BRIDGFORD FOODS CORPORATION
(amounts in thousands except share amounts, per share amounts, time periods and percentages)
NOTE 1- The Company and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies:
The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of our company and its subsidiaries, all of which are wholly-owned. All inter-company transactions have been eliminated.
Use of estimates and assumptions
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, as well as the reported revenues and expenses during the respective reporting periods. Actual results could differ from those estimates. Amounts estimated related to liabilities for self-insured workers’ compensation, employee healthcare and pension benefits and impairment of deferred tax assets are especially subject to inherent uncertainties and these estimated liabilities may ultimately settle at amounts which may vary from current estimates. Other areas with underlying estimates include cash surrender or contract value for life insurance policies, promotional allowances and the allowance for doubtful accounts. Management believes its current estimates are reasonable and based on the best information available at the time.
We are required to test long-lived assets for recoverability whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount may not be recoverable. If an impairment is indicated, we must measure the fair value of assets to determine if and when adjustments are to be recorded.
We have evaluated the effects of subsequent events through January 27, 2010 that may cause the financial statements to be misleading. Based on our review, no material events were identified that require adjustment to the financial statements or additional disclosure. On November 12, 2009, we issued a press release announcing that our Board of Directors approved a cash dividend of $0.10 per share on common stock which was distributed on January 4, 2010 to shareholders of record on December 8, 2009.
Concentrations of credit risk
Our credit risk is diversified across a broad range of customers and geographic regions. Losses due to credit risk have recently been immaterial. The carrying amount of cash equivalents, accounts and other receivables, accounts payable and accrued liabilities approximate fair market value due to the short maturity of these instruments. We maintain cash balances at financial institutions, which may at times exceed the amounts insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation of $250 per institution through December 31, 2013. However, management does not believe there is significant credit risk associated with these financial institutions. The provision for doubtful accounts receivable is based on historical trends and current collectibility risk. We have 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. Sales to Wal-Mart® comprised 11.4% of revenues in fiscal year 2009 and 13.3% of accounts receivable was due from Wal-Mart® at October 30, 2009. Sales to Wal-Mart® comprised 10.2% of revenues in fiscal year 2008 and 14.2% of accounts receivable was due from Wal-Mart® at October 31, 2008.
Our Company and its subsidiaries operate in two business segments - the processing and distribution of frozen foods, and the processing and distribution of refrigerated and snack food products. See Note 7 to the financial statements for further information.
We maintain our accounting records on a 52-53 week fiscal basis. Fiscal years 2009 and 2008 included 52 weeks.
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