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$17.37 49 $851
10-Q 2018-11-03 Quarter: 2018-11-03
10-Q 2018-08-04 Quarter: 2018-08-04
10-Q 2018-05-05 Quarter: 2018-05-05
10-K 2018-02-03 Annual: 2018-02-03
10-Q 2017-10-28 Quarter: 2017-10-28
10-Q 2017-07-29 Quarter: 2017-07-29
10-Q 2017-04-29 Quarter: 2017-04-29
10-K 2017-01-28 Annual: 2017-01-28
10-Q 2016-10-29 Quarter: 2016-10-29
10-Q 2016-07-30 Quarter: 2016-07-30
10-Q 2016-04-30 Quarter: 2016-04-30
10-K 2016-01-30 Annual: 2016-01-30
8-K 2018-12-10 Officers, Other Events, Exhibits
8-K 2018-11-26 Earnings, Exhibits, Earnings, Exhibits
8-K 2018-09-17 Officers, Other Events, Exhibits
8-K 2018-08-24 Earnings, Exhibits, Earnings, Exhibits
8-K 2018-06-01 Shareholder Vote, Shareholder Vote, Other Events, Exhibits
8-K 2018-05-25 Earnings, Exhibits, Earnings, Exhibits
8-K 2018-03-27 Other Events, Other Events, Exhibits
8-K 2018-03-16 Earnings, Exhibits, Earnings, Exhibits
8-K 2018-02-04 Officers, Exhibits
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Item 4 - Controls and Procedures
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Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures: None
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10-Q 1 a20181103-10q.htm THE BUCKLE, INC. 10-Q Document


UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
FORM 10-Q

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

For the Quarterly Period Ended November 3, 2018

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

For the Transition Period from ____________ to ____________

Commission File Number: 001-12951

 THE BUCKLE, INC.
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

Nebraska
47-0366193
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
 
2407 West 24th Street, Kearney, Nebraska  68845-4915
(Address of principal executive offices)     (Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (308) 236-8491

____________________________________________________________________
(Former name, former address, and former fiscal year if changed since last report)
 
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 þ No o
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant  has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for a shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes þ No o

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and "emerging growth company" in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

Large accelerated filer o; Accelerated filer þ;
Non-accelerated filer o; Smaller reporting company o;
Emerging growth company o

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. o

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

The number of shares outstanding of the Registrant's Common Stock, $0.01 par value, as of December 7, 2018, was 49,017,975.



THE BUCKLE, INC.

FORM 10-Q
INDEX


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THE BUCKLE, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Amounts in Thousands Except Share and Per Share Amounts)
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
 
ASSETS
November 3,
2018
 
February 3,
2018
 

 

CURRENT ASSETS:
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
177,918

 
$
165,086

Short-term investments
45,605

 
50,833

Receivables
8,266

 
8,588

Inventory
145,473

 
118,007

Prepaid expenses and other assets
19,862

 
18,070

Total current assets
397,124

 
360,584

 


 


PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT
460,523

 
459,043

Less accumulated depreciation and amortization
(324,044
)
 
(309,497
)
 
136,479

 
149,546

 


 


LONG-TERM INVESTMENTS
18,322

 
21,453

OTHER ASSETS
7,170

 
6,533

 


 


Total assets
$
559,095

 
$
538,116

 


 


LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
 

 
 

 


 


CURRENT LIABILITIES:
 

 
 

Accounts payable
$
48,400

 
$
29,387

Accrued employee compensation
17,996

 
22,307

Accrued store operating expenses
21,851

 
15,646

Gift certificates redeemable
13,907

 
18,202

Income taxes payable

 
12,364

Total current liabilities
102,154

 
97,906

 


 


DEFERRED COMPENSATION
13,804

 
15,154

DEFERRED RENT LIABILITY
30,287

 
33,808

Total liabilities
146,245

 
146,868

 


 


COMMITMENTS


 


 


 


STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY:
 

 
 

Common stock, authorized 100,000,000 shares of $.01 par value; 49,017,975 and 48,816,170 shares issued and outstanding at November 3, 2018 and February 3, 2018, respectively
490

 
488

Additional paid-in capital
147,584

 
144,279

Retained earnings
264,776

 
246,570

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 
(89
)
Total stockholders’ equity
412,850

 
391,248

 


 


Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity
$
559,095

 
$
538,116


See notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

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THE BUCKLE, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Amounts in Thousands Except Per Share Amounts)
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended
 
Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
 
November 3,
2018

October 28,
2017
 
November 3,
2018
 
October 28,
2017






 
 
 
 
SALES, Net of returns and allowances
$
215,107


$
224,307

 
$
621,084

 
$
632,208







 
 
 
 
COST OF SALES (Including buying, distribution, and occupancy costs)
128,950


133,379

 
376,305

 
385,424







 
 
 
 
Gross profit
86,157


90,928

 
244,779

 
246,784







 
 
 
 
OPERATING EXPENSES:





 
 

 
 
Selling
50,612


50,684

 
144,361

 
144,281

General and administrative
9,244


9,307

 
30,696

 
29,113

 
59,856


59,991

 
175,057

 
173,394







 
 
 
 
INCOME FROM OPERATIONS
26,301


30,937

 
69,722

 
73,390







 
 
 
 
OTHER INCOME, Net
1,332


808

 
3,791

 
2,642







 
 
 
 
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES
27,633


31,745

 
73,513

 
76,032







 
 
 
 
PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES
7,157


11,841

 
19,040

 
28,360







 
 
 
 
NET INCOME
$
20,476


$
19,904

 
$
54,473

 
$
47,672







 
 
 
 






 
 
 
 
EARNINGS PER SHARE:
 


 

 
 
 
 
Basic
$
0.42


$
0.41

 
$
1.13

 
$
0.99







 
 
 
 
Diluted
$
0.42


$
0.41

 
$
1.12

 
$
0.99







 
 
 
 
Basic weighted average shares
48,379


48,218

 
48,379

 
48,218

Diluted weighted average shares
48,611


48,339

 
48,584

 
48,331


See notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

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THE BUCKLE, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(Amounts in Thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended
 
Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
 
November 3,
2018
 
October 28,
2017
 
November 3,
2018
 
October 28,
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NET INCOME
$
20,476

 
$
19,904

 
$
54,473

 
$
47,672

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME, NET OF TAX:
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Change in unrealized loss on investments, net of tax of $0, $0, $31, and $2, respectively

 

 
89

 
3

Other comprehensive income

 

 
89

 
3

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
$
20,476

 
$
19,904

 
$
54,562

 
$
47,675


See notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

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THE BUCKLE, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
(Amounts in Thousands Except Share and Per Share Amounts)
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Number
of Shares
 
Common
Stock
 
Additional
Paid-in
Capital
 
Retained
Earnings
 
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Loss
 
Total
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FISCAL 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
BALANCE, February 4, 2018
 
48,816,170

 
$
488

 
$
144,279

 
$
246,570

 
$
(89
)
 
$
391,248

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income
 

 

 

 
54,473

 

 
54,473

Dividends paid on common stock, ($0.75 per share)
 

 

 

 
(36,656
)
 

 
(36,656
)
Issuance of non-vested stock, net of forfeitures
 
201,805

 
2

 
(2
)
 

 

 

Amortization of non-vested stock grants, net of forfeitures
 

 

 
3,307

 

 

 
3,307

Change in unrealized loss on investments, net of tax
 

 

 

 

 
89

 
89

Cumulative effect of change in accounting upon adoption of ASC Topic 606
 

 

 

 
389

 

 
389

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
BALANCE, November 3, 2018
 
49,017,975

 
$
490

 
$
147,584

 
$
264,776

 
$

 
$
412,850

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FISCAL 2017
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

BALANCE, January 29, 2017
 
48,622,780

 
$
486

 
$
139,398

 
$
290,737

 
$
(82
)
 
$
430,539

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income
 

 

 

 
47,672

 

 
47,672

Dividends paid on common stock, ($0.75 per share)
 

 

 

 
(36,575
)
 

 
(36,575
)
Issuance of non-vested stock, net of forfeitures
 
218,500

 
2

 
(2
)
 

 

 

Amortization of non-vested stock grants, net of forfeitures
 

 

 
4,274

 

 

 
4,274

Change in unrealized loss on investments, net of tax
 

 

 

 

 
3

 
3

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
BALANCE, October 28, 2017
 
48,841,280

 
$
488

 
$
143,670

 
$
301,834

 
$
(79
)
 
$
445,913


See notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

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THE BUCKLE, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Amounts in Thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
 
 
Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
 
November 3,
2018
 
October 28,
2017
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
 
 
 
Net income
$
54,473

 
$
47,672

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash flows from operating activities:
 

 
 

Depreciation and amortization
20,308

 
23,143

Amortization of non-vested stock grants, net of forfeitures
3,307

 
4,274

Deferred income taxes
(857
)
 
(1,581
)
Other
539

 
427

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
 

 
 

Receivables
874

 
(41
)
Inventory
(27,770
)
 
(3,127
)
Prepaid expenses and other assets
(1,792
)
 
(2,294
)
Accounts payable
19,724

 
16,456

Accrued employee compensation
(4,311
)
 
(12,007
)
Accrued store operating expenses
6,205

 
2,349

Gift certificates redeemable
(4,295
)
 
(6,346
)
Income taxes payable
(12,916
)
 
(9,646
)
Deferred rent liabilities and deferred compensation
(4,871
)
 
(659
)
 
 
 
 
Net cash flows from operating activities
48,618

 
58,620

 
 
 
 
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
 

 
 

Purchases of property and equipment
(7,797
)
 
(10,959
)
Change in other assets
188

 
122

Purchases of investments
(53,083
)
 
(44,712
)
Proceeds from sales/maturities of investments
61,562

 
42,215

 
 
 
 
Net cash flows from investing activities
870

 
(13,334
)
 
 
 
 
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
 

 
 

Payment of dividends
(36,656
)
 
(36,575
)
 
 
 
 
Net cash flows from financing activities
(36,656
)
 
(36,575
)
 
 
 
 
NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS
12,832

 
8,711

 
 
 
 
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, Beginning of period
165,086

 
196,536

 
 
 
 
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, End of period
$
177,918

 
$
205,247


See notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

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THE BUCKLE, INC.
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
THIRTEEN AND THIRTY-NINE WEEKS ENDED NOVEMBER 3, 2018 AND OCTOBER 28, 2017
(Dollar Amounts in Thousands Except Share and Per Share Amounts)
(Unaudited)

1.
Basis of Presentation

The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America for interim financial information. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America for complete financial statements. In the opinion of management, all adjustments necessary for the fair presentation of the results of operations for the interim periods have been included. All such adjustments are of a normal recurring nature. Because of the seasonal nature of the business, results for interim periods are not necessarily indicative of a full year's operations. The accounting policies followed by the Company and additional footnotes are reflected in the consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended February 3, 2018, included in The Buckle, Inc.'s 2017 Form 10-K. The condensed consolidated balance sheet as of February 3, 2018 is derived from audited financial statements.

For purposes of this report, unless the context otherwise requires, all references herein to the “Company”, “Buckle”, “we”, “us”, or similar terms refer to The Buckle, Inc. and its subsidiary.

The Company follows generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) established by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”). References to GAAP in these notes are to the FASB Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”).

There were no significant changes to the Company's significant accounting policies as disclosed in Note A to the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 3, 2018, except as set forth below.

Revenue Recognition - Retail store sales are recorded, net of expected returns, upon the purchase of merchandise by customers. Online sales are recorded, net of expected returns, when the merchandise is tendered for delivery to the common carrier. Shipping fees charged to customers are included in revenue and shipping costs are included in selling expenses. Merchandise returns are estimated based upon the historical average sales return percentage and recognized at the transaction value. The Company also recognizes a return asset and a corresponding adjustment to cost of sales for the Company's right to recover returned merchandise, which is measured at the estimated carrying value, less any expected recovery costs. The Company recognizes revenue from sales made under its layaway program upon delivery of the merchandise to the customer.

The Company records the sale of gift cards and gift certificates as a current liability and recognizes a sale when a customer redeems the gift card or gift certificate. Gift card and gift certificate breakage is recognized as revenue in proportion to the redemption pattern of customers by applying an estimated breakage rate. The estimated breakage rate is based on historical issuance and redemption patterns and is re-assessed by the Company on a regular basis. The Company recognizes a current liability for the down payment and subsequent installment payments made when merchandise is placed on layaway and recognizes layaways as a sale at the time the customer makes final payment and picks up the merchandise.

Sales tax collected from customers is excluded from revenue and is included as part of "accrued store operating expenses" on the Company's consolidated balance sheets.

The Company's Guest Loyalty program allows participating guests to earn points for every qualifying purchase, which (after achievement of certain point thresholds) are redeemable as a discount off a future purchase. Reported revenue is net of both current period reward redemptions and accruals for estimated future rewards earned under the Guest Loyalty program. A liability has been recorded for future rewards based on the Company's estimate of how many earned points will turn into rewards and ultimately be redeemed prior to expiration, which is included in "accrued store operating expenses."


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Through partnership with Comenity Bank, the Company offers a private label credit card ("PLCC"). Customers with a PLCC are enrolled in our B-Rewards incentive program and earn points for every qualifying purchase made on their card. At the end of each rewards period, customers who have exceeded a minimum point threshold receive a reward to be redeemed on a future purchase. The B-Rewards program also provides other discount and promotional opportunities to cardholders on a routine basis. Reported revenue is net of both current period reward redemptions, current period discounts and promotions, and accruals for estimated future rewards earned under the B-Rewards program. A liability has been recorded for future rewards based on the Company's estimate of how many earned points will turn into rewards and ultimately be redeemed prior to expiration, which is included in "gift certificates redeemable" on the Company's consolidated balance sheets.

Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements

In May 2014, the FASB issued ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), which supersedes the revenue recognition requirements in Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") Topic 605, Revenue Recognition. The new revenue recognition standard requires entities to recognize revenue in a way that depicts the transfer of promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods or services. In preparation for the implementation of the new standard, the Company determined the adoption of Topic 606 would affect the timing of recognition and the income statement classification of gift card and gift certificate breakage, the timing of revenue recognition for sales of merchandise shipped to customers, and the presentation of the allowance for estimated sales returns. The Company adopted Topic 606 on February 4, 2018, using the modified retrospective transition method. Under this transition method, the prior period comparative information has not been adjusted and continues to be reported under Topic 605, with the cumulative effect of adopting the new standard recorded as a $389 adjustment increasing retained earnings as of February 4, 2018.

The effect of the adoption of ASU 2014-09 on our consolidated balance sheet as of November 3, 2018 was as follows:

 
 
As Reported
 
Adjustments
 
Excluding Topic 606 Adjustments
Consolidated Balance Sheet Amounts
 
 
 
 
 
 
Inventory
 
$
145,473

 
$
1,373

 
$
144,100

Accrued store operating expenses
 
21,851

 
1,677

 
20,174

Accounts payable
 
48,400

 
(693
)
 
49,093

Retained earnings
 
264,776

 
389

 
264,387


The adoption of ASU 2014-09 did not have a material impact on the Company's results of operations for either the thirteen or thirty-nine week periods ended November 3, 2018. The adoption did, however, impact the income statement classification of gift card and gift certificate breakage. For the thirty-nine week period ended November 3, 2018, the Company recognized $576 of gift card and gift certificate breakage as revenue. For the thirty-nine week period ended October 28, 2017, the Company recognized $900 of breakage in "other income."

2.
Revenues

The Company is a retailer of medium to better priced casual apparel, footwear, and accessories for fashion conscious young men and women. The Company operates its business as one reportable segment. The Company sells its merchandise through its retail stores and e-Commerce platform. The Company had 453 stores located in 43 states throughout the United States as of November 3, 2018 and 461 stores in 44 states as of October 28, 2017. During the thirty-nine week period ended November 3, 2018, the Company did not open any new stores, substantially remodeled 3 stores, and closed 4 stores; which includes no substantial remodels and 2 closed stores during the third quarter. During the thirty-nine week period ended October 28, 2017, the Company opened 1 new store, substantially remodeled 7 stores, and closed 7 stores; which includes no new stores, no substantial remodels, and 2 closed stores during the third quarter.

For the thirty-nine week periods ended November 3, 2018 and October 28, 2017, online revenues accounted for 11.2% and 10.2%, respectively, of the Company's net sales. No sales to an individual customer or country, other than the United States, accounted for more than 10% of net sales.


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The following is information regarding the Company’s major product lines, stated as a percentage of the Company’s net sales:
 
 
Thirteen Weeks Ended
 
Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
Merchandise Group
November 3,
2018
 
October 28,
2017
 
November 3,
2018
 
October 28,
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Denims
42.9
%
 
43.4
%
 
39.4
%
 
39.5
%
Tops (including sweaters)
34.3

 
33.7

 
33.1

 
32.5

Accessories
8.1

 
8.5

 
8.7

 
9.0

Sportswear/Fashions
1.9

 
2.5

 
8.2

 
8.6

Footwear
6.8

 
6.3

 
6.7

 
6.3

Outerwear
2.8

 
2.3

 
1.4

 
1.3

Casual bottoms
1.4

 
1.4

 
1.1

 
1.4

Other
1.8

 
1.9

 
1.4

 
1.4

 
100.0
%
 
100.0
%
 
100.0
%
 
100.0
%

3.
Earnings Per Share

Basic earnings per share data are based on the weighted average outstanding common shares during the period. Diluted earnings per share data are based on the weighted average outstanding common shares and the effect of all dilutive potential common shares.


Thirteen Weeks Ended

Thirteen Weeks Ended

November 3, 2018

October 28, 2017

Net Income

Weighted
Average
Shares (a)

Per Share
Amount

Net Income

Weighted
Average
Shares (a)

Per Share
Amount


















Basic EPS
$
20,476


48,379


$
0.42


$
19,904


48,218


$
0.41

Effect of Dilutive Securities:
 


 


 


 


 


 

Non-vested shares


232






121



Diluted EPS
$
20,476


48,611


$
0.42


$
19,904


48,339


$
0.41

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
 
Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
 
November 3, 2018
 
October 28, 2017
 
Net Income
 
Weighted
Average
Shares (a)
 
Per Share
Amount
 
Net Income
 
Weighted
Average
Shares (a)
 
Per Share
Amount
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic EPS
$
54,473

 
48,379

 
$
1.13

 
$
47,672

 
48,218

 
$
0.99

Effect of Dilutive Securities:
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Non-vested shares

 
205

 
(0.01
)
 

 
113

 

Diluted EPS
$
54,473

 
48,584

 
$
1.12

 
$
47,672

 
48,331

 
$
0.99


(a) Shares in thousands.


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4.
Investments

The following is a summary of investments as of November 3, 2018:
 
 
Amortized
Cost or
Par Value
 
Gross
Unrealized
Gains
 
Gross
Unrealized
Losses
 
Other-than-
Temporary
Impairment
 
Estimated
Fair
Value
Held-to-Maturity Securities:
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

State and municipal bonds
$
50,123

 
$
3

 
$
(70
)
 
$

 
$
50,056

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Trading Securities:
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Mutual funds
$
12,973

 
$
831

 
$

 
$

 
$
13,804

 
The following is a summary of investments as of February 3, 2018:
 
 
Amortized
Cost or
Par Value
 
Gross
Unrealized
Gains
 
Gross
Unrealized
Losses
 
Other-than-
Temporary
Impairment
 
Estimated
Fair
Value
Available-for-Sale Securities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Auction-rate securities
$
1,725

 
$

 
$
(120
)
 
$

 
$
1,605

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Held-to-Maturity Securities:
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

State and municipal bonds
$
55,527

 
$
9

 
$
(76
)
 
$

 
$
55,460

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Trading Securities:
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Mutual funds
$
13,746

 
$
1,408

 
$

 
$

 
$
15,154


The amortized cost and fair value of debt securities by contractual maturity as of November 3, 2018 is as follows:
 
 
Amortized
Cost
 
Fair
Value
Held-to-Maturity Securities
 
 
 
Less than 1 year
$
45,605

 
$
45,538

1 - 5 years
4,518

 
4,518

 
$
50,123

 
$
50,056

 
As of February 3, 2018, $1,605 of available-for-sale securities are classified as long-term investments. As of November 3, 2018 and February 3, 2018 $4,518 and $4,694 of held-to-maturity securities are classified in long-term investments. Trading securities are held in a Rabbi Trust, intended to fund the Company’s deferred compensation plan, and are classified in long-term investments.

The Company’s investments in auction-rate securities (“ARS”) are classified as available-for-sale and reported at fair market value. As of February 3, 2018, the reported investment amount is net of $120 of temporary impairment to account for the impairment of certain securities from their stated par value. The $120 temporary impairment is reported, net of tax, as an “accumulated other comprehensive loss” of $89 in stockholders’ equity as February 3, 2018. The investments considered temporarily impaired, all of which had been in loss positions for over a year, were successfully redeemed during fiscal 2018 at par value plus accrued interest. As of February 3, 2018, all of the Company’s investments in ARS were classified in long-term investments.


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5.
Fair Value Measurements

Fair value is the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. Financial assets and liabilities measured and reported at fair value are classified and disclosed in one of the following categories:

Level 1 – Quoted market prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities. Short-term and long-term investments with active markets or known redemption values are reported at fair value utilizing Level 1 inputs.
Level 2 – Observable market-based inputs (either directly or indirectly) such as quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities, quoted prices in markets that are not active, or other inputs that are observable or inputs that are corroborated by market data.
Level 3 – Unobservable inputs that are not corroborated by market data and are projections, estimates, or interpretations that are supported by little or no market activity and are significant to the fair value of the assets.

As of November 3, 2018 and February 3, 2018, the Company held certain assets that are required to be measured at fair value on a recurring basis including available-for-sale and trading securities.

The Company’s financial assets measured at fair value on a recurring basis are as follows:
 
 
Fair Value Measurements at Reporting Date Using
 
Quoted Prices in
Active Markets
for Identical
Assets
 
Significant
Observable
Inputs
 
Significant
Unobservable
Inputs
 
 
November 3, 2018
(Level 1)
 
(Level 2)
 
(Level 3)
 
Total
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Trading securities (including mutual funds)
$
13,804

 
$

 
$

 
$
13,804

 
 
Fair Value Measurements at Reporting Date Using
 
Quoted Prices in
Active Markets
for Identical
Assets
 
Significant
Observable
Inputs
 
Significant
Unobservable
Inputs
 
 
February 3, 2018
(Level 1)
 
(Level 2)
 
(Level 3)
 
Total
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Available-for-sale securities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Auction-rate securities
$

 
$
50

 
$
1,555

 
$
1,605

Trading securities (including mutual funds)
15,154

 

 

 
15,154

Totals
$
15,154

 
$
50

 
$
1,555

 
$
16,759

 
Securities included in Level 1 represent securities which have a known or anticipated upcoming redemption as of the reporting date and those that have publicly traded quoted prices. ARS included in Level 2 represent securities which have not experienced a successful auction subsequent to the end of fiscal 2007. The fair market value for these securities was determined by applying a discount to par value based on auction prices for similar securities and by utilizing a discounted cash flow model, using market-based inputs, to determine fair value. The Company used a discounted cash flow model to value its Level 3 investments, using estimates regarding recovery periods, yield, and liquidity. The assumptions used are subjective based upon management’s judgment and views on current market conditions, and resulted in $120 of the Company’s recorded temporary impairment as of February 3, 2018. The use of different assumptions would have resulted in a different valuation and related temporary impairment charge.


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Changes in the fair value of the Company’s financial assets measured at fair value on a recurring basis are as follows:

 
Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended November 3, 2018
 
Fair Value Measurements Using Significant Unobservable Inputs (Level 3)
 
Available-for-Sale Securities
 
Trading Securities
 
 
 
Auction-rate
Securities
 
Mutual
Funds
 
Total
 
 
 
 
 
 
Balance, beginning of year
$
1,555

 
$

 
$
1,555

Total gains and losses:
 

 
 

 
 

Included in net income

 

 

Included in other comprehensive income
120

 

 
120

Purchases, Issuances, Sales, and Settlements:
 

 
 

 
 

Sales
(1,675
)
 

 
(1,675
)
Balance, end of quarter
$

 
$

 
$

 
 
Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended October 28, 2017
 
Fair Value Measurements Using Significant Unobservable Inputs (Level 3)
 
Available-for-Sale Securities
 
Trading Securities
 
 
 
Auction-rate
Securities
 
Mutual
Funds
 
Total
 
 
 
 
 
 
Balance, beginning of year
$
1,625

 
$

 
$
1,625

Total gains and losses:
 

 
 

 
 

Included in net income

 

 

Included in other comprehensive income
5

 

 
5

Purchases, Issuances, Sales, and Settlements:
 

 
 

 
 

Sales
(75
)
 

 
(75
)
Balance, end of quarter
$
1,555

 
$

 
$
1,555


There were no transfers of securities between Levels 1, 2, or 3 during the thirty-nine week periods ended November 3, 2018 or October 28, 2017. The Company’s policy is to recognize transfers in and transfers out as of the beginning of the reporting period in which the transfer occurred.

The carrying value of cash equivalents approximates fair value due to the low level of risk these assets present and their relatively liquid nature, particularly given their short maturities. The Company also holds certain financial instruments that are not carried at fair value on the condensed consolidated balance sheets, including held-to-maturity securities. Held-to-maturity securities consist primarily of state and municipal bonds. The fair values of these debt securities are based on quoted market prices and yields for the same or similar securities, which the Company determined to be Level 2 inputs. As of November 3, 2018, the fair value of held-to-maturity securities was $50,056 compared to the carrying amount of $50,123. As of February 3, 2018, the fair value of held-to-maturity securities was $55,460 compared to the carrying amount of $55,527.


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The carrying values of receivables, accounts payable, accrued expenses, and other current liabilities approximates fair value because of their short-term nature. From time to time, the Company measures certain assets at fair value on a non-recurring basis, specifically long-lived assets evaluated for impairment. These are typically store specific assets, which are reviewed for impairment when circumstances indicate impairment may exist due to the questionable recoverability of the carrying values of long-lived assets. If expected future cash flows related to a store’s assets are less than their carrying value, an impairment loss would be recognized for the difference between the carrying value and the estimated fair value of the store's assets. The fair value of the store's assets is estimated utilizing an income-based approach based on the expected cash flows over the remaining life of the store's lease. The amount of impairment related to long-lived assets was immaterial as of both November 3, 2018 and February 3, 2018.

6.
Supplemental Cash Flow Information

The Company had non-cash investing activities during the thirty-nine week periods ended November 3, 2018 and October 28, 2017 of $18 and $241, respectively. The non-cash investing activity relates to the change in the balance of unpaid purchases of property, plant, and equipment included in accounts payable as of the end of the period. The liability for unpaid purchases of property, plant, and equipment included in accounts payable was $353 and $371 as of November 3, 2018 and February 3, 2018, respectively. Amounts reported as unpaid purchases are recorded as cash outflows from investing activities for purchases of property, plant, and equipment in the condensed consolidated statement of cash flows in the period they are paid.

Additional cash flow information for the Company includes cash paid for income taxes during the thirty-nine week periods ended November 3, 2018 and October 28, 2017 of $32,813 and $39,587, respectively.

7.
Stock-Based Compensation

The Company has several stock option plans which allow for granting of stock options to employees, executives, and directors. The Company has not granted any stock options since fiscal 2008 and there are currently no stock options outstanding. The Company also has a restricted stock plan that allows for the granting of non-vested shares of common stock to employees and executives and a restricted stock plan that allows for the granting of non-vested shares of common stock to non-employee directors. As of November 3, 2018, 1,061,111 shares were available for grant under the Company’s various restricted stock plans, of which 1,016,487 shares were available for grant to executive officers.

Compensation expense was recognized during fiscal 2018 and fiscal 2017 for equity-based grants, based on the grant date fair value of the awards. The fair value of grants of non-vested common stock awards is the stock price on the date of grant.

Information regarding the impact of compensation expense related to grants of non-vested shares of common stock is as follows:

 
Thirteen Weeks Ended
 
Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
 
November 3,
2018
 
October 28,
2017
 
November 3,
2018
 
October 28,
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stock-based compensation expense, before tax
$
411

 
$
1,048

 
$
3,307

 
$
4,274

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stock-based compensation expense, after tax
$
305

 
$
661

 
$
2,451

 
$
2,693


Non-vested shares of common stock granted during the thirty-nine week periods ended November 3, 2018 and October 28, 2017 were granted pursuant to the Company’s 2005 Restricted Stock Plan and the Company’s 2008 Director Restricted Stock Plan. Shares granted under the 2005 Plan are typically "performance based" and vest over a period of four years, only upon certification by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors that the Company has achieved its pre-established performance targets for the fiscal year. Certain shares granted under the 2005 Plan, however, are "non-performance based" and vest over a period of four years without being subject to the achievement of performance targets. Shares granted under the 2008 Director Plan vest 25% on the date of grant and then in equal portions on each of the first three anniversaries of the date of grant.


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A summary of the Company’s stock-based compensation activity related to grants of non-vested shares of common stock for the thirty-nine week period ended November 3, 2018 is as follows:
 
 
Shares
 
Weighted Average
Grant Date
Fair Value
 
 
 
 
Non-Vested - beginning of year
470,022

 
$
24.63

Granted
374,800

 
19.61

Forfeited
(172,995
)
 
20.97

Vested
(33,194
)
 
20.45

Non-Vested - end of quarter
638,633

 
$
22.89

 
As of November 3, 2018, there was $4,427 of unrecognized compensation expense related to grants of non-vested shares. It is expected that this expense will be recognized over a weighted average period of approximately 1.9 years. The total fair value of shares vested during the thirty-nine week periods ended November 3, 2018 and October 28, 2017 was $702 and $776, respectively. During the thirty-nine week period ended November 3, 2018, 145,325 shares (representing one-half of the "performance based" shares granted during fiscal 2017 under the 2005 Restricted Stock Plan) were forfeited because the Company did not achieve all of the performance targets established for the fiscal 2017 grants.

8.
Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements

In February 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842). This ASU replaces the existing guidance in ASC 840, Leases. The new standard establishes a right-of-use ("ROU") model that requires a lessee to record a ROU asset and a lease liability on the balance sheet for all leases with terms longer than 12 months. Leases will be classified as either finance or operating, with classification affecting the pattern of expense recognition in the income statement. The guidance is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, including interim periods within those fiscal years and requires retrospective application. The Company is currently evaluating the effect that adopting this new accounting guidance will have on its consolidated results of operations and financial position, but does expect that it will result in a significant increase in both assets and liabilities related to the Company's leases for retail store locations.

9.
Commitments and Contingencies

Data Security Incident

On June 16, 2017, the Company announced that it had become aware that it was a victim of a data security incident in which a criminal entity accessed certain guest credit card information following purchases at some of the Company's retail stores between October 28, 2016 and April 14, 2017. The Company immediately launched a thorough investigation and engaged leading third-party forensic experts to review its systems and secure the affected part of its network. Through that investigation, the Company learned that its store payment data systems were infected with a form of malicious code, which was quickly removed. The Company has taken actions that it believes have contained the issue and has implemented additional security enhancements, and will continue to work vigilantly to pursue this matter to resolution. Based on the forensic investigation, the Company believes that no social security numbers, email addresses, or physical addresses were obtained by those criminally responsible. There is also no evidence that the buckle.com website or buckle.com guests were impacted.

Buckle self-reported the issue to the payment card brands and cooperated fully with the card brands, their forensic experts, and law enforcement during the investigation. At this time, it is not possible to reasonably estimate the amount of any potential assessments, fines, penalties, or other liabilities in connection with this incident.


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THE BUCKLE, INC.
MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF
FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

The following discussion should be read in conjunction with the condensed consolidated financial statements and notes thereto of the Company included in this Form 10-Q. All references herein to the “Company”, “Buckle”, “we”, “us”, or similar terms refer to The Buckle, Inc. and its subsidiary. The following is management’s discussion and analysis of certain significant factors which have affected the Company’s financial condition and results of operations during the periods included in the accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements.

EXECUTIVE OVERVIEW

Company management considers the following items to be key performance indicators in evaluating Company performance.

Comparable Store Sales – Stores are deemed to be comparable stores if they were open in the prior year on the first day of the fiscal period being presented. Stores which have been remodeled, expanded, and/or relocated, but would otherwise be included as comparable stores, are not excluded from the comparable store sales calculation. Online sales are included in comparable store sales. Management considers comparable store sales to be an important indicator of current Company performance, helping leverage certain fixed costs when results are positive. Negative comparable store sales results could reduce net sales and have a negative impact on operating leverage, thus reducing net earnings.

Net Merchandise Margins – Management evaluates the components of merchandise margin including initial markup and the amount of markdowns during a period. Any inability to obtain acceptable levels of initial markups or any significant increase in the Company’s use of markdowns could have an adverse effect on the Company’s gross margin and results of operations.

Operating Margin – Operating margin is a good indicator for management of the Company’s success. Operating margin can be positively or negatively affected by comparable store sales, merchandise margins, occupancy costs, and the Company’s ability to control operating costs.

Cash Flow and Liquidity (working capital) – Management reviews current cash and short-term investments along with cash flow from operating, investing, and financing activities to determine the Company’s short-term cash needs for operations and expansion. The Company believes that existing cash, short-term investments, and cash flow from operations will be sufficient to fund current and long-term anticipated capital expenditures and working capital requirements for the next several years.


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RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

The following table sets forth certain financial data expressed as a percentage of net sales and the percentage change in the dollar amount of such items compared to the prior period:

 
Percentage of Net Sales

 
 
Percentage of Net Sales
 
 
 
For Thirteen Weeks Ended
 
Percentage
 
For Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
 
Percentage
 
November 3,
2018

October 28,
2017

Increase/(Decrease)
 
November 3,
2018
 
October 28,
2017
 
Increase/(Decrease)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net sales
100.0
%
 
100.0
%
 
(4.1
)%
 
100.0
%
 
100.0
%
 
(1.8
)%
Cost of sales (including buying, distribution, and occupancy costs)
60.0
%
 
59.5
%
 
(3.3
)%
 
60.6
%
 
61.0
%
 
(2.4
)%
Gross profit
40.0
%
 
40.5
%
 
(5.2
)%
 
39.4
%
 
39.0
%
 
(0.8
)%
Selling expenses
23.5
%
 
22.6
%
 
(0.1
)%
 
23.3
%
 
22.8
%
 
0.1
 %
General and administrative expenses
4.3
%
 
4.1
%
 
(0.7
)%
 
4.9
%
 
4.6
%
 
5.4
 %
Income from operations
12.2
%
 
13.8
%
 
(15.0
)%
 
11.2
%
 
11.6
%
 
(5.0
)%
Other income, net
0.6
%
 
0.4
%
 
64.9
 %
 
0.6
%
 
0.4
%
 
43.5
 %
Income before income taxes
12.8
%
 
14.2
%
 
(13.0
)%
 
11.8
%
 
12.0
%
 
(3.3
)%
Provision for income taxes
3.3
%
 
5.3
%
 
(39.6
)%
 
3.0
%
 
4.5
%
 
(32.9
)%
Net income
9.5
%
 
8.9
%
 
2.9
 %
 
8.8
%
 
7.5
%
 
14.3
 %
 
Net sales decreased from $224.3 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2017 to $215.1 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2018, a 4.1% decrease. Comparable store net sales for the thirteen week quarter ended November 3, 2018 decreased 1.4% from comparable store net sales for the prior year thirteen week period ended November 4, 2017. Due to the 53rd week in fiscal 2017, total net sales for the thirteen week fiscal quarter ended November 3, 2018 are compared to the prior year thirteen week fiscal quarter ended October 28, 2017, while comparable store sales for the quarter are compared to the corresponding thirteen week period ended November 4, 2017. The comparable store sales decline for the quarter was primarily attributable to a 2.1% decrease in the average retail price per piece of merchandise sold during the quarter; partially offset by a 0.4% increase in the number of units sold per transaction and a 0.2% increase in the number of transactions. Total net sales for the quarter were also impacted by the Company's closing of 12 stores during fiscal 2017 and 4 stores during the first three quarters of fiscal 2018. Online sales for the quarter increased 8.8% to $25.5 million for the thirteen week period ended November 3, 2018 compared to $23.4 million for the thirteen week period ended October 28, 2017.

Net sales decreased from $632.2 million for the first three quarters of fiscal 2017 to $621.1 million for the first three quarters of fiscal 2018, a 1.8% decrease. Comparable store net sales for the thirty-nine week period ended November 3, 2018 decreased 1.1% from comparable store net sales for prior year thirty-nine week period ended November 4, 2017. Due to the 53rd week in fiscal 2017, total net sales for the thirty-nine week fiscal period ended November 3, 2018 are compared to the prior year thirty-nine week fiscal period ended October 28, 2017, while comparable store sales are compared to the corresponding thirty-nine week period ended November 4, 2017. The comparable store sales decline for the thirty-nine week period was primarily attributable to a 2.0% decrease in the average retail price per piece of merchandise sold during the period and a 0.2% reduction in the number of transactions; which were partially offset by a 0.8% increase in the number of units sold per transaction. Total net sales for the year-to-date period were also impacted by the Company's closing of 12 stores during fiscal 2017 and 4 stores during the first three quarters of fiscal 2018. Online sales for the year-to-date period increased 7.8% to $69.8 million for the thirty-nine week period ended November 3, 2018 compared to $64.7 million for the thirty-nine week period ended October 28, 2017. Average sales per square foot decreased 1.5% from $239.77 for the thirty-nine week period ended October 28, 2017 to $236.21 for the thirty-nine week period ended November 3, 2018. Total square footage as of November 3, 2018 was 2.337 million compared to 2.370 million as of October 28, 2017.


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The Company's average retail price per piece of merchandise sold decreased $0.99, or 2.1%, during the third quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2017. This $0.99 decrease was primarily attributable to the following changes (with their corresponding effect on the overall average price per piece): a 5.3% reduction in average denim price points (-$1.11), a 5.2% reduction in average woven shirt price points (-$0.17), a 3.2% reduction in average accessories price points (-$0.12), and a reduction in average price points for certain other merchandise categories (-$0.20); which were partially offset by a shift in the merchandise mix ($0.61). These changes are primarily a reflection of merchandise shifts in terms of brands and product styles, fabrics, details, and finishes.

For the year-to-date period, the Company's average retail price per piece of merchandise sold decreased $0.93, or 2.0%, compared to the same period in fiscal 2017. This $0.93 decrease was primarily attributable to the following changes (with their corresponding effect on the overall average price per piece): a 4.3% reduction in average denim price points (-$0.79), a 2.2% reduction in average knit shirt price points (-$0.25), a 5.8% reduction in average woven shirt price points (-$0.21), and a reduction in average price points for certain other merchandise categories (-$0.15); which were partially offset by a shift in the merchandise mix ($0.47). These changes are primarily a reflection of merchandise shifts in terms of brands and product styles, fabrics, details, and finishes.

Gross profit after buying, distribution, and occupancy expenses decreased from $90.9 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2017 to $86.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2018, a 5.2% decrease. As a percentage of net sales, gross profit decreased from 40.5% in the third quarter of fiscal 2017 to 40.0% in the third quarter of fiscal 2018. The gross margin decline was the result of deleveraged occupancy, buying, and distribution expenses (0.95%, as a percentage of net sales), partially offset by an improvement in merchandise margins (0.45%, as a percentage of net sales).

Year-to-date, gross profit decreased from $246.8 million for the thirty-nine week period ended October 28, 2017 to $244.8 million for the thirty-nine week period ended November 3, 2018, a 0.8% decrease. As a percentage of net sales, gross profit increased from 39.0% for the first three quarters of fiscal 2017 to 39.4% for the first three quarters of fiscal 2018. The gross margin improvement was primarily attributable to better merchandise margins (0.50%, as a percentage of net sales), partially offset by an increase in occupancy, buying, and distribution expenses (0.10%, as a percentage of net sales).

Selling expenses decreased from $50.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2017 to $50.6 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2018. As a percentage of net sales, selling expenses increased from 22.6% in the third quarter of fiscal 2017 to 23.5% in the third quarter of fiscal 2018 driven by an increase in store compensation expense (1.0%, as a percentage of net sales), partially offset by reductions across several other selling expenses (0.10%, as a percentage of net sales).

Year-to-date, selling expenses increased from $144.3 million for the first three quarters of fiscal 2017 to $144.4 million for the first three quarters of fiscal 2018. As a percentage of net sales, selling expenses increased from 22.8% in fiscal 2017 to 23.3% in fiscal 2018. The year-to-date increase was primarily attributable to increased store compensation expense (0.80%, as a percentage of net sales), partially offset by reductions across several other selling expenses (0.30%, as a percentage of net sales).

General and administrative expenses decreased from $9.3 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2017 to $9.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2018. As a percentage of net sales, general and administrative expenses increased from 4.1% in the third quarter of fiscal 2017 to 4.3% in the third quarter of fiscal 2018. The increase was primarily attributable to increased information technology investments, both in terms of increased home office payroll as well as spending for other strategic initiatives (0.70%, as a percentage of net sales) and increases in certain other general and administrative expenses (0.10%, as a percentage of net sales), partially offset by a reduction in professional and consulting fees (0.30%, as a percentage of net sales) and equity compensation expense (0.30%, as a percentage of net sales).

Year-to-date, general and administrative expenses increased from $29.1 million for the first three quarters of fiscal 2017 to $30.7 million for the first three quarters of fiscal 2018, an 5.4% increase. As a percentage of net sales, general and administrative expenses increased from 4.6% in fiscal 2017 to 4.9% in fiscal 2018. The increase was primarily attributable to increased information technology investments, both in terms of increased home office payroll as well as spending for other strategic initiatives (0.70%, as a percentage of net sales), partially offset by a reduction in professional and consulting fees (0.25%, as a percentage of net sales) and equity compensation expense (0.15%, as a percentage of net sales).

As a result of the above changes, the Company's income from operations was $26.3 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to $30.9 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2017. Income from operations was 12.2% of net sales in the third quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to 13.8% of net sales in the third quarter of fiscal 2017.


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Year-to-date, income from operations was $69.7 million for the thirty-nine week period ended November 3, 2018 compared to $73.4 million for the thirty-nine week period ended October 28, 2017. Income from operations was 11.2% of net sales for the first three quarters of fiscal 2018 compared to 11.6% of net sales for the first three quarters of fiscal 2017.

Other income increased from $0.8 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2017 to $1.3 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2018. Other income for the year-to-date period increased from $2.6 million for the thirty-nine week period ended October 28, 2017 to $3.8 million for the thirty-nine week period ended November 3, 2018. The Company's other income is derived primarily from investment income related to the Company's cash and investments.

Income tax expense as a percentage of pre-tax income was 25.9% in the third quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to 37.3% in the third quarter of fiscal 2017, bringing net income to $20.5 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to $19.9 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2017.

Income tax expense as a percentage of pre-tax income was 25.9% for the first three quarters of fiscal 2018 compared to 37.3% for the first three quarters of fiscal 2017, bringing year-to-date net income to $54.5 million for fiscal 2018 compared to $47.7 million for fiscal 2017.

The Company's lower effective tax rate in 2018 was the result of a reduction in the U.S. federal corporate tax rate from 35.0% to 21.0% as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was enacted December 22, 2017.

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

As of November 3, 2018, the Company had working capital of $295.0 million, including $177.9 million of cash and cash equivalents and $45.6 million of short-term investments. The Company's cash receipts are generated from retail sales and from investment income, and the Company's primary ongoing cash requirements are for inventory, payroll, occupancy costs, dividend payments, new store expansion, remodeling, and other capital expenditures. Historically, the Company's primary source of working capital has been cash flow from operations. During the first three quarters of fiscal 2018 and fiscal 2017, the Company's cash flow from operations was $48.6 million and $58.6 million, respectively.
 
The uses of cash for both thirty-nine week periods primarily include payment of annual bonuses accrued at fiscal year end, changes in inventory and accounts payable for inventory purchases, dividend payments, construction costs for new and remodeled stores, other capital expenditures, and purchases of investment securities.

During the first three quarters of fiscal 2018 and 2017, the Company invested $6.7 million and $10.0 million, respectively, in new store construction, store renovation, and store technology upgrades. The Company also spent $1.1 million and $1.0 million in the first three quarters of fiscal 2018 and 2017, respectively, in capital expenditures for the corporate headquarters and distribution facility.

During the remainder of fiscal 2018, the Company anticipates completing two additional full remodel projects. Management estimates that total capital expenditures during fiscal 2018 will be approximately $9.0 to $12.0 million, which includes primarily planned store projects and technology investments. The Company believes that existing cash and cash equivalents, investments, and cash flow from operations will be sufficient to fund current and long-term anticipated capital expenditures and working capital requirements for the next several years. The Company has a consistent record of generating positive cash flow from operations each year and, as of November 3, 2018, had total cash and investments of $241.8 million, including $18.3 million of long-term investments. The Company does not currently have plans for a merger or acquisition and has fairly consistent plans for new store expansion and remodels. Based upon past results and current plans, management does not anticipate any large swings in the Company's need for cash in the upcoming years.

Future conditions, however, may reduce the availability of funds based upon factors such as a decrease in demand for the Company's product, change in product mix, competitive factors, and general economic conditions as well as other risks and uncertainties which would reduce the Company's sales, net profitability, and cash flows. Also, the Company's acceleration in store openings and/or remodels or the Company entering into a merger, acquisition, or other financial related transaction could reduce the amount of cash available for further capital expenditures and working capital requirements.


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The Company has available an unsecured line of credit of $25.0 million with Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. for operating needs and letters of credit. The line of credit agreement has an expiration date of July 31, 2019 and provides that $10.0 million of the $25.0 million line is available for letters of credit. Borrowings under the line of credit provide for interest to be paid at a rate based on LIBOR. The Company has, from time to time, borrowed against these lines of credit. There were no bank borrowings during the first three quarters of fiscal 2018 or 2017. The Company had no bank borrowings as of November 3, 2018 and was in compliance with the terms and conditions of the line of credit agreement.

CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES AND ESTIMATES

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations are based upon The Buckle, Inc.’s condensed consolidated financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. The preparation of these consolidated financial statements requires that management make estimates and judgments that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the financial statement date, and the reported amounts of sales and expenses during the reporting period. The Company regularly evaluates its estimates, including those related to inventory, investments, incentive bonuses, and income taxes. Management bases its estimates on past experience and on various other factors that are thought to be reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which form the basis for making judgments about the carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. Actual results may differ from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions. Management believes that the estimates and judgments used in preparing these consolidated financial statements were the most appropriate at that time. Presented below are those critical accounting policies that management believes require subjective and/or complex judgments that could potentially affect reported results of operations. The critical accounting policies and estimates utilized by the Company in the preparation of its condensed consolidated financial statements for the period ended November 3, 2018 have not changed materially from those utilized for the fiscal year ended February 3, 2018, included in The Buckle Inc.’s 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K, except for the change to our revenue recognition policy as described in Note 1 to the condensed consolidated financial statements and reflected in our critical accounting policies below.

1.
Revenue Recognition. Retail store sales are recorded, net of expected returns, upon the purchase of merchandise by customers. Online sales are recorded, net of expected returns, when merchandise is tendered for delivery to the common carrier. Shipping fees charged to customers are included in revenue and shipping costs are included in selling expenses. The Company recognizes revenue from sales made under its layaway program upon delivery of the merchandise to the customer. Revenue is not recorded when gift cards and gift certificates are sold, but rather when a card or certificate is redeemed for merchandise. A current liability for unredeemed gift cards and certificates is recorded at the time the card or certificate is purchased. The liability recorded for unredeemed gift certificates and gift cards was $13.9 million and $18.2 million as of November 3, 2018 and February 3, 2018, respectively. Gift card and gift certificate breakage is recognized as revenue in proportion to the redemption pattern of customers by applying an estimated breakage rate. The estimated breakage rate is based on historical issuance and redemption patterns and is re-assessed by the Company on a regular basis. Sales tax collected from customers is excluded from revenue and is included as part of “accrued store operating expenses” on the Company's condensed consolidated balance sheets.

The Company establishes a liability for estimated merchandise returns, based upon the historical average sales return percentage, that is recognized at the transaction value. The Company also recognizes a return asset and a corresponding adjustment to cost of sales for the Company's right to recover returned merchandise, which is measured at the estimated carrying value, less any expected recovery costs. Customer returns could potentially exceed the historical average, thus reducing future net sales results and potentially reducing future net earnings. The accrued liability for reserve for sales returns was $3.7 million as of November 3, 2018 and $1.1 million as of February 3, 2018.

The Company's Guest Loyalty program allows participating guests to earn points for every qualifying purchase, which (after achievement of certain point thresholds) are redeemable as a discount off a future purchase. Reported revenue is net of both reward redemptions and accruals for estimated future rewards earned under the Guest Loyalty program. A liability has been recorded for future rewards based on the Company's estimate of how many earned points will turn into rewards and ultimately be redeemed prior to expiration. As of November 3, 2018 and February 3, 2018, $9.8 million and $9.0 million was included in "accrued store operating expenses" as a liability for estimated future rewards.


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Through partnership with Comenity Bank, the Company offers a private label credit card ("PLCC"). Customers with a PLCC are enrolled in our B-Rewards incentive program and earn points for every qualifying purchase on their card. At the end of each rewards period, customers who have exceeded a minimum point threshold receive a reward to be redeemed on a future purchase. The B-Rewards program also provides other discount and promotional opportunities to cardholders on a routine basis. Reported revenue is net of both current period reward redemptions, current period discounts and promotions, and accruals for estimated future rewards earned under the B-Rewards program. A liability has been recorded for future rewards based on the Company's estimate of how many earned points will turn into rewards and ultimately be redeemed prior to expiration, which is included in "gift certificates redeemable" on the Company's consolidated balance sheets.

2.
Inventory. Inventory is valued at the lower of cost or net realizable value. Cost is determined using an average cost method that approximates the first-in, first-out (FIFO) method. Management makes adjustments to inventory and cost of goods sold, based upon estimates, to account for merchandise obsolescence and markdowns that could affect net realizable value, based on assumptions using calculations applied to current inventory levels within each different markdown level. Management also reviews the levels of inventory in each markdown group and the overall aging of the inventory versus the estimated future demand for such product and the current market conditions. Such judgments could vary significantly from actual results, either favorably or unfavorably, due to fluctuations in future economic conditions, industry trends, consumer demand, and the competitive retail environment. Such changes in market conditions could negatively impact the sale of markdown inventory, causing further markdowns or inventory obsolescence, resulting in increased cost of goods sold from write-offs and reducing the Company’s net earnings. The adjustment to inventory for markdowns and/or obsolescence was $12.0 million as of November 3, 2018 and $10.0 million as of February 3, 2018. The Company is not aware of any events, conditions, or changes in demand or price that would indicate that its inventory valuation may not be materially accurate at this time.

3.
Income Taxes. The Company records a deferred tax asset and liability for expected future tax consequences resulting from temporary differences between financial reporting and tax bases of assets and liabilities. The Company considers future taxable income and ongoing tax planning in assessing the value of its deferred tax assets. If the Company determines that it is more than likely that these assets will not be realized, the Company would reduce the value of these assets to their expected realizable value, thereby decreasing net income. Estimating the value of these assets is based upon the Company’s judgment. If the Company subsequently determined that the deferred tax assets, which had been written down, would be realized in the future, such value would be increased. Adjustment would be made to increase net income in the period such determination was made.

4.
Operating Leases. The Company leases retail stores under operating leases. Most lease agreements contain tenant improvement allowances, rent holidays, rent escalation clauses, and/or contingent rent provisions. For purposes of recognizing lease incentives and minimum rental expense on a straight-line basis over the terms of the leases, the Company uses the date of initial possession to begin amortization, which is generally when the Company enters the space and begins to make improvements in preparation of intended use. For tenant improvement allowances and rent holidays, the Company records a deferred rent liability on the condensed consolidated balance sheets and amortizes the deferred rent over the terms of the leases as reductions to rent expense on the condensed consolidated statements of income.

For scheduled rent escalation clauses during the lease terms or for rental payments commencing at a date other than the date of initial occupancy, the Company records minimum rental expense on a straight-line basis over the terms of the leases on the condensed consolidated statements of income. Certain leases provide for contingent rents, which are determined as a percentage of gross sales in excess of specified levels. The Company records a contingent rent liability on the condensed consolidated balance sheets and the corresponding rent expense when specified levels have been achieved or are reasonably probable to be achieved.

5.
Investments. Investments classified as short-term investments include securities with a maturity of greater than three months and less than one year. Available-for-sale securities are reported at fair value, with unrealized gains and losses excluded from earnings and reported as a separate component of stockholders’ equity (net of the effect of income taxes), using the specific identification method, until they are sold. Held-to-maturity securities are reported at amortized cost. Trading securities are reported at fair value, with unrealized gains and losses included in earnings, using the specific identification method.


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OFF-BALANCE SHEET ARRANGEMENTS, CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS, AND COMMERCIAL COMMITMENTS

As referenced in the table below, the Company has contractual obligations and commercial commitments that may affect the financial condition of the Company. Based on management’s review of the terms and conditions of its contractual obligations and commercial commitments, there is no known trend, demand, commitment, event, or uncertainty that is reasonably likely to occur which would have a material effect on the Company’s financial condition, results of operations, or cash flows.

In addition, the commercial obligations and commitments made by the Company are customary transactions which the Company believes to be similar to those of other comparable retail companies. The operating lease obligations shown in the table below represent future cash payments to landlords required to fulfill the Company’s minimum rent requirements. Such amounts are actual cash requirements by year and are not reported net of any tenant improvement allowances received from landlords.

The following table identifies the material obligations and commitments as of November 3, 2018:

 
Payments Due by Period
Contractual obligations (dollar amounts in thousands):
Total
 
Less than 1
year
 
1-3 years
 
4-5 years
 
After 5
years
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Purchase obligations
$
11,607

 
$
5,308

 
$
4,152

 
$
2,147

 
$

Deferred compensation
13,804

 

 

 

 
13,804

Operating leases
285,841

 
64,221

 
99,203

 
67,251

 
55,166

Total contractual obligations
$
311,252

 
$
69,529

 
$
103,355

 
$
69,398

 
$
68,970


The Company has available an unsecured line of credit of $25.0 million, which is excluded from the preceding table. The line of credit agreement has an expiration date of July 31, 2019 and provides that $10.0 million of the $25.0 million line is available for letters of credit. Certain merchandise purchase orders require that the Company open letters of credit. When the Company takes possession of the merchandise, it releases payment on the letters of credit. The amounts of outstanding letters of credit reported reflect the open letters of credit on merchandise ordered, but not yet received or funded. The Company believes it has sufficient credit available to open letters of credit for merchandise purchases. There were no bank borrowings during the first three quarters of fiscal 2018 or the first three quarters of fiscal 2017. The Company had outstanding letters of credit totaling $3.8 million and $2.0 million as of November 3, 2018 and February 3, 2018, respectively. The Company has no other off-balance sheet arrangements.

SEASONALITY AND INFLATION

The Company's business is seasonal, with the holiday season (from approximately November 15 to December 30) and the back-to-school season (from approximately July 15 to September 1) historically contributing the greatest volume of net sales. For fiscal years 2017, 2016, and 2015, the holiday and back-to-school seasons accounted for approximately 35% of the Company's fiscal year net sales. Although the operations of the Company are influenced by general economic conditions, the Company does not believe that inflation has had a material effect on the results of operations during the thirty-nine week periods ended November 3, 2018 and October 28, 2017. Quarterly results may vary significantly depending on a variety of factors including the timing and amount of sales and costs associated with the opening of new stores, the timing and level of markdowns, the timing of store closings, the remodeling of existing stores, competitive factors, and general economic conditions.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

Information in this report, other than historical information, may be considered to be forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “1995 Act”). Such statements are made in good faith by the Company pursuant to the safe-harbor provisions of the 1995 Act. In connection with these safe-harbor provisions, this management’s discussion and analysis contains certain forward-looking statements, which reflect management’s current views and estimates of future economic conditions, Company performance, and financial results. The statements are based on many assumptions and factors that could cause future results to differ materially. Such factors include, but are not limited to, changes in product mix, changes in fashion trends, competitive factors, and general economic conditions, economic conditions in the retail apparel industry, as well as other risks and uncertainties inherent in the Company’s business and the retail industry in general. Any changes in these factors could result in significantly different results for the Company. The Company further cautions that the forward-looking information contained herein is not exhaustive or exclusive. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements, which may be made from time to time by or on behalf of the Company.

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ITEM 3 – QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

Interest Rate Risk - To the extent that the Company borrows under its line of credit facility, the Company would be exposed to market risk related to changes in interest rates. As of November 3, 2018, no borrowings were outstanding under the line of credit facility. The Company is not a party to any derivative financial instruments. Additionally, the Company is exposed to market risk related to interest rate risk on the cash and investments in interest-bearing securities. These investments have carrying values that are subject to interest rate changes that could impact earnings to the extent that the Company did not hold the investments to maturity. If there are changes in interest rates, those changes would also affect the investment income the Company earns on its cash and investments. For each one-quarter percent decline in the interest/dividend rate earned on cash and investments (approximately a 25% change in the rate earned), the Company’s net income would decrease approximately $0.5 million, or less than $0.01 per share. This amount could vary based upon the number of shares of the Company’s stock outstanding and the level of cash and investments held by the Company.

ITEM 4 – CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

The Company maintains a system of disclosure controls and procedures that are designed to provide reasonable assurance that material information, which is required to be timely disclosed, is accumulated and communicated to management in a timely manner. An evaluation of the effectiveness of the design and operation of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”)) was performed as of the end of the period covered by this report. This evaluation was performed under the supervision and with the participation of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer.

Based upon that evaluation, the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures as of the end of the period covered by this report were effective to provide reasonable assurance that information required to be disclosed by the Company in the Company’s reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to management, including its Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure and are effective to provide reasonable assurance that such information is recorded, processed, summarized, and reported within the time periods specified by the SEC’s rules and forms.

Change in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

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

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THE BUCKLE, INC.

PART II -- OTHER INFORMATION

Item 1.    Legal Proceedings:    None

Item 1A. Risk Factors:

There have been no material changes from the risk factors disclosed under “Item 1A - Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 3, 2018.

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

The following table sets forth information concerning purchases made by the Company of its common stock for each of the months in the fiscal quarter ended November 3, 2018:

 
Total Number of Shares Purchased
 
Average Price Paid Per Share
 
Total Number of Shares Purchased as Part of Publicly Announced Plans
 
Maximum Number of Shares that May Yet Be Purchased Under Publicly Announced Plans
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aug. 5, 2018 to Sept. 1, 2018
-
 
-
 
-
 
440,207

Sept. 2, 2018 to Oct. 6, 2018
-
 
-
 
-
 
440,207

Oct. 7, 2018 to Nov. 3, 2018
-
 
-
 
-
 
440,207

 
-
 
-
 
-
 
 

 
The Board of Directors authorized a 1,000,000 share repurchase plan on November 20, 2008. The Company has 440,207 shares remaining to complete this authorization.

Item 3.    Defaults Upon Senior Securities:        None

Item 4.    Mine Safety Disclosures:        None

Item 5.    Other Information:    None

Item 6.    Exhibits:

Exhibit 31.1
Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a) Certification of the Chief Executive Officer (Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002)
Exhibit 31.2
Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a) Certification of the Chief Financial Officer (Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002)
Exhibit 32.1
Certification of the Chief Executive Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
Exhibit 32.2
Certification of the Chief Financial Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
Exhibit 101
The following materials from The Buckle, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended November 3, 2018, formatted in XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language): (i) Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets; (ii) Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income; (iii) Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income; (iv) Condensed Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity; (v) Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows; and (vi) Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements, tagged as blocks of text and in detail.
    

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SIGNATURES

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

 
 
 
THE BUCKLE, INC.
 
 
 
 
Date:
December 13, 2018
By:
/s/ DENNIS H. NELSON
 
 
 
DENNIS H. NELSON,
 
 
 
President and CEO
 
 
 
(principal executive officer)
 
 
 
 
Date:
December 13, 2018
By:
/s/ THOMAS B. HEACOCK
 
 
 
THOMAS B. HEACOCK,
 
 
 
Senior Vice President of Finance, Treasurer, and CFO
 
 
 
(principal accounting officer)


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EXHIBIT INDEX

Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a) Certification of the Chief Executive Officer (Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002)
Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a) Certification of the Chief Financial Officer (Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002)
Certification of the Chief Executive Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
Certification of the Chief Financial Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
Exhibit 101
The following materials from The Buckle, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended November 3, 2018, formatted in XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language): (i) Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets; (ii) Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income; (iii) Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income; (iv) Condensed Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity; (v) Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows; and (vi) Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements, tagged as blocks of text and in detail.


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