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CINEMARK HOLDINGS, INC. filed this Form 10-K on 02/23/2018
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Pursuant to a Common Unit Adjustment Agreement dated as of February 13, 2007 between NCM, Inc. and Cinemark, AMC and Regal, collectively referred to as its Founding Members, annual adjustments to the common membership units are made primarily based on increases or decreases in the number of theatre screens operated and theatre attendance generated by each Founding Member.  To account for the receipt of additional common units under the Common Unit Adjustment Agreement, the Company follows the guidance in ASC 323-10-35-29 (formerly EITF 02-18, Accounting for Subsequent Investments in an Investee after Suspension of Equity Loss Recognition) by analogy, which also refers to AICPA Technical Practice Aid 2220.14, which indicates that if a subsequent investment is made in an equity method investee that has experienced significant losses, the investor must determine if the subsequent investment constitutes funding of prior losses.  The Company concluded that the construction or acquisition of new theatres that has led to the common unit adjustments equates to making additional investments in National CineMedia. The Company evaluated the receipt of the additional common units in National CineMedia and the assets exchanged for these additional units and has determined that the right to use its incremental new screens would not be considered funding of prior losses. The Company accounts for these additional common units (referred to herein as its Tranche 2 Investment) as a separate investment than its Tranche 1 Investment.  The common units received are recorded at fair value as an increase in the Company’s investment in NCM with an offset to deferred revenue.  The deferred revenue is amortized over the remaining term of the ESA.  The Tranche 2 Investment is accounted for following the equity method, with undistributed equity earnings related to its Tranche 2 Investment included as a component of equity in income of affiliates and distributions received related to its Tranche 2 Investment are recorded as a reduction of its investment basis. See “Impact of Recent Accounting Developments” below.

Impact of Recent Accounting Developments

Impact of New Revenue Recognition Standard

In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), (“ASC 606”), which requires an entity to recognize the amount of revenue to which it expects to be entitled for the transfer of promised goods or services to customers. ASC 606 will replace most existing revenue recognition guidance in U.S. generally accepted accounting principles when it becomes effective. In addition, the standard requires disclosure of the nature, amount, timing, and uncertainty of revenue and cash flows arising from the contracts with customers.

ASC 606 permits two methods of adoption: retrospectively to each prior reporting period presented (full retrospective method), or retrospectively with the cumulative effect of initially applying the guidance recognized at the date of initial application (modified retrospective method).

We adopted ASC 606 as of January 1, 2018 using the modified retrospective method. The new standard will therefore be applied to all contracts not completed as of January 1, 2018.  While we do not believe the adoption of ASC 606 will have a material impact to our results of operations or cash flows, we do expect ASC 606 to have an impact on the classification of certain revenues and related expenses, as summarized below.  Quantitative amounts included below are estimates of the expected effects of our adoption of ASC 606 and represent management’s best estimates of the impact of adopting ASC 606 at the time of the preparation of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.  The actual impact of ASC 606 is subject to change from these estimates, pending the completion of our assessment during the first quarter of 2018.  


We believe our Exhibitor’s Services Agreement (“ESA”) with National CineMedia, LLC (“NCM”) includes a significant financing component due to the length of time necessary to fulfill the performance obligations under the ESA as compared to the timing of receipt of the advanced payment. Similarly, we believe our Common Unit Adjustment (“CUA”) Agreement with NCM includes a significant financing component due to the receipt of common units in advance of the fulfillment of the performance obligations.  As a result, we expect other revenues, specifically screen advertising revenues, will increase with a similar offsetting increase in noncash interest expense, but will not have a material impact on our results of operations.