• Filing Date: 2019-07-15
  • Form Type: 10-Q
  • Description: Quarterly report
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Note 11 - Leasing Arrangements
3 Months Ended
May 31, 2019
Notes to Financial Statements  
Lessee, Operating Leases [Text Block]
NOTE
11
– LEASING ARRANGEMENTS
 
The Company conducts its retail operations in facilities leased under non-cancelable operating leases of up to
ten
years. Certain leases contain renewal options for between
five
and
ten
additional years at increased monthly rentals. Some of the leases provide for contingent rentals based on sales in excess of predetermined base levels. 
 
The Company acts as primary lessee of some franchised store premises, which the Company then subleases to franchisees, but the majority of existing locations are leased by the franchisee directly.
 
In some instances, the Company has leased space for its Company-owned locations that are now occupied by franchisees. When the Company-owned location was sold or transferred, the store was subleased to the franchisee who is responsible for the monthly rent and other obligations under the lease.
 
The Company also leases trucking equipment and warehouse space in support of its manufacturing operations.  Expense associated with trucking and warehouse leases is included in cost of sales on the consolidated statements of income.
 
ASU
2016
-
02
allows, as a practical expedient, the retention of the classification of existing leases as operating or financing. All of the Company’s leases are classified as operating leases and that classification has been retained upon adoption. The Company does
not
believe the utilization of this practical expedient has a material impact on lease classifications.
 
The Company accounts for payments related to lease liabilities on a straight-line basis over the lease term. As of
May 31, 2019
and
2018
lease expense recognized in the Consolidated Statements of Income was
$238,666
and
$265,426,
respectively.
 
The amount of the Right of Use Asset and Lease Liability recorded upon the adoption of ASU
2016
-
02
was
$3.3
million. The lease liability reflects the present value of the Company’s estimated future minimum lease payments over the life of its leases. This includes known escalations and renewal option periods reasonably assured of being exercised. Typically, renewal options are considered reasonably assured of being exercised if the sales performance of the location remains strong. Therefore, the Right of Use Asset and Lease Liability include an assumption on renewal options that have
not
yet been exercised by the Company, and are
not
currently a future obligation. The Company has separated non-lease components from lease components in the recognition of the Asset and Liability except in instances where such costs were
not
practical to separate. To the extent that occupancy costs, such as site maintenance, are included in the Asset and Liability, the impact is immaterial. For franchised locations, the related occupancy costs including property taxes, insurance and site maintenance are generally required to be paid by the franchisees as part of the franchise arrangement. In addition, the Company is the lessee under non-store related leases such as storage facilities and trucking equipment. For leases where the implicit rate is
not
readily determinable, the Company uses an incremental borrowing rate to calculate the lease liability that represents an estimate of the interest rate the Company would incur to borrow on a collateralized basis over the term of a lease. The weighted average discount rate used for operating leases was
3.4%
as of
May 31, 2019.
The total estimated future minimum lease payments is
$3.6
million.
 
As of
May 31, 2019,
maturities of lease liabilities for our operating leases were as follows:
 
FYE 20
  $
663,738
 
FYE 21
   
819,005
 
FYE 22
   
694,755
 
FYE 23
   
437,445
 
FYE 24
   
315,962
 
Thereafter
   
717,040
 
Total
  $
3,647,945
 
         
Less: imputed interest
   
(367,437
)
Present value of lease liabilities:
  $
3,280,508
 
         
Weighted average lease term (in years)
   
6.8