Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Investment in RealD

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Investment in RealD
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2011
Investment in RealD [Abstract]  
INVESTMENT IN REALD

8.    INVESTMENT IN REALD

The Company licenses 3-D systems from RealD. Under its license agreement with RealD, the Company earned options to purchase shares of RealD common stock as it installed a certain number of 3-D systems as outlined in the license agreement. During 2010, the Company earned a total of 1,085,828 options to purchase shares of common stock in RealD. Upon vesting in these options, the Company recorded a total investment in RealD of approximately $18,909, which represented the estimated aggregate fair value of the options, with an offset to deferred lease incentive liability. The fair value measurements used to estimate the fair value of RealD options in which the company vested during the year ended December 31, 2010, as discussed above, fell under Level 2 of the U.S. GAAP fair value hierarchy as defined by ASC Topic 820-10-35. The fair value measurement for the Company’s investment in RealD transferred from Level 2 to Level 1 during the year ended December 31, 2011. Previous fair value estimates for the investment were based on RealD’s quoted stock price, discounted to reflect the impact of a lock-up period to which the Company was subject. The lock-up period expired during January 2011; therefore, the fair value estimates for the investment subsequent to January 2011 were based on RealD’s stock price with no adjustments.

During the year ended December 31, 2011, the Company vested in an additional 136,952 RealD options by reaching the final target level, as outlined in the license agreement. Upon vesting in these additional options, the Company recorded an increase in its investment in RealD and its deferred lease incentive liability of approximately $3,402, which represented the estimated fair value of the RealD options. The fair value measurements were based upon RealD’s quoted stock prices on the dates of vesting. These fair value measurements fall under Level 1 of the U.S. GAAP fair value hierarchy as defined by ASC Topic 820-10-35. The deferred lease incentive liability, which is reflected in other long-term liabilities on the consolidated balance sheets, is being amortized over the term of the license agreement, which is approximately seven and one-half years.

During March 2011, the Company exercised all of its options to purchase shares of common stock in RealD for $0.00667 per share. The Company accounts for its investment in RealD as a marketable security. The Company has determined that its RealD shares are available-for-sale securities in accordance with ASC Topic 320-10-35-1, therefore unrealized holding gains and losses are reported as a component of accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) until realized.

As of December 31, 2011, the Company owned 1,222,780 shares in RealD, with an estimated fair value of $9,709. The fair value of the RealD shares as of December 31, 2011 was determined based upon the quoted price of RealD’s common stock on December 30, 2011, which falls under Level 1 of the U.S. GAAP fair value hierarchy as defined by ASC Topic 820-10-35. During the year ended December 31, 2011, the Company recorded an unrealized holding loss of approximately $21,694, before taxes, as a component of accumulated other comprehensive income (loss).

During the year ended December 31, 2011, the Company recognized an other-than-temporary impairment on its investment in RealD due to the length of time and extent to which RealD’s quoted stock price has been below the Company’s basis in the stock. As a result of the other-than-temporary impairment, the Company reclassified approximately $12,610, which represented cumulative net unrealized holding losses, from accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) to earnings.

Below is a rollforward of the Company’s investment in RealD from January 2010 through December 31, 2011:

 

         

Balance as of January 1, 2010

  $ —    

Fair value of options earned

    18,909  

Unrealized holding gain

    9,084  
   

 

 

 

Balance as of December 31, 2010

  $ 27,993  

Fair value of options earned

    3,402  

Exercise of options at $0.00667 per share

    8  

Unrealized holding loss

    (21,694
   

 

 

 

Balance as of December 31, 2011

  $ 9,709