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FOREST CITY REALTY TRUST, INC. filed this Form 10-Q on 10/30/2018
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Forest City Realty Trust, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

The Company guarantees to the financial investor that in the event of a subsequent recapture by a taxing authority due to the Company’s noncompliance with applicable tax credit guidelines, it will indemnify the financial investor for any recaptured tax credits. The Company initially records a contract liability for the cash received from the financial investor, which represents consideration received prior to transferring services. The Company’s performance obligation is to comply with the recapture rules of the specified tax credit over the recapture period, which is in its control. The financial investor is simultaneously receiving and consuming the benefits provided by the Company’s performance as it complies with the recapture period. Therefore, the Company recognizes revenue in the amount of the contract liability on a straight-line basis over the tax credit recapture period, which range from 0 to 15 years. Income related to the sale of tax credits is recorded in interest and other income within the Corporate segment.
The following table summarizes the Tax Credit contract liabilities:
Nine Months Ended September 30,
(in thousands)
Beginning balance


Tax credit revenue
Tax credit contribution


Ending balance


Related Party Transactions
The Company and certain of its affiliates entered into a Master Contribution and Sale Agreement (the “Master Contribution Agreement”) with Bruce C. Ratner (“Mr. Ratner”), Executive Vice President at the time of the transaction and currently Chairman of Forest City Ratner Companies, and certain entities and individuals affiliated with Mr. Ratner (the “BCR Entities”) in August 2006 to purchase their interests in a total of 30 retail, office and apartment operating properties and service companies in the Greater New York City metropolitan area. The Company issued Class A Common Units (“2006 Units”) in a jointly-owned, limited liability company in exchange for their interests. The 2006 Units may be exchanged for one of the following forms of consideration at the Company’s sole discretion: (i) an equal number of shares of the Company’s Class A common stock or, (ii) cash based on a formula using the average closing price of the Class A common stock at the time of conversion or, (iii) a combination of cash and shares of the Company’s Class A common stock. If the Company elects to pay cash as full or partial consideration in exchange for 2006 Units, the exchanging unit holder(s) may elect to redeem such 2006 Units for an in-kind distribution of one or more properties in lieu of cash, provided certain conditions set forth under the Exchange Rights Agreement adopted pursuant to the Master Contribution Agreement are met. The Company may, in its sole discretion, elect not to proceed with an in-kind redemption if the Company determines in good faith that the Company will suffer any adverse effects from proceeding with the in-kind redemption. The Company has no rights to redeem or repurchase the 2006 Units. Pursuant to the Master Contribution Agreement, certain projects under development would remain owned jointly until each project was completed and achieved “stabilization.” Upon stabilization, each project would be valued and the Company, in its discretion, would choose among various ownership options for the project. As of September 30, 2018, air rights for any future residential vertical development at East River Plaza, a specialty retail center in Manhattan, New York, remains the only development asset subject to this agreement.
In connection with the Master Contribution Agreement, the parties entered into the Tax Protection Agreement (the “Tax Protection Agreement”). The Tax Protection Agreement indemnified the BCR Entities included in the initial closing against taxes payable by reason of any subsequent sale of certain operating properties and expires in November 2018.
Pursuant to the Master Contribution Agreement, 2006 Units not exchanged are entitled to a distribution preference payment equal to the dividends paid on an equivalent number of shares of the Company’s common stock. The Company recorded $0 and $400,000 during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, respectively, and $219,000 and $553,000 during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017, respectively, which is classified as noncontrolling interest expense on the Consolidated Statement of Operations.
In March 2017, certain BCR Entities exchanged 142,879 of the 2006 Units. The Company issued 142,879 shares of its Class A common stock for the exchanged 2006 Units. The Company accounted for the exchange as a purchase of noncontrolling interests, resulting in a reduction of noncontrolling interests of $7,288,000, an increase to Class A common stock of $1,000 and a combined increase to additional paid-in capital of $7,287,000, accounting for the fair value of common stock issued and the difference between the fair value of consideration exchanged and the historical cost basis of the noncontrolling interest balance. At September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, 1,111,044 of the 2006 Units were outstanding.