||Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
Nature of Business
Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (the “Company”) is a holding company incorporated in 2007 under the laws of the State of Delaware. The Company’s business operations are conducted through its wholly-owned indirect subsidiary Francesca’s Collections, Inc. (“Francesca’s Collections”), a corporation formed and existing under the laws of the State of Texas. Francesca’s Collections is wholly-owned by Francesca’s LLC (the “Parent”), a limited liability company formed and existing under the laws of the State of Delaware. Parent is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company.
The Company operates a national chain of retail locations designed and merchandised to feel like independently owned, upscale boutiques and provide its customers with an inviting, intimate and fun shopping experience. The Company offers a diverse and uniquely balanced mix of apparel, jewelry, accessories and gifts at attractive prices. At October 27, 2012, the Company operated 359 boutiques, which are located in 44 states throughout the United States, and its e-commerce website.
Basis of Presentation
The accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (“GAAP”) for interim financial statements and are in the form prescribed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by GAAP for complete financial statements. In the opinion of management, these unaudited financial statements include all adjustments, consisting of normal recurring adjustments, considered necessary for a fair presentation of the Company’s financial position, results of operations and cash flows at the dates and for the periods presented. The financial information as of January 28, 2012 was derived from the Company’s audited consolidated financial statements and notes thereto as of and for the fiscal year ended January 28, 2012, included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 21, 2012.
These unaudited interim consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Company’s audited consolidated financial statements and related notes as of and for the fiscal year ended January 28, 2012 included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 21, 2012.
Due to seasonal variations in the retail industry, interim results are not necessarily indicative of results that may be expected for any other interim period or for a full year.
Principles of Consolidation
The accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and all its subsidiaries. All inter-company balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.
The Company maintains its accounts on a 52- or 53-week year ending on the Saturday closest to January 31st. Fiscal year 2012 is a 53-week year and ends on February 2, 2013. The fiscal quarters ended October 27, 2012 and October 29, 2011 refer to the thirteen-week periods ended on those dates. The year-to-date periods ended October 27, 2012 and October 29, 2011 refer to the thirty nine week periods ended on those dates.
Certain prior period amounts have been reclassified as prepaid expenses and other current assets in order to provide consistent comparative information. These reclassifications do not materially impact the unaudited consolidated financial statements for the prior periods presented.
Management Estimates and Assumption
The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and
disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues, net of estimated sales return, and expenses during the reporting periods. Actual results could differ from those estimates.
Recent Accounting Pronouncements
In May 2011, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2011-04, “Amendments to Achieve Common Fair Value Measurement and Disclosure Requirements in GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”).” This pronouncement was issued to provide a consistent definition of fair value and ensure that the fair value measurement and disclosure requirements are similar between U.S. GAAP and IFRS. ASU 2011-04 changes certain fair value measurement principles and enhances the disclosure requirements particularly for level 3 fair value measurements. The Company adopted this guidance at the beginning of fiscal year 2012. This adoption had no impact on the Company’s financial position, results of operations or cash flows.