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Cost of Sales
Total cost of products sold including
•   Freight expenses associated with moving
    merchandise from our vendors to and between our
    distribution centers and our retail stores
•   Vendor income that is not reimbursement of
    specific, incremental, and identifiable costs
Inventory shrink
Markdowns
Outbound shipping and handling expenses
    associated with sales to our guests
Payment term cash discounts
Distribution center costs, including compensation
    and benefits costs and depreciation
Compensation and benefit costs associated with
shipment of merchandise from stores
Import costs
Selling, General and Administrative Expenses
Compensation and benefit costs for stores and
    headquarters, except ship from store costs classified
as cost of sales
Occupancy and operating costs of retail and
    headquarters facilities
Advertising, offset by vendor income that is a
    reimbursement of specific, incremental, and
    identifiable costs
Pre-opening and exit costs of stores and other facilities
Credit cards servicing expenses
Costs associated with accepting 3rd party bank issued
    payment cards
Litigation and defense costs and related insurance
    recovery
Other administrative costs
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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
FORM 10-K
(Mark One) 
 ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the fiscal year ended February 1, 2020
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 1-6049
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TARGET CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Minnesota         41-0215170
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)     (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

1000 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, Minnesota       55403
(Address of principal executive offices)         (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: 612/304-6073
Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report: N/A
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934:
Title of each classTrading Symbol(s)Name of each exchange on which registered
Common stock, par value $0.0833 per shareTGTNew 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 o
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 o No x
Note – Checking the box above will not relieve any registrant required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act from their obligations under those Sections.
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes x No o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files). Yes  x No o
Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K (§229.405 of this chapter) is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of 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. x
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).
Large accelerated filer
x
  Accelerated filer
o
 Non-accelerated filer
o

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

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act). Yes  No  x
The aggregate market value of the voting stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant as of August 2, 2019, was $41,576,546,635 based on the closing price of $81.52 per share of Common Stock as reported on the New York Stock Exchange Composite Index.
Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of registrant's classes of Common Stock, as of the latest practicable date. Total shares of Common Stock, par value $0.0833, outstanding as of March 5, 2020, were 500,961,951.
DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE
Portions of Target's Proxy Statement for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on June 10, 2020, are incorporated into Part III.



TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

TARGET CORPORATION
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2019 Form 10-K
1

PART I
Item 1.    Business

General

Target Corporation (Target, the Corporation or the Company) was incorporated in Minnesota in 1902. We offer to our customers, referred to as "guests," everyday essentials and fashionable, differentiated merchandise at discounted prices. Our ability to deliver a preferred shopping experience to our guests is supported by our supply chain and technology, our devotion to innovation, our loyalty offerings and suite of fulfillment options, and our disciplined approach to managing our business and investing in future growth. We operate as a single segment designed to enable guests to purchase products seamlessly in stores or through our digital channels. Since 1946, we have given 5 percent of our profit to communities.

Financial Highlights


Seasonality

A larger share of annual revenues and earnings traditionally occurs in the fourth quarter because it includes the November and December holiday sales period.

Merchandise

We sell a wide assortment of general merchandise and food. The majority of our general merchandise stores offer an edited food assortment, including perishables, dry grocery, dairy, and frozen items. Nearly all of our stores larger than 170,000 square feet offer a full line of food items comparable to traditional supermarkets. Our small format stores, generally smaller than 50,000 square feet, offer curated general merchandise and food assortments. Our digital channels include a wide merchandise assortment, including many items found in our stores, along with a complementary assortment.

A significant portion of our sales is from national brand merchandise. Approximately one-third of 2019 sales was related to our owned and exclusive brands, including but not limited to the following:
Owned Brands 
A New Day™Hyde & EEK! Boutique™Smartly™
All in Motion™JoyLab™Smith & Hawken®
Archer Farms®Kona Sol™Sonia Kashuk®
Art Class™Made By Design™Spritz™
Auden™Market Pantry®Stars Above™
Ava & Viv®More Than Magic™Sun Squad™
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Cat & Jack™Open Story™Threshold™
Cloud Island™Original Use™Universal Thread™
Colsie™Pillowfort™up & up®
Everspring™Project 62™Wild Fable™
Good & Gather™Prologue™Wondershop™
Goodfellow & Co™Room Essentials®Xhilaration®
Hearth & Hand™ with MagnoliaShade & Shore™
heyday™Simply Balanced™
Exclusive Brands  
California Roots™Isabel Maternity™ by Ingrid & Isabel®The Collection
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Hand Made Modern®Rosé Bae™

TARGET CORPORATION
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2019 Form 10-K
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We also sell merchandise through periodic exclusive design and creative partnerships and generate revenue from in-store amenities such as Target Café and leased or licensed departments such as Target Optical, Starbucks, and other food service offerings. CVS Pharmacy, Inc. (CVS) operates pharmacies and clinics in our stores under a perpetual operating agreement from which we generate annual occupancy income.

Customer Loyalty Programs

Our guests receive a 5 percent discount on nearly all purchases and receive free shipping at Target.com when they use their Target Debit Card, Target Credit Card, or Target™ MasterCard® (collectively, RedCards™). We also seek to drive customer loyalty and trip frequency through our Target Circle program, where members earn 1 percent rewards on nearly all non-RedCard purchases and other benefits.

Distribution

The vast majority of merchandise is distributed to our stores through our network of distribution centers. Common carriers ship merchandise to and from our distribution centers. Vendors or third-party distributors ship certain food items and other merchandise directly to our stores. Merchandise sold through our digital channels is distributed to our guests via common carriers (from stores, distribution centers, vendors, and third-party distributors), delivery via our wholly owned subsidiary, Shipt, Inc. (Shipt), and through guest pick-up at our stores. Our stores fulfill the majority of the digitally originated sales, which allows improved product availability, faster delivery times, and reduced shipping costs.

Employees

As of February 1, 2020, we employed approximately 368,000 full-time, part-time, and seasonal employees, referred to as "team members." Because of the seasonal nature of the retail business, employment levels peak in the holiday season. We offer a broad range of company-paid benefits to our team members. Eligibility for and the level of benefits vary depending on team members' full-time or part-time status, compensation level, date of hire, and/or length of service. Company-paid benefits include a 401(k) plan, medical and dental plans, disability insurance, paid vacation, tuition reimbursement, various team member assistance programs, life insurance, a pension plan (closed to new participants, with limited exceptions), and merchandise and other discounts. We believe our team member relations are good.

Working Capital

Effective inventory management is key to our ongoing success, and we use various techniques including demand forecasting and planning and various forms of replenishment management. We achieve effective inventory management by staying in-stock in core product offerings, maintaining positive vendor relationships, and carefully planning inventory levels for seasonal and apparel items to minimize markdowns.
The Liquidity and Capital Resources section in MD&A provides additional details.

Competition

We compete with traditional and internet retailers, including department stores, off-price general merchandise retailers, wholesale clubs, category-specific retailers, drug stores, supermarkets, and other forms of retail commerce. Our ability to positively differentiate ourselves from other retailers and provide compelling value to our guests largely determines our competitive position within the retail industry.

Intellectual Property

Our brand image is a critical element of our business strategy. Our principal trademarks, including Target, our "Expect More. Pay Less." brand promise, and our "Bullseye Design," have been registered with the United States (U.S.) Patent and Trademark Office. We also seek to obtain and preserve intellectual property protection for our owned brands.

TARGET CORPORATION
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2019 Form 10-K
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Geographic Information

Nearly all of our revenues are generated within the U.S. The vast majority of our property and equipment is located within the U.S.

Available Information

Our Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act are available free of charge at investors.target.com as soon as reasonably practicable after we file such material with, or furnish it to, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Our Corporate Governance Guidelines, Code of Ethics, Corporate Responsibility Report, and the charters for the committees of our Board of Directors are also available free of charge in print upon request or at investors.target.com.

Item 1A.    Risk Factors

Our business is subject to many risks. Set forth below are the material risks we face. Risks are listed in the categories where they primarily apply, but other categories may also apply.

Competitive and Reputational Risks

Our continued success is dependent on positive perceptions of Target which, if eroded, could adversely affect our business and our relationships with our guests and team members.

We believe that one of the reasons our guests, team members, and vendors choose Target is the positive reputation we have built over many years for serving our four primary constituencies: guests, team members, shareholders, and the communities in which we operate. To be successful in the future, we must continue to preserve Target's reputation. Reputational value is based in large part on perceptions, and broad access to social media makes it easy for anyone to provide public feedback that can influence perceptions of Target. It may be difficult to control negative publicity, regardless of whether it is accurate. Target’s position or perceived lack of position on social, environmental, public policy or other sensitive issues, and any perceived lack of transparency about those matters, could harm our reputation with certain groups or guests. While reputations may take decades to build, negative incidents can quickly erode trust and confidence and can result in consumer boycotts, governmental investigations, or litigation. In addition, vendors and others with whom we do business may affect our reputation. For example, CVS operates clinics and pharmacies within our stores, and our guests’ perceptions of and experiences with CVS may affect our reputation. Negative reputational incidents could adversely affect our business through lost sales, loss of new store and development opportunities, or team member retention and recruiting difficulties.

If we are unable to positively differentiate ourselves from other retailers, our results of operations could be adversely affected.

In the past, we have been able to compete successfully by differentiating our guests’ shopping experience through a careful combination of price, merchandise assortment, store environment, convenience, guest service, loyalty programs, and marketing efforts. Guest perceptions regarding the cleanliness and safety of our stores, the functionality, reliability, and speed of our digital channels and fulfillment options, our in-stock levels, and the value of our promotions are among the factors that affect our ability to compete. In addition, our ability to create a personalized guest experience through the collection and use of accurate and relevant guest data is important to our ability to differentiate from other retailers. No single competitive factor is dominant, and actions by our competitors on any of these factors or the failure of our strategies could adversely affect our sales, gross margins, and expenses.

Our owned and exclusive brand products help differentiate us from other retailers, generally carry higher margins than equivalent national brand products and represent a significant portion of our overall sales. If we are unable to successfully develop, support, and evolve our owned and exclusive brands, if one or more of these brands experiences a loss of consumer acceptance or confidence, or if we are unable to successfully protect our intellectual property rights, our sales and gross margins could be adversely affected.

TARGET CORPORATION
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The retail industry's continuing migration to digital channels has affected the ways we differentiate ourselves from other retailers. In particular, consumers are able to quickly and conveniently comparison shop and determine real-time product availability using digital tools, which can lead to decisions based solely on price or the functionality of the digital tools. Consumers may also use third-party channels or devices, such as voice assistants and smart home devices, to initiate shopping searches and place orders, which could sometimes make us dependent on the capabilities and search algorithms of those third parties to reach those consumers. Any difficulties in executing our differentiation efforts, actions by our competitors in response to these efforts, or failures by vendors in managing their own channels, content and technology systems to support these efforts could adversely affect our sales, gross margins, and expenses.

If we are unable to successfully provide a relevant and reliable experience for our guests across multiple channels, our sales, results of operations and reputation could be adversely affected.

Our business has evolved from an in-store experience to interaction with guests across multiple channels (in-store, online, mobile, social media, voice assistants, and smart home devices, among others). Our guests are using those channels to shop with us and provide feedback and public commentary about our business. We must anticipate and meet changing guest expectations and counteract developments and investments by our competitors. Our evolving retailing efforts include implementing technology, software and processes to be able to conveniently and cost-effectively fulfill guest orders directly from any point within our system of stores and distribution centers and from our vendors. We also need to collect accurate, relevant, and usable guest data to personalize our offerings. Providing multiple fulfillment options and implementing new technology is complex and may not meet expectations for accurate order fulfillment, faster and guaranteed delivery times, low-cost or free shipping, and desired payment methods. Even when we are successful in meeting expectations for fulfillment, if we are unable to offset increased costs of fulfilling orders outside of our traditional in-store channel with efficiencies, cost-savings or expense reductions, our results of operations could be adversely affected.

If we do not anticipate and respond quickly to changing consumer preferences, our sales and profitability could suffer.

A large part of our business is dependent on our ability to make trend-right decisions and effectively manage our inventory in a broad range of merchandise categories, including apparel, accessories, home décor, electronics, toys, seasonal offerings, food, and other merchandise. If we do not obtain accurate and relevant data on guest preferences, predict changing consumer tastes, preferences, spending patterns and other lifestyle decisions, emphasize the correct categories, implement competitive and effective pricing and promotion strategies, or personalize our offerings to our guests, we may experience lost sales, spoilage, and increased inventory markdowns, which could adversely affect our results of operations by reducing our profitability.

Investments and Infrastructure Risks

If our capital investments in remodeling existing stores, building new stores, and improving technology and supply chain infrastructure do not achieve appropriate returns, our competitive position, financial condition and results of operations could be adversely affected.

Our business depends, in part, on our ability to remodel existing stores and build new stores in a manner that achieves appropriate returns on our capital investment. Our store remodel program is larger than historic levels and is being implemented using a custom approach based on the condition of each store and characteristics of the surrounding neighborhood. When building new stores, we compete with other retailers and businesses for suitable locations for our stores. Pursuing the wrong remodel or new store opportunities and any delays, cost increases, disruptions or other uncertainties related to those opportunities could adversely affect our results of operations.

We are making, and expect to continue to make, significant investments in technology and selective acquisitions to improve guest experiences across multiple channels and improve the speed, accuracy, and cost efficiency of our supply chain and inventory management systems. The effectiveness of these investments can be less predictable than remodeling stores, and might not provide the anticipated benefits or desired rates of return. In addition, if we are unable to successfully protect any intellectual property rights resulting from our investments, the value received from those investments may be eroded, which could adversely affect our financial condition.

TARGET CORPORATION
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Pursuing the wrong investment opportunities, being unable to make new concepts scalable, making an investment commitment significantly above or below our needs, or failing to effectively incorporate acquired businesses into our business could result in the loss of our competitive position and adversely affect our financial condition or results of operations.

A significant disruption in our computer systems and our inability to adequately maintain and update those systems could adversely affect our operations and negatively affect our guests.

We rely extensively on computer systems throughout our business. We also rely on continued and unimpeded access to the Internet to use our computer systems. Our systems are subject to damage or interruption from power outages, telecommunications failures, computer viruses, malicious attacks, security breaches, catastrophic events, and implementation errors. If our systems are damaged, disrupted or fail to function properly or reliably, we may incur substantial repair or replacement costs, experience data loss or theft and impediments to our ability to manage inventories or process guest transactions, and encounter lost guest confidence, which could require additional promotional activities to attract guests and otherwise adversely affect our results of operations.

We continually invest to maintain and update our computer systems. Implementing significant system changes increases the risk of computer system disruption. The potential problems and interruptions associated with implementing technology initiatives, as well as providing training and support for those initiatives, could disrupt or reduce our operational efficiency, and could negatively impact guest experience and guest confidence. For example, during the past year we experienced disruptions in our point-of-sale system that prevented our ability to process debit or credit transactions, negatively impacted some guests’ experiences, and generated negative publicity.

Information Security, Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Risks

If our efforts to provide information security, cybersecurity and data privacy are unsuccessful or if we are unable to meet increasingly demanding regulatory requirements, we may face additional costly government enforcement actions and private litigation, and our reputation and results of operations could suffer.

We regularly receive and store information about our guests, team members, vendors, and other third parties. We have programs in place to detect, contain, and respond to data security incidents. However, because the techniques used to obtain unauthorized access, disable or degrade service, or sabotage systems change frequently and may be difficult to detect for long periods of time, we may be unable to anticipate these techniques or implement adequate preventive measures. In addition, hardware, software, or applications we develop or procure from third parties may contain defects in design or manufacture or other problems that could unexpectedly compromise information security, cybersecurity, and data privacy. Unauthorized parties may also attempt to gain access to our systems or facilities, or those of third parties with whom we do business, through fraud, trickery, or other forms of deceiving our team members, contractors, and vendors.

Prior to 2013, all data security incidents we encountered were insignificant. Our 2013 data breach was significant and went undetected for several weeks. Both we and our vendors have had data security incidents since the 2013 data breach; however, to date these other incidents have not been material to our results of operations. Based on the prominence and notoriety of the 2013 data breach, even minor additional data security incidents could draw greater scrutiny. If we, our vendors, or other third parties with whom we do business experience additional significant data security incidents or fail to detect and appropriately respond to significant incidents, we could be exposed to additional government enforcement actions and private litigation. In addition, our guests could lose confidence in our ability to protect their information, discontinue using our RedCards or loyalty programs, or stop shopping with us altogether, which could adversely affect our reputation, sales, and results of operations.

The legal and regulatory environment regarding information security, cybersecurity, and data privacy is increasingly demanding and has enhanced requirements for using and treating personal data. Complying with new data protection requirements, such as those imposed by the recently effective California data privacy laws, may cause us to incur substantial costs, require changes to our business practices, limit our ability to obtain data used to provide a differentiated guest experience, and expose us to further litigation and regulatory risks, each of which could adversely affect our results of operations.

TARGET CORPORATION
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Supply Chain and Third-Party Risks

Changes in our relationships with our vendors, changes in tax or trade policy, interruptions in our supply chain or increased commodity or supply chain costs could adversely affect our results of operations.

We are dependent on our vendors to supply merchandise to our distribution centers, stores, and guests. As we continue to add capabilities to quickly move the appropriate amount of inventory at optimal operational costs through our entire supply chain, operating our fulfillment network becomes more complex and challenging. If our fulfillment network does not operate properly or if a vendor fails to deliver on its commitments, we could experience merchandise out-of-stocks, delivery delays or increased delivery costs, which could lead to lost sales and decreased guest confidence, and adversely affect our results of operations.

A large portion of our merchandise is sourced, directly or indirectly, from outside the U.S., with China as our single largest source, so any major changes in tax or trade policy, such as the imposition of additional tariffs or duties on imported products, between the U.S. and countries from which we source merchandise could require us to take certain actions, including for example raising prices on products we sell and seeking alternative sources of supply from vendors in other countries with whom we have less familiarity, which could adversely affect our reputation, sales, and our results of operations.

Political or financial instability, currency fluctuations, the outbreak of pandemics or other illnesses (such as the recent coronavirus), labor unrest, transport capacity and costs, port security, weather conditions, natural disasters or other events that could slow or disrupt port activities and affect foreign trade are beyond our control and could materially disrupt our supply of merchandise, increase our costs, and/or adversely affect our results of operations. There have been periodic labor disputes impacting the U.S. ports that have caused us to make alternative arrangements to continue the flow of inventory, and if these types of disputes recur, worsen, or occur in other countries through which we source products, it may have a material impact on our costs or inventory supply. Changes in the costs of procuring commodities used in our merchandise or the costs related to our supply chain, could adversely affect our results of operations.

A disruption in relationships with third-party service providers could adversely affect our operations.

We rely on third parties to support our business, including portions of our technology infrastructure, development and support, our digital platforms and fulfillment operations, credit and debit card transaction processing, extensions of credit for our 5% RedCard Rewards loyalty program, the clinics and pharmacies operated by CVS within our stores, the infrastructure supporting our guest contact centers, aspects of our food offerings, and delivery services. If we are unable to contract with third parties having the specialized skills needed to support those strategies or integrate their products and services with our business, or if they fail to meet our performance standards and expectations, then our reputation and results of operations could be adversely affected. For example, if our guests unfavorably view CVS’s operations, our ability to discontinue the relationship is limited and our results of operations could be adversely affected.

Legal, Regulatory, Global and Other External Risks

Our earnings depend on the state of macroeconomic conditions and consumer confidence in the U.S.

Nearly all of our sales are in the U.S., making our results highly dependent on U.S. consumer confidence and the health of the U.S. economy. In addition, a significant portion of our total sales is derived from stores located in five states: California, Texas, Florida, Minnesota and Illinois, resulting in further dependence on local economic conditions in these states. Deterioration in macroeconomic conditions or consumer confidence could negatively affect our business in many ways, including slowing sales growth, reducing overall sales, and reducing gross margins.

These same considerations impact the success of our credit card program. We share in the profits generated by the credit card program with TD Bank Group (TD), which owns the receivables generated by our proprietary credit cards. Deterioration in macroeconomic conditions or changes in consumer preferences concerning our credit card program could adversely affect the volume of new credit accounts, the amount of credit card program balances, and the ability of credit card holders to pay their balances. These conditions could result in us receiving lower profit-sharing payments.

TARGET CORPORATION
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Uncharacteristic or significant weather conditions, natural disasters, and other catastrophic events could adversely affect our results of operations.

Uncharacteristic or significant weather conditions can affect consumer shopping patterns, particularly in apparel and seasonal items, which could lead to lost sales or greater than expected markdowns and adversely affect our short-term results of operations. In addition, our three largest states by total sales are California, Texas and Florida, areas where natural disasters are more prevalent. Natural disasters in those states or in other areas where our sales or operations are concentrated could result in significant physical damage to or closure of one or more of our stores, distribution centers, facilities, or key vendors. In addition, natural disasters and other catastrophic events, such as the recent coronavirus outbreak, in areas where we or our vendors have operations, could cause delays in the distribution of merchandise from our vendors to our distribution centers, stores, and guests, affect consumer purchasing power, or reduce consumer demand, which could adversely affect our results of operations by increasing our costs and lowering our sales.

We rely on a large, global and changing workforce of team members, contractors and temporary staffing. If we do not effectively manage our workforce and the concentration of work in certain global locations, our labor costs and results of operations could be adversely affected.

With over 300,000 team members, our workforce costs represent our largest operating expense, and our business is dependent on our ability to attract, train, and retain the appropriate mix of qualified team members, contractors, and temporary staffing and effectively organize and manage those resources as our business and strategic priorities change. Many team members are in entry-level or part-time positions with historically high turnover rates. Our ability to meet our changing labor needs while controlling our costs is subject to external factors such as labor laws and regulations, unemployment levels, prevailing wage rates, benefit costs, changing demographics, and our reputation and relevance within the labor market. If we are unable to attract and retain a workforce meeting our needs, our operations, guest service levels, support functions, and competitiveness could suffer and our results of operations could be adversely affected. We are periodically subject to labor organizing efforts. If we become subject to one or more collective bargaining agreements in the future, it could adversely affect our labor costs and how we operate our business. We also have support offices in India and China, and any extended disruption of our operations in those locations, whether due to labor difficulties or otherwise, could adversely affect our operations and financial results.

Failure to address product safety and sourcing concerns could adversely affect our sales and results of operations.

If our merchandise offerings do not meet applicable safety standards or Target's or our guests’ expectations regarding safety, supply chain transparency and responsible sourcing, we could experience lost sales and increased costs and be exposed to legal and reputational risk. All of our vendors must comply with applicable product safety laws, and we are dependent on them to ensure that the products we buy comply with all safety standards. Events that give rise to actual, potential or perceived product safety concerns, including food or drug contamination and product defects, could expose us to government enforcement action or private litigation and result in costly product recalls and other liabilities. Our sourcing vendors, including any third parties selling through our digital channels, must also meet our expectations across multiple areas of social compliance, including supply chain transparency and responsible sourcing. We have a social compliance audit process that perform audits on a regular basis, but we cannot continuously monitor every vendor, so we are also dependent on our vendors to ensure that the products we buy comply with our standards. If we need to seek alternative sources of supply from vendors with whom we have less familiarity, the risk of our standards not being met may increase. Negative guest perceptions regarding the safety and sourcing of the products we sell and events that give rise to actual, potential or perceived compliance and social responsibility concerns could hurt our reputation, result in lost sales, cause our guests to seek alternative sources for their needs, and make it difficult and costly for us to regain the confidence of our guests.

TARGET CORPORATION
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RISK FACTORS & UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS
Our failure to comply with federal, state, local, and international laws, or changes in these laws could increase our costs, reduce our margins, and lower our sales.

Our business is subject to a wide array of laws and regulations.

Our expenses could increase and our operations could be adversely affected by law changes or adverse judicial developments involving an employer's obligation to recognize collective bargaining units, minimum wage requirements, advance scheduling notice requirements, health care mandates, the classification of exempt and non-exempt employees, and the classification of workers as either employees or independent contractors (particularly as it applies to our Shipt subsidiary, a technology company that connects Shipt members through its online marketplace with a network of independent contractors who select, purchase, and deliver groceries and household essentials ordered from Target and other retailers). The classification of workers as employees or independent contractors in particular is an area that is experiencing legal challenges and legislative changes. If our Shipt subsidiary is required to treat its independent contractor network as employees, it could result in higher compensation and benefit costs.

Changes in the legal or regulatory environment affecting information security, cybersecurity and data privacy, product safety, payment methods and related fees, responsible sourcing, supply chain transparency, or environmental protection, among others, could cause our expenses to increase without an ability to pass through any increased expenses through higher prices. In addition, if we fail to comply with other applicable laws and regulations, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and local anti-bribery laws, we could be subject to reputation and legal risk, including government enforcement action and class action civil litigation, which could adversely affect our results of operations by increasing our costs, reducing our margins, and lowering our sales.

Financial Risks

Increases in our effective income tax rate could adversely affect our business, results of operations, liquidity, and net income.

A number of factors influence our effective income tax rate, including changes in tax law and related regulations, tax treaties, interpretation of existing laws, and our ability to sustain our reporting positions on examination. Changes in any of those factors could change our effective tax rate, which could adversely affect our net income. In addition, our operations outside of the U.S. may cause greater volatility in our effective tax rate.

If we are unable to access the capital markets or obtain bank credit, our financial position, liquidity, and results of operations could suffer.

We are dependent on a stable, liquid, and well-functioning financial system to fund our operations and capital investments. Our continued access to financial markets depends on multiple factors including the condition of debt capital markets, our operating performance, and maintaining strong credit ratings. If rating agencies lower our credit ratings, it could adversely affect our ability to access the debt markets, our cost of funds, and other terms for new debt issuances. Each of the credit rating agencies reviews its rating periodically, and there is no guarantee our current credit rating will remain the same. In addition, we use a variety of derivative products to manage our exposure to market risk, principally interest rate fluctuations. Disruptions or turmoil in the financial markets could reduce our ability to fund our operations and capital investments, and lead to losses on derivative positions resulting from counterparty failures, which could adversely affect our financial position and results of operations.

Item 1B.    Unresolved Staff Comments

Not applicable.

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Item 2.    Properties

Stores as of
February 1, 2020 
 Stores  Retail Sq. Ft.
(in thousands)
 Stores as of
February 1, 2020 
 Stores   Retail Sq. Ft.
(in thousands)
 
Alabama22  3,132  Montana 777  
Alaska 504  Nebraska14  2,005  
Arizona46  6,080  Nevada17  2,242  
Arkansas 1,165  New Hampshire 1,148  
California297  36,474  New Jersey47  5,992  
Colorado42  6,244  New Mexico10  1,185  
Connecticut21  2,731  New York84  10,178  
Delaware 440  North Carolina51  6,540  
District of Columbia 342  North Dakota 554  
Florida124  17,053  Ohio64  7,829  
Georgia50  6,820  Oklahoma15  2,167  
Hawaii 1,111  Oregon20  2,312  
Idaho 664  Pennsylvania75  9,094  
Illinois95  11,950  Rhode Island 517  
Indiana31  4,174  South Carolina19  2,359  
Iowa20  2,835  South Dakota 580  
Kansas17  2,385  Tennessee30  3,816  
Kentucky14  1,571  Texas150  20,919  
Louisiana15  2,120  Utah14  1,979  
Maine 630  Vermont 60  
Maryland40  4,960  Virginia59  7,713  
Massachusetts47  5,467  Washington39  4,377  
Michigan53  6,286  West Virginia 755  
Minnesota73  10,315  Wisconsin36  4,427  
Mississippi 743  Wyoming 187  
Missouri35  4,608     
  Total1,868  240,516  

Stores and Distribution Centers as of February 1, 2020  Stores  
Distribution
Centers (a)
Owned1,526  33  
Leased185   
Owned buildings on leased land157  —  
Total1,868  42  
(a)The 42 distribution centers have a total of 53.2 million square feet.

We own our corporate headquarters buildings located in and around Minneapolis, Minnesota, and we lease and own additional office space elsewhere in Minneapolis and the U.S. We also lease office space in other countries. Our properties are in good condition, well maintained, and suitable to carry on our business.

For additional information on our properties, see the Capital Expenditures section in MD&A and Notes 10 and 17 to Part II, Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data (the Financial Statements).

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LEGAL PROCEEDINGS & MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES
Item 3.    Legal Proceedings

The following proceedings are being reported pursuant to Item 103 of Regulation S-K:

The Federal Securities Law Class Actions and ERISA Class Actions defined below relate to certain prior disclosures by Target about its expansion of retail operations into Canada (the Canada Disclosure). Target intends to continue to vigorously defend these actions.

Federal Securities Law Class Actions

On May 17, 2016 and May 24, 2016, Target Corporation and certain present and former officers were named as defendants in two purported federal securities law class actions filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota (the Court). The lead plaintiff filed a Consolidated Amended Class Action Complaint (First Complaint) on November 14, 2016, alleging violations of Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Rule 10b-5 relating to the Canada Disclosure and naming Target, its former chief executive officer, its present chief operating officer, and the former president of Target Canada as defendants. On March 19, 2018, the Court denied the plaintiff's motion to alter or amend the final judgment issued on July 31, 2017, dismissing the Federal Securities Law Class Actions. On April 18, 2018, the plaintiff appealed the Court's final judgment. The appeal has been argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (the Appeals Court), and we are awaiting a decision.

ERISA Class Actions

On July 12, 2016 and July 15, 2016, Target Corporation, the Plan Investment Committee and Target’s current chief operating officer were named as defendants in two purported Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) class actions filed in the Court. The plaintiffs filed an Amended Class Action Complaint (the First ERISA Class Action) on December 14, 2016, alleging violations of Sections 404 and 405 of ERISA relating to the Canada Disclosure and naming Target, the Plan Investment Committee, and seven present or former officers as defendants. The plaintiffs sought to represent a class consisting of all persons who were participants in or beneficiaries of the Target Corporation 401(k) Plan or the Target Corporation Ventures 401(k) Plan (collectively, the Plans) at any time between February 27, 2013 and May 19, 2014 and whose Plan accounts included investments in Target stock. The plaintiffs sought damages, an injunction and other unspecified equitable relief, and attorneys’ fees, expenses, and costs, based on allegations that the defendants breached their fiduciary duties by failing to take action to prevent Plan participants from continuing to purchase Target stock during the class period at prices that allegedly were artificially inflated. After the Court dismissed the First ERISA Class Action on July 31, 2017, the plaintiffs filed a new ERISA Class Action (the Second ERISA Class Action) with the Court on August 30, 2017, which had substantially similar allegations, defendants, class representation, and damages sought as the First ERISA Class Action, except that the class period was extended to August 6, 2014. On June 15, 2018, the Court granted the motion by Target and the other defendants to dismiss the Second ERISA Class Action. On July 16, 2018, the plaintiffs appealed the Court's dismissal to the Appeals Court. The Appeals Court has not yet heard oral arguments or issued a decision.

For a description of other legal proceedings, see Note 14 to the Financial Statements.

Item 4.    Mine Safety Disclosures

Not applicable.

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Item 4A.    Executive Officers

Executive officers are elected by, and serve at the pleasure of, the Board of Directors. There are no family relationships between any of the officers named and any other executive officer or member of the Board of Directors, or any arrangement or understanding pursuant to which any person was selected as an officer.

NameTitle and Business ExperienceAge  
Brian C. CornellChairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer since August 2014.61  
Michael J. FiddelkeExecutive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since November 2019. Senior Vice President, Operations from August 2018 to October 2019. Senior Vice President, Merchandising Capabilities from March 2017 to August 2018. Senior Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis from July 2015 to March 2017. Vice President, Pay & Benefits from March 2013 to July 2015.43  
Rick H. GomezExecutive Vice President and Chief Marketing, Digital & Strategy Officer since December 2019. Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing & Digital Officer from January 2019 to December 2019. Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer from January 2017 to January 2019. Senior Vice President, Brand and Category Marketing from April 2013 to January 2017.50  
A. Christina Hennington
Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer, Hardlines, Essentials and Capabilities since January 2020. Senior Vice President, Group Merchandise Manager, Essentials, Beauty, Hardlines and Services from January 2019 to January 2020. Senior Vice President, Merchandising Essentials, Beauty and Wellness from April 2017 to January 2019. Senior Vice President, Merchandising Transformation and Operations from August 2015 to April 2017. Senior Vice President, Health and Beauty from May 2014 to August 2015.45  
Melissa K. KremerExecutive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer since January 2019. Senior Vice President, Talent and Organizational Effectiveness from October 2017 to January 2019. Vice President, Human Resources, Merchandising, Strategy & Innovation, from September 2015 to October 2017. From February 2012 until September 2015, Ms. Kremer held several leadership positions in Human Resources, supporting Merchandising, Target.com & Mobile, Enterprise Strategy & Multichannel.42  
Don H. LiuExecutive Vice President, Chief Legal & Risk Officer and Corporate Secretary since October 2017. Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary from August 2016 to September 2017. Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Xerox Corporation from July 2014 to August 2016.58  
Stephanie A. LundquistExecutive Vice President and President, Food & Beverage since January 2019. Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer from February 2016 to January 2019. Senior Vice President, Human Resources from January 2015 to February 2016.44  
Michael E. McNamaraExecutive Vice President and Chief Information Officer since January 2019. Executive Vice President and Chief Information & Digital Officer from September 2016 to January 2019. Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer from June 2015 to September 2016. Officer of Tesco PLC, a multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer, from March 2011 to May 2015.55  
John J. MulliganExecutive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since September 2015. Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from April 2012 to August 2015.54  
Jill K. SandoExecutive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer, Style and Owned Brands since January 2020. Senior Vice President, Group Merchandise Manager, Apparel & Accessories and Home from January 2019 to January 2020. Senior Vice President, Home from May 2014 to January 2019.51  
Mark J. SchindeleExecutive Vice President and Chief Stores Officer since January 2020. Senior Vice President, Target Properties from January 2015 to January 2020.51  
Laysha L. WardExecutive Vice President and Chief External Engagement Officer since January 2017.
Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer from December 2014 to January 2017.
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2019 Form 10-K
12

PART II

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

Our common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "TGT." We are authorized to issue up to 6,000,000,000 shares of common stock, par value $0.0833, and up to 5,000,000 shares of preferred stock, par value $0.01. As of March 5, 2020, there were 14,019 shareholders of record. Dividends declared per share for each fiscal quarter during 2019 and 2018 are disclosed in Note 25 to the Financial Statements.

On September 20, 2016, our Board of Directors authorized a $5 billion share repurchase program (2016 Program). On September 19, 2019, our Board of Directors authorized a new $5 billion share repurchase program (2019 Program). There is no stated expiration for the share repurchase programs. Under the 2016 Program, we had repurchased 64.5 million shares of common stock through February 1, 2020, at an average price of $75.55, for a total investment of $4.9 billion. The table below presents information with respect to Target common stock purchases made during the three months ended February 1, 2020, by Target or any "affiliated purchaser" of Target, as defined in Rule 10b-18(a)(3) under the Exchange Act.

Share Repurchase Activity
Total Number
of Shares
Purchased (b)
Average
Price
Paid per
Share
Total Number of
Shares Purchased
as Part of Publicly
Announced Programs
Dollar Value of
Shares that May
Yet Be Purchased
Under Publicly
Announced Programs
Period
November 3, 2019 through November 30, 2019
Open market and privately negotiated purchases
42,836  $126.41  42,836  $5,274,490,965  
December 1, 2019 through January 4, 2020
Open market and privately negotiated purchases
515,087  124.21  514,737  5,210,557,849  
January 5, 2020 through February 1, 2020
October 2019 ASR (a)
275,916  117.64  275,916  5,337,294,566  
Open market and privately negotiated purchases
1,830,760  116.08  1,830,760  5,124,785,446  
Total2,664,599  $117.81  2,664,249  $5,124,785,446  
(a)Represents the incremental shares received upon final settlement of the accelerated share repurchase (ASR) arrangement initiated in third quarter 2019.
(b)Includes shares of common stock reacquired from team members who tendered owned shares to satisfy the exercise price and tax withholding on stock option exercises. For the three months ended February 1, 2020, 350 shares were reacquired at a weighted average price per share of $128.81 pursuant to our long-term incentive plan.

TARGET CORPORATION
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2019 Form 10-K
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 Fiscal Years Ended
 January 31,
2015
January 30,
2016
January 28,
2017
February 3,
2018
February 2,
2019
February 1,
2020
Target$100.00  $101.21  $91.94  $109.76  $110.65  $177.66  
S&P 500 Index100.00  99.33  120.06  147.48  147.40  179.17  
Current Peer Group100.00  109.53  121.71  175.63  183.05  222.19  
Previous Peer Group100.00  109.11  121.15  174.97  182.10  220.86  

The graph above compares the cumulative total shareholder return on our common stock for the last five fiscal years with (i) the cumulative total return on the S&P 500 Index, (ii) the peer group used in previous filings consisting of 17 online, general merchandise, department store, food, and specialty retailers (Amazon.com, Inc., Best Buy Co., Inc., Costco Wholesale Corporation, CVS Health Corporation, Dollar General Corporation, Dollar Tree, Inc., The Gap, Inc., The Home Depot, Inc., Kohl's Corporation, The Kroger Co., Lowe's Companies, Inc., Macy's, Inc., Rite Aid Corporation, Sears Holdings Corporation, The TJX Companies, Inc., Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., and Walmart Inc.) (Previous Peer Group), and (iii) a new peer group consisting of the companies in the Previous Peer Group, plus Nordstrom, Inc., but excluding Sears Holdings Corporation, which filed for bankruptcy protection and is no longer publicly traded, and The Gap, Inc., which announced its intention to enter a transformational period for its brands (Current Peer Group). The Current Peer Group is consistent with the retail peer group used for our definitive Proxy Statement for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on June 10, 2020, excluding Publix Super Markets, Inc., which is not quoted on a public stock exchange.

The peer group is weighted by the market capitalization of each component company. The graph assumes the investment of $100 in Target common stock, the S&P 500 Index, and the Peer Group on January 30, 2015, and reinvestment of all dividends.

TARGET CORPORATION
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2019 Form 10-K
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Item 6.    Selected Financial Data

Selected Financial DataFor the Fiscal Year
201720162015
(millions, except per share data)20192018
As Adjusted (a)(b)
As Adjusted (b)
As Adjusted (b)
Sales $77,130  $74,433  $71,786  $69,414  $73,717  
Total revenue 78,112  75,356  72,714  70,271  74,494  
Net Earnings
Continuing operations3,269  2,930  2,908  2,666  3,321  
Discontinued operations12  7  6  68  42  
Net earnings
3,281  2,937  2,914  2,734  3,363  
Basic Earnings Per Share
     
Continuing operations
6.39  5.54  5.32  4.61  5.29  
Discontinued operations0.02  0.01  0.01  0.12  0.07  
Basic earnings per share
6.42  5.55  5.32  4.73  5.35  
Diluted Earnings Per Share
Continuing operations
6.34  5.50  5.29  4.58  5.25  
Discontinued operations0.02  0.01  0.01  0.12  0.07  
Diluted earnings per share
6.36  5.51  5.29  4.69  5.31  
Cash dividends declared per share2.62  2.54  2.46  2.36  2.20  
As of  
February 1,
2020
February 2,
2019
February 3, 2018
As Adjusted (b)
January 28, 2017
As Adjusted (b)
January 30,
2016 (b)
Total assets 42,779  41,290  40,303  38,724  40,262  
Long-term debt, including current portion11,499  11,275  11,398  12,591  12,760  
Note: This information should be read in conjunction with MD&A and the Financial Statements. Per share amounts may not foot due to rounding.
(a)Consisted of 53 weeks.
(b)The selected financial data for fiscal years 2017, 2016, and 2015 and as of February 3, 2018 and January 28, 2017, reflect the adoption of Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2014-09—Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606). The selected financial data for fiscal years 2017 and 2016 and as of February 3, 2018 and January 28, 2017, reflect the adoption of ASU No. 2016-02—Leases (Topic 842) (Lease Standard). The selected financial data as of January 30, 2016, does not reflect adoption of Topic 606 or Topic 842.


TARGET CORPORATION
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2019 Form 10-K
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MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY & ANALYSIS OF OPERATIONS
Item 7.   Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Executive Overview

Over the last several years, we have made strategic investments to build a durable operating and financial model that further differentiates Target and is designed to drive sustainable sales and profit growth. We have done this through an investment strategy focused on:

Elevating the shopping experiences and winning with high-touch service

During the past three years, we have remodeled more than 700 stores, including nearly 300 during 2019. We plan to remodel approximately 300 in 2020.
We have grown our stores network and now have over 100 small format stores in key urban markets and on college campuses.
We have redesigned our store operating model – redefining roles for hundreds of thousands of team members to deliver better guest service.
We have invested significantly in our team, including a $13 starting hourly wage with a commitment to $15 by the end of 2020.

Curation at Scale

We have delivered a steady stream of newness and exclusives across our assortment. We have introduced over 25 new owned and exclusive brands, including the 2019 launch of our new food and beverage owned brand, Good & Gather, which we expect will become our largest owned brand.

Delivering Ease and Convenience through Same Day Services

We have expanded our digital fulfillment capabilities, which elevate the shopping experience and give our guests new reasons to choose Target. During 2019, over 70% of our comparable digital sales growth was driven by same-day fulfillment options: Order Pickup, Drive Up, and delivery via our wholly owned subsidiary, Shipt.

These investments are translating into tangible financial results summarized below.

Financial Summary

Fiscal 2019 included the following notable items:

GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations were $6.34.
Adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations were $6.39.
Total revenue increased 3.7 percent, driven by a comparable sales increase and sales from new stores.
Comparable sales increased 3.4 percent, driven by a 2.7 percent increase in traffic.
Comparable store sales grew 1.4 percent.
Digital channel sales increased 29 percent, contributing 1.9 percentage points to comparable sales growth.
Operating income of $4,658 million was 13.3 percent higher than the comparable prior-year period.

Sales were $77,130 million for 2019, an increase of $2,697 million or 3.6 percent from the prior year. Operating cash flow provided by continuing operations was $7,099 million for 2019, an increase of $1,129 million, or 18.9 percent, from $5,970 million for 2018.

TARGET CORPORATION
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2019 Form 10-K
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MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY & ANALYSIS OF OPERATIONS
Earnings Per Share From
Continuing Operations
   Percent Change
2019  2018  
2017 (a)
2019/2018  2018/2017  
GAAP diluted earnings per share $6.34  $5.50  $5.29  15.4 %4.0 %
Adjustments0.05  (0.10) (0.60)   
Adjusted diluted earnings per share $6.39  $5.39  $4.69  18.4 %15.1 %
Note: Amounts may not foot due to rounding. Adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations (Adjusted EPS), a non-GAAP metric, excludes the impact of certain items. Management believes that Adjusted EPS is useful in providing period-to-period comparisons of the results of our continuing operations. A reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP measures is provided on page 21.
(a)Consisted of 53 weeks.

We report after-tax return on invested capital (ROIC) from continuing operations because we believe ROIC provides a meaningful measure of our capital-allocation effectiveness over time. For the trailing twelve months ended February 1, 2020, ROIC was 16.0 percent, compared with 14.7 percent for the trailing twelve months ended February 2, 2019. The calculation of ROIC is provided on page 22.

Analysis of Results of Operations

Summary of Operating Income   Percent Change
(dollars in millions)2019  2018  
2017 (a)
2019/2018  2018/2017  
Sales $77,130  $74,433  $71,786  3.6 %3.7 %
Other revenue982  923  928  6.3  (0.5) 
Total revenue78,112  75,356  72,714  3.7  3.6  
Cost of sales54,864  53,299  51,125  2.9  4.3  
SG&A expenses16,233  15,723  15,140  3.2  3.9  
Depreciation and amortization (exclusive of depreciation included in cost of sales)
2,357  2,224  2,225  6.0  (0.1) 
Operating income$4,658  $4,110  $4,224  13.3 %(2.7)%
(a)Consisted of 53 weeks.

Rate Analysis2019  2018  
2017 (a)
Gross margin rate28.9 %28.4 %28.8 %
SG&A expense rate20.8  20.9  20.8  
Depreciation and amortization (exclusive of depreciation included in cost of sales) expense rate
3.0  3.0  3.1  
Operating income margin rate6.0  5.5  5.8  
Note: Gross margin rate is calculated as gross margin (sales less cost of sales) divided by sales. All other rates are calculated by dividing the applicable amount by total revenue.
(a)Consisted of 53 weeks.

A discussion regarding Results of Operations and Analysis of Financial Condition for the year ended February 2, 2019, as compared to the year ended February 3, 2018, is included in Part II, Item 7, MD&A to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 2, 2019.

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2019 Form 10-K
17

MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS
ANALYSIS OF OPERATIONS
Sales

Sales include all merchandise sales, net of expected returns, and our estimate of gift card breakage. Note 2 to the Financial Statements defines gift card "breakage." We use comparable sales to evaluate the performance of our stores and digital channel sales by measuring the change in sales for a period over the comparable, prior-year period of equivalent length. Comparable sales include all sales, except sales from stores open less than 13 months, digital acquisitions we have owned less than 13 months, stores that have been closed, and digital acquisitions that we no longer operate. Comparable sales measures vary across the retail industry. As a result, our comparable sales calculation is not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Digitally originated sales include all sales initiated through mobile applications and our websites. Our stores fulfill the majority of digitally originated sales, including shipment from stores to guests, store Order Pick Up or Drive Up, and delivery via Shipt. Digitally originated sales may also be fulfilled through our distribution centers, our vendors, or other third parties.

Sales growth – from both comparable sales and new stores – represents an important driver of our long-term profitability. We expect that comparable sales growth will drive the majority of our total sales growth. We believe that our ability to successfully differentiate our guests’ shopping experience through a careful combination of merchandise assortment, price, convenience, guest experience, and other factors will over the long-term drive both increasing shopping frequency (traffic) and the amount spent each visit (average transaction amount).

The increase in 2019 sales compared to 2018 is due to a 3.4 percent comparable sales increase and the contribution from new stores.

Comparable Sales2019  2018  2017  
Comparable sales change3.4 %5.0 %1.3 %
Drivers of change in comparable sales   
Number of transactions2.7  5.0  1.6  
Average transaction amount0.7  0.1  (0.3) 
Note: Amounts may not foot due to rounding.

Contribution to Comparable Sales Change2019  2018  2017  
Stores channel comparable sales change
1.4 %3.2 %0.1 %
Contribution from digitally originated sales to comparable sales change
1.9  1.8  1.2  
Total comparable sales change3.4 %5.0 %1.3 %
Note: Amounts may not foot due to rounding.

Sales by Channel2019  2018  2017  
Stores originated91.2 %92.9 %94.5 %
Digitally originated8.8  7.1  5.5  
Total100 %100 %100 %

Note 2 to the Financial Statements provides sales by product category. The collective interaction of a broad array of macroeconomic, competitive, and consumer behavioral factors, as well as sales mix, and transfer of sales to new stores makes further analysis of sales metrics infeasible.

TARGET CORPORATION
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2019 Form 10-K
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MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS
ANALYSIS OF OPERATIONS
TD Bank Group (TD) offers credit to qualified guests through Target-branded credit cards: the Target Credit Card and the Target MasterCard Credit Card (Target Credit Cards). Additionally, we offer a branded proprietary Target Debit Card. Collectively, we refer to these products as RedCards®. We monitor the percentage of purchases that are paid for using RedCards (RedCard Penetration) because our internal analysis has indicated that a meaningful portion of incremental purchases on our RedCards are also incremental sales for Target. Guests receive a 5 percent discount on virtually all purchases when they use a RedCard at Target.

RedCard Penetration2019  2018  2017  
Target Debit Card12.6 %13.0 %13.1 %
Target Credit Cards10.7  10.9  11.3  
Total RedCard Penetration23.3 %23.8 %24.5 %
Note: Amounts may not foot due to rounding.

Gross Margin Rate

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Our gross margin rate was 28.9 percent in 2019 and 28.4 percent in 2018. The increase reflects merchandising efforts to optimize costs, pricing, promotions, and assortment, and favorable category sales mix, partially offset by increased supply chain and digital fulfillment costs.

Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) Expense Rate

Our SG&A expense rate was 20.8 percent in 2019, approximately flat to last year. Store labor productivity and lower incentive compensation in 2019 offset pressure from wage growth.

Store Data

Change in Number of Stores2019  2018  
Beginning store count1,844  1,822  
Opened26  29  
Closed(2) (7) 
Ending store count1,868  1,844  

TARGET CORPORATION
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2019 Form 10-K
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MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS
ANALYSIS OF OPERATIONS & RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
Number of Stores and
Retail Square Feet
Number of Stores
Retail Square Feet (a)
February 1, 2020February 2, 2019February 1, 2020February 2, 2019
170,000 or more sq. ft.272  272  48,619  48,604  
50,000 to 169,999 sq. ft.1,505  1,501  189,227  188,900  
49,999 or less sq. ft.91  71  2,670  2,077  
Total1,868  1,844  240,516  239,581  
(a)In thousands, reflects total square feet less office, distribution center, and vacant space.

Other Performance Factors

Net Interest Expense

Net interest expense from continuing operations was $477 million and $461 million for 2019 and 2018, respectively. The increase was primarily driven by a $10 million loss on early retirement of debt in 2019.

Provision for Income Taxes

Our 2019 effective income tax rate from continuing operations increased to 22.0 percent from 20.3 percent in 2018, which included discrete benefits related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (Tax Act) and the resolution of certain income tax matters unrelated to 2018 operations.

Note 18 to the Financial Statements provides additional information.

TARGET CORPORATION
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2019 Form 10-K
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MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to GAAP Measures

To provide additional transparency, we have disclosed non-GAAP adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations (Adjusted EPS). This metric excludes certain items presented below. We believe this information is useful in providing period-to-period comparisons of the results of our continuing operations. This measure is not in accordance with, or an alternative to, generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S. (GAAP). The most comparable GAAP measure is diluted earnings per share from continuing operations. Adjusted EPS should not be considered in isolation or as a substitution for analysis of our results as reported in accordance with GAAP. Other companies may calculate Adjusted EPS differently than we do, limiting the usefulness of the measure for comparisons with other companies.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP
Adjusted EPS
20192018
2017 (a)
(millions, except per share data)Pretax  Net of Tax  Per Share Amounts  Pretax  Net of Tax  Per Share Amounts  Pretax  Net of Tax  Per Share Amounts  
GAAP diluted earnings per share from continuing operations
$6.34  $5.50  $5.29  
Adjustments
Loss on investment (b)
$41  $31  $0.06  $—  $—  $—  $—  $—  $—  
Tax Act (c)
—  —  —  —  (36) (0.07) —  (343) (0.62) 
Loss on debt extinguishment10   0.01  —  —  —  123  75  0.14  
Other (d)
(17) (13) (0.02) —  —  —  (5) (3) (0.01) 
Other income tax matters (e)
—  —  —  —  (18) (0.03) —  (57) (0.10) 
Adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations
$6.39  $5.39  $4.69  
Note: Amounts may not foot due to rounding.
(a)Consisted of 53 weeks.
(b)Includes an unrealized loss on our investment in Casper Sleep, Inc., which is not core to our continuing operations.
(c)Represents discrete items related to the Tax Act. Refer to the Provision for Income Taxes discussion within MD&A and Note 18 to the Financial Statements.
(d)For 2019 and 2017, represents insurance recoveries related to the 2013 data breach.
(e)Represents benefits from the resolution of certain income tax matters unrelated to current period operations.

Earnings from continuing operations before interest expense and income taxes (EBIT) and earnings from continuing operations before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) are non-GAAP financial measures. We believe these measures provide meaningful information about our operational efficiency compared with our competitors by excluding the impact of differences in tax jurisdictions and structures, debt levels, and for EBITDA, capital investment. These measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative to, GAAP. The most comparable GAAP measure is net earnings from continuing operations. EBIT and EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitution for analysis of our results as reported in accordance with GAAP. Other companies may calculate EBIT and EBITDA differently, limiting the usefulness of the measures for comparisons with other companies.

EBIT and EBITDA  Percent Change
(dollars in millions)2019  2018  
2017 (a)
2019/2018  2018/2017  
Net earnings from continuing operations$3,269  $2,930  $2,908  11.6 %0.7 %
 + Provision for income taxes921  746  722  23.4  3.5  
 + Net interest expense477  461  653  3.3  (29.3) 
EBIT
$4,667  $4,137  $4,283  12.8 %(3.4)%
 + Total depreciation and amortization (b)
2,604  2,474  2,476  5.3  (0.1) 
EBITDA
$7,271  $6,611  $6,759  10.0 %(2.2)%
(a)Consisted of 53 weeks.
(b)Represents total depreciation and amortization, including amounts classified within Depreciation and Amortization and within Cost of Sales.

TARGET CORPORATION
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2019 Form 10-K
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MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
We have also disclosed after-tax ROIC, which is a ratio based on GAAP information, with the exception of the add-back of operating lease interest to operating income. We believe this metric is useful in assessing the effectiveness of our capital allocation over time. Other companies may calculate ROIC differently, limiting the usefulness of the measure for comparisons with other companies.

After-Tax Return on Invested Capital
(dollars in millions)
Trailing Twelve Months
Numerator
February 1,
2020
February 2,
2019
Operating income
$4,658  $4,110  
 + Net other income / (expense) 27  
EBIT4,667  4,137  
 + Operating lease interest (a)
86  83  
 - Income taxes (b)
1,045  856  
Net operating profit after taxes$3,708  $3,364  

Denominator
February 1,
2020
February 2,
2019
February 3,
2018
Current portion of long-term debt and other borrowings$161  $1,052  $281  
 + Noncurrent portion of long-term debt11,338  10,223  11,117  
 + Shareholders' investment11,833  11,297  11,651  
 + Operating lease liabilities (c)
2,475  2,170  2,072  
 - Cash and cash equivalents2,577  1,556  2,643  
Invested capital$23,230  $23,186  $22,478  
Average invested capital (d)
$23,208  $22,832  
After-tax return on invested capital
16.0 %14.7 %
(a)Represents the add-back to operating income driven by the hypothetical interest expense we would incur if the property under our operating leases were owned or accounted for as finance leases. Calculated using the discount rate for each lease and recorded as a component of rent expense within SG&A Expenses. Operating lease interest is added back to operating income in the ROIC calculation to control for differences in capital structure between us and our competitors.
(b)Calculated using the effective tax rates for continuing operations, which were 22.0 percent and 20.3 percent for the trailing twelve months ended February 1, 2020, and February 2, 2019, respectively. For the trailing twelve months ended February 1, 2020, and February 2, 2019, includes tax effect of $1,026 million and $839 million, respectively, related to EBIT, and $19 million and $17 million, respectively, related to operating lease interest.
(c)Total short-term and long-term operating lease liabilities included within Accrued and Other Current Liabilities and Noncurrent Operating Lease Liabilities.
(d)Average based on the invested capital at the end of the current period and the invested capital at the end of the comparable prior period.