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

May 06, 2011 | About:
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Quality Distribution Inc. (QLTY) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2011-03-31.

Quality Distribution Inc. has a market cap of $293.1 million; its shares were traded at around $12.45 with a P/E ratio of 41.5 and P/S ratio of 0.4.

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On February 9, 2011, we sold 2.0 million shares of our common stock in an underwritten public offering, at a gross price of $9.50 per share, and received net proceeds, after underwriting fees and expenses, of approximately $17.5 million. Certain affiliates of Apollo also sold 2.6 million shares in the offering. Pursuant to the offering, we sent irrevocable redemption notices to holders of our 2013 PIK Notes to redeem $17.5 million of these notes at par, plus accrued and unpaid interest. This note redemption was completed on March 11, 2011.

We continued to evaluate indicators of impairment quarterly following our annual goodwill impairment test at June 30, 2010 through year end 2010, and again in the quarter ended March 31, 2011. There were no indications that a triggering event had occurred as of March 31, 2011. As of March 31, 2011, our intermodal segment had goodwill of $27.0 million. As of March 31, 2011, we had total intangibles of $16.6 million, of which $16.2 million was allocated to our intermodal segment and $0.4 million was allocated to our logistics segment.

At December 31, 2010, we had an estimated $95.7 million in federal net operating loss carryforwards, $0.6 million of off balance sheet net operating loss related to excess stock compensation deduction, $2.3 million in alternative minimum tax credit carryforwards and $3.4 million in foreign tax credit carryforwards. The net operating loss carryforwards will expire in the years 2018 through 2030, 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 March 31, 2011, we had $25.2 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.

Stock compensation plansStock compensation is determined by the assumptions required under the FASB guidance. The fair values of stock option grants are based upon the Black-Scholes option-pricing model and amortized as compensation expense on a straight-line basis over the vesting period of the grants. Restricted stock awards are issued and measured at market value on the date of grant and related compensation expense is recognized over time on a straight-line basis over the vesting period of the grants. Stock-based compensation expense related to stock options and restricted stock was $0.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011 and $0.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2010. As of March 31, 2011, there was approximately $4.9 million of total unrecognized compensation cost related to the unvested portion of our stock-based awards. The recognition period for the remaining unrecognized stock-based compensation cost generally varies from two to four years. For further discussion on stock-based compensation, see Note 7 to the consolidated financial statements included in Item 1 of this report.

Assumed discount rates and expected return on plan assets have a significant effect on the amounts reported for the pension plan. At December 31, 2010, our projected benefit obligation (PBO) was $48.6 million. Our projected 2011 net periodic pension expense is $1.6 million. A 1.0% decrease in our assumed discount rate would increase our PBO to $53.8 million and decrease our 2011 net periodic pension expense less than $0.1 million. A 1.0% increase in our assumed discount rate would decrease our PBO to $44.2 million and increase our 2011 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 2011 net periodic pension expense to $1.9 million. A 1.0% increase in our assumed rate of return would not change our PBO but would decrease our 2011 net periodic pension expense to $1.3 million.

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