Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2021
Commitments and Contingencies.  
Commitments and Contingencies

(14) Commitments and Contingencies


Qurate Retail has contingent liabilities related to legal and tax proceedings and other matters arising in the ordinary course of business. Although it is reasonably possible Qurate Retail may incur losses upon conclusion of such matters, an estimate of any loss or range of loss cannot be made. In the opinion of management, it is expected that amounts, if any, which may be required to satisfy such contingencies will not be material in relation to the accompanying consolidated financial statements.

Fire at Rocky Mount Fulfillment Center

On December 18, 2021, QVC experienced a fire at its Rocky Mount, Inc. fulfillment center in North Carolina. Rocky Mount was QVC’s second-largest fulfillment center for QxH and QVC’s primary returns center for hard goods.

QVC maintains property, general liability and business interruption insurance coverage. Based on the provisions of QVC's insurance policies, it has determined that recovery of certain fire related costs incurred as of December 31, 2021 is probable and recorded $229 million of insurance recoveries. During the year ended December 31, 2021, QVC received $100 million of insurance proceeds, representing an advance of funds. As a result, the insurance receivable balance was $129 million as of December 31, 2021 and was recorded in other receivables, which is included in Trade and other receivables, net in the Consolidated Balance Sheet.

As of the date of this report, QVC is still in the process of assessing damage to property and inventory and submitting relevant insurance claims. There is approximately $117 million of inventory at the Rocky Mount facility that is currently being assessed for damage and is included in Inventories in the consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2021. QVC anticipates any additional inventory losses will be covered by its insurance policies. QVC expects to continue to record additional costs and recoveries until the property and inventory assessment is completed and the insurance claim is fully settled.

Certain incremental costs incurred to date related to the fire and related insurance recovery for the year ended December 31, 2021 are as follows:

Year ended December 31,




amounts in millions

Loss on inventory




Loss on fixed assets




Other fire related costs (1)








Insurance recoveries received




Expected insurance recoveries




Fire related costs, net




(1) Amount includes $21 million of costs that will not be reimbursed by QVC's insurance policies, primarily related to personnel costs.