Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Summary of Significant Accounting Policies and Nature of Operations

Summary of Significant Accounting Policies and Nature of Operations
12 Months Ended
Jan. 02, 2021
Summary of Significant Accounting Policies and Nature of Operations  
Summary of Significant Accounting Policies and Nature of Operations


(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)

Note 1 – Summary of Significant Accounting Policies and Nature of Operations, Inc. (including its subsidiaries) is a leading online provider of aftermarket auto parts and accessories. The Company primarily sells its products to individual consumers through its flagship website located at and online marketplaces, and offline to wholesale distributors. Our corporate website is located at References to the “Company,” “we,” “us,” or “our” refer to, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries.

The Company’s products consist of replacement parts (formerly referred to as collision) serving the wear and tear and body repair market, hard parts (formerly referred to as engine) to serve the maintenance and repair market, and performance parts and accessories. The replacement parts category is primarily comprised of body parts for the exterior of an automobile as well as certain other mechanical or electrical parts that are not related to the functioning of the engine or drivetrain. Our parts in this category typically replace original body parts that have been damaged as a result of general wear and tear or a collision. The majority of these products are sold through our websites. In addition, we sell an extensive line of mirror products, including one of our own house brands (formerly referred to as private label) called Kool-Vue®, which are marketed and sold as aftermarket replacement parts and as upgrades to existing parts. The hard parts category is primarily comprised of engine components and other mechanical and electrical parts including one of our house brands of catalytic converters called Evan Fischer®. These hard parts serve as replacement parts that are generally used by professionals and do-it-yourselfers for engine and mechanical maintenance and repair. We also offer performance versions of many parts sold in each of the above categories. Performance parts and accessories generally consist of parts that enhance the performance of the automobile, upgrade existing functionality of a specific part or improve the physical appearance or comfort of the automobile.

The Company is a Delaware C corporation and is headquartered in Torrance, California. The Company has employees located in both the United States and the Philippines.

Fiscal Year

The Company’s fiscal year is based on a 52/53 week fiscal year ending on the Saturday closest to December 31. The fiscal year ended January 2, 2021 (fiscal year 2020) is a 53 week period and December 28, 2019 (fiscal year 2019) is a 52 week period.


Principles of Consolidation

The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and its wholly-owned subsidiaries. All intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.


Basis of Presentation

In fiscal year 2020, the Company incurred a net loss of $1,513, compared to net loss of $31,548 in fiscal year 2019.  $23,015 of the net loss for fiscal year 2019 was related to a valuation allowance recorded on the Company’s deferred tax assets. Based on our current operating plan, we believe that our existing cash, cash equivalents, investments, cash flows from operations and available debt or equity financing will be sufficient to finance our operational cash needs through at least the next twelve months.


Prior period operating expense amounts have been classified to conform to the current period presentation of operating expense in the consolidated statements of operations.


Use of Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities at the date of the consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Key estimates made by management relate primarily to determining the net realizable value of inventory and the valuation of deferred tax assets and liabilities, in addition to the valuation and assumptions underlying share-based compensation expense. Actual results could differ from these estimates.


Cash and Cash Equivalents

The Company considers all money market funds and short-term investments purchased with original maturities of ninety days or less to be cash equivalents.


Fair Value of Financial Instruments

Financial instruments that are not measured at fair value include accounts receivable, accounts payable and debt. Refer to “Note 2 – Fair Value Measurements” for additional fair value information. The carrying values of cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivable and accounts payable approximate fair value due to their short-term maturities.


Accounts Receivable and Concentration of Credit Risk

Accounts receivable are stated net of allowance for doubtful accounts. The allowance for doubtful accounts is determined primarily on the basis of past collection experience and general economic conditions. The Company determines terms and conditions for its customers primarily based on the volume purchased by the customer, customer creditworthiness and past transaction history.

Concentrations of credit risk are primarily limited to the offline sales customer base to which the Company’s products are sold, which is related to trade receivables that are approximately 28% of total accounts receivable, net, balance as of the year ended January 2, 2021. The Company does not believe significant concentrations of credit risk exist as a significant portion of the outstanding trade receivables balance is insured by a third-party credit insurance company.



Inventories consist of finished goods available-for-sale and are stated at the lower of cost or net realizable value, determined using the first-in first-out (“FIFO”) method. The Company purchases inventory from suppliers both domestically and internationally, and routinely enters into supply agreements with Asia-Pacific based suppliers in China and Taiwan and also U.S. based suppliers who are primarily drop-ship vendors. The Company believes that its products are generally available from more than one supplier and seeks to maintain multiple sources for its products, both internationally and domestically. The Company primarily purchases products in bulk quantities to take advantage of quantity discounts and to ensure inventory availability. Inventory is reported at the lower of cost or net realizable value. We recognize provisions for obsolete and slow-moving inventory primarily based on judgments about expected disposition of inventory, generally, through sales, or liquidations of obsolete inventory, and expected recoverable values per SKU based on currently available or historical information.


Inventory as of January 2, 2021 and December 28, 2019 included items in-transit to our distribution centers, in the amounts of $26,542 and $14,502, respectively.


Website and Software Development Costs

The Company capitalizes certain costs associated with website and software developed for internal use according to ASC 350‑50 - Intangibles – Goodwill and Other – Website Development Costs and ASC 350‑40 Intangibles – Goodwill and Other – Internal-Use Software, when both the preliminary project design and testing stage are completed and management has authorized further funding for the project, which it deems probable of completion and to be used for the function intended. Capitalized costs include amounts directly related to website and software development such as payroll and payroll-related costs for employees who are directly associated with, and who devote time to, the internal-use software project. Capitalization of such costs ceases when the project is substantially complete and ready for its intended use. These amounts are amortized on a straight-line basis over two to three years once the software is placed into service. The Company capitalized website and software development costs of $4,769 and $4,907 during fiscal year 2020 and 2019, respectively. As of January 2, 2021 and December 28, 2019, our internally developed website and software costs amounted to $22,099 and $24,142, respectively, and the related accumulated amortization amounted to $18,779 and $20,740, respectively.


Long-Lived Assets and Intangibles Subject to Amortization

The Company accounts for the impairment and disposition of long-lived assets, including intangibles subject to amortization, in accordance with ASC - 360 Property, Plant and Equipment (“ASC 360”). Management assesses potential impairments whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value of an asset or asset group may not be recoverable. An impairment loss will result when the carrying value exceeds the undiscounted cash flows estimated to result from the use and eventual disposition of the asset or asset group. Impairment losses will be recognized in operating results to the extent that the carrying value exceeds the undiscounted future cash flows estimated to result from the use and eventual disposition of the asset or asset group. As of January 2, 2021 the Company’s long-lived assets did not indicate a potential impairment under the provisions of ASC 360, therefore no impairment charges were recorded for fiscal 2020.


Deferred Financing Costs

Deferred financing costs are being amortized over the life of the loan using the straight-line method as it is not significantly different from the effective interest method.


Revenue Recognition

The Company recognizes revenue from product sales and shipping revenues, net of promotional discounts and return allowances, when the following revenue recognition criteria are met: a contract has been identified, separate performance obligations are identified, the transaction price is determined, the transaction price is allocated to separate performance obligations and revenue is recognized upon satisfying each performance obligation. The Company transfers the risk of loss or damage upon shipment, therefore, revenue from product sales is recognized when it is shipped to the customer. Return allowances, which reduce product revenue by the Company’s best estimate of expected product returns, are estimated using historical experience.

The Company evaluates the criteria of ASC 606 - Revenue Recognition Principal Agent Considerations in determining whether it is appropriate to record the gross amount of product sales and related costs or the net amount earned as commissions. Generally, when the Company is primarily responsible for fulfilling the promise to provide a specified good or service, the Company is subject to inventory risk before the good or service has been transferred to a customer and the Company has discretion in establishing the price, revenue is recorded at gross.

Payments received prior to the delivery of goods to customers are recorded as deferred revenue in customer deposits in the consolidated balance sheets.

The Company periodically provides incentive offers to its customers to encourage purchases. Such offers include current discount offers, such as percentage discounts off current purchases and other similar offers. Current discount offers, when accepted by the Company’s customers, are treated as a reduction to the purchase price of the related transaction.

Sales discounts are recorded in the period in which the related sale is recognized. Sales return allowances are estimated based on historical amounts and are recorded upon recognizing the related sales. Credits are issued to customers for returned products. Credits for returned products amounted to $24,396 and $18,436 for fiscal year 2020 and 2019, respectively.


No customer accounted for more than 10% of the Company’s net sales.

The following table provides an analysis of the allowance for sales returns and the allowance for doubtful accounts (in thousands):



















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Cost of Sales

Cost of sales consists of the direct costs associated with procuring parts from suppliers and delivering products to customers. These costs include direct product costs, outbound freight and shipping costs, warehouse supplies and warranty costs, partially offset by purchase discounts. Total freight and shipping expense included in cost of sales for fiscal year 2020 and 2019 was $69,925, and $47,140, respectively. Depreciation and amortization expenses are excluded from cost of sales and included in operating expense.


Warranty Costs

The Company or the vendors supplying its products provide the Company’s customers limited warranties on certain products that range from 30 days to lifetime. Historically, the Company’s vendors have been the party primarily responsible for warranty claims. Standard product warranties sold separately by the Company are recorded as deferred revenue and recognized ratably over the life of the warranty, ranging from one to five years. The Company also offers extended warranties that are imbedded in the price of selected private label products sold. The product brands that include the extended warranty coverage are offered at three different service levels: (a) a five year unlimited product replacement, (b) a five year one-time product replacement, and (c) a three year one-time product replacement. Warranty costs relating to merchandise sold under warranty not covered by vendors are estimated and recorded as warranty obligations at the time of sale based on each product’s historical return rate and historical warranty cost. The standard and extended warranty obligations are recorded as warranty liabilities and included in other current liabilities in the consolidated balance sheets. For the fiscal year 2020 and 2019, the activity in the aggregate warranty liabilities was as follows (in thousands):











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Operating Expense

Operating expense consists of marketing, general and administrative, fulfillment, and technology expense. The Company also includes share-based compensation expense in the applicable operating expense category based on the respective equity award recipient’s function. Marketing costs, including advertising, are expensed as incurred. The majority of advertising expense is paid to internet search engine service providers, television advertising, and internet commerce facilitators. For fiscal year 2020 and 2019, the Company recognized advertising costs of $54,588 and $25,691, respectively. Marketing expense also includes payroll and related expenses associated with our customer service and marketing personnel. General and administrative expense consists primarily of administrative payroll and related expenses, merchant processing fees, legal and professional fees and other administrative costs. Fulfillment expense consists primarily of payroll and related costs associated with warehouse employees and the Company’s purchasing group, facilities rent, building maintenance, depreciation and other costs associated with inventory management and wholesale operations. Technology expense consists primarily of payroll and related expenses of the Company’s information technology personnel, the cost of hosting the Company’s servers, communications expenses and internet connectivity costs, computer support and software development amortization expense. Marketing expense, general and administrative expense, and fulfillment expense also includes depreciation and amortization expense.

Share-Based Compensation

The Company accounts for share-based compensation in accordance with ASC 718 - Compensation – Stock Compensation (“ASC 718”). All share-based payment awards issued to employees are recognized as share-based compensation expense in the statements of operations based on their respective grant date fair values. Compensation expense for service-based restricted stock units is based on the closing stock price of our common stock on the date of grant, and is recognized on a straight-line basis over the requisite service period. Compensation expense for performance-based awards is measured based on the amount of shares ultimately expected to vest, estimated at each reporting date based on management’s expectations regarding the relevant performance criteria. Compensation expense for stock options is based on the fair value estimated on the date of grant using an option pricing model, and is recognized over the vesting period of three to four years. The Company currently uses the Black-Scholes option pricing model to estimate the fair value of share-based payment awards for such stock options, which is affected by the Company’s stock price and a number of assumptions, including expected volatility, expected life, risk-free interest rate and expected dividends.

Expected volatility is based on the historical volatility of the Company’s stock price for a period approximating the expected life. The expected life of an award is based on combining historical exercise data with expected weighted time outstanding. The risk-free interest rate is based on the implied yield available on U.S. Treasury issues for the expected life of awards. The expected dividend yield assumption is based on the Company’s expectation of paying no dividends on its common stock.

The Company accounts for equity awards to non-employees in accordance with ASC 505‑50, Equity-Based Payments to Non-Employees,  which requires the fair value of an award to non-employees be remeasured at fair value as the award vests. Under ASC 718, we recognize forfeitures as they occur.

Other Income, net

Other income, net consists of miscellaneous income or expense and interest income comprised primarily of interest income on investments.


Interest Expense

Interest expense consists primarily of interest expense on our revolving loan and letters of credit balances, deferred financing cost amortization, and finance lease interest.


Income Taxes

The Company accounts for income taxes in accordance with ASC 740 - Income Taxes (“ASC 740”). Under ASC 740, deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the future tax consequences attributable to temporary differences between the financial statement carrying amount of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax bases. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. When appropriate, a valuation allowance is established to reduce deferred tax assets, which include tax credits and loss carry forwards, to the amount that is more likely than not to be realized. In making such determination, the Company considers all available positive and negative evidence, including future reversals of existing taxable temporary differences, future taxable income exclusive of reversing temporary differences and carryforwards, taxable income in prior carryback years, tax planning strategies and recent financial operations.

The Company utilizes a two-step approach to recognizing and measuring uncertain tax positions. The first step is to evaluate the tax position for recognition by determining if the weight of available evidence indicates it is more likely than not that the position will be sustained on audit, including resolution of related appeals or litigation processes. The second step is to measure the tax benefit as the largest amount which is more than 50% likely to be realized upon ultimate settlement. The Company considers many factors when evaluating and estimating our tax positions and tax benefits, which may require periodic adjustments and which may not accurately forecast actual outcomes. As of January 2, 2021, the Company had no material unrecognized tax benefits, interest or penalties related to federal and state income tax matters. The Company’s policy is to record interest and penalties as income tax expense.


Taxes Collected from Customers and Remitted to Governmental Authorities

We present taxes collected from customers and remitted to governmental authorities on a net basis in accordance with the guidance on ASC 606‑10‑32‑2 - Taxes Collected from Customers and Remitted to Governmental Authorities.



On January 1, 2019, the Company adopted ASC 842 – Leases (“ASC 842”), which requires lessees to record right-of-use assets and related lease obligations on the balance sheet, as well as disclose key information regarding leasing arrangements. The Company adopted the standard by applying the modified retrospective method without the restatement of comparative periods. Adoption of the standard resulted in the recognition of $1,623 to the opening balance of retained earnings as of the adoption date and the recognition of ROU assets and related lease obligations as of January 1, 2019. The standard did not have a significant impact on the Company's operating results or cash flows.


The Company elected the package of practical expedients, which permits a lessee to not reassess under the new standard its prior conclusions regarding lease identification, lease classification and initial direct costs. The Company did not elect the practical expedient which permits the use of hindsight when determining the lease term and assessing right-of-use assets for impairment.


As permitted by the transition guidance, the Company used the remaining lease term as of the date of adoption of the standard to estimate discount rates. As permitted by the standard, the Company elected, for all asset classes, the short-term lease exemption. A short-term lease is a lease that, at the commencement date, has a term of twelve months or less and does not include an option to purchase the underlying asset.


The Company determines if an arrangement contains a lease at inception. The Company elected the practical expedient, for all asset classes, to account for each lease component of a contract and its associated non-lease components as a single lease component, rather than allocating a standalone value to each component of a lease.

For purposes of calculating operating lease obligations under the standard, the Company's lease terms may include options to extend or terminate the lease when it is reasonably certain that the Company will exercise such option. The Company's leases do not contain material residual value guarantees or material restrictive covenants.

Operating lease expense is recognized on a straight-line basis over the lease terms.


The discount rate used to measure a lease obligation should be the rate implicit in the lease; however, the Company’s operating leases generally do not provide an implicit rate. Accordingly, the Company uses its incremental borrowing rate at lease commencement to determine the present value of lease payments. The incremental borrowing rate is an entity-specific rate which represents the rate of interest a lessee would pay to borrow on a collateralized basis over a similar term with similar payments.


Foreign Currency Translation

For each the Company’s foreign subsidiaries, the functional currency is its local currency. Assets and liabilities of foreign operations are translated into U.S. dollars using the current exchange rates, and revenues and expenses are translated into U.S. dollars using average exchange rates. The effects of the foreign currency translation adjustments are included as a component of accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income in the Company’s consolidated balance sheets.


Comprehensive Loss

The Company reports comprehensive loss in accordance with ASC 220 - Comprehensive Income (“ASC 220”). Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income , included in the Company’s consolidated balance sheets, includes foreign currency translation adjustments related to the Company’s foreign operations, unrealized gain on deferred compensation trust assets, and actuarial loss on the Company’s defined benefit plan in the Philippines. The Company presents the components of net loss and other comprehensive loss in its consolidated statements of comprehensive operations.


Recently Adopted Accounting Pronouncements

In February 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU’) No. 2018-15, “Intangibles—Goodwill and Other— Internal-Use Software (Subtopic 350-40)” (“ASU 2018-15”). The objective of this update is to align 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. The Company adopted the standard on December 29, 2019 and the adoption did not have a material impact on the consolidated financial statements.

In June 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-13, Financial Instruments - Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments, and other subsequent amendments including ASU 2019-04 Codification Improvements to Topic 326, Financial Instruments - Credit Losses, Topic 815, Derivatives and Hedging, and Topic 825, Financial Instruments, collectively referred to as (“ASC 326”), which provides a new impairment model that require measurement and recognition of expected credit losses for most financial assets and certain other instruments, including but not limited to accounts receivable, contract assets, available for sale securities and certain financial guarantees. The Company adopted the standard on December 29, 2019 and the adoption did not have a material impact on the consolidated financial statements.

Recently Early Adopted Accounting Pronouncements

In December 2019, the FASB issued ASU 2019-12, Income Taxes (Topic 740) – Simplifying the Accounting for Income Taxes. The update is intended to simplify the current rules regarding the accounting for income taxes and addresses several technical topics including accounting for franchise taxes, allocating income taxes between a loss in continuing operations and in other categories such as discontinued operations, reporting income taxes for legal entities that are not subject to income taxes, and interim accounting for enacted changes in tax laws. The new standard is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2020; however, early adoption is permitted. The Company early adopted the standard on December 29, 2019 and the adoption did not have a material impact on the consolidated financial statements.