|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2020
Real Estate Leases - The Company conducts a significant part of its theatre operations in leased properties under noncancelable operating and finance leases with base terms generally ranging from 10 to 25 years. In addition to fixed lease payments, some of the leases provide for variable lease payments and some require the payment of taxes, insurance and other costs applicable to the property. Variable lease payments include payments based on a percentage of retail sales or a percentage of retail sales over defined thresholds. Other variable lease payments include payments adjusted periodically for inflation, changes in attendance or changes in average ticket price. The Company can renew, at its option, many of its leases at defined or then market rental rates for various renewal periods. Some leases also provide for escalating rent payments throughout the lease term. The Company also leases certain office and warehouse facilities in the U.S. and in international locations, which generally only include fixed payments. The Company recognizes fixed lease expense for the operating leases on a straight-line basis over the lease term. The Company’s real estate lease agreements do not contain any residual value guarantees or restrictive covenants.
Equipment Leases - The Company leases certain equipment under operating leases, including trash compactors and various other equipment used in the day-to-day operation of its theatres. Certain of the leases require fixed lease payments to be made over the duration of the lease term, while others are variable in nature based on usage or sales. Certain of these leases are month-to-month, while others have noncancelable terms ranging from 5 to 6 years. The Company’s equipment lease agreements do not contain any residual value guarantees or restrictive covenants. The Company leased digital projectors through October 2020. See further discussion of the leased projectors at Note 9.
Lease Deferrals and Abatements - Upon the temporary closure of theatres in March 2020, the Company began negotiating the deferral of rent and other lease-related payments with its landlords while theatres remained closed. These discussions and negotiations have remained ongoing as the Company continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These negotiations resulted in amendments to the leases that involve varying concessions, including the abatement of rent payments during closure, deferral of all or a portion of rent payments to later periods and deferrals of rent payments combined with an early exercise of an existing renewal option or extension of the lease term. In certain locations, the Company is entitled to rent-free periods while theatres remain closed in accordance with local regulations. Total payments deferred as of December 31, 2020 were approximately $66,178, $48,366 of which is included in accrued other current liabilities and $17,812 of which is included in other long term liabilities on the consolidated balance sheet.
In April 2020, the FASB staff released guidance indicating that in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, an entity would not have to analyze each contract to determine whether enforceable rights and obligations for
concessions exist in the contract and could elect to apply or not apply the lease modification guidance in ASC Topic 842, Leases to those contracts. The election is available for concessions related to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic that do not result in a substantial increase in the rights of the lessor or the obligations of the lessee. For example, this election is available for concessions that result in the total payments required by the modified contract being substantially the same as or less than total payments required by the original contract.
The Company elected to not remeasure the lease liabilities and right-of-use assets for those leases where the concessions and deferrals did not result in a significant change in total payments under the lease and where the remaining lease term did not change as a result of the negotiation. For those leases that were renewed or extended as a result of the negotiation to defer rent payments, the Company recalculated the related lease liability and right-of-use asset based on the new terms.
The following table represents the operating and finance right-of-use assets and lease liabilities as of the periods indicated.
As of December 31, 2020, the Company had signed lease agreements with total noncancelable lease payments of approximately $190,870 related to theatre leases that had not yet commenced. The timing of lease commencement is dependent on the completion of construction of the related theatre facility. Additionally, these amounts are based on estimated square footage and costs to construct each facility and may be subject to adjustment upon final completion of each construction project. In accordance with ASC Topic 842, fixed minimum lease payments related to these theatres are not included in the right-of-use assets and lease liabilities as of December 31, 2020. There were no significant noncancelable equipment lease agreements signed, but not yet commenced.
The following table represents the Company’s aggregate lease costs, by lease classification, for the periods indicated.
The following table represents the maturity of lease liabilities, by lease classification, as of December 31, 2020.
The following table represents the weighted-average remaining lease term and discount rate, disaggregated by lease classification, as of December 31, 2020.
The following table represents the minimum cash lease payments included in the measurement of lease liabilities and the non-cash addition of right-of-use assets for the periods presented.
Under the Company’s Exhibitor Services Agreement (“ESA”) with National CineMedia, LLC (“NCM”), the nonconsecutive periods of use of the theatre screens by NCM qualify as a lease in accordance with ASC Topic 842. See further discussion in Note 8.
The Company rents its theatre auditoriums for corporate meetings, screenings, education and training sessions and other private events. These rentals, which are not significant to the Company, are generally one-time events and the related revenue is reflected as other revenue on the consolidated statement of income.
The entire disclosure for lessee entity's leasing arrangements including, but not limited to, all of the following: (a.) The basis on which contingent rental payments are determined, (b.) The existence and terms of renewal or purchase options and escalation clauses, (c.) Restrictions imposed by lease agreements, such as those concerning dividends, additional debt, and further leasing.
Reference 1: http://fasb.org/us-gaap/role/ref/otherTransitionRef