UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
FORM 10-Q 
(mark one)
Quarterly Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
For the quarterly period ended May 4, 2019
OR
Transition Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
For the transition period from                      to                     
Commission file number 1-4908 
The TJX Companies, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Delaware
 
04-2207613
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
 
 
 
770 Cochituate Road Framingham, Massachusetts
 
01701
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
(508) 390-1000
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of Each Class
Trading Symbol(s)
Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $1.00 per share
TJX
New York Stock Exchange
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    YES  ☒    NO  ☐
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).    YES  ☒    NO  ☐
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filer
 
  
Accelerated filer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Non-accelerated filer
 
  
Smaller reporting company
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Emerging growth company
 
  
 
 
 
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  ☐
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    YES  ☐    NO  ☒
The number of shares of registrant’s common stock outstanding as of May 4, 2019: 1,212,667,546




PART I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1. Financial Statements
THE TJX COMPANIES, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(UNAUDITED)
IN THOUSANDS EXCEPT PER SHARE AMOUNTS
 
 
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended
 
 
May 4,
2019
 
May 5,
2018
Net sales
 
$
9,277,585

 
$
8,688,720

Cost of sales, including buying and occupancy costs
 
6,637,885

 
6,178,239

Selling, general and administrative expenses
 
1,702,401

 
1,550,775

Interest expense, net
 
817

 
4,148

Income before provision for income taxes
 
936,482

 
955,558

Provision for income taxes
 
236,304

 
239,177

Net income
 
$
700,178

 
$
716,381

Basic earnings per share:
 
 
 
 
Net income
 
$
0.58

 
$
0.57

Weighted average common shares – basic
 
1,214,531

 
1,253,224

Diluted earnings per share:
 
 
 
 
Net income
 
$
0.57

 
$
0.56

Weighted average common shares – diluted
 
1,233,407

 
1,268,872

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the unaudited consolidated financial statements.

2



THE TJX COMPANIES, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(UNAUDITED)
IN THOUSANDS
 
 
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended
 
 
May 4,
2019
 
May 5,
2018
Net income
 
$
700,178

 
$
716,381

Additions to other comprehensive loss:
 
 
 
 
Foreign currency translation adjustments, net of related tax benefits of $2,633 in fiscal 2020 and $1,206 in fiscal 2019
 
(7,161
)
 
(122,529
)
Gain on net investment hedges, net of related tax provision of $2,201 in fiscal 2019
 

 
6,044

Reclassifications from other comprehensive loss to net income:
 
 
 
 
Amortization of prior service cost and deferred gains, net of related tax provisions of $1,453 in fiscal 2020 and $1,328 in fiscal 2019
 
3,992

 
2,608

Amortization of loss on cash flow hedge, net of related tax provisions of $76 in fiscal 2020 and $77 in fiscal 2019
 
208

 
206

Other comprehensive loss, net of tax
 
(2,961
)
 
(113,671
)
Total comprehensive income
 
$
697,217

 
$
602,710

 
 
 
 
 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of the unaudited consolidated financial statements.

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THE TJX COMPANIES, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(UNAUDITED)
IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE DATA
 
 
 
May 4,
2019
 
February 2,
2019
 
May 5,
2018
ASSETS
 
 
 
 
 
 
Current assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
2,235,056

 
$
3,030,229

 
$
2,681,105

Short-term investments
 

 

 
435,903

Accounts receivable, net
 
393,276

 
346,298

 
368,314

Merchandise inventories
 
5,057,202

 
4,579,033

 
4,369,893

Prepaid expenses and other current assets
 
381,678

 
513,662

 
567,060

Total current assets
 
8,067,212

 
8,469,222

 
8,422,275

Net property at cost
 
5,018,598

 
5,255,208

 
5,026,092

Non-current deferred income taxes, net
 
5,801

 
6,467

 
3,178

Operating lease right of use assets
 
8,810,367

 

 

Goodwill
 
96,685

 
97,552

 
98,614

Other assets
 
490,401

 
497,580

 
456,965

TOTAL ASSETS
 
$
22,489,064

 
$
14,326,029

 
$
14,007,124

LIABILITIES
 
 
 
 
 
 
Current liabilities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Accounts payable
 
$
2,578,370

 
$
2,644,143

 
$
2,509,089

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities
 
2,468,588

 
2,733,076

 
2,220,842

Current portion of operating lease liabilities
 
1,343,243

 

 

Federal, state and foreign income taxes payable
 
190,818

 
154,155

 
246,933

Total current liabilities
 
6,581,019

 
5,531,374

 
4,976,864

Other long-term liabilities
 
752,968

 
1,354,242

 
1,275,843

Non-current deferred income taxes, net
 
167,283

 
158,191

 
260,649

Long-term operating lease liabilities
 
7,621,531

 

 

Long-term debt
 
2,234,368

 
2,233,616

 
2,231,360

Commitments and contingencies (See Note K)
 

 

 

SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
 
 
 
 
 
 
Preferred stock, authorized 5,000,000 shares, par value $1, no shares issued
 

 

 

Common stock, authorized 1,800,000,000 shares, par value $1, issued and outstanding 1,212,667,546; 1,217,182,508 and 1,250,405,376 respectively
 
1,212,668

 
1,217,183

 
1,250,405

Additional paid-in capital
 

 

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss
 
(633,282
)
 
(630,321
)
 
(555,530
)
Retained earnings
 
4,552,509

 
4,461,744

 
4,567,533

Total shareholders’ equity
 
5,131,895

 
5,048,606

 
5,262,408

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
 
$
22,489,064

 
$
14,326,029

 
$
14,007,124

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the unaudited consolidated financial statements.

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THE TJX COMPANIES, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(UNAUDITED)
IN THOUSANDS
 
 
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended
 
 
May 4,
2019
 
May 5,
2018
Operating Activities
 
 
 
 
Net income
 
$
700,178

 
$
716,381

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
 
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
 
212,201

 
192,295

Loss on property disposals and impairment charges
 
2,304

 
1,744

Deferred income tax provision
 
8,098

 
7,335

Share-based compensation
 
25,732

 
24,029

Changes in assets and liabilities:
 
 
 
 
(Increase) in accounts receivable
 
(47,658
)
 
(43,787
)
(Increase) in merchandise inventories
 
(487,085
)
 
(225,187
)
(Increase) decrease in prepaid expenses and other current assets
 
(13,991
)
 
219,532

(Decrease) increase in accounts payable
 
(60,472
)
 
44,037

(Decrease) in accrued expenses and other liabilities
 
(240,156
)
 
(318,544
)
Increase in income taxes payable
 
38,217

 
133,663

Other
 
11,871

 
(26,613
)
Net cash provided by operating activities
 
149,239

 
724,885

Investing Activities
 
 
 
 
Property additions
 
(316,909
)
 
(264,943
)
Purchase of investments
 
(14,642
)
 
(148,239
)
Sales and maturities of investments
 
4,842

 
192,690

Net cash (used in) investing activities
 
(326,709
)
 
(220,492
)
Financing Activities
 
 
 
 
Cash payments for repurchase of common stock
 
(397,294
)
 
(395,399
)
Cash dividends paid
 
(238,758
)
 
(197,296
)
Proceeds from issuance of common stock
 
59,772

 
84,561

Cash payments of employee tax withholdings for performance based stock awards
 
(23,305
)
 
(16,015
)
Other
 

 
(1,858
)
Net cash (used in) financing activities
 
(599,585
)
 
(526,007
)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash
 
(18,118
)
 
(55,758
)
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents
 
(795,173
)
 
(77,372
)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year
 
3,030,229

 
2,758,477

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period
 
$
2,235,056

 
$
2,681,105

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the unaudited consolidated financial statements.

5



THE TJX COMPANIES, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
(UNAUDITED)
IN THOUSANDS
 
 
 
Common Stock
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
Shares
 
Par Value
$1
 
Additional Paid-In
Capital
 
Accumulated Other Comprehensive
Loss
 
Retained
Earnings
 
Total
Balance, February 2, 2019
 
1,217,183

 
$
1,217,183

 
$

 
$
(630,321
)
 
$
4,461,744

 
$
5,048,606

Net income
 

 

 

 

 
700,178

 
700,178

Cumulative effect of accounting change (See Note A)
 

 

 

 

 
403

 
403

Other comprehensive loss, net of tax
 

 

 

 
(2,961
)
 

 
(2,961
)
Cash dividends declared on common stock
 

 

 

 

 
(279,236
)
 
(279,236
)
Recognition of share-based compensation
 

 

 
25,732

 

 

 
25,732

Issuance of common stock under Stock Incentive Plan, net of shares used to pay tax withholdings
 
3,142

 
3,142

 
33,325

 

 

 
36,467

Common stock repurchased and retired
 
(7,657
)
 
(7,657
)
 
(59,057
)
 

 
(330,580
)
 
(397,294
)
Balance, May 4, 2019
 
1,212,668

 
$
1,212,668

 
$

 
$
(633,282
)
 
$
4,552,509

 
$
5,131,895


 
 
Common Stock
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
Shares
 
Par Value
$1
 
Additional Paid-In
Capital
 
Accumulated Other Comprehensive
Loss
 
Retained
Earnings
 
Total
Balance, February 3, 2018
 
1,256,018

 
$
1,256,018

 
$

 
$
(441,859
)
 
$
4,334,150

 
$
5,148,309

Net income
 

 

 

 

 
716,381

 
716,381

Cumulative effect of accounting change
 

 

 

 

 
58,712

 
58,712

Other comprehensive loss, net of tax
 

 

 

 
(113,671
)
 

 
(113,671
)
Cash dividends declared on common stock
 

 

 

 

 
(244,500
)
 
(244,500
)
Recognition of share-based compensation
 

 

 
24,029

 

 

 
24,029

Issuance of common stock under Stock Incentive Plan, net of shares used to pay tax withholdings
 
4,085

 
4,085

 
66,504

 

 
(2,042
)
 
68,547

Common stock repurchased and retired
 
(9,698
)
 
(9,698
)
 
(90,533
)
 

 
(295,168
)
 
(395,399
)
Balance, May 5, 2018
 
1,250,405

 
$
1,250,405

 
$

 
$
(555,530
)
 
$
4,567,533

 
$
5,262,408

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the unaudited consolidated financial statements.

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THE TJX COMPANIES, INC.
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Note A. Basis of Presentation and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
Basis of Presentation
The Consolidated Financial Statements and Notes thereto have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) for interim financial information. These Consolidated Financial Statements and Notes thereto are unaudited and, in the opinion of management, reflect all normal recurring adjustments, accruals and deferrals among periods required to match costs properly with the related revenue or activity, considered necessary by The TJX Companies, Inc. (together with its subsidiaries, “TJX”) for a fair statement of its Consolidated Financial Statements for the periods reported, all in conformity with GAAP consistently applied. The Consolidated Financial Statements and Notes thereto should be read in conjunction with the audited Consolidated Financial Statements, including the related notes, contained in TJX’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 2, 2019 (“fiscal 2019”).
These interim results are not necessarily indicative of results for the full fiscal year. TJX’s business, in common with the businesses of retailers generally, is subject to seasonal influences, with higher levels of sales and income generally realized in the second half of the year.
The February 2, 2019 balance sheet data was derived from audited Consolidated Financial Statements and does not include all disclosures required by GAAP.
Fiscal Year
TJX’s fiscal year ends on the Saturday nearest to the last day of January of each year. The current fiscal year ends February 1, 2020 (“fiscal 2020”) and is a 52-week fiscal year. Fiscal 2019 was also a 52-week fiscal year.
Use of Estimates
The preparation of financial statements, in conformity with GAAP, requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent liabilities at the date of the financial statements as well as the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. TJX considers its accounting policies relating to inventory valuation, impairment of long-lived assets, goodwill and tradenames, reserves for uncertain tax positions, leases and loss contingencies to be the most significant accounting policies that involve management estimates and judgments. Actual amounts could differ from those estimates, and such differences could be material.
Reclassifications 
As a result of a two-for-one stock split in the form of a stock dividend to shareholders of record as of October 30, 2018, certain amounts in prior years’ Consolidated Financial Statements have been retroactively adjusted to conform to the current year presentation. As such, all share activity, earnings per share and dividends per share amounts have been adjusted to reflect the two-for-one stock split. See Note D—Capital Stock and Earnings per Share of Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information.
Deferred Gift Card Revenue
The following table presents deferred gift card revenue activity:
In thousands
May 4,
2019
May 5,
2018
Balance, beginning of period
$
450,302

$
406,506

Deferred revenue
340,600

330,516

Effect of exchange rates changes on deferred revenue
(648
)
(3,153
)
Revenue recognized
(383,658
)
(371,815
)
Balance, end of period
$
406,596

$
362,054


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Summary of Accounting Policies
Leases
We adopted ASU No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), as of February 3, 2019, using the modified retrospective method under ASU 2018-11. The transition method allows entities to apply the transition requirements at the effective date rather than at the beginning of the earliest comparative period presented. Our reporting for comparative periods is presented in accordance with ASC 840, Leases. Adoption of the new standard resulted in the recording of right of use (“ROU”) assets and lease liabilities of approximately $9 billion, as of February 3, 2019. The Company elected the transition package of three practical expedients, which among other things, allowed us to carry forward the historical lease classification. We have elected, under Topic 842, the practical expedient to not separate non lease components from the lease components to which they relate and instead to combine them and account for them as a single lease component. The Company also elected the accounting policy election to keep leases with a term of twelve months or less off the Consolidated Balance Sheets and recognizes these lease payments on a straight-line basis over the lease term.
Operating leases are included in "Operating lease right of use assets", "Current portion of operating lease liabilities", and "Long-term operating lease liabilities" on our Consolidated Balance Sheets. ROU assets represent our right to use an underlying asset for the lease term and lease liabilities represent our obligation to make lease payments arising from the lease. At the inception of the arrangement, the Company determines if an arrangement is a lease based on assessment of the terms and conditions of the contract. Operating lease ROU assets and lease liabilities are recognized at possession date based on the present value of lease payments over the lease term. The majority of our leases are retail store locations and the possession date is typically 30 to 60 days prior to the opening of the store and generally occurs before the commencement of the lease term, as specified in the lease. Our lessors do not provide an implicit rate, nor is one readily available, therefore we use our incremental borrowing rate based on the information available at possession date in determining the present value of future lease payments. The incremental borrowing rate is calculated based on the US Consumer Discretionary yield curve and adjusted for collateralization and foreign currency impact for TJX International and Canada leases. The operating lease ROU asset also includes any acquisition costs offset by lease incentives. Our lease terms include options to extend the lease when it is reasonably certain that we will exercise that option. Lease expense for lease payments is recognized on a straight-line basis over the lease term within "Cost of sales, including buying and occupancy costs".

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Impact of New Lease Standard on Consolidated Balance Sheet Line Items
As a result of applying the new lease standard using the optional transition method, the following adjustments were made to accounts on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet as of February 3, 2019:
In thousands
 
As Reported February 2, 2019
 
Adjustments
 
Adjusted February 3, 2019
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
 
$
513,662

 
$
(149,029
)
(a)
$
364,633

Net property at cost
 
5,255,208

 
(281,361
)
(b),(f)
4,973,847

Operating lease right of use asset
 

 
8,704,584

(c)
8,704,584

Other assets
 
497,580

 
(30,086
)
(b)
467,494

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total Assets
 
$
14,326,029

 
$
8,244,108

 
$
22,570,137

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities
 
2,733,076

 
(3,819
)
 
2,729,257

Current portion of operating lease liabilities
 

 
1,481,555

(d)
1,481,555

Other long-term liabilities
 
1,354,242

 
(593,137
)
(e),(f)
761,105

Long-term operating lease liabilities
 

 
7,359,106

(d)
7,359,106

Retained earnings
 
4,461,744

 
403

(f),(g)
4,462,147

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
 
$
14,326,029

 
$
8,244,108

 
$
22,570,137

(a)
Represents prepaid rent reclassified to operating lease right of use assets and current portion of operating lease liabilities.
(b)
Represents impact of reclassifying initial direct costs to operating lease right of use assets.
(c)
Represents capitalization of operating lease right of use assets and reclassification of lease acquisition costs, straight-line rent, prepaid rent and tenant incentives.
(d)
Represents recognition of current and long-term operating lease liabilities.
(e)
Represents reclassification of straight-line rent to operating lease right of use assets.
(f)
Represents de-recognition of assets and liabilities related to non-TJX owned properties under previously existing build-to-suit accounting rules.
(g)
Represents impairment at transition on operating lease right of use assets.
See Note L—Leases of Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information.
Future Adoption of New Accounting Standards
Intangibles-Goodwill and Other-Internal-Use Software
In August 2018, the Financial Accounting Standards Board "FASB" issued guidance related to accounting for implementation costs incurred in a cloud computing arrangement that is a service contract. The standard allows entities who are customers in hosting arrangements that are service contracts to apply the existing internal-use software guidance to determine which implementation costs to capitalize as an asset related to the service contract and which costs to expense. The guidance specifies classification for capitalizing implementation costs and related amortization expense within the Consolidated Financial Statements and requires additional disclosures. The guidance will be effective for annual reporting periods, including interim reporting within those periods, beginning after December 15, 2019. Early adoption is permitted and can be applied either retrospectively or prospectively. The Company is currently evaluating the transition methods and the impact of the adoption of this standard on its Consolidated Financial Statements.
Recently Adopted Accounting Standards
Leases
See Leases in this Note A for the impact upon adoption.

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Income Statement – Reporting Comprehensive Income
In February 2018, the FASB issued updated guidance related to reporting comprehensive income. The amendments in the update allow for a one-time reclassification from accumulated other comprehensive income (“AOCI”) to retained earnings for stranded tax effect as a result from the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“2017 Tax Act”). The updated guidance is effective for all entities for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, and interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption is permitted, including adoption in any interim period for reporting periods for which financial statements have not yet been issued. The updated guidance should be applied either in the period of adoption or retrospectively to each period (or periods) in which the effect of the change in the 2017 Tax Act is recognized. The Company adopted the standard and made the policy election not to reclassify the stranded tax effects from AOCI to retained earnings.
Note B. Property at Cost
The following table presents the components of property at cost:
In thousands
 
May 4,
2019
 
February 2,
2019
 
May 5,
2018
Land and buildings(a)
 
$
1,219,604

 
$
1,457,835

 
$
1,377,854

Leasehold costs and improvements(a)
 
3,379,543

 
3,377,045

 
3,245,902

Furniture, fixtures and equipment
 
6,016,591

 
5,894,239

 
5,455,039

Total property at cost
 
$
10,615,738

 
$
10,729,119

 
$
10,078,795

Less accumulated depreciation and amortization(a)
 
5,597,140

 
5,473,911

 
5,052,703

Net property at cost
 
$
5,018,598

 
$
5,255,208

 
$
5,026,092

(a)
See leases note in Note A—Basis of Presentation and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies of Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for impact of lease accounting changes.                                
Depreciation expense was $209.7 million for the three months ended May 4, 2019 and $193.7 million for the three months ended May 5, 2018. Depreciation expense was $818.9 million for the twelve months ended February 2, 2019.

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Note C. Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)
Amounts included in accumulated other comprehensive loss are recorded net of taxes. The following table details the changes in accumulated other comprehensive loss for the three months ended May 4, 2019:
In thousands
 
Foreign
Currency
Translation
 
Deferred
Benefit
Costs
 
Cash
Flow
Hedge
on Debt
 
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income (Loss)
Balance, February 3, 2018
 
$
(280,051
)
 
$
(159,562
)
 
$
(2,246
)
 
$
(441,859
)
Additions to other comprehensive loss:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Foreign currency translation adjustments (net of taxes of $8,233)
 
(192,664
)
 

 

 
(192,664
)
Recognition of net gains/losses on investment hedges (net of taxes $7,113)
 
19,538

 

 

 
19,538

Recognition of net gains/losses on benefit obligations (net of taxes of $19,813)
 

 
(54,420
)
 

 
(54,420
)
Pension settlement charge (net of taxes of $9,641)
 

 
26,481

 

 
26,481

Reclassifications from other comprehensive loss to net income:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Amortization of loss on cash flow hedge (net of taxes of $304)
 

 

 
847

 
847

Amortization of prior service cost and deferred gains/losses (net of taxes of $4,280)
 

 
11,756

 

 
11,756

Balance, February 2, 2019
 
$
(453,177
)
 
$
(175,745
)
 
$
(1,399
)
 
$
(630,321
)
Additions to other comprehensive loss:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Foreign currency translation adjustments (net of taxes of $2,633)
 
(7,161
)
 

 

 
(7,161
)
Reclassifications from other comprehensive loss to net income:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Amortization of prior service cost and deferred gains (net of taxes of $1,453)
 

 
3,992

 

 
3,992

Amortization of loss on cash flow hedge (net of taxes of $76)
 

 

 
208

 
208

Balance, May 4, 2019
 
$
(460,338
)
 
$
(171,753
)
 
$
(1,191
)
 
$
(633,282
)
Note D. Capital Stock and Earnings Per Share
Capital Stock
In fiscal 2019, we completed a two-for-one stock split of the Company’s common stock in the form of a stock dividend. One additional share was paid for each share held by holders of record as of the close of business on October 30, 2018. The shares were distributed on November 6, 2018 and resulted in the issuance of 617 million shares of common stock. In connection with our stock split, the shareholders approved an increase in the number of authorized shares of common stock of 0.6 billion to 1.8 billion shares. As a result, the Consolidated Balance Sheets and the Consolidated Statements of Shareholders' Equity have been adjusted to retroactively present the two-for-one stock split. In addition, all historical per share amounts and references to common stock activity, as well as basic and diluted share amounts utilized in the calculation of earnings per share in these notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements, have been adjusted to reflect this stock split.
TJX repurchased and retired 6.7 million shares of its common stock at a cost of $350.0 million during the quarter ended May 4, 2019, on a “trade date” basis. TJX reflects stock repurchases in its Consolidated Financial Statements on a “settlement date” or cash basis. TJX had cash expenditures under repurchase programs of $397.3 million for the three months ended May 4, 2019, and $395.4 million for the three months ended May 5, 2018. These expenditures were funded by cash generated from current and prior period operations.
In February 2019, TJX announced that its Board of Directors had approved an additional stock repurchase program that authorized the repurchase of up to $1.5 billion of TJX common stock from time to time.
In February 2018, our Board of Directors approved the repurchase of an additional $3.0 billion of TJX common stock from time to time. Under this program, on a “trade date” basis through May 4, 2019, TJX repurchased 33.1 million shares of common stock at a cost of $1.7 billion.

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As of May 4, 2019, TJX had approximately $2.8 billion available under these previously announced stock repurchase programs.
All shares repurchased under the stock repurchase programs have been retired.
Earnings Per Share
The following table presents the calculation of basic and diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) for net income:
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended
In thousands, except per share amounts
May 4,
2019
 
May 5,
2018
Basic earnings per share
 
 
 
Net income
$
700,178

 
$
716,381

Weighted average common shares outstanding for basic EPS
1,214,531

 
1,253,224

Basic earnings per share
$
0.58

 
$
0.57

Diluted earnings per share
 
 
 
Net income
$
700,178

 
$
716,381

Shares for basic and diluted earnings per share calculations:
 
 
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding for basic EPS
1,214,531

 
1,253,224

Assumed exercise/vesting of:
 
 
 
Stock options and awards
18,876

 
15,648

Weighted average common shares outstanding for diluted EPS
1,233,407

 
1,268,872

Diluted earnings per share
$
0.57

 
$
0.56

Cash dividends declared per share
$
0.230

 
$
0.195

The weighted average common shares for the diluted earnings per share calculation exclude the impact of outstanding stock options if the assumed proceeds per share of the option is in excess of the average price of TJX’s common stock for the related fiscal periods. Such options are excluded because they would have an antidilutive effect. There were 6.0 million such options excluded for the thirteen weeks ended May 4, 2019. There were 17.1 million such options excluded for the thirteen weeks ended May 5, 2018.
Note E. Financial Instruments
As a result of its operating and financing activities, TJX is exposed to market risks from changes in interest and foreign currency exchange rates and fuel costs. These market risks may adversely affect TJX’s operating results and financial position. TJX seeks to minimize risk from changes in interest and foreign currency exchange rates and fuel costs through the use of derivative financial instruments when and to the extent deemed appropriate. TJX does not use derivative financial instruments for trading or other speculative purposes and does not use any leveraged derivative financial instruments. TJX recognizes all derivative instruments as either assets or liabilities in the Consolidated Balance Sheets and measures those instruments at fair value. The fair values of the derivatives are classified as assets or liabilities, current or non-current, based upon valuation results and settlement dates of the individual contracts. Changes to the fair value of derivative contracts that do not qualify for hedge accounting are reported in earnings in the period of the change. For derivatives that qualify for hedge accounting, changes in the fair value of the derivatives are either recorded in shareholders’ equity as a component of other comprehensive income or are recognized currently in earnings, along with an offsetting adjustment against the basis of the item being hedged.

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Diesel Fuel Contracts
TJX hedges portions of its estimated notional diesel requirements based on the diesel fuel expected to be consumed by independent freight carriers transporting TJX’s inventory. Independent freight carriers transporting TJX’s inventory charge TJX a mileage surcharge based on the price of diesel fuel. The hedge agreements are designed to mitigate the volatility of diesel fuel pricing (and the resulting per mile surcharges payable by TJX) by setting a fixed price per gallon for the period being hedged. During fiscal 2019, TJX entered into agreements to hedge a portion of its estimated notional diesel requirements for fiscal 2020, and during the first three months of fiscal 2020, TJX entered into agreements to hedge a portion of its estimated notional diesel requirements for the first three months of fiscal 2021. The hedge agreements outstanding at May 4, 2019 relate to approximately 51% of TJX’s estimated notional diesel requirements for the remainder of fiscal 2020 and approximately 45% of TJX’s estimated notional diesel requirements for the first three months of fiscal 2021. These diesel fuel hedge agreements will settle throughout the remainder of fiscal 2020 and throughout the first four months of fiscal 2021. TJX elected not to apply hedge accounting to these contracts.
Foreign Currency Contracts
TJX enters into forward foreign currency exchange contracts to obtain economic hedges on portions of merchandise purchases made and anticipated to be made by the Company’s operations in TJX International (United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Austria, The Netherlands and Australia), TJX Canada (Canada), Marmaxx (U.S.) and HomeGoods (U.S.) in currencies other than their respective functional currencies. These contracts typically have a term of twelve months or less. The contracts outstanding at May 4, 2019 cover a portion of such actual and anticipated merchandise purchases throughout the remainder of fiscal 2020. Additionally, TJX’s operations in Europe are subject to foreign currency exposure as a result of their buying function being centralized in the United Kingdom. All merchandise is purchased centrally in the U.K. and then shipped and billed to the retail entities in other countries. This intercompany billing to TJX’s European businesses’ Euro denominated operations creates exposure to the central buying entity for changes in the exchange rate between the Euro and British Pound. The inflow of Euros to the central buying entity provides a natural hedge for merchandise purchased from third-party vendors that is denominated in Euros. However, with the growth of TJX’s Euro denominated retail operations, the intercompany billings committed to the Euro denominated operations is generating Euros in excess of those needed to meet merchandise commitments to outside vendors. TJX calculates this excess Euro exposure each month and enters into forward contracts of approximately 30 days duration to mitigate the exposure. During the fiscal quarter ended May 4, 2019, TJX entered into derivative contracts to hedge Polish leases that are denominated in Euros and paid in Zlotys in order to mitigate the foreign currency exposure as a result of implementing ASU No. 2016-02, Leases. TJX elected not to apply hedge accounting to these contracts.
TJX also enters into derivative contracts, generally designated as fair value hedges, to hedge intercompany debt, certain intercompany dividends and intercompany interest payable. The changes in fair value of these contracts are recorded in selling, general and administrative expenses and are offset by marking the underlying item to fair value in the same period. Upon settlement, the realized gains and losses on these contracts are offset by the realized gains and losses of the underlying item in selling, general and administrative expenses.
TJX periodically reviews its net investments in foreign subsidiaries. During the fiscal quarter ended May 5, 2018, TJX entered into net investment hedge contracts related to a portion of its investment in TJX Canada.

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The following is a summary of TJX’s derivative financial instruments, related fair value and balance sheet classification at May 4, 2019:
In thousands
 
Pay
Receive
Blended
Contract
Rate
Balance Sheet
Location
Current Asset
U.S.$
Current
(Liability)
U.S.$
Net Fair
Value in
U.S.$ at
May 4, 2019
Fair value hedges:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Intercompany balances, primarily debt and related interest
 
 
 
 
 
59,000

£
12,021

0.2037

Prepaid Exp
$
451

$

$
451

 
55,950

£
49,560

0.8858

Prepaid Exp
2,160


2,160

 
A$
30,000

U.S.$
21,228

0.7076

Prepaid Exp
47


47

 
U.S.$
72,020

£
55,000

0.7637

Prepaid Exp
1,261


1,261

Economic hedges for which hedge accounting was not elected:
 
 
 
 
Diesel contracts
Fixed on 2.4M – 3.3M gal per month

 
Float on 2.4M – 3.3M gal per month

N/A

(Accrued Exp)

(299
)
(299
)
Intercompany billings in TJX International, primarily merchandise related:
 
 
 
 
71,600

£
61,777

0.8628

Prepaid Exp
1,163


1,163

Lease liability in TJX International:
 
 
 
 
690,366

160,851

0.2330

(Accrued Exp)

(473
)
(473
)
Merchandise purchase commitments:
 
 
 
 
 
 
C$
620,729

U.S.$
466,600

0.7517

Prepaid Exp / (Accrued Exp)
3,814

(633
)
3,181

 
C$
27,377

18,050

0.6593

(Accrued Exp)

(142
)
(142
)
 
£
293,928

U.S.$
387,400

1.3180

Prepaid Exp / (Accrued Exp)
883

(2,661
)
(1,778
)
 
A$
44,708

U.S.$
32,064

0.7172

Prepaid Exp
602


602

 
359,743

£
72,401

0.2013

Prepaid Exp / (Accrued Exp)
1,430

(88
)
1,342

 
U.S.$
55,559

48,467

0.8724

(Accrued Exp)

(977
)
(977
)
Total fair value of derivative financial instruments
 
 
$
11,811

$
(5,273
)
$
6,538



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The following is a summary of TJX’s derivative financial instruments, related fair value and balance sheet classification at February 2, 2019:
In thousands
 
Pay
Receive
Blended
Contract
Rate
Balance Sheet
Location
Current
Asset
U.S.$
Current
(Liability)
U.S.$
Net Fair
Value in
U.S.$ at
February 2,
2019
Fair value hedges:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Intercompany balances, primarily debt and related interest:
 
 
 
 
 
59,000

£
12,021

0.2037

Prepaid Exp
$
56

$

$
56

 
55,950

£
49,560

0.8858

Prepaid Exp / (Accrued Exp)
126

(140
)
(14
)
 
A$
30,000

U.S.$
21,483

0.7161

(Accrued Exp)

(314
)
(314
)
 
U.S.$
72,020

£
55,000

0.7637

Prepaid Exp
1,037


1,037

Economic hedges for which hedge accounting was not elected:
 
 
 
Diesel contracts
Fixed on
2.7M – 3.3M
gal per month
 
Float on
2.7M– 3.3M
gal per month
N/A

(Accrued Exp)

(3,786
)
(3,786
)
Intercompany billings in TJX International, primarily merchandise related:
 
 
 
 
46,600

£
41,835

0.8977

Prepaid Exp
1,300


1,300

Merchandise purchase commitments:
 
 
 
 
 
C$
546,083

U.S.$
414,100

0.7583

Prepaid Exp /
(Accrued Exp)
1,239

(4,741
)
(3,502
)
 
C$
31,455

20,700

0.6581

(Accrued Exp)

(248
)
(248
)
 
£
173,624

U.S.$
230,000

1.3247

Prepaid Exp /
(Accrued Exp)
3,459

(1,466
)
1,993

 
280,167

£
57,586

0.2055

Prepaid Exp / (Accrued Exp)
707

(86
)
621

 
A$
51,043

U.S.$
36,961

0.7241

Prepaid Exp /
(Accrued Exp)
97

(213
)
(116
)
 
U.S.$
56,847

49,355

0.8682

Prepaid Exp / (Accrued Exp)
115

(207
)
(92
)
Total fair value of derivative financial instruments
 
$
8,136

$
(11,201
)
$
(3,065
)

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The following is a summary of TJX’s derivative financial instruments, related fair value and balance sheet classification at May 5, 2018:
In thousands
 
 
Pay
Receive
Blended
Contract
Rate
Balance Sheet
Location
Current
Asset
U.S.$
Current
(Liability)
U.S.$
Net Fair 
Value in 
U.S.$ at 
May 5, 2018
Fair value hedges:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Intercompany balances, primarily debt and related interest
 
 
 
 
 
67,000

£
14,035

0.2095

Prepaid Exp
$
247

$

$
247

 
 
53,950

£
47,868

0.8873

(Accrued Exp)

(252
)
(252
)
 
 
£
30,000

C$
54,038

1.8013

Prepaid Exp
1,256


1,256

 
 
U.S.$
77,079

£
55,000

0.7136

(Accrued Exp)

(1,771
)
(1,771
)
Net Investment Hedges:
 
 
 
 
 
C$
1,710,000

U.S.$
1,341,426

0.7845

Prepaid Exp / (Accrued Exp)
9,808

(1,563
)
8,245

Economic hedges for which hedge accounting was not elected:
 
 
 
Diesel contracts
Fixed on 2.2M – 3.0M gal per month
 
Float on 2.2M – 3.0M gal per month
N/A

Prepaid Exp
10,249


10,249

Intercompany billings in TJX International, primarily merchandise related:
 
 
 
 
 
50,000

£
43,340

0.8668

(Accrued Exp)

(1,205
)
(1,205
)
Merchandise purchase commitments:
 
 
 
 
 
C$
518,624

U.S.$
409,350

0.7893

Prepaid Exp /
(Accrued Exp)
5,322

(422
)
4,900

 
 
C$
25,760

16,500

0.6405

Prepaid Exp /
(Accrued Exp)
82

(360
)
(278
)
 
 
£
333,666

U.S.$
469,400

1.4068

Prepaid Exp /
(Accrued Exp)
15,418

(594
)
14,824

 
 
A$
30,728

U.S.$
23,772

0.7736

Prepaid Exp / (Accrued Exp)
602

(30
)
572

 
 
299,988

£
62,531

0.2084

Prepaid Exp /
(Accrued Exp)
560

(235
)
325

 
 
U.S.$
41,644

33,611

0.8071

Prepaid Exp / (Accrued Exp)
23

(1,243
)
(1,220
)
Total fair value of derivative financial instruments
 
 
$
43,567

$
(7,675
)
$
35,892



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Presented below is the impact of derivative financial instruments on the Consolidated Statements of Income for the periods shown:
 
 
 
 
Amount of Gain (Loss) Recognized
in Income by Derivative
 
 
 
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended
In thousands
 
Location of Gain (Loss)
Recognized in Income by
Derivative
 
May 4,
2019
 
May 5,
2018
Fair value hedges:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Intercompany balances, primarily debt and related interest
 
Selling, general and administrative expenses
 
$
3,633

 
$
(1,792
)
Economic hedges for which hedge accounting was not elected:
 
 
 
 
Intercompany receivable
 
Selling, general and administrative expenses
 
3,257

 

Diesel fuel contracts
 
Cost of sales, including buying and occupancy costs
 
3,687

 
4,953

Intercompany billings in TJX International,
primarily merchandise related
 
Cost of sales, including buying and occupancy costs
 
2,151

 
(118
)
International lease liabilities
 
Cost of sales, including buying and occupancy costs
 
(1,522
)
 

Merchandise purchase commitments
 
Cost of sales, including buying and occupancy costs
 
9,789

 
31,457

Gain / (loss) recognized in income
 
 
 
$
20,995

 
$
34,500

Note F. Fair Value Measurements
Fair value is defined as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date or “exit price.” The inputs used to measure fair value are generally classified into the following hierarchy:
Level 1:
  
Unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities
 
 
 
Level 2:
  
Unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for similar assets or liabilities, or unadjusted quoted prices for identical or similar assets or liabilities in markets that are not active, or inputs other than quoted prices that are observable for the asset or liability
 
 
 
Level 3:
  
Unobservable inputs for the asset or liability
The following table sets forth TJX’s financial assets and liabilities that are accounted for at fair value on a recurring basis:
In thousands
 
May 4,
2019
 
February 2,
2019
 
May 5,
2018
Level 1
 
 
 
 
 
 
Assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Executive Savings Plan investments
 
$
278,540

 
$
253,215

 
$
248,640

Level 2
 
 
 
 
 
 
Assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Short-term investments
 
$

 
$

 
$
435,903

Foreign currency exchange contracts
 
11,811

 
8,136

 
33,318

Diesel fuel contracts
 

 

 
10,249

Liabilities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Foreign currency exchange contracts
 
$
4,974

 
$
7,415

 
$
7,675

Diesel fuel contracts
 
299

 
3,786

 

Investments designed to meet obligations under the Executive Savings Plan are invested in registered investment companies traded in active markets and are recorded at unadjusted quoted prices.

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Short-term investments, foreign currency exchange contracts and diesel fuel contracts are valued using broker quotations, which include observable market information. TJX’s investments are primarily high-grade commercial paper, institutional money market funds and time deposits with major banks. TJX does not make adjustments to quotes or prices obtained from brokers or pricing services but does assess the credit risk of counterparties and will adjust final valuations when appropriate. Where independent pricing services provide fair values, TJX obtains an understanding of the methods used in pricing. As such, these instruments are classified within Level 2.
The fair value of TJX’s general corporate debt was estimated by obtaining market quotes given the trading levels of other bonds of the same general issuer type and market perceived credit quality. These inputs are considered to be Level 2. The fair value of long-term debt as of May 4, 2019 and February 2, 2019 approximated the carrying value of $2.2 billion. The fair value of long-term debt as of May 5, 2018 was $2.1 billion compared to a carrying value of $2.2 billion. These estimates do not necessarily reflect provisions or restrictions in the various debt agreements that might affect TJX’s ability to settle these obligations.
TJX’s cash equivalents are stated at cost, which approximates fair value due to the short maturities of these instruments.
Note G. Segment Information
TJX operates four main business segments. The Marmaxx segment (T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and tjmaxx.com) and the HomeGoods segment (HomeGoods and Homesense) both operate in the United States, the TJX Canada segment operates Winners, HomeSense and Marshalls in Canada, and the TJX International segment operates T.K. Maxx, Homesense and tkmaxx.com in Europe and T.K. Maxx in Australia. In addition to our four main business segments, Sierra operates sierra.com and retail stores in the U.S. The results of Sierra are included in the Marmaxx segment.
All of TJX’s stores, with the exception of HomeGoods and Homesense, sell family apparel and home fashions. HomeGoods and Homesense offer home fashions.
TJX evaluates the performance of its segments based on “segment profit or loss,” which it defines as pre-tax income or loss before general corporate expense, pension settlement charge and interest expense, net. “Segment profit or loss,” as defined by TJX, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other entities. The terms “segment margin” or “segment profit margin” are used to describe segment profit or loss as a percentage of net sales. These measures of performance should not be considered alternatives to net income or cash flows from operating activities as an indicator of TJX’s performance or as a measure of liquidity.
Presented below is financial information with respect to TJX’s business segments:
 
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended
In thousands
 
May 4,
2019
 
May 5,
2018
Net sales:
 
 
 
 
In the United States:
 
 
 
 
Marmaxx
 
$
5,801,760

 
$
5,380,918

HomeGoods
 
1,396,865

 
1,269,331

TJX Canada
 
847,735

 
853,836

TJX International
 
1,231,225

 
1,184,635

 
 
$
9,277,585

 
$
8,688,720

Segment profit:
 
 
 
 
In the United States:
 
 
 
 
Marmaxx
 
$
795,993

 
$
750,456

HomeGoods
 
136,785

 
147,360

TJX Canada
 
97,032

 
125,184

TJX International
 
28,487

 
40,826

 
 
1,058,297

 
1,063,826

General corporate expense
 
120,998

 
104,120

Interest expense, net
 
817

 
4,148

Income before provision for income taxes
 
$
936,482

 
$
955,558

Segment assets as of May 4, 2019 increased from February 2, 2019 due to inclusion of operating lease right of use assets in segment assets. As of May 4, 2019, the breakdown of the Company’s operating right of use assets by segment is $4.3 billion in Marmaxx, $1.4 billion in HomeGoods, $1.0 billion in TJX Canada and $2.1 billion in TJX International.

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Note H. Pension Plans and Other Retirement Benefits
Presented below is financial information relating to TJX’s funded defined benefit pension plan (“qualified pension plan” or “funded plan”) and its unfunded supplemental pension plan (“unfunded plan”) for the periods shown:
 
 
Funded Plan
 
Unfunded Plan
 
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended
In thousands
 
May 4,
2019
 
May 5,
2018
 
May 4,
2019
 
May 5,
2018
Service cost
 
$
11,049

 
$
11,613

 
$
552

 
$
611

Interest cost
 
12,990

 
13,965

 
967

 
853

Expected return on plan assets
 
(18,488
)
 
(20,962
)
 

 

Recognized actuarial losses
 
4,509

 
3,114

 
936

 
821

Total expense
 
$
10,060

 
$
7,730

 
$
2,455

 
$
2,285

TJX’s policy with respect to the funded plan is to fund, at a minimum, the amount required to maintain a funded status of 80% of the applicable pension liability (the Funding Target pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code section 430) or such other amount as is sufficient to avoid restrictions with respect to the funding of nonqualified plans under the Internal Revenue Code. We do not anticipate any required funding in fiscal 2020 for the funded plan. We anticipate making contributions of $4.8 million to provide current benefits coming due under the unfunded plan in fiscal 2020.
The amounts included in recognized actuarial losses in the table above have been reclassified in their entirety from AOCI to the Consolidated Statements of Income, net of related tax effects, for the periods presented.
Note I. Long-Term Debt and Credit Lines
The table below presents long-term debt, exclusive of current installments, as of May 4, 2019, February 2, 2019 and May 5, 2018. All amounts are net of unamortized debt discounts.
In thousands
 
May 4,
2019
 
February 2,
2019
 
May 5,
2018
General corporate debt:
 
 
 
 
 
 
2.50% senior unsecured notes, maturing May 15, 2023 (effective interest rate of 2.51% after reduction of unamortized debt discount of $178 at May 4, 2019, $189 at February 2, 2019 and $223 at May 5, 2018)
 
$
499,822

 
$
499,811

 
$
499,777

2.75% senior unsecured notes, maturing June 15, 2021 (effective interest rate of 2.76% after reduction of unamortized debt discount of $156 at May 4, 2019, $174 at February 2, 2019 and $231 at May 5, 2018)
 
749,844

 
749,826

 
749,769

2.25% senior unsecured notes, maturing September 15, 2026 (effective interest rate of 2.32% after reduction of unamortized debt discount of $5,471 at May 4, 2019, $5,657 at February 2, 2019 and $6,217 at May 5, 2018)
 
994,529

 
994,343

 
993,783

Debt issuance cost
 
(9,827
)
 
(10,364
)
 
(11,969
)
Long-term debt
 
$
2,234,368

 
$
2,233,616

 
$
2,231,360

TJX has two $500 million revolving credit facilities, one which matures in March 2022 and one which matures in May 2024. Subsequent to May 4, 2019, the Company amended the two agreements to reflect the impact of implementing the new lease accounting standard under ASC 842. For additional information about the implementation of ASC 842, see Leases within Note A— Basis of Presentation and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies of Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements. In addition, the maturity date for one of the revolving credit facilities was extended from March 2020 to May 2024.

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As of May 4, 2019, the terms and covenants under the revolving credit facilities require quarterly payments of 6.0 basis points per annum on the committed amounts for both agreements. This rate is based on the credit ratings of TJX’s long-term debt and will vary with specified changes in the credit ratings. These agreements have no compensating balance requirements and have various covenants. Each of these facilities require TJX to maintain a ratio of funded debt to consolidated earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and consolidated rentals (EBITDAR) of not more than 3.25 to 1.00 on a rolling four-quarter basis. TJX was in compliance with all covenants related to its credit facilities at the end of all periods presented. As of May 4, 2019, February 2, 2019 and May 5, 2018, and during the quarters and year then ended, there were no amounts outstanding under these facilities.    
As of May 4, 2019, February 2, 2019 and May 5, 2018, TJX Canada had two uncommitted credit lines, a C$10 million facility for operating expenses and a C$10 million letter of credit facility. As of May 4, 2019, February 2, 2019 and May 5, 2018, there were no amounts outstanding on the Canadian credit line for operating expenses. As of May 4, 2019, February 2, 2019 and May 5, 2018, our European business at TJX International had one uncommitted credit line of £5 million. As of May 4, 2019, February 2, 2019 and May 5, 2018, and during the quarters and year then ended, there were no amounts outstanding on the European credit line.
Note J. Income Taxes
The effective income tax rate was 25.2% for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 and 25.0% for the first quarter of fiscal 2019. The increase in the effective income tax rate was primarily due to the reduction of excess tax benefit from share-based compensation and the expanded limitations on executive compensation, offset by a reduction in the impact of the foreign operations.
TJX had net unrecognized tax benefits of $237.7 million as of May 4, 2019, $233.4 million as of February 2, 2019 and $58.7 million as of May 5, 2018.
TJX is subject to U.S. federal income tax as well as income tax in multiple state, local and foreign jurisdictions. In the U.S. and Canada, fiscal years through 2010 are no longer subject to examination. In all other jurisdictions, fiscal years through 2009 are no longer subject to examination.
TJX’s accounting policy classifies interest and penalties related to income tax matters as part of income tax expense. The total accrued amount on the Consolidated Balance Sheets for interest and penalties was $25.5 million as of May 4, 2019, $23.6 million as of February 2, 2019 and $12.5 million as of May 5, 2018.
Based on the outcome of tax examinations or judicial or administrative proceedings, or as a result of the expiration of statutes of limitations in specific jurisdictions, it is reasonably possible that unrecognized tax benefits for certain tax positions taken on previously filed tax returns may change materially from those presented in the Consolidated Financial Statements. During the next 12 months, it is reasonably possible that tax examinations of prior years’ tax returns or judicial or administrative proceedings that reflect such positions taken by TJX may be finalized. As a result, the total net amount of unrecognized tax benefits may decrease, which would reduce the provision for taxes on earnings, by a range of zero to $31 million.
Note K. Contingent Obligations and Contingencies
Contingent Obligations
TJX has contingent obligations on leases, for which it was a lessee or guarantor, which were assigned to third parties without TJX being released by the landlords. Over many years, TJX has assigned numerous leases that it had originally leased or guaranteed to a significant number of third parties. With the exception of leases of former businesses for which TJX has reserved, the Company has rarely had a claim with respect to assigned leases, and accordingly, the Company does not expect that such leases will have a material adverse impact on its financial condition, results of operations or cash flows. TJX does not generally have sufficient information about these leases to estimate our potential contingent obligations under them, which could be triggered in the event that one or more of the current tenants does not fulfill their obligations related to one or more of these leases.
TJX may also be contingently liable on up to eight leases of former TJX businesses, for which we believe the likelihood of future liability to TJX is remote, and has contingent obligations in connection with certain assigned or sublet properties that TJX is able to estimate. We estimate that the undiscounted obligations of (i) leases of former operations not included in our reserve for former operations and (ii) properties of our former operations if the subtenants or assignees do not fulfill their obligations, are approximately $34.1 million as of May 4, 2019. We believe that most or all of these contingent obligations will not revert to us and, to the extent they do, will be resolved for substantially less due to mitigating factors including our expectation to further sublet.

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TJX is a party to various agreements under which it may be obligated to indemnify the other party with respect to certain losses related to matters such as title to assets sold, specified environmental matters or certain income taxes. These obligations are often limited in time and amount. There are no amounts reflected in our Consolidated Balance Sheets with respect to these contingent obligations.
Contingencies
TJX is subject to certain legal proceedings, lawsuits, disputes and claims that arise from time to time in the ordinary course of our business. In addition, TJX is a defendant in several lawsuits filed in federal and state courts brought as putative class or collective actions on behalf of various groups of current and former salaried and hourly associates in the U.S. The lawsuits allege violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and of state wage and hour and other labor statutes. TJX is also a defendant in a putative class action on behalf of customers relating to compare at pricing. The lawsuits are in various procedural stages and seek monetary damages, injunctive relief and attorneys’ fees. In connection with ongoing litigation, an immaterial amount has been accrued in the accompanying Consolidated Financial Statements.
Note L. Leases
TJX is committed under long-term leases related to its continuing operations for the rental of real estate and certain service contracts containing embedded leases, all of which are operating leases. Real estate leases represent virtually all of our store locations as well as some of our distribution centers and office space. Most of TJX’s leases in the U.S. and Canada are store operating leases with ten-year terms and options to extend for one or more five-year periods. Leases in Europe generally have an initial term of ten to fifteen years and leases in Australia generally have an initial lease term of primarily seven to ten years, some of which have options to extend. Many of the Company's leases have options to terminate prior to the lease expiration date. The exercise of both lease renewal and termination options is at our sole discretion and is not reasonably certain at lease commencement. The Company has deemed that major store renovations provide an economic disincentive to terminate the lease and when these renovations occur the Company reassesses the lease term to determine if the next lease option is reasonably certain of being exercised.
While the overwhelming majority of leases have fixed payment schedules, some leases have variable lease payments based on market indices adjusted periodically for inflation, or include rental payments based on a percentage of retail sales over contractual levels. In addition, for real estate leases, TJX is generally required to pay insurance, real estate taxes and other operating expenses including common area maintenance based on proportionate share of premises, and some of these costs are based on a market index, primarily in Canada. For leases with these variable payments based on a market index, the current lease payment amount is used in the calculation of the operating lease liability and corresponding operating lease assets included on the Consolidated Balance Sheets. The operating lease ROU assets also includes any lease payments made in advance of the assets use and is reduced by lease incentives received. Lease expense for lease payments is recognized on a straight-line basis over the lease term.
Supplemental balance sheet information related to leases as of May 4, 2019 is as follows:
 
 
May 4,
2019
Weighted-average remaining lease term (years):
 
7.4

Weighted-average discount rate:
 
3.1
%

The following table is a summary of the Company’s components of net lease cost for the thirteen weeks ended May 4, 2019:
 
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended
In thousands
Classification
May 4,
2019
Operating lease cost
Cost of sales, including buying and occupancy costs
$
430,331

Variable and short term lease cost
Cost of sales, including buying and occupancy costs
281,506

Total lease cost
 
$
711,837


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Supplemental cash flow information related to leases for the thirteen weeks ended May 4, 2019 is as follows:
 
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended
In thousands
 
May 4,
2019
Cash paid for amounts included in the measurement of lease liabilities:
 
 
Operating cash flows paid for operating leases
 
$
421,488

Lease liabilities arising from obtaining right of use assets
 
$
453,198


The following table summarizes the maturity of lease liabilities under operating leases as of May 4, 2019:
In thousands
 
May 4,
2019
Fiscal year 2020 (remaining 9 months)
 
$
1,292,888

2021
 
1,650,563

2022
 
1,499,833

2023
 
1,326,566

2024
 
1,129,183

Later years
 
3,138,587

Total lease payments(a)
 
10,037,620

Less: imputed interest(b)
 
1,072,846

Total lease liabilities(c)
 
$
8,964,774

(a)
Operating lease payments exclude legally binding minimum lease payments for leases signed but not yet commenced and include options to extend lease terms that are now deemed reasonably certain of being exercised according to our Lease Accounting Policy.
(b)
Calculated using the incremental borrowing rate for each lease.
(c)
Total lease liabilities are broken out on the Consolidated Balance Sheets between Current portion of operating lease liabilities and Long-term operating lease liabilities.

The following table represents the gross minimum rental commitments under noncancelable leases, as disclosed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 2, 2019:
In thousands
 
 
February 2,
2019
Fiscal year 2020 
 
 
$
1,676,700

2021
 
 
1,603,378

2022
 
 
1,441,444

2023
 
 
1,253,420

2024
 
 
1,042,184

Later years
 
 
2,774,845

Total lease payments  
 
 
$
9,791,971





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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
The Thirteen Weeks (first quarter) Ended May 4, 2019
Compared to
The Thirteen Weeks (first quarter) Ended May 5, 2018
OVERVIEW
We are the leading off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the U.S. and worldwide. We sell a rapidly changing assortment of apparel, home fashions and other merchandise at prices generally 20% to 60% below full-price retailers’ (including department, specialty and major online retailers) regular prices on comparable merchandise, every day. We operate nearly 4,400 stores through our four main segments: in the U.S., Marmaxx (which operates T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and tjmaxx.com) and HomeGoods (which operates HomeGoods and Homesense); TJX Canada (which operates Winners, HomeSense and Marshalls in Canada); and TJX International (which operates T.K. Maxx, Homesense and tkmaxx.com in Europe, and T.K. Maxx in Australia). In addition to our four main segments, Sierra operates sierra.com and retail stores in the U.S. The results of Sierra are included in the Marmaxx segment.
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
Overview of our financial performance for the quarter ended May 4, 2019:
Net sales increased 7% to $9.3 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 over last year’s first quarter sales of $8.7 billion. At May 4, 2019, the number of stores in operation increased 6% and selling square footage increased 4% compared to the end of the fiscal 2019 first quarter.
Comp sales increased 5% for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 over an increase of 3% for the comparable period last year ended May 5, 2018. Customer traffic was the primary driver of the comp sales increase and was up at all four major segments.
Diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 were $0.57 versus $0.56 per share in the first quarter of fiscal 2019.
Our pre-tax margin (the ratio of pre-tax income to net sales) for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 was 10.1%, a 0.9 percentage point decrease compared with 11.0% in the first quarter of fiscal 2019.
Our cost of sales, including buying and occupancy costs, ratio for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 was 71.5%, a 0.4 percentage point increase compared with 71.1% in the first quarter of fiscal 2019.
Our selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expense ratio for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 was 18.3%, a 0.5 percentage point increase compared with 17.8% in the first quarter of fiscal 2019.
Our consolidated average per store inventories, including inventory on hand at our distribution centers (which excludes inventory in transit) and excluding our e-commerce sites and Sierra stores, were up 6% on a reported basis and 7% on a constant currency basis at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2020 as compared to a 7% increase in average per store inventories on a reported basis and a 6% increase on a constant currency basis in the first quarter of fiscal 2019.
During the first quarter of fiscal 2020, we returned $589 million to our shareholders through share repurchases and dividends.
Impact of Brexit
The U.K’s decision to leave the European Union (“EU”), commonly referred to as “Brexit”, remains unsettled. Should the U.K. exit the EU, there are several possible outcomes each of which creates risks for TJX, especially in our European operations. Our TJX Europe management team has evaluated a range of possible outcomes, sought to identify areas of concern and implemented strategies to mitigate them. Our current European operations benefit from the free movement of goods and labor between the U.K. and EU. As a result, we believe Brexit could have a negative impact on our ability to efficiently move merchandise between the U.K. and the EU. Brexit could also have a negative impact on our talent in the region, both by impacting current Associates, who are either EU citizens working in the U.K. or U.K. citizens working in the EU, and potentially impacting recruitment and retention for our European operations in the future.
If the U.K. does exit the EU, this would subject us to additional regulatory and compliance requirements for merchandise that flows between the U.K. and the EU. We have realigned our European division’s supply chain to reduce the volume of merchandise flowing between the U.K. and the EU and have established resources and systems to support this plan. In addition, we continue to communicate with our Associates about Brexit including by providing relevant information about additional procedures that may be required post-Brexit.

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We believe these steps will help us mitigate the operational risks that we expect could result from Brexit. If, however, Brexit happens without a comprehensive withdrawal agreement between the U.K. and the EU and therefore, without a longer transitional period, our European operations could be significantly impacted, particularly in the short term. We believe that over time we would implement appropriate strategies to address that outcome.
Net Sales
Consolidated net sales for the quarter ended May 4, 2019 totaled $9.3 billion, a 7% increase over last year’s consolidated first quarter net sales of $8.7 billion. The increase reflects a 5% increase from comp sales, a 3% increase from non-comp sales, offset by a 1% negative impact from foreign currency exchange rates. This increase compares to sales growth of 12% in the first quarter of fiscal 2019, which reflects a 6% increase from non-comp sales, a 3% increase from comp sales, and a 3% positive impact from foreign currency exchange rates.
As of May 4, 2019, our consolidated store count increased 6% and selling square footage increased 4% compared to the end of the first quarter last year.
Consolidated comp sales for the quarter ended May 4, 2019 reflects an increase in the customer traffic across all major divisions. On a consolidated basis, apparel categories outperformed home categories for the quarter ended May 4, 2019.
For the quarter ended May 4, 2019, comp sales growth in the U.S. was strongest in the Southeast, Great Lakes and the Southwest regions. Comp sales growth for our TJX International segment was above the consolidated average, whereas TJX Canada was below the consolidated average.
We define comparable store sales, or comp sales, to be sales of stores that have been in operation for all or a portion of two consecutive fiscal years, or in other words, stores that are starting their third fiscal year of operation. We calculate comp sales on a 52-week basis by comparing the current and prior year weekly periods that are most closely aligned. Relocated stores and stores that have changed in size are generally classified in the same way as the original store, and we believe that the impact of these stores on the consolidated comp percentage is immaterial.
We define customer traffic to be the number of transactions in stores included in the comp sales calculation and average ticket to be the average retail price of the units sold. We define average transaction or average basket to be the average dollar value of transactions included in the comp sales calculation.
Sales excluded from comp sales (“non-comp sales”) consist of sales from:
New stores - stores that have not yet met the comp sales criteria, which represents a substantial majority of non-comp sales
Stores that are closed permanently or for an extended period of time
Sales from our e-commerce sites, meaning sierra.com, tjmaxx.com and tkmaxx.com
We determine which stores are included in the comp sales calculation at the beginning of a fiscal year and the classification remains constant throughout that year unless a store is closed permanently or for an extended period during that fiscal year. Starting in fiscal 2020, Sierra stores that otherwise fit the comp store definition are included in comp stores in our Marmaxx segment.
Comp sales of our foreign segments are calculated by translating the current year’s comp sales of our foreign segments at the same exchange rates used in the prior year. This removes the effect of changes in currency exchange rates, which we believe is a more accurate measure of segment operating performance.
Comp sales may be referred to as “same store” sales by other retail companies. The method for calculating comp sales varies across the retail industry, therefore our measure of comp sales may not be comparable to that of other retail companies.

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The following table sets forth certain information about our consolidated operating results as a percentage of net sales for the following periods:
 
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended
 
 
May 4, 2019
 
May 5, 2018
Net sales
 
100.0
%
 
100.0
%
Cost of sales, including buying and occupancy costs
 
71.5

 
71.1

Selling, general and administrative expenses
 
18.3

 
17.8

Interest expense, net
 

 

Income before provision for income taxes*
 
10.1
%
 
11.0
%
*
Figures may not foot due to rounding.
Impact of foreign currency exchange rates: Our operating results are affected by foreign currency exchange rates as a result of changes in the value of the U.S. dollar or a division’s local currency in relation to other currencies. Two ways in which foreign currency exchange rates affect our reported results are as follows:
Translation of foreign operating results into U.S. dollars: In our Consolidated Financial Statements, we translate the operations of TJX Canada and TJX International from local currencies into U.S. dollars using currency rates in effect at different points in time. Significant changes in foreign exchange rates between comparable prior periods can result in meaningful variations in consolidated net sales, net income and earnings per share growth as well as the net sales and operating results of these segments. Currency translation generally does not affect operating margins, or affects them only slightly, as sales and expenses of the foreign operations are translated at approximately the same rates within a given period.
Inventory-related derivatives: We routinely enter into inventory-related hedging instruments to mitigate the impact on earnings of changes in foreign currency exchange rates on merchandise purchases denominated in currencies other than the local currencies of our divisions, principally TJX Canada and TJX International. As we have not elected “hedge accounting” for these instruments, as defined by U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), we record a mark-to-market gain or loss on the derivative instruments in our results of operations at the end of each reporting period. In subsequent periods, the income statement impact of the mark-to-market adjustment is effectively offset when the inventory being hedged is received and paid for. While these effects occur every reporting period, they are of much greater magnitude when there are sudden and significant changes in currency exchange rates during a short period of time. The mark-to-market adjustment on these derivatives does not affect net sales, but it does affect the cost of sales, operating margins and earnings we report.
We refer to the impact of the above two items throughout our discussion as “foreign currency.” This does not include the impact currency exchange rates can have on various transactions that are denominated in a currency other than an operating division’s local currency. When discussing the impact on our results of the effect of currency exchange rates on such transactions we refer to it as “transactional foreign exchange.”
Cost of Sales, Including Buying and Occupancy Costs
Cost of sales, including buying and occupancy costs, as a percentage of net sales was 71.5% for the first quarter of fiscal 2020, an increase of 0.4 percentage points from 71.1% for the first quarter of fiscal 2019. The increase for the quarter was driven by higher supply chain costs and a decrease in merchandise margin primarily due to higher freight costs, partially offset by the expense leverage on the strong comp sales growth.
Selling, General and Administrative Expenses
SG&A expenses, as a percentage of net sales, were 18.3% in the first quarter of fiscal 2020, an increase of 0.5 percentage points over last year’s first quarter ratio of 17.8%. The increase in SG&A was primarily due to store wage increases, an unfavorable year-over-year comparison on a gain related to a lease buyout in fiscal 2019, and incremental systems and technology costs.

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Interest Expense, net
The components of interest expense, net are summarized below:
 
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended
In thousands
 
May 4,
2019
 
May 5,
2018
Interest expense
 
$
15,357

 
$
17,365

Capitalized interest
 
(719
)
 
(1,648
)
Interest (income)
 
(13,821
)
 
(11,569
)
Interest expense, net
 
$
817

 
$
4,148

The decrease in net interest expense for the first quarter ended May 4, 2019, compared to the same period in fiscal 2019, was driven by additional interest income, primarily due to higher return rates, and the reduction of interest expense due to the elimination of build-to-suit accounting as a result of adopting the new lease accounting standard. For additional information, see Note A—Basis of Presentation and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies of Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
Provision for Income Taxes
The effective income tax rate was 25.2% for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to 25.0% for the first quarter of fiscal 2019. The increase in the effective income tax rate was primarily due to the reduction of excess tax benefit from share-based compensation and the expanded limitations on executive compensation, offset by a reduction in the impact of the foreign operations.
Net Income and Diluted Earnings Per Share
Net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 was $700 million, or $0.57 per diluted share compared with $716 million, or $0.56 per diluted share for the first quarter of fiscal 2019. Foreign currency had a neutral impact on earnings per share for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to a $0.01 positive impact on earnings per share for the first quarter of fiscal 2019.
Our stock repurchase programs, which reduce our weighted average diluted shares outstanding, benefited our earnings per share growth by approximately 3% in the first quarter of fiscal 2020.
Segment Information
We operate four main business segments. Our Marmaxx segment (T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and tjmaxx.com) and the HomeGoods segment (HomeGoods and Homesense) both operate in the United States. Our TJX Canada segment operates Winners, HomeSense and Marshalls in Canada, and our TJX International segment operates T.K. Maxx, Homesense and tkmaxx.com in Europe and T.K. Maxx in Australia. In addition to our four main segments, Sierra operates sierra.com and retail stores in the U.S. The results of Sierra are included in the Marmaxx segment.
We evaluate the performance of our segments based on “segment profit or loss,” which we define as pre-tax income or loss before general corporate expense and interest expense, net. “Segment profit or loss,” as we define the term, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other entities. The terms “segment margin” or “segment profit margin” are used to describe segment profit or loss as a percentage of net sales. These measures of performance should not be considered an alternative to net income or cash flows from operating activities as an indicator of our performance or as a measure of liquidity.
Presented below is selected financial information related to our business segments.

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U.S. SEGMENTS
Marmaxx
 
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended
In millions
 
May 4,
2019
 
May 5,
2018
Net sales
 
$
5,802

 
$
5,381

Segment profit
 
$
796

 
$
750

Segment profit as a percentage of net sales
 
13.7
%
 
13.9
%
Increase in comp sales
 
6
%
 
4
%
Stores in operation at end of period
 
 
 
 
T.J. Maxx
 
1,257

 
1,231

Marshalls
 
1,102

 
1,073

Sierra
 
39

 
32

Total
 
2,398

 
2,336

Selling square footage at end of period (in thousands)
 
 
 
 
T.J. Maxx
 
27,532

 
27,203

Marshalls
 
25,460

 
25,114

Sierra
 
654

 
550

Total
 
53,646

 
52,867

Net sales for Marmaxx increased 8% for the first quarter as compared to the same period last year. The increase in the first quarter represents a 6% increase from comp sales and a 2% increase from non-comp sales. The increase in comp sales was primarily driven by an increase in customer traffic. Geographically, comp sales growth in the quarter were strong throughout the country. Home fashions and apparel categories both were strong and performed at the segment average for the period.
Segment profit margin decreased to 13.7% for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to 13.9% for the same period last year. The decrease in segment margin for the first quarter was driven by an increase in supply chain costs and freight costs. This was largely offset by the expense leverage on the strong comp sales. Merchandise margin was slightly down due to freight costs for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to the same period last year.
Our U.S. e-commerce businesses, which represent less than 3% of Marmaxx’s net sales in the first quarters of fiscal 2020 and fiscal 2019, did not have a significant impact on year-over-year segment margin comparisons for the first quarter of fiscal 2020.

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HomeGoods
 
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended
In millions
 
May 4,
2019
 
May 5,
2018
Net sales
 
$
1,397

 
$
1,269

Segment profit
 
$
137

 
$
147

Segment profit as a percentage of net sales
 
9.8
%
 
11.6
%
Increase in comp sales
 
1
%
 
2
%
Stores in operation at end of period
 
 
 
 
HomeGoods
 
770

 
690

Homesense
 
22

 
4

Total
 
792

 
694

Selling square footage at end of period (in thousands)
 
 
 
 
HomeGoods
 
14,152

 
12,850

Homesense
 
470

 
81

Total
 
14,622

 
12,931

Net sales for HomeGoods increased 10% in the first quarter compared to the same period last year. The increase in the first quarter represents a 9% increase from non-comp sales and a 1% increase from comp sales. The increase in comp sales was primarily driven by an increase in customer traffic.
Segment profit margin was 9.8% for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to 11.6% for the same period last year. The decline in segment margin was primarily due to higher supply chain costs of approximately 0.7 percentage points along with the investment in store growth and expense deleverage on the 1% comp sales increase. Merchandise margin increased slightly for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to the same period last year despite increased freight costs.

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FOREIGN SEGMENTS
TJX Canada
 
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended
In millions
 
May 4,
2019
 
May 5,
2018
Net sales
 
$
848

 
$
854

Segment profit
 
$
97

 
$
125

Segment profit as a percentage of net sales
 
11.4
%
 
14.7
%
Increase in comp sales
 
%
 
3
%
Stores in operation at end of period
 
 
 
 
Winners
 
273

 
269

HomeSense
 
132

 
119

Marshalls
 
91

 
78

Total
 
496

 
466

Selling square footage at end of period (in thousands)
 
 
 
 
Winners
 
5,865

 
5,811

HomeSense
 
2,425

 
2,214

Marshalls
 
1,929

 
1,696

Total
 
10,219

 
9,721

Net sales for TJX Canada decreased 1% during the first quarter ended May 4, 2019 compared to the same period last year. The decrease in the first quarter represents a 4% increase from non-comp sales, offset by a 5% negative impact from foreign currency exchange rates.
Segment profit margin decreased to 11.4% for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to 14.7% for the same period last year. The decrease in the segment margin for the first quarter reflects an unfavorable year-over-year comparison related to a lease buyout gain in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 of 1.0 percentage point. In addition, the decrease in segment margin reflects a decrease in merchandise margin of 1.0 percentage point as well as expense deleverage on the flat comp sales. The decrease in merchandise margin was driven by transactional foreign exchange as the change in currency exchange rates increased TJX Canada's cost of merchandise purchased in U.S. dollars as compared to the same period last year.



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TJX International
 
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended
In millions
 
May 4,
2019
 
May 5,
2018
Net sales
 
$
1,231

 
$
1,185

Segment profit
 
$
28

 
$
41

Segment profit as a percentage of net sales
 
2.3
%
 
3.4
%
Increase in comp sales
 
8
%
 
1
%
Stores in operation at end of period
 
 
 
 
T.K. Maxx
 
575

 
549

Homesense
 
72

 
55

T.K. Maxx Australia
 
48

 
41

Total
 
695

 
645

Selling square footage at end of period (in thousands)
 
 
 
 
T.K. Maxx
 
11,787

 
11,516

Homesense
 
1,074

 
883

T.K. Maxx Australia
 
885

 
762

Total
 
13,746

 
13,161

Net sales for TJX International increased 4% for the first quarter compared to the same period last year. The increase in the first quarter represents an 8% increase in comp sales growth, a 4% increase from non-comp sales, offset by an 8% negative impact from foreign currency exchange rates. The increase in comp sales was driven by an increase in customer traffic. E-commerce sales represent less than 3% of TJX International’s net sales in the first quarters of fiscal 2020 and fiscal 2019.
Segment profit margin decreased to 2.3% for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to 3.4% for the same period last year. The decrease in segment margin for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 was driven by the year-over year mark-to-market impact of the inventory derivatives of 1.4 percentage points which more than offset expense leverage on the strong comp sales growth.
GENERAL CORPORATE EXPENSE
 
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended
In millions
 
May 4,
2019
 
May 5,
2018
General corporate expense
 
$
121

 
$
104

General corporate expense for segment reporting purposes represents those costs not specifically related to the operations of our business segments. General corporate expenses are primarily included in SG&A expenses. The mark-to-market adjustment of our fuel hedges is included in cost of sales, including buying and occupancy costs.
General corporate expense for the first quarter increased primarily due to higher systems and technology costs and benefit related costs.
ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION
Liquidity and Capital Resources
Our liquidity requirements have traditionally been funded through cash generated from operations, supplemented, as needed, by short-term bank borrowings and the issuance of commercial paper. As of May 4, 2019, there were no short-term bank borrowings or commercial paper outstanding.
We believe our existing cash and cash equivalents, internally generated funds and our cre