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Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies
3 Months Ended
Apr. 01, 2021
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies Commitments and Contingencies
Lease Commitments
The Company accounts for leases in accordance with ASC 842, Leases. The majority of the Company's long-term operating lease agreements are for its corporate office, retail locations, and distribution centers, which expire in various years through 2046. Most of these agreements are retail leases wherein both the land and building are leased. For a small number of retail locations, the Company has ground leases in which only the land is leased. The initial lease terms for the Company's corporate office, retail, and distribution center facilities range from 10-20 years. The majority of the Company's retail and ground leases also include options to extend, which are factored into the recognition of their respective assets and liabilities when appropriate based on management’s assessment of the probability that the options will be exercised.
When readily determinable, the rate implicit in the lease is used to discount lease payments to present value; however, substantially all of the Company's leases do not provide a readily determinable implicit rate. If the rate implicit in the lease is not readily determinable, we use a third party to assist in the determination of a secured incremental borrowing rate, determined on a collateralized basis, to discount lease payments based on information available at lease commencement. The secured incremental borrowing rate is estimated based on yields obtained from Bloomberg for U.S. consumers with a BB- credit rating and is adjusted for collateralization as well as inflation. As of April 1, 2021 and March 26, 2020, the Company's weighted average discount rate was 5.3% and 5.2%, respectively, and the Company's weighted average remaining lease term was approximately 11 years and 10 years, respectively.
Lease Costs
The table below presents components of lease expense for operating leases.
Thirteen Weeks Ended
in thousands Classification April 1, 2021 March 26, 2020 (3)
Fixed operating lease cost: Selling and store operating $ 28,768  $ 24,933 
Cost of sales 5,660  5,674 
Pre-opening 1,635  2,191 
General and administrative 1,029  1,018 
Total fixed operating lease cost $ 37,092  $ 33,816 
Variable lease cost (1): Selling and store operating $ 9,776  $ 7,938 
Cost of sales 1,408  1,084 
Pre-opening 68  84 
General and administrative 22  27 
Total variable lease cost $ 11,274  $ 9,133 
Sublease income Cost of sales (597) (597)
Total operating lease cost (2) $ 47,769  $ 42,352 
(1) Includes variable costs for common area maintenance, property taxes, and insurance on leased real estate.
(2) Excludes short-term lease costs, which were immaterial for the thirteen weeks ended April 1, 2021 and March 26, 2020.
(3) To conform to the current period presentation, the presentation of the components of operating lease expense for the thirteen weeks ended March 26, 2020 has been updated within this table to provide disclosure of variable lease costs and additional information related to the classification of operating leases within the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income.
Undiscounted Cash Flows
Future minimum lease payments under non-cancelable operating leases (with initial or remaining lease terms in excess of one year) as of April 1, 2021 were as follows:
in thousands Amount
Thirty-nine weeks ending December 30, 2021 $ 136,002 
2022 141,430 
2023 140,051 
2024 137,182 
2025 128,248 
Thereafter 748,306 
Total minimum lease payments (1) (2) $ 1,431,219 
Less: amount of lease payments representing interest 376,993 
Present value of future minimum lease payments 1,054,226 
Less: current obligations under leases 79,041 
Long-term lease obligations $ 975,185 
(1) Future lease payments exclude approximately $108.0 million of legally binding minimum lease payments for operating leases signed but not yet commenced.
(2) Operating lease payments include $67.6 million related to options to extend lease terms that are reasonably certain of being exercised.
For the thirteen weeks ended April 1, 2021 and March 26, 2020, cash paid for operating leases was $50.9 million and $32.9 million, respectively.
On June 18, 2020, an alleged stockholder filed a putative derivative complaint, Lincolnshire Police Pension Fund v. Taylor, et al., No. 2020-0487-JTL, in the Delaware Court of Chancery, purportedly on behalf of the Company against certain of the Company’s officers, directors, and stockholders. The complaint alleges breaches of fiduciary duties and unjust enrichment. The factual allegations underlying these claims are similar to the factual allegations made in the previously dismissed In re Floor & Decor Holdings, Inc. Securities Litigation described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K. The complaint seeks unspecified damages and restitution for the Company from the individual defendants and the payment of costs and attorneys’ fees. The time for the defendants to respond to the complaint has not yet expired.
The Company maintains insurance that may cover any liability arising out of the above-referenced litigation up to the policy limits and subject to meeting certain deductibles and to other terms and conditions thereof. Estimating an amount or range of possible losses resulting from litigation proceedings is inherently difficult, particularly where the matters involve indeterminate claims for monetary damages and are in the stages of the proceedings where key factual and legal issues have not been resolved. For these reasons, we are currently unable to predict the ultimate timing or outcome of or reasonably estimate the possible losses or a range of possible losses resulting from the above-referenced litigation.
The Company is also subject to various other legal actions, claims and proceedings arising in the ordinary course of business, which may include claims related to general liability, workers’ compensation, product liability, intellectual property and employment-related matters resulting from its business activities. As with most actions such as these, an estimation of any possible and/or ultimate liability cannot always be determined. The Company establishes reserves for specific legal proceedings when it determines that the likelihood of an unfavorable outcome is probable and the amount of loss can be reasonably estimated. These various other ordinary course proceedings are not expected to have a material impact on the Company's consolidated financial position, cash flows, or results of operations, however regardless of the outcome, litigation can have an adverse impact on the Company because of defense and settlement costs, diversion of management resources, and other factors.