Hertz Global Holdings Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-Q)
Hertz Global Holdings Inc. has a market cap of $5.48 billion; its shares were traded at around $13.35 with a P/E ratio of 39.3 and P/S ratio of 0.8. HTZ is in the portfolios of Bruce Berkowitz of Fairholme Capital Management, Fairholme Fund, Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies LLC, George Soros of Soros Fund Management LLC, Chuck Royce of Royce& Associates, Chuck Royce of Royce& Associates.
Highlight of Business Operations: We have indemnified various parties for the costs associated with remediating numerous hazardous substance storage, recycling or disposal sites in many states and, in some instances, for natural resource damages. The amount of any such expenses or related natural resource damages for which we may be held responsible could be substantial. The probable expenses that we expect to incur for such matters have been accrued, and those expenses are reflected in our condensed consolidated financial statements. As of March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009, the aggregate amounts accrued for environmental liabilities, including liability for environmental indemnities, reflected in our condensed consolidated balance sheet in "Accrued liabilities" were $1.8 million and $2.0 million, respectively. The accrual generally represents the estimated cost to study potential environmental issues at sites deemed to require investigation or clean-up activities, and the estimated cost to implement remediation actions, including on-going maintenance, as required. Cost estimates are developed by site. Initial cost estimates are based on historical experience at similar sites and are refined over time on the basis of in-depth studies of the sites. For many sites, the remediation costs and other damages for which we ultimately may be responsible cannot be reasonably estimated because of uncertainties with respect to factors such as our connection to the site, the materials there, the involvement of other potentially responsible parties, the application of laws and other standards or regulations, site conditions, and the nature and scope of investigations, studies, and remediation to be undertaken (including the technologies to be required and the extent, duration, and success of remediation).
We sponsor defined benefit pension plans worldwide. Pension obligations give rise to significant expenses that are dependent on assumptions discussed in Note 4 of the Notes to our audited annual consolidated financial statements included in our Annual Report under the caption "Item 8Financial Statements and Supplementary Data." Based on present assumptions, our 2010 worldwide pre-tax pension expense is expected to be approximately $39.1 million, which would represent an increase of $3.2 million from 2009. The anticipated increase in expense compared to 2009 is primarily due to the lower discount rates. We expect to contribute up to $65 million to our U.S. pension plan in the full year of 2010. These contributions are necessary primarily because of the significant decline in asset values.
On April 26, 2010, we announced that we entered into a definitive merger agreement under which we will acquire Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, or "Dollar Thrifty," in a cash and stock transaction valued on that date at $41 per share, or a total of $1.27 billion. Consummation of the merger is subject to customary conditions to closing, including the receipt of required regulatory approvals and the approval of Dollar Thrifty's shareholders. If any condition to the merger is not satisfied or waived, the merger will not be completed. We and Dollar Thrifty also may terminate the merger agreement under certain circumstances. As explained elsewhere in this Report, the Avis Budget Group, Inc. recently sent a letter to the Dollar Thrifty Board of Directors making certain requests for the stated purpose of formulating a competing offer. Any or all of the preceding could jeopardize our ability to consummate the merger on the already negotiated terms. To the extent the transaction is not completed for any reason, we would have devoted substantial resources and management attention to the transaction without realizing the accompanying benefits expected by our management, and our stock price, financial condition and results of operations may be adversely affected.
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