Form 10-K
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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, DC 20549

 

 

FORM 10-K

 

 

Annual Report Pursuant to Sections 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

x ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal year ended December 25, 2010

OR

 

¨ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from                          to                     

Commission File Number: 1-5057

 

 

OFFICEMAX INCORPORATED

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   82-0100960

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

263 Shuman Boulevard,

Naperville, Illinois

  60563
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

(630) 438-7800

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $2.50 par value                  
American & Foreign Power Company Inc.
       Debentures, 5% Series due 2030
 

New York Stock Exchange

New York Stock Exchange

 

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.    Yes  ¨    No  x

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.    Yes  ¨    No  x

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes  ¨    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.  x

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer   x    Accelerated filer   ¨
Non-accelerated filer   ¨    Smaller reporting company   ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act).    Yes  ¨    No  x

The aggregate market value of the voting common stock held by nonaffiliates of the registrant, computed by reference to the price at which the common stock was sold as of the close of business on June 25, 2010, was $1,088,968,714. Registrant does not have any nonvoting common equity securities.

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the registrant’s classes of common stock as of the latest practicable date.

 

Class

 

Shares Outstanding as of February 11, 2011

Common Stock, $2.50 par value   85,058,285

Document incorporated by reference

Portions of the registrant’s proxy statement relating to its 2011 annual meeting of shareholders to be held on April 13, 2011 (“OfficeMax Incorporated’s proxy statement”) are incorporated by reference into Part III of this Form 10-K.

 

 

 


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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

PART I   

Item 1.

  

Business

     1   

Item 1A.

  

Risk Factors

     5   

Item 1B.

  

Unresolved Staff Comments

     8   

Item 2.

  

Properties

     9   

Item 3.

  

Legal Proceedings

     10   

Item 4.

  

(Removed and Reserved)

     10   
  

Executive Officers of the Registrant

     11   
PART II   

Item 5.

  

Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

     12   

Item 6.

  

Selected Financial Data

     14   

Item 7.

  

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

     16   

Item 7A.

  

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

     38   

Item 8.

  

Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

     39   

Item 9.

  

Changes in and Disagreements With Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

     80   

Item 9A.

  

Controls and Procedures

     80   

Item 9B.

  

Other Information

     80   
PART III   

Item 10.

  

Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

     81   

Item 11.

  

Executive Compensation

     81   

Item 12.

  

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

     81   

Item 13.

  

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

     82   

Item 14.

  

Principal Accountant Fees and Services

     82   
PART IV   

Item 15.

  

Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules

     83   
  

Signatures

     84   
  

Index to Exhibits

     86   

 

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PART I

ITEM 1.    BUSINESS

As used in this Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 25, 2010, the terms “OfficeMax,” the “Company,” “we” and “our” refer to OfficeMax Incorporated and its consolidated subsidiaries and predecessors. Our Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filings, which include this Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and all related amendments to those reports, are available free of charge on our website at investor.officemax.com by clicking on “SEC filings.” Our SEC filings are available as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically file such material with, or furnish it to, the SEC.

General Overview

OfficeMax is a leader in both business-to-business and retail office products distribution. We provide office supplies and paper, print and document services, technology products and solutions and office furniture to large, medium and small businesses, government offices and consumers. OfficeMax customers are served by approximately 30,000 associates through direct sales, catalogs, the Internet and retail stores. Our common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OMX, and our corporate headquarters is in Naperville, Illinois.

OfficeMax Incorporated (formerly Boise Cascade Corporation) was organized as Boise Payette Lumber Company of Delaware, a Delaware corporation, in 1931 as a successor to an Idaho corporation formed in 1913. In 1957, the Company’s name was changed to Boise Cascade Corporation. On December 9, 2003, Boise Cascade Corporation acquired 100% of the voting securities of OfficeMax, Inc. That acquisition more than doubled the size of our office products distribution business and expanded that business into the U.S. retail channel. In connection with the sale of our paper, forest products and timberland assets described below, the Company’s name was changed from Boise Cascade Corporation to OfficeMax Incorporated, and the names of our office products segments were changed from Boise Office Solutions, Contract and Boise Office Solutions, Retail to OfficeMax, Contract and OfficeMax, Retail. The Boise Cascade Corporation and Boise Office Solutions names were used in documents furnished to or filed with the SEC prior to the sale of our paper, forest products and timberland assets.

On October 29, 2004, we sold our paper, forest products and timberland assets to affiliates of Boise Cascade, L.L.C., a new company formed by Madison Dearborn Partners LLC (the “Sale”). With the Sale, we completed the Company’s transition, begun in the mid-1990s, from a predominately commodity manufacturing-based company to an independent office products distribution company. On October 29, 2004, as part of the Sale, we invested $175 million in the securities of affiliates of Boise Cascade, L.L.C. Due to restructurings conducted by those affiliates, our investment is currently in Boise Cascade Holdings, L.L.C. (the “Boise Investment”).

Fiscal Year

The Company’s fiscal year-end is the last Saturday in December. Due primarily to statutory requirements, the Company’s international businesses maintain December 31 year-ends, with our majority-owned joint venture in Mexico reporting one month in arrears. Fiscal year 2010 ended on December 25, 2010, fiscal year 2009 ended on December 26, 2009, and fiscal year 2008 ended on December 27, 2008. Each of the past three years has included 52 weeks for all reportable segments and businesses. Fiscal year 2011 will include 53 weeks for our U.S. businesses.

 

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Segments

The Company manages its business using three reportable segments: OfficeMax, Contract (“Contract segment” or “Contract”); OfficeMax, Retail (“Retail segment” or “Retail”); and Corporate and Other. The Contract segment markets and sells office supplies and paper, technology products and solutions, office furniture and print and document services directly to large corporate and government offices, as well as to small and medium-sized offices through field salespeople, outbound telesales, catalogs, the Internet and, primarily in foreign markets, through office products stores. The Retail segment markets and sells office supplies and paper, print and document services, technology products and solutions and office furniture to small and medium-sized businesses and consumers through a network of retail stores. Management reviews the performance of the Company based on these segments. We present information pertaining to each of our segments and the geographic areas in which they operate in Note 14, “Segment Information,” of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in “Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” of this Form 10-K.

Contract

We distribute a broad line of items for the office, including office supplies and paper, technology products and solutions, office furniture and print and document services through our Contract segment. Contract sells directly to large corporate and government offices, as well as to small and medium-sized offices in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Puerto Rico. This segment markets and sells through field salespeople, outbound telesales, catalogs, the Internet and, primarily in foreign markets, through office products stores. Substantially all products sold by this segment are purchased from outside manufacturers or from industry wholesalers. We purchase office papers primarily from Boise White Paper, L.L.C., under a 12-year paper supply contract entered into at the time of the Sale. (See Note 15, “Commitments and Guarantees,” of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in “Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” of this Form 10-K for additional information related to the paper supply contract.)

As of the end of the year, Contract operated 44 distribution centers in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, Australia and New Zealand as well as four customer service and outbound telesales centers in the U.S. Contract also operated 53 office products stores in Canada, Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand.

Contract sales for 2010, 2009 and 2008 were $3.6 billion, $3.7 billion and $4.3 billion, respectively.

Retail

Retail is a retail distributor of office supplies and paper, print and document services, technology products and solutions and office furniture. In addition, this segment contracts with large national retail chains to supply office and school supplies to be sold in their stores. Our retail office products stores feature OfficeMax ImPress, an in-store module devoted to print-for-pay and related services. Our Retail segment has operations in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Our Retail segment also operates office products stores in Mexico through a 51%-owned joint venture. Substantially all products sold by this segment are purchased from outside manufacturers or from industry wholesalers. As mentioned above, we purchase office papers primarily from Boise White Paper, L.L.C., under a 12-year paper supply contract we entered into at the time of the Sale.

As of the end of the year, our Retail segment operated 997 stores in the U.S. and Mexico, three large distribution centers in the U.S., and one small distribution center in Mexico. Each store offers approximately 11,000 stock keeping units (SKUs) of name-brand and OfficeMax private-branded merchandise and a variety of business services targeted at serving the small business customer, including OfficeMax ImPress. In addition to our in-store ImPress capabilities, our Retail segment operated six OfficeMax ImPress print on demand facilities with enhanced fulfillment capabilities as of the end of the year. These 8,000 square foot operations are located within some of our Contract distribution centers, and serve the print and document needs of our large contract customers in addition to supporting our retail stores by providing services that cannot be deployed at every retail store.

Retail sales for 2010, 2009 and 2008 were $3.5 billion, $3.6 billion and $4.0 billion, respectively.

 

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Competition

Domestic and international office products markets are highly and increasingly competitive. Customers have many options when purchasing office supplies and paper, print and document services, technology products and solutions and office furniture. We compete with contract stationers, office supply superstores, mass merchandisers, wholesale clubs, computer and electronics superstores, Internet merchandisers, direct-mail distributors, discount retailers, drugstores and supermarkets, as well as the direct marketing efforts of manufacturers, including some of our suppliers. The other large office supply superstores have increased their presence in close proximity to our stores in recent years and are expected to continue to do so in the future. In addition, many of our competitors have expanded their office products assortment, and we expect they will continue to do so. We anticipate increasing competition from our two domestic office supply superstore competitors and various other competitors for print-for-pay and related services. Print-for-pay and related services have historically been a key point of differentiation for OfficeMax stores. Increased competition in the office products markets, together with increased advertising, has heightened price awareness among end-users. Such heightened price awareness has led to margin pressure on office products and impacted the results of both our Retail and Contract segments. In addition to price, competition is also based on customer service, the quality and breadth of product selection and convenient locations. Some of our competitors are larger than us and have greater financial resources, which affords them greater purchasing power, increased financial flexibility and more capital resources for expansion and improvement, which may enable them to compete more effectively.

We believe our excellent customer service and the efficiency and convenience for our customers of our combined contract and retail distribution channels gives our Contract segment a competitive advantage among business-to-business office products distributors. Our ability to network our distribution centers into an integrated system enables us to serve large national accounts that rely on us to deliver consistent products, prices and services to multiple locations, and to meet the needs of medium and small businesses at a competitive cost.

We believe our Retail segment competes favorably based on the quality of our customer service, our innovative store formats, the breadth and depth of our merchandise offering and our everyday low prices, along with our specialized service offerings, including OfficeMax ImPress.

Seasonal Influences

The Company’s business is seasonal, with Retail showing a more pronounced seasonal trend than Contract. Sales in the second quarter are historically the slowest of the year. Sales are stronger during the first, third and fourth quarters that include the important new-year office supply restocking month of January, the back-to-school period and the holiday selling season, respectively.

Environmental Matters

Our discussion of environmental matters is presented under the caption “Environmental” in “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” of this Form 10-K. In addition, certain environmental matters are discussed in Note 16, “Legal Proceedings and Contingencies,” of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in “Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” of this Form 10-K.

Capital Investment

Information concerning our capital expenditures is presented under the caption “Investment Activities” in “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” of this Form 10-K.

 

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Acquisitions and Divestitures

We engage in acquisition and divestiture discussions with other companies and make acquisitions and divestitures from time to time. It is our policy to review our operations periodically and to dispose of assets that do not meet our criteria for return on investment.

Geographic Areas

Our discussion of financial information by geographic area is presented in Note 14, “Segment Information,” of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in “Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” of this Form 10-K.

Identification of Executive Officers

Information with respect to our executive officers is set forth as the last item of Part I of this Form 10-K.

Employees

On December 25, 2010, we had approximately 30,000 employees, including approximately 11,000 part-time employees.

 

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ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS

Cautionary and Forward-Looking Statements

This Annual Report on Form 10-K contains forward-looking statements. Statements that are not historical or current facts, including statements about our expectations, anticipated financial results and future business prospects, are forward-looking statements. You can identify these statements by our use of words such as “may,” “expect,” “believe,” “should,” “plan,” “anticipate” and other similar expressions. You can find examples of these statements throughout this report, including “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” of this Form 10-K. We cannot guarantee that our actual results will be consistent with the forward-looking statements we make in this report. We have listed below some of the inherent risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those we project. We do not assume an obligation to update any forward-looking statement.

Current macroeconomic conditions have had and may continue to have an impact on our business and our financial condition. Economic conditions, both domestically and abroad, directly influence our operating results. Current and future economic conditions that affect consumer and business spending, including the level of unemployment, energy costs, inflation, availability of credit, and the financial condition and growth prospects of our customers may continue to adversely affect our business and the results of our operations. We may face challenges if macroeconomic conditions do not improve or if they worsen.

The impact of the weak economy on our customers could adversely impact the overall demand for our products and services, which would have a negative effect on our revenues, as well as impact our customers’ ability to pay their obligations, which could have a negative effect on our bad debt expense and cash flows. Also, our ability to access the capital markets may be severely restricted at a time when we would like, or need, to do so, which could have an impact on our flexibility to react to changing economic and business conditions.

In addition, we sponsor noncontributory defined benefit pension plans covering certain terminated employees, vested employees, retirees, and some active employees (the “Pension Plans”). The Pension Plans are under-funded and we may be required to make contributions in subsequent years in order to maintain required funding levels, which would have an adverse impact on our cash flows and our financial results. Additional future contributions of common stock or cash to the Pension Plans, financial market performance and IRS funding requirements could materially change these expected payments.

Our business may be adversely affected by the actions of and risks associated with our third-party vendors. We use and resell many manufacturers’ branded items and services and are therefore dependent on the availability and pricing of key products and services including ink, toner, paper and technology products. As a reseller, we cannot control the supply, design, function, cost or vendor-required conditions of sale of many of the products we offer for sale. Disruptions in the availability of these products or the products and services we consume may adversely affect our sales and result in customer dissatisfaction. In addition, a material interruption in service by the carriers that ship goods within our supply chain may adversely affect our sales. Many of our vendors are small or medium sized businesses which are impacted by current macroeconomic conditions, both in the U.S. and Asia. We may have no warning before a vendor fails, which may have an adverse effect on our business and results of operations. Further, we cannot control the cost of manufacturers’ products, and cost increases must either be passed along to our customers or will result in erosion of our earnings. Failure to identify desirable products and make them available to our customers when desired and at attractive prices could have an adverse effect on our business and our results of operations. Our product offering also includes many of our own proprietary branded products. While we have focused on the quality of our proprietary branded products, we rely on third party manufacturers for these products. Such third-party manufacturers may prove to be unreliable, the quality of our globally sourced products may not meet our expectations, such products may not meet applicable regulatory requirements which may require us to recall those products, or such products may infringe upon the intellectual property rights of third parties. Furthermore, economic and political conditions in areas of the world where we source such products may adversely affect the availability and cost of such products. In addition, our

 

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proprietary branded products compete with other manufacturers’ branded items that we offer. As we continue to increase the number and types of proprietary branded products that we sell, we may adversely affect our relationships with our vendors, who may decide to reduce their product offerings through OfficeMax and increase their product offerings through our competitors. Finally, if any of our customers are harmed by our proprietary branded products, they may bring product liability and other claims against us. Any of these circumstances could have an adverse effect on our business and financial performance.

Intense competition in our markets could harm our ability to maintain profitability. Domestic and international office products markets are highly and increasingly competitive. Customers have many options when purchasing office supplies and paper, print and document services, technology products and solutions and office furniture. We compete with contract stationers, office supply superstores, mass merchandisers, wholesale clubs, computer and electronics superstores, Internet merchandisers, direct-mail distributors, discount retailers, drugstores and supermarkets. In addition, an increasing number of manufacturers of computer hardware, software and peripherals, including some of our suppliers, have expanded their own direct marketing efforts. The other large office supply superstores have increased their presence in close proximity to our stores in recent years and are expected to continue to do so in the future. In addition, many of our competitors have expanded their office products assortment, and we expect they will continue to do so. We anticipate increasing competition from our two domestic office supply superstore competitors and various other competitors for print-for-pay and related services. Print and documents services, or print-for-pay, and related services have historically been a key point of difference for OfficeMax stores. Increased competition in the office products markets, together with increased advertising, has heightened price awareness among end-users. Such heightened price awareness has led to margin pressure on office products and impacted the results of both our Retail and Contract segments. In addition to price, competition is also based on customer service, differentiation from competitors, the quality and breadth of product selection and convenient locations. Some of our competitors are larger than us and have greater financial resources, which afford them greater purchasing power, increased financial flexibility and more capital resources for expansion and improvement, which may enable them to compete more effectively.

We may be unable to identify additional sales through new distribution opportunities or replace lost sales. Our long-term success depends, in part, on our ability to expand our product sales in a manner that achieves appropriate sales and profit levels. This could include selling our products through other retailers, opening new stores or entering into novel distribution arrangements. When we sell our products through other retailers we rely on those retailers to provide an appropriate customer experience and our sales are dependent on the foot traffic and sales of the retail partner. Although we may have influence over the appearance of the area within the store where our products appear, we have no control over store marketing, staffing or any other aspects of our retail partners’ operations. Although we frequently test new store designs, formats, sizes and market areas, if we are unable to generate the required sales or profit levels, as a result of macroeconomic or operational challenges, we will not open new stores. Similarly, we will only continue to operate existing stores if they meet required sales or profit levels. In the current macroeconomic environment, the results of our existing stores are impacted not only by a reduced sales environment, but by a number of things that are not within our control, such as loss of traffic resulting from store closures by other significant retailers in the stores’ immediate vicinity. If we are required to close stores, we will be subject to costs and impairment charges that may adversely affect our financial results. Failure to increase sales through new distribution opportunities or replace lost sales could materially and adversely affect our future financial performance.

Our international operations expose us to the unique risks inherent in foreign operations. Our foreign operations encounter risks similar to those faced by our U.S. operations, as well as risks inherent in foreign operations, such as local customs and regulatory constraints, foreign trade policies, competitive conditions, foreign currency fluctuations and unstable political and economic conditions.

We may be unable to attract and retain qualified associates. We attempt to attract and retain an appropriate level of personnel in both field operations and corporate functions. We face many external risks and internal factors in meeting our labor needs, including competition for qualified personnel, prevailing wage rates, as well

 

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as rising employee benefit costs, including insurance costs and compensation programs. Failure to attract and retain sufficient qualified personnel could interfere with our ability to adequately provide services to customers.

We are more leveraged than some of our competitors, which could adversely affect our business plans. A relatively greater portion of our cash flow is used to service financial obligations including leases and the potential Pension Plans’ funding discussed previously. This reduces the funds we have available for working capital, capital expenditures, acquisitions, new stores, store remodels and other purposes. Similarly, our relatively greater leverage increases our vulnerability to, and limits our flexibility in planning for, adverse economic and industry conditions and creates other competitive disadvantages compared with other companies with relatively less leverage.

Compromises of our information security may adversely affect our business. Through our sales and marketing activities, we collect and store certain personal information that our customers provide to purchase products or services, enroll in promotional programs, register on our website, or otherwise communicate and interact with us. We also gather and retain information about our associates in the normal course of business. We may share information about such persons with vendors that assist with certain aspects of our business. Despite instituted safeguards for the protection of such information, we cannot be certain that all of our systems are entirely free from vulnerability to attack. Computer hackers may attempt to penetrate our networks or our vendors’ network security and, if successful, misappropriate confidential customer or business information. In addition, a Company employee, contractor or other third party with whom we do business may attempt to circumvent our security measures in order to obtain such information or inadvertently cause a breach involving such information. Loss of customer or business information could disrupt our operations and expose us to claims from customers, financial institutions, payment card associations and other persons, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

We cannot ensure systems and technology will be fully integrated or updated. We cannot ensure our systems and technology will be successfully updated. We have plans to continue to update the financial reporting platform as well as other technology and systems. We will be implementing ongoing technical upgrades over the next several years which is a complicated and difficult endeavor. Failure to successfully complete these upgrades could have an adverse impact on our business and results of operations. Over the last several years, we have partially integrated the systems of our Contract and Retail businesses. If we do not ultimately fully integrate our systems, it may constrain our ability to provide the level of service our customers’ demand which could thereby cause us to operate inefficiently.

We retained responsibility for certain liabilities of the sold paper, forest products and timberland businesses. In connection with the Sale, we agreed to assume responsibility for certain liabilities of the businesses we sold. These obligations include liabilities related to environmental, health and safety, tax, litigation and employee benefit matters. Some of these retained liabilities could turn out to be significant, which could have an adverse effect on our results of operations. Our exposure to these liabilities could harm our ability to compete with other office products distributors, who would not typically be subject to similar liabilities. In particular, we are exposed to risks arising from our ability to meet the funding obligations of our Pension Plans and withdrawal requests from participants pursuant to legacy benefit plans, each of which could require cash to be redirected and adversely impact our cash flows and financial results.

Our investment in Boise Cascade Holdings, L.L.C. subjects us to the risks associated with the building products industry and the U.S. housing market. When we sold our paper, forest products and timberland assets, we purchased an equity interest in Boise Cascade Holdings, L.L.C. This continuing interest in Boise Cascade Holdings, L.L.C. subjects us to market risks associated with the building products industry. This industry is subject to cyclical market pressures. Historical prices for products have been volatile, and industry participants have limited influence over the timing and extent of price changes. The relationship between supply and demand in this industry significantly affects product pricing. Demand for building products is driven mainly by factors such as new construction and remodeling rates, business and consumer credit availability, interest rates and

 

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weather. The recent falloff in U.S. housing starts has resulted in lower building products shipments and prices. The supply of building products fluctuates based on manufacturing capacity. Excess manufacturing capacity, both domestically and abroad, can result in significant variations in product prices. Our ability to realize the carrying value of our equity interest in Boise Cascade Holdings, L.L.C. is dependent upon many factors, including the operating performance of Boise Cascade, L.L.C. and other market factors that may not be specific to Boise Cascade Holdings, L.L.C. due in part to the fact that there is not a liquid market for our equity interest. Our exposure to these risks could decrease our ability to compete effectively with our competitors, who typically are not subject to such risks.

Our obligation to purchase paper from Boise White Paper L.L.C. concentrates our supply of an important product primarily with a single supplier. When we sold our paper, forest products and timberland assets, we agreed to purchase substantially all of our requirements of paper for resale from Boise Cascade, L.L.C., or its affiliates or assigns, currently Boise White Paper L.L.C., on a long term basis. The price we pay for this paper is market based and therefore subject to fluctuations in the supply and demand for the products. Our purchase obligation limits our ability to take advantage of spot purchase opportunities and exposes us to potential interruptions in supply, which could impact our ability to compete effectively with our competitors, who would not typically be restricted in this way.

We have substantial business operations in states in which the regulatory environment is particularly challenging. Our operations in California and other heavily regulated states with relatively more aggressive enforcement efforts expose us to a particularly challenging regulatory environment, including, without limitation, consumer protection laws, advertising regulations, escheat, and employment and wage and hour regulations. This regulatory environment requires the Company to maintain a heightened compliance effort and exposes us to defense costs, possible fines and penalties, and liability to private parties for monetary recoveries and attorneys’ fees, any of which could have an adverse effect on our business and results of operations.

We are subject to certain legal proceedings that may adversely affect our results of operations and financial condition. We are periodically involved in various legal proceedings, which may involve state and federal governmental inquiries and investigations, employment, tort, consumer litigation and intellectual property litigation. In addition, we may be subject to investigations by regulatory agencies and customers audits. These legal proceedings, investigations and audits could expose us to significant defense costs, fines, penalties, and liability to private parties for monetary recoveries and attorneys’ fees, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our business and results of operations.

Our results may be adversely affected by disruptions or catastrophic events. Unforeseen events, including public health issues and natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes and other adverse weather and climate conditions, whether occurring in the United States or abroad, could disrupt our operations, disrupt the operations of our suppliers or customers, have an adverse impact on consumer spending and confidence levels or result in political or economic instability. Moreover, in the event of a natural disaster or public health issue, we may be required to suspend operations in some or all of our locations, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations. These events could also reduce demand for our products or make it difficult or impossible to receive products from suppliers.

Fluctuations in our effective tax rate may adversely affect our results of operations. We are a multi-national, multi-channel provider of office products and services. As a result, our effective tax rate is derived from a combination of applicable tax rates in the various countries, states and other jurisdictions in which we operate. Our effective tax rate may be lower or higher than our tax rates have been in the past due to numerous factors, including the sources of our income, any agreements we may have with taxing authorities in various jurisdictions, and the tax filing positions we take in various jurisdictions.

 

ITEM 1B. UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS

None.

 

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ITEM 2. PROPERTIES

The majority of OfficeMax facilities are rented under operating leases. (For more information about our operating leases, see Note 8, “Leases,” of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in “Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” of this Form 10-K.) Our properties are in good operating condition and are suitable and adequate for the operations for which they are used. We constantly evaluate the real estate market to determine the best locations for new stores. We analyze our existing stores and markets on a case by case basis. We conduct regular reviews of our real estate portfolio to identify underperforming facilities, and close those facilities that are no longer strategically or economically viable. In 2011, we expect to have less than ten new store openings in the U.S. and Mexico and 10-20 store closings in the U.S.

Our facilities by segment are presented in the following table.

Contract

As of the end of the year, Contract operated 44 distribution centers in 21 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The following table sets forth the locations of these facilities.

 

Arizona

     1      

Maryland

     1      

Tennessee

     1   

California

     2      

Massachusetts

     1      

Texas

     2   

Colorado

     1      

Michigan

     1      

Utah

     1   

Florida

     1      

Minnesota

     1      

Washington

     1   

Georgia

     1      

New Jersey

     1      

Puerto Rico

     1   

Hawaii

     1      

North Carolina

     1      

Canada

     7   

Illinois

     1      

Ohio

     1      

Australia

     10   

Kansas

     1      

Pennsylvania

     1      

New Zealand

     3   

Maine

     1               

Contract also operated 53 office products stores in Hawaii (2), Canada (30), Australia (3) and New Zealand (18) and four customer service and outbound telesales centers in Illinois (2), Oklahoma and Virginia.

Retail

As of the end of the year, Retail operated 997 stores in 47 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Mexico. The following table sets forth the locations of these facilities.

 

Alabama

     11      

Maine

     1      

Oregon

     12   

Alaska

     3      

Maryland

     1      

Pennsylvania

     28   

Arizona

     44      

Massachusetts

     10      

Rhode Island

     1   

Arkansas

     2      

Michigan

     41      

South Carolina

     6   

California

     76      

Minnesota

     41      

South Dakota

     4   

Colorado

     29      

Mississippi

     5      

Tennessee

     18   

Connecticut

     3      

Missouri

     29      

Texas

     74   

Florida

     61      

Montana

     3      

Utah

     14   

Georgia

     31      

Nebraska

     10      

Virginia

     26   

Hawaii

     8      

Nevada

     14      

Washington

     22   

Idaho

     6      

New Jersey

     4      

West Virginia

     2   

Illinois

     60      

New Mexico

     9      

Wisconsin

     35   

Indiana

     14      

New York

     31      

Wyoming

     2   

Iowa

     9      

North Carolina

     27      

Puerto Rico

     13   

Kansas

     11      

North Dakota

     3      

U.S. Virgin Islands

     2   

Kentucky

     6      

Ohio

     53      

Mexico(a)

     79   

Louisiana

     2      

Oklahoma

     1         

 

(a) Locations operated by our 51%-owned joint venture in Mexico, Grupo OfficeMax.

 

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Retail also operated three large distribution centers in Alabama, Nevada and Pennsylvania; and one small distribution center in Mexico through our joint venture.

 

ITEM 3. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

Information concerning legal proceedings is set forth in Note 16, “Legal Proceedings and Contingencies,” of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in “Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” of this Form 10-K, and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

ITEM 4. (REMOVED AND RESERVED)

 

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EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF THE REGISTRANT

Our executive officers are elected by the Board of Directors and hold office until a successor is chosen or qualified or until their earlier resignation or removal. The following lists our executive officers and gives a brief description of their business experience as of February 21, 2011:

Ravichandra K. Saligram, 54, was elected as Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company, as well as a director of the Company, effective on November 8, 2010. Until his election as Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company, Mr. Saligram had been Executive Vice President, ARAMARK Corporation (“ARAMARK”), a global professional services company, since November 2006, President, ARAMARK International since June 2003, and ARAMARK’S Chief Globalization Officer since June 2009. From 1994 until 2002, Mr. Saligram served in various capacities for the InterContinental Hotels Group, a global hospitality company, including as President of Brands & Franchise, North America; Chief Marketing Officer & Managing Director, Global Strategy; President, International and President, Asia Pacific. Earlier in his career, Mr. Saligram held various general and brand management positions with S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc. in the United States and overseas. Since 2006, he has been a director of Church & Dwight Co., Inc., a consumer and specialty products company.

Bruce H. Besanko, 52, was first elected an officer of the Company on February 16, 2009. Mr. Besanko has served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of the Company since that time, and as chief administrative officer since October 2009. Mr. Besanko previously served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Circuit City Stores, Inc. (“Circuit City”), a leading specialty retailer of consumer electronics and related services, from July 2007 to February 2009. Prior to that, Mr. Besanko served as senior vice president, finance and chief financial officer for The Yankee Candle Company, Inc., a leading designer, manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer of premium scented candles, since April 2005. He also served as vice president, finance for Best Buy Co., Inc., a retailer of consumer electronics, home office products, entertainment software, appliances and related services, from 2002 to 2005. On November 10, 2008, Circuit City filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Circuit City’s Chapter 11 plan of liquidation was confirmed by the Bankruptcy Court on September 14, 2010. Pursuant to the plan of liquidation, Circuit City is liquidating its remaining assets.

Deborah A. O’Connor, 48, was first elected an officer of the Company on July 8, 2008. Since that time, Ms. O’Connor has been senior vice president, finance and chief accounting officer of the Company. Ms. O’Connor previously served as senior vice president and controller of the ServiceMaster Company, a company providing residential and commercial lawn care, landscape maintenance, termite and pest control, home warranty, cleaning and disaster restoration, furniture repair, and home inspection services, from December 1999 to December 2007.

Ryan T. Vero, 41, was first elected an officer of the Company on November 1, 2004. Mr. Vero has served as executive vice president and chief merchandising officer of the Company since June 2005. He served as executive vice president, merchandising of the Company from 2004 until June 2005 when he was promoted to executive vice president and chief merchandising officer. Mr. Vero previously served as executive vice president, merchandising and marketing of OfficeMax, Inc., beginning in 2001, and prior to that time as executive vice president, e-commerce/direct of OfficeMax, Inc.

 

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PART II

 

ITEM 5. MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

Our common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (the “Exchange”). The Exchange requires each listed company to make an annual report available to its shareholders. We are making this Form 10-K available to our shareholders in lieu of a separate annual report. The reported high and low sales prices for our common stock, as well as the frequency and amount of dividends paid on such stock, are included in Note 17, “Quarterly Results of Operations (unaudited),” of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in “Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” of this Form 10-K. Due to the challenging economic environment, and to conserve cash, we suspended our cash dividends in the fourth quarter of 2008. See the discussion of dividend payment limitations under the caption “Financing Arrangements” in “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” of this Form 10-K. The approximate number of holders of our common stock, based upon actual record holders on February 11, 2011, was 12,389.

We maintain a corporate governance page on our website that includes key information about our corporate governance initiatives. That information includes our Corporate Governance Guidelines, Code of Ethics and charters for our Audit, Executive Compensation and Governance and Nominating Committees, as well as our Committee of Outside Directors. The corporate governance page can be found at investor.officemax.com by clicking on “Corporate Governance.” You also may obtain copies of these policies, charters and codes by contacting our Investor Relations Department, 263 Shuman Boulevard, Naperville, Illinois 60563, or by calling (630) 864-6800.

Information concerning securities authorized for issuance under our equity compensation plans is included in “Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters” of this Form 10-K.

Stock Repurchases

Information concerning our stock repurchases during the three months ended December 25, 2010, is presented in the following table.

 

Period

   Total Number
of Shares
Purchased(a)
     Average Price
Paid per Share
     Total Number
of Shares
Purchased as Part
of Publicly
Announced Plans
or Programs
     Maximum Number
of Shares That May Yet
Be Purchased Under
the Plans or Programs
 

September 26 – October 23

     22       $ 13.92         —           —     

October 24 – November 20

     22         17.16         —           —     

November 21 – December 25

     22         17.90         —           —     
                 

Total

     66       $ 16.33         —           —     
                 

 

(a) All stock was withheld to satisfy minimum statutory tax withholding obligations upon vesting of restricted stock awards.

 

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Performance Graph

The following graph compares the five-year cumulative total return (assuming dividend reinvestment) for the Standard & Poor’s SmallCap 600 Index, the Standard & Poor’s SmallCap 600 Specialty Retail Index and OfficeMax.

LOGO

ANNUAL RETURN PERCENTAGE

Years Ending

 

Company\Index Name

   Dec 06        Dec 07        Dec 08        Dec 09        Dec 10  

OfficeMax Incorporated

     98.80           –57.62           –62.75           82.26           32.60   

S&P SmallCap 600 Index

     15.12           –0.30           –34.26           33.53           25.76   

S&P 600 Specialty Retail Index

     11.55           –37.54           –36.51           77.65           40.68   

INDEXED RETURNS

Years Ending

 

Company\Index Name

   Base Period
Dec 05
     Dec 06      Dec 07      Dec 08      Dec 09      Dec 10  

OfficeMax Incorporated

   $ 100       $ 198.80       $ 84.25       $ 31.38       $ 57.19       $ 75.84   

S&P SmallCap 600 Index

     100         115.12         114.78         75.45         100.75         126.71   

S&P 600 Specialty Retail Index

     100         111.55         69.67         44.23         78.58         110.55   

 

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ITEM 6. SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

The following table sets forth our selected financial data for the years indicated and should be read in conjunction with the disclosures in “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and “Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” of this Form 10-K.

 

     2010(a)     2009(b)     2008(c)     2007(d)     2006(e)  
     (millions, except per-share amounts)  

Assets:

          

Current assets

   $ 2,014      $ 2,021      $ 1,855      $ 2,205      $ 2,097   

Property and equipment, net

     397        422        491        581        580   

Goodwill

                          1,217        1,216   

Timber notes receivable

     899        899        899        1,635        1,635   

Other

     769        728        929        646        688   
                                        

Total assets

   $ 4,079      $ 4,070      $ 4,174      $ 6,284      $ 6,216   
                                        

Liabilities and shareholders’ equity:

          

Current liabilities

   $ 1,044      $ 1,092      $ 1,184      $ 1,371      $ 1,529   

Long-term debt, less current portion

     270        275        290        349        384   

Non-recourse debt

     1,470        1,470        1,470        1,470        1,470   

Other

     645        702        918        783        817   

Noncontrolling interest

     49        28        22        32        30   

OfficeMax shareholders’ equity—preferred stock

     31        36        43        50        55   

OfficeMax shareholders’ equity—other

     570        467        247        2,229        1,931   
                                        

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

   $ 4,079      $ 4,070      $ 4,174      $ 6,284      $ 6,216   
                                        

Net sales

   $ 7,150      $ 7,212      $ 8,267      $ 9,082      $ 8,966   
                                        

Net income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to OfficeMax and noncontrolling interest

   $ 74      $ (1   $ (1,666   $ 212      $ 103   

Joint venture results attributable to noncontrolling interest

     (3     2        8        (5     (4
                                        

Net income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to OfficeMax

   $ 71      $ 1      $ (1,658   $ 207      $ 99   

Preferred dividends

     (2     (3     (4     (4     (4
                                        

Net income (loss) from continuing operations available to OfficeMax common shareholders

   $ 69      $ (2   $ (1,662   $ 203      $ 95   

Net loss from discontinued operations

                                 (7
                                        

Net income (loss) available to OfficeMax common shareholders

   $ 69      $ (2   $ (1,662   $ 203      $ 88   
                                        

Basic net income (loss) per common share:

          

Continuing operations

   $ 0.81      $ (0.03   $ (21.90   $ 2.70      $ 1.30   

Discontinued operations

                                 (0.10
                                        

Basic net income (loss) available to OfficeMax common shareholders per common share

   $ 0.81      $ (0.03   $ (21.90   $ 2.70      $ 1.20   
                                        

Diluted net income (loss) per common share:

          

Continuing operations

   $ 0.79      $ (0.03   $ (21.90   $ 2.66      $ 1.29   

Discontinued operations

                                 (0.10
                                        

Diluted net income (loss) available to OfficeMax common shareholders per common share

   $ 0.79      $ (0.03   $ (21.90   $ 2.66      $ 1.19   
                                        

Cash dividends declared per common share

   $      $      $ 0.45      $ 0.60      $ 0.60   
                                        

 

See notes on following page.

 

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Notes to Selected Financial Data

The company’s fiscal year-end is the last Saturday in December. There were 52 weeks in all years presented.

 

  (a) 2010 included the following pre-tax items:

 

   

$11.0 million charge for impairment of fixed assets associated with certain of our Retail stores in the U.S.

 

   

$13.1 million charge for costs related to Retail store closures in the U.S., partially offset by a $0.6 million severance reserve adjustment.

 

   

$9.4 million favorable adjustment of a reserve associated with our legacy building materials manufacturing facility near Elma, Washington due to the sale of the facility’s equipment and the termination of the lease.

 

  (b) 2009 included the following items:

 

   

$17.6 million pre-tax charge for impairment of fixed assets associated with certain of our Retail stores in the U.S. and Mexico. Our minority partner’s share of this charge of $1.2 million is included in joint venture results attributable to noncontrolling interest.

 

   

$31.2 million pre-tax charge for costs related to Retail store closures in the U.S. and Mexico. Our minority partner’s share of this charge of $0.5 million is included in joint venture results attributable to noncontrolling interest.

 

   

$18.1 million pre-tax charge for severance and other costs incurred in connection with various company reorganizations.

 

   

$2.6 million pre-tax gain related to the Company’s Boise Investment.

 

   

$4.4 million pre-tax gain related to interest earned on a tax escrow balance established in a prior period in connection with our legacy Voyageur Panel business.

 

   

$14.9 million of income tax benefit from the release of a tax uncertainty reserve upon resolution of an issue under Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) appeal regarding the deductibility of interest on certain of our industrial revenue bonds.

 

  (c) 2008 included the following pre-tax items:

 

   

$1,364.4 million charge for impairment of goodwill, trade names and fixed assets. Our minority partner’s share of this charge of $6.5 million is included in joint venture results attributable to noncontrolling interest.

 

   

$735.8 million charge for non-cash impairment of the timber installment note receivable due from Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. and $20.4 million of related interest expense.

 

   

$27.9 million charge for severance and costs associated with the termination of certain store and site leases.

 

   

$20.5 million gain related to the Company’s Boise Investment, primarily attributable to the sale of a majority interest in its paper and packaging and newsprint businesses.

 

  (d) 2007 included the following items:

 

   

$32.4 million pre-tax income related to a paper agreement with affiliates of Boise Cascade Holdings, L.L.C. we entered into in connection with the Sale. This agreement was terminated in early 2008.

 

   

$1.1 million after-tax loss related to the sale of OfficeMax’s Contract operations in Mexico to Grupo OfficeMax, our 51%-owned joint venture.

 

  (e) 2006 included the following pre-tax items:

 

   

$89.5 million charge related to the closing of 109 underperforming domestic retail stores.

 

   

$46.4 million charge related to the relocation and consolidation of our corporate headquarters.

 

   

$10.3 million charge primarily related to a reorganization of our Contract segment.

 

   

$18.0 million charge primarily for contract termination and other costs related to the closure of our Elma, Washington manufacturing facility.

 

   

$48.0 million of income from a paper agreement with affiliates of Boise Cascade Holdings, L.L.C. we entered into in connection with the Sale.

 

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ITEM 7. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

The following discussion contains statements about our future financial performance. These statements are only predictions. Our actual results may differ materially from these predictions. In evaluating these statements, you should review “Item 1A. Risk Factors” of this Form 10-K, including “Cautionary and Forward-Looking Statements.”

Overall Summary

Sales for 2010 were $7,150.0 million, compared to $7,212.1 million for 2009, a decrease of 0.9%. On a local currency basis, the sales decreased 2.9%. Both our Contract and Retail businesses experienced sales decline in a challenging economic environment with reduced customer spending and changing buying habits. This spending reduction has occurred simultaneously with a heightened competitive marketplace. Gross profit margin increased by 1.8% of sales (180 basis points) to 25.9% of sales in 2010 compared to 24.1% of sales in 2009. Profitability initiatives and favorable inventory shrinkage expense resulted in increases in gross profit margin in both Contract and Retail and were partially offset by increased operating, selling and general and administrative expenses. We reported an operating income of $146.5 million in 2010 compared to an operating loss of $4.0 million in 2009. As noted in the discussion and analysis that follows, our operating results were impacted by a number of significant items in both years. These items included charges for asset impairments, store closures and severance, partially offset by income related to legacy items. If we eliminate these items, our adjusted operating income for 2010 was $160.6 million compared to an adjusted operating income of $62.9 million for 2009. The reported net income available to OfficeMax common shareholders was $68.6 million, or $0.79 per diluted share, in 2010 compared to a reported net loss available to OfficeMax common shareholders $2.2 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, in 2009. If we eliminate the impact of significant items from both years, adjusted net income available to OfficeMax common shareholders for 2010 was $77.3 million, or $0.89 per diluted share, compared to $18.6 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, for 2009.

Results of Operations, Consolidated

($ in millions)

 

     2010     2009     2008  

Sales

   $ 7,150.0      $ 7,212.1      $ 8,267.0   

Gross profit

     1,849.7        1,737.6        2,054.4   

Operating, selling and general and administrative expenses

     1,689.1        1,674.7        1,862.5   

Goodwill and other asset impairments

     11.0        17.6        2,100.2   

Other operating expenses

     3.1        49.3        27.9   
                        

Total operating expenses

     1,703.2        1,741.6        3,990.6   

Operating income (loss)

   $ 146.5      $ (4.0   $ (1,936.2

Net income (loss) available to OfficeMax common shareholders

   $ 68.6      $ (2.2   $ (1,661.6

Gross profit margin

     25.9     24.1     24.9

Operating, selling and general and administrative expenses

      

Percentage of sales

     23.7     23.2     22.5

In addition to assessing our operating performance as reported under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), we evaluate our results of operations before non-operating legacy items and certain operating items that are not indicative of our core operating activities such as severance, facility closures and adjustments, and asset impairments. We believe our presentation of financial measures before, or excluding,

 

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these items, which are non-GAAP measures, enhances our investors’ overall understanding of our recurring operational performance and provides useful information to both investors and management to evaluate the ongoing operations and prospects of OfficeMax by providing better comparisons. Whenever we use non-GAAP financial measures, we designate these measures as “adjusted” and provide a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most closely applicable GAAP financial measure. Investors are encouraged to review the related GAAP financial measures and the reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. In the following tables, we reconcile our non-GAAP financial measures to our reported GAAP financial results.

Although we believe the non-GAAP financial measures enhance an investor’s understanding of our performance, our management does not itself, nor does it suggest that investors should, consider such non-GAAP financial measures in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measures we use may not be consistent with the presentation of similar companies in our industry. However, we present such non-GAAP financial measures in reporting our financial results to provide investors with an additional tool to evaluate our operating results in a manner that focuses on what we believe to be our ongoing business operations.

 

     NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION FOR 2010  
     Operating
income
    Net income
available to
OfficeMax
common
shareholders
    Diluted
income
per
common
share
 
     (millions, except per-share amounts)  

As reported

   $ 146.5      $ 68.6      $ 0.79   

Store asset impairment charge

     11.0        6.7        0.08   

Store closure charges and severance adjustments

     12.5        7.8        0.09   

Reserve adjustments related to legacy facility

     (9.4     (5.8     (0.07
                        

As adjusted

   $      160.6      $           77.3      $     0.89   
                        
     NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION FOR 2009  
     Operating
income
(loss)
    Net income
(loss)
available to
OfficeMax
common
shareholders
    Diluted
income
(loss)
per
common
share
 
     (millions, except per-share amounts)  

As reported

   $ (4.0   $ (2.2   $ (0.03

Store asset impairment charge

     17.6        10.0        0.12   

Store closure and severance charges

     49.3        30.0        0.39   

Interest income from a legacy tax escrow

            (2.7     (0.04

Boise Cascade Holdings, L.L.C. distribution

            (1.6     (0.02

Release of income tax uncertainty reserve

            (14.9     (0.18
                        

As adjusted

   $ 62.9      $ 18.6      $ 0.24   
                        

 

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     NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION FOR 2008  
     Operating
income
(loss)
     Net income
(loss)
available to
OfficeMax
common
shareholders
    Diluted
income
(loss)
per
common
share
 
     (millions, except per-share amounts)  

As reported

     $  (1,936.2)       $     (1,661.6   $  (21.90

Goodwill and other asset impairment charge

     1,364.4         1,294.7        17.05   

Timber note impairment charge

     735.8         462.0        6.08   
                         

Total impairment charges

     2,100.2         1,756.7        23.13   

Store closure and severance charges and other adjustments

     27.9         17.5        0.23   

Boise Cascade Holdings, L.L.C. distribution

             (12.5     (0.16
                         

As adjusted

   $ 191.9       $ 100.1      $ 1.30   
                         

These items are described in more detail in this Management’s Discussion and Analysis.

At the end of the 2010 fiscal year, we had $462.3 million in cash and cash equivalents and $576.4 million in available (unused) borrowing capacity under our revolving credit facilities. The combination of cash and cash equivalents and available borrowing capacity yields approximately $1,038.7 million of overall liquidity. At year-end, we had outstanding recourse debt of $275.0 million (both current and long-term) and non-recourse obligations of $1,470.0 million related to the timber securitization notes. There is no recourse against OfficeMax on the securitized timber notes payable as recourse is limited to proceeds from the applicable pledged installment notes receivable and underlying guarantees. There were no borrowings on our revolving credit facilities in 2010.

The funded status of our pension plans improved in 2010. Our pension obligations exceeded the assets held in trust to fund them by $180.2 million at year-end 2010, a decrease of $30.0 million compared to the $210.2 million under funding that existed at year-end 2009. This reduction was due to strong returns of plan investments, partially offset by a decrease in the discount rates.

For the full year 2010, we generated $88.1 million of cash from operations, net of $44.4 million of cash used to repay loans on accumulated earnings held in company-owned life insurance policies which had been borrowed in 2009. Working capital increased by $72.4 million due to higher levels of international inventories and the timing of certain accounts payable and accrued liability payments. Accounts receivable declined primarily due to the lower sales. A significant amount of incentive compensation payments were made in 2010 reflecting the achievement of the 2009 incentive plan performance targets. The incentive plan performance targets were not achieved in 2008. Therefore, the amount of incentive payments made in 2009 was insignificant. The cash from operations was primarily utilized to fund capital expenditures of $93.5 million which included systems and infrastructure investments.

Outlook

We anticipate that 2011 will hold a variety of challenges for our businesses including a heightened competitive environment, increased promotional activity from a broad range of competitors and a lack of favorable economic conditions. Based on these trends, we expect that total sales for the full year will be flat to slightly higher than in 2010, including the favorable impact of foreign currency translation and the benefit of a 53rd week, and that the adjusted operating income margin rate for the full year will be in line with, to slightly lower than, the prior year. In addition, we expect cash flow from operations in 2011 to be in line with or slightly higher than capital expenditures. We anticipate capital expenditures of approximately $100 million, primarily related to technology, ecommerce and infrastructure investments and upgrades. In addition, we believe our liquidity position will continue to remain strong.

 

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2010 Compared with 2009

Sales for 2010 decreased 0.9% to $7,150.0 million from $7,212.1 million for 2009, which included the impact of favorable currency exchange rates relating to our international subsidiaries. On a local currency basis, sales declined 2.9%. Both our Contract and Retail segments experienced year-over-year sales declines in a challenging economic environment with increased competitive intensity including higher levels of promotional activity.

Gross profit margin increased by 1.8% of sales (180 basis points) to 25.9% of sales in 2010 compared to 24.1% of sales in 2009. The gross profit margins increased in both our Contract and Retail segments due to our profitability initiatives and reduced inventory shrinkage expense. We benefited from $15 million of inventory shrinkage reserve adjustments due to the positive results from our physical inventory counts. Retail segment gross profit margins also benefitted from a sales mix shift to higher-margin products and lower occupancy and freight costs.

Operating, selling and general and administrative expenses increased 0.5% of sales to 23.7% of sales in 2010 from 23.2% of sales in 2009. The increase was in our Contract segment, as the Retail segment operating, selling and general and administrative expenses as a percent of sales remained flat. The increase was the result of higher expenses related to our growth and profitability initiatives which were partially offset by favorable trends in workers compensation and medical benefit expenses, lower payroll-related expenses and favorable sales and use tax and legal settlements in Retail. On a consolidated basis, we recognized $9 million of favorable sales/use tax settlements and adjustments through the year as well as a $5 million gain related to the resolution of a legal dispute. These items compare to approximately $10 million of income realized in the prior year related to favorable property tax settlements and the resolution of a dispute with a service provider.

As noted above, our results for 2010 include several significant items, as follows:

 

   

We recognized a non-cash impairment charge of $11.0 million associated with leasehold improvements and other assets at certain of our Retail stores in the U.S. After tax, this charge reduced net income available to OfficeMax common shareholders by $6.7 million, or $0.08 per diluted share.

 

   

We recorded $13.1 million of charges in our Retail segment related to store closures in the U.S offset by income of $0.6 million in our Retail segment to adjust previously established severance reserves. After tax, the cumulative effect of these items was a reduction of net income available to OfficeMax common shareholders of $7.8 million, or $0.09 per diluted share.

 

   

We recorded income of $9.4 million related to the adjustment of a reserve associated with our legacy building materials manufacturing facility near Elma, Washington due to the sale of the facility’s equipment and the termination of the lease. This item increased net income available to OfficeMax common shareholders by $5.8 million, or $0.07 per diluted share.

Interest income was $42.6 million and $47.3 million for 2010 and 2009, respectively. The decrease was due primarily to $4.4 million of interest income recorded in 2009 related to a tax escrow balance established in a prior period in connection with the sale of our legacy Voyageur Panel business. Interest expense decreased to $73.3 million in 2010 from $76.4 million in 2009. The decrease in interest expense was due primarily to reduced debt resulting from payments made in 2009 and 2010.

For 2010, we recognized income tax expense of $41.9 million on pre-tax income of $115.7 million (effective tax expense rate of 36.2%) compared to income tax benefit of $28.8 million on a pre-tax loss of $30.3 million (effective tax benefit rate of 94.8%) for 2009. The effective tax rate in both years was impacted by the effects of state income taxes, income items not subject to tax, non-deductible expenses and the mix of domestic and foreign sources of income as well as low levels of profitability in 2009. The effective tax rate in 2009 also included $14.9 million from the release of a tax reserve upon the resolution of our claim that interest on certain of our industrial revenue bonds was fully tax deductible.

 

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We reported net income attributable to OfficeMax and noncontrolling interest of $73.9 million for 2010. After adjusting for joint venture earnings attributable to noncontrolling interest and preferred dividends, we reported net income available to OfficeMax common shareholders of $68.6 million, or $0.79 per diluted share. Adjusted net income available to OfficeMax common shareholders, as discussed above, was $77.3 million, or $0.89 per diluted share, for 2010 compared to $18.6 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, for 2009.

2009 Compared with 2008

Sales for 2009 decreased 12.8% to $7,212.1 million from $8,267.0 million for 2008. On a local currency basis, sales declined 11.1%. The year-over-year sales declines occurred in both our Contract and Retail segments and resulted primarily from the weaker economic environment that existed throughout all of 2009.

Gross profit margin decreased by 0.8% of sales (80 basis points) to 24.1% of sales in 2009 compared to 24.9% of sales in 2008. The gross profit margins declined in both our Contract and Retail segments. The Retail segment experienced strong cost support from our vendors and reduced inventory shrinkage, the benefits of which were more than offset by deleveraging of fixed occupancy costs and a mix shift to less profitable technology products. The Contract segment also experienced strong cost support from our vendors but earned overall lower gross margins as a result of softer market conditions as well as a shift in its customers’ purchasing trends to a higher percentage of lower-margin consumable items, lower sales of off-contract items, and higher customer acquisition and retention costs.

Operating, selling and general and administrative expenses increased by 0.7% of sales to 23.2% of sales in 2009 from 22.5% of sales a year earlier. The increased expense was primarily the result of deleveraging of fixed costs due to lower sales and increased incentive compensation and pension expenses, partially offset by reduced payroll and other targeted cost reductions including lower headcount resulting from a significant reduction in force at the corporate headquarters in late 2008. In addition, the Company benefited $10.0 million from a favorable property tax settlement and the favorable resolution of a prior dispute with a service provider. Incentive compensation expense included in operating, selling and general and administrative expenses was $64.4 million for 2009 compared to $9.1 million for 2008.

As noted above, our results for 2009 include several significant items, as follows:

 

   

We recognized a non-cash impairment charge of $17.6 million associated with leasehold improvements and other assets at certain of our Retail stores in the U.S. and Mexico. After tax and noncontrolling interest, these charges reduced net income (loss) available to OfficeMax common shareholders by $10.0 million or $0.12 per diluted share.

 

   

We recorded $31.2 million of charges in our Retail segment related to store closures. We also recorded $18.1 million of severance and other charges, principally related to reorganizations of our U.S. and Canadian Contract sales forces, customer fulfillment centers and customer service centers, as well as a streamlining of our Retail store staffing. These charges are recorded by segment in the following manner: Contract $15.3 million, Retail $2.1 million and Corporate and Other $0.7 million. After tax and noncontrolling interest, the cumulative effect of these items was a reduction of net income (loss) available to OfficeMax common shareholders by $30.0 million, or $0.39 per diluted share.

 

   

“Other income (expense), net” in the Consolidated Statement of Operations included income of $2.6 million from a distribution on the Boise Investment related to our tax liability on allocated earnings. This distribution was much larger in the prior year due to a significant tax gain realized by Boise Cascade, L.L.C. on the sales of its paper and packaging and newsprint businesses. After tax, this item increased net income (loss) available to OfficeMax common shareholders $1.6 million, or $0.02 per diluted share.

 

   

We recorded $4.4 million of interest income related to a tax escrow balance established in a prior period in connection with our legacy Voyager Panel business which we sold in 2004. After tax, this item increased net income (loss) available to OfficeMax common shareholders by $2.7 million, or $0.04 per diluted share.

 

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In the fourth quarter, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service conceded an issue under appeals regarding the deductibility of interest on certain of our industrial revenue bonds. Upon the resolution of this matter, we released $14.9 million in tax uncertainty reserves which increased net income (loss) available to OfficeMax common shareholders by $0.18 per diluted share.

Interest expense was $76.4 million in 2009 compared to $113.6 million for 2008. The decline in interest expense was principally due to the Lehman bankruptcy on September 15, 2008, and the resulting payment defaults on the timber note receivable guaranteed by Lehman and the related securitization notes payable. For 2008, we recorded $33.7 million in interest expense on the Lehman securitization notes payable. We did not accrue any interest on this non-recourse obligation in 2009.

Interest income was $47.3 million and $57.6 million for the years ended 2009 and 2008, respectively. This decline reflects the $13.1 million reduction of interest income recorded on the timber note receivable guaranteed by Lehman in 2009 as compared to 2008, partially offset by $4.4 million of interest income recognized in 2009 related to a tax escrow balance established in a prior period in connection with the sale of our legacy Voyageur Panel business. As a result of Lehman’s September 2008 bankruptcy filing, we recorded no interest income on the Lehman portion of the timber notes receivable in 2009. In 2008, we accrued and collected approximately $13.1 million in interest income on the Lehman timber note receivable for the period from January 1 through April 29, 2008. In 2009, approximately $40.8 million of interest income and $39.8 million of interest expense was recorded relating to the Wachovia portion of the timber notes receivable and associated securitized obligation. See the “Timber Notes/Non-Recourse Debt” section that follows in this Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

For 2009, we recognized an income tax benefit of $28.8 million on a pre-tax loss of $30.3 million (effective tax benefit rate of 94.8%) compared to an income tax benefit of $306.5 million on a pre-tax loss of $1,972.4 million (effective tax benefit rate of 15.5%) for 2008. Income taxes and the related effective rates for both years were affected by several significant items that caused our actual tax benefits to vary from the amount based on our reported pre-tax accounting income and the statutory U.S. federal tax rate of 35%. In 2009, the recorded tax benefit included $14.9 million from the release of a tax reserve upon the resolution of our claim that interest on certain of our industrial revenue bonds was fully tax deductible. In 2008, the goodwill and other assets impairment charge of $1.4 billion unfavorably impacted the tax benefit rate as the book basis of these assets was higher than the amortizable tax basis which resulted in a 4.6% tax benefit on the charge. In addition, in 2008 the Company also recognized a tax benefit resulting from a favorable U.S. Internal Revenue Service settlement. The effective tax rate in both years was also impacted by the effects of state income taxes, income items not subject to tax and non-deductible expenses and the mix of domestic and foreign sources of income.

We reported a net loss attributable to OfficeMax and noncontrolling interest of $1.6 million for 2009. After adjusting for joint venture earnings attributable to noncontrolling interest and preferred dividends, we reported a net loss available to OfficeMax common shareholders of $2.2 million or $(0.03) per diluted share for 2009. Excluding the effects of the significant items discussed above, adjusted net income available to OfficeMax common shareholders was $18.6 million or $0.24 per diluted share for 2009 compared to $100.1 million or $1.30 per diluted share for 2008.

Segment Discussion

We report our results using three reportable segments: Contract; Retail; and Corporate and Other.

Our Contract segment distributes a broad line of items for the office, including office supplies and paper, technology products and solutions, office furniture and print and document services. Contract sells directly to large corporate and government offices, as well as to small and medium-sized offices in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. This segment markets and sells through field salespeople, outbound telesales, catalogs, the Internet and in some markets, including Canada, Australia and New Zealand, through office products stores.

 

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Our Retail segment is a retail distributor of office supplies and paper, print and document services, technology products and solutions and office furniture. In addition, this segment contracts with large national retail chains to supply office and school supplies to be sold in their stores. Our retail office supply stores feature OfficeMax ImPress, an in-store module devoted to print-for-pay and related services. Retail has operations in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Retail also operates office products stores in Mexico through a 51%-owned joint venture.

Our Corporate and Other segment includes support staff services and certain other legacy expenses as well as the related assets and liabilities. The income and expense related to certain assets and liabilities that are reported in the Corporate and Other segment have been allocated to the Contract and Retail segments.

Management evaluates the segments’ performances using segment income (loss) which is based on operating income (loss) after eliminating the effect of certain operating items that are not indicative of our core operations such as severances, facility closures and adjustments, and asset impairments. These certain operating items are reported on the goodwill and other asset impairments and the other operating expenses lines in the Consolidated Statements of Operations.

Contract

($ in millions)

 

     2010     2009     2008  

Sales

   $ 3,634.2      $ 3,656.7      $ 4,310.0   

Gross profit

     827.0        762.4        948.1   

Gross profit margin

     22.8     20.8     22.0

Operating, selling and general and administrative expenses

     732.7        704.4        780.8   

Percentage of sales

     20.2     19.2     18.1
                        

Segment income

   $ 94.3      $ 58.0      $ 167.3   

Percentage of sales

     2.6     1.6     3.9

Sales by Product Line

      

Office supplies and paper

   $ 2,086.6      $ 2,138.5      $ 2,518.7   

Technology products

     1,185.5        1,174.0        1,299.2   

Office furniture

     362.1        344.2        492.1   

Sales by Geography

      

United States

   $ 2,482.5      $ 2,583.1      $ 3,035.0   

International

     1,151.7        1,073.6        1,275.0   

Sales Growth

     (0.6 )%      (15.2 )%      (10.5 )% 

2010 Compared with 2009

Contract segment sales for 2010 decreased 0.6% to $3,634.2 million from $3,656.7 million for 2009, reflecting a 4.3% decline on a local currency basis which was partially offset by a favorable impact from changes in foreign currency exchange rates. The U.S. sales decline of 3.9% reflected a challenging U.S. economic recovery, which continues to impact our customers’ buying trends, as well as an intensely competitive environment. Sales to existing customers declined 6.2% in 2010, an improvement from the 14.7% decline in 2009. For the year, increased sales to newly acquired customers outpaced reduced sales due to lost customers, however that trend was stronger early in the year and reversed itself in the fourth quarter. International sales declined 5.2% on a local currency basis in 2010, primarily as a result of decreased sales to existing customers and continued international economic weakness.

Contract segment gross profit margin increased 2.0% of sales (200 basis points) to 22.8% of sales for 2010 compared to 20.8% of sales for the previous year. The increases in gross profit margins occurred both in the U.S. and internationally. U.S. gross profit margins increased due to strong disciplines instituted to monitor both

 

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customer profitability and product costs as well as reduced delivery costs. The current year also benefited from the reversal of inventory shrinkage reserves due to favorable results from our annual physical inventory counts of $3.5 million. International margin improvements resulted from improved product margins resulting from a strong back-to-school season in Australia, favorable foreign exchange rate impact on Canadian paper purchases and profitability initiatives related to our own private label products.

Contract segment operating, selling and general and administrative expenses increased 1.0% of sales to 20.2% for 2010 from 19.2% of sales a year earlier. The increase was primarily due to costs associated with growth and profitability initiatives associated with our managed-print-services, customer service centers and business-to-business website, partially offset by favorable trends in workers compensation and medical benefit expenses as well as lower payroll costs from the reorganization of our U.S. sales force and U.S. customer service operations.

Contract segment income was $94.3 million, or 2.6% of sales, for 2010, compared to $58.0 million, or 1.6% of sales, for 2009. The increase in segment income was primarily attributable to the increased gross profit margin partially offset by higher operating, selling and general and administrative expenses due primarily to increased spending on our growth and profitability initiatives.

2009 Compared with 2008

Contract segment sales for 2009 decreased 15.2% to $3,656.7 million from $4,310.0 million for 2008, reflecting a U.S. sales decline of 14.9% and an international sales decline of 15.8% in U.S. dollars, or 8.2% on a local currency basis. Total Contract sales declined 12.9% on a local currency basis. The U.S. Contract sales decline primarily reflected weaker sales from existing corporate accounts as our customers reduced overhead spending and headcount in response to the weak overall U.S. economy. This decline continued to be meaningful, increasing (as measured by the rate of decline compared to the prior year) in the first two quarters, while decreasing modestly in the third and fourth quarters. For the year, the reduction in sales volume from lost customers was greater than the incremental sales from newly acquired customers.

Contract segment gross profit margin declined 1.2% of sales (120 basis points) to 20.8% of sales for 2009 compared to 22.0% of sales in the previous year. The decrease in gross profit margin was primarily due to softer market conditions, a shift in the purchasing trends of our customers to a higher percentage of on-contract items, including lower-margin commodities and consumable items like paper, and higher customer acquisition and retention expenses as a percentage of sales. Our Contract performance in the fourth quarter improved from the previous quarters in 2009 due to our disciplined approach to profitable customer acquisition and retention, as well as other initiatives to grow the business and improve margins by providing better solutions for our customers. Targeted cost controls in our delivery fleet helped to mitigate the impact of deleveraging.

Contract segment operating, selling and general and administrative expenses increased 1.1% of sales to 19.2% of sales for 2009 from 18.1% of sales a year earlier. The increase was primarily due to the deleveraging of fixed expenses from lower sales and increased incentive compensation expenses, which were $22.1 million higher in 2009 compared to 2008, partially offset by cost management initiatives, including lower payroll costs as a result of the reorganization of our U.S. and Canadian sales forces, fewer personnel in our customer fulfillment and customer service centers and the reduction in force at our corporate headquarters in the fourth quarter of 2008.

Contract segment income was $58.0 million, or 1.6% of sales, for 2009, compared to $167.3, or 3.9% of sales, million for 2008. The decline in segment income was primarily attributable to the reduction in sales and gross profit.

 

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Retail

($ in millions)

 

     2010     2009     2008  

Sales

   $ 3,515.8      $ 3,555.4      $ 3,957.0   

Gross profit

     1,022.7        975.2        1,106.3   

Gross profit margin

     29.1     27.4     28.0

Operating, selling and general and administrative expenses

     918.8        930.3        1,045.1   

Percentage of sales

     26.1     26.1     26.5
                        

Segment income

   $ 103.9      $ 44.9      $ 61.2   

Percentage of sales

     3.0     1.3     1.5

Sales by Product Line

      

Office supplies and paper

   $ 1,469.2      $ 1,446.9      $ 1,551.7   

Technology products

     1,837.8        1,872.6        2,052.6   

Office furniture

     208.8        235.9        352.7   

Sales by Geography

      

United States

   $ 3,287.5      $ 3,369.6      $ 3,693.5   

International

     228.3        185.8        263.5   

Sales Growth

      

Total sales growth

     (1.1 )%      (10.2 )%      (7.2 )% 

Same-location sales growth

     (0.8 )%      (11.0 )%      (10.8 )% 

2010 Compared with 2009

Retail segment sales for 2010 decreased by 1.1% (1.5% on a local currency basis) to $3,515.8 million from $3,555.4 million for 2009 reflecting challenging economic conditions and increased promotional activity. U.S. same-store sales declined 2.2% for 2010 primarily due to continued weaker consumer and small business spending and reduced technology sales. Mexico same-store sales for 2010 increased 15.7% on a local currency basis year-over-year due to unusually lower sales in 2009 resulting from the weakened economy and the H1N1 flu epidemic as well as new sales initiatives in 2010. U.S. store traffic was lower compared to the prior year as sales declined across all major product categories, but average ticket amounts were up due to a mix shift within the technology products category to higher-priced items. We ended 2010 with 997 stores. In the U.S., we closed fifteen retail stores during 2010 and opened none, ending the year with 918 retail stores, while Grupo OfficeMax, our majority-owned joint venture in Mexico, opened two stores and closed none, ending the year with 79 retail stores.

Retail segment gross profit margin increased 1.7% of sales (170 basis points) to 29.1% of sales for 2010 compared to 27.4% of sales for the previous year. The gross profit margin increase was due to our product and pricing initiatives and a sales mix shift to the higher-margin supplies category (which was slightly offset by an unfavorable mix shift within the technology category) as well as reduced inventory shrinkage expense, lower occupancy costs due to rent reductions, resulting from lease renewals and renegotiations, and closed stores and lower freight expense. The reduced inventory shrinkage expense included the reversal of inventory shrinkage reserves due to favorable results from our annual physical inventory counts of $11.5 million.

Retail segment operating, selling and general and administrative expenses of 26.1% of sales for 2010 were flat compared to 2009. The current year benefited from favorable trends in workers compensation and medical benefit expenses, sales/use tax and legal settlements as well as reduced payroll expenses due to closed stores and store staffing reductions. These benefits were offset by increased expenses resulting from our print-for-pay and new channel growth initiatives and the impact of property tax and other settlements in 2009.

 

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Retail segment income was $103.9 million, or 3.0% of sales, for 2010, compared to $44.9 million, or 1.3% of sales, for 2009. The increase in segment income was primarily attributable to the improved gross profit margins as noted above and significant improvement in our Mexican joint venture’s earnings, which was partially offset by the increased costs from our long-term growth initiatives.

2009 Compared with 2008

Retail segment sales for 2009 decreased by 10.2% (9.1% on a local currency basis) to $3,555.4 million from $3,957.0 million for 2008, reflecting a same-store sales decrease of 11.0% mitigated by new store improvement. This included a same-store sales decline in the U.S. of 9.6% and in Mexico of 13.9% on a local currency basis. Retail same-store sales declined primarily due to weaker consumer and small business spending in the U.S. and the significant negative effects of weak economic conditions in Mexico together with the effects of the influenza epidemic during the summer. Store traffic was lower compared to the prior year as sales declined across all major product categories, particularly in the higher-priced, discretionary furniture category, which resulted in decreased average tickets. We ended 2009 with 1,010 stores. In the U.S., we opened 12 retail stores and closed 18, ending the year with 933 retail stores. Grupo OfficeMax, our majority-owned joint venture in Mexico, closed six stores, ending the year with 77 retail stores.

Retail segment gross profit margin declined 0.6% of sales (60 basis points) to 27.4% of sales for 2009, compared to 28.0% of sales in the previous year. The declines were primarily due to the deleveraging of fixed occupancy costs which has continued since late-2007, offset by favorable product margins, which benefited from good vendor support and lower inventory shrinkage, reduced delivery costs, and strong cost controls over utilities and maintenance. Margins were also negatively impacted by a shift to lower margin technology products.

Retail segment operating, selling and general and administrative expenses decreased 0.4% of sales to 26.1% of sales for 2009 from 26.5% of sales a year earlier. The decrease was primarily due to targeted cost reductions in response to the sales shortfall partially offset by $29.4 million in additional incentive compensation expenses in 2009 and the deleveraging effect of reduced sales. Results in the Retail segment benefited from a favorable property tax settlement of approximately $5 million as well as the resolution of a prior dispute with a service provider, the effects of which were partially offset by adverse workers compensation expense related to prior period claims. Cost reductions consisted primarily of reduced payroll costs resulting from reductions in staff in the stores, in field management and at the corporate headquarters and lower advertising and pre-opening costs.

Retail segment income was $44.9 million, or 1.3% of sales, for 2009, compared to $61.2 million, or 1.5% of sales, for 2008. The decline in segment income was primarily attributable to the reduction in sales and gross profit, partially offset by the effects of cost reduction initiatives.

Corporate and Other

Corporate and Other expenses were $28.2 million for 2010 compared to $40.7 million for 2009. Expenses recorded in 2010 included $9.4 million of income associated with our legacy building materials manufacturing facility near Elma, Washington as well as pension expenses that were lower than in 2009.

Expenses recorded in 2009 included a $0.7 million pre-tax charge for severance. Compared to 2008, 2009 expenses included increased incentive compensation expense ($3.8 million more) and higher pension costs which more than offset reduced payroll expense resulting from reductions in staff at the corporate headquarters in late 2008. Expenses recorded in 2008 totaled $773.6 million and included a $735.8 million charge related to the impairment of the timber installment note guaranteed by Lehman, a $4.3 million severance charge related to a fourth quarter reduction in force at our corporate headquarters and a $3.1 million gain, primarily related to the release of a warranty escrow established at the time of sale of our legacy Voyageur Panel business in 2004.

 

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Liquidity and Capital Resources

At the end of fiscal year 2010, the total liquidity available for OfficeMax was $1,038.7 million. This includes cash and cash equivalents of $462.3 million and borrowing availability of $576.4 million. The borrowing availability included $472.2 million and $49.2 million relating to our U.S. and Canadian revolving credit agreements, respectively, as well as $55.0 million relating to our credit agreement associated with our subsidiaries in Australia and New Zealand (“Australasian Credit Agreement”). At the end of fiscal year 2010, the Company was in compliance with all material covenants under the three credit agreements. The U.S. and Canadian credit agreements expire on July 12, 2012 and the Australasian Credit Agreement expires on March 15, 2013. At the end of fiscal year 2010, we had $275.0 million of short-term and long-term debt and $1,470.0 million of non-recourse timber securitization notes outstanding.

Our primary ongoing cash requirements relate to working capital, expenditures for property and equipment, technology enhancements and upgrades, lease obligations, pension funding and debt service. We expect to fund these requirements through a combination of available cash balance and cash flow from operations. We also have revolving credit facilities as additional liquidity. The following sections of this Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations discuss in more detail our operating, investing, and financing activities, as well as our financing arrangements.

Operating Activities

Our operating activities generated cash of $88.1 million in 2010. Cash from operations in 2010 was net of $44.4 million of payments of loans on company-owned life insurance policies (“COLI policies”) as well as $72.4 million of increased working capital primarily from larger holdings of our international inventories and the timing of repayments and obligations. U.S. inventories declined in part due to the lower sales, while our Contract segment’s international businesses’ inventories increased primarily due to the timing of purchases related to vendor pricing and product availability. Cash from operations benefitted from lower receivables, primarily due to the decline in sales, with days sales outstanding essentially flat. In addition, cash from operations in 2010 included the impact of approximately $58 million of incentive compensation payments made associated with the achievement of the 2009 incentive plan performance targets.

The cash generated from operating activities in 2009 included a significant reduction of inventories ($164.0 million decrease), the initial borrowing against COLI policies ($45.7 million), and income tax refunds of $71.0 million. The incentive plan performance targets were not achieved in 2008. Therefore, the amount of incentive payments made in 2009 was insignificant.

We sponsor noncontributory defined benefit pension plans covering certain terminated employees, vested employees, retirees, and some active employees, primarily in Contract. Pension expense was $7.3 million, $14.1 million and $4.2 million for the years ended December 25, 2010, December 26, 2009 and December 27, 2008, respectively. In 2010, 2009 and 2008, we made cash contributions to our pension plans totaling $3.4 million, $6.8 million and $13.1 million, respectively. In 2009, we also contributed 8.3 million shares of OfficeMax common stock to our qualified pension plans. Based on actuarial estimates, this additional contribution is expected to reduce our minimum required funding contributions by approximately $100 million for the period from 2010 to 2014. As of the end of 2010, the estimated minimum required funding contribution in 2011 is approximately $6.7 million and the expense is projected to be $9.6 million compared to expense of $7.3 million in 2010. However, tests required by the Pension Protection Act of 2006, which are to be performed late in the first quarter of 2011, could result in the acceleration of approximately $17 million of contributions from future years into 2011. In addition, we may elect to make additional voluntary contributions. See “Critical Accounting Estimates” in this Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations for more information.

 

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Investing Activities

In 2010, capital spending of $93.5 million consisted of technology enhancements including an upgrade to our financial systems platform and improvements in the telephony software and hardware used by our call centers. We also invested in leasehold improvements and replacement maintenance. This spending was partially offset by proceeds from the sale of assets associated with closed facilities. During 2009, we incurred capital expenditures of $38.3 million, which was offset by the receipts of $25.1 million in cash from the distribution of a tax escrow balance established in a prior period in connection with our legacy Voyageur Panel business sold in 2004, and $15.0 million related to withdrawals from the principal balance of our COLI policies. Details of the capital investment by segment are included in the following table:

 

     Capital Investment  
     2010      2009      2008  
     (millions)  

Contract

   $ 61.2       $ 18.0       $ 34.2   

Retail

     32.3         20.3         109.8   
                          

Total

   $  93.5       $  38.3       $ 144.0   
                          

We expect our capital investments in 2011 to be approximately $100 million. Our capital spending in 2011 will be primarily for maintenance and investment in our systems, infrastructure and growth and profitability initiatives. In 2011, we expect to have approximately five new store openings in Mexico, offset by approximately 15 store closings in the U.S.

Financing Activities

Our financing activities used cash of $28.5 million in 2010, $60.6 million in 2009 and $86.1 million in 2008. Common and preferred dividend payments totaled $2.7 million in 2010, $3.1 million in 2009 and $47.5 million in 2008. In 2008, our quarterly cash dividend was 15 cents per common share. Due to the challenging economic environment, and to conserve cash, our quarterly cash dividend on our common stock was suspended in December 2008. We had net debt payments of $22.5 million, $57.7 million and $40.0 million in 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively.

Financing Arrangements

We lease our store space and certain other property and equipment under operating leases. These operating leases are not included in debt; however, they represent a significant commitment. Our obligations under operating leases are shown in the “Contractual Obligations” section of this Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

Our debt structure consists of credit agreements, note agreements, and other borrowings as described below. For more information, see the “Contractual Obligations” and “Disclosures of Financial Market Risks” sections of this Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

Credit Agreements

On July 12, 2007, we entered into an Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement (the “U.S. Credit Agreement”) with a group of banks. The U.S. Credit Agreement permits us to borrow up to a maximum of $700 million subject to a borrowing base calculation that limits availability to a percentage of eligible accounts receivable plus a percentage of the value of eligible inventory less certain reserves. The U.S. Credit Agreement may be increased (up to a maximum of $800 million) at our request or reduced from time to time, in each case according to the terms detailed in the U.S. Credit Agreement. There were no borrowings outstanding under our U.S. Credit Agreement at the end of fiscal year 2010, and there were no borrowings outstanding under this facility during 2010 or 2009. Letters of credit, which may be issued under the U.S. Credit

 

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Agreement up to a maximum of $250 million, reduce available borrowing capacity. Stand-by letters of credit issued under the U.S. Credit Agreement totaled $56.1 million at the end of fiscal year 2010. At the end of fiscal year 2010, the maximum aggregate borrowing amount available under the U.S. Credit Agreement was $528.3 million and availability under the U.S. Credit Agreement totaled $472.2 million. The U.S. Credit Agreement allows the payment of dividends, subject to availability restrictions and if no default has occurred. At the end of fiscal year 2010, we were in compliance with all material covenants under the U.S. Credit Agreement. The U.S. Credit Agreement expires on July 12, 2012.

For all years presented, borrowings under the U.S. Credit Agreement were subject to interest at rates based on either the prime rate or the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”). Margins were applied to the applicable borrowing rates and letter of credit fees under the U.S. Credit Agreement depending on the level of average availability. Fees on letters of credit issued under the U.S. Credit Agreement were charged at a weighted average rate of 0.875%. We were charged an unused line fee at an annual rate of 0.25% on the amount by which the maximum available credit exceeded the average daily outstanding borrowings and letters of credit.

On September 30, 2009, Grand & Toy Limited, the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary based in Canada, entered into a Loan and Security Agreement (the “Canadian Credit Agreement”) with a group of banks. The Canadian Credit Agreement permits Grand & Toy Limited to borrow up to a maximum of C$60 million subject to a borrowing base calculation that limits availability to a percentage of eligible accounts receivable plus a percentage of the value of eligible inventory less certain reserves. The Canadian Credit Agreement may be increased (up to a maximum of C$80 million) at Grand & Toy Limited’s request or reduced from time to time, in each case according to the terms detailed in the Canadian Credit Agreement. There were no borrowings outstanding under the facility at the end of fiscal year 2010, and there were no borrowings outstanding under this facility during 2010 or 2009. Letters of credit, which may be issued under the Canadian Credit Agreement up to a maximum of C$10 million, reduce available borrowing capacity. There were no letters of credit outstanding under the Canadian Credit Agreement at the end of fiscal year 2010. The maximum aggregate borrowing amount available under the Canadian Credit Agreement was $49.2 million (C$49.1 million) at the end of fiscal year 2010. Grand & Toy Limited was in compliance with all material covenants under the Canadian Credit Agreement at the end of fiscal year 2010. The Canadian Credit Agreement expires on July 12, 2012.

On March 15, 2010, the Company’s five wholly-owned subsidiaries based in Australia and New Zealand (the “Australasian subsidiaries”) entered into a Facility Agreement (the “Australasian Credit Agreement”) with a financial institution based in those countries. The Australasian Credit Agreement permits the Australasian subsidiaries to borrow up to a maximum of A$80 million subject to a borrowing base calculation that limits availability to a percentage of eligible accounts receivable plus a percentage of the value of certain owned properties, less certain reserves. There were no borrowings outstanding under the facility at the end of fiscal year 2010, and there were no borrowings outstanding under this facility during 2010. The maximum aggregate borrowing amount available under the Australasian Credit Agreement was $55.0 million (A$54.1 million) at the end of fiscal year 2010. At the end of fiscal year 2010, the Australasian subsidiaries were in compliance with all material covenants under the Australasian Credit Agreement. The Australasian Credit Agreement expires on March 15, 2013.

Timber Notes/Non-recourse debt

In October 2004, we sold our timberland assets in exchange for $15 million in cash plus credit-enhanced timber installment notes in the amount of $1,635 million (the “Installment Notes”). The Installment Notes were issued by single-member limited liability companies formed by affiliates of Boise Cascade, L.L.C (the “Note Issuers”). In order to support the Installment Notes, the Note Issuers transferred $1,635 million in cash to Lehman and Wachovia Corporation (“Wachovia”) ($817.5 million to each of Lehman and Wachovia) who issued collateral notes to the Note Issuers and guarantees on the performance of the Installment Notes. In December 2004, we completed a securitization transaction in which the Company’s interests in the Installment Notes and

 

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related guarantees were transferred to wholly-owned bankruptcy remote subsidiaries. The subsidiaries pledged the Installment Notes and related guarantees and issued securitized notes (the “Securitization Notes”) in the amount of $1,470 million. Recourse on the Securitization Notes is limited to the proceeds from the applicable pledged Installment Notes and underlying Lehman or Wachovia guaranty. As a result, there is no recourse against OfficeMax, and the Securitization Notes have been reported as non-recourse debt in our Consolidated Balance Sheets.

On September 15, 2008, Lehman filed for bankruptcy. Lehman’s bankruptcy filing constituted an event of default under the $817.5 million Installment Note guaranteed by Lehman (the “Lehman Guaranteed Installment Note”) . We are required for accounting purposes to assess the carrying value of assets whenever circumstances indicate that a decline in value may have occurred. After evaluating the situation, we concluded in late October 2008 that as a result of the Lehman bankruptcy, it was probable that we would be unable to collect all amounts due according to the contractual terms of the Lehman Guaranteed Installment Note. Accordingly, we evaluated the carrying value of the Lehman Guaranteed Installment Note and reduced it to the estimated amount we expect to collect ($81.8 million) by recording a non-cash impairment charge of $735.8 million, pre-tax, in the third quarter of 2008.

Measuring impairment of a loan requires judgment and estimates, and the eventual outcome may differ from our estimate by a material amount. The Lehman Guaranteed Installment Note has been pledged as collateral for the related Securitization Notes, and therefore it may not freely be transferred to any party other than the indenture trustee for the Securitization Note holders. Accordingly, the ultimate amount to be realized on the Lehman Guaranteed Installment Note depends entirely on the proceeds from the Lehman bankruptcy estate, which may not be finally determined for several years. Our estimate of the expected proceeds has not changed, and at December 25, 2010 and December 26, 2009, the carrying value of the Lehman Guaranteed Installment Note remained at $81.8 million. Going forward, we intend to adjust the carrying value of the Lehman Guaranteed Installment Note as further information regarding our share of the proceeds, if any, from the Lehman bankruptcy estate becomes available.

Recourse on the Securitization Notes is limited to the proceeds from the applicable pledged Installment Notes and underlying Lehman or Wachovia guaranty. Accordingly, the Lehman Guaranteed Installment Note and underlying guarantees by Lehman will be transferred to the holders of the Securitization Notes guaranteed by Lehman in order to settle and extinguish that liability. However, under current generally accepted accounting principles, we are required to continue to recognize the liability related to the Securitization Notes guaranteed by Lehman until such time as the liability has been extinguished, which will occur when the Lehman Guaranteed Installment Note and the related guaranty are transferred to and accepted by the Securitization Note holders. We expect that this will occur no later than the date when the assets of Lehman are distributed and the bankruptcy is finalized. Accordingly, we expect to recognize a non-cash gain equal to the difference between the carrying amount of the Securitization Notes guaranteed by Lehman ($735.0 million at December 25, 2010) and the carrying value of the Lehman Guaranteed Installment Note ($81.8 million at December 25, 2010) in a later period when the liability is legally extinguished. The actual gain to be recognized in the future will be measured based on the carrying amounts of the Lehman Guaranteed Installment Note and the Securitization Notes guaranteed by Lehman at the date of settlement.

At the time of the sale of our timberland assets in 2004, we generated a significant tax gain. As the timber installment notes structure allowed the Company to defer the resulting tax liability of $543 million until 2020, the maturity date for the Installment Notes, we recognized a deferred tax liability related to this gain in connection with the sale. The recognition of the Lehman portion of the tax gain will be triggered when the Lehman Guaranteed Installment Note is transferred to the Securitization Note holders as payment and/or when the Lehman bankruptcy is resolved. In estimating the cash taxes, we will consider our available alternative minimum tax credits, a portion of which resulted from prior tax payments related to the sale of the timberland assets in 2004, which were used to reduce the net tax payments.

 

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Through December 25, 2010, we have received all payments due under the Installment Note guaranteed by Wachovia (the “Wachovia Guaranteed Installment Notes”), which have consisted only of interest due on the notes, and made all payments due on the related Securitization Notes guaranteed by Wachovia, again consisting only of interest due. As all amounts due on the Wachovia Guaranteed Installment Notes are current, and we have no reason to believe that we will not collect all amounts due according to the contractual terms of the Wachovia Guaranteed Installment Notes, the notes are stated in our Consolidated Balance Sheet at their original principal amount of $817.5 million. Wachovia was acquired by Wells Fargo & Company in a stock transaction in 2008. An additional adverse impact on our financial results presentation could occur if Wells Fargo became unable to perform its obligations under the Wachovia Guaranteed Installment Notes, thereby resulting in a significant impairment impact.

The pledged Installment Notes and Securitization Notes were scheduled to mature in 2020 and 2019, respectively. The Securitization Notes have an initial term that is approximately three months shorter than the Installment Notes. We expect that if the Securitization Notes are still outstanding in 2019, we will refinance them with a short-term borrowing to bridge the period from initial maturity of the Securitization Notes to the maturity of the Installment Notes.

Other

We made capital contributions to Grupo OfficeMax, commensurate with our ownership percentage in the joint venture of $6.0 million and $6.7 million in 2009 and 2008, respectively. We made no capital contributions to Grupo OfficeMax during 2010.

Contractual Obligations

In the following table, we set forth our contractual obligations as of December 25, 2010. Some of the figures included in this table are based on management’s estimates and assumptions about these obligations, including their duration, the possibility of renewal, anticipated actions by third parties and other factors. Because these estimates and assumptions are necessarily subjective, the amounts we will actually pay in future periods may vary from those reflected in the table.

 

     Payments Due by Period  
     2011      2012-2013      2014-2015      Thereafter      Total  
     (millions)  

Recourse debt

   $ 4.6       $ 44.9       $ 1.9       $ 224.1       $ 275.5   

Interest payments on recourse debt

     18.2         31.0         28.7         122.3         200.2   

Non-recourse debt

                             1,470.0         1,470.0   

Interest payments on non-recourse debt

     39.8         79.7         79.7         152.6         351.8   

Operating leases

     356.7         552.2         346.8         291.5         1,547.2   

Purchase obligations

     30.9         6.8         0.9                 38.6   

Pension obligations (estimated payments)

     6.7         72.3         77.2         35.8         192.0   
                                            

Total

   $ 456.9       $ 786.9       $ 535.2       $ 2,296.3       $ 4,075.3   
                                            

Debt includes amounts owed on our note agreements, revenue bonds and credit agreements assuming the debt is held to maturity. The amounts above include both current and non-current liabilities. Not included in the table above are contingent payments for uncertain tax positions of $20.9 million. These amounts are not included due to our inability to predict the timing of settlement of these amounts. The “Expected Payments” table under the caption “Financial Instruments” in this Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations presents principal cash flows and related weighted average interest rates by expected maturity dates. For more information, see Note 10, “Debt,” of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in “Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” in this form 10-K.

 

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There is no recourse against OfficeMax on the Securitization Notes as recourse is limited to proceeds from the applicable pledged Installment Notes receivable and underlying guarantees. The non-recourse debt remains outstanding until it is legally extinguished, which will be when the Installment Note and guaranty are transferred to and accepted by the securitized note holders. The liability related to the Lehman portion of the Securitization Notes will be extinguished when the assets of Lehman are distributed and the bankruptcy is finalized. Interest payments on non-recourse debt will be completely offset by interest income received on the Installment Notes.

We enter into operating leases in the normal course of business. We lease our retail store space as well as certain other property and equipment under operating leases. Some of our retail store leases require percentage rentals on sales above specified minimums and contain escalation clauses. The minimum lease payments shown in the table above do not include contingent rental expense. Some lease agreements provide us with the option to renew the lease or purchase the leased property. Our future operating lease obligations would change if we exercised these renewal options and if we entered into additional operating lease agreements. For more information, see Note 8, “Leases,” of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in “Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” in this Form 10-K. Lease obligations for closed facilities are included in operating leases and a liability equal to the fair value of these obligations is included in the Company’s Consolidated Balance Sheets. For more information, see Note 2, “Facility Closure Reserves,” of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in “Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” in this Form 10-K.

Our Consolidated Balance Sheet as of December 25, 2010 includes $250.8 million of liabilities associated with our retirement and benefit and other compensation plans and $393.2 million of other long-term liabilities. Certain of these amounts have been excluded from the above table as either the amounts are fully or partially funded, or the timing and/or the amount of any cash payment is uncertain. Actuarially-determined liabilities related to pension and postretirement benefits are recorded based on estimates and assumptions. Key factors used in developing estimates of these liabilities include assumptions related to discount rates, rates of return on investments, future compensation costs, healthcare cost trends, benefit payment patterns and other factors. Changes in assumptions related to the measurement of funded status could have a material impact on the amount reported. Pension obligations in the table above represent the estimated, minimum contributions required per IRS funding rules. However, tests required by the Pension Protection Act of 2006, which are to be performed late in the first quarter of 2011, could result in the acceleration of approximately $17 million and $11 million of contributions from future years into 2011 and 2012, respectively.

In accordance with an amended and restated joint venture agreement, the minority owner of Grupo OfficeMax, our joint-venture in Mexico, can elect to require OfficeMax to purchase the minority owner’s 49% interest in the joint venture if certain earnings targets are achieved. Earnings targets are calculated quarterly on a rolling four-quarter basis. Accordingly, the targets may be achieved in one quarter but not in the next. If the earnings targets are achieved and the minority owner elects to require OfficeMax to purchase the minority owner’s interest, the purchase price is based on the joint venture’s earnings and the current market multiples of similar companies. At the end of 2010, Grupo OfficeMax met the earnings targets and the estimated purchase price of the minority owner’s interest was $48.8 million. As the estimated purchase price was greater at the end of 2010 than the carrying value of the noncontrolling interest, the Company recorded an adjustment to state the noncontrolling interest at the estimated purchase price, and, as the estimated purchase price approximates fair value, the offset was recorded to additional paid-in capital.

In addition to the contractual obligations quantified in the table above, we have other obligations for goods and services entered into in the normal course of business. These contracts, however, are either not enforceable or legally binding or are subject to change based on our business decisions.

Off-Balance-Sheet Activities and Guarantees

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arrangements as well as the nature of our guarantees, including the approximate terms of the guarantees, how the guarantees arose, the events or circumstances that would require us to perform under the guarantees and the maximum potential undiscounted amounts of future payments we could be required to make.

Seasonal Influences

Our business is seasonal, with Retail showing a more pronounced seasonal trend than Contract. Sales in the second quarter are historically the slowest of the year. Sales are stronger during the first, third and fourth quarters that include the important new-year office supply restocking month of January, the back-to-school period and the holiday selling season, respectively.

Disclosures of Financial Market Risks

Financial Instruments

Our debt is predominantly fixed-rate. At December 25, 2010, the estimated current fair value of our debt, based on quoted market prices when available or then-current interest rates for similar obligations with like maturities, including the timber notes, was approximately $596.6 million less than the amount of debt reported in the Consolidated Balance Sheets. As previously discussed, there is no recourse against OfficeMax on the securitized timber notes payable as recourse is limited to proceeds from the applicable pledged Installment Notes receivable and underlying guarantees. The debt and receivable related to the timber notes have fixed interest rates and the estimated fair values of the timber notes are reflected in the table below.

The estimated fair values of our other financial instruments, including cash and cash equivalents and receivables are the same as their carrying values. Concentration of credit risks with respect to trade receivables is limited due to the wide variety of vendors, customers and channels to and through which our products are sourced and sold, as well as their dispersion across many geographic areas. In the opinion of management, we do not have any significant concentration of credit risks.

Changes in foreign currency exchange rates expose us to financial market risk. We occasionally use derivative financial instruments, such as forward exchange contracts, to manage our exposure associated with commercial transactions and certain liabilities that are denominated in a currency other than the currency of the operating unit entering into the underlying transaction. We generally do not enter into derivative instruments for any other purpose. We do not speculate using derivative instruments.

During the fourth quarter of 2010, we entered into forward exchange contracts in order to hedge our foreign currency exchange rate exposure related to purchases of paper by our Canadian subsidiary in accordance with a paper supply contract with Boise White Paper, L.L.C. (“Boise Paper”). Under the contract, our subsidiary is obligated to purchase its requirements for office paper from Boise Paper or its successor until December 2012, at prices approximating market levels. In accordance with the paper supply contract, the purchase price in Canadian dollars is indexed to the U.S. dollar up until the first business day of the month in which the purchase is made. We are hedging the forecasted cash flows associated with those paper purchases. These contracts qualify as foreign currency cash flow hedges. The Company does not expect to hedge more than seventy-five percent of forecasted paper purchases, and has determined the hedges to be effective. Recognition of the effective portion of the gain or loss on the foreign exchange contracts is deferred until the paper associated with the hedged paper purchases is sold, at which time it is recorded in cost of sales. The fair value associated with these hedges is not material to our financial statements.

We were not a party to any material derivative financial instruments in 2010 or 2009.

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table sets forth payout amounts based on rates as of December 25, 2010 and does not attempt to project future rates. The following table does not include our obligations for pension plans and other post retirement benefits, although market risk also arises within our defined benefit pension plans to the extent that the obligations of the pension plans are not fully matched by assets with determinable cash flows. We sponsor noncontributory defined benefit pension plans covering certain terminated employees, vested employees, retirees, and some active OfficeMax employees. As our plans were frozen in 2003, our active employees and all inactive participants who are covered by the plans are no longer accruing additional benefits. However, the pension plan obligations are still subject to change due to fluctuations in long-term interest rates as well as factors impacting actuarial valuations, such as retirement rates and pension plan participants’ increased life expectancies. In addition to changes in pension plan obligations, the amount of plan assets available to pay benefits, contribution levels and expense are also impacted by the return on the pension plan assets. The pension plan assets include OfficeMax common stock, U.S. equities, international equities, global equities and fixed-income securities, the cash flows of which change as equity prices and interest rates vary. The risk is that market movements in equity prices and interest rates could result in assets that are insufficient over time to cover the level of projected obligations. This in turn could result in significant changes in pension expense and funded status, further impacting future required contributions. Management, together with the trustees who act on behalf of the pension plan beneficiaries, assess the level of this risk using reports prepared by independent external actuaries and take action, where appropriate, in terms of setting investment strategy and agreed contribution levels.

 

     Expected Payments  
     (millions)  
     2011     2012     2013     2014     2015     Thereafter     Total  

Recourse debt:

              

Fixed-rate debt payments

   $ 0.8      $ 35.4      $ 1.9      $ 0.1      $ 0.1      $ 224.1      $ 262.4   

Weighted average interest rates

     7.3     7.9     8.1     5.4     3.8     6.4     6.6

Variable-rate debt payments

   $ 3.8      $ 3.8      $ 3.8      $ 1.7          $ 13.1   

Weighted average interest rates

     7.4     7.4     7.4     8.1         7.5

Non-recourse debt:

              

Securitization Notes

              

Wachovia(a)

   $      $      $      $      $      $ 735.0      $ 735.0   

Average interest rates

               5.4     5.4

Lehman(a)

   $      $      $      $      $      $ 735.0      $ 735.0   

Average interest rates

               5.5     5.5

 

(a) There is no recourse against OfficeMax on the Securitization Notes as recourse is limited to proceeds from the applicable pledged Installment Notes receivable and underlying guarantees. The debt remains outstanding until it is legally extinguished, which will be when the Installment Note and guaranty are transferred to and accepted by the securitized note holders.

 

     2010      2009  
     Carrying
amount
     Fair
value
     Carrying
amount
     Fair
value
 
     (millions)  

Financial assets:

           

Timber notes receivable

           

Wachovia

   $ 817.5       $ 888.3       $ 817.5       $ 823.6   

Lehman

     81.8         81.8         81.8         81.8   

Financial liabilities:

           

Recourse debt

   $ 275.0       $ 255.5       $ 297.6       $ 207.2   

Non-recourse debt

           

Wachovia

   $ 735.0       $ 811.1       $ 735.0       $ 754.8   

Lehman

     735.0         81.8         735.0         81.8   

 

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Goodwill and Other Asset Impairments

We are required for accounting purposes to assess the carrying value of goodwill and other intangible assets annually or whenever circumstances indicate that a decline in value may have occurred. In 2008, we fully impaired our goodwill balances. We review other intangible assets annually at year-end.

For other long lived assets, we are also required to assess the carrying value when circumstances indicate that a decline in value may have occurred. Based on the operating performance of certain of our Retail stores due to the macroeconomic factors and market specific change in expected demographics, we determined that there were indicators of potential impairment relating to our Retail stores. Therefore, in 2010 and 2009, we performed the required impairment tests and recorded non-cash charges of $11.0 and $17.6 million, respectively, to impair long-lived assets pertaining to certain Retail stores.

In 2008, given our declines in operating performance, the decline in our market capitalization and the worsening economic conditions, we determined that indicators of potential impairment were present relative to goodwill, intangible assets and other long-lived assets and performed the required impairment tests. As a result of these tests, we recorded non-cash impairment charges associated with goodwill, intangible assets and other long-lived assets of $1,364.4 million before taxes for 2008. These non-cash charges consisted of $1,201.5 million of goodwill impairment in both the Contract ($815.5 million) and Retail ($386.0 million) segments; $107.1 million of impairment of trade names in our Retail segment and $55.8 million of impairment related to fixed assets in our Retail segment.

Facility Closure Reserves

We conduct regular reviews of our real estate portfolio to identify underperforming facilities, and close those facilities that are no longer strategically or economically beneficial. We record a liability for the cost associated with a facility closure at its estimated fair value in the period in which the liability is incurred, primarily the location’s cease-use date. Upon closure, unrecoverable costs are included in facility closure reserves and include provisions for the present value of future lease obligations, less contractual or estimated sublease income. Accretion expense is recognized over the life of the payments.

During 2010, we recorded charges of $13.1 million in our Retail segment related to facility closures, of which $11.7 million was related to the lease liability and other costs associated with closing eight domestic stores prior to the end of their lease terms, and $1.4 million was related to other items. In 2009, we recorded charges of $31.2 million related to the closing of 21 underperforming stores prior to the end of their lease terms, of which 16 were in the U.S. and five were in Mexico. In 2008, we recorded $3.1 million of charges related principally to the closing of five domestic stores and reduced rent and severance accruals by $3.4 million relating to previously closed stores. In 2008, we also recorded $8.7 million of charges related to four domestic retail stores for which we had signed lease commitments, but decided not to open the stores due to the existing economic environment. This charge was partially offset by reduced rent accruals of $4.0 million on other store lease obligations.

At December 25, 2010, the facility closure reserve was $61.7 million with $16.7 million included in current liabilities, and $45.0 million included in long-term liabilities. The vast majority of the reserve represents future lease obligations of $131.9 million, net of anticipated sublease income of approximately $70.2 million. Cash payments relating to the facility closures were $22.3 million, $24.6 million and $35.2 million in 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively. We anticipate future annual payments to be similar in amount.

In addition, we were the lessee of a legacy, building materials manufacturing facility near Elma, Washington until the end of 2010. During 2006, we ceased operations at the facility, fully impaired the assets and recorded a reserve, which is separate from the facility closure reserve above, for the related lease payments and other contract termination and closure costs. During 2010, we sold the facility’s equipment and terminated the lease. As a result, we recorded pre-tax income of approximately $9.4 million to adjust the associated reserve. This income is reported in other operating, net in our Consolidated Statements of Operations.

 

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Environmental

As an owner and operator of real estate, we may be liable under environmental laws for the cleanup of past and present spills and releases of hazardous or toxic substances on or from our properties and operations. We can be found liable under these laws if we knew of, or were responsible for, the presence of such substances. In some cases, this liability may exceed the value of the property itself.

Environmental liabilities that relate to the operation of the paper and forest products businesses and timberland assets prior to the closing of the sale of our paper, forest products and timberland assets in 2004 continue to be our liabilities. We have been notified that we are a “potentially responsible party” under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) or similar federal and state laws, or have received a claim from a private party, with respect to certain sites where hazardous substances or other contaminants are or may be located. These sites relate to operations either no longer owned by the Company or unrelated to its ongoing operations. For sites where a range of potential liability can be determined, we have established appropriate reserves. We cannot predict with certainty the total response and remedial costs, our share of the total costs, the extent to which contributions will be available from other parties, or the amount of time necessary to complete the cleanups. Based on our investigations; our experience with respect to cleanup of hazardous substances; the fact that expenditures will, in many cases, be incurred over extended periods of time; and in some cases the number of solvent potentially responsible parties, we do not believe that the known actual and potential response costs will, in the aggregate, materially affect our financial position, our results of operations or our cash flows.

Critical Accounting Estimates

The Securities and Exchange Commission defines critical accounting estimates as those that are most important to the portrayal of our financial condition and results. These estimates require management’s most difficult, subjective or complex judgments, often as a result of the need to estimate matters that are inherently uncertain. The accounting estimates that we currently consider critical are as follows:

Vendor Rebates and Allowances

We participate in volume purchase rebate programs, some of which provide for tiered rebates based on defined levels of purchase volume. We also participate in programs that enable us to receive additional vendor subsidies by promoting the sale of vendor products. Vendor rebates and allowances are accrued as earned. Rebates and allowances received as a result of attaining defined purchase levels are accrued over the incentive period based on the terms of the vendor arrangement and estimates of qualifying purchases during the rebate program period. These estimates are reviewed on a quarterly basis and adjusted for changes in anticipated product sales and expected purchase levels. Vendor rebates and allowances earned are recorded as a reduction in the cost of merchandise inventories and are included in operations (as a reduction of cost of goods sold) in the period the related product is sold.

Amounts owed to us under these arrangements are subject to credit risk. In addition, the terms of the contracts covering these programs can be complex and subject to interpretations, which can potentially result in disputes. We provide an allowance for uncollectible accounts and to cover disputes in the event that our interpretation of the contract terms differ from our vendors’ and our vendors seek to recover some of the consideration from us. These allowances are based on the current financial condition of our vendors, specific information regarding disputes and historical experience. If we used different assumptions to estimate the amount of vendor receivables that will not be collected due to either credit default or a dispute regarding the amounts owed, our calculated allowance would be different and the difference could be material. In addition, if actual losses are different than those estimated, adjustments to the recorded allowance may be required.

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market conditions and product obsolescence. If the estimated realizable value is less than cost, the inventory value is reduced to its estimated realizable value. If expectations regarding future demand and market conditions are inaccurate or unexpected changes in technology or other factors affect demand, we could be exposed to additional losses.

Throughout the year, we perform physical inventory counts at a significant number of our locations. For periods subsequent to each location’s last physical inventory count, an allowance for estimated shrinkage is provided based on historical shrinkage results and current business trends. If actual losses as a result of inventory shrinkage are different than management’s estimates, adjustments to the allowance for inventory shrinkage may be required.

Pensions and Other Postretirement Benefits

The Company sponsors noncontributory defined benefit pension plans covering certain terminated employees, vested employees, retirees, and some active employees, primarily in Contract. The Company also sponsors various retiree medical benefit plans. At December 25, 2010, the funded status of our defined benefit pension and other postretirement benefit plans was a liability of $204.3 million. Changes in assumptions related to the measurement of funded status could have a material impact on the amount reported. We are required to calculate our pension expense and liabilities using actuarial assumptions, including a discount rate assumption and a long-term asset return assumption. We base our discount rate assumption on the rates of return for a theoretical portfolio of high-grade corporate bonds (rated Aa1 or better) with cash flows that generally match our expected benefit payments in future years. We base our long-term asset return assumption on the average rate of earnings expected on invested funds. We believe that the accounting estimate related to pensions is a critical accounting estimate because it is highly susceptible to change from period to period, based on the performance of plan assets, actuarial valuations and changes in interest rates, and the effect on our financial position and results of operations could be material.

For 2011, our discount rate assumption used in the measurement of our net periodic benefit cost is 5.64%, and our expected return on plan assets is 8.20%. Using these assumptions, our 2011 pension expense will be approximately $9.6 million. If we were to decrease our estimated discount rate assumption used in the measurement of our net periodic benefit cost to 5.39% and our expected return on plan assets to 7.95%, our 2011 pension expense would be approximately $12.1 million. If we were to increase our discount rate assumption used in the measurement of our net periodic benefit cost to 5.89% and our expected return on plan assets to 8.45%, our 2011 pension expense would be approximately $7.1 million.

Income Taxes

Income taxes are accounted for under the asset and liability method. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the future tax consequences attributable to differences between the financial statement carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax basis and operating loss and tax credit carryforwards. 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. The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities of a change in tax rates is recognized in income in the period that includes the enactment date.

The Company is subject to tax audits in numerous jurisdictions in the U.S. and around the world. Tax audits by their very nature are often complex and can require several years to complete. In the normal course of business, the Company is subject to challenges from the IRS and other tax authorities regarding amounts of taxes due. These challenges may alter the timing or amount of taxable income or deductions, or the allocation of income among tax jurisdictions. We recognize the benefits of tax positions that are more likely than not of being sustained upon audit based on the technical merits of the tax position in the consolidated financial statements; positions that do not meet this threshold are not recognized. For tax positions that are at least more likely than not

 

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of being sustained upon audit, the largest amount of the benefit that is more likely than not of being sustained is recognized in the consolidated financial statements.

In assessing the realizability of deferred tax assets, management considers whether it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax assets will not be realized. The ultimate realization of deferred tax assets is dependent upon the generation of future taxable income during the periods in which those temporary differences become deductible. Management considers the scheduled reversal of deferred tax liabilities, projected future taxable income, and tax planning strategies in making the assessment of whether it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax assets will not be realized.

Significant judgment is required in determining our uncertain tax positions. We have established accruals for uncertain tax positions using management’s best judgment and adjust these liabilities as warranted by changing facts and circumstances. A change in our uncertain tax positions, in any given period, could have a significant impact on our results of operations and cash flows for that period.

The determination of the Company’s provision for income taxes requires significant judgment, the use of estimates, and the interpretation and application of complex tax laws. Significant judgment is also required in assessing the timing and amounts of deductible and taxable items.

Facility Closure Reserves

The Company conducts regular reviews of its real estate portfolio to identify underperforming facilities, and closes those facilities that are no longer strategically or economically beneficial. A liability for the cost associated with such a closure is recorded at its fair value in the period in which it is incurred, primarily the location’s cease-use date. These costs are included in facility closure reserves and include provisions for the present value of future lease obligations, less contractual or estimated sublease income. At December 25, 2010, the vast majority of the reserve represents future lease obligations of $132 million, net of anticipated sublease income of approximately $70 million. For each closed location, we estimate future sublease income based on current real estate trends by market and location-specific factors, including the age and quality of the location, as well as our historical experience with similar locations. If we had used different assumptions to estimate future sublease income our reserves would be different and the difference could be material. In addition, if actual sublease income is different than our estimates, adjustments to the recorded reserves may be required.

Environmental and Asbestos Reserves

Environmental and asbestos liabilities that relate to the operation of the paper and forest products businesses and timberland assets prior to the sale of the paper, forest products and timberland assets continue to be liabilities of OfficeMax. We are subject to a variety of environmental laws and regulations. We estimate our environmental liabilities based on various assumptions and judgments, as we cannot predict with certainty the total response and remedial costs, our share of total costs, the extent to which contributions will be available from other parties or the amount of time necessary to complete any remediation. In making these judgments and assumptions, we consider, among other things, the activity to date at particular sites, information obtained through consultation with applicable regulatory authorities and third-party consultants and contractors and our historical experience at other sites that are judged to be comparable. Due to the number of uncertainties and variables associated with these assumptions and judgments and the effects of changes in governmental regulation and environmental technologies, the precision of the resulting estimates of the related liabilities is subject to uncertainty. We regularly monitor our estimated exposure to our environmental and asbestos liabilities. As additional information becomes known, our estimates may change.

Indefinite-Lived Intangibles and Other Long-Lived Assets Impairment

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possible impairment. In assessing impairment, we are required to make estimates of the fair values the assets. If we determine the fair values are less than the carrying amount recorded on our Consolidated Balance Sheets, we must recognize an impairment loss in our financial statements. We are also required to assess our long-lived assets for impairment whenever an indicator of possible impairment exists. In assessing impairment, the statement requires us to make estimates of the fair value of the assets. If we determine the fair values are less than the carrying value of the assets, we must recognize an impairment loss in our financial statements.

The measurement of impairment of indefinite life intangibles and other long-lived assets includes estimates and assumptions which are inherently subject to significant uncertainties. In testing for impairment, we measure the estimated fair value of our reporting units, intangibles and fixed assets based upon discounted future operating cash flows using a discount rate reflecting a market-based, weighted average cost of capital. In estimating future cash flows, we use our internal budgets and operating plans, which include many assumptions about future growth prospects, margin rates, and cost factors. Differences in assumptions used in projecting future operating cash flows and in selecting an appropriate discount rate could have a significant impact on the determination of fair value and impairment amounts.

Recently Issued or Newly Adopted Accounting Standards

There were no recently issued or newly adopted accounting standards that were applicable to the preparation of our consolidated financial statements for 2010 or that may become applicable to the preparation of our consolidated financial statements in the future.

 

ITEM 7A. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

Information concerning quantitative and qualitative disclosures about market risk is included under the caption “Disclosures of Financial Market Risks” in “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in this Form 10-K and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

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ITEM 8. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA

OfficeMax Incorporated and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Operations

 

     Fiscal year ended  
     December 25,
2010
    December 26,
2009
    December 27,
2008
 
     (thousands, except per-share amounts)  

Sales

   $ 7,150,007      $ 7,212,050      $ 8,267,008   

Cost of goods sold and occupancy costs

     5,300,355        5,474,452        6,212,591   
                        

Gross profit

     1,849,652        1,737,598        2,054,417   

Operating expenses

      

Operating, selling, and general and administrative expenses

     1,689,130        1,674,711        1,862,555   

Goodwill and other asset impairments

     10,979        17,612        2,100,212   

Other operating expenses

     3,077        49,263        27,851   
                        

Operating income (loss)

     146,466        (3,988     (1,936,201

Interest expense

     (73,333     (76,363     (113,641

Interest income

     42,635        47,270        57,564   

Other income (expense)

     (32     2,748        19,878   
                        

Pre-tax income (loss)

     115,736        (30,333     (1,972,400

Income tax benefit (expense)

     (41,872     28,758        306,481   
                        

Net income (loss) attributable to OfficeMax and noncontrolling interest

     73,864        (1,575     (1,665,919

Joint venture results attributable to noncontrolling interest

     (2,709     2,242        7,987   
                        

Net income (loss) attributable to OfficeMax

   $ 71,155      $ 667      $ (1,657,932

Preferred dividends

     (2,527     (2,818     (3,663
                        

Net income (loss) available to OfficeMax common shareholders

   $ 68,628      $ (2,151   $ (1,661,595
                        

Net income (loss) per common share

      

Basic

   $ 0.81      $ (0.03   $ (21.90

Diluted

   $ 0.79      $ (0.03   $ (21.90

 

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements

 

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OfficeMax Incorporated and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets

 

     December 25,
2010
    December 26,
2009
 
     (thousands)  

ASSETS

    

Current assets:

    

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 462,326      $ 486,570   

Receivables, net

     546,885        539,350   

Inventories

     846,463        805,646   

Deferred income taxes and receivables

     99,613        133,836   

Other current assets

     58,999        55,934   
                

Total current assets

     2,014,286        2,021,336   

Property and equipment:

    

Land and land improvements

     41,317        41,072   

Buildings and improvements

     487,160        483,133   

Machinery and equipment

     818,081        792,650   
                

Total property and equipment

     1,346,558        1,316,855   

Accumulated depreciation

     (949,269     (894,707
                

Net property and equipment

     397,289        422,148   

Intangible assets, net

     83,231        83,806   

Investments in affiliates

     175,000        175,000   

Timber notes receivable

     899,250        899,250   

Deferred income taxes

     284,529        300,900   

Other non-current assets

     225,344        167,091   
                

Total assets

   $ 4,078,929      $ 4,069,531   
                

 

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements

 

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OfficeMax Incorporated and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets

 

     December 25,
2010
    December 26,
2009
 
     (thousands, except share and
per-share amounts)
 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

    

Current liabilities:

    

Current portion of debt

   $ 4,560      $ 22,430   

Accounts payable

     686,106        687,340   

Income tax payable

     11,055        3,389   

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities:

    

Compensation and benefits

     145,911        153,408   

Other

     196,842        225,125   
                

Total current liabilities

     1,044,474        1,091,692   

Long-term debt, less current portion

     270,435        274,622   

Non-recourse debt

     1,470,000        1,470,000   

Other long-term items:

    

Compensation and benefits obligations

     250,756        277,247   

Deferred gain on sale of assets

     179,757        179,757   

Other long-term liabilities

     213,496        244,958   

Noncontrolling interest in joint venture

     49,246        28,059   

Shareholders’ equity:

    

Preferred stock—no par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized; Series D ESOP: $.01 stated value; 686,696 and 810,654 shares outstanding

     30,901        36,479   

Common stock—$2.50 par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized; 85,057,710 and 84,624,726 shares outstanding

     212,644        211,562   

Additional paid-in capital

     986,579        989,912   

Accumulated deficit

     (533,606     (602,242

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

     (95,753     (132,515
                

Total OfficeMax shareholders’ equity

     600,765        503,196   
                

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

   $ 4,078,929      $ 4,069,531   
                

 

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OfficeMax Incorporated and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

 

     Fiscal year ended  
     December 25,
2010
    December 26,
2009
    December 27,
2008
 
     (thousands)  

Cash provided by operations:

      

Net income (loss) attributable to OfficeMax and noncontrolling interest

   $ 73,864      $ (1,575   $ (1,665,919

Non-cash items in net income (loss):

      

Earnings from affiliates

     (7,254     (6,707     (6,246

Depreciation and amortization

     100,936        116,417        142,896   

Non-cash impairment charges

     10,979        17,612        2,120,572   

Non-cash deferred taxes on impairment charges

     (4,271     (6,484     (357,313

Pension and other postretirement benefits expense

     4,965        11,537        1,874   

Other

     2,530        9,131        329   

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

      

Receivables

     6,678        26,334        119,133   

Inventories

     (27,606     164,027        98,111   

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

     (51,515     (56,471     (137,716

Current and deferred income taxes

     51,169        48,752        (40,698

Borrowings (payments) of loans on company-owned life insurance policies

     (44,442     45,668        —     

Other

     (27,896     (9,297     (51,346
                        

Cash provided by operations

     88,137        358,944        223,677   
                        

Cash provided by (used for) investment:

      

Expenditures for property and equipment

     (93,511     (38,277     (143,968

Distribution from escrow account

     —          25,142        —     

Withdrawal from company-owned life insurance policies

     —          14,977        —     

Proceeds from sale of restricted investments

     —          —          20,252   

Proceeds from sales of assets, net

     6,173        980        11,592   
                        

Cash provided by (used for) investment

     (87,338     2,822        (112,124
                        

Cash used for financing:

      

Cash dividends paid:

      

Common stock

     —          —          (45,474

Preferred stock

     (2,698     (3,089     (2,003
                        
     (2,698     (3,089     (47,477

Payments of short-term debt, net

     (654     (11,035     (1,974

Payments of long-term debt

     (21,858     (52,936     (53,944

Borrowings of long-term debt

     —          6,255        15,928   

Purchase of Series D preferred stock

     (5,233     (6,079     (7,376

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

     1,961        —          —     

Other

     13        6,326        8,709   
                        

Cash used for financing

     (28,469     (60,558     (86,134
                        

Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents

     3,426        14,583        (7,277

Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

     (24,244     315,791        18,142   
                        

Balance at beginning of the year

     486,570        170,779        152,637   
                        

Balance at end of the year

   $ 462,326      $ 486,570      $ 170,779   
                        

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements

 

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OfficeMax Incorporated and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Equity

 

          For the Fiscal Years ended December 25, 2010, December 26, 2009 and December 27, 2008  

Common
Shares
Outstanding

        Preferred
Stock
    Common
Stock
    Additional
Paid-In
Capital
    Retained
Earnings
(Accumulated
Deficit)
    Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income
(Loss)
    Total
OfficeMax
Share-
holders’
Equity
          Non-
controlling
Interest
 
                      (thousands, except per share)              
  75,397,094     

Balance at December 29, 2007

  $ 49,989      $ 188,481      $ 922,414      $ 1,095,950      $ 21,738      $ 2,278,572        $ 32,042   
                                                                 
 

Comprehensive loss:

               
 

Net loss

                         (1,657,932            (1,657,932       (7,987
 

Other comprehensive loss:

               
 

Cumulative foreign currency translation adjustment

            (83,758     (83,758       (6,894
 

Pension and postretirement liability adjustment, net of tax

            (205,718     (205,718         
                                   
 

Other comprehensive loss

            (289,476     (289,476       (6,894
                       
 

Comprehensive loss

            $ (1,947,408     $ (14,881
                             
 

Cash dividends declared:

               
 

Common stock

                         (34,220            (34,220         
 

Preferred stock

                         (3,663            (3,663         
 

Restricted stock issued

                  93                      93            
  571,727     

Restricted stock vested

           1,436        (1,436                              
  8,331     

Other

    (7,424     26        4,257        (230       (3,371       4,710   
                                                                 
  75,977,152     

Balance at December 27, 2008

  $ 42,565      $ 189,943      $ 925,328      $ (600,095   $ (267,738   $ 290,003        $ 21,871   
                                                                 
 

Comprehensive income (loss):

               
 

Net income (loss)

                         667               667          (2,242
 

Other comprehensive income:

               
 

Cumulative foreign currency translation adjustment

            47,477        47,477          1,157   
 

Pension and postretirement liability adjustment, net of tax

            87,746        87,746            
                                   
 

Other comprehensive income

            135,223        135,223          1,157   
                       
 

Comprehensive income (loss)

            $ 135,890        $ (1,085
                             
 

Preferred stock dividend declared

                         (2,818            (2,818         
 

Restricted stock issued

                  6,130                      6,130            
  313,517     

Restricted stock vested

           784        (777                   7            
  8,331,722     

Stock contribution to pension plan

           20,829        61,321                      82,150            
  2,335     

Other

    (6,086     6        (2,090     4               (8,166       7,273   
                                                                 
  84,624,726     

Balance at December 26, 2009

  $ 36,479      $ 211,562      $ 989,912      $ (602,242   $ (132,515   $ 503,196        $ 28,059   
                                                                 
 

Comprehensive income:

               
 

Net income

                         71,155               71,155          2,709   
 

Other comprehensive income:

               
 

Cumulative foreign currency translation adjustment

            21,290        21,290          786   
 

Pension and postretirement liability adjustment, net of tax

            16,356        16,356            
 

Unrealized hedge loss, net of tax

            (884     (884         
                                   
 

Other comprehensive income

            36,762        36,762          786   
                       
 

Comprehensive income

            $ 107,917        $ 3,495   
                             
 

Preferred stock dividend declared

                         (2,527       (2,527         
 

Restricted stock issued

                  7,972                      7,972            
 

Non-controlling interest fair value adjustment

                  (17,763                   (17,763       17,763   
  408,519     

Stock options exercised

           1,021        940                      1,961            
  24,465     

Other

    (5,578     61        5,518        8               9          (71
                                                                 
  85,057,710     

Balance at December 25, 2010

  $ 30,901      $ 212,644      $ 986,579      $ (533,606   $ (95,753   $ 600,765        $ 49,246   
                                                                 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

 

1. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Nature of Operations

OfficeMax Incorporated (“OfficeMax,” the “Company” or “we”) is a leader in both business-to-business and retail office products distribution. The Company provides office supplies and paper, print and document services, technology products and solutions and furniture to large, medium and small businesses, government offices and consumers. OfficeMax customers are served by approximately 30,000 associates through direct sales, catalogs, the Internet and a network of retail stores located throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico. The Company’s common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OMX. The Company’s corporate headquarters is located in Naperville, Illinois, and the OfficeMax website address is www.officemax.com.

The Company manages its business using three reportable segments: OfficeMax, Contract (“Contract segment” or “Contract”); OfficeMax, Retail (“Retail segment” or “Retail”); and Corporate and Other. The Contract segment markets and sells office supplies and paper, technology products and solutions, office furniture and print and document services directly to large corporate and government offices, as well as to small and medium-sized offices through field salespeople, outbound telesales, catalogs, the Internet and, primarily in foreign markets, through office products stores. The Retail segment markets and sells office supplies and paper, print and document services, technology products and solutions and office furniture to small and medium-sized businesses and consumers through a network of retail stores. Management reviews the performance of the Company based on these segments. We present information pertaining to our segments in Note 14, “Segment Information”.

Consolidation

The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of OfficeMax and all majority owned subsidiaries, except our 90%-owned subsidiary in Cuba which is accounted for as an investment due to various asset restrictions. We also consolidate the variable interest entities in which the Company is the primary beneficiary. All significant intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

Fiscal Year

The Company’s fiscal year-end is the last Saturday in December. Due primarily to statutory requirements, the Company’s international businesses maintain December 31 year-ends, with our majority-owned joint venture in Mexico reporting one month in arrears. Fiscal year 2010 ended on December 25, 2010, fiscal year 2009 ended on December 26, 2009 and fiscal year 2008 ended on December 27, 2008. Each of the past three years has included 52 weeks for all reportable segments and businesses.

Use of Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosures about contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements, and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results are likely to differ from those estimates, but management does not believe such differences will materially affect the Company’s financial position, results of operations or cash flows. Significant items subject to such estimates and assumptions include the recognition of vendor rebates and allowances; the carrying amount of intangibles and long lived assets; inventories; income tax assets and liabilities; facility closure reserves; environmental and asbestos liabilities; and assets and obligations related to employee benefits including the pension plans.

 

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Foreign Currency Translation

Local currencies are considered the functional currencies for the Company’s operations outside the United States. Assets and liabilities of foreign operations are translated into U.S. dollars at the rate of exchange in effect at the balance sheet date with the related translation adjustments reported in shareholders’ equity as a component of accumulated other comprehensive loss. Revenues and expenses are translated into U.S. dollars at average monthly exchange rates prevailing during the year. Foreign currency transaction gains and losses related to assets and liabilities that are denominated in a currency other than the functional currency are reported in the Consolidated Statements of Operations in the periods they occur.

Revenue Recognition

Revenue from the sale of products is recognized at the time both title and the risk of ownership are transferred to the customer, which generally occurs upon delivery to the customer or third-party delivery service for contract, catalog and Internet sales, and at the point of sale for retail transactions. Service revenue is recognized as the services are rendered. Revenue is reported less an appropriate provision for returns and net of coupons, rebates and other sales incentives. The Company offers rebate programs to some of its Contract customers. Customer rebates are recorded as a reduction in sales and are accrued as earned by the customer.

Revenue from transactions in which the Company acts as an agent or broker is reported on a commission basis. Revenue from the sale of extended warranty contracts is reported on a commission basis at the time of sale, except in a limited number of states where state law specifies the Company as the legal obligor. In such states, the revenue from the sale of extended warranty contracts is recorded at the gross amount and recognized ratably over the contract period. The performance obligations and risk of loss associated with extended warranty contracts sold by the Company are assumed by an unrelated third party. Costs associated with these contracts are recognized in the same period as the related revenue.

Fees for shipping and handling charged to customers in connection with sale transactions are included in sales. Costs related to shipping and handling are included in cost of goods sold and occupancy costs. Taxes collected from customers are accounted for on a net basis and are excluded from sales.

Cash and Cash Equivalents

Cash equivalents include short-term debt instruments that have an original maturity of three months or less at the date of purchase. The Company’s banking arrangements allow the Company to fund outstanding checks when presented to the financial institution for payment. This cash management practice frequently results in a net cash overdraft position for accounting purposes, which occurs when total issued checks exceed available cash balances at a single financial institution. The Company records its outstanding checks and the net change in overdrafts in the accounts payable and the accounts payable and accrued liabilities line items within the Consolidated Balance Sheets and Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows, respectively.

Accounts Receivable

Accounts receivable relate primarily to amounts owed by customers for trade sales of products and services and amounts due from vendors under volume purchase rebate, cooperative advertising and various other marketing programs. An allowance for doubtful accounts is recorded to provide for estimated losses resulting from uncollectible accounts, and is the Company’s best estimate of the amount of probable credit losses in the Company’s existing accounts receivable. Management believes that the Company’s exposure to credit risk associated with accounts receivable is limited due to the size and diversity of its customer and vendor base, which extends across many different industries and geographic regions.

At December 25, 2010 and December 26, 2009, the Company had allowances for doubtful accounts of $6.5 million and $8.6 million, respectively.

 

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Vendor Rebates and Allowances

We participate in volume purchase rebate programs, some of which provide for tiered rebates based on defined levels of purchase volume. We also participate in programs that enable us to receive additional vendor subsidies by promoting the sale of vendor products. Vendor rebates and allowances are accrued as earned. Rebates and allowances received as a result of attaining defined purchase levels are accrued over the incentive period based on the terms of the vendor arrangement and estimates of qualifying purchases during the rebate program period. These estimates are reviewed on a quarterly basis and adjusted for changes in anticipated product sales and expected purchase levels. Vendor rebates and allowances earned are recorded as a reduction in the cost of merchandise inventories and are included in operations (as a reduction of cost of goods sold) in the period the related product is sold.

Merchandise Inventories

Inventories consist of office products merchandise and are stated at the lower of weighted average cost or net realizable value. The Company estimates the realizable value of inventory using assumptions about future demand, market conditions and product obsolescence. If the estimated realizable value is less than cost, the inventory value is reduced to its estimated realizable value.

Throughout the year, the Company performs physical inventory counts at a significant number of our locations. For periods subsequent to each location’s last physical inventory count, an allowance for estimated shrinkage is provided based on historical shrinkage results and current business trends.

Property and Equipment

Property and equipment are recorded at cost. The Company calculates depreciation using the straight-line method over the estimated useful lives of the assets or the terms of the related leases. The estimated useful lives of depreciable assets are generally as follows: building and improvements, 3 to 40 years; machinery and equipment, which also includes delivery trucks, furniture and office and computer equipment, 1.5 to 15 years. Leasehold improvements are reported as building and improvements and are amortized over the lesser of the term of the lease, including any option periods that management believes are probable of exercise, or the estimated lives of the improvements, which generally range from 2 to 20 years.

Long-Lived Asset Impairment

Long-lived assets, such as property, leasehold improvements, equipment, capitalized software costs and purchased intangibles subject to amortization, are reviewed for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of an asset may not be recoverable. Recoverability of assets to be held and used is measured by a comparison of the carrying amount of an asset to the estimated undiscounted future cash flows expected to be generated by the asset. If the carrying amount of an asset exceeds its estimated future cash flows, an impairment charge is recognized equal to the amount by which the carrying amount of the asset exceeds the fair value of the asset, which is estimated based on discounted cash flows. In 2010, 2009 and 2008 the Company determined that there were indicators of impairment, completed tests for impairment and recorded impairment of store assets. See Note 5, “Goodwill, Intangible Assets and Other Long-lived Assets,” for further discussion regarding impairment of long-lived assets.

Goodwill and Intangible Assets

Goodwill represents the excess of purchase price and related direct costs over the value assigned to the net tangible and identifiable intangible assets of businesses acquired. Goodwill and intangible assets with indefinite lives are not amortized, but are tested for impairment at least annually, or more frequently if events and circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of the asset might be impaired, using a fair-value-based approach. An impairment loss is recognized to the extent that the carrying amount exceeds the asset’s fair value.

 

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This determination is made at the reporting unit level and consists of two steps. First, the Company determines the fair value of a reporting unit and compares it to its carrying amount. Second, if the carrying amount of a reporting unit exceeds its fair value, an impairment loss is recognized for any excess of the carrying amount of the reporting unit’s goodwill over the implied fair value of that goodwill. The implied fair value of goodwill is determined by allocating the fair value of the reporting unit in a manner similar to a purchase price allocation. The residual fair value after this allocation is the implied fair value of the reporting unit goodwill. The Company fully impaired its goodwill balances in 2008. See Note 5, “Goodwill, Intangible Assets and Other Long-lived Assets,” for further discussion regarding impairment of goodwill.

Intangible assets represent the values assigned to trade names, customer lists and relationships, noncompete agreements and exclusive distribution rights of businesses acquired. Trade name assets have an indefinite life and are not amortized. All other intangible assets are amortized on a straight-line basis over their expected useful lives, which range from three to 20 years. The Company impaired its trade name assets in 2008. See Note 5, “Goodwill, Intangible Assets and Other Long-lived Assets,” for further discussion regarding impairment of intangible assets.

Investments in Affiliates

Investments in affiliated companies are accounted for under the cost method if the Company does not exercise significant influence over the affiliated company. At December 25, 2010 and December 26, 2009, the Company held an investment in Boise Cascade Holdings, L.L.C. (“Boise Investment”) which is accounted for under the cost method. See Note 9, “Investments in Affiliates,” for additional information related to the Company’s investments in affiliates.

Capitalized Software Costs

The Company capitalizes certain costs related to the acquisition and development of internal use software that is expected to benefit future periods. These costs are amortized using the straight-line method over the expected life of the software, which is typically three to (seven) years. Other non-current assets in the Consolidated Balance Sheets include unamortized capitalized software costs of $32.4 million and $25.7 million at December 25, 2010 and December 26, 2009, respectively. Amortization of capitalized software costs totaled $17.5 million, $17.2 million and $18.7 million in 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively. Software development costs that do not meet the criteria for capitalization are expensed as incurred.

Pension and Other Postretirement Benefits

The Company sponsors noncontributory defined benefit pension plans covering certain terminated employees, vested employees, retirees and some active employees, primarily in Contract. The Company also sponsors various retiree medical benefit plans. The type of retiree medical benefits and the extent of coverage vary based on employee classification, date of retirement, location, and other factors. The Company explicitly reserves the right to amend or terminate its retiree medical plans at any time, subject only to constraints, if any, imposed by the terms of collective bargaining agreements. Amendment or termination may significantly affect the amount of expense incurred.

The Company recognizes the funded status of its defined benefit pension, retiree healthcare and other postretirement plans in the Consolidated Balance Sheets, with changes in the funded status recognized through accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax, in the year in which the changes occur. Actuarially-determined liabilities related to pension and postretirement benefits are recorded based on estimates and assumptions. Key factors used in developing estimates of these liabilities include assumptions related to discount rates, rates of return on investments, future compensation costs, healthcare cost trends, benefit payment patterns and other factors.

 

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The Company measures changes in the funded status of its plans using actuarial models. Since the majority of participants in the plans are inactive, the actuarial models use an attribution approach that generally spreads recognition of the effects of individual events over the life expectancy of the participants. Net pension and postretirement benefit income or expense is also determined using assumptions which include discount rates and expected long-term rates of return on plan assets. The Company bases the discount rate assumption on the rates of return for a theoretical portfolio of high-grade corporate bonds (rated Aa1 or better) with cash flows that generally match our expected benefit payments in future years. The long-term asset return assumption is based on the average rate of earnings expected on invested funds, and considers several factors including the asset allocation, actual historical rates of return, expected rates of return and external data.

The Company’s policy is to fund its pension plans based upon actuarial recommendations and in accordance with applicable laws and income tax regulations. Pension benefits are primarily paid through trusts funded by the Company. All of the Company’s postretirement medical plans are unfunded. The Company pays postretirement benefits directly to the participants.

Facility Closure Reserves

The Company conducts regular reviews of its real estate portfolio to identify underperforming facilities, and closes those facilities that are no longer strategically or economically beneficial. The Company records a liability for the cost associated with a facility closure at its fair value in the period in which the liability is incurred, primarily the location’s cease-use date. Upon closure, unrecoverable costs are included in facility closure reserves and include provisions for the present value of future lease obligations, less contractual or estimated sublease income. Accretion expense is recognized over the life of the payments.

Environmental and Asbestos Matters

Environmental and asbestos liabilities that relate to the operation of the paper and forest products businesses and timberland assets prior to the sale of the paper, forest products and timberland assets continue to be liabilities of OfficeMax. The Company accrues for losses associated with these types of obligations when such losses are probable and reasonably estimable.

Self-insurance

The Company is self-insured for certain losses related to workers’ compensation and medical claims as well as general and auto liability. The expected ultimate cost for claims incurred is recognized as a liability in the Consolidated Balance Sheets. The expected ultimate cost of claims incurred is estimated based principally on an analysis of historical claims data and estimates of claims incurred but not reported. Losses are accrued on a discounted basis and charged to operations when it is probable that a loss has been incurred and the amount can be reasonably estimated.

Income Taxes

Income taxes are accounted for under the asset and liability method. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the future tax consequences attributable to differences between the financial statement carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax basis and operating loss and tax credit carryforwards. 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. The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities of a change in tax rates is recognized in income in the period that includes the enactment date.

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business, the Company is subject to challenges from the IRS and other tax authorities regarding amounts of taxes due. These challenges may alter the timing or amount of taxable income or deductions, or the allocation of income among tax jurisdictions. The benefits of tax positions that are more likely than not of being sustained upon audit based on the technical merits of the tax position are recognized in the consolidated financial statements; positions that do not meet this threshold are not recognized. For tax positions that are at least more likely than not of being sustained upon audit, the largest amount of the benefit that is more likely than not of being sustained is recognized in the consolidated financial statements. See Note 7, “Income Taxes,” for further discussion.

In assessing the realizability of deferred tax assets, management considers whether it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax assets will not be realized. The ultimate realization of deferred tax assets is dependent upon the generation of future taxable income during the periods in which those temporary differences become deductible. Management considers the scheduled reversal of deferred tax liabilities, projected future taxable income, and tax planning strategies in making the assessment of whether it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax assets will not be realized.

Accruals for income tax exposures, including penalties and interest, expected to be settled within the next year are included in income tax payable with the remainder included in other long-term obligations in the Consolidated Balance Sheets. Interest and penalties related to income tax exposures are recognized as incurred and included in income tax expense in the Consolidated Statements of Operations.

Advertising Costs

Advertising costs are either expensed the first time the advertising takes place or, in the case of direct-response advertising, capitalized and charged to expense in the periods in which the related sales occur. Advertising expense was $228.3 million in 2010, $211.3 million in 2009 and $232.1 million in 2008, and is recorded in operating, selling and general and administrative expenses in the Consolidated Statements of Operations.

Pre-Opening Expenses

The Company incurs certain non-capital expenses prior to the opening of a store. These pre-opening expenses consist primarily of straight-line rent from the date of possession, store payroll and supplies, and are expensed as incurred and reflected in operating and selling expenses. In 2009 and 2008, the Company recorded approximately $1.6 million and $10.0 million in pre-opening costs, respectively. No pre-opening costs were recorded in 2010.

Leasing Arrangements

The Company conducts a substantial portion of its business in leased properties. Some of the Company’s leases contain escalation clauses and renewal options. The Company recognizes rental expense for leases that contain predetermined fixed escalation clauses on a straight-line basis over the expected term of the lease. The difference between the amounts charged to expense and the contractual minimum lease payment is recorded in other long-term liabilities in the Consolidated Balance Sheets. At December 25, 2010 and December 26, 2009, other long-term liabilities included approximately $61.6 million and $68.2 million, respectively, related to these future escalation clauses.

The expected term of a lease is calculated from the date the Company first takes possession of the facility, including any periods of free rent and any option or renewal periods management believes are probable of exercise. This expected term is used in the determination of whether a lease is capital or operating and in the calculation of straight-line rent expense. Rent abatements and escalations are considered in the calculation of

 

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minimum lease payments in the Company’s capital lease tests and in determining straight-line rent expense for operating leases. Straight-line rent expense is also adjusted to reflect any allowances or reimbursements provided by the lessor.

Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities

The Company records all derivative instruments on the balance sheet at fair value. Changes in the fair value of derivative instruments are recorded in current earnings or deferred in accumulated other comprehensive loss, depending on whether a derivative is designated as, and is effective as, a hedge and on the type of hedging transaction. Changes in fair value of derivatives that are designated as cash flow hedges are deferred in accumulated other comprehensive loss until the underlying hedged transactions are recognized in earnings, at which time any deferred hedging gains or losses are also recorded in earnings. If a derivative instrument is designated as a fair value hedge, changes in the fair value of the instrument are reported in current earnings and offset the change in fair value of the hedged assets, liabilities or firm commitments. The Company has no material outstanding derivative instruments at December 25, 2010 and did not have any material hedge transactions in 2010, 2009 or 2008.

Recently Issued or Newly Adopted Accounting Standards

There were no recently issued or newly adopted accounting standards that were applicable to the preparation of our consolidated financial statements for 2010 or that may become applicable to the preparation of our consolidated financial statements in the future.

Prior Period Revisions

Certain amounts included in the prior year financial statements have been revised to conform with the current year presentation. In the current year, expenses previously reported in the consolidated statements of operations separately as operating and selling expenses and as general and administrative expenses have been combined and are now reported as selling, operating and general and administrative expenses.

 

2. Facility Closure Reserves

We conduct regular reviews of our real estate portfolio to identify underperforming facilities, and close those facilities that are no longer strategically or economically beneficial. We record a liability for the cost associated with a facility closure at its fair value in the period in which the liability is incurred, primarily the location’s cease-use date. Upon closure, unrecoverable costs are included in facility closure reserves and include provisions for the present value of future lease obligations, less contractual or estimated sublease income. Accretion expense is recognized over the life of the required payments.

During 2010, we recorded charges of $13.1 million in our Retail segment related to facility closures, of which $11.7 million was related to the lease liability and other costs associated with closing eight domestic stores prior to the end of their lease terms, and $1.4 million was related to other items. In 2009, we recorded charges of $31.2 million related to the closing of 21 underperforming stores prior to the end of their lease terms, of which 16 were in the U.S. and five were in Mexico. In 2008, we recorded $3.1 million of charges related principally to the closing of five domestic stores and reduced rent and severance accruals by $3.4 million relating to previously closed stores. In 2008, we also recorded $8.7 million of charges related to four domestic retail stores for which we had signed lease commitments, but decided not to open the stores due to the existing economic environment. This charge was partially offset by reduced rent accruals of $4.0 million on other store lease obligations.

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Facility closure reserve account activity during 2010, 2009 and 2008 was as follows:

 

     Total  
     (thousands)  

Balance at December 29, 2007

   $ 77,062   

Charges to income

     11,853   

Changes to estimated costs included in income

     (7,396

Cash payments

     (35,229

Accretion

     2,643   
        

Balance at December 27, 2008

   $ 48,933   

Charges related to stores closed in 2009

     31,208   

Transfer of deferred rent balance

     3,214   

Changes to estimated costs included in income

     9   

Cash payments

     (24,594

Accretion

     2,802   
        

Balance at December 26, 2009

   $ 61,572   

Charges related to stores closed in 2010

     13,069   

Transfer of deferred rent and other balances

     5,985   

Changes to estimated costs included in income

     (1,358

Cash payments

     (22,260

Accretion

     4,665   
        

Balance at December 25, 2010

   $ 61,673   
        

Reserve balances were classified in the Consolidated Balance Sheets as follows:

 

     December 25,
2010
     December 26,
2009
 
     (thousands)  

Other accrued liabilities

   $ 16,651       $ 16,775   

Other long-term liabilities

     45,022         44,797   
                 

Total

   $ 61,673       $ 61,572   
                 

At December 25, 2010, the lease termination component of the facilities closure reserve consisted of the following:

 

     Total  
     (thousands)  

Estimated future lease obligations

   $ 131,880   

Less: anticipated sublease income

     (70,207
        

Total

   $ 61,673   
        

In addition, we were the lessee of a legacy, building materials manufacturing facility near Elma, Washington until the end of 2010. During 2006, we ceased operations at the facility, fully impaired the assets and recorded a reserve for the related lease payments and other contract termination and closure costs. This reserve balance was not included in the facilities closure reserve described above. During 2010, we sold the facility’s equipment and terminated the lease. As a result, we recorded income of approximately $9.4 million to adjust the associated reserve. This income is reported in other operating, net in our Consolidated Statements of Operations.

 

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3. Severance and Other Charges

Over the past few years, we have incurred significant charges related to Company personnel restructuring and reorganizations.

In 2009, we recorded $18.1 million of severance and other charges, principally related to reorganizations of our U.S. and Canadian Contract sales forces, our customer fulfillment centers and our customer service centers, as well as a streamlining of our Retail store staffing. These charges were recorded by segment in the following manner: Contract $15.3 million, Retail $2.1 million and Corporate and Other $0.7 million. During 2008, we recorded a $23.9 million pre-tax severance charge related to various sales and field reorganizations in our Retail and Contract segments as well as a significant reduction in force at the corporate headquarters and a $2.4 million charge related to the consolidation of the Contract segment’s manufacturing facilities in New Zealand.

As of December 25, 2010, $0.5 million of the severance charges recorded in 2009 remain unpaid and are included in accrued expenses and other current liabilities in the Consolidated Balance Sheets.

 

4. Timber Notes/Non-Recourse Debt

In October 2004, we sold our timberland assets in exchange for $15 million in cash plus credit-enhanced timber installment notes in the amount of $1,635 million (the “Installment Notes”). The Installment Notes were issued by single-member limited liability companies formed by affiliates of Boise Cascade, L.L.C. (the “Note Issuers”). The Installment Notes are 15-year non-amortizing obligations and were issued in two equal $817.5 million tranches bearing interest at 5.11% and 4.98%, respectively. In order to support the issuance of the Installment Notes, the Note Issuers transferred a total of $1,635 million in cash to Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. (“Lehman”) and Wachovia Corporation (“Wachovia”) (which was later purchased by Wells Fargo & Company) ($817.5 million to each of Lehman and Wachovia). Lehman and Wachovia issued collateral notes (the “Collateral Notes”) to the Note Issuers. Concurrently with the issuance of the Installment and Collateral Notes, Lehman and Wachovia guaranteed the respective Installment Notes and the Note Issuers pledged the Collateral Notes as security for the performance of the Installment Note obligations.

In December 2004, we completed a securitization transaction in which the Company’s interests in the Installment Notes and related guarantees were transferred to wholly-owned bankruptcy remote subsidiaries. The subsidiaries pledged the Installment Notes and related guarantees and issued securitized notes (the “Securitization Notes”) in the amount of $1,470 million ($735 million through the structure supported by the Lehman guaranty and $735 million through the structure supported by the Wachovia guaranty). As a result of these transactions, we received $1,470 million in cash. Recourse on the Securitization Notes is limited to the proceeds of the applicable pledged Installment Notes and underlying Lehman or Wachovia guaranty, and therefore there is no recourse against OfficeMax. The Securitization Notes are 15-year non-amortizing, and were issued in two equal $735 million tranches paying interest of 5.54% and 5.42%, respectively. The Securitization Notes are reported as non-recourse debt in the Company’s Consolidated Balance Sheets.

On September 15, 2008, Lehman, the guarantor of half of the Installment Notes and the Securitization Notes, filed a petition in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York seeking relief under chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. Lehman’s bankruptcy filing constituted an event of default under the $817.5 million Installment Note guaranteed by Lehman.

We are required for accounting purposes to assess the carrying value of assets whenever circumstances indicate that a decline in value may have occurred. In 2008, we evaluated the carrying value of the Lehman Guaranteed Installment Note and reduced it to the estimated amount we expect to collect ($81.8 million) by recording a non-cash impairment charge of $735.8 million, pre-tax. The ultimate amount to be realized on the Lehman Guaranteed Installment Note depends entirely on the proceeds from the Lehman bankruptcy estate,

 

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which may not be finally determined for several years. Our estimate of the expected proceeds has not changed, and at December 25, 2010 and December 26, 2009, the carrying value of the Lehman Guaranteed Installment Note remained at $81.8 million. Going forward, we intend to adjust the carrying value of the Lehman Guaranteed Installment Note as further information regarding our share of the proceeds, if any, from the Lehman bankruptcy estate becomes available. On April 14, 2010, Lehman filed its Debtors’ Disclosure Statement with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The Disclosure Statement indicated a range of estimated recoveries for general unsecured creditors of Lehman. As our estimate is similar to the estimate included in the Disclosure Statement, we have not adjusted our estimated carrying value for the Lehman Guaranteed Installment Note.

Recourse on the Securitization Notes is limited to the proceeds from the applicable pledged Installment Notes and underlying Lehman and Wachovia guaranty. Accordingly, the Lehman Guaranteed Installment Note and underlying guarantees by Lehman will be transferred to the holders of the Securitization Notes guaranteed by Lehman in order to settle and extinguish that liability. However, under current generally accepted accounting principles, we are required to continue to recognize the liability related to the Securitization Notes guaranteed by Lehman until such time as the liability has been extinguished. This will occur when the Lehman Guaranteed Installment Note and the guaranty are transferred to and accepted by the Securitization Note holders. We expect that this will occur no later than the date when the assets of Lehman are distributed and the bankruptcy is finalized. Accordingly, we expect to recognize a non-cash gain equal to the difference between the carrying amount of the Securitization Notes guaranteed by Lehman ($735.0 million at December 25, 2010) and the carrying value of the Lehman Guaranteed Installment Note ($81.8 million at December 25, 2010) in a later period when the liability is legally extinguished. The actual gain to be recognized in the future will be measured based on the carrying amounts of the Lehman Guaranteed Installment Note and the Securitization Notes guaranteed by Lehman at the date of settlement.

Through December 25, 2010, we have received all payments due under the Installment Notes guaranteed by Wachovia (the “Wachovia Guaranteed Installment Notes”), which have consisted only of interest due on the notes, and made all payments due on the related Securitization Notes guaranteed by Wachovia, again consisting only of interest due. As all amounts due on the Wachovia Guaranteed Installment Notes are current and we have no reason to believe that we will not be able to collect all amounts due according to the contractual terms of the Wachovia Guaranteed Installment Notes, the notes are stated in our Consolidated Balance Sheets at their original principal amount of $817.5 million. The Installment Notes and Securitization Notes are scheduled to mature in 2020 and 2019, respectively. The Securitization Notes have an initial term that is approximately three months shorter than the Installment Notes.

At the time of the sale of the timberlands in 2004, we generated a tax gain and recognized the related deferred tax liability. The timber installment notes structure allowed the Company to defer the resulting tax liability of $543 million until 2020, the maturity date for the Installment Notes. Due to the Lehman bankruptcy and note defaults, the recognition of the Lehman portion of the gain will be triggered when the Lehman Guaranteed Installment Note is transferred to the Securitization Note holders as payment and/or when the Lehman bankruptcy is resolved. At that time, we expect to reduce the estimated cash payment due by utilizing our available alternative minimum tax credits.

 

5. Goodwill, Intangible Assets and Other Long-lived Assets

Impairment Reviews and Charges

In 2008, management concluded that indicators of potential impairment were present and evaluated the carrying values of goodwill, intangibles and other long-lived assets. An impairment loss was recognized for the excess of carrying value over the implied fair value of reporting unit goodwill. We recorded a charge of $1,201.5 million in 2008 to write-off the goodwill of the Company in both segments; Contract ($815.5 million) and Retail ($386.0 million). The impairment charges included a portion of goodwill that was not deductible for

 

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tax purposes, resulting in a tax benefit of $63.2 million, or approximately 4.6% of the pre-tax charge amount. These charges resulted in a full impairment of our goodwill balances as of the end of 2008, and, as a result, there will be no future annual assessment of goodwill required.

Also in 2008, the Company concluded that indicators of impairment were present for the trade name assets, evaluated their carrying values and recorded impairment of the trade names in the Retail reporting unit of $107.1 million, before taxes. Based on the Company’s assessment and testing, no impairment of indefinite-lived intangible assets was required in 2009 or 2010.

In 2010, 2009 and 2008, the Company also performed impairment testing for the assets of individual retail stores (“store assets” or “stores”), which consist primarily of leasehold improvements and fixtures, due to the existence of indicators of potential impairment of these other long-lived assets. We performed the first step of impairment testing for other long-lived assets on the store assets and determined that for some stores the estimated future undiscounted cash flows derived from the assets was less than those assets’ carrying amount and therefore impairment existed for those store assets. The second step of impairment testing was performed to calculate the amount of the impairment loss. The loss was measured as the excess of the carrying value over the fair value of the assets, with the fair value determined based on estimated future discounted cash flows. As a result, we wrote off $11.0 million, $17.6 million and $55.8 million of store assets in 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively.

Acquired Intangible Assets

Intangible assets represent the values assigned to trade names, customer lists and relationships, noncompete agreements and exclusive distribution rights of businesses acquired. The trade name assets have an indefinite life and are not amortized. All other intangible assets are amortized on a straight-line basis over their expected useful lives. Customer lists and relationships are amortized over three to 20 years, noncompete agreements over their terms, which are generally three to five years, and exclusive distribution rights over ten years. Intangible assets consisted of the following at year-end:

 

     2010  
     Gross
Carrying
Amount
     Accumulated
Amortization
    Net
Carrying
Amount
 
     (thousands)  

Trade names

   $ 66,000       $      $ 66,000   

Customer lists and relationships

     27,807         (13,789     14,018   

Exclusive distribution rights

     7,302         (4,089     3,213   
                         

Total

   $ 101,109       $ (17,878   $ 83,231   
                         

 

     2009  
     Gross
Carrying
Amount
     Accumulated
Amortization
    Net
Carrying
Amount
 
     (thousands)  

Trade names

   $ 66,000       $      $ 66,000   

Customer lists and relationships

     25,833         (11,288     14,545   

Exclusive distribution rights

     6,636         (3,375     3,261   
                         

Total

   $ 98,469       $ (14,663   $ 83,806   
                         

Intangible amortization expense totaled $2.0 million, $1.6 million and $5.4 million in 2010, 2009 and 2008 respectively. The estimated amortization expense is approximately $1.4 to $1.7 million in each of the next five years.

 

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The changes in the intangible carrying amounts from December 29, 2007 to December 25, 2010, were as follows:

 

     Trade names     Customer
lists and
relationships
    Noncompete
agreements
    Exclusive
distribution
rights
    Total  
     (thousands)  

Net carrying amount, December 29, 2007

   $ 173,150      $ 20,309      $ 2,042      $ 4,219      $ 199,720   

Impairment

     (107,150                          (107,150

Amortization

            (2,912     (2,041     (409     (5,362

Effect of foreign currency translation

            (4,478     (1     (936     (5,415
                                        

Net carrying amount, December 27, 2008

   $ 66,000      $ 12,919      $      $ 2,874      $ 81,793   

Amortization

            (1,271            (363     (1,634

Effect of foreign currency translation

            2,897               750        3,647   
                                        

Net carrying amount, December 26, 2009

   $ 66,000      $ 14,545      $      $ 3,261      $ 83,806   

Amortization

            (1,542            (413     (1,955

Effect of foreign currency translation

            1,015               365        1,380   
                                        

Net carrying amount, December 25, 2010

   $ 66,000      $ 14,018      $      $ 3,213      $ 83,231   
                                        

 

6. Net Income (Loss) Per Common Share

Basic net income (loss) per share is calculated using net earnings available to holders of our common stock divided by the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding during the year. Diluted net income (loss) per share is similar to basic net income (loss) per share except that the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding is increased to include, if their inclusion is dilutive, the number of additional shares of common stock that would have been outstanding assuming the issuance of all potentially dilutive shares, such as common stock to be issued upon exercise of options and the vesting of non-vested restricted shares, and the conversion of outstanding preferred stock. Net income (loss) per common share was determined by dividing net income (loss), as adjusted, by weighted average shares outstanding as follows:

 

     2010      2009     2008  
     (thousands, except per-share amounts)  

Net income (loss) available to OfficeMax common shareholders

   $ 68,628       $ (2,151   $ (1,661,595

Average shares—basic(a)

     84,908         77,483        75,862   

Restricted stock, stock options and other(b)

     1,604                  
                         

Average shares—diluted

     86,512         77,483        75,862   

Net income (loss) available to OfficeMax common shareholders per common share:

       

Basic

   $ 0.81       $ (0.03   $ (21.90

Diluted

   $ 0.79       $ (0.03   $ (21.90

 

 

(a) The assumed conversion of outstanding preferred stock was anti-dilutive in all periods presented, and therefore no adjustment was required to determine diluted income (loss) from continuing operations or average shares-diluted.
(b) Options to purchase 1.7 million shares of common stock were outstanding during 2010, but were not included in the computation of diluted income (loss) per common share because the impact would have been anti-dilutive as the option price was higher than the average market price during the year. Outstanding options to purchase shares of common stock totaled 1.3 million and 1.5 million at the end of 2009 and 2008, respectfully, but were not included in the computation of diluted income (loss) per common share because the impact would have been anti-dilutive due to the loss reported for the period.

 

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7. Income Taxes

The income tax (expense) benefit attributable to income (loss) from continuing operations as shown in the Consolidated Statements of Operations includes the following components:

 

     2010     2009     2008  
     (thousands)  

Current income tax (expense) benefit:

      

Federal

   $ 9,507      $ 60,354      $ (10,111

State

     (2,735     33,770        (24,166

Foreign

     (22,521     (9,999     (23,282
                        

Total

     (15,749     84,125        (57,559

Deferred income tax (expenses) benefit:

      

Federal

     (24,628     (23,190     274,376   

State

     (2,552     (29,593     76,129   

Foreign

     1,057        (2,584     13,535   
                        

Total

     (26,123     (55,367     364,040   
                        
   $ (41,872   $ 28,758      $ 306,481   
                        

During 2010, 2009 and 2008, the Company made cash payments for income taxes, net of refunds received, as follows:

 

     2010     2009     2008  
     (thousands)  

Cash tax payments (refunds), net

   $ (5,026   $ (71,026   $ 91,530   

The income tax expense attributable to income (loss) from continuing operations for the years ended December 25, 2010, December 26, 2009 and December 27, 2008 differed from the amounts computed by applying the statutory U.S. Federal income tax rate of 35% to pre-tax income (loss) from continuing operations as a result of the following:

 

     2010     2009     2008  
     (thousands)  

Tax (expense) benefit at statutory rate

   $ (40,507   $ 10,617      $ 690,340   

State taxes (expense) benefit, net of federal effect

     (2,346     2,516        29,041   

Foreign tax provision differential

     338        1,085        (3,283

Impact of goodwill impairment

                   (418,920

Net operating loss valuation allowance and credits

     (590     (2,484     1,291   

Change in tax contingency liability

     (308     (3,390     (3,394

Tax settlement, net of other charges

            14,880        6,830   

Repatriation of foreign earnings, net

     (2,291     3,428          

ESOP dividend deduction

     885        944        1,166   

Other, net

     2,947        1,162        3,410   
                        

Total

   $ (41,872   $ 28,758      $ 306,481   
                        

 

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The tax effects of temporary differences that give rise to significant portions of the deferred tax assets and deferred tax liabilities at year-end are presented in the following table:

 

     2010     2009  
     (thousands)  

Impairment of note receivable

   $ 286,207      $ 286,207   

Minimum tax and other credits carryover

     230,267        237,897   

Net operating loss carryovers

     109,423        104,605   

Deferred gain on Boise Investment

     69,925        69,925   

Compensation obligations

     146,369        154,400   

Operating reserves and accrued expenses

     63,205        59,682   

Investments and deferred charges

     5,136        18,110   

Property and equipment

     4,937        15,942   

Allowances for receivables

     12,764        14,253   

Inventory

     4,167        8,699   

Tax goodwill

     4,587        6,788   

Other

     4,804        3,064   
                

Total deferred tax assets

     941,791        979,572   

Valuation allowance on NOLs and credits

     (14,726     (16,117
                

Total deferred tax assets after valuation allowance

   $ 927,065      $ 963,455   
                

Timberland installment gain related to Wachovia Note

   $ (266,798   $ (266,798

Timberland installment gain related to Lehman Note

     (276,965     (276,965

Undistributed earnings

     (5,817     (4,606
                

Total deferred tax liabilities

     (549,580     (548,369
                

Total net deferred tax assets

   $ 377,485      $ 415,086   
                

Deferred tax assets and liabilities are reported in our Consolidated Balance Sheets as follows:

 

     2010      2009  
     (thousands)  

Current deferred income tax assets

   $ 92,956       $ 114,186   

Long-term deferred income tax assets

     284,529         300,900   
                 

Total

   $ 377,485       $ 415,086   
                 

As discussed in Note 4, “Timber Notes/Non-Recourse Debt,” at the time of the sale of the timberlands in 2004, we generated a tax gain and recognized the related deferred tax liability. The timber installment notes structure allowed the Company to defer the resulting tax liability of $543 million until 2020, the maturity date for the Lehman Guaranteed Installment Note. Due to the Lehman bankruptcy and note defaults, the recognition of the Lehman portion of the gain will be triggered when the Lehman Guaranteed Installment Note is transferred to the Securitization Note holders as payment and/or when the Lehman bankruptcy is resolved. At that time, we expect to reduce the estimated cash payment due by utilizing our available alternative minimum tax credits.

In assessing the realizability of deferred tax assets, management considers whether it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax assets will not be realized. The ultimate realization of deferred tax assets is dependent upon the generation of future taxable income during the periods in which those temporary differences become deductible. Management considers the scheduled reversal of deferred tax liabilities, projected future taxable income, and tax planning strategies in making the assessment of whether it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax assets will not be realized. Management believes it is more likely than

 

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not that the Company will realize the benefits of these deductible differences, except for certain state net operating losses and other credit carryforwards as noted below. The amount of the deferred tax assets considered realizable, however, could be reduced if estimates of future taxable income during the carryforward period are reduced.

The Company has a deferred tax asset related to net operating loss carryforwards for Federal income tax purposes of $68 million which expire in 2020, and alternative minimum tax credit carryforwards of approximately $188 million, which are available to reduce future regular Federal income taxes, if any, over an indefinite period. The Company also has deferred tax assets related to various state net operating losses of $31.5 million, net of the valuation allowance, that expire between 2011 and 2029.

The Company has established a valuation allowance related to net operating loss carryforwards and other credit carryforwards in jurisdictions where the Company has substantially reduced operations because management believes it is more likely than not that these items will expire before the Company is able to realize their benefits. The valuation allowance was $14.7 million and $16.1 million at December 25, 2010 and December 26, 2009, respectively. The valuation allowance is reviewed and adjusted based on management’s assessments of realizable deferred tax assets.

Pre-tax income (loss) related to continuing operations from domestic and foreign sources is as follows:

 

     2010      2009     2008  
     (thousands)  

Domestic

   $ 53,444       $ (69,386   $ (1,953,946

Foreign

     62,292         39,053        (18,454
                         

Total

   $ 115,736       $ (30,333   $ (1,972,400
                         

As of December 25, 2010, the Company had $20.9 million of total gross unrecognized tax benefits, $6.4 million of which would affect the Company’s effective tax rate if recognized. Any adjustments would result from the effective settlement of tax positions with various tax authorities. The Company does not anticipate any tax settlements to occur within the next twelve months. The recorded income tax benefit for 2009 includes a $14.9 million decrease in unrecognized benefits due to the resolution of an issue under IRS appeal related to the deductibility of interest on the Company’s industrial revenue bonds. The reconciliation of the beginning and ending gross unrecognized tax benefits is as follows:

 

     2010     2009     2008  
     (thousands)  

Unrecognized tax benefits balance at beginning of year

   $ 8,247      $ 20,380      $ 33,128   

Increase related to prior year tax positions

     12,983        1,710        2,147   

Decrease related to prior year tax positions

            (14,369     (4,123

Increase related to current year tax positions

            1,420        2,775   

Settlements

     (367     (894     (13,547
                        

Unrecognized tax benefits balance at end of year

   $ 20,863      $ 8,247      $ 20,380   
                        

The Company or its subsidiaries file income tax returns in the U.S. Federal jurisdiction, and multiple state and foreign jurisdictions. Years prior to 2006 are no longer subject to U.S. Federal income tax examination. The Company is no longer subject to state income tax examinations by tax authorities in its major state jurisdictions for years before 2003, and the Company is no longer subject to income tax examinations prior to 2005 for its major foreign jurisdictions.

 

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The Company recognizes accrued interest and penalties associated with uncertain tax positions as part of income tax expense. As of December 25, 2010, the Company had $0.7 million of accrued interest and penalties associated with uncertain tax positions.

Deferred taxes are not recognized for temporary differences related to investments in foreign subsidiaries because such earnings are considered to be indefinitely reinvested in the business. The determination of the amount of the unrecognized deferred tax liability related to the undistributed earnings is not practicable because of the complexities associated with its hypothetical calculation.

 

8. Leases

The Company leases its retail stores as well as certain other property and equipment under operating leases. These leases are noncancelable and generally contain multiple renewal options for periods ranging from three to five years, and require the Company to pay all executory costs such as maintenance and insurance. Rental payments include minimum rentals plus, in some cases, contingent rentals based on a percentage of sales above specified minimums. Rental expense for operating leases included the following components:

 

     2010     2009     2008  
     (thousands)  

Minimum rentals

   $ 338,924      $ 355,662      $ 348,629   

Contingent rentals

     1,187        1,013        886   

Sublease rentals

     (422     (671     (1,013
                        

Total

   $ 339,689      $ 356,004      $ 348,502   
                        

For operating leases with remaining terms of more than one year, the minimum lease payment requirements are:

 

     Total  
     (thousands)  

2011

   $ 356,730   

2012

     303,141   

2013

     249,033   

2014

     198,612   

2015

     148,168   

Thereafter

     291,534   
        

Total

   $ 1,547,218   
        

These minimum lease payments do not include contingent rental payments that may be due based on a percentage of sales in excess of stipulated amounts. These future minimum lease payment requirements have not been reduced by $33.2 million of minimum sublease rentals due in the future under noncancelable subleases. These sublease rentals include amounts related to closed stores and other facilities that are accounted for in the integration activities and facility closures reserve.

 

9. Investments in Affiliates

In connection with the sale of the paper, forest products and timberland assets in 2004, the Company invested $175 million in affiliates of Boise Cascade, L.L.C. Due to restructurings conducted by those affiliates, our investment is currently in Boise Cascade Holdings, L.L.C. (the “Boise Investment”), a building products company.

A portion of the securities received in exchange for the Company’s investment carry no voting rights. This investment is accounted for under the cost method as Boise Cascade Holdings, L.L.C. does not maintain separate

 

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ownership accounts for its affiliate’s members, and the Company does not have the ability to significantly influence its operating and financial policies. This investment is included in investments in affiliates in the Consolidated Balance Sheets.

Through its investment in Boise Inc., Boise Cascade Holdings, L.L.C. indirectly owned an interest in Boise White Paper, L.L.C. (“Boise Paper”). OfficeMax is obligated by contract to purchase its North American requirements for cut-size office paper from Boise Paper. During 2010, Boise Cascade Holdings, L.L.C. sold its remaining investment in Boise Inc. As a result of the sale, Boise Paper is no longer a related party to the Company, and as such, amounts previously presented as related party receivables of $6.5 million and related party payables of $37.1 million at December 26, 2009 have been reclassified to “Receivables, net” and “Accounts Payable”, respectively.

The Boise Investment represented a continuing involvement in the operations of the business we sold in 2004. Therefore, approximately $180 million of gain realized from the sale was deferred. This gain is expected to be recognized in earnings as the Company’s investment is reduced.

Throughout the year, we review the carrying value of this investment whenever events or circumstances indicate that its fair value may be less than its carrying amount. At year-end, we reviewed certain financial information of Boise Cascade Holdings, L.L.C., including estimated future cash flows as well as data regarding the valuation of comparable companies, and determined that there was no impairment of this investment. The Company will continue to monitor and assess this investment.

The non-voting securities of Boise Cascade Holdings, L.L.C. accrue dividends daily at the rate of 8% per annum on the liquidation value plus accumulated dividends. Dividends accumulate semiannually to the extent not paid in cash on the last day of June and December. The Company recognized dividend income on this investment of $7.3 million in 2010, $6.7 million in 2009 and $6.2 million in 2008. The dividend receivable was $30.2 million at December 25, 2010, and was recorded in other non-current assets in the Consolidated Balance Sheets.

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