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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
_________________________
FORM 10-Q
_________________________
(Mark One)
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended May 1, 2022.         
or
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from to

Commission File Number: 001-14077
_________________________
WILLIAMS-SONOMA, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
_________________________
Delaware
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
3250 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA
(Address of principal executive offices)
94-2203880
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
94109
(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (415) 421-7900

(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)
_________________________

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class:Trading
Symbol(s):
Name of each exchange
on which registered:
Common Stock, par value $.01 per shareWSM
New York Stock Exchange, Inc.
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes No ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files). Yes No ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filerAccelerated filer
¨
Non-accelerated filer
¨
Smaller reporting company
Emerging growth company  
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes No
As of May 29, 2022, 68,763,017 shares of the registrant’s Common Stock were outstanding.


WILLIAMS-SONOMA, INC.
REPORT ON FORM 10-Q
FOR THE QUARTER ENDED MAY 1, 2022

TABLE OF CONTENTS





ITEM 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
WILLIAMS-SONOMA, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS
(Unaudited)
 For the Thirteen Weeks Ended
(In thousands, except per share amounts)May 1, 2022May 2, 2021
Net revenues$1,891,227 $1,749,029 
Cost of goods sold1,062,679 996,176 
Gross profit828,548 752,853 
Selling, general and administrative expenses505,067 477,676 
Operating income323,481 275,177 
Interest (income) expense, net(163)1,872 
Earnings before income taxes323,644 273,305 
Income taxes69,531 45,503 
Net earnings$254,113 $227,802 
Basic earnings per share$3.59 $3.01 
Diluted earnings per share$3.50 $2.90 
Shares used in calculation of earnings per share:
Basic70,851 75,800 
Diluted72,652 78,485 
See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.
WILLIAMS-SONOMA, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(Unaudited)
 For the Thirteen Weeks Ended
(In thousands)May 1, 2022May 2, 2021
Net earnings$254,113 $227,802 
Other comprehensive income (loss):
Foreign currency translation adjustments(1,514)3,700 
Change in fair value of derivative financial instruments, net of tax (tax benefit) of $33 and $(241)
93 (665)
Reclassification adjustment for realized (gain) loss on derivative financial instruments, net of tax (tax benefit) of $6 and $(55)
(18)153 
Comprehensive income$252,674 $230,990 
See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

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WILLIAMS-SONOMA, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)

As of
(In thousands, except per share amounts)May 1,
2022
January 30,
2022
May 2,
2021
ASSETS
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents$324,835 $850,338 $639,670 
Accounts receivable, net122,946 131,683 142,459 
Merchandise inventories, net1,396,135 1,246,372 1,087,528 
Prepaid expenses60,997 69,252 58,837 
Other current assets23,939 26,249 20,502 
Total current assets1,928,852 2,323,894 1,948,996 
Property and equipment, net942,460 920,773 875,384 
Operating lease right-of-use assets1,102,056 1,132,764 1,054,746 
Deferred income taxes, net48,737 56,585 57,499 
Goodwill85,298 85,354 85,435 
Other long-term assets, net103,310 106,250 88,180 
Total assets$4,210,713 $4,625,620 $4,110,240 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities
Accounts payable$642,619 $612,512 $574,876 
Accrued expenses183,729 319,924 174,139 
Gift card and other deferred revenue490,821 447,770 389,640 
Income taxes payable126,270 79,554 93,282 
Operating lease liabilities211,614 217,409 208,739 
Other current liabilities88,587 94,517 78,597 
Total current liabilities1,743,640 1,771,686 1,519,273 
Deferred lease incentives15,576 16,360 19,505 
Long-term operating lease liabilities1,038,249 1,066,839 999,288 
Other long-term liabilities103,504 106,528 124,878 
Total liabilities2,900,969 2,961,413 2,662,944 
Stockholders’ equity
Preferred stock: $0.01 par value; 7,500 shares authorized; none issued
   
Common stock: $0.01 par value; 253,125 shares authorized; 69,219, 71,982 and 75,235 shares issued and outstanding at May 1, 2022, January 30, 2022 and May 2, 2021, respectively
693 720 753 
Additional paid-in capital532,205 600,942 556,305 
Retained earnings789,852 1,074,084 894,878 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(12,267)(10,828)(3,929)
Treasury stock, at cost: 1, 4 and 4 shares as of May 1, 2022, January 30, 2022 and May 2, 2021, respectively
(739)(711)(711)
Total stockholders’ equity1,309,744 1,664,207 1,447,296 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$4,210,713 $4,625,620 $4,110,240 
See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.
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WILLIAMS-SONOMA, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
(Unaudited)
 
 
Common Stock
Additional
Paid-in
Capital
Retained
Earnings
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income (Loss)
Treasury
Stock
Total
Stockholders’
Equity
(In thousands)SharesAmount
Balance at January 30, 202271,982 $720 $600,942 $1,074,084 $(10,828)$(711)$1,664,207 
Net earnings— — — 254,113 — — 254,113 
Foreign currency translation adjustments— — — — (1,514)— (1,514)
Change in fair value of derivative financial instruments, net of tax— — — — 93 — 93 
Reclassification adjustment for realized (gain) loss on derivative financial instruments, net of tax— — — — (18)— (18)
Conversion/release of stock-based awards1
617 6 (78,142)— — (372)(78,508)
Repurchases of common stock(3,380)(33)(18,590)(482,452)— — (501,075)
Reissuance of treasury stock under stock-based compensation plans1
— — (344)— — 344  
Stock-based compensation expense— — 28,339 — — — 28,339 
Dividends declared— — — (55,893)— — (55,893)
Balance at May 1, 202269,219 $693 $532,205 $789,852 $(12,267)$(739)$1,309,744 
1Amounts are shown net of shares withheld for employee taxes.

 
 
Common Stock
Additional
Paid-in
Capital
Retained
Earnings
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income (Loss)
Treasury
Stock
Total
Stockholders’
Equity
(In thousands)SharesAmount
Balance at January 31, 202176,340 $764 $638,375 $1,019,762 $(7,117)$(599)$1,651,185 
Net earnings— — — 227,802 — — 227,802 
Foreign currency translation adjustments— — — — 3,700 — 3,700 
Change in fair value of derivative financial instruments, net of tax— — — — (665)— (665)
Reclassification adjustment for realized (gain) loss on derivative financial instruments, net of tax— — — — 153 — 153 
Conversion/release of stock-based awards1
686 7 (97,958)— — (500)(98,451)
Repurchases of common stock(1,791)(18)(9,239)(306,272)— — (315,529)
Reissuance of treasury stock under stock-based compensation plans1
— — (344)(44)— 388  
Stock-based compensation expense— — 25,471 — — — 25,471 
Dividends declared— — — (46,370)— — (46,370)
Balance at May 2, 202175,235 $753 $556,305 $894,878 $(3,929)$(711)$1,447,296 
1Amounts are shown net of shares withheld for employee taxes.
See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.
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WILLIAMS-SONOMA, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
 For the Thirteen Weeks Ended
(In thousands)May 1, 2022May 2, 2021
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net earnings$254,113 $227,802 
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization50,251 47,922 
Loss on disposal/impairment of assets159 195 
Amortization of deferred lease incentives(784)(1,108)
Non-cash lease expense54,338 52,955 
Deferred income taxes(2,725)(3,981)
Tax benefit related to stock-based awards10,522 10,146 
Stock-based compensation expense28,542 26,330 
Other(17)(223)
Changes in:
Accounts receivable8,741 1,522 
Merchandise inventories(149,470)(79,726)
Prepaid expenses and other assets13,517 34,562 
Accounts payable25,559 27,910 
Accrued expenses and other liabilities(139,883)(90,883)
Gift card and other deferred revenue42,924 16,174 
Operating lease liabilities(58,025)(53,633)
Income taxes payable46,757 22,917 
Net cash provided by operating activities184,519 238,881 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchases of property and equipment(71,186)(42,360)
Other86 93 
Net cash used in investing activities(71,100)(42,267)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Repurchases of common stock(501,075)(315,529)
Tax withholdings related to stock-based awards(78,508)(98,451)
Payment of dividends(58,150)(45,576)
Repayment of long-term debt (300,000)
Net cash used in financing activities(637,733)(759,556)
Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents(1,189)2,275 
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents(525,503)(560,667)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period850,338 1,200,337 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$324,835 $639,670 
See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

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WILLIAMS-SONOMA, INC.
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(Unaudited)
NOTE A. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - BASIS OF PRESENTATION
These financial statements include Williams-Sonoma, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiaries (“we,” “us” or “our”). The Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets as of May 1, 2022 and May 2, 2021, the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings, the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income, the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity and the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the thirteen weeks then ended, have been prepared by us, and have not been audited. In our opinion, the financial statements include all adjustments (which include only normal recurring adjustments) necessary to present fairly the financial position at the balance sheet dates and the results of operations for the thirteen weeks then ended. Intercompany transactions and accounts have been eliminated in our consolidation. The balance sheet as of January 31, 2021, presented herein, has been derived from our audited Consolidated Balance Sheet included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2021.
The results of operations for the thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2022 are not necessarily indicative of the operating results of the full year.
Certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in the annual financial statements prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”) have been omitted. These financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements and notes thereto included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 30, 2022.
During fiscal 2021 and continuing into the first quarter of fiscal 2022, global supply chain disruptions, including COVID-19 related factory closures and increased port congestion, caused delays in inventory receipts, increased raw material costs, and higher shipping-related charges. We expect these supply chain challenges to continue into the remainder of fiscal 2022, which could negatively impact our business.
New Accounting Pronouncements
In March 2020, the FASB issued ASU 2020-04, Reference Rate Reform (Topic 848). The ASU is intended to ease the potential accounting and financial reporting burden of reference rate reform, including the expected market transition from the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) and other interbank offered rates to alternative reference rates. The guidance provides optional expedients and scope exceptions for transactions if certain criteria are met. These transactions include contract modifications, hedge accounting, and the sale or transfer of debt securities classified as held-to-maturity. We may elect to apply the provisions of the new standard prospectively through December 31, 2022. Unlike other topics, the provisions of this update are only available until December 31, 2022, by which time the reference rate replacement activity is expected to be completed. We have yet to elect an adoption date, but do not believe the adoption would have a material impact on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.
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NOTE B. BORROWING ARRANGEMENTS
Credit Facility
We have a credit facility (the "Credit Facility") which provides for a $500 million unsecured revolving line of credit (the “Revolver”). Our Revolver may be used to borrow revolving loans or request the issuance of letters of credit. We may, upon notice to the administrative agent, request existing or new lenders, at such lenders’ option, to increase the Revolver by up to $250 million to provide for a total of $750 million of unsecured revolving credit.
During the first quarter of fiscal 2022, we had no borrowings under our Revolver. Additionally, as of May 1, 2022, issued but undrawn standby letters of credit of $11.4 million were outstanding under our Revolver. The standby letters of credit were primarily issued to secure the liabilities associated with workers’ compensation and other insurance programs. We had no borrowings under our Revolver during the first quarter of fiscal 2021. Our Revolver matures on September 30, 2026, at which time all outstanding borrowings must be repaid and all outstanding letters of credit must be cash collateralized. We may elect to extend the maturity date, subject to lender approval.
The interest rate applicable to our Revolver is variable and may be elected by us as: (i) the LIBOR (or future alternative rate) plus an applicable margin based on our leverage ratio ranging from 0.91% to 1.775% or (ii) a base rate as defined in our Credit Facility, plus an applicable margin based on our leverage ratio ranging from 0% to 0.775%.
Our Credit Facility contains certain restrictive loan covenants, including, among others, a financial covenant requiring a maximum leverage ratio (funded debt adjusted for operating lease liabilities to earnings before interest, income tax, depreciation, amortization and rent expense), and covenants limiting our ability to incur indebtedness, grant liens, make acquisitions, merge or consolidate, and dispose of assets. As of May 1, 2022, we were in compliance with our financial covenants under our Credit Facility and, based on current projections, we expect to remain in compliance throughout the next 12 months.
Letter of Credit Facilities
We have three unsecured letter of credit reimbursement facilities for a total of $35 million. Our letter of credit facilities contain covenants that are consistent with our Credit Facility. Interest on unreimbursed amounts under our letter of credit facilities accrues at a base rate as defined in our Credit Facility, plus an applicable margin based on our leverage ratio. As of May 1, 2022, the aggregate amount outstanding under our letter of credit facilities was $6.5 million, which represents only a future commitment to fund inventory purchases to which we had not taken legal title. The latest expiration date possible for any future letters of credit issued under the facilities is January 19, 2023.
NOTE C. STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION
Equity Award Programs
Our Amended and Restated 2001 Long-Term Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) provides for grants of incentive stock options, nonqualified stock options, stock-settled stock appreciation rights, restricted stock awards, restricted stock units (including those that are performance-based), deferred stock awards (collectively, “stock awards”) and dividend equivalents up to an aggregate of 42.7 million shares. As of May 1, 2022, there were approximately 6.1 million shares available for future grant. Awards may be granted under our Plan to officers, employees and non-employee members of the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) or any parent or subsidiary. Shares issued as a result of award exercises or releases are primarily funded with the issuance of new shares.
Stock Awards
Annual grants of stock awards are limited to 1 million shares on a per person basis. Stock awards granted to employees generally vest evenly over a period of four years for service-based awards. Certain performance-based awards, which have variable payout conditions based on predetermined financial targets, generally vest three years from the date of grant. Certain stock awards and other agreements contain vesting acceleration clauses resulting from events including, but not limited to, retirement, disability, death, merger or a similar corporate event. Stock awards granted to non-employee Board members generally vest in one year. Non-employee Board members automatically receive stock awards on the date of their initial election to the Board and annually thereafter on the date of the annual meeting of stockholders (so long as they continue to serve as a non-employee Board member). Non-employee directors may also elect, on terms prescribed by the Company, to receive all of their annual cash compensation to be earned in respect of the applicable fiscal year (or the last two quarters thereof in the case of fiscal 2021) either in the form of (i) fully vested stock units or (ii) fully vested deferred stock units.
Stock-Based Compensation Expense
During the thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2022 and May 2, 2021, we recognized total stock-based compensation expense, as a component of selling, general and administrative expenses of $28.5 million and $26.3 million, respectively.
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NOTE D. EARNINGS PER SHARE
Basic earnings per share is computed as net earnings divided by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding for the period. Diluted earnings per share is computed as net earnings divided by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding and common stock equivalents outstanding for the period. Common stock equivalents consist of shares subject to stock-based awards to the extent their inclusion would be dilutive.
The following is a reconciliation of net earnings and the number of shares used in the basic and diluted earnings per share computations:
(In thousands, except per share amounts)Net EarningsWeighted
Average Shares
Earnings
Per Share
Thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2022
Basic$254,113 70,851 $3.59 
Effect of dilutive stock-based awards1,801 
Diluted$254,113 
72,652
$3.50 
Thirteen weeks ended May 2, 2021
Basic$227,802 75,800 $3.01 
Effect of dilutive stock-based awards2,685 
Diluted$227,802 
78,485
$2.90 
The effect of anti-dilutive stock-based awards was not material for the thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2022 and May 2, 2021, respectively.
NOTE E. SEGMENT REPORTING
We identify our operating segments according to how our business activities are managed and evaluated. Each of our brands are operating segments. Because they share similar economic and other qualitative characteristics, we have aggregated our operating segments into a single reportable segment.
The following table summarizes our net revenues by brand for the thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2022 and May 2, 2021.
 For the Thirteen Weeks Ended
(In thousands)May 1, 2022May 2, 2021
Pottery Barn$774,646 $679,055 
West Elm536,293 477,317 
Williams Sonoma252,220 265,607 
Pottery Barn Kids and Teen226,969 236,067 
Other 1
101,099 90,983 
Total 2
$1,891,227 $1,749,029 
1Primarily consists of net revenues from Rejuvenation, our international franchise operations and Mark and Graham.
2Includes net revenues related to our international operations (including our operations in Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and our franchise businesses) of approximately $95.0 million and $99.9 million for the thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2022 and May 2, 2021, respectively.
Long-lived assets by geographic location are as follows:
As of
(In thousands)
May 1, 2022 1
May 2, 20211
U.S.$2,146,474 $2,012,572 
International135,387 148,672 
Total$2,281,861 $2,161,244 
1Includes total goodwill, deferred tax assets and intangibles of $144.3 million and $154.3 million for the thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2022 and May 2, 2021, respectively, of which $132.0 million and $142.1 million, respectively, is related to the U.S.
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NOTE F. COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
We are involved in lawsuits, claims and proceedings incident to the ordinary course of our business. These disputes, which are not currently material, are increasing in number as our business expands and our company grows. We review the need for any loss contingency reserves and establish reserves when, in the opinion of management, it is probable that a matter would result in liability, and the amount of loss, if any, can be reasonably estimated. In view of the inherent difficulty of predicting the outcome of these matters, it may not be possible to determine whether any loss is probable or to reasonably estimate the amount of the loss until the case is close to resolution, in which case no reserve is established until that time. Any claims against us, whether meritorious or not, could result in costly litigation, require significant amounts of management time and result in the diversion of significant operational resources. The results of these lawsuits, claims and proceedings cannot be predicted with certainty. However, we believe that the ultimate resolution of these current matters will not have a material adverse effect on our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements taken as a whole.
NOTE G. STOCK REPURCHASE PROGRAM AND DIVIDENDS
Stock Repurchase Program
In March 2022, our Board authorized a new stock repurchase program for $1.5 billion, which replaced our existing program. During the thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2022, we repurchased 3,379,731 shares of our common stock at an average cost of $148.26 per share for a total cost of $501.1 million under our prior and new stock repurchase programs. As of May 1, 2022, there was $1.1 billion remaining under our current stock repurchase program. During the thirteen weeks ended May 2, 2021, we repurchased 1,790,725 shares of our common stock at an average cost of $176.20 per share for a total cost of $315.5 million.
Stock repurchased by the Company is typically cancelled after purchasing. However, we hold some shares in treasury to satisfy future stock-based award settlements in certain foreign jurisdictions. We held treasury stock of $0.7 million as of May 1, 2022 and May 2, 2021.
Stock repurchases under our program may be made through open market and privately negotiated transactions at times and in such amounts as management deems appropriate. The timing and actual number of shares repurchased will depend on a variety of factors including price, corporate and regulatory requirements, capital availability and other market conditions.
Dividends
In March 2022, our Board authorized a 10% increase in our quarterly cash dividend, from $0.71 to $0.78 per common share, subject to capital availability. We declared cash dividends of $0.78 and $0.59 per common share during the thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2022 and May 2, 2021, respectively. Our quarterly cash dividend may be limited or terminated at any time.
NOTE H. DERIVATIVE FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS
We have retail and e-commerce businesses in Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom, and operations throughout Asia and Europe, which expose us to market risk associated with foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations. Substantially all of our purchases and sales are denominated in U.S. dollars, which limits our exposure to this risk. However, some of our foreign operations have a functional currency other than the U.S. dollar. To mitigate this risk, we hedge a portion of our foreign currency exposure with foreign currency forward contracts in accordance with our risk management policies. We do not enter into such contracts for speculative purposes. The assets or liabilities associated with the derivative financial instruments are measured at fair value and recorded in either other current assets or other current liabilities. As discussed below, the accounting for gains and losses resulting from changes in fair value depends on whether the derivative financial instrument is designated as a hedge and qualifies for hedge accounting in accordance with the ASC 815, Derivatives and Hedging.
Cash Flow Hedges
We enter into foreign currency forward contracts designated as cash flow hedges (to sell Canadian dollars and purchase U.S. dollars) for forecasted inventory purchases in U.S. dollars by our Canadian subsidiary. These hedges have terms of up to 12 months. All hedging relationships are formally documented, and the forward contracts are designed to mitigate foreign currency exchange risk on hedged transactions. We record the effective portion of changes in the fair value of our cash flow hedges in other comprehensive income (“OCI”) until the earlier of when the hedged forecasted inventory purchase occurs or the respective contract reaches maturity. Subsequently, as the inventory is sold to the customer, we reclassify amounts previously recorded in OCI to cost of goods sold.
Changes in the fair value of the forward contract related to interest charges (or forward points) are excluded from the assessment and measurement of hedge effectiveness and are recorded in cost of goods sold. Based on the rates in effect as of May 1, 2022, our reclassification of pre-tax gains or losses from OCI to cost of goods sold over the next 12 months is not material.
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As of May 1, 2022 and May 2, 2021, we had foreign currency forward contracts outstanding (in U.S. dollars) with notional values as follows:
As of
(In thousands)May 1, 2022May 2, 2021
Contracts designated as cash flow hedges$17,500 $18,000 
Hedge effectiveness is evaluated prospectively at inception, on an ongoing basis, as well as retrospectively using regression analysis. Any measurable ineffectiveness of the hedge is recorded in selling, general and administrative expenses. No gain or loss was recognized for cash flow hedges due to hedge ineffectiveness and all hedges were deemed effective for assessment purposes for the thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2022 and May 2, 2021.
The effect of derivative instruments in our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements from gains or losses recognized in income was not material for the thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2022 and May 2, 2021.
The fair values of our derivative financial instruments are presented in other current assets and/or other current liabilities in our Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets. All fair values were measured using Level 2 inputs as defined by the fair value hierarchy described in Note I.
We record all derivative assets and liabilities on a gross basis. They do not meet the balance sheet netting criteria as discussed in ASC 210, Balance Sheet, because we do not have master netting agreements established with our derivative counterparties that would allow for net settlement.
NOTE I. FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS
Fair value is the price that would be received from selling an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date.
We determine the fair value of financial and non-financial assets and liabilities using the fair value hierarchy established by ASC 820, Fair Value Measurement, which defines three levels of inputs that may be used to measure fair value, as follows:
Level 1: inputs which include quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities;
Level 2: inputs which include observable inputs other than Level 1 inputs, such as quoted prices in active markets for similar assets or liabilities; quoted prices for identical or similar assets or liabilities in markets that are not active; or other inputs that are observable or can be corroborated by observable market data for substantially the full term of the asset or liability; and
Level 3: inputs which include unobservable inputs that are supported by little or no market activity and that are significant to the fair value of the underlying asset or liability.
The fair values of our cash and cash equivalents are based on Level 1 inputs, which include quoted prices in active markets for identical assets.
Foreign Currency Derivatives and Hedging Instruments
We use the income approach to value our derivatives using observable Level 2 market data at the measurement date and standard valuation techniques to convert future amounts to a single present value amount, assuming that participants are motivated but not compelled to transact. Level 2 inputs are limited to quoted prices that are observable for the assets and liabilities, which include interest rates and credit risk ratings. We use mid-market pricing as a practical expedient for fair value measurements. Key inputs for foreign currency derivatives are the spot rates, forward rates, interest rates and credit derivative market rates.
The counterparties associated with our foreign currency forward contracts are large credit-worthy financial institutions, and the derivatives transacted with these entities are relatively short in duration, therefore, we do not consider counterparty concentration and non-performance to be material risks at this time. Both we and our counterparties are expected to perform under the contractual terms of the instruments. None of the derivative contracts we entered into are subject to credit risk-related contingent features or collateral requirements.
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Long-lived Assets
We review the carrying value of all long-lived assets for impairment, primarily at an individual store level, whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value of an asset may not be recoverable. We measure property and equipment at fair value on a nonrecurring basis using Level 3 inputs as defined in the fair value hierarchy. We measure right-of-use assets on a nonrecurring basis using Level 2 inputs that are corroborated by market data. Where Level 2 inputs are not readily available, we use Level 3 inputs. Fair value of these long-lived assets is based on the present value of estimated future cash flows using a discount rate commensurate with the risk.
The significant unobservable inputs used in the fair value measurement of our store assets are sales growth/decline, gross margin, employment costs, lease escalations, market rental rates, changes in local real estate markets in which we operate, inflation and the overall economics of the retail industry. Significant fluctuations in any of these inputs individually could significantly impact our measurement of fair value.
There were no transfers in and out of Level 3 categories during the thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2022 or May 2, 2021.
NOTE J. ACCUMULATED OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
Changes in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) by component, net of tax, are as follows:
(In thousands)Foreign Currency
Translation
Cash Flow
Hedges
Accumulated Other
Comprehensive
Income (Loss)
Balance at January 30, 2022
$(10,886)$58 $(10,828)
Foreign currency translation adjustments(1,514)— (1,514)
Change in fair value of derivative financial instruments— 93 93 
Reclassification adjustment for realized (gain) loss on derivative financial instruments 1
— (18)(18)
Other comprehensive income (loss)(1,514)75 (1,439)
Balance at May 1, 2022$(12,400)$133 $(12,267)
Balance at January 31, 2021
$(6,398)$(719)$(7,117)
Foreign currency translation adjustments3,700 — 3,700 
Change in fair value of derivative financial instruments— (665)(665)
Reclassification adjustment for realized (gain) loss on derivative financial instruments 1
— 153 153 
Other comprehensive income (loss)3,700 (512)3,188 
Balance at May 2, 2021$(2,698)$(1,231)$(3,929)
1Refer to Note H for additional disclosures about reclassifications out of accumulated other comprehensive income.
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NOTE K. REVENUE
Merchandise Sales
The majority of our revenues are generated from sales of merchandise to our customers through our e-commerce websites, at our retail stores and through our direct mail catalogs, and include shipping fees received from customers for delivery of merchandise to their homes. The remainder of our revenues are primarily generated from sales to our franchisees and wholesale transactions, incentives received from credit card issuers in connection with our private label and co-branded credit cards and breakage income related to stored-value cards.
Revenues from sales of merchandise are recognized at a point in time when control of merchandise is transferred to the customer. Merchandise can either be picked up in our stores or delivered to the customer. For merchandise picked up in the store, control is transferred at the time of the sale to the customer. For merchandise delivered to the customer, control is transferred either when delivery has been completed, or when we have a present right to payment which, for certain merchandise, occurs upon conveyance of the merchandise to the carrier for delivery. We exclude from revenue any taxes assessed by governmental authorities, including value-added and other sales-related taxes, that are imposed on and are concurrent with revenue-generating activities. Our payment terms are primarily at the point of sale for merchandise sales and for most services. We have elected to account for shipping and handling as fulfillment activities, and not as a separate performance obligation.
Revenue from the sale of merchandise is reported net of sales returns. We estimate future returns based on historical return trends together with current product sales performance. As of May 1, 2022 and May 2, 2021, we recorded a liability for expected sales returns of approximately $40.8 million and $34.3 million, respectively, within other current liabilities and a corresponding asset for the expected net realizable value of the merchandise inventory to be returned of approximately $12.1 million and $10.2 million, respectively, within other current assets in our Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet.
See Note E for the disclosure of our net revenues by operating segment.
Gift Card and Other Deferred Revenue
We defer revenue and record a liability when cash payments are received in advance of satisfying performance obligations, primarily associated with our merchandise sales, stored-value cards, customer loyalty programs, and incentives received from credit card issuers.
We issue stored-value cards that may be redeemed on future merchandise purchases. Our stored-value cards have no expiration dates. Revenue from stored-value cards is recognized at a point in time upon redemption of the card and as control of the merchandise is transferred to the customer. Revenue from estimated unredeemed stored-value cards (“breakage”) is recognized in a manner consistent with our historical redemption patterns over the estimated period of redemption of our cards of approximately four years, the majority of which is recognized within one year of the card issuance. Breakage revenue is not material to our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.
We have customer loyalty programs, which allow members to earn points for each qualifying purchase. Points earned enable members to receive certificates that may be redeemed on future merchandise purchases. This customer option is a material right and, accordingly, represents a separate performance obligation to the customer. The allocated consideration for the points or certificates earned by our loyalty program members is deferred based on the standalone selling price of the points and recorded within gift card and other deferred revenue within our Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet. The measurement of standalone selling prices takes into consideration the discount the customer would receive in a separate transaction for the delivered item, as well as our estimate of certificates expected to be issued and redeemed, based on historical patterns. This measurement is applied to our portfolio of performance obligations for points or certificates earned, as all obligations have similar economic characteristics. We believe the impact to our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements would not be materially different if this measurement was applied to each individual performance obligation. Revenue is recognized for these performance obligations at a point in time when certificates are redeemed by the customer. These obligations relate to contracts with terms less than one year, as our certificates generally expire within six months from issuance.
We enter into agreements with credit card issuers in connection with our private label and co-branded credit cards, whereby we receive cash incentives in exchange for promised services, such as licensing our brand names and marketing the credit card program to customers. Services promised under these agreements are interrelated and are thus considered a single performance obligation. Revenue is recognized over time as we transfer promised services throughout the contract term.
As of May 1, 2022 and May 2, 2021, we had recorded $494.3 million and $392.8 million, respectively, for gift card and other deferred revenue in our Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets, substantially all of which is expected to be recognized into revenue within the next 12 months.
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ITEM 2. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that, if they do not fully materialize or are proven incorrect, could cause our business and results of operations to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include statements related to: supply chain challenges; backorder levels and inventory constraints; the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business, results of operations and financial condition; our revenue growth; expanding our sales and operating margin; the impact of inflation and measures to control inflation on consumer spending; our strategic initiatives; our beliefs regarding customer behavior and industry trends; our merchandise strategies; our growth strategies for our brands; our beliefs regarding the resolution of current lawsuits, claims and proceedings; our stock repurchase program; our expectations regarding our cash flow hedges and foreign currency risks; our planned use of cash, including our commitment to continue or increase quarterly dividend payments; our future compliance with the financial covenants contained in our credit facility; our belief that our cash on-hand, in addition to our available credit facility, will provide adequate liquidity for our business operations over the next 12 months; our beliefs regarding our exposure to foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; and our beliefs regarding seasonal patterns associated with our business, as well as statements of belief and statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. You can identify these and other forward-looking statements by the use of words such as “may,” “should,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “intends,” “potential,” “continue,” or the negative of such terms, or other comparable terminology. The risks, uncertainties and assumptions referred to above that could cause our results to differ materially from the results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in this document and our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 30, 2022, and the risks, uncertainties and assumptions discussed from time to time in our other public filings and public announcements. All forward-looking statements included in this document are based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
OVERVIEW
Williams-Sonoma, Inc. ("Company, "we", or "us") is a specialty retailer of high-quality sustainable products for the home. Our products in our portfolio of eight brands – Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, Pottery Barn Teen, West Elm, Williams Sonoma Home, Rejuvenation, and Mark and Graham – are marketed through e-commerce websites, at our retail stores and through our direct-mail catalogs. These brands are also part of The Key Rewards, our loyalty and credit card program that offers members exclusive benefits across the Williams-Sonoma family of brands. We operate in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom, offer international shipping to customers worldwide, and have unaffiliated franchisees that operate stores in the Middle East, the Philippines, Mexico, South Korea, and India as well as e-commerce websites in certain locations. We are also proud to be a leader in our industry with our Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) efforts.
The following discussion and analysis of financial condition, results of operations, and liquidity and capital resources for the thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2022 (“first quarter of fiscal 2022”), as compared to the thirteen weeks ended May 2, 2021 (“first quarter of fiscal 2021”), should be read in conjunction with our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and the notes thereto. All explanations of changes in operational results are discussed in order of magnitude.
During fiscal 2021 and continuing into the first quarter of fiscal 2022, global supply chain disruptions, including COVID-19 related factory closures and increased port congestion, caused delays in inventory receipts, increased raw material costs, and higher shipping-related charges. We expect these supply chain challenges to continue into the remainder of fiscal 2022, which could negatively impact our business.
First Quarter of Fiscal 2022 Financial Results
Net revenues in the first quarter of fiscal 2022 increased by $142.2 million or 8.1%, compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2021, with comparable brand revenue growth of 9.5%. This was driven by strength in both retail and e-commerce, particularly in our Pottery Barn and West Elm brands, primarily due to an increase in furniture sales. Net revenue growth was partially offset by comparable brand revenue declines in our Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn Kids and Teen brands, and a decrease in international net revenues of 5.0%.
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For the first quarter of fiscal 2022, we delivered comparable brand revenue growth of 9.5%. Pottery Barn, our largest brand, delivered 14.6% comparable brand revenue growth during the quarter. All channels and product categories contributed, with growth primarily driven by our high-quality proprietary furniture business. In addition, we saw strength across the Pottery Barn business - in core product, new offerings and our seasonal inventories. In West Elm, comparable brand revenue growth was 12.8%, driven by strong performance in furniture. Customers responded to new collections and line extensions in incremental sizes and aesthetics. New categories such as kids and bath contributed to incremental growth. The Williams Sonoma brand saw a comparable brand revenue decline of 2.2% during the quarter, following a 35.3% increase in comparable brand revenues in the first quarter of fiscal 2021. Comparable brand revenues in the first quarter of fiscal 2022 were affected by out-of-stock inventories, including constraints on our exclusive products. In our Pottery Barn Kids and Teen brands, we saw comparable brand revenue decline 3.1% during the quarter, driven by supply chain pressure out of Vietnam. Despite some current recoveries in inventory, our backorders remain at significant levels, and we have seen further push-outs of delivery. Finally, our emerging brands, Rejuvenation and Mark and Graham, delivered a combined comparable brand revenue growth of 31.0% during the first quarter of fiscal 2022.
For the first quarter of fiscal 2022, diluted earnings per share was $3.50, compared to $2.90 in the first quarter of fiscal 2021 (which included a $0.03 impact related to acquisition-related compensation expense and amortization of acquired intangibles of Outward, Inc.).
As of May 1, 2022, we had $324.8 million in cash and generated positive operating cash flow of $184.5 million year-to-date. In addition to our strong cash balance, we also ended the quarter with no outstanding borrowings under our revolving line of credit. This strong liquidity position allowed us to fund the operations of the business by investing $71.2 million in capital expenditures year-to-date, and to provide stockholder returns of $559.2 million year-to-date through stock repurchases and dividends.
Looking Ahead
Looking forward to the balance of the year, we believe our operating model, which includes our key differentiators – our in-house design, our digital-first channel strategy, and our values, will set us apart from our competition and allow us to drive long-term growth and profitability. However, we continue to experience delays and increased costs across our global supply chain, including higher product costs, elevated backorders, higher freight and incremental distribution center costs for additional space to support our overall growth and our ongoing mix shift to furniture. It is hard to predict with certainty when these supply chain challenges will be fully resolved and we currently expect these supply chain challenges, combined with our strong demand, to negatively impact our inventory levels until the second half of fiscal year 2022. Despite these challenges, we believe the demand for our proprietary and sustainably-sourced products, our growth strategies and the efficiencies of our operating model leave us well-positioned to mitigate these costs in both the short- and long-term. For more information on risks, please see “Risk Factors” in Part I, Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 30, 2022.
NET REVENUES
Net revenues primarily consist of sales of merchandise to our customers through our e-commerce websites, at our retail stores and through our direct mail catalogs, and include shipping fees received from customers for delivery of merchandise to their homes. Our revenues also include sales to our franchisees and wholesale customers, incentives received from credit card issuers in connection with our private label and co-branded credit cards, and breakage income related to our stored-value cards. Revenue from the sale of merchandise is reported net of sales returns.
Net revenues in the first quarter of fiscal 2022 increased by $142.2 million or 8.1%, compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2021, with comparable brand revenue growth of 9.5%. This was driven by strength in both retail and e-commerce, particularly in our Pottery Barn and West Elm brands, primarily due to an increase in furniture sales. Net revenue growth was partially offset by comparable brand revenue declines in our Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn Kids and Teen brands, and a decrease in international net revenues of 5.0%.
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Comparable Brand Revenue
Comparable brand revenue includes comparable store sales and e-commerce sales, including through our direct mail catalogs, as well as shipping fees, sales returns and other discounts associated with current period sales. Comparable stores are defined as permanent stores where gross square footage did not change by more than 20% in the previous 12 months, and which have been open for at least 12 consecutive months without closure for seven or more consecutive days within the same fiscal month. Comparable stores that were temporarily closed due to COVID-19 were not excluded from the comparable brand revenue calculation. Outlet comparable store net revenues are included in their respective brands. Sales to our international franchisees are excluded from comparable brand revenue as their stores and e-commerce websites are not operated by us. Sales from certain operations are also excluded until such time that we believe those sales are meaningful to evaluating their performance. Additionally, comparable brand revenue growth for newer concepts is not separately disclosed until such time that we believe those sales are meaningful to evaluating the performance of the brand.
For the Thirteen Weeks Ended
Comparable brand revenue growth (decline)May 1, 2022May 2, 2021
Pottery Barn14.6 %41.3 %
West Elm12.8 50.9 
Williams Sonoma(2.2)35.3 
Pottery Barn Kids and Teen(3.1)27.6 
Total1
9.5 %40.4 %
1 Total comparable brand revenue growth includes the results of Rejuvenation and Mark and Graham.
STORE DATA
 Store Count Average Leased Square
Footage Per Store
  January 30,
2022
OpeningsClosingsMay 1,
2022
May 2, 20211
May 1,
2022
May 2, 20211
Pottery Barn188 (1)188 195 14,500 14,600 
Williams Sonoma174 (1)175 195 6,900 6,800 
West Elm121 — — 121 121 13,200 13,100 
Pottery Barn Kids52 — — 52 57 7,700 7,800 
Rejuvenation— — 10 9,400 8,500 
Total544 (2)545 578 11,000 10,900 
Store selling square footage at period-end  3,823,000 3,972,000 
Store leased square footage at period-end  6,006,000 6,289,000 
1Retail store data for fiscal 2021 includes stores temporarily closed due to COVID-19. All stores were reopened as of the end of fiscal 2021.
COST OF GOODS SOLD
 For the Thirteen Weeks Ended
(In thousands)May 1, 2022% Net
Revenues
May 2, 2021% Net
Revenues
Cost of goods sold 1
$1,062,679 56.2 %$996,176 57.0 %
1Includes total occupancy expenses of $186.4 million and $175.7 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2022 and the first quarter of fiscal 2021, respectively.
Cost of goods sold includes cost of goods, occupancy expenses and shipping costs. Cost of goods consists of cost of merchandise, inbound freight expenses, freight-to-store expenses and other inventory related costs such as replacements, damages, obsolescence and shrinkage. Occupancy expenses consist of rent, other occupancy costs (including property taxes, common area maintenance and utilities) and depreciation. Shipping costs consist of third-party delivery services and shipping materials.
Our classification of expenses in cost of goods sold may not be comparable to other public companies, as we do not include non-occupancy related costs associated with our distribution network in cost of goods sold. These costs, which include distribution network employment, third-party warehouse management and other distribution related administrative expenses, are recorded in selling, general and administrative expenses.
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First Quarter of Fiscal 2022 vs. First Quarter of Fiscal 2021
Cost of goods sold increased $66.5 million, or 6.7%, in the first quarter of fiscal 2022, compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2021. Cost of goods sold as a percentage of net revenues decreased to 56.2% in the first quarter of fiscal 2022 from 57.0% in the first quarter of fiscal 2021. This decrease in rate was primarily driven by higher merchandise margins from reduced promotional activity.
SELLING, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES
For the Thirteen Weeks Ended
(In thousands)May 1, 2022% Net RevenuesMay 2, 2021% Net Revenues
Selling, general and administrative expenses$505,067 26.7 %$477,676 27.3 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses consist of non-occupancy related costs associated with our retail stores, distribution and manufacturing facilities, customer care centers, supply chain operations (buying, receiving and inspection) and corporate administrative functions. These costs include employment, advertising, third party credit card processing and other general expenses.
First Quarter of Fiscal 2022 vs. First Quarter of Fiscal 2021
Selling, general and administrative expenses increased $27.4 million, or 5.7%, in the first quarter of fiscal 2022, compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2021. Selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of net revenues decreased to 26.7% in the first quarter of fiscal 2022 from 27.3% in the first quarter of fiscal 2021. This decrease in rate was primarily driven by the leverage of employment costs and advertising expenses from higher sales and overall cost discipline.
INCOME TAXES
The effective tax rate was 21.5% for the first quarter of fiscal 2022 compared to 16.6% for the first quarter of fiscal 2021. The increase in the effective tax rate is primarily due to less excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation in fiscal 2022 compared to fiscal 2021.
LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES
Material Cash Requirements
There were no material changes during the quarter to the Company’s material cash requirements, commitments and contingencies that are described in Part II, Item 7 of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 30, 2022, which is incorporated herein by reference.
Stock Repurchase Program and Dividends
See Note G to our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements, Stock Repurchase Program and Dividends, within Item 1 of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for further information.
Liquidity Outlook
For the remainder of fiscal 2022, we plan to use our cash resources to fund our inventory and inventory-related purchases, employment-related costs, advertising and marketing initiatives, stock repurchases, the payment of income taxes, rental payments on our leases, property and equipment purchases, and dividend payments.
We believe our cash on hand, cash flows from operations, and our available credit facilities will provide adequate liquidity for our business operations as well as stock repurchases, capital expenditures, dividends and other liquidity requirements associated with our business operations over the next 12 months. We are currently not aware of any other trends or demands, commitments, events or uncertainties that will result in, or that are reasonably likely to result in, our liquidity increasing or decreasing in any material way that will impact our capital needs during or beyond the next 12 months.
Sources of Liquidity
As of May 1, 2022, we held $324.8 million in cash and cash equivalents, the majority of which was held in interest-bearing demand deposit accounts and money market funds, and of which $156.0 million was held by our international subsidiaries. As is consistent within our industry, our cash balances are seasonal in nature, with the fourth quarter historically representing a significantly higher level of cash than other periods.
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In addition to our cash balances on hand, we have a credit facility (the "Credit Facility") which provides for a $500 million unsecured revolving line of credit (the “Revolver”). Our Revolver may be used to borrow revolving loans or request the issuance of letters of credit. We may, upon notice to the administrative agent, request existing or new lenders, at such lenders’ option, to increase the Revolver by up to $250 million to provide for a total of $750 million of unsecured revolving credit.
During the first quarter of fiscal 2022, we had no borrowings under our Revolver. Additionally, as of May 1, 2022, issued but undrawn standby letters of credit of $11.4 million were outstanding under our Revolver. The standby letters of credit were primarily issued to secure the liabilities associated with workers’ compensation and other insurance programs.
Our Credit Facility contains certain restrictive loan covenants, including, among others, a financial covenant requiring a maximum leverage ratio (funded debt adjusted for operating lease liabilities to earnings before interest, income tax, depreciation, amortization and rent expense), and covenants limiting our ability to incur indebtedness, grant liens, make acquisitions, merge or consolidate, and dispose of assets. As of May 1, 2022, we were in compliance with our financial covenants under our Credit Facility and, based on current projections, we expect to remain in compliance throughout the next 12 months.
Letter of Credit Facilities
We have three unsecured letter of credit reimbursement facilities for a total of $35 million. Our letter of credit facilities contain covenants that are consistent with our Credit Facility. Interest on unreimbursed amounts under our letter of credit facilities accrues at a base rate as defined in our Credit Facility, plus an applicable margin based on our leverage ratio. As of May 1, 2022, the aggregate amount outstanding under our letter of credit facilities was $6.5 million, which represents only a future commitment to fund inventory purchases to which we had not taken legal title. The latest expiration date possible for any future letters of credit issued under the facilities is January 19, 2023.
Cash Flows from Operating Activities
For the first quarter of fiscal 2022, net cash provided by operating activities was $184.5 million compared to $238.9 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2021. For the first quarter of fiscal 2022, net cash provided by operating activities was primarily attributable to net earnings adjusted for non-cash items, an increase in income tax payable, and an increase in gift card and other deferred revenue (as a result of an increase in sales), partially offset by higher spending on merchandise inventories (as a result of the strong customer demand for our products) and decreases in accrued expenses and operating lease liabilities. Net cash provided by operating activities for the first quarter of fiscal 2022 decreased compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2021, primarily due to an increase in merchandise inventories and a decrease in accrued expenses and other liabilities, partially offset by an increase in net earnings adjusted for non-cash items.
Cash Flows from Investing Activities
For the first quarter of fiscal 2022, net cash used in investing activities was $71.1 million compared to $42.3 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2021, and was primarily attributable to purchases of property and equipment related to technology and supply chain enhancements.
Cash Flows from Financing Activities
For the first quarter of fiscal 2022, net cash used in financing activities was $637.7 million compared to $759.6 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2021, driven by repurchases of common stock, tax withholdings related to stock-based awards and payment of dividends. Net cash used in financing activities for the first quarter of fiscal 2022 decreased compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2021, primarily due to the repayment of debt in the first quarter of fiscal 2021 that did not recur in the first quarter of fiscal 2022, partially offset by an increase in repurchases of common stock.
Seasonality
Our business is subject to substantial seasonal variations in demand. Historically, a significant portion of our revenues and net earnings have been realized during the period from October through January, and levels of net revenues and net earnings have typically been lower during the period from February through September. We believe this is the general pattern associated with the retail industry. In preparation for and during our holiday selling season, we hire a substantial number of additional temporary employees, primarily in our retail stores, distribution facilities and customer care centers.
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CRITICAL ACCOUNTING ESTIMATES
Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations is based on our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements, which have been prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The preparation of these Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements requires us to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses and related disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities. These estimates and assumptions are evaluated on an ongoing basis and are based on historical experience and various other factors that we believe to be reasonable under the circumstances. Actual results could differ significantly from these estimates. During the first quarter of fiscal 2022, there were no significant changes to the critical accounting estimates discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 30, 2022.
ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK
We are exposed to market risks, which include significant deterioration of the U.S. and foreign markets, changes in U.S. interest rates, foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, and the effects of economic uncertainty which may affect the prices we pay our vendors in the foreign countries in which we do business. We do not engage in financial transactions for trading or speculative purposes.
Interest Rate Risk
Our Revolver has a variable interest rate which, when drawn upon, subjects us to risks associated with changes in that interest rate. During the first quarter of fiscal 2022, we had no borrowings under our Revolver.
In addition, we have fixed and variable income investments consisting of short-term investments classified as cash and cash equivalents, which are also affected by changes in market interest rates. As of May 1, 2022, our investments, made primarily in interest-bearing demand deposit accounts and money market funds, are stated at cost and approximate their fair values.
Foreign Currency Risks
We purchase the majority of our inventory from vendors outside of the U.S. in transactions that are primarily denominated in U.S. dollars and, as such, any foreign currency impact related to our international purchase transactions was not significant to us during the first quarter of fiscal 2022 or the first quarter of fiscal 2021. Since we pay for the majority of our international purchases in U.S. dollars, however, a decline in the U.S. dollar relative to other foreign currencies would subject us to risks associated with increased purchasing costs from our vendors in their effort to offset any lost profits associated with any currency devaluation. We cannot predict with certainty the effect these increased costs may have on our financial statements or results of operations.
In addition, our businesses in Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom, and our operations throughout Asia and Europe, expose us to market risk associated with foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations. Substantially all of our purchases and sales are denominated in U.S. dollars, which limits our exposure to this risk. However, some of our foreign operations have a functional currency other than the U.S. dollar. While the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations was not material to us in the first quarters of fiscal 2022 or fiscal 2021, we have continued to see volatility in the exchange rates in the countries in which we do business. As we continue to expand globally, the foreign currency exchange risk related to our foreign operations may increase. To mitigate this risk, we hedge a portion of our foreign currency exposure with foreign currency forward contracts in accordance with our risk management policies (see Note H to our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements).
ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES
Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures
As of May 1, 2022, an evaluation was performed by management, with the participation of our Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and our Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”), of the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures. Based on that evaluation, our management, including our CEO and CFO, concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures are effective to ensure that information we are required to disclose in reports that we file or submit under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our CEO and CFO, as appropriate, to allow for timely discussions regarding required disclosures, and that such information is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the rules and forms of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting
There were no changes in our internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the first quarter of fiscal 2022, that materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.
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PART II – OTHER INFORMATION
ITEM 1. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS
Information required by this Item is contained in Note F to our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements within Part I of this Form 10-Q.
ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS
See Part I, Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 30, 2022 for a description of the risks and uncertainties associated with our business. There were no material changes to such risk factors in the current quarterly reporting period.
ITEM 2. UNREGISTERED SALES OF EQUITY SECURITIES AND USE OF PROCEEDS
In March 2022, our Board authorized a new stock repurchase program for $1.5 billion, which replaced our existing program.
The following table provides information as of May 1, 2022 with respect to shares of common stock we repurchased during the first quarter of fiscal 2022 under our prior and new stock repurchase programs. For additional information, please see Note G to our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements within Part I of this Form 10-Q.
Fiscal Period
Total Number of Shares Purchased 1
Average Price Paid Per Share
Total Number of Shares Purchased as Part of a Publicly Announced Program 1
Maximum Dollar Value of Shares That May Yet Be Purchased Under the Program
January 31, 2022 - February 27, 2022432,841 $161.72 432,841 $740,751,000 
February 28, 2022 - March 27, 2022443,234 $151.01 443,234 $1,433,068,000 
March 28, 2022 - May 1, 20222,503,656 $145.44 2,503,656 $1,068,925,000 
Total3,379,731 $148.26 3,379,731 $1,068,925,000 
1 Excludes shares withheld for employee taxes upon vesting of stock-based awards.
Stock repurchases under our program may be made through open market and privately negotiated transactions at times and in such amounts as management deems appropriate. The timing and actual number of shares repurchased will depend on a variety of factors including price, corporate and regulatory requirements, capital availability and other market conditions. The stock repurchase program does not have an expiration date and may be limited or terminated at any time without prior notice.
ITEM 3. DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES
Not applicable.
ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES
Not applicable.
ITEM 5. OTHER INFORMATION
None.
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ITEM 6. EXHIBITS
(a) Exhibits
Exhibit
Number
  Exhibit Description
10.1+
31.1  
31.2  
32.1  
32.2  
101*  
The following financial statements from the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended May 1, 2022, formatted in Inline XBRL: (i) Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings, (ii) Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income, (iii) Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets, (iv) Condensed Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity, (v) Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows and (vi) Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements, tagged as blocks of text and including detailed tags
104*  Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted as Inline XBRL and contained in the Interactive Data Files submitted under Exhibit 101).

*Filed herewith
+Indicates a management contract or compensatory plan or arrangement.
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SIGNATURE

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.
WILLIAMS-SONOMA, INC.
By: /s/ Julie Whalen
 Julie Whalen
 Duly Authorized Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Date: June 1, 2022

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