.11       Saks Incorporated Amended and Restated 1994 Long-Term Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.53 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 30, 1999)
  10.12       Saks Incorporated Amended and Restated 1997 Stock-Based Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 3, 2001)
  10.13       Saks Incorporated 2004 Long-Term Incentive Plan (the “2004 LTIP”) (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.4 to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-8 (File No. 333-116563) filed on June 17, 2004)

 

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Exhibit No.

    

Description

  10.14       Amendment No. 1 to the 2004 LTIP (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.3 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on July 31, 2007)
  10.15       Saks Incorporated 2009 Long-Term Incentive Plan (the “2009 LTIP”) (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.4 to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-8 (File No. 333-159952) filed on June 12, 2009)
  10.16       Form of Stock Option Agreement under the 2009 LTIP (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended October 31, 2009 (the “2009 Third Quarter 10-Q”))
  10.17       Form of Stock Option Grant Document under the 2009 LTIP (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.2 to the 2009 Third Quarter 10-Q)
  10.18       Form of Restricted Stock Agreement under the 2009 LTIP (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.3 to the 2009 Third Quarter 10-Q)
  10.19       Form of Supplement to Restricted Stock Agreement under the 2009 LTIP (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.4 to the 2009 Third Quarter 10-Q)
  10.20       Form of Performance Award Agreement under the 2009 LTIP (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.5 to the 2009 Third Quarter 10-Q)
  10.21       Form of Supplement to Performance Award Agreement under the 2009 LTIP (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.6 to the 2009 Third Quarter 10-Q)
  10.22       2007 Saks Incorporated Senior Executive Incentive Bonus Plan (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on June 7, 2007)
  10.23       Saks Incorporated Amended and Restated Employee Stock Purchase Plan, effective September 16, 2008 (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended November 1, 2008)
  10.24       Saks Incorporated Amended and Restated Deferred Compensation Plan, effective January 1, 2009 (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.16 to the 2008 10-K)
  10.25       Saks Incorporated Severance Plan, effective as of November 1, 2007 (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.2 to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended November 3, 2007)
  10.26       Form of Indemnification Agreement between the Company, and each of the counterparties thereto (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.37 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 28, 2006)
  10.27       Employment Agreement, dated as of July 31, 2007, between the Company and Stephen I. Sadove, Chief Executive Officer (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on July 31, 2007)
  10.28       Amendment to Employment Agreement, dated as of December 16, 2008, between the Company and Stephen I. Sadove, Chief Executive Officer (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.35.1 to the 2008 10-K)
  10.29       Amendment to Employment Agreement, dated April 9, 2009, between the Company and Stephen I. Sadove, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.2 to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for quarterly period ended May 2, 2009 (the “2009 First Quarter 10-Q”))
  10.30       Amendment to Employment Agreement, dated December 9, 2010, between the Company and Stephen I. Sadove, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (to comply with Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) 409A) *

 

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Exhibit No.

    

Description

  10.31       Employment Agreement, dated as of April 17, 2007, between the Company and Kevin G. Wills, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 99.4 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on April 19, 2007)
  10.32       Amendment to Employment Agreement, dated as of December 18, 2008, between the Company and Kevin G. Wills, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.32.1 to the 2008 10-K)
  10.33       Amendment to Employment Agreement, dated April 9, 2009, between the Company and Kevin G. Wills, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.4 to the 2009 First Quarter 10-Q)
  10.34       Amendment to Employment Agreement, dated December 14, 2010, between the Company and Kevin G. Wills, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (to comply with IRC 409A) *
  10.35       Employment Agreement, dated as of July 31, 2007, between the Company and Ronald L. Frasch, President and Chief Merchandising Officer (incorporated by reference to the Exhibit 10.2 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on July 31, 2007)
  10.36       Amendment to Employment Agreement, dated as of December 18, 2008, between the Company and Ronald L. Frasch, President and Chief Merchandising Officer (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.36.1 to the 2008 10-K)
  10.37       Amendment to Employment Agreement, dated April 9, 2009, between the Company and Ronald L. Frasch, President and Chief Merchandising Officer (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.3 to the 2009 First Quarter 10-Q)
  10.38       Amendment to Employment Agreement, dated December 13, 2010, between the Company and Ronald L. Frasch, President and Chief Merchandising Officer (to comply with IRC 409A) *
  10.39       Form of Employment Agreement for Executive Officers (executed by Christina A. Morena and Jennifer de Winter) (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on December 6, 2007)
  10.40       Form of Amendment to Employment Agreement for Executive Officers (executed by Christine A. Morena and Jennifer de Winter) *
  10.41       Form of Amendment to Employment Agreement for Executive Officers (executed by Christine A. Morena and Jennifer de Winter) (to comply with IRC 409A) *
  21.1       Subsidiaries of the registrant *
  23.1       Consents of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm *
  31.1       Certification of the principal executive officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 *
  31.2       Certification of the principal accounting officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 *
  32.1       Certification of principal executive officer pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 *
  32.2       Certification of the principal accounting officer pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 *
  99.1       Saks Incorporated Employee Stock Purchase Plan Financial Statements for the years ended December 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009 *

 

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Exhibit No.

    

Description

  101       The following materials from Saks Incorporated’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 29, 2011, formatted in XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language): (i) Consolidated Balance Sheets at January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, (ii) Consolidated Statements of Income for the years ended January 29, 2011, January 30, 2010, and January 31, 2009, (iii) Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the years ended January 29, 2011, January 30, 2010, and January 31, 2009, (iv) Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity for the years ended January 29, 2011, January 30, 2010, and January 31, 2009, and (v) Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements*
   * Pursuant to Rule 406T of Regulation S-T, the Interactive Data Files on Exhibit 101 hereto are deemed not filed or part of a registration statement or prospectus for purposes of Sections 11 or 12 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, are deemed not filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and otherwise are not subject to liability under those sections.

 

* Filed herewith

 

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SAKS INCORPORATED & SUBSIDIARIES

INDEX TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

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Consolidated Financial Statements

  

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

     F-2   

Consolidated Statements of Income for the fiscal years ended January 29, 2011, January  30, 2010, and January 31, 2009

     F-3   

Consolidated Balance Sheets at January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010

     F-4   

Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity for the fiscal years ended January  29, 2011, January 30, 2010, and January 31, 2009

     F-5   

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the fiscal years ended January 29, 2011, January  30, 2010, and January 31, 2009

     F-6   

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

     F-7   

Financial Statement Schedule

  

Schedule II—Valuation and Qualifying Accounts

     F-44   

All other schedules for which provision is made in the applicable accounting regulation of the Securities and Exchange Commission are not required under the related instructions or are inapplicable and therefore have been omitted.

 

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

To the Board of Directors and Shareholders of Saks Incorporated:

In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements listed in the accompanying index present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Saks Incorporated and its subsidiaries at January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended January 29, 2011 in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. In addition, in our opinion, the financial statement schedule listed in the accompanying index presents fairly, in all material respects, the information set forth therein when read in conjunction with the related consolidated financial statements. Also in our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of January 29, 2011 based on criteria established in Internal Control— Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). The Company’s management is responsible for these financial statements and financial statement schedule, for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting appearing under Item 9A. Our responsibility is to express opinions on these financial statements, on the financial statement schedule, and on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on our integrated audits. We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement and whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audits of the financial statements included examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, and evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. Our audits also included performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinions.

A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (i) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (ii) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (iii) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

LOGO

Birmingham, Alabama

March 18, 2011

 

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SAKS INCORPORATED & SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

 

(In Thousands, except per share amounts)

   Year Ended  
     January 29,
2011
    January 30,
2010
    January 31,
2009
 

NET SALES

   $ 2,785,745      $ 2,631,532      $ 3,043,438   

Cost of sales (excluding depreciation and amortization)

     1,668,487        1,668,097        2,062,494   
                        

Gross margin

     1,117,258        963,435        980,944   

Selling, general and administrative expenses

     715,951        674,306        784,510   

Other operating expenses

      

Property and equipment rentals

     98,501        101,756        101,063   

Depreciation and amortization

     118,696        135,162        134,694   

Taxes other than income taxes

     79,889        75,271        82,598   

Store pre-opening costs

     1,038        2,077        2,328   

Impairments and dispositions

     13,085        29,348        11,139   
                        

OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)

     90,098        (54,485     (135,388

Interest expense

     (56,725     (49,480     (45,739

Gain (loss) on extinguishment of debt

     (4     783        —     

Other income, net

     117        1,019        5,600   
                        

INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS BEFORE INCOME TAXES

     33,486        (102,163     (175,527

Benefit for income taxes

     (13,910     (44,501     (48,902
                        

INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

     47,396        (57,662     (126,625

DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS:

      

Income (loss) from discontinued operations

     693        (395     (52,727

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

     243        (138     (20,548
                        

INCOME (LOSS) FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

     450        (257     (32,179
                        

NET INCOME (LOSS)

   $ 47,846      $ (57,919   $ (158,804
                        

Per share amounts—Basic

      

Income (loss) from continuing operations

   $ 0.31      $ (0.40   $ (0.92

Loss from discontinued operations

   $ —        $ —        $ (0.23

Net income (loss)

   $ 0.31      $ (0.40   $ (1.15

Per share amounts—Diluted

      

Income (loss) from continuing operations

   $ 0.30      $ (0.40   $ (0.92

Loss from discontinued operations

   $ —        $ —        $ (0.23

Net income (loss)

   $ 0.30      $ (0.40   $ (1.15

Weighted average common shares:

      

Basic

     154,325        143,194        138,384   

Diluted

     158,413        143,194        138,384   
                        

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

 

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CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

(In Thousands, except per share amounts)

   January  29,
2011
    January  30,
2010
 
    

ASSETS

    

CURRENT ASSETS

    

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 197,866      $ 147,301   

Merchandise inventories

     671,383        649,196   

Other current assets

     105,404        93,479   

Deferred income taxes, net

     86,116        35,974   
                

TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS

     1,060,769        925,950   

PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, NET OF DEPRECIATION

     890,364        956,082   

DEFERRED INCOME TAXES, NET

     163,408        221,354   

OTHER ASSETS

     28,559        32,315   
                

TOTAL ASSETS

   $ 2,143,100      $ 2,135,701   
                

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

    

CURRENT LIABILITIES

    

Accounts payable

   $ 88,378      $ 101,739   

Accrued expenses

     191,002        199,406   

Accrued compensation and related items

     55,029        50,779   

Current portion of long-term debt

     147,498        27,857   
                

TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES

     481,907        379,781   

LONG-TERM DEBT

     359,250        493,330   

OTHER LONG-TERM LIABILITIES

     138,378        190,980   

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

     —          —     

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

    

Preferred stock—$1.00 par value; Authorized—10,000 shares; Issued and outstanding—none

     —          —     

Common stock—$0.10 par value; Authorized—500,000 shares; Issued and outstanding—162,899 shares and 159,786 shares

     16,290        15,979   

Additional paid-in capital

     1,318,862        1,277,773   

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

     (46,091     (48,800

Accumulated deficit

     (125,496     (173,342
                

TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

     1,163,565        1,071,610   
                

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

   $ 2,143,100      $ 2,135,701   
                

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

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

(In Thousands)

   Common
Stock
Shares
    Common
Stock
Amount
    Additional
Paid-In
Capital
    Retained
Earnings
(Accumulated
Deficit)
    Accumulated
Other

Comprehensive
Loss
    Total
Shareholders'

Equity
 

Balance at February 2, 2008

     141,784      $ 14,180      $ 1,162,220      $ 43,036      $ (15,002   $ 1,204,434   

Net loss

           (158,804       (158,804

Change in minimum pension liability, net of tax

             (41,434     (41,434
                  

Comprehensive loss

               (200,238

Pension measurement date change

           345          345   

Issuance of common stock

     636        64        4,025            4,089   

Income tax provision adjustment related to employee stock plans

         1,352            1,352   

Net activity under stock compensation plans

     2,699        269        (1,130         (861

Stock-based compensation

         16,354            16,354   

Repurchase of common stock

     (2,949     (295     (34,594         (34,889
                                                

Balance at January 31, 2009

     142,170      $ 14,218      $ 1,148,227      $ (115,423   $ (56,436   $ 990,586   

Net loss

           (57,919       (57,919

Change in minimum pension liability, net of tax

             7,636        7,636   
                  

Comprehensive loss

               (50,283

Issuance of common stock, net

     15,097        1,509        94,689            96,198   

Income tax provision adjustment related to employee stock plans

         (2,491         (2,491

Issuance of 7.5% Convertible Notes

         21,147            21,147   

Net activity under stock compensation plans

     2,519        252        (645         (393

Stock-based compensation

         16,846            16,846   
                                                

Balance at January 30, 2010

     159,786      $ 15,979      $ 1,277,773      $ (173,342   $ (48,800   $ 1,071,610   

Net income

           47,846          47,846   

Change in minimum pension liability, net of tax

             2,709        2,709   
                  

Comprehensive income

               50,555   

Issuance of common stock, net

     2,064        206        21,057            21,263   

Income tax provision adjustment related to employee stock plans

         5,967            5,967   

Net activity under stock compensation plans

     1,049        105        (2,701         (2,596

Stock-based compensation

         16,766            16,766   

Balance at January 29, 2011

     162,899      $ 16,290      $ 1,318,862      $ (125,496   $ (46,091   $ 1,163,565   
                                                

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

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 

      Year Ended  

(In Thousands)

   January 29,
2011
    January 30,
2010
    January 31,
2009
 

OPERATING ACTIVITIES

      

Net income (loss)

   $ 47,846      $ (57,919   $ (158,804

Income (loss) from discontinued operations

     450        (257     (32,179
                        

Income (loss) from continuing operations

     47,396        (57,662     (126,625

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:

      

Loss (gain) on extinguishment of debt

     4        (783     —     

Depreciation and amortization

     118,696        135,162        134,694   

Stock-based compensation

     16,766        16,846        16,354   

Amortization of discount on convertible notes

     11,910        9,819        6,811   

Deferred income taxes

     17,354        (40,585     (49,780

Impairments and dispositions

     (2,814     29,348        11,139   

Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation

     (9,793     —          —     

Gain on sale of property

     (482     (628     (3,400

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

      

Merchandise inventories

     (22,187     79,645        118,539   

Other current assets

     (13,942     11,409        20,990   

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

     (13,921     13,577        (114,577

Other operating assets and liabilities

     (24,606     9,727        3,025   
                        

Net Cash Provided By Operating Activities—Continuing Operations

     124,381        205,875        17,170   

Net Cash Used In Operating Activities—Discontinued Operations

     (500     (13,670     (18,667
                        

NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) OPERATING ACTIVITIES

     123,881        192,205        (1,497
                        

INVESTING ACTIVITIES

      

Purchases of property and equipment

     (55,721     (74,577     (127,305

Proceeds from the sale of property and equipment

     548        643        4,338   
                        

Net Cash Used In Investing Activities—Continuing Operations

     (55,173     (73,934     (122,967

Net Cash Used In Investing Activities—Discontinued Operations

     —          —          (1,875
                        

NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES

     (55,173     (73,934     (124,842
                        

FINANCING ACTIVITIES

      

Proceeds from issuance of convertible senior notes

     —          120,000        —     

Payment of deferred financing costs

     —          (13,105     —     

Proceeds from (payments on) revolving credit facility

     —          (156,675     156,675   

Payments of long-term debt

     (23,654     (22,208     (84,132

Payments of capital lease obligations

     (5,481     (4,673     (5,110

Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation

     9,793        —          —     

Cash dividends paid

     (102     (781     (1,183

Purchases of common stock

     —          —          (34,889

Net proceeds from issuance of common stock

     1,301        96,199        4,089   
                        

Net Cash Provided By (Used In) Financing Activities—Continuing Operations

     (18,143     18,757        35,450   

Net Cash Used In Financing Activities—Discontinued Operations

     —          —          —     
                        

NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) FINANCING ACTIVITIES

     (18,143     18,757        35,450   
                        

INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

     50,565        137,028        (90,889

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT BEGINNING OF YEAR

     147,301        10,273        101,162   
                        

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF YEAR

   $ 197,866      $ 147,301      $ 10,273   
                        

Supplemental cash flow information and non-cash investing and financing activities

are further described in the accompanying notes.

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

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

NOTE 1—GENERAL

ORGANIZATION

Saks Incorporated, a Tennessee corporation first incorporated in 1919, and its subsidiaries (together the “Company”) consist of Saks Fifth Avenue (“SFA”), Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH (“OFF 5TH”), and SFA’s e-commerce operations (“Saks Direct”). Previously, the Company also operated Club Libby Lu (“CLL”) (the operations of which were discontinued in January 2009).

DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

As of January 31, 2009, the Company discontinued the operations of its CLL business, which consisted of 98 leased, mall-based specialty stores, targeting girls aged 4-12 years old. Charges incurred during 2008 associated with the closing of these stores totaled $44,521 and included inventory liquidation costs of approximately $6,965, asset impairment charges of $16,993, lease termination costs of $14,045, severance and personnel related costs of $5,074 and other closing costs of $1,444. These amounts and the results of operations of CLL are included in discontinued operations in the Consolidated Statements of Income and the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for fiscal year 2008. Discontinued operations include nominal charges (income) for 2009 and 2010 from residual CLL store closing activities.

NOTE 2—SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from these estimates.

The accompanying consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and its subsidiaries. All intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

The Company’s fiscal year ends on the Saturday closest to January 31. Fiscal years 2010, 2009, and 2008 ended on January 29, 2011 (“2010”), January 30, 2010 (“2009”), and January 31, 2009 (“2008”), respectively.

Certain reclassifications were made to prior period amounts to conform to the current year presentation.

RECENTLY ISSUED ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS

In January 2010, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued an accounting standard update related to improving disclosures about fair value measurements. The update requires reporting entities to make new disclosures about recurring or nonrecurring fair value measurements including significant transfers into and out of Level 1 and Level 2 fair value measurements and information on purchases, sales, issuances, and settlements on a gross basis in the reconciliation of Level 3 fair value measurements. The accounting standard update is effective for reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2009, except for Level 3 reconciliation disclosures which are effective for periods beginning after December 15, 2010. Adoption of this accounting standard update as it relates to Level 1 and Level 2 fair value disclosures did not impact the Company’s consolidated financial statements. The Company does not expect the adoption of the accounting standard update related to the Level 3 reconciliation disclosures to have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 

ADOPTION OF NEW ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS

On January 31, 2010, the Company adopted a new standard that changed the accounting for transfers of financial assets. This new standard eliminates the concept of a qualified special-purpose entity, removes the scope exception from applying the accounting standards that address the consolidation of variable interest entities to qualifying special-purpose entities, changes the standard for de-recognizing financial assets, and requires enhanced disclosure. The adoption of this new standard did not impact the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

On January 31, 2010, the Company adopted a new standard for determining whether to consolidate a variable interest entity. This new standard eliminated a mandatory quantitative approach to determine whether a variable interest gives the entity a controlling financial interest in a variable interest entity in favor of a qualitatively focused analysis and required an ongoing reassessment of whether an entity is the primary beneficiary. The adoption of this new standard did not impact the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

On February 1, 2009, the Company retrospectively adopted a new standard related to accounting for convertible debt instruments that may be settled in cash upon conversion (including partial cash settlement). The standard specifies that issuers of such instruments should separately account for the liability and equity components in a manner that will reflect the entity’s nonconvertible debt borrowing rate when interest cost is recognized in subsequent periods. The effect of the adoption is disclosed in Note 6.

In May 2009, the FASB issued guidance regarding subsequent events, which was subsequently updated in February 2010. This guidance established general standards of accounting for and disclosure of events that occur after the balance sheet date but before financial statements are issued or are available to be issued. In particular, this guidance sets forth the period after the balance sheet date during which management of a reporting entity should evaluate events or transactions that may occur for potential recognition or disclosure in the financial statements, the circumstances under which an entity should recognize events or transactions occurring after the balance sheet date in its financial statements, and the disclosures that an entity should make about events or transactions that occurred after the balance sheet date. This guidance was effective for financial statements issued for fiscal years and interim periods ending after June 15, 2009, and was therefore adopted by the Company for the second quarter 2009 reporting. The adoption did not have a significant impact on the subsequent events that the Company reports, either through recognition or disclosure, in the consolidated financial statements. In February 2010, the FASB amended its guidance on subsequent events to remove the requirement to disclose the date through which an entity has evaluated subsequent events, alleviating conflicts with current Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) guidance.

In December 2008, the FASB issued additional guidance on employers’ disclosures about the plan assets of defined benefit pension or other postretirement plans. The new disclosure requirements include a description of how investment allocation decisions are made, major categories of plan assets, valuation techniques used to measure the fair value of plan assets, the impact of measurement using significant unobservable inputs and concentrations of risk within plan assets. The new disclosure requirements are effective for fiscal years ending after December 15, 2009. See Note 8 for the disclosures required in accordance with this accounting standard.

NET SALES

Net sales include sales of merchandise (net of returns and exclusive of sales taxes), commissions from leased departments, shipping and handling revenues related to merchandise sold and breakage income from unredeemed gift cards. Net sales are recognized at the time customers provide a satisfactory form of payment and take ownership of the merchandise or direct its shipment. Revenue associated with gift cards is recognized upon redemption of the card.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 

The Company estimates the amount of goods that will be returned for a refund and reduces sales and gross margin by that amount.

Commissions from leased departments included in net sales were $31,832, $27,180, and $28,083 in 2010, 2009, and 2008, respectively. Leased department sales were $233,442, $200,535, and $210,284 in 2010, 2009, and 2008, respectively, and were excluded from net sales.

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

Cash and cash equivalents primarily consist of cash on hand in the stores, deposits with banks, and investments with banks and financial institutions that have original maturities of three months or less. Cash equivalents are stated at cost, which approximates fair value. Cash equivalents totaled $190,007 and $136,347 as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, respectively, primarily consisting of money market funds, demand deposits, and time deposits. Income earned on cash equivalents was $551, $36, and $1,943 for the fiscal years ended January 29, 2011, January 30, 2010, and January 31, 2009, respectively, and was reflected in Other Income in the accompanying Consolidated Statements of Income. As of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, the Company had a compensating balance of $10,000 and $20,000, respectively, related to the Company’s purchasing card program to ensure future credit availability under that program.

MERCHANDISE INVENTORIES AND COST OF SALES

Merchandise inventories are stated at the lower of cost or market. Cost is determined using the retail “first-in, first-out” (FIFO) method and includes freight, buying and distribution costs. The Company takes markdowns related to slow moving inventory, ensuring the appropriate inventory valuation.

The Company regularly records a provision for estimated shrinkage, thereby reducing the carrying value of merchandise inventory. A complete physical inventory of all the Company’s stores and distribution facilities is performed annually, with the recorded amount of merchandise inventory being adjusted to coincide with this physical count. The differences between the estimated amount of shrinkage and the actual amount realized have been insignificant.

The Company receives vendor provided support in different forms. When the vendor provides support for inventory markdowns, the Company records the support as a reduction to cost of sales. Such support is recorded in the period that the corresponding markdowns are taken. When the Company receives inventory-related support that is not designated for markdowns, the Company includes this support as a reduction in the cost of purchases.

Consignment merchandise on hand of $109,877 and $142,928 as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, respectively, is not reflected in the consolidated balance sheets.

SELLING, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES (“SG&A”)

SG&A expenses are comprised principally of the costs related to employee compensation and benefits in the selling and administrative support areas; advertising; operating and maintenance costs; proprietary credit card promotion, issuance and servicing costs; insurance programs; telecommunications; shipping and handling costs; and other operating expenses not specifically categorized elsewhere in the Consolidated Statements of Income. Payroll taxes, rent, depreciation, and property taxes are not included in SG&A.

Advertising and sales promotion costs are expensed in the period in which the advertising event takes place.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 

The Company receives allowances and expense reimbursements from merchandise vendors and from the owner of the proprietary credit card portfolio which are netted against the related expense:

 

   

Allowances received from merchandise vendors in conjunction with incentive compensation programs for employees who sell the vendors’ merchandise and netted against the related compensation expense were $36,098, $41,846, and $54,653 in 2010, 2009, and 2008, respectively.

 

   

Allowances received from merchandise vendors in conjunction with jointly produced and distributed print and television media and netted against the gross expenditures for such advertising were $29,323, $33,287, and $45,813 in 2010, 2009, and 2008, respectively. Net advertising expenses were $45,465, $36,025, and $39,358 in 2010, 2009, and 2008, respectively.

 

   

Expense reimbursements received from the owner of the Company’s proprietary credit card portfolio are discussed at Note 3 to these financial statements.

STORE PRE-OPENING COSTS

Store pre-opening costs primarily consist of rent expense incurred during the construction of new stores and payroll and related media costs incurred in connection with new store openings and are expensed when incurred. Rent expense is generally incurred for six to twelve months prior to a store’s opening date.

PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT

Property and equipment are stated at historical cost less accumulated depreciation. For financial reporting purposes, depreciation is computed principally using the straight-line method over the estimated useful lives of the assets. Buildings and building improvements are depreciated over 20 to 40 years while fixtures and equipment are primarily depreciated over 3 to 10 years. Leasehold improvements are amortized over the shorter of their estimated useful lives or their related lease terms, generally ranging from 10 to 20 years. Terms of leases used in the determination of estimated useful lives may include renewal periods at the Company’s option if exercise of the option is determined to be reasonably assured at the inception of the lease. Costs incurred for the development of internal computer software are capitalized and amortized using the straight-line method over 3 to 7 years. Costs incurred in the discovery and post-implementation stages of internally created computer software are generally expensed as incurred.

Costs incurred when constructing stores, including interest expense, are capitalized. The Company may receive allowances from landlords related to the construction. If the landlord is determined to be the primary beneficiary of the property, then the portion of those allowances attributable to the property owned by the landlord is considered to be a deferred rent liability, whereas the corresponding capital expenditures related to that store are considered to be prepaid rent. Allowances in excess of the amounts attributable to the property owned by the landlord are considered leasehold improvement allowances and are recorded as deferred rent liabilities that are amortized over the life of the lease. Capital expenditures are reduced when the Company receives cash and allowances from merchandise vendors to fund the construction of vendor shops.

Long-lived assets are evaluated for recoverability whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of such assets may not be recoverable. The evaluation is performed at the lowest level of identifiable cash flows, which is primarily at the individual store level.

A potential impairment has occurred if the estimated future undiscounted cash flows expected to result from the use and eventual disposition of the store assets are less than the carrying value of those assets. When estimating the cash flows associated with an individual store, management must make assumptions about key store variables, including sales, gross margin and expenses, such as store payroll and occupancy costs.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 

An impairment loss is recognized when the carrying amount of the assets is not recoverable and exceeds its fair value. The Company uses an income-based approach to determine the fair value of its assets that involves making assumptions regarding the estimated future cash flows, as described above, and the discount rate to determine the present value of those future cash flows. The Company discounts its cash flows at a rate equal to the average of its weighted average cost of capital and the weighted average cost of capital of its competitors as an estimate of the rate that market participants would use in pricing the assets.

Long-lived asset impairment charges are included within Impairments and Dispositions in the Consolidated Statements of Income.

IMPAIRMENTS AND DISPOSITIONS

Impairment and disposition costs include costs associated with store closures, including employee severance and lease termination costs, asset impairment and disposal charges, and other store closure activities. Additionally, Impairments and Dispositions include long-lived asset impairment charges related to assets held and used and losses related to asset dispositions made during the normal course of business.

The Company continuously evaluates its real estate portfolio and closes underproductive stores in the normal course of business as leases expire or as other circumstances dictate. During 2010, the Company closed six SFA locations, as well as one OFF 5TH location and announced an agreement to close another SFA location during the first quarter ending April 30, 2011. The Company incurred $12,045 of store closing-related costs associated with these locations, including $10,110 of net lease termination costs, $4,171 of asset impairment and disposal costs, $2,504 of severance costs, $3,833 of other store-closing related costs, all of which are offset by a deferred rent benefit of $8,573.

Also included in impairment and disposition costs for 2010 are $785 of asset impairment charges related to held and used assets and $255 of losses on the disposal of assets during the normal course of business. The fair value of the assets impaired during 2010 was $0 and was classified as Level 3 within the fair value hierarchy.

During 2009, the Company incurred $28,176 of asset impairment charges related to held and used assets and $1,172 of losses on the disposal of assets during the normal course of business. During 2008, the Company incurred $9,711 of asset impairment charges related to held and used assets and $1,428 of losses on the disposal of assets during the normal course of business.

FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS

The FASB’s accounting guidance defines fair value as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date (exit price). The FASB guidance discusses valuation techniques, such as the market approach (comparable market prices), the income approach (present value of future income or cash flow), and the cost approach (cost to replace the service capacity of an asset or replacement cost). The standard utilizes a fair value hierarchy that prioritizes the inputs to valuation techniques used to measure fair value into three broad levels. The FASB’s guidance classifies the inputs used to measure fair value into the following hierarchy:

Level 1: Quoted market prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities

Level 2: Observable market-based inputs or unobservable inputs that are corroborated by market data

Level 3: Unobservable inputs reflecting the reporting entity’s own assumptions

 

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(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 

The Company may also be required, from time to time, to measure certain other financial assets and liabilities at fair value on a non-recurring basis in accordance with GAAP.

As of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, the Company had no material financial assets or liabilities measured on a recurring basis that required adjustments or write-downs.

OPERATING LEASES

The Company leases certain stores, its distribution centers, and its administrative facilities under operating leases. Store lease agreements generally include rent holidays, rent escalation clauses and contingent rent provisions for a percentage of sales in excess of specified levels. Most of the Company’s lease agreements include renewal periods at the Company’s option. The Company recognizes rent holiday periods and scheduled rent increases on a straight-line basis over the lease term beginning with the date the Company takes possession of the leased space and includes such rent expense in Store Pre-Opening Costs. The Company records tenant improvement allowances and rent holidays as deferred rent liabilities on the Consolidated Balance Sheets and amortizes the deferred rent on a straight–line basis over the life of the lease to rent expense in the Consolidated Statements of Income. The Company records rent liabilities on the Consolidated Balance Sheets for contingent percentage of sales lease provisions when the Company determines that it is probable that the specified levels will be reached during the fiscal year.

SELF-INSURANCE RESERVES

The Company self-insures a substantial portion of its exposure for costs related primarily to employee medical, workers’ compensation and general liability. Expenses are recorded based on estimates for reported and incurred but not reported claims considering a number of factors, including historical claims experience, severity factors, litigation costs, inflation and other assumptions. Although the Company does not expect the amount it will ultimately pay to differ significantly from its estimates, self-insurance reserves could be affected if future claims experience differs significantly from the historical trends and assumptions. In October 2010, the Company executed a loss portfolio transfer with its insurance carrier in the amount of $11,450 related to current and future workers’ compensation claims for fiscal years 1999 through 2008. This transaction reduced the Company’s workers’ compensation liability by approximately the same amount.

STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION PLANS

The Company maintains an equity incentive plan, which allows for the granting of stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock, performance share awards and other forms of equity awards to employees, directors, and officers. Stock options granted generally vest over a four-year period after grant and have an exercise term of seven to ten years from the grant date. Restricted stock and performance share awards generally vest over periods ranging from three to five years from the grant date, although the equity incentive plan permits accelerated vesting in certain circumstances at the discretion of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee (“HRCC”) of the Board of Directors.

The Company recognizes compensation expense for stock option awards with graded vesting on a straight line basis over the requisite service period. Compensation expense for restricted stock and performance share awards that cliff vest are expensed on a straight-line basis over the requisite service period. Restricted stock awards with graded-vesting features are treated as multiple awards based upon the vesting date. The Company records compensation expense for these awards on a straight-line basis over the requisite service period for each separately vesting portion of the award.

 

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(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 

EARNINGS PER SHARE

Basic earnings per share (“EPS”) have been computed based on the weighted average number of common shares outstanding.

 

    2010     2009     2008  
    Net
Income
    Shares     Per
Share
Amount
    Net
Loss
    Shares     Per
Share
Amount
    Net
Loss
    Shares     Per
Share
Amount
 

Basic EPS

  $ 47,846        154,325      $ 0.31      $ (57,919     143,194      $ (0.40   $ (158,804     138,384      $ (1.15

Effect of dilutive potential common shares

    —          4,088        (.01     —          —          —          —          —          —     
                                                                       

Diluted EPS

  $ 47,846        158,413      $ 0.30      $ (57,919     143,194      $ (0.40   $ (158,804     138,384      $ (1.15
                                                                       

The following table presents additional potentially dilutive common shares excluded from diluted earnings (loss) per share because the effect of including these potentially dilutive common shares would have been anti-dilutive:

 

     2010      2009      2008  

Stock Options and Employee Stock Purchase Plan Shares

     —           101         346   

Unvested Restricted Stock Awards and Performance Shares

     —           3,944         1,889   
                          

Total

     —           4,045         2,235   

Securities excluded from the diluted earnings (loss) per share calculation because the exercise prices was greater than the average market price

        

Stock Options (1)

     1,344         1,659         1,811   

Securities excluded from the diluted earnings (loss) per share calculation because the performance criteria were not met:

        

Performance Shares

     50         75         845   

Contingently convertible securities excluded from the computation of diluted earnings (loss) per share

        

7.5% Convertible Notes

     21,670         21,670         n/a   

2.0% Convertible Notes

     19,219         19,219         19,219   
                          
     40,889         40,889         19,219   

 

(1) These options represent the number outstanding at the end of the respective year. At the point that the exercise price is less than the average market price, these options have the potential to be dilutive and application of the treasury method would reduce this amount.

For the year ended January 29, 2011, there were 40,889 potentially dilutive shares under the Company’s 7.5% and 2.0% convertible notes that were not included in the computation of diluted EPS because inclusion of the potentially dilutive shares and related interest expense would be anti-dilutive.

For the years ended January 30, 2010 and January 31, 2009, the Company generated a net loss from continuing operations, and therefore the inclusion of potential common shares would have an anti-dilutive effect on the Company’s calculation of the diluted loss per share. Accordingly, the Company’s diluted loss per share equals basic loss per share for those periods.

 

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(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 

PENSION PLANS

Pension expense is based on actuarial models used to estimate the total benefits ultimately payable to participants and is allocated to the respective service periods. The Company’s funding policy provides that contributions to the pension trusts shall be at least equal to the minimum funding requirement of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. The Company may provide additional contributions from time to time, generally not to exceed the maximum tax-deductible limitation. The Company’s pension plans are valued annually as of the fiscal year-end balance sheet date.

GIFT CARDS

The Company sells gift cards with no expiration dates. At the time gift cards are sold, no revenue is recognized; rather a liability is established for the value of the card. The liability is relieved and revenue is recognized when the gift cards are redeemed by the customer for merchandise. The liability for unredeemed gift cards aggregated $34,241 and $30,422 as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, respectively and is included in Accrued Expenses in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets.

Outstanding gift cards may be subject to state escheatment laws. The Company periodically evaluates unredeemed gift cards and if a determination is made that it is remote that the gift card will be redeemed and if it is determined that the gift card is not subject to escheatment, then the Company will reverse the unredeemed liability. The total reversal reflected in net sales for the years ended January 29, 2011, January 30, 2010, and January 31, 2009 was $3,565, $5,751, and $5,397, respectively.

INCOME TAXES

The Company uses the asset and liability method of accounting for income taxes. Under this method, deferred tax assets and liabilities are determined based on differences between the financial reporting and tax bases of assets and liabilities and are measured using the enacted tax rates and laws that will be in effect when the differences are expected to reverse.

SEGMENT REPORTING

SFA, OFF 5TH and Saks Direct have been aggregated into one reportable segment based on the aggregation criteria outlined in the authoritative accounting guidance.

NOTE 3—PROPRIETARY CREDIT CARDS

On April 15, 2003, the Company sold its proprietary credit card portfolio, consisting of the proprietary credit card accounts owned by the National Bank of the Great Lakes and the Company’s ownership interest in the assets of the trust, to HSBC Bank Nevada, N.A. (“HSBC”), a third party financial institution.

HSBC, an affiliate of HSBC Holdings PLC, offers proprietary credit card accounts to the Company’s customers. Pursuant to a program agreement with a term of ten years expiring in 2013, HSBC establishes and owns proprietary credit card accounts for the Company’s customers, retains the benefits and risks associated with the ownership of the accounts, receives the finance charge income and incurs the bad debts associated with those accounts. During the ten-year term, pursuant to a servicing agreement, the Company continues to provide key customer service functions, including new account openings, transaction authorizations, billing adjustments and customer inquiries, and receives compensation from HSBC for these services.

 

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(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 

At the end of the ten-year term expiring in 2013, the agreement can be renewed for two two-year terms. At the end of the agreement, the Company has the right to repurchase, at fair value, substantially all of the accounts and outstanding accounts receivable, negotiate a new agreement with HSBC or begin issuing private label credit cards itself or through others. The agreement allows the Company to terminate the agreement early following the occurrence of certain events, the most significant of which would be HSBC’s failure to pay owed amounts, bankruptcy, a change in control or a material adverse change in HSBC’s ability to perform under the agreement. The agreement also allows for HSBC to terminate the agreement if the Company fails to pay owed amounts or enters bankruptcy. Should either the Company or HSBC choose to terminate the agreement early, the Company has the right, but not the requirement, to repurchase substantially all credit card accounts and associated accounts receivable from HSBC at their fair value. The Company is contingently liable to pay monies to HSBC in the event of an early termination or a significant disposition of stores. The contingent payment is based upon a declining portion of an amount established at the beginning of the ten-year agreement and on a prorated portion of significant store closings. The maximum contingent payment had the agreement been terminated early on January 29, 2011 would have been approximately $10,894. Management believes the risk of incurring a contingent payment is remote.

The Company and HSBC have entered into several amendments to the program agreement since 2003. In October 2009, the Company and HSBC entered into a fifth amendment to the program agreement in response to macroeconomic conditions and portfolio performance, which provided for certain changes to the allocation of risk and revenue sharing between the parties. The fifth amendment, which became effective February 1, 2010, provides for HSBC to share with the Company certain credit losses of the card portfolio and also provides increased revenue sharing to the Company.

In September 2006, the Company entered into agreements with HSBC and MasterCard International Incorporated to issue a co-branded MasterCard card to new and existing proprietary credit card customers. Under this program, qualifying customers are issued a SFA and MasterCard branded credit card that functions as a traditional proprietary credit card when used at any SFA or OFF 5TH store and at Saks Direct or as a MasterCard card when used at any unaffiliated location that accepts MasterCard cards. HSBC establishes and owns the co-brand accounts, retains the benefits and sales associated with the ownership of the accounts, receives the finance charge and other income from the accounts, and incurs the bad-debts associated with the accounts.

With the exception of depreciation expense, all components of the credit card operations are included in SG&A in the Consolidated Statements of Income. The credit contribution comprises program compensation and servicing compensation. For 2010, 2009, and 2008, the components of the credit contribution included in SG&A were $24,204, $29,425, and $29,899, respectively.

NOTE 4—PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT

A summary of property and equipment is as follows:

 

     January 29,
2011
    January 30,
2010
 

Land and land improvements

   $ 174,283      $ 174,551   

Buildings

     589,998        585,860   

Leasehold improvements

     317,394        321,092   

Fixtures and equipment

     751,655        734,847   

Construction in progress

     15,906        10,921   
                
     1,849,236        1,827,271   

Accumulated depreciation

     (958,872     (871,189
                
   $ 890,364      $ 956,082   
                

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 

Amounts above include gross assets recorded under capital leases for buildings and equipment of $98,594 and $7,056, respectively as of January 29, 2011 and $100,730 and $4,436, respectively as of January 30, 2010. Amortization of capital lease assets is included in depreciation expense. Accumulated depreciation of assets recorded under capital leases was $107,914 and $106,335 as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, respectively.

Depreciation expense was $118,669, $135,135, and $134,669 in 2010, 2009, and 2008, respectively.

NOTE 5—INCOME TAXES

The components of income tax benefit from continuing operations were as follows:

 

     2010     2009     2008  

Current:

      

Federal

   $ (29,664   $ (4,261   $ 1,717   

State

     (1,600     345        (839
                        
     (31,264     (3,916     878   

Deferred:

      

Federal

     16,284        (34,266     (51,177

State

     1,070        (6,319     1,397   
                        
     17,354        (40,585     (49,780
                        

Total income tax benefit from continuing operations

   $ (13,910   $ (44,501   $ (48,902
                        

The income tax benefit from continuing operations varies from the amounts computed by applying the statutory federal income tax rate to income before taxes. The reasons for these differences were as follows:

 

     2010     2009     2008  

Expected federal income taxes at 35%

   $ 11,720      $ (35,757   $ (61,434

State income taxes, net of federal benefit

     4,656        (4,267     (6,777

State NOL valuation allowance adjustment

     (2,228     3,045        6,110   

Effect of tax reserve adjustments

     (28,360     (5,226     624   

Executive compensation

     —          —          318   

Change in state tax law

     —          —          (414

State tax rate adjustment

     —          (2,703     —     

Write-off of expired Federal NOL

     —          —          10,980   

Other items, net

     302        407        1,691   
                        

Benefit for income taxes from continuing operations

   $ (13,910   $ (44,501   $ (48,902
                        

 

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(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 

Components of the net deferred tax asset or liability recognized in the consolidated balance sheets were as follows:

 

     January 29,
2011
    January 30,
2010
 

Current:

    

Deferred tax assets:

    

Accrued expenses

   $ 40,713      $ 34,478   

NOL carryforwards

     55,930        —     

Valuation allowance

     (6,305     —     

Deferred tax liabilities:

    

Inventory

     (4,222     1,496   
                

Net current deferred tax asset

   $ 86,116      $ 35,974   
                

Non-current:

    

Deferred tax assets:

    

Capital leases

   $ 21,409      $ 22,000   

Rent adjustments

     21,098        20,384   

Pension

     15,439        14,638   

Other long-term liabilities

     26,800        33,853   

AMT Credit

     22,671        23,103   

NOL carryforwards

     60,476        138,122   

Valuation allowance

     (23,776     (42,810

Deferred tax liabilities:

    

Property and equipment

     19,283        12,053   

Other assets

     8        11   
                

Net non-current deferred tax asset

   $ 163,408      $ 221,354   
                

Total net deferred tax asset

   $ 249,524      $ 257,328   
                

The federal and state net operating loss (“NOL”) carryforwards will expire between 2011 and 2030. The majority of the NOL carryforward is a result of the net operating losses incurred during the fiscal years ended January 30, 2010 and January 31, 2009 due principally to difficult market and macroeconomic conditions. We have concluded, based on the weight of all available positive and negative evidence that all but $30,081 of these tax benefits relating to certain state losses are more likely than not to be realized in the future. Therefore, a valuation allowance for the $30,081 has been established.

The Company evaluates the realizability of its deferred tax assets on a quarterly basis. In 2010, this evaluation resulted in a net reduction to the reserve against state deferred tax assets of $2,228, impacting the Company’s results of operations. A similar analysis was performed in 2009 and 2008, which resulted in an additional reserve against state deferred tax assets of $3,045 and $6,110, respectively. While the Company has incurred a cumulative loss over the three year period ended January 29, 2011, after evaluating all available evidence including past operating results, current year operating income, the macroeconomic factors contributing to the 2008 and 2009 fiscal loss, the length of the carryforward periods available and the Company’s forecast of future taxable income, including the availability of prudent and feasible tax planning strategies, the Company concluded that it is more likely than not the deferred tax asset, net of the $30,081 valuation allowance related to state NOLs, will be realized. The Company will continue to assess the need for additional valuation allowance in the future. If future results are less than projected or tax planning strategies are no longer viable, then additional valuation allowances may be required to reduce the deferred tax assets which could have a material impact on the Company’s results of operations in the period in which it is recorded.

 

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(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 

The Company made income tax payments, net of income tax refunds received of $2,191 during 2010. The Company received income tax refunds of $4,727 and $10,214 during 2009 and 2008, respectively.

A reconciliation of the beginning and ending amount of gross unrecognized tax benefits follows:

 

     January 29,
2011
    January 30,
2010
    January 31,
2009
 

Balance at beginning of year

   $ 40,358      $ 46,031      $ 47,648   

Gross amount of increases for tax positions of prior years

     3,230        1,111        505   

Gross amount of decreases for tax positions of prior years

     (165     —          (761

Gross amount of decreases due to statute expirations

     (28,860     (6,656     (1,256

Gross amount of decreases due to tax settlements

     (309     (128     (105
                        

Balance at end of year

   $ 14,254      $ 40,358      $ 46,031   
                        

The Company analyzed its positions related to the reserve for tax exposures and determined that the amount was adequate. The Company will continue to analyze its positions related to the reserve for tax exposures on an ongoing basis. At January 29, 2011, $7,780 represents the amount of unrecognized tax benefits that, if recognized, would impact the effective income tax rate in future periods. The Company continually evaluates its tax filing positions and to the extent the Company prevails on audits or statutes of limitation expire, the unrecognized tax benefits could be realized.

The Company recognizes interest and penalties accrued related to unrecognized tax benefits in income tax expense. During the years ended January 29, 2011, January 30, 2010, and January 31, 2009, the Company recognized $(1,391), $(63), and $1,688, respectively in interest and penalties, net of related tax effects. The Company had accrued $3,614, $5,005, and $5,115 for the payment of interest and penalties as of January 29, 2011, January 30, 2010, and January 31, 2009, respectively.

The Company files a consolidated U.S. federal income tax return as well as state tax returns in multiple state jurisdictions. The Company has completed examinations by the Internal Revenue Service or the statute of limitations has expired for taxable years through February 3, 2007. With respect to the state and local jurisdictions, the Company has completed examinations in many jurisdictions through the same period and beyond and currently has examinations in progress for several jurisdictions.

 

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(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 

NOTE 6—DEBT

A summary of long-term debt and capital lease obligations is as follows:

 

     January 29, 2011     January 30, 2010  
     Carrying
Amount
    Fair
Value
    Carrying
Amount
    Fair
Value
 

Notes 7.50%, matured fiscal year 2010

   $ —        $ —        $ 22,859      $ 22,973   

Notes 9.875%, maturing fiscal year 2011

     141,557        147,573        141,557        148,547   

Notes 7.00%, maturing fiscal year 2013

     2,125        2,168        2,922        2,674   

Notes 7.375%, maturing fiscal year 2019

     1,911        1,835        1,911        1,567   

Convertible Notes 7.50%, maturing fiscal year 2013, net (1)

     104,777        265,906        100,570        175,896   

Convertible Notes 2.00%, maturing fiscal year 2024, net (2)

     202,648        244,720        194,946        192,913   

Terminated interest rate swap agreements, net (3)

     —          —          12        N/A   

Capital lease obligations (4)

     53,730        N/A        56,410        N/A   
                                

Total debt

     506,748        662,202        521,187        544,570   

Less current portion:

        

Notes 7.50%, matured fiscal year 2010

     —          —          (22,859     (22,973

Notes 9.875%, maturing fiscal year 2011

     (141,557     (147,573     —          —     

Capital lease obligations (4)

     (5,941     N/A        (4,998     N/A   
                                

Current portion of long-term debt

     (147,498     (147,573     (27,857     (22,973

Long-term debt

   $ 359,250      $ 514,629      $ 493,330      $ 521,597   
                                

 

(1) Amount represents the $120,000 convertible notes, net of the unamortized discount of $15,223 and $19,430 as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, respectively.
(2) Amount represents the $230,000 convertible notes, net of the unamortized discount of $27,352 and $35,054 as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, respectively.
(3) The fair value of the terminated interest rate swaps is considered immaterial.
(4) Disclosure regarding fair value of capital leases is not required.

The fair values of the long-term debt were estimated based on quotes obtained from financial institutions for the same or similar instruments or on the basis of quoted market prices.

REVOLVING CREDIT AGREEMENT

The Company has a $500,000 revolving credit facility, subject to a borrowing base equal to a specified percentage of eligible inventory and certain credit card receivables. The availability is based primarily on current levels of inventory, less outstanding letters of credit. The Company had $412,378 of availability under the facility as of January 29, 2011. The facility matures in November 2013. The obligations under the facility are guaranteed by certain of the Company’s existing and future domestic subsidiaries, and the obligations are secured by the Company’s and the guarantors’ merchandise inventories and certain third party accounts receivable. Borrowings under the facility bear interest at a per annum rate of either LIBOR plus a percentage ranging from 3.5% to 4.0%, or at the higher of the prime rate and federal funds rate plus a percentage ranging from 2.5% to 3.0%. Letters of credit are charged a per annum fee equal to the then applicable LIBOR borrowing spread (for standby letters of credit) or the applicable LIBOR spread minus 0.50% (for documentary or commercial letters of credit). The Company also pays an unused line fee ranging from 0.5% to 1.0% per annum on the average daily unused revolver.

 

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(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 

During periods in which availability under the agreement is $87,500 or more, the Company is not subject to financial covenants. If and when availability under the agreement decreases to less than $87,500, the Company will be subject to a minimum fixed charge coverage ratio of 1.0 to 1.0. There is no debt rating trigger. As of January 29, 2011, the Company was not subject to the fixed charge coverage ratio requirement.

The revolving credit agreement permits additional debt in specific categories including the following (each category being subject to limitations as described in the revolving credit agreement): debt arising from permitted sale/leaseback transactions; debt to finance purchases of machinery, equipment, real estate and other fixed assets; debt in connection with permitted acquisitions; and unsecured debt. The agreement also permits other debt (including permitted sale/leaseback transactions) in an aggregate amount not to exceed $400,000 at any time, including secured debt, so long as it is a permitted lien as defined by the revolving credit agreement. The revolving credit agreement also places certain restrictions on, among other things, asset sales, the ability to make acquisitions and investments, and to pay dividends.

The Company routinely issues stand-by and documentary letters of credit principally related to the funding of insurance reserves. Outstanding letters of credit reduce availability under the revolving line of credit. During 2010, weighted average letters of credit issued under the credit agreement were $28,980. The highest amount of letters of credit outstanding under the agreement during 2010 was $34,910. As of January 29, 2011, the Company had no direct outstanding borrowings and had letters of credit outstanding of $18,879. The credit agreement contains default provisions that are typical for this type of financing, including a provision that would trigger a default under the credit agreement if a default were to occur in another debt instrument resulting in the acceleration of principal of more than $20,000 under that other instrument.

SENIOR NOTES

As of January 29, 2011, the Company had $145,593 of unsecured senior notes outstanding, excluding the convertible notes, comprised of three separate series having maturities ranging from 2011 to 2019 and interest rates ranging from 7.00% to 9.88%. The senior notes are guaranteed by all of the subsidiaries that guarantee the Company’s credit facility and have substantially identical terms except for the maturity dates and interest rates payable to investors. The notes permit certain sale/leaseback transactions but place certain restrictions around the use of proceeds generated from a sale/leaseback transaction. The terms of each senior note require all principal to be repaid at maturity. There are no financial covenants associated with these notes, and there are no debt-rating triggers.

In May 2010, the Company repurchased $797 of its 7.0% senior notes that mature in December 2013. The repurchase of these notes resulted in a loss on extinguishment of debt of approximately $4.

In June and July 2009, the Company repurchased $23,013 of its 7.5% senior notes that mature in December 2010. The repurchase of these notes resulted in a gain on extinguishment of debt of $783.

CONVERTIBLE NOTES

7.5% Convertible Notes

The Company issued $120,000 of 7.5% convertible notes in May 2009 (the “7.5% Convertible Notes”). The 7.5% Convertible Notes mature in December 2013 and are convertible, at the option of the holders at any time, into shares of the Company’s common stock at a conversion rate of $5.54 per share of common stock (21,670 shares of common stock to be issued upon conversion). The Company can settle a conversion of the notes with shares, cash, or a combination thereof at its discretion.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 

Authoritative accounting literature requires the allocation of convertible debt proceeds between the liability component and the embedded conversion option (i.e., the equity component). The liability component of the debt instrument is accreted to par value using the effective interest method over the remaining life of the debt. The accretion is reported as a component of interest expense. The equity component is not subsequently revalued as long as it continues to qualify for equity treatment. Upon issuance, the Company estimated the fair value of the liability component of the 7.5% Convertible Notes, assuming a 13% non-convertible borrowing rate, to be $97,994. The difference between the fair value and the principal amount of the 7.5% Convertible Notes was $22,006. This amount was recorded as a debt discount and as an increase to additional paid-in capital as of the issuance date. The discount is being accreted to interest expense over the 4.5 year period to the maturity date of the notes in December 2013 resulting in an increase in non-cash interest expense in future periods.

The following tables provide additional information about the Company’s 7.5% Convertible Notes.

 

     January 29,
2011
    January 30,
2010
 

Carrying amount of the equity component (additional paid-in capital)

   $ 22,006      $ 22,006   

Principal amount of the 7.5% Convertible Notes

   $ 120,000      $ 120,000   

Unamortized discount of the liability component

   $ 15,223      $ 19,430   

Net carrying amount of liability component

   $ 104,777      $ 100,570   
     2010     2009  

Effective interest rate on liability component

     12.9     12.9

Cash interest expense recognized

   $ 9,000      $ 6,100   

Non-cash interest expense recognized

   $ 4,207      $ 2,576   

The remaining period over which the unamortized discount will be recognized is 2.8 years. As of January 29, 2011, the if-converted value of the notes exceeded its principal amount by $125,738.

The 7.5% Convertible Notes are classified within “long-term debt” on the consolidated balance sheet as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010 because the Company can settle the principal amount of the notes with shares, cash, or a combination thereof at its discretion.

2.0% Convertible Senior Notes

The Company had $230,000 of 2.0% convertible senior notes (the “2.0% Convertible Notes”) outstanding as of January 29, 2011. The notes bear interest at a rate of 2.0% per annum. The 2.0% Convertible Notes mature in 2024 and in certain circumstances, the provisions of the 2.0% Convertible Notes allow the holder to convert the notes to shares of the Company’s common stock at a conversion rate of $11.97 per share of common stock (19,219 shares of common stock to be issued upon conversion) subject to an anti-dilution adjustment. The holder may put the debt back to the Company in 2014 or 2019 and the Company can call the debt on or after March 21, 2011. The Company can settle a conversion of the notes with shares, cash, or a combination thereof at its discretion. The holders may convert the notes at the following times, among others: if the Company’s share price is greater than 120% of the applicable conversion price for a certain trading period; if the credit ratings of the notes are below a certain threshold; or upon the occurrence of certain consolidations, mergers or share exchange transactions involving the Company. As of January 29, 2011, the conversion criteria with respect to the credit rating requirements were met.

The Company estimated the fair value of the liability component as of the date of issuance of its 2.0% Convertible Notes, assuming a 6.25% non-convertible borrowing rate, to be $158,148. The difference between

 

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the fair value and the principal amount of the 2.0% Convertible Notes was $71,852. This amount was recorded as a debt discount and as an increase to additional paid-in capital as of the issuance date. In accordance with the authoritative accounting guidance, the debt discount should be amortized over the expected life of a similar liability that does not have an associated equity component (considering the effects of embedded features other than the conversion option). Since the holders of the notes have put options in 2014 and 2019, the debt instrument is accreted to par value using the effective interest method from issuance until the first put date in 2014 resulting in an increase in non-cash interest expense.

In connection with the issuance of the 2.0% Convertible Notes, the Company entered into a convertible note hedge and written call options on its common stock to reduce the Company’s exposure to dilution from the conversion of the 2.0% Convertible Notes. The terms and conditions of the note hedge include: strike price of $11.97; contract is indexed to 19,219 shares of the Company’s common stock; maturity dates of the hedge instruments range from March 24, 2011 to April 20, 2011. The terms of the written call options include: strike price of $13.81; contract is indexed to 19,219 shares of the Company’s common stock; maturity date of the written call option instruments is August 2, 2011. These transactions were accounted for as a net reduction of stockholders’ equity of approximately $25,000 in 2004. The estimated fair value of the convertible note hedge and written call option was $4,901 and $521 as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, respectively.

The following tables provide additional information about the Company’s 2.0% Convertible Notes.

 

     January 29,
2011
     January 30,
2010
 

Carrying amount of the equity component (additional paid-in capital)

   $ 71,852       $ 71,852   

Principal amount of the 2.0% Convertible Notes

   $ 230,000       $ 230,000   

Unamortized discount of the liability component

   $ 27,352       $ 35,054   

Net carrying amount of liability component

   $ 202,648       $ 194,946   

 

     2010     2009     2008  

Effective interest rate on liability component

     6.2     6.2     6.2

Cash interest expense recognized

   $ 4,600      $ 4,600      $ 4,600   

Non-cash interest expense recognized

   $ 7,702      $ 7,243      $ 6,811   

The remaining period over which the unamortized discount will be recognized is 3.1 years. As of January 29, 2011, the if-converted value of the notes did not exceed its principal amount.

The 2.0% Convertible Notes are classified within “long-term debt” on the consolidated balance sheet as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010 because the Company can settle the principal amount of the notes with shares, cash or a combination thereof at its discretion.

 

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MATURITIES

At January 29, 2011, maturities of long-term debt and capital lease obligations for the next five years and thereafter are as follows:

 

Year

   Maturities  

2011

   $ 147,498   

2012

     6,016   

2013

     128,694   

2014

     6,354   

2015

     5,751   

Thereafter

     255,010   
        

Subtotal

     549,323   

Unamortized discount as of January 29, 2011

     (42,575
        

Total

   $ 506,748   
        

The Company made interest payments of $35,286, $36,388, and $31,741, of which $721, $758, and $1,308 was capitalized into property and equipment during 2010, 2009, and 2008, respectively.

NOTE 7—COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

OPERATING LEASES AND OTHER PURCHASE COMMITMENTS

The Company leases certain property and equipment under various non-cancelable capital and operating leases. The leases provide for monthly fixed amount rentals or contingent rentals based upon sales in excess of stated amounts and normally require the Company to pay real estate taxes, insurance, common area maintenance costs and other occupancy costs. Generally, the leases have primary terms ranging from 20 to 30 years and include renewal options ranging from 5 to 20 years.

At January 29, 2011, future minimum rental commitments under capital leases and non-cancelable operating leases consisted of the following:

 

     Operating
Leases
     Capital
Leases
 

2011

   $ 60,811       $ 11,997   

2012

     55,693         11,547   

2013

     49,855         11,521   

2014

     41,770         10,673   

2015

     38,467         9,369   

Thereafter

     151,080         35,059   
                 
   $ 397,676         90,166   
                 

Amounts representing interest

        (36,436
           

Capital lease obligations

      $ 53,730   
           

Total rental expense for operating leases was $98,501, $101,756, and $101,063 during 2010, 2009, and 2008, respectively, including contingent rent of $14,284, $13,301, and $17,381, respectively, and common area maintenance costs of $11,611, $12,299, and $12,702, respectively.

 

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As of January 29, 2011, the Company had two potential commitments tied to the value of its common stock. First, the Company may be required to deliver shares and/or cash to holders of the convertible notes described in Note 6 prior to the stated maturity date of said notes based on the value of the Company’s common stock. Second, in connection with the issuance of the convertible notes, the Company bought and sold call options to limit the potential dilution from conversion of the notes. The Company may be required to deliver shares and/or cash to the holders of the call options based on the value of the Company’s common stock.

In the normal course of business, the Company purchases merchandise under purchase commitments; enters into contractual commitments with real estate developers and construction companies for new store construction and store remodeling; and maintains contracts for various information technology, telecommunications, maintenance and other services. Commitments for purchasing merchandise generally do not extend beyond six months and may be cancelable several weeks prior to the vendor shipping the merchandise. Contractual commitments for the construction and remodeling of stores are typically lump sum or cost plus construction contracts. Contracts to purchase various services are generally less than one to two year commitments and are cancelable within several weeks notice.

From time to time the Company has issued guarantees to landlords under leases of stores operated by its subsidiaries. Certain of these stores were sold in connection with the Saks Department Store Group and the Northern Department Store Group transactions which occurred in July 2005 and March 2006, respectively. If the purchasers fail to perform certain obligations under the leases guaranteed by the Company, the Company could have obligations to landlords under such guarantees. Based on the information currently available, management does not believe that its potential obligations under these lease guarantees would be material.

LEGAL CONTINGENCIES

On February 2, 2011, the plaintiffs in Dawn Till and Mary Josephs v. Saks Incorporated et al, filed a complaint, with which the Company was served on March 10, 2011, in a purported class and collective action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The complaint alleges that the plaintiffs were improperly classified as exempt from the overtime pay requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and the California Labor Code and that the Company failed to pay overtime, provide itemized wage statements and provide meal and rest periods. On March 8, 2011, the plaintiffs filed an amended complaint adding a claim for penalties under the California Private Attorneys General Act of 2004. The plaintiffs seek to proceed collectively under the FLSA and as a class under the California statutes on behalf of individuals who have been employed by OFF 5TH as Selling and Service Managers, Merchandise Team Managers, or Department Managers. The Company believes that its managers at OFF 5TH have been properly classified as exempt under both Federal and state law and intends to defend the lawsuit vigorously. It is not possible to predict whether the court will permit this action to proceed collectively or as a class.

In addition to the litigation described in the preceding paragraph, the Company is involved in legal proceedings arising from its normal business activities and has accruals for losses where appropriate. Management believes that none of these legal proceedings will have a material adverse effect on the Company’s consolidated financial position, results of operations, or liquidity.

INCOME TAXES

The Company is routinely under examination by federal, state or local taxing authorities in the areas of income taxes and the remittance of sales and use taxes. These examinations include questioning the timing and amount of deductions, the allocation of income among various tax jurisdictions and compliance with federal, state and local tax laws. Based on annual evaluations of tax filing positions, the Company believes it has

 

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adequately accrued for its income tax exposures. As of January 29, 2011, certain state examinations were ongoing. To the extent the Company were to prevail in matters for which accruals have been established or be required to pay amounts in excess of reserves, the Company’s effective tax rate in a given financial statement period may be materially impacted.

NOTE 8—EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLANS

DEFERRED COMPENSATION PLAN

The Company sponsors a non-qualified deferred compensation plan wherein eligible employees can defer a portion of their compensation or unvested restricted stock and allocate the deferrals to a choice of investment options. The liability for compensation deferred under this plan was $13,169 and $12,266 as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, respectively. The Company manages the risk of changes in the fair value of the liability for deferred compensation by electing to match its liability under the plan with investment vehicles that offset a substantial portion of its exposure. The cash value of the investment vehicles was $12,568 and $11,962 as of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, respectively, and is included in Other Assets in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets.

EMPLOYEE SAVINGS PLAN

The Company sponsors a qualified defined contribution savings plan (“Savings Plan”) that covers substantially all full-time employees. Eligible employees may elect regular payroll deductions of up to 90% of their eligible compensation, as defined in the plan document, on a pre-tax basis, subject to Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) limitations. The Company makes contributions matching a portion of the employees’ contribution on the first 5% of compensation that a participant elects to contribute. The employer matching contribution rate for 2008 and 2009 was 50% and 0%, respectively. The employer matching contribution rate increased from 0% to 10% in July 2010. Company contributions charged to expense under the Savings Plan for 2010, 2009, and 2008 were $297, $0, and $7,805, respectively. As of January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2010, total assets invested by participants under the Savings Plan were $414,402 and $394,715, respectively. As of January 29, 2011 approximately 2% of the plan assets were invested in the Company’s stock at the discretion of the participating employees. In February 2011, the employer matching contribution rate was increased from 10% to 35%.

DEFINED BENEFIT PLANS

The Company sponsors a funded defined-benefit cash balance pension plan (“Pension Plan”) and an unfunded supplemental executive retirement plan (“SERP”) for certain employees of the Company. The Company amended the Pension Plan during 2006, freezing benefit accruals for all participants except those who have attained age 55 and completed 10 years of credited service as of January 1, 2007, who are considered to be non-highly compensated employees. In January 2009, the Company amended the Pension Plan to suspend future benefit accruals for all remaining participants effective March 13, 2009. This curtailment resulted in a gain of approximately $616 for the year ended January 31, 2009.

The Company generally funds pension costs currently, subject to regulatory funding requirements. The Company expects funding requirements of approximately $3,200 in 2011.

Effective January 31, 2009, in accordance with authoritative guidance, the Company changed its measurement date from November 1 to the date of its fiscal year-end. The Company elected to adopt the change

 

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in measurement date using the alternative transition method. In accordance with the alternative transition method, the actuarial valuation provided a 15-month projection of net periodic benefit cost to January 31, 2009 that resulted in a $344 decrease to 2008 ending retained earnings.

The components of pre-tax net periodic pension expense (benefit) and other amounts recognized in other comprehensive loss related to the Pension Plan and SERP for the years ended January 29, 2011, January 30, 2010, and January 31, 2009 were as follows:

 

     2010     2009     2008  

Net periodic pension expense (benefit):

      

Service cost

   $ —        $ 70      $ 846   

Interest cost

     7,315        8,442        10,613   

Expected return on plan assets

     (6,920     (6,330     (15,184

Recognized actuarial loss

     2,626        2,707        1,005   

Settlement loss recognized (1)

     3,654        5,121        —     

Amortization of prior service costs

     —          —          (87
                        

Total pension expense (benefit)

   $ 6,675      $ 10,010      $ (2,807
                        

Other changes recognized in other comprehensive loss:

      

Prior service credit recognized due to curtailment

   $ —        $ —