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10-K 2019-02-02 Annual: 2019-02-02
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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
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GCO 2019-02-02
Part I
Item 1, Business
Item 1A, Risk Factors
Item 1B, Unresolved Staff Comments
Item 2, Properties
Item 3, Legal Proceedings
Item 4, Mine Safety Disclosures
Item 4A, Executive Officers of The Registrant
Part II
Item 5, Market for Registrant's Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
Item 6, Selected Financial Data
Item 7, Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
Item 7A, Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data
Note 1
Note 2
Note 3
Note 4
Note 5
Note 6
Note 7
Note 8
Note 9
Note 10
Note 11
Note 12
Note 13
Note 14
Note 15
Item 9, Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure
Item 9A, Controls and Procedures
Item 9B, Other Information
Part III
Item 10, Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance
Item 11, Executive Compensation
Item 12, Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters
Item 13, Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence
Item 14, Principal Accounting Fees and Services
Part IV
Item 15, Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules
Item 16, Form 10-K Summary
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10-K 1 a2018taxonomygcofy201910-k.htm 10-K Document

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 _______________________________________________________
FORM 10-K
(Mark One)
x
ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the Fiscal Year Ended February 2, 2019
¨
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. 1-3083
_____________________________________________________ 
Genesco Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Tennessee
 
62-0211340
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
Genesco Park, 1415 Murfreesboro Road
Nashville, Tennessee
 
37217-2895
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (615) 367-7000
Securities Registered Pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class
 
Name of Exchange
on which Registered
Common Stock, $1.00 par value
 
New York Stock Exchange
Securities Registered Pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:
Employees’ Subordinated Convertible Preferred Stock
________________________________________________________ 
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Yes  x    No  ¨
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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports) and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes  x    No  ¨
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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. ¨
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The aggregate market value of common stock held by nonaffiliates of the registrant as of August 4, 2018, the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter, was approximately $837,000,000. The market value calculation was determined using a per share price of $41.45, the price at which the common stock was last sold on the New York Stock Exchange on such date. For purposes of this calculation, shares held by nonaffiliates excludes only those shares beneficially owned by officers, directors, and shareholders owning 10% or more of the outstanding common stock (and, in each case, their immediate family members and affiliates).
As of March 15, 2019, 18,348,828 shares of the registrant’s common stock were outstanding.

Documents Incorporated by Reference
Portions of the proxy statement for the June 27, 2019 annual meeting of shareholders are incorporated into Part III by reference.





TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
  
  
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Item 16.
Form 10-K Summary


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PART I

ITEM 1, BUSINESS
General
Genesco Inc. ("Genesco" or the “Company”), incorporated in 1934 in the State of Tennessee, is a leading retailer and wholesaler of branded footwear, apparel and accessories with net sales for Fiscal 2019 of $2.2 billion. During Fiscal 2019, the Company operated four reportable business segments (not including corporate): (i) Journeys Group, comprised of the Journeys, Journeys Kidz and Little Burgundy retail footwear chains, e-commerce operations and catalog; (ii) Schuh Group, comprised of the Schuh retail footwear chain and e-commerce operations; (iii) Johnston & Murphy Group, comprised of Johnston & Murphy retail operations, e-commerce operations and catalog and wholesale distribution of products under the Johnston & Murphy® and H.S.Trask® brands; and (iv) Licensed Brands, comprised of Dockers® Footwear, sourced and marketed under a license from Levi Strauss & Company, G.H. Bass Footwear operated under a license from G-III Apparel Group, Ltd., which was terminated in January 2018, and other brands. On February 2, 2019, the Company completed the sale of its Lids Sports Group business. As a result, the Company reported the operating results of this business in "(Loss) earnings from discontinued operations, net" in the Consolidated Statements of Operations for all periods presented. In addition, the related assets and liabilities as of February 3, 2018 have been reported as assets and liabilities of discontinued operations in the Consolidated Balance Sheets. Unless otherwise noted, the discussion that follows relates to continuing operations.
At February 2, 2019, the Company operated 1,512 retail footwear and accessory stores located primarily throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico, but also including 95 footwear stores in Canada and 136 footwear stores in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and Germany. At February 2, 2019, Journeys Group operated 1,193 stores, Schuh Group operated 136 stores and Johnston & Murphy Group operated 183 retail shops and factory stores. The Company currently plans to open a total of approximately 31 new retail stores and to close approximately 40 retail stores in Fiscal 2020.
The following table sets forth certain additional information concerning the Company’s retail footwear and accessory stores during the five most recent fiscal years:
 
 
Fiscal
2015
 
Fiscal
2016
 
Fiscal
2017
 
Fiscal
2018
 
Fiscal
2019
Retail Stores
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Beginning of year
1,435

 
1,460

 
1,520

 
1,554

 
1,535

Opened during year
55

 
54

 
66

 
59

 
36

Acquired during year

 
37

 

 

 

Closed during year
(30
)
 
(31
)
 
(32
)
 
(78
)
 
(59
)
End of year
1,460

 
1,520

 
1,554

 
1,535

 
1,512


The Company also sources, designs, markets and distributes footwear under its own Johnston & Murphy® brand, the H.S. Trask® brand, the licensed Dockers® brand and other brands that the Company licenses for footwear to over 1,250 retail accounts in the United States, including a number of leading department, discount, and specialty stores.
Shorthand references to fiscal years (e.g., “Fiscal 2019”) refer to the fiscal year ended on the Saturday nearest January 31st in the named year (e.g., February 2, 2019). The terms "Company," "Genesco," "we," "our" or "us" as used herein and unless otherwise stated or indicated by context refer to Genesco Inc. and its subsidiaries. All information contained in Item 7, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” which is referred to in this Item 1 of this report, is incorporated by such reference in Item 1. This report contains forward-looking statements. Actual results may vary materially and adversely from the expectations reflected in these statements. For a discussion of some of the factors that may lead to different results, see Item 1A, “Risk Factors” and Item 7, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.”




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Available Information
The Company files reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and other reports from time to time. The Company is an electronic filer and the SEC maintains an internet site at http://www.sec.gov that contains the reports, proxy and information statements, and other information filed electronically. The Company’s website address is http://www.genesco.com. The Company’s website address is provided as an inactive textual reference only. The Company makes available free of charge through the website annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and all amendments to those reports as soon as reasonably practicable after such material is electronically filed with or furnished to the SEC. Copies of the charters of each of the Company’s Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, Nominating and Governance Committee and Strategic Alternatives Committee, as well as the Company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines and Code of Ethics along with position descriptions for the Company's board of directors (the "Board of Directors" or the "Board") and Board committees are also available free of charge through the website. The information provided on the Company’s website is not part of this report, and is therefore not incorporated by reference unless such information is otherwise specifically incorporated elsewhere in this report.
Segments
Journeys Group
The Journeys Group segment, including Journeys, Journeys Kidz and Little Burgundy retail stores, e-commerce and catalog operations, accounted for approximately 65% of the Company’s net sales in Fiscal 2019. Fiscal 2019 comparable sales, including both store and direct sales, increased 8% from Fiscal 2018.
At February 2, 2019, Journeys Group operated 1,193 stores, including 913 Journeys stores, 239 Journeys Kidz stores and 41 Little Burgundy stores averaging approximately 1,975 square feet, located primarily in malls and factory outlet centers throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada, selling footwear and accessories for young men, women and children. Journeys Group's e-commerce websites include the following: journeys.com, journeyskidz.com, journeys.ca, and littleburgundyshoes.com.

Journeys retail footwear stores target customers in the 13 to 22 year age group through the use of youth-oriented decor and multi-channel media. Journeys stores carry predominately branded merchandise across a wide range of prices. The Journeys Kidz retail footwear stores sell footwear and accessories primarily for younger children ages five to 12. Little Burgundy retail footwear stores sell footwear and accessories to fashion-oriented men and women in the 18 to 34 age group ranging from students to young professionals. In Fiscal 2019, the Journeys Group closed a net of 27 stores, and currently has plans to close a net of seven stores in Fiscal 2020.
Schuh Group
The Schuh Group segment, including e-commerce operations, accounted for approximately 18% of the Company’s net sales in Fiscal 2019. For Fiscal 2019 comparable sales, including both store and direct sales, decreased 8%.
Schuh stores target men and women in the 16 to 24 age group, selling a broad range of branded casual and athletic footwear along with a meaningful private label offering. At February 2, 2019, Schuh Group operated 136 Schuh stores, averaging approximately 4,875 square feet, which include both street-level and mall locations in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland and mall locations in Germany. Schuh Group's e-commerce website is schuh.co.uk. Schuh Group opened two net new stores in Fiscal 2019 and currently plans to close a net of five Schuh stores in Fiscal 2020.
Johnston & Murphy Group
The Johnston & Murphy Group segment, including retail stores, e-commerce and catalog operations and wholesale distribution, accounted for approximately 14% of the Company’s net sales in Fiscal 2019. Comparable sales for Johnston & Murphy retail operations, including both store and direct sales, increased 7% for Fiscal 2019. The majority of Johnston & Murphy wholesale sales are of the Genesco-owned Johnston & Murphy brand, and all of the group’s retail sales are of Johnston & Murphy branded products.
Johnston & Murphy Retail Operations. At February 2, 2019, Johnston & Murphy operated 183 retail shops and factory stores throughout the United States and Canada averaging approximately 1,900 square feet and selling footwear, apparel and accessories primarily for men in the 35 to 55 age group, targeting business and professional customers. Women’s footwear and accessories are sold in select Johnston & Murphy locations. Johnston & Murphy retail shops are located primarily in higher-end malls and airports nationwide and sell a broad range of men’s dress and casual footwear, apparel and accessories. The Company also sells Johnston & Murphy products directly to consumers through an e-commerce website

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and a direct mail catalog. The website is johnstonmurphy.com. Footwear accounted for 63% of Johnston & Murphy retail sales in Fiscal 2019, with the balance consisting primarily of apparel and accessories. Johnston & Murphy Group added two net new shops and factory stores in Fiscal 2019 and currently plans to open three net new shops and factory stores in Fiscal 2020.

Johnston & Murphy Wholesale Operations. Johnston & Murphy men’s and women's footwear and accessories are sold at wholesale, primarily to better department stores, independent specialty stores and e-commerce. Johnston & Murphy’s wholesale customers offer the brand’s footwear for dress, dress casual, and casual occasions, with the majority of styles offered in these channels selling from $100 to $195. Additionally, the Company offers the H.S. Trask brand, with men's and women's footwear and leather accessories offered primarily through better independent retailers and department stores, an e-commerce website, trask.com, and catalog. Suggested retail prices for Trask footwear typically range from $195 to $495.
Licensed Brands
The Licensed Brands segment accounted for approximately 3% of the Company’s net sales in Fiscal 2019. Licensed Brands sales include footwear marketed under the Dockers® brand, for which Genesco has had the exclusive men’s footwear license in the United States since 1991. See “Licenses” below. Dockers footwear is marketed to men aged 30 to 55 through many of the same national retail chains that carry Dockers slacks and sportswear and in department and specialty stores across the country. Suggested retail prices for Dockers footwear generally range from $50 to $90. The Company also sells footwear under other licenses.
For further information on the Company’s business segments, see Note 14 to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in Item 8, "Financial Statements and Supplementary Data" and Item 7, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.”
Manufacturing and Sourcing
The Company relies on independent third-party manufacturers for production of its footwear products sold at wholesale. The Company sources footwear and accessory products from foreign manufacturers located in Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Portugal, Peru, Romania, Taiwan, and Vietnam. The Company’s retail operations sell primarily branded products from third parties who source primarily overseas.
Competition
Competition is intense in the footwear and accessory industries. The Company’s retail footwear and accessory competitors range from small, locally owned stores to regional and national department stores, discount stores, specialty chains, our vendors with their own direct-to-consumer channels and online retailers. The Company also competes with hundreds of footwear wholesale operations in the United States and throughout the world, most of which are relatively small, specialized operations, but some of which are large, more diversified companies. Some of the Company’s competitors have resources that are not available to the Company. The Company’s success depends upon its ability to remain competitive with respect to the key factors of style, price, quality, comfort, brand loyalty, customer service, store location and atmosphere, technology, infrastructure and speed of delivery to support e-commerce and the ability to offer relevant products.
Licenses
The Company owns its Johnston & Murphy® and H.S. Trask® brands and owns or licenses the trade names of its retail concepts either directly or through wholly-owned subsidiaries. The Dockers® footwear line, introduced in Fiscal 1993, is sold under a license agreement granting the Company the exclusive right to sell men’s footwear under the trademark in the United States, Canada and Mexico and in certain other Latin American countries. The Dockers license agreement's current term expires on November 30, 2019. Net sales of Dockers products were approximately $56 million in Fiscal 2019 and approximately $70 million in Fiscal 2018. The Company licenses certain of its footwear brands, mostly in foreign markets. License royalty income was not material in Fiscal 2019.




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Wholesale Backlog
Most of the orders in the Company’s wholesale divisions are for delivery within 150 days. Because most of the Company’s business is at-once, the backlog at any one time is not necessarily indicative of future sales. As of March 2, 2019, the Company’s wholesale operations had a backlog of orders, including unconfirmed customer purchase orders, amounting to approximately $28.8 million, compared to approximately $34.3 million on March 3, 2018. The backlog is somewhat seasonal, reaching a peak in the Spring. The Company maintains in-stock programs for selected product lines with anticipated high volume sales.
Employees
Genesco had approximately 21,000 employees at February 2, 2019, approximately 150 of whom were employed in corporate staff departments and the balance in operations. Retail stores employ a substantial number of part-time employees, and approximately 15,225 of the Company’s employees were part-time at February 2, 2019.

Seasonality
The Company's business is seasonal with the Company's investment in inventory and accounts receivable normally reaching peaks in the spring and fall of each year and a significant portion of the Company's net sales and operating earnings generated during the fourth quarter.
Environmental Matters
The Company’s former manufacturing operations and the sites of those operations as well as the sites of its current operations are subject to numerous federal, state, and local laws and regulations relating to human health and safety and the environment. These laws and regulations address and regulate, among other matters, wastewater discharge, air quality and the generation, handling, storage, treatment, disposal, and transportation of solid and hazardous wastes and releases of hazardous substances into the environment. In addition, third parties and governmental agencies in some cases have the power under such laws and regulations to require remediation of environmental conditions and, in the case of governmental agencies, to impose fines and penalties. Several of the facilities owned by the Company (currently or in the past) are located in industrial areas and have historically been used for extensive periods for industrial operations such as tanning, dyeing, and manufacturing. Some of these operations used materials and generated wastes that would be considered regulated substances under current environmental laws and regulations. The Company currently is involved in certain administrative and judicial environmental proceedings relating to the Company’s former facilities. See Item 3, "Legal Proceedings" and Note 13 to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in Item 8, "Financial Statements and Supplementary Data".


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ITEM 1A, RISK FACTORS
Our business is subject to significant risks. You should carefully consider the risks and uncertainties described below and the other information in this Form 10-K, including our Consolidated Financial Statements and the notes to those statements. The risks and uncertainties described below are not the only ones we face. Additional risks and uncertainties that we do not presently know about or that we currently consider immaterial may also affect our business operations and financial performance. If any of the events described below actually occur, our business, financial condition or results of operations could be adversely affected in a material way. This could cause the trading price of our stock to decline, perhaps significantly, and you may lose part or all of your investment.
Competitive, Demand-Related and Reputational Risks
Failure to protect our reputation could have a material adverse effect on our brand names.
Our success depends in part on the value and strength of the names of our business units. These names are integral to our businesses as well as to the implementation of our strategies for expanding our businesses. Maintaining, promoting, and positioning our brands will depend largely on the success of our marketing and merchandising efforts and our ability to provide high quality merchandise and a consistent, high quality customer experience. Our brands could be adversely affected if we fail to achieve these objectives or if our public image or reputation were to be tarnished by negative publicity. Failure to comply or accusation of failure to comply with ethical, social, product, labor, data privacy, and environmental standards could also jeopardize our reputation and potentially lead to various adverse consumer actions. Any of these events could result in decreased revenue or otherwise adversely affect our business.
Consumer spending is affected by poor economic conditions and other factors and may significantly harm our business, affecting our financial condition, liquidity, and results of operations.
The success of our business depends to a significant extent upon the level of consumer spending in general and on our product categories. A number of factors may affect the level of consumer spending on merchandise that we offer, including, among other things:
general economic and industry conditions, including the risks associated with a recession in the U.S.;
weather conditions;
economic conditions in the United Kingdom and the uncertainty surrounding, as well as the effects of, Brexit;
energy costs, which affect gasoline and home heating prices;
the level of consumer debt;
pricing of products;
interest rates;
tax rates, refunds and policies;
war, terrorism and other hostilities; and
consumer confidence in future economic conditions.

Adverse economic conditions and any related decrease in consumer demand for discretionary items could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition. The merchandise we sell generally consists of discretionary items. Reduced consumer confidence and spending may result in reduced demand for discretionary items and may force us to take inventory markdowns, decreasing sales and making expense leverage difficult to achieve. Demand can also be influenced by other factors beyond our control.
Moreover, while the Company believes that its operating cash flows and its borrowing capacity under committed lines of credit will be adequate for its anticipated cash requirements, if the economy were to experience a renewed downturn, or if one or more of the Company’s revolving credit banks were to fail to honor its commitments under the Company’s credit lines, the Company could be required to modify its operations for decreased cash flow or to seek alternative sources of liquidity, and such alternative sources might not be available to the Company.
These same factors could impact our wholesale customers, limiting their ability to buy or pay for merchandise offered by the Company.


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Our business involves a degree of risk related to fashion and other extrinsic demand drivers that are beyond our control.
The majority of our businesses serve a fashion-conscious customer base and depend upon the ability of our buyers and merchandisers to react to fashion trends, to purchase inventory that reflects such trends, and to manage our inventories appropriately in view of the potential for sudden changes in fashion, consumer taste, or other drivers of demand. Failure to execute any of these activities successfully could result in adverse consequences, including lower sales, product margins, operating income and cash flows.

Our future success also depends on our ability to respond to changing consumer preferences, identify and interpret consumer trends, and successfully market new products.

The industry in which we operate is subject to rapidly changing consumer preferences. The continued popularity of our footwear and the development of new lines and styles of footwear with widespread consumer appeal, including consumer acceptance of our footwear, requires us to accurately identify and interpret changing consumer trends and preferences, and to effectively respond in a timely manner. Continuing demand and market acceptance for both existing and new products are uncertain and depend on the following factors:
substantial investment in product innovation, design and development;
commitment to product quality; and
significant and sustained marketing efforts and expenditures, including with respect to the monitoring of consumer trends in footwear specifically and in fashion and lifestyle categories generally.

In assessing our response to anticipated changing consumer preferences and trends, we frequently must make decisions about product designs and marketing expenditures several months in advance of the time when actual consumer acceptance can be determined. As a result, we may not be successful in responding to shifting consumer preferences and trends with new products that achieve market acceptance. Because of the ever-changing nature of consumer preferences and market trends, a number of companies in our industry experience periods of rapid growth, followed by declines, in revenue and earnings. If we fail to identify and interpret changing consumer preferences and trends, or are not successful in responding to these changes with the timely development or sourcing of products that achieve market acceptance, we could experience excess inventories and higher than normal markdowns, returns, order cancellations or an inability to profitably sell our products, and our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows could be materially and adversely affected.
Our results may be adversely affected by declines in consumer traffic in malls.
The majority of our stores are located within shopping malls and depend to varying degrees on consumer traffic in the malls to generate sales. Declines in mall traffic, whether caused by a shift in consumer shopping preferences or by other factors, may negatively impact our ability to maintain or grow our sales in existing stores, which could have an adverse effect on our financial condition or results of operations.
Our results of operations are subject to seasonal and quarterly fluctuations, which could have a material adverse effect on the market price of our stock.
Our business is seasonal, with a significant portion of our net sales and operating income generated during the fourth quarter, which includes the holiday shopping season. Because of this seasonality, we have limited ability to compensate for shortfalls in fourth quarter sales or earnings by changes in our operations or strategies in other quarters. A significant shortfall in results for the fourth quarter of any year could have a material adverse effect on our annual results of operations and on the market price of our stock. Our quarterly results of operations also may fluctuate significantly based on such factors as:
the timing of new store openings and renewals;
the amount of net sales contributed by new and existing stores;
the timing of certain holidays and sales events;
changes in quarter end dates due to the 53 week year;
changes in our merchandise mix;
general economic, industry and weather conditions that affect consumer spending; and

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actions of competitors, including promotional activity.

A failure to increase sales at our existing stores, given our high fixed expense cost structure, and in our e-commerce businesses may adversely affect our stock price and impact our results of operations.
A number of factors have historically affected, and will continue to affect, our comparable sales results and gross margin, including:
consumer trends, such as less disposable income due to the impact of economic conditions and tax policies and other factors;
the lack of new fashion trends to drive demand in certain of our businesses and the ability of those businesses to adjust to fashion changes on a timely basis;
closing of department stores that anchor malls;
competition;
declining mall traffic due to changing customer preferences in the way they shop;
timing of holidays including sales tax holidays and the timing of tax refunds;
general regional and national economic conditions;
inclement weather;
changes in our merchandise mix;
our ability to distribute merchandise efficiently to our stores;
timing and type of sales events, promotional activities or other advertising;
our ability to adapt to changing customer preferences in the ways they digitally shop;
new merchandise introductions;
access to allocated product from our vendors;
our ability to execute our business strategy effectively; and
other external events beyond our control.

Our comparable sales have fluctuated in the past, including the composition of our comparable sales between store and digital, and we believe such fluctuations may continue. The unpredictability of our comparable sales may cause our revenue and results of operations to vary from quarter to quarter, and an unanticipated change in revenues or operating income may cause our stock price to fluctuate significantly.
Changes in the retail industry could have a material adverse effect on our business or financial condition.

In recent years, the retail industry has experienced consolidation, store closures, bankruptcies and other ownership changes. In the future, retailers in the United States and in foreign markets may further consolidate, undergo restructurings or reorganizations, or realign their affiliations, any of which could decrease the number of stores that carry our products or our licensees’ products or increase the ownership concentration within the retail industry. Changing shopping patterns, including the rapid expansion of online retail shopping, have adversely affected customer traffic in mall and outlet centers, particularly in North America. We expect competition in the e-commerce market will intensify. As a greater portion of consumer expenditures with retailers occurs online and through mobile commerce applications, our brick-and-mortar wholesale customers who fail to successfully integrate their physical retail stores and digital retail or otherwise compete effectively in the e-commerce market may experience financial difficulties, including store closures, bankruptcies or liquidations. We cannot control the success of individual malls, and an increase in store closures by other retailers may lead to mall vacancies and reduced foot traffic. A continuation or worsening of these trends could cause financial difficulties for one or more of our segments, which, in turn, could substantially increase our credit risk and have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.

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Our future success will be determined, in part, on our ability to manage the impact of the rapidly changing retail environment and identify and capitalize on retail trends, including technology, e-commerce and other process efficiencies that will better service our customers. If we fail to compete successfully, our businesses, market share, results of operations and financial condition will be materially and adversely affected.

Our business is intensely competitive and increased or new competition could have a material adverse effect on us.
The retail footwear and accessory markets are intensely competitive. We currently compete against a diverse group of retailers, including other regional and national specialty stores, department and discount stores, small independents and e-commerce retailers, as well as our own vendors who are increasingly selling direct to consumers, which sell products similar to and often identical to those we sell. Our branded businesses, selling footwear at wholesale, also face intense competition, both from other branded wholesale vendors and from private label initiatives of their retailer customers. A number of different competitive factors could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition, including:
increased operational efficiencies of competitors;
competitive pricing strategies;
expansion by existing competitors;
expansion of direct-to-consumer by our vendors;
entry by new competitors into markets in which we currently operate; and
adoption by existing retail competitors of innovative store formats or sales methods.

Use of social media may adversely impact our reputation.

Consumers value readily available information concerning retailers and their goods and services and often act on such information without further investigation and without regard to its accuracy. Information concerning us may be posted on social media platforms and similar mediums at any time and may be adverse to our reputation or business. The harm may be immediate without affording us an opportunity for redress or correction. Damage to our reputation could result in declines in customer loyalty and sales, affect our vendor relationships, development opportunities and associate retention and otherwise adversely affect our business.

Investments and Infrastructure Risks
We face a number of risks in opening new stores.
We expect to open new stores, both in regional malls, where most of the operational experience of our U.S. businesses lies, and in other venues including outlet centers, major city street locations, airports and tourist destinations. We cannot offer assurances that we will be able to open as many stores as we have planned, that any new store will achieve similar operating results to those of our existing stores or that new stores opened in markets in which we operate will not have a material adverse effect on the revenues and profitability of our existing stores. The success of our planned expansion will be dependent upon numerous factors, many of which are beyond our control, including the following:
our ability to identify suitable markets and individual store sites within those markets;
the competition for suitable store sites;
our ability to negotiate favorable lease terms for new stores and renewals (including rent and other costs) with landlords in part due to the consolidation in the commercial real estate market;
our ability to obtain governmental and other third-party consents, permits and licenses needed to construct and operate our stores;
the ability to build and remodel stores on schedule and at acceptable cost;

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the availability of employees to staff new stores and our ability to hire, train, motivate and retain store personnel;
the effect of changes to laws and regulations, including minimum wage, over-time, and employee benefits laws on store expenses;
the availability of adequate management and financial resources to manage an increased number of stores;
our ability to adapt our distribution and other operational and management systems to an expanded network of stores;
our ability to attract customers and generate sales sufficient to operate new stores profitably; and
the effect of changes in consumer shopping patterns, including an accelerated shift to online shopping at the expense of in-store shopping, during the term of a lease.

Additionally, the results we expect to achieve during each fiscal quarter are dependent upon opening new stores on schedule. If we fall behind, we will lose expected sales and earnings between the planned opening date and the actual opening and may further complicate the logistics of opening stores, possibly resulting in additional delays, seasonally inappropriate product assortments, and other undesirable conditions.
Any acquisitions we make or new businesses we launch, as well as any dispositions of assets or businesses, involve a degree of risk.
Acquisitions have been a component of the Company’s growth strategy in recent years and we expect that we may continue to engage in acquisitions or launch new businesses to grow our revenues and meet our other strategic objectives. If any future acquisitions are not successfully integrated with our business, our ongoing operations could be adversely affected. Additionally, acquisitions or new businesses may not achieve desired profitability objectives or result in any anticipated successful expansion of the businesses or concepts, causing lower than expected earnings and cash flow and potentially requiring impairment of goodwill and other intangibles. Although we review and analyze assets or companies we acquire, such reviews are subject to uncertainties and may not reveal all potential risks. Additionally, although we attempt to obtain protective contractual provisions, such as representations, warranties and indemnities, in connection with acquisitions, we cannot offer assurance that we can obtain such provisions in our acquisitions or that they will fully protect us from unforeseen costs of, or liabilities associated with, the acquisitions. We may also incur significant costs and diversion of management time and attention in connection with pursuing possible acquisitions even if the acquisition is not ultimately consummated.

Additionally, we have in the past decided and may in the future decide to divest assets or businesses, such as the divestiture of our Lids Sports Group business in February 2019. Following such divestitures, we may retain or incur liabilities relating to our previous ownership of the assets or business that we sell. Any required payments on retained liabilities or indemnification obligations with respect to past or future asset or business divestitures could have a material adverse effect on our business or results of operations. Dispositions, such as the Lids Sports Group divestiture, may also involve our continued financial involvement in the divested business, such as through transition services agreements and guarantees. Under these arrangements, performance by the divested businesses or conditions outside our control could adversely affect our business and results of operations.

FanzzLids Holdings, LLC (together with its subsidiaries, "Fanzzlids") has agreed to assume the defense of certain lawsuits filed against the Company and/or its subsidiaries and to indemnify the Company and its subsidiaries for any losses incurred by them in connection with such lawsuits after the closing date of the sale of the Company's Lids Sports Group business. See Item 3, Legal Proceedings. The failure of Fanzzlids to indemnify the Company in connection with such assumed litigation could adversely affect our financial condition.

Further, acquisitions and dispositions are often structured such that the purchase price paid or received by us, as applicable, is subject to post-closing adjustments, whether as a result of net working capital adjustments, contingent payments (i.e., earn-outs) or otherwise. Any such adjustments could result in a material change in the consideration paid to or received by us, as applicable, in such transactions.

Goodwill recorded with acquisitions is subject to impairment which could reduce the Company's profitability.

In connection with acquisitions, the Company records goodwill on its Consolidated Balance Sheets. This asset is not amortized but is subject to an impairment test at least annually, where the Company has the option first to assess qualitative factors to determine whether events and circumstances indicate that it is more likely than not that goodwill is impaired. If

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after such assessment the Company concludes that the asset is not impaired, no further action is required. However, if the Company concludes otherwise, it is required to determine the fair value of the asset using a quantitative impairment test that is based on projected future cash flows from the acquired business discounted at a rate commensurate with the risk the Company considers to be inherent in its current business model. The Company performs the impairment test annually at
the beginning of its fourth quarter, or more frequently if events or circumstances indicate that the value of the asset might be impaired.

During the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2019, because the Schuh Group business has continued to perform below the Company's projected operating results, the Company performed impairment testing as of February 2, 2019. The Company found that the result of the impairment test, which valued the business at approximately $10.8 million in excess of its carrying value, indicated no impairment at that time. The Company may determine in connection with future impairment tests that some or all of the carrying value of the goodwill may be impaired. Such a finding would require a write-off of the amount of the carrying value that is impaired, which would reduce the Company's profitability in the period of the impairment charge. Holding all other assumptions constant as of the measurement date, the Company noted that an increase in the weighted average cost of capital of 100 basis points would reduce the fair value of the Schuh Group business by $11.4 million. Furthermore, the Company noted that a decrease in projected annual revenue growth by one percent would reduce the fair value of the Schuh Group business by $7.4 million. However, if other assumptions do not remain constant, the fair value of the Schuh Group business may decrease by a greater amount.

Deterioration in the Company’s market value, whether related to the Company’s operating performance or to disruptions in the equity markets or deterioration in the operating performance of the business unit with which goodwill is associated, could require the Company to recognize the impairment of some or all of the $93.1 million of goodwill on its Consolidated Balance Sheets at February 2, 2019, resulting in the reduction of net assets and a corresponding non-cash charge to earnings in the amount of the impairment.
Technology, Data Security and Privacy Risks
The operation of the Company’s business is heavily dependent on its information systems.
We depend on a variety of information technology systems for the efficient functioning of our business and security of information. Much information essential to our business is maintained electronically, including competitively sensitive information and potentially sensitive personal information about customers and employees. Our insurance policies may not provide coverage for security breaches and similar incidents or may have coverage limits which may not be adequate to reimburse us for losses caused by security breaches. We also rely on certain hardware and software vendors to maintain and periodically upgrade many of these systems so that they can continue to support our business. The software programs supporting many of our systems are licensed to the Company by independent software developers. The inability of these developers or the Company to continue to maintain and upgrade these information systems and software programs could disrupt or reduce the efficiency of our operations. In addition, costs and potential problems and interruptions associated with the implementation of new or upgraded systems and technology or with maintenance or adequate support of existing systems could also disrupt or reduce the efficiency of our operations or leave the Company vulnerable to security breaches.
We also rely heavily on our information technology staff. If we cannot meet our staffing needs in this area, we may not be able to fulfill our technology initiatives or to provide maintenance on existing systems.
We are subject to payment-related risks that could increase our operating costs, expose us to fraud or theft, subject us to fraud or theft, subject us to potential liability and potentially disrupt our business.
As a retailer who accepts payments using a variety of methods, including credit and debit cards, PayPal, and gift cards, the Company is subject to rules, regulations, contractual obligations and compliance requirements, including payment network rules and operating guidelines, data security standards and certification requirements, and rules governing electronic funds transfers. The regulatory environment related to information security and privacy is increasingly rigorous, with new and constantly changing requirements applicable to our business, and compliance with those requirements could result in additional costs or accelerate these costs with additional legal and financial exposure for noncompliance. For certain payment methods, including credit and debit cards, we pay interchange and other fees, which could increase over time and raise our operating costs. We rely on third parties to provide payment processing services, including the processing of credit cards, debit cards, and other forms of electronic payment. If these companies become unable to provide these services to us, or if their systems are compromised, it could disrupt our business.
The payment methods that we offer also subject us to potential fraud and theft by persons who seek to obtain unauthorized access to or exploit any weaknesses that may exist in the payment systems. The payment card industry established October 1, 2015 as the date on which it shifted liability for certain transactions to retailers who are not able to accept Europay,

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Mastercard and Visa ("EMV") card transactions. The Company completed the implementation of EMV technology and received certification in Fiscal 2018, however future upgrades to the Company's systems could expose the Company to the fraudulent use of credit cards and increased costs, including possible fines and restrictions on the Company's ability to accept payments by credit or debit cards, if the Company were not to receive recertification. Because we accept debit and credit cards for payment, we are also subject to industry data protection standards and protocols, such as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (“PCI DSS”), issued by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council. Additionally, we have implemented technology in our stores to allow for the acceptance of EMV credit transactions and point-to-point encryption. Complying with PCI DSS standards and implementing related procedures, technology and information security measures require significant resources and ongoing attention. However, even if we comply with PCI DSS standards and offer EMV and point-to-point encryption technology in our stores, we may be vulnerable to, and unable to detect and appropriately respond to, data security breaches and data loss, including cybersecurity attacks or other breach of cardholder data.

In addition, the Payment Card Industry is controlled by a limited number of vendors who have the ability to impose changes in the Payment Card Industry’s fee structure and operational requirements on us without negotiation. Such changes in fees and operational requirements may result in our failure to comply with PCI DSS, and cause us to incur significant unanticipated expenses.
A privacy breach, through a cybersecurity incident or otherwise, or failure to comply with privacy laws could materially adversely affect our business.

As part of normal operations, we and our third-party vendors and partners, receive and maintain confidential and personally identifiable information about our customers and employees, and confidential financial, intellectual property, and other information. We regard the protection of our customer, employee, and company information as critical. The regulatory environment surrounding information security and privacy is very demanding, with the frequent imposition of new and changing requirements some of which involve significant costs to implement and significant penalties if not followed properly. Despite our efforts and technology to secure our computer network and systems, a cybersecurity breach, whether targeted, random, or inadvertent, and whether at the hands of cyber criminals, hackers, rogue employees or other persons, may occur and could go undetected for a period of time, resulting in a material disruption of our computer network, a loss of information valuable to our business, including without limitation customer or employee personally identifiable information, and/or theft.   A similar cybersecurity breach to the computer networks and systems of our third-party vendors and partners, including those that are "cloud"-based, over which we have no control, may occur, and could lead to a material disruption of our computer network and/or the areas of our business that are dependent on the support, services and other products provided by our third-party vendors and partners. Our computer networks and our business may be adversely affected by such a breach of our third-party vendors and partners, which could result in a decrease in our e-commerce sales and/or a loss of information valuable to our business, including, without limitation, personally identifiable information of customers or employees. Such a cyber-incident could result in any of the following:
theft, destruction, loss, misappropriation, or release of confidential financial and other data, intellectual property, customer awards or loyalty points, or customer or employee information, including personally identifiable information such as payment card information, email addresses, passwords, social security numbers, home addresses, or health information;
operational or business delays resulting from the disruption of our e-commerce sites, computer networks or the computer networks of our third-party vendors and partners and subsequent material clean-up and mitigation costs and activities;
negative publicity resulting in material reputation or brand damage with our customers, vendors, third-party partners or industry peers;
loss of sales, including those generated through our e-commerce websites; and
governmental penalties, fines and/or enforcement actions, payment and industry penalties and fines and/or class action and other lawsuits.

Any of the above risks, individually or in aggregation, could materially damage our reputation and result in lost sales, governmental and payment card industry fines, and/or class action and other lawsuits, which in turn could have a material adverse effect on our financial position, results of operations, and cash flows. Although we carry cybersecurity insurance, in the event of a cyber-incident, that insurance may not be extensive enough or adequate in scope of coverage or amount

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to reimburse us for damages we may incur. Further, a significant breach of federal, state, provincial, local or international privacy laws could have a material adverse effect on our reputation, financial position, results of operations, and cash flows.

A disruption of information technology systems and websites could materially adversely affect other business.

We are heavily dependent upon our information technology systems to record and process transactions and manage and operate all aspects of our business ranging from product design and testing, production, forecasting, ordering, transportation, sales and distribution, invoicing and accounts receivable management, quick response replenishment, point of sale support to financial management reporting functions.  In addition, we have multiple e-commerce websites.  Given the nature of our business and the significant number of transactions in which we engage on an annual basis, it is essential that we maintain constant operation of our information technology systems and websites and that these systems and our websites operate effectively.  We depend on our in-house information technology employees and third-parties including “cloud” service providers to maintain and periodically update and/or upgrade these systems and our websites to support the growth of our business.  Despite our preventative efforts, our information technology systems and websites may, from time to time, be vulnerable to damage or interruption from events such as difficulties in replacing or integrating the systems of acquired businesses, computer viruses, security breaches and power outages.  Cybersecurity attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated and can include malicious software and ransomware, electronic security breaches and corruption of data.  We are continually evaluating, improving and upgrading our information technology systems and websites in an effort to address these concerns.  Our failure to identify and address potential problems or interruptions could result in loss of valuable business data, our customers' or employees' personal information, disruption of our operations and other adverse impacts to our business and require significant expenditures by us to remediate any such failure, problem or breach.
Operational, Supply Chain and Third Party Risks
Increased operating costs, including those resulting from potential increases in the minimum wage, could have an adverse effect on our results.
Increased operating costs, including those resulting from potential increases in the minimum wage or wage increases reflecting competition in relevant labor markets, store occupancy costs, distribution center costs and other expense items, including healthcare costs, may reduce our operating margin, by making it more difficult to identify new store locations that we believe will meet our investment return requirements and slow our ability to open stores. In addition, other employment and healthcare law changes may increase the cost of provided retirement and healthcare benefits expenses. Increases in the Company’s overall employment costs could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business, results of operations and financial and competitive position.
If we lose key members of management or are unable to attract and retain the talent required for our business, our operating results could suffer.
Our performance depends largely on the efforts and abilities of members of our management team. Our executives have substantial experience and expertise in our business and have made significant contributions to our growth and success. The unexpected future loss of services of one or more key members of our management team could have an adverse effect on our business. In addition, future performance will depend upon our ability to attract, retain and motivate qualified employees, including store personnel and field management. If we are unable to do so, our ability to meet our operating goals may be compromised. Finally, our stores are decentralized, are managed through a network of geographically dispersed management personnel and historically experience a high degree of turnover. If we are for any reason unable to maintain appropriate controls on store operations due to turnover or other reasons, including the ability to control losses resulting from inventory and cash shrinkage, our sales and operating margins may be adversely affected. There can be no assurance that we will be able to attract and retain the personnel we need in the future.
The loss of, or disruption in, one of our distribution centers and other factors affecting the distribution of merchandise, including freight cost, could have a material adverse effect on our business and operations.
Each of our divisions uses a single distribution center to handle all or a significant amount of its merchandise. Most of our operations’ inventory is shipped directly from suppliers to our operations' distribution centers, where the inventory is then processed, sorted and shipped to our stores or to our wholesale customers. We depend on the orderly operation of this receiving and distribution process, which depends, in turn, on adherence to shipping schedules and effective management of the distribution centers. Although we believe that our receiving and distribution process is efficient and well positioned to support our current business and our expansion plans, we cannot offer assurance that we have anticipated all of the changing demands that our expanding operations will impose on our receiving and distribution system, or that events beyond our control, such as disruptions in operations due to fire or other catastrophic events, labor disagreements or shipping

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problems (whether in our own or in our third party vendors’ or carriers’ businesses), will not result in delays in the delivery of merchandise to our stores or to our wholesale customers or e-commerce/retail customers. In addition, we add capacity to distribution centers by either leasing or building new distribution centers or adding capacity at existing centers. Failure to execute on these initiatives may cause disruption in our business. We also make changes in our distribution processes from time to time in an effort to improve efficiency and maximize capacity. We cannot assure that these changes will not result in unanticipated delays or interruptions in distribution. We depend upon Federal Express for shipment of a significant amount of merchandise. Interruptions in the services provided by Federal Express may occasionally result from damage or destruction to our distribution centers; weather-related events; natural disasters; trade policy changes or restrictions; tariffs or import-related taxes; third-party strikes, lock-outs, work stoppages or slowdowns; shipping capacity constraints; third-party contract disputes; military conflicts; acts of terrorism; or other factors beyond our control. An interruption in service by Federal Express for any reason could cause temporary disruptions in our business, a loss of sales and profits, and other material adverse effects.
Our freight cost is impacted by changes in fuel prices through surcharges. Fuel prices and surcharges affect freight cost both on inbound freight from vendors to our distribution centers and outbound freight from our distribution centers to our stores and wholesale customers. Increases in fuel prices and surcharges and other factors may increase freight costs and thereby increase our cost of goods sold and selling and administrative expenses.
An increase in the cost or a disruption in the flow of our imported products may significantly decrease our sales and profits.
Merchandise originally manufactured and imported from overseas makes up a large proportion of our total inventory. A disruption in the shipping of our imported merchandise or an increase in the cost of those products may significantly decrease our sales and profits. We may be unable to meet our customers’ demands or pass on price increases to our customers. In addition, if imported merchandise becomes more expensive or unavailable, the transition to alternative sources may not occur in time to meet demand. Products from alternative sources may also be of lesser quality or more expensive than those we currently import. Risks associated with our reliance on imported products include:
disruptions in the shipping and importation of imported products because of factors such as:
raw material shortages, work stoppages, strikes and political unrest;
problems with oceanic shipping, including shipping container shortages and delays in ports;
increased customs inspections of import shipments or other factors that could result in penalties causing delays in shipments;
economic crises, natural disasters, international disputes and wars; and
increases in the cost of purchasing or shipping foreign merchandise resulting from:
imposition of additional cargo or safeguard measures;
denial by the United States of “most favored nation” trading status to or the imposition of quotas or other restriction on imports from a foreign country from which we purchase goods;
changes in import duties, import quotas and other trade sanctions; and
increases in shipping rates.

A significant amount of the inventory we sell is imported from China, which has historically been subject to efforts to increase duty rates or to impose restrictions on imports of certain products.

If we or our suppliers or licensees are unable to source raw materials or finished goods from the countries where we or they wish to purchase them, either because of a regulatory change or for any other reason, or if the cost of doing so should increase, it could have a material adverse effect on our sales and profits.
A small portion of the products we buy abroad is priced in foreign currencies and, therefore, we are affected by fluctuating currency exchange rates. In the past, we have entered into foreign currency exchange contracts with major financial institutions to hedge these fluctuations. We might not be able to effectively protect ourselves in the future against currency rate fluctuations, and our financial performance could suffer as a result. Even dollar-denominated foreign purchases may be affected by currency fluctuations, as suppliers seek to reflect appreciation in the local currency against the dollar in the price of the products that they provide. You should read Item 7, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” for more information about our foreign currency exchange rate exposure and any hedging activities.

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Data protection requirements are constantly evolving and these requirements could adversely affect our business and operating results.
We have access to, collect or maintain information about our customers, and the protection of that data is critical to our business. The regulatory environment surrounding information security and privacy continues to evolve and new laws increasingly are giving customers the right to control how their personal data is used. One such law is the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"). Our failure to comply with the obligations of GDPR could in the future result in significant penalties which could have a material adverse effect on our business and results of operations. Complying with GDPR and similar U.S. federal and state laws, including a potential federal privacy law, could also cause us to incur substantial costs, forego a substantial amount of revenue or be subject to business risk associated with system changes and new business processes.
We are dependent on third-party vendors and licensors for the merchandise we sell.
We do not manufacture the merchandise we sell. This means that our product supply is subject to the ability and willingness of third-party suppliers to deliver merchandise we order on time and in the quantities and of the quality we need. In addition, a material portion of our retail footwear sales consists of products marketed under brands, belonging to unaffiliated vendors, which have fashion significance to our customers. If those vendors were to decide not to sell to us or to limit the availability of their products to us, or if they become unable because of economic conditions, work stoppages, strikes, political unrest, raw materials supply disruptions, or any other reason to supply us with products, we could be unable to offer our customers the products they wish to buy and could lose their business to competitors. Additionally, manufacturers are required to remain in compliance with certain wage, labor and environment-related laws and regulations. Delayed compliance or failure to comply with such laws and regulations by our vendors could adversely affect our ability to obtain products generally or at favorable costs, affecting our overall ability to maintain and manage inventory levels.
Our Licensed Brands business is dependent on third-party licenses. The Dockers license agreement expires November 30, 2019. If the Company is unable to renew the license under satisfactory terms and conditions, the Company could lose approximately $56 million in sales from the loss of the footwear license.
Our manufacturing and distributing operations are subject to the risks of doing business abroad, particularly in China, which could affect our ability to obtain products from foreign suppliers or control the costs of our products.

Because most of our products are manufactured in China, the possibility of adverse changes in trade or political relations with China, political instability in China, increases in labor costs, the occurrence of prolonged adverse weather conditions or a natural disaster such as an earthquake or typhoon, or the outbreak of a pandemic disease in China could severely interfere with the manufacturing and/or shipment of our products and would have a material adverse effect on our operations. Our business operations may be adversely affected by the current and future political environment in the Communist Party of China. China’s government has exercised and continues to exercise substantial control over virtually every sector of the Chinese economy through regulation and state ownership. Our ability to source products from China may be adversely affected by changes in Chinese laws and regulations, including those relating to taxation, import and export tariffs, raw materials, environmental regulations, land use rights, property and other matters. Under its current leadership, China’s government has been pursuing economic reform policies that encourage private economic activity and greater economic decentralization. There is no assurance, however, that China’s government will continue to pursue these policies, or that it will not significantly alter these policies from time to time without notice. A change in policies by the Chinese government could adversely affect our interests by, among other factors: changes in laws, regulations or the interpretation thereof, confiscatory taxation, restrictions on currency conversion, imports or sources of supplies, or the expropriation or nationalization of private enterprises. In addition, electrical shortages, labor shortages or work stoppages may extend the production time necessary to produce our orders, and there may be circumstances in the future where we may have to incur premium freight charges to expedite the delivery of product to our customers. If we incur a significant amount of premium freight charges, our gross profit will be negatively affected if we are unable to pass on those charges to our customers.
Legal, Regulatory, Global and Other External Risks
Use of social media may subject us to fines or other penalties.
There has been a substantial increase in the use of social media platforms and similar mediums, including blogs, social media websites, and other forms of internet-based communications, which allow individuals access to a broad audience of consumers and other interested persons. As laws and regulations rapidly evolve to govern the use of these platforms and devices, the failure by us, our associates or third parties acting at our direction to abide by applicable laws and regulations in the use of these platforms and mediums could adversely impact our reputation or subject us to fines or other penalties.

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If we are unsuccessful in establishing and protecting our intellectual property, the value of our brands could be adversely affected.
Our ability to remain competitive is dependent upon our continued ability to secure and protect trademarks, patents and other intellectual property rights in the U.S. and internationally for all of our lines of business. We rely on a combination of trade secret, patent, trademark, copyright and other laws, license agreements and other contractual provisions and technical measures to protect our intellectual property rights; however, some countries’ laws do not protect intellectual property rights to the same extent U.S. laws do.
Our business could be significantly harmed if we are not able to protect our intellectual property, or if a court found us to be infringing on other persons’ intellectual property rights. Any future intellectual property lawsuits or threatened lawsuits in which we are involved, either as a plaintiff or as a defendant, could cost us a significant amount of time and money and distract management’s attention from operating our business. If we do not prevail on any intellectual property claims, then we may have to change our manufacturing processes, products or trade names, any of which could reduce our profitability.
Our business and results of operations are subject to a broad range of uncertainties arising out of world and domestic events.
Our business and results of operations are subject to uncertainties arising out of world and domestic events, which may impact not only consumer demand, but also our ability to obtain the products we sell, most of which are produced outside the countries in which we operate. These uncertainties may include a global economic slowdown, changes in consumer spending or travel, increase in fuel prices, and the economic consequences of natural disasters, military action or terrorist activities and increased regulatory and compliance burdens related to governmental actions in response to a variety of factors, including but not limited to national security and anti-terrorism concerns and concerns about climate change. Any future events arising as a result of terrorist activity or other world events may have a material adverse impact on our business, including the demand for and our ability to source products, and consequently on our results of operations and financial condition.
The increasing scope of our non-U.S. operations exposes our performance to risks including foreign, political, legal and economic conditions and exchange rate fluctuations.
Our performance depends in part on general economic conditions affecting all countries in which we do business. In March 2017, the United Kingdom announced its decision to exit the European Union ("Brexit"). The U.K.'s withdrawal is currently scheduled to take place in the first half of 2019, unless a further extension is agreed to; however, uncertainty remains as to what kind of post-Brexit agreement between the U.K. and the European Union ("E.U."), if any, may be approved by the U.K. Parliament. Our business in the U.K. may be adversely affected by the uncertainty surrounding the timing of the withdrawal and the future relationship between the U.K. and the E.U. Brexit and any uncertainty with respect thereto could adversely impact consumer demand and create significant currency fluctuations. In addition, we could be adversely impacted by changes in trade policies, labor, tax or other laws and regulations, intellectual property rights and supply chain logistics. The Company may incur additional costs as it addresses any such changes. All or any one of these factors could adversely affect our business, revenue, financial condition and results of operations.
We are also dependent on foreign manufacturers for the products we sell, and our inventory is subject to cost and availability of foreign materials and labor. In addition to the other risks disclosed herein, demand for our product offering in our non-U.S. operations is also subject to local market conditions. As a result, there can be no assurance that Schuh's or our Canadian operations' future performance will not be adversely affected by economic conditions in their markets.
As we expand our international operations, we also increase our exposure to exchange rate fluctuations. Sales from stores outside the U.S. are denominated in the currency of the country in which these operations or stores are located and changes in foreign exchange rates affect the translation of the sales and earnings of these businesses into U.S. dollars for financial reporting purposes. Additionally, inventory purchase agreements may also be denominated in the currency of the country where the vendor resides.

As the U.S. dollar strengthens relative to foreign currencies, the Company's revenues and profits are reduced when converted into U.S. dollars and the Company's margins may be negatively impacted by the increase in product costs. Although the Company typically has sought to mitigate the negative impacts of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations through price increases and further actions to reduce costs, the Company may not be able to fully offset the impact, if at all. The Company’s success depends, in part, on its ability to manage these various foreign currency impacts as changes in the value of the U.S. dollar relative to other currencies could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business and results of operations.



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The imposition of tariffs on our products could adversely affect our business.

Recent statements by the current presidential administration have introduced greater uncertainty with respect to tax and trade policies, tariffs and regulations affecting trade between the United States and other countries. We source a significant portion of our merchandise from manufacturers located outside the United States, primarily in China. The United States recently announced the imposition of tariffs on certain products imported into the U.S. from China.  The imposition of tariffs on imported products could result in an increase in prices for those products. In addition, the tariffs could also increase the costs of our U.S. suppliers, causing our U.S. suppliers to also increase the costs of their products. While it is too early to predict how the recently enacted tariffs will impact our business, the imposition of these tariffs and any additional tariffs that may be imposed on other items imported by us or our suppliers from China could require us to increase prices to our customers.  If we are unable to pass along increased costs to our customers, our gross margins could be adversely affected. Alternatively, we may seek to shift production outside of China, resulting in significant costs and disruption to our business. The imposition of tariffs by the United States also has resulted in the adoption of tariffs by China and could result in the adoption of tariffs by other countries as well. A resulting trade war could have a significant adverse effect on world trade and the world economy.  These recently enacted tariffs and any additional developments in tax policy or trade relations could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and liquidity. 

Our ability to source our merchandise profitably or at all could be hurt if new trade restrictions are imposed, existing trade restrictions become more burdensome or disruptions occur at our suppliers or at the ports.

Trade restrictions, including increased tariffs, safeguards or quotas, on footwear, apparel and accessories could increase the cost or reduce the supply of merchandise available to us. We source our footwear and accessory products from foreign manufacturers located in Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Portugal, Peru, Romania, Taiwan and Vietnam, and our retail operations sell primarily branded products from third parties who source primarily overseas. The investments we are making to develop our sourcing capabilities may not be successful and may, in turn, have an adverse impact on our financial position and results of operations.

There are quotas and trade restrictions on certain categories of goods and apparel from China and countries that are not subject to the World Trade Organization Agreement, which could have a significant impact on our sourcing patterns in the future. In addition, political uncertainty in the United States may result in significant changes to United States trade policies, treaties and tariffs, including trade policies and tariffs regarding China, including the potential disallowance of tax deductions for imported merchandise or the imposition of unilateral tariffs on imported products. These developments, or the perception that any of them could occur, may have a material adverse effect on global economic conditions and the stability of global financial markets, and may significantly reduce global trade and, in particular, trade between these nations and the United States. Any of these factors could depress economic activity, restrict our sourcing from suppliers and have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations and affect our strategy in Asia and elsewhere around the world. We cannot predict whether any of the countries in which our merchandise is currently manufactured or may be manufactured in the future will be subject to additional trade restrictions imposed by the U.S. and foreign governments, nor can we predict the likelihood, type or effect of any such restrictions. Trade restrictions, including increased tariffs or quotas, embargoes, safeguards and customs restrictions against items we source from foreign manufacturers could increase the cost, delay shipping or reduce the supply of products available to us or may require us to modify our current business practices, any of which could hurt our profitability.

We rely on our suppliers to manufacture and ship the products they produce for us in a timely manner. We also rely on the free flow of goods through open and operational ports worldwide. Labor disputes at various ports or at our suppliers could increase costs for us and delay our receipt of merchandise, particularly if these disputes result in work slowdowns, lockouts, strikes or other disruptions.
We are subject to regulatory proceedings and litigation and to regulatory changes that could have an adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations.
We are party to certain lawsuits, governmental investigations, and regulatory proceedings, including the proceedings arising out of alleged environmental contamination relating to historical operations of the Company and various suits involving current operations as disclosed in Item 3, "Legal Proceedings" and Note 13 to the Consolidated Financial Statements. If these or similar matters are resolved against us, our results of operations, our cash flows, or our financial condition could be adversely affected. The costs of defending such lawsuits and responding to such investigations and regulatory proceedings may be substantial and their potential to distract management from day-to-day business is significant. Moreover, with retail operations in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and Germany, we are

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subject to federal, state, provincial, territorial, local and foreign regulations, which impose costs and risks on our business. Numerous states and municipalities as well as the federal government of the U.S. are proposing or have implemented changes to minimum wage, overtime, employee leave, employee benefit requirements and other requirements that will increase costs. The Company and each of our subsidiaries that employ an average of 50 full-time employees in a calendar year are required to offer a minimum level of health coverage for 95% of our full-time employees or be subject to a penalty. Changes in regulations could make compliance more difficult and costly, and failure to comply with these requirements, including even a seemingly minor infraction, could result in liability for damages or penalties.
New accounting guidance or changes in the interpretation or application of existing accounting guidance could adversely affect our financial performance.

The implementation of new accounting standards could require certain systems, internal process and other changes that could increase our operating costs, and also could result in changes to our financial statements. In particular, the implementation of accounting standards related to leases, as issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) is requiring us to make significant changes to our lease management and other accounting systems, and will result in a material impact to our consolidated financial statements.
 
U.S. generally accepted accounting principles and related accounting pronouncements, implementation guidelines and interpretations with regard to a wide range of matters that are relevant to our business involve many subjective assumptions, estimates and judgments by our management. Changes in these rules or their interpretation or changes in underlying assumptions, estimates or judgments by our management could significantly change our reported or expected financial performance.

Financial Risks

Pension funding and costs are dependent upon several economic assumptions which if changed may cause our future earnings and cash flow to fluctuate significantly.

In March 2019, the Company's Board of Directors authorized the termination of the defined benefit pension plan based on certain assumptions about the cost to terminate the plan. However, if the cost to terminate the plan exceeds our current expectations, we may decide not to terminate the plan or we may incur additional unanticipated costs.

If we do not terminate the plan, the impact of our pension plan on our U.S. generally accepted accounting principles earnings may be volatile in that the amount of expense we record for our pension plan may materially change from year to year because those calculations are sensitive to funding levels as well as changes in several key economic assumptions, including interest rates, rates of return on plan assets, and other actuarial assumptions including participant mortality estimates. Changes in these factors also affect our plan funding, cash flow and shareholders’ equity. In addition, the funding of our pension plan may be subject to changes caused by legislative or regulatory actions.

If we do not terminate the plan, we will make contributions to fund the pension plan when considered necessary or advantageous to do so. The macro-economic factors discussed above, including the return on assets and the minimum funding requirements established by government funding or taxing authorities, or established by other agreement, may influence future funding requirements. A significant decline in the fair value of the assets in our pension plan, or other adverse changes to our pension plan could require us to make significant funding contributions and affect cash flows in future periods.
Changes in our effective income tax rate could adversely affect our net earnings.
A number of factors influence our effective income tax rate, including changes in tax law, tax treaties, interpretation of existing laws, including the newly enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the "Act"), and our ability to sustain our reporting positions on examination. Changes in any of those factors could change our effective tax rate, which could adversely affect our net earnings and liquidity. In addition, our operations outside of the United States may cause greater volatility in our effective tax rate.
As of February 2, 2019, the Company has completed its accounting for the tax effects of the enactment of the Act; however, we continue to expect the United States Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service to issue regulations and other guidance that could have a material impact on the Company's effective tax rate in future periods.


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Actions of activist shareholders could cause us to incur substantial costs, divert management’s attention and resources, and have an adverse effect on our business.
Our shareholders may from time to time engage in proxy solicitations, advance shareholders proposals or otherwise attempt to affect changes or acquire control over the Company. If activist shareholder activities ensue, our business could be adversely affected because responding to proxy contests and reacting to other actions by activist shareholders can be costly and time-consuming, disrupt our operations and divert the attention of management and our employees. For example, we may be required to retain the services of various professionals to advise us on activist shareholder matters, including legal, financial and communications advisors, the costs of which may negatively impact our future financial results. In addition, perceived uncertainties as to our future direction, strategy or leadership created as a consequence of activist shareholders initiatives may result in the loss of potential business opportunities, harm our ability to attract new investors, customers, and employees, and cause our stock price to experience periods of volatility or stagnation.

ITEM 1B, UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS
None.

ITEM 2, PROPERTIES
At February 2, 2019, the Company operated 1,512 retail footwear and accessory stores throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and Germany. New shopping center store leases in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada typically are for a term of approximately 10 years. New store leases in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and Germany typically have terms of between 10 and 15 years. All typically provide for rent based on a percentage of sales against a fixed minimum rent based on the square footage leased.
The general location, use and approximate size of the Company’s principal properties are set forth below:
 
Location
 
Owned/Leased
Segment
 
Use
 
Approximate Area
Square Feet
 
 
Lebanon, TN
 
Owned
Journeys Group
 
Distribution warehouse and administrative offices
 
563,000

 
  
Nashville, TN
 
Leased
Various
 
Executive & footwear operations offices
 
306,455

 
(1) 
Bathgate, Scotland
 
Owned
Schuh Group
 
Distribution warehouse
 
244,644

 
 
Chapel Hill, TN
 
Owned
Licensed Brands
 
Distribution warehouse
 
182,000

 
  
Fayetteville, TN
 
Owned
Johnston & Murphy Group
 
Distribution warehouse
 
178,500

 
  
Zionsville, IN
 
Owned
Corporate
 
Administrative offices
 
150,000

 
(2) 
Deans Industrial Estate, Livingston, Scotland
 
Owned
Schuh Group
 
Distribution warehouse and administrative offices
 
106,813

 
  
Nashville, TN
 
Owned
Journeys Group
 
Distribution warehouse
 
63,000

 
  
(1) 
The Company occupies approximately 97% of the building and subleases the remainder of the building.
(2) 
Leased to Hat World, Inc.

The lease on the Company’s Nashville office expires in April 2022. The Company believes that all leases of properties that are material to its operations may be renewed, or that alternative properties are available, on terms not materially less favorable to the Company than existing leases.



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ITEM 3, LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

Environmental Matters
New York State Environmental Matters
In August 1997, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“NYSDEC”) and the Company entered into a consent order whereby the Company assumed responsibility for conducting a remedial investigation and feasibility study (“RIFS”) and implementing an interim remedial measure (“IRM”) with regard to the site of a knitting mill operated by a former subsidiary of the Company from 1965 to 1969. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), which assumed primary regulatory responsibility for the site from NYSDEC, issued a Record of Decision in September 2007. The Record of Decision specified a remedy of a combination of groundwater extraction and treatment and in-situ chemical oxidation.

In September 2015, the EPA adopted an amendment to the Record of Decision eliminating the separate ground-water extraction and treatment systems and the use of in-situ oxidation from the remedy adopted in the Record of Decision. The amendment provides for the continued operation and maintenance of the existing wellhead treatment systems on wells operated by the Village of Garden City, New York (the "Village"). It also requires the Company to perform certain ongoing monitoring, operation and maintenance activities and to reimburse EPA's future oversight cost, involving future costs to the Company estimated to be between $1.7 million and $2.0 million, and to reimburse EPA for approximately $1.25 million of interim oversight costs. On August 15, 2016, the Court entered a Consent Judgment implementing the remedy provided for by the amendment.

The Village additionally asserted that the Company is liable for the costs associated with enhanced treatment required by the impact of the groundwater plume from the site on two public water supply wells, including historical total costs ranging from approximately $1.8 million to in excess of $2.5 million, and future operation and maintenance costs which the Village estimated at $126,400 annually while the enhanced treatment continues. On December 14, 2007, the Village filed a complaint (the "Village Lawsuit") against the Company and the owner of the property under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”), the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (“CERCLA”) as well as a number of state law theories in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, seeking an injunction requiring the defendants to remediate contamination from the site and to establish their liability for future costs that may be incurred in connection with it.

In June 2016 the Company and the Village reached an agreement providing for the Village to continue to operate and maintain the well head treatment systems in accordance with the Record of Decision and to release its claims against the Company asserted in the Village Lawsuit in exchange for a lump-sum payment of $10.0 million by the Company. On August 25, 2016, the Village Lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice. The cost of the settlement with the Village and the estimated costs associated with the Company's compliance with the Consent Judgment were covered by the Company's existing provision for the site. The settlement with the Village did not have, and the Company expects that the Consent Judgment will not have, a material effect on its financial condition or results of operations.

In April 2015, the Company received from EPA a Notice of Potential Liability and Demand for Costs (the "Notice") pursuant to CERCLA regarding the site in Gloversville, New York of a former leather tannery operated by the Company and by other, unrelated parties. The Notice demanded payment of approximately $2.2 million of response costs claimed by EPA to have been incurred to conduct assessments and removal activities at the site. In February 2017, the Company and EPA entered into a settlement agreement resolving EPA's claim for past response costs in exchange for a payment by the Company of $1.5 million which was paid in May 2017. The Company's environmental insurance carrier has reimbursed the Company for 75% of the settlement amount, subject to a $500,000 self-insured retention. The Company does not expect any additional cost related to the matter.

Whitehall Environmental Matters
The Company has performed sampling and analysis of soil, sediments, surface water, groundwater and waste management areas at the Company's former Volunteer Leather Company facility in Whitehall, Michigan.

In October 2010, the Company and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment entered into a Consent Decree providing for implementation of a remedial Work Plan for the facility site designed to bring the site into compliance with applicable regulatory standards. The Work Plan's implementation is substantially complete and the Company expects, based on its present understanding of the condition of the site, that its future obligations with respect to the site will be limited to periodic monitoring and that future costs related to the site should not have a material effect on its financial condition or results of operations.

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Accrual for Environmental Contingencies
Related to all outstanding environmental contingencies, the Company had accrued $1.8 million as of February 2, 2019, $3.0 million as of February 3, 2018 and $4.4 million as of January 28, 2017. All such provisions reflect the Company's estimates of the most likely cost (undiscounted, including both current and noncurrent portions) of resolving the contingencies, based on facts and circumstances as of the time they were made. There is no assurance that relevant facts and circumstances will not change, necessitating future changes to the provisions. Such contingent liabilities are included in the liability arising from provision for discontinued operations on the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheets because it relates to former facilities operated by the Company. The Company has made pretax accruals for certain of these contingencies, including approximately $0.7 million in Fiscal 2019, $0.6 million in Fiscal 2018 and $0.6 million in Fiscal 2017. These charges are included in provision for discontinued operations, net in the Consolidated Statements of Operations and represent changes in estimates.

Other Legal Matters
On February 22, 2017, a former employee of a subsidiary of the Company filed a putative class and collective action, Shumate v. Genesco, Inc., et al., in the U.S District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, alleging violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") and Ohio wages and hours law including failure to pay minimum wages and overtime to the subsidiary's store managers and seeking back pay, damages, penalties, and declaratory and injunctive relief. On April 21, 2017, a former employee of the same subsidiary filed a putative class and collective action, Ward v. Hat World, Inc., in the Superior Court for the State of Washington, alleging violations of the FLSA and certain Washington wages and hours laws, including, among others, failure to pay overtime to certain loss prevention investigators, and seeking back pay, damages, attorneys' fees and other relief. A total of seven loss prevention investigators elected to join the suit at the expiration of the opt-in period. The Company has removed the case to federal court and the court has approved its transfer to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Effective February 2, 2019, pursuant to the Purchase Agreement, dated December 14, 2018, by and among the Company, FanzzLids and certain other parties thereto 2018 (the “Purchase Agreement”), FanzzLids has agreed to assume the defense of the Shumate and Ward matters and to indemnify the Company and its subsidiaries for any losses incurred by them after the closing date resulting from such matters.

On May 19, 2017, two former employees of the same subsidiary filed a putative class and collective action, Chen and Salas v. Genesco Inc., et al., in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois alleging violations of the FLSA and certain Illinois and New York wages and hours laws, including, among others, failure to pay overtime to store managers, and also seeking back pay, damages, statutory penalties, and declaratory and injunctive relief. On March 8, 2018, the court granted the Company's motion to transfer venue to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. On March 9, 2018, a former employee of the same subsidiary filed a putative class action in the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts claiming violations of the Massachusetts Overtime Law, M.G.L.C. 151§1A, by failing to pay overtime to employees classified as store managers, and seeking restitution, an incentive award, treble damages, interest, attorneys fees and costs. The Company has reached an agreement in principle to settle the Chen and Salas and Massachusetts matters for payment of attorneys' fees and administrative costs totaling $0.4 million plus total payments to members of the plaintiff class who opt to participate in the settlement of up to $0.8 million. The proposed settlement is subject to documentation and approval by the court. The Company does not expect that the proposed settlement will have a material adverse effect on its financial condition or results of operations.

On April 30, 2015, an employee of a subsidiary of the Company filed an action, Stewart v. Hat World, Inc., et al., under the California Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act on behalf of herself, the State of California, and other non-exempt, hourly-paid employees of the subsidiary in California, seeking unspecified damages and penalties for various alleged violations of the California Labor Code, including failure to pay for all hours worked, minimum wage and overtime violations, failure to provide required meal and rest periods, failure to timely pay wages, failure to provide complete and accurate wage statements, and failure to provide full reimbursement of business-related costs and expenses incurred in the course of employment. On April 17, 2018, the court issued a statement of decision in the first phase of the case, finding that the plaintiff is an "aggrieved employee" with regard to meal period and rest break claims only, and not with respect to any other violations alleged in the complaint and that she can represent other employees only with respect to meal and rest break claims. In light of a California Court of Appeal ruling on another matter in May 2018, plaintiff filed a motion for reconsideration of the court’s decision, which was denied. On December 13, 2018, plaintiff then filed a petition for peremptory writ of prohibition to the California Court of Appeal. The Company filed an opposition to plaintiff’s petition on January 11, 2019. On February 27, 2019, the Court of Appeal gave notice that it intended to reverse the trial court’s decision. On March 8, 2019, the trial court amended its decision to permit plaintiff to proceed to trial on all of her claims, even though she was not personally aggrieved as to each of them. Effective February 2, 2019, pursuant to the Purchase Agreement, FanzzLids has agreed to assume the defense of the Stewart matter and to indemnify the Company and its subsidiaries for any losses incurred by them after the closing date resulting from such matter.

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In addition to the matters specifically described in this Item 3, the Company is a party to other legal and regulatory proceedings and claims arising in the ordinary course of its business. While management does not believe that the Company's liability with respect to any of these other matters is likely to have a material effect on its financial statements, legal proceedings are subject to inherent uncertainties and unfavorable rulings could have a material adverse impact on the Company's financial statements.

ITEM 4, MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES
Not applicable.

ITEM 4A, EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF THE REGISTRANT
The officers of the Company are generally elected at the first meeting of the Board of Directors following the annual meeting of shareholders and hold office until their successors have been chosen and qualified or until their earlier death, resignation or removal. The name, age and office of each of the Company’s executive officers and certain information relating to the business experience of each are set forth below:

Robert J. Dennis, 65, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Dennis joined the Company in 2004 as chief executive officer of the Company’s acquired Hat World business. Mr. Dennis was named senior vice president of the Company in June 2004 and executive vice president and chief operating officer, with oversight responsibility for all the Company’s operating divisions, in October 2005. Mr. Dennis was named president of the Company in October 2006 and chief executive officer in August 2008. Mr. Dennis was named chairman in February 2010, which became effective April 1, 2010. Mr. Dennis joined Hat World in 2001 from Asbury Automotive, where he was employed in senior management roles beginning in 1998. Mr. Dennis was with McKinsey and Company, an international consulting firm, from 1984 to 1997, and became a partner in 1990.

Mimi Eckel Vaughn, 52, Senior Vice President - Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Vaughn joined the Company in September 2003 as vice president of strategy and business development. She was named senior vice president, strategy and business development in October 2006, senior vice president of strategy and shared services in April 2009 and senior vice president - finance and chief financial officer in February 2015. The Company has announced Ms. Vaughn will be named chief operating officer upon the appointment of her successor as chief financial officer. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Vaughn was executive vice president of business development and marketing, and acting chief financial officer from 2000 to 2001, for Link2Gov Corporation in Nashville. From 1993 to 1999, she was a consultant at McKinsey and Company in Atlanta.

Parag D. Desai, 44, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Shared Services. Mr. Desai joined the Company in 2014 as senior vice president of strategy and shared services. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Desai spent 14 years with McKinsey and Company, including seven years as a partner. Previously, Mr. Desai also held business development and technology positions at Outpace Systems and Booz Allen & Hamilton.

Paul D. Williams, 64, Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer. Mr. Williams joined the Company in 1977, was named director of corporate accounting and financial reporting in 1993 and chief accounting officer in April 1995. He was named vice president in October 2006.

Matthew N. Johnson, 54, Vice President and Treasurer. Mr. Johnson joined the Company in 1993 as manager, corporate finance and was elected assistant treasurer in December 1993. He was elected treasurer in June 1996. He was named vice president finance in October 2006 and renamed treasurer in April 2011 after a period of service as chief financial officer of one of the Company's divisions. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Johnson was a vice president in the corporate and institutional banking division of The First National Bank of Chicago.

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PART II

ITEM 5, MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES
Market Information
The Company’s common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "GCO".

There were approximately 1,550 common shareholders of record on March 15, 2019.
The Company has not paid cash dividends in respect of its Common Stock since 1973. The Company’s ability to pay cash dividends in respect of its common stock is subject to various restrictions. See Notes 6 and 8 to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in Item 8, "Financial Statements and Supplementary Data" and Item 7, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations – Liquidity and Capital Resources – Sources of Liquidity” for information regarding restrictions on dividends and redemptions of capital stock.
Recent Sales of Unregistered Securities
None.
Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
Repurchases (shown in 000's except share and per share amounts):

ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES            
                        
 
 
 
 
 
Period
(a) Total Number of Shares Purchased
(b) Average Price Paid per Share
(c) Total Number of Shares Purchased as Part of Publicly Announced Plans or Programs
(d) Maximum Number (or Approximate Dollar Value) of Shares that May Yet Be Purchased Under the Plans or Programs (in thousands)
 
 
 
 
 
November 2018
 
 
 
 
  11-4-18 to 12-1-18

$

$

 
 
 
 
 
December 2018
 
 
 
 
  12-2-18 to 12-29-18

$


$

 
 
 
 
 
January 2019
 
 
 
 
  12-30-18 to 2-2-19(1)
968,375

$
47.45

968,375

$
79,055

  12-30-18 to 2-2-19(2)
8,805

$
47.75


$


(1)Share repurchases were made pursuant to the share repurchase program described under Item 7, "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations." The Company expects to implement the balance of the repurchase program through purchases made from time to time either in the open market or through private transactions, in accordance with the regulations of the SEC and other applicable legal requirements.

(2)These shares represent shares withheld from vested restricted stock to satisfy the minimum withholding requirement for federal and state taxes.

Equity Compensation Plan Information

Refer to Part III, Item 12, "Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters" included elsewhere in this report.

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ITEM 6, SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA
Financial Summary - The Company completed the sale of Lids Sports Group on February 2, 2019. The operating results in the table below have been adjusted to reflect Lids Sports Group in discontinued operations for all periods presented. See Item 8, Note 3 to the Company's Consolidated Financial Statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K for additional information about discontinued operations.
In Thousands except per common share data, Financial Statistics and Other Data (End of Year)
Fiscal Year End
 
2019
 
2018
 
2017
 
2016
 
2015
Results of Operations Data
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net sales
$
2,188,553

 
$
2,127,547

 
$
2,020,831

 
$
2,046,730

 
$
1,957,183

Depreciation and amortization
52,161

 
51,533

 
49,943

 
48,815

 
44,615

Earnings from operations(1)
81,817

 
74,372

 
107,793

 
142,872

 
117,588

Earnings from continuing operations before income taxes
78,259

 
68,989

 
112,758

 
134,705

 
104,901

Earnings from continuing operations
51,224

 
36,708

 
72,882

 
85,135

 
66,373

(Loss) earnings from discontinued operations, net
(103,154
)
 
(148,547
)
 
24,549

 
9,434

 
31,352

Net earnings (loss)
$
(51,930
)
 
$
(111,839
)
 
$
97,431

 
$
94,569

 
$
97,725

Per Common Share Data
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Earnings from continuing operations
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
$
2.65

 
$
1.91

 
$
3.63

 
$
3.72

 
$
2.82

Diluted
2.63

 
1.90

 
3.61

 
3.70

 
2.80

Discontinued operations
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
(5.33
)
 
(7.73
)
 
1.22

 
0.41

 
1.34

Diluted
(5.29
)
 
(7.70
)
 
1.22

 
0.41

 
1.32

Net earnings (loss)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
(2.68
)
 
(5.82
)
 
4.85

 
4.13

 
4.16

Diluted
(2.66
)
 
(5.80
)
 
4.83

 
4.11

 
4.12

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Data
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total assets
$
1,181,081

 
$
1,315,353

 
$
1,440,999

 
$
1,540,057

 
$
1,578,991

Long-term debt(2)
65,743

 
88,385

 
82,905

 
111,765

 
28,958

Non-redeemable preferred stock
1,060

 
1,052

 
1,060

 
1,077

 
1,274

Common equity
736,491

 
828,122

 
919,993

 
954,079

 
995,533

Capital expenditures
41,780

 
98,609

 
74,925

 
76,982

 
64,109

Financial Statistics
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Earnings from operations as a percent of net sales
3.7
%
 
3.5
%
 
5.3
%
 
7.0
%
 
6.0
%
Book value per share (common equity divided by common shares outstanding)
$
38.55

 
$
41.61

 
$
46.31

 
$
43.70

 
$
41.43

Working capital (in thousands)
$
454,817

 
$
438,020

 
$
407,587

 
$
447,504

 
$
413,449

Current ratio
2.6

 
2.7

 
2.3

 
2.4

 
2.0

Percent long-term debt to total capitalization
8.2
%
 
9.6
%
 
8.2
%
 
10.5
%
 
2.8
%
Other Data (End of Year)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Number of retail outlets(3)
1,512

 
1,535

 
1,554

 
1,520

 
1,460

Number of employees
21,000

 
20,900

 
21,200

 
19,000

 
18,475




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(1)Reflected in earnings from continuing operations was a charge of $0.6 million for loss on early retirement of debt for Fiscal 2019, a gain of $12.3 million from the sale of SureGrip Footwear for Fiscal 2017 and a charge of $7.1 million for an indemnification asset write-off for Fiscal 2015.
Also reflected in earnings from continuing operations for Fiscal 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 were asset impairment and other charges (gains) of $3.2 million, $7.8 million, ($8.0) million, $2.7 million and $4.0 million, respectively. See Note 3 to the Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information regarding these charges.
(2)Long-term debt includes current obligations. See Note 6 to the Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information regarding the Company’s debt.
(3)Includes 36 Little Burgundy stores added in Fiscal 2016 that were acquired on November 3, 2015.



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ITEM 7, MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
Forward Looking Statements
This discussion and the notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements, as well as Item 1, "Business", include certain forward-looking statements, which include statements regarding our intent, belief or expectations and all statements other than those made solely with respect to historical fact. Actual results could differ materially from those reflected by the forward-looking statements in this discussion and a number of factors may adversely affect the forward-looking statements and the Company’s future results, liquidity, capital resources or prospects. These include, but are not limited to, the level and timing of promotional activity necessary to maintain inventories at appropriate levels, the timing and amount of any share repurchases by the Company, the imposition of tariffs on imported products or the disallowance of tax deductions on imported products, disruptions in product supply or distribution, unfavorable trends in fuel costs, foreign exchange rates, foreign labor and material costs, and other factors affecting the cost of products, the effects of the British decision to exit the European Union, including potential effects on consumer demand, currency exchange rates, and the supply chain, the effectiveness of our omnichannel initiatives, costs associated with changes in minimum wage and overtime requirements, cost associated with wage pressure related to a full employment environment in the U.S. and the U.K., weakness in the consumer economy and retail industry for the products we sell, competition in the Company’s markets, including online and including competition from some of the Company's vendors in the branded footwear market, fashion trends, including the lack of new fashion trends and products, that affect the sales or product margins of the Company’s retail product offerings, weakness in shopping mall traffic and challenges to the viability of malls where the Company operates stores, related to planned closings of department stores or other factors and the extent and pace of growth of online shopping, the effects of the implementation of federal tax reform on the estimated tax rate reflected in certain forward-looking statements, changes in buying patterns by significant wholesale customers, bankruptcies or deterioration in financial condition of significant wholesale customers or the inability of wholesale customers or consumers to obtain credit, the Company’s ability to continue to complete and integrate acquisitions, expand its business and diversify its product base, retained liabilities, indemnification obligations and other ongoing arrangements associated with divestitures of businesses (including potential liabilities under leases as the prior tenant or as guarantor of certain leases), and changes in the timing of holidays or in the onset of seasonal weather affecting period-to-period sales comparisons. Additional factors that could affect the Company’s prospects and cause differences from expectations include the ability to build, open, staff and support additional retail stores and to renew leases in existing stores and control and lower occupancy costs, and to conduct required remodeling or refurbishment on schedule and at expected expense levels, our ability to realize anticipated cost savings, deterioration in the performance of individual businesses or of the Company’s market value relative to its book value, resulting in impairments of fixed assets or intangible assets or other adverse financial consequences and the timing and amount of such impairments or other consequences, unexpected changes to the market for the Company’s shares or for the retail sector in general, costs and reputational harm as a result of disruptions in the Company's information technology systems either by security breaches and incidents or by potential problems associated with the implementation of new or upgraded systems, and the cost and outcome of litigation, investigations and environmental matters involving the Company. For a full discussion of risk factors, see Item 1A, "Risk Factors".
Overview
Description of Business
The Company’s business includes the sourcing and design, marketing and distribution of footwear and accessories through retail stores, including Journeys®, Journeys Kidz®, Little Burgundy® and Johnston & Murphy® in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada; through Schuh® stores in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and Germany, and through e-commerce websites and catalogs; and at wholesale, primarily under the Company’s Johnston & Murphy® brand, the H.S.Trask® brand, the licensed Dockers® brand, and other brands that the Company licenses for footwear. The Company’s wholesale footwear brands are distributed to more than 1,250 retail accounts in the United States, including a number of leading department, discount, and specialty stores. On February 2, 2019, the Company completed the sale of its Lids Sports Group business. As a result, the Company reported the operating results of this business in (loss) earnings from discontinued operations, net in the Consolidated Statements of Operations for all periods presented. In addition, the related assets and liabilities as of February 3, 2018 have been reported as assets and liabilities of discontinued operations in the Consolidated Balance Sheets. Unless otherwise noted, the discussion that follows relates to continuing operations. At February 2, 2019, the Company operated 1,512 retail stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and Germany.
During Fiscal 2019, the Company operated four reportable business segments (not including corporate): (i) Journeys Group, comprised of Journeys, Journeys Kidz and Little Burgundy retail footwear chains, e-commerce operations and catalog; (ii) Schuh Group, comprised of the Schuh retail footwear chain and e-commerce operations; (iii) Johnston & Murphy Group,

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comprised of Johnston & Murphy retail operations, e-commerce operations and catalog and wholesale distribution of products under the Johnston & Murphy® and H.S. Trask® brands; and (iv) Licensed Brands, comprised of Dockers® Footwear, sourced and marketed under a license from Levi Strauss & Company; G.H. Bass Footwear operated under a license from G-III Apparel Group, Ltd., which was terminated in January 2018; and other brands.  
The Journeys retail footwear stores sell footwear and accessories primarily for 13 to 22 year old men and women. The stores average approximately 2,100 square feet. The Journeys Kidz retail footwear stores sell footwear primarily for younger children, ages five to 12. These stores average approximately 1,525 square feet. The Journeys Group stores are primarily in malls and factory outlet centers throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. The Company's Canadian subsidiary acquired the Little Burgundy retail footwear chain in Canada during the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2016. Little Burgundy is being operated under the Journeys Group. Little Burgundy retail footwear stores sell footwear and accessories to fashion-oriented men and women in the 18 to 34 age group ranging from students to young professionals. These stores average approximately 1,825 square feet. With the 41 Little Burgundy stores, Journeys Group now operates 87 stores in Canada. Journeys also sells footwear and accessories through direct-to-consumer catalog and e-commerce websites journeys.com, journeyskidz.com, journeys.ca and littleburgundy.com.
The Schuh retail footwear stores sell a broad range of branded casual and athletic footwear along with a meaningful private label offering primarily for 16 to 24 year old men and women. The stores, which average approximately 4,875 square feet, include both street-level and mall locations in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and Germany. The Schuh Group also sells footwear and accessories through the schuh.co.uk e-commerce website.
Johnston & Murphy retail shops sell a broad range of men’s footwear, apparel and accessories. Women’s footwear and accessories are sold in select Johnston & Murphy retail locations. Johnston & Murphy shops average approximately 1,550 square feet and are located primarily in higher-end malls and in airports throughout the United States and in Canada. As of February 2, 2019, Johnston & Murphy operated eight stores in Canada. The Company also has license and distribution agreements for wholesale and retail sales of Johnston & Murphy products in various non - U.S. jurisdictions. The Company also sells Johnston & Murphy footwear and accessories in factory stores, averaging approximately 2,400 square feet, located in factory outlet malls, and through a direct-to-consumer catalog and the johnstonmurphy.com e-commerce website. In addition, Johnston & Murphy shoes are distributed through the Company’s wholesale operations to better department, independent specialty stores and e-commerce. Additionally, the Company sells the H.S. Trask brand, with men's and women's footwear and leather accessories distributed to better independent retailers and department stores and through the e-commerce website trask.com.
The Licensed Brands segment markets casual and dress casual footwear under the licensed Dockers® brand to men aged 30 to 55 through many of the same national retail chains that carry Dockers slacks and sportswear and in department and specialty stores across the United States. The Company entered into an exclusive license with Levi Strauss & Co. to market men’s footwear in the United States under the Dockers brand name in 1991. Levi Strauss & Co. and the Company have subsequently added additional territories, including Canada and Mexico and certain other Latin American countries. The Dockers license agreement has been renewed for a term expiring November 30, 2019. The Company also sells footwear under other licenses and in March 2015 entered into a License Agreement to source and distribute certain men's and women's footwear under the G.H. Bass trademark and related marks. This license was terminated in January 2018.
Strategy
The Company’s long-term strategy is to pursue growth through a footwear-focused strategy. Our strong strategic positioning, close connection with our customers and enduring leadership positions are what make each of our footwear businesses distinctive on their own and what they share as sources of synergy makes them stronger together. This growth opportunity is both organic and through acquisitions. Organic growth includes: 1) improving comparable sales, both in stores and e-commerce, 2) increasing operating margin not only through comparable sales growth, but also through targeted cost reduction and additional sharing of synergies among our divisions, 3) increasing the Company's store base in its newer concepts and opportunistically, in more mature concepts and 4) enhancing the value of its brands. The Company anticipates opening fewer new stores in the future, concentrating on locations that the Company believes will be most productive, as well as closing certain stores, perhaps reducing the overall square footage and store count from current levels, but improving productivity in its existing locations and investing in technology and infrastructure to support omnichannel retailing.
To supplement its organic growth potential, the Company has made acquisitions, including the acquisitions of the Schuh Group in June 2011 and Little Burgundy in December 2015, and may pursue acquisition opportunities in the future. The Company anticipates that potential acquisitions would either augment existing businesses or facilitate the Company's entry into new businesses that are compatible with its existing footwear businesses and core expertise.

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More generally, the Company attempts to develop strategies to mitigate the risks it views as material, including those discussed under the caption “Forward Looking Statements,” above, and those discussed in Item 1A, "Risk Factors". Among the most important of these factors are those related to consumer demand. Conditions in the economy can affect demand, resulting in changes in sales and, as prices are adjusted to drive sales and manage inventories, in gross margins. Because fashion trends influencing many of the Company’s target customers can change rapidly, the Company believes that its ability to react quickly to those changes has been important to its success. Even when the Company succeeds in aligning its merchandise offerings with consumer preferences, those preferences may affect results by, for example, driving sales of products with lower average selling prices or products which are more widely available in the marketplace and thus more subject to competitive pressures than the Company's typical offering. Moreover, economic factors, such as persistent unemployment and any future economic contraction and changes in tax policies, may reduce the consumer’s disposable income or his or her willingness to purchase discretionary items, and thus may reduce demand for the Company’s merchandise, regardless of the Company’s skill in detecting and responding to fashion trends. The Company believes its experience and discipline in merchandising and the buying power associated with its relative size and importance in the industry segments in which it competes are important to its ability to mitigate risks associated with changing customer preferences and other changes in consumer demand.
Summary of Results of Operations
The Company’s net sales increased 2.9% during Fiscal 2019 compared to Fiscal 2018. The increase reflected a 7% increase in Journeys Group sales and a 3% increase in Johnston & Murphy sales, partially offset by an a 5% decrease in Schuh Group sales and a 19% decrease in Licensed Brands. Included in Fiscal 2018 was a 53rd week compared to a 52-week year for Fiscal 2019. Gross margin increased as a percentage of net sales from 47.5% in Fiscal 2018 to 47.8% in Fiscal 2019, reflecting gross margin increases as a percentage of net sales in Journeys Group, Johnston & Murphy Group and Licensed Brands, partially offset by decreases as a percentage of net sales in Schuh Group. Selling and administrative expenses increased as a percentage of net sales from 43.7% in Fiscal 2018 to 44.0% in Fiscal 2019, reflecting increased expenses as a percentage of net sales in Schuh Group, Licensed Brands and Corporate, partially offset by decreased expenses as a percentage of net sales in Journeys Group and Johnston & Murphy Group. Earnings from operations increased as a percentage of net sales from 3.5% in Fiscal 2018 to 3.7% in Fiscal 2019, reflecting increased earnings in Journeys Group and Johnston & Murphy Group, partially offset by decreased earnings in Schuh Group, Licensed Brands and Corporate in Fiscal 2019.

Significant Developments
The Sale of Lids Sports Group
The Company announced in February of 2018 that it was initiating a formal process to explore the sale of its Lids Sports Group business.  On December 14, 2018, the Company entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of Lids Sports Group to FanzzLids Holdings, a holding company controlled and operated by affiliates of Ames Watson Capital, LLC. The sale was completed on February 2, 2018 for $100.0 million cash, which remains subject to working capital and other adjustments. Because the effective date of closing was a Saturday and the cash proceeds were not received by the Company until February 4, 2019, the purchase price is reflected in accounts receivable at February 2, 2019. The Company recorded a loss on the sale of Lids Sports Group of $98.3 million, net of tax, on the sale of these assets, representing the sales price less the value of the Lids Sports Group assets sold and other miscellaneous charges, including divestiture transaction costs, offset by a tax benefit on the loss. As a result of the sale, the Company met the requirements of ASC 360 to report the results of Lids Sports Group as discontinued operations, and reflected the loss in (loss) earnings from discontinued operations, net on the Company's Consolidated Statements of Operations. Unless otherwise noted, the discussion herein relates to continuing operations. See additional information regarding the sale of Lids Sports Group in Item 8, Note 3, "Asset Impairments and Other Charges and Discontinued Operations", to the Company's Consolidated Financial Statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Sale of SureGrip Footwear
On December 25, 2016, the Company completed the sale of all the stock of the Company's subsidiary, Keuka Footwear, Inc., which operated the SureGrip occupational, slip-resistant footwear business within the Licensed Brands Group, to Shoes for Crews, LLC. The Company recognized a gain on the sale in Fiscal 2017 of $12.3 million, net of transaction-related expenses before tax. The sale of SureGrip Footwear was not a strategic shift that would have a major effect on operations and financial results, and therefore this business was not presented as a discontinued operation in the Company's Consolidated Financial Statements.



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Pension Plan Partial Buyout
In June 2016, the Company's board of directors authorized an offer to vested former employees and active employees over the age of 62 in the Company's defined benefits pension plan to buy out their future benefits under the plan for a lump sum cash payment. The Company made the buyout offer in the third quarter of Fiscal 2017, and completed it in the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2017. The Company incurred a one-time charge to earnings of $2.5 million in the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2017 in connection with the pension plan buyout. The Company initiated the buyout offer in an effort to lower the Company's risk exposure to the pension plan by lowering the Plan's assets and liabilities.
Asset Impairment and Other Charges
The Company recorded a pretax charge to earnings of $3.2 million in Fiscal 2019, including $4.2 million for retail store asset impairments, $0.3 million in legal and other matters and $0.1 million for hurricane losses, partially offset by a $(1.4) million gain related to Hurricane Maria.

The Company recorded a pretax charge to earnings of $7.8 million in Fiscal 2018, including a $5.2 million licensing termination expense, $1.7 million for retail store asset impairments and $0.9 million for hurricane losses.

The Company recorded a pretax gain to earnings of $(8.0) million in Fiscal 2017, including a gain of $(8.9) million for network intrusion expenses as a result of a litigation settlement and a gain of $(0.5) million for other legal matters, partially offset by $1.4 million for retail store asset impairments.
Postretirement Benefit Liability Adjustments
The discount rate used to measure benefit obligations increased from 3.70% to 4.05% in Fiscal 2019. As a result of lower than expected asset returns, offset by an increase in the discount rate and a $3.5 million contribution to the pension plan, the pension asset reflected in the Consolidated Balance Sheets increased to $4.3 million compared to $0.7 million at the end of Fiscal 2018. There was a decrease in the pension liability adjustment of $0.2 million pretax in accumulated other comprehensive loss in equity. Depending upon future interest rates and returns on plan assets and other factors, there can be no assurance that additional adjustments in future periods will not be required.

Discontinued Operations related to Environmental Matters
In Fiscal 2019, Fiscal 2018 and Fiscal 2017, the Company recorded an additional charge to earnings of $0.7 million ($0.5 million net of tax), $0.6 million ($0.4 million net of tax) and $0.7 million ($0.4 million net of tax), respectively, reflected in (loss) earnings from discontinued operations, net primarily for anticipated costs of environmental remedial alternatives related to former facilities operated by the Company. For additional information, see Item 8, Note 3,"Asset Impairments and Other Charges and Discontinued Operations" and Note 13, "Legal Proceedings" to the Company's Consolidated Financial Statements included in the Annual Report on Form 10-K.


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Critical Accounting Policies
Inventory Valuation
As discussed in Note 1 to the Consolidated Financial Statements, the Company values its inventories at the lower of cost or net realizable value in its wholesale and Schuh Group segments.
In its footwear wholesale operations and its Schuh Group segment, cost is determined using the first-in, first-out ("FIFO") method. Net realizable value is determined using a system of analysis which evaluates inventory at the stock number level based on factors such as inventory turn, average selling price, inventory level, and selling prices reflected in future orders for footwear wholesale. The Company provides a valuation allowance when the inventory has not been marked down to net realizable value based on current selling prices or when the inventory is not turning and is not expected to turn at levels satisfactory to the Company.
In its retail operations, other than the Schuh Group segment, the Company employs the retail inventory method, applying average cost-to-retail ratios to the retail value of inventories. Under the retail inventory method, valuing inventory at the lower of cost or market is achieved as markdowns are taken or accrued as a reduction of the retail value of inventories.
Inherent in the retail inventory method are subjective judgments and estimates, including merchandise mark-on, markups, markdowns, and shrinkage. These judgments and estimates, coupled with the fact that the retail inventory method is an averaging process, could produce a range of cost figures. To reduce the risk of inaccuracy and to ensure consistent presentation, the Company employs the retail inventory method in multiple subclasses of inventory with similar gross margins, and analyzes markdown requirements at the stock number level based on factors such as inventory turn, average selling price, and inventory age. In addition, the Company accrues markdowns as necessary. These additional markdown accruals reflect all of the above factors as well as current agreements to return products to vendors and vendor agreements to provide markdown support. In addition to markdown allowances, the Company maintains reserves for shrinkage and damaged goods based on historical rates.
Inherent in the analysis of both wholesale and retail inventory valuation are subjective judgments about current market conditions, fashion trends, and overall economic conditions. Failure to make appropriate conclusions regarding these factors may result in an overstatement or understatement of inventory value. A change of 10% from the recorded amounts for markdowns, shrinkage and damaged goods would have changed inventory by $0.8 million at February 2, 2019.
Impairment of Long-Lived Assets
The Company periodically assesses the realizability of its long-lived assets, other than goodwill, and evaluates such assets for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of an asset may not be recoverable. Asset impairment is determined to exist if estimated future cash flows, undiscounted and without interest charges, are less than the carrying amount. Inherent in the analysis of impairment are subjective judgments about future cash flows. Failure to make appropriate conclusions regarding these judgments may result in an overstatement or understatement of the value of long-lived assets.

As discussed in Note 1 to the Consolidated Financial Statements,the Company annually assesses its goodwill and indefinite lived trade names for impairment and on an interim basis if indicators of impairment are present. The Company’s annual assessment date of goodwill and indefinite lived trade names is the first day of the fourth quarter.
The Company adopted ASU 2017-04, "Intangibles - Goodwill and Other (Topic 350): Simplifying the Test for Goodwill Impairment" ("ASC 350") in the first quarter of Fiscal 2018. In accordance with ASC 350, the Company has the option first to assess qualitative factors to determine whether events and circumstances indicate that it is more likely than not that goodwill is impaired. If after such assessment the Company concludes that the asset is not impaired, no further action is required. However, if the Company concludes otherwise, it is required to determine the fair value of the asset using a quantitative impairment test. The quantitative impairment test for goodwill compares the fair value of each reporting unit with the carrying value of the business unit with which the goodwill is associated. If the fair value of the reporting unit is less than the carrying value of the reporting unit, an impairment charge would be recorded for the amount, if any, in which the carrying value exceeds the reporting unit's fair value. The Company estimates fair value using the best information available, and computes the fair value derived by an income approach utilizing discounted cash flow projections. The income approach uses a projection of a reporting unit’s estimated operating results and cash flows that is discounted using a weighted-average cost of capital that reflects current market conditions. A key assumption in the Company’s fair value estimate is the weighted average cost of capital utilized for discounting its cash flow projections in its income approach. The projection uses management’s best estimates of economic and market conditions over the projected period including growth rates in sales, costs, estimates of future expected changes in operating margins and cash expenditures. Other significant estimates and assumptions include terminal value growth rates, future estimates of capital expenditures and changes in future working capital requirements. For additional information regarding impairment of long-lived assets, see

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Item 8, Note 2, "Goodwill, Other Intangible Assets and Sale of Business" and Note 3,"Asset Impairments and Other Charges and Discontinued Operations" to the Company's Consolidated Financial Statements included in the Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Environmental and Other Contingencies
The Company is subject to certain loss contingencies related to environmental proceedings and other legal matters, including those disclosed in Note 13 to the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements. The Company has made pretax accruals for certain of these contingencies, including approximately $0.7 million reflected in Fiscal 2019, $0.6 million reflected in Fiscal 2018 and $0.6 million reflected in Fiscal 2017. These charges are included in (loss) earnings from discontinued operations, net in the Consolidated Statements of Operations because they relate to former facilities operated by the Company. The Company monitors these matters on an ongoing basis and, on a quarterly basis, management reviews the Company’s accruals in relation to each of them, adjusting provisions as management deems necessary in view of changes in available information. Changes in estimates of liability are reported in the periods when they occur. Consequently, management believes that its accrued liability in relation to each proceeding is a best estimate of probable loss connected to the proceeding, or in cases in which no best estimate is possible, the minimum amount in the range of estimated losses, based upon its analysis of the facts and circumstances as of the close of the most recent fiscal quarter. However, because of uncertainties and risks inherent in litigation generally and in environmental proceedings in particular, there can be no assurance that future developments will not require additional provisions, that some or all liabilities will be adequate or that the amounts of any such additional provisions or any such inadequacy will not have a material adverse effect upon the Company’s financial condition or results of operations.
Revenue Recognition
On February 4, 2018, the Company adopted Accounting Standards Update 2014-09, “Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606)” ("ASC 606"). In accordance with ASC 606, revenue shall be recognized upon satisfaction of all contractual performance obligations and transfer of control to the customer. Revenue is measured as the amount of consideration the Company expects to be entitled to in exchange for corresponding goods. The majority of the Company's sales are single performance obligation arrangements for retail sale transactions for which the transaction price is equivalent to the stated price of the product, net of any stated discounts applicable at a point in time. Each sales transaction results in an implicit contract with the customer to deliver a product at the point of sale. Revenue from retail sales is recognized at the point of sale, is net of estimated returns, and excludes sales and value added taxes. Revenue from catalog and internet sales is recognized at estimated time of delivery to the customer, is net of estimated returns, and excludes sales and value added taxes. Wholesale revenue is recorded net of estimated returns and allowances for markdowns, damages and miscellaneous claims when the related goods have been shipped and legal title has passed to the customer. Actual amounts of markdowns have not differed materially from estimates. Shipping and handling costs charged to customers are included in net sales. The Company elected the practical expedient within ASC 606 related to taxes that are assessed by a governmental authority, which allows for the exclusion of sales and value added tax from transaction price.

A provision for estimated returns is provided through a reduction of sales and cost of goods sold in the period that the related sales are recorded. Estimated returns are based on historical returns and claims. Actual returns and claims in any future period may differ from historical experience. Revenue from gift cards is deferred and recognized upon the redemption of the cards. These cards have no expiration date. Income from unredeemed cards is recognized on the Consolidated Statements of Operations within net sales in proportion to the pattern of rights exercised by the customer in future periods. The Company performs an evaluation of historical redemption patterns from the date of original issuance to estimate future period redemption activity. For additional information on the new revenue recognition standard, see Item 8, Note 1, "Summary of Significant Accounting Policies", to the Company's Consolidated Financial Statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Income Taxes
As part of the process of preparing Consolidated Financial Statements, the Company is required to estimate its income taxes in each of the tax jurisdictions in which it operates. This process involves estimating actual current tax obligations together with assessing temporary differences resulting from differing treatment of certain items for tax and accounting purposes, such as depreciation of property and equipment and valuation of inventories. These temporary differences result in deferred tax assets and liabilities, which are included within the Consolidated Balance Sheets. The Company then assesses the likelihood that its deferred tax assets will be recovered from future taxable income. Actual results could differ from this assessment if adequate taxable income is not generated in future periods. To the extent the Company believes that recovery of an asset is at risk, valuation allowances are established. To the extent valuation allowances are established or increased in a period, the Company includes an expense within the tax provision in the Consolidated Statements of Operations. These

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deferred tax valuation allowances may be released in future years when management considers that it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax assets will be realized. In making such a determination, management will need to periodically evaluate whether or not all available evidence, such as future taxable income and reversal of temporary differences, tax planning strategies, and recent results of operations, provides sufficient positive evidence to offset any other potential negative evidence that may exist at such time. In the event the deferred tax valuation allowance is released, the Company would record an income tax benefit for a portion or all of the deferred tax valuation allowance released. At February 2, 2019, the Company had a deferred tax valuation allowance of $20.4 million.
Income tax reserves for uncertain tax positions are determined using the methodology required by the Income Tax Topic of the Accounting Standards Codification (“Codification”). This methodology requires companies to assess each income tax position taken using a two step process. A determination is first made as to whether it is more likely than not that the position will be sustained, based upon the technical merits, upon examination by the taxing authorities. If the tax position is expected to meet the more likely than not criteria, the benefit recorded for the tax position equals the largest amount that is greater than 50% likely to be realized upon ultimate settlement of the respective tax position. Uncertain tax positions require determinations and estimated liabilities to be made based on provisions of the tax law which may be subject to change or varying interpretation. If the Company’s determinations and estimates prove to be inaccurate, the resulting adjustments could be material to its future financial results. See Item 8, Note 9, "Income Taxes", to the Company's Consolidated Financial Statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K for the impact on income taxes of the Act enacted December of 2017.
Postretirement Benefits Plan Accounting
Full-time employees who had at least 1,000 hours of service in calendar year 2004, except employees in the Schuh Group segment, are covered by a defined benefit pension plan. The Company froze the defined benefit pension plan effective January 1, 2005. The Company also provides certain former employees with limited medical and life insurance benefits. The Company funds at least the minimum amount required by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
As required by the Compensation – Retirement Benefits Topic of the Codification, the Company is required to recognize the overfunded or underfunded status of postretirement benefit plans as an asset or liability in their Consolidated Balance Sheets and to recognize changes in that funded status in accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax, in the year in which the changes occur.
The Company recognizes pension expense on an accrual basis over employees’ approximate service periods. The calculation of pension expense and the corresponding liability requires the use of a number of critical assumptions, including the expected long-term rate of return on plan assets and the assumed discount rate, as well as the recognition of actuarial gains and losses. Changes in these assumptions can result in different expense and liability amounts, and future actual experience can differ from these assumptions.
Long Term Rate of Return Assumption – Pension expense increases as the expected rate of return on pension plan assets decreases. The Company estimates that the pension plan assets will generate a long-term rate of return of 5.65%. To develop this assumption, the Company considered historical asset returns, the current asset allocation and future expectations of asset returns. The expected long-term rate of return on plan assets is based on a long-term investment policy of 98% U.S. fixed income securities and 2% cash equivalents. For Fiscal 2019, if the expected rate of return had been decreased by 1%, net pension expense would have increased by $0.7 million, and if the expected rate of return had been increased by 1%, net pension expense would have decreased by $0.7 million.
Discount Rate – Pension liability and future pension expense increase as the discount rate is reduced. The Company discounted future pension obligations using a rate of 4.05%, 3.70% and 3.95% for Fiscal 2019, 2018 and 2017, respectively. The discount rate at February 2, 2019 was determined based on a yield curve of high quality corporate bonds with cash flows matching the Company’s plans’ expected benefit payments. For Fiscal 2019, if the discount rate had been increased by 0.5%, net pension expense would have decreased by $0.1 million, and if the discount rate had been decreased by 0.5%, net pension expense would have increased by $0.1 million. In addition, if the discount rate had been increased by 0.5%, the projected benefit obligation would have decreased by $3.2 million and the accumulated benefit obligation would have decreased by $3.2 million. If the discount rate had been decreased by 0.5%, the projected benefit obligation would have increased by $3.5 million and the accumulated benefit obligation would have increased by $3.5 million.
Amortization of Gains and Losses – The Company utilizes a calculated value of assets, which is an averaging method that recognizes changes in the fair values of assets over a period of five years. At the end of Fiscal 2019, the Company had unrecognized actuarial losses of $8.1 million. Generally accepted accounting principles in the United States require that the Company recognize a portion of these losses when they exceed a calculated threshold. These losses might be recognized as a component of pension expense in future years and would be amortized over the average future service of employees,

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which is currently approximately nine years. Future changes in plan asset returns, assumed discount rates and various other factors related to the pension plan will impact future pension expense and liabilities, including increasing or decreasing unrecognized actuarial gains and losses.
The Company recognized expense for its defined benefit pension plans of $0.1 million, $0.2 million and $2.3 million in Fiscal 2019, 2018 and 2017, respectively. Fiscal 2017 includes a settlement charge of $2.5 million as a result of the pension plan buyout. The Company’s pension expense is expected to increase in Fiscal 2020 by approximately $1.0 million due to lower expected return on assets due to a change in the Company's investment strategy and higher service costs, partially offset by lower amortization of the actuarial losses.
Comparable Sales
For purposes of this report, "comparable sales" are sales from stores open longer than one year, beginning with the first day it has comparable sales (which we refer to in this report as "same store sales"), and sales from websites operated longer than one year and direct mail catalog sales (which we refer to in this report as "comparable direct sales"). Temporarily closed stores are excluded from the comparable sales calculation if closed for more than seven days. Expanded stores are excluded from the comparable sales calculation until the first day it has comparable prior year sales. Current year foreign exchange rates are applied to both current year and prior year comparable sales to achieve a consistent basis for comparison.


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Results of Operations—Fiscal 2019 Compared to Fiscal 2018
The Company’s net sales for Fiscal 2019 (52 weeks) increased 2.9% to $2.19 billion from $2.13 billion in Fiscal 2018 (53 weeks). The increase in net sales was a result of increased sales in Journeys Group and Johnston & Murphy Group, partially offset by decreased sales in Schuh Group and Licensed Brands. Gross margin increased 3.5% to $1.047 billion in Fiscal 2019 from $1.011 billion in Fiscal 2018, and increased as a percentage of net sales from 47.5% in Fiscal 2018 to 47.8% in Fiscal 2019, primarily reflecting increased gross margin as a percentage of net sales in all of the Company's business segments except Schuh Group. Selling and administrative expenses in Fiscal 2019 increased 3.5% from Fiscal 2018 and increased as a percentage of net sales from 43.7% to 44.0%, primarily reflecting expense increases as a percentage of sales in Schuh Group, Licensed Brands and Corporate, partially offset by decreased expenses in Journeys Group and Johnston & Murphy Group. The Company records buying and merchandising and occupancy costs in selling and administrative expense. Because the Company does not include these costs in cost of sales, the Company’s gross margin and selling and administrative expense are not comparable to other retailers that include these costs in the calculation of gross margin. Explanations of the changes in results of operations are provided by business segment in discussions following these introductory paragraphs.
Earnings from continuing operations before income taxes (“pretax earnings”) for Fiscal 2019 were $78.3 million, compared to $69.0 million for Fiscal 2018. Pretax earnings for Fiscal 2019 included an asset impairment and other charge of $3.2 million for retail store asset impairments, other legal matters and hurricane losses, partially offset by a gain from Hurricane Maria. In addition, pretax earnings included a $0.6 charge for loss on early retirement of debt. Pretax earnings for Fiscal 2018 included an asset impairment and other charge of $7.8 million for licensing termination expenses, retail store asset impairments and hurricane losses.
The net loss for Fiscal 2019 was $(51.9) million ($2.66 diluted loss per share) compared to $(111.8) million ($5.80 diluted loss per share) for Fiscal 2018. The net loss for Fiscal 2019 included a net loss from discontinued operations of $103.2 million ($5.29 diluted loss per share). Included in Fiscal 2019 discontinued operations was a $126.3 million pretax loss on the sale of Lids Sports Group as well as a pretax charge of $0.7 million primarily for anticipated costs of environmental remedial alternatives related to former facilities operated by the Company. The net earnings for Fiscal 2018 included a net loss from discontinued operations of $148.5 million ($7.70 diluted loss per share). Included in Fiscal 2018 discontinued operations was a pretax goodwill impairment charge of $182.2 million as well as a pretax charge of $0.6 million primarily for anticipated costs of environmental remedial alternatives related to former facilities operated by the Company. The Company recorded an effective income tax rate of 34.5% for Fiscal 2019 compared to 46.8% for Fiscal 2018. The effective tax rate for Fiscal 2019 was lower compared to Fiscal 2018 due to the lower U.S. federal corporate income tax rate following the passage of the Act, partially offset by the inability to recognize a tax benefit for certain foreign losses. See Item 8, Note 9, "Income Taxes", to the Company's Consolidated Financial Statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K for additional information.
Journeys Group
 
 
Fiscal Year Ended
 
%
Change
 
2019
 
2018
 
 
(dollars in thousands)
 
 
Net sales
$
1,419,993

 
$
1,329,460

 
6.8
%
Earnings from operations
$
100,799

 
$
74,114

 
36.0
%
Operating margin
7.1
%
 
5.6
%
 
 

Net sales from Journeys Group increased 6.8% to $1.42 billion for Fiscal 2019 compared to $1.33 billion for Fiscal 2018. The increase reflected an 8% increase in comparable sales partially offset by a 2% decrease in average Journeys stores operated (i.e. the sum of the number of stores open on the first day of the fiscal year and the last day of each fiscal month during the year divided by thirteen) for Fiscal 2019. The comparable sales increase reflected a 6% increase in footwear unit comparable sales and the average price per pair of shoes increased 2%. The store count for Journeys Group was 1,193 stores at the end of Fiscal 2019, including 239 Journeys Kidz stores, 46 Journeys stores in Canada and 41 Little Burgundy stores in Canada, compared to 1,220 stores at the end of Fiscal 2018, including 242 Journeys Kidz stores, 46 Journeys stores in Canada and 39 Little Burgundy stores in Canada.
Journeys Group earnings from operations for Fiscal 2019 increased 36.0% to $100.8 million, compared to $74.1 million for Fiscal 2018. The increase in earnings from operations was primarily due to (i) increased net sales, (ii) increased gross margin as a percentage of sales, reflecting decreased markdowns, partially offset by higher shipping and warehouse expenses

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and (ii) decreased expenses as a percentage of net sales reflecting leverage of occupancy related costs and selling salaries, partially offset by increased bonus expense.
Schuh Group
 
 
Fiscal Year Ended
 
%
Change
 
2019
 
2018
 
 
(dollars in thousands)
 
 
Net sales
$
382,591

 
$
403,698

 
(5.2
)%
Earnings from operations
$
3,765

 
$
20,104

 
(81.3
)%
Operating margin
1.0
%
 
5.0
%
 
 

Net sales from the Schuh Group decreased 5.2% to $382.6 million for Fiscal 2019, compared to $403.7 million for Fiscal 2018. The sales decrease reflects primarily an 8% decrease in comparable sales, partially offset by a 5% increase in average stores operated and an increase of $4.8 million in sales due to changes in foreign exchange rates. Schuh Group operated 136 stores at the end of Fiscal 2019 compared to 134 at the end of Fiscal 2018.

Schuh Group earnings from operations decreased 81.3% to $3.8 million in Fiscal 2019 compared to $20.1 million for Fiscal 2018. The decrease in earnings this year reflects (i) decreased net sales, (ii) decreased gross margin as a percentage of net sales due primarily to increased promotional activity and (iii) increased expenses as a percentage of net sales primarily due to the inability to leverage expenses due to the negative comparable sales for Fiscal 2019, particularly occupancy related costs, selling salaries and compensation expense. In addition, Schuh Group's earnings from operations for Fiscal 2019 were negatively impacted by $0.7 million due to changes in foreign exchange rates.
Johnston & Murphy Group
 
 
Fiscal Year Ended
 
%
Change
 
2019
 
2018
 
 
(dollars in thousands)
 
 
Net sales
$
313,134

 
$
304,160

 
3.0
%
Earnings from operations
$
20,385

 
$
19,367

 
5.3
%
Operating margin
6.5
%
 
6.4
%
 
 

Johnston & Murphy Group net sales increased 3.0% to $313.1 million for Fiscal 2019 from $304.2 million for Fiscal 2018. The increase reflected primarily a 7 % increase in comparable sales and a 2% increase in average stores operated for Johnston & Murphy retail operations, partially offset by a 7% decrease in Johnston & Murphy wholesale sales. Unit sales for the Johnston & Murphy wholesale business decreased 9% in Fiscal 2019 and the average price per pair of shoes decreased 1% for the same period. Retail operations accounted for 74.2% of the Johnston & Murphy Group's sales in Fiscal 2019, up from 71.6% in Fiscal 2018. The comparable sales increase reflected a 7% increase in footwear unit comparable sales, while the average price per pair of shoes decreased 1%. The store count for Johnston & Murphy retail operations at the end of Fiscal 2019 included 183 Johnston & Murphy shops and factory stores, including eight stores in Canada, compared to 181 Johnston & Murphy shops and factory stores, including eight stores in Canada, at the end of Fiscal 2018.
Johnston & Murphy earnings from operations for Fiscal 2019 increased 5.3% to $20.4 million from $19.4 million for Fiscal 2018, primarily due to (i) increased net sales, (ii) increased gross margin as a percentage of net sales, due primarily to a mix of more retail sales which carry higher margins and (iii) decreased expenses as a percentage of net sales primarily due to decreased marketing expenses, partially offset by increased bonus expense.






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Licensed Brands
 
 
Fiscal Year Ended
 
%
Change
 
2019
 
2018
 
 
(dollars in thousands)
 
 
Net sales
$
72,564

 
$
89,809

 
(19.2
)%
Loss from operations
$
(488
)
 
$
(299
)
 
(63.2
)%
Operating margin
(0.7
)%
 
(0.3
)%
 
 

Licensed Brands’ net sales decreased 19.2% to $72.6 million for Fiscal 2019 from $89.8 million for Fiscal 2018. The sales decrease primarily reflects decreased sales of Dockers Footwear and the closeout of the Bass license. Unit sales for Dockers Footwear decreased 22% for Fiscal 2019, while the average price per pair of shoes increased 4% for the same period.
Licensed Brands’ loss from operations increased from $(0.3) million for Fiscal 2018 to $(0.5) million for Fiscal 2019, primarily due to (i) decreased net sales and (ii) increased gross margin as percentage of net sales primarily due to lower margin reductions and higher initial margins. Expenses as a percentage of net sales increased primarily due to increased bonus, compensation, credit card and other expenses, partially offset by decreased royalty expense.
Corporate, Interest Expenses and Other Charges
Corporate and other expense for Fiscal 2019 was $42.6 million compared to $38.9 million for Fiscal 2018. Corporate expense in Fiscal 2019 included a $3.2 million charge in asset impairment and other charges, primarily for retail store asset impairments, other legal matters and hurricane losses, partially offset by a gain from Hurricane Maria. Corporate expense in Fiscal 2018 included a $7.8 million charge in asset impairment and other charges, primarily for licensing termination expense, retail store asset impairments and hurricane losses. Excluding the charges listed above, corporate and other expense increased primarily due to increased bonus expense.
Net interest expense decreased 38.3% from $5.4 million in Fiscal 2018 to $3.3 million in Fiscal 2019 primarily due to decreased revolver borrowings compared to the previous year. In addition, interest income increased $0.8 million due to the increase in average short-term investments as a result of increased operating cash flow.

Results of Operations—Fiscal 2018 Compared to Fiscal 2017
The Company’s net sales for Fiscal 2018 (53 weeks) increased 5.3% to $2.13 billion from $2.02 billion in Fiscal 2017 (52 weeks). The increase in net sales was a result of increased sales in Journeys Group, Schuh Group and Johnston & Murphy Group, partially offset by decreased sales in Licensed Brands. Net sales for Fiscal 2018 included an estimated $25.5 million of sales due to the fifty-third week. Excluding the 53rd week, impact of exchange rates and the sale of a small business last year, net sales increased 5% for Fiscal 2018. Gross margin increased 3.6% to $1.011 billion in Fiscal 2018 from $975.9 million in Fiscal 2017, but decreased as a percentage of net sales from 48.3% in Fiscal 2017 to 47.5% in Fiscal 2018, primarily reflecting decreased gross margin as a percentage of net sales in all of the Company's business segments except Johnston & Murphy Group. Selling and administrative expenses in Fiscal 2018 increased 6.1% from Fiscal 2017 and increased as a percentage of net sales from 43.4% to 43.7%, primarily reflecting expense increases in Journeys Group and Johnston & Murphy Group, partially offset by decreased expenses in Schuh Group and Licensed Brands. The Company records buying and merchandising and occupancy costs in selling and administrative expense. Because the Company does not include these costs in cost of sales, the Company’s gross margin and selling and administrative expense are not comparable to other retailers that include these costs in the calculation of gross margin. Explanations of the changes in results of operations are provided by business segment in discussions following these introductory paragraphs.
Pretax earnings for Fiscal 2018 were $69.0 million, compared to $112.8 million for Fiscal 2017. Pretax earnings for Fiscal 2018 included asset impairment and other charges of $7.8 million for licensing termination expenses, retail store asset impairments and hurricane losses. Pretax earnings for Fiscal 2017 included an asset impairment and other gain of $8.0 million, including an $8.9 million gain for network intrusion expenses as result of a litigation settlement and a $0.5 million gain for other legal matters, partially offset by $1.4 million for retail store asset impairments. In addition, pretax earnings includes a $2.5 million pension settlement expense included in other components of net periodic benefit cost. Pretax earnings for Fiscal 2017 also included a gain of $12.3 million on the sale of SureGrip Footwear.
The net loss for Fiscal 2018 was $(111.8) million ($5.80 diluted loss per share) compared to net earnings of $97.4 million ($4.83 diluted earnings per share) for Fiscal 2017. The net loss for Fiscal 2018 included a net loss from discontinued operations of $148.5 million ($7.70 diluted loss per share). Included in Fiscal 2018 discontinued operations was a pretax goodwill impairment charge of $182.2 million as well as a pretax charge of $0.6 million primarily for anticipated costs of

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environmental remedial alternatives related to former facilities operated by the Company. The net earnings for Fiscal 2017 included net earnings from discontinued operations of $24.5 million ($1.22 diluted earnings per share). Included in Fiscal 2017 discontinued operations was a pretax charge of $0.7 million primarily for anticipated costs of environmental remedial alternatives related to former facilities operated by the Company. The Company recorded an effective income tax rate of 46.8% for Fiscal 2018 compared to 35.4% for Fiscal 2017. The effective tax rate for Fiscal 2018 was higher compared to Fiscal 2017 due to a $9.8 million one-time income tax expense related to the passage of the Act and increases in valuation allowances related to foreign operations and to an income tax expense of $2.2 million related to share-based compensation. See Item 8, Note 9, "Income Taxes", to the Company's Consolidated Financial Statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K for additional information.
Journeys Group
 
 
Fiscal Year Ended
 
%
Change
 
2018
 
2017
 
 
(dollars in thousands)
 
 
Net sales
$
1,329,460

 
$
1,251,646

 
6.2
 %
Earnings from operations
$
74,114

 
$
85,270

 
(13.1
)%
Operating margin
5.6
%
 
6.8
%
 
 

Net sales from Journeys Group increased 6.2% to $1.33 billion for Fiscal 2018 and compared to $1.25 billion for Fiscal 2017. The increase reflected a 4% increase in comparable sales and a 1% increase in average Journeys stores operated (i.e. the sum of the number of stores open on the first day of the fiscal year and the last day of each fiscal month during the year divided by thirteen) for Fiscal 2018. The comparable sales increase reflected a 1% increase in footwear unit comparable sales and the average price per pair of shoes increased 3%. The store count for Journeys Group was 1,220 stores at the end of Fiscal 2018, including 242 Journeys Kidz stores, 46 Journeys stores in Canada and 39 Little Burgundy stores in Canada, compared to 1,249 stores at the end of Fiscal 2017, including 230 Journeys Kidz stores, 44 Journeys stores in Canada and 36 Little Burgundy stores in Canada.
Journeys Group earnings from operations for Fiscal 2018 decreased 13.1% to $74.1 million, compared to $85.3 million for Fiscal 2017. The decrease in earnings from operations was primarily due to (i) decreased gross margin as a percentage of sales, reflecting lower initial margins due to changes in product mix and higher shipping and warehouse expenses, as e-commerce grew as a percent of the business and (ii) increased expenses as a percentage of net sales as Journeys Group could not leverage store-related expenses, primarily rent, selling salaries and advertising.
Schuh Group
 
 
Fiscal Year Ended
 
%
Change
 
2018
 
2017
 
 
(dollars in thousands)
 
 
Net sales
$
403,698

 
$
372,872

 
8.3
 %
Earnings from operations
$
20,104

 
$
20,530

 
(2.1
)%
Operating margin
5.0
%
 
5.5
%
 
 

Net sales from the Schuh Group increased 8.3% to $403.7 million for Fiscal 2018, compared to $372.9 million for Fiscal 2017. The sales increase reflects primarily a 4% increase in comparable sales and a 4% increase in average stores operated, partially offset by a decrease of $5.1 million in sales due to the depreciation of the British Pound. Schuh Group operated 134 stores at the end of Fiscal 2018 compared to 128 at the end of Fiscal 2017.

Schuh Group earnings from operations decreased 2.1% to $20.1 million in Fiscal 2018 compared to $20.5 million for Fiscal 2017. The decrease in earnings this year reflects decreased gross margin as a percentage of net sales due primarily to increased promotional activity and increased shipping and warehouse expense. The decrease in gross margin was partially offset by decreased expenses as a percentage of net sales primarily due to decreased selling salaries, depreciation and bonus expenses, partially offset by increased advertising expense and lower foreign exchange gains compared to the prior year. Schuh Group's earnings from operations for Fiscal 2018 were positively impacted by $0.4 million due to changes in foreign exchange rates.

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Johnston & Murphy Group
 
 
Fiscal Year Ended
 
%
Change
 
2018
 
2017
 
 
(dollars in thousands)
 
 
Net sales
$
304,160

 
$
289,324

 
5.1
%
Earnings from operations
$
19,367

 
$
19,330

 
0.2
%
Operating margin
6.4
%
 
6.7
%
 
 

Johnston & Murphy Group net sales increased 5.1% to $304.2 million for Fiscal 2018 from $289.3 million for Fiscal 2017. The increase reflected primarily a 3% increase in average stores operated for Johnston & Murphy retail operations and a 5% increase in Johnston & Murphy wholesale sales, while comparable sales remained flat for Fiscal 2018. Unit sales for the Johnston & Murphy wholesale business increased 7% in Fiscal 2018 while the average price per pair of shoes decreased 2% for the same period. Retail operations accounted for 71.6% of the Johnston & Murphy Group's sales in Fiscal 2018, up slightly from 71.4% in Fiscal 2017. The store count for Johnston & Murphy retail operations at the end of Fiscal 2018 included 181 Johnston & Murphy shops and factory stores, including eight stores in Canada, compared to 177 Johnston & Murphy shops and factory stores, including seven stores in Canada, at the end of Fiscal 2017.
Johnston & Murphy earnings from operations for Fiscal 2018 increased 0.2% to $19.4 million from $19.3 million for Fiscal 2017, primarily due to increased net sales and increased gross margin as a percentage of net sales, reflecting decreased markdowns and improved initial margins. Expenses as a percentage of net sales increased for Fiscal 2018 primarily due to increased occupancy, compensation and benefit expenses, partially offset by decreased advertising expenses.
Licensed Brands
 
 
Fiscal Year Ended
 
%
Change
 
2018
 
2017
 
 
(dollars in thousands)
 
 
Net sales
$
89,809

 
$
106,372

 
(15.6
)%
Earnings (loss) from operations
$
(299
)
 
$
4,498

 
NM

Operating margin
(0.3
)%
 
4.2
%
 
 

Licensed Brands’ net sales decreased 15.6% to $89.8 million for Fiscal 2018 from $106.4 million for Fiscal 2017. The sales decrease primarily reflects the loss of sales for SureGrip footwear, which was sold in December 2016, and the expiration of a small footwear license. SureGrip Footwear had net sales of $15.6 million in Fiscal 2017. Unit sales for Dockers Footwear increased 2% for Fiscal 2018 and the average price per pair of shoes increased 1% for the same period.
Licensed Brands’ earnings from operations decreased from $4.5 million for Fiscal 2017 to a loss of $(0.3) million for Fiscal 2018, primarily due to decreased net sales and decreased gross margin as a percentage of net sales, reflecting the sale of SureGrip footwear, which carried the group's highest gross margin, and changes in product mix and increased promotional activities in the remaining businesses.
Corporate, Interest Expenses and Other Charges
Corporate and other expense for Fiscal 2018 was $38.9 million compared to $21.8 million for Fiscal 2017. Corporate expense in Fiscal 2018 included a $7.8 million charge in asset impairment and other charges, primarily for licensing termination expense, retail store asset impairments and hurricane losses. Corporate expense in Fiscal 2017 included an $8.0 million gain in asset impairment and other charges, primarily for a gain on network intrusion expenses as a result of a litigation settlement and a gain for other legal matters, partially offset by retail store asset impairments. Excluding the gains and charges listed above, corporate and other expense increased primarily due to increased professional fees and other corporate expenses, partially offset by decreased bonus expense.
Net interest expense increased 3.1% from $5.2 million in Fiscal 2017 to $5.4 million in Fiscal 2018 primarily due to increased interest rates and to increased revolver borrowings compared to the previous year as a result of increased capital expenditures.


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Liquidity and Capital Resources
The following table sets forth certain financial data at the dates indicated and includes all operations of the Company.
 
 
Feb. 2, 2019
 
Feb. 3, 2018
 
Jan. 28, 2017
 
(dollars in millions)
Cash and cash equivalents
$
167.4

 
$
39.9

 
$
48.3

Working capital
$
454.8

 
$
438.0

 
$
407.6

Long-term debt (includes current maturities)
$
65.7

 
$
88.4

 
$
82.9

Working Capital
The Company’s business is seasonal, with the Company’s investment in inventory and accounts receivable normally reaching peaks in the spring and fall of each year. Historically, cash flow from operations has been generated principally in the fourth quarter of each fiscal year.
Cash flow changes: (Includes discontinued operations)
Fiscal Year Ended
 
 
 
Increase
(dollars in millions)
February 2, 2019
February 3, 2018
(Decrease)
Net cash provided by operating activities
$
237.1

$
164.6

$
72.5

Net cash used in investing activities
(56.5
)
(127.6
)
71.1

Net cash used in financing activities
(52.8
)
(47.4
)
(5.4
)
Effect of foreign exchange rate fluctuations on cash
(0.4
)
2.0

(2.4
)
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
$
127.4

$
(8.4
)
$
135.8

Reasons for the major variances in cash provided by (used in) the table above are as follows:
Cash provided by operating activities was $72.5 million higher for Fiscal 2019 compared to Fiscal 2018, primarily reflecting the following factors:
Net loss decreased by $59.9 million;
A $50.4 million increase in cash flow from changes in accounts payable reflecting changes in buying patterns and vendor mix as well as increases in Lids Sports Group accounts payable due to increased inventory purchases that were accelerated to avoid threatened tariff increases; and
A $43.1 million increase in cash flow from changes in other accrued liabilities reflecting increased bonus accruals in Fiscal 2019 and reduced bonus and tax accruals in Fiscal 2018; partially offset by
A $28.9 million decrease in cash flow from changes in inventory reflecting further reductions in ongoing inventory levels year over year that was offset by increases in Lids Sports Group inventory as receipts were accelerated to avoid threatened tariffs versus across the board reductions in inventory levels last year in all of the Company's business segments except Schuh Group.
Cash used in investing activities was $71.1 million lower for Fiscal 2019 primarily reflecting decreased capital expenditures in Journeys Group and Schuh Group as well as discontinued operations. The Company expects capital expenditures of approximately $45 million for Fiscal 2020.
Cash used in financing activities was $5.4 million higher in Fiscal 2019 reflecting increased share repurchases compared to Fiscal 2018 and decreased revolver borrowings.
Changes in inventory and accounts receivable
The $2.7 million decrease in inventories at February 2, 2019 from February 3, 2018 levels primarily reflects decreases in all of the Company's business segments except Johnston & Murphy Group and discontinued Lids Sports Group.
Accounts receivable at February 2, 2019 decreased $6.3 million compared to February 3, 2018 primarily due to decreased receivables in the discontinued Lids Sport Group business and also due to reduced tenant allowances and other receivables in the Company's retail businesses.

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Cash flow changes: (Includes discontinued operations)
Fiscal Year Ended
 
 
 
Increase
(dollars in millions)
February 3, 2018
January 28, 2017
(Decrease)
Net cash provided by operating activities
$
164.6

$
165.2

$
(0.6
)
Net cash used in investing activities
(127.6
)
(70.9
)
(56.7
)
Net cash used in financing activities
(47.4
)
(178.2
)
130.8

Effect of foreign exchange rate fluctuations on cash
2.0

(1.1
)
3.1

Decrease in cash and cash equivalents
$
(8.4
)
$
(85.0
)
$
76.6

Reasons for the major variances in cash provided by (used in) the table above are as follows:
Cash provided by operating activities was $0.6 million lower for Fiscal 2018 compared to Fiscal 2017, primarily reflecting the following factors:
A $31.9 million decrease in cash flow from changes in accounts payable reflecting changes in buying patterns, vendor mix and lower inventory levels; and
Decreased earnings; partially offset by
A $77.0 million increase in cash flow from inventory primarily reflecting a reduction in the growth in Journeys Group, Licensed Brands and Johnston & Murphy Group as well as discontinued operations inventory, on a year over year basis, partially offset by increased inventory in Schuh Group.
Cash used in investing activities was $56.7 million higher for Fiscal 2018 primarily reflecting increased capital expenditures due to the Journeys Group's warehouse expansion as well as increased capital expenditures for discontinued operations.
Cash used in financing activities was $130.8 million lower for Fiscal 2018 primarily reflecting decreased share repurchases compared to Fiscal 2017.
Changes in inventory and accounts receivable
The $31.6 million decrease in inventories at February 3, 2018 from January 28, 2017 levels primarily reflects decreases in all of the Company's business segments, including discontinued operations, except Schuh Group.
Accounts receivable at February 3, 2018 decreased $0.8 million compared to January 28, 2017 primarily due to decreased sales in the Licensed Brands business.
Sources of Liquidity
The Company has three principal sources of liquidity: cash flow from operations, cash and cash equivalents on hand and the credit facilities discussed below. The Company believes that cash and cash equivalents on hand, cash flow from operations and availability under its credit facilities will be sufficient to cover its working capital, capital expenditures and stock repurchases for the foreseeable future.
Availability
On February 1, 2019, the Company entered into a First Amendment (the "Amendment") to the Fourth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement (the “Credit Facility”) by and among the Company, certain subsidiaries of the Company party thereto, (the "Borrowers"), the lenders party thereto (the "Lenders") and Bank of America, N.A., as agent (the "Agent"), amending the Fourth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated January 31, 2018. The Amendment modifies the Credit Facility to, among other things, decrease each of the Domestic Total Commitments and the Total Commitments from $400.0 million to $275.0 million and to permit the sale of Lids Sports Group. The amended Credit Facility provides revolving credit in the aggregate principal amount of $275.0 million, including (i) for the Company and the other borrowers formed in the U.S., a $70.0 million sublimit for the issuance of letters of credit and a domestic swingline subfacility of up to $45.0 million, (ii) for GCO Canada Inc., a revolving credit subfacility in an aggregate amount not to exceed $70.0 million, which includes a $5.0 million sublimit for the issuance of letters of credit and a swingline subfacility of up to $5.0 million, and (iii) for Genesco (UK) Limited, a revolving credit subfacility in an aggregate amount not to exceed $100.0 million, which includes a $10.0 million sublimit for the issuance of letters of credit and a swingline subfacility of up to $10.0 million. The facility matures January 31, 2023. Any swingline loans and any letters of credit and borrowings under the Canadian and UK subfacilities will reduce the availability under the Credit Facility on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

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The Company has the option, from time to time, to increase the availability under the Credit Facility by an aggregate amount of up to $200.0 million subject to, among other things, the receipt of commitments for the increased amount. In connection with this increased facility, the Canadian revolving credit subfacility may be increased by no more than $15.0 million and the UK revolving credit subfacility may be increased by no more than $100.0 million.
The aggregate amount of the loans made and letters of credit issued under the Credit Facility, as amended, shall at no time exceed the lesser of the facility amount ($275.0 million or, if increased as described above, up to $475.0 million) or the "Borrowing Base", which generally is based on 90% of eligible inventory (increased to 92.5% during fiscal months September through November) plus 85% of eligible wholesale receivables plus 90% of eligible credit card and debit card receivables of the Company and the other borrowers formed in the U.S. and GCO Canada Inc. less applicable reserves (the "Loan Cap"). If requested by the Company and Genesco (UK) Limited and agreed to by the required percentage of Lenders, the relevant assets of Genesco (UK) Limited will be included in the Borrowing Base, provided that amounts borrowed by Genesco (UK) Limited based solely on its own borrowing base will be limited to $100.0 million, subject to the increased facility as described above. At no time can the total loans outstanding to Genesco (UK) Limited and to GCO Canada Inc. exceed 50% of the Loan Cap. In the event that the availability for GCO Canada Inc. to borrow loans based solely on its own borrowing base is completely utilized, GCO Canada Inc. will have the ability, subject to certain terms and conditions, to obtain additional loans (but not to exceed its total revolving credit subfacility amount) to the extent of the then unused portion of the domestic Loan Cap.
The Company's revolving credit borrowings averaged $59.0 million during Fiscal 2019 and $127.5 million during Fiscal 2018, as cash on hand, cash generated from operations and revolver borrowings primarily funded seasonal working capital requirements, capital expenditures and stock repurchases for Fiscal 2019 and Fiscal 2018.
There were $11.2 million of letters of credit outstanding and $56.8 million of revolver borrowings outstanding, including $14.0 million (£10.7 million) related to Genesco (UK) Limited and $42.8 million (C$56.0 million) related to GCO Canada, under the Credit Facility at February 2, 2019.
The Credit Facility also provides that a first-in, last-out tranche could be added to the revolving credit facility at the option of the Company subject to, among other things, the receipt of commitments for such tranche. For additional information on the Company’s Credit Facility, see Note 6 to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in Item 8, "Financial Statements and Supplementary Data".
Certain Covenants
The Company is not required to comply with any financial covenants under the Credit Facility unless Excess Availability (as defined in the Credit Facility) is less than the greater of $17.5 million or 10.0% of the Loan Cap. If and during such time as Excess Availability is less than the greater of $17.5 million or 10.0% of the Loan Cap, the Credit Facility requires the Company to meet a minimum fixed charge coverage ratio of (a) an amount equal to consolidated EBITDA less capital expenditures and taxes paid in cash, in each case for such period, to (b) fixed charges for such period, of not less than 1.0:1.0. Excess Availability was $151.4 million at February 2, 2019. Because Excess Availability exceeded the greater of $17.5 million or 10.0% of the Loan Cap, the Company was not required to comply with this financial covenant at February 2, 2019.

The Credit Facility also permits the Company to incur senior debt in an amount up to the greater of $500.0 million or an amount that would not cause the Company's ratio of consolidated total indebtedness to consolidated EBITDA to exceed 5.0:1.0 provided that certain terms and conditions are met.

In addition, the Credit Facility contains certain covenants that, among other things, restrict additional indebtedness, liens and encumbrances, loans and investments, acquisitions, dividends and other restricted payments, transactions with affiliates, asset dispositions, mergers and consolidations, prepayments or material amendments to certain material documents and other matters customarily restricted in such agreements.

Cash Dominion
The Credit Facility also contains cash dominion provisions that apply in the event that the Company’s Excess Availability is less than the greater of $20.0 million or 12.5% of the Loan Cap for 3 consecutive business days or if certain events of default occur under the Credit Facility.

Events of Default
The Credit Facility contains customary events of default, including, without limitation, payment defaults, breaches of representations and warranties, covenant defaults, cross-defaults to certain other material indebtedness in excess of specified amounts and to agreements which would have a material adverse effect if breached, certain events of bankruptcy and insolvency, certain ERISA events, judgments in excess of specified amounts and change in control.


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Restrictions on Dividends and Redemptions of Capital Stock
The Credit Facility prohibits the payment of dividends and other restricted payments unless, among other things, as of the date of the making of any Restricted Payment (as defined in the Credit Facility), (a) no Default (as defined in the Credit Facility) or Event of Default (as defined in the Credit Facility) exists or would arise after giving effect to such Restricted Payment and (b) either (i) the Borrowers (as defined in the Credit Facility) have pro forma Excess Availability for the prior 60 day period equal to or greater than 20% of the Loan Cap, after giving pro forma effect to such Restricted Payment, or (ii) (A) the Borrowers have pro forma Excess Availability for the prior 60 day period of less than 20% of the Loan Cap but equal to or greater than 15% of the Loan Cap, after giving pro forma effect to the Restricted Payment or Acquisition, and (B) the Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio (as defined in the Credit Facility), on a pro-forma basis for the twelve months preceding such Restricted Payment, will be equal to or greater than 1.0:1.0 and (c) after giving effect to such Restricted Payment, the Borrowers are Solvent (as defined in the Credit Facility). Additionally, the Company may make cash dividends on preferred stock up to $0.5 million in any fiscal year absent a continuing Event of Default. The Company’s management does not expect availability under the Credit Facility to fall below the requirements listed above during Fiscal 2020.

U.K. Credit Facility Availability
In April 2017, Schuh Group Limited entered into an Amendment and Restatement Agreement which amended the Form of Amended and Restated Facilities Agreement and Working Capital Facility Letter ("UK Credit Facilities") dated May 2015. The amendment includes a new Facility A of £1.0 million, a Facility B of £9.4 million, a Facility C revolving credit agreement of £16.5 million, a working capital facility of £2.5 million and an additional revolving credit facility, Facility D, of €7.2 million for its operations in Ireland and Germany. The Facility A loan was paid off in April 2017. The Facility B loan bears interest at LIBOR plus 2.5% per annum with quarterly payments through September 2019. The Facility C bears interest at LIBOR plus 2.2% per annum and expires in September 2019. The Facility D bears interest at EURIBOR plus 2.2% per annum and expires in September 2019.

There were $9.0 million in UK term loans and no UK revolver loans outstanding at February 2, 2019. The UK Credit Facilities contain certain covenants at the Schuh level including a minimum interest coverage covenant of 4.50x and a maximum leverage covenant of 1.75x. The Company was in compliance with all the covenants at February 2, 2019. The UK Credit Facilities are secured by a pledge of all the assets of Schuh and its subsidiaries.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements
None.












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Contractual Obligations
The following tables set forth aggregate contractual obligations and commitments as of February 2, 2019.
 
(in thousands)
Payments Due by Period
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Contractual Obligations
Total
 
Less than 1
year
 
1 - 3
years
 
3 - 5
years
 
More
than 5
years
Long-Term Debt Obligations
$
65,743

 
$
8,970

 
$

 
$
56,773

 
$

Operating Lease Obligations
1,097,721

 
183,432

 
330,739

 
259,912

 
323,638

Purchase Obligations(1)
616,882

 
616,882

 

 

 

Long-Term Obligations – Schuh(2)
147

 
147

 

 

 

Other Long-Term Liabilities
898

 
172

 
343

 
380

 
3

Total Contractual Obligations(3)
$
1,781,391

 
$
809,603

 
$
331,082

 
$
317,065

 
$
323,641

 
(in thousands)
Amount of Commitment Expiration Per Period
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Commercial Commitments
Total Amounts
Committed
 
Less than 1
year
 
1 - 3
years
 
3 - 5
years
 
More
than 5
years
Letters of Credit
$
11,156

 
$
11,156

 
$

 
$

 
$

Total Commercial Commitments
$
11,156

 
$
11,156

 
$

 
$

 
$


(1) Represents open purchase orders for inventory.
(2) Includes interest on the UK term loans. For additional information, see Note 6 to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in Item 8, "Financial Statements and Supplementary Data".
(3) Excludes unrecognized tax benefits of $2.2 million due to their uncertain nature in timing of payments, if any.

The total accrued benefit liability for other postretirement benefit plans as of February 2, 2019, was $4.5 million. This amount is impacted by, among other items, pension expense, funding levels, plan amendments, changes in plan demographics and assumptions, and the investment return on plan assets. Because the accrued liability does not represent expected liquidity needs, the Company did not include this amount in the contractual obligations table. There is no requirement for the Company to make a pension plan contribution. See Note 10 to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in Item 8, "Financial Statements and Supplementary Data".
  
Capital Expenditures
Capital expenditures, including discontinued operations, were $57.2 million, $127.9 million and $94.0 million for Fiscal 2018, 2017 and 2016, respectively. The $70.7 million decrease in Fiscal 2019 capital expenditures as compared to Fiscal 2018 is primarily due to decreases of capital expenditures in Journeys Group and Schuh Group as well as discontinued operations. The $33.9 million increase in Fiscal 2018 capital expenditures as compared to Fiscal 2017 is primarily due to the expansion of the Journeys Group's warehouse as well as increased capital expenditures in discontinued operations.
Total capital expenditures in Fiscal 2020 are expected to be approximately $45 million. These include retail capital expenditures of approximately $37 million to open approximately 20 Journeys Group stores, including 12 Journeys Kidz stores, three Schuh stores and eight Johnston & Murphy shops and factory stores, and to complete approximately 57 major store renovations and includes approximately $12 million in computer hardware and software and warehouse enhancements for initiatives to drive traffic, enhance omni-channel and strengthen our brands. The planned amount of capital expenditures in Fiscal 2020 for wholesale operations and other purposes is approximately $8 million, including approximately $5 million for new systems.
Future Capital Needs
The Company expects that cash on hand and cash provided by operations and borrowings under its Credit Facilities will be sufficient to support seasonal working capital, capital expenditure requirements and stock repurchases during Fiscal 2020.
The Company had total available cash and cash equivalents of $167.4 million and $39.9 million as of February 2, 2019 and February 3, 2018, respectively, of which approximately $20.8 million and $21.2 million was held by the Company's foreign subsidiaries as of February 2, 2019 and February 3, 2018, respectively. The Company's strategic plan does not require the

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repatriation of foreign cash in order to fund its operations in the U.S., and it is the Company's current intention to indefinitely reinvest its foreign cash and cash equivalents outside of the U.S. If the Company were to repatriate foreign cash to the U.S., it would be required to accrue and pay U.S. taxes in accordance with applicable U.S. tax rules and regulations as a result of the repatriation. There were $127.2 million and $0.0 million of cash equivalents included in cash and cash equivalents at February 2, 2019 and February 3, 2018, respectively. Cash equivalents are highly-liquid financial instruments having an original maturity of three months or less. The Company's $127.2 million of cash equivalents was invested in institutional money market funds which invest exclusively in highly rated, short-term securities that are issued, guaranteed or collateralized by the U.S. government or by U.S. government agencies and instrumentalities.
Common Stock Repurchases
The weighted shares outstanding reflects the effect of the Company's new $125.0 million share repurchase program approved by the Board of Directors in December 2018. The Company repurchased 968,375 shares at a cost of $45.9 million during Fiscal 2019. The Company has repurchased 1,261,918 shares in the first quarter of Fiscal 2020, through April 2, 2019, at a cost of $55.8 million. The Company has $23.3 million remaining as of April 2, 2019 under its current $125.0 million share repurchase authorization.The Company repurchased 275,300 shares at a cost of $16.2 million during Fiscal 2018. The Company repurchased 2,155,869 shares at a cost of $133.3 million during Fiscal 2017.
Environmental and Other Contingencies
The Company is subject to certain loss contingencies related to environmental proceedings and other legal matters, including those disclosed in Item 3, "Legal Proceedings" and Note 13 to the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements. The Company has made pretax accruals for certain of these contingencies, including approximately $0.7 million reflected in Fiscal 2019, $0.6 million reflected in Fiscal 2018 and $0.6 million reflected in Fiscal 2017. These charges are included in (loss) earnings from discontinued operations, net in the Consolidated Statements of Operations because they relate to former facilities operated by the Company. The Company monitors these matters on an ongoing basis and, on a quarterly basis, management reviews the Company’s accruals in relation to each of them, adjusting provisions as management deems necessary in view of changes in available information. Changes in estimates of liability are reported in the periods when they occur. Consequently, management believes that its accrued liability in relation to each proceeding is a best estimate of the probable loss connected to the proceeding, or in cases in which no best estimate is possible, the minimum amount in the range of estimated losses, based upon its analysis of the facts and circumstances as of the close of the most recent fiscal quarter. However, because of uncertainties and risks inherent in litigation generally and in environmental proceedings in particular, there can be no assurance that future developments will not require additional provisions, that some or all liabilities may not be adequate or that the amounts of any such additional provisions or any such inadequacy will not have a material adverse effect upon the Company’s financial condition or results of operations.
Financial Market Risk
The following discusses the Company’s exposure to financial market risk.
Outstanding Debt of the Company – The Company has $9.0 million of outstanding U.K. term loans at a weighted average interest rate of 3.41% as of February 2, 2019. A 100 basis point increase in interest rates would increase annual interest expense by $0.1 million on the $9.0 million term loans. The Company has $56.8 million of outstanding U.S. revolver borrowings at a weighted average interest rate of 3.26% as of February 2, 2019. A 100 basis point increase in interest rates would increase annual interest expense by $0.6 million on the $56.8 million revolver borrowings.
Cash and Cash Equivalents – The Company’s cash and cash equivalent balances are invested primarily in institutional money market funds. The Company did not have significant exposure to changing interest rates on invested cash at February 2, 2019. As a result, the Company considers the interest rate market risk implicit in these investments at February 2, 2019 to be low.
Summary – Based on the Company’s overall market interest rate exposure at February 2, 2019, the Company believes that the effect, if any, of reasonably possible near-term changes in interest rates on the Company’s consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows for Fiscal 2019 would not be material.
Accounts Receivable – The Company’s accounts receivable balance at February 2, 2019 is concentrated primarily in two of its footwear wholesale businesses, which sell primarily to department stores and independent retailers across the United States. In the footwear wholesale businesses, one customer each accounted for 18% and 9% and three customers each accounted for 7% of the Company’s total trade receivables balance, while no other customer accounted for more than 4% of the Company’s total trade receivables balance as of February 2, 2019. The Company monitors the credit quality of its customers and establishes an allowance for doubtful accounts based upon factors surrounding credit risk of specific

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customers, historical trends and other information, as well as customer specific factors; however, credit risk is affected by conditions or occurrences within the economy and the retail industry, as well as company-specific information.
Foreign Currency Exchange Risk – The Company is exposed to translation risk because certain of its foreign operations utilize the local currency as their functional currency and those financial results must be translated into United States dollars. As currency exchange rates fluctuate, translation of the Company's financial statements of foreign businesses into United States dollars affects the comparability of financial results between years. Schuh Group's net sales and earnings from operations for Fiscal 2019 were positively impacted by $4.8 million and negatively impacted by $0.7 million, respectively, due to the change in foreign exchange rates.
New Accounting Principles
New Accounting Pronouncements Recently Adopted
In February 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-02, "Income Statement - Reporting Comprehensive Income (Topic 220): Reclassification of Certain Tax Effects from Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income" ("ASC 220"), which allows a reclassification from accumulated other comprehensive income to retained earnings for stranded tax effects resulting from the Act. This guidance is effective for all entities for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2018, with early adoption permitted. The amendments in ASC 220 should be applied either in the period of adoption or retrospectively to each period in which the effect of the change in the U.S. federal corporate income tax rate in the Act is recognized. The Company adopted ASC 220 in the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2018 and reclassed $2.2 million to retained earnings for the impact of stranded tax effects resulting from the Act.

In March 2017, the FASB issued ASU 2017-07, "Compensation - Retirement Benefits (Topic 715)" ("ASC 715"). The standard requires the sponsors of benefit plans to present service cost in the same line item or items as other current employee compensation costs, and present the remaining components of net benefit cost in one or more separate line items outside of income from operations, while also limiting the components of net benefit cost eligible to be capitalized to service cost. The standard will require the Company to present the non-service pension costs as a component of expense below operating income. The amendments to this standard allow a practical expedient that permits an employer to use the amounts disclosed in its employee benefits footnote for the prior comparative period as the estimation basis for applying the retrospective presentation. The standard is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017, including interim periods within those fiscal years.

The Company adopted ASC 715 in the first quarter of Fiscal 2019 and utilized the practical expedient to estimate the impact on the prior comparative period information presented in the Consolidated Statements of Operations. As required by the amendments in this update, the presentation of the service cost component and other components of net periodic benefit cost in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations were applied retrospectively on and after the effective date. Upon adoption of this standard update, the Company reclassified the other components of net periodic benefit cost from selling and administrative expenses to other components of net periodic benefit cost on the Consolidated Statements of Operations. The retrospective adoption of this standard update resulted in a decrease to earnings from operations of $0.4 million and $0.0 million Fiscal 2019 and 2018, respectively, and an increase to earnings from operations of $2.1 million for Fiscal 2017 which was fully offset by the same amount on the other components of net periodic benefit cost line on the Consolidated Statements of Operations. As such, there was no impact to consolidated net earnings for Fiscal 2019, 2018 or 2017.

In March 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-09, “Compensation - Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting” ("ASC 718"). The update addresses several aspects of the accounting for share-based compensation transactions including: (a) income tax consequences when awards vest or are settled, (b) classification of awards as either equity or liabilities, (c) a policy election to account for forfeitures as they occur rather than on an estimated basis and (d) classification of excess tax impacts on the statement of cash flows. The inclusion of excess tax benefits and deficiencies as a component of the Company's income tax expense will increase volatility within its provision for income taxes as the amount of excess tax benefits or deficiencies from share-based compensation awards is dependent on the Company's stock price at the date the awards are exercised or settled which is primarily in the second quarter of each fiscal year. The Company adopted ASC 718 in the first quarter of Fiscal 2018. The Company recorded an excess tax deficiency of $2.2 million as an increase in income tax expense related to share-based compensation for vested awards in Fiscal 2018. Earnings per share decreased $0.11 per share for Fiscal 2018 due to the impact of ASC 718. The Company reclassified $3.4 million from operating activities to financing activities on the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for Fiscal 2017 representing the value of the shares withheld for taxes on the vesting of restricted stock. If the Company had adopted the standard in Fiscal 2017, reported earnings per share would have decreased $0.03 per share for Fiscal 2017.


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In May 2014, the FASB issued ASC 606. The Company adopted ASC 606 in the first quarter of Fiscal 2019 using the modified retrospective method by recognizing the cumulative effect of $4.4 million as an adjustment to the opening balance of retained earnings at February 4, 2018. The comparative information has not been restated and continues to be reported under the accounting standards in effect for those periods. While the adoption of this standard did not have a material impact on the Company's Consolidated Financial Statements and related disclosures, it did impact the timing of revenue recognition for gift card breakage and the timing of recognizing expense for direct-mail advertising costs as presented in the Consolidated Statements of Operations for Fiscal 2019.

New Accounting Pronouncements Not Yet Adopted
In February 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-02, "Leases" (ASU 2016-02"). The standard's core principle is to increase transparency and comparability among organizations by recognizing lease assets and liabilities on the balance sheet and disclosing key information. In July 2018, ASU 2018-10, "Codification Improvements to Topic 842, Leases," was issued to provide more detailed guidance and additional clarification for implementing ASU 2016-02. Furthermore, in July 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-11, "Leases (Topic 842): Targeted Improvements," which provides an optional transition method in addition to the existing modified retrospective transition method by allowing a cumulative effect adjustment to the opening balance of retained earnings in the period of adoption. The standard also provides for certain practical expedients. The standard is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, including interim periods within those fiscal years, with early adoption permitted.

The Company intends to adopt this guidance in the first quarter of Fiscal 2020 using the optional transition method provided by ASU 2018-11. Additionally, the Company intends to elect the “package of practical expedients”, which permits the Company not to reassess under the new standard its prior conclusions about lease identification, lease classification and initial direct costs. The Company also intends to elect to not separate lease and non-lease components for its store leases.

The Company has made substantial progress implementing new processes and updating internal controls to ensure compliance with the new standard. The Company continues to assess the impact the adoption of ASU 2016-02 will have on its Consolidated Financial Statements, related disclosures and internal controls and is expecting a material impact on its Consolidated Balance Sheets because the Company is party to a significant number of lease contracts.
 
The Company estimates adoption of the standard will result in the recognition of additional right-of-use assets and lease liabilities for operating leases of approximately $750 million to $850 million, as of February 3, 2019. The Company does not believe the standard will materially affect the Company's Consolidated Statements of Operations, Comprehensive Income, Cash Flows or Equity.

In August 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-14, "Compensation - Retirement Benefits - Defined Benefit Plans - General (Subtopic 715-20): Disclosure Framework - changes to the Disclosure Requirement for Defined Benefit Plans", ("ASU 2018-04"), to improve the effectiveness of disclosures in the notes to financial statements for employers that sponsor defined benefit pension plans. ASU 2018-14 is effective for financial statements issued for fiscal years ending after December 15, 2020, and early adoption is permitted. The Company is currently assessing the impact of this update on its notes to its Consolidated Financial Statements.

In August 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-15, "Intangibles-Goodwill and Other-Internal-Use Software (Subtopic 350-40): Customer's Accounting for Implementation Costs Incurred in a Cloud Computing Arrangement That is a Service Contract", ("ASU 2018-15"). The standard requires that issuers follow the internal-use software guidance in ASC 350-40 to determine which costs to capitalize as assets or expense as incurred. The ASC 350-40 guidance requires that certain costs incurred during the application development stage be capitalized and other costs incurred during the preliminary project and post-implementation stages be expensed as they are incurred. ASU 2018-15 is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019. The Company is currently evaluating the impact of ASU 2018-15.
Inflation
The Company does not believe inflation has had a material impact on sales or operating results during periods covered in this discussion.


ITEM 7A, QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK
The Company incorporates by reference the information regarding market risk appearing under the heading “Financial Market Risk” in Item 7, "Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations."

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ITEM 8, FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA
INDEX TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
 


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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

To the Shareholders and the Board of Directors of Genesco Inc.

Opinion on Internal Control over Financial Reporting
We have audited Genesco Inc. and Subsidiaries' internal control over financial reporting as of February 2, 2019, based on criteria established in Internal Control—Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (2013 Framework) (the COSO criteria). In our opinion, Genesco Inc. and Subsidiaries (the Company) maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of February 2, 2019, based on the COSO criteria.
We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB), the consolidated balance sheets of Genesco Inc. and Subsidiaries as of February 2, 2019 and February 3, 2018, and the related consolidated statements of operations, comprehensive income, cash flows, and equity for each of the three fiscal years in the period ended February 2, 2019, and the related notes and financial statement schedule listed in the Index at Item 15, and our report dated April 3, 2019 expressed an unqualified opinion thereon.
Basis for Opinion
The Company's management is responsible for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting included in the accompanying Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on our audit. We are a public accounting firm registered with the PCAOB and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.
We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects.
Our audit included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk, and performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.
Definition and Limitations of Internal Control over Financial Reporting
A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.
Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.


/s/ Ernst & Young LLP
 
Nashville, Tennessee
 
April 3, 2019
 


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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

To the Shareholders and the Board of Directors of Genesco Inc.

Opinion on the Financial Statements
We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Genesco Inc. and Subsidiaries (the Company) as of February 2, 2019 and February 3, 2018, and the related consolidated statements of operations, comprehensive income, cash flows and equity for each of the three fiscal years in the period ended February 2, 2019, and the related notes and financial statement schedule listed in the Index at Item 15 (collectively referred to as the "consolidated financial statements"). In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company at February 2, 2019 and February 3, 2018, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the three fiscal years in the period ended February 2, 2019, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.
We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB), the Company's internal control over financial reporting as of February 2, 2019, based on criteria established in Internal Control – Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (2013 Framework), and our report dated April 3, 2019 expressed an unqualified opinion thereon.
Basis for Opinion
These consolidated financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company's financial statements and schedule based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the PCAOB and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.
We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

/s/ Ernst & Young LLP
 
 
 
We have served as the Company's auditor since 2001.
 
Nashville, Tennessee
 
April 3, 2019
 


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Genesco Inc.
and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
In Thousands, except share amounts
 
 
As of Fiscal Year End
Assets
February 2, 2019
 
February 3, 2018
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents
$
167,355

 
$
39,937

Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $2,894 at February 2,
 
 
 
2019 and $4,593 at February 3, 2018
132,390

 
33,614

Inventories
366,667

 
388,410

Prepaids and other current assets
64,634

 
54,031

Current assets - discontinued operations

 
177,096

Total current assets
731,046

 
693,088

 
 
 
 
Property and equipment:
 
 
 
Land
7,953

 
8,047

Buildings and building equipment
82,621

 
79,656

Computer hardware, software and equipment
138,147

 
118,433

Furniture and fixtures
129,625

 
126,699

Construction in progress
5,920

 
29,457

Improvements to leased property
341,134

 
337,798

Property and equipment, at cost
705,400

 
700,090

Accumulated depreciation
(428,025
)
 
(401,543
)
Property and equipment, net
277,375

 
298,547

Deferred income taxes
21,335

 
25,077

Goodwill
93,081

 
100,308

Trademarks, net of accumulated amortization of zero at both
 
 
 
February 2, 2019 and February 3, 2018
30,904

 
33,150

Other intangibles, net of accumulated amortization of $4,680 at
 
 
 
February 2, 2019 and $4,696 at February 3, 2018
943

 
1,340

Other noncurrent assets
26,397

 
24,559

Non-current assets - discontinued operations

 
139,284

Total Assets
$
1,181,081

 
$
1,315,353

















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Genesco Inc.
and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
In Thousands, except share amounts


 
As of Fiscal Year End
Liabilities and Equity
February 2, 2019
 
February 3, 2018
Current Liabilities:
 
 
 
Accounts payable
$
158,603

 
$
123,287

Accrued employee compensation
43,246

 
18,746

Accrued other taxes
17,389

 
16,114

Accrued income taxes
2,133

 
1,488

Current portion – long-term debt
8,992

 
1,766

Other accrued liabilities
45,313

 
50,523

Provision for discontinued operations
553

 
1,902

Current liabilities - discontinued operations

 
41,242

Total current liabilities
276,229

 
255,068

Long-term debt
56,751

 
86,619

Deferred rent and other long-term liabilities
108,704

 
115,348

Provision for discontinued operations
1,846

 
1,707

Non-current liabilities - discontinued operations

 
25,907

Total liabilities
443,530

 
484,649

Commitments and contingent liabilities


 


Equity
 
 
 
Non-redeemable preferred stock
1,060

 
1,052

Common equity:
 
 
 
Common stock, $1 par value:
 
 
 
Authorized: 80,000,000 shares
 
 
 
Issued/Outstanding:
 
 
 
February 2, 2019 – 19,591,048/19,102,584
 
 
 
February 3, 2018 – 20,392,253/19,903,789
19,591

 
20,392

Additional paid-in capital
264,138

 
250,877

Retained earnings
508,555

 
603,902

Accumulated other comprehensive loss
(37,936
)
 
(29,192
)
Treasury shares, at cost (488,464 shares)
(17,857
)
 
(17,857
)
Total Genesco equity
737,551

 
829,174

Noncontrolling interest – non-redeemable

 
1,530

Total equity
737,551

 
830,704

Total Liabilities and Equity
$
1,181,081

 
$
1,315,353



The accompanying Notes are an integral part of these Consolidated Financial Statements.





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Genesco Inc.
and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations
In Thousands, except per share amounts
 
 
Fiscal Year
 
 
2019

2018

2017

Net sales
 
$
2,188,553

$
2,127,547

$
2,020,831

Cost of sales
 
1,141,497

1,116,164

1,044,912

Selling and administrative expenses
 
962,076

929,238

876,157

Asset impairments and other, net
 
3,163

7,773

(8,031
)
Earnings from operations
 
81,817

74,372

107,793

Gain on sale of SureGrip Footwear
 


(12,297
)
Loss on early retirement of debt
 
597



Other components of net periodic benefit cost
 
(380
)
(29
)
2,085

Interest expense, net:
 
 
 
 
Interest expense
 
4,115

5,420

5,294

Interest income
 
(774
)
(8
)
(47
)
Total interest expense, net
 
3,341

5,412

5,247

Earnings from continuing operations before income taxes
 
78,259

68,989

112,758

Income tax expense
 
27,035

32,281

39,876

Earnings from continuing operations
 
51,224

36,708

72,882

(Loss) earnings from discontinued operations, net of tax of
 
 
 
 
  $27.5 million, $22.7 million and $13.4 million for Fiscal 2019,
 
 
 
 
  2018 and 2017, respectively
 
(103,154
)
(148,547
)
24,549

Net Earnings (Loss)
 
$
(51,930
)
$
(111,839
)
$
97,431

 
 
 
 
 
Basic earnings (loss) per common share:
 
 
 
 
Continuing operations
 
$
2.65

$
1.91

$
3.63

Discontinued operations
 
(5.33
)
(7.73
)
1.22

     Net earnings (loss)
 
$
(2.68
)
$
(5.82
)
$
4.85

Diluted earnings (loss) per common share:
 
 
 
 
Continuing operations
 
$
2.63

$
1.90

$
3.61

Discontinued operations
 
(5.29
)
(7.70
)
1.22

    Net earnings (loss)
 
$
(2.66
)
$
(5.80
)
$
4.83


The accompanying Notes are an integral part of these Consolidated Financial Statements.


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Genesco Inc.
and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
In Thousands, except as noted

 
Fiscal Year
 
2019
2018
2017
Net earnings (loss)
$
(51,930
)
$
(111,839
)
$
97,431

Other comprehensive income (loss):
 
 
 
Pension liability adjustment net of tax of $0.0 million,
 
 
 
  $1.9 million and $2.4 million for 2019, 2018 and 2017 respectively
123

5,189

3,618

Postretirement liability adjustment net of tax of $1.6 million,
 
 
 
  $0.1 million and $0.4 million for 2019, 2018 and 2017, respectively
4,077

(376
)
(674
)
 Stranded tax effect from tax reform

(2,234
)

Foreign currency translation adjustments
(12,944
)
19,521

(11,623
)
Total other comprehensive income (loss)
(8,744
)
22,100

(8,679
)
Comprehensive Income (Loss)
$
(60,674
)
$
(89,739
)
$
88,752


The accompanying Notes are an integral part of these Consolidated Financial Statements.


54



Genesco Inc.
and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
In Thousands
 
Fiscal Year
 
2019

2018

2017

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
 
 
 
Net earnings (loss)
$
(51,930
)
$
(111,839
)
$
97,431

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings (loss) to net cash
 
 
 
provided by operating activities:
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
76,939

78,326

75,768

Amortization of deferred note expense and debt discount
593

747

839

Deferred income taxes
272

(15,584
)
5,394

Provision for accounts receivable
116

853

442

Impairment of intangible assets
5,736

182,211


Impairment of long-lived assets
5,823

2,670

6,409

Restricted stock expense
13,437

13,505

13,481

Provision for discontinued operations
743

552

701

Loss (Gain) on sale of business
126,321


(14,701
)
Loss on pension buyout


2,456

Other
1,751

1,857

1,599

Effect on cash from changes in working capital and other
 
 
 
assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions/dispositions:
 
 
 
  Accounts receivable
6,312

835

1,362

  Inventories
2,684

31,606

(45,396
)
  Prepaids and other current assets
(9,116
)
(4,025
)
(2,258
)
  Accounts payable
43,028

(7,337
)
24,527

  Other accrued liabilities
20,713

(22,339
)
(12,867
)
  Other assets and liabilities
(6,279
)
12,553

10,062

Net cash provided by operating activities
237,143

164,591

165,249

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
 
 
 
  Capital expenditures
(57,230
)
(127,853
)
(93,970
)
  Other investing activities
1,505



  Acquisitions, net of cash acquired


(22
)
  Proceeds from asset sales and sale of businesses
(778
)
252

23,053

Net cash used in investing activities
(56,503
)
(127,601
)
(70,939
)
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
 
 
 
  Payments of long-term debt
(1,650
)
(9,289
)
(6,591
)
  Borrowings under revolving credit facility
284,473

515,560

340,920

  Payments on revolving credit facility
(299,606
)
(508,875
)
(357,685
)
  Shares repurchased related to share repurchase plan
(44,935
)
(16,163
)
(140,499
)
  Restricted shares withheld for taxes
(2,853
)
(1,716
)
(3,435
)
  Change in overdraft balances
15,494

(22,498
)
(8,349
)
  Additions to deferred note cost
(359
)
(1,429
)

  Exercise of stock options


1,018

  Other
(3,322
)
(3,000
)
(3,594
)
Net cash used in financing activities
(52,758
)
(47,410
)
(178,215
)
Effect of foreign exchange rate fluctuations on cash
(464
)
2,056

(1,082
)
Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash and Cash Equivalents
127,418

(8,364
)
(84,987
)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year(1)
39,937

48,301

133,288

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year(1)
$
167,355

$
39,937

$
48,301

Net cash paid for:
 
 
 
Interest
$
3,338

$
5,350

$
4,263

Income taxes
12,451

37,471

52,384


(1) The cash flows related to discontinued operations have not been segregated, and are included in the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows.


The accompanying Notes are an integral part of these Consolidated Financial Statements.

55


Genesco Inc.
and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Equity

In Thousands
 Non-Redeemable Preferred Stock

 
Common
Stock

 
Additional
Paid-In
Capital

 
Retained
Earnings

 
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive Loss

 
Treasury
Shares