Spurred by a recent clarification from the Securities and Exchange Commission, retailers Gymboree Corp. and Kohl's announced separately on Tuesday that they would restate their financial results. Citing the Feb. 7 letter on lease accounting from the SEC's Office of the Chief Accountant, Gymboree announced that it would change the way it accounted for rent holidays, landlord allowances and incentives under operating leases, which, it said in a statement, "is not consistent with the views expressed" in the SEC's interpretation. The San Francisco-based clothing company, which operates over 600 stores, said that it will restate its quarterly financials for 2004, and possibly for earlier periods. Gymboree expected to record an additional non-cash charge for fiscal 2004 of between six and seven cents a share, and that the restatements would reduce 2004 income by as much as 2 cents a quarter. Menomonee Falls, Wis.-based department store operator Kohl's, meanwhile, announced that it would restate financials going back to 1998 in response to the Feb. 7 clarification. The company, which operates over 600 stores, said that the changes would not affect future or historical cash flows, but that it would recognize higher rent expenses over the period covered by the restatements. It said that the higher rent would reduce earnings by 1 cent per share in 1999, 2 cents per share in 2000, 2001 and 2002; and 3 cents per share in 1998, 2003 and 2004. The company is still working with external auditor Ernst & Young on the restatements.
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