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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-K 

(Mark One)

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

For the fiscal year ended January 29, 2022

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 No. 1-10299

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(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

New York

13-3513936

(State or other jurisdiction of

(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

incorporation or organization)

330 West 34th Street, New York, New York

10001

(Address of principal executive offices)

(Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (212) 720-3700

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class

Trading Symbol(s)

Name of each exchange on which registered

Common Stock, par value $0.01

FL

New York Stock Exchange

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Yes      No   

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act. Yes      No   

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, 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 pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has filed a report on and attestation to its management’s assessment of the effectiveness of its internal control over financial reporting under Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (15 U.S.C. 7262(b)) by the registered public accounting firm that prepared or issued its audit report.

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act). Yes No

The number of shares of the registrant’s Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share, outstanding as of March 21, 2022:

96,089,997

The aggregate market value of voting stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant computed by reference to the closing price as of the last business day of the Registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter, July 30, 2021 was approximately:

$2,827,712,024*

*    For purposes of this calculation only (a) all non-employee directors plus seven executive officers and owners of 5% or more of the registrant are deemed to be affiliates of the registrant, and (b) shares deemed to be “held” by such persons include only outstanding shares of the registrant’s voting stock with respect to which such persons had, on such date, voting or investment power.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

Portions of the registrant’s definitive Proxy Statement (the “Proxy Statement”) to be filed in connection with the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on May 18, 2022: Parts III and IV.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART I

Item 1.

Business

1

Item 1A.

Risk Factors

4

Item 1B.

Unresolved Staff Comments

15

Item 2.

Properties

15

Item 3.

Legal Proceedings

16

Item 4.

Mine Safety Disclosures

16

Item 4A.

Information about our Executive Officers

16

PART II

Item 5.

Market for the Company’s Common Equity, Related Shareholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

17

Item 6.

Selected Financial Data

19

Item 7.

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

20

Item 7A.

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

35

Item 8.

Consolidated Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

35

Item 9.

Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

77

Item 9A.

Controls and Procedures

77

Item 9B.

Other Information

79

PART III

Item 10.

Directors, Executive Officers, and Corporate Governance

79

Item 11.

Executive Compensation

79

Item 12.

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Shareholder Matters

79

Item 13.

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

79

Item 14.

Principal Accounting Fees and Services

79

PART IV

Item 15.

Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules

79

Item 16.

Form 10-K Summary

79

INDEX OF EXHIBITS

80

SIGNATURES

83

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This Annual Report on Form 10-K (“Annual Report”) includes “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. They often include words such as “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “intends,” “plans,” “seeks,” “continues,” “feels,” “forecasts,” or words of similar meaning, or future or conditional verbs, such as “will,” “should,” “could,” “may,” “aims,” “intends,” or “projects.” Statements may be forward looking even in the absence of these particular words.

Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our financial position, business strategy, and other plans and objectives for our future operations, and generation of free cash flow. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effect on us. The forward-looking statements contained in this Annual Report are largely based on our expectations for the future, which reflect certain estimates and assumptions made by our management. These estimates and assumptions reflect our best judgment based on currently known market conditions, operating trends, and other factors. Although we believe such estimates and assumptions to be reasonable, they are inherently uncertain and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that are beyond our control. As such, management’s assumptions about future events may prove to be inaccurate. For a more detailed description of the risks and uncertainties involved, see “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.”

We do not intend to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events, changes in circumstances, or otherwise. These cautionary statements qualify all forward-looking statements attributable to us, or persons acting on our behalf. Management cautions you that the forward-looking statements contained herein are not guarantees of future performance, and we cannot assure you that such statements will be realized or that the events and circumstances they describe will occur. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements herein include, but are not limited to a change in the relationship with any of our key suppliers, including the unavailability of premium products at competitive prices, a change in negotiated volume discounts, cooperative advertising, markdown allowances, or the ability to cancel orders and return excess or unneeded merchandise; our ability to fund our planned capital investments; volatility in the financial markets or other global economic factors; difficulties in appropriately allocating capital and resources among our strategic opportunities; our ability to realize the expected benefits from recent or future acquisitions; business opportunities and expansion; investments; expenses; dividends; share repurchases; liquidity; cash flow from operations; use of cash and cash requirements; borrowing capacity and use of proceeds; repatriation of cash to the United States; supply chain issues, including delays in merchandise receipts and increasing cost pressure caused by higher oceanic shipping and freight costs; labor shortages; expectations regarding increased wages; inflation; consumer spending levels; the effect of governmental assistance programs; social unrest; the direct and indirect effects of all variants of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) on our business, including any adverse effects of COVID-19 vaccine mandates or other safety protocols; expectations regarding increasing global taxes; the effect of government regulation, including changes in law; the effect of the adverse outcome of any material litigation against us or judicial decisions that affect us or our industry generally; the effects of weather; climate change; increased competition; the financial effect of accounting regulations and critical accounting policies; credit risk relating to the risk of loss as a result of non-performance by our counterparties; and any other factors set forth in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in this Annual Report.

All written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. A forward-looking statement is neither a prediction nor a guarantee of future events or circumstances, and those future events or circumstances may not occur. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak to our views only as of the date of this filing. Additional risks and uncertainties that we do not presently know about or that we currently consider to be insignificant may also affect our business operations and financial performance. The Company does not undertake to update any particular forward-looking statement included in this document. See “Risk Factors” included in this Annual Report for discussion of certain risks relating to our businesses and investment in our securities. We are including this cautionary note to make applicable, and take advantage of, the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for forward-looking statements.

PART I

Item 1. Business

General

Foot Locker, Inc., incorporated under the laws of the State of New York in 1989, is a leading global retailer. Foot Locker, Inc. leads the celebration of sneaker and youth culture around the globe through a portfolio of brands including Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Champs Sports, Eastbay, atmos, WSS, Footaction, and Sidestep. As of January 29, 2022, we operated 2,858 primarily mall-based stores, as well as stores in high-traffic urban retail areas and high streets, in 28 countries across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia, as well as websites and mobile apps. Our purpose is to inspire and empower youth culture around the world, by fueling a shared passion for self-expression and creating unrivaled experiences at the heart of the global sneaker community.

Foot Locker, Inc. uses its omni-channel capabilities to bridge the digital world and physical stores, including order-in-store, buy online and pickup-in-store, and buy online and ship-from-store, as well as e-commerce. We operate websites and mobile apps aligned with the brand names of our store banners including footlocker.com, kidsfootlocker.com, champssports.com, atmosusa.com, shopwss.com and related e-commerce sites in the various international countries that we operate. These sites offer some of the largest online product selections and provide a seamless link between e-commerce and physical stores. We also operate the websites for eastbay.com and eastbayteamsales.com.

Foot Locker, Inc. and its subsidiaries hereafter are referred to as the “Registrant,” “Company,” “we,” “our,” or “us.” Foot Locker, Inc. has its corporate headquarters in New York. The service marks, tradenames, and trademarks appearing in this report (except for Nike, Jordan, adidas, and Puma) are owned by Foot Locker, Inc. or its subsidiaries.

Store and Operations Profile

Square Footage

January 30,

January 29,

Relocations/

(in thousands)

    

2021

    

Opened

    

Closed

    

2022

    

Remodels

    

Selling

    

Gross

Foot Locker U.S.

 

848

 

24

70

 

802

 

63

 

2,402

4,155

Foot Locker Europe

 

624

 

29

27

 

626

 

32

 

1,074

2,249

Foot Locker Canada

 

101

 

1

7

 

95

 

8

 

253

416

Foot Locker Pacific

 

93

 

3

2

 

94

 

13

 

188

294

Foot Locker Asia

20

10

30

 

114

199

Kids Foot Locker

 

422

 

18

30

 

410

 

37

 

748

1,274

Lady Foot Locker

 

35

 

21

 

14

 

 

15

38

Champs Sports

 

539

 

12

26

 

525

 

23

 

1,905

2,985

Footaction

 

240

 

199

 

41

 

 

113

190

Sidestep

 

76

 

16

6

 

86

 

5

 

104

196

WSS

100

2

98

958

1,217

atmos

38

1

37

1

36

63

Total

 

2,998

 

251

 

391

 

2,858

 

182

 

7,910

13,276

As of January 29, 2022, we operate 62 Community and Power Stores across the geographies that we operate in. Community Stores are off-mall stores that focus on creating authentic trust with local consumers and provide elevated shopping experiences with community spaces. Power Stores are stores that provide a seamless and convenient shopping journey for the full family. Both Community and Power Stores provide pinnacle retail experiences that deliver connected customer interactions through service, experience, product, and a sense of community. The following is a brief description of each of our banners:

Foot Locker — Foot Locker is a leading global youth culture brand that connects the sneaker obsessed consumer with the most innovative and culturally relevant sneakers and apparel. Across all our consumer touchpoints, Foot Locker enables consumers to fulfill their desire to be part of sneaker and youth culture. We curate special product assortments and marketing content that supports our premium position, from leading global brands such as Nike, Jordan, adidas, and Puma, as well as new and emerging brands in the athletic and lifestyle space. We connect emotionally with our consumers through a combination of global brand events, highly targeted and personalized experiences in local markets, and through our social and digital channels. Foot Locker’s 1,647 stores are located in 28 countries including 802 in the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam, 95 in Canada, 626 in Europe, a combined 94 in Australia and New Zealand, and 30 in Asia. Our domestic stores have an average of 3,000 selling square feet and our international stores have an average of 1,900 selling square feet.

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Kids Foot Locker — Kids Foot Locker offers a large selection of premium brand-name athletic footwear, apparel, and accessories for children. Kids Foot Locker enables youth of all ages to participate in sneaker culture and helps their parents shop in a curated environment with only the best assortment in stores and online. We drive a sense of community in local markets through our newly-launched "House of Play" Community Store concept, which connects with kids, parents, and caregivers through the power of play –– offering experiences and products that celebrate the wonder and fun of childhood. Of our 410 stores, 373 are located in the United States, and Puerto Rico, 20 in Europe, 15 in Canada, 1 in Australia, and 1 in New Zealand. These stores have an average of 1,800 selling square feet.

Lady Foot Locker — Lady Foot Locker is a U.S. retailer of athletic footwear, apparel, and accessories dedicated to sneaker-obsessed young women. Our stores provide premium sneakers and apparel, carefully selected to reflect the latest styles. Lady Foot Locker operates 14 stores that are located in the United States and Puerto Rico. These stores have an average of 1,100 selling square feet.

Champs Sports — Champs Sports is one of the largest primarily mall-based specialty athletic footwear and apparel retailers in North America. With a focus on the lifestyle expression of sport, Champs Sports’ product categories include athletic footwear and apparel, and sport-lifestyle inspired accessories. This assortment allows Champs Sports to offer the best head-to-toe fashion stories representing the most powerful athletic brands, sports teams, and athletes in North America. Of our 525 stores, 492 are located in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and 33 in Canada. The Champs Sports stores have an average of 3,600 selling square feet.

Footaction — During the second quarter of 2021, we announced that in order to position our fleet for the future, we planned to convert approximately one third of the approximately 200 Footaction stores into new Foot Locker stores, enabling us to elevate our women’s, kids’ and apparel presence, as well as new Champs Sports and Kids Foot Locker stores. Of our 41 remaining stores, 40 are located in the United States and Puerto Rico and 1 is in Canada. We plan to close the remaining stores, either through natural lease expiration or early termination by the end of 2022. The e-commerce site will be closed down during the early part of 2022 with the traffic re-directed to our other e-commerce sites.

Sidestep — Sidestep is a predominantly athletic fashion footwear banner. Our 86 stores are located in Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Switzerland. Sidestep caters to a more discerning, fashion-forward consumer. Sidestep stores have an average of 1,200 selling square feet.

Eastbay Eastbay is a sporting goods direct-to-customer business operating in the United States, providing high school and other athletes with a complete sports solution including athletic footwear, apparel, equipment, and team licensed merchandise for a broad range of sports. With over 100 sales professionals, Eastbay Team Sales connects directly with thousands of high school coaches and athletic directors in the United States to offer the best performance product and a premium service level.

WSS — Acquired in 2021, WSS is an athletic-inspired retailer focused on the large and rapidly growing Hispanic consumer demographic, operating a fleet of 98 off-mall stores in key markets across California, Texas, Arizona, and Nevada. WSS’s community-driven business benefits from deep relationships with customers. WSS stores have an average of 9,800 selling square feet.

atmos — Acquired in 2021, atmos is a digitally-led, culturally-connected global brand featuring premium sneakers and apparel, an exclusive in-house label, collaborative relationships with leading vendors in the sneaker ecosystem, experiential stores, and a robust omni-channel platform. atmos operates 34 stores in Japan and 3 stores in the United States, with an average of 1,000 selling square feet. The brand is also licensed to various entities across Asia.

Franchise/Licensed Operations

We have a total of 142 franchised/licensed Foot Locker stores located within the Middle East and Asia as of January 29, 2022. These amounts are not included in the store counts in the table on the prior page.

Competition

The athletic footwear and apparel industry is highly competitive. We compete primarily with athletic footwear specialty stores, sporting goods stores, department stores, traditional shoe stores, mass merchandisers, and online retailers, some of which are our suppliers.

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Merchandise Purchases

Financial information concerning merchandise purchases is contained under the “Liquidity” section in “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and under the “Business Risk” section in the Financial Instruments and Risk Management note in “Item 8. Consolidated Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.”

Human Capital

We had 16,555 full-time and 33,378 part-time employees as of January 29, 2022, and we consider employee relations to be satisfactory.

Our purpose is to inspire and empower youth culture around the world, by fueling a shared passion for self-expression and creating unrivaled experiences at the heart of the global sneaker community. We believe the strength of our workforce is a significant contributor to our success as a global brand that leads with purpose. We seek to be a great place to work by cultivating and celebrating a culture that promotes diversity, inclusion, and belonging (DIBs). Our “Live Well. Work Well.” framework enables us to provide support and resources for a variety of needs to help our team members reach their fullest potential.

Our People Strategy includes actions surrounding “Uniting our Communities of Talent” around the world to achieve focus and drive results as a more agile and dynamic organization. By following our DIBs strategy as part of our people processes, we are able to attract, select, hire, grow, develop, promote, and retain valued team members with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences. We are relentless in creating a work environment that celebrates the differences that make us even stronger. We provide career growth and professional development through formal learning and on-the-job experiences to advance our team members’ capabilities, confidence, and contributions.

We offer competitive compensation (including salary, incentive bonus, and equity) and benefits packages to eligible employees in each of our locations around the globe. Our compensation program is designed to attract, retain, and reward talented individuals who possess the skills necessary to lead and support our business objectives, achieve our strategic goals, and create long-term value for our shareholders. To support our team members, we provide competitive compensation and benefits, including:

Health and wellness benefits (medical, dental, vision, and behavioral health coverage)
Financial benefits (401(k) Plan with Company matching contribution, life and disability coverage, Employee Stock Purchase Plan at a 15% discount, and commuter benefits)
Work-life balance and lifestyle benefits (such as paid time off for full-time team members and Employee Discount Program for all team members)
In the United States and EMEA, we provide tuition reimbursement
Outside the United States, we may offer supplemental Health and Wellness benefits, as well as retirement benefits for eligible employees, based on local competitive practices.

Through our listening session communication strategy, we are committed to listening to and learning from our team members. For many years, we have tracked engagement and leadership effectiveness through our engagement surveys. We have improved our overall engagement, with 79% overall favorable rating and 96% response rate in 2021. We use insights from these surveys to assess our culture, evaluate our leaders, adjust our plans, and evolve our culture.

We strive to provide a safe and healthy workplace for all team members and drive a culture of safe practices and continuous improvement. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we implemented enhanced cleaning standards, adapted to the evolving public health guidance in our workplaces, and provided training and education to our team members. We continually monitor and adapt our safety practices as the COVID-19 pandemic continues and evolves.

We are committed to engaging in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives that support our communities and help us develop trusted relationships with our stakeholders. Our ESG disclosure is available at investors.footlocker-inc.com/impactreport.

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Available Information

We maintain a corporate website at www.footlocker.com/corp. Our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including our annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and all amendments to those reports are available free of charge through this website as soon as reasonably practicable after they are filed with or furnished to the SEC. The Corporate Governance section of our corporate website contains our Corporate Governance Guidelines, Committee Charters, and the Code of Business Conduct for directors, officers, and employees, including the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Accounting Officer. Copies of these documents may also be obtained free of charge upon written request to our Corporate Secretary at 330 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001.

Item 1A. Risk Factors

Risks Related to Our Business and Industry

Our inability to implement our long-range strategic plan may adversely affect our future results.

Our ability to successfully implement and execute our long-range strategic plan is dependent on many factors. Our strategies may require significant capital investment and management attention. Additionally, any new initiative is subject to certain risks including customer acceptance of our products and renovated store designs, competition, product differentiation, the ability to attract and retain qualified personnel, and our ability to successfully integrate our acquisitions and implement technological initiatives. If we cannot successfully execute our strategic growth initiatives or if the long-range plan does not adequately address the challenges or opportunities we face, our financial condition and results of operations may be adversely affected. Additionally, failure to meet shareholder expectations, particularly with respect to sales, supplier diversification, cost-cutting programs, operating margins, and earnings per share, would likely result in volatility in the market value of our stock.

The retail athletic footwear and apparel business is highly competitive.

Our athletic footwear and apparel operations compete primarily with athletic footwear specialty stores, sporting goods stores, department stores, traditional shoe stores, mass merchandisers, and online retailers, as well as our merchandise vendor suppliers direct-to-customers channels. Although we sell an increasing proportion of our merchandise online, a significantly faster shift in customer buying patterns to purchasing athletic footwear, athletic apparel, and sporting goods online could have a material adverse effect on our business results. In addition, all of our significant suppliers operate retail stores and distribute products directly through the internet and others may follow. Should this continue to occur or accelerate, and if our customers decide to purchase directly from our suppliers, it could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

The principal competitive factors in our markets are selection of merchandise, customer experience, reputation, store location, advertising, and price. We cannot assure that we will continue to be able to compete successfully against existing or future competitors. Our expansion into markets served by our competitors, and entry of new competitors or expansion of existing competitors into our markets, could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

A change in the relationship with any of our key suppliers or the unavailability of key products at competitive prices could affect our financial health.

Our business is dependent to a significant degree upon our ability to obtain premium product and the ability to purchase brand-name merchandise at competitive prices from a limited number of suppliers. In addition, we have negotiated volume discounts, cooperative advertising, and markdown allowances with our suppliers, as well as the ability to cancel orders and return excess or unneeded merchandise. We cannot be certain that such terms with our suppliers will continue in the future.

We purchased 87% of our merchandise in 2021 from our top five suppliers and we expect to continue to obtain a significant percentage of our athletic product from these suppliers in future periods. Approximately 68% of all merchandise purchased in 2021 was purchased from one supplier — Nike, Inc. (“Nike”). Each of our banners are highly dependent on Nike. Individually, they purchased between 50% and 75% of their merchandise from Nike during the year. Merchandise that is high profile and in high demand is allocated by our suppliers based upon their own criteria. Beginning with the fourth quarter of 2022, we do not expect any one supplier to represent more than 55% of merchandise purchases. We cannot be certain that our suppliers will allocate sufficient amounts to us in the future or whether our suppliers will choose to further sell such merchandise through their own direct-to-customers channel.

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Our inability to obtain merchandise in a timely manner from major suppliers as a result of business decisions by our suppliers, or any disruption in the supply chain, could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations. Because of the high proportion of purchases from Nike, any adverse development in Nike’s reputation, financial condition or results of operations, or the inability of Nike to develop and manufacture products that appeal to our target customers could also have an adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations. We cannot be certain that we will be able to acquire merchandise at competitive prices or on competitive terms in the future. These risks could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

The industry in which we operate is dependent upon fashion trends, customer preferences, product innovations, and other fashion-related factors.

The athletic footwear and apparel industry, especially at the premium end of the price spectrum, in which we operate, is subject to changing fashion trends and customer preferences. In addition, retailers in the athletic industry rely on their suppliers to maintain innovation in the products they develop. We cannot guarantee that our merchandise selection will accurately reflect customer preferences when it is offered for sale or that we will be able to identify and respond quickly to fashion changes, particularly given the long lead times for ordering much of our merchandise from suppliers. A substantial portion of our highest margin sales are to young males (ages 12–25), many of whom we believe purchase athletic footwear and athletic apparel as a fashion statement and are frequent purchasers. Our failure to anticipate, identify or react appropriately in a timely manner to changes in fashion trends that would make athletic footwear or athletic apparel less attractive to our customers could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

If we do not successfully manage our inventory levels, our operating results will be adversely affected.

We must maintain sufficient inventory levels to operate our business successfully. However, we also must guard against accumulating excess inventory. For example, we order most of our athletic footwear four to six months prior to delivery to us. If we fail to anticipate accurately either the market for the merchandise or our customers’ purchasing habits, we may be forced to rely on markdowns or promotional sales to dispose of excess or slow-moving inventory, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted and is expected to continue to disrupt our business, which could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, liquidity, and financial condition for an extended period of time.

The COVID-19 pandemic significantly affected our business as the uncertainty, volatility, and disruption of a new public health crisis emerged in 2020. We experienced disruption to our normal business operations from a number of factors, including stay at home orders, fully closing our stores, rapidly adopting new health and safety measures, and uncertainty around regulatory, economic, and market conditions.

We continue to monitor COVID-19, as well as new strains of the virus, and other closures, capacity limitations, social distancing requirements, and reduced operating hours which may be required to help ensure the health and safety of our team members and our customers. Businesses and consumers have been adjusting their plans to comply with renewed and evolving mask and vaccine mandates, symptom and temperature check requirements, travel restrictions, and delayed office reopenings. We are also continuing to communicate with our suppliers regarding the flow of product. To the extent one or more of our suppliers is negatively affected by COVID-19, including due to the closure of their distribution centers or manufacturing facilities, we may be unable to maintain adequate inventory in our stores or distribution centers. COVID-19 has also caused disruption in transportation, such as shipping port congestion, which has adversely affected our ability to receive merchandise on a timely basis.

The full extent of the COVID-19 pandemic on our operational and financial performance is uncertain and will depend on many factors beyond our control, including, without limitation, the timing, extent, trajectory and duration of the pandemic; the availability, distribution and effectiveness of vaccines; the spread of new variants of COVID-19; the continued and renewed imposition of protective public safety measures such as masks and vaccine mandates; and the continuing global disruption in supply chains in our industries and the effect of the pandemic on the global economy, inflation, and demand for consumer products. Even after the pandemic has subsided, we may continue to experience material and adverse effects to our business, operating results, and financial condition as a result of the pandemic’s lasting global economic effect, including any recession that has occurred or may occur in the future in our industries or continuing inflationary concerns.

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We are affected by mall traffic and our ability to secure suitable store locations, both in malls and off-malls.

Many of our stores, especially in North America where only 21% of our locations are off-mall, are located primarily in enclosed regional and neighborhood malls. Our sales are affected, in part, by the volume of mall traffic. Mall traffic may be adversely affected by, among other factors, economic downturns, the closing or continued decline of anchor department stores and/or specialty stores, and a decline in the popularity of mall shopping among our target customers. Further, any terrorist act, natural disaster, public health issue, such as COVID-19, flu or other pandemics, or safety concern that decreases the level of mall traffic, or that affects our ability to open and operate stores in such locations, could have a material adverse effect on our business.

To take advantage of customer traffic and the shopping preferences of our customers, we need to maintain or acquire stores in desirable locations, such as in regional and neighborhood malls, as well as high-traffic urban retail areas and high streets. We cannot be certain that desirable locations will continue to be available at favorable rates. Some traditional enclosed malls are experiencing significantly lower levels of customer traffic, driven by economic conditions, public health issues, the closure of certain mall anchor tenants, and changes in customer shopping preferences, such as online shopping. Further, some malls have closed, and others may close in the future. While we seek to obtain suitable locations off-mall, there is no guarantee that we will be able to secure such locations.

Several large landlords dominate the ownership of prime malls and because of our dependence upon these landlords for a substantial number of our locations, any significant erosion of their financial condition or our relationships with them could negatively affect our ability to obtain and retain store locations. Additionally, further landlord consolidation may negatively affect our ability to negotiate favorable lease terms.

Our business could be materially harmed if we fail to adequately integrate the operations of the businesses we have acquired, or may acquire.

We have recently made, and may continue to make, acquisitions in the future based on available opportunities in the market. Acquisitions involve numerous inherent challenges, such as properly evaluating acquisition opportunities, properly evaluating risks and other diligence matters, ensuring adequate capital availability, and balancing other resource constraints. There are risks and uncertainties related to acquisitions, including difficulties integrating operations, personnel, and financial and other systems; unrealized sales expectations from the acquired business; unrealized synergies and cost savings; unknown or underestimated liabilities; diversion of management attention from running our existing businesses; and potential loss of key management or customers of the acquired business.

During the third quarter of 2021, we acquired Eurostar, Inc., a Delaware corporation, operating as WSS, a U.S.-based athletic footwear and apparel retailer. During the fourth quarter of 2021, we acquired certain entities collectively operated as atmos, primarily based in Japan. The acquisitions of WSS and atmos involve a number of risks, which could significantly and adversely affect our business, financial condition, and results of operations, including failure of the acquired businesses to achieve the results that we expect; diversion of management’s attention from existing operational matters; difficulties integrating the operations and personnel; and failure to retain key personnel.

Our future growth may depend on our ability to expand operations in international markets.

Our future growth will depend, in part, on our ability to expand our business in additional international markets. As we expand into new international markets, we may have only limited experience in operating our business in such markets. In other instances, we may have to rely on the efforts and abilities of foreign business partners in such markets. In addition, business practices in these new international markets may be unlike those in the other markets we serve, and we may face increased exposure to certain risks. Our future growth may be materially adversely affected if we are unsuccessful in our international expansion efforts. Our inability to expand in international markets could have a material adverse effect on our business.

We may experience fluctuations in, and cyclicality of, our comparable-store sales results.

Our comparable-store sales have fluctuated significantly in the past, on both an annual and a quarterly basis, and we expect them to continue to fluctuate in the future. A variety of factors affect our comparable-store sales results, including, among others, fashion trends, product innovation, promotional events, the highly competitive retail sales environment, economic conditions, timing of income tax refunds, changes in our merchandise mix, calendar shifts of holiday periods, declines in foot traffic, supply chain disruptions, and weather conditions. Many of our products represent discretionary purchases. Accordingly, customer demand for these products could decline in an economic downturn or if our customers develop other priorities for their discretionary spending. These risks could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

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The effects of natural disasters, terrorism, acts of war, acts of violence, and public health issues may adversely affect our business.

Natural disasters, including earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes may affect store and distribution center operations. In addition, acts of terrorism, acts of war, and military action both in the United States and abroad can have a significant effect on economic conditions and may negatively affect our ability to purchase merchandise from suppliers for sale to our customers. Any act of violence, including active shooter situations and terrorist activities, that are targeted at or threatened against shopping malls, our stores, offices or distribution centers, could result in restricted access to our stores and/or store closures in the short-term and, in the long-term, may cause our customers and employees to avoid visiting our stores. Recently, Russian troops invaded Ukraine. The invasion of Ukraine by Russia and the retaliatory measures taken by the U.S., NATO, and other countries have created global security concerns and economic uncertainty that could have a lasting effect on regional and global economies.

Public health issues, such as COVID-19, flu, or other pandemics, whether occurring in the United States or abroad, could disrupt our operations and result in a significant part of our workforce being unable to operate or maintain our infrastructure or perform other tasks necessary to conduct our business. Additionally, public health issues may disrupt, or have an adverse effect on, our suppliers’ operations, our operations, our customers, or result in significantly lower traffic to or closure of our stores, or customer demand.

Our ability to mitigate the adverse effect of these events depends, in part, upon the effectiveness of our disaster preparedness and response planning as well as business continuity planning. However, we cannot be certain that our plans will be adequate or implemented properly in the event of an actual disaster.

Any significant declines in public safety or uncertainties regarding future economic prospects that affect customer spending habits could have a material adverse effect on customer purchases of our products. We may be required to suspend operations in some or all of our locations and incur significant costs to remediate concerns which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

Riots, vandalism, and other crimes and acts of violence may affect the markets in which we operate, our customers, delivery of our products and customer service, and could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, or financial condition.

Our business may be adversely affected by instability, disruption, or destruction, regardless of cause, including riots, civil insurrection or social unrest, and manmade disasters or crimes. Such events may result in property damage and loss and may also cause customers to suspend their decisions to shop in our stores, interrupt our supply chain, and cause restrictions, postponements, and cancellations of events that attract large crowds and public gatherings, such as store marketing events.

Additional risks and uncertainties not currently known to us or that we currently deem to be immaterial also may adversely affect our business, financial condition or operating results.

Risks Related to Technology, Data Security, and Privacy

We are subject to technology risks including failures, security breaches, and cybersecurity risks that could harm our business, damage our reputation, and increase our costs in an effort to protect against these risks.

Information technology is a critical part of our business operations. We depend on information systems to process transactions, make operational decisions, manage inventory, operate our websites, purchase, sell and ship goods on a timely basis, and maintain cost-efficient operations. There is a risk that we could experience a business interruption, theft of information, or reputational damage as a result of a cyber-attack, such as an infiltration of a data center or data leakage of confidential information, either internally or through our third-party providers. In addition, cybersecurity researchers anticipate an increase in cyberattack activity in connection with the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

We may experience operational problems with our information systems as a result of system failures, system implementation issues, viruses, malicious hackers, sabotage, or other causes. We invest in security technology to protect the data stored by us, including our data and business processes, against the risk of data security breaches and cyber-attacks. Our data security management program includes enforcement of standard data protection policies such as Payment Card Industry compliance and other regulatory requirements. Additionally, we evaluate our major technology suppliers and any outsourced services through accepted security assessment measures. We maintain and routinely test backup systems and disaster recovery, along with external network security penetration testing by an independent third party as part of our business continuity preparedness.

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While we believe that our security technology and processes follow appropriate practices in the prevention of security breaches and the mitigation of cybersecurity risks, given the ever-increasing abilities of those intent on breaching cybersecurity measures and given the necessity of our reliance on the security procedures of third-party vendors, the total security effort at any point in time may not be completely effective.

Any security breaches and cyber incidents could adversely affect our business. Failure of our systems, either internally or at our third-party providers, including failures due to cyber-attacks that would prevent the ability of systems to function as intended, could cause transaction errors, loss of customers and sales, and negative consequences to us, our employees, and those with whom we do business. A cyberattack on a communications network or power grid could cause operational disruption resulting in loss of revenues. Any security breach involving the misappropriation, loss, or other unauthorized disclosure of confidential information by us could also severely damage our reputation, expose us to the risks of litigation and liability, increase operating costs associated with remediation, and harm our business. While we carry insurance that would mitigate the losses, insurance may be insufficient to compensate us fully for potentially significant losses.

Risks associated with digital operations.

Our digital operations are subject to numerous risks, including risks related to the failure of the computer systems that operate our websites, mobile sites, and apps and their related support systems, computer viruses, cybersecurity risks, telecommunications or power failures, denial of service attacks, bot attacks, and similar disruptions. Also, to sustain, keep current, or grow our digital commerce business we will need to make additional investments. Risks related to digital commerce include those associated with credit card fraud, the need to keep pace with rapid technological change, governmental regulation, and legal uncertainties with respect to internet regulatory compliance. If any of these risks materialize, it could have a material adverse effect on our business.

Privacy and data security concerns and regulation could result in additional costs and liabilities.

The protection of customer, employee, and Company data is critical. The regulatory environment surrounding information security and privacy is demanding, with the frequent imposition of new and changing requirements. In addition, customers appear increasingly to have a high expectation that we will adequately protect their personal information. Any actual or perceived misappropriation or breach involving this data could attract negative media attention, cause harm to our reputation or result in liability (including but not limited to fines, penalties or lawsuits), any of which could have a material adverse effect on our business, operational results, financial position, and cash flows.

Regulatory scrutiny of privacy, user data protection, use of data and data collection is increasing on a global basis. We are subject to a number of privacy and similar laws and regulations in the countries in which we operate and these laws and regulations will likely continue to evolve over time, both through regulatory and legislative action and judicial decisions.

The European Union (“E.U.”) adopted a comprehensive General Data Privacy Regulation (the “GDPR”), which requires companies to satisfy requirements regarding the handling of personal and sensitive data, including its use, protection, and the ability of persons whose data is stored to correct or delete data about themselves. Failure to comply with GDPR requirements could result in penalties of up to 4% of worldwide revenue.

Data protection legislation and enforcement is also becoming increasingly common in the Asia Pacific region and in the United States at both the federal and state level. For example, the State of California enacted the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (the “CCPA”), which became effective on January 1, 2020. The CCPA, among other things, requires companies that process information of California residents to make disclosures to consumers about their data collection, use and sharing practices, allows consumers to opt out of certain data sharing with third parties and provides a new cause of action for data breaches. Additionally, effective starting January 1, 2023, the California Privacy Rights Act (the “CPRA”) will revise and significantly expand the scope of the CCPA. The CPRA, among other things, also creates a new California data protection agency authorized to implement and enforce the CCPA and the CPRA, which could result in increased privacy and information security enforcement. Other U.S. states have considered and/or enacted similar privacy laws, including Virginia and Colorado, which passed new consumer privacy laws in 2021 that take effect in 2023. Additionally, the Federal Trade Commission and many state attorneys general are interpreting federal and state consumer protection laws to impose standards for the online collection, use, dissemination and security of data. The burdens imposed by the CCPA, CPRA, and other similar laws that may be enacted at the federal and state level may require us to further modify our data processing practices and policies and to incur substantial expenditures in order to comply. The laws and regulations relating to privacy and data security are evolving, can be subject to significant change and may result in ever-increasing regulatory and public scrutiny and escalating levels of enforcement, sanctions, and private litigation.

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The technology enablement of omni-channel in our business is complex.

We continue to invest in initiatives designed to deliver a high-quality, coordinated shopping experience online, in stores, and on mobile devices, which requires substantial investment in technology, information systems, and employee training, as well as significant management time and resources. Our omni-channel retailing efforts include the integration and implementation of new technology, software, and processes to be able to fulfill orders from any point within our system of stores and distribution centers, which is extremely complex and may not meet customer expectations for timely and accurate deliveries. These efforts involve substantial risk, including risk of implementation delays, cost overruns, technology interruptions, supply and distribution delays, and other issues that can affect the successful implementation and operation of our omni-channel initiatives. If our omni-channel initiatives are not successful, or we do not realize the return on our omni-channel investments that we anticipate, our financial performance and future growth could be materially adversely affected.

Risks Related to our Operations and Supply Chain

Complications in our distribution centers and other factors affecting the distribution of merchandise may affect our business.

We operate multiple distribution centers worldwide to support our businesses. In addition to the distribution centers that we operate, we have third-party arrangements to support our operations in the United States, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.

If complications arise with any facility or third-party arrangements, or if any facility is severely damaged or destroyed, our other distribution centers may be unable to support the resulting additional distribution demands. We also may be affected by disruptions in the global transportation network caused by events including delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, port disruption, port strikes, weather conditions, work stoppages, or other labor unrest. These factors may adversely affect our ability to deliver inventory on a timely basis. We depend upon third-party carriers for shipment of merchandise. Any interruption in service by these carriers for any reason could cause disruptions in our business, a loss of sales and profits, and other material adverse effects.

Manufacturer compliance with our social compliance program requirements.

We require our independent manufacturers to comply with our policies and procedures, which cover many areas including human rights policy, labor, health and safety, and environmental standards. We monitor compliance with our policies and procedures using internal resources, as well as third-party monitoring firms. Although we monitor their compliance with these policies and procedures, we do not control the manufacturers or their practices. Any failure of our independent manufacturers to comply with our policies and procedures or local laws in the country of manufacture could disrupt the shipment of merchandise to us, force us to locate alternate manufacturing sources, reduce demand for our merchandise, or damage our reputation.

Our reliance on key management.

Future performance will depend upon our ability to attract, retain, and motivate our executive and senior management teams. Our executive and senior management teams have substantial experience and expertise in our business and have made significant contributions to our success. Our future performance depends, to a significant extent, both upon the continued services of our current executive and senior management teams, as well as our ability to attract, hire, motivate, and retain additional qualified management in the future. While we believe that we have adequate succession planning and executive development programs, competition for key executives in the retail industry is intense, and our operations could be adversely affected if we cannot retain and attract qualified executives.

Risks associated with attracting and retaining store and field team members.

Our success depends, in part, upon our ability to attract, develop, and retain a sufficient number of qualified store and field team members. The turnover rate in the retail industry is generally high. If we are unable to attract and retain quality team members, our ability to meet our growth goals or to sustain expected levels of profitability may be compromised.

During 2021, we experienced unusually low availability of workers, which we believe was primarily attributable to COVID-19 pandemic related factors and in turn has created increased competition in labor markets. Our ability to meet our labor needs while controlling costs is subject to external factors such as unemployment levels, prevailing wage rates, minimum wage legislation, and overtime regulations.

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Risks Related to our Investments

If our long-lived tangible assets and operating lease right-of-use assets, or goodwill become impaired, we may need to record significant non-cash impairment charges.

We review our long-lived tangible assets, operating lease right-of-use assets, and goodwill when events indicate that the carrying value of such assets may be impaired. Goodwill is reviewed for impairment if impairment indicators arise and, at a minimum, annually. Goodwill is not amortized but is subject to an impairment test, which consists of either a qualitative assessment on a reporting unit level, or a quantitative impairment test, if necessary. The determination of impairment charges is significantly affected by estimates of future operating cash flows and estimates of fair value. Our estimates of future operating cash flows are identified from our long-range strategic plans, which are based upon our experience, knowledge, and expectations; however, these estimates can be affected by factors such as our future operating results, future store profitability, and future economic conditions, all of which are difficult to predict accurately. Any significant deterioration in macroeconomic conditions could affect the fair value of our long-lived assets, operating lease right-of-use assets, and goodwill and could result in future impairment charges, which would adversely affect our results of operations.

We do not have the ability to exert control over our minority investments, and therefore, we are dependent on others in order to realize their potential benefits.

At January 29, 2022 we hold $781 million of non-controlling minority investments in various entities and we may make additional strategic minority investments in the future. Such minority investments inherently involve a lesser degree of control over business operations, thereby potentially increasing the financial, legal, operational, and compliance risks associated with the investments. Other investors in these entities may have business goals and interests that are not aligned with ours or may exercise their rights in a manner in which we do not approve. These circumstances could lead to delayed decisions or disputes and litigation with those other investors, all of which could have a material adverse impact on our reputation, business, financial condition, and results of operations.

If our investees seek additional financing to fund their growth strategies, these financing transactions may result in further dilution of our ownership stakes and these transactions may occur at lower valuations than the investment transactions through which we acquired such interests, which could significantly decrease the fair values of our investments in those entities. Additionally, if our investees are unable to obtain additional financing, those entities could need to significantly reduce their spending in order to fund their operations or result in their insolvency. These actions likely would result in reduced growth forecasts, which also could significantly decrease the fair values of our investments in those entities.

Risks Related to Shareholder Activism, Geopolitics, Regulations, and Other External Risks

We may face risks associated with shareholder activism.

Publicly traded companies are subject to campaigns by shareholders advocating corporate actions related to matters such as corporate governance, operational practices, and strategic direction. We may become subject in the future to such shareholder activity and demands. Such activities could interfere with our ability to execute our business plans, be costly and time-consuming, disrupt our operations, and divert the attention of management, any of which could have an adverse effect on our business or stock price.

Economic or political conditions in other countries, including fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates and tax rates may adversely affect our operations.

A significant portion of our sales and operating income for 2021 was attributable to our operations outside of the United States. As a result, our business is subject to the risks associated with doing business outside of the United States such as local customer product preferences, political unrest, disruptions or delays in shipments, changes in economic conditions in countries in which we operate, foreign currency fluctuations, real estate costs, and labor and employment practices in non-U.S. jurisdictions that may differ significantly from those that prevail in the United States. In addition, because our suppliers manufacture a substantial amount of our products in foreign countries, our ability to obtain sufficient quantities of merchandise on favorable terms may be affected by governmental regulations, trade restrictions, labor, and other conditions in the countries from which our suppliers obtain their product.

Fluctuations in the value of the euro and the British Pound may affect the value of our European earnings when translated into U.S. dollars. Similarly, our earnings in other jurisdictions may be affected by the value of currencies when translated into U.S. dollars.

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Except for our business in the United Kingdom (the “U.K.”), our international subsidiaries conduct most of their business in their local currency. Inventory purchases for our U.K. business are generally denominated in euros, which could result in foreign currency transaction gains or losses.

Our products are subject to import and excise duties and/or sales or value-added taxes in many jurisdictions. Fluctuations in tax rates and duties and changes in tax legislation or regulation could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations and financial condition.

Our stock price may be volatile, and the value of our common stock has declined and may continue to decline.

The market price of our common stock may be highly volatile and may fluctuate or decline substantially as a result of a variety of factors, some of which are beyond our control, including without limitation:

a change in the relationship with any of our key suppliers or the unavailability of key products at competitive prices;
actual or anticipated fluctuations in our financial condition or results of operations;
variance in our financial performance from expectations of securities analysts and securities analysts may issue unfavorable research about us;
changes in our projected operating and financial results;
announcements by us or our competitors of significant business developments, acquisitions, or new offerings;
significant data breaches;
material litigation;
future sales of our common stock by us or our shareholders, or the perception that such sales may occur;
changes in senior management or key personnel;
the trading volume of our common stock;
changes in the anticipated future size and growth rate of our market; and
general macroeconomic, geopolitical, and market conditions beyond our control.

Broad market and industry fluctuations, as well as general economic, political, regulatory, and market conditions, such as recessions, interest rate changes, or international currency fluctuations, may also negatively affect the market price of our common stock. In the past, companies that have experienced volatility in the market price of their securities have been subject to securities class action litigation. We may be the target of this type of litigation in the future, which could result in substantial expenses and divert our management’s attention.

Macroeconomic developments may adversely affect our business.

Our performance is subject to global economic conditions and the related effects on consumer spending levels. Continued uncertainty about global economic conditions, including the COVID-19 pandemic, poses a risk as consumers and businesses may postpone spending in response to tighter credit, unemployment, negative financial news, and/or declines in income or asset values, which could have a material negative effect on demand for our products. The invasion of Ukraine by Russia has created global security concerns and economic uncertainty.

As a retailer that is dependent upon consumer discretionary spending, our results of operations are sensitive to changes in macroeconomic conditions. Our customers may have less money for discretionary purchases as a result of job losses, foreclosures, bankruptcies, increased fuel and energy costs, higher interest rates, higher taxes, reduced access to credit, and lower home values. These and other economic factors could adversely affect demand for our products, which could adversely affect our financial condition and operating results.

Significant developments stemming from the U.K.’s withdrawal from the E.U. could have a material adverse effect on the Company.

The U.K. formally exited the European Union on January 31, 2020 (commonly referred to as “Brexit”) and entered into a new trade agreement with the European Union on December 24, 2020. Despite the U.K.’s December 2020 trade agreement, many potential future effects of Brexit remain unclear and could adversely affect certain areas of our business, including, but not limited to, an increase in duties and delays in the delivery of products, and adverse effects to our suppliers.

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We have significant operations in both the U.K. and the E.U., and we are highly dependent on the free flow of labor and goods in those regions. In response to Brexit, in February 2020 we engaged with a third-party logistics provider within England to mitigate supply chain risks. Uncertainty surrounding Brexit could cause a slowdown in economic activity in the U.K., Europe or globally, which could adversely affect our operating results and growth prospects. In addition, Brexit could lead to legal uncertainty and potentially divergent national laws and regulations as the U.K. determines which E.U. laws to replace or replicate, including data protection regulation. Compliance with any new laws and regulations may be cumbersome, difficult, or costly.

There remains substantial uncertainty surrounding the ultimate effect of Brexit and outcomes could disrupt the markets we serve and the tax jurisdictions in which we operate. This uncertainty creates challenges (particularly in the near term) with respect to trading relationships between our U.K. subsidiary and other E.U. nations. These possible effects of Brexit could adversely affect our business, results of operations, and financial condition.

Imposition of tariffs and export controls on the products we buy may have a material adverse effect on our business.

A significant portion of the products that we purchase, including the portion purchased from U.S.-based suppliers, as well as most of our private brand merchandise, is manufactured abroad. We may be affected by potential changes in international trade agreements or tariffs, such as new tariffs imposed on certain Chinese-made goods imported into the U.S. Furthermore, China or other countries may institute retaliatory trade measures in response to existing or future tariffs imposed by the U.S. that could have a negative effect on our business. If any of these events occur as described, we may be obligated to seek alternative suppliers for our private brand merchandise, raise prices, or make changes to our operations, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our sales and profitability, results of operations, and financial condition.

Increasing inflation could adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

Inflation, as well as some of the measures taken by or that may be taken by the governments in countries where we operate in an attempt to curb inflation may have negative effects on the economies of those countries generally. If the United States or other countries where we operate experience substantial inflation in the future, our business may be adversely affected. This could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations, or cash flows.

Instability in the financial markets may adversely affect our business.

Uncertainty surrounding the potential effects of the COVID-19 pandemic helped create volatility in financial markets around the world. In addition, the global macroeconomic environment could be negatively affected by, among other things, instability in global economic markets, increased U.S. trade tariffs and trade disputes with other countries, instability in the global credit markets, supply chain weaknesses, instability in the geopolitical environment as a result of Brexit, the Russian invasion of the Ukraine and other political tensions, and foreign governmental debt concerns. Such challenges have caused, and may continue to cause, uncertainty and instability in local economies and in global financial markets.

LIBOR is in the process of being phased out and may be replaced by other benchmark rates; at this time, the future of LIBOR remains uncertain, and any changes in the methods by which LIBOR is determined or regulatory activity related to LIBOR’s phase out could cause LIBOR to perform differently than in the past or cease to exist. The phase out of LIBOR could cause market volatility or disruption and may adversely affect our access to the capital markets and cost of funding. Our 2020 Credit Agreement provides for alternative methods of calculating the interest rate payable on indebtedness thereunder.

This volatility may affect our future access to the credit and debt security markets, leading to higher borrowing costs, or, in some cases, the inability to obtain additional financing. Although we currently have a revolving credit agreement in place until July 14, 2025, tightening of credit markets could make it more difficult for us to access funds, refinance our existing indebtedness, enter into agreements for new indebtedness, or obtain funding through the issuance of the Company’s securities.

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Material changes in the market value of the securities we hold may adversely affect our results of operations and financial condition.

At January 29, 2022 our cash and cash equivalents totaled $804 million. The majority of our investments were short-term deposits in highly-rated banking institutions. We regularly monitor our counterparty credit risk and mitigate our exposure by making short-term investments only in highly-rated institutions and by limiting the amount we invest in any one institution. We continually monitor the creditworthiness of our counterparties. At January 29, 2022, all investments were in investment grade institutions. Despite an investment grade rating, it is possible that the value or liquidity of our investments may decline due to any number of factors, including general market conditions and bank-specific credit issues.

Our U.S. pension plan trust holds assets totaling $631 million at January 29, 2022. The fair values of these assets held in the trust are compared to the plan’s projected benefit obligation to determine the pension funding liability. We attempt to mitigate funding risk through asset diversification, and we regularly monitor investment risk of our portfolio through quarterly investment portfolio reviews and periodic asset and liability studies. Despite these measures, it is possible that the value of our portfolio may decline in the future due to any number of factors, including general market conditions and credit issues. Such declines could affect the funded status of our pension plan and future funding requirements.

Our financial results may be adversely affected by tax rates or exposure to additional tax liabilities.

We are a U.S. based multinational company subject to tax in multiple U.S. and foreign tax jurisdictions. Our provision for income taxes is based on a jurisdictional mix of earnings, statutory rates, and enacted tax rules, including transfer pricing. Significant judgment is required in determining our provision for income taxes and in evaluating our tax positions on a worldwide basis. Our effective tax rate could be adversely affected by a number of factors, including shifts in the mix of pretax results by tax jurisdiction, changes in tax laws or related interpretations in the jurisdictions in which we operate, and tax assessments and related interest and penalties resulting from income tax audits.

Changes in employment laws or regulation could harm our performance.

Various foreign and domestic labor laws govern our relationship with our employees and affect our operating costs. These laws include minimum wage requirements, overtime and sick pay, paid time off, work scheduling, healthcare reform and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, unemployment tax rates, workers’ compensation rates, European works council requirements, and union organization.

A number of factors could adversely affect our operating results, including additional government-imposed increases in minimum wages, overtime and sick pay, paid leaves of absence, mandated health benefits, and changing regulations from the National Labor Relations Board or other agencies. Complying with any new legislation or reversing changes implemented under existing law could be time-intensive and expensive and may affect our business.

Legislative or regulatory initiatives related to climate change concerns may negatively affect our business.

Greenhouse gases may have an adverse effect on global temperatures, weather patterns, and the frequency and severity of extreme weather and natural disasters. Global climate change could result in certain types of natural disasters occurring more frequently or with more intense effects. Such events could make it difficult or impossible for us to deliver products to our customers, create delays, and inefficiencies in our supply chain. Following an interruption to our business, we could require substantial recovery time, experience significant expenditures to resume operations, and lose significant sales. Concern over climate change may result in new or additional legal, legislative, and regulatory requirements to reduce or mitigate the effects of climate change on the environment, which could result in future tax, transportation, and utility increases, which could adversely affect our business. There is also increased focus, including by investors, customers, and other stakeholders, on these and other sustainability matters, such as worker safety, the use of plastic, energy consumption, and waste.

We face reputational, regulatory, human capital, and business development risks from a perceived or actual failure to effectively manage our material ESG risks and opportunities.

Our reputation could be damaged if we do not, or are perceived to not, act responsibly with respect to ESG matters, which could adversely affect our business, results of operations, cash flows, and financial condition. Our global ESG program is focused on the following four pillars through which we believe we may significantly impact our stakeholders, or which may pose a material risk or opportunity for our business: (1) Leveraging the Power of Our People and Communities, (2) Strengthening the Sustainability of Our Supply Chain, (3) Managing and Reducing Our Environmental Impacts, and (4) Operating Ethically and Transparently.

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These focus areas could prove to be the wrong focus areas, or not the most material focus areas, for our business.

In light of increasing regulatory, customer, team member, investor, and societal scrutiny of businesses’ management of material ESG issues, we may face a number of related risks, including making insufficient progress on or failing to identify all material ESG issues, resulting in potentially significant negative impacts on our stakeholders and related reputational harm; being perceived as having a superficial commitment to ESG without meaningfully addressing stakeholder impacts, risks, and opportunities, thereby potentially reducing important stakeholders’ willingness to be associated with, do business with, or be employed by us; an inability to control or avoid stakeholders politicizing our ESG positions, causing potential reputational harm among segments of our important stakeholders; or failing to comply with rapidly developing regulation on ESG in various jurisdictions, which may compromise our credibility, cause reputational harm, or lead to legal proceedings against us.

Increasing attention to ESG matters may also cause certain institutional investors to be discouraged from investing in us. Investor advocacy groups, certain institutional investors, investment funds, and other influential investors are also increasingly focused on ESG practices and in recent years have placed increasing importance on the implications and social cost of their investments. Regardless of the industry, investors’ increased focus and activism related to ESG and similar matters may hinder access to capital, as investors may decide to reallocate capital or to not commit capital as a result of their assessment of a company’s ESG practices. Companies which do not adapt to or comply with investor or stakeholder expectations and standards, which are evolving, or which are perceived to have not responded appropriately to the growing concern for ESG issues, regardless of whether there is a legal requirement to do so, may suffer from reputational damage and the business, financial condition, and/or stock price of such a company could be materially and adversely affected. In addition, the importance of ESG scoring evaluations is becoming more broadly accepted by shareholders. Certain organizations have developed scores and ratings to evaluate companies based upon certain ESG metrics. Many shareholders focus on positive ESG business practices and scores when making investments and may consider a company’s score as a reputational or other factor in making an investment decision.

In addition, certain investors, particularly institutional investors, use these scores to benchmark companies against their peers and if a company is perceived as lagging, these investors may engage with companies to require improved ESG disclosure or performance. We may face reputational damage in the event our ESG procedures or standards do not meet the standards set by various constituencies. A low score could result in a negative perception of us, or exclusion of our common stock from consideration by certain investors. In addition, the cost of compliance to receive high ESG scores may be considerable.

We may be adversely affected by regulatory and litigation developments.

We are exposed to the risk that federal or state legislation may negatively affect our operations. Changes in federal or state wage requirements, employee rights, health care, social welfare or entitlement programs, including health insurance, paid leave programs, or other changes in workplace regulation could increase our cost of doing business or otherwise adversely affect our operations. Additionally, we are regularly involved in litigation, including commercial, tort, intellectual property, customer, employment, wage and hour, data privacy, anti-corruption, and other claims, including purported class action lawsuits. The cost of defending against these types of claims against us or the ultimate resolution of such claims, whether by settlement, mediation, arbitration, or adverse court or agency decision, may harm our business.

We operate in many different jurisdictions and we could be adversely affected by violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and similar worldwide anti-corruption laws.

The U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and similar worldwide anti-corruption laws, including the U.K. Bribery Act of 2010, which is broader in scope than the FCPA, generally prohibit companies and their intermediaries from making improper payments to government officials for the purpose of obtaining or retaining business. Our internal policies mandate compliance with these anti-corruption laws. Despite our training and compliance programs, we cannot be assured that our internal control policies and procedures will always protect us from reckless or criminal acts committed by our employees or agents. Our continued expansion outside the United States, including in developing countries, could increase the risk of FCPA violations in the future. Violations of these laws, or allegations of such violations, could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations or financial condition.

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Failure to fully comply with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 could negatively affect our business, market confidence in our reported financial information, and the price of our common stock.

We continue to document, test, and monitor our internal control over financial reporting in order to satisfy the requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. During 2021, we closed on the acquisitions of WSS and atmos and we excluded both of these businesses from the scope of management’s report on internal control over financial reporting and will include them in scope, if necessary, for the year ending January 28, 2023. This process may result in additions or changes to our internal control over financial reporting. However, we cannot be assured that our disclosure controls and procedures and our internal control over financial reporting will prove to be completely adequate in the future. Failure to fully comply with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 could negatively affect our business, market confidence in our reported financial information, and the price of our common stock.

International intellectual property protection can be uncertain and costly.

Uncertainty in intellectual property protection can result from conducting business outside the United States, particularly in jurisdictions that do not have comparable levels of protection for our assets such as intellectual property, copyrights, and trademarks. Continuing to operate in such foreign jurisdictions where the ability to enforce intellectual property rights is limited increases our exposure to risk.

Risks Related to our Indebtedness and our Credit Facility

Our recent debt offering may cause an adverse effect on our business.

During the third quarter of 2021, we completed the sale of $400 million of 4% Senior Notes due 2029. Our inability to generate sufficient cash flow to satisfy our debt obligations or to refinance our debt obligations could adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations, capital expenditures, and other corporate requirements, requiring us to direct a substantial portion of our future cash flow toward payments on our indebtedness, which would reduce the amount of cash flow available to fund working capital, capital expenditures, and other corporate requirements, limiting our ability to respond to business opportunities and subjecting us to financial and other restrictive covenants, the failure of which to satisfy could result in a default of our indebtedness.

We may be unable to draw on our credit facility in the future.

Borrowings and letters of credit under our credit facility are not permitted to exceed a borrowing base, which is tied to our level of inventory. Therefore, reductions in the value of our inventory would result in a reduction in our borrowing base, which would reduce the amount of financial resources available to meet our operating requirements. Also, if we do not comply with our financial covenants and we do not obtain a waiver or amendment from our lenders, the lenders may elect to cause any amounts then owed to become immediately due and payable or may decline to renew our credit facility. In that event, we would seek to establish a replacement credit facility with one or more other lenders, including lenders with which we have an existing relationship, potentially on less desirable terms. There can be no guarantee that replacement financing would be available at commercially reasonable terms, if at all.

Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments

None

Item 2. Properties

Our properties consist of land, leased stores, administrative facilities, and distribution centers. Gross square footage and total selling area for our store locations at the end of 2021 were approximately 13.28 and 7.91 million square feet, respectively. These properties, which are primarily leased, are located in the United States and its territories, Canada, various European countries, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.

We currently operate six distribution centers, of which two are owned and four are leased, occupying an aggregate of 3.2 million square feet. Four of these distribution centers are located in the United States, one in Canada, and one in the Netherlands. We also own a manufacturing facility and operate a leased warehouse in the United States, which support our Team Edition apparel business.

We believe that all leases of properties that are material to our operations may be renewed, or that alternative properties are available, on terms similar to existing leases. Currently, WSS operates one leased distribution center and in 2022 we expect to open a second distribution center in Texas to support the planned sales growth for that business. Also, we expect to open for operations our new distribution center in Nevada in the back half of 2022.

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Item 3. Legal Proceedings

Information regarding the Company’s legal proceedings is contained in the Legal Proceedings note under “Item 8. Consolidated Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.”

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures

Not applicable.

Item 4A. Information about our Executive Officers

The following table provides information with respect to all persons serving as executive officers as of March 24, 2022, including business experience for the last five years.

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

    

Richard A. Johnson

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

 

Franklin R. Bracken

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary 

 

Sheilagh M. Clarke

Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer 

 

Andrew I. Gray

Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer

 

W. Scott Martin

Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

 

Elizabeth S. Norberg

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer 

 

Andrew E. Page

President, Global Brands

Samantha Lomow

President - EMEA and General Manager - Foot Locker Europe

 

Susie J. Kuhn

Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer 

 

Giovanna Cipriano

Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain

 

Todd Greener

Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer

 

Himanshu Parikh

Vice President, Treasurer

 

John A. Maurer

Richard A. Johnson, age 64, has served as Chairman of the Board since May 2016 and President and Chief Executive Officer since December 2014.

Franklin R. Bracken, age 49, has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since November 2021. He previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer — North America from July 2020 through November 2021, Senior Vice President and General Manager Foot Locker U.S., Lady Foot Locker, and Kids Foot Locker from October 2017 through July 2020, and Vice President General Manager of Foot Locker Canada from February 2016 through October 2017.

Sheilagh M. Clarke, age 62, has served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since March 2022 and previously served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from June 2014 through March 2022.

Andrew I. Gray, age 44, has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer since July 2020. Mr. Gray previously served as Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer — North America from October 2017 through July 2020 and Vice President and General Manager of U.S. Foot Locker and Lady Foot Locker from April 2016 to October 2017.

W. Scott Martin, age 54, has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer since March 2022. Mr. Martin previously served as President — Asia Pacific from November 2021 through March 2022, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer — Asia Pacific and Chief Strategy Officer from July 2020 through November 2021, Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy and Development Officer from March 2019 to July 2020, Senior Vice President — Strategy and Store Development from October 2017 to March 2019 and as Senior Vice President — Real Estate from June 2016 to September 2017.

Elizabeth S. Norberg, age 55, has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer since November 2021. From September 2018 through November 2021, she served as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. Ms. Norberg previously served as Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer at Loews Hotels & Co. (a subsidiary of Loews Corporation) from August 2017 to September 2018.

Andrew E. Page, age 52, has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since April 2021. Mr. Page has served as Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Controller at Advance Auto Parts, Inc. from May 2019 through April 2021 and Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer at Under Armour, Inc. Mr. Page worked for Under Armour, Inc. from 2011 to 2019, where he initially served as the company’s Assistant Controller.

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Samantha Lomow, age 48, has served as President, Global Brands since March 2022. Ms. Lomow previously served as a Special Advisor to Hasbro, Inc. from February 2021 through February 2022, President, Branded Entertainment, Hasbro & e-One from January 2020 through January 2021, President, Hasbro Entertainment Brands from September 2018 through January 2020, and Senior Vice President, Hasbro Brands from January 2016 through August 2018.

Susan J. Kuhn, age 46, has served as President — EMEA and General Manager — Foot Locker Europe since November 2021. Ms. Kuhn previously served as Senior Vice President, General Manager, Foot Locker Europe from February 2020 through November 2021, Executive Director, Strategy & Business Development, Urban Outfitters, Inc. from January 2019 through February 2020, and Vice President and General Manager, Digital and Direct Retail—Converse China, Nike, Inc. from October 2016 through August 2018.

Giovanna Cipriano, age 52, has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer since May 2009.

Todd Greener, age 51, has served as Senior Vice President — Global Supply Chain since October 2018. Mr. Greener previously served as Senior Vice President — Supply Chain at Advance Auto Parts from March 2015 to October 2018.

Himanshu Parikh, age 49, has served as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer since December 2020. From January 2015 to November 2020, Mr. Parikh served in various technology leadership roles at Michaels Corporation with his most recent role as Senior Vice President — Chief Technology Officer.

John A. Maurer, age 62, has served as Vice President, Treasurer since September 2006. In addition to Treasurer, he also served as Vice President of Investor Relations from February 2011 through March 2018.

There are no family relationships among the executive officers or directors of the Company.

PART II

Item 5.

Market for the Company’s Common Equity, Related Shareholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

Foot Locker, Inc. common stock (ticker symbol “FL”) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange as well as on the Börse Stuttgart stock exchange in Germany.

As of January 29, 2022, we had 11,316 shareholders of record owning 97,020,796 common shares.

We declared a dividend of $0.20 per share in the first and second quarters of 2021, and a dividend of $0.30 per share in the third and fourth quarters of 2021. On February 24, 2022, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.40 per share to be paid on April 29, 2022. This dividend represents a 33% increase from the previous quarterly per share amount of $0.30 per share. The Board of Directors regularly reviews the dividend policy and rate, taking into consideration the overall financial and strategic outlook for our earnings, liquidity, and cash flow.

The following table is a summary of our fourth quarter share repurchases:

Total Number of

Dollar Value of

Total

Average

Shares Purchased as

Shares that may

Number

Price

Part of Publicly 

yet be Purchased

of Shares

Paid Per

Announced

Under the

Date Purchased

    

Purchased (1)

    

Share (1) 

Program (2)

    

Program (2)

October 31 to November 27, 2021

 

400,356

$

49.01

 

400,000

$

640,410,413

November 28 to January 1, 2022

 

2,400,000

 

43.64

 

2,400,000

 

535,677,083

January 2 to January 29, 2022

 

1,250,000

 

42.89

 

1,250,000

 

482,063,933

 

4,050,356

$

43.94

 

4,050,000

 

  

(1)These columns also reflect shares acquired in satisfaction of the tax withholding obligation of holders of restricted stock awards, which vested during the quarter and shares repurchased pursuant to Rule 10b5-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The calculation of the average price paid per share includes all fees, commissions, and other costs associated with the repurchase of such shares.
(2)On February 20, 2019, the Board of Directors approved a 3-year, $1.2 billion share repurchase program extending through January 2022. Through January 29, 2022, 16.5 million shares of common stock were purchased under this program for an aggregate cost of $718 million.

On February 24, 2022, the Board of Directors approved a new share repurchase program authorizing the Company to repurchase up to $1.2 billion of its common stock replacing the prior authorization. The new share repurchase program does not have an expiration date.

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Performance Graph

The graph below compares the cumulative five-year total return to shareholders (common stock price appreciation plus dividends, on a reinvested basis) of our common stock relative to the total returns of the S&P 400 Specialty Retailing Index and the Russell Midcap Index.

Indexed Share Price Performance

Chart, line chart

Description automatically generated

    

1/28/2017

    

2/3/2018

    

2/2/2019

    

2/1/2020

    

1/30/2021

    

1/29/2022

Foot Locker, Inc.

$

100.00

$

73.07

$

85.50

$

60.95

$

72.14

$

74.63

S&P 400 Specialty Retailing Index

$

100.00

$

97.46

$

98.50

$

99.84

$

148.32

$

159.70

Russell Midcap Index

$

100.00

$

117.03

$

116.55

$

135.63

$

159.68

$

177.21

The above information should not be deemed “soliciting material” or to be filed with the SEC, nor shall such information be incorporated by reference into any future filing under the Securities Act of 1933 or Securities Exchange Act of 1934, each as amended, except to the extent that we specifically incorporate it by reference into such filing.

2021 Form 10-K Page 18

Item 6. Selected Financial Data

FIVE-YEAR SUMMARY OF SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

The selected financial data below should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements and the Notes thereto and other information contained elsewhere in this report.

($ in millions, except per share amounts)

    

2021

    

2020

    

2019

    

2018

    

2017 (1)

Summary of Operations

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

Sales

$

8,958

 

7,548

 

8,005

 

7,939

 

7,782

Gross margin

 

3,080

 

2,183

 

2,543

 

2,528

 

2,456

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

1,851

 

1,587

 

1,650

 

1,614

 

1,501

Depreciation and amortization

 

197

 

176

 

179

 

178

 

173

Impairment and other charges

 

172

 

117

 

65

 

37

 

211

Interest (expense) income, net

 

(14)

 

(7)

 

11

 

9

 

2

Other income, net

 

394

 

198

 

12

 

5

 

5

Net income attributable to Foot Locker, Inc.

 

893

 

323

 

491

 

541

 

284

Per Common Share Data

 

 

 

 

 

  

Basic earnings

$

8.72

 

3.10

 

4.52

 

4.68

 

2.23

Diluted earnings

$

8.61

 

3.08

 

4.50

 

4.66

 

2.22

Common stock dividends declared per share

$

1.00

 

0.70

 

1.52

 

1.38

 

1.24

Weighted-average Common Shares Outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

  

Basic earnings

 

102.5

 

104.3

 

108.7

 

115.6

 

127.2

Diluted earnings

 

103.8

 

105.1

 

109.1

 

116.1

 

127.9

Financial Condition

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

Cash and cash equivalents

$

804

 

1,680

 

907

 

891

 

849

Merchandise inventories

 

1,266

 

923

 

1,208

 

1,269

 

1,278

Property and equipment, net

 

917

 

788

 

824

 

836

 

866

Total assets

 

8,135

 

7,043

 

6,589

 

3,820

 

3,961

Long-term debt and obligations under capital leases

 

457

 

110

 

122

 

124

 

125

Total shareholders’ equity

 

3,243

 

2,776

 

2,473

 

2,506

 

2,519

Financial Ratios

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

Sales per average gross square foot (2)

$

540

 

417

 

510

 

504

 

495

SG&A as a percentage of sales

 

20.7

%

21.0

20.6

20.3

19.3

Net income margin

 

10.0

%

4.3

6.1

6.8

3.6

Adjusted net income margin (3)

 

9.0

%

3.9

6.7

6.9

6.6

Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) (3)

$

1,254

501

661

704

576

EBIT margin (3)

 

14.0

%

6.6

8.3

8.9

7.4

Adjusted EBIT (3)

$

1,120

428

722

741

762

Adjusted EBIT margin (3)

 

12.5

%

5.7

9.0

9.3

9.9

Return on assets (ROA)

 

11.8

%

4.7

9.4

13.9

7.3

Return on invested capital (ROIC) (3)

 

17.4

%

8.6

12.5

12.0

11.0

Net debt capitalization percent (3), (4)

 

44.4

%

35.2

49.4

51.7

54.4

Current ratio

 

1.4

 

1.7

 

2.0

 

3.3

 

4.1

Other Data

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

Capital expenditures

$

209

 

159

 

187

 

187

 

274

Number of stores at year end

 

2,858

 

2,998

 

3,129

 

3,221

 

3,310

Total selling square footage at year end (in millions)

 

7.91

 

7.50

 

7.57

 

7.63

 

7.71

Total gross square footage at year end (in millions)

 

13.28

 

12.98

 

13.15

 

13.24

 

13.30

(1)2017 represented the 53 weeks ended February 3, 2018.
(2)Calculated as store sales divided by the average monthly ending gross square footage of the last thirteen months. The computation for each of the years presented reflects the foreign exchange rate in effect for such year. The 2017 amount has been calculated excluding the sales of the 53rd week.
(3)These represent non-GAAP measures, see Item 7, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” for additional information and calculation.
(4)Represents total debt and obligations under leases, net of cash, and cash equivalents. For 2017 to 2018, this calculation includes the present value of operating leases prior to the adoption of the new lease accounting standard and therefore was considered a non-GAAP measure.


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

This section of the Annual Report on Form 10-K generally discusses 2021 and 2020 detail and year-over-year comparisons between these years. For a comparison of our results for 2020 to our results of 2019 and other financial information related to 2019, refer to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 30, 2021 filed with the SEC on March 25, 2021.

Business Overview

Foot Locker, Inc. leads the celebration of sneaker and youth culture around the globe through a portfolio of brands including Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Champs Sports, Eastbay, atmos, WSS, Footaction, and Sidestep. As of January 29, 2022, we operated 2,858 primarily mall-based stores, as well as stores in high-traffic urban retail areas and high streets, in 28 countries across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia, as well as websites and mobile apps. Our purpose is to inspire and empower youth culture around the world, by fueling a shared passion for self-expression and creating unrivaled experiences at the heart of the global sneaker community.

Foot Locker, Inc. uses its omni-channel capabilities to bridge the digital world and physical stores, including order-in-store, buy online and pickup-in-store, and buy online and ship-from-store, as well as e-commerce. We operate websites and mobile apps aligned with the brand names of our store banners including footlocker.com, kidsfootlocker.com, champssports.com, atmosusa.com, shopwss.com and related e-commerce sites in the various international countries that we operate. These sites offer some of the largest online product selections and provide a seamless link between e-commerce and physical stores. We also operate the websites for eastbay.com and eastbayteamsales.com.

Segment Reporting

Our operating segments are identified according to how our business activities are managed and evaluated by our chief operating decision maker, our CEO. We have three operating segments, North America, Europe, Middle East, and Africa (“EMEA”), and Asia Pacific. Our North America operating segment includes the results of the following banners operating in the U.S. and Canada: Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Champs Sports, WSS, and Footaction, including each of their related e-commerce businesses, as well as our Eastbay business that includes internet, catalog, and team sales. Our EMEA operating segment includes the results of the following banners operating in Europe: Foot Locker, Sidestep, and Kids Foot Locker, including each of their related e-commerce businesses. Our Asia Pacific operating segment includes the results of Foot Locker and Kids Foot Locker operating in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia as well as the related e-commerce businesses. The Asia Pacific operating segment also includes the operations of our newly acquired atmos business operating primarily in Japan. We have further aggregated these operating segments into one reportable segment based upon their shared customer base and similar economic characteristics.

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 had a significant effect on overall economic conditions in the various geographic areas in which we have operations. We have made best efforts to comply with all precautionary measures as directed by health authorities and local, state, and national governments. The following represents a summary of the percentage of time that our stores were open, although there were significant regional variances by quarter and other restrictions that reduced operating hours as well:

Period

2021

2020

First Quarter

76%

48%

Second Quarter

90%

70%

Third Quarter

94%

93%

Fourth Quarter

97%

87%

Full Year

89%

75%

We continue to monitor the outbreak of COVID-19 and other closures, or closures for a longer period of time, reduced operating hours, capacity limitations, and social distancing may be required to help ensure the health and safety of our team members and our customers. COVID-19 has and may continue to have an effect on ports and trade, as well as global travel.

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Given the dynamic nature of these circumstances, the duration of business disruption, and reduced customer traffic, the related financial affect cannot be reasonably estimated at this time but may materially affect our business for the foreseeable future.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures

In addition to reporting our financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), we report certain financial results that differ from what is reported under GAAP. In the following tables, we have presented certain financial measures and ratios identified as non-GAAP such as Earnings Before Interest and Taxes (“EBIT”), adjusted EBIT, adjusted EBIT margin, adjusted income before income taxes, adjusted net income, adjusted net income margin, adjusted diluted earnings per share, Return on Invested Capital (“ROIC”), and free cash flow.

We present these non-GAAP measures because we believe they assist investors in comparing our performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that are not indicative of our core business or which affect comparability. These non-GAAP measures are also useful in assessing our progress in achieving our long-term financial objectives.

Additionally, we present certain amounts as excluding the effects of foreign currency fluctuations, which are also considered non-GAAP measures. Throughout the following discussions, where amounts are expressed as excluding the effects of foreign currency fluctuations, such changes are determined by translating all amounts in both years using the prior-year average foreign exchange rates. Presenting amounts on a constant currency basis is useful to investors because it enables them to better understand the changes in our businesses that are not related to currency movements.

We estimate the tax effect of the non-GAAP adjustments by applying a marginal rate to each of the respective items. The income tax items represent the discrete amount that affected the period.

The non-GAAP financial information is provided in addition to, and not as an alternative to, our reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP. Presented below is a reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP results discussed throughout this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Please see the non-GAAP reconciliations for free cash flow in the “Liquidity and Capital Resources” section.

Reconciliation

($ in millions)

    

2021

    

2020

    

2019

 

Pre-tax income:

 

  

 

  

 

  

Income before income taxes

$

1,240

$

494

$

672

Pre-tax adjustments excluded from GAAP:

 

  

 

  

 

  

Impairment and other charges (1)

 

172

 

117

 

65

Other income, net (2)

(306)

(190)

(4)

Adjusted income before income taxes (non-GAAP)

$

1,106

$

421

$

733

Calculation of Earnings Before Interest and Taxes (EBIT):

 

  

 

  

 

  

Income before income taxes

$

1,240

$

494

$

672

Interest (expense) income, net

 

(14)

 

(7)

 

11

EBIT

$

1,254

$

501

$

661

Adjusted income before income taxes

$

1,106

$

421

$

733

Interest (expense) income, net

 

(14)

 

(7)

 

11

Adjusted EBIT (non-GAAP)

$

1,120

$

428

$

722

EBIT margin %

 

14.0

%  

 

6.6

%  

 

8.3

%

Adjusted EBIT margin %

 

12.5

%  

 

5.7

%  

 

9.0

%

2021 Form 10-K Page 21

($ in millions)

    

2021

    

2020

    

2019

 

After-tax income:

 

  

 

  

 

  

Net income attributable to Foot Locker, Inc.

$

893

$

323

$

491

After-tax adjustments excluded from GAAP:

 

  

 

  

 

  

Impairment and other charges, net of income tax benefit of $42, $24, and $16, respectively (1)

 

130

 

93

 

49

Other income, net of income tax expense of $80, $50, and $-, respectively (2)

(226)

(140)

(4)

Tax charge related to revaluation of certain intellectual property rights (3)

11

25

Tax benefits related to tax law rate changes (4)

(1)

(5)

(2)

U.S. tax reform (5)

 

 

2

Income tax valuation allowances (6)

 

 

2

Adjusted net income (non-GAAP)

$

807

$

296

$

538

Earnings per share:

 

  

 

  

 

  

Diluted EPS

$

8.61

$

3.08

$

4.50

Diluted EPS amounts excluded from GAAP:

 

  

 

 

Impairment and other charges (1)

 

1.24

 

0.87

 

0.44

Other income, net (2)

(2.18)

(1.33)

(0.04)

Tax charge related to revaluation of certain intellectual property rights (3)

0.11

0.24

Tax benefits related to tax law rate changes (4)

(0.01)

(0.05)

(0.02)

U.S. tax reform (5)

 

 

0.02

Income tax valuation allowances (6)

 

 

0.03

Adjusted diluted EPS (non-GAAP)

$

7.77

$

2.81

$

4.93

Net income margin %

 

10.0

%  

 

4.3

%  

 

6.1

%

Adjusted net income margin %

 

9.0

%  

 

3.9

%  

 

6.7

%

Notes on Non-GAAP Adjustments:

(1)For 2021, 2020, and 2019, we recorded impairment and other charges of $172 million ($130 million after tax), $117 million ($93 million after tax), and $65 million ($49 million after tax), respectively. See the Impairment and Other Charges section for further information.
(2)During 2021 and 2020, we recorded non-cash gains of $290 million ($214 million after tax) and $190 million, ($140 million after-tax), respectively, related to our minority investment in GOAT. Our investment in GOAT is measured using the fair value measurement alternative and received additional funding at higher valuations than our initial investment.  Also, in 2021, we made a minority investment in a public entity, Retailors Ltd. This investment was at a discount of $9 million ($7 million after tax) to the initial public offering price. Due to the infrequent and nonrecurring nature of the gains related to GOAT and discount on the initial public offering of our Retailors Ltd investment, the income was removed to arrive at non-GAAP earnings. This caption also included $7 million ($5 million after tax) related to the finalization of the insurance claim associated with the prior year social unrest. In 2019, Other income, net represented a gain recorded in connection with acquisition of a Canadian distribution center lease and related assets. The tax expense related to this transaction was largely offset by the release of a valuation allowance. See the Other Income, net section for further information.
(3)We recorded tax charges related to the revaluation of certain intellectual property rights, pursuant to a non-U.S. advance pricing agreement of $11 million and $25 million for 2021 and 2020, respectively. 
(4)We recognized tax benefits of $1 million, $5 million, and $2 million during the fourth quarters of 2021, 2020, and 2019, respectively, in connection with tax law changes in the Netherlands.
(5)On December 22, 2017, the United States enacted tax reform legislation that included a broad range of business tax provisions. In 2017, we recognized a $99 million provisional charge for the mandatory deemed repatriation of foreign sourced net earnings and a corresponding change in our permanent reinvestment assertion under ASC 740-30. During 2018, we reduced the provisional amounts by $28 million. This adjustment represented a $21 million reduction in the deemed repatriation tax and a $7 million benefit related to IRS accounting method changes and timing difference adjustments. In 2019, we recorded a charge for $2 million, which reflected an adjustment to U.S. tax on foreign income. We exclude the discrete U.S. tax reform effect from our Adjusted diluted EPS as it does not reflect our ongoing tax obligations under U.S. tax reform.
(6)Valuation allowances were established against deferred tax assets associated with certain foreign tax losses.

Return on Invested Capital

ROIC is presented below and represents a non-GAAP measure. We believe ROIC is a meaningful measure because it quantifies how efficiently we generated operating income relative to the capital we have invested in the business. ROIC, subject to certain adjustments, is also used as a measure in executive long-term incentive compensation.

The closest U.S. GAAP measure to ROIC is Return on Assets (“ROA”) and is also presented below. ROA is calculated as net income attributable to Foot Locker, Inc. in the fiscal year divided by the two-year average of total assets. ROA increased to 11.8% as compared with 4.7% in the prior year. This increase reflected higher profit in 2021, partially offset by higher average total assets.

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Our ROIC increased to 17.4% in 2021, as compared with 8.6% in the prior year. The overall increase in ROIC reflected an increase in adjusted return after taxes as the prior year was negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    

2021

    

2020

    

2019

 

ROA (1)

 

11.8

%  

4.7

%  

9.4

%

ROIC %

 

17.4

%  

8.6

%  

12.5

%

(1)Represents net income attributable to Foot Locker, Inc. of $893 million, $323 million, and $491 million divided by average total assets of $7,589 million, $6,816 million, and $5,205 million for 2021, 2020, and 2019, respectively.

Calculation of ROIC:

($ in millions)

    

2021

    

2020

    

2019

 

Adjusted EBIT

$

1,120

$

428

$

722

+ Interest component of straight-line rent expense (1)

144

158

173

Adjusted net operating profit

 

1,264

 

586

 

895

- Adjusted income tax expense (2)

 

(340)

 

(167)

 

(236)

+ Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

1

= Adjusted return after taxes

$

925

$

419

$

659

Average total assets (3)

$

7,589

$

6,816

$

3,755

- Average cash and cash equivalents

 

(1,242)

 

(1,294)

 

(899)

- Average non-interest bearing current liabilities

 

(1,060)

 

(819)

 

(720)

- Average merchandise inventories

 

(1,095)

 

(1,066)

 

(1,239)

+ Average right-of-use assets (4)

 

 

 

3,024

+ 13month average merchandise inventories

 

1,116

 

1,243

 

1,361

= Average invested capital

$

5,308

$

4,880

$

5,282

ROIC %

 

17.4

%  

 

8.6

%  

 

12.5

%

(1)Represents the add-back to operating income driven by the hypothetical interest expense we would incur if the property under our operating leases were owned or accounted for as finance leases. Calculated using the discount rate for each operating lease recorded as a component of rent expense. Operating lease interest is added back to adjusted net operating profit in the ROIC calculation to account for differences in capital structure between us and our competitors.
(2)The adjusted income tax expense represents the marginal tax rate applied to adjusted net operating profit for each of the periods presented.
(3)For 2019, the amount represents the average total assets for 2019 and 2018, excluding the 2019 right-of-use assets of $2,899 million for comparability to prior periods before the adoption of the new lease accounting standard.
(4)For 2019, the amount represents the average of the right-of-use assets as of February 1, 2020 and February 3, 2019 (the date of the adoption of the new lease standard) of $2,899 million and $3,148 million, respectively.  

Overview of Consolidated Results

(in millions, except per share data)

    

2021

    

2020

    

2019

Sales

$

8,958

$

7,548

$

8,005

Sales per average square foot

540

417

510

Gross margin

 

3,080

 

2,183

 

2,543

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

1,851

 

1,587

 

1,650

Depreciation and amortization

 

197

 

176

 

179

Operating Results

Division profit

$

1,161

$

491

$

788

Less: Other charges

172

117

65

Less: Corporate expense

129

71

74

Income from operations

860

303

649

Interest (expense) income, net

(14)

(7)

11

Other income, net

394

198

12

Income before income taxes

$

1,240

$

494

$

672

Net income attributable to Foot Locker, Inc.

$

893

$

323

$

491

Diluted earnings per share

$

8.61

$

3.08

$

4.50

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Highlights of our 2021 financial performance include:

We delivered the highest sales in Foot Locker’s history as an athletic retailer, despite COVID-19’s continued effect on overall economic conditions in the various geographic areas in which we have operations. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, stores across all of our brands in North America, EMEA, and Asia Pacific were temporarily closed for various periods during the year. As a result, our stores were open for approximately 89% of operating days in 2021, as compared with 75% in 2020.
Apparel and accessory sales penetration increased to 20% as compared with 16% last year, our footwear sales represented 80% of sales, down from last year’s penetration as we had increased success with branded and private-label apparel offerings.
Our stores channel sales rebounded well from the extensive store closures in 2020 as customer traffic returned to shopping centers and malls.
Sales per square foot increased to $540, increasing from $510 per square foot in 2019.
Our direct-to-customers sales channel decreased to 21.5% of total sales in 2021 as shoppers began returning to our stores. Despite the decrease, this penetration exceeded the 16.1% in 2019. Our ongoing investments in our omnichannel ecosystem, including consumer experience and supply chain capabilities, have been instrumental in delivering a seamless customer experience.
As noted in the table below, sales and comparable sales both increased in 2021. Our stores generated significant increases, which more than offset the reduction in the direct-to-customers channel.