|12 Months Ended|
Feb. 02, 2019
|Income Tax Disclosure [Abstract]|
The Company records deferred taxes for differences between the financial reporting and income tax bases of assets and liabilities, computed in accordance with tax laws in effect at that time. The deferred taxes related to such differences as of February 2, 2019 and February 3, 2018 were as follows (in thousands):
The income tax benefit (provision) consisted of the following (in thousands):
A reconciliation of the statutory tax rates to the Company’s effective tax rate is as follows:
Based on the Company’s recent history of losses, the Company has recorded a full valuation allowance for its net deferred tax assets as of February 2, 2019 and February 3, 2018 in accordance with GAAP, which places primary importance on the Company’s most recent operating results when assessing the need for a valuation allowance. The ultimate realization of these deferred tax assets depends on the ability of the Company to generate sufficient taxable income in the future, as well as the timing of such income. The Company intends to maintain a full valuation allowance for its net deferred tax assets until sufficient positive evidence exists to support reversal of the allowance. As of February 2, 2019, the Company has federal net operating loss carryforwards ("NOLs") of approximately $338 million which are available to offset future taxable income. The Company's federal NOLs generated prior to 2018 expire in varying amounts each year from 2023 through 2037 in accordance with applicable federal tax regulations and the timing of when the NOLs were incurred. The Company's federal NOLs generated in 2018 and after can be carried forward indefinitely.
In the first quarter of fiscal 2011, the Company had a change in ownership (as defined in Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code) as a result of the issuance of common stock coupled with the redemption of all the Series B preferred stock held by GE Equity. Sections 382 and 383 limit the annual utilization of certain tax attributes, including NOL carryforwards, incurred prior to a change in ownership. Currently, the limitations imposed by Sections 382 and 383 are not expected to impair the Company's ability to fully realize its NOLs; however, the annual usage of NOLs incurred prior to the change in ownership is limited. In addition, if the Company were to experience another ownership change, as defined by Sections 382 and 383, its ability to utilize its NOLs could be further substantially limited and depending on the severity of the annual NOL limitation, the Company could permanently lose its ability to use a significant amount of its accumulated NOLs.
For the year ended February 3, 2018 the income tax benefit included a non-cash tax charge of approximately $643,000 relating to changes in the Company's long-term deferred tax liability related to the tax amortization of the Company's indefinite-lived intangible FCC license asset that is not available to offset existing deferred tax assets in determining changes to the Company's income tax valuation allowance. The income tax benefit also included a net, non-cash benefit of approximately $4,147,000 generated by the reversal of the Company’s long-term deferred tax liability relating to the Company's FCC license asset. This deferred tax reversal was the result of the payments received during fiscal 2017 in connection with the sale of the Company's television broadcast station, WWDP(TV), discussed further in Note 4 - "Intangible Assets". The Company recognized a tax gain in conjunction with this transaction which was largely offset with the Company’s available NOLs.
For the year ended January 28, 2017, the income tax provision included a non-cash tax charge of approximately $788,000 relating to changes in the Company's long-term deferred tax liability related to the tax amortization of the Company's indefinite-lived intangible FCC license asset that is not available to offset existing deferred tax assets in determining changes to the Company's income tax valuation allowance.
As of February 2, 2019 and February 3, 2018, there were no unrecognized tax benefits for uncertain tax positions. Accordingly, a tabular reconciliation from beginning to ending periods is not provided. Further, to date, there have been no interest or penalties charged or accrued in relation to unrecognized tax benefits. The Company will classify any future interest and penalties as a component of income tax expense if incurred. The Company does not anticipate that the amount of unrecognized tax benefits will change significantly in the next twelve months.
The Company is subject to U.S. federal income taxation and the taxing authorities of various states. The Company’s tax years for 2017, 2016, 2015 are currently subject to examination by taxing authorities. With limited exceptions, the Company is no longer subject to U.S. federal, state, or local examinations by tax authorities for years before 2015.
On December 22, 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Tax Act") was enacted. The Tax Act significantly revised U.S. corporate tax law by, among other things, (i) reducing the corporate tax rate to 21% from 35%, (ii) a repeal of the corporate alternative minimum tax (AMT), (iii) changes to tax depreciation for first-year property, (iv) a partial limitation on the deductibility of business interest expense and (v) for losses incurred in tax years beginning after December 31, 2017 the NOL deduction is limited to 80% of taxable income with an indefinite carry forward.
The phase-in of the lower corporate tax rate has resulted in a blended rate of 33.8% for fiscal 2017, as compared to the previous 35%. The income tax effects of the Tax Act required the remeasurement of our deferred tax assets and liabilities in accordance with ASC Topic 740. The Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") staff issued Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 118 ("SAB 118") that allows companies to record provisional estimates of the impacts of the Tax Act during a measurement period of up to one year from the enactment which is similar to the measurement period used when accounting for business combinations. The Company has estimated the effects of the Tax Act, which have been reflected in our fiscal 2017 financial statements. The Tax Act did not have an impact on the Company's tax benefit for fiscal 2017 due to the full valuation allowance against the Company's deferred tax assets.
Shareholder Rights Plan
During the second quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company adopted a Shareholder Rights Plan to preserve the value of certain deferred tax benefits, including those generated by net operating losses. On July 10, 2015, the Company declared a dividend distribution of one purchase right (a “Right”) for each outstanding share of the Company’s common stock to shareholders of record as of the close of business on July 23, 2015 and issuable as of that date. On July 13, 2015, the Company entered into a Shareholder Rights Plan (the “Rights Plan”) with Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., a national banking association, with respect to the Rights. Except in certain circumstances set forth in the Rights Plan, each Right entitles the holder to purchase from the Company one one-thousandth of a share of Series A Junior Participating Cumulative Preferred Stock, $0.01 par value, of the Company (“Preferred Stock” and each one one-thousandth of a share of Preferred Stock, a “Unit”) at a price of $9.00 per Unit.
The Rights initially trade together with the common stock and are not exercisable. Subject to certain exceptions specified in the Rights Plan, the Rights will separate from the common stock and become exercisable following (i) the tenth calendar day after a public announcement or filing that a person or group has become an “Acquiring Person,” which is defined as a person who has acquired, or obtained the right to acquire, beneficial ownership of 4.99% or more of the common stock then outstanding, subject to certain exceptions, or (ii) the tenth calendar day (or such later date as may be determined by the board of directors) after any person or group commences a tender or exchange offer, the consummation of which would result in a person or group becoming an Acquiring Person. If a person or group becomes an Acquiring Person, each Right will entitle its holders (other than such Acquiring Person) to purchase one Unit at a price of $9.00 per Unit. A Unit is intended to give the shareholder approximately the same dividend, voting and liquidation rights as would one share of Common Stock, and should approximate the value of one share of Common Stock. At any time after a person becomes an Acquiring Person, the board of directors may exchange all or part of the outstanding Rights (other than those held by an Acquiring Person) for shares of common stock at an exchange rate of one share of common stock (and, in certain circumstances, a Unit) for each Right. The Company will promptly give public notice of any exchange (although failure to give notice will not affect the validity of the exchange).
The Rights will expire upon certain events described in the Rights Plan, including the close of business on the date of the third annual meeting of shareholders following the last annual meeting of shareholders of the Company at which the Rights Plan was most recently approved by shareholders, unless the Rights Plan is re-approved by shareholders at that third annual meeting of shareholders. However, in no event will the Rights Plan expire later than the close of business on July 13, 2025. The Rights Plan was approved by the Company’s shareholders at the 2016 annual meeting of shareholders.
Until the close of business on the tenth calendar day after the day a public announcement or a filing is made indicating that a person or group has become an Acquiring Person, the Company may in its sole and absolute discretion amend the Rights or the Rights Plan agreement without the approval of any holders of the Rights or shares of common stock in any manner, including without limitation, amendments that increase or decrease the purchase price or redemption price or accelerate or extend the final expiration date or the period in which the Rights may be redeemed. The Company may also amend the Rights Plan after the close of business on the tenth calendar day after the day such public announcement or filing is made to cure ambiguities, to correct defective or inconsistent provisions, to shorten or lengthen time periods under the Rights Plan or in any other manner that does not adversely affect the interests of holders of the Rights. No amendment of the Rights Plan may extend its expiration date.
The entire disclosure for income taxes. Disclosures may include net deferred tax liability or asset recognized in an enterprise's statement of financial position, net change during the year in the total valuation allowance, approximate tax effect of each type of temporary difference and carryforward that gives rise to a significant portion of deferred tax liabilities and deferred tax assets, utilization of a tax carryback, and tax uncertainties information.
Reference 1: http://fasb.org/us-gaap/role/ref/legacyRef