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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 10-K

 

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

For the fiscal year ended January 31, 2010

OR

 

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

Commission File Number 1-8207

THE HOME DEPOT, INC.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

DELAWARE

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)

95-3261426

(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

2455 PACES FERRY ROAD, N.W., ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30339

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code: (770) 433-8211

SECURITIES REGISTERED PURSUANT TO SECTION 12(b) OF THE ACT:

 

TITLE OF EACH CLASS

 

NAME OF EACH EXCHANGE

ON WHICH REGISTERED

Common Stock, $0.05 Par Value Per Share   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 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 ¨

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 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, 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. (Check one):

 

Large accelerated filer x   Accelerated filer ¨  

Non-accelerated filer ¨

(Do not check if a smaller
reporting company)

  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 common stock of the Registrant held by non-affiliates of the Registrant on August 3, 2009 was $43.9 billion.

The number of shares outstanding of the Registrant’s common stock as of March 22, 2010 was 1,693,341,736 shares.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

Portions of the Registrant’s proxy statement for the 2010 Annual Meeting of Shareholders are incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K to the extent described herein.

 

 

 


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THE HOME DEPOT, INC.

FISCAL YEAR 2009 FORM 10-K

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

PART I

  

Item 1.

  

Business

   1

Item 1A.

  

Risk Factors

   6

Item 1B.

  

Unresolved Staff Comments

   9

Item 2.

  

Properties

   10

Item 3.

  

Legal Proceedings

   12

Item 4.

  

[Reserved]

   12

PART II

     

Item 5.

  

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

   13

Item 6.

  

Selected Financial Data

   15

Item 7.

  

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

   16

Item 7A.

  

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

   28

Item 8.

  

Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

   29

Item 9.

  

Changes in and Disagreements With Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

   54

Item 9A.

  

Controls and Procedures

   54

Item 9B.

  

Other Information

   54

PART III

     

Item 10.

  

Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

   55

Item 11.

  

Executive Compensation

   56

Item 12.

  

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

   56

Item 13.

  

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

   56

Item 14.

  

Principal Accounting Fees and Services

   56

PART IV

     

Item 15.

  

Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules

   57
  

Signatures

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CAUTIONARY STATEMENT PURSUANT TO THE

PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995

Certain statements regarding our future performance constitute “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may relate to, among other things, the demand for our products and services, net sales growth, comparable store sales, state of the economy, state of the residential construction, housing and home improvement markets, state of the credit markets, including mortgages, home equity loans and consumer credit, commodity price inflation and deflation, implementation of store initiatives, continuation of reinvestment plans, net earnings performance, earnings per share, stock-based compensation expense, capital allocation and expenditures, liquidity, the effect of adopting certain accounting standards, return on invested capital, management of our purchasing or customer credit policies, the effect of accounting charges, the planned recapitalization of the Company, timing of the completion of the recapitalization, the ability to issue debt securities on terms and at rates acceptable to us, impact of cannibalization, store openings and closures and financial outlook.

Forward-looking statements are based on currently available information and our current assumptions, expectations and projections about future events. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to future events, risks and uncertainties – many of which are beyond our control or are currently unknown to us – as well as potentially inaccurate assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations and projections. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those described in Item 1A, “Risk Factors.”

Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we do not undertake to update these statements other than as required by law. You are advised, however, to review any further disclosures we make on related subjects in our periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

PART I

 

Item 1. Business.

Introduction

The Home Depot, Inc. is the world’s largest home improvement retailer based on Net Sales for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2010 (“fiscal 2009”). The Home Depot stores sell a wide assortment of building materials, home improvement and lawn and garden products and provide a number of services. The Home Depot stores average approximately 105,000 square feet of enclosed space, with approximately 24,000 additional square feet of outside garden area. As of the end of fiscal 2009, we had 2,244 The Home Depot stores located throughout the United States including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the territories of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam (“U.S.”), Canada, China and Mexico.

The Home Depot, Inc. is a Delaware corporation that was incorporated in 1978. Our Store Support Center (corporate office) is located at 2455 Paces Ferry Road, N.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30339. Our telephone number is (770) 433-8211.

We maintain an Internet website at www.homedepot.com. We make available on our website, free of charge, our Annual Reports to shareholders, Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, Proxy Statements and Forms 3, 4 and 5 as soon as reasonably practicable after filing such documents with, or furnishing such documents to, the SEC.

We include our website addresses throughout this filing only as textual references. The information contained on our websites is not incorporated by reference into this report.

 

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Our Business

Operating Strategy.    In fiscal 2009, despite prolonged difficulties in the economy, we continued to focus on our core retail business, investing in our associates and stores and improving our customer service. This focus reflected a continuation of strategies implemented in the fiscal year ended February 1, 2009 (“fiscal 2008”), including the decision, announced in late January 2009, to close our EXPO Design Center, THD Design Center, Yardbirds and HD Bath businesses (the “Exited Businesses”). In fiscal 2009, we maintained our focus on maximizing the productivity of our existing store base. During the year, we continued to implement significant changes in our store operations to make them simpler, more consistent and more customer-focused. We shifted associate hours to be more customer facing, provided additional customer service and product knowledge training to our associates and refocused our efforts on offering every day values in the stores. Additionally, we continued to make strategic decisions intended to optimize our capital allocation, control expenses and create long-term value for our shareholders.

Customers.    The Home Depot stores serve three primary customer groups:

 

   

Do-It-Yourself (“D-I-Y”) Customers: These customers are typically home owners who purchase products and complete their own projects and installations.

 

   

Do-It-For-Me (“D-I-F-M”) Customers: These customers are typically home owners who purchase materials themselves and hire third parties to complete the project or installation. We arrange for the installation of a variety of The Home Depot products through qualified independent contractors.

 

   

Professional Customers: These customers are professional remodelers, general contractors, repairmen, small business owners and tradesmen. In many stores, we offer a variety of programs to these customers, including delivery and will-call services, dedicated staff and expanded credit programs, all of which we believe increase sales to these customers.

Products.    A typical Home Depot store stocks approximately 30,000 to 40,000 products during the year, including both national brand name and proprietary items. The following table shows the percentage of Net Sales of each major product group (and related services) for each of the last three fiscal years:

 

       Percentage of Net Sales for
Fiscal Year Ended
 

Product Group

     January 31,
2010
     February 1,
2009
     February 3,
2008
 

Plumbing, electrical and kitchen

     29.8    30.6    31.0

Hardware and seasonal

     29.1       28.7       28.0   

Building materials, lumber and millwork

     21.9       22.1       22.3   

Paint and flooring

     19.2       18.6       18.7   
                      

Total

     100.0    100.0    100.0
                      

In fiscal 2009, we reduced our inventory while improving our in-stock rate. We also reduced a number of one-time discount promotions and refocused our efforts on offering every day values. We continued to introduce innovative and distinctive products to our customers, including Thomasville® deep seating patio furniture, Behr Premium Plus Ultra® paint and primer in one, Charbroil® infrared grills, RIDGID® pressure washers and Homelite® trimmers.

To complement and enhance our product selection, we have formed strategic alliances and exclusive relationships with selected suppliers to market products under a variety of well-recognized brand names. During fiscal 2009, we offered a number of proprietary and exclusive brands across a wide range of departments including, but not limited to, Behr Premium Plus® paint, Hampton Bay® lighting, Vigoro® lawn care products, Husky® hand tools, RIDGID® and Ryobi® power tools and Glacier Bay® bath fixtures. We also announced our

 

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partnership with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia to offer an exclusive Martha Stewart Living brand of home improvement products in select categories including outdoor living and paint. We may consider additional strategic alliances and relationships with other suppliers and will continue to assess opportunities to expand the range of products available under brand names that are exclusive to The Home Depot.

From our Store Support Center we maintain a global sourcing merchandise program to source high-quality products directly from manufacturers around the world. Our merchant team identifies and purchases market leading innovative products directly for our stores. Additionally, we have three sourcing offices located in the Chinese cities of Shanghai, Shenzhen and Dalian, and offices in Gurgaon, India; Rome, Italy; Monterrey, Mexico and Toronto, Canada.

Services.    Our stores offer a variety of installation services. These services target D-I-F-M customers who select and purchase products and installation of those products from us. These installation programs include products such as carpeting, flooring, cabinets, countertops and water heaters. In addition, we provide professional installation of a number of products sold through our in-home sales programs, such as generators and furnace and central air systems.

Store Growth.

United States.    At the end of fiscal 2009, we were operating 1,976 The Home Depot stores in the U.S., including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the territories of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. During fiscal 2009, we opened five new The Home Depot stores in the U.S.

Canada.    At the end of fiscal 2009, we were operating 179 The Home Depot stores in ten Canadian provinces. Of these stores, three were opened during fiscal 2009.

Mexico.    At the end of fiscal 2009, we were operating 79 The Home Depot stores in Mexico. Of these stores, five were opened during fiscal 2009.

China.    At the end of fiscal 2009, we were operating 10 The Home Depot stores in four Chinese cities.

Net Sales for the Company outside of the U.S. were $7.0 billion for fiscal 2009 and were $7.4 billion for fiscal 2008 and 2007. Long-lived assets outside of the U.S. totaled $3.0 billion, $2.8 billion and $3.1 billion as of January 31, 2010, February 1, 2009 and February 3, 2008, respectively.

Store Support Services

Information Technologies.    During fiscal 2009, we continued to make information technology investments to better support our customers and provide an improved overall shopping environment and experience. We invested in our supply chain and merchandising tools to improve inventory management capabilities and streamline our operations.

With regard to our supply chain, in fiscal 2009 we continued implementation of our new warehouse management system and new transportation management system. We also made additional enhancements to our Central Automated Replenishment system.

We provided additional tools and made improvements to existing tools utilized in merchandising systems in the areas of assortment management, forecasting and replenishment.

With our continued focus on the stores, we provided additional technology improvements designed to help store associates perform their tasks and improve customer service. In fiscal 2009, we equipped 1,977 stores with new servers, 211 stores with new computers, registers and printers and 63 stores with new paint dispensers.

Credit Services.    We offer private label credit products in our stores through a third-party credit provider to professional, D-I-Y and D-I-F-M customers. In fiscal 2009, approximately 2.8 million new The Home Depot

 

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private label credit accounts were opened, and the total number of The Home Depot active account holders was approximately 12 million. Private label credit card sales accounted for approximately 25% of store sales in fiscal 2009. In fiscal 2008, Home Depot renegotiated and extended the term of the primary contracts governing the private label program. In fiscal 2009, we continued to benefit from our new contracts which established a ceiling for the cost of credit for the program while retaining the ability for portfolio performance improvements to lower the cost of credit.

Logistics.    We continued our supply chain transformation in fiscal 2009 to ensure product availability for customers, effective use of our investment in inventory and low total supply chain costs. Across our supply chain operations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, we restructured our distribution center network to meet the changing needs of our business, including the Rapid Deployment Center (“RDC”) build-out in the U.S. and general distribution center space rationalization initiatives. RDCs allow for aggregation of store product needs to a single purchase order, and then rapid allocation and deployment of inventory to individual stores upon arrival at the center. This process allows improved transportation, simplified order processing at suppliers and reduced lead time from the time that product needs at stores are determined to actual replenishment.

As a result of the changes to our distribution network, in fiscal 2009 we added 5.2 million square feet of distribution center space, primarily for new RDCs, and closed other distribution center operations occupying approximately 2.4 million square feet, primarily as a result of eliminating conventional distribution center space in the U.S. At the end of fiscal 2009, we operated 30 lumber distribution centers, 36 conventional distribution centers and two transit facilities, all located in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Additionally in fiscal 2009, we opened seven new RDCs in the U.S., bringing our total number of RDCs to 12. We now serve approximately 1,250 of our U.S. stores from RDCs, which represents approximately 65% of our U.S. stores, and have onboarded approximately 35% of our costs of sales for those stores. We plan to open additional RDCs during fiscal 2010 and ultimately serve all of our U.S. stores from RDCs. We remain committed to our overall RDC roll-out strategy, supporting our goal of increasing our central distribution penetration.

Associates.    At the end of fiscal 2009, we employed approximately 317,000 associates, of whom approximately 19,000 were salaried, with the remainder compensated on an hourly or temporary basis. Approximately 61% of our associates are employed on a full-time basis. We believe that our employee relations are very good. To attract and retain qualified personnel, we seek to maintain competitive salary and wage levels in each market we serve.

Intellectual Property.    Our business has one of the most recognized brands in North America. As a result, we believe that The Home Depot® trademark has significant value and is an important factor in the marketing of our products, e-commerce, stores and business. We have registered or applied for registration of trademarks, service marks, copyrights and internet domain names, both domestically and internationally, for use in our business. We also maintain patent portfolios relating to some of our products and services and seek to patent or otherwise protect innovations we incorporate into our products or business operations.

Quality Assurance Program.    We have both quality assurance and engineering resources that are dedicated to overseeing the quality of our directly imported, globally-sourced and proprietary products at the factory, product and packaging levels. Through these programs, we have established criteria for supplier and product performance that are designed to ensure that our products comply with federal, state and local safety, quality and performance standards and to allow us to measure and track the timeliness of shipments. We also have a Supplier Social and Environmental Responsibility Program designed to ensure that our suppliers adhere to the highest standards of social and environmental responsibility.

Environmental, Health & Safety (“EH&S”).    We are committed to maintaining a safe environment for our customers and associates and protecting the environment of the communities in which we do business. Our EH&S function in the field is directed by trained associates focused primarily on the execution of the EH&S programs. Additionally, we have a Store Support Center-based team of dedicated EH&S professionals who evaluate, develop, implement and enforce policies, processes and programs on a Company-wide basis.

 

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Environmental.    The Home Depot is committed to conducting business in an environmentally responsible manner. This commitment impacts all areas of our business, including store construction and maintenance, energy usage, supply chain, product selection and delivery of product knowledge to our customers.

In fiscal 2009, we spent approximately $22 million for energy efficiency-related projects and saved over 114 million kilowatt hours (kWh) compared to fiscal 2008, enough to power over 10,000 U.S. homes for one year. We continued to implement strict operational standards that establish energy efficient practices in all of our facilities. These include HVAC unit temperature regulation and adherence to strict lighting schedules, which are the largest sources of energy consumption in our stores, as well as utilizing the Novar Energy Management and Alarm System in each store to monitor energy efficiency. We estimate that by implementing and utilizing these energy saving programs, we have saved over 2.6 billion kWh since 2004, enough to power approximately 203,000 U.S. homes for one year. We have achieved a 16 percent reduction in kWh per square foot of energy consumption in our U.S. stores since 2004, and our goal is to achieve a 20 percent reduction in our U.S. stores by 2015, through our energy conservation initiatives. We have also partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council and have built seven Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (“LEED”) green certified and equivalent stores.

Through our supply chain efficiencies created by the actions described above under “Logistics,” we are also targeting a 20 percent reduction in our domestic supply chain greenhouse gas emissions from 2008 to 2015, which would equate to annual fuel savings of approximately 25 million gallons or approximately 8,000 trips around the earth’s circumference. We received the 2009 Environmental Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SmartWaySM Transport Partnership for our leadership in conserving energy and lowering greenhouse gas emission from our supply chain activities.

As the world’s largest home improvement retailer, we are in a unique position to enable our customers to achieve energy savings through our products and services. Through our Eco OptionsSM Program introduced in 2007, we have created product categories that allow consumers to easily identify environmentally preferred product selections in our stores. Our Eco OptionsSM Program has certified approximately 4,000 products that meet specifications for energy efficiency, water conservation, healthy home, clean air and sustainable forestry. During 2009, we sold more than 90 million Energy Star® refrigerators, dishwashers, compact fluorescent light bulbs, programmable thermostats, water heaters and other products, which are capable of saving our customers approximately $740 million on their utility bills. We also sold more than six million WaterSense®-labeled bath faucets, aerators and toilets, giving our customers the potential to save at least 1.8 billion gallons of water. In 2009, we also upgraded our Eco OptionsSM page on our website, which offers consumer education on environmental impacts of various products as well as identifying easy “green” D-I-Y projects. This online experience, coupled with our D-I-Y in-store how-to clinics on “green” projects and our continual enhancement of our Eco OptionsSM product categories, helps us to meet a growing customer demand for environmentally responsible and cost-saving products and projects.

We continue to offer our nationwide, in-store compact fluorescent light bulb recycling program launched in June 2008. This service is offered to customers free of charge and is available in all U.S. stores. We also maintain an in-store rechargeable battery recycling program. Launched in 2001 in partnership with the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation, this program is also available to customers free of charge in all U.S. and Canada stores.

Seasonality.    Our business is seasonal to a certain extent. Generally, our highest volume of sales occurs in our second fiscal quarter, and the lowest volume occurs during our fourth fiscal quarter.

Competition.    Our business is highly competitive, based primarily on customer service, price, store location and assortment of merchandise. In each of the markets we serve, there are a number of other home improvement stores, electrical, plumbing and building materials supply houses and lumber yards. With respect to some products, we also compete with specialty design stores, showrooms, discount stores, local, regional and national hardware stores, mail order firms, warehouse clubs, independent building supply stores and, to a lesser

 

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extent, other retailers. Due to the variety of competition we face, we are unable to precisely measure the impact on our sales by our competitors.

 

Item 1A. Risk Factors.

The risks and uncertainties described below could materially and adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations and could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations and projections. The Risk Factors described below include the considerable risks associated with the current economic environment and the related potential adverse effects on our financial condition and results of operations. You should read these Risk Factors in conjunction with “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in Item 7 and our Consolidated Financial Statements and related notes in Item 8. There also may be other factors that we cannot anticipate or that are not described in this report generally because we do not currently perceive them to be material. Those factors could cause results to differ materially from our expectations.

Sustained uncertainty regarding current economic conditions and other factors beyond our control could adversely affect demand for our products and services, our costs of doing business and our financial performance.

Our financial performance depends significantly on the stability of the housing, residential construction and home improvement markets. Adverse conditions in or sustained uncertainty about these markets could adversely impact consumer confidence, causing our customers to delay purchasing or determine not to purchase home improvement products and services. Other factors – including high levels of unemployment and foreclosures, interest rate fluctuations, fuel and other energy costs, labor and healthcare costs, the availability of financing, the state of the credit markets, including mortgages, home equity loans and consumer credit, weather, natural disasters and other conditions beyond our control – could further adversely affect demand for our products and services, our costs of doing business and our financial performance.

Strong competition could adversely affect prices and demand for our products and services and could decrease our market share.

We operate in markets that are highly competitive. We compete principally based on customer services, price, store location and assortment of merchandise. In each market we serve, there are a number of other home improvement stores, electrical, plumbing and building materials supply houses and lumber yards. With respect to some products, we also compete with specialty design stores, showrooms, discount stores, local, regional and national hardware stores, mail order firms, warehouse clubs, independent building supply stores and other retailers. Intense competitive pressures from one or more of our competitors could affect prices or demand for our products and services. If we are unable to timely and appropriately respond to these competitive pressures, including through maintenance of superior customer service and customer loyalty, our financial performance and our market share could be adversely affected.

We may not timely identify or effectively respond to consumer needs, expectations or trends, which could adversely affect our relationship with customers, the demand for our products and services and our market share.

It is difficult to successfully predict the products and services our customers will demand. The success of our business depends in part on our ability to identify and respond promptly to evolving trends in demographics and consumer preferences, expectations and needs. Failure to maintain attractive stores and to timely identify or effectively respond to changing consumer tastes, preferences, expectations as to service levels, spending patterns and home improvement needs could adversely affect our relationship with customers, the demand for our products and services and our market share.

 

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Our success depends upon our ability to attract, train and retain highly qualified associates while also controlling our labor costs.

Our customers expect a high level of customer service and product knowledge from our associates. To be successful, we must attract, train and retain a large number of highly qualified associates to meet the needs and expectations of our customers while at the same time controlling labor costs. Our ability to control labor costs is subject to numerous external factors, including prevailing wage rates, the impact of legislation or regulations governing healthcare benefits or labor relations, such as the proposed Employee Free Choice Act, and health and other insurance costs. In addition, we compete with other retail businesses for many of our associates in hourly positions, and we invest significant resources in training and motivating them. These positions have historically had high turnover rates, which can lead to increased training and retention costs. There is no assurance that we will be able to attract or retain highly qualified associates in the future. In addition, our centralization of certain human resources functions might not be readily adapted by our associates and therefore might not provide the anticipated benefits.

The inflation or deflation of commodity prices could affect our prices, demand for our products, our sales and our profit margins.

Prices of certain commodity products, including lumber and other raw materials, are historically volatile and are subject to fluctuations arising from changes in domestic and international supply and demand, labor costs, competition, market speculation, government regulations and periodic delays in delivery. Rapid and significant changes in commodity prices may affect the demand for our products, our sales and our profit margins.

We rely on third party suppliers. If we fail to identify and develop relationships with a sufficient number of qualified suppliers, or if our current suppliers experience financial difficulties, our ability to timely and efficiently access products that meet our high standards for quality could be adversely affected.

We buy our products from suppliers located throughout the world. Our ability to continue to identify and develop relationships with qualified suppliers who can satisfy our high standards for quality and our need to access products in a timely and efficient manner is a significant challenge. Our ability to access products also can be adversely affected by political instability, the financial instability of suppliers (particularly in light of recent economic conditions), suppliers’ noncompliance with applicable laws, trade restrictions, tariffs, currency exchange rates, transport capacity and cost and other factors beyond our control.

If we are unable to effectively manage and expand our alliances and relationships with selected suppliers of brand name products, we may be unable to effectively execute our strategy to differentiate ourselves from our competitors.

As part of our focus on product differentiation, we have formed strategic alliances and exclusive relationships with selected suppliers to market products under a variety of well-recognized brand names. If we are unable to manage and expand these alliances and relationships or identify alternative sources for comparable products, we may not be able to effectively execute product differentiation.

If we do not maintain the security of customer, associate or company information, we could damage our reputation, incur substantial additional costs and become subject to litigation.

Any significant compromise or breach of customer, associate or company data security could significantly damage our reputation and result in additional costs, lost sales, fines and lawsuits. The regulatory environment related to information security and privacy is increasingly rigorous, with new and constantly changing requirements applicable to our business, and compliance with those requirements could result in additional costs. There is no guarantee that the procedures that we have implemented to protect against unauthorized access to secured data are adequate to safeguard against all data security breaches.

 

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A failure of a key information technology system or process could adversely affect our business.

We rely extensively on information technology systems, some of which are managed by third-party service providers, to analyze, process and manage transactions and data. We also rely heavily on the integrity of this data in managing our business. We or our service providers could experience errors, interruptions, delays or cessations of service in key portions of our information technology infrastructure, which could significantly disrupt our operations and be expensive, time consuming and resource-intensive to remedy.

The implementation of our supply chain and technology initiatives could disrupt our operations in the near term, and these initiatives might not provide the anticipated benefits or might fail.

We have made, and we plan to continue to make, significant investments in our supply chain and technology. These initiatives are designed to streamline our operations to allow our associates to continue to provide high quality service to our customers. The cost and potential problems and interruptions associated with the implementation of these initiatives, including those associated with managing third-party service providers, could disrupt or reduce the efficiency of our operations in the near term. In addition, our improved supply chain and new or upgraded technology might not provide the anticipated benefits, it might take longer than expected to realize the anticipated benefits, or the initiatives might fail altogether.

Our costs of doing business could increase as a result of changes in federal, state or local regulations.

Changes in the federal, state or local minimum wage or living wage requirements or changes in other wage or workplace regulations could increase our costs of doing business. In addition, changes in federal, state or local regulations governing the sale of some of our products or tax regulations could increase our costs of doing business. Passage of the Employee Free Choice Act or other similar laws in Congress could lead to higher labor costs by encouraging unionization efforts among our associates and disruption of store operations. Healthcare reform, if enacted, could also adversely impact our labor costs and our ability to negotiate favorable terms under our benefit plans for our associates.

Our ability to obtain additional financing on favorable terms, if needed, could be adversely affected by the volatility in the capital markets.

We obtain and manage liquidity from the positive cash flow we generate from our operating activities and our access to capital markets, including our commercial paper programs supported by a back-up credit facility with a consortium of banks. Although we currently maintain a strong investment grade rating and had no outstanding commercial paper obligations as of the end of fiscal 2009, there is no assurance that our ability to obtain additional financing through the capital markets, if needed, will not be adversely impacted due to current economic conditions. New or incremental tightening in the credit markets, low liquidity and continued volatility in the capital markets could result in diminished availability of credit, higher cost of borrowing and lack of confidence in the equity market, making it more difficult to obtain additional financing on terms that are favorable to us.

If we cannot successfully manage the unique challenges presented by international markets, we may not be successful in our international operations.

Our ability to successfully operate in international markets is affected by many of the same operational risks we face in our U.S. operations, as well as unique costs and difficulties of managing international operations. Our international operations, including any expansion in international markets, may be adversely affected by our inability to identify and gain access to local suppliers as well as by local laws and customs, U.S. laws applicable to foreign operations, such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), other legal and regulatory constraints, political and economic conditions and currency regulations of the countries or regions in which we currently operate or intend to operate in the future. Risks inherent in international operations also include, among others, adverse tax consequences, greater difficulty in enforcing intellectual property rights and risks associated with FCPA and local anti-bribery law compliance. Additionally, foreign currency exchange rates and fluctuations may have an impact on our future costs or on future cash flows from our international operations.

 

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If we are unable to manage effectively our installation service business, we could be subject to fines and lawsuits.

We act as a general contractor to provide installation services to our D-I-F-M customers through third-party installers. As such, we are subject to regulatory requirements and risks applicable to general contractors, which include management of licensing, permitting and quality of our third-party installers. We have established processes and procedures that provide protections beyond those required by law to manage these requirements and ensure customer satisfaction. If we fail to manage these processes effectively, we could suffer lost sales, fines and lawsuits.

Changes in accounting standards and subjective assumptions, estimates and judgments by management related to complex accounting matters could significantly affect our financial results or financial condition.

Generally accepted accounting principles and related accounting pronouncements, implementation guidelines and interpretations with regard to a wide range of matters that are relevant to our business, such as revenue recognition, asset impairment, impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets, inventories, lease obligations, self-insurance, tax matters and litigation, are highly complex and involve many subjective assumptions, estimates and judgments. Changes in these rules or their interpretation or changes in underlying assumptions, estimates or judgments could significantly change our reported or expected financial performance or financial condition.

We are involved in a number of legal proceedings, and while we cannot predict the outcomes of those proceedings and other contingencies with certainty, some of these outcomes may adversely affect our operations or increase our costs.

We are involved in a number of legal proceedings, including government inquiries and investigations, and consumer, employment, tort and other litigation that arise from time to time in the ordinary course of business. Litigation is inherently unpredictable, and the outcome of some of these proceedings and other contingencies could require us to take or refrain from taking actions which could adversely affect our operations or could result in excessive verdicts. Additionally, defending against these lawsuits and proceedings may involve significant expense and diversion of management’s attention and resources from other matters.

 

Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments.

Not applicable.

 

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Item 2. Properties.

The following tables show locations of the 1,976 The Home Depot stores located in the U.S. and its territories and the 268 The Home Depot stores outside of the U.S. at the end of fiscal 2009:

 

U.S. Locations

   Number of Stores

Alabama

   28

Alaska

   7

Arizona

   56

Arkansas

   14

California

   231

Colorado

   46

Connecticut

   28

Delaware

   9

District of Columbia

   1

Florida

   153

Georgia

   90

Guam

   1

Hawaii

   7

Idaho

   11

Illinois

   76

Indiana

   24

Iowa

   10

Kansas

   16

Kentucky

   14

Louisiana

   28

Maine

   11

Maryland

   40

Massachusetts

   45

Michigan

   71

Minnesota

   33

Mississippi

   14

Missouri

   34

Montana

   6

U.S. Locations

   Number of Stores

Nebraska

   8

Nevada

   21

New Hampshire

   20

New Jersey

   67

New Mexico

   13

New York

   100

North Carolina

   43

North Dakota

   1

Ohio

   70

Oklahoma

   16

Oregon

   26

Pennsylvania

   70

Puerto Rico

   8

Rhode Island

   8

South Carolina

   25

South Dakota

   1

Tennessee

   39

Texas

   178

Utah

   22

Vermont

   3

Virgin Islands

   1

Virginia

   49

Washington

   45

West Virginia

   6

Wisconsin

   27

Wyoming

   5
      

Total U.S.

   1,976

 

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International Locations

   Number of Stores

Canada:

  

Alberta

   27

British Columbia

   25

Manitoba

   6

New Brunswick

   3

Newfoundland

   1

Nova Scotia

   4

Ontario

   86

Prince Edward Island

   1

Quebec

   22

Saskatchewan

   4
      

Total Canada

   179

China:

  

Beijing

   2

Henan

   1

Shaanxi

   2

Tianjin

   5
      

Total China

   10

International Locations

   Number of Stores

Mexico:

  

Aguascalientes

   1

Baja California Norte

   5

Baja California Sur

   2

Chiapas

   2

Chihuahua

   5

Coahuila

   3

Colima

   1

Distrito Federal

   6

Durango

   1

Guanajuato

   4

Guerrero

   1

Hidalgo

   1

Jalisco

   4

Michoacán

   1

Morelos

   1

Nuevo León

   9

Puebla

   2

Queretaro

   2

Quintana Roo

   1

San Luis Potosi

   1

Sinaloa

   3

Sonora

   2

State of Mexico

   11

Tabasco

   1

Tamaulipas

   4

Veracruz

   4

Yucatan

   1
      

Total Mexico

   79

 

Additionally, at the end of fiscal 2009, we had six Home Decorators Collection locations in Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and New Jersey.

Of our 2,244 stores operating at the end of fiscal 2009, approximately 89% were owned (including those owned subject to a ground lease) consisting of approximately 209.4 million square feet, and approximately 11% of such stores were leased consisting of approximately 25.8 million square feet.

At the end of fiscal 2009, we utilized 188 warehouses and distribution centers located in 33 states or provinces, consisting of approximately 32.1 million square feet, of which approximately 0.2 million is owned and approximately 31.9 million is leased.

Our executive, corporate staff, divisional staff and financial offices occupy approximately 2.1 million square feet of leased and owned space in Atlanta, Georgia. At the end of fiscal 2009, we occupied an aggregate of approximately 3.7 million square feet, of which approximately 2.4 million square feet is owned and approximately 1.3 million square feet is leased, for store support centers and customer support centers.

 

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Item 3. Legal Proceedings.

In July 2005, the Company received a grand jury subpoena from the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, California, seeking documents and information relating to the Company’s handling, storage and disposal of hazardous waste. The Company is cooperating fully with the United States Attorney’s Office. Although the Company cannot predict the outcome of this proceeding, it does not expect any such outcome to have a material adverse effect on its consolidated financial condition or results of operations.

In August 2005, the Company received an informal request from the staff of the SEC for information related to the Company’s return-to-vendor policies and procedures. Subsequent to August 2005, the SEC staff requested additional information related to those policies and procedures. The SEC staff last contacted the Company regarding this matter in January 2007. The Company responded to the requests and will continue to fully cooperate with the SEC staff. The SEC has informed the Company that the informal inquiry is not an indication that any violations of law have occurred. Although the Company cannot predict the outcome of this matter, it does not expect that this informal inquiry will have a material adverse effect on its consolidated financial condition or results of operations.

The following actions have been filed against the Company and, in some cases, against certain of its current and former officers and directors as described below. Although the Company cannot predict their outcome, it does not expect these actions, individually or together, will have a material adverse effect on its consolidated financial condition or results of operations.

As previously reported, in the second and third quarters of fiscal 2006, three purported, but uncertified, class actions were filed against the Company, The Home Depot FutureBuilder Administrative Committee and certain of the Company’s current and former directors and employees alleging breach of fiduciary duty in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) in connection with the Company’s return-to-vendor and stock option practices. These actions were joined into one case in 2007, and the joint amended complaint seeks certification as a class action, unspecified damages, costs, attorney’s fees and equitable and injunctive relief. The case is currently before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia in Atlanta, following the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in July 2008 reversing the District Court’s prior decision on standing, affirming its finding that the plaintiffs failed to exhaust the administrative remedies provided under ERISA, and remanding the matter to the District Court for further adjudication. On November 9, 2009, plaintiffs filed a third amended complaint following their pursuit of administrative remedies. Although the Company cannot predict the outcome of this matter, it does not expect the outcome to have a material effect on its consolidated financial condition or results of operations.

On January 27, 2010, the Superior Court of the County of Los Angeles in California approved the Company’s settlement with the plaintiffs in five lawsuits containing multiple class-action allegations that the Company failed to provide meal breaks. The complaints were filed by current and former hourly associates from the first quarter of 2004 through the fourth quarter of 2008. The disposition of this matter is now complete. As previously disclosed, the Company established a reserve for this settlement in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008. The settlement did not have a material effect on the Company’s consolidated financial condition or results of operations.

 

Item 4. [Reserved]

 

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PART II

 

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

Since April 19, 1984, our common stock has been listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol “HD.” The Company paid its first cash dividend on June 22, 1987, and has paid cash dividends during each subsequent quarter. Future dividend payments will depend on the Company’s earnings, capital requirements, financial condition and other factors considered relevant by the Board of Directors.

The table below sets forth the high and low sales prices of our common stock on the New York Stock Exchange and the quarterly cash dividends declared per share of common stock for the periods indicated.

 

       Price Range      Cash Dividends
Declared
       High      Low     

Fiscal Year 2009

              

First Quarter Ended May 3, 2009

     $26.34      $18.00      $0.225

Second Quarter Ended August 2, 2009

     $26.21      $22.40      $0.225

Third Quarter Ended November 1, 2009

     $28.23      $25.09      $0.225

Fourth Quarter Ended January 31, 2010

     $29.29      $24.96      $0.23625

Fiscal Year 2008

              

First Quarter Ended May 4, 2008

     $30.12      $25.00      $0.225

Second Quarter Ended August 3, 2008

     $29.53      $21.46      $0.225

Third Quarter Ended November 2, 2008

     $30.16      $18.51      $0.225

Fourth Quarter Ended February 1, 2009

     $25.26      $18.52      $0.225

As of March 22, 2010, there were approximately 149,000 shareholders of record and approximately 1,222,000 additional shareholders holding stock under nominee security position listings.

 

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Stock Performance Graph

This graph depicts the Company’s cumulative total shareholder returns relative to the performance of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Composite Stock Index and the Standard & Poor’s Retail Composite Index for the five-year period commencing January 31, 2005, the first trading day of fiscal 2005, and ending January 29, 2010, the last trading day of fiscal 2009. The graph assumes $100 invested at the closing price of the Company’s common stock on the New York Stock Exchange and each index on January 28, 2005 and assumes that all dividends were reinvested on the date paid. The points on the graph represent fiscal year-end amounts based on the last trading day in each fiscal year.

LOGO

 

     Fiscal 2004    Fiscal 2005    Fiscal 2006    Fiscal 2007    Fiscal 2008    Fiscal 2009

The Home Depot

   $ 100.00    $ 99.97    $ 101.64    $ 79.54    $ 58.25    $ 78.64

S&P 500 Index

   $ 100.00    $ 111.62    $ 126.01    $ 126.05    $ 76.42    $ 101.75

S&P Retail Composite Index

   $ 100.00    $ 108.76    $ 121.44    $ 102.17    $ 63.63    $ 98.97

 

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Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

Since fiscal 2002, the Company has repurchased shares of its common stock having a value of approximately $27.5 billion pursuant to its share repurchase program. The number and average price of shares purchased in each fiscal month of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 are set forth in the table below:

 

Period

   Total Number of
Shares Purchased(1)
   Average
Price Paid
per Share
   Total Number of
Shares Purchased as
Part of Publicly
Announced Program(2)
   Approximate Dollar
Value of Shares
that May Yet Be
Purchased Under
the Program

Nov. 2, 2009 – Nov. 29, 2009

   1,362,738    $ 27.53    1,285,226    $ 12,598,234,372

Nov. 30, 2009 – Dec. 27, 2009

   2,826,352    $ 28.33    2,818,380    $ 12,518,394,686

Dec. 28, 2009 – Jan. 31, 2010

   3,758    $ 28.48    —        $ 12,518,394,686

 

(1) These amounts include repurchases pursuant to the Company’s 1997 and 2005 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plans (the “Plans”). Under the Plans, participants may exercise stock options by surrendering shares of common stock that the participants already own as payment of the exercise price. Participants in the Plans may also surrender shares as payment of applicable tax withholding on the vesting of restricted stock and deferred share awards. Shares so surrendered by participants in the Plans are repurchased pursuant to the terms of the Plans and applicable award agreements and not pursuant to publicly announced share repurchase programs.

 

(2) The Company’s common stock repurchase program was initially announced on July 15, 2002. As of the end of fiscal 2009, the Board approved purchases up to $40.0 billion. The program does not have a prescribed expiration date.

Sales of Unregistered Securities

During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009, the Company issued 427 deferred stock units under The Home Depot, Inc. NonEmployee Directors’ Deferred Stock Compensation Plan pursuant to the exemption from registration provided by Section 4(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The deferred stock units were credited to the accounts of those nonemployee directors who elected to receive board retainers in the form of deferred stock units instead of cash during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009. The deferred stock units convert to shares of common stock on a one-for-one basis following a termination of service as described in this plan.

During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009, the Company credited 41,675 deferred stock units to participant accounts under The Home Depot FutureBuilder Restoration Plan pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, for involuntary, non-contributory plans. The deferred stock units convert to shares of common stock on a one-for-one basis following the termination of services as described in this plan.

 

Item 6. Selected Financial Data.

The information required by this item is incorporated by reference to pages F-1 and F-2 of this report.

 

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

Executive Summary and Selected Consolidated Statements of Earnings Data

For fiscal year ended January 31, 2010 (“fiscal 2009”), we reported Net Earnings of $2.7 billion and Diluted Earnings per Share of $1.57 compared to Net Earnings of $2.3 billion and Diluted Earnings per Share of $1.34 for fiscal year ended February 1, 2009 (“fiscal 2008”).

The results for fiscal 2009 and 2008 reflect the impact of several strategic actions initiated in fiscal 2008. These strategic actions resulted in store rationalization charges related to the closing of 15 underperforming stores and the removal of approximately 50 stores from our new store pipeline, business rationalization charges related to the exit of our EXPO, THD Design Center, Yardbirds and HD Bath businesses (the “Exited Businesses”) and charges related to the restructuring of support functions (collectively, the “Rationalization Charges”). These actions resulted in pretax Rationalization Charges of $146 million and $951 million for fiscal 2009 and 2008, respectively.

Our fiscal 2009 and 2008 results included a pretax charge of $163 million in each year to write-down our investment in HD Supply, Inc. Additionally, fiscal 2009 included earnings of $41 million from discontinued operations, net of tax, compared to a loss of $52 million from discontinued operations, net of tax, in fiscal 2008 for the settlement of working capital matters arising from the sale of HD Supply.

We reported Earnings from Continuing Operations of $2.6 billion and Diluted Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations of $1.55 for fiscal 2009 compared to Earnings from Continuing Operations of $2.3 billion and Diluted Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations of $1.37 for fiscal 2008. Excluding the Rationalization Charges and the write-downs of our investment in HD Supply, Earnings from Continuing Operations were $2.8 billion and Diluted Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations were $1.66 for fiscal 2009 compared to Earnings from Continuing Operations of $3.0 billion and Diluted Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations of $1.78 for fiscal 2008.

Net Sales decreased 7.2% to $66.2 billion for fiscal 2009 from $71.3 billion for fiscal 2008. The slowdown in the global economy and weakness in the U.S. residential construction, housing and home improvement markets negatively impacted our Net Sales for fiscal 2009. Our comparable store sales declined 6.6% in fiscal 2009 driven by a 6.3% decline in our comparable store average ticket to $51.65, as well as a 0.3% decline in comparable store customer transactions. Comparable store sales for our U.S. stores declined 6.2% in fiscal 2009.

In fiscal 2009, we continued to focus on our core retail business, investing in our associates and stores and improving our customer service. The roll-out of our Customers FIRST training to all store associates and support staff in the first quarter of fiscal 2009 has brought simplification and focus across the business, and we are seeing the benefit of this in improved customer service ratings for fiscal 2009.

We also made significant progress on our merchandising tools in the U.S. that helped us to better manage markdown and clearance activity and to better control inventory. At the end of fiscal 2009, our inventory had decreased by $485 million, or 4.5%, from fiscal 2008. Additionally, our average inventory per store decreased by 3.3% at the end of fiscal 2009 compared to last year. We continued our supply chain transformation to improve product availability. At the end of fiscal 2009, we had 12 Rapid Deployment Centers (“RDCs”) operating that serve approximately 65% of our U.S. stores. We remain committed to our overall RDC roll-out strategy, supporting our goal of increasing our central distribution penetration. Our supply chain transformation also includes restructuring our stocking distribution centers.

We opened 13 new stores in fiscal 2009, closed two stores in China and closed 41 stores related to our Exited Businesses, bringing our total store count at the end of fiscal 2009 to 2,244. As of the end of fiscal 2009, a total of 268 stores, or approximately 12%, were located in Canada, Mexico and China compared to 262 stores, or approximately 12%, as of fiscal 2008.

 

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We generated $5.1 billion of cash flow from operations in fiscal 2009. We used a portion of this cash flow to repay $1.8 billion of Long-Term Debt, pay $1.5 billion of dividends, fund $966 million in capital expenditures and fund $213 million of share repurchases.

At the end of fiscal 2009, our long-term debt-to-equity ratio was 44.7% compared to 54.4% at the end of fiscal 2008. Our return on invested capital for continuing operations (computed on net operating profit after tax for the trailing twelve months and the average of beginning and ending long-term debt and equity) was 10.7% at the end of fiscal 2009 compared to 9.5% for fiscal 2008. Excluding Rationalization Charges, our return on invested capital for continuing operations was 11.1% for fiscal 2009 compared to 11.4% for fiscal 2008.

 

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We believe the selected sales data, the percentage relationship between Net Sales and major categories in the Consolidated Statements of Earnings and the percentage change in the dollar amounts of each of the items presented below are important in evaluating the performance of our business operations.

 

       % of Net Sales     % Increase
(Decrease)
In Dollar Amounts
 
       Fiscal Year(1)  
       2009     2008     2007     2009
vs. 2008
    2008
vs. 2007
 

NET SALES

       100.0     100.0     100.0   (7.2 )%    (7.8 )% 

Gross Profit

       33.9        33.7        33.6      (6.6   (7.7

Operating Expenses:

            

Selling, General and Administrative

       24.0        25.0        22.1      (10.9   4.7   

Depreciation and Amortization

             2.6              2.5              2.2          (4.4         4.9   
                                      

Total Operating Expenses

           26.6            27.5            24.3        (10.3         4.7   
                                      

OPERATING INCOME

       7.3        6.1        9.4      10.2      (39.8

Interest and Other (Income) Expense:

            

Interest and Investment Income

                     (0.1   0.0      (75.7

Interest Expense

       1.0        0.9        0.9      8.3      (10.3

Other

             0.2              0.2               —            0.0            0.0   
                                      

Interest and Other, net

             1.2              1.1              0.8            6.8          23.6   
                                      

EARNINGS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES

       6.0        5.0        8.6      10.9      (45.8

Provision for Income Taxes

             2.1              1.8              3.1            6.6        (47.0
                                      

EARNINGS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

             4.0           3.2           5.4       13.3     (45.1 )% 
                                      

SELECTED SALES DATA

            

Number of Customer Transactions (in millions)(2)

       1,274        1,272        1,336      0.2   (4.8 )% 

Average Ticket(2)

     $ 51.76      $ 55.61      $ 57.48      (6.9   (3.3

Weighted Average Weekly Sales per Operating Store (in thousands)(2)

     $ 563      $ 601      $ 658      (6.3   (8.7

Weighted Average Sales per Square Foot(2)

     $ 278.97      $ 298.19      $ 331.86      (6.4   (10.1

Comparable Store Sales Decrease (%)(3)

       (6.6 )%      (8.7 )%      (6.7 )%    N/A      N/A   

Note: Certain percentages may not sum to totals due to rounding.

 

 

(1) Fiscal years 2009, 2008 and 2007 refer to the fiscal years ended January 31, 2010, February 1, 2009 and February 3, 2008, respectively. Fiscal years 2009 and 2008 include 52 weeks; fiscal year 2007 includes 53 weeks.

 

(2)

The 53rd week of fiscal 2007 increased customer transactions by 20 million, negatively impacted average ticket by $0.05, negatively impacted weighted average weekly sales per operating store by $3 thousand and increased weighted average sales per square foot by $4.77.

 

(3)

Includes Net Sales at locations open greater than 12 months, including relocated and remodeled stores. Retail stores become comparable on the Monday following their 365th day of operation. Comparable store sales is intended only as supplemental information and is not a substitute for Net Sales or Net Earnings presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

 

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Results of Operations

For an understanding of the significant factors that influenced our performance during the past three fiscal years, the following discussion should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements and the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements presented in this report.

Fiscal 2009 Compared to Fiscal 2008

Net Sales

Net Sales for fiscal 2009 decreased 7.2% to $66.2 billion from $71.3 billion for fiscal 2008. The decrease in Net Sales for fiscal 2009 reflects the impact of negative comparable store sales as well as the net impact of fewer open stores in fiscal 2009 versus fiscal 2008. Total comparable store sales decreased 6.6% for fiscal 2009 compared to a decrease of 8.7% for fiscal 2008.

There were a number of factors that contributed to our comparable store sales decline. The U.S. residential construction, housing and home improvement markets continued to be soft, and consumers were challenged due to a number of factors including higher unemployment. We saw relative strength in our Building Materials, Flooring, Paint, Plumbing and Garden/Seasonal product categories as comparable store sales in these areas were above the Company average for fiscal 2009. Comparable store sales for our Lumber, Hardware, Electrical, Kitchen/Bath and Millwork product categories were below the Company average for fiscal 2009. In fiscal 2009, we also saw significant strengthening of the U.S. dollar against all currencies. Fluctuating exchange rates negatively impacted our total Company sales by approximately $565 million for fiscal 2009 compared to last year.

We believe that our sales performance has been, and could continue to be, negatively impacted by the level of competition that we encounter in various markets. We estimate our share of the U.S. home improvement market is approximately 21%.

Gross Profit

Gross Profit decreased 6.6% to $22.4 billion for fiscal 2009 from $24.0 billion for fiscal 2008. Gross Profit as a percent of Net Sales was 33.9% for fiscal 2009 compared to 33.7% for fiscal 2008, an increase of 22 basis points. Through our focused bay portfolio approach, our U.S. merchants continued to introduce new lower prices while growing overall gross margin. Additionally, gross margin expansion for fiscal 2009 was driven by lower markdowns as compared to last year.

Operating Expenses

Selling, General and Administrative expenses (“SG&A”) decreased 10.9% to $15.9 billion for fiscal 2009 from $17.8 billion for fiscal 2008. As a percent of Net Sales, SG&A was 24.0% for fiscal 2009 compared to 25.0% for fiscal 2008. Excluding the Rationalization Charges, SG&A as a percent of Net Sales was 23.9% for fiscal 2009 compared to 23.7% for fiscal 2008. Our SG&A results for fiscal 2009 reflect the impact of a negative comparable store sales environment, offset by a lower cost of credit associated with the private label credit card program and solid expense control. For fiscal 2009, the penetration of the private label credit card sales was 25.1% compared to 28.1% for fiscal 2008.

Depreciation and Amortization decreased 4.4% to $1.7 billion for fiscal 2009 from $1.8 billion for fiscal 2008. Depreciation and Amortization as a percent of Net Sales was 2.6% for fiscal 2009 and 2.5% for fiscal 2008. The increase in Depreciation and Amortization as a percent of Net Sales was primarily due to lower sales.

Operating Income

Operating Income increased 10.2% to $4.8 billion for fiscal 2009 from $4.4 billion for fiscal 2008. Operating Income as a percent of Net Sales was 7.3% for fiscal 2009 compared to 6.1% for fiscal 2008. Excluding the

 

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Rationalization Charges, Operating Income as a percent of Net Sales was 7.5% for fiscal 2009 compared to 7.4% for fiscal 2008.

Interest and Other, net

In fiscal 2009, we recognized $821 million of Interest and Other, net, compared to $769 million in fiscal 2008. Interest and Other, net, as a percent of Net Sales was 1.2% for fiscal 2009 compared to 1.1% for fiscal 2008. Interest and Other, net, reflects a $163 million charge in each of fiscal 2009 and 2008 to write-down our investment in HD Supply. Excluding these charges, Interest and Other, net, as a percent of Net Sales was 1.0% for fiscal 2009 compared to 0.9% for fiscal 2008. The increase in Interest and Other, net, as a percent of Net Sales was primarily due to lower sales.

Provision for Income Taxes

Our combined effective income tax rate for continuing operations decreased to 34.2% for fiscal 2009 from 35.6% for fiscal 2008. The decrease in our effective income tax rate for fiscal 2009 reflects benefits arising from a favorable foreign tax settlement and realignment of our foreign corporate structure. These benefits positively impacted Diluted Earnings per Share by approximately $0.06 for fiscal 2009.

Diluted Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations

Diluted Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations were $1.55 for fiscal 2009 and $1.37 for fiscal 2008. Excluding the Rationalization Charges and the write-downs of our investment in HD Supply, Diluted Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations for fiscal 2009 were $1.66 compared to $1.78 for fiscal 2008, a decrease of 6.7%.

Discontinued Operations

On August 30, 2007, the Company closed the sale of HD Supply. Discontinued operations for fiscal 2009 consist of earnings of $41 million, net of tax, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared to a loss of $52 million, net of tax, or $0.03 per diluted share in fiscal 2008, in each case for the settlement of working capital matters arising from the sale of HD Supply.

Non-GAAP Measures

To provide clarity, internally and externally, about our operating performance for fiscal 2009 and 2008, we supplement our reporting with non-GAAP financial measures to reflect adjustments for the Rationalization Charges as described more fully in Note 2 to the Consolidated Financial Statements, as well as the Net Sales from Exited Businesses during the period from closing announcement to actual closing, and the charges to write-down our investment in HD Supply as described in Note 4 to the Consolidated Financial Statements. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures better enable management and investors to understand and analyze our performance by providing them with meaningful information relevant to events of unusual nature or frequency. However, this supplemental information should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the related GAAP measures.

 

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The following reconciles the non-GAAP financial measures to the corresponding GAAP measures for fiscal 2009 and 2008 (amounts in millions, except per share data):

 

     Fiscal Year Ended January 31, 2010  
     As
Reported
   Adjustments     Non-GAAP
Measures
   % of
Net Sales
 

Net Sales

   $ 66,176    $ 221      $ 65,955    100.0

Cost of Sales

     43,764      193        43,571    66.1   
                            

Gross Profit

     22,412      28        22,384    33.9   

Operating Expenses:

          

   Selling, General and Administrative

     15,902      170        15,732    23.9   

   Depreciation and Amortization

     1,707      4        1,703    2.6   
                            

Total Operating Expenses

     17,609      174        17,435    26.4   
                            

Operating Income

     4,803      (146     4,949    7.5   

Interest and Other, net

     821      163        658    1.0   
                            

Earnings From Continuing Operations Before Provision
for Income Taxes

     3,982      (309     4,291    6.5   

Provision for Income Taxes

     1,362      (118     1,480    2.2   
                            

Earnings from Continuing Operations

   $ 2,620    $ (191   $ 2,811    4.3
                            

Diluted Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations

   $ 1.55    $ (0.11   $ 1.66    N/A   
                            

 

     Fiscal Year Ended February 1, 2009  
     As
Reported
   Adjustments     Non-GAAP
Measures
   % of
Net Sales
 

Net Sales

   $ 71,288    $      $ 71,288    100.0

Cost of Sales

     47,298      30        47,268    66.3   
                            

Gross Profit

     23,990      (30     24,020    33.7   

Operating Expenses

          

   Selling, General and Administrative

     17,846      918        16,928    23.7   

   Depreciation and Amortization

     1,785      3        1,782    2.5   
                            

Total Operating Expenses

     19,631      921        18,710    26.2   
                            

Operating Income

     4,359      (951     5,310    7.4   

Interest and Other, net

     769      163        606    0.9   
                            

Earnings From Continuing Operations Before Provision
for Income Taxes

     3,590      (1,114     4,704    6.6   

Provision for Income Taxes

     1,278      (430     1,708    2.4   
                            

Earnings from Continuing Operations

   $ 2,312    $ (684   $ 2,996    4.2
                            

Diluted Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations

   $ 1.37    $ (0.41   $ 1.78    N/A   
                            

 

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Fiscal 2008 Compared to Fiscal Year Ended February 3, 2008 (“fiscal 2007”)

Net Sales

Fiscal 2008 consisted of 52 weeks compared to 53 weeks in fiscal 2007. Net Sales for fiscal 2008 decreased 7.8% to $71.3 billion from $77.3 billion for fiscal 2007. The decrease in Net Sales for fiscal 2008 reflects the impact of negative comparable store sales and $1.1 billion of Net Sales attributable to the additional week in fiscal 2007, partially offset by Net Sales of $1.8 billion from new stores in fiscal 2008. Comparable store sales decreased 8.7% for fiscal 2008 compared to a decrease of 6.7% for fiscal 2007.

There were a number of factors that contributed to our comparable store sales decline. The U.S. residential construction and home improvement markets continued to be soft and consumers were challenged due to higher unemployment and an across-the-board tightening of consumer credit availability. We saw relative strength in Building Materials, Plumbing, Garden/Seasonal and Hardware as comparable store sales in these areas were above or at the Company average for fiscal 2008. Comparable store sales for Lumber, Flooring, Paint, Electrical, Kitchen/Bath and Millwork were below the Company average for fiscal 2008. Softness in our big ticket categories negatively impacted average ticket, which decreased 3.3% to $55.61 for fiscal 2008. Our new stores cannibalized approximately 5% of our existing stores as of the end of fiscal 2008, which had a negative impact to comparable store sales of approximately 1%.

Gross Profit

Gross Profit decreased 7.7% to $24.0 billion for fiscal 2008 from $26.0 billion for fiscal 2007. Gross Profit as a percent of Net Sales was 33.7% for fiscal 2008 compared to 33.6% for fiscal 2007, an increase of four basis points. This gross margin expansion included $30 million in markdowns taken in connection with our Rationalization Charges. Excluding these markdowns, our Gross Profit as a percent of Net Sales increased eight basis points for fiscal 2008, reflecting our focused bay portfolio approach to product assortment.

Operating Expenses

SG&A increased 4.7% to $17.8 billion for fiscal 2008 from $17.1 billion for fiscal 2007. As a percent of Net Sales, SG&A was 25.0% for fiscal 2008 compared to 22.1% for fiscal 2007. Excluding the Rationalization Charges, SG&A as a percent of Net Sales for fiscal 2008 was 23.7%, an increase of approximately 170 basis points over the prior year. The increase in SG&A as a percent of Net Sales for fiscal 2008 was primarily the result of expense deleverage in the negative comparable store sales environment, as well as an increase of approximately 70 basis points due to a higher cost of credit associated with the private label credit card program. For fiscal 2008, the penetration of the private label credit card sales was 28.1% compared to 29.4% for fiscal 2007.

Depreciation and Amortization increased 4.9% to $1.8 billion for fiscal 2008 from $1.7 billion for fiscal 2007. Depreciation and Amortization as a percent of Net Sales was 2.5% for fiscal 2008 and 2.2% for fiscal 2007. The increase as a percent of Net Sales was primarily due to sales deleverage and the depreciation of our investments in shorter lived assets such as store resets and technology.

Operating Income

Operating Income decreased 39.8% to $4.4 billion for fiscal 2008 from $7.2 billion for fiscal 2007. Operating Income as a percent of Net Sales was 6.1% for fiscal 2008 compared to 9.4% for fiscal 2007. Excluding the Rationalization Charges, Operating Income as a percent of Net Sales was 7.4% for fiscal 2008.

Interest and Other, net

In fiscal 2008, we recognized $769 million of Interest and Other, net, compared to $622 million in fiscal 2007. Interest and Other, net, as a percent of Net Sales was 1.1% for fiscal 2008 compared to 0.8% for fiscal 2007.

 

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Interest and Other, net, reflects a $163 million charge to write-down our investment in HD Supply. Excluding this charge, Interest and Other, net, as a percent of Net Sales was 0.9% for fiscal 2008.

Provision for Income Taxes

Our combined effective income tax rate for continuing operations decreased to 35.6% for fiscal 2008 from 36.4% for fiscal 2007. The decrease in our effective income tax rate for fiscal 2008 reflects lower state and foreign effective tax rates.

Diluted Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations

Diluted Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations were $1.37 for fiscal 2008 and $2.27 for fiscal 2007. Excluding the Rationalization Charges and the write-down of our investment in HD Supply, Diluted Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations for fiscal 2008 were $1.78, a decrease of 21.6% from fiscal 2007. The 53rd week in fiscal 2007 increased Diluted Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations by approximately $0.04 for fiscal 2007.

Diluted Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations were favorably impacted by the repurchase of shares of our common stock. We repurchased 2.4 million shares for $70 million in fiscal 2008 and 293 million shares for $10.8 billion in fiscal 2007.

Discontinued Operations

On August 30, 2007, the Company closed the sale of HD Supply. Discontinued operations for fiscal 2008 consist of a loss of $52 million, net of tax, or $0.03 per diluted share, related to the settlement of working capital matters arising from the sale of HD Supply. Discontinued operations for fiscal 2007 consist of the results of operations for HD Supply through August 30, 2007 and a $4 million loss on the sale of HD Supply. Net Sales from discontinued operations were $7.4 billion for fiscal 2007 and Earnings from Discontinued Operations, net of tax, were $185 million for fiscal 2007.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Cash flow generated from operations provides us with a significant source of liquidity. For fiscal 2009, Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities was $5.1 billion compared to $5.5 billion for fiscal 2008. This change was a result of lower earnings excluding noncash impairment charges and reduced cash flows from working capital items.

Net Cash Used in Investing Activities for fiscal 2009 was $755 million compared to $1.7 billion for fiscal 2008. This decrease was primarily the result of $881 million less in Capital Expenditures in fiscal 2009 compared to fiscal 2008.

In fiscal 2009, we spent $966 million on Capital Expenditures, allocated as follows: 26% for merchandising and operations, 19% for maintenance, 19% for core technology, 15% for new stores and 21% for other initiatives. In fiscal 2009, we added 13 new stores.

Net Cash Used in Financing Activities for fiscal 2009 was $3.5 billion compared with $3.7 billion for fiscal 2008. This decrease was primarily due to repayments in fiscal 2008 of $1.7 billion of short-term commercial paper and $282 million of structured financing debt compared to $1.8 billion in Repayments of Long-Term Debt in fiscal 2009.

We repurchased 7.7 million shares of our common stock for $213 million in fiscal 2009 and 2.4 million shares for $70 million in fiscal 2008. Since the inception of our share repurchase program in 2002, we have repurchased 753.6 million shares of our common stock for a total of $27.5 billion. As of January 31, 2010, $12.5 billion remained under our share repurchase authorization.

We have commercial paper programs that allow for borrowings up to $3.25 billion. In connection with the programs, we have a back-up credit facility with a consortium of banks for borrowings up to $3.25 billion. As

 

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of January 31, 2010, there were no borrowings outstanding under the commercial paper programs or the related credit facility. The credit facility expires in December 2010 and contains various restrictive covenants. As of January 31, 2010, we were in compliance with all of the covenants, and they are not expected to impact our liquidity or capital resources. In August 2009, we filed a shelf registration statement with the SEC for the potential future issuance of debt securities, replacing a shelf registration statement that had expired.

We use capital and operating leases to finance a portion of our real estate, including our stores, distribution centers and store support centers. The net present value of capital lease obligations is reflected in our Consolidated Balance Sheets in Long-Term Debt and Current Installments of Long-Term Debt. In accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, the operating leases are not reflected in our Consolidated Balance Sheets. As of the end of fiscal 2009, our long-term debt-to-equity ratio was 44.7% compared to 54.4% at the end of fiscal 2008.

As of January 31, 2010, we guaranteed a $1.0 billion senior secured amortizing term loan (“guaranteed loan”) in connection with the sale of HD Supply. The fair value of the guarantee, which was determined to be approximately $16 million, is recorded as a liability and included in Other Long-Term Liabilities. We are responsible for up to $1.0 billion and any unpaid interest in the event of nonpayment by HD Supply. The guaranteed loan is collateralized by certain assets of HD Supply. The original expiration date of the guarantee was August 30, 2012. On March 19, 2010, we amended the expiration date and extended it to April 1, 2014.

As of January 31, 2010, we had $1.4 billion in Cash, Cash Equivalents and Short-Term Investments. We believe that our current cash position, access to the debt capital markets and cash flow generated from operations should be sufficient to enable us to complete our capital expenditure programs and fund dividend payments and any required long-term debt payments through the next several fiscal years. In addition, we have funds available from our commercial paper programs and the ability to obtain alternative sources of financing.

At January 31, 2010, we had outstanding interest rate swaps, accounted for as fair value hedges, that expire on December 16, 2013 with a notional amount of $1.25 billion that swap fixed rate interest on our $1.25 billion 5.25% Senior Notes for variable interest equal to LIBOR plus 259 basis points. At January 31, 2010, the approximate fair value of these agreements was an asset of $12 million, which is the estimated amount we would have received to settle the agreements.

In November 2009, we entered into a forward starting interest rate swap agreement with a notional amount of $500 million, accounted for as a cash flow hedge, to hedge interest rate fluctuations in anticipation of issuing long-term debt to refinance debt maturing in fiscal 2010. At January 31, 2010, the approximate fair value of this agreement was an asset of $3 million, which is the estimated amount we would have received to settle the agreement.

During fiscal 2008 and 2007, we entered into interest rate swaps, accounted for as fair value hedges, with notional amounts of $3.0 billion, that swapped fixed rate interest on our $3.0 billion 5.40% Senior Notes for variable rate interest equal to LIBOR plus 60 to 149 basis points. In fiscal 2008, we received $56 million to settle these swaps, which is being amortized to reduce net Interest Expense over the remaining term of the debt.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

In accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, operating leases for a portion of our real estate and other assets are not reflected in our Consolidated Balance Sheets.

 

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Contractual Obligations

The following table summarizes our significant contractual obligations as of January 31, 2010 (amounts in millions):

 

       Payments Due by Fiscal Year

Contractual Obligations

     Total      2010      2011-2012      2013-2014      Thereafter

Total Debt(1)

     $ 15,495      $ 1,476      $ 1,824      $ 2,017      $ 10,178

Capital Lease Obligations(2)

       1,242        90        180        177        795

Operating Leases

       8,536        802        1,357        1,119        5,258

Purchase Obligations(3)

       5,073        1,494        1,779        1,769        31

Unrecognized Tax Benefits(4)

       23        23                     
                                            

Total

     $ 30,369      $ 3,885      $ 5,140      $ 5,082      $ 16,262
                                            

 

(1) Excludes present value of capital lease obligations of $408 million. Includes $6.2 billion of interest payments.

 

(2) Includes $834 million of imputed interest.

 

(3) Purchase obligations include all legally binding contracts such as firm commitments for inventory purchases, utility purchases, capital expenditures, software acquisition and license commitments and legally binding service contracts. Purchase orders that are not binding agreements are excluded from the table above.

 

(4) Excludes $636 million of noncurrent unrecognized tax benefits due to uncertainty regarding the timing of future cash payments.

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

Our exposure to market risk results primarily from fluctuations in interest rates. Interest rate swap agreements are used, at times, to manage our fixed/floating debt portfolio. At January 31, 2010, after giving consideration to our interest rate swap agreements, approximately 87% of our debt portfolio was comprised of fixed-rate debt and 13% was floating-rate debt. A 1.0 percentage point change in the interest costs of floating-rate debt would not have a material impact on our results of operations.

As of January 31, 2010 we had, net of discounts, $9.3 billion of Senior Notes outstanding. The aggregate market value of the publicly traded Senior Notes as of January 31, 2010, was approximately $9.5 billion.

Although we have international operating entities, our exposure to foreign currency rate fluctuations is not significant to our financial condition or results of operations.

Impact of Inflation, Deflation and Changing Prices

We have experienced inflation and deflation related to our purchase of certain commodity products. We do not believe that changing prices for commodities have had a material effect on our Net Sales or results of operations. Although we cannot precisely determine the overall effect of inflation and deflation on operations, we do not believe inflation and deflation have had a material effect on our results of operations.

Critical Accounting Policies

Our significant accounting policies are disclosed in Note 1 to the Consolidated Financial Statements. The following discussion addresses our most critical accounting policies, which are those that are both important to the portrayal of our financial condition and results of operations and that require significant judgment or use of significant assumptions or complex estimates.

 

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Revenue Recognition

We recognize revenue, net of estimated returns and sales tax, at the time the customer takes possession of the merchandise or receives services. We estimate the liability for sales returns based on our historical return levels. We believe that our estimate for sales returns is an accurate reflection of future returns. We have never recorded a significant adjustment to our estimated liability for sales returns. However, if these estimates are significantly below the actual amounts, our sales could be adversely impacted. When we receive payment from customers before the customer has taken possession of the merchandise or the service has been performed, the amount received is recorded as Deferred Revenue in the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheets until the sale or service is complete. We also record Deferred Revenue for the sale of gift cards and recognize this revenue upon the redemption of gift cards in Net Sales.

Merchandise Inventories

Our Merchandise Inventories are stated at the lower of cost (first-in, first-out) or market, with approximately 82% valued under the retail inventory method and the remainder under a cost method. Retailers like The Home Depot, with many different types of merchandise at low unit cost and a large number of transactions, frequently use the retail inventory method. Under the retail inventory method, Merchandise Inventories are stated at cost, which is determined by applying a cost-to-retail ratio to the ending retail value of inventories. As our inventory retail value is adjusted regularly to reflect market conditions, our inventory valued under the retail method approximates the lower of cost or market. We evaluate our inventory valued under a cost method at the end of each quarter to ensure that it is carried at the lower of cost or market. The valuation allowance for Merchandise Inventories valued under a cost method was not material to our Consolidated Financial Statements as of the end of fiscal 2009 or 2008.

Independent physical inventory counts or cycle counts are taken on a regular basis in each store and distribution center to ensure that amounts reflected in the accompanying Consolidated Financial Statements for Merchandise Inventories are properly stated. During the period between physical inventory counts in our stores, we accrue for estimated losses related to shrink on a store-by-store basis. Shrink (or in the case of excess inventory, “swell”) is the difference between the recorded amount of inventory and the physical inventory. Shrink may occur due to theft, loss, inaccurate records for the receipt of inventory or deterioration of goods, among other things. We estimate shrink as a percent of Net Sales using the average shrink results from the previous two physical inventories. The estimates are evaluated quarterly and adjusted based on recent shrink results and current trends in the business. Actual shrink results did not vary materially from estimated amounts for fiscal 2009, 2008 or 2007.

Self-Insurance

We are self-insured for certain losses related to general liability, product liability, automobile, workers’ compensation and medical claims. Our liability represents an estimate of the ultimate cost of claims incurred as of the balance sheet date. The estimated liability is not discounted and is established based upon analysis of historical data and actuarial estimates, and is reviewed by management and third-party actuaries on a quarterly basis to ensure that the liability is appropriate. While we believe these estimates are reasonable based on the information currently available, if actual trends, including the severity or frequency of claims, medical cost inflation, or fluctuations in premiums, differ from our estimates, our results of operations could be impacted. Actual results related to these types of claims did not vary materially from estimated amounts for fiscal 2009, 2008 or 2007.

Vendor Allowances

Vendor allowances primarily consist of volume rebates that are earned as a result of attaining certain purchase levels and advertising co-op allowances for the promotion of vendors’ products that are typically based on guaranteed minimum amounts with additional amounts being earned for attaining certain purchase levels. These vendor allowances are accrued as earned, with those allowances received as a result of attaining certain purchase levels accrued over the incentive period based on estimates of purchases. We believe that our estimate

 

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of vendor allowances earned based on expected volume of purchases over the incentive period is an accurate reflection of the ultimate allowance to be received from our vendors.

Volume rebates and advertising co-op allowances earned are initially recorded as a reduction in Merchandise Inventories and a subsequent reduction in Cost of Sales when the related product is sold. Certain advertising co-op allowances that are reimbursements of specific, incremental and identifiable costs incurred to promote vendors’ products are recorded as an offset against advertising expense in SG&A.

Impairment of Long-Lived Assets

We evaluate our long-lived assets each quarter for indicators of potential impairment. Indicators of impairment include current period losses combined with a history of losses, management’s decision to relocate or close a store or other location before the end of its previously estimated useful life, or when changes in other circumstances indicate the carrying amount of an asset may not be recoverable. The evaluation for long-lived assets is performed at the lowest level of identifiable cash flows, which is generally the individual store level.

The assets of a store with indicators of impairment are evaluated by comparing its undiscounted cash flows with its carrying value. The estimate of cash flows includes management’s assumptions of cash inflows and outflows directly resulting from the use of those assets in operations, including gross margin on Net Sales, payroll and related items, occupancy costs, insurance allocations and other costs to operate a store. If the carrying value is greater than the undiscounted cash flows, an impairment loss is recognized for the difference between the carrying value and the estimated fair market value. Impairment losses are recorded as a component of SG&A in the accompanying Consolidated Statements of Earnings. When a leased location closes, we also recognize in SG&A the net present value of future lease obligations less estimated sublease income.

We make critical assumptions and estimates in completing impairment assessments of long-lived assets. Our cash flow projections look several years into the future and include assumptions on variables such as future sales and operating margin growth rates, economic conditions, market competition and inflation. A 10% decrease in the estimated undiscounted cash flows for the stores with indicators of impairment would not have a material impact on our results of operations. Our estimates of fair market value are generally based on market appraisals of owned locations and estimates on the amount of potential sublease income and the time required to sublease for leased locations.

As part of our Rationalization Charges, we recorded no asset impairment and $84 million of lease obligation costs in fiscal 2009 compared to $580 million of asset impairments and $252 million of lease obligation costs in fiscal 2008. See Note 2 to the Consolidated Financial Statements for more details on the Rationalization Charges. A 10% decrease in estimated sublease income and a 10% increase in the time required to sublease would not have a material impact on results of operations. We also recorded impairments on other closings and relocations in the ordinary course of business, which were not material to the Consolidated Financial Statements in fiscal 2009, 2008 and 2007.

Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets

Goodwill represents the excess of purchase price over the fair value of net assets acquired. We do not amortize goodwill, but do assess the recoverability of goodwill in the third quarter of each fiscal year, or more often if indicators warrant, by determining whether the fair value of each reporting unit supports its carrying value. The fair values of our identified reporting units were estimated using the present value of expected future discounted cash flows.

We make critical assumptions and estimates in completing impairment assessments of goodwill and other intangible assets. Our cash flow projections look several years into the future and include assumptions on variables such as future sales and operating margin growth rates, economic conditions, market competition, inflation and discount rates. A 10% decrease in the estimated discounted cash flows for the reporting units tested would result in an impairment that is not material to our results of operations. A 1.0 percentage point

 

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increase in the discount rate used would also result in an impairment that is not material to our results of operations.

We amortize the cost of other intangible assets over their estimated useful lives, which range from 1 to 20 years, unless such lives are deemed indefinite. Intangible assets with indefinite lives are tested in the third quarter of each fiscal year for impairment, or more often if indicators warrant. We recorded no impairment charges for goodwill or other intangible assets for fiscal 2009, 2008 or 2007.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

In June 2009, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued “The FASB Accounting Standards Codification and the Hierarchy of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles” (“FASB ASC 105-10”), which establishes the FASB Accounting Standards Codification (“Codification”) as the sole source for authoritative U.S. GAAP and supersedes all accounting standards in U.S. GAAP, aside from those issued by the SEC. FASB ASC 105-10 was effective for financial statements issued for interim and annual periods ending after September 15, 2009. The adoption of the Codification did not have an impact on the Company’s financial condition or results of operations. In accordance with the Codification, references to previously issued accounting standards have been replaced by FASB ASC references.

In June 2009, the FASB issued “Amendments to FASB Interpretation No. 46(R)” (“FASB ASC 810-10”), which clarifies that the determination of whether a company is required to consolidate an entity is based on, among other things, an entity’s purpose and design and a company’s ability to direct the activities of the entity that most significantly impact the entity’s economic performance. FASB ASC 810-10 requires ongoing reassessments of whether a company is the primary beneficiary of a variable interest entity and eliminates the qualifying special purpose entity concept. FASB ASC 810-10 also requires additional disclosures about a company’s involvement in variable interest entities and any significant changes in risk exposure due to that involvement. This guidance is effective for annual reporting periods beginning after November 15, 2009, for interim periods within that first annual reporting period, and for interim and annual reporting periods thereafter. This guidance is not expected to have a material impact on our consolidated financial statements.

In June 2008, the FASB issued guidance to clarify that unvested share-based payment awards that contain nonforfeitable rights to dividends or dividend equivalents (whether paid or unpaid) are participating securities and are to be included in the computation of earnings per share under the two-class method. This guidance was effective for financial statements issued for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2008, and interim periods within those years. This guidance did not have a material impact on our consolidated financial statements.

 

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

The information required by this item is incorporated by reference to Item 7, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” of this report.

 

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Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.

Management’s Responsibility for Financial Statements

The financial statements presented in this Annual Report have been prepared with integrity and objectivity and are the responsibility of the management of The Home Depot, Inc. These financial statements have been prepared in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles and properly reflect certain estimates and judgments based upon the best available information.

The financial statements of the Company have been audited by KPMG LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm. Their accompanying report is based upon an audit conducted in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States).

The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors, consisting solely of independent directors, meets five times a year with the independent registered public accounting firm, the internal auditors and representatives of management to discuss auditing and financial reporting matters. In addition, a telephonic meeting is held prior to each quarterly earnings release. The Audit Committee retains the independent registered public accounting firm and regularly reviews the internal accounting controls, the activities of the independent registered public accounting firm and internal auditors and the financial condition of the Company. Both the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm and the internal auditors have free access to the Audit Committee.

Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting

Our management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting, as such term is defined in Rule 13a-15(f) promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). Under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, we conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of January 31, 2010 based on the framework in Internal Control –Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). Based on our evaluation, our management concluded that our internal control over financial reporting was effective as of January 31, 2010 in providing reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. The effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of January 31, 2010 has been audited by KPMG LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in their report which is included on page 30 in this Form 10-K.

 

/s/    FRANCIS S. BLAKE        

   

/s/    CAROL B. TOMÉ        

Francis S. Blake

Chairman &

Chief Executive Officer

   

Carol B. Tomé

Chief Financial Officer &

Executive Vice President – Corporate Services

 

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

The Board of Directors and Stockholders

The Home Depot, Inc.:

We have audited The Home Depot Inc.’s internal control over financial reporting as of January 31, 2010, based on criteria established in Internal Control – Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). The Home Depot Inc.’s management is responsible for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in the accompanying Management’s Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on our audit.

We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audit 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 audit also included performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

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 (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (2) 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 (3) 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.

In our opinion, The Home Depot, Inc. maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of January 31, 2010, based on criteria established in Internal Control – Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission.

We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), the Consolidated Balance Sheets of The Home Depot, Inc. and subsidiaries as of January 31, 2010 and February 1, 2009, and the related Consolidated Statements of Earnings, Stockholders’ Equity and Comprehensive Income, and Cash Flows for each of the fiscal years in the three-year period ended January 31, 2010, and our report dated March 25, 2010 expressed an unqualified opinion on those consolidated financial statements.

/s/ KPMG LLP

Atlanta, Georgia

March 25, 2010

 

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

The Board of Directors and Stockholders

The Home Depot, Inc.:

We have audited the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheets of The Home Depot, Inc. and subsidiaries as of January 31, 2010 and February 1, 2009, and the related Consolidated Statements of Earnings, Stockholders’ Equity and Comprehensive Income, and Cash Flows for each of the fiscal years in the three-year period ended January 31, 2010. These Consolidated Financial Statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these Consolidated Financial Statements based on our 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 audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, the Consolidated Financial Statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of The Home Depot, Inc. and subsidiaries as of January 31, 2010 and February 1, 2009, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the fiscal years in the three-year period ended January 31, 2010, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.

We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), The Home Depot, Inc.’s internal control over financial reporting as of January 31, 2010, based on criteria established in Internal Control – Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO), and our report dated March 25, 2010 expressed an unqualified opinion on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.

/s/ KPMG LLP

Atlanta, Georgia

March 25, 2010

 

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THE HOME DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

 

     Fiscal Year Ended(1)
amounts in millions, except per share data    January 31,
2010
   February 1,
2009
   February 3,
2008

NET SALES

   $ 66,176    $ 71,288    $ 77,349

Cost of Sales

     43,764      47,298      51,352
                    

GROSS PROFIT

     22,412      23,990      25,997

Operating Expenses:

        

Selling, General and Administrative

     15,902      17,846      17,053

Depreciation and Amortization

     1,707      1,785      1,702
                    

Total Operating Expenses

     17,609      19,631      18,755
                    

OPERATING INCOME

     4,803      4,359      7,242

Interest and Other (Income) Expense:

        

Interest and Investment Income

     (18)      (18)      (74)

Interest Expense

     676      624      696

Other

     163      163     
                    

Interest and Other, net

     821      769      622
                    

EARNINGS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES

     3,982      3,590      6,620

Provision for Income Taxes

     1,362      1,278      2,410
                    

EARNINGS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

     2,620      2,312      4,210

EARNINGS (LOSS) FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS,
NET OF TAX

     41      (52)      185
                    

NET EARNINGS

   $ 2,661    $ 2,260    $ 4,395
                    

Weighted Average Common Shares

     1,683      1,682      1,849

BASIC EARNINGS PER SHARE FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

   $ 1.56    $ 1.37    $ 2.28

BASIC EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

   $ 0.02    $ (0.03)    $ 0.10

BASIC EARNINGS PER SHARE

   $ 1.58    $ 1.34    $ 2.38

Diluted Weighted Average Common Shares

     1,692      1,686      1,856

DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

   $ 1.55    $ 1.37    $ 2.27

DILUTED EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

   $ 0.02    $ (0.03)    $ 0.10

DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE

   $ 1.57    $ 1.34    $ 2.37

 

(1) Fiscal years ended January 31, 2010 and February 1, 2009 include 52 weeks. Fiscal year ended February 3, 2008 includes 53 weeks.

See accompanying Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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THE HOME DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

amounts in millions, except share and per share data    January 31,
2010
    February 1,
2009
 

ASSETS

    

Current Assets:

    

Cash and Cash Equivalents

   $ 1,421      $ 519   

Short-Term Investments

     6        6   

Receivables, net

     964        972   

Merchandise Inventories

     10,188        10,673   

Other Current Assets

     1,321        1,192   
                

Total Current Assets

     13,900        13,362   
                

Property and Equipment, at cost:

    

Land

     8,451        8,301   

Buildings

     17,391        16,961   

Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment

     9,091        8,741   

Leasehold Improvements

     1,383        1,359   

Construction in Progress

     525        625   

Capital Leases

     504        490   
                
     37,345        36,477   

Less Accumulated Depreciation and Amortization

     11,795        10,243   
                

Net Property and Equipment

     25,550        26,234   
                

Notes Receivable

     33        36   

Goodwill

     1,171        1,134   

Other Assets

     223        398   
                

Total Assets

   $ 40,877      $ 41,164   
                

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

    

Current Liabilities:

    

Accounts Payable

   $ 4,863      $ 4,822   

Accrued Salaries and Related Expenses

     1,263        1,129   

Sales Taxes Payable

     362        337   

Deferred Revenue

     1,158        1,165   

Income Taxes Payable

     108        289   

Current Installments of Long-Term Debt

     1,020        1,767   

Other Accrued Expenses

     1,589        1,644   
                

Total Current Liabilities

     10,363        11,153   
                

Long-Term Debt, excluding current installments

     8,662        9,667   

Other Long-Term Liabilities

     2,140        2,198   

Deferred Income Taxes

     319        369   
                

Total Liabilities

     21,484        23,387   
                

STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

    

Common Stock, par value $0.05; authorized: 10 billion shares; issued: 1.716 billion shares at January 31, 2010 and 1.707 billion shares at February 1, 2009; outstanding: 1.698 billion shares at January 31, 2010 and 1.696 billion shares at February 1, 2009

     86        85   

Paid-In Capital

     6,304        6,048   

Retained Earnings

     13,226        12,093   

Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)

     362        (77

Treasury Stock, at cost, 18 million shares at January 31, 2010 and 11 million shares at February 1, 2009

     (585     (372
                

Total Stockholders’ Equity

     19,393        17,777   
                

Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

   $ 40,877      $ 41,164   
                

See accompanying Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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THE HOME DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’

EQUITY AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 

   

 

Common Stock

    Paid-In
Capital
    Retained
Earnings
    Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income (Loss)
    Treasury Stock     Stockholders’
Equity
    Total
Comprehensive
Income
 
amounts in millions, except per share data   Shares     Amount           Shares     Amount      

BALANCE, JANUARY 28, 2007

  2,421      $ 121      $ 7,930      $ 33,052      $ 310      (451   $ (16,383   $ 25,030     
     

Cumulative Effect of the Adoption of FIN 48

                       (111                        (111  

Net Earnings

                       4,395                           4,395      $ 4,395   

Shares Issued Under Employee Stock Plans

  12        1        239                                  240     

Tax Effect of Sale of Option Shares by Employees

                4                                  4     

Translation Adjustments

                              455                    455        455   

Cash Flow Hedges, net of tax

                              (10                 (10     (10

Stock Options, Awards and Amortization of Restricted Stock

                206                                  206     

Repurchase of Common Stock

                                   (292     (10,815     (10,815  

Retirement of Treasury Stock

  (735     (37     (2,608     (24,239          735        26,884            

Cash Dividends ($0.90 per share)

                       (1,709                        (1,709  

Other

                29                                  29     
                       

Comprehensive Income

                  $ 4,840   
           

BALANCE, FEBRUARY 3, 2008

  1,698      $ 85      $ 5,800      $ 11,388      $ 755      (8   $ (314   $ 17,714     
     

Net Earnings

                       2,260                           2,260      $ 2,260   

Shares Issued Under Employee Stock Plans

  9               68                                  68     

Tax Effect of Sale of Option Shares by Employees

                7                                  7     

Translation Adjustments

                              (831                 (831     (831

Cash Flow Hedges, net of tax

                              (1                 (1     (1

Stock Options, Awards and Amortization of Restricted Stock

                176                                  176     

Repurchase of Common Stock

                                   (3     (70     (70  

Cash Dividends ($0.90 per share)

                       (1,521                        (1,521  

Other

                (3     (34                 12        (25  
                       

Comprehensive Income

                  $ 1,428   
           

BALANCE, FEBRUARY 1, 2009

  1,707      $ 85      $ 6,048      $ 12,093      $ (77   (11   $ (372   $ 17,777     
     

Net Earnings

                       2,661                           2,661      $ 2,661   

Shares Issued Under Employee Stock Plans

  9        1        57                                  58     

Tax Effect of Sale of Option Shares by Employees

                (2                               (2  

Translation Adjustments

                              426                    426        426   

Cash Flow Hedges, net of tax

                              11                    11        11   

Stock Options, Awards and Amortization of Restricted Stock

                201                                  201     

Repurchase of Common Stock

                                   (7     (213     (213  

Cash Dividends ($0.90 per share)

                       (1,525                        (1,525  

Other

                       (3     2                    (1     2   
                       

Comprehensive Income

                  $ 3,100   
           

BALANCE, JANUARY 31, 2010

  1,716      $ 86      $ 6,304      $ 13,226      $ 362      (18   $ (585   $ 19,393     
     

See accompanying Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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THE HOME DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 

     Fiscal Year Ended(1)  
amounts in millions    January 31,
2010
    February 1,
2009
    February 3,
2008
 

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

      

Net Earnings

   $ 2,661      $ 2,260      $ 4,395   

Reconciliation of Net Earnings to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities:

      

Depreciation and Amortization

     1,806        1,902        1,906   

Impairment Related to Rationalization Charges

            580          

Impairment of Investment

     163        163          

Stock-Based Compensation Expense

     201        176        207   

Changes in Assets and Liabilities, net of the effects of acquisitions and disposition:

      

(Increase) Decrease in Receivables, net

     (23     121        116   

Decrease (Increase) in Merchandise Inventories

     625        743        (491

Decrease (Increase) in Other Current Assets

     4        (7     109   

Increase (Decrease) in Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses

     59        (646     (465

Decrease in Deferred Revenue

     (21     (292     (159

(Decrease) Increase in Income Taxes Payable

     (174     262          

Decrease in Deferred Income Taxes

     (227     (282     (348

(Decrease) Increase in Other Long-Term Liabilities

     (19     306        186   

Other

     70        242        271   
                        

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

     5,125        5,528        5,727   
                        

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

      

Capital Expenditures, net of $10, $37 and $19 of non-cash capital
expenditures in fiscal 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively

     (966     (1,847     (3,558

Proceeds from Sale of Business, net

                   8,337   

Payments for Businesses Acquired, net

                   (13

Proceeds from Sales of Property and Equipment

     178        147        318   

Purchases of Investments

            (168     (11,225

Proceeds from Sales and Maturities of Investments

     33        139        10,899   
                        

Net Cash (Used in) Provided by Investing Activities

     (755     (1,729     4,758   
                        

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

      

(Repayments of) Proceeds from Short-Term Borrowings, net

            (1,732     1,734   

Repayments of Long-Term Debt

     (1,774     (313     (20

Repurchases of Common Stock

     (213     (70     (10,815

Proceeds from Sales of Common Stock

     73        84        276   

Cash Dividends Paid to Stockholders

     (1,525     (1,521     (1,709

Other Financing Activities

     (64     (128     (105
                        

Net Cash Used in Financing Activities

     (3,503     (3,680     (10,639
                        

Increase (Decrease) in Cash and Cash Equivalents

     867        119        (154
                        

Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash and Cash Equivalents

     35        (45     (1

Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Year

     519        445        600   
                        

Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Year

   $ 1,421      $ 519      $ 445   
                        

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH PAYMENTS MADE FOR:

      

Interest, net of interest capitalized

   $ 664      $ 622      $ 672   

Income Taxes

   $ 2,082      $ 1,265      $ 2,524   

 

(1) Fiscal years ended January 31, 2010 and February 1, 2009 include 52 weeks. Fiscal year ended February 3, 2008 includes 53 weeks.

See accompanying Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

1. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

Business, Consolidation and Presentation

The Home Depot, Inc. and its subsidiaries (the “Company”) operate The Home Depot stores, which are full-service, warehouse-style stores averaging approximately 105,000 square feet in size. The stores stock approximately 30,000 to 40,000 different kinds of building materials, home improvement supplies and lawn and garden products that are sold to do-it-yourself customers, do-it-for-me customers and professional customers. At the end of fiscal 2009, the Company was operating 2,244 stores, which included 1,976 The Home Depot stores in the United States, including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the territories of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam (“U.S.”), 179 The Home Depot stores in Canada, 79 The Home Depot stores in Mexico and 10 The Home Depot stores in China. The Consolidated Financial Statements include the accounts of the Company and its wholly-owned subsidiaries. All significant intercompany transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

Fiscal Year

The Company’s fiscal year is a 52- or 53-week period ending on the Sunday nearest to January 31. Fiscal years ended January 31, 2010 (“fiscal 2009”) and February 1, 2009 (“fiscal 2008”) include 52 weeks. The fiscal year ended February 3, 2008 (“fiscal 2007”) includes 53 weeks.

Use of Estimates

Management of the Company has made a number of estimates and assumptions relating to the reporting of assets and liabilities, the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities, and reported amounts of revenues and expenses in preparing these financial statements in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. Actual results could differ from these estimates.

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

The carrying amounts of Cash and Cash Equivalents, Receivables and Accounts Payable approximate fair value due to the short-term maturities of these financial instruments. The fair value of the Company’s investments is discussed under the caption “Short-Term Investments” in this Note 1. The fair value of the Company’s Long-Term Debt is discussed in Note 11.

Cash Equivalents

The Company considers all highly liquid investments purchased with original maturities of three months or less to be cash equivalents. The Company’s Cash Equivalents are carried at fair market value and consist primarily of high-grade commercial paper, money market funds and U.S. government agency securities.

Short-Term Investments

Short-Term Investments are recorded at fair value based on current market rates and are classified as available-for-sale.

Accounts Receivable

The Company has an agreement with a third-party service provider who directly extends credit to customers, manages the Company’s private label credit card program and owns the related receivables. We evaluated the third-party entities holding the receivables under the program and concluded that they should not be consolidated by the Company. The agreement with the third-party service provider expires in 2018, with the Company having the option, but no obligation, to purchase the receivables at the end of the agreement. The deferred interest charges incurred by the Company for its deferred financing programs offered to its customers are included in Cost of Sales. The interchange fees charged to the Company for the customers’ use of the cards

 

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and the profit sharing with the third-party administrator are included in Selling, General and Administrative expenses (“SG&A”). The sum of the three is referred to by the Company as “the cost of credit” of the private label credit card program.

In addition, certain subsidiaries of the Company extend credit directly to customers in the ordinary course of business. The receivables due from customers were $38 million and $37 million as of January 31, 2010 and February 1, 2009, respectively. The Company’s valuation reserve related to accounts receivable was not material to the Consolidated Financial Statements of the Company as of the end of fiscal 2009 or 2008.

Merchandise Inventories

The majority of the Company’s Merchandise Inventories are stated at the lower of cost (first-in, first-out) or market, as determined by the retail inventory method. As the inventory retail value is adjusted regularly to reflect market conditions, the inventory valued using the retail method approximates the lower of cost or market. Certain subsidiaries, including retail operations in Canada, Mexico and China, and distribution centers, record Merchandise Inventories at the lower of cost or market, as determined by a cost method. These Merchandise Inventories represent approximately 18% of the total Merchandise Inventories balance. The Company evaluates the inventory valued using a cost method at the end of each quarter to ensure that it is carried at the lower of cost or market. The valuation allowance for Merchandise Inventories valued under a cost method was not material to the Consolidated Financial Statements of the Company as of the end of fiscal 2009 or 2008.

Independent physical inventory counts or cycle counts are taken on a regular basis in each store and distribution center to ensure that amounts reflected in the accompanying Consolidated Financial Statements for Merchandise Inventories are properly stated. During the period between physical inventory counts in stores, the Company accrues for estimated losses related to shrink on a store-by-store basis based on historical shrink results and current trends in the business. Shrink (or in the case of excess inventory, “swell”) is the difference between the recorded amount of inventory and the physical inventory. Shrink may occur due to theft, loss, inaccurate records for the receipt of inventory or deterioration of goods, among other things.

Income Taxes

The Company provides for federal, state and foreign income taxes currently payable, as well as for those deferred due to timing differences between reporting income and expenses for financial statement purposes versus tax purposes. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the future tax consequences attributable to temporary differences between the financial statement carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax bases. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted income tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. The effect of a change in income tax rates is recognized as income or expense in the period that includes the enactment date.

The Company and its eligible subsidiaries file a consolidated U.S. federal income tax return. Non-U.S. subsidiaries and certain U.S. subsidiaries, which are consolidated for financial reporting purposes, are not eligible to be included in the Company’s consolidated U.S. federal income tax return. Separate provisions for income taxes have been determined for these entities. The Company intends to reinvest substantially all of the unremitted earnings of its non-U.S. subsidiaries and postpone their remittance indefinitely. Accordingly, no provision for U.S. income taxes for these non-U.S. subsidiaries was recorded in the accompanying Consolidated Statements of Earnings.

 

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Depreciation and Amortization

The Company’s Buildings, Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment are recorded at cost and depreciated using the straight-line method over the estimated useful lives of the assets. Leasehold Improvements are amortized using the straight-line method over the original term of the lease or the useful life of the improvement, whichever is shorter. The Company’s Property and Equipment is depreciated using the following estimated useful lives:

 

     Life

Buildings

   5 – 45 years

Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment

   3 – 20 years

Leasehold Improvements

   5 – 45 years

Capitalized Software Costs

The Company capitalizes certain costs related to the acquisition and development of software and amortizes these costs using the straight-line method over the estimated useful life of the software, which is three to six years. These costs are included in Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment in the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheets. Certain development costs not meeting the criteria for capitalization are expensed as incurred.

Revenues

The Company recognizes revenue, net of estimated returns and sales tax, at the time the customer takes possession of merchandise or receives services. The liability for sales returns is estimated based on historical return levels. When the Company receives payment from customers before the customer has taken possession of the merchandise or the service has been performed, the amount received is recorded as Deferred Revenue in the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheets until the sale or service is complete. The Company also records Deferred Revenue for the sale of gift cards and recognizes this revenue upon the redemption of gift cards in Net Sales. Gift card breakage income is recognized based upon historical redemption patterns and represents the balance of gift cards for which the Company believes the likelihood of redemption by the customer is remote. During fiscal 2009, 2008 and 2007, the Company recognized $40 million, $37 million and $36 million, respectively, of gift card breakage income. This income is recorded as other income and is included in the accompanying Consolidated Statements of Earnings as a reduction in SG&A.

Services Revenue

Net Sales include services revenue generated through a variety of installation, home maintenance and professional service programs. In these programs, the customer selects and purchases material for a project and the Company provides or arranges professional installation. These programs are offered through the Company’s stores. Under certain programs, when the Company provides or arranges the installation of a project and the subcontractor provides material as part of the installation, both the material and labor are included in services revenue. The Company recognizes this revenue when the service for the customer is complete.

All payments received prior to the completion of services are recorded in Deferred Revenue in the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheets. Services revenue was $2.6 billion, $3.1 billion and $3.5 billion for fiscal 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively.

Self-Insurance

The Company is self-insured for certain losses related to general liability, product liability, automobile, workers’ compensation and medical claims. The expected ultimate cost for claims incurred as of the balance sheet date is not discounted and is recognized as a liability. The expected ultimate cost of claims is estimated based upon analysis of historical data and actuarial estimates.

 

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Prepaid Advertising

Television and radio advertising production costs, along with media placement costs, are expensed when the advertisement first appears. Amounts included in Other Current Assets in the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheets relating to prepayments of production costs for print and broadcast advertising as well as sponsorship promotions were not material at the end of fiscal 2009 and 2008.

Vendor Allowances

Vendor allowances primarily consist of volume rebates that are earned as a result of attaining certain purchase levels and advertising co-op allowances for the promotion of vendors’ products that are typically based on guaranteed minimum amounts with additional amounts being earned for attaining certain purchase levels. These vendor allowances are accrued as earned, with those allowances received as a result of attaining certain purchase levels accrued over the incentive period based on estimates of purchases.

Volume rebates and certain advertising co-op allowances earned are initially recorded as a reduction in Merchandise Inventories and a subsequent reduction in Cost of Sales when the related product is sold. Certain advertising co-op allowances that are reimbursements of specific, incremental and identifiable costs incurred to promote vendors’ products are recorded as an offset against advertising expense. In fiscal 2009, 2008 and 2007, gross advertising expense was $897 million, $1.0 billion and $1.2 billion, respectively, and is included in SG&A. Specific, incremental and identifiable advertising co-op allowances were $105 million, $107 million and $120 million for fiscal 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively, and were recorded as an offset to advertising expense in SG&A.

Cost of Sales

Cost of Sales includes the actual cost of merchandise sold and services performed, the cost of transportation of merchandise from vendors to the Company’s stores, locations or customers, the operating cost of the Company’s sourcing and distribution network and the cost of deferred interest programs offered through the Company’s private label credit card program.

The cost of handling and shipping merchandise from the Company’s stores, locations or distribution centers to the customer is classified as SG&A. The cost of shipping and handling, including internal costs and payments to third parties, classified as SG&A was $426 million, $501 million and $571 million in fiscal 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively.

Impairment of Long-Lived Assets

The Company evaluates its long-lived assets each quarter for indicators of potential impairment. Indicators of impairment include current period losses combined with a history of losses, management’s decision to relocate or close a store or other location before the end of its previously estimated useful life, or when changes in other circumstances indicate the carrying amount of an asset may not be recoverable. The evaluation for long-lived assets is performed at the lowest level of identifiable cash flows, which is generally the individual store level.

The assets of a store with indicators of impairment are evaluated by comparing its undiscounted cash flows with its carrying value. The estimate of cash flows includes management’s assumptions of cash inflows and outflows directly resulting from the use of those assets in operations, including gross margin on Net Sales, payroll and related items, occupancy costs, insurance allocations and other costs to operate a store. If the carrying value is greater than the undiscounted cash flows, an impairment loss is recognized for the difference between the carrying value and the estimated fair market value. Impairment losses are recorded as a component of SG&A in the accompanying Consolidated Statements of Earnings. When a leased location closes, the Company also recognizes in SG&A the net present value of future lease obligations less estimated sublease income.

As part of its Rationalization Charges, the Company recorded no asset impairment and $84 million of lease obligation costs in fiscal 2009 compared to $580 million of asset impairments and $252 million of lease obligation costs in fiscal 2008. See Note 2 for more details on the Rationalization Charges. The Company also

 

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recorded impairments on other closings and relocations in the ordinary course of business, which were not material to the Consolidated Financial Statements in fiscal 2009, 2008 and 2007.

Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets

Goodwill represents the excess of purchase price over the fair value of net assets acquired. The Company does not amortize goodwill, but does assess the recoverability of goodwill in the third quarter of each fiscal year, or more often if indicators warrant, by determining whether the fair value of each reporting unit supports its carrying value. The fair values of the Company’s identified reporting units were estimated using the present value of expected future discounted cash flows.

The Company amortizes the cost of other intangible assets over their estimated useful lives, which range from 1 to 20 years, unless such lives are deemed indefinite. Intangible assets with indefinite lives are tested in the third quarter of each fiscal year for impairment, or more often if indicators warrant. The Company recorded no impairment charges for goodwill or other intangible assets for fiscal 2009, 2008 or 2007.

Stock-Based Compensation

The per share weighted average fair value of stock options granted during fiscal 2009, 2008 and 2007 was $6.61, $6.46 and $9.45, respectively. The fair value of these options was determined at the date of grant using the Black- Scholes option-pricing model with the following assumptions:

 

       Fiscal Year Ended
       January 31,
2010
     February 1,
2009
     February 3,
2008

Risk-free interest rate

     2.3%      2.9%      4.4%

Assumed volatility

     41.5%      33.8%      25.5%

Assumed dividend yield

     3.9%      3.5%      2.4%

Assumed lives of option

     6 years      6 years      6 years

Derivatives

The Company uses derivative financial instruments from time to time in the management of its interest rate exposure on long-term debt and its exposure on foreign currency fluctuations. The Company accounts for its derivative financial instruments in accordance with the Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification (“FASB ASC”) 815-10. The fair value of the Company’s derivative financial instruments is discussed in Note 5.

Comprehensive Income

Comprehensive Income includes Net Earnings adjusted for certain revenues, expenses, gains and losses that are excluded from Net Earnings under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. Adjustments to Net Earnings and Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income consist primarily of foreign currency translation adjustments.

Foreign Currency Translation

Assets and Liabilities denominated in a foreign currency are translated into U.S. dollars at the current rate of exchange on the last day of the reporting period. Revenues and expenses are generally translated using average exchange rates for the period and equity transactions are translated using the actual rate on the day of the transaction.

Segment Information

The Company operates within a single reportable segment primarily within North America. Net Sales for the Company outside of the U.S. were $7.0 billion for fiscal 2009 and were $7.4 billion for fiscal 2008 and 2007. Long-lived assets outside of the U.S. totaled $3.0 billion and $2.8 billion as of January 31, 2010 and February 1, 2009, respectively.

 

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2. RATIONALIZATION CHARGES

In fiscal 2008, the Company reduced its square footage growth plans to improve free cash flow, provide stronger returns for the Company and invest in its existing stores to continue improving the customer experience. As a result of this store rationalization plan, the Company determined that it would no longer pursue the opening of approximately 50 U.S. stores that had been in its new store pipeline. The Company expects to dispose of or sublet these pipeline locations over varying periods. The Company also closed 15 underperforming U.S. stores in the second quarter of fiscal 2008, and the Company expects to dispose of or sublet those locations over varying periods.

Also in fiscal 2008, the Company announced that it would exit its EXPO, THD Design Center, Yardbirds and HD Bath businesses (the “Exited Businesses”) in order to focus on its core The Home Depot stores. The Company closed the Exited Businesses in the first quarter of fiscal 2009 and expects to dispose of or sublet those locations over varying periods. These steps impacted approximately 5,000 associates in those locations, their support functions and their distribution centers.

Finally, in January 2009 the Company restructured its support functions to better align the Company’s cost structure. These actions impacted approximately 2,000 associates.

The Company recognized $146 million and $951 million in total pretax charges for fiscal 2009 and 2008, respectively, related to these actions (collectively, the “Rationalization Charges”). The significant components of the total expected charges and charges incurred to date are as follows (amounts in millions):

 

       Total
Expected
Charges
     Fiscal
2008
Charges
     Fiscal
2009
Charges
     Estimated
Remaining
Charges

Asset impairments

     $ 580      $ 580      $      $

Lease obligation costs, net

       336        252        84       

Severance

       86        78        8       

Other

       95        41        54       
                                   

Total

     $ 1,097      $ 951      $ 146      $  —
                                   

Inventory markdown costs reflected in Other are included in Cost of Sales in the accompanying Consolidated Statements of Earnings, and costs related to asset impairments, lease obligations, severance and other miscellaneous costs are included in SG&A expenses. Asset impairment charges, including contractual costs to complete certain assets, were determined based on fair market value using market data for each individual property. Lease obligation costs represent the present value of contractually obligated rental payments offset by estimated sublet income, including estimates of the time required to sublease the locations. The payments related to the leased locations therefore are not generally incremental uses of cash.

Activity related to Rationalization Charges for fiscal 2009 and 2008 was as follows (amounts in millions):

 

     Fiscal
2008
Charges
   Cash
Uses
   Non-cash
Uses
   Accrued
Balance
February 1,
2009
   Fiscal
2009
Charges
   Cash
Uses
   Non-cash
Uses
   Accrued
Balance
January 31,
2010

Asset impairments

   $ 580    $    $ 542    $ 38    $    $    $ 15    $ 23

Lease obligation costs, net

     252      39           213      84      106           191

Severance

     78      6           72      8      80          

Other

     41      18      3      20      54      71      3     
                                                       

Total

   $ 951    $ 63    $ 545    $ 343    $ 146    $ 257    $ 18    $ 214
                                                       

 

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3. CHANGE IN ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLE

During fiscal 2008, the Company implemented a new enterprise resource planning (“ERP”) system, including a new inventory system, for its retail operations in Canada. Along with this implementation, the Company changed its method of accounting for Merchandise Inventories for its retail operations in Canada from the lower of cost (first-in, first-out) or market, as determined by the retail inventory method, to the lower of cost or market using a weighted-average cost method. As of the end of fiscal 2008, the implementation of the new inventory system and related conversion to the weighted-average cost method for Canadian retail operations was complete.

The new ERP system allows the Company to utilize the weighted-average cost method, which the Company believes will result in greater precision in the costing of inventories and a better matching of cost of sales with revenue generated. The effect of the change on the Merchandise Inventories and Retained Earnings balances was not material. Prior to the inventory system conversion, the Company could not determine the impact of the change to the weighted-average cost method, and therefore, could not retroactively apply the change to periods prior to fiscal 2008.

 

4. DISPOSITION AND ACQUISITIONS

On August 30, 2007, the Company closed the sale of HD Supply. The Company received $8.3 billion of net proceeds for the sale of HD Supply and recognized a $4 million loss, net of tax, in fiscal 2007. Settlement of working capital matters arising from the sale of HD Supply resulted in earnings from discontinued operations of $41 million, net of tax, in fiscal 2009 and a loss from discontinued operations of $52 million, net of tax, in fiscal 2008.

In connection with the sale, the Company purchased a 12.5% equity interest in the newly formed HD Supply for $325 million. In fiscal 2008, the Company determined its 12.5% equity interest in HD Supply was impaired and recorded a $163 million charge to write-down the investment. In fiscal 2009, the Company determined its equity interest in HD Supply was further impaired and recorded an additional charge of $163 million to write-down the remaining investment. These charges are included in Interest and Other, net, in the accompanying Consolidated Statements of Earnings.

Also in connection with the sale, the Company guaranteed a $1.0 billion senior secured amortizing term loan (“guaranteed loan”) of HD Supply. The fair value of the guarantee, which was determined to be approximately $16 million, is recorded as a liability of the Company and included in Other Long-Term Liabilities. The Company is responsible for up to $1.0 billion and any unpaid interest in the event of nonpayment by HD Supply. The guaranteed loan is collateralized by certain assets of HD Supply. The original expiration date of the guarantee was August 30, 2012. On March 19, 2010, the Company amended the expiration date and extended it to April 1, 2014.

In accordance with FASB ASC 360-10, the Company reclassified the results of HD Supply as discontinued operations in its Consolidated Statements of Earnings for all periods presented.

The following table presents Net Sales and Earnings of HD Supply through August 30, 2007 and the gains and losses on disposition which have been classified as discontinued operations in the Consolidated Statements of Earnings for fiscal 2009, 2008 and 2007 (amounts in millions):

 

       Fiscal Year Ended  
       January 31,
2010
     February 1,
2009
     February 3,
2008
 

Net Sales

     $      $       $ 7,391   
                            

Earnings Before Provision for Income Taxes

     $      $       $ 291   

Provision for Income Taxes

                      (102

Gain (Loss) from Discontinued Operations, net

       41        (52      (4
                            

Earnings (Loss) from Discontinued Operations, net of tax

     $ 41      $ (52    $ 185   
                            

 

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The Company made no acquisitions during fiscal 2009 and 2008. The aggregate purchase price for acquisitions in fiscal 2007 was $25 million. The Company recorded Goodwill related to the HD Supply businesses of $20 million for fiscal 2007 and recorded no Goodwill related to its retail businesses for fiscal 2009, 2008 and 2007.

 

5. DEBT

The Company has commercial paper programs that allow for borrowings up to $3.25 billion. All of the Company’s short-term borrowings in fiscal 2009 and 2008 were under these commercial paper programs. In connection with the commercial paper programs, the Company has a back-up credit facility with a consortium of banks for borrowings up to $3.25 billion. The credit facility expires in December 2010 and contains various restrictive covenants. At January 31, 2010, the Company was in compliance with all of the covenants, and they are not expected to impact the Company’s liquidity or capital resources.

Short-Term Debt under the commercial paper programs was as follows (dollars in millions):

 

       January 31,
2010
     February 1,
2009
 

Balance outstanding at fiscal year-end

     $       $   

Maximum amount outstanding at any month-end

     $ 190       $ 1,771   

Average daily short-term borrowings

     $ 55       $ 403   

Weighted average interest rate

       1.1      3.4
The Company’s Long-Term Debt at the end of fiscal 2009 and 2008 consisted of the following (amounts in millions):    
       January 31,
2010
     February 1,
2009
 

3.75% Senior Notes; due September 15, 2009; interest payable semi-annually on March 15 and September 15

     $         $999   

Floating Rate Senior Notes; due December 16, 2009; interest payable on March 16, June 16, September 16 and December 16

               750   

4.625% Senior Notes; due August 15, 2010; interest payable semi-annually on February 15 and August 15

       999         998   

5.20% Senior Notes; due March 1, 2011; interest payable semi-annually on March 1 and September 1

       1,000         1,000   

5.25% Senior Notes; due December 16, 2013; interest payable semi-annually on June 16 and December 16

       1,258         1,245   

5.40% Senior Notes; due March 1, 2016; interest payable semi-annually on March 1 and September 1

       3,040         3,047   

5.875% Senior Notes; due December 16, 2036; interest payable semi-annually on June 16 and December 16

       2,960         2,959   

Capital Lease Obligations; payable in varying installments through January 31, 2055

       408         417   

Other

       17         19   
                   

Total debt

       9,682         11,434   

Less current installments

       1,020         1,767   
                   

Long-Term Debt, excluding current installments

     $ 8,662       $ 9,667   
                   

At January 31, 2010, the Company had outstanding interest rate swaps, accounted for as fair value hedges, that expire on December 16, 2013 with a notional amount of $1.25 billion that swap fixed rate interest on the Company’s $1.25 billion 5.25% Senior Notes for variable interest equal to LIBOR plus 259 basis points. At January 31, 2010, the approximate fair value of these agreements was an asset of $12 million, which is the estimated amount the Company would have received to settle the agreements.

 

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In November 2009, the Company entered into a forward starting interest rate swap agreement with a notional amount of $500 million, accounted for as a cash flow hedge, to hedge interest rate fluctuations in anticipation of issuing long-term debt to refinance debt maturing in fiscal 2010. At January 31, 2010, the approximate fair value of this agreement was an asset of $3 million, which is the estimated amount the Company would have received to settle the agreement.

During fiscal 2008 and 2007, the Company entered into interest rate swaps, accounted for as fair value hedges, with notional amounts of $3.0 billion, that swapped fixed rate interest on the Company’s $3.0 billion 5.40% Senior Notes for variable rate interest equal to LIBOR plus 60 to 149 basis points. In fiscal 2008, the Company received $56 million to settle these swaps, which is being amortized to reduce net Interest Expense over the remaining term of the debt.

The Senior Notes may be redeemed by the Company at any time, in whole or in part, at a redemption price plus accrued interest up to the redemption date. The redemption price is equal to the greater of (1) 100% of the principal amount of the Senior Notes to be redeemed, or (2) the sum of the present values of the remaining scheduled payments of principal and interest to maturity.

Additionally, if a Change in Control Triggering Event occurs, as defined by the terms of the 5.25% Senior Notes and the 5.875% Senior Notes issuance (together the “December 2006 Issuance”), holders of the December 2006 Issuance have the right to require the Company to redeem those notes at 101% of the aggregate principal amount of the notes plus accrued interest up to the redemption date.

The Company is generally not limited under the indenture governing the Senior Notes in its ability to incur additional indebtedness or required to maintain financial ratios or specified levels of net worth or liquidity. However, the indenture governing the Senior Notes contains various restrictive covenants, none of which is expected to impact the Company’s liquidity or capital resources.

At January 31, 2010, the Company had outstanding cross currency swap agreements with a notional amount of $900 million, accounted for as cash flow hedges, to hedge foreign currency fluctuations on certain intercompany debt. At January 31, 2010, the approximate fair value of these agreements was a liability of $4 million, which is the estimated amount the Company would have paid to settle the agreements.

Interest Expense in the accompanying Consolidated Statements of Earnings is net of interest capitalized of $4 million, $20 million and $46 million in fiscal 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively. Maturities of Long-Term Debt are $1.0 billion for fiscal 2010, $1.0 billion for fiscal 2011, $30 million for fiscal 2012, $1.3 billion for fiscal 2013, $33 million for fiscal 2014 and $6.3 billion thereafter.

 

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6. INCOME TAXES

The components of Earnings from Continuing Operations before Provision for Income Taxes for fiscal 2009, 2008 and 2007 were as follows (amounts in millions):

 

       Fiscal Year Ended
       January 31,
2010
     February 1,
2009
     February 3,
2008

United States

      $ 3,586       $ 3,136       $ 5,905

Foreign

       396        454        715
                          

Total

      $ 3,982       $ 3,590       $ 6,620
                          

The Provision for Income Taxes consisted of the following (amounts in millions):

 

       Fiscal Year Ended  
       January 31,
2010
     February 1,
2009
     February 3,
2008
 

Current:

          

Federal

      $ 1,157        $ 1,283        $ 2,055   

State

       184         198         285   

Foreign

       195         85         310   
                            
       1,536         1,566         2,650   
                            

Deferred:

          

Federal

       (121      (209      (242

State

       (24      (56      17   

Foreign

       (29      (23      (15
                            
       (174      (288      (240
                            

Total

      $ 1,362        $ 1,278        $ 2,410   
                            

The Company’s combined federal, state and foreign effective tax rates for fiscal 2009, 2008 and 2007, net of offsets generated by federal, state and foreign tax benefits, were approximately 34.2%, 35.6% and 36.4%, respectively.

The reconciliation of the Provision for Income Taxes at the federal statutory rate of 35% to the actual tax expense for the applicable fiscal years was as follows (amounts in millions):

 

       Fiscal Year Ended  
       January 31,
2010
     February 1,
2009
     February 3,
2008
 

Income taxes at federal statutory rate

      $ 1,394        $ 1,257        $ 2,317   

State income taxes, net of federal income tax benefit

       104         92         196   

Other, net

       (136      (71      (103
                            

Total

      $ 1,362        $ 1,278        $ 2,410   
                            

 

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The tax effects of temporary differences that give rise to significant portions of the deferred tax assets and deferred tax liabilities as of January 31, 2010 and February 1, 2009, were as follows (amounts in millions):

 

       January 31,
2010
     February 1,
2009
 

Current:

       

Deferred Tax Assets:

       

Property and equipment

     $ 85       $ 85   

Accrued self-insurance liabilities

       109         143   

Other accrued liabilities

       303         204   

Deferred compensation

       372         286   
                   

Current Deferred Tax Assets

       869         718   

Deferred Tax Liabilities:

       

Accelerated inventory deduction

       (114      (114

Other

       (114      (118
                   

Current Deferred Tax Liabilities

       (228      (232
                   

Current Deferred Tax Assets, net

       641         486   
                   

Noncurrent:

       

Deferred Tax Assets:

       

Accrued self-insurance liabilities

       338         317   

State income taxes

       123         118   

Capital loss carryover

       86         65   

Net operating losses

       74         71   

Foreign tax credit carry forward

       65         7   

Other

       291         215   

Valuation allowance

       (15      (12
                   

Noncurrent Deferred Tax Assets

       962         781   

Deferred Tax Liabilities:

       

Property and equipment

       (1,178      (1,068

Goodwill and other intangibles

       (88      (78
                   

Noncurrent Deferred Tax Liabilities

       (1,266      (1,146
                   

Noncurrent Deferred Tax Liabilities, net

       (304      (365
                   

Net Deferred Tax Assets (Liabilities)

     $ 337       $ 121   
                   

Current deferred tax assets and current deferred tax liabilities are netted by tax jurisdiction and noncurrent deferred tax assets and noncurrent deferred tax liabilities are netted by tax jurisdiction, and are included in the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheets as follows (amounts in millions):

 

       January 31,
2010
     February 1,
2009
 

Other Current Assets

     $ 650       $ 491   

Other Assets

       12         4   

Other Accrued Expenses

       (6      (5

Deferred Income Taxes

       (319      (369
                   

Net Deferred Tax Assets (Liabilities)

     $ 337       $ 121   
                   

 

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The Company believes that the realization of the deferred tax assets is more likely than not, based upon the expectation that it will generate the necessary taxable income in future periods, and except for certain net operating losses discussed below, no valuation reserves have been provided.

At January 31, 2010, the Company had state and foreign net operating loss carryforwards available to reduce future taxable income, expiring at various dates from 2010 to 2028. Management has concluded that it is more likely than not that the tax benefits related to the net operating losses will be realized. However, certain foreign net operating losses are in jurisdictions where the expiration period is too short to be assured of utilization. Therefore, a valuation allowance has been provided to reduce the deferred tax asset related to net operating losses to an amount that is more likely than not to be realized. Total valuation allowances at January 31, 2010 and February 1, 2009 were $15 million and $12 million, respectively.

As a result of its sale of HD Supply, the Company incurred a tax loss, resulting in a net capital loss carryover of approximately $244 million as of January 31, 2010. A portion of the net capital loss carryover will expire if not used by 2013 and the remaining portion will expire in 2014. However, the Company has concluded that it is more likely than not that the tax benefits related to the capital loss carryover will be realized based on its ability to generate adequate capital gain income during the carryover period. Therefore, no valuation allowance has been provided.

The Company has not provided for U.S. deferred income taxes on approximately $456 million of undistributed earnings of international subsidiaries because of its intention to indefinitely reinvest these earnings outside the U.S. The determination of the amount of the unrecognized deferred U.S. income tax liability related to the undistributed earnings is not practicable; however, unrecognized foreign income tax credits would be available to reduce a portion of this liability.

On January 29, 2007, the Company adopted the provisions of FASB ASC 740-10 related to uncertainty in income taxes. This guidance requires application of a “more likely than not” threshold to the recognition and derecognition of tax positions. It further requires that a change in judgment related to prior years’ tax positions be recognized in the quarter of such change. This adoption reduced the Company’s Retained Earnings at January 29, 2007 by $111 million. A reconciliation of the beginning and ending amount of gross unrecognized tax benefits for continuing operations is as follows (amounts in millions):

 

       January 31,
2010
     February 1,
2009
 

Unrecognized tax benefits balance at beginning of fiscal year

     $ 695       $ 608   

Additions based on tax positions related to the current year

       55         67   

Additions for tax positions of prior years

       33         231   

Reductions for tax positions of prior years

       (28      (142

Reductions due to settlements

       (94      (65

Reductions due to lapse of statute of limitations

       (2      (4
                   

Unrecognized tax benefits balance at end of fiscal year

     $  659       $ 695   
                   

The gross amount of unrecognized tax benefits as of January 31, 2010 includes $386 million of net unrecognized tax benefits that, if recognized, would affect the annual effective income tax rate.

The accrual for interest and penalties associated with uncertain tax positions increased by approximately $41 million in fiscal 2009, decreased by $19 million in fiscal 2008 and increased by $32 million in fiscal 2007. Total accrued interest and penalties as of January 31, 2010 and February 1, 2009 are $138 million and $109 million, respectively. Interest and penalties are included in net interest expense and operating expenses, respectively.

The Company’s income tax returns are routinely examined by domestic and foreign tax authorities. The Company’s U.S. federal income tax returns for fiscal years 2005, 2006 and 2007 are currently under audit by the IRS. Fiscal year 2006 is currently under audit by the Canadian tax authorities. There are also ongoing U.S.

 

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state and local and other foreign audits covering tax years 2002 to 2008. At this time, the Company does not expect the results from any income tax audit to have a material impact on the Company’s financial statements.

The Company believes that certain adjustments under examination in certain states will be agreed upon within the next twelve months. The Company has classified approximately $23 million of the reserve for unrecognized tax benefits as a short-term liability in the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheets. Final settlement of these audit issues may result in payments that are more or less than these amounts, but the Company does not anticipate the resolution of these matters will result in a material change to its consolidated financial position or results of operations.

 

7. EMPLOYEE STOCK PLANS

The Home Depot, Inc. 2005 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan (“2005 Plan”) and The Home Depot, Inc. 1997 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan (“1997 Plan” and collectively with the 2005 Plan, the “Plans”) provide that incentive and non-qualified stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted shares, performance shares, performance units and deferred shares may be issued to selected associates, officers and directors of the Company. Under the 2005 Plan, the maximum number of shares of the Company’s common stock authorized for issuance is 255 million shares, with any award other than a stock option reducing the number of shares available for issuance by 2.11 shares. As of January 31, 2010, there were 188 million shares available for future grants under the 2005 Plan. No additional equity awards may be issued from the 1997 Plan after the adoption of the 2005 Plan on May 26, 2005.

Under the terms of the Plans, incentive stock options and non-qualified stock options must have an exercise price at or above the fair market value of the Company’s stock on the date of the grant. Typically, incentive stock options and non-qualified stock options vest at the rate of 25% per year commencing on the first or second anniversary date of the grant and expire on the tenth anniversary date of the grant. Certain of the non-qualified stock options also include performance options which vest on the later of the first anniversary date of the grant and the date the closing price of the Company’s common stock has been 25% greater than the exercise price of the options for 30 consecutive trading days. Additionally, certain stock options may become non-forfeitable upon age 60, provided the associate has had five years of continuous service. The Company recognized $19 million, $47 million and $61 million of stock-based compensation expense in fiscal 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively, related to stock options.

Restrictions on the restricted stock issued under the Plans generally lapse according to one of the following schedules: (1) the restrictions on the restricted stock lapse over various periods up to five years, (2) the restrictions on 25% of the restricted stock lapse upon the third and sixth anniversaries of the date of issuance with the remaining 50% of the restricted stock lapsing upon the associate’s attainment of age 62, or (3) the restrictions on 25% of the restricted stock lapse upon the third and sixth anniversaries of the date of issuance with the remaining 50% of the restricted stock lapsing upon the earlier of the associate’s attainment of age 60 or the tenth anniversary date. The Company has also granted performance shares under the Plans, the payout of which is dependent on either (1) the Company’s total shareholder return percentile ranking compared to the performance of individual companies included in the S&P 500 index at the end of the three-year performance cycle, or (2) the Company’s performance against target average return on invested capital and operating profit over a three-year performance cycle. Additionally, certain awards may become non-forfeitable upon the attainment of age 60, provided the associate has had five years of continuous service. The fair value of the restricted stock and performance shares is expensed over the period during which the restrictions lapse. The Company recorded stock-based compensation expense related to restricted stock and performance shares of $158 million, $109 million and $122 million in fiscal 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively.

In fiscal 2009, 2008 and 2007, there were an aggregate of 666 thousand, 641 thousand and 593 thousand deferred shares, respectively, granted under the Plans. For associates, each deferred share entitles the individual to one share of common stock to be received up to five years after the grant date of the deferred shares, subject to certain deferral rights of the associate. Additionally, certain awards may become non-forfeitable upon age 60, provided the associate has had five years of continuous service. The Company recorded stock-based

 

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compensation expense related to deferred shares of $14 million, $9 million and $10 million in fiscal 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively.

As of January 31, 2010, there were 2.5 million non-qualified stock options outstanding under non-qualified stock option plans that are not part of the Plans.

The Company maintains two Employee Stock Purchase Plans (“ESPPs”) (U.S. and non-U.S. plans). The plan for U.S. associates is a tax-qualified plan under Section 423 of the Internal Revenue Code. The non-U.S. plan is not a Section 423 plan. As of January 31, 2010, there were 13 million shares available under the plan for U.S associates and 20 million shares available under the non-U.S. plan. The purchase price of shares under the ESPPs is equal to 85% of the stock’s fair market value on the last day of the purchase period, which is a six-month period ending on December 31 and June 30 of each year. During fiscal 2009, there were 3 million shares purchased under the ESPPs at an average price of $22.34. Under the outstanding ESPPs as of January 31, 2010, employees have contributed $7 million to purchase shares at 85% of the stock’s fair market value on the last day (June 30, 2010) of the purchase period. The Company recognized $10 million, $11 million and $14 million of stock-based compensation expense in fiscal 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively, related to the ESPPs.

In total, the Company recorded stock-based compensation expense, including the expense of stock options, ESPPs, restricted stock, performance shares and deferred shares, of $201 million, $176 million and $207 million, in fiscal 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively.

The following table summarizes stock options outstanding at January 31, 2010, February 1, 2009 and February 3, 2008, and changes during the fiscal years ended on these dates (shares in thousands):

 

       Number of
Shares
     Weighted
Average Exercise
Price

Outstanding at January 28, 2007

     66,141       $ 38.20
               

Granted

     2,926         37.80

Exercised

     (6,859      28.50

Canceled

     (9,843      40.68
               

Outstanding at February 3, 2008

     52,365       $ 38.98
               

Granted

     5,226         26.09

Exercised

     (777      22.55

Canceled

     (4,800      39.14
               

Outstanding at February 1, 2009

     52,014       $ 37.91
               

Granted

     4,174         23.29

Exercised

     (374      24.50

Canceled

     (6,505      37.65
               

Outstanding at January 31, 2010

     49,309       $ 36.81
               

The total intrinsic value of stock options exercised was $1 million, $4 million and $63 million in fiscal 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively. As of January 31, 2010, there were approximately 49 million stock options outstanding with a weighted average remaining life of four years and an intrinsic value of $39 million. As of January 31, 2010, there were approximately 39 million stock options exercisable with a weighted average exercise price of $39.37, a weighted average remaining life of three years, and an intrinsic value of $11 million. As of January 31, 2010, there were approximately 47 million stock options vested or expected to ultimately vest. As of January 31, 2010, there was $42 million of unamortized stock-based compensation expense related to stock options which is expected to be recognized over a weighted average period of two years.

 

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The following table summarizes restricted stock and performance shares outstanding at January 31, 2010 (shares in thousands):

 

       Number of
Shares
     Weighted
Average Grant
Date Fair Value

Outstanding at January 28, 2007

     10,130       $ 39.20
               

Granted

     7,091         39.10

Restrictions lapsed

     (2,662      39.01

Canceled

     (2,844      39.37
               

Outstanding at February 3, 2008

     11,715       $ 39.14
               

Granted

     7,938         27.14

Restrictions lapsed

     (1,251      34.37

Canceled

     (2,115      34.86
               

Outstanding at February 1, 2009

     16,287       $ 34.22
               

Granted

     8,257         23.41

Restrictions lapsed

     (1,686      34.65

Canceled

     (2,195      31.84
               

Outstanding at January 31, 2010

     20,663       $ 30.11
               

As of January 31, 2010, there was $332 million of unamortized stock-based compensation expense related to restricted stock and performance shares which is expected to be recognized over a weighted average period of three years. The total fair value of restricted stock and performance shares vesting during fiscal 2009, 2008 and 2007 was $41 million, $33 million and $103 million, respectively.

 

8. LEASES

The Company leases certain retail locations, office space, warehouse and distribution space, equipment and vehicles. While most of the leases are operating leases, certain locations and equipment are leased under capital leases. As leases expire, it can be expected that, in the normal course of business, certain leases will be renewed or replaced.

Certain lease agreements include escalating rents over the lease terms. The Company expenses rent on a straight-line basis over the lease term which commences on the date the Company has the right to control the property. The cumulative expense recognized on a straight-line basis in excess of the cumulative payments is included in Other Accrued Expenses and Other Long-Term Liabilities in the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheets.

Total rent expense, net of minor sublease income for fiscal 2009, 2008 and 2007 was $823 million, $846 million and $824 million, respectively. Certain store leases also provide for contingent rent payments based on percentages of sales in excess of specified minimums. Contingent rent expense for fiscal 2009, 2008 and 2007 was approximately $4 million, $5 million and $6 million, respectively. Real estate taxes, insurance, maintenance and operating expenses applicable to the leased property are obligations of the Company under the lease agreements.

 

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The approximate future minimum lease payments under capital and all other leases at January 31, 2010 were as follows (in millions):

 

Fiscal Year

   Capital
Leases
   Operating
Leases

2010

   $ 90    $ 802

2011

     90      717

2012

     90      640

2013

     89      584

2014

     88      535

Thereafter through 2097

     795      5,258
             
     1,242    $ 8,536
         

Less imputed interest

     834   
         

Net present value of capital lease obligations

     408   

Less current installments

     19   
         

Long-term capital lease obligations, excluding current installments

   $ 389   
         

Short-term and long-term obligations for capital leases are included in the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheets in Current Installments of Long-Term Debt and Long-Term Debt, respectively. The assets under capital leases recorded in Property and Equipment, net of amortization, totaled $299 million and $309 million at January 31, 2010 and February 1, 2009, respectively.

 

9. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLANS

The Company maintains active defined contribution retirement plans for its employees (the “Benefit Plans”). All associates satisfying certain service requirements are eligible to participate in the Benefit Plans. The Company makes cash contributions each payroll period up to specified percentages of associates’ contributions as approved by the Board of Directors.

The Company also maintains a restoration plan to provide certain associates deferred compensation that they would have received under the Benefit Plans as a matching contribution if not for the maximum compensation limits under the Internal Revenue Code. The Company funds the restoration plan through contributions made to a grantor trust, which are then used to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock in the open market.

The Company’s contributions to the Benefit Plans and the restoration plan were $161 million, $158 million and $152 million for fiscal 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively. At January 31, 2010, the Benefit Plans and the restoration plan held a total of 18 million shares of the Company’s common stock in trust for plan participants.

 

10. BASIC AND DILUTED WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES

The reconciliation of basic to diluted weighted average common shares for fiscal 2009, 2008 and 2007 is as follows (amounts in millions):

 

       Fiscal Year Ended
       January 31,
2010
     February 1,
2009
     February 3,
2008

Weighted average common shares

     1,683      1,682      1,849

Effect of potentially dilutive securities:

              

Stock Plans

     9      4      7
                    

Diluted weighted average common shares

     1,692      1,686      1,856
                    

 

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Stock plans include shares granted under the Company’s employee stock plans as described in Note 7 to the Consolidated Financial Statements. Options to purchase 48 million, 52 million and 43 million shares of common stock at January 31, 2010, February 1, 2009 and February 3, 2008, respectively, were excluded from the computation of Diluted Earnings per Share because their effect would have been anti-dilutive.

 

11. FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS

The fair value of an asset is considered to be the price at which the asset could be sold in an orderly transaction between unrelated knowledgeable and willing parties. A liability’s fair value is defined as the amount that would be paid to transfer the liability to a new obligor, not the amount that would be paid to settle the liability with the creditor. Assets and liabilities recorded at fair value are measured using a three-tier fair value hierarchy, which prioritizes the inputs used in measuring fair value. These tiers include:

 

•     Level 1

    Observable inputs that reflect quoted prices in active markets

•     Level 2

    Inputs other than quoted prices in active markets that are either directly or indirectly observable

•     Level 3

    Unobservable inputs in which little or no market data exists, therefore requiring the Company to develop its own assumptions

Assets and Liabilities Measured at Fair Value on a Recurring Basis

The assets and liabilities that are measured at fair value on a recurring basis as of January 31, 2010 are as follows (in millions):

 

       Fair Value at Reporting Date Using
           Level 1              Level 2              Level 3    

Available-for-sale securities

     $ 6      $       $

Derivative agreements - assets

              15        

Derivative agreements - liabilities

              (4     
                          

Total

     $ 6      $ 11       $
                          

The Company’s available-for-sale securities are discussed further under the caption “Short-Term Investments” in Note 1. The Company’s derivative agreements are discussed further in Note 5.

Assets and Liabilities Measured at Fair Value on a Nonrecurring Basis

The assets and liabilities that are measured at fair value on a nonrecurring basis as of January 31, 2010 are as follows (in millions):

 

       Fair Value
Level 3
     Fiscal 2009
Gains (Losses)
 

HD Supply investment

     $       $ (163

Store Rationalization - lease obligation costs, net

       (191      (84
                   

Total

     $ (191    $ (247
                   

During fiscal 2009, the Company impaired the remaining value of its investment in HD Supply using fair value measurements with unobservable inputs (level 3), as further discussed in Note 4. Additionally, lease obligation costs included in the Company’s Rationalization Charges were measured on a nonrecurring basis using fair value measurements with unobservable inputs (level 3), as further discussed in Note 2.

Long-lived assets and goodwill and other intangible assets were also analyzed for impairment on a nonrecurring basis using fair value measurements with unobservable inputs (level 3). The Company did not record any impairment charges related to goodwill and other intangible assets in fiscal 2009 as further discussed in Note 1

 

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under the caption “Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets.” Impairment charges related to long-lived assets in fiscal 2009 were not material, as further discussed in Note 1 under the caption “Impairment of Long-Lived Assets.”

The aggregate fair value of the Company’s Senior Notes, based on quoted market prices (level 1), was $9.5 billion at January 31, 2010 compared to a carrying value of $9.3 billion.

 

12. COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

At January 31, 2010, the Company was contingently liable for approximately $434 million under outstanding letters of credit and open accounts issued for certain business transactions, including insurance programs, trade contracts and construction contracts. The Company’s letters of credit are primarily performance-based and are not based on changes in variable components, a liability or an equity security of the other party.

On January 27, 2010, the Superior Court of the County of Los Angeles in California approved the Company’s settlement with the plaintiffs in five lawsuits containing multiple class-action allegations that the Company failed to provide meal breaks. The complaints were filed by current and former hourly associates from the first quarter of 2004 through the fourth quarter of 2008. The disposition of this matter is now complete. As previously disclosed, the Company established a reserve for this settlement in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008. The settlement did not have a material effect on the Company’s consolidated financial condition or results of operations.

 

13. QUARTERLY FINANCIAL DATA (UNAUDITED)

The following is a summary of the quarterly consolidated results of operations from continuing operations for the fiscal years ended January 31, 2010 and February 1, 2009 (dollars in millions, except per share data):

 

     Net Sales    Gross
Profit
   Earnings (Loss)
from
Continuing
Operations
    Basic
Earnings per
Share from
Continuing
Operations
   Diluted
Earnings per
Share from
Continuing
Operations

Fiscal Year Ended January 31, 2010:

             

First Quarter

   $ 16,175    $ 5,450    $ 514      $ 0.31    $ 0.30

Second Quarter

     19,071      6,388      1,116        0.66      0.66

Third Quarter

     16,361      5,561      689        0.41      0.41

Fourth Quarter

     14,569      5,013      301        0.18      0.18
                                   

Fiscal Year

   $ 66,176    $ 22,412    $ 2,620      $ 1.56    $ 1.55
                                   

Fiscal Year Ended February 1, 2009:

             

First Quarter

   $ 17,907    $ 6,072    $ 356      $ 0.21    $ 0.21

Second Quarter

     20,990      6,964      1,202        0.72      0.71

Third Quarter

     17,784      5,994      756        0.45      0.45

Fourth Quarter

     14,607      4,960      (2     0.00      0.00
                                   

Fiscal Year

   $ 71,288    $ 23,990    $ 2,312      $ 1.37    $ 1.37
                                   

 

Note: The quarterly data may not sum to fiscal year totals.

 

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

Not applicable.

 

Item 9A. Controls and Procedures.

Disclosure Controls and Procedures

The Company maintains disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) under the Exchange Act) that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in the Company’s Exchange Act reports 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 the Company’s management, including its Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

The Company’s management, with the participation of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, has evaluated the effectiveness of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures as of the end of the period covered by this report. Based on that evaluation, the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer have concluded that, as of the end of the period covered by this report, the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures were effective.

Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

A report of the Company’s management on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting (as such term is defined in Rule 13a-15(f) under the Exchange Act) and a report of KPMG LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting are incorporated by reference to Item 8, “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” of this report.

There have not been any changes in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting during the fiscal quarter ended January 31, 2010 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

Item 9B. Other Information.

Not applicable.

 

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PART III

 

Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance.

Information required by this item, other than the information regarding the executive officers of the Company set forth below, is incorporated by reference to the sections entitled “Election of Directors and Director Biographies,” “Board of Directors Information,” “General” and “Audit Committee Report” in the Company’s Proxy Statement for the 2010 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the “Proxy Statement”).

Executive officers of the Company are appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the Board of Directors. The current executive officers of the Company are as follows:

FRANCIS S. BLAKE, age 60, has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since January 2007. From March 2002 through January 2007, he served as the Company’s Executive Vice President – Business Development and Corporate Operations.

TIMOTHY M. CROW, age 54, has been Executive Vice President – Human Resources since February 2007. From March 2005 through February 2007, he served as Senior Vice President – Human Resources, Organization, Talent and Performance Systems and he served as Vice President – Human Resources, Performance Systems from May 2002 through March 2005. Mr. Crow previously served as Senior Vice President – Human Resources of K-Mart Corporation, a mass merchandising company, from May 1999 through May 2002.

MARVIN R. ELLISON, age 45, has been Executive Vice President – U.S. Stores since August 2008. From January 2006 through August 2008, he served as President – Northern Division. From August 2005 through January 2006, he served as Senior Vice President – Logistics and from October 2004 through August 2005 he served as Vice President – Logistics. From June 2002 through October 2004, he served as Vice President – Loss Prevention. From 1987 until June 2002, Mr. Ellison held various management and executive level positions with Target Corporation, a general merchandise retailer. His final position with Target was Director, Assets Protection.

CRAIG A. MENEAR, age 52, has been Executive Vice President – Merchandising since April 2007. From August 2003 through April 2007, he served as Senior Vice President – Merchandising. From 1997 through August 2003, Mr. Menear served in various management and vice president level positions in the Company’s Merchandising department, including Merchandising Vice President of Hardware, Merchandising Vice President of the Southwest Division, and Divisional Merchandise Manager of the Southwest Division.

RICARDO E. SALDÍVAR, age 57, has been President – The Home Depot Mexico since March 2006. From August 2001 through March 2006, he served as Region President – Mexico. From 1985 to August 2001, Mr. Saldivar held various management and executive level positions with Grupo Alfa, a Mexican conglomerate. His final position with Grupo Alfa was President and Chief Executive Officer of Total Home.

CAROL B. TOMÉ, age 53, has been Chief Financial Officer since May 2001 and Executive Vice President –Corporate Services since January 2007. Prior thereto, Ms. Tomé served as Senior Vice President – Finance and Accounting/Treasurer from February 2000 through May 2001 and as Vice President and Treasurer from 1995 through February 2000. From 1992 until 1995, when she joined the Company, Ms. Tomé was Vice President and Treasurer of Riverwood International Corporation, a provider of paperboard packaging. Ms. Tomé serves as a director of United Parcel Service, Inc. and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

JACK A. VANWOERKOM, age 56, has been Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary since June 2007. Prior thereto, Mr. VanWoerkom served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Staples, Inc., an office products company, from March 2003 through May 2007 and as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Staples, Inc. from March 1999 until March 2003. Mr. VanWoerkom serves as a director of Wright Express Corporation.

 

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ANNETTE M. VERSCHUREN, age 53, has been President, The Home Depot Canada since March 1996. She also served as President, The Home Depot Asia from September 2006 to January 2010 and as President, EXPO Design Center from April 2003 through October 2005. Ms. Verschuren serves as a director of Liberty Mutual Holding Company Inc.

 

Item 11. Executive Compensation.

The information required by this item is incorporated by reference to the sections entitled “Executive Compensation,” “Compensation Discussion & Analysis,” “Compensation Committee Report” and “Director Compensation” in the Company’s Proxy Statement.

 

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

The information required by this item is incorporated by reference to the sections entitled “Beneficial Ownership of Common Stock” and “Executive Compensation” in the Company’s Proxy Statement.

 

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

The information required by this item is incorporated by reference to the sections entitled “Board of Directors Information” and “General” in the Company’s Proxy Statement.

 

Item 14. Principal Accounting Fees and Services.

The information required by this item is incorporated by reference to the section entitled “Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm’s Fees” in the Company’s Proxy Statement.

 

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PART IV

 

Item 15. Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules.

(a)(1) Financial Statements

The following financial statements are set forth in Item 8 hereof:

 

  Management’s Responsibility for Financial Statements and Management’s Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting; and

 

  Reports of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm.

 

  Consolidated Statements of Earnings for the fiscal years ended January 31, 2010, February 1, 2009 and February 3, 2008;

 

  Consolidated Balance Sheets as of January 31, 2010 and February 1, 2009;

 

  Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity and Comprehensive Income for the fiscal years ended January 31, 2010, February 1, 2009 and February 3, 2008;

 

  Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the fiscal years ended January 31, 2010, February 1, 2009 and February 3, 2008;

 

  Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements;

 

  (2) Financial Statement Schedules

All schedules are omitted as the required information is inapplicable or the information is presented in the consolidated financial statements or related notes.

 

  (b) Exhibits

Exhibits marked with an asterisk (*) are incorporated by reference to exhibits or appendices previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as indicated by the references in brackets. All other exhibits are filed or furnished herewith, except as otherwise noted. Our Current, Quarterly and Annual Reports are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission under File No. 1-8207. Our Registration Statements have the file numbers noted wherever such statements are identified in the following list of exhibits.

 

*2.1    Purchase and Sale Agreement, dated as of June 19, 2007, by and between The Home Depot, Inc., THD Holdings, LLC, Home Depot International, Inc., Homer TLC, Inc. and Pro Acquisition Corporation. [Form 8-K filed on June 20, 2007, Exhibit 2.1]
*2.2    Letter agreement, dated August 14, 2007, by and between The Home Depot, Inc., THD Holdings, LLC, Home Depot International, Inc., Homer TLC, Inc. and Pro Acquisition Corporation. [Form 8-K filed on August 15, 2007, Exhibit 2.1]
*2.3    Amendment, dated August 27, 2007, by and between The Home Depot, Inc., THD Holdings, LLC, Home Depot International, Inc., Homer TLC, Inc. and Pro Acquisition Corporation. [Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended July 29, 2007, Exhibit 2.3]
*3.1    Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of The Home Depot, Inc. [Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended August 4, 2002, Exhibit 3.1]
*3.2    Certificate of Amendment to Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of The Home Depot, Inc. [Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended May 3, 2009, Exhibit 3.2]
*3.3    By-Laws of The Home Depot, Inc. (Amended and Restated Effective August 20, 2009) [Form 8-K filed on August 26, 2009, Exhibit 3.1]
*4.1    Indenture, dated as of September 16, 2004, between The Home Depot, Inc. and The Bank of New York. [Form 8-K filed September 17, 2004, Exhibit 4.1]

 

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*4.2    Indenture, dated as of May 4, 2005, between The Home Depot, Inc. and The Bank of New York Trust Company, N.A., as Trustee. [Form S-3 (File No. 333-124699) filed May 6, 2005, Exhibit 4.1]
*4.3    Form of 3.75% Senior Note due September 15, 2009. [Form 8-K filed on September 17, 2004, Exhibit 4.2]
*4.4    Form of 4.625% Senior Note due August 15, 2010. [Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2006, Exhibit 4.6]
*4.5    Form of 5.20% Senior Note due March 1, 2011. [Form 8-K filed March 23, 2006, Exhibit 4.1]
*4.6    Form of 5.40% Senior Note due March 1, 2016. [Form 8-K filed March 23, 2006, Exhibit 4.2]
*4.7    Form of Floating Rate Senior Note due December 16, 2009. [Form 8-K filed December 19, 2006, Exhibit 4.1]
*4.8    Form of 5.250% Senior Note due December 16, 2013. [Form 8-K filed December 19, 2006, Exhibit 4.2]
*4.9    Form of 5.875% Senior Note due December 16, 2036. [Form 8-K filed December 19, 2006, Exhibit 4.3]
*10.1†    The Home Depot, Inc. 1997 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan. [Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended August 4, 2002, Exhibit 10.1]
*10.2†    The Home Depot Executive Life Insurance, Death Benefit Only Plan. [Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 2, 2003, Exhibit 10.39]
*10.3†    The Home Depot Deferred Compensation Plan for Officers (As Amended and Restated Effective January 1, 2008). [Form 8-K filed on August 20, 2007, Exhibit 10.1]
10.4†    Amendment No. 1 to The Home Depot Deferred Compensation Plan for Officers (As Amended and Restated Effective January 1, 2008).
*10.5†    The Home Depot, Inc. 2005 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan. [Form 8-K filed on May 27, 2005, Exhibit 10.8]
10.6†    Amendment No. 1 to The Home Depot, Inc. 2005 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan and The Home Depot, Inc. 1997 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan.
*10.7†    The Home Depot FutureBuilder Restoration Plan. [Form 8-K filed on August 20, 2007, Exhibit 10.10]
*10.8†    The Home Depot, Inc. Non-Employee Directors’ Deferred Stock Compensation Plan. [Form 8-K filed on August 20, 2007, Exhibit 10.3]
*10.9†    The Home Depot, Inc. Management Incentive Plan (Effective February 2, 2008). [Form 8-K filed on May 28, 2008, Exhibit 10.1]
*10.10†    The Home Depot, Inc. Amended and Restated Employee Stock Purchase Plan, as amended and restated effective July 1, 2008. [Form S-8 (File No. 333-151849) filed June 23, 2008, Exhibit 10.1]
*10.11†    Form of Executive Officer Restricted Stock Award Pursuant to The Home Depot, Inc. 1997 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan. [Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended October 31, 2004, Exhibit 10.1]

 

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*10.12†    Form of Restricted Stock Award Pursuant to The Home Depot, Inc. 2005 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan. [Form 8-K filed on March 3, 2008, Exhibit 10.2]
*10.13†    Form of U.S. Restricted Stock Award Pursuant to The Home Depot, Inc. 2005 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan. [Form 8-K filed on March 13, 2009, Exhibit 10.1]
*10.14†    Form of Executive Officer Nonqualified Stock Option Award Pursuant to The Home Depot, Inc. 1997 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan. [Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended October 31, 2004, Exhibit 10.2]
*10.15†    Form of Nonqualified Stock Option Pursuant to The Home Depot, Inc. 2005 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan. [Form 8-K filed on March 27, 2007, Exhibit 10.6]
*10.16†    Form of Executive Officer Nonqualified Stock Option Award Pursuant to The Home Depot, Inc. 2005 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan. [Form 8-K filed on March 13, 2009, Exhibit 10.4]
*10.17†    Form of Outside Director Nonqualified Stock Option Award Pursuant to The Home Depot, Inc. 1997 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan. [Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended October 31, 2004, Exhibit 10.3]
*10.18†    Form of Nonqualified Stock Option (Non-Employee Directors) Pursuant to The Home Depot, Inc. 2005 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan. [Form 8-K filed on March 27, 2007, Exhibit 10.5]
*10.19†    Form of Non-Employee Director Nonqualified Stock Option Award Pursuant to The Home Depot, Inc. 2005 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan. [Form 8-K filed on March 13, 2009, Exhibit 10.5]
*10.20†    Form of Deferred Share Award (Non-Employee Director) Pursuant to The Home Depot, Inc. 2005 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan. [Form 8-K filed on March 27, 2007, Exhibit 10.2]
*10.21†    Form of Canada Deferred Share Award Pursuant to The Home Depot, Inc. 2005 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan. [Form 8-K filed on March 13, 2009, Exhibit 10.2]
*10.22†    Form of Mexico Deferred Share Award Pursuant to The Home Depot, Inc. 2005 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan. [Form 8-K filed on March 13, 2009, Exhibit 10.3]
*10.23†    Form of Performance Vested Option Award Pursuant to The Home Depot, Inc. 2005 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan. [Form 8-K filed on March 27, 2007, Exhibit 10.9]
*10.24†    Non-Qualified Stock Option and Deferred Stock Unit Plan and Agreement dated as of December 4, 2000. [Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 28, 2001, Exhibit 10.20]
*10.25†    Form of Performance Share Award Pursuant to The Home Depot, Inc. 2005 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan. [Form 8-K filed on March 27, 2007, Exhibit 10.7]
*10.26†    Form of Performance Share Award (Mexico) Pursuant to The Home Depot, Inc. 2005 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan. [Form 8-K filed on March 27, 2007, Exhibit 10.8]
*10.27†    Form of LTIP Performance Unit Award Pursuant to The Home Depot, Inc. 2005 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan. [Form 8-K filed on March 27, 2007, Exhibit 10.10]
*10.28†    Form of Performance Share Award Pursuant to The Home Depot, Inc. 2005 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan. [Form 8-K filed on March 13, 2009, Exhibit 10.6]
*10.29†    Separation Agreement Between the Company and Robert Nardelli effective as of January 2, 2007. [Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 28, 2007, Exhibit 10.37]
*10.30†    Deferred Payment Trust dated as of January 12, 2007. [Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 28, 2007, Exhibit 10.38]

 

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*10.31†    Employment Arrangement between Frank Blake and The Home Depot, Inc., dated January 23, 2007. [Form 8-K/A filed on January 24, 2007, Exhibit 10.1]
*10.32†    Employment Arrangement between Carol B. Tomé and The Home Depot, Inc., dated January 22, 2007. [Form 8- K/A filed on January 24, 2007, Exhibit 10.2]
*10.33†    Employment Arrangement between Craig A. Menear and The Home Depot, Inc., dated April 25, 2007. [Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 3, 2008, Exhibit 10.47]
*10.34†    Non-Competition Agreement between Annette M. Verschuren and The Home Depot, Inc., dated May 10, 2006. [Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 3, 2008, Exhibit 10.49]
10.35†    Employment Arrangement between Marvin R. Ellison and The Home Depot, Inc., dated August 27, 2008.
*10.36†    Participation Agreement dated as of October 22, 1998 among The Home Depot, Inc. as Guarantor; Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. as Lessee; HD Real Estate Funding Corp. II as Facility Lender; Credit Suisse Leasing 92A L.P. as Lessor; The Bank of New York as Indenture Trustee; and Credit Suisse First Boston Corporation and Invemed Associates, Inc. as Initial Purchasers. [Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 1999, Exhibit 10.10]
*10.37†    Master Modification Agreement dated as of April 20, 1998 among The Home Depot, Inc. as Guarantor; Home Depot U.S.A., Inc., as Lessee and Construction Agent; HD Real Estate Funding Corp., as Facility Lender; Credit Suisse Leasing 92A L.P. as Lessor; the lenders named on the Schedule thereto as Lenders; and Credit Suisse First Boston Corporation as Agent Bank. [Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 1999, Exhibit 10.13]
12    Statement of Computation of Ratio of Earnings to Fixed Charges.
*18    Preferability Letter of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm. [Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended November 2, 2008, Exhibit 18.1]
21    List of Subsidiaries of the Company.
23    Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm.
31.1    Certification of Chief Executive Officer, pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
31.2    Certification of Chief Financial Officer, pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
32.1    Certification of Chief Executive Officer, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
32.2    Certification of Chief Financial Officer, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
101    The following financial information from the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2010, formatted in XBRL (Extensible Business Reporting Language) and furnished electronically herewith: (i) the Consolidated Statements of Earnings; (ii) the Consolidated Balance Sheets; (iii) the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows; (iv) the Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income; and (v) the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements, tagged as blocks of text.

 

Management contract or compensatory plan or arrangement required to be filed as an exhibit to this form pursuant to Item 15(a) of 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.

 

THE HOME DEPOT, INC.

          (Registrant)

By:  

/s/  FRANCIS S. BLAKE        

  (Francis S. Blake, Chairman & CEO)
Date: March 22, 2010

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

 

Signature

  

Title

 

Date

/s/  FRANCIS S. BLAKE

(Francis S. Blake)

  

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

(Principal Executive Officer)

  March 22, 2010

/s/  CAROL B. TOMÉ

(Carol B. Tomé)

   Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice
President – Corporate Services (Principal Financial
Officer and Principal Accounting Officer)
  March 22, 2010

/s/  F. DUANE ACKERMAN

(F. Duane Ackerman)

   Director   March 17, 2010

/s/  DAVID H. BATCHELDER

(David H. Batchelder)

   Director   March 22, 2010

/s/  ARI BOUSBIB

(Ari Bousbib)

   Director   March 24, 2010

/s/  GREGORY D. BRENNEMAN

(Gregory D. Brenneman)

   Director   March 24, 2010

/s/  ALBERT P. CAREY

(Albert P. Carey)

   Director   March 24, 2010

/s/  ARMANDO CODINA

(Armando Codina)

   Director   March 19, 2010

/s/  BONNIE G. HILL

(Bonnie G. Hill)

   Director   March 19, 2010

/s/  KAREN L. KATEN

(Karen L. Katen)

   Director   March 24, 2010

 

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INDEX OF ATTACHED EXHIBITS

 

10.4    Amendment No. 1 to The Home Depot Deferred Compensation Plan for Officers (As Amended and Restated Effective January 1, 2008).
10.6    Amendment No. 1 to The Home Depot, Inc. 2005 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan and The Home Depot, Inc. 1997 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan.
10.35    Employment Arrangement between Marvin R. Ellison and The Home Depot, Inc., dated August 27, 2008.
12    Statement of Computation of Ratio of Earnings to Fixed Charges.
21    List of Subsidiaries of the Company.
23    Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm.
31.1    Certification of Chief Executive Officer, pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
31.2    Certification of Chief Financial Officer, pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
32.1    Certification of Chief Executive Officer, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
32.2    Certification of Chief Financial Officer, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
101    The following financial information from the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2010, formatted in XBRL (Extensible Business Reporting Language) and furnished electronically herewith: (i) the Consolidated Statements of Earnings; (ii) the Consolidated Balance Sheets; (iii) the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows; (iv) the Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income; and (v) the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements, tagged as blocks of text.


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10-Year Summary of Financial and Operating Results

The Home Depot, Inc. and Subsidiaries

 

amounts in millions, except where noted    10-Year
Compound Annual
Growth Rate
    2009      2008      2007(1)  

STATEMENT OF EARNINGS DATA(2)

          

Net sales

   5.6   $ 66,176       $ 71,288       $ 77,349   

Net sales increase (decrease) (%)

          (7.2      (7.8      (2.1

Earnings before provision for income taxes

   0.5        3,982         3,590         6,620   

Net earnings

   1.2        2,620         2,312         4,210   

Net earnings increase (decrease) (%)

          13.3         (45.1      (20.1

Diluted earnings per share ($)

   4.5        1.55         1.37         2.27   

Diluted earnings per share increase (decrease) (%)

          13.1         (39.6      (11.0

Diluted weighted average number of common shares

   (3.2     1,692         1,686         1,856   

Gross margin – % of sales

          33.9         33.7         33.6   

Total operating expenses – % of sales

          26.6         27.5         24.3   

Interest and other, net – % of sales

          1.2         1.1         0.8   

Earnings before provision for income taxes – % of sales

          6.0         5.0         8.6   

Net earnings – % of sales

          4.0         3.2         5.4   
   

BALANCE SHEET DATA AND FINANCIAL RATIOS(3)

          

Total assets

   9.1   $ 40,877       $ 41,164       $ 44,324   

Working capital

   2.6        3,537         2,209         1,968   

Merchandise inventories

   6.4        10,188         10,673         11,731   

Net property and equipment

   9.6        25,550         26,234         27,476   

Long-term debt

   27.7        8,662         9,667         11,383   

Stockholders’ equity

   4.6        19,393         17,777         17,714   

Book value per share ($)

   7.9        11.42         10.48         10.48   

Long-term debt-to-equity (%)

          44.7         54.4         64.3   

Total debt-to-equity (%)

          49.9         64.3         75.8   

Current ratio

          1.34:1         1.20:1         1.15:1   

Inventory turnover(2)

          4.1x         4.0x         4.2x   

Return on invested capital (%)(2)

          10.7         9.5         13.9   
   

STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS DATA

          

Depreciation and amortization

   14.6   $ 1,806       $ 1,902       $ 1,906   

Capital expenditures

   (9.5     966         1,847         3,558   

Payments for businesses acquired, net

   (100.0                     13   

Cash dividends per share ($)

   23.3        0.900         0.900         0.900   
   

STORE DATA

          

Number of stores

   9.2     2,244         2,274         2,234   

Square footage at fiscal year-end

   8.9        235         238         235   

(Decrease) increase in square footage (%)

          (1.3      1.3         4.9   

Average square footage per store (in thousands)

   (0.3     105         105         105   
   

STORE SALES AND OTHER DATA

          

Comparable store sales increase (decrease) (%)(4)(5)

          (6.6      (8.7      (6.7

Weighted average weekly sales per operating store (in thousands)

   (4.3 )%    $ 563       $ 601       $ 658   

Weighted average sales per square foot ($)

   (4.1     279         298         332   

Number of customer transactions

   4.8        1,274         1,272         1,336   

Average ticket ($)

   0.8        51.76         55.61         57.48   

Number of associates at fiscal year-end(3)

   4.6        317,000         322,000         331,000   
   

 

(1) Fiscal years 2007 and 2001 include 53 weeks; all other fiscal years reported include 52 weeks.

 

(2) Fiscal years 2003 through 2009 include Continuing Operations only. The discontinued operations in fiscal years prior to 2003 were not material. See Note 4 to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in Item 8, “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.”

 

(3) Amounts for fiscal years 2009, 2008 and 2007 include Continuing Operations only. All amounts in other fiscal years reported include discontinued operations. See Note 4 to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in Item 8, “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.”

 

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amounts in millions, except where noted   

 

 

2006

    2005    2004    2003    2002     2001(1)    2000

STATEMENT OF EARNINGS DATA(2)

                  

Net sales

   $   79,022      $ 77,019    $ 71,100    $ 63,660    $ 58,247      $ 53,553    $ 45,738

Net sales increase (decrease) (%)

     2.6        8.3      11.7      9.3      8.8        17.1      19.0

Earnings before provision for income taxes

     8,502        8,967      7,790      6,762      5,872        4,957      4,217

Net earnings

     5,266        5,641      4,922      4,253      3,664        3,044      2,581

Net earnings increase (decrease) (%)

     (6.6     14.6      15.7      16.1      20.4        17.9      11.3

Diluted earnings per share ($)

     2.55        2.63      2.22      1.86      1.56        1.29      1.10

Diluted earnings per share increase (decrease) (%)

     (3.0