Form 10-Q
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FORM 10-Q

 


 

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

x QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15 (d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the quarterly period ended April 30, 2005

 

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 1-11084

 


 

 

KOHL’S CORPORATION

(Exact name of the registrant as specified in its charter)

 


 

WISCONSIN   39-1630919

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

 

N56 W17000 Ridgewood Drive, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin   53051
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (262) 703-7000

 


 

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  x    No  ¨

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an accelerated filer (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes  x    No  ¨

 

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date: May 24, 2005 Common Stock, Par Value $0.01 per Share, 343,781,179 shares outstanding.

 



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KOHL’S CORPORATION

INDEX

 

PART I    FINANCIAL INFORMATION     
Item 1    Financial Statements:     
     Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets at April 30, 2005, January 29, 2005, and May 1, 2004    3
     Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income for the Three Months Ended April 30, 2005, and May 1, 2004    4
     Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity for the Three Months Ended April 30, 2005    5
     Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Three Months Ended April 30, 2005, and May 1, 2004    6
     Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements    7-12
Item 2    Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations    13-22
Item 3    Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk    23
Item 4    Controls and Procedures    24
PART II    OTHER INFORMATION     
Item 2    Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds    25
Item 4    Submission of Matters to a Vote of Shareholders    25-26
Item 6    Exhibits    26
     Signatures    27

 

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KOHL’S CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In Thousands)

 

    

April 30,

2005


  

January 29,
2005
(restated -

see Note 3)


  

May 1,

2004

(restated -

see Note 3)


     (Unaudited)    (Audited)    (Unaudited)
Assets                     

Current assets:

                    

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 119,729    $ 116,717    $ 99,810

Short-term investments

     —        88,767      —  

Accounts receivable, net

     1,309,303      1,389,632      1,113,928

Merchandise inventories

     2,112,753      1,946,977      1,862,195

Deferred income taxes

     3,322      54,050      30,612

Other

     106,060      47,294      100,379
    

  

  

Total current assets

     3,651,167      3,643,437      3,206,924

Property and equipment, net

     4,105,623      3,987,945      3,440,274

Favorable lease rights, net

     221,775      224,903      233,326

Goodwill

     9,338      9,338      9,338

Other assets

     112,675      113,676      105,293
    

  

  

Total assets

   $ 8,100,578    $ 7,979,299    $ 6,995,155
    

  

  

Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity                     

Current liabilities:

                    

Accounts payable

   $ 686,743    $ 704,655    $ 746,449

Accrued liabilities

     477,720      570,757      352,872

Income taxes payable

     55,961      177,182      40,351

Short-term debt

     190,000      —        110,000

Current portion of long-term debt and capital leases

     105,038      3,464      2,760
    

  

  

Total current liabilities

     1,515,462      1,456,058      1,252,432

Long-term debt and capital leases

     1,018,033      1,103,441      1,088,663

Deferred income taxes

     226,428      229,381      168,341

Other long-term liabilities

     161,490      156,521      139,853

Shareholders’ equity:

                    

Common stock

     3,437      3,433      3,409

Paid-in capital

     1,522,101      1,501,572      1,413,889

Retained earnings

     3,653,627      3,528,893      2,928,568
    

  

  

Total shareholders’ equity

     5,179,165      5,033,898      4,345,866
    

  

  

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

   $ 8,100,578    $ 7,979,299    $ 6,995,155
    

  

  

 

See accompanying Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

 

 

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KOHL’S CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(Unaudited)

(In Thousands, Except per Share Data)

 

     Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended

    

April 30,

2005


  

May 1,

2004
(restated -

see Note 3)


Net sales

   $ 2,742,838    $ 2,380,173

Cost of merchandise sold

     1,759,638      1,532,736
    

  

Gross margin

     983,200      847,437

Operating expenses:

             

Selling, general, and administrative

     672,915      580,625

Depreciation and amortization

     80,006      66,653

Preopening expenses

     12,579      19,420
    

  

Operating income

     217,700      180,739

Interest expense, net

     17,162      15,004
    

  

Income before income taxes

     200,538      165,735

Provision for income taxes

     75,804      62,651
    

  

Net income

   $ 124,734    $ 103,084
    

  

Net income per share:

             

Basic

             

Basic

   $ 0.36    $ 0.30

Average number of shares

     343,526      340,434

Diluted

             

Diluted

   $ 0.36    $ 0.30

Average number of shares

     345,906      343,858

 

See accompanying Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

 

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KOHL’S CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

(Unaudited)

(In Thousands)

 

     Common Stock

  

Paid-In

Capital


  

Retained

Earnings


    Total

     Shares

   Amount

       

Balance at January 29, 2005 (previously reported)

   343,345    $ 3,433    $ 1,258,326    $ 3,704,969     $ 4,966,728

Cumulative effect of restatement on prior years (see note 3)

   —        —        243,246      (176,076 )     67,170
    
  

  

  


 

Balance at January 29, 2005 (restated)

   343,345    $ 3,433    $ 1,501,572    $ 3,528,893     $ 5,033,898

Exercise of stock options

   414      4      7,317      —         7,321

Income tax benefit from exercise of stock options

   —        —        3,564      —         3,564

Share-based compensation expense

   —        —        9,648      —         9,648

Net income

   —        —        —        124,734       124,734
    
  

  

  


 

Balance at April 30, 2005

   343,759    $ 3,437    $ 1,522,101    $ 3,653,627     $ 5,179,165
    
  

  

  


 

 

See accompanying Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

 

 

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KOHL’S CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

(In Thousands)

 

     Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended

 
     April 30, 2005

   

May 1, 2004

(restated - see

Note 3)


 

Operating activities

                

Net income

   $ 124,734     $ 103,084  

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

                

Depreciation and amortization

     80,189       66,833  

Amortization of debt discount

     53       53  

Share-based compensation

     9,608       12,378  

Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation

     (3,564 )     (4,968 )

Deferred income taxes

     47,775       40,672  

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

                

Accounts receivable, net

     80,329       36,229  

Merchandise inventories

     (165,776 )     (255,205 )

Other current assets

     (58,766 )     (29,485 )

Accounts payable

     (17,912 )     213,850  

Accrued and other long-term liabilities

     (88,068 )     (82,995 )

Income taxes

     (117,657 )     (87,977 )
    


 


Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

     (109,055 )     12,469  

Investing activities

                

Acquisition of property and equipment and favorable lease rights

     (169,910 )     (167,873 )

Net sales of short-term investments

     88,767       34,285  

Other

     (6,655 )     (7,650 )
    


 


Net cash used in investing activities

     (87,798 )     (141,238 )

Financing activities

                

Proceeds from short-term debt

     175,000       50,000  

Net borrowings under credit facilities

     15,000       60,000  

Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation

     3,564       4,968  

Payments of other long-term debt

     (1,020 )     (10,819 )

Proceeds from stock option exercises

     7,321       11,682  
    


 


Net cash provided by financing activities

     199,865       115,831  
    


 


Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

     3,012       (12,938 )

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

     116,717       112,748  
    


 


Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

   $ 119,729     $ 99,810  
    


 


Supplemental Information:

                

Interest paid, net of capitalized interest

   $ 17,419     $ 15,587  

Income taxes paid

   $ 145,725     $ 114,699  

 

See accompanying Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

 

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KOHL’S CORPORATION

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Unaudited)

 

1. Basis of Presentation

 

The accompanying financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States for interim financial information. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by generally accepted accounting principles for fiscal year end financial statements. In the opinion of management, all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring accruals) considered necessary for a fair presentation have been included. For further information, refer to the financial statements and footnotes thereto included in the Company’s Form 10-K (Commission File No. 1-11084) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

2. Reclassifications

 

Certain reclassifications have been made to the prior periods’ financial statements to conform to the fiscal 2005 presentation.

 

3. Stock Based Compensation

 

As of April 30, 2005, the Company has three long-term compensation plans. The Company’s 1994 and 2003 long-term compensation plans provide for the granting of various forms of equity-based awards, including restricted stock and options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock, to officers and key employees. The 1997 Stock Option Plan for Outside Directors provides for granting of equity-based awards to outside directors.

 

The following table presents the number of options and restricted stock initially authorized and available to grant under each of the plans:

 

     1994 Plan

   1997 Plan

   2003 Plan

   Total

Options and restricted stock initially authorized

   24,000,000    400,000    15,000,000    39,400,000

Options and restricted stock available for grant:

                   

January 29, 2005

   —      267,000    14,208,750    14,475,750

April 30, 2005

   —      267,000    12,017,330    12,284,330

 

The majority of options granted vest in four equal annual installments. Remaining options granted vest in five to ten year increments. Outside directors’ stock options vest in three equal annual installments. The restricted stock vests in three equal annual installments. Options that are surrendered or terminated without issuance of shares are available for future grants.

 

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Prior to January 30, 2005, the Company accounted for those plans under the recognition and measurement provisions of Accounting Principles Board Opinion No. 25 (APB No. 25), “Accounting for Stock Issued to Employees,” and the related Interpretations, as permitted by Financial Accounting Standards Board Statement No. 123, “Accounting for Stock Based Compensation.” No share based employee compensation cost related to stock options was recognized in the Consolidated Statements of Income as all options granted under those plans had an exercise price equal to the market value of the underlying common stock on the date of grant and the number of shares was fixed.

 

Effective January 30, 2005, the Company adopted the fair value recognition provisions of Statements of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) 123(R), “Share Based Payments,” using the “modified retrospective” method, which requires the prior period financial statements to be restated under the provisions of SFAS 123(R) to recognize compensation cost in the amounts previously reported in the pro forma footnote disclosures. The restatements for each of the 2004 fiscal quarters will be included in Kohl’s 2005 quarterly filings on Forms 10-Q.

 

As a result of adopting SFAS 123(R), the Company’s income before income taxes for the period ended April 30, 2005 and May 1, 2004 are $8.8 million and $12.4 million lower, respectively, than if it had continued to account for the share-based compensation under APB No. 25.

 

Prior to the adoption of SFAS 123(R), the Company presented all tax benefits of deductions resulting from the exercise of stock options as operating cash flows in the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows. SFAS 123(R) requires that cash flows resulting from the tax deductions in excess of the compensation costs recognized for those options be classified as financing cash flows.

 

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The following is a summary of the adjustments to the condensed consolidated financial statements as a result of these restatements:

 

     May 1, 2004

(In thousands)

 

   As previously
reported


   Share-based
Compensation


    As restated

Selected Balance Sheet Data:

                     

Deferred income tax liabilities

   $ 233,305    $ (64,964 )   $ 168,341

Paid-in capital

     1,192,129      221,760       1,413,889

Retained earnings

     3,085,364      (156,796 )     2,928,568
     January 29, 2005

(In thousands)

 

   As previously
reported


   Share-based
Compensation


    As restated

Selected Balance Sheet Data:

                     

Deferred income tax liabilities

   $ 296,551    $ (67,170 )   $ 229,381

Paid-in capital

     1,258,326      243,246       1,501,572

Retained earnings

     3,704,969      (176,076 )     3,528,893
     Three Months Ended May 1, 2004

(In thousands, except per share data)

 

   As previously
reported


   Share-based
Compensation


    As restated

Selected Statement of Income Data:

                     

Net income

   $ 110,783    $ (7,699 )   $ 103,084

Basic earnings per share

     0.33      (0.03 )     0.30

Diluted earnings per share

     0.32      (0.02 )     0.30

 

SFAS 123(R) requires that new, modified and unvested share-based payment transactions with employees be measured at fair value and recognized as compensation expense over the vesting period. The fair value of each option award is estimated using a Black-Scholes option valuation model that requires the Company to develop estimates for assumptions used in the model. The Black-Scholes valuation model uses the following assumptions: expected volatility, expected life of the option, risk-free interest rate and dividend yield. The Black-Scholes model was used to estimate the fair value of options at grant date based on the following assumptions:

 

     Fiscal Year

 
     2005

    2004

 

Dividend yield

     0 %     0 %

Volatility

     0.342       0.339  

Risk-free interest rate

     3.8 %     3.5 %

Expected life in years

     6.5       6.2  

Weighted average fair value at grant date

   $ 19.66     $ 19.16  

 

The expected volatility assumption used by the Company is based on the historical volatility of the Company’s stock. The Company uses historical data to estimate

 

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the expected term of the option and the period of time that options granted are expected to be outstanding. The risk-free interest rate for periods within the life of the option is based on a blend of U.S. Treasury bond rates. The dividend yield represents the expected dividends on the Company stock for the expected term of the option.

 

The following table summarizes the Company’s stock option activity from January 29, 2005 through April 30, 2005:

 

     Number Of Options

    Weighted Average
Exercise Price


Balance at January 29, 2005

   15,163,315     $ 40.70

Granted

   2,098,659       46.89

Surrendered

   (91,201 )     56.64

Exercised

   (413,585 )     17.70
    

 

Balance at April 30, 2005

   16,757,188     $ 41.97
    

 

 

The aggregate intrinsic value of the options outstanding at April 30, 2005 was $94.4 million and the aggregate intrinsic value of the options exercisable at April 30, 2005 was $101.9 million.

 

SFAS 123(R) requires entities to estimate the number of forfeitures expected to occur and record expense based upon the number of awards expected to vest. Prior to adoption, the Company accounted for forfeitures as they occurred as permitted under previous accounting standards. The cumulative effect of adopting the change in estimating forfeitures is not material to the Company’s financial statements for the quarter ended April 30, 2005.

 

As of April 30, 2005, there was $106.8 million of unearned compensation cost related to stock options granted under the plans. That cost is expected to be recognized over a weighted-average period of 2.5 years. The total compensation cost recognized related to options during the quarters ended April 30, 2005 and May 1, 2004 was $8.8 million and $12.4 million, respectively. These amounts were expensed and included in selling, general and administrative (S,G & A) expenses in the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income.

 

Additional information related to options outstanding at April 30, 2005, segregated by grant price range, is summarized below:

 

     Exercise Price Range

     $5.42 to
$23.47


   $23.48 to
$41.52


   $41.53 to
$49.57


   $49.58 to
$59.35


   $59.36 to
$77.62


Options outstanding

     3,321,905      3,425,668      3,607,238      2,962,406      3,439,971

Weighted average exercise price of options outstanding

   $ 11.72    $ 33.33    $ 46.99    $ 51.71    $ 66.11

Weighted average remaining contractual life of options outstanding (years)

     3.7      9.2      14.4      12.8      11.4

Options exercisable

     3,097,555      3,318,568      300,970      1,261,290      2,682,946

Weighted average exercise price of options exercisable

   $ 12.09    $ 33.26    $ 48.81    $ 51.87    $ 66.22

 

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The aggregate intrinsic value of the options exercised during the first quarters ended April 30, 2005 and May 1, 2004 was $13.8 million and $26.3 million, respectively.

 

The Company has awarded restricted shares of common stock to eligible key employees. All awards have restriction periods tied primarily to employment and/or service. The awards vest over three years. The awards are expensed on a straight-line basis over the vesting period. The Company’s restricted stock activity during the quarter ended April 30, 2005 follows:

 

Restricted Stock


   Shares

   Weighted-Average
Grant Date Fair
Value


Nonvested at January 29, 2005

   99,500    $ 49.27

Granted

   105,492    $ 47.66

Vested

   —        —  

Forfeited

   —        —  

Nonvested at April 30, 2005

   204,992    $ 48.44

 

As of April 30, 2005, there was $9.0 million of unearned compensation cost related to the restricted stock granted under the plans. That cost is expected to be recognized over a weighted-average period of 2.7 years. The total compensation expense recognized related to restricted stock during the quarter ended April 30, 2005 was $0.8 million. There were no shares of restricted stock issued as of May 1, 2004.

 

4. Merchandise Inventories

 

The Company uses the last–in, first-out (LIFO) method of accounting for merchandise inventories. The Company’s LIFO expense was $0 for the three months ended April 30, 2005 and May 1, 2004. Inventories would have been $2.4 million higher at April 30, 2005 and January 29, 2005, if they had been valued using the first-in, first-out (FIFO) method. The LIFO cost of merchandise was equal to the FIFO cost of merchandise as of May 1, 2004.

 

5. Contingencies

 

The Company is involved in various legal matters arising in the normal course of business. In the opinion of management, the outcome of such proceedings and litigation will not have a material adverse impact on the Company’s financial position or results of operations.

 

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6. Net Income Per Share

 

The calculations of the numerator and denominator for basic and diluted net income per share are summarized as follows:

 

     Three Months Ended

     April 30,
2005


   May 1, 2004
(restated)


     (In Thousands)

Numerator for basic and diluted earnings per share

   $ 124,734    $ 103,084
    

  

Denominator for basic earnings per share – weighted average shares

     343,526      340,434

Impact of diluted employee stock options and restricted stock (a)

     2,380      3,424
    

  

Denominator for diluted earnings per share

     345,906      343,858
    

  


(a) For the three months ended April 30, 2005 and May 1, 2004, 7,600,349 and 8,225,190 options, respectively, were not included in the earnings per share calculation as the impact of such options was antidilutive.

 

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

 

Executive Summary

 

The Company focus in 2005 is to return to comparable store sales increases in the mid-single digit range by attracting new customers and encouraging existing customers to shop more frequently while maintaining its strong relationship with Kohl’s charge card customers. In order to do this, the Company will continue to focus on newness in merchandise content through the addition of new brands and faster turnover of merchandise offerings as well as differentiate its marketing to increase customer traffic into the stores.

 

The Company also continues to focus on newness in merchandise content by expanding existing brands and introducing new brands. The Company’s beauty business was rolled out to 311 additional stores during the first quarter and is now in approximately 600 stores. The beauty business, first introduced in 288 of the Company’s stores in the third quarter of fiscal 2004, consists of exclusive lines of makeup, skin care and skin treatment products that were developed in partnership with the Estee Lauder companies. The chainwide beauty business rollout is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2005.

 

During the first quarter, the Chaps brand was introduced in men’s in sportswear and suit separates. In addition, Axcess was introduced into suit separates to supplement the dress wear business. In women’s sportswear, causal assortments from Axcess were launched in all stores and Nine & Company casual wear is being tested in 150 stores during the Spring season with an expected rollout to the remaining stores in Fall 2005. Apt. 9 will also be expanded into casual sportswear in Fall 2005. Other brand extensions included Daisy Fuentes and Apt. 9 in special sizes and Apt. 9 in jewelry.

 

During the third quarter, the Company will launch the Candies brand in juniors and girls, accessories and shoes. On May 11, 2005, the Company announced a licensing arrangement with Quiksilver, Inc. that will allow the Company to sell Tony Hawk merchandise on an exclusive basis. The Tony Hawk merchandise line is expected to be launched in the Company’s boys and young men’s departments during the Spring of 2006.

 

As mentioned earlier, the Company is focused on attracting new customers and increasing the shopping frequency of its existing customers. In order to achieve this goal, the Company has developed a fully integrated marketing approach using circulars, direct mail, radio, magazines, internet and television to brand Kohl’s. This strategy in the first quarter focused on spring fashion. The Company’s marketing strategies will continue to evolve as it seeks new and exciting ways to reach its customers.

 

The Company continues to be committed to maintaining appropriate inventory levels and to ensuring a positive in-store experience for its customers. The Company’s total inventory levels at April 30, 2005 increased approximately 13% from the May 1, 2004 level while average inventory dollars per store were flat to last year. The Company remains committed to being in-stock on basics and key item programs. By flowing goods more frequently, the Company is able to adjust by reducing the flow of slow-selling products or increasing the flow of receipts based on rate of sale.

 

Appropriate inventory levels allow for an easier shopping experience for the Company’s customer. The Company continues to reinforce standards to

 

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ensure uniform spacing between fixtures and standardization of the number of items per fixture. Improvements were also made to in-store merchandise presentation in the quarter including changes in adjacencies, wall presentation and graphics as well as the addition of forms to highlight outfits in women’s.

 

The financial performance in the first quarter with a total sales increase of 15.2% and comparable store sales increase of 3.7%, resulting in net income growth of 21%, gives the Company confidence that the strategies it is employing will be successful in 2005.

 

Results of Operations

 

Expansion Update

 

At April 30, 2005, the Company operated 669 stores compared with 589 stores at the same time last year. Total square feet of selling space increased 14.6% from 45.2 million at May 1, 2004 to 51.7 million at April 30, 2005. The Company successfully opened 32 new stores during the quarter, including entering the Buffalo, New York market with three new stores. In addition, the Company opened seven stores in the Southeast region, six stores in the Midwest region and four stores each in the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, South Central and Southwest regions.

 

The Company will open one store in May 2005 and approximately 62 additional stores in the third fiscal quarter of the current year. In August 2005, the Company will open four new stores. The remaining stores, including entries in the Jacksonville and Orlando, Florida markets, will open in October 2005.

 

Net Sales

 

Net sales increased $362.6 million or 15.2% to $2,742.8 million for the three months ended April 30, 2005, from $2,380.2 million for the three months ended May 1, 2004. Net sales increased $278.7 million due to the opening of 32 new stores in the first quarter of 2005 and the inclusion of 95 new stores opened in fiscal 2004. The remaining $83.9 million increase is attributable to an increase in comparable store sales of 3.7%. Comparable store sales growth for each period is based on sales of stores (including relocated or expanded stores) open throughout the full period and throughout the full prior fiscal year. The Accessories business led the Company in comparable store sales for the quarter, while the Children’s business was the most difficult. All regions had a positive comparable store sales performance, with the Northeast having the strongest performance.

 

Gross Margin

 

Gross margin increased $135.8 million to $983.2 million for the three months ended April 30, 2005, from $847.4 million for the three months ended May 1, 2004. Gross margin increased $85.6 million due to the opening of 32 new stores in the first

 

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quarter of 2005 and the inclusion of 95 new stores opened in fiscal 2004. Comparable store gross margin increased $50.2 million. The Company’s gross margin as a percent of net sales was 35.8% for the three months ended April 30, 2005, compared to 35.6% for the three months ended May 1, 2004, an increase of 24 basis points. The improvement in gross margin was a result of the Company’s inventory management initiatives which included more frequent flow of merchandise, improved store allocation and better merchandise content. The majority of the improvement was a result of rate increases in Women’s and Men’s apparel.

 

Operating Expenses

 

Selling, general and administrative (S,G&A) expenses include all direct store expenses such as payroll, occupancy and store supplies and all costs associated with the Company’s distribution centers, advertising and corporate functions, but exclude depreciation and amortization and preopening expenses.

 

S,G&A expenses increased $92.3 million or 15.9% to $672.9 million for the three months ended April 30, 2005, from $580.6 million for the three months ended May 1, 2004. The S,G&A expenses increased to 24.5% of net sales for the three months ended April 30, 2005, from 24.4% of net sales for the three months ended May 1, 2004, an increase of 14 basis points. Store operating expenses increased 18.8%, due to the Company’s square footage growth and the rollout of cosmetics in March 2005 to 311 stores. S,G&A expenses as a percent of sales related to distribution center costs declined by 16 basis points, credit costs declined by 9 basis points, other corporate expenses declined by 7 basis points and advertising costs remained flat to last year as a percent of sales.

 

Depreciation and amortization for the three months ended April 30, 2005, was $80.0 million compared to $66.7 million for the three months ended May 1, 2004. The increase is primarily attributable to the addition of new stores and the remodeling and expansion of existing stores.

 

Preopening expenses are expensed as incurred and relate to the costs associated with new store openings including advertising, hiring and training costs for new employees, and processing and transporting initial merchandise. Preopening expense for the three months ended April 30, 2005, was $12.6 million compared to $19.4 million for the three months ended May 1, 2004. The decrease is primarily due to a decrease in the number of new stores opened during the quarter and the timing of related expenses. The Company opened 32 new stores during the three months ended April 30, 2005 compared to 47 new stores opened during the three months ended May 1, 2004.

 

Operating Income

 

As a result of the above factors, operating income for the three months ended April 30, 2005, was $217.7 million or 7.9% of net sales compared to $180.7 million or 7.6% of net sales for the three months ended May 1, 2004, an increase of 20.4% from last year.

 

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Net Interest Expense

 

Net interest expense for the three months ended April 30, 2005, was $17.2 million compared to $15.0 million for the three months ended May 1, 2004.

 

Net Income

 

Net income for the three months ended April 30, 2005, was $124.7 million compared to $103.1 million for the three months ended May 1, 2004, an increase of 21.0% from last year. Earnings were $0.36 per diluted share for the three months ended April 30, 2005, compared to $0.30 per diluted share for the three months ended May 1, 2004.

 

Seasonality & Inflation

 

The Company’s business, like that of most retailers, is subject to seasonal influences, with the major portion of sales and income typically realized during the last half of each fiscal year, which includes the back-to-school and holiday seasons. Approximately 15% and 30% of sales typically occur during the back-to-school and holiday seasons, respectively. Because of the seasonality of the Company’s business, results for any quarter are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be achieved for a full fiscal year. In addition, quarterly results of operations depend significantly upon the timing and amount of revenues and costs associated with the opening of new stores.

 

The Company does not believe that inflation has had a material effect on its results during the periods presented. However, there can be no assurance that the Company’s business will not be affected by such factors in the future.

 

Financial Condition and Liquidity

 

The Company’s primary ongoing cash requirements are for capital expenditures in connection with the expansion and remodeling programs, seasonal and new store inventory purchases, and the growth in proprietary credit card accounts receivable. The Company’s primary sources of funds for its business activities are cash flow from operations, short-term trade credit and its lines of credit.

 

Operating Activities. Cash flow used in operations was $109.1 million for the three months ended April 30, 2005, compared to cash provided by operations of $12.5 million for the three months ended May 1, 2004. The primary sources of cash flow for the three months ended April 30, 2005, was net income of $124.7 million and an $80.3 million decrease in net accounts receivable. The primary uses of cash flow for the three months ended April 30, 2005, was an increase of merchandise inventory of $165.8

 

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million and a decrease in income taxes payable of $117.7 million. Short-term trade credit, in the form of extended payment terms for inventory purchases, represents a significant source of financing for merchandise inventories. Seasonal cash needs are met by financing secured by the Company’s proprietary accounts receivable and lines of credit available under its revolving credit facilities.

 

Key financial ratios that provide certain measures of the Company’s liquidity are as follows:

 

    

April 30,

2005


   

January 29,

2005


    May 1, 2004
(restated)


 

Working Capital (In Thousands)

   $ 2,135,705     $ 2,187,379     $ 1,954,492  

Current Ratio

     2.41:1       2.50:1       2.56:1  

Debt/Capitalization

     20.2 %     18.0 %     21.7 %

 

The Company’s net accounts receivable balance at April 30, 2005 decreased $80.3 million from the January 29, 2005 balance due to the seasonality of the Company’s business. The accounts receivable balance typically peaks during the holiday season. The April 30, 2005 net accounts receivable balance increased $195.4 million or 17.5% over the May 1, 2004 balance. The increase is primarily due to a 21.9% increase in proprietary credit card sales, offset by increased payment rates. Write-offs of uncollectible accounts decreased to 1.1% of Kohls charge sales this year compared to 1.2% last year. As a result, the allowance for doubtful accounts was reduced to 1.8% of gross accounts receivable at April 30, 2005, compared to 1.9% at May 1, 2004. The following table summarizes information related to the Company’s proprietary credit card receivables:

 

     April 30,
2005


    January 29,
2005


   

May 1,

2004


 
     (In Thousands)  

Gross accounts receivable

   $ 1,333,730     $ 1,414,289     $ 1,135,400  

Allowance for doubtful accounts (a)

   $ 24,427     $ 24,657     $ 21,472  

Allowance as a % of gross accounts receivable

     1.8 %     1.7 %     1.9 %

Accounts receivable turnover (rolling 4 quarters) (b)

     3.8x       3.8x       3.6x  

Proprietary credit card share (c)

     39.6 %     39.2 %     37.5 %

Accounts over 60 days past due

     2.6 %     2.5 %     2.7 %

(a) Delinquent accounts are written off automatically after the passage of 180 days without receiving a full scheduled monthly payment. Accounts are written off sooner in the event of customer bankruptcy or other circumstances that make further collection unlikely. Bad debts written off, net of recoveries, for the three months ended April 30, 2005 were 0.9% of average accounts receivable compared to 1.0% of average accounts receivable for the three months ended May 1, 2004.

 

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(b) Turnover is computed using a rolling four quarters of credit card sales divided by average quarterly gross accounts receivable.
(c) Proprietary credit card share is calculated for the three months ended April 30, 2005, and May 1, 2004 and the twelve months ended January 29, 2005.

 

The Company’s merchandise inventories increased $250.6 million, or 13.5% from the May 1, 2004 balance due to the increase in the number of stores. On an average store basis, the inventory at April 30, 2005 was flat to the May 1, 2004 balance. The Company’s merchandise inventories increased $165.8 million, or 8.5% from the January 29, 2005 balance due to normal business seasonality and the opening of 32 new stores. Accounts payable decreased $59.7 million from May 1, 2004, and decreased $17.9 million from January 29, 2005. Accounts payable as a percent of inventory at April 30, 2005, was 32.5%, compared to 40.1% last year. The change in accounts payable is partially due to opening 15 fewer stores in the first quarter this year, compared to the first quarter last year. All new stores receive extended payment terms, which increases accounts payable. Income taxes payable increased $15.6 million from May 1, 2004, primarily due to an increase in net income. Income tax payable decreased $121.2 million from the January 29, 2005 balance, primarily due to tax payments of $145.7 million, offset by a 21% increase in net income. This was offset by the tax benefit on stock options of $3.5 million.

 

Investing Activities. Capital expenditures include costs for new store openings, store remodels, distribution center openings and other base capital needs. The Company’s capital expenditures, including favorable lease rights for the three months ended April 30, 2005, were $169.9 million compared to the $167.9 million for the same period a year ago.

 

Total capital expenditures for fiscal 2005 are expected to be approximately $875 million. This estimate includes new store spending as well as remodeling and base capital needs. The actual amount of the Company’s future annual capital expenditures will depend primarily on the number of new stores opened, the mix of owned, leased or acquired stores, the number of stores remodeled and the timing of opening distribution centers.

 

Financing Activities. The Company expects to fund growth by internally generated cash flow, however the Company may periodically access the capital markets, as needed, to finance its growth. The Company believes it has sufficient lines of credit and expects to generate adequate cash flows from operating activities to sustain current levels of operations. The Company has two unsecured revolving bank credit facilities (“revolvers”) totaling $665 million. The Company also has a $225 million Receivable Purchase Agreement (RPA) under which the Company periodically sells an undivided interest in its private label credit card receivables. For financial reporting purposes, receivables sold are treated as secured borrowings. At April 30, 2005, accounts

 

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receivable of $175.0 million were sold and $15.0 million was outstanding under the revolvers. At May 1, 2004, accounts receivable of $50.0 million were sold and $60.0 million was outstanding under the revolvers.

 

Contractual Obligations

 

The Company has aggregate contractual obligations of $10,787.9 million related to debt repayments, capital leases, operating leases and royalties as follows:

 

     Fiscal Year

    
     Remaining
2005


   2006

   2007

   2008

   2009

   Thereafter

   Total

     (In Thousands)     

Short and long-term debt (a)

   $ 239,339    $ 162,543    $ 59,144    $ 59,104    $ 58,775    $ 1,809,949    $ 2,388,854

Capital leases (a)

     11,078      14,761      14,848      15,027      13,777      162,310      231,801

Operating leases

     239,592      332,469      328,893      323,652      323,929      6,539,055      8,087,590

Royalties

     4,111      6,786      14,087      15,500      17,950      21,188      79,622
    

  

  

  

  

  

  

Total

   $ 494,120    $ 516,559    $ 416,972    $ 413,283    $ 414,431    $ 8,532,502    $ 10,787,867
    

  

  

  

  

  

  


(a) Annual commitments on long-term debt and capital leases are inclusive of related interest costs which total $1,202.2 million and $105.4 million, respectively.

 

The Company has entered into future capital lease commitments for buildings that total approximately $43.8 million at April 30, 2005, which have not been recorded as the related buildings are under construction.

 

The Company also has outstanding letters of credit and stand-by letters of credit that total approximately $40.0 million, at April 30, 2005. If certain conditions were met under these arrangements, the Company would be required to satisfy the obligations in cash. Due to the nature of these arrangements and based on historical experience, the Company does not expect to make any significant payments. Therefore, they have been excluded from the preceding table.

 

The various debt agreements contain certain covenants that limit, among other things, additional indebtedness, as well as requiring the Company to meet certain financial tests. As of April 30, 2005, the Company was in compliance with all financial covenants of the debt agreements.

 

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

The Company has not provided any financial guarantees as of April 30, 2005. All purchase obligations are cancelable and therefore are not included in the above table.

 

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Company’s business. The Company does not have any arrangements or relationships with entities that are not consolidated into the financial statements that are reasonably likely to materially affect the Company’s liquidity or the availability of capital resources.

 

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

 

The preparation of the financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States requires the Company to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts. A discussion of the more significant estimates follows. Management has discussed the development, selection and disclosure of these estimates and assumptions with the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors.

 

Allowance for Doubtful Accounts

 

The Company records an allowance for doubtful accounts as an estimate of the accounts receivable balance that may not be collected. The Company evaluates the collectibility of accounts receivable based on the aging of accounts, historical write off experience and specific review for potential bad debts. Delinquent accounts are written off automatically after the passage of 180 days without receiving a full scheduled monthly payment. Accounts are written off sooner in the event of customer bankruptcy or other circumstances that make further collection unlikely. For all other accounts, the Company recognizes reserves for bad debts based on the length of time the accounts are past due and the anticipated future write-offs based on historical experience.

 

Factors that would cause this allowance to increase primarily relate to increased customer bankruptcies or other difficulties that make further collection unlikely. Conversely, improved write-off experience and aging of receivables would result in a decrease in the provision.

 

Retail Inventory Method and Inventory Valuation

 

The Company values its inventory at the lower of cost or market with cost determined on the last-in, first-out (LIFO) basis using the retail inventory method (RIM). Under RIM, the valuation of inventories at cost and the resulting gross margins are calculated by applying a cost-to-retail ratio to the retail value inventories. RIM is an averaging method that has been widely used in the retail industry due to its practicality. The use of the retail inventory method will result in inventories being valued at the lower of cost or market as markdowns are currently taken as a reduction of the retail value of inventories.

 

Based on a review of historical clearance markdowns, current business trends, expected vendor funding and discontinued merchandise categories, an adjustment to inventory is recorded to reflect additional markdowns which are estimated to be necessary to liquidate existing clearance inventories and reduce inventories to the lower of cost or market. Management believes that the Company’s inventory valuation approximates the net realizable value of clearance inventory and results in carrying inventory at the lower of cost or market.

 

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Vendor Allowances

 

The Company records vendor allowances and discounts in the income statement when the purpose for which those monies were designated is fulfilled. Allowances provided by vendors generally relate to profitability of inventory recently sold and, accordingly, are reflected as reductions to cost of merchandise sold as negotiated. Vendor allowances received for advertising or fixture programs reduce the Company’s expense or expenditure for the related advertising or fixture program. Vendors participation in the selling of merchandise will fluctuate based on the amount of promotional and clearance markdowns necessary to liquidate the inventory.

 

Insurance Reserve Estimates

 

The Company uses a combination of insurance and self-insurance for a number of risks including workers’ compensation, general liability and employee-related health care benefits, a portion of which is paid by its associates. The Company determines the estimates for the liabilities associated with these risks by considering historical claims experience, demographic factors, severity factors and other actuarial assumptions. A change in claims frequency and severity of claims from historical experience as well as changes in state statutes and the mix of states in which the Company operates could result in a change to the required reserve levels. Under its workers’ compensation and general liability insurance policies, the Company retains the initial risk of $500,000 and $250,000, respectively, per occurrence. The Company also has a lifetime medical payment limit per person of $1 million.

 

Impairment of Assets and Closed Store Reserves

 

The Company has a significant investment in property and equipment and favorable lease rights. The related depreciation and amortization is computed using estimated useful lives of up to 50 years. The Company reviews long-lived assets held for use (including favorable lease rights) for impairment annually or whenever an event, such as decisions to close a store, indicate the carrying value of the asset may not be recoverable. The Company has historically not experienced any significant impairment of long-lived assets or closed store reserves. Decisions to close a store can also result in accelerated depreciation over the revised useful life. If the store is leased, a reserve is set up for the discounted difference between the rent and the expected sublease rental income when the location is no longer in use. A significant change in cash flows, market valuation, demand for real estate or other factors, could result in an increase or decrease in the reserve requirement or impairment charge.

 

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Income Taxes

 

The Company pays income taxes based on tax statutes, regulations and case law of the various jurisdictions in which it operates. At any one time, multiple tax years are subject to audit by the various taxing authorities. The Company’s effective income tax rate was 37.8% in 2005 and 2004. The effective rate is impacted by changes in law, location of new stores, level of earnings and the result of tax audits.

 

Operating Leases

 

The Company leases retail stores under operating leases. Many lease agreements contain rent holidays, rent escalation clauses and/or contingent rent provisions. The Company recognizes rent expense on a straight-line basis over the expected lease term, including cancelable option periods where failure to exercise such options would result in an economic penalty. The Company uses a time period for its straight-line rent expense calculation that equals or exceeds the time period used for depreciation. In addition, the commencement date of the lease term is the earlier of the date when the Company becomes legally obligated for the rent payments or the date when the Company takes possession of the building for initial setup of fixtures and merchandise.

 

 

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Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

 

The Company’s primary exposure to market risk consists of changes in interest rates or borrowings. At April 30, 2005, the Company’s fixed rate long-term debt, excluding capital leases, was $996.7 million.

 

Fixed rate long-term debt is utilized as a primary source of capital. When these debt instruments mature, the Company may refinance such debt at then existing market interest rates, which may be more or less than interest rates on the maturing debt. If interest rates on the existing fixed rate debt outstanding at April 30, 2005, changed by 100 basis points, the Company’s annual interest expense would change by $10.0 million.

 

During the first three months of 2005, average borrowings under the Company’s variable rate credit facilities, the revolver and the RPA, were $46.0 million. If interest rates on the average fiscal 2005 variable rate debt changed by 100 basis points, the Company’s interest expense would change by $460,000 assuming comparable borrowing levels.

 

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Item 4. Controls and Procedures

 

The Company maintains disclosure controls and procedures that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in the Company’s reports filed under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the specified time periods. As of the end of the period covered by this report, the Company carried out an evaluation, under the supervision and with the participation of the Company’s management, including the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, of the effectiveness of the design and operation of these disclosure controls and procedures pursuant to Rule 13a-15 of the Exchange Act. Based on that evaluation, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures are effective.

 

There were no changes in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the last fiscal quarter that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

Forward Looking Statements

 

Items 2 and 3 of this Form 10-Q contain “forward looking statements,” subject to protections under federal law. The Company intends words such as “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “expects,” and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. In addition, statements covering the Company’s future sales or financial performance and the Company’s plans, objectives, expectations or intentions are forward-looking statements, such as statements regarding the Company’s liquidity, planned capital expenditures, future store openings and adequacy of capital resources and reserves. Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to those described in Exhibit 99.1 to the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 18, 2005, which is expressly incorporated herein by reference, and such other factors as may periodically be described in the Company’s filings with the SEC.

 

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PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

 

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

 

During the quarter ended April 30, 2005, the Company did not sell any equity securities which were not registered under the Securities Act or repurchase any of its equity securities.

 

Item 4. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Shareholders

 

The Annual Meeting of Shareholders of Kohl’s Corporation was held on April 27, 2005:

 

  1. To elect four directors to serve for a three-year term;

 

  2. To ratify the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as independent auditors;

 

  3. To vote on two shareholder proposals; and

 

  4. To act upon any other business that may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment thereof

 

Proxies for the meeting were solicited pursuant to Section 14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and there was no solicitation in opposition to management’s solicitation.

 

The results of the voting were as follows:

 

  1. Election of directors:

 

James D. Ericson

For – 281,377,243 shares

Withheld – 26,718,641 shares

 

William S. Kellogg

For – 274,141,916 shares

Withheld – 33,953,968 shares

 

Arlene Meier

For – 274,091,197 shares

Withheld – 34,004,687 shares

 

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R. Elton White

For – 278,543,246 shares

Withheld – 29,552,638 shares

 

  2. Ratification of Ernst & Young LLP as independent auditors:

 

For – 302,300,529 shares

Against – 4,086,960 shares

Abstain – 1,708,395 shares

 

  3. Shareholder proposal requesting that the Board of Directors to take necessary steps to declassify the Board of Directors:

 

For – 178,689,736 shares

Against – 96,921,445 shares

Abstain – 1,921,254 shares

Broker Non-Votes – 30,563,449 shares

 

  4. Shareholder proposal requesting the Board of Directors to seek shareholder approval of certain severance agreements with senior executives:

 

For – 146,780,002 shares

Against – 128,713,435 shares

Abstain – 2,038,998 shares

Broker Non-Votes – 30,563,449 shares

 

Item 6. Exhibits

 

31.1    Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
31.2    Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
32.1    Certification of Periodic Report by Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
32.2    Certification of Periodic Report by Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

 

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

 

   

Kohl’s Corporation

(Registrant)

Date: June 3, 2005  

/s/ R. Lawrence Montgomery


   

R. Lawrence Montgomery

Chief Executive Officer and Director

Date: June 3, 2005  

/s/ Wesley S. McDonald


   

Wesley S. McDonald

Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

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Section 302 CEO Certification

Exhibit 31.1

 

CERTIFICATIONS

 

I, R. Lawrence Montgomery, certify that:

 

1. I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Kohl’s Corporation;

 

2. Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

 

3. Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

 

4. The registrant’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:

 

  a. Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

 

  b. Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

 

  c. Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

 

  d. Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and


5. The registrant’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

 

  a. All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

 

  b. Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

Dated: June 3, 2005

 

/s/ R. LAWRENCE MONTGOMERY


R. Lawrence Montgomery

Chief Executive Officer and Director

(Principal Executive Officer)

 

 

Section 302 CFO Certification

Exhibit 31.2

 

I, Wesley S. McDonald, certify that:

 

1. I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Kohl’s Corporation;

 

2. Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

 

3. Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

 

4. The registrant’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:

 

  a. Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

 

  b. Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

 

  c. Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

 

  d. Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and


5. The registrant’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

 

  a. All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

 

  b. Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

Dated: June 3, 2005

 

/s/ WESLEY S. MCDONALD


Wesley S. McDonald

Chief Financial Officer

 

 

Section 906 CEO Certification

Exhibit 32.1

 

CERTIFICATION OF PERIODIC REPORT

 

I, R. Lawrence Montgomery, Chief Executive Officer of Kohl’s Corporation (the “Company”), certify, pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, that, to the undersigned’s knowledge, on the date of this Certification:

 

1. the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of the Company for the quarterly period ended April 30, 2005 (the “Report”) fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; and

 

2. the information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of the Company.

 

Dated: June 3, 2005

 

/s/ R. Lawrence Montgomery


R. Lawrence Montgomery
Chief Executive Officer and Director

 

 

 

Section 906 CFO Certification

Exhibit 32.2

 

CERTIFICATION OF PERIODIC REPORT

 

I, Wesley S. McDonald, Chief Financial Officer of Kohl’s Corporation (the “Company”), certify, pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, that, to the undersigned’s knowledge, on the date of this Certification:

 

1. the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of the Company for the quarterly period ended April 30, 2005 (the “Report”) fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; and

 

2. the information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of the Company.

 

Dated: June 3, 2005

 

/s/ Wesley S. McDonald


Wesley S. McDonald

Chief Financial Officer