10-Q 1 form10q.htm FORM 10-Q Document
UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
FORM 10-Q
(Mark One)
ý
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
For the quarterly period ended October 28, 2016
or 
o
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from ______ to  ______
Commission File Number 1-7898
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LOWE’S COMPANIES, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
North Carolina
 
56-0578072
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
 
 
 
1000 Lowe’s Blvd., Mooresville, NC
 
28117
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
 
 
 
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code
 
(704) 758-1000
 
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. ý Yes  o 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 (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). ý Yes  o No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company.  See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filer ý
 
Accelerated filer o
Non-accelerated filer o
 
Smaller reporting company o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). o Yes  ý No

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date.
CLASS
 
OUTSTANDING AT 11/25/2016
Common Stock, $0.50 par value
 
869,847,152



LOWE’S COMPANIES, INC.
- TABLE OF CONTENTS -
PART I - Financial Information
Page No.
 
 
 
 
 
Item 1.
Financial Statements
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 2.
 
 
 
 
Item 3.
 
 
 
 
 
Item 4.
 
 
 
 
PART II - Other Information
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 1.
 
 
 
 
 
Item 1A.
 
 
 
 
 
Item 2.
 
 
 
 
 
Item 6.
 
 
 
 
 



Part I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1. - Financial Statements
Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
In Millions, Except Par Value Data
 
 
 
(Unaudited)
 
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
 
 
October 28, 2016
 
October 30, 2015
 
January 29, 2016
Assets
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Current assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
 
 
$
960

 
$
1,227

 
$
405

Short-term investments
 
 
123

 
158

 
307

Merchandise inventory - net
 
 
10,990

 
10,434

 
9,458

Other current assets
 
 
655

 
321

 
391

Total current assets
 
 
12,728

 
12,140

 
10,561

Property, less accumulated depreciation
 
 
20,037

 
19,655

 
19,577

Long-term investments
 
 
436

 
382

 
222

Deferred income taxes - net
 
 
331

 
295

 
241

Goodwill
 
 
1,034

 
154

 
154

Other assets
 
 
804

 
1,018

 
511

Total assets
 
 
$
35,370

 
$
33,644

 
$
31,266

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Liabilities and equity
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Current liabilities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Short-term borrowings
 
 
$

 
$

 
$
43

Current maturities of long-term debt
 
 
800

 
1,058

 
1,061

Accounts payable
 
 
7,836

 
7,338

 
5,633

Accrued compensation and employee benefits
 
 
704

 
685

 
820

Deferred revenue
 
 
1,258

 
1,084

 
1,078

Other current liabilities
 
 
2,035

 
1,997

 
1,857

Total current liabilities
 
 
12,633

 
12,162

 
10,492

Long-term debt, excluding current maturities
 
 
14,395

 
11,530

 
11,545

Deferred revenue - extended protection plans
 
 
745

 
731

 
729

Other liabilities
 
 
889

 
843

 
846

Total liabilities
 
 
28,662

 
25,266

 
23,612

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Equity:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Preferred stock - $5 par value, none issued
 
 

 

 

Common stock - $0.50 par value;
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Shares issued and outstanding
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
October 28, 2016
873

 
 
 
 
 
 
October 30, 2015
917

 
 
 
 
 
 
January 29, 2016
910

 
437

 
459

 
455

Capital in excess of par value
 
 

 

 

Retained earnings
 
 
6,376

 
8,298

 
7,593

Accumulated other comprehensive loss
 
 
(214
)
 
(379
)
 
(394
)
Total Lowe’s Companies, Inc. shareholders’ equity
 
 
6,599

 
8,378

 
7,654

Noncontrolling interest
 
 
109

 

 

Total equity
 
 
6,708

 
8,378

 
7,654

Total liabilities and equity
 
 
$
35,370

 
$
33,644

 
$
31,266

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

See accompanying notes to the consolidated financial statements (unaudited).

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Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Current and Retained Earnings (Unaudited)
In Millions, Except Per Share and Percentage Data
 
Three Months Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
October 28, 2016
 
October 30, 2015
 
October 28, 2016
 
October 30, 2015
Current Earnings
Amount
 
% Sales
 
Amount
 
% Sales
 
Amount
 
% Sales
 
Amount
 
% Sales
Net sales
$
15,739

 
100.00
 
$
14,360

 
100.00
 
$
49,233

 
100.00
 
$
45,838

 
100.00
Cost of sales
10,332

 
65.65
 
9,370

 
65.25
 
32,201

 
65.41
 
29,856

 
65.13
Gross margin
5,407

 
34.35
 
4,990

 
34.75
 
17,032

 
34.59
 
15,982

 
34.87
Expenses:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
Selling, general and administrative
4,090

 
25.98
 
3,287

 
22.89
 
11,354

 
23.05
 
10,334

 
22.55
Depreciation
378

 
2.40
 
375

 
2.61
 
1,101

 
2.24
 
1,115

 
2.43
Interest - net
163

 
1.04
 
141

 
0.98
 
486

 
0.99
 
409

 
0.89
Total expenses
4,631

 
29.42
 
3,803

 
26.48
 
12,941

 
26.28
 
11,858

 
25.87
Pre-tax earnings
776

 
4.93
 
1,187

 
8.27
 
4,091

 
8.31
 
4,124

 
9.00
Income tax provision
397

 
2.52
 
451

 
3.14
 
1,661

 
3.37
 
1,589

 
3.47
Net earnings
$
379

 
2.41
 
$
736

 
5.13
 
$
2,430

 
4.94
 
$
2,535

 
5.53
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic
873

 
 
 
918

 
 
 
884

 
 
 
933

 
 
Basic earnings per common share
$
0.43

 
 
 
$
0.80

 
 
 
$
2.74

 
 
 
$
2.70

 
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted
874

 
 
 
921

 
 
 
886

 
 
 
935

 
 
Diluted earnings per common share
$
0.43

 
 
 
$
0.80

 
 
 
$
2.73

 
 
 
$
2.70

 
 
Cash dividends per share
$
0.35

 
 
 
$
0.28

 
 
 
$
0.98

 
 
 
$
0.79

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Retained Earnings
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Balance at beginning of period
$
6,839

 
 
 
$
8,533

 
 
 
$
7,593

 
 
 
$
9,591

 
 
Net earnings attributable to Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
378

 
 
 
736

 
 
 
2,428

 
 
 
2,535

 
 
Cash dividends
(306
)
 
 
 
(257
)
 
 
 
(865
)
 
 
 
(736
)
 
 
Share repurchases
(535
)
 
 
 
(714
)
 
 
 
(2,780
)
 
 
 
(3,092
)
 
 
Balance at end of period
$
6,376

 
 
 
$
8,298

 
 
 
$
6,376

 
 
 
$
8,298

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
See accompanying notes to the consolidated financial statements (unaudited).

Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Unaudited)
In Millions, Except Percentage Data
 
Three Months Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
October 28, 2016
 
October 30, 2015
 
October 28, 2016
 
October 30, 2015
 
Amount
 
% Sales
 
Amount
 
% Sales
 
Amount
 
% Sales
 
Amount
 
% Sales
Net earnings
$
379

 
2.41
 
$
736

 
5.13

 
$
2,430

 
4.94
 
$
2,535

 
5.53

Foreign currency translation adjustments - net of tax
152

 
0.97
 
(69
)
 
(0.48
)
 
179

 
0.36
 
(275
)
 
(0.60
)
Other comprehensive income/(loss)
152

 
0.97
 
(69
)
 
(0.48
)
 
179

 
0.36
 
(275
)
 
(0.60
)
Comprehensive income
$
531

 
3.38
 
$
667

 
4.65

 
$
2,609

 
5.30
 
$
2,260

 
4.93

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
See accompanying notes to the consolidated financial statements (unaudited).

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Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
In Millions
 
Nine Months Ended
 
October 28, 2016
 
October 30, 2015
Cash flows from operating activities:
 
 
 
Net earnings
$
2,430

 
$
2,535

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
1,190

 
1,192

Deferred income taxes
(72
)
 
(140
)
Loss on property and other assets - net
130

 
19

Loss on cost method and equity method investments
300

 
46

Share-based payment expense
71

 
84

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
 
 
 
Merchandise inventory - net
(718
)
 
(1,536
)
Other operating assets
32

 
38

Accounts payable
1,859

 
2,218

Other operating liabilities
47

 
90

Net cash provided by operating activities
5,269

 
4,546

 
 
 
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
 
 
 
Purchases of investments
(1,018
)
 
(650
)
Proceeds from sale/maturity of investments
987

 
588

Capital expenditures
(820
)
 
(844
)
Contributions to equity method investments - net

 
(106
)
Proceeds from sale of property and other long-term assets
28

 
51

Purchases of derivative instruments
(103
)
 

Proceeds from settlement of derivative instruments
179

 

Acquisition of business - net
(2,284
)
 

Other - net
(21
)
 
(25
)
Net cash used in investing activities
(3,052
)
 
(986
)
 
 
 
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
 
 
 
Net change in short-term borrowings
(44
)
 

Net proceeds from issuance of long-term debt
3,267

 
1,718

Repayment of long-term debt
(1,146
)
 
(541
)
Proceeds from issuance of common stock under share-based payment plans
88

 
69

Cash dividend payments
(815
)
 
(700
)
Repurchase of common stock
(3,054
)
 
(3,382
)
Other - net
48

 
46

Net cash used in financing activities
(1,656
)
 
(2,790
)
 
 
 
 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash
(6
)
 
(9
)
 
 
 
 
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents
555

 
761

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period
405

 
466

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period
$
960

 
$
1,227

 
 
 
 
See accompanying notes to the consolidated financial statements (unaudited).

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Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

Note 1: Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Basis of Presentation

The accompanying consolidated financial statements (unaudited) and notes to the consolidated financial statements (unaudited) are presented in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and do not include all the disclosures normally required in annual consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP). The consolidated financial statements (unaudited), in the opinion of management, contain all adjustments necessary to present fairly the financial position as of October 28, 2016 and October 30, 2015, the results of operations and comprehensive income for the three and nine months ended October 28, 2016 and October 30, 2015, and cash flows for the nine months ended October 28, 2016 and October 30, 2015.

These interim consolidated financial statements (unaudited) should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in the Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (the Company) Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2016 (the Annual Report). The financial results for the interim periods may not be indicative of the financial results for the entire fiscal year.

Reclassifications

In the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015, the Company elected to early adopt Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2015-17, Balance Sheet Classification of Deferred Taxes, and ASU 2015-03, Simplifying the Presentation of Debt Issuance Costs, and applied the new guidance on a retrospective basis. The adoption of ASU 2015-17 resulted in a reclassification of $255 million of current deferred tax assets and $40 million of noncurrent deferred tax assets, previously included in noncurrent other assets, to noncurrent deferred tax assets in the Company’s consolidated balance sheet as of October 30, 2015. The adoption of ASU 2015-03 resulted in a reclassification of debt issuance costs of $11 million from noncurrent other assets to long-term debt, excluding current maturities in the Company’s consolidated balance sheet as of October 30, 2015.

Additionally, amounts representing goodwill have been reclassified and separately noted in the Company’s consolidated balance sheets as of January 29, 2016 and October 30, 2015 to conform to current presentation.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

In March 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued ASU 2016-09, Compensation-Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting. The ASU eliminates the APIC pool concept and requires that excess tax benefits and tax deficiencies be recorded in the income statement when awards are settled. The pronouncement also addresses simplifications related to statement of cash flows classification, accounting for forfeitures, and minimum statutory tax withholding requirements. This ASU is effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2016, and interim periods within those annual periods, with early adoption permitted. The Company is currently evaluating the impact of adopting the ASU on its consolidated financial statements.

In February 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842). The guidance in this ASU supersedes the leasing guidance in Topic 840, Leases. Under the new guidance, lessees are required to recognize lease assets and lease liabilities on the balance sheet for those leases previously classified as operating leases. For leases with a term of 12 months or less, a lessee is permitted to make an accounting policy election by class of underlying asset not to recognize lease assets and lease liabilities. If a lessee makes this election, it should recognize lease expense for such leases generally on a straight-line basis over the lease term. This ASU is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, and interim periods within those fiscal years, with early adoption permitted. The Company is currently evaluating the impact of adopting this ASU on its consolidated financial statements.

In January 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-01, Recognition and Measurement of Financial Assets and Liabilities. The ASU requires, among other things, that entities measure equity investments (except those accounted for under the equity method of accounting or those that result in consolidation of the investee) at fair value, with changes in fair value recognized in net income. Under this ASU, entities will no longer be able to recognize unrealized holding gains and losses on available-for-sale equity securities in other comprehensive income, and they will no longer be able to use the cost method of accounting for equity securities that do not have readily determinable fair values. The guidance for classifying and measuring investments in debt securities and loans is not impacted. ASU 2016-01 eliminates certain disclosure requirements related to financial

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instruments measured at amortized cost and adds disclosures related to the measurement categories of financial assets and financial liabilities. The guidance is effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2017. Early adoption is permitted for only certain portions of the ASU. The adoption of this guidance by the Company is not expected to have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.

In July 2015, the FASB issued ASU 2015-11, Simplifying the Measurement of Inventory. The ASU requires entities using the first-in, first-out (FIFO) inventory costing method to subsequently value inventory at the lower of cost and net realizable value. The ASU defines net realizable value as the estimated selling prices in the ordinary course of business, less reasonably predictable costs of completion, disposal, and transportation. This ASU requires prospective application and is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2016, and interim periods within those fiscal years, with early adoption permitted. The adoption of this guidance by the Company is not expected to have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.

In May 2014, the FASB issued ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers. The ASU is a comprehensive new revenue recognition model that requires a company to recognize revenue to depict the transfer of goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods or services. In August 2015, the FASB issued ASU 2015-14, which deferred the effective date of the ASU to fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017, and interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption is permitted for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2016. Companies may use either a full retrospective or a modified retrospective approach to adopt this ASU. The Company is currently evaluating the transition methods and the impact of this guidance, along with related amendments and interpretations, on its consolidated financial statements.

Note 2: Acquisitions - On May 20, 2016, the Company acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of RONA inc. (RONA) for C$24 per share in cash. In addition, as part of the transaction, borrowings under RONA’s revolving credit facility were settled in full at the closing of the acquisition, and the facility was eliminated. Total cash consideration to acquire the equity and settle the debt was C$3.1 billion ($2.4 billion). RONA is one of Canada’s largest retailers and distributors of hardware, building materials, home renovation, and gardening products. The acquisition is expected to enable the Company to accelerate its growth strategy by significantly expanding its presence in the Canadian home improvement market. Acquisition-related costs were expensed as incurred and were not significant. The aggregate purchase price of this acquisition was preliminarily allocated as follows:
(In millions)
May 20, 2016
Purchase price:
 
Cash paid
$
2,367

 
 
Allocation:
 
Cash acquired
83

Accounts receivable
260

Merchandise inventory
817

Property
923

Amortizable intangible assets:
 
Trademarks
203

Dealer relationships
106

Other assets
142

Goodwill
922

Current liabilities assumed
(615
)
Long-term liabilities assumed
(365
)
Noncontrolling interest
(109
)
Total net assets acquired
$
2,367


The intangible assets acquired include trademarks of $203 million with a weighted average useful life of 15 years and dealer relationships of $106 million with a weighted average useful life of 20 years, which are included in other assets in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets. The goodwill of $922 million is primarily attributable to the synergies expected to arise after the acquisition. The intangible assets and goodwill are not expected to be deductible for tax purposes.

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The transaction included the assumption by Lowe’s of unsecured debentures held by RONA of approximately C$118 million ($91 million) as of the acquisition date. The debentures were settled in October 2016.

As of the acquisition date, 6.9 million preferred shares of RONA remained outstanding. The total fair value of the shares and Lowe’s corresponding noncontrolling interest was $109 million, which was determined based on the closing market price of RONA’s preferred shares on the acquisition date. The preferred shares consisted of approximately 4.7 million Cumulative and Fixed 5-Year Rate Reset Series 6 Class A shares (Series 6 Shares) and approximately 2.2 million Cumulative and Variable 5-Year Rate Reset Series 7 Class A shares (Series 7 Shares). Dividend payments for these preferred shares have been insignificant. In November 2016, subsequent to the end of the third fiscal quarter, the Company acquired all of the outstanding preferred shares of RONA for C$24 per share in cash for a total price of C$166 million ($122 million).

Pro forma and historical financial information has not been provided as the acquisition was not material to the consolidated financial statements. In addition, net earnings attributable to the noncontrolling interest was not significant for any of the reporting periods presented, and no noncontrolling interest exists subsequent to the acquisition of the outstanding preferred shares.

Note 3: Investment in Australian Joint Venture - In the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015, the Company announced its decision to exit the Australian joint venture investment with Woolworths Limited (Woolworths) and recorded a $530 million impairment of its equity method investment due to a determination that there was a decrease in value that was other than temporary. The Company owns a one-third share in the joint venture, Hydrox Holdings Pty Ltd. (Hydrox), which operated Masters Home Improvement stores and Home Timber and Hardware Group’s retail stores and wholesale distribution in Australia. As a result of this decision to exit, Woolworths is required to purchase the Company’s one-third share at an agreed upon fair value as of January 18, 2016. The determination of this amount due the Company is currently in arbitration. The $530 million non-cash impairment charge recorded in fiscal 2015 was based on the Company’s estimate of the value of its portion of the overall joint venture fair value as of January 18, 2016, and the Company’s estimate of this value has not changed.

During the third quarter of fiscal year 2016, Woolworths claimed a unilateral termination of the joint venture agreement, and executed other agreements to initiate the wind down of Hydrox without the Company’s approval as required under the joint venture agreement. Due to this, Lowe’s has concluded that under applicable accounting standards, the investment should be accounted for as a cost method investment going forward. As a result of this determination, accumulated foreign currency translation adjustments of $208 million were reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive loss into the carrying value of the cost method investment. In addition, due to the unilateral actions of Woolworths to begin the liquidation of Hydrox, a triggering event occurred requiring the Company to evaluate the cost method investment for impairment, and the Company recorded a $290 million impairment charge during the third quarter of fiscal 2016 to reflect its estimated portion of the overall joint venture fair value in wind down. See Note 4 to the consolidated financial statements included herein for additional information regarding this fair value measurement.

The Company continues to maintain that amounts due under the joint venture agreement are to be based on fair value as of January 18, 2016 under a going concern basis. The recorded value of the investment is not reflective of this estimated value as the current operations are no longer deemed a going concern. The Company will treat its claims for additional value under the joint venture agreement, above and beyond any amounts expected to be received through the wind down process, as a contingent asset and will recognize these amounts as they are realized.

Note 4: Fair Value Measurements - Fair value is defined as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. The authoritative guidance for fair value measurements establishes a three-level hierarchy, which encourages an entity to maximize the use of observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs when measuring fair value. The three levels of the hierarchy are defined as follows:

Level 1 - inputs to the valuation techniques that are quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities
Level 2 - inputs to the valuation techniques that are other than quoted prices but are observable for the assets or liabilities, either directly or indirectly
Level 3 - inputs to the valuation techniques that are unobservable for the assets or liabilities


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Assets and Liabilities that are Measured at Fair Value on a Recurring Basis

The following table presents the Company’s financial assets measured at fair value on a recurring basis as of October 28, 2016, October 30, 2015, and January 29, 2016:
 
 
 
Fair Value Measurements at
(In millions)
Measurement Level
 
October 28, 2016
 
October 30, 2015
 
January 29, 2016
Short-term investments:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Available-for-sale securities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Certificates of deposit
Level 1
 
$
55

 
$
96

 
$
56

Municipal obligations
Level 2
 
37

 
1

 
38

Money market funds
Level 1
 
28

 
50

 
192

Municipal floating rate obligations
Level 2
 
3

 
11

 
21

Total short-term investments
 
 
$
123

 
$
158

 
$
307

Long-term investments:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Available-for-sale securities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Municipal floating rate obligations
Level 2
 
$
430

 
$
372

 
$
212

Municipal obligations
Level 2
 
4

 
5

 
5

Certificates of deposit
Level 1
 
2

 
5

 
5

Total long-term investments
 
 
$
436

 
$
382

 
$
222


There were no transfers between Levels 1, 2, or 3 during any of the periods presented.

When available, quoted prices were used to determine fair value. When quoted prices in active markets were available, investments were classified within Level 1 of the fair value hierarchy. When quoted prices in active markets were not available, fair values were determined using pricing models, and the inputs to those pricing models were based on observable market inputs. The inputs to the pricing models were typically benchmark yields, reported trades, broker-dealer quotes, issuer spreads, and benchmark securities, among others.

Assets and Liabilities that are Measured at Fair Value on a Nonrecurring Basis

During the three and nine months ended October 28, 2016 and October 30, 2015, the Company’s only significant assets or liabilities measured at fair value on a nonrecurring basis subsequent to their initial recognition were certain long-lived assets, goodwill, and cost method investments.

Long-Lived Assets
The Company reviews the carrying amounts of long-lived assets for impairment whenever certain events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amounts may not be recoverable. With input from retail store operations, the Company’s accounting and finance personnel that organizationally report to the chief financial officer, assess the performance of retail stores quarterly against historical patterns and projections of future profitability for evidence of possible impairment. An impairment loss is recognized when the carrying amount of the asset (disposal) group is not recoverable and exceeds its fair value. The Company estimated the fair values of assets subject to long-lived asset impairment based on the Company’s own judgments about the assumptions that market participants would use in pricing the assets and on observable market data, when available. The Company classified these fair value measurements as Level 3.

In the determination of impairment for operating locations, the Company determined the fair values of individual operating locations using an income approach, which required discounting projected future cash flows. When determining the stream of projected future cash flows associated with an individual operating location, management made assumptions, incorporating local market conditions and inputs from retail store operations, about key variables including the following unobservable inputs: sales growth rates, gross margin, controllable expenses, such as payroll and occupancy expense, and asset residual values. In order to calculate the present value of those future cash flows, the Company discounted cash flow estimates at a rate commensurate with the risk that selected market participants would assign to the cash flows. In general, the selected market participants represented a group of other retailers with a location footprint similar in size to the Company’s.


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During the nine months ended October 28, 2016, 14 operating locations experienced a triggering event and were evaluated for recoverability. Eleven of the 14 operating locations were determined to be impaired due to a decline in cash flow trends and an unfavorable sales outlook, resulting in an impairment loss of $34 million. The discounted cash flow model used to estimate the fair value of the impaired operating locations assumed average annual sales growth rates ranging from 2.0% to 3.7% over the remaining life of the locations and applied a discount rate of approximately 8.0%.

Three of the 14 operating locations that experienced a triggering event during the nine months ended October 28, 2016 were determined to be recoverable and, therefore, were not impaired. A 10% reduction in projected sales used to estimate future cash flows for these operating locations would not have had a significant impact to impairment losses recognized during the nine months ended October 28, 2016.

In the determination of impairment for excess properties held-for-use and held-for-sale, which consisted of retail outparcels and property associated with relocated or closed locations, the fair values were determined using a market approach based on estimated selling prices. The Company determined the estimated selling prices by obtaining information from property brokers or appraisers in the specific markets being evaluated or negotiated non-binding offers to purchase. The information obtained from property brokers or appraisers included comparable sales of similar assets and assumptions about demand in the market for these assets. Impairment charges for excess properties were insignificant for the nine months ended October 28, 2016.

Goodwill
Goodwill is the excess of the purchase price over the fair value of identifiable net assets acquired, less liabilities assumed, in a business combination. The Company reviews goodwill for impairment at the reporting unit level, which is one level below the operating segment level. Goodwill is not amortized but is evaluated at least annually for impairment or whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that it is more likely than not that the carrying amount may not be recoverable.

The first step of the goodwill impairment test used to identify potential impairment compares the fair value of a reporting unit with its carrying amount, including goodwill. Fair value represents the price a market participant would be willing to pay in a potential sale of the reporting unit and is based on discounted future cash flows. If the fair value exceeds carrying value, then no goodwill impairment has occurred. If the carrying value of the reporting unit exceeds its fair value, a second step is required to measure possible goodwill impairment loss. The second step includes hypothetically valuing the tangible and intangible assets and liabilities of the reporting unit as if the reporting unit had been acquired in a business combination. Then, the implied fair value of the reporting unit’s goodwill is compared to the carrying value of that goodwill. If the carrying value of the reporting unit’s goodwill exceeds the implied fair value of the goodwill, an impairment loss is recognized in an amount equal to the excess, not to exceed the carrying value.

During the third quarter of fiscal year 2016, due to a strategic reassessment of the Orchard Supply Hardware (Orchard) operations, the Company determined potential indicators of impairment within the reporting unit existed, and quantitatively evaluated the Orchard reporting unit for impairment. The Company classified this fair value measurement as Level 3.

The Company performed a discounted cash flow analysis for the Orchard reporting unit. The discounted cash flow model included management assumptions for expected sales growth, expansion plans, capital expenditures, and overall operational forecasts. The analysis led to the conclusion that the goodwill allocated to the Orchard reporting unit had no implied value. Accordingly, the full carrying value of $46 million relating to Orchard goodwill was impaired during the quarter.

Cost Method Investments
Cost method investments are evaluated for impairment whenever certain events or changes in circumstances indicate that a decline in value has occurred that is other than temporary. Evidence considered in this evaluation includes, but would not necessarily be limited to, the financial condition and near-term prospects of the investee, recent operating trends and forecasted performance of the investee, market conditions in the geographic area or industry in which the investee operates, and the Company’s strategic plans for holding the investment in relation to the period of time expected for an anticipated recovery of its carrying value. Investments that are determined to meet the requirements for recording impairment are written down to estimated fair value.

Woolworths’ initiation of the wind down and sale of assets of Hydrox, following a claimed unilateral termination of the Australian joint venture agreement (further described in Note 3 included herein), represented a triggering event during the third quarter of fiscal 2016 requiring the Company to evaluate the cost method investment for impairment. Management determined that the requirements for determining impairment were met, and leveraged wind down cash flow projections in determining the estimated fair value of the entity as of October 28, 2016. The value was determined using an income approach based upon the expected future cash flows generated from the settlement of assets and liabilities inclusive of inventory, property, payables,

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lease liabilities, and employee entitlements. As a result, the Company recorded a $290 million non-cash impairment charge during the third quarter of fiscal 2016. The Company classified this fair value measurement as Level 3.

The following table presents the Company’s non-financial assets measured at estimated fair value on a nonrecurring basis and the resulting impairment losses included in earnings. Because these assets are not measured at fair value on a recurring basis, certain fair value measurements presented in the table may reflect values at earlier measurement dates and may no longer represent the fair values at October 28, 2016 and October 30, 2015.
 
Fair Value Measurements

 
Impairment Losses
(In millions)
October 28, 2016

 
Three Months Ended October 28, 2016

 
Nine Months Ended October 28, 2016

Assets-held-for-use:
 
 
 
 
 
Operating locations
$
3

 
$
(31
)
 
$
(34
)
Goodwill

 
(46
)
 
(46
)
Other assets:
 
 
 
 
 
Cost method investments
103

 
(290
)
 
(290
)
Total
$
106

 
$
(367
)
 
$
(370
)
 
Fair Value Measurements

 
Impairment Losses
(In millions)
October 30, 2015

 
Three Months Ended October 30, 2015

 
Nine Months Ended October 30, 2015

Assets-held-for-use:
 
 
 
 
 
Operating locations
$
4

 
$

 
$
(8
)
Total
$
4

 
$

 
$
(8
)

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

The Company’s financial instruments not measured at fair value on a recurring basis include cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivable, accounts payable, accrued liabilities, and long-term debt, and are reflected in the financial statements at cost. With the exception of long-term debt, cost approximates fair value for these items due to their short-term nature. The fair values of the Company’s unsecured notes were estimated using quoted market prices. The fair values of the Company’s mortgage notes were estimated using discounted cash flow analyses, based on the future cash outflows associated with these arrangements and discounted using the applicable incremental borrowing rate.

Carrying amounts and the related estimated fair value of the Company’s long-term debt, excluding capitalized lease obligations, are as follows:
 
October 28, 2016
 
October 30, 2015
 
January 29, 2016
(In millions)
Carrying Amount

 
Fair Value

 
Carrying Amount 1

 
Fair Value

 
Carrying Amount

 
Fair Value

Unsecured notes (Level 1)
$
14,318

 
$
15,948

 
$
12,071

 
$
13,245

 
$
12,073

 
$
13,292

Mortgage notes (Level 2)
10

 
10

 
7

 
8

 
7

 
8

Long-term debt (excluding capitalized lease obligations)
$
14,328

 
$
15,958

 
$
12,078

 
$
13,253

 
$
12,080

 
$
13,300

1 
Carrying amounts as of October 30, 2015 have been retrospectively adjusted as a result of the Company’s adoption of ASU 2015-03, Simplifying the Presentation of Debt Issuance Costs, during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015. The adoption of this accounting standard required reclassification of debt issuance costs from other assets to long-term debt, excluding current maturities.

Note 5: Restricted Investment Balances - Short-term and long-term investments include restricted balances pledged as collateral primarily for the Company’s extended protection plan program. Restricted balances included in short-term investments were $53 million at October 28, 2016, $54 million at October 30, 2015, and $234 million at January 29, 2016.


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Restricted balances included in long-term investments were $348 million at October 28, 2016, $262 million at October 30, 2015, and $202 million at January 29, 2016.

Note 6: Property - Property is shown net of accumulated depreciation of $17.1 billion at October 28, 2016, $16.2 billion at October 30, 2015, and $16.3 billion at January 29, 2016.

Note 7: Extended Protection Plans - The Company sells separately-priced extended protection plan contracts under a Lowe’s-branded program for which the Company is self-insured. The Company recognizes revenue from extended protection plan sales on a straight-line basis over the respective contract term. Extended protection plan contract terms primarily range from one to four years from the date of purchase or the end of the manufacturer’s warranty, as applicable. Changes in deferred revenue for extended protection plan contracts are summarized as follows:
 
Three Months Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
(In millions)
October 28, 2016
 
October 30, 2015
 
October 28, 2016
 
October 30, 2015
Deferred revenue - extended protection plans, beginning of period
$
744

 
$
739

 
$
729

 
$
730

Additions to deferred revenue
88

 
81

 
280

 
263

Deferred revenue recognized
(87
)
 
(89
)
 
(264
)
 
(262
)
Deferred revenue - extended protection plans, end of period
$
745

 
$
731

 
$
745

 
$
731


Incremental direct acquisition costs associated with the sale of extended protection plans are also deferred and recognized as expense on a straight-line basis over the respective contract term. Deferred costs associated with extended protection plan contracts were $17 million at October 28, 2016, $22 million at October 30, 2015, and $20 million at January 29, 2016. The Company’s extended protection plan deferred costs are included in other assets in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets. All other costs, such as costs of services performed under the contract, general and administrative expenses, and advertising expenses are expensed as incurred.

The liability for extended protection plan claims incurred is included in other current liabilities in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets and was not material in any of the periods presented. Expenses for claims are recognized when incurred and totaled $39 million and $107 million for the three and nine months ended October 28, 2016, respectively, and $36 million and $95 million for the three and nine months ended October 30, 2015, respectively.

Note 8: Short-Term Borrowings and Lines of Credit - As of October 28, 2016, the Company had a $1.75 billion unsecured revolving credit agreement (the 2014 Credit Facility) with a syndicate of banks that was scheduled to expire in August 2019. The 2014 Credit Facility supported our commercial paper program and had a $500 million letter of credit sublimit. Letters of credit issued pursuant to the facility reduced the amount available for borrowing under its terms. Borrowings made were unsecured and priced at fixed rates based upon market conditions at the time of funding in accordance with the terms of the facility. The 2014 Credit Facility contained certain restrictive covenants, which included the maintenance of an adjusted debt leverage ratio as defined by the credit agreement. The Company was in compliance with those covenants at October 28, 2016. There were no outstanding borrowings or letters of credit under the 2014 Credit Facility and no outstanding borrowings under the commercial paper program as of October 28, 2016.

In November 2016, subsequent to the end of the third fiscal quarter, the Company entered into an agreement to amend and restate its $1.75 billion five-year unsecured revolving credit agreement (the Amended and Restated Credit Agreement) to, among other things, (i) extend the maturity date of the revolving credit facility, (ii) add a multicurrency subfacility and (iii) modify the revolving commitments of the lenders. Subject to obtaining commitments from the lenders and satisfying other conditions specified in the Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, the Company may increase the aggregate availability under the facility by an additional $500 million. The Amended and Restated Credit Agreement contains customary representations, warranties, and covenants for a transaction of this type.

Note 9: Long-Term Debt - On April 20, 2016, the Company issued $3.30 billion of unsecured notes in four tranches: $250 million of floating rate notes maturing in April 2019 (the 2019 Floating Rate Notes); $350 million of 1.15% notes maturing in April 2019 (the 2019 Fixed Rate Notes); $1.35 billion of 2.50% notes maturing in April 2026 (the 2026 Fixed Rate Notes); and $1.35 billion of 3.70% notes maturing in April 2046 (the 2046 Fixed Rate Notes). The 2019 Fixed Rate Notes, the 2026 Fixed Rate Notes, the 2046 Fixed Rate Notes (collectively, the Fixed Rate Notes), and the 2019 Floating Rate Notes were issued at discounts of approximately $1 million, $12 million, $19 million, and $1 million, respectively. The discounts associated with

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these issuances are included in long-term debt and are being amortized over the respective terms of the notes using the effective interest rate method. The 2019 Floating Rate Notes will bear interest at a floating rate, reset quarterly, equal to the three-month LIBOR plus 0.24% (1.12% as of October 28, 2016). Interest on the 2019 Floating Rate Notes is payable quarterly in arrears in April, July, October, and January of each year until maturity, beginning in July 2016. Interest on the Fixed Rate Notes is payable semiannually in arrears in April and October of each year until maturity, beginning in October 2016.

The indenture governing the notes contains a provision that allows the Company to redeem the Fixed Rate Notes at any time, in whole or in part, at specified redemption prices, plus accrued and unpaid interest, to the date of redemption. We do not have the right to redeem the 2019 Floating Rate Notes prior to maturity. The indenture also contains a provision that allows the holders of the 2019 Floating Rate Notes and the Fixed Rate Notes to require the Company to repurchase all or any part of their notes if a change of control triggering event (as defined in the indenture) occurs. If elected under the change of control provisions, the repurchase of the notes will occur at a purchase price of 101% of the principal amount, plus accrued and unpaid interest on such notes to the date of purchase, if any. The indenture governing the notes does not limit the aggregate principal amount of debt securities that the Company may issue and does not require the Company to maintain specified financial ratios or levels of net worth or liquidity. However, the indenture includes various restrictive covenants, none of which is expected to impact the Company’s liquidity or capital resources.

Note 10: Equity - The Company has a share repurchase program that is executed through purchases made from time to time either in the open market, which may be made under pre-set trading plans meeting the requirements of Rule 10b5-1(c) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or through private off-market transactions. Shares purchased under the repurchase program are retired and returned to authorized and unissued status. On March 20, 2015, the Company’s Board of Directors authorized a $5.0 billion share repurchase program with no expiration, which was announced on the same day. As of October 28, 2016, the Company had $627 million remaining available under the program.

In February 2016, the Company entered into an Accelerated Share Repurchase (ASR) agreement with a third-party financial institution to repurchase $500 million of the Company’s common stock. At inception, pursuant to the agreement, the Company paid $500 million to the financial institution using cash on hand, and took delivery of 6.2 million shares. In May 2016, the Company finalized the transaction and received an additional 0.6 million shares.

In May 2016, the Company entered into an ASR agreement with a third-party financial institution to repurchase $500 million of the Company’s common stock. At inception, pursuant to the agreement, the Company paid $500 million to the financial institution using cash on hand, and took delivery of 5.3 million shares. In August 2016, the Company finalized the transaction and received an additional 1.0 million shares.

In August 2016, the Company entered into an ASR agreement with a third-party financial institution to repurchase $250 million of the Company’s common stock. At inception, pursuant to the agreement, the Company paid $250 million to the financial institution using cash on hand, and took delivery of 2.8 million shares. In October 2016, the Company finalized the transaction and received an additional 0.6 million shares.

Under the terms of the ASR agreements, upon settlement, the Company would either receive additional shares from the financial institution or be required to deliver additional shares or cash to the financial institution. The Company controlled its election to either deliver additional shares or cash to the financial institution and was subject to provisions which limited the number of shares the Company would be required to deliver.

The final number of shares received upon settlement of each ASR agreement was determined with reference to the volume-weighted average price of the Company’s common stock over the term of the ASR agreement. The initial repurchase of shares under these agreements resulted in an immediate reduction of the outstanding shares used to calculate the weighted average common shares outstanding for basic and diluted earnings per share.

The ASR agreements were accounted for as treasury stock transactions and forward stock purchase contracts. The par value of the shares received was recorded as a reduction to common stock with the remainder recorded as a reduction to capital in excess of par value and retained earnings. The forward stock purchase contracts were considered indexed to the Company’s own stock and were classified as equity instruments.

During the three and nine months ended October 28, 2016, the Company also repurchased shares of its common stock through the open market totaling 3.9 million and 22.5 million shares, respectively, for a cost of $300 million and $1.7 billion, respectively.


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The Company also withholds shares from employees to satisfy either the exercise price of stock options exercised or the statutory withholding tax liability resulting from the vesting of share-based awards.

Shares repurchased for the three and nine months ended October 28, 2016 and October 30, 2015 were as follows:
 
Three Months Ended
 
October 28, 2016
 
October 30, 2015
(In millions)
Shares

 
Cost 1

 
Shares

 
Cost 1

Share repurchase program
8.3

 
$
550

 
12.0

 
$
750

Shares withheld from employees
0.3

 
24

 
0.1

 
4

Total share repurchases
8.6

 
$
574

 
12.1

 
$
754

1 
Reductions of $535 million and $714 million were recorded to retained earnings, after capital in excess of par value was depleted, for the three months ended October 28, 2016 and October 30, 2015, respectively.
 
Nine Months Ended
 
October 28, 2016
 
October 30, 2015
(In millions)
Shares

 
Cost 2

 
Shares

 
Cost 2

Share repurchase program
39.0

 
$
2,949

 
45.0

 
$
3,250

Shares withheld from employees
1.1

 
77

 
0.9

 
66

Total share repurchases
40.1

 
$
3,026

 
45.9

 
$
3,316

2 
Reductions of $2.8 billion and $3.1 billion were recorded to retained earnings, after capital in excess of par value was depleted, for the nine months ended October 28, 2016 and October 30, 2015, respectively.

Note 11: Income Taxes - The Company’s effective income tax rates were 51.2% and 40.6% for the three and nine months ended October 28, 2016, respectively, and 38.0% and 38.5% for the three and nine months ended October 30, 2015, respectively. The higher effective income tax rates for the three and nine months ended October 28, 2016, were primarily due to the Company recognizing an adjustment to the tax rate related to the non-cash impairment charge associated with the investment in the Australian joint venture with Woolworths. The losses are considered capital in nature, and no present or future capital gains have been identified through which the Company can utilize these losses.

Note 12: Earnings Per Share - The Company calculates basic and diluted earnings per common share using the two-class method. Under the two-class method, net earnings are allocated to each class of common stock and participating security as if all of the net earnings for the period had been distributed. The Company’s participating securities consist of share-based payment awards that contain a nonforfeitable right to receive dividends and, therefore, are considered to participate in undistributed earnings with common shareholders.

Basic earnings per common share excludes dilution and is calculated by dividing net earnings allocable to common shares by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding for the period. Diluted earnings per common share is calculated by dividing net earnings allocable to common shares by the weighted average number of common shares as of the balance sheet date, as adjusted for the potential dilutive effect of non-participating share-based awards. The following table reconciles earnings per common share for the three and nine months ended October 28, 2016 and October 30, 2015:

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Three Months Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
(In millions, except per share data)
October 28, 2016
 
October 30, 2015
 
October 28, 2016
 
October 30, 2015
Basic earnings per common share:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net earnings attributable to Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
$
378

 
$
736

 
$
2,428

 
$
2,535

Less: Net earnings allocable to participating securities
(2
)
 
(3
)
 
(9
)
 
(12
)
Net earnings allocable to common shares, basic
$
376

 
$
733

 
$
2,419

 
$
2,523

Weighted average common shares outstanding
873

 
918

 
884

 
933

Basic earnings per common share
$
0.43

 
$
0.80

 
$
2.74

 
$
2.70

Diluted earnings per common share:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net earnings attributable to Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
$
378

 
$
736

 
$
2,428

 
$
2,535

Less: Net earnings allocable to participating securities
(2
)
 
(3
)
 
(9
)
 
(12
)
Net earnings allocable to common shares, diluted
$
376

 
$
733

 
$
2,419

 
$
2,523

Weighted average common shares outstanding
873

 
918

 
884

 
933

Dilutive effect of non-participating share-based awards
1

 
3

 
2

 
2

Weighted average common shares, as adjusted
874

 
921

 
886

 
935

Diluted earnings per common share
$
0.43

 
$
0.80

 
$
2.73

 
$
2.70


Stock options to purchase 1.1 million and 0.9 million shares of common stock were anti-dilutive for the three and nine months ended October 28, 2016, respectively. Stock options to purchase 0.4 million and 0.1 million shares of common stock were anti-dilutive for the three and nine months ended October 30, 2015, respectively.

Note 13: Supplemental Disclosure

Net interest expense is comprised of the following:
 
Three Months Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
(In millions)
October 28, 2016
 
October 30, 2015
 
October 28, 2016
 
October 30, 2015
Long-term debt
$
151

 
$
129

 
$
437

 
$
374

Capitalized lease obligations
13

 
10

 
40

 
32

Interest income
(4
)
 
(1
)
 
(10
)
 
(3
)
Interest capitalized
(1
)
 
(1
)
 
(3
)
 
(2
)
Interest on tax uncertainties

 
(1
)
 
2

 
(1
)
Other
4

 
5

 
20

 
9

Interest - net
$
163

 
$
141

 
$
486

 
$
409



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Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:
 
Nine Months Ended
(In millions)
October 28, 2016
 
October 30, 2015
Cash paid for interest, net of amount capitalized
$
588

 
$
501

Cash paid for income taxes - net
$
1,657

 
$
1,654

Non-cash investing and financing activities:
 
 
 
Non-cash property acquisitions, including assets acquired under capital lease
$
72

 
$
74

Cash dividends declared but not paid
$
306

 
$
257


Note 14: Derivative Instruments - In February 2016, the Company entered into an option to purchase 3.2 billion Canadian dollars in order to manage the foreign currency exchange rate risk on the consideration to be paid for the RONA acquisition. This option contract was not accounted for as a hedging instrument, and gains and losses resulting from changes in fair value and settlement were included in selling, general and administrative expense in the accompanying consolidated statements of current and retained earnings. The cash flows related to this option were included within investing activities in the accompanying consolidated statements of cash flows.

The premium paid for the foreign currency exchange option contract was $103 million. The option contract was settled during the second quarter of fiscal year 2016 for $179 million, resulting in a total realized gain of $76 million for the nine months ended October 28, 2016

The Company’s other derivative instruments, and related activity, were not material in any of the periods presented.


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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

To the Board of Directors and Shareholders of Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
Mooresville, North Carolina

We have reviewed the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Lowe’s Companies, Inc. and subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of October 28, 2016 and October 30, 2015, and the related consolidated statements of current and retained earnings and comprehensive income for the fiscal three and nine-month periods ended October 28, 2016 and October 30, 2015, and of cash flows for the fiscal nine-month periods ended October 28, 2016 and October 30, 2015. These consolidated interim financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management.

We conducted our reviews in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). A review of interim financial information consists principally of applying analytical procedures and making inquiries of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters. It is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), the objective of which is the expression of an opinion regarding the financial statements taken as a whole. Accordingly, we do not express such an opinion.

Based on our reviews, we are not aware of any material modifications that should be made to such consolidated interim financial statements for them to be in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

We have previously audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), the consolidated balance sheet of the Company as of January 29, 2016, and the related consolidated statements of earnings, comprehensive income, shareholders’ equity, and cash flows for the fiscal year then ended (not presented herein); and in our report dated March 28, 2016, we expressed an unqualified opinion on those consolidated financial statements. In our opinion, the information set forth in the accompanying consolidated balance sheet of the Company as of January 29, 2016 is fairly stated, in all material respects, in relation to the consolidated balance sheet from which it has been derived.

/s/ DELOITTE & TOUCHE LLP

Charlotte, North Carolina
November 29, 2016

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Item 2.
MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF
FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
 
This discussion and analysis summarizes the significant factors affecting our consolidated operating results, liquidity, and capital resources during the three and nine months ended October 28, 2016 and October 30, 2015. This discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes to the consolidated financial statements that are included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2016 (the Annual Report), as well as the consolidated financial statements (unaudited) and notes to the consolidated financial statements (unaudited) contained in this report. Unless otherwise specified, all comparisons made are to the corresponding period of 2015. This discussion and analysis is presented in six sections:

Executive Overview
Operations
Financial Condition, Liquidity and Capital Resources
Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements
Contractual Obligations and Commercial Commitments
Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

EXECUTIVE OVERVIEW

Net sales for the third quarter of 2016 increased 9.6% to $15.7 billion. Comparable sales for the third quarter of 2016 increased 2.7%, with comparable sales of 1.0% in August, 2.1% in September, and 5.1% in October. Net earnings, which were negatively impacted by $462 million of non-cash pre-tax charges described further below, declined 48.6% to $379 million, and diluted earnings per share decreased 46.3% to $0.43 per share. Continuing to deliver on our commitment to return excess cash to shareholders, during the third quarter of 2016, we paid $309 million in dividends and repurchased a total of $550 million of common stock through our share repurchase program.

Results for the third quarter of 2016 were negatively impacted by a $290 million non-cash charge resulting from the wind down of the Australian joint venture with Woolworths Limited (Woolworths), write-off of canceled projects as part of the Company’s ongoing review of strategic initiatives ($96 million), and impairments of goodwill and long-lived assets ($76 million) associated with the strategic reassessment of Orchard Supply Hardware operations (collectively referred to as the Third Quarter Non-cash Charges). Excluding the $462 million impact of these non-cash pre-tax charges, adjusted net earnings for the third quarter were $775 million, an increase of 5.3% over the third quarter of 2015, and adjusted diluted earnings per share increased 10.0% to $0.88 (see discussion on Non-GAAP financial measures beginning on page 21).

During the third quarter of 2016, 11 of 15 regions generated comparable sales increases. We experienced slow traffic which resulted in slower comparable sales during August and September, before improving in October. Comparable sales were favorably impacted by our quick response to flooding in Louisiana and to Hurricane Matthew as we worked closely to identify the products needed before and after the storms and move inventory to the areas of greatest need. While our Labor Day and Columbus Day events drove comparable sales improvements in the South and West, we experienced weaker sales in the North. Ten of 13 product categories generated positive comparable sales during the quarter while one category remained flat. We experienced particular strength in Outdoor Power Equipment, Lawn & Garden, Lumber & Building Materials, Tools & Hardware, and Appliances. We continued to see strong demand from the Pro customer during the quarter with comparable sales well above the company average.

We continued to focus on providing better omni-channel experiences that enable us to connect with customers and provide the advice and assistance they count on when completing their home improvement projects. During the quarter, we completed the national rollout of our interior project specialist program. Both interior and exterior project specialists are now available across all U.S. home improvement stores to meet with customers in their homes to design, plan, and complete their home improvement projects. This in home selling program, which is a critical element of our omni-channel strategy, represents a differentiated capability in capturing and serving customers’ interior and exterior project demand.

We continued to make progress on the integration of RONA inc. (RONA), a major Canadian retailer and distributor of hardware, building materials, and home renovation products acquired during the second quarter of 2016. This acquisition is expected to accelerate our growth strategy by significantly expanding our presence in the Canadian market. Combining our global scale and resources with RONA’s local expertise should enable us to enhance our competitiveness and profitability in Canada and position us to capitalize on the long-term potential of the market.


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From an economic perspective, the home improvement industry’s outlook remains solid, but moderating. The industry should continue to benefit from a solid consumer backdrop, lagging benefits from existing home sales, and rising home prices that encourage the consumer to engage in discretionary remodels and upgrades in addition to routine maintenance projects. Strengthening demand for revolving credit, moderating gains in the job market, and incremental income growth should contribute to solid growth in overall consumer spending.

OPERATIONS

The following tables set forth the percentage relationship to net sales of each line item of the consolidated statements of current and retained earnings (unaudited), as well as the percentage change in dollar amounts from the prior period. These tables should be read in conjunction with the following discussion and analysis and the consolidated financial statements (unaudited), including the related notes to the consolidated financial statements (unaudited).
 
Three Months Ended
 
Basis Point Increase / (Decrease) in Percentage of Net Sales from Prior Period

 
Percentage Increase / (Decrease) in Dollar Amounts from Prior Period

 
October 28, 2016
 
October 30, 2015
 
2016 vs. 2015

 
2016 vs. 2015

Net sales
100.00
%
 
100.00
%
 
N/A

 
9.6
 %
Gross margin
34.35

 
34.75

 
(40
)
 
8.3
 %
Expenses:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Selling, general and administrative
25.98

 
22.89

 
309

 
24.4
 %
Depreciation
2.40

 
2.61

 
(21
)
 
0.9
 %
Interest - net
1.04

 
0.98

 
6

 
15.6
 %
Total expenses
29.42

 
26.48

 
294

 
21.8
 %
Pre-tax earnings
4.93

 
8.27

 
(334
)
 
(34.7
)%
Income tax provision
2.52

 
3.14

 
(62
)
 
(11.9
)%
Net earnings
2.41
%
 
5.13
%
 
(272
)
 
(48.6
)%
EBIT margin 1
5.97
%
 
9.25
%
 
(328
)
 
(29.3
)%
1 
EBIT margin is defined as earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) as a percentage of sales. EBIT is a non-GAAP financial measure. See below for additional information and reconciliation to the most comparable GAAP measure.

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Nine Months Ended
 
Basis Point Increase / (Decrease) in Percentage of Net Sales from Prior Period

 
Percentage Increase / (Decrease) in Dollar Amounts from Prior Period

 
October 28, 2016
 
October 30, 2015
 
2016 vs. 2015

 
2016 vs. 2015

Net sales
100.00
%
 
100.00
%
 
N/A

 
7.4
 %
Gross margin
34.59

 
34.87

 
(28
)
 
6.6
 %
Expenses:
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
Selling, general and administrative
23.05

 
22.55

 
50

 
9.9
 %
Depreciation
2.24

 
2.43

 
(19
)
 
(1.3
)%
Interest - net
0.99

 
0.89

 
10

 
19.0
 %
Total expenses
26.28

 
25.87

 
41

 
9.1
 %
Pre-tax earnings
8.31

 
9.00

 
(69
)
 
(0.8
)%
Income tax provision
3.37

 
3.47

 
(10
)
 
4.5
 %
Net earnings
4.94
%
 
5.53
%
 
(59
)
 
(4.1
)%
EBIT margin 1
9.30
%
 
9.89
%
 
(59
)
 
1.0
 %
1 
EBIT margin is defined as earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) as a percentage of sales. EBIT is a non-GAAP financial measure. See below for additional information and reconciliation to the most comparable GAAP measure.

 
Three Months Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
Other Metrics
October 28, 2016
 
October 30, 2015
 
October 28, 2016
 
October 30, 2015
Comparable sales increase 1
2.7
%
 
4.6
%
 
3.9
%
 
4.6
%
Total customer transactions (in millions)
229

 
213

 
718

 
681

Average ticket 2
$
68.68

 
$
67.34

 
$
68.58

 
$
67.30

At end of period:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Number of stores 3 
2,119

 
1,849

 
 
 
 
Sales floor square feet (in millions)
213

 
202

 
 
 
 
Average store size selling square feet (in thousands) 4
100

 
109

 
 
 
 
Return on invested capital 5
13.6
%
 
15.8
%
 
 
 
 
1 
A comparable location is defined as a location that has been open longer than 13 months. A location that is identified for relocation is no longer considered comparable one month prior to its relocation. The relocated location must then remain open longer than 13 months to be considered comparable. A location we have decided to close is no longer considered comparable as of the beginning of the month in which we announce its closing. Acquired locations are included in the comparable sales calculation beginning in the first full month following the first anniversary of the date of the acquisition. Comparable sales include online sales, which did not have a meaningful impact for the periods presented.
2 
Average ticket is defined as net sales divided by the total number of customer transactions.
3 
The number of stores as of October 28, 2016 includes 245 RONA stores.
4 
Average store size selling square feet is defined as sales floor square feet divided by the number of stores open at the end of the period. The average Lowe’s home improvement store has approximately 112,000 square feet of retail selling space.
5 
Return on invested capital is a non-GAAP financial measure. ROIC for the period ended October 28, 2016 was negatively impacted by approximately 318 basis points due to the 2015 non-cash impairment charge on the Australian joint venture with Woolworths and the 2016 Third Quarter Non-cash Charges, net of the foreign currency hedge gain recognized during 2016. See below for additional information and a reconciliation to the most comparable GAAP measure.


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Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Earnings Before Interest and Taxes

EBIT margin is defined as earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) as a percentage of sales. We believe EBIT margin is a meaningful measure for investors in assessing the Company’s core operating performance. EBIT is a non-GAAP financial measure and should not be considered in isolation or used as an alternative to GAAP financial measures of operating performance, including net income or gross profit.

The Company’s methods of determining EBIT may differ from the methods used by other companies for this or similar non-GAAP financial measures. Accordingly, this non-GAAP measure may not be comparable to the measures used by other companies.

The most comparable GAAP measure is net earnings. The following provides a reconciliation of EBIT to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure:
 
Three Months Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
(In millions)
October 28, 2016
 
October 30, 2015
 
October 28, 2016
 
October 30, 2015
Net earnings
$
379

 
$
736

 
$
2,430

 
$
2,535

Interest - net
163

 
141

 
486

 
409

Income tax provision
397

 
451

 
1,661

 
1,589

EBIT
$
939

 
$
1,328

 
$
4,577

 
$
4,533


Adjusted Net Earnings and Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share

To provide additional transparency, we have disclosed adjusted net earnings and adjusted diluted earnings per share, which are non-GAAP financial measures. These metrics exclude the Third Quarter Non-cash Charges. We believe that these non-GAAP measures are meaningful for investors in assessing the Company’s core operating performance.

The following table reconciles net earnings and diluted earnings per share (GAAP measures) to adjusted net earnings and adjusted diluted earnings per share (non-GAAP measures):
 
Three Months Ended
(In millions, expect per share data)
October 28, 2016
Net earnings
$
379

Third Quarter Non-cash Charges
462

Income tax impact of Third Quarter Non-cash Charges 1
(66
)
Adjusted net earnings
$
775

 
 
Diluted earnings per share
$
0.43

Per share impact of Third Quarter Non-cash Charges
0.53

Per share impact of income tax impact of Third Quarter Non-cash Charges
(0.08
)
Adjusted diluted earnings per share
$
0.88

 
 
1 
The income tax impact of Third Quarter Non-cash Charges is the summation of the calculated income tax charge for each of the third quarter non-cash events. There was no income tax impact associated with the impairment charge related to the investment in the Australian joint venture with Woolworths.

Return on Invested Capital

Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) is a non-GAAP financial measure. We believe ROIC is a meaningful metric for investors because it measures how effectively the Company uses capital to generate profits.

We define ROIC as trailing four quarters’ net operating profit after tax divided by the average of ending debt and equity for the last five quarters. Although ROIC is a common financial metric, numerous methods exist for calculating ROIC. Accordingly,

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the method used by our management to calculate ROIC may differ from the methods other companies use to calculate their ROIC. We encourage you to understand the methods used by another company to calculate its ROIC before comparing its ROIC to ours.

We consider return on average debt and equity to be the financial measure computed in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles that is the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure to ROIC. The difference between these two measures is that ROIC adjusts net earnings to exclude tax adjusted interest expense.

The calculation of ROIC, together with a reconciliation to the calculation of return on average debt and equity, the most comparable GAAP financial measure, is as follows:
(In millions, except percentage data)
For the Periods Ended
Calculation of Return on Invested Capital
October 28, 2016
 
October 30, 2015
Numerator 1
 
 
 
Net earnings
$
2,441

 
$
2,984

Plus:
 
 
 
Interest expense - net
630

 
540

Provision for income taxes
1,945

 
1,826

Earnings before interest and taxes
5,016

 
5,350

Less:
 
 
 
Income tax adjustment 2
2,066

 
2,027

Net operating profit after tax
$
2,950

 
$
3,323

Effective tax rate
44.3
%
 
38.0
%
Denominator
 
 
 
Average debt and equity 3, 4
$
21,725

 
$
21,047

Return on invested capital 5
13.6
%
 
15.8
%
 
 
 
 
Calculation of Return on Average Debt and Equity
 
 
Numerator 1
 
 
 
Net earnings
$
2,441

 
$
2,984

Denominator
 
 
 
Average debt and equity 3, 4
$
21,725

 
$
21,047

Return on average debt and equity
11.2
%
 
14.2
%
1    Amounts used in the calculation of the numerator are based on the trailing four quarters.
2 
Income tax adjustment is defined as earnings before interest and taxes, in each of the 12 periods, multiplied by the respective effective rates for those periods.
3 
Average debt and equity is defined as average debt, including current maturities and short-term borrowings, plus total equity for the last five quarters.
4 
Average debt and equity for the period ended October 30, 2015 has been retrospectively adjusted as a result of the Company’s adoption of ASU 2015-03, Simplifying the Presentation of Debt Issuance Costs, during the fourth quarter of 2015. The adoption of this accounting standard required reclassification of debt issuance costs from other assets to long-term debt, excluding current maturities.
5 
ROIC for the period ended October 28, 2016 was negatively impacted by approximately 318 basis points due to the 2015 non-cash impairment charge on the Australian joint venture with Woolworths and the 2016 Third Quarter Non-cash Charges, net of the foreign currency hedge gain recognized during 2016.

Net Sales – Net sales in the third quarter of 2016 increased 9.6% to $15.7 billion. The increase in total sales was primarily driven by the addition of RONA, an increase in comparable sales, and new stores. For the third quarter of 2016, RONA represented 6.3% of the sales growth. Comparable sales increased 2.7% over the same period, driven by a 2.2% increase in average ticket and a 0.5% increase in customer transactions.


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During the third quarter of 2016, we experienced comparable sales increases in 10 of 13 product categories, with comparable sales increases above the company average in Outdoor Power Equipment, Lawn & Garden, Lumber & Building Materials, Tools & Hardware, and Appliances. Flooring and Seasonal Living categories performed at the company average, while we experienced low single-digit negative comparable sales in Kitchens and Paint. Outdoor Power Equipment and Lawn & Garden experienced strong comparable sales as we focused on exterior maintenance and winter lawn preparation and took advantage of an extended planting and lawn cutting season. Performance in Lumber & Building Materials and Tools & Hardware was driven by strong demand from the Pro customer. Tools & Hardware also benefited from customers’ positive response to our continued enhancements in product assortment and brand relevance. Strong brand and service advantages in Appliances as well as our continued investment in customer experience both in-store and online drove solid comparable sales during the quarter. Lower traffic and isolated inventory pressure drove negative comparable sales within Kitchens. Wet weather conditions in the North negatively impacted comparable sales within Paint.

Net sales increased 7.4% to $49.2 billion for the first nine months of 2016 compared to 2015. RONA represented 3.0% of the sales growth. Comparable sales increased 3.9% over the same period, primarily driven by a 1.8% increase in customer transactions and a 2.0% increase in average ticket.

Gross Margin – For the third quarter of 2016, gross margin decreased 40 basis points as a percentage of sales. Gross margin was negatively impacted 46 basis points due to the inclusion of purchase price adjustments related to RONA’s opening balance sheet primarily associated with inventory and the mix of the RONA business.

Gross margin as a percentage of sales decreased 28 basis points in the first nine months of 2016 compared to 2015. Gross margin was negatively impacted by 22 basis points due to the inclusion of purchase price adjustments related to RONA’s opening balance sheet primarily associated with inventory, 11 basis points due to mix of products sold, and seven basis points due to targeted promotional activity, partially offset by 12 basis points due to cost reductions associated with value improvement.

SG&A – For the third quarter of 2016, SG&A expense deleveraged 309 basis points as a percentage of sales compared to the third quarter of 2015. This was primarily driven by 184 basis points of deleverage associated with a non-cash impairment charge resulting from the wind down of the Australian joint venture with Woolworths. We experienced 60 basis points of deleverage associated with the write-off of canceled technology-enabled projects as part of an ongoing review of our strategic initiatives. We also experienced 48 basis points of deleverage associated with goodwill and long-lived asset impairments related to Orchard Supply Hardware operations. In addition, we experienced deleverage in risk insurance which was driven by a favorable adjustment in the prior year that did not repeat in the current year, proprietary credit due to higher loan losses, and operating salaries as a result of slow sales trends early in the quarter. These were partially offset by 27 basis points of leverage in incentive compensation, primarily due to lower expected attainment levels compared to the same quarter of the prior year.

SG&A expense as a percentage of sales deleveraged 50 basis points in the first nine months of 2016 compared to 2015. This was driven primarily by 59 basis points of deleverage attributable to the non-cash impairment charge resulting from the wind down of the Australian joint venture with Woolworths, 19 basis points in discontinued projects, 11 basis points in operating salaries, and nine basis points for goodwill impairment. These were partially offset by 16 basis points of leverage associated with employee insurance costs, 15 basis points related to the settlement of the foreign currency option contract entered into in anticipation of the RONA acquisition, and 13 basis points in incentive compensation.

Depreciation – Depreciation expense leveraged 21 basis points for the third quarter of 2016 compared to the prior year due to increased sales. Property, less accumulated depreciation, increased to $20.0 billion at October 28, 2016, compared to $19.7 billion at October 30, 2015. As of October 28, 2016 and October 30, 2015, we owned 79% and 86% of our stores, respectively, which included stores on leased land.

Depreciation expense leveraged 19 basis points in the first nine months of 2016 compared to 2015 due to increased sales as well as assets becoming fully depreciated.

Interest – Net – Interest expense for the third quarter and first nine months of 2016 increased compared to the prior year due primarily to an increase in total debt compared to the prior year.

Income Tax Provision – Our effective income tax rates were 51.2% and 38.0% for the three months ended October 28, 2016 and October 30, 2015, respectively. During the third quarter of 2016, the Company recognized an adjustment to the tax rate related to the non-cash impairment charge associated with the investment in the Australian joint venture with Woolworths. The losses are considered capital in nature, and no present or future capital gains have been identified through which the Company can utilize these losses.

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Our effective income tax rates were 40.6% and 38.5% for the nine months ended October 28, 2016 and October 30, 2015, respectively. The higher effective tax rate for the nine months ended October 28, 2016 was due to the same drivers that impacted the effective income tax rates for the third quarter.

FINANCIAL CONDITION, LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

Cash Flows

The following table summarizes our cash flow activities for the nine months ended October 28, 2016 and October 30, 2015:
 
Nine Months Ended
(In millions)
October 28, 2016
 
October 30, 2015
Net cash provided by (used in):
 
 
 
Operating activities
5,269

 
4,546

Investing activities
(3,052
)
 
(986
)
Financing activities
(1,656
)
 
(2,790
)

The increase in net cash provided by operating activities for the nine months ended October 28, 2016, versus the nine months ended October 30, 2015, was primarily driven by improved working capital management and an increase in net earnings, adjusted for non-cash expenses.

The increase in net cash used in investing activities for the nine months ended October 28, 2016, versus the nine months ended October 30, 2015, was driven primarily by the acquisition of RONA.

The decrease in net cash used in financing activities for the nine months ended October 28, 2016, versus the nine months ended October 30, 2015, was primarily driven by an increase in net proceeds from the issuance of long-term debt. The company received proceeds of $3.3 billion from the issuance of unsecured notes in 2016 compared to $1.7 billion in 2015. The decrease in net cash used in financing activities is also attributable to a decrease in share repurchases, and is partially offset by an increase in repayments of long-term debt of $1.1 billion in 2016 compared to $500 million in 2015.

Sources of Liquidity

Liquidity is provided primarily by our cash flows from operations, short-term borrowing facilities, and long-term debt.

In November 2016, the Company entered into an agreement to amend and restate its $1.75 billion five-year unsecured revolving credit agreement (the Amended and Restated Credit Agreement) to, among other things, (i) extend the maturity date of the revolving credit facility, (ii) add a multicurrency subfacility and (iii) modify the revolving commitments of the lenders. Subject to obtaining commitments from the lenders and satisfying other conditions specified in the Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, the Company may increase the aggregate availability under the facility by an additional $500 million. The Amended and Restated Credit Agreement contains customary representations, warranties, and covenants for a transaction of this type. As of November 29, 2016, there were no outstanding borrowings under the Amended and Restated Credit Agreement.

We expect to continue to have access to the capital markets on both short- and long-term bases when needed for liquidity purposes by issuing commercial paper or new long-term debt. The availability and the borrowing costs of these funds could be adversely affected, however, by a downgrade of our debt ratings or a deterioration of certain financial ratios. The table below reflects our debt ratings by Standard & Poor’s (S&P) and Moody’s as of November 29, 2016, which we are disclosing to enhance understanding of our sources of liquidity and the effect of our ratings on our cost of funds. Although we currently do not expect a downgrade in our debt ratings, our commercial paper and senior debt ratings may be subject to revision or withdrawal at any time by the assigning rating organization, and each rating should be evaluated independently of any other rating.

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Debt Ratings
S&P
 
Moody’s
Commercial Paper
A-2
 
P-2
Senior Debt
A-
 
A3
Senior Debt Outlook
Stable
 
Stable

We believe that net cash provided by operating and financing activities will be adequate not only for our operating requirements, but also for investments in our existing stores and distribution facilities, investments in information technology, expansion plans, acquisitions, if any, and to return cash to shareholders through both dividends and share repurchases over the next 12 months. There are no provisions in any agreements that would require early cash settlement of existing debt or leases as a result of a downgrade in our debt rating or a decrease in our stock price. In addition, we do not believe it will be necessary to repatriate significant cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments held in foreign affiliates to fund domestic operations.

Cash Requirements

Capital expenditures

Our fiscal 2016 capital forecast is approximately $1.5 billion. Our expansion plans are expected to account for approximately 40% of planned net cash outflow. Investments in our existing stores, including investments in remerchandising, store equipment, and technology, are expected to account for approximately 35% of net cash outflow. Approximately 20% of planned net cash outflow is for corporate programs, including investments to enhance the customer experience, as well as enhancements to the corporate infrastructure.  Other planned capital expenditures, accounting for approximately 5% of planned net cash outflow, are for investments in our existing distribution network.

Debt and capital

Unsecured debt of $500 million and $250 million is scheduled to mature in April 2017 and September 2017, respectively. See Note 9 to the consolidated financial statements included herein for additional information regarding long-term debt, including fiscal year 2016 financing activities.

We have an ongoing share repurchase program, authorized by the Company’s Board of Directors, that is executed through purchases made from time to time either in the open market or through private off-market transactions. Shares purchased under the share repurchase program are retired and returned to authorized and unissued status. As of October 28, 2016, we had $0.6 billion remaining available under our share repurchase program with no expiration date. Our fiscal year 2016 guidance assumed approximately $3.5 billion in share repurchases for the fiscal year. Our share repurchase assumption is not expected to be affected by the RONA acquisition. See Note 10 to the consolidated financial statements included herein for additional information regarding share repurchases.

Dividends declared during the third quarter totaled $306 million. Our dividend payment dates are established such that dividends are paid in the quarter immediately following the quarter in which they are declared.  

OFF-BALANCE SHEET ARRANGEMENTS

Other than in connection with executing operating leases, we do not have any off-balance sheet financing that has, or is reasonably likely to have, a material, current or future effect on our financial condition, cash flows, results of operations, liquidity, capital expenditures or capital resources.

CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS AND COMMERCIAL COMMITMENTS

In April 2016, we issued $3.3 billion of unsecured notes in the ordinary course of business, which are included in the table below that summarizes our contractual obligations relating to long-term debt, excluding capitalized lease obligations, at October 28, 2016. Interest payments included in the table below are calculated based on the rates in effect at October 28, 2016. The unsecured notes are further described in Note 9 to the consolidated financial statements included herein.

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Payments Due by Period
(In millions)
Total

 
Less Than 1 Year

 
1-3 Years

 
4-5 Years

 
After 5 Years

Long-term debt (principal amounts, excluding discounts and debt issuance costs)
$
14,465

 
$
753

 
$
1,301

 
$
1,026

 
$
11,385

Long-term debt (interest payments)
9,556

 
576

 
1,107

 
1,036

 
6,837

Total
$
24,021

 
$
1,329

 
$
2,408

 
$
2,062

 
$
18,222


In addition, as a result of the RONA acquisition, we assumed operating and capitalized leases. Total future payment obligations related to RONA leases were $847 million as of October 28, 2016. The acquisition is further described in Note 2 to the consolidated financial statements included herein.

As of October 28, 2016, there were no other material changes to our contractual obligations and commercial commitments outside the ordinary course of business since the end of fiscal 2015. Refer to the Annual Report for additional information regarding our contractual obligations and commercial commitments.

CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES AND ESTIMATES

Our significant accounting policies are described in Note 1 to the consolidated financial statements presented in the Annual Report on Form 10-K. Our critical accounting policies and estimates are described in Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations in the Annual Report. Our significant and critical accounting policies have not changed significantly since the filing of the Annual Report.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This Form 10-Q includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements including words such as “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “desire,” “project,” “estimate,” “intend,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “would,” “may,” “strategy,” “potential,” “opportunity,” and similar expressions are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve estimates, expectations, projections, goals, forecasts, assumptions, risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about future financial and operating results, the Company’s plans, objectives, business outlook, expectations and intentions, expectations for sales growth, comparable sales, earnings and performance, shareholder value, capital expenditures, cash flows, the housing market, the home improvement industry, demand for services, share repurchases, the Company’s strategic initiatives, including the acquisition of RONA and the expected impact of the transaction on the Company’s strategic and operational plans and financial results, and any statement of an assumption underlying any of the foregoing, and other statements that are not historical facts. Although we believe that the expectations, opinions, projections, and comments reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements involve risks and uncertainties and we can give no assurance that such statements will prove to be correct. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. A wide variety of potential risks, uncertainties, and other factors could materially affect our ability to achieve the results either expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, changes in general economic conditions, such as the rate of unemployment, interest rate and currency fluctuations, fuel and other energy costs, slower growth in personal income, changes in consumer spending, changes in the rate of housing turnover, the availability of consumer credit and of mortgage financing, inflation or deflation of commodity prices, and other factors that can negatively affect our customers, as well as our ability to: (i) respond to adverse trends in the housing industry, such as a demographic shift from single family to multi-family housing, a reduced rate of growth in household formation, and slower rates of growth in housing renovation and repair activity, as well as uneven recovery in commercial building activity; (ii) secure, develop, and otherwise implement new technologies and processes necessary to realize the benefits of our strategic initiatives focused on omni-channel sales and marketing presence and enhance our efficiency; (iii) attract, train, and retain highly-qualified associates; (iv) manage our business effectively as we adapt our traditional operating model to meet the changing expectations of our customers; (v) maintain, improve, upgrade, and protect our critical information systems from data security breaches and other cyber threats; (vi) respond to fluctuations in the prices and availability of services, supplies, and products; (vii) respond to the growth and impact of competition; (viii) address changes in existing or new laws or regulations that affect consumer credit, employment/labor, trade, product safety, transportation/logistics, energy costs, health care, tax or environmental issues; (ix) positively and effectively manage our public image and reputation and respond appropriately to unanticipated failures to maintain a high level of product and service quality that could result in a negative impact on customer confidence and adversely affect sales; and (x) effectively manage our relationships with selected suppliers of brand name products and key vendors and service providers, including third-party installers. In addition, we could experience impairment losses if either the actual results of our operating stores are not

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consistent with the assumptions and judgments we have made in estimating future cash flows and determining asset fair values, or we are required to reduce the carrying amount of our investment in certain unconsolidated entities that are accounted for under the equity method. With respect to the acquisition of RONA, potential risks include the effect of the transaction on the Company’s and RONA’s strategic relationships, operating results and businesses generally; our ability to integrate personnel, labor models, financial, IT and other systems successfully; disruption of our ongoing business and distraction of management; hiring additional management and other critical personnel; increasing the scope, geographic diversity and complexity of our operations; significant transaction costs or unknown liabilities; and failure to realize the expected benefits of the transaction. For more information about these and other risks and uncertainties that we are exposed to, you should read the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations - Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates” included in the Annual Report and the description of material changes thereto, if any, included in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC).

The forward-looking statements contained in this Form 10-Q are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements. The foregoing list of important factors that may affect future results is not exhaustive. When relying on forward-looking statements to make decisions, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events. All such forward-looking statements are based upon data available as of the date of this Form 10-Q or other specified date and speak only as of such date.  All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or any person acting on our behalf about any of the matters covered in this Form 10-Q are qualified by these cautionary statements and the “Risk Factors” included in the Annual Report and the description of material changes thereto, if any, included in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or subsequent filings with the SEC.  Except as may be required by applicable law, we expressly disclaim any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, change in circumstances, future events, or otherwise.

Item 3. - Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

The Company is exposed to certain market risks, including changes in foreign currency exchange rates, interest rates, and commodity prices.

Historically, our exposure to foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations on the translation of our international operations into U.S. dollars has not been material to our financial condition and results of operations. We will be further exposed to this risk as we increase operations in Canada following the acquisition of RONA.  To manage the foreign currency exchange rate risk on the consideration to be paid for the RONA acquisition, the Company entered into a foreign currency exchange option during the first quarter of fiscal 2016 to purchase 3.2 billion Canadian dollars at a strike price of 1.3933. In the second quarter of fiscal 2016, the option contract was settled. The net gain of $76 million was included in the accompanying consolidated statements of current and retained earnings. 

The Company’s interest rate and commodity price risk has not changed materially from that disclosed in the Annual Report.

Item 4. - Controls and Procedures

The Company’s management, with the participation of the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, has evaluated the effectiveness of the Company’s “disclosure controls and procedures,” (as such term is defined in Rule 13a-15(e) promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act). Based upon their evaluation, the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that, as of October 28, 2016, the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures were effective for the purpose of ensuring that the information required to be disclosed in the reports that the Company files or submits under the Exchange Act with the SEC (1) is recorded, processed, summarized, and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms, and (2) is accumulated and communicated to the Company’s management, including its principal executive and principal financial officers, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

In addition, no change in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting occurred during the quarter ended October 28, 2016, that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.


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Part II – OTHER INFORMATION

Item 1. - Legal Proceedings

The Company is a party to various lawsuits, claims, and other legal proceedings from time to time in the ordinary course of business. Management believes the outcome of these matters, individually or collectively, including the matter described below, will not have a material impact on the Company’s financial statements.
 
The Company received notice on September 12, 2016 that South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) issued a notice of violation to one of the Company’s subsidiaries, Orchard Supply Hardware, LLC (Orchard), regarding Orchard’s sale of certain products that allegedly contained volatile organic compounds in excess of SCAQMD limits.  SCAQMD has proposed a penalty in the amount of $167,213 to resolve the notice of violation.
Item 1A. - Risk Factors

There have been no material changes in our risk factors from those disclosed in the Annual Report.

Item 2. - Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

The following table sets forth information with respect to purchases of the Company’s common stock made during the third quarter of fiscal 2016:
(In millions, except average price paid per share)
Total Number of Shares Purchased 1

 
Average Price Paid per Share

 
Total Number of Shares Purchased as Part of Publicly Announced Plans or Programs 2

 
Dollar Value of Shares that May Yet Be Purchased Under the Plans or Programs 2

July 30, 2016 - August 26, 2016 3, 4
6.0

 
$
76.93

 
6.0

 
$
746

August 27, 2016 - September 30, 2016
1.1

 
72.78

 
0.8

 
685

October 1, 2016 - October 28, 2016 4
1.5

 
71.61

 
1.5

 
627

As of October 28, 2016
8.6

 
$
75.48

 
8.3

 
$
627

1 
During the third quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company repurchased an aggregate of 8.6 million shares of its common stock. The total number of shares repurchased includes 0.3 million shares withheld from employees to satisfy either the exercise price of stock options or the statutory withholding tax liability upon the vesting of share-based awards.
2 
On March 20, 2015, the Company’s Board of Directors authorized a $5.0 billion share repurchase program with no expiration, which was announced on the same day. As of October 28, 2016, the Company had $627 million remaining available under the program.
3 
In May 2016, the Company entered into an Accelerated Share Repurchase (ASR) agreement with a third-party financial institution to repurchase $500 million of the Company’s common stock. Pursuant to the agreement, the Company paid $500 million to the financial institution and received an initial delivery of 5.3 million shares. In August 2016, the Company finalized the transaction and received an additional 1.0 million shares. The average price paid per share in settlement of the ASR agreement included in the table above was determined with reference to the volume-weighted average price of the Company’s common stock over the term of the ASR agreement. See Note 10 to the consolidated financial statements included herein for additional information regarding share repurchases.
4 
In August 2016, the Company entered into an ASR agreement with a third-party financial institution to repurchase $250 million of the Company’s common stock. Pursuant to the agreement, the Company paid $250 million to the financial institution and received an initial delivery of 2.8 million shares. In October 2016, the Company finalized the transaction and received an additional 0.6 million shares. The average price paid per share in settlement of the ASR agreement included in the table above was determined with reference to the volume-weighted average price of the Company’s common stock over the term of the ASR agreement. See Note 10 to the consolidated financial statements included herein for additional information regarding share repurchases.

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Item 6. - Exhibits

Exhibit
Number
 
 
 
Incorporated by Reference
 
Exhibit Description
 
Form
 
File No.
 
Exhibit
 
Filing Date
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3.1
 
Restated Charter of Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
 
10-Q
 
001-07898
 
3.1
 
September 1, 2009
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3.2
 
Bylaws of Lowe’s Companies, Inc., as amended and restated May 27, 2016.
 
8-K
 
001-07898
 
3.1
 
May 31, 2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12.1
 
Statement Re Computation of Ratio of Earnings to Fixed Charges.‡
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
15.1
 
Deloitte & Touche LLP Letter Re Unaudited Interim Financial Information.‡
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
31.1
 
Certification of Principal Executive Officer Pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) / 15d-14(a), as Adopted Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.‡
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
31.2
 
Certification of Principal Financial Officer Pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) / 15d-14(a), as Adopted Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.‡
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
32.1
 
Certification of Principal 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 Principal Financial Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as Adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.†