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Commitments, Contingencies and Related Parties

Commitments, Contingencies and Related Parties
3 Months Ended
May 02, 2021
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  





The Company leases its office, warehouse facilities and retail showrooms under operating lease agreements which expire at various dates through June 2031. The Company determines if a contract contains a lease at inception based on our right to control the use of an identified asset and our right to obtain substantially all of the economic benefits from the use of that identified asset. Certain operating leases have renewal options and rent escalation clauses. We assess these options to determine if we are reasonably certain of exercising these options based on all relevant economic and financial factors. Any options that meet these criteria are included in the lease term at lease commencement.


Lease right-of-use assets represent the right to use an underlying asset pursuant to the lease for the lease term, and lease liabilities represent the obligation to make lease payments arising from the lease. Lease right-of-use assets and lease liabilities are recognized at the commencement of an arrangement where it is determined at inception that a lease exists. These assets and liabilities are initially recognized based on the present value of lease payments over the lease term calculated using our incremental borrowing rate generally applicable to the location of the lease right-of-use asset, unless an implicit rate is readily determinable. We combine lease and certain non-lease components for our showroom real estate leases in determining the lease payments subject to the initial present value calculation. Lease right-of-use assets include upfront lease payments and exclude lease incentives, where applicable. Lease terms include options to extend or terminate the lease when it is reasonably certain that those options will be exercised.


Lease expense for operating leases consists of both fixed and variable components. Expense related to fixed lease payments are recognized on a straight-line basis over the lease term. Variable lease payments are generally expensed as incurred, where applicable, and include certain index-based changes in rent, certain non-lease components, such as maintenance and other services provided by the lessor, and other charges included in the lease. Leases with an initial term of twelve months or less are not recorded on the balance sheet. In addition, certain of our equipment lease agreements include variable lease payments, which are based on the usage of the underlying asset. The variable portion of payments are not included in the initial measurement of the asset or lease liability due to uncertainty of the payment amount and are recorded as lease expense in the period incurred.


ASC 842 requires companies to use the rate implicit in the lease whenever that rate is readily determinable and if the interest rate is not readily determinable, then a lessee may use its incremental borrowing rate. Most of our leases do not have an interest rate implicit in the lease. As a result, for purposes of measuring our ROU asset and lease liability, we determined our incremental borrowing rate by computing the rate of interest that we would have to pay to (i) borrow on a collateralized basis (ii) over a similar term (iii) at an amount equal to the total lease payments and (iv) in a similar economic environment. We used the incremental borrowing rates we determined as of February 1, 2021 for operating leases that commenced prior to that date. In the case an interest rate is implicit in a lease we will use that rate as the discount rate for that lease. The lease term for all of our lease arrangements include the noncancelable period of the lease plus, if applicable, any additional periods covered by an option to extend the lease that is reasonably certain to be exercised by the Company. Our leases generally do not include termination options for either party to the lease or restrictive financial or other covenants. Some of our leases contain variable lease payments based on a Consumer Price Index or percentage of sales, which are excluded from the measurement of the lease liability.


The Company’s lease terms and rates are as follows:


    May 2,
Weighted average remaining lease term (in years)      
Operating Leases     7.1  
Weighted average discount rate        
Operating Leases     3.70 %


The following table discloses the amount of our lease expense within our condensed consolidated statement of operations (in thousands):

    Thirteen weeks ended
May 2,
Operating Lease Cost   $ 3,546  
Short term lease cost     167  
Additional lease cost (1)     2,087  
Total Lease Expense   $ 5,800  


(1) Additional lease payments include index-based changes in rent, maintenance, real estate taxes, insurance and other charges included in the lease


The following table discloses the location and amount of our operating lease costs within our condensed consolidated balance sheets:


    Balance sheet location   May 2,
Operating leases   Operating lease right-of-use assets (non-current)   $ 90,745,429  
Operating leases   Current operating lease liabilities     14,287,019  
Operating leases   Operating lease liability, long term     84,732,550  
Total lease liabilities       $ 99,019,569  


The table below reconciles the undiscounted future minimum lease payments (displayed by year and in the aggregate) under noncancelable leases with terms of more than one year to the total lease liabilities recognized on the condensed consolidated balance sheet as of May 2, 2021:


Remainder 2022   $ 11,395,157  
2023     17,121,688  
2024     16,836,144  
2025     15,654,092  
2026     13,969,500  
Thereafter     38,086,783  
Total undiscounted future minimum lease payments     113,063,364  
Less: imputed interest     (14,043,795 )
Total present value of lease obligations     99,019,569  
Less: current operating lease liability     (14,287,019 )
Operating lease liability- long term   $ 84,732,550  


Monthly payments related to these leases range from $2,500 to $45,600.


Supplemental Cash Flow information and non-cash activity related to our operating leases is as follows (in thousands):


    For the thirteen
weeks ended
May 2,
Operating cash flow information:      
Amounts paid on operating lease liabilities   $ 4,070  
Non-cash activities        
Right-of-use assets obtained in exchange for lease obligations   $ 4,743  


Severance Contingency


The Company has various employment agreements with its senior level executives. A number of these agreements have severance provisions, ranging from 12 to 18 months of salary, in the event those associates are terminated without cause. The total amount of exposure to the Company under these agreements was $4,493,468 at May 2, 2021 if all executives with employment agreements were terminated without cause and the full amount of severance was payable.


Legal Contingency


The Company is involved in various legal proceedings in the ordinary course of business. Management cannot presently predict the outcome of these matters, although management believes, based in part on the advice of counsel, that the ultimate resolution of these matters will not have a materially adverse effect on the Company’s condensed consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.


Related Parties


Our equity sponsor Mistral Capital Management, LLC (“Mistral”) performed management services for the Company under a contractual agreement that ended on January 31, 2021. Certain of our directors are members and principals of Mistral. Management fees totaled approximately $100,000 for the thirteen weeks ended May 3, 2020, and are included in selling, general and administrative expenses. There was $15,213 in amounts payable to Mistral as of May 2, 2021 and January 31, 2021 and is included in accrued liabilities in the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheets.


Our equity sponsor Satori Capital, LLC (“Satori”) performed management services for the Company under a contractual agreement that ended on January 31, 2021. One of our directors is a partner at Satori. Management fees totaled approximately $25,000 for the thirteen weeks ended May 3, 2020, and are included in selling, general and administrative expenses. There were no amounts payable to Satori as of May 2, 2021. Amounts payable to Satori as of January 31, 2021 were $8,333 consisting of management fees which were included in accounts payable and accrued liabilities in the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheets. In addition, the Company reimbursed Satori for expenses incurred in the amount of $36,401 for out-of-pocket expenses for the thirteen weeks ended May 3, 2020.


The Company engaged Blueport Commerce (“Blueport”), a company owned in part by investment vehicles affiliated with Mistral, as an ecommerce platform in February 2018. One of our directors is also a director of Blueport. There were $482,848 of fees incurred with Blueport sales transacted through the Blueport platform during the thirteen weeks ended May 3, 2020. There were no amounts payable to Blueport as of May 2, 2021 and January 31, 2021, respectively. The Company terminated the Blueport contract in fiscal 2021 in order to launch a new enhanced ecommerce platform.