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Nature Of Operations And Summary Of Significant Accounting Policies

Nature Of Operations And Summary Of Significant Accounting Policies
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2019
Nature Of Operations And Summary Of Significant Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
Nature Of Operations And Summary Of Significant Accounting Policies


The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements of Clarus Corporation and subsidiaries (which may be referred to as the “Company,” “Clarus,” “we,” “us” or “our”) as of September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018 and for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018, have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”), instructions to the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X.  Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and notes required by GAAP for complete financial statements.  In the opinion of management, all adjustments (consisting only of normal recurring adjustments, except otherwise disclosed) necessary for a fair presentation of the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been included.  The results of the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 are not necessarily indicative of the results to be obtained for the year ending December 31, 2019.  These interim financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Company’s audited consolidated financial statements and footnotes thereto included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).

Clarus, incorporated in Delaware in 1991, acquired Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd. (“Black Diamond Equipment”) and Gregory Mountain Products, LLC (“Gregory Mountain Products”) in May 2010 and changed its name to Black Diamond, Inc. in January 2011. In July 2012, we acquired POC Sweden AB and its subsidiaries (collectively, “POC”) and in October 2012, we acquired PIEPS Holding GmbH and its subsidiaries (collectively, “PIEPS”).

On July 23, 2014, the Company completed the sale of certain assets to Samsonite LLC comprising Gregory Mountain Products’ business.  On October 7, 2015, the Company sold its equity interests in POC.

On August 14, 2017, the Company changed its name from Black Diamond, Inc. to Clarus Corporation and its stock ticker symbol from “BDE” to “CLAR” on the NASDAQ stock exchange. On August 21, 2017, the Company acquired Sierra Bullets, L.L.C. (“Sierra”). 

On August 6, 2018, the Company announced that its Board of Directors approved the initiation of a quarterly cash dividend program of $0.025 per share of the Company’s common stock (the “Quarterly Cash Dividend”) or $0.10 per share on an annualized basis.  The declaration and payment of future Quarterly Cash Dividends is subject to the discretion of and approval of the Company’s Board of Directors. On October 28, 2019, the Company announced that its Board of Directors approved the payment on November 15, 2019 of the Quarterly Cash Dividend to the record holders of shares of the Company’s common stock as of the close of business on November 8, 2019.

On November 6, 2018, the Company acquired the assets of SKINourishment, Inc. (“SKINourishment”).

Nature of Business

Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Clarus, a company focused on the outdoor and consumer industries, is seeking opportunities to acquire and grow businesses that can generate attractive shareholder returns. The Company has net operating tax loss carryforwards which it is seeking to redeploy to maximize shareholder value. Clarus’ primary business is as a leading developer, manufacturer and distributor of outdoor equipment and lifestyle products focused on the climb, ski, mountain, sport and skincare markets. The Company’s products are principally sold under the Black Diamond®, Sierra®, PIEPS® and SKINourishment® brand names through specialty and online retailers, distributors and original equipment manufacturers throughout the U.S. and internationally. 

Through our Black Diamond, PIEPS, and SKINourishment brands, we offer a broad range of products including: high performance activity-based apparel (such as shells, insulation, midlayers, pants and logowear); rock-climbing footwear and equipment (such as carabiners, protection devices, harnesses, belay devices, helmets, and ice-climbing gear); technical backpacks and high-end day packs; trekking poles; headlamps and lanterns; gloves and mittens; and skincare and other sport-enhancing products. We also offer advanced skis, ski poles, ski skins, and snow safety products, including avalanche airbag systems, avalanche transceivers, shovels, and probes.  Through our Sierra brand, we manufacture a wide range of high-performance bullets and ammunition for both rifles and pistols that are used for precision target shooting, hunting and military and law enforcement purposes.

Use of Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenue and expenses during the reporting period.  The more significant estimates relate to purchase price allocation, excess or obsolete inventory, valuation of deferred tax assets, and valuation of goodwill, long-lived assets and other intangible assets.  We base our estimates on historical experience and other assumptions that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances.  Actual results could differ from these estimates.

Significant Accounting Policies

Lease Accounting

On January 1, 2019, the Company adopted Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 842, Leases, and elected the prospective method which was applied to all leases in effect as of January 1, 2019. Results for reporting periods beginning after January 1, 2019 are presented under the new guidance, while prior period amounts are not adjusted and continue to be presented in accordance with ASC Topic 840, Leases.

Under the new guidance, lessees are required to recognize a lease liability and a right-of-use (“ROU”) asset for all leases with terms greater than 12 months. Leases are now classified as either finance or operating, with classification affecting the pattern of expense recognition in the income statement.  Classification is based upon the underlying asset’s existence, nature and timing of ownership transfer in the related lease.  Leases previously defined as operating leases record lease expense based upon the related ROU asset amortization and lease liability interest expense using the interest method over the life of the lease. Leases previously defined as capital leases are now classified as a finance lease with no material changes to the accounting methodology.

ASC 842 provides new guidance that resulted in recording the present value of ROU assets and related lease liabilities for the Company’s outstanding operating leases over the remaining lease term at January 1, 2019 totaling $1,516

Lease assets and lease liabilities are recognized at the commencement of an arrangement where it is determined at inception that a lease exists.  Lease assets represent the right to use an underlying asset for the lease term, and lease liabilities represent the obligation to make lease payments arising from the lease.  These assets and liabilities are initially recognized based on the present value of lease payments over the lease term calculated using our incremental borrowing rate.  Lease terms include options to extend or terminate the lease when it is reasonably certain that those options will be exercised.

Variable lease payments are generally expensed as incurred and include certain nonlease components, such as common area maintenance and other services provided by the lessor, and other charges such as utilities, insurance and property taxes included in the lease.  Leases with an initial term of 12 months or less are not recorded on the balance sheet, and the expense for these short-term leases and for operating leases is recognized on a straight-line basis over the lease term. Nonlease components are excluded from the ROU asset and lease liability present value computations. The Company’s lease agreements do not contain any material residual value guarantees or material restrictive covenants.

Certain of the leases contain extension options of one to five years.  At January 1, 2019, the Company is uncertain as to whether the extension options will be executed.  Accordingly, no extension options were considered in the present value computations of the ROU assets or related lease liabilities. 

The Company elected the package of practical expedients in transition for leases that commenced prior to January 1, 2019, whereby these contracts were not reassessed or reclassified from their previous assessments as of December 31, 2018. We also elected certain other practical expedients in transition, including not reassessing existing land easements as lease contracts. The Company has also elected to not record the ROU assets and related liabilities for outstanding leases as of January 1, 2019 with a remaining term of 12 months or less.  In these cases, the Company recognizes a lease payment as an expense on a straight-line basis.  See Note 14.  Leases for the financial position impact and additional disclosures. 

Accounting Pronouncements adopted during 2019

On January 1, 2019, the Company early adopted Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2017-04, Intangibles-Goodwill and Other (Topic 350): Simplifying the Test for Goodwill Impairment as permitted. The standard simplifies the accounting for goodwill impairment by requiring a goodwill impairment to be measured using a single step impairment model, whereby the impairment equals the difference between the carrying amount and the fair value of the specified reporting units in their entirety. This eliminates the second step of the current impairment model that requires companies to first estimate the fair value of all assets in a reporting unit and measure impairments based on those fair values and a residual measurement approach. It also specifies that any loss recognized should not exceed the total amount of goodwill allocated to that reporting unit. This ASU was adopted on a prospective basis with no impact to the Companys consolidated financial statements.

On January 1, 2019, the Company adopted ASU 2017-12, Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815): Targeted Improvements to Accounting for Hedging Activities. The ASU was adopted on a prospective basis. This standard enables entities to better portray the economics of their risk management activities in the financial statements and enhances the transparency and understandability of hedge results through improved disclosures. The adoption of this guidance did not impact the Companys consolidated financial statements and related disclosures.

On January 1, 2019, the Company adopted ASU 2018-02, Income Statement – Reporting Comprehensive Income (Topic 220) Reclassification of Certain Tax Effects from Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income which allows for a reclassification from accumulated other comprehensive income to retained earnings for stranded tax effects resulting from the Tax Act.  However, because the amendments only relate to the reclassification of the income tax effects of the Tax Act, the underlying guidance that requires that the effect of a change in tax laws or rates be included in income from continuing operations is not affected.  Adoption of this ASU did not impact the beginning retained earnings on January 1, 2019. The adoption of this guidance did not impact the Companys consolidated financial statements and related disclosures.