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Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (Policies)

Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (Policies)
6 Months Ended
May 31, 2016
Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
Principles of Consolidation Principles of Consolidation:The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of CCA and its wholly-owned subsidiaries (collectively the “Company”). All significant inter-company accounts and transactions have been eliminated.
Estimates and Assumptions Estimates and Assumptions:The consolidated financial statements include the use of estimates, which management believes are reasonable. The process of preparing financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”), requires management to make estimates and assumptions regarding certain types of assets, liabilities, revenues, and expenses. Such estimates primarily relate to unsettled transactions and events as of the date of the financial statements. Accounting estimates and assumptions are those that management considers to be most critical to the financial statements because they inherently involve significant judgment and uncertainties. All of these estimates and assumptions reflect management’s best judgment about current economic and market conditions and their effects on the information available as of the date of the consolidated financial statements. Accordingly, upon settlement, actual results may differ from estimated amounts.
Cash and Cash Equivalents Cash and Cash Equivalents:The Company considers all highly liquid instruments purchased with an original maturity of three months or less to be cash equivalents.
Accounts Receivable Accounts Receivable:
Accounts receivable consist of trade receivables recorded at original invoice amount, less an estimated allowance for uncollectible amounts. The accounts receivable balance is further reduced by allowance for cooperative advertising and reserves for returns which are anticipated to be taken as credits against the balances as of May 31, 2016. The allowances and reserves which are anticipated to be deducted from future invoices are included in accrued liabilities. Trade credit is generally extended on a short term basis; thus trade receivables do not bear interest, although a finance charge may be applied to receivables that are past due. Trade receivables are periodically evaluated for collectability based on past credit history with customers and their current financial condition. Changes in the estimated collectability of trade receivables are recorded in the results of operations for the period in which the estimate is revised.
Trade receivables that are deemed uncollectible are offset against the allowance for uncollectible accounts. The Company generally does not require collateral for trade receivables.
Inventories Inventories:Inventories are stated at the lower of cost (weighted average) or market. Product returns are either recorded in inventory when they are received at the lower of their original cost or market or destroyed, as appropriate. Obsolete inventory is written off and its value is removed from inventory at the time its obsolescence is determined.
Property and Equipment and Depreciation and Amortization Property and Equipment and Depreciation and Amortization:
Property and equipment are stated at cost. The Company charges to expense repairs and maintenance items, while major improvements and betterments are capitalized.
When the Company sells or otherwise disposes of property and equipment items, the cost and related accumulated depreciation are removed from the respective accounts and any gain or loss is included in earnings.
Depreciation and amortization are provided utilizing the straight-line method over the following estimated useful lives or lease terms of the assets, whichever is shorter:
Computer equipment
3-5 Years
Furniture and fixtures
3-10 Years
Tools, dies and masters
3 Years
Leasehold improvements
Remaining life of the lease (4 years 2 months)
Intangible Assets Intangible Assets:Intangible assets, which consist of patents and trademarks, are stated at cost. Patents are amortized on the straight-line method over a period of 17 years. Patents are reviewed for impairment when events or changes in business indicate that the carrying amount may not be recoverable. Trademarks are indefinite lived intangible assets and are reviewed for impairment annually or more frequently if impairment conditions occur.
Long Lived Assets Long-Lived Assets:Long-lived assets are assets in which the Company has an economic benefit for longer than twelve months from the date of the financial statement. Long-lived assets include property and equipment, intangible assets, deferred financing fees, deferred income taxes and other assets. The Company evaluates impairment losses on long-lived assets used in operations when events and circumstances indicate that the asset might be impaired. If the review indicates that the carrying value of an asset will not be recoverable, based on a comparison of the carrying value of the asset to the undiscounted future cash flows, the impairment will be measured by comparing the carrying value of the asset to its fair value. Fair value will be determined based on discounted cash flows or appraisals. Impairments are recorded in the statement of operations as part of selling, general and administrative expenses.
Revenue Recognition and Cooperative Advertising Revenue Recognition: (See also Cooperative Advertising)
The Company recognizes sales in accordance with ASC Topic 605 “Revenue Recognition”. Revenue is recognized upon shipment of merchandise. Net sales comprise gross revenues less expected returns, trade discounts, customer allowances and various sales incentives. Included in sales incentives are coupons that the Company issues that are redeemed by its customers. Redemptions are handled by a coupon national clearing house. The Company also has estimated that there is an approximate six week lag in coupon redemptions, with the estimated cost recorded as an accrued liability. Although no legal right of return exists between the customer and the Company, returns, including return of unsold products, are accepted if it is in the best interests of the Company's relationship with the customer. The Company, therefore, records a reserve for returns based on the historical returns as a percentage of sales in the three preceding months and specific reserve based on customer circumstances and product circumstances. Those
returns which are anticipated to be taken as credits against the balances as of May 31, 2016 are offset against the accounts receivable. The reserves which are anticipated to be deducted from future invoices are included in accrued liabilities. Changes in the estimated coupon reserve and sales return reserve are recorded to Sales of health and beauty aid products - net, in the Consolidated Statement of Operations.
Cooperative Advertising:
Cooperative advertising is accrued based on a combination of new contracts given to the customers in the current fiscal year, along with liabilities open from prior years. Specific new contracts in the current fiscal year are identified as sales incentives (see sales incentives) and those contracts reduce revenues for the current period. The balances for all years open are reduced throughout the year by either the customer advertising and submitting the proof according to the contract or by customer post audit adjustments that finalize any amount due. Any item open more than three years is closed unless management believes that a deduction may still be taken by the customer. The portion of cooperative advertising recorded as sales incentives was reduced by $300,000 in the quarter ended May 31, 2016 to reduce open cooperative advertising contracts for 2013 for events that have been finalized. There were no reductions in the first quarter of fiscal 2016. The balance of the remaining open cooperative advertising is allocated between accrued liabilities and the allowance for cooperative advertising based the customer's open accounts receivable balance.
Sales Incentives Sales Incentives:The Company has accounted for certain sales incentives offered to customers by charging them directly to sales as opposed to advertising and promotional expense. These accounting adjustments do not affect net income.
Shipping Costs Shipping Costs:
The Company’s policy for financial reporting is to charge shipping costs as part of selling, general and administrative expenses as incurred.
Advertising Costs Advertising Costs:The Company’s policy for financial reporting is to charge advertising cost to expense as incurred.
Research and Development Costs Research and Development Costs:The Company's policy for financial reporting is to charge research and development costs to expense as incurred.
Income Taxes and Tax Credits Income Taxes:
Income taxes are accounted for under ASC Topic 740 “Income Taxes”, which utilizes the asset and liability method. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for future tax consequences attributable to the temporary differences between the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities as recorded on the Company’s financial statements and the carrying amounts as reflected on the Company’s income tax return. In addition, the portion of charitable contributions that cannot be deducted in the current period and are carried forward to future periods are also reflected in the deferred tax assets. A substantial portion of the deferred tax asset is due to the losses incurred in fiscal 2015 and prior years, the benefit of which will be carried forward into future tax years. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are valued using the tax rates expected to apply in the years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. Deferred tax assets are reduced by a valuation allowance when, in the opinion of management, it is more likely than not that some portion, or all of the deferred tax asset will not be realized. Management has estimated that it will utilize the entire deferred tax asset in future years based on anticipated future profitability.  However,
anticipated future profitability may be impacted if the Company’s sales decrease from current levels or due to other factors discussed under Item 1A - Risk Factors in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 29, 2016 as supplemented in this Form 10-Q. The portion that management expects to utilize in fiscal 2016 is recorded as a short term asset, and the portion that management expects to utilize in fiscal years subsequent to fiscal 2016 is recorded as a long term asset.

The Company previously adopted the provisions of ASC Subtopic 740-10-25, “Uncertain Tax Positions”. Management believes that there were no unrecognized tax benefits, or tax positions that would result in uncertainty regarding the deductions taken, as of May 31, 2016 and November 30, 2015. ASC Subtopic 740-10-25 prescribes a recognition threshold and a measurement attribute for the financial statement recognition and measurement of tax positions taken or expected to be taken in a tax return. For those benefits to be recognized, a tax position must be more-likely-than-not to be sustained upon examination by taxing authorities.
Tax Credits:
Tax credits, when present, are accounted for using the flow-through method as a reduction of income taxes in the years utilized.
Earnings Per Common Share Earnings Per Common Share:Basic earnings per share are calculated in accordance with ASC Topic 260, “Earnings Per Share”, which requires using the average number of shares of common stock outstanding during the year. Diluted earnings per share is computed on the basis of the average number of common shares outstanding plus the dilutive effect of any common stock equivalents using the “treasury stock method”. Common stock equivalents consist of stock options and warrants.
Stock Options Stock Options:ASC Topic 718, “Stock Compensation,” requires stock grants to employees to be recognized in the consolidated statement of operations based on their fair values.
Recent Accounting Pronouncements Recent Accounting Pronouncements:
In March 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued Accounting Standards Update 2016-09, Compensation - Stock Compensation. The update changes how the income tax benefits from stock compensation expense are reflected in the financial statements. The update requires that any income tax benefits or deficiencies as a result of stock option awards should be recognized on the income statement as an income tax expense or benefit. Excess tax benefits would be reported along with other income tax cash flows as an operating activity on the Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows. The update is effective for annual periods beginning after December 31, 2016, including interim periods within those annual periods. Early adoption is permitted for any interim or annual period. Management has elected to adopt the update effective for the quarter and year to date periods ended May 31, 2016, and the consolidated financial statements for those periods have been adjusted accordingly. The adoption did not have any material impact on the consolidated financial statements for the quarter or year to date periods ended May 31, 2016.
Management does not believe that any other recently issued, but not yet effective, accounting standards if currently adopted would have a material effect on the accompanying financial statements, other than any that were disclosed in prior Company filings with the SEC.