TJX Cos. Inc. (TJX)
Analysis of Inventory
High level of difficulty
Accounting Policy on Inventory
Inventories are stated at the lower of cost or market. TJX uses the retail method for valuing inventories at all of its businesses, except T.K. Maxx in Australia. The businesses that utilize the retail method have some inventory that is initially valued at cost before the retail method is applied as that inventory has not been fully processed for sale (e.g. inventory in transit and unprocessed inventory in TJX’s distribution centers). Under the retail method, TJX utilizes a permanent markdown strategy and lowers the cost value of the inventory that is subject to markdown at the time the retail prices are lowered in the stores. TJX records inventory at the time title transfers, which is typically at the time when inventory is shipped. As a result, merchandise inventories on TJX’s balance sheet include in-transit inventory of $832.1 million at February 2, 2019 and $755.4 million at February 3, 2018. Comparable amounts were reflected in accounts payable at those dates.
Source: 10-K (filing date: 2019-04-03).
TJX Cos. Inc., balance sheet: inventory
US$ in thousands
Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2019-04-03), 10-K (filing date: 2018-04-04), 10-K (filing date: 2017-03-28), 10-K (filing date: 2016-03-29), 10-K (filing date: 2015-03-31), 10-K (filing date: 2014-04-01).
|Merchandise inventories||Amount after valuation and LIFO reserves of inventory expected to be sold, or consumed within one year or operating cycle, if longer.||TJX Cos. Inc.’s merchandise inventories increased from 2017 to 2018 and from 2018 to 2019.|