Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Leases Leases (Policies)

Leases Leases (Policies)
12 Months Ended
Feb. 01, 2020
Leases [Abstract]  
Lessee, Leases [Policy Text Block]
Accounting Policy Applied in Fiscal 2019
At the lease commencement date, based on certain criteria, we determine if a lease is classified as an operating lease or finance lease and then recognize a right-of-use asset and a lease liability on the Consolidated Balance Sheets for all leases (with the exception of leases that have a term of twelve months or less). The lease liability is measured as the present value of unpaid lease payments measured based on the reasonably certain lease term and corresponding discount rate. The initial right-of-use asset is measured as the lease liability plus certain other costs and is reduced by any tenant allowances collected from the lessor.
Lease payments include fixed and in-substance fixed payments, variable payments based on an index or rate and termination penalties. Lease payments do not include variable lease components other than those that depend on an index or rate or any payments not considered part of the lease (i.e. payment of the lessor’s real estate taxes and insurance). Payments not considered lease payments are expensed as incurred. Some leases require additional payments based on sales and the related contingent rent is recorded as rent expense when the payment is probable. As a policy election, we consider lease payments and all related other payments as one component of a lease.
The reasonably certain lease term includes the non-cancelable lease term and any renewal option periods where we have economically compelling reasons for future exercise.
The discount rate used in our present value calculations is the rate implicit in the lease, when known, or our estimated incremental borrowing rate. Our incremental borrowing rate is estimated based on our secured borrowings and our credit risk relative to the time horizons of other publicly available data points that are consistent with the respective lease term.
Whether an operating lease or a finance lease, the lease liability is amortized over the lease term at a constant periodic interest rate. The right-of-use assets related to operating leases are amortized over the lease term on a basis that renders a straight-line amount of rent expense which encompasses the amortization and interest component of the lease. With the occurrence of certain events, the amortization pattern for an operating asset is adjusted to a straight-line basis over the remaining lease term. The right-of-use asset related to a finance lease is amortized on a straight-line basis over the lease term. Rent on short-term leases is expensed on a straight-line basis over the lease term. When a lease is modified or there is a change in lease term, we assess for any change in lease classification and remeasure the lease liability with a corresponding increase or decrease to the right-of-use asset.
Sale-leasebacks are transactions through which we sell assets and subsequently lease them back. The resulting leases that qualify for sale-leaseback accounting are evaluated and accounted for as an operating lease. A transaction that does not qualify for sale-leaseback accounting as a result of finance lease classification or the failure to meet certain revenue recognition criteria is accounted for as a financing transaction. For a financing transaction, we retain the "sold" assets within property and equipment and record a financing obligation equal to the amount of cash proceeds received. Rental payments under such transactions are recognized as a reduction of the financing obligation and as interest expense using an effective interest method.
Accounting Policy Applied in Fiscal 2018
Our lease accounting policies for lease contracts in fiscal 2018 and prior are disclosed in the 2018 Annual Report on Form 10-K.
We conduct a major part of our operations from leased premises (building or land) that include retail stores, store distribution centers, warehouses, offices and other facilities. Almost all leases include renewal options where we can extend the lease term from one to 50 years or more. We also lease equipment under finance leases for terms of primarily three to five years, and we rent or sublease certain real estate to third parties. Our lease contracts do not contain any purchase options or residual value guarantees.