10-Q 1 d10q.htm FORM 10-Q Form 10-Q
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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 10-Q

 

 

x QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended April 4, 2010

OR

¨ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from              to             

Commission File Number 001-15153

 

 

BLOCKBUSTER INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   52-1655102

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

1201 Elm Street

Dallas, Texas 75270

Telephone 214-854-3000

(Address, including zip code, and telephone number,

including area code, of registrant’s principal executive offices)

 

 

Not Applicable

(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)

 

 

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  x    No   ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).

Yes  ¨    No   ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

Large accelerated filer  ¨    Accelerated filer  x    Non-accelerated filer  ¨    Smaller reporting company  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).

Yes  ¨    No   x

Number of shares of common stock outstanding at May 7, 2010:

Class A common stock, par value $.01 per share: 145,861,350

Class B common stock, par value $.01 per share: 72,000,000

 

 

 


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BLOCKBUSTER INC.

INDEX TO FORM 10-Q

 

          Page
   PART I—FINANCIAL INFORMATION   

Item 1.

  

Financial Statements

   3
  

Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)—Thirteen Weeks Ended April 4, 2010 and April 5, 2009

   3
  

Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)—April 4, 2010 and January 3, 2010

   4
  

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)—Thirteen Weeks Ended April 4, 2010 and April 5, 2009

   5
  

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

   6

Item 2.

  

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

   26

Item 3.

  

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

   48

Item 4.

  

Controls and Procedures

   48
   PART II—OTHER INFORMATION   

Item 1.

  

Legal Proceedings

   50

Item 6.

  

Exhibits

   50

 

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PART I—FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

Item 1. Financial Statements

BLOCKBUSTER INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)

(In millions, except per share amounts)

 

     Thirteen Weeks Ended  
     April 4,
    2010    
    April 5,
    2009    
 

Revenues:

    

Base rental revenues

   $ 598.7      $ 704.9   

Previously rented product (“PRP”) revenues

     120.9        138.3   
                

Total rental revenues

     719.6        843.2   

Merchandise sales

     215.1        236.7   

Other revenues

     4.7        6.0   
                
     939.4        1,085.9   
                

Cost of sales:

    

Cost of rental revenues

     270.1        309.9   

Cost of merchandise sold

     167.1        202.7   
                

Total cost of sales

     437.2        512.6   
                

Gross profit

     502.2        573.3   
                

Operating expenses:

    

General and administrative

     484.4        477.9   

Advertising

     21.0        11.5   

Depreciation and intangible amortization

     26.2        33.7   
                
     531.6        523.1   
                

Operating income (loss)

     (29.4     50.2   

Interest expense

     (33.2     (17.5

Interest income

     —          0.2   

Other items, net

     (1.6     (0.8
                

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

     (64.2     32.1   

Provision for income taxes

     (1.1     (5.5
                

Income (loss) from continuing operations

     (65.3     26.6   

Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax

     (0.1     1.1   
                

Net income (loss)

     (65.4     27.7   

Preferred stock dividends

     (1.7     (2.8
                

Net income (loss) applicable to common stockholders

   $ (67.1   $ 24.9   
                

Net income (loss) per common share:

    

Basic

    

Continuing operations

   $ (0.33   $ 0.12   

Discontinued operations

     —          0.01   
                

Net income (loss)

   $ (0.33   $ 0.13   
                

Diluted

    

Continuing operations

   $ (0.33   $ 0.11   

Discontinued operations

     —          0.01   
                

Net income (loss)

   $ (0.33   $ 0.12   
                

Weighted-average common shares outstanding:

    

Basic

     202.9        192.7   
                

Diluted

     202.9        222.8   
                

The accompanying notes are an integral part

of these unaudited consolidated financial statements.

 

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BLOCKBUSTER INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

(In millions, except per share amounts)

 

     April 4,
2010
    January 3,
2010
 

Assets

    

Current assets:

    

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 109.9      $ 188.7   

Receivables, less allowances of $5.1 and $6.0 for 2010 and 2009, respectively

     55.6        79.4   

Merchandise inventories

     255.2        298.5   

Rental library, net

     319.3        340.7   

Deferred income taxes

     13.7        13.6   

Prepaid and other current assets

     126.9        139.1   
                

Total current assets

     880.6        1,060.0   

Property and equipment, net

     238.4        249.4   

Deferred income taxes

     110.0        114.6   

Intangibles, net

     7.5        7.7   

Restricted cash

     35.8        58.5   

Other assets

     46.5        48.1   
                
   $ 1,318.8      $ 1,538.3   
                

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity (Deficit)

    

Current liabilities:

    

Accounts payable

   $ 206.6      $ 300.8   

Accrued expenses

     390.8        407.7   

Current portion of long-term debt

     79.4        101.6   

Current portion of capital lease obligations

     5.7        6.1   

Deferred income taxes

     114.0        118.6   
                

Total current liabilities

     796.5        934.8   

Long-term debt, less current portion

     816.0        836.0   

Capital lease obligations, less current portion

     18.5        19.9   

Other liabilities

     62.0        61.9   
                
     1,693.0        1,852.6   
                

Commitments and contingencies (Note 5)

    

Stockholders’ equity:

    

Preferred stock, par value $0.01 per share; 100 shares authorized; .072 and 0.146 shares issued and outstanding for 2010 and 2009, respectively, with a liquidation preference of $1,000 per share

     71.7        145.9   

Class A common stock, par value $0.01 per share; 400 shares authorized; 137.7 and 122.4 shares issued and outstanding for 2010 and 2009

     1.4        1.3   

Class B common stock, par value $0.01 per share; 500 shares authorized; 72.0 shares issued and outstanding for 2010 and 2009

     0.7        0.7   

Additional paid-in capital

     5,453.8        5,377.0   

Accumulated deficit

     (5,852.3     (5,786.9

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

     (49.5     (52.3
                

Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)

     (374.2     (314.3
                
   $ 1,318.8      $ 1,538.3   
                

The accompanying notes are an integral part

of these unaudited consolidated financial statements.

 

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BLOCKBUSTER INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

(In millions)

 

     Thirteen Weeks
Ended
 
     April 4,
2010
    April 5,
2009
 

Cash flows from operating activities:

    

Net income (loss)

   $ (65.4   $ 27.7   

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash used in operating activities:

    

Depreciation and intangible amortization

     26.2        34.8   

Rental library purchases

     (107.7     (126.6

Rental library amortization

     130.5        129.7   

Non-cash share-based compensation

     —          2.0   

Deferred taxes and other

     4.1        0.8   

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

    

Change in receivables

     23.6        46.0   

Change in merchandise inventories

     41.8        90.1   

Change in prepaid and other assets

     13.3        3.0   

Change in accounts payable

     (91.7     (182.4

Change in accrued expenses and other liabilities

     (25.5     (112.3
                

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

     (50.8     (87.2
                

Cash flows from investing activities:

    

Capital expenditures

     (4.0     (8.5

Change in restricted cash

     22.7        —     

Other investing activities

     0.6        0.4   
                

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

     19.3        (8.1
                

Cash flows from financing activities:

    

Proceeds from credit agreement

     —          110.0   

Repayments on credit agreement

     —          (42.3

Repayments on senior secured notes

     (45.0     —     

Cash dividends on preferred stock

     —          (2.8

Debt financing costs

     —          (13.9

Capital lease payments

     (1.5     (2.3
                

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

     (46.5     48.7   
                

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

     (0.8     (1.3
                

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

     (78.8     (47.9

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

     188.7        154.9   
                

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

   $ 109.9      $ 107.0   
                

Supplemental cash flow information:

    

Cash payments for interest

   $ 56.2      $ 22.5   

Cash payments for income taxes

   $ 2.3      $ 6.9   

The accompanying notes are an integral part

of these unaudited consolidated financial statements.

 

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BLOCKBUSTER INC.

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Unaudited)

(Tabular dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

Note 1—Basis of Presentation

Blockbuster Inc. and its subsidiaries (“Blockbuster,” “we,” “us” or “our”) primarily operate and franchise entertainment-related stores in the United States and a number of other countries. We offer movies and video games for in-store rental, sale and trade and sell other entertainment-related merchandise. We also offer an online service of rental and sale of movies delivered by mail, digital delivery through blockbuster.com and BLOCKBUSTER On Demand and physical delivery through kiosks.

We operate our business in two segments. The Domestic segment consists primarily of all U.S. store operations and by-mail subscription service operations, as well as vending kiosks and the digital delivery of movies through blockbuster.com and other electronic devices. The International segment is comprised of all non-U.S. store operations, including operations in Europe, Latin America, Australia, Canada, Mexico and Asia.

In the opinion of management, the accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements include all recurring adjustments and normal accruals necessary for a fair statement of our financial position and our results of operations and cash flows for the dates and periods presented. Results for interim periods are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected during the remainder of the current year or for any future period. All significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

We incurred a net loss from operations for the quarter and fiscal year ended April 4, 2010 and January 3, 2010, respectively, and have a stockholders’ deficit as of April 4, 2010 and January 3, 2010. In addition, the increasingly competitive industry conditions under which we operate have negatively impacted our results of operations and cash flows and may continue to do so in the future. These factors raise substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern. The accompanying unaudited financial statements have been prepared on the basis of accounting principles applicable to a going concern, which contemplates the realization of assets and extinguishment of liabilities in the normal course of business.

These unaudited consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the more detailed audited consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2010, included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Accounting policies used in the preparation of these unaudited consolidated financial statements are consistent in all material respects with the accounting policies described in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, except where discussed below.

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

At April 4, 2010, our carrying value of financial instruments approximated fair value except for our $300.0 million aggregate principal amount of 9% senior subordinated notes due 2012 (the “Senior Subordinated Notes”) and our 11.75% Senior Secured Notes due 2014. The estimated fair values of our Senior Subordinated Notes and Senior Secured Notes at April 4, 2010 and January 3, 2010, are based on trading activity.

A summary of the carrying values and the fair values of our Senior Secured Notes and our Senior Subordinated Notes is as follows:

 

     April 4, 2010    January 3, 2010
     Principal
Amount
   Carrying
Value
   Fair
Value
   Principal
Amount
   Carrying
Value
   Fair
Value

Senior Secured Notes

   $ 630.0    $ 595.4    $ 459.9    $ 675.0    $ 637.6    $ 641.3

Senior Subordinated Notes

   $ 300.0    $ 300.0    $ 60.8    $ 300.0    $ 300.0    $ 168.0

 

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BLOCKBUSTER INC.

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

(Unaudited)

(Tabular dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

 

Year-to-date in fiscal 2010 and 2009, no financial instruments were held or issued for trading purposes.

Store Closures

As of April 4, 2010 and January 3, 2010, the liability related to lease terminations and store closure reserves was $15.7 million and $8.1 million, respectively. We made payments of $13.2 million in rent and lease termination costs during the thirteen weeks ended April 4, 2010. There have been no significant adjustments to previously accrued store closure costs during 2010.

The following table presents operating expenses related to store closures during the thirteen weeks ended April 4, 2010 and April 5, 2009:

 

     Thirteen Weeks Ended
     April 4,
2010
   April 5,
2009

Closed store accruals and lease termination costs

   $ 20.3    $ 1.1

Accelerated depreciation

     3.7      2.3
             

Total store closure expense

   $ 24.0    $ 3.4
             

Severance Charges

The following table presents the activity in severance liability for the thirteen weeks ended April 4, 2010 and April 5, 2009:

 

     Thirteen Weeks Ended  
     April 4,
2010
    April 5,
2009
 

Beginning balance

   $ 5.6      $ 4.7   

Expense incurred and accrued

     10.2        1.0   

Adjustments to accruals

     (0.3     0.1   

Amount paid

     (6.7     (3.5
                

Ending balance

   $ 8.8      $ 2.3   
                

Comprehensive Income (Loss)

Comprehensive income (loss) for the thirteen weeks ended April 4, 2010 and April 5, 2009 was as follows:

 

     Thirteen Weeks Ended  
     April 4,
2010
    April 5,
2009
 

Net income (loss)

   $ (65.4   $ 27.7   

Foreign currency translation adjustment, net of tax

     2.8        (2.1
                

Total comprehensive income (loss)

   $ (62.6   $ 25.6   
                

 

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BLOCKBUSTER INC.

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

(Unaudited)

(Tabular dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

 

Income Taxes

As of April 4, 2010 the liability for uncertain tax positions was approximately $2.8 million and is reflected in “Other liabilities” on our Consolidated Balance Sheets. If recognized, this amount would result in a positive effect on our effective tax rate.

The following is a summary of our domestic tax returns and whether or not they remain subject to the amended and restated tax matters agreement (the “Tax Matters Agreement”) with Viacom/CBS and examination by the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”):

 

Jurisdiction

   Tax Year(s) Ending    Open    IRS Audit
Complete
   Currently
Being
Audited
   Subject to
Tax Matters Agreement with
Viacom/CBS

Domestic

   09/30/2004 and prior    No    Yes    N/A    Yes

Domestic

   12/31/2004    No    Yes    N/A    No

Domestic

   12/31/2005    Yes    N/A    No    No

Domestic

   12/31/2006    Yes    N/A    No    No

Domestic

   12/31/2007    Yes    N/A    No    No

Domestic

   12/31/2008    Yes    N/A    No    No

Domestic

   12/31/2009    Yes    N/A    No    No

 

Jurisdictions

   Closed Tax Years    Open Tax Years    Years Under Examination

Canada

   2000 and prior    Post 2000    2001-2005

Italy

   2004 and prior    Post 2004    N/A

Mexico

   2003 and prior    Post 2003    N/A

United Kingdom

   2004 and prior    Post 2004    N/A

Interest expense and penalties related to our uncertain tax positions have been reflected as a component of income tax expense in our Consolidated Statements of Operations. As of April 4, 2010, we had recorded liabilities of approximately $0.6 million associated with accrued interest and penalties related to uncertain tax positions.

Net Income (Loss) Per Share

Basic net income (loss) per share (“EPS”) is computed by dividing the net income (loss) applicable to common shares by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the period. Diluted EPS adjusts the basic weighted average number of common shares outstanding by the assumed exercise of Blockbuster stock options, vesting of restricted shares and restricted share units, and shares issuable under the conversion feature of our Series A convertible preferred stock, as defined below, using the if-converted method only in periods in which such effect would have been dilutive on income before cumulative effect of change in accounting principle. Options to purchase 17.0 million and 17.8 million shares of Class A common stock were outstanding as of April 4, 2010 and April 5, 2009, respectively. Additionally, 2.4 million and 1.8 million restricted shares and restricted share units that are convertible into shares of Class A common stock were outstanding as of April 4, 2010 and April 5, 2009, respectively. Because their inclusion would be anti-dilutive, all stock options, all restricted shares and restricted share units and all shares of Series A convertible preferred stock for the thirteen weeks ended April 4, 2010 were excluded from the computation of the weighted-average shares for diluted EPS. For the thirteen weeks ended April 5, 2009, all shares of Series A convertible preferred stock, and the restricted shares and restricted share units that had a dilutive effect were included in the weighted-average shares for diluted EPS. Because their inclusion would be anti-dilutive, all stock options were excluded from the weighted-average shares for diluted EPS for the thirteen weeks ended April 5, 2009.

 

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BLOCKBUSTER INC.

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

(Unaudited)

(Tabular dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

 

Our Board of Directors has determined not to declare or pay a dividend on our shares of Series A convertible preferred stock with respect to the five consecutive quarterly periods beginning on February 15, 2009 and ending on May 14, 2010. Dividends on the Series A convertible preferred stock are cumulative and began to accumulate on May 15, 2009, of which $5.5 million of accumulated dividends is recorded on our Consolidated Balance Sheets in “Accrued liabilities” as of April 4, 2010. Under Delaware law, we can only pay dividends on our shares of capital stock out of our surplus, or, if we do not have a surplus, out of net profits for the fiscal year in which the dividend is declared and/or the preceding fiscal year. For these purposes a surplus can be defined as the excess at any given time of a company’s net assets over capital, which is the aggregate par value of the outstanding shares of capital stock. We currently have a negative surplus and have no net profits for fiscal 2009 or fiscal 2010 to date. Under Delaware law, we are unable to pay dividends on shares of our capital stock, whether in cash or in shares of common stock, for so long as such negative surplus exists or until we generate sufficient net profits.

If we fail to pay dividends on the Series A convertible preferred stock on six dividend payment dates (whether consecutive or not), then holders of the Series A convertible preferred stock will be entitled to receive, when, as and if declared by our Board of Directors, out of funds legally available therefore, dividends at the rate per annum equal to the stated annual dividend rate of 7 1/2% plus 1.0% on and after such sixth dividend payment date until we have paid all accumulated and unpaid dividends in full. Following such payment of unpaid dividends, the dividend rate will revert to 7 1/2% per annum; provided, however, that upon any further failure to pay dividends, the dividend rate will again increase by 1.0% to 8 1/2% per annum until we have again paid all accumulated and unpaid dividends in full. In addition, if we fail to pay dividends for six quarterly dividend periods (whether or not consecutive), holders of the Series A convertible preferred stock who currently have very limited voting rights, will have certain additional voting rights, including the right to elect two additional directors to our Board of Directors, such additional directors to serve until we have paid all accumulated and unpaid dividends in full. In February 2010, 74,214 shares of our Series A convertible preferred stock were converted, resulting in the issuance of approximately 15.3 million shares of our Class A common stock. This included 0.9 million shares of our Class A common stock as settlement for accumulated dividends on the converted shares through the date of conversion. In April 2010, an additional 39,075 shares of our Series A convertible preferred stock were converted, resulting in the issuance of approximately 8.2 million shares of our Class A common stock.

The table below presents a reconciliation of weighted-average shares, in millions, used in the calculation of basic and diluted EPS:

 

     Thirteen Weeks Ended
     April 4,
2010
   April 5,
2009

Weighted-average shares for basic EPS

   202.9    192.7

Incremental shares for restricted shares, restricted share units and convertible preferred shares

   —      30.1
         

Weighted-average shares for diluted EPS

   202.9    222.8
         

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

In October 2009, the FASB issued guidance for multiple-deliverable revenue arrangements which eliminates the residual method of revenue allocation and requires revenue to be allocated based on an element’s estimated selling price if vendor-specific or other third party evidence of value is not available. This guidance should be

 

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BLOCKBUSTER INC.

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

(Unaudited)

(Tabular dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

 

applied on a prospective basis for revenue arrangements entered into or materially modified in fiscal years beginning on or after June 15, 2010, with early adoption permitted. We do not expect the adoption of this guidance to have a material impact on our consolidated financial statements.

Note 2—Liquidity and Long-Term Debt

We generate cash from operations predominantly from the rental and retail sale of movies and games, and most of our revenue is received in cash and cash equivalents. Working capital requirements, including rental library purchases and normal capital expenditures, are generally funded with cash from operations.

On October 1, 2009, we completed the sale of $675.0 million aggregate principal amount of 11.75% senior secured notes due 2014 (the “Senior Secured Notes” or the “Notes”) at an issue price of 94.0%. The Notes were sold in a private offering to qualified institutional investors in accordance with Rule 144A, and to persons outside the U.S. pursuant to Regulation S under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The Notes are senior secured obligations and are guaranteed by our domestic subsidiaries (the “Guarantors”). The Notes and the guarantees are secured by first-priority liens on substantially all of our assets and the Guarantors’ assets.

We used substantially all of the net proceeds of the Notes to repay all indebtedness outstanding under our revolving credit facility, Term Loan B and our Canadian credit facility, as discussed below, as well as to fund fees and expenses of the transaction. We used the remaining net proceeds for general corporate purposes. For further detail on the Notes, see discussion under “Senior Secured Notes” below.

We are currently pursuing various recapitalization opportunities, which may include, among other things, an exchange of all or part of our senior subordinated notes for Class A common stock or the conversion of our Series A convertible preferred stock into Class A common stock. While we pursue these recapitalization opportunities, we are operating under a cash management strategy to enhance and preserve as much liquidity as possible. This ongoing cash management strategy temporarily limits some of our operational and strategic initiatives designed to grow our business over the long term. Since the end of fiscal 2009 we have successfully completed certain elements of our cash management strategy, including, among other things:

 

   

enhanced payment terms with several of the major studios by granting a lien on and security interest in substantially all of our Canadian assets;

 

   

optimized our store portfolio by closing 288 underperforming domestic company-operated stores in the first quarter, closing another 182 domestic company-operated stores in April and renegotiating leases on 536 domestic company-operated stores in the first four months of 2010;

 

   

eliminated our letter of credit requirements for lease guarantees;

 

   

modified our domestic stores’ movie rental terms and pricing, including the March 1, 2010 implementation of a new policy in our company-operated stores, where an additional daily rate is charged for each day a member chooses to keep the rental following the initial rental period; and

 

   

reengineered our corporate, field overhead and distribution organizations and processes to increase efficiency and reduce our operating costs.

Other elements of our cash management plan that we continue to pursue include, among other things:

 

   

managing our working capital through optimization of inventory levels by:

 

   

selling underperforming rental inventory; and

 

   

aligning our product buys more effectively with anticipated store customer traffic;

 

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BLOCKBUSTER INC.

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

(Unaudited)

(Tabular dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

 

   

further reducing our selling, general and administrative expenses in fiscal 2010 by, among other things:

 

   

closing underperforming domestic company-operated stores, of which 81 are anticipated to close during the last eight months of 2010; and

 

   

reducing our domestic advertising expense;

 

   

minimizing our capital expenditures by eliminating, delaying or curtailing discretionary and non-essential spending for fiscal 2010;

 

   

reducing the restricted cash used as collateral for certain letters of credit;

 

   

lengthening the cycle of payables to certain vendors; and

 

   

aggressively pursuing options for the divestiture of certain non-core assets, including selling and/or licensing some of our international operations.

We expect cash on hand, cash from operations, cash generated from our cash management strategy and, if necessary, the liquidity benefit resulting from the recapitalization of our debt and equity structure to be sufficient to fund our anticipated cash requirements for minimum capital expenditures, working capital purposes including rental library purchases, as well as commitments and payments of principal and interest on borrowings for at least the next twelve months.

However, there can be no assurance that we will continue to successfully implement our cash management strategy (discussed above) or that we can successfully execute the recapitalization opportunities we are pursuing. Our ability to successfully execute a recapitalization of our debt and equity may be significantly impacted by numerous factors including changes in the economic or business environment, financial market volatility, the performance of our business and our ability to maintain satisfactory trade terms, and the terms and conditions of our various debt agreements and indentures as well as the certificate of designations governing our Series A convertible preferred stock. In addition, we have experienced increased competition which has negatively impacted our ability to accurately forecast our results of operations and cash position, and which may result in deterioration of our revenues beyond what we anticipate. Our current fiscal 2010 plan contemplates a domestic same-store sales decline. Further deterioration would negatively impact our anticipated revenues, results of operations and cash flows. This expectation to achieve planned financial results is subject to a number of assumptions, many of which are outside our control, such as the rate at which customers are shifting preferences in entertainment delivery channels, competitive pressures, and no significant contraction in our trade terms.

Even with a successful and efficient implementation of the cash management strategy, the successful achievement of our planned revenues for 2010, and the successful recapitalization of our debt and equity structure, we may not achieve anticipated results and we may have to take other actions such as modifying our business plan to close additional stores, pursuing additional external liquidity generating events, seeking additional financing to the extent available, further reducing or delaying capital expenditures or making a pre-packaged, pre-arranged or other type of filing for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

We rely upon vendor financing in managing our liquidity. As a result, if our trade creditors were to impose unfavorable terms on us, it would negatively impact our ability to obtain products and services on acceptable terms and operate our business. In such event, our ability to maintain optimal product in-stock and availability levels would be adversely affected and our results of operations and financial performance would suffer. As noted above, we renegotiated our agreements with certain of our largest vendors and pledged our Canadian assets to help ensure continued supply of product from these vendors.

Adverse future developments regarding our pending and any future legal proceedings and other contingencies may also have a material adverse impact on our liquidity and results of operations. See Note 5 to our consolidated financial statements for further discussion of these items.

 

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Debt Balances

The following table sets forth the carrying values of our long-term debt and capital lease obligations:

 

     April 4,
2010
   January 3,
2010

Current portion

     

Senior Secured Notes, interest rate of 11.75%

   $ 79.4    $ 101.6

Current portion of capital lease obligations

     5.7      6.1
             
     85.1      107.7
             

Non-current portion

     

Senior Secured Notes, interest rate of 11.75%

     516.0      536.0

Senior Subordinated Notes, interest rate of 9.0%

     300.0      300.0
             

Total long-term debt, less current portion

     816.0      836.0

Capital lease obligations, less current portion

     18.5      19.9
             
     834.5      855.9
             

Total

   $ 919.6    $ 963.6
             

Senior Secured Notes

We completed the sale of $675 million aggregate principal amount of our 11.75% Senior Secured Notes on October 1, 2009. We used substantially all of the net proceeds of the Notes to repay all indebtedness outstanding under our revolving credit facility, Term Loan B and our Canadian credit facility, as discussed below, as well as to fund fees and expenses of the transaction.

The Notes bear interest at a rate of 11.75% and mature on October 1, 2014. Interest on the Notes is payable on January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1 of each year through maturity, beginning on January 1, 2010. As of April 4, 2010 and January 3, 2010 we had $630.0 million and $675.0 million, respectively, of aggregate principal outstanding on the Notes.

The Notes were issued pursuant to an indenture, dated as of October 1, 2009 (the “Indenture”), between Blockbuster Inc., the Guarantors and U.S. Bank National Association, as trustee. There are no maintenance covenants with respect to our financial performance. However, the Indenture does contain transaction-based restrictive covenants, including but not limited to, limitations on us and our restricted subsidiaries to:

 

   

sell certain assets which secure the Notes;

 

   

create liens on certain assets to secure debt;

 

   

consolidate, merge, sell or otherwise dispose of all or substantially all of our assets; and

 

   

enter into sale and leaseback transactions.

Additionally, during such time that the Notes do not receive a rating of BBB- or higher from Standard & Poor’s Rating Services (“Standard & Poor’s”) and a rating of Baa3 or higher from Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. (“Moody’s”), in each case with a stable or better outlook, the Indenture limits our ability and the ability of our restricted subsidiaries to:

 

   

incur additional indebtedness or issue certain preferred shares;

 

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pay cash dividends, repurchase our capital stock or make other restricted payments;

 

   

create liens on certain assets to secure debt;

 

   

make certain investments;

 

   

make capital expenditures in excess of $70 million in fiscal 2010 and $80 million each following year through fiscal 2014;

 

   

agree to certain restrictions on the ability of restricted subsidiaries to make payments to us;

 

   

enter into certain transactions with our affiliates; and

 

   

designate our subsidiaries as Unrestricted Subsidiaries.

On January 21, 2010, Standard & Poor’s changed our outlook to poor from stable due to deteriorating market conditions. On February 17, 2010, Standard & Poor’s downgraded our corporate credit rating to CCC from B-, with a negative outlook, and lowered our Notes to CCC from a B rating. On March 2, 2010, Moody’s downgraded both our probability of default rating and our corporate family rating to Caa3 from Caa1, with a negative outlook. On March 18, 2010, Standard & Poor’s downgraded our corporate credit rating to CC from CCC, with a negative outlook.

Prior to October 1, 2014, we may redeem some or all of the Notes at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the date of redemption plus a “make-whole” premium.

In addition, at any time, on or prior to October 1, 2012, we may redeem up to 35% of the original principal amount of the Notes with the net cash proceeds from certain equity offerings, as defined, at a redemption price equal to 111.75% of the principal amount of the Notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the date of redemption.

On each January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1 commencing January 1, 2010, we are required to redeem 3.333% of the aggregate original principal amount of the Notes at a redemption price of 106% of the principal amount thereof (“Mandatory Redemption”), plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the applicable date of redemption. If we redeem or repurchase Notes other than through a Mandatory Redemption, all remaining Mandatory Redemptions will be reduced.

Upon the occurrence of a change of control (as defined in the Indenture), any holder of Notes will have the right to require us to repurchase all or any part of the Notes of such holder at a purchase price in cash equal to 101% of the principal amount thereof, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the date of repurchase.

If more than $25.0 million of the aggregate principal amount of our $300 million aggregate principal amount our Senior Subordinated Notes are outstanding on May 31, 2012, then holders of the Notes will have the right to require us to repurchase all or any part of their Notes at a purchase price in cash equal to 100% of their principal amount, plus accrued and unpaid interest to the repurchase date. In addition, if for any fiscal year, commencing with the fiscal year ended January 3, 2010, we have excess cash flow (as defined in the Indenture), we will be required within 120 days after the end of such fiscal year to make an offer to repurchase Notes, for an aggregate amount equal to 50% of excess cash flow for such fiscal year (subject to reduction by a credit for Notes optionally repurchased by us during such fiscal year), at a purchase price in cash equal to 100% of the principal amount of the Notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the date of purchase. We did not generate excess cash flow for the year ended January 3, 2010.

 

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If we or our restricted subsidiaries sell assets following the issue date under certain circumstances, we will be required to use 100% of the first $100 million of the net proceeds and 75% of additional net proceeds to make an offer to all holders to purchase Notes, at an offer price in cash in an amount equal to 100% of the principal amount of the Notes and such other indebtedness, plus accrued and unpaid interest to the date of purchase.

The Indenture contains customary events of default. If an event of default occurs and is continuing, the trustee or holders of at least 25% in principal amount of the outstanding Notes may declare the principal of premium, if any, and accrued and unpaid interest, if any, on all the Notes to be due and payable immediately. Certain events of bankruptcy or insolvency are events of default which shall result in the Notes being due and payable immediately upon the occurrence of such events of default.

The Notes were not registered under the Securities Act and, unless so registered, may not be offered or sold in the United States absent an applicable exemption from registration requirements.

In connection with the sale of the Notes, on October 1, 2009, we and the Guarantors entered into a Collateral Agreement (the “Collateral Agreement”) with U.S. Bank National Association, as collateral agent. Pursuant to the Collateral Agreement, the Notes and the guarantees are secured by a first-priority lien, subject to permitted liens, on substantially all of our assets and the Guarantors’ assets securing our credit agreement immediately prior to the issue date of the Notes, including, but not limited to, all accounts receivable, plant, property and equipment (but excluding certain owned and all leased real property), inventory, intangible assets and the capital stock of any domestic subsidiary and certain foreign subsidiaries held by us of any Guarantor (but limited to 65% of the voting stock of any such first-tier foreign subsidiary).

Senior Subordinated Notes

On August 20, 2004, we issued $300.0 million aggregate principal amount of 9% Senior Subordinated Notes due September 1, 2012. As of April 4, 2010, $300.0 million of principal was outstanding under the Senior Subordinated Notes. Interest accrues on the Senior Subordinated Notes from August 20, 2004, and is payable on March 1 and September 1 of each year. We may redeem all or a portion of the Senior Subordinated Notes at any time at certain redemption prices.

Amended Credit Facility and Cash Collateralized Letters of Credit

On August 20, 2004, in connection with our divestiture from Viacom, we entered into a credit agreement with a syndicate of lenders providing for: (i) a five-year $500.0 million revolving credit facility, a portion of which was reserved for issuance of letters of credit to Viacom (the “Viacom Letters of Credit”); (ii) a five-year $100.0 million term loan A (the “Term Loan A”); and (iii) a seven-year $550.0 million term loan B (the “Term Loan B”).

We entered into various amendments and restatements to our credit agreement on November 4, 2005, April 10, 2007 and July 2, 2007. On April 2, 2009, we further amended our credit agreement to include commitments from certain of our lenders and certain new lenders to (a) replace the existing revolving credit facility with a $250.0 million revolving credit facility with a maturity date of September 30, 2010 and (b) amend certain financial and other covenants in our credit facility (the “Amended Revolver”). Borrowings under the Amended Revolver bore interest at an alternate base rate (with a floor of 4.5%) plus 9% or at LIBOR (with a floor of 3.5%) plus 10%, at our discretion, which interest payments were due and payable monthly. On May 11, 2009, the Amended Revolver was closed and funded.

 

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Through May 11, 2009, we were required to make prepayments on the credit facilities in an aggregate amount equal to 50% of annual excess cash flow, as defined by our credit agreement. Such payments were due at the end of the first quarter of the following year. In fiscal 2008, we generated excess cash flow, as defined by our credit agreement, and made a prepayment of $25.1 million on April 6, 2009. Additionally, we were required to make prepayments on the credit facilities related to sales of store operations and property and equipment, as defined by our credit agreement.

Concurrently with the closing of the sale of the Senior Secured Notes and the repayment of our revolving credit facility and Term Loan B on October 1, 2009, we entered into a second amendment agreement to our credit agreement (the “Amendment”), pursuant to which all liens securing the Amended Revolver were released, except for the cash collateral securing outstanding letters of credit. Pursuant to the Amendment, the credit agreement was converted to a letter of credit facility. The letters of credit outstanding under the Amended Revolver remain outstanding, but all financial and substantially all negative covenants in the credit agreement have been eliminated (although the credit agreement continues to have customary covenants, events of default and other provisions applicable to letter of credit facilities of this type). The existing letters of credit thereunder will continue to be secured by cash collateral to the extent such letters of credit remain outstanding. All letters of credit under our credit agreement are currently scheduled to expire between August 12, 2010 and November 15, 2010, although the credit agreement provides for the extension, amendment or renewal of certain of such letters of credit.

On August 27, 2009, we entered into Amendment No. 2 with Viacom Inc. (“Viacom”) to the Amended and Restated Initial Public Offering and Split-Off Agreement dated as of June 18, 2004 (the “IPO and Split-Off Agreement”). In connection with a reduction in Viacom’s exposure to lease obligations and pursuant to the terms of the IPO and Split-Off Agreement, the face amounts of the letters of credit we are required to provide for the benefit of Viacom, which are collateralized at 105% of the face amounts, were reduced from $75 million to approximately $25 million. This reduction resulted in a net liquidity benefit of $34 million after negotiated payments by us to certain landlords related to renegotiation or termination of certain lease agreements.

On January 5, 2010, we provided notice to Citigroup, Wachovia and JP Morgan Chase Bank N.A. (the “Banks”) to cancel certain letters of credit maintained by us with the Banks for the benefit of Viacom, as required by the IPO and Split-Off Agreement. Pursuant to the cancellation notices, the face amounts of the letters of credit, which are collateralized at 105% of the face amounts, were reduced to $0, as a result of us having satisfied or eliminated all of the obligations and contingencies underlying the letters of credit.

Note 3—Stock and Share-Based Payments

For the thirteen weeks ended April 4, 2010 and April 5, 2009, we recognized less than $0.1 million and $2.0 million, respectively, of share-based compensation expense related to stock options, restricted shares and restricted share units.

During the thirteen weeks ended April 4, 2010, no stock options were granted or exercised and 0.4 million stock options were cancelled. In addition, 0.8 million restricted shares or restricted share units were granted, no restricted shares and restricted share units were exercised, and no restricted shares and restricted share units were cancelled. As of April 4, 2010, 17.0 million stock options and 2.4 million restricted shares and restricted share units remained outstanding.

 

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The unamortized compensation expense, net of estimated forfeitures, related to restricted shares, restricted share units and stock options issued and outstanding as of April 4, 2010 will be recognized in future periods as follows:

 

     Restricted Shares and
Restricted Share Units
   Stock
Options
   Total

Thirty-nine week period ended January 2, 2011

   $ 0.4    $ 0.6    $ 1.0

Year ended January 1, 2012 and thereafter

     0.2      0.1      0.3
                    

Total

   $ 0.6    $ 0.7    $ 1.3
                    

Note 4—Related Party Transactions

On March 29, 2007, Strauss Zelnick, a member of our Board of Directors, was appointed chairman of the board of directors of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (“Take-Two”), a global publisher, developer and distributor of interactive games software, hardware and accessories and a party to considerable commercial transactions with us. On February 15, 2008, Take-Two announced the appointment of Mr. Zelnick as executive chairman. In addition, ZelnickMedia Corporation (“ZelnickMedia”), of which Mr. Zelnick is a founder and principal owner, entered into a management agreement with Take-Two on March 30, 2007, as amended on July 26, 2007 and February 14, 2008, pursuant to which ZelnickMedia provides financial and management consulting services to Take-Two. Mr. Zelnick is entitled during the term of the management agreement to serve as chairman of Take-Two’s board of directors and will also have the authority during such term to hire and/or terminate the chief executive officer and chief financial officer of Take-Two, subject to the approval of Take-Two’s compensation committee. We paid Take-Two $2.6 million and $2.5 million for the thirteen weeks ended April 4, 2010 and April 5, 2009, respectively, pursuant to our commercial arrangements with Take-Two. At April 4, 2010, our Consolidated Balance Sheets included $0.1 million reduction for vendor credits from Take-Two recorded in “Accounts payable.” At January 3, 2010, our Consolidated Balance Sheets included less than $0.1 million of accrued revenue-share expenses for Take-Two recorded in “Accrued expenses” and $1.7 million recorded in “Accounts payable.”

We have entered into a broker service agreement, effective as of October 1, 2009, with Frank Crystal & Company whereby Frank Crystal & Company will serve as our exclusive insurance broker of record through October 1, 2010. Director James W. Crystal is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Frank Crystal & Company, a full service insurance brokerage and services company. We paid Frank Crystal & Company less than $0.1 million for the thirteen weeks ended April 4, 2010. We do not have any payables to or receivables from Frank Crystal & Company as of April 4, 2010.

Note 5—Commitments and Contingencies

Blockbuster was a defendant in 12 lawsuits filed by customers in nine states and the District of Columbia between November 1999 and April 2001. These putative class action lawsuits alleged common law and statutory claims for fraud and deceptive practices and/or unlawful business practices regarding our extended viewing fee policies for customers who chose to keep rental product beyond the initial rental term. Some of the cases also alleged that these policies imposed unlawful penalties and resulted in unjust enrichment for us. In January 2002, the 136th Judicial District Court of Jefferson County, Texas entered a final judgment approving a national class settlement (the “Scott settlement”). Under the approved settlement, we paid $9.25 million in plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees during the first quarter of 2005 and made certificates available to class members for rentals and discounts through November 2005. One additional extended viewing fee case in the United States is inactive and subject to

 

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dismissal pursuant to the Scott settlement. In addition, there is one case, filed on February 18, 1999 in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, Chancery Division, Cohen v. Blockbuster, not completely resolved by the Scott settlement. Marc Cohen, Uwe Stueckrad, Marc Perper and Denita Sanders assert common law and statutory claims for fraud and deceptive practices, unjust enrichment and unlawful penalties regarding Blockbuster’s extended viewing fee policies. Such claims were brought against Blockbuster, individually and on behalf of all entities doing business as Blockbuster or Blockbuster Video. Plaintiffs seek relief on behalf of themselves and other plaintiff class members including actual damages, attorneys’ fees and injunctive relief. By order dated April 27, 2004, the Cohen trial court certified plaintiff classes for U.S. residents who incurred extended viewing fees and/or purchased unreturned videos between February 18, 1994 and December 31, 2004, and who were not part of the Scott settlement or who do not have a Blockbuster membership with an arbitration clause. In the same order, the trial court certified a defendant class comprised of all entities that have done business in the United States as Blockbuster or Blockbuster Video since February 18, 1994. On August 15, 2005, the trial court denied Blockbuster’s motion to reconsider the trial court’s certification of plaintiff classes. On September 26, 2007, the Illinois Appellate Court remanded the trial court’s decision to certify plaintiff classes back to the trial court for reconsideration of our motion to decertify plaintiff classes. Plaintiffs did not petition the Illinois Supreme Court for leave to appeal. On March 14, 2008, upon reconsideration the trial court granted Blockbuster’s motion to decertify plaintiff classes and decertified both plaintiff and defendant classes. We believe the plaintiffs’ position in Cohen is without merit and we intend to vigorously defend ourselves in the lawsuit. In addition, two putative class action lawsuits are pending against Blockbuster in Canada. William Robert Hazell filed an action in the Supreme Court of British Columbia on August 24, 2001 against Viacom Entertainment Canada Inc., Viacom, Blockbuster Canada Inc. and Blockbuster. The case asserts claims for unconscionability, violations of the trade practices act, breach of contract and high handed conduct. The relief sought includes actual damages, disgorgement, and exemplary and punitive damages. Douglas R. Hedley filed an action in the Court of Queen’s Bench, Judicial Centre of Regina, in Saskatchewan on July 19, 2002. The case asserts claims of unconscionability, unjust enrichment, misrepresentation and deception, and seeks recovery of actual damages of $3 million, disgorgement, declaratory relief, punitive and exemplary damages of $1 million and attorneys’ fees. We believe the plaintiffs’ positions in all of these cases are without merit and, if necessary, intend to vigorously defend ourselves.

On May 20, 2009, Nicholas Lampone filed a putative class action in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, California alleging Blockbuster’s “no late fees” program is a breach of contract and violates California’s consumer protection and unfair competition statutes prohibiting unfair, unlawful and deceptive business practices. Plaintiff sought class certification, restitution, injunctive relief, general damages, special damages, compensatory damages, punitive damages, equitable relief, attorneys’ fees, interest, and costs. Blockbuster removed the case to the United States District Court for the Central District of California. On April 22, 2010, plaintiff Lampone dismissed his claims with prejudice.

Blockbuster is a defendant in one remaining lawsuit arising out of the Blockbuster and Facebook websites. On April 9, 2008, Cathryn Elaine Harris filed a putative class action complaint under the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”) in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. On June 3, 2008, plaintiff Harris filed her first amended class action complaint adding Mario Herrera and Maryam Hosseiny as additional named plaintiffs. Plaintiffs purported to act on behalf of every individual who has ever been a member of Facebook and Blockbuster online during the same time period since November 6, 2007, whose name, and/or address, or a title, description, or subject matter of any video tapes or other audio visual materials that were rented, sold or delivered to each individual were distributed to third parties by Blockbuster without the informed written consent of such individuals obtained at the time the disclosure was made. Plaintiffs claimed Blockbuster violated the VPPA when we knowingly distributed plaintiffs’ video tape rental and sales records to Facebook, a

 

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third party, without plaintiffs’ consent at the time of the disclosure. Plaintiffs sought class certification, statutory damages, punitive damages, attorneys’ fees, costs, and injunctive relief. On December 30, 2008, the trial court granted Blockbuster’s amended motion to transfer venue and transferred the lawsuit to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division. On February 9, 2010, plaintiffs dismissed their claims with prejudice. On August 12, 2008, Sean Lane, Mohannaed Sheikha, Sean Martin, Ali Sammour, Mohammaed Zidan, Sara Karrow, Colby Henson, Denton Hunker, Firas Sheikha, Hassen Sheikha, Linda Stewart, Tina Tran, Matthew Smith, Erica Parnell, John Conway, Austin Muhs, Phillip Huerta, Alicia Hunker, and Megan Lynn Hancock (a minor, through her parent Rebecca Holey) filed a putative class action complaint under the VPPA, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”), the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”), California’s Consumer Legal Remedies Act, and California’s Computer Crime Law in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Plaintiffs assert claims against Facebook, Inc., Blockbuster Inc., Fandango, Inc., Hotwire, Inc., STA Travel, Inc., Overstock.com, Inc., Zappos.com, Inc., Gamefly, Inc., and John Does 1-40, corporations. Plaintiffs are purporting to act on behalf of every Facebook member who visited one or more of Facebook’s affiliates’ websites and engaged in activities that triggered the Facebook affiliates’ websites to communicate with Facebook regarding the activity from November 6, 2007 to December 5, 2007. Plaintiffs claim Blockbuster violated the VPPA, ECPA, and CFAA by allegedly violating the plaintiffs’ privacy through their activities on the Blockbuster and Facebook websites. Plaintiffs seek class certification, injunctive and equitable relief, statutory damages, attorneys’ fees, and costs. Plaintiffs have stipulated that Blockbuster is not required to respond to the pending complaint at this time. On October 23, 2009, the court preliminarily approved a settlement on behalf of the putative class of plaintiffs. The proposed settlement is pending final approval by the court. We believe that the claims are without merit and should it become necessary, we intend to vigorously defend ourselves.

Blockbuster is subject to various other legal proceedings in the course of conducting our business, including our business as a franchisor. Although we believe that these proceedings are not likely to result in judgments that will have a material adverse effect on our business, we cannot predict the impact of future developments affecting our outstanding claims and litigation.

Note 6—Discontinued Operations

During the third quarter of 2009, we completed the sale of Xtra-vision Limited (“Xtra-vision”), a 184 store entertainment retailer in Ireland, to Birchhall Investments Limited, an affiliate company of NCB Group Limited (“Buyer”), pursuant to which the Buyer acquired all of the outstanding capital stock of Blockbuster Holdings Ireland, our wholly-owned subsidiary and the parent company of Xtra-Vision. The operations of Xtra-vision have been classified as discontinued operations, and its results of operations are reflected under “Income (loss) from discontinued operations” in our consolidated financial statements.

The following table summarizes the results of discontinued operations, which includes immaterial amounts from previous divestitures:

 

     Thirteen Weeks Ended  
     April 4,
2010
    April 5,
2009
 

Revenues

   $ —        $ 36.3   

Income (loss) before income taxes (includes loss on sale)

   $ (0.1   $ 1.2   

Provision for income taxes

     —          (0.1
                

Income (loss) from discontinued operations

   $ (0.1   $ 1.1   
                

 

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Note 7—Segment Information

We operate our business in two reportable business segments: Domestic and International. Segments have been identified based on how management makes operating decisions, assesses performance and allocates resources. Management reviews asset information on a global basis, not by segment.

The Domestic segment is comprised of all U.S. store operations and by-mail subscription service operations in addition to vending kiosks and the digital delivery of movies through blockbuster.com. The International segment is comprised of all non-U.S. store operations, including operations in Europe, Latin America, Australia, Canada, Mexico and Asia.

 

     Domestic
Segment
   International
Segment
   Unallocated
Corporate
    Total  

Thirteen weeks ended April 4, 2010

          

Revenues

   $ 647.8    $ 291.6    $ —        $ 939.4   

Operating income (loss)

     7.9      0.8      (38.1     (29.4

Depreciation and intangible amortization

     18.8      6.0      1.4        26.2   

Net capital expenditures

     2.3      0.9      0.8        4.0   

Thirteen weeks ended April 5, 2009

          

Revenues

   $ 806.2    $ 279.7    $ —        $ 1,085.9   

Operating income (loss)

     60.8      10.8      (21.4     50.2   

Depreciation and intangible amortization

     25.6      6.7      1.4        33.7   

Net capital expenditures

     6.0      1.3      1.2        8.5   

Note 8—Condensed Consolidating Financial Statements

Our Senior Subordinated Notes were issued by Blockbuster Inc., which conducts the majority of our domestic operations. All domestic subsidiaries have provided, on a senior subordinated basis, a joint and several guarantee of the Senior Subordinated Notes. Our domestic subsidiaries consist primarily of our distribution center. There are no significant restrictions on the parent company’s ability to obtain funds from any of the guarantor subsidiaries in the form of a dividend or loan. The notes are not guaranteed by our foreign subsidiaries. Additional information regarding our Senior Subordinated Notes is included in Note 2 above.

Blockbuster Inc. and its non-guarantor subsidiaries are parties to various intercompany agreements, which affect the amount of operating expenses reported in the following condensed consolidating statements of operations and corresponding amounts in the condensed consolidating balance sheets and condensed consolidating statements of cash flows. Among other things, management fees are charged to the non-guarantor subsidiaries relating to the use of tradenames, information systems and other corporate overhead. An allocation of corporate overhead expenses has also been made to our guarantor subsidiaries. These intercompany amounts are eliminated in consolidation.

We file a consolidated U.S. federal income tax return. All income taxes are allocated in accordance with our tax matters agreement with Viacom.

 

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The following financial information presents condensed consolidating statements of operations, balance sheets and statements of cash flows for Blockbuster Inc., all guarantor subsidiaries, all non-guarantor subsidiaries and the eliminations necessary to arrive at the information for Blockbuster on a consolidated basis. The information has been presented as if Blockbuster Inc. accounted for its ownership of the guarantor and non-guarantor subsidiaries using the equity method of accounting.

 

    Statement of Operations for the Thirteen Weeks Ended April 4, 2010  
    Blockbuster
Inc.
    Guarantor
Subsidiaries
    Non-Guarantor
Subsidiaries
    Eliminations     Consolidated
Blockbuster Inc.
 

Revenues:

         

Rental revenues

  $ 551.2      $ —        $ 168.4      $ —        $ 719.6   

Merchandise sales

    93.1        —          122.0        —          215.1   

Other revenues

    12.4        15.6        0.9        (24.2     4.7   
                                       
    656.7        15.6        291.3        (24.2     939.4   
                                       

Cost of sales:

         

Cost of rental revenues

    209.4        —          60.7        —          270.1   

Cost of merchandise sold

    75.5        —          91.6        —          167.1   
                                       
    284.9        —          152.3        —          437.2   
                                       

Gross profit

    371.8        15.6        139.0        (24.2     502.2   
                                       

Operating expenses:

         

General and administrative

    358.0        15.7        134.9        (24.2     484.4   

Advertising

    15.2        —          5.8        —          21.0   

Depreciation and intangible amortization

    20.2        —          6.0        —          26.2   
                                       
    393.4        15.7        146.7        (24.2     531.6   
                                       

Operating income (loss)

    (21.6     (0.1     (7.7     —          (29.4

Interest (expense) income, net

    (33.0     —          (0.2     —          (33.2

Other items, net

    (1.6     —          —          —          (1.6
                                       

Income (loss) before income taxes

    (56.2     (0.1     (7.9     —          (64.2

Provision for income taxes

    (1.2     —          0.1        —          (1.1

Equity in income (loss) of affiliated companies, net of tax

    (7.9     —          —          7.9        —     
                                       

Income (loss) from continuing operations

    (65.3     (0.1     (7.8     7.9        (65.3

Income from discontinued operations, net of tax

    (0.1     —          —          —          (0.1
                                       

Net income (loss)

  $ (65.4   $ (0.1   $ (7.8   $ 7.9      $ (65.4
                                       

 

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BLOCKBUSTER INC.

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

(Unaudited)

(Tabular dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

 

    Statement of Operations for the Thirteen Weeks Ended April 5, 2009  
    Blockbuster
Inc.
    Guarantor
Subsidiaries
    Non-Guarantor
Subsidiaries
    Eliminations     Consolidated
Blockbuster Inc.
 

Revenues:

         

Rental revenues

  $ 682.8      $ —        $ 160.4      $ —        $ 843.2   

Merchandise sales

    118.2        —          118.5        —          236.7   

Other revenues

    12.8        17.5        0.5        (24.8     6.0   
                                       
    813.8        17.5        279.4        (24.8     1,085.9   
                                       

Cost of sales:

         

Cost of rental revenues

    257.6        —          52.3        —          309.9   

Cost of merchandise sold

    114.6        —          88.1        —          202.7   
                                       
    372.2        —          140.4        —          512.6   
                                       

Gross profit

    441.6        17.5        139.0        (24.8     573.3   
                                       

Operating expenses:

         

General and administrative

    362.2        17.6        122.9        (24.8     477.9   

Advertising

    6.7        —          4.8        —          11.5   

Depreciation and intangible amortization

    27.0        —          6.7        —          33.7   
                                       
    395.9        17.6        134.4        (24.8     523.1   
                                       

Operating income (loss)

    45.7        (0.1     4.6        —          50.2   

Interest (expense) income, net

    (18.0     —          0.7        —          (17.3

Other items, net

    (1.4     —          0.6        —          (0.8
                                       

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

    26.3        (0.1     5.9        —          32.1   

Provision for income taxes

    (2.1     —          (3.4     —          (5.5

Equity in income (loss) of affiliated companies, net of tax

    3.5        —          —          (3.5     —     
                                       

Income (loss) from continuing operations

    27.7        (0.1     2.5        (3.5     26.6   

Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax

    —          —          1.1        —          1.1   
                                       

Net income (loss)

  $ 27.7      $ (0.1   $ 3.6      $ (3.5   $ 27.7   
                                       

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

(Unaudited)

(Tabular dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

 

     Balance Sheet as of April 4, 2010  
     Blockbuster
Inc.
    Guarantor
Subsidiaries
    Non-Guarantor
Subsidiaries
   Eliminations     Consolidated
Blockbuster Inc.
 

Assets

           

Current assets:

           

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 57.5      $ —        $ 52.4    $ —        $ 109.9   

Receivables, net

     35.4        —          20.2      —          55.6   

Intercompany receivables

     —          1.4        31.1      (32.5     —     

Merchandise inventories

     122.4        —          132.8      —          255.2   

Rental library, net

     230.7        —          88.6      —          319.3   

Deferred income taxes

     —          —          13.7      —          13.7   

Prepaid and other current assets

     88.7        —          38.2      —          126.9   
                                       

Total current assets

     534.7        1.4        377.0      (32.5     880.6   

Property and equipment, net

     180.7        —          57.7      —          238.4   

Deferred income taxes

     101.0        —          9.0      —          110.0   

Investment in subsidiaries

     288.7        —          —        (288.7     —     

Intangibles, net

     7.0        —          0.5      —          7.5   

Restricted cash

     35.3        —          0.5      —          35.8   

Other assets

     43.3        —          3.2      —          46.5   
                                       
   $ 1,190.7      $ 1.4      $ 447.9    $ (321.2   $ 1,318.8   
                                       

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity (Deficit)

           

Current liabilities:

           

Accounts payable

   $ 142.8      $ 1.9      $ 61.9    $ —        $ 206.6   

Intercompany payables

     32.5        —          —        (32.5     —     

Accrued expenses

     318.7        0.4        71.7      —          390.8   

Current portion of long-term debt

     79.4        —          —        —          79.4   

Current portion of capital lease obligations

     5.3        —          0.4      —          5.7   

Deferred income taxes

     101.0        —          13.0      —          114.0   
                                       

Total current liabilities

     679.7        2.3        147.0      (32.5     796.5   

Long-term debt, less current portion

     816.0        —          —        —          816.0   

Capital lease obligations, less current portion

     18.5        —          —        —          18.5   

Other liabilities

     50.7        —          11.3      —          62.0   
                                       
     1,564.9        2.3        158.3      (32.5     1,693.0   

Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)

     (374.2     (0.9     289.6      (288.7     (374.2
                                       
   $ 1,190.7      $ 1.4      $ 447.9    $ (321.2   $ 1,318.8   
                                       

 

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BLOCKBUSTER INC.

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

(Unaudited)

(Tabular dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

 

    Balance Sheet as of January 3, 2010  
    Blockbuster
Inc.
    Guarantor
Subsidiaries
    Non-Guarantor
Subsidiaries
  Eliminations     Consolidated
Blockbuster Inc.
 

Assets

         

Current assets:

         

Cash and cash equivalents

  $ 125.8      $ 0.5      $ 62.4   $ —        $ 188.7   

Receivables, net

    53.3        —          26.1     —          79.4   

Intercompany receivables

    —          1.6        15.9     (17.5     —     

Merchandise inventories

    149.3        —          149.2     —          298.5   

Rental library, net

    246.4        —          94.3     —          340.7   

Deferred income taxes

    —          —          13.6     —          13.6   

Prepaid and other current assets

    100.5        —          38.6     —          139.1   
                                     

Total current assets

    675.3        2.1        400.1     (17.5     1,060.0   

Property and equipment, net

    187.4        —          62.0     —          249.4   

Deferred income taxes

    105.6        —          9.0     —          114.6   

Investment in subsidiaries

    283.9        —          —       (283.9     —     

Intangibles, net

    7.1        —          0.6     —          7.7   

Restricted cash

    58.0        —          0.5     —          58.5   

Other assets

    46.4        —          1.7     —          48.1   
                                     
  $ 1,363.7      $ 2.1      $ 473.9   $ (301.4   $ 1,538.3   
                                     

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity (Deficit)

         

Current liabilities:

         

Accounts payable

  $ 207.3      $ 2.5      $ 91.0   $ —        $ 300.8   

Intercompany payables

    17.5        —          —       (17.5     —     

Accrued expenses

    334.4        0.4        72.9     —          407.7   

Current portion of long-term debt

    101.6        —          —       —          101.6   

Current portion of capital lease obligations

    5.7        —          0.4     —          6.1   

Deferred income taxes

    105.6        —          13.0     —          118.6   
                                     

Total current liabilities

    772.1        2.9        177.3     (17.5     934.8   

Long-term debt, less current portion

    836.0        —          —       —          836.0   

Capital lease obligations, less current portion

    19.9        —          —       —          19.9   

Other liabilities

    50.0        —          11.9     —          61.9   
                                     
    1,678.0        2.9        189.2     (17.5     1,852.6   

Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)

    (314.3     (0.8     284.7     (283.9     (314.3
                                     
  $ 1,363.7      $ 2.1      $ 473.9   $ (301.4   $ 1,538.3   
                                     

 

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BLOCKBUSTER INC.

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

(Unaudited)

(Tabular dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

 

    Statement of Cash Flows for Thirteen Weeks Ended April 4, 2010  
    Blockbuster
Inc.
    Guarantor
Subsidiaries
    Non-Guarantor
Subsidiaries
    Eliminations   Consolidated
Blockbuster Inc.
 

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

  $ (38.6   $ (0.5   $ (11.7   $ —     $ (50.8
                                     

Investing activities:

         

Capital expenditures

    (3.1     —          (0.9     —       (4.0

Change in restricted cash

    22.7        —          —          —       22.7   

Other investing activities

    0.6        —          —          —       0.6   
                                     

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

    20.2        —          (0.9     —       19.3   
                                     

Financing activities:

         

Repayments on senior secured notes

    (45.0     —          —          —       (45.0

Capital lease payments

    (1.4     —          (0.1     —       (1.5

Intercompany loans

    (3.5     —          3.5        —       —     
                                     

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

    (49.9     —          3.4        —       (46.5
                                     

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

    —          —          (0.8     —       (0.8
                                     

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

    (68.3     (0.5     (10.0     —       (78.8

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

    125.8        0.5        62.4        —       188.7   
                                     

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

  $ 57.5      $ —        $ 52.4      $ —     $ 109.9   
                                     

 

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BLOCKBUSTER INC.

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

(Unaudited)

(Tabular dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

 

    Statement of Cash Flows for Thirteen Weeks Ended April 5, 2009  
    Blockbuster
Inc.
    Guarantor
Subsidiaries
  Non-Guarantor
Subsidiaries
    Eliminations   Consolidated
Blockbuster Inc.
 

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

  $ (58.3   $ 0.2   $ (29.1   $ —     $ (87.2
                                   

Investing activities:

         

Capital expenditures

    (7.2     —       (1.3     —       (8.5

Proceeds from insurance recoveries

    0.4        —       —          —       0.4   
                                   

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

    (6.8     —       (1.3     —       (8.1
                                   

Financing activities:

         

Proceeds from credit agreement

    110.0        —       —          —       110.0   

Repayments on credit agreement

    (42.3     —       —          —       (42.3

Cash dividends

    (2.8     —       —          —       (2.8

Debt financing costs

    (13.9     —       —          —       (13.9

Capital lease payments

    (2.3     —       —          —       (2.3

Intercompany loans

    (4.3     —       4.3        —       —     
                                   

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

    44.4        —       4.3        —       48.7   
                                   

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

    —          —       (1.3     —       (1.3
                                   

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

    (20.7     0.2     (27.4     —       (47.9

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

    92.5        0.1     62.3        —       154.9   
                                   

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

  $ 71.8      $ 0.3   $ 34.9      $ —     $ 107.0   
                                   

 

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Item 2. Managements’ Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

(Tabular Dollars in Millions)

Overview

Blockbuster Inc. is a leading global provider of in-home rental and retail movie and game entertainment, with over 6,100 stores in the United States, its territories and 17 other countries as of April 4, 2010. Our mission is to provide our customers with the most convenient access to media entertainment, including movie and game entertainment delivered through multiple distribution channels such as our stores, by-mail, vending kiosks and digital devices. We believe Blockbuster offers customers a value-priced entertainment experience, combining the broad product depth of a specialty retailer with local neighborhood convenience.

While the overall media entertainment industry has remained stable over the past few years, it has experienced a channel shift primarily driven by the emergence of new methods of distribution. Recognizing that shift, we have broadened our focus beyond DVD rental to providing convenient access to media entertainment across four channels of distribution:

 

   

in-store,

 

   

by-mail,

 

   

vending kiosks, and

 

   

digital devices.

2010 Strategic Objectives

Stores—Focus on improving the customer shopping experience by:

 

   

successfully restructuring studio contracts in the first quarter to ensure new movies continue to be released to Blockbuster customers for rental the same day-and-date the movies are first made available to the public for purchase;

 

   

enhancing merchandising initiatives;

 

   

introducing Direct Access, which allows in-store customers to access our by-mail inventory and have movies shipped directly to their homes; and

 

   

providing exclusive products.

By-Mail—Optimize our by-mail distribution channel by:

 

   

enhancing our product offering through the addition of video game rentals in select markets, expansion of Blu-ray and integration of the digital delivery channel into our by-mail platform; and

 

   

actively pursuing third-party relationships, alliances, and/or joint ventures to expand our by-mail business.

Vending kiosks—Focus on this distribution channel through an alliance with NCR, which has already deployed over 4,000 kiosks and plans to deploy a total of 10,000 kiosks by the end of 2010.

Digital—Continue to expand our digital presence using methods such as:

 

   

strategic alliances with consumer electronic device manufacturers and infrastructure providers;

 

   

the launch of mobile streaming via the T-Mobile HTC HD2 Smartphone during the quarter; and

 

   

enhanced features and capabilities for our blockbuster.com website.

 

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Cost management and liquidity—We will continue to closely monitor our costs and continue seeking operational efficiencies and cost reduction opportunities. Our focus has been and will continue to be on cost reductions and liquidity enhancing efforts through:

 

   

the continued closure of less profitable stores, of which 288 domestic company-owned stores were closed in the first quarter, resulting in over $20 million of store closure costs, and approximately 260 are planned to close domestically during the remainder of 2010, of which 182 were closed during April 2010;

 

   

lease renegotiations to generate significant reductions in future store occupancy costs, of which approximately 1,000 domestic leases are targeted for renegotiation during 2010; and

 

   

the ongoing pursuit of the sale and licensing of our international assets while maintaining an international brand presence overseas.

Key Financial Points for the Thirteen Weeks Ended April 4, 2010

 

   

Same-store revenues decreased 7.1%.

 

   

Continued closure of less profitable stores, of which 310 company-owned stores were closed worldwide in the first quarter, resulting in over $20 million of store closure costs.

 

   

Renegotiated our domestic studio contracts with Fox, Sony and Warner in exchange for a first lien on Blockbuster Canada Co.’s assets.

 

   

Changed pricing terms including implementation of “Additional Daily Rate” to domestic corporate stores.

 

   

Eliminated the remaining letters of credit related to leases guaranteed by our former parent, Viacom Inc. in January 2010.

Outlook

In 2010, our goal is to preserve liquidity and optimize our capital structure while we continue the transformation to a multi-channel platform. Over the next 12 to 18 months, we expect to continue facing the challenges of increased industry competition and fragmentation as well as balancing the decline of a single channel with the ascension of emerging channels, such as vending and digital. As we look at our plans for 2010, stores remain a key component of our multi-channel offering. Our current 2010 plan contemplates a domestic same-store sales decline in the range of mid-single digits to high single digits. Factors contemplated in our current 2010 plan that we expect to mitigate these challenges are modification of our domestic stores movie rental terms and pricing, implementation of studio windows, industry factors such as Hollywood/Movie Gallery store closures, better execution of our rental games offering, a balanced slate of movie releases and merchandising improvements including Blockbuster Premieres. However, there can be no assurance regarding these matters given increased competition, which has negatively impacted our ability to accurately forecast our results of operations and cash position, and which may result in deterioration of our revenues beyond what we anticipate. Further deterioration would negatively impact our anticipated revenues, profitability and cash flows from operations. The expectation to achieve planned financial results is subject to a number of assumptions, many of which are outside our control, such as the rate at which customers are shifting preferences in entertainment delivery channels, competitive pressures, and no significant contraction in our trade terms.

For the full year 2010, we will continue to take actions to improve liquidity. We expect to further reduce general and administrative expenses by over $200 million, continue to rationalize the domestic store portfolio and work to divest international assets. In addition, our 2010 global capital expenditures will remain at maintenance levels of approximately $30 million and we will aggressively manage working capital. We will also continue to explore a variety of strategic alternatives to strengthen our capital structure to position us for success

 

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in our transformational efforts. We are in the process of developing and initiating certain operational and business strategies to attempt to maximize our cash and cash equivalents over the near term. One initiative we are pursuing involves an exchange of all or part of our senior subordinated notes for Class A common stock. We also may seek certain modifications to the senior secured notes from the holders thereof. Consistent with this approach, the holders of the senior secured notes and the senior subordinated notes have been contacted and have formed respective note holder committees, have retained advisors, with which we are engaged in negotiations, and are conducting due diligence. Assuming that we can reach agreement with such holders on the terms of an exchange, we will seek to implement an exchange during the latter part of the second quarter or early part of the third quarter of this year, depending on the timing of SEC clearance of the exchange documentation and when we receive, if necessary, shareholder approval. In connection with pursuing an exchange, we will also be involved in discussions with holders of our Series A convertible preferred stock regarding the possible conversion of such Series A convertible preferred stock into our Class A common stock. We can give no assurance that we can successfully execute an exchange and preferred stock conversion strategy or any of the other strategies we are pursuing and our ability to do so could be significantly impacted by numerous factors including changes in the economic or business environment, financial market volatility, the performance of our business, and the terms and conditions of our various debt agreements and indentures as well as the certificate of designations governing our Series A convertible preferred stock. It is possible that a successful and efficient implementation of an exchange or any of the other strategies we are pursuing will require us to make a pre-packaged, pre-arranged or other type of filing for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. See “Liquidity and Capital Resources” below for further discussion of our operational plan to preserve liquidity.

Although we still face challenging conditions, we continue to reposition and transform Blockbuster into a multi-channel brand by increasing our points of presence through alliances for vending and digital distribution and by offering our customers the most convenient access to media entertainment. Through our alliance with NCR, we expect a total of 10,000 Blockbuster Express kiosks by the end of 2010. We also plan to grow the by-mail channel and further expand availability of our digital offering through BLOCKBUSTER On Demand. By leveraging our brand to deliver content through multiple channels, we have positioned ourselves to be a leading provider of convenient access to media entertainment. Through the planned integration of our stores, by-mail, vending kiosks and digital services, we intend to utilize a centralized customer database, realize supply chain efficiencies and ultimately deliver a superior customer experience. We believe this multi-channel capability differentiates us from our competitors and positions us to meet the challenges of operating in the rapidly changing media entertainment industry.

 

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Results of Operations

Consolidated Results

The following table sets forth a summary of consolidated results of certain operating and other financial data.

 

     Thirteen Weeks Ended  
     April 4, 2010     April 5, 2009  

Statement of Operations Data:

    

Revenues

   $ 939.4      $ 1,085.9   

Cost of sales

     437.2        512.6   
                

Gross profit

     502.2        573.3   

Operating expenses

     531.6        523.1   
                

Operating income (loss)

     (29.4     50.2   

Interest expense

     (33.2     (17.5

Interest income

     —          0.2   

Other items, net

     (1.6     (0.8
                

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

     (64.2     32.1   

Benefit (provision) for income taxes

     (1.1     (5.5
                

Income (loss) from continuing operations

     (65.3     26.6   

Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax (1)

     (0.1     1.1   
                

Net income (loss)

   $ (65.4   $ 27.7   
                

Cash Flow Data:

    

Cash flows provided by (used in) operating activities

   $ (50.8   $ (87.2

Cash flows provided by (used in) investing activities

   $ 19.3      $ (8.1

Cash flows provided by (used in) financing activities

   $ (46.5   $ 48.7   

Other Data:

    

Depreciation and intangible amortization

   $ 26.2      $ 33.7   

EBITDA (2)

   $ (3.2   $ 83.9   

Margins:

    

Rental margin (3)

     62.5     63.2

Merchandise margin (4)

     22.3     14.4

Gross margin (5)

     53.5     52.8

Worldwide Store Data:

    

Same-store revenues increase (decrease) (6)

    

Rental revenues

     (6.3 )%      (11.4 )% 

Merchandise sales

     (9.0 )%      (3.7 )% 

Total revenues

     (7.1 )%      (9.6 )% 

Company-operated stores at end of period

     4,914        5,742   

Franchised stores at end of period

     1,222        1,525   

Total stores at end of period

     6,136        7,267   

 

     Total Number    Avg Sq. Footage    Total Sq. Footage
          (in thousands)    (in thousands)

Real Estate Data at April 4, 2010:

        

Domestic

        

Company-operated stores

   3,240    5.6    18,054

Distribution centers

   39    N/A    1,119

Corporate / regional offices

   8    N/A    400

International

        

Company-operated stores

   1,674    3.2    5,374

Distribution centers

   6    N/A    170

Corporate / regional offices

   6    N/A    88

 

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(1) During August 2009 we sold Xtra-vision, our Ireland subsidiary. These operations have been classified as discontinued operations.

 

(2) EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. See “Non-GAAP Information—Reconciliation of EBITDA” that follows.

 

(3) Rental gross profit (rental revenues less cost of rental revenues) as a percentage of rental revenues.

 

(4) Merchandise gross profit (merchandise sales less cost of merchandise sold) as a percentage of merchandise sales.

 

(5) Gross profit as a percentage of total revenues.

 

(6) A store is included in the same-store revenues calculation after it has been opened and operated by us for more than 52 weeks. An acquired store becomes part of the same-store base in the 53rd week after its acquisition and conversion. The percentage change is computed by comparing total net revenues for same-stores at the end of the applicable reporting period with total net revenues from these same-stores for the comparable period in the prior year. The same-store revenues calculation does not include the impact of foreign exchange or by-mail subscription revenue. The method of calculating same-store revenues varies across the retail industry; therefore, our method of calculating same-store revenues may not be the same as other retailers’ methods.

Segments

We operate our business in two reportable segments: Domestic and International. We identify segments based on how management makes operating decisions, assesses performance and allocates resources.

 

   

The Domestic segment is comprised of all U.S. store operations and by-mail subscription service operations in addition to vending kiosks and the digital delivery of movies through blockbuster.com and BLOCKBUSTER On Demand. As of April 4, 2010, we had 3,677 stores operating under the BLOCKBUSTER brand in the United States and its territories, of which 437 stores were operated through our franchisees. We also had 3,345 vending kiosks operating under the BLOCKBUSTER Express brand in the United States and its territories at that date.

 

   

The International segment is comprised of all non-U.S. store operations including operations in Europe, Latin America, Australia, Canada, Mexico and Asia. As of April 4, 2010, we had 2,459 stores operating under the BLOCKBUSTER brand and other brand names owned by us located in 17 markets outside of the United States. Of these stores, 785 stores were operated through our franchisees. In Canada, Italy, Mexico and Denmark, we also operate freestanding and store-in-store game locations under the GAME RUSH brand. On August 28, 2009, we completed the sale of our subsidiary in Ireland. The results for Ireland have been classified as discontinued operations for all periods presented.

 

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The following table is a summary of operating income (loss) by business segment.

 

     Domestic
Stores
   International    Unallocated/
Corporate
    Total  

Statement of Operations Data:

          

Thirteen Weeks Ended April 4, 2010

          

Revenues

   $ 647.8    $ 291.6    $ —        $ 939.4   

Cost of sales

     284.9      152.3      —          437.2   
                              

Gross profit

     362.9      139.3      —          502.2   

Operating expenses

     355.0      138.5      38.1        531.6   
                              

Operating income (loss)

   $ 7.9    $ 0.8    $ (38.1   $ (29.4
                              

Thirteen Weeks Ended April 5, 2009

          

Revenues

   $ 806.2    $ 279.7    $ —        $ 1,085.9   

Cost of sales

     372.1      140.5      —          512.6   
                              

Gross profit

     434.1      139.2      —          573.3   

Operating expenses

     373.3      128.4      21.4        523.1   
                              

Operating income (loss)

   $ 60.8    $ 10.8    $ (21.4   $ 50.2   
                              

 

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Thirteen Weeks Ended April 4, 2010 Compared with Thirteen Weeks Ended April 5, 2009

Domestic Segment. The following table is a summary of domestic stores results of operations.

 

    Thirteen Weeks Ended
April 4, 2010
    Thirteen Weeks Ended
April 5, 2009
    Increase/(Decrease)  
    Amount   Percent of
Revenue
    Amount   Percent of
Revenue
    Dollar     Percent  

Revenues:

           

Rental revenues:

           

Movies

  $ 409.9   63.3   $ 516.2   64.1   $ (106.3   (20.6 )% 

Games

    47.2   7.3     54.3   6.7     (7.1   (13.1 )% 

Previously rented product (“PRP”)

    94.1   14.5     112.2   13.9     (18.1   (16.1 )% 
                                 

Total rental revenues

    551.2   85.1     682.7   84.7     (131.5   (19.3 )% 
                                 

Merchandise sales:

           

Movies

    42.5   6.6     51.1   6.4     (8.6   (16.8 )% 

Games

    5.5   0.8     22.0   2.7     (16.5   (75.0 )% 

General merchandise

    45.1   7.0     45.2   5.6     (0.1   (0.2 )% 
                                 

Total merchandise sales

    93.1   14.4     118.3   14.7     (25.2   (21.3 )% 
                                 

Royalties and other

    3.5   0.5     5.2   0.6     (1.7   (32.7 )% 
                                 

Total revenues

    647.8   100.0     806.2   100.0     (158.4   (19.6 )% 
                                 

Cost of sales:

           

Cost of rental revenues

    209.4   32.3     257.6   32.0     (48.2   (18.7 )% 

Cost of merchandise sold

    75.5   11.7     114.5   14.2     (39.0   (34.1 )% 
                                 
    284.9   44.0     372.1   46.2     (87.2   (23.4 )% 
                                 

Gross profit

    362.9   56.0     434.1   53.8     (71.2   (16.4 )% 
                                 

Operating expenses:

           

General and administrative:

           

Stores

    289.3   44.7     304.8   37.8     (15.5   (5.1 )% 

Corporate and field

    31.7   4.9     36.2   4.5     (4.5   (12.4 )% 
                                 

Total general and administrative

    321.0   49.6     341.0   42.3     (20.0   (5.9 )% 
                                 

Advertising

    15.2   2.3     6.7   0.8     8.5      126.9

Depreciation and intangible amortization

    18.8   2.9     25.6   3.2     (6.8   (26.6 )% 
                                 
    355.0   54.8     373.3   46.3     (18.3   (4.9 )% 
                                 

Operating income (loss)

  $ 7.9   1.2   $ 60.8   7.5   $ (52.9   (87.0 )% 
                                 

EBITDA (1)

  $ 26.7   4.1   $ 86.4   10.7   $ (59.7   (69.1 )% 
                                 

Margins:

           

Rental margin

  $ 341.8   62.0   $ 425.1   62.3   $ (83.3   (19.6 )% 

Merchandise margin

  $ 17.6   18.9   $ 3.8   3.2   $ 13.8      363.2

Gross margin

  $ 362.9   56.0   $ 434.1   53.8   $ (71.2   (16.4 )% 

Other:

           

Ending by-mail subscriber count

    1.3        1.8       

 

     Thirteen Weeks Ended
April 4, 2010
    Thirteen Weeks Ended
April 5, 2009
 

Same-store revenues increase/(decrease)

    

Rental revenues

   (6.4 )%    (12.3 )% 

Merchandise revenues

   (13.9 )%    (3.1 )% 

Total revenues

   (7.8 )%    (10.9 )% 

 

(1) EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. See “Non-GAAP Information—Reconciliation of EBITDA” that follows.

 

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Domestic—Rental revenues

 

   

Rental revenues decreased mainly as a result of:

 

   

a $29.6 million decrease in same-store base rental revenues driven by decreased active store members partially offset by price increases primarily on catalog inventory in certain stores and implementation of additional daily rate (“ADR”), described below;

 

   

a $32.2 million decrease in by-mail revenues as a result of a 29.9% decline in average by-mail subscribers;

 

   

a decline in company-operated stores of 586, or 15.3%, during the last four quarters; and

 

   

a decline in PRP revenues as a result of heavily discounted prices in stores which were being liquidated during the first quarter of 2010, partially offset by an increase in units sold.

 

   

On March 1, 2010, we implemented a new policy in our company-operated stores, where ADR is charged for each day a member chooses to keep the rental following the initial rental period. The member will be charged the additional daily rate for up to 10 days, then after, the rental will be converted to an automatic sale. ADR revenue was $33.7 million and $13.7 million during the first quarter of 2010 and 2009, respectively. We expect that future revenues generated from ADR charges will represent a larger percentage of domestic rental revenue than it has in previous periods.

 

   

Although we expect the in-store movie rental industry to continue declining in 2010, the factors we expect to mitigate these challenges are modification of our domestic stores movie rental terms and pricing, implementation of studio windows, industry factors such as Hollywood/Movie Gallery store closures, better execution of our rental games offering, a balanced slate of movie releases and merchandising improvements including Blockbuster Premieres.

Domestic—Merchandise sales

 

   

Merchandise sales decreased mainly as a result of:

 

   

a $14.0 million, decrease in same-store game sales as a result of a significant reduction in games merchandise inventory levels and reduced store traffic versus the impact in prior year of a national roll-out of games to all domestic stores at the end of 2008;

 

   

an $8.6 million decrease in movie sales due primarily to price reductions in the current year on select titles; and

 

   

a decline in company-operated stores discussed above.

Domestic—Cost of sales

 

   

Rental cost of goods sold decreased due to:

 

   

reduced estimated costs for our by-mail offering of $24.9 million due to reduced product purchases and lower shipping costs, resulting from the decline in by-mail subscribers as well as fewer free in-store exchanges for Total Access customers; and

 

   

a decrease in revenues discussed above; offset by

 

   

nonrecurring contractual settlements with vendors in prior year of $3.3 million; and

 

   

increased PRP cost of goods sold due to increase in units sold versus prior year as discussed above.

 

   

Merchandise cost of goods sold decreased $39.0 million due to the decline in sales mentioned above and a $16.7 million obsolescence adjustment in the first quarter of 2009 for price reductions related to the bulk sale of games to a third-party wholesaler.

 

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Domestic—Gross profit

 

   

Rental gross margin remained relatively flat over prior year.

 

   

Merchandise gross margin increased from 3.2% to 18.9% due to the $16.7 million obsolescence adjustment in 2009 as noted above.

Domestic—Operating expenses

 

   

Store general and administrative expense decreased $15.5 million mainly due to our focus on cost-savings measures, which include reducing store labor hours, renegotiating leases and closing less profitable stores.

 

   

Corporate and field general and administrative expense, which includes expenses incurred at the field and regional levels for store operations along with our by-mail offering, decreased $4.5 million primarily due to our cost-savings measures.

 

   

During the first quarter, we closed 288 domestic company-operated stores and recorded $20.3 million in store closure expenses, excluding depreciation. In April 2010, we closed an additional 182 stores and incurred approximately $20 million in store closure costs. We plan to close another 81 locations in the last eight months of 2010, for which we may incur significant additional store closure costs. Historically we have incurred a broad range of costs on individual locations and cannot accurately estimate the amount that will be incurred for these additional store closures.

 

   

Advertising expense increased $8.5 million as a result of increased advertising for our online operations and increased general advertising in the first half of the quarter.

 

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International Segment. The following table is a summary of international results of operations.

 

     Thirteen Weeks Ended
April 4, 2010
    Thirteen Weeks Ended
April 5, 2009
    Increase/(Decrease)  
     Amount    Percent of
Revenue
    Amount    Percent of
Revenue
    Dollar     Percent  

Revenues:

              

Rental revenues:

              

Movies

   $ 128.8    44.2   $ 122.4    43.8   $ 6.4      5.2

Games

     12.8    4.4     12.0    4.3     0.8      6.7

PRP

     26.8    9.2     26.1    9.3     0.7      2.7
                                    

Total rental revenues

     168.4    57.8     160.5    57.4     7.9      4.9
                                    

Merchandise sales:

              

Movies

     36.3    12.4     33.1    11.8     3.2      9.7

Games

     59.0    20.2     59.2    21.2     (0.2   (0.3 )% 

General merchandise

     26.7    9.2     26.1    9.3     0.6      2.3
                                    

Total merchandise sales

     122.0    41.8     118.4    42.3     3.6      3.0
                                    

Royalties and other

     1.2    0.4     0.8    0.3     0.4      50.0
                                    

Total revenues

     291.6    100.0     279.7    100.0     11.9      4.3
                                    

Cost of sales:

              

Cost of rental revenues

     60.7    20.8     52.3    18.7     8.4      16.1

Cost of merchandise sold

     91.6    31.4     88.2    31.5     3.4      3.9
                                    
     152.3    52.2     140.5    50.2     11.8      8.4
                                    

Gross profit

     139.3    47.8     139.2    49.8     0.1      0.1
                                    

Operating expenses:

              

General and administrative

     126.7    43.4     116.9    41.8     9.8      8.4

Advertising

     5.8    2.0     4.8    1.7     1.0      20.8

Depreciation and intangible amortization

     6.0    2.1     6.7    2.4     (0.7   (10.4 )% 
                                    
     138.5    47.5     128.4    45.9     10.1      7.9
                                    

Operating income (loss)

   $ 0.8    0.3   $ 10.8    3.9   $ (10.0   (92.6 )% 
                                    

EBITDA (2)

   $ 6.8    2.3   $ 17.5    6.3   $ (10.7   (61.1 )% 
                                    

Margins:

              

Rental margin

   $ 107.7    64.0   $ 108.2    67.4   $ (0.5   (0.5 )% 

Merchandise margin

   $ 30.4    24.9   $ 30.2    25.5   $ 0.2      0.7

Gross margin

   $ 139.3    47.8   $ 139.2    49.8   $ 0.1      0.1

 

     Thirteen Weeks Ended
April 4, 2010
    Thirteen Weeks Ended
April 5, 2009
 

Same-store revenues increase/(decrease) (1)

    

Rental revenues

   (6.2 )%    (8.4 )% 

Merchandise revenues

   (5.1 )%    (4.2 )% 

Total revenues

   (5.8 )%    (6.7 )% 

 

(1) Changes in international same-store revenues do not include the impact of foreign exchange.

 

(2) EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. See “Non-GAAP Information—Reconciliation of EBITDA” that follows.

 

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International—Rental revenues

 

   

Rental revenues increased primarily due to:

 

   

a favorable foreign currency exchange impact of $19.8 million, with Canada and the United Kingdom contributing the majority of the impact; and

 

   

a $4.6 million increase in extended viewing fees, primarily due to Canada’s implementation of the ADR policy mentioned above;

 

   

offset by a same-store movie rental decrease of 6.4%, with Canada contributing the majority of the decrease, driven by reduced traffic, partially offset by an increase in same-store movie rentals in the United Kingdom and Mexico as a result of a higher volume of transactions; and

 

   

a decline in company-operated stores of 58, or 3.0%, during the last four quarters.

International—Merchandise sales

 

   

Merchandise sales increased primarily due to:

 

   

a favorable foreign currency exchange impact of $11.6 million, with Canada and the United Kingdom contributing the majority of the impact;

 

   

offset by a same-store game sales decrease of 7.7%, with decreased sales in all major markets due to increased competition offering lower prices; and

 

   

the reduced store count discussed above.

International—Cost of sales

 

   

We experienced an unfavorable foreign currency exchange impact of $16.4 million, with Canada and the United Kingdom contributing the majority of the impact;

 

   

offset by a decrease in rental and merchandise cost of sales primarily due to the decrease in revenues discussed above.

International—Gross margin

 

   

Rental margin and merchandise gross margin remained relatively flat due to the foreign currency exchange impacts offset by the decreases in revenues discussed above.

International—Operating expenses

 

   

Operating expenses increased primarily due to:

 

   

an unfavorable foreign currency exchange impact of $15.1 million;

 

   

offset by a $1.4 million decrease in compensation expense due to a reduction in head count, including a $1.3 million increase in severance, excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange;

 

   

a $1.2 million decrease in occupancy expense driven by our decline in store count discussed above, excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange; and

 

   

a $1.1 million decrease in general and administrative costs driven by our cost-savings measures, excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange.

 

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Unallocated Corporate. The following table is a summary of corporate operating expenses that are not allocated to either business segment.

 

     Thirteen Weeks Ended    Increase/(Decrease)  
     April 4,
2010
   April 5,
2009
   Dollar    Percent  

General and administrative

   $ 36.7    $ 20.0    $ 16.7    83.5

Depreciation and intangible amortization

     1.4      1.4      —      0.0
                       

Operating expenses

   $ 38.1    $ 21.4    $ 16.7    78.0
                       

Operating expenses increased primarily due to:

 

   

an increase in general and administrative expense due to:

 

   

settlement of a $12.6 million future liability for $5.0 million, which resulted in a $7.6 million release of liabilities in the first quarter of 2009;

 

   

a $6.9 million increase in corporate compensation expense, driven by non-store personnel severance offset slightly by a reduction in head count; and

 

   

a $4.5 million increase in professional fees due primarily to $4.1 million in professional fees related to our recapitalization activities. We expect to incur significant professional fees associated with our recapitalization activities in the remainder of 2010, but cannot reasonably estimate the amount at this time.

Additional Consolidated Results.

 

   

Interest expense increased $15.7 million.

 

   

Non-cash interest increased $3.6 million related to the amortization of debt financing costs.

 

   

Cash interest increased $11.9 million due to higher average interest rates and higher average debt balances on our long-term debt during the quarter.

 

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Non-GAAP Information—Reconciliation of EBITDA.

 

     Domestic
Stores
   International    Unallocated/
Corporate
    Total  

Reconciliation of EBITDA:

          

Thirteen Weeks Ended April 4, 2010

          

Operating income (loss)

   $ 7.9    $ 0.8    $ (38.1   $ (29.4

Interest (expense) income, net (1)

     —        —        (33.2     (33.2

Other items, net (1)

     —        —        (1.6     (1.6

Provision for income taxes (1)

     —        —        (1.1     (1.1

Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax (1)

     —        —        (0.1     (0.1
                              

Net income (loss)

     7.9      0.8      (74.1     (65.4

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to EBITDA:

          

Interest (expense) income, net

     —        —        33.2        33.2   

Other items, net

     —        —        1.6        1.6   

Provision for income taxes

     —        —        1.1        1.1   

Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax

     —        —        0.1        0.1   

Depreciation and intangible amortization

     18.8      6.0      1.4        26.2   
                              

EBITDA

   $ 26.7    $ 6.8    $ (36.7   $ (3.2
                              

Thirteen Weeks Ended April 5, 2009

          

Operating income (loss)

   $ 60.8    $ 10.8    $ (21.4   $ 50.2   

Interest (expense) income, net (1)

     —        —        (17.3     (17.3

Other items, net (1)

     —        —        (0.8     (0.8

Provision for income taxes (1)

     —        —        (5.5     (5.5

Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax (1)

     —        —        1.1        1.1   
                              

Net income (loss)

     60.8      10.8      (43.9     27.7   

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to EBITDA:

          

Interest (expense) income, net

     —        —        17.3        17.3   

Other items, net

     —        —        0.8        0.8   

Provision for income taxes

     —        —        5.5        5.5   

Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax

     —        —        (1.1     (1.1

Depreciation and intangible amortization

     25.6      6.7      1.4        33.7   
                              

EBITDA

   $ 86.4    $ 17.5    $ (20.0   $ 83.9   
                              

 

(1) Management reviews these items on a global basis, not by segment.

We define earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) as net income (loss) before interest (expense) income, impairment charges, income taxes and depreciation and amortization, as well as discontinued operations and other items, net, which are not included in income (loss) from operations. EBITDA for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 decreased $87.1 million. This decrease is primarily attributable to the variances discussed above.

EBITDA is not a measure of operating performance or liquidity under US GAAP and should not be considered as substitutes for net income, cash flows from operating activities or other income or cash flow statement data. We have included information concerning EBITDA because we believe investors find this information useful as a reflection of the resources available for strategic opportunities including, among others, to invest in our business, make strategic acquisitions and to service debt. Management also uses EBITDA to review the performance of our business directly resulting from our retail operations and for budgeting and field operations compensation targets.

 

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Liquidity and Capital Resources

General

We generate cash from operations predominantly from the rental and retail sale of movies and games, and most of our revenue is received in cash and cash equivalents. Working capital requirements, including rental library purchases and normal capital expenditures, are generally funded with cash from operations.

We incurred a net loss from operations for the quarter and year ended April 4, 2010 and January 3, 2010, respectively, and have a stockholders’ deficit as of April 4, 2010 and January 3, 2010. In addition, the increasingly competitive industry conditions under which we operate have negatively impacted our results of operations and cash flows and may continue to do so in the future. These factors raise substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern.

On October 1, 2009, we completed the sale of $675.0 million aggregate principal amount of 11.75% senior secured notes due 2014 (the “Senior Secured Notes” or the “Notes”) at an issue price of 94.0%. The Notes were sold in a private offering to qualified institutional investors in accordance with Rule 144A, and to persons outside the U.S. pursuant to Regulation S under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The Notes are senior secured obligations and are guaranteed by our domestic subsidiaries (the “Guarantors”). The Notes and the guarantees are secured by first-priority liens on substantially all of our assets and the Guarantors’ assets.

We used substantially all of the net proceeds of the Notes to repay all indebtedness outstanding under our revolving credit facility, Term Loan B and our Canadian credit facility, as discussed below, as well as to fund fees and expenses of the transaction. We used the remaining net proceeds for general corporate purposes. For further detail on the Notes, see discussion under “Senior Secured Notes” below.

We are currently pursuing various recapitalization opportunities, which may include, among other things, an exchange of all or part of our senior subordinated notes for Class A common stock or the conversion of our Series A convertible preferred stock into Class A common stock. While we pursue these recapitalization opportunities, we are operating under a cash management strategy to enhance and preserve as much liquidity as possible. This ongoing cash management strategy temporarily limits some of our operational and strategic initiatives designed to grow our business over the long term. Since the end of fiscal 2009 we have successfully completed certain elements of our cash management strategy, including, among other things:

 

   

enhanced payment terms with several of the major studios by granting a lien on and security interest in substantially all of our Canadian assets;

 

   

optimized our store portfolio by closing 288 underperforming domestic company-operated stores in the first quarter, closing another 182 domestic company-operated stores in April and renegotiating leases on 536 domestic company-operated stores in the first four months of 2010;

 

   

eliminated our letter of credit requirements for lease guarantees;

 

   

modified our domestic stores’ movie rental terms and pricing, including the March 1, 2010 implementation of a new policy in our company-operated stores, where an additional daily rate is charged for each day a member chooses to keep the rental following the initial rental period; and

 

   

reengineered our corporate, field overhead and distribution organizations and processes to increase efficiency and reduce our operating costs.

Other elements of our cash management plan that we continue to pursue include, among other things:

 

   

managing our working capital through optimization of inventory levels by:

 

   

selling underperforming rental inventory; and

 

   

aligning our product buys more effectively with anticipated store customer traffic;

 

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further reducing our selling, general and administrative expenses by approximately $215 million in fiscal 2010 by, among other things:

 

   

closing underperforming domestic company-operated stores, of which 81 are anticipated to close during the last eight months of 2010; and

 

   

reducing domestic advertising expense by approximately $15 million;

 

   

minimizing our capital expenditures to approximately $30 million by eliminating, delaying or curtailing discretionary and non-essential spending for fiscal 2010;

 

   

reducing the restricted cash used as collateral for certain letters of credit;

 

   

lengthening the cycle of payables to certain vendors; and

 

   

aggressively pursuing options for the divestiture of certain non-core assets, including selling and/or licensing some of our international operations.

We expect cash on hand, cash from operations, cash generated from our cash management strategy and, if necessary, the liquidity benefit resulting from the recapitalization of our debt and equity structure to be sufficient to fund our anticipated cash requirements for minimum capital expenditures, working capital purposes including rental library purchases, as well as commitments and payments of principal and interest on borrowings for at least the next twelve months.

However, there can be no assurance that we will continue to successfully implement our cash management strategy (discussed above) or that we can successfully execute the recapitalization opportunities we are pursuing. Our ability to successfully execute a recapitalization of our debt and equity may be significantly impacted by numerous factors including changes in the economic or business environment, financial market volatility, the performance of our business and our ability to maintain satisfactory trade terms, and the terms and conditions of our various debt agreements and indentures as well as the certificate of designations governing our Series A convertible preferred stock. In addition, we have experienced increased competition which has negatively impacted our ability to accurately forecast our results of operations and cash position, and which may result in deterioration of our revenues beyond what we anticipate. Our current fiscal 2010 plan contemplates a domestic same-store sales decline in the range of mid-single digits to high single digits. Each 1% change in our domestic same-store rental revenues represents an approximately $11 million change in operating income (loss). Further deterioration would negatively impact our anticipated revenues, results of operations and cash flows. This expectation to achieve planned financial results is subject to a number of assumptions, many of which are outside our control, such as the rate at which customers are shifting preferences in entertainment delivery channels, competitive pressures, and no significant contraction in our trade terms.

Even with a successful and efficient implementation of the cash management strategy, the successful achievement of our planned revenues for 2010, and the successful recapitalization of our debt and equity structure, we may not achieve anticipated results and we may have to take other actions such as modifying our business plan to close additional stores, pursuing additional external liquidity generating events, seeking additional financing to the extent available, further reducing or delaying capital expenditures or making a pre-packaged, pre-arranged or other type of filing for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

We rely upon vendor financing in managing our liquidity. As a result, if our trade creditors were to impose unfavorable terms on us, it would negatively impact our ability to obtain products and services on acceptable terms and operate our business. In such event, our ability to maintain optimal product in-stock and availability levels would be adversely affected and our results of operations and financial performance would suffer. As noted above, we renegotiated our agreements with certain of our largest vendors and pledged our Canadian assets to help ensure continued supply of product from these vendors.

Adverse future developments regarding our pending and any future legal proceedings and other contingencies may also have a material adverse impact on our liquidity and results of operations. See Note 5 to our consolidated financial statements for further discussion of these items.

 

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Capital Structure

 

     April 4,
2010
   January 3,
2010

Current portion

     

Senior Secured Notes, interest rate of 11.75%

   $ 79.4    $ 101.6

Current portion of capital lease obligations

     5.7      6.1
             
     85.1      107.7
             

Non-current portion

     

Senior Secured Notes, interest rate of 11.75%

     516.0      536.0

Senior Subordinated Notes, interest rate of 9.0%

     300.0      300.0
             

Total long-term debt, less current portion

     816.0      836.0

Capital lease obligations, less current portion

     18.5      19.9
             
     834.5      855.9
             

Total

   $ 919.6    $ 963.6
             

Senior Secured Notes

As discussed above under “General,” we completed the sale of $675 million aggregate principal amount of our 11.75% Senior Secured Notes on October 1, 2009. We used substantially all of the net proceeds of the Notes to repay all indebtedness outstanding under our revolving credit facility, Term Loan B and our Canadian credit facility, as discussed below, as well as to fund fees and expenses of the transaction. We used the remaining net proceeds for general corporate purposes.

The Notes bear interest at a rate of 11.75% and mature on October 1, 2014. Interest on the Notes is payable on January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1 of each year through maturity, beginning on January 1, 2010. As of April 4, 2010 and January 3, 2010, we had $630.0 million and $675.0 million, respectively, aggregate principal outstanding on the Notes.

The Notes were issued pursuant to an Indenture, dated as of October 1, 2009 (the “Indenture”), between Blockbuster Inc., the Guarantors and U.S. Bank National Association, as trustee. There are no maintenance covenants with respect to our financial performance. However, the Indenture does contain transaction-based restrictive covenants, including but not limited to, limitations on us and our restricted subsidiaries to:

 

   

sell certain assets which secure the Notes;

 

   

create liens on certain assets to secure debt;

 

   

consolidate, merge, sell or otherwise dispose of all or substantially all of our assets; and

 

   

enter into sale and leaseback transactions.

Additionally, during such time that the Notes do not receive a rating of BBB- or higher from Standard & Poor’s Rating Services (“Standard & Poor’s”) and a rating of Baa3 or higher from Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. (“Moody’s”), in each case with a stable or better outlook, the Indenture limits our ability and the ability of our restricted subsidiaries to:

 

   

incur additional indebtedness or issue certain preferred shares;

 

   

pay cash dividends, repurchase our capital stock or make other restricted payments;

 

   

create liens on certain assets to secure debt;

 

   

make certain investments;

 

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make capital expenditures in excess of $70 million in fiscal 2010 and $80 million each following year through fiscal 2014;

 

   

agree to certain restrictions on the ability of restricted subsidiaries to make payments to us;

 

   

enter into certain transactions with our affiliates; and

 

   

designate our subsidiaries as Unrestricted Subsidiaries.

On January 21, 2010, Standard & Poor’s changed our outlook to poor from stable due to deteriorating market conditions. On February 17, 2010, Standard & Poor’s downgraded our corporate credit rating to CCC from B-, with a negative outlook, and lowered our Notes to CCC from a B rating. On March 2, 2010, Moody’s downgraded both our probability of default rating and our corporate family rating to Caa3 from Caa1, with a negative outlook. On March 18, 2010, Standard & Poor’s downgraded our corporate credit rating to CC from CCC, with a negative outlook.

Prior to October 1, 2014, we may redeem some or all of the Notes at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the date of redemption plus a “make-whole” premium.

In addition, at any time and, on or prior to October 1, 2012, we may redeem up to 35% of the original principal amount of the Notes with the net cash proceeds from certain equity offerings, as defined, at a redemption price equal to 111.75% of the principal amount of the Notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the date of redemption.

On each January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1 commencing January 1, 2010, we will be required to redeem 3.333% of the aggregate original principal amount of the Notes at a redemption price of 106% of the principal amount thereof (“Mandatory Redemption”), plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the applicable date of redemption. If we redeem or repurchase Notes other than through a Mandatory Redemption, all remaining Mandatory Redemptions will be reduced.

 

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The following table sets forth the quarterly minimum principal payments on our long-term debt beginning with fiscal 2010. These payments do not include interest or redemption premiums on the Mandatory Redemptions.

 

     Senior
Secured
Notes
   Senior
Subordinated
Notes
   Total
Payments
Due

Fiscal 2010:

        

First quarter (1)

   $ 45.0    $ —      $ 45.0

Second quarter

     22.5      —        22.5

Third quarter

     22.5      —        22.5

Fourth quarter

     22.5      —        22.5
                    
   $ 112.5    $ —      $ 112.5
                    

Fiscal 2011:

        

First quarter

   $ 22.5    $ —      $ 22.5

Second quarter

     22.5      —        22.5

Third quarter

     22.5      —        22.5

Fourth quarter

     22.5      —        22.5
                    
   $ 90.0    $ —      $ 90.0
                    

Fiscal 2012:

        

First quarter

   $ 22.5    $ —      $ 22.5

Second quarter

     22.5      —        22.5

Third quarter

     —        300.0      300.0

Fourth quarter

     45.0      —        45.0
                    
   $ 90.0    $ 300.0    $ 390.0
                    

Fiscal 2013:

        

First quarter

   $ 22.5    $ —      $ 22.5

Second quarter

     22.5      —        22.5

Third quarter

     22.5      —        22.5

Fourth quarter

     22.5      —        22.5
                    
   $ 90.0    $ —      $ 90.0
                    

Fiscal 2014:

        

First quarter

   $ 22.5    $ —      $ 22.5

Second quarter

     22.5      —        22.5

Third quarter

     247.5      —        247.5

Fourth quarter

     —        —        —  
                    
   $ 292.5    $ —      $ 292.5
                    

 

(1) The first quarter of fiscal 2010 includes two principal payments. On January 4, 2010, we timely paid the $22.5 million amortization payment plus applicable interest and mandatory redemption premium required under the indenture related to our $675 million 11.75% Senior Secured Notes offering. Under the terms of the indenture, the first principal and interest payment was due on January 1, 2010. However, where a principal or interest payment date is not a business day, the terms of the indenture provide for payment on the next succeeding business day, which, for the January 1, 2010 payment, was January 4, 2010.

Upon the occurrence of a change of control (as defined in the Indenture), any holder of Notes will have the right to require us to repurchase all or any part of the Notes of such holder at a purchase price in cash equal to 101% of the principal amount thereof, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the date of repurchase.

 

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If more than $25.0 million of the aggregate principal amount of our senior subordinated notes are outstanding on May 31, 2012, then holders of the Notes will have the right to require us to repurchase all or any part of their Notes at a purchase price in cash equal to 100% of their principal amount, plus accrued and unpaid interest to the repurchase date. In addition, if for any fiscal year, commencing with the fiscal year ended January 3, 2010, we have excess cash flow (as defined in the Indenture), we will be required within 120 days after the end of such fiscal year to make an offer to repurchase Notes, for an aggregate amount equal to 50% of excess cash flow for such fiscal year (subject to reduction by a credit for Notes optionally repurchased by us during such fiscal year), at a purchase price in cash equal to 100% of the principal amount of the Notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the date of purchase.

If we or our restricted subsidiaries sell assets following the issue date under certain circumstances, we will be required to use 100% of the first $100 million of the net proceeds and 75% of additional net proceeds to make an offer to all holders to purchase Notes, at an offer price in cash in an amount equal to 100% of the principal amount of the Notes and such other indebtedness, plus accrued and unpaid interest to the date of purchase.

The Indenture contains customary events of default. If an event of default occurs and is continuing, the trustee or holders of at least 25% in principal amount of the outstanding Notes may declare the principal of premium, if any, and accrued and unpaid interest, if any, on all the Notes to be due and payable immediately. Certain events of bankruptcy or insolvency are events of default which shall result in the Notes being due and payable immediately upon the occurrence of such events of default.

The Notes were not registered under the Securities Act and, unless so registered, may not be offered or sold in the United States absent an applicable exemption from registration requirements.

In connection with the sale of the Notes, on October 1, 2009, we and the Guarantors entered into a Collateral Agreement (the “Collateral Agreement”) with U.S. Bank National Association, as collateral agent. Pursuant to the Collateral Agreement, the Notes and the guarantees are secured by a first-priority lien, subject to permitted liens, on substantially all of our assets and the Guarantors’ assets securing our credit agreement immediately prior to the issue date of the Notes, including, but not limited to, all accounts receivable, plant, property and equipment (but excluding certain owned and all leased real property), inventory, intangible assets and the capital stock of any domestic subsidiary and certain foreign subsidiaries held by us of any Guarantor (but limited to 65% of the voting stock of any such first-tier foreign subsidiary).

We are also pursuing certain modifications to our capital structure that may impact the Senior Secured Notes. See “Item 1A. Risk Factors—Risks Relating to Our Liquidity and Indebtedness” included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2010 for further information.

Senior Subordinated Notes

On August 20, 2004, we issued $300.0 million aggregate principal amount of 9% senior subordinated notes due September 1, 2012 (the “Senior Subordinated Notes”). As of April 4, 2010, $300.0 million of principal was outstanding under the Senior Subordinated Notes. Interest accrues on the Senior Subordinated Notes from August 20, 2004, and is payable on March 1 and September 1 of each year. We may redeem all or a portion of the Senior Subordinated Notes at any time at certain redemption prices.

As noted in “Item 1A. Risk Factors—Risks Relating to Our Liquidity and Indebtedness,” included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2010, we are in the process of developing and initiating certain operational and business strategies to attempt to maximize our cash and cash equivalents over the near term. One strategy we are pursuing involves an exchange of all or part of our Senior Subordinated Notes for Class A common stock. We also may seek certain modifications to the Senior Secured Notes from the holders thereof. Consistent with this approach, the holders of the Senior Secured Notes and Senior Subordinated Notes have been contacted and have formed respective note holder committees, have retained advisors and are

 

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conducting due diligence. Assuming that we can reach agreement with such holders on the terms of an exchange, we will seek to implement an exchange during the latter part of the second quarter or early part of the third quarter of 2010, depending on the timing of SEC clearance of the exchange documentation and when we receive, if necessary, shareholder approval. In connection with pursuing an exchange, we will also be involved in discussions with holders of our Series A convertible preferred stock regarding the possible conversion of such Series A convertible preferred stock into our Class A common stock. We can give no assurance that we can successfully execute an exchange and preferred stock conversion strategy or any of the other strategies we are pursuing and our ability to do so could be significantly impacted by numerous factors including changes in the economic or business environment, financial market volatility, the performance of our business, and the terms and conditions of our various debt agreements and indentures as well as the certificate of designations governing our Series A convertible preferred stock. It is possible that a successful and efficient implementation of an exchange or any of the other strategies we are pursuing will require us to make a pre-packaged, pre-arranged or other type of filing for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

Amended Credit Facility and Cash Collateralized Letters of Credit

On August 20, 2004, in connection with our divestiture from Viacom, we entered into a credit agreement with a syndicate of lenders providing for: (i) a five-year $500.0 million revolving credit facility, a portion of which was reserved for issuance of letters of credit to Viacom (the “Viacom Letters of Credit”); (ii) a five-year $100.0 million term loan A (the “Term Loan A”); and (iii) a seven-year $550.0 million term loan B (the “Term Loan B”).

We entered into various amendments and restatements to our credit agreement on November 4, 2005, April 10, 2007 and July 2, 2007. On April 2, 2009, we further amended our credit agreement to include commitments from certain of our lenders and certain new lenders to (a) replace the existing revolving credit facility with a $250.0 million revolving credit facility with a maturity date of September 30, 2010 and (b) amend certain financial and other covenants in our credit facility (the “Amended Revolver”). Borrowings under the Amended Revolver bore interest at an alternate base rate (with a floor of 4.5%) plus 9% or at LIBOR (with a floor of 3.5%) plus 10%, at our discretion, which interest payments were due and payable monthly. On May 11, 2009, the Amended Revolver was closed and funded.

Through May 11, 2009, we were required to make prepayments on the credit facilities in an aggregate amount equal to 50% of annual excess cash flow, as defined by our credit agreement. Such payments were due at the end of the first quarter of the following year. In fiscal 2008, we generated excess cash flow, as defined by our credit agreement, and made a prepayment of $25.1 million on April 6, 2009. Additionally, we were required to make prepayments on the credit facilities related to sales of store operations and property and equipment, as defined by our credit agreement.

Concurrently with the closing of the sale of the Senior Secured Notes and the repayment of our revolving credit facility and Term Loan B on October 1, 2009, we entered into a second amendment agreement to our credit agreement (the “Amendment”), pursuant to which all liens securing the Amended Revolver were released, except for the cash collateral securing outstanding letters of credit. Pursuant to the Amendment, the credit agreement was converted to a letter of credit facility. The letters of credit outstanding under the Amended Revolver remain outstanding, but all financial and substantially all negative covenants in the credit agreement have been eliminated (although the credit agreement continues to have customary covenants, events of default and other provisions applicable to letter of credit facilities of this type). The existing letters of credit thereunder will continue to be secured by cash collateral to the extent such letters of credit remain outstanding. All letters of credit under our credit agreement are currently scheduled to expire between August 12, 2010 and November 15, 2010, although the credit agreement provides for the extension, amendment or renewal of certain of such letters of credit.

On August 27, 2009, we entered into Amendment No. 2 with Viacom Inc. (“Viacom”) to the Amended and Restated Initial Public Offering and Split-Off Agreement dated as of June 18, 2004 (the “IPO and Split-Off

 

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Agreement”). In connection with a reduction in Viacom’s exposure to lease obligations and pursuant to the terms of the IPO and Split-Off Agreement, the face amounts of the letters of credit we are required to provide for the benefit of Viacom, which are collateralized at 105% of the face amounts, were reduced from $75 million to approximately $25 million. This reduction resulted in a net liquidity benefit of $34 million after negotiated payments by us to certain landlords related to renegotiation or termination of certain lease agreements.

On January 5, 2010, we provided notice to Citigroup, Wachovia and JP Morgan Chase Bank N.A. (the “Banks”) to cancel certain letters of credit maintained by us with the Banks for the benefit of Viacom, as required by the IPO and Split- Off Agreement. Pursuant to the cancellation notices, the face amounts of the letters of credit, which are collateralized at 105% of the face amounts, were reduced to $0, as a result of us having satisfied or eliminated all of the obligations and contingencies underlying the letters of credit.

Consolidated Cash Flows

Operating Activities. Net cash flows from operating activities increased $36.4 million to $50.8 million of cash used in operating activities in the first quarter of 2010 from $87.2 million of cash used in operating activities in the first quarter of 2009.

 

   

Payables and accrued liabilities decreased $117.2 million in the first quarter of 2010 as compared to $294.7 million in the first quarter of 2009, due to:

 

   

a significant paydown of vendor balances in the first quarter of 2009;

 

   

partially offset by a $33.7 million increase in interest paid in the first quarter of 2010 compared to 2009.

 

   

Net income adjusted for non-cash items decreased $102.9 million driven by a decline in gross profit and increased interest expense.

 

   

Purchases of rental and merchandise inventories decreased due to a decrease in store customer traffic and fewer company operated stores.

Investing Activities. Net cash flows from investing activities increased $27.4 million to $19.3 million of cash provided by investing activities in the first quarter of 2010 from $8.1 million used in investing activities in the first quarter of 2009, due mainly to changes in restricted cash.

Financing Activities. Net cash flows from financing activities decreased $95.2 million to $46.5 million of cash used in financing activities in the first quarter of 2010 from $48.7 million of cash provided by financing activities in the first quarter of 2009. This change was primarily due to:

 

   

net proceeds of $67.7 million from our revolving credit agreement in the first quarter of 2009 as compared to $45.0 million repayments on our Senior Secured Notes in the first quarter of 2010;

 

   

partially offset by a $13.9 million decrease in debt financing costs.

Other Information

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

See Note 1 to the consolidated financial statements for a discussion of recently issued accounting pronouncements.

Disclosure Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements may also be included from time to time in our other public filings, press releases, our website

 

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and oral and written presentations by management. Specific forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts and include, without limitation, words such as “may,” “will,” “expects,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “estimates,” “projects,” “targets,” “seeks,” “could,” “intends,” “foresees” or the negative of such terms or other variations on such terms or comparable terminology. Similarly, statements that describe our strategies, initiatives, objectives, plans or goals are forward-looking.

These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current intent, belief, expectations, estimates and projections regarding our company and our industry. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that are difficult to predict and that could cause actual results to vary materially from what is expressed in or indicated by such forward-looking statements. In that event, our business, financial condition, results of operations or liquidity could be materially adversely affected and investors in our securities could lose part or all of their investments. These risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors include, among others:

 

  (i) The increasingly competitive industry conditions under which we operate has negatively impacted our results of operations and cash flows and may continue to in the future. These factors raise substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern.

 

  (ii) The senior secured notes require significant amortization and other debt service payments. We may not be able to make such payments as they become due, which would result in an event of default under the indenture governing the senior secured notes. Were this to occur, we might not have, or be able to obtain sufficient cash to pay our accelerated indebtedness.

 

  (iii) If our operating results decline we may not be able to generate sufficient cash flows to meet our liquidity needs.

 

  (iv) Our level of indebtedness may make it more difficult for us to pay our debts as they become due and more necessary for us to divert our cash flow from operations to debt service payments.

 

  (v) To service our indebtedness, we will require a significant amount of cash. Our ability to generate cash depends on many factors beyond our control, and any failure to meet our debt service obligations could harm our business, financial condition and results of operations.

 

  (vi) Restrictive covenants in the indenture governing our senior subordinated notes and the indenture governing the senior secured notes may limit our current and future operations, particularly our ability to respond to changes in our business or to pursue our business strategies.

 

  (vii) Past and potential further downgrades in our debt ratings may adversely affect our margins, liquidity, competitive position and access to capital markets.

 

  (viii) The tightening or elimination of credit terms by studios could result in increased up-front cash commitments that we may be unable to sustain on a long-term basis and adversely impact optimal product in-stock and availability levels.

 

  (ix) Revenues generated from our in-store home video and game rentals and sales are projected to continue to decline. Such decline has in the past and may in the future adversely affect our business and our ability to implement our strategic initiatives, particularly when considering sustained decreases in consumer spending attributable to the unprecedented decline in overall economic conditions, the reversal of which cannot be accurately determined.

 

  (x) We may not achieve all of the expected benefits from our cost saving initiatives.

 

  (xi) We may not be able to remain in compliance with the New York Stock Exchange’s continued listing criteria.

 

  (xii) Other factors which may have material adverse effects, as described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the detailed factors discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2010.

 

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Readers of this report are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements because, while we believe the assumptions on which the forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, there can be no assurance that these forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate. Further, the forward-looking statements included in this report and those included from time to time in our other public filings, press releases, our website and oral and written presentations by management are only made as of the respective dates thereof, and we undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement in this report or in other documents, our website or oral statements for any reason, even if new information becomes available or other events occur in the future.

 

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

We are exposed to various market risks including interest rates on our debt and foreign exchange rates, and we monitor these risks throughout the normal course of business. Significant fluctuations in our interest rates or foreign exchange rates could cause us to adjust our financing and operating strategies to mitigate these risks. As of April 4, 2010 and April 5, 2009, we did not have any interest rate or foreign exchange hedging instruments in place.