Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Impact of COVID-19

Impact of COVID-19
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2020
Extraordinary And Unusual Items [Abstract]  
Impact of COVID-19


Impact of COVID-19

The recent outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the world and the movie exhibition industry. The situation continues to be volatile and the social and economic effects are widespread. As a movie exhibitor that operates spaces where patrons gather in close proximity, the Company’s business has been significantly impacted by protective actions that federal, state and local governments have taken to control the spread of the pandemic. These actions include, among other things, encouragement of social distancing, restrictions on freedom of movement, business closures, quarantines, and shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders. As a result of these measures, the Company temporarily closed all of its theatres in the U.S. and Latin America effective March 18, 2020.


The Company believes it has sufficient cash to sustain its operations for the remainder of the year, even if its theatres remained closed for the remainder of the year.  Nonetheless, the COVID-19 pandemic has had and may continue to have adverse effects on the Company’s business, results of operations, cash flows and financial condition.  In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company has been working to preserve cash and ensure sufficient liquidity to endure the impacts of the global crisis, even if prolonged.   Some of the recent actions taken by the Company include the following:



directors of the Company and its chief executive officer have elected to take no salary, and many of its executives have voluntarily reduced their salaries by 80% while the Company’s theatres remain closed;


halted all non-essential operating and capital expenditures, such as marketing promotions and initiatives, travel and entertainment, system enhancements and related consulting projects, recliner conversions, XD expansions and certain other theatre enhancements, which will significantly reduce utilities and other costs, general and administrative expenses and capital expenditures on a temporary basis;


suspended the quarterly dividend;


implemented a formal daily review and approval process by the Company’s chief financial officer for all outgoing procurement and payment requests;


laid off over 17,500 domestic hourly theatre employees, furloughed 50% of headquarter employees at 20% of salary (with full benefits) and reduced salaries of remaining employees by 50% and pursued similar actions in international markets to the extent permitted by local laws; which will significantly reduce salaries and wages expenses and general administrative expenses while theatres are closed; and


started working actively with landlords and major suppliers to modify the timing of certain contractual payments.


The Company continues to evaluate the impact of certain tax-related benefits available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020 (the “Cares Act”) signed into U.S. federal law on March 27, 2020. The Cares Act, among other things, includes provisions relating to refundable payroll tax credits, deferment of employer social security payments, net operating loss (“NOL”) utilization and carryback periods, modifications to the net interest deduction limitations and a technical correction to the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which makes certain qualified improvement property eligible for bonus depreciation.  Based upon a review of the Cares Act, the Company expects to:



receive an approximately $20,000 cash tax refund in 2020 related to qualified improvement property expenditures from 2018 and 2019;


benefit from the ability to defer social security payroll tax matches that would otherwise be required in 2020;


receive a payroll tax credit in 2020 for expenses related to paying wages and health benefits to employees who are not working as a result of closures and reduced receipts associated with COVID-19; and


apply any tax loss incurred in 2020 to prior year income for a refund when our 2020 tax return is filed.


The Company continues to review, and intends to seek, any other available potential benefits under the Cares Act as well as any future legislation signed into law during 2020.