|HRG GROUP, INC. filed this Form 10-Q on 05/05/2017
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Corporate and Other
On April 14, 2017, the Company and Omar Asali, President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Company, entered into a Separation and Release Agreement pursuant to which Mr. Asali ceased his employment with the Company and resigned from the Board of Directors of the Company and its subsidiaries. On April 14, 2017, Mr. Joseph S. Steinberg, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company, was appointed to the additional position of Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
On March 22, 2017, the Company also appointed Mr. Ehsan Zargar, effective as of January 1, 2017, as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Company.
In addition, as previously announced in November 2016, the Company’s Board of Directors initiated a process to explore and evaluate strategic alternatives, which may include, but are not limited to, a merger, sale or other business combination involving the Company and/or its assets. There can be no assurance that HRG’s review of strategic alternatives will result in a transaction, or that any transaction, if pursued, will be consummated. HRG’s review of strategic alternatives may be terminated at any time with or without notice. Neither HRG nor any of its affiliates intends to disclose developments with respect to this process until such time that it determines otherwise in its sole discretion or as required by applicable law.
Also, on November 28, 2016, the Company and David Maura, Managing Director and Executive Vice President of Investments of the Company, entered into a Separation and Release Agreement pursuant to which Mr. Maura resigned his employment with the Company, but will continue to serve as the Executive Chairman of Spectrum Brands and its subsidiaries and as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors.
(2) Basis of Presentation, Significant Accounting Policies and Recent Accounting Pronouncements
Basis of Presentation
The accompanying unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements of the Company included herein have been prepared pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). The financial statements reflect all adjustments that are, in the opinion of management, necessary for a fair statement of such information. All such adjustments are of a normal recurring nature. Although the Company believes that the disclosures are adequate to make the information presented not misleading, certain information and note disclosures, including a description of significant accounting policies normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”), have been condensed or omitted pursuant to such rules and regulations. Certain prior amounts have been reclassified or combined to conform to the current year presentation. These reclassifications and combinations had no effect on previously reported net loss attributable to controlling interest or accumulated deficit. These interim financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Company’s annual consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016, filed with the SEC on November 23, 2016 (the “Form 10-K”). The results of operations for the six months ended March 31, 2017 are not necessarily indicative of the results for any subsequent periods or the entire fiscal year ending September 30, 2017.
The Company’s fiscal year ends on September 30 and the quarters end on the last calendar day of the months of December, March and June. Spectrum Brands’ fiscal year ends September 30 and its interim fiscal quarters end every thirteenth Sunday, except for its first fiscal quarter which may end on the fourteenth Sunday following September 30. The Company does not adjust for the difference in fiscal periods between Spectrum Brands and itself, as such difference would be less than 93 days, pursuant to Regulation S-X Rule 3A-02.
At March 31, 2017, the noncontrolling interest component of total equity primarily represents the 41.6% share of Spectrum Brands and the 19.6% of FGL not owned by HRG.
Insurance Subsidiary Financial Information and Regulatory Matters
FGL Insurance’s statutory carrying value of Raven Reinsurance Company (“Raven Re”), its wholly-owned subsidiary, reflects the effect of permitted practices Raven Re received to treat the available amount of a letter of credit as an admitted asset which increased Raven Re’s statutory capital and surplus by $188.8 and $201.3 at March 31, 2017 and September 30, 2016, respectively. Raven Re is also permitted to follow Iowa prescribed statutory accounting practice for its reserves on reinsurance assumed from FGL Insurance which increased Raven Re’s statutory capital and surplus by $4.4 and $4.2 at March 31, 2017 and September 30, 2016, respectively. Without such permitted statutory accounting practices, Raven Re’s statutory capital and surplus would be $6.8 and $4.6 as of March 31, 2017 and September 30, 2016, respectively, and its risk-based capital would fall below the minimum regulatory requirements. The letter of credit facility is collateralized by debt securities rated by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (“NAIC”) as “NAIC-1.” If the permitted practice was revoked, the letter of credit could be replaced by the collateral assets with Nomura Bank International plc’s consent. FGL Insurance’s statutory carrying value of Raven Re at March 31, 2017 and September 30, 2016 was $199.9 and $210.0, respectively.
On November 1, 2013, FGL Insurance re-domesticated from Maryland to Iowa. After re-domestication, FGL Insurance elected to
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