Goodwill resulted primarily from McDonald's purchase of Chipotle. The most significant purchases generating goodwill were completed prior to 2001. Goodwill is not
subject to amortization. We do, however, test goodwill for impairment at least annually and whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount may not be recoverable. We
completed our most recent impairment test in December 2004, and determined that there were no impairment losses related to goodwill or other indefinite lived assets. In assessing the
recoverability of goodwill, we use projections about estimated future cash flows and other factors to determine the fair value of the respective assets. We project estimated future cash flows using
significant assumptions, including future revenue and expenses. If we change these estimates or related projections in the future, we may be required to record impairment charges for goodwill.
We lease most of our store locations. We account for our leases under FASB Statement No. 13, Accounting for
Leases ("SFAS 13") and subsequent amendments, which require that our leases be evaluated and classified as operating or capital leases for financial reporting purposes.
We recognize rent expense for our operating leases, which have escalating rentals over the term of the lease (which includes reasonably assured renewal options), on a straight-line basis
over the initial term. In addition, the lease term is deemed to commence when we take physical possession of the leased property. We currently capitalize the straight-line rent amounts
during the period prior to store opening. We will, however, begin expensing these amounts beginning January 1, 2006 as a result of the issuance of FSP 13-1. We use a consistent
lease term when calculating depreciation of leasehold improvements, when determining straight-line rent expense and when determining classification of our leases as either operating or
capital. Contingent rents are generally amounts we must pay to landlords when we have sales in excess of certain thresholds stipulated in certain store leases and are included in rent expense as they
accrue. Some of our leases contain tenant improvement allowances. For purposes of recognizing tenant improvement allowances, we amortize the incentives over their estimated useful lives. For tenant
improvement allowances, we also record a deferred rent liability or an obligation on our consolidated balance sheet.
We maintain, or in some cases McDonald's maintains on our behalf, various insurance policies for workers' compensation, employee health, general liability and
property damage. Pursuant to those policies, we're responsible for losses up to certain limits for our general liability and property damage insurance and are required to estimate a liability that
represents our ultimate exposure for aggregate
losses below those limits. This liability is based on our estimates of the ultimate costs to be incurred to settle known claims and claims not reported as of the balance sheet date. Our estimated
liability is not discounted and is based on a number of assumptions and factors, including historical trends, actuarial assumptions and economic conditions. If actual trends differ from our estimates,
our financial results could be affected.
As a subsidiary of McDonald's, we are not a separate taxable entity for federal or most state income tax purposes. Consequently, McDonald's includes our results
of operations in its consolidated federal and state income tax returns. Our tax provision is computed based on a separate return basis. We've accounted for, and currently account for, income taxes in
accordance with Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 109, Accounting for Income Taxes ("SFAS 109"). SFAS 109 established
financial accounting reporting standards for the effects of income taxes resulting from an enterprise's activities during the current and preceding
years. It requires an asset and liability approach for financial accounting and reporting of income taxes. We recognize deferred tax liabilities and assets for the future consequences of events that
have been recognized in our consolidated financial statements or McDonald's tax returns. If the future consequences of differences between financial reporting basis and tax basis of our assets and