10-K 1 bby-2018x10k.htm 10-K Document
UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
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FORM 10-K
(Mark One)
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ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the fiscal year ended February 3, 2018
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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 1-9595
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BEST BUY CO., INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Minnesota
 
41-0907483
State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization
 
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
7601 Penn Avenue South
Richfield, Minnesota
 
55423
(Zip Code)
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
 
Registrant's telephone number, including area code 612-291-1000
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class
 
Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $.10 per share
 
New York Stock Exchange
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None
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The aggregate market value of the voting and non-voting common equity held by non-affiliates of the registrant as of July 28, 2017, was approximately $13.0 billion, computed by reference to the price of $57.64 per share, the price at which the common equity was last sold on July 28, 2017, as reported on the New York Stock Exchange-Composite Index. (For purposes of this calculation all of the registrant's directors and executive officers are deemed affiliates of the registrant.)
As of March 29, 2018, the registrant had 282,713,593 shares of its Common Stock issued and outstanding.



DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

Portions of the registrant's definitive Proxy Statement relating to its 2018 Regular Meeting of Shareholders ("Proxy Statement") are incorporated by reference into Part III. The Proxy Statement will be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission within 120 days after the end of the fiscal year to which this report relates.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT PURSUANT TO THE
PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995

Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended ("Securities Act"), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended ("Exchange Act"), provide a "safe harbor" for forward-looking statements to encourage companies to provide prospective information about their companies. With the exception of historical information, the matters discussed in this Annual Report on Form 10-K are forward-looking statements and may be identified by the use of words such as "anticipate," "assume," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "foresee," "outlook," "plan," "project" and other words and terms of similar meaning. Such statements reflect our current view with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. A variety of factors could cause our future results to differ materially from the anticipated results expressed in such forward-looking statements. Readers should review Item 1A, Risk Factors, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K for a description of important factors that could cause our future results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements made in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Our forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this report or as of the date they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update our forward-looking statements.



BEST BUY    FISCAL    2018    FORM    10-K
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PART I

Item 1.  Business.

Unless the context otherwise requires, the terms "we," "us" and "our" in this Annual Report on Form 10-K refer to Best Buy Co., Inc. and, as applicable, its consolidated subsidiaries. Any references to our website addresses do not constitute incorporation by reference of the information contained on the websites.

Description of Business

We were incorporated in the state of Minnesota in 1966. Today, we are a leading provider of technology products, services and solutions. We offer these products and services to customers who visit our stores, engage with Geek Squad agents or use our websites or mobile applications. We have retail operations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Segments and Geographic Areas

We have two reportable segments: Domestic and International. The Domestic segment is comprised of the operations in all states, districts and territories of the U.S., under various brand names including Best Buy, bestbuy.com, Best Buy Mobile, Best Buy Direct, Best Buy Express, Geek Squad, Magnolia Home Theater and Pacific Kitchen and Home. The International segment is comprised of all operations in Canada and Mexico under the brand names Best Buy, Best Buy Express, Best Buy Mobile, Geek Squad and the domain names bestbuy.ca and bestbuy.com.mx.

In March 2015, we decided to consolidate Future Shop and Best Buy stores and websites in Canada under the Best Buy brand. This resulted in permanently closing 66 Future Shop stores and converting 65 Future Shop stores to the Best Buy brand. On March 1, 2018, we announced our intent to close all of our 257 remaining Best Buy Mobile stand-alone stores in the U.S. We expect the majority of these stores to close during the half of fiscal 2019. Additional information on these changes is included in Item 7, Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, and Note 4, Restructuring Charges, of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, included in Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Financial information about our segments and geographic areas is included in Item 7, Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, and Note 11, Segment and Geographic Information, of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, included in Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Operations

Our Domestic and International segments are managed by leadership teams responsible for all areas of the business. Both segments operate a multi-channel platform that allows customers to shop when and where they want.

Domestic Segment

Development of merchandise and services offerings, pricing and promotions, procurement and supply chain, online and mobile application operations, marketing and advertising and labor deployment across all channels are centrally managed. In addition, support capabilities (for example, human resources, finance and real estate management) are generally performed at our corporate headquarters. We also have field operations that support retail teams from our corporate headquarters and regional locations. Our retail stores have procedures for inventory management, asset protection, transaction processing, customer relations, store administration, product sales and services, staff training and merchandise display that are largely standardized within each store brand. All stores within each store brand generally operate under standard procedures with a degree of flexibility for store management to address certain local market characteristics.

International Segment

Our Canada and Mexico store operations are similar to those in our Domestic segment.

Merchandise and Services

Our Domestic and International segments have offerings in six revenue categories: Consumer Electronics, Computing and Mobile Phones, Entertainment, Appliances, Services and Other. The key components of each revenue category are as follows:

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Consumer Electronics - digital imaging, health and fitness, home automation, home theater and portable audio (including headphones, portable speakers and voice assistants);
Computing and Mobile Phones - computing and peripherals, e-readers, mobile phones (including related mobile network carrier commissions), networking, tablets and wearables (including smartwatches);
Entertainment - drones, gaming hardware and software, movies, music, technology toys, virtual reality and other software;
Appliances - major appliances (for example, dishwashers, laundry, ovens, refrigerators, etc.) and small appliances (for example, blenders, coffee makers, etc.);
Services - consultation, delivery, design, educational classes, installation, memberships, protection plans, repair, set-up and technical support; and
Other - beverages, snacks, sundry items and other product offerings within our International segment (including baby, luggage and sporting goods).

Distribution

Domestic Segment

U.S. Best Buy online merchandise sales are typically either picked up at U.S. Best Buy stores or delivered directly to customers from a distribution center or retail store. Our ship-from-store capability allows us to improve product availability and delivery times for customers. Most merchandise is shipped directly from manufacturers to our distribution centers located throughout the U.S. In order to meet release dates for certain products, merchandise may be shipped directly to our stores from suppliers.

International Segment

Our Canada and Mexico distribution model is similar to our Domestic segment model.

Suppliers and Inventory

Our Domestic and International segments purchase merchandise from a variety of suppliers. In fiscal 2018, our 20 largest suppliers accounted for approximately 70% of the merchandise we purchased, with five suppliers – Apple, Samsung, Hewlett-Packard, Sony and Lenovo – representing approximately 56% of total merchandise purchased. We generally do not have long-term written contracts with our vendors that would require them to continue supplying us with merchandise or that secure any of the key terms of our arrangements.

We carefully monitor and manage our inventory levels in an effort to match quantities on hand with consumer demand as closely as possible. Key elements to our inventory management process include the following: continuous monitoring of historical and projected consumer demand, continuous monitoring and adjustment of inventory receipt levels, agreements with vendors relating to reimbursement for the cost of markdowns or sales incentives and agreements with vendors relating to return privileges for certain products.

We also have a global sourcing operation to design, develop, test and contract-manufacture our exclusive brand products.

Store Development

We had approximately 1,200 large-format and 300 small-format stores at the end of fiscal 2018 throughout our Domestic and International segments. Our stores are a vital component of our multi-channel strategy and we believe they are an important competitive advantage. We have the ability to ship from all of our Best Buy stores in the U.S. and all of our large-format stores in Canada. Customers may also elect to pick up orders initiated online in any of our stores. Beginning in 2013, we opened vendor store-within-a-store concepts to allow closer vendor partnership and a higher quality customer experience. In fiscal 2019 and beyond, we will continue to look for opportunities to optimize our store space, renegotiate leases and selectively open or close locations to support our operations, as evidenced by our recent announcement to close all of our remaining Best Buy Mobile stand-alone stores in the U.S.

Refer to Item 7, Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, for tables reconciling our Domestic and International segment stores open at the end of each of the last three fiscal years.


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Intellectual Property

We own or have the right to use valuable intellectual property such as trademarks, service marks and tradenames, including, but not limited to, Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile, Best Buy Express, Dynex, Geek Squad, Insignia, Magnolia, Modal, My Best Buy, Pacific Sales, Pacific Kitchen and Home, Rocketfish, Platinum and our Yellow Tag logo.

We have secured domestic and international trademark and service mark registrations for many of our brands. We have also secured patents for many of our inventions. We believe our intellectual property has significant value and is an important factor in the marketing of our company, our stores, our products and our websites.

Seasonality

Our business, like that of many retailers, is seasonal. A large proportion of our revenue and earnings is generated in the fiscal fourth quarter, which includes the majority of the holiday shopping season in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Working Capital

We fund our business operations through a combination of available cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments and cash flows generated from operations. In addition, our revolving credit facilities are available for additional working capital needs, for general corporate purposes and investment and growth opportunities. Our working capital needs typically increase in the months leading up to the holiday shopping season as we purchase inventory in advance of expected sales.

Competition

Our competitors are primarily multi-channel retailers, internet-based businesses, technology service providers, traditional store-based retailers, and vendors and mobile network carriers who offer their products and services directly to customers. We believe our ability to deliver a high-quality customer experience offers us a key competitive advantage. Some of our competitors have lower cost operating structures and seek to compete for sales primarily on price. In addition, in the U.S., online-only operators are not generally required to collect sales taxes in certain states. We believe this advantage will continue to be eroded as sales tax rules are re-evaluated at both the state and federal levels. We carefully monitor pricing offered by other retailers, and maintaining price competitiveness is one of our ongoing priorities. In addition, we have a price-matching policy in the U.S. that allows customers to request that we match a price offered by certain retail store and online operators. In order to allow this, we are focused on maintaining efficient operations and leveraging the economies of scale available to us through our global vendor partnerships. We believe our dedicated and knowledgeable people, integrated online and retail assets, broad product assortment, strong vendor relationships, range of focused service and support offerings, distinct store formats, brand marketing strategies and supply chain are important ways in which we maintain this advantage.

Environmental Matters

We work hard to positively impact the environment and our communities. We believe that reducing our impact on the environment via realistic yet assertive sustainability goals and advancing energy-efficient consumer solutions helps create long-term value for all of our stakeholders. 
 
We continuously look for cost-effective solutions to minimize carbon emissions in our operations. In fiscal 2018, we set a new goal to reduce our own carbon emissions by 60 percent by 2020 (over a 2009 baseline), from both operational reductions and renewable sourcing, and we currently expect to meet or exceed this goal.
 
Refer to our Best Buy Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Report on our website for further information on environmental performance.

Number of Employees

At the end of fiscal 2018, we employed approximately 125,000 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and our sourcing office in China. We consider our employee relations to be good. We offer our employees a wide array of company-paid benefits that vary within our company due to customary local practices and statutory requirements, which we believe are competitive locally and in the aggregate relative to others in our industry.

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Available Information

We are subject to the reporting requirements of the Exchange Act and its rules and regulations. The Exchange Act requires us to file reports, proxy statements and other information with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). We make available, free of charge on our website, our Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and amendments to these reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act, as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically file these documents with, or furnish them to, the SEC. These documents are posted on our website at www.investors.bestbuy.com. In addition, the public may read and copy any materials we file with the SEC at the SEC’s Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, NE, Washington, DC 20549. The public may obtain information on the operation of the Public Reference Room by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330. The SEC also maintains a website that contains reports, proxy and information statements, and other information regarding issuers, including us, that file electronically with the SEC at www.sec.gov.

We also make available, free of charge on our website, our Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation, Amended and Restated By-laws, the Corporate Governance Principles of our Board of Directors ("Board") and our Code of Business Ethics adopted by our Board, as well as the charters of all of our Board's committees: Audit Committee; Compensation and Human Resources Committee; Finance and Investment Policy Committee; and Nominating, Corporate Governance and Public Policy Committee. These documents are posted on our website at www.investors.bestbuy.com.

Copies of any of the above-referenced documents will also be made available, free of charge, upon written request to Best Buy Co., Inc. Investor Relations Department at 7601 Penn Avenue South, Richfield, MN 55423-3645.

Item 1A. Risk Factors.

Described below are certain risks that we believe apply to our business and the industry in which we operate. Each of the following risk factors should carefully be considered in conjunction with other information provided in this Annual Report on Form 10-K and in our other public disclosures. The risks described below highlight potential events, trends or other circumstances that could adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations, cash flows, liquidity or access to sources of financing and, consequently, the market value of our common stock and debt instruments. These risks could cause our future results to differ materially from historical results and from guidance we may provide regarding our expectations of future financial performance. The risks described below are not an exhaustive list of all the risks we face. There may be others that we have not identified or that we have deemed to be immaterial. All forward-looking statements made by us or on our behalf are qualified by the risks described below.

We face strong competition from multi-channel retailers, e-commerce businesses, technology service providers, traditional store-based retailers and vendors and mobile network carriers that offer their products and services directly to customers, which directly affects our revenue and profitability.

The retail sector is highly competitive. Price is of great importance to most customers, and price transparency and comparability continues to increase, particularly as a result of digital technology. The ability of consumers to compare prices on a real-time basis puts additional pressure on us to maintain competitive prices. We compete with many other local, regional, national and international retailers and technology service providers, as well as certain of our vendors and mobile network carriers that offer products directly to consumers. Some of our competitors have greater financial resources than us, have greater brand recognition and may be able to offer lower prices than us for a sustained period of time. They may also be able to secure better terms from vendors and devote more resources to technology, fulfillment and marketing. Competition may also result from new entrants in the markets we serve, offering products and/or services that compete with us.

The retail sector continues to experience a trend towards an increase in sales initiated online and using mobile applications, and some online-only businesses have lower operating costs than us and are not generally required to collect sales taxes in certain U.S. states, which can negatively impact the ability of multi-channel retailers to be price competitive on a tax-included basis. Online and multi-channel retailers continue to focus on delivery services, with customers increasingly seeking faster, guaranteed delivery times and low-price or free shipping. Our ability to be competitive on delivery times and delivery costs depends on many factors, and our failure to successfully manage these factors and offer competitive delivery options could negatively impact the demand for our products and our profit margins. Because our business strategy is based on offering superior levels of customer service and a full range of services to complement the products we offer, our cost structure is higher than some of our competitors, and this, in conjunction with price transparency, puts pressure on our margins.

As these and related competitive factors evolve, we may experience material adverse pressure on our revenue and profitability.


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Many of the products we sell are highly susceptible to technological advancement, product life cycle fluctuations and changes in consumer preferences.

In general, consumer electronics product life cycles (which begin with initial market launch and conclude with maturity or obsolescence) have become shorter and less predictable. This is largely due to rapid technological advancement and innovation and generally faster adoption by consumers. Consumer preferences have also become susceptible to rapid change, and this adds to the unpredictability of our business. These factors affect us in a number of ways, for example:

the emergence of new products and categories (for example, voice assistants);
the rapid maturity and decline of relatively new categories (for example, tablets);
cannibalization of categories (for example, the effect of smartphones on demand for GPS, mobile audio, digital imaging devices, etc.);
increasing demand for internet-based services that may replace physical products such as hard drives, media and entertainment software products;
intense consumer interest in high-profile product updates (for example, smartphone model updates), which concentrates purchasing activity around new launch dates and can often lead to shortages of merchandise;
unpredictable consumer adoption rates (for example, contrasting adoption rates of 3D and Ultra-HD televisions);
rapidly declining price-points in many categories (for example, digital imaging, Ultra-HD televisions, etc.); and
availability of content (for example, Ultra-HD programming, online streaming services, sporting events or other broadcast programming).

The effects of these factors can also be exacerbated by the competitive environment and the ease with which customers can research and compare product features and prices. If we fail to interpret, predict and react to these factors in a timely and effective manner, the consequences can include:

failure to offer the products and services that our customers want;
having excess inventory, which may require heavy discounting or liquidation;
inability to secure adequate access to brands or products for which consumer demand exceeds supply;
delays in adapting our merchandising, marketing or supply chain capabilities to accommodate changes in product trends; and
damage to our brand and reputation.

These and other similar factors could have a material adverse impact on our revenue and profitability.

Our reliance on key vendors and mobile network carriers subjects us to various risks and uncertainties which could affect our revenue and profitability.

We source the products we sell from a wide variety of domestic and international vendors. In fiscal 2018, our 20 largest suppliers accounted for approximately 70% of the merchandise we purchased (77% in fiscal 2017), with 5 suppliers – Apple, Samsung, Hewlett-Packard, Sony and Lenovo – representing approximately 56% of total merchandise purchased (53% in fiscal 2017). We generally do not have long-term written contracts with our vendors that would require them to continue supplying us with merchandise. Our profitability depends on us securing acceptable terms with our vendors for, among other things, the price of merchandise we purchase from them, funding for various forms of promotional programs, payment terms, allocations of merchandise, development of compelling assortments of products, operation of vendor-focused shopping experiences within our stores and terms covering returns and factory warranties. To varying degrees, our vendors may be able to leverage their competitive advantages — for example, their financial strength, the strength of their brand with customers, their own stores or online channels or their relationships with other retailers — to our commercial disadvantage. The potential adverse impact of these factors can be amplified by price transparency (which can limit our flexibility to modify selling prices) and a highly competitive retail environment. Generally, our ability to negotiate favorable terms with our vendors is more difficult with vendors where our purchases represent a smaller proportion of their total revenues, consequently impacting our profitability from such vendor relationships.

We are also dependent on a relatively small number of mobile carriers to allow us to offer mobile devices with carrier connections. The competitive strategies utilized by mobile network carriers can have a material impact on our business. For example, if carriers change the structure of customer contracts, customer upgrade terms, customer qualification requirements, monthly fee plans, cancellation fees or service levels, the volume of upgrades and new contracts we sign with customers may be reduced, adversely affecting our revenue and profitability. In addition, our carriers also may serve customers through their own stores, websites, mobile applications and call centers or through other competing retail channels. Carriers may decide to cease allowing us to offer their contracts or certain categories of their contracts, focus their marketing efforts on alternative

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channels or make unfavorable changes to our commissions or other terms. Each of these factors could have a material adverse impact on our revenue and profitability.

We have internal standards that we require all of our vendors to meet. Our ability to find qualified vendors who can supply products in a timely and efficient manner that meet our standards of quality and safety can be difficult, especially with respect to goods sourced from outside the U.S. Political or financial instability, merchandise quality issues, product safety concerns, cross-border trade restrictions or tariffs, work stoppages, port delays, foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, transportation capacity and costs, inflation, civil unrest, natural disasters, outbreaks of pandemics and other factors relating to foreign trade are beyond our control. Vendors may also fail to invest adequately in design, production or distribution facilities, may reduce their customer incentives, advertising and promotional activities or change their pricing policies. These and other related issues could have a material adverse impact on our financial results.

Product safety and quality concerns could have a material adverse impact on our revenue and profitability.

If the products we sell fail to meet applicable safety standards or our customers' expectations regarding safety and quality, we could be exposed to increased legal risk and our reputation may be damaged. Failure to take appropriate actions in relation to product recalls could lead to breaches in laws and regulations and leave us susceptible to government enforcement actions or private litigation. Recalls of products, particularly when combined with lack of available alternatives or our difficulty in sourcing sufficient volumes of replacement products, could also have a material adverse impact on our revenue and profitability.

Our focus on services as a strategic priority exposes us to certain risks that could have a material adverse impact on our revenue and profitability as well as our reputation.

We offer a full range of services that complement our product offerings, including consultation, design, delivery, installation, set-up, protection plans, repair, technical support and educational classes. Designing, marketing and executing these services is subject to incremental risks. These risks include, for example:

increased labor expense to fulfill our customer promises, which may be higher than the related revenue;
increased risk of errors or omissions in the fulfillment of services;
unpredictable warranty failure rates and related expenses;
employees in transit using company vehicles to visit customer locations and employees being present in customer homes, which may increase our scope of liability;
the potential for increased scope of liability relating to managed services offerings;
employees having access to customer devices, including the information held on those devices, which may increase our responsibility for the security of those devices and the data they hold; and
the engagement of third parties to assist with some aspects of construction and installation, and the potential responsibility for the actions they take, and for compliance with building codes and related regulations.

In addition, as customers increasingly migrate to websites and mobile applications to initiate transactions, it is inherently more difficult to demonstrate and explain the features and benefits of our service offerings, which can lead to a lower revenue mix of these services. If, for these or other reasons, we fail to design and market services effectively to our customers or fail to meet our customers’ expectations in the execution of these services, our reputation, revenue and profitability could be adversely affected.

Macroeconomic pressures in the markets in which we operate could adversely affect consumer spending and our financial results.

To varying degrees, our products and services are sensitive to changes in macroeconomic conditions that impact consumer spending. As a result, consumers may be affected in many different ways, including, for example:

whether or not they make a purchase;
their choice of brand, model or price-point;
how frequently they upgrade or replace their devices; and
their appetite for complementary services (for example, protection plans).

Real GDP growth, consumer confidence, inflation, employment levels, oil prices, interest rates, tax rates, availability of consumer financing, housing market conditions, foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, costs for items such as fuel and

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food and other macroeconomic trends can adversely affect consumers' demand for the products and services that we offer. Our future results could be significantly adversely impacted by these factors.

Interruptions and other factors affecting our supply chain, including in-bound deliveries from our vendors, may adversely affect our business.

Our supply chain is a critical part of our operations, particularly in light of industry trends and initiatives, such as ship-from-store and the emphasis on fast delivery when purchasing online. We depend on our vendors' ability to deliver products to us at the right location, right time and in the right quantities. We also depend on third parties for the operation of certain aspects of our supply chain network. The factors that can adversely affect these aspects of our operations include:

interruptions to our delivery capabilities;
failure of third parties to meet our standards or commitments;
disruptions to our systems and implementation of new systems;
limitations in capacity;
consolidation or business failures in the transportation and distribution sectors;
labor strikes or slow-downs impacting ports or any other aspect of our supply chain;
damages or other loss to products; and
costs that are excessive.

It is important that we be able to maintain optimal levels of inventory in each store and distribution center and respond rapidly to shifting demands. Any disruption to, or inefficiency in, our supply chain network could damage our revenue and profitability. The risks associated with our dependence on third parties are greater for small parcel home deliveries because of the relatively small number of carriers with the scope and capacity required by our business. The continuing growth of e-commerce increases our exposure to these risks. If we fail to manage these risks effectively, we could experience a material adverse impact on our reputation, revenue and profitability.

If we fail to attract, retain and engage appropriately qualified employees, including employees in key positions, our operations and profitability may be harmed. Changes in market compensation rates may adversely affect our profitability.

Our performance is highly dependent on attracting, retaining and engaging appropriately qualified employees in our stores, service centers, distribution centers, field and corporate offices. Our strategy of offering high quality services and assistance for our customers requires a highly trained and engaged workforce. The turnover rate in the retail sector is relatively high, and there is an ongoing need to recruit and train new employees. Factors that affect our ability to maintain sufficient numbers of qualified employees include employee morale, our reputation, unemployment rates, competition from other employers, availability of qualified personnel and our ability to offer appropriate compensation packages. We operate in a competitive labor market and there is a risk that market increases in compensation could have a material adverse effect on our profitability. Failure to recruit or retain qualified employees in the future may impair our efficiency and effectiveness and our ability to pursue growth opportunities. In addition, a significant amount of turnover of our executive team or other employees in key positions with specific knowledge relating to us, our operations and our industry, may negatively impact our operations.

Our strategy to expand into new products, services and technologies brings new business, financial and regulatory risks.

As we introduce new products and services, using new technologies and applications, we may have limited experience in these newer market segments, and our customers may not like our new value propositions. These offerings may present new and difficult technology challenges, and we may be subject to claims if customers of these offerings experience service disruptions or failures or other issues. In addition, this expansion increases the complexity of our business and places significant strain on our management, personnel, operations, systems, technical performance, financial resources, and internal financial and regulatory control and reporting functions. In addition, new initiatives we test through trials and pilots may not scale or grow effectively or as we expected, which could limit our growth and negatively affect our operating results. They may also involve significant laws or regulations that are beyond our current expertise.

Demand for the products and services we sell could decline if we fail to maintain positive brand perception and recognition.

We operate a portfolio of brands with a commitment to customer service and innovation. We believe that recognition and the reputation of our brands are key to our success. Operational factors such as, for example, failure to deliver high quality services, uncompetitive pricing, failure to meet delivery promises or business interruptions could damage our reputation.

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External factors, such as negative public remarks or accusations, could also be damaging. The ubiquity of social media means that customer feedback and other information about our company are shared with a broad audience in a manner that is easily accessible and rapidly disseminated. Damage to the perception or reputation of our brands could result in, among other things, declines in customer loyalty, decreases in gift card and service plan sales, lower employee retention and productivity and vendor relationship issues, all of which could materially affect our revenue and profitability.

Failure to effectively manage our real estate portfolio may negatively impact our operating results.

Effective management of our real estate portfolio is critical to our multi-channel strategy. Failure to identify and lease suitable locations for our stores and other facilities could impair our ability to compete successfully and our profitability. Most of our properties are subject to long-term leases. As such, it is essential that we effectively evaluate a range of factors that may influence the success of our long-term real estate strategy. Such factors include, for example:

changing patterns of customer consumption and behavior, particularly in light of an evolving multi-channel environment;
the appropriate number of stores in our portfolio;
the formats and sizes of our stores;
the locations of our stores;
the interior layouts of our stores;
the products and services we offer at each store;
the trade area demographics and economic factors for each of our stores;
the local competitive positioning in and around our stores;
the primary term lease commitment for each store;
the long-term lease option coverage for each store;
the occupancy cost of our stores relative to market rents;
our supply chain network strategy; and
our ongoing network of service locations.

If we fail to effectively evaluate these factors or negotiate appropriate terms or if unforeseen changes arise, the consequences could include, for example:

closing stores and abandoning the related assets, while retaining the financial commitments of the leases;
incurring significant costs to remodel or transform our stores;
operating stores, supply chain or service locations that no longer meet the needs of our business; and
bearing excessive lease expenses.

These consequences could have a material adverse impact on our profitability, cash flows and liquidity.

For leased property, the financial impact of exiting a location can vary greatly depending on, among other factors, the terms of the lease, the condition of the local real estate market, demand for the specific property, our relationship with the landlord and the availability of potential sub-lease tenants. It is difficult for us to influence some of these factors and the costs of exiting a property can be significant. In addition to rent, we are still responsible for taxes, insurance and common area maintenance charges for vacant properties until the lease commitment expires or is terminated. Similarly, when we enter into a contract with a tenant to sub-lease property, we usually retain our obligations as the master lessee. This leaves us at risk for any remaining liability in the event of default by the sub-lease tenant.

Failure to effectively manage our costs could have a material adverse effect on our profitability.

Some of our operating costs are fixed and/or are subject to multi-year contracts. Some elements of our costs may be higher than our competitors' because of, for example, our differential service offerings or levels of customer service. As discussed above, our revenues are susceptible to volatility from various sources, which can lead to periods of flat or declining revenues. Accordingly, our ongoing drive to reduce costs and increase efficiency represents a strategic imperative. Failure to successfully manage our costs could have a material adverse impact on our profitability and curtail our ability to fund our growth or other critical initiatives.

Constraints in the capital markets or our vendor credit terms may have a material adverse impact on our liquidity.

We need sufficient sources of liquidity to fund our working capital requirements, service our outstanding indebtedness and finance business opportunities. Without sufficient liquidity, we could be forced to curtail our operations or we may not be able

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to pursue business opportunities. The principal sources of our liquidity are funds generated from operating activities, available cash and liquid investments, credit facilities, other debt arrangements and trade payables. Our liquidity could be materially adversely impacted if our vendors reduce payment terms and/or impose tighter credit limits. If our sources of liquidity do not satisfy our requirements, we may need to seek additional financing. The future availability of financing will depend on a variety of factors, such as economic and market conditions, the regulatory environment for banks and other financial institutions, the availability of credit, our credit ratings and our reputation with potential lenders. These factors could have a material adverse effect on our costs of borrowing and our ability to pursue business opportunities, and threaten our ability to meet our obligations as they become due.

Changes in our credit ratings may limit our access to capital and materially increase our borrowing costs.

Our credit ratings and outlooks at March 29, 2018, are summarized below. In fiscal 2018, Fitch Ratings Limited affirmed its long-term credit rating of BBB- and changed its outlook from Stable to Positive. In fiscal 2019, Standard & Poor's Rating Services upgraded its long-term credit rating of BBB- to BBB and changed its outlook from Positive to Stable, and Moody's Investors Service, Inc. affirmed its long-term credit rating of Baa1 with a Stable outlook.
Rating Agency
Rating
 
Outlook
Standard & Poor's
BBB
 
Stable
Moody's
Baa1
 
Stable
Fitch
BBB-
 
Positive

Any future downgrades to our credit ratings and outlook could negatively impact the perception of our credit risk and thus our access to capital markets, borrowing costs, vendor terms and lease terms. Our credit ratings are based upon information furnished by us or obtained by a rating agency from its own sources and are subject to revision, suspension or withdrawal by one or more rating agencies at any time. Rating agencies may change the ratings assigned to us due to developments that are beyond our control, including the introduction of new rating practices and methodologies.

We are highly dependent on the cash flows and net earnings we generate during our fourth fiscal quarter, which includes the majority of the holiday shopping season.
 
Approximately one-third of our revenue and more than one-half of our net earnings have historically been generated in our fourth fiscal quarter, which includes the majority of the holiday shopping season in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. In addition, the holiday shopping season also incorporates many other unpredictable factors, such as the level of competitive promotional activity and customer buying patterns, which makes it difficult to forecast and react to these factors quickly. Unexpected events or developments such as natural or man-made disasters, changes in consumer demand, economic factors, product sourcing issues, failure or interruption of management information systems or disruptions in services or systems provided or managed by third-party vendors could significantly disrupt our operations. As a result of these factors, there is a risk that our fourth quarter and annual results could be adversely affected.

Failure to effectively manage strategic ventures, alliances or acquisitions could have a negative impact on our business.

We may decide to enter into new joint ventures, partnerships, alliances or acquisitions with third parties (collectively, "new ventures"). Assessing the viability of new ventures is typically subject to significant uncertainty and the success of such new ventures can be adversely affected by many factors, including, for example:

different and incremental business risks of the new venture;
failure to motivate and retain key employees of the new venture;
uncertainty of forecasting financial performance;
failure to integrate aspects of the new venture into our existing business, such as new product or service offerings or information technology systems;
failure to maintain appropriate internal control over financial reporting;
failure to generate expected synergies such as cost reductions;
unforeseen changes in the business environment of the new venture;
disputes or strategic differences with other third-party participants in the new venture; and
adverse impacts on relationships with vendors and other key partners of our existing business or the new venture.


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If new ventures are unsuccessful, our liquidity and profitability could be materially adversely affected, and we may be required to recognize material impairments to goodwill and other assets acquired. New ventures may also divert our financial resources and management's attention from other important areas of our business.

Failure to prevent or effectively respond to a breach of the privacy or security of our customer, employee, vendor or company information could expose us to substantial costs and reputational damage, as well as litigation and enforcement actions.

Our business involves the collection, use and storage of customer information, including payment card information, as well as confidential information regarding our employees, vendors and other company information. We also share confidential information with suppliers and other third parties, as well as use third-party technology and systems which transmit customer information for a variety of activities. While we take significant steps to protect this information, third party criminal activity such as cyber-attacks, lapses in our controls or the intentional or negligent actions of employees, business associates or third parties, may undermine our privacy and security measures and unauthorized parties may obtain access to our data systems and misappropriate employee, customer and other confidential data. Furthermore, because the methods used to obtain unauthorized access change frequently and may not be immediately detected, we may be unable to anticipate such attacks or promptly and effectively respond to them. Any compromise of our customer information or other confidential information could have a material adverse effect on our reputation or our relationships with our customers and partners, which may in turn have a negative impact on our revenue and may expose us to material costs, penalties and claims.

Sensitive customer data may also be present on customer-owned devices entrusted to us for service and repair. Vulnerable code on products sold or serviced, including our exclusive brands, may also result in a compromise of customer privacy or security. Our efforts to protect against such compromises and ensure appropriate handling of customer data on devices we manufacture, sell and service may not be effective, resulting in potential liability and damage to our customer relationships.

Increasing costs associated with information security, such as increased investment in technology and qualified staff, costs of compliance and costs resulting from fraud, could cause our business and results of operations to suffer materially. Additionally, the success of our online operations depends upon the secure transmission of customer and other confidential information over public networks, including the use of cashless payments. In addition, any compromise of our data security may materially increase the costs we incur to protect against such breaches and could subject us to additional legal risk.

We rely heavily on our information technology systems for our key business processes. Any failure or interruption in these systems could have a material adverse impact on our business.

The effective and efficient operation of our business is dependent on our information technology systems and those of our information technology vendors. We rely heavily on these information technology systems to manage all key aspects of our business, including demand forecasting, purchasing, supply chain management, point-of-sale processing, services fulfillment, staff planning and deployment, financial management, reporting and forecasting and safeguarding critical and sensitive information.

Our information technology systems and those of our partners are subject to damage or interruption from power outages, computer and telecommunications failures, computer viruses, worms, other malicious computer programs, denial-of-service attacks, security breaches (through cyber-attacks and other malicious actions), catastrophic events such as fires, tornadoes, earthquakes and hurricanes, and usage errors by our employees. The failure or interruption of these information systems, data centers or their backup systems could significantly disrupt our business and cause higher costs and lost revenues and could threaten our ability to remain in operation.

We also utilize complex information technology platforms to operate our websites and mobile applications. If we do not continually invest in securing these systems against attacks or fail to effectively upgrade and maintain our hardware, software, network and system infrastructure and improve the efficiency and resiliency of our systems, it could cause system interruptions and delays. Disruptions to these services, such as those caused by unforeseen traffic levels, malicious attacks, other technical difficulties or events outside of our control, such as natural disasters, power or telecommunications failures or loss of critical data, could prevent us from accepting and fulfilling customer orders for products or services, which could cause us to forgo material revenues, incur material costs and adversely affect our reputation.

Catastrophic events could adversely affect our operating results.

The risk or actual occurrence of various catastrophic events could have a material adverse effect on our financial performance. Such events may be caused by, for example:

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natural disasters or extreme weather events;
diseases or epidemics that may affect our employees, customers or partners;
floods, fire or other catastrophes affecting our properties;
cybersecurity breaches; or
terrorism, civil unrest or other conflicts.

Such events can adversely affect our work force and prevent employees and customers from reaching our stores and properties and can disrupt or disable portions of our supply chain and distribution network. They can also affect our information systems, resulting in disruption to various aspects of our operations, including our ability to transact with customers and fulfill orders. As a consequence of these or other catastrophic events, we may endure interruption to our operations or losses of property, equipment or inventory, which would adversely affect our revenue and profitability.

Our exclusive brands products are subject to several additional product, supply chain and legal risks that could affect our operating results.

Sales of our exclusive brands products, which include Insignia, Modal, Dynex, Platinum and Rocketfish branded products, represent an important component of our product offerings and our revenue and profitability. Most of these products are manufactured by contract manufacturers based in southeast Asia. This arrangement exposes us to the following additional potential risks, which could have a material adverse effect on our operating results:

we have greater exposure and responsibility to consumers for warranty replacements and repairs as a result of exclusive brand product defects, and our recourse to contract manufacturers for such warranty liabilities may be limited in foreign jurisdictions;
we may be subject to regulatory compliance and/or product liability claims relating to personal injury, death or property damage caused by exclusive brand products, some of which may require us to take significant actions such as product recalls;
we may experience disruptions in manufacturing or logistics due to inconsistent and unanticipated order patterns, our inability to develop long-term relationships with key manufacturers or unforeseen natural disasters;
we may not be able to locate manufacturers that meet our internal standards, whether for new exclusive brand products or for migration of the manufacturing of products from an existing manufacturer;
we are subject to developing and often-changing labor and environmental laws for the manufacture of products in foreign countries, and we may be unable to conform to new rules or interpretations in a timely manner;
we may be subject to claims by technology or other intellectual property owners if we inadvertently infringe upon their patents or other intellectual property rights, or if we fail to pay royalties owed on our exclusive brand products;
we may be unable to obtain or adequately protect patents and other intellectual property rights on our exclusive brand products or manufacturing processes; and
regulations regarding disclosure of efforts to identify the country of origin of “conflict minerals” in certain portions of our supply chain could increase the cost of doing business and, depending on the findings of our country of origin inquiry, could have an adverse effect on our reputation.

Maintaining consistent quality, availability and competitive pricing of our exclusive brand products helps us build and maintain customer loyalty, generate revenue and achieve acceptable margins. Failure to maintain these factors could have a significant adverse impact on the demand for exclusive brand products and the profits we are able to generate from them.

We are subject to certain statutory, regulatory and legal developments which could have a material adverse impact on our business.

Our statutory, regulatory and legal environments expose us to complex compliance and litigation risks that could have a material adverse effect on our operations. Some of the most significant compliance and litigation risks we face are:

the difficulty of complying with sometimes conflicting statutes and regulations in local, national or international jurisdictions;
the potential for unexpected costs related to compliance with new or existing environmental legislation or international agreements affecting energy, carbon emissions, electronics recycling and water or product materials;
ensuring compliance with applicable product compliance laws and regulations with respect to both the products we sell and contract to manufacture, including laws and regulations related to product safety and product transport;
the impact of new regulations governing data privacy and security, whether imposed as a result of increased cyber-security risks or otherwise;

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the impact of other new or changing statutes and regulations, including, but not limited to, financial reform, National Labor Relations Board rule changes, health care reform, corporate governance matters, escheatment rules, rules governing pricing, content, distribution, copyright, mobile communications, electronic device certification or payment services, and/or other as yet unknown legislation, that could affect how we operate and execute our strategies as well as alter our expense structure;
the impact of the potential implementation of more restrictive trade policies, higher tariffs or the renegotiation of existing trade agreements in the U.S. or countries where we sell our products and services or procure products;
the impact of potential changes in U.S. or other countries' tax laws and regulations or evolving interpretations of existing laws, including additional guidance and legislation related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; and
the impact of litigation trends, including class action lawsuits involving consumers and shareholders, and labor and employment matters.

Regulatory activity focused on the retail sector has grown in recent years, increasing the risk of fines and additional operating costs associated with compliance. Additionally, defending against lawsuits and other proceedings may involve significant expense and divert management's attention and resources from other matters.

Changes to labor or employment laws or regulations could have an adverse impact on our costs and impair the viability of our operating model.

As an employer of approximately 125,000 people in a large number of different jurisdictions, we are subject to risks related to employment laws and regulations including, for example:

unionization and related regulations that affect the nature of labor relations, the organization of unions and union elections; in the U.S., the National Labor Relations Board continually considers changes to such regulations; as of February 3, 2018, none of our U.S. operations had employees represented by labor unions or working under collective bargaining agreements;
laws that impact the relationship between the company and independent contractors; and
laws that impact minimum wage, sick time, paid leave and scheduling requirements could directly or indirectly increase our payroll costs and/or impact the level of service we are able to provide.

Changes to laws and regulations such as these could adversely impact our reputation, our ability to continue operations and our profitability.

Economic, regulatory and other developments could adversely affect our ability to offer attractive promotional financing to our customers and adversely affect the profits we generate from these programs.
 
We offer promotional financing and credit cards issued by third-party banks that manage and directly extend credit to our customers. Customers choosing promotional financing can receive extended payment terms and low- or no-interest financing on qualifying purchases. We believe our financing programs generate incremental revenue from customers who prefer the financing terms to other available forms of payment or otherwise need access to financing in order to make purchases. Approximately 24% of our fiscal 2018 revenue was transacted using one of the company's branded cards. In addition, we earn profit-share income from our banking partners based on the performance of the programs. The income we earn in this regard is subject to numerous factors, including the volume and value of transactions, the terms of promotional financing offers, bad debt rates, interest rates, the regulatory and competitive environment and expenses of operating the program. Adverse changes to any of these factors could impair our ability to offer these programs to customers and reduce customer purchases and our ability to earn income from sharing in the profits of the programs.
 
We utilize third-party vendors for certain aspects of our business operations.
 
We engage key third-party business partners to support various functions of our business, including but not limited to, information technology, web hosting and cloud-based services, human resource operations, customer loyalty programs, promotional financing and customer loyalty credit cards, gift cards, customer warranty, delivery and installation, technical support, transportation and insurance programs. Any material disruption in our relationship with key third-party business partners or any disruption in the services or systems provided or managed by third parties could impact our revenues and cost structure and hinder our operations, particularly if a disruption occurs during peak revenue periods.


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Our international activities are subject to many of the same risks as described above, as well as to risks associated with the legislative, judicial, regulatory, political, economic and cultural factors specific to the countries or regions in which we operate.
 
We operate retail locations in Canada and Mexico. In addition, we have wholly owned legal entities registered in various other foreign countries, including Bermuda, China, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, the Republic of Mauritius, Turks and Caicos and the U.K. During fiscal 2018, our International segment's operations generated 8% of our revenue. In general, the risk factors identified above also have relevance to our International operations. In addition, our International operations also expose us to other risks, including those related to, for example:

political conditions and geopolitical events, including war and terrorism;
economic conditions, including monetary and fiscal policies and tax rules;
legal and regulatory environments;
rules governing international trade and potential changes to trade policies or trade agreements and ownership of foreign entities;
risks associated with foreign currency exchange rates;
cultural differences that we may be unable to anticipate or respond to appropriately;
different rules or practices regarding employee relations, including the existence of works councils or unions;
difficulties in enforcing intellectual property rights; and
difficulties encountered in exerting appropriate management oversight to operations in remote locations.
 
These factors could significantly disrupt our International operations and have a material adverse effect on our revenue and profitability and could lead us to incur material impairments and other exit costs.

Failure to meet the financial performance guidance or other forward-looking statements we have provided to the public could result in a decline in our stock price.
 
We may provide public guidance on our expected financial results or other forward-looking information for future periods. Although we believe that this guidance provides investors and analysts with a better understanding of management's expectations for the future and is useful to our existing and potential shareholders, such guidance is comprised of forward-looking statements subject to the risks and uncertainties described in this report and in our other public filings and public statements. Our actual results may not be in line with guidance we have provided. We may not be able to accurately forecast our growth rate. We base our expense levels and investment plans on sales estimates. A significant portion of our expenses and investments are fixed, and we may not be able to adjust our spending quickly enough if our sales are less than expected. Our revenue growth may not be sustainable and our percentage growth rates may decrease. Our revenue and operating profit growth depends on the continued growth of demand for the products and services offered by us, and our business is affected by general economic and business conditions worldwide. If our financial results for a particular period do not meet our guidance or the expectations of market participants, or if we reduce our guidance for future periods, the market price of our common stock may decline.

Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments.

Not applicable.


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Item 2. Properties.
Stores, Distribution Centers, Service Centers and Corporate Facilities
Domestic Segment
The following table summarizes the location and total square footage of our Domestic segment stores at the end of fiscal 2018:
 
 
U.S.
Best Buy
Stores
 
U.S. Best Buy
Mobile Stand-Alone Stores
 
Pacific Sales
Stores
Alabama
 
12

 
2

 

Alaska
 
2

 

 

Arizona
 
22

 
1

 

Arkansas
 
9

 
2

 

California
 
117

 
16

 
28

Colorado
 
21

 
4

 

Connecticut
 
12

 
2

 

Delaware
 
3

 
1

 

District of Columbia
 
2

 

 

Florida
 
64

 
28

 

Georgia
 
28

 
8

 

Hawaii
 
2

 

 

Idaho
 
5

 
1

 

Illinois
 
46

 
11

 

Indiana
 
23

 
10

 

Iowa
 
11

 
1

 

Kansas
 
8

 
2

 

Kentucky
 
9

 
7

 

Louisiana
 
16

 
4

 

Maine
 
3

 

 

Maryland
 
21

 
7

 

Massachusetts
 
23

 
7

 

Michigan
 
32

 
9

 

Minnesota
 
20

 
11

 

Mississippi
 
8

 
1

 

Missouri
 
18

 
7

 

Montana
 
3

 

 

Nebraska
 
5

 
3

 

Nevada
 
10

 
3

 

New Hampshire
 
6

 
3

 

New Jersey
 
26

 
7

 

New Mexico
 
5

 
2

 

New York
 
53

 
8

 

North Carolina
 
32

 
7

 

North Dakota
 
4

 
1

 

Ohio
 
35

 
9

 

Oklahoma
 
13

 
3

 

Oregon
 
12

 
2

 

Pennsylvania
 
37

 
12

 

Puerto Rico
 
3

 

 

Rhode Island
 
1

 

 

South Carolina
 
13

 
3

 

South Dakota
 
2

 
1

 

Tennessee
 
16

 
7

 

Texas
 
103

 
22

 

Utah
 
10

 

 

Vermont
 
1

 

 

Virginia
 
34

 
7

 

Washington
 
19

 
3

 

West Virginia
 
5

 

 

Wisconsin
 
22

 
11

 

Wyoming
 
1

 
1

 

Total store count
 
1,008

 
257

 
28

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Square footage (in thousands)
 
39,082

 
362

 
735

Average square feet per store (in thousands)
 
39

 
1

 
26



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The following table summarizes the ownership status of our Domestic segment store locations at the end of fiscal 2018:
 
 
U.S.
Best Buy
Stores
 
U.S. Best Buy
Mobile Stand- Alone Stores
(1)
 
Pacific Sales
Stores
Owned store locations
 
25

 

 

Owned buildings and leased land
 
36

 

 

Leased store locations
 
947

 
257

 
28

(1)
On March 1, 2018, we announced our intent to close all of our 257 remaining Best Buy Mobile stand-alone stores in the U.S. We expect the majority of these stores to close during the first half of fiscal 2019. Refer to Note 4, Restructuring Charges, of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, included in Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K for further information about our restructuring activities.
 
The following table summarizes the location, ownership status and total square footage of space utilized for distribution centers, service centers, corporate and field offices of our Domestic segment at the end of fiscal 2018:
 
 
 
 
Square Footage (in thousands)
 
 
Location
 
Leased
 
Owned
Distribution centers
 
23 locations in 17 U.S. states
 
8,750

 
3,168

Geek Squad service centers(1)
 
Louisville, Kentucky
 
237

 

Principal corporate headquarters(2)
 
Richfield, Minnesota
 

 
1,452

Territory field offices
 
11 locations throughout the U.S.
 
96

 

Pacific Sales corporate office space
 
Torrance, California
 
12

 

(1)
The leased space utilized by our Geek Squad operations is used primarily to service notebook and desktop computers.
(2)
Our principal corporate headquarters consists of four interconnected buildings. Certain vendors who provide us with a variety of corporate services occupy a portion of our principal corporate headquarters. We also sublease a portion of our principal corporate headquarters to unaffiliated third parties.
 

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International Segment
 
The following table summarizes the location and total square footage of our International segment stores at the end of fiscal 2018:
 
Best Buy
Stores
 
Best Buy
Mobile
Stores
 
Best Buy
Express
Stores
Canada
 
 
 
 
 
Alberta
19

 
9

 

British Columbia
22

 
10

 

Manitoba
4

 

 

New Brunswick
3

 

 

Newfoundland
1

 

 

Nova Scotia
3

 
1

 

Ontario
54

 
26

 

Prince Edward Island
1

 

 

Quebec
23

 
5

 

Saskatchewan
4

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Square footage (in thousands)
3,783

 
48

 

Average square feet per store (in thousands)
28

 
1

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Mexico
 
 
 
 
 
Ciudad de Mexico
8

 

 
4

Coahuila

 

 
1

Estado de Mexico
4

 

 

Guanajuato
1

 

 

Jalisco
4

 

 

Michoacan
1

 

 

Morelos
1

 

 

Nuevo Leon
2

 

 
1

Quintana Roo
1

 

 

San Luis Potosi
1

 

 

Veracruz
1

 

 

Yucatan
1

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Square footage (in thousands)
759

 

 
12

Average square feet per store (in thousands)
30

 

 
2

 
 
 
 
 
 
Total store count
159

 
51

 
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The following table summarizes the ownership status of our International segment store locations at the end of fiscal 2018:
 
Canada
 
Mexico
 
Best Buy
Stores
 
Best Buy
Mobile
Stores
 
Best Buy
Stores
 
Best Buy Express Stores
Owned store locations
3

 

 

 

Leased store locations
131

 
51

 
25

 
6


The following table summarizes the location, ownership status and total square footage of space for distribution centers and corporate offices of our International segment at the end of fiscal 2018:
 
 
 
Square Footage (in thousands)
 
 
 
Square Footage (in thousands)
 
Distribution Centers
 
Leased
 
Owned
 
Principal Corporate Offices
 
Leased
 
Owned
Canada
Brampton, Ontario
 
1,057

 

 
Burnaby, British Columbia
 
141

 

 
Vancouver, British Columbia
 
439

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Mexico
Estado de Mexico, Mexico
 
89

 

 
Distrito Federal, Mexico
 
32

 



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Exclusive Brands

We lease approximately 56,000 square feet of office space in China to support our exclusive brands operations.

Operating Leases

Almost all of our stores and a majority of our distribution facilities are leased. Additional information regarding our operating leases is available in Note 1, Summary of Significant Accounting Policies, and Note 8, Leases, of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, included in Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Item 3. Legal Proceedings.

For a description of our legal proceedings, see Note 12, Contingencies and Commitments, of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, included in Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures.

Not applicable.


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Executive Officers of the Registrant
(As of March 29, 2018)

Name
 
Age
 
Position with the Company
 
Years
with the
Company
Hubert Joly
 
58
 
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
 
5
Corie Barry
 
43
 
Chief Financial Officer
 
18
Kamy Scarlett
 
54
 
Chief Human Resources Officer
 
4
Shari L. Ballard
 
51
 
Senior Executive Vice President & President, Multi-channel Retail

 
25
R. Michael (Mike) Mohan
 
50
 
Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Merchandising and Marketing Officer

 
14
Keith J. Nelsen
 
54
 
General Counsel and Secretary
 
12
Asheesh Saksena
 
53
 
Chief Strategic Growth Officer
 
2
Trish Walker
 
51
 
President, Services
 
2
Mathew R. Watson
 
47
 
Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer
 
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Hubert Joly is our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director in September 2012 and as Chairman in June 2015. Mr. Joly was previously the president and chief executive officer of Carlson, Inc., a worldwide hospitality and travel company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from 2008 until he joined Best Buy. Prior to becoming chief executive officer of Carlson, Mr. Joly was president and chief executive officer of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, a business travel management company, from 2004 until 2008. He held several senior executive positions with Vivendi S.A., a French multinational media and telecommunications company, from 1999 to 2004. Prior to that time, Mr. Joly worked in the technology sector at Electronic Data Systems (now part of Hewlett-Packard Co.) from 1996 to 1999 and at McKinsey & Company, Inc. from 1983 to 1996. Mr. Joly is currently a member of the board of directors of Ralph Lauren Corp., a leader in the design, marketing and retailing of premier lifestyle products. He also serves on the executive committees for the Retail Industry Leaders Association and the Minnesota Business Partnership, and on the board of trustees of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Minnesota Orchestra. Mr. Joly previously served as a director of Carlson, Inc.; chair of the board of directors of the Rezidor Hotel Group; chair of the board of directors of Carlson Wagonlit Travel; chair of the Travel Facilitation Sub-Committee of the U.S. Department of Commerce Travel and Tourism Advisory Board; on the executive committee of the World Travel and Tourism Council; and on the board of overseers of the Carlson School of Management.

Corie Barry was appointed our Chief Financial Officer in June 2016. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of global finance, as well as information technology, digital technology, enterprise risk and compliance, audit, procurement and pricing functions. Ms. Barry joined Best Buy in 1999 and has held a variety of financial and operational roles within the organization, both in the field and at corporate. She most recently was the company’s chief strategic growth officer and the interim leader of Best Buy’s services organization from 2015 until 2016. Prior to that dual-role, she served as senior vice president of domestic finance from 2013 to 2015; vice president, chief financial officer and business development of our home business group from 2012 to 2013; and vice president, finance of the home customer solutions group from 2010 to 2012. Prior to Best Buy, Ms. Barry worked at Deloitte & Touche, LLP.

Kamy Scarlett was appointed our Chief Human Resources Officer in June 2017. In this role, she oversees talent development and the health and well-being of the more than 125,000 Best Buy employees worldwide. Ms. Scarlett joined Best Buy in 2014. She has served in a variety of retail operations, marketing and human resources leadership roles since beginning her career in retail more than 30 years ago. Most recently, she was senior vice president of retail and chief human resources officer for Best Buy Canada from 2014 to May 2017. She was responsible for sales and profits in more than 180 stores in addition to enacting the human resources and talent management strategies for the company. Prior to joining Best Buy, Ms. Scarlett was the chief operating officer from 2012 to 2014 at Grafton-Fraser Inc., a leading Canadian retailer of men’s apparel. She also previously held leadership roles at Loblaw Cos., Hudson’s Bay Co. and Dylex Inc.

Shari L. Ballard is our Senior Executive Vice President and President, Multi-channel Retail. In her role, she is responsible for all U.S. Best Buy stores, e-commerce, Best Buy Mexico and the company’s real estate strategy. Prior to her current role, she served as president, U.S. retail from 2014 to 2017; chief human resources officer from 2014 to 2016; president, international and chief human resources officer from 2013 to 2014; executive vice president and president, international from 2012 to 2013; executive vice president, president - Americas from March 2010 until 2012; executive vice president - retail channel management from 2007 to 2010; and executive vice president - human resources and legal from 2004 to 2007. Ms. Ballard joined us in 1993 and has served as senior vice president, vice president, and general and assistant store manager. Ms. Ballard

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serves on the board of directors of the University of Minnesota Foundation. She previously served on the board of directors of the Delhaize Group, a Belgian-based international food retailer.

R. Michael (Mike) Mohan is our Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising and Marketing Officer. He is responsible for the category management, merchandising, marketing, supply chain and Best Buy Direct functions for Best Buy’s core U.S. business. Prior to his current role, he served as chief merchandising officer from 2014 to 2017; president, home from 2013 to 2014; senior vice president, general manager - home business group from 2011 to 2013; senior vice president, home theatre from 2008 to 2011; and vice president, home entertainment from 2006 to 2008. Prior to joining Best Buy in 2004 as vice president, digital imaging, Mr. Mohan was vice president and general merchandising manager for Good Guys, an audio/video specialty retailer in the western U.S. Mr. Mohan also previously worked at Future Shop in Canada from 1988 to 1997, prior to our acquisition of the company, where he served in various merchandising roles. Mr. Mohan serves on the board of directors for Bloomin’ Brands, a hospitality industry company that owns several American casual dining restaurant chains, and as a national trustee for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Keith J. Nelsen has served as our General Counsel and Secretary since 2011. In this role, he manages our enterprise legal function and acts as Secretary to our Board of Directors. Previously, in addition to his current role, he also served as chief risk officer from 2012 to 2013. He was appointed executive vice president, general counsel in May 2011 and secretary of the company in June 2011 and served as senior vice president, commercial and international general counsel from 2008 until his current appointment. Mr. Nelsen joined Best Buy in 2006 as vice president, operations and international general counsel. Prior to joining us, he worked at Danka Business Systems PLC, an office products supplier, from 1997 to 2006 and served in various roles, including chief administration officer and general counsel. Prior to his time at Danka, Mr. Nelsen held the role of vice president, legal from 1995 to 1997 at NordicTrack, Inc., a provider of leisure equipment products. Mr. Nelsen began his career in 1989 as a practicing attorney with Best and Flanagan, LLP, a law firm located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mr. Nelsen is a member of the board of directors of NuShoe, Inc., a privately held shoe repair facility in San Diego, California.

Asheesh Saksena is our Chief Strategic Growth Officer. In this role, he leads the company’s efforts to refine and implement our growth strategy. He also is responsible for strategic planning across the company. A highly strategic leader with more than 20 years of experience in creating and leading strategic growth, Mr. Saksena joined Best Buy in June 2016. He previously served as the executive vice president of strategy and new business development from 2011 to 2016 at Cox Communications, one of the nation’s leading cable television providers. Prior to that, he was the deputy chief strategy officer from 2008 until 2011 for Time Warner Cable. He has also held leadership roles at Accenture and Tata Group.

Trish Walker was appointed our President, Services in April 2016. In this role, she oversees all services in stores, online and in customers’ homes. That includes the Geek Squad, a national tech-support organization with more than 20,000 agents dedicated to helping customers learn about and enjoy their technology, as well as the company’s service plan portfolio and customer care. Before joining us in 2016, Ms. Walker spent 27 years at Accenture, most recently serving as senior managing director and North America retail practice and global client account lead. Prior to leading the retail practice, she held numerous leadership positions in Accenture’s retail practice, including marketing, operations, SAP and change management. She has worked with many leading retailers over the years, including Nordstrom, CVS, L.L. Bean, Macy’s and The Limited. She also led Accenture’s work on the Best Buy account for several years, during which she worked closely with Geek Squad. Ms. Walker also serves on the advisory board of iOwn, LLC, a computer software development company.

Mathew R. Watson was appointed our Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer in October 2017. He previously served as our vice president, controller and chief accounting officer from April 2015 until his current role. Mr. Watson is responsible for our controllership, financial operations and external reporting functions. Mr. Watson has served in the role of vice president, finance - controller since 2014. Prior to that role, he was vice president - finance, domestic controller from 2013 to 2014. Mr. Watson was also senior director, external reporting and corporate accounting from 2010 to 2013 and director, external reporting and corporate accounting beginning in 2007. Prior to joining us in 2005, Mr. Watson worked at KPMG, a professional audit, advisory and tax firm, from 1995 to 2005. He serves on the boards of directors of AchieveMpls and The Best Buy Foundation.



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PART II

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

Market Information and Dividends

Our common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BBY. In fiscal 2004, our Board initiated the payment of a regular quarterly cash dividend with respect to shares of our common stock. A quarterly cash dividend has been paid in each subsequent quarter. In addition, our Board approved a special dividend that was declared and paid in the first quarter of each of fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2017. On March 1, 2018, we announced a 32% increase in our regular quarterly dividend to $0.45 per share. Future dividend payments will depend on our earnings, capital requirements, financial condition and other factors considered relevant by our Board. The table below sets forth the high and low sales prices of our common stock as reported on the New York Stock Exchange – Composite Index and the dividends declared and paid during the periods indicated.
 
Sales Price
 
Dividends Declared and Paid
 
Fiscal 2018
 
Fiscal 2017
 
Fiscal Year
 
High
 
Low
 
High
 
Low
 
2018
 
2017
First quarter
$
52.67

 
$
41.67

 
$
34.95

 
$
26.10

 
$
0.34

 
$
0.73

Second quarter
61.95

 
50.29

 
33.63

 
28.76

 
0.34

 
0.28

Third quarter
63.32

 
51.61

 
40.58

 
32.02

 
0.34

 
0.28

Fourth quarter
78.59

 
52.92

 
49.40

 
37.10

 
0.34

 
0.28

 
Holders

As of March 29, 2018, there were 2,566 holders of record of our common stock.

Purchases of Equity Securities by the Issuer and Affiliated Purchasers

In February 2017, our Board authorized a new $5.0 billion share repurchase program that superseded the previous $5.0 billion authorization from June 2011. There is no expiration date governing the period over which we can repurchase shares under the February 2017 authorization. On March 1, 2018, we announced our intent to repurchase $1.5 billion of shares in fiscal 2019, which reflects an updated two-year plan of $3.5 billion compared to the original $3.0 billion two-year plan announced on March 1, 2017. During fiscal 2018, we repurchased and retired 35.1 million shares at a cost of $2.0 billion. At February 3, 2018, $3.0 billion of the $5.0 billion of share repurchases authorized by our Board in February 2017 was available for future share repurchases. Between the end of fiscal 2018 and March 29, 2018, we repurchased an incremental 3.5 million shares of our common stock at a cost of $249 million.

The following table presents the total number of shares of our common stock that we purchased during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, the average price paid per share, the number of shares that we purchased as part of our publicly announced repurchase program and the approximate dollar value of shares that may yet be purchased at the end of the applicable fiscal period, pursuant to our February 2017 $5.0 billion share repurchase program:
Fiscal Period
Total Number of Shares Purchased
 
Average Price Paid per Share
 
Total Number of Shares Purchased as Part of Publicly Announced Program
 
Approximate Dollar Value of Shares that May Yet Be Purchased Under the Program(1)
Oct. 29, 2017 through Nov. 25, 2017
3,505,721

 
$
56.13

 
3,505,721

 
$
3,694,000,000

Nov. 26, 2017 through Dec. 30, 2017
5,070,197

 
$
64.00

 
5,070,197

 
$
3,370,000,000

Dec. 31, 2017 through Feb. 3, 2018
4,672,740

 
$
73.06

 
4,672,740

 
$
3,029,000,000

Total fiscal 2018 fourth quarter
13,248,658

 
$
65.11

 
13,248,658

 
$
3,029,000,000

(1)
At the beginning of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, there was $3.9 billion available for share repurchases under our February 2017 $5.0 billion share repurchase program. The "Approximate Dollar Value of Shares that May Yet Be Purchased Under the Program" reflects the $863 million we purchased in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 pursuant to such program. For additional information, see Note 7, Shareholders' Equity, of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.


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Best Buy Stock Comparative Performance Graph

The information contained in this Best Buy Stock Comparative Performance Graph section shall not be deemed to be "soliciting material" or "filed" or incorporated by reference in future filings with the SEC, or subject to the liabilities of Section 18 of the Exchange Act, except to the extent that we specifically incorporate it by reference into a document filed under the Securities Act or the Exchange Act.

The graph below compares the cumulative total shareholder return on our common stock for the last five fiscal years with the cumulative total return on the Standard & Poor's 500 Index ("S&P 500"), of which we are a component, and the Standard & Poor's Retailing Group Industry Index ("S&P Retailing Group"), of which we are also a component. The S&P Retailing Group is a capitalization-weighted index of domestic equities traded on the NYSE and NASDAQ and includes high-capitalization stocks representing the retail sector of the S&P 500.

The graph assumes an investment of $100 at the close of trading on February 2, 2013, the last trading day of fiscal 2013, in our common stock, the S&P 500 and the S&P Retailing Group.

COMPARISON OF 5 YEAR CUMULATIVE TOTAL RETURN*
Among Best Buy Co., Inc., the S&P 500 and the S&P Retailing Group

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Fiscal Year
2013
 
2014
 
2015
 
2016
 
2017
 
2018
Best Buy Co., Inc.
$
100.00

 
$
149.45

 
$
228.78

 
$
188.60

 
$
307.25

 
$
516.16

S&P 500
100.00

 
121.52

 
138.80

 
137.88

 
165.51

 
209.22

S&P Retailing Group
100.00

 
127.72

 
153.64

 
184.32

 
218.76

 
321.37

* Cumulative total return assumes dividend reinvestment.
Source: Research Data Group, Inc.

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Item 6. Selected Financial Data.

The following table presents our selected financial data. The table should be read in conjunction with Item 7, Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, and Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Five-Year Financial Highlights

$ in millions, except per share amounts
Fiscal Year
2018(1)(2)
 
2017(3)
 
2016(4)
 
2015(5)
 
2014(6)
Consolidated Statements of Earnings Data
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Revenue
$
42,151

 
$
39,403

 
$
39,528

 
$
40,339

 
$
40,611

Operating income
1,843

 
1,854

 
1,375

 
1,450

 
1,144

Net earnings from continuing operations
999

 
1,207

 
807

 
1,246

 
695

Gain (loss) from discontinued operations
1

 
21

 
90

 
(11
)
 
(172
)
Net earnings including noncontrolling interests
1,000

 
1,228

 
897

 
1,235

 
523

Net earnings attributable to Best Buy Co.,
   Inc. shareholders
1,000

 
1,228

 
897

 
1,233

 
532

Per Share Data
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net earnings from continuing operations
$
3.26

 
$
3.74

 
$
2.30

 
$
3.53

 
$
2.00

Net gain (loss) from discontinued operations

 
0.07

 
0.26

 
(0.04
)
 
(0.47
)
Net earnings
3.26

 
3.81

 
2.56

 
3.49

 
1.53

Cash dividends declared and paid
1.36

 
1.57

 
1.43

 
0.72

 
0.68

Common stock price:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
High
78.59

 
49.40

 
42.00

 
40.03

 
44.66

Low
41.67

 
26.10

 
25.31

 
22.30

 
13.83

Operating Statistics
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Comparable sales gain (decline)(7)
5.6
%
 
0.3
%
 
0.5
%
 
0.5
%
 
(1.0
)%
Gross profit rate
23.4
%
 
24.0
%
 
23.3
%
 
22.4
%
 
23.1
 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses rate
19.0
%
 
19.2
%
 
19.3
%
 
18.8
%
 
20.0
 %
Operating income rate
4.4
%
 
4.7
%
 
3.5
%
 
3.6
%
 
2.8
 %
Year-End Data
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Current ratio(8)
1.3

 
1.5

 
1.4

 
1.5

 
1.4

Total assets
$
13,049

 
$
13,856

 
$
13,519

 
$
15,245

 
$
13,990

Debt, including current portion
1,355

 
1,365

 
1,734

 
1,613

 
1,647

Total equity
3,612

 
4,709

 
4,378

 
5,000

 
3,989

Number of stores
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Domestic
1,293

 
1,363

 
1,415

 
1,448

 
1,495

International
216

 
212

 
216

 
283

 
284

Total
1,509

 
1,575

 
1,631

 
1,731

 
1,779

Retail square footage (in thousands)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Domestic
40,179

 
40,828

 
41,216

 
41,716

 
42,051

International
4,602

 
4,511

 
4,543

 
6,470

 
6,636

Total
44,781

 
45,339

 
45,759

 
48,186

 
48,687

(1)
Included within operating income, net earnings from continuing operations and net earnings attributable to Best Buy Co., Inc. shareholders for fiscal 2018 is $80 million ($51 million net of taxes) related to a one-time bonus for certain employees and $20 million ($13 million net of taxes) related to a one-time contribution to the Best Buy Foundation in response to future tax savings created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ("tax reform" or "Tax Act") enacted into law in fiscal 2018. Also included in net earnings from continuing operations and net earnings attributable to Best Buy Co., Inc. shareholders for fiscal 2018 is $283 million of charges resulting from the Tax Act. Refer to Note 10, Income Taxes, in the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements, included in Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

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(2)
Fiscal 2018 included 53 weeks. All other periods presented included 52 weeks.
(3)
Included within net earnings from continuing operations and net earnings attributable to Best Buy Co., Inc. shareholders for fiscal 2017 includes $161 million ($100 million net of taxes) due to cathode ray tube ("CRT") and LCD litigation settlements reached, net of related legal fees and costs. Settlements relate to products purchased and sold in prior fiscal years. Refer to Note 12, Contingencies and Commitments, in the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements, included in Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
(4)
Included within operating income and net earnings from continuing operations for fiscal 2016 is $201 million ($159 million net of taxes) of restructuring charges from continuing operations recorded in fiscal 2016 related to measures we took to restructure our business. Net earnings attributable to Best Buy Co., Inc. shareholders for fiscal 2016 includes restructuring charges (net of tax and noncontrolling interest) from continuing operations. Refer to Note 4, Restructuring Charges, in the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements, included in Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
(5)
Included within net earnings from continuing operations and net earnings attributable to Best Buy Co., Inc. shareholders for fiscal 2015 includes $353 million due to a discrete benefit related to reorganizing certain European legal entities.
(6)
Included within operating income and net earnings from continuing operations for fiscal 2014 is $149 million ($95 million net of taxes) of restructuring charges from continuing operations recorded in fiscal 2014 related to measures we took to restructure our business. Net earnings attributable to Best Buy Co., Inc. shareholders for fiscal 2014 includes restructuring charges (net of tax) from continuing operations.
(7)
Our comparable sales calculation compares revenue from stores, websites and call centers operating for at least 14 full months, as well as revenue related to certain other comparable sales channels for a particular period to the corresponding period in the prior year. Relocated stores, as well as remodeled, expanded and downsized stores closed more than 14 days, are excluded from the comparable sales calculation until at least 14 full months after reopening. Acquisitions are included in the comparable sales calculation beginning with the first full quarter following the first anniversary of the date of the acquisition. The Canadian brand consolidation, which included the permanent closure of 66 Future Shop stores, the conversion of 65 Future Shop stores to Best Buy stores and the elimination of the Future Shop website, had a material impact on a year-over-year basis on the remaining Canadian retail stores and the website. As such, from the first quarter of fiscal 2016 through the third quarter of fiscal 2017, all Canadian store and website revenue was removed from the comparable sales base and the International segment no longer had a comparable metric. Therefore, Consolidated comparable sales equaled the Domestic segment comparable sales. Beginning in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, we resumed reporting International comparable sales as revenue in the International segment was once again deemed to be comparable and, as such, Consolidated comparable sales are once again equal to the aggregation of Domestic and International comparable sales. Comparable sales also exclude the impact of the extra week in fiscal 2018.
(8)
The current ratio is calculated by dividing total current assets by total current liabilities.

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

Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations ("MD&A") is intended to provide a reader of our financial statements with a narrative from the perspective of our management on our financial condition, results of operations, liquidity and certain other factors that may affect our future results. Unless otherwise noted, transactions and other factors significantly impacting our financial condition, results of operations and liquidity are discussed in order of magnitude. Our MD&A is presented in the following sections:

Overview
Business Strategy
Results of Operations
Liquidity and Capital Resources
Critical Accounting Estimates
New Accounting Pronouncements

Our MD&A should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements and related Notes included in Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Overview

We are a leading provider of technology products, services and solutions. We offer these products and services to customers who visit our stores, engage with Geek Squad agents or use our websites or mobile applications. We have operations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. We operate two reportable segments: Domestic and International. The Domestic segment is comprised of the operations in all states, districts and territories of the U.S. The International segment is comprised of all operations in Canada and Mexico.

Our fiscal year ends on the Saturday nearest the end of January. Fiscal 2018 included 53 weeks with the additional week included in the fourth quarter. Fiscal 2017 and 2016 each included 52 weeks. Our business, like that of many retailers, is seasonal. A higher proportion of our revenue and earnings is generated in the fiscal fourth quarter, which includes the majority of the holiday shopping season in the U.S., Canada and Mexico ("Holiday").

Throughout this MD&A, we refer to comparable sales. Our comparable sales calculation compares revenue from stores, websites and call centers operating for at least 14 full months, as well as revenue related to certain other comparable sales

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channels for a particular period to the corresponding period in the prior year. Relocated stores, as well as remodeled, expanded and downsized stores closed more than 14 days, are excluded from the comparable sales calculation until at least 14 full months after reopening. Acquisitions are included in the comparable sales calculation beginning with the first full quarter following the first anniversary of the date of the acquisition. The calculation of comparable sales excludes the impact of revenue from discontinued operations, the effect of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates (applicable to our International segment only) and the impact of the extra week in fiscal 2018. The method of calculating comparable sales varies across the retail industry. As a result, our method of calculating comparable sales may not be the same as other retailers' methods.

The Canadian brand consolidation, which included the permanent closure of 66 Future Shop stores, the conversion of 65 Future Shop stores to Best Buy stores and the elimination of the Future Shop website, had a material impact on a year-over-year basis on the remaining Canadian retail stores and the website. As such, from the first quarter of fiscal 2016 through the third quarter of fiscal 2017, all Canadian store and website revenue was removed from the comparable sales base and the International segment no longer had a comparable metric. Therefore, Consolidated comparable sales equaled the Domestic segment comparable sales. Beginning in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, we resumed reporting International comparable sales as revenue in the International segment was once again deemed to be comparable and, as such, Consolidated comparable sales are once again equal to the aggregation of Domestic and International comparable sales. However, we have not provided International comparable sales for fiscal 2017 as the calculation would only include comparable revenue from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 and may be misleading in future periods when used for comparison purposes.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This MD&A includes financial information prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"), as well as certain adjusted or non-GAAP financial measures such as constant currency, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP effective tax rate, non-GAAP net earnings from continuing operations, non-GAAP diluted earnings per share ("EPS") from continuing operations and non-GAAP debt to earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization and rent ("EBITDAR") ratio. We believe that non-GAAP financial measures, when reviewed in conjunction with GAAP financial measures, can provide more information to assist investors in evaluating current period performance and in assessing future performance. For these reasons, our internal management reporting also includes non-GAAP financial measures. Generally, our non-GAAP financial measures include adjustments for items such as restructuring charges, goodwill impairments and gains or losses on investments. In addition, certain other items may be excluded from non-GAAP financial measures when we believe this provides greater clarity to management and our investors. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, and not superior to or as a substitute for, GAAP financial measures. We strongly encourage investors and shareholders to review our financial statements and publicly-filed reports in their entirety and not to rely on any single financial measure. Non-GAAP financial measures as presented herein may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.

In our discussions of the operating results of our Consolidated business and our International segment, we sometimes refer to the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates or the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, which are references to the differences between the foreign currency exchange rates we use to convert the International segment’s operating results from local currencies into U.S. dollars for reporting purposes. We also use the term "constant currency," which represents results adjusted to exclude foreign currency impacts. We calculate those impacts as the difference between the current period results translated using the current period currency exchange rates and using the comparable prior period currency exchange rates. We believe the disclosure of revenue changes in constant currency can provide useful supplementary information to investors in light of significant fluctuations in currency rates and our inability to report comparable store sales for the International segment from the first quarter of fiscal 2016 through the third quarter of fiscal 2017 as a result of the Canadian brand consolidation.

Beginning in the first quarter of fiscal 2018, we no longer exclude non-restructuring property and equipment impairment charges from our non-GAAP financial metrics. When we began to execute our Renew Blue transformation in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, we adopted a change to non-GAAP reporting to exclude non-restructuring property and equipment impairment charges from our non-GAAP results. From that point, through the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, we believed that reporting non-GAAP results that excluded these charges provided a supplemental view of our ongoing performance that was useful and relevant to our investors. Now that Renew Blue has ended and Best Buy 2020: Building The New Blue has officially launched, we believe it is no longer necessary to adjust for non-restructuring property and equipment impairments in our non-GAAP reporting. We believe that future such impairments will predominantly be immaterial and incurred in the ordinary scope of ongoing operations. Accordingly, commencing in the first quarter of fiscal 2018, we no longer adjust for non-restructuring property and equipment impairments. Impacted prior period non-GAAP financial measures have been recast to conform with this presentation.


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Refer to the Non-GAAP Financial Measures section below for the detailed reconciliation of items that impacted the non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP effective tax rate, non-GAAP net earnings from continuing operations and non-GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations in the presented periods.

Refer to the Other Financial Measures section below for the detailed reconciliation of items that impacted the non-GAAP debt to EBITDAR ratio. Management believes this ratio is an important indicator of our creditworthiness. Furthermore, we believe that our non-GAAP debt to EBITDAR ratio is important for understanding our financial position and provides meaningful additional information about our ability to service our long-term debt and other fixed obligations and to fund our future growth. We also believe our non-GAAP debt to EBITDAR ratio is relevant because it enables investors to compare our indebtedness to that of retailers who own, rather than lease, their stores. Our decision to own or lease real estate is based on an assessment of our financial liquidity, our capital structure, our desire to own or to lease the location, the owner’s desire to own or to lease the location and the alternative that results in the highest return to our shareholders.

Business Strategy

In November 2012, we introduced our transformation strategy called Renew Blue. Since then we have stabilized comparable sales and increased our profitability. In fiscal 2018, we declared Renew Blue complete and unveiled a new strategy: Best Buy 2020: Building the New Blue.

Customers are at the core of Best Buy 2020. Technology continues to evolve, opening an increasing range of possibilities for our customers. It is also creating more complexity and we believe many of our customers need our help. The purpose of our strategy is to help our customers enrich their lives through technology. We believe we can do this by focusing on customers’ underlying needs, such as entertainment, communications, security and health. We continue to believe we have a material opportunity to grow the company. Technology innovations continue to be vibrant and exciting and we believe our market offers room for differentiation.

Against this backdrop, we intend to fulfill our purpose and grow the company by expanding what we sell, evolving how we sell and building key enablers, all while continuing to reduce costs. To these ends, in fiscal 2018, we expanded our In-Home Advisor program, introduced our Total Tech Support offering, continued to enhance associate proficiency, and continued to improve and simplify the online buying process for our customers. We invested in enterprise customer relationship management capabilities and continued to develop our services platform. We also began investing in the transformation of our supply chain, while continuing to make progress on our productivity goals. Based on early results, as outlined in the Results of Operations section below, we believe our strategy is working.

Results of Operations

In order to align our fiscal reporting periods and comply with statutory filing requirements, we consolidate the financial results of our Mexico operations on a one-month lag. Consistent with such consolidation, the financial and non-financial information presented in our MD&A relative to these operations is also presented on a lag. Our policy is to accelerate the recording of events occurring in the lag period that significantly affect our consolidated financial statements. No such events were identified for the periods presented.

The results of Jiangsu Five Star Appliance Co., Limited ("Five Star"), in our International segment, are presented as discontinued operations on our Consolidated Statements of Earnings. Unless otherwise stated, financial results discussed herein refer to continuing operations.

Fiscal 2018 included 53 weeks, and fiscal 2017 and 2016 included 52 weeks.


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Consolidated Results

The following table presents selected consolidated financial data for each of the past three fiscal years ($ in millions, except per share amounts):
Consolidated Performance Summary
2018
 
2017
 
2016
Revenue
$
42,151

 
$
39,403

 
$
39,528

Revenue % gain (decline)
7.0
%
 
(0.3
)%
 
(2.0
)%
Comparable sales % gain (1)
5.6
%
 
0.3
 %
 
0.5
 %
Comparable sales % decline, excluding estimated impact of installment billing(1)(2)
n/a

 
n/a

 
(0.1
)%
Restructuring charges - cost of goods sold
$

 
$

 
$
3

Gross profit
$
9,876

 
$
9,440

 
$
9,191

Gross profit as a % of revenue(3)
23.4
%
 
24.0
 %
 
23.3
 %
SG&A
$
8,023

 
$
7,547

 
$
7,618

SG&A as a % of revenue
19.0
%
 
19.2
 %
 
19.3
 %
Restructuring charges
$
10

 
$
39

 
$
198

Operating income
$
1,843

 
$
1,854

 
$
1,375

Operating income as a % of revenue
4.4
%
 
4.7
 %
 
3.5
 %
Net earnings from continuing operations
$
999

 
$
1,207

 
$
807

Gain from discontinued operations(4)
$
1

 
$
21

 
$
90

Net earnings
$
1,000

 
$
1,228

 
$
897

Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations
$
3.26

 
$
3.74

 
$
2.30

Diluted earnings per share
$
3.26

 
$
3.81

 
$
2.56

(1)
The Canadian brand consolidation that was initiated in the first quarter of fiscal 2016 had a material impact on a year-over-year basis on the Canadian retail stores and website. As such, beginning in the first quarter of fiscal 2016 through the third quarter of fiscal 2017, all store and website revenue was removed from the comparable sales base, and an International segment (comprised of Canada and Mexico) comparable sales metric has not been provided. Therefore, Consolidated comparable sales for fiscal 2017 include revenue from continuing operations in the Domestic segment for the full year and the International segment for the fourth quarter only, and Consolidated comparable sales for fiscal 2016 equal the Domestic segment comparable sales. Comparable sales also exclude the impact of the extra week in fiscal 2018.
(2)
Represents comparable sales, excluding the estimated revenue benefit from installment billing. In fiscal 2015, we began selling installment billing plans offered by mobile carriers to our customers to complement the more traditional two-year plans. While the two types of contracts have broadly similar overall economics, installment billing plans typically generate higher revenues due to higher proceeds for devices and higher cost of sales due to lower device subsidies. As we increased our mix of installment billing plans, we had an associated increase in revenue and cost of goods sold and a decrease in gross profit rate, with gross profit dollars relatively unaffected. This change in plan offer did not impact our International segment. Beginning in fiscal 2017, we no longer reported comparable sales, excluding the estimated revenue benefit from installment billing, as the mix of installment billing plans became comparable on a year-over-year basis.
(3)
Because retailers vary in how they record costs of operating their supply chain between cost of goods sold and SG&A, our gross profit rate and SG&A rate may not be comparable to other retailers' corresponding rates. For additional information regarding costs classified in cost of goods sold and SG&A, refer to Note 1, Summary of Significant Accounting Policies, of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, included in Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
(4)
Includes both gain from discontinued operations and net earnings from discontinued operations.

Fiscal 2018 Results Compared With Fiscal 2017

Consolidated revenue of $42.2 billion in fiscal 2018 increased 7.0% compared to fiscal 2017. Fiscal 2018 includes approximately $760 million of revenue from the extra week. The components of the 7.0% revenue increase in fiscal 2018 were as follows:
Comparable sales impact
5.3
%
Non-comparable sales(1)
1.5
%
Impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations
0.2
%
Total revenue increase
7.0
%
(1)
Non-comparable sales reflects the impact of net store opening and closing activity, the impact of the extra week in fiscal 2018, as well as the impact of revenue streams not included within our comparable sales calculation, such as profit-share revenue, certain credit card revenue, gift card breakage and sales of merchandise to wholesalers and dealers, as applicable.

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Our gross profit rate decreased by 0.6% of revenue in fiscal 2018. Our Domestic segment contributed a rate decrease of 0.4% of revenue, while our International segment contributed a rate decrease of 0.2%. For further discussion of each segment's gross profit rate changes, see Segment Performance Summary, below.

The SG&A rate decreased by 0.2% of revenue in fiscal 2018. Our Domestic and International segments both contributed a rate decrease of 0.1% of revenue. For further discussion of each segment's SG&A rate changes, see Segment Performance Summary, below.

Restructuring charges decreased from $39 million in fiscal 2017 to $10 million in fiscal 2018. The fiscal 2018 and fiscal 2017 activity primarily related to our Domestic segment. For further discussion of each segment's restructuring charges, see Segment Performance Summary, below.

Our operating income decreased $11 million and our operating income as a percent of revenue decreased to 4.4% of revenue in fiscal 2018, compared to operating income of 4.7% of revenue in fiscal 2017. The decrease in our operating income was primarily due to a decrease in our gross profit rate and an increase in SG&A.

Fiscal 2017 Results Compared With Fiscal 2016

Consolidated revenue of $39.4 billion in fiscal 2017 decreased 0.3% compared to fiscal 2016. The components of the 0.3% revenue decrease in fiscal 2017 were as follows:
Comparable sales impact
0.2
 %
Impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations
(0.2
)%
Non-comparable sales(1)
(0.3
)%
Total revenue decrease
(0.3
)%
(1)
Non-comparable sales reflects the impact of revenue in our International segment for the first through third quarters of fiscal 2017, net store opening and closing activity, as well as the impact of revenue streams not included within our comparable sales calculation, such as profit share revenue, certain credit card revenue, gift card breakage and sales of merchandise to wholesalers and dealers, as applicable.

Our gross profit rate increased 0.7% of revenue in fiscal 2017. Our Domestic segment contributed a rate increase of 0.5% of revenue, while our International segment contributed 0.2%. For further discussion of each segment's gross profit rate changes, see Segment Performance Summary, below.

The SG&A rate remained flat on a year-over-year basis with both Domestic and International segments contributing flat year-over-year SG&A as a percentage of revenue. For further discussion of each segment's SG&A rate changes, see Segment Performance Summary, below.

Restructuring charges decreased from $198 million in fiscal 2016 to $39 million in fiscal 2017. The fiscal 2017 activity primarily related to our Domestic segment, while our fiscal 2016 activity was driven by our International segment. For further discussion of each segment’s restructuring charges, see Segment Performance Summary, below.

Our operating income increased $479 million and our operating income as a percent of revenue increased to 4.7% of revenue in fiscal 2017, compared to operating income of 3.5% of revenue in fiscal 2016. The increase in our operating income was primarily due to an increase in our gross profit rate and a decrease in our restructuring activity.


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Segment Performance Summary

Domestic Segment

The following table presents selected financial data for our Domestic segment for each of the past three fiscal years ($ in millions):
Domestic Segment Performance Summary
2018
 
2017
 
2016
Revenue
$
38,662

 
$
36,248

 
$
36,365

Revenue % gain (decline)
6.7
%
 
(0.3
)%
 
0.9
 %
Comparable sales % gain(1)
5.6
%
 
0.2
 %
 
0.5
 %
Comparable sales % decline, excluding the estimated impact of installment billing(1)(2)
n/a

 
n/a

 
(0.1
)%
Gross profit
$
9,065

 
$
8,650

 
$
8,484

Gross profit as % of revenue
23.4
%
 
23.9
 %
 
23.3
 %
SG&A
$
7,304

 
$
6,855

 
$
6,897

SG&A as % of revenue
18.9
%
 
18.9
 %
 
19.0
 %
Restructuring charges
$
9

 
$
31

 
$
2

Operating income
$
1,752

 
$
1,764

 
$
1,585

Operating income as % of revenue
4.5
%
 
4.9
 %
 
4.4
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
Selected Online Revenue Data
 
 
 
 
 
Online revenue as a % of total segment revenue
15.5
%
 
13.4
 %
 
11.0
 %
Comparable online sales % gain(1)
21.8
%
 
20.8
 %
 
13.5
 %
(1)
Comparable online sales gain is included in the total comparable sales gain. Comparable sales also exclude the impact of the extra week in fiscal 2018.
(2)
Represents comparable sales, excluding the estimated revenue benefit from installment billing. In fiscal 2015, we began selling installment billing plans offered by mobile carriers to our customers to complement the more traditional two-year plans. While the two types of contracts have broadly similar overall economics, installment billing plans typically generate higher revenues due to higher proceeds for devices and higher cost of sales due to lower device subsidies. As we increased our mix of installment billing plans, we had an associated increase in revenue and cost of goods sold and a decrease in gross profit rate, with gross profit dollars relatively unaffected. Beginning in fiscal 2017, we no longer reported comparable sales, excluding the estimated revenue benefit from installment billing, as the mix of installment billing plans became comparable on a year-over-year basis.

The following table reconciles our Domestic segment stores open at the end of each of the last three fiscal years:
 
Fiscal 2016
 
Fiscal 2017
 
Fiscal 2018
 
Total Stores
at End of
Fiscal Year
 
Stores
Opened
 
Stores
Closed
 
Total Stores
at End of
Fiscal Year
 
Stores
Opened
 
Stores
Closed
 
Total Stores
at End of
Fiscal Year
Best Buy
1,037

 

 
(11
)
 
1,026

 

 
(18
)
 
1,008

Best Buy Mobile stand-alone
350

 

 
(41
)
 
309

 

 
(52
)
 
257

Pacific Sales
28

 

 

 
28

 

 

 
28

Total Domestic segment stores
1,415

 

 
(52
)
 
1,363

 

 
(70
)
 
1,293


We continuously monitor store performance. As we approach the expiration date of our stores leases, we evaluate various options for each location, including whether a store should remain open. On March 1, 2018, we announced our intent to close all of our 257 remaining Best Buy Mobile stand-alone stores in the U.S. Refer to Note 4, Restructuring Charges, of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, included in Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K for further information about our restructuring activities.

Fiscal 2018 Results Compared With Fiscal 2017

Domestic segment revenue of $38.7 billion in fiscal 2018 increased 6.7% compared to the prior year and includes approximately $715 million of revenue from the extra week. The components of the 6.7% revenue increase in the Domestic segment in fiscal 2018 were as follows:

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Comparable sales impact
5.3
%
Non-comparable sales(1)
1.4
%
Total revenue increase
6.7
%
(1)
Non-comparable sales reflects the impact of the extra week in fiscal 2018, as well as the impact of revenue streams not included within our comparable sales calculation, such as profit-share revenue, credit card revenue, gift card breakage, commercial sales and sales of merchandise to wholesalers and dealers. Non-comparable sales also reflects the impact of net store opening and closing activity of (0.7)% in fiscal 2018.

The profit-share revenue included in our non-comparable sales relates to our extended warranty protection plans that are managed by a third-party underwriter. We may be eligible to receive profit-sharing payments, depending on the performance of the portfolio. When performance of the portfolio is strong and the claims cost to the third-party underwriter declines, we are entitled to share in the excess premiums. In fiscal 2018, we recognized $59 million of such profit-share revenue, with an equal impact to gross profit and operating income. In fiscal 2017, we recognized $110 million of such profit-share revenue. The fiscal 2018 profit-share revenue decrease from fiscal 2017 reflects reductions to the premiums that we pay to the third-party underwriter. In light of the continued impact of these lower premiums, we expect the profit-share payments to continue to decrease in future periods.

In fiscal 2018, Domestic segment online revenue of $6.0 billion increased 21.8% on a comparable basis, primarily due to higher conversion rates and increased traffic. As a percentage of total Domestic revenue, online revenue increased to 15.5% versus 13.4% last year.

The following table presents the Domestic segment's revenue mix percentages and comparable sales percentage changes by revenue category in fiscal 2018 and 2017:
 
Revenue Mix Summary
 
Comparable Sales Summary
 
Year Ended
 
Year Ended
 
February 3, 2018
 
January 28, 2017
 
February 3, 2018
 
January 28, 2017
Consumer Electronics
33
%
 
34
%
 
3.1
%
 
5.0
 %
Computing and Mobile Phones
45
%
 
45
%
 
5.3
%
 
(1.8
)%
Entertainment
8
%
 
7
%
 
12.6
%
 
(13.8
)%
Appliances
10
%
 
9
%
 
11.4
%
 
7.8
 %
Services
4
%
 
5
%
 
4.0
%
 
(3.3
)%
Total
100
%
 
100
%
 
5.6
%
 
0.2
 %

We believe the strong execution of our business strategy, combined with better product availability, a continued healthy consumer confidence, positive macro conditions and a favorable competitive environment contributed to our Domestic comparable sales growth across most of our categories. The following is a description of the notable comparable sales changes in our Domestic segment by revenue category:

Consumer Electronics: The 3.1% comparable sales gain was driven primarily by smart home, home theater, headphones and voice assistants, partially offset by declines in health and fitness.
Computing and Mobile Phones: The 5.3% comparable sales gain was driven primarily by computing, mobile phones and wearables, partially offset by declines in tablets.
Entertainment: The 12.6% comparable sales gain was driven primarily by gaming hardware.
Appliances: The 11.4% comparable sales gain was driven primarily by large and small appliances.
Services: The 4.0% comparable sales gain was primarily driven by continued growth in our warranty business, and higher installation and delivery services.

Our Domestic segment experienced a decrease in gross profit rate to 23.4% in fiscal 2018 from 23.9% in fiscal 2017. This rate decrease was primarily due to the $183 million of cathode ray tube ("CRT") settlement proceeds recorded in the first quarter of fiscal 2017 and a decrease in our periodic profit-share revenue as described above, partially offset by improved margin rates across multiple categories.

Our Domestic segment SG&A rate remained flat at 18.9% of revenue in fiscal 2018 compared to the prior year. SG&A increased in fiscal 2018 due to (1) higher incentive compensation for store and corporate employees, (2) investments in growth initiatives, (3) the impact of the extra week, (4) one-time expenses related to tax reform, which included $75 million related to employee bonus expense and a $20 million charitable donation to the Best Buy Foundation, and (5) higher variable costs due to

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increased revenue. These increases were offset by cost reductions and $22 million in CRT settlement legal fees incurred in the first quarter of fiscal 2017 that did not recur in fiscal 2018.

Our Domestic segment incurred $9 million of restructuring charges in fiscal 2018 and $31 million of restructuring charges in fiscal 2017. The restructuring charges in fiscal 2018 related to the Best Buy Mobile plan that began in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, whereas the charges in fiscal 2017 related primarily to the Renew Blue Phase 2 plan that began in the first quarter of fiscal 2017. Refer to Note 4, Restructuring Charges, of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, included in Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K for further information about our restructuring activities.
 
Our Domestic segment’s operating income decreased $12 million in fiscal 2018 compared to fiscal 2017. In addition, the operating income rate decreased to 4.5% of revenue in fiscal 2018 compared to 4.9% of revenue in the prior year. The decrease was primarily driven by the gross profit rate decline and increase in SG&A described above.
 
Fiscal 2017 Results Compared With Fiscal 2016

Domestic segment revenue of $36.2 billion in fiscal 2017 decreased 0.3% compared to the prior year. The components of the 0.3% revenue decrease in the Domestic segment in fiscal 2017 were as follows:
Comparable sales impact
0.2
 %
Non-comparable sales(1)
(0.5
)%
Total revenue decrease
(0.3
)%
(1)
Non-comparable sales reflects the impact of net store opening and closing activity, as well as the impact of revenue streams not included within our comparable sales calculation, such as profit share revenue, credit card revenue, gift card breakage, commercial sales and sales of merchandise to wholesalers and dealers.

The net store changes did not have a material impact on our revenue in fiscal 2017, as the majority of closures related to our small-format Best Buy Mobile stand-alone stores. The closing of small-format Best Buy Mobile stores have a significantly smaller impact given their smaller size and limited category focus compared to our large-format stores.
The profit-share revenue included in our non-comparable sales relates to our extended warranty protection plans that are managed by a third-party underwriter. We may be eligible to receive profit-sharing payments, depending on the performance of the portfolio. When performance of the portfolio is strong and the claims cost to the third-party underwriter declines, we are entitled to share in the excess premiums. In fiscal 2017, we recognized $110 million of such profit-share revenue, with an equal impact to gross profit and operating income. In fiscal 2016, we recognized $148 million of such profit-share revenue. The fiscal 2017 profit-share revenue decrease from fiscal 2016 reflects reductions to the premiums that we pay to the third-party underwriter. In light of the continued impact of these lower premiums, we expect the profit-share payments to continue to decrease in future periods.

In fiscal 2017, Domestic segment online revenue of $4.8 billion increased 20.8% on a comparable basis, primarily due to higher conversion rates and increased traffic. As a percentage of total Domestic revenue, online revenue increased to 13.4% versus 11.0% in fiscal 2016.

The following table presents the Domestic segment's revenue mix percentages and comparable sales percentage changes by revenue category in fiscal 2017 and 2016:
 
Revenue Mix Summary
 
Comparable Sales Summary
 
Year Ended
 
Year Ended
 
January 28, 2017
 
January 30, 2016
 
January 28, 2017
 
January 30, 2016
Consumer Electronics
34
%
 
32
%
 
5.0
 %
 
4.7
 %
Computing and Mobile Phones
45
%
 
46
%
 
(1.8
)%
 
(2.6
)%
Entertainment
7
%
 
8
%
 
(13.8
)%
 
(3.6
)%
Appliances
9
%
 
8
%
 
7.8
 %
 
15.4
 %
Services
5
%
 
5
%
 
(3.3
)%
 
(11.6
)%
Other
%
 
1
%
 
n/a

 
n/a

Total
100
%
 
100
%
 
0.2
 %
 
0.5
 %

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The following is a description of the notable comparable sales changes in our Domestic segment by revenue category:

Consumer Electronics: The 5.0% comparable sales increase was primarily due to an increase in the sales of connected home products, streaming devices and large screen televisions.
Computing and Mobile Phones: The 1.8% comparable sales decline was primarily due to continued industry declines in tablets and product constraints in, and to a lesser effect, lower sales of mobile phones. This decline was partially offset by an increase in the sale of computers.
Entertainment: The 13.8% comparable sales decline was driven by declines in gaming, music and movies due to continued industry declines.
Appliances: The 7.8% comparable sales gain was a result of continued growth in both large and small appliance sales.
Services: The 3.3% comparable sales decline was primarily due to lower reimbursement revenue from our third-party underwriter on extended protection plan claims. This trend, which primarily related to mobile phones, was a reflection of changes to the design of our extended protection plans in fiscal 2016, improvements to our repair and fulfillment operations and industry trends.

Our Domestic segment experienced an increase in gross profit rate to 23.9% in fiscal 2017 from 23.3% in fiscal 2016. This rate increase was primarily due to (1) rate improvements in computing hardware, and (2) an increase in CRT legal settlements, partially offset by (1) lower margins from mobile phones due to changes in device mix, and (2) a decrease in our periodic profit-share revenue as described above.

Our Domestic segment SG&A rate slightly decreased to 18.9% of revenue in fiscal 2017 compared to 19.0% of revenue in the prior year. The decrease in rate was primarily driven by cost reductions and lower incentive compensation, partially offset by investments in growth initiatives.
 
Our Domestic segment recorded $31 million of restructuring charges in fiscal 2017 and incurred $2 million of restructuring charges in fiscal 2016. The restructuring charges in fiscal 2017 related to the Renew Blue Phase 2 plan that began in the first quarter of fiscal 2017. Refer to Note 4, Restructuring Charges, of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, included in Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K for further information about our restructuring activities.
 
Our Domestic segment’s operating income increased $179 million in fiscal 2017 compared to fiscal 2016. In addition, the operating income rate increased to 4.9% of revenue in fiscal 2017 compared to 4.4% of revenue in the prior year. The increase was driven by the revenue, gross profit rate and SG&A rate improvements described above.

International Segment

During the first quarter of fiscal 2016, we consolidated the Future Shop and Best Buy stores and websites in Canada under the Best Buy brand. This resulted in the permanent closure of 66 Future Shop stores and the conversion of the remaining 65 Future Shop stores to the Best Buy brand. The costs of implementing these changes primarily consisted of lease exit costs, a tradename impairment, property and equipment impairments, employee termination benefits and inventory write-downs.

The following table presents selected financial data for our International segment for each of the past three fiscal years ($ in millions):
International Segment Performance Summary
2018
 
2017
 
2016
Revenue
$
3,489

 
$
3,155

 
$
3,163

Revenue gain (decline) %
10.6
%
 
(0.3
)%
 
(26.2
)%
Comparable sales % gain(1)
6.3
%
 
n/a

 
n/a

Restructuring charges - cost of goods sold
$

 
$

 
$
3

Gross profit
$
811

 
$
790

 
$
707

Gross profit as % of revenue
23.2
%
 
25.0
 %
 
22.4
 %
SG&A
$
719

 
$
692

 
$
721

SG&A as % of revenue
20.6
%
 
21.9
 %
 
22.8
 %
Restructuring charges
$
1

 
$
8

 
$
196

Operating income (loss)
$
91

 
$
90

 
$
(210
)
Operating income (loss) as % of revenue
2.6
%
 
2.9
 %
 
(6.6
)%

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(1)
The Canadian brand consolidation had a material impact on a year-over-year basis on the Canadian retail stores and the website. As such, beginning in the first quarter of fiscal 2016 through the third quarter of fiscal 2017, all store and website revenue was removed from the comparable sales base, and an International segment (comprised of Canada and Mexico) comparable sales metric for the full year has not been provided. Beginning in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, we resumed reporting International comparable sales as revenue in the International segment was once again determined to be comparable. International comparable sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 was 0.9%. Comparable sales also exclude the impact of the extra week in fiscal 2018.

The following table reconciles our International segment stores open at the end of each of the last three fiscal years:
 
Fiscal 2016
 
Fiscal 2017
 
Fiscal 2018
 
Total Stores
at End of
Fiscal Year
 
Stores
Opened
 
Stores
Closed
 
Total Stores
at End of
Fiscal Year
 
Stores
Opened
 
Stores
Closed
 
Total Stores
at End of
Fiscal Year
Canada
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   Best Buy
136

 

 
(2
)
 
134

 

 

 
134

   Best Buy Mobile
56

 
1

 
(4
)
 
53

 

 
(2
)
 
51

Mexico
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   Best Buy
18

 
2

 

 
20

 
5

 

 
25

   Express
6

 

 
(1
)
 
5

 
1

 

 
6

Total International segment stores
216

 
3

 
(7
)
 
212

 
6

 
(2
)
 
216


Fiscal 2018 Results Compared With Fiscal 2017

International segment revenue of $3.5 billion in fiscal 2018 increased 10.6% compared to the prior year and includes approximately $45 million of revenue from the extra week. The components of the 10.6% revenue increase in the International segment in fiscal 2018 were as follows:
Comparable sales impact
6.1
%
Impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations
2.7
%
Non-comparable sales(1)
1.8
%
Total revenue increase
10.6
%
(1)
Non-comparable sales reflects the impact of net store opening and closing activity, including the Canadian brand consolidation activity in the first three quarters of fiscal 2017, the impact of the extra week in fiscal 2018, as well as the impact of revenue streams not included within our comparable sales calculation, such as certain credit card revenue, gift card breakage and sales of merchandise to wholesalers and dealers, as applicable.

The following table presents the International segment's revenue mix percentages and comparable sales percentage changes by revenue category in fiscal 2018 and 2017:
 
Revenue Mix Summary
 
Comparable Sales Summary
 
Year Ended
 
Year Ended
 
February 3, 2018
 
January 28, 2017
 
February 3, 2018
 
January 28, 2017
Consumer Electronics
32
%
 
31
%
 
7.1
 %
 
n/a
Computing and Mobile Phones
46
%
 
48
%
 
2.0
 %
 
n/a
Entertainment
7
%
 
7
%
 
9.3
 %
 
n/a
Appliances
8
%
 
6
%
 
41.3
 %
 
n/a
Services
5
%
 
7
%
 
(5.1
)%
 
n/a
Other
2
%
 
1
%
 
15.4
 %
 
n/a
Total
100
%
 
100
%
 
6.3
 %
 
n/a

As noted above, comparable sales information has not been provided for the International segment for fiscal 2017 due to the Canadian brand consolidation. As such, it is also impractical to provide such information on a revenue category basis. Beginning in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, we resumed reporting International comparable sales as revenue in the International segment was once again determined to be comparable.


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The following is a description of the notable comparable sales changes in our International segment by revenue category in fiscal 2018:

Consumer Electronics: The 7.1% comparable sales gain was driven primarily by smart home, home theater, headphones and voice assistants, partially offset by declines in digital imaging and health and fitness.
Computing and Mobile Phones: The 2.0% comparable sales gain was driven by primarily by computing, mobile phones and wearables, partially offset by declines in tablets.
Entertainment: The 9.3% comparable sales gain was driven primarily by gaming hardware.
Appliances: The 41.3% comparable sales gain was driven primarily by large and small appliances due to the addition of an appliance department within all of our stores in Canada.
Services: The 5.1% comparable sales decline was driven primarily by technical support and repair, partially offset by gains in installation.
Other: The 15.4% comparable sales gain was driven primarily by other product offerings, including baby and sporting goods.

Our International segment experienced a gross profit increase of $21 million, or 2.7%, in fiscal 2018 compared to fiscal 2017, primarily related to foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations. Excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, the increase in gross profit was $3 million. However, the gross profit rate decreased to 23.2% in fiscal 2018 from 25.0% of revenue in fiscal 2017. This decrease in rate was primarily due to lower year-over-year periodic profit-share revenue and lower sales in the higher-margin services category in Canada. This was primarily driven by the launch of our Total Tech Support offer, an ongoing service revenue model that carries a higher sales-attach rate, but a lower gross profit rate.

Our International segment's SG&A increased $27 million, or 3.9%, in fiscal 2018 compared to the prior year. Excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, the increase in SG&A was $12 million. However, the SG&A rate decreased to 20.6% in fiscal 2018 from 21.9% of revenue in fiscal 2017. The increase in SG&A was primarily driven by the impact of the extra week and a one-time employee bonus expense related to tax reform, partially offset by lower payroll and benefits and administrative costs.

Our International segment recorded $1 million of restructuring charges in fiscal 2018 and $8 million of restructuring charges in fiscal 2017. Restructuring charges in both years relate to adjustments to our vacant space liabilities outstanding as a result of the Canadian brand consolidation and the Renew Blue plans. The adjustments were due to changes in estimates related to sublease income. Refer to Note 4, Restructuring Charges, of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, included in Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K for further information about our restructuring activities.

Our International segment operating income was $91 million in fiscal 2018 compared to $90 million in the prior-year period. The slight improvement in operating income was primarily driven by increased gross profit and lower restructuring costs, offset by increased SG&A.

Fiscal 2017 Results Compared With Fiscal 2016
 
International segment revenue of $3.2 billion in fiscal 2017 decreased 0.3% compared to the prior year. The components of the 0.3% revenue decrease in the International segment in fiscal 2017 were as follows:
Non-comparable sales(1)
1.8
 %
Comparable sales impact
0.3
 %
Impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations
(2.4
)%
Total revenue decrease
(0.3
)%
(1)
Non-comparable sales reflects the impact of net store opening and closing activity, including the Canadian brand consolidation activity, as well as the impact of revenue streams not included within our comparable sales calculation, such as certain credit card revenue, gift card breakage and sales of merchandise to wholesalers and dealers, as applicable.


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The following table presents the International segment's revenue mix percentages by revenue category in fiscal 2017 and 2016:
 
Revenue Mix Summary
 
Year Ended
 
January 28, 2017
 
January 30, 2016
Consumer Electronics
31
%
 
31
%
Computing and Mobile Phones
48
%
 
48
%
Entertainment
7
%
 
9
%
Appliances
6
%
 
5
%
Services
7
%
 
6
%
Other
1
%
 
1
%
Total
100
%
 
100
%

As noted above, comparable sales information has not been provided for the International segment for fiscal 2017 or 2016 due to the Canadian brand consolidation. As such, it is also impractical to provide such information on a revenue category basis. However, as noted above, the revenue mix by category did not change significantly from fiscal 2016.

Our International segment experienced a gross profit increase of $83 million, or 11.7%, in fiscal 2017 compared to fiscal 2016. Excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, the increase in gross profit was $98 million. The gross profit rate increased to 25.0% in fiscal 2017 from 22.4% of revenue in fiscal 2016. This increase was primarily due to the increased promotional activity in fiscal 2016 as a result of the Canada brand consolidation which did not reoccur and to a lesser extent rate growth in computing and home theater.

Our International segment's SG&A decreased $29 million, or 4.0%, in fiscal 2017 compared to the prior year. Excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, the decrease in SG&A was $9 million. The SG&A rate decreased to 21.9% in fiscal 2017 from 22.8% of revenue in fiscal 2016. The decrease in SG&A rate was driven by year-over-year sales leverage.

Our International segment recorded $8 million of restructuring charges in fiscal 2017 and incurred $199 million of restructuring charges in fiscal 2016. The fiscal 2017 restructuring charges related to adjustments to our vacant space liabilities outstanding as a result of the Canadian brand consolidation and the Renew Blue plans. The adjustments were due to changes in estimates related to sublease income. The fiscal 2016 restructuring charges primarily related to the Canadian brand consolidation and consisted of facility closure costs, a tradename impairment, property and equipment impairments and employee termination benefits. Refer to Note 4, Restructuring Charges, of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, included in Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K for further information about our restructuring activities.

Our International segment operating income was $90 million in fiscal 2017 compared to a loss of $210 million in the prior-year p