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Basis of Presentation and Recent Accounting Pronouncements

Basis of Presentation and Recent Accounting Pronouncements
4 Months Ended
Apr. 17, 2016
Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]  
Basis of Presentation and Recent Accounting Pronouncements
Basis of Presentation and Recent Accounting Pronouncements
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc., a Delaware corporation, together with its subsidiaries (“Red Robin” or the “Company”), primarily develops, operates, and franchises casual-dining and fast-casual restaurants in North America. As of April 17, 2016, the Company owned and operated 454 restaurants located in 38 states, the District of Columbia, and two Canadian provinces. The Company also had 86 franchised casual-dining restaurants in 15 states as of April 17, 2016. The Company operates its business as one operating and one reportable segment.
Basis of Presentation
The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Red Robin and its wholly owned subsidiaries. All intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation. The Company’s financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) for interim financial information and with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X. In the opinion of management, all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring adjustments) considered necessary for a fair presentation have been included. 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 and expenses during the reporting period. The results of operations for any interim period are not necessarily indicative of results for the full year.
The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements of Red Robin have been prepared pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). Certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in the Company’s annual consolidated financial statements on Form 10-K have been condensed or omitted. The condensed consolidated balance sheet as of December 27, 2015 has been derived from the audited consolidated financial statements as of that date, but does not include all disclosures required for audited annual financial statements. For further information, please refer to and read these interim condensed consolidated financial statements in conjunction with the Company’s audited consolidated financial statements included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 27, 2015, filed with the SEC on February 19, 2016.
The Company’s quarter that ended April 17, 2016 is referred to as first quarter 2016, or the sixteen weeks ended April 17, 2016; the quarter ended April 19, 2015 is referred to as first quarter 2015, or the sixteen weeks ended April 19, 2015.
Recently Issued Accounting Standards
In March 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued guidance on stock-based compensation, which changes the accounting for, and classification of, excess tax benefits and deficiencies, the classification of those excess tax benefits on the statement of cash flows, an accounting policy election for forfeitures, the amount an employer can withhold to cover income taxes and still qualify for equity classification, and the classification of those taxes paid on the statement of cash flows. This guidance is effective for annual and interim reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2016 with early adoption permitted. The guidance will be applied either prospectively, retrospectively, or using a cumulative effect transition method, depending on the area covered in this update. The Company is currently evaluating its expected timing and method of adoption along with the effect this guidance will have on the Company’s consolidated financial statements and related disclosures.
In February 2016, the FASB issued new guidance on accounting for leases. This guidance requires the recognition of a liability for lease obligation and a corresponding right-of-use asset on the balance sheet and disclosure of key information about leasing arrangements. This guidance is effective for annual and interim reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2018 using a modified retrospective adoption method. Early adoption is permitted. We are currently evaluating the impact this guidance will have on our consolidated financial statements but expect this adoption will result in a significant increase in the assets and liabilities on our consolidated balance sheet.
In May 2014, the FASB issued guidance outlining a single comprehensive model for entities to use in accounting for revenue arising from contracts with customers. This guidance requires an entity to recognize revenue when it transfers promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods or services. Additionally, this guidance expands related disclosure requirements. The guidance is effective for reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017 with early adoption permitted. The new guidance may be applied retrospectively to each prior period presented or retrospectively with the cumulative effect recognized as of the date of adoption. In March 2016, the FASB issued an Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) that amends the principal versus agent guidance in the new revenue recognition standard. The ASU clarifies that the analysis must focus on whether the entity has control of the good or services before they are transferred to the customer. In addition, in April 2016, the FASB issued an ASU to clarify the guidance on accounting for licenses or intellectual property and identifying performance obligations in the new revenue recognition standard. The ASU clarifies how an entity should evaluate the nature of its promise in grants of a license of intellectual property and when a promised good or service is distinct within the context of a contract. We do not believe the new revenue recognition standard will impact our recognition of food and beverage sales from Company-owned restaurants and our recognition of royalty fees from franchisees. We are continuing to evaluate the impact the adoption of this standard will have on the recognition of other transactions, including the initial franchise fees we recognized when the franchise restaurants opened and franchise contributions to our two national media advertising funds, as well as the expected timing and method of adoption.