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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C.  20549 
FORM 10-Q
 
ý      QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the Quarterly Period Ended January 27, 2018
 
OR
 
o         TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
For the transition period from              to            
 
Commission file no. 333-133184-12
 
Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter) 
Delaware
20-3509435
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
 
 
1618 Main Street
Dallas, Texas
75201
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (214) 743-7600
 
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NEIMAN MARCUS GROUP LTD LLC
 
INDEX
 
 
 
 
Page
Part I.
Financial Information
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Part II.
Other Information
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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NEIMAN MARCUS GROUP LTD LLC
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(UNAUDITED)
 
(in thousands, except units)
 
January 27,
2018
 
July 29,
2017
 
January 28,
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ASSETS
 
 

 
 

 
 

Current assets:
 
 

 
 

 
 

Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
35,788

 
$
49,239

 
$
48,443

Credit card receivables
 
42,258

 
38,836

 
37,437

Merchandise inventories
 
1,137,178

 
1,153,657

 
1,213,483

Other current assets
 
143,452

 
146,439

 
130,249

Total current assets
 
1,358,676

 
1,388,171

 
1,429,612

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Property and equipment, net
 
1,557,112

 
1,586,961

 
1,600,816

Intangible assets, net
 
2,786,041

 
2,831,416

 
3,036,228

Goodwill
 
1,887,729

 
1,880,894

 
2,067,449

Other long-term assets
 
37,377

 
16,074

 
22,480

Total assets
 
$
7,626,935

 
$
7,703,516

 
$
8,156,585

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LIABILITIES AND MEMBER EQUITY
 
 

 
 

 
 

Current liabilities:
 
 

 
 

 
 

Accounts payable
 
$
283,805

 
$
316,830

 
$
384,148

Accrued liabilities
 
532,081

 
456,937

 
509,629

Current portion of long-term debt
 
29,426

 
29,426

 
29,426

Total current liabilities
 
845,312

 
803,193

 
923,203

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Long-term liabilities:
 
 

 
 

 
 

Long-term debt, net of debt issuance costs
 
4,572,262

 
4,675,540

 
4,585,911

Deferred income taxes
 
762,840

 
1,156,833

 
1,211,788

Other long-term liabilities
 
607,507

 
601,298

 
625,872

Total long-term liabilities
 
5,942,609

 
6,433,671

 
6,423,571

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Membership unit (1 unit issued and outstanding at January 27, 2018, July 29, 2017 and January 28, 2017)
 

 

 

Member capital
 
1,588,081

 
1,587,086

 
1,586,838

Accumulated other comprehensive loss
 
(38,379
)
 
(63,431
)
 
(111,201
)
Accumulated deficit
 
(710,688
)
 
(1,057,003
)
 
(665,826
)
Total member equity
 
839,014

 
466,652

 
809,811

Total liabilities and member equity
 
$
7,626,935

 
$
7,703,516

 
$
8,156,585

 
See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.


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NEIMAN MARCUS GROUP LTD LLC
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(UNAUDITED)
 
 
 
Thirteen weeks ended
 
Twenty-six weeks ended
(in thousands)
 
January 27,
2018
 
January 28,
2017
 
January 27,
2018
 
January 28,
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Revenues
 
$
1,482,118

 
$
1,395,576

 
$
2,602,417

 
$
2,474,683

Cost of goods sold including buying and occupancy costs (excluding depreciation)
 
1,024,056

 
982,465

 
1,746,943

 
1,682,360

Selling, general and administrative expenses (excluding depreciation)
 
322,359

 
307,718

 
617,639

 
584,314

Income from credit card program
 
(14,065
)
 
(16,750
)
 
(25,929
)
 
(30,418
)
Depreciation expense
 
53,428

 
57,213

 
108,656

 
114,097

Amortization of intangible assets
 
11,500

 
12,881

 
23,664

 
26,504

Amortization of favorable lease commitments
 
12,784

 
13,443

 
25,569

 
27,097

Other expenses
 
12,614

 
5,211

 
15,454

 
12,029

Impairment charges
 

 
153,772

 

 
153,772

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating earnings (loss)
 
59,442

 
(120,377
)
 
90,421

 
(95,072
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest expense, net
 
76,549

 
74,197

 
152,647

 
146,280

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Loss before income taxes
 
(17,107
)
 
(194,574
)
 
(62,226
)
 
(241,352
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income tax benefit
 
(389,639
)
 
(77,505
)
 
(408,541
)
 
(100,770
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net earnings (loss)
 
$
372,532

 
$
(117,069
)
 
$
346,315

 
$
(140,582
)


See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.




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NEIMAN MARCUS GROUP LTD LLC
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE EARNINGS (LOSS)
(UNAUDITED)
 
 
 
Thirteen weeks ended
 
Twenty-six weeks ended
(in thousands)
 
January 27,
2018
 
January 28,
2017
 
January 27,
2018
 
January 28,
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net earnings (loss)
 
$
372,532

 
$
(117,069
)
 
$
346,315

 
$
(140,582
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other comprehensive earnings:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
Foreign currency translation adjustments, before tax
 
4,549

 
(12,815
)
 
13,156

 
(9,046
)
Change in unrealized gain on financial instruments, before tax
 
13,761

 
18,074

 
18,910

 
21,340

Reclassification of realized loss on financial instruments to earnings, before tax
 
1,033

 
1,527

 
2,272

 
2,118

Change in unrealized loss on unfunded benefit obligations, before tax
 
(10
)
 
539

 
582

 
(5,828
)
Tax effect related to items of other comprehensive earnings (loss)
 
(4,678
)
 
(3,655
)
 
(9,868
)
 
(3,944
)
Total other comprehensive earnings
 
14,655

 
3,670

 
25,052

 
4,640

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total comprehensive earnings (loss)
 
$
387,187

 
$
(113,399
)
 
$
371,367

 
$
(135,942
)
 
See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.


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NEIMAN MARCUS GROUP LTD LLC
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(UNAUDITED)
 
 
Twenty-six weeks ended
(in thousands)
 
January 27,
2018
 
January 28,
2017
 
 
 
 
 
CASH FLOWS - OPERATING ACTIVITIES
 
 

 
 

Net earnings (loss)
 
$
346,315

 
$
(140,582
)
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:
 
 

 
 

Depreciation and amortization expense
 
170,127

 
179,962

Impairment charges
 

 
153,772

Deferred income taxes
 
(402,981
)
 
(89,374
)
Payment-in-kind interest
 
29,289

 

Other
 
(806
)
 
2,338

 
 
141,944

 
106,116

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
 
 

 
 

Merchandise inventories
 
21,624

 
(72,050
)
Other current assets
 
(6,127
)
 
(20,282
)
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
 
35,674

 
73,637

Deferred real estate credits
 
11,729

 
32,502

Funding of defined benefit pension plan
 
(9,300
)
 
(2,500
)
Net cash provided by operating activities
 
195,544

 
117,423

 
 
 
 
 
CASH FLOWS - INVESTING ACTIVITIES
 
 

 
 

Capital expenditures
 
(65,796
)
 
(115,698
)
Net cash used for investing activities
 
(65,796
)
 
(115,698
)
 
 
 
 
 
CASH FLOWS - FINANCING ACTIVITIES
 
 

 
 

Borrowings under revolving credit facilities
 
450,163

 
385,000

Repayment of borrowings under revolving credit facilities
 
(578,569
)
 
(380,000
)
Repayment of borrowings under senior secured term loan facility
 
(14,713
)
 
(14,713
)
Debt issuance costs paid
 

 
(5,359
)
Repurchase of stock
 
(266
)
 

Shares withheld for remittance of employee taxes
 
(332
)
 

Net cash used for financing activities
 
(143,717
)
 
(15,072
)
 
 
 
 
 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents
 
518

 
(53
)
 
 
 
 
 
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS
 
 

 
 

Decrease during the period
 
(13,451
)
 
(13,400
)
Beginning balance
 
49,239

 
61,843

Ending balance
 
$
35,788

 
$
48,443

 
 
 
 
 
Supplemental Schedule of Cash Flow Information
 
 

 
 

Cash paid (received) during the period for:
 
 

 
 

Interest
 
$
115,137

 
$
145,663

Income taxes
 
$
(3,458
)
 
$
(1,748
)
Non-cash - investing and financing activities:
 
 

 
 

Property and equipment acquired through developer financing obligations
 
$
4,277

 
$
28,432

Issuance of PIK Toggle Notes
 
$
28,500

 
$

See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

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NEIMAN MARCUS GROUP LTD LLC
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(UNAUDITED) 
1. Basis of Presentation
 
Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC (the "Company") is a luxury omni-channel retailer conducting store and online operations principally under the Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Last Call and MyTheresa brand names.  References to “we,” “our” and “us” are used to refer to the Company or collectively to the Company and its subsidiaries, as appropriate to the context.

The Company is a subsidiary of Mariposa Intermediate Holdings LLC ("Holdings"), which in turn is a subsidiary of Neiman Marcus Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation ("Parent"). Parent is owned by entities affiliated with Ares Management, L.P. and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (together, the "Sponsors") and certain co-investors. The Sponsors acquired the Company on October 25, 2013 (the "Acquisition"). The Company's operations are conducted through its direct wholly owned subsidiary, The Neiman Marcus Group LLC ("NMG").

In October 2014, we acquired MyTheresa, a luxury retailer headquartered in Munich, Germany. The operations of MyTheresa are conducted primarily through the mytheresa.com website.

The accompanying Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements set forth financial information of the Company and its subsidiaries on a consolidated basis.  All significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated.

Our fiscal year ends on the Saturday closest to July 31.  Like many other retailers, we follow a 4-5-4 reporting calendar, which means that each fiscal quarter consists of thirteen weeks divided into periods of four weeks, five weeks and four weeks.  All references to (i) the second quarter of fiscal year 2018 relate to the thirteen weeks ended January 27, 2018, (ii) the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 relate to the thirteen weeks ended January 28, 2017, (iii) year-to-date fiscal 2018 relate to the twenty-six weeks ended January 27, 2018 and (iv) year-to-date fiscal 2017 relate to the twenty-six weeks ended January 28, 2017.
 
We have prepared the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") for interim financial information and Rule 10-01 of Regulation S-X of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.  Accordingly, these financial statements do not include all of the information and footnotes required by GAAP for complete financial statements.  Therefore, these financial statements should be read in conjunction with our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended July 29, 2017.  In our opinion, the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements contain all adjustments, consisting of normal recurring adjustments, necessary to present fairly our financial position, results of operations and cash flows for the applicable interim periods.
 
The luxury retail industry is seasonal in nature, with higher sales typically generated in the fall and holiday selling seasons.  Due to seasonal and other factors, the results of operations for the second quarter of fiscal year 2018 are not necessarily comparable to, or indicative of, results of any other interim period or for the fiscal year as a whole.
 
A detailed description of our critical accounting policies is included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended July 29, 2017.

Use of Estimates.  We are required to make estimates and assumptions about future events in preparing our financial statements in conformity with GAAP.  These estimates and assumptions affect the amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses and the disclosure of gain and loss contingencies at the date of the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
While we believe that our past estimates and assumptions have been materially accurate, the amounts currently estimated are subject to change if different assumptions as to the outcome of future events were made.  We evaluate our estimates and assumptions on an ongoing basis and predicate those estimates and assumptions on historical experience and on various other factors that we believe are reasonable under the circumstances.  We make adjustments to our estimates and assumptions when facts and circumstances dictate.  Since future events and their effects cannot be determined with absolute certainty, actual results may differ from the estimates and assumptions used in preparing the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

We believe the following critical accounting policies, among others, encompass the more significant estimates, assumptions and judgments used in the preparation of the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements:

recognition of revenues;

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valuation of merchandise inventories, including determination of original retail values, recognition of markdowns and vendor allowances, estimation of inventory shrinkage and determination of cost of goods sold;
determination of impairment of intangible and long-lived assets;
measurement of liabilities related to our loyalty program;
recognition of income taxes; and
measurement of accruals for general liability, workers’ compensation and health insurance claims and pension and postretirement health care benefits.
Segments. We conduct our specialty retail store and online operations on an omni-channel basis. As our store and online operations have similar economic characteristics, products, services and customers, our operations constitute a single omni-channel reportable segment.
 
Newly Adopted Accounting Pronouncements. In March 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board ("the FASB") issued guidance to simplify how share-based payments are accounted for and presented in the financial statements, including the income tax consequences, classification of awards as either equity or liabilities and classification on the statement of cash flows. The standard allows (i) entities to withhold an amount up to the employees' maximum individual tax rate in the relevant jurisdiction without resulting in liability classification of the award and (ii) forfeitures to be either estimated, as required currently, or recognized when they occur. We adopted this guidance in the first quarter of fiscal year 2018. The adoption of this guidance did not have a material impact on our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements. In May 2014, the FASB issued guidance to clarify the principles for revenue recognition. The standard outlines a single comprehensive model for entities to use in accounting for revenue arising from contracts with customers and supersedes previous revenue recognition guidance. While our evaluation of the impact of adopting this standard is ongoing, we believe the new guidance will impact our accounting for sales returns, our loyalty program and certain promotional programs. We intend to adopt this new guidance no earlier than the first quarter of fiscal year 2019. We are currently evaluating which application method to adopt.

In May 2017, the FASB issued guidance to clarify which changes to the terms or conditions of a share-based payment award require an entity to apply modification accounting. The standard requires modification accounting only if changes in the terms or conditions result in changes of the fair value, the vesting conditions or the classification of the award as an equity instrument or a liability. This new guidance is effective for us as of the first quarter of fiscal year 2019 and will be applicable to any modification transactions subsequent to the effective date.

In February 2016, the FASB issued guidance that requires a lessee to recognize assets and liabilities arising from leases on the balance sheet. The new standard requires lessees to apply a dual approach, classifying leases as either finance or operating leases based on the principle of whether or not the lease is effectively a financed purchase by the lessee. Previous GAAP did not require lease assets and liabilities to be recognized for operating leases. Additionally, companies are permitted to make an accounting policy election not to recognize lease assets and liabilities for leases with a term of 12 months or less. For both finance leases and operating leases, the lease liability should be initially measured at the present value of the remaining contractual lease payments. We do not expect the recognition, measurement and presentation of expenses and cash flows arising from our operating leases to significantly change under this new guidance. This new guidance is effective for us as of the first quarter of fiscal year 2020. While we expect adoption to lead to a material increase in the assets and liabilities recorded on our Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets and an increase to our footnote disclosures related to leases, we are still evaluating the impact on our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations.

In August 2017, the FASB issued guidance to simplify how hedge accounting arrangements are accounted for and presented in the financial statements, including the assessment of hedge effectiveness. Under the new standard, all changes in the fair value of cash flow hedges included in the assessment of effectiveness will be recorded in other comprehensive income and reclassified to earnings in the same income statement line item when the hedged item affects earnings. This new guidance is effective for us as of the first quarter of fiscal year 2020. We are currently evaluating the impact of adopting this new accounting guidance on our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.





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2. Fair Value Measurements
 
Certain of our assets and liabilities are required to be measured at fair value on a recurring basis. Fair value is the price that would be received upon sale of an asset or paid upon transfer of a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date and in the principal or most advantageous market for that asset or liability.  Assets and liabilities are classified using a fair value hierarchy that prioritizes the inputs to valuation techniques used to measure fair value as follows:

Level 1 — Unadjusted quoted prices for identical instruments traded in active markets.
Level 2 — Observable market-based inputs or unobservable inputs corroborated by market data.
Level 3 — Unobservable inputs reflecting management’s estimates and assumptions.
The following table shows the Company’s financial assets and liabilities that are required to be measured at fair value on a recurring basis in our Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets:
(in thousands)
 
Fair Value
Hierarchy
 
January 27,
2018
 
July 29,
2017
 
January 28,
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest rate swaps (included in other long-term assets)
 
Level 2
 
$
25,996

 
$
3,628

 
$
8,960

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Liabilities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Contingent earn-out obligation (included in accrued liabilities)
 
Level 3
 

 

 
24,520

Stock-based award liability (included in other long-term liabilities)
 
Level 3
 
5,643

 
1,344

 
3,269

 
The fair value of the interest rate swaps is estimated using industry standard valuation models using market-based observable inputs, including interest rate curves. 

The fair value of the contingent earn-out obligation incurred in connection with the acquisition of MyTheresa was estimated as of the acquisition date using a valuation model that measured the present value of the probable cash payments based upon the forecasted operating performance of MyTheresa and a discount rate that captured the risk associated with the obligation. We updated our assumptions based on new developments and adjusted the carrying value of the obligation to its estimated fair value at each reporting date. In March 2017, we paid $26.9 million, or €25.5 million, to the sellers related to calendar year 2016 (of which $22.9 million, or €18.1 million, represented the acquisition date fair value of the obligation). The Company has no further earn-out obligations.

Because Parent is privately held and there is no public market for its common stock, the fair market value of Parent's common stock is determined by the Board of Directors of Parent (the "Parent Board") or the Compensation Committee, as applicable.  In determining the fair market value of Parent's common stock, the Parent Board or the Compensation Committee, as applicable, considers such factors as any recent transactions involving Parent's common stock, the Company’s actual and projected financial results, the principal amount of the Company’s indebtedness, valuations of the Company performed by third parties and other factors it believes are material to the valuation process. Significant inputs to the common stock valuation model are updated as applicable and the carrying value of the obligation is adjusted to its estimated fair value at each reporting date.


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The carrying values of cash and cash equivalents, credit card receivables and accounts payable approximate fair value due to their short-term nature.  We determine the fair value of our long-term debt on a non-recurring basis, which results are summarized as follows:
 
 
 
 
January 27, 2018
 
July 29, 2017
 
January 28, 2017
(in thousands)
 
Fair Value
Hierarchy
 
Carrying
Value
 
Fair
Value
 
Carrying
Value
 
Fair
Value
 
Carrying
Value
 
Fair
Value
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Long-term debt:
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility
 
Level 2
 
$
132,000

 
$
132,000

 
$
263,000

 
$
263,000

 
$
170,000

 
$
170,000

mytheresa.com Credit Facilities
 
Level 2
 
2,593

 
2,593

 

 

 

 

Senior Secured Term Loan Facility
 
Level 2
 
2,824,920

 
2,395,899

 
2,839,633

 
2,113,766

 
2,854,346

 
2,392,313

Cash Pay Notes
 
Level 2
 
960,000

 
613,565

 
960,000

 
532,253

 
960,000

 
625,680

PIK Toggle Notes
 
Level 2
 
628,500

 
373,958

 
600,000

 
297,000

 
600,000

 
367,500

2028 Debentures
 
Level 2
 
122,783

 
90,831

 
122,677

 
87,490

 
122,570

 
103,985


We estimated the fair value of long-term debt using (i) prevailing market rates for debt of similar remaining maturities and credit risk for the senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility (as amended, the "Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility") and the senior secured term loan facility (as amended, the "Senior Secured Term Loan Facility" and, together with the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility, the "Senior Secured Credit Facilities") and (ii) quoted market prices of the same or similar issues for the $960.0 million aggregate principal amount of 8.00% Senior Cash Pay Notes due 2021 (the "Cash Pay Notes"), the $628.5 million aggregate principal amount of 8.75%/9.50% Senior PIK Toggle Notes due 2021 (the "PIK Toggle Notes") and the $125.0 million aggregate principal amount of 7.125% Debentures due 2028 (the "2028 Debentures" and, together with the Cash Pay Notes and the PIK Toggle Notes, the "Notes").
 
In connection with purchase accounting, we adjusted the carrying values of our long-lived and intangible assets to their estimated fair values at the acquisition date. The fair value estimates were based upon assumptions related to the future cash flows, discount rates and asset lives utilizing currently available information, and in some cases, valuation results from independent valuation specialists (Level 3 determination of fair value). Subsequent to the Acquisition, we determine the fair value of our long-lived and intangible assets on a non-recurring basis in connection with our periodic evaluations of such assets for potential impairment and record impairment charges when such fair value estimates are lower than the carrying values of the assets.


3. Intangible Assets, Net and Goodwill
 
(in thousands)
 
January 27,
2018
 
July 29,
2017
 
January 28,
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Favorable lease commitments, net
 
$
905,016

 
$
930,585

 
$
956,959

Other definite-lived intangible assets, net
 
377,652

 
401,081

 
424,975

Tradenames
 
1,503,373

 
1,499,750

 
1,654,294

Intangible assets, net
 
$
2,786,041

 
$
2,831,416

 
$
3,036,228

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Goodwill
 
$
1,887,729

 
$
1,880,894

 
$
2,067,449


Intangible Assets Subject to Amortization. Favorable lease commitments are amortized straight-line over the remaining lives of the leases, ranging from five to 55 years (weighted average life of 30 years) from the Acquisition date. Our definite-lived intangible assets, which primarily consist of customer lists, are amortized using accelerated methods which reflect the pattern in which we receive the economic benefit of the asset, currently estimated at six to 16 years (weighted average life of 13 years) from the respective acquisition dates. 


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Total amortization of all intangible assets recorded in connection with acquisitions for the current and next five fiscal years is currently estimated as follows (in thousands):
January 28, 2018 through July 28, 2018
$
48,511

2019
95,003

2020
88,306

2021
82,301

2022
82,450

2023
81,305


At January 27, 2018, accumulated amortization was $226.0 million for favorable lease commitments and $323.8 million for other definite-lived intangible assets.

Indefinite-lived Intangible Assets and Goodwill.  Indefinite-lived intangible assets, such as our Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and MyTheresa tradenames and goodwill, are not subject to amortization.  Rather, we assess the recoverability of indefinite-lived intangible assets and goodwill annually in the fourth quarter of each fiscal year and upon the occurrence of certain events. These impairment assessments are performed for each of our three reporting units — Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and MyTheresa.


4. Impairment Charges

We recorded impairment charges aggregating $510.7 million in fiscal year 2017 ($153.8 million in the second quarter and $357.0 million in the fourth quarter). These impairment charges were driven both by (i) changes in market conditions related to increases in the weighted average cost of capital and valuation multiples and (ii) deterioration of operating trends during such periods. These impairment charges related to certain of our tradenames, goodwill and long-lived assets primarily associated with our Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman brands.


5. Long-term Debt
 
The significant components of our long-term debt are as follows:
(in thousands)
 
Interest
Rate
 
January 27,
2018
 
July 29,
2017
 
January 28,
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility
 
variable
 
$
132,000

 
$
263,000

 
$
170,000

mytheresa.com Credit Facilities
 
2.25%/2.39%
 
2,593

 

 

Senior Secured Term Loan Facility
 
variable
 
2,824,920

 
2,839,633

 
2,854,346

Cash Pay Notes
 
8.00%
 
960,000

 
960,000

 
960,000

PIK Toggle Notes
 
8.75%/9.50%
 
628,500

 
600,000

 
600,000

2028 Debentures
 
7.125%
 
122,783

 
122,677

 
122,570

Total debt
 
 
 
4,670,796

 
4,785,310

 
4,706,916

Less: current portion of Senior Secured Term Loan Facility
 
 
 
(29,426
)
 
(29,426
)
 
(29,426
)
Less: unamortized debt issuance costs
 
 
 
(69,108
)
 
(80,344
)
 
(91,579
)
Long-term debt, net of debt issuance costs
 
 
 
$
4,572,262

 
$
4,675,540

 
$
4,585,911

Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility.  At January 27, 2018, we have an Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility with a maximum committed borrowing capacity of $900.0 million.  The Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility matures on July 25, 2021 (or July 25, 2020 if our obligations under our Senior Secured Term Loan Facility or any permitted refinancing thereof have not been repaid or the maturity date thereof has not been extended to October 25, 2021 or later). At January 27, 2018, we had outstanding borrowings of $132.0 million under this facility, outstanding letters of credit of $1.8 million and unused commitments of $749.7 million, subject to a borrowing base, of which $90.0 million of such capacity is available to us subject to certain restrictions as more fully described below.
 
Availability under the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility is subject to a borrowing base.  The Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility includes borrowing capacity available for letters of credit (up to $150.0 million, with any such issuance of letters of credit reducing the amount available under the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility on a dollar-for-dollar basis) and for borrowings on same-day notice.  The borrowing base is equal to at any time the sum of (a) 90% of the net orderly liquidation value of eligible

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inventory, net of certain reserves, plus (b) 90% of the amounts owed by credit card processors in respect of eligible credit card accounts constituting proceeds from the sale or disposition of inventory, less certain reserves, plus (c) 100% of segregated cash held in a restricted deposit account.  To the extent that excess availability is not equal to or greater than the greater of (a) 10% of the lesser of (1) the aggregate revolving commitments and (2) the borrowing base and (b) $50.0 million, we will be required to maintain a minimum fixed charge coverage ratio. Additional restrictions will apply if this condition is not met for five consecutive business days, including increased reporting requirements and additional administrative agent control rights over certain of our accounts. These restrictions will continue until the condition is satisfied and their imposition may limit our operational flexibility.

The Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility permits us to increase commitments under the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility or add one or more incremental term loans to the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility by an amount not to exceed $200.0 million. However, the lenders are under no obligation to provide any such additional commitments or loans, and any increase in commitments or incremental term loans will be subject to customary conditions precedent.  If we were to request any such additional commitments and the existing lenders or new lenders were to agree to provide such commitments, the size of the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility could be increased to $1,100.0 million, but our ability to borrow would still be limited by the amount of the borrowing base.  The cash proceeds of any incremental term loans may be used for working capital and general corporate purposes.

At January 27, 2018, borrowings under the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility bore interest at a rate per annum equal to, at our option, either (a) a base rate determined by reference to the highest of (1) the prime rate of Deutsche Bank AG New York Branch (the administrative agent), (2) the federal funds effective rate plus ½ of 1.00% and (3) the adjusted one-month LIBOR plus 1.00% or (b) LIBOR, subject to certain adjustments, in each case plus an applicable margin of 0.75% with respect to base rate borrowings and 1.75% with respect to LIBOR borrowings at January 27, 2018. The applicable margin is based on the average historical excess availability under the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility, and is up to 1.00% with respect to base rate borrowings and up to 2.00% with respect to LIBOR borrowings, in each case with one 0.25% step down based on achievement and maintenance of a certain senior secured first lien net leverage ratio (as defined in the credit agreement governing the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility). The weighted average interest rate on the outstanding borrowings pursuant to the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility was 3.78% at January 27, 2018. In addition, we are required to pay a commitment fee in respect of unused commitments at a rate of up to 0.375% per annum. We must also pay customary letter of credit fees and agency fees.

If at any time the aggregate amount of outstanding revolving loans, unreimbursed letter of credit drawings and undrawn letters of credit under the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility exceeds the lesser of (a) the aggregate revolving commitments and (b) the borrowing base, we will be required to repay outstanding loans or cash collateralize letters of credit in an aggregate amount equal to such excess, with no reduction of the commitment amount.  If the excess availability under the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility is less than the greater of (a) 10% of the lesser of (1) the aggregate revolving commitments and (2) the borrowing base and (b) $50.0 million for a period of five or more consecutive business days, funds held in a collection account maintained with the agent would be applied to repay the loans and other obligations and cash collateralize letters of credit. We would then be required to make daily deposits in the collection account maintained with the agent under the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility.

We may voluntarily reduce the unutilized portion of the commitment amount and repay outstanding loans at any time without premium or penalty other than customary breakage costs with respect to LIBOR loans. There is no scheduled amortization under the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility. The principal amount of the revolving loans outstanding thereunder will be due and payable in full on July 25, 2021 (or July 25, 2020 if our obligations under our Senior Secured Term Loan Facility or any permitted refinancing thereof have not been repaid or the maturity date thereof has not been extended to October 25, 2021 or later).
 
The Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility is guaranteed by Holdings and each of our current and future direct and indirect wholly owned subsidiaries (subsidiary guarantors) other than (a) unrestricted subsidiaries, (b) certain immaterial subsidiaries, (c) foreign subsidiaries and any domestic subsidiary of a foreign subsidiary, (d) certain holding companies of foreign subsidiaries, (e) captive insurance subsidiaries, not for profit subsidiaries, or a subsidiary which is a special purpose entity for securitization transactions or like special purposes and (f) any subsidiary that is prohibited by applicable law or contractual obligation from acting as a guarantor or which would require governmental approval to provide a guarantee. At January 27, 2018, the assets of non-guarantor subsidiaries, primarily (i) NMG Germany GmbH, through which we conduct the operations of MyTheresa, (ii) NMG International LLC, a holding company with respect to our foreign operations and (iii) Nancy Holdings LLC, which holds legal title to certain real property used by us in conducting our operations, aggregated $441.7 million, or 5.8% of consolidated total assets. All obligations under the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility, and the guarantees of those obligations, are secured, subject to certain significant exceptions by substantially all of the assets of Holdings, the Company and the subsidiary guarantors.
The Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility contains covenants limiting, among other things, dividends and other restricted payments, investments, loans, advances and acquisitions, and prepayments or redemptions of other indebtedness. These covenants

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permit such restricted actions in an unlimited amount, subject to the satisfaction of certain payment conditions, principally that we must have (x) pro forma excess availability under the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility for each day of the 30-day period prior to such actions, which exceeds the greater of $90.0 million or 15% of the lesser of (a) the revolving commitments under the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility and (b) the borrowing base and (y) a pro forma fixed charge coverage ratio of at least 1.0 to 1.0, unless pro forma excess availability for each day of the 30-day period prior to such actions under the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility would exceed the greater of (1) $200.0 million and (2) 25% of the lesser of (i) the aggregate revolving commitments under the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility and (ii) the borrowing base. The Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility also contains customary affirmative covenants and events of default, including a cross-default provision in respect of any other indebtedness that has an aggregate principal amount exceeding $50.0 million.
For a more detailed description of the Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility, refer to Note 8 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended July 29, 2017.
 
Mytheresa.com Credit Facilities. Our subsidiary mytheresa.com GmbH, through which we operate mytheresa.com, is party to two credit facility agreements (the "mytheresa.com Credit Facilities"). The first facility, entered into October 1, 2015, is a revolving credit line for up to €6.5 million in availability and bears interest at a fixed rate of 2.39% (until further notice) for any loan drawn under the overdraft facility and at rates to be agreed on a case-by-case basis for money market loans and guarantees. The second facility, entered into June 8, 2017, is a revolving credit line for up to €8.5 million in availability and bears interest at a fixed rate of 2.25% (until further notice) for any loan drawn under the overdraft facility and at rates to be agreed on a case-by-case basis for any other loans.
Both facilities are secured by certain inventory held by mytheresa.com GmbH and certain contractual claims. The facilities are not guaranteed by, and are non-recourse to, us or any of our U.S. subsidiaries or affiliates. Each facility contains restrictive covenants prohibiting mytheresa.com GmbH from distributing or making available loan proceeds to any affiliates including us or any of our other subsidiaries and requiring mytheresa.com GmbH to maintain a minimum economic equity ratio. The agreements also contain usual and customary events of default, the occurrence of which may result in all outstanding amounts under the facility agreements becoming due and payable immediately. There is no scheduled amortization under either facility and neither facility has a specified maturity date. However, each lender may terminate its respective facility at any time provided that mytheresa.com GmbH is given a customary reasonable opportunity to secure alternative financing.
As of January 27, 2018, mytheresa.com GmbH had outstanding borrowings of $2.6 million, or €2.2 million, guarantees of $1.3 million, or €1.1 million, and unused commitments of $14.1 million, or €11.7 million.
Senior Secured Term Loan Facility.  We have a credit agreement and related security and other agreements for the $2,950.0 million Senior Secured Term Loan Facility. At January 27, 2018, the outstanding balance under the Senior Secured Term Loan Facility was $2,824.9 million. The principal amount of the loans outstanding is due and payable in full on October 25, 2020.
The Senior Secured Term Loan Facility permits us to increase the term loans or add a separate tranche of term loans by an amount not to exceed $650.0 million plus an unlimited amount that would result (a) in the case of any incremental term loan facility to be secured equally and ratably with the term loans, a senior secured first lien net leverage ratio equal to or less than 4.25 to 1.00, and (b) in the case of any incremental term loan facility to be secured on a junior basis to the term loans, to be subordinated in right of payment to the term loans or unsecured and pari passu in right of payment with the term loans, a total net leverage ratio equal to or less than the total net leverage ratio as of October 25, 2013.

At January 27, 2018, borrowings under the Senior Secured Term Loan Facility bore interest at a rate per annum equal to, at our option, either (a) a base rate determined by reference to the highest of (1) the prime rate of Credit Suisse AG (the administrative agent), (2) the federal funds effective rate plus ½ of 1.00% and (3) the adjusted one-month LIBOR plus 1.00%, or (b) an adjusted LIBOR (for a period equal to the relevant interest period, and in any event, never less than 1.00%), subject to certain adjustments, in each case plus an applicable margin. The applicable margin is up to 2.25% with respect to base rate borrowings and up to 3.25% with respect to LIBOR borrowings. The applicable margin is subject to adjustment based on our senior secured first lien net leverage ratio. The applicable margin with respect to outstanding LIBOR borrowings was 3.25% at January 27, 2018.  The interest rate on the outstanding borrowings pursuant to the Senior Secured Term Loan Facility was 4.81% at January 27, 2018.

Subject to certain exceptions and reinvestment rights, the Senior Secured Term Loan Facility requires that 100% of the net cash proceeds from certain asset sales and debt issuances and 50% (which percentage will be reduced to 25% if our senior secured first lien net leverage ratio, as defined in the credit agreement governing the Senior Secured Term Loan Facility, is equal to or less than 4.0 to 1.0 but greater than 3.5 to 1.0 and will be reduced to 0% if our senior secured first lien net leverage ratio is equal to or less than 3.5 to 1.0) from excess cash flow, as defined in the credit agreement governing the Senior Secured Term Loan Facility, for each of our fiscal years (commencing with the period ended July 26, 2015) must be used to prepay outstanding term loans under the

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Senior Secured Term Loan Facility at 100% of the principal amount to be prepaid, plus accrued and unpaid interest. We were not required to prepay any outstanding term loans pursuant to the annual excess cash flow requirements for fiscal year 2017.
 
We may repay all or any portion of the Senior Secured Term Loan Facility at any time, subject to redeployment costs in the case of prepayment of LIBOR borrowings other than the last day of the relevant interest period. The Senior Secured Term Loan Facility amortizes in equal quarterly installments of $7.4 million, less certain voluntary and mandatory prepayments, with the remaining balance due at final maturity.
 
The Senior Secured Term Loan Facility is guaranteed by Holdings and each of our current and future subsidiary guarantors other than (a) unrestricted subsidiaries, (b) certain immaterial subsidiaries, (c) foreign subsidiaries and any domestic subsidiary of a foreign subsidiary, (d) certain holding companies of foreign subsidiaries, (e) captive insurance subsidiaries, not for profit subsidiaries, or a subsidiary which is a special purpose entity for securitization transactions or like special purposes and (f) any subsidiary that is prohibited by applicable law or contractual obligation from acting as a guarantor or which would require governmental approval to provide a guarantee. At January 27, 2018, the assets of non-guarantor subsidiaries, primarily (i) NMG Germany GmbH, through which we conduct the operations of MyTheresa, (ii) NMG International LLC, a holding company with respect to our foreign operations and (iii) Nancy Holdings LLC, which holds legal title to certain real property used by us in conducting our operations, aggregated $441.7 million, or 5.8% of consolidated total assets. All obligations under the Senior Secured Term Loan Facility, and the guarantees of those obligations, are secured, subject to certain significant exceptions, by substantially all of the assets of Holdings, the Company and the subsidiary guarantors.
The credit agreement governing the Senior Secured Term Loan Facility contains a number of negative covenants and covenants related to the security arrangements for the Senior Secured Term Loan Facility. The credit agreement also contains customary affirmative covenants and events of default, including a cross-default provision in respect of any other indebtedness that has an aggregate principal amount exceeding $50.0 million.
For a more detailed description of the Senior Secured Term Loan Facility, refer to Note 8 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended July 29, 2017.
 
Cash Pay Notes.  The Company, along with Mariposa Borrower, Inc. as co-issuer, incurred indebtedness in the form of $960.0 million aggregate principal amount of 8.00% Senior Cash Pay Notes due 2021.  Interest on the Cash Pay Notes is payable semi-annually in arrears on each April 15 and October 15.  The Cash Pay Notes are guaranteed by the same entities that guarantee the Senior Secured Term Loan Facility, other than Holdings.  The Cash Pay Notes are unsecured and the guarantees are full and unconditional.  At January 27, 2018, the redemption price at which we may redeem the Cash Pay Notes, in whole or in part, as set forth in the indenture governing the Cash Pay Notes, was 104.000%. The Cash Pay Notes mature on October 15, 2021.

For a more detailed description of the Cash Pay Notes, refer to Note 8 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended July 29, 2017.

PIK Toggle Notes.  The Company, along with Mariposa Borrower, Inc. as co-issuer, incurred indebtedness in the form of $600.0 million aggregate principal amount of 8.75%/9.50% Senior PIK Toggle Notes due 2021. At January 27, 2018, the outstanding balance under the PIK Toggle Notes was $628.5 million. The PIK Toggle Notes are guaranteed by the same entities that guarantee the Senior Secured Term Loan Facility, other than Holdings. The PIK Toggle Notes are unsecured and the guarantees are full and unconditional. At January 27, 2018, the redemption price at which we may redeem the PIK Toggle Notes, in whole or in part, as set forth in the indenture governing the PIK Toggle Notes, was 104.375%. The PIK Toggle Notes mature on October 15, 2021.

Interest on the PIK Toggle Notes is payable semi-annually in arrears on each April 15 and October 15.  Interest on the PIK Toggle Notes, subject to certain restrictions, may be paid (i) entirely in cash ("Cash Interest"), (ii) entirely by increasing the principal amount of the PIK Toggle Notes by the relevant interest payment amount ("PIK Interest"), or (iii) 50% in Cash Interest and 50% in PIK Interest. Cash Interest on the PIK Toggle Notes accrues at a rate of 8.75% per annum.  PIK Interest on the PIK Toggle Notes accrues at a rate of 9.50% per annum. Interest on the PIK Toggle Notes was paid entirely in cash for the first seven interest payments. We elected to pay the October 2017 and April 2018 interest payments in the form of PIK Interest, which resulted in the issuance of $28.5 million of additional PIK Toggle Notes in October 2017 and will result in the issuance of $29.9 million of additional PIK Toggle Notes in April 2018. We may additionally elect to pay interest in the form of PIK Interest or partial PIK Interest with respect to the interest payment due in October 2018. If we elect to do so, we must deliver a notice of such election to the trustee no later than one day prior to the beginning of the October 2018 interest period. We will evaluate our financial position prior to the October 2018 interest period to determine the appropriate election at that time.


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For a more detailed description of the PIK Toggle Notes, refer to Note 8 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended July 29, 2017.
2028 Debentures.  NMG has outstanding $125.0 million aggregate principal amount of our 7.125% Senior Debentures due 2028.  The 2028 Debentures are secured by a first lien security interest on certain collateral subject to liens granted under the Senior Secured Credit Facilities. The 2028 Debentures are guaranteed on an unsecured, senior basis by the Company.  The guarantee is full and unconditional.  At January 27, 2018, our non-guarantor subsidiaries consisted principally of (i) Bergdorf Goodman, Inc., through which we conduct the operations of our Bergdorf Goodman stores, (ii) NM Nevada Trust, which holds legal title to certain real property and intangible assets used by us in conducting our operations, (iii) NMG Germany GmbH, through which we conduct the operations of MyTheresa, (iv) NMG International LLC, a holding company with respect to our foreign operations and (v) Nancy Holdings LLC, which holds legal title to certain real property used by us in conducting our operations.  The 2028 Debentures include certain restrictive covenants and a cross-acceleration provision in respect of any other indebtedness that has an aggregate principal amount exceeding $15.0 million.  The 2028 Debentures mature on June 1, 2028.

For a more detailed description of the 2028 Debentures, refer to Note 8 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended July 29, 2017.

Maturities of Long-term Debt.  At January 27, 2018, annual maturities of long-term debt during the current and next five fiscal years and thereafter are as follows (in millions):
January 28, 2018 through July 28, 2018
$
14.7

2019
29.4

2020
29.4

2021
2,883.4

2022
1,588.5

2023

Thereafter
125.4


The previous table does not reflect future excess cash flow prepayments, if any, that may be required under the Senior Secured Term Loan Facility.

Interest Expense, net.  The significant components of interest expense are as follows:
 
 
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Twenty-six weeks ended
(in thousands)
 
January 27,
2018
 
January 28,
2017
 
January 27,
2018
 
January 28,
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility
 
$
1,483

 
$
1,366

 
$
3,796

 
$
2,570

mytheresa.com Credit Facilities
 
21

 
28

 
42

 
43

Senior Secured Term Loan Facility
 
33,814

 
32,815

 
67,232

 
64,259

Cash Pay Notes
 
19,200

 
19,200

 
38,400

 
38,400

PIK Toggle Notes
 
14,927

 
13,125

 
29,289

 
26,250

2028 Debentures
 
2,226

 
2,226

 
4,453

 
4,453

Amortization of debt issue costs
 
6,121

 
6,121

 
12,238

 
12,264

Capitalized interest
 
(1,841
)
 
(1,529
)
 
(3,564
)
 
(3,244
)
Other, net
 
598

 
845

 
761

 
1,285

Interest expense, net
 
$
76,549

 
$
74,197

 
$
152,647

 
$
146,280



6. Derivative Financial Instruments
 
Interest Rate Swaps. At January 27, 2018, we had outstanding floating rate debt obligations of $2,956.9 million. In April and June of 2016, we entered into floating to fixed interest rate swap agreements for an aggregate notional amount of $1,400.0 million to limit our exposure to interest rate increases related to a portion of our floating rate indebtedness. These swap agreements hedge a portion of our contractual floating rate interest commitments related to our Senior Secured Term Loan Facility from December 2016 to October 2020. As a result of the April 2016 swap agreements, our effective interest rate as to $700.0 million of floating rate indebtedness will be fixed at 4.9120% from December 2016 through October 2020. As a result of the June 2016 swap agreements, our effective interest rate as to an additional $700.0 million of floating rate indebtedness will be fixed at 4.7395% from December 2016 to October 2020. The fair value of our interest rate swap agreements was a gain of $26.0 million at January 27, 2018, $3.6

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million at July 29, 2017 and $9.0 million at January 28, 2017, which amounts were included in other long-term assets. The interest rate swap agreements expire in October 2020.

We designated the interest rate swaps as cash flow hedges. As cash flow hedges, unrealized gains on our outstanding interest rate swaps are recognized as assets while unrealized losses are recognized as liabilities. Our interest rate swap agreements are highly, but not perfectly, correlated to the changes in interest rates to which we are exposed. As a result, unrealized gains and losses on our interest rate swap agreements are designated as effective or ineffective. The effective portion of such gains or losses will be recorded as a component of accumulated other comprehensive loss while the ineffective portion of such gains or losses will be recorded as a component of interest expense.

In addition, we realize a gain or loss on our interest rate swap agreements in connection with each required interest payment on our floating rate indebtedness. The realized gains or losses effectively adjust the contractual interest requirements pursuant to the terms of our floating rate indebtedness to the interest requirements at the fixed rates established in the interest rate swap agreements. These realized gains or losses are reclassified to interest expense from accumulated other comprehensive loss.

Interest Rate Caps. In April 2014, we entered into interest rate cap agreements (at a cost of $2.0 million) for an aggregate notional amount of $1,400.0 million to hedge the variability of our cash flows related to a portion of our floating rate indebtedness. The interest rate cap agreements effectively capped LIBOR related to our Senior Secured Term Loan Facility at 3.00% from December 2014 through December 2016 with respect to the $1,400.0 million notional amount of such agreements. The interest rate cap agreements expired in December 2016. Gains and losses realized due to the expiration of applicable portions of the interest rate caps were reclassified to interest expense at the time our quarterly interest payments were made.

A summary of the recorded amounts related to our interest rate swaps and interest rate caps reflected in our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations is as follows:
 
 
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(in thousands)
 
January 27,
2018
 
January 28,
2017
 
January 27,
2018
 
January 28,
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Realized hedging losses related to interest rate swaps – included in net interest expense
 
$
1,033

 
$
694

 
$
2,272

 
$
694

Realized hedging losses related to interest rate caps – included in net interest expense
 

 
833

 

 
1,424

Total
 
$
1,033

 
$
1,527

 
$
2,272

 
$
2,118


The amount of net gains recorded in other comprehensive earnings at January 27, 2018 that is expected to be reclassified into interest expense in the next 12 months, if interest rates remain unchanged, is approximately $4.5 million.


7. Income Taxes
 
Our effective income tax rates are as follows:
 
 
Thirteen weeks ended
 
Twenty-six weeks ended
 
 
January 27,
2018
 
January 28,
2017
 
January 27,
2018
 
January 28,
2017
 
 

 

 

 

Effective income tax rate excluding impact of Tax Reform
 
32.3
%
 
39.8
%
 
39.2
%
 
41.8
%
Impact of Tax Reform
 
2,245.4
%
 
%
 
617.3
%
 
%
Effective income tax rate
 
2,277.7
%
 
39.8
%
 
656.5
%
 
41.8
%

Included in the income tax benefit recognized in the second quarter of fiscal year 2018 is the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ("Tax Reform"), which was signed into law on December 22, 2017. Among numerous provisions included in the Tax Reform was the reduction of the corporate federal income tax rate from 35% to 21% effective January 1, 2018. As the effective date of the Tax Reform falls five months into our fiscal year, we are subject to a blended federal statutory rate of 26.9% in fiscal year 2018. In connection with our application of the new federal statutory rate, we remeasured the long-term deferred income taxes recorded in our Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet at the new lower rate. We recorded a provisional non-cash benefit of $384.1 million

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related primarily to the remeasurement of deferred income taxes which amount is included in our income tax benefit in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations for the second quarter of fiscal year 2018. We recognized the income tax effects of the Tax Reform in our fiscal year 2018 financial statements in accordance with Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 118 ("SAB 118"), which provides the SEC staff guidance for the application of the FASB's Accounting Standards Codification Topic 740, Income Taxes, in the reporting period in which the Tax Reform was signed into law. At January 27, 2018, we calculated the effects of the tax law change, as written, and made reasonable estimates of the effects on our deferred income tax balances. We will continue to refine our estimates as additional information, such as interpretive or regulatory guidance, becomes available on key aspects of the law, including its impact on the deductibility of purchased assets, state taxes and employee compensation.

Excluding the impact of the Tax Reform, our effective income tax rate of 32.3% on the loss for the second quarter of fiscal year 2018 exceeded the blended federal statutory rate of 26.9% due primarily to state and foreign income taxes. Our effective income tax rate of 39.8% on the loss for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 exceeded the previous federal statutory rate of 35% due primarily to state income taxes.

Excluding the impact of the Tax Reform, our effective income tax rate of 39.2% on the loss for year-to-date fiscal 2018 exceeded the blended federal statutory rate of 26.9% due primarily to state and foreign income taxes. Our effective income tax rate of 41.8% on the loss for year-to-date fiscal 2017 exceeded the previous federal statutory rate of 35% due primarily to:

state income taxes;
the non-deductible portion of transaction and other costs incurred in connection with the MyTheresa acquisition; and
the benefit associated with the release of certain tax reserves for settled tax matters.

At January 27, 2018, the gross amount of unrecognized tax benefits was $1.3 million ($1.0 million of which would impact our effective tax rate, if recognized).  We classify interest and penalties as a component of income tax expense and our liability for accrued interest and penalties was $0.3 million at January 27, 2018, $0.4 million at July 29, 2017 and $0.1 million at January 28, 2017.

We file income tax returns in the U.S. federal jurisdiction and various state, local and foreign jurisdictions. The Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") finalized its audits of our fiscal year 2012 and short-year 2013 (prior to the Acquisition) federal income tax returns. With respect to state, local and foreign jurisdictions, with limited exceptions, we are no longer subject to income tax audits for fiscal years before 2013. We believe our recorded tax liabilities as of January 27, 2018 are sufficient to cover any potential assessments made by the IRS or other taxing authorities and we will continue to review our recorded tax liabilities for potential audit assessments based upon subsequent events, new information and future circumstances. We believe it is reasonably possible that adjustments to the amounts of our unrecognized tax benefits could occur within the next 12 months as a result of settlements with tax authorities or expiration of statutes of limitations. At this time, we do not believe such adjustments will have a material impact on our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
Subsequent to the Acquisition, Parent and its subsidiaries, including the Company, file U.S. federal income taxes as a consolidated group. The Company has elected to be treated as a corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes and all operations of Parent are conducted through Holdings and its subsidiaries, including the Company. Income taxes incurred by Parent are reflected by the Company and its subsidiaries in the preparation of our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements. There are no differences in current and deferred income taxes between the Company and Parent.


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8. Employee Benefits
 
Description of Retirement Benefit Plans.  We currently maintain defined contribution plans consisting of a retirement savings plan ("RSP") and a defined contribution supplemental executive retirement plan ("Defined Contribution SERP Plan"). In addition, we sponsor a defined benefit pension plan ("Pension Plan") and an unfunded supplemental executive retirement plan ("SERP Plan") that provides certain employees additional pension benefits. As of the third quarter of fiscal year 2010, benefits offered to all participants in our Pension Plan and SERP Plan were frozen. Retirees and active employees hired prior to March 1, 1989 are eligible for certain limited postretirement health care benefits ("Postretirement Plan") if they meet certain service and minimum age requirements. We also sponsor an unfunded key employee deferred compensation plan, which provides certain employees with additional benefits.
Our obligations for employee benefit plans, included in other long-term liabilities, are as follows:
(in thousands)
 
January 27,
2018
 
July 29,
2017
 
January 28,
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pension Plan
 
$
230,606

 
$
240,737

 
$
300,543

SERP Plan
 
111,093

 
112,739

 
119,807

Postretirement Plan
 
6,388

 
6,916

 
8,220

 
 
348,087

 
360,392

 
428,570

Less: current portion
 
(6,679
)
 
(7,803
)
 
(6,553
)
Long-term portion of benefit obligations
 
$
341,408

 
$
352,589

 
$
422,017

 
Funding Policy and Status.  Our policy is to fund the Pension Plan at or above the minimum level required by law. As of January 27, 2018, we believe we will be required to contribute $25.1 million to the Pension Plan in fiscal year 2018, of which $9.3 million has been funded as of January 27, 2018. In fiscal year 2017, we were required to contribute $10.7 million to the Pension Plan.

Cost of Benefits. The components of the expenses we incurred under our Pension Plan, SERP Plan and Postretirement Plan are as follows:
 
 
Thirteen weeks ended
 
Twenty-six weeks ended
(in thousands)
 
January 27,
2018
 
January 28,
2017
 
January 27,
2018
 
January 28,
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pension Plan:
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
Interest cost
 
$
4,973

 
$
4,870

 
$
9,946

 
$
9,740

Expected return on plan assets
 
(5,396
)
 
(5,331
)
 
(10,792
)
 
(10,662
)
Net amortization of losses
 
170

 
663

 
340

 
1,326

Pension Plan expense (income)
 
$
(253
)
 
$
202

 
$
(506
)
 
$
404

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SERP Plan:
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
Interest cost
 
$
844

 
$
784

 
$
1,688

 
$
1,568

Net amortization of losses
 

 
23

 

 
46

SERP Plan expense
 
$
844

 
$
807

 
$
1,688

 
$
1,614

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Postretirement Plan:
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
Interest cost
 
$
51

 
$
55

 
$
102

 
$
110

Net amortization of gains
 
(180
)
 
(146
)
 
(360
)
 
(292
)
Postretirement Plan income
 
$
(129
)
 
$
(91
)
 
$
(258
)
 
$
(182
)

Employee Vacation Benefit Liability.  Effective in fiscal year 2019, we are changing our vacation policy. Pursuant to the provisions of our new vacation policy, vacation hours earned during each fiscal year must be taken during that fiscal year. Any accrued but unused vacation is forfeited at the end of the fiscal year subject to statutory requirements in certain states precluding such forfeitures. As a result of this policy change, we expect our liability for unused vacation will be reduced by $18 to $20 million, which benefit is being recorded as a non-cash gain in fiscal year 2018 within selling, general and administrative expenses. We recorded non-cash gains of $7.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2018 and $9.0 million in year-to-date fiscal 2018.



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9. Commitments and Contingencies
 
Employment, Consumer and Benefits Class Actions Litigation.  In 2007, Bernadette Tanguilig filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of California for San Francisco County alleging wrongful termination and retaliation arising from her refusal to sign the Company’s mandatory arbitration agreement. Ms. Tanguilig later filed several amendments to her complaint adding claims under the California Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act ("PAGA") and class action allegations of wage and hour violations. She also added Juan Carlos Pinela as an additional plaintiff. In December 2013, the Company filed a motion to dismiss Ms. Tanguilig’s claims based on her failure to bring her claims to trial within five years as required by California law. In February 2014, the Company’s motion was granted and Ms. Tanguilig’s claims were dismissed. Ms. Tanguilig appealed. Briefing is complete, and a judicial panel has been assigned. The parties have requested oral argument, but no date has been set.

In October 2011, the court ordered Mr. Pinela (a co-plaintiff in the Tanguilig case) to arbitrate his claims in accordance with the mandatory arbitration agreement. Mr. Pinela filed a demand for arbitration seeking to arbitrate both his individual and class claims, which the Company argued was in violation of the class action waiver in the arbitration agreement. This led to further proceedings in the trial court, a stay of the arbitration, and a decision by the trial court to reconsider and vacate its order compelling arbitration, which the Company appealed. In June 2015, the appellate court upheld the trial court’s denial of the Company’s motion to compel arbitration of Mr. Pinela’s claims. The Company’s petition for rehearing by the appellate court and petition for review by the California Supreme Court were denied, and the case was returned to the trial court. On December 10, 2015, the trial court issued a stay of the case pending the conclusion of the Tanguilig appeal, which remains in effect.
    
We recorded our currently estimable liabilities with respect to Ms. Tanguilig's employment class action litigation claims in fiscal year 2014, which amount was not material to our financial condition or results of operations. We will continue to evaluate the Tanguilig matter, and our recorded reserve for such matter, based on subsequent events, new information and future circumstances.

The National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") has been pursuing a complaint alleging that the Mandatory Arbitration Agreement’s class action prohibition violates employees’ rights to engage in concerted activity. The administrative law judge issued a recommended decision and order finding that the Company's Arbitration Agreement and class action waiver violated the National Labor Relations Act, which were affirmed by the NLRB in August 2015. On August 12, 2015, we filed our petition for review of the NLRB's order with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. This case is stayed while another similar case is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

On August 7, 2014, a putative class action complaint was filed against The Neiman Marcus Group LLC in Los Angeles County Superior Court by a customer, Linda Rubenstein, in connection with the Company's Last Call stores in California. Ms. Rubenstein alleges that the Company has violated various California consumer protection statutes by implementing a marketing and pricing strategy that suggests that clothing sold at Last Call stores in California was originally offered for sale at full-line Neiman Marcus stores when allegedly, it was not, and that the Company lacks adequate information to support its comparative pricing labels. In September 2014, we removed the case to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. After dismissing Ms. Rubenstein’s original and first amended complaint, the court dismissed her second amended complaint in its entirety in May 2015, without leave to amend, and Ms. Rubenstein appealed. In April 2017, the Court of Appeal reversed, holding that Ms. Rubenstein’s allegations were sufficient to proceed past the pleadings stage of litigation. The case has been transferred back to the district court and has a trial date of July 24, 2018. On September 7, 2017, the district court issued an order permitting Ms. Rubenstein to file a proposed Third Amended Complaint, which modifies the putative class period. Additionally, Ms. Rubenstein filed a motion for class certification, which was fully briefed by both parties. The parties reached an agreement in principle to settle the case, subject to court approval. A notice of settlement was filed, and the hearing on Ms. Rubenstein’s motion for class certification was vacated. The motion for preliminary approval of the settlement is due to be filed by March 14, 2018.
  
The Company has several wage and hour putative class action matters pending in California. The earliest, filed in December 2015 and amended in February 2016, was filed against The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. by Holly Attia and seven other named plaintiffs, seeking to certify a class of nonexempt employees for alleged violations for failure to pay overtime wages, failure to provide meal and rest breaks, failure to reimburse business expenses, failure to timely pay wages due at termination and failure to provide accurate itemized wage statements. Plaintiffs also allege derivative claims for restitution under California unfair competition law and a representative claim for penalties under PAGA, and all related damages for alleged violations (restitution, statutory penalties under PAGA, and attorneys' fees, interest and costs of suit). The case was removed to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in March 2016, and the Company filed a motion to compel arbitration and requested to stay the PAGA claim. In June 2016, the court granted the motion and compelled arbitration of the individual claims. The court retained jurisdiction of the PAGA claim and stayed that claim pending the outcome of arbitration. In October 2016, the court granted the plaintiffs' motion for reconsideration of the arbitration decision based on a recent decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Morris v. Ernst & Young, LLP, and reversed its order compelling arbitration. The Company appealed. The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari of

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the Morris decision, and the Ninth Circuit appeal is currently stayed pending the Supreme Court's decision. In June 2017, the district court stayed the entire case pending the Supreme Court’s decision in Morris. The parties reached an agreement in principle to settle this case, subject to court approval.

On June 1, 2016, a PAGA representative action was filed against The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. in the same court as Attia by Xuan Hien Nguyen pleading only PAGA claims and asserting the same factual allegations as the plaintiffs in Attia. The Company filed a motion to dismiss or to stay the case. In September 2016, the court granted the Company's motion and stayed the Nguyen case in light of Attia. At a status conference on January 29, 2018, the court maintained the stay and set a further status conference for June 7, 2018.

On July 28, 2016, former employee Milca Connolly also filed a representative action alleging only PAGA claims against The Neiman Marcus Group raising substantially identical claims to those raised in both Attia and Nguyen. The Company filed a motion to dismiss or stay the case in light of Attia and Nguyen. In November 2016, the court granted the Company's motion to stay the case. At a status conference on January 29, 2018, the court maintained the stay and set a further status conference for June 7, 2018.

On December 5, 2017, former employees Ondrea Roces and Sophia Ahmed file a putative class and representative action in California state court against The Neiman Marcus Group LLC and Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC, seeking to certify a class of current and former sales associates for alleged failure to pay wages for all hours worked, recordkeeping and wage statement violations, and failure to timely pay wages due at termination. Plaintiffs also allege derivative claims for restitution under California unfair competition law and a representative claim for penalties under PAGA, and all related damages for alleged violations (restitution, statutory penalties under PAGA, and attorneys' fees, interest and costs of suit). The Company removed the action to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on January 10, 2018. In February 2018, the court granted the parties' joint stipulation to stay this case pending completion of settlement proceedings in Attia.

On October 24, 2017, a putative class action complaint was filed against The Neiman Marcus Group LLC and the Company’s Health and Welfare Benefit Plan in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington by a Plan beneficiary alleging violations of the Federal Mental Health Parity Act and the Affordable Care Act through the Employment Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) in connection with the alleged failure to cover particular treatments for developmental health conditions. We cannot assess any potential liability at this early stage of the proceedings.

On October 27, 2017, a putative class action complaint was filed against Neiman Marcus Group, Inc., The Neiman Marcus Group LLC, and Bergdorf Goodman, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York by Victor Lopez, an allegedly visually-impaired and legally blind individual, in connection with his visits to Bergdorf Goodman, Inc.’s website. Mr. Lopez alleges, on behalf of himself and those similarly situated, that Bergdorf Goodman, Inc.’s website is not fully and equally accessible to legally blind individuals, resulting in denial of access to the equal enjoyment of goods and services, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the New York State and City Human Rights Laws.

In addition, we are currently involved in various other legal actions and proceedings that arose in the ordinary course of business. With respect to the matters described above as well as all other current outstanding litigation involving us, we believe that any liability arising as a result of such litigation will not have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

Cyber-Attack Class Actions Litigation. In January 2014, three class actions relating to a cyber-attack on our computer systems in 2013 (the "Cyber-Attack") were filed and later voluntarily dismissed by the plaintiffs between February and April 2014. The plaintiffs had alleged negligence and other claims in connection with their purchases by payment cards and sought monetary and injunctive relief. Three additional putative class actions relating to the Cyber-Attack were filed in March and April 2014, also alleging negligence and other claims in connection with plaintiffs’ purchases by payment cards. Two of the cases were voluntarily dismissed. The third case, Hilary Remijas v. The Neiman Marcus Group, LLC, was filed on March 12, 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. On June 2, 2014, an amended complaint in the Remijas case was filed, which added three plaintiffs (Debbie Farnoush and Joanne Kao, California residents; and Melissa Frank, a New York resident) and asserted claims for negligence, implied contract, unjust enrichment, violation of various consumer protection statutes, invasion of privacy and violation of state data breach laws. The Company moved to dismiss the Remijas amended complaint, and the court granted the Company's motion on the grounds that the plaintiffs lacked standing due to their failure to demonstrate an actionable injury. Plaintiffs appealed the district court's order dismissing the case to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the district court's ruling, remanding the case back to the district court. The Company filed a petition for rehearing en banc, which the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals denied. The Company filed a motion for dismissal on other grounds, which the court denied. The parties jointly requested, and the court granted, an extension of time for filing a responsive pleading, which was due on December 28, 2016. On February 9, 2017, the court denied the parties' request for another extension of time, dismissed the

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case without prejudice, and stated that plaintiffs could file a motion to reinstate. On March 8, 2017, plaintiffs filed a motion to reinstate, which the court granted on March 16, 2017. On March 17, 2017, plaintiffs filed a motion seeking preliminary approval of a class action settlement resolving this action, which the court granted on June 21, 2017. On August 21, 2017, plaintiffs moved for final approval of the proposed settlement. In September 2017, purported settlement class members filed two objections to the settlement, and plaintiffs and the Company filed responses to the objections on October 19, 2017. At the fairness hearing on October 26, 2017, the Court ordered supplemental briefing on the objections. Objectors filed a supplemental brief in support of their objections on November 9, 2017, and plaintiffs and the Company filed their supplemental responses to the objections on November 21, 2017. On January 16, 2018, an order was issued by the District Court reassigning the case to Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman due to the prior judge’s retirement. The motion for final approval of the settlement remains pending.

In addition to class actions litigation, payment card companies and associations may require us to reimburse them for unauthorized card charges and costs to replace cards and may also impose fines or penalties in connection with the security incident, and enforcement authorities may also impose fines or other remedies against us. We have also incurred other costs associated with this security incident, including legal fees, investigative fees, costs of communications with customers and credit monitoring services provided to our customers. At this point, we are unable to predict the developments in, outcome of, and economic and other consequences of pending or future litigation or regulatory investigations related to, and other costs associated with, this matter. We will continue to evaluate these matters based on subsequent events, new information and future circumstances.

Other.  We had $1.8 million of irrevocable letters of credit and $3.4 million in surety bonds outstanding at January 27, 2018, relating primarily to merchandise imports and state sales tax and utility requirements.
 

10. Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss
 
The following table summarizes the changes in accumulated other comprehensive loss by component (amounts are recorded net of related income taxes):
(in thousands)
 
Foreign
Currency
Translation
Adjustments
 
Unrealized Gains
on
Financial
Instruments
 
Unfunded
Benefit
Obligations
 
Total
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

Balance, July 29, 2017
 
$
(11,600
)
 
$
3,394

 
$
(55,225
)
 
$
(63,431
)
Other comprehensive earnings
 
6,154

 
3,129

 
360

 
9,643

Amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive loss
 

 
754

 

 
754

Balance, October 28, 2017
 
$
(5,446
)
 
$
7,277

 
$
(54,865
)
 
$
(53,034
)
Other comprehensive earnings (loss)
 
4,567

 
9,449

 
(6
)
 
14,010

Amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive loss
 

 
645

 

 
645

Balance, January 27, 2018
 
$
(879
)
 
$
17,371

 
$
(54,871
)
 
$
(38,379
)
 
The amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive loss are recorded within interest expense on the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations.


11. Stock-Based Awards
 
Incentive Plans.  Parent established various incentive plans pursuant to which eligible employees, consultants and non-employee directors are eligible to receive stock-based awards.  Under the incentive plans, Parent is authorized to grant stock options, restricted stock and other types of awards that are valued in whole or in part by reference to, or are payable or otherwise based on, the shares of common stock of Parent. Charges with respect to options issued by Parent pursuant to the incentive plans are reflected by the Company in the preparation of our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

Co-Invest Options.  In connection with the Acquisition, certain executive officers of the Company rolled over a portion of the amounts otherwise payable in settlement of their pre-Acquisition stock options into stock options of Parent representing options to purchase a total of 56,979 shares of common stock of Parent (the "Co-Invest Options").
 

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The number of Co-Invest Options issued upon conversion of pre-Acquisition stock options was equal to the product of (a) the number of shares subject to the applicable pre-Acquisition stock options multiplied by (b) the ratio of the per share merger consideration over the fair market value of a share of Parent, which was approximately 3.1x (the "Exchange Ratio").  The exercise price of each pre-Acquisition stock option was adjusted by dividing the original exercise price of the pre-Acquisition stock option by the Exchange Ratio.  Following the conversion, the exercise prices of the Co-Invest Options range from $180 to $644 per share.  As of the date of the Acquisition, the aggregate intrinsic value of the Co-Invest Options equaled the aggregate intrinsic value of the rolled over pre-Acquisition stock options. The Co-Invest Options are fully vested and are exercisable at any time prior to the applicable expiration dates related to the original grant of the pre-Acquisition options.  The Co-Invest Options contain sale and repurchase provisions.

In September 2017, the Compensation Committee approved grants of non-qualified Co-Invest Options (the “New Co-Invest Options”) to certain continuing employees who previously held Co-Invest Options. The New Co-Invest Options have the effect of replacing the previous Co-Invest Options held by those employees, which were cancelled, and extending the expiration date to the tenth anniversary of the grant date. All other terms of the New Co-Invest Options remain unchanged from the terms of the cancelled Co-Invest Options. In the first quarter of fiscal year 2018, we recorded non-cash stock compensation expense aggregating $4.2 million related to the cancellation and replacement of the previous Co-Invest Options with the New Co-Invest Options.

Non-Qualified Stock Options.  Pursuant to the terms of the incentive plans, Parent granted time-vested and performance-vested non-qualified stock options to certain executive officers, employees and non-employee directors of the Company. These non-qualified stock options will expire no later than the tenth anniversary of the grant date.

In January 2018, the Compensation Committee determined that the exercise prices of certain time-vested stock options were higher than the current fair market value of Parent's common stock. In order to enhance the retentive value of these options, the Compensation Committee approved a repricing of 43,261 time-vested stock options to an exercise price of $500 per share. In the second quarter of fiscal year 2018, we recorded non-cash stock compensation expense aggregating $0.5 million related to the repricing of the time-vested stock options.

Accounting for Stock Options. Prior to an initial public offering ("IPO"), in the event the optionee ceases to be an employee of the Company, Parent generally has the right to repurchase shares issued upon exercise of vested stock options at fair market value and shares underlying vested unexercised stock options for the difference between the fair market value of the underlying share on the date of such optionee's termination of employment and the exercise price. However, other than with respect to the Co-Invest Options, if the optionee voluntarily leaves the Company without good reason (as defined in the incentive plans) or is terminated for cause, the repurchase price is the lesser of the exercise price of such options or the fair value of such awards at the employee termination date. For certain optionees, in the event of the retirement of the optionee, the repurchase price is the fair value at the retirement date. Parent's repurchase rights expire upon completion of an IPO, including with respect to the Co-Invest Options.

We currently account for stock options issued to certain optionees who will become retirement eligible prior to the expiration of their stock options ("Retirement Eligible Optionees") as variable awards using the liability method as these optionees could receive a cash settlement of their awards at the time of retirement should Parent exercise its repurchase rights with respect to such shares. Under the liability method, we recognize the estimated liability for option awards held by Retirement Eligible Optionees over the vesting periods of such awards. In periods in which the estimated fair value of our equity increases, we increase our stock compensation liability. Conversely, in periods in which the estimated fair value of our equity decreases, we reduce our stock compensation liability. These increases/decreases are recorded as stock compensation expense and are included in selling, general and administrative expenses. With respect to time-vested options held by non-Retirement Eligible Optionees, such options are effectively forfeited should the optionee voluntarily leave the Company without good reason or be terminated for cause prior to an IPO. As a result, we currently record no expense or liability with respect to such options. With respect to performance-vested options, such options are effectively forfeited should the optionee voluntarily leave the Company without good reason or be terminated for cause prior to achievement of the performance condition. As a result, we currently record no expense or liability with respect to such options.

At January 27, 2018, an aggregate of 67,395 Co-Invest Options and time-vested options were held by Retirement Eligible Optionees. The recorded liability with respect to such options was $5.4 million at January 27, 2018, $0.2 million at July 29, 2017 and $2.5 million at January 28, 2017.


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The following table sets forth certain summary information with respect to our stock options for the periods indicated:
 
 
Twenty-six weeks ended January 27, 2018
(in actuals)
 
Shares
 
Weighted
Average
Exercise
Price
Outstanding at July 29, 2017
 
196,416

 
$
854

Granted
 
44,206

 
489

Exercised
 
(974
)
 
180

Cancelled
 
(40,406
)
 
467

Forfeited
 
(14,183
)
 
1,004

Expired
 
(2,274
)
 
346

Outstanding at January 27, 2018
 
182,785

 
$
727


Restricted Stock. In the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, Parent approved grants of 26,954 restricted shares of common stock of Parent to certain executive officers and management employees. Subject to continued employment, shares of restricted stock will vest over three or four years in equal increments on each anniversary of December 1, 2016. Each year beginning in calendar 2017, subject to certain limitations, each recipient will have the ability to require Parent to acquire his or her vested shares (the "put right") during the 14-day period following the release of the Company's earnings in respect of its first fiscal quarter (such period, the "put period") for a purchase price equal to the fair market value of Parent's common stock at the beginning of the put period. Except as described below with respect to our former Chief Executive Officer, a recipient will forfeit all unvested shares of restricted stock and may not exercise the put right with respect to any vested shares following the termination of his or her employment for any reason. Following a voluntary departure without good reason or a termination for cause, we have the right to repurchase any vested shares of restricted stock at par value ($0.001 per share).

In connection with the retirement of our former Chief Executive Officer, effective in February 2018, all unvested shares of restricted stock that would have vested in the 12-month period following the date of such termination of employment will accelerate and vest. Our former Chief Executive Officer will have the ability to exercise the put right with respect to vested shares in the first put period following her retirement.

At January 27, 2018, 12,239 shares of unvested restricted common stock were outstanding. The recorded liability with respect to such shares was $0.3 million at January 27, 2018 and $1.2 million at July 29, 2017.

 
 
Twenty-six weeks ended January 27, 2018
(in actuals)
 
Shares
 
Weighted
Average
Grant Date
Fair Value
Outstanding at July 29, 2017
 
21,355

 
$
768

Vested
 
(5,210
)
 
768

Forfeited
 
(3,906
)
 
768

Outstanding at January 27, 2018
 
12,239

 
$
768


Stock Compensation Expense. The following table summarizes our stock-based compensation expense:
 
 
Thirteen weeks ended
 
Twenty-six weeks ended
(in thousands)
 
January 27,
2018
 
January 28,
2017
 
January 27,
2018
 
January 28,
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stock compensation expense:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stock options
 
$
1,153

 
$
(1,704
)
 
$
5,406

 
$
(323
)
Restricted stock
 
180

 
840

 
486

 
840

Total
 
$
1,333

 
$
(864
)
 
$
5,892

 
$
517


For a more detailed description of our stock-based awards, refer to Note 14 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended July 29, 2017.


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12. Income from Credit Card Program
 
We maintain a proprietary credit card program through which credit is extended to customers and have a related marketing and servicing alliance with affiliates of Capital One Financial Corporation ("Capital One"). Pursuant to our agreement with Capital One (the "Program Agreement"), Capital One currently offers credit cards and non-card payment plans under both the “Neiman Marcus” and “Bergdorf Goodman” brand names. Effective July 1, 2013, we amended and extended the Program Agreement to July 2020 (renewable thereafter for three-year terms), subject to early termination provisions.
 
We receive payments from Capital One based on sales transacted on our proprietary credit cards. These payments are based on the profitability of the credit card portfolio as determined under the Program Agreement and are impacted by a number of factors including credit losses incurred and our allocable share of the profits generated by the credit card portfolio, which in turn may be impacted by credit ratings as determined by various rating agencies. In addition, we receive payments from Capital One for marketing and servicing activities we provide to Capital One. We recognize income from our credit card program when earned.

Additionally, beginning in July 2017, in accordance with the contractual provisions of the credit card program agreement, our allocable share of the profits generated by the credit card portfolio was reduced as a result of our current credit ratings.


13. Other Expenses
 
Other expenses consists of the following components:
 
 
Thirteen weeks ended
 
Twenty-six weeks ended
(in thousands)
 
January 27,
2018
 
January 28,
2017
 
January 27,
2018
 
January 28,
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Expenses related to store closures
 
$
6,602

 
$
1,495

 
$
7,920

 
$
1,495

Expenses incurred in connection with strategic initiatives
 
1,388

 
1,932

 
1,810

 
8,485

Expenses related to Cyber-Attack, net of insurance recoveries
 

 

 
1,100

 

MyTheresa acquisition costs
 

 
1,317

 

 
702

Other expenses
 
4,624

 
467

 
4,624

 
1,347

Total
 
$
12,614

 
$
5,211

 
$
15,454

 
$
12,029


During fiscal year 2017, we began a process to assess our Last Call footprint and closed four of our Last Call stores. During the second quarter of fiscal year 2018, we closed 11 additional Last Call stores in order to optimize our Last Call store portfolio. We incurred expenses related to these store closures, which primarily consisted of severance and store closing costs, of $6.6 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2018, $1.5 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2017, $7.9 million in year-to-date fiscal 2018 and $1.5 million in year-to-date fiscal 2017.
We incurred professional fees and other costs aggregating $1.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2018, $1.9 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2017, $1.8 million in year-to-date fiscal 2018 and $8.5 million in year-to-date fiscal 2017 in connection with the review of our resources and organizational processes, implementation of our integrated merchandising and distribution system and the evaluation of potential strategic alternatives. In connection with the review of our resources and organizational processes, we eliminated approximately 90 positions in the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 across our stores, divisions and facilities.

We discovered in January 2014 that malicious software was clandestinely installed on our computer systems (the "Cyber-Attack"). During year-to-date fiscal 2018, we incurred legal expenses in connection with the Cyber-Attack of $1.1 million.

In connection with the retirement of our former Chief Executive Officer and President, we incurred certain charges primarily related to lump sum compensation payable as a consequence of her retirement of approximately $4.6 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2018.

In October 2014, we acquired MyTheresa, a luxury retailer headquartered in Munich, Germany. In fiscal year 2017, acquisition costs consisted primarily of professional fees as well as adjustments of our earn-out obligations to estimated fair value at each reporting date.



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14. Condensed Consolidating Financial Information (with respect to NMG's obligations under the Senior Secured Credit Facilities, Cash Pay Notes and PIK Toggle Notes)

All of NMG’s obligations under the Senior Secured Credit Facilities are guaranteed by Holdings and our current and future direct and indirect wholly owned subsidiaries, subject to exceptions as more fully described in Note 5.  All of NMG's obligations under the Cash Pay Notes and the PIK Toggle Notes are guaranteed by the same entities that guarantee the Senior Secured Credit Facilities, other than Holdings. Currently, the Company’s non-guarantor subsidiaries under the Senior Secured Credit Facilities, Cash Pay Notes and PIK Toggle Notes consist principally of (i) NMG Germany GmbH, through which we conduct the operations of MyTheresa, (ii) NMG International LLC, a holding company with respect to our foreign operations and (iii) Nancy Holdings LLC, which holds legal title to certain real property used by us in conducting our operations and described below under "— Results of Operations and Financial Condition of Unrestricted Subsidiaries". The non-guarantor subsidiary Nancy Holdings LLC had no assets or operations prior to March 10, 2017.
 
The following condensed consolidating financial information represents the financial information of the Company and its non-guarantor subsidiaries under the Senior Secured Credit Facilities, Cash Pay Notes and PIK Toggle Notes prepared on the equity basis of accounting.  The information is presented in accordance with the requirements of Rule 3-10 under the SEC’s Regulation S-X. The financial information may not necessarily be indicative of results of operations, cash flows or financial position had the non-guarantor subsidiaries operated as independent entities.
 
 
January 27, 2018
(in thousands)
 
Company
 
NMG
 
Guarantor Subsidiaries
 
Non-
Guarantor
Subsidiaries
 
Eliminations
 
Consolidated
ASSETS
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Current assets:
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Cash and cash equivalents
 
$

 
$
31,072

 
$
854

 
$
3,862

 
$

 
$
35,788

Credit card receivables
 

 
36,268

 

 
5,990

 

 
42,258

Merchandise inventories
 

 
880,056

 
143,328

 
113,794

 

 
1,137,178

Other current assets
 

 
127,745

 
10,943

 
4,914

 
(150
)
 
143,452

Total current assets
 

 
1,075,141

 
155,125

 
128,560

 
(150
)
 
1,358,676

Property and equipment, net
 

 
1,309,679

 
144,226

 
103,207

 

 
1,557,112

Intangible assets, net
 

 
484,355

 
2,226,259

 
75,427

 

 
2,786,041

Goodwill
 

 
1,338,844

 
414,402

 
134,483

 

 
1,887,729

Other long-term assets
 

 
36,074

 
1,303

 

 

 
37,377

Investments in subsidiaries
 
839,014

 
3,204,672

 

 

 
(4,043,686
)
 

Total assets
 
$
839,014

 
$
7,448,765

 
$
2,941,315

 
$
441,677

 
$
(4,043,836
)
 
$
7,626,935

LIABILITIES AND MEMBER EQUITY
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

Current liabilities:
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

Accounts payable
 
$

 
$
259,837

 
$

 
$
23,968

 
$

 
$
283,805

Accrued liabilities
 

 
401,227

 
90,613

 
40,391

 
(150
)
 
532,081

Current portion of long-term debt
 

 
29,426

 

 

 

 
29,426

Total current liabilities
 

 
690,490

 
90,613

 
64,359

 
(150
)
 
845,312

Long-term liabilities:
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

Long-term debt, net of debt issuance costs
 

 
4,569,669

 

 
2,593

 

 
4,572,262

Deferred income taxes
 

 
746,905

 

 
15,935

 

 
762,840

Other long-term liabilities
 

 
602,687

 
5,413

 
(593
)
 

 
607,507

Total long-term liabilities
 

 
5,919,261

 
5,413

 
17,935

 

 
5,942,609

Total member equity
 
839,014

 
839,014

 
2,845,289

 
359,383

 
(4,043,686
)
 
839,014

Total liabilities and member equity
 
$
839,014

 
$
7,448,765

 
$
2,941,315

 
$
441,677

 
$
(4,043,836
)
 
$
7,626,935



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July 29, 2017
(in thousands)
 
Company
 
NMG
 
Guarantor Subsidiaries
 
Non-
Guarantor
Subsidiaries
 
Eliminations
 
Consolidated
ASSETS
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Current assets:
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Cash and cash equivalents
 
$

 
$
28,301

 
$
649

 
$
20,289

 
$

 
$
49,239

Credit card receivables
 

 
35,091

 

 
3,745

 

 
38,836

Merchandise inventories
 

 
915,910

 
151,193

 
86,554

 

 
1,153,657

Other current assets
 

 
135,174

 
9,956

 
1,896

 
(587
)
 
146,439

Total current assets
 

 
1,114,476

 
161,798

 
112,484

 
(587
)
 
1,388,171

Property and equipment, net
 

 
1,333,487

 
149,932

 
103,542

 

 
1,586,961

Intangible assets, net
 

 
509,757

 
2,249,290

 
72,369

 

 
2,831,416

Goodwill
 

 
1,338,844

 
414,402

 
127,648

 

 
1,880,894

Other long-term assets
 

 
14,384

 
1,690

 

 

 
16,074

Investments in subsidiaries
 
466,652

 
3,239,816