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$13.58 6 $79
10-Q 2019-04-27 Quarter: 2019-04-27
10-Q 2019-01-26 Quarter: 2019-01-26
10-Q 2018-10-27 Quarter: 2018-10-27
10-K 2018-07-28 Annual: 2018-07-28
10-Q 2018-04-28 Quarter: 2018-04-28
10-Q 2018-01-27 Quarter: 2018-01-27
10-Q 2017-10-28 Quarter: 2017-10-28
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10-Q 2017-01-28 Quarter: 2017-01-28
10-Q 2016-10-29 Quarter: 2016-10-29
10-K 2016-07-30 Annual: 2016-07-30
10-Q 2016-04-30 Quarter: 2016-04-30
10-Q 2016-01-30 Quarter: 2016-01-30
10-Q 2015-10-31 Quarter: 2015-10-31
10-K 2015-08-01 Annual: 2015-08-01
10-Q 2015-05-02 Quarter: 2015-05-02
10-Q 2015-01-31 Quarter: 2015-01-31
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10-K 2014-08-02 Annual: 2014-08-02
10-Q 2014-05-03 Quarter: 2014-05-03
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8-K 2019-06-11 Earnings, Exhibits
8-K 2019-06-07 Enter Agreement, Off-BS Arrangement, Exhibits
8-K 2019-06-03 Other Events, Exhibits
8-K 2019-05-31 Other Events, Exhibits
8-K 2019-05-31 Other Events, Exhibits
8-K 2019-05-28 Other Events, Exhibits
8-K 2019-05-17 Other Events, Exhibits
8-K 2019-05-16 Other Events, Exhibits
8-K 2019-05-16 Other Events, Exhibits
8-K 2019-05-13 Other Events, Exhibits
8-K 2019-04-29 Regulation FD, Other Events, Exhibits
8-K 2019-04-19 Enter Agreement, Regulation FD
8-K 2019-04-10 Enter Agreement, Regulation FD
8-K 2019-04-02 Regulation FD
8-K 2019-03-25 Enter Agreement, Regulation FD, Exhibits
8-K 2019-03-12 Earnings, Exhibits
8-K 2019-01-25 Officers
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8-K 2018-11-30 Earnings, Regulation FD, Exhibits
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Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
Item 4. Controls and Procedures
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Neiman Marcus Earnings 2019-04-27

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10-Q 1 q3fy19201942710q.htm 10-Q Document

 
 
 
 
 
UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C.  20549 
FORM 10-Q
 
ý      QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the Quarterly Period Ended April 27, 2019
 
OR
 
o         TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
For the transition period from              to            
 
Commission file no. 333-133184-12
 
Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter) 
Delaware
20-3509435
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
 
 
1618 Main Street
Dallas, Texas
75201
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (214) 743-7600

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class
Trading Symbol(s)
Name of each exchange on which registered
N/A
N/A
N/A
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.   Yes o  No ý
(Note: The registrant is a voluntary filer and not subject to the filing requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Although not subject to these filing requirements, the registrant has filed all reports that would have been required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months had the registrant been subject to such requirements.)
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).   Yes ý  No o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company or an emerging growth company.  See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filer o
Accelerated filer o
Non-accelerated filer ý
Smaller reporting company o
 
Emerging growth company o



If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.     o
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NEIMAN MARCUS GROUP LTD LLC
 
INDEX
 
 
 
 
Page
Part I.
Financial Information
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Part II.
Other Information
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




NEIMAN MARCUS GROUP LTD LLC
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(UNAUDITED)
 
(in thousands, except units)
 
April 27,
2019
 
July 28,
2018
 
April 28,
2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ASSETS
 
 

 
 

 
 

Current assets:
 
 

 
 

 
 

Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
38,579

 
$
38,510

 
$
38,851

Credit card receivables
 
51,868

 
33,689

 
52,599

Merchandise inventories
 
1,064,956

 
1,115,839

 
1,180,141

Other current assets
 
282,968

 
123,822

 
111,416

Total current assets
 
1,438,371

 
1,311,860

 
1,383,007

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Property and equipment, net
 
1,533,899

 
1,569,904

 
1,566,541

Intangible assets, net
 
2,592,896

 
2,735,303

 
2,763,609

Goodwill
 
1,753,245

 
1,883,869

 
1,891,062

Other long-term assets
 
40,589

 
44,967

 
45,001

Total assets
 
$
7,359,000

 
$
7,545,903

 
$
7,649,220

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LIABILITIES AND MEMBER EQUITY
 
 

 
 

 
 

Current liabilities:
 
 

 
 

 
 

Accounts payable
 
$
242,071

 
$
318,969

 
$
292,909

Accrued liabilities
 
479,941

 
511,289

 
503,858

Current portion of long-term debt
 
29,426

 
29,426

 
29,426

Total current liabilities
 
751,438

 
859,684

 
826,193

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Long-term liabilities:
 
 

 
 

 
 

Long-term debt, net of debt issuance costs
 
4,911,489

 
4,623,152

 
4,637,570

Deferred income taxes
 
686,730

 
707,554

 
750,494

Other long-term liabilities
 
632,282

 
596,332

 
605,577

Total long-term liabilities
 
6,230,501

 
5,927,038

 
5,993,641

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Membership unit (1 unit issued and outstanding at April 27, 2019, July 28, 2018 and April 28, 2018)
 

 

 

Member capital
 
1,326,891

 
1,587,350

 
1,588,393

Accumulated other comprehensive loss
 
(51,043
)
 
(22,297
)
 
(28,438
)
Accumulated deficit
 
(898,787
)
 
(805,872
)
 
(730,569
)
Total member equity
 
377,061

 
759,181

 
829,386

Total liabilities and member equity
 
$
7,359,000

 
$
7,545,903

 
$
7,649,220

 
See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.


1


NEIMAN MARCUS GROUP LTD LLC
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(UNAUDITED)
 
 
 
Thirteen weeks ended
 
Thirty-nine weeks ended
(in thousands)
 
April 27,
2019
 
April 28,
2018
 
April 27,
2019
 
April 28,
2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net sales
 
$
1,049,418

 
$
1,155,304

 
$
3,522,525

 
$
3,731,032

Other revenues, net
 
7,822

 
10,966

 
33,226

 
36,895

Total revenues
 
1,057,240

 
1,166,270

 
3,555,751

 
3,767,927

Cost of goods sold including buying and occupancy costs (excluding depreciation)
 
678,257

 
746,591

 
2,337,040

 
2,466,845

Selling, general and administrative expenses (excluding depreciation)
 
258,608

 
280,223

 
844,592

 
896,937

Depreciation expense
 
49,865

 
53,188

 
148,368

 
161,844

Amortization of intangible assets
 
10,535

 
11,517

 
32,413

 
35,181

Amortization of favorable lease commitments
 
12,352

 
12,785

 
37,414

 
38,354

Other expenses
 
6,412

 
10,849

 
27,736

 
26,303

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating earnings
 
41,211

 
51,117

 
128,188

 
142,463

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Benefit plan expense, net
 
873

 
463

 
2,618

 
1,388

Interest expense, net
 
83,136

 
77,651

 
245,119

 
230,298

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Loss before income taxes
 
(42,798
)
 
(26,997
)
 
(119,549
)
 
(89,223
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income tax benefit
 
(11,615
)
 
(7,116
)
 
(31,189
)
 
(415,657
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net earnings (loss)
 
$
(31,183
)
 
$
(19,881
)
 
$
(88,360
)
 
$
326,434


See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.




2


NEIMAN MARCUS GROUP LTD LLC
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE EARNINGS (LOSS)
(UNAUDITED)
 
 
 
Thirteen weeks ended
 
Thirty-nine weeks ended
(in thousands)
 
April 27,
2019
 
April 28,
2018
 
April 27,
2019
 
April 28,
2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net earnings (loss)
 
$
(31,183
)
 
$
(19,881
)
 
$
(88,360
)
 
$
326,434

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other comprehensive earnings (loss):
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
Foreign currency translation adjustments, before tax
 

 
6,515

 
(1,835
)
 
19,671

Change in unrealized gain (loss) on financial instruments, before tax
 
(5,049
)
 
6,823

 
(11,119
)
 
25,733

Reclassification of realized loss (gain) on financial instruments to earnings (loss), before tax
 
(3,279
)
 
(119
)
 
(7,834
)
 
2,153

Change in unrealized gain (loss) on unfunded benefit obligations, before tax
 
(357
)
 
(10
)
 
(19,246
)
 
572

Tax effect related to items of other comprehensive earnings (loss)
 
2,249

 
(3,268
)
 
10,227

 
(13,136
)
Total other comprehensive earnings (loss)
 
(6,436
)
 
9,941

 
(29,807
)
 
34,993

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total comprehensive earnings (loss)
 
$
(37,619
)
 
$
(9,940
)
 
$
(118,167
)
 
$
361,427


See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.


3


NEIMAN MARCUS GROUP LTD LLC
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(UNAUDITED)
 
 
Thirty-nine weeks ended
(in thousands)
 
April 27,
2019
 
April 28,
2018
 
 
 
 
 
CASH FLOWS - OPERATING ACTIVITIES
 
 

 
 

Net earnings (loss)
 
$
(88,360
)
 
$
326,434

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings (loss) to net cash provided by (used for) operating activities:
 
 

 
 

Depreciation and amortization expense
 
236,558

 
253,738

Deferred income taxes
 
(974
)
 
(418,611
)
Payment-in-kind interest
 

 
41,755

Other
 
3,200

 
1,980

 
 
150,424

 
205,296

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
 
 

 
 

Merchandise inventories
 
(97,360
)
 
(18,503
)
Other current assets
 
(79,030
)
 
14,513

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
 
(97,896
)
 
1,360

Deferred real estate credits
 
10,097

 
30,099

Funding of defined benefit pension plan
 
(21,600
)
 
(20,000
)
Net cash provided by (used for) operating activities
 
(135,365
)
 
212,765

 
 
 
 
 
CASH FLOWS - INVESTING ACTIVITIES
 
 

 
 

Capital expenditures
 
(132,320
)
 
(109,754
)
Investment in unconsolidated affiliate
 
(17,200
)
 

Net cash used for investing activities
 
(149,520
)
 
(109,754
)
 
 
 
 
 
CASH FLOWS - FINANCING ACTIVITIES
 
 

 
 

Borrowings under revolving credit facilities
 
1,492,970

 
762,665

Repayment of borrowings under revolving credit facilities
 
(1,179,223
)
 
(854,019
)
Repayment of borrowings under senior secured term loan facility
 
(22,070
)
 
(22,070
)
Repayment of PIK Toggle Notes
 
(2,607
)
 

Distribution to Parent
 
(2,181
)
 

Repurchase of stock
 
(1,401
)
 
(266
)
Shares withheld for remittance of employee taxes
 
(526
)
 
(332
)
Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities
 
284,962

 
(114,022
)
 
 
 
 
 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents
 
(8
)
 
623

 
 
 
 
 
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS
 
 

 
 

Increase (decrease) during the period
 
69

 
(10,388
)
Beginning balance
 
38,510

 
49,239

Ending balance
 
$
38,579

 
$
38,851

 
 
 
 
 
Supplemental Schedule of Cash Flow Information
 
 

 
 

Cash paid (received) during the period for:
 
 

 
 

Interest
 
$
261,509

 
$
189,030

Income taxes
 
$
(6,617
)
 
$
(2,875
)
Non-cash - investing and financing activities:
 
 

 
 

Distribution to Parent
 
$
271,345

 
$

Property and equipment acquired through developer financing obligations
 
$

 
$
13,077

Issuance of PIK Toggle Notes
 
$

 
$
58,354


See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

4


NEIMAN MARCUS GROUP LTD LLC
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF MEMBER EQUITY
(UNAUDITED)
(in thousands)
 
Member
capital
 
Accumulated
other
comprehensive
earnings (loss)
 
Retained
earnings
(deficit)
 
Total member
equity
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Balance at January 26, 2019
 
$
1,325,116

 
$
(44,607
)
 
$
(867,604
)
 
$
412,905

Stock option exercises and other
 
1,775

 

 

 
1,775

Comprehensive loss:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net loss
 

 

 
(31,183
)
 
(31,183
)
Adjustments for fluctuations in fair market value of financial instruments, net of tax of ($1,308)
 

 
(3,741
)
 

 
(3,741
)
Reclassification to earnings, net of tax of ($849)
 

 
(2,430
)
 

 
(2,430
)
Change in unfunded benefit obligations, net of tax of ($92)
 

 
(265
)
 

 
(265
)
Total comprehensive loss
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(37,619
)
Balance at April 27, 2019
 
$
1,326,891

 
$
(51,043
)
 
$
(898,787
)
 
$
377,061


(in thousands)
 
Member
capital
 
Accumulated
other
comprehensive
earnings (loss)
 
Retained
earnings
(deficit)
 
Total member
equity
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Balance at January 27, 2018
 
$
1,588,081

 
$
(38,379
)
 
$
(710,688
)
 
$
839,014

Stock option exercises and other
 
312

 

 

 
312

Comprehensive loss:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net loss
 

 

 
(19,881
)
 
(19,881
)
Foreign currency translation adjustments, net of tax of $1,138
 

 
5,377

 

 
5,377

Adjustments for fluctuations in fair market value of financial instruments, net of tax of $2,171
 

 
4,652

 

 
4,652

Reclassification to earnings, net of tax of ($38)
 

 
(81
)
 

 
(81
)
Change in unfunded benefit obligations, net of tax of ($3)
 

 
(7
)
 

 
(7
)
Total comprehensive loss
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(9,940
)
Balance at April 28, 2018
 
$
1,588,393

 
$
(28,438
)
 
$
(730,569
)
 
$
829,386


See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.


5


NEIMAN MARCUS GROUP LTD LLC
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF MEMBER EQUITY
(UNAUDITED)
(in thousands)
 
Member
capital
 
Accumulated
other
comprehensive
earnings (loss)
 
Retained
earnings
(deficit)
 
Total member
equity
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Balance at July 28, 2018 (as previously reported)
 
$
1,587,350

 
$
(22,297
)
 
$
(805,872
)
 
$
759,181

Cumulative accounting transition adjustments
 

 
(7,597
)
 
14,724

 
7,127

Balance at July 28, 2018 (as adjusted)
 
1,587,350

 
(29,894
)
 
(791,148
)
 
766,308

Distribution to Parent

 
(262,905
)
 
8,658

 
(19,279
)
 
(273,526
)
Stock option exercises and other
 
2,446

 

 

 
2,446

Comprehensive loss:
 


 


 


 


Net loss
 

 

 
(88,360
)
 
(88,360
)
Foreign currency translation adjustments, net of tax of ($333)
 

 
(1,502
)
 

 
(1,502
)
Adjustments for fluctuations in fair market value of financial instruments, net of tax of ($2,880)
 

 
(8,239
)
 

 
(8,239
)
Reclassification to earnings, net of tax of ($2,029)
 

 
(5,805
)
 

 
(5,805
)
Change in unfunded benefit obligations, net of tax of ($4,985)
 

 
(14,261
)
 

 
(14,261
)
Total comprehensive loss
 


 


 


 
(118,167
)
Balance at April 27, 2019
 
$
1,326,891

 
$
(51,043
)
 
$
(898,787
)
 
$
377,061


(in thousands)
 
Member
capital
 
Accumulated
other
comprehensive
earnings (loss)
 
Retained
earnings
(deficit)
 
Total member
equity
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Balance at July 29, 2017
 
$
1,587,086

 
$
(63,431
)
 
$
(1,057,003
)
 
$
466,652

Stock option exercises and other
 
1,307

 

 

 
1,307

Comprehensive earnings:
 


 


 


 


Net earnings
 

 

 
326,434

 
326,434

Foreign currency translation adjustments, net of tax of $3,573
 

 
16,098

 

 
16,098

Adjustments for fluctuations in fair market value of financial instruments, net of tax of $8,503
 

 
17,230

 

 
17,230

Reclassification to earnings, net of tax of $835
 

 
1,318

 

 
1,318

Change in unfunded benefit obligations, net of tax of $225
 

 
347

 

 
347

Total comprehensive earnings
 


 


 


 
361,427

Balance at April 28, 2018
 
$
1,588,393

 
$
(28,438
)
 
$
(730,569
)
 
$
829,386


See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.



6


NEIMAN MARCUS GROUP LTD LLC
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(UNAUDITED) 
1. Basis of Presentation
 
Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC (the Company) is a luxury omni-channel retailer conducting store and online operations principally under the Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Last Call brand names. References to we, our and us are used to refer to the Company or collectively to the Company and its subsidiaries, as appropriate to the context.

The Company is a subsidiary of Mariposa Intermediate Holdings LLC (Holdings), which in turn is a subsidiary of Neiman Marcus Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation (Parent). Parent is owned by entities affiliated with Ares Management, L.P. and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (together, the Sponsors) and certain co-investors. The Sponsors acquired the Company on October 25, 2013 (the Acquisition). The Company's operations are conducted through its direct wholly owned subsidiary, The Neiman Marcus Group LLC (NMG).

In October 2014, we acquired MyTheresa, a luxury retailer headquartered in Munich, Germany. The operations of MyTheresa are conducted primarily through the mytheresa.com website. In September 2018, substantially all of the holdings of NMG International LLC were distributed to NMG, to the Company, to Holdings and, ultimately, to Parent (the Distribution). These holdings consisted principally of the entities through which we had conducted the operations of MyTheresa. As a result of the Distribution, MyTheresa is no longer a subsidiary of the Company but rather a subsidiary of our Parent. Subsequent to the Distribution, the assets, liabilities and operating results of MyTheresa are excluded from our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements. The assets and liabilities of MyTheresa are excluded from the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet presented as of April 27, 2019 and included in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets presented as of July 28, 2018 and April 28, 2018. Our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations exclude the operating results of MyTheresa for the third quarter of fiscal year 2019 and include the operating results of MyTheresa for only the two months prior to the Distribution in year-to-date fiscal 2019. As it relates to the third quarter of fiscal year 2018 and year-to-date fiscal 2018, the operating results of MyTheresa are included for all periods presented.

The accompanying Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements set forth financial information of the Company and its subsidiaries on a consolidated basis.  All significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated.

Our fiscal year ends on the Saturday closest to July 31.  Like many other retailers, we follow a 4-5-4 reporting calendar, which means that each fiscal quarter consists of thirteen weeks divided into periods of four weeks, five weeks and four weeks.  All references to (i) the third quarter of fiscal year 2019 relate to the thirteen weeks ended April 27, 2019, (ii) the third quarter of fiscal year 2018 relate to the thirteen weeks ended April 28, 2018, (iii) year-to-date fiscal 2019 relate to the thirty-nine weeks ended April 27, 2019 and (iv) year-to-date fiscal 2018 relate to the thirty-nine weeks ended April 28, 2018.
 
We have prepared the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for interim financial information and Rule 10-01 of Regulation S-X of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.  Accordingly, these financial statements do not include all of the information and footnotes required by GAAP for complete financial statements. Therefore, these financial statements should be read in conjunction with our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended July 28, 2018. In our opinion, the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements contain all adjustments, consisting of normal recurring adjustments, necessary to present fairly our financial position, results of operations and cash flows for the applicable interim periods.
 
The luxury retail industry is seasonal in nature, with higher sales typically generated in the fall and holiday selling seasons. Due to seasonal and other factors, the results of operations for the third quarter of fiscal year 2019 are not necessarily comparable to, or indicative of, results of any other interim period or for the fiscal year as a whole.

Certain prior period income statement amounts have been reclassified for comparability with the current year presentation related to the inclusion of income from our credit card program within revenues and the correction of our previous income statement classification of certain reserves for sales returns and promotional programs. The reclassifications have no net impact on the presentation of net earnings (loss) in the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
A detailed description of our critical accounting policies is included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended July 28, 2018.


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Use of Estimates.  We are required to make estimates and assumptions about future events in preparing our financial statements in conformity with GAAP. These estimates and assumptions affect the amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses and the disclosure of gain and loss contingencies at the date of the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
While we believe that our past estimates and assumptions have been materially accurate, the amounts currently estimated are subject to change if different assumptions as to the outcome of future events were made. We evaluate our estimates and assumptions on an ongoing basis and predicate those estimates and assumptions on historical experience and on various other factors that we believe are reasonable under the circumstances. We make adjustments to our estimates and assumptions when facts and circumstances dictate. Since future events and their effects cannot be determined with absolute certainty, actual results may differ from the estimates and assumptions used in preparing the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

We believe the following critical accounting policies, among others, encompass the more significant estimates, assumptions and judgments used in the preparation of the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements:

recognition of revenues;
valuation of merchandise inventories, including determination of original retail values, recognition of markdowns and merchandise allowances, estimation of inventory shrinkage and determination of cost of goods sold;
determination of impairment of intangible and long-lived assets;
measurement of liabilities related to our loyalty program;
recognition of income taxes; and
measurement of accruals for general liability, workers’ compensation and health insurance claims and pension and postretirement health care benefits.

Segments. We conduct our specialty retail store and online operations on an omni-channel basis. As our store and online operations have similar economic characteristics, products, services and customers, our operations constitute a single omni-channel reportable segment.
 
Revenue Recognition. In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606) (Revenue Standard), to clarify the principles for revenue recognition. The standard outlines a single comprehensive model for entities to use in accounting for revenues arising from contracts with customers and supersedes previous revenue recognition guidance. We adopted the revenue recognition requirements of this guidance in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019 using the modified retrospective adoption method and applied the ASU only to contracts not completed as of July 29, 2018. The adoption of this guidance did not have a material impact on our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements, but impacted the presentation of certain revenue transactions. These changes include (i) the gross balance sheet presentation of estimates for sales returns and related recoverable inventories within other current assets and (ii) the inclusion of income from our credit card program within revenues. Prior to the adoption of this guidance, our estimates of recoverable inventories were netted with our reserves for estimated sales returns within accrued liabilities. In addition, the adoption of this guidance accelerated the recognition of (i) online sales to the time of shipment rather than delivery (to coincide with the transfer of control to the customer) and (ii) direct response advertising costs to incurrence. Upon adoption, we recorded a net cumulative effect adjustment to reduce beginning accumulated deficit of $7.1 million.

In addition, we have determined that our previous income statement classification of certain reserves for sales returns and promotional programs resulted in the overstatement of previously reported revenues and cost of goods sold by $9.8 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2018 and $36.5 million in year-to-date fiscal 2018. We evaluated the effects of these overstatements on prior periods' consolidated financial statements, individually and in the aggregate, and concluded that no prior period is materially misstated. However, we have revised our consolidated financial statements for the periods presented herein. The corrections had no impact on net earnings (loss).

We recognize revenues at the point-of-sale or upon shipment of goods to the customer. Shipping and handling costs are expensed as a fulfillment activity at shipping point. Revenues are reduced when our customers return goods previously purchased. We maintain reserves for anticipated sales returns based primarily on our historical trends and our expectations of future returns. Revenues exclude sales taxes collected from our customers.

Other Newly Adopted Accounting Pronouncements. In March 2017, the FASB issued ASU No. 2017-07, Compensation—Retirement Benefits (Topic 715): Improving the Presentation of Net Periodic Pension Cost and Net Periodic Postretirement Benefit

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Cost, which requires employers to disaggregate and present the service cost component in the same line of the income statement as other compensation costs and present the other components of net benefit costs, primarily interest costs and investment earnings, separately from the service cost component, outside a subtotal of operating earnings. We adopted this guidance in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019 using the retrospective adoption method and reclassified other components of net benefit costs from selling, general and administrative expenses to benefit plan expense, net. The adoption of this guidance did not have a material impact on our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

In February 2018, the FASB issued ASU No. 2018-02, Income Statement—Reporting Comprehensive Income (Topic 220): Reclassification of Certain Tax Effects from Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income, which allows a reclassification from accumulated other comprehensive loss to retained earnings for certain stranded tax effects resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Tax Reform), which was signed into law on December 22, 2017. The new guidance may be applied either in the period of adoption or retrospectively to each period in which the effect of the Tax Reform is recognized. We adopted this guidance in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019 and reclassified $7.6 million of stranded tax benefits from accumulated other comprehensive loss to reduce accumulated deficit.

In June 2018, the FASB issued ASU No. 2018-07, Compensation—Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Improvements to Non-Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting, to align accounting for non-employee share-based payment transactions with the guidance for share-based payments to employees. Under the new standard, the measurement of equity-classified non-employee awards will be fixed at the grant date. We adopted this guidance in the third quarter of fiscal year 2019. The adoption of this guidance did not have an impact on our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements. In February 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), that requires a lessee to recognize assets and liabilities arising from leases on the balance sheet. The new standard requires lessees to apply a dual approach, classifying leases as either finance or operating leases based on the principle of whether or not the lease is effectively a financed purchase by the lessee. Previous GAAP did not require lease assets and liabilities to be recognized for operating leases. Additionally, companies are permitted to make an accounting policy election not to recognize lease assets and liabilities for leases with a term of 12 months or less. For both finance leases and operating leases, the lease liability should be initially measured at the present value of the remaining contractual lease payments. In July 2018, the FASB amended the new leases standard to provide entities with an additional and optional transition method and to provide entities with a practical expedient, whereby entities may elect not to separate lease and non-lease components when certain conditions are met. We intend to adopt this guidance in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020 and expect to elect certain practical expedients permitted under the transition guidance, including the package of practical expedients. We do not intend to elect the hindsight practical expedient. Additionally, we will elect the optional transition method that allows for a cumulative-effect adjustment in the period of adoption and will not restate prior periods. We are in the process of reviewing current accounting policies and changes to business processes and controls to support the adoption of the new standard and finalizing the impact of adoption on our Consolidated Financial Statements. We do not expect the recognition, measurement and presentation of expenses and cash flows arising from our operating leases to significantly change under this new guidance. However, we expect this adoption to lead to a material increase in the assets and liabilities recorded on our Consolidated Balance Sheets.

In August 2017, the FASB issued ASU No. 2017-12, Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815): Targeted Improvements to Accounting for Hedging Activities, to simplify how hedge accounting arrangements are accounted for and presented in the financial statements, including the assessment of hedge effectiveness. Under the new standard, all changes in the fair value of cash flow hedges included in the assessment of effectiveness will be recorded in other comprehensive earnings (loss) and reclassified to earnings in the same income statement line item when the hedged item affects earnings. This new guidance is effective for us as of the first quarter of fiscal year 2020. We are currently evaluating the impact of adopting this new accounting guidance on our Consolidated Financial Statements.


2. Distribution to Parent

In September 2018, substantially all of the holdings of NMG International LLC were distributed to NMG, to the Company, to Holdings and, ultimately, to Parent. These holdings consisted principally of the entities through which we conducted the operations of MyTheresa.

As a result of the Distribution, the MyTheresa entities are no longer subsidiaries of the Company but rather subsidiaries of our Parent. The MyTheresa entities are no longer included in the Company's Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements subsequent to September 2018.


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Summarized financial information related to the balances and results of operations of the distributed holdings prior to the Distribution is as follows:
(in thousands)
At Distribution
 
July 28, 2018
 
April 28, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total assets (1)
$
356,520

 
$
351,982

 
$
352,013

Net assets (1)
273,526

 
266,784

 
272,252

 
(1)
Assets at the Distribution include $2.2 million of cash and cash equivalents on hand.

 
Thirteen weeks ended
 
Thirty-nine weeks ended
(in thousands)
April 27, 2019
 
April 28, 2018
 
April 27, 2019
 
April 28, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Revenues (1)
$

 
$
98,455

 
$
60,063

 
$
261,256

Net earnings (loss) (1)

 
267

 
(637
)
 
7,645

 
(1)
Our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations exclude the operating results of MyTheresa for the third quarter of fiscal year 2019 and include the operating results of MyTheresa for only the two months prior to the Distribution in year-to-date fiscal 2019. As it relates to the third quarter of fiscal year 2018 and year-to-date fiscal 2018, the operating results of MyTheresa are included for all periods presented.


3. Investment in Unconsolidated Affiliate

On April 17, 2019, we acquired a minority ownership interest in Fashionphile Group, LLC (“Fashionphile”) with an investment of $17.2 million. Fashionphile is an e-commerce company focused on pre-owned ultra-luxury handbags and accessories. We believe that this strategic partnership with Fashionphile will allow us to expand into the pre-owned luxury secondary market and provide our existing customers with a broader range of services and offerings.

We are accounting for this investment under the equity method of accounting based upon our ability to exercise significant influence over the investee through our representation on the board of managers and participation in the policy-making processes of Fashionphile. Our equity in earnings of this investment in the third quarter of fiscal year 2019 are not material to our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.


4. Revenues

In the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, we adopted the Revenue Standard using the modified retrospective adoption method and applied the ASU only to contracts not completed as of July 29, 2018. The adoption of this guidance did not have a material impact on our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements, but impacted the presentation of certain revenue transactions.


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Disaggregation of Revenues. The components of disaggregated revenues are as follows:
 
 
Thirteen weeks ended
 
Thirty-nine weeks ended
 
 
April 27, 2019
 
April 28, 2018
 
April 27, 2019
 
April 28, 2018
(in thousands, except percentages)
 
$
 
% of revenues
 
$
 
% of revenues
 
$
 
% of revenues
 
$
 
% of revenues
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net sales from U.S. store operations (1)
 
$
731,225

 
69.7
%
 
$
741,953

 
70.2
%
 
$
2,404,957

 
69.5
%
 
$
2,456,449

 
70.8
%
Net sales from U.S. online operations (1)
 
318,193

 
30.3
%
 
314,896

 
29.8
%
 
1,057,505

 
30.5
%
 
1,013,327

 
29.2
%
Net sales from U.S. operations (2)
 
1,049,418

 
99.3
%
 
1,056,849

 
90.6
%
 
3,462,462

 
97.4
%
 
3,469,776

 
92.1
%
Net sales from MyTheresa operations (2) (3)
 

 
%
 
98,455

 
8.4
%
 
60,063

 
1.7
%
 
261,256

 
6.9
%
Total net sales (2)
 
1,049,418

 
99.3
%
 
1,155,304

 
99.1
%
 
3,522,525

 
99.1
%
 
3,731,032

 
99.0
%
Other revenues, net (2)
 
7,822

 
0.7
%
 
10,966

 
0.9
%
 
33,226

 
0.9
%
 
36,895

 
1.0
%
Total revenues (2)
 
$
1,057,240

 
100.0
%
 
$
1,166,270

 
100.0
%
 
$
3,555,751

 
100.0
%
 
$
3,767,927

 
100.0
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net sales from total online operations (2)
 
$
318,193

 
30.1
%
 
$
413,351

 
35.4
%
 
$
1,117,568

 
31.4
%
 
$
1,274,583

 
33.8
%
 
(1)
Presented on the basis of net sales from U.S. operations.
(2)
Presented on the basis of total revenues.
(3)
Our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations exclude the operating results of MyTheresa for the third quarter of fiscal year 2019 and include the operating results of MyTheresa for only the two months prior to the Distribution in year-to-date fiscal 2019. As it relates to the third quarter of fiscal year 2018 and year-to-date fiscal 2018, the operating results of MyTheresa are included for all periods presented.

Other revenues, net is principally composed of payments we receive related to our proprietary credit card program pursuant to an agreement (the Program Agreement) with a third-party credit provider. We have credit cards and non-card payment plans under both the Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman brand names. We receive payments based on sales transacted on our proprietary credit cards. These payments are based on the profitability of the credit card portfolio as determined under the Program Agreement and are impacted by a number of factors including credit losses incurred and our allocable share of the profits generated by the credit card portfolio, which in turn may be impacted by credit ratings as determined by various rating agencies. In addition, we receive payments for marketing and servicing activities we provide, which are immaterial to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements. We recognize income from our credit card program when earned. The Program Agreement expires July 2020, subject to early termination provisions.

Contract Liabilities. Under the new Revenue Standard, contract liabilities relate to the transfer of goods or services to customers, consisting principally of unearned revenue, gift cards, loyalty points and other credits outstanding, and are included within accrued liabilities. Contract liabilities aggregated $241.1 million at April 27, 2019 and $218.8 million at July 28, 2018.

Revenues recognized from our beginning contract liabilities were $50.3 million during the third quarter of fiscal year 2019 and $156.6 million in year-to-date fiscal 2019.


5. Fair Value Measurements
 
Certain of our assets and liabilities are required to be measured at fair value on a recurring basis. Fair value is the price that would be received upon sale of an asset or paid upon transfer of a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date and in the principal or most advantageous market for that asset or liability. Assets and liabilities are classified using a fair value hierarchy that prioritizes the inputs to valuation techniques used to measure fair value as follows:

Level 1 — Unadjusted quoted prices for identical instruments traded in active markets.
Level 2 — Observable market-based inputs or unobservable inputs corroborated by market data.
Level 3 — Unobservable inputs reflecting management’s estimates and assumptions.


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The following table shows the Company’s financial asset and liability that are required to be measured at fair value on a recurring basis in our Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets:
(in thousands)
 
Fair Value
Hierarchy
 
April 27,
2019
 
July 28,
2018
 
April 28,
2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Asset:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest rate swaps (included in other long-term assets)
 
Level 2
 
$
16,024

 
$
35,649

 
$
34,159

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Liability:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stock-based award liability (included in other long-term liabilities)
 
Level 3
 
5,072

 
8,807

 
6,052

 
The fair value of the interest rate swaps is estimated using industry standard valuation models using market-based observable inputs, including interest rate curves.

Because Parent is privately held and there is no public market for its common stock, the fair market value of Parent's common stock is determined by the Board of Directors of Parent (the Parent Board) or the Compensation Committee, as applicable.  In determining the fair market value of Parent's common stock, the Parent Board or the Compensation Committee, as applicable, considers such factors as any recent transactions involving Parent's common stock, the Company’s actual and projected financial results, the principal amount of the Company’s indebtedness, valuations of the Company performed by third parties and other factors it believes are material to the valuation process. Significant inputs to the common stock valuation model are updated as applicable and the carrying value of the obligation is adjusted to its estimated fair value at each reporting date.

The carrying values of cash and cash equivalents, credit card receivables and accounts payable approximate fair value due to their short-term nature.  We determine the fair value of our long-term debt on a non-recurring basis, which results are summarized as follows:
 
 
 
 
April 27, 2019
 
July 28, 2018
 
April 28, 2018
(in thousands)
 
Fair Value
Hierarchy
 
Carrying
Value
 
Fair
Value
 
Carrying
Value
 
Fair
Value
 
Carrying
Value
 
Fair
Value
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Long-term debt (including
current portion):
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility
 
Level 2
 
$
455,000

 
$
455,000

 
$
159,000

 
$
159,000

 
$
162,000

 
$
162,000

mytheresa.com Credit Facilities
 
Level 2
 

 

 

 

 
9,731

 
9,731

Senior Secured Term Loan Facility
 
Level 2
 
2,788,137

 
2,617,364

 
2,810,207

 
2,492,316

 
2,817,563

 
2,484,753

Cash Pay Notes
 
Level 2
 
960,000

 
605,088

 
960,000

 
609,302

 
960,000

 
648,806

PIK Toggle Notes
 
Level 2
 
655,747

 
373,684

 
658,354

 
420,997

 
658,354

 
448,806

2028 Debentures
 
Level 2
 
123,050

 
102,124

 
122,890

 
103,570

 
122,839

 
97,719


We estimated the fair value of long-term debt using (i) prevailing market rates for debt of similar remaining maturities and credit risk for the senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility (as amended, the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility) and the senior secured term loan facility (as amended, the Senior Secured Term Loan Facility and, together with the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility, the Senior Secured Credit Facilities) and (ii) quoted market prices of the same or similar issues for the $960.0 million aggregate principal amount of 8.000% Senior Cash Pay Notes due 2021 (the Cash Pay Notes), the $655.7 million aggregate principal amount of 8.750%/9.500% Senior PIK Toggle Notes due 2021 (the PIK Toggle Notes) and the $125.0 million aggregate principal amount of 7.125% Debentures due 2028 (the 2028 Debentures and, together with the Cash Pay Notes and the PIK Toggle Notes, the Notes).
 
In connection with purchase accounting, we adjusted the carrying values of our long-lived and intangible assets to their estimated fair values at the acquisition date. The fair value estimates were based upon assumptions related to the future cash flows, discount rates and asset lives utilizing currently available information, and in some cases, valuation results from independent valuation specialists (Level 3 determination of fair value). Subsequent to the Acquisition, we determine the fair value of our long-lived and intangible assets on a non-recurring basis in connection with our periodic evaluations of such assets for potential impairment and record impairment charges when such fair value estimates are lower than the carrying values of the assets.



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6. Intangible Assets, Net and Goodwill
 
(in thousands)
 
April 27,
2019
 
July 28,
2018
 
April 28,
2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Favorable lease commitments, net
 
$
841,665

 
$
879,434

 
$
892,231

Other definite-lived intangible assets, net (1)
 
319,154

 
354,542

 
366,237

Tradenames (1)
 
1,432,077

 
1,501,327

 
1,505,141

Intangible assets, net
 
$
2,592,896

 
$
2,735,303

 
$
2,763,609

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Goodwill (1)
 
$
1,753,245

 
$
1,883,869

 
$
1,891,062

 
(1)
In connection with the Distribution in September 2018, goodwill, tradenames and other definite-lived intangible assets, net related to MyTheresa were distributed to Parent. The assets and liabilities of MyTheresa are excluded from the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet presented as of April 27, 2019 and included in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets presented as of July 28, 2018 and April 28, 2018.

Intangible Assets Subject to Amortization. Favorable lease commitments are amortized straight-line over the remaining lives of the leases, ranging from five to 55 years (weighted average life of 30 years) from the Acquisition date. Our definite-lived intangible assets, which primarily consist of customer lists, are amortized using accelerated methods which reflect the pattern in which we receive the economic benefit of the asset, currently estimated at ten to 16 years (weighted average life of 14 years) from the Acquisition date. 

Total amortization of all intangible assets recorded in connection with acquisitions for the current and next five fiscal years is currently estimated as follows (in thousands):
April 28, 2019 through August 3, 2019
$
23,329

2020
85,766

2021
81,299

2022
81,527

2023
80,372

2024
64,469


At April 27, 2019, accumulated amortization was $285.8 million for favorable lease commitments and $364.4 million for other definite-lived intangible assets.

Indefinite-lived Intangible Assets and Goodwill.  Indefinite-lived intangible assets, such as our Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman tradenames and goodwill, are not subject to amortization.  Rather, we assess the recoverability of indefinite-lived intangible assets and goodwill annually in the fourth quarter of each fiscal year and upon the occurrence of certain events. These impairment assessments are performed for two of our reporting units - Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.


7. Long-term Debt

Subsequent Events. As more fully described in Note 17 of the Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements, on March 25, 2019, the Company, certain of its affiliates, an ad hoc committee of holders (the “Consenting Noteholders”) of more than 60% of the aggregate principal amount of the Company’s Cash Pay Notes and PIK Toggle Notes (collectively, the “Existing Notes”), an ad hoc committee of holders (the “Consenting Term Lenders”) of more than 55% of the outstanding principal amount of the existing term loans under the Senior Secured Term Loan Facility (the “Existing Term Loans”), and the Sponsors (together with the Consenting Noteholders and Consenting Term Lenders, the “Consenting Stakeholders”) entered into a transaction support agreement (together with all exhibits, annexes and schedules thereto, the “Transaction Support Agreement”) with respect to a comprehensive set of transactions (collectively, the “Recapitalization Transactions”) designed to among other things, extend the maturities of the Existing Notes and the Existing Term Loans by three years. As described in Note 17, effective June 7, 2019, the Recapitalization Transactions were completed. Unless otherwise noted, the descriptions of our long-term debt that follow do not give recognition to the impact of the Recapitalization Transactions.

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Long-term Debt. The significant components of our long-term debt are as follows:
(in thousands)
 
Interest
Rate
 
April 27,
2019
 
July 28,
2018
 
April 28,
2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility
 
variable
 
$
455,000

 
$
159,000

 
$
162,000

mytheresa.com Credit Facilities (1)
 
variable
 

 

 
9,731

Senior Secured Term Loan Facility
 
variable
 
2,788,137

 
2,810,207

 
2,817,563

Cash Pay Notes
 
8.000%
 
960,000

 
960,000

 
960,000

PIK Toggle Notes
 
8.750%/9.500%
 
655,747

 
658,354

 
658,354

2028 Debentures
 
7.125%
 
123,050

 
122,890

 
122,839

Total debt
 
 
 
4,981,934

 
4,710,451

 
4,730,487

Less: current portion of Senior Secured Term Loan Facility
 
 
 
(29,426
)
 
(29,426
)
 
(29,426
)
Less: unamortized debt issuance costs
 
 
 
(41,019
)
 
(57,873
)
 
(63,491
)
Long-term debt, net of debt issuance costs
 
 
 
$
4,911,489

 
$
4,623,152

 
$
4,637,570

 
(1)
Credit facilities of MyTheresa are excluded subsequent to the Distribution in September 2018.

Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility.  At April 27, 2019, we have an Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility with a maximum committed borrowing capacity of $900.0 million.  The Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility matures on July 25, 2021 (or July 25, 2020 if our obligations under our Senior Secured Term Loan Facility or any permitted refinancing thereof have not been repaid or the maturity date thereof has not been extended to October 25, 2021 or later). At April 27, 2019, we had outstanding borrowings of $455.0 million under this facility, outstanding letters of credit of $1.3 million and unused commitments of $443.8 million, subject to a borrowing base, of which $90.0 million of such capacity is available to us subject to certain restrictions as more fully described below.
 
Availability under the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility is subject to a borrowing base.  The Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility includes borrowing capacity available for letters of credit (up to $150.0 million, with any such issuance of letters of credit reducing the amount available under the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility on a dollar-for-dollar basis) and for borrowings on same-day notice.  The borrowing base is equal to at any time the sum of (a) 90% of the net orderly liquidation value of eligible inventory, net of certain reserves, plus (b) 90% of the amounts owed by credit card processors in respect of eligible credit card accounts constituting proceeds from the sale or disposition of inventory, less certain reserves, plus (c) 100% of segregated cash held in a restricted deposit account.  To the extent that excess availability is not equal to or greater than the greater of (a) 10% of the lesser of (1) the aggregate revolving commitments and (2) the borrowing base and (b) $50.0 million, we will be required to maintain a minimum fixed charge coverage ratio. Additional restrictions will apply if this condition is not met for five consecutive business days, including increased reporting requirements and additional administrative agent control rights over certain of our accounts. These restrictions will continue until the condition is satisfied and their imposition may limit our operational flexibility.

The Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility permits us to increase commitments under the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility or add one or more incremental term loans to the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility by an amount not to exceed $200.0 million. However, the lenders are under no obligation to provide any such additional commitments or loans, and any increase in commitments or incremental term loans will be subject to customary conditions precedent.  If we were to request any such additional commitments and the existing lenders or new lenders were to agree to provide such commitments, the size of the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility could be increased to $1,100.0 million, but our ability to borrow would still be limited by the amount of the borrowing base.  The cash proceeds of any incremental term loans may be used for working capital and general corporate purposes.

At April 27, 2019, borrowings under the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility bore interest at a rate per annum equal to, at our option, either (a) a base rate determined by reference to the highest of (1) the prime rate of Deutsche Bank AG New York Branch (the administrative agent), (2) the federal funds effective rate plus ½ of 1.00% and (3) the adjusted one-month LIBOR plus 1.00% or (b) LIBOR, subject to certain adjustments, in each case plus an applicable margin of 0.75% with respect to base rate borrowings and 1.75% with respect to LIBOR borrowings at April 27, 2019. The applicable margin is based on the average historical excess availability under the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility, and is up to 1.00% with respect to base rate borrowings and up to 2.00% with respect to LIBOR borrowings, in each case with one 0.25% step down based on achievement and maintenance of a certain senior secured first lien net leverage ratio (as defined in the credit agreement governing the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility). The weighted average interest rate on the outstanding borrowings pursuant to the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility was 4.37% at April 27, 2019. In addition, we are required to pay a commitment fee in respect of unused commitments at a rate of up to 0.375% per annum. We must also pay customary letter of credit fees and agency fees.

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If at any time the aggregate amount of outstanding revolving loans, unreimbursed letter of credit drawings and undrawn letters of credit under the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility exceeds the lesser of (a) the aggregate revolving commitments and (b) the borrowing base, we will be required to repay outstanding loans or cash collateralize letters of credit in an aggregate amount equal to such excess, with no reduction of the commitment amount.  If the excess availability under the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility is less than the greater of (a) 10% of the lesser of (1) the aggregate revolving commitments and (2) the borrowing base and (b) $50.0 million for a period of five or more consecutive business days, funds held in a collection account maintained with the agent would be applied to repay the loans and other obligations and cash collateralize letters of credit. We would then be required to make daily deposits in the collection account maintained with the agent under the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility.

We may voluntarily reduce the unutilized portion of the commitment amount and repay outstanding loans at any time without premium or penalty other than customary breakage costs with respect to LIBOR loans. There is no scheduled amortization under the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility. The principal amount of the revolving loans outstanding thereunder will be due and payable in full on July 25, 2021 (or July 25, 2020 if our obligations under our Senior Secured Term Loan Facility or any permitted refinancing thereof have not been repaid or the maturity date thereof has not been extended to October 25, 2021 or later).
 
The Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility is guaranteed by Holdings and each of our current and future direct and indirect wholly owned subsidiaries (subsidiary guarantors) other than (a) unrestricted subsidiaries, (b) certain immaterial subsidiaries, (c) foreign subsidiaries and any domestic subsidiary of a foreign subsidiary, (d) certain holding companies of foreign subsidiaries, (e) captive insurance subsidiaries, not for profit subsidiaries, or a subsidiary which is a special purpose entity for securitization transactions or like special purposes and (f) any subsidiary that is prohibited by applicable law or contractual obligation from acting as a guarantor or which would require governmental approval to provide a guarantee. At April 27, 2019, the assets of non-guarantor subsidiaries, primarily Nancy Holdings LLC, which holds legal title to certain real property used by us in conducting our operations, aggregated $87.6 million, or 1.2% of consolidated total assets. All obligations under the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility, and the guarantees of those obligations, are secured, subject to certain significant exceptions by substantially all of the assets of Holdings, the Company and the subsidiary guarantors.

The Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility contains covenants limiting, among other things, dividends and other restricted payments, investments, loans, advances and acquisitions, and prepayments or redemptions of other indebtedness. These covenants permit such restricted actions in an unlimited amount, subject to the satisfaction of certain payment conditions, principally that we must have (x) pro forma excess availability under the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility for each day of the 30-day period prior to such actions, which exceeds the greater of $90.0 million or 15% of the lesser of (a) the revolving commitments under the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility and (b) the borrowing base and (y) a pro forma fixed charge coverage ratio of at least 1.0 to 1.0, unless pro forma excess availability for each day of the 30-day period prior to such actions under the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility would exceed the greater of (1) $200.0 million and (2) 25% of the lesser of (i) the aggregate revolving commitments under the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility and (ii) the borrowing base. The Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility also contains customary affirmative covenants and events of default, including a cross-default provision in respect of any other indebtedness that has an aggregate principal amount exceeding $50.0 million.

For a more detailed description of the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility, refer to Note 7 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended July 28, 2018.

In connection with the Recapitalization Transactions (as defined under Note 17, “Subsequent Events”) the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility was amended and restated. See Note 17, “Subsequent Events” for a description of the amendment.

Senior Secured Term Loan Facility.  At April 27, 2019, the outstanding balance under the Senior Secured Term Loan Facility was $2,788.1 million. The principal amount of the loans outstanding is due and payable in full on October 25, 2020.

The Senior Secured Term Loan Facility permits us to increase the term loans or add a separate tranche of term loans by an amount not to exceed $650.0 million plus an unlimited amount that would result (a) in the case of any incremental term loan facility to be secured equally and ratably with the term loans, a senior secured first lien net leverage ratio equal to or less than 4.25 to 1.00, and (b) in the case of any incremental term loan facility to be secured on a junior basis to the term loans, to be subordinated in right of payment to the term loans or unsecured and pari passu in right of payment with the term loans, a total net leverage ratio equal to or less than the total net leverage ratio as of October 25, 2013.

At April 27, 2019, borrowings under the Senior Secured Term Loan Facility bore interest at a rate per annum equal to, at our option, either (a) a base rate determined by reference to the highest of (1) the prime rate of Credit Suisse AG (the administrative agent), (2) the federal funds effective rate plus ½ of 1.00% and (3) the adjusted one-month LIBOR plus 1.00%, or (b) an adjusted LIBOR (for a period equal to the relevant interest period, and in any event, never less than 1.00%), subject to certain adjustments, in each case

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plus an applicable margin. The applicable margin is up to 2.25% with respect to base rate borrowings and up to 3.25% with respect to LIBOR borrowings. The applicable margin is subject to adjustment based on our senior secured first lien net leverage ratio. The applicable margin with respect to outstanding LIBOR borrowings was 3.25% at April 27, 2019.  The interest rate on the outstanding borrowings pursuant to the Senior Secured Term Loan Facility was 5.72% at April 27, 2019.

Subject to certain exceptions and reinvestment rights, the Senior Secured Term Loan Facility requires that 100% of the net cash proceeds from certain asset sales and debt issuances and 50% (which percentage will be reduced to 25% if our senior secured first lien net leverage ratio, as defined in the credit agreement governing the Senior Secured Term Loan Facility, is equal to or less than 4.0 to 1.0 but greater than 3.5 to 1.0 and will be reduced to 0% if our senior secured first lien net leverage ratio is equal to or less than 3.5 to 1.0) from excess cash flow, as defined in the credit agreement governing the Senior Secured Term Loan Facility, for each of our fiscal years (commencing with the period ended July 26, 2015) must be used to prepay outstanding term loans under the Senior Secured Term Loan Facility at 100% of the principal amount to be prepaid, plus accrued and unpaid interest. We were not required to prepay any outstanding term loans pursuant to the annual excess cash flow requirements for fiscal year 2018.
 
We may repay all or any portion of the Senior Secured Term Loan Facility at any time, subject to redeployment costs in the case of prepayment of LIBOR borrowings other than the last day of the relevant interest period. The Senior Secured Term Loan Facility amortizes in equal quarterly installments of $7.4 million, less certain voluntary and mandatory prepayments, with the remaining balance due at final maturity.
 
The Senior Secured Term Loan Facility is guaranteed by Holdings and each of our current and future subsidiary guarantors other than (a) unrestricted subsidiaries, (b) certain immaterial subsidiaries, (c) foreign subsidiaries and any domestic subsidiary of a foreign subsidiary, (d) certain holding companies of foreign subsidiaries, (e) captive insurance subsidiaries, not for profit subsidiaries, or a subsidiary which is a special purpose entity for securitization transactions or like special purposes and (f) any subsidiary that is prohibited by applicable law or contractual obligation from acting as a guarantor or which would require governmental approval to provide a guarantee. At April 27, 2019, the assets of non-guarantor subsidiaries, primarily Nancy Holdings LLC, which holds legal title to certain real property used by us in conducting our operations, aggregated $87.6 million, or 1.2% of consolidated total assets. All obligations under the Senior Secured Term Loan Facility, and the guarantees of those obligations, are secured, subject to certain significant exceptions, by substantially all of the assets of Holdings, the Company and the subsidiary guarantors.

The credit agreement governing the Senior Secured Term Loan Facility contains a number of negative covenants and covenants related to the security arrangements for the Senior Secured Term Loan Facility. The credit agreement also contains customary affirmative covenants and events of default, including a cross-default provision in respect of any other indebtedness that has an aggregate principal amount exceeding $50.0 million.

For a more detailed description of the Senior Secured Term Loan Facility, refer to Note 7 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended July 28, 2018.

In connection with the Recapitalization Transactions (as defined under Note 17, “Subsequent Events”) the Senior Secured Term Loan Facility was amended and restated. See Note 17, “Subsequent Events” for a description of the Amended Term Loan Facility (as defined below).

Cash Pay Notes.  The Company, along with Mariposa Borrower, Inc. as co-issuer, incurred indebtedness in the form of $960.0 million aggregate principal amount of 8.000% Senior Cash Pay Notes due 2021.  Interest on the Cash Pay Notes is payable semi-annually in arrears on each April 15 and October 15.  The Cash Pay Notes are guaranteed by the same entities that guarantee the Senior Secured Term Loan Facility, other than Holdings.  The Cash Pay Notes are unsecured and the guarantees are full and unconditional.  At April 27, 2019, the redemption price at which we may redeem the Cash Pay Notes, in whole or in part, as set forth in the indenture governing the Cash Pay Notes, was 102.000%. The Cash Pay Notes mature on October 15, 2021.

For a more detailed description of the Cash Pay Notes, refer to Note 7 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended July 28, 2018.

In connection with the Recapitalization Transactions (as defined under Note 17, “Subsequent Events”), the Company completed Exchange Offers and Consent Solicitations (as defined under Note 17, “Subsequent Events”) relating to the Cash Pay Notes. See Note 17, “Subsequent Events” for a description of the Exchange Offers and Consent Solicitations relating to the Cash Pay Notes.

PIK Toggle Notes.  The Company, along with Mariposa Borrower, Inc. as co-issuer, incurred indebtedness in the form of $600.0 million aggregate principal amount of 8.750%/9.500% Senior PIK Toggle Notes due 2021. At April 27, 2019, the outstanding

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balance under the PIK Toggle Notes was $655.7 million. The PIK Toggle Notes are guaranteed by the same entities that guarantee the Senior Secured Term Loan Facility, other than Holdings. The PIK Toggle Notes are unsecured and the guarantees are full and unconditional. At April 27, 2019, the redemption price at which we may redeem the PIK Toggle Notes, in whole or in part, as set forth in the indenture governing the PIK Toggle Notes, was 102.188%. The PIK Toggle Notes mature on October 15, 2021. In April 2019, we made an applicable high yield discount obligation catch-up payment of $2.6 million to the holders of the PIK Toggle Notes.

Interest on the PIK Toggle Notes is payable semi-annually in arrears on each April 15 and October 15. Prior to October 2018, interest on the PIK Toggle Notes, subject to certain restrictions, was payable (i) entirely in cash (“Cash Interest”), (ii) entirely by increasing the principal amount of the PIK Toggle Notes by the relevant interest payment amount (“PIK Interest”), or (iii) 50% in Cash Interest and 50% in PIK Interest. Cash Interest on the PIK Toggle Notes accrues at a rate of 8.750% per annum.  PIK Interest on the PIK Toggle Notes accrued at a rate of 9.500% per annum. Interest on the PIK Toggle Notes was paid entirely in cash for the first seven interest payments. We elected to pay the October 2017 and April 2018 interest payments in the form of PIK Interest, which resulted in the issuance of additional PIK Toggle Notes of $28.5 million in October 2017 and $29.9 million in April 2018. We paid the interest payments in October 2018 and April 2019 in the form of Cash Interest. All future interest payments are required to be paid in Cash Interest.

For a more detailed description of the PIK Toggle Notes, refer to Note 7 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended July 28, 2018.

In connection with the Recapitalization Transactions (as defined under Note 17, “Subsequent Events”), the Company completed Exchange Offers and Consent Solicitations (as defined under Note 17, “Subsequent Events”) relating to the PIK Toggle Notes. See Note 17, “Subsequent Events” for a description of the Exchange Offers and Consent Solicitations relating to the PIK Toggle Notes.

2028 Debentures.  NMG has outstanding $125.0 million aggregate principal amount of our 7.125% Senior Debentures due 2028.  The 2028 Debentures are secured by a first lien security interest on certain collateral subject to liens granted under the Senior Secured Credit Facilities. The 2028 Debentures are guaranteed on an unsecured, senior basis by the Company.  The guarantee is full and unconditional.  The 2028 Debentures are not guaranteed by any of NMG's subsidiaries. At April 27, 2019, NMG's subsidiaries consisted principally of (i) Bergdorf Goodman, Inc., through which we conduct the operations of our Bergdorf Goodman brand, (ii) NM Nevada Trust, which holds legal title to certain real property and intangible assets used by us in conducting our operations and (iii) Nancy Holdings LLC, which holds legal title to certain real property used by us in conducting our operations.  The 2028 Debentures include certain restrictive covenants and a cross-acceleration provision in respect of any other indebtedness that has an aggregate principal amount exceeding $15.0 million.  The 2028 Debentures mature on June 1, 2028.

For a more detailed description of the 2028 Debentures, refer to Note 7 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended July 28, 2018.

In connection with the Recapitalization Transactions (as defined under Note 17, “Subsequent Events”), the indenture governing the 2028 Debentures was amended. See Note 17, “Subsequent Events” for a description of the amendment.

Maturities of Long-term Debt.  At April 27, 2019, annual maturities of long-term debt during the current and next five fiscal years and thereafter are as follows (in millions):
April 28, 2019 through August 3, 2019
$
7.4

2020
29.4

2021
3,206.4

2022
1,615.7

2023

2024

Thereafter
123.1


The previous table does not reflect future excess cash flow prepayments, if any, that may be required under the Senior Secured Term Loan Facility.

As described under Note 17, “Subsequent Events,” the maturities of certain of our long-term debt obligations have been extended in connection with the Recapitalization Transactions.


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Interest Expense, net.  The significant components of interest expense are as follows:
 
 
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(in thousands)
 
April 27,
2019
 
April 28,
2018
 
April 27,
2019
 
April 28,
2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility
 
$
3,721

 
$
1,364

 
$
9,355

 
$
5,160

Senior Secured Term Loan Facility
 
37,367

 
34,913

 
110,745

 
102,145

Cash Pay Notes
 
19,200

 
19,200

 
57,600

 
57,600

PIK Toggle Notes
 
14,393

 
14,846

 
43,196

 
44,135

2028 Debentures
 
2,227

 
2,227

 
6,680

 
6,680

Amortization of debt issue costs
 
6,121

 
6,121

 
18,363

 
18,359

Capitalized interest
 
(371
)
 
(2,074
)
 
(2,467
)
 
(5,638
)
Other, net
 
478

 
1,054

 
1,647

 
1,857

Interest expense, net
 
$
83,136

 
$
77,651

 
$
245,119

 
$
230,298



8. Derivative Financial Instruments
 
Interest Rate Swaps. At April 27, 2019, we had outstanding floating rate debt obligations of $3,243.1 million. In April and June of 2016, we entered into floating to fixed interest rate swap agreements for an aggregate notional amount of $1,400.0 million to limit our exposure to interest rate increases related to a portion of our floating rate indebtedness. These swap agreements hedge a portion of our contractual floating rate interest commitments related to our Senior Secured Term Loan Facility from December 2016 to October 2020. As a result of the April 2016 swap agreements, our effective interest rate as to $700.0 million of floating rate indebtedness will be fixed at 4.9120% from December 2016 through October 2020. As a result of the June 2016 swap agreements, our effective interest rate as to an additional $700.0 million of floating rate indebtedness will be fixed at 4.7395% from December 2016 to October 2020. The fair value of our interest rate swap agreements was a gain of $16.0 million at April 27, 2019, $35.6 million at July 28, 2018 and $34.2 million at April 28, 2018, which amounts were included in other long-term assets. The interest rate swap agreements expire in October 2020.

We designated the interest rate swaps as cash flow hedges. As cash flow hedges, unrealized gains on our outstanding interest rate swaps are recognized as assets while unrealized losses are recognized as liabilities. Our interest rate swap agreements are highly, but not perfectly, correlated to the changes in interest rates to which we are exposed. As a result, unrealized gains and losses on our interest rate swap agreements are designated as effective or ineffective. The effective portion of such gains or losses will be recorded as a component of other comprehensive earnings (loss) while the ineffective portion of such gains or losses will be recorded as a component of interest expense.

In addition, we realize a gain or loss on our interest rate swap agreements in connection with each required interest payment on our floating rate indebtedness. The realized gains or losses effectively adjust the contractual interest requirements pursuant to the terms of our floating rate indebtedness to the interest requirements at the fixed rates established in the interest rate swap agreements. These realized gains or losses are reclassified to interest expense from accumulated other comprehensive loss.

A summary of the recorded amounts related to our interest rate swaps reflected in our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations is as follows:
 
 
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April 27,
2019
 
April 28,
2018
 
April 27,
2019
 
April 28,
2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Realized hedging (gain) loss related to interest rate swaps – included in interest expense, net
 
$
(3,279
)
 
$
(119
)
 
$
(7,834
)
 
$
2,153


The amount of net gains recorded in accumulated other comprehensive loss at April 27, 2019 that is expected to be reclassified into interest expense, net in the next 12 months, if interest rates remain unchanged, is approximately $11.4 million.



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9. Income Taxes
 
Our effective income tax rates are as follows:
 
 
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April 27,
2019
 
April 28,
2018
 
April 27,
2019
 
April 28,
2018
 
 

 

 

 

Effective income tax rate excluding impact of Tax Reform
 
27.1
%
 
32.1
 %
 
26.1
%
 
33.0
%
Impact of Tax Reform
 
%
 
(5.7
)%
 
%
 
432.9
%
Effective income tax rate
 
27.1
%
 
26.4
 %
 
26.1
%
 
465.9
%

Our effective income tax rate of 27.1% on the loss for the third quarter of fiscal year 2019 and 26.1% on the loss for year-to-date fiscal 2019 exceeded the federal statutory rate of 21% due primarily to state income taxes.

Included in the income tax benefit recognized in the third quarter of fiscal year 2018 is the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“Tax Reform”), which was signed into law on December 22, 2017. Among numerous provisions included in the Tax Reform was the reduction of the corporate federal income tax rate from 35% to 21% effective January 1, 2018. As the effective date of the Tax Reform fell five months into our fiscal year, we were subject to a blended federal statutory rate of 26.9% in fiscal year 2018. In connection with our application of the new federal statutory rate in fiscal year 2018, we measured our long-term deferred income taxes at the new lower rate and recorded non-cash benefits aggregating $391.6 million, of which amount $386.2 million was recorded in year-to-date fiscal 2018. Excluding the impact of the Tax Reform, our effective income tax rate of 32.1% on the loss for the third quarter of fiscal year 2018 and 33.0% on the loss for year-to-date fiscal 2018 exceeded the blended federal statutory rate of 26.9% due primarily to state and foreign income taxes.

At April 27, 2019, the gross amount of unrecognized tax benefits was $0.7 million ($0.5 million of which would impact our effective tax rate, if recognized).  We classify interest and penalties as a component of income tax expense and our liability for accrued interest and penalties was $0.2 million at April 27, 2019, $0.3 million at July 28, 2018 and $0.3 million at April 28, 2018.

We file income tax returns in the U.S. federal jurisdiction and various state, local and foreign jurisdictions. The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) is conducting an audit of our short-year 2014 (subsequent to the Acquisition) and fiscal years 2015 through 2017 federal income tax returns. With respect to state, local and foreign jurisdictions, with limited exceptions, we are no longer subject to income tax audits for fiscal years before 2013. We believe our recorded tax liabilities as of April 27, 2019 are sufficient to cover any potential assessments made by the IRS or other taxing authorities and we will continue to review our recorded tax liabilities for potential audit assessments based upon subsequent events, new information and future circumstances. We believe it is reasonably possible that adjustments to the amounts of our unrecognized tax benefits could occur within the next 12 months as a result of settlements with tax authorities or expiration of statutes of limitations. At this time, we do not believe such adjustments will have a material impact on our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
Subsequent to the Acquisition, Parent and its subsidiaries, including the Company, file U.S. federal income taxes as a consolidated group. The Company has elected to be treated as a corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes and all operations of Parent are conducted through its subsidiaries, including the Company. Income taxes incurred by Parent with respect to the Company's operations are reflected in the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements of the Company. The Company’s financial statements recognize the current and deferred income tax consequences that result from the Company’s activities during the current and preceding periods as if the Company were a separate taxpayer rather than a member of the Parent company’s consolidated income tax return group.


10. Employee Benefits
 
Description of Retirement Benefit Plans.  We currently maintain defined contribution plans consisting of a retirement savings plan (“RSP”) and a defined contribution supplemental executive retirement plan (“Defined Contribution SERP Plan”). In addition, we sponsor a defined benefit pension plan (“Pension Plan”) and an unfunded supplemental executive retirement plan (“SERP Plan”) that provides certain employees additional pension benefits. As of the third quarter of fiscal year 2010, benefits offered to all participants in our Pension Plan and SERP Plan were frozen. Retirees and active employees hired prior to March 1, 1989 are eligible for certain limited postretirement health care benefits (“Postretirement Plan”) if they meet certain service and minimum age

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requirements. We also sponsor an unfunded key employee deferred compensation plan, which provides certain employees with additional benefits.

Our obligations for employee benefit plans, included in other long-term liabilities, are as follows:
(in thousands)
 
April 27,
2019
 
July 28,
2018
 
April 28,
2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pension Plan
 
$
198,080

 
$
202,820

 
$
219,483

SERP Plan
 
99,041

 
98,814

 
110,541

Postretirement Plan
 
2,961

 
2,935

 
6,392

 
 
300,082

 
304,569

 
336,416

Less: current portion
 
(6,550
)
 
(6,441
)
 
(6,679
)
Long-term portion of benefit obligations
 
$
293,532

 
$
298,128

 
$
329,737

 
Funding Policy and Status.  Our policy is to fund the Pension Plan at or above the minimum level required by law. As of April 27, 2019, we believe we will be required to contribute $27.6 million to the Pension Plan in fiscal year 2019, of which $21.6 million has been funded as of April 27, 2019. In fiscal year 2018, we were required to contribute $25.2 million to the Pension Plan.

Cost of Benefits. The components of the expenses we incurred under our Pension Plan, SERP Plan and Postretirement Plan are as follows:
 
 
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April 27,
2019
 
April 28,
2018
 
April 27,
2019
 
April 28,
2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pension Plan:
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
Interest cost
 
$
5,753

 
$
4,973

 
$
17,259

 
$
14,919

Expected return on plan assets
 
(5,488
)
 
(5,396
)
 
(16,464
)
 
(16,188
)
Net amortization of losses
 
199

 
170

 
597

 
510

Pension Plan expense (income)
 
$
464

 
$
(253
)
 
$
1,392

 
$
(759
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SERP Plan:
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
Interest cost
 
$
940

 
$
844

 
$
2,820

 
$
2,532

SERP Plan expense
 
$
940

 
$
844

 
$
2,820

 
$
2,532

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Postretirement Plan:
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
Interest cost
 
$
25

 
$
51

 
$
75

 
$
153

Net amortization of gains
 
(556
)
 
(180
)
 
(1,668
)
 
(540
)
Postretirement Plan income
 
$
(531
)
 
$
(129
)
 
$
(1,593
)
 
$
(387
)

Employee Vacation Benefit Liability.  We enacted changes to our vacation policy effective in fiscal year 2019. Pursuant to the provisions of our new vacation policy, vacation hours earned during each fiscal year must be taken during that fiscal year. Any accrued but unused vacation is forfeited at the end of the fiscal year subject to statutory requirements in certain states precluding such forfeitures. In fiscal year 2018, we recorded a non-cash gain of $19.5 million, of which amount $5.3 million was recorded in the third quarter and $14.3 million was recorded in year-to-date fiscal 2018, within selling, general and administrative expenses, in connection with the reduction of our liability for unused vacation prior to the effective date of our new vacation policy.


11. Commitments and Contingencies
 
Employment, Benefits, and Consumer Class Actions Litigation.  In August 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) affirmed an administrative law judge's recommended decision and order finding that the Company's Arbitration Agreement and class action waiver violated the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). We filed our petition for review of the NLRB's order with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. This case has been stayed while another similar case has been pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, which was decided on May 21, 2018 and held that class action waivers in arbitration agreements are lawful under the NLRA and must be enforced under the Federal Arbitration Act. On June 1, 2018, the NLRB filed a motion to remove this case from abeyance, grant our petition for review regarding the class action waiver issue consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court’s

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decision, and remand the remainder of the case to the NLRB. On June 11, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted the NLRB’s motion, and the remanded portion of the case is pending before the NLRB.
    
In addition, we are currently involved in various other legal actions and proceedings that arose in the ordinary course of business. With respect to the matters described above as well as all other current outstanding litigation involving us, we believe that any liability arising as a result of such litigation will not have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

Cyber-Attack Class Actions Litigation. In January 2014, three class actions relating to a cyber-attack on our computer systems in 2013 (the “Cyber-Attack”) were filed and later voluntarily dismissed by the plaintiffs between February and April 2014. The plaintiffs had alleged negligence and other claims in connection with their purchases by payment cards and sought monetary and injunctive relief. Three additional putative class actions relating to the Cyber-Attack were filed in March and April 2014, also alleging negligence and other claims in connection with plaintiffs’ purchases by payment cards. Two of the cases were voluntarily dismissed. The third case, Hilary Remijas v. The Neiman Marcus Group, LLC, was filed on March 12, 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. On June 2, 2014, an amended complaint in the Remijas case was filed, which added three plaintiffs (Debbie Farnoush and Joanne Kao, California residents; and Melissa Frank, a New York resident) and asserted claims for negligence, implied contract, unjust enrichment, violation of various consumer protection statutes, invasion of privacy and violation of state data breach laws. The Company moved to dismiss the Remijas amended complaint, and the court granted the Company's motion on the grounds that the plaintiffs lacked standing due to their failure to demonstrate an actionable injury. Plaintiffs appealed the district court's order dismissing the case to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the district court's ruling, remanding the case back to the district court. The Company filed a petition for rehearing en banc, which the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals denied. The Company filed a motion for dismissal on other grounds, which the court denied. The parties jointly requested, and the court granted, an extension of time for filing a responsive pleading, which was due on December 28, 2016. On February 9, 2017, the court denied the parties' request for another extension of time, dismissed the case without prejudice, and stated that plaintiffs could file a motion to reinstate. On March 8, 2017, plaintiffs filed a motion to reinstate, which the court granted on March 16, 2017. On March 17, 2017, plaintiffs filed a motion seeking preliminary approval of a class action settlement resolving this action, which the court granted on June 21, 2017. On August 21, 2017, plaintiffs moved for final approval of the proposed settlement. In September 2017, purported settlement class members filed two objections to the settlement, and plaintiffs and the Company filed responses to the objections on October 19, 2017. At the fairness hearing on October 26, 2017, the Court ordered supplemental briefing on the objections. Objectors filed a supplemental brief in support of their objections on November 9, 2017, and plaintiffs and the Company filed their supplemental responses to the objections on November 21, 2017. On January 16, 2018, an order was issued by the District Court reassigning the case to Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman due to the prior judge’s retirement. On September 17, 2018, Judge Coleman denied final approval of the proposed settlement and decertified the settlement class. Judge Coleman has set a status conference for this matter for June 13, 2019. At this point, we are unable to predict the developments in, outcome of or other consequences related to this matter.

In addition to class actions litigation, payment card companies and associations may require us to reimburse them for unauthorized card charges and costs to replace cards and may also impose fines or penalties in connection with the security incident, and enforcement authorities may also impose fines or seek other remedies against us. We have also incurred other costs associated with this security incident, including legal fees, investigative fees, costs of communications with customers and credit monitoring services provided to our customers. We expect to continue to incur costs associated with maintaining appropriate security measures and otherwise complying with our obligations. We will continue to evaluate these matters based on subsequent events, new information and future circumstances.

Distribution Litigation. On December 10, 2018, Marble Ridge Capital LP and Marble Ridge Master Fund LP (collectively, “Marble Ridge”) filed a lawsuit against Parent, Holdings, the Company, NMG, and NMG International LLC in the District Court for the 116th Judicial District, Dallas County, Texas (the “Marble Ridge Litigation”).  Marble Ridge alleges that the Distribution was a fraudulent transfer.  Marble Ridge seeks to undo the Distribution and return the entities through which the operations of MyTheresa are conducted from Parent to NMG International LLC under fraudulent transfer law and appoint a receiver under Texas state law. On December 14, 2018, the Company and the other defendants filed an answer denying Marble Ridge’s allegations, counterclaimed against Marble Ridge for prior defamatory statements, and filed a plea to the jurisdiction to dismiss Marble Ridge’s lawsuit.  On January 2, 2019, Marble Ridge moved to dismiss the counterclaims brought by the Company and the other defendants.  The Court granted the Company’s motion to dismiss Marble Ridge’s complaint on March 19, 2019 and denied Marble Ridge’s motion to dismiss the Company’s counterclaims on April 9, 2019. Marble Ridge filed a motion for sanctions in violation of the protective order on April 15, 2019 and filed a notice of appeal of the order denying its motion to dismiss on April 16, 2019. No hearing dates have been set as to either of Marble Ridge’s motions. We believe that the Marble Ridge Litigation is without merit and we intend to continue to vigorously contest it.  However, we are currently unable to predict the developments in, outcome of, and economic and

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other consequences of the Marble Ridge Litigation.  We will continue to evaluate these matters based on subsequent events, new information and future circumstances.

Other.  We had $1.3 million of irrevocable letters of credit and $3.6 million in surety bonds outstanding at April 27, 2019, relating primarily to merchandise imports and state sales tax and utility requirements.


12. Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss
 
The following table summarizes the changes in accumulated other comprehensive loss by component (amounts are recorded net of related income taxes):
(in thousands)
 
Foreign
Currency
Translation
Adjustments
 
Unrealized Net Gains
on
Financial
Instruments
 
Unfunded
Benefit
Obligations
 
Total
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

Balance, July 28, 2018
 
$
(7,156
)
 
$
22,253

 
$
(37,394
)
 
$
(22,297
)
Other comprehensive (loss) earnings
 
(1,502
)
 
576

 
(13,731
)
 
(14,657
)
Net amounts reclassified to earnings