This excerpt taken from the HAS 10-K filed Mar 9, 2005.
In December 2003, the Company entered into a three-year receivable securitization program. Under this program, the Company sells, on an ongoing basis, substantially all of its domestic trade receivables to a bankruptcy-remote, special purpose subsidiary, Hasbro Receivables Funding, LLC (HRF), which is wholly owned and consolidated by the Company. HRF will, subject to certain conditions, sell, from time to time on a revolving basis, an undivided fractional ownership interest in up to $250,000 of eligible domestic receivables to various multi-party commercial paper conduits supported by a committed liquidity facility. Under the terms of the agreement, new receivables are added to the pool as collections reduce previously held receivables. The Company expects to service, administer, and collect the receivables on behalf of HRF and the conduits. The net proceeds of sale will be less than the face amount of accounts receivable sold by an amount that approximates the purchaser's financing costs.
The receivables facility contains certain restrictions on the Company and HRF that are customary for facilities of this type. The commitments under the facility are subject to termination prior to their term upon the occurrence of certain events, including payment defaults, breach of covenants, breach of representations or warranties, bankruptcy, and failure of the receivables to satisfy certain performance criteria.
As of December 26, 2004 the utilization of the receivables facility was $206,055, which was the maximum available to the Company to sell under this program. As of December 28, 2003 the utilization of the facility was $193,713, and an additional $8,853 was available but unutilized. The transaction has been accounted for as a sale under SFAS 140. During 2004 and 2003, the loss on the sale of the receivables totaled $2,995 and $967, respectively, which is recorded in selling, distribution and administration expenses in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations. The discount on interests sold is approximately equal to the interest rate paid by the conduits to the holders of the commercial paper plus other fees. The discount rate as of December 26, 2004 was 2.83%.
Upon sale to the conduits, HRF continues to hold a subordinated retained interest in the receivables. The subordinated interest in receivables is recorded at fair value, which is determined based on the present value of future expected cash flows estimated using management's best estimates of credit losses and discount rates commensurate with the risks involved. Due to the short-term nature of trade receivables, the carrying amount, less allowances, approximates fair value. Variations in the credit and discount assumptions would not significantly impact fair value.