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UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
 
FORM 10-K
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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 December 31, 2016
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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 No. 0-25121
 

SELECT COMFORT CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
MINNESOTA
 
41-1597886
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
9800 59th Avenue North
 
 
Minneapolis, Minnesota
 
55442
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (763) 551-7000
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
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Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share
 
The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC
 
 
(NASDAQ Global Select Market)
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The aggregate market value of the common stock held by non-affiliates of the Registrant as of July 2, 2016, was $747,344,000 (based on the last reported sale price of the Registrant’s common stock on that date as reported by NASDAQ).
As of January 28, 2017, there were 42,950,000 shares of the Registrant’s Common Stock outstanding.
 
 






DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

Portions of the registrant’s proxy statement to be furnished to shareholders in connection with its 2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders are incorporated by reference in Part III, Items 10-14 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

As used in this Form 10-K, the terms “we,” “us,” “our,” the “Company,” and “Select Comfort” mean Select Comfort Corporation and its subsidiaries and the term “common stock” means our common stock, par value $0.01 per share.

As used in this Form 10-K, the term “bedding” includes mattresses, box springs and foundations.

Sleep Number®, Select Comfort®, SleepIQ®, the Double Arrow logo, AirFit®, Bam LABS®, the “B” logo, Comfortaire®,ComfortFit®, Comfort.Individualized.®, the DualTemp logo, the DualAir Technology Inside logo, FlexTop®, IndividualFit®, Individualized Sleep Experiences®, Know Better Sleep®, Pillow[ology]®, PillowFit®, Probably the Best Bed in the World®, Sleep Number Inner Circle®, Tech-e®, Smart Bed Technology®, The Only Bed That Knows You®, We Make BedsSmart®, What’s Your Sleep Number?®, SleepIQ Kids™, SleepIQ LABS™, Sleep For The FutureSM, Smart Bed For Smart Kids™, It™, The It Bed™, The Only Bed That Grows With Them™, Tonight Bedtime. Tomorrow The World™, ActiveComfort™, Auto Snore™, CoolFit™, DualAir™, DualTemp™, Firmness Control™, FlexFit™, In Balance™, PartnerSnore™, Rapid Sleep Onset™, Responsive Air™, Sleep Number 360™, The Bed Reborn™, the SleepIQ LABS logo, The Bed That Moves You™, our bed model names, and our other marks and stylized logos are trademarks and/or service marks of Select Comfort. This Form 10-K may also contain trademarks, trade names and service marks that are owned by other persons or entities.

Our fiscal year ends on the Saturday closest to December 31, and, unless the context otherwise requires, all references to years in this Form 10-K refer to our fiscal years. Our fiscal year is based on a 52- or 53-week year. All years presented in this Form 10-K are 52 weeks, except for the 2014 fiscal year ended January 3, 2015, which is a 53-week year.
 
 


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TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART I
 
 
 
 
 
Item 1.
 
 
 
 
 
Item 1A.
 
 
 
 
 
Item 1B.
 
 
 
 
 
Item 2.
 
 
 
 
 
Item 3.
 
 
 
 
 
Item 4.
 
 
 
 
PART II
 
 
 
 
 
Item 5.
Market for Registrant's Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
 
 
 
 
 
Item 6.
 
 
 
 
 
Item 7.
 
 
 
 
 
Item 7A.
 
 
 
 
 
Item 8.
 
 
 
 
 
Item 9.
Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure
 
 
 
 
 
Item 9A.
 
 
 
 
 
Item 9B.
 
 
 
 
PART III
 
 
 
 
 
Item 10.
 
 
 
 
 
Item 11.
 
 
 
 
 
Item 12.
 
 
 
 
 
Item 13.
 
 
 
 
 
Item 14.
 
 
 
 
PART IV
 
 
 
 
 
Item 15.


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PART I

This Annual Report on Form 10-K contains or incorporates by reference certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. For this purpose, any statements contained in or incorporated by reference into this Annual Report on Form 10-K that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements, including but not limited to projections of revenues, results of operations, financial condition or other financial items; any statements of plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations; any statements regarding proposed new products, services or developments; any statements regarding future economic conditions, prospects or performance; statements of belief and any statement or assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. In addition, we or others on our behalf may make forward-looking statements from time to time in oral presentations, including telephone conferences and/or Webcasts open to the public, in press releases or reports, on our Internet Website or otherwise. We try to identify forward-looking statements in this report and elsewhere by using words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “plan,” “project,” “predict,” “intend,” “potential,” “continue” or the negative of these or similar terms.

Our forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made and by their nature involve substantial risks and uncertainties. Our actual results may differ materially depending on a variety of factors, including the items discussed in greater detail below under the caption “Risk Factors.” These risks and uncertainties are not exclusive and further information concerning the Company and our business, including factors that potentially could materially affect our financial results or condition, may emerge from time to time, including factors that we may consider immaterial or do not anticipate at this time.

We wish to caution readers not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statement and to recognize that forward-looking statements are predictions of future results, which may not occur as anticipated. We assume no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results or changes in factors or assumptions affecting such forward-looking statements. We advise you, however, to review and consider any further disclosures we make on related subjects in our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K that we file with or furnish to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

ITEM 1. BUSINESS

Overview

Select Comfort Corporation, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was founded in 1987. In 1998, Select Comfort became a publicly traded company. We are listed on The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (NASDAQ Global Select Market) under the symbol “SCSS.” When used herein, the terms “Select Comfort,” “Company,” “we,” “us” and “our” refer to Select Comfort Corporation, including consolidated subsidiaries.

Our mission is to improve lives by individualizing sleep experiences. Our vision is to become one of the world's most beloved brands by delivering an unparalleled sleep experience. We plan to achieve this by offering benefit-driven, innovative sleep solutions to our customers through an unmatched retail experience and a carefree ownership experience.

We offer consumers high-quality, individualized sleep solutions and services, which include a complete line of Sleep Number beds, bases and bedding accessories. Our business has three significant competitive advantages: proprietary sleep innovations, ongoing customer relationships and exclusive retail distribution.

We have a vertically integrated business model and are the exclusive designer, manufacturer, marketer, retailer and servicer of a complete line of Sleep Number beds. We are the pioneer in biometric sleep tracking and adjustability. Only the Sleep Number bed offers SleepIQ technology - proprietary sensor technology that works directly with the bed’s DualAir system to track each individual’s sleep. SleepIQ technology communicates how you slept and what adjustments you can make to optimize your sleep and improve your daily life. Select Comfort also offers FlextFit adjustable bases, and Sleep Number pillows, sheets and other bedding products. As a specialty mattress retailer with stores across the nation, we offer consumers a unique, value-added retail experience at one of the more than 540 Sleep Number stores across the country, online at SleepNumber.com or via phone at (800) 753-3768.

We are committed to delivering superior shareholder value through three primary drivers of earnings per share growth: increasing demand, leveraging our business model and deploying our capital efficiently. We are the sleep innovation leader and drive growth through effective brand marketing and a differentiated retail experience.

In fiscal 2016 we generated net sales of $1.3 billion with $77 million of operating income. In 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, we generated operating income of $120 million, $91 million, $102 million and $75 million, respectively. We have transformed the

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business with $427 million of capital investments over five years through 2016. This effort positions us for accelerated profits and cash generation long-term.

In September 2015, we completed the acquisition of BAM Labs, Inc. (now operating as SleepIQ LABS), the leading provider of biometric sensor and sleep monitoring for data-driven health and wellness. The addition of SleepIQ LABS strengthens Sleep Number’s leadership in sleep innovation, adjustability and individualization. The acquisition broadens and deepens electrical, biomedical, software and backend capabilities - API (application program interface) and bio-signal analysis. Our ownership and control of biometric data advances smart, connected products that empower our customers to experience quality sleep.

In the fourth quarter of 2015, we replaced our nearly 20-year-old legacy computer systems with a new vertically integrated Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. We completed our ERP implementation by the end of the first quarter of 2016. Implementation issues negatively affected fourth-quarter 2015 net sales and profits, and to a lesser degree, first-quarter and second-quarter 2016 net sales and profits. The new operating platform enables operational efficiencies, improved customer convenience and supports the growth of our business.

Proprietary Sleep Innovations
  
Sleep Number® Bed

Unlike the “one-size-fits-all” solution offered by other mattress brands, the Sleep Number bed offers individualized comfort that is adjustable on each side of the bed. Our proprietary DualAir technology, which features two independent air chambers, allows couples to adjust firmness to their own individual preference at the touch of a button. Sleepers can each enjoy their ideal firmness, support and pressure-relieving comfort - their Sleep Number setting - for deep, restful sleep.
  
The benefits of our proprietary Sleep Number bed have been validated through clinical sleep research, which has shown that participants who slept on a Sleep Number bed generally fell asleep faster, experienced more deep sleep with fewer disturbances and experienced greater relief from back pain than those sleeping on a traditional innerspring mattress.
  
We offer Sleep Number beds in good, better and best price ranges within the premium mattress category, and in a broad range of sizes, including twin, full, queen, eastern king and California king.

The Classic Series offers Sleep Number adjustability starting at $799 for a queen mattress. The series includes the Sleep Number c2 and c4 beds.
The Performance Series includes our most popular mattresses with a perfect balance of softness and pressure-relieving support. The series includes the Sleep Number p5 and p6 beds.
The Memory Foam Series is breathable and contouring. The series includes the Sleep Number m7 bed.
The Innovation Series is the ultimate in individualized comfort and temperature-balancing innovation. The series includes the Sleep Number i8 and i10 beds.

In November 2016, J.D. Power announced that Sleep Number ranked highest in customer satisfaction with mattresses for the second consecutive year. The reports measured customer satisfaction with mattress purchases based on seven factors: comfort, price, support, durability, warranty, features and customer service. In 2016 Sleep Number achieved an overall satisfaction index score of 887, which is 32 points above the industry average of 855. In addition, Sleep Number achieved the highest score in the warranty and features study factors.

SleepIQ® Technology

SleepIQ technology is a touchless, biometric sensor technology that tracks sleep during the night. Launched by Select Comfort in 2014, SleepIQ technology tracks the user's sleep by gathering hundreds of readings per second continuously (heart rate, motion and breathing). Based on that data, a proprietary algorithm delivers a personal SleepIQ score, from 1 to 100, to consumers each morning. The Sleep Number bed is the only bed that lets you track and optimize your sleep with SleepIQ technology. SleepIQ also connects with leading health, fitness and sleep environment apps - including FitBit®, Nest Learning Thermostat™, MapMyRun™ and Withings Health Mate™ - to show a holistic view of how lifestyle choices may affect sleep. It empowers the sleeper to achieve their best possible sleep each night. SleepIQ technology is included on our Memory Foam and Innovation series, and available for purchase on all other Sleep Number beds. In addition, SleepIQ can be added to Sleep Number beds purchased after 2008.


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SleepIQ Kids™ Bed

In 2015, we introduced the SleepIQ Kids bed, which extends Sleep Number’s core DualAir adjustability and SleepIQ technology to the children’s mattress market. It is the only bed that adjusts with children as they grow. Through a combination of sleep knowledge powered by SleepIQ technology and adjustability powered by Sleep Number DualAir technology, the SleepIQ Kids bed empowers parents or children to adjust the bed for individualized comfort.

The it™ bed

In September 2016 our latest innovation, the "it bed," became available for sale. The "it bed" is compressed into a sleek box and delivered directly to the customer's doorsteps. Designed for today's connected lifestyles, the "it bed" is adjustable on each side and features SleepIQ technology. The "it bed" received four technology and innovation awards at CES in 2016.

Select Comfort developed the new "it bed" brand for first-time bed buyers and tech-savvy individuals who recognize that quality sleep is essential to their life. It effortlessly quantifies your sleep, connects to select applications and has predictive modeling that makes suggestions to improve your sleep. The "it bed" is exclusive to Select Comfort and is available online at itbed.com and in select Sleep Number stores priced at $1,099 for a queen mattress. The "it bed" features the latest release of SleepIQ technology, which uses adaptive algorithms and predictive modeling to recommend adjustments to daily habits and sleep environment. It also features ActiveComfort technology - the "it bed" has dual, foam-filled air chambers that respond to individuals’ constantly changing needs and adjusts to an ideal level of comfort, firmness and support.

The Sleep Number 360™ smart bed product line

In January 2017 at CES, Select Comfort introduced the Sleep Number 360 smart bed product line, one of the most significant innovations in our 30-year history. The Sleep Number 360 smart bed won 13 awards at CES, including being named the Best of Innovation Honoree in the Home Appliances category. Powered by SleepIQ technology, the Sleep Number 360 smart beds will intuitively sense and automatically adjust comfort to keep both partners sleeping soundly all night. The SleepIQ technology platform integrates hardware, software and design to deliver effortless adjustability, sleep tracking and connectivity.

The new Sleep Number 360 smart mattresses and adjustable bases will include these new features:

Self-adjusting comfort throughout the night. As sleep positions change during the night, Responsive Air technology will adjust the bed’s comfort in real time via the two air chambers inside the mattress.
Foot-warming feature to fall asleep faster. It’s clinically proven that people fall asleep faster when their feet are warmed. SleepIQ technology knows the sleepers’ bedtime routines and warms the foot of the bed automatically before bedtime with Rapid Sleep Onset technology.
Auto Snore detection and adjustment. Responding to SleepIQ biometrics, the 360 Smart Bed will automatically adjust to each sleeper’s ideal position.
Smart alarm feature will awaken sleepers at the optimal moment. SleepIQ technology knows each sleeper's desired wake-up window and an alarm will sound when they are in their lightest stage of sleep during this window.

The Sleep Number 360 smart bed line will replace the current Sleep Number line. The phased implementation is planned to begin in the second quarter of 2017 and will be exclusively available in all Sleep Number stores and online.

FlexFit™ Adjustable Base Technology

We offer a full line of exclusive FlexFit adjustable bases that enable customers to raise the head or foot of the bed, and to experience the comfort of massage. Our PartnerSnore technology lets a user gently raise their partner’s head to relieve common snoring.

In conjunction with the 360 smart beds, we will introduce a new line of FlexFit adjustable bases in 2017. This new series will replace our existing FlexFit models and will integrate with SleepIQ technology to deliver the new features and functionality.

Sleep Number® Bedding Collection

Our exclusive Sleep Number bedding collection comprises a full line of sleep products that are designed to solve sleep issues. Select Comfort has a wide assortment of pillows designed to fit each individual's size, shape and sleeping position for more comfortable sleep. Our innovative bedding features make it easier to make your bed: our SmartFit design keeps sheets securely in place and Logic Label takes the guesswork out of making your bed. We also offer a wide assortment of temperature-balancing products.


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In 2013, we introduced the DualTemp layer, a new sleep innovation that addresses one of the most significant sleep issues experienced by customers: sleeping too hot or sleeping too cold. The DualTemp layer features active air technology that allows each person to select his or her ideal temperature at the simple touch of a button. The DualTemp layer can be used with any mattress brand or adjustable base.

Exclusive Distribution
  
Unlike traditional mattress manufacturers, which primarily sell through third-party retailers, nearly 98% of our net sales are direct to consumers through our Sleep Number stores, online at SleepNumber.com or via phone.
  
Since 2012, we rebuilt our store portfolio and expanded our national footprint. This strategy has included repositioning a large percentage of our mall stores to stronger off-mall locations, improving the size and positioning within malls and adding stores in both existing and new trade areas. Going forward, we anticipate a total store count of 600 to 650 stores by 2019. We are well positioned with a retail store portfolio that is healthy and productive. As of year-end 2016, approximately 80% of our stores are less than five years old.

We target high-quality, convenient, visible store locations based on several factors, including each market’s overall sales potential, store geographic location, demographics and proximity to other specialty retail stores. As the exclusive distributor of Sleep Number products, we target one store per 350,000 - 500,000 people. This places our stores within an average radius of 10 miles, or 20-minute drive times, for most of our target customers.

Our award-winning store design and improved real estate locations support our value-added retail experience, which results in high store productivity and profitability. Our sales-per-square-foot productivity ranks in the top 10 of U.S. specialty retail brands, at nearly $1,000 per foot and we average approximately $650,000 in annual net sales per full-time retail employee. Since 2011, we have increased our average store size by more than 66% to 2,538 square feet.

As of December 31, 2016, we had 540 retail stores in 49 U.S. states, 53% of which were in non-mall locations. We expect to grow our retail store portfolio by 3% to 4% during 2017.

In addition, we have a robust online experience that helps customers easily engage in relevant content, research our products and solutions, transact online and find post-sales support. Our online experience expands our digital brand and connections with consumers, driving deeper awareness, consideration and engagement.

We have adopted an agile development approach to our online initiatives. This means we deploy rapid experimentation and iterations of our digital experiences. Results include faster time-to-market of online improvements to drive store traffic and online conversion. All Sleep Number products are available exclusively at SleepNumber.com or Sleep Number stores.

Our retail stores accounted for 91% of our net sales in 2016. Average annual net sales per comparable store were $2.4 million in 2016, $2.4 million in 2015 and $2.3 million in 2014. In 2016, 98% of our stores open for a full year generated net sales over $1.0 million and 61% of our stores open for a full year generated net sales over $2.0 million. We now have more than 20% of our store base delivering greater than $3 million in annual net sales. Our online and phone sales accounted for 7% of our net sales in 2016.

Marketing

We use a variety of marketing and advertising vehicles to drive customer traffic to our brand, to educate and to acquire new customers. Our marketing efforts target a broad customer demographic: 30-54 years old with greater than $75,000 household income for our core line of products. Our customers care about their own and their family's health and well-being, and know that quality sleep is a key factor.
    
Marketing drives growth in our business by building consumer awareness and consideration of our sleep innovations, and increasing traffic to our website and stores, while building our brand image. Our advertising communications target our existing customers for repeat and referral purchases and potential new customers through a mix of national and local marketing. Television is our most efficient media, followed by digital. We continue to build our in-house digital capabilities and data-driven tools to make deeper connections with our customers, increase demand and improve media efficiency. In 2016, media expense represented 14.5% of net sales.


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Operations
  
Manufacturing and Distribution

We have two manufacturing plants located in Irmo, South Carolina and Salt Lake City, Utah, which distribute Sleep Number products. The manufacturing operations in South Carolina and Utah consist of quilting and sewing of the fabric covers for our beds, and final assembly and packaging of mattresses and bases. In addition, our electrical Firmness Control systems are assembled in our Utah plant.

We obtain all of the raw materials and components used to produce our beds from outside sources. A number of components, including our proprietary air chambers, our proprietary blow-molded foundations, our adjustable foundations, various components for our Firmness Control systems, as well as fabrics and zippers, are sourced from suppliers who currently serve as our sole or primary source of supply for these components. We believe we can obtain these raw materials and components from other sources of supply, although we could experience some short-term disruption in our ability to fulfill orders in the event of an unexpected loss of supply from one of the primary suppliers. We utilize dual sourcing on targeted components when effective.

We have taken, and continue to take, various measures to mitigate the potential impact of an unexpected disruption in supply from any sole-source suppliers, including increasing safety stocks and identifying potential secondary sources of supply. All of the suppliers that produce unique or proprietary products for us have in place either contingency or disaster recovery plans or redundant production capabilities in other locations in order to safeguard against any unforeseen disasters. We review these plans and sites on a regular basis to ensure the supplier's ability to maintain an uninterrupted supply of materials and components.

Historically, we manufactured beds primarily on a just-in-time basis to fulfill orders rather than stocking inventory, which enabled us to maintain lower levels of finished goods inventory and operate with limited regional warehousing. Over the last two years, we have migrated our fulfillment process to a hybrid "make-to-stock" model, wherein our best selling products are forward stocked in distribution centers closer to customers. Together with our new ERP system, this hybrid model will enable us to improve our customer experience with shorter delivery times. Products are generally received by the customer within five to 14 days from the date of order.
  
Home Delivery Service
  
We offer Comfort ServiceSM home delivery and setup, which includes assembly and mattress removal. In selected markets, we provide home delivery, assembly and mattress removal services through third-party providers. Over 80% of beds sold are delivered by our full-service home delivery team or by our third-party service providers.
  
Customer Service
  
We have an in-house customer service department staffed by teams of specialists that provide service and support via phone, email, “live chat” and social media. Direct access to our customers is a unique advantage that also provides insights and identifies emerging trends as we strive to continuously improve our product and service quality and advance our product innovation.
  
Research and Development
  
As a consumer-driven innovation company, Select Comfort conducts extensive research to understand consumer needs. This research informs the design and delivery of our sleep innovations and our customer experience. We have a robust product development organization that fuels our innovations, and in 2015 we acquired BAM Labs, Inc. (now operating as SleepIQ LABS), a leading provider of biometric sensor and sleep monitoring for data-driven health and wellness. This is significant as consumers are rapidly adopting new digital tools and using their personal data to improve health and wellness. Technology that improves the quality of sleep and overall wellness will continue to be a top priority for Select Comfort. Our research and development expenses were $28.0 million in 2016, $16.0 million in 2015 and $8.2 million in 2014.
  
Management Information Systems
  
We use information technology systems to operate, analyze and manage our business, to reduce operating costs and to enhance our customers' experience. Our major systems include an in-store order entry system, a retail portal system, a payment processing system, in-bound and out-bound telecommunications systems for direct marketing, delivery scheduling and customer service, e-commerce systems, a data warehouse system and an enterprise resource planning system. These systems are primarily comprised of packaged applications licensed from various software vendors plus a limited number of internally developed programs. In October 2015, we completed a multi-year project to upgrade our core information technology systems. Please refer to the information set forth in "Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors" for a discussion of certain risks that may be encountered in connection with the our management information systems.
  



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Intellectual Property
  
We hold various U.S. and foreign patents and patent applications regarding certain elements of the design and function of our products, including air control systems, remote control systems, air chamber features, mattress construction, foundation systems, sensing systems, as well as other technology. We have numerous U.S. patents, expiring at various dates between July 2017 and February 2035, and numerous U.S. patent applications pending. We also have numerous foreign patents and patent applications pending. Notwithstanding these patents and patent applications, we cannot ensure that these patent rights will provide substantial protection or that others will not be able to develop products that are similar to or competitive with our products.
  
We have a number of trademarks and service marks registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including Sleep Number®, Select Comfort®, SleepIQ®, the Double Arrow logo, AirFit®, Bam LABS®, the “B” logo, Comfortaire®, ComfortFit®, Comfort.Individualized.®, the DualTemp logo, the DualAir Technology Inside logo, FlexTop®, IndividualFit®, Individualized Sleep Experiences®, Know Better Sleep®, Pillow[ology]®, PillowFit®, Probably the Best Bed in the World®, Sleep Number Inner Circle®, Tech-e®, Smart Bed Technology®, The Only Bed That Knows You®, We Make Beds Smart®, and What’s Your Sleep Number?®. We have several trademarks that are the subject of pending applications, including SleepIQ Kids™, SleepIQ LABS™, Sleep for the FutureSM, Smart Bed For Smart Kids™, It™, The It Bed™, The Only Bed That Grows With Them™, and Tonight Bedtime. Tomorrow The World™.  Each registered mark is renewable indefinitely as long as the mark remains in use and/or is not deemed to be invalid or canceled. We also have a number of common law trademarks, including ActiveComfort™, Auto Snore™, CoolFit™, DualAir™, DualTemp™, Firmness Control™, FlexFit™, In Balance™, PartnerSnore™, Rapid Sleep Onset™, Responsive Air™, Say Hello to It™, Sleep Number 360™, the SleepIQ LABS logo, The Bed Reborn™, The Bed That Moves You™ and our bed model names. Several of our trademarks have been registered, or are the subject of pending applications for registration, in various foreign countries. We also have other intellectual property rights related to our products, processes and technologies, including trade secrets, trade dress and copyrights. We protect and enforce our intellectual property rights, including through litigation as necessary.

Industry and Competition

The U.S. bedding industry is a mature and generally stable industry. According to the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA), the industry has grown by approximately 5% over last 20 years and at an estimated 6%, on average, over the past six years. We believe that industry unit growth has been primarily driven by population growth, an increase in the number of homes (including secondary residences) and the increased size of homes. We believe growth in average wholesale prices resulted from a shift to both larger and higher-quality beds, which are typically more expensive. According to ISPA, industry wholesale shipments of mattresses and foundations (excluding adjustable bases) were estimated to be $8.2 billion in 2016 compared to $8.0 billion in 2015. We estimate that traditional innerspring mattresses represent approximately 73% of total U.S. bedding sales (based on 2015 sales). Furniture/Today, a furniture industry trade publication, has ranked Select Comfort as the 5th largest mattress manufacturer and 3rd largest U.S. bedding retailer for 2015, with a 5.0% market share of industry revenue.

Manufacturers in the bedding industry compete on price, quality, brand name recognition, product availability and product performance, including the perceived levels of comfort and support provided by a mattress. There is a high degree of concentration among manufacturers, who produce innerspring, memory foam and hybrid beds, under nationally recognized brand names, including Tempur Sealy, Stearns & Foster, Serta and Simmons. Recently, numerous (greater than 50) direct-to-consumer companies have entered the market, offering “bed-in-a-box” products to consumers primarily through the Internet. These companies market directly to consumers, competing primarily on convenience of online shopping and speed of delivery. Their products are generally foam-based and undifferentiated in terms of sleep benefits. Select Comfort is differentiated from competitors through its consumer innovation strategy and direct-to-consumer model with 540 Sleep Number stores nationwide. We compete with our proprietary innovations, including our signature Sleep Number adjustability and SleepIQ Technology, that provide meaningful sleep benefits for our customers.

The retail bedding industry is fragmented and also highly competitive. Our Company-Controlled distribution channel is exclusive, and we compete against regional and local specialty bedding retailers, home furnishing stores, mass merchants, national discount stores and online marketers. Our exclusive distribution is highly differentiated, and offers a retail-leading customer experience.

Governmental Regulation and Compliance

As a vertically integrated manufacturer and retailer, we are subject to extensive federal, state and local laws and regulations affecting all aspects of our business.
As a manufacturer, we are committed to product quality and safety, including adherence to all applicable laws and regulations affecting our products. Compliance with federal fire retardant standards developed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, including rigorous and costly testing, has increased the cost and complexity of manufacturing our products and may adversely impact the speed and cost of product development efforts. Further, our manufacturing and other business operations and facilities are or may

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become subject to additional federal, state or local laws or regulations relating to supply chain transparency, conflict minerals sourcing and disclosure, end-of-life disposal and recycling requirements and other laws or regulations relating to environmental protection and health and safety requirements. We are not aware of any national or local environmental laws or regulations that may require material capital expenditures or which may materially affect our competitive position or our operational results, financial position or cash flows.
As a retailer, we are subject to additional laws and regulations that apply to retailers generally and govern the marketing and sale of our products and the operation of both our retail stores and our e-commerce activities. Many of the statutory and regulatory requirements which impact our retail and e-commerce operations are consumer-focused and pertain to activities such as the advertising and selling of credit-based promotional offers, truth-in-advertising, privacy, “do not call/mail” requirements, warranty disclosure, delivery timing requirements, accessibility and similar requirements.
All of our operations are or may become subject to federal, state and local labor laws including, but not limited to, those relating to occupational health and safety, employee privacy, wage and hour, overtime pay, harassment and discrimination, equal opportunity and employee leaves and benefits. We are also subject to existing and emerging federal and state laws relating to data security.
It is our policy and practice to comply with all legal and regulatory requirements and our procedures and internal controls are designed to promote such compliance.
  
Customers
  
No single customer accounts for 10% or more of our net sales.

Seasonality
  
Our business is modestly impacted by seasonal influences inherent in the U.S. bedding industry and general retail shopping patterns. The U.S. bedding industry generally experiences lower sales in the second quarter of the calendar year and increased sales during selected holiday or promotional periods.

Working Capital

We are able to operate with minimal working capital requirements because we sell directly to customers, utilize a primarily hybrid "make-to-stock" production process and operate retail stores that serve mainly as showrooms. We have historically generated sufficient cash flows to self-fund operations through an accelerated cash-conversion cycle. As of December 31, 2016, we had $150 million net aggregate availability under our $150 million credit facility. Our credit facility contains an accordion feature that allows us to increase the amount of the line up to $200 million in total availability, subject to lender approval.
 
Qualified customers are offered revolving credit to finance purchases through a private-label consumer credit facility provided by Synchrony Bank. Approximately 45% of our net sales in 2016 were financed by Synchrony Bank. Our current agreement with Synchrony Bank expires December 31, 2020, subject to earlier termination upon certain events and subject to automatic extensions. We pay Synchrony Bank a fee for extended credit promotional financing offers. Under the terms of our agreement, Synchrony Bank sets the minimum acceptable credit ratings, the interest rates, fees and all other terms and conditions of the customer accounts, including collection policies and procedures. As the receivables are owned by Synchrony Bank, at no time are the receivables purchased or acquired from us. We are not liable to Synchrony Bank for our customers' credit defaults. In connection with all purchases financed under these arrangements, Synchrony Bank pays us an amount equal to the total amount of such purchases, net of promotional related discounts, upon delivery to the customer. Customers that do not qualify for credit under our agreement with Synchrony Bank may apply for credit under a secondary program that we offer through another provider.
  
Employees
  
At December 31, 2016, we employed 3,768 persons, including 2,033 retail sales and support employees, 293 customer service employees, 969 manufacturing and logistics employees, and 473 management and administrative employees. Approximately 110 of our employees were employed on a part-time or temporary basis at December 31, 2016. Except for managerial employees and professional support staff, all of our employees are paid on an hourly basis (plus commissions for sales professionals). Additionally, we provide various broad-participation incentive compensation programs tied to various performance objectives. None of our employees are represented by a labor union or covered by a collective bargaining agreement. In recent periods, we have focused on improving our employee engagement levels, which we believe are important to driving both organizational productivity and customer satisfaction.

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Executive Officers of the Registrant

SHELLY R. IBACH, 57
President and Chief Executive Officer (Joined the Company in April 2007 and was promoted to President and CEO in June 2012)
Shelly R. Ibach, Sleep Number® setting 40, serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Select Comfort (NASDAQ: SCSS). From June 2011 to June 2012, Ms. Ibach served as the company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and from October 2008 to June 2011, she served as Executive Vice President, Sales & Merchandising. Ms. Ibach joined the company in April 2007 as Senior Vice President of U.S. sales for company-owned channels. Before joining the company, Ms. Ibach was Senior Vice President and General Merchandise Manager for Macy’s home division. From 1982 to 2005, Ms. Ibach held various leadership and executive positions within Department Stores at Target Corporation.

MELISSA BARRA, 45
Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy and Customer Relationship Officer (Joined the Company in 2013 and was promoted to current role in January 2015)
Melissa Barra, Sleep Number® setting 30, serves as the Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy and Customer Relationship Officer. Ms. Barra was Vice President, Consumer Insights and Strategy from February 2013 to January 2015. Prior to joining Select Comfort in February 2013, Ms. Barra was Vice President, Process Reengineering Officer for Best Buy Co., Inc. from 2011 to 2012. In a dual role, she also served as Vice President, Finance, New Business Customer Solutions Group from 2010 to 2012. From 2005 to 2010, she held leadership positions in Strategic Alliances and Corporate Development for Best Buy. Prior to Best Buy, Ms. Barra held corporate finance and strategy leadership roles in companies in the U.S. and internationally, including Grupo Futuro S.A., Citibank and GE Capital.

ANNIE L. BLOOMQUIST, 47
Senior Vice President and Chief Product Officer (Joined the Company in 2008 and was promoted to current role in June 2012)
Annie L. Bloomquist, Sleep Number® setting 25, serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Product Officer for Select Comfort and leads product innovation including product management, development, merchandise buying, planning and R&D for all Sleep Number products, including SleepIQ Labs. Ms. Bloomquist was the Chief Product and Merchandising Officer from June 2011 to June 2012. Ms. Bloomquist joined Select Comfort in May 2008 as Vice President and General Merchandise Manager. Prior to joining Select Comfort, Ms. Bloomquist held leadership positions in product and merchandising at Macy’s and Marshall Field’s Department Stores for Target Corporation from 1996 to 2008.

KEVIN K. BROWN, 48
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer (Joined the Company in 2013)
Kevin K. Brown, Sleep Number® setting 35, serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Select Comfort. Prior to joining Select Comfort in January 2014, Mr. Brown served as Group Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer for Meijer, Inc., a regional chain of retail supercenters, from 2011 to 2013. From 2007 to 2011, Mr. Brown held executive marketing leadership roles at Sears Holdings Corporation, including Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer for the home appliances business unit. Previously, Mr. Brown held the position of Senior Vice President, Marketing for Jo-Ann Stores, Inc., from 2004 to 2006. Prior to Jo-Ann Stores, he was an associate partner for Accenture.

DAVID R. CALLEN, 50
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (Joined the Company in 2014)
David R. Callen, Sleep Number® setting 40, serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Select Comfort. Prior to joining Select Comfort in April 2014, Mr. Callen served as the Principal Financial Officer, Vice President, Finance and Treasurer for Ethan Allen Interiors, Inc., from 2007 to 2014. Previously, Mr. Callen served for more than 15 years in increasingly responsible international financial management positions, emphasizing brand support and manufacturing across industries including automotive, dental, outdoor recreational products, high tech and public accounting.

ANDY P. CARLIN, 53
Senior Vice President and Chief Sales and Services Officer (Joined the Company in 2008 and was promoted to current role in April 2016)
Andy P. Carlin, Sleep Number® setting 55, serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Sales and Service Officer for Select Comfort and leads all sales channels, real estate and home delivery operations. From June 2012 to April 2016, Mr. Carlin was Senior Vice President and Chief Sales Officer; from May 2011 to June 2012, Mr. Carlin was the Vice President and Chief Sales Officer; and from January 2009 to May 2011, he was the Vice President of U.S. Retail Sales. Mr. Carlin joined Select Comfort in January 2008 as Regional Vice President, East Region. Prior to joining Select Comfort, Mr. Carlin spent more than 20 years in sales leadership roles for companies including Senior Vice President of Store Operations at Gander Mountain from 2003 to 2008, Kohl’s Department Stores from 1995 to 2003 and the department store division of Target Corporation from 1986 to 1995.

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PATRICIA A. DIRKS, 60
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Capital Officer (Joined the Company in 2014)
Patricia A. Dirks (Tricia), Sleep Number® setting 35, serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Human Capital Officer for Select Comfort and leads all human capital functions. Prior to joining Select Comfort in April 2014, Ms. Dirks served as Senior Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness for Target Corporation. From 2004 to 2011, Ms. Dirks was Vice President Human Resources for Target Corporation. Prior to 2004, Ms. Dirks held various human resources leadership positions at Marshall Field’s Department Stores for Target Corporation, including Senior Vice President of Human Resources.

MARK A. KIMBALL, 58
Senior Vice President and Chief Legal and Risk Officer and Secretary (Joined the Company in 1999)
Mark A. Kimball, Sleep Number® setting 55, serves as the Senior Vice President, Chief Legal and Risk Officer and Secretary. From August 2003 to June 2011, Mr. Kimball held the position of Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer and Secretary. From July 2000 to August 2003, Mr. Kimball served as Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Legal, General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer and Secretary. From May 1999 to July 2000, Mr. Kimball served as the company’s Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Secretary. For more than five years prior to joining Select Comfort, Mr. Kimball was a partner in the law firm of Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP practicing in the area of corporate finance.

SURESH KRISHNA, 48
Senior Vice President and Chief Operations, Supply Chain and Lean Officer (Joined the Company in 2016)
Suresh Krishna, Sleep Number® setting 40, serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Operations, Supply Chain and Lean Officer of Select Comfort. Prior to joining Select Comfort, Mr. Krishna served as Vice President of Global Operations and Integration at Polaris from 2010 to 2014, leading a 6,500+ person operations organization and driving a culture change to embrace lean across the entire enterprise. In July 2014, he was promoted to Vice President and Business Unit Head of Europe Middle East & Africa (EMEA) for Polaris, where he was responsible for a full P&L with factories, R&D centers, subsidiaries, distributors and dealer networks across more than 60 countries. From 2007 to 2010, he served as Vice President Global Operations, Supply Chain and IT at a division of UTC Fire & Security. Krishna also served in a variety of roles for Diageo, including Vice President of Supply Chain, North America; as a Program Director for an ERP implementation; and as a Director of Strategic Planning and Finance. Earlier in his career he was an associate at Booz Allen & Hamilton.

J. HUNTER SAKLAD, 47
Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer (Joined the Company in 2004 and was promoted to current role in December 2012)
Hunter Saklad, Sleep Number® setting 50, serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Select Comfort. From June 2011 to December 2012, he served as the Vice President, Consumer Insight and Strategy at Select Comfort. From March 2006 to June 2011, he was Vice President of Finance and held a variety of positions across Finance serving business partners in marketing, sales, supply chain, FP&A, investor relations and treasury. Mr. Saklad joined Select Comfort in October 2004 as Sr. Director of Finance. Prior to joining Select Comfort, Mr. Saklad held finance leadership roles at Ford Motor Company and Visteon.




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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 Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Copies of our reports, proxy statements and other information can be read and copied at:

SEC Public Reference Room
100 F Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20549

Information on the operation of the Public Reference Room may be obtained by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330. The SEC maintains a website that contains reports, proxy statements and other information regarding issuers that file electronically with the SEC. These materials may be obtained electronically by accessing the SEC’s home page at http://www.sec.gov.

Our corporate Internet website is www.SleepNumber.com. Through a link to a third-party content provider, our corporate website provides free access to our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and all amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as soon as reasonably practicable after electronic filing with the SEC. These documents are posted on our website at www.SleepNumber.com — select the "About" link, the “Investor Relations” link and then the “SEC Filings” link. The information contained on our website or connected to our website is not incorporated by reference into this Form 10-K and should not be considered part of this report.

We also make available, free of charge on our website, the charters of the Audit Committee, Management Development and Compensation Committee, and Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee as well as our Code of Business Conduct (including any amendment to, or waiver from, a provision of our Code of Business Conduct) adopted by our Board. These documents are posted on our website — select the "About" link, the “Investor Relations” link and then the “Corporate Governance” link.

Copies of any of the above referenced information will also be made available, free of charge, upon written request to:

Select Comfort Corporation
Investor Relations Department
9800 59th Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55442


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ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS

An investment in our common stock involves a high degree of risk. You should carefully consider the specific risks set forth below and other matters described in this Annual Report on Form 10-K before making an investment decision. The risks and uncertainties described below are not the only ones facing us. Additional risks and uncertainties, including risks and uncertainties not presently known to us or that we currently see as immaterial, may also harm our business. If any of these risks occur, our business, results of operations, cash flows and financial condition could be materially and adversely affected.

Current and future economic conditions could materially adversely affect our sales, profitability, cash flows and financial condition.

Our success depends significantly upon discretionary consumer spending, which is influenced by a number of general economic factors, including without limitation economic growth, consumer confidence, the housing market, employment and income levels, interest rates, inflation, taxation and the level of customer traffic in malls and shopping centers. Adverse trends in any of these economic factors may adversely affect our sales, profitability, cash flows and financial condition.

Our future growth and profitability depends upon the effectiveness and efficiency of our marketing programs.

We are highly dependent on the effectiveness of our marketing messages and the efficiency of our advertising expenditures in generating consumer awareness and sales of our products. We continue to evolve our marketing strategies, adjusting our messages, the amount we spend on advertising and where we spend it. We may not always be successful in developing effective messages, as the consumer and competition changes, and in achieving efficiency in our advertising expenditures.

Consumers are increasingly using digital tools as a part of their shopping experience. As a result, our future growth and profitability will depend in part on (i) the effectiveness and efficiency of our on-line experience including advertising and search optimization programs in generating consumer awareness and sales of our products, (ii) our ability to prevent confusion among consumers that can result from search engines that allow competitors to use or bid on our trademarks to direct consumers to competitors’ websites, (iii) our ability to prevent Internet publication of false or misleading information regarding our products or our competitors’ products; (iv) the nature and tone of consumer sentiment published on various social media sites; and (v) the stability of our website. In recent periods, a number of direct-to-consumer, Internet-based retailers have emerged and have driven up the cost of basic search terms, which has and may continue to increase the cost of our Internet-based marketing programs.

If our marketing messages are ineffective or our advertising expenditures and other marketing programs, including digital programs, are inefficient in creating awareness and consideration of our products and brand name, in driving consumer traffic to our website or stores, our sales, profitability, cash flows and financial condition may be adversely impacted. In addition, if we are not effective in preventing the publication of confusing, false or misleading information regarding our brand or our products, or if there was significant negative consumer sentiment on social media regarding our brand or our products, our sales, profitability, cash flows and financial condition may be adversely impacted.

Our future growth and profitability depends on our ability to execute our Company-Controlled distribution strategy.

The vast majority of our sales occur through our Company-Controlled distribution channel, including our retail stores, and this Company-Controlled distribution channel represents our largest opportunity for growth in sales and improvement in profitability. Our retail stores carry significant fixed costs. We also make significant capital expenditures as we open new stores and remodel or reposition existing stores. We are highly dependent on our ability to maintain and increase sales per store to cover these fixed expenses, provide a return on our capital investments and improve our operating margins.

Many of our stores are mall-based. We depend on the continued popularity of malls as shopping destinations and the ability of mall anchor tenants and other attractions to generate customer traffic for our retail stores. Any decrease in mall traffic could adversely affect our sales, profitability, cash flows and financial condition.

Our Company-Controlled distribution strategy results in relatively few points of distribution, including 540 retail stores in 49 U.S. states as of the end of 2016. Several of the mattress manufacturers and retailers with which we compete have significantly more points of distribution than we do, which makes us highly dependent on our ability to drive consumers to our points of distribution in order to gain market share.


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Our longer term Company-Controlled distribution strategy is also dependent on our ability to renew existing store leases and to secure suitable locations for new store openings, in each case on a cost-effective basis. We may encounter higher than anticipated rents and other costs in connection with managing our retail store base, or may be unable to find or obtain suitable new locations.

Failure to achieve and maintain a high level of product quality could negatively impact our sales, profitability, cash flows and financial condition.

Our products are highly differentiated from traditional innerspring mattresses and from viscoelastic foam mattresses, which have little or no technology and do not rely on electronics and air control systems. As a result, our beds may be susceptible to failures that do not exist with traditional or viscoelastic foam mattresses. Failure to achieve and maintain acceptable quality standards could impact consumer acceptance of our products or could result in negative media and Internet reports or owner dissatisfaction that could negatively impact our brand image and sales levels.

In addition, a decline in product quality could result in an increase in return rates and a corresponding decrease in sales, or an increase in product warranty claims in excess of our warranty reserves. An unexpected increase in return rates or warranty claims could harm our sales, profitability, cash flows and financial condition.

As a consumer innovation company with differentiated products, we face an inherent risk of exposure to product liability claims if the use of our products is alleged to have resulted in personal injury or property damage. If any of our products proves to be defective, we may be required to recall or redesign such products. We have at times experienced increased returns and adverse impacts on sales, as well as product liability litigation, as a result of media reports related to the alleged propensity of our products to develop mold. We may experience additional adverse impacts on sales and additional litigation if any similar media reports were to occur in the future. We maintain insurance against some forms of product liability claims, but such coverage may not be adequate for liabilities actually incurred. A successful claim brought against us in excess of available insurance coverage, or any claim or product recall that results in significant adverse publicity against us, may have a material adverse effect on our sales, profitability, cash flows and financial condition.

Our future growth and profitability depends in part on our ability to continue to improve and expand our product line and to successfully execute new product introductions.

As described in greater detail below, the mattress industry, as well as the market for sleep monitoring products, are both highly competitive, and our ability to compete effectively and to profitably grow our market share depends in part on our ability to continue to improve and expand our product line of adjustable firmness air beds, SleepIQ technology and related accessory products. We incur significant research and development and other expenditures in the pursuit of improvements and additions to our product line. If these efforts do not result in meaningful product improvements or new product introductions, or if we are not able to gain widespread consumer acceptance of product improvements or new product introductions, our sales, profitability, cash flows and financial condition may be adversely affected. In addition, if any significant product improvements or new product introductions are not successful, our reputation and brand image may be adversely affected.

Beginning in 2017, we plan to introduce a new line of mattresses to replace our current line of mattresses. This new product launch will result in significant transition costs in our supply chain and retail stores. If we are not able to gain widespread consumer acceptance of this new product line, or if we do not successfully execute the new product introduction effectively and efficiently, our sales, profitability, cash flows and financial condition may be adversely affected.

Significant competition could adversely affect our business.

Because of the vertical integration of our business model, our products and distribution channels face significant competition from both manufacturers of different types of mattresses and a variety of retailers. Our SleepIQ technology also faces significant competition from various manufacturers and retailers of sleep tracking and monitoring products.

The mattress industry is characterized by a high degree of concentration among the largest manufacturers of innerspring mattresses and viscoelastic foam mattresses and one dominant national mattress retailer. Many newer competitors (approximately 50 to 100) in the mattress industry have begun to offer “bed-in-a-box” or similar products directly to consumers through the Internet and other distribution channels.

A variety of sleep tracking and monitoring products that compete with our SleepIQ technology have been introduced by various manufacturers and retailers, both within and outside of the traditional mattress industry.


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Some of the manufacturers that we compete with have substantially greater financial, marketing and manufacturing resources and greater brand name recognition than we do and sell products through broader and more established distribution channels. Our national, exclusive distribution competes with other retailers who generally provide a wider selection of mattress alternatives than we offer. A number of these retailers also have more points of distribution and greater brand name recognition than we do. In recent periods, a number of direct-to-consumer, Internet-based retailers have emerged and have driven up the cost of basic search terms, which has and may continue to increase the cost of our Internet-based marketing programs.

These manufacturing and retailing competitors, or new entrants into the market, may compete aggressively and gain market share with existing or new products, and may pursue or expand their presence in the adjustable firmness air bed segment of the market as well as in the market for sleep tracking and monitoring products. We have limited ability to anticipate the timing and scale of new product introductions, advertising campaigns or new pricing strategies by our competitors, which could inhibit our ability to retain or increase market share, or to maintain our product margins.

If we are unable to effectively compete with other manufacturers and retailers of mattress and sleep tracking and monitoring products, our sales, profitability, cash flows and financial condition may be adversely impacted.

Our intellectual property rights may not prevent others from using our technology or trademarks in connection with the sale of competitive products. We may be subject to claims that our products, processes or trademarks infringe intellectual property rights of others.

We own various U.S. and foreign patents and patent applications related to certain elements of the design and function of our beds and related products. We own numerous registered and unregistered trademarks and trademark applications, including in particular our Sleep Number and SleepIQ trademarks, as well as other intellectual property rights, including trade secrets, trade dress and copyrights, which we believe have significant value and are important to the marketing of our products. These intellectual property rights may not provide sufficient protection against infringement or piracy, may not prevent competitors from developing and marketing products that are similar to or competitive with our beds or other products, and may be costly and time-consuming to protect and enforce. Our patents are also subject to varying expiration dates. In particular, one of our U.S. patents related to a firmness control system for use with an adjustable air mattress will expire in July of 2017. In addition, the laws of some foreign countries may not protect our intellectual property rights and confidential information to the same extent as the laws of the United States. If we are unable to protect and enforce our intellectual property, we may be unable to prevent other companies from using our technology or trademarks in connection with competitive products, which could adversely affect our sales, profitability, cash flows and financial condition.

We may be subject to claims that our products, processes or trademarks infringe the intellectual property rights of others. The defense of these claims, even if we are ultimately successful, may result in costly litigation, and if we are not successful in our defense, we could be subject to injunctions, liability for damages or royalty obligations and our sales, profitability, cash flows and financial condition could be adversely affected.

A reduction in the availability of credit to consumers generally or under our existing consumer credit programs could harm our sales, profitability, cash flows and financial condition.

A significant percentage of our sales are made under consumer credit programs through third parties. The amount of credit available to consumers may be adversely impacted by macroeconomic factors that affect the financial position of consumers and as suppliers of credit adjust their lending criteria. In addition, changes in federal regulations effective in 2010 placed additional restrictions on all consumer credit programs, including limiting the types of promotional credit offerings that may be offered to consumers.

Synchrony Bank provides credit to our customers through a private label credit card agreement that is currently scheduled to expire on December 31, 2020, subject to earlier termination upon certain events. Synchrony Bank has discretion to control the content of financing offers to our customers and to set minimum credit standards under which credit is extended to customers.

Reduction of credit availability due to changing economic conditions, changes in credit standards under our private label credit card program or changes in regulatory requirements, or the termination of our agreement with Synchrony Bank, could harm our sales, profitability, cash flows and financial condition.


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We utilize “just-in-time” manufacturing processes with minimal levels of inventory, which could leave us vulnerable to shortages in supply of components that may harm our ability to satisfy consumer demand and may adversely impact our sales and profitability.

A significant percentage of our products are assembled after we receive orders from customers utilizing “just-in-time” manufacturing processes with minimal levels of raw materials, work-in-process inventories and finished goods inventories. Lead times for ordered components may vary significantly. In addition, some components used to manufacture our products are provided on a sole source basis. Any unexpected shortage of materials caused by any disruption of supply or an unexpected increase in the demand for our products, could lead to delays in shipping our beds to customers. Any such delays could adversely affect our sales, customer satisfaction, profitability, cash flows and financial condition.

We rely upon several key suppliers that are, in some instances, the only source of supply currently used by us for particular materials, components or services. A disruption in the supply or substantial increase in cost of any of these products or services could harm our sales, profitability, cash flows and financial condition.

We currently obtain all of the materials and components used to produce our beds from outside sources including some who are located outside the United States. In several cases, including our proprietary air chambers, our proprietary blow-molded foundations, our adjustable foundations, various components for our Firmness Control systems, as well as fabrics and zippers, we have chosen to obtain these materials and components from suppliers who serve as the only source of supply, or who supply the vast majority of our needs of the particular material or component. While we believe that these materials and components, or suitable replacements, could be obtained from other sources, in the event of a disruption or loss of supply of relevant materials or components for any reason, we may not be able to find alternative sources of supply, or if found, may not be found on comparable terms. If our relationship with the primary supplier of our air chambers, the supplier of our blow-molded foundations or the supplier of our adjustable foundations is terminated, we could have difficulty in replacing these sources since there are relatively few other suppliers presently capable of manufacturing these components.

Similarly, we rely on UPS and other carriers to deliver some of our products to customers on a timely and cost-effective basis. Any significant delay in deliveries to our customers could lead to increased returns and cause us to lose sales. Any increase in freight charges could increase our costs of doing business and harm our sales, profitability, cash flows and financial condition.

Fluctuations in commodity prices could result in an increase in component costs and/or delivery costs.

Our business is subject to significant increases or volatility in the prices of certain commodities, including but not limited to fuel, oil, natural gas, rubber, cotton, plastic resin, steel and chemical ingredients used to produce foam. Increases in prices of these commodities or other inflationary pressures may result in significant cost increases for our raw materials and product components, as well as increases in the cost of delivering our products to our customers. To the extent we are unable to offset any such increased costs through value engineering and similar initiatives, or through price increases, our profitability, cash flows and financial condition may be adversely impacted. If we choose to increase prices to offset the increased costs, our sales volumes could be adversely impacted.

Our business is subject to risks inherent in global sourcing activities.

Our air chambers and some of our other components are manufactured outside the United States, and therefore are subject to risks associated with foreign sourcing of materials, including but not limited to:
Political instability resulting in disruption of trade;
Existing or potential duties, tariffs or quotas on certain types of goods that may be imported into the United States;
Disruptions in transportation due to acts of terrorism, shipping delays, foreign or domestic dock strikes, customs inspections or other factors;
Foreign currency fluctuations; and
Economic uncertainties, including inflation.

These factors could increase our costs of doing business with foreign suppliers, lead to inadequate inventory levels or delays in shipping beds to our customers, which could harm our sales, customer satisfaction, profitability, cash flows and financial condition.

Disruption of operations in either of our two main manufacturing facilities could increase our costs of doing business or lead to delays in shipping our beds.

We have two main manufacturing plants, which are located in Irmo, South Carolina and Salt Lake City, Utah. A significant percentage of our products are assembled to fulfill orders rather than stocking finished goods inventory in our plants or stores. Therefore, the

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disruption of operations of either of our two main manufacturing facilities for a significant period of time may increase our costs of doing business and lead to delays in shipping our beds to customers. Such delays could adversely affect our sales, customer satisfaction, profitability, cash flows and financial condition.

Our business is subject to a wide variety of government laws and regulations. These laws and regulations, as well as any new or changed laws or regulations, could disrupt our operations or increase our compliance costs. Failure to comply with such laws and regulations could have further adverse impact.

We are subject to a wide variety of laws and regulations relating to the bedding industry or to various aspects of our business. Laws and regulations at the federal, state and local levels frequently change and we cannot always reasonably predict the impact from, or the ultimate cost of compliance with, future regulatory or administrative changes. Changes in law, the imposition of new or additional regulations or the enactment of any new or more stringent legislation that impacts employment and labor, trade, advertising and marketing practices, pricing, consumer credit offerings, product testing and safety, transportation and logistics, health care, tax, accounting, privacy and data security, health and safety or environmental issues, among others, could require us to change the way we do business and could have a material adverse impact on our sales, profitability, cash flows and financial condition. New or different laws or regulations could increase direct compliance costs for us or may cause our vendors to raise the prices they charge us because of increased compliance costs. Further, the adoption of a multi-layered regulatory approach to any one of the state or federal laws or regulations to which we are currently subject, particularly where the layers are in conflict, could require alteration of our manufacturing processes or operational parameters which may adversely impact our business.

Legislative or regulatory changes that impact our relationship with our workforce, such as minimum wage requirements or health insurance or other employee benefits mandates, could increase our expenses and adversely affect our operations.
While it is our policy and practice to comply with legal and regulatory requirements and our procedures and internal controls are designed to promote such compliance, we cannot assure that all of our operations will comply with all such legal and regulatory requirements. Further, laws and regulations change over time and we may be required to incur significant expenses and/or to modify our operations in order to ensure compliance. This could harm our profitability or financial condition. If we are found to be in violation of any laws or regulations, we could become subject to fines, penalties, damages or other sanctions as well as potential adverse publicity or litigation exposure. This could adversely impact our business, reputation, sales, profitability, cash flows or financial condition.

Regulatory requirements related to flammability standards for mattresses may increase our product costs and increase the risk of disruption to our business.

The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission adopted new flammability standards and related regulations which became effective nationwide in July 2007 for mattresses and mattress and foundation sets. Compliance with these requirements has resulted in higher materials and manufacturing costs for our products, and has required modifications to our information systems and business operations, further increasing our costs and negatively impacting our capacity.

These regulations require manufacturers to implement quality assurance programs and encourage manufacturers to conduct random testing of products. These regulations also require maintenance and retention of compliance documentation. These quality assurance and documentation requirements are costly to implement and maintain. If any product testing, other evidence, or regulatory inspections yield results indicating that any of our products may not meet the flammability standards, we may be required to temporarily cease production and distribution and/or to recall products from the field, and we may be subject to fines or penalties, any of which outcomes could harm our business, reputation, sales, profitability, cash flows and financial condition.

Pending or unforeseen litigation and the potential for adverse publicity associated with litigation could adversely impact our business, reputation, financial results or financial condition.

We are involved from time to time in various legal proceedings arising in the ordinary course of our business, including primarily commercial, product liability, employment and intellectual property claims. We currently do not expect the outcome of any pending matters to have a material effect on our consolidated results of operations, financial position or cash flows. Litigation, however, is inherently unpredictable, and it is possible that the ultimate outcome of one or more pending claims asserted against us, or claims that may be asserted in the future that we are currently not aware of, or adverse publicity resulting from any such litigation, could adversely impact our business, reputation, sales, profitability, cash flows and financial condition.


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Any improvements or upgrades to our management information systems that may be required to meet the evolving needs of our business as well as existing and emerging regulatory requirements may be costly to implement and may take longer or require greater resources than anticipated, and may result in disruptions to our systems or business.

We depend on our management information systems for many aspects of our business. In the fourth quarter of 2015, we implemented a new ERP system and continue to implement operational improvements under this new system. If our new systems are disrupted in any material way, or improvements or upgrades are required to meet the evolving needs of our business and existing and emerging regulatory requirements, we may be required to incur significant capital expenditures in the pursuit of improvements or upgrades to our management information systems. These efforts may take longer and may require greater financial and other resources than anticipated, may cause distraction of key personnel, and may cause short-term disruptions to our existing systems and our business. Any of these outcomes could impair our ability to achieve critical strategic initiatives and could adversely impact our sales, profitability, cash flows and financial condition.

Our information systems may be subject to attacks by hackers or other cyber threats that could compromise the security of our systems, which could substantially disrupt our business and could result in the breach of consumers' or employees' private data.

Our information systems contain personal information related to our customers and employees in the ordinary course of our business, such as credit card and demographic information of our customers, SleepIQ data from our customer base and social security numbers and demographic information of our employees. While we maintain security measures to protect this information, a breach of these security measures, such as through third-party action, employee error, malfeasance or otherwise, could compromise the security of our customers’ and employees’ personal information. As the techniques used to breach such security measures change frequently and may not be recognized until launched against a target, we may be unable to anticipate these techniques or to implement adequate preventive measures. Any failure of our systems and processes to adequately protect customer or employee personal information from theft or loss could adversely impact our business, reputation, sales, profitability, cash flows and financial condition.

Our future growth and profitability depends in part upon our ability to attract, retain and motivate qualified personnel.

As a vertically integrated manufacturer and retailer, our future growth and profitability will depend in part upon our ability to attract, retain and motivate qualified personnel in a wide variety of areas to execute our growth strategy, including qualified management and executive personnel and qualified retail sales professionals and managers. The failure to attract, retain and motivate qualified personnel may hinder our ability to execute our business strategy and growth initiatives and may adversely impact our sales, profitability, cash flows and financial condition.

ITEM 1B. UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS

None.


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ITEM 2. PROPERTIES

Retail Locations

We currently lease all of our existing retail store locations and expect that our policy of leasing stores, rather than owning stores, will continue. We lease our retail stores under operating leases which, in addition to the minimum lease payments, require payment of a proportionate share of the real estate taxes and certain building operating expenses. Our retail store leases generally provide for an initial lease term of five to 10 years. In addition, our mall-based retail store leases may require payment of contingent rent based on net sales in excess of certain thresholds. Certain retail store leases may contain options to extend the term of the original lease.

The following table summarizes the geographic location of our 540 retail stores as of December 31, 2016:
 
 
Retail
Stores

 
 
 
Retail
Stores

 
 
 
Retail
Stores

Alabama
 
8

 
Maine
 
2

 
Oklahoma
 
4

Alaska
 
1

 
Maryland
 
12

 
Oregon
 
6

Arizona
 
9

 
Massachusetts
 
10

 
Pennsylvania
 
20

Arkansas
 
4

 
Michigan
 
15

 
Rhode Island
 
1

California
 
64

 
Minnesota
 
14

 
South Carolina
 
7

Colorado
 
13

 
Mississippi
 
5

 
South Dakota
 
2

Connecticut
 
6

 
Missouri
 
13

 
Tennessee
 
11

Delaware
 
2

 
Montana
 
4

 
Texas
 
49

Florida
 
38

 
Nebraska
 
3

 
Utah
 
4

Georgia
 
20

 
Nevada
 
5

 
Vermont
 
1

Idaho
 
3

 
New Hampshire
 
4

 
Virginia
 
18

Illinois
 
20

 
New Jersey
 
15

 
Washington
 
13

Indiana
 
11

 
New Mexico
 
4

 
West Virginia
 
2

Iowa
 
8

 
New York
 
17

 
Wisconsin
 
11

Kansas
 
7

 
North Carolina
 
14

 
Wyoming
 
1

Kentucky
 
8

 
North Dakota
 
4

 
 
 
 
Louisiana
 
8

 
Ohio
 
19

 
Total
 
540


Manufacturing, Distribution and Headquarters

We lease our 159,000-square-foot corporate headquarters in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area. The lease commenced in November 2007 and runs through October 2017.

We also lease approximately 122,000 square feet in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area that includes our research and development department, customer service department and a distribution center that accepts returns, fulfills accessory orders and processes warranty claims. This lease runs through October 2017.

We have entered into a new lease to replace our current corporate headquarters and a second building also expiring in October 2017. The new lease is for approximately 211,000 square feet and is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The lease term will commence in November 2017 and runs through October 2032. The lease includes three five-year renewal options.

We lease two manufacturing and distribution centers in Irmo, South Carolina and Salt Lake City, Utah of approximately 151,000 square feet and approximately 101,000 square feet, respectively. The Irmo facility lease runs through June 2026, with two five-year renewal options. The Salt Lake City facility lease runs through July 2020, with two five-year renewal options. We also lease a storage facility in Salt Lake City of approximately 57,000 square feet through April 2020.

We lease three buildings used for manufacturing purposes for our Comfortaire business in Greenville, South Carolina of approximately 65,000 total square feet. The current lease term for these three buildings runs through June 2017.

We lease one facility for our SleepIQ LABS operations in San Jose, California of approximately 13,050 square feet which runs through August 2018 and contains one three-year renewal option.

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ITEM 3. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

We are involved from time to time in various legal proceedings arising in the ordinary course of our business, including primarily commercial, product liability, employment and intellectual property claims. In accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, we record a liability in our consolidated financial statements with respect to any of these matters when it is both probable that a liability has been incurred and the amount of the liability can be reasonably estimated. With respect to currently pending legal proceedings, we have not established an estimated range of reasonably possible additional losses either because we believe that we have valid defenses to claims asserted against us or the proceeding has not advanced to a stage of discovery that would enable us to establish an estimate. We currently do not expect the outcome of these matters to have a material effect on our consolidated results of operations, financial position or cash flows. Litigation, however, is inherently unpredictable, and it is possible that the ultimate outcome of one or more claims asserted against us could adversely impact our consolidated results of operations, financial position or cash flows. We expense legal costs as incurred.

On January 12, 2015, Plaintiffs David and Katina Spade commenced a purported class action lawsuit in New Jersey state court against Select Comfort alleging that Select Comfort violated New Jersey consumer statutes by failing to provide to purchasing consumers certain disclosures required by the New Jersey Furniture Regulations. It is undisputed that plaintiffs suffered no actual damages or in any way relied upon or were impacted by the alleged omissions. Nonetheless, on behalf of a purported class of New Jersey purchasers of Select Comfort beds and bases, plaintiffs seek to recover a $100 statutory fine for each alleged omission, along with attorneys’ fees and costs. Select Comfort removed the case to the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, which subsequently granted Select Comfort’s motion to dismiss. Plaintiffs appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which has certified two questions of law to the New Jersey Supreme Court relating to whether plaintiffs who have suffered no actual injury may bring claims. The New Jersey Supreme Court has not yet indicated whether it will accept the certification. As the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey agreed, we believe that the case is without merit and the order of dismissal should be affirmed.

On December 4, 2015, Saeid Azimpour, a consumer, filed a purported class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Minnesota alleging he was fraudulently induced to purchase a down alternative pillow at a Sleep Number store based on signage that indicated that the pillow was 50% off. Plaintiff alleged that the price he paid for the pillow was not truly 50% off the price at which Sleep Number previously sold the pillow. Plaintiff asserted 10 causes of action including consumer fraud, unlawful trade practices, deceptive trade practices under Minnesota law, violation of the Minnesota false advertising law, unjust enrichment, violation of the California unfair competition law, violation of the California false advertising law and violation of the California remedies act. Plaintiff sought to represent all individuals who “purchased one or more items from the Company advertised or priced at a discount from the original retail price at any time between December 1, 2011 and present.” Plaintiff sought injunctive relief, damages, disgorgement and attorneys’ fees. On June 13, 2016, the Court dismissed the case without prejudice. On August 25, 2016, plaintiff filed a new complaint asserting claims and prayers for relief similar to those described above. On January 4, 2017, plaintiff agreed to dismissal of all claims including dismissal with prejudice of the class claims asserted in this case.

ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

Not applicable.


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PART II
ITEM 5. MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

Our common stock trades on The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (NASDAQ Global Select Market) under the symbol “SCSS.” As of January 28, 2017, there were approximately 237 holders of record of our common stock. The following table sets forth the quarterly high and low sales prices per share of our common stock, at closing, as reported by NASDAQ for the two most recent fiscal years.
 
 
First
Quarter
 
Second
Quarter
 
Third
Quarter
 
Fourth
Quarter
Fiscal 2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
High
 
$
21.24

 
$
24.68

 
$
27.68

 
$
24.33

Low
 
15.58

 
19.17

 
21.31

 
18.55

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fiscal 2015
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

High
 
$
34.62

 
$
34.50

 
$
30.79

 
$
25.50

Low
 
26.43

 
29.11

 
21.34

 
20.63


We are not restricted from paying cash dividends under our credit agreement so long as we are not in default under the credit agreement and so long as the payment of such dividends would not create an event of default. However, we have not historically paid, and have no current plans to pay, cash dividends on our common stock.

Information concerning share repurchases completed during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 is set forth below:
Fiscal Period
 
Total Number of Shares
Purchased(1)(2)
 
Average Price Paid per Share
 
Total Number of Shares Purchased as Part of Publicly Announced Plans or Programs (1)
 
Approximate Dollar Value of Shares that May Yet Be Purchased Under the Plans or Programs(3)
October 2, 2016 through October 29, 2016
 
387,378

 
$
20.40

 
387,181

 
$
267,102,000

October 30, 2016 through November 26, 2016
 
359,486

 
21.14

 
356,952

 
259,557,000

November 27, 2016 through December 31, 2016
 
632,844

 
23.02

 
632,340

 
245,000,000

Total
 
1,379,708

 
$
21.79

 
1,376,473

 
$
245,000,000

___________________
(1) 
Under the current Board-approved $300 million share repurchase program, we repurchased 1,376,473 shares of our common stock at a cost of $30 million (based on trade dates) during the three months ended December 31, 2016.
(2) 
In connection with the vesting of employee restricted stock grants, we also repurchased 3,235 shares of our common stock at a cost of $68,000 during the three months ended December 31, 2016.
(3) 
There is no expiration date governing the period over which we can repurchase shares under our Board-approved share repurchase program. Any repurchased shares are constructively retired and returned to an unissued status.


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Comparative Stock Performance

The graph below compares the total cumulative shareholder return on our common stock over the last five years to the total cumulative return on the Standard and Poor’s (S&P) 400 Specialty Stores Index and The NASDAQ Stock Market (U.S.) Index assuming a $100 investment made on December 31, 2011. Each of the three measures of cumulative total return assumes reinvestment of dividends. The stock performance shown on the graph below is not necessarily indicative of future price performance. The information contained in this “Comparative Stock Performance” 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 Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, except to the extent that we specifically request that it be treated as soliciting material or incorporate it by reference into a document filed under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

COMPARISON OF FIVE-YEAR CUMULATIVE TOTAL RETURN
AMONG SELECT COMFORT CORPORATION, S&P 400 SPECIALTY STORES INDEX,
AND THE NASDAQ STOCK MARKET (U.S.) INDEXa2016form10-_chartx03612.jpg
 
 
12/31/2011
 
12/29/2012
 
12/28/2013
 
1/3/2015
 
1/2/2016
 
12/31/2016
Select Comfort Corporation
 
$
100

 
$
113

 
$
98

 
$
124

 
$
99

 
$
104

S&P 400 Specialty Stores Index
 
100

 
122

 
184

 
230

 
170

 
202

The NASDAQ Stock Market (U.S.) Index
 
100

 
115

 
164

 
188

 
202

 
220





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ITEM 6. SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA
(in thousands, except per share and selected operating data, unless otherwise indicated)
The Consolidated Statements of Operations Data and Consolidated Balance Sheet Data presented below have been derived from our Consolidated Financial Statements and should be read in conjunction with “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and our Consolidated Financial Statements and Notes thereto included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
 
Year
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014(1)
 
2013
 
2012
Consolidated Statements of Operations Data:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net sales
$
1,311,291

 
$
1,213,699

 
$
1,156,757

 
$
960,171

 
$
934,978

Gross profit
810,160

 
740,751

 
706,850

 
601,755

 
596,546

Operating expenses:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sales and marketing
595,845

 
550,475

 
512,007

 
439,156

 
398,205

General and administrative
109,674

 
99,209

 
84,864

 
62,967

 
66,765

Research and development
27,991

 
15,971

 
8,233

 
9,478

 
6,194

Other(2)

 

 

 
(534
)
 
5,595

Operating income
76,650

 
75,096

 
101,746

 
90,688

 
119,787

Net income
$
51,417

 
$
50,519

 
$
67,974

 
$
60,081

 
$
78,094

Net income per share:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
$
1.11

 
$
0.99

 
$
1.27

 
$
1.10

 
$
1.41

Diluted
$
1.10

 
$
0.97

 
$
1.25

 
$
1.08

 
$
1.37

Shares used in calculation of net income per share:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
46,154

 
51,252

 
53,452

 
54,866

 
55,516

Diluted
46,902

 
52,101

 
54,193

 
55,803

 
57,076

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Consolidated Balance Sheet Data:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash, cash equivalents and marketable debt securities
$
11,609

 
$
36,114

 
$
166,045

 
$
145,014

 
$
177,821

Total assets
457,166

 
500,897

 
474,187

 
381,765

 
342,021

Total shareholders’ equity
160,320

 
222,339

 
256,907

 
225,220

 
193,697

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Selected Operating Data:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stores open at period-end
540

 
488

 
463

 
440

 
410

Stores opened during period
72

 
38

 
57

 
71

 
57

Stores closed during period
20

 
13

 
34

 
41

 
28

Average revenue per store (000’s)(3)
$
2,364

 
$
2,377

 
$
2,327

 
$
2,093

 
$
2,164

Percentage of stores with more than $1.0 million in net sales(3)
98
%
 
99
%
 
98
%
 
96
 %
 
98
%
Percentage of stores with more than $2.0 million in net sales(3)
61
%
 
62
%
 
59
%
 
46
 %
 
49
%
Average revenue per mattress unit - Company-Controlled channel(4)
$
4,046

 
$
4,028

 
$
3,671

 
$
3,245

 
$
3,050

Company-Controlled comparable-sales increase (decrease)(5)
1
%
 
3
%
 
12
%
 
(4
)%
 
23
%
Total retail square footage (at period-end) (000's)
1,399

 
1,214

 
1,106

 
949

 
759

Average square footage per store open during period(3)
2,538

 
2,445

 
2,302

 
1,985

 
1,670

Net sales per square foot(3)
$
937

 
$
980

 
$
1,025

 
$
1,077

 
$
1,324

Average store age (in months at period-end)
93

 
99

 
97

 
102

 
113

Earnings before interest, depreciation and amortization (Adjusted EBITDA)(6)
$
145,689

 
$
133,057

 
$
148,223

 
$
125,020

 
$
150,285

Free cash flows(6)
$
93,793

 
$
22,356

 
$
67,874

 
$
11,294

 
$
49,033

Return on Invested Capital (ROIC)(6)
12.2
%
 
11.2
%
 
15.1
%
 
15.1
 %
 
21.5
%
___________________
(1) 
Fiscal year 2014 had 53 weeks. All other fiscal years presented had 52 weeks.
(2) 
In February 2012, we announced that William R. McLaughlin, then President and CEO, would retire from the Company effective June 1, 2012. In recognition of Mr. McLaughlin's contributions, the Compensation Committee approved the modification of Mr. McLaughlin's unvested stock awards, including performance-based stock awards. As a result of these modifications, we recorded incremental non-cash compensation of $5.6 million ($3.7 million, net of income tax). The performance-based stock awards were subject to applicable adjustments through 2014 based on actual performance. During 2013, we recorded a non-cash compensation benefit of $0.5 million ($0.4 million, net of income tax) resulting from performance-based stock award adjustments. There were no performance-based stock award adjustments in 2014, 2015 or 2016.
(3) 
For stores open during the entire period indicated.
(4) 
Represents Company-Controlled channel total net sales divided by Company-Controlled channel mattress units.
(5) 
Stores are included in the comparable sales calculation in the 13th full month of operation. Stores that have been remodeled or repositioned within the same shopping center remain in the comparable-store base. The number of comparable stores used to calculate such data was 459, 442, 396, 359 and 348 for 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively. Fiscal 2014 included 53 weeks, as compared to 52 weeks for the other periods presented. Comparable sales have been adjusted and reported as if all years had the same number of weeks.
(6) 
These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with, or preferable to, GAAP financial data. However, we are providing this information as we believe it facilitates annual and year-over-year comparisons for investors and financial analysts. See pages 23 and 24 for the reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to the appropriate GAAP measures.

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Non-GAAP Data Reconciliations

Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (Adjusted EBITDA)
(in thousands)

We define earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (Adjusted EBITDA) as net income plus: income tax expense, interest expense, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation and asset impairments. Management believes Adjusted EBITDA is a useful indicator of our financial performance and our ability to generate cash from operating activities. Our definition of Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled definitions used by other companies. The table below reconciles Adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, to the comparable GAAP financial measure:
 
 
Year
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012
Net income
 
$
51,417

 
$
50,519

 
$
67,974

 
$
60,081

 
$
78,094

Income tax expense
 
24,516

 
24,911

 
34,134

 
30,930

 
41,911

Interest expense
 
811

 
160

 
53

 
51

 
91

Depreciation and amortization
 
56,910

 
46,916

 
38,767

 
29,599

 
19,735

Stock-based compensation
 
11,961

 
10,290

 
6,798

 
4,232

 
10,306

Asset impairments
 
74

 
261

 
497

 
127

 
148

Adjusted EBITDA
 
$
145,689

 
$
133,057

 
$
148,223

 
$
125,020

 
$
150,285


Free Cash Flow
(in thousands)

Our “free cash flow” data is considered a non-GAAP financial measure and is not in accordance with, or preferable to, “net cash provided by operations,” or GAAP financial data. However, we are providing this information as we believe it facilitates analysis for investors and financial analysts.
 
 
Year
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012
Net cash provided by operating activities
 
$
151,645

 
$
107,942

 
$
144,468

 
$
88,105

 
$
100,626

Less: Purchases of property and equipment
 
(57,852
)
 
(85,586
)
 
(76,594
)
 
(76,811
)
 
(51,593
)
Free cash flow
 
$
93,793

 
$
22,356

 
$
67,874

 
$
11,294

 
$
49,033



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Non-GAAP Data Reconciliations (continued)

Return on Invested Capital (ROIC)
(in thousands)

ROIC is a financial measure we use to determine how efficiently we deploy our capital. It quantifies the return we earn on our invested capital. Management believes ROIC is also a useful metric for investors and financial analysts. We compute ROIC as outlined below. Our definition and calculation of ROIC may not be comparable to similarly titled definitions and calculations used by other companies. The tables below reconcile net operating profit after taxes (NOPAT) and total invested capital, which are non-GAAP financial measures, to the comparable GAAP financial measures:
 
 
Year
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012
Net operating profit after taxes (NOPAT)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating income
 
$
76,650

 
$
75,096

 
$
101,746

 
$
90,688

 
$
119,787

Add: Rent expense(1)
 
67,416

 
62,369

 
57,605

 
50,289

 
48,543

Add: Interest income
 
94

 
494

 
415

 
375

 
310

Less: Depreciation on capitalized operating leases(2)
 
(17,185
)
 
(16,203
)
 
(14,265
)
 
(13,095
)
 
(12,072
)
Less: Income taxes(3)
 
(41,933
)
 
(40,384
)
 
(48,900
)
 
(43,827
)
 
(54,358
)
NOPAT
 
$
85,042

 
$
81,372

 
$
96,601

 
$
84,430

 
$
102,210

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Average invested capital
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total equity
 
$
160,320

 
$
222,339

 
$
256,907

 
$
225,220

 
$
193,697

Less: Cash greater than target(4)
 

 

 
(37,319
)
 
(29,622
)
 
(62,627
)
Add: Long-term debt(5)
 

 

 

 
2

 
112

Add: Capitalized operating lease obligations(6)
 
539,328

 
498,952

 
460,840

 
402,312

 
388,344

Total invested capital at end of period
 
$
699,648

 
$
721,291

 
$
680,428

 
$
597,912

 
$
519,526

Average invested capital(7)
 
$
699,576

 
$
726,756

 
$
639,118

 
$
560,133

 
$
475,159

Return on invested capital (ROIC)(8)
 
12.2
%
 
11.2
%
 
15.1
%
 
15.1
%
 
21.5
%
___________________
(1) Rent expense is added back to operating income to show the impact of owning versus leasing the related assets.

(2) Depreciation is based on the average of the last five fiscal quarters' ending capitalized operating lease obligations (see note 6) for the respective reporting periods with an assumed thirty-year useful life. This is subtracted from operating income to illustrate the impact of owning versus leasing the related assets.

(3) Reflects annual effective income tax rates, before discrete adjustments, of 33.0%, 33.2%, 33.6%, 34.2% and 34.7% for 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively.

(4) Cash greater than target is defined as cash, cash equivalents and marketable debt securities less customer prepayments in excess of $100 million.

(5) Long-term debt includes capital lease obligations, if applicable.

(6) A multiple of eight times annual rent expense is used as an estimate for capitalizing our operating lease obligations. The methodology utilized aligns with the methodology of a nationally recognized credit rating agency.

(7) Average invested capital represents the average of the last five fiscal quarters' ending invested capital balances.

(8) ROIC equals NOPAT divided by average invested capital.

Note - Our ROIC calculation and data are considered non-GAAP financial measures and are not in accordance with, or preferable to, GAAP financial data. However, we are providing this information as we believe it facilitates analysis of the Company's financial performance by investors and financial analysts.

GAAP - generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S.

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ITEM 7. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Forward-Looking Statements

The discussion in this Annual Report contains certain forward-looking statements that relate to future plans, events, financial results or performance. You can identify forward-looking statements by those that are not historical in nature, particularly those that use terminology such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “plan,” “project,” “predict,” “intend,” “potential,” “continue” or the negative of these or similar terms. These statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from our historical experience and our present expectations or projections. These risks and uncertainties include, among others:

Current and future general and industry economic trends and consumer confidence;
The effectiveness of our marketing messages;
The efficiency of our advertising and promotional efforts;
Our ability to execute our Company-Controlled distribution strategy;
Our ability to achieve and maintain acceptable levels of product and service quality, and acceptable product return and warranty claims rates;
Our ability to continue to improve and expand our product line, and consumer acceptance of our products, product quality, innovation and brand image;
Industry competition, the emergence of additional competitive products and the adequacy of our intellectual property rights to protect our products and brand from competitive or infringing activities;
Availability of attractive and cost-effective consumer credit options, including the impact of recent changes in federal law that restricts various forms of consumer credit promotional offerings;
Our “just-in-time” manufacturing processes with minimal levels of inventory, which may leave us vulnerable to shortages in supply;
Our dependence on significant suppliers and our ability to maintain relationships with key suppliers, including several sole-source suppliers;
Rising commodity costs and other inflationary pressures;
Risks inherent in global sourcing activities;
Risks of disruption in the operation of either of our two main manufacturing facilities;
Increasing government regulation;
Pending or unforeseen litigation and the potential for adverse publicity associated with litigation;
The adequacy of our management information systems to meet the evolving needs of our business and existing and evolving regulatory standards applicable to data privacy and security;
The costs and potential disruptions to our business related to upgrading our management information systems;
The vulnerability of our management information systems to attacks by hackers or other cyber threats that could compromise the security of our systems or disrupt our business;
Our ability to attract, retain and motivate qualified management, executive and other key employees, including qualified retail sales professionals and managers; and
Uncertainties arising from global events, such as terrorist attacks or a pandemic outbreak, or the threat of such events.

Additional information concerning these and other risks and uncertainties is contained under the caption "Risk Factors" in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

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 management on our financial condition, results of operations, liquidity and certain other factors that may affect our future results. Our MD&A is presented in six sections:

Overview
Results of Operations
Liquidity and Capital Resources
Off-Balance-Sheet Arrangements and Contractual Obligations
Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates
Recent Accounting Pronouncements


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Overview

Business Overview

We offer consumers high-quality, individualized sleep solutions and services, which include a complete line of Sleep Number beds, bases and bedding accessories. Our business has three significant competitive advantages: proprietary sleep innovations, ongoing customer relationships and exclusive retail distribution.

We have a vertically integrated business model and are the exclusive designer, manufacturer, marketer, retailer and servicer of a complete line of Sleep Number beds. We are the pioneer in biometric sleep tracking and adjustability. Only the Sleep Number bed offers SleepIQ technology - proprietary sensor technology that works directly with the bed’s DualAir system to track each individual’s sleep. SleepIQ technology communicates how you slept and what adjustments you can make to optimize your sleep and improve your daily life. Select Comfort also offers FlextFit adjustable bases, and Sleep Number pillows, sheets and other bedding products. As a specialty mattress retailer with stores across the nation, we offer consumers a unique, value-added retail experience at one of the more than 540 Sleep Number stores across the country, online at SleepNumber.com or via phone.
 
We are committed to delivering superior shareholder value through three primary drivers of earnings per share growth: increasing demand, leveraging our business model and deploying our capital efficiently. We are the sleep innovation leader and drive growth through effective brand marketing and a differentiated retail experience.

We generate revenue by marketing our innovations to new and existing customers, and selling products through two distribution channels. Our Company-Controlled channel, which includes Retail, Online and Phone, sells directly to consumers. Our Wholesale/Other channel sells to and through selected retail and wholesale customers in the United States and the QVC shopping channel.

We are also the only vertically integrated manufacturer/retailer in the U.S. We have two manufacturing plants that distribute Sleep Number products. We also offer mattress home delivery and installation, and maintain an in-house customer service department. This integration enables operational synergies and efficiencies, and a strong working capital position. Vertical integration allows us to build a long-term loyal customer relationship as we service the consumer through the full purchase and ownership cycle. This relationship with our customer creates a productive cycle of repeat and referral business.

Mission and Vision

Our mission is to improve lives by individualizing sleep experiences.

Our vision is to become one of the world's most beloved brands by delivering an unparalleled sleep experience. We plan to achieve this by offering benefit-driven, innovative sleep solutions to our customers through an unmatched retail experience and a carefree ownership experience.

Results of Operations
 
Fiscal 2016 Summary
 
Financial highlights for fiscal 2016 were as follows:

In the fourth of quarter 2015, we replaced our nearly 20-year-old legacy computer systems with a new vertically integrated Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. We completed our ERP implementation by the end of the first quarter of 2016. Implementation issues negatively affected fourth-quarter 2015 net sales and profits, and to a lesser degree, first-quarter and second-quarter 2016 net sales and profits. The new operating platform enables operational efficiencies, improved customer convenience and supports the growth of our business.

Net sales for 2016 increased 8% to $1.31 billion, compared with $1.21 billion in the prior year. Company-Controlled comparable sales increased 1% and sales from 52 net new stores opened in the past 12 months added 7 percentage points (ppt.) of growth in 2016.
 
On a trailing twelve-month basis, sales per store (for stores open at least one year) of $2.4 million were consistent with the prior-year comparable period.

Operating income for 2016 increased 2% to $77 million, or 5.8% of net sales, compared with $75 million, or 6.2% of net sales, for the same period one year ago. The increase in operating income was attributable to: (i) the 8% increase in net sales and a 0.8

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ppt. improvement in our gross profit rate; partially offset by (ii) $12 million of additional research and development expenses to support the advancement of our product innovation pipeline, including expenses related to SleepIQ LABS' operations (acquired on September 15, 2015); (iii) an increase in expenses associated with operating 52 net new stores; and (iv) an increase in general and administrative expenses to support the growth of the business, including depreciation on our new ERP system that was launched in the fourth-quarter of 2015.

Net income increased 2% to $51.4 million, or $1.10 per diluted share, compared with net income of $50.5 million, or $0.97 per diluted share in 2015.

We achieved a return on invested capital (ROIC) of 12.2% in 2016.
 
Cash provided by operating activities in 2016 totaled $152 million, compared with $108 million for the prior year. With the completion of our ERP implementation, investing activities for 2016 decreased to $58 million of property and equipment purchases, compared with $86 million in 2015.
 
At December 31, 2016, cash, cash equivalents and marketable debt securities totaled $12 million compared with $36 million at January 2, 2016, and we had no borrowings under our $150 million revolving credit facility.
 
In 2016, we repurchased 5.9 million shares of our common stock under our Board-approved share repurchase program at a cost of $125 million ($21.02 per share). Effective as of July 3, 2016, our Board approved an increase in our total remaining share repurchase authorization to $300 million. As of December 31, 2016, the remaining authorization under our Board-approved share repurchase program was $245 million.

The following table sets forth our results of operations expressed as dollars and percentages of net sales. Figures are in millions, except percentages and per share amounts. Amounts may not add due to rounding differences. 
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
 
 
$
 
% of
Net Sales
 
$
 
% of
Net Sales
 
$
 
% of
Net Sales
Net sales
 
$
1,311.3

 
100.0
 %
 
$
1,213.7

 
100.0
%
 
$
1,156.8

 
100.0
%
Cost of sales
 
501.1

 
38.2

 
472.9

 
39.0

 
449.9

 
38.9

Gross profit
 
810.2

 
61.8

 
740.8

 
61.0

 
706.9

 
61.1

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating expenses:
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Sales and marketing
 
595.8

 
45.4

 
550.5

 
45.4

 
512.0

 
44.3

General and administrative
 
109.7

 
8.4

 
99.2

 
8.2

 
84.9

 
7.3

Research and development
 
28.0

 
2.1

 
16.0

 
1.3

 
8.2

 
0.7

Total operating expenses
 
733.5

 
55.9

 
665.7

 
54.8

 
605.1

 
52.3

Operating income
 
76.7

 
5.8

 
75.1

 
6.2

 
101.7

 
8.8

Other (expense) income, net
 
(0.7
)
 
(0.1
)
 
0.3

 
0.0

 
0.4

 
0.0

Income before income taxes
 
75.9

 
5.8

 
75.4

 
6.2

 
102.1

 
8.8

Income tax expense
 
24.5

 
1.9

 
24.9

 
2.1

 
34.1

 
3.0

Net income
 
$
51.4

 
3.9
 %
 
$
50.5

 
4.2
%
 
$
68.0

 
5.9
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income per share:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
$
1.11

 
 

 
$
0.99

 
 
 
$
1.27

 
 
Diluted
 
$
1.10

 
 

 
$
0.97

 
 
 
$
1.25

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted-average number of common shares:
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
46.2

 
 

 
51.3

 
 
 
53.5

 
 
Diluted
 
46.9

 
 

 
52.1

 
 
 
54.2

 
 


The percentage of our total net sales, by dollar volume, from each of our channels was as follows:
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
Company-Controlled channel
 
97.7
%
 
97.6
%
 
97.3
%
Wholesale/Other channel
 
2.3
%
 
2.4
%
 
2.7
%
Total
 
100.0
%
 
100.0
%
 
100.0
%

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The components of total net sales growth, including comparable net sales changes, were as follows: 
 
 
Net Sales Increase/(Decrease)
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
Retail comparable-store sales(1)
 
0
%
 
3
%
 
12
%
Online and Phone(1)
 
25
%
 
(4
%)
 
9
%
Company-Controlled comparable sales change(1)
 
1
%
 
3
%
 
12
%
Net opened/closed stores and 53rd week in 2014
 
7
%
 
2
%
 
10
%
Total Company-Controlled channel
 
8
%
 
5
%
 
22
%
Wholesale/Other channel
 
5
%
 
(9
%)
 
(13
%)
Total net sales change
 
8
%
 
5
%
 
20
%
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(1) Stores are included in the comparable-store calculation in the 13th full month of operations. Stores that have been remodeled or repositioned within the same shopping center remain in the comparable-store base. Fiscal 2014 included 53 weeks, as compared to 52 weeks in fiscal 2016 and 2015. Comparable-store sales have been adjusted to remove the estimated impact of the additional week for fiscal 2014.

Other sales metrics were as follows: 
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014(3)
Average sales per store(1) ($ in thousands)
 
$
2,364

 
$
2,377

 
$
2,327

Average sales per square foot(1)
 
$
937

 
$
980

 
$
1,025

Stores > $1 million in net sales(1)
 
98
%
 
99
%
 
98
%
Stores > $2 million in net sales(1)
 
61
%
 
62
%
 
59
%
Average revenue per mattress unit – Company-Controlled channel(2)
 
$
4,046

 
$
4,028

 
$
3,671

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(1) Trailing twelve months for stores included in our comparable store sales calculation.
(2) Represents Company-Controlled channel total net sales divided by Company-Controlled channel mattress units.
(3) Fiscal 2014 included 53 weeks, as compared to 52 weeks in fiscal 2016 and 2015. Company-Controlled comparable sales metrics have been adjusted to remove the estimated impact of the additional week on those metrics.

The number of retail stores operating during the last three years was as follows:
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
Beginning of period
 
488

 
463

 
440

Opened
 
72

 
38

 
57

Closed
 
(20
)
 
(13
)
 
(34
)
End of period
 
540

 
488

 
463



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Comparison of 2016 and 2015

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system implementation

In the fourth of quarter 2015, we replaced our nearly 20-year-old legacy computer systems with a new vertically integrated Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. We completed our ERP implementation by the end of the first quarter of 2016. Implementation issues negatively affected fourth-quarter 2015 net sales and profits, and to a lesser degree, first-quarter and second-quarter 2016 net sales and profits. The new operating platform enables operational efficiencies, improved customer convenience and supports the growth of our business.

Net sales

Net sales in 2016 increased 8% to $1.31 billion, compared with $1.21 billion for the same period one year ago. The sales increase was driven by a 1% comparable sales increase in our Company-Controlled channel, 7 percentage points (ppt.) of growth from sales generated by 52 net new retail stores opened in the past 12 months and an increase in Wholesale/Other channel sales.
 
The $98 million net sales increase compared with the same period one year ago was primarily comprised of an $83 million increase resulting from net store openings and a $14 million sales increase from Company-Controlled comparable sales. Company-Controlled mattress units increased 8% compared to the prior-year period. Average revenue per mattress unit in our Company-Controlled channel was consistent with the prior year.

Gross profit

Gross profit of $810 million increased by $69 million, or 9%, compared with the same period one year ago. The gross profit rate increased to 61.8% of net sales for 2016, compared with 61.0% for the prior-year period. The 0.8 ppt. increase in the gross profit rate was primarily due to material cost reductions, operating efficiencies, and lower sales return and exchange costs. In addition, our gross profit rate can fluctuate from year-to-year due to a variety of other factors, including warranty expenses, product mix changes and performance-based incentive compensation.

Sales and marketing expenses

Sales and marketing expenses in 2016 increased 8% to $596 million, compared with $550 million last year. The marketing expense rate of 45.4% of net sales was consistent with the same period one year ago due to: (i) leveraging our media spending, which increased by 5% compared with the prior year, while net sales increased by 8%; partially offset by (ii) higher customer service costs; and (iii) an increase in customer financing expenses, as a larger percentage of our customers took advantage of promotional financing offers.
 
General and administrative expenses

General and administrative (G&A) expenses increased $10.5 million to $110 million in 2016, compared with $99 million in the prior year and increased to 8.4% of net sales, compared with 8.2% of net sales one year ago. The $10.5 million increase in G&A expenses consisted of the following major components: (i) a $10.4 million increase in employee compensation, including headcount increases to support business growth initiatives, and salary and wage rate increases that were in line with inflation; (ii) $6.5 million of additional depreciation expense resulting from the increase in capital expenditures to support the growth of the business, including our new ERP system that was launched in the fourth quarter of 2015; (iii) a $3.5 million gain (net of acquisition-related expenses) in 2015 related to our previously held minority equity investment in BAM Labs, Inc.; and (iv) a $1.5 million increase in miscellaneous other expenses. These increases were partially offset by $11.6 million of data conversion and training expenses incurred in 2015 to support the launch of our ERP system. The G&A expense rate increased by 0.2 ppt. in 2016 compared with the same period one year ago due to the increase in expenses discussed above, partially offset by the leveraging impact of the 8% net sales increase.

Research and development expenses

Research and development expenses for the year ended December 31, 2016 were $28 million, or 2.1% of net sales, compared with $16 million, or 1.3% of net sales, for the same period one year ago. The $12 million increase in R&D expenses was due to increased investments to support product innovations, including a $9.7 million increase in expenses related to SleepIQ LABS' operations (post acquisition; acquired on September 15, 2015). The $12 million increase is consistent with our long-term consumer innovation strategy.




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Income tax expense

Income tax expense was $25 million for the year ended December 31, 2016, compared with $25 million for the same period one year ago. The effective tax rate for the year ended December 31, 2016 was 32.3% compared with 33.0% for the prior-year period. The effective tax rates for 2016 and 2015 include tax benefits associated with our acquisition of BAM Labs, including higher research and development tax credits.

Comparison of 2015 and 2014

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system implementation

In the fourth quarter 2015, we replaced our nearly 20-year-old legacy computer systems with a new vertically-integrated Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. We experienced technical and operational issues in our plants and supply chain as we ramped up the new system, which led to delivery delays and inconveniences for our customers. The lost sales and increases in cost of sales and operating expenses negatively impacted 2015 results by approximately $0.40 per diluted share ($0.43 per diluted share for the fourth quarter).

Net sales

Net sales in 2015 increased 5% to $1.21 billion, compared with $1.16 billion for the same period one year ago. The sales increase was driven by a 3% comparable sales increase in our Company-Controlled channel and sales from 25 net new retail stores opened in the past 12 months. During the first nine months of 2015, demand for our latest product innovations and more effective marketing drove traffic to our stores and contributed to a 20% year-to-date net sales increase. However, net sales decreased 33% in the fourth quarter compared to the prior year, reflecting approximately $84 million in sales disruptions from our ERP system implementation. In addition, 2015 included 52 weeks compared with 53 weeks in 2014, with the extra week benefiting 2014 net sales growth by approximately $24 million.
 
The $57 million net sales increase compared with the same period one year ago was comprised of the following: (i) a $52 million increase resulting from net store openings; and (ii) a $31 million sales increase from Company-Controlled comparable sales; partially offset by (iii) an approximately $24 million sales decrease as the prior year included an extra week of net sales (52-week year 2015 vs. 53-week year 2014); and (iv) a $2 million decrease in Wholesale/Other channel sales. Company-Controlled mattress units decreased 4% compared to the prior-year period. Average revenue per mattress unit in our Company-Controlled channel increased by 10%.

Gross profit

Gross profit of $741 million increased by $34 million, or 5%, compared with the same period one year ago. The gross profit rate decreased to 61.0% of net sales for 2015, compared with 61.1% for the prior-year period. The 0.1 percentage points (ppt.) decrease in the gross profit rate was primarily due to: (i) appeasements, labor inefficiencies, material costs and excess freight from actions taken to manage our fourth-quarter 2015 ERP issues; partially offset by (ii) favorable product mix changes resulting from advancements in our selling process and product innovations over the last 12 months. In addition, our gross profit rate can fluctuate from year-to-year due to a variety of other factors, including return and exchange costs, raw materials price fluctuations, warranty expenses and performance-based incentive compensation.

Sales and marketing expenses

Sales and marketing expenses in 2015 increased 8% to $550 million, or 45.4% of net sales, compared with $512 million, or 44.3% of net sales, for the same period one year ago. The 1.1 ppt. increase in the sales and marketing expense rate in the current period was mainly due to the deleveraging impact resulting from the approximately $84 million in sales disruptions associated with our fourth-quarter 2015 ERP system implementation.
 
General and administrative expenses

General and administrative (G&A) expenses increased $14 million to $99 million in 2015, compared with $85 million in the prior year, and increased to 8.2% of net sales, compared with 7.3% of net sales one year ago. G&A expenses for 2015 included 52 weeks of expenses compared with 53 weeks in 2014. The $14 million increase in G&A expenses consisted of the following major components: (i) $11.6 million of ERP launch costs in 2015, including data conversion and training expenses; (ii) $4.5 million of additional depreciation expense resulting from the increase in capital expenditures to support the growth of the business, including our new digital website that was launched in the second quarter of 2014 and our new ERP system that was launched in the fourth quarter of

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2015; (iii) $4.1 million of higher professional fees, including additional costs associated with proxy preparation, filing and consulting services; and (iv) a $2.2 million increase in miscellaneous other expenses. These increases were partially offset by: (i) a $4.9 million decrease in employee compensation, including a year-over-year reduction in company-wide performance-based incentive compensation; and (ii) a $3.5 million gain (net of acquisition-related expenses) related to our previously held minority equity investment in BAM Labs, Inc. The G&A expense rate increased by 0.9 ppt. in the current period compared with the same period one year ago due to the increase in expenses discussed above, partially offset by the leveraging impact of the 5% net sales increase.

Research and development expenses

Research and development expenses for the year ended January 2, 2016 were $16 million, or 1.3% of net sales, compared with $8 million, or 0.7% of net sales, for the same period one year ago. The $8 million increase in R&D expenses was due to increased investments to support product innovations, including $3.3 million of expenses related to SleepIQ LABS' operations (post acquisition; acquired on September 15, 2015). The $8 million increase is consistent with our long-term consumer innovation strategy.

Income tax expense

Income tax expense was $25 million for the year ended January 2, 2016, compared with $34 million for the same period one year ago. The effective tax rate for the year ended January 2, 2016 was 33.0% compared with 33.4% for the prior-year period. The decrease in the effective tax rate primarily resulted from tax planning benefits associated with the BAM Labs, Inc. acquisition gain, partially offset by a reduction in our manufacturing deduction driven by increased year-over-year bonus tax depreciation.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Managing our liquidity and capital resources is an important part of our commitment to deliver superior shareholder value. Our business model, which can operate with minimal working capital, does not require additional capital from external sources to fund operations or organic growth. Our primary sources of liquidity are cash flows provided by operating activities and cash available under our $150 million revolving credit facility. The cash generated from ongoing operations, and cash available under our revolving credit facility are expected to be adequate to maintain operations and fund anticipated expansion and strategic initiatives for the foreseeable future.

As of December 31, 2016, cash, cash equivalents and marketable debt securities totaled $12 million compared with $36 million as of January 2, 2016. The $25 million decrease was primarily due to $152 million of cash provided by operating activities, which was more than offset by $58 million of cash used to purchase property and equipment and $127 million of cash used to repurchase our common stock ($125 million under our Board-approved share repurchase program and $1.7 million in connection with the vesting of employee restricted stock grants).

The following table summarizes our cash flows (dollars in millions). Amounts may not add due to rounding differences:
 
 
2016
 
2015
Total cash provided by (used in):
 
 
 
 
Operating activities
 
$
151.6

 
$
107.9

Investing activities
 
(42.7
)
 
(44.3
)
Financing activities
 
(118.4
)
 
(94.7
)
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents
 
$
(9.4
)
 
$
(31.0
)
 
Cash provided by operating activities for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 was $152 million compared with $108 million for the fiscal year ended January 2, 2016. Significant components of the $44 million year-over-year increase in cash from operating activities included: (i) a $39 million fluctuation in income taxes based on a $15 million income taxes receivable at the end of 2015 compared with income tax liabilities at the end of 2016 and 2014; (ii) a $20 million fluctuation in accrued compensation and benefits which primarily resulted from year-over-year changes in company-wide performance-based incentive compensation that was earned in 2014 and paid in the first quarter of 2015, compared with no company-wide incentive compensation accrued at the end of 2015 and paid in 2016; and (iii) the ERP implementation issues we experienced in our plants and supply chain during the fourth quarter of 2015 that resulted in higher inventory levels, increased accounts receivables, increased accounts payables and higher customer prepayments at the end of 2015.

Net cash used in investing activities was $43 million for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, compared with $44 million for the same period one year ago. With the completion of our ERP implementation, investing activities for the current-year period decreased

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to $58 million of property and equipment purchases, compared with $86 million for the same period last year. We decreased our net investments in marketable debt securities by $15 million during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, compared with a net decrease of $98 million during the comparable period one year ago. In September 2015, we completed the acquisition of BAM Labs, Inc. (now operating as SleepIQ LABS). We previously held a $6.0 million minority equity investment in BAM Labs, Inc. based on the cost method. In connection with the acquisition, our equity investment was remeasured to a fair value of $12.9 million and we acquired the remaining capital stock in BAM Labs, Inc. for $57.1 million for a total enterprise value of $70.0 million. See Note 2, Acquisition of BAM Labs, Inc., and Note 4, Investments, of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for additional details.

Net cash used in financing activities was $118 million for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, compared with net cash used in financing activities of $95 million for the same period one year ago. During the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, we repurchased $127 million of our common stock ($125 million under our Board-approved share repurchase program and $1.7 million in connection with the vesting of employee restricted stock grants) compared with $100 million during the same period one year ago. Changes in book overdrafts are included in the net change in short-term borrowings. Financing activities for both periods reflect the cash proceeds from the exercise of employee stock options along with the excess tax benefits related to stock-based compensation.

Under our Board-approved share repurchase program, we repurchased 5.9 million shares at a cost of $125 million ($21.02 per share) during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016. During 2015, we repurchased 3.6 million shares at a cost of $98 million ($27.46 per share). As of December 31, 2016, the remaining authorization under our Board-approved share repurchase program was $245 million. There is no expiration date governing the period over which we can repurchase shares.

Our revolving credit facility, as amended, has a net aggregate availability of $150 million. The credit facility is for general corporate purposes. The credit facility contains an accordion feature that allows us to increase the amount of the available credit from $150 million up to $200 million, subject to lenders' approval. The credit facility matures in February 2021.

The credit agreement provides the lenders with a collateral security interest in substantially all of our assets and those of our subsidiaries and requires us to comply with, among other things, a maximum leverage ratio and a minimum interest coverage ratio. Under the terms of the credit agreement we pay a variable rate of interest and a commitment fee based on our leverage ratio. As of December 31, 2016, we had no outstanding borrowings or letters of credit and we were in compliance with all financial covenants.
  
We have an agreement with Synchrony Bank to offer qualified customers revolving credit arrangements to finance purchases from us (Synchrony Agreement). The Synchrony Agreement contains certain financial covenants, including a maximum leverage ratio and a minimum interest coverage ratio. As of December 31, 2016, we were in compliance with all financial covenants.
  
Under the terms of the Synchrony Agreement, Synchrony Bank sets the minimum acceptable credit ratings, the interest rates, fees and all other terms and conditions of the customer accounts, including collection policies and procedures, and is the owner of the accounts.
  
Off-Balance-Sheet Arrangements and Contractual Obligations
  
As of December 31, 2016, we were not involved in any unconsolidated special purpose entity transactions. Other than our operating leases, we do not have any off-balance-sheet financing. There were no outstanding letters of credit at December 31, 2016. A summary of our operating lease obligations is included in the “Contractual Obligations” section (as follows). Additional information regarding our operating leases is available in Item 2, Properties, 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.
  
Contractual Obligations
  
The following table presents information regarding our contractual obligations (in thousands):
 
 
Payments Due by Period(1)
 
 
Total
 
< 1 Year
 
1 - 3 Years
 
3 - 5 Years
 
> 5 Years
Operating leases(2)
 
$
392,397

 
$
66,493

 
$
108,286

 
$
80,379

 
$
137,239

Purchase commitments
 
5,500

 
5,500

 

 

 

Other
 

 

 

 

 

    Total
 
$
397,897

 
$
71,993

 
$
108,286

 
$
80,379

 
$
137,239

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(1) Our unrecognized tax benefits, including interest and penalties, of $3 million have not been included in the Contractual Obligations table as we are not able to determine a reasonable estimate of timing of the cash settlement with the respective taxing authorities.
(2) These amounts include the payments related to 33 lease commitments for future retail store locations and a lease commitment for our corporate facilities. These lease commitments provide for minimum rentals over the next five to 15 years, which if consummated based on current cost estimates, would approximate $96 million over the initial lease term.

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Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates
Our consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). In connection with the preparation of our financial statements, we are required to make estimates and assumptions about future events, and apply judgments that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, sales, expenses and the related disclosure. Predicting future events is inherently an imprecise activity and as such requires the use of judgment. We base our assumptions, estimates and judgments on historical experience, current trends and other factors that management believes to be relevant at the time our consolidated financial statements are prepared. On a regular basis, management reviews the accounting policies, assumptions, estimates and judgments to ensure that our financial statements are presented fairly and in accordance with GAAP. However, because future events and their effects cannot be determined with certainty, actual results could differ from our assumptions and estimates, and such differences could be material.
  
Our significant accounting policies are discussed in Note 1, Business and 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. Management believes the accounting policies discussed below are the most critical because they require management’s most difficult, subjective or complex judgments, resulting from the need to make estimates about the effect of matters that are inherently uncertain. Management has reviewed these critical accounting policies and estimates, and related disclosures with the Audit Committee of our Board.
  
Our critical accounting policies and estimates relate to stock-based compensation, goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets, warranty liabilities and revenue recognition.
Description
 
Judgments and Uncertainties
 
Effect if Actual Results
Differ From Assumptions
Stock-Based Compensation
 
 
 
 
We have stock-based compensation plans, which includes non-qualified stock options and stock awards.

See Note 1, Business and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies, and Note 10, Shareholders’ Equity, to the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, included in Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K, for a complete discussion of our stock-based compensation programs.
 
Option-pricing models and generally accepted valuation techniques require management to make assumptions and to apply judgment to determine the fair value of our awards. These assumptions and judgments include estimating the volatility of our stock price, future employee forfeiture rates and future employee stock option exercise behaviors. Changes in these assumptions can materially affect the fair value estimates or future earnings adjustments.

Performance-based stock awards require management to make assumptions regarding the likelihood of achieving performance targets.
 
We do not believe there is a reasonable likelihood that there will be a material change in the future estimates or assumptions we use to determine stock-based compensation expense. However, if actual results are not consistent with our estimates or assumptions, we may be exposed to changes in stock-based compensation expense that could be material.

In addition, if actual results are not consistent with the assumptions used, the stock-based compensation expense reported in our financial statements may not be representative of the actual economic cost of the stock-based compensation. Finally, if the actual forfeiture rates, or the actual achievement of performance targets, are not consistent with the assumptions used, we could experience future earnings adjustments.

A 10% change in our stock-based compensation expense for the year ended December 31, 2016, would have affected net income by approximately $801,000 in 2016.
Goodwill and Indefinite-Lived Intangible Assets
Goodwill represents the excess of cost over the fair value of identifiable net assets of businesses acquired. Our indefinite-lived intangible assets include trade names/trademarks.

See Note 1,
Business and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies and Note 7, Goodwill and Intangible Assets, Net, to the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, included in Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K, for a complete discussion of our goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets.
 
The determination of fair value involves uncertainties because it requires management to make assumptions and to apply judgment to estimate industry and economic factors and the profitability of future business strategies. Management’s assumptions also include projected revenues, operating profit levels and discount rates, as well as consideration of any other factors that may indicate potential impairment.
 
In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, management completed its annual goodwill and other indefinite-lived intangible asset impairment tests and determined there was no impairment. We believe our assumptions and judgments used in estimating cash flows and determining fair value were reasonable. However, unexpected changes to such assumptions and judgments could affect our impairment analyses and future results of operations, including an impairment charge that could be material.

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Description
 
Judgments and Uncertainties
 
Effect if Actual Results
Differ From Assumptions
Warranty Liabilities
 
 
 
 
We provide a limited warranty on most of the products we sell.

See Note 1, Business and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies, to the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, included in Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K, for a complete discussion of our warranty program and liabilities.

 
The majority of our warranty claims are incurred within the first year. However, our warranty liability contains uncertainties because our warranty obligations cover an extended period of time. A revision of estimated claim rates or the projected cost of materials and freight associated with sending replacement parts to customers could have a material adverse effect on future results of operations.

 
We have not made any material changes in our warranty liability assessment methodology during the past three fiscal years. We do not believe there is a reasonable likelihood that there will be a material change in the estimates or assumptions we use to calculate our warranty liability. However, if actual results are not consistent with our estimates or assumptions, we may be exposed to losses or gains that could be material.

A 10% change in our warranty liability at December 31, 2016, would have affected net income by approximately $578,000 in 2016.

Revenue Recognition
Certain accounting estimates relating to revenue recognition contain uncertainty because they require management to make assumptions and to apply judgment regarding the effects of future events.

See Note 1, Business and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies, to the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, included in Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K, for a complete discussion of our revenue recognition policies.
 
Our estimates of sales returns contain uncertainties as actual sales return rates may vary from expected rates, resulting in adjustments to net sales in future periods. These adjustments could have an adverse effect on future results of operations.
 
We have not made any material changes in the accounting methodology used to establish our sales returns allowance during the past three fiscal years. We do not believe there is a reasonable likelihood that there will be a material change in the estimates or assumptions we use to calculate our sales returns allowance. However, if actual results are not consistent with our estimates or assumptions, we may be exposed to additional losses or gains in future periods.

A 10% change in our sales returns allowance at December 31, 2016 would have affected net income by approximately $1.0 million in 2016.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

See “Part II, Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data – Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements – Note 1 – Business and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies - New Accounting Pronouncements” for recent accounting pronouncements that may affect our financial reporting.

ITEM 7A. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK
 
Changes in the overall level of interest rates affect interest income generated from our cash and cash equivalents. If overall interest rates were one percentage point lower than current rates, our annual interest income would not change by a significant amount based on our cash and cash equivalents as of December 31, 2016 and the current low interest-rate environment. We do not manage our investment interest-rate volatility risk through the use of derivative instruments.

As of December 31, 2016, we had no borrowings under our revolving credit facility.

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ITEM 8. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA

REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM


To the Board of Directors and Shareholders of
Select Comfort Corporation
Minneapolis, Minnesota

We have audited the internal control over financial reporting of Select Comfort Corporation and subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of December 31, 2016, based on the criteria established in Internal Control-Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission. The Company’s management is responsible for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in the accompanying Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on our audit.
We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audit included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk, and performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.
A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed by, or under the supervision of, the company’s principal executive and principal financial officers, or persons performing similar functions, and effected by the company’s board of directors, management, and other personnel to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.
Because of the inherent limitations of internal control over financial reporting, including the possibility of collusion or improper management override of controls, material misstatements due to error or fraud may not be prevented or detected on a timely basis. Also, projections of any evaluation of the effectiveness of the internal control over financial reporting to future periods are subject to the risk that the controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.
In our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2016, based on the criteria established in Internal Control-Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission.
We have also audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), the consolidated financial statements and financial statement schedule listed in the Index at Item 15 as of and for the year ended December 31, 2016, of the Company and our report dated February 24, 2017 expressed an unqualified opinion on those consolidated financial statements and the financial statement schedule.

/s/ DELOITTE & TOUCHE LLP

Minneapolis, Minnesota
February 24, 2017

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM


To the Board of Directors and Shareholders of
Select Comfort Corporation
Minneapolis, Minnesota

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Select Comfort Corporation and subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of December 31, 2016 and January 2, 2016, and the related consolidated statements of income, comprehensive income, shareholders’ equity, and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2016. Our audits also included the consolidated financial statement schedule listed in the Index at Item 15. These consolidated financial statements and consolidated financial statement schedule are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the consolidated financial statements and consolidated financial statement schedule based on our audits.
We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the consolidated financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the consolidated financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall consolidated financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.
In our opinion, such consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company as of December 31, 2016, and January 2, 2016, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2016, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. Also, in our opinion, such consolidated financial statement schedule, when considered in relation to the basic consolidated financial statements taken as a whole, presents fairly, in all material respects, the information set forth therein.
We have also audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2016, based on the criteria established in Internal Control-Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission and our report dated February 24, 2017 expressed an unqualified opinion on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.


/s/ DELOITTE & TOUCHE LLP

Minneapolis, Minnesota
February 24, 2017



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SELECT COMFORT CORPORATION
AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Balance Sheets
December 31, 2016 and January 2, 2016
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
 
2016
 
2015
Assets
 
 
 
Current assets:
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
11,609

 
$
20,994

Marketable debt securities – current

 
6,567

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $884 and $1,039, respectively
19,705

 
29,002

Inventories
75,026

 
86,600

Income taxes receivable

 
15,284

Prepaid expenses
8,705

 
10,207

Other current assets
23,282

 
13,737

Total current assets
138,327

 
182,391

 
 
 
 
Non-current assets:
 

 
 
Marketable debt securities – non-current

 
8,553

Property and equipment, net
208,367

 
204,376

Goodwill and intangible assets, net
80,817

 
83,344

Deferred income taxes
4,667

 
3,036

Other non-current assets
24,988

 
19,197

Total assets
$
457,166

 
$
500,897

 
 
 
 
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
 

 
 
Current liabilities:
 

 
 
Accounts payable
$
105,375

 
$
103,941

Customer prepayments
26,207

 
51,473

Accrued sales returns
15,222

 
20,562

Compensation and benefits
19,455

 
15,670

Taxes and withholding
23,430

 
9,856

Other current liabilities
35,628

 
23,447

Total current liabilities
225,317

 
224,949

 
 
 
 
Non-current liabilities:
 

 
 
Other non-current liabilities
71,529

 
53,609

Total liabilities
296,846

 
278,558

 
 
 
 
Shareholders’ equity:
 

 
 
Undesignated preferred stock; 5,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding

 

Common stock, $0.01 par value; 142,500 shares authorized, 43,569 and 49,402 shares issued and outstanding, respectively
436

 
494

Additional paid-in capital

 

Retained earnings
159,884

 
221,859

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 
(14
)
Total shareholders’ equity
160,320

 
222,339

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity
$
457,166

 
$
500,897




See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

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SELECT COMFORT CORPORATION
AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Operations
Years ended December 31, 2016, January 2, 2016 and January 3, 2015
(in thousands, except per share amounts)

 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
Net sales
$
1,311,291

 
$
1,213,699

 
$
1,156,757

Cost of sales
501,131

 
472,948

 
449,907

Gross profit
810,160

 
740,751

 
706,850

 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating expenses:
 

 
 
 
 

Sales and marketing
595,845

 
550,475

 
512,007

General and administrative
109,674

 
99,209

 
84,864

Research and development
27,991

 
15,971

 
8,233

Total operating expenses
733,510

 
665,655

 
605,104

Operating income
76,650

 
75,096

 
101,746

Other (expense) income, net
(717
)
 
334

 
362

Income before income taxes
75,933

 
75,430

 
102,108

Income tax expense
24,516

 
24,911

 
34,134

Net income
$
51,417

 
$
50,519

 
$
67,974