This excerpt taken from the FACE 10-K filed Mar 16, 2007.
Our revenues are derived principally from direct sales to retailers and wholesalers. Our standard arrangement for our customers includes a valid purchase order or contract with no customer acceptance provisions. We recognize revenues from sales of products when:
· we enter into a legally binding arrangement with a customer;
· products are shipped and the customer takes title and assumes risk of loss;
· customer payment is deemed fixed or determinable and free of contingencies or significant uncertainties; and
· collection is reasonably assured.
Sales are reported on a net sales basis, which is computed by deducting from gross sales a reserve for product returns, which includes actual returns to date and an amount established for anticipated product returns, as well as trade allowances. Our practice is to accept product returns from retailers only if properly requested, authorized and approved. In accepting returns, we typically provide a credit to the retailer against accounts receivable from that retailer.
Allowances for estimated returns are provided for when related revenue is recorded. We base our estimates on historical rates of product returns and outstanding returns not yet received from customers. In the past, returns provisions have been adjusted higher or lower during the course of a fiscal year depending on actual results to date and anticipated returns for the remainder of a year. Experience has shown a relationship between gross sales and sales returns in the subsequent period, as well as a consistent pattern of returns due to the seasonal nature of our business. In addition, as necessary, specific accruals may be established for known or anticipated events that we have considered, and will continue to consider, include, but are not limited to, the solvency of our customers, store closings by retailers, changes in the retail environment and our decision to continue to support new and existing products.
Actual returns in any future period are inherently uncertain and thus may differ from our estimates. If actual returns exceed reserves, we would need to reduce our revenues at the time of such determination. We have not experienced any material differences between the allowances for estimated returns and actual returns.
We offer trade allowances such as rebates, price protection, coupons and other incentives to customers in the normal course of business. Accruals for these allowances are provided for based on estimates and historical experience and are recorded as a reduction of net sales when the related revenue is recorded. We have not experienced any material differences between the trade allowance accruals and actual trade allowances.