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UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-K
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ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the Fiscal Year Ended January 31, 2015             OR
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TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Commission file number 1-32545
DSW INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Ohio
 
31-0746639
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
 
 
 
810 DSW Drive, Columbus, Ohio
 
43219
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (614) 237-7100

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class:
 
Name of each exchange on which registered:
Class A Common Shares, without par value
 
New York Stock Exchange
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.
 
 
 
 
 
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The aggregate market value of voting stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant computed by reference to the price at which such voting stock was last sold, as of August 2, 2014, was $2,133,836,092.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the registrant's classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date: 80,669,324 Class A Common Shares and 7,732,807 Class B Common Shares were outstanding at March 20, 2015.
 
 
 
 
DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE
Portions of the Company’s Proxy Statement relating to fiscal 2014 for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on June 10, 2015 are incorporated by reference into Part III.
 



TABLE OF CONTENTS

 Item No.
 
Page
 
 
 
PART I
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PART II
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PART III
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PART IV
 
 
 
 



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TABLE OF CONTENTS TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS



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PART I

All references to “we,” “us,” “our,” or the “Company” in this Annual Report on Form 10-K mean DSW Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiaries. DSW refers to the DSW segment, which includes DSW stores and dsw.com. DSW Class A Common Shares are listed for trading under the ticker symbol “DSW” on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”).

We own many trademarks and service marks. This Annual Report on Form 10-K may contain trademarks, tradenames and trade dress of other companies. Use or display of other parties’ trademarks, trade dress or tradenames is not intended to and does not imply a relationship with the trademark, trade dress or tradename owner.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information for Purposes of the “Safe Harbor” Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

Some of the statements in this Annual Report on Form 10-K contain forward-looking statements which reflect our current views with respect to, among other things, future events and financial performance. Examples of such forward-looking statements include references to our future expansion and our omni-channel strategy. You can identify these forward-looking statements by the use of forward-looking words such as “outlook,” “believes,” “expects,” “potential,” “continues,” “may,” “should,” “seeks,” “approximately,” “predicts,” “intends,” “plans,” “estimates,” “anticipates” or the negative version of those words or other comparable words. Any forward-looking statements contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K are based upon current plans, estimates, expectations and assumptions relating to our operations, results of operations, financial condition, growth strategy and liquidity. The inclusion of this forward-looking information should not be regarded as a representation by us or any other person that the future plans, estimates or expectations contemplated by us will be achieved. Such forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. In addition to other factors discussed elsewhere in this report, including those factors described under “Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors,” some important factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements for DSW Inc. to differ materially from those discussed in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following:

our success in executing our omni-channel strategy;
our success in opening and operating new stores on a timely and profitable basis;
maintaining strong relationships with our vendors;
our ability to anticipate and respond to fashion trends;
disruption of our distribution and/or fulfillment operations;
continuation of supply agreements and the financial condition of our affiliated business partners;
fluctuation of our comparable sales and quarterly financial performance;
risks related to our information systems and data;
failure to retain our key executives or attract qualified new personnel;
our competitiveness with respect to style, price, brand availability and customer service;
our reliance on our DSW Rewards program and marketing to drive traffic, sales and customer loyalty;
uncertain general economic conditions;
our reliance on foreign sources for merchandise and risks inherent to international trade;
risks related to our handling of sensitive and confidential data;
risks related to leases of our properties;
risks related to the realization of benefits related to our equity interest in Town Shoes Limited ("Town Shoes"), a leading branded shoe retailer in Canada;
foreign currency exchange risk; and
risks related to our cash and investments.

If one or more of these or other risks or uncertainties materialize, or if our underlying assumptions prove to be incorrect, actual results, performance or achievements may vary materially from what we have projected. Furthermore, new factors emerge from time to time and it is not possible for management to predict all such factors, nor can management assess the impact of any such factor on the business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and, except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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ITEM 1.
BUSINESS.

General

DSW is the destination for fabulous brands at a great value every single day. With a breathtaking assortment of shoes, handbags and accessories for women and men in 431 stores nationwide and on dsw.com, DSW is about the delight of finding the perfect shoe at the perfect price. Our DSW stores average approximately 21,500 square feet and carry approximately 22,000 pairs of shoes. In addition, DSW Rewards means shopping comes with perks; members earn points towards certificates every time they purchase. We believe this combination of assortment, convenience and value differentiates us from our competitors and appeals to consumers from a broad range of socioeconomic and demographic backgrounds.

As a division of DSW Inc., the Affiliated Business Group ("ABG") partners with multi-category retailers and wholesalers to develop strategies and business models for targeted shoe assortments. ABG provides service to over 370 store locations and e-commerce channels through leased partnerships with Stein Mart, Gordmans and Frugal Fannies. Additionally, ABG operates mall-based branded specialty retail stores under the banner of Yellow Box footwear.

DSW also has an equity investment in Town Shoes. Town Shoes is the market leader in branded footwear in Canada, with sales of $293 million CAD in its fiscal year ended January 2015. As of January 31, 2015, Town Shoes operated 182 locations across Canada primarily under The Shoe Company, Shoe Warehouse and Town Shoes banners, as well as the .com site. In May 2014, DSW Inc. entered into a licensing agreement with Town Shoes, which allows Town Shoes to use the DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse tradename for their new larger concept Canadian stores. The first two Canadian DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse stores opened in August 2014.

See our consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto in Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K for financial information about our two segments: the DSW segment, which includes DSW stores and dsw.com, and the ABG segment. Additionally, a five year summary of certain financial and operational information is included in Item 6 of this Annual Report.

We follow a 52/53-week fiscal year that ends on the Saturday nearest to January 31 in each year. The periods presented in these financial statements are the fiscal years ended January 31, 2015 ("fiscal 2014"), February 1, 2014 ("fiscal 2013"), February 2, 2013 ("fiscal 2012"), January 28, 2012 ("fiscal 2011") and January 29, 2011 ("fiscal 2010"). Fiscal 2014, 2013, 2011 and 2010 each consisted of 52 weeks, while fiscal 2012 consisted of 53 weeks.

Corporate History

We were incorporated in the state of Ohio on January 20, 1969 and opened our first DSW store in Dublin, Ohio in 1991. In 1998, a predecessor of RVI purchased DSW and affiliated shoe businesses from Schottenstein Stores Corporation and Nacht Management, Inc. In July 2005, we completed an initial public offering of our Class A Common Shares, selling approximately 32.4 million shares at an offering price of $9.50 per share.

On May 26, 2011, RVI merged (the "Merger") with and into DSW MS LLC ("Merger Sub"), with Merger Sub surviving the merger and continuing as a wholly owned subsidiary of DSW Inc. Upon the closing of the Merger, each outstanding RVI common share was converted into 0.435 DSW Class A Common Shares, unless the holder properly and timely elected to receive a like amount of DSW Class B Common Shares. Consolidated financial statements represent consolidated RVI financial information. References to Retail Ventures or RVI refer to the pre-merger entity.

On October 14, 2013, the shareholders of DSW Inc. approved a two-for-one stock split of DSW Common Shares. The stock split became effective on November 4, 2013 and provided for the issuance of one Class A Common Share for each Class A and Class B Common Share outstanding. All years presented have been updated to reflect the stock split.

Competitive Strengths

We believe that having a leading market position is driven by our competitive strengths: the breadth of our branded product offerings, our relationships with merchandise suppliers, our distinctive and convenient shopping experience and the value proposition offered to our customers.

The Breadth of Our Product Offerings

Our goal is to excite our customers with a competitive, compelling assortment of shoes and complementary accessories that fulfill a broad range of style and fashion preferences. DSW sells a large assortment of brand name, designer and private brand

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merchandise. We purchase directly from approximately 430 domestic and foreign vendors, primarily in-season footwear found in specialty and department stores and branded make-ups (shoes made exclusively for a retailer). We also make opportunistic and close-out purchases to offer value to our customers. Through our stores, fulfillment center and expanding drop ship network, we offer thousands of shoes for women, men and children and a complementary assortment of handbags, hosiery, jewelry and other accessories which appeal to our brand and fashion conscious customers.

Our Relationships with Merchandise Suppliers

We purchase merchandise directly from approximately 430 domestic and foreign vendors. Our vendors include suppliers who either manufacture their own merchandise or supply merchandise manufactured by others, or both. Most of our domestic vendors import a large portion of their merchandise from abroad. We have quality control programs under which our buyers are involved in establishing standards for quality and fit, and our personnel examine incoming merchandise in regards to color, material and overall quality. As our sales volumes continue to grow, we believe there will continue to be adequate sources available to acquire a sufficient supply of quality merchandise in a timely manner and on satisfactory economic terms. During fiscal 2014, 2013 and 2012, merchandise supplied by our top three vendors accounted for approximately 18%, 19% and 18% of our net sales, respectively.

We separate our DSW merchandise into four primary categories: women’s footwear; men’s footwear; athletic footwear; and accessories and other. While shoes are the main focus of DSW, we also offer a complementary assortment of handbags, hosiery, jewelry and other accessories. The following table sets forth the approximate percentage of our net sales attributable to each merchandise category for the fiscal years below:
 
 
Fiscal year
Category
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012
Women's footwear
 
61
%
 
62
%
 
65
%
Men's footwear
 
18
%
 
17
%
 
16
%
Athletic footwear
 
12
%
 
12
%
 
12
%
Accessories and Other
 
9
%
 
9
%
 
7
%

Our Distinctive and Convenient Shopping Experience

We provide our customers with the highest level of convenience based on our belief that customers should be empowered to control and personalize their shopping experiences. In stores, our merchandise is displayed on the selling floor with self-service fixtures to enable customers to view and touch the merchandise. We believe this shopping experience provides our customers with maximum convenience as they are able to browse and try on merchandise without feeling rushed or pressured to make a purchasing decision. Our traditional point of sale and mobile point of sale allows us to interact and transact with customers on the selling floor. Our omni-channel capabilities (ship from store and drop ship) allow customers to order additional styles, sizes, widths and categories that can be fulfilled from other stores, our fulfillment center or the supplier's warehouse and create immediate access to our total assortment. Merchandise is organized in a logical manner that groups together similar styles such as dress, casual, seasonal and athletic merchandise for easy browsing.

The Value Proposition Offered to Our Customers

Through our buying organization, we are able to provide customers with high quality, in-season fashion styles at attractive prices compared to the sale prices found at specialty retailers and department stores. We employ a consistent pricing strategy that provides customers with the same price on our merchandise from the day it arrives in store until it enters our planned clearance rotation. Our pricing strategy differentiates us from our competitors who usually price and promote merchandise at discounts available only for limited time periods. We find that customers appreciate shopping for value when it is most convenient for them, rather than waiting for a sale event.

In order to provide additional value to our customers, we maintain a loyalty program, DSW Rewards, which rewards customers for shopping, both in DSW stores and at dsw.com. DSW Rewards members earn reward certificates that offer discounts on future purchases. Reward certificates expire three months after being issued. Members also receive promotional offers and gifts with purchase. We employ a variety of methods, including email, direct mail and social media, to communicate exclusive offers to our rewards customers. In fiscal 2014, we also introduced a co-branded credit card that allows DSW Rewards members to earn points for purchases made at DSW, as well as outside of DSW.
 

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As of January 31, 2015, approximately 23 million members were enrolled in our DSW Rewards program and have made at least one purchase over the course of the last two years as compared to approximately 22 million members as of February 1, 2014. In both fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2013, shoppers in the loyalty program generated approximately 90% of DSW segment sales.

Growth Strategy
 
Our growth strategy is to continue to strengthen our position as a leading footwear and accessories retailer by: expanding our business and omni-channel strategy to address changing consumer expectations, driving sales through enhanced merchandising, investing in our infrastructure, and utilizing our financial strength to invest in key initiatives.

Expanding Our Business and Investing in our Omni-Channel Strategy

We opened 37 DSW stores in fiscal 2014, five of which were small format stores. Our small format stores average approximately 12,000 square feet and, if successful, could pave the way for more small format stores. We plan to open approximately 35 DSW stores in fiscal 2015, and plan to open 15 to 20 DSW stores in each of the following two to five years. We believe that we have the potential to operate 500 to 550 stores, which excludes small format stores. Our plan is to open stores in both new and existing markets, with the primary focus on power strip centers and to reposition existing stores as opportunities arise. Depending on the market, we also consider regional malls, lifestyle centers and urban street locations. In general, our evaluation of potential new stores integrates information on demographics, co-tenancy, retail traffic patterns, site visibility and accessibility, store size and configuration and lease terms. Our real estate decision-making entails an analysis of underlying demand for our products through brick and mortar and online channels. Our analysis also looks at current penetration levels in markets we serve and our ability to deepen our share of the market and acquire new customers.

As of January 31, 2015, we operated 431 DSW stores in 42 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The following table shows the number of our DSW stores by state and territory:
Alabama
5

 
Louisiana
4

 
Ohio
18

Arizona
10

 
Maine
1

 
Oklahoma
3

Arkansas
1

 
Maryland
18

 
Oregon
4

California
41

 
Massachusetts
16

 
Pennsylvania
21

Colorado
11

 
Michigan
17

 
Puerto Rico
2

Connecticut
8

 
Minnesota
11

 
Rhode Island
2

Delaware
1

 
Mississippi
1

 
South Carolina
2

Florida
27

 
Missouri
5

 
Tennessee
6

Georgia
15

 
Nebraska
2

 
Texas
37

Idaho
1

 
Nevada
3

 
Utah
2

Illinois
22

 
New Hampshire
2

 
Virginia
15

Indiana
11

 
New Jersey
17

 
Washington
8

Iowa
2

 
New York
33

 
District of Columbia
3

Kansas
2

 
North Carolina
9

 
Wisconsin
7

Kentucky
4

 
North Dakota
1

 
Total
431


In addition to store growth, we are enhancing our omni-channel capabilities. We are expanding our drop ship program, making previously store-only product available online and increasing availability of our accessories online. Our ship from store program allows customers to purchase shoes from a location other than from where the customer originally demanded the item. Our mobile application provides another manner for customers to interact with us. In fiscal 2015, we plan to launch buy online, pick up in store.

In our Affiliated Business Group, we leverage our sourcing network to produce a merchandise assortment that meets the needs of our affiliated business customers. We actively pursue opportunities for new affiliated business partners.

Through our investment in Town Shoes, we serve Canadian customers with great values on branded footwear and accessories within a variety of concepts, including DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse stores.





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Driving Sales through Enhanced Merchandising

Our merchandising group continuously monitors current fashion trends as well as historical sales trends to identify popular styles and styles that may become popular in the upcoming season. We track performance and sales trends on a weekly basis and have a flexible buying process that allows us to reorder successful styles and cancel underperforming styles throughout each season. To keep our product mix fresh and on target, we test new fashions and actively monitor sell-through rates. We also aim to improve the quality and breadth of existing vendor offerings and identify new vendor and category opportunities. In fiscal 2014, we began offering jewelry in all DSW stores and increased the availability of accessories online.

Investment in Our Infrastructure

We are investing in systems that will enhance our operating efficiency in areas such as supply chain, merchandise planning and allocation, inventory management, distribution and labor management.

Over the past few years, we completed investments in our supply chain to support size replenishment and size optimization. Size replenishment focuses on replenishing core styles at a size level; size optimization allows us to effectively allocate sizes by store. All categories will be planned using an enterprise-wide assortment planning system that will allow us to build assortments based on local customer profiles rather than just based on store volume. We continue to enhance our ship from store criteria to select stores with lower inventory turns.

Our primary distribution center is located in an approximately 700,000 square foot facility in Columbus, Ohio. The distribution center operates to facilitate the prompt delivery of priority purchases and fast-selling footwear so we can take full advantage of each selling season. During fiscal 2014, we invested in the installation of a new shipping sorter in our distribution center.  This new shipping sorter improved productivity and increased shipping capacity. Our fulfillment center processes orders which are shipped directly to customers using a logistics provider. Our ship from store program enables us to fulfill unmet demand originating from either dsw.com or DSW stores from inventory that is located in other stores rather than only from our inventory in the fulfillment center or the customer's home store. To further ensure prompt delivery, we engage a logistics service provider to receive orders originating from suppliers on the West Coast and some imports entering at a West Coast port of entry through our West Coast facility. Merchandise is transported either from our West Coast facility or our primary distribution center to our pool points and then on to stores.

Utilizing Our Financial Strength

Our operating model is focused on assortment, value and convenience. We believe that the growth we have achieved is attributable to our operating model and management’s focus on profitability and economic payback. Over the five fiscal years ended January 31, 2015, our net sales have grown at a compounded annual growth rate of 9%. In addition, we have consistently generated positive operating cash flows and profitable operating results. We intend to explore ways to manage our net sales, operating cash flows and operating profit. We believe cash generated from operations, together with our cash and investments of approximately $447 million as of January 31, 2015, is sufficient to maintain our ongoing operations, support seasonal working capital requirements, fund capital expenditures, make quarterly dividend payments to our shareholders and make opportunistic share repurchases.

Additional Information

Affiliated Business Group

As a division of DSW Inc., ABG partners with multi-category retailers and wholesalers to develop strategies and business models for targeted shoe assortments. ABG provides service to over 370 store locations and e-commerce channels through leased partnerships with Stein Mart, Gordmans and Frugal Fannie's. Additionally, ABG operates mall-based branded specialty retail stores under the banner of Yellow Box footwear. We have renewable supply agreements to provide merchandise for the shoe departments in Stein Mart, Gordmans, and Frugal Fannie’s stores through December 2017, January 2016 and April 2017, respectively. As of January 31, 2015, we supplied merchandise to 269 Stein Mart stores and the Stein Mart e-commerce website, 97 Gordmans stores, one Frugal Fannie’s store and four Yellow Box stores.
 
Competition

We view our primary competitors to be department stores, online shoe retailers and brand-oriented discounters. We also compete with mall-based shoe stores, national chains, independent shoe retailers, single-brand specialty retailers and multi-

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channel specialty retailers. Many of our competitors generally offer a more limited assortment at higher initial prices in a less convenient format than DSW and without the benefits of the DSW Rewards program. In addition, we believe we successfully compete against retailers who have attempted to duplicate our format because they typically offer assortments with fewer recognizable brands and more styles from prior seasons, unlike DSW’s current on-trend merchandise. We believe that our brick and mortar stores are a competitive advantage stimulating dsw.com sales and driving growth in DSW segment sales.

Intellectual Property

We have registered a number of trademarks, service marks and domain names in the United States and internationally, including DSW®, DSW Shoe Warehouse® and DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse®. We licensed our DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse trademark to Town Shoes. We believe our trademarks and service marks, especially those related to the DSW concept, have significant value and are important to building our name recognition. To protect our brand identity, we have also protected the DSW trademark in several foreign countries. We also hold patents related to our unique store fixtures, which gives us greater efficiency in stocking and operating those stores that currently have the fixtures. We aggressively protect our patented fixture designs, as well as our packaging, private brand names, store design elements, marketing slogans and graphics.

Associates

As of January 31, 2015, we employed approximately 11,800 associates. None of our associates are covered by any collective bargaining agreements. We offer competitive wages, paid time off, comprehensive medical and dental insurance, vision care, company-paid and supplemental life insurance programs, associate-paid long-term disability and company-paid short-term disability insurance and a 401(k) plan to our full-time associates and some of our part-time associates. We have not experienced any work stoppages, and we consider our relations with our associates to be good.

Seasonality
      
Our business is subject to seasonal merchandise trends when our customers’ interest in new seasonal styles increases. New spring styles are primarily introduced in the first quarter, and new fall styles are primarily introduced in the third quarter. Unlike many other retailers, we have not traditionally experienced a significant increase in net sales during our fourth quarter associated with the winter holiday season.

Available Information

DSW Inc. electronically files reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, proxy statements and amendments to such reports. The public may read and copy any materials that DSW Inc. files with the SEC at:

SEC Public Reference Room
100 F Street N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20549

The public may obtain information on the operation at the SEC Public Reference Room by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330. The SEC also maintains an internet site that contains reports, proxy statements and other information regarding issuers that file electronically with the SEC at www.sec.gov. Additionally, information about DSW Inc., including its reports filed with or furnished to the SEC, is available through DSW Inc.’s website at www.dswinc.com. Such reports are accessible at no charge through DSW Inc.’s website and are made available as soon as reasonably practicable after such material is filed with or furnished to the SEC.

Copies of any of the above-referenced documents will also be made available, free of charge, upon written request to:

DSW Inc.
Investor Relations
810 DSW Dr.
Columbus, OH 43219

We have included our website addresses throughout this report as textual references only. The information contained on our websites is not incorporated into this Form 10-K.


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ITEM 1A.    RISK FACTORS.

In addition to the other information in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, shareholders or prospective investors should carefully consider the following risk factors when evaluating DSW Inc. If any of the events described below occurs, our business, financial condition, results of operations and future growth prospects could be negatively affected.

Risks Relating to Our Business

We are positioning DSW as an omni-channel retailer and expect to make significant capital investments and have significant expenses related to our omni-channel strategy. Failure to execute our omni-channel strategy could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and how we meet consumer expectations.

The omni-channel strategy is a business necessity to meet changing customer experience expectations and an opportunity to create a competitive advantage. It is a business necessity because the DSW customer expects to be able to shop across all sales channels. The omni-channel strategy can also create distance between DSW and single channel competitors as well as multi-channel competitors who either do not operate in an omni-channel way or do not define omni-channel as broadly as DSW intends to define it. We have developed an omni-channel strategy and expect to have continued innovation in our business. We no longer consider our omni-channel strategy as a business initiative, as we see it as a fundamental change of how we plan and operate the business. 

This strategy will require significant cost investment of cross-functional operations and management focus, along with investment in supporting technologies. The risk is that the execution of our omni-channel strategy could cost more than expected, have fewer benefits than anticipated, distract management from our day-to-day operations, or be unsuccessful. In the event that our omni-channel strategy is unsuccessful, it may have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations or financial results.

We opened 37 DSW stores in fiscal 2014, plan to open approximately 35 DSW stores in fiscal 2015 and plan to open 15 to 20 DSW stores in each of the following two to five years, which could strain our resources and have a material adverse effect on our business and financial performance.

Our continued and future growth largely depends on our ability to successfully open and operate new DSW stores on a profitable basis as part of our real estate strategy. During fiscal 2014, 2013 and 2012, we opened 37, 30 and 39 new DSW stores, respectively. Included in the 37 new DSW stores in fiscal 2014 were five small format stores. Our small format stores average approximately 12,000 square feet and, if successful, they could pave the way for more small format stores. We plan to open approximately 35 stores in fiscal 2015 and plan to open 15 to 20 stores each year for the following two to five years. As of January 31, 2015, we have signed leases for an additional 34 stores opening in fiscal 2015 and 2016. During fiscal 2014, the average investment in property and equipment, inventory and new store expenses required to open a typical new DSW store was approximately $1.5 million, excluding construction and tenant allowances received from landlords.

This continued expansion could place increased demands on our financial, managerial, operational and administrative resources. We may not achieve our planned expansion on a timely and profitable basis or achieve results in new locations similar to those achieved in existing locations in prior periods. Our ability to open and operate new DSW stores on a timely and profitable basis depends on many factors, including our ability to: identify suitable markets and sites for new store locations with financially stable co-tenants and landlords; negotiate favorable lease terms; build-out or refurbish sites on a timely and effective basis; obtain sufficient levels of inventory to meet the needs of new stores; obtain sufficient financing and capital resources or generate sufficient operating cash flows from operations to fund growth; open new stores at costs not significantly greater than those anticipated; successfully open new DSW stores in markets in which we currently have few or no stores; control the costs of other capital investments associated with store openings; hire, train and retain qualified managers and store personnel; and successfully integrate new stores into our existing infrastructure, operations, management and distribution systems or adapt such infrastructure, operations and systems to accommodate our growth.

As a result, we may be unable to open new stores at the rates expected or at all. If we fail to successfully implement our growth strategy, the opening of new DSW stores could be delayed or prevented, could cost more than anticipated and could divert resources from other areas of our business, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our business.

To the extent that we open new DSW stores in our existing markets, we may experience reduced net sales in existing stores in those markets. As our store base increases, our stores will become more concentrated in the markets we serve. As a result, the number of customers and financial performance of individual stores may decline and the average sales per square foot at our stores may be reduced, which could have a material adverse effect on our business.

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We rely on our strong relationships with vendors to purchase brand name and designer merchandise at favorable prices. If these relationships were to be impaired, we may not be able to obtain a sufficient assortment of merchandise at attractive prices, and we may not be able to respond promptly to changing fashion trends, either of which could have a material adverse effect on our business and financial performance.

We generally do not have long-term supply agreements or exclusive arrangements with any vendors and, therefore, our success depends on maintaining strong relationships with our vendors. Our success depends to a significant extent on the willingness and ability of our vendors to supply us with sufficient inventory to stock our sales channels. If we fail to maintain our relationships with our existing vendors or to enhance the quality of merchandise they supply us, and if we cannot maintain or acquire new vendors of in-season brand name and designer merchandise, our ability to obtain a sufficient amount and variety of merchandise at favorable prices may be limited, which could have a negative impact on our business. In addition, our inability to stock our sales channels with in-season merchandise at attractive prices could result in lower net sales and decreased customer interest in our sales channels, which could have a material adverse effect on our business. Further, if our merchandise costs increase due to increased material or labor costs, or other reasons, our ability to respond or the effect of our response could adversely affect our net sales or gross profit. During fiscal 2014, merchandise supplied by three key vendors accounted for approximately 18% of our net sales. The loss of or a reduction in the amount and qualityof merchandise supplied by any one of these vendors could have an adverse effect on our business.

We may be unable to anticipate and respond to fashion trends and consumer preferences, which could have a material adverse effect on our business.

Our merchandising strategy is based on having the proper mix of products in each store to attract our target customers or having those products available via our omni-channel capabilities. This requires us to anticipate and respond to numerous and fluctuating variables in fashion trends and other conditions in the markets in which our stores are situated. A variety of factors will affect our ability to maintain the proper mix of products in each store, including: variations in local economic conditions, which could affect our customers’ discretionary spending and their price sensitivity; unanticipated fashion trends; our success in developing and maintaining vendor relationships that provide us access to in-season merchandise at attractive prices; our success in distributing merchandise to our stores in an efficient manner; and changes in weather patterns, which in turn affect consumer preferences. If we are unable to anticipate and fulfill the merchandise needs of our customers, we may experience decreases in our net sales and may be forced to increase markdowns in relation to slow-moving merchandise, either of which could have a material adverse effect on our business.

The loss or disruption of our distribution and/or fulfillment centers could have a material adverse effect on our business and operations.

For our DSW stores and affiliated businesses, the majority of our inventory is shipped directly from suppliers to our primary distribution center in Columbus, Ohio, where the inventory is then processed, sorted and shipped to one of our pool locations located throughout the country and then on to the stores. Through a third party, we also operate a West Coast facility where shipments bypass our primary distribution center and go directly to one of our pool locations from the West Coast facility. Our inventory can also be shipped directly from our fulfillment center, supported by a third party, to our customers. Through our ship from store capability, our inventory is shipped directly from our DSW stores. Through our drop ship program, inventory is shipped from the vendor's warehouse.

Our operating results depend on the orderly operation of our receiving and distribution process, which in turn depends on third-party vendors’ adherence to shipping schedules and our effective management of our distribution facilities. We may not anticipate all the changing demands that our expanding operations will impose on our receiving and distribution system, and events beyond our control, such as disruptions in operations due to catastrophic events, labor disagreements or shipping problems, that may result in delays in the delivery of merchandise to our stores and customers. While we maintain business interruption and property insurance, in the event our distribution and fulfillment centers shut down for any reason or if we were to incur higher costs and longer lead times in connection with a disruption at our distribution and fulfillment centers, our insurance may not be sufficient to cover the impact to the business.

If Stein Mart or Gordmans were to terminate our supply agreements, close a significant number of stores or liquidate, it could have a material adverse effect on our business and financial performance.

Our supply agreements are typically for multiple years with automatic renewal options as long as either party does not give notice of intent not to renew. For Stein Mart and Gordmans, our contractual termination dates are December 2017 and January 2016, respectively. In addition, the agreements contain provisions that may trigger an earlier termination. For fiscal 2014, the sales from our Affiliated Business Group represented approximately 6% of our total company net sales. In the event of the loss

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of either of these supply agreements, it is unlikely that we would be able to proportionately reduce expenses compared to the reduction of net sales. The performance of our Affiliated Business Group is highly dependent on the performance of Stein Mart and Gordmans. If Stein Mart or Gordmans were to terminate our supply agreements, close a significant number of stores or liquidate, it could have a material adverse effect on our business and financial performance.

Our sales and quarterly financial performance may fluctuate for a variety of reasons, including seasonal variability.

Our business is sensitive to customers’ spending patterns, which in turn are subject to prevailing regional and national economic conditions and the general level of economic activity. Our comparable sales and quarterly results of operations have fluctuated in the past, and we expect them to continue to fluctuate in the future. A variety of other factors affect our sales and quarterly financial performance, including: uncertain U.S. economic conditions and, in particular, the retail sales environment; changes in our merchandising strategy; timing and concentration of new DSW store openings and related new store and other start-up costs; expenses associated with new DSW stores, our omni-channel strategy and marketing expenses; changes in our merchandise mix; changes in and regional variations in demographic and population characteristics; timing of promotional events; seasonal fluctuations due to weather conditions; and actions by our competitors.

Accordingly, our results for any one fiscal quarter are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for any other quarter, and comparable sales for any particular future period may increase or decrease. Our future financial performance may fall below the expectations of securities analysts and investors.

In addition, our business is subject to seasonal merchandise trends when our customers’ interest in new seasonal styles increases. New spring styles are introduced in the first quarter, and new fall styles are introduced in the third quarter. As a result of seasonal merchandise trends, any factors negatively affecting us during these periods, including adverse weather, the timing and level of markdowns, fashion trends or unfavorable economic conditions, could have a material adverse effect on our business.

The loss or disruption of information technology services could affect our ability to implement our growth strategy and have a material adverse effect on our business.

Our information systems are an integral part of our growth strategy in efficiently operating our business, in managing operations and protecting against security risks related to our electronic processing and transmitting of confidential customer and associate data. The requirements to keep our information systems operating at peak performance may be higher than anticipated and could strain our capital resources, management of any upgrades and our ability to protect ourselves from any future information security breaches. In addition, any significant disruption of our data center could have a material adverse effect on those operations dependent on those systems, most specifically, store operations, dsw.com, our distribution and fulfillment centers and our merchandising team. While we maintain business interruption and property insurance, in the event our data center was to be shut down, our insurance may not be sufficient to cover the impact to the business, or insurance proceeds may not be received timely.

We accept orders through dsw.com and m.dsw.com, the DSW mobile site. We are subject to various risks of operating online and mobile selling capabilities such as: the failure of our information technology infrastructure, including any third-party hardware or software, resulting in downtime or other technical issues; reliance on third-party logistics providers to deliver our products to customers; inability to respond to technological changes; violations of state or federal laws; credit card fraud; or other information security breaches. Failure to mitigate these risks could have a material adverse effect on our business.

We face security risks related to our electronic processing of sensitive and confidential customer and associate data; which data, if breached, could damage our reputation and have a material adverse effect on our business.

Given the nature of our business, we collect, process and retain sensitive and confidential customer data, including credit card information. Despite our current security measures, our facilities and systems, and those of our third-party service providers, are vulnerable to information security breaches, acts of vandalism, computer viruses or other similar attacks. An information security breach involving the disclosure of confidential data could damage our reputation and our customers' willingness to shop in our stores, on dsw.com and m.dsw.com, and subject us to possible legal liability. In addition, we may incur material remediation costs as a result of an information security breach, including liability for stolen customer or associate data, repairing system damage or providing credit monitoring or other benefits to customers or associates affected by the breach. While we have insurance, in the event we experience an information security breach, our insurance may not be sufficient to cover the impact to the business, or insurance proceeds may not be received timely. Failure to mitigate these risks could have a material adverse effect on our business.

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Our failure to retain our existing senior management team and to continue to attract qualified new personnel could adversely affect our business.

Our business requires disciplined execution at all levels of our organization which requires an experienced and talented management team. If we were to lose the benefit of the experience, efforts and abilities of any of our key executive and buying personnel, our business could be adversely affected. We have entered into employment agreements with several key executives and also offer compensation packages designed to attract and retain talent. Furthermore, our ability to manage our expansion will require us to continue to train, motivate and develop our employees to maintain a high level of talent for future challenges and succession planning. Competition for these types of personnel is intense, and we may not be successful in attracting and retaining the personnel required to grow and operate our business.

We are dependent on our DSW Rewards program and marketing to drive traffic, sales and loyalty, and any decrease in membership or purchases from members could have a material adverse effect on our business.

DSW Rewards is a customer loyalty program that we rely on to drive customer traffic, sales and loyalty. DSW Rewards members earn reward certificates that offer discounts on future purchases. In both fiscal 2014 and 2013, shoppers in the loyalty program generated approximately 90% of DSW sales. As of January 31, 2015, approximately 23 million members were enrolled in DSW Rewards and have made at least one purchase over the course of the last two fiscal years, compared to approximately 22 million members as of February 1, 2014. In the event that our DSW Rewards members do not continue to shop at DSW or the number of members decreases, this could have a material adverse effect on our business.

We are constantly exploring new business opportunities. The failure to successfully execute our plans may have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations or financial condition.

The continued development of new business opportunities could distract management from our core business. In the event that we lose focus on our core business or are unsuccessful in the execution of our concept, it may have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations or financial condition.

We are exposed to risk through leases of certain portions of our properties.

In fiscal 2012, we purchased our corporate office headquarters, our distribution center and a trailer parking lot. Certain portions of the properties are leased to both unrelated and related parties, which provides rental income. The largest tenant's lease, which is not with a related party, renewed for another two-year term in June 2013, but either party can terminate after each two-year renewal option and the tenant can terminate at any time with 60 days notice. In the event that one or more tenants do not renew their leases, the foregoing circumstances or events could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition.

In connection with the Merger, Merger Sub assumed RVI’s responsibilities under a lease dated September 2003 for an office building in Columbus, Ohio (the "Premises"). In April 2005, RVI sublet the Premises to an unrelated third party at a rent that is lower than its expenses under the lease. In fiscal 2012, DSW Inc. assumed responsibility for the lease. The sublease is through the lease expiration date, but either party can terminate after each two-year renewal option. Merger Sub remains liable under the lease through the lease expiration date in 2024, and if the subtenant does not pay the rent or vacates the Premises, Merger Sub would be required to make full rent payments to the landlord without any rental income. All of the foregoing circumstances or events could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition.

Risks Relating to the External Environment

We may be unable to compete favorably in our highly competitive market, which could have a material adverse effect on our business.

The retail footwear market is highly competitive with few barriers to entry. We compete against a diverse group of retailers, both small and large, including department stores, mall-based shoe stores, national chains, independent shoe retailers, single-brand specialty retailers, online shoe retailers, multi-channel specialty retailers and brand-oriented discounters. Our success depends on our ability to remain competitive with respect to style, price, brand availability and customer service. The performance of our competitors, as well as a change in their pricing policies as a result of the current economic environment, marketing activities and other business strategies, could have a material adverse effect on our business.

Our failure to identify and respond to rapidly changing customer behavior and the impact that social media and comparison shopping has on our customer could have a material adverse effect on our business.


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We rely on foreign sources for our merchandise, and our business is therefore subject to risks associated with international trade.

We purchase merchandise from domestic and foreign vendors. In addition, many of our domestic vendors import a large portion of their merchandise from abroad, primarily from China, Brazil and Italy. We believe that almost all the merchandise we purchased during fiscal 2014 was manufactured outside the United States, and the majority was manufactured in China. For this reason, we face risks inherent in purchasing from foreign suppliers, such as: economic and political instability in countries where these suppliers are located; international hostilities or acts of war or terrorism affecting the United States or foreign countries from which our merchandise is sourced; increases in shipping costs; transportation delays and interruptions, including increased inspections of import shipments by domestic authorities; work stoppages; U.S. laws affecting the importation of goods, including duties, tariffs and quotas and other non-tariff barriers; expropriation or nationalization; changes in foreign government administration and governmental policies; changes in import duties or quotas; compliance with trade and foreign tax laws; and local business practices, including compliance with foreign laws and with domestic and international labor standards.

We require our vendors to operate in compliance with applicable laws and regulations and our internal requirements. However, we do not control our vendors or their labor and business practices. The violation of labor or other laws by one of our vendors could have a material adverse effect on our business.

Restrictions in our secured revolving credit facility and letter of credit agreement could limit our operational flexibility.

We have a $50 million secured revolving credit agreement and a $50 million letter of credit agreement with terms expiring July 2018 and August 2018, respectively. The secured revolving credit agreement is secured by a lien on substantially all of our personal property assets and its subsidiaries with certain exclusions and may be used to provide funds for general corporate purposes, to provide for ongoing working capital requirements, and to make permitted acquisitions. In addition, both the secured revolving credit agreement and the letter of credit agreement contain restrictive covenants relating to our management and the operation of our business. These covenants, among other things, limit or restrict our ability to grant liens on our assets, limit our ability to incur additional indebtedness, limit our capital expenditures to $200 million annually (the secured revolving credit agreement only), limit our ability to enter into transactions with affiliates and limit our ability to merge or consolidate with another entity. These covenants could restrict our operational flexibility, and any failure to comply with these covenants or our payment obligations would limit our ability to borrow under the secured revolving credit facility and, in certain circumstances, may allow the lenders thereunder to require repayment.

Uncertain economic conditions in the United States and other world events can adversely affect consumer confidence and consumer spending habits, which could result in reduced net sales.

Consumer spending habits, including spending for the footwear and accessories that we sell, are affected by, among other things, prevailing economic conditions, levels of employment, salaries and wage rates, prevailing interest rates, income tax rates and policies, consumer confidence and consumer perception of economic conditions. In addition, consumer purchasing patterns may be influenced by consumers’ disposable income. Consumer confidence is also affected by the domestic and international political situation. The outbreak or escalation of war, natural disasters, or the occurrence of terrorist acts or other hostilities in or affecting the United States, could lead to a decrease in spending by consumers. In an economic slowdown, we could experience lower net sales than expected on a quarterly or annual basis and be forced to delay or slow our expansion plans. Reduced net sales may result in reduced operating cash flows if we are not able to appropriately manage inventory levels or leverage expenses. These negative economic conditions could have a material adverse effect on our business.

Our cash and investments are subject to risks that could affect the liquidity of these investments.

As of January 31, 2015, we had cash and investments of approximately $447 million. A portion of these are held as cash in operating accounts that are with third-party financial institutions. While we regularly monitor the cash balances in our operating accounts and when possible adjust the balances as appropriate to be within Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) insurance limits, these cash balances could be lost or inaccessible if the underlying financial institutions fail or are subject to other adverse conditions in the financial markets.

While we generally invest in lower risk investments, investment risk has been and may further be exacerbated by credit and liquidity issues that have affected various sectors of the financial markets. Our access to cash and investments, their earning potential or our ability to invest in highly rated, low risk investments may be impacted by adverse conditions in the U.S. financial markets. These market risks associated with our cash and investments could have a material adverse effect on our business.

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Our amended articles of incorporation, amended and restated code of regulations and Ohio state law contain provisions that may have the effect of delaying or preventing a change in control of DSW. This could adversely affect the value of our Common Shares.

Our amended articles of incorporation authorize our board of directors to issue up to 100,000,000 preferred shares and to determine the powers, preferences, privileges, rights, including voting rights, qualifications, limitations and restrictions on those shares, without any further vote or action by the shareholders. The rights of the holders of our Class A Common Shares will be subject to, and may be adversely affected by, the rights of the holders of any preferred shares that may be issued in the future. The issuance of preferred shares could have the effect of delaying, deterring or preventing a change in control and could adversely affect the voting power of our Common Shares.

In addition, provisions of our amended articles of incorporation, amended and restated code of regulations and Ohio law, together or separately, could discourage potential acquisition proposals, delay or prevent a change in control or limit the price that certain investors might be willing to pay in the future for our Common Shares. Among other things, these provisions establish a staggered board, require a supermajority vote to remove directors, and establish certain advance notice procedures for nomination of candidates for election as directors and for shareholder proposals to be considered at shareholders’ meetings.

We do not expect a trading market for DSW Class B Common Shares to develop and therefore any investment in DSW Class B Common Shares may be effectively illiquid, unless such DSW Class B Common Shares are converted into DSW Class A Common Shares.

There is currently no public market for DSW Class B Common Shares. DSW does not intend to list the Class B Common Shares on any securities exchange or any automated quotation system. As a result, there can be no assurance that a secondary market will develop, and we do not expect any market makers to participate in a secondary market. Trading activity, if any, in the DSW Class B Common Shares will be very limited. Because the DSW Class B Common Shares are not listed on a securities exchange or an automated quotation system, it may be difficult to obtain pricing information with respect to the shares. Accordingly, there may be a limited number of buyers if a holder decided to sell their DSW Class B Common Shares. This may affect the price a holder would receive upon such sale. Alternatively, a holder of DSW Class B Common Shares could convert them into DSW Class A Common Shares prior to selling. However, such conversion could affect the timing of any such sale, which may in turn affect the price a holder may receive upon such sale.

Risks Relating to our Relationship with the Schottenstein Affiliates

The Schottenstein Affiliates, entities owned by or controlled by Jay L. Schottenstein, the executive chairman of the DSW board of directors, and members of his family, directly control or substantially influence the outcome of matters submitted for DSW shareholder votes, and their interests may differ from DSW’s other shareholders.

As of January 31, 2015, the Schottenstein Affiliates have approximately 49% of the voting power of the outstanding DSW Common Shares. The Schottenstein Affiliates directly control or substantially influence the outcome of all matters submitted to DSW’s shareholders for approval, including the election of directors, approval of mergers or other business combinations, and acquisitions or dispositions of assets. The interests of the Schottenstein Affiliates may differ from or be opposed to the interests of DSW’s other shareholders, and their level of ownership and voting power in DSW may have the effect of delaying or preventing a subsequent change in control that may be favored by other DSW shareholders.

The Schottenstein Affiliates engage in a variety of businesses, including, but not limited to, business and inventory liquidations, apparel companies and real estate investments. Opportunities may arise in the area of potential competitive business activities that may be attractive to the Schottenstein Affiliates and us. Our amended and restated articles of incorporation provide that the Schottenstein Affiliates are under no obligation to communicate or offer any corporate opportunity to us. In addition, the Schottenstein Affiliates have the right to engage in similar activities as us, do business with our suppliers and customers, and except as limited by the Master Separation Agreement with RVI, employ or otherwise engage any of our officers or employees. The provisions of the Master Separation Agreement with RVI also outline how opportunities are to be assigned in the event that our or the Schottenstein Affiliates' directors and officers learn of opportunities.

Risks Relating to our Merger with Retail Ventures, Inc.

Prior to the Merger, RVI had actual liabilities and significant contingent liabilities. As of the effective time of the Merger, Merger Sub, a subsidiary of DSW, assumed RVI's obligations with respect to these actual liabilities and contingent liabilities, if they become actual liabilities, which could adversely affect DSW’s financial condition.


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Merger Sub assumed the obligations of RVI for a guaranteed lease obligation. On November 2, 2011, Syms and Filene’s Basement filed for bankruptcy protection. RVI guaranteed the obligations of Filene’s Basement in connection with a lease for the Union Square location. Merger Sub may be responsible for any obligations of RVI under this guaranty.

The landlord at the Union Square location filed a claim against the Filene's/Syms estate for losses incurred in connection with the lease rejection in bankruptcy. The landlord also filed a lawsuit against Merger Sub seeking payment under the guaranty. On February 27, 2015, the parties jointly entered into a Stipulation and Settlement Agreement that provides for the settlement of the litigation and certain claims arising from the Filene's/Syms bankruptcy. The guaranty remains in effect through lease expiration.

In addition, if our assumptions or estimates regarding the amount of any actual or contingent liabilities were incorrect or become incorrect due to changes in economic conditions, among other reasons, this could cause the amount of any actual liability to exceed the amounts estimated, which could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition.

Risks Relating to our Equity Investment in Town Shoes Limited

We will be exposed to investment risk with the acquisition of an equity interest in Town Shoes.

In May 2014, DSW acquired a 49% equity interest in Town Shoes. DSW is exposed to risk of the success of the Town Shoes business. DSW is also exposed to risk of adverse reactions to the transaction or changes to business relationships; competitive responses; inability to maintain key personnel and changes in general economic conditions in Canada. If Town Shoes fails to perform to our expectations, it could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations or financial condition.

We will be exposed to foreign currency risk with the acquisition of an equity interest in Town Shoes.

We are exposed to foreign currency exchange risk through our equity in Town Shoes' earnings and the shareholder note that we hold. We currently do not utilize hedging instruments to mitigate foreign currency exchange risks.

ITEM 1B.
UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS.

None.

ITEM 2.
PROPERTIES.

We own our corporate office headquarters and distribution center. As of January 31, 2015, all 431 DSW stores and our fulfillment center are leased or subleased, and we leased or subleased 19 DSW stores and our dsw.com fulfillment center from Schottenstein Affiliates. The remaining DSW stores are leased from unrelated entities. Most of the DSW store leases provide for a minimum annual rent plus a percentage of gross sales over specified breakpoints and are for a fixed term with options for two to five extension periods, each of which is for a period of four or five years, exercisable at our option. The lease for our fulfillment center expires in September 2017 and has two renewal options with terms of five years each. Our primary distribution facility, our corporate office headquarters and our dsw.com fulfillment center are located in Columbus, Ohio.

ITEM 3.
LEGAL PROCEEDINGS.

Guarantee of Union Square lease. Filene's Basement was a party to a lease for space located in Union Square, New York. RVI guaranteed Filene’s Basement’s obligations for the Union Square location when RVI owned Filene’s Basement. The Union Square lease was rejected in connection with the Filene's/Syms bankruptcy filing in November 2011. The landlord filed a claim against the Filene's/Syms estate for losses incurred in connection with the lease rejection. The landlord also filed a lawsuit against Merger Sub seeking payment under the guaranty. On February 27, 2015, the parties jointly entered into a Stipulation and Settlement Agreement that provides for the settlement and release of the guaranty litigation and certain claims arising from the Filene's/Syms bankruptcy.

Visa/Mastercard Settlement. In Q4 2014, we received a $2.6 million settlement from Visa/Mastercard related to litigation regarding swipe fees. We recorded the proceeds in other operating income.

Other legal proceedings. Other than the proceedings noted above, we are involved in various legal proceedings that are incidental to the conduct of our business. We estimate the range of liability related to pending litigation where the amount of the range of loss can be estimated. We record our best estimate of a loss when the loss is considered probable. When a liability is probable and there is a range of estimated loss, we record the most likely estimated liability related to the claim. Although it is

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not possible to predict with certainty the eventual outcome of any litigation, in the opinion of management, the amount of any potential liability with respect to these proceedings will not be material to our results of operations or financial condition.

ITEM 4.
MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES.

Not Applicable.


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PART II

ITEM 5.
MARKET FOR THE REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES.

Our Class A Common Shares are listed for trading under the ticker symbol “DSW” on the NYSE. There is currently no public market for DSW Class B Common Shares, but the Class B common shares can be exchanged for Class A Common Shares at the election of the holder. As of March 20, 2015, there were 173 holders of record of our Class A Common Shares and 28 holders of record of our Class B Common Shares. The number of holders of record is based upon the actual number of holders registered at such date and does not include holders of shares in “street names” or persons, partnerships, associates, corporations, or other entities identified in security position listings maintained by depositories. The following table provides the quarterly market prices of our Class A Common Shares as reported on the NYSE and cash dividends per share for fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2013:
 
Market Price
 
Cash Dividends per Share
 
High
 
Low
 
Fiscal 2013:
 
 
 
 
 
 
First Quarter
$
34.86

 
$
30.13

 
$

 
Second Quarter
39.80

 
32.27

 
0.125

(a)
Third Quarter
44.37

 
38.43

 
0.125

 
Fourth Quarter
47.55

 
36.99

 
0.125

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fiscal 2014:
 
 
 
 
 
 
First Quarter
$
41.11

 
$
32.40

 
$
0.1875

(b)
Second Quarter
35.00

 
23.45

 
0.1875

 
Third Quarter
32.67

 
26.59

 
0.1875

 
Fourth Quarter
38.10

 
29.32

 
0.1875

 

Dividends- The payment of any future dividends is at the discretion of our Board of Directors and is based on our future earnings, cash flow, financial condition, capital requirements, changes in taxation laws, general economic condition and any other relevant factors. It is anticipated that dividends will be declared on a quarterly basis. Our Credit Facility allows the payment of dividends by us or our subsidiaries provided that we meet the minimum cash and short-term investments requirement, as defined in our Credit Facility, of $125 million.

(a) In March 2013, our Board of Directors increased our quarterly dividend from $0.09 per share to $0.125 per share.

(b) In March 2014, our Board of Directors increased our quarterly dividend from $0.125 per share to $0.1875 per share. On
February 17, 2015, DSW's Board of Directors increased the Company's quarterly cash dividend from $0.1875 per
share to $0.20 per share.

Share Repurchase Program- On May 29, 2013, we announced that our Board of Directors authorized the extension of the share repurchase program to repurchase up to $100 million of DSW Common Shares. On November 21, 2014, the Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to an additional $50 million of DSW Common Shares under the Company's share repurchase program. The repurchase program will be funded using our available cash, and we have no obligation to repurchase any amount of our common shares under the program. As of January 31, 2015, we have repurchased a total of 3.0 million Class A Common Shares at a cost of $86.9 million, with a remainder of $63.1 million that may yet be purchased under the program. The shares withheld and repurchased during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 are summarized in the table below (in thousands, except per share amounts):

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Total number of shares withheld
 
Average price paid per share
 
Total number of shares purchased as part of publicly announced programs
 
Approximate dollar value of shares that may yet be purchased under the programs
November 2, 2014 to November 29, 2014

 

 

 
$
63,062

November 30, 2014 to January 3, 2015

 

 

 
63,062

January 4, 2015 to January 31, 2015

 

 

 
63,062

 

 
 
 

 
$
63,062


2-for-1 Stock Split- On October 14, 2013, the shareholders of DSW approved a two-for-one stock split of DSW's Common Shares. The stock split became effective on November 4, 2013 and provided for the issuance of one Class A Common Share for each Class A and Class B Common Share outstanding. All years presented have been updated to reflect the stock split.

Performance Graph

The following graph compares our cumulative total shareholder return on our Class A Common Shares with the cumulative total return of the S&P MidCap 400 Index and the S&P Retailing Index, both of which are published indexes. This comparison includes the period ended January 30, 2010 through the period ended January 31, 2015.

The comparison of the cumulative total returns for each investment assumes $100 was invested on January 30, 2010 and that all dividends were reinvested.
 
 
 
 
Fiscal years ended
Company / Index
 
1/30/2010

 
1/29/2011
 
1/28/2012
 
2/2/2013
 
2/1/2014
 
1/31/2015
DSW Inc.
 
$
100.00

 
$
138.13

 
$
217.62

 
$
304.51

 
$
345.78

 
$
334.16

S&P MidCap 400 Index
 
$
100.00

 
$
133.46

 
$
137.08

 
$
162.51

 
$
198.05

 
$
219.62

S&P 500 Retailing Index
 
$
100.00

 
$
127.00

 
$
143.32

 
$
182.74

 
$
229.70

 
$
275.85



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ITEM 6. SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA.

The following table sets forth, for the periods presented, various selected financial information. Such selected consolidated financial data should be read in conjunction with our Consolidated Financial Statements, including the notes thereto, set forth in Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” set forth in Item 7 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
 
Fiscal
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012
 
2011(1)
 
2010(1)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(dollars in thousands, except per share and net sales per average gross square foot)
Statement of Operations Data(2):
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Net sales(3)
$
2,496,092

 
$
2,368,668

 
$
2,257,778

 
$
2,024,329

 
$
1,822,376

Gross profit(4)
$
755,021

 
$
739,287

 
$
724,720

 
$
653,947

 
$
565,681

Operating expenses
$
(512,889
)
 
$
(497,899
)
 
$
(481,797
)
 
$
(448,583
)
 
$
(396,107
)
Depreciation
$
68,153

 
$
64,100

 
$
57,801

 
$
51,237

 
$
48,262

Operating profit
$
242,132

 
$
241,388

 
$
236,802

 
$
151,450

 
$
120,560

Income from continuing operations before income taxes and income from Town Shoes
$
244,927

 
$
244,007

 
$
240,613

 
$
142,269

 
$
111,793

Income tax (provision) benefit
$
(95,713
)
 
$
(92,705
)
 
$
(95,427
)
 
$
58,069

 
$
(59,973
)
Income from continuing operations, net of tax
$
153,027

 
$
151,302

 
$
145,186

 
$
200,338

 
$
51,820

Total income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax
$
272

 

 
$
1,253

 
$
(4,855
)
 
$
6,628

Less: Income attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

 

 
$
(20,695
)
 
$
(40,654
)
Net income, net of noncontrolling interests
$
153,299

 
$
151,302

 
$
146,439

 
$
174,788

 
$
17,794

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Earnings per Share Data:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations, net of noncontrolling interests
$
1.69

 
$
1.65

 
$
1.60

 
$
2.34

 
$
0.26

Diluted earnings (loss) per share from discontinued operations
$
0.00

 
$

 
$
0.01

 
$
(0.07
)
 
$
0.15

Diluted earnings per share, net of noncontrolling interests
$
1.69

 
$
1.65

 
$
1.62

 
$
2.27

 
$
0.41

Weighted average number of diluted shares outstanding
90,612

 
91,901

 
90,606

 
74,276

 
43,152

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Balance Sheet Data:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash and investments (5)
$
447,128

 
$
579,307

 
$
409,890

 
$
429,558

 
$
390,670

Inventory
$
450,836

 
$
397,768

 
$
393,794

 
$
334,390

 
$
309,013

Total assets
$
1,438,243

 
$
1,421,244

 
$
1,262,103

 
$
1,207,900

 
$
1,041,477

Working capital(6)
$
484,680

 
$
528,362

 
$
546,479

 
$
560,458

 
$
320,629

Current ratio(7)
2.7

 
2.9

 
3.0

 
2.8

 
1.8

Total shareholders’ equity
$
1,011,120

 
$
998,544

 
$
858,579

 
$
786,587

 
$
488,869

Long-term obligations(8)

 

 

 

 
$
132,132

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Data:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash dividends per share(9)
$
0.75

 
$
0.375

 
$
1.435

 
$
1.15

 

Capital expenditures(10)
$
93,314

 
$
83,800

 
$
99,752

 
$
76,912

 
$
52,298


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Fiscal
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012
 
2011(1)
 
2010(1)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Number of DSW stores:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Beginning of period
394

 
364

 
326

 
311

 
305

New stores
37

 
30

 
39

 
17

 
9

Closed/re-categorized stores

 

 
(1
)
 
(2
)
 
(3
)
End of period
431

 
394

 
364

 
326

 
311

DSW total square footage (in thousands)(11)
9,277

 
8,687

 
8,120

 
7,289

 
6,972

Average gross square footage (in thousands)(12)
9,009

 
8,415

 
7,690

 
7,158

 
6,928

DSW segment net sales per average gross square foot(13)
$
261

 
$
265

 
$
276

 
$
262

 
$
243

Number of affiliated business departments at end of period
371

 
356

 
344

 
336

 
352

Total comparable sales change(14)
1.8
%
 
0.2
%
 
5.5
%
 
8.3
%
 
13.2
%
____________
(1)
Pre-merger financial information presented in the DSW Inc. consolidated financial statements represents consolidated RVI financial information. The pre-merger financial information was retrospectively recast in fiscal 2011. The Company recast all RVI historical share and per share information, including earnings per share, to reflect the exchange ratio of 0.435 for periods prior to the Merger.

(2)
All fiscal years are based on a 52-week year, except for fiscal 2012, which is based on a 53-week year.

(3)
Includes net sales for DSW and the Affiliated Business Group.

(4)
Gross profit is defined as net sales less cost of sales. Cost of sales includes the cost of merchandise, which includes markdowns and shrinkage. Also included in the cost of sales are expenses associated with distribution and fulfillment (including depreciation) and store occupancy (excluding depreciation and including store impairments).

(5)
Includes cash and equivalents, short-term and long-term investments.

(6)
Working capital represents current assets less current liabilities.

(7) Current ratio represents current assets divided by current liabilities.

(8) Long-term obligations represent Premium Income Exchangeable Securities which were settled in DSW Class A Common Shares on September 15, 2011.

(9)
The Board of Directors of DSW Inc. declared the first dividend in fiscal 2011.

(10) Fiscal 2012 capital expenditures excluded the $72 million purchase of DSW Inc.'s corporate office headquarters and distribution center as this was considered a permitted acquisition under our credit facility. As a transaction between entities under common control, the net book value of assets transferred was considered an investing cash flow while the difference between the cash paid and the net book value of assets transferred was considered a financing cash flow.

(11)
DSW total square footage represents the total amount of square footage for DSW stores only; it does not reflect square footage of affiliated business departments.

(12)
Average gross square footage represents the monthly average of square feet for DSW stores only for each period presented and consequently reflects the effect of opening stores in different months throughout the period.

(13) Net sales per average gross square foot is the result of dividing net sales for the DSW segment only for the period presented by average gross square footage calculated as described in note 12 above. Net sales for fiscal 2012 are based on a 53-week year. In fiscal 2013, we changed the measure to DSW segment net sales to better reflect the omni-channel nature

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of our business with the addition of ship from store, shoephoria and drop ship capabilities. See "Sales and Revenue Recognition" in Note 4 to the Consolidated Financial Statements included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K for a discussion of categories of omni-channel sales.

(14) A store or affiliated shoe department is considered comparable when in operation for at least 14 months at the beginning of the fiscal year. In fiscal 2010, dsw.com was included in comparable sales as the sales channel had been open at least 14 months at the beginning of fiscal 2010. Stores or affiliated business departments, as the case may be, are added to the comparable base at the beginning of the year and are dropped for comparative purposes in the quarter they are closed.


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ITEM 7.
MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS.

This management’s discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations contains forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. See “Cautionary Statement” on page 1 for a discussion of the uncertainties, risks and assumptions associated with these statements. You should read the following discussion in conjunction with our historical consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto appearing elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. The results of operations for the periods reflected herein are not necessarily indicative of results that may be expected for future periods, and our actual results may differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including but not limited to those listed under “Risk Factors” in Item 1A. of this Annual Report on Form 10-K and included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Executive Summary

Over the past few years, we have taken important steps in positioning ourselves as an omni-channel retailer through the launch of our shoephoria, ship from store and drop ship capabilities. Our shoephoria system provides us the ability to fulfill out-of-stock demand from our stores out of product in our fulfillment center. Our ship from store system allows us to fulfill both online and store orders from all of our DSW store locations. Our drop ship capability allows us to sell product online that is fulfilled out of our suppliers' warehouse. We plan to increase the number of vendors fulfilling drop ship orders in fiscal 2015. We believe customers demand that retailers conform their business to the way that customers want to shop. We aligned our business operations in an omni-channel structure with improved inventory visibility across the DSW segment. We continue to add technologies to provide a relevant shopping experience to our customers and continue to improve our operational execution with new systems. In fiscal 2014, we implemented our new assortment planning system, which allows us to allocate our products more precisely by location based on customer preferences, and expect to derive merchandise margin benefits from this system beginning in fiscal 2016.

In 2014, we took steps to align our business operations to better respond to customer needs. These changes required increased clearance volume and markdown activity that enabled DSW to achieve better inventory alignment at the beginning of the fall season. We have also made it easier for customers to interact with DSW with a number of digital enhancements in 2014. We made free shipping easier online, added Paypal as a secure payment option and introduced a mobile app. We also made it easier to earn Rewards certificates through a new co-branded credit card that allows DSW Rewards members to earn points for purchases made at DSW, as well as outside of DSW. We selectively sharpened price points and increased opportunistic buys to deliver our value proposition to our customer and are managing our assortment to reflect the shifts in customer lifestyles. We increased our investment in marketing to deliver comprehensive messages regarding DSW's assortment and value.

In addition to our customer initiatives, we implemented several strategic initiatives outside of our core business. ABG began to operate Yellow Box retail stores in premier shopping destinations. We made an equity investment in Town Shoes, the leading branded footwear retailer in Canada, which provides a foundation to expand our operations to Canada with an established team that possesses the local expertise.

Financial Summary

During fiscal 2014, we generated a 1.8% increase in comparable sales and a 5.4% increase in total sales. This increase compares to a comparable sales increase of 0.2% for fiscal 2013. The increase in comparable sales was a result of increases in customer traffic.

In fiscal 2014, DSW Inc.'s merchandise margin rate, defined as gross profit excluding occupancy and distribution and fulfillment expenses, a non-GAAP measure, decreased as a percentage of net sales over fiscal 2013 primarily as a result of spring markdown activity, higher shipping costs and lower initial markups.

Reported net income was $153.3 million, or $1.69 per diluted share, an increase of 2.4% over last year's reported earnings per share of $1.65 per diluted share. Last year's reported earnings per share includes $0.23 per share in charges related to RVI and the Company's luxury test.

We have continued making investments in our business that are critical to long-term growth. In fiscal 2014, we invested $93.3 million in capital expenditures compared to $83.8 million during fiscal 2013. Our capital expenditures during fiscal 2014 were primarily related to opening 37 new stores, store remodels and business infrastructure. We plan to open approximately 35 stores

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in fiscal 2015, and believe we have the potential to operate 500 to 550 stores in the United States, which excludes small format stores.

As of January 31, 2015, we operated 431 DSW stores, dsw.com and shoe departments in 269 Stein Mart stores and Steinmart.com, 97 Gordmans stores, one Frugal Fannie’s store and four Yellow Box stores. DSW Inc. has two reportable segments: the DSW segment, which includes the DSW stores and dsw.com, and the Affiliated Business Group segment.

Results of Operations
 
The following table represents selected components of our consolidated results of operations, expressed as percentages of net sales:
 
 
Fiscal
 
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012
Net sales
 
100.0
 %
 
100.0
 %
 
100.0
 %
Cost of sales
 
(69.8
)
 
(68.8
)
 
(67.9
)
Gross profit
 
30.2

 
31.2

 
32.1

Operating expenses
 
(20.5
)
 
(21.0
)
 
(21.3
)
Change in fair value of derivative instruments
 

 

 
(0.3
)
Operating profit
 
9.7

 
10.2

 
10.5

Interest income, net
 
0.1

 
0.1

 
0.2

Income from continuing operations before income taxes and income from Town Shoes
 
9.8

 
10.3

 
10.7

Income tax provision
 
(3.8
)
 
(3.9
)
 
(4.2
)
Income from Town Shoes
 
0.1

 

 

Income from continuing operations, net of tax
 
6.1

 
6.4

 
6.5

Total income from discontinued operations, net of tax
 
0.0

 

 
0.1

Net income
 
6.1
 %
 
6.4
 %
 
6.6
 %

Fiscal Year Ended January 31, 2015 (Fiscal 2014) Compared to Fiscal Year Ended February 1, 2014 (Fiscal 2013) and Fiscal Year Ended February 1, 2014 (Fiscal 2013) Compared to Fiscal Year Ended February 2, 2013 (Fiscal 2012)

Net Sales- Net sales for fiscal 2014 increased by 5.4% from fiscal 2013 and net sales for fiscal 2013 increased by 4.9% from fiscal 2012. The following table summarizes the increase in our net sales:
 
Fiscal
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(in millions)
Net sales for the beginning of the fiscal year
$
2,368.7

 
$
2,257.8

 
$
2,024.3

Increase in comparable sales
40.0

 
4.0

 
105.9

(Decrease) increase from fiscal 2013 luxury test sales
(18.4
)
 
18.4

 

Net increase from non-comparable and closed store sales
105.8

 
88.5

 
127.6

Net sales for the end of the fiscal year
$
2,496.1

 
$
2,368.7

 
$
2,257.8


The following table summarizes our net sales by reportable segment and in total:

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Fiscal
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(in millions)
DSW segment
$
2,352.5

 
$
2,231.0

 
$
2,125.3

Affiliated Business Group segment
143.6

 
137.7

 
132.5

Total DSW Inc.
$
2,496.1

 
$
2,368.7

 
$
2,257.8


The following table summarizes our comparable sales change by reportable segment and in total:
 
Fiscal
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012
DSW segment
1.8
%
 
0.1
%
 
5.7
%
Affiliated Business Group segment
1.6
%
 
1.8
%
 
1.4
%
Total DSW Inc.
1.8
%
 
0.2
%
 
5.5
%

Fiscal 2014 vs. Fiscal 2013- Our increase in total net sales for the DSW segment was a result of an increase in comparable sales and non-comparable sales growth. The increase in comparable sales was a result of an increase in customer traffic. DSW segment comparable sales decreased in our largest business, women's footwear, by 1%, increased in men's footwear by 4%, increased in accessories by 10% and in athletic footwear by 5%. Our non-comparable sales growth is attributable to both stores opened in fiscal 2013 as well as 37 new DSW stores in fiscal 2014. The increase in total net sales for our Affiliated Business Group segment was primarily the result of comparable sales growth and the net addition of 15 new shoe departments in fiscal 2014.

Fiscal 2013 vs. Fiscal 2012- Our increase in total net sales for the DSW segment was a result of an increase in comparable sales, luxury test sales and non-comparable sales growth. Our comparable sales calculation is based on sales for the 52 weeks ended February 1, 2014 against the 52 weeks ended February 2, 2013, and excludes luxury test sales. The increase in comparable sales was a result of an increase in conversion partially offset by a decrease in customer traffic. DSW segment comparable sales decreased in our largest business, women's footwear by 3%, increased in both men's and accessories by 10%, and remained flat in athletic. Our non-comparable sales growth is attributable to both stores opened in fiscal 2012 as well as our opening of 30 new DSW stores in fiscal 2013. The increase in total net sales for our Affiliated Business Group segment was primarily the result of comparable sales growth and the net addition of 12 new shoe departments and 9 Loehmann's locations in fiscal 2013.

Gross Profit- Gross profit is defined as net sales less cost of sales. Gross profit decreased as a percentage of net sales to 30.2% in fiscal 2014 from 31.2% in fiscal 2013 and 32.1% in fiscal 2012. By reportable segment and in total, gross profit as a percentage of net sales was:
 
Fiscal
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012
DSW segment
30.9
%
 
31.9
%
 
32.8
%
Affiliated Business Group segment
19.8
%
 
20.6
%
 
21.0
%
Total DSW Inc.
30.2
%
 
31.2
%
 
32.1
%

In fiscal 2013, DSW Inc. gross profit was negatively impacted by $16.5 million related to our luxury test, which was comprised of a sales benefit of $18.4 million offset by cost of sales of $34.9 million, which includes inventory adjustments. For DSW Inc.,

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the reconciliation of gross profit excluding our luxury test was:
 
Fiscal
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012
 
(in thousands)
 
(as a percentage of net sales)
 
(in thousands)
 
(as a percentage of net sales)
 
(in thousands)
 
(as a percentage of net sales)
DSW Inc. gross profit
$
755,021

 
30.2
%
 
$
739,287

 
31.2
 %
 
$
724,720

 
32.1
%
Less: impact of the luxury test

 
%
 
(16,481
)
 
(1.0
)%
 

 
%
DSW Inc. gross profit excluding luxury test
$
755,021

 
30.2
%
 
$
755,768

 
32.2
 %
 
$
724,720

 
32.1
%

For the DSW segment, the components of adjusted gross margin, excluding our luxury test, are as follows:
 
Fiscal
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012
DSW segment gross profit
30.9
%
 
31.9
 %
 
32.8
%
Less: impact of the luxury test
%
 
(1.0
)%
 
%
DSW segment gross profit excluding luxury test
30.9
%
 
32.9
 %
 
32.8
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
Store occupancy expense
10.7
%
 
10.4
 %
 
10.0
%
Distribution and fulfillment expenses
2.1
%
 
2.0
 %
 
2.0
%
DSW segment merchandise margin excluding luxury test
43.7
%
 
45.3
 %
 
44.8
%

Fiscal 2014 vs. Fiscal 2013- DSW segment gross profit decreased 100 basis points driven by lower net shipping expense, lower initial markup and higher markdown activity. Merchandise margin for the DSW segment decreased as a percentage of net sales to 43.7% for fiscal 2014 from 45.3% for fiscal 2013 as a result of an increase in spring markdown activity, higher shipping costs and lower initial markups. Store occupancy expense as a percentage of net sales increased due to asset impairments. Distribution and fulfillment expenses as a percentage of net sales remained relatively flat at 2.1% for fiscal 2014 compared to fiscal 2013. Related to our ABG segment, gross profit decreased 80 basis points for fiscal 2014 primarily as a result of asset impairments.

Fiscal 2013 vs. Fiscal 2012- For the DSW segment, gross profit decreased 90 basis points primarily as a result of inventory adjustments related to our luxury test. Excluding the impact of the luxury test, gross profit as a percentage of net sales increased 10 basis points as a result of an improvement in merchandise margin, partially offset by deleverage of occupancy expenses. Excluding the impact of the luxury test, merchandise margin for the DSW segment increased as a percentage of net sales to 45.3% for fiscal 2013 from 44.8% for fiscal 2012 as a result of a reduction in markdown activity. Distribution and fulfillment expenses as a percentage of net sales remained flat at 2.0% for fiscal 2013 compared to fiscal 2012. Gross profit for our ABG segment decreased 40 basis points for fiscal 2013 as a result of the Loehmann's bankruptcy and subsequent reserve for the liquidation of DSW inventory.

Operating Expenses

Fiscal 2014 vs. Fiscal 2013- Operating expenses as a percentage of net sales were 20.5% and 21.0% for fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2013, respectively. Excluding the impact of the settlement of the pension plan assumed in the merger with RVI of $14.7 million in fiscal 2013, operating expenses as a percentage of net sales were 20.4%. The decrease as a percentage of net sales over the comparable prior year period was due to store expense growth, information technology expenses and marketing expenses partially offset by lower incentive compensation.

Fiscal 2013 vs. Fiscal 2012- Operating expenses as a percentage of net sales were 21.0% and 21.3% for fiscal 2013 and fiscal 2012, respectively. As noted above, operating expenses in fiscal 2013 were 20.4% excluding the impact of the pension plan settlement. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, we increased our estimate of an impairment in a lease assumed in the Merger with RVI by $6.0 million based on our expectation of reduced future sublease income and an expected increase in real estate taxes. This increase was partially offset by our receipt of a court approved award of damages of $5.3 million from our insurance carrier for a denied claim related to the 2005 data theft, partially offset by related expense of $1.3 million. Excluding the impact

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of the award of damages and other RVI operating expenses noted above, operating expenses as a percentage of net sales was 21.2% for fiscal 2012. This 80 basis point decrease as a percentage of net sales over fiscal 2012 was primarily the result of a reduction in pre-opening expenses and a leverage of home office overhead.

Change in Fair Value of Derivatives

During fiscal 2012, we recorded a non-cash charge of $6.1 million related to the change in fair value of warrants, which were exercised and settled in the first half of fiscal 2012.

Interest Income, Net

Fiscal 2014 vs. Fiscal 2013- Net interest income was relatively flat for fiscal 2014 compared to fiscal 2013.

Fiscal 2013 vs. Fiscal 2012- In the third quarter of fiscal 2012, we received interest of $1.9 million related to the award of damages from our insurance carrier. Excluding the impact of the interest related to the award, interest income, net was relatively flat for fiscal 2013 compared to fiscal 2012.

Income from Town Shoes

In fiscal 2014, income from Town Shoes includes interest on the shareholder note, income from Town Shoes' operations, and amortization of purchase price adjustments.

Income Taxes

Fiscal 2014 vs. Fiscal 2013- Our effective tax rate for fiscal 2014 was 38.5% compared to 38.0% for fiscal 2013. The effective tax rate of 38.5% for fiscal 2014 reflects the impact of federal, state and local, and foreign taxes. A provision for U.S. income tax has not been recorded on undistributed profits of non-U.S. subsidiaries that the Company has determined to be indefinitely reinvested outside the U.S. Determination of the amount of unrecognized deferred U.S. income tax liability on these unremitted earnings is not practicable because of the complexities associated with this hypothetical calculation.

Fiscal 2013 vs. Fiscal 2012- The effective tax rate of 38.0% for fiscal 2013 reflects the impact of federal, state and local taxes. The effective tax rate of 39.7% for fiscal 2012 reflects the impact of federal, state and local taxes and the change in fair value of the warrants, which were included for book income but not in tax income.

Income from Discontinued Operations

Fiscal 2014 vs. Fiscal 2013- During fiscal 2014, income from discontinued operations, net of tax, is due to the final distribution from the Filene's Basement debtor's estates, partially offset by an adjustment to the guarantee of a Filene's Basement lease. During fiscal 2013, there was no income from discontinued operations.

Fiscal 2013 vs. Fiscal 2012- During fiscal 2012, income from discontinued operations, net of tax, was due to reduction in our estimate of liability under lease guarantees for Filene's Basement.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We utilize merchandise margin, defined as gross profit excluding occupancy and distribution and fulfillment expenses, a non-GAAP financial measure, to explain our gross profit performance. Management believes this non-GAAP measure is an indication of our performance as the measure provides a consistent means of comparing performance between periods and competitors. Management uses this non-GAAP measure to assist in the evaluation of the performance of our segments and to make operating decisions. Within Management’s Discussion and Analysis, we disclose merchandise margin, store occupancy expenses and distribution and fulfillment expenses, as a percentage of net sales. In fiscal 2013, we excluded net sales and gross profit related to its luxury test as these items were not indicative of our future gross profit performance.







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Liquidity and Capital Resources

Overview

Our primary ongoing cash flow requirements are for inventory purchases and capital expenditures made in connection with our growth strategy, improving our information technology systems and infrastructure growth. Our working capital and inventory levels typically build seasonally. We believe that we have sufficient financial resources and access to financial resources at this time. We are committed to a cash management strategy that maintains liquidity to adequately support the operation of the business, pursue our growth strategy and to withstand unanticipated business volatility. We believe that cash generated from our operations, together with our current levels of cash and investments as well as availability under our revolving credit facility, should be sufficient to maintain our ongoing operations, support seasonal working capital requirements, fund capital expenditures related to projected business growth and continue payments of dividends to our shareholders.

Net Working Capital. Net working capital is defined as current assets less current liabilities. As of January 31, 2015 and February 1, 2014, net working capital was $484.7 million and $528.4 million, respectively. As of January 31, 2015 and February 1, 2014, the current ratio was 2.7 and 2.9, respectively. The decrease in net working capital is due to an increase in inventory that was opportunistically purchased for future seasons, or pre-buys, and a decrease in cash and investments due to the purchase of an equity investment in Town Shoes.
Operating Activities

For fiscal 2014, our net cash provided by operations was $197.0 million compared to $301.4 million for fiscal 2013. The decrease in net cash provided by operations was driven primarily by changes in working capital, an increase in inventories due to store growth and opportunistic pre-buys, the usage of our net operating losses in fiscal 2013 and the settlement of the pension plan in fiscal 2013.

Net cash provided by operations in fiscal 2013 increased to $301.4 million from $258.6 million for fiscal 2012. The increase in net cash provided by operations was driven primarily by changes in working capital and our utilization of net operating losses and tax credits to offset our taxable income, and the net operating losses were fully utilized in fiscal 2013.

We operate our stores and fulfillment center from leased facilities. All lease obligations are accounted for as operating leases. We disclose the minimum payments due under operating leases in the notes to the consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. We own our corporate office headquarters and our distribution center.

Although our plan for continued expansion could place increased demands on our financial, managerial, operational and administrative resources and result in increased demands on management, we do not believe that our anticipated growth plan will have an unfavorable impact on our operations or liquidity. Uncertainty in the United States economy could result in reductions in customer traffic and comparable sales with the resultant increase in inventory levels and markdowns. Reduced sales may result in reduced operating cash flows if we are not able to appropriately manage inventory levels or leverage expenses. These potential negative economic conditions may also affect future profitability and may cause us to reduce the number of future store openings, impair goodwill or impair long-lived assets.

Investing Activities

For fiscal 2014, our net cash used in investing activities was $105.5 million compared to $241.4 million for fiscal 2013. During fiscal 2014, we incurred $93.3 million for capital expenditures, of which $53.4 million related to stores and $39.9 million related to information technology and business infrastructure. During fiscal 2014, we had net sales and maturities of short-term and long-term investments of $69.8 million compared to net purchases of short-term and long-term investments of $148.9 million during fiscal 2013. DSW's net sales and maturities of short-term investments primarily were to fund DSW's equity investment in Town Shoes in May 2014, share repurchases and the payment of dividends.

For fiscal 2013, cash used in investing activities amounted to $241.4 million compared to $119.4 million for fiscal 2012. During fiscal 2013, we incurred $83.8 million in capital expenditures, of which $49.8 million related to stores and $34.0 million related to information technology and business infrastructure. During fiscal 2013, we had net purchases of short-term and long-term investments of $148.9 million compared to net sales and maturities of short-term and long-term investments of $13.9 million during fiscal 2012.


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In addition to our investments in new stores and remodeling stores, we have invested in technology projects to support DSW becoming an omni-channel retailer. To support business growth, we have invested in the reconfiguration of the Columbus distribution center and the expansion of the dsw.com fulfillment center. With the purchase of our corporate office headquarters for $72 million in fiscal 2012, we have the ability to gradually expand our campus as needed. Currently, portions of the properties are leased to unrelated parties for annual rental income. As a transaction between entities under common control, the net book value of assets transferred to DSW was considered an investing cash flow while the difference between the cash paid and the net book value of assets transferred to DSW was considered a financing cash flow.

We expect to spend approximately $115 million for capital expenditures in fiscal 2015, with half going into new stores and store remodels and the remainder going into technology investments, including digital investments, and other business projects. Our future investments will depend primarily on the number of stores we open and remodel, infrastructure and information technology programs that we undertake and the timing of these expenditures. We plan to open approximately 35 stores in fiscal 2015. In fiscal 2014, we opened 37 new DSW stores, including five small format stores. The small format stores are smaller than the typical DSW store and, if successful, they could pave the way for more small format stores. During fiscal 2014, the average investment required to open a new DSW store was approximately $1.5 million, prior to construction and tenant allowances. Of this amount, gross inventory typically accounted for $0.5 million, fixtures and leasehold improvements typically accounted for $0.8 million and new store advertising and other new store expenses typically accounted for $0.2 million.

Financing Activities

For fiscal 2014, net cash used in financing activities of $144.8 million was primarily related to the payment of dividends and the repurchase of DSW Class A Common Shares under the Company's share repurchase program. For fiscal 2013, net cash used in financing activities of $26.4 million was primarily related to the payment of dividends partially offset by proceeds from the exercise of stock options. For fiscal 2012, net cash used in financing activities of $137.1 million was primarily related to the payment of dividends and purchase of our corporate office headquarters and distribution center, partially offset by proceeds from warrant and stock option exercises.

On November 21, 2014, the Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to an additional $50 million of DSW Common Shares under the Company's share repurchase program, which was previously authorized for $100 million. The repurchase program will be funded using our available cash, and we have no obligation to repurchase any amount of our common shares under the program. As of January 31, 2015, we have repurchased a total of 3.0 million Class A Common Shares at a cost of $86.9 million under this program, with $63.1 million remaining available.

Our Credit Facility, Letter of Credit Agreement and other liquidity considerations are described more fully below:

$50 Million Secured Credit Facility. On August 2, 2013, we entered into a secured revolving credit agreement (the "Credit Facility"). The Credit Facility, together with the Letter of Credit Agreement (defined below), amended and restated our prior credit facility, dated June 30, 2010. The Credit Facility reduced the amount of revolving credit commitments from $100 million to $50 million, allowed us to transfer our outstanding letters of credit and has a term of five years that will expire on July 31, 2018. The Credit Facility may be increased by up to $100 million upon our request and the increase would be subject to lender availability, our financial condition and compliance with covenants. The Credit Facility is secured by a lien on substantially all of our personal property assets and our subsidiaries with certain exclusions and may be used to provide funds for general corporate purposes, to provide for our ongoing working capital requirements, and to make permitted acquisitions. Revolving credit loans bear interest under the Credit Facility at our option under: (A) a base rate option at a rate per annum equal to the highest of (i) the Federal Funds Open Rate (as defined in the Credit Facility), plus 0.5%, (ii) the Lender's prime rate, and (iii) the Daily LIBOR Rate (as defined in the Credit Facility) plus 1.0%, plus in each instance an applicable margin based upon our revolving credit availability; or (B) a LIBOR option at a rate equal to the LIBOR Rate (as defined in the Credit Agreement), plus an applicable margin, which is between 1.00 and 1.25, based upon our revolving credit availability. In addition, the Credit Facility contains restrictive covenants relating to our management and the operation of our business. These covenants, among other things, limit or restrict our ability to grant liens on our assets, limit our ability to incur additional indebtedness, limit our ability to enter into transactions with affiliates and limit our ability to merge or consolidate with another entity. The Credit Facility also requires that we meet the minimum cash and short-term investments requirement of $125 million, as defined in the Credit Facility. An additional covenant limits payments for capital expenditures to $200 million in any fiscal year. We paid $98.1 million for capital expenditures in fiscal 2014. As of January 31, 2015, we had availability under the Credit Facility of $50.0 million.

$50 Million Letter of Credit Agreement. Also on August 2, 2013, we entered into a letter of credit agreement (the “Letter of Credit Agreement”). The Letter of Credit Agreement provides for the issuance of letters of credit up to $50 million, with a term

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of five years that will expire on August 2, 2018. The facility for the issuance of letters of credit is secured by a cash collateral account containing cash in an amount equal to 103% of the face amount of any letter of credit extension (105% for extensions denominated in foreign currency) and is used for general corporate purposes. The Letter of Credit Agreement requires compliance with conditions precedent that must be satisfied prior to issuing any letter of credit or extension. In addition, the Letter of Credit Agreement contains restrictive covenants relating to our management and the operation of our business. These covenants, among other things, limit or restrict our ability to grant liens on our assets, limit our ability to incur additional indebtedness, limit our ability to enter into transactions with affiliates and limit our ability to merge or consolidate with another entity. An event of default may cause the applicable interest rate and fees to increase by 2.0% per annum. As of January 31, 2015, we had $9.3 million in outstanding letters of credit and $11.5 million in restricted cash on deposit as collateral under the Letter of Credit Agreement.

Discontinued Operations

For fiscal 2014, cash flows from discontinued operations related to the final distribution from the Filene's Basement debtor's estates. For fiscal 2013, cash flows used in discontinued operations related to our payment of the Bergen, New Jersey lease guarantee settlement.

Other Liquidity Considerations

Filene’s Basement Disposition. Following the Merger with Retail Ventures in fiscal 2011, a subsidiary of DSW, Merger Sub, assumed RVI’s obligations under lease guarantees for three Filene’s Basement retail store locations for leases assumed by Syms in its purchase of Filene’s Basement in fiscal 2009 (see Item 3. Legal Proceedings).

Contractual Obligations

We have the following minimum commitments under contractual obligations. A “purchase obligation”, as defined by the SEC, is an agreement to purchase goods or services that is enforceable and legally binding on us and that specifies all significant terms, including: fixed or minimum quantities to be purchased, fixed, minimum or variable price provisions; and the approximate timing of the transaction. Other long-term liabilities are defined as long-term liabilities that are reflected on our balance sheet in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP. Based on this definition, the table below includes only those contracts which include fixed or minimum obligations. It does not include normal purchases, which are made in the ordinary course of business.

The following table provides aggregated information about contractual obligations and other non-current liabilities as of January 31, 2015:
 
 
Payments due by Period
 
 
Total
 
Less Than
1 Year
 
1 - 3
Years
 
3 -5
Years
 
More Than
5 Years
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Contractual obligations:
 
(in thousands)
Operating lease obligations (1)
 
$
1,128,983

 
$
183,635

 
$
323,624

 
$
243,025

 
$
378,699

Construction commitments (2)
 
6,874

 
6,874

 

 

 

Purchase obligations (3)
 
2,634

 
1,642

 
708

 
284

 

Total
 
$
1,138,491

 
$
192,151

 
$
324,332

 
$
243,309

 
$
378,699


(1)
Many of our operating leases require us to pay contingent rent based on sales, common area maintenance costs and real estate taxes. Contingent rent, costs and taxes vary year by year and are based almost entirely on actual amounts incurred. As such, they are not included in the lease obligations presented above. Other non-current liabilities of $143.3 million are primarily comprised of deferred rent liabilities and construction and tenant allowances. Deferred rent, which is included in non-current liabilities, is excluded from this table as our payment obligations are included in the operating lease obligations. Construction and tenant allowances, which are included in non-current liabilities, are not contractual obligations as the balance represents cash allowances from landlords, which are deferred and amortized on a straight-line basis over the noncancelable terms of the lease. In addition, as of January 31, 2015, we have signed 34 lease agreements for new store locations opening in fiscal 2015 and 2016, with total annual rent of approximately $9.6 million. In connection with the new lease agreements, we expect to receive a total of approximately $13.6 million of construction and tenant allowance reimbursements for expenditures at these locations.


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(2)
As of January 31, 2015, we have entered into various construction commitments, including capital items to be purchased for projects that were under construction, or for which a lease has been signed. Our obligations under these commitments aggregated to approximately $6.9 million as of January 31, 2015.

(3)
We are able to cancel many of our purchase obligations without payment or penalty, and therefore we have excluded such obligations.

We had no outstanding letters of credit as of January 31, 2015 that were not collateralized by cash deposits.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

Recent Accounting Pronouncements and their impact on DSW are disclosed in Note 4 to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

As discussed in Note 4 to the Consolidated Financial Statements included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, the preparation of our consolidated financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of commitments and contingencies at the date of the consolidated financial statements and reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. We base these estimates and judgments on our historical experience and other factors we believe to be relevant, the results of which form the basis for making judgments about the carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. The process of determining significant estimates is fact-specific and takes into account factors such as historical experience, current and expected economic conditions, product mix, and in some cases, actuarial and appraisal techniques. We constantly re-evaluate these significant factors and make adjustments where facts and circumstances dictate.

While we believe that our historical experience and other factors considered provide a meaningful basis for the accounting policies applied in the preparation of the consolidated financial statements, we cannot guarantee that our estimates and assumptions will be accurate. As the determination of these estimates requires the exercise of judgment, actual results inevitably will differ from those estimates, and such differences may be material to our consolidated financial statements. We believe the following represent the most significant accounting policies, critical estimates and assumptions, among others, used in the preparation of our consolidated financial statements:
Policy
Judgments and Estimates
Effect if Actual Results Differ from Assumptions
Revenue Recognition. Revenues from merchandise sales are recognized upon customer receipt of merchandise, are net of returns through period end, exclude sales tax and are not recognized until collectibility is reasonably assured.
For online and ship from store sales, we estimate a time lag for shipments to record revenue when the customer receives the goods.
For ship from store, we believe a one day change in our estimate would not materially impact our revenue.
 
As our merchandise sales are recognized net of returns, we use judgments and estimates for the amount of future returns we expect to receive through our sales return allowance.

If our sales return rate were to increase or decrease by 1%, it would result in an increase or a decrease of approximately $0.4 million to the reserve at year end.


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Policy
Judgments and Estimates
Effect if Actual Results Differ from Assumptions
Cost of Sales and Merchandise Inventories. Merchandise inventories are stated at lower of cost or market, determined using the retail inventory method. The retail inventory method is used in the retail industry due to its practicality. Under the retail inventory method, the valuation of inventories at cost and the resulting gross profits are determined by applying a calculated cost to retail ratio to the retail value of inventories. The cost of the inventory reflected on the balance sheet is decreased by charges to cost of sales at the time the retail value of the inventory is lowered through the use of markdowns, which are reductions in prices due to customers’ perception of value. Hence, earnings are negatively impacted as the merchandise is marked down prior to sale. Markdowns establish a new cost basis for inventory. Changes in facts or circumstances do not result in the reversal of previously recorded markdowns or an increase in the newly established cost basis.
Markdowns require management to make assumptions regarding customer preferences, fashion trends and consumer demand. Inherent in the calculation of inventories are certain significant management judgments and estimates, including setting the original merchandise retail value, markdowns, and estimates of losses between physical inventory counts, or shrinkage, which combined with the averaging process within the retail inventory method, can significantly impact the ending inventory valuation at cost and the resulting gross profit. DSW records a reduction to inventories and a charge to cost of sales for shrinkage. Shrinkage is calculated as a percentage of sales from the last physical inventory date. Estimates are based on both historical experience as well as recent physical inventory results.
Physical store inventory counts are taken on an annual basis and have supported our shrinkage estimates. If our estimate of shrinkage, on a cost basis, were to increase or decrease 0.5% as a percentage of DSW Inc. net sales, it would result in a decrease or increase of approximately $5.1 million to operating profit.
Investments. Our investments are valued using a market-based approach using level 1 and 2 inputs. We evaluate our investments for impairment and whether impairment is other-than-temporary. Based on the nature of the impairment(s), we would record temporary impairments as unrealized losses in other comprehensive loss or other-than-temporary impairments in earnings. The investment is written down to its current market value at the time the impairment is deemed to have occurred.
In determining whether impairment has occurred, we review information about the underlying investment that is publicly available and assess our ability to hold the securities for the foreseeable future.
We believe that our fair value estimates are reasonable.
Asset Impairment and Long-lived Assets. We periodically evaluate the carrying amount of our long-lived assets, primarily property and equipment, and finite lived intangible assets when events and circumstances warrant such a review to ascertain if any assets have been impaired. The carrying amount of a long-lived asset or asset group is considered impaired when the carrying value of the asset or asset group exceeds the expected future cash flows from the asset.
Our reviews are conducted at the lowest identifiable level, which includes a store. The impairment loss recognized is the excess of the carrying amount of the asset or asset group over its fair value, based on projected discounted cash flows using a discount rate determined by management. Any impairment loss realized is generally included in cost of sales.
We believe that the long-lived assets' carrying amounts and useful lives are appropriate. To the extent these future projections or our strategies change, the conclusion regarding impairment may differ from our current estimates.
Customer Loyalty Program. We maintain a customer loyalty program for DSW in which program members earn reward certificates that result in discounts on future purchases. Upon reaching the target-earned threshold, the members receive reward certificates for these discounts which expire three months after being issued. We accrue the anticipated redemptions of the discount earned at the time of the initial purchase.
To estimate these costs, we make assumptions related to customer purchase levels and redemption rates based on historical experience.
If our redemption rate were to increase or decrease by 5%, it would result in an increase or a decrease of approximately $2.0 million to the reserve at year end.

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Policy
Judgments and Estimates
Effect if Actual Results Differ from Assumptions
Income Taxes. We determine the aggregate amount of income tax expense to accrue and the amount which will be currently payable based upon tax statutes of each jurisdiction we do business in. Deferred tax assets and liabilities, as a result of these timing differences, are reflected on our balance sheet for temporary differences that will reverse in subsequent years. A valuation allowance is established against deferred tax assets when it is more likely than not that some or all of the deferred tax assets will not be realized.
In making these estimates, we adjust income based on a determination of generally accepted accounting principles for items that are treated differently by the applicable taxing authorities. If our management had made these determinations on a different basis, our tax expense, assets and liabilities could be different.
Although we believe that our estimates are reasonable, actual results could differ from these estimates resulting in an outcome that may be materially different from that which is reflected in our consolidated financial statements.
Stock-based Compensation. We recognize compensation expense for stock option awards and time-based restricted stock awards on a straight-line basis over the requisite service period of the award for the awards that actually vest.
We use the Black-Scholes pricing model to value stock-based compensation expense, which requires us to estimate the expected term of the stock options and expected future stock price volatility over the expected term.
If our expected term estimate were to increase or decrease by one year, it would result in a decrease or an increase of $0.2 million to operating profit.
Exit and Disposal Obligations. We record a reserve when a store or office facility is abandoned due to closure or relocation. On a quarterly basis, we reassess the reserve based on current market conditions.
Using our credit-adjusted risk-free rate to present value the liability, we estimate future lease obligations based on remaining lease payments, estimated or actual sublease payments and any other relevant factors.
A 2% change to our expected sublease rentals would result in a $0.5 million change to our estimate.

Future Cash

The Company is not dependent on dividends from its foreign subsidiaries to fund its U.S. operations or make distributions to DSW stockholders. Unremitted earnings from foreign subsidiaries, which are considered to be invested indefinitely, would become subject to income tax if they were remitted as dividends or were lent to DSW or a U.S. affiliate.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

As of January 31, 2015, we have not entered into any “off-balance sheet” arrangements, as that term is described by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

ITEM 7A.
QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK.

Cash and Equivalents and Investments- Our cash and equivalents have maturities of 90 days or fewer. At times, cash and equivalents may be in excess of FDIC insurance limits. We also have investments in various short-term and long-term investments. Our available-for-sale investments generally renew every 7 days, but have longer maturities, and we also have held-to-maturity investments that have terms greater than 365 days. These financial instruments may be subject to interest rate risk through lost income should interest rates increase during their term to maturity and thus may limit our ability to invest in higher income investments.

$50 Million Credit Facility and $50 Million Letter of Credit Agreement- As of January 31, 2015, there was no long-term debt outstanding. Future borrowings, if any, would bear interest at rates in accordance with our credit facility and credit agreement and would be subject to interest rate risk. Because we have no outstanding debt, we do not believe that a hypothetical adverse change of 1% in interest rates would have a material effect on our financial position.

Foreign Currency Exchange Risk- As a result of our equity investment in Town Shoes in fiscal 2014, we are exposed to foreign currency rate risk. We currently do not utilize hedging instruments to mitigate foreign currency exchange risks.

ITEM 8.
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA.

Our consolidated financial statements and the Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm thereon are filed pursuant to this Item 8 and are included in this report beginning on page F-1.

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ITEM 9.
CHANGES IN AND DISAGREEMENTS WITH ACCOUNTANTS ON ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL    DISCLOSURE.

None.

ITEM 9A.
CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES.

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

We, under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, performed an evaluation of the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”)). Based on that evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded, as of the end of the period covered by this Annual Report, that such disclosure controls and procedures were effective.

Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting

Management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting for the Company (as defined in Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) under the Exchange Act). Our internal control over financial reporting is designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

Management assessed the effectiveness of our internal control system as of January 31, 2015. In making its assessment, we used the recently issued criteria set forth by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission in Internal Control - Integrated Framework (2013). Based on this assessment, management concluded that it maintained effective internal control over financial reporting, as of January 31, 2015.

Deloitte & Touche LLP, our independent registered public accounting firm, has issued an attestation report covering our internal control over financial reporting, as stated in its report which begins on page F-1 of this Annual Report.

Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting

No change was made in our internal control over financial reporting during our most recent fiscal quarter that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

ITEM 9B.
OTHER INFORMATION.

None.


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PART III

ITEM 10.
DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE.

In accordance with General Instruction G(3), the information contained under the captions “EXECUTIVE OFFICERS”, “ELECTION OF DIRECTORS” and “OTHER DIRECTOR INFORMATION, COMMITTEES OF DIRECTORS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE INFORMATION” in our definitive Proxy Statement for the 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, to be filed with the SEC pursuant to Regulation 14A promulgated under the Exchange Act (the “Proxy Statement”), is incorporated herein by reference.

ITEM 11.
EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION.

In accordance with General Instruction G(3), the information contained under the captions “COMPENSATION OF MANAGEMENT,” “OTHER DIRECTOR INFORMATION, COMMITTEES OF DIRECTORS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE INFORMATION”, “REPORT OF THE COMPENSATION COMMITTEE” and “COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS" in the Proxy Statement is incorporated herein by reference. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the information contained in the Proxy Statement under the caption “REPORT OF THE COMPENSATION COMMITTEE” shall be deemed furnished, and not filed, in this Report on Form 10-K and shall not be deemed incorporated by reference into any filing we make under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act.

ITEM 12.
SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS.

In accordance with General Instruction G(3), the information contained under the captions “SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT” in the Proxy Statement is incorporated herein by reference.

EQUITY COMPENSATION PLAN TABLE

The following table sets forth additional information as of January 31, 2015, about our Class A Common Shares that may be issued upon the exercise of options and other rights under our existing equity compensation plans and arrangements, divided between plans approved by our shareholders and plans or arrangements not submitted to our shareholders for approval. The information includes the number of shares covered by, and the weighted average exercise price of, outstanding options, warrants and other rights and the number of shares remaining available for future grants, excluding the shares to be issued upon exercise of outstanding options, warrants and other rights.





Plan Category
 
(a) Number of securities to be issued upon exercise of outstanding options, warrants and rights (1) (2)
 


(b) Weighted-average exercise price of outstanding options, warrants and rights(2)
 
(c) Number of securities remaining available for future issuance under equity compensation plans (excluding securities reflected in column (a))
Equity compensation plans approved by security holders (1)
 
4,009,753

 
$
20.91

 
14,746,219

Equity compensation plans not approved by security holders
 
N/A

 
N/A

 
N/A

Total
 
4,009,753

 
$
20.91

 
14,746,219


(1)
DSW Inc. 2005 Equity Incentive Plan and DSW Inc. 2014 Equity Incentive Plan
(2)
Includes 3,156,229 shares issuable pursuant to the exercise of outstanding stock options, 320,221 shares issuable pursuant to restricted stock units, 173,396 shares issuable pursuant to performance-based restricted stock units and 359,907 shares issuable pursuant to director stock units. Since the restricted stock units, performance-based restricted stock units and director stock units have no exercise price, they are not included in the weighted average exercise price calculation in column (b).


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ITEM 13.
CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS, AND DIRECTOR INDEPENDENCE.

In accordance with General Instruction G(3), the information contained under the caption “CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS” and “OTHER DIRECTOR INFORMATION, COMMITTEES OF DIRECTORS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE INFORMATION” in the Proxy Statement is incorporated herein by reference.

ITEM 14.
PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTING FEES AND SERVICES.

In accordance with General Instruction G(3), the information contained under the caption “AUDIT AND OTHER SERVICE FEES” in the Proxy Statement is incorporated herein by reference.


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PART IV

ITEM 15.
EXHIBITS, FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULES.

15(a)(1) Financial Statements

The documents listed below are filed as part of this Form 10-K:
 
Page in
Form 10-K
Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
Consolidated Statements of Operations for the years ended January 31, 2015, February 1, 2014 and February 2, 2013
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income for the years ended January 31, 2015, February 1, 2014 and February 2, 2013
Consolidated Balance Sheets as of January 31, 2015 and February 1, 2014
Consolidated Statements of Shareholders’ Equity for the years ended January 31, 2015, February 1, 2014 and February 2, 2013
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the years ended January 31, 2015, February 1, 2014 and February 2, 2013
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

15(a)(2) Consolidated Financial Statement Schedules:

Schedules not filed are omitted because of the absence of the conditions under which they are required or because the required information is included in the financial statements or the notes thereto.

15(a)(3) and (b) Exhibits:

See Index to Exhibits which begins on page E-1.

15(c) Additional Financial Statement Schedules:

None.


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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) 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.

 
DSW INC.
 
 
 
March 26, 2015
By:
/s/ Mary Meixelsperger
 
 
Mary Meixelsperger, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (principal financial and accounting officer and duly authorized officer)

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed by the following persons in the capacities and on the dates indicated.
Signature
 
Title
 
Date
 
 
 
 
 
/s/ Michael R. MacDonald
 
President and Chief Executive Officer and Director
 
March 26, 2015
Michael R. MacDonald
 
(Principal Executive Officer)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
/s/ Mary Meixelsperger
 
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
 
March 26, 2015
Mary Meixelsperger
 
(Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*
 
Executive Chairman of the Board and Director
 
March 26, 2015
Jay L. Schottenstein
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*
 
Director
 
March 26, 2015
Henry Aaron
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*
 
Director
 
March 26, 2015
Elaine J. Eisenman
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*
 
Director
 
March 26, 2015
Carolee Friedlander
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*
 
Director
 
March 26, 2015
Joanna T. Lau
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*
 
Director
 
March 26, 2015
Philip B. Miller
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*
 
Director
 
March 26, 2015
James O'Donnell
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*
 
Director
 
March 26, 2015
Joseph A. Schottenstein
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*
 
Director
 
March 26, 2015
Harvey L. Sonnenberg
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*
 
Director
 
March 26, 2015
Allan J. Tanenbaum
 
 
 
 
*By:
/s/ Mary Meixelsperger
 
Mary Meixelsperger (Attorney-in-fact)

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

To the Board of Directors and Shareholders of DSW Inc.
Columbus, Ohio
We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of DSW Inc. and subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of January 31, 2015 and February 1, 2014, and the related consolidated statements of operations, comprehensive income, shareholders’ equity, and cash flows for the years ended January 31, 2015, February 1, 2014, and February 2, 2013. We also have audited the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of January 31, 2015, based on criteria established in Internal Control-Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission. The Company’s management is responsible for these financial statements, 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 these financial statements and an opinion on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on our audits.
We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement and whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audits of the financial statements included examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, and evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. Our audits also included performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinions.
A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed by, or under the supervision of, the company’s principal executive and principal financial officers, or persons performing similar functions, and effected by the company’s board of directors, management, and other personnel 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 the inherent limitations of internal control over financial reporting, including the possibility of collusion or improper management override of controls, material misstatements due to error or fraud may not be prevented or detected on a timely basis. Also, projections of any evaluation of the effectiveness of the internal control over financial reporting to future periods are subject to the risk that the controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.
In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of DSW Inc. and its subsidiaries as of January 31, 2015 and February 1, 2014, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for the years ended January 31, 2015, February 1, 2014, and February 2, 2013, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. Also, in our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of January 31, 2015, based on the criteria established in Internal Control-Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission.


/s/ DELOITTE & TOUCHE LLP
Columbus, Ohio
March 26, 2015

F- 1


DSW INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS FOR THE
YEARS ENDED JANUARY 31, 2015, FEBRUARY 1, 2014 AND FEBRUARY 2, 2013
(in thousands, except per share amounts)


 
 
January 31, 2015
 
February 1, 2014
 
February 2, 2013
Net sales
$
2,496,092

 
$
2,368,668

 
$
2,257,778

Cost of sales
(1,741,071
)
 
(1,629,381
)
 
(1,533,058
)
Operating expenses
(512,889
)
 
(497,899
)
 
(481,797
)
Change in fair value of derivative instruments

 

 
(6,121
)
Operating profit
242,132

 
241,388

 
236,802

   Interest expense
(490
)
 
(598
)
 
(894
)
   Interest income
3,285

 
3,217

 
4,705

Interest income, net
2,795

 
2,619

 
3,811

Income from continuing operations before income taxes and income from Town Shoes
244,927

 
244,007

 
240,613

Income tax provision
(95,713
)
 
(92,705
)
 
(95,427
)
Income from Town Shoes
3,813

 

 

Income from continuing operations, net of tax
153,027

 
151,302

 
145,186

Total income from discontinued operations, net of tax
272

 

 
1,253

Net income
$
153,299


$
151,302

 
$
146,439

 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic and diluted earnings per share:
 
 
 
 
 
Basic earnings per share from continuing operations
$
1.71

 
$
1.67

 
$
1.63

Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations
$
1.69

 
$
1.65

 
$
1.60

Basic earnings per share from discontinued operations
$
0.00

 

 
$
0.01

Diluted earnings per share from discontinued operations
$
0.00

 

 
$
0.01

Basic earnings per share
$
1.71

 
$
1.67

 
$
1.65

Diluted earnings per share
$
1.69

 
$
1.65

 
$
1.62

 
 
 
 
 
 
Shares used in per share calculations:
 
 
 
 
 
Basic shares
89,499

 
90,472

 
88,846

Diluted shares
90,612

 
91,901

 
90,606

 
 
 
 
 
 















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

F- 2


DSW INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR THE
YEARS ENDED JANUARY 31, 2015, FEBRUARY 1, 2014 AND FEBRUARY 2, 2013
(in thousands)

 
January 31, 2015
 
February 1, 2014
 
February 2, 2013
Net income
$
153,299

 
$
151,302

 
$
146,439

 
 
 
 
 
 
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of income taxes:
 
 
 
 
 
Foreign currency translation
(6,454
)
 

 

Change in minimum pension liability, net of income taxes of $0, $5,289 and $839, respectively

 
8,758

 
(413
)
Unrealized gains on securities

 

 
141

Total other comprehensive (loss) income, net of income taxes
(6,454
)
 
8,758

 
(272
)
Total comprehensive income
$
146,845

 
$
160,060

 
$
146,167








































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

F- 3


DSW INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
AS OF JANUARY 31, 2015 AND FEBRUARY 1, 2014
(in thousands)
 
January 31, 2015
 
February 1, 2014
ASSETS
Cash and equivalents
$
59,171

 
$
112,021

Short-term investments
171,201

 
224,098

Accounts receivable, net
24,400

 
26,593

Accounts receivable from related parties
7

 
53

Inventories
450,836

 
397,768

Prepaid expenses and other current assets
43,108

 
34,072

Prepaid rent to related parties

 
29

Deferred income taxes
19,747

 
18,130

Total current assets
768,470

 
812,764

 
 
 
 
Property and equipment, net
337,903

 
318,620

Long-term investments
216,756

 
243,188

Goodwill
25,899

 
25,899

Deferred income taxes
11,332

 
11,587

Prepaid rent to related parties
794

 
514

Investment in Town Shoes
25,887

 

Note receivable from Town Shoes
43,304

 

Other assets
7,898

 
8,672

Total assets
$
1,438,243

 
$
1,421,244

 
 
 
 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Accounts payable
$
169,518

 
$
167,949

Accounts payable to related parties
1,092

 
756

Accrued expenses
113,180

 
115,697

Total current liabilities
283,790

 
284,402

 
 
 
 
Non-current liabilities
143,333

 
138,298

 
 
 
 
Commitments and contingencies

 

 
 
 
 
Shareholders’ equity:
Common shares paid in capital, no par value; 250,000 Class A Common Shares authorized, 83,702 and 83,071 issued, respectively; 80,666 and 83,033 outstanding, respectively; 100,000 Class B Common Shares authorized, 7,733 and 7,733 issued and outstanding, respectively
908,679

 
890,698

Preferred shares, no par value; 100,000 authorized; no shares issued or outstanding

 

Treasury shares, at cost, 3,036 and 38 outstanding, respectively
(86,938
)
 
(1,600
)
Retained earnings
220,826

 
134,439

Basis difference related to acquisition of commonly controlled entity
(24,993
)
 
(24,993
)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
(6,454
)
 

Total shareholders’ equity
1,011,120

 
998,544

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity
$
1,438,243

 
$
1,421,244








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

F- 4


DSW INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY FOR THE
YEARS ENDED JANUARY 31, 2015, FEBRUARY 1, 2014 AND FEBRUARY 2, 2013