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No-Moat Kohl’s Management Wins the Proxy Battle, but the Larger Question Remains Unresolved

David Swartz Equity Analyst

Analyst Note

| David Swartz |

After an acrimonious battle, Kohl’s thwarted an attempt by 5% shareholder Macellum Capital to take control of its board of directors and implement significant changes or push for a sale. This result became a forgone conclusion in recent weeks as neither institutional shareholders nor proxy advisory firms showed much enthusiasm for a takeover. We have argued that although Macellum’s criticisms of Kohl’s operations and its lack of a clear real estate plan have merit, it is unlikely that its changes would have materially improved Kohl’s weak competitive position in the long run (as suggested by our no-moat rating).

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Business Description

Kohl’s operates 1,165 department stores in 49 states that sell moderately priced private-label and national brand clothing, shoes, accessories, cosmetics, and home furnishings. Most of these stores are in strip centers. Kohl’s also operates a large digital sales business. Women’s apparel is Kohl’s largest category, having generated 27% of its 2021 sales. The retailer, headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, opened its first department store in 1962.

N56 W17000 Ridgewood Drive
Menomonee Falls, WI, 53051
T +1 262 703-7000
Sector Consumer Cyclical
Industry Department Stores
Most Recent Earnings Jan 31, 2022
Fiscal Year End Jan 28, 2023
Stock Type Cyclical
Employees 99,000

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