|1. Basis of Presentation
Unless the context otherwise requires, the use of the terms “Best Buy,” “we,” “us” and “our” in these Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements refers to Best Buy Co., Inc. and, as applicable, its consolidated subsidiaries.
In the opinion of management, the accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements contain all adjustments necessary for a fair presentation as prescribed by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”). All adjustments were comprised of normal recurring adjustments, except as noted in these Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.
Historically, we have generated a large proportion of our revenue and earnings in the fiscal fourth quarter, which includes the majority of the holiday shopping season in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Due to the seasonal nature of our business, interim results are not necessarily indicative of results for the entire fiscal year. The interim financial statements and the related notes included in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and related notes included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 1, 2020. The first six months of fiscal 2021 and fiscal 2020 included 26 weeks.
In order to align our fiscal reporting periods and comply with statutory filing requirements, we consolidate the financial results of our Mexico operations on a one-month lag. Our policy is to accelerate recording the effect of events occurring in the lag period that significantly affect our condensed consolidated financial statements. No such events were identified for the reported periods.
In preparing the accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements, we evaluated the period from August 1, 2020, through the date the financial statements were issued for material subsequent events requiring recognition or disclosure. No such events were identified for the reported periods.
In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of novel coronavirus disease ("COVID-19") as a pandemic. Except where otherwise directed by state and local authorities, we made the decision for the health and safety of our customers and employees to move our stores to a contactless, curbside-only operating model in the fiscal first quarter. We also temporarily suspended in-home delivery, repair and consultation services. At the beginning of the fiscal second quarter, we started welcoming customers back into our stores by offering an in-store consultation service to customers, by appointment only. On June 15, 2020, we began allowing customers to shop without an appointment at more than 800 stores across the U.S. As of June 22, 2020, almost all of our stores were open for shopping. We continue to offer contactless curbside pickup and in-store consultations for customers who prefer to shop that way.
In light of the uncertainty surrounding the impact of COVID-19 and to maximize liquidity, we suspended all share repurchases. We also executed a short-term draw on the full amount of our $1.25 billion five year senior unsecured revolving credit facility (the “Facility”) on March 19, 2020, that remained outstanding until July 27, 2020, when the Facility was repaid in full. See Note 4, Debt, for additional information on the Facility.
On March 27, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Congress enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), which among other things, contains provisions for deferral of the employer portion of social security taxes incurred through the end of calendar 2020 and an employee retention credit, a refundable payroll credit for 50% of wages and health benefits paid to employees not providing services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of the CARES Act, we are deferring qualified payroll taxes and claimed the employee retention credit, which was treated as a government subsidy to offset related operating expenses. Based on our analysis of the CARES Act, we reduced our SG&A expenses for the three and six months ended August 1, 2020, by $12 million and $81 million, respectively, for employee retention credits.
The COVID-19 pandemic remains a rapidly evolving situation. The extent of the impact of COVID-19 on our business and financial results will depend on future developments, including the duration and spread of the outbreak within the markets in which we operate, government stimulus efforts, the economic impacts of sustained high unemployment levels, ongoing shut-downs that vary by industry and the related impacts on consumer confidence and spending, all of which are highly uncertain.
Total Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash
The reconciliation of cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash reported within the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets to the totals shown within the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows was as follows ($ in millions):
August 1, 2020
February 1, 2020
August 3, 2019
Cash and cash equivalents
Restricted cash included in Other current assets
Total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash
Amounts included in restricted cash are pledged as collateral or restricted to use for workers’ compensation and general liability insurance claims.