|RLJ ENTERTAINMENT, INC. filed this Form 10-Q on 11/09/2017|
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RLJ Entertainment, Inc.
Notes To Consolidated Financial Statements
In addition to purchasing inventory from us, USA makes royalty payments to us for the various rights we have licensed. Further, all customer and marketing data obtained during the license period is jointly owned by both companies. During the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, our Wholesale Distribution segment recognized revenues of $1.6 million and $0.2 million, respectively, from its sale of inventory to USA.
RLJE’s management evaluates business performance based on these three distinctive reporting segments: (1) Digital Channels, (2) IP Licensing and (3) Wholesale Distribution. Operations and net assets that are not associated with any of these stated segments are reported as “Corporate” when disclosing and discussing segment information.
Basis of Presentation
Unaudited Interim Financial Statements
The consolidated financial information presented in the accompanying unaudited interim consolidated financial statements as of September 30, 2017 and for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016 has been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (or U.S. GAAP) and with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (or SEC) instructions for interim financial reporting instructions for the Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S‑X of the SEC. Accordingly, they do not include all the information and footnotes required by U.S. GAAP for complete financial statements.
In management’s opinion, all adjustments, consisting of normal recurring accruals, considered necessary for a fair presentation have been included. Due to the seasonal nature of our business, with a disproportionate amount of sales occurring in the fourth quarter and other factors, including our content release schedule, interim results are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the entire fiscal year. The accompanying unaudited financial information should, therefore, be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 23, 2017 (or 2016 Form 10-K). Note 2, Summary of Significant Accounting Policies, of our audited consolidated financial statements included in our 2016 Form 10-K contains a summary of our significant accounting policies. As of September 30, 2017, we have made no material changes to our significant accounting policies disclosed in our 2016 Form 10-K.
Fair Value of Financial Instruments
The carrying amount of our financial instruments, which principally include cash, trade receivables, accounts payable and accrued expenses, approximates fair value due to the relative short maturity of such instruments. The carrying amount of our debt under our senior credit agreement approximates its fair value as it bears interest at market rates of interest after taking into consideration its debt discount.
Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements
In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (or FASB) issued an accounting standard update relating to the recognition of revenue from contracts with customers, which will supersede most current U.S. GAAP revenue recognition guidance, including industry-specific guidance. The new revenue recognition standard provides a five-step analysis of transactions to determine when and how revenue is recognized. Based on the current guidance, the new framework will become effective for us on either a full or modified retrospective basis on January 1, 2018. We will be electing the modified retrospective method; and as such, we will not be restating our revenues for 2017. Upon adoption, we will also be applying the new standard to all customer contracts.
Subsequent to the issuance of the May 2014 guidance, several clarifications and updates have been issued by the FASB on this topic, the most recent of which was issued in December 2016. Many of these clarifications and updates to the guidance, as well as a number of interpretive issues, apply to companies in the media and entertainment industry.
We are currently evaluating the impact of the new standard. While there may be additional areas impacted by the new standard, we have identified certain areas that may be impacted as follows:
Renewals of Licenses of Intellectual Property — Under the current guidance, when the term of an existing license agreement is extended, without any other changes to the provisions of the license, revenue for the renewal period is recognized when the agreement is renewed or extended. Under the new guidance, revenue associated with renewals or extensions of existing license agreements will be recognized as revenue when the license content becomes available under the renewal or extension. This change will impact the timing of revenue recognition as compared with current revenue recognition guidance. While revenues from renewals do occur, they
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