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Basis of Presentation and Consolidation Policy

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Basis of Presentation and Consolidation Policy
3 Months Ended
May 02, 2020
Basis of Presentation and Consolidation [Abstract]  
Consolidation, Policy
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. is a holding company whose principal operating subsidiary is J. C. Penney Corporation, Inc. (JCP). JCP was incorporated in Delaware in 1924, and J. C. Penney Company, Inc. was incorporated in Delaware in 2002, when the holding company structure was implemented. The holding company has no independent assets or operations, and no direct subsidiaries other than JCP. The holding company and its consolidated subsidiaries, including JCP, are collectively referred to in this quarterly report as “we,” “us,” “our,” “ourselves” or the “Company,” unless otherwise indicated.
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. is a co-obligor (or guarantor, as appropriate) regarding the payment of principal and interest on JCP’s outstanding debt securities. The guarantee of certain of JCP’s outstanding debt securities by J. C. Penney Company, Inc. is full and unconditional.
These unaudited Interim Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP) and in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The accompanying unaudited Interim Consolidated Financial Statements, in our opinion, include all material adjustments necessary for a fair presentation and should be read in conjunction with the audited Consolidated Financial Statements and notes thereto in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 1, 2020 (2019 Form 10-K). We follow the same accounting policies to prepare quarterly financial statements as are followed in preparing annual financial statements. A description of such significant accounting policies is included in the 2019 Form 10-K. The February 1, 2020, financial information was derived from the audited Consolidated Financial Statements, with related footnotes, included in the 2019 Form 10-K. Because of the seasonal nature of the retail business, operating results for interim periods are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the full year.

The Company considered the COVID-19 pandemic (see Note 2) and the Chapter 11 Cases (see below under "Voluntary Petition for Reorganization") related impacts to its estimates, as appropriate, within its unaudited Interim Consolidated Financial Statements and there may be changes to those estimates in future periods. The Company believes that the accounting estimates are appropriate after giving consideration to the increased uncertainties surrounding the severity and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Chapter 11 Cases. Such estimates and assumptions are subject to inherent uncertainties, which may result in actual amounts differing from reported amounts.
Fiscal Period, Policy Our fiscal year ends on the Saturday closest to January 31. As used herein, “three months ended May 2, 2020” and “first quarter of 2020” refer to the 13-week period ended May 2, 2020, and “three months ended May 4, 2019” and “first quarter of 2019” refer to the 13-week period ended May 4, 2019.
Reclassification, Policy Certain reclassifications were made to prior period amounts to conform to the current period presentation.