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Quality Distribution Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-Q)
Posted by: gurufocus (IP Logged)
Date: November 6, 2009 10:13AM

Quality Distribution Inc. (QLTY) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2009-09-30. Quality Distribution operates approximately tractors and trailers through three principal transportation subsidiaries: Quality Carriers TransPlastics and Quebec-based Levy Transport. The Company also provides other bulk transportation services including tank cleaning and freight brokerage. Quality Distribution Inc. has a market cap of $76.7 million; its shares were traded at around $3.9 with a P/E ratio of 43.3 and P/S ratio of 0.1.

Highlight of Business Operations:

On August 28, 2009, we commenced exchange and tender offers to exchange new notes and cash consideration for any and all of our 2012 Notes and our 9% Notes. These offers were completed on October 15, 2009. We received approximately $134.5 million of our 2012 Notes in exchange for new 2013 Senior Notes. We received approximately $83.6 million of our 9% Notes for approximately $80.7 million aggregate principal amount of new 2013 PIK Notes, issued approximately 1.75 million warrants and retired approximately $2.9 million of our 9% Notes. The warrants are exercisable to purchase shares of our common stock at an exercise price of $0.01 per share, during the period beginning on the six-month anniversary of the closing date and ending on November 1, 2013.

On October 10, 2009, we sold substantially all of the operating assets of our Quala Systems, Inc. (“QSI”) tank wash subsidiary 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 held-for-sale of $4.9 million includes $4.3 million of equipment, $0.4 million of inventory, and $0.2 of intangibles. The QSI business that was sold generated approximately $21.0 million of revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 from tank wash and related operations. We expect to record a pre-tax gain on the sale in the fourth quarter between $7.5 million and $8.0 million.

Goodwill and Intangible Assets—We evaluate goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets for impairment at least annually during the second quarter with a measurement date of June 30, and more frequently if indicators of impairment arise, in accordance with FASB’s guidance on goodwill and other intangible assets. At June 30, 2009, we evaluated goodwill for impairment by determining the fair value for each reporting unit: our trucking segment and our container services segment. These reporting units contain goodwill and other identifiable intangible assets as a result of previous business acquisitions. As a result of our analysis, we concluded a total impairment charge to goodwill of $146.2 million was necessary at June 30, 2009, of which $144.3 million was related to our trucking segment, eliminating 100% of the carrying amount of goodwill, and $1.9 million was related to our container services segment. As of September 30, 2009, our goodwill assets were $27.3 million.

Accident claims reserves—We currently maintain liability insurance for bodily injury and property damage claims, covering all employees, owner-operators and 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 for periods after March 31, 2008. From September 15, 2002 to March 30, 2008, our insurance deductible was $5.0 million per incident for bodily injury and property damage. 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, for cargo losses and for non-trucking pollution legal liability. As of September 30, 2009, we have $33.6 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 safety department 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 plans. At December 31, 2008, our projected benefit obligation (“PBO”) was $45.6 million. Our projected 2009 net periodic pension expense is $2.2 million. A 1.0% decrease in our assumed discount rate would increase our PBO to $50.3 million and increase our 2009 net periodic pension expense less than $0.1 million. A 1.0% increase in our assumed discount rate would decrease our PBO to $41.8 million and decrease our 2009 net periodic pension expense to $2.1 million. A 1.0% decrease in our assumed rate of return would not change our PBO but would increase our 2009 net periodic pension expense to $2.4 million. A 1.0% increase in our assumed rate of return would not change our PBO but would decrease our 2009 net periodic pension expense to $1.9 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 FASB guidance on accounting for costs associated with exit or disposal activities. 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 or closure of underperforming company terminals. We continued our plan of restructure throughout 2008, which resulted in a restructuring charge of $5.3 million, of which the majority related to our trucking segment. The total restructuring charge for 2008 represents $2.0 million of severance costs, $0.6 million in contract termination costs and $2.7 million related to other exit costs. Our restructuring plan is continuing in 2009 and expected to conclude in 2010. During the nine months ended September 30, 2009, we recorded a charge of $2.1 million related to employee termination benefits and other related exit activities. As of September 30, 2009, approximately $0.4 million was accrued related to the restructuring charges, which are expected to be paid through 2010.

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