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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
FORM 10-Q
(Mark One)
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended October 31, 2021
or
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from              to             
Commission File Number: 1-8207
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THE HOME DEPOT, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Delaware
95-3261426
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization) (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
2455 Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30339
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
(770) 433-8211
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Not Applicable
(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class Trading Symbol Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.05 Par Value Per Share HD New York Stock Exchange
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes  No 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files). Yes No 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of "large accelerated filer," "accelerated filer," "smaller reporting company," and "emerging growth company" in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filer         Accelerated filer       Non-accelerated filer     Smaller reporting company      Emerging growth company     
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes  No 
Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date.
1,044,239,177 shares of common stock, $0.05 par value, outstanding as of November 16, 2021



TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Item 2.
Item 3.
Item 4.
Item 1A.
Item 2.
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COMMONLY USED OR DEFINED TERMS
Term Definition
ASU Accounting Standards Update
Comparable sales
Exchange Act Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended
FASB Financial Accounting Standards Board
fiscal 2020 Fiscal year ended January 31, 2021
fiscal 2021 Fiscal year ending January 30, 2022
GAAP U.S. generally accepted accounting principles
HD Supply HD Supply Holdings, Inc.
MD&A Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
MRO Maintenance, repair and operations
NOPAT Net operating profit after tax
Restoration Plan Home Depot FutureBuilder Restoration Plan
ROIC Return on invested capital
SEC Securities and Exchange Commission
Securities Act Securities Act of 1933, as amended
SG&A Selling, general and administrative
2020 Form 10-K
Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal 2020 as filed with the SEC on March 24, 2021
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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
Certain statements contained herein, as well as in other filings we make with the SEC and other written and oral information we release, regarding our future performance constitute "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may relate to, among other things, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the related recovery on our business, results of operations, cash flows and financial condition (which, among other things, may affect many of the items listed below); the demand for our products and services; net sales growth; comparable sales; effects of competition; our brand and reputation; implementation of store, interconnected retail, supply chain and technology initiatives; inventory and in-stock positions; state of the economy; state of the housing and home improvement markets; state of the credit markets, including mortgages, home equity loans, and consumer credit; impact of tariffs; issues related to the payment methods we accept; demand for credit offerings; management of relationships with our associates, potential associates, suppliers and service providers; international trade disputes, natural disasters, public health issues (including pandemics and quarantines, related shut-downs and other governmental orders, and similar restrictions, as well as subsequent re-openings), and other business interruptions that could disrupt supply or delivery of, or demand for, the Company’s products or services; continuation or suspension of share repurchases; net earnings performance; earnings per share; dividend targets; capital allocation and expenditures; liquidity; return on invested capital; expense leverage; stock-based compensation expense; commodity or other price inflation and deflation; the ability to issue debt on terms and at rates acceptable to us; the impact and expected outcome of investigations, inquiries, claims, and litigation, including compliance with related settlements; the effect of accounting charges; the effect of adopting certain accounting standards; the impact of regulatory changes, including changes to tax laws and regulations; store openings and closures; financial outlook; and the impact of acquired companies, including HD Supply, on our organization and the ability to recognize the anticipated benefits of those acquisitions.
Forward-looking statements are based on currently available information and our current assumptions, expectations and projections about future events. You should not rely on our forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to future events, risks and uncertainties – many of which are beyond our control, dependent on the actions of third parties, or currently unknown to us – as well as potentially inaccurate assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations and projections. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those described in Part II, Item 1A, "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in this report and as also may be described from time to time in future reports we file with the SEC. You should read such information in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements and related notes and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in this report. There also may be other factors that we cannot anticipate or that are not described herein, generally because we do not currently perceive them to be material. Such factors could cause results to differ materially from our expectations.
Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we do not undertake to update these statements other than as required by law. You are advised, however, to review any further disclosures we make on related subjects in our periodic filings with the SEC and in our other public statements.

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PART I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1. Financial Statements.
THE HOME DEPOT, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
in millions, except per share data October 31,
2021
January 31,
2021
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 5,067  $ 7,895 
Receivables, net 3,533  2,992 
Merchandise inventories 20,582  16,627 
Other current assets 1,284  963 
Total current assets 30,466  28,477 
Net property and equipment
24,935  24,705 
Operating lease right-of-use assets 5,903  5,962 
Goodwill 7,445  7,126 
Other assets 4,282  4,311 
Total assets $ 73,031  $ 70,581 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 13,375  $ 11,606 
Accrued salaries and related expenses 2,028  2,463 
Sales taxes payable 968  774 
Deferred revenue 3,499  2,823 
Current installments of long-term debt 2,436  1,416 
Current operating lease liabilities 827  828 
Other accrued expenses 3,770  3,256 
Total current liabilities 26,903  23,166 
Long-term debt, excluding current installments 36,712  35,822 
Long-term operating lease liabilities 5,290  5,356 
Other long-term liabilities 3,091  2,938 
Total liabilities 71,996  67,282 
Common stock, par value $0.05; authorized: 10,000 shares; issued: 1,791 shares at October 31, 2021 and 1,789 shares at January 31, 2021; outstanding: 1,046 shares at October 31, 2021 and 1,077 shares at January 31, 2021
90  89 
Paid-in capital 11,889  11,540 
Retained earnings 65,951  58,134 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (602) (671)
Treasury stock, at cost, 745 shares at October 31, 2021 and 712 shares at January 31, 2021
(76,293) (65,793)
Total stockholders’ equity 1,035  3,299 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity
$ 73,031  $ 70,581 
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.
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THE HOME DEPOT, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS
(Unaudited)
  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
in millions, except per share data October 31,
2021
November 1,
2020
October 31,
2021
November 1,
2020
Net sales $ 36,820  $ 33,536  $ 115,438  $ 99,849 
Cost of sales 24,257  22,080  76,468  65,827 
Gross profit 12,563  11,456  38,970  34,022 
Operating expenses:
Selling, general and administrative 6,168  6,076  18,975  18,260 
Depreciation and amortization 600  528  1,780  1,567 
Total operating expenses 6,768  6,604  20,755  19,827 
Operating income 5,795  4,852  18,215  14,195 
Interest and other (income) expense:
Interest and investment income (15) (11) (26) (37)
Interest expense 341  340  1,006  1,010 
Interest and other, net 326  329  980  973 
Earnings before provision for income taxes 5,469  4,523  17,235  13,222 
Provision for income taxes 1,340  1,091  4,154  3,213 
Net earnings $ 4,129  $ 3,432  $ 13,081  $ 10,009 
Basic weighted average common shares 1,049  1,073  1,059  1,074 
Basic earnings per share $ 3.94  $ 3.20  $ 12.35  $ 9.32 
Diluted weighted average common shares 1,053  1,078  1,063  1,078 
Diluted earnings per share $ 3.92  $ 3.18  $ 12.31  $ 9.28 
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

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THE HOME DEPOT, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(Unaudited) 
  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
in millions October 31,
2021
November 1,
2020
October 31,
2021
November 1,
2020
Net earnings $ 4,129  $ 3,432  $ 13,081  $ 10,009 
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax:
Foreign currency translation adjustments (20) 46  35  (232)
Cash flow hedges
Other —  —  27  — 
Total other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax (17) 47  69  (226)
Comprehensive income $ 4,112  $ 3,479  $ 13,150  $ 9,783 
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

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THE HOME DEPOT, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
(Unaudited) 
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
in millions October 31,
2021
November 1,
2020
October 31,
2021
November 1,
2020
Common Stock:
Balance at beginning of period $ 90  $ 89  $ 89  $ 89 
Shares issued under employee stock plans —  —  — 
Balance at end of period 90  89  90  89 
Paid-in Capital:
Balance at beginning of period 11,797  11,228  11,540  11,001 
Shares issued under employee stock plans 18  16  50  89 
Stock-based compensation expense 74  68  299  222 
Balance at end of period 11,889  11,312  11,889  11,312 
Retained Earnings:
Balance at beginning of period 63,560  55,074  58,134  51,729 
Net earnings 4,129  3,432  13,081  10,009 
Cash dividends
(1,738) (1,614) (5,264) (4,837)
Other —  —  —  (9)
Balance at end of period 65,951  56,892  65,951  56,892 
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss):
Balance at beginning of period (585) (1,012) (671) (739)
Foreign currency translation adjustments, net of tax (20) 46  35  (232)
Cash flow hedges, net of tax
Other, net of tax —  —  27  — 
Balance at end of period (602) (965) (602) (965)
Treasury Stock:
Balance at beginning of period (72,793) (65,793) (65,793) (65,196)
Repurchases of common stock (3,500) —  (10,500) (597)
Balance at end of period (76,293) (65,793) (76,293) (65,793)
Total stockholders' equity $ 1,035  $ 1,535  $ 1,035  $ 1,535 
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.



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THE HOME DEPOT, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
  Nine Months Ended
in millions October 31,
2021
November 1,
2020
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:
Net earnings $ 13,081  $ 10,009 
Reconciliation of net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 2,128  1,853 
Stock-based compensation expense 312  234 
Changes in receivables, net (533) (580)
Changes in merchandise inventories (3,871) (1,718)
Changes in other current assets (375) 12 
Changes in accounts payable and accrued expenses 1,918  6,555 
Changes in deferred revenue 672  549 
Changes in income taxes payable (10) 530 
Changes in deferred income taxes (73) (86)
Other operating activities 137  57 
Net cash provided by operating activities 13,386  17,415 
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:
Capital expenditures
(1,737) (1,503)
Payments for businesses acquired, net (416) — 
Other investing activities 21  52 
Net cash used in investing activities (2,132) (1,451)
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:
Repayments of short-term debt, net —  (974)
Proceeds from long-term debt, net of discounts and premiums 2,979  4,960 
Repayments of long-term debt (1,480) (1,836)
Repurchases of common stock (10,374) (791)
Proceeds from sales of common stock 190  185 
Cash dividends
(5,264) (4,837)
Other financing activities (160) (132)
Net cash used in financing activities (14,109) (3,425)
Change in cash and cash equivalents (2,855) 12,539 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents 27  (20)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 7,895  2,133 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 5,067  $ 14,652 
Supplemental Disclosures:
Cash paid for interest, net of interest capitalized $ 1,021  $ 986 
Cash paid for income taxes 4,170  2,681 
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.
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THE HOME DEPOT, INC.
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(Unaudited)

1.SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
Basis of Presentation
The accompanying consolidated financial statements of The Home Depot, Inc. and its subsidiaries (the "Company," "Home Depot," "we," "our" or "us") have been prepared in accordance with the instructions to Form 10-Q and do not include all of the information and footnotes required by 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. Results of operations for interim periods are not necessarily indicative of results for the entire year. As a result, these consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in our 2020 Form 10-K.
There were no significant changes to our significant accounting policies as disclosed in the 2020 Form 10-K.
Recently Adopted Accounting Pronouncements
ASU No. 2019-12. In December 2019, the FASB issued ASU No. 2019-12, “Income Taxes (Topic 740): Simplifying the Accounting for Income Taxes,” as part of its overall simplification initiative to reduce costs and complexity of applying accounting standards while maintaining or improving the usefulness of the information provided to users of financial statements. Amendments include removal of certain exceptions to the general principles of Topic 740, “Income Taxes,” and simplification in several other areas. On February 1, 2021, we adopted ASU No. 2019-12 with no material impact to our consolidated financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.
Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements
Recent accounting pronouncements pending adoption not discussed above or in the 2020 Form 10-K are either not applicable or will not have or are not expected to have a material impact on our consolidated financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.
2.NET SALES
Net Sales
No sales to an individual customer accounted for more than 10% of our net sales during the three and nine months ended October 31, 2021 or November 1, 2020. The following table presents net sales, classified by geography:
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
in millions October 31,
2021
November 1,
2020
October 31,
2021
November 1,
2020
Net sales – in the U.S.
$ 33,736  $ 30,845  $ 106,095  $ 92,468 
Net sales – outside the U.S.
3,084  2,691  9,343  7,381 
Net sales
$ 36,820  $ 33,536  $ 115,438  $ 99,849 
The following table presents net sales by products and services:
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
in millions October 31,
2021
November 1,
2020
October 31,
2021
November 1,
2020
Net sales – products $ 35,383  $ 32,312  $ 111,371  $ 96,607 
Net sales – services 1,437  1,224  4,067  3,242 
Net sales
$ 36,820  $ 33,536  $ 115,438  $ 99,849 
The following table presents major product lines and the related merchandising departments (and related services):
Major Product Line Merchandising Departments
Building Materials Building Materials, Electrical/Lighting, Lumber, Millwork, and Plumbing
Décor Appliances, Décor/Storage, Flooring, Kitchen and Bath, and Paint
Hardlines Hardware, Indoor Garden, Outdoor Garden, and Tools
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The following table presents net sales by major product lines (and related services):
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
in millions October 31,
2021
November 1,
2020
October 31,
2021
November 1,
2020
Building Materials $ 13,809  $ 12,594  $ 41,880  $ 34,966 
Décor 12,783  11,213  38,060  32,309 
Hardlines 10,228  9,729  35,498  32,574 
Net sales $ 36,820  $ 33,536  $ 115,438  $ 99,849 
Deferred Revenue
For products and services sold in stores or online, payment is typically due at the point of sale. When we receive payment from customers before the customer has taken possession of the merchandise or the service has been performed, the amount received is recorded as deferred revenue until the sale or service is complete. Such performance obligations are part of contracts with expected original durations of typically three months or less. As of October 31, 2021 and January 31, 2021, deferred revenue for products and services was $2.5 billion and $1.9 billion, respectively.
We further record deferred revenue for the sale of gift cards and recognize the associated revenue upon the redemption of those gift cards, which generally occurs within six months of gift card issuance. As of October 31, 2021 and January 31, 2021, our performance obligations for unredeemed gift cards were $827 million and $839 million, respectively. Gift card breakage income, which is our estimate of the portion of our gift card balance not expected to be redeemed, was immaterial during the three and nine months ended October 31, 2021 and November 1, 2020.
3.PROPERTY AND LEASES
Net Property and Equipment
Net property and equipment includes accumulated depreciation and amortization of $25.8 billion as of October 31, 2021 and $24.1 billion as of January 31, 2021.
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Leases
The following table presents the consolidated balance sheet location of assets and liabilities related to operating and finance leases:
in millions Consolidated Balance Sheet Caption October 31,
2021
January 31,
2021
Assets:
Operating lease assets Operating lease right-of-use assets $ 5,903  $ 5,962 
Finance lease assets (1)
Net property and equipment
2,894  2,493 
Total lease assets $ 8,797  $ 8,455 
Liabilities:
Current:
   Operating lease liabilities Current operating lease liabilities $ 827  $ 828 
   Finance lease liabilities Current installments of long-term debt 188  66 
Long-term:
   Operating lease liabilities Long-term operating lease liabilities 5,290  5,356 
   Finance lease liabilities Long-term debt, excluding current installments 3,033  2,700 
Total lease liabilities $ 9,338  $ 8,950 
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(1) Finance lease assets are recorded net of accumulated amortization of $987 million as of October 31, 2021 and $815 million as of January 31, 2021.
The following table presents supplemental non-cash information related to leases:
Nine Months Ended
in millions October 31,
2021
November 1,
2020
Lease assets obtained in exchange for new operating lease liabilities $ 637  $ 500 
Lease assets obtained in exchange for new finance lease liabilities 581  1,662 
4.DEBT
Short-Term Debt
We have commercial paper programs that allow for borrowings of up to $3.0 billion. All of our short-term borrowings in the first nine months of fiscal 2021 were under these commercial paper programs, and the maximum amount outstanding at any time was $11 million. In connection with these programs, we have back-up credit facilities with a consortium of banks for borrowings of up to $3.0 billion, which consist of a five-year $2.0 billion credit facility scheduled to expire in December 2023, and a 364-day $1.0 billion credit facility scheduled to expire in December 2021. At October 31, 2021 and January 31, 2021, there were no outstanding borrowings under our commercial paper programs.
Long-Term Debt
September 2021 Issuance. In September 2021, we issued three tranches of senior notes.
The first tranche consisted of $1.0 billion of 1.50% senior notes due September 15, 2028 (the “2028 notes”) at a discount of $4 million. Interest on the 2028 notes is due semi-annually on March 15 and September 15 of each year, beginning March 15, 2022.
The second tranche consisted of $1.0 billion of 1.875% senior notes due September 15, 2031 (the “2031 notes”) at a discount of $6 million. Interest on the 2031 notes is due semi-annually on March 15 and September 15 of each year, beginning March 15, 2022.
The third tranche consisted of $1.0 billion of 2.75% senior notes due September 15, 2051 (the "2051 notes") at a discount of $11 million (together with the 2028 notes and the 2031 notes, the “September 2021 issuance”). Interest on the 2051 notes is due semi-annually on March 15 and September 15 of each year, beginning March 15, 2022.
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Issuance costs for the September 2021 issuance totaled $17 million. The net proceeds of the September 2021 issuance are being used for general corporate purposes, including repurchases of shares of our common stock, subject to market conditions and other business considerations.
Redemption. The 2028 notes, 2031 notes, and 2051 notes may be redeemed by us at any time, in whole or in part, at the redemption price plus accrued interest up to the redemption date. The redemption price is equal to the greater of (1) 100% of the principal amount of the notes to be redeemed, or (2) the sum of the present values of the remaining scheduled payments of principal and interest to the Par Call Date, as defined in the respective notes. Additionally, if a Change in Control Triggering Event, as defined in the notes, occurs, holders of all notes have the right to require us to redeem those notes at 101% of the aggregate principal amount of the notes plus accrued interest up to the redemption date. The indentures governing the notes do not generally limit our ability to incur additional indebtedness or require us to maintain financial ratios or specified levels of net worth or liquidity. The indentures governing the notes contain various customary covenants; however, none are expected to impact our liquidity or capital resources.
In March 2021, we repaid our $1.35 billion 2.00% senior notes that had a maturity date of April 2021.
5. STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Stock Rollforward
The following table presents a reconciliation of the number of shares of our common stock and cash dividends per share:
shares in millions Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
October 31,
2021
November 1,
2020
October 31,
2021
November 1,
2020
Common stock:
Balance at beginning of period 1,791  1,788  1,789  1,786 
Shares issued under employee stock plans —  — 
Balance at end of period 1,791  1,788  1,791  1,788 
Treasury stock:
Balance at beginning of period (735) (712) (712) (709)
Repurchases of common stock (10) —  (33) (3)
Balance at end of period (745) (712) (745) (712)
Shares outstanding at end of period 1,046  1,076  1,046  1,076 
Cash dividends per share $ 1.65  $ 1.50  $ 4.95  $ 4.50 
Share Repurchases
In May 2021, our Board of Directors approved a $20.0 billion share repurchase authorization that replaced the previous authorization. This new authorization does not have a prescribed expiration date. As of October 31, 2021, approximately $14.1 billion of the $20.0 billion share repurchase authorization remained available.
In March 2020, we suspended our share repurchases to enhance our liquidity position during the COVID-19 pandemic. We resumed share repurchases in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
The following table presents information about our repurchases of common stock, all of which were completed through open market purchases:
in millions
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
October 31,
2021
November 1,
2020
October 31,
2021
November 1,
2020
Total number of shares repurchased 10  —  33 
Total amount paid for shares repurchased $ 3,500  $ —  $ 10,500  $ 597 
These amounts may differ from the repurchases of common stock amounts in the consolidated statements of cash flows due to unsettled share repurchases at the end of a period.
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6.FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS
The fair value of an asset is considered to be the price at which the asset could be sold in an orderly transaction between unrelated knowledgeable and willing parties. A liability’s fair value is defined as the amount that would be paid to transfer the liability to a new obligor, rather than the amount that would be paid to settle the liability with the creditor. Assets and liabilities recorded at fair value are measured using a three-tier fair value hierarchy, which prioritizes the inputs used in measuring fair value.
Assets and Liabilities Measured at Fair Value on a Recurring Basis
The following table presents the assets and liabilities that are measured at fair value on a recurring basis:
Fair Value at October 31, 2021 Using Fair Value at January 31, 2021 Using
in millions  Quoted Prices in Active Markets for Identical Assets
(Level 1)
Significant
Observable Inputs
(Level 2)
Significant
Unobservable Inputs
(Level 3)
Quoted Prices in Active Markets for Identical Assets
(Level 1)
Significant
Observable Inputs
(Level 2)
Significant
Unobservable Inputs
(Level 3)
Derivative agreements – assets $ —  $ 106  $ —  $ —  $ 172  $ — 
Derivative agreements – liabilities —  (178) —  —  (71) — 
Total $ —  $ (72) $ —  $ —  $ 101  $ — 
The fair values of our derivative instruments are determined using an income approach and Level 2 inputs, which include the respective interest rate or foreign currency forward curves and discount rates.
Assets and Liabilities Measured at Fair Value on a Nonrecurring Basis
Long-lived assets, goodwill, and other intangible assets are subject to nonrecurring fair value measurement for the assessment of impairment.
During the third quarter of fiscal 2021, we completed our annual assessment of the recoverability of goodwill for our U.S., Canada and Mexico reporting units based on qualitative factors. We performed a qualitative assessment to determine if there were any indicators of impairment and concluded that while there have been events and circumstances in the macro-environment that have impacted us, we have not experienced any entity-specific indicators that would indicate that it is more likely than not that the fair value of any of our reporting units were less than their carrying amounts. Additionally, during the third quarter of fiscal 2021, we completed our annual assessment of the recoverability of our indefinite-lived intangibles based on quantitative factors and concluded no impairment losses should be recognized.
We did not have any material assets or liabilities that were measured at fair value on a nonrecurring basis during the three and nine months ended October 31, 2021 or November 1, 2020.
Other Fair Value Disclosures
The carrying amounts of cash and cash equivalents, receivables and accounts payable approximate fair value due to their short-term nature.
The following table presents the aggregate fair values and carrying values of our senior notes:
October 31,
2021
January 31,
2021
in millions  Fair Value
(Level 1)
Carrying
Value
Fair Value
(Level 1)
Carrying
Value
Senior notes $ 41,411  $ 35,927  $ 41,289  $ 34,472 
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7.WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES
The following table presents the reconciliation of our basic to diluted weighted average common shares:
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
in millions October 31,
2021
November 1,
2020
October 31,
2021
November 1,
2020
Basic weighted average common shares 1,049  1,073  1,059  1,074 
Effect of potentially dilutive securities
Diluted weighted average common shares 1,053  1,078  1,063  1,078 
Anti-dilutive securities excluded from diluted weighted average common shares —  —  —  — 
8.COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
We are involved in litigation arising in the normal course of business. In management’s opinion, any such litigation is not expected to have a material adverse effect on our consolidated financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.
9.HD SUPPLY ACQUISITION
On December 24, 2020, we completed the acquisition of HD Supply for total purchase consideration of $8.7 billion. HD Supply is a leading national distributor of MRO products in the multifamily and hospitality end markets. The acquisition was funded through cash on hand, a portion of which was replaced with the proceeds from our issuance of $3.0 billion of senior notes in January 2021.
The acquisition was accounted for in accordance with Topic 805 "Business Combinations" and, accordingly, HD Supply’s results of operations have been consolidated in the Company’s financial statements since December 24, 2020, the date of acquisition. We recorded a preliminary allocation of the purchase price to assets acquired and liabilities assumed based on their estimated fair values as of December 24, 2020. There were no material adjustments to our preliminary purchase price allocation recognized during the first nine months of fiscal 2021. The final determination of the fair values and related income tax impacts will be completed as soon as practicable, and within the measurement period of up to one year from the acquisition date as permitted under GAAP.
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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
To the Stockholders and Board of Directors
The Home Depot, Inc.:
Results of Review of Interim Financial Information
We have reviewed the consolidated balance sheet of The Home Depot, Inc. and its subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of October 31, 2021, the related consolidated statements of earnings, comprehensive income, and stockholders’ equity for the three-month and nine-month periods ended October 31, 2021 and November 1, 2020, the related consolidated statements of cash flows for the nine-month periods ended October 31, 2021 and November 1, 2020, and the related notes (collectively, the “consolidated interim financial information”). Based on our reviews, we are not aware of any material modifications that should be made to the consolidated interim financial information for it to be in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.
We have previously audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (“PCAOB”), the consolidated balance sheet of the Company as of January 31, 2021, and the related consolidated statements of earnings, comprehensive income, stockholders’ equity, and cash flows for the fiscal year then ended (not presented herein); and in our report dated March 24, 2021, we expressed an unqualified opinion on those consolidated financial statements. Our report referred to a change in the Company’s method of accounting for leases. In our opinion, the information set forth in the accompanying consolidated balance sheet as of January 31, 2021, is fairly stated, in all material respects, in relation to the consolidated balance sheet from which it has been derived.
Basis for Review Results
This consolidated interim financial information is the responsibility of the Company’s management. We are a public accounting firm registered with the PCAOB and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.
We conducted our reviews in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. A review of consolidated interim financial information consists principally of applying analytical procedures and making inquiries of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters. It is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB, the objective of which is the expression of an opinion regarding the financial statements taken as a whole. Accordingly, we do not express such an opinion.

/s/ KPMG LLP
Atlanta, Georgia
November 22, 2021

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Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.
Our MD&A includes the following sections:
Executive Summary
The following table presents quarter to date and year to date highlights of our financial performance:
dollars in millions, except per share data Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
October 31,
2021
November 1,
2020
October 31,
2021
November 1,
2020
Net sales $ 36,820  $ 33,536  $ 115,438  $ 99,849 
Net earnings 4,129  3,432  13,081  10,009 
Diluted earnings per share $ 3.92  $ 3.18  $ 12.31  $ 9.28 
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 13,386  $ 17,415 
Proceeds from long-term debt, net of discounts and premiums 2,979  4,960 
Repayments of long-term debt 1,480  1,836 
Repurchases of common stock 10,374  791 
We reported net sales of $36.8 billion in the third quarter of fiscal 2021. Net earnings were $4.1 billion, or $3.92 per diluted share. For the first nine months of fiscal 2021, net sales were $115.4 billion and net earnings were $13.1 billion, or $12.31 per diluted share.
We opened four stores in the U.S. and one store in Mexico during the third quarter of fiscal 2021, resulting in a total store count of 2,317 at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2021, which includes 14 stores in the U.S. from a small acquisition completed during the second quarter of fiscal 2021. As of October 31, 2021, a total of 311 stores, or 13.4%, were located in Canada and Mexico. For the third quarter of fiscal 2021, sales per retail square foot were $587.28. Our inventory turnover ratio was 5.4 times at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2021, compared to 5.9 times at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2020.
We generated $13.4 billion of cash flow from operations and issued $3 billion of long-term debt during the first nine months of fiscal 2021. This cash flow, together with cash on hand, was used to fund cash payments of $10.4 billion for share repurchases, pay $5.3 billion of dividends, fund $1.7 billion in capital expenditures, and repay an aggregate of $1.5 billion of long-term debt. In February 2021, we announced a 10% increase in our quarterly cash dividend to $1.65 per share.
Our ROIC for the trailing twelve-month period was 43.9% at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2021 and 41.6% at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2020. See the "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" section below for our definition and calculation of ROIC, as well as a reconciliation of NOPAT, a non-GAAP financial measure, to net earnings (the most comparable GAAP financial measure).
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Results of Operations and Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The tables and discussion below should be read in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements and related notes included in this report and in the 2020 Form 10-K and with our MD&A included in the 2020 Form 10-K. The following table presents the percentage relationship between net sales and major categories in our consolidated statements of earnings.
Fiscal 2021 and Fiscal 2020 Three Month Comparisons
Three Months Ended
October 31,
2021
November 1,
2020
dollars in millions $ % of
Net Sales
$ % of
Net Sales
Net sales $ 36,820  $ 33,536 
Gross profit 12,563  34.1  % 11,456  34.2  %
Operating expenses:
Selling, general and administrative 6,168  16.8  6,076  18.1 
Depreciation and amortization 600  1.6  528  1.6 
Total operating expenses 6,768  18.4  6,604  19.7 
Operating income 5,795  15.7  4,852  14.5 
Interest and other (income) expense:
Interest and investment income (15) —  (11) — 
Interest expense 341  0.9  340  1.0 
Interest and other, net 326  0.9  329  1.0 
Earnings before provision for income taxes 5,469  14.9  4,523  13.5 
Provision for income taxes 1,340  3.6  1,091  3.3 
Net earnings $ 4,129  11.2  % $ 3,432  10.2  %
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Note: Certain percentages may not sum to totals due to rounding.
Three Months Ended
Selected financial and sales data: October 31,
2021
November 1,
2020
% Change
Comparable sales (% change) (1)
6.1  % 24.1  % N/A
Comparable customer transactions (% change) (1) (2)
(5.8) % 13.0  % N/A
Comparable average ticket (% change) (1) (2)
12.7  % 10.0  % N/A
Customer transactions (in millions) (1) (2)
428.2  453.2  (5.5) %
Average ticket (1) (2) (3)
$ 82.38  $ 72.98  12.9  %
Sales per retail square foot (1) (2) (4)
$ 587.28  $ 552.85  6.2  %
Diluted earnings per share
$ 3.92  $ 3.18  23.3  %
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(1)Does not include results for HD Supply, which was acquired in December 2020.
(2)Does not include results for the legacy Interline Brands business.
(3)Average ticket represents the average price paid per transaction and is used by management to monitor the performance of the Company, as it represents a primary driver in measuring sales performance.
(4)Sales per retail square foot represents annualized sales divided by retail store square footage. Sales per retail square foot is a measure of the efficiency of sales based on the total square footage of our stores and is used by management to monitor the performance of the Company’s retail operations as an indicator of the productivity of owned and leased square footage for these retail operations.
Sales. We assess our sales performance by evaluating both net sales and comparable sales.
Net Sales. Net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2021 increased 9.8% to $36.8 billion from $33.5 billion for the third quarter of fiscal 2020. The increase in net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2021 primarily reflected the impact of positive comparable sales driven by an increase in comparable average ticket, offset by a decrease in comparable
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customer transactions, as well as sales from HD Supply, which was acquired in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020. Online sales, which consist of sales generated online through our websites for products picked up at our stores or delivered to customer locations, represented 12.8% of net sales and grew by 8.4% during the third quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2020. The increase in online sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2021 was driven by customers continuing to leverage our digital platforms for their shopping needs. A weaker U.S. dollar positively impacted sales growth by $193 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2021.
Comparable Sales. Comparable sales is a measure that highlights the performance of our existing locations and websites by measuring the change in net sales for a period over the comparable prior-period of equivalent length. Comparable sales includes sales at all locations, physical and online, open greater than 52 weeks (including remodels and relocations) and excludes permanently closed stores. Retail stores become comparable on the Monday following their 52nd week of operation. Acquisitions are typically included in comparable sales after they have been owned for more than 52 weeks. Comparable sales is intended only as supplemental information and is not a substitute for net sales presented in accordance with GAAP.
Total comparable sales increased 6.1% for the third quarter of fiscal 2021, reflecting a 12.7% increase in comparable average ticket, partially offset by a 5.8% decrease in comparable customer transactions compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2020. The increase in comparable average ticket was primarily driven by inflation across several product categories, including core commodity price inflation largely from copper and building materials, which was partially offset by deflation in lumber. Comparable average ticket also increased due to an increase in big-ticket transactions and strong demand for new and innovative products. The decrease in comparable customer transactions was primarily due to lapping comparable transactions of 13.0% that we experienced in the third quarter of fiscal 2020. Total comparable sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 included a significant acceleration in sales growth and strong performance across our departments, driven in part by the increase in demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in comparable sales performance of 24.1% for the third quarter of fiscal 2020.
During the third quarter of fiscal 2021, 12 of our 14 merchandising departments posted positive comparable sales. Comparable sales for our Appliances, Plumbing, Electrical/Lighting, Building Materials, Tools, Kitchen and Bath, Décor/Storage, Millwork, and Flooring merchandising departments were above the company average in the third quarter of fiscal 2021. Comparable sales for our Indoor Garden merchandising department were essentially flat, and our Lumber department had high single-digit negative comparable sales in the third quarter of fiscal 2021, as a result of lumber price deflation. Comparable sales for our Lumber department grew by more than 50% in the third quarter of fiscal 2020.
Gross Profit. Gross profit for the third quarter of fiscal 2021 increased 9.7% to $12.6 billion from $11.5 billion for the third quarter of fiscal 2020. Gross profit as a percentage of net sales, or gross profit margin, was 34.1% for the third quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to 34.2% for the third quarter of fiscal 2020. The decrease in gross profit margin during the third quarter of fiscal 2021 was primarily driven by higher transportation costs and pressure from product mix, partially offset by the benefit from higher retail prices.
Operating Expenses. Our operating expenses are composed of SG&A and depreciation and amortization.
Selling, General & Administrative. SG&A for the third quarter of fiscal 2021 increased $92 million or 1.5% to $6.2 billion from the third quarter of fiscal 2020. As a percentage of net sales, SG&A was 16.8% for the third quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to 18.1% for the third quarter of fiscal 2020. The decrease in SG&A as a percentage of net sales was primarily driven by leverage resulting from a positive comparable sales environment, including payroll leverage, and cycling COVID-19-related expenses that we incurred during the third quarter of fiscal 2020, including $354 million of additional expenses related to expanded benefits to support our associates and an additional $59 million of operational expenses. Total COVID-19-related expenses were $35 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2021. These benefits were partially offset by an increase in hourly payroll-related costs in the third quarter of fiscal 2021 driven by the wage investments we made in the latter part of fiscal 2020.
Depreciation and Amortization. Depreciation and amortization increased 13.6% to $600 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2021 from $528 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2020. As a percentage of net sales, depreciation and amortization was 1.6% for the third quarter of both fiscal 2021 and fiscal 2020, primarily reflecting increased depreciation expense from our strategic investments in the business as well as higher intangible asset amortization expense, offset by leverage resulting from a positive comparable sales environment.
Interest and Other, net. Interest and other, net, was $326 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to $329 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2020. Interest and other, net, as a percentage of net sales was 0.9% for the third quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to 1.0% for the third quarter of fiscal 2020. The decrease in interest and
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other, net, as a percentage of net sales primarily reflected leverage resulting from a positive comparable sales environment.
Provision for Income Taxes. Our combined effective income tax rate was 24.5% for the third quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to 24.1% for the third quarter of fiscal 2020.
Diluted Earnings per Share. Diluted earnings per share were $3.92 for the third quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to $3.18 for the third quarter of fiscal 2020. The increase in diluted earnings per share was primarily driven by the factors discussed above.
Fiscal 2021 and Fiscal 2020 Nine Month Comparisons
Nine Months Ended
October 31,
2021
November 1,
2020
dollars in millions $ % of
Net Sales
$ % of
Net Sales
Net sales $ 115,438  $ 99,849 
Gross profit 38,970  33.8  % 34,022  34.1  %
Operating expenses:
Selling, general and administrative 18,975  16.4  18,260  18.3 
Depreciation and amortization 1,780  1.5  1,567  1.6 
Total operating expenses 20,755  18.0  19,827  19.9 
Operating income 18,215  15.8  14,195  14.2 
Interest and other (income) expense:
Interest and investment income (26) —  (37) — 
Interest expense 1,006  0.9  1,010  1.0 
Interest and other, net 980  0.8  973  1.0 
Earnings before provision for income taxes 17,235  14.9  13,222  13.2 
Provision for income taxes 4,154  3.6  3,213  3.2 
Net earnings $ 13,081  11.3  % $ 10,009  10.0  %
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Note: Certain percentages may not sum to totals due to rounding.
Nine Months Ended
Selected financial and sales data: October 31,
2021
November 1,
2020
% Change
Comparable sales (% change) (1)
12.5  % 18.3  % N/A
Comparable customer transactions (% change) (1) (2)
1.1  % 7.4  % N/A
Comparable average ticket (% change) (1) (2)
11.5  % 10.3  % N/A
Customer transactions (in millions) (1) (2)
1,357.2  1,339.5  1.3  %
Average ticket (1) (2) (3)
$ 82.43  $ 73.90  11.5  %
Sales per retail square foot (1) (2) (4)
$ 615.98  $ 549.26  12.1  %
Diluted earnings per share
$ 12.31  $ 9.28  32.7  %
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(1)Does not include results for HD Supply, which was acquired in December 2020.
(2)Does not include results for the legacy Interline Brands business.
(3)Average ticket represents the average price paid per transaction and is used by management to monitor the performance of the Company, as it represents a primary driver in measuring sales performance.
(4)Sales per retail square foot represents annualized sales divided by retail store square footage. Sales per retail square foot is a measure of the efficiency of sales based on the total square footage of our stores and is used by management to monitor the performance of the Company’s retail operations as an indicator of the productivity of owned and leased square footage for these retail operations.
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Sales. We assess our sales performance by evaluating both net sales and comparable sales.
Net Sales. For the first nine months of fiscal 2021, net sales increased 15.6% to $115.4 billion from $99.8 billion for the first nine months of fiscal 2020. The increase in net sales for the first nine months of fiscal 2021 primarily reflected the impact of positive comparable sales driven by an increase in comparable average ticket and comparable customer transactions, as well as sales from HD Supply, which was acquired in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the actions we took in response to it had varying effects on our sales throughout the first nine months of fiscal 2020. At the beginning of the pandemic, we reduced store hours, limited customer traffic in stores, and canceled or modified certain annual merchandising events, all of which negatively impacted our sales during the first quarter of fiscal 2020. During the last three weeks of the first quarter of fiscal 2020 and continuing throughout fiscal 2020, we saw elevated home improvement demand with strong performance across our departments as customers focused on home improvement projects and repairs.
Online sales, which consist of sales generated online through our websites for products picked up in our stores or delivered to customer locations, represented 13.4% of net sales and grew by approximately 11% during the first nine months of fiscal 2021 compared to the first nine months of fiscal 2020. The increase in online sales for the first nine months of fiscal 2021 was driven by customers continuing to leverage our digital platforms for their shopping needs. A weaker U.S. dollar positively impacted sales growth by $735 million for the first nine months of fiscal 2021.
Comparable Sales. For the first nine months of fiscal 2021, total comparable sales increased 12.5%, reflecting an 11.5% increase in comparable average ticket and a 1.1% increase in comparable customer transactions compared to the first nine months of fiscal 2020. The increase in comparable sales reflected a number of factors, including increased consumer demand and benefits from our strategic efforts to drive an enhanced interconnected experience in both the physical and digital worlds. The increase in comparable average ticket was primarily driven by inflation, including commodity price inflation largely from lumber, an increase in big-ticket transactions, elevated project demand and strong demand for new and innovative products.
During the first nine months of fiscal 2021, all of our merchandising departments posted positive comparable sales and 10 of our 14 merchandising departments posted double-digit positive comparable sales, led by Kitchen and Bath and Lumber, when compared to the first nine months of fiscal 2020. Our Outdoor Garden, Indoor Garden, Hardware and Paint departments had single-digit positive comparable sales when compared to the first nine months of fiscal 2020.
Gross Profit. For the first nine months of fiscal 2021, gross profit increased 14.5% to $39.0 billion from $34.0 billion for the first nine months of fiscal 2020. Gross profit as a percentage of net sales, or gross profit margin, was 33.8% for the first nine months of fiscal 2021 compared to 34.1% for the first nine months of fiscal 2020. The decrease in gross profit margin during the first nine months of fiscal 2021 reflected pressure from product mix, including rate and mix pressure from lumber, higher transportation costs, and investments in our supply chain, partially offset by the benefit from higher retail prices.
Operating Expenses. Our operating expenses are composed of SG&A and depreciation and amortization.
Selling, General & Administrative. SG&A increased 3.9% to $19.0 billion for the first nine months of fiscal 2021 from $18.3 billion for the first nine months of fiscal 2020. As a percentage of net sales, SG&A was 16.4% for the first nine months of fiscal 2021 compared to 18.3% for the first nine months of fiscal 2020. The decrease in SG&A as a percentage of net sales for the first nine months of fiscal 2021 was primarily driven by leverage resulting from a positive comparable sales environment and cycling COVID-19-related expenses that we incurred during the first nine months of fiscal 2020, including $1.7 billion of additional expenses related to expanded benefits to support our associates and an additional $183 million of operational expenses. Total COVID-19-related expenses incurred in the first nine months of fiscal 2021 were $137 million. These benefits were partially offset by an increase in hourly payroll-related costs in the first nine months of fiscal 2021 driven by the wage investments we made in the latter part of fiscal 2020.
Depreciation and Amortization. Depreciation and amortization increased 13.6% to $1.8 billion for the first nine months of fiscal 2021 from $1.6 billion for the first nine months of fiscal 2020. As a percentage of net sales, depreciation and amortization was 1.5% for the first nine months of fiscal 2021 compared to 1.6% for the first nine months of fiscal 2020. The decrease in depreciation and amortization as a percentage of net sales primarily reflected leverage resulting from a positive comparable sales environment, partially offset by increased depreciation expense from our strategic investments in the business as well as higher intangible asset amortization expense.
Interest and Other, net. Interest and other, net was $980 million for the first nine months of fiscal 2021 compared to $973 million for the first nine months of fiscal 2020. As a percentage of net sales, interest and other, net was
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0.8% for the first nine months of fiscal 2021 and 1.0% for the first nine months of fiscal 2020, primarily reflecting leverage resulting from a positive comparable sales environment.
Provision for Income Taxes. Our combined effective income tax rate was 24.1% for the first nine months of fiscal 2021 compared to 24.3% for the first nine months of fiscal 2020.
Diluted Earnings per Share. Diluted earnings per share were $12.31 for the first nine months of fiscal 2021, compared to $9.28 for the first nine months of fiscal 2020. The increase in diluted earnings per share was primarily driven by the factors discussed above.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To provide clarity about our operating performance, we supplement our reporting with certain non-GAAP financial measures. However, this supplemental information should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the related GAAP measures. Non-GAAP financial measures presented herein may differ from similar measures used by other companies.
Return on Invested Capital. We believe ROIC is meaningful for investors and management because it measures how effectively we deploy our capital base. We define ROIC as NOPAT, a non-GAAP financial measure, for the most recent twelve-month period, divided by average debt and equity. We define average debt and equity as the average of beginning and ending long-term debt (including current installments) and equity for the most recent twelve-month period.
The following table presents the calculation of ROIC, together with a reconciliation of NOPAT to net earnings (the most comparable GAAP measure):
  Twelve Months Ended
dollars in millions October 31,
2021
November 1,
2020
Net earnings $ 15,938  $ 12,490 
Interest and other, net 1,307  1,265 
Provision for income taxes 5,053  3,843 
Operating income 22,298  17,598 
Income tax adjustment (1)
(5,378) (4,252)
NOPAT $ 16,920  $ 13,346 
Average debt and equity $ 38,519  $ 32,095 
ROIC 43.9  % 41.6  %
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(1)Income tax adjustment is defined as operating income multiplied by our effective tax rate for the trailing twelve months.
Additional Information
For information on accounting pronouncements that have impacted or are expected to materially impact our consolidated financial condition, results of operations or cash flows, see Note 1 to our consolidated financial statements.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
Cash and Cash Equivalents
At October 31, 2021, we had $5.1 billion in cash and cash equivalents, of which $1.4 billion was held by our foreign subsidiaries. We believe that our current cash position, cash flow generated from operations, funds available from our commercial paper programs, and access to the long-term debt capital markets should be sufficient not only for our operating requirements but also to enable us to complete our capital expenditure programs, fund dividend payments, fund any share repurchases, and make any required debt payments through the next several fiscal years. In addition, we believe that we have the ability to obtain alternative sources of financing, if necessary.
For fiscal 2021, we will continue to follow our disciplined approach to capital allocation. We anticipate capital expenditures of approximately two percent of net sales on an annual basis. However, we may adjust our capital expenditures to support the operations of the business, to enhance long-term strategic positioning, or in response to the economic environment, as necessary or appropriate.
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Debt and Derivative Instruments
We have commercial paper programs that allow for borrowings of up to $3.0 billion. All of our short-term borrowings in the first nine months of fiscal 2021 were under these commercial paper programs, and the maximum amount outstanding at any time was $11 million. In connection with these programs, we have back-up credit facilities with a consortium of banks for borrowings up to $3.0 billion, which consist of a five-year $2.0 billion credit facility scheduled to expire in December 2023 and a 364-day $1.0 billion credit facility scheduled to expire in December 2021 that we plan to renew. At October 31, 2021, we were in compliance with all of the covenants contained in the credit facilities, none of which are expected to impact our liquidity or capital resources. At October 31, 2021 and January 31, 2021, there were no outstanding borrowings under our commercial paper programs.
We also issue senior notes from time to time as part of our capital management strategy. In September 2021, we issued $3.0 billion of senior notes. The net proceeds from this issuance are being used for general corporate purposes, including repurchases of shares of our common stock, subject to market conditions and other business considerations. In March 2021, we also repaid our $1.35 billion 2.00% senior notes that had a maturity date of April 2021. See Note 4 to our consolidated financial statements for further discussion of our senior notes.
We use derivative and nonderivative instruments as part of our normal business operations in the management of our exposure to fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates and interest rates on certain long-term debt.
Share Repurchases
In May 2021, our Board of Directors approved a $20.0 billion share repurchase authorization that replaced the previous authorization. This new authorization does not have a prescribed expiration date. As of October 31, 2021, approximately $14.1 billion of the $20.0 billion share repurchase authorization remained available.
In March 2020, we suspended our share repurchases to enhance our liquidity position during the COVID-19 pandemic. We resumed share repurchases in the first quarter of fiscal 2021, the amount and continuation of which will be influenced by the evolving economic environment as well as business conditions. In the first nine months of fiscal 2021, we had cash payments of $10.4 billion for repurchases of our common stock through open market purchases.
Cash Flows Summary
Operating Activities. Cash flow generated from operations provides us with a significant source of liquidity. Our operating cash flows result primarily from cash received from our customers, offset by cash payments we make for products and services, associate compensation, operations, and occupancy costs.
Cash provided by or used in operating activities is also subject to changes in working capital. Working capital at any point in time is subject to many variables, including seasonality, inventory management and category expansion, the timing of cash receipts and payments, vendor payment terms, and fluctuations in foreign exchange rates.
Net cash provided by operating activities decreased by $4.0 billion in the first nine months of fiscal 2021 compared to the first nine months of fiscal 2020 and was primarily driven by changes in working capital, partially offset by an increase in net earnings. Working capital was impacted by timing of vendor payments, along with higher merchandise inventories to continue to support increased demand.
Investing Activities. Cash used in investing activities increased by $681 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2021 compared to the first nine months of fiscal 2020, primarily as a result of cash paid for an acquired business during fiscal 2021 and increased capital expenditures.
Financing Activities. Cash used in financing activities in the first nine months of fiscal 2021 primarily reflected $10.4 billion of share repurchases, $5.3 billion of cash dividends paid, and $1.5 billion of repayments of long-term debt, partially offset by $3.0 billion of net proceeds from long-term debt.
Cash used in financing activities in the first nine months of fiscal 2020 primarily reflected $4.8 billion of cash dividends paid, $1.8 billion of repayments of long-term debt, $974 million of net repayments of short-term debt, and $791 million of share repurchases prior to our suspension of share repurchases in March 2020, partially offset by $5.0 billion of net proceeds from long-term debt.
Critical Accounting Policies
During the first nine months of fiscal 2021, there were no changes to our critical accounting policies as disclosed in the 2020 Form 10-K. Our significant accounting policies are disclosed in Note 1 to our consolidated financial statements.
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Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk.
Our exposure to market risk results primarily from fluctuations in interest rates in connection with our long-term debt portfolio. We are also exposed to risks from foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations on the translation of our foreign operations into U.S. dollars and on the purchase of goods by these foreign operations that are not denominated in their local currencies. Additionally, we may experience inflation and deflation related to our purchase of certain commodity products. There have been no material changes to our exposure to market risks, including the instruments we use to manage our exposure to such risks, from those disclosed in the 2020 Form 10-K.
Item 4. Controls and Procedures.
Under the direction and with the participation of our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, we evaluated our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) under the Exchange Act) and concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were effective as of October 31, 2021.
We are in the process of an ongoing business transformation initiative, which began in fiscal 2020 and includes upgrading and migrating certain accounting and finance systems in the U.S. We plan to continue to migrate additional business processes over the course of the next few years and have modified and will continue to modify the design and implementation of certain internal control processes as the integration continues.
Except as described above, there were no other changes in our internal control over financial reporting during the fiscal quarter ended October 31, 2021 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.
PART II – OTHER INFORMATION
Item 1A. Risk Factors.
In addition to the other information set forth in this report, you should carefully consider the factors discussed under Item 1A, "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in the 2020 Form 10-K. These risks and uncertainties could materially and adversely affect our business, consolidated financial condition, results of operations, or cash flows. Our operations could also be affected by additional factors that are not presently known to us or by factors that we currently do not consider material to our business. There have been no material changes in the risk factors discussed in the 2020 Form 10-K.
Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds.
Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
The following table presents the number and average price of shares purchased in each fiscal month of the third quarter of fiscal 2021:
Period
Total Number of Shares Purchased (1)
Average Price Paid Per Share (1)
Total Number of Shares Purchased as Part of Publicly Announced Program (2)
Dollar Value of Shares that May Yet Be Purchased Under the Program (2)
August 2, 2021 – August 29, 2021 2,264,326  $ 327.58  2,261,545  $ 16,878,217,517 
August 30, 2021 – September 26, 2021 3,591,056  332.00  3,588,690  15,686,752,964 
September 27, 2021 – October 31, 2021 4,526,163  347.20  4,514,020  14,119,412,405 
Total 10,381,545  337.66  10,364,255 
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(1)These amounts include repurchases pursuant to our Amended and Restated 2005 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan and our 1997 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan (collectively, the "Plans"). Under the Plans, participants may surrender shares as payment of applicable tax withholding on the vesting of restricted stock. Participants in the Plans may also exercise stock options by surrendering shares of common stock that the participants already own as payment of the exercise price. Shares so surrendered by participants in the Plans are repurchased pursuant to the terms of the Plans and applicable award agreement and not pursuant to publicly announced share repurchase programs.
(2)In May 2021, our Board of Directors approved a $20.0 billion share repurchase authorization that replaced the previous authorization. This new authorization does not have a prescribed expiration date.
Sales of Unregistered Securities
During the third quarter of fiscal 2021, we issued 405 deferred stock units under The Home Depot, Inc. Nonemployee Directors’ Deferred Stock Compensation Plan pursuant to the exemption from registration provided
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by Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act and Rule 506 of the SEC’s Regulation D thereunder. The deferred stock units were credited to the accounts of those non-employee directors who elected to receive all or a portion of board retainers in the form of deferred stock units instead of cash during the third quarter of fiscal 2021. The deferred stock units convert to shares of common stock on a one-for-one basis following a termination of service as described in this plan.
During the third quarter of fiscal 2021, we credited 834 deferred stock units to participant accounts under the Restoration Plan pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act for involuntary, non-contributory plans. The deferred stock units convert to shares of common stock on a one-for-one basis following a termination of service as described in this plan.
Item 6. Exhibits.
Exhibits marked with an asterisk (*) are incorporated by reference to exhibits or appendices previously filed with the SEC, as indicated by the references in brackets. All other exhibits are filed or furnished herewith.
Exhibit Description
*
[Form 10-Q filed on September 1, 2011, Exhibit 3.1]
*
[Form 8-K filed on March 4, 2019, Exhibit 3.2]
*
Form 1.500% Note due September 15, 2028 [Form 8-K filed on September 21, 2021, Exhibit 4.2]
*
Form 1.875% Note due September 15, 2031 [Form 8-K filed on September 21, 2021, Exhibit 4.3]
*
Form 2.750% Note due September 15, 2051 [Form 8-K filed on September 21, 2021, Exhibit 4.4]
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SIGNATURES
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.
THE HOME DEPOT, INC.
(Registrant)
By:
/s/ CRAIG A. MENEAR
Craig A. Menear, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (Principal Executive Officer)
/s/ RICHARD V. MCPHAIL
Richard V. McPhail, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (Principal Financial Officer)
/s/ STEPHEN L. GIBBS
Stephen L. Gibbs, Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller (Principal Accounting Officer)
Date: November 22, 2021
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