|FOREST CITY REALTY TRUST, INC. filed this Form 10-Q on 10/30/2018|
Forest City Realty Trust, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
The following table summarizes stock-based compensation costs recognized in the financial statements:
The amount of grant-date fair value expensed immediately for awards granted to retirement-eligible grantees during the nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 was $447,000 and $867,000, respectively.
In connection with the vesting of restricted stock and performance shares during the nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, the Company repurchased 324,654 shares and 252,161 shares, respectively, of Class A common stock to satisfy the employees’ related minimum statutory tax withholding requirements. Shares repurchased during the nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 were returned to unissued shares with an aggregate cost basis of $6,845,000 and $5,598,000, respectively.
L. Write-Offs of Abandoned Development Projects and Demolition Costs
The Company reviews each project under development to determine whether it is probable the project will be developed. If management determines the project will not be developed, its project costs and other related project exit costs are written off as an abandoned development project cost. The Company abandons projects under development for a number of reasons, including, but not limited to, changes in local market conditions, increases in construction or financing costs or third party challenges related to entitlements or public financing. The Company recorded no write-offs of abandoned development projects and demolition costs during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018. The Company incurred no write-offs of abandoned development projects and demolition costs during the three months ended September 30, 2017 and $1,596,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2017.
The Company incurred $0 and $6,282,000 as write-offs of abandoned development projects and demolition costs of unconsolidated entities during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, respectively, and $1,179,000 and $1,926,000 during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017, respectively, which is included in equity in earnings and primarily represents non-capitalizable demolition costs at a redevelopment project.
M. Impairment of Real Estate and Impairment of Unconsolidated Entities
Impairment of Real Estate
The Company reviews its real estate for impairment whenever events or changes indicate its carrying value may not be recoverable. In determining whether the carrying costs are recoverable from estimated future undiscounted cash flows, the Company uses various assumptions including future estimated net operating income, estimated holding periods, risk of foreclosure and estimated cash proceeds upon the disposition of the asset. If the carrying costs are not recoverable, the Company records an impairment charge to reduce the carrying value to estimated fair value. The assumptions used to estimate fair value, which are based on current information, are Level 2 or 3 inputs. If the conditions deteriorate or if plans regarding the assets change, additional impairment charges may occur in future periods. There were no impairments of real estate recorded during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018.
During the three months ended September 30, 2017, the Company began the marketing process of 461 Dean Street, an apartment community in Brooklyn, New York. The initiation of the marketing process triggered management to update its undiscounted cash flow analysis, including its probability weighted estimated holding period. As a result, the estimated probability weighted undiscounted cash flows no longer exceeded the carrying value, requiring the Company to adjust the carrying value to its estimated fair value during the three months ended September 30, 2017, resulting in an impairment charge of $44,288,000. The Company closed on the sale of 461 Dean Street in March 2018.