Commitments and Contingencies
|9 Months Ended|
Sep. 30, 2022
|Commitments and Contingencies.|
|Commitments and Contingencies||
(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 records estimated insurance recoveries for fire related costs for which recovery is deemed probable.
For the year ended December 31, 2021, QVC recorded $250 million of fire related costs and estimated insurance recoveries of $229 million for which recovery was deemed probable. As of December 31, 2021, the Company received $100 million of insurance proceeds and had an insurance receivable of $129 million which was recorded in Trade and other receivables, net in the condensed consolidated balance sheet.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2022, the Company recorded an additional $147 million of fire related costs, including $95 million for the write-down of inventory, and estimated insurance recoveries of $47 million for which recovery was deemed probable. For the nine months ended September 30, 2022, the Company received $280 million of insurance proceeds for inventory, fixed asset losses and other fire related costs and recorded a gain of $139 million in Restructuring and fire related costs, net of (recoveries) in the condensed consolidated statement of operations, representing the proceeds received in excess of losses recognized. The Company recorded an insurance receivable, net of advance proceeds received, for other fire related costs for which recovery was deemed probable of $35 million which was recorded in Trade and other receivables, net in the condensed consolidated balance sheet.
During the nine months ended September 30, 2022, inventory write-downs related to Rocky Mount inventory of $95 million were included in cost of goods sold. Due to the circumstances surrounding the write-downs of inventory, these write-downs have been excluded from Adjusted OIBDA (as defined in note 9). QVC is in the process of submitting its business interruption claim with the insurance company; however, there can be no guarantee that all business interruption losses will be recovered. QVC expects to continue to record additional costs and recoveries until 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, and reduction in corporate workforce. 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 $3 million and $8 million of restructuring charges during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022, respectively, principally related to its regional office space strategy and expenses associated with the Pennsylvania facility closure. Zulily recorded $3 million of restructuring charges during the nine months ended September 30, 2022 related to its reduction in corporate workforce.
Gain on Sale of Fixed Assets
In June 2022, QVC modified the finance lease for its distribution center in Ontario, California which reduced the term of the lease and removed QVC’s ability to take ownership of the distribution center at the end of the lease term. QVC will make annual payments over the modified lease term. Since the lease was modified and removed QVC’s ability to take ownership at the end of the lease term, the Company accounted for the modification similar to a sale and leaseback transaction, and as a result, QVC recognized a $240 million gain on the sale of the distribution center during the second quarter of 2022 calculated as the difference between the aggregate consideration received (including cash and forgiveness of the remaining financing obligation of $84 million) and the carrying value of the distribution center. The gain is included in (gain) loss on sale of fixed assets, net in the condensed consolidated statement of operations. The Company accounted for the modified lease as an operating lease and recorded a $37 millionand a $31 million , with the difference attributable to prepaid rent.
In July 2022, QVC sold five owned and operated properties located in the U.S. to an independent third party and received net cash proceeds of $443 million. Concurrent with the sale, the Company entered into agreements to lease each of the properties back from the purchaser over an initial term of 20 years with the option to extend the terms of the property leases for up to four consecutive terms of five years. QVC recognized a $277 million gain related to the successful sale leaseback for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022, calculated as the difference between the aggregate consideration received and the carrying value of the properties. The Company accounted for the leases as operating leases and recorded a $207 millionand a $205 million operating lease .
On November 2, 2022 and November 3, 2022, QVC entered into agreements to sell two properties located in Germany and the U.K. to an independent third party. Under the terms of the agreements, QVC will receive cash payments of approximately €97 million related to its German facility and approximately £68 million related to its U.K. facility before fees, taxes and other expenses. The sale is expected to close in the first quarter of fiscal year 2023. Contingent on the closing of the sale, the Company entered into agreements to lease each of the properties back from the purchaser over an initial term of 20 years with the option to extend the terms of the property leases for up to four consecutive terms of five years. QVC expects to record a gain in 2023 at the close of the sale leaseback transaction.
The entire disclosure for commitments and contingencies.
Reference 1: http://fasb.org/us-gaap/role/ref/legacyRef