|9 Months Ended
Oct. 04, 2020
|Unusual or Infrequent Items, or Both [Abstract]
Due to the novel coronavirus ("COVID-19") pandemic, we continue to navigate an unprecedented time for our business and industry. During the third quarter 2020, the Company continued to expand outdoor seating capacity at reopened Company-owned restaurants in accordance with local limits. Reopening dining rooms and expanding seating capacity was executed with the health, safety, and well-being of Red Robin's Team Members, Guests, and communities in mind, and strict adherence to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state, and local guidelines as our top priority. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a material adverse effect on our business, and we expect the impact from COVID-19 will continue to negatively affect our business.
In response to COVID-19's effect on our franchise operations, we temporarily abated franchise royalty payments and advertising contributions effective March 20, 2020. During periods of abated payments, franchise revenue was not recognized or collected from our franchisees. Abated royalty payments and advertising contributions will not be collected by the Company. The Company began charging and collecting partial franchise royalty payments and advertising contributions during the latter half of the second fiscal quarter of 2020, which continued throughout the Company's third fiscal quarter. As of the end of the third quarter of 2020, the Company had resumed charging full royalty and advertising contributions to our franchisees. Franchised restaurants operate under contractual arrangements with the Company, and the payments specified in the franchise contracts are accounted for under ASC Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers.
In response to the impact of COVID-19 on our operations, beginning April 1, 2020 the Company stopped making full lease payments under its existing lease agreements. During the suspension of payments, the Company continued to recognize expenses and liabilities for lease obligations and corresponding right-of-use assets on the balance sheet in accordance with ASC Topic 842.
We are engaging in ongoing constructive discussions with landlords regarding the potential restructuring of lease payments and rent concessions. As of October 4, 2020, the Company has contractually negotiated rent concessions with many of its landlords, with negotiations complete on approximately 50% of its leases. The types of rent concessions the Company has negotiated include early termination, early renewal, rent deferral, and rent abatement.
For contractual rent concessions that do not substantially change the total cash flows of the lease, the Company has elected to account for these concessions assuming the existing lease agreements provide enforceable rights and obligations consistent with the relief issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board titled ASC Topic 842 and ASC Topic 840: Accounting for Lease Concessions Related to the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic ("FASB Relief"). For leases where the rent concession did not substantially change the total cash flows, the concession was accounted for as a remeasurement to the lease liability based on the original discount rate with a corresponding adjustment to the right-of-use asset. Additionally, the classification of the leases was not reassessed. The Company recorded a $2.2 million remeasurement to increase the lease liability and right-of-use asset resulting from contractual rent concessions under the FASB relief during the third fiscal quarter of 2020.
For contractual rent concessions that substantially changed the total cash flows of the lease and did not qualify for the FASB relief, we applied the modification framework in accordance with ASC Topic 842, Leases. The Company reassessed lease classification for rent concessions that did not qualify for the FASB relief. During the third fiscal quarter of 2020, it was concluded no leases changed classification between operating and finance. Based on updated discount rates, a $10.1 million remeasurement was recorded to increase the lease liability and a $9.9 million adjustment, net of broker's fees, was recorded to increase the right-of-use asset during the third fiscal quarter of 2020. Contractual rent concessions granted to the Company during the third fiscal quarter of 2020 did not grant the right to use additional assets not included in the original lease contracts, so no separate contracts were accounted for as part of the rent concession modifications.
During the twelve weeks ended October 4, 2020, the Company recognized $3.3 million of impairment related to assets at two permanently closed Company-owned restaurants. These impairment charges were included in Restaurant closure and refranchising costs in Other charges (gains) on the condensed consolidated statements of operation and comprehensive loss.
The March 19, 2020 passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act") created an opportunity for the Company to carry back 2019 and 2020 net operating losses ("NOL's"). Upon filing of its 2019 federal tax return during the third quarter of 2020 and gaining further interpretations and expert technical guidance surrounding the application of the CARES Act, the Company recorded an additional $42.8 million in federal income tax receivables to Income tax receivable on the condensed consolidated balance sheets and recorded a related income tax benefit to the condensed consolidated statements of operation and comprehensive loss. After consideration for the adjustments of carrybacks due to the CARES Act, we have a combined federal and state valuation allowance of $67.1 million, which was recorded to Other assets, net on the condensed consolidated balance sheets. Subsequent to our third quarter balance sheet date, the Company received $49.4 million in cash tax refunds, including interest, and currently expects to receive between $12 million to $15 million of additional cash tax refunds within the next 12 months. A portion of this refund was used to make a $42 million repayment on the Company's credit facility on October 30, 2020.
As of October 4, 2020, the Company had $9.7 million of net operating loss carryforwards for state income tax purposes that arose from the 2019 and 2020 tax years. The Company reclassified this amount from state tax current receivable which was recorded in Prepaid expenses and other current assets as of our second fiscal quarter of 2020, to state deferred tax asset which is recorded to Other Assets, net on the condensed consolidated balance sheets as a result of the CARES Act legislation and in conjunction with the filing of our state tax returns during our third fiscal quarter. Of these state net operating loss carryforwards, approximately $0.2 million may expire, if unused, in 2024. The remaining state net operating losses approximating $9.5 million may expire, if unused, through 2039 or in some cases will be retained for an indefinite period. The utilization of net operating loss carryforwards may be limited to 80% of taxable income in any given year. As states' CARES legislation continues to evolve these estimates may change. The total $67.1 million valuation allowance includes the $9.7 million state NOL's recorded as of October 4, 2020.