Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)


9 Months Ended
Nov. 02, 2019


All expressions of the “Company”, “us”, “we”, “our”, and all similar expressions are references to The Michaels Companies, Inc. and our consolidated, wholly-owned subsidiaries, unless otherwise expressly stated or the context otherwise requires. Our consolidated financial statements include the accounts of The Michaels Companies, Inc. and our wholly-owned subsidiaries. All intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated.

The accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) for interim financial information and with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by GAAP for complete financial statements. Therefore, these financial statements should be read in conjunction with our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 2, 2019 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. In the opinion of management, all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring accruals and other items) considered necessary for a fair presentation have been included.

We report on the basis of a 52-week or 53-week fiscal year, which ends on the Saturday closest to January 31. All references to fiscal year mean the year in which that fiscal year began. References to “fiscal 2019” relate to the 52 weeks ending February 1, 2020 and references to “fiscal 2018” relate to the 52 weeks ended February 2, 2019. In addition, all references to “the third quarter of fiscal 2019” relate to the 13 weeks ended November 2, 2019 and all references to “the third quarter of fiscal 2018” relate to the 13 weeks ended November 3, 2018. Finally, all references to “the nine months ended November 2, 2019” relate to the 39 weeks ended November 2, 2019 and all references to “the nine months ended November 3, 2018” relate to the 39 weeks ended November 3, 2018. Because of the seasonal nature of our business, the results of operations for the 13 and 39 weeks ended November 2, 2019 are not indicative of the results to be expected for the entire year.

Restructure and Impairment Charges

In March 2018 and January 2019, we closed our Aaron Brothers and Pat Catan’s stores, respectively. In the first nine months of fiscal 2019, we recorded a restructure charge related to Pat Catan’s totaling $8.2 million, primarily related to employee-related expenses and the impairment of an indefinite-lived intangible asset. In the first nine months of fiscal 2018, we recorded a restructure charge related to Aaron Brothers totaling $44.3 million, primarily related to the transfer of the rights to sell inventory and other assets to a third party to facilitate the store closures and assist with the disposition of our remaining lease obligations and employee-related expenses. In the first nine months of fiscal 2018, Pat Catan's and Aaron Brothers had net sales totaling approximately $75.5 million and $12.9 million, respectively. Excluding the restructure charges, Aaron Brothers and Pat Catan’s did not have a material impact on the Company’s operating income in the periods presented.

The Company reviews goodwill and other indefinite-lived intangible assets for impairment annually in the fourth quarter, or more frequently if events occur which indicate the carrying value of these assets may not be recoverable. In addition, long-lived assets and definite-lived intangible assets that are subject to amortization are evaluated for indicators of impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate their carrying value may not be recoverable. If indications of impairment exist, fair value is generally determined using the present value of future cash flows using updated financial projections and a weighted-average cost of capital.

During the third quarter of fiscal 2019, the Company identified impairment indicators within our Darice wholesale business that were primarily due to a deterioration in sales associated with overall declining demand from customers. These indicators have led the Company to revise Darice’s forecasted sales expectations downwards resulting in a significantly lower projected operating plan. As a result, the Company performed interim impairment tests as of November 2, 2019 on Darice’s goodwill, indefinite and definite-lived intangible assets and long-lived assets, including operating lease assets.

As a result of the interim impairment testing, the Company recorded an impairment charge of $40.1 million at November 2, 2019, consisting of $17.8 million related to goodwill, $14.4 million related to long-lived assets, including operating lease assets, and $7.9 million related to indefinite and definite-lived intangible assets. At November 2, 2019, the carrying value of Darice’s operating lease assets adjusted for the impairment charge totaled $32.5 million. The carrying value of the remaining long-lived assets related to Darice, including intangible assets, are not material.

Share Repurchase Program

In September 2018, the Board of Directors authorized a new share repurchase program for the Company to purchase $500 million of the Company’s common stock on the open market or through accelerated share repurchase transactions. The share repurchase program does not have an expiration date, and the timing and number of repurchase transactions under the program will depend on market conditions, corporate considerations, debt agreements and regulatory requirements. Shares repurchased under the program are held as treasury shares until retired. During the nine months ended November 2, 2019, we repurchased 11.6 million shares for an aggregate amount of $105.1 million. As of November 2, 2019, we had $293.5 million of availability remaining under our current share repurchase program.

Accounting Pronouncement Recently Adopted

In February 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2016-02, "Leases (Topic 842)" ("ASU 2016-02"). Under ASU 2016-02, an entity is required to recognize right-of-use assets and lease liabilities on its balance sheet and disclose key information about leasing arrangements. ASU 2016-02 offers specific accounting guidance for a lessee, a lessor and sale and leaseback transactions. Lessees and lessors are required to disclose qualitative and quantitative information about leasing arrangements to enable a user of the financial statements to assess the amount, timing and uncertainty of cash flows arising from leases. The lease standard requires companies to use a modified retrospective transition approach as of the beginning of the earliest comparable period presented in the company’s financial statements. In July 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-11, “Leases (Topic 842): Targeted Improvements” which provided an additional transition option that allows companies to continue applying the guidance under the current lease standard in the comparative periods presented in the consolidated financial statements. We utilized the additional transition option to adopt ASU 2016-02 in the first quarter of fiscal 2019. As a result, the standard was applied starting February 3, 2019 and prior periods were not restated. We also elected the practical expedient permitted under the transition guidance which permits companies not to reassess prior conclusions on lease identification, historical lease classification and initial direct costs. The adoption of the standard resulted in the recognition of operating lease assets and liabilities of approximately $1.7 billion as of February 3, 2019. The adoption did not result in a material impact on our consolidated statements of comprehensive income.

Recent Accounting Pronouncement Not Yet Adopted

In June 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-13, “Financial Instruments - Credit Losses (Topic 326)” (“ASU 2016-13”) which makes significant changes to the accounting for credit losses on financial assets and disclosures. The standard requires immediate recognition of management’s estimates of current expected credit losses. ASU 2016-13 is effective for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2019, including interim periods within those fiscal years, with early adoption permitted. ASU 2016-13 permits only a modified retrospective approach without restatement. We do not anticipate a material impact to the consolidated financial statements once implemented.