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Fair Value Measurements

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Fair Value Measurements
6 Months Ended
Aug. 01, 2015
Fair Value Measurements  
Fair Value Measurements

 

13.  Fair Value Measurements

 

Fair value is defined as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date.  The authoritative guidance for fair value measurements establishes a three-tier fair value hierarchy, categorizing the inputs used to measure fair value.  The hierarchy can be described as follows:  Level 1- observable inputs such as quoted prices in active markets; Level 2- inputs other than the quoted prices in active markets that are observable either directly or indirectly; and Level 3- unobservable inputs in which there is little or no market data, which require the reporting entity to develop its own assumptions.  The fair value hierarchy also requires an entity to maximize the use of observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs when measuring fair value.

 

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

 

Our financial instruments consist of cash, accounts receivable, accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities and long-term debt.  Management estimates that, as of August 1, 2015, August 2, 2014, and January 31, 2015, the carrying value of cash, accounts receivable, accounts payable and accrued expenses and other current liabilities approximated their fair value due to the highly liquid or short-term nature of these instruments.

 

The fair values of our Term Loan and the term loan under the Previous Credit Agreement were valued based upon observable market data provided by a third party for similar types of debt, which we classify as a Level 2 input within the fair value hierarchy.  As of August 1, 2015, the fair value of our Senior Notes is based on quoted prices in active markets, which we classify as a Level 1 input within the fair value hierarchy.  In prior periods, the fair value of our Senior Notes was based on trading data in active markets, which we classified as a Level 2 input within the fair value hierarchy.  The table below shows the fair value and carrying value of our long-term debt, including current maturities (in thousands):

 

 

 

August 1, 2015

 

August 2, 2014

 

January 31, 2015

 

 

 

Carrying
Amount

 

Estimated Fair
Value

 

Carrying
Amount

 

Estimated Fair
Value

 

Carrying
Amount

 

Estimated Fair
Value

 

Long-term debt

 

1,656,487 

 

1,737,325 

 

1,647,831 

 

1,717,131 

 

1,648,686 

 

1,706,546