These excerpts taken from the FL 10-K filed Mar 31, 2008.
2. Impairment of Long-Lived Assets and Store Closing Program
During 2007, the Company concluded that triggering events had occurred at its U.S. retail store divisions, comprising Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Footaction, and Champs Sports. Accordingly, the Company evaluated the long-lived assets of those operations for impairment and recorded non-cash impairment charges of $117 million primarily to write-down long-lived assets such as store fixtures and leasehold improvements for 1,395 stores at the Companys U.S. store operations pursuant to SFAS No. 144.
Additionally, in the third quarter of 2007, the Company identified 66 unproductive stores for closure. Accordingly, the Company evaluated the recoverability of long-lived assets considering the revised estimated future cash flows. The Company recorded an additional non-cash impairment charge of $7 million as a result of this analysis. Of the total stores identified for closure in the third quarter of 2007, 13 will remain in operation as the Company was able to negotiate more favorable lease terms. Exit costs related to 33 stores which closed during 2007, comprising primarily lease termination costs of $4 million, were recognized in accordance with SFAS No. 146, Accounting for Costs Associated with Exit or Disposal Activities. During 2008, the Company currently expects to close the remaining 20 unproductive stores prior to normal lease expiration, depending on the Companys success in negotiating agreements with its landlords. The lease exit costs associated with these remaining closures is expected to total $5 million to $10 million. These charges will be recorded during 2008 in accordance with SFAS No. 146. The cash impact of the 2008 store closings is expected to be minimal, as the related cash lease costs are expected to be offset by associated inventory reductions. Under SFAS No. 144, store closings may constitute discontinued operations if migration of customers and cash flows are not expected. The Company has concluded that no store closings have met the criteria for discontinued operations treatment.
Included in the Athletic Stores division profit for 2006 is an impairment charge of $17 million related to the Companys European operations to write-down long-lived assets in 69 stores to their estimated fair value. During 2006, division profit declined primarily due to the fashion shift from higher priced marquee footwear to lower priced low-profile footwear styles and a highly competitive retail environment, particularly for the sale of low-profile footwear styles. The charge was comprised primarily of stores located in the U.K. and France.
2. Impairment of Long-Lived
During 2007, the Company concluded that triggering events had occurred at
Additionally, in the third quarter of 2007, the Company identified 66
Included in the Athletic Stores division profit for 2006 is an impairment