Comprehensive income (loss)
Comprehensive income (loss) is defined as the change in equity (net assets) of a business enterprise during the period from transactions and other events and circumstances from non-owner sources. Comprehensive income (loss) consists of net income (loss), the additional minimum pension liability adjustment and unrealized gains on equity securities. The Company’s cost basis in the stock is equal to the fair market value at the date of issuance. During fiscal years 2006 and 2005 the Company recognized a minimum pension liability in accordance with the provisions of SFAS No. 87 “Employers’ Accounting for Pensions”. This impact was recorded as a component of shareholders’ equity, net of tax. During fiscal year 2007, the Company recognized the net change in the minimum pension liability prior to the adoption of SFAS 158 as well as the impact of SFAS 158 adoption on the Company’s defined benefit pension plan and post retirement healthcare plan. No effect has been given to these transactions in the consolidated statement of cash flows.
Critical accounting policies
The preparation of financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles requires management to make certain estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported revenues and expenses during the respective reporting periods. Actual results could differ from those estimates. Amounts estimated related to liabilities for pension costs, self-insured workers’ compensation and employee healthcare are especially subject to inherent uncertainties and these estimated liabilities may ultimately settle at amounts not originally estimated. Management believes its current estimates are reasonable and based on the best information available at the time.
Under the provisions of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 144, “Accounting for the Impairment or Disposal of Long-Lived Assets” (“SFAS 144”), the Company is required to test long-lived assets for recoverability whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount may not be recoverable. If a impairment is indicated, the Company must measure the fair value of assets in accordance with SFAS 144 to determine if and when adjustments are to be recorded.
The Company’s credit risk is diversified across a broad range of customers and geographic regions. Losses due to credit risk have recently been immaterial. The provision for doubtful accounts receivable is based on historical trends and current collectibility risk. The Company has significant amounts receivable with a few large, well known customers which, although historically secure, could be subject to material risk should these customers’ operations suddenly deteriorate. The Company monitors these customers closely to minimize the risk of loss. Sales to Wal-Mart® comprised 14.6% of revenues in fiscal year 2007 and 12.4 % of accounts receivable was due from Wal-Mart® at November 2, 2007. Sales to Wal-Mart® comprised 15.0% of revenues in fiscal year 2006 and 13.3% of accounts receivable was due from Wal-Mart® at November 3, 2006. Sales to Wal-Mart® comprised 13.8% of revenues in fiscal year 2005 and 13.6% of accounts receivable was due from Wal-Mart® at October 28, 2005.
Revenues are recognized upon passage of title to the customer upon product pick-up, shipment or delivery to customers as determined by applicable contracts. Products are delivered to customers through the Company’s own fleet or through a Company-owned direct store delivery system.
The Company records the cash surrender or contract value for life insurance policies as an adjustment of premiums paid in determining the expense or income to be recognized under the contract for the period.
The above listing is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all the Company’s accounting policies. In many cases, the accounting treatment of a particular transaction is specifically dictated by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, with no need for management’s judgment in their application. There are also areas in which management’s judgment in selecting any available alternative would not produce a materially different result.
Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements and Regulations
In July 2006, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued FASB Interpretation No. 48, “Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes” (“FIN 48”), an interpretation of FASB Statement of Accounting Standards No. 109, “Accounting for Income Taxes” (“SFAS 109”). FIN 48 clarifies the accounting for uncertainty in income taxes recognized in an enterprise’s financial statements in accordance with SFAS 109. This Interpretation prescribes a recognition threshold and measurement attribute for the financial statement recognition and measurement of a tax position taken or expected to be taken in a tax return. FIN 48 also provides guidance on derecognition, classification, interest and penalties, accounting in interim periods, disclosure, and transition. FIN 48 is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2006. The Company is currently evaluating the provisions of FIN 48 and the impact on our consolidated financial position and results of operations. The Company adopted FIN 48 on November 3, 2007.