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Nature Of Operations And Summary Of Significant Accounting Policies (Policy)

Nature Of Operations And Summary Of Significant Accounting Policies (Policy)
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2017
Nature Of Operations And Summary Of Significant Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
Basis Of Presentation And Organization

The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements of Black Diamond, Inc. and subsidiaries (which may be referred to as the “Company,” “we,” “us” or “our”) as of and for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, have been prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“U.S. GAAP”), instructions to 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 U.S. 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 months ended March 31, 2017 are not necessarily indicative of the results to be obtained for the year ending December 31, 2017.  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, 2016, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”).

On May 28, 2010, we acquired Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd. (which may be referred to as “Black Diamond Equipment”) and Gregory Mountain Products, LLC (which may be referred to as “Gregory Mountain Products”, “Gregory” or “GMP”).  On January 20, 2011, the Company changed its name from Clarus Corporation to Black Diamond, Inc.  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 and Gregory Mountain Products, its wholly-owned subsidiary, completed the sale of certain assets to Samsonite LLC (“Samsonite”) comprising Gregory’s business of designing, manufacturing, marketing, distributing and selling technical, alpine, backpacking, hiking, mountaineering and active trail products and accessories as well as outdoor-inspired lifestyle bags (the “Gregory Business”) pursuant to the terms of that certain Asset Purchase Agreement (the “GMP Purchase Agreement”), dated as of June 18, 2014, by and among the Company, Gregory and Samsonite. Under the terms of the GMP Purchase Agreement, Samsonite paid $84,135 in cash for Gregory’s assets comprising the Gregory Business and assumed certain specified liabilities (the “GMP Sale”).

On March 16, 2015, the Company announced that it was exploring a full range of strategic alternatives, including a sale of the entire Company and the potential sales of the Company’s Black Diamond Equipment (including PIEPS) and POC brands in two separate transactions.

On October 7, 2015, the Company and the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Ember Scandinavia AB (“Ember”), sold their respective equity interests in POC comprising POC’s business of designing, manufacturing, marketing, distributing and selling advanced-design helmets, body armor, goggles, eyewear, gloves, and apparel for action or “gravity sports,” such as skiing, snowboarding, and cycling pursuant to a Purchase Agreement (the “POC Purchase Agreement”), dated as of October 7, 2015, by and among the Company and Ember, as sellers, and Dainese S.p.A. and Dainese U.S.A., Inc. (collectively “Dainese”), as purchasers. Under the terms of the POC Purchase Agreement, Dainese paid $63,639 in cash for POC (the “POC Disposition”). See Note 2, below.

On October 8, 2015, the Company announced the completion of the POC Disposition resulting in the conclusion of the Company’s review of strategic alternatives.

On November 9, 2015, the Company announced that it is seeking to redeploy our significant cash balances to invest in high-quality, durable, cash flow-producing assets potentially unrelated to the outdoor industry in order to diversify our business and potentially monetize our substantial net operating losses as part of our asset redeployment and diversification strategy.  We intend to focus our search primarily in the United States, although we will also evaluate international investment opportunities should we find such opportunities attractive.

Nature Of Business

Nature of Business

Black Diamond, Inc., through its ownership of Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd., is a global leader in designing, manufacturing, and marketing innovative outdoor engineered equipment and apparel for climbing, mountaineering, backpacking, skiing, and a wide range of other year-round outdoor recreation activities.  Black Diamond Equipment and PIEPS™, are synonymous with performance, innovation, durability and safety in the outdoor consumer community. We are targeted not only to the demanding requirements of core climbers, skiers and alpinists, but also to the more general outdoor performance enthusiasts and consumers interested in outdoor-inspired gear for their backcountry and urban activities.  Our Black Diamond® and PIEPS™ brands are iconic in the active outdoor and ski industries, and linked intrinsically with the modern history of these sports.  Headquartered in Salt Lake City at the base of the Wasatch Mountains, our products are designed and exhaustively tested by an engaged team of discerning entrepreneurs and engineers.

We offer a broad range of products including: high performance apparel (such as jackets, shells, pants and bibs); rock-climbing equipment (such as carabiners, protection devices, harnesses, belay devices, helmets, and ice-climbing gear); technical backpacks and high-end day packs; tents; trekking poles; headlamps and lanterns; and gloves and mittens. We also offer advanced skis, ski poles, ski skins, and snow safety products, including avalanche airbag systems, avalanche transceivers, shovels, and probes.

Use Of Estimates

Use of Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. 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 derivatives, revenue recognition, income taxes, and valuation of long-lived assets and other intangible assets.  Certain costs are estimated for the full year and allocated to interim periods based on estimates of time expired, benefit received, or activity associated with the interim period.  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.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

Significant Accounting Policies

There have been no significant changes to the Company’s significant accounting policies as described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016.  During the three months ended March 31, 2017, the Company adopted Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2015-11, Simplifying the Measurement of Inventory, which changes the measurement principle for inventory from the lower of cost or market to lower of cost and net realizable value for entities that do not measure inventory using the last-in, first-out or a retail inventory method.  The ASU eliminates the requirement to consider replacement cost or net realizable value less an approximately normal profit margin when measuring inventory.  The Company adopted this ASU effective on January 1, 2017, on a prospective basis which did not have a material impact on the Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements and related disclosures.

The Company also adopted ASU 2016-09, Compensation – Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting, effective January 1, 2017.  ASU 2016-09 simplifies several aspects of the accounting for share-based payment transactions, including the accounting for income tax consequences, forfeitures, and classification on the statement of cash flows. Prior to adopting this ASU, all excess tax benefits resulting from exercise or settlement of share-based payment transactions were recognized in Additional paid-in capital (“APIC”) and accumulated in an APIC pool.  Any tax deficiencies were either offset against the APIC pool, or were recognized in the income statement if no APIC pool was available.  Under ASU 2016-09, all excess tax benefits and tax deficiencies are recognized as an income tax benefit or expense in the income statement prospectively.  A cumulative-effect adjustment to retained earnings was recorded for tax benefits that were not previously recognized because the related tax deduction had not reduced taxes payable; however, the cumulative-effect adjustment was fully offset by an increase to the valuation allowance. The tax effects of exercised or vested awards are treated as discrete items in the reporting period in which they occur.  Excess tax benefits will be recognized regardless of whether the benefit reduces taxes payable in the current period.  In addition, previous guidance required entities to estimate forfeitures when computing share based compensation.  Pursuant to ASU 2016-09, the Company elected to recognize forfeitures as they occur, which did not materially impact our financial statements.  Prior guidance also required that excess tax benefits be presented as a cash inflow from financing activities and a cash outflow from operating activities.  This ASU simplifies the presentation of excess tax benefits on the statements of cash flow requiring that excess tax benefits be classified along with other income tax cash flows as an operating activity which did not impact our condensed consolidated statements of cash flows.

Accounting Pronouncements Issued Not Yet Adopted

In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (the “FASB”) issued ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers that replaces the existing accounting standards for revenue recognition with a single comprehensive five-step model. The core principle is to recognize revenue upon the transfer of goods or services to customers at an amount that reflects the consideration expected to be received. The FASB also issued ASU 2015-14, Deferral of Effective Date that deferred the effective date for the new guidance until the annual reporting period beginning after December 15, 2017, and interim periods within those annual periods.  Early adoption is permitted, but not before the original effective date (periods beginning after December 15, 2016).  The standard permits the use of either the retrospective (restating all years presented in the Company’s financial statements) or cumulative effect (recording the impact of adoption as an adjustment to retained earnings at the beginning of the year of adoption) transition method.  Since its issuance, the FASB has also amended several aspects of the new guidance, including; ASU 2016-08 Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606): Principal versus Agent Considerations (Reporting Revenue Gross versus Net) which clarifies the Topic 606 guidance on principal versus agent considerations, ASU 2016-10 Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606) – Identifying Performance Obligations and Licensing that clarifies identification of a performance obligation and address revenue recognition associated with the licensing of intellectual property, ASU 2016-12 Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), Narrow Scope Improvements and Practical Expedients clarifying assessment of collectability criterion, non-cash consideration and other technical corrections and ASU 2016-20 Technical Corrections and Improvements to Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers is the result of the FASB Board decision to issue a separate Update for technical corrections and improvements.  The Company intends to adopt this guidance effective January 1, 2018 using the cumulative effect method.  The Company has reviewed its current customer agreements and believes that all current open agreements as of March 31, 2017 will be settled prior to adoption of this guidance on January 1, 2018.  The Company does not anticipate significant changes to our current revenue recognition policy resulting from adoption of the new guidance. 

In February 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-02, Leases, which revises the accounting related to lessor and lessee accounting. Under the new guidance, lessees will be required to recognize a lease liability and a right-of-use asset (“ROU”) for all leases with terms greater than 12 months. Leases will be classified as either finance or operating, with classification affecting the pattern of expense recognition in the income statement. The provisions of ASU 2016-02 are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, and should be applied through a modified retrospective transition approach for leases existing at, or entered into after, the beginning of the earliest comparative period presented in the financial statements with certain practical expedients available. Early adoption is permitted. Since the effective date will not be until January 1, 2019, there is no immediate impact on the financial statements.  Leases previously defined as capital leases will continue to be defined as a capital lease with no material changes to the accounting methodology; however, the Company does not have capital leases.  The Company is performing an assessment of its leases and has begun preparations for implementation and restrospective application to the earliest reporting period. Under the new guidance, leases previously defined as operating leases will be defined as financing leases and capitalized if the term is greater than one year. As a result, financing leases will be recorded as an asset and a corresponding liability at the present value of the total lease payments.  The asset will be decremented over the life of the lease on a pro-rata basis resulting in lease expense while the liability will be decremented using the interest method (ie. principal and interest). As such, the Company expects the new guidance will materially impact the asset and liability balances of the Company’s consolidated financial statements and related disclosures at the time of adoption. The majority of our current operating leases will expire prior to the adoption date.  The Company anticipates renegotiating these operating leases; however, the terms which may exist at the adoption date are currently unknown.  Consequently, the Company is unable to estimate the impact that these leases will have on the financial statements on the date of adoption.  For the remaining leases with terms that go beyond the adoption date, the amounts we expect to recognize as additional liabilities and corresponding ROU assets based upon the present value of the remaining rental payments, are considered immaterial.

In August 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-15, Classification of Certain Cash Receipts and Cash Payments, which clarifies the treatment of several cash flow categories. In addition, ASU 2016-15 clarifies that when cash receipts and cash payments have aspects of more than one class of cash flows and cannot be separated, classification will depend on the predominant source or use.  The ASU is effective for annual and interim reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017 with early adoption permitted.  The Company does not believe the adoption of this guidance will have a material impact on the Company’s consolidated statements and related disclosures.

In November 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-18 Statement of Cash Flows (Topic 230) Restricted Cash requires that a statement of cash flows explain the change during the period in the total of cash, cash equivalents, and amounts generally described as restricted cash or restricted cash equivalents. This ASU is effective for fiscal years beginning January 1, 2018, and interim periods within those fiscal years.  Early adoption is permitted, including adoption in an interim period. The amendments in this Update should be applied using a retrospective transition method to each period presented.  The Company does not believe the adoption of this guidance will have a material impact on the Company’s consolidated statements and related disclosures.