Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Impairments, Store Closing Costs and Gain on Sale of Leases

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Impairments, Store Closing Costs and Gain on Sale of Leases
12 Months Ended
Jan. 31, 2015
Impairments, Store Closing Costs and Other Costs [Abstract]  
Impairments, Store Closing and Other Costs
2.
Impairments, Store Closing and Other Costs
Impairments, store closing and other costs consist of the following:
 
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012
 
(millions)
Impairments of properties held and used
$
33

 
$
39

 
$
4

Severance
46

 
43

 
3

Other
8

 
6

 
(2
)
 
$
87

 
$
88

 
$
5



During January 2015, the Company announced a series of initiatives to evolve its business model and invest in continued growth opportunities, including a restructuring of merchandising and marketing functions at Macy's and Bloomingdale's consistent with the Company's omnichannel approach to retailing, as well as a series of adjustments to its field and store operations to increase productivity and efficiency.
During January 2014, the Company announced a series of cost-reduction initiatives, including organization changes that combine certain region and district organizations of the My Macy’s store management structure and the realignment and elimination of certain store, central office and administrative functions.
During January 2015, the Company announced the closure of fourteen Macy's stores; during January 2014, the Company announced the closure of five Macy's stores; and during January 2013, the Company announced the closure of six Macy’s and Bloomingdale's stores.
In connection with these announcements and the plans to dispose of these locations, the Company incurred severance and other human resource-related costs and other costs related to lease obligations and other store liabilities.
As a result of the Company’s projected undiscounted future cash flows related to certain store locations and other assets being less than their carrying value, the Company recorded impairment charges, including properties that were the subject of announced store closings. The fair values of these assets were calculated based on the projected cash flows and an estimated risk-adjusted rate of return that would be used by market participants in valuing these assets or based on prices of similar assets.
The Company expects to pay out the 2014 accrued severance costs, which are included in accounts payable and accrued liabilities on the Consolidated Balance Sheets, prior to May 2, 2015. The 2013 and 2012 accrued severance costs, which were included in accounts payable and accrued liabilities on the Consolidated Balance Sheets, were paid out in the fiscal year subsequent to incurring such severance costs.