Commitments and Contingencies
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Mar. 31, 2022
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(8) Commitments and Contingencies
The Company 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 condensed 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 the operating segment comprised of QVC U.S. and HSN (“QxH”) and QVC’s primary returns center for hard goods.
QVC maintains property, general liability and business interruption insurance coverage. Based on provisions of QVC's insurance policies, the Company recorded insurance recoveries for certain fire related costs for which recovery was deemed probable. During the year ended December 31, 2021, QVC recorded $229 million of fire related costs for which recovery was deemed probable and received $100 million of insurance proceeds. During the three months ended March 31, 2022, QVC incurred an additional $2 million in other fire related costs, net that will not be reimbursed by QVC’s insurance policies and $14 million of other fire related costs for which recovery was deemed probable based on QVC's insurance policies. As a result, the insurance receivable balance was $143 million as of March 31, 2022 and was recorded in other receivables, which is included in Trade and other receivables, net in the condensed consolidated balance sheet.
QVC is still in the process of assessing the extent of damage to property and recoverability of inventory and submitting relevant insurance claims. During the three months ended March 31, 2022, QVC recorded an $80 million write-
down related to Rocky Mount inventory which was included in cost of goods sold. Due to the circumstances surrounding the write-down of inventory, this write-down has been excluded from Adjusted OIBDA (as defined in note 9). These write-downs are expected to be submitted as part of QVC’s business interruption insurance claim; however, there can be no guarantee they will be recovered. QVC expects to continue to record additional costs and recoveries until the property damage and inventory recoverability assessment is completed and the insurance claim is fully settled.
In the first quarter of 2022, Zulily began to execute a series of transformation initiatives, beginning with the announcement of the closure of its fulfillment center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. These initiatives are consistent with Zulily’s strategy to operate more efficiently as it implements its turnaround plan, and Zulily expects to incur additional expenses related to these transformation initiatives in future periods. Zulily recorded $2 million of restructuring charges during the three months ended March 31, 2022, principally related to its regional office space strategy and expenses associated with the Pennsylvania facility closure.
The entire disclosure for commitments and contingencies.
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