UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

Form 10-Q

(Mark One)

[x]QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934.

For the quarterly period ended December 31, 2015

or

[ ]TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934.

For the transition period from __________________ to __________________

 

 

 

Commission

File Number

Registrant, State of Incorporation,

Address and Telephone Number

I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.

 

 

 

 

AMERCOlogo

 

 

 

 

1-11255

AMERCO

88-0106815

 

(A Nevada Corporation)

 

 

5555 Kietzke Lane, Ste. 100

 

 

Reno, Nevada 89511

 

 

Telephone (775) 688-6300

 

 

 

 

 

N/A

 

(Former Name, Former Address and Former Fiscal Year, if Changed Since Last Report)

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes [x]  No [ ]

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Website, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).  Yes [x] No [ ]

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.  

Large accelerated filer [x]   Accelerated filer [ ]  

Non-accelerated filer [ ] (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)    Smaller reporting company [ ]

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes [ ] No [x]

19,607,788 shares of AMERCO Common Stock, $0.25 par value, were outstanding at February 1, 2016


TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

Page 

 

PART I FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

Item 1.

Financial Statements

 

 

a) Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets as of December 31, 2015 (unaudited) and March 31, 2015

1

 

b) Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations for the Quarters ended December 31, 2015 and 2014 (unaudited)

2

 

c) Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations for the Nine months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014 (unaudited)

3

 

d) Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss) for the Quarters and Nine months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014 (unaudited)

4

 

e) Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Nine months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014 (unaudited)

5

 

f) Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (unaudited)

6

Item 2.

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

38

Item 3.

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

58

Item 4.

Controls and Procedures

60

 

 

 

 

PART II OTHER INFORMATION

 

Item 1.

Legal Proceedings

60

Item 1A.

Risk Factors

60

Item 2.

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds........................................................................

60

Item 3.

Defaults Upon Senior Securities

61

Item 4.

Mine Safety Disclosures

61

Item 5.

Other Information

61

Item 6.

Exhibits

61

 



 

Part i Financial information

ITEM 1. Financial Statements

AMERCO AND CONSOLIDATED ENTITIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED balance sheets

 

 

December 31,

 

March 31,

 

 

2015

 

2015

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

(In thousands, except share data)

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

674,627

$

441,850

Reinsurance recoverables and trade receivables, net

 

181,326

 

189,869

Inventories, net

 

75,032

 

69,472

Prepaid expenses

 

180,628

 

126,296

Investments, fixed maturities and marketable equities

 

1,463,997

 

1,304,962

Investments, other

 

323,039

 

268,720

Deferred policy acquisition costs, net

 

129,218

 

115,422

Other assets

 

90,989

 

106,157

Related party assets

 

92,677

 

141,790

 

 

3,211,533

 

2,764,538

Property, plant and equipment, at cost:

 

 

 

 

Land

 

589,492

 

467,482

Buildings and improvements

 

2,026,840

 

1,728,033

Furniture and equipment

 

383,914

 

355,349

Rental trailers and other rental equipment

 

463,034

 

436,642

Rental trucks

 

3,162,170

 

3,059,987

 

 

6,625,450

 

6,047,493

Less: Accumulated depreciation

 

(2,074,449)

 

(1,939,856)

Total property, plant and equipment

 

4,551,001

 

4,107,637

Total assets

$

7,762,534

$

6,872,175

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

 

 

 

Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

446,044

$

496,370

Notes, loans and leases payable

 

2,424,671

 

2,190,869

Policy benefits and losses, claims and loss expenses payable

 

1,073,600

 

1,062,188

Liabilities from investment contracts

 

891,243

 

685,745

Other policyholders' funds and liabilities

 

8,439

 

7,764

Deferred income

 

18,977

 

18,081

Deferred income taxes

 

674,621

 

526,799

Total liabilities

 

5,537,595

 

4,987,816

 

 

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies (notes 4, 8 and 9)

 

 

 

 

Stockholders' equity:

 

 

 

 

Series preferred stock, with or without par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized:

 

 

 

 

Series A preferred stock, with no par value, 6,100,000 shares authorized;

 

 

 

 

6,100,000 shares issued and none outstanding as of December 31 and March 31, 2015

 

 

Series B preferred stock, with no par value, 100,000 shares authorized; none

 

 

 

 

issued and outstanding as of December 31 and March 31, 2015

 

 

Series common stock, with or without par value, 150,000,000 shares authorized:

 

 

 

 

Series A common stock of $0.25 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized;

 

 

 

 

none issued and outstanding as of December 31 and March 31, 2015

 

 

Common stock, with $0.25 par value, 150,000,000 shares authorized:

 

 

 

 

Common stock of $0.25 par value, 150,000,000 shares authorized; 41,985,700

 

 

 

 

issued and 19,607,788 outstanding as of December 31 and March 31, 2015

 

10,497

 

10,497

Additional paid-in capital

 

451,492

 

449,668

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(59,068)

 

(34,365)

Retained earnings

 

2,500,659

 

2,142,600

Cost of common shares in treasury, net (22,377,912 shares as of December 31 and March 31, 2015)

 

(525,653)

 

(525,653)

Cost of preferred shares in treasury, net (6,100,000 shares as of December 31 and March 31, 2015)

 

(151,997)

 

(151,997)

Unearned employee stock ownership plan shares

 

(991)

 

(6,391)

Total stockholders' equity

 

2,224,939

 

1,884,359

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

7,762,534

$

6,872,175

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.


AMERCO AND CONSOLIDATED ENTITIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED Statements of operations

 

 

Quarter Ended December 31,

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

Self-moving equipment rentals

$

517,403

$

487,415

Self-storage revenues

 

63,164

 

53,503

Self-moving and self-storage products and service sales

 

50,038

 

49,081

Property management fees

 

8,170

 

7,497

Life insurance premiums

 

40,657

 

39,026

Property and casualty insurance premiums

 

14,105

 

13,584

Net investment and interest income

 

19,026

 

20,752

Other revenue

 

32,188

 

35,497

Total revenues

 

744,751

 

706,355

 

 

 

 

 

Costs and expenses:

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses

 

356,156

 

338,692

Commission expenses

 

58,347

 

58,439

Cost of sales

 

29,460

 

30,751

Benefits and losses

 

41,574

 

40,084

Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs

 

5,138

 

4,722

Lease expense

 

10,461

 

18,705

Depreciation, net of (gains) on disposals of (($8,984) and ($5,444), respectively)

 

85,713

 

81,810

Total costs and expenses

 

586,849

 

573,203

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings from operations

 

157,902

 

133,152

Interest expense

 

(25,407)

 

(25,719)

Pretax earnings

 

132,495

 

107,433

Income tax expense

 

(50,726)

 

(40,893)

Earnings available to common stockholders

$

81,769

$

66,540

Basic and diluted earnings per common share

$

4.17

$

3.40

Weighted average common shares outstanding: Basic and diluted

 

19,599,352

 

19,590,555

 

Related party revenues for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 and 2015, net of eliminations, were $9.4 million and $9.9 million, respectively.

Related party costs and expenses for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 and 2015, net of eliminations, were $13.0 million and $12.3 million, respectively.

Please see Note 10, Related Party Transactions of the Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for more information on the related party revenues and costs and expenses.

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

 


AMERCO AND CONSOLIDATED ENTITIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED Statements of operations

 

 

 

Nine Months Ended December 31,

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

Self-moving equipment rentals

$

1,844,908

$

1,716,424

Self-storage revenues

 

182,415

 

155,623

Self-moving and self-storage products and service sales

 

197,999

 

191,603

Property management fees

 

20,601

 

18,970

Life insurance premiums

 

121,438

 

115,997

Property and casualty insurance premiums

 

38,033

 

35,665

Net investment and interest income

 

63,149

 

63,654

Other revenue

 

123,916

 

133,865

Total revenues

 

2,592,459

 

2,431,801

 

 

 

 

 

Costs and expenses:

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses

 

1,125,607

 

1,085,961

Commission expenses

 

212,204

 

200,939

Cost of sales

 

110,596

 

112,215

Benefits and losses

 

128,393

 

120,426

Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs

 

15,559

 

13,196

Lease expense

 

40,249

 

60,950

Depreciation, net of (gains) on disposals of (($87,789) and ($49,944), respectively)

 

199,773

 

209,927

Total costs and expenses

 

1,832,381

 

1,803,614

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings from operations

 

760,078

 

628,187

Interest expense

 

(71,480)

 

(74,744)

Fees and amortization on early extinguishment of debt

 

 

(4,081)

Pretax earnings

 

688,598

 

549,362

Income tax expense

 

(252,165)

 

(202,101)

Earnings available to common stockholders

$

436,433

$

347,261

Basic and diluted earnings per common share

$

22.27

$

17.73

Weighted average common shares outstanding: Basic and diluted

 

19,597,735

 

19,584,183

 

Related party revenues for the first nine months of fiscal 2016 and 2015, net of eliminations, were $25.5 million and $27.5 million, respectively.

Related party costs and expenses for the first nine months of fiscal 2016 and 2015, net of eliminations, were $45.6 million and $43.7 million, respectively.

Please see Note 10, Related Party Transactions of the Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for more information on the related party revenues and costs and expenses.

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

 


AMERCO AND CONSOLIDATED ENTITIES

Condensed consolidatED statements of COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (loss)

Quarter Ended December 31, 2015

 

Pre-tax

 

Tax

 

Net

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

(In thousands)

Comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net earnings

$

132,495

$

(50,726)

$

81,769

Other comprehensive income (loss):

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign currency translation

 

(6,727)

 

 

(6,727)

Unrealized net gain on investments

 

1,025

 

(359)

 

666

Change in fair value of cash flow hedges

 

4,353

 

(1,654)

 

2,699

Total comprehensive income

$

131,146

$

(52,739)

$

78,407

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quarter Ended December 31, 2014

 

Pre-tax

 

Tax

 

Net

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

(In thousands)

Comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net earnings

$

107,433

$

(40,893)

$

66,540

Other comprehensive income (loss):

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign currency translation

 

(3,213)

 

 

(3,213)

Unrealized net loss on investments

 

(2,959)

 

1,036

 

(1,923)

Change in fair value of cash flow hedges

 

1,582

 

(602)

 

980

Total comprehensive income

$

102,843

$

(40,459)

$

62,384

 

Nine Months Ended December 31, 2015

 

Pre-tax

 

Tax

 

Net

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

(In thousands)

Comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net earnings

$

688,598

$

(252,165)

$

436,433

Other comprehensive income (loss):

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign currency translation

 

(17,292)

 

 

(17,292)

Unrealized net loss on investments

 

(19,947)

 

6,982

 

(12,965)

Change in fair value of cash flow hedges

 

8,958

 

(3,404)

 

5,554

Total comprehensive income

$

660,317

$

(248,587)

$

411,730

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nine Months Ended December 31, 2014

 

Pre-tax

 

Tax

 

Net

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

(In thousands)

Comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net earnings

$

549,362

$

(202,101)

$

347,261

Other comprehensive income (loss):

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign currency translation

 

(6,752)

 

 

(6,752)

Unrealized net gain on investments

 

44,183

 

(15,464)

 

28,719

Change in fair value of cash flow hedges

 

7,419

 

(2,820)

 

4,599

Total comprehensive income

$

594,212

$

(220,385)

$

373,827

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.


AMERCO AND CONSOLIDATED ENTITIES

Condensed consolidatED statements of cash flows

 

 

Nine Months Ended December 31,

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

(In thousands)

Cash flow from operating activities:

 

 

 

 

Net earnings

$ 

436,433

$ 

347,261

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to cash provided by operations:

 

 

 

 

Depreciation

 

287,562

 

259,871

Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs

 

15,559

 

13,196

Change in allowance for losses on trade receivables

 

(182)

 

(212)

Change in allowance for inventory reserves

 

(1,939)

 

(744)

Net gain on sale of real and personal property

 

(87,789)

 

(49,944)

Net gain on sale of investments

 

(3,779)

 

(3,254)

Deferred income taxes

 

151,399

 

71,485

Net change in other operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

Reinsurance recoverables and trade receivables

 

8,568

 

1,895

Inventories

 

(3,887)

 

(2,053)

Prepaid expenses

 

(57,015)

 

(38,905)

Capitalization of deferred policy acquisition costs

 

(24,803)

 

(20,158)

Other assets

 

20,680

 

(41,663)

Related party assets

 

49,803

 

20,770

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

 

37,323

 

(3,806)

Policy benefits and losses, claims and loss expenses payable

 

12,976

 

(17,587)

Other policyholders' funds and liabilities

 

(560)

 

2,730

Deferred income

 

1,005

 

(16,732)

Related party liabilities

 

(878)

 

22

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

840,476

 

522,172

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

 

 

Purchases of:

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

(1,051,830)

 

(725,447)

Short term investments

 

(391,683)

 

(203,018)

Fixed maturities investments

 

(318,664)

 

(181,824)

Equity securities

 

(1,315)

 

(3,759)

Preferred stock

 

(5)

 

(5)

Real estate

 

(23)

 

(11,328)

Mortgage loans

 

(99,549)

 

(37,365)

Proceeds from sales and paydowns of:

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

463,602

 

321,680

Short term investments

 

400,844

 

220,610

Fixed maturities investments

 

135,727

 

75,372

Equity securities

 

808

 

3,082

Preferred stock

 

 

2,027

Real estate

 

 

396

Mortgage loans

 

34,141

 

33,192

Net cash used by investing activities

 

(827,947)

 

(506,387)

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

 

 

Borrowings from credit facilities

 

508,276

 

510,074

Principal repayments on credit facilities

 

(280,304)

 

(266,672)

Debt issuance costs

 

(5,957)

 

(9,697)

Capital lease payments

 

(110,202)

 

(65,478)

Employee Stock Ownership Plan

 

(1,559)

 

(184)

Securitization deposits

 

448

 

Common stock dividends paid

 

(78,374)

 

Investment contract deposits

 

246,756

 

94,979

Investment contract withdrawals

 

(41,258)

 

(38,653)

Net cash provided by financing activities

 

237,826

 

224,369

 

 

 

 

 

Effects of exchange rate on cash

 

(17,578)

 

(6,243)

 

 

 

 

 

Increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

232,777

 

233,911

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of period

 

441,850

 

495,112

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of period

$ 

674,627

$ 

729,023

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.


AMERCO and consolidated entities

notes to condensed consolidatED financial statements

1.Basis of Presentation

AMERCO, a Nevada corporation (“AMERCO”), has a third fiscal quarter that ends on the 31st of December for each year that is referenced. Our insurance company subsidiaries have a third quarter that ends on the 30th of September for each year that is referenced. They have been consolidated on that basis. Our insurance companies’ financial reporting processes conform to calendar year reporting as required by state insurance departments. Management believes that consolidating their calendar year into our fiscal year financial statements does not materially affect the financial position or results of operations. The Company discloses any material events occurring during the intervening period. Consequently, all references to our insurance subsidiaries’ years 2015 and 2014 correspond to fiscal 2016 and 2015 for AMERCO.

Accounts denominated in non-U.S. currencies have been translated into U.S. dollars. Certain amounts reported in previous years have been reclassified to conform to the current presentation.

The condensed consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2015 and the related condensed consolidated statements of operations, comprehensive income (loss) for the third quarter and first nine months and cash flows for the first nine months of fiscal 2016 and 2015 are unaudited.

In our opinion, all adjustments necessary for the fair presentation of such condensed consolidated financial statements have been included. Such adjustments consist only of normal recurring items. Interim results are not necessarily indicative of results for a full year. The information in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (“Quarterly Report”) should be read in conjunction with Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and financial statements and notes thereto included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015.

Intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated.

Description of Legal Entities

AMERCO is the holding company for:

U-Haul International, Inc. (“U-Haul”),

Amerco Real Estate Company (“Real Estate”),

Repwest Insurance Company (“Repwest”), and

Oxford Life Insurance Company (“Oxford”).

Unless the context otherwise requires, the terms “Company,” “we,” “us” or “our” refer to AMERCO and all of its legal subsidiaries.

Description of Operating Segments

AMERCO has three reportable segments. They are Moving and Storage, Property and Casualty Insurance and Life Insurance.

The Moving and Storage operating segment (“Moving and Storage”) includes AMERCO, U-Haul, Real Estate and the wholly-owned subsidiaries of U-Haul and Real Estate. Operations consist of the rental of trucks and trailers, sales of moving supplies, sales of towing accessories, sales of propane and the rental of fixed and mobile self-storage spaces to the “do-it-yourself” mover and management of self-storage properties owned by others. Operations are conducted under the registered trade name U-Haul® throughout the United States and Canada.


AMERCO and consolidated entities

notes to condensed consolidatED financial statements (Continued)

The Property and Casualty Insurance operating segment (“Property and Casualty Insurance”) includes Repwest and its wholly-owned subsidiaries and ARCOA Risk Retention Group, Inc. (“ARCOA”). Property and Casualty Insurance provides loss adjusting and claims handling for U-Haul through regional offices across North America. Property and Casualty Insurance also underwrites components of the Safemove, Safetow, Safemove Plus, Safestor and Safestor Mobile protection packages to U-Haul customers. The business plan for Property and Casualty Insurance includes offering property and casualty products in other U-Haul related programs. ARCOA is a group captive insurer owned by us and our wholly-owned subsidiaries whose purpose is to provide insurance products related to the moving and storage business.

The Life Insurance operating segment (“Life Insurance”) includes Oxford and its wholly-owned subsidiaries. Life Insurance provides life and health insurance products primarily to the senior market through the direct writing and reinsuring of life insurance, Medicare supplement and annuity policies.

2. Earnings per Share

Our earnings per share is calculated by dividing our earnings available to common stockholders by the weighted average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted.

The weighted average common shares outstanding exclude post-1992 shares of the employee stock ownership plan that have not been committed to be released. The unreleased shares, net of shares committed to be released, were 7,587 and 14,063 as of December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively.

3. Investments

Expected maturities may differ from contractual maturities as borrowers may have the right to call or prepay obligations with or without call or prepayment penalties.

We deposit bonds with insurance regulatory authorities to meet statutory requirements. The adjusted cost of bonds on deposit with insurance regulatory authorities was $17.5 million and $16.4 million at December 31, 2015 and March 31, 2015, respectively.

Available-for-Sale Investments

Available-for-sale investments at December 31, 2015 were as follows:

 

 

Amortized

Cost

 

Gross

Unrealized

Gains

 

Gross

Unrealized

Losses More than 12 Months

 

Gross

Unrealized

Losses Less than 12 Months

 

Estimated

Market

Value

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

(In thousands)

U.S. treasury securities and government obligations

$

76,429

$

5,155

$

$

$ 

81,584

U.S. government agency mortgage-backed securities

 

22,875

 

1,959

 

(5)

 

 

24,829

Obligations of states and political subdivisions

 

168,889

 

12,156

 

(58)

 

(264)

 

180,723

Corporate securities

 

1,073,111

 

36,145

 

(2,259)

 

(16,496)

 

1,090,501

Mortgage-backed securities

 

43,076

 

1,014

 

 

 

44,090

Redeemable preferred stocks

 

18,056

 

312

 

 

(198)

 

18,170

Common stocks

 

18,492

 

5,848

 

(10)

 

(230)

 

24,100

 

$

1,420,928

$

62,589

$

(2,332)

$

(17,188)

$ 

1,463,997

 

AMERCO AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - (CONTINUED)


Available-for-sale investments at March 31, 2015 were as follows:

 

 

Amortized

Cost

 

Gross

Unrealized

Gains

 

Gross

Unrealized

Losses More than 12 Months

 

Gross

Unrealized

Losses Less than 12 Months

 

Estimated

Market

Value

 

 

 

 

 

(In thousands)

U.S. treasury securities and government obligations

$

99,722

$

5,658

$

(64)

$

$ 

105,316

U.S. government agency mortgage-backed securities

 

30,569

 

2,614

 

(39)

 

(3)

 

33,141

Obligations of states and political subdivisions

 

165,724

 

13,052

 

(298)

 

(10)

 

178,468

Corporate securities

 

885,470

 

44,426

 

(2,522)

 

(2,966)

 

924,408

Mortgage-backed securities

 

19,874

 

806

 

(1)

 

 

20,679

Redeemable preferred stocks

 

18,052

 

521

 

(253)

 

(24)

 

18,296

Common stocks

 

17,975

 

6,719

 

 

(40)

 

24,654

 

$

1,237,386

$

73,796

$

(3,177)

$

(3,043)

$ 

1,304,962

The available for sale tables include gross unrealized losses that are not deemed to be other-than-temporarily impaired, aggregated by investment category and length of time that individual securities have been in a continuous unrealized loss position.

We sold available-for-sale securities with a fair value of $129.3 million during the first nine months of fiscal 2016. The gross realized gains on these sales totaled $4.1 million. The gross realized losses on these sales totaled $0.6 million.

The unrealized losses of more than twelve months in the available-for-sale table are considered temporary declines. We track each investment with an unrealized loss and evaluate them on an individual basis for other-than-temporary impairments including obtaining corroborating opinions from third party sources, performing trend analysis and reviewing management’s future plans. Certain of these investments may have declines that we determine to be other-than-temporary and we recognized these write-downs, if any, through earnings. There were no write downs in the third quarter or for the first nine months of fiscal 2016 or 2015.

The investment portfolio primarily consists of corporate securities and U.S. government securities. We believe we monitor our investments as appropriate. Our methodology of assessing other-than-temporary impairments is based on security-specific analysis as of the balance sheet date and considers various factors including the length of time to maturity, the extent to which the fair value has been less than the cost, the financial condition and the near-term prospects of the issuer, and whether the debtor is current on its contractually obligated interest and principal payments. Nothing has come to our attention that would lead to the belief that each issuer would not have the ability to meet the remaining contractual obligations of the security, including payment at maturity. We have the ability and intent not to sell our fixed maturity and common stock investments for a period of time sufficient to allow us to recover our costs.

The significant inputs utilized in the evaluation of mortgage backed securities credit losses include ratings, delinquency rates, and prepayment activity. The significant inputs utilized in the evaluation of asset backed securities credit losses include the time frame for principal recovery and the subordination and value of the underlying collateral.

There were no credit losses recognized in earnings for which a portion of an other-than-temporary impairment was recognized in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) for the third quarter or first nine months of fiscal 2016.

AMERCO AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - (CONTINUED)


The adjusted cost and estimated market value of available-for-sale investments by contractual maturity, were as follows:

 

 

December 31, 2015

 

March 31, 2015

 

 

Amortized

Cost

 

Estimated

Market

Value

 

Amortized

Cost

 

Estimated

Market

Value

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

(In thousands)

Due in one year or less

$

51,630

$

52,331

$

36,355

$

37,055

Due after one year through five years

 

206,310

 

216,005

 

198,488

 

209,404

Due after five years through ten years

 

515,059

 

526,263

 

474,639

 

492,782

Due after ten years

 

568,305

 

583,038

 

472,003

 

502,092

 

 

1,341,304

 

1,377,637

 

1,181,485

 

1,241,333

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mortgage backed securities

 

43,076

 

44,090

 

19,874

 

20,679

Redeemable preferred stocks

 

18,056

 

18,170

 

18,052

 

18,296

Common stocks

 

18,492

 

24,100

 

17,975

 

24,654

 

$

1,420,928

$

1,463,997

$

1,237,386

$

1,304,962

4. Borrowings

Long-Term Debt

Long-term debt was as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

December 31,

 

March 31,

 

2016 Rate (a)

 

Maturities

 

2015

 

2015

 

 

 

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(In thousands)

Real estate loan (amortizing term)

6.93%

 

2023

$

207,500

$

240,000

Senior mortgages

2.27% - 5.50%

 

2016 - 2038

 

949,163

 

717,512

Working capital loan (revolving credit)

-

 

2016

 

 

Fleet loans (amortizing)

1.95% - 4.76%

 

2016 - 2022

 

198,350

 

202,784

Fleet loans (term)

3.52% - 3.53%

 

2016

 

115,000

 

115,000

Fleet loans (securitization)

4.90%

 

2017

 

65,000

 

75,846

Fleet loans (revolving credit)

1.24% - 2.08%

 

2017 - 2019

 

222,000

 

190,000

Capital leases (rental equipment)

2.18% - 7.92%

 

2016 - 2022

 

608,336

 

602,470

Other obligations

3.00% - 8.00%

 

2016 - 2045

 

59,322

 

47,257

Total notes, loans and leases payable

 

 

 

$

2,424,671

$

2,190,869

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(a) Interest rate as of December 31, 2015, including the effect of applicable hedging instruments.

 

 

 

 

Real Estate Backed Loans

Real Estate Loan

Amerco Real Estate Company and certain of its subsidiaries and U-Haul Company of Florida are borrowers under a Real Estate Loan. As of December 31, 2015, the outstanding balance on the Real Estate Loan was $207.5 million. U-Haul International, Inc. is a guarantor of this loan.  The Real Estate Loan requires monthly principal and interest payments, with the unpaid loan balance and accrued and unpaid interest due at maturity. The Real Estate Loan is secured by various properties owned by the borrowers. The final maturity of the term loan is April 2023

AMERCO AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - (CONTINUED)


The interest rate, per the provisions of the amended loan agreement, is the applicable London Inter-Bank Offer Rate (“LIBOR”) plus the applicable margin. At December 31, 2015, the applicable LIBOR was 0.30% and the applicable margin was 1.50%, the sum of which was 1.80%. The rate on the Real Estate Loan is hedged with an interest rate swap fixing the rate at 6.93% based on current margin. The interest rate swap expires in August 2018, after which date the remaining balance will incur interest at a rate of LIBOR plus a margin of 1.50%. The default provisions of the Real Estate Loan include non-payment of principal or interest and other standard reporting and change-in-control covenants. There are limited restrictions regarding our use of the funds.

Senior Mortgages

Various subsidiaries of Amerco Real Estate Company and U-Haul International, Inc. are borrowers under certain senior mortgages. These senior mortgage loan balances as of December 31, 2015 were in the aggregate amount of $949.2 million and mature between 2016 and 2038. The senior mortgages require monthly principal and interest payments with the unpaid loan balance and accrued and unpaid interest due at maturity. The senior mortgages are secured by certain properties owned by the borrowers. The fixed interest rates, per the provisions of the senior mortgages, range between 4.22% and 5.50%. Additionally, $138.1 million of these loans have variable interest rates comprised of applicable LIBOR base rates between 0.27% and 0.32% plus margins between 2.00% and 2.50%, the sum of which was between 2.27% and 2.82%. Amerco Real Estate Company and U-Haul International, Inc. have provided limited guarantees of the senior mortgages. The default provisions of the senior mortgages include non-payment of principal or interest and other standard reporting and change-in-control covenants. There are limited restrictions regarding our use of the funds. 

Working Capital Loans

Amerco Real Estate Company is a borrower under an asset backed working capital loan. The maximum amount that can be drawn at any one time is $25.0 million. At December 31, 2015 the full $25.0 million was available to be drawn. This loan is secured by certain properties owned by the borrower. This loan agreement provides for revolving loans, subject to the terms of the loan agreement. This agreement matures in April 2016. This loan requires monthly interest payments with the unpaid loan balance and accrued and unpaid interest due at maturity. U-Haul International, Inc. and AMERCO are the guarantors of this loan. The default provisions of the loan include non-payment of principal or interest and other standard reporting and change-in-control covenants. The interest rate is the applicable LIBOR plus a margin of 1.25%.

Fleet Loans

Rental Truck Amortizing Loans

U-Haul International, Inc. and several of its subsidiaries are borrowers under amortizing term loans. The balance of the loans as of December 31, 2015 was $198.4 million with the final maturities between April 2016 and July 2022.

The Amortizing Loans require monthly principal and interest payments, with the unpaid loan balance and accrued and unpaid interest due at maturity. These loans were used to purchase new trucks. The interest rates, per the provision of the Loan Agreements, are the applicable LIBOR plus the applicable margins. At December 31, 2015, the applicable LIBOR was between 0.24% and 0.33% and applicable margins were between 1.72% and 2.50%. The interest rates are hedged with interest rate swaps fixing the rates between 2.82% and 4.76% based on current margins. Additionally, $114.1 million of these loans are carried at fixed rates ranging between 1.95% and 3.94%.

AMERCO and U-Haul International, Inc. are guarantors of these loans. The default provisions of these loans include non-payment of principal or interest and other standard reporting and change-in-control covenants.

AMERCO AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - (CONTINUED)


Rental Truck Term Loans

A subsidiary of U-Haul International, Inc. is a borrower under term loans with an aggregate balance at December 31, 2015 of $115.0 million that were used to fund new truck acquisitions. The final maturity date of these notes is August 2016.  The agreements contain options to extend the maturity through May 2017. These notes are secured by the purchased equipment and the corresponding operating cash flows associated with their operation.  These notes have fixed interest rates between 3.52% and 3.53%.

AMERCO and U-Haul International, Inc. are guarantors of these loans. The default provisions of these loans include non-payment of principal or interest and other standard reporting and change-in-control covenants.

Rental Truck Securitizations

2010 U-Haul S Fleet and its subsidiaries (collectively, “2010 USF”) issued a $155.0 million asset-backed note (“2010 Box Truck Note”). 2010 USF is a bankruptcy-remote special purpose entity wholly-owned by U-Haul International, Inc. The net proceeds from the securitized transaction were used to finance new box truck purchases. U.S. Bank, NA acts as the trustee for this securitization.

The 2010 Box Truck Note has a fixed interest rate of 4.90% with an expected final maturity of October 2017. At December 31, 2015, the outstanding balance was $65.0 million. The note is secured by the box trucks purchased and the corresponding operating cash flows associated with their operation.

The 2010 Box Truck Note is subject to certain covenants with respect to liens, additional indebtedness of the special purpose entity, the disposition of assets and other customary covenants of bankruptcy-remote special purpose entities. The default provisions of this note include non-payment of principal or interest and other standard reporting and change-in-control covenants.

Rental Truck Revolvers

Various subsidiaries of U-Haul International, Inc. entered into a revolving fleet loan for $75 million, which can be increased to a maximum of $225 million. The loan matures in September 2018. The interest rate, per the provision of the Loan Agreement, is the applicable LIBOR plus the applicable margin. At December 31, 2015, the applicable LIBOR was 0.23% and the margin was 1.75%, the sum of which was 1.98%. Only interest is paid during the first four years of the loan with principal due monthly over the last nine months. As of December 31, 2015, the outstanding balance was $57.0 million.

Various subsidiaries of U-Haul International, Inc. entered into a revolving fleet loan for $100 million, which can be increased to a maximum of $125 million. The loan matures in October 2017. The interest rate, per the provision of the Loan Agreement, is the applicable LIBOR plus the applicable margin. At December 31, 2015, the applicable LIBOR was 0.24% and the margin was 1.00%, the sum of which was 1.24%. Only interest is paid during the first three years of the loan with principal due monthly over the last nine months. As of December 31, 2015, the outstanding balance was $100.0 million.

Various subsidiaries of U-Haul International, Inc. entered into a revolving fleet loan for $70 million. The loan matures in May 2019. This agreement contains an option to extend the maturity through February 2020. At December 31, 2015, the applicable LIBOR was 0.23% and the margin was 1.85%, the sum of which was 2.08%. Only interest is paid during the first five years of the loan with principal due upon maturity. As of December 31, 2015, the outstanding balance was $65.0 million.

Capital Leases

We regularly enter into capital leases for new equipment with the terms of the leases between 5 and 7 years. At December 31, 2015, the balance of these leases was $608.3 million. The net book value of the corresponding capitalized assets was $799.3 million at December 31, 2015.

AMERCO AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - (CONTINUED)


Other Obligations

In February 2011, the Company and U.S. Bank, NA (the “Trustee”) entered into the U-Haul Investors Club Indenture.  The Company and the Trustee entered into this indenture to provide for the issuance of notes by us directly to investors over our proprietary website, uhaulinvestorsclub.com (“U-Notes”). The U-Notes are secured by various types of collateral including rental equipment and real estate.  U-Notes are issued in smaller series that vary as to principal amount, interest rate and maturity.  U-Notes are obligations of the Company and secured by the associated collateral; they are not guaranteed by any of the Company’s affiliates or subsidiaries.

At December 31, 2015, the aggregate outstanding principal balance of the U-Notes issued was $65.1 million of which $5.8 million is held by our insurance subsidiaries and eliminated in consolidation. Interest rates range between 3.00% and 8.00% and maturity dates range between 2016 and 2045.

Annual Maturities of Notes, Loans and Leases Payable

The annual maturities of long-term debt as of December 31, 2015 for the next five years and thereafter are as follows:

 

 

Twelve Months Ending December 31,

 

 

2016

 

2017

 

2018

 

2019

 

2020

 

Thereafter

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

(In thousands)

Notes, loans and leases payable, secured

$

440,590

$

401,471

$

290,888

$

278,723

$

156,195

$

856,804

Interest on Borrowings

Interest Expense

Components of interest expense include the following:

 

 

Quarter Ended December 31,

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

(In thousands)

Interest expense

$

22,452

$

21,547

Capitalized interest

 

(958)

 

(330)

Amortization of transaction costs

 

807

 

888

Interest expense resulting from derivatives

 

3,106

 

3,614

Total interest expense

$

25,407

$

25,719

 

 

 

Nine Months Ended December 31,

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

(In thousands)

Interest expense

$

61,756

$

62,126

Capitalized interest

 

(2,380)

 

(717)

Amortization of transaction costs

 

2,298

 

2,442

Interest expense resulting from derivatives

 

9,806

 

10,893

Total interest expense

 

71,480

 

74,744

Write-off of transaction costs related to early extinguishment of debt

 

 

298

Fees on early extinguishment of debt

 

 

3,783

Fees and amortization on early extinguishment of debt

 

 

4,081

Total

$

71,480

$

78,825

Interest paid in cash, including payments related to derivative contracts, amounted to $25.0 million and $25.0 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 and 2015, respectively and $69.6 million and $72.5 million for the first nine months of fiscal 2016 and 2015, respectively.

AMERCO AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - (CONTINUED)


The costs associated with the early extinguishment of debt in the second quarter of fiscal 2015 included $3.8 million of fees and $0.3 million of transaction cost amortization related to retired debt.

Interest Rates

Interest rates and Company borrowings were as follows:

 

 

Revolving Credit Activity

 

 

Quarter Ended December 31,

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

(In thousands, except interest rates)

Weighted average interest rate during the quarter

 

1.66%

 

1.62%

Interest rate at the end of the quarter

 

1.69%

 

1.66%

Maximum amount outstanding during the quarter

$

265,000

$

232,000

Average amount outstanding during the quarter

$

258,207

$

219,163

Facility fees

$

25

$

91

 

 

 

Revolving Credit Activity

 

 

Nine Months Ended December 31,

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

(In thousands, except interest rates)

Weighted average interest rate during the period

 

1.65%

 

1.71%

Interest rate at the end of the period

 

1.69%

 

1.66%

Maximum amount outstanding during the period

$

265,000

$

232,000

Average amount outstanding during the period

$

224,582

$

188,271

Facility fees

$

169

$

289

 

AMERCO AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - (CONTINUED)


5. Derivatives

We manage exposure to changes in market interest rates. Our use of derivative instruments is limited to highly effective interest rate swaps to hedge the risk of changes in cash flows (future interest payments) attributable to changes in LIBOR swap rates, the designated benchmark interest rate being hedged on certain of our LIBOR indexed variable rate debt and a variable rate operating lease. The interest rate swaps effectively fix our interest payments on certain LIBOR indexed variable rate debt. We monitor our positions and the credit ratings of our counterparties and do not currently anticipate non-performance by the counterparties. Interest rate swap agreements are not entered into for trading purposes.

 

Original variable rate debt amount

 

Agreement Date

 

Effective Date

 

Expiration Date

 

Designated cash flow hedge date

 

(Unaudited)

 

(In millions)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

300.0

 

 

8/16/2006

 

8/18/2006

 

8/10/2018

 

8/4/2006

 

15.0

(a)

 

3/24/2009

 

3/30/2009

 

3/30/2016

 

3/25/2009

 

14.7

(a)

 

7/6/2010

 

8/15/2010

 

7/15/2017

 

7/6/2010

 

25.0

(a)

 

4/26/2011

 

6/1/2011

 

6/1/2018

 

6/1/2011

 

50.0

(a)

 

7/29/2011

 

8/15/2011

 

8/15/2018

 

7/29/2011

 

20.0

(a)

 

8/3/2011

 

9/12/2011

 

9/10/2018

 

8/3/2011

 

15.1

(b)

 

3/27/2012

 

3/28/2012

 

3/28/2019

 

3/26/2012

 

25.0

 

 

4/13/2012

 

4/16/2012

 

4/1/2019

 

4/12/2012

 

44.3

 

 

1/11/2013

 

1/15/2013

 

12/15/2019

 

1/11/2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(a) forward swap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(b) operating lease

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of December 31, 2015, the total notional amount of our variable interest rate swaps on debt and an operating lease was $291.9 million and $9.7 million, respectively.

The derivative fair values located in Accounts payable and accrued expenses in the balance sheets were as follows:

 

 

Liability Derivatives Fair Values as of

 

 

December 31, 2015

 

March 31, 2015

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

(In thousands)

Interest rate contracts designated as hedging instruments

$

15,596

$

24,484

 

 

 

The Effect of Interest Rate Contracts on the Statements of Operations for the Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

 

December 31, 2015

 

December 31, 2014

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

(In thousands)

Loss recognized in income on interest rate contracts

$

9,806

$

10,893

Gain recognized in AOCI on interest rate contracts (effective portion)

$

(8,958)

$

(7,419)

Loss reclassified from AOCI into income (effective portion)

$

9,736

$

10,919

(Gain) loss recognized in income on interest rate contracts (ineffective portion and amount excluded from effectiveness testing)

$

70

$

(26)

 

AMERCO AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - (CONTINUED)


Gains or losses recognized in income on derivatives are recorded as interest expense in the statements of operations. At December 31, 2015, we expect to reclassify $10.5 million of net losses on interest rate contracts from accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) to earnings as interest expense over the next twelve months. During the first nine months of fiscal 2016, we recognized an increase in the fair value of our cash flow hedges of $5.6 million, net of taxes. Embedded in this gain was $9.7 million of losses reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) to interest expense during the first nine months of fiscal 2016, net of taxes.

6. Comprehensive Income (Loss)

A summary of accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) components, net of tax, were as follows:

 

 

Foreign Currency Translation

 

Unrealized Net Gain (Loss) on Investments

 

Fair Market Value of Cash Flow Hedges

 

Postretirement Benefit Obligation Net Loss

 

Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

(In thousands)

Balance at March 31, 2015

$

(59,170)

$

41,181

$

(15,235)

$

(1,141)

$

(34,365)

Foreign currency translation

 

(17,292)

 

 

 

 

(17,292)

Unrealized net loss on investments

 

 

(12,965)

 

 

 

(12,965)

Change in fair value of cash flow hedges

 

 

 

15,290

 

 

15,290

Amounts reclassified from AOCI

 

 

 

(9,736)

 

 

(9,736)

Other comprehensive income (loss)

 

(17,292)

 

(12,965)

 

5,554

 

 

(24,703)

Balance at December 31, 2015

$

(76,462)

$

28,216

$

(9,681)

$

(1,141)

$

(59,068)

7. Stockholders’ Equity

On June 4, 2015, we declared a cash dividend on our Common Stock of $1.00 per share to holders of record on June 19, 2015. The dividend was paid on July 1, 2015.

On August 28, 2015, we declared a cash dividend on our Common Stock of $3.00 per share to holders of record on September 16, 2015. The dividend was paid on October 2, 2015.

AMERCO AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - (CONTINUED)


8. Contingent Liabilities and Commitments

We lease a portion of our rental equipment and certain of our facilities under operating leases with terms that expire at various dates substantially through 2019. As of December 31, 2015, we have guaranteed $39.1 million of residual values for these rental equipment assets at the end of the respective lease terms. Certain leases contain renewal and fair market value purchase options as well as mileage and other restrictions. At the expiration of the lease, we have the option to renew the lease, purchase the asset for fair market value, or sell the asset to a third party on behalf of the lessor. We have been leasing equipment since 1987 and have experienced no material losses relating to these types of residual value guarantees.  

Lease commitments for leases having terms of more than one year were as follows:

 

 

Property,

Plant and

Equipment

 

Rental

Equipment

 

Total

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

(In thousands)

 

 

Twelve Months Ended December 31:

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016

$

16,159

$

16,531

$

32,690

2017

 

15,450

 

11,241

 

26,691

2018

 

14,485

 

9,929

 

24,414

2019

 

14,170

 

3,100

 

17,270

2020

 

14,087

 

 

14,087

Thereafter

 

50,929

 

 

50,929

Total

$

125,280

$

40,801

$

166,081

9. Contingencies

PODS Enterprises, Inc. v. U-Haul International, Inc.

On July 3, 2012, PODS Enterprises, Inc. (“PEI”), filed a lawsuit against U-Haul International, Inc. (“U-Haul”), in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division, alleging (1) Federal Trademark Infringement under Section 32 of the Lanham Act, (2) Federal Unfair Competition under Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act, (3) Federal Trademark dilution by blurring in violation of Section 43(c) of the Lanham Act, (4) common law trademark infringement under Florida law, (5) violation of the Florida Dilution; Injury to Business Reputation statute, (6) unfair competition and trade practices, false advertising and passing off under Florida common law, (7) violation of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, and (8) unjust enrichment under Florida law. 

The claims arose from U-Haul’s use of the word “pod” and “pods” as a generic term for its U-Box moving and storage product. PEI alleged that such use is an inappropriate use of its PODS mark.  Under the claims alleged in its Complaint, PEI sought a Court Order permanently enjoining U-Haul from: (1) the use of the PODS mark, or any other trade name or trademark confusingly similar to the mark; and (2) the use of any false descriptions or representations or committing any acts of unfair competition by using the PODS mark or any trade name or trademark confusingly similar to the mark. PEI also sought a Court Order (1) finding all of PEI’s trademarks valid and enforceable and (2) requiring U-Haul to alter all web pages to promptly remove the PODS mark from all websites owned or operated on behalf of U-Haul. Finally, PEI sought an award of damages in an amount to be proven at trial, but which are alleged to be approximately $70 million. PEI also sought pre-judgment interest, trebled damages, and punitive damages.

AMERCO AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - (CONTINUED)


U-Haul does not believe that PEI’s claims have merit and vigorously defended the lawsuit.  On September 17, 2012, U-Haul filed its Counterclaims, seeking a Court Order declaring that: (1) U-Haul’s use of the term “pods” or “pod” does not infringe or dilute PEI’s purported trademarks or violate any of PEI’s purported rights; (2) The purported mark “PODS” is not a valid, protectable, or registrable trademark; and (3) The purported mark “PODS PORTABLE ON DEMAND STORAGE” is not a valid, protectable, or registrable trademark. U-Haul also sought a Court Order cancelling the marks at issue in the case.

The case was tried to a jury, beginning on September 8, 2014. On September 19, 2014, the Court granted U-Haul’s motion for directed verdict on the issue of punitive damages.  The Court deferred ruling on U-Haul’s motion for directed verdict on its defense that the words “pod” and “pods” were generic terms for a container used for the moving and storage of goods at the time PEI obtained its trademark (“genericness defense”).  Closing arguments were on September 22, 2014.

On September 25, 2014, the jury returned a unanimous verdict, finding in favor of PEI and against U-Haul on all claims and counterclaims.  The jury awarded PEI $45 million in actual damages and $15.7 million in U-Haul’s alleged profits attributable to its use of the term “pod” or “pods.” 

On October 1, 2014, the Court ordered briefing on U-Haul’s oral motion for directed verdict on its genericness defense, the motion on which the Court had deferred ruling during trial.  Pursuant to the Court’s order, the parties’ briefing on that motion was completed by October 21, 2014.

On March 11, 2015, the Court denied U-Haul’s Renewed Motion for Directed Verdict, For Judgment as a Matter of Law, Or in the Alternative, Motion for a New Trial. Also on March 11, 2015, the Court entered Judgment on the jury verdict in favor of PEI and against U-Haul in the amount of $60.7 million.

The parties have filed a series of post-Judgment motions: 

On March 25, 2015, PEI filed a motion for an award of attorneys’ fees and expenses in the amount of $6.5 million.  On April 27, 2015, U-Haul filed its opposition brief to that motion. 

On March 25, 2015, PEI filed a Proposed Bill of Costs in the amount of $186,411.  On April 14, 2015, U-Haul filed an opposition to PEI’s proposed bill of costs.  On May 1, 2015, PEI filed an amended bill of costs in the amount of $196,133.

On April 6, 2015, U-Haul filed, with PEI’s consent, a motion to stay execution of the Judgment, pending the trial court’s rulings on U-Haul’s post-Judgment motions.  That motion was supported by a supersedeas bond in the amount of $60.9 million, which represents 100% of the Judgment plus post-Judgment interest at the rate of 0.25% per year for 18 months. PEI and U-Haul both reserved the right to modify the amount of the bond in the event the Judgment is modified by the Court’s rulings on the parties’ post-Judgment motions (described below).  On April 7, 2015, the Court granted U-Haul’s motion on consent, staying the Judgment pending rulings on U-Haul’s post-Judgment motions.

On April 8, 2015, U-Haul filed its Renewed Motion for Judgment As Matter of Law, or in the Alternative, Motion for New Trial, or to Alter the Judgment.  U-Haul argued that it is entitled to judgment as a matter of law because even when all evidence is viewed in PEI’s favor, it was legally insufficient for the jury to find for PEI.  Alternatively, U-Haul argued that it is entitled to a new trial because the verdict is against the weight of the evidence. Alternatively, U-Haul argued that the Court should reduce the damages and profits award under principles of equity.  On April, 27, 2015, PEI filed its opposition brief.

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On April 8, 2015, PEI filed a Motion to Amend the Judgment pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 59(e), in which it asked that the Judgment be amended to include (i) the entry of a permanent injunction; (ii) an award of pre-Judgment interest in the amount of $4.9 million; (iii) an award of post-Judgment interest in the amount of $11,441 and continuing to accrue at the rate of 0.25% while the case proceeds; (iv) doubling of the damages award to $121.4 million; and (v) the entry of an order directing the Patent and Trademark Office to dismiss the cancellation proceedings that U-Haul filed, which sought cancellation of the PODS trademarks.  On April 27, 2015, U-Haul filed its opposition brief arguing, among other things, that (1) PEI is not entitled to recover double the windfall the jury incorrectly awarded it; (2) PEI is not entitled to the overreaching injunction it seeks; (3) PEI is not entitled to pre-judgment interest; (4) PEI has overstated the amount of post-Judgment interest to which it is entitled; and (5) PEI’s request that the Court order the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to dismiss U-Haul’s cancellation proceeding is premature.

On April 9, 2015, U-Haul filed a protective Notice of Appeal.  We expect that this notice of appeal will be automatically stayed and will become effective upon the disposition of (1) U-Haul’s renewed motion for judgment or a new trial or alteration of the Judgment or (2) PEI’s motion to alter or amend the Judgment, whichever comes later.

On August 24, 2015, the trial court entered two orders resolving the parties' post-trial motions.  In short, U-Haul’s efforts at setting aside the judgment, getting a new trial or reducing the amount of the jury award were denied, PEI’s motions to enhance (i.e., double) the jury award and receive an award for attorneys’ fees were denied, but the Court entered a permanent injunction, and awarded PEI $4.9 million in pre-judgment interest, $82,727 in costs, and post-judgment interest at the rate of 0.25%, beginning March 11, 2015, computed daily and compounded annually. 

On September 4, 2015, U-Haul filed in the trial court its (i) amended notice of appeal, (ii) motion on consent of PEI to approve the bond and stay execution of the judgment pending appeal, and (iii) motion to stay or modify the injunction.

On September 8, 2015, the trial court entered an Order granting U-Haul’s Motion on Consent to Approve Bond and Stay Execution of Judgment.  The Judgment, as amended by the trial court’s orders adding an award of costs and pre-judgment interest, is stayed pending resolution of appeals.  

On October 15, 2015, the trial court denied U-Haul’s motion to modify or stay the injunction pending appeal. But in the process, the Court clarified that (i) the reach of the injunction is limited to “advertising, promoting, marketing, or describing any products or services” and (ii) use of the terms “pod” and “pods” in comparative advertising is not prohibited, thereby allowing “nominative fair use" and truthful communications in customer dialogue and making clear that “nothing in the injunction mandates censorship with respect to consumer comments.

PEI’s deadline for filing a notice of cross-appeal was September 23, 2015, and PEI did not file a notice of cross-appeal. 

On September 23, 2015, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals granted the parties’ joint motion for an extension of time for filing their respective briefs on appeal.  U-Haul’s initial brief was due on December 17, 2015, PEI’s response brief is due on March 16, 2016, and U-Haul’s reply is due on April 29, 2016.

On September 24, 2015, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a Notice setting a telephonic mediation for November 16, 2015, beginning at 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time. The mediation was unsuccessful.

U-Haul filed its opening brief on appeal with the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals on December 17, 2015. PEI’s response brief is due on March 16, 2016, and U-Haul’s reply is due on April 29, 2016.

Environmental

Compliance with environmental requirements of federal, state and local governments may significantly affect Real Estate’s business operations. Among other things, these requirements regulate the discharge of materials into the air, land and water and govern the use and disposal of hazardous substances. Real Estate is aware of issues regarding hazardous substances on some of its properties. Real Estate regularly makes capital and operating expenditures to stay in compliance with environmental laws and has put in place a remedial plan at each site where it believes such a plan is necessary. Since 1988, Real Estate has managed a testing and removal program for underground storage tanks.

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Based upon the information currently available to Real Estate, compliance with the environmental laws and its share of the costs of investigation and cleanup of known hazardous waste sites are not expected to result in a material adverse effect on AMERCO’s financial position or results of operations.

Other

We are named as a defendant in various other litigation and claims arising out of the normal course of business. In management’s opinion, none of these other matters will have a material effect on our financial position and results of operations.

10. Related Party Transactions

As set forth in the Audit Committee Charter and consistent with NASDAQ Listing Rules, our Audit Committee (the “Audit Committee”) reviews and maintains oversight over related party transactions which are required to be disclosed under the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) rules and regulations and in accordance with the generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). Accordingly, all such related party transactions are submitted to the Audit Committee for ongoing review and oversight. Our internal processes are designed to ensure that our legal and finance departments identify and monitor potential related party transactions that may require disclosure and Audit Committee oversight.

AMERCO has engaged in related party transactions and has continuing related party interests with certain major stockholders, directors and officers of the consolidated group as disclosed below. Management believes that the transactions described below and in the related notes were completed on terms substantially equivalent to those that would prevail in arm’s-length transactions.

SAC Holding Corporation and SAC Holding II Corporation, (collectively, “SAC Holdings”) were established in order to acquire and develop self-storage properties. These properties are being managed by us pursuant to management agreements. In the past, we sold real estate and various self-storage properties to SAC Holdings, and such sales provided significant cash flows to us.

Related Party Revenue

 

 

Quarter Ended December 31,

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

(In thousands)

U-Haul interest income revenue from SAC Holdings

$

1,245

$

1,261

U-Haul interest income revenue from Private Mini

 

 

1,138

U-Haul management fee revenue from SAC Holdings

 

4,461

 

4,168

U-Haul management fee revenue from Private Mini

 

849

 

659

U-Haul management fee revenue from Mercury

 

2,860

 

2,670

 

$

9,415

$

9,896

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nine Months Ended December 31,

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

(In thousands)

U-Haul interest income revenue from SAC Holdings

$

3,733

$

4,684

U-Haul interest income revenue from Private Mini

 

1,126

 

3,804

U-Haul management fee revenue from SAC Holdings

 

14,158

 

13,313

U-Haul management fee revenue from Private Mini

 

2,473

 

1,943

U-Haul management fee revenue from Mercury

 

3,970

 

3,714

 

$

25,460

$

27,458

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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - (CONTINUED)


During the first nine months of fiscal 2016, a subsidiary of ours held a junior unsecured note from SAC Holdings. Substantially all of the equity interest of SAC Holdings is controlled by Blackwater Investments, Inc. (“Blackwater”). Blackwater is wholly-owned by Mark V. Shoen, a significant stockholder of AMERCO. We do not have an equity ownership interest in SAC Holdings. We received cash interest payments of $3.4 million and $4.6 million from SAC Holdings during the first nine months of fiscal 2016 and 2015, respectively. The largest aggregate amount of notes receivable outstanding during the first nine months of fiscal 2016 was $50.4 million and the aggregate notes receivable balance at December 31, 2015 was $49.6 million. In accordance with the terms of this note, SAC Holdings may prepay the note without penalty or premium at any time. The scheduled maturity of this note is 2017.

During the first nine months of fiscal 2016, AMERCO held a junior note issued by Private Mini Storage Realty, L.P. (“Private Mini”). The equity interests of Private Mini are ultimately controlled by Blackwater. We received cash interest payments of $1.5 million and $4.0 million from Private Mini during the first nine months of fiscal 2016 and 2015, respectively. The largest aggregate amount outstanding during the first nine months of fiscal 2016 was $56.5 million. In July 2015, Private Mini repaid its note and all outstanding interest due AMERCO totalling $56.8 million.

We currently manage the self-storage properties owned or leased by SAC Holdings, Mercury Partners, L.P. (“Mercury”), Four SAC Self-Storage Corporation (“4 SAC”), Five SAC Self-Storage Corporation (“5 SAC”), Galaxy Investments, L.P. (“Galaxy”) and Private Mini pursuant to a standard form of management agreement, under which we receive a management fee of between 4% and 10% of the gross receipts plus reimbursement for certain expenses. We received management fees, exclusive of reimbursed expenses, of $21.4 million and $20.6 million from the above mentioned entities during the first nine months of fiscal 2016 and 2015, respectively. This management fee is consistent with the fee received for other properties the Company previously managed for third parties. SAC Holdings, 4 SAC, 5 SAC, Galaxy and Private Mini are substantially controlled by Blackwater. Mercury is substantially controlled by Mark V. Shoen. James P. Shoen, a significant stockholder of AMERCO and an estate planning trust benefitting Shoen children have an interest in Mercury.

Related Party Costs and Expenses

 

 

Quarter Ended December 31,

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

(In thousands)

U-Haul lease expenses to SAC Holdings

$

654

$

654

U-Haul commission expenses to SAC Holdings

 

11,521

 

10,905

U-Haul commission expenses to Private Mini

 

841

 

734

 

$

13,016

$

12,293

 

 

 

Nine Months Ended December 31,

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

(In thousands)

U-Haul lease expenses to SAC Holdings

$

1,962

$

1,964

U-Haul commission expenses to SAC Holdings

 

40,780

 

39,131

U-Haul commission expenses to Private Mini

 

2,879

 

2,568

 

$

45,621

$

43,663

We lease space for marketing company offices, vehicle repair shops and hitch installation centers from subsidiaries of SAC Holdings, 5 SAC and Galaxy. The terms of the leases are similar to the terms of leases for other properties owned by unrelated parties that are leased to us.

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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - (CONTINUED)


At December 31, 2015, subsidiaries of SAC Holdings, 4 SAC, 5 SAC, Galaxy and Private Mini acted as U-Haul independent dealers. The financial and other terms of the dealership contracts with the aforementioned companies and their subsidiaries are substantially identical to the terms of those with our other independent dealers whereby commissions are paid by the Company based upon equipment rental revenues.

These agreements and notes with subsidiaries of SAC Holdings, 4 SAC, 5 SAC, Galaxy and Private Mini, excluding Dealer Agreements, provided revenues of $21.5 million, expenses of $2.0 million and cash flows of $77.8 million during the first nine months of fiscal 2016. Revenues and commission expenses related to the Dealer Agreements were $202.8 million and $43.7 million, respectively during the first nine months of fiscal 2016.

Pursuant to the variable interest entity model under ASC 810 – Consolidation (“ASC 810”), Management determined that the junior notes of SAC Holdings and Private Mini as well as the management agreements with SAC Holdings, Mercury, 4 SAC, 5 SAC, Galaxy, and Private Mini represent potential variable interests for us. Management evaluated whether it should be identified as the primary beneficiary of one or more of these VIEs using a two-step approach in which management (i) identified all other parties that hold interests in the VIEs, and (ii) determined if any variable interest holder has the power to direct the activities of the VIEs that most significantly impact their economic performance.

Management determined that they do not have a variable interest in the holding entities SAC Holding II Corporation, Private Mini, Mercury, 4 SAC, 5 SAC, or Galaxy based upon management agreements which are with the individual operating entities or through the issuance of junior debt; therefore, we are precluded from consolidating these entities.

We have junior debt with SAC Holding Corporation which represents a variable interest. Though we have certain protective rights within this debt agreement, we have no present influence or control over this holding entity unless their protective rights become exercisable, which management considers unlikely based on their payment history. As a result, we have no basis under ASC 810 to consolidate this entity.

We do not have the power to direct the activities that most significantly impact the economic performance of the individual operating entities which have management agreements with U-Haul. There are no fees or penalties disclosed in the management agreement for termination of the agreement. Through control of the holding entities' assets, and its ability and history of making key decisions relating to the entity and its assets, Blackwater, and its owner, are the variable interest holder with the power to direct the activities that most significantly impact each of the individual holding entities and the individual operating entities’ performance.  As a result, we have no basis under ASC 810 to consolidate these entities.

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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - (CONTINUED)


We have not provided financial or other support explicitly or implicitly during the quarter ended December 31, 2015 to any of these entities that we were not previously contractually required to provide. In addition, we currently have no plan to provide any financial support to any of these entities in the future. The carrying amount and classification of the assets and liabilities in our balance sheets that relate to our variable interests in the aforementioned entities are as follows, which approximate the maximum exposure to loss as a result of our involvement with these entities:

Related Party Assets

 

 

December 31,

 

March 31,

 

 

2015

 

2015

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

(In thousands)

U-Haul notes, receivables and interest from Private Mini

$

6,982

$

59,375

U-Haul notes receivable from SAC Holdings

 

49,614

 

50,428

U-Haul interest receivable from SAC Holdings

 

4,869

 

4,579

U-Haul receivable from SAC Holdings

 

21,509

 

20,108

U-Haul receivable from Mercury

 

9,046

 

6,667

Other (a)

 

657

 

633

 

$

92,677

$

141,790

(a) Timing differences for intercompany balances with insurance subsidiaries.

11. Consolidating Financial Information by Industry Segment

AMERCO’s three reportable segments are:

  • Moving and Storage, comprised of AMERCO, U-Haul, and Real Estate and the subsidiaries of U-Haul and Real Estate,
  • Property and Casualty Insurance, comprised of Repwest and its subsidiaries and ARCOA, and
  • Life Insurance, comprised of Oxford and its subsidiaries.

Management tracks revenues separately, but does not report any separate measure of the profitability for rental vehicles, rentals of self-storage spaces and sales of products that are required to be classified as a separate operating segment and accordingly does not present these as separate reportable segments. Deferred income taxes are shown as liabilities on the condensed consolidating statements.

The information includes elimination entries necessary to consolidate AMERCO, the parent, with its subsidiaries.

Investments in subsidiaries are accounted for by the parent using the equity method of accounting.

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11. Financial Information by Consolidating Industry Segment:

Consolidating balance sheets by industry segment as of December 31, 2015 are as follows:

 

 

Moving & Storage

Consolidated

 

Property & Casualty Insurance (a)

 

Life

Insurance (a)

 

Eliminations

 

 

AMERCO

Consolidated

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

(In thousands)

Assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

649,191

$

13,882

$

11,554

$

 

$

674,627

Reinsurance recoverables and trade receivables, net

 

37,598

 

113,429

 

30,299

 

 

 

181,326

Inventories, net

 

75,032

 

 

 

 

 

75,032

Prepaid expenses

 

180,628

 

 

 

 

 

180,628

Investments, fixed maturities and marketable equities

 

 

236,058

 

1,227,939

 

 

 

1,463,997

Investments, other

 

31,107

 

47,521

 

244,411

 

 

 

323,039

Deferred policy acquisition costs, net

 

 

 

129,218

 

 

 

129,218

Other assets

 

87,890

 

651

 

2,448

 

 

 

90,989

Related party assets

 

94,370

 

13,118

 

555

 

(15,366)

(c)

 

92,677

 

 

1,155,816

 

424,659

 

1,646,424

 

(15,366)

 

 

3,211,533

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment in subsidiaries

 

455,716

 

 

 

(455,716)

(b)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment, at cost:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land

 

589,492

 

 

 

 

 

589,492

Buildings and improvements

 

2,026,840

 

 

 

 

 

2,026,840

Furniture and equipment

 

383,914

 

 

 

 

 

383,914

Rental trailers and other rental equipment

 

463,034

 

 

 

 

 

463,034

Rental trucks

 

3,162,170

 

 

 

 

 

3,162,170

 

 

6,625,450

 

 

 

 

 

6,625,450

Less:  Accumulated depreciation

 

(2,074,449)

 

 

 

 

 

(2,074,449)

Total property, plant and equipment

 

4,551,001

 

 

 

 

 

4,551,001

Total assets

$

6,162,533

$

424,659

$

1,646,424

$

(471,082)

 

$

7,762,534

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(a) Balances as of September 30, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(b) Eliminate investment in subsidiaries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(c) Eliminate intercompany receivables and payables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - (CONTINUED)


Consolidating balance sheets by industry segment as of December 31, 2015 are as follows:

 

 

Moving & Storage

Consolidated

 

Property & Casualty Insurance (a)

 

Life

Insurance (a)

 

Eliminations

 

 

AMERCO

Consolidated

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

(In thousands)

Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

425,022

$

821

$

20,201

$

 

$

446,044

Notes, loans and leases payable

 

2,424,671

 

 

 

 

 

2,424,671

Policy benefits and losses, claims and loss expenses payable

 

382,701

 

256,342

 

434,557

 

 

 

1,073,600

Liabilities from investment contracts

 

 

 

891,243

 

 

 

891,243

Other policyholders' funds and liabilities

 

 

2,833

 

5,606

 

 

 

8,439

Deferred income

 

18,977

 

 

 

 

 

18,977

Deferred income taxes

 

673,058

 

(15,243)

 

16,806

 

 

 

674,621

Related party liabilities

 

13,165

 

2,046

 

155

 

(15,366)

(c)

 

Total liabilities

 

3,937,594

 

246,799

 

1,368,568

 

(15,366)

 

 

5,537,595

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders' equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Series preferred stock:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Series A preferred stock