Professional Fees and Other Expenses
|3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2013
|Asset Retirement Obligation Disclosure [Abstract]
|Professional Fees and Other Expenses
13. Professional Fees and Other Expenses
In late 2012, a hedge fund manager publicly raised allegations regarding the legality of the Company’s network marketing program and announced that the hedge fund manager had taken a significant short position regarding the Company’s common shares, leading to intense public scrutiny and significant stock price volatility. The Company believes that the hedge fund manager’s allegations are inaccurate and misleading. The Company has engaged legal and advisory firms to assist with responding to the allegations and to perform other related services in connection to these recent events. The Company recognizes the related expenses as a part of selling, general & administrative expenses within its consolidated statement of income. For the three months ended March 31, 2013, the Company recorded approximately $9.5 million of professional fees and other expenses related to this matter.
Of the approximately $9.5 million in expenses incurred during the three months ended March 31, 2013 discussed above, approximately $1.5 million was recognized for advisory retainer fees. The minimum guaranteed retainer fees was approximately $8.5 million as of March 31, 2013 and the expense recognition of these fees could accelerate based on certain conditions.
The Company also had a cash settlement liability award, or the Liability Award, outstanding as of March 31, 2013, which is tied to the Company’s stock price and which only vests if certain conditions are met relating to the above matter. The fair value of the Liability Award will be revalued each quarter until settlement and the Company will recognize and adjust the expense over the expected requisite service period. The expense recognized during the three months ended March 31, 2013, relating to the Liability Award was approximately $1.0 million, and is included in the approximately $9.5 million expense described above. The remaining unrecognized expense relating to the Liability Award was approximately $4.0 million as of March 31, 2013, based on the fair value of the Liability Award as of that date. The recognition of the unrecognized expense relating to the Liability Award could accelerate and change based on certain conditions.