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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 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 November 2, 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: 001-15059
NORDSTROM, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Washington
 
91-0515058
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
1617 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98101
(Address of principal executive offices)
206-628-2111
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class
Trading Symbol
Name of each exchange on which registered
Common stock, without par value
JWN
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
Common stock outstanding as of November 29, 2019: 155,253,167 shares

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
 
Page
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 1.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 2.
 
 
 
Item 3.
 
 
 
Item 4.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 1.
 
 
 
Item 1A.
 
 
 
Item 2.
 
 
 
Item 6.
 
 
 
 

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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which are subject to the “safe harbor” created by those sections. Forward-looking statements are based on our management’s beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to our management. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “goal,” “would,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “project,” “predict,” “potential,” “pursue,” “going forward,” and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause our actual results, performance, time frames or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance, time frames or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to, our anticipated financial outlook for the fiscal year ending February 1, 2020, our anticipated annual total sales rates, our anticipated new store openings in existing, new and international markets, our anticipated Adjusted Return on Invested Capital, trends in our operations and the following:
Strategic and Operational
timely and effective implementation of our evolving business model and successful execution of our customer strategy to provide a differentiated and seamless experience across all Nordstrom channels,
our ability to execute and manage the costs of our evolving business model, including the execution of new supply chain capabilities and enhancement of existing ones, development of applications for electronic devices, improvement of customer-facing technologies, timely delivery of products purchased digitally, enhancement of inventory management systems, more fluid inventory availability between our digital channels and retail stores through our market strategy, and greater effectiveness in marketing strategies,
our ability to respond to the rapidly evolving business and retail environment, as well as fashion trends and consumer preferences, including our customers’ changing expectations of service and experience in stores and online,
our ability to properly balance our investments in existing and new store locations, technology and supply chain facilities, including the expansion of our market strategy,
successful execution of our information technology strategy, including engagement with third-party service providers,
our ability to effectively utilize internal and third-party data in strategic planning and decision making,
our ability to maintain or expand our presence, including timely completion of construction associated with new, relocated and remodeled stores, and Supply Chain Network facilities, all of which may be impacted by third parties, consumer demand and other natural or man-made disruptions,
efficient and proper allocation of our capital resources,
effective inventory management processes and systems, fulfillment and supply chain processes and systems, disruptions in our supply chain and our ability to control costs,
the impact of any systems or network failures, cybersecurity and/or security breaches, including any security breach of our systems or those of a third-party provider that results in the theft, transfer or unauthorized disclosure of customer, employee or Company information or compliance with information security and privacy laws and regulations in the event of such an incident,
our ability to safeguard our reputation and maintain relationships with our vendors and third-party service providers,
our ability to maintain relationships with and motivate our employees and to effectively attract, develop and retain our future leaders,
our ability to realize the expected benefits, respond to potential risks and appropriately manage costs associated with our program agreement with TD Bank, N.A.,
the effectiveness of our loyalty program, including the implementation of any changes in our program, planned advertising, marketing and promotional campaigns in the highly competitive and promotional retail industry,
market fluctuations, increases in operating costs, exit costs and overall liabilities and losses associated with owning and leasing real estate,
potential goodwill impairment charges, future impairment charges and fluctuations in the fair values of reporting units or of assets in the event projected financial results are not achieved within expected time frames,
compliance with debt and operating covenants, availability and cost of credit, changes in our credit rating and changes in interest rates,
the timing, price, manner and amounts of future share repurchases by us, if any, or any share issuances by us,
Economic and External
the impact of the seasonal nature of our business and cyclical customer spending,
the impact of economic and market conditions and the resultant impact on consumer spending and credit patterns,
the impact of economic, environmental or political conditions in the U.S. and countries where our third-party vendors operate,
weather conditions, natural disasters, health hazards, national security or other market and supply chain disruptions, including the effects of tariffs, or the prospects of these events and the resulting impact on consumer spending patterns or information technology systems and communications,

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Legal and Regulatory
our compliance with applicable domestic and international laws, regulations and ethical standards, including those related to employment and tax, information security and privacy, consumer credit and the outcome of any claims and litigation and resolution of such matters,
the impact of the current regulatory environment and financial system, health care and tax reforms,
the impact of changes in accounting rules and regulations, changes in our interpretation of the rules or regulations, or changes in underlying assumptions, estimates or judgments,
the impact of claims, litigation and regulatory investigations, including those related to information security, privacy and consumer credit.
These and other factors, including those factors described in Item 1A. Risk Factors to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 2, 2019, could affect our financial results and cause our actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking information we may provide. Given these risks, uncertainties and other factors, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Also, these forward-looking statements represent our estimates and assumptions only as of the date of this filing. You should read this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q completely and with the understanding that our actual future results may be materially different from what we expect. We hereby qualify our forward-looking statements by these cautionary statements. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements publicly, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.
All references to “Nordstrom,” “we,” “us,” “our,” or the “Company” mean Nordstrom, Inc. and its subsidiaries.
In addition, statements that “we believe” and similar statements reflect our beliefs and opinions on the relevant subject. These statements are based upon information available to us as of the filing date of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, and while we believe such information forms a reasonable basis for such statements, such information may be limited or incomplete, and our statements should not be read to indicate that we have conducted an exhaustive inquiry into, or review of, all potentially available relevant information. These statements are inherently uncertain and investors are cautioned not to unduly rely upon these statements.

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DEFINITIONS
The following table includes definitions of Nordstrom commonly used terms:
Term
Definition
2002 Plan
2002 Nonemployee Director Stock Incentive Plan
2010 Plan
2010 Equity Incentive Plan
2019 Plan
2019 Equity Incentive Plan
2018 Annual Report
Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 18, 2019
Adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (a non-GAAP financial measure)
Adjusted EBITDAR
Adjusted earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization and rent (a non-GAAP financial measure)
Adjusted ROIC
Adjusted return on invested capital (a non-GAAP financial measure)
ASC
Accounting Standards Codification
ASU
Accounting Standards Update
CODM
Chief operating decision maker
Estimated Non-recurring Charge
Estimated non-recurring credit-related charge recognized during the third quarter of 2018
Digital sales
Online and digitally-assisted store sales, which include Online Order Pickup, Ship to Store and Style Board, a digital selling tool
EBIT
Earnings before interest and income taxes
EPS
Earnings per share
ESPP
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Exchange Act
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended
FASB
Financial Accounting Standards Board
Third quarter of 2019
13 fiscal weeks ending November 2, 2019
Third quarter of 2018
13 fiscal weeks ending November 3, 2018
Fiscal year 2019
52 fiscal weeks ending February 1, 2020
Fiscal year 2018
52 fiscal weeks ending February 2, 2019
FLS
Full-line stores
Full-Price
Nordstrom U.S. FLS, Nordstrom.com, Canada, Trunk Club, Jeffrey and Nordstrom Local
GAAP
Generally accepted accounting principles
Generational Investments
NRHL, Canada, Trunk Club and Nordstrom NYC
Gross profit
Net sales less cost of sales and related buying and occupancy costs
Inventory turnover rate
Trailing 4-quarter cost of sales and related buying and occupancy costs divided by the trailing 4-quarter average inventory
IRS
Internal Revenue Service
Lease Standard
ASU No. 2016-02, Leases, and all related amendments (ASC 842)
LIBOR
London Inter-bank Offered Rate
MD&A
Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
Nordstrom Local
Nordstrom Local neighborhood hubs
Nordstrom NYC
Our New York City flagship FLS store, including the Men’s location
The Nordy Club
Our customer loyalty program launched in October 2018
NRHL
Nordstromrack.com/HauteLook
NYSE
New York Stock Exchange
Off-Price
Nordstrom U.S. Rack stores, NRHL and Last Chance clearance stores
Operating Lease Cost
Fixed rent expense, including fixed common area maintenance expense, net of developer reimbursement amortization
PCAOB
Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States)
Property incentives
Developer and vendor reimbursements
PSU
Performance share unit
Revolver
Senior unsecured revolving credit facility
ROU asset
Operating lease right-of-use asset
RSU
Restricted stock unit
SEC
Securities and Exchange Commission
Securities Act
Securities Act of 1933, as amended
SERP
Unfunded defined benefit Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan
SG&A
Selling, general and administrative
Supply Chain Network
Fulfillment centers that process and ship orders to our customers, distribution centers that process and ship merchandise to our stores and other facilities and Omni-channel centers that both fulfill customer orders and ship merchandise to our stores
TD
Toronto-Dominion Bank, N.A.

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PART I — FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1. Financial Statements (Unaudited).
NORDSTROM, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS
(Amounts in millions except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
 
Quarter Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
November 2, 2019

 
November 3, 2018

 
November 2, 2019

 
November 3, 2018

Net sales

$3,566

 

$3,648

 

$10,694

 

$11,097

Credit card revenues, net
106

 
100

 
293

 
280

Total revenues
3,672

 
3,748

 
10,987

 
11,377

Cost of sales and related buying and occupancy costs
(2,344
)
 
(2,435
)
 
(7,049
)
 
(7,311
)
Selling, general and administrative expenses
(1,135
)
 
(1,208
)
 
(3,453
)
 
(3,562
)
Earnings before interest and income taxes
193


105

 
485


504

Interest expense, net
(20
)

(25
)
 
(66
)
 
(81
)
Earnings before income taxes
173

 
80

 
419

 
423

Income tax expense
(47
)
 
(13
)
 
(115
)
 
(107
)
Net earnings

$126

 

$67

 

$304

 

$316

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Earnings per share:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic

$0.81

 

$0.40

 

$1.96

 

$1.88

Diluted

$0.81

 

$0.39

 

$1.95

 

$1.85

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted-average shares outstanding:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
155.2

 
168.8

 
155.1

 
168.1

Diluted
155.8

 
172.4

 
155.9

 
171.0

The accompanying Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these financial statements.
NORDSTROM, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE EARNINGS
(Amounts in millions)
(Unaudited)
 
Quarter Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
November 2, 2019

 
November 3, 2018

 
November 2, 2019

 
November 3, 2018

Net earnings

$126

 

$67

 

$304

 

$316

Foreign currency translation adjustment
2

 
(3
)
 
(1
)
 
(18
)
Post retirement plan adjustments, net of tax

 
1

 

 
3

Comprehensive net earnings

$128

 

$65

 

$303

 

$301

The accompanying Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these financial statements.

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NORDSTROM, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Amounts in millions)
(Unaudited)
 
November 2, 2019

 
February 2, 2019

 
November 3, 2018

Assets
 
 
 
 
 
Current assets:
 
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents

$487

 

$957

 

$1,127

Accounts receivable, net
234

 
148

 
190

Merchandise inventories
2,542

 
1,978

 
2,614

Prepaid expenses and other
310

 
291

 
366

Total current assets
3,573

 
3,374

 
4,297

 
 
 
 
 
 
Land, property and equipment (net of accumulated depreciation of $6,884, $6,647 and $6,517)
4,146

 
3,921

 
3,858

Operating lease right-of-use assets
1,784

 

 

Goodwill
249

 
249

 
249

Other assets
323

 
342

 
305

Total assets

$10,075

 

$7,886

 

$8,709

 
 
 
 
 
 
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
 
 
 
 
 
Current liabilities:
 
 
 
 
 
Accounts payable

$2,148

 

$1,469

 

$2,106

Accrued salaries, wages and related benefits
470

 
580

 
526

Current portion of operating lease liabilities
238

 

 

Other current liabilities
1,125

 
1,324

 
1,202

Current portion of long-term debt

 
8

 
8

Total current liabilities
3,981

 
3,381

 
3,842

 
 
 
 
 
 
Long-term debt, net
2,679

 
2,677

 
2,678

Deferred property incentives, net
4

 
457

 
465

Non-current operating lease liabilities
1,895

 

 

Other liabilities
665

 
498

 
521

 
 
 
 
 
 
Commitments and contingencies (Note 7)

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Shareholders’ equity:
 
 
 
 
 
Common stock, no par value: 1,000 shares authorized; 155.2, 157.6 and 168.9 shares issued and outstanding
3,106

 
3,048

 
3,029

Accumulated deficit
(2,217
)
 
(2,138
)
 
(1,777
)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
(38
)
 
(37
)
 
(49
)
Total shareholders’ equity
851

 
873

 
1,203

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

$10,075

 

$7,886

 

$8,709

The accompanying Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these financial statements.

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NORDSTROM, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
(Amounts in millions except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
 
Quarter Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
November 2, 2019

 
November 3, 2018

 
November 2, 2019

 
November 3, 2018

Common stock
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Balance, beginning of period

$3,084

 

$2,899

 

$3,048

 

$2,816

Issuance of common stock under stock compensation plans
8

 
111

 
19

 
160

Stock-based compensation
14

 
19

 
39

 
53

Balance, end of period

$3,106

 

$3,029

 

$3,106

 

$3,029

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Accumulated deficit
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Balance, beginning of period

($2,286
)
 

($1,712
)
 

($2,138
)
 

($1,810
)
Cumulative effect of adopted accounting standards

 

 
(25
)
 
60

Net earnings
126

 
67

 
304

 
316

Dividends
(57
)
 
(62
)
 
(172
)
 
(186
)
Repurchase of common stock

 
(70
)
 
(186
)
 
(157
)
Balance, end of period

($2,217
)
 

($1,777
)
 

($2,217
)
 

($1,777
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Balance, beginning of period

($39
)
 

($47
)
 

($37
)
 

($29
)
Cumulative effect of adopted accounting standards

 

 

 
(5
)
Other comprehensive income (loss)
1

 
(2
)
 
(1
)
 
(15
)
Balance, end of period

($38
)
 

($49
)
 

($38
)
 

($49
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total

$851

 

$1,203

 

$851

 

$1,203

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dividends per share

$0.37

 

$0.37

 

$1.11

 

$1.11

The accompanying Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these financial statements.

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NORDSTROM, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Amounts in millions)
(Unaudited)
 
Nine Months Ended
 
November 2, 2019

 
November 3, 2018

Operating Activities
 
 
 
Net earnings

$304

 

$316

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization expenses and other, net
482

 
498

Amortization of deferred property incentives

 
(49
)
Right-of-use asset amortization
132

 

Deferred income taxes, net
25

 
11

Stock-based compensation expense
55

 
72

Change in operating assets and liabilities:

 
 
Accounts receivable
31

 
(45
)
Merchandise inventories
(515
)
 
(526
)
Prepaid expenses and other assets
(68
)
 
(78
)
Accounts payable
579

 
554

Accrued salaries, wages and related benefits
(109
)
 
(50
)
Other current liabilities
(175
)
 
(102
)
Deferred property incentives
4

 
37

Lease liabilities
(191
)
 

Other liabilities
15

 
4

Net cash provided by operating activities
569


642

 
 
 
 
Investing Activities
 
 
 
Capital expenditures
(741
)
 
(429
)
Other, net
24

 
(19
)
Net cash used in investing activities
(717
)
 
(448
)
 
 
 
 
Financing Activities
 
 
 
Principal payments on long-term borrowings

 
(54
)
Increase in cash book overdrafts
58

 
34

Cash dividends paid
(172
)
 
(186
)
Payments for repurchase of common stock
(210
)
 
(155
)
Proceeds from issuances under stock compensation plans
19

 
160

Tax withholding on share-based awards
(17
)
 
(19
)
Other, net

 
(28
)
Net cash used in financing activities
(322
)
 
(248
)
 
 
 
 
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents
(470
)
 
(54
)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period
957

 
1,181

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$487

 

$1,127

 
 
 
 
Supplemental Cash Flow Information
 
 
 
Cash paid during the period for:
 
 
 
Income taxes, net

$162

 

$278

Interest, net of capitalized interest
76

 
95

The accompanying Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these financial statements.

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NORDSTROM, INC.
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(Dollar and share amounts in millions except per share, per option and per unit amounts)
(Unaudited)


NOTE 1: BASIS OF PRESENTATION
The accompanying Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements include the balances of Nordstrom, Inc. and its subsidiaries. All intercompany transactions and balances are eliminated in consolidation. The interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared on a basis consistent in all material respects with the accounting policies described and applied in our 2018 Annual Report, except as described in Note 2: Leases, and reflect all adjustments of a normal recurring nature that are, in management’s opinion, necessary for the fair presentation of the results of operations, financial position and cash flows for the periods presented.
The Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements as of and for the periods ended November 2, 2019 and November 3, 2018 are unaudited. The Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet as of February 2, 2019 has been derived from the audited Consolidated Financial Statements included in our 2018 Annual Report. The interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements should be read together with the Consolidated Financial Statements and related footnote disclosures contained in our 2018 Annual Report.
The preparation of our financial statements requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses, and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities. We base our estimates on historical experience and other assumptions that we believe to be reasonable under the circumstances. Actual results may differ from these estimates and assumptions.
Our business, like that of other retailers, is subject to seasonal fluctuations. Our sales are typically higher during our Anniversary Sale in July and the holidays in the fourth quarter. Results for any one quarter may not be indicative of the results that may be achieved for a full fiscal year.
NOTE 2: LEASES
During the first quarter of fiscal 2019, we adopted the Lease Standard using the transition method provided in ASU 2018-11. As a result, reporting periods beginning in the first quarter of 2019 are presented under the Lease Standard while prior period amounts are not adjusted and continue to be reported in accordance with our historic accounting under ASC 840 — Leases.
Adoption of the Lease Standard did not have a material impact on our Condensed Consolidated Statement of Earnings, Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Earnings, Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows or Condensed Consolidated Statement of Shareholders’ Equity. The impact of adopting the Lease Standard resulted in the following on February 3, 2019:
Increase in total assets and total liabilities of $1,849 primarily due to recognizing ROU assets and operating lease liabilities for most leases previously classified as operating leases.
Reclassification of deferred property incentives, net of $568 to ROU assets on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet.
Reclassification of deferred property incentives, net of $339 from ROU assets to other current liabilities and other liabilities on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet for property incentives that exceed the associated ROU asset. Property incentives that exceed the associated ROU asset are primarily due to leases with low fixed lease costs that may also have variable lease costs that are excluded from the ROU asset.
Increase in beginning accumulated deficit of $25 primarily due to the net impact of removing a building and associated financial obligation from land, property and equipment and long-term debt, net on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet related to a failed sale-leaseback transaction. 
Upon adoption of the Lease Standard, we record leases, which consist primarily of operating leases, on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet as operating lease ROU assets, current portion of operating lease liabilities and non-current operating lease liabilities. Operating lease liabilities are initially recognized based on the net present value of the fixed portion of our lease and common area maintenance payments from lease commencement through the lease term. To calculate the net present value, we apply an incremental borrowing rate. The incremental borrowing rate is determined using a portfolio approach based on the rate of interest we would pay to borrow an amount equal to the lease payments on a collateralized basis over a similar term. We use quoted interest rates obtained from financial institutions as an input to derive our incremental borrowing rate as the discount rate for the lease. We recognize ROU assets based on operating lease liabilities reduced by property incentives. ROU assets are tested for impairment in the same manner as long-lived assets.

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NORDSTROM, INC.
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(Dollar and share amounts in millions except per share, per option and per unit amounts)
(Unaudited)


We elected the following practical expedients permitted under the Lease Standard:
Upon adoption, we did not reassess our prior conclusions about lease identification, lease classification or initial direct costs, and we did not use hindsight for leases existing at adoption date.
We do not record leases with an initial term of 12 months or less on the balance sheet but continue to expense them on a straight-line basis over the lease term.
We combine lease and non-lease components.
We lease the land, buildings, or land and buildings for many of our stores, office facilities and Supply Chain Network facilities. We also lease equipment and have service contracts including transportation agreements and warehouse agreements where we control identified assets such as vehicles, warehouse space and equipment and therefore represent embedded leases under the Lease Standard.
The majority of our fixed, non-cancellable lease terms are 15 to 30 years for Nordstrom FLS, approximately 10 years for Nordstrom Rack stores and 5 to 20 years for office facilities and Supply Chain Network facilities. Many of our leases include options that allow us to extend the lease term beyond the initial commitment period. At the commencement of a lease, we generally include only the initial lease term as we have determined that options to extend are not reasonably certain to occur. The exercise of lease renewal options is generally at our sole discretion. At the renewal of an expiring lease, we reassess our options in the agreement and include all reasonably certain extensions in the measurement of our lease term.
Most of our leases also require we pay certain expenses, such as common area maintenance charges, real estate taxes and other executory costs, the fixed portion of which is included in Operating Lease Cost. We recognize Operating Lease Cost, which is primarily included in occupancy costs, on a straight-line basis over the lease term. Variable lease cost includes payments for variable common area maintenance charges and additional payments based on a percentage of sales, which are recognized when probable. Our lease agreements do not contain any material residual value guarantees or material restrictive covenants.
The following table summarizes the components of lease cost:
 
November 2, 2019
 
Quarter Ended

 
Nine Months Ended

Operating Lease Cost

$70

 

$209

Variable lease cost1
10

 
34

Sublease income
(4
)
 
(8
)
Total lease cost

$76

 

$235


1 Variable lease cost includes short-term lease cost, which was immaterial for the quarter and nine months ended November 2, 2019.

The following table summarizes future lease payments as of November 2, 2019:
Fiscal year
Operating Leases

2019 (excluding the nine months ended November 2, 2019)

$64

2020
358

2021
348

2022
323

2023
295

2024
248

Thereafter
1,086

Total lease payments
2,722

 
 
Less: amount representing interest
(589
)
Present value of net lease payments1

$2,133

1 Total lease payments exclude $12 of lease payments for operating leases that were signed but have not yet commenced.

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NORDSTROM, INC.
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(Dollar and share amounts in millions except per share, per option and per unit amounts)
(Unaudited)


The following table includes supplemental information:
 
Nine Months Ended November 2, 2019

Cash paid related to operating lease liabilities

$267

Operating lease interest
76

Operating lease liabilities arising from obtaining ROU assets
2,326

Cash received from developer reimbursements
61

Amortization of developer reimbursements
56

 
 
 
November 2, 2019

Weighted-average remaining lease term
10 years

Weighted-average discount rate
4.7
%

Previous Lease Standard Disclosures
Before fiscal year 2019, we recognized minimum rent expense, net of developer reimbursements, on a straight-line basis over the minimum lease term from the time we controlled the leased property. For scheduled rent escalation clauses during the lease terms, we recorded minimum rent expense on a straight-line basis over the terms of the leases, with the adjustments accrued as current and non-current deferred rent and included in other current liabilities and other liabilities on our Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet. Contingent rental payments, typically based on a percentage of sales, were recognized in rent expense primarily in occupancy costs when payment of the contingent rent was probable.
The following table summarizes rent expense for the quarter and nine months ended November 3, 2018, before adoption of the Lease Standard:
 
November 3, 2018
 
Quarter Ended

 
Nine Months Ended

Minimum rent

$78

 

$237

Percentage rent
2

 
7

Property incentives
(20
)
 
(60
)
Total rent expense

$60

 

$184


The rent expense above does not include common area maintenance charges, real estate taxes and other executory costs, which were $38 for the quarter and $112 for the nine months ended November 3, 2018.
The following table summarizes future minimum lease payments as of February 2, 2019, before adoption of the Lease Standard:
Fiscal year
Operating Leases

2019

$322

2020
313

2021
294

2022
271

2023
249

Thereafter
1,160

Total minimum lease payments

$2,609



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NORDSTROM, INC.
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(Dollar and share amounts in millions except per share, per option and per unit amounts)
(Unaudited)


NOTE 3: REVENUE
Contract Liabilities
Contract liabilities represent our obligation to transfer goods or services to customers and include deferred revenue for The Nordy Club (including loyalty points and Nordstrom Notes) and gift cards. Our contract liabilities are classified as current on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet and are as follows:
 
Contract Liabilities

Opening balance as of February 4, 2018

$498

Balance as of May 5, 2018
460

Balance as of August 4, 2018
445

Balance as of November 3, 2018
450

 
 
Balance as of February 2, 2019
548

Balance as of May 4, 2019
504

Balance as of August 3, 2019
488

Balance as of November 2, 2019
483


Revenues recognized from our beginning contract liability balance were $110 and $269 for the quarter and nine months ended November 2, 2019 and $116 and $272 for the quarter and nine months ended November 3, 2018.
Disaggregation of Revenue
The following table summarizes our disaggregated net sales:
 
Quarter Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
November 2, 2019

 
November 3, 2018

 
November 2, 2019

 
November 3, 2018

Full-Price

$2,270

 

$2,367

 

$6,928

 

$7,314

Off-Price
1,296

 
1,281

 
3,766

 
3,783

Total net sales

$3,566

 

$3,648

 

$10,694

 

$11,097

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Digital sales as a % of total net sales1
34
%
 
31
%
 
32
%
 
29
%

1  In 2019, we updated our digital sales calculation to include accounting adjustments consistent with our net sales calculation. Prior year amounts have been reclassified to conform with current period presentation. We do not expect this change to be material for the full year, though some timing differences occurred between the second and third quarters.
The following table summarizes the percent of net sales by merchandise category:
 
Quarter Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
November 2, 2019

 
November 3, 2018

 
November 2, 2019

 
November 3, 2018

Women’s Apparel
32
%
 
32
%
 
33
%
 
33
%
Shoes
25
%
 
24
%
 
24
%
 
24
%
Men’s Apparel
16
%
 
16
%
 
16
%
 
16
%
Women’s Accessories
10
%
 
10
%
 
11
%
 
10
%
Beauty
10
%
 
11
%
 
10
%
 
11
%
Kids’ Apparel
4
%
 
4
%
 
4
%
 
4
%
Other
3
%
 
3
%
 
2
%
 
2
%
Total net sales
100
%
 
100
%
 
100
%
 
100
%


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NORDSTROM, INC.
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(Dollar and share amounts in millions except per share, per option and per unit amounts)
(Unaudited)


NOTE 4: SEGMENT REPORTING
The following table sets forth information for our reportable segment:
 
Quarter Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
November 2, 2019

 
November 3, 2018

 
November 2, 2019

 
November 3, 2018

Retail segment EBIT1

$257

 

$162

 

$671

 

$674

Corporate/Other loss before interest and income taxes1
(64
)
 
(57
)
 
(186
)
 
(170
)
Interest expense, net
(20
)
 
(25
)
 
(66
)
 
(81
)
Earnings before income taxes

$173

 

$80

 

$419

 

$423

1 Certain reclassifications were made to fiscal 2018 amounts to conform with current period presentation, which is the way that management views our results internally.
For information about disaggregated revenues, see Note 3: Revenue.
NOTE 5: DEBT AND CREDIT FACILITIES
Debt
A summary of our long-term debt is as follows:
 
November 2, 2019


February 2, 2019


November 3, 2018

Long-term debt, net of unamortized discount:
 
 
 
 
 
Senior notes, 4.75%, due May 2020

$500

 

$500

 

$500

Senior notes, 4.00%, due October 2021
500

 
500

 
500

Senior notes, 4.00%, due March 2027
349

 
349

 
349

Senior debentures, 6.95%, due March 2028
300

 
300

 
300

Senior notes, 7.00%, due January 2038
147

 
146

 
146

Senior notes, 5.00%, due January 2044
897

 
895

 
894

Other1
(14
)
 
(5
)
 
(3
)
Total long-term debt
2,679

 
2,685

 
2,686

 
 
 
 
 
 
Less: current portion

 
(8
)
 
(8
)
Total due beyond one year

$2,679

 

$2,677

 

$2,678

1 Other primarily includes deferred bond issue costs.
Subsequent to the end of the third quarter, we issued $500 aggregate principal amount of 4.375% senior unsecured notes due April 2030. We intend to use all of the net proceeds of the notes to prepay all $500 aggregate principal amount of outstanding 4.75% Senior Notes due May 2020. On November 6, 2019 we provided a Notice of Redemption to the holders of the May 2020 Notes to pay the outstanding principal and interest on December 6, 2019. As a result, the May 2020 Notes are classified as long-term on our Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet as of November 2, 2019.
Credit Facilities
As of November 2, 2019, we had total short-term borrowing capacity of $800 under the Revolver that expires in September 2023. The Revolver contains customary representations, warranties, covenants and terms, including paying a variable rate of interest and a commitment fee based on our debt rating. The Revolver is available for working capital, capital expenditures and general corporate purposes. Provided that we obtain written consent from the lenders, we have the option to increase the Revolver by up to $200, to a total of $1,000, and two options to extend the Revolver by one year.
The Revolver requires that we maintain an adjusted debt to EBITDAR leverage ratio of no more than four times. The Revolver’s ratio calculation methodology has not been impacted by the adoption of the new Lease Standard. As of November 2, 2019, we were in compliance with this covenant.
Our $800 commercial paper program allows us to use the proceeds to fund operating cash requirements. Under the terms of the commercial paper agreement, we pay a rate of interest based on, among other factors, the maturity of the issuance and market conditions. The issuance of commercial paper has the effect, while it is outstanding, of reducing available liquidity under the Revolver by an amount equal to the principal amount of commercial paper.

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NORDSTROM, INC.
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(Dollar and share amounts in millions except per share, per option and per unit amounts)
(Unaudited)


As of November 2, 2019, we had no issuances outstanding under our commercial paper program and no borrowings outstanding under our Revolver.
Our wholly owned subsidiary in Puerto Rico maintained a $52 unsecured borrowing facility to support our expansion into that market. Borrowings on this facility incurred interest at an annual rate based upon LIBOR plus 1.275% and also incurred a fee based on any unused commitment. In September 2018, we fully repaid $47 outstanding on this facility and did not renew the facility upon expiration in the fourth quarter of 2018.
NOTE 6: FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS
We disclose our financial assets and liabilities that are measured at fair value in our Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets by level within the fair value hierarchy as defined by applicable accounting standards:
Level 1: Quoted market prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities
Level 2: Other observable market-based inputs or unobservable inputs that are corroborated by market data
Level 3: Unobservable inputs that cannot be corroborated by market data that reflect the reporting entity’s own assumptions
Financial Instruments Measured at Carrying Value
Financial instruments measured at carrying value on a recurring basis include cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivable and accounts payable, which approximate fair value due to their short-term nature.
Long term-debt is recorded at carrying value. If long-term debt was measured at fair value, we would use quoted market prices of the same or similar issues, which is considered a Level 2 fair value measurement. The following table summarizes the carrying value and fair value estimate of our long-term debt, including current maturities:
 
November 2, 2019

 
February 2, 2019

 
November 3, 2018

Carrying value of long-term debt

$2,679

 

$2,685

 

$2,686

Fair value of long-term debt
2,831

 
2,692

 
2,700


Non-financial Assets Measured at Fair Value on a Nonrecurring Basis
We also measure certain non-financial assets at fair value on a nonrecurring basis, primarily goodwill, long-lived tangible, right-of-use and intangible assets, in connection with periodic evaluations for potential impairment. We estimate the fair value of these assets using primarily unobservable inputs and, as such, these are considered Level 3 fair value measurements. There were no material impairment charges for these assets for the nine months ended November 2, 2019 and November 3, 2018.
NOTE 7: COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
Our New York City flagship store opened in October 2019 and the related building and equipment assets were placed into service as of the end of the third quarter. While our store has opened, construction continues in the residential condominium units above the store. As of November 2, 2019, we had approximately $386 of fee interest in land, which is expected to convert to the condominium interest once the mixed-use tower is fully completed. We are committed to make one remaining installment payment based on the developer meeting final pre-established construction and development milestones.
NOTE 8: SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
In August 2018, our Board of Directors authorized a program to repurchase up to $1,500 of our outstanding common stock, with no expiration date. The following is a summary of share repurchase activity:
 
Quarter Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
November 2, 2019

 
November 3, 2018

 
November 2, 2019

 
November 3, 2018

2018 Program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Shares of common stock repurchased

 
1.1

 
4.1

 
2.9

Aggregate amount of common stock repurchased

 

$70

 

$186

 

$157


We had $707 remaining in share repurchase capacity as of November 2, 2019. The actual timing, price, manner and amounts of future share repurchases, if any, will be subject to market and economic conditions and applicable SEC rules.
In November 2019, subsequent to quarter end, we declared a quarterly dividend of $0.37 per share, which will be paid on December 16, 2019 to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 29, 2019.

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NORDSTROM, INC.
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(Dollar and share amounts in millions except per share, per option and per unit amounts)
(Unaudited)


NOTE 9: STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION
In May 2019, our shareholders approved the adoption of the 2019 Plan, which replaced the 2002 Plan and the 2010 Plan. The 2019 Plan authorizes the grant of stock options, PSUs, RSUs, stock appreciation rights and both restricted and unrestricted shares of common stock to employees and nonemployee directors. The aggregate number of shares to be issued under the 2019 Plan may not exceed 9.5 plus any shares currently outstanding under the 2010 Plan that are forfeited or expire during the term of the 2019 Plan. No future grants will be made under the 2002 Plan and the 2010 Plan.
The following table summarizes our stock-based compensation expense:
 
Quarter Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
November 2, 2019

 
November 3, 2018

 
November 2, 2019

 
November 3, 2018

RSUs

$11

 

$17

 

$39

 

$57

Stock options
2

 
3

 
9

 
9

Other1
2

 
1

 
7

 
6

Total stock-based compensation expense, before income tax benefit
15

 
21

 
55

 
72

Income tax benefit
(4
)
 
(5
)
 
(14
)
 
(18
)
Total stock-based compensation expense, net of income tax benefit

$11

 

$16

 

$41

 

$54


1 Other stock-based compensation expense includes PSUs, ESPP and nonemployee director stock awards.
The following table summarizes our grant allocations:
 
Nine Months Ended
 
November 2, 2019
 
November 3, 2018
 
Granted

 
Weighted-average grant-date fair value per unit

 
Granted

 
Weighted-average grant-date fair value per unit

RSUs
1.2

 

$40

 
2.2

 

$49

Stock options
1.0



$15

 

 

PSUs
0.3

 

$42

 

 


Under our deferred and stock-based compensation plan arrangements, the Company issued 0.3 and 1.7 shares of common stock during the quarter and nine months ended November 2, 2019 and 2.5 and 4.8 shares during the quarter and nine months ended November 3, 2018.
NOTE 10: EARNINGS PER SHARE
The computation of EPS is as follows:
 
Quarter Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
November 2, 2019

 
November 3, 2018

 
November 2, 2019

 
November 3, 2018

Net earnings

$126

 

$67

 

$304

 

$316

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic shares
155.2

 
168.8

 
155.1

 
168.1

Dilutive effect of common stock equivalents
0.6

 
3.6

 
0.8

 
2.9

Diluted shares
155.8

 
172.4

 
155.9

 
171.0

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Earnings per basic share

$0.81

 

$0.40

 

$1.96

 

$1.88

Earnings per diluted share

$0.81

 

$0.39

 

$1.95

 

$1.85

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Anti-dilutive common stock equivalents
10.6

 
1.8

 
10.5

 
5.5



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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.
(Dollar and share amounts in millions except per share amounts)

OVERVIEW
In the third quarter of 2019, net earnings of $126, or $0.81 per diluted share, exceeded our expectations, demonstrating substantial progress in the implementation of our strategy and strength of our operating discipline. Our net sales decrease of 2.2% was in-line with our expectations, reflecting improved sales trends across our Full-Price and Off-Price businesses from the first half of the year. The consistent strength of our inventory and expense execution contributed to increased profitability for the quarter. We maintained a positive spread between sales and inventory for the third consecutive quarter. Additionally, we realized $170 in expense savings year-to-date, expecting to exceed our plan of $150 to $200 for the year.
The following achievements demonstrate our continued focus on the customer and execution:
Key Events — To drive our top and bottom-line results, we made notable changes to two key events: Anniversary Sale and Holiday. We improved the economics of our Anniversary Sale event, which positively contributed to merchandise margins in the third quarter. For the Holidays, we are meaningfully expanding our gifting offer across Full-Price and Off-Price, making it easier for customers to find gifts by recipient and price point.
Off-Price — We improved inventory flow, refined product allocation and emphasized seasonally relevant merchandise. As a result, we delivered positive sales growth on less inventory and increased inventory turn for the eighth consecutive quarter. Combined with our strong expense execution, we exceeded our bottom-line expectations.
Market Strategy — Our market strategy leverages inventory to serve customers on their terms through investments in digital capabilities and in people, product and place. Our goal is to gain market share while driving customer engagement and inventory efficiencies. There are two elements to this strategy: first, we are providing customers a greater selection of product available for next-day pickup or delivery, without increasing inventory levels. Second, we are increasing engagement with customers by offering express services such as order pickup, returns and alterations at additional locations.
Since scaling our market strategy in Los Angeles, third quarter sales growth outpaced other markets by approximately 100 basis points. We recently accelerated our market strategy to New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Dallas and will expand to our remaining top ten markets by the end of 2020.
New York — We achieved an important milestone with the opening of our New York City flagship store, significantly increasing our presence in the world’s top retail market. We saw a strong customer response with 85,000 visits during the opening weekend alone. In the broader New York City market, customers have faster access to inventory across eight FLS stores, including our flagship and fulfillment center. Additionally, we are engaging with customers by offering express services at Nordstrom Local and Nordstrom Rack locations.
We made meaningful progress in improving the customer experience and continuing our operational discipline. We are encouraged by the momentum in our Full-Price and Off-Price businesses as we execute our holiday strategy to establish Nordstrom as a gifting destination for customers.

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.
(Continued) (Amounts in millions except per share amounts)


RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
In our ongoing effort to enhance the customer experience, we are focused on providing customers with a seamless experience across our channels. We invested early in our Omni-channel capabilities, integrating our operations, merchandising and technology across our stores and online, in both our Full-Price and Off-Price businesses. While our customers may engage with us through multiple channels, we know they value the overall Nordstrom brand experience and view us simply as Nordstrom, which is ultimately how we view our business. We have one Retail reportable segment and analyze our results on a total company basis.
We measure our performance through market share, operational and net sales metrics. As this is how we measure our performance, and as comparable sales growth is expected to approximate net sales growth in 2019, we only report changes in net sales.
Net Sales
The following table summarizes net sales by business:
 
Quarter Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
November 2, 2019

 
November 3, 2018

 
November 2, 2019

 
November 3, 2018

Net sales by business:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Full-Price

$2,270

 

$2,367

 

$6,928

 

$7,314

Off-Price
1,296

 
1,281

 
3,766

 
3,783

Total net sales

$3,566

 

$3,648

 

$10,694

 

$11,097

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net sales increase (decrease) by business:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Full-Price
(4.1
%)
 
0.4
%
 
(5.3
%)
 
1.9
%
Off-Price
1.2
%
 
5.8
%
 
(0.4
%)
 
3.4
%
Total Company
(2.2
%)
 
2.3
%
 
(3.6
%)
 
2.4
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Digital sales as % of total net sales1
34
%
 
31
%
 
32
%
 
29
%
1  In 2019, we updated our digital sales calculation to include accounting adjustments consistent with our net sales calculation. Prior year amounts have been reclassified to conform with current period presentation. We do not expect this change to be material for the full year, though some timing differences occurred between the second and third quarters.
Total Company net sales decreased 2.2% and 3.6% for the third quarter and nine months ended November 2, 2019, compared with the same periods in 2018. Sales trends improved by more than 200 basis points from the first half of the year, driven by aggressive action taken related to loyalty, digital marketing and merchandise assortment. Digital sales increased 7% for the third quarter of 2019 and 6% for the nine months ended November 2, 2019, compared with the same periods in 2018. We saw sequential improvement in digital trends throughout the quarter. In October 2019, we expanded Nordstrom NYC with the opening of our flagship store. Additionally, during the nine months ended November 2, 2019, we opened one FLS store, five Nordstrom Rack stores and two Nordstrom Locals and closed six FLS stores.
Full-Price net sales decreased 4.1% and 5.3% for the third quarter and nine months ended November 2, 2019, compared with the same periods in 2018. Full-Price sales reflected a decrease in number of items sold, partially offset by an increase in average selling price per item sold for the third quarter and nine months ended November 2, 2019. The top-performing merchandise categories were Accessories and Shoes for the third quarter and Shoes and Accessories for the nine months ended November 2, 2019.