Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)


3 Months Ended
Mar. 28, 2020
Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
Description of Business
Kontoor Brands, Inc. ("Kontoor," the "Company," "we," "us" or "our") is a global lifestyle apparel company headquartered in the United States ("U.S."). The Company designs, produces, procures, markets and distributes apparel primarily under the brand names Wrangler® and Lee®. The Company's products are sold in the U.S. through mass merchants, specialty stores, mid-tier and traditional department stores, company-operated stores and online. The Company's products are also sold internationally, primarily in Europe and Asia, through department, specialty, company-operated, concession retail and independently operated partnership stores and online. VF Outlet™ stores carry Wrangler® and Lee® branded products, as well as merchandise that is specifically purchased for sale in these stores.
Fiscal Year
The Company operates and reports using a 52/53 week fiscal year ending on the Saturday closest to December 31 of each year. Accordingly, this Form 10-Q presents the first quarter of the Company's fiscal year ending January 2, 2021 ("fiscal 2020"), which is a 53-week fiscal year. For presentation purposes herein, all references to periods ended March 2020, December 2019 and March 2019 correspond to the fiscal periods ended March 28, 2020, December 28, 2019 and March 30, 2019, respectively.
Spin-Off Transaction
On May 22, 2019, VF Corporation ("VF" or "former parent") completed the spin-off of its Jeanswear business (the "Separation"), which included the Wrangler®, Lee® and Rock & Republic® brands, as well as the VF OutletTM business. Kontoor began to trade as a standalone public company (NYSE: KTB) on May 23, 2019. Accordingly, the Company’s financial statements for periods through the Separation date of May 22, 2019 were combined financial statements prepared on a "carve-out" basis as discussed below, and the Company’s financial statements for periods from May 23, 2019 were consolidated financial statements based on the reported results of Kontoor Brands, Inc. as a standalone company. The Company’s unaudited consolidated and combined financial statements for all periods presented are referred to throughout this document as “financial statements.”
Impact of COVID-19
During the first quarter of 2020, the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic has significantly impacted global economic conditions, as well as the Company's operations. Given the uncertainties of COVID-19 and the associated potential impact on future results of operations and liquidity, the Company implemented strategic actions to reduce expenses and enhance liquidity, including a $475.0 million draw on the Revolving Credit Facility (as defined in Note 6 to the Company's financial statements), temporary suspension of the payment of a dividend, targeted reductions in operating expenses and capital expenditures, temporary reduction of fees for the Board of Directors, reduction of payroll costs through restructuring, furloughs and temporary salary reductions, reduced production in owned manufacturing facilities, and focused management of working capital. 
Additionally, on May 5, 2020, the Company entered into an amendment to the Credit Agreement (as defined in Note 6 to the Company's financial statements) to provide relief for potential financial covenant compliance issues during future reporting periods. As of March 2020, the Company was in compliance with all covenants and expects to maintain compliance with the applicable financial covenants for at least one year from the issuance of these financial statements for the period ended March 2020. See Note 6 to the Company's financial statements for additional information.
The Company considered the impact of COVID-19 on the assumptions and estimates used when preparing these quarterly financial statements including, but not limited to, our allowance for credit losses, inventory valuations, liabilities for variable consideration, deferred tax valuation allowances, fair value measurements, asset impairment charges, the effectiveness of the Company’s hedging instruments, and expected compliance with financial covenants in our Credit Agreement. These assumptions and estimates may change as new events occur and additional information is obtained. If economic conditions caused by COVID-19 do not recover as currently estimated by management, such future changes may have an adverse impact on the Company's results of operations, financial position and liquidity.
Basis of Presentation - Interim Financial Statements
The accompanying unaudited interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Rule 10-01 of Regulation S-X and do not include all of the information and notes required by generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S. ("GAAP") for complete financial statements. In the opinion of management, the accompanying financial statements contain all normal and recurring adjustments necessary to fairly state the financial position, results of operations and cash flows of the Company for the interim periods presented. The financial statements may not be indicative of the Company's future performance and do not necessarily reflect what the financial position, results of operations and cash flows would have been had it operated as a standalone company for all periods presented. Additionally, operating results for the three months ended March 2020 are not necessarily indicative of results that may be expected for any other interim period or for fiscal 2020. The unaudited financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated and combined financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2019 included in the Company's 2019 Annual Report on Form 10-K, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on March 11, 2020 ("2019 Annual Report on Form 10-K").
Basis of Presentation - Carve Out Accounting
Through the Separation date in 2019, the Company's combined financial statements were prepared on a carve-out basis under GAAP, which reflected the historical financial position, results of operations and cash flows of the Company as historically managed within VF. The unaudited combined financial statements were derived from the consolidated financial statements and accounting records of VF.
The combined statement of operations included costs for certain centralized functions and programs provided and administered by VF that were charged directly to the Company. These centralized functions and programs included, but were not limited to, information technology, human resources, accounting shared services, supply chain and insurance.
In addition, for purposes of preparing these combined financial statements on a carve-out basis, a portion of VF's total corporate expenses were allocated to the Company. These expense allocations included the cost of corporate functions and resources provided by or administered by VF including, but not limited to, executive management, finance, accounting, legal, human resources and related benefit costs associated with such functions, such as stock-based compensation and pension. Allocations also included the cost of operating VF's corporate headquarters located in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Costs were allocated to the Company based on direct usage when identifiable or, when not directly identifiable, on the basis of proportional revenues, cost of goods sold or square footage, as applicable. Management considered the basis on which the expenses were allocated to reasonably reflect the utilization of services provided to, or benefit received by, the Company during the period presented. However, the allocations may not reflect the expenses that would have been incurred if the Company had been a standalone company for the period presented.
The combined balance sheet included certain assets and liabilities that were historically held at the VF corporate level but were specifically identifiable or otherwise attributable to the Company. VF's third-party long-term debt and the related interest expense were not allocated to the Company as the Company was not the legal obligor of such debt.
All intracompany transactions were eliminated. All transactions between the Company and VF were included in the combined financial statements. For those transactions between the Company and VF that were historically settled in cash, the Company reflected such balances in the balance sheet within "due from former parent" or "due to former parent." The aggregate net effect of transactions between the Company and VF that were not historically settled in cash were reflected in the balance sheet within "former parent investment" and in the statement of cash flows within "net transfers to former parent." Subsequent to the Separation, the Company continued to service commercial arrangements with VF, which included sales of VF-branded products at VF Outlet™ stores, as well as sales to VF for products manufactured in our plants, use of our transportation fleet and fulfillment of a transition services agreement related to VF’s sale of its Nautica® brand business in mid-2018. None of these arrangements with VF have continued in 2020.
Income Taxes Prior to the Separation, the Company's operations were included in VF’s U.S. federal consolidated and certain state income tax returns and certain foreign tax returns. For periods prior to the Separation, the income tax expense and deferred tax balances presented in the financial statements were calculated on a carve-out basis, which applied accounting guidance as if the Company filed its own tax returns in each jurisdiction and included tax losses and tax credits that may not reflect tax positions taken by VF. Certain tax attributes reported by the Company on a carve-out basis were not transferred to the Company as part of the Separation. These attributes primarily related to losses in certain Central America and South America jurisdictions.
Certain prior year amounts in the Company's financial statements and related disclosures have been reclassified to conform with the current year presentation.
Recently Adopted Accounting Standards
In June 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") issued Accounting Standards Update ("ASU") 2016-13, "Financial Instruments-Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments,” and has since issued additional updates to provide further clarification. This guidance requires use of the current expected credit loss ("CECL") model, thus replacing the existing incurred credit loss model. The CECL model requires an entity to recognize an allowance for credit losses at each reporting period that reflects the entity’s current estimate of credit losses expected to be incurred over the life of the financial instrument. The Company determined this guidance primarily applied to trade accounts receivable from customers and licensees, and adopted it on the first day of fiscal 2020 using the modified retrospective approach. There was no cumulative-effect adjustment to retained (deficit) earnings required upon adoption. See Note 4 to the Company's financial statements for additional disclosures on credit losses.
In August 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-13, "Fair Value Measurement (Topic 820): Disclosure Framework—Changes to the Disclosure Requirements for Fair Value Measurement," which modifies the disclosure requirements for fair value measurements by removing, modifying or adding certain disclosures. This guidance was adopted by the Company during the first quarter of 2020 using a prospective approach and did not have a significant impact on the Company's financial statement disclosures.
In August 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-14, "Compensation—Retirement Benefits—Defined Benefit Plans—General (Subtopic 715-20): Disclosure Framework—Changes to the Disclosure Requirements for Defined Benefit Plans," which modifies the disclosure requirements for employers who sponsor defined benefit pension or other postretirement plans. This guidance was adopted by the Company during the first quarter of 2020 using a prospective approach and did not have a significant impact on the Company's financial statement disclosures.
In August 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-15, "Intangibles—Goodwill and Other—Internal-Use Software (Subtopic 350-40): Customer’s Accounting for Implementation Costs Incurred in a Cloud Computing Arrangement That Is a Service Contract," which aligns the requirements for capitalizing implementation costs incurred in a hosting arrangement that is a service contract with the requirements for capitalizing implementation costs incurred to develop or obtain internal-use software. This guidance was adopted by the Company during the first quarter of 2020 using a prospective approach and did not have a significant impact on the Company's financial statements as the new guidance is generally consistent with the Company's historical accounting policies.
Recently Issued Accounting Standards
In December 2019, the FASB issued ASU 2019-12, "Income Taxes (Topic 740): Simplifying the Accounting for Income Taxes," which amends and simplifies the accounting for income taxes by removing certain exceptions in existing guidance and providing new guidance to reduce complexity in certain areas. This guidance is effective for the Company beginning in the first quarter of 2021 with early adoption permitted. The Company is currently evaluating the impact that adoption of this guidance will have on its financial statements and related disclosures, which is not expected to be significant.
In March 2020, the FASB issued ASU 2020-04, “Facilitation of the Effects of Reference Rate Reform on Financial Reporting,” which is intended to provide temporary optional expedients and exceptions for applying GAAP to contract modifications and hedge accounting to ease the financial reporting burdens related to the expected market transition from the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) and other interbank offered rates to alternative reference rates. This guidance is effective upon issuance and generally can be applied through December 31, 2022. The impact of this guidance on the Company's financial statements and related disclosures is not expected to be significant.