Salaries and wages increased to $73.2 million for 2012 from $59.0 million for 2011 primarily
due to new theatres, including the ten theatres in Argentina acquired during August 2011 and increased wage rates. Facility lease expense was $90.5 million for 2012 and 2011. Utilities and other costs increased to $97.8 million for 2012 from $85.2
million for 2011 primarily due to new theatres, including the ten theatres in Argentina acquired during August 2011, increased janitorial costs and increased screen advertising commissions and related expenses. Each of the expenses previously
discussed were also impacted by the change in exchange rates in certain countries in which we operate.
Administrative Expenses. General and administrative expenses increased to $148.6 million for 2012 from $127.6 million for 2011. The increase was primarily due to increased salaries and incentive compensation expense of approximately $7.7
million, increased share based awards compensation expense of $5.4 million, increased professional fees of $1.8 million and additional overhead expenses associated with the ten theatres in Argentina acquired in August 2011.
Depreciation and Amortization. Depreciation and amortization expense, including amortization of favorable/ unfavorable leases, was
$147.7 million for 2012 compared to $154.4 million for 2011. The decrease was primarily due to the impact of accelerated depreciation taken on our domestic 35 millimeter projection systems that were replaced with digital projection systems during
2011. We recorded approximately $10.6 million of depreciation expense related to our domestic 35 millimeter projection systems during 2011. Our domestic 35 millimeter projection systems were fully depreciated as of December 31, 2011.
Impairment of Long-Lived Assets. We recorded asset impairment charges on assets held and used of $3.0 million for 2012
compared to $7.0 million for 2011. Impairment charges for 2012 were related to theatre properties, impacting fourteen of our twenty-four reporting units. Impairment charges for 2011 were related to theatre properties, impacting fourteen of our
twenty-four reporting units. The long-lived asset impairment charges recorded during each of the periods presented were specific to theatres that were directly and individually impacted by increased competition, adverse changes in market
demographics, or adverse changes in the development or the conditions of the areas surrounding the theatre. See Notes 9 and 10 to our consolidated financial statements.
Loss on Sale of Assets and Other. We recorded a loss on sale of assets and other of $12.2 million during 2012 compared to $8.8 million during 2011. The loss recorded during 2012 included a $6.7
million lease termination reserve for a closed theatre and the retirement of certain theatre equipment that was replaced during the year. The loss recorded during 2011 included a loss of $2.3 million related to a settlement for a previously
terminated interest rate swap agreement, a loss of $1.0 million related to the sale of digital projection systems to DCIP and the write-off of theatre properties and equipment primarily as a result of theatre remodels.
Interest Expense. Interest costs incurred, including amortization of debt issue costs, were $123.7 million for 2012 compared to
$123.1 million for 2011. See Note 12 to our consolidated financial statements for further discussion of our long-term debt.
Loss on Early Retirement of Debt. We recorded a loss on early retirement of debt of $5.6 million during 2012 related to the
amendment and restatement of our senior secured credit facility. We recorded a loss on early retirement of debt of $4.9 million during 2011 related to the prepayment of approximately $157.2 million of the unextended portion of our term loan debt.
The loss for the 2011 period included the write-off of $2.2 million of unamortized debt issue costs related to the portion of the term loan debt that was prepaid and the reclassification of $2.7 million from accumulated other comprehensive loss to
earnings as a result of our determination that quarterly interest payments hedged by certain of our interest rate swap agreements are no longer probable to occur. See Note 12 to our consolidated financial statements for further discussion of our
Distributions from NCM. We recorded distributions received from NCM of $20.8 million during 2012 and
$24.2 million during 2011, which were in excess of the carrying value of our Tranche 1 Investment. See Note 6 to our consolidated financial statements.