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Basis of Presentation
The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“U.S. GAAP”) and include the accounts of Acushnet Holdings Corp. (the “Company”), its wholly-owned subsidiaries and less than wholly-owned subsidiaries, including a variable interest entity (“VIE”) in which the Company is the primary beneficiary. All intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.
Certain information in footnote disclosures normally included in annual financial statements has been condensed or omitted for the interim periods presented in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and U.S. GAAP. The year-end balance sheet data was derived from audited financial statements; however, the accompanying interim notes to the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements do not include all disclosures required by U.S. GAAP. In the opinion of management, the financial statements contain all normal and recurring adjustments necessary to state fairly the financial position and results of operations of the Company. The results of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2020 are not necessarily indicative of results to be expected for the full year ending December 31, 2020, nor were those of the comparable 2019 period representative of those actually experienced for the full year ended December 31, 2019. These unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Company’s audited consolidated financial statements and related notes for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 included in its Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 27, 2020.
Risks and Uncertainties
In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared a pandemic related to the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) resulting in government-ordered shutdowns of non-essential businesses, travel restrictions and restrictions on public gatherings. This has led to reduced consumer demand for golf-related products, the temporary closure of golf courses, including on-course retail pro shops, the temporary closure of off-course retail partner locations and the cancellation of professional golf tour events. In response to the outbreak and to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company has, consistent with related orders from federal, state and local governments, temporarily closed or limited operations in its North American manufacturing facilities, distribution centers and its corporate offices, with associates working remotely where possible. Outside of the U.S., many distribution centers, including those in Europe, are operating on a limited basis. The Company continues to monitor developments, including government requirements and recommendations at the national, state, and local level to evaluate possible extensions to all or part of such closures.
The Company has evaluated and continues to evaluate the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its consolidated financial statements, including: impairment of goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets; impairment of long lived assets, including property, plant and equipment; the fair value and collectability of receivables and other financial assets; the valuation of inventory; the effectiveness of foreign exchange forward contracts designated as cash flow hedges and the credit quality of the financial institutions with which the Company enters into derivative contracts; continuing compliance with debt covenants related to the Company's credit facility; and the probability of achievement of the performance metrics related to the Company's performance stock units (“PSUs”). The primary impacts to the Company’s consolidated financial statements as of March 31, 2020 include the hedge de-designation of certain foreign exchange forward contracts deemed ineffective (Note 5) and a decrease in share-based compensation expense related to the Company's PSUs (Note 10).
In addition, the Company has taken several steps to strengthen its financial position and balance sheet, bolster its liquidity position and to provide additional financial flexibility, including reducing payroll costs through associate furloughs and a temporary reduction in senior management compensation, reducing discretionary spending, reducing capital expenditures, suspending its share repurchase program, temporarily suspending cash retainers of its Board of Directors and drawing down $200.0 million on its revolving credit facility on April 1, 2020 (Note 4).
As the COVID-19 pandemic is complex and continues to evolve, the Company's plans as described above may change. At this point, the Company cannot reasonably estimate the duration and severity of this pandemic, which it expects will have a material impact on its business, results of operations, financial position and cash flows.
Use of Estimates
The preparation of the Company’s unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements in accordance with U.S. GAAP requires management to make estimates and judgments that affect reported amounts of assets and liabilities and related disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities as of the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. The Company has also made estimates of the impact of COVID-19 within its unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and there may be changes to those estimates in future periods. Actual results could differ from these estimates.
Variable Interest Entities
VIEs are entities that, by design, either (i) lack sufficient equity to permit the entity to finance its activities independently, or (ii) have equity holders that do not have the power to direct the activities of the entity that most significantly impact its economic performance, the obligation to absorb the entity’s expected losses, or the right to receive the entity’s expected residual returns. The Company consolidates a VIE when it is the primary beneficiary, which is the party that has both (i) the power to direct the activities that most significantly impact the VIE’s economic performance and (ii) through its interests in the VIE, the obligation to absorb expected losses or the right to receive expected benefits from the VIE that could potentially be significant to the VIE.
The Company consolidates the accounts of Acushnet Lionscore Limited, a VIE, which is 40% owned by the Company. The sole purpose of the VIE is to manufacture the Company’s golf footwear and as such, the Company is deemed to be the primary beneficiary. The Company has presented separately on its consolidated balance sheets, to the extent material, the assets of its consolidated VIE that can only be used to settle specific obligations of its consolidated VIE and the liabilities of its consolidated VIE for which creditors do not have recourse to its general credit. The general creditors of the VIE do not have recourse to the Company. Certain directors of the VIE have guaranteed the credit lines of the VIE, for which there were no outstanding borrowings as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019. In addition, pursuant to the terms of the agreement governing the VIE, the Company is not required to provide financial support to the VIE.
Noncontrolling Interests and Redeemable Noncontrolling Interest
The ownership interests held by owners other than the Company in less than wholly-owned subsidiaries are classified as noncontrolling interests. Redeemable noncontrolling interests are those noncontrolling interests which are or may become redeemable at a fixed or determinable price on a fixed or determinable date, at the option of the holder, or upon occurrence of an event. The financial results and position of the noncontrolling interests are included in their entirety in the Company’s unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations and unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheets. The value attributable to the noncontrolling interests is presented on the unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheets, separately from the equity attributable to the Company. The value attributable to the redeemable noncontrolling interest and the related loan to the minority shareholders, which is recorded as a reduction to redeemable noncontrolling interest, is presented in the unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheets as temporary equity between liabilities and shareholders’ equity. The amount of the loan to minority shareholders included in temporary equity on the unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheet was $4.4 million as of both March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019. Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests are presented separately on the unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations and unaudited condensed consolidated statements of comprehensive income (loss), respectively.
Cash and Restricted Cash
Cash held in Company checking accounts is included in cash. Book overdrafts not subject to offset with other accounts with the same financial institution are classified as accounts payable. The Company classifies as restricted certain cash that is not available for use in its operations. As of both March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, the amount of restricted cash included in cash and restricted cash on the unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheets was $2.0 million.
On January 1, 2020, the Company adopted Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2016-13, "Financial Instruments -Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments" ("ASU 2016-13"), which replaces the incurred loss methodology with an expected loss methodology that is referred to as the current expected credit loss ("CECL") methodology. The CECL methodology requires the measurement of all expected credit losses for financial assets held at the reporting date based on historical experience, current conditions, and reasonable and supportable forecasts. The measurement of expected credit losses under the CECL methodology is applicable to financial assets measured at amortized cost, including trade receivables.
The only financial assets held by the Company which are subject to evaluation under the CECL model are trade receivables. The Company adopted ASU 2016-13 using the modified retrospective method. The adoption of this standard did not have an impact on the carrying value of trade receivables. Results for reporting periods beginning after January 1, 2020 are presented under ASU 2016-13 while prior period amounts continue to be reported in accordance with previously applicable GAAP.
The Company estimates expected credit losses using a number of factors, including customer credit ratings, age of receivables, historical credit loss information and current and forecasted economic conditions which affect the collectability of the reported amounts. The Company continues to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its expected credit losses, which has been considered in the estimate of expected credit losses as of March 31, 2020.
The activity related to the allowance for doubtful accounts was as follows:
Three months ended March 31, 2020
Balance at beginning of period
Bad debt expense
Amount of receivables written off
Foreign currency translation and other
Balance at end of period
Foreign Currency Translation and Transactions
Foreign currency transaction gains (losses) included in selling, general and administrative expense were losses of $1.0 million and gains of $0.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.
Recently Adopted Accounting Standards
Intangibles —Goodwill and Other —Internal-Use Software
On January 1, 2020, the Company adopted ASU 2018-15, "Intangibles -Goodwill and Other -Internal-Use Software (Subtopic 350-40): Customer's Accounting for Implementation Costs Incurred in a Cloud Computing Arrangement that is a Service Contract" ("ASU 2018-15"). The amendments in this update aligned the requirements for capitalizing implementation costs incurred in a hosting arrangement that is a service contract with the requirements for capitalizing implementation costs incurred to develop or obtain internal-use software (and hosting arrangements that include an internal-use software license). The adoption of this standard did not have a material impact on the consolidated financial statements.
Recently Issued Accounting Standards
In December 2019, the Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") issued ASU 2019-12, "Income Taxes (Topic 740) -Simplifying the Accounting for Income Taxes ("ASU 2019-12"). The amendments in this update simplify the accounting for income taxes by removing certain exceptions to general principles in Topic 740. The amendments also improve consistent application and simplify U.S. GAAP for other areas of Topic 740 by clarifying and amending existing guidance. ASU 2019-12 is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2020. Early adoption is permitted. The Company is currently evaluating the impact this standard will have on its consolidated financial statements.
Defined Benefit Plans—Changes to the Disclosure Requirements for Defined Benefit Plans
In August 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-14, "Compensation —Retirement Benefits —Defined Benefit Plans —General (Subtopic 715-20) —Disclosure Framework —Changes to the Disclosure Requirements for Defined Benefit Plans" ("ASU 2018-14"). The amendments in this update remove defined benefit plan disclosures that are no longer considered cost-beneficial, clarify the specific requirements of disclosures, and add disclosure requirements identified as relevant. ASU 2018-14 is effective for fiscal years ending after December 15, 2020. Early adoption is permitted. The adoption of this standard should be applied to all periods presented. The adoption of this standard will not have a material impact on the consolidated financial statements.