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Quality Distribution Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-Q)

July 30, 2010 | About:
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Quality Distribution Inc. (QLTY) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2010-06-30.

Quality Distribution Inc. has a market cap of $138.7 million; its shares were traded at around $6.55 with a P/E ratio of 50.3 and P/S ratio of 0.2. QLTY is in the portfolios of Steven Cohen of SAC Capital Advisors, Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies LLC.

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On October 15, 2009, we received approximately $134.5 million of our 2012 Notes in exchange for new 2013 Senior Notes. We also received approximately $83.6 million for our 9% Notes in exchange for approximately $80.7 million aggregate principal amount of our new 2013 PIK Notes, approximately 1.75 million warrants and $1.8 million in cash. The warrants are exercisable to purchase shares of our common stock at an exercise price of $0.01 per share, during the period beginning April 16, 2010 and ending on November 1, 2013. As of June 30, 2010, approximately 1.3 million warrants have been exercised.

On October 10, 2009, we sold substantially all of the operating assets of our tank wash subsidiary, QSI, for $13.0 million, of which $10.0 million was paid in cash and the remaining $3.0 million in a subordinated note. The subordinated note is a five year non-amortizing note which matures on December 31, 2014. The principal is payable in a lump sum at maturity. Interest is payable quarterly at 7% per annum commencing December 31, 2009. In connection with the sale, QSI entered into various agreements with the purchaser, which is not affiliated with us, including long-term leases of real estate used in the tank wash business and various operating agreements. The assets sold had a net book value of $4.9 million which included $4.3 million of equipment, $0.4 million of inventory, and $0.2 million of intangibles. The sold QSI business generated approximately $19.5 million of revenue in 2009 from tank wash and related operations. We recorded a pre-tax gain of $7.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2009 as part of our operating income. We believe the changes in our business activities as a result of the sale of the tank wash business will reduce our environmental compliance costs going forward.

At December 31, 2009 we had an estimated $95.7 million in federal net operating loss carryforwards, $2.3 million in alternative minimum tax credit carryforwards and $3.1 million in foreign tax credit carryforwards. The net operating loss carryforwards will expire in the years 2018 through 2027, while the alternative minimum tax credits may be carried forward indefinitely and the foreign tax credits may be carried forward for 10 years.

Accrued loss and damage claimsWe currently maintain liability insurance for bodily injury and property damage claims, covering all employees, independent owner-operators and independent affiliates, and workers compensation insurance coverage on our employees and company drivers. This insurance includes deductibles of $2.0 million per incident for bodily injury and property damage and $1.0 million for workers compensation. As such, we are subject to liability as a self-insurer to the extent of these deductibles under the policy. We are self-insured for damage to the equipment we own or lease and for cargo losses. As of June 30, 2010, we had $29.7 million in an outstanding letter of credit to our insurance administrator to guarantee the self-insurance portion of our liability. If we fail to meet certain terms of our agreement, the insurance administrator may draw down the letter of credit. In developing liability reserves, we rely on professional third party claims administrators, insurance company estimates and the judgment of our own personnel, and independent professional actuaries and attorneys. The most significant assumptions used in the estimation process include determining the trends in loss costs, the expected consistency in the frequency and severity of claims incurred but not yet reported to prior-year claims, and expected costs to settle unpaid claims. Management believes reserves are reasonable given known information, but as each case develops, estimates may change to reflect the effect of new information.

Assumed discount rates and expected return on plan assets have a significant effect on the amounts reported for the pension plan. At December 31, 2009, our projected benefit obligation (PBO) was $47.3 million. Our projected 2010 net periodic pension expense is $1.9 million. A 1.0% decrease in our assumed discount rate would increase our PBO to $52.3 million and increase our 2010 net periodic pension expense less than $0.1 million. A 1.0% increase in our assumed discount rate would decrease our PBO to $43.1 million and decrease our 2010 net periodic pension expense less than $0.1 million. A 1.0% decrease in our assumed rate of return would not change our PBO but would increase our 2010 net periodic pension expense to $2.2 million. A 1.0% increase in our assumed rate of return would not change our PBO but would decrease our 2010 net periodic pension expense to $1.6 million.

Restructuring We account for restructuring costs associated with one-time termination benefits, costs associated with lease and contract terminations and other related exit activities in accordance with the FASBs guidance. We have made estimates of the costs to be incurred as part of our restructuring plan. During the quarter ended June 30, 2008, we committed to a plan of restructure resulting in the termination of non-driver positions and the consolidation, closure or affiliation of underperforming company terminals. We continued our plan of restructure throughout 2009 which resulted in charges of $3.5 million of which the majority related to our trucking segment. Our restructuring plan continued in 2010 and resulted in charges of $2.2 million for the six-month period ended June 30, 2010, of which the majority related to our trucking segment. The charges related to employee termination benefits and other related exit activities, and included the termination of approximately 380 non-driver positions. We expect to conclude our restructuring plan in 2010 and to take additional related charges during the year. As of June 30, 2010, approximately $1.2 million was accrued related to the restructuring charges which are expected to be paid through 2012.

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