Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Investment in National CineMedia LLC

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Investment in National CineMedia LLC
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2022
NCM  
Investment in National CineMedia LLC
9.
Investment in National CineMedia LLC

Below is a summary of activity with NCM included in the Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements:

 

 

Investment
in NCM

 

NCM Screen Advertising Advances

 

Equity in
Loss

 

Other
Revenue

 

Interest
Expense - NCM

 

Cash
Received
(2)

 

Balance as of January 1, 2022

 

$

135.4

 

$

(346.0

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screen rental revenues earned under ESA (1)

 

 

 

 

 

$

 

$

(4.2

)

$

 

$

4.2

 

Interest accrued related to significant financing component

 

 

 

 

(5.8

)

 

 

 

 

 

5.8

 

 

 

Equity in loss

 

 

(3.5

)

 

 

 

3.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amortization of screen advertising advances

 

 

 

 

8.0

 

 

 

 

(8.0

)

 

 

 

 

Balance as of and for the three months ended March 31, 2022

 

$

131.9

 

$

(343.8

)

$

3.5

 

$

(12.2

)

$

5.8

 

$

4.2

 

(1)
Amounts include the per patron and per digital screen theatre access fees due to the Company, net of amounts due to NCM for on-screen advertising time provided to the Company’s beverage concessionaire of approximately $1.5.
(2)
The Company had a receivable from NCM of $6.2 as of March 31, 2022.

Investment in National CineMedia

NCM operates a digital in-theatre network in the U.S. for providing cinema advertising. The Company entered into an Exhibitor Services Agreement with NCM (“ESA”), pursuant to which NCM primarily provides advertising to our theatres. See Note 8 to the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed February 25, 2022 for additional discussion of the Company's investment in NCM as well as the accounting for its original NCM membership units and subsequent common unit adjustments.

Common Unit Adjustments

The Company also periodically receives consideration in the form of common units from NCM. Annual adjustments to the common membership units are made primarily based on increases or decreases in the number of theatre screens operated and theatre attendance generated. The common units received are recorded at estimated fair value as an increase in the Company’s investment in NCM with an offset to NCM screen advertising advances.

As of March 31, 2022, the Company owned a total of 43.2 common units of NCM representing an ownership interest of approximately 26%. Each of the Company’s common units in NCM is convertible into one share of National Cinemedia, Inc. ("NCM, Inc.") common stock. As of March 31, 2022, the estimated fair value of the Company’s investment in NCM was approximately $109.6 based on NCM, Inc.’s stock price as of March 31, 2022 of $2.54 per share (Level 1 input as defined in FASB ASC Topic 820). The estimated fair value was below the Company’s carrying value of $131.9. The Company believes the recent decline in NCMI’s stock price is a result of the continued impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic along with the market’s reaction to inflation and interest rate developments as well as global events. The Company continues to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Company believes NCM will continue to recover as well, as new film content continues to be released on a consistent basis. Additionally, NCM, Inc.’s stock price was only below the Company's carrying value of NCM for less than two consecutive months as of March 31, 2022.

During March 2022, NCM performed its annual common unit adjustment calculation under the Common Unit Adjustment Agreement. As a result of the calculation, the Company will receive an additional 0.5 common units of NCM during the second quarter of 2022. The Company will record the additional common units received in April 2022 at their estimated fair value with a corresponding adjustment to NCM screen advertising advances.

Exhibitor Services Agreement

As discussed above, the Company’s domestic theatres are part of the in-theatre digital network operated by NCM, the terms of which are defined in the ESA. NCM provides advertising to its theatres through its branded “Noovie” pre-show entertainment program and also handles lobby promotions and displays for our theatres. The Company receives a monthly theatre access fee for participation in the NCM network and also earns screen advertising or screen rental revenue on a per patron basis. See Note 8 to the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed February 25, 2022 for further discussion of the accounting for revenues earned under the ESA as well as the accounting related to NCM screen advertising advances.

The deferred NCM screen advertising advances are recorded on a straight-line basis over the term of the amended ESA through February 2041. The table below summarizes when the Company expects to recognize these revenues:

 

 

Twelve Months Ended March 31,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remaining Maturity

 

2023

 

 

2024

 

 

2025

 

 

2026

 

 

2027

 

 

Thereafter

 

 

Total

 

NCM screen advertising advances (1)

 

$

9.3

 

 

$

9.9

 

 

$

10.6

 

 

$

11.3

 

 

$

12.1

 

 

$

290.6

 

 

$

343.8

 

(1)
Amounts are net of the estimated interest to be accrued for the periods presented. See discussion of significant financing component below.

Significant Financing Component

As discussed in Note 8 to the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed February 25, 2022, the Company's ESA with NCM includes an implied significant financing component, as per the guidance in ASC Topic 606. As a result of the significant financing component, the Company recognized incremental screen rental revenue and interest expense of $8.0 and $5.8, respectively, during the three months ended March 31, 2022 and incremental screen rental revenue and interest expense of $7.9 and $5.8, respectively, during the three months ended March 31, 2021. The interest expense was calculated using the Company’s incremental borrowing rates at the time when the cash was received from the NCM, Inc. IPO and each tranche of common units was received from NCM, which ranged from 4.4% to 8.3%.

NCM Financial Information

Below is summary financial information for NCM for the periods indicated:

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

Three Months ended

 

 

 

March 31, 2022

 

 

April 1, 2021

 

Gross revenues

 

$

35.9

 

 

$

5.4

 

Operating loss

 

$

(22.5

)

 

$

(28.3

)

Net loss

 

$

(39.5

)

 

$

(43.5

)

 

 

 

As of

 

 

As of

 

 

 

March 31, 2022

 

 

December 30, 2021

 

Current assets

 

$

125.9

 

 

$

115.4

 

Noncurrent assets

 

$

656.8

 

 

$

658.0

 

Current liabilities

 

$

56.7

 

 

$

67.2

 

Noncurrent liabilities

 

$

1,163.1

 

 

$

1,114.7

 

Members equity

 

$

(437.1

)

 

$

(408.5

)