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Section 1: 10-Q (10-Q TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY)

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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C.  20549
FORM 10-Q
(Mark One)
ý
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended
March 30, 2019
or
o
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from
 
to
 
Commission file number   000-23314
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TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
Delaware
 
13-3139732
(State or Other Jurisdiction of
 
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
Incorporation or Organization)
 
 
 
 
 
5401 Virginia Way, Brentwood, Tennessee
 
37027
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
 
(Zip Code)
 
 
 
Not Applicable
 
(615) 440-4000
(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)
 
(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.
YES  þ    NO o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).
YES  þ    NO o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company.  See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
 
Large accelerated filer
þ
Accelerated filer
o
 
Non-accelerated filer
o 
Smaller reporting company
o
 
 
 
Emerging growth company
o
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. o

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.)
YES o   NO þ
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class
 
Trading Symbol(s)
 
Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.008 par value
 
TSCO
 
NASDAQ Global Select Market
Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock as of the latest practicable date.
Class
 
Outstanding at April 27, 2019
Common Stock, $.008 par value
 
120,641,792



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PART I.  FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1. Financial Statements
TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
 
March 30,
2019
 
December 29,
2018
 
March 31,
2018
ASSETS
 
 
 
 
 
Current assets:
 
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
102,215

 
$
86,299

 
$
132,398

Inventories
1,881,332

 
1,589,542

 
1,760,065

Prepaid expenses and other current assets
90,692

 
114,447

 
86,815

Income taxes receivable
4,846

 
4,111

 
4,815

Total current assets
2,079,085

 
1,794,399

 
1,984,093

 
 
 
 
 
 
Property and equipment, net
1,120,869

 
1,134,464

 
1,050,399

Operating lease right-of-use assets
2,086,950

 

 

Goodwill and other intangible assets
124,492

 
124,492

 
124,492

Deferred income taxes

 
6,607

 
18,585

Other assets
25,805

 
25,300

 
30,218

Total assets
$
5,437,201

 
$
3,085,262

 
$
3,207,787

 
 
 
 
 
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
 

 
 

 
 

Current liabilities:
 

 
 

 
 

Accounts payable
$
785,068

 
$
619,981

 
$
732,524

Accrued employee compensation
28,704

 
54,046

 
23,274

Other accrued expenses
204,797

 
232,416

 
200,053

Current portion of long-term debt
21,250

 
26,250

 
25,000

Current portion of finance lease liabilities
3,683

 
3,646

 
3,545

Current portion of operating lease liabilities
260,441

 

 

Income taxes payable
7,991

 
1,768

 
29,539

Total current liabilities
1,311,934

 
938,107

 
1,013,935

 
 
 
 
 
 
Long-term debt
605,695

 
381,100

 
679,565

Finance lease liabilities, less current portion
28,336

 
29,270

 
31,717

Operating lease liabilities, less current portion
1,929,520

 

 

Deferred income taxes
6,878

 

 

Deferred rent

 
107,038

 
106,542

Other long-term liabilities
69,262

 
67,927

 
62,783

Total liabilities
3,951,625

 
1,523,442

 
1,894,542

 
 
 
 
 
 
Stockholders’ equity:
 

 
 

 
 

Preferred stock

 

 

Common stock
1,380

 
1,375

 
1,364

Additional paid-in capital
864,738

 
823,413

 
728,588

Treasury stock
(2,635,996
)
 
(2,480,677
)
 
(2,288,364
)
Accumulated other comprehensive income
3,067

 
3,814

 
5,190

Retained earnings
3,252,387

 
3,213,895

 
2,866,467

Total stockholders’ equity
1,485,576

 
1,561,820

 
1,313,245

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity
$
5,437,201

 
$
3,085,262

 
$
3,207,787

 
 
 
 
 
 
Preferred Stock (shares in thousands): $1.00 par value; 40 shares authorized; no shares were issued or outstanding during any period presented.
Common Stock (shares in thousands): $0.008 par value; 400,000 shares authorized at all periods presented.
172,457, 171,887, and 170,498 shares issued; 120,674, 121,828, and 123,059 shares outstanding at March 30, 2019, December 29, 2018, and March 31, 2018, respectively.
Treasury Stock (at cost, shares in thousands): 51,783, 50,059, and 47,439 shares at March 30, 2019, December 29, 2018, and March 31, 2018, respectively.


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

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TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)

 
For the Fiscal Three Months Ended
 
March 30,
2019
 
March 31,
2018
Net sales
$
1,822,220

 
$
1,682,901

Cost of merchandise sold
1,207,236

 
1,119,252

Gross profit
614,984

 
563,649

Selling, general and administrative expenses
465,809

 
426,113

Depreciation and amortization
45,767

 
42,787

Operating income
103,408

 
94,749

Interest expense, net
4,930

 
4,468

Income before income taxes
98,478

 
90,281

Income tax expense
21,646

 
18,848

Net income
$
76,832

 
$
71,433

 
 
 
 
Net income per share – basic
$
0.63

 
$
0.57

Net income per share – diluted
$
0.63

 
$
0.57

 
 
 
 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
 

 
 

Basic
121,211

 
124,477

Diluted
122,152

 
125,174

 
 
 
 
Dividends declared per common share outstanding
$
0.31

 
$
0.27


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


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TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)

 
For the Fiscal Three Months Ended
 
March 30,
2019
 
March 31,
2018
Net income
$
76,832

 
$
71,433

 
 
 
 
Other comprehensive income:
 
 
 
Change in fair value of interest rate swaps, net of taxes
(1,464
)
 
1,832

Total other comprehensive income
(1,464
)
 
1,832

Total comprehensive income
$
75,368

 
$
73,265


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


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TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
Common Stock
 
Additional
Paid-in
Capital
 
Treasury
Stock
 
Accum. Other Comp. Income
 
Retained
Earnings
 
Total
Stockholders’
Equity
Shares
 
Dollars
Stockholders’ equity at
December 29, 2018
121,828

 
$
1,375

 
$
823,413

 
$
(2,480,677
)
 
$
3,814

 
$
3,213,895

 
$
1,561,820

Common stock issuance under stock award plans & ESPP

570

 
5

 
34,727

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
34,732

Share-based compensation
 
 
 
 
9,624

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
9,624

Repurchase of shares to satisfy tax obligations
 
 
 
 
(3,026
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(3,026
)
Repurchase of common stock
(1,724
)
 
 
 
 
 
(155,319
)
 
 
 
 
 
(155,319
)
Dividends paid
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(37,623
)
 
(37,623
)
Change in fair value of interest rate swaps, net of taxes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1,464
)
 
 
 
(1,464
)
Net income
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
76,832

 
76,832

Cumulative adjustment as a result of ASU 2017-12 adoption
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
717

 
(717
)
 

Stockholders’ equity at
March 30, 2019
120,674

 
$
1,380

 
$
864,738

 
$
(2,635,996
)
 
$
3,067

 
$
3,252,387

 
$
1,485,576


 
Common Stock
 
Additional
Paid-in
Capital
 
Treasury
Stock
 
Accum. Other Comp. Income
 
Retained
Earnings
 
Total
Stockholders’
Equity
Shares
 
Dollars
Stockholders’ equity at
December 30, 2017
125,303

 
$
1,363

 
$
716,228

 
$
(2,130,901
)
 
$
3,358

 
$
2,828,625

 
$
1,418,673

Common stock issuance under stock award plans & ESPP

123

 
1

 
4,362

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4,363

Share-based compensation
 
 
 
 
8,567

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8,567

Repurchase of shares to satisfy tax obligations
 
 
 
 
(569
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(569
)
Repurchase of common stock
(2,367
)
 
 
 
 
 
(157,463
)
 
 
 
 
 
(157,463
)
Dividends paid
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(33,591
)
 
(33,591
)
Change in fair value of interest rate swaps, net of taxes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1,832

 
 
 
1,832

Net income
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
71,433

 
71,433

Stockholders’ equity at
March 31, 2018
123,059

 
$
1,364

 
$
728,588

 
$
(2,288,364
)
 
$
5,190

 
$
2,866,467

 
$
1,313,245


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



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TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
For the Fiscal Three Months Ended
 
March 30,
2019
 
March 31,
2018
Cash flows from operating activities:
 
 
 
Net income
$
76,832

 
$
71,433

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash used in operating activities:
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
45,767

 
42,787

(Gain) / loss on disposition of property and equipment
(224
)
 
94

Share-based compensation expense
9,624

 
8,567

Deferred income taxes
13,485

 
(91
)
Change in assets and liabilities:
 

 
 

Inventories
(291,790
)
 
(306,857
)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
23,755

 
1,437

Accounts payable
165,087

 
155,956

Accrued employee compensation
(25,342
)
 
(8,399
)
Other accrued expenses
(31,159
)
 
(5,226
)
Income taxes
5,488

 
18,712

Other
(4,547
)
 
(276
)
Net cash used in operating activities
(13,024
)
 
(21,863
)
Cash flows from investing activities:
 

 
 

Capital expenditures
(28,785
)
 
(45,144
)
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment
358

 
13

Net cash used in investing activities
(28,427
)
 
(45,131
)
Cash flows from financing activities:
 

 
 

Borrowings under debt facilities
385,000

 
375,000

Repayments under debt facilities
(165,500
)
 
(96,250
)
Debt issuance costs

 
(346
)
Principal payments under finance lease liabilities
(897
)
 
(900
)
Repurchase of shares to satisfy tax obligations
(3,026
)
 
(569
)
Repurchase of common stock
(155,319
)
 
(157,463
)
Net proceeds from issuance of common stock
34,732

 
4,363

Cash dividends paid to stockholders
(37,623
)
 
(33,591
)
Net cash provided by financing activities
57,367

 
90,244

Net change in cash and cash equivalents
15,916

 
23,250

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period
86,299

 
109,148

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period
$
102,215

 
$
132,398

 
 
 
 
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:
 

 
 

Cash paid during the period for:
 

 
 

Interest                                                                        
$
6,137

 
$
2,534

Income taxes
2,080

 
789

 
 
 
 
Supplemental disclosures of non-cash activities:
 
 
 
Non-cash accruals for construction in progress
$
6,540

 
$
12,270

Operating lease assets and liabilities recognized upon adoption of ASC 842
2,084,880

 

Increase of operating lease assets and liabilities from new or modified leases
64,519

 


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

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TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY

NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Note 1 – General:

Nature of Business

Founded in 1938, Tractor Supply Company (the “Company” or “we” or “our” or “us”) is the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States (“U.S.”). The Company is focused on supplying the needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and those who enjoy the rural lifestyle (which we refer to as the “Out Here” lifestyle), as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Stores are located primarily in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The Company also owns and operates Petsense, LLC (“Petsense”), a small-box pet specialty supply retailer focused on meeting the needs of pet owners, primarily in small and mid-sized communities, and offering a variety of pet products and services. At March 30, 2019, the Company operated a total of 1,951 retail stores in 49 states (1,775 Tractor Supply and Del’s retail stores and 176 Petsense retail stores) and also offered an expanded assortment of products online at TractorSupply.com and Petsense.com.

Basis of Presentation

The accompanying interim unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”) and the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and notes required by U.S. GAAP for complete financial statements.  In the opinion of management, all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring accruals) considered necessary for a fair presentation have been included. These statements should be read in conjunction with our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2018.  The results of operations for our interim periods are not necessarily indicative of results for the full fiscal year.

In the first quarter of fiscal 2019, the Company adopted lease accounting guidance as discussed in Note 7 and Note 13 to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements. Adoption of the new lease accounting guidance had a material impact to our Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets and related disclosures, and resulted in the recording of additional right-of-use assets and lease liabilities of approximately $2.08 billion as of the date of adoption. This guidance was applied using the optional transition method which allowed the Company to not recast comparative financial information but rather recognize a cumulative-effect adjustment to retained earnings as of the effective date in the period of adoption. No adjustment to retained earnings was made as a result of the adoption of this guidance. Consistent with the optional transition method, the financial information in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets prior to the adoption of this new lease accounting guidance has not been adjusted and is therefore not comparable to the current period presented. The standard did not materially impact our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income, Comprehensive Income, Stockholders’ Equity, or Cash Flows. For additional information, including the required disclosures, related to the impact of adopting this standard, see Note 7 and Note 13 to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

In the first quarter of fiscal 2019, the Company adopted Accounting Standards Update 2017-12, “Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815): Targeted Improvements to Accounting for Hedging Activities,” using the modified retrospective transition method. This method allows for a cumulative effect adjustment to retained earnings, as of the effective date in the period of adoption, for previously recorded amounts of hedge ineffectiveness. Upon adoption of the guidance, we recognized a cumulative-effect adjustment of $0.7 million, from retained earnings to accumulated other comprehensive income. The adoption of this guidance did not have a material impact on our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and related disclosures. For additional information on the required disclosures related to the impact of adopting this guidance, see Note 6 and Note 13 to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

Note 2 – Fair Value of Financial Instruments:

Fair value is defined as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability (an exit price) in an orderly transaction between market participants on the measurement date. The Company uses a three-tier fair value hierarchy, which prioritizes the inputs used in measuring fair value.  These tiers include: Level 1, defined as observable inputs such as quoted prices in active markets; Level 2, defined as inputs other than quoted prices in active markets that are either directly or indirectly observable; and Level 3, defined as unobservable inputs in which little or no market data exists, therefore requiring an entity to develop its own assumptions.


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The Company’s financial instruments consist of cash and cash equivalents, short-term receivables, trade payables, debt instruments, and interest rate swaps.  Due to their short-term nature, the carrying values of cash and cash equivalents, short-term receivables, and trade payables approximate current fair value at each balance sheet date. The Company had $628.3 million in borrowings under its debt facilities (as discussed in Note 5) at March 30, 2019, $408.8 million in borrowings at December 29, 2018, and $706.3 million in borrowings at March 31, 2018. Based on market interest rates (Level 2 inputs), the carrying value of borrowings in our debt facilities approximates fair value for each period reported. The fair value of the Company’s interest rate swaps is determined based on the present value of expected future cash flows using forward rate curves (a Level 2 input). As described in further detail in Note 6, the fair value of the interest rate swaps, excluding accrued interest, was a $3.9 million asset at March 30, 2019, a $5.8 million asset at December 29, 2018, and a $7.6 million asset at March 31, 2018.

Note 3 – Share-Based Compensation:

Share-based compensation includes stock options, restricted stock units, performance-based restricted share units, and certain transactions under our Employee Stock Purchase Plan (the “ESPP”). Share-based compensation expense is recognized based on grant date fair value of all stock options, restricted stock units, and performance-based restricted share units plus a 15% discount on shares purchased by employees as a part of the ESPP. The discount under the ESPP represents the difference between the purchase date market value and the employee’s purchase price.

There were no significant modifications to the Company’s share-based compensation plans during the fiscal three months ended
March 30, 2019.

For the first quarters of fiscal 2019 and 2018, share-based compensation expense was $9.6 million and $8.6 million, respectively.

Stock Options

The following table summarizes information concerning stock option grants during the first three months of fiscal 2019:
 
Fiscal three months ended
 
March 30, 2019
Stock options granted
389,290

Weighted average exercise price
$
89.59

Weighted average grant date fair value per option
$
20.93


As of March 30, 2019, total unrecognized compensation expense related to non-vested stock options was approximately $16.5 million with a remaining weighted average expense recognition period of 1.9 years.

Restricted Stock Units and Performance-Based Restricted Share Units

The following table summarizes information concerning restricted stock unit and performance-based restricted share unit grants during the first three months of fiscal 2019:
 
Fiscal three months ended
 
March 30, 2019
Restricted stock units granted
230,820

Performance-based restricted share units granted (a)
56,379

Weighted average grant date fair value per share
$
86.35

(a) Assumes 100% target level achievement of the relative performance targets.

In fiscal 2019, the Company granted awards that are subject to the achievement of specified performance goals. The performance metrics for the units are growth in net sales and growth in earnings per diluted share. The number of performance-based restricted share units presented in the foregoing table represent the shares that can be achieved at the performance metric target value. The actual number of shares that will be issued under the performance share awards, which may be higher or lower than the target, will be determined by the level of achievement of the performance goals. If the performance targets are achieved, the units will be issued based on the achievement level and the grant date fair value and will cliff vest in full on the third anniversary of the date of the grant.


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As of March 30, 2019, total unrecognized compensation expense related to non-vested restricted stock units and non-vested performance-based restricted share units was approximately $33.9 million with a remaining weighted average expense recognition period of 2.4 years.

Note 4 – Net Income Per Share:

The Company presents both basic and diluted net income per share on the face of the unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income.  Basic net income per share is calculated by dividing net income by the weighted average number of shares outstanding during the period.  Diluted net income per share is calculated by dividing net income by the weighted average diluted shares outstanding during the period. Dilutive shares are computed using the treasury stock method for share-based awards. Performance-based restricted share units are included in diluted shares only if the related performance conditions are considered satisfied as of the end of the reporting period. Net income per share is calculated as follows (in thousands, except per share amounts):
 
Fiscal three months ended
 
Fiscal three months ended
 
March 30, 2019
 
March 31, 2018
 
Income
 
Shares
 
Per Share
Amount
 
Income
 
Shares
 
Per Share
 Amount
Basic net income per share:
$
76,832

 
121,211

 
$
0.63

 
$
71,433

 
124,477

 
$
0.57

Dilutive effect of share-based awards

 
941

 

 

 
697

 

Diluted net income per share:
$
76,832

 
122,152

 
$
0.63

 
$
71,433

 
125,174

 
$
0.57


Anti-dilutive stock awards excluded from the above calculations totaled approximately 0.3 million and 3.7 million shares for the three months ended March 30, 2019 and March 31, 2018, respectively.

Note 5 – Debt:

The following table summarizes the Company’s outstanding debt as of the dates indicated (in millions):
 
 
March 30,
2019
 
December 29,
2018
 
March 31,
2018
Senior Notes
 
$
150.0

 
$
150.0


$
150.0

Senior Credit Facility:
 

 
 
 
 
February 2016 Term Loan
 
155.0

 
165.0

 
175.0

June 2017 Term Loan
 
91.3

 
93.8

 
96.3

Revolving credit loans
 
232.0

 

 
285.0

Total outstanding borrowings
 
628.3

 
408.8

 
706.3

Less: unamortized debt issuance costs
 
(1.3
)
 
(1.4
)
 
(1.7
)
Total debt
 
627.0

 
407.4

 
704.6

Less: current portion of long-term debt
 
(21.3
)
 
(26.3
)
 
(25.0
)
Long-term debt
 
$
605.7

 
$
381.1

 
$
679.6

 
 

 
 
 
 
Outstanding letters of credit
 
$
35.4

 
$
33.5

 
$
42.8


Senior Notes

On August 14, 2017, the Company entered into a note purchase and private shelf agreement (the “Note Purchase Agreement”), pursuant to which the Company agreed to sell $150 million aggregate principal amount of senior unsecured notes due August 14, 2029 (the “2029 Notes”) in a private placement. The 2029 Notes bear interest at 3.70% per annum with interest payable semi-annually in arrears on each annual and semi-annual anniversary of the issuance date. The obligations under the Note Purchase Agreement are unsecured, but guaranteed by each of the Company’s material subsidiaries.

The Company may from time to time issue and sell additional senior unsecured notes (the “Shelf Notes”) pursuant to the Note Purchase Agreement, in an aggregate principal amount of up to $150 million. The Shelf Notes will have a maturity date of no more than 12 years after the date of original issuance and may be issued through August 14, 2020, unless earlier terminated in accordance with the terms of the Note Purchase Agreement.

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Pursuant to the Note Purchase Agreement, the 2029 Notes and any Shelf Notes (collectively, the "Notes") are redeemable by the Company, in whole at any time or in part from time to time, at 100% of the principal amount of the Notes being redeemed, together with accrued and unpaid interest thereon and a make whole amount calculated by discounting all remaining scheduled payments on the Notes by the yield on the U.S. Treasury security with a maturity equal to the remaining average life of the Notes plus 0.50%.

Senior Credit Facility

On February 19, 2016, the Company entered into a senior credit facility (the “2016 Senior Credit Facility”) consisting of a $200 million term loan (the “February 2016 Term Loan”) and a $500 million revolving credit facility (the “Revolver”) with a sublimit of $50 million for swingline loans. This agreement is unsecured and matures on February 19, 2022.

On June 15, 2017, pursuant to an accordion feature available under the 2016 Senior Credit Facility, the Company entered into an incremental term loan agreement (the “June 2017 Term Loan”) which increased the term loan capacity under the 2016 Senior Credit Facility by $100 million. This agreement is unsecured and matures on June 15, 2022.

The February 2016 Term Loan of $200 million requires quarterly payments totaling $10 million per year in years one and two and $20 million per year in years three through the maturity date, with the remaining balance due in full on the maturity date of February 19, 2022. The June 2017 Term Loan of $100 million requires quarterly payments totaling $5 million per year in years one and two and $10 million per year in years three through the maturity date, with the remaining balance due in full on the maturity date of June 15, 2022. The 2016 Senior Credit Facility also contains a $500 million revolving credit facility (with a sublimit of $50 million for swingline loans).

Borrowings under the February 2016 Term Loan and Revolver bear interest at either the bank’s base rate (5.500% at March 30, 2019) or the London Inter-Bank Offer Rate (“LIBOR”) (2.495% at March 30, 2019) plus an additional amount ranging from 0.500% to 1.125% per annum (0.750% at March 30, 2019), adjusted quarterly based on our leverage ratio.  The Company is also required to pay, quarterly in arrears, a commitment fee for unused capacity ranging from 0.075% to 0.200% per annum (0.125% at March 30, 2019), adjusted quarterly based on the Company’s leverage ratio. Borrowings under the June 2017 Term Loan bear interest at either the bank’s base rate (5.500% at March 30, 2019) or LIBOR (2.495% at March 30, 2019) plus an additional 1.000% per annum. As further described in Note 6, the Company has entered into interest rate swap agreements in order to hedge our exposure to variable rate interest payments associated with each of the term loans under the 2016 Senior Credit Facility.

Proceeds from the 2016 Senior Credit Facility may be used for working capital, capital expenditures, dividends, share repurchases and other matters. There are no compensating balance requirements associated with the 2016 Senior Credit Facility.

Covenants and Default Provisions of the Debt Agreements

The 2016 Senior Credit Facility and the Note Purchase Agreement (collectively, the “Debt Agreements”) require quarterly compliance with respect to two material covenants: a fixed charge coverage ratio and a leverage ratio.  Both ratios are calculated on a trailing twelve-month basis at the end of each fiscal quarter. The fixed charge coverage ratio compares earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, share-based compensation and rent expense (“consolidated EBITDAR”) to the sum of interest paid and rental expense (excluding any straight-line rent adjustments).  The fixed charge coverage ratio shall be greater than or equal to 2.00 to 1.0 as of the last day of each fiscal quarter. The leverage ratio compares rental expense (excluding any straight-line rent adjustments) multiplied by a factor of six plus total debt to consolidated EBITDAR.  The leverage ratio shall be less than or equal to 4.00 to 1.0 as of the last day of each fiscal quarter. The Debt Agreements also contain certain other restrictions regarding additional indebtedness, capital expenditures, business operations, guarantees, investments, mergers, consolidations and sales of assets, prepayment of debts, transactions with subsidiaries or affiliates, and liens.  As of March 30, 2019, the Company was in compliance with all debt covenants.

The Debt Agreements contain customary events of default, including payment defaults, breaches of representations and warranties, covenant defaults, cross-defaults to other material indebtedness, certain events of bankruptcy and insolvency, material judgments, certain ERISA events and invalidity of loan documents. Upon certain changes of control, payment under the Debt Agreements could become due and payable. In addition, under the Note Purchase Agreement, upon an event of default or change of control, the make whole payment described above may become due and payable.

The Note Purchase Agreement also requires that, in the event the Company amends its 2016 Senior Credit Facility, or any subsequent credit facility of $100 million or greater, such that it contains covenant or default provisions that are not provided in the Note Purchase Agreement or that are similar to those contained in the Note Purchase Agreement but which contain percentages, amounts, formulas or grace periods that are more restrictive than those set forth in the Note Purchase Agreement or are otherwise more

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beneficial to the lenders thereunder, the Note Purchase Agreement shall be automatically amended to include such additional or amended covenants and/or default provisions.

Note 6 – Interest Rate Swaps:

The Company entered into an interest rate swap agreement which became effective on March 31, 2016, with a maturity date of February 19, 2021. The notional amount of this swap agreement began at $197.5 million (the principal amount of the February 2016 Term Loan borrowings as of March 31, 2016) and will amortize at the same time and in the same amount as the February 2016 Term Loan borrowings as described in Note 5, up to the maturity date of the interest rate swap agreement on February 19, 2021. As of March 30, 2019, the notional amount of the interest rate swap was $155.0 million.

The Company entered into a second interest rate swap agreement which became effective on June 30, 2017, with a maturity date of June 15, 2022. The notional amount of this swap agreement began at $100 million (the principal amount of the June 2017 Term Loan borrowings as of June 30, 2017) and will amortize at the same time and in the same amount as the June 2017 Term Loan borrowings as described in Note 5. As of March 30, 2019, the notional amount of the interest rate swap was $91.3 million.

The Company’s interest rate swap agreements are executed for risk management and are not held for trading purposes. The objective of the interest rate swap agreements is to mitigate interest rate risk associated with future changes in interest rates. To accomplish this objective, the interest rate swap agreements are intended to hedge the variable cash flows associated with the variable rate term loan borrowings under the 2016 Senior Credit Facility. Both interest rate swap agreements entitle the Company to receive, at specified intervals, a variable rate of interest based on LIBOR in exchange for the payment of a fixed rate of interest throughout the life of the agreement, without exchange of the underlying notional amount.

The Company has designated its interest rate swap agreements as cash flow hedges and accounts for the underlying activity in accordance with hedge accounting. The interest rate swaps are presented within the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets at fair value. In accordance with hedge accounting, the gains and losses on interest rate swaps that are designated and qualify as cash flow hedges are recorded as a component of Other Comprehensive Income (“OCI”), net of related income taxes, and reclassified into earnings in the same income statement line and period during which the hedged transactions affect earnings.

As of March 30, 2019, amounts to be reclassified from Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (“AOCI”) into interest during the next twelve months are not expected to be material. No significant amounts were excluded from the assessment of cash flow hedge effectiveness as of March 30, 2019.

The assets and liabilities measured at fair value related to the Company’s interest rate swaps, excluding accrued interest, were as follows (in thousands):
Derivatives Designated
as Cash Flow Hedges
 
Balance Sheet Location
 
March 30,
2019
 
December 29,
2018
 
March 31,
2018
Interest rate swaps (short-term portion)
 
Other current assets
 
$
2,200

 
$
2,601

 
$
1,950

Interest rate swaps (long-term portion)
 
Other assets
 
1,676

 
3,222

 
5,698

Total derivative assets
 
 
 
$
3,876

 
$
5,823

 
$
7,648


The offset to the interest rate swap asset or liability is recorded as a component of equity, net of deferred taxes, in AOCI, and will be reclassified into earnings over the term of the underlying debt as interest payments are made.

The following table summarizes the changes in AOCI, net of tax, related to the Company’s interest rate swaps (in thousands):
 
 
March 30,
2019
 
December 29,
2018
 
March 31,
2018
Beginning fiscal year AOCI balance
 
$
3,814

 
$
3,358

 
$
3,358

Current fiscal period (loss)/gain recognized in OCI
 
(1,464
)
 
456

 
1,832

Cumulative adjustment as a result of ASU 2017-12 adoption
 
717

 

 

Other comprehensive (loss)/gain, net of tax
 
(747
)
 
456

 
1,832

Ending fiscal period AOCI balance
 
$
3,067

 
$
3,814

 
$
5,190


Cash flows related to the interest rate swaps are included in operating activities on the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows.

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The following table summarizes the impact of pre-tax gains and losses derived from the Company’s interest rate swaps (in thousands):
 
 
 
Fiscal three months ended
 
Financial Statement Location
 
March 30,
2019
 
March 31,
2018
Amount of (losses)/gains recognized in OCI during the period
Other comprehensive income
 
$
(1,947
)
 
$
2,468


The following table summarizes the impact of taxes affecting AOCI as a result of the Company’s interest rate swaps (in thousands):
 
 
Fiscal three months ended
 
 
March 30,
2019
 
March 31,
2018
Income tax (benefit)/expense of interest rate swaps on AOCI
 
$
(483
)
 
$
636


Credit-risk-related contingent features

In accordance with the underlying interest rate swap agreements, the Company could be declared in default on its interest rate swap obligations if repayment of the underlying indebtedness (i.e., the Company’s term loans) is accelerated by the lender due to the Company's default on such indebtedness.

If the Company had breached any of the provisions in the underlying agreements at March 30, 2019, it could have been required to post full collateral or settle its obligations under the Company’s interest rate swap agreements. However, as of March 30, 2019, the Company had not breached any of these provisions or posted any collateral related to the underlying interest rate swap agreements. Further, as of March 30, 2019, the net balance of each of the Company’s interest rate swaps were in a net asset position and therefore the Company would have no obligation upon default.

Note 7 – Leases:

The Company leases the majority of its retail store locations, two distribution sites, its Merchandise Innovation Center, and certain equipment under various non-cancellable operating leases. The leases have varying terms and expire at various dates through 2037. Store leases typically have initial terms of between 10 and 15 years, with two to four optional renewal periods of five years each. The exercise of lease renewal options is at our sole discretion. The Company has included lease renewal options in the lease term for calculations of its right-of-use assets and liabilities when it is reasonably certain that the Company plans to renew these leases. Some leases require the payment of contingent rent that is based upon store sales above agreed-upon sales levels for the year and others include rental payments adjusted periodically for inflation. Our lease agreements do not contain any material residual value guarantees or material restrictive covenants.

In connection with our adoption of the new lease accounting guidance as further discussed in Note 13, we have elected the practical expedient to account for lease components (e.g., fixed payments including rent, real estate taxes, and insurance costs) together with nonlease components (e.g., fixed payment common-area maintenance) as a single component. As most of our leases do not provide an implicit rate, we use our incremental borrowing rate based on the information available at commencement or modification date in determining the present value of lease payments. For operating leases that commenced prior to the date of adoption of the new lease accounting guidance, we used the incremental borrowing rate as of the adoption date.

In addition to the operating lease right-of-use assets presented on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets, assets under finance leases of $28.9 million are recorded within the Property and equipment, net line on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets as of March 30, 2019.


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The following table summarizes the Company’s classification of lease cost (in thousands):
 
 
 
 
Fiscal three months ended
 
 
Statement of Income Location
 
March 30, 2019
Finance lease cost:
 
 
 
 
Amortization of lease assets
 
Depreciation and amortization
 
$
1,045

Interest on lease liabilities
 
Interest expense, net
 
405

Operating lease cost
 
Selling, general and administrative expenses
 
86,221

Net lease cost
 
 
 
$
87,671


The following table summarizes the maturity of the Company’s lease liabilities (in thousands):
 
 
Operating Leases (a)
 
Finance Leases
 
Total
2019
 
$
264,822

 
$
3,913

 
$
268,735

2020
 
339,005

 
5,234

 
344,239

2021
 
316,891

 
5,294

 
322,185

2022
 
294,032

 
4,172

 
298,204

2023
 
269,281

 
2,980

 
272,261

After 2023
 
1,209,867

 
20,169

 
1,230,036

Total lease payments
 
2,693,898

 
41,762

 
2,735,660

Less: Interest
 
(503,937
)
 
(9,743
)
 
(513,680
)
Present value of lease liabilities
 
$
2,189,961

 
$
32,019

 
$
2,221,980

(a) Operating lease payments exclude $152.4 million of legally binding minimum lease payments for leases signed, but not yet commenced.

The following table summarizes the Company’s lease term and discount rate:
 
 
March 30, 2019
Weighted-average remaining lease term (years):
 
 
Finance leases
 
9.5

Operating leases
 
9.2

Weighted-average discount rate:
 
 
Finance leases
 
5.2
%
Operating leases
 
4.4
%

The following table summarizes the other information related to the Company’s lease liabilities (in thousands):
 
 
Fiscal three months ended
 
 
March 30, 2019
Cash paid for amounts included in the measurement of lease liabilities:
 
 
Financing cash flows from finance leases
 
$
897

Operating cash flows from finance leases
 
405

Operating cash flows from operating leases
 
73,465


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The Company adopted new lease accounting guidance in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 as discussed in Note 1 and Note 13, and as required, the following disclosure is provided for periods prior to adoption. As of December 29, 2018 future minimum payments, by year and in the aggregate, under leases with initial or remaining terms of one year or more consist of the following (in thousands):
 
 
Capital
Leases
 
Operating
Leases
2019
 
$
5,215

 
$
344,836

2020
 
5,234

 
328,589

2021
 
5,294

 
306,572

2022
 
4,172

 
284,327

2023
 
2,980

 
260,518

Thereafter
 
20,169

 
1,175,972

Total minimum lease payments
 
43,064

 
$
2,700,814

Amount representing interest
 
(10,148
)
 
 

Present value of minimum lease payments
 
32,916

 
 

Less: current portion
 
(3,646
)
 
 

Long-term capital lease obligations
 
$
29,270

 
 


Note 8 – Capital Stock and Dividends:

Capital Stock

The authorized capital stock of the Company consists of common stock and preferred stock. The Company is authorized to issue 400 million shares of common stock. The Company is also authorized to issue 40 thousand shares of preferred stock, with such designations, rights and preferences as may be determined from time to time by the Board of Directors.

Dividends

During the first three months of fiscal 2019 and 2018, the Board of Directors declared the following cash dividends:
Date Declared
 
Dividend Amount
Per Share
 
Record Date
 
Date Paid
February 6, 2019
 
$
0.31

 
February 25, 2019
 
March 12, 2019

 


 

 

February 7, 2018
 
$
0.27

 
February 26, 2018
 
March 13, 2018

It is the present intention of the Board of Directors to continue to pay a quarterly cash dividend; however, the declaration and payment of future dividends will be determined by the Board of Directors in its sole discretion and will depend upon the earnings, financial condition and capital needs of the Company, along with any other factors that the Board of Directors deems relevant.

On May 8, 2019, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.35 per share of the Company’s outstanding common stock.  The dividend will be paid on June 11, 2019, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on May 28, 2019.

Note 9 – Treasury Stock:

The Company’s Board of Directors has authorized common stock repurchases under a share repurchase program. On May 8, 2019, the Board of Directors authorized a $1.5 billion increase to the existing share repurchase program, bringing the total amount authorized to $4.5 billion, exclusive of any fees, commissions, or other expenses related to such repurchases. The repurchases may be made from time to time on the open market or in privately negotiated transactions.  The timing and amount of any shares repurchased under the program will depend on a variety of factors, including price, corporate and regulatory requirements, capital availability and other market conditions.  Repurchased shares are accounted for at cost and will be held in treasury for future issuance.  The program may be limited or terminated at any time without prior notice. As of March 30, 2019, the Company had remaining authorization under the share repurchase program of $364.7 million, exclusive of any fees, commissions or other expenses.


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The following table provides the number of shares repurchased, average price paid per share, and total amount paid for share repurchases during the first quarters of fiscal 2019 and fiscal 2018 (in thousands, except per share amounts):
 
 
Fiscal three months ended
 
 
March 30,
2019
 
March 31,
2018
Total number of shares repurchased
 
1,724

 
2,367

Average price paid per share
 
$
90.09

 
$
66.53

Total cash paid for share repurchases
 
$
155,319

 
$
157,463


Note 10 – Income Taxes:

The Company’s effective income tax rate increased to 22.0% in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to 20.9% for the first quarter of fiscal 2018. The primary driver for the increase in the Company’s effective income tax rate was the realization of discrete federal and state credits in the first fiscal quarter of 2018 that did not re-occur in the first fiscal quarter of 2019, partially offset by an incremental tax benefit in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 associated with share-based compensation.

Note 11 – Commitments and Contingencies:

Construction and Real Estate Commitments

At March 30, 2019, there were no material commitments related to real estate or construction projects extending greater than twelve months.

Letters of Credit

At March 30, 2019, there were $35.4 million of outstanding letters of credit under the 2016 Senior Credit Facility.

Litigation

The Company is involved in various litigation matters arising in the ordinary course of business. The Company believes that any estimated loss related to such matters has been adequately provided for in accrued liabilities, to the extent probable and reasonably estimable. Accordingly, the Company currently expects these matters will be resolved without material adverse effect on its consolidated financial position, results of operations, or cash flows. 

Note 12 – Segment Reporting:

The Company has one reportable segment which is the retail sale of products that support the rural lifestyle.  The following table indicates the percentage of net sales represented by each major product category during the fiscal three months ended March 30, 2019 and March 31, 2018:
 
Fiscal three months ended
Product Category:
March 30,
2019
 
March 31,
2018
Livestock and Pet
52
%
 
52
%
Hardware, Tools and Truck
21

 
21

Seasonal, Gift and Toy Products
17

 
16

Clothing and Footwear
7

 
8

Agriculture
3

 
3

Total
100
%
 
100
%






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Note 13 – New Accounting Pronouncements:

New Accounting Pronouncements Recently Adopted

In February 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2016-02, “Leases (Topic 842).” This update requires a dual approach for lessee accounting under which a lessee will account for leases as finance leases or operating leases. Both finance leases and operating leases will result in the lessee recognizing a right-of-use asset and a corresponding lease liability on its balance sheet, with differing methodology for income statement recognition. In January 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-01, “Leases (Topic 842): Land Easement Practical Expedient for Transition to Topic 842.” This update permits an entity to elect an optional transition practical expedient to not evaluate land easements that exist or expired before the entity’s adoption of ASU 2016-02 and that were not accounted for as leases under previous lease guidance. In July 2018, ASU 2018-10, “Codification Improvements to Topic 842, Leases,” was issued to provide more detailed guidance and additional clarification for implementing ASU 2016-02. Furthermore, in July 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-11, “Leases (Topic 842): Targeted Improvements,” which provides an optional transition method in addition to the existing modified retrospective transition method by allowing a cumulative effect adjustment to the opening balance of retained earnings in the period of adoption.  These new leasing standards are effective for public business entities for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2018, with early adoption permitted. In March of 2019, the FASB issued ASU 2019-01, “Leases (Topic 842): Codification Improvements” which was issued to provide more detailed guidance and clarification for implementing ASU 2016-02.

The Company adopted this guidance in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 and as a part of that process, made the following elections:

The Company elected the optional transition method which allows for the lessee to not recast comparative financial information but rather recognize a cumulative-effect adjustment to retained earnings as of the effective date in the period of adoption. No such adjustment to retained earnings was made as a result of the adoption of this guidance.
The Company elected the package of practical expedients permitted under the transition guidance within the new standard which, among other things, allowed us to carry forward our prior lease classification under Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 840.
The Company did not elect the hindsight practical expedient for all leases.
The Company elected to make the accounting policy election for short-term leases resulting in lease payments being recorded as an expense on a straight-line basis over the lease term.
The Company elected the land easement practical expedient.

Adoption of the new standard had a material impact to our Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets and related disclosures, and resulted in the recording of additional right-of-use assets and lease liabilities of approximately $2.08 billion as of the date of adoption. The standard did not materially impact our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income, Comprehensive Income, Stockholders’ Equity, or Cash Flows.

In August 2017, the FASB issued ASU 2017-12, “Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815): Targeted Improvements to Accounting for Hedging Activities,” which amends and simplifies existing guidance in order to allow companies to more accurately present the economic effects of risk management activities in the financial statements. This update expands and refines hedge accounting for both nonfinancial and financial risk components and aligns the recognition and presentation of the effects of the hedging instrument and the hedged item in the financial statements. Additionally, the amendments in ASU 2017-12 provide new guidance about income statement classification and eliminates the requirement to separately measure and report hedge ineffectiveness. This guidance is effective for public business entities for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2018, with early adoption permitted.  The amendments in ASU 2017-12 require that an entity with cash flow or net investment hedges existing at the date of adoption apply a cumulative-effect adjustment to eliminate the separate measurement of ineffectiveness to the opening balance of retained earnings as of the beginning of the fiscal year in which the entity adopts this guidance. The amended presentation and disclosure guidance should be adopted prospectively. The Company adopted this guidance in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 and recognized a cumulative-effect adjustment of $0.7 million from retained earnings to accumulated other comprehensive income. The adoption of this guidance did not have a material impact on our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and related disclosures.

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In June 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-07, “Compensation - Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Improvements to Nonemployee Share-Based Payment Accounting,” which expands the scope of Topic 718 to include share-based payment transactions for acquiring goods and services from nonemployees. This guidance is effective for public business entities for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2018, with early adoption permitted. The Company adopted this guidance in the first quarter of fiscal 2019. The adoption of this guidance did not have a material impact on our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and related disclosures.

In October 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-16, “Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815): Inclusion of the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) Overnight Index Swap (OIS) Rate as a Benchmark Interest Rate for Hedge Accounting Purposes” which expands the permissible benchmark interest rates to include the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) to be eligible as a U.S. benchmark interest rate for purposes of applying hedge accounting under Topic 815, Derivatives and Hedging.  This ASU is effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2018, with early adoption permitted if an entity has previously adopted ASU 2017-12.  The Company adopted this guidance in the first quarter of fiscal 2019. The adoption of this guidance did not have a material impact on our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and related disclosures.

New Accounting Pronouncements Not Yet Adopted

In August 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-13, “Fair Value Measurement (Topic 820): Disclosure Framework - Changes to the Disclosure Requirements for Fair Value Measurement,” which amends the disclosure requirements for fair value measurements by removing, modifying and adding certain disclosures.  This guidance is effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2019, with early adoption permitted. The Company does not expect the adoption of this guidance to have a material impact on its Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and related disclosures.
In August 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-15, “Intangibles – Goodwill and Other – Internal-Use Software (Subtopic 350-40): Customer’s Accounting for Implementation Costs Incurred in a Cloud Computing Arrangement That Is a Service Contract.” This update clarifies the accounting treatment for fees paid by a customer in a cloud computing arrangement (hosting arrangement) by providing guidance for determining when the arrangement includes a software license. This guidance is effective for public business entities for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2019, with early adoption permitted.  The amendments may be applied either retrospectively or prospectively to all implementation costs incurred after the date of adoption. The Company is currently assessing the impact that adoption of this guidance will have on its Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and related disclosures.



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Item 2.  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

General

The following discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2018. This Form 10-Q also contains forward-looking statements and information. The forward-looking statements included herein are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”).  All statements, other than statements of historical facts, which address activities, events, or developments that we expect or anticipate will or may occur in the future, including sales and earnings growth, estimated results of operations in future periods, the declaration and payment of dividends, future capital expenditures (including their amount and nature), business strategy, expansion and growth of our business operations, and other such matters are forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements may be affected by certain risks and uncertainties, any one, or a combination of which, could materially affect the results of our operations. To take advantage of the safe harbor provided by the Act, we are identifying certain factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements, whether oral or written.

As with any business, many aspects of our operations are subject to influences outside our control. These factors include, without limitation, national, regional, and local economic conditions affecting consumer spending, the timing and acceptance of new products in the stores, the timing and mix of goods sold, purchase price volatility (including inflationary and deflationary pressures), the ability to increase sales at existing stores, the ability to manage growth and identify suitable locations, failure of an acquisition to produce anticipated results, the ability to successfully manage expenses and execute our key gross margin enhancing initiatives, the availability of favorable credit sources, capital market conditions in general, the ability to open new stores in the manner and number currently contemplated, the impact of new stores on our business, competition, including that from online competitors, weather conditions, the seasonal nature of our business, effective merchandising initiatives and marketing emphasis, the ability to retain vendors, reliance on foreign suppliers, the ability to attract, train, and retain qualified employees, product liability and other claims, changes in federal, state, or local regulations, the imposition of tariffs on imported products or the disallowance of tax deductions on imported products, potential judgments, fines, legal fees, and other costs, breach of information systems or theft of employee or customer data, ongoing and potential future legal or regulatory proceedings, management of our information systems, failure to develop and implement new technologies, the failure of customer-facing technology systems, business disruption including from the implementation of supply chain technologies, effective tax rate changes and results of examination by taxing authorities, the ability to maintain an effective system of internal control over financial reporting, and changes in accounting standards, assumptions, and estimates. We discuss in greater detail risk factors relating to our business in Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2018.  Forward-looking statements are based on our knowledge of our business and the environment in which we operate, but because of the factors listed above or other factors, actual results could differ materially from those reflected by any forward-looking statements. Consequently, all of the forward-looking statements made are qualified by these cautionary statements and there can be no assurance that the actual results or developments anticipated will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to or effects on our business and operations.  Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.  We undertake no obligation to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Seasonality and Weather

Our business is seasonal.  Historically, our sales and profits are the highest in the second and fourth fiscal quarters due to the sale of seasonal products. We experience our highest inventory and accounts payable balances during our first fiscal quarter for purchases of seasonal products to support the higher sales volume of the spring selling season, and again during our third fiscal quarter to support the higher sales volume of the cold-weather selling season. We believe that our business can be more accurately assessed by focusing on the performance of the halves, not the quarters, due to the fact that different weather patterns from year-to-year can shift the timing of sales and profits between quarters, particularly between the first and second fiscal quarters and the third and fourth fiscal quarters.

Historically, weather conditions, including unseasonably warm weather in the fall and winter months and unseasonably cool weather in the spring and summer months, have affected the timing and volume of our sales and results of operations. In addition, extreme weather conditions, including snow and ice storms, flood and wind damage, hurricanes, tornadoes, extreme rain, and droughts, have impacted operating results both negatively and positively, depending on the severity and length of these conditions. Our strategy is to manage product flow and adjust merchandise assortments and depth of inventory to capitalize on seasonal demand trends.


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Comparable Store Metrics

Comparable store metrics are calculated on an annual basis using sales generated from all stores open at least one year and all online sales and exclude certain adjustments to net sales. Stores closed during either of the years being compared are removed from our comparable store metrics calculations. Stores relocated during either of the years being compared are not removed from our comparable store metrics calculations. If the effect of relocated stores on our comparable store metrics calculations became material, we would remove relocated stores from the calculations.

Results of Operations

Fiscal Three Months (First Quarter) Ended March 30, 2019 and March 31, 2018

Net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 increased 8.3% to $1.82 billion from $1.68 billion in the first quarter of fiscal 2018. Comparable store sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 were $1.77 billion, a 5.0% increase as compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2018. Comparable store sales increased 3.7% for the first quarter of fiscal 2018.

The comparable store sales results in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 included increases in comparable average ticket of 3.2% and comparable transaction count of 1.8%. All geographic regions of the Company and all major product categories had positive comparable store sales growth. The increase in comparable store sales was primarily driven by strength in everyday merchandise, including consumable, usable, and edible products, along with strong demand for winter seasonal categories, and to a lesser extent, sales of spring merchandise.

In addition to comparable store sales growth in the first quarter of fiscal 2019, sales from stores open less than one year were $57.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019, which represented 3.4 percentage points of the 8.3% increase over first quarter fiscal 2018 net sales. For the first quarter of fiscal 2018, sales from stores open less than one year were $67.2 million, which represented a 4.3% increase over first quarter fiscal 2017 net sales.

The following table summarizes our store growth for the fiscal three months ended March 30, 2019 and March 31, 2018:
 
Fiscal three months ended
Store Count Information:
March 30,
2019
 
March 31,
2018
Tractor Supply
 
 
 
Beginning of period
1,765

 
1,685

New stores opened
10

 
15

Stores closed

 

End of period
1,775

 
1,700

Petsense
 
 
 
Beginning of period
175

 
168

New stores opened
1

 
4

Stores closed

 

End of period
176

 
172

Consolidated, end of period
1,951

 
1,872

Stores relocated

 



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The following table indicates the percentage of net sales represented by each of our major product categories for the fiscal three months ended March 30, 2019 and March 31, 2018:
 
 
Percent of Net Sales
 
 
Fiscal three months ended
 
 
Product Category:
March 30,
2019
 
March 31,
2018
 
Livestock and Pet
52
%
 
52
%
 
Hardware, Tools and Truck
21

 
21

 
Seasonal, Gift and Toy Products
17

 
16

 
Clothing and Footwear
7

 
8

 
Agriculture
3

 
3

 
Total
100
%
 
100
%
 
Gross profit increased 9.1% to $615.0 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 from $563.6 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2018. As a percent of net sales, gross margin increased 26 basis points to 33.75% for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 from 33.49% for the first quarter of fiscal 2018. The increase in gross margin was primarily driven by strong sell-through of winter seasonal categories and the strength of the Company’s price management program, partially offset by an increase in transportation costs.

Total selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses, including depreciation and amortization, increased 9.1% to $511.6 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 from $468.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2018. SG&A expenses, as a percent of net sales, increased 21 basis points to 28.07% in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 from 27.86% in the first quarter of fiscal 2018. The increase in SG&A as a percent of net sales was primarily attributable to incremental costs associated with a new distribution facility in Frankfort, New York, and higher store and field team members’ incentive compensation due to the strong year-over-year performance and, to a lesser extent, investment in store team member wages. These SG&A increases were partially offset by leverage in occupancy and other costs from the increase in comparable store sales.

The effective income tax rate increased to 22.0% in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to 20.9% for the first quarter of fiscal 2018. The primary driver for the increase in the Company’s effective income tax rate was the realization of discrete federal and state credits in the first fiscal quarter of 2018 that did not re-occur in the first fiscal quarter of 2019, partially offset by an incremental tax benefit in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 associated with share-based compensation. The Company expects the full fiscal year 2019 effective tax rate to be in a range between 22.4% and 22.7%.

As a result of the foregoing factors, net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 increased 7.6% to $76.8 million, or $0.63 per diluted share, as compared to net income of $71.4 million, or $0.57 per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2018.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

In addition to normal operating expenses, our primary ongoing cash requirements are for new store expansion, remodeling and relocation programs, distribution facility capacity and improvements, information technology, inventory purchases, repayment of existing borrowings under our debt facilities, share repurchases, cash dividends, and selective acquisitions as opportunities arise.  

Our primary ongoing sources of liquidity are existing cash balances, cash provided from operations, remaining funds available under our debt facilities, finance and operating leases, and normal trade credit.  Our inventory and accounts payable levels typically build in the first and third fiscal quarters to support the higher sales volume of the spring and cold-weather selling seasons, respectively.

The Company believes that its existing cash balances, expected cash flow from future operations, funds available under its debt facilities, finance and operating leases, and normal trade credit will be sufficient to fund its operations and its capital expenditure needs, including new store openings, store acquisitions, relocations and renovations, and distribution facility capacity, through the end of fiscal 2019.


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Working Capital

At March 30, 2019, the Company had working capital of $767.1 million, which decreased $89.2 million from December 29, 2018, and decreased $203.1 million from March 31, 2018.  The shifts in working capital were attributable to changes in the following components of current assets and current liabilities (in millions):
 
March 30,
2019
 
December 29,
2018
 
Variance
 
March 31,
2018
 
Variance
Current assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
102.2

 
$
86.3

 
$
15.9

 
$
132.4

 
$
(30.2
)
Inventories
1,881.3

 
1,589.5

 
291.8

 
1,760.1

 
121.2

Prepaid expenses and other current assets
90.7

 
114.5

 
(23.8
)
 
86.8

 
3.9

Income taxes receivable
4.9

 
4.1

 
0.8

 
4.8

 
0.1

Total current assets
2,079.1

 
1,794.4

 
284.7

 
1,984.1

 
95.0

Current liabilities:
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Accounts payable
785.1

 
620.0

 
165.1

 
732.5

 
52.6

Accrued employee compensation
28.7

 
54.0

 
(25.3
)
 
23.3

 
5.4

Other accrued expenses
204.8

 
232.4

 
(27.6
)
 
200.1

 
4.7

Current portion of long-term debt
21.3

 
26.3

 
(5.0
)
 
25.0

 
(3.7
)
Current portion of finance lease liabilities
3.7

 
3.6

 
0.1

 
3.5

 
0.2

Current portion of operating lease liabilities
260.4

 

 
260.4

 

 
260.4

Income taxes payable
8.0

 
1.8

 
6.2

 
29.5

 
(21.5
)
Total current liabilities
1,312.0

 
938.1

 
373.9

 
1,013.9

 
298.1

Working capital
$
767.1

 
$
856.3

 
$
(89.2
)
 
$
970.2

 
$
(203.1
)

In comparison to December 29, 2018, working capital as of March 30, 2019, was impacted most significantly by changes in inventories, accounts payable, and the adoption of the new lease accounting standard under ASC 842.

The increase in inventories and accounts payable resulted primarily from the purchase of additional inventory to support new store growth, as well as an increase in seasonal merchandise to prepare for the spring selling season.
The change in operating lease liabilities is due to the adoption of the new lease accounting standard under ASC 842.
The decrease in accrued expenses is a result of the timing of payments in the normal course of business.

In comparison to March 31, 2018, working capital as of March 30, 2019, was impacted most significantly by changes in inventories, accounts payable, and the adoption of the new lease accounting standard under ASC 842.

The change in operating lease liabilities is due to the adoption of the new lease accounting standard under ASC 842.
The increase in inventories and accounts payable resulted primarily from the purchase of additional inventory to support new store growth and to support our new northeast distribution center in Frankfort, New York, which began shipping merchandise to our stores in the first quarter of fiscal 2019.


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Debt

The following table summarizes the Company’s outstanding debt as of the dates indicated (in millions):
 
 
March 30,
2019
 
December 29,
2018
 
March 31,
2018
Senior Notes
 
$
150.0

 
$
150.0


$
150.0

Senior Credit Facility:
 

 
 
 
 
February 2016 Term Loan
 
155.0

 
165.0

 
175.0

June 2017 Term Loan
 
91.3

 
93.8

 
96.3

Revolving credit loans
 
232.0

 

 
285.0

Total outstanding borrowings
 
628.3

 
408.8

 
706.3

Less: unamortized debt issuance costs
 
(1.3
)
 
(1.4
)
 
(1.7
)
Total debt
 
627.0

 
407.4

 
704.6

Less: current portion of long-term debt
 
(21.3
)
 
(26.3
)
 
(25.0
)
Long-term debt
 
$
605.7

 
$
381.1

 
$
679.6

 
 

 
 
 
 
Outstanding letters of credit
 
$
35.4

 
$
33.5

 
$
42.8


For additional information about the Company’s debt and credit facilities, refer to Note 5 to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements. Refer to Note 6 to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for information about the Company’s interest rate swap agreements.

Operating Activities

Operating activities used net cash of $13.0 million and $21.9 million in the first three months of fiscal 2019 and fiscal 2018, respectively.  The $8.9 million decrease in net cash used in operating activities in the first three months of fiscal 2019 compared to the first three months of fiscal 2018 is due to changes in the following operating activities (in millions):
 
Fiscal three months ended
 
March 30,
2019
 
March 31,
2018
 
Variance
Net income
$
76.8

 
$
71.4

 
$
5.4

Depreciation and amortization
45.8

 
42.8

 
3.0

Share-based compensation expense
9.6

 
8.6

 
1.0

Deferred income taxes
13.5

 
(0.1
)
 
13.6

Inventories and accounts payable
(126.7
)
 
(150.9
)
 
24.2

Prepaid expenses and other current assets
23.8

 
1.4

 
22.4

Accrued expenses
(56.5
)
 
(13.6
)
 
(42.9
)
Income taxes
5.5

 
18.7

 
(13.2
)
Other, net
(4.8
)
 
(0.2
)
 
(4.6
)
Net cash used in operating activities
$
(13.0
)
 
$
(21.9
)
 
$
8.9


The $8.9 million decrease in net cash used in operating activities in the first three months of fiscal 2019 compared with the first three months of fiscal 2018 resulted from less cash required due to the timing of receipts and payments in relation to inventory and accounts payable and a net change in accrued expenses due principally to the timing of payments in the normal course of business.

Investing Activities

Investing activities used cash of $28.4 million and $45.1 million in the first three months of fiscal 2019 and fiscal 2018, respectively. The $16.7 million decrease in cash used in investing activities primarily reflects a decrease in capital expenditures in the first three months of fiscal 2019 compared to fiscal 2018.


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Capital expenditures for the first three months of fiscal 2019 and fiscal 2018 were as follows (in millions):
 
Fiscal three months ended
 
March 30,
2019
 
March 31,
2018
Information technology
$
9.7

 
$
17.8

Existing stores
7.5

 
4.3

New and relocated stores and stores not yet opened
7.3

 
10.5

Distribution center capacity and improvements
4.2

 
12.4

Corporate and other
0.1

 
0.1

     Total capital expenditures
$
28.8

 
$
45.1


The spending on information technology represents continued support of our store growth and our omni-channel platform, as well as improvements in security and compliance, enhancements to our customer relationship management program and other strategic initiatives.

Spending on existing stores principally reflects routine refresh activity. In the first three months of fiscal 2019, the Company opened 10 new Tractor Supply stores compared to 15 new Tractor Supply stores during the first three months of fiscal 2018. The Company also opened one new Petsense store during the first three months of fiscal 2019 compared to four new Petsense stores during the first three months of fiscal 2018. We expect to open approximately 80 new Tractor Supply stores during fiscal 2019 compared to 80 new Tractor Supply stores in fiscal 2018. We also expect to open approximately 10 to 15 new Petsense stores during fiscal 2019 compared to 18 new Petsense stores in fiscal 2018.

Spending for distribution center capacity and improvements was higher in the first fiscal quarter of 2018 due to the expansion of our distribution center in Waverly, Nebraska and the construction of our new northeast distribution center in Frankfort, New York. The expansion of the Waverly, Nebraska distribution center was completed in the first quarter of fiscal 2018. The new northeast distribution center in Frankfort, New York began shipping merchandise to our stores in the first quarter of fiscal 2019.

Financing Activities

Financing activities provided net cash of $57.4 million and $90.2 million in the first three months of fiscal 2019 and fiscal 2018, respectively. The $32.8 million change in net cash from financing activities in the first three months of fiscal 2019 compared to the first three months of fiscal 2018 is due to changes in the following (in millions):
 
Fiscal three months ended
 
March 30,
2019
 
March 31,
2018
 
Variance
Net borrowings and repayments under debt facilities
$
219.5

 
$
278.8

 
$
(59.3
)
Repurchase of common stock
(155.3
)
 
(157.5
)
 
2.2

Net proceeds from issuance of common stock
34.7

 
4.4

 
30.3

Cash dividends paid to stockholders
(37.6
)
 
(33.6
)
 
(4.0
)
Other, net
(3.9
)
 
(1.9
)
 
(2.0
)
Net cash provided by financing activities
$
57.4

 
$
90.2

 
$
(32.8
)

The $32.8 million change in net cash from financing activities in the first three months of fiscal 2019 compared with the first three months of fiscal 2018 is due to a decrease in borrowings, net of repayments, under our debt facilities, partially offset by an increase in net proceeds from the issuance of common stock stemming from the exercise of stock awards.

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Dividends

During the first three months of fiscal 2019 and 2018, the Board of Directors declared the following cash dividends:
Date Declared
 
Dividend Amount
Per Share
 
Record Date
 
Date Paid
February 6, 2019
 
$
0.31

 
February 25, 2019
 
March 12, 2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
February 7, 2018
 
$
0.27

 
February 26, 2018
 
March 13, 2018

It is the present intention of the Board of Directors to continue to pay a quarterly cash dividend; however, the declaration and payment of future dividends will be determined by the Board of Directors in its sole discretion and will depend upon the earnings, financial condition and capital needs of the Company, along with any other factors that the Board of Directors deems relevant.

On May 8, 2019, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.35 per share of the Company’s outstanding common stock.  The dividend will be paid on June 11, 2019, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on May 28, 2019.

Share Repurchase Program

The Company’s Board of Directors has authorized common stock repurchases under a share repurchase program. On May 8, 2019, the Board of Directors authorized a $1.5 billion increase to the existing share repurchase program, bringing the total amount authorized to $4.5 billion, exclusive of any fees, commissions, or other expenses related to such repurchases. The repurchases may be made from time to time on the open market or in privately negotiated transactions.  The timing and amount of any shares repurchased under the program will depend on a variety of factors, including price, corporate and regulatory requirements, capital availability, and other market conditions.  Repurchased shares are accounted for at cost and will be held in treasury for future issuance.  The program may be limited or terminated at any time without prior notice. As of March 30, 2019, the Company had remaining authorization under the share repurchase program of $364.7 million, exclusive of any fees, commissions, or other expenses.

The following table provides the number of shares repurchased, average price paid per share, and total amount paid for share repurchases during the first quarters of fiscal 2019 and fiscal 2018 (in thousands, except per share amounts):
 
 
Fiscal three months ended
 
 
March 30,
2019
 
March 31,
2018
Total number of shares repurchased
 
1,724

 
2,367

Average price paid per share
 
$
90.09

 
$
66.53

Total cash paid for share repurchases
 
$
155,319

 
$
157,463


Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

The Company’s off-balance sheet arrangements are limited to outstanding letters of credit.  Letters of credit allow the Company to purchase inventory, primarily sourced overseas, in a timely manner and support certain risk management programs.

Significant Contractual Obligations and Commercial Commitments

At March 30, 2019, there were no material commitments related to real estate or construction projects extending greater than twelve months.

At March 30, 2019, there were $35.4 million of outstanding letters of credit under the 2016 Senior Credit Facility.

Significant Accounting Policies and Estimates

Management’s discussion and analysis of the Company’s financial position and results of operations are based upon its Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements, which have been prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The preparation of these financial statements requires management to make informed estimates and judgments that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities,

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revenues and expenses, and related disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities.  The Company’s significant accounting policies, including areas of critical management judgments and estimates, have primary impact on the following financial statement areas:
-
Inventory valuation
-
Impairment of long-lived assets
-
Self-insurance reserves
-
Impairment of goodwill and other indefinite-lived intangible assets

See the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2018, for a discussion of the Company’s critical accounting policies.  The Company’s financial position and/or results of operations may be materially different when reported under different conditions or when using different assumptions in the application of such policies.  In the event estimates or assumptions prove to be different from actual amounts, adjustments are made in subsequent periods to reflect more current information.

New Accounting Pronouncements    

Refer to Note 13 to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for recently adopted accounting pronouncements and recently issued accounting pronouncements not yet adopted as of March 30, 2019.

Item 3.  Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

Interest Rate Risk

We are exposed to interest rate changes, primarily as a result of borrowings under our 2016 Senior Credit Facility (as discussed in Note 5 to the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements) which bear interest based on variable rates.

As discussed in Note 6 to the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements, we entered into interest rate swap agreements which are intended to mitigate interest rate risk associated with future changes in interest rates for the term loan borrowings under the 2016 Senior Credit Facility. As a result of these interest rate swaps, our exposure to interest rate volatility is minimized. The interest rate swap agreements have been executed for risk management purposes and are not held for trading purposes.

A 1% change in interest rates on our variable rate debt in excess of that amount covered by the interest rate swaps would have affected interest expense by approximately $0.4 million and $0.3 million in each of the three months ended March 30, 2019 and March 31, 2018, respectively.

Purchase Price Volatility

Although we cannot determine the full effect of inflation and deflation on our operations, we believe our sales and results of operations are affected by both.  We are subject to market risk with respect to the pricing of certain products and services, which include, among other items, grain, corn, steel, petroleum, cotton, and other commodities, as well as transportation services.  Therefore, we may experience both inflationary and deflationary pressure on product cost, which may impact consumer demand and, as a result, sales and gross margin. Our strategy is to reduce or mitigate the effects of purchase price volatility principally by taking advantage of vendor incentive programs, growing economies of scale from increased volume of purchases, adjusting retail prices and selectively buying from the most competitive vendors without sacrificing quality.

Item 4.  Controls and Procedures
 
Disclosure Controls and Procedures

We carried out an evaluation required by the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “1934 Act”), under the supervision and with the participation of our principal executive officer and principal financial officer, of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the 1934 Act) as of March 30, 2019.  Based on this evaluation, our principal executive officer and principal financial officer concluded that, as of March 30, 2019, our disclosure controls and procedures were effective.

Internal Control over Financial Reporting

We adopted the new lease accounting standard under ASC 842 as of December 30, 2018 (see Note 1 and Note 13). As a result, we updated accounting policies affected by ASC 842 and modified internal controls over financial reporting related to ASC 842.

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

PART II.  OTHER INFORMATION

Item 1.  Legal Proceedings

The Company is involved in various litigation matters arising in the ordinary course of business. The Company believes that any estimated loss related to such matters has been adequately provided for in accrued liabilities, to the extent probable and reasonably estimable. Accordingly, the Company currently expects these matters will be resolved without material adverse effect on its consolidated financial position, results of operations, or cash flows. 

Item 1A.  Risk Factors

There have been no material changes to our risk factors as previously disclosed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2018.

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

Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

Stock repurchase activity during the first quarter of fiscal 2019 was as follows:
Period
 
Total Number of Shares Purchased
 
Average
Price Paid
Per Share
 
Total Number of Shares Purchased as Part of Publicly Announced Plans or Programs
 
Maximum Dollar
Value of Shares That May Yet Be Purchased Under the Plans or Programs
December 30, 2018 - January 26, 2019
 
570,000

 
$
85.20

 
570,000

 
$
471,453,306

January 27, 2019 - February 23, 2019
 
478,099

(a) 
91.59

 
444,100

 
430,699,739

February 24, 2019 - March 30, 2019
 
710,000

 
92.95

 
710,000

 
364,717,356

Total
 
1,758,099

 
$
90.07

 
1,724,100

 
$
364,717,356

(a) The number of shares purchased and average price paid per share includes 33,999 shares withheld from vested restricted stock units and performance-based restricted share units to satisfy employees’ minimum statutory tax withholding requirements for the period of January 27, 2019 - February 23, 2019.

Share repurchases were made pursuant to the share repurchase program described under Part I Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Conditions and Results of Operations. We expect to implement the balance of the repurchase program through purchases made from time to time either in the open market or through private transactions, in accordance with regulations of the SEC and other applicable legal requirements.

Item 3.  Defaults Upon Senior Securities

None.

Item 4.  Mine Safety Disclosures

Not applicable.

Item 5.  Other Information

None.


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Item 6.  Exhibits

Exhibit
31.1*    Certification of Chief Executive Officer under Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
31.2*    Certification of Chief Financial Officer under Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
32.1*
Certification of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer under Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
101
The following financial information from our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the first quarter of fiscal 2019, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 9, 2019, formatted in Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL): (i) the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets at March 30, 2019, December 29, 2018 and March 31, 2018, (ii) the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income for the fiscal three months ended March 30, 2019 and March 31, 2018, (iii) the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income for the fiscal three months ended March 30, 2019 and March 31, 2018, (iv) the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity for the fiscal three months ended March 30, 2019 and March 31, 2018, (v) the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the fiscal three months ended March 30, 2019 and March 31, 2018, and (vi) the Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

*     Filed herewith


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SIGNATURE

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

 
 
 
TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY
 
 
 
 
Date:
May 9, 2019
By:
/s/ Kurt D. Barton
 
 
 
Kurt D. Barton
 
 
 
Executive Vice President - Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
 
 
 
(Duly Authorized Officer and Principal Financial Officer)

 
 
 


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Section 2: EX-31.1 (EXHIBIT 31.1 SECTION 302 CEO CERTIFICATION)

Exhibit
Exhibit 31.1

CERTIFICATIONS

I, Gregory A. Sandfort, certify that:

1.
I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Tractor Supply Company;
2.
Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;
3.
Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;
4.
The registrant's other certifying officer(s) and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:
(a)
Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;
(b)
Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, 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;
(c)
Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant's disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and
(d)
Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant's internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant's most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant's fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant's internal control over financial reporting; and
5.
The registrant's other certifying officer(s) and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant's auditors and the audit committee of the registrant's board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):
(a)
All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant's ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and
(b)
Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant's internal control over financial reporting.

 Date:
May 9, 2019
/s/ Gregory A. Sandfort
 
 
Gregory A. Sandfort
 
 
Chief Executive Officer

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Section 3: EX-31.2 (EXHIBIT 31.2 SECTION 302 CFO CERTIFICATION)

Exhibit
Exhibit 31.2

CERTIFICATIONS

I, Kurt D. Barton, certify that:

1.
I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Tractor Supply Company;
2.
Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;
3.
Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;
4.
The registrant's other certifying officer(s) and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:
(a)
Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;
(b)
Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, 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;
(c)
Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant's disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and
(d)
Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant's internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant's most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant's fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant's internal control over financial reporting; and
5.
The registrant's other certifying officer(s) and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant's auditors and the audit committee of the registrant's board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):
(a)
All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant's ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and
(b)
Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant's internal control over financial reporting.

 Date:
May 9, 2019
/s/ Kurt D. Barton
 
 
Kurt D. Barton
 
 
Executive Vice President - Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer


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Section 4: EX-32.1 (EXHIBIT 32.1 SECTION 906 CERTIFICATION)

Exhibit
Exhibit 32.1



CERTIFICATION PURSUANT TO SECTION 906
OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002 (18 U.S.C. SECTION 1350)


In connection with the Quarterly Report (“Report”) of Tractor Supply Company (the “Company”) on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended March 30, 2019, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the date hereof, we, Gregory A. Sandfort, Chief Executive Officer, and Kurt D. Barton, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, of the Company, certify, pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (18 U.S.C. section 1350), that:

(1)
The Report fully complies with the requirements of section 13(a) and 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78m(a) or 78o(d)); and
(2)
The information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of the Company.

Dated:
May 9, 2019



/s/ Gregory A. Sandfort                                                                
Gregory A. Sandfort
Chief Executive Officer

/s/ Kurt D. Barton                                                                
Kurt D. Barton
Executive Vice President - Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
 


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