Commitments and Contingencies
|12 Months Ended|
Feb. 02, 2013
|Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]|
|Contractual Obligation, Fiscal Year Maturity Schedule [Table Text Block]||
Commitments and Contingencies
Cable and Satellite Affiliation Agreements
As of February 2, 2013, the Company has entered into affiliation agreements that represent approximately 1,520 cable systems along with the satellite companies DIRECTV and DISH that require each to offer the Company’s television home shopping programming on a full-time basis over their systems. The terms of the affiliation agreements typically range from one to five years. During the fiscal year, certain agreements with cable, satellite or other distributors may expire. Under certain circumstances, the television operators or the Company may cancel the agreements prior to their expiration. Additionally, the Company may elect not to renew distribution agreements whose terms result in sub-standard or negative contribution margins. The affiliation agreements generally provide that the Company will pay each operator a monthly access fee and in some cases a marketing support payment based on the number of homes receiving the Company's programming. For fiscal 2012, fiscal 2011 and fiscal 2010, respectively, the Company expensed approximately $110,984,000, $106,658,000 and $102,440,000 under these affiliation agreements.
Over the past years, each of the material cable and satellite distribution agreements up for renewal has been renegotiated and renewed with no reduction to the Company’s distribution footprint. Failure to maintain the cable agreements covering a material portion of the Company’s existing cable households on acceptable financial and other terms could adversely affect future growth, sales revenues and earnings unless the Company is able to arrange for alternative means of broadly distributing its television programming. Cable operators serving a large majority of cable households offer cable programming on a digital basis. The use of digital compression technology provides cable companies with greater channel capacity. While greater channel capacity increases the opportunity for distribution and, in some cases, reduces access fees paid by us, it also may adversely impact the Company's ability to compete for television viewers to the extent it results in less desirable channel positioning for us, placement of the Company's programming in separate programming tiers, the broadcast of additional competitive channels or viewer fragmentation due to a greater number of programming alternatives.
The Company has entered into, and will continue to enter into, affiliation agreements with other television operators providing for full- or part-time carriage of the Company’s television home shopping programming.
Future cable and satellite affiliation cash commitments at February 2, 2013 are as follows:
The Company has entered into employment agreements with its on-air hosts and the chief executive officer of the Company with original terms of 12 months. These agreements specify, among other things, the term and duties of employment, compensation and benefits, termination of employment (including for cause, which would reduce the Company’s total obligation under these agreements), severance payments and non-disclosure and non-compete restrictions. The aggregate commitment for future base compensation at February 2, 2013 was approximately $2,697,000.
The Company has established internal guidelines regarding severance for its senior executive officers whereby up to 12 months of base salary could become payable in the event of terminations without cause only under specified circumstances. Senior executive officers are also eligible for 12 months of base salary in the event of a change in control under specified circumstances. The chief executive officer’s employment agreement provides for 12 months of base salary and his target bonus payment in the event of termination without cause and 24 months of base salary for change of control severance under specified circumstances.
Operating Lease Commitments
The Company leases certain property and equipment under non-cancelable operating lease agreements. Property and equipment covered by such operating lease agreements include offices and warehousing facilities at subsidiary locations, satellite transponder, office equipment and certain tower site locations.
Future minimum lease payments at February 2, 2013 are as follows:
Total rent expense under such agreements was approximately $1,715,000 in fiscal 2012, $1,706,000 in fiscal 2011 and $1,971,000 in fiscal 2010.
Retirement and Savings Plan
The Company maintains a qualified 401(k) retirement savings plan covering substantially all employees. The plan allows the Company’s employees to make voluntary contributions to the plan. The Company’s contribution, if any, is determined annually at the discretion of the board of directors. During fiscal 2012, fiscal 2011 and fiscal 2010, the Company did not make any matching contributions to the plan. Starting in fiscal 2013, the Company will match $.50 for every $1.00 contributed by eligible participants up to a maximum of 6% of eligible compensation.
Tabular disclosure of the aggregate amount of payments due on known contractual obligations for the five years following the date of the latest balance sheet and the combined aggregate amount of maturities of known contractual obligations.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/presentationRef